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'General Hospital' fan recap: Forgiveness and stuff

Season 53 | Episodes 117–121 | Aired Sep 14-18, 2015

As a General Hospital viewer, your enjoyment of this week’s episodes is almost contingent upon your opinion of Sonny Corinthos. As Sonny laid near death, the worship and adoration of the Teflon Don was strong across our screens. All grievances were deftly laid aside as his loved ones gathered by his bedside.

Michael put aside all of his anger over A.J.’s murder to declare his place as Sonny’s son. Neither Carly nor Dante holds any ill will over having been shot by Sonny. And Kristina (marking the return of Lexi Ainsworth) makes no mention of the time Sonny planted a car bomb that almost killed her. As for Morgan, well, being Sonny’s offspring hasn’t nearly gotten him killed (yet), but the temperamental/bipolar offspring doesn’t fall from the paternal tree.

Early in the week, we learn that the bullet has moved—away from the spine, but close to the aorta. And while it’s fearful and emotional for those at the hospital, it’s doubtful many viewers were on the edge of their seats. Naturally, thanks to neurosurgeon Patrick Drake’s awesome cardio-surgical skills, the bullet is safely removed.

One by one, everyone stops by Sonny’s bedside to express their joy and relief. Sonny is barely post-op when he recalls Morgan, standing over his sedated body, vowing to kill Julian. Sonny passes the information on to his loved ones (well, Kristina overhears), and the hunt is on to find Morgan before he does something life-altering. Learning from Milo that Morgan is armed only ups the urgency.

Julian is no dummy, and after being released by the PCPD due to lack of evidence, he tells Alexis that despite his innocence, he plans to get out of Dodge to stay safe from retribution. Luckily for him, Alexis has just rented a lake house to replace the one that blew up last year. And although she declines to hide out with him, she does accompany him to the newly acquired residence, with assurances that nobody else is aware of the property. Except, of course, for T.J. who overheard their entire conversation.

Morgan makes his way around town, searching for Julian. First, he lets himself into the penthouse with a key that Ava previously gave him. Finding it vacant, he makes his way over to Alexis’ (Sam’s?) place and encounters T.J. Realizing Morgan is somewhat unhinged, T.J. is reluctant to share Julian’s whereabouts, but Morgan presses him, reminding him that Sonny’s current state is because Sonny tried to rescue T.J. We don’t see T.J. divulge the lake house information, but Morgan’s next stop is standing on the porch and aiming a gun at Julian and Alexis.

Ava gets a shock when Scott shows up at her cell, offering up his legal services. That, and admitting the incriminating recording is in his position and will never make its way to court … if Ava pays Scott five million dollars. Ava balks, but agrees to Scott’s terms. Scott easily gets the charges dismissed due to the missing evidence, but the judge leaves it open to be refiled, with no statue. Unfortunately, by the time the two make their way to Scott’s hotel room, they find the place trashed and the recording missing. Scott still wants his money, which Ava laughs at, but she’s frantic that the recording could be in Ric’s hands. Seriously, with the chain of custody so badly handled, any competent lawyer could have the case tossed.

However, Ava’s first priority is to rid herself of the Denise persona for good. After hacking off the shoulder-length tresses, Ava dyes the black hair back to her previous blond coloring. And amazingly, she does it with one box of hair dye. That may be the most unrealistic thing a show with people who come back from the dead on a regular basis has ever portrayed. Once she’s back to her Ava self, she answers a knock at the door to find Paul Hornsby on the other side.

Elizabeth, burdened by the secret of Jakeson’s true identity, decides to unload her secret of … keeping Danny’s paternity a secret for a hot minute. Jakeson is confused as to why she would share this with him, being it’s in the past and irrelevant, as far as he knows. He swears that her momentary lapse in judgment won’t change his desire to marry her and be part of her family. Oh, poor, delusional Elizabeth, the egg timer on your relationship is surely about to go off. And still, we ask, how does a man with no social security number or birth certificate actually plan to get married in the first place?

Might it be a double disastrous wedding as well? After throwing Patrick an intimate surprise birthday party with Anna, Emma, and Danny, Sam and Patrick are happily ensconced in their domestic bubble. Patrick tells a shocked Sam that he wants to marry her.

One marriage that is over is Ric and Nina’s short-lived and duplicitous betrothal. Nina and Franco gleefully delight in busting Ric on his fraudulent gaslighting ways. With evidence of the baby-crying phone app and the bellman-delivered crib, Nina is able to get Ric to sign annulment papers. Now that there are no obstacles, what will a happy Nina and Franco do with their time?

Elsewhere, Valerie tells Nathan that she is harboring feelings for Dante, but will not act on them. Nathan, buttinski extraordinaire, almost tells Dante, who is still torn about having cheated on Lulu. And Dillon, who hasn’t shared a scene with his alleged girlfriend, Valerie, in weeks, bemoans a cease-and-desist order he got from the mayor about his film. Apparently, Paul has a lot of tricks still up his sleeve, as Mayor Lomax is smitten with him back from his law-school days. Paul works his charm and the film is back on. But what are Paul’s true motives in Port Charles?

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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