What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
Jason and Carly play pool. They toast to Jonah. Jason adds, and to Carly; she did good. She says she had support.
Elizabeth tells Franco that she has faith in him. He says he loves her. She tells him that his task comes with challenges. He says he has a bullet proof plan. It’s so flawless, the WSB will make him an honorary agent. He thinks his spy name should be Double Franco.
At the station, Robert is on the phone saying he needs a progress report or lack thereof immediately. Jordan tells him, since he’s set up shop there, she’d like an update on Anna. Where is she?
Not Klein – who IMDb lists as Carson, so we’ll go with that, since it’s easier to type – tells Finn, live and in person, here’s his patient. Anna says, Cassandra Pierce. Carson tells her that he was just going to say that. Finn says, no way can he save this patient.
Lucy sees Doc at the bar. He looks at her strangely, and she asks, what’s the matter?
At Ferncliff, a straitjacketed Ryan yells for help. Orderly Gordon comes into his room. Ryan – who I’m thinking isn’t really Ryan – says Gordon has to help him. He’s not supposed to be there.
Doc says he’s fine, but Lucy says, no he’s not. He’s drinking by himself, alone on his birthday. Doc says his birthday wasn’t in the forefront of his mind. Lucy says that’s unacceptable. He should be with someone who appreciates the importance of the day. He does have someone – Laura – and Lucy says that explains why he’s so downtrodden. His current wife forgot his birthday. Doc downs the rest of his drink, and asks for another.
Carly tells Jason that Josslyn talked Michael into taking her out on the speedboat, and everyone else is occupied, so it’s okay for her to be hanging out. That used to be her main focus. It’s funny how someone so selfish with time is worried about everyone else. She asks if someone told him the night that met, she’d be a wife and mother, and taking care of so many people, would he have believed it? He says, not a chance.
Elizabeth tells Franco to stick to the budget. He says he has to get going, and walks away. Kiki asks if everything is okay. Franco comes back, and asks Kiki to tell the love of his life she worries too much. Kiki doesn’t know what they’re talking about, and decides to stay out of it. Franco tells Elizabeth that if he doesn’t make it back alive, he’d like a simple funeral. Kiki asks where he’s going, and Elizabeth says he’s going shopping for school supplies and clothes – with all three boys.
Robert tells Jordan that he knows their last location. She says, but not the current one? He says he found medication at the scene that Anna uses; they must be treating her. Jordan says, so they need her alive, even though Finn is the main target. Robert still thinks the tracker was the best way to go, but now he doesn’t know where the hell they are.
Finn says Cassandra tried to kill them. Carson says that’s not his problem. Finn asks, if it was him, would he try to go out of his way to help someone who would kill him. Carson says, probably not, unless he was being held at gunpoint. Anna says, just do it. Finn says he doesn’t want to. She says, he’s a doctor; he’s supposed to heal, so just do that. He looks at Cassandra’s bloodwork, and says the virus is spreading. He suddenly says, no, no, no, and grabs a box of surgical masks out of the cabinet. He tells Anna to put one on. He tells them if the numbers are accurate, the virus is contagious. He says they’ve had prolonged exposure, and Carson says no one told them about this. Finn asks who they’ve had treating her. Obviously not an expert in mutating viruses. Nice work, fellas. Now they’re all at risk. Carson shows him the medication she’s been given, and he says whatever they’re using isn’t working. It’s getting rid of the non-contagious cells, and the others are surviving. He suggest they have minimal exposure, and gives Carson a list of what he needs. He says if any of them have what she does, he’s not sure there’s anything he can do to stop it.
Franco and the boys sit in the park. Cameron suggests they go to the carnival, but Franco says they’ve gotten zero things done that are on the list; he doesn’t think so, and besides, isn’t it a little early 90s? After they do the stuff on the list, they can check it out. Cameron says the carnival has everything they need; rides, food, games. Aiden wants pencils with Princess Calenda of Everwood on them, and Cameron says, those are for girls.
Kiki tells Elizabeth that she donated the money from the lawsuit to an equal treatment program. It was never about the money. She only wanted to expose him and make GH safer. David is in the vicinity, and wonders why they’re standing around talking. He asks Kiki what she’s waiting for; hop to it.
Carson balks, and Finn tells him the more time they waste, the greater the chances of the infection spreading. Anna says this is the fault of their expert. If Finn says she’s contagious, she’s contagious. Finn says, or they could rely on their own medical expertise. Carson and his thug leave with the list. Finn tells Anna, she’s not contagious. And if she was, the masks would be useless. Anna says, there she is. He says it’s his job keep her alive, and look like he’s making progress. Anna says it will give them time to figure out how to escape. \Carly tells Jason that Julian has been working Mike. Jason says they’re taking steps, and she suggests they take bigger ones. Julian knows something is up, and the longer it takes, the messier it will get.
Doc tells Lucy that he and Laura will celebrate when get home. He’s just preoccupied about work. His birthday hasn’t crossed his mind once. Lucy knows they’re not close anymore, and she get that it’s her fault. She’s loved him in one fashion or another for the best part of her life. She tells him not to pretend she doesn’t know when he’s feeling something.
Ryan tells Gordon that he’s not okay, and neither are a lot of other people. There’s a very dangerous man on the loose in Port Charles.
Cameron tells Aiden, good luck making it through third grade with a princess on his pencils. Aiden gets up and runs off. Franco follows him. Jake tells Cameron he’s in trouble.
David says he’s a respected physician, and Kiki says he was. He tells her that he’s filed an appeal, and expects the verdict to be overturned. He hopes she didn’t spend the money. He’s going to need it back. He gets a text, and says the chief of staff just summoned him. She must have heard from his new lawyer, and wants to apologize for the inconvenience he’s been subjected to. Let his patients know he’ll be there shortly.
Chase joins Robert and Jordan. He says no one told him that his brother was missing. He’d appreciate any information. Robert says he was with Anna in her previous location, but he lost them. Chase asks what he can do, and Jordan says, nothing. He’s too close. He asks if Anna isn’t Robert’s ex and the mother of his child, and isn’t she one of Jordan’s closest friends? He barely knows his brother. They’re closer to Anna than he is to Finn. Robert says if he dies now, Chase won’t have a chance to know him.
Finn prepares a syringe. He despises Cassandra, but she’s important to someone. They spent time and money to recover her. Anna thinks the source must be inside the WSB, which is of concern. She would like her to survive, and if possible, wake up, even though she knows Cassandra is demented. Finn puts something into the tube connected to Cassandra. Anna asks what the odds are, but Finn suggests they not talk about the odds. They’ll know soon enough.
Carly needs Jason to hear her. She says Julian would love to ruin Sonny, especially if he’s an innocent bystander. What could be more innocent than uncovering a crime? If he finds out the truth, he’ll exploit it. Jason says all he knows is that Mike and Charlie are connected. Carly says, so they wait and watch? Jason says, for now. She tells him not to wait too long. He knows a bad situation will only get worse.
Ryan tells Gordon that he knows the doctors say he’s insane, and he’s here for his own protection, but he’s not a patient; he’s a prisoner. While he’s free to destroy everything Ryan loves. Gordon doesn’t know what to tell him; he’s sorry. Ryan says every day he’s in there, he takes more from him. Gordon asks if there’s anything he can do to help him.
Kiki wonders how it’s possible that David is still working there. Elizabeth asks if she’s talked to Monica. Kiki tells her about Griff getting suspended, and says whatever he did can’t be worse than what David did. Elizabeth says there’s not a nurse on staff who’s willing to lift a finger for him. Kiki had their back; now they have hers.
Cameron says he was just protecting Aiden. Jake says he hurt Aiden’s feelings. Franco tells Aiden that it was a crummy thing to do. He doesn’t need to listen; Cameron doesn’t know what he’s talking about with Beverly Evergreen. Aiden says it’s Calenda of Everwood. Franco tells Aiden about an artist who took a pile of elephant poo and put it on a canvas. He sold them for millions. People like what they like, and no one should tell anyone what they should like. He says Cameron made a mistake. He needs to apologize, and then they can go to the store, and Franco will get him the pencils. Aiden says he doesn’t want them anymore.
Doc appreciates Lucy’s concern. Lucy says, but he wants her to butt out. He says, if she doesn’t mind. She says she knows when he’s going to a dark, broody place. He tells her to stop it. If there are things he’s not sharing, it means he has other people in his life to share them with. Carly apologizes for interrupting, but Lucy says they’re wrapped up, so it’s perfect timing glad. Doc says he owes Jason his thanks. His methods are unorthodox, but he did what Doc couldn’t to keep Carly safe. Jason is glad he got there in time, and Doc shudders to think what would have happened if he hadn’t. Carly says she wasn’t very nice when they last met, but looking back, Doc was kind and fair. She was less than appreciative. She thanks him, and asks what happened to the patient next to her. Doc says thanks to her, all of the staff and administration were replaced. Her neighbor is getting the best of care. He’s seeing to it personally.
Finn tells Anna what Cassandra has is pretty rare, unless you’re going to out of the way places. Cassandra stirs, and Finn says, wow; it worked. He asks if she can hear him. Anna tells her to wake up. Cassandra asks what happened, and Anna says they’ve been waiting for her.
Franco comes back with Aiden, and Cameron asks if they’re ready to go. Franco asks if he has something to say to his little brother first. Cameran says sorry about what he said. Jake says he like Princess Calenda, and Aiden says he doesn’t like her anymore. He wants to go home. Franco supposes he can order school supplies online. He tells Jake to take Aiden to get some ice cream; whatever they want. He tells Cameron to stay there. Cameron asks if this is how Franco is punishing him, by not letting him get ice cream. Franco says he wanted to talk in private. What he did was wrong. Cameron says, better him than Aiden’s class. Franco says that’s a crap apology, and Cameron says at least it’s not an apology for killing people. Did the people Franco hurt buy his apology?
Kiki says Griff gets suspended, and David still gets to roam the halls. David comes back, carrying an empty box. Kiki asks if something is wrong. He says he just got fired. Elizabeth says, what a terrible loss. How will they ever recover?
Doc talks to Laura on the phone. He thanks her, and says it’s been a peaceful birthday… That’s what he told Lucy. They’ll do it up right when she gets home. He’s sorry he hasn’t been better about being in touch; he’s had a lot on his mind… He misses her too. He tells her to come home soon, and that he loves her. Lucy has brought a peace offering – a cupcake with a candle in it. She knows she overstepped. She apologizes, saying, old habits die hard. He knows she meant well. She says she did, so please accept this birthday cupcake from an old friend who’s learning to maintain the proper distance, He thanks her, and she asks if he wants to make a wish. He says he’ll do that later, but it’s very thoughtful. He tells her goodnight, and when he’s gone, she says, okay, Doc. I’ll make a wish for you.
Jordan congratulates Chase. He’s officially the liaison to the WSB. Robert says, he’s green, and too invasive, like an untrained puppy. Jordan says he’s a good detective with fresh eyes and good ideas. Chase is all his. Robert says, no way, and Jordan tells him, her turf, her rules. Robert says he has the firing squad ready. Jordan tells Chase that he’s kidding. She says, no surprises from either of them, and she wants to be apprised of every step. Robert tells Chase that he might work for Jordan, but do exactly as he says. Chase says, got it.
Cassandra asks why Finn and Anna aren’t dead, and Finn says, always a charmer. Anna says all she needs to know is that she’s alive, and they’re there in order for her to stay that way. Cassandra wonders why they’d do that, and Anna says it’s a lot to take in. They woke her to find out who helped her escape. If she helps them, they won’t turn her over to the WSB. She tells them, go to hell.
Carly tells Jason that Doc thinks she should go back to therapy. He’s kind, intuitive, and discreet. Jason says, if she says so. She asks if he doesn’t agree, and he says he understands why Doc turned him in, but he was wrong. It was also wrong of him to take off for Europe. He doesn’t trust Doc’s judgement. If Carly thinks she needs it, go back, but he doesn’t think she does. Carly says she doesn’t either; she just wanted to hear him say it. He says she’s definitely sane. Not always practical or logical, but sane. She loves that he knows it, and that she’s free. Ferncliff is just a bad memory, but she feels guilty about the patients that are still stuck.
Ryan thanks Gordon. He says Gordon is kind. Better than the staff who used to be there. He genuinely wants to help. He asks Gordon not to tell anyone they spoke, especially his doctor. If finds out told who really is he’ll kill him
Franco says Cameron can file a request and get the transcript of his trial – it’s public record – but they’re not having a conversation about what he’s done. They’re talking about what Cameron just did to Aiden. Cameron says he’s known Aiden a long time, and knows what he needs. Franco says he doesn’t need a bully to make him feel smaller than he feels already. Cameron says he’s not bully, but he’s seen them, and the fastest way to get picked on is bringing girl pencils, dolls or stuffed animals to school. It doesn’t matter how many lectures the teachers give. If Franco cares about Aiden, don’t get him the pencils. Elizabeth calls, and asks Franco how it’s going. He says the boys are keeping him busy.
David asks Kiki if she thinks this is over. She says, judging by the box, yeah. David says he’s suing the hospital for wrongful termination, and her for defamation. She says, in that case, she looks forward to testifying against him again. He tells her that he’s going to bring this place to its knees, but she doesn’t see that as happening.
Robert explains to Chase about how Cassandra was abducted while being transferred to another medical facility. They expect Finn to treat her. Chase says, so if they find Finn, they find Cassandra? Robert says Finn and Cassandra have a colorful history. He adds that he needs fresh coffee, and Chase says, thanks; he takes his black.
Anna tells Cassandra to let her clarify. She doesn’t have a choice. She’s been in a coma for eight months. Finn adds, courtesy of her own designer cocktail. He loves the irony. She contracted a rare blood disorder, and finally got the rare, incurable disease she wanted. If he cures her, he’ll name it after her; it’s her version of Christmas. Anna tells her to pretend she’s unconscious, and they’ll sneak her past their captors. She’ll tell them who the captors are, and only then will Finn treat her. Cassandra asks what if she refuses? Anna says the only reason she’s conscious is because Finn is an excellent chemist. Right now, that’s the only thing keeping her conscious. Finn tells her it’s going to wear off. Anna says, it’s her choice. Pretend she’s in a coma and help them, or she goes back to being in a real one, and theirs will be the last faces she sees. What will it be?
Jason tells Carly that it was wrong for her to be at Ferncliff, but he saw some dangerous and bad people in there. She says that’s why she’s grateful to Doc. She trusts him.
Doc visits Ryan, telling Gordon that he can be alone with the patient. Gordon leaves. Doc and Ryan look at each other. Doc brings out the birthday cupcake, and lights the candle. He says, happy birthday brother; make a wish.
Carly tells Jason that she knows Doc has her best interest at heart.
Tomorrow, Chase asks Robert to let him help, Ava wants to hurt Griff like she hurts, and Mike asks if someone is there.
Shahs of Sunset
Reza goes to Mike’s place. He can’t believe how good it looks. He asks what they’re doing for MJ. She never said the things she was saying last night at the hospital. In his interview, Mike says seeing Shams broke his heart in way he can’t explain. Reza says she’s never said, that’s it, before. Mike says there was no response when she was speaking to him. Reza calls MJ, and asks if Shams is still with them, but he passed away. He asks what she needs. She just wants quiet time. She tried to comfort him as much as possible. Reza says they know with certainty there was nothing more she could have done. She should be proud of herself. She has someone who loves her, and Shams went knowing those things. In his interview, Reza says Shams was the first adult he came out to, and it was as if he was telling Shams his favorite color. A Persian adult accepting him was revolutionary, and it made him think he could tell his parents and live an authentic life. He tells her than he and Mike would be honored to have a dinner for her, and do a Persian feast in honor of Shams. Mike is worried for her. Reza says, it’s too much.
GG plays with her cats. The phone rings. It’s Reza. He tells her MJ’s dad passed away that morning. He just spoke with her, and he and Mike are throwing together a dinner party to get her out of the house. He asks if she can make it to Mike’s around five. She says let her know if they need any help.
Reza checks to see what mike has in the way of food, and says he’ll place a flower order. Mike looks for a cutting board. Reza says he’s holding a sausage and a knife, and looks like a gay serial killer.
Shervin and GG go to the florist. GG thinks MJ is in denial. She talked as though he was walking out of the hospital. She’s afraid MJ’s strength is being confused with her being in shock. If she hasn’t properly mourned, it will come out in other ways. Shervin says they’re all hurt and sad, but also scared for their turn. Shams is the first parent of their group to pass away. GG says the Persian holidays are around the corner, and Shervin says they have to make sure to keep her included.
Mike straightens up his place, and gets ready for the dinner.
Reza never shared MJ’s optimistic view that her dad would walk her down the aisle, but for her, the hope has kept her going. He says, whatever she needs, he’s there. This is rough. I knew it was coming, but I’ve had a bad day, and they’re all crying, so I’m crying. I know what it’s like to lose a father you’re very close to.
Shervin brings a huge vase of flowers. Reza brings a ton of food. They toast to Shams. Mike’s glad to have them over, but wishes it was under other circumstances. Reza says regardless of where they’re at, they come together when they need to. As members of the Persian community, they gather around the person who’s lost a loved one. Everyone is supposed to make sure you’re fed and prop you up, so you can just breathe. Mike says it’s not a somber occasion. They need to enjoy life while they have it. Mike says he’s dying young. Reza wants to ask an inappropriate question before MJ gets there – what happens with the wedding? Shervin says she has to move forward. They can’t let her stop. Nema arrives.
Nema has a place in Venice, and is letting Erica have the other place. In his interview, he says he’s more confused than ever. He’s enamored of GG, screwed up, and Erica asked for a break. It’s the first time he’s on his own, and wonders if it’s worth it. Vida comes in, followed by Sammy, who we haven’t seen in ages. More flowers arrive.
Tommy pulls up with MJ. He tells her that she looks pretty. She says Mike doesn’t have any curtains yet, and everyone is staring. She doesn’t want the whole attention thing, and Tommy says he’s got her. In his interview, Tommy says the first thing she has to admit to everyone, is that Shams is gone and not coming back. He doesn’t know if she’s ready. They go inside.
MJ thanks everyone for coming. GG tells MJ that if she has an eighth of what Shams had, she’s set. They hug a bunch of times. Reza says the rice is conflict free, kosher, and vegan. Pedram from New Orleans is there. He’s also MJ’s dress designer. Nema says Mona couldn’t be there, and feels badly about it. MJ wants to know who her florist is – hashtag, wedding coming up. Reza is glad she still has a sense of humor. Tommy wishes he knew what to do and could take the pain. A friend tells him, it’s these moments that prove who you are and what the two of you have.
Vida says they did everything for him. In her interview, Vida says Shams loved her since she was a teenager. They weren’t like other divorced couples; they were friends. We see clips of them. She says Shams was her family. MJ says she’s seeing her mother maternal in a way she’s never felt. Underneath her complains and sharp delivery, is a resilient, strong woman who’s there to be a protector, and it’s beautiful.
Reza takes MJ aside. They’re supposed to go for a fitting on Friday. He wants to honor and respect her wishes, and whatever she wants to do. She doesn’t want to cancel anything. She wants her dad to feel her love, but doesn’t want to turn into a basket case. Reza says what stands out most was that he lived. He was a cool-ass cat, regardless of what’s going on. In his interview, Reza says he’s glad she’s not falling into a sinkhole. It would be a mistake to stop the momentum.
Nema always thought the Persian guy was the one in the Speedo, wearing tons of gold and repelling women, but then he started hanging with these guys. Destiney brings halvah, and explains it’s something you make when someone has passed away. It’s a sweet dish, and looks really good. She felt she had to do it. Reza thanks everyone for coming on short notice. Obviously, they all love MJ like he does. MJ feels the love and support. She says her mom is amazing, having sat next to him for so long. Vida is glad she did. Shams had thirteen siblings that he brought to the US, and he helped hundreds of people. MJ says she obviously never wanted this to happen. She misses him so much, and is scared of the future. When the shock passes, she’ll think of their times together and push through. She hopes he comes back as a ghost. She wants him at the wedding and in the labor room. I think she means delivery room. She wants to celebrate his life.
GG goes to see a Persian lawyer. She needs a divorce, and Persians keep it real. The lawyer asks questions like when they got married, and when it ended. In her interview, GG is starting to feel anger slipping through cracks, and doesn’t want to be that person. She needs for it to end. It’s tricky, and you have to make sure you trust someone to do the right job. She says, shalom, Shalom. She’s putting herself first. She doesn’t need someone to be whole. She’s whole on her own.
In the car, Reza says the OC is suffocating. MJ asks if they need passports. Reza says literally every woman is the whitest and the blondest, and even old women have fake boobs up to here. MJ says it’s the first dress conversation. They had a wake, and she saw her father this morning. Reza doesn’t know how she did it. She says there was a big change; one at the housewarming. We flash back to Mike telling her not to put things on pause for her dad. She says she wasn’t ready to hear it, but the second time was in Israel. We see a clip of Mike telling her to move forward. In his interview, Mike says when his grandfather died, it was unexpected, and it ate at him that he never had the chance to tell him things he wanted to say. MJ had her chance. He says, big goals, big dreams, no time to waste; get moving. They have drinks and eat Cheetos in the car. MJ says she brought glasses that are actually glass. Mike says she’s saying that because he has Solo cups at home.
Nema has everyone gather at a restaurant for Mona’ s birthday. He tells his friend Annette that she’ the buffer for him with GG and Erica. Annette asks who he’s trying to impress, but he doesn’t know. Adam arrives, followed by Shervin and GG. In his interview, GG says Nema is like her boy toy, and she wants to look better when she might see him. He’s sweet without expectations, although she’s sure she knows what he wants. She finds out Erica is coming, and asks Nema if Erica is going to kill her. He says they had issues before, and it has nothing to do with her. Erica and Mona walk in. In her interview, GG says it’s awkward, and takes massive cojones. She tells Erica that hard liquor makes her violent. In his interview, Nema says Erica is aware that GG is the girl he tried to kiss. GG is like a fire breathing dragon. She can choose to spare your life or burn you to a crisp. Erica isn’t a pushover, so it’s like playing Russian roulette. Nema can’t hear what they’re talking about, and says the best-case scenario is Erica saying she can’t blame GG, and has a crazy idea – let’s share Nema, and the three of them can make out. Yeah. In his dreams. Nema toasts to Mona, his little big sister. He loves her, and she’s his best friend. Everyone starts dancing and drinks some more.
Nema tells Destiney sometimes you love the right person, but have to figure it out. Destiney says he wasted years to end up telling Erica that he needed to figure himself out. In her interview, she says Nema wants both cakes. Nema feels horrible, but has to accept he can’t give Erica what she deserves. The only way was to pull off the Band-Aid.
Mike and Reza hum the wedding march as they walk into the bridal shop. Pedram greets them. MJ says her wedding dress has to be sexy and show off her assets. Reza says it should be like a gaggle of gay minions is holding everything where it needs to be, without an actual crowd of gays around her. MJ brings out a bodysuit to wear underneath, and Mike asks if she needs help. Reza tries on a veil. Mike checks on MJ, who’s now crying in her dress. He dries her tears, and says, it’s all good. They’ll go at her pace.
Reza asks MJ if it’s too early. In her interview, MJ says her dad isn’t walking her down the aisle. Reza tells her that she looks beautiful, even when she’s crying. He has something he wanted to share with her. He leaves for a moment, and Mike says her father will never leave her. He’s here, just not in physical form. He’s not suffering, and he’s looking down on her. Reza gives her a box. It’s his man-of-honor thank you gift. MJ takes out a Cartier bracelet, and Reza puts it on her. In his interview, Mike knows she’s going to bounce back with him and Reza around to protect and love her. He’s a softie when it comes to MJ, and promised Shams on his deathbed that he’d make sure she was okay.
MJ comes out in her dress. Reza says, talk about hourglass. It’s fabulous. Sleeveless, form-fitting with a fishtail hem, and lots of bling. In her interview, MJ says her dad had the most infinite amount of faith a parent could have in a child. When she would pout, he’d make her laugh and say, no sissies. She has to be able to push through.
The episode was dedicated to memory of Shams Javid – 1934-2018.
Next time – September 6th – GG goes to a sex shop, Reza gets a smoky eye, MJ asks Tommy if he even wants to get married, and a shower that’s drowning in drama.
The Real Housewives of Dallas
At D’Andra’s party, Bill takes the mic, and asks if everyone is ready for a surprise. LeeAnne and Rick are getting married tonight. In her interview D’Andra says, if you’re dragging your feet, there are deeper issues. Rich says he sharted. It’s a joke, and everyone keeps drinking. Bill thanks everyone for coming, and introduces D’Andra and Jeremy. D’Andra confesses that within five minutes of meeting Jeremy, she knew he was the man she was going to marry. Jeremy says within three minutes, he was having sex with her. They’re here because they love all of them. Jeremy met the woman of his dreams, and he’s still horny. In her interview, LeeAnne says she’s looking forward to celebrating a fourth anniversary with Rich, but she needs a wedding first.
Stephanie tells LeeAnne that she gets depressed if she drinks. LeeAnne thinks when you get older, the balance gets worse. Two years ago, she needed to get help; she tried to kill herself twice. Stephanie says she did when she was twenty-two. She just wanted the pain to stop. In her interview, Stephanie says she lost all her friends during a bad break-up. She wanted a way out. LeeAnne thinks the best thing to help yourself, is to help someone else. LeeAnne says you don’t think about it or feel it as much. Stephanie is afraid it will happen again. She opened up to LeeAnne, because she uses the negative things in her life to help other people. She thought if she shared herself, LeeAnne would understand. They just have different viewpoints.
There’s a group photo shoot. Brandi had said she wasn’t coming, but shows up anyway. Stephanie screams and claps. Cary finds D’Andra. Brandi asks to talk to her a minute. In her interview, Brandi says D’Andra has been talking sh*t about her around town, saying she’s a drug addict. She’s been taking the high road. She knows tonight is important to D’Andra, so she’s there to support her, even if she’s being a bitch. D’Andra is confused that she’s there. Brandi says if they have an issue, they need to put it aside. D’Andra says she wanted to be friends, but thought Brandi didn’t like her. Brandi says she’s never not liked her. LeeAnne and the others gravitate over. D’Andra wants to get to know Brandi. In her interview, Brandi says Stephanie is wasted (she is!), but she doesn’t blame her. She has to drink to be around LeeAnne. In her interview, Cary says Stephanie has had about twenty-seven drinks. She’s A-OK. Cary and Brandi help Stephanie to the car. She tries to climb on a stone lion and falls, but Brandi catches her.
The next day, vent planner Rachel visits Stephanie, who is totally hungover. She thinks the house done enough for a party. Rachel thinks it’s perfect for a party. The pool in the living room is officially gone. Stephanie gives us a tour, and tells us the renovations came to $1.7 million. She says Brandi is going to introduce the new baby. The only people who know are immediate family and Cary. She’s calling it Bubbles and Bru. Everyone will probably think she can’t spell, but it stands for Bruin. Rachel envisions a wall of champagne glasses. Stephanie calls Brandi and asks if there’s anything in particular she wants. Brandi says, sleep. She’s excited, even if she doesn’t sound that way. Stephanie is glad she showed up at D’Andra’s party. Brandi says she wants to address the Adderall issue. Stephanie admits to having fun with LeeAnne. She seems to be in a good place. Brandi says she should make the effort. In her interview, Brandi says she’s going to have to invite LeeAnne and D’Andra, or it will be about how they got left out instead of Bruin.
In her interview, D’Andra says that she and her mother got through the party, but in the office, they act like the other doesn’t exist. Communication has to happen. D’Andra talks to her assistant about their flagship product, Green Miracle. She says, when a product has been around for twenty-five years, you have to change it up now and then. She wanted to confront her mother about it, but she’s afraid Dee will blow up and walk away from their mother/daughter relationship if she doesn’t get her way. D’Andra and Dee have a sit down.
D’Andra says they need to discuss the travel sizes, and soft pouch packaging. Dee says the product’s customers are really her customers; she doesn’t want to lose them. D’Andra doesn’t see how they would lose them, and Dee says they’re not doing it. D’Andra is confused (for the second time tonight). She says Dee gave her the key to the company, and she’s supposed to make decisions. She knows what the cost will be, and will take it from her salary; she doesn’t need money. Dee thinks it would be a mistake, and D’Andra says she’s not stupid. Dee says sometimes being an only child can be difficult. Mothers and daughters can be jealous of each other, especially if they’re good looking. Wow. I don’t think that’s D’Andra’s problem, but she just gave herself away. D’Andra says she’s never been jealous. They’re both popular. In her interview, D’Andra asks who’s jealous of who? She’s young, her skin is flawless, she’s happily married, and her face moves when has an expression. D’Andra says Dee was raving, and Dee accuses D’Andra of verbal abuse. D’Andra says that’s totally bullsh*t; she started it. She was trying to explain something to her. Dee says she’s not talking to her anymore today. D’Andra says she can separate her company. She just needs to get an investor. Dee says she doesn’t give a rip what D’Andra does. In her interview, D’Andra says her mother manipulation tactic is controlling the money; her inheritance and her salary. Until she relinquishes control of the finances, they’ll never have a mother/daughter relationship.
Stephanie’s parents visit. Mother Susan feels like it’s not Stephanie’s house yet. Grandfather Papa and Grandmother Nanny want to have a blessing. Susan says, when you invite the Lord in, He’ll come. They say a prayer. In her interview, Stephanie says she grew up Pentecostal, and they spoke in tongues. She was afraid it would freak Travis out, since he grew up Catholic. The dog bugs Papa while they’re praying. Papa says, the dog was getting on that prayer. In her interview, Stephanie says, a lot of people use sage to bless a house, but the Lord has more power. Amen to that. She feels better; it’s the power of prayer.
Stephanie tells Susan about D’Andra’s party, and how she sat by LeeAnne. She thought she’d make a bridge, and be open. She shared about how she tried to commit suicide, which her mom was there for. In her interview, Stephanie explains that she was with a guy who didn’t make her feel like a worthy person. She wasn’t good enough, and felt judged. They broke up, and she lost all her friends. She couldn’t handle it. She starts to get weepy, and says she doesn’t talk about this. She tells Susan, people like pretty packages. Continuing with her interview, she says she took a load of pills, but her mom was home. She stumbled into her room, and her mom called the ambulance. Susan thanks Stephanie for coming to her. Stephanie tells us it affected her relationship with her family. They have a fear that wasn’t there before. She feels badly, because they’re amazing, and shouldn’t have to live in fear. Susan asks if her conversation with LeeAnne ended on good note. Stephanie says she doesn’t want to fight anymore. Susan says she had the opportunity to see how they’re the same. She thinks people are quick to judge. They don’t give hurting people the opportunity to be real, and just pile on more pain. Susan is a smart lady.
Cary doesn’t know where anything is in her kitchen. They’re remodeling, and living in her parents’ second home. Mark says the construction is moving along. Cary says it started with her closet, and now it’s the entire house. They have to get back before her parents come home from Palm Springs; she doesn’t want to be living with them. Zuri calls Cary and Mark by their first names, and Cary calls her precocious. In her interview, Cary feels like she missed out on the moments with her dad that Zuri and Mark have. She’s afraid she’s going to break something, and her parents are particular. They like everything just-so, but her brain doesn’t work that way. Mark says she’s particular, and is also the one to break something.
LeeAnne meets Jeanette, her stylist. She’s getting a private fashion show. In her interview, LeeAnne says she wanted to create a dress, but wasn’t sure how. A model comes out in a prototype. It’s an LBD, but with pieces that snap on. We see a shoulder ruffle and fishtail hem. LeeAnne wanted to make something a woman could wear all kinds of ways – the infinity dress. She’s the dress, and the additions are lessons learned. This is so cool! Long sleeves are snapped on, and we see various ways the dress can be worn. LeeAnne’s ultimate dream is to be on a shopping network. She says, if she can transform herself, she can transform the world. I would totally buy this. It’s it’s like that Norma Kamali dress you can wear different ways, but better, and much more practical.
Brandi has three kids, a dog, and a rabbit, and a husband. It’s a lot to take care of. It’s her life now. She has twenty minutes to get ready for the party at Stephanie’s house.
Stephanie wants the party to be everything for Brandi. The three Fs – food, floral, and fun. And alcohol. Three Fs and an A. In her interview, Brandi says when Bryan is home, he’s all in, but sometimes it’s too much for her by herself. She comes in, and starts to cry, saying, it’s so beautiful! It is. There’s even a cotton candy machine. She’s overwhelmed with gratitude. In her interview, she says she wouldn’t have the baby if not for Stephanie. Stephanie tells Brandi to hide in the bedroom until the guests come.
Kameron gets there first. Court looks really tiny next to her. No wonder he’s so controlling. Napoleon Complex. Kameron thinks it’s rude for the hostess not to be there to greet the guests. Brandi and Stephanie talk about LeeAnne at last year’s Halloween party. Stephanie says LeeAnne seems good right now. In her interview, Brandi says, Stephanie is in a better place with LeeAnne. She’s not there yet, but she’s making an effort. Stephanie goes downstairs.
Kameron tells Stephanie that she figured it out. There’s too much blue. What if Bru is a little boy’s name. She doesn’t think it’s Stephanie, so it has to be Brandi. In her interview, Stephanie thinks Kameron should give up dog food and start a detective agency. She tells Kameron that she has a surrogate. On the side, she tells Travis to keep it going for thirty minutes. Kameron is all excited, saying. no one else knows.
Stephanie tells Brandi what happened with Kameron. In her interview, Stephanie says if she has to pop a child out of her who-ha, she’ll do it. Nothing is ruining the surprise. Cary arrives, bearing a gift. In her interview, Carly says coming from where they were last year, this speaks volumes. Brandi has a big heart, and this proves it. Stephanie lets Cary know what she told Kameron, and pretends Brandi isn’t there yet. D’Andra and LeeAnne arrive (not together). Stephanie tells LeeAnne how much she enjoyed her company. In her interview, Stephanie says LeeAnne was scary as hell before. Keep meditating.
Stephanie asks everyone into the main room. She says, God had a special plan, and tells everyone to welcome her favorite ginger family, with new baby boy Bruin Charles. Brandi, Bryan, and the kids come downstairs. In her interview, Kameron says, are you kidding me? This isn’t a baby announcement; it’s a baby delivery.
Next time, Kameron thinks they should go on a trip, Cary gets naked, and the trip doesn’t go as planned.
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