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July 30, 2018 – Two Kinds of Escapes, the OC Invades Mexico, a New Doctor, a New Baby, a Different Love & Interesting


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Jason tells everyone down on the floor, with their hands behind their back, and binds them. He takes the rubber thing out of Carly’s mouth. She asks if this is real.

Julian calls Brad to tell him that Lucas is still in surgery. He asks if Brad wants him to get Lucas out, but Brad decides to be patient, even though he’s anxious to let Lucas know the baby is here. Not just here – home.

At the hospital, Kim asks if Elizabeth has seen Nelle. Elizabeth says she hasn’t, and asks if something’s wrong. Kim hopes not, but Nelle called for an appointment with the lactation specialist at the last minute, and she’s not there. Elizabeth tells her, baby brain is real, and Kim says, maybe.

At the station, the screen has gone blank, and Chase tells Sonny that they’ve lost them. Sonny asks for the last position of the car.

The car sits, smoking, in the middle of a forest. Nelle and Michael are unconscious. Nelle wakes up, and asks the baby if it’s okay in there; she wants a kick. She shakes Michael, but there’s no response. She says, thank God it’s over.

Chase gives Sonny the location, and says he’s going along. Jordan comes in, and says he’s not going anywhere until she knows what’s going on.

The other car involved in the crash is the prison transportation van. Obrecht sees the guard next to her in the back seat. She apologizes for the assault, but she wasn’t about to be carted off to prison. She checks his pulse, and says his neck will be bruised, but he’ll be back to work in no time. She checks the driver, and says, life for him, no additional murder charges for her. She takes the keys and the guard’s gun, and says, no hard feelings. She walks off into the forest.

Michael comes to just before Nelle can get out of the car. He asks how the baby is, and she says, fine. She’s glad he’s okay, and was about to find help. He tells her, enough. It’s too late. He knows she’s not happy he’s alive, but she insists she is. He says the plan was a fail. For her, anyway. She calls him an SOB, saying he set her up. He says he can’t take all the credit. He had help; Chase was in on it. She accuses him of terrorizing her, and he says she was only afraid because she’d planned the crash. Enough lies and excuses. She tried to kill him. The car was rigged, but with audio and video. Everything she said was recorded.

Kim tells Elizabeth, according to the housekeeper, Nelle and Michael left. They should have been st the hospital by now. Elizabeth suggests they stopped for dinner, and Kim asks if she wants to go to the cafeteria for some. Elizabeth is distracted on her phone, and Kim says they’re having poached horse. Elizabeth apologizes, saying she’s left repeated messages for Franco, but his phone seems to be turned off. She’s is going directly to voicemail, and her texts aren’t going through. When Franco goes radio silent, something is wrong. He’s always trying, but his judgment still needs work.

Franco sits in the car outside Ferncliff. He says, Jason, come on.

Jason asks how Carly is feeling, and she says she’s had better days. He says they have to go right now, but she doesn’t think she can stand. Jason says she’ll have to. Dr. Lazarus – who, according to Soaps in Depth, spells his name Lasiris, even though Mary Pat made a point of comparing it to Lazarus from the Bible – says they’ll never make it; they’ll never reach the exit. Jason tells Carly, once they leave the room, don’t stop; no matter what.

Outside, Franco says, enough. He did his good deed. He can’t find the keys, and realizes that blue-eyed bastard took them.

Kim tells Elizabeth that Franco’s judgement might be questionable at times, but that doesn’t mean it’s a game changer.

Chase tells Jordan that Nelle believed the car would crash after it drove fifteen miles. She was frantic, and desperate for Michael to pull the car over. She asks how desperate, and he shows her the video. Jordan sees Nelle admit the car is rigged, and Chase says Michael wanted more. He kept pressing because he wanted answers. She admitted to gaslighting Carly, but then they got in a real wreck. Jordan doesn’t suppose Zack’s case came up, and Chase shows Nelle saying she didn’t want Zack to die, but had no choice. They get ready to leave, when an officer comes in and tells Jordan that they’ve lost contact with the prison van. Jordan and Chase jet.

Nelle can’t believe Michael would go behind her back like this. He says, like the insane mother of his child who tried to have him killed? She asks, whose fault is that? She would have been happy with him, but he was going to take her baby away. He calls her delusional. She says she couldn’t trust his mother; Carly was awful to her, and she would do it again. He says they would have been good to her for the baby’s sake. He would have taken care of her, and kept it peaceful. She says it wasn’t enough, and he asks if this is better. Is it what she wanted? Now everyone knows who she is, and what she did. It’s over. Nelle gets out of the car, but Michael’s seatbelt is stuck. She looks at him.

Jason takes Carly through the hallways. The background music is so loud, I’m sure no one will hear them, and oddly enough, there are no guards anywhere. In the car, Franco wonders, what would Jason do? He can’t call an Uber, since he’s breaking about eleven laws. Jason and Carly appear, and he asks what took them so long? Carly gets in the passenger seat, and Jason tells Franco to get into the back. Carly wonders why Franco is there. Jason takes off. That was kind of an anticlimactic escape.

Julian tells Kim that he’s waiting for Lucas, so he can see his face when he finds out he’s a father. Kim hadn’t known the baby arrived, and Julian shows her the picture. Elizabeth can’t believe Lucas doesn’t know yet, but Julian says Brad wants to be the one to tell him. Elizabeth leaves, and Kim says Julian has a new grandson. She congratulates him. She loves how he stuck around to see Lucas’s reaction, but Julian says, the question is, will Lucas feel the same way? Kim says she’s witnessed it a thousand times over. In that instant, nothing else matters. He’ll only care about the baby. Julian says one of his biggest regrets was not being there for the birth his children. Although Lucas wasn’t there for the birth, Julian is glad Lucas will get that moment when his son is put in his arms.

Brad watches the baby. He says he’s a parent, and Wiley is their son. He made a promise to Lucas, and acted confident, but down inside, he was nervous. He thanks Wiley for making the promise a reality. His daddy is grateful. He tells Wiley, sweet dreams, and turns down the light.

Michael can’t get out of the car, which is now throwing sparks. He tells Nelle that he’s having trouble with the seatbelt. It’s jammed. Nelle says it wouldn’t be a big deal, but she smells gas leaking. He tells her to get help, and she says if she smoked, she would light one and think it over. She guesses she’ll leave it to fate. She tells him, good luck, and remember that he brought it on himself. He asks her to wait, but she walks away. He struggles, and gas drips from the car.

Jason drives to the hospital, and tells Franco to get out. Franco tells him, nothing says friendship like helping someone break someone out of the loony bin. Jason thanks him. Franco says he’s glad Carly is okay. Jason leaves, and Franco goes into the hospital.

Nelle needs a car, any car. She starts to feel contractions.

Julian tells Kim that he wants Wiley to know his grandfather. She wants that for him too. She’s observed Lucas. Lucas knows he’s trying and appreciates it. Julian hopes enough to crack the door open. She says he might have more sympathy now that he’s a father. Julian says, the dream doesn’t end there, and Kim says, Sam? He says, and Leo. He’s hoping maybe if Sam and Olivia see how good he is with Wiley, they’ll let him spend time with their children. There are a lot of maybes and what ifs. She says, that’s what dreams are. It’s up to us to make them a reality.

Franco’s elevator opens, and Elizabeth is there. She says she thinks his phone is off. It’s unlike him, and she wonders what he’s up to.

Nelle says, this is not happening. Not here; not now. Obrecht comes out of the forest, and Nelle says she knows her. She’s all over the news. Obrecht tells Nelle to forget she saw her. Nelle says Obrecht is a doctor, and explains she used to work for her niece. Obrecht remembers that Nina said she was a lying sneak. Nelle says she needs Obrecht’s help. She grabs Obrecht’s arm, and says she’s in labor.

Michael digs around in the console for anything he can find to get the seatbelt off. Sonny is suddenly at the window.

In a cabin – no, not that one – Carly sits up, and looks around. She starts to panic, and calls for Jason. He comes out, telling her it’s okay. He gives her some water to help get the drugs out of her system. She says he broke her out of Ferncliff. She thought she was hallucinating. He asks if it was a hallucination, would she think he’d have Franco with him? It’s okay; he’s here; this is real. She’s safe. She cries, and thanks him.

Michael tells Sonny that his seatbelt is caught. He asks if Sonny has a knife. He tells Sonny the car could blow, but Sonny isn’t leaving. He takes out a pocket knife, tells Michael to sit still, and starts to cut.

Jordan and Chase find the prison van. Chase says the guards are still alive. He sees a pair of handcuffs, and assumes they belong to the prisoner. Jordan calls dispatch for an APB on Obrecht. She asks Chase about the guns, and he says, there’s one missing. She tells dispatch that Obrecht is armed and dangerous. She calls for an ambulance, and tells Chase the paramedics are on the way. The driver comes to, and Jordan asks, what happened? He says his prisoner attacked the guard, he swerved, and lost control of the car. Chase thinks the other car must be Michael’s, and wants to find him. Jordan says they have to find Obrecht.

Nelle tells Obrecht that she barely got out before the car exploded. She just kept walking, and her water broke. Obrecht says, interesting. She just came from a car crash. Another car ran them off the road; it must have been hers. There was no explosion, and her pupils aren’t dilated, so there’s been no trauma to the brain. Can it be that she’s lying? Nelle says what she’s not lying about, is that she’s having a baby right here, right now. Obrecht took an oath, and has to help her.

Franco tells Elizabeth the truth is alarming. She asks, how much? and he says, seven out of ten. She tells him the truth now is better than finding out later. He says, right now? and she says, yeah, lay it on her.

Carly asks how Jason did it. He says when they took her back, he knew he had to get her out. It was the reason he took the job; to get the layout, but they took his badge. She asks how he got in, and he says he heard Franco say he worked there sometimes. He would have done anything to get her out, even team up with Franco. He’s sorry. As soon as they took her back, he should have done it that night, but he got talked into waiting. Carly says she was talked into pleading insanity. They both messed up, but will trust their own instincts from now on, especially about each other. Jason sits next to her. She tells him not to feel bad or sorry. She knew he would get her, and he did.

Obrecht says she misunderstood morality; there might be something to it. She recognizes sociopathy. Not as a mirror to herself, but in Faison, the man who killed her son. Maybe something good can happen from something bad. Maybe what happened with her son will happen with Nelle’s child. She tells Nelle to spread her scrawny legs and push.

Julian tells Kim that he’s going to do everything in his power prove himself to his children. Kim says he can respect their wishes, but still keep the door ajar. She can’t stress enough the bond between children and parents. His kids will see it too. He thanks her, and says that will be another day. Today is about his son.

Brad tells Wiley it’s time to wake up and eat. The baby isn’t waking up. I say, oh no, out loud. He drops the bottle. Please. They are not going to do this, are they?

Franco tells Elizabeth that Jason did the dirty work, and there’s probably a less than 50% chance anyone saw him, so the chances of him getting into trouble are pretty slim. In general, Elizabeth is opposed to activities like breaking out mental patients, but in this case, he did the right thing. He didn’t expect that, and thanks her. He wonders if it’s only because Jason was involved, and thinks if it had been his idea, she’d be upset. She says Jason went to Ferncliff to save his friend. She respects him for it, because that’s who he is, but Carly isn’t Franco’s friend, and he didn’t help because he was forced. It was decent and kind, and that’s who he is. She’s proud of him. He says he’s better for it, and they kiss.

Jason asks Carly how she’s feeling. She says, okay, but shaky, and still out of it. She needs to say something out loud, just to him, and then bury it. Sonny can never know; nobody can. He tells her to go ahead, and she says, it was awful. Spending her days and nights in a padded cell; she had no concept of time. Mary Pat is evil – there’s no other word for her. With all the drugs Mary Pat pumped into her, she could barely hold her head up. She’d started hallucinating, but all she saw was Nelle. It was the second most horrific thing she’s ever experienced. Morgan was the first, and she couldn’t go through it again. She had to try and stop Michael from marrying Nelle. She knew what that would cost, and didn’t care. She can endure anything if it means keeping her son safe.

Sonny cuts through the seatbelt like a sloth. Michael says to let him take it. The car continues to smoke and spark. (Ha-ha! Smoke & Spark, a new bar… or rap team.) Sonny says Michael’s mother can’t lose them both. Sonny finally gets him loose, but Michael can’t move his legs. The sparks really start flying, and they look at each other.

Tomorrow, Jason explains what Nelle had planned to Carly, Robert tells Finn the texts came from Anna’s captors, and Margaux looks at what’s on the flash drive.

The Real Housewives of Orange County

We revisit Kelly finding out that Vicki and Steve went on a double-date with Michael and Vicki’s friend. In her interview, Vicki tells us that Michael said it was none of Kelly’s business. It’s not cheating; their marriage is over. She calls Michael from the car, and leaves a message that his soon-to-be-ex-wife just destroyed her.

Kelly calls Tamra, and tells her about the double-dates. Tamra thinks Vicki is destroying girl code. Kelly wanted to smack her, and says there’s no loyalty. It would be like Tamra going on a double-date with David. Tamra says she would never do that, and Kelly says then Vicki had the audacity to yell at her. In her interview, Tamra says Vicki knew she was wrong, and that’s why she didn’t tell Kelly. She was being sneaky.

I get confused for a moment, since the New York Wives are also doing Mexico.

Vicki tells Tamra, it’s about moving forward and rebuilding friendships. In the car, Tamra says she doesn’t think Kelly’s problem is with Michael dating, but that Vicki double-dated with him. Vicki says she didn’t tell her because Michael asked her not to, but Tamra thinks maybe she shouldn’t double-date with him. In her interview, Tamra says she went through it with Simon, and in a divorce, friendships are split up as well. We see a clip of Tamra getting annoyed with Eddie about David being in the studio. Eddie says he’s staying friends with David. Tamra tells him that it upsets Shannon, but he’s not going to let someone else dictate who he’s friends with. Tamra tells Vicki to have fun. They’re going to Mexico.

Kelly puts on a weird ski jumpsuit, which daughter Jolie vetoes. Kelly tells Jolie about a phone message from Vicki, who said she was under the impression she shouldn’t tell Kelly, and it’s not her position to. Kelly thinks it is. In her interview, she says Michael isn’t Vicki’s friend; she is. She says she was warned about Vicki, and Tamra and Shannon were right. We flash back to them telling Kelly to keep her distance or she’ll get hurt. Vicki adds that she just wants everyone to get along, and to have a good ski trip. Kelly tells Jolie that Vicki should have said something, and Jolie says she’s not a good friend. Why get caught up in drama with someone who just wants to make things worse? Vicki is not her friend. It’s shocking to Kelly that a twelve-year-old knows how to be a better friend than a fifty-five-year-old woman. Jolie says God tells you to forgive, but you don’t have to be buddies, and I’m in total agreement. Kelly calls Jolie a mini psychiatrist. Jolie says Kelly can forgive her, but let her know it’s not like it was before.

Gina and Emily work out in the park with their children in a strollercize class. Leader Kim instructs them about jogging with the kids. Emily kids are out of control. She says, tongue in cheek, that she needs therapy and medication just to deal with them. Kids are out to get you and will hurt you. This class looks like a true struggle. Emily is glad she met Gina. They’re in the exact same place. People with one kid only have one place they need to focus the attention. In her interview, Gina says in the OC, you have to play a part, or everyone will let you know you’re not doing a good enough job. Emily asks if Gina’s husband is a hands-on father. Gina says he’s good with poop detail. In her interview, Gina says she’s essentially a single parent during the week. She tells Emily that she’s signed up for some mommy groups, but they didn’t click. She and Emily decide on a second date.

Shannon feels closer to her kids since the divorce. Since they were already in Mexico, the girls are flying home, and she’s arranging for a babysitter while she’s away. She’s more determined than ever to get through the divorce successfully and happily. She tells her daughters that she wants a call every minute.

Apparently Mexican shots equal three in the US. Shannon orders three, and waits for Vicki and Tamra at the gate, surprising the hell out of them. FYI, they’re all wearing blinged out sombreros. Vicki and Shannon hug, then fall down, and the trip hasn’t even started. Tamra says, welcome to Mexico, and asks if they’re going to jail. Vicki also has pee on her pants. Omg. I would never go on vacation with these women. Never.

Kelly is snippy with Jolie, who tells her just because she’s mad at Vicki, don’t be mad at her. Kelly threatens to send her to boarding school, but Jolie says she’d actually like that.

Gina goes shopping, but doesn’t understand the store. The clerk tells her it’s a lifestyle boutique. She says it must be a California thing.

Shannon, Vicki, and Tamra are shown to their rooms. Vicki says Shannon knows how to do it up right. The pink sunset is insane, and they’re right on the water. They toast to their new normal. Shannon says it’s looking pretty good.

Shannon says she hasn’t been out in five months, and tonight, she’s going out. They have a shot or three in the room first, and head out to the bar. Vicki says she has a lot of history with the bar, and we flash back to her dancing with Tamra on the bar. Lots of drinking happens. Tamra says, when in Mexico, go through full throttle. She and Shannon get on the bar and dance. Tamra flashes everyone. In her interview, Vicki explains she told Steve she’ll be good. We see a clip of him saying she shouldn’t do anything she can’t do in front of her grandkids in public. Shannon is wearing several bras, and Tamra asks how she expects to get laid. Tamra just wants Shannon to have fun. Shannon appreciates it, and Tamra says to learn from her and Vicki. Shannon says she doesn’t let a lot of people in, and she’s grateful they came there. They woohoo.

They stumble out, and move on to the next place to get some food. Vicki parks Tamra and Shannon, and goes in to order. Shannon repeats that she’s grateful they’re with her, and having fun. Tamra says, whatever it takes for her to be happy, she’ll give it to her. Vicki passes out the food. Tamra talks about Eddie, saying she can’t get enough of him. She loves him, and if something happened to him, her life would be over. Shannon says she used to think that way about David, and Vicki says she used to think that way about Brooks. Vicki says Brooks made her think he loved her, and she loved him so much, but now she loves Steve. Shannon questions that, but not in a mean way. Vicki doesn’t want judgement or questions. Shannon says she told them Brooks was her soulmate, and it’s hard to understand. In her interview, Tamra thinks Vicki is trying to convince herself; it sounds mechanical when she talks about Steve. Shannon suggests they go back, and they walk right in front of the cars in the street. Good thing it’s cobblestone.

Tamra hits the hot tub. Shannon complains about being fat. In her interview, she says there’s a lot stopping her from being naked, and one thing is her body. Tamra gets out, and slips on the floor. Vicki covers her. In her interview, Tamra says she has so much sh*t going on in her life, she could make a country song out of it. She sits next to the tub, naked except for a sombrero, and yells for Shannon. Shannon gets in wearing Spanx. In her interview, Vicki says she told Steve she’d be responsible. Tamra thinks she’s holding back, and wants her full throttle friend. Tamra jumps into the tub, and thinks she broke her foot, but it’s all good. She asks for another shot, and yells for Vicki.

The next morning, Shannon doesn’t remember much. Vicki has gotten matching pajamas for the three of them. She says, matching pajama friends make better friends. Tamra’s foot is officially broken. Shannon says, unbelievable. Why? Tamra tells them she had to take a cab to the hospital by herself, because they were passed out. Well, no one told her to drunkenly cavort in the hot tub. Room service comes with fruit and coffee. Shannon thinks a big pastry would soak it up better. She asks what time they got home, but no one knows. Tamra counts – two shots at the airport; two in the room, and possibly a beer, then another before they left; three at the bar; no, four; then drinks and shots upstairs at that place, and a drink at another place. Shannon says, after a five-month social hiatus, way to go. They decide to head for the beach.

Back in the OC, Gina deals with her kids. She says it’s hard to be a mom, but feel like there are others in the same situation. She says she copes with a lot of playdates and wine. Unless one of these kids robs a bank some time soon, I don’t know how exciting will be. She says with her husband gone, it’s difficult to keep the connection. When he is home, they have the chaos of kids. The kid in the dinosaur costume screams, and won’t stop opening the front door every time Gina closes it. Hmm… maybe that one is my potential criminal.

Vicki and Shannon bring Tamra out in a wheelchair, but she refuses to be wheeled down the stairs. They try to help, and Tamra protests that Shannon’s hand is in her a-hole. They’re like The Three Stooges trying to get her down the stairs, and a staff member steps in to help.

Tamra is carried to a lounge chair. Vicki says, middle aged women can’t act this way. It’s very embarrassing. Shannon says, let’s do it again. In her interview, she likes the new version of herself. It’s a little bit sexier-ish. Tamra calls Eddie, and tells him the bad news about her foot. She says she went to get in the Jacuzzi, and it broke. He says it sounds like she was drunk AF. She says, maybe a little. Vicki keeps yelling, she was naked, in the background, and Tamra says no wonder Kelly is mad at her. She asks what’s up with that, and Vicki explains that a friend wanted to meet David. She had a barbecue and they exchanged numbers there. She asked if she should tell Kelly, but they both asked her not to. She says Michael was lonely, not having Jolie, and Steve was hanging out with him. She wonders why choose sides? Michael wanted the marriage to work, and Kelly wanted it over. She learned her lesson, and isn’t getting involved. She says it’s all about Kelly all the time. Shannon says she’s in the same position. She and David are done, and never getting back together, but it still hurts that he’s with someone else. She says Vicki’s friend is going through a breakup; she shouldn’t set up her ex. She should sit down with Kelly, see why she’s hurt, and tell her that she didn’t mean to hurt her. Vicki says she can do that. Tamra requests a mellow dinner, but Shannon says she’s arranged for a tequila tasting. Tamra says something bad is going to happen.

Vicki didn’t expect last night to be that way. Tamra is on painkillers, and snoozes at the dinner table. Shannon and Vicki put her to bed, leaving water, cookies and pills on the nightstand. Room service brings the tequila. Shannon says four years ago, Vicki invited her to Puerto Villa, and they had a tasting on the beach. We see a clip of that. She says they’re recreating it, but don’t have those men today. They got rid of them. In her interview, she says David had checked out, and we flash back to David ignoring her. She says he was already having an affair, but she refused to see it. They try the tequilas, and the dude who brought them explains the properties of each one. In her interview, Shannon says, tequila makes her loco, and she starts to get loud. Shannon tells Vicki that she and Tamra coming along to spend time with her means so much. She says four years ago, she wouldn’t even sip tequila; it was David’s drink. She didn’t know he was having an affair, and it turned out that it was their thing. She says she and David shared twenty years, he took her on a trip, and then he was done. He found someone new in a few months, and it’s devastating. She’s gone through the pain of the divorce, knowing he’s with someone else. In her interview, Shannon says a few months after their seventeen-year marriage ended, she was replaced like that. She’s in a place she never knew she would be at fifty-three years old. Vicki says anyone can check out at any time, and it’s like a death. She’s proud of Shannon. Shannon says her girls were excited that she’s talking to Auntie Vicki. She tells Vicki that she loves her, and Vicki says she wants the best for Shannon. Shannon wants the best for Vicki too, and kisses her. Vicki wipes her mouth, and says she doesn’t know how the girls do it.

Next time, Tamra might need surgery, we meet Emily’s mother-in-law, and Vicki tells Kelly she deserves respect, although Kelly tells her respect is earned.

🚑 Lazarus Vs Lasiris

The doctor will see you now.

👶 Juan Thwarted…

It looks like the 90 Day Fiancé: The Couples Tell All poll was wrong too. Pao & Russ are not just staying together, they’re expecting. Well, she is. He’s just hanging out while she does all the work. I hate when couples say “we’re” pregnant. When dudes gain forty pounds, are sick every day, and go hormonally insane, we’ll talk.

💝 Another Kind of Love…

There are two kinds of love: we love wise and kind and beautiful people because we need them, but we love (or try to love) stupid and disagreeable people because they need us. This second kind is the more divine because that is how God loves us: not because we are lovable but because He is love, not because He needs to receive but He delights to give. – from The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III, compiled in Words to Live By

💡 Me Too…



July 27, 2018 – Franco Helps Jason, Charm Reflections, 90 Note, LA Wine, HexaQuotes & Incoming Weekend


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Jason steps into the elevator with Franco. Franco says he’ll take the next one, but Jason says no he won’t. He stops the elevator, and wants Franco to tell him about his job at Ferncliff.

Mary Pat tells Carly that she’s had a lot of difficulties with her; she’s the most challenging kind of patient, refusing to accept she’s there. Dr. Lazarus has done wonders for others like her. She leads Carly into a room with ECT equipment. Carly freaks, and Dr. Lazarus says the machines appear intimidating, but they’ll change everything.

Chase and Sonny use Jordan’s office to watch the video streaming from Michael’s car. Jordan asks if Sonny is comfortable, and he says he’ll be more comfortable when Nelle is behind bars. Chase thanks Jordan for the leap of faith, and tells Sonny everything is under control. Sonny asks what if Nelle reaches out to someone else, but Chase tells him to trust Michael. Nelle truly believes the car is rigged to crash. As soon as Michael gets her confession, it’s over.

Nelle tells Michael that she didn’t want to be a high-maintenance pregnant woman, and she thinks she hasn’t been for the most part. She’s kept cool, except for the health scares, which were out of her control. They were caused by the earthquake and Carly. She tells him to slow down; she’s not going into labor, just seeing a lactation specialist. She appreciates him going the extra mile. He asks if she hasn’t figured out that he’d do anything for her.

Maxie visits Nina in the interrogation room. She called in some favors. Nina says Maxie doesn’t need to wait with her, but Maxie says they need to talk. She wants to know how Nina let Obrecht rope her into kidnapping Peter.

Finn sits with Peter. Peter says, yes, he’s alive. Finn says good thing he never smoked. His lungs look good. There’s no permanent damage, and he doesn’t need the mask to sleep. He’s a lucky man. Peter says, thanks to him. Finn ran into a burning stable to rescue him. Anyone else would have let him die. Finn says, except for his mother.

Obrecht is sitting, cuffed and wearing orange, at the station. Robert arrives, and says, well, well, well. Dr. Obrecht, I presume. Cuffed and ready for prison. What a wonderful sight.

Jason doesn’t want trouble. He just wants Franco to tell him what he needs to know. He asks if Franco has an ID, and Franco says, of course. He knows it must be about Carly. He thinks they need to adjust her meds. She seemed like she was hallucinating. Jason asks where his ID is, and Franco says, in his pocket. He doesn’t think Jason can pass for him, but Jason says Franco is going to get him in.

Carly says she doesn’t want treatment, but she’s too weak to resist. Mary Pat gives the doctor the paperwork, saying, signed, sealed, and delivered. Dr. Lazarus tells the orderlies to put her on the table. Carly protests, and Mary Pat asks if she should stick around, but Dr. Lazarus says he’ll take it from there. Carly says she doesn’t want to do this. Mary Pat leaves, and smiles in the hallway.

Jordan sees Robert, and says she heard he was on his way. He says he got the first flight when he heard Peter was in custody. Obrecht too. He tells Jordan, good work. She says Obrecht is due for immediate transfer, but Peter is still recovering at the hospital. He asks if he can have a few words with his old friend. Jordan says, with all her insane behavior, she’s in deep grief over the death of her child. He says he’ll go easy on her, and Jordan says it’s up to him. He site with Obrecht, who tells him, the word of the day is schadenfreude; enjoy it. He says she left him in a coma for twelve months, and nearly had him convinced his daughter was dead. She says, karma is cruel justice. She understands his pain, but his child is alive; hers is dead. Robert says he used to think of ways to get even, but now, he doesn’t even want to kill her. She’s going to pay the ultimate price, and spend the rest of her life in prison.

Nina says she’s sure Maxie must have ideas. Maxie says she’s the daughter of the former police commissioner, and was the wife of a detective. Nina says the current commissioner is going to ask her questions, and the less Maxie knows, the better. Maxie understands, but before she goes, she wants to thank Nina for saving Peter.

Peter wonders why Finn would risk his life. Because of his feelings for Peter’s mother? Why is he so interested in the case? Smoke inhalation isn’t exactly an infectious disease. Finn says he realizes Peter doesn’t have warm and fuzzy feelings for Anna. Peter says she abandoned him, and never looked back. Finn says that’s not exactly true. She thought he went to a loving family. Valentin is the one who gave him to Faison. He’s entitled to his righteous anger, but Finn thinks he knows deep down that she did the right thing, and made a loving sacrifice. Peter knows nothing of the kind; a sacrifice involves love. Finn says he knows Peter has hated her his whole life, and thinks he doesn’t know how to stop. Peter says most people think of holidays when they hear the word family. He thinks of pain, anger, and betrayal, but Finn wouldn’t know about that, would he?

Nelle says they just passed the street they were supposed to turn on. Michael says he’s not going to the hospital. He thinks they should go to Sawyer first, then the hospital. Nelle remembers Chase telling her that after fifteen miles, the controls will fail. She suggests Michael let her out, and she’ll call a car. He tells her that she’s being ridiculous. There’s no way he’s going to do that. At the station, Sonny sees the look on her face, and says she knows the car is rigged, and wants to put his son in the ground. Chase says that’s not going to happen. Thanks to Michael, they’ll be putting her away for good. Sonny doesn’t know what he was thinking. He told Carly to let it go, and she knew it wasn’t good. Now a psycho is planning to murder his son. Chase says there’s no shame in getting played by Nelle. He thought there was some good in her. She was so bitter because of the hand life dealt her, that she turned into a master manipulator. She could give a master class in deception. No one sees it until it’s too late. Sonny says, only Carly.

Nina says Maxie is giving her too much credit. Maxie says she kept Obrecht from killing Peter, and she’s willing to bet Nina kept him alive the whole time. Nina says she’s not a saint in any of this. She asks if Maxie still cares about Peter. Maxie says, not at all, but that doesn’t mean she wants him dead. Nathan was Nina’s brother, and in a weird way, Peter is too. He’s James’s uncle. She’d never let him have s role in James’s life, but he’s better off not finding out his grandmother killed his uncle. In the first two months of his life, there’s been enough death. She wants to forget the anger and revenge, and focus on living. Nina thinks James is lucky to have such an incredible, wise mom. Whatever happened, Maxie doesn’t approve, but she doesn’t want Nina going down for this. Nina thinks she’ll be okay. Peter didn’t name her as an accomplice.

Peter tells Finn it looks like he struck a nerve, and asks if he has a deep, dark skeleton in his family closet. Finn says every family has a skeleton. Peter can lie in bed feeling sorry for himself or realize he has a second chance. He’s free from Faison, and his mother wants to connect. He tells Peter to get over himself and be part of life. Peter asks where his mother is. His father is dead; where is she? Maybe she only wants to connect when it’s convenient. She gives out love on her terms, with conditions and caveats. Finn says Peter knows nothing about her. Maybe he should use his recovery time to give it more thought. Robert comes in, and says he doesn’t think Peter will be hanging around. On behalf of the Bureau, he’s there to take Peter into custody.

Carly doesn’t want to do this. The doctor says she’s becoming agitated, and asks when her last dose was. He thinks it’s close enough, and tells her to try and relax. Carly wants her lawyer, Sonny, anything but the drugs. Dr. Lazarus gives her a shot.

Franco and Jason are at Ferncliff. Franco says he got Jason in there; Jason can take it from here. Jason says he’s going to need him. Franco says, for what? and tells him not to say a backup. He’s a hostage in this situation. Jason tells him, Elizabeth said he changed. Prove it. Franco asks what Jason wants him to do, and Jason says for now, stay there. Jason moves on down the hall, and Franco asks himself, why, why, why did he get on that elevator? Jason pulls a gun on Mary Pat and the orderly she’s with. Where’s Rupert? Did he quit? Jason asks where Carly is, and Mary Pat says, this is a crime, and tells him that he’s committing a felony. She lets him know what room Carly is in, and Jason opens the closest door, locking Mary Pat and the orderly in. Franco says, it’s going well; he’ll wait in the car. Jason says they’re not finished yet.

Chase apologizes to Sonny for not doing more when Nelle was gaslighting Carly. He thought she had a psychological problem because of the death of her son. Now she’s in an institution that she doesn’t need to be in. He takes his share of the responsibility, and will tell the judge. Hopefully, Carly will be released. Sonny says Nelle played his whole family. He and Michael pegged her as an opportunist, but Carly knew she was a killer. He didn’t know what she was capable of. Chase says now they do, and they’re ahead of the game. Sonny says it’s not a game to him. Not when his wife and son’s lives are on the line.

Michael has driven eight miles. Nelle says she doesn’t need the lollipops, but he says, yes, she does. She suggests they go to the hospital first; the specialist will be off duty soon. He says she’s married to a member of the board. The hospital will be open in thirty minutes; the store might not be. Once they get on the highway, he’ll step on the gas. She tells him to pull over. If they don’t pull over, they’ll crash.

Finn asks if Robert has official documents, and Robert hands him some papers. He says with the exception of fraud and breaking out of jail, Peter’s crimes fall under the jurisdiction of the Bureau. He says the reunion is postponed, and Finn says Anna doesn’t know. Robert tells him to release the prisoner into his custody, but Finn says Peter isn’t a prisoner to him. He’s a patient, and Finn can’t sign a release at this time.

Maxie guesses since Nina saved Peter’s life, he’s returning the favor. Nina wonders if it has something to do with getting back into Maxie’s good graces. Jordan comes in, and asks who authorized Maxie’s visit? Maxie says she let herself in; Nina is her sister-in-law. Jordan says they still have protocol. Maxie leaves, and sees Obrecht.

Jason wants Franco to keep watch for ten minutes. Franco says Mary Pat is the supervising nurse, and she’ll be missed. Jason says, for the next ten minutes, if anyone comes by, send them in the other direction. Franco suggests he just knock them over the head, and throw them in another room. Jason says, if he wants. Franco says Jason doesn’t care whose life he ruins, as long as he saves Carly. It’s the first time he likes his life, and can’t afford to be a convict. Jason leaves, and Franco checks the time on his phone.

Dr. Lazarus says it’s a precaution. Any degree of involuntary movement will disrupt the treatment. It’s for her own protection. Carly is prepped, and they put one of those rubber things in her mouth.

Jordan apologizes to Nina for taking so long; it’s been busy. She sees Nina doesn’t have a lawyer. Nina says she hasn’t called one. Jordan says, last night, she was adamant about not saying a word, not she’s ready to talk about what happened in the cabin? Nina says, nope. She decided to skip hiring a lawyer, and just sit there silently. Unless Jordan is pressing charges. She heard Peter’s statement, and she’s not contradicting it. Jordan says a quarantine was staged on Spoon Island. It’s not looking good for her. Nina says holding her is a waste of time. Jordan has nothing on her, and they both know it. She’ll sit there and wait for the clock to run out. Nina asks if Jordan and Curtis have set a date.

Maxie approaches Obrecht. Obrecht tells Maxie that she’s being transferred to Pentonville, where she’ll await trial. She’s considered a flight risk, and she’s a repeat offender. Obrecht is sorry she  failed Maxie. Maxie says, in what way? Obrecht says she kidnapped Peter for her and James. She wanted to get justice for Nathan, and some measure of closure. Maxie says, don’t say it; don’t even think it. Obrecht didn’t do this for them. Not even for Nathan. She did it for herself.

Robert says Finn might want to reconsider. This could be construed as obstruction of justice. Finn says Peter is his patient, and inhaled a near fatal amount of smoke. Does he look okay? He believes in taking extra precautions, so there are no unexpected complications. Robert asks how long these extra precautions will take. Finn says it could be a day or a few weeks. He doesn’t know. Robert says, as long as takes for Anna to get back?

Sonny takes to the screen. He says, easy. Get her on the line, and reel her in.

Michael tells Nelle that they’re not going to crash. He’s a good driver. She says she’s telling him if he doesn’t pull over, they’re going to crash. He says he’ll call the hospital when they get to the store. She grabs the steering wheel, and says, the car is rigged. Chase sabotaged it. Michael asks, why would he do that? and she says Chase wants to kill him. He tells her that her third trimester hormones are acting up. Chase wouldn’t try to kill him. She says if he doesn’t pull over, they’ll both die. The baby will die. The car is rigged because she asked him to do it.

Robert says Finn only turned up for part of reunion. Imagine what would have happened if Jason hadn’t shown up to prevent the shooting. Finn says Anna is in Berkeley, trying to make things right with Robin. Robert tells him not to bring his daughter into it. Finn says he’s not signing the release, and to take it up with the hospital administration or the court. Robert says, don’t think he won’t. He tells Peter, see you around, Henrik, and slams out.

Maxie knows what’s going on in Obrecht’s head. She wanted vengeance. She wanted Peter to feel the same pain. Obrecht admits she does. Maxie says she and Nina needed closure. Now they’ve got it. Obrecht says she’s going to prison, and Maxie says, after nearly torturing Peter to death. Did it fix any of this? Does she at least feel better? Maxie knows how much she loved Nathan, and it’s not what he would have wanted. All she accomplished was taking herself away from them. Her son lost his grandmother, and possibly his Aunt Nina, if she gets caught up in it, and he needs them both.

Jordan likes Nina, and appreciates her friendship with Curtis, but it’s not a game. She needs to start to take it seriously. Nina asks if Jordan is letting her go, and Jordan says, for now. The investigation is still going on. If Nina wants her advice, hire a lawyer.

Jordan sees that Obrecht’s ride has arrived. It might help her sentence if she cooperates. If she had an accomplice, now would be the time to say something. Obrecht says she did it as she came into the world – alone. She tells Maxie to make sure James never forgets his father, and his oma loves him very much. She hugs Maxie, who tells her to take care. Obrecht cries. I almost cry. She’s taken away.

Watching the screen, Chase says he almost got her. Sonny says, come on, son, like they’re watching a game. Michael tells Nelle that she’s not making sense. She says she didn’t want it to go this far, but he didn’t leave her much choice. Michael says, she hired Chase to kill him? She says he needs to pull over, but he speeds up. She says he didn’t marry her for love. He wanted to control her and get the baby. She knows about the will, and heard his conversation with Jason. Michael says, so she devised a plan to kill him over a possible custody dispute? She says he acted like she was disposable. She’s not letting it happen again. He asks if she killed Zack, and she says she had to; he was weak. If she’d waited, his family would have come between them, and they wouldn’t have gotten married. She didn’t want him dead, but didn’t have a choice. Michael says he makes his own choices too. Nelle screams for him to pull over. Chase says they finally got her.

Jordan tells Nina that she’s lucky her aunt backed up her story, but she’s still a person of interest. She says, and no, they haven’t set a date yet. She leaves, and Maxie asks if Nina is okay. Nina says she’s spent so much time being consumed by guilt, suspicion, and revenge. For first time since Nathan died, she doesn’t know what’s next. That’s the hard part; getting on with the rest of their lives. Maxie takes her hand.

Peter says Finn must have it bad for his mother. Finn would like to think he’s do this for anyone who was separated from their child. She made a tough decision, and suffered the consequences. He does care about her. Finn’s phone dings. It’s a text from Anna thanking him for looking after Peter, and saying things have gotten complicated. Come to Berkeley. Finn says be bought Peter extra time. Use it wisely. He leaves, and Peter scowls. He looks kind of like Tim Allen in The Santa Clause.

Outside, Finn texts back that he’s on his way.

Robert calls Robin, and demands she put her mother on the phone. She says she hasn’t seen her mother, and Robert says she’s supposed to be with her.

Sonny says they’ve got the confession on tape. Shut it down. Chase says Michael wants her to admit Carly didn’t push her. Chase thinks he can do it.

Michael says Nelle lied to his face about Zack, and everything else. Now she’s trying to kill him? She took everything from him and his family. HIs mom was right. Nelle was the one who made her believe that his brother was still alive. Nelle wanted her out of the way. Nelle says she’ll tell him everything; just pull over. First, Michael wants to know if Carly pushed her. Nelle won’t say until he pulls over, but he says, say it. Did she push Nelle? Nelle looks out the front window, and yells, look out! They crash. At the station, the screen goes black.

Franco asks himself what he’s doing. He’s marrying the most incredible woman on the planet, and they’ll live happily ever after. Assuming he’s not awaiting trial for helping to break out a mental patient. He’s trying to do the noble thing. The ruthless killer with the Botticelli eyes is a good friend. Not to him. Jason has plenty of reason not to like him, but his broad shoulders should be strong enough to handle a brain tumor. Franco wasn’t responsible, and he’s trying to prove he’s changed. He’s putting his life on the line for the last time. He looks at his phone and says, nine minutes.

The final preparations are made for Carly’s treatment. Dr. Lazarus says, it all seems alarming, but she’s receiving a gift. Anger and violence will be a thing of the past. Her whole perspective will change. Jason busts in with a gun, saying, nobody move.

On Monday, Jordan wants to know what’s going on, Franco tries to escape, and Jason tells Dr. Lazarus to shut the machine off right now.

🍹 And how about those Southern Charmers? Kathryn Dennis has definitely won the reality queen crown. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone do such a 180, and claim their piece of the world the way she has. It also made me love Patricia Altschul again. Both are true ladies, and also big enough girls to apologize. I’ve loved the show from the beginning, but this was the best season yet. Kathryn was never a true villain, but omg, Ashley. And Thomas. Kathryn also gave one of the best quotes – although I’ll have to paraphrase – when she told Ashley that she was really out of touch with the fact she’s a complete a-hole. I just had to repeat it again. It was a masterpiece reality moment. I don’t often follow C-list celebrities on Twitter, but when I do, they’re usually from Southern Charm.

🔀 BTW, I’ve  been confusing my spin-off Charms. New Orleans is the one where the couple with the little dogs broke up. They were my main reason for sort of watching. Savannah lost Ashley, who was ditto. I was fascinated by how in denial she was. She insisted she was just one of the guys, and took off her clothes at every opportunity, proving to everyone that she wasn’t. Needless to say, the girlfriends of the guys she was one of, were not too happy. The villain of the piece, I wonder if she saw herself for the girl code breaker she was, and chose to opt out for that reason. I’m sticking with the originals, but keeping the other two in my periphery.

💍 90 Day Fiancé has moved into Tell All Territory, where lots of boxing gloves have been put on. On What Now? Danielle continues to stalk Mohamad, but also won’t leave online not-really-dating alone, and it looks like she might have been catfished. Here, she talks about not being so trusting after Mohamad, which apparently didn’t work out.

💋 Little Women LA wrapped things up for the season. I barely watched it, but did catch the episode where a very white Tara thought it would be a brilliant idea to come out with a wine called Black Girl Moscato. It wasn’t. She thought sisters would be down with that, but she did not make the Moscato happen. The entire rainbow said no, just no. These girls could give Lisa Rinna a run for her money the way they attach their names to products.

📋 Quotes of the Week

Nothing says middle-aged white man more than misunderstanding slang. – Dr. Terry Dubrow, Botched

Tell me whom you love and I will tell you who you are.Houssaye

The mystery of life is not solved by success, which is an end in itself, but in failure, in perpetual struggle, in becoming.Patrick White

The only thing I love more than hoarders are people too fat to fit through doors. – Max (Kat Dennings), 2 Broke Girls (Me too! Max is my spirit animal.)

The problem with books is that they end.Caroline Kepnes, You

A man can’t improve their past. – a commentator on the firing of James Gunn

🎩 Bon Weekend…

😊 The good…


😒 The bad…

Lovely Working On A Weekend Quotes i hate working weekends work pinterest night shift

😲 And the wtf?



July 26 (sort of), 2018 -A Trap is Set for Nelle & Ashley Joins the Reunion


What I Watched Today

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


Wow. I’m having quite a week. This morning, my computer was fighting with me. But TV waits for no man, or woman, so as promised, here is yesterday’s General Hospital and Part Two of the Southern Charm reunion.  So much Ashley, so little cognizance. The reunion was also an hour and a half, so it threw me off. I wish they’d just make it three episodes. Friday’s GH to come tonight… I hope.

General Hospital

Alexis walks into the hospital while on the phone. She says she’ll deliver the news. Julian sees her, and says he heard about her kickass meeting for Kiki, and thanks her. She says she’s proud of Kiki standing up for herself and other women. She says she’s there on urgent business, and Julian hopes there’s nothing wrong. She says it’s good news for a change.

Jordan tells Chase that Nelle is unpredictable. She hopes he knows how to handle the game he cooked up. It’s risky; they’re putting Michael’s life in danger. She wants it locked up without a chance of a mistake.

Nelle and Michael talk about the baby coming. He says they’ll get her bag together when they get home. She hopes he feels as good as she does hearing him say that. He says she doesn’t know how much. She says they have the rest of their lives to

Franco is in Doc’s office. He says Drew came through for him. He’s not just coming to the wedding, he agreed to be best man. Although he might be doing it for Elizabeth. Elizabeth walks in, and Franco wonders what she’s doing there. She says she’s dropping off files. What’s his excuse? He says, therapy session, and she says, by himself? He’s practicing, to stay in shape until the real thing happens. Doc said it was okay. Elizabeth says he called from the airport. He’s back.

Doc comes by Sonny’s place. Sonny asks how Spencer is, and Doc says, tearing it up. Laura is good, but anxious to come home. Sonny says she’s been gone a while; he must miss her. Carly is gone, and Sonny misses her too. Jason says they all do. Sonny thinks it’s time they bring her home. He wants to have a conversation about how they’ll make that happen.

Mary Pat puts lotion on Carly’s hands, asking her if it doesn’t feel good to get out of that stuffy room, and take some air. She has a big appointment today, and she wants to look her best for what’s to come. I don’t think Carly knows what’s going on. She’s pretty out of it.

Julian doesn’t mean to pray, and Alexis says it’s not her information to give. It’s for Brad. Brad asks if he’ being sued, and she says, not by her. She asks if he wants to find somewhere private, but he’s good with talking there. If he doesn’t lose his mind first. She says he’ll need his faculties for what’s to come. And diapers too. Congratulations, he and Lucas are parents.

Franco thought Doc was away until next week, and Elizabeth says, that was the plan, but something came up with a patient. Franco asks if it’s him; it usually is. She ask if he doesn’t have a thing. He does, and jets.

Jordan listens to the recording of Nelle, and says it’s enough to bring her in. Chase says not enough to convict her. She’s cunning. She’ll know she has enough wiggle room to skate. Michael won’t quit until Carly is out. He says she won’t see it coming; she’ll have no time to adjust. Jordan says she’s good. She fooled Sonny. Chase says that lit a fire under Michael. Jordan hopes so. It’s their only chance.

Doc was under the impression Carly was in good hands when he left. Jason says. there’s nothing good about the people at Ferncliff. Doc doesn’t blame her trying to escape. It’s a natural extension of her strategy to keep out of Pentonville. He knows she’s not mentally ill. Sonny says they have to get her out asap, but Doc says that might not be possible now.

Ava tells Nelle and Michael that she’s glad the chaos of the other night didn’t harm them. Nelle says they bounced back, and got married there. Sam comes by, and asks how Carly is, and Michael says she’s not allowed visitors. Michael gets a text from Chase to meet him in the park. He makes the excuse of a work thing. When he’s gone, Nelle asks Ava not to bring up Carly around Michael. It’s clear she’s not getting the help she needs. Who knows when they’ll see her next, if ever?

Mary Pat asks if Carly is excited. Dr. Lazarus has quite the afternoon in store. Carly says Doc’s name, and Mary Pat says he’s not available. It wouldn’t matter anyway. She had a long talk with the director, and they agreed they’re not getting through. Her treatment is overdue, but it won’t be long now. Try to relax. Before she knows it, she’ll feel like a new woman. She won’t be able to hurt anyone. Carly sees Nelle in the room.

Brad says the baby’s not due until August, and Alexis says, baby’s aren’t known for keeping schedules. She asks if he wants to know if it’s a boy or girl. Brad says Lucas should be there, but Alexis tells him that Lucas just went into surgery. She says congratulations; it’s a son. She’s going to meet with the birth mother’s lawyer. She tells him to clear his schedule and get the car seat in.

Michael meets Chase. He tells Michael the car is keyed up and ready to go. Is he? He asks if Michael is having second thoughts. Michael says his mother was put in an asylum, and she’s trying to kill him. Chase says she’s carrying his child. They can wait until after the baby comes. Michael says they need to put plan in motion right now.

Nelle tells Ava to consider this her notice. She won’t be back to work. She’s going to stay home and raise the baby. Ava adds, and spend Michael’s money. Nelle says, her money. Everything has gone her way so far; Ava’s too. Ava says not to mistake for an ally. Nelle gets a text. She asks Ava, why so unfriendly? Carly said she had help, and she made herself an accomplice when she stole the blanket. Carly is a raving lunatic about a blanket no one saw. It’s too late to back out. Like it or not, they’re in this together.

Doc tells Sonny there was a release on the horizon, but Carly escaped. He almost had the judge convinced, but she took matters into her own hands. And there’s no getting around she assaulted a nurse. Sonny says she’s fine, and complains about Diane having to convince the judge for five minutes with her client. He wants someone to tell her that she’s not alone. Doc says he’ll see what he can do. There’s a chance they’ll reassign her to a different doctor. Sonny respects him. He’s never failed their family before; don’t fail them now.

Carly sits, barely conscious. Imaginary Nelle says she came to keep Carly company; she must be lonely. Don’t worry about Michael. She’ll take care of him. Carly says, no.

Mary Pat talks to someone, telling them, here’s the workspace. She says don’t expect much; they’re heavily medicates, and probably can’t do more than fingerprint. It’s Franco, and he tells her he’ll figure it out. He’s had bad cases before.

Brad tells Julian he’s always been the cynical one, but he lowered his guard, even convincing Lucas to decorate the perfect nursery. They’ve had it ready for weeks. The baby can sleep there tonight. Their son. Alexis says someone wants to meet him, and a nurse brings the baby in.

Chase tells Nelle that he rigged the car to crash. They’ll fail if he suspects. Then they can’t be together and it’s all for nothing. She say she’ll have him take her on an errand, and then send him far enough away for Chase’s contraption to work. He’ll lose control of the car. Problems solved.

At the Quartermaines, Ava thinks it’s time proper conversation with Michael, about his mother and new wife. He doesn’t want to talk to her. She tried to have Mike committed. She says she was protecting her child. He would have done the same. She says when Carly interrupted the wedding, she suggested Nelle wasn’t acting alone. It was pretty obvious Carly was talking about her.

Sonny goes to the station. He tells Jordan that he heard from Diane, and doesn’t understand why Carly is allowed no visitors. Jordan says it’s only temporary until the adjust her treatment. He say she doesn’t need any, and she’s stuck in that snake pit with no one to help her.

Carly tells Nelle to go away. Nelle tells her that she’ll be old and grey by the time Sonny and Jason get her out. Maybe they’ve forgotten her, or don’t care. Face reality; she’s in it for the long haul. No one is coming. Franco says, Carly?

Chase gives Nelle last minute instructions. They can only safely go fifteen miles total. Then the steering will lock and the brakes will fail. He tells her she can still back out. She says Michael is pretending to care, and setting her up to take her baby. Michael has to die.

Ava tells Michael, whatever entity exists between Carly and Nelle has nothing to do with her. He asks if hiring her was a coincidence, and Ava says she did it for hi child’s sake. He says he’s not the one to worry about; his mother is a different story. Ava says she seems to have long road ahead.

Elizabeth tells Jason how much Jake enjoyed spending time with him and Drew. They’re both important to him; so is Franco. If Jason can get along with Drew, and Drew with Franco, maybe he and Franco can get along. Jason excuses himself. He needs to talk to Doc. Doc tells him there could be additional cause for concern.

Fantasy Nelle says it’s getting crowded in the room. Carly shakes her head. Franco says he’s as surprised to be there as she is to see him. A bleeding heart gave him an art therapy grant. Nelle asks what’s worse, getting a visit from Franco or being left to rot. Carly asks if Nelle is there. He asks if she wants the doctor or Mary Pat, and she says Mary Pat keeps giving her drugs. Franco says if she wants to express her feelings sin a safe space, that’s what art is for. She says he has to get her out of there.

Brad picks up the baby. Julian films while he talks to the baby and introduces himself. He tells him about Poppa Lucas being a doctor. He’s afraid he’ll break the baby, and Julian tell him that he’ll be fine. If there’s a situation they can’t handle, they have an army of friends and family to help. Brad asks Alexis when they can be sure the baby won’t be taken back. Julian asks what the chances of that are.

Alexis says it’s very rare. They have more pressing matters, like a name. Brad say they’d chosen Cher for a girl. Both short for Cheryl, for Lucas’s mom, and after Cher. They were talking about how a month can seem like a long while, and thought of Wiley, because they knew he’d be worth it all the while. Julian welcomes Wiley Cooper Jones to the world. Brad asks if Julian wants to hold him.

Carly tells Franco to tell Sonny and Jason to break her out. Mary Pat appears, and asks if there’s a problem. Franco says Carly asked for shade of pencil he didn’t bring. Mary Pat takes him into the hall, and tells him to be careful. The patients are medicated, but violent. And stay clear of that one. Franco says, Carly? Mary Pat asks if he knows her, and he says they’ve dealt with one another. He says they need to rejigger her meds; she’s no herself. Mary Pat says she’s better than when she got there. Soon, she’ll be right as rain. Fake Nelle shows Carly a knife, saying she’ll have a lot of fun with this. Carly says, stay away. Mary Pat says, looks like class over, and says what did they tell Carly about moving without permission?

Sonny tells Jordan that Carly isn’t sick. Jordan says, legally, she is. It’s out of her reach. Sonny says Nelle set her up. Jordan tells him knowing isn’t proving. Her conviction will be overturned only when Michael and Chase get the proof. If it’s going to happen, it will happen tonight.

Nelle finds Michael and Ava talking. She thought Ava was having lunch with Griff, but Ava says he had to cancel. The downside of dating a doctor. She came over to deliver Nelle’s final paycheck. Michael looks surprised, and Ava says it’s lovely that she’s going to devote all her time to her family; she’ll be missed at the gallery. Ava leaves, and Michael asks where Nelle has been. She says she ran into Chase, and he made a last pitch for a reunion. Michael says he shouldn’t be harassing her, but she says he knows where she stands. She meant her vows when she said them.

Doc tells Jason that the director at Ferncliff put Dr. Lazarus in in charge. Apparently, Doc isn’t doing his job at healing an already sane patient. He says Lazarus’s methods are controversial. He’s revised a technique that’s generally out of favor – electroconvulsive therapy. Carly is already scheduled for her first treatment.

Carly says she doesn’t belong there, and Mary Pat says, yet here she is. She’ll feel better when she’s adjusted to treatment. It’s time to see Dr. Lazarus, and move on to something new.

Jason asks Doc when Carly is scheduled, but all he knows is it’s sometime today. Jason asks what it will do to her, but Doc says it’s hard to say. That brand of treatment is a last resort. It’s for the truly lost who are beyond all other hope.

Franco tells Elizabeth that his time at Ferncliff was cut short. He doesn’t think he can help the poor souls there. Jason hears him.

Mary Pat tells Carly soon she’ll have a whole new outlook on life. She takes Carly down the hall, saying Carly’s life will be so much better – and hers. She tells Carly to pick up her feet. Carly passes a patient that looks like Doc, who tells her, SOS. There’s been speculation that the mystery patient is really Doc’s twin brother Ryan. He’s supposed to be dead, but you know how it goes. I’m still expecting Faison to pop up again.

Julian holds the baby, saying, such a miracle, and Brad tells the baby to say grandpa. He takes a picture and sends it to Julian. It’s time for him to take his son home. Julian hopes to be somebody his grandson will want to know. He tells the baby his grandfather loves him so much, and always will. He hands the baby back to Brad. Alexis says she’ll be in touch. Brad thanks her and leaves. Julian looks at the picture and wonders when he’ll hold the baby again. Alexis tells him to keep doing what he’s doing, and maybe he’ll see his grandson all the time.

Nelle packs her bag, but tells Michael she’s missing the glycerin lollipops that were recommended. Michael suggest picking them up tomorrow, but Nelle says what if she goes into labor tonight? They can pick some up in Sawyer now. Michael thinks it’s a little far, but she says, it’s worth every mile.

Back at the station, Chase says he met with Nelle, and the plan has been put in motion. He had a hidden camera in Michael’s car, so they can watch in real time. The car is set to lose control after he gets out. The rest is up to Michael.

Michael tells Nelle that Sawyer is in the opposite direction from the hospital. She says it’s only a few miles. By the time he’s done, she’ll be ready for him to pick her up. He asks how can he refuse her anything, and they leave.

Tomorrow, Maxie asks Nina how she got roped in, Jason asks Franco about Ferncliff, and Carly gets her treatment.

Southern Charm – Reunion Part Two

Ashley says she’s about to walk into lion’s den. She’s going to speak her truth, even though it’s gotten her into trouble. It’s hard for her. Violins play in my head, and Austen says, here we go.

Andy wants to talk about Kathryn disappearing. He asks if she was surprised at everyone’s concern, and she says, it’s never been that way. HE asks at what age she realized she was struggling with depression. She tells him when she was eighteen, she was working politics. The men objectified her, and she self-medicated. She talks about going off the medication she’s on now, saying she doesn’t like depending on things other than herself to be normal. She’s glad it came out on the show, since a lot of people won’t admit to needing help. They still suffer the stigma of being medicated, but they shouldn’t feel ashamed. Cameran talks about suffering from anxiety, and that she needed medication. Craig says he had Kathryn’s back in times of conflict, but he wasn’t there all the time, and feels embarrassed. Anyone who’s gone through the bullsh*t Kathryn has would probably end up having something. Kathryn says she’s evolved, and she recognized they’re there for her, and it means a lot. Craig says she masked it a lot. Shep can relate to the depression part, and is happy to see the support.

Andy talks about Shep moving to a quieter, gentler area, where the sand is softer to face-plant in. They discuss the difference between a blackout and a brownout. Shep says with a brownout, you get mental snapshots of the night, where in a blackout, it’s what the hell happened? Austen says anything was better than what Shep was doing. Cameran says he’s still out and about, and showed her all the women on his phone. Andy asks how many times a week he goes out, and he says, it depends. Austen thinks four to six. Cameran is surprised he’s never gotten anyone pregnant. Andy asks about birth control, and Shep says he’s iffy. Cameran asks if he’s clean, and he says of course. Craig hopes they’re not jinxing him.

Relationshep is talked about, and Andy says he was surprised when Shep chose the twenty-two-year-old. It doesn’t seem like he really wants a committed relationship, but there’s no crime in that. He says he sees clichés, and falls into the trap. We flash back to Shep’s dinner party, and he and Craig attempting to grill. Andy asks about Shep’s knee, and he says he’s good. Andy tells him there are lots of people hoping for a Shep and Kathryn relationship. Shep does look back and wonder what if things happened differently. Andy says they have great chemistry. Shep says, physically, and they have a lot of fun. He says she’s really good, and Kathryn thanks him for the endorsement. We find out they’ve hooked up five times, and they talk about the time after Kensie was born at the Palace Hotel. Andy says, the night is young, and Kathryn says it’s an annual thing. Andy calls it a reunion hook-up.

Andy says Shep told his mother that he was working on becoming less angry, and he says he didn’t want to become an angry old guy. We flash back to his conversation with his mother. Shep says he realized he wasn’t his normally congenial, happy self, and hates being mean-spirited. We see a clip of him telling Austen he doesn’t need more friends, and Austen saying he’ll stay away then. Shep says it was like living on Bourbon Street. Andy says he got heat for calling out Austen for partying, and we flash back to Shep talking to Chelsea. A viewer says he can’t seem to pass up the opportunity to one up Austen, and Shep admits to still being salty. He’s asked if jealousy is a factor, and Shep says Austen had texted him about missing an epic night, and he came across badly. He says, talking someone else down is the worst move in the world. A viewer gets why Chelsea wanted Austen to stand up to Shep. Andy asks if it’s about Austen not standing up to Shep, or more about Austen, and Chelsea says it was more the standing up. Austen says it caused a serious rift. Shep says he apologized. He didn’t make himself look better, and squashed anything he could have had with Chelsea. He thinks they were both trying to win her over, and butted heads. Shep suggests Chelsea doesn’t have to tell everything he says, but Chelsea says he was painting himself as a choirboy.

Austen still isn’t working, and Andy asks if anyone there with a penis, besides him, has any ambition. Naomie says they have an ambition to not work. Andy asks about the status of Austen’s beer. Austen says it’s in the branding stage, and he’s pitching it to distributors. The name is going to be Trop Hop, because it has a tropical bent. We all like it. Andy says everyone loves his parents, who pop up on social media. His mom is no-nonsense, and his dad used to be in the FBI. Andy asks how much beer Austen would have to sell to actually pick up a check. He claims Chelsea grabs the check like lightening. She doesn’t feel she’s one of those girls who has to be paid for, but it’s how he went about it, and imitates his feeble attempt of, no, let me get it. Chelsea says not everyone is fortunate enough to have a family that can front them. It’s frustrating, because all the opportunities are right there; just pick something. Austen wishes it was that simple.

Backstage, Ashley thinks about what she’s going to say, and how she’s going to be the best person she can be. The hairdresser looks bored.

Andy says until she finds a manly man, Chelsea is content hanging with her main dog Tyson. We see pictures, and Chelsea says he’s one of Michael Vick’s dogs that were rescued. He’s been used as bait. I’m disgusted (no bold type for Vick), but make aww noises at the pictures. Andy asks if she’s gotten more clients because of the show, and she says she has. She talks about how she hears everything that goes on, and that a client saw Thomas and Ashley outside a restaurant arguing to the point of him throwing leftover food at her. He was saying she’s going to send him back to prison. Andy says after visiting her childhood home, Chelsea got emotional. She says her world was turned upside down after her stepdad died. We flash back to them visiting the house. Andy asks if she seeks out good providers because of the lifestyle her stepfather gave them. She says she learned to provide for herself. She looks back and sees what her mom went through, and doesn’t want to put herself in the same situation. A viewer thinks she sends Austen mixed messages, and Andy asks if they’ve hooked up since they stopped dating. The answer is no, and Andy moves on to Austen getting back with Victoria after Chelsea rebuffed him. He says it felt good to feel wanted, and she wanted to be with him; why push that away? Shep says Victoria is a fun time girl, and like one of the guys.

Andy rudely asks if Austen and Shep have ever been with the same woman on the same night. That’s a no, and Andy says a threesome doesn’t mean you’re gay. He says a lot of viewers thought Chelsea’s behavior toward Austen on the boat was inappropriate. She says people see a glimpse of something on social media, and their minds go off in different directions. She insists it was innocent, and I’m on her side. Shep says Austen hugging Chelsea at the party looked sultry and wonderful. Kathryn says they have natural chemistry, and Chelsea admits it looked flirty when she watched it. Andy says viewers love them as couple, and compare them to Ross and Rachel from Friends. He asks if they’ll ever get back together, but they’re both dating other people. Chelsea says he’s a friend; it’s not like that. She’s going out with someone who’s not from Charleston, so no one has met him yet.

It’s time for Ashley to join the group. Andy says Ashley might double-down. Naomie says triple-down. Andy asks her how painful the last four hours was, and she says she thought of running a few times. Shep says they’re at the finish line. Everyone trickles in, and someone wishes they had a water gun. Naomie crosses herself.

Andy describes Ashley as having traded scrubs for Chanel. Getting Thomas to marry her was a full-time job, and she spent her free time poking the mama bear. He asks if she’s nervous, and asks how her experience was watching the season. She thinks if people understood her humor, it would be different. She tends to poke and tease and get a rise out of people, and wishes it wouldn’t be taken so seriously. Andy says viewers on social media are concerned about her weight loss. She says the pressure of filming made her nervous. She put pressure on herself and it created stress. Andy says they haven’t been filming for a while. She says there are also the allegations. People are saying she has anorexia, and is a villain. This didn’t happen overnight. Andy asks about when she first met Thomas. Ashley says his first question was what she did for a living, and he told her that his sister is a nurse. She thought it was nice of him to be interested in hearing about her career. She thought he had depth. Andy asks what he’s like as a boyfriend. The words alternately boring and crazy come to mind, but she says he’s romantic; he takes care of her. Everyone laughs. She says she likes scaring and pranking him, and putting fake bugs around to keep it fun. Andy wonders how he’s doing in light of the investigation. She says it’s been humbling, and she’s seeing a new Thomas. He wants to stay in and keep under the radar. He’s been softer, more sensitive, kinder, and more supportive. Everyone wants to be your friend when you’re on top, and she’s not leaving. Andy asks if she expects Thomas to be cleared, and she says of course. There have been no charges, just allegations. It used to be innocent until proven guilty, but now it’s the other way around. I have to admit, she’s right there, but I doubt it applies in Thomas’s case. He acts like a full-blown nut sometimes.

Andy says Kathryn admitted to Craig that she and Thomas hooked up after the season 4 reunion. We flash back to Thomas winking at her during the reunion. Andy asks if anyone is surprised, and Naomie says it’s a tradition. Kathryn says it’s an annual thing. Andy points out Thomas was dating Ashley in May, and hooked up with Kathryn in June. Kathryn says she had no idea he was dating Ashley. Ashley says he told her in July; he doesn’t lie. Ha! He probably told her because he knew she was going to find out, since all of them knew.

Andy says the first time Ashley met Kathryn was at Shep’s birthday party. Ashley said she was physically afraid of Kathryn based on what she’d heard. Kathryn says she’s never touched anyone in her life; weird. Andy asks Kathryn what she thought of Ashley, and Kathryn says she thought Ashley was normal… ish. We flash back to Ashley saying she has nothing but respect for Kathryn. Kathryn says Ashley met her children before they met. Ashley says Thomas has full custody, and it was just in passing. Kathryn asks how long did Thomas know her before she met the kids, and Ashley says a week. Andy asks is Thomas and Ashley had sex in the bathroom at the party. She says, no, and we flash back to them going into the bathroom together. Everyone is laughing. Shep says it’s cool, but Ashley says Thomas won’t do it anywhere but in bed. Kathryn mumbles that’s not true. Andy can’t think of another reason to be going into the bathroom together, but Ashley insists they were just trying to get private time away from the cameras. She has more class than that. Shep says he doesn’t have any.

Viewer Loretta from Akron tweets that Ashley is completely committed to getting engaged. We flash back to the million times she brought up rings and/or weddings. Andy says if he asked today, would she say yes. She hesitates, then says she’s not there yet, like any of us believe that. Andy asks what changed; the investigation? She says, not at all, but once she started working, she realized she should pump the brakes and enjoy dating. Everyone thought she got caught up in the money. Andy tells her that Tinsley Mortimer tweeted that she wants to be T-Rav’s widow. Ashley says she can meet someone with more money back home, and dated guys own age with more. It’s just a stereotype, and she was attracted to an accomplished man who works hard for what he’s got. Another viewer asks how Ashley felt when Thomas was flirting up a storm with Kathryn, and wonders what she’s doing with that d-bag. Ashley insists it didn’t bother her; she was right there. Shep thought it was awkward. He said, I love you to Kathryn in French. Not only that – and this is me saying it, not Shep – it was the familiar way of saying it, je t’aime. Ashley says she feels secure in the relationship. Shep is like, okay, and we flash back to a couple of jealous moments from Ashley. She says she knows he’s coming home with her. Andy says she had to know it would upset Kathryn to post the Halloween picture of her with the children. She says Thomas posted it, and Kathryn could have been there; she was invited. Kathryn asks why she would want to go trick-or-treating with her and Thomas, and it should have been Thomas’s place to invite her, not Ashley’s. Ashley claims she could have stayed at the house and pass out candy. Andy asks if Kathryn believes that, and she says, no. The rest of the world agrees.

Andy asks if Ashley has any regrets about spending $10K of Thomas’s money. I thought he said $20K when they were at the polo match. Ashley tries to pretend she didn’t know he was paying, even though she used his credit card. Then she claims she was going to bring the clothes back, but Thomas insisted she keep them because Patricia approved. Kathryn says, despite how it looks, Thomas is beyond frugal. She’s never seen him do that. Ashley says maybe just with her. Kathryn guesses she just wasn’t deserving of nice things. Ashley says he gave her two, and Kathryn says like she didn’t give them to him; nice. Andy mentions how Patricia had rooted for the relationship between Thomas and Ashley, and asks what’s going on now? Ashley says she has no relationship with Patricia. In the beginning, Patricia told her, maybe it was selfish, but she wanted them together just so Kathryn couldn’t get back together with Thomas. Ashley’s biggest regret is going shopping with her, when should have gone with Kathryn. Everyone looks confused, including me. Andy asks what happened to turn Patricia around. Ashley seems to think it started with social media systematically sabotaging her relationship with Patricia. She’s alluding to someone saying bad things about her, and Thomas targeting Patricia in return. Shep says Patricia isn’t in charge of what other people say. She had been good to Thomas. Andy asks if they’re speaking now, but Shep says, it’s over.

Andy says the group packed up their emotional baggage to take a trip to Hilton Headache. Shep explains how he walked into a glass door while busy talking smack. Craig’s finger is brought into the conversation, and Shep says it’s mangled because Craig waited too long to go to the hospital. Moving on to what we’ve been waiting for. Ashley was insistent about being invited to Saint’s second birthday party. A viewer ask on what planet she thought she as being appropriate. Ashley says it could have been any party; she just wanted to be included. Andy says they made the effort to include her on the trip to Hilton Head, but she became feverishly obsessed with the birthday party. We flash back to what’s starting to eclipse LuAnn’s fall in the bushes, and I say, nasty out loud. Andy said there was an overwhelming response, and reads comments, including one that calls Ashley literally the devil. We flash back to more of Ashley making a fool of herself. Chelsea says she cried when they left. She can’t imagine hearing what Ashley said to Kathryn. Naomie says she was holding Kathryn’s hand, and she was trembling. Andy asks how Kathryn kept her composure. She says her kids are more important than responding. Cameran says she wasn’t there, but her reaction as a viewer was that she couldn’t believe it. Andy brings up Chelsea saying Thomas and Ashley weren’t allowed back in the house if Kathryn was uncomfortable. Kathryn says she appreciated that, but Thomas’s reaction was scary. Chelsea says she was terrified he’d jump the bench in the ferry. We see a clip of Thomas being a nutjob. Andy wonders why the guys didn’t react like Southern gentlemen, and Austen says he did. Chelsea says when Austen stood up, she thought there was going to be a fight. Cameran adds that he seemed comfortable screaming. Kathryn says it’s the real Thomas. When he becomes unhinged, the façade falls, and his eyes turn black. Ashley tells her that Thomas says the same things about her. I find that highly doubtful. Cameran says a man should never approach a woman like that. No one should speak to anyone like that. Craig says he’s never seen anyone talk to a girl like that. Cameran thinks Ashley is scared of him, but Ashley insists she’s not. Andy says she seemed to be smirking when Thomas got in Chelsea’s face on the boat, and asks why she called them enablers, and Ashley says they should hold Kathlyn accountable. Kathryn says she’s been holding herself accountable for years, and Ashley is trying to discredit her by calling her friends enablers. Andy says she takes random drug tests, and Ashley asks how many she’s taken. Kathryn says she doesn’t know, and Ashley claims it’s four, and she barely made the last one. They stayed late for her. Kathryn says she was working, and Ashley says she’s lucky she made it, or it would count as a fail. She would have been there early. Kathryn says Ashley is really out of touch with the fact she’s a complete a-hole. Ashley’s head explodes, and everyone laughs. I laugh loudest.

A viewer says they were scared for Chelsea when Ashley kept repeating name on the staircase. Was she freaked out? Chelsea says she was, and it was a horrible thing to say. We see a clip of Ashley saying giving birth doesn’t make you a mother. Ashley agrees she was being a bitch. Chelsea is concerned that there’s no remorse over her outburst. An apology would have smoothed things over. Craig says he thought they wouldn’t come back. Shep says it seemed to embolden them, like it was them against the world. Andy asks if Ashley regrets saying anything, and she says, absolutely. She can’t defend herself; her behavior is indefensible… and scary. She should have pulled Kathryn aside for a private conversation if she had issues. Then, in blaming everything except her own black heart, she says she picked the worst time and place. Kathryn is glad she did what she did. It showed her true colors. Ashley gets stuck on the wrong time and place. Craig says, what about the content? She says she shouldn’t have brought it up, but it was how she was feeling. Kathryn says what hurts is that she’s not sorry for what she said. Cameran says, it was a backhanded apology. Andy asks if Ashley believes what said, and she says she does. Andy says that viewers think Thomas was selling her out in his interviews. Craig says he compared her to a dog chasing a chew toy, and we see him saying that – almost. Andy is surprised it’s not a bone of contention, and Ashley says Thomas is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Shep tells her, don’t be a rock. Cameran mentions how Thomas used Kathryn to bait her. Cameran says she screwed up, but she doesn’t think Ashley is aware of it. Ashley says Thomas’s stupid comments are entertainment for her. Craig says she’s like the old Kathryn, and Ashley says no one knows what goes on behind closed doors. Kathryn says she does. Cameran says Charleston is a small town, and it’s common knowledge their relationship is volatile. Shep says if she acted that way when she knew cameras were one her, Lord only knows. Chelsea had mentioned Thomas was seen throwing food at her outside a restaurant. Ashley says that she wanted to leave, and had handed him to food. She was upset, and being a brat. Chelsea and Craig both says it’s a red flag. Cameran wonders what it says about a man who talks poorly about the mother of his children. He said horrible things about Ashley to everyone. Ashley says a lot has changed, and Austen says she’s in denial. Cameran says she’s lying to herself. Ashley asks if it’s an intervention, and Chelsea says they’re trying to help. Andy asks if it doesn’t give her pause that they’ve all seen it before. Kathryn feels bad watching her; being her from years ago. Cameran says he’s not a nice person. Ashley says we all have bad moments; a lot changed. Craig says they’re looking out for her, but she says they’re wrong. Cameran says she should give herself a nice life while she can.

Andy says it took five years for Patricia to reach out the olive branch, and invite Kathryn to her Winter Wonderland Ball. Now that she’s a mother, Kathryn thinks it started when she told Whitney fall on a knife. We see that clip. Andy asks if they’ve been in touch since the ball. Kathryn says Patricia requested her presence when they crossed paths at a restaurant. She apologizes, saying she’s seen Kathryn’s transform. She feels bad for saying what she did without getting to know Kathryn. Cameran can confirm that Patricia is genuinely sorry, and looks at Kathryn in a new light. Andy brings up the rumor about Ashley being an escort, and says it’s a serious allegation. Austen says he has no problem with it, because, her behavior. His roommate has friends in Santa Barbara who might have mentioned it Ashley says that’s disgusting, and shame on him. I still say she isn’t put together enough mentally or emotionally to be a high-end escort. Or even a streetwalker. Austen says if it was his girlfriend being talked about, he’d want to know. Ashley says the rumor came from a person Thomas rejected. Kathryn says she heard Thomas signed an NDA (non-disclosure agreement), and it’s like a business relationship. Ashley calls her a liar, and Craig thinks Thomas is scared she’ll testify against him. He let her get too clse, and wants to keep her there. She says she’d never do that because she has a conscience. Andy is surprised they haven’t broken up, and she says they see each other’ heart. Kathryn thinks Thomas doesn’t trust she won’t go to the media, and she might be crazy enough to threaten him. Ashley says, it takes one to know one, because we’re ten. Andy says they seemed on the verge of breaking up a bunch of times, and we see clips of that. Craig says he was about to call it quits right in front of them. Ashley says she wasn’t happy with her own life, but she’s very secure now. And they’re not invited to the wedding. Everyone laughs, and she asks if Andy will officiate

Andy says she went outside at the ball to apologize, but it quickly tuned into a nasty brawl. Ashley says she had pure intentions, and Kathryn asks what changed. She said worse things than she did in Hilton Head. We revisit that. Any asks if she believes Kathryn is nothing more than an egg donor. Ashley says she apologized, and felt attacked. Kathryn says Ashley was the one doing the attacking, and Ashley says Kathryn followed her. Kathryn says Ashley walked away. She tells Ashley, screw her for saying it. It’s not okay to say to any mother ever; it’s beyond disrespectful. She feels badly that Ashley doesn’t see it. She hopes if Ashley is ever a mother she learns this. She’s around Kathryn’s children, and saying things about and to her is disturbing. Ashley tries defending herself, saying Kathryn lost custody. Kathryn says Ashley has known her less than a year. In that time, has there been anything she’s done to bring Ashley to the point of saying she’s nothing more than an egg donor, or is she judging Kathryn by things told to her by Thomas about the past. Ashley says, yes, but she would love to make it right. Andy asks what it would take to convince her, and Ashley wants a private conversation. Shep asks if she wants to hear Kathryn’s side of the story. Ashley says, no, but they could relate. Huh? Craig seems to think Ashley was brainwashed, since she can’t see the truth the entire group is giving her. Andy gives it up to Kathryn. It would have caused him to get physical. He doesn’t know how she walked away. Kathryn says watching it, she was able to confirm that she’s gotten to know herself and her self-worth, and act accordingly. As a mother, she doesn’t want Ashley around her children. She’s unkind, hateful, and sadistic. Unfortunately, if she has to be the one to deliver that message to her this way, she’ll do it. She’s done. Ashley whines that she wants to make amends, and Kathryn suggests she focus on loving herself. Andy thanks Ashley, and says he’ll her see her at the wedding. Well played, Kathryn. Well played.

Ashley departs, and everyone agrees, what a day. Craig says, it was different, and k wonders how naïve anyone can be. They all agree Thomas won’t like it.

Ashley says where she goes from here is a hard question. Her judgment was in question, but they’re not living her life. They’re not with Thomas 24/7. Maybe she was brainwashed in the beginning. This is what she gets for judging Kathryn. Maybe she wasn’t clear enough, but she stood by what she said. It’s hard with no support. She thinks Thomas deserves it too. He’s her best friend, and she’s not ready to throw in the towel. Despite what they say, she’s happy, and she’s not going anywhere.

It’s the final moments. Andy says through the ebbs and flows, and Hurricane Ashley who took the wind out of everyone’s sails, the friendship is solid between everyone. He asks if Craig thinks he’ll ever be friends with Naomie. Craig says if he could go back, he would change everything.  Naomie asks him to just respect her relationship and be happy for her. Shep confirms his friendship with Kathryn, and says she knows if she needs anything, he’ll drop everything. He’s also realized he’s the oldest one there. Cameran calls him, the elder. Andy asks if becoming a mom has given Cameran more patience with the guys, and she says, absolutely. Austen and Chelsea are still great friends, and happy about each other’s new relationship. Andy asks for a round of applause for Kathryn, who came out on top, showing her restraint. We find out Austen’s beer will be out late summer/early fall. He still has a couple more hoops to jump through.

Cups of Austen’ beer is brought out, with a Coke for Kathryn, who jokingly asks if Andy means the Coca Cola kind. Andy asks Shep to make the toast, as the elder statesman. He says five years ago, no one could have dreamt this, and who knows how many more? Cheers to those who wish us well, and all who don’t, can rot in hell. Everyone loves the beer. I’ll miss them.





July 26, 2018 – Due to Circumstances


What I Watched Today

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


For the first time in the history of this blog (where is Gordon Ramsay to say that?), because life got in the way, I wasn’t able to get through editing. And trust me, even I can barely read my shorthand. I will be getting Thursday’s General Hospital episode and this week’s Southern Charm (which was great) out asap. But right now, sleep calls…



July 25, 2018 – Michael’s Plan Moves Ahead, Lots of Tears in Mexico, Dogs & Chefs, Chris, Fear, Dead & Dreams


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

On Alexis’s porch, Kiki tells her that she thought about what she said, and she’s done. Done with the gossip, headlines and her colleagues ignoring her. She wants her life back, and the quickest way to do that is drop the lawsuit. Alexis had the feeling she was leaning that way, and hopes Kiki gives her a chance to change her mind. Kiki doesn’t think she can, but she invites Kiki in, and says, maybe they can. All the women in Kiki’s life are there.

In the park, Oscar is on the phone. He says it’s the sixth message he’s left for Josslyn, and asks her to call back or text. Cameron is listening, and suggests maybe a smoke signal. He asks what the deal is. Trouble in paradise?

Josslyn’s phone rings, and she ignores it. Sonny asks if she’s answering, but she says she’s not in the mood to talk. Not now, and not to Oscar. Sonny sits on couch with her, and asks, how about to him?

At the gym, Jason isn’t going to make Michael take him through the plan again, but reminds him that Nelle is a dangerous woman. He’s been involved with her, and she’s carrying his child. He’ll need to shove down the instinct to protect her, and protect himself. Michael asks why he’s so worried. He doesn’t have to be. Michael knows what do, and has plenty of backup. Sam comes in. Michael says he should get going. Sam says she didn’t want to say anything, but whatever he’s planning with Nelle, please be careful.

On the docks, Nelle tells Chase that she’s trapped. The only way for Michael not to become a widower, is for her to become a widow first. The will cuts her out, and she’ll be left destitute if anything happens, unless he dies in a couple of days. Chase says, before the will is executed. He says he won’t let anything happen to her. They’ll fix it; they’ll think of something.

Kiki asks if they’re all there for her. They can’t stand each other. Olivia says that’s an understatement, and Ava says they’re not there as friends, but as women. Alexis tells them to raise their hands if they’ve been sexually harassed in the workplace. Everyone does, and they tell Kiki that she’s not alone. Alexis says it’s everywhere. Now is the time to be taken seriously.

Sam wants Michael to be safe. She personally doesn’t want him to get hurt, but it would kill Jason if anything happened to him; it would break his heart. Jason loves him. Michael says he won’t take any risks unless it’s necessary, and Sam says that sounds like something Jason would say. Michael tells her he won’t lie, and she says that’s another thing he’d say. Danny had a rocky start in life, so she did what she could to save him. Jason did the same thing for Michael. Michael says that’s exactly what he’s doing for his child. She understands and respects that, and tells him, just be safe. He leaves, and Sam hopes she didn’t overstep. Jason says, no. He’s grateful she said what he couldn’t.

Chase says Nelle has nothing to worry about. Michael is young and healthy, and not going anywhere for a long time. She says that’s exactly what’s wrong; that long time. He’ll take away her child, and leave her penniless, or both. She only sees one solution. The only way for her to feel safe is if Michael is out of the picture. Chase suggests divorce, but she says she’ll be left with nothing and have a baby. She says, some kind of accident could take him out of the picture permanently. People have fatal accidents all the time. If something happened to Michael, they’d be free to be together. He said he’d take care of her; why is he hesitating? She says it was like lightening struck when she saw him again. Chase says it was the same for him. She wants a life with him and the baby, and he said he wanted that too. He holds her.

Jason punches a hanging bag, while Sam jumps rope. He asks if everything is okay, and she says, great. She’s just counting her blessings. Michael bringing up Danny got her thinking. She’s grateful and lucky. Not that he was taken away, but twice she thought a person she loved was gone. First, Danny; then him. Jason says, like father, like son. Did he just make a joke?

Oscar says he’s worried about Josslyn, and Cameron asks what’s going on? Oscar says she’s kind of been all over the place, and when they’re together, he doesn’t know what to expect. Cameron says, and not in a good way. Oscar tells him when he asks questions, she gets defensive. It’s never been a problem before. Cameron guesses Oscar didn’t grow up with family drama. Crazy doesn’t begin to cover it. Josslyn has major issues; her brother dying, her grandfather being sick, and her mom is locked up. The last thing she wants is to reflect on her feelings. Oscar asks what she does want, and Cameron says, to escape.

Josslyn tells Sonny that her mom broke out of Ferncliff, which means she’ll have to stay there longer. Sonny says, it didn’t help, but Josslyn can tell him anything. She says they never talk about it, but they all know who he is. Can’t he pull some strings? He says the ideal situation is for Carly to get released without him interfering, come home, and be who she needs to be. He does have resources. If it’s not resolved soon, he’ll take care of the situation. Deal? They shake hands. He’s sorry she has to go through all this. She says it’s not his fault. She doesn’t need it, but neither does he.

Michael comes in, and Sonny tells him that he was just catching up wit Josslyn. Josslyn asks for a minute alone with Michael, and Sonny takes the hint. She tells Michael they both know how Sonny feels about Nelle, and she didn’t want to talk in front of him. She wonders if Michael asked her about Chase, and what was up with that kiss.

Nelle tells Chase, the only way she can survive and keep her child, is if Michael dies.

At Alexis’s place, each woman tells their story. Alexis says she was the only female associate, in a room of nineteen men. Olivia says men had names for women who sold cars in Bensonhurst. Ava convinced herself that he’d stop when he realized how much she knew about art. Kim says in medical school, every time the seating chart changed, hers stayed the same – next to him, so he could put his hand on her leg. Jordan says she was the best shot, but he wanted to give her pointers, so he could press against her. Alexis says, at a meeting, the men were all laughing, looking in her direction. They said they were looking at a piece of evidence. It was an obscene picture of what her superior wanted to do to her. She worked ass off to be in that room, and she wouldn’t let an obscene joke drive her away. Kiki is stunned.

Jason says Danny is a tough kid; tougher than Sam. She tells him when the doctor told her that he had leukemia, the world stopped. The doctors would talk, but she didn’t hear a word. Jason says, of all the things he missed, he wished he’d been there. Sam says he was. She would sit in the hospital, looking at this tiny human being who wasn’t going to quit; he was determined. Jason says, he was fighting to stay with her. Sam says on a subconscious level, she knew that. Danny was too much like Jason to die. She tells him that she wasn’t alone, She had family, but the person who helped her the most was Patrick.

Michael is glad Josslyn told him, and tells her not to worry about Chase. She says that doesn’t answer her question. She’s not a kid; he doesn’t have to hide things from her. He says that’s not his intention. He gets that it’s confusing, but she has to trust him. The baby will be here before they know it, and they have to pull it together as a family. He says, don’t worry about the other stuff. He promises it will be taken care of. Sonny asks if it’s safe. Josslyn asks to be taken on errand, and Sonny tells her one of his guy’s will take her. She leaves, and Michael says mom not being around is hard on her. He blames himself; Nelle got in her head. Sonny says, he screwed up, they all did. They need to fix the problem, sooner rather than later. His sister needs her mother.

Nelle tells Chase that he’s the man who followed her across the country. He sees her soul. Why push that away? They belong together. He says that’s what he believes. She thought she was doing the right thing for the baby, but she was doing the opposite. If he doesn’t trust her, she doesn’t blame him. He says he loves her, and she says she loves him too. He tells her, this is happening. He feels like they’re dancing around though. What exactly does she want him to do? She says, find way for Michael to die.

Chase says he’s a police officer. Nelle says he claims he’d give it all up for her; was that the truth? Michael has to die. She doesn’t see any other option; does he? She needs his help. He says he’s in. If that’s what gives him a life with her and the baby, how can he say no? She says he has no idea how much it means. They’ll have to move fast. It has to happen before the baby comes. She kisses him, and he says he’ll keep her updated. He leaves, and she looks relieved. Away from the docks, Chase texts Michael. Got her.

Oscar tells Cameron that he appreciates the advice, but he and Josslyn are solid. You don’t almost die in a freezer and not know how to have a conversation. Cameron takes Oscar’s phone. He says he doesn’t know Josslyn as intimately, but he’s known her a long time. He texts something, and hands it back. Oscar says it doesn’t sound like him. She’ll think it’s a joke. Cameron tells him to lighten things up. The phone dings. Oscar reads, what was that about? He says, dude, it worked. Cameron says, told him.

Olivia says her story is a little different. She could have told her father and brothers. They would have stopped it. No one messes with the Falconaris. She would have been out of a job though, and she was a single mom raising a kid. She didn’t want to live off of her family; it was her problem to solve. She had ammo. She had resources if she couldn’t handle it; a safety net. She realizes now that so many women didn’t have that luxury. Ava says it was New York in the ‘90s. She loathed it, but it was the cost of doing good business. In private high-end positions, the rules are clear. He would help her career if she complied with his requests. Kim says when Alexis called, she immediately saw herself. She’s infuriated about David standing between Kiki and her vocation. She wants to do what’s good, and has a miserable excuse for a man obstructing her. Making her feel like she can only succeed if she compromises herself sexually. She had no choice. Alexis says it was a different time. The message is clear; this behavior will not be tolerated. She has the opportunity to act on that. They didn’t have that chance. Kim tells Kiki that no one said it would be easy, and Ava says, but it will be worth it.

Sam tells Jason that she spent a lot of time at the hospital. Patrick always had something nice to say or a joke, and they built a friendship. It turned into something more. Jason asks, how much more? and Sam says, they were engaged. She tells Jason not to freak out, and he says he’s not freaking out; it’s just weird. No one told him. She says it makes sense to her. He and Robin had connected. He says they were in love when they were young. Then she and Patrick ended up almost – Sam says the key word is almost. It didn’t happen because of him.

Sonny asks Michael what’s the latest on Nelle. He says Chase is laying the groundwork. It will come together in days. Sonny asks if he’s considered what happens if the plan goes south. Nelle is evil. There’s no telling what she’ll do. Chase texts Michael. Michael tells Sonny the trap has been set. Sonny says the snake is backed into a corner. Nelle has everything to gain and nothing to lose. Be prepared. He asks Michael what if it’s a choice between Nelle’s and his life. Michael says he’ll choose his baby’s life, even if it costs him his.

Sam tells Jason when it turned out Jake Doe was Jason Morgan, she thought he’d come back, and couldn’t go through with it. Jason says he owes Drew a thank you. Sam laughs, saying she’s never seen him this uncomfortable, and he tells her to enjoy it while she can. Her phone dings, and she says she has a surprise for him. Danny comes in, and Jason says it’s a great surprise. Danny bounces off the ropes in the ring, and asks to hit the punching bag.

Olivia says if Kiki steps up, she’ll be carrying the torch for all of them. She’ll be giving women agency. They’ll see her, and say they’re going to do like she did, and win the lawsuit. Kiki says, if she wins. Kim says she should be treated professionally, and Alexis says she shouldn’t have to trade being harassed for a chance to do her job. Men don’t. Olivia says, it’s no she-woman man hater group either. She grew with men she adored and admired, and raised her son to treat women right. Alexis says they’re not grouping men together as predators; this doesn’t define them. Kim says she’ll be doing something important for so many people. It’s her opportunity. Ava tells her, don’t waste it.

Josslyn sees Nelle in the park. Josslyn asks if the detective is still bothering her, but Nelle thinks he got the message. Nelle says that’s not what’s on Josslyn’s mind though. Josslyn says she and Oscar got in a fight. They weren’t agreeing, she got nasty, and shut down. Nelle asks if Josslyn misses him more than she’s mad at him, and Josslyn says she does. Nelle says, then talk to him. Tell him she doesn’t know how to get back where they were, but she wants to figure it out together. Josslyn thinks she can do that, and thanks Nelle. Nelle says, what are sister-in-laws for?

Chase goes to Sonny’s place, and Michael says, let’s hear it. Chase plays a recording of Nelle asking him to find a way for Michael to die. Chase says, there’s more, but that’s the gist of it. Sonny wonders why they can’t use just the recording, and Michael says, they have nothing on her. Sonny says she’s on record asking Chase to kill his son. Michael says, it’s not enough. Sonny tells him that they’ll take it to Jordan, and she’ll arrest Nelle. Michael says, she’ll get out of it. Chase says, she’ll either say she was joking or she was trapped. The charges won’t stick. Michael says they have one chance to get it right, clear his mom, and protect his child. No way he’s stopping now.

Kiki thanks everyone for sharing their stories. She didn’t realize what the lawsuit meant before; how much it matters. What matters is definitely bigger than her. As hard as it’s going to be, she’ll do it. Alexis says none of them are here fully formed; they all go through struggles, like the women before them. Kiki jokes, that she’s only taking a stand for all women everywhere. Kim says, pretty much, and Ava says, no pressure.

Danny punches the bag, as Jason instructs. He thinks they’ve got a boxer on their hands. Sam smiles.

Oscar looks at the text Cameron sent. Thirty white horses on a red hill, first champ, then stamp, and then stand still. Oscar asks, what are they? Cameron says, tell Josslyn if she wants to know the answer, she has to meet with him. Oscar says it’s ridiculous. Cameron got her to text back when he couldn’t think of anything. He thanks Cameron, and asks what the answer is. Cameron says he has no clue. Oscar wonders what to tell Josslyn, and Cameron says he’ll think of something.

Josslyn looks at her phone, and tells Nelle that she and Oscar are going to meet now. She thanks Nelle again, and they hug. Nelle really hopes it works out. Josslyn has a good feeling. Nelle’s phone dings, and she says, what a coincidence. So does she.

Sonny asks, now what? Chase says everything is in place. Michael says, soon everything will play out to the end. Sonny tells him to make sure it’s not the end of his life. We see Nelle looking like she’s feeling an ill wind.

Tomorrow, Franco asks Elizabeth what she’s doing there, Jordan asks Chase if he can coax a confession from Nelle, and Mary Pat tells Carly that she’s going to feel like a new woman.

❓ The answer to Cameron’s riddle is – your teeth.

The Real Housewives of New York City

In Cartagena, LuAnn asks if they’re going shopping. Bethenny doesn’t want more people around, and tells Dorinda that she’s cracking. LuAnn tells the others that Bethenny is hysterically crying. In her interview, Dorinda says she’s been in these situations, where people have been not so kind, and less tolerant. She tells Bethenny to take a breath. Bethenny says she’ll get it together. Sonja says Bethenny wants to be with Dorinda right now. Carole says if Bethenny isn’t the center of attention and in charge, she’s not happy, and makes it hell for the rest of them. Bethenny says she finally got her life together, and she’s falling apart. She tells Dorinda that her just being there is fine. No deep analysis> They join the others, Dorinda suggesting they shop the blues away.

Carole tells Sonja that Bethenny has been rude to her, and won’t even look her in the eye. In her interview, Sonja says, so what? Carole should be supportive anyway. That’s ride or die. Bethenny tells Dorinda, sorry, and they go into the store. Sonja asks Dorinda if Bethenny had a good cry. Dorinda says she’s going through something. She doesn’t want to talk too much, and get herself in trouble. Sonja says she’s always in trouble. In her interview, Dorinda says she’s curator of the relationship. Her lips are locked – for the first time.

Everyone tries on hats and combs through the merchandise. Dorinda suggests that Carole talk to Bethenny, but Carole says she can’t engage with someone who’s crying every time they have a conversation. Bethenny needs to figure it out. She feels badly, but can’t deal with it. In her interview, Carole says Bethenny has no apparent reason for a breakdown; it’s unnerving. Suckerfish Jason Hoppy anyone? Bethenny says she wants to have fun, not drag everyone down. She can feel the eyerolls. She tells Sonja this is a bizarre vacation.  Sonja tells her that Ramona thinks Bethenny is friends with people to manipulate them, and Sonja said Ramona was the biggest manipulator in her life.

Ramona tells Dorinda that Bethenny is doing things to antagonize the situation. Dorinda says there’s something they don’t know, and Bethenny and Carole need to talk. Sonja tells Bethenny that Carole says she’s a taker. In her interview, Bethenny says she’s a taker of Carole on trips, and lists times she’s taken Carole somewhere, as well as Adam. Bethenny says to coin Dorinda’s phrase, she’s America’s houseguest. Bethenny decides to call Dennis to get a plane for her. Must be nice. Sonja wants her to salvage her  relationship with Carole, but Bethenny wants to go home. She asks Sonja if the street vendors sell Prozac, and Sonja says they are in Columbia.

The girls sit down at a restaurant, minus Sonja, Bethenny, and LuAnn. Dorinda has to eat before she rips someone’s head off. I totally understand. She wonders where the girls are. LuAnn meets Bethenny and Sonja on the street, where Sonja is sipping directly from a coconut. In her interview, LuAnn says don’t eat street meat or juice. If you do, you’re asking for it. They join the others. Bethenny hangs back, since she’s on the phone with Dennis. She tells him she had a breakdown, and has no relationship with Carole. She’s not welcome there. LuAnn tells the table that Bethenny is on the phone; it’s a personal issue. Bethenny decides she doens’t want the drama of an exit, and wants to regroup. The paella comes – it’s an amazing display – and Bethenny jokes about them wanting to poison her. Carole thinks it’s awkward because no one is addressing the elephant in the room. She doesn’t even know what the elephant is anymore. Dorinda, Carole, and Tinsley go for a massage. Bethenny says it seems old school without them; the old group. They clink glasses.

Back at Casa Mattos, Bethenny says no drama. Everyone has to crack once in a while. She’s turning her frown upside down. She says she went shopping like an addict, and Sonja humps the clothing on the bed. Tinsley gets her makeup done. Sonja wants to avoid camel toe, and discusses various options with Carole. Carole wants to talk privately, and closes the door. She gives Sonja a pair of earrings, saying she bought some for everyone. In her interview, Sonja says Carole bearing gifts is a red flag. Carole wonders if Sonja might have insight about what happened to Bethenny to make her act this way. Sonja says Bethenny feels that Carole doesn’t want anything to do with her, and has no interest in the friendship anymore. She’s not empathetic. Carole says she is. Sonja says Carole shifted focus on other things, and maybe that’s what’s hurting her. In her interview, Sonja says Carole knew what she was getting from the beginning. She knows Bethenny can be a nightmare. So what? She’s still a friend. Carole says she’s not sure she got anything she didn’t know, but wants to make every attempt to know Bethenny.

The girls head out to dinner. LuAnn pronounces them a hot group. She’s not sure they’ll get out alive. Sonja wants to have fun. Bethenny gets a balloon with lights in it for Brynn. She says she bought her bought feelings today. Sonja shows her the earrings, saying no one else got anything, but she thinks Carole really came to talk about Bethenny. She tells Bethenny what Carole said, and Bethenny says she doesn’t care; she wishes she did. In her interview, Sonja wonders how good of friends they were. She wants to choke Ramona, but then hugs her. Just a side note: the plating at this restaurant is incredible, and Carole is wearing the biggest tassel earrings I’ve ever seen. In her interview, LuAnn says having no intention of drinking is mind blowing. Carole steps away for a smoke with Dorinda. Sonja wonders since when does Carole smoke, and Bethenny says since when does she buy earrings for Sonja? Carole tells Dorinda that it’s hard for her to navigate the relationship. Ramona tells Bethenny that Carole feels like she pushes her away, and Bethenny says there’s definitely a wall up. Dorinda thinks it’s toxic at the table. Carole wants to be a grown up, and hug it out. She wants to find out what went wrong. They go back to the table, and Carole says they need to address the elephant affecting the whole group.

She tells Bethenny that she’s feeling like she’s been avoided in the last couple of weeks. Bethenny isn’t even looking her in the eye. She doesn’t want to pull back, and needs to know what happened. Bethenny thinks it’s like an erosion. Carole says they’ve talked about it, and she thought she understood what happened. She thought they were moving on. Bethenny says she can’t do this as a group event, and Tinsley says she’s not listening. Carole tells Bethenny not to worry about it. At the other end of the table, LuAnn tells Dorinda she’s starting to turn and get aggressive. Dorinda wants her to apologize. Dorinda says something about The Countess, who isn’t a countess anymore, and that LuAnn is the one who got arrested for drinking, so don’t talk to her. Dorinda smashes her glass for emphasis, and Tinsley squeals.

Bethenny doesn’t want to do this. Dorinda calls LuAnn self-righteous, and insists she apologize. Bethenny says she spent last night crying, and Carole just walked past her, saying she was toxic. Carole says she didn’t, and Bethenny says Carole was standing next to her. We flash back, and she was. Carole says she didn’t know Bethenny was crying; she was saying goodnight. Dorinda’s finger is going, and she says she’s not the one with the mug shot. In her interview, LuAnn says she had no idea Dorinda felt that way. She feels betrayed. Carole tells Bethenny that she didn’t say Bethenny was toxic; she said she can’t take the toxic energy. She’s not recognizing her as the same person. Bethenny thinks Carole doesn’t really like her. Ramona tells Dorinda that she doesn’t need another drink. Wow. That’s taking a chance. LuAnn gets up from the table. In her interview, Ramona says Dorinda can’t stop her mouth. She has a big temper and a loose tongue. Bethenny says with Carole everything is cool. Maybe she’s too cool for Bethenny. Carole says maybe Bethenny doesn’t like her. Dorinda tells Ramona never to speak to her again. Ramona says she’s not making sense. Carole tells Bethenny that she tried to reach out. Bethenny says she loves Carole. If she’s crying, Carole shouldn’t say it’s toxic and not deal with it. Dorinda say she doesn’t have to explain herself, and leaves the table. Tinsley doesn’t know what’s going on. Bethenny says she knows she’s a lot. LuAnn says she’s sick to her stomach. Dorinda’s true colors came out. Tinsley says she has a mugshot too. In her interview, LuAnn says it was uncalled for, like a sucker punch. She has no words. She leaves, and Dorinda sits back down. In her interview, Sonja says even prison bitches have loyal friends.

Bethenny brings up the text where she said she missed Carole, and Carole replied, it’s a lot. Carole tells her there were more texts, and they argue about that. Dorinda complains that LuAnn was trying to school her. Carole tells Bethenny maybe it’s not like it used to be, but friendships have lulls. Ramona says Dorinda’s personality changes after three drinks, but it’s not her job to tell her. Dorinda tells her not to project. In her interview, Ramona says Dorinda is going to regret losing her temper tomorrow. It’s not really what she’s feeling. She says it’s not the right time, and Dorinda tells her to shut her mouth. Bethenny tells Carole that they’re not getting to a final answer. Maybe there isn’t one. It’s sad. Carole says it doesn’t have to be sad. She does love Bethenny. She kisses Bethenny’s cheek, and leaves. Bethenny says it’s the worst vacation she’s ever been on in her entire life.

In her interview, Bethenny says she and Carole connected, and it felt great being close, but if it’s destroyed over nothing, was it a friendship. Bethenny says she doesn’t want to cry. In her interview, Carole says it’s like an abusive relationship, and she feels gaslighted. Dorinda rants about LuAnn being holier than thou. In her interview, Tinsley understands where Dorinda is coming from. LuAnn is someone who used to drink a ton, and fell in bushes – we flash back to the clip that keeps on giving – and she shouldn’t be lecturing Dorinda. Sonja says you don’t talk about people drinking when you’re not. Carole thinks conflict motivates Bethenny’s relationships.

Back at the casa, Bethenny takes her balloon and goes upstairs. Ramona thinks it’s sad. LuAnn asks Bethenny what happened. Bethenny says it can’t be worse than what happened to LuAnn. LuAnn says she wanted to throw up. Dorinda was getting angry and starting to turn. She said not to tell her about drinking. It was being drunk that got her arrested, and ranted about her being an ex-countess. LuAnn starts to cry, saying that’s what Dorinda thinks of her. Bethenny says it’s not. In her interview, she says Dorinda gets hardcore, nasty, and deep. LuAnn is just out of rehab and doing a decent job. She doesn’t need it. Bethenny says it’s not what Dorinda thinks of her; it’s what she thinks of herself. She says she hasn’t told anyone this, and tells LuAnn about Puerto Rico. We flash back to that, and Bethenny says she was so stunned. She had to have compassion. She knows Dorinda has a problem; it was rough. LuAnn doesn’t think Dorinda will get help, because she doesn’t know she has a problem. Bethenny thinks she does. LuAnn asks what happened with Carole, but Bethenny doesn’t know. Nothing and everything. She never had a close friendship dissolve this way.

Carole goes for a swim, and finds Dorinda sitting at the table when she comes back. She feels bad about the fight. She’s very forgiving, but won’t apologize. She’s been a good friend to LuAnn. Carole says if that’s what it’s really about. Dorinda says LuAnn has no gratitude, and don’t shame her. In her interview, Carole says it sounds like she didn’t respond well. People don’t want to be preached to about drinking too much by someone who just got out of jail for drinking too much.

Dorinda says she wasn’t drunk; she was just drinking. Bethenny tells LuAnn that everyone knows Dorinda has a problem. LuAnn says it was a crazy day, and they’re going to the island tomorrow. Bethenny leaves the balloon, and goes back downstairs. Carole tells Dorinda not to think about it. LuAnn feels she should impart wisdom. Dorinda says, wisdom, good; judgment, bad. In her interview, Bethenny says it’s like the odometer went back to zero. She isn’t sure where her relationship with Carole lies. Do they love each other, or hate each other? Are they going to spoon, or never speak again? Dorinda takes her cigarettes out of her purse upside down, and they fall all over the place. Bethenny sees Dorinda’s lipstick is smeared, and she has a Joker mustache. She doesn’t know why Carole let her stay that way. Bethenny wipes Dorinda’s mouth, and Dorinda starts laughing. She says she’s ended her relationship with LuAnn. Carole thinks she should sleep on it. Bethenny tries to explain that LuAnn wasn’t being judgmental, and no one’s against her. LuAnn really loves her. She’s never seen LuAnn like this, as a person who’s not full of sh*t. So she has a moment; let her have it. Make it nice. Dorinda says she always wants to take back things she says, and she’s quick to say she’s sorry. It’s not like she brought the world down. LuAnn needs to tend her own garden. Bethenny tells her it will be okay.

Next time, Dorinda talks to LuAnn, Ramona moons, and the boat trip from hell.

😥 On Watch What Happens Live, we got the word that Carole is leaving the show.

🍗 On MasterChef, the contestants prepared chicken dishes, in teams of two. Ashley and Taylor collaborated, and Gordon said he’d seen better chicken prep on MasterChef Junior. He kept saying, who mauled this chicken? and reminded me of my fourth-grade teacher, saying, who did this? when someone wrote poop on the blackboard. No one confessed (no, it wasn’t me), and we all had to stay in for recess, but it was worth it. I can still see her now…  Gordon eventually told the same team that it was the most dysfunctional forty-five minutes in the history of MasterChef. I’d buy this, if he didn’t say stuff like that all the time. The elimination test was a perfect cheese souffle in forty minutes. Cesar and Ryan made fundamental errors that got them called to the front, and Ryan ousted. Cesar said it was a wake-up call, and was going to make sure to bring his best effort every time, like he tells his students. Ryan’s souffle tasted of more egg white than cheese souffle, although Aaron said he has a beautiful future ahead. Ryan said he came in a drummer from Houston, but knows he’s more than that. He found his rhythm in the MasterChef kitchen. Next week the MasterChef restaurant opens its doors to the hardest food critics – kids. Christina also makes an appearance.

🍨🐶 The Fetch Bistro in Wichita, Kansas, caters to people and dogs, and was featured on 24 Hours to Hell and Back. Pam and Greg were the owners, along with their two standard poodles. The place was total chaos, and patrons kept finding dog hair in their food. One of the waitresses didn’t think dog hair did a lot for the appetite, but I’d just think I was at home. Oddly enough, I would be more bothered by people hair. There was no head chef (Gordon called the restaurant rudderless), and no standards for the pets in the dining room. The owners barely seemed married, and Greg treated his wife like a server. Gordon said the dogs were more in charge, and the food wasn’t even as good as a diner. He did the usual redecorating, including dog beds, and made the outside space functional and recreational, putting in a dog park and bocce ball. He also brought in people to teach them to cook, and cleaned the place up. He showed a video to Greg where Greg was ordering his wife around, and said he could reform the restaurant, but Greg’s attitude had to start with him. He told Greg to cut the crap, get a grip, and treat Pam with respect. Gordon took what he called a kennel, and turned it into an amazing restaurant. After three months, everyone is still happy. Next time, the two most stubborn owners, and the most difficult transformation ever. With the kitchen a war zone, Gordon might not be able to get it done in 24 hours.

🎉 Good News…

Chris Hardwick has been vindicated. And in extra news, Fear the Walking Dead returns August 14th, and The Walking Dead returns October 7th.

💤 Goodnight…


July 24, 2018 – Margaux Plays Detective, Hannah Gets in Trouble, Tyler, Two Toms & Four Thoughts


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

We see the headline: Fugitive found – Peter August in custody. Margaux bugs Drew, who’s sitting at the bar in the MetroCourt.

Nina visits Peter in the hospital. she wanted to make sure he was okay. He says she looks fantastic, and she says she runs a fashion magazine. They just kept her overnight as a precaution, but she’s on her way home. She tells him that Obrecht is in custody. Peter says he knows she was unraveling, but she starved and tortured him. He can’t be sorry she’s been brought to justice. She asks why he didn’t tell the police she was an accomplice.

Kiki goes to Alexis’s house. She doesn’t like Kiki’s look, and asks, what happened? Kiki says there was an article in The Invader about how accomplished David is, and how she’s exploiting him. Alexis says Scotty goes for the jugular, and knows how to work the press. She tells Kiki The Invader is just rag, and no one takes it seriously. Kiki says, until they do.

Ava and Griff see Julian, who tells them he’s staying at the hotel. He asks if they’ve seen The Invader’s article about Kiki’s lawsuit. Ava says it’s a good thing she’s reformed, or she’d be tempted to do something. Julian has some thoughts, but she tells him to hold on to them; they’ll talk later. After Julian leaves, Griff wonders, what thoughts?

Chase jumps rope at the gyn. Jason comes in, and asks if there are any updates on their plan. He’s worried about Michael. Chase says Nelle needs to be stopped, but Jason says, not if it costs Michael his life.

At the MetroCourt, Michael tells Nelle he thinks they should get away for a while. He asks if she wants to go hot or cold, and she says it depends on how she feels. He asks if she’s okay. She tells him that she’d feel better if her husband didn’t sneak off in the middle of the night, and she found herself alone. He says he had some dealings with the Japanese markets and didn’t want to wake her; she needs her sleep. She says she’ll tell him when she needs something. If he can’t or won’t give it to her… Michael says, then what?

Margaux tells Drew that she’s staying in the suite once occupied by Peter. She understands he’s been apprehended, and says, who knew he wasn’t who he said he was?

Peter tells Nina that he meant what he said. She’s a kind decent, woman. The only reason she got involved was because she wanted justice for her brother. He’s alive thanks to her. She says Valentin dragged him out, but he says he wouldn’t be there if she hadn’t intervened. She saved his life. Valentin arrives, and says there’s an old saying that when you save someone’s life, it belongs to you forever.

Griff asks Ava how Julian could help with the lawsuit? She says he’s always acting like he has the solution to everything, and knows better than everyone else. They’re about to go into the MetroCourt restaurant, and see Michael and Nelle. Ava suggests they go to Kelly’s. Griff asks if she’s avoiding Michael or Nelle. She says she doesn’t want to be reminded of the wedding. Carly accused Nelle of gaslighting her, and said she couldn’t have done it by herself. That’s Carly. Always blaming someone else. She says if they get room service, they could have breakfast in bed. He wants her to tell him why she keeps changing the subject.

Alexis says Kiki will be judged in a courtroom in front of a judge and a jury of her peers, not the court of public opinion. Kiki asks her to be honest. What are her chances of winning. Alexis says very good, but Kiki wants her to promise that, when it’s over, at the very least, David will be prevented from doing it again. Alexis says she’d be lying if said it always goes in the plaintiff’s favor.

Jason tells Chase, if it works, they’ll get what they want, but there are a lot of variables. They know Nelle isn’t predictable. She could get help without him, and they’ll have no warning and no way to stop it.

Nelle says, since the wedding, Michael has been distant. It’s like he has buyer’s remorse, and she doesn’t know what she did wrong. She just wants to be a loving wife and mother. Why is he treating her like an obligation; like he’s only putting up with the marriage? Michael says marriage is new to him too. He says, to be honest… never mind. She says, what? They have to talk about these things. He says he’s just worried about his mom. It’s bad enough she’s in Ferncliff, but now she’ll be there longer. Nelle thinks he’s right. She doesn’t want to talk about his mom. The stress is no good for the baby. Michael says, or her. Nelle says Carly is still coming between them. Whether she’s locked up or crashing their wedding, she’s always there; she wins. Michael says it’s not a competition. Hasn’t he proved that? She says, before. She keeps thinking about the ELQ benefit, where she showed up in the wrong dress. He came in wearing a loud Hawaiian shirt to make her feel better. It was a little thing, but it meant a lot. It showed he cared. She wishes they could be in that place again.

Drew tells Margaux that Peter appeared to be a CEO. He entrusted the future of his company to Peter, and Peter betrayed that trust. Margaux says people lie on their resumes all the time, but he says they usually don’t lie about their name. Peter knew his father was coming after him, but didn’t tell anyone. One of his best employees was made a widow, and his fashion editor, Nina, lost her brother. Everything Peter set in motion affected a lot of lives. He hopes she goes after him. She has a lot of questions, but they have to wait. Drew says a lot of them can be answered on the website, but she says, not all.

Valentin says it looks like Peter may have repaid him. Nina says by covering up her part. Peter suggests she not say that out loud. Three-quarters of getting away with something is keeping your mouth shut. He doesn’t want her to think about him one more minute. She has better things to do, and better people to worry about. She leaves, and Valentin thanks him for covering. Peter says he brought his father into her life, and he took her brother. Valentin says, no argument from him. Peter says that brings him to Valentin. How does he repay the man he thought was a friend, who destroyed his life?

Ava says if anyone is changing the subject, it’s Griff. When he heard Peter was in the ER, he shut down. Griff says he was frustrated. He couldn’t get ahold of Anna, and didn’t want to take out his frustrations on her. She asks if he isn’t worried about the DNA test. It won’t help him to tell anyone, and Peter is beyond saving. He says, it’s never too late for salvation. She says he can tell her anything. He kisses her, and has to go.

Nelle tells Michael that she’s getting a reminder from the baby about what’s at stake. She apologizes for being touchy. He tells her, no worries. The only thing they can do is move forward. She says, absolutely, and tells him to get back to the office, and don’t worry about her or the baby. They’ll be just fine. When he’s gone, she takes out her phone.

Chase tells Jason there’s always a risk when it comes to a sting. Jason says, Michael’s like is not an acceptable risk. Chase says, he’s not alone. They have the full cooperation of Jordan and the PCPD. He gets a text, and says Nelle wants to meet on the pier. Jason asks if he thinks she’s going to ask him to kill Michael. Chase says the clock is ticking. Jason says, what if they’re wrong? Either way, he needs to know exactly what she says.

Ava goes to Julian’s hotel room. She wants to hear his plan to help Kiki. He says there’s no plan. He’s withdrawing the offer. He can’t get involved.

Kiki tells Alexis that she’s read the statistics. Out of 11,000 sexual harassment cases, barely 6% end up getting justice. Alexis sees she’s been on the internet when she told her not to do that. She says they’ve been over this. It’s going to be difficult, but she has to be strong. Kiki says she’s doing her best, but she doesn’t know how much more she can take. Alexis hugs her.

Valentin tells Peter that he wishes he could fix what he did. Peter says Valentin handed him over to his father to raise him. Valentin says that’s why he broke Peter out of jail. He asks what he can do to balance their ledger? Peter laughs, saying it’s a great question. He wishes he had an answer. He tells Valentin not to worry. One day, he’ll be right again, and will think of something.

Griff asks Nina what she’s doing. She says, going to work, and he says, absolutely not. She says she can’t stay here. Her soon-to-be ex is overly concerned. He says he’ll sign off on her discharge if she goes directly home and rests. She can work from home, as long as it’s not stressful. She promises to stay stress-free. He thinks maybe someone should stay with her, and Valentin appears, saying that’s not a problem.

Jason punches the bag. Michael comes in, and says the traditional, what did that bag ever do to you? Jason says it’s good to see him safe and sound. Michael asks why he wouldn’t be, and Jason says he’s setting up his wife to kill him. Jason was there when Chase got the text. Game on.

Nelle waits at the docks. Chase arrives, and she says, everything he told her, everything he warned her about Michael, turned out to be true.

Ava says Julian can’t help defend his niece against a predator? Kiki could lose and her career could be tanked. He says he can help legally, but she says no one needs his legal help. He tells her that he wants to be a better man for Kim and her son. Charlie’s is a fun, legit place, here people come to have a good time. Ava says, people like Kim? She asks if he thinks it’s serious, and he says all he knows, is that if Ava can make it work with Dr. Do-Good, anything can happen.

Griff tells Peter that he’ll get the paperwork ready, then he’s done. Peter says it was unfair to tell him to stay silent when he found out Peter was Faison’s son. Griff says he made own choices. Peter says he must be relieved the secret is out. Griff asks if he looks relieved. I have never once seen Griff look relieved. Peter tells him not to worry; he’ll take it to his grave. Griff says the thing about a lie is that it makes it easier to tell another, and another, until – Margaux pops in and asks for a minute. Peter says he doesn’t know he, but she says he does now. She’s the DA. He thinks he should have his lawyer there, but she says it’s just a friendly visit to let him know that when he goes to jail this time, he’ll stay there.

Drew appears, saying he thought Margaux would be there. He asks if they mind if he joins them. He has some questions himself. Margaux says she can’t ask any unless his lawyer is present, and steps aside. Drew says when Peter was in prison, he offered Drew his life back. He’d like to know where the hell it is.

Valentin brings Nina to her hotel room. He tells her when she’s up for a visit, he’ll bring Charlotte by. She tells him mission accomplished, and not to treat her like an invalid. He says he pulled her out of a burning barn, and saved her life. She says, thanks, but he says he doesn’t need gratitude. He needs her. She says the relationship is broken beyond repair, even if he doesn’t accept it. It’s like science. You don’t have to believe it, just accept that it is. He says they love each other, and a life or death situation puts things in perspective. They’re still in love and still alive. He can’t promise to always pull her from burning barn, but he can show her in smaller ways. He puts his hand on hers and says, in her heart, she wants it to be possible.

Michael tells Jason that he cares about the baby growing up with a mother in prison. Jason says, it’s better than the alternative. Michael says they’ll ask questions at some point, and ask to see her. Jason says he’ll handle it. It will be okay because he’s their dad. They’ll feel loved and valued, and trust him. He gives Michael a lot of credit for putting his kid first, unlike Nelle. He tells Michael to think of the kind of mother she’d be; what she’d teach their child; there’s nothing more important than getting what you want. The baby deserves a loving mother, not someone who will use the child as a pawn to get what she wants.

Nelle tells Chase that Michael only married her to secure parental rights. He’s going to take the baby away. He’s leaving everything to the baby. He’ll divorce her, and because he’s a Quartermaine, she’ll be deemed unfit, and lose everything. She signed a prenup. Chase said he’d take care of her, and he’s a man of his word. The only way to protect herself is to stay married. Chase says the Quartermaines are crazy rich, but they would never hurt her to take her baby. Nelle says not them, but the Corinthos side. They want to take her out. He asks if that isn’t a little extreme, but she says they don’t just want her out of Michael’s life. They want her dead.

Alexis asks Kiki what she’s going to do. She says, stay focused, and binge cute animal videos online. She pictures walking into the courtroom, and seeing David’s smug grin, like she never had a chance. Alexis says, wipe it off. She wants a little more enthusiasm. She says, desperate times call for desperate measures.

Ava tells Julian it would make his day if there was trouble between her and Griff. Julian says, as long as he makes her happy, and she says, he does. He says he didn’t doubt it until she tried to convince him. He asks what’s going on, but her phone rings. She says it’s Alexis. Alexis says she needs to see her. Ava asks if it’s about Kiki’s trial, and Alexis says she’ll tell her when she gets there. Julian wonders what it’s about, and Ava says she’ll know when she gets there, and gripes about being summoned like a servant.

Drew tells Peter that he’d said there’s a flash drive with his memories on it. He used it as a bargaining chip. Drew insists it was a lie, and Peter never had it, but Peter says he did. He was going to give it to him, but then Obrecht got him. He was unconscious, and left it in the hotel room. There was an envelope with Drew’s name on it, but then, everything went dark. Margaux remembers finding the envelope. She says she’s going to leave them. She hopes Peter enjoys stay. It’s a spa compared to where he’s going next. Peter says Obrecht drugged him, but he had Drew’s memories. Drew says they both know Peter never indented to give it to him.

Nina tells Valentin not to think she doesn’t want to walk into her office, and see a beautiful flower arrangement. It breaks her heart, thinking of him, her, and Charlotte, sitting on the couch, watching TV. It will never happen again. He took Anna’s baby and gave it to Faison. An innocent child was given to a monster, because of his vendetta. If Peter wants to forgive Valentin, that’s his business. She can’t do that. He was a beautiful, innocent child, not a weapon of revenge.

Nelle says she heard Sonny telling Michael he’ll take care of the problem. She’s the problem. She knows how Sonny takes care of problems. Chase suggests telling Jordan.

At Alexis’s place, Ava says she hopes it’s important. Alexis says it might come as a shock, but she needs Ava’s help with something.

Griff sees Kiki at the hospital. She says she’s an idiot, and he asks, why? She says The Invader ran a mean, ugly editorial about her, and she read it. He says he did too. She says, and then he stopped and put it away, but she keeps reading it. She’s obsessed. He says it’s complete garbage, and she says, it gets recycled, and never goes away. She walks away.

Valentin tells Nina that he’ll back off; give her time and distance. She needs to miss what they have. Then there’s hope. She says Peter needed hope. If he had a time machine, and could give Peter a chance at a normal life, away from Faison – who caused them so much pain. Can he give that to Peter? Can he give her brother back? Valentin says he can’t. She says then there’s not a lot to talk about. She tells him to go away. Leave her alone. He leaves, and she leans against the door. He lingers on the other side, and finally walks down the hall.

Peter tells Drew, it’s the truth. The flash drive is out there. Drew tells him to stop. Even if he believed Peter – which he doesn’t – it’s too late. He has a life; the only life that matters. If he wants to make it right, good luck. Peter says, it’s the truth. He coughs, and says, it’s out there… somewhere. How X-Files of him.

Margaux asks the MetroCourt hostess if they have a lost and found; she lost an earring. The hostess opens a locked box for her, and Margaux pretends to look. She finds the flash drive, and hides it in her hand, saying it’s not there. When the hostess takes the box back, she looks at the flash drive.

Michael tells Jason he still doesn’t know if the good he saw in Nelle was ever there. In a way, he hopes it wasn’t, and she was playing him all along. If there was any genuine real shot at happiness, that person is long gone. Jason says he’s sorry Nelle isn’t the person Michael wants her to be, but all that matters is containing the threat, so the baby will be safe.

Nelle tells Chase that Michael’s father is relentless; his eyes are flat and cold. She’s just an obstacle to be removed. She doesn’t want to die. Chase holds her, and says that’s not going to happen. She asks what she’s going to do? There’s nowhere she can go or hide where he can’t find her. How can he protect her/ Chase says he can be resourceful when he needs to be. She says the only way for Michael not to become a widower, is if she becomes a widow first. Um… wouldn’t Sonny be gunning for her extra hard if that happened?

Tomorrow, Nelle tells Chase there’s only one solution, Michael tells Jason the trap has been set, and Alexis brings a group together for Kiki.

Below Deck Mediterranean

Kenny wants lunch to be carted to the beach. Adam knew he’d try to get payback, and says, let’s do this, even though it takes a couple of hours to set something like that up. Hannah never had an anxiety attack on a boat, and thinks it’s more than just Conrad. Captain Sandy is breathing down her neck, and she’s sharing a cabin with someone who’s seeing a guy she detests.

The tender is lowered, and everyone runs around trying to get the lunch packed and everything ready. Conrad is worried about Hannah, but has to concentrate on his work. They head for the beach with the supplies. Kenny and company get busy with drinking. Jamie is upset that she’s sick, and the captain tells her not to cry. She didn’t ask to be sick; just take her medicine and rest. Jamie says it’s horrible.

João and Brooke set up the tent, and Brooke decorates the table shells. Adam says with this industry and the echelon of clients, you don’t get a second chance. He wants to make sure the guests have the best possible experience. Kasey thinks the charter is running smother because no one is hassling her; she and Brooke are in sync. Adam thinks Brooke pulled off the fastest beach picnic in history. Kenny asks for the slide when they return.

Lunch is served, and Kenny asks if there are any onions in it. Brooke says, absolutely not, but he doesn’t trust it. Wife Amber says Adam is stepping up this time, but the day isn’t over. Captain Sandy thinks Conrad is laser focused, and jokingly asks, what’s different? Adam brings some food to Hannah. He doesn’t want to pry, but needs to ask if she’s okay.

Amber asks if João and Brooke are roommates. She says, no, but Amber says, sometimes? and Brooke gets embarrassed. She thought she was being professional. The tent blows away, but João catches it before it gets to the water. Captain Sandy washes dishes because she’s cool that way. All that work, and the guests are back, and ready for the slide. It does look like fun. Brooke says they loved the food, and the captain says they’re amazing, referring to her crew.

Conrad asks how Hannah is feeling. In his interview, he says his father dumped him and ran. He never wants anyone to feel abandoned like he did as a child. Captain Sandy wants to move the boat slightly, while leaving everything in the water. She tells Conrad to move the slide with the tender. João makes a suggestion, but Conrad says it’s sorted. João asks why not take his idea into consideration; he’s just offering advice. Conrad tells him to just shut his mouth and do his job. In his interview, João wonders why he needs to take orders from a bosun who knows less than him. This is just a wild guess, but because he’s the bosun and not you? In his interview, Conrad says he was expected to act with respect when he was growing up. João doesn’t like to be challenged, and can’t back down. He has to fight back. João wonders why his way isn’t better.

Captain Sandy looks in on Hannah, and asks if she ate. Hannah says she had a sandwich, and should be fine first thing tomorrow.

The guests drink like fish in the hot tub, which I suppose is appropriate. The captain says the picnic was the fastest set up in the history of yachting, and tells them that they were amazing. João thinks Conrad looks ridiculous towing the slide, but Captain Sandy seems to think it’s awesome, and takes pictures. She tells João he can drive the boat. Brooke is glad Kasey is mature and able enough to put aside their personal drama; they have a good working relationship. The guests get ready for dinner. Adam is ready to deal with Kenny; he’s in the right mindset. Anchor is dropped, and the slide is put back in place. The captain says there are many ways to solve a problem. There is no right or wrong, as long as it’s solved. I concur.

Everyone waits on Kenny and Amber to get in gear for dinner. Adam says it’s classic yachting. He preps to hold for this reason. Captain Sandy says it’s going to be a late night. Apparently, Kenny and Amber are napping, and Brooke says it’s her first time waking up guests. They could be hostile, but they might be mad if they want to have dinner and missed it. Dinner was supposed to be at 9:30. It’s 10 30 and Desmond wants to eat.

Brooke calls the room, saying she wanted to make sure they knew dinner was at 9:30, but they’re holding it off. In her interview, she’s worried, since Adam has an issue with not communicating. She wants to get it right. Adam is practically falling asleep. Brooke tells the other guests that Kenny is working on getting it together. She brings him coffee or tea or something. Amber isn’t feeling well. Brooke suggests starting dinner in ten minutes, and they’ll hold hers on the side. Brooke tells Adam, who says, let’s get this party started. He says she always tries to find solutions.

Hannah tells Kasey that she’s trying to keep food down. In her interview, she says anxiety debilitates you, and it spilled over into the workplace, but there’s nothing she can do. Adam wants to show what he’s capable of. He’s keeping it local, creating an appetizer with the figs he picked on the hike and walnuts. The entrée is a rib eye with twice baked potatoes, which sounds awfully good. Captain Sandy interrupts Colin’s downtime, saying they need him. She helps bring some plates up to the guests, and they ask if she’s eating with them. She explains she’s helping because they’re shorthanded.

Conrad gets in bed with Hannah. Colin says Brooke makes him feel like he’s the world’s greatest comedian. Amber makes it to the table. Give that lady an onion! Brooke thinks everything is going smoother without Hannah. She’s not second guessing herself, and has help. It’s better than usual. Colin makes up a Broadway song, and sings while he mops the galley, making everyone laugh.

Adam visits the dinner table. Amber tells him it’s the best potato ever. Finally, everyone goes to bed, and everything is quiet.

Hannah says she has two options. Go home and get healthy, or throw herself into her work, finish the season with her head held high, and make some money. Colin calls home, and says it’s crazy busy on the yacht. Hannah tells herself, it’s just a moment in time. Jamie does laundry. Kasey says João is trying, but she’s not going to be fake. She tells Hannah that Brooke thinks they’re all talking about her and João, but no one is. Hannah says Brooke goes from relationship to relationship. In her interview, Kasey says Hannah wanted to fire her, but now she wants to have mean girl gossip. It’s a power move, and interesting that she’s a chess piece.

Jamie doesn’t want to get anyone sick, but doesn’t want them to have a double work load. Adam calls Captain Sandy to the galley. He tells her that he has plethora of onions, and suggests having a scavenger hunt. The captain asks if the prize is an onion, which is exactly what I was thinking. She tells him it’s a brilliant idea. Breakfast starts. Hannah tells Brooke that Kasey really turned around, and everyone is happy. In her interview, Brooke feels betrayed, and isn’t entertaining any nastiness. Hannah thinks João came between them, and when he dumps Brooke – not if, but when – she’ll come crawling back. Brooke doesn’t care about Hannah’s opinion, but don’t take out on her.

Kenny tells Hannah that Brooke is awesome. They’ve been calling João Ice, like from Top Gun. Hannah hasn’t seen it, only clips, which Kenny finds shocking. I have to confess, I didn’t see it in the theater, and never paid enough attention when it was on TV to know what he’s talking about. Kenny says they were talking about putting them together, meaning Brooke and João, and Hannah says, interesting. She asks if they put Kasey with anyone, and he says, no. Before he even finishes the word, Hannah asks what about her. He says they all seem too young for her, and she says they’re very young. She feels like a grandmother. The most fabulous breakfast in the world is ready. Amber says, it’s everything you could possibly want. In his interview, Adam says he wants to prove he has what takes to satisfy a guy like Kenny. I could make a rude joke here, but I’ll let it pass. Jamie works and coughs. Captain Sandy asks if she’s okay, and Jamie says working makes her feel better. In her interview, the captain says Jamie has been on antibiotics, and hopefully past the infectious stage. She’s an adult, and the captain can’t force her to stay down.

Hanna makes suggestions for the guests’ itinerary. Kenny asks if Brooke and Ice can come with them to the mainland. She asks if she’s not their number one anymore, and Kenny invites her along. Colin asks Brooke how service went, and she says it was great, but too long. Hannah tells the captain the guest want to be taken out exploring, then dropped off at the beach for a couple of hours. Kenny wants to do a backflip off the wakeboard, when he’d previously said he wanted a jet ski. Captain Sandy tells Conrad it’s all about quickness, and he says he got mixed signals. In her interview, the captain says she’s forgiving. She understands that the crew is human and flawed, but she wants accountability. She tells Conrad that yesterday, he was unbelievable. She wondered, who is this guy? Guess who wasn’t on deck? Conrad says, no, but she shakes her head. He says he hasn’t spoken to Hannah, and the captain tells him not to revert back. Take a breath before he launches into something.

Kenny does some waterskiing… or something. Hannah tells Captain Sandy that they’re taking them to the cape. In her interview, the captain sys that Hannah looks great; refreshed. She bounced back; what she needed was rest. Hannah asks if they should drop the guests off, or stay and have a Coke with them. Captain Sandy is happy that Hannah pulled it together in a day, and tells her that’s fine, but don’t stay for hours. They head for the mainland, and set up a bar on the dock. Hannah says the guests want her to have a drink, but she wouldn’t put past Captain Sandy to give her a breathalyzer.

Brooke tells João about the tension with Hannah. He says it’s kindergarten sh*t. Conrad tells Hannah what Captain Sandy said. Hannah thinks the captain knows not to try that with her, because she’ll fight back. Does Hannah understand that Captain Sandy is her boss? Back at the yacht, the boat gets spiffed up, and dinner is prepared. At 7:30, they’re still not back, and the captain starts to get pissed. She says Hannah was down for 24 hours, and then jumps on a boat, while Brooke is stuck carrying the load. It’s not fair. She radios for Hannah to get back to the boat, and see her immediately. She’s not happy.

The clock ticks away, and the captain says Hannah is taking advantage. In the tender, Hannah says she’s just doing her job. Captain Sandy wants to fire her effing ass. João says, better them than us. Kenny says, it was awesome. Hannah goes to the bridge, and the captain tells her to get away, and go to her cabin. She’ll see Hannah when she’s calm. Hannah starts to leave, and the captain says she’s on the verge of firing her. Hannah asks, for what? and she tells Hannah to leave. Hannah freaks in her cabin.

To be continued…

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📺 The Haves and the Have Nots will be back in August. It’s just reruns in the timeslot right now. I have no idea when If Loving You Is Wrong is coming back. I miss Tyler Perry, but I’m grateful for the break.

📣 A TomTom Tidbit…

Just when you thought LVP couldn’t open one more restaurant.

💭 Midweek Thoughts…








July 23, 2018 – Finn Plunges Into the Fire to Save Peter, Vicki Apologizes to Eddie & Wrapping It


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Alexis meets Lucas at the hospital. She has a few details regarding the adoption. Nothing urgent, but it’s important. The birth mother is due this week.

Julian thanks Kim for helping him move his stuff to the hotel. She says she’s mostly there for the obligatory post pizza. She’s surprised the bellhops didn’t offer to help, but he thinks that’s Olivia’s doing. The only reason she’s letting him stay there is because he’s Leo’s father. That’s where her hospitality begins and ends. Kim thinks he’ll manage fine. He says, it’s not like he’s staying with her.

Josslyn and Oscar binge watch some TV shows. Josslyn says it’s doing a good job at keeping her mind off her problems, but her eyes can’t take another episode. They cuddle and kiss.

At the MetroCourt, Drew’s assistant gives him an envelope. He looks at whatever’s inside, and puts his head in his hands. Margaux approaches, and asks if it’s bad news.

The stable continues to burn. Nina wants to go back in for Peter, but Valentin says he’ll get him. Finn tells Valentin it’s not his call, and goes in himself. Everything is blazing like crazy. Finn sees Peter, and pulls him up from the floor.

Alexis asks Lucas if he’s excited or terrified, and he says, both. He says it’s been a gradual process with the parents-to-be in his family, but with them, bam! A baby. Alexis says she’ll make the transition as easy as possible, but it’s going to go quickly once the mother is in labor. She’ll be called, and do the transfer from GH to their custody. Lucas says, unless the birth mother changed her mind, and doesn’t give up the baby at all.

Julian tells Kim that didn’t come out right. He didn’t want to put her on the spot by asking. She says he’ll never know what she would have said now. He didn’t expect an invite; not at this point in their relationship. Kim agrees. Julian didn’t expect to get on the topic, but since they are, he asks if he was off-base when he was talking about their future.

Oscar asks Josslyn if there’s something wrong. She says she thought they could take it upstairs. He says, like… and she says, yeah. He asks what if Sonny comes home, but she says he won’t be back until later. She starts to lead him upstairs, but he doesn’t think it’s a good idea.

Maxie frets that it’s taking too long. Lulu says the emergency people are en route. Nina cries that it’s all her fault, but Valentin says she couldn’t rescue Peter on the best of days, and she’s been **. Maxie calls for Finn, who brings Peter out on his back. Maxie tells Peter that it’s her, and please don’t die. He has to wake up. Finn does chest compression, while Maxie does mouth to mouth. Lulu says the paramedics are here. Maxie tells Peter that he has to hang in there.

Margaux asks to join Drew; she has something for him. He asks what business the DA could have with his company, and she gives him a Woodchucks hat, telling him to consider it a peace offering. He didn’t know they were fighting, but she says it’s compensation, since he wouldn’t let her pay to have his shirt cleaned. She jokes that she gets the merchandise half-price since she works for the city, but he’s a little distracted. She thinks he’s bummed about the team, but he says it’s a disaster of another kind. He’s been invited to his high school reunion.

Oscar tells Josslyn that they haven’t talked about it much. She wonders what there is to talk about, and he says, plenty. The agreed to be committed to one another, but not put any pressure on themselves. She says she’s not feeling any pressure, He says, maybe she’s not, and she says he’s got to be kidding. He’s the only guy her age who doesn’t want to have sex. He says he does – when the timing is right. She thinks it’s literally perfect, and they should make the most of it, but he doesn’t want her to regret her first time.

Alexis tells Lucas the agreement says the birth mother will give up the baby, and she has every reason to anticipate that outcome. He says she has thirty days to change her mind. After thirty days of bonding, it can all be taken away. She says it’s okay to have reservations, but she doesn’t think that’s going to happen. He asks if there’s any way to assure that, and if they can be legally protected, but she says the contract can’t be changed. He wishes he knew that the baby was going to be home for good.

The paramedics think Nina will be fine, but Peter is in trouble. Nina starts getting upset, but Valentin tells her to stop. Peter’s breathing is shallow, and he has possible lung damage. Maxie says they have to save him. Don’t let him die.

Alexis tells Lucas that she’ll do everything she can to assure the process will go easily, but the clause is in the contract, and he and Brad agreed. Lucas remembers her telling them to think it through at the time. He thought he could live with it, but now the terms seem too large. She says, that’s the crux of being a parent; there are no guarantees. They have to trust they’ll be able to handle a crisis when it happens. She tells him not to spend time waiting for disaster, and miss the special moments. A nurse comes out, and tells Lucas that there are incoming.

Nina and Peter are wheeled in. Lucas is told that Nina is suffering from smoke inhalation, and was unconscious earlier, but now she’s awake and alert. Alexis locks eye with Finn.

Kim thinks Julian is being premature, and suggests they get him unpacked and settled in. He doesn’t want her to get weirded out because he brought up the future, but she says he can’t take it back. She likes him, but doesn’t want them to get ahead of themselves. He says he’s not getting down on one knee. For him, the future has been a problem, and he doesn’t want it to be a problem between them. There were times in life when he didn’t think he had a future, but that’s not the case right now. He’s not asking for a long-term commitment, and asks her to be patient if he looks in that direction. Kim says part of the attraction is that it feels so easy, and there’s been no pressure. They both have baggage, but checked it at the door, and are just being with each other in the here and now, and are enjoying each other. She can’t promise a future, much less sharing her life. Julian asks if she’s generally commitment phobic, or is it just him? She says she’s not worried about him. It’s Oscar who concerns her.

Josslyn asks Oscar why she’d regret it. She’s known for a while that she wanted the first time to be with him. He thinks they should talk about it another time. She says she just offered herself to him, and his response is some other time when it’s convenient> She asks if he wants to talk about it on his lunch break from his internship, since being with her is a horrible chore he wants to put off. He tells her, chill out. She’s acting crazy right now

Margaux suggests Drew could check out his old stomping grounds, and see how things are in retrospect. He says he doesn’t remember high school, and she says it’s a blur for her too. He tells her that his situation is unique. He has no memories before 2014.

Lucas orders oxygen for Nina, and asks that she be checked for any lung infection. Finn says Peter breathed in some heavy smoke, and was unconscious when he was when found. Lucas says to put him on oxygen, and set up a ventilator just in case.

Finn calls Anna, saying she needs to call him. Peter has been found. He’s inhaled heavy smoke and might be injured, but they don’t know yet. He asks her to call back.

Lucas examines Peter, and asks for chest x-rays. Lulu says she called the paramedics, but never went inside. Lucas wants to check her and Maxie out, but they insist they’re fine. Maxie asks if she can have a minute with Peter, and Lucas tells her to find them when she’s ready. She walks over to Peter’s bed.

Lucas wants to keep Nina overnight for observation. She says Valentin saved her life. He says he’s grateful for the chance. He sees Jordan outside, and says he’ll get her some water. Instead, he tells Alexis that Nina is going to need her help.

Josslyn asks Oscar what he called her, and he says, nothing. He said she was acting a certain way. Josslyn says he told her that she was crazy. He says, no, and he doesn’t blame her for acting impulsively. She tells him not to patronize her. He says it’s not a big deal. He doesn’t think they should rush in when they’re not ready. Josslyn tells Oscar not to project his insecurities onto her. If he doesn’t want to, fine, but don’t psychoanalyze it if he doesn’t want to admit the truth.

Julian tells Kim it’s no secret Oscar’s not his biggest fan. Kim says he’s still getting used to things; just give him time. He’s mature, but still a kid. He’s not used to the idea of her dating someone. Julian says, someone, or him? Kim says to say she was dating sparingly would be an understatement. She had no time, and as Oscar got older, no interest. Her focus has been on him, and just the two of them. Oscar just recently started branching out, living his own life. Julian thinks he shouldn’t fault her for doing the same, but she says it’s an adjustment. Her focus been Oscar and work, and she paid no attention to anything else. She didn’t think there was room in her life for anything else. Julian asks, what about now?

In the examining room, Alexis asks if Nina is saying Obrecht kidnapped Peter and kept him on her property. Valentin says for several days. Alexis says, she just happened to find out, and wasn’t aiding and abetting? She remembers their conversation, when Nina asked what constitutes an accessory to a crime. Valentin says it looks bad, and Nina needs legal representation. Alexis says she can’t represent Nina. Peter allegedly helped kidnap Drew and Jason, the fathers of her grandchildren. She’d be considered biased. She tells them she has some pro bono advice. When Nina is questioned, don’t say anything without representation present. Jordan comes in, telling Nina the doctor said she’s strong enough to answer questions. Valentin says the doctor is overly optimistic; she needs to recover. Jordan says, from the fire her aunt started? It’s hard to believe Obrecht did that by herself. She’s in custody. If Nina is involved, Obrecht is going to tell them. She suggests Nina do herself a favor and cooperate. Nina says, no questions until her attorney is there. Jordan leaves.

Jordan asks if Alexis is responsible for that. Alexis says she has no idea what Jordan means. Jordan says Nina refuses to talk without an attorney. Alexis says she’s not representing her. Jordan hopes Peter is more forthcoming.

Alexis sees Finn, and asks how he feels. He says, it’s no cakewalk. She says Anna must feel better knowing her son is okay. Finn says he hasn’t heard from her.

Peter says, Maxie, and she tells him not to move the mask. He’s being treated for smoke inhalation. He asks how long he was out, and she says, long enough that Obrecht nearly killed him. Nina tried save him. She’s in good shape, which is more than Maxie can say for him. He’ll probably go to prison soon, and she never has to see him again. He says she told them not to let him die.

Kim says Julian makes her happy, makes her laugh, and makes a mean cortado. She says it might be selfish to keep it going. If they take it to the next level, she’s afraid she can’t give him what he deserves. She knows how the last fourteen years have been, and has only so much room she allows in her heart. She’s afraid they’ll go down a path where she’ll break his.

Margaux suggest to Drew that some classmates might remember, and fill in the blanks. He says they’ll know what they thought about him, not who he was. She envies him, not remembering being burned by high school, and socially scarred for life. He says that’s one way to look at it. She apologizes for the mustard again, and says she’ll see him around.

Peter says Maxie still cares about him. She says she doesn’t care at all. He says she doesn’t want to see him die, but she says there’s been enough death around lately. She read his book. Assuming it’s true, bad things happened to him, but so what? They happen to a lot of people. True, they didn’t have an insane spy as a father, but they all have challenges. Most people don’t chose to take their garbage out on the rest of the world. Lying, scheming, keeping someone drugged up in a Russian clinic for five years. Her advice is that he needs to stop making excuses, and assuming his rotten childhood gives him a free pass. He could have died, but didn’t. He has people who care enough about him to try and save him. He owes it to them to do better. He’s been given a second chance; don’t waste it. She leaves. He coughs.

Jordan comes in with an officer, who handcuffs Peter to the bed. Jordan says he’s not going anywhere anytime soon, and he’ll be facing a slew of charges, but this time, he’s the victim. He asks if she’s really interested in catching his captors. She says, plural? Did Obrecht have an accomplice?

Finn tells Alexis that Anna is in Berkeley. They’ve texted, but haven’t spoken. Alexis says there’s nothing like explaining to an adult child that you neglected to mention a sibling. She had a similar situation, where she had kept the secret about giving up a child. It’s painful. Finn says he’s trying to give Anna space, but thought he’d hear from her after the last text. His phone dings, and it’s a text from Anna, saying she’s relieve Peter was found. She asks him to text updates on his condition, and she’ll call tomorrow. Finn thanks Alexis for humoring him. He’s grateful for their friendship. He looks at the text again, and is like, hmm…

Outside of Peter’s room, Maxie asks Lucas how Nina is feeling, and he asks who gave Jordan permission to speak to Peter? Jordan says he was about to ID Obrecht’s accomplice. Peter says Obrecht acted alone. She had no accomplice. Jordan says, she had no assistance in any capacity? Peter says, no; just Obrecht. Thank God Nina found him in the stables or he wouldn’t be alive.

Josslyn sees Oscar, and says she thought he left. He says not until they talk. He didn’t mean to offend her. She says he should have been more thoughtful with his choice of words. Isn’t that his thing? He says it sounded like she was forcing herself to do something she didn’t want to. She says she asked him because she did, and thought he felt the same. He says it doesn’t seem like the right time; for him at least. She says, whatever. They’ll wait, but if he’s waiting for her life to be normal, they’ll be waiting forever. No pressure. She’s not mad over it. There are other things more deserving of her anger. He asks if she wants to hang out, but she says she’s going to bed early. She stands by the door and stares straight ahead, and he kisses her cheek before he goes.

Kim says Julian deserves to know what he signed up for. He says he appreciates his time with her, and he’s happy with how things are. She says, for now. He says, no one knows the future. When something happens, they’ll deal with it. How about if they look for what exists right now; no looking ahead. They kiss.

Margaux goes to her hotel room. She kicks her shoes off, saying, what a day. She sees something behind the couch, and picks it up. It’s an envelope addressed to Drew.

Drew rips up the invitation to his reunion, puts on the hat, and heads for the elevator.

Margaux looks inside the envelope, but there’s nothing. She crumples it up, and tosses it aside.

Tomorrow, Griff asks Ava why she keeps changing the subject, Nina asks Peter why he lied, and Margaux has some questions for Drew.

The Real Housewives of Orange County

Tamra and Eddie are still waiting on counters and a sink for the kitchen. Eddie’s heart procedure didn’t work, and he’ll probably need another one. He’s also on blood thinners to prevent clots. Tamra takes his blood pressure. It’s hard for her, because there’s nothing she can do to help. She wants to tell him that he’ll be back to himself, but she doesn’t know that he will. It breaks her heart. Everything he loves to do has been taken away. Eddie insists he needs to run; it helps his mental state. Tamra wonders what will happen when he’s seventy. A food delivery comes from Vicki. Eddie says he’s not eating it. In her interview, Tamra thinks Vicki knows what she did was really wrong. We flash back to her repeating that Eddie is rumored to be gay. She’s trying everything get Tamra’s trust back, and she’s liking it. She’s hoping Vicki washes her car next. Eddie says he would rather eat the dog’s sh*t, and Tamra says she can arrange that. Ha-ha!

Shannon gets ready for a trip to Mexico with her daughters. It’s the time of year she and David typically took them on vacation, and he’s sending them on a trip. She’s not sure why, but if he’s offering, she’s taking it. She crams things into a suitcase. It’s the first time she’s taking them away as a single parent, so she’s struggling. It’s the first time she’s been to Mexico without David. It’s hurtful and painful; the breaking up of something. It’s tough to know she’ll be in this life forever, without wearing a wedding ring. Geez. I doubt the future is that glum.

Tamra and Emily go for a mani/pedi. Emily likes dark colors – like her soul. In her interview, Tamra says Emily is beautiful, fabulous, and over-the-top, but she’s just a good girl. Kelly joins them. Tamra tells her about Shannon going to Mexico. Kelly says it’s lucky David paid; Michael would never do something like that. Tamra asks about her and Michael’s arrangement, and Kelly says it’s one week on, one week off. She gets lonely. Tamra is surprised, saying she’s always on the go. Emily says she’s the same way. Tamra asks how long she’s been married, and Emily says, nine years. He was her boss. They talked a lot, and he asked her to marry him through Google chat. They didn’t have sex until they were married, since he’s a Mormon. He’s also half Persian. She says it’s an odd combination, but Persians make great husbands. They’re family oriented. Tamra asks if there’s been pressure on Emily to become Mormon, but she says no. They have five kids; two are her stepchildren. She didn’t technically have the other three either; her sister did. Cool. Emily tells them that she had six miscarriages. She tried in vitro, and carried twins to four months, then lost them. Wow. That’s so sad. Her sister stepped in, and she still has embryos left, but her husband doesn’t want another child. She wants Annabelle to have a sister like she does. She wants her daughter to have that connection.

Tamra gets a call from Shannon while she’s in the car wash. Shannon is calling from Mexico. She tells Tamra that they went as family a year ago. Tamra says if they’re having fun, that’s all that matters. The car wash gets loud, and Tamra can’t hear. Shannon says she thought they should turn it into a girls trip for a couple of days. She has history there with Vicki, and she’d like Tamra to bring her, and have some fun. In her interview, Shannon says her and Vicki’s history isn’t the best, but she wants to move forward, have a cocktail, and go crazy. Tamra says she’s there for Shannon, but she’s also dealing with Eddie. She’s trying to be there for everyone. Shannon asks her to see if they can get a flight.

Steve is preparing dinner when Vicki comes in. In her interview, she says their roles are reversed. Steve is home first, so he starts dinner. She feels like the man of the house. They talk about some household maintenance that needs to be done. Vicki says it’s a lot of work to run the house. It wasn’t meant for a single chick like her. She’s glad Steve participates. He asks about the rope course, and she says it was interesting. She and Tamra are good now. She just has one more hurdle, which is Eddie. In her interview, she wants to apologize for doubting his love for Tamra and repeating a rumor. Steve tells her not to worry, and do the best she can. She says she seems to be doing damage control all the time. That’s what happens when you do a lot of damage.

Eddie puts Tamra through some kettle belle moves. Gina and some other girls arrive at the gym. Tamra says she met Gina though a friend, and they connected immediately. She’s a smartass, puts it out there, and she’s a lot of fun. Kelly and Emily join them. In her interview, Emily says if she had time, she’s go to the gym, but has a job and kids. They get on the treadmill. Eddie helps with the circuit training. Kelly says that working out improves living her single life. It helps her stay young, and keeps her ass from dragging to the ground. In her interview, Emily wonders where the closest exit is, and how she can sneak out without anyone seeing. They do that double-rope thing I’ve always wanted to try. Eddie pronounces Kelly in first place. In her interview, Kelly says she’s competitive. In her family, if you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.

Gina tells us that she’s a circus act. She’s all OC until she opens her mouth. Her husband works in LA and has an apartment there. Tamra is shocked that Gina has never seen it. If it was Eddie’s, she’s be peeing all over it. Kelly wonders why they all didn’t just move, but Gina says she’s happy there, and the kids have adjusted. She’s like a single mom, but it works for them. In her interview, she loves that her husband is gone during the week, so she can bum around in sweat pants. She tells the girls that she drinks a lot of wine.

Vicki calls Kelly, telling her that she feels the need to meet with Tamra and Eddie. She and Tamra are fine, but Eddie is another story. He was mean to her too. She’s not going to remind him about that, but he wasn’t kind. In her interview, Kelly says apologies have always worked for her, but if she wants to move forward, she can’t reminding him about that stuff. In her interview, Kelly says this is why Vicki gets into trouble. Her apologies backfire.

Gina chases after her kids. She says she’s a survivalist parent; just trying to survive every day. She can’t get her daughter to do anything, including wearing underwear at present. She’s originally from Long Island, so she’s a bit of an outsider in the OC. She can’t order coffee without someone noticing she’s from New York; she’s a unicorn. Her heart will always belong in New York, but an opportunity took her husband to LA, and now he goes back and forth. She says a lot of people have the perfect family, with the husband coming home for dinner, but who knows what goes on behind closed doors? People can say what they want, but they’re doing it.

Tamra and Eddie are having lunch at a restaurant, when Vicki calls Tamra. Eddie looks blasé, and Vicki asks if she can intrude on them and talk to Eddie. Eddie shrugs. Vicki says give her twenty minutes. Eddie seems miffed, and Tamra tells him that she thought he was okay with it. She’s pleasantly surprised. It’s important for them to talk. She can’t move forward with Vicki if Eddie isn’t good with it. He asks if Vicki has apologized to her, and Tamra says Vicki’s way of apologizing isn’t traditional. We flash back to Vicki apologizing to Tamra, and starting another argument at the same time. Tamra knows she can’t make things right without him, but Eddie says he has no intention of being friends. Tamra wants to throw up.

Eddie orders a martini. Tamra says that’s Vicki’s drink, and he says she drinks dirty martinis because she’s dirty. Tamra orders one for Vicki. Eddie can’t understand why she wants to be friends after the sh*t Vicki put her through. In her interview, Tamra says it’s important to make things right. Eddie needs to get the stress out of his life because of his heart issues. Eddie asks if she remembers the sleepless nights when she and Vicki were fighting. Tamra says it was a hard thing. She talked to Shannon a million times about it. Vicki arrives, and makes small talk. She tells Eddie that she loves his wife, and therefore loves him. She messed up. She didn’t mean to hurt him. There’s no excuse for what she did. She was in a bad place, and was wrong. She asks if they can be friends. She knows it won’t be the way it was, but thinks now is the time. She says she’s shaking. Eddie says her spreading rumors caused a strain between him and Tamra. Tamra says her son’s friend asked why his stepdad was gay. Vicki asks her not to be that loud. Eddie says he tried not to let it bother him. It doesn’t matter what people say, but it affected their relationship. Vicki whips out some Bible verses, that are actually quite applicable. She reads them off, regarding about not keeping your mouth shut, not verifying a story, and how your words can be a poor reflection of the Lord, your friends, and family. She says she’s done all of those things. She’s ashamed of her words, and if it’s none of her business, she needs to stay out of it. It destroyed a friendship. She says it took her a long time to figure out what to say. She’s asking forgiveness. Eddie Said she seems to be feeling hurt, and he’s trying to understand how it started. Vicki says a man (meaning Brooks, who we see in a flashback) lied to her, and she felt alone. She didn’t have a best friend. Eddie says Tamra was just trying to protect her, and Vicki says, but then Tamra turned on her. We flash back to one of their many altercations, and in her interview, Tamra says, it’s typical Vicki. She blames someone else for everything that comes out of her own mouth. Vicki says she wants to go back, and tells Eddie that she’s sorry.

Shockingly, Eddie accepts Vicki’s apology, and Tamra tells her to stop shaking; they’re good. Vicki says she can’t do it anymore; she’s never repeating anything again. Eddie tells her, forgiveness is a slow process; they have to trust again. Vicki asks if he can make her butt look like Tamra’s. He says probably, but she has to work hard. At this point, she and Tamra are weepy. Tamra says, good things take a while, and Eddie says, everything worth having takes a while. I guess Eddie is memorizing fortune cookies since he can’t be at the gym. Tamra tells Vicki to never talk again. In her interview, Vicki takes it as a life lesson. Don’t take about people. It will come back to bite you. Since she can’t help herself, Vicki says Tamra is mean, and Tamra says Vicki is a charmer. In her interview, Tamra thinks Vicki is trying to be sincere. Part of her is learning and changing. Vicki is happy to have the weight lifted, and swears never to do it again. She leaves to go back to work. Before she gets in her car, she has to add that she hopes they never do what they did again either. Tamra tells Eddie that she knows Vicki was dying inside. Eddie felt she sincerely meant it.

In the car, Vicki calls Kelly, and says she did it. Eddie accepted her apology, and she feels so much better. In her interview, Kelly says she was taught to always forgive. Vicki asks if she’s doing anything; she thought she’d stop by. Kelly tells her to come on over.

Emily and husband Shane go out to eat for their anniversary. The restaurant is one the water, and their seats are impressive. Emily asks if Shane thought they’d get to nine years with three kids. They jumped in with no foundation. Emily orders champagne. In her interview, she says it’s hard, being married with kids. Shane was married to his first wife for nine years. She’s competitive, so they have to make it to ten. She asks him about work, and he talks about having to bring the kids’ lunch to the school. In her interview, Emily says he comes from money, but he has to work, and be example and role model for the kids. She grew up in a divorced household, and had no role model. She thanks him for being there for all five kids. In her interview, Emily says she knew he’d be a good partner, and she’s an attorney. If it doesn’t work out, she can do her own divorce.

She asks what Shane thinks about one more kid, and he says he doesn’t think about it. She wants more than one girl, and he says they got more than expected as is. She says if partners aren’t on the same page, they can find a compromise. He tells her that she’ll have to leave him, and pursue one that will. She says there are still nine embryos from him, and they’re lonely. He says they have each other. In her interview, Emily says she went through hell to get the embryos, and a lot of tears. She gets emotional talking about it. The food comes, and Emily repeats she wants another girl. Shane says there will be a four or five-year gap. Think about the three they have. It’s a lot, but a good a lot. Emily says, it is, and tells him, happy anniversary.

Vicki tells Kelly that her place is cute. Kelly says it’s old, but she made it cozy, and updated it. They sit on the couch, and Kelly says she heard a rumor that Vicki hooked Michael up. Vicki says she had a barbecue, and Michael was there, along with a friend of hers. She didn’t hook him up. Kelly says she didn’t say anything, and Vicki says she didn’t know where it was going, and it was none of her business. In her interview, Vicki reminds us of Kelly saying she hoped Michael would find a girlfriend, and we flash back to that. Vicki says it’s Michael’s responsibility to tell her. She and Steve have gone out with them a couple of times. Kelly says wonders why Vicki didn’t give her a heads up, and Vicki tells her not to twist it around to make her fault. Kelly says anybody would say this is effed up. I know I would. Vicki says it’s not her fault Kelly’s husband is dating someone. Kelly says this breaks her heart, and she starts to cry. Vicki says Kelly doesn’t love him, and so they went on double dates. Who cares who Michael goes out with? Kelly says she’s obviously not a friend; she doesn’t roll with girls like that. She tells Vicki to leave; she’s not Kelly’s friend. Vicki says she didn’t hook Michael up, and Kelly is being out of line. Kelly says she’s done, and closes her bedroom door between them. In her interview, Vicki says Kelly thinks it’s over, but she’s still in love with Michael. He’s moving on, and if she has single girlfriends who want to meet him, it has noting to do with her. Kelly dumped him. Alrighty then.

Next time, Kelly says she wanted to smack Vicki, Vicki doesn’t know why she has to choose sides, and the Mexico trip happens, where Tamra will do some flashing at a bar.

🎬 Until Tomorrow…