What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
Nathan and Maxie are back in Port Charles. Maxie just wants peace and quiet, but they come in to find Lulu and a tower of boxes.
Anna tells Valentin they need to talk.
Elizabeth congratulates Laura on her new hospital board position. Laura says the hospital is facing a challenging time, and Elizabeth says she knows the feeling. Laura asks if she was able to sort things out with Franco. Elizabeth tells her that she stopped by his apartment, but he wasn’t home. She thinks he’s keeping to his word to stay away from her, and Laura says he’s just trying to protect her and maybe it’s for the best.
In Franco’s head, we flash back to Franco saying he and Elizabeth should stay away from each other until it’s over, and how he hopes the truth comes out about Tom. There’s a knock at the studio door. Franco opens it to Jordan and Dante with a search warrant. They’re looking for evidence connecting Franco with Tom’s murder.
Alexis wakes up next to Julian on the couch. She asks what he’s doing, and he says helping her through the DTs. She tells him not to touch her again, and acts like he was doing something to her when he was just sleeping. She tells him that she’s calling the police and turning herself in.
Lulu apologizes, saying she thought that Nathan and Maxie must have gone on their honeymoon anyway. Maxie asks why she’s there, and she says she was just about to throw the boxes out from the wedding gifts, which she’s organized. She can tell something is wrong, and asks if they want her to leave. Nathan says no, and Maxie explains about looking for Claudette and that Claudette is dead.
Anna shows Valentin the photo of herself that Emma found among his things. He asks if Emma usually goes through people’s things, and Anna says she impressed upon her that it’s illegal – technically – but little girls are curious. He says that he doesn’t remember the photo or losing it. She says it was taken on her birthday and he was there.
Elizabeth tells Laura that she knows Franco is innocent. He insists he’s changed, and she believes that he believes it. She says he’s doing everything he can to be a better person, but rushing things might not be the best idea. Laura tells her to sleep on it and sleep on it again, but Elizabeth doesn’t think there’s enough time.
Franco tells Dante and Jordan that he told them everything. Dante pulls out the dog crate, and Franco tells them he’d gotten a dog for Jake, but Monica has it now. Dante asks why he kept the cage, and Franco asks if he looks like he ever gets rid of anything. Jordan shows him a picture of the murder weapon and asks if it looks familiar. He says yes.
Julian tells Alexis that she’s still detoxing, so it’s not a good time to make life decisions. She says the last time she made one, she married him. He says she has to be at the top of her game if she’s going to get out of this, and asks if she still wants help like she told him last night. Is she going to throw everything away, or is she truly ready to change?
Laura asks if Elizabeth thinks Franco is going to be arrested, and she says he’s always the first suspect. Ha-ha! She thinks she’s possibly being too cautious with him. After everything he’s done for her and the boys, if she can’t move on from his past, it’s a cop- out and she’s a coward. Laura basically tells her to follow her gut and she thanks Laura for listening.
Franco explains to Jordan that it’s an artist’s knife used to sharpen pencils, and she points out that he’s an artist. He says he doesn’t have one at the moment. Jordan tries to pry, but Franco says he isn’t under arrest, so he doesn’t have to answer questions. He tells them to lock up when they leave.
Jordan looks at the portrait Franco painted of Elizabeth. She critiques it, and Dante says he didn’t realize she was an art aficionado. She says it’s hard to believe the person who created it is capable of murder. Dante says what about this, and shows her a freaky painting of Tom, similar to the ones Franco did of Nina.
Alexis tells Julian that she knows she needs help, but it’s more than he can give, and she’s going to find it elsewhere. Julian says he’s there if she needs him. She says she knows where he is, and sincerely thanks him. Wow. She really does look like hell.
Nathan tells Lulu that the officials are calling it a suicide. Lulu doesn’t believe it, and Nathan says he didn’t either, but Claudette was a deeply unhappy person. Maxie agrees that maybe her lies caught up with her. Lulu says there are many reasons she might have killed herself, but she crossed Valentin, and he’s a murderer.
Valentin tells Anna that he doesn’t know when her birthday is. When he finds out that she’s a Scorpio, he says it’s appropriate, and I’m guessing the scriptwriters gave her that birthday on purpose. She says Valentin was at the WSB for one of her birthdays, and he assumes her theory is that they trained together. I’m guessing they did, he got kicked out, and he blames her somehow. He’s not good at taking responsibility.
Lulu says Claudette tried to take Charlotte from Valentin, and now she turns up dead. Maxie says she doesn’t want Lulu to end up the same way, and tells her not to do anything dangerous. Nathan excuses himself to take a call. Lulu tells Maxie she hasn’t decided what to do, and Maxie says she has; she just hasn’t decided how to go about it. Changing the subject, Lulu says that Maxie and Nathan can get married now, but Maxie says they can’t.
Anna wants to know what happened on her birthday. Valentin says she’s fishing because she doesn’t remember. She says it’s only a matter of time before she pieces it together.
Alexis tells Julian that she’s going to a meeting at GH. Julian asks if she wants him to come, since family and friends often attend. She says they’re not family or friends, so… The cab beeps and she leaves. Fastest. Cab service. Ever.
Julian calls someone and says, do it now.
Franco meets Scotty at Gene’s and asks why here? Scotty praises the ambiance. He’s made up some sketches, and Franco says he’ll find out where his artistic side came from, but after looking at them, says it’s still a mystery. Franco tells Scotty that things are moving faster than they realized, and his studio is being tossed as they speak. Scotty asks if the police are going to find anything.
Jordan tells Dante to bag up the picture. Elizabeth comes in and asks what they’re doing in the studio. Dante shows her the painting and asks if it’s Tom, and she says it could be a personification of him. She sees the dog cage and says it’s been a long day, she needs to go. Jordan says she’s lying.
Gene is dragged into Alexis’s house. Julian shows him Alexis’s picture and asks if he knows her. He says he does, and Julian says no he doesn’t.
Alexis shows up at the hospital with sunglasses on, and looks at the meeting schedule. Not too obvious. Laura sees her and says hello. She asks if Alexis is sick. Alexis says she’s under the weather, but she’s on the mend. Laura says it’s been forever since they talked, and they agree that they’ve both been through hell. Alexis apologizes for not being able to prevent Valentin from getting the estate, but Laura says there’s nothing she could have done. Alexis tells Laura that she’s been letting a lot of people down lately.
Elizabeth tells Jordan that they have a warrant to search, but she’s not a part of it and she’s leaving. Jordan asks if she’ll answer questions, and she says no. Jordan tells Dante to bag up the cage and check for prints. She doesn’t really tell him to “bag” the cage, just take it, but I envisioned a pretty big bag for that painting.
Scotty tells Franco that as his lawyer, he’s advising him, and as his father, he’s imploring him to tell the police what he knows about Alexis.
Julian’s thug, Chad, punches Gene. Gene says that Alexis stiffed him, but came back to pay the tab, because he still doesn’t get it. Julian says that Gene never saw her. The light bulb comes on, and Julian gives Gene a token of gratitude. After checking it out, Gene says all he had to do was ask. Julian says that he wanted to be clear on what happens if Gene goes back on his word. If he does, Julian will be very disappointed. Gene says he has nothing to worry about. Gene waits outside, and Julian tells Chad to make sure Gene understands, because he’s into overkill. He says to himself that he’s going to save Alexis no matter what he has to do. Bleh. I was on the verge of actually liking Julian for a millisecond.
Maxie tells Lulu that she doesn’t think Nathan has feelings for Claudette anymore, but they were married once, and she doesn’t want to push for a wedding before he processes things. She says that selfishly, she doesn’t want him to think about Claudette when they’re getting married. Lulu tells her she’s making the right decision, even though it must be difficult. Maxie says they haven’t even set a new date, and everything is in limbo. Nathan overhears.
Anna accuses Valentin of playing games, but he passes the ball back, adding that he’s not the one with the daughter who “innocently stole” a photograph. Anna says he could tell her what happened on her birthday, and what’s on the other side of the door.
Laura tells Alexis about the custody suit. She knows Alexis can’t practice law right now, but they’d like some guidance. Lulu calls, and Laura leaves to take it, saying they’ll talk. Alexis goes into the meeting. The meeting leader gives the spiel, and asks if anyone would like to introduce themselves.
Jordan asks Elizabeth if Franco said anything about why he has a dog crate. Elizabeth flashes back to Franco telling her about holding Tom captive. She says there’s nothing she can tell them that will help them. Jordan says she hopes Elizabeth is telling the truth. Elizabeth says she’s leaving, and Jordan says she can’t save him. Elizabeth says all she knows is that he didn’t do it. Dante calls Jordan over and shows her a paper. She says bingo. In the hallway Elizabeth tries to call Franco.
Franco tells Scotty he refuses to hurt any of them again. Scotty says he’s become fond of Franco, and glad he’s taking steps to be “that person,” but no one is that noble. Scotty says he can work it, but Franco says end of discussion. Scotty thinks he’ll change his mind once he’s arrested. Franco says maybe he’ll leave town, and wonders where Gene is. Scotty tells him that it would be an admission of guilt. Franco says maybe this is a time that justice doesn’t need to be served. Scotty asks if he wants to leave Elizabeth. Behind them, Chad comes in with Gene, pushing him into the hallway. Franco takes notice, but doesn’t turn around.
Maxie thinks about the discussion that she and Nathan had about buying a house. Seriously, she needs to stop watching beauty blog videos. The contouring is just too much. Nathan calls someone and says he needs a favor.
Lulu tells Laura about Claudette, and Laura tells her to be careful; she can’t lose another child. Lulu says she understands Laura’s impulse to protect her, but she feels the same way about Charlotte, and can’t stop now.
Valentin tells Anna that if she wants to know what happened, figure it out. She says she’ll find out what he did to her. He calls her smug, and says maybe it’s not what he did to her, but what she did to him. In saying that, he’s all but told us that it is, so I’m agreeing with him somewhat on the smug thing.
Scotty tells Franco that he’s not leaving. End of discussion. He asks what they’re going to find that’s incriminating, and Franco says he never got rid of the dog cage. He says he can’t go to prison, and Scotty promises to keep him out of the orange jumpsuit. He tells Franco call him if he gets arrested. Gene comes out, sees Franco, turns around, and goes back in again. Ha-ha! If you’d seen this, you’d laugh too. It was like a move out of The Honeymooners. Outside, Franco says why does it always have to be Alexis?
The AA group is silent, and the leader says don’t everyone talk at once. He tells them that he wants them to feel safe in their early sobriety. Alexis gets up and says she’s Alexis, and she’s an alcoholic.
On the phone, Julian tells someone, well done.
Jordan tells Dante it’s a receipt for art supplies, and it includes the knife. She says she thinks they’ve got him.
Franco starts to answer Elizabeth’s call and gets whacked in the back of the head. He falls to the ground.
Tomorrow, Dante tells Valentin about Claudette’s death, Kiki thinks Franco should go to the police, and Hayden asks Finn what he’s doing.
🎀 Quotes from Legally Blonde’s Elle Woods 🎀
On cat-calling: I feel comfortable using legal jargon in everyday life. [a man whistles at her] I object!
On responsibility: I once had to judge a tighty-whitey contest for Lambda Kappa Pi. Trust me, I can handle anything.
On finding a motive: Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.
On what’s important in an introduction: Hi. I’m Elle Woods and this is Bruiser Woods. [motions to her dog] We’re both Gemini vegetarians.
On priorities: I worked so hard to get into law school. I blew off Greek week to study for the LSATs. I even hired a Coppola to direct my admissions video.
On being blonde: I have always respected redheads as members of a hair color minority.
On compliments: I like your outfit too, except when I dress up as a frigid bitch, I try not to look so constipated.
On bad days: All day long I felt like white open-toed shoes after Labor Day.
On the technicalities of fatherhood: For that matter, any masturbatory emissions, where the sperm is clearly not seeking an egg, could be termed reckless abandonment.
On levels of difficulty: I taught Bruiser to shop online, I think I can handle Congress.
On reasonable excitement: I don’t think I’ve been this excited since Gucci became a publicly traded company.
On fashion trends: Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed.
On partnership and achieving your goals: If I’m going to be a partner in a law firm by the time I’m 30, I’m going to need a boyfriend who’s not a complete bonehead.
On faith: You must always have faith in people. And, most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself.
On her ex-boyfriend’s surprise when she was admitted into Harvard Law: What? like it’s hard?