What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
Ava sneaks around the clinic and finds Patient 6 in the lounge. She asks if he’s been there all night, and babbles at him. She says she was told he’s dangerous. There was a time she enjoyed flirting with danger, until she played with fire and got burned. Literally.
Griff consults with another doctor on Ava’s chances are of recovery. He says there aren’t any, and there isn’t even any protocol. Griff tells him that she went to a clinic in Russia that claims they can help her, but the doctor says even if someone had a breakthrough, the fact that it wasn’t publicized is cause for concern.
Finn tells Anna he took a vacation. She says apparently, on his vacation, he brought back smuggled pharmaceuticals. He tells her to prove it, and she says he met with a drug trafficker.
Curtis tells Sonny that anything that will help keep Jason’s family safe, he’s the guy. Sonny says things are dicey, and thinks they’re going to stay that way, but his help could make a difference.
Elizabeth gazes at the painting of the two boys. Scotty says it’s the artist’s struggle to maintain tradition in an ever-changing world of technology. She says that’s an impressive analysis, and he tells her that he just made it up, trying to get the price up. She tells him that Franco doesn’t want to sell it, but he says everyone is drawn to it. The rest of the paintings give him the willies. Elizabeth says Franco was sick then, and Scotty says when Franco was crazy, he got the art ball rolling, but Elizabeth was the game changer. She can reign him in if he goes too far. She tells Scotty that Franco doesn’t get rattled like he used to.
Franco asks Betsy why he’s next to Jason in the photo. She tells him that it’s high time she gave him the truth. He says let’s start with something simple; the kid in the photo is Jason, right? Betsy tells him to be careful what he asks for. He might not be happy hearing the answers.
At the hospital, Sam talks to Alexis on phone. Jason moves the pinky on his neatly manicured hand.
Finn asks if Anna is accusing him of drug smuggling because he was on Sonny’s plane. She says that every trip is logged, and she knows he met with a drug dealer. While the WSB has a detailed account of the meeting, it’s possible the notes could be misplaced, but if he doesn’t cooperate, she’ll have time to make sure they get to the right desk. He accuses her of blackmail. She says you say blackmail, I say Oregon. I’m sure that’s not what she said, but that’s what it sounded like.
Jordan makes herself known, and Curtis says he thought they were meeting at Perks. She tells him that when he wasn’t there, she doubled back. Sonny leaves, and Curtis says let’s go. She says sure, after he tells her what he was doing with Sonny.
Ava continues to talk to the silent Patient 6. She asks if his family misses and loves him. She thinks no one misses her, and blabs about her kids. She’d thought she’d met someone, but they were about as interested in her as he is. Larissa comes in and grabs her, saying that she was told not to bother him. Any distraction could set him off. Ava’s phone is in Larissa’s hand, and it starts to ring. Ava asks who’s calling her?
In Port Charles, Griff tells Ava to pick up.
Scotty asks Elizabeth what her intentions are for his son. They moved in together, which is a big deal. Elizabeth says that it is, but everything she does is to provide stability for her kids. She wouldn’t have let him move in if it wasn’t for the long haul. Scotty isn’t sure Franco has put enough thought into it. He has no doubt that Franco loves them, but he’s impulsive and doesn’t think about consequences. Elizabeth asks if they’re still talking about him moving in with her.
Franco tells Betsy that she’s always tried to protect him. She wonders why upset the apple cart? He’s making art again and sharing his gift to the world. He’s in love and has a family of his own. Why borrow trouble? Elizabeth approaches, and asks what she missed.
On the phone, Sam says it will take time, but Jason will come back. She hangs up and tells Jason that she’s sorry. She knows that it’s annoying only hearing one end of a conversation. Her mom wants her to go home and get some rest, but she’s not going anywhere. She’s staying by his side, because he’d do the same thing. She just needs him to get better. She takes his hand, and he squeezes it a little.
Finn asks Anna what part of his oath makes it okay to lie. She says it was okay to lie to his superiors at GH and put his patients at risk, but he draws the line at helping with a case. He tells her that it’s unfair to bring his addiction into it. She says that Cassandra is profiting from people’s misery, and she needs to take her down. Finn asks which part is where she’s allowed to work through her personal issues, since it seems like she’s really after Valentin. She asks if he’s going to be part of her solution or part of her problem.
Curtis tells Jordan he knows her look of disapproval. She says that if he and Sonny were just talking about the weather, there’s nothing to worry about. He tells her that he was offering support for Jason. She says oh, just a friendly ear and shoulder to cry on. He says that, and his services.
Larissa tells Ava she can talk on the phone when she’s discharged. She needs to focus on her procedure. Ava says she hasn’t even met the doctor yet. Dr. Baronski (who isn’t sure if he’s Russian or Scottish) suddenly appears, and says there’s no time like the present.
Franco pockets the photo. Betsy tells her that they were just talking about how happy she’s made Franco. She was concerned when she found out that Elizabeth had children, and Elizabeth says he’s great with her boys. Betsy says it’s not just an adjustment for them, and asks if the boys’ father is understanding, since she doesn’t know there are three fathers. Elizabeth tells her that there were differences with her middle son’s father, but thinks Jason is starting to accept things. Betsy says not Jason Morgan – she’s raising Jason’s son?
Griff gets Ava’s voicemail and leaves a message. He doesn’t want to be obnoxious since this is the fifth or sixth time he’s called, but he knows she’s in Russia and why. He doesn’t want her to regret her decision and suggests they talk first. If she still wants to go through with it, he’ll offer moral support.
Sonny sees Griff, and asks if he wants to talk. Griff doesn’t know where to begin. Sam comes out of Jason’s room, and tells them that Jason is waking up.
Finn tells Anna that this is crazy. He’s a doctor, not an operative. The Bureau must have someone who can go with her. She says probably, but it would take too much time. Cassandra is concerned with infectious diseases, his specialty, plus he has a great bedside manner. He tells her that being blackmailed makes him grumpy, but she says he’s making a bigger deal of it than it is. If he helps her, she’ll make sure that the incriminating documents disappear. He tells her that she wins, and she says she thought she would.
Curtis tells Jordan that he let Sonny know that he was available. Jordan asks for what, and he says if Sonny needs something investigated or security. She says working for Sonny means navigating a lot of grey area. It might start on the up and up, but how long before there are consequences (the word of the day)? Is he going to stay loyal to Sonny, or turn his ass in?
Sam tells Sonny about Jason squeezing her hand. Griff comes out of Jason’s room. He says sorry, that didn’t mean Jason was coming to.
Betsy asks if Jason has no problem with Franco being in Jake’s life. Elizabeth says she thinks there are challenges, but if anyone can make it work, it’s them. Franco says and they are. Betsy is glad, and says she’d love to meet the boys. She’ll be in town for a while; she wants to spend quality time with her son. She’s tired right now though, and says she might as well make use of the lovely room he booked for her at the MetroCourt. She tells him the art show is wonderful, and he should be proud. Franco follows her out. She says that she’ll tell him everything, but not here. She doesn’t want anyone overhearing. She tells him to meet her in her hotel room.
Ava says she was wondering when the doctor would get around to her, like she’s the only patient at the clinic. He tells her that he adjusted his schedule to be accommodating, but she seems skeptical even after seeing the results. She tells him that she’s reluctant, since every doctor told her the scars were permanent, but if he restored Larissa’s face, he can do the same for her. He tells her that if she’s troubled by their policies, she’s welcome to leave. He asks if he’s treating her or not. Ava says that she’s willing to take the risk if he is. She knows he’s a miracle worker, but it’s going to take more than a trip to Lourdes to fix her face. He says Valentin told him that she was difficult, and she says he tends to exaggerate. Dr. Baronski says that he’s like all Cassadines, and we see Patient 6 react, clenching his fist again.
Elizabeth tells Franco that Betsy is sweet. She asks if he’s okay, but he says it’s his first showing in years. He forgot how much he hates it. She says they can get through it together. He tells her that if he never painted again, he’d be okay with that if she was around. He says the do need money though, so they should divide and conquer. They split up to talk to the patrons.
Curtis tells Jordan that he’s not a snitch, and not planning on being one now. She says he knows what he’s doing, and he’s choosing to do it for a crime lord. Sonny will see how good he is, and open doors for his career. Working for Sonny is like quicksand, pulling you in little by little, before you realize you’re in so deep, you can’t get out of it. If Curtis ran this scenario by most cops, they’d think he was either incredibly naïve, or using it to leverage his position. Curtis asks what position, and she says as the Police Commissioner’s boyfriend.
Griff explains to Sam that Jason had an involuntary muscle spasm. Sam insists that Jason heard her, but Griff says that patients in this condition often experience movement. Sam maintains that Jason is coming back. Griff tells her to keep talking to him. He can her and needs to know what he’s fighting for.
When he’s gone, Sonny tells Sam he’s right; keep talking. Sam says he doesn’t know anything, and they just want to make him someone else’s problem. She was so close to sending him away, but she’s not doing it now. She’s taking him home.
Jordan asks Curtis how it will look to the department if she’s dating a rising star in the Corrinthos clan. Curtis asks why she cares what they think, but she asks if he’s thought about how she feels. The day after he says he loves her, he offers to work for the godfather of Port Charles. If she didn’t know better, she’d think he planned it. Curtis says it’s about her, not Sonny. He thought she wasn’t going to actively look for obstacles in their relationship. She says there’s one staring her in the face and she’s choosing not to ignore it.
Sonny tells Sam, let’s do it. He says it will be a lot of work. They’ll have to outfit the penthouse with equipment. She says she’ll turn it into a hospital if she has to. He asks how much the kids know, and she says Scout is just a baby, but Danny knows his father is sick. Sonny says she has to be honest with him. Seeing him hooked up to tubes and machines could be scary for a kid. She says that she’ll explain things. Sonny tells her that there will be a lot of people around, since he’ll need care 24/7, and it could take a while. Danny won’t understand. Sonny’s opinion is to sit him down and be clear that just because there might be movement doesn’t mean he’s waking up. He knows this stuff because of Michael. It makes kids grow up fast. Is she sure this is what she wants?
Anna’s doorbell rings. It’s Griff. He asks if she’s found out anything about the clinic. She tells him it’s going to take time. He doesn’t know if he can wait. He sees the worry over Jason, and he’s supposed to be impartial, but he can’t stop hearing a voice in his head, saying that Ava could end up in the same condition. Anna promises to let him know as soon as she does. He sees the suitcase, and she says she’s leaving on a trip tonight.
Ava says Dr. Baronski sounds like he’s speaking from experience, and asks if he’s dealt with other Cassadines. He says their infamy precedes them. She says in most cases that’s justified, but she became close to a Cassadine no longer with them, who was an exception to the rule.
Scotty tells Elizabeth that the art is selling like hotcakes; go figure. He’s proud of Franco, and apologizes for stepping on any toes. Elizabeth says she’s glad that Franco has two parents who are proud of him. Scotty says two and a half, if she counts Heather, but she doesn’t. He asks what she thinks of Betsy, and Elizabeth says she seems fragile. She tells Scotty that Betsy was tired, and went back to the hotel. She wonders where Franco is.
Franco goes to Betsy’s hotel room. The door is open, and he walks in.
Curtis asks Jordan what if she vets the job first, but she says she’s not telling him what he can or can’t do. he says it sounds like she is already. She tells him to go ahead, but make sure he prioritizes. Either he wants a relationship with Sonny or with her; he can’t have both. She walks off.
Sam asks if Sonny thinks that Jason should come home. He says it doesn’t matter what he thinks. If it was a normal circumstance, he’d want to come home, but he’s going to have to be lying on a bed where he can’t move or talk. Does she think that’s the life he’d want for her? Sam tells him that Spinelli said the same thing, and Sonny says that they agree for once. She asks if she’s supposed to surrender him to strangers, but Sonny says they will be people who know what to give him. She’ll be surrendering to faith, by allowing herself to let go, because she believes he’ll come back. Sonny’s version of setting what you love free. Sam cries and says okay. She asks if he can be close by, and Sonny says no question about it. She asks if Sonny will visit, and he says always. They hug.
Someone puts a sold sticker on the painting with the boys. Elizabeth says it’s not for sale, but the woman says Mr. Baldwin says it was. Elizabeth asks who the buyer is; she’ll talk to them. The woman says it was an online bid, and the sale is final.
Scotty walks into Betsy’s room. He says he knew he’d find Franco there, and asks how it went. Franco says it didn’t. When he got there, the housekeeper was cleaning the room. Betsy checked out.
Anna tells Griff that she can monitor things from the field. He asks if she’s going on WSB business, when Finn comes to the door. Griff says, he’s going? Anna tells Finn to wait in the car. Finn makes an exasperated face that I wish I had a jpg of. Anna tells Griff that maybe she can get a doctor to get into the clinic, but wait for her call, and don’t take matters into his own hands. If he’s right, it’s not only Ava who could be in danger.
Dr. Baronski tells Larissa to prepare the examining room. He tells Ava that the most he can offer is to repair her beauty. If she thinks he can repair her soul, that’s not the case. He can only promise to fix her face, she’ll have to find happiness elsewhere. She says, spiritual restoration not included? She has just one more question, about the patient in the wheelchair. He says Patient 6 is a dangerous psychopath. Ava asks why he’s here at the clinic. He tells her that the patients rely on the clinic’s discretion, and if she violates the rules, she’ll have to leave. Patient 6 is dangerous, and she’s to leave him alone and focus on her own treatment.
Next time, Valentin would do anything for Charlotte, Scotty says the kid isn’t Jason, and Ava talks to Patient 6.
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Kelly is having breast reduction surgery, and Michael preps them for making a “before” cast. She talks about the volleyball game she’s having tomorrow, and says that Meghan isn’t invited. She thinks Meghan is jealous because she’s friends with everyone now. Michael asks why she’s getting her breasts made smaller when he sees the finished cast. Bleh.
Lydia meets Tamra for coffee. Lydia saw on social media about what had been discussed at the party. Tamra says that Vicky finally called her, and then invited Ricky and Gretchen to her party, where they talked about Eddie. We flash back to her problems with Gretchen, seasons ago. We don’t see before that though, when Tamra treated Gretchen horribly. Tamra says that Ricky had been her best friend, but when she didn’t invite him to her baptism, he said he was going to destroy her. Geez, some people will do anything to go to a party.
Vicki says she doesn’t even know Ricky, and wonders why Tamra is so pissed at her for just repeating a rumor Tamra knew was going around. Briana says Vicki is a spitfire, and if you back her into a corner, she’ll fight dirty. She doesn’t think Vicki and Tamra’s friendship is done. Vicki says that Tamra hurts her feelings.
Tamra says she’s finally in a place where she’s cool with her daughter and ex, and now Sydney will be reading crap on social media. It’s hard to keep up with that. She’ll say they’re fine, and then I’ll read that her daughter says just the opposite. I doubt this would tip the scales. Lydia doesn’t understand why Vicki would make up with Tamra, and then have her arch enemies at her birthday party. She asks if Tamra is going to Kelly’s volleyball game? Tamra isn’t sure, and Lydia asks if Shannon is coming. Tamra says Shannon thinks Lydia doesn’t like her, and Lydia says she doesn’t (ha-ha!); she seems high maintenance. Tamra says Shannon calls her about twenty-five times a day, and here comes call number three. In her interview, Lydia says she doesn’t text her husband that much.
Diko takes Peggy to her doctor’s appointment. They’ve drug along Coco, who stays in the waiting room. Peggy has had expanders put in for the reconstructive surgery, and they have to be adjusted weekly, which is painful. They’re basically bags of water implanted to expand the tissue. She says it’s been challenging, but she embraces and deals with it, because she wants her body back. I have great admiration for Peggy.
Shannon calls Chris, who is going to be her restaurant partner. She’s assembled a dream team. She talks with the graphic designer, who tells her to open an email, but her Wi-Fi isn’t working outside. In her interview, she tells us she’s a moron when it comes to technology. Apparently so, since the email was right there and she didn’t realize it. She doesn’t like being forced to have Wi-Fi because off the vibrations in the air or something. Golden Retriever Archie bothers her the whole time she’s on the phone. She says her relationship can’t be the thing that defines what happens, she has to be. Whether David is interested in her or not, opening the restaurant is going to make her happy. I have to add that she went inside after throwing the ball in the pool for the dog to fetch, and then left him unattended by the pool. No. That’s a no. I don’t care if he’s wet.
Doug goes for a vasectomy consultation. Lydia asks if he feels like he’s being pressured, but he says he found a Bible verse about men loving their wives that helped him with his decision. In her interview, Lydia says she has no problem taking the pill, but doesn’t want to take it for the next ten years. The doctor asks if their comfortable with not having any more children, and they’re in agreement with that. He goes through the post-op instructions. Doug talks about women getting push presents, and thinks he should get a clip present. Lydia calls it a snip gift.
The group gathers on the beach for volleyball. Vicki tells Kelly that crap with Tamra is still going on. Tamra tells Shannon to keep her calm. She doesn’t want to bail on Kelly’s party. Vicki says that the Bobbsey Twins are here, like anyone still knows who they are. Okay, I did. Tamra talks to Peggy and Diko about cars.
Not invited Meghan plays with Baby Aspen who’s cranky for her nap. I can tell that Meghan must have fun dressing her up. She tells Bridget about the party, and says she wouldn’t have gone anyway after Kelly insulted her. She says she isn’t going to let Kelly turn the tables by saying they’re both at fault. Meghan thinks she’s biting the hand that feeds her, since she’s always had Kelly’s back. I disagree, as I so often do with know-it-all Meghan. I think they are both at fault, and Meghan struck first.
Vicki tells Steve that she’s tired of the drama with Tamra. He says not everyone is going to like her, and she asks why, like she’s five. He tells her that’s just the way the world works. They all serve better than I do. Tamra, Vicki, and Kelly are on the same team. Shannon says she might not be a good player, but can psyche people out. Kelly thinks it’s ironic that she’s good with everyone except Meghan.
Afterward, they go to Kelly’s, where there’s a wonderful spread of food, including cupcakes and sugary snacks that look like boobs. And a pair of breasts cake. Apparently, Kelly is embracing her surgery. Tamra complains to Diko about Peggy, and he says that Peggy doesn’t agree with anything; it’s her personality. Tamra asks Peggy if she’s close with Vicki, and Peggy says she wouldn’t say close, but likes her. Tamra whines that Vicki invited Gretchen and Ricky to her party, and Peggy thinks she should talk to Vicki. Vicki tells Kelly that she didn’t do it on purpose, and Kelly says they should talk. Shannon tells Lydia that Tamra is crying.
Tamra tells Lydia and Shannon that Peggy suggested she talk to Vicki. Shannon tries to discourage it. In her interview, Lydia says if Tamra wants to talk, Shannon should be supporting that. She thinks Shannon’s ego is bruised because no one is asking her to make up with Vicki. Lydia tells Tamra that Vicki is right there, just talk, and Shannon says that Vicki is evil. She claims that’s not what Tamra wants, since Tamra can’t speak for herself. Vicki tells Kelly that nothing will be resolved with all these people around, and that she doesn’t want conflict. Steve says resolve it, and she says it can’t be. Shannon says that Vicki should be stopped, but she can’t speak for Tamra. After she just did. Lydia goes to get Vicki. Shannon tells Tamra to stop crying and be strong. Peggy thinks Shannon should stay out of it.
Vicki says that she had nothing to do with Ricky coming to the party, and Tamra knows it. She says let’s talk and get it over with, and Kelly offers them her bedroom. Vicki tells Tamra she’d thought they were good, when she suddenly got texted a litany of stuff that Tamra was angry about, and Kelly is a witness. She tells Tamra that Ricky wasn’t on her guest list, and Tamra knows her heart. Tamra says she doesn’t. Vicki says that Tamra almost cost her everything, calling her a con-woman, when none of it was about her. Tamra asks why Vicki is so angry, and we flash back to Tamra going apesh*t. Yes, Tamra. That wasn’t a slip. Vicki says she’s tired of being accused of playing a victim, and says Tamra should quit acting like one.
In the kitchen, Shannon says she’s not standing there while her friend gets screamed at. Peggy tries to stop her from inserting herself into it, but she pushes past. In her interview, Lydia thinks Shannon’s afraid to end up being left out. Shannon busts into the room and says it’s supposed to be one-on-one; if Kelly is going to stand there, so is she. Funny thing though, Kelly’s kept quiet. She’s literally just standing there, while Shannon is already being loud, saying she can hear Vicki being loud. You know, if Vicki had been one of my girlfriends, we’d all be commiserating about what a sh*t Brooks is, instead of ganging up on the person he hurt the most.
Lydia thinks she can smooth things and be neutral, and focus on redemption and forgiveness. Diko tries to get Peggy to go to, but she wants to stay out of it. Steve says it’s like two gangsters shooting each other, and blaming each other for being wrong. Peggy decides to join the fray. Tamra says Vicki lied about cancer, but Vicki insists that she was lied to. She says if Tamra brings it up again, she’s going ballistic. Shannon says she lied, and Vicki says that Shannon lied about her husband beating her; she has the proof, and Shannon doesn’t really want to go there. She says that Shannon has a bad husband. Shannon storms out, and Vicki says go, good-by.
The guys talk about how easy guys are. They just forget about everything, and go get a drink.
Vicki tells Kelly that she’s part of an ethics committee, and doesn’t lie. Shannon tells Tamra that Vicki is delusional. Kelly says that Shannon hates her, and Peggy says don’t feed into anything. Vicki says Shannon is the one who lied. Shannon says that Vicki is sick in the head. Lydia asks if everyone is okay, and Shannon tells everyone that Vicki made her gain weight. She told Vicki that she no longer cares about anything to do with her. In her interview, Lydia thinks that it has to always be about Shannon, and we flash back to the many times she’s inserted herself in situations that don’t involve her. Lydia says it was supposed to be Vicki and Tamra making up, but Shannon made it about her. Vicki has to go to work, and leaves.
Peggy asks Tamra if it’s worth it. She says if she doesn’t want to talk, don’t, but if she does, hash it out. Tamra tries to get sarcastic, but Peggy won’t have it. Shannon whispers something to Tamra, and Peggy tells her to knock it off. She says Shannon is something else, and Kelly brings out her cast for everyone to sign. Tamra says they’re huge, and wants to see the real ones. Shannon asks what Peggy meant, and Peggy says that she’s still thinking it over. She says that Shannon is vocal, and that’s all she wants to say right now. In her interview, Shannon says that Peggy shouldn’t get involved in their relationship with Vicki; she doesn’t know everything. Shannon says that she and Lydia are the only ones who didn’t have boob jobs, but Lydia says she doesn’t mind saying that she has fake boobs, but doesn’t want to discuss it with men around.
Diko tells Peggy that the women are making something out of nothing, and fight because they keep dissecting old sh*t. He tells her not to bother with it. Lydia catches Shannon making fun of her, and calls Shannon out, saying that she saw Shannon squeezing Tamra’s knee under the table. Shannon claims that Lydia misread her, and she has that one – gesturing to Peggy – saying she doesn’t know how to read her. Lydia says she’s being crazy, and they’re done. In the other room, Kelly passes out pieces of boob cake. Shannon calls Tamra to come to the kitchen now, like she’s a bad kid or a dog, and I laugh.
Shannon screeches for Tamra again, and she comes running. Kelly says she’s tired of Shannon and there’s something wrong with her. Shannon keeps repeating that Lydia said they were done. Lydia says that it’s not enough about Shannon today. She tells Shannon that she’s done right now. If she needs to talk, or needs more attention or drama, they can talk about it tomorrow; she’s trying to leave. Since Shannon hasn’t had enough, she screams that Lydia is accusing her of squeezing legs. Lydia says that every time with her is a drama. Shannon rattles on, Peggy shrugs, and in her interview, Tamra says she doesn’t know what’s going on. There’s friction between Shannon and David, and it’s coming out in other ways. Shannon carries on about Peggy saying she hasn’t made up her mind about her, and Peggy is like, I’m right here. Because no one can talk directly to the person they have a problem with. Lydia thanks Kelly for being the sane one. Tamra tells Shannon that Lydia ha said she didn’t like her. Shannon asks if Tamra defended her, and Tamra says that Lydia didn’t give a reason. Nice deflection. She tells Shannon that not everybody likes everybody, echoing Steve’s words to Vicki. In her interview, she says that she loves Shannon, but she’s always getting in situations, and Tamra can’t always bail her out. Tamra tells Kelly that she didn’t hear what was going on when Shannon was calling her. Shannon goes to the outside bar for a drink, and talks to herself.
Next time, Vicki comforts Kelly after her surgery, Shannon gets stuck in the peddle of an exercise bike (HA-HA-HA!), and Lydia needs new friends.
The Real Housewives of Dallas
Here’s where I constantly type Brandi for Stephanie, and vice versa. I’m almost sorry they made up.
LeeAnne is involved with Essential Energy, which is a program concerning women teaching other women how to be empowered. She says she’s learned about herself through therapy, and wishes someone had motivated her not to quit when she was younger. She feels that this is her job now. Kameron and D’Andra have come for support.
LeeAnne gives a talk about overcoming. She says that she still struggles with wanting to belong, and wants friends, but isn’t good at it. D’Andra understands her abandonment issues, being from a broken home. Her mother’s leaving destroyed her father,and being an alcoholic, he checked out emotionally.
Brandi tells us the girls are a full-time job, and she’s barely been to any charity events. She loves their personalities, but needs to get out more. She suggests a new baby brother to them, and they react like she suggested bringing in Godzilla. She tells us that Bryan can’t take care of babies, and she doesn’t know if she can handle another kid.
LeeAnne’s friend says some nasty things about Cary that LeeAnne doesn’t discredit. D’Andra says that you can’t have it both ways, doing a motivational speech, and then talking about someone. She tells LeeAnne that she’s not okay with it. She says it’s time to cut the crap. They’re going to have an honest tea party at her house. It’s like a group therapy session, and everyone is invited honest. In her interview, LeeAnne says that D’Andra wants the best for her group, but it’s like she’s the pin sliding along the edge of a balloon, but doesn’t pop it. And we all know how that goes. Not really. I have no idea what she’s saying.
Mark is cooking. Cary says when she first got pregnant, Mark had a nervous breakdown, since he thought he would be neglected, but got himself a Porsche. She tells us that he has two kids from another marriage, so Zuri is hers. Zuri insists that she only wants dessert. Kameron and Court arrive for dinner.
Rich and LeeAnne get ready to go to the state fair.
Kameron asks if Cary can do catering, and Cary admits that Mark made dinner. She talks about Brandi giving out gifts in front of her. She thinks honest tea will be a good thing. Cary says it will probably be crazy, but she hates behind the back chitchat. Kameron says that D’Andra is frustrated with all the stories, and wants to bring everything out in the open. While the couples are talking, Zuri is being a four-year-old, so it’s alternately cute and annoying. Kameron and Court are understanding, but Mark asks Cary if she can make an effort. Cary takes Zuri up to bed, even though Mark offers to.
I get excited as LeeAnne and Rich walk the midway at night, remembering all the fairs of my youth. LeeAnne grew up in the carnival circuit, and says carnies were shunned and she grew up being made fun of. She was a ringer at every game she worked at. Rich likes being able to go to the fair without it being a job, and LeeAnne likes that she can tell him how to win the games. She wins the ring toss, and gets a giant stuffed toy.
In the kitchen, Mark tells Cary that dinner isn’t the time for a four-year-old running around. She says that he’s not being supportive, just critical. She’s trying to find a balance. She knew he was going to be a hands-off parent, but sometimes feels like she’s drowning.
Rich has hard time accepting that the vision in his right eye isn’t going to be the same. LeeAnne says that it’s devastating for a police officer, but in her eyes, he’s a hero. She gives him tips on how to break the balloons in a game. One popped balloon reveals something behind it, and the booth attendant says he got a secret prize, handing him a box. He opens the box, and it’s an engagement ring. He asks LeeAnne to marry him. He tells her that he’d get down on one knee, but he might not be able to get back up. Normally, I wouldn’t go for something like this, calling it mushy, but this is a unique approach. We hear that Rich loves LeeAnne very much over the fair loudspeaker. She’s astounded, and he says that he’s been busy all day, and not to cry, or he will. She says it’s the best prize ever won at a carnival. He says can be romantic when wants to be. I’m very impressed.
D’Andra sets up for honest tea. She doesn’t know how well-mannered it’s going to be, but hopes her fine china doesn’t get broken. Brandi, Stephanie, and Cary have a kiki first. Mark asks if LeeAnne is telling them about the engagement, but she wants to wait. She thinks they should enjoy the moment and figure the details out before sharing the news.
Brandi thinks the tea is ridiculous. Cary says Kameron doesn’t think that she and Brandi have anything in common. We flash back to Kameron saying that she’s from Dallas, when Brandi is from the outskirts. In her interview, Brandi says she’s been judged as not good enough before, and has no desire to be around it.
LeeAnne hasn’t talked to Brandi, and thinks it will be three against one, so she’s drinking heavily. D’Andra’s intention is create a safe environment to talk. She thinks they’re scared of LeeAnne, but she can always call the cops.
Kameron explains tea attire to us – below knee skirt length, hat, and covered ta-tas. Got it. She thinks that Brandi’s social behavior is odd. The food is awesome – little tiny everything. Brandi gives Kameron a bottle of Jack Daniels in a pink gift bag, and Kameron thinks it’s weird. Brandi is just trying to apologize and Kameron isn’t happy about Brandi using the f-word. In her interview, Brandi thinks Kameron needs to get laid, and that she’s too tall. Kameron wonders why Brandi would bring up the whole gift bag thing again.
D’Andra says if have something to say, now’s the time to air all grievances. She has a bell if things get out of hand. In her interview, Cary thinks whips and chains might be a better choice. D’Andra gives everyone paper to write questions on, and they’re deposited into a tea pot.
The first question is why Brandi doesn’t allow LeeAnne into her house. LeeAnne is upset that Brandi told Kameron this, and not her. Brandi says that LeeAnne has a potty mouth, and her husband wasn’t happy that LeeAnne called her a bad mother. LeeAnne apologizes, saying that Brandi is an amazing mother. Kameron wonders why Brandi threw LeeAnne under the bus, and didn’t invite her on the trip, when LeeAnne stood by her. Brandi says that Stephanie has been her best friend for many years, and while LeeAnne is a good friend, she couldn’t take everyone. Kameron isn’t buying it. In her interview, Stephanie says that Kameron has fewer communications skills than a five-year-old. Brandi calls Kameron a bitch, and Kameron says that Brandi gives off bad vibes. D’Andra is like, cool, get everything out, and Brandi walks off.
LeeAnne and Stephanie run after Brandi. LeeAnne says if she can’t leave, neither can Brandi. She finally comes back. Cary asks Brandi why she talked about Jared telling her that LeeAnne wasn’t really her friend, and LeeAnne asks why Brandi didn’t come to her. Brandi says he also told her that Mark was gay, and she shut it down. In her interview, Cary says she’s been hearing that for years, and not only is it not true, it’s offensive to the LGBTQ community to use it as an insult. Cary says that LeeAnne has little birds that tell her things, making me think she’s the Varys of this piece. Cary tells us she’s not giving her the power. The more you feed the dragon, the bigger it gets.
D’Andra says she can’t even read the next two, they’re so rude. The next one involves LeeAnne’s upcoming surgery. She’s asked if she’s going for vaginal rejuvenation, since we can never,ever get away from that topic, but she insists it’s her breasts that need rejuvenating. Cary questions the doctor’s credentials, saying they’re an OB/GYN, but not a plastic surgeon. LeeAnne accuses her of thinking she’s smarter just because she’s a nurse. LeeAnne calls Cary a condescending see-you-next-Tuesday, and D’Andra rings the bell like crazy, saying not in her house. Cary gets up. In her interview, D’Andra says they don’t want to do the work to get through the problem. Cary starts to walk, and LeeAnne says bye, Felicia. Cary says she sees that anger management is going well, and maybe this is why Brandi doesn’t want LeeAnne in the house. She sits back down and says at least she knows where she stands.
There’s a question as to why Stephanie didn’t kick LeeAnne out of her Halloween party. Stephanie says that LeeAnne hadn’t know that she and Brandi made up, but didn’t understand why she wanted to fight a battle that wasn’t hers. LeeAnne says that she heard Brandi crying, and starts going down Memory Lane, starting with her mother not wanting her. No matter how D’Andra tries to get her to stop, LeeAnne continues with the story. D’Andra says she has compassion, and understands where LeeAnne is coming from, but sharing the same thing over and over isn’t serving her. If we can’t move past childhood pain, we can’t grow. In her interview, Stephanie knows it by heart. LeeAnne keeps going until Brandi runs to her, asking if she feels like everyone is against her. Cary tries to extract her arm out of their hug. Stephanie drinks out of two glasses.
The next question is what’s your favorite vacation spot. Kameron threw it in just to break things up. Cary thinks they should all go on vacation to Mexico together. And everyone is invited. They’re going to drink margaritas and have fun. D’Andra says again that if you can’t move past stuff, you can’t grow. The tea pot is officially closed.
Considering how tea went, a vacation ought to be good. Is LeeAnne allowed out of the country?
Next time, LeeAnne’s surgery, Brandi tells Cary that LeeAnne is going to hurt her, and we’re on our way to Mexico.
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