What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
Maxie thanks Peter for helping lug her stuff to the apartment. She’s never been accused of being a light packer. She tells him that he doesn’t have to stay, but he doesn’t mind. She finds a package outside, and opens it way easier than any package you or I will ever receive. The note inside says, To the love of my life and mother of our child – now our baby will be wrapped in our love – Nathan.
Kiki is wandering around the hospital, and David asks how it’s going. She says she’s just looking for friend. He asks if she’s on the night shift, and she says she rearranged her schedule. He hopes it has nothing to do with him.
Franco tells Elizabeth that he’s sorry. She asks for what, and he has no idea. She says whatever happened to him was kept hidden all this time. What if he never gets answers? How is he going to heal? Kim comes by, and says she’s glad Elizabeth found him; she was going out of her mind. Neither one of them says anything, and Kim knows something is up.
At Kim’s apartment, Josslyn tells Oscar he saved her life. They need some ice, and Oscar says he’ll get it. He never wants her near a freezer again.
Carly goes to Kim’s apartment to pick up Josslyn, and sees Drew outside. She asks what happened. He says she has some nerve. Sam admitted she’s still in love with Jason. She got her wish. Now she can go celebrate. You tell her, Drew.
Jason and Sam sit on a bench at the station. He knows it’s tough on her, and the last thing he wants to do is make it worse. She’s not sure that’s possible at this point.
Kiki tells David that working nights and studying during the day is a better plan. He says as long as she’s not avoiding him. He noticed she was put off by his attempt to get her to relax. She says she’s just weird about massages, and she’s sorry she overreacted. He feels badly, and wants to make it up to her. He asks her to come by his office. She tells him that she studies during her breaks, and he says he has something that will make it easier. He guarantees she won’t regret it. Well, he’s said that before. Dude needs a new repertoire.
Elizabeth asks Kim why she’s at the hospital so late. She’s waiting on a delivery – the baby kind – and wanted to access something on the computer, but her password isn’t working. Franco says he’ll be in the art therapy room. Kim says she definitely interrupted, and asks Elizabeth what’s going on with her and Franco.
Maxie reads the date on the note, and says Nathan must have ordered it before. It’s so unfair. When Nathan was planning for their future, Faison was plotting to end it. How could a father and son be so different? Peter says they’re opposite ends of the spectrum. Maxie wonders how it would have been if Nathan was raised by his father; everything Faison touched was evil. She says it’s a hand knit baby blanket. Now she has something to remember him by. Peter says she must have reminders everywhere, but she says she’s pretty sure she mentioned her brilliant idea. She got rid of all traces of Nathan, thinking she wouldn’t miss him so much. Sam tied to talk out of it, but she didn’t listen. Peter asks if it made her feel better, but she says not even a little. She’s been debating about getting her photos out of the cloud, and putting them back in frames, but it would be weird. Peter says there are no rules when it comes to grief. You get through how you get through. Maxie hugs the blanket, saying it will help.
Carly tells Drew that she’s sorry. Drew isn’t buying it, since she pushed Sam to Jason. Carly says she did it to help them, not hurt him, but he says it’s the same thing. She says at least now he knows, and isn’t living in denial. He can move on. He says he can’t do this now. Carly gets that he’s in a world of pain, but this isn’t the way to make it better.
Sam tells Jason that she doesn’t blame him; it’s not fair to either of them. Jason says she’s acting like she made it happen, and she didn’t. She says she should have dealt with it, but didn’t, and here they are. He tells her that she’s being too tough on herself. She says she tried to explain it to Drew. The only thing she can think of to make it better is figuring out who she is. Jason asks how she’s feeling, and she says, lost and really scared, but confident she’s making the right decision. The reality is that she could end up without either one of them, and that’s something she’ll have to live with.
Peter tells Maxie the nursery is beautiful; he loves the color. She says Nathan painted it on their anniversary. You’d think she’d have been gracious, but she was too furious at Lulu for outing Nathan as Faison’s son. Peter says she was scared, but she says, no; she was an idiot. What she wouldn’t give to go back in time to see Nathan smile. He wanted to protect them, and did, to the bitter end. Peter says it’s not Lulu’s fault. He gave her green light, so he could sell papers. Maxie says he didn’t know Faison like she did. He couldn’t imagine Faison would come back to kill his own son. He says he did research. She says she knows what he’s trying to do, and it’s not going to work.
Kiki sees Franco, and asks where he was. He says it’s a long story, but let’s say he’s been through hell physically and emotionally. Kiki asks if he’ll be okay, and he says he will, if Elizabeth will forgive him.
Elizabeth tells Kim that Franco is trying to recover a time in his childhood that’s been buried for decades. Bits and pieces came back, but he can’t piece them together. Kim asks if he just found out, and Elizabeth says he’s been struggling a while. She should have left it alone, but kept pushing that she wanted the truth. Having a secret between them made her question trusting him. Kim asks if he found out after all that, but Elizabeth says he still doesn’t remember. Kim asks if she believes him.
Carly asks Drew if he’s sure he wants his son to see him in that shape. He says he just lost his family, but she suggests he clean up a little. She gives him some tissues and an Altoid. She lets him use her compact mirror, and says she really is sorry he got hurt.
Oscar tells Josslyn that she makes him feel better. They almost kiss, but there’s a knock at the door. Oscar wonders if it’s another fruit basket, and Josslyn says she’ll get it. Carly and Drew walk in. Carly asks if Josslyn is ready to go home, and Drew hopes Oscar is up for a visitor.
Sam tells Jason her husband is going to hate her forever. Jason says Drew doesn’t hate her, but she says he’s certainly not happy with her. If that never changes, she’ll have to accept it. Jason says acceptance is a tough place to get to. She says he gets there fast. He tells her that on some level in his head, he just says, this is it, but it’s not that easy. It doesn’t mean the feelings aren’t there; he wanted to be with her. Sam says he’s able to accept it, and he says just like he’s able to accept what comes next, even if they’re not together. It’s not about him; it’s about her. She has to figure out what she wants and needs. She tells him that she needs some distance, and to get away from Port Charles, Drew – and him. STOP PLAYING THAT MUSIC SO LOUD. Holy! Every time these two are in the middle of a conversation, their “theme music” gets overpowering.
Maxie asks if Peter wants her to forgive Lulu so she has more people to lean on. Maybe he’s sick of her leaning on him. He says, not at all. She says their friendship came out of nowhere, and is 9.5 on the intensity level. If he needs a breather, she’ll understand, but he says he doesn’t. She tells him, strange as sounds, it’s comforting to be around him. She has to tell him something, and if he freaks out, she won’t be offended. She says sometimes way he talks and moves, even his gestures, remind her of Nathan.
Kiki tells Franco to focus on himself. Figure out what happened, and then can focus on Elizabeth. She asks if he’s scared of what he might find out, but he says there’s nothing scarier than losing Elizabeth, and it’s not an option. She tells him then face his past or screw up his future.
Elizabeth tells Kim that she believes Franco doesn’t remember and wants to know the truth, but it’s not just about her. Kim says, she has her boys, and Elizabeth asks, what kind of life it would be, waiting for the other shoe to drop? It’s not the environment to raise kids. She loves him, but the kids are her priority, and need a stable environment. If he’s not stable, he obviously can’t be part of it. Kim tells her that she’s the only one who can make the right decision, but if she’s lucky enough to have found love, she should think long and hard before letting it go. It may not come back around.
Josslyn tells Oscar she’ll see him tomorrow, and she and Carly leave. Drew apologizes for not having come by a lot. A lot has gone down since the earthquake. Oscar tells him, no offense, but he doesn’t look too good. Does he want to talk about it?
Jason asks what Sam is going to do. She says she has to get out of there. She just needs to calm the noise down and think. She’s hoping Drew will be okay with her bringing Scout, and asks if Jason is all right with her bringing Danny. He’s okay with whatever she needs. Of course he is. She wishes she could tell him what he wants to hear, but she can’t make that promise. It’s not fair to be with someone when you’re thinking about someone else. He says she doesn’t have to explain, but she tells him that she does. What she just did to Drew and herself was awful; she can’t imagine doing it again with him. He asks if she wants some coffee, and she says that sounds good. She wonders why he isn’t getting up, and thinks he’s afraid she won’t be there when he gets back. She promises not to go anywhere yet, and he leaves to get the coffee. As soon as he’s gone, she runs out the door. Just kidding.
Elizabeth comes to the art therapy room, and Kiki tells Franco, good luck. Kiki is glad Elizabeth found him, and Elizabeth says she’s glad she found him in one piece. Franco says that makes two of them. He asks Elizabeth what they’re doing, and she says, what’s next depends on him.
Drew tells Oscar that they’re both new to this father/son thing, but thinks he’s supposed to be the one asking Oscar if he wants to talk. Oscar says he’s shockingly problem free. Drew says Oscar just got out of the hospital, and Oscar says he’s better now that he got to spend the day with Josslyn. He has a mom who loves him, a father – finally – and a baby sister who’s crazy cute. It’s not a traditional family, but it’s a family. He wishes he could make it better for Drew, and Drew says he just did.
Jason wants Sam to be okay, and to trust and know herself. He says he knows she’s not used to him talking this much, but if finding herself – or whatever she calls it – means they don’t end up together, he’ll miss her every day. He’ll be okay though, because she is. She asks what he wants for himself, and he says he wants her and has from the beginning. That will never change. She said the worst thing was to go through what happened with Drew again with him. He feels the same way. He doesn’t want to look across the table and see her feeling sadness like she’s trapped and can’t get out. He hurt her once, and will always regret it, but he never wants to do it again.
Elizabeth tells Franco they can’t go on with him promising no more secrets. He gets it; it’s not fair. She’s the best thing that ever happened to him, but he knows how it goes. He sets himself up to lose her. He loves and needs her, so he self-sabotages. He keeps things to himself, knowing they might even drive her away, so he has some measure of control over how he loses her. He understands; she wants and expects more. She deserves more. She deserves him whole, brave, and fully committed. He’s going to get there, but all he can do is pray she’ll be waiting.
Carly messes with her phone, and Josslyn asks if she wants to go back in. She asks what’s going on, and Carly thinks about the scarf on her desk. She tells Josslyn that the fire alarm went off at the MetroCourt, and she’s checking to see if everything’s okay. Kim arrives, and thanks Josslyn for keeping Oscar company. She asks how the patient is, and Josslyn says, itching to get out. Josslyn says he has a new visitor, and she asks, who?
Oscar is glad he has more time to get to know Drew. Drew says, him too. Oscar tells Drew that he likes hanging out with Scout, and would love to come over, but Drew says things are complicated right now. Kim walks in, and asks if Drew is okay. She heard he had quite a day yesterday. He says she’ll hear it eventually, but he and Sam split up.
Sam says it’s really awful, and Jason says, it really is. I roll my eyes. He asks if he should walk her out, but she says no. He gets it, and she thanks him for understanding. Once she leaves this room, the conversation is over, and so is this part of her life; a chapter is closing. It’s a huge chapter, but she has to let it go; it’s time. Jason says it’s her life, and her choice. She should go for it at her own pace. She wants to sit there longer, saying they still need to finish their coffee. Jason shows her his empty cup, which I have to point out is totally clean on the inside. Note to the prop department: people do not lick their coffee cups clean. Not for police station coffee anyway. He says sometimes you have to force yourself to do things you don’t want to. Sam says, five more minutes, and he tells her, deal.
Maxie tells Peter not to think she’s projecting or has some bizarre attachment. She just notices it sometimes. Peter asks how it feels being back. She says, surreal, but that’s kind of like her whole life right now. She tells him that she’s excited to be waiting for Georgie, who’s incredible and so smart, but didn’t get that from her. Peter asks what she did get, and Maxie says the shop till you drop gene. She’s worried about this baby. How is she going to encourage her to be herself and not what Maxie thinks she should be? What if she wants to go into chemistry? She’s completely clueless. Peter says Maxie will do six months of research, and the baby will be an expert. Maxie says she’s starving. Peter says he’ll let her eat, and she says she doesn’t take eating for two that literally. He decides to stay.
Kiki asks David if it will take long. He says just a minute, and tells her the Shadow position is hers. He had the deciding vote, and she made it. She asks if that’s because she deserves it or because of him. He says she’ll be a huge asset to the hospital. He wasn’t expecting her to pop champagne, but thought a little celebration might be in order. She says she’s surprised and thrilled. She thanks him, and he says that’s all he gets? He thinks she can do better, and kisses her. I go, oh! I’d been thinking this was a running joke, like the one where it sounds like two people are having sex, but it’s really a woman at the dentist. I’m kind of disappointed.
She pushes him away, and asks what he’s doing. He says, what’s wrong? She says he’s been telling her that she’s smart, special, and talented, but he was really just trying to get in her pants. She calls him disgusting, and runs out. She goes to the supply room, hyperventilating, and cries. Double disappointment. Fine if she isn’t interested, but I would have thought she was a little more sophisticated than that. She’s not a kid, and it’s not like he’s married.
Elizabeth tells Franco that she supports him 100%, but can’t be a part of the process. He says he wouldn’t ask her to. It’s something he has to do. She’s proud of him, and she’s going to miss him. She tells him to find out what happened; who he was back then, and most important, who he is now. Then come home. He kisses her.
Maxie says sorry she’s taking Peter away from whatever he does when he’s not at work. What does he do? He says she’ll laugh. He orders room service, and watches late 50’s/early 60’s sitcoms. Life was perfect in them. She takes it he didn’t grow up like that, and he says, no. She says she didn’t either. He tells her watching them makes him feel better about eating alone. She says he’s not eating alone tonight.
Drew and Oscar talk and laugh, while Kim feeds them.
Sam gently puts the cups in the trash because that’s how we all throw things away. Jason says he’ll leave first if it’s easier. She says, omg, she just had a memory. This is the first place they met. Jason says, it is? She says he was in the interrogation room – she doesn’t remember why – and she was waiting for her lawyer. We flash back to when we were all children, and them introducing themselves. Little did she know it was the luckiest day of her life. He says, really? since it’s a mess now. She gets up and walks out. He almost says something, but decides not to.
Tomorrow, Lulu accepts that Maxie might not forgive her, Mike toasts to Morgan, and Griff figures out that Peter is Henrik.
🌟 Star is back, along with Queen Latifah’s hair. Sadly, both Kevin, and Carlotta’s wigs, perished in the salon fire. To help set things right, Patti Labelle and Brandy Norwood showed up, and started ordering everyone around. Miss Lawrence has apparently been de-fired, and was also back on the scene. Derek got love advice from his grandmother, who also discovered he’s not as immobile as he’s been pretending. Carlotta told Cotton that she knew Omari killed Elliot and asked if Omari threatened her. Little does she know that Cotton killed Omari. There was the usual tug-of-war with Noah, and the squeaky wheel got the oil when the girls heard themselves being played on the radio, thanks to GiGi. Next time, the Queen’s hair returns.
💸 I was watching reruns of 2 Broke Girls, as I often do, and I caught Donnell Turner (Curtis, GH) in a bit part as a hot cop. It was a wonder I recognized him, since he was wearing a helmet that covered too much of his face. It was the one where the girls hunt down Martha Stewart in the bathroom and ask her to taste their cupcake. And that’s not a euphemism for anything.
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