Monthly Archives: January 2017

January 18. 2017 – Surprised by a GH Thanksgiving, So I’ll Just Ramble & Show You a Puppy

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What I Watched Today

(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)

 

General Hospital

Not wanting to break a streak, the President’s final press conference was on at 3 p.m. I kept flipping back to see if it was over, and got excited for a millisecond when I saw Dante and Lulu. But then, Olivia came in saying, “Happy Thanksgiving,” and I realized that I was in rerunland. Here’s hoping the new administration are a bunch of early risers who hate The View more than GH.

I’m pretty certain that the rest of the week might be a bust too, with the inauguration happening and all.

So here’s a puppy picture.

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☕ I did watch Star, which it looks like they’re also rerunning on Saturday nights. The casting is genius on this show. I was loving Miss Lawrence tonight, as well as some blue lipstick. Poor Benjamin Bratt though. He has to do all the grunt work.

👓 Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce – or is it Girlfriends’ Guide to Freedom now? or just Girlfriends’ Guide? – was also on the roster. I have the feeling that Abby is going to be sleeping with her son’s baseball coach within the next few episodes.

Game of Thrones might possibly follow their last season with a prequel. I didn’t think HBO would let go of something that makes so much money.

💀 American Horror Story has been renewed for three more seasons. Supposedly, some of the Freak Show characters will be back for the next one. That’s been my favorite season so far, so my interest is already piqued.

January 17, 2017 – A GH Wedding, a BH Girls’ Lunch, Waiting for Candace, & Some Notes

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What I Watched Today

(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)

 

General Hospital

Maxie is afraid that Nathan is being pressured, and Lulu tells her that it was all Nathan’s idea.

Nathan tells Dante he’s not nervous, but he’s blown away that everything was pulled together so quickly. The bride and her entourage arrive, but Spinelli blocks them from coming out of the elevator.

Julian tells Sam and Jason that he was the intended target, but had nothing to do with planting the bomb. Jason isn’t interested in Julian’s stories, but Julian says how about the truth? Sam asks him if the picture that Jason found looks familiar, and he asks where they got it. Jason explains about finding it at the pawn shop. Sam asks if it’s Julian and what it was doing there. Julian says everything that’s happened is about the family, and it’s time he told her everything.

Winston tells the boss that the plans are in motion. She pours tea.

There’s something wrong with Leo, and Olivia tells Ned she’ll meet him at GH.

Maxie wants out of the elevator. Spinelli wants to err on the side of caution, and tells Nathan to blindfold himself. Nathan says that they’re not traditional, but Spinelli points out how many times his plans have gone awry. Dante puts a napkin around Nathan’s eyes. Maxie and the bridal party walk through. Maxie says the venue looks spectacular, and Nathan says nothing is too good for her.

Andre and Jordan see one another. He asks what could be more romantic than a surprise wedding. Curtis joins them, saying he needs to speak to Jordan. He’s arranged for her to meet Buzz, but it might have to be tonight.

Winston tells the boss that Julian is refusing to kill his son-in-law, but he might change his mind when his own son pays the price.

Olivia runs into the hospital. She tells Sam that she got a call from Ned, and something happened with Leo.

Mac asks if Maxie is ready for a special delivery, and brings Georgie in. Maxie says she’s lucky to have Mac in her life. He says he’s the lucky one, and happy to be surrounded by all of his girls. Felicia takes a call, and Anna comes in with Emma.

Mac has one piece of advice for Nathan – hurt his little girl and he’ll hurt Nathan worse. He asks to walk Maxie down the aisle, and she says she wouldn’t have it otherwise. Felicia tells them that they have a problem.

Griff arrives and chats with Anna. She starts to tell him something, but Emma interrupts. Valentin comes in with Charlotte. She goes off with Emma.

Ned tells Olivia that Leo’s stomach is being pumped as a precaution. He found Leo alone at the babysitter’s with an open bottle of aspirin. The sitter says she only left the room for a second, and swears that she didn’t put the aspirin bottle there. Julian looks deep in thought.

Curtis tells Jordan that his contact only feels comfortable moving Buzz within a certain window. Jordan explains who Buzz is to Andre. She asks Curtis where the meeting is supposed to take place, but Curtis says he’ll fill her in on the way; the less everyone knows, the better. She agrees, and Curtis says he’ll let her know right away when it’s set up. Andre tells Jordan that letting Curtis keep a material witness from her, and meeting him somewhere in secret, is compromising her ethics and safety. He wants her to choose not to go with Curtis and stay with him. Somehow, I don’t think this has to do with Buzz, and Andre has some serious jealousy issues.

Felicia says Lucy’s flight has been redirected, and she won’t get in until midnight. Maxie is worried that they won’t have someone to marry them. A still blindfolded Nathan says that they have determined pushy people in the room, and they’ll find someone. I guess Griff can’t do it unless they’re Catholic? Maxie wonders if the universe is telling them something.  Mac tells Robin what happened, and that they’ll have to delay the wedding. Robin says that there’s someone in the room who can marry them – Spinelli.

Spinelli was ordained from the Church of Illuminating Wonders so he could marry Sam and Jason. I have to admit, I googled it to see if it was real, but there’s no such church. He’s hesitant because of his past with the bride, but Maxie says she’d love for him to officiate. He says marry her, he shall. Griff asks Anna what she wanted to tell him, but she tells him that they’ll talk after the ceremony.

Valentin suggests Emma and Charlotte sign the registry. Lulu tries to get him to leave, but he says he’s not going anywhere. She says it’s Maxie’s day and she’s not fighting with him, but he’s not welcome there. Nina pops out, saying yes, he is, and tells them to table the conversation since the wedding is starting. Lulu sits, and Nina asks Valentin what’s up. He says that Lulu wants to tell Charlotte that she’s her mother. Nina says it’s too soon, and if Lulu really cared about Charlotte’s welfare, she’d wait.

Anna tells Valentin that she’s closer than he thinks. She says he’ll have to pay the consequences when she finds out the truth. He remarks that not everyone pays for what they’ve done, and I think he’s talking about her.

Julian ponders as Olivia discusses Leo with the others. She wonders how she could trust some stranger to care for her son. Julian says she’s not to blame for what happened. The doctor comes out.

Jordan tells Andre that it could mean the difference between putting the right or wrong person away. Andre says he doesn’t want her to trust the wrong person – Curtis of all people.

The ceremony starts with Emma and Georgie as flower girls. Lulu comes next. She’s the only attendant? I guess so, because here come Maxie and Mac. Needless to say, Maxie’s gown is gorgeous. Off the shoulder, lacy, and a full skirt, but not too long of a train.

For someone who was unprepared, Spinelli certainly does well. He does the objection thing and everyone laughs, but Obrecht runs in, saying the mother of the groom objects most strenuously, making me think she might be a match for Spinelli. I always forget how good Kathleen Gati is in this role, and wish they’d use her more.

Nathan asks what she’s doing, and she says she’s the wounded party. Maxie says she thought Obrecht was on board with them getting married, but Obrecht is appalled that she was notified via text message. Everyone else was too, but she says she’s the groom’s mother and was in surgery all day. Obviously, her attendance means nothing to her son. Nathan says he just got distracted. She says no one even noticed she was missing. Nathan says he’s glad she’s here, and Maxie says she is too, addressing her as h Schwiegermutter, mother-in-law in German. This chokes Obrecht up, and Nathan takes her to a seat of honor in the front.

The doctor says Leo will be fine. They didn’t detect anything in his system, but want to keep him overnight for observation. Olivia and Ned go in to see the non-baby in the crib. (Seriously, this is an empty crib with a bunched up blanket in it, and they’re not fooling anyone.) Julian stands in the doorway. Ned is gracious enough to ask if he wants a moment, and Julian thanks him for saving Leo. He says he’s glad that Ned is there in case anything happens to him, and to take care of Olivia, who’s a wonderful mother, and he leaves.

Julian tells Sam and Jason that Leo will be fine. Sam asks why he’s leaving, and Jason asks what he was going to tell them about the truth. Julian says it isn’t important right now. He says things have changed in the various organizations. Families were off limits, but are now considered fair game. He’s concerned that Danny and Sam might be targeted. He wishes he could tell them more, but has to go. Jason asks if Sam buys it, and she says no.

Ned says Leo is going to be fine, but Olivia is still freaked out. He says nothing is more terrifying than when your child is in danger, not that Leo is his child. Olivia says she can’t do anything about Julian being his biological father, but she’s hoping that Ned will be the father figure in Leo’s life, if he’s up for it. Ned says he thinks he is, and they kiss.

Wedding back in motion. Jordan gets a text and has to go. Andre tries to get her to stay, but that’s a no. Impromptu wedding means impromptu vows, and Spinelli hands the wedding over to Nathan and Maxie. Nathan talks about being mad at the world when he met Maxie – we flash back to that – and she opened his heart again to happiness and love. Even in tough times, she found a way to be positive. Maxie says even though she didn’t know she needed one, a hero showed up at her door. He helped her recognize that she had the strength to save herself. We see a bunch of flashbacks from their early relationship and how it progressed, while they do their vows in a voice over. They kiss, and Anna remembers looking at her broken watch.

In her flash back, Valentin comes up behind Anna and says something in French. She tells him to stop. At the wedding, everyone is applauding. Valentin turns to look at Anna, who looks panicked.

At the reception, Spinelli announces the bride and groom. I never knew that Maxie’s name was Mariah Maximillia. Everyone demands a kiss, and the couple obliges. Robin asks Spinelli if he’s cool, and he says he’s sincerely happy. He wonders where Jason and Sam are.

Jason suggests that Sam back off for a while. He says Dr. Lee told her to take it easy months ago. They kiss in the elevator.

Olivia tells Ned that Julian might have something to say about it, but Ned isn’t so sure. He says Julian was surprisingly understanding, and seemed almost grateful to him. Olivia says that Julian does seem to love his children. Ned says it seemed like something else was on his mind. Olivia wonders what that could be.

Julian goes to the boss’s new location. I have no clue what it is, but it has Asian décor. A restaurant? A tea house? Who knows. We see the boss’s high heels and that she’s dressed in red. She says she can spare a moment or two. It’s Tonya Walker…I mean, Olivia Jerome. My first thought is, oh great, we have two Olivias now, and my next thought is, dammit! I wanted it to be Helena.

Tomorrow, Olivia J. says she’ll get her revenge, Charlotte disappears, and Anna smacks Valentin across the face. He probably likes it.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

I grow weary of these women. Except for LVP, who can do no wrong.

My hat’s off to Erika. She’s leaving at 6 a.m. to do her video shoot for Expensive. She tells us that people are usually offended for her videos and she just won an award for that. Anyone who’s offended by her must not have seen many videos. There’s a pillow fight with money flying around everywhere. LisaR, who comes by for a visit with Eileen, says it’s like cotton candy meets Vegas meets Miami. I thought it was more like teenage girl’s bedroom meets money meets sexy lingerie.

When the shoot is done, Erika shows Lisa and Eileen around the studio. Eileen is thinking since she gave Erica a part in her show, maybe Erika should return the favor, and shows us her jazz hands.

Here it comes. Dorit is showing PK her new dress and brings up Pantygate, and how Eileen told her she talks too much. PK suggests she should have called Uber broomstick for Eileen, but agrees that Dorit takes a while to tell a story. Ohhh, the dress is nice. It’s an LBD.

Eileen and LisaR vogue on the set after Erika leaves to change.

Kyle and Mauricio meet with LisaV and Ken at one of Mauricio’s properties. He’s branched off on his own, and is one of the top agents in the business, having sold the Playboy mansion for $200 million. Lisa thinks he’s going to make a sh*tload of money on the property. Kyle claims she was just as happy when they were in a two-bedroom apartment with the kids, but she’s glad she doesn’t have to stress going to the mailbox every day. I totally identify. She adds that Mauricio having his own company means being his own boss, so there are definitely compromises, but she understands that everything is for the family and looks at the big picture.

Kyle, LisaV, and company go to lunch. Portia has come along and makes funny pictures of Lisa with some program on her phone.

LisaR and Eden go shopping. Lisa tells Eden about Kim acting idiotic when she tried to be nice to her on game night. Eden doesn’t think it’s okay how Kim vomited up so much unproductive talk. Lisa says she’s torn, but doesn’t reference that to anything.

Kyle discusses the same thing at lunch, and we flash back to the Amsterdam dinner, which we will never, ever be allowed to forget. Kyle says Kim and LisaR just don’t like each other, and that LisaR was inappropriate in bringing up Kim’s arrest. In her interview, Kyle says she doesn’t want to talk about it anymore, yet she’s still talking about it. LisaV uses the f-word in front of Portia, but it’s pretty funny when she realizes.

Eden tells LisaR that she felt no connection with Kyle, but Lisa thinks Kyle was just distracted. In her interview, Eden says there’s something there that she’s going to figure out. Lisa asks what she should do with the Kim stuff. Eden says it would be different if Kim reached out, and that Kim might be sober, but that’s not the issue. Lisa thinks she’s “mostly sober.” Eden wonders what she can do. Lisa thinks that Eden being another sober woman might help Kim get through, and calls Kyle an enabler. Eden says she’s all about tough love. She tells Lisa about her sister calling her up on the New Year’s Eve before she died, and how Eden wouldn’t go out with her. Lisa says Kyle is afraid to turn her back on Kim because she might die. In her interview, Eden explains how the disease impacts the entire family. She thinks if she understands Kyle, she can help Kim. Lisa says all she’s done is try to help, yet she comes out as looking like a mean bitch. Well…

Erika and her creative director are packing for a gay festival she’s performing at in Mykonos, Greece. Kyle is coming along since she’s the only one who can get away. The director says they’ll have eight to ten trunks. That’s a lot of costume changes.

Eden meets Kyle and LisaR for lunch. Kyle lets Eden try on her mother’s wedding ring, which is 10½ karats. Kyle explains that her mom passed away a while ago. Eden asks if the drinking problem in her family was passed down. Kyle asks if it always has to come from someone, and in her interview, thinks Eden should back off. Eden tells her that Kim reminds her of her own sister. She says Kim is sad and her energy is heavy. Kyle says she’s sober, and Eden asks if she’s doing a program. Kyle makes some kind of vague noises and obviously doesn’t want to talk about it. Eden says it’s hard for her to watch someone who could be struggling. In her interview, she says everyone tried to cover up her sister’s illness and shove it under the rug. Lisa says they all experienced the ripple effect of Kim. In her interview, she hopes the conversation is a step toward healing, but realizes it could backfire.

Harrison! LisaV and Ken are going to meet Max and the adoption lawyer who facilitated the process when they got him from foster care, since he’s expressed an interest in finding his birth parents. Lisa thinks it will be emotional for all of them. Giggy! Lisa says they tried to adopt more children in England, but were told they were too old. She was 35. Pandora wasn’t keen on Max looking for his birth parents, which is why she’s not with them. We flash back to her being bummed when Lisa mentions the possibility. Max looks through the folder, and Lisa gets emotional.

Lisa takes a moment, and when she comes back, she talks about giving Max to Pandora when they brought him home, and how he was always “her” baby. She says they always got along, and there was never any competition. Lisa sees that Max’s birth father played the guitar, and talks about how Max picked it up at 14 and just knew how to play. Ken suggests getting a detective to deal with the searching end of it.

Kyle leaves for the trip with Erika. Erika is starting the day by popping some champagne, although I have no idea what time it is in Greece. The director tells her she’ll be performing at 3 a.m. She’ll also be performing for 30,000 people. Kyle arrives, and Erika shows her around. It’s not my style – everything is way too white and sterile looking – but it’s beautiful. Just don’t touch anything. In her interview, Erika says she’s stayed away from women because they tend to be judgmental, but Kyle isn’t like that.

Dorit tells us that she doesn’t like tension and conflict. She calls Eileen, who obviously wasn’t expecting the call. Dorit says it was tense the other night, and asks if she’d like to meet for a girls’ chat. She’s also going to call LisaR. At least Lisa doesn’t wait in stunned silence for ten minutes after hearing Dorit’s voice. Dorit tells her that a few drinks were coupled with misunderstanding, and invites her to the lunch with Eileen. In her interview, Dorit says she has reservations, but she’s prepared for whatever happens.

Kyle has the best sunglasses! Erika practices for the show. In her interview, Kyle says they lead very different lives. She’s still making breakfast for the kids in the morning, while Erika gets lifted by a bunch of naked, hunky guys. She exaggerates; they’re only half naked. The creative director tells them that the lift still needs to be perfected, and directs the guys to toss Erika in the pool.

Dorit meets the girls for lunch. She says it got escalated and heated the other night, and hopes they can resolve it, but if not, they tried. Dorit says it’s no excuse, but she did have a few drinks that night. She says she appreciates their input about Pantygate, but they seem to want to resuscitate it, even when Erika thought it was over. She wants to understand why it keeps being brought up. She says she and Erika are fine with it. Eileen says she understands where Dorit is coming from, and is trying to see it from Dorit’s point of view. She doesn’t remember it happening that way, but if Dorit feels that she was being aggressive, she apologizes.

Dorit brings up the text message from LisaR. In her interview, Lisa claims that she’s always right. Oh, LisaR, how misguided you are, says Dr. Seuss. Eileen suggests hitting the reset button. She says she didn’t mean to put Dorit in the hot seat or make her feel uncomfortable, and would like a fresh start. In her interview, Dorit says she’s not going to forget, but she’s hopeful. She also admits that maybe she talks too much.

Next time, Boy George performs, Erika performs, and Eden wants to talk to Kim.

The Haves and the Have Nots

David tells Veronica to get off of him. She says Kathryn is trying to kill her. Kathryn turns the tables, and says it’s the other way around. Veronica screeches that David has to believe her, but he backs away a little. Kathryn says she’s lying and that she did this, pointing out her injury. She says Veronica shot Jennifer and then tried to kill her. Kathryn wants David to call the police, but he says he’s not doing anything until he understands what went on. Kathryn says if he doesn’t call, she will. Veronica says he knows her. He says yes, he does, and backs away some more. Veronica moves forward, and David falls backward onto the couch. He sees Jennifer’s body.

David is like, wth? and Veronica says that Kathryn killed Jennifer. Kathryn tells him again that Veronica killed her. Veronica tells David to quit taking her pulse, and that it’s a crime scene, so he shouldn’t be in the middle of it. Kathryn tells him that Veronica knew Jennifer was after him, and shot her. He says it’s like Maggie Day. Veronica says that was a casualty of war. Kathryn asks what happened and if David liked her too. She tells David that he has to protect her, and to call the police now. Veronica says she didn’t do this.

Jim calls David, saying he’s out of jail and Lloyd is picking him up. David says he found Kathryn, but to tell Lloyd to drop him in front of the house and not to come inside. He says it’s too sensitive to discuss over the phone. Jim asks if Kathryn is okay, and David says somewhat. Jim is like wtf? and David tells him that Veronica and Kathryn are pointing fingers at one another, and to get there asap.

David hangs up, and Kathryn says he needs to call the police. David says they’re going to wait for Jim. Veronica wants to leave, but David tells her no. He says no one is going anywhere until Jim gets there. Kathryn asks if he’s going to let her bleed to death, and he points out that even he can tell it’s a flesh wound. He repeats that everything is going to wait until Jim gets there.

Erica calls Candace, but she says she’s in the middle of something. Erica wants to give her a David update, but Candace says they’ll talk later. Erica tells her that War is getting out of jail soon, and advises her not to stay at her house. Candace says the police are there and have a search warrant. She asks how Erica knew about War. Erica says one of her targets knows the DA, and the DA told him just now. We know this is a lie, because Jennifer has been lying dead in the Cryer mansion for a while. Like since last season. Candace asks when he’s getting out, but Erica doesn’t know. Candace tells her that the bank caught the forgery, and if she doesn’t have the money by 5 o’clock, the bank is going to foreclose. She wants the name of whoever prepared the documents. Erica offers her money, but doesn’t have enough. Erica warns her that War thinks Candace set him up, but Candace says Mitch is the one who did it. Erica says it’s crazy, and that maybe she could get the money from David. Candace says she has to work him slowly or he’ll run. He can’t think she’s taking advantage of him. She explains how to present the story.

Candace gets into her car and Oscar gets in the passenger seat. She says she’s in this mess because of him and get out. He tells her he has a mark who can make them a lot of money, and to call him. She tells him she’s going to scream and he gets out. He tells her they’re running out of time and leaves. She tells herself that she does need the money.

The cops drill open Candace’s safe. Why didn’t they just ask her for the combination? She has about 20k in cash and a lot of photos of Jim in compromising positions. The officers bag the evidence.

Mitch goes to Benny’s house. Benny apologizes, and asks what happened to the truck. Mitch says it’s the only thing that was his, and now it’s all bent up. He thinks what’s happening isn’t right, and Benny agrees. Mitch says it is what it is, and they had something for a minute. Benny adds that they tried. Mitch asks if Benny is all right, and Benny insists he is. He asks why Benny is sitting outside, and Benny says Candace is supposed to bring him some money. Mitch suggests they get Benny’s truck out of the tow yard, but Benny says the bank is taking everything, even what he had before he got the tow yard. The bank told him if he tries to take his own truck, he’ll be arrested. Candace put everything in the mortgage. Mitch says screw everything, and they should just go get the truck. Benny says how, and Mitch tells him how he got his own truck out. Benny says the cops are probably all over the place, and Mitch apologizes for losing it. Benny says he’s getting there too.

Mitch says Candace needed the money for War, but he took care of it. They talk about how neither one of them is “about that life.” Mitch says he can’t do what he’s thinking. He says Benny doesn’t want the money; they’ll come after him and his folks. Benny says, so he just loses everything. Mitch says they’ve been there before, but Benny says he’s getting old. He had it, and she stole it. Mitch says it was War, and asks if Benny has called Candace, but Benny says he wants her to come on her own, and he doesn’t want to hear her excuses.

A police car pulls up. Benny says he can’t bail Mitch out. Two officers approach and ask for Mitch. They tell him he’s under arrest and cuff him. One officer goes for the truck and the other reads him his rights. How come Mitch doesn’t just call his family? I know he wants to find his own way and all, but it wouldn’t be the first time he’s called them in a pinch.

Jeffrey calls Candace. She asks if he spoke to Justin and he says no. She tells him what will happen to him if he goes to prison, and he tells her not to threaten him. She says she isn’t; she’s just informing him. She tells him to call Justin on a three-way call, because she wants to talk to him. Justin answers, and says Jeffrey had better tell “that bitch” that nothing happened between them. There’s silence, and Candace asks if Jeffrey heard Justin. Justin asks who it is, and she says the bitch who he didn’t want knowing anything. Justin gets agitated, and Jeffrey tells him not to pay attention to Candace, and tells Candace to apologize. She does, and Jeffrey says they need his help. Justin says he’ll do it for Jeffrey. When Justin hangs up, Candace tells Jeffrey that they have him. Jeffrey asks what she said to Justin, and she says, what she had to. Jeffrey says she’s not helping and they’re doing it his way.

Wyatt comes out of his hospital room fully dressed. Jeffrey tells him that the doctor hasn’t discharged him, and he isn’t leaving. Wyatt says he hears that, and walks out.

Justin putters around the kitchen, pretending to look for evidence. He takes something out of a drawer that looks like an EpiPen. It is a pen. A fat, red, felt tip. He makes some marks on the hot tub cover and says he thinks they have something, and that a forensics team should look at the hot tub. He has the other officers help him move the cover. I have no idea what’s in his head.

Candace gets to her house and Jeffrey comes out. Candace apologizes for what she said, and he asks what she wants. She says she needs his help, and he says that’s what he was trying to do. He tells her that he’s bought her time, but eventually, they’ll check the backyard. He tells her to get out of there, and tell Jeffrey to go somewhere he can’t be found. She says he likes Jeffrey, and Justin says not like that; he’s a friend. She tells him there’s money she needs, but he says they already went through the safe, and the money has been packed as evidence. He tells her the compromising photos of Jim are gone too. She asks if he can get them, but he says no, and that she should really go. She asks if he’ll call. He says he’s already in too deep and doesn’t know why. She says because of Jeffrey, and it’s okay if he likes him. Justin says he has to go.

Benny is still sitting outside. Hanna tells him he needs to pack, but he insists that Candace is coming. Hanna brings out a chair and sits next to him. He says he can wait by himself. She asks why he doesn’t wait inside, and he says that every five minutes she’ll be telling him to pack. She says it’s a nice house and she’s glad Candace gave it to him along with the tow yard. It shows she can still care about someone and there’s hope for her yet. Benny says that’s not exactly positive. Hanna says he’s mad because she’s right. He suggests she go in, and Hanna says she’s taking Quincy Jr. to the hotel. She says even if Candace comes, they still have to leave. She tells Benny she’ll be at the Fountain Drop Hotel. Benny insists Candance will bring money for something better. Hanna doesn’t want Quincy Jr. to see the sheriff put them out. She tells Benny she loves him and loves the way he loves his sister, but she’s not coming. She goes inside, taking the chair with her. Benny stares into the distance.

David tends to Kathryn’s wound. Veronica says David used to be like that with her, tender and caring. Kathryn says she doesn’t know how he could have loved her. David tells her don’t, and Veronica says he takes Kathryn’s side even after Kathryn tried to kill her. David tells her to shut up. Kathryn says that Veronica pushed him to another woman. Veronica says she wishes she could get out, but David is waiting for the boss man to tell him what to do, and starts talking like a plantation slave. Kathryn says she sees why David filed for divorce. Veronica tells her to stay out of it. She says she’s not the kind of enemy Kathryn wants to make. Kathryn says that’s a change of pace, since just before, Veronica was trying to kill her. Veronica says if she was trying to kill her, then she’s the same person. Kathryn says she can’t bait her, but Veronica says she’ll continue to do it in court, and not to take her down this path. She suddenly decides that the three of them – Kathryn, Jim and David – planned this, and David tells her that not everything is a conspiracy. Kathryn says she sees what David means, referring to Veronica being psychotic. David says she’s witnessing it firsthand, but don’t. Veronica starts in about how David can’t make a move without Jim, and does the slave thing again. She says she’s sick of it. David says there’s a dead body here, and she says she doesn’t give a damn. Kathryn says that’s because she did it, and tells David that they have to call an ambulance.

Kathryn realizes that the gun is next to Veronica. David sees it too, and makes a move for it, but Veronica gets it first.

Next time, Wyatt wants Jeffrey to stay, War threatens to cut Candace’s throat, and Hanna approaches Candace about Quincy.

✈  Ladies of London acknowledgement. They’re still in Scotland, with the men joining them for a final night. This leaves me feeling badly for Joan Collins Sophie, since she’s going through a nasty divorce. The highlights were a whiskey tasting where the ladies thought the whiskeys (which were no doubt very aged and expensive) tasted like everything from “cat butt” to “bad breath,” along with a huge production over the serving of haggis. This is another thing that didn’t go over big with any of the women, although a few were good sports. The way I feel is, if you’re there and it’s traditional, shut up and just try it. I was the only one, along with the chaperone, who ate whatever was put in front of me on a trip to Russia when I was in high school.

I was surprised when Julie said she didn’t eat meat. I knew Juliet was a vegetarian, and I get their names mixed up already, so this doesn’t help. Julie made a toast that Marissa read way too much into in her interview. My take was that Julie was saying that when she came to town, she was a wimp, but seeing how strong Caroline #1 is, made her grow in her own strength. Marissa wondered what the underlying meaning was, and if it was some kind of threat. She hasn’t exactly been at the top of her game though, and kept repeating that she’s tired and can’t do it – whatever it is – until Caroline #1 finally paid attention to her. They also played a bizarre balloon game, which Caroline #2 assured us would be hysterical. I wouldn’t go that far, but it was pretty funny to see a bunch of adult women (and one man – ?), wearing formal dress, trying to break a balloon by pushing it with their body against their team mate’s behind. Several of the ladies ended up on the floor laughing. Maybe the whiskey wasn’t so bad after all.

Next time, Jacqueline Onassis Sophie rocks some amazing sunglasses!

I like this show a lot, and have to admit, I’m going to miss Caroline #1 when she goes to Dubai. I’m so hoping for a spin-off show.

🍸 Quickie note about Vanderpump Rules, since I watch all of these shows like ten times. Not watch watch, but you know, it’s on in the background. After Lala’s barely there apology for skipping out on Ariana’s birthday, there was that interview where Tom claimed he was good as far as Lala was concerned – maybe forever – meaning he was not good, and she could disappear off the planet, and Ariana was drying glasses like she might kill someone. But then later, she doesn’t seem to care so much. I’m wondering if the two of them are sort of like prosecuting attorneys. They know they’re wrong, but they just can’t admit it.

January 16, 2017 – Julian Presents a Challenge, Katie is Showered, Random Thoughts & MLK Quotes

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What I Watched Today

(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)

 

General Hospital

Griff tells Julian that he’s doing well. While he checks on the X-rays, Julian calls Alexis and leaves a message. He hears someone come into the room, and assuming it’s Griff, asks how things look. It’s Winston, who tells him it’s not looking very good.

Sonny thinks about his last interaction with Nell. Jason and Sam stop by. He tells them that he’s thinking about the things he has to deal with. Well, it’s not a lie.

Nell confers with Olivia, who tells her to take the rest of the day off. Nell nearly runs into Michael on her way out.

Lulu tells Robin that she’s glad Robin could stay for Maxie’s wedding part two. She gets a text, and says there’s just a minor hiccup.

Nathan asks Nina where Maxie is. Nina says they left her alone for two seconds and she disappeared. Nathan says everyone is showing up any minute, and Nina tells him the surprise is on them.

Maxie is at a ticket window. I assume at the airport, although the airport looks amazingly like GH.

Curtis sees Jordan at the MetroCourt and asks her what’s going on. She tells him about the wedding. He tells her he can help them with the case, but has to do it on his terms, and she has to do him a solid. She says her new shoes hurt, so hurry up with the explanation. He tells her that they’re moving in on the person who caused Morgan’s death, and it’s not Sonny.

Sonny tells Jason and Sam that a luxury cage is still a cage. He’s been thinking about how whoever caused Morgan’s death is still out there. Sam says no one inspected the damage at the pawn shop, and it’s owned by a dummy corporation. Sonny tells them that the trial starts soon, so they have to move fast.

Nell tells Michael about the wedding, and he says he’s there with a tux for Dante. He asks her to join him for some hot chocolate.

Nina tells the others that she did everything as planned, and acted like it was a normal day. Nathan says all of his calls to Maxie have gone to voicemail. Nina adds that everything was fine, but Lulu says apparently not. They decide to check Maxie’s computer.

Maxie asks for a flight to Portland. The desk clerk says over 30 people are on stand-by, and she’s better off going tomorrow. She explains how great Nathan is, how he’s a hot cop who speaks French, and they’re supposed to be on their honeymoon, but she needs to go someplace where her feelings won’t be judged. Hey, she sees Spinelli, but it’s not Spinelli. I’m hoping it’s because the actor got a better gig elsewhere. I’ll miss him.

Nathan finds out that Maxie ordered a car to take he to the airport.

NuSpinelli says she’s not supposed to be there. She says she was at work, but no one showed the slightest bit of sensitivity after the wedding postponement. She wants to see Georgie, but Spinelli tells her that’s not possible right now. When she asks why he’s there, he says he’s doing some work for Sam. He tells her that Ellie is taking Georgie to DisneyWorld in his absence. Maxie asks if that isn’t a milestone, and says she wanted to be the first to take her. She makes for the window again, but Spinelli asks why she’s really fleeing (his word). Maxie says that she doesn’t want to make a sad situation all about her, and is giving Nathan space. Spinelli says he thinks the last thing Nathan would want is space. He’s rented a car, and asks her to let him drive her back. He says Nathan might surprise her.

Sam says she hasn’t had a chance to talk to Julian about the picture, but he seemed genuinely worried. Sonny says he’s partly responsible for Morgan’s death. Sam leaves the room, and Sonny asks Jason how she’s doing. Jason says good, but he’s trying not to worry her. Sonny says Jason took a risk and he appreciates that. He says when it’s over, they need to have a conversation about his role in the business.

Winston tells Julian that Jason and Curtis found the office, and the boss is upset about the expense and the inconvenience. He says they’ve had enough of Jason and to get rid of him – tonight.

Curtis explains about the hidden office to Jordan, and how they’d gotten the information from Buzz. He tells her that a woman calls all the shots. Jordan asks where Buzz is, and Curtis tells her that he’s stashed somewhere safe, but the bottom line is that Sonny is innocent. Jordan says to bring Buzz in and she’ll take his statement.

Winston tells Julian to get rid of Jason. Julian says he’s not killing his daughter’s husband. Winston says up until now, he’s done everything they requested. Julian says there were no requests, he was forced, and he’s done. Griff interrupts with the X-ray results.

Sonny tells Jason there’s no one he trusts more than him. He asks if Jason doesn’t feel like this is where he belongs. Jason says he belongs with his wife and kids. Sonny asks him to just think about it. Sam comes back in and says they’d better get going. Outside, she tells Jason she heard Sonny make him another offer. She knows things change and is with him no matter what. She looks weird, and he asks what’s wrong, but she says it’s nothing.

Michael and Nell go to Perks for hot chocolate. He reminds her of how he followed her there and convinced her to stay. She tells him that staying there has lined up with some of her long-term goals.

Nathan and Dante ask the airline clerk about Maxie, but he’s hesitant to tell them anything. Nathan says it’s not official police business, but when he starts telling the story, the clerk recognizes it, and asks if he speaks French. The clerk tells him that Maxie didn’t buy a ticket, but he heard her talking about going to DisneyWorld.

Spinelli brings Maxi back to the office. She says that if she sees another wedding accessory, she’s going to freak out. Lulu and Robin hold up bouquets, and tell her welcome to her wedding day. Nina tells her that she’s marrying Nathan tonight. She asks if Spinelli knew. He says he did, and Mac is picking up Georgie and Ellie. Maxie says she doesn’t want to force Nathan down the aisle, and Lulu tells her that it was his idea. Nina says Nathan would move mountains, heaven, and earth to be with her.

Dante looks to see if any other airlines are leaving for Atlanta, because that’s where DisneyWord is. Was that a mistake, a joke, what? Unless she was making a connecting flight, she wouldn’t be going there to see Georgie either. Spinelli calls and tells them the bride has been recovered. Sounds like something out of Kill Bill.

Jordan tells Curtis that she doesn’t like the way he went about it, but appreciates his dedication, and maybe she can trust him again. She tells him to bring Buzz in, and he may be worthy of a badge again. He says her trust means a lot, but so does Buzz’s, and wonders if there’s another way.

Julian tells Griff that Winston is his driver. Winston says he thought Julian might need assistance, and Griff tells him he’s free to go. When Griff leaves, Julian tells Winston that he took an unnecessary risk, and Winston says Julian did the same with Jason. Julian says he’s tired of being prisoner of his own life. He had a good life, and lost it because of what they’ve made him do. He tells Winston that it’s not going to happen, so go ahead and kill him. He’s not letting them tear apart his family’s lives the way they’ve torn apart his. He says Winston has made it clear, now he’ll do the same. He’s done, the hell with them, and he’s telling his family everything.

Lulu makes sure all the details are in place. It’s time for Maxie to get ready.

Olivia gives Dante his tux and tells them to get ready. Nathan thanks Dante for having his back and making him feel like a part of the family. He’s honored to have him as best man. They bro hug.

Griff stops by Sonny’s place on the way to the wedding. He asks how Sonny been since he’s homebound, and if he’s found any peace. Sonny says he’s not going to excuse his lifestyle, but it’s good to know it wasn’t his fault. Griff says he’s sure it brought relief to him and Carly. Sonny says it’s helped the healing process, but Griff senses there’s something more. He says something made him go there today, and he can listen. Sonny says he slept with someone other than his wife.

Michael wants to ice skate, but Nell hesitates. She says she actually skates quite well, and could have made it into the Olympics. Coaches cost money though, and her father told her to forget about it, so she did and hasn’t skated since. Michael says he’s sorry, and she says dreams are just dreams, and not everyone can afford to follow them, which she learned at a young age. She says she’ll pass on skating, since it doesn’t have good memories. Michael says if we wallow in pain, it can affect the rest of our lives, and that we should be defined by what we do today. She should let go of the baggage that’s holding her back.

Sonny tells Griff that he was hurting and drinking after Carly left, and heard she kissed her ex. Griff asks who it is. Sonny says someone close to the family who’s getting close with Michael, so this would hurt him too. Griff says he can’t judge him for his actions, but a bunch of Hail Marys probably won’t help him. Sonny wants to know if he should tell the truth.

Winston tells Julian that letting his family know would just put them in the boss’s sights. Julian says he thought he was keeping them safe, but everything he’s been made to do has put them in harm’s way. He thinks maybe the boss should worry about him for a change. Maybe it’s time to turn on the lights. He says when that happens, he’ll be a powerful enemy. He’s done playing. Julian walks out.

Winston calls one of the temp waiters at the wedding. We saw him earlier. Olivia had questioned what he was doing there and Nell said he was a temp she’d hired because they didn’t have enough staff for the restaurant and Maxie’s wedding. I don’t think Nell has anything to do with it though she has her own revenge storyline. Winston tells the waiter that the boss is right; Julian isn’t being cooperative, and they need to go on with the plan. The waiter gets into elevator with Olivia.

At first, I was thinking the boss is going to wreak havoc at the wedding by blowing it up or something, but that really wouldn’t get them very far. Julian isn’t going to be there and he’d totally expose them if that happened. So my next thought is, they’re going to kidnap someone? Sam?

Sam tells Jason that she just needs to take it easy. He asks if she wants to go home. She doesn’t want to miss the wedding, but says that sounds good. The elevator opens and Julian is standing there.

Maxie thanks the girls, saying she treasures all of them. They group hug.

Nell tells Michael that it’s easy to let things go when you grow up in the lap of luxury. He says that’s not fair or accurate. He tells Nell that you have to keep living and trying, and you’ll make it through. She asks how he stays so positive, and he says he doesn’t like the alternative. He says every day he makes one happy memory, so he looks forward and not back. He suggests they rent some skates.

Griff tells Sonny that there are two schools of thought: the truth will set you free, or the damage is already done. Sonny says so either he suffers in silence or bites the bullet, but he doesn’t know which to choose. Griff has to leave, and Sonny walks him to the door, thanking him for stopping by. Griff tells him to think and pray about it, and he’ll know when he knows. Griff, the great philosopher. The next Kahlil Gabran.

Jordan tells Curtis that anything less than Buzz’s statement isn’t good for her. Curtis asks if she’d be comfortable taking it outside of the station. She agrees, and he says he’ll set it up. She asks if he’s okay with this, and he says he trusts her.

Julian says he has to tell Sam something. She says she’s not up for his lies and evasions, but he says the both of them need to hear this.

Winston tells the boss that they’ll send Julian a message that he won’t be able to ignore.

Olivia is on the phone and says, you’re scaring me.

Tomorrow, maybe the surprise wedding happens, Griff asks Anna what happened, Winston says the plans are in motion, and Olivia plans to meet someone at GH.

Vanderpump Rules

Giggy! Harrison! And the rest! ♫ Here on Vanderpump Isle! ♫

In her interview, Lisa says that people say that she’s obsessed with dogs, and they’re right. I knew there was a reason I liked her. Katie stops by with new SUR dress choices and Lisa picks one out. She asks Schwartz and Katie how the birthday trips went. Schwartz loved the fast cars, RV and beer, and Katie says sometimes absence makes the heart grow fonder. She invites Lisa to her shower, and Lisa says she’ll be by for a glass of champagne.

Scheana tells Brittany that she heard Jax was a d*ck during the trip. How this would be different from any other time, I’m not sure. In her interview, Brittany says Jax needs to shape up. Right now, her mother likes him, and she wants to keep it that way.

Lala strolls into work, and Tom asks what happened that she never showed up for Ariana’s birthday. She says she’s feeling that she doesn’t want to surround herself with people who aren’t positive and bring out the best in her. When she heard Jax was on the guest list, she got a knot in her stomach. After pointing out that she had plenty of time to say something about it, Tom tells her that he and Ariana have taken a lot of grief in sticking up for her, and she couldn’t even be bothered to answer their texts. She says she’ll be glad to pay them back for the ticket, but he says that’s not the point. Scheana joins them, and basically says the same thing. Lala says she’s sorry, and she has a gift for them if they want it. In his interview, Tom says he’s probably done with Lala forever.

Kristen hosts a comedy show at the Improv. We flash back to Ariana being offended that Kristen was horning in on her territory, and saying that she takes comedy seriously. In her interview, Kristen says that Ariana refuses to come because she might laugh. Kristen’s friend, Gabi, does a bit about an app that turns d*ck pics into classic art to “camouflage” them. In his interview, Jax thinks it’s a low blow that they used one of his pics, but I don’t know if he gets that he made a joke. In his interview, Schwartz says the pic had actually gone viral, and Tom recognized Jax’s shoes. Jax thinks he’d be a good model for sex toys. I will point out again that he’s nearly 40 years old.

Brittany brings the man behind the pic to Stassi’s attention. She’s impressed that Brittany can call out Jax’s penis in a mash-up. Brittany thought it would be nice if they’d given her a heads up and she definitely doesn’t realize she made a joke. Neither does anyone else, and I’m shocked. I’m usually not the one with a 14-year-old boy’s mentality. In her interview, Kristen says you’d be surprised how difficult they are to find, and if you google d*ck pic, all you get are old men politicians in navy blue suits. I’ll take her word for it.

Lisa isn’t thrilled with the paint colors that Katie has picked out for her dining room, saying they look more like something for a nursery. Katie tells Lisa about the comedy show, and explains the app joke. Lisa tells her that it’s like she’s speaking a different language. Katie says it’s not something she’s ever received, and Lisa says her neither, and she feels left out. Katie tells Lisa about Jax’s contribution.

Brittany is annoyed that Jax didn’t cop to the pic at first. He talks to Kristen and tells her that he didn’t appreciate it, and Brittany says she feels hurt. Stassi says the group is very forgiving, so it often doesn’t register that anything would make anyone feel weird. Kristen wonders who hasn’t seen it, and doesn’t get why Brittany doesn’t think it’s funny, because she’s one of the most dense people ever born.

They discuss Lala. Kristen thinks the only one who can actually screw Lala over is James. Lala says she can’t stand him, but he’s on her Snapchat, so Kristen can’t figure out whether the hate is true or fake. In her interview, Stassi says she knows for a fact that Lala is dating a married man, but they need James to confirm it.

Lala visits James. He asks if she wants ice cream, his new vice since giving up drinking. She tells him she’s a grown ass woman and asks if he has liquor. All he has is whiskey. She wonders what happened, since he used to pop a bottle every other second. He says he’s been working on his music, and asks why she didn’t show for Ariana’s birthday trip. Lala says she decided just before leaving that she wasn’t going. She says she spent the weekend at the Beverly Hills Hotel, but insists her mother paid for it. James wonders why he wasn’t invited over. Lala talks about a trip to Malibu and asks if he’d like to come along. They’re taking a helicopter, and he questions the way she travels. Lala is tired of everyone being on her back about her possibly getting things from being on her back. She’s shocked that none of the other girls have ever taken a private jet, saying that no girl who isn’t ugly hasn’t been on one, because that’s LA. I have no words.

James is meeting Kristen and Stassi. Even though she’s a step away from a restraining order, Kristen is willing to take one for the team, if it means screwing over Lala. In his interview, James wonders what they want, since he knows they’re not interested in socializing with him. Kristen tells him that it seems like he’s close with Lala, although Lala talks smack about him. James seems surprised, but says she has been acting strange. They discuss the married boyfriend. He tells them Lala’s boyfriend rented an amazing house for Coachella, but made everyone sign a non-disclosure agreement. They look at it online. James thinks Tom and Ariana signed it, and Stassi has her suspicions since they always defend Lala.

Brittany’s look-alike mom, Sherri, has come to visit. In his interview, Jax says there will be no sex, no drinking, no cursing, and no pooping with the door open. If I was Brittany, I’d have my mom move in. They discuss Florida. Jax says he’s never raising a family in LA, and this leads Sherri to ask if they go to church. He doesn’t like the old-world style, and Sherri suggests he come to her Pentecostal church, which he thinks is some kind of cult. Jax needs to get out more.

A mansion has been rented for Katie’s shower. Scheana has brought baby bottles of tequila for parting gifts and the buffet is $200 worth of Taco Bell. Stassi tells Scheana about the NDA, and she insists that Tom and Ariana would never have signed something like that.

In the car, Brittany suggests that she and Jax might one day have a shower. And she doesn’t mean the kind you take in the bathroom. Sherri tells Jax it would be a shame to waste Brittany’s time, and he tells her that times have changed. He points to Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. You, Jax, are no Kurt Russell. In his interview, he’s annoyed about the pressure. Ugh! I hate that I’m having to say this, but he’s right. I’m not saying he shouldn’t be making a firm commitment (or not) after a year, but now is not the time. He’s a captive audience, and it’s two against one. Okay. Now back to hating Jax.

Stassi who is wearing difficult to explain dress with sleeves made from spaghetti strap-like strips, that I imagine are a real pita to get into claims that Ariana is working the groomsmen situation for all it’s worth. When she wants to, she hangs out with the guys, but she’s at the shower as well. Stassi says Katie didn’t want her around for a reason. Katie is thrilled with the venue, and can’t wait to be Mrs. Bubba Schwartz. Lisa arrives, which thrills her even more.

The guys go out for Mexican food. Jax tells them how he was verbally accosted the whole way there. In his interview, Schwartz thinks one day Jax will go out for something, and the next time they see him will be his mug shot. Ha-ha!

Lisa asks Sherri how she likes Jax. She says she does, and Lisa wonders if it’s enough to have him as a son-in-law. In her interview, Lisa wonders if she’s met the real Jax. I’m still stumped as to why Brittany is so enamored of him. Sherri says they have to get him to church, and Lisa thinks he’s not ready for that. She hopes he doesn’t break Brittany’s heart. Brittany says if he does, she’ll break something of his. The something we already discussed that was in the picture. Lisa thinks that should be put in the wedding vows. Katie’s mom thanks everyone for coming. Lisa says she loves Katie, and she’s a credit to her mom.

Jax talks about going back to Minnesota. He says that no one tells you that marriage is great, they only tell you not to do it. Schwartz suggests they all go to Minnesota. He says he’s not into the institution of marriage, but he wants Katie to be happy. They toast to marriage being the best new thing is Schwartz’s life.

Stassi thinks she should have waited to break up with Patrick until after the wedding. Hmm… I though he broke up with her. Lisa has brought a blow-up doll in case Katie wants to take a break after 30 years. Its name is Katie. No kidding. It’s on the box. Stassi tells Katie about the meeting with James. They ask Ariana about the NDA. She insists she never saw anything like it, but Stassi thinks she’s exhibiting all of the tell-tale signs of lying. Katie thinks Ariana is picking sides, and brings up some old Lala crap, wondering why Ariana is still defending her. Ariana says her thinking is delusional. In her interview, Stassi says Ariana can’t take responsibility for anything. Katie walks away from the conversation.

Ariana says she doesn’t think what Lala has said is cool, but she’s not killing herself over something someone said. Stassi says they’ve all gotten in fights. Ariana says actually, she’s never gotten in a fight with anyone (huh?). Stassi wonders why she’s even there, and Ariana says she cares about Katie, not Stassi. Stassi follows Katie’s footsteps and leaves the room. Pretty soon, Ariana is going to be talking to herself.

Next time, the bachelorette party, Stassi and Ariana tangle, James gets in another fight at work (yay!), and Jax wears a crown.

Extra Thoughts

🏊 Holy! They didn’t even end the previews for Vanderpump Rules before Summer House started. Or as I call it Zzzzzummer Houzzzzze. What’s really biting my butt is that they’ve moved Timber Creek Lodge to 8 p.m. This wouldn’t be so bad, except I watch something else at 8, and Bravo doesn’t rerun it until 2:30 a.m.! Is it really necessary to see the other shows three times before showing TCL a second time? BTW, Stassi should thank her lucky stars that Kyle was insulting and she got turned off. He is nobody’s idea of a good catch – or shouldn’t be anyway. He claims Montauk is like DisneyWorld for adults, and that you never know how or where you’ll wake up. First of all, those aren’t qualities that I would assign DisneyWorld, not to mention that I’m sure the city of Montauk thanks you, and secondly, no, just no. Watching these people drink makes my stomach turn.

✍ Just a footnote: I saw Ariana on Watch What Happens Live, and she mentioned that one of the girls claimed she had a superiority complex, and this is far from the truth. In watching Vanderpump Rules a second time, think of that buzzer sound when they get the question wrong on Family Feud. She acts very superior. Like she’s above it all. Constantly. I believe she thinks she’s being mature in some way, but it’s never a bad thing to be polite. Lecture over.

Quotes for MLK Day

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

 The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

 Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

                                                                                         – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

January 13, 2017 – A Meeting & Wedding in Port Charles, a Quartet of Quotes & a Grimm Observation

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What I Watched Today

(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)

 

General Hospital

Finn takes a blindfolded Hayden to the ice skating rink. It’s not 50 shades of anything; he just wants to surprise her. He says now that she’s better, he can reveal that he’s a champion goalie, and he’s going to teach her how to skate.

Nathan thanks Maxie for being understanding. She says she loves him, and if she has to wait forever to marry him, she will. Nina comes in with a to-do list for her. Crimson is doing a wedding issue.

In her office, Nina tells Nathan she recruited Dillon for Operation Maxie. Nathan says he has to tell her something about Claudette, and it’s not good.

Valentin runs into Lulu and Dante on his way to pick up Charlotte. Dante says it’s probably not news to him, but Claudette is dead.

Dillon tells Kiki that Nathan has a secret plan for Maxie. Kiki is on her way to GH, hoping to find Franco. She wants to convince him to change his mind about things moving forward.

At the AA meeting, Alexis says she can’t believe she just said she’s an alcoholic. She had her last drink 24 hours ago, and the group leader tells her it’s one day at a time. She says she understands what that means now, because the last 24 hours has been hard. He asks what brought her there today.

Elizabeth finds out that Franco has missed two appointments at the hospital already.

Franco comes to. He’s in a room somewhere.

Maxie complains to Dillon about Nina being insensitive, since her own wedding just got canceled, and says she’s going home.

Nina tells Nathan that Charlotte asks about Claudette every night, and wonders if Valentin knows. She asks how Claudette died. Nathan says the authorities are ruling it a suicide, but he’s not sure.

Dante tells Valentin that Claudette’s death was ruled a suicide. Valentin says he’s not surprised, but Lulu says it surprised the hell out of them. Valentin tells her that Claudette was a sad, troubled woman. Lulu says his lack of grief is further proof that he has no conscience whatsoever.

Hayden is benched already. She says no one ever talked about how cold and hard skating is, and it’s a stupid sport. She wants a hot toddy and an even hotter bath. Finn tells her whatever makes her happy.

Franco wonders what happened. His head is all bloody.

Kiki asks Elizabeth about Franco. Elizabeth says she’s worried, and tells Kiki about the search warrant. Kiki says she wants to convince Franco to go to the police.

Alexis tells the group that she doesn’t know what brought her there or how things got this far. Isn’t hat always the way? She says they don’t know her, but this isn’t her. She’s someone very much in control of her life, seriously disciplined, and successful. She’s a mother with three girls that are all strong, beautiful, and kind, and she’s a grandmother with another grandchild on the way. She’s a professional who lost her license; not because of her drinking, but because she lost herself to a man. She didn’t really know who he was, and he turned her into a victim, something she told her girls never to be.

The lights come on, and Franco realizes there’s a motion sensor. He says this is so not good.

Elizabeth asks if Kiki thinks Franco killed Tom Baker. She says no, but he knows who did.

Alexis talks about Julian without saying his name. She says she thinks that there’s something wrong with her; that she’s broken. She just wanted her husband to love her. He said he did, but he didn’t, so she drank a glass or two, and it turned into a bottle or two. Before she knew it, she was putting vodka in her coffee to get through the morning, and started drinking day and night. She doesn’t recognize herself, and she’s afraid she never will again.

Finn runs a bath for Hayden, and tells her that he’s going to order food and adult beverages. He goes to the cupboard and gets a syringe ready. Hayden asks what he’s doing.

Valentin tells Lulu that they don’t know how he experiences grief or expresses sorrow. Right now, he’s concerned about Charlotte and how she’s going to feel.

Nina asks why Nathan doesn’t believe that Claudette killed herself. He says the Claudette he knows wasn’t like that. Nina says she lost Charlotte, and couldn’t have him or Griff. She says that Claudette was extremely manipulative to get what she wanted, so how is it that the one time she’s telling the truth, it’s about Valentin? It would be really amusing if we found out that Valentin is really the greatest guy in the world, although there is that pesky business with him killing Nicholas.

Dillon begs Maxie not to leave. He says he’ll have to do her job, and his pulse isn’t on the beat of the fashion world. He tells her not to let her feelings get in the way of her responsibilities. Her readers need her.

Valentin says Claudette was a surrogate who carried his daughter, and the only mother Charlotte has ever known. Lulu tries to wedge herself in there, acting like now would be a great time to tell Charlotte about her real mother, but Valentin says no way.

Nina tells Nathan that Valentin is a wonderful father and would never do anything like that. Nathan doesn’t want her to be blinded by love. She says she dropped everything to help him, and wants him to be happy, so why is he pushing her? He says he’ll drop it for now, because today is about Maxie. Nina says most of her plan revolves around Dillon’s ability to keep Maxie occupied, and hopes he can keep the momentum going.

Maxie freaks when she sees that she’s supposed to choose a wedding dress.

Since the cupboard door prevents Hayden from seeing what Finn is really doing, he tells her that he hurt his wrist and was looking for cream. She suggests it must have been from picking her up off the ice, and he says she said it, not him. She gets a robe, and he goes back to the syringe.

Franco wonders how he got there. He remembers almost taking the call from Elizabeth and getting hit in the head.

Elizabeth is shocked about Franco knowing who killed Tom, and wonders why he needs convincing. Kiki says he doesn’t want to hurt her more than he already has. Elizabeth is surprised that a woman killed Tom (although I don’t know why, since he keeps attacking them), and asks who.

The group leader says Alexis’s life will get better. She says she doesn’t know how it could get worse, and tells them about almost setting the house on fire while babysitting Danny. She says you’d think that would have stopped her, but no. Then she did something worse, and doesn’t know if she can live with it.

Hayden comes out after her bath, and Finn says she makes the bathrobe look amazing. She tells him it’s the company she’s keeping. She wants to make a toast to Roxie. Finn toasts to Roxie giving them the day they thought they’d never see.

Nina says she knows Maxie’s taste inside and out, and she’s going to love everything. Nathan says he’s ready, and she says all systems go. He says it’s nice to know he can count on his sister, and she tells him that she’ll always look out for him.

Nathan comes in to where Maxie and Dillon are going over dresses. He tells her that he and Nina have agreed to disagree about Valentin.

Lulu says she understands Charlotte needs time, but she wants Charlotte to know she’s there and can help her. Valentin says it’s too much too soon. He leaves, and Dante tells Lulu that he knows something. Lulu gets mad that Dante didn’t back her up, but he says that Valentin is right.

Alexis says that she went to a bar where no one knew her, got drunk, and almost killed someone with her car. Then she did something worse that she doesn’t think she can get over.

Kiki explains to Elizabeth that Franco hurt someone that this person loved, and doesn’t want to hurt her anymore. Elizabeth asks what the plan is. Kiki says all she knows is that Franco said he can’t go to prison. Elizabeth wonders if he’s on the run.

Finding the door locked (no surprise), Franco calls for help. He opens a box and finds a lamp. He wonders what he can do with it.

Kiki tells Elizabeth that she didn’t get the vibe that Franco was running away, and doesn’t think he’d leave her. She says when she told him that Elizabeth came by, his face lit up.

Alexis says she doesn’t know what to do or how to live with herself. The group leader says it wasn’t the real, sober her, but the drunk her.

Finn thinks the cure could help other diseases, but is hesitant to work with big pharma. He kisses Hayden.

Nina calls Valentin and asks if he wants her to be there. He doesn’t want to overwhelm or confuse Charlotte, and thinks it’s better if he tells her by himself. He tells Nina that he’s glad they got married, and that he and Charlotte don’t have to go through this alone. Charlotte runs up to him, and asks when mommy is coming back. He says he has news and it’s very sad.

Dante tries to explain to a dense Lulu why Charlotte has to deal with Claudette’s death before she finds out about Lulu being her mother. Lulu admits to being selfish. Dante says it’s time to deal with her sister’s wedding now. Nathan joins them.

Maxie tells Dillon that the wedding industry rides on the bride’s hypocrisy. Nothing matters except the love. You get wrapped up in the fantasy and poof! it’s over. Then you realize – she amends it to she realized — that she’d be happy marrying Nathan in jeans and a T-shirt, or at least an off-the-rack cocktail dress. She wonders if they’ll get the chance again.

Nathan tells Dante and Lulu that it’s time for him to get hitched.

Finn tells Hayden that he meant what he said the night she almost died. He thinks maybe she didn’t hear him, but she says it gave her the strength to get through. He’d said if she survived, he wouldn’t pull back anymore. And he isn’t, and they’re off! BTW, just for the record, I saw Michael Easton once and he’s even better looking in person.

Valentin says he knows how much Charlotte loved her mother, but he loves her too, and he’s not going anywhere. He asks if she wants to say a prayer.

Nina sees the dress Maxie chose, and says she knew Maxie would choose the right one. Dillon asks Maxie what’s next. It’s the vows, and he hands Maxie the choices. She reads the first one, hands them back, and walks out

Dante tells Lulu that she’s a good friend, and she says she’d do anything for Maxie. Nathan gets a call from Nina. He says the venue is ready for the bride. Nina says the dress is ready. She says she’s feeling guilty, and to tell her everything is perfect. As he walks through the room, Nathan says it’s beyond perfect. It does look pretty cool. White maribou ostrich feathers on top of white columns and a lot of hanging crystals.

Maxie tells Dillon she has to stop feeling sorry for herself. Dillon says he’ll be right back. He goes to Nina’s office and says Maxie can’t take much more. Nina says everything is ready, but Maxie is nowhere to be found.

Alexis says she knows she should go to the police, but right now she just wants a drink and to forget. She starts to cry. The group leader suggests she needs a sponsor, and she agrees. I think they usually wait longer before suggesting a sponsor, but she is a huge mess.

Kiki says she knows how much Franco cares about Elizabeth. It must be someone he feels guilty about, but who would he give up his freedom for? Kiki leaves, and Elizabeth ponders.

Franco uses the bubblewrap from the box for warmth. Elizabeth leaves a message for him, saying they can figure it out together. She sees Alexis leaving the meeting. She ponders some more. She talks to herself, saying a woman killed Tom Baker and Franco hurt someone she loves. She wonders, could it be Alexis?

On Monday, Winston tells Julian to get rid of him, Maxie can’t be found because she’s at the airport, and Sonny wants to talk to Jason about his role in the business.

Quotes of the Week

Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.Stephen Richards

For me every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart every time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.Elie Wiesel

Thankfulness has an inner connection with humility. It recognizes that what we are and what we have is due to others and above all, to God.Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

If it works broke, don’t fix it. – Jill (Jill Kargman) from Odd Mom Out

👹 Grimm is back! I always end up missing the first one or two episodes of the season because they’re so quiet about it returning. Or maybe I just don’t watch that much on NBC.

January 12, 2017 – GH is All Alone & Some Elle Woods to Make Up for It

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What I Watched Today

(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)

 

General Hospital

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?

January 11, 2017 – So that GH isn’t Lonely, a Coupla Quotes & Several Random Thoughts

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What I Watched Today

(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)

 

General Hospital

Maxie and Nathan get to the cabin they’ve rented in Canada, and Maxie is disconcerted by the moose head on the wall. They’ve struck out with the local precinct, but Nathan thinks Claudette’s mom is their best bet. Maxie suggests that going through Claudette’s stuff to see if there’s anything significant. Nathan tells Maxie she can keep Claudette’s mother busy while he goes through everything.

Nina and Charlotte wait for Valentin at the MetroCourt. Nina compliments Charlotte on her skating. Valentin arrives. He tells Charlotte that he and Nina have something very important to tell her.

Franco goes home, surprised to find Kiki there. Kiki tells him that she hopes he had a happy new year, and says there are leftovers from her takeout feast. He keeps looking at his phone, and she asks what’s going on.

Alexis tells Julian he’s not calming her, and he’s the reason she’s in this mess in the first place. He thinks she’s really upset because she wants a drink.

Sam thinks the fire was a closer call than Jason is saying. Jason wishes that they’d come up with more, but  the place was tossed before they got there. He shows Sam the picture he found of a young, blonde boy, and she says there’s something familiar about the face.

Nell asks Sonny what he means by “a new understanding.” He says they agreed not to say anything about what happened between them. He asks if she changed her mind, and why she told Carly she was dating a married man. Nell says she didn’t; she just said he was unavailable, and Carly made the assumption. She says she was trying to stop Carly from matchmaking and meant nothing by it, but Sonny tells her that she made Carly curious. Nell says if he wants her to say something else, she will, and asks what he wants her to do.

Valentin tells Charlotte that Nina has been spending a lot of time with them, and Charlotte says she likes Nina a lot. Valentin says they’ll be able to spend even more time together now, because he and Nina got married.

Has Maxie been watching a Kardashian marathon? She needs to tone the contour down. Nathan tells her that if it was up to him, they would go to Niagara Falls right now and get married. He’s thinking they should move into a house when they get back.

Kiki asks why Franco is jumpy, and he says he wasn’t expecting her to be there. She says he obviously didn’t see her note that says she’s moving to LA. He wonders why she wouldn’t say good-by in person, but she says it doesn’t matter, she turned around in Detroit. When Franco asks why, she says Dillon, confusing him. He thought that’s why she left, and Kiki says he’s also the reason she came back. She explains that Dillon was on the bus to get away from her, but now they’re together. She’s decided to stop fighting her feelings for him. Franco says he’s happy for her, and she should do everything to keep herself happy.

Julian suggests that Alexis is going through withdrawal. She says if he wants to talk, let’s do it. He asks if there’s anyone else who can place her at the bar, but she doesn’t remember. He asks if she talked to anyone. She says Gene, the owner, who I assume is also the bartender.

Jason tells Sam that he thinks the picture looks familiar too. Sam says it’s possible it could be Julian. Jason assumes the boss lady has a relationship with him, but adds that the picture is decades old. Sam tells him that she doesn’t think Ava has anything to do with it.

Charlotte asks if Nina is going to live with them, and Valentin tells her that now they can play whenever they want. Nina says Charlotte can come to her about anything. She’s still going to be Nina, but she’ll just be there all the time. Charlotte looks sad at first, but then says it sounds wonderful.

Nathan tells Maxie that they should get a three-bedroom house. Maxie says he’s really been thinking about it. He tells her that he’s wanted to build a life with her forever, and she asks when they can move in. He has one condition though.

Franco chows down on Chinese leftovers. He says Kiki seems happy. She says she is, and he says then Dillon is okay in his book. She says she’ll never stop missing Morgan, but has to move on with her life. She thinks Morgan would approve, and she’s learned to hold on tight to those she loves, because everything can change in an instant. She asks what’s up with Franco, and he asks if she remembers Tom, and tells her that Tom was murdered.

Alexis tells Julian that Gene remembered the night for her. Julian says obviously he didn’t go to the police with anything. Alexis doesn’t think he cared, but covered for her as a customer. He saw Tom follow her out, and she assumes he caught up with her. Julian says she’s not thinking like a lawyer, and asks if anyone else saw. Alexis sees Tom standing behind Julian. I wonder if he’s buddies with Carrrlos now, although Carrrlos has more honor than this dude.

Sonny asks Nell if she understands what it’s like to feel happy for just a moment, and says that she’s not to say anything else. She says that she was just trying to protect him and shut the conversation down. She didn’t expect Carly to deduce her boyfriend was married. She tells Sonny that none of it is her fault, and Sonny says it never is. Sam and Jason come in, and Sam says she hopes they’re not interrupting.

Nell tells them Carly asked her to check in on Sonny while she’s gone, and Sonny explains that Carly is in Australia. Nell says her work is done and jets. After asking how Sam is, Sonny asks Jason if he’s found out anything else. Jason tells him about the pawn shop burning down, and says they don’t think Julian is involved, but they’re close to finding out who is. Sonny asks if there’s a man behind it, but Jason says no.

Tom talks to Alexis, saying she’s the one who killed him. He tells her she should have a drink.

Franco tells Kiki he had nothing to do with it, but the police think he did. Kiki asks if he has an alibi, but he says his alibi would make things even worse. He tells her that he knows who killed Tom, but can’t go to the police.

Charlotte says she wishes she could have been at the wedding, but Nina says it was past her bedtime. Valentin tells her that it was at the stroke of midnight. Charlotte wonders if it was like Cinderella, and Nina says it was magical, but no one turned into a pumpkin. She says the only thing missing was Charlotte, but Valentin says there was one more thing.

Nathan tells Maxie he wants a moose head in their house, and explains how he always wanted to be one with nature. She tells him if they take the moose head, they’ll also need throw pillows and throws some pillows at him. They get silly, and there’s a knock at the door. It’s a police officer who has information about Claudette.

Kiki asks why Franco is hesitating, and he says it’s complicated. He says he might be innocent of this, but he’s committed other crimes. He says that he’s hurt members of the person’s family who killed Tom. Kiki tells him that knowing what Tom has done, it was probably self-defense. Franco says all he knows is he can’t turn her in, even if it means losing Elizabeth.

Alexis says she’s not going to drink, and Julian says he’ll help her through this. Tom says he’s never going to leave her alone. Alexis says she didn’t kill him; she couldn’t have. Julian tells her that she’s hallucinating. She asks if he doesn’t see Tom. Alexis sees a bloody knife in her own hand, but looks again to find it empty.

Sonny asks Jason if he really thinks a woman planted the bomb. Jason says yes, but any evidence has been burned up. Sonny says he’s glad they got out, and asks if there are any theories. Jason says not yet, but she must have a personal tie to Julian.

Valentin tells Charlotte about how they improvised with ribbon wedding rings. Valentin says when they were skating, he went to the jewelers. He asks Charlotte to help them exchange rings. She opens the box and Valentin tells her to give each of them the other’s ring. Valentin and Nina exchange rings, saying a few things, and then kiss. Charlotte is like, Yay!

The officer tells Nathan sorry it’s late. They found the body of a woman in the river who was an apparent suicide, and reran the prints after speaking with him. They were a match for Claudette’s.

Kiki asks if Elizabeth believes that Franco didn’t kill Tom. He says he thinks she does, but he’s done so many other things, it’s hard for her to trust him. He wanted them to start with a clean slate, and was going to find the real killer, but it looks like he’s remaining the prime suspect. He tells Kiki not to tell anyone, and says maybe they won’t have enough evidence to charge him. She says fine, his secret is safe. She tells him that Elizabeth stopped by.

After the officer leaves, Nathan tells Maxie that he doesn’t believe Claudette would kill herself, even though the prints were a match. Maxie says Claudette is gone, and the important thing is that they know what happened. He says she was a horrible person, and Maxie adds, but he loved her. He says for a few years, he really did.

Valentin gets a call and excuses himself. The officer from Canada says he did what Valentin told him. Valentin thanks him for his assistance.

Sonny thinks the woman is a cover hired by Julian as a smokescreen, and judging by the picture, they have long standing ties. Sam has to excuse herself, and when she goes upstairs, Jason tells Sonny things looked tense between him and Nell. He asks if everything is okay.

Alexis says she didn’t mean to kill him, and Julian tells her to calm down. Alexis tells Julian that if it hadn’t been for him, she would have never been in that bar and killed Tom. She still thinks she’s holding a knife, but there’s nothing in her hand.

Nathan wants to tell Claudette’s mom in person. He also has to call Griff, and someone has to let Charlotte know. Maxie suggests they get some sleep for now.

Valentin, Nina and Charlotte leave the MetroCourt. Carly calls Nell from the plane, and Nell says she’ll take care of everything. She says she’ll make sure to take care of Sonny. I’ll bet.

Sonny tells Jason that everything is fine, but Jason says it didn’t look that way. He says if Sonny is in trouble, he can tell him. Sonny says he’s pretty sure Nell isn’t as innocent as she appears to be.

Kiki tells Franco that Elizabeth told her not to say she came by, but she thought better of it after what he said. Kiki says whatever doubts Elizabeth has, they obviously don’t outweigh her feelings for him. She asks if he’s still going to keep his mouth shut. He says all he knows for sure is that he can’t go to prison.

Alexis stares at the non-knife in her hand,and finally realizes it’s not there. She tells Julian that he’s going to send her to prison and he doesn’t love her. He promises her that he does. He says he knows she’s in pain, and she starts to cry, begging for a drink. He says they’ll get through this. She cries in his arms, saying she needs help.

Tomorrow, Jordan questions Franco, Alexis wants to turn herself in, and Anna talks to Valentin.

Hump Day Quotes

I love cauliflower and I would agree that it’s incredibly versatile, but I’m starting to think that maybe everyone wouldn’t have felt quite as tragically disappointed and jaded by how 2016 shaped up as a year if we hadn’t put so much of our faith in cauliflower to be everything we needed.Darcy Lenz, 11 Food Trends That Need to Die in 2017

If you die when you’re fat, are you a fat ghost?Carrie Fisher, while working out on the treadmill.

💫 Speaking of which, if you haven’t seen Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, you’re missing out. I love documentaries, and this immediately became one of my favorites. I’ve already watched it twice. I’d intended on watching it even before they both passed away, but that definitely added another dimension. Part Grey Gardens, part [fill in the name of your favorite Broadway musical here], with the comedic slant of The Office, this was the best thing I’ve seen in a long time. The mother and daughter team are brilliant and witty, and have given us a totally honest portrayal of themselves. This is what the reality genre ought to be. It’s my understanding that when they first saw the completed film, both Carrie and Debbie were not happy with so intimate of a portrait, but finally allowing its release. I’m sure there are no regrets here. It’s one of the most wonderful legacies ever left.

🌟 Geez, Star took a chance tonight. One of the girls had an accidental overdose, and they did a fantasy video sequence in the psyche ward, using staff and patient characters. I wouldn’t be surprised if some special snowflakes protest that. Maybe by burning some scrubs or kneeling during the opening music of an NPR program.

I have to add that Queen Latifah‘s aqua hair was everything. If I could pull that off, I would wear mine like that every day. I tried to find a picture, but stuff from The Wiz just kept popping up.

🍻 Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce is also back. I forget how much I like it until there’s a new season again. (That’s when the network throws a dart at a two-year calendar to decide when a show is returning.) The characters in this show are much more realistic than the ones on Sex and the City. I also hadn’t known that Lisa Edelstein (Abby) was a Club Kid back in the day, until I saw her on Watch What Happens Live. As soon as they mentioned it, I was like, that’s where I know you from.

Bravo has done well so far with their scripted shows. I also love Odd Mom Out, which I assume will come around again after Girlfriends’ Guide is done. That one surprised me. Not being a mom (at least not to two-legged kids), I didn’t think I’d relate, but as someone who lived a lot of their life in NYC, I can totally relate. And it’s funny as hell. As if that wasn’t enough, both programs have fashion to die for. The soundtracks ain’t bad neither.

🗣 I heard the word “shenanigans” twice on TV tonight, from two completely unrelated and surprising sources. Let’s see if shenanigans ends up happening, or goes the route of “fetch.”

January 10, 2017 – Haunted by Mistakes on GH, Hunting for a Storyline in BH, Veronica’s Escape on HAHN & London Goes to Scotland

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What I Watched Today

(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)

 

General Hospital

Carly and Sonny get busy. But it’s all in her head. Bobbie welcomes her back to the world, and Nell says she’s a woman in love.

Diane tells Sonny that the trial has been moved up and the DA wants his head on a platter. She asks him why he’s smiling, and my guess is it’s the same reason Carly is. He tells her Jason is on the case.

Jason and Curtis find the underground office, but it’s been abandoned.

Sam goes to Ava’s place to find Julian.

Alexis starts to tell Julian about what happened at the roadhouse. At first, Julian thinks she’s talking about the accident, but she says she killed him. Julian thinks she’s hallucinating, but she tells him that she killed Tom Baker.

Franco brings up the picture of Alexis sitting with Tom at the dive bar on his phone, pointing out her drunken condition to Scotty. Scotty tells him he should know what it’s like to be judged. Franco says she’s been hiding her drinking; maybe she’s hiding something else.

Sam tells Ava it doesn’t look like Julian is there, and asks where he’s staying.

Alexis tells Julian she can’t do this. She wants to leave, but he asks if she was drunk. He says drinking got her into this, but it’s not going to get her out. Alexis asks if he thinks he can, and he says like it or not, he’s trying to help her. She says she doesn’t like it, or him, and doesn’t want his help. He asks if she wants to keep racking up bodies and victims.

Bobbie is surprised, and Nell says sorry to give anything away, but she got excited. Carly says nothing is definite, but she and Sonny are taking it day by day. Bobbie says it sounds like she’s leaning in his direction, but Sonny needs to hear her concerns and respect them. Carly says he’d never betray her trust again.

Sonny tells Diane that the evidence Jason has might confuse the issue – it points to Julian. Diane thinks that’s weird, but has confidence in Jason’s abilities. She says the DA is hungry to bring Sonny down, and they need to err on the side of caution. Let Jason do his work and they’ll do theirs.

Curtis and Jason go through whatever is left in the office. Curtis finds a foo dog stamped on the bottom with the “reincarnation” characters. The door closes as they’re talking, and smoke starts pouring out of the vent. Curtis left his wallet in the car, and is having a hard time popping the door open with what he’s got to work with.

Sam suggests she show Ava pictures from the shower, unless Ava wants to tell her what she wants to know. Ava says let’s get it over with, and asks what she wants. Sam says she and Jason have uncovered information about Morgan’s death, and there’s more to it than anyone knows. Ava drops her glass and it shatters.

Diane tries to go through questions with Sonny, but he’s not paying attention. She says that Max claimed Olivia sent over some food, and suggests they take a pasta break. Diane talks about Morgan while they eat. She says he wouldn’t want Sonny convicted for something he didn’t do.

Bobbie tells Carly that she’s thrilled, but it might not be good news for Nell, since Carly might start picking out her own clothes. We flash back to Bobbie grilling Nell about being in the bedroom. She says on the bright side, Nell might have more time to herself. Bobbie leaves, and Carly tells Nell that she’ll always need her. Nell suggests Carly take some time to put the family back together, and says maybe she wants to go get Josslyn, so they can discuss everything on the plane ride back from Australia. Carly agrees that she should talk to her about it before she gets home, and asks Nell to book her a ticket. This is possibly the stupidest idea anyone has ever come up with on this show. Why would Carly go all the way to Australia just to talk to Josslyn on the way back? Can’t she just pick Josslyn up from the airport and take her to lunch? I think that’s actually preferable to being a captive audience for twenty hours on an airplane. Carly tells Nell to take a break and spend some time with her secret guy.

Scotty says nothing amounts to anything, but Franco disagrees. Scotty says it’s sad, but big deal. Franco wonders why Alexis would come back to where her drinking buddy was stabbed. Scotty suggests it was the lawyer in her, but Franco says maybe she came back to the scene of the crime. Scotty says he’s throwing spaghetti against the wall to see if it sticks. Ha-ha! I love these two together, and have the feeling they improv a lot. Franco leaves to get answers.

Julian gives Alexis some water. She tells him that the night of Sam’s shower, the night he said he was moving in, she left Ava’s to have one more night of freedom. She wanted to be alone, so she went to the dive bar. Tom was there. It wasn’t the first time she’d met him, but she hadn’t known he raped Elizabeth before. He came onto her, and she told him to leave her alone. He wouldn’t, so she left, and he followed her. She says she remembers being in an alley and screaming. Tom had a knife, and she got it away from him. We see her cut him and tell him he messed with the wrong woman. I’m still not totally convinced she killed him though.

Sam tells Ava, sorry, she knows Morgan is a sensitive subject. Ava flashes back to switching his drugs with the placebo. She tells Sam that if the DA thought she could help, she would have been questioned. Sam suggests that Julian, and maybe Ava, might have had something to do with it.

Scotty calls Franco, telling him about a fire in the Asian Quarter. Franco says there must be ambulances to chase, and Scotty says he’ll see him at the MetroCourt later.

Julian tells Alexis that he would have noticed something was off, but Alexis says she doesn’t remember anything. Obviously, she called a car and got back home, but she doesn’t recall anything else. She says the police are looking at Franco, and Julian says that’s good – unless he has an alibi. Alexis says all she knows is that she was swinging at Tom. Julian suggests she might not have killed him, and it still might have been Franco. With soap timing, Franco knocks at the door.

Nell tells Carly the situation is complicated. Carly says she thought it might be long distance, but Nell says that would be simple in comparison; he’s otherwise engaged. Carly tells her to be careful. She says men who are unavailable tend to stay that way, but Nell says she’s tough, and if anyone is getting hurt, it won’t be her.

Diane is going into a pasta coma, and suggests that she and Sonny quit for the day. She asks him if he has any insight as to what to expect from Carly. He says they’re fine, and Carly will be supportive.

Nell makes plane reservations for Carly to pick up Josslyn. Bobbie asks if she’s leaving, and Nell explains. Bobbie says that Nell has a talent for figuring out Carly’s needs. Nell says her training in teaching has helped her understand people, although some people are easier to understand than others. She suggests she and Bobbie have it out, since she doesn’t get why Bobbie doesn’t like her. Bobbie says she thought Nell would never ask.

Carly visits Sonny, and he tells her about the meeting with Diane. The strategy is focusing on the bi-polar issue and using it as an explanation for what Sonny said at the funeral. Sonny doesn’t like it, but thinks that’s the way to go. Carly agrees. He appreciates her standing by him, and she says where else would she be? She tells him about going to get Josslyn and explaining their getting back together. She says she’ll be back for the trial, but if he needs anything, call Nell. Carly says she thinks Nell has been seeing a married guy.

Bobbie says she never said that she didn’t like Nell, and Nell says she didn’t have to. She asks why Bobbie doesn’t talk to Carly, instead of making passive-aggressive comments in front of her. Bobbie says Carly has done fine without Nell, and doesn’t need her jumping into business where she doesn’t belong. Nell asks what she’s ever done to Bobbie’s family, except giving up a kidney when she was too young to object. Oh, snap! She says Carly offered her a job, and she’s never begged, borrowed, or stolen. She says she earned her spot, and she didn’t have to do it on her back like Bobbie, who has no right to judge her. Bobbie says the real Nell just showed up and now they can talk. I hate to say it, especially knowing Bobbie is ultimately right, but Nell does have a point.

The fire is announced on the dive bar TV, as Curtis and Jason walk in coughing. Curtis says they’re lucky to be alive. He says it’s a wonder that Winston didn’t have a sniper on the roof. He tells Jason it’s all for naught, but Jason gives him the picture he found. Curtis says it’s nothing he can take to Jordan. Jason says they’re not involved with the cops, but Curtis says the hell they ain’t.

Sam thinks Ava is Winston’s boss. She suggests that Ava had to get rid of Julian and Sonny somehow, but didn’t count on Morgan getting in the car. Ava starts laughing. I honestly don’t see Ava as being that organized. It’s not like she was on top of things when she was gun running.

Franco tells Alexis they need to talk about Tom Baker, but she pretends not to know who that is. He wants her to tell the cops he wasn’t with Tom the night Tom was killed. Alexis insists she doesn’t know who Tom is, but Franco shows her the picture and says it shows otherwise. He says it looks like it was a humdinger of a night, but apparently ended badly for Tom. He tells her that he’s having a hard time getting the cops to believe him, and he hoped that she’d be principled enough to come to his defense. She insists the picture is photoshopped, and he says the only way it could be more her is if she was wearing a nametag. She tells him to get out.

Ava says Sam is being ridiculous, and thanks her for the laugh. She tells Sam to never change, since she’s priceless. Sam leaves, and Ava wonders what Julian has gotten himself into this time.

Jason says the best case is Buzz leads the cops to Winston, but he might get killed first. Curtis says the police can protect him, but Jason reminds him of how easy it is to get a cop on payroll.

Sonny asks Carly about Nell’s married boyfriend. Carly says she doesn’t know it for a fact, but he wasn’t around on the holidays, so it sounds sketchy. She has to pack, and Sonny says he already misses her. They kiss and Carly is all happy.

Bobbie tells Nell that she won’t be shamed about finding a way to survive. She says at first, she wasn’t sure about Nell, and thought maybe she was just resentful, but now she feels she’s right on the money; Nell has obviously studied the family, including her. Nell says she only cares about her job, and Bobbie says it sure isn’t the one Carly gave her. She tells Nell to watch it, since she’ll be keeping an eye on her. Sonny calls Nell and says they have to talk.

Curtis tells Jason that these people are dangerous, have an agenda, and know they’re on to them. He thinks Jordan should be brought in. Sam joins them. Curtis leaves without saying anything. Sam asks what’s up with him and why Jason smells like a bonfire. She asks if they were in the Asian Quarter. Jason tells her that they were, and asks if she found anything at Ava’s. Sam says that Julian moved out. She doesn’t think Ava is the woman they’re looking for, but she’s definitely hiding something.

Alexis tells Julian that she’s done, but Julian says far from it.

Ava leaves a message for Julian telling him about Sam’s visit. She says whatever he’s involved in, it stinks and is about to cave in.

Julian tells Alexis that Franco is just fishing, and all it proves is that she crossed paths with Tom. He says she never gave up on a client, and she’s not giving up on herself. But she has to be sober to do this.

Carly comes to the MetroCourt and apologizes for blowing off lunch with Bobbie. She asks Bobbie to keep an eye on Sonny and Michael while she’s gone. When Carly leaves, Bobbie says she’ll take care of the family and take out the trash too.

Sonny tells Nell that they need to come to a new understanding.

Tomorrow, Sonny wants to know what Nell told Carly, Sam thinks she knows who is in the picture that Jason brought back, Valentin and Nina have good news for Charlotte, and there’s also news about Claudette.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

The lunch at Camille’s continues. Eileen tries to drag LisaV into the altercation with Dorit, even though Lisa is nowhere around. Dorit tells the ladies she has no idea whatever the past is with them and Lisa. In her interview, Eileen thinks that perhaps Lisa is manipulating the situation, because if someone disagrees with her, that has to be the answer. Dorit feels like she’s in the hot seat, and every time she has a conversation with Eileen, there’s a dig. Eileen says she can hold her own and she’s the one who gave Erika a pair of panties. Dorit says she was making light of something, but feels like the rest of them added a dimension that wasn’t there. In her interview, Camille feels like something is going on, but doesn’t know what. Well, she has been a bit out of the loop. Erika says they were just being concerned and protective. Eileen feels like nothing has been resolved; it’s only been made worse, and now she’s a villain in Dorit’s mind. No, Eileen, you’re a villain because in your desperation for a storyline, you’re dragging everyone else’s out way too long.

Kim meets with Kyle, surprising me by wearing curlers, because I didn’t know women still used them. Kim’s daughter, Brook, is having a baby, and the shower is being held at Kyle’s. Kyle isn’t thrilled with the word “grandma,” even though Kim is excited about it. In her interview, Kim says the old stuff is the old stuff, and she’s leaving it behind. We’ll see. Kyle discovers one of those heavy tag things still attached to Kim’s  dress, making us all wonder if she stole it. I have to add that she does look a lot better than she did the last time we saw her.

LisaR meets with Eden, who gives her a crystal to get rid of toxicity. Good luck with that. I doubt there’s a crystal big enough for this group. In her interview, Lisa says that she and Eden have a lot in common and connected pretty quickly. Eden lives a sober life, but tells Lisa that she shouldn’t be concerned about drinking in front of her. Lisa says that gene skipped her, but she worries about the kids. Eden talks about healing and living in the moment. She tells Lisa about her early life, and how her mother ditched her to go to the Hamptons the second she was born. Lisa says it’s a journey, not a result, and I wonder how many buzzwords and catch phrases we can cram into this conversation.

Erika meets with her creative assistant, and they check out the sets and costumes for her new video. She feels good about it, and says she’s making it happen. Whatever it is.

Kyle meets with a planner before they start game night. We flash back to the other game nights where things did not go well. Mostly due to Brandi. Since Brandi no longer exists in this world, Kyle thinks it’s going to be fun. They’re splitting into different random teams throughout the night.

After Kim arrives, Erika is next. Kyle is concerned about the mix of Kim and LisaR, since that’s another thing that hasn’t gone well in the past. Camille comes bearing a white orchid, followed by Eden. LisaV and Dorit bring up the rear. Erika says she’s never been to game night, but heard stories. LisaV asks if she’s wearing her bullet proof vest.

The ladies go outside for dinner. Kyle wonders where LisaR and Eileen are. Still in the limo. Eileen tells Lisa that things got “weird” with Dorit when they last met. How any of these women have navigated through life this far is a mystery to me. That wasn’t even close to weird. I’m telling you, Eileen is trying to create a story where there just isn’t one.

As they sit down to eat, Eileen and LisaR arrive. Kim is sitting across from LisaR, making everything awkward, especially since Lisa had no idea that Kim was going to be there. They talk about Brook’s upcoming baby. In her interview, Kim says she’s in a happy place and wants to leave their issues behind. Kim makes a stupid joke, and sees Eileen and LisaR exchange eye-roll glances.

It’s game time! Game dude Cal sets things up. The first thing is charades. One team is inside and one is outside, but I’m not sure what the purpose of that is. Dorit is given “Seinfeld,” and I would have no idea what to do with that one either. Moving on. I missed the name of the next game, but it sounds really stupid. It’s similar to charades, but you move another person’s body around to give the clues. Watching it, I amend my opinion to it being beyond stupid. Kyle tells us it’s finally been a successful game night and Cal leaves. That was quick.

Afterwards, the girls sit around chatting. Dorit asks Kyle about Eden. In her interview, she says Eden is what you want to be as a women, and even straight women could be attracted to her. Everyone sits around the pool, and Dorit tells Eden that she has sex appeal. She wonders if Eden is gay, but LisaV says that Dorit sounds like the gay one. She is being a wee bit aggressive.

Eileen discusses the panty thing with Kyle, and how Dorit thought she was being picked on. Erika joins them and Eileen calls Dorit over. Eileen starts off by saying she totally loves Dorit, so you know something is coming. She tells Dorit that she was just giving an opinion about Pantygate, and not attacking her. Dorit talks about the lunch at Camille’s house, and says Kyle told her that Erika might have unresolved feelings. In her interview, Kyle thinks Dorit feels guilty and wants to drag others into it, but we see that she did say that. Dorit thinks that Eileen is acting overly protective toward Erika, and when Eileen says it’s Erika they’re talking about, Dorit reminds Eileen that she’s the one who brought it up tonight. Dorit says Kyle was with her when she bought the underwear, and wonders why she didn’t say something at the time. Truth!

Dorit says Eileen likes to make a big circle of things. Eileen tells her to stop talking and that she talks too much. Erika says the problem is that it’s become bigger than it should have been, and she feels like the brunt of a joke. Kim can’t see why it’s a big deal in the first place, and in her interview, tells us she’s not wearing underwear right now. Thanks for the visual.

LisaR tells Dorit about how she texted Eileen when she felt she’d crossed a boundary regarding Eileen’s grieving process. We flash back to PK thinking that the death of LisaR’s father’s might have colored her attitude toward LisaV. Dorit intimates that Eileen influences LisaR. Kim says they do bounce off of each other. Eileen says they’re friends, but Kim thinks LisaR makes excuses for going after people, and says that she never apologized for being mean. LisaR says that her father was fine at the time, but the reason she attacked Kim was that Kim went after Harry. #WhatDidHarryDo? We flash back to the dinner in Amsterdam. LisaR suggests they talk about Kim’s arrest because that’s so relevant to the topic.

LisaV is like, oh come on, and thinks this is wrong on a few levels, with which I’m in total agreement. Kim asks if that makes LisaR feel good. LisaR says she thinks her intentions are good, but in her interview, she says she feels that Kim made a low blow and she blew back. Kim tells her that she’s fake and doesn’t tell the truth. Eden says as sober women, they both come from a good place, but have to lead by example. She thinks there’s something deeper going on. LisaR asks why Kim is angry with her, and Kim says she doesn’t think Lisa is sincere. Lisa asks what Kim wants, and Eden says they need to communicate. Kim says she’d like a sincere apology and Lisa apologizes, saying she’s sorry she tried to hurt Kim. In her interview, Lisa thinks it’s a moment of hope.

I’m convinced that both LisaR and Eileen are desperate for storylines, and being working actresses, are trying to create one for themselves.

Next time, a video pillow fight, a trip to somewhere that has wonderful blue water, and Eileen and Dorit have lunch. Duck. Run.

The Haves and the Have Nots

Kathryn attacks Veronica, who says she’s lost her mind. Kathryn tells her she lost it a long time ago. She chases Veronica up the stairs with the huge kitchen knife in her hand. They struggle on the stairs, and Veronica gets the better of Kathryn, shoving her down them. Kathryn lies, unmoving, at the bottom.

Jeffrey visits Wyatt in the hospital. Wyatt’s head is hurting, and when Jeffrey won’t stop pacing, he tells him to relax. He asks Jeffrey what he was talking about on the phone, but Jeffrey tells him he didn’t say anything and it must be the meds talking. Jeffrey decides he’s leaving, and tries to get out of the bed. Jeffrey tells him he’s in no condition to be going anywhere, and sure enough, he almost falls on his face. Jeffrey says that Wyatt is his friend and he loves him, and Wyatt asks why since no one else does. I’m loving Jeffrey’s sweatshirt, melon color, with exposed seams.  Wyatt is trying to get Jeffrey to leave, and tells him that his gayness disgusts him. Jeffrey says if he can’t look at him as a whole person and just sees who he sleeps with, that’s a problem. He tells Wyatt to get back in the bed. Wyatt says Jeffrey wants him, and Jeffrey says what he wants is for him to get better. He says he won’t always be there. Wyatt tries to leave again, but Jeffrey shoves him back down. Wyatt begs Jeffrey to take him home, but Jeffrey says no way is he taking Wyatt to his parents’. Wyatt says he has a secret apartment, and Jeffrey can stay and help until he gets better. He says he’ll get out one way or another. Jeffrey tells him that he’s full of contradictions, and Wyatt says most addicts are. Jeffrey is surprised that Wyatt admits to being an addict, and says he’ll talk to the doctor. Wyatt says he’ll be gone by the time Jeffrey gets back. Jeffrey leaves to answer a call.

It’s Candace calling from the car, and Jeffrey tells her that he’s been trying to get ahold of her. Candace says Veronica is lying, and he asks what Candace is going to do, since she killed Quincy and buried him in the backyard. Candace hangs up. I would too. Jeffrey calls back, and she asks why he would say such a thing when it’s him who killed Quincy? He says he knows, but she stabbed him too. She asks why he’s blaming her when he inflicted the fatal wounds? He asks if he missed something, and she says she was worried she was being recorded. Jeffrey says she knows him and he wouldn’t do that. He says that she dragged him into this kicking and screaming, and he needs her to get him out of it. He asks what the plan is, but she says she doesn’t know.

Candace asks how Jeffrey knew the police were there, and he says Justin called him. She asks if he can trust Justin, but he doesn’t know. She says she’s going to lay low tonight, but if the police are still there tomorrow, she’s going home. He asks what about him, and she says he has nothing to do with it right now, but she’ll call him.

Quincy Jr. helps Hanna with the dishes and she tells him how proud she is of him. He goes upstairs while she talks to Benny. She shows Benny a hotel address, saying they’ll have to share a room. He still thinks Candace is going to come through, but Hanna isn’t believing it. She says he still has his truck and can make some money from that, but realizes by his reaction that the bank wants his truck too. He insists Candace will get the money, but Hanna insists she won’t. She says she’s been watching Candace walk down this road for years, tearing people down. Benny thinks Hanna is the one tearing Candace down. Hanna says she tries to talk to her, hoping that she’ll reach Candace’s soul, since she knows she has one somewhere. Benny says she never encourages Candace. Hanna says she’ll never encourage her to do wrong, and he has no idea what she goes through. Benny suggests if she tries a different angle, Hanna might reach her. Hanna wants to go with Quincy Jr. to the hotel, but Benny says he’s staying there and waiting for Candace.

Benny tells Hanna she’s mad at the world and to go pray about it. Hanna says she just offered him a roof over his head, but he says he has one – his roof. She says she’ll be upstairs, packing and praying.

David asks Erica if she enjoyed their date and she says he’s a little rusty. He wonders if she’s referring to his age, but she says she likes older men. She says he did good, but seems distracted. She asks if it’s his ex, but he says it’s a lot more than that. He’s still trying to wrap his mind around the idea of a new life. Erica says this is his one chance and asks about Veronica. David says he doesn’t know her well enough, but she says that’s all the more reason. She doesn’t know either one of them.

He says they fell in love in college, graduated, got married, and had a son. They built a beautiful, exceptional life together, until it all unraveled. She asks about the affair, saying usually it’s an affair or money, but he doesn’t look like he needs money. David says she had one, but it’s more complicated than that. Erica asks if she’s the revenge girl, but David insists she isn’t. Erica says she kind of likes it. She’s free and unattached and they can see each other when they want to, and not necessarily to have sex. He says she’s mature, and she says she does like him. He tells her he likes her too, and she says it’s time for her to go upstairs to her room. He kisses her on the cheek and looks fondly after her. Then he gives a quizzical look, making me wonder what he’s thinking.

There’s a knock at David’s door. It’s Oscar, who’s obviously been in a fight. He asks if David has heard from Veronica, and when David tells him he hasn’t, says it’s a good thing. David isn’t too sure, since he thinks she’s cooking up a plan because he’s the enemy now. Oscar finds this surprising, since they have a son together. What planet has he been on? David tells him that Veronica doesn’t know where he lives, and Oscar says he’ll keep an eye out for any surveillance. He hasn’t found out anything about Erica, but says he’ll keep digging. David tells him he doesn’t need to, and Oscar asks if he’s serious about her. David says they just met, but he’s excited. Oscar tells David to keep his antennae up, and other parts of his anatomy too, and I laugh. Oscar tells David to let him know if he needs more help. David’s phone rings, and Oscar lets himself out.

It’s Jim. Jim asks if David has talked to Kathryn, since he hasn’t been able to get ahold of her. David asks why he’s still in jail, and Jim says he can’t get the judge on the phone. He asks David to go to the house, and tells him that he also needs War out of jail. David says that War has a rap sheet a mile long, but Jim says he knows that. He tells David where the spare key is.

Benny’s partner, Mitch, sees a guy looking over the trucks. When he asks what the guy is doing, he says his job. He was sent by the court to count cars. The guy tells him to talk to Benny.

Mitch calls Benny and lets him know what’s going on. Benny tells him that Candace is involved, and tells him to get his own truck out of there. He says they’ll talk later. Mitch says the truck is in his name, but Benny tells him to be on the safe side and to lock up. Mitch tells the guy to move his car, but he says nothing goes off the property. Mitch gets in his truck, showing him the registration. The guy insists nothing moves. Mitch says he understands, but he needs to move his car or he’ll move it for him. Dude keeps saying sorry, but if Mitch moves anything, he’ll go to jail. Mitch doesn’t care and backs out taking the guy’s car with him. He should have moved his car considering how well-connected Mitch is.

Candace drives up to her townhouse, which is crawling with police. An officer says she can’t go any further. When she says she’s the homeowner, he says they have a search warrant. She asks why, and he tells her to read it for herself. Evidence for a homicide. He asks if she knows Quincy Maxwell, and Quita comes up behind her, getting all loud. She says she knows Candace did something to Quincy, and the police are going to find out, and says Quincy loved Candace. If that’s true, I’d hate to see how he treats the people he hates. The officer tells the both of them to get back, and Quita makes a bunch of noise. Candace tells her if she says anything else, she’s getting her ass beat, and walks threateningly toward her.

Justin tells the other cops that they’re needed upstairs and takes a call from Jeffrey. Jeffrey asks if Candace is there, and Justin says that’s not a good idea. Jeffrey says, too late, she’s coming, and Justin says he’ll call when they’re done. He goes outside and sees Candace, making up a reason to talk to her. He makes Quita move, and Quita gets all pissed, flinging herself around. Ha-ha! Justin asks Candace how long she’s lived there, and she mentions Justin being there, and what happened between him and Jeffrey. He tells her not to threaten him. She says a threat would be telling his mother or going to the department. She tells Justin not to mess with her, and he says he was going to help her, but now he might show the officers the backyard. He says he’s all she’s got; either she trusts that or there’s nothing he can do. Candace doesn’t budge, and Justin relents.

War bugs Jim, who tells him not to worry; he’s getting out. Jim says to just get ahold of what he needs. War says pictures and negatives. He can’t believe Candace put drugs in his car (she didn’t), and Jim is like, why not? Jim wonders about Kathryn and why she’s not picking up the phone.

She’s still in the same position, at the bottom of the steps. Veronica is unsure of what to do. Yeah, don’t check her pulse or anything. She shoves Kathryn a little with her foot, but there’s no response. The door is still locked, and Veronica searches for the key. In the meantime, Kathryn comes to. She sits up. She groans, leaning on the banister. Veronica says she’s kept her there all night, now let her go home. Kathryn straightens up and tells her to get out. And this is even more unbelievable than the storyline – Kathryn’s hair looks absolutely amazing! We should all have every day be a hair day like hers. Veronica tells Kathryn that she’s bleeding, and Kathryn says that Veronica is too. Veronica asks for the key, and Kathryn tells her go out the window. Kathryn threatens her with the knife, saying she’ll never be okay after what Veronica did to her son. David walks in, and Veronica throws herself at him, begging for help.

My hat is off to Tyler Perry once more.

Next time, David tells Veronica to stay away from him, Justin has Mitch arrested, and Candace blackmails Justin with some photos.

 A little on Ladies of London. Caroline #1 invited everyone to Scotland. I’m guessing by the end of the trip, they’ll all be glad she’s moving to Dubai. I did laugh at Julie saying that Joan Collins Sophie is so far up Caroline’s heinie, that she’s practically her legs. Adela surprises us by her admission of trying to commit suicide, and gives the second great quote of the night about how you drink to drown your sorrows, but they learn to swim. Juliet is a moron who understands nothing because she’s so shallow, and calls Adela selfish. Crystal Carrington Sophie has the balls to call Juliet out on her negativity, so Juliet tells everyone that she’s going to show her what negativity really is. This is after she made Marissa cry, and in her interview, says that not only is Adela selfish for daring to feel depressed, but Marissa should just get over whatever her problems are. Insensitive much? And we learn that Catherine #2’s idea of casual is heavy on the sequins.

🎼 As usual, the soundtrack rocked! Is it on iTunes or something?

😎 Hmm… I just thought, I wonder if Caroline #1 is going to get her own spin-off, something like Live from Dubai. I wouldn’t mind seeing that. She also gave the third best quote: Is it bad to want to stab myself at my own dinner party?