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'General Hospital' fan recap: Arrivederci, Port Charles

Season 53 | Episodes 78–82 | Aired Jul 20–24, 2015

It was a week of breaking news, off-camera, for General Hospital, as Anthony Geary scorched the earth on his way out of town with an explosive exit interview. On Friday, ABC announced that head writer Ron Carlivati has been replaced with soap writing vets Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman. The new scribes’ work won’t be onscreen immediately, as General Hospital tapes quite a bit in advance. But will they be able to right the show with upset and weary viewers?

Tracy makes her way to the Haunted Star, seeking out Luke for closure. Tracy forgives Luke, but owns the hell that the last year has been for her. Luke takes the forgiveness as a sign, presenting the engagement ring to Tracy once again, but Tracy is firm in her “no” response. While she accepts his apology, Tracy feels that Luke needs to find himself in his new reality, not in his past with her. Tracy can’t fix him, but acknowledges it was a privilege to know and love Luke—the best time she’s ever had. The twosome will love each other forever, but do so separately.

Michael pays Luke a visit, asking for permission to use the Elm Street location for the newly revived A.J. Quartermaine clinic plans. Luke approves the plans, but immediately heads to the house, gun in hand. Pointing the gun at himself, Luke declares that when the house goes, he goes. Urging him to kill himself is the apparition of his abusive father. Luke seems poised to follow through when a vision of his teenage sister, Pat, urges him to forgive himself and choose to live. His mother also appears to him, echoing Pat’s sentiment. Luke puts the gun down just as Bobbie walks in. He assures his sister that the gun was a fleeting thought that he is past; instead, he is leaving Port Charles, for good.

Bobbie and Luke reminisce about their past, complete with flashbacks with awesome hair and clothing. And as Luke leaves Elm Street and the past behind, he talks to his younger self, admitting to squandering their potential. Luke can’t undo the past, but life isn’t over.

Bobbie isn’t only focused on her brother this week. She makes time to meet with her niece Valerie to suggest they work together to plan Lucas and Brad’s wedding, complete with stereotypes about men and planning. Carly pops by her brother’s work to suggest a double wedding with her and Sonny as well (because first-time nuptials should always be shared). Lucas is anxious to plan his own day, but Brad is still immersed in secrecy. Brad finally cops to his big secret: He can’t marry Lucas because he is already married, and has been for a long time. Before Brad can explain further, Lucas rips into Brad for making him complicit in cheating.

There was actually some loving in the afternoon this week, though, as Michael and Sabrina had a boathouse tryst, enjoying their burgeoning relationship. Maxie returns home from visiting with Georgie to find Nathan waiting for her. The couple shares some shower time, and all is hunky dory with them for now. No sooner is Lulu filling Maxie in on the kiss between Valerie and Dante than Dante is confessing the whole enchilada to Nathan. Because who better than his coworker and wife’s bestie’s fella to share it all with? This surely won’t bite either of them in the behind, right?

Ric ups his game of gaslighting Nina, bringing a crib into their hotel room just long enough for her to see and freak out over. Once Nina runs into the other room, Ric moves the crib out, telling Nina it was never there. If Nina is really falling for the “hallucinations only happen in the hotel room” ploy, she may truly be the most gullible character in GH history. Madeline makes sure Nathan is aware of his sister’s “instability.” Nathan pays Nina a visit, just in time to see Avery’s baby blanket out in the open.

The Jakeson reveal edges closer to inevitability as yet another person learns the truth. One would think Elizabeth and Nikolas would make certain to discuss secrets behind closed doors, but Laura easily overhears the truth. After a few passive-aggressive remarks about Jakeson’s family, Laura flat-out tells Nicolas what she knows. While Nikolas comes across less aggressively evil than we’ve seen him lately, he is able to turn the tables on Laura. Nikolas reminds his mother that she kept his own existence a secret for nearly 20 years to “protect her family.” Laura can’t argue with that, but wishes she didn’t know the truth about Jakeson.

Little Jake’s re-emergence continues to make waves throughout town, starting with the mystery of where Josslyn’s kidney came from. Nobody has mentioned the black-market organ trade of five years ago, so is it forgotten history or part of the larger story? Sam is floored to learn that Danny’s half-brother is alive, and Carly is overwhelmed to see how much Jake resembles Jason. Elizabeth reminds them that Jake knows Lucky to be his father, but based on the tyke’s non-reactions to recent events, he could be told he was from Mars and not freak out.

Lastly, the Denise/Ava saga continues to tread water, as Morgan reminisces about their encounter while pretending to be Kiki’s doting boyfriend. Franco, having easily seen through Ava’s cover story, blasts her for sleeping with her daughter’s beau. Franco wonders what kind of mother does that. What kind of mother, indeed?

Monday, July 27, marks Anthony Geary’s final air date. As viewers prepare to bid him arrivederci, take a moment and share your favorite (or least favorite) Luke moments below.

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TV Families -- We compare various television clans through the years to see how they stack up, from ''The Brady Bunch'' to ''The Flintstones''

By 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