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'General Hospital' fan recap: Murder, secrets, and ShrieKi

Season 53 | Episodes 88–92 | Aired Aug 3-7, 2015

The question of who killed Silas on General Hospital is front and center this week, with the news traveling through Port Charles. But unless Ava confesses on Monday, viewers aren’t really any closer to knowing who the actual culprit is.

Finding Franco outside her father’s apartment, Kiki is initially confused. Franco tries to stall and distract her, learning that she returned early from the Hamptons because of Silas’ frantic voicemail. But upon entering the abode, she transforms into “ShrieKi,” screaming and crying hysterically at the sight of her father’s dead body. Could her over-the-top reaction and unwillingness to listen to Franco be a sign that Kiki is hiding something? Or is she just a distraught daughter with very capable lungs?

Franco, found with the murder weapon on his person, is immediately arrested. However, Morgan and Ava skulk about, showing themselves both to be viable suspects. Both glue their eyes to separate televisions, watching the events unfold. Sonny fills Carly in on Silas having busted Morgan and “Denise” in bed, along with Morgan’s assurances that Silas wouldn’t tell Kiki. Carly calls her son on the literal carpet and flat-out asks if he killed Silas.

Ava, having mutually ended things with Morgan, works to cement her own story as well. She covers to Dante that her unanswered call to Silas was to plan a dinner party. Then she makes her way to the jail, threatening Franco that if he reveals anything about her true identity, she’ll have to tell the police that Nina was at Silas’, holding the bloody knife. Now … we saw Franco hustle Nina out of there and immediately run into Kiki after his crime-scene wipe-down. Viewers were also treated to a flashback of Ava exiting the apartment, being careful not to leave any fingerprints on the doorknob. So, uh … how did Ava manage to see Nina with the body and sneak out undetected? Did she magically apparate past a shell-shocked Nina?

Nina is back at Shadybrook, having a parade of visitors. She pointedly tells Madeline and Ric that she didn’t kidnap Avery and doesn’t belong in the institution. Speaking of which, assuming neither knew about Silas’ culpability, wasn’t it an awfully risky plan to frame Nina with the real kidnapper’s identity a mystery? Why are Ric’s plans always so half-baked? Nina insists to Nat that Franco is innocent, but without implicating herself, she’s unable to clear Franco’s name.

After once again facing the wrath of ShrieKi’s screaming ability, Franco calls Obrecht to the PCPD, using a hangnail to garner doctor-patient confidentiality so he can tell her everything. I’m pretty sure that confidentiality only applies to medical treatments/conditions, not criminal activity, but are there any lawyers that confirm this? Franco unloads the whole story on Obrecht, including Silas’ role in the kidnapping and Ava’s new DNA markers post–blood transfusion. Obrecht calls Nathan, telling him he needs to listen to Franco’s version of events.

Elsewhere, Hayden emerges from her coma (complete with coiffed hair and lip gloss), but has come down with a convenient case of memory loss. Ironically, the only thing she claims to remember is being “married” to Jake. Sam isn’t buying her innocent act, but Patrick has to treat her condition regardless. Jakeson swings by her hospital room, inquiring about Nikolas, but that elicits no memory from Hayden either (although her eyes tell another story). Sam comes clean to Patrick about investigating Nikolas for Michael, explaining that she didn’t want him to feel disloyal to his friendship with Elizabeth. Patrick understands, but there may be a little jealousy of Sam and Jakeson hiding behind his loving eyes.

Of course, Elizabeth is knee-deep in secrets of her own, as she runs to Nikolas with the news of Hayden’s recovery. Nervously, Elizabeth finally asks Nikolas if he was responsible for Hayden’s shooting. Nikolas dances around the truth, but admits it to be true. Elizabeth is horrified, especially at the prospect of Nikolas finishing the job. She’s adamant that she can live with the terrible things they have done, but she has to draw the line at taking a life. Elizabeth insists that Nikolas draw the same line.

Finally, Sonny calls a meeting with the Five Families, determined to uncover which faction is targeting his shipments. Serge, controller of the Brighton Beach area, is in possession of his hijacked goods. Serge lets on that his source was someone who had previously fenced for the Jerome family, which is all Sonny needs to hear to decide Julian isn’t as far out of the mob as he claims. But Serge presses his luck with the don of the northern seafront, taunting Sonny that his territory hold is weak without Jason/Shawn/Duke, insinuating that it might be ripe for the picking. Sonny, needing to assert his control/manhood, shoots Serge right in the chest. Bedlam erupts, but no other casualties occur. After the A.J. debacle, it seems Sonny hasn’t learned anything about anger management. Remind us again: Why are we supposed to root for Sonny?

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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