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'General Hospital' fan recap: Whodunit?

Season 53 | Episodes 83–87 | Aired Jul 27–31, 2015

A “whodunit?”!!! Just what every General Hospital viewer has been clamoring for after the scintillating tale of Connie Falconeri’s murder, right? With that, we are gathered here to mourn the apparent passing of Silas Clay, who went from male romantic lead to background character faster than you can stick a knife in his back.

There are three obvious choices for the murder: Nina, Ava, and Morgan … which surely means none of them will actually be revealed as the killer. But let’s dissect the possible players and their motives while we wait for the inevitable sweeps reveal.

Morgan: Ah, the dense one. No matter how hard he tries, there’s simply no equating a man cheating on his wife with a father finding out his daughter’s boyfriend is shtupping her allegedly deceased mother. Even though Morgan is somehow willfully ignorant of Denise’s real identity, protecting Kiki isn’t going to be enough to keep Silas from telling Kiki. Morgan runs off to try his luck at stopping the doctor, but the next time we see Morgan, he’s nervous and ordering doubles.

Ava: Silas can blow her world of lies apart. And he no longer cares about keeping his own culpability a secret, as his guilty conscience has gotten the better of him. Ava is shown panting and shaken; did she once again kill to keep a secret?

Nina: Realizing she loves Franco, she tells Ric that she wants a divorce. Ric sleazily convinces Nina that only spousal privilege will keep her out of jail. Throw in some baby-crying audio for good measure, and it’s enough for Ric to deliver her to Shadybrook. But Franco is hot on her tail and shows up, revealing all of Silas and Ava’s misdeeds, sending Nina into a furor. She’s next seen holding a knife over the body of her ex-husband.

But there are still two other possible suspects: Madeline and Kiki. Madeline has killed before to keep her secrets, so she is a given. But Kiki is a true out-of-left-field possibility. Silas left her an urgent voicemail. What if she left the Hamptons and was so distraught by his news that she killed him?

Elsewhere, Elizabeth is on shaky ground. Knowing that Jakeson is really Jason, her poker face isn’t the strongest, as Jason-related visits keep showing up in her living room. Monica gets to see her grandson and is introduced as a grandmother, despite Elizabeth telling Carly that little Jake knows Lucky is his father. Patrick stops by, at Sam’s behest, to clamor for a relationship between Jake and Danny. (Side note: How awkward was Sam trying to explain the misdeeds that she and Elizabeth both perpetrated in the name of loving Jason?)

But the real fireworks came when Laura showed up and went from passive-aggressive to confrontational with Elizabeth over the “Jakeson is Jason” news.

Laura goes straight for the jugular, pointing out that Elizabeth may have her son back, but Monica doesn’t and should. Elizabeth tries to say it’s not the same thing, but Laura shuts her down, because they are all mothers. With that defense gone, Elizabeth tries a new tactic, in that Laura revealing the truth will turn Nikolas into the town pariah. And proving that everyone in town is more insightful than the police or private investigators, Elizabeth reveals her rightful suspicion that Nikolas had Hayden shot to keep her mouth shut. Will Laura keep the secret to protect her son? And is everything a moot point, now that Hayden is waking up?

After all the hoopla, Luke said goodbye in a familiar way. He hugs his daughter, leaves Laura (Angel) a note, tells Sonny to take care of his town, and disappears into a foggy pier. And … that’s the end of an era.

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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