Goin' Traditional for the End of a Soaptastic Week
Just sitting to watch and recap General Hospital right now -- this time it won't involve wine (as many of my straight recaps often do), but I'll happily live vicariously through any of you who want to drink wine while reading it!
After overhearing Sabrina talk about a doctor who she's hoping for a chance with, Patrick asks her who it is (much to her confusion, as she thought she'd been busted). Olivia is telling Steve about how she saw a vision of Duke with another man's face, while Lulu is trying to explain Olivia's LSD-driven hallucinations to an understandably skeptical Robert Scorpio. Faison is about to open the door to Anna, but then of course Anna announces herself from outside the door -- so I guess it's on with the creepy Duke mask! Maxie explains to Spinelli that she wants him, and he feigns misunderstanding and looks pouty. Michael goes to see Sam and mentions that his bio-pappy is back around, while said bio-pappy shows up the Q mansion -- presumably out on bail?
Oh my lord this episode is jumping all over the places, none of these scenes are even a page long. But they're doing this cool thing where Faison is speaking in Duke's accent (aka Anders Hove is mouthing the words that Ian Buchanan recorded, and it's not a half-bad sync).
Sabrina fakes that the doctor she's crushing on is Steve. Patrick gives her the only look anyone could possibly give a human who just said those words.
Even Liz is all, "Really? Unconvincing cover, Sabrina, my brother is way lame."
Maxie explains to Spinelli that he's "her Mac," which surely gives him great hope for the nature of his romantic future with her. Anyway, she says she's in love with him and he is agape.
You know, like he does.
Michael tells Sam that AJ is locked up and Sam, the mob hitman's wife, insists that AJ deserves to be locked up.
AJ's on house arrest with an ankle monitor, which amuses Tracy. AJ announces that he wants to see his grandfather (sniff).
Faison (now as Duke, so Ian Buchanan's version of Faison) (this is going to get confusing, isn't it) answers the door to Anna, who tells him that Robert Scorpio is in town. Scorpio, meanwhile, is telling Lulu that they better talk to Olivia to get a description of the man's face in the "vision" she saw.
Tracy tries to block AJ from going to see Edward because it would be too hard on his heart. AJ thinks Tracy's just worried Edward will give ELQ to AJ to run, which cracks Tracy the eff up.
Sam tells Michael that AJ has crossed way more lines than Carly or Sonny, which I'm not sure even she believes when she says it. Michael continues to argue that all his parents suck, but they also all have a little non-suckage going for them as well.
Spinelli asks Maxie why she didn't tell him sooner, and she explains the various times she was about to tell him. She insists that she divorced Matt for Spinelli, and he tells her she shouldn't have done that. (Correct, sir.)
Liz and Patrick play armchair therapists to Sabrina, and she asks them to drop it. Down the hall a bit, Lulu introduces Robert to Steve and Olivia and Lisa Lo Cicero (Olivia) looks barely able to conceal how happy she is to be in a scene with ROBERT SCORPIO! She is adorable.
Anna tells "Duke" that Luke checked out his story and verified it but that both Luke and Robert find this way too neat.
Robert is asking Olivia to describe the vision she saw, and she mentions that the man she "saw" was smoking.
Michael describes the horrors of prison life to a heavily-cleavaged Sam, who also brings up that she's never known her father. (Find out! Find out!)
AJ agrees not to go see Edward, just in case his health really is that fragile. And it turns out Monica put the house up as collateral for AJ's bond (damn! that's a hefty fee!).
Olivia tries to describe Faison, and Lulu is kind of adorably entertained by Olivia's whole LSD visions thing -- but in an affectionate way.
Liz tries to put Sabrina at ease about almost getting busted by Patrick, and then Steve comes out to get Liz to try to help them decipher whose face Olivia saw on "Duke." (Oooooooh, Mr. Carlivati, you are workin' history hard here incorporating Liz into the Faison story. Well done, sir!)
"Duke" exploits some of the past details he got from Robin the other day to further reminisce with Anna.
Sam and Michael talk about how much they miss Jason, and Sam asserts that she will most certainly find him and bring him home.
Maxie and Spinelli talk mostly about Maxie's timing regarding her big confession of love and whether or not he already knew.
Tracy overhears AJ and Monica talking about the terms of his release and she makes a phone call looking for Michael.
Maxie chastises Spinelli for making out with Ellie in front of her. (Spin does not point out that she might have wanted to think about that before agreeing to have his girlfriend MOVE IN WITH HER.) Mostly they still just talk about why she hadn't told him sooner, which is hardly the point.
Anna and "Duke" sit down to dinner and a little wine and smooching. It's remarkable how well his lips and eyes move in that piece of latex!
Tracy gets a fake phone call about Michael in front of AJ.
Sam brings little Danny down and he is a cutie. Michael holds him and that is even cuter.
Sam tells Michael about the good paternity news, and Michael tells little Danny that his own father came back from the dead, so maybe Danny's can too! (There's hardly anyone in Michael's life that hasn't come back from the dead, so optimism seems only the right spirit!)
Meanwhile, Tracy lies to AJ that there's been an accident and Michael is at Jason's, so naturally AJ cuts off his ankle monitor and bolts for the door, much to Tracy's satisfied amusement.
Maxie asks Spinelli if he wants to be with her or with Ellie.
AJ shows up at Jason's to ask if Michael's okay, and AJ immediately realizes Tracy's scam. Tracy covers AJ's absence to Monica.
Patrick goes and gives Sabrina a pep talk about her unrequited crush, which just makes her love him more.
Liz is sketching Duke/Faison based on Olivia's description, and Elizabeth quite quickly realizes it's someone she knows. "Oh my god, it can't be!" (Buckle up, kids! FUN TIMES!)
Annd and "Duke" make out, just as we cut back to Liz showing the sketch of Faison to Robert Scorpio, who immediately knows it's Faison. You know, since it is.
NOVEMBER SWEEPS IS A BIG FAT PILE OF AWESOME, y'all!!!