What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
In Ankara, Turkey, Sonny paces in an alley, saying, come on, boy. Don’t leave me hanging. Dan shows up and Sonny says it took a while; that means he was discreet. Did anyone see him? Dan says he’s a shadow. Sonny asks if Raj is holding his son in the compound.
Alexis apologizes to Neil for being late. She was having dinner with her girls, and lost track of time. He says she’s paying for the time. How she spends it is up to her. She says her middle daughter just lectured her on how therapy is a waste of money.
Chase plays catch with himself. There’s a knock at the door, and he says, couldn’t stay away. It’s Finn, who says, try as he might. Chase tells him, it’s not that he doesn’t love seeing him… and Finn says, but he was hoping it was someone else.
At the MetroCourt, Anna thanks Valentin for coming. He says, imagine his surprise that she wanted to meet with him. She must be desperate. She says, only for information. He asks, about what? and she says, her sister.
Outside Charlie’s, Michael sees Jason, and says he heard his mom was in the hospital. He was told Jason would explain everything. Jason says his mom is fine. Michael feels like there’s always somebody in his family on the edge of disaster.
Kristina tells Molly that she’s not in a cult, and to stop being dramatic. She knows nothing about it. Molly says Kristina can’t say three words without quoting Shiloh. It sounds like a cult.
Sam tells Shiloh that she wants to know what’s going on with Kristina. He says he’s all hers, and she ask if he’d mind putting on a shirt. He wonders why that makes her uncomfortable; she seems flustered. She says she’s seen men with their shirts off before, and he says there must be something significant about him. Sam says she didn’t expect him to be shirtless. He says he’s not used to conforming to other people’s customs in his own home. She says she doesn’t live with a bunch of strangers, but he says, they’re not strangers. She asks if he always leaves the door unlocked, and he says, it’s open to all. She knows it’s Port Charles, but that doesn’t mean it’s crime free. IMO, it’s just the opposite, with all the serial killers and mobsters roaming around. He asks if she’s worried about his safety, but she says she’s worried about her sister. Shiloh says he takes care of Kristina, and she takes care of him. Sam flashes back to telling Jason that Shiloh has a history of manipulating women, and the sooner they get Kristina out, the better.
Kristina thought Molly would defend her freedom to think as she chooses. Molly asks if her thoughts are hers or Shiloh’s. Kristina says their mom was skeptical, until she saw for herself what DOD is about. Molly says she doesn’t need to join a cult to know one. Kristina says she can’t evolve and find fulfillment? Molly says she chases easy answers, but can’t find a career or hobby. She doesn’t care what Kristina does or who she does it with, as long as she stays true to herself. Nothing she’s saying sounds like the Kristina she knows. Kristina says, that’s the problem. Molly doesn’t know her at all, and it’s on her.
Michael asks Jason if his dad has any idea what happened to Carly. Jason says she doesn’t want him to worry. He needs to be focused if he’s going to find Dante and bring him home.
Dan says he didn’t see Raj, but saw his personal bodyguard. Sonny says, that means Raj is close, and his son is close. He needs to find a way sneak in. Dan says, there are many guards and guns, but Sonny says he has no choice. His son is in trouble. He gives Dan a wad of cash, and thanks Dan for getting him this far. Dan asks what he’s going to do, and Sonny says, find a way to sneak in. If he can’t, he’ll knock on the door. Dan says they’ll kill him, and Sonny says if he’s not back by nightfall, call the number on the paper and tell whoever answers where he went. Dan says he can do better, and takes off. Sonny asks where he’s going.
Neil asks Alexis if her daughter’s opinion about therapy was in general or specific to him. Alexis says she had told them that her last therapist was being impersonated by his twin brother, a serial killer. Neil says he heard about Doc, and his brother taking his place. Is she saying her sessions were with Doc’s brother? She says, just one, but she it should have been enough for her to figure it out.
Valentin tells Anna, on the subject of her relatives… She interrupts, saying, no one else is up for discussion. Valentin says she’s put him in a pickle. If he keeps a secret from her, she gets furious. Now he wants to tell her something, and she’s not going to listen. He and Nina are getting remarried, and Peter is going to be his best man. Anna says, after everything Valentin has done to him? He says, it’s called forgiveness. She should look it up. He asks, what about her sister? and Anna says she needs to find her. It’s important.
Finn asks Chase if it’s a bad time, but Chase says, not at all. Finn notices he had a date, and Chase says, had is the operative word. She left a few minutes ago. Finn asks if he and the school marm have hit a rough patch. Chase says, Willow is no one’s marm, and it was just the opposite. They had a great time. Finn says his routine on career day worked. Chase says, it wasn’t a routine. Finn says, the uniform and the dog? It should have been a felony for Chase to ask her out. Chase says like Finn never impressed anyone with his scrubs. Didn’t he ask Anna out after being her doctor? Finn pleads the fifth. Chase says they’re taking things slow, and Finn says, any slower, and he’ll be going back in time. Chase asks if Finn came to take pot shots at him, but Finn says he was passing by, and thought it would be a good time to tell Chase that he needs to call their dad.
Valentin asks what Alex has done to incur Anna’s wrath. She asks if she looks wrathful, and he says she looks like she’s covering up something. She looks like a spring about to snap. She says he puts her on edge, and he says he used to feel that way, but they sorted out their past. She asks when he last saw Alex, and he says he knows what happens when Anna gets angry. Anna says she has something that belongs to Alex, and she’s aching to get rid of it.
Neil tells Alexis, Ryan had the whole city eating out of his hand. Why was her failure to recognize him more egregious than any other? She says she can pick a psychotic out of a crowd. She should have known. She let herself be deceived. She knew something was wrong right away, and should have left. Neil suggests maybe she looked past the warning signs because she was desperate for someone to confide in.
Sam says, so Shiloh is taking care of her sister, and he says they take care of each other. They have open arms, but not closed eyes; the door is locked at midnight. He suggests she come back and bring the kids. He asks, what’s wrong? He thought they were past her questioning his judgment. She says she has doubts, and he says he thought the tower resonated with her, and she found it applicable to her own life. She says she’s concerned about Kristina’s life. She just witnessed Kristina write a friend off who had questions about DOD. Kristina just cut Valerie out of life; just like that. He’s sorry to hear that. She says, is he? She was wondering if he put Kristina up to it.
Kristina tells Molly that she’s changing with Shiloh’s help. She’s grown and improved. Molly would know that if she was around. She asks if Molly is afraid she’ll be embarrassed by Kristing in front of her intellectual friends. Molly says she’s been busy with school, and Kristina says the only time she comes down from her ivory tower is to cast judgement. Molly says she didn’t realize how bad it had gotten. If she’d known what was up, she’d have called Kristina out ages ago. Kristina says if Molly is done lecturing, she has work to do. Molly tells her, don’t walk away. If Kristina wants her educated, educate her.
Michael wonders what that’s about, but Jason isn’t sure he wants to know. Michael says he and Kristina aren’t close like they used to be. She’s been distant since Oregon, but they had a heart to heart the other day. It’s been a long time since they talked. Jason asks how she seemed, and Michael says she seems to be making headway; figuring out life. She’s back in school, and he fronted her the money for classes.
Dan runs back to the alley, and hides in a dumpster. Two guards run in. One asks where he went, and the other says back to the rat hole he came from. The first one says, his pocket was picked; he lost his money. The other says they’ll lose their thumbs if Raj finds out they left their post. The leave, and Dan peeks out and smiles.
On the phone, Raj says they’re on schedule, and tells someone he’ll see them then. He hangs up, and gets poked with a gun. Sonny cocks the gun, and asks, where’s my son?
Valentin says Anna and Alex were subjects in an experiment by the DVX? Anna doesn’t want to talk about it. He says she’s questioning her own memories. Looking in the mirror, not knowing who’s looking back, and how much is her or her sister. She asks if he’s being sympathetic or twisting the knife. He tells her not to jump to conclusions. Those memories might be the very things sustaining her. She says she won’t know until she talks with Alex, but he says it could be the very thing she cherishes most was never hers to begin with. Rut-roh. Is Peter really Alex’s child?
Shiloh asks if Kristina told Sam that he told her to confront her friend. Sam says, no, but did he? He says it’s not his business who Kristina is friends with. He doesn’t interfere in the personal lives of people there. Sam says, here she is questioning Kristina, and she’s not a child, but there are a lot of con artists out there. Shiloh says, she should know. D’oh! He says he’ll see if he can get Kristina to patch things up. He can’t promise she’ll see things Sam’s way. The only way to commit to DOD is to embrace it and go all in. Some people can’t hack that commitment. Can Sam?
Michael tells Jason that Kristina has a schedule to pay him back. Jason asks if she said it was for school, and Michael tells him, she said classes. He assumed it was PCU. Why is he interested? Jason flashes back to Kristina telling him that she’s changed her life for the better; it’s not an act. Does he thinks she’s lying to herself? It will never be enough. If she’s miserable, they’re worried; if she’s happy, they’re worried. How can she win with them?
Kristina tells Molly, give it a rest. Molly says Sam’s policy is hands-off, and their mom is afraid if she makes one wrong move, it will send Kristina running, but she can’t be snowed. Kristina tries to give Molly Shiloh’s book, saying, it will help her get a handle on her over-inflated bumper guard. Molly asks how much the classes cost. Kristina says, it’s people helping other people, and no one is getting hurt. Molly says, it sounds like a cult. Kristina is keeping secrets, dropping friends, and can’t take criticism. It threatens her happiness. Kristina says Molly only loves her when she’s pathetic, so she looks bad and Molly looks better. Molly says, that’s a lie, and Kristina thinks maybe they should agree to stay out of each other’s lives. Michael asks, what’s going on? Molly says, perfect timing. He should know what Kristina’s been up to.
Alexis asks if Neil thinks she was so self-involved she’d let a serial killer run amok because she craves attention. Neil says she’s smarter than that. She sought therapy to sort out her feelings for Julian, and how they play a role in her risky behavior. It’s brave. She says now she’s brave? Is she the least crazy of his patients, or the craziest?
Raj says, Mr. Corinthos, and Sonny says, good guess. Answer his question. Raj says Sonny is a long way from home, and Sonny says Raj is a short way from an early death. Where is his son? He hears someone, and tells them to show themselves, or their boss dies. Dante emerges from the shadows.
Sonny says he’s bringing Dante home. Lulu and the kids need him. A guard knocks Sonny in the head from behind, and he falls to the floor. Raj says he should never have come. Now he’ll never leave.
Anna tells Valentin to quit stalling. He says he’s not. He sees the familiar fear in her eyes. They’re not so different. All of the lies, betrayals, and deaths; sometimes good memories. It’s all they’ve got to keep them from drowning; remembering the good. Don’t cash it in. Anna says tell her where to find her sister. He says he hasn’t seen her since she came to him before he went to the Hague, when he was still in custody. She asks how Alex got to him, and he says, she just did. She does a good Anna Devane. She told him the WSB had no case. Without her testimony, there could be no conviction. She was a fugitive, and disappeared. Anna tells him not to say he’s indebted to her, but he says he’s indebted anyone who keeps him out of prison. He doesn’t wish her ill. Anna says she doesn’t want his help. She just wants him to get a message to Alex.
Chase asks Finn what’s wrong with their dad? Finn says, nothing he’s aware of, but he subscribes to the Port Charles papers, so he can follow Chase’s crime fighting career. He must know Chase was trailing a serial killer. Chase says he was nowhere near where Ryan was confronted. Finn says he heard Chase went to Niagara Falls. Chase says, by the time he got there… Wait. Finn isn’t there to tell him to call their dad. Finn is there to check up on him. Chase says, Finn is worried about him, and laughs.
Neil says Alexis has no problem discussing the worst aspects of her fears. What is she running away from? She says, she’s there. She goes to meetings and pays bills. He asks how she rates herself as an attorney. She says, good. She’s a meticulous researcher, she thoroughly prepares, and can think on her feet. He asks what she does when a witness doesn’t give a direct answer, and she says she asks the judge to instruct the witness to answer the question. He says he has no judge to appeal to, so he’s asking her himself. She has no problem confronting the issue. Why does she fear overcoming it?
Kristina tells Michael, it’s nothing. Molly says, if it’s nothing, why not tell him? Kristina says, shut up, and Molly asks Michael why he’s giving Kristina money for classes given by a con man. It’s exactly as bad as it sounds. Kristina is in a cult. Kristina says Shiloh is leading her down the path to enlightenment. She can’t deal with the negativity, and doesn’t need them. She storms out, and Molly says, cult.
Sam tells Shiloh that she’s talking about Kristina’s issues, and she’s not Kristina. Shiloh says he can’t deny what he senses, or ignore a person in pain. Sam has admitted she’s afraid of commitment. Sam says it never worked in her favor. He says maybe she was committed to the wrong things or people. She needs to explore it. She asks if he has a course for that. As matter of fact, he does. He says his students are compelled to confront the things they’ve shied away from. She shies away from him. Sam says, just look at it and commit, and be phobia free? He says, step one, and she asks, what does she do?
Molly says, Kristina is being brainwashed. Michael says the harder they push, the more defiant she’ll become. She says he can’t think it’s legitimate, but Michael says he needs more information before he sounds the alarm. Molly asks what about Jason? Kristina is drowning. Can’t he do something? He flashes back to Sam saying Shiloh is better than they thought, and she’s scared. He sells the whole redemption story, and he’s really good. It took everything inside her to make him believe she was coming to his side.
Kristina arrives at DOD. Sam says she was concerned about Kristina and Valerie having a fight, and she talked to Shiloh. Kristina says she’s in no mood for a lecture. She just got a lecture from Molly. Sam’s not going to give her one. Sam says, Kristina has told her that she knows what she’s doing, and Shiloh has his eye on her, and she believes him.
Alexis tells Neil that she feels unsettled. She had a near miss with a homicidal maniac. You can’t blame her. He asks if she’s hearing blame. Ha says, she’s hearing him think she’s holding something back. There’s something left to tell. She says, there’s always things left out; there are always neuroses to conquer. He says, there’s no quick fix, but if she keeps up the hard work, she’ll reap the benefits.
Valentin tells Anna that he can’t help her. He’s not in touch with Alex. Anna says that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know how to reach her. He tells her, there’s no secret brotherhood of nefarious characters. She says she’d be on it. He gets up, and she tells him, this is important, and she’ll consider it making amends. Valentin sits back down. He says he’s serious; he doesn’t know where she is, but he’ll put out feelers. He might know someone who can reach her.
Sonny reaches for the gun, and Raj tells him not to be a hero. Sonny tells him to let Dante go and there won’t be any trouble. Raj says Dante has already told him everything he needs to know. Sonny asks if Raj tortured Dante; he’ll make Raj bleed. Raj says the only person who’s going to bleed is Sonny. He holds out his gun to Dante, and asks him to do the honors.
Chase says Finn is genuinely concerned for his well-being. Finn says, of course. Chase is kind of his responsibility. He tells Chase to wipe the grin off his face, and Chase says, no can do. He never thought he’d see his big brother coddle him. Finn starts to leave, and Chase thanks him. Seriously. It means a lot. Finn tells him, just be safe out there. Chase tells Finn, be safe. He’s the one dating a super spy. Finn leaves, and Chase smiles.
Anna tells Valentin to inform Alex that she knows about the experiment, and can provide a remedy. Valentin thinks she’ll be skeptical. They didn’t part on the best terms. Anna says, she’ll know it for what it is – the truth. She’ll come to Alex, and the whole nightmare will be over. Valentin would like to believe that, but he thinks in opening the door to a past nightmare, it will just be beginning. Anna ponders this.
Neil says, time’s up. Alexis says she just got there, and he says maybe she’ll be on time for the next session. She says, he doesn’t believe her, does he? and he says, that’s not his job. She leaves. but comes back. She says she had a sex dream about Julian, and almost drank a bottle of vodka. She’ll see him next week. He says he’s looking forward to it.
Kristina asks if she hasn’t told Sam all along that she knows what she’s doing. Sam should have listened. Sam says she loves Kristina, and thinks she’s amazing. She hopes things work out, and Kristina and Valerie can be friends again, but if not, she knows Kristina will be okay. Sam says she has to get the kids. Shiloh hopes she’ll consider what they talked about, and she says she will. She leaves, and Shiloh tells Kristina that Sam shared a little of what happened between her and her friend. It sounds like a rough night. Kristina says the negativity was turning in her head, but she succeeded in cutting it out and cut it off
Molly says, if Sonny knew about Shiloh, he’d already be fertilizing the pine barrens. Jason says, Sonny is out of town, but he’ll fill him in. Michael says the harder they go at Kristina, the faster she’ll run. Molly says he might be the one person left who can reach her. He asks, how? and Molly suggests pulling the loan, blocking her road to enlightenment. See how Shiloh reacts when she has no money to pay for the seminars. Jason says, Shiloh thinks he’s winning for now. In the end, it will be that much easier to take him down. Jason flashes back to when he was in the hospital, and Shiloh telling him that Sam is evolving, and he was trespassing on private property.
Shiloh tells Kristina that he applauds her positivity. The forces of conformity are not easily foiled. She says she stood up to her sister, and it felt good. She’s severing ties, and telling them that if they can’t accept her choices, she can’t accept their presence in her life. She feels lighter, freer. Shiloh is proud that the work she’s done has paid off, and thinks she’s ready for the next step.
Raj takes bullets out of the gun, and tells Dante that he doesn’t need more than one. It’s a shame Sonny has come such a long way to see his first born. He’ll find that Dante doesn’t want to come home. He’s happy where he is. Sonny asks what Raj did to him, and Raj says, Dante is there of his free will. He’s eager to be part of the organization. At least that’s what he claims. Now is his chance to prove it. He tells Dante, take the gun and kill his father. Sonny shakes his head.
On Monday, Jordan tells Curtis that they should talk about it, Lulu wishes Dante was home, Anna asks which part of her life belongs to her, and someone gets shot in Turkey.
👯 The Show Must Go On… And On…. And On…
While I’ve never recapped the show, I’ve enjoyed Dance Moms off and on over the years. Although she often seemed like a tyrant, I never thought Abby was any crankier than Debbie Allen on Fame. At least Abby doesn’t carry a big stick. I also thought she was one of those white collar criminals who, because they’re a C-list celebrity, got made an example of. Like what Joe Giudice is living right now. Despite her time in the pokey, and major health problems, Abby Lee Miller is back in Dance Moms: Resurrection – ha-ha! sounds like Jason or Freddy Krueger – premiering June 4th at 8 pm on Lifetime.
📜 Quotes of the Week
You can’t always sit in your corner of the forest and wait for people to come to you… you have to go to them sometimes. – Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne
Just because I can’t punish old Frankenstein for what he’s done, I can tell him what the Lord told John. I can make goddam sure he don’t do it in Texas. – Sheriff Earl McGraw (Michael Parks), Death Proof
If men got periods, tampons would be thrown from floats like Mardi Gras beads. – Caroline (Beth Behrs), 2 Broke Girls
Only the mediocre are always at their best. – Jean Giraudoux
When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. — Mary Oliver
They say the memory is the second thing to go. * What’s the first thing? * I don’t remember. – Arthur and Vivian (Don Johnson and Jane Fonda), respectively, Book Club
Appreciate someone else’s beauty without questioning your own. – Anonymous
Neither blame or praise yourself. – Plutarch
What you don’t do can be a destructive force. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Anything worth doing always starts as a bad idea. – Leigh Bardugo
When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies. —J.M. Barrie
On truth: “I suppose there are two views about everything,” said Mark. “Eh? Two views? There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there’s never more than one.” – C.S. Lewis from That Hideous Strength, compiled in Words to Live By
Music, like religion, unconditionally brings in its train all the moral virtues to the heart it enters, even though that heart is not in the least worthy. – Jean Baptiste Montegut – I have no idea what this means, but I like it!
🍀 May Your O’Weekend Be Filled With Pots O’ Gold…
And no bad behavior (at least, not too bad) or green beer hangovers. I used to hate St. Patrick’s Day when I worked in NYC. The parade made getting around the city a misery, but even worse were the amateur drinkers, who were often already sitting on the curb, sick, by noon. Seriously. You don’t have to. And no, I won’t kiss you because you’re Irish. Or wearing a T-shirt that says that.
And God knows, it’s not St. Patrick’s Day without a Peke.