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'General Hospital' fan recap: Dupes, deliveries, and Duke

Season 53 | Episodes 24-28 | Aired May 4-8, 2015

While the Nurses’ Ball started out the week on General Hospital, by Friday’s episode it felt like little more than a faint memory. How quickly we go from Magic Milo to mob hits! And in the midst of all of it came the news that Anthony Geary is retiring from our beloved show. Will Genie Francis’ impending return be to usher him off the series?

The Nurses’ Ball delivers the acts that viewers have come to expect and sometimes love. The Haunted Starlets perform Megan Trainor’s controversial “Dear Future Husband,” Spinelli performs Stephen Bishop’s “All of My Life” (from Tootsie), Ned/Eddie Maine performs Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and Patrick and Emma duet on “Nothing I Can’t Do,” a sweet original number by Jason Thompson (Patrick). Epiphany and Sabrina close out the show with the Nurses’ Ball tradition of “You’re Not Alone,” which only reminds viewers that … Sabrina is no longer a nurse at GH!

And the rejuvenated ball of course includes the annual striptease by Magic Milo and the Magic Wands. With Nathan lifting weights, Michael making it rain, and T.J. dressed for school, it doesn’t disappoint, but also oddly feels like a Village People number.

Spencer arrives at the ball to share his love for Emma—and paranoia regarding his appearance. Refusing to hear Emma (kudos for her “You’re not listening!” retort), Spencer opts to act as the Phantom of the Nurses’ Ball. Dropping sandbags from the rafters, Spencer nearly injures Emma and Cameron, and successfully interrupts their tango. Returning home, Spencer gets an earful from Aunt Lulu and a visit from his ghostly mother, Courtney (played by returning “fan favorite” Alicia Leigh Willis), who encourages him to drop the entitled act and also to view his barely existent scars. Back at the ball, Lucy pushes Duke to try again with Anna, which leads to their GORGEOUS (and foreboding) tango, complete with flashbacks to their first dance back in 1986 (!). Oh, if only we didn’t know now what was coming later in the week …

Elizabeth is floored by Nikolas’ revelation that Jake is Jason. After an initial bout of denial, Elizabeth accepts the truth, while Nikolas comes clean about his desire to take over ELQ. He says that it would ruin his plans if Jason is revealed to be alive. Nikolas bemoans that his life has been crap for the past two years. Now he is reclaiming his life and power, but he also throws out the thought kernel that Jason’s loved ones are better off (and safer) with him dead. Elizabeth storms the stage, ready to reveal the truth to all gathered, and then … babbles a speech about Jason and his love for Robin and the unseen kindness within him.

Nikolas confronts Elizabeth about keeping quiet, and viewers learn that “Saint Elizabeth” is going on hiatus. Elizabeth has flipped to Nikolas’ dark side and announces that she is going to keep the secret because she deserves her chance with Jason. Yes, after previously (poorly) keeping Danny’s paternity secret, Elizabeth is now going to keep Jakeson’s true identity a secret so she can have him all to herself. Elizabeth has grown weary of all the selfish people succeeding while her love life is a disaster, so she’s going to try the manipulative path. Nikolas ironically asks her about Sam, but Elizabeth brushes it off, determined to have her own happy ending. Clearly Elizabeth is watching too much Once Upon a Time this season. Do-gooder Elizabeth officially vacates the premises as she and Jakeson declare their feelings. Elizabeth beds the amnesiac (who acknowledges the sex feels “familiar”), the secret of his true identity only known to herself, Nikolas, Helena, and … Hayden. Yep. Hayden overhears Nikolas and Elizabeth talking and uses the information to blackmail Nikolas into providing shelter (and presumably sex) at Wyndemere.

Ellie and Nathan push their plan to reunite with their loves into high gear by making sure Maxie and Spinelli see them flirting and then kissing. It works out as planned, with Spinelli thinking he has to protect Ellie’s honor. Within moments, Maxie and Nathan are reunited, as are Spinelli and Ellie. Naturally, nobody mentions how open communication could have resolved the romantic quadrangle without resorting to duplicitous measures.

Sam takes it upon herself to confront Olivia about the baby-daddy situation, and it goes without saying that Julian is close by enough to know that he’s being talked about. Despite his apparent laryngitis, Julian is swift enough to ascertain that it has to be about paternity, and with a little pushing, Sam reveals the truth. Julian is furious that, for the third time, it was going to be kept from him, but the confrontation is cut short when Olivia goes into labor. Labor proceeds quickly enough that Patrick decides the baby will be born there and then, in the Metro court. Aside from a “too soon,” nobody acknowledges that, with the New Year’s Eve conception, Olivia is actually (despite appearances) only five months along. Over Olivia’s objections, Julian is determined to see his child born, and soon enough, baby boy Falconeri-Jerome makes his appearance. Olivia is panicked when she doesn’t hear the baby cry, and Patrick’s facial expressions aren’t exactly reassuring.

The mob wars hit their crescendo this week, but not without a love declaration to heighten the stakes. With pushes from Lucy and Sloane, Anna and Duke reaffirm their love for one another and decide to bail on Port Charles at the stroke of midnight on the docks. Duke makes his way through the Metro Court parking garage but is confronted by Carlos, ready to follow Julian’s orders and take out Duke. Duke scoffs at the notion of taking out the acting kingpin over a territory dispute, but Carlos is steadfast in his determination. Duke lunges, and the two scuffle over the gun, which goes off. However, 15 minutes later, all that is left of the scene is the weapon and some blood, which a post-coital Jakeson stumbles across. Nathan and Maxie join the scene, assume Jakeson is once again following Helena’s orders, and detain him.

Sabrina and Michael make their way back to her apartment, where they share their third kiss. To the amusement of soap fans everywhere, they twosome have an emotionally mature conversation about past relationships and Michael’s status as Sabrina’s employer. Acknowledging that they’re ready to give it a go, they share another kiss and agree to take things slowly. After Michael leaves, Sabrina is basking in her new dating status when a knock on the door reveals a frantic Carlos, who admits he’s in real trouble.

Anna frenetically packs for her impending departure when Sloane arrives at her hotel suite. Sloane suggests the possibility that Duke ordered the hit on Jordan, but Anna is firmly in a state of denial about Duke’s actions as a mob boss. Anna’s delusions are quickly shattered when Jordan calls, advising that she’s just shot and killed Bruce, Duke’s bodyguard, who entered her (unlocked) apartment to try to kill her. Distraught, Anna runs to the docks to find Duke, who stumbles into her arms and collapses … due to the gunshot wound in his chest!

As the week ends with impending death, silent newborns, and manipulative sex … let’s take a deep breath, ready ourselves for next week’s live episodes, and reflect on the annual tradition of Lucy Coe, onstage at the Nurses’ Ball, in her underwear.

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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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