What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
As they walk into Sonny’s house, Carly tells Sonny it was a generous offer. He doesn’t want to sell Pozzulo’s, but says it’s gotta go. Not to this investor though. Laura comes by. She needs Sonny’s help. She tells him that Spencer is missing.
Dante reads Spencer’s notes. Claudius equals Valentin; Hamlet equals me. Nina mentions that Spencer thought his life paralleled Hamlet’s. Valentin says he has a simple explanation. Nathan says that every criminal has one, and Dante says there’s one formality first – he’s under arrest. Valentin says he didn’t kidnap Spencer, and they know it.
At the hospital, Finn talks to someone on the phone about cell research data. Lucy comes to the desk. She’s glad he’s back at work and following the dream. She says she has the keys to his dream house, and asks where Hayden is, but he doesn’t know what’s keeping her.
Obrecht looks at her laptop, and says let’s see what Hayden/Rachel is up to. She reads, arrested for attempted murder; charges dropped. After a few similar articles, she says the woman always manages to slither away, but there must be something she’s missing. Hayden walks in the office, and asks what she’s still doing there.
Dante asks how Valentin ended up with Spencer’s notes in his pocket, and Valentin says that he dropped them. Dante asks if it was while he was kidnapping him, and Valentin explains that he tried to make a peace offering of the ring his father gave him, but Spencer wasn’t receptive. Dante asks if everything stayed cool afterward, and Valentin tells Dante that Spencer said he’d see him buried with it. Dante asks how Valentin reacted to that, and Valentin tells him he admired Spencer’s conviction, but not so much the delivery. Nathan says if Spencer wins his lawsuit, it could cause Valentin some problems, but Valentin says that’s a big if. Dante suggests that Valentin might have wanted Spencer to disappear.
Laura tells Sonny that no one knows how long Spencer has been gone. He has a history of acting out, but this is different. Spencer wants Valentin to pay for the death of his father, and he’s going to sue him for wrongful death. More important, Spencer told Charlotte that Valentin killed Nicholas, and Valentin was furious. Sonny asks if he threatened Spencer, and Laura says not directly, but he told Charlotte that she’ll never have to see Spencer again. Carly interjects that she’s not defending him, but it’s a huge leap. Laura tells them that Valentin came after Spencer once before, and asks Sonny if he can use his connections to help find him.
Obrecht tells Hayden that she’s downloading her digital connections. Hayden says she’s had enough time to gather her things, and Obrecht says they’re all ready to be carted away to her funeral pyre. Hayden tells her that what she did was criminal, and she should be in jail. Obrecht says that she won’t waste her breath on the woman who supported Finn’s actions. Hayden tells Obrecht to go before she calls someone to have her carted away.
Finn tells Lucy about what happened with his drug tests, and Lucy says that Obrecht is delusional. Finn says when she focuses, she can be a great physician. Lucy says we all have faults, but Obrecht has caused more than her share of pain and suffering. Obrecht trudges out with her stuff, Hayden following, and tells Lucy to go ahead and gloat. Her Willkommen and 99 Luftballoons were show stoppers at the Nurses Ball, and Lucy should have taken advantage of her talents while she could, but alas, her performances are never to be repeated. Lucy tells her that somehow, the show will go on and auf wiedersehan. Obrecht tells Finn and Hayden no hard feelings. She sees a bright future for them and their offspring.
Sonny has his guys looking for Spencer. Laura suggests that Valentin might have gone to a middleman, but Sonny says he’d know about it. He’ll apply whatever pressure he can. Laura apologizes for putting him in this position, but he says that Spencer is family, and he’ll bring him home – whatever it takes.
Dante asks when Valentin last saw Spencer. Valentin tells Dante that it was when he upset Charlotte. He admits to being angry, but never laid a hand on him or threatened him. He went with his lawyer to petition the court, and after he was granted visitation, went back to the park to show Laura the document and pick up Charlotte. He asks why they’re wasting time with him. If Spencer is in danger, they should be focused on that. Dante has him sent to the interrogation room, and Nathan says he’ll check on Valentin’s alibi. He asks if Nina needs a ride, but she has a request. Nathan says no. She says he’s her husband, albeit ex, and asks Nathan to trust her on this one.
Nina goes into the interrogation room. She tells Valentin that she wants the truth.
Lucy shows the townhouse to Finn and Hayden. Finn sees possibilities. He talks about renovating, and Lucy says that might be something they want to do after the baby. Finn mentions the property having a tennis court, and Lucy gets ahead of things, saying they’ll produce the next Serena Williams. (Is that who Serena is named after?) Hayden says what if she doesn’t like tennis? Lucy suggests taking some time to look around. She has another appointment, and she’ll be back afterward.
Finn can tell something is up with Hayden, and asks what’s wrong. Does she not like the house? Hayden says it’s not the house; it’s her.
Sonny tells Laura not to rush to judgement, but Laura wonders who else would target Spencer? (Hmm… I just had a thought – Nicholas?) Carly tells her that Sonny is thorough, and will investigate everything. Dante calls and asks Laura to come to the station. Carly tells her that they’ll keep each other posted, and Sonny promises to get Spencer home. After she leaves, Sonny asks if Carly is okay with this. She wants him to do whatever it takes, and he thinks it’s ironic that whenever he tries to get out of the business, someone wants him back in.
Nina tells Valentin that they’re alone now. He says he’d never hurt a child. He was mad at Spencer, and there was no excuse for hurting Charlotte. He says Spencer is lucky that he didn’t tell him how Nicholas used him, and that Nicholas is probably still alive and not giving him a second thought. (See? They’re talking way too much about Nicholas.) He tells Nina that he would never be so mean, and would never hurt him – she knows him. She says that she doesn’t know about that, and that’s why she’s here. He says she’s not being honest. She knows he would never hurt that boy. She made him better, and gave him a reason to be, and the courage to change into someone she could be proud of and love. He tells her to look in his eyes and tell him that she doesn’t still believe in him.
Obrecht says that Hayden must have helped her father, but walked away without so much as a slap on the wrist. And she calls Obrecht a criminal.
Finn says the house has everything on Hayden’s wish list, but she’s upset. Whatever it is, she can tell him. She says it’s so much like where she grew up, it brings back old memories. He tells her forget about the past. He has so many skeletons, he hears them rattling around at night. He says this is an empty place with empty closets. She asks when he started seeing the glass as half full, and he says when he stopped putting poison in his veins and fell in love with her. He suggests that they start new memories, and they kiss. He says this is for the realtor, since they have to find out what works and what doesn’t, and they start getting busy.
Sonny tells Carly that Valentin is too smart to use anyone connected to him. He’s going to tell him that if he’s involved, there will be retaliation. The only option is to bring Spencer home without a scratch. Josslyn shows up, and starts to cry. Carly holds her, and asks what’s going on. Josslyn says she’s done something terrible, and doesn’t know how to fix it.
Nina wants to believe Valentin for Charlotte’s sake. He says how about for who they were, and who they can still be? He wants the truth too. Does she see a monster or the man she wanted him to be?
Laura asks Dante what’s up. He says nothing has panned out yet, but he wants to corroborate something Valentin said. He asks if Laura was present when Charlotte told Valentin about Spencer. She says the kids went back to camp afterward, and Valentin made it clear that he was furious. Dante asks if he threatened Spencer. Laura says no, but the implication was there. He asks if Valentin left the park after that, and she says he did, but that doesn’t matter. Dante says he wants the bare facts. Laura insists that either Valentin kidnapped Spencer or hired someone. An officer tells Dante that the witness has arrived.
It’s Mrs. Goodwin, who feeds the pigeons in the park every day because they depend on her, and she looks like you think she would. She tells Dante that she saw a man dragging young boy out of the park, but doesn’t know where they went. Dante asks if she could remember what he looked like if he shows her some pictures. She says she could, and he brings out some photos. He asks if she recognizes anyone.
Nina tells Valentin that she sees Charlotte’s father, a man who’s done things he regrets, a man who’s promised to be better, and a man she believes. He thanks her.
Dante explains that their suspect might not be there, but Mrs. Goodwin picks out Valentin’s photo.
Obrecht says that Hayden has managed to bury past transgressions; no crimes or convictions. She has to admit that she’s impressed. She says the world is your oyster when you grow up with silver spoon. Something dawns on her, and she says she’s been looking at all the wrong cases.
While they’re putting their clothes back on, Hayden asks Finn if he’s really willing to plant a garden instead of having a tennis court. Lucy comes back, noting that they’re getting dressed, and asks if it was to their liking. Finn says, no complaints.
Sonny offers to give Carly and Josslyn private time, but Josslyn wants him to stay. She says Spencer disappeared, and they think he’s been kidnapped. It’s all her fault. She’s supposed to keep an eye on the kids. Carly says it’s not her fault. She knows Spencer, and knows he’s run away before. Sonny agrees that it’s not her fault, and asks when she noticed he was gone. Carly says they might think of something the police haven’t. Josslyn says he was bugging the play director about blocking, but she didn’t notice he was gone until Valentin came to get Charlotte. Sonny asks how that happened, but she doesn’t know the details. She thinks Spencer did something that upset Charlotte. Carly asks if Charlotte was happy to see her father, and Josslyn says yes; she obviously loves him, and is always talking about him. She says when Valentin took Charlotte was when they noticed that Spencer was gone. She tells them that Laura had wanted to take him home, but couldn’t find him. She could tell Laura was worried, and then the police showed up. She asks what if they can’t find him? and starts to cry again.
Laura tells Dante that he has to get Valentin to tell them where Spencer is. Dante thanks Mrs. Goodwin, and she asks if reporters would want to talk to her. As she’s cleaning her glasses, Dante asks if she was wearing them in the park. When she tells him that she was, he asks if she can read the sign on the wall, but she tells him that the print is too small. She says that it would be no better seeing people, but she’d know Valentin Cassadine anywhere. Laura asks how she knows him, and Mrs. Goodwin says she follows the news. Dante asks if she’s sure she knows what she saw, and she insists that she is. He asks her to give him the description of a sergeant that she’d talked to, but she’s vague. After she leaves, Laura says it was a complete waste of time. Dante tells her that says witness wannabes either want to be in the news or help with a crime.
Laura busts into the interrogation room, and demands to know where Spencer is. Nina says Valentin didn’t do it. Valentin says he’s sympathetic, but either charge or let him go. Laura says he’s not going anywhere. Dante says they’ll have to let him go if his alibi checks out. Nathan comes in, saying that Valentin’s lawyer got the grant from the judge, leaving Valentin’s time not accounted for. Dante says, no alibi then.
Lucy asks Finn and Hayden if they saw everything, and do they like the house?
Obrecht says there are better ways to catch a rat. They’re not always in the sewer; sometimes they’re in a penthouse. She suddenly goes, ah-ha!
Carly promises Josslyn that what happened isn’t her fault, and she helped with the search before the trail was cold. Sonny says he promises they’ll find Spencer. Josslyn says, for real? and Sonny says, for real. Carly tells her wait in the car. She leaves, and Carly tells Sonny that she doesn’t want Josslyn to be alone, and thanks him for being good with her. He says that Spencer is family. He’ll do what he has to. Carly tells him to do whatever it takes.
Valentin tells them to check the security footage; he was there. Dante says, book ‘em, Danno. Laura makes a bunch of nyah-nyah faces. Valentin tells Nina that she’s right, no matter what they tell her.
Hayden loves the house, and can picture raising a family there. Lucy says, fantastic. She adds that she doesn’t want to sound real estate-y, but there are other people interested. Finn tells her to get the paperwork; they’re making an offer.
Obrecht looks at a newspaper article saying that Rachel Berlin is to wed Jared Preston. She calls Jared, saying that he doesn’t know her, but they have a mutual acquaintance. She tells him not to hang up. She’s a doctor and would like to meet with him. She thinks it’s in both of their interests to get together.
Tomorrow, Valentin posts bail. Jason asks if Sonny wants him to stop Valentin, and Ava tells Sam that she’ll have to make due with Sonny.
👯 While I’ve watched the most recent season of Little Women: LA in bits and pieces, it’s basically been, same LA, different day. Sadly, Briana still thinks Matt is a decent human, but even sadder was the fallout between Elena and Terra, which resulted in Elena choosing Jasmine as godmother to her twins. Without telling Terra first. That had to hurt. What did kind of blow my mind though, was the reunion. There was the usual fussing and fighting, and “the girl Matt kissed” was trotted out. It was somewhat of a letdown when she claimed that all he did was talk about his wife. I’m not sure if I believe that one, but it didn’t help change Briana’s mind any. What startled me was host (mediator? referee?) Kevin Frazier’s technique of basically bullying the cast. I can understand breaking up a fistfight before it starts – as much as I’d like to see one sometimes – but he was a total bummer, acting like a classroom monitor whenever snarky remarks started happening. Isn’t that what these reunions are for? So everyone can hurl insults at each other get things off their chests? He practically asked Terra’s husband Joe to leave, and Joe is probably the most entertaining cast member, even though he’s not technically a little woman. I’ve always thought that the hosts of these non-Bravo reunions are second-rate entertainers desperate for a job, with the exception of Vivica A. Fox. My mind has blessedly left a blank regarding which show she hosts for (Little Women: Atlanta?), but every time I see her on it, I just think, but you were in Kill Bill – what happened? So thanks, Kevin, for squelching what might have been the highlight of the entire season.
👭 One friend with whom you have a lot in common is better than three with whom you struggle to find things to talk about. – Mindy Kaling
👶 Congrats, Mindy!
Joe & Terra – Little Women: LA