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Season 53 | Episodes 103-107 | Aired Aug 24-28, 2015

If last week’s General Hospital had courtroom shenanigans, this week brings viewers downright bedlam. Since nearly everything revolved around Silas and/or Ava this week, let’s discuss the moments of the week—good, bad, or insane.

Denise DeMuccio is no more: Thanks to Obrecht swiping Ava’s drinking glass, we learned that bone marrow changes blood DNA, but not hair or saliva. Ava tries to deny Scott’s findings, but quickly breaks and reveals to one and all that she is Ava. Kiki and Morgan share a “duh” facial response, and Franco panics as Ava (assuming Franco betrayed her confidence) shares the photo of Nina hovering over Silas’ body with the court. But all can be thankful, as Denise DeMuccio has journeyed to the alias heaven in the sky where Derek Wells resides.

Remembering Connie: Remember how Ava killed Connie two years ago, pinned it on A.J., and there’s a recording of her confessing to the murder? Of course you do, because we’re reminded all the time. Disregarding the whole “chain of custody” of the cleaned-up recording, which apparently alternates between a drawer and evidence locker, this week marked the anniversary of Connie’s passing. Sonny, who served a few months for killing A.J., is still determined to avenge Connie’s death and make Ava pay. He tells her as much, repeatedly, during a jailhouse visit. Sonny reflects to Carly about how he tried to save Connie (no, he didn’t) and they discuss Ava going away to Pentonville (like Sonny did?).

Love and a juice box: With the PCPD unable to determine exactly who killed Silas, they decide to detain Nina for the murder, as well as continuing to hold Franco. Franco opts to confess to try to protect Nina, and while he’s held without bail, the court (and public opinion) isn’t buying it. Nina pleads not guilty and ignores Alexis, making sure to declare Franco’s innocence in court as well. Nina and Franco make the best of their adjacent cells, declaring their love over shared juice boxes. Franco finally clues Nina in to Ric’s gaslighting, pointing out that the “crazy” events only occurred in the hotel room.

Ric’s cuffed: Dante and Nathan pore over police files, and Nathan, almost gleefully, announces that he knows who killed Silas. The twosome quickly arrest Ric and plop him into an interrogation room. While we don’t see what the evidence is, the PCPD seem fairly confident that they have cracked the case (a first?). Ric isn’t held for long, as he shows up in time for Nina’s arraignment, which he is not prosecuting because someone finally thought about conflicts of interest. After Nina is denied bail, Ric chats up Madeline, wondering how she got Silas’ signature on the financial papers that Nina hasn’t signed. Is it safe to assume that Ric is wearing a wire to bring Mommie Dearest down?

A chip off the old broken barware: Morgan takes the news of Ava’s revival especially hard, much to the confusion of his girlfriend. Just like his father, he takes to hurtling defenseless glasses to vent his anger. Morgan makes his way to the jail to visit Ava, assuming that she is taking delight in having pulled one over on him. Ava swears she loves Morgan, and only did this to keep her identity a secret, reminding him that he previously told Sonny her location during her pregnancy. Morgan makes Ava swear to keep their recent tryst a secret. But back at Sonny’s house, Carly and Sonny approach him about seeing Dr. Collins. Morgan is adamant that he is not crazy, and Sonny tries to broach the subject of bipolarity with him, interjecting his own experiences. Morgan deflects, blaming Ava for all of his woes and swearing she is out of his life.

Kiki gets a clue: In the space of an week, Kiki went from thinking Franco killed Silas to being sure Nina did it, being sure her mother didn’t do it, then wondering if her boyfriend did it. In the midst of all of that, she takes Franco to task for keeping Ava’s secret, and continues to query him on what he knew and when. Franco, taking his time, drops the biggest bombshell of all on her: Her boyfriend and her not-aunt/mom were doing the deed behind her back. While Morgan is determined to make things work with Kiki, it’s a sure bet that she has different plans now.

Elsewhere: Tracy and Paul take baby steps toward becoming friends. Dillon and Maxie have a chat, where she inaccurately blasts him for not attending Georgie’s funeral. Dillon wants Lulu to play Marjorie in his indie film. And Sonny and Carly, despite the mayhem surrounding them, continue to plan for their upcoming wedding.

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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