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'General Hospital' fan recap: Truth, tears, and BUSTED!

Season 53 | Episodes 175–179 | Aired Dec 7–11, 2015

You have to hand it to Sam Morgan this week on General Hospital. Sam manages to expose one of the most powerful secrets in Port Charles without violence, test results, or even being in a crowded (aka wedding) setting. All Sam really has is Jake’s vague comment, Laura’s stammering denials, and a really strong feeling in her gut. In fact, almost everything took a backseat this week as powerful scene after scene plays out across town.

Starting with the inevitable and long-delayed confrontation between a suspicious Sam and a denying Elizabeth, gloves were off all over Port Charles. Sam accuses Elizabeth of knowing the truth about Jason’s identity, and Elizabeth deflects with denials and insults. Sam hits the sweet spot, telling Elizabeth that she simpers and whines and pretends to be a victim. Elizabeth hits back, saying Sam is lying to Patrick and wants a Jason who doesn’t exist. Elizabeth rants that Sam is pathetic and jealous and just wants what Elizabeth has.

At the same time, Carly and Jason are engaged in a heated discussion over the hospital. Jason blasts Carly for interfering in his relationship, telling her to back off. But since backing off isn’t in Carly’s wheelhouse, she presses on. Carly begs Jason to try to reclaim himself, noting his continued memory flashes. But Carly loses any ground she has with Jason when she attacks Elizabeth, saying his fiancée is playing him and trying to trap him. Jason reinforces his “butt-out” mandate, and Carly just tells him that everyone knows Sam is the love of his life.

Jason returns home to find his fiancée and wife warring in the living room, and Sam challenges Elizabeth to tell Jason the truth—or she will. Elizabeth says she will, but only if Sam leaves. Sam accuses Elizabeth of being the same kind of lying bitch as Hayden, and it’s about time someone played that connection. But Jason, still feeling the burn of his Carly encounter, isn’t interested, tells Sam to shut her mouth, and kicks her out. After Sam leaves, Jason asks what it’s all about, and Elizabeth downplays it and refuses to dignify Sam’s accusations.

Back at her home, Sam tells Patrick that she went to Elizabeth’s. Patrick loses his cool, knocking his carefully placed roses to the ground. Patrick says it’s over and goes to storm out, only to find Jason at the door. Patrick takes that as his cue to leave, and Sam tells Jason what Elizabeth wouldn’t: Elizabeth knew for months who he really was. Jason asks for proof, and Sam offers up no concrete evidence. However, it’s clear Sam is telling the truth based on Jake’s comment, Elizabeth’s frequent “I have to tell you something” moments, and, most damning, when Elizabeth held off on accepting Jason’s proposal and told Sam it was because of her. Jason accuses Sam of just trying to get him back, and Sam somberly admits that he doesn’t remember their life or love, so there would be no point in that. Sam just wants Jason to know the truth, and to do that, he needs to trust his instincts.

Jason returns home to find an anxious Elizabeth and flat-out asks her if she knew. Elizabeth evades, casting blame on Sam for living in the past. Elizabeth calls Sam jealous, petty, absurd, and spiteful, but Jason hones in on her non-answer of the original question. Elizabeth, in tears, says she loved him with questions, and can’t he do the same? But Jason doesn’t back down, and Elizabeth finally admits the truth, that she’s known who he was since the Nurses’ Ball. Jason, infuriated, lashes out that she kept him from his children, his family, and his loved ones, and all for herself. Elizabeth meekly defends that she didn’t want to ruin Sam and Patrick’s happiness, but she tried to tell him the truth. Jason coldly asks when she stopped trying, then points out that she’s only sorry she got caught. Elizabeth confesses she was worried she would lose him again, like so many times before. Jason says she took away his choice in the matter and manipulated him, so admitting it now is too late. She was the woman he loved, but the love isn’t any more real than Jake Doe.

Over at Sam and Patrick’s, a much more heartfelt breakup is taking place. Patrick, through teary eyes, tells Sam that it’s over between them. Sam doesn’t want it to be, proclaiming her love, asking for more time. But Patrick points out that even though Jason doesn’t remember their life together, Sam does. And while Sam and Patrick love each other, the Jason-love triumphs all. Sam sadly returns Patrick’s ring. Emma comes home from her sleepover expecting a wedding date, and is absolutely devastated to learn that there will be no wedding. Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma) completely sells her anguish and tears, and it’s doubtful there is a viewer out there who didn’t want to hug and comfort her as she sobbed. Emma’s tears move from crying about the broken engagement to bawling for her mommy. After a fruitless call to Robin, Patrick, trying to comfort his daughter, vows they will go to Paris and see Robin.

Patrick comforts Emma

Before we get to Robin’s current situation, let’s wrap up the Jason-Elizabeth-Sam saga of the week. Sam makes her way to Julian and Alexis’ house, where she lets her parents know of her split from Patrick and the truth reveal. Alexis comforts her daughter, and Julian makes it known that he hopes she and Jason do not reconcile. Jason finds himself at the gym, ready to pound out some frustrations, but instead finds his old friend Sonny. Sonny listens as Jason fills him in; while admitting he’s not a fan of the Jason and Elizabeth pairing, he points out that Sonny and Carly have lied to each other numerous times over the years, but always found their way back to each other. Sonny asks Jason if he’d rather accept what Elizabeth did than live without her. After Jason leaves, Carly arrives and gets to do the happiest of happy dances when Sonny fills her in on the goings-on. Carly is relieved, as “that bitch finally showed her true colors.” Meanwhile, Jason makes his way back to Elizabeth’s, and as a call comes in from Sam, Elizabeth asks if he’s home.

Back to Robin: She’s still ensconced in her lab work, as Jerry Jacks returns to our screens and lets her know that with Helena’s death, she has failed to complete her work in time. Robin knows this means Jerry plans to have her killed and begs for more time. Jerry allows her 48 hours to succeed or her time is up.

Also returning to our screens is Johnny Zacchara and his immeasurable charm. Fresh out of funds and bored on the run, Johnny shows up at the Haunted Star, asking Lulu for a place to crash. The old loves bond over drinks and Lulu asks (and rethinks and asks again) Johnny to get rid of, but not kill, Valerie. Dillon shows up, and Johnny hides behind the bar, stealing the entire scene with his hand reaching for the bottle and shot glasses. A dropped strainer alerts Dillon to his presence, and Lulu plays the “you wrecked my marriage” card to obtain his silence. For all the hum and drum of the Falconeri saga, seeing Johnny and his smirk on our screens is a welcome addition to the show.

Dante continues not to think with his head, and offering Valerie the crumbs of his manhood as opposed to a real relationship. When his dalliance with his cousin-in-law is interrupted by Olivia and a sick Rocco, he shuts down his mother’s commentary, then leaves Rocco with Valerie to get some baby aspirin. Olivia returns and is repulsed by Valerie’s presence, yet still over-the-top and meddlesome. If Olivia’s shrill family babble is all the Falconeri marriage has in its cheering section, it’s probably time for a divorce.

In final odds and ends, we learn that Hayden’s past life was on Wall Street and that Curtis has found Shawn’s stray bullet. Nikolas shows the same emotion for Elizabeth’s reveal that he does for Hayden’s past, oddly downplaying everything. And Sabrina appears to be inching closer to telling Michael the truth about the baby, as her burgeoning belly threatens to reveal the parentage for her. And Kiki once again tells Ava she’s done with her. Morgan accidentally misses a dose of his meds.

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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