What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
Griff asks Kiki how Thanksgiving was, and she says she spent it working and studying. He tells her he’d been hoping to spend it with Ava, but she’s not feeling well. Kiki asks, since when?
Ava visits Dr. Zajac at a clinic where he has visiting privileges.
David and Alexis kiss. She says, sorry. David says they can’t do this. They can, but they shouldn’t. I wonder why.
Sam tells Andrew the kids are down for the count. He says pizza and Quartermaine bickering must have worn them out. She says there was less bickering this year, which he attributes to Tracy’s absence. He asks how she liked the CEO they interviewed, and she thinks he’s perfect. Andrew hopes the job is still theirs to give.
Sonny introduces Jason to Kim, and she calls him “Drew.” She asks how this is happening, but he says he’s not Drew. She’s mistaken him for someone else; his name is Jason. She asks if he has no clue who she is, and if something has happened. He tells her yes, but not the way she thinks. His name has always been Jason Morgan, but he has a twin named Andrew. Kim is embarrassed and apologizes. She swears she’s not crazy, but she hasn’t seen Drew in forever. Carly asks how knows him, and she says he’s a friend from San Diego. Josslyn and Oscar look at each other. Kim’s phone rings, and she tells them on top of this weird drama, they have to leave. She has a colleague begging for consultation on a paper she needs to present. She apologizes for being terrible guests. Carly starts to say something, and Jason makes a motion for her to zip it, but she asks if Kim could please answer some questions about Andrew.
Sam tells Andrew that everything is in a tailspin with his twin, and she doesn’t know what the future holds, but it will be okay. He says that Sonny and Carly resented him walking away, and it makes sense that they’ll buy what his twin is selling because they want to believe it. But what if Sonny decides to call in a favor, and suddenly there’s full proof that his twin is Jason? Sam says they wouldn’t do that to him, but he doesn’t believe it.
David tells Alexis that he likes her a lot, and thinks about kissing her more than he should, but it’s the holidays. It’s a tough season, she’s going through a lot, and this time of year brings stress. Alexis apologizes again, but he won’t accept it. He says there will be a next time, but it will be because she wants to – if he plays cards right. She thanks him for taking an awkward moment, and making it marginally less awkward. She’s grateful, and he says he is too. He had a wonderful time. She says even if she dropped the turkey, and he says because of her dropping the turkey. It was a moment to remember, and this one will be too. He kisses her on the cheek, and says he’ll be calling her.
Kiki is surprised Ava turned Griff down. He has the nagging suspicion she’s fine, and it was just an excuse, but he wants to give her space. Kiki asks if he wants her to get all up in this, and he says that’s what daughters are for. Kiki says it’s possible Ava is under the weather, and she just missed her saying something in her haze of studying. Griff says, maybe. Kiki thinks it’s sweet that he’ worried, but her mom is in a good place.
Dr. Zajac looks at Ava’s face, and says it’s remarkable. He asks if there was more scarring originally, and she says a lot more; half of her face was unrecognizable. The doctor says he can tell because he’s a plastic surgeon, but the average Joe would never know. He asks why she’s not going to the who performed this miracle. She says he’s currently unavailable, but she has his protocol, and now, so does he. She hands him the flash drive.
Molly teases Alexis about hanging out with David. Alexis says he was helping her clean up. Molly says he’s a nice guy; smart, a doctor, good-looking, a good listener, and he looks adorable in an apron. Alexis asks if Molly can give her an early Christmas present by backing off the matchmaking. Molly says she dropped by to pick up some books she left, and also to check on her. Alexis says she knows it’s the anniversary of her vodka binge, and asks about Kristina.
Dr. Zajac says he’s never seen anything like it, and Ava asks if he can finish what Dr. Klein started. He says of course. It’s revolutionary, but nothing he can’t understand. He asks if she’s aware it will be illegal, but Ava says that shouldn’t be a problem for him.
Sam tells Andrew that she doesn’t think Sonny and Carly would steal his identity and give it to someone else. He doesn’t know what to think. He says he just left a Thanksgiving dinner where everyone stared at him like a stranger. Sam says that’s not true. She knows Aurora is his dream, and it’s hers too. She was surprised when he bought the company, but she’s all in. She tells him that’s just part of the dream though. The other part is what they already have; each other, Scout, and Danny. Even if everything goes belly-up, and their assets are frozen, who cares? It will be frustrating, but it’s nothing they can’t handle. She asks what he’s really afraid of?
He tells her it’s like watching someone play him on stage, doing the things he’s supposed to do, and remembering what he’s supposed to. He does remember. They’re his memories of what happened to him, but people can’t or won’t hear him. Sam is sorry he’s going through this. He says Carly, Sonny, Michael, and Robin, he’s convinced all of them. What he’s afraid of, and can’t handle, is what if they convince her to believe him too? He can’t lose her.
Kim says she didn’t know Drew all that well; they should ask his brother. Jason says he doesn’t know him either, and Carly explains that they were separated at birth. Sonny wordlessly hands her a drink, and I laugh. Carly tells Kim that during the time Jason was away, Andrew was hit by car. He needed plastic surgery, and no longer looks the same. Now there’s a legal question as to who’s who. Sonny knows it’s a lot to take in, and Kim says, so it’s a case of mistaken identity. Jason says more or less, and Sonny tells her it would be helpful if she could tell them what she knows. Carly says she’s the only link they have.
Alexis doesn’t want to lose Kristina, but Molly says she never will. Kristina is almost as stubborn as she is, and knows Alexis will never stop trying, so she’s comfortable keeping her at arm’s length. She tells Alexis to look at it from Kristina’s perspective. It’s not easy to be in love with someone who everyone says you should hate. Every time she’s happy, it’s tainted by knowing there’s no support. Alexis says it sounds like Molly has jumped on the Kristina/Parker train. Molly says what Parker did was wrong, and she has days she wishes Kristina had never met her, but think of how she’s grown. She’s also more in touch with herself than she’s ever been, and maybe the reason for that is Parker. Isn’t it possible that as flawed as she is, Parker loves Kristina? If that’s the case, Kristina has the right to choose happiness, even if no one else supports them. Alexis says, like her and Julian.
Griff admits to Kiki that he’s concerned about the magic formula Ava dropped in his lap. She’s so focused on her face, she can’t see anything else. Kiki disagrees, saying Ava knows she doesn’t have to risk everything for a procedure, and thanks Griff for making her understand. He has a way of getting through no one else does. She tries to get Griff to give her some tips on studying, but he’s not paying attention. Kiki tells him that he needs to chill. Ava is dropping the experimental treatment, and she’s back in action at the gallery. Life is good.
Dr. Zajac asks what Ava is implying? She says she’s not implying anything; she’s saying it straight out. He’s been investigated several times for shady procedures. He says he’s never been convicted, and hasn’t she heard of innocent until proven guilty? She tells him to relax. She’s not from the FBI; just google her. She flew to Russia for what she had done, and doesn’t want to do it again. She wants the treatment finished here, with no FDA scrutiny. Is he available? He tells her she came to the right place.
Kim says she was doing her clinical research at a Naval hospital in the early 2000s, and Drew was a Navy SEAL. They met in a bar in the city, and found out they had people in common. He dated a friend of hers, and was a nice guy; honest and straight-forward, but also had mischievous twinkle, and could make everyone laugh. Sonny asks when she saw him last, but she can’t say; it was so long ago. She says they really have to go, but Carly asks for one more question. Does she know what happened to Andrew?
Sam tells Andrew that he’s not going to lose her. He’s the man who delivered their baby on a freezing cold embankment, and made her believe it would be okay. He’s the man who makes Danny laugh, knows her noodle order by heart, and made love to her in a barn. He’s her partner in business, life, and parenting. He’s shown her time and again that her and their children are the most important people on the planet to him. She wouldn’t trade one second for anything. He’s her heart, soul, compass, and husband. She loves him with everything she has, and no one can take it away from them.
Alexis tells Molly that she followed heart, and look how badly it turned out. Molly says she hates Julian, and Alexis knows why, but she wants Alexis to understand that she never hated her for loving him. He made her happy, and she had every right to want him to be better. She’s just sorry he wasn’t. Alexis says she’s one wise Molly Lansing Davis. She loves her now get out, and go home to TJ. Molly leaves, and Alexis gets out the photo album.
Kim has no idea what happened to Drew, or where he ended up. Carly tells her that he’s in Port Charles. Jason asks if she’s okay, and Sonny tells her that they were just trying to figure out where was before that. Kim says he was probably deployed or transferred. He and her friend had broken up, and she lost track of them. Carly wonders if they could find her friend. Kim asks Jason what he meant about being gone, and he says he’s not sure what happened. He got shot in 2012, and didn’t wake up until 2017. As far as everyone knew, he had disappeared. Kim says, so he lost five years. She wishes she was more helpful, but hasn’t seen or heard from Drew in fifteen years. She says it’s wild that he’s here, and Carly tells her Port Charles isn’t that big. They’re bound to run into each other.
Andrew thanks Sam; she means everything to him. Sam says she’ll tell him as many times as she needs to. He says it’s like dying small death, every time he sees the question in someone’s eyes, or when they go from looking at him with love to looking at him with pity, like he’s been duped and doesn’t know his own life. She tells him to look around. Their life, their home, their family. She loves him with everything in her. They hug.
Alexis looks at pictures and hugs the album to her chest. She flashes back to meeting Julian, nookie with Julian, Julian asking her to marry him, and telling each other I love you. She says she’s not going to do this anymore, and goes out.
Griff’s phone goes off. He has to get back to work. David sees Kiki, and asks how Thanksgiving was. She says she was there, and he tells her to get used to it. That’s how it is when you’re a doctor. She says if she gets to be one. The exams are driving her insane. He guesses it’s molecular biology, and she asks if everyone hates it. He says that’s the consensus, but he can help walk her through it. He knows some memorization tricks. He tells her to meet him in the breakroom in fifteen minutes. She calls Ava.
Ava tells Dr. Zajac that money is no object. He says she might reconsider when she hears the number – $75K. She says it’s no problem, and asks when they can start.
Kim says she and Drew probably won’t run into each other, since she works crazy hours. Look how long it took for them to meet, and their kids have been dating a while. She’s sorry to cut it short, and I wonder why Oscar can’t stay. He’s not five. Jason thanks her for answering their questions, and she apologizes again for not being much help. Carly says she was more helpful than she knows, and she’ll send some leftovers. Josslyn tells Oscar to text her, and Sonny says it was nice to meet her. Kim stares at Jason the whole time she’s going out the door. Carly says it was enlightening, and Sonny says Jason’s twin being a Navy SEAL explains a lot.
Outside, Kim tells Oscar it will be all right. As long as she’s got him, she’s fine. She hugs him.
Kiki tells Griff that she called her mom, but it went to voicemail. Maybe she is really sick, and she’ll try again in the morning. She leaves, and Griff makes his signature worried face, and says, what if the morning is too late?
Ava suggests seeing the doctor in Boston in a couple of weeks, but he says what about tonight? Um… Even though he’s unconventional, I might be a little concerned about his hurry.
Alexis sits at the dive bar, and stares at the vodka bottles. Julian asks if this seat is taken.
Sonny says it makes sense. That’s why Jason’s twin can handle weapons and fight. Carly says he’s comfortable in a crisis. She says in all this time, they’ve only been thinking of Jason. It’s the first time she’s thought of Andrew’s life, and what he left behind.
Andrew says Sam is right. Even if they lost everything, they would be okay. They have each other. But they’re not going to lose a damn thing. Not the company, and not one piece of the life they’ve built. It isn’t going to happen. Sam says, no, it’s not. They kiss, and start getting busy.
Tomorrow, Josslyn tells Oscar to prepare to be blown away, Ava’s procedure starts, and Julian only expects one thing from Alexis.
The Real Housewives of Orange County – The Reunion Part Two
And we’re back. Andy talks about Shannon’s stormy season. A viewer asks where fun Shannon went, and she says she’s right there. We see clips of Shannon flailing around and shouting nonsense, ending with her throwing her plate at the ironically named Quiet Woman. She tells Andy she’s reactive, and tells Lydia, way to make herself relevant by trying to get reactions out of her. Lydia says she doesn’t need to try; Shannon’s being crazy right now. Tamra says Shannon didn’t want to admit her marriage was falling apart. Shannon says she was raised with manners, but everything flew out the window this season. I hate to tell her, but I think it’s been every season. Andy asks if she owes anyone an apology. She says she has apologized, so he asks for a show of hands. Peggy thinks from the beginning Shannon has been disrespectful, and brings up Shannon calling her “that one,” rather than using her name. Meghan thinks Peggy is the disrespectful one, and we flash back to her clipping Meghan’s mouth shut with her fingers. Andy says he wouldn’t love that, but Peggy says Meghan kept going on and on, and wouldn’t shut up. Meghan says if they’re talking about disrespect, she should get an apology.
Andy asks about Baby Aspen, and tells us that even with being a busy new mother, Meghan still found time to stick her nose where it didn’t belong. We see clips Aspen being cute, and Meghan being stupid. Andy asks if they’re defrosting more sperm, and she announces she’s pregnant. A boy this time. He asks about her friendship with Kelly. The text thing comes up, which she started. She claims she had no malicious intent, and she asked Kelly directly if she had an extracurricular boyfriend, whereas Kelly came to her, not Jimmy. Andy asks if she’s suggesting Kelly should have texted Jimbo, and Meghan looks confused. He asks if it’s not girl code to alert a friend to rumors. Meghan says she knew Kelly and Michael had a rocky relationship, and had no intention to hurt her. In other words, it was okay for her, but not for Kelly. Kelly says they both apologized, and she’d thought they were done. Meghan whines that she was still hurt.
We go back to drag/Bingo night, and how Kelly told Meghan to take care of her baby. Meghan asks why she’s so damaged that she comes up with such ugly things. Kelly says her meaning was that Meghan should have been more worried about her baby than gossiping. Andy says Kelly has been tweeting about Meghan’s marriage. Kelly says Meghan had written in her blog that she was cheating on Michael prior to the separation. Shockingly, Andy realizes this is a lost cause, and moves on.
Next is Peggy, who makes no apologies for who she is. We see both her extravagant lifestyle and her breast cancer… issue? Scare? I don’t even know what to call all it anymore. Andy says viewers are of two minds. They think either Diko is controlling or super supportive. She says in the beginning, she thought he was controlling, but as they grew to know each other, she felt he was protective. He asks if her mother’s death played a part in her having a double-mastectomy. It did. He asks about them finding cancer, and she says they did, but she was more concerned about her father’s death. It happened just before her surgery, and a few weeks later, they started filming, so if she seemed confused, it was because she wasn’t normal. She didn’t want sympathy; she just wanted support. Shannon says she thinks David was genuinely puzzled, and Lydia quietly tells Peggy it’s all lies. Peggy says when she asked if Shannon was okay, she wanted to help; she could see Shannon wasn’t happy. But inside, she really wanted some support herself. Shannon tells her that she did ask if she was okay in return, but Peggy says it was the way she asked. And Peggy is totally right. Shannon was being rude and nasty when she said it. Meghan says Peggy should have said something. Lydia says no one acted supportive. Andy brings up Meghan saying Peggy “played the cancer card.” Meghan claimed Peggy ended the argument unfairly. Andy asks why Peggy thinks people have a hard time understanding. Peggy says she was in denial, and had a hard time expressing it. Vicki says she didn’t have a double mastectomy because she had nothing better to do, so what more did they need to know? Wise words from the OG of the OC.
On to Iceland. Andy says they partied non-stop, but it wouldn’t be an all-cast trip without Vicki going to the hospital. We see clips from the excursion, and I get jealous all over again. Ha-ha! The casserole. Andy asks about the blanket covering Vicki’s head when she was carted to the ambulance. She says Peggy had poured water on her, and she looked like she had clown hair. It just kept getting bigger. She talks about the various medications the women gave her throughout the day, and Andy says she was high. He asks about the fermented shark, and Meghan – the only one brave enough to actually eat it – says bleh, gross. He asks if they were sober at all during the trip, and that’s a no. Lydia being left out of the group text comes up, and Lydia says Shannon is sensitive too, wouldn’t she have felt left out? Especially after they’d all gone to dinner previously, and no one invited her. She says she apologized, and watching it, agrees she totally overreacted. A fly attacks the women, and Kelly manages to put it out of commission with her bare hand, also using the opportunity to smack Vicki on the head.
We flash back to the Viking dinner, and Shannon acting like a buffoon. We revisit Vicki’s apology, and Peggy’s altercation with Kelly, leading to Peggy leaving early. Andy says it was fun seeing Vicki and Tamra together, and Tamra says the last few episodes gave her hope. Andy asks why Shannon thought Vicki’s apology was bullsh*t, and she says because Tamra told her to apologize. Vicki says it wasn’t an ideal situation, but it was the best she could do.
We move to Peggy telling Kelly she’d have her husband call Michael, and Kelly misinterpreting it, replying with her dad could beat up Peggy’s dad. Peggy tries to explain why she said what she did, and Kelly insists she was drunk, and didn’t remember Peggy’s father had just died. Peggy says she did know about it, but accepts her apology. Andy asks about Peggy recording the women when she thought they were laughing at her, and she says Meghan’s baby was crying, so she went to see what was up. Lydia says Peggy heard the crying, and then heard them laughing, and felt it was about her. Andy asks why she left early, and Peggy says she was in pain and had no support. Vicki says she was feeling isolated. Kelly thinks she took it wrong, but she apologized because she wanted to make things right. Andy says Peggy was going through a great deal of pain, but it wasn’t evident, and her emotions were raw.
Andy talks about the roller coaster ride that is Vicki and Tamra. We see clips of their various altercations and reconciliations. And Shannon being annoyed. Andy asks if Tamra assumed the friendship was over, and she says she went back and forth because of their history. He asks why it was important for Lydia to bring them together, and Lydia tells him that her best times were laughing with them. Tamra tries to bring up Vicki going after her marriage, and Vicki insists that’s not what she did. Shannon says Tamra called her crying once a week, and she didn’t want her to get hurt again. Tamra thinks Ricky’s comments about Eddie were staged. Kelly thinks the whole thing is funny. Andy asks Tamra how Vicki chose Brooks over her? Tamra says instead of coming to her and saying she was right, that’s not what happened. Shannon says they had fun in Iceland, and wondered why Vicki screwed it up. Lydia asks what she did. Tamra says one of Vicki’s friends is on social media with a let’s-get-Eddie-out-of-the-closet campaign, but Vicki says she made them delete it. Shannon claims not to be jealous, but I don’t believe it. Andy asks if Shannon and Vicki will be friends again. Vicki hopes so, and thinks they made headway in Iceland. Vicki says she’s made mistakes, but they’re not innocent. Andy says she makes it worse by saying, if Eddie is gay, or that she doesn’t know, and asks if she can see how this plays into Tamra’s anger at her. Tamra says her actions are homophobic. She’s trying to insult Eddie by saying he’s gay. I’m not sure if that really applies here, and Vicki insists she’s not homophobic. She starts to say something else, and Tamra goes, ♫ la-la-la-liar! ♫ and puts her fingers in her ears. I’m not kidding. Vicki says not a good look, and Tamra says nothing looks good on her. Vicki walks off, calling them effing a-holes, and says she’s off the show.
Lydia checks on Vicki, who says she’s not okay with this. Lydia says they’re both coming from a place of hurt, and they’re strong women. She gets Vicki to come back to the stage, and Tamra asks if she can’t just apologize and mean it. Vicki reapplies her lipstick.
Andy says Tamra seems emotional. Vicki says, she’s sorry and she means it. Tamra wants her to talk from the heart. Her family is important to her, and for Vicki to go one about it, is hurtful. Andy asks Vicki if she understands how it affected Tamra. Vicki says she does. She’s sorry, and won’t ever talk about it again. She promises, and totally surrenders. Shannon makes a face. Vicki says she reached out to Tamra when she found out that there was a situation with Sidney, even though they weren’t talking. Andy asks if Vicki doesn’t owe Eddie an apology, and Vicki says of course, but she planned on having coffee with him or something. She never meant for it to get to the place where it’s at. Andy asks Vicki if Tamra could do anything to help on her end, but Vicki doesn’t know if it’s fair to ask Tamra. Tamra tells her to just say it. Vicki wants her to stop saying she was in on the cancer scam. She was scammed, and will never get the time and money back that she invested in Brooks. Andy asks for them to hug, and they both cry and hug like we haven’t been here before. Vicki wants to hug Shannon too.
She tells Shannon she knows it will be bumpy for her, and Kelly says, this is healing. In the Vicki-Shannon-Tamra huddle, Vicki says they need to bring each other up, not tear each other down. Shannon reluctantly agrees, and asks if they can get shots. Kelly tells them that they’re messing up their makeup. Tamra wants to change couches. She says the last three episodes broke her heart, because they’re good together. Tamra tells Vicki that Eddie is precious, and Vicki can call her ugly, fat, and stupid, but don’t hurt her family. Vicki says she felt alienated, and heard Tamra was telling the others not to film with her. Andy asks how Shannon feels. She says being in Iceland, they had so much fun, and she thought it was a shame. Andy tells her that in twelve seasons, she was the first new housewife that Vicki connected with right away. Vicki says they have a lot in common. Tamra invites Vicki to sit on the same couch with her, which they haven’t done in years. Vicki sits between Tamra and Shannon, holding their hands.
Andy tells them that they have to be transparent and thoughtful with each other. It’s real, but fragile, because of hurt feelings and emotions. He says to be careful what they put out there. Vicki says she admires Shannon’s strength, and she’ll be okay. And if she needs a job, she can come and work for her. Andy says they’re in a beautiful place, and it’s a great place to leave it. He brings out Black Death shots, and a non-alcoholic one for Meghan.
Shannon leads a final Icelandic cheer of Skoal!
The girls go backstage. Tamra sees cake, and tells Vicki they can have friendship cake. She says she has the friendship bracelet Vicki gave her, and we see a clip of them becoming BFFs. Vicki asks if they’re back, and Tamra says they are.
Apparently, this isn’t worthy of more than two parts, so that’s all for the OC, folks.
🍸 I watched Vanderpump Rules: How They Got Here, which was just what you’d think it would be. Old clips from past seasons.
🎄 Just to be a Brat…