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Season 53 | Episodes 29-33 | Aired May 11-15, 2015

Like One Life to Live in 2002, and every soap opera before the mid-1970’s, General Hospital went LIVE this week (except for on the West Coast). Kudos to all the actors, and if there were glitches, they weren’t obvious to this viewer.

Mob drama is front and center, as Anna cradles Duke after he’s been shot, begging him to hang on. A weak Duke states that the shooter caught him off guard, and then his voice trails off. For some reason, Anna does not ask him a second time, instead just pleading with him to hang on. At the hospital, Anna is obviously distraught, but her law-enforcement personality comes through, as she vows vengeance against a denying Julian if he is proven culpable. Patrick works to save Duke, but, alas, the great love story of Duke and Anna comes to an end after nearly thirty years, as Duke expires on the operating table.

Julian’s denial only lasts so long; he actually admits to Alexis that he did indeed order the hit. Alexis, bound by attorney-client privilege, is disgusted, while Julian protests that she knows what his business is about. For the umpteenth time, Alexis decides she can’t be a party to his criminal activity and walks away from their relationship.

Meanwhile, Jakeson is sitting in PCPD police interrogation, with Nathan pressuring him to confess to shooting Duke. Jakeson logically suggests a gun powder residue test, but the conversation is interrupted by Sloane. Sloane’s plan is to let everyone believe Jakeson did kill Duke, especially Julian who will think that Jakeson is proving his loyalty to the Jerome organization. It’s a flimsy plan at best, proven by Anna almost blowing Jakeson’s head off when she views a doctored police report. Sloane intervenes, exposing Jakeson as his informant. Cooler heads all agree that Carlos is the likely shooter.

Carlos, after the shooting, makes his way to Sabrina’s apartment, begging her to let him stay the night because he shot someone. He lies that he plans to leave town to avoid jail for the charges of shooting Ava (remember her?). Sabrina improbably agrees, revealing once again that Carlos controls the soft spot and the blind spot in her heart. But her help is short lived, as Felix calls the next morning with news of Duke’s demise. Sabrina quickly realizes that Carlos shot Duke and confronts him. But Carlos is cold, explaining that the hit wasn’t personal, just business. Sabrina threatens to call the police, and by the time Sloane and Anna have arrived at the apartment, Carlos’s favorite hideout locale, the hit man has vanished, leaving his beloved Sabrina tied to a chair.

The news of Duke’s death hits Olivia hard, further cementing her fear that her new baby boy’s life will be in danger because of Julian’s mob ties. After confessing the preemie’s true paternity to Dante, Olivia asks her son to help her disappear with the infant. Her grand scheme is to return to Bensonhurst and lie low with her friend Melissa. Should lying low involve a return to a neighborhood where everyone knows her? With Lisa LoCicero’s impending maternity leave and Wally Kurth’s new contract at Days of Our Lives, it looks the blended family will probably vamoose as soon the world’s healthiest four-month-preemie’s lungs are fully developed.

Sonny, Shawn, and Carly learn about the hit, and Sonny is immediately out for retribution, while Carly suggests he takes time to mourn his friend. Sonny shrugs off Carly’s suggestion and makes a beeline to confront Julian at the hospital. Julian feigns ignorance, suggesting that one of his men must have gone rogue. Sonny gives Julian 24 hours to name the shooter or bear the brunt of the revenge. Luckily for Julian, the Jakeson plan is in full effect, as Jakeson reveals to Julian that he is covering for Carlos.

Duke’s funeral is held, with Lucy taking a moment to tell Anna that Anna was the true love of Duke’s life. Emma needs reassurance that Duke is dead-dead, not mommy-dead. And a beautiful montage of Anna and Duke’s love affair through the years, complete with first and last loving moments (fast-forward to 3:20 mark for the tribute).

Afterwards, news begins to spread of Jakeson’s alleged involvement in Duke’s death. Julian tells Sonny that Jakeson is the shooter, but tips off the police that Sonny is going after Jakeson. Elizabeth hears the news, and Jakeson refuses to reveal if he did or didn’t commit the murder. In familiar territory, Jakeson tells Elizabeth that it’s too dangerous for them to be a couple right now. Elizabeth’s head nearly explodes from the déjà vu, but she refuses to back down. Foregoing her maternal instinct, Elizabeth stubbornly refuses to go anywhere, declaring that all of life is a risk. Of course, this all may be for naught, as Elizabeth learns that Hayden is at Nikolas’s and that Hayden is aware that Jake=Jason. The two woman snidely challenge each other, with Hayden positioning that she is a better person that Elizabeth or Nikolas. You see, Hayden didn’t know Jakeson’s loved one when she scammed him. Nikolas decides he’s had enough of the whole thing, daring Hayden to reveal the truth and kicking her out of Wyndemere.

Jakeson is at the garage when Sam bursts in, aghast over the possibility that Jakeson killed Duke after she went to bat for Jakeson with Julian and the police. Jakeson tries to be noncommittal, but Sam’s yelling gets to him and he confesses that he did not pull the trigger. Jake wonders why Sam cares so much, just as Hayden storms in, saying she has to tell them something.

Anna gets Sabrina to call Carlos to see if she can get him to reveal his whereabouts. Teresa Castillo hits it out of the park, sobbing (live!) as she calls her one-time love. Despite Sabrina’s prior declaration to turn him into the authorities, Carlos tells Sabrina that he is on the docks, waiting for a ship to take him out of the country. Anna heads to the docks, just missing Carlos and Julian’s goodbye, and comes face to face with Duke’s killer. Carlos brags that he’ll get off on hearsay and lack of evidence, despite the fact that he confessed to Sabrina. Anna realizes Carlos could walk for the crime and raises her gun, tells him to go to hell, and shoots him in the chest. Holy cow, law enforcement actually shot a bad guy for once!

Apropos of nothing to do with the mob war, Nina and Franco reappear during the live episode, showering viewers with meta references. Franco pleads for Nina to forgive his doubting of her. But Nina emerges in a wedding dress, stating that she is getting married that day. Franco is completely confused, and then there is a knock on the door, presumably revealing the groom. Who could it be? Ric? Julian? Sloane? Some random character we haven’t seen in years?

Surprisingly, Lilly Melgar (ex-Lilly) shows up to flip the cue cards of the closing credits of Friday’s live episode. Is Lilly returning? Or was it simply a one-off nod to the epic “Clink Boom” episode?

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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