What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
Ava can’t believe that Julian is moving in with Alexis. When she said Alexis shouldn’t be here, she didn’t mean he should go there. Ava says Alexis is a hopeless drunk and can’t take care of him. Julian says she’s a drunk because of him. Pretty astute for Julian.
To prove their point, Alexis is throwing them back. The best part of waking up is vodka in your cup. Kristina comes down looking for a sweater. She asks if Alexis is sick and Alexis says she thinks she’s coming down with something. Yeah, an eventual hangover. Kristina says she knows what’s really wrong.
Kiki runs into Dillon while she’s picking up breakfast at Kelly’s. She wants to talk to him about what happened at Crimson.
Franco pounds at the bars of the cage, wishing that this was part of the dream. Elizabeth calls, but he can’t reach his phone.
Finn tells Hayden that if she wakes up now, he’ll give her a present early. Tracy comes into Hayden’s room with a cactus, saying Hayden left her plant with Dillon and he managed to get a cashmere sock…but we never hear the rest because she asks how Hayden is doing. Inquiring minds want to know.
Franco tries to move the cage closer to the phone. This actually looks like it’s possible, since it moves pretty easily. Elizabeth leaves a message about their plans for the evening. Naomi runs into the hospital looking for Hayden.
Finn says Hayden’s temperature is back up to 101.3. He wants Hayden to wake up to a tree. Tracy asks if he thinks Hayden is going to wake up at all. Naomi comes in and asks if her daughter is dying.
Kiki apologizes to Dillon for slapping him, and Dillon apologizes for what he said about Morgan. He says he should have respected her feelings. She says she thought he was manipulating her, but realized that he really cares, and that’s why he asked Nina to offer the position to her. He tells her merry Christmas, the subtext being, bye Felicia.
Molly says Alexis isn’t that hard to read, and she’s having empty nest syndrome. Kristina says she doesn’t have to leave right now. Alexis says she’s fine, but the holidays are going to be hard on Kristina’s father and he’s going to need her. She says she needs this time to get ready for the bar association hearing anyway. Alexis says if Kristina leaves anything, she’ll have an excuse to come over. Kristina says if she didn’t know any better, she’d think Alexis was trying to get rid of her.
Ava asks Julian if the addict doesn’t need to take responsibility for what they’ve done. Julian says that Alexis would never be in this position if it wasn’t for him and believing he’d changed. He says she made him believe he was worthy of stability, family and love, and he repaid her by dragging her into the gutter with him. He promised her a better life, and there’s still a chance to do that. Ava wonders if it’s the meds talking or he’s delusional. He says the love they shared doesn’t just disappear. Ava says how can he help her when he tried to kill her, but he tells Ava that he would have never gone through with it. He could have fooled me, and probably the rest of the GH viewers.
Tracy asks Naomi if she isn’t supposed to be in prison. Naomi says they weren’t that interested in her after finding out about the diamonds, and her attorneys cut a deal. She asks what’s wrong with Hayden, and Finn says she was exposed to some rare bacteria. He explains that he’s been using a drug that keeps the symptoms at bay, but her organs are experiencing failure. He tells Naomi that he’s made a serum from lizard DNA that he thinks might be a cure, and he just administered it.
Franco gets out of the cage when I look away for a millisecond. He calls Elizabeth. He asks if she’s all right, and she says she just left him a message. He says he’s been really busy, but saw she called and figured he’d just call her back. She says the boys are looking forward to tonight, and asks if they’re still on. He says Christmas is his favorite holiday. After he hangs up, Franco says that he’s going to see Tom first. He calls Tom’s parole officer, saying he’s from Uber, checking to make sure if Tom had alternate transportation since he wasn’t there for the pick-up. The officer says he never showed, and Franco tells him that the trip still has to be paid for.
Ava asks Julian if he wants her to tell him how moving in with Alexis is going to work out. She says whatever the two of them shared, it’s past the point of no return. Alexis doesn’t love him. She’s tried over and over to destroy him, and Ava doesn’t want him hurt again. Julian says he can’t live with the way things are right now. Ava says she can’t be part of it, and tells him good luck; he’s going to need it.
Alexis says she can’t wait to see Kristina’s new place, but this is her home and she’ll always be welcome there, and even if she’s not living there, Alexis is still her mom. Kristina says she feels like she’s abandoning Alexis, and Alexis says she’s living her life like she’s supposed to, and moving in to her first apartment is a great accomplishment. Alexis tells Kristina that she can use the peace and quiet, but Sonny will need her.
Valerie approaches Dillon at Kelly’s, and he asks her to sit down with him. He tells her that the night they spent together was the best night he’s had in a while. Kiki overhears and gets all teary outside, because she wants it both ways. Dillon tells Valerie that he’s happy when he sees Kiki, and then remembers she thinks he’s a jerk He says she thinks he’s a stalker, and they can’t even talk to one another. He believes the best thing to do is give up.
Alexis wonders what she did last night. The doorbell rings. It’s Julian. He says, honey, I’m home.
Franco calls Kiki. He asks if she’s all right. She says she’s fine, but he says she doesn’t sound fine. She tells him that she’s just being stupid and emotional. He says he’s just checking in and wishing her a merry Christmas. He asks if she’s going to be with her mom, and she says she’s on her way. She asks if he’s spending Christmas with Elizabeth and the kids, and Franco tells her that he has something to do first.
Naomi asks if Finn is some kind of quack. She says she’s calling security, and Tracy says the only one they’ll remove is her. Tracy explains how Finn worked around the clock to make the serum and needs it himself, but gave it to Hayden. Naomi threatens to call anyone and everyone to keep Finn away from Hayden, which seems really stupid after what Tracy just said. Hayden wakes up and says Finn can’t leave. He says he’s not going anywhere.
Kiki arrives at Ava’s, bearing breakfast. Ava suggests exchanging gifts after they eat. Kiki says she might come tomorrow too. Ava says that would be great since she doesn’t have Avery. She tells Kiki that she also planned a trip to the city to see her mother, but Kiki says she wouldn’t be the best company. She’s bummed because she keeps running into Dillon.
Franco visits Heather. She tells him that she doesn’t know what Elizabeth told him, but she wasn’t anything except cordial. He asks if she talked to Elizabeth, and Heather wonders why Elizabeth didn’t tell him. He says he’s been locked in a dog crate.
Finn asks Hayden how she’s feeling, and she says not too bad, considering. He tells her that her vitals have stabilized and her organs aren’t failing anymore. Naomi says she was going to wait until Christmas to surprise her, but she got the surprise when Elizabeth called to tell her Hayden was so ill. Elizabeth pretends she has something to do, but Hayden thanks her before she leaves.
Heather thinks Franco did what he needed to do, and is embracing his true inner self. He tells her he doesn’t know where Tom is, and no one knows who he might target next. Doesn’t he still have that GPS thing on Tom’s phone?
Julian brings his stuff to Alexis’s house. Alexis says she’ll fix up the couch. Julian says he doesn’t want her to go to any trouble, and she says isn’t that why he’s here? He says he wants to help her, and she suggests he leave then. She makes sure he knows he’s sleeping on the couch and he makes an inappropriate joke. She says if the ethics board finds out he’s there, she’ll be in trouble. He tells her that he’s innocent in the eyes of the law. She says she wants her license and life back, the life she had before he destroyed it. She tells him that no one can come in the house except the two of them until he’s out of there. She asks how long he’s staying, and he says until the healing is done. Hmm… I’m not so sure he only means his physical healing.
Ava asks Kiki why it’s so bad to run into Dillon. Kiki says ever since Morgan died, she’s been a mess, and Dillon has gotten caught in her mood swings. She tells Ava that she wanted to apologize, but Dillon couldn’t get away from her fast enough. Now he’s with Valerie. She can’t expect him not to move on, but it’s tough.
Dillon tells Valerie that his and Kiki’s relationship will never be what he wants it to be. Valerie says even though she broke up with Curtis, it’s hard to see him around town. She says they always seem to be involved with people they can’t have.
Heather says maybe Franco convinced Tom to leave town. Franco says he feels like a changed man, and wants to show the world. Heather cautions him not to tell Elizabeth what he did. She says Elizabeth is never going to be good enough for him. Franco says she always reminds him why she’s there. Heather says she speaks the truth, and being true to one’s self can often be costly. He says Elizabeth believes in him, and knows he can be better. Heather says it’s not going to last when she finds out. She’ll think he’s no better than her rapist.
Finn tells Hayden that the serum worked, and she’s going to be okay. Naomi says she was afraid she’d lost Hayden. Tracy says Finn just found a cure for an incurable disease, and Naomi apologizes. He says thanks and get out; Hayden needs her rest. Naomi leaves, and Tracy tells Finn it worked for Hayden, now what about him? Finn and Hayden smile at one another.
Julian asks Alexis for an ice pack. Ha-ha! I almost typed ice pick. While Alexis goes to the kitchen, Julian’s phone rings. He talks about Rodge convincing him to drop the van thing. He says he’s done everything he’s been asked, but the only reason he’s doing it is for the sake of his children.
Kiki tells Ava that she’s not in the holiday spirit, but Ava doesn’t want to leave her alone. She says Grandma Delia would be disappointed not to see her. Kiki’s not budging, and Ava says okay, but Kiki would probably feel better away from Port Charles.
Dillon thanks Valerie for listening.
Kiki talks to herself, saying she doesn’t just want to sit around and mope. She sends Dillon a text, and he says, now that’s an idea. He knows what he’s going to do.
Finn tells Hayden that he brought her something, and shows her the cactus with decorations on it. She says, Best. Christmas. Ever. and he says, maybe. He tells her that she was cured from an incurable disease, brought Tracy to tears, made a truce with her sister, and her mom is out of prison. He says they’re stuck with each other.
Franco goes to the hospital and tells Elizabeth that he needs to talk to her.
Alexis overhears some of the conversation, and asks Julian who he was talking to.
Tomorrow, Christmas at Sonny’s, Emma might get her Christmas wish, and Valentin invites the family to Windemere.
🕯 A few quotes from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens to get you in the Christmas spirit…
“If I could work my will,” said Scrooge indignantly, “every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!”
“A merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us!” Which all the [Cratchit] family re-echoed. “God bless us, every one!” said Tiny Tim, the last of all.
Scrooge was better than his word . . . . He became as good a friend, as good a master, as good a man as the good old City knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough in the good old world.