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'General Hospital' fan recap: Courtroom shenanigans

Season 53 | Episodes 98–102 | Aired Aug 17–21, 2015

Only on General Hospital can a murder go to trial in less than 30 days. But here we are, with Franco standing trial for the stabbing death of Silas Clay. Viewers know he isn’t guilty, and have generally greeted the whodunit case with a collective yawn.

The trial continues the show’s longstanding tradition of assuming viewers have never watched an episode of Law & Order in any of its incarnations. Ric mentions Franco’s prior bad acts (serial killing) in his opening remarks, despite there never having been a conviction. Kiki sits in the courtroom listening to other witnesses before she takes the stand. Morgan takes the stand, perjuring himself with several omissions from the story of Franco threatening him with the murder weapon. For Scott’s grand finale, he calls Ava to the stand (as Denise), listens to her silly “dinner party for Kiki” story, and then produces a file that says her DNA is an exact match to Ava’s. Does he actually have proof, or is he just calling her bluff?

The list of people who know that Denise is Ava is growing almost as fast as those that know that Jake is Jason. Obrecht, prompted by Franco, pays her a visit. Obrecht threatens to out her for the identity lie and diddling of her daughter’s boyfriend (as has everyone else), and once again, Ava plays the “photo of Nina” card. Later, Ava reveals herself to Julian, and Julian greets the knowledge with a hug, seemingly putting aside all of those pesky issues (murder attempts, betrayal) they had before her “death.”

Julian is a little busy himself, as the surviving hijacker is arrested and rolls on him, identifying Julian as being responsible for the hijacking of Sonny’s shipments. The arrest comes just as Olivia was about to reveal that their baby (Leo) is still alive. Olivia, immediately equating arrest with conviction, backs down, keeping the secret. Alexis stands by her man, in trust and in court, securing Julian’s bail over Ric’s objections. Julian swears his innocence, begging the question: Who is running the Jerome operation?

Sonny, in between shooting dirty looks at Julian, found himself on the receiving end of much adoration this week. Yes, the man who just a few weeks ago shot a mob associate to prove a point is also the familial liaison for the Ashford clan, working his Sonny-magic to help T.J. make inroads with his mother. Since Jordan’s sole purpose as police commissioner is to get back at Sonny for taking T.J. into his home, does she now have to resign? Sabrina also jumps to Team Sonny, contemplating with Michael whether his mental illness was responsible for A.J.’s shooting, rather than Sonny’s lifelong list of violent crimes.

Carly, noting Morgan’s recent rash behavior, wonders if Morgan has inherited Sonny’s bipolar disorder. Carly cites Morgan’s gambling problem, duplicitous marriage to Kiki, affair with Ava, drugging Michael, and her fear that he killed Silas as examples. Talking with Sonny, she admits it could also be hotheadedness (like hers), but notes that Morgan is in his twenties, when bipolarity often first manifests. Sonny is shaken by the idea, hoping he didn’t pass his disease on to his son.

Nina spends the week also dealing with mental illness—just not her own. Her new confidant is a catatonic patient at Shadybrook, whom Nina constantly rants at about the entire Silas-Franco situation. Madeline stops by for a visit, trying to get Nina to sign financial papers, indicating she’ll be transferred to Ferncliff for lack of payment to Shadybrook. Considering Nina committed herself, that’s a fairly unlikely scenario. But it’s all for naught, as Nina refuses to sign anything before reading it, much to Madeline’s annoyance. Nathan is the next visitor in line, wondering why Franco’s much heralded “other killer” scenario hasn’t panned out. Nina blurts out that Silas kidnapped Avery, but clams up before detailing the Ava connection.

Brad and Rosalie detail how they came to be married to an impatient Lucas. Having met in college, Rosalie acted as Brad’s beard to his family, all the way to the altar. Lucas brushes this off, proclaiming it is 2015 and Brad needs to just come out to his family. After some hemming and hawing, Brad divulges that he and Rosalie have to stay married so they won’t be forced to testify against one another in a court of law. No further information is given yet, but law-breaking is apparently a better excuse than possible bigamy, and Lucas opts to forgive Brad.

Also working on forgiveness are Maxie and Valerie, as conversation about Carly’s jewelry evolves into discussing lost family members, leading to an actual declaration of friendship. The egg timer of the new buddies has been set, as it’s only a matter of time before the Valerie-Dante indiscretion is exposed.

Finally, Elizabeth wastes no time in sharing with Nikolas the fact that Jakeson and Sam are investigating him for Michael, especially his connection to Hayden. Elizabeth admits as much to Jakeson, pretending she did it out of anger over his possible betrayal. It’s just a feeling, but might Elizabeth end up being the one to unveil her own lies, done in by the weight of her guilty conscience? Hayden, meanwhile, really does have amnesia, as she is only starting to remember flashes of her time spent with Nikolas prior to the shooting. So, yes, an amnesiac holds the secret to an amnesiac. It’s difficult not to wonder what Hayden’s life was before Ric recruited her, since apparently nobody from her old life has ever come looking for her!

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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