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'General Hospital' fan recap: Memories of the heart

Season 53 | Episodes 236–239 | Aired Mar 7–10, 2016

Many General Hospital fans can now breathe a sigh of relief. Be it a sign of a successful Twitter campaign (#KeepBeckyGH) or just two sides coming to an amicable agreement, Rebecca Herbst is officially staying put in Port Charles. Now, the question is … what should Elizabeth do next? With the Sam-Jason-Elizabeth triangle seemingly behind us, will Elizabeth move on to a new paramour? And should it be new-in-town-with-a-secret Griffin Monroe, or the-tumor-made-him-do-it Franco?

Now that one town problem has been solved, it is time to move on to the next one. And that problem is the one where people have secret meetings in the most public of places. Sam and Baxter Corbin’s meeting at the Metro Court is the latest in a long string of clandestine meetings that are confusingly visible. Obviously Baxter wouldn’t know it was a secret meeting, but wouldn’t you think Sam would’ve taken steps to at least have the “business” meeting in another city where they wouldn’t be easily spotted by Hayden?

Sam doesn’t learn much from Baxter, but she does definitely know that there is something suspicious going on. As soon as she mentions “Rachel,” Baxter makes a mysterious phone call to a number that is disconnected soon after Sam tries to call it for information. However, Nikolas is swayed by a gift from Hayden—an inscribed first edition of The Great Gatsby—and calls off the investigation. Laura is not moved by Nikolas’ declarations of love, nor by Hayden’s desecration of a classic book. As Nikolas has no interest in the investigation, perhaps Laura can hire Sam to continue looking into her new daughter-in-law? But it’s time for Helena’s will reading, so everything else gets to take a backseat for a moment.

Carly continues her baffling new stance against violence in Sonny’s world. She makes it clear that she has no plans to leave him, as they’ve already failed at being apart so many times before. But unlike her response after she or Michael getting shot, now she is very anti-violence because Kiki got shot. It’s enough to make her grateful that Jason, who is moving out of the Metro Court, has no current interest in working for Sonny. The beginning of Jason’s new life is cemented as he and Carly make their way to the Quartermaine crypt and take down his memorial placard. Carly fills in Jason on his deceased Quartermaine family members, with a special emphasis on how they weren’t really all that bad. Jason finds himself having memories of Lila—specifically of when he told her of his name change to Jason Morgan. Monica, alerted by Alice and security, finds Jason there. Monica is stunned by his Lila recollections (“the heart has a long memory”) and allows him to keep the placard. Sam (who has transported from Wyndemere to the Metro Court) finds him with the morbid keepsake, and then cuts her finger on it. Could it be the Cassadine curse?

Lulu and Dante agree to reconcile and be happy and in love again. But Lulu still isn’t up for sex in the loft of depravity, on the bed where her husband slept with her cousin. With Rocco in his toddler years, it’s definitely time for the twosome to upgrade to a place with bedroom doors.

Andre carves out some time to woo Jordan in her office, fearful that their relationship was losing steam before it really had a chance to begin. The pair agree to try to be a couple rather than constantly analyzing and investigating in each other’s presence. No sooner does Andre leave Jordan’s office than Curtis shows up, bloviating about Jordan staying out of his business, lest he shares her less than savory secrets with others.

Tracy currently has no secrets and is none the happier for it. Tracy leaves the hospital and visits the crypt. She admits that she is lonely with only Monica as an adversary. She collapses, after calling out to Alan, and Dillon whisks her back to the hospital. Dr. Mays tells her that her lesions are probably cancer and schedules a brain biopsy. Griffin has some other ideas, but neither Tracy nor Mays is interested in the young doctor’s theories. Griffin pleads his case to Dillon, who asserts his Quartermaine bravado and insists that Griffin be given the chance to review the biopsy results as well. Griffin, mentioning Tracy’s recent sojourn to Mexico, is less sold on cancer, and it only takes a quick Google search to see why. Mays promises that if Griffin doesn’t back down, his job is on the line, but luckily Brad Cooper is there to guarantee that Tracy’s lab results will be accidentally emailed to Griffin.

But Griffin has other things on his mind, namely one Anna Devane. He admits to poorly following her and asks for the chance to speak to her in private. Anna doesn’t invite him inside her home but is willing to listen. Griffin is called away before he has a chance to tell her his motives, but he promises to return. Anna’s curiosity is piqued, and she asks Andre about the newbie surgeon. Is it at all possible that Griffin is somehow the baby Anna miscarried in 1988—that being the baby loss that Anna has blamed Julian for all these years?

Anna is still determined to bring Julian down, even letting Sonny know that Carlos is alive and on the run. Anna is firm that Sonny not kill Carlos, as he is the linchpin in her plan to hold Julian accountable for Duke’s death. Sonny lets Michael know that Carlos is alive and that Sabrina and the baby are willingly with him. Michael is in disbelief and leaves Sabrina an urgent voice mail to contact him. But since Sabrina destroyed her phone in Canada, it may be a while before she returns his call.

And just as a reminder, with General Hospital being preempted on Friday, Mar. 11, all episodes are shifted by a day. Which means … Michael Easton and his newest character won’t be back on your screen until Mar. 21 now! Are you excited for his return and the unveiling of his fourth (Michael/Caleb Morley/Stephan Clay, John McBain, Silas Clay) Port Charles persona?

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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