General Hospital Past
VARIOUS OLD EPISODE DESCRIPTIONS
Written by Stacey Lopez and edited by Dawn Lasky
The show started with Boris and Natasha in bed; Kat made Stefan's day by
telling him that Nik was in such a downer mood because he was about to
officially break it off with Sarah.
Sarah interrupted Liz from vacuuming and was trying to get her out of the house when Nik called, saying he wanted to see her, not at Ruby's, not at the churchyard ruins, but at the docks. When she left, Lucky charged in through the window and wanted to know why Liz was still not attending classes. She showed him the rape counseling lit she had that gave statistics and was disturbed by the idea that she might know her assaulter.
At the Q's, everyone was irate about the strike and how it was affecting them - their house was being picketed by hotel workers. Ned,
fresh back in town from a meeting w/Alexis, was informed that the strike
was triggered by Edward's verbal attack on Jason. As they discussed
probable procedures, Reginald came in with two grocery bags full of frozen
dinners and announced the family was going to have to fend for themselves
- the household staff was striking out of solidarity and respect to their factory-working ancestors. The Q's offer, by turns, to double Reggie's salary or fire him, but he was firm. Lila wishes him well, while the others grumble.
Next up, the Q's tried to figure out how to use a coffee maker. AJ led the way, but Lila had Edward take her to the kitchen to find some instant. Ned took off to the hotel.
Exchange of the Day:
Emily: "Wave to Reginald for me."
Ned: "I'll be sure to gesture."
When things quieted down, Alan took a moment to apologize to Emily for his previous temper flare up. When she began to question his mood swings, it set him off again, worse than before, and scaring her. When Monica came back and wanted to know what was going on, he apologized again, and said maybe his wife was right the other day when she said that stress was getting the better of him. Alan's solution: he was getting out of town for a few days to chill out where there were no phones. He said he was going to a nameless retreat to get in touch with his spirituality. After he was gone, Monica told Emily about Alan's plan, but she was still very worried, saying she felt there was something broken inside Alan that can't be fixed. Monica assured her that he was on his way to recovery. Alan was next shown in a cheap hotel room, complete with flashing neon sign through the window. He flushed three bottles of pills down the toilet and laid down.
It was pick-on-Marcus day at the PCPD, and he got majorly ragged on over having to share a cell with Jason. At the ribbing that he and Jason are getting romantic, and speculation on his upcoming chat with Internal Affairs, Taggert was his gloriously cocky self, noting that Al Capone's final bust came from tax evasion. At that point, Dara busted in and pointed out that Elliot Ness never brought his nemesis in for jaywalking every five minutes.
Garcia and Officer Ricky made themselves scarce while Dara further chewed Taggert out for his practices; he tried to blow her off - told her he was majorly p.o.'d that she allowed Jason to go free while he was stuck behind bars, and accused her of doing that to win brownie points with Justus. Taggert's next visit was from Liz and Lucky, hoping for some progress on her case. He informed them that there was none, but if anyone was brought in on an MO match, Liz would have the chance to make an audio identification (they made mention again of Liz smelling "spicy soap" on her rapist) of the guy. Even though they had nothing at present, he encouraged Liz to keep her chin and hopes up and handed her his card. Dara overheard and saw the last part and was impressed at Taggert's sensitivity. Back in her room, Liz and Lucky went for a round of mutual appreciation; she for his support and he for allowing him to crash at her house.
Katybell had a confession to make - she told Stef about her previous confrontation with Luke, and admitted to him that she told Luke about Stefan's past (ha!) flame for Laura. She also reported back to Boris on Luke's paranoia. Stefan did not look happy. He put his clothes on and informed security to A) double up but still B) allow him on Spoon Island. Down in the cellar, Bat whipped the cover off of Lasha's portrait, and loosed his switch blade. After raising it to the painting, he thought better and resheathed it.
At the docks, Nik was broke the news to Sarah that they were breaking up. She asked him if their never having done the nasty played a part in his decision, and he said 'no' and that he was
glad they didn't have sex.
When Nik tried to explain that there was no real reason, that he simply wasn't attracted to her anymore, she didn't quite buy it, and complained about the fact that when he was muted,
she was the one person who he refused to allow to see him as imperfect. She also called him on his relationship with Robin, but he assured her Ms. Scorpio had nothing to do with his decision. Nik was lastly shown alone on
the docks, gazing at the water.
UPDATE THURSDAY APRIL 9: Lucas
is with Bobbie at the jetty and says "We've been waiting for a
hundred million years." They are waiting for Betty and Georgie and
Maxie for a day out. Lucas
doesn't want to go to the zoo because Dad always takes him.
Will Tony come home soon? Is
Daddy a bad man?
Bobbie goes to see Tony after his bail request is denied (he's a
"flight risk"). Tony
doesn't see the justice of him being in jail while Jason is free to be
with his son. Bobbie tells
Tony to stay away from Lucas.
Tony thinks he will be getting out. "I'm
a responsible citizen ... a ton of character witnesses."
Bobbie tells him to name one.
Alan? Tony gets a
After a talk with Luke, described below, Bobbie meets up with Lucas again.
He wants to know about the kidnapping and declares he's afraid of
Tony, then changes his mind in two seconds.
Bobbie, having forgotten her sort-of fling with Alan when she
missed Lucas's first sixth birthday party, or was that his only seventh
birthday party before he had his sixth birthday again and again the last
couple of years, but I digress, Bobbie says "I'll be with you as much
as you need me."
In Florida, Jason and Carly talk about Virginia.
Carly comments, originally: "You don't know what you've got
until it's gone." Carly
talks about her father leaving, and about how much her mother loved her
and how awful Carly was to her. "I
killed my mother." Jason
says it's not true, it's like thinking she was responsible for Michael
Carly worries that she'll fight with Michael. Jason has the answer: "Don't."
She will lose patience, she says, but Michael will look up to Jason.
gets a peculiar look on his face and verbalizes the fear of all parents:
he doesn't want to tell Michael what to do, but he doesn't want Michael to
be hurt, either.
----a short, non-parenting interlude with Mac and Felicia in Nawlins.
Unless you wonder why Felicia is, Yet Again, leaving her girls with
They meet a member of the assassin's guild. Felicia flirts with him, Mac is jealous, the guy tells them
that the assassin was hired with gold bullion.
Mac knows that means Jerry.
Jax goes to the door, and SURPRISE! It's his parents.
Ashley materializes at the stairs, and pretends she owns the place
and the man, but V asked last week why Jax hadn't called Ashley, so A.
seems to have been out of town. Pity she couldn't stay gone, at least till "this
dreadful strike" was over. Of
course, compared to the vapid proprietariness, even Brenda looks like a
good deal. Jane doesn't like
that Ashley left Jerry in Palau. They
actually came because their son got shot at and dear
Brenda was hurt. Just then
Brenda comes in. They fuss
over her with Ashley struggling to get the spotlight back.
John and Lady Jane make a fuss over Brenda till she displays the
tiny tiny bandage. Ashley
Jax to escort her. Jane
carries on about Ashley. Brenda
apologizes about leaving Jax, but J&J are having none of it. Brenda is perfect for him, etc., etc. Jax bursts in with a "proposal" --- that John and
Lady Jane stay over. They had
already reserved their suite.
John and Jane leave to get a present for Brenda and Jax tells Brenda she
can cash in on the wish. She
wants to know why he dumped her on the bed and left, and he tells her
she's not going to win.
John and Jane come back with slippers for Brenda.
Brenda and Jane go off to the kitchen and talk about Jax, and John
tells Jax off.
Luke and Lucky - Luke comes into the police station looking for Taggart.
Garcia gives him a seat. Taggart
asks about Jason. He asks why
Luke gets garbage removed from his club.
Luke answers: "Because I'm nice to people?"
After Bobbie talks to Tony, Luke walks her out. They talk about Lucas. Bobbie wants to protect him, but she
can't. Luke tells her he'll
know more about how he's doing with Lucky later (after he tunes into the
bugs on Helena's yacht.)
Alan didn't check into a clinic, as Your Fearless Updater was hoping, but
into a seedy hotel in Port Charles. Maybe
he'll be nicer about AJ's reluctance to go away in future?
He has the cold sweats. He's
thrown out all the pills. he
dreams about Emily, popping into the room just in time with a fine array
of pharmaceuticals. "This way, we'll always have something in common."
She suggests he do uppers and she do downers so together they'll be
one normal person. Alan wakes
4/10/98 Stefan, in the wine cellar. He
removes the quilt that covers Lasha's portrait and gazes at his Lasha with
inscrutable expression on his face. We
cut from this shot of Stefan thinking of Laura to Luke, sitting on the
bench in the park, the spot associated with both Laura's and Liz's rapes.
Lucky and Liz appear, talking about
Liz's rape. When they come
upon Luke, Lucky pretends not to see him, telling Lizzie "There's
nothing here to show it happened. I
checked, remember?" He
looks at Dad in a challenging way, almost daring Luke to speak to him, and
Luke looks, as he often does these days, sadly resigned.
CARLY'S MOM IS DEAD
Carly and Jason are at a Florida cemetery, before a headstone that
reads simply "Virginia Benson."
Jason asks if he should have added something more, like a date or a
prayer. Carly has a hilariously sad comeback, saying her momma said
ladies never tell their age, hence no
dates please, and that she didn't recall her having a favorite prayer,
"Unless you count 'My God, Caroline, what have you done?'"
Carly decides she'd like to add something about Virginia being her
mom and Michael's grandma, and Jason says "so let it be written, so
let it be done." [well,
words to that effect] Carly
is touched by the way he always does that-- takes care of everything for
her, damn the cost or inconvenience.
She's glad her mom is near the ocean.
"Did I ever tell you my mom used to say that a day at the
beach took all her troubles away?"
"That's why I chose it," Jason answers simply.
This pleases Carly. He
offers to take a walk with Michael so she can have time alone with her
momma, and they talk about death and the possibility of an afterlife.
Jason feels that "the part of you that loves, the soul, I
guess," never ends, She suggests he tell Michael that some day, and
he says, "That's why I take him to church."
BRENDA LOVES JAX
The Jacks family and Brenda are in Jax's apartment, making dinner
plans. Mr. and Mrs. Jack continue their revisionist history, gushing
over Brenda and tisk-tisking about Jerry as the hopeless black sheep. The
foursome leave for dinner, thus missing the call from Mac that comes in on
the answering machine, in which Mac warns Jax that Mitchell had a partner
and Jax is still in danger.
Luke asks Lucky how things are going.
The conversation is awkward. Luke tells Lucky Laura has been
calling, Lucky guesses correctly that she doesn't know he's left home.
Luke expresses concern about Lucky's ties to Helena, and points out
correctly that if Lucky really were
finished with the family, as he claims, he wouldn't go out of his way to
ally himself with his dad's enemy that way.
A nerve having been struck, Lucky taunts Luke about telling Laura
what's going on with the Spencer men.
He suggests that Luke tell Laura that Lucky is through with his
"Tell the truth for the first time in family history."
[of course lucky doesn't see the irony of this remark, although
Luke surely does. It would
not be the truth, and Luke and Laura have dealt with hard truths in their
many years together, but Lucky isn't' ready to see that].
Lucky continues to misunderstand the Luke/Laura bond, accusing his
father of hiding from his mom and his mom of avoiding the truth about his
dad. Luke refuses to attempt
to correct Lucky's ideas. Instead,
he sighs deeply and tells the cowboy to take care of himself, before
After Luke is gone, Lucky apologizes to Liz, who is concerned about
him. He admits it's hard to
see his dad, as he's reminded that "I saw him wrong all those
years." Liz thinks they
should postpone their attempt to retrace her footsteps until after dark.
CARLY IS SORRY VIRGINIA IS DEAD:
Carly talks to Virginia's headstone, making the updater weep.
She apologizes for not thanking her momma for all that Virginia
did. She apologizes for thinking that Bobbie could love her better
than Virginia did. "Why couldn't I see that the mother I always
dreamed of was the
mother I already had?" She
tells her mother that she loves her, and should have said so more often.
She claims to have grown up, and promises not to chase fantasies
any more. Her life is good
now, not picture-perfect, but a life that works for her and for Michael;
she's learned to hang on to the good stuff and to be grateful for it.
She tells her mother she is finally happy and hopes her mom is
happy for her, too. Jason returns at this point, and tells her it's time
to go. "You're a good
father, Jason. When I found
out that I was adopted, all I could think about was the fact that I had
this real mother out there somewhere.
But Virginia Benson WAS my real mother, just like you're Michael's real
father. Biology doesn't make
a family; love does. Remember
He tells her they can stay in Florida for the night, if she wants to come
back the next morning. She
says no, and he puts his arm around her as she looks sadly back at her
mother's grave and they walk away.
ALAN'S ON DRUGS Alan, shaking and pacing the grungy hotel room, is still
trying to quit drugs cold turkey. Alan licks the powder out of an empty
pill bottle and crawls to the phone to call the front desk.
LIZZIE GOT RAPED: It's evening now, and Liz and Lucky are back in the
park, revisiting the night of her rape.
She's telling him what she saw, what she felt, hoping they will
uncover some new details she didn't remember earlier.
She sits on the bench, as before, and remembers thinking how
peaceful and quiet that spot was, just before she was grabbed.
Her description is interspersed with brief flashbacks to the rape
episode. She gets increasingly agitated as she gets closer to the actual
her description, and Lucky tries to keep her calm so that she can continue
to recall details. He stops
her when she gets to the part about being thrown to the ground, and his
eyes are filled with tears. "We're
not doing this right," he says as he hugs her; they cling to one
SOMEONE SHOT AT JAX: Jax et al. are back from dinner, and Mac and Felicia
They want to tie up a few loose ends, so the Jacks take
Brenda down to their suite for another present so Jax can talk to the
investigators alone. Jax is peeved at them for pursuing things further,
but Mac wants Jax to know that Jerry is the one behind the attempted hit.
JERRY WAS INVOLVED, WHEN SOMEONE SHOT AT JAX:
Jax demands to know how Mac came to that
conclusion. Mac lays
out the evidence-- the hitman was paid in gold bullion, Jerry's trademark.
Jax tells them that if they are right, although he doesn't think they are
(or so he says), it must stay between the three of them.
They mustn't tell Brenda, V (Yeah, he mentioned V), or his parents.
They tell him to watch his back, and then leave.
LIZZIE ISN'T TO BLAME FOR THE RAPE (NOR IS LUCKY'S MOM)
Lucky says they should have a trained professional helping Liz
relive the experience, someone who will know what to ask without hurting
her so much. She says she
wants to work through it with hi, instead, and that he was there when she
spoke to the police, so he'll notice if she
adds details. He points out
that she is, like the part about seeing the sky, and about the man taking
her coat off her. They agree
to keep trying. She remembers
the rapist whispering something, with his face close to hers, and his
heavy breathing. She doesn't
remember anything after that, beyond "that's when he hurt me."
She's blocked everything
until he was gone, and she can't remember his words.
She's busy berating herself for not screaming when he took his hand
from her mouth. Lucky says she mustn't do that.
He goes on the say the man is responsible, and that when he's
caught, he'll make all kinds of excuses.
Then he reels off a list of "excuses" that were drawn
Luke's comments about the Disco Rape (without labelling them as such, so
Liz is unaware of where his head has gone)--- "He'll say he was
drunk, or it was because of what you were wearing, or 'cause you didn't
because he thought he was gonna die." (Of course, Luke didn't label them as excuses, or try to
excuse his own behavior, but Lucky isn't getting that part.) "If you buy into that, he's gonna make you responsible.
And you're not. He...violated...you."
Liz begins to believe that herself, it
right," she tells Lucky, "This isn't my fault."
ALAN IS ON DRUGS:
Alan tries to pull himself together, goes to the trouble of putting
on a tie-- a wonderful touch on someone's part to emphasize how pathetic
he is at the moment. He opens
the door to the hotel manager, and
asks for help, says he's relying on the manager's discretion and will pay
for it. Another pathetic
gesture-- he pulls some bills from his pocket with shaky fingers. He claims he's lost his medication and needs to have it
replaced. he's sure the
manager knows someone who can do that.
CARLY SHOULD STAY OUT OF JASON'S BUSINESS:
That super-fast jet has scooted Carly and Jason back from Florida
already, and they are in the penthouse with Michael.
Talking about how well the strike is going, Carly concludes,
"Then I did the right thing."
[calling the giving the strike order in his name].
He says that isn't true, that she just got lucky.
He apologizes for being so rough on her about it initially, and
says he's sorry he yelled. But
he tells her that in his business, things can't happen by accident, and
that she and
Michael are safe because they stay out of his business.
They get ready to put Michael to bed, and he says it's his night to
have the baby monitor, reminding us that they sleep apart.
JAX SAYS HE DOESN'T LOVE BRENDA:
Jax is playing pinball in the penthouse, and Brenda comes in
carrying a huge potted orchid. They
reminisce about the first time they met, when she returned a ring to him
from Lois. Lady Jane has
given Brenda the orchid, a sure sign of favor, according to Jax.
Brenda is sure
that Robin can take care of it for her. Jax admits he's enjoying Brenda's
games, but says it isn't leading anywhere, and he doesn't want to hurt her
by pretending otherwise. She
assures him she can wait forever, and that
she is having fun, too. Jax
says he'll walk her to her car. She
assures him, "You're falling, you know."
"Not on your life," he counters.
LUKE HEARD STEFAN HAD A THING FOR LAURA
Luke is snooping around at Wyndemere, wearing black gloves and
shining a flashlight in the wine cellar.
He sees the covered painting, rips off the quilt, and studies the
picture. I should point out
that we can see Luke's face, but not the portrait, at this angle.
Luke is still looking at the painting, and Stefan appears behind
likeness, don't you think?" Luke
turns to face him, but we have to wait until Monday for their exchange.
Liz thanks Lucky for being there to find her in the park.
"That's when I knew I wasn't going to die."
Mr. Murty is walking by, exchanges a few words with them, and
mentions that he lives nearby and often cuts through the park on his way
A drug dealer shows up in Alan's room.
Carly in a black gown and robe slips purposely down the stairs and
into Jason's room. Once she
sees a sleeping Jason, she hesitates, then slips off her gown and slides
into bed beside him. Kisses his chest, then begins to kiss him on the
lips. He groggily responds a
bit, but the scene
ends before we can see what develops.
Jax reenters his apartment. There's
a man playing pinball. "Hello, Jerry," says Jax.
The dark-haired, decent-enough-looking guy turns with a smirk to
face his brother.
And with that succession of cliff-hangers, the episode ends.
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