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'General Hospital' fan recap: The blame game

Season 54 | Episodes 22–26 | Aired May 2-6, 2016

Was it officially “Dump on Alexis Davis Week” on General Hospital? Carly’s calling her a hypocrite. Anna’s calling her a murderer, or at least an accomplice to murder, and Sonny thinks Alexis has lost her soul to Julian. Behind it all are multiple declarations that Julian is the scum of the earth.

There’s a moment where Sonny lists Julian’s wrongdoings: went after Sonny’s territory, turned his son (Morgan) against him, and had his #2 (Duke) killed. At this point, one has to ask why Sonny views himself, having shot his own son (Dante) and killed an innocent man (A.J.), as so much more deserving of happiness and freedom than Julian. Why exactly are we supposed to be rooting against Julian?

Of course, right now, Julian is acting in contradiction with the man viewers saw put his family and love before his mob endeavors. Wasn’t his only original goal just to keep Ava safe after the Hornsby-gallery-gun fiasco? When the key witness against Carlos is found dead, by Alexis, with a needle full of drugs in his arm, it’s not implicitly said, but it is greatly implied that Julian had a role in Hal’s sudden death. After all, Julian did call Hammer after sneaking a peek at the witness papers in Alexis’s briefcase, and Hammer calls shortly after the death to let Julian know “it’s done.” From a current evidence standpoint, it certainly seems as if Julian has gone fully back to his criminal life.

But, as viewers, are we all still clinging to the hope that there’s another explanation? Even after being interrogated by the police over Hal’s death and having her list of proximity to deaths (Luis Alcazar, Kiefer Bauer) thrown in her face, Alexis summons her inner strength to flat-out ask Julian if he was involved in Hal’s death. Julian puts on an incredulous face and flips the conversation to trust in their marriage. He also reminds Alexis (and viewers) that he only had Duke killed before Duke could have him killed, a winning defense if ever there was. Alexis challenges him to reaffirm his love for her, several times, and then the married duo prove their physical chemistry is still very much intact. But afterwards, still in bed, Alexis has a look on her face that implies that her trust is waning.

Trust is completely dead in the relationship of Nikolas and Hayden, albeit for very definite reasons. After Hayden is grilled all night by the FBI, Nikolas comes to her defense by intervening. But when Hayden offers up that it’s time for a divorce, complete with her prenuptial guaranteed five million dollars, Nikolas balks. Nikolas has his hands on diamonds that Hayden held onto from her father’s ill-gotten gains and offers to turn them over to the FBI. Hayden, of course, counters with an offer to turn Nikolas in for having her shot. The pair decide to stay married, for now, with Hayden receiving an allowance from Nikolas for expenses. Where exactly is this story headed?

After being caught in the park by Jason and Sam, Franco denies stalking the pair. Oddly enough, even with Franco’s horrid history, Jason comes across as being a bit of a bully to Franco. Jason pulls out Franco’s sketch book, and he and Sam are horrified by Franco’s dark rendering of Nina. It seems like a complete overreaction, but it’s enough for Jason to declare that he is going to convince Elizabeth to discontinue Jake’s art therapy sessions. Franco tries to intervene, but Jason tells Elizabeth that Franco threatened to tell Jake that Jason is a killer. Elizabeth is still unsure if Franco is a bad guy again, but Jason points out that if they’re unsure, isn’t it best to side on caution for their son? With that, Elizabeth cancels Jake’s appointment. Franco also shows Nina the drawing, and she is horrified. Franco tells her that he’s hurt and angry, and that’s all it means.

Maxie and Nathan continue to dig themselves deeper into their respective deceptions. Nathan keeps insisting that the past is just that and he only wants to look forward, discouraging any further conversations about Claudette. Because knowing about an ex-wife is somehow an unreasonable thing? Maxie, being Maxie, continues with her search for more information, aided by Sam’s P.I. skills. After Lulu accepts her invite to be her maid of honor (yes, maid, not matron, as Lulu and Dante are still divorced), Maxie spills that she’s heading to New York to find her wedding dress and to meet Claudette. Nathan is also completely oblivious to Griffin’s uncomfortable demeanor in his presence, but he does manage to make note of Griffin’s gunshot scar. Griffin doesn’t really want to talk about it, but he acknowledges that there was no police report and that he probably deserved it. Is it a pretty safe leap to assume that Griffin was Claudette’s lover and Nathan shot him when he discovered them in bed together?

Jordan and Andre finally move past her unfounded jealousy of Anna and into the bedroom. Their lovemaking distracts Jordan from several missed calls about Hal’s death and the ensuing fallout. It also serves to keep Andre out of Anna’s frazzled crosshairs as she simultaneously mourns the anniversary of Duke’s death and the real possibility that Carlos might go free.

Carly enlists Finn to help her investigate the source of Josslyn’s mystery kidney donor. While caring for a lonely, hypochondriac patient, Finn takes a break with Carly to check out the hospital records of who was working that day at the hospital. They’re surprised to find Obrecht in the records room, surly from her recent demotion. Obrecht declines to give Carly the records and then finds herself in Finn’s patient room, where the man has suddenly died. Obrecht accuses Finn of shoddy medical work, and Andre notes Finn’s surprising reaction that death can be a release for some patients. While Finn takes solace in his mystery injections, viewers are left to wonder if he might be serving as an Angel of Death to some of his patients. Of course, this also occurs when a new gossipy nurse, Amy, has just joined the staff, and seldom is there a true coincidence in Port Charles.

Jason and Sonny have another meeting that ends with Sonny disappointed that Jason is no longer his kill-at-will-goon. And while Jason is willing to intervene to stop Michael from helping Carlos (which Michael seemingly wasn’t going to do anyways), Jason really wants no part in Sonny’s determination to take down Julian and Carlos. Sonny is flummoxed as to why Jason keeps coming around if he keeps saying he wants no part of his old life.

Back at the jail, after having been reminded by Sonny that he is basically a dead man walking, Carlos is in a state of panic about his future. Convicted or acquitted, Carlos is sure that his days are numbered, so he appeals to Paul for help. Paul arranges a prison transfer while secretly supplying Carlos with a paper clip and pen. Both Dante and Nathan offer to accompany Carlos in the prison van. Carlos uses the paper clip to MacGyver his way out of the handcuffs and the pen to stab Dante, and in the ensuing chaos, the driver swerves and crashes the van. A view of the road reveals that the now quiet van crashed into Jason’s motorcycle, and Jason lies motionless on the road.

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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