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'General Hospital' recap: Love to the rescue

Season 51 | Episodes 225-229 | Aired Feb 23-27, 2015

While there is always a plethora of who, what, and where questions viewers can ask of General Hospital, this week there was truly one “why” that rang out above all others. Why would anyone have uncovered decorative candles at a birthday party for a 10-year-old? Candles for a cake, sure. Perhaps a flame under a chafing dish, which would be quickly removed as soon as food was eaten. But a decorative candle left unattended on a table? Absolutely not.

Then again, Spencer Cassadine is no ordinary 10-year-old. Besides his penchant for the finer things in life and ordering around the help, Spencer also enters his party with backup dancers. While the party itself seems to be little more than a dance party with a DJ, it also serves as the backdrop for the next phase in the kiddie love quadrangle of Spencer, Emma, Cameron, and Josslyn.

Cameron breaks up with Emma because she hadn’t told him that Emma likes him. Cameron grabs his “swag bag” (more commonly known as a “goodie bag”) and accidentally knocks over the aforementioned candle. Emma has a consolatory dance with Spencer, and neither notices the expanding fire. In fact, it was almost comical how long the fire burned before smoke alarms went off, trapping the two youngsters.

Spencer helps Emma to safety, but goes back for his boxing robe, a gift from his Uncle Sonny. Spencer finds himself trapped, while Emma alerts Nikolas and Patrick to the fire. Nikolas enters the room and finds his unconscious son, while Patrick grabs a fire extinguisher and helps Nikolas bring Spencer to safety.

Spencer is in bad shape, with smoke inhalation and serious burns. And while Lucas helps Spencer make it through the night, Dr. Obrecht suggests that Spencer needs more care than GH can provide. Spencer, with Nikolas accompanying, is transferred to Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston, and Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) makes several PSA announcements for the hospital.

Elizabeth, in between tending to Jake and Spencer, finds time to read Ric the riot act for trying to tank Jake’s defense. While Ric pleads that his feelings for Elizabeth helped him survive his recent ordeals, Elizabeth fears he is too much like the Ric of locking-Carly-in-a-panic-room days. In his hospital room, Jake states that Ric has nothing to worry about, but Elizabeth slyly offers that maybe Ric was right to worry.

Carly finally leaves Jake’s side to support Sonny in the custody battle. Ric arrives, having been sent by Diane, who is busy with Luke’s defense. Carly is aghast at the idea of Ric defending Sonny, but Ric rationalizes that he is all they have. Plus, everything he was recently accused of doing to hurt his brother was a false accusation.

With no other choice, the three head to court, where they find Michael waiting for the hearing. Carly tries to appeal to Michael’s emotions, actually letting him hold Avery. But the moment is shattered when Nina (more on her in a bit) starts ranting that Avery is her child. The hearing proceeds, and Michael accurately testifies that Sonny’s children have been psychologically scarred.

Michael lists multiple kidnappings, exploding limousines, his own shooting, Dante’s shooting, and A.J.’s coercion as a sampling of the harms that have come from being part of Sonny’s life. Judge Heller (played by Gilmore Girls‘ Emily Kuroda) allows all of Michael’s testimony, but Ric steps up for cross-examination. Might it be time to look at Michael’s murder conviction and relationship with a stripper? How about stealing his brother’s wife?

As for Nina, she is firmly planted at Franco’s bedside, listening as he calls her Phyllis and talks about her wild antics in Wisconsin (a very meta nod to Michelle Stafford’s time on The Young and the Restless). Alexis and Nathan arrive to tell her that she’s being released, but in order to prove her mental capacity, she will need to stay away from her accomplice, Franco.

After Nina leaves, Olivia visits Franco, feeling simpatico to his LSD-induced state. As Franco babbles to himself, Olivia outs herself as carrying Julian’s baby. Nina returns from her obviously fake courtroom outburst, satisfied that she has been recommitted and will still be by Franco’s side. Franco shocks her with his own reveal that all of his delirium has been an act as well.

Kiki (now played by Hayley Erin), Morgan, and Julian talk about planning a memorial service for the presumed-dead Ava. Julian thinks it might be premature, but Kiki took the commissioner calling off the search as final word. Naturally, Ava isn’t dead. In fact, she made it out of the river (after a gunshot, fall, and near-drowning) to a gas station, where she called Silas to the rescue. Silas has Ava stashed away in a New York City hospital to continue recuperating, where he fills her in on Avery’s current custody woes. Ava is adamant that Avery belongs with her, not with Sonny or Michael, but she’s in no current state to make that happen.

The #Spixie and #Naxie triangle continues at a slow burn, with Spinelli continuing to confess his feelings for Maxie. Truthfully, Maxie seems fully focused on Nathan, but both men in her life are insistent that she has a choice to make. But Spinelli looks to have something else on his plate, as Bobbie, Lulu, and Tracy seem poised to hire him to find the missing Spencer sibling, Patricia.

Finally, Julian and Alexis are firmly recommitted to being half-naked together at all times. While Alexis still has doubts about Olivia’s claims that Ned fathered her unborn child, Julian is refocused on his shady dealings with the underbelly of Port Charles. Duke suggests that Julian turn over all of his territories, but Julian would rather rebuild his criminal organization and take down Duke in the process.

With Luke out of the mob picture, will Julian drop the drug-trafficking portion of the business? Will we go back to wondering exactly what being a mobster means in Port Charles—beyond feuding with rival families?

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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