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'General Hospital' fan recap: The magic of Laura

Season 54 | Episodes 94–98| Aired Aug 15–19, 2016

When the powers that be at General Hospital hired Genie Francis in 1976 (she’d first air in 1977) for the role of Laura, do you think they knew the pure magic that was before them? Just think of the range of believable emotions portrayed by her this week: grief, fury, confidence, confusion, and giddiness.

Charting Laura’s week involves a multitude of events, starting with Tracy and Laura waiting side by side at GH to find out if the bracelet Lulu found contained Luke’s DNA. It doesn’t, and viewers are treated to two adult women having an intelligent conversation. Since they know it wasn’t Luke’s corpse, but haven’t heard from Luke, Tracy expects Laura to run off and search the globe for her wayward ex-husband. But Laura is past her years of being defined as a childlike damsel in distress, now she’s defining herself. Most importantly, Laura asserts that she will no longer drop everything to run after Luke. Laura points out that if Tracy still loves Luke, she should be the one to look for him. Tracy leaves Luke a voicemail pleading for information as to his whereabouts.

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'General Hospital' fan recap: Second time around

Season 54 | Episodes 89–93| Aired Aug 8–13, 2016

Sometimes a character on General Hospital can be written into a corner, be it by death or limited run, but the show really, really likes the actor. And thus viewers are introduced to either the long-lost twin or the new character that just so happens to strongly resemble a completely separate role. The twin arc is currently being covered by Dr. Joe Rivera, Carlos’ estranged twin, who also has a soft spot for Sabrina.

Of course, the hall-of-fame multi-role actor will always be Michael Easton and his five different General Hospital/Port Charles incarnations, but now Chloe Lanier is added to the mix. Chloe first impressed the powers that be, as well as viewers, in her limited 2015 run as young Patricia Spencer during the “how Luke became Fluke” saga. Chloe returns to the show as Nelle Hayes, who may or may not be Josslyn’s mystery kidney donor. Nelle’s intention seems pure, but is anything really ever as it seems in Port Charles?

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'General Hospital' fan recap: Schemes and secrets

Season 54 | Episodes 84–88| Aired Aug 1–5, 2016

It’s fascinating to watch General Hospital’s Jordan Ashford. Despite a less-than-stellar record as an undercover agent and as police commissioner, her favorite thing to do is declare that police will handle things and glower when “someone” (okay, it’s usually Jason) takes things into their own hands. Between that and her indignation when Curtis or Andre disagrees with her, it becomes difficult to take her seriously. But then again, would it be Port Charles if we took law enforcement (Valerie, Paul, Mayor Lomax, etc …) seriously?

The Scooby Doo Island gang survives their plane crash, looking no worse for the wear. They’re pretty quickly rescued and head back to Port Charles. Jordan’s first order of business is to slap cuffs on Jason for Nikolas’ murder. She doesn’t believe Jason’s story that Nikolas faked his own death and didn’t die on Cassadine Island. Luckily, Lulu and Dante are on hand to confirm the events, but Jordan still ponders charges for Jason for fleeing the jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, Valentin has made his way to Port Charles and almost instantaneously comes across an inebriated and lovesick Nina. Adding to her unlucky-in-love laundry list, Nina and Valentin hook up and spend the night in her Metro Court room. Valentin hears a voicemail message from Spencer, away at drama camp, and heads out of the hotel, leaving Nikolas’ burner phone behind. Nina and Curtis check the phone out and both somehow recognize Spencer’s voice. They bring the phone to the police, where Jordan issues a warrant for Valentin.

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'General Hospital' fan recap: Brace for impact

Season 54 | Episodes 79–83| Aired Jul 25-29, 2016

Franco is such a polarizing character for General Hospital viewers. Although it was during James Franco’s tenure that Franco was a murdering sociopath, Roger Howarth’s Franco still bears the scars of that legacy. There’s little doubt that the current Franco is pretty much One Life To Live’s Todd’s personality. To be clear, that’s original Todd, not Victor-Todd.

So the question begs: Is Elizabeth going to be Franco’s “Blair”? He has failed relationships with Carly and Nina under his belt. While the Nina pairing could easily recur, Carly is definitely in the rearview mirror of his life. Right now, all of Franco’s eggs are in the Elizabeth basket. Elizabeth, albeit with trepidation, is starting to embrace the idea of dating Franco. Of course, every time she moves an inch in his direction, something seems to happen to pull her back.

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Soap-opera miscarriages of justice

On The Young & the Restless, Victor is out of prison. Well, that was a stressful ten minutes. Okay, fine, it was a couple of weeks … months, tops. Definitely not the decade-long sentence he was originally saddled with.

We all know that, in the real world, justice is rarely blind — or fair. Some people get the book thrown at them, while others escape with a slap on the wrist for the same crime. In the real world, your race, gender, religion, and socioeconomic class play a big part in how Lady Justice feels like treating you. This would be true on soaps, too, if there were enough racial and/or religious diversity to accumulate multiple data points. As for social class, when even the so-called “poor people” can jet off to Europe at a moment’s notice, one starts to suspect, “I do not think (that word) means what you think it means.”

Still, different people are treated differently when it comes to crime and time served. Check out the most egregious examples from the four soap operas still left on the air:

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'General Hospital' fan recap: Dead again?

Season 54 | Episodes 74–78| Aired Jul 18–22, 2016

As General Hospital unveils the previously mentioned-in-name-only Valentin this week, the question of how long the character can last is already on the minds of viewers. Characters who come on the show as outright villains tend to mostly follow one of two paths if they stick around for a while: cartoon (Heather/Obrecht) or immortal (Helena/Jerry). Or they show up, create havoc, and are quickly disposed of, never to be seen again (Dixon). What path remains for Valentin remains unclear, but it sure would have been nice to see a new Cassadine with shades of gray, as opposed to an outright baddie.

Valentin’s motives for taking the occupants of Cassadine Island hostage are simple: money and power. As Mikkos Cassadine’s disowned son, Valentin grew up envious of all Prince Nikolas had. So, it’s apparently very fortunate for Valentin that Nikolas faked his own death and came to Cassadine Island to hide out, as it gave Valentin the perfect opportunity to storm the island with his goons and demand retribution. Valetin’s first move, neutralizing Jason and Sam, is a smart way for him to establish who’s in charge.

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When love reforms a soap-opera bad guy — and when it doesn’t

“I thought I could change him,” whimpered pretty much every woman on daytime over the past few weeks, be it General Hospital’s Sabrina about her low-level mobster baby-daddy or Alexis over her high-level mobster one-night stand/baby-daddy turned husband. It also applied to The Young & the Restless’ Meredith who, as a prison doctor, should have known that maybe inmates are sometimes not the most straight-and-narrow of citizens, and The Bold & the Beautiful’s Katie, who’d seen Bill cheat on a multitude of women, but was shocked — shocked! — when he did it to her!

You can’t really blame the ladies. Soap operas are chock full of tales of very evil, kind of evil, and vaguely evil men reformed by the love of a good woman. If it happened once, it can happen again, right? Check out our top three favorite examples of when it worked … and when it didn’t.

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'General Hospital' fan recap: Party on the island

Season 54 | Episodes 69–73| Aired Jul 11–15, 2016

There’s a reason that many General Hospital viewers have had a difficult time seeing Nikolas, for the past year and a half, as the scheming, criminal mastermind he’s supposed to be. And that reason is that Nikolas just isn’t a good criminal. Every single bad act he’s done has been discovered, usually by multiple people.

Nikolas has kept Jason’s identity secret, had Hayden shot, taken over ELQ by unscrupulous methods, faked his own death, and possibly (probably) killed his grandmother. To the best that has been explained, Nikolas’ sole motive has been money. But with an attic full of antiques and homes worth tens of millions (after all, they each have their own island), it seems that Nikolas only wants money if he takes it from other people. But even his latest scheme — to abscond with Hayden’s diamonds while framing her for his death — was riddled with holes. The fact that Nikolas thought nobody would look for him on Cassadine Island calls his intelligence levels into great question.

While Jason and Sam are keeping tabs on Nikolas to return him to Port Charles, Nikolas and Ava are growing closer. While Nu-Nikolas and Ava definitely have chemistry, it’s unknown if it will transfer when and if Tyler Christopher returns to the show. But their scenes in close quarters are certainly enticing, none more so than when Ava calls Nikolas out for having junk hidden in his junk (Hayden’s diamonds).

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'General Hospital' fan recap: We're not done

Season 54 | Episodes 65–68 | Aired Jul 5-8, 2016

There are two mindsets when it comes to General Hospital’s Julian Jerome. There are those who feel that Julian has always been a bad seed, going back to his original run. Those viewers feel that Julian is reflecting history with his current atrocious behavior. Then there is the camp that is furious that their beloved #Julexis is being dismantled and destroyed before their very eyes. The confusion of seeing Julian go from Sonny-level criminal to certifiable madman is befuddling.

But based on what is being portrayed, regardless of the reason, this week pushes Julian into horrific, villainous territory. It all begins with Alexis agreeing to wear a wire, as Jordan, Paul, and Anna listen in. Alexis, with visible nerves, plays her part well, pretending to reconcile with Julian while pushing him to confess. The plan works, and Julian cops to not only Carlos’ murder, but to ordering the hit on Duke and stealing the murder weapon from police. Jordan takes the flash drive of the confession to try to obtain an arrest warrant from a judge. Of course, the close up of the flash drive evokes memories of Ava’s confession to Connie’s murder, which only Ava seems to remember exists, and only when it suits her.

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'General Hospital' fan recap: Faking it

Season 54 | Episodes 60–64 | Aired Jun 27–Jul 1, 2016

After watching this week’s General Hospital, there is one question reverberating throughout viewers’ minds: When faking a positive pregnancy test, does one use mascara or eyeliner to make the drugstore test appear positive? Although Alexis’ age hasn’t been specified, it seems questionable at best that pregnancy, even a fake one, would be a feasible option for the character. But there’s little doubt that it’s decidedly fake, as Alexis never mentions the “baby” without trying to get Julian’s recorded confession.

But another question would be: Why is Sonny involved in the ploy? Sonny may have a daughter with Alexis, but he has been largely cruel to her for a very long time. It wasn’t that long ago that he proclaimed her dead to him. Wouldn’t it have been great if this caper were just Alexis and Anna working together? Would Alexis’ apology to Anna—for keeping the secret of the hit on Duke—have been more powerful if the story were driven solely by two female leads?

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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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