What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
Charlie’s isn’t open yet, but there’s a knock at the door. It’s Ava, who tells Julian, they need to talk. Julian asks if it can wait, but she says, it can’t. This came in the mail. She shows him an envelope, and says, a letter from Ryan.
Kristina and Sam meet at the MetroCourt for breakfast. Kristina reminds Sam that she works nights, and isn’t usually up this early. Sam thanks her for making an exception, and Kristina says she loves sister time. Sam does too, but Kristina says, the timing is too perfect.
Felicia asks if James had fun, and Mac says they bonded over the Yankees. Felicia says, the game put James to sleep. Then Mac fell asleep. He says, two peas in a pod. He didn’t mention this, since they were having a good time, but now Jordan is back, and he’s not Commissioner anymore. She says, Mac will be back by her side, running The Rib where he belongs.
Peter watches Maxie sleep. He flashes back to his conversation with Shiloh. Shiloh asks if Peter will help him get out, or would he prefer to face Robert? Everyone Peter cares about will know he was in on Drew’s kidnapping, and he was the Cassadine’s project manager. Maxie wakes up, and says she can spend the morning showing him how much she loves him. He says he loves her too. She asks, what’s wrong? He says he’s new to this, but he thinks in order for them to have each other fully, they have to tell each other the whole truth. She asks if this is about what he was trying to tell her the other day, that he’s as bad as Shiloh. He says, no. He’s worse than Shiloh.
Franco looks at the plaque in Oscar’s Meadow. Jason shows up, and Franco says, well, if it isn’t his father’s favorite son. He’s visiting the memorial of the son he never knew.
In the interrogation room, Chase tells Shiloh, chill. His hearing was delayed. Shiloh says, excellent. They can talk about Wiley. Chase says Wiley is safe with his fathers, and Willow is safe with him. Shiloh can’t touch them. Shiloh says he will when he gets out, but Chase says, that’s not going to happen. Alexis walks in, and says she thought her client was being brought up. Shiloh says, just the lady he’s looking for.
Elizabeth runs into Kim at the hospital. Kim says she was just introducing her former patients to Dr. Navarro. Elizabeth says, when that’s squared away, is she really leaving? Kim says, once Julian closes on Charlie’s, she’s hoping to get out as soon as possible. Elizabeth says Kim has been busy. Is that why Kim has been avoiding her, or does it have something to do with Franco?
Franco says Jason doesn’t consider Oscar to be his son. man of few words Jason says, no, and Franco says Jason still considers him Franco. Jason says that’s his legal identity. Franco says he’s glad he’s not that guy. He wants nothing to do with that guy or his crimes. Cabot and Shiloh did the world a favor with the memory transfer. Jason says the people who love him disagree. A lot of those people, he cares about. That’s why he can’t stand by and watch Franco hurt them.
Ava reads, dear Ava; to my precious goddess. I’ve been feasting off the memories of your visit for days. She says, it wasn’t a social visit, and Julian says he doesn’t know what she thought she’d accomplish. She says she went to peace about Kiki’s death. She asked Ryan to let her go, so Kiki could rest, but he gave her nothing. Julian tells her, tear up the letter. He doesn’t know why she opened it.
Kristina says Sam is keeping an eye on her while Shiloh is at the courthouse. Sam says, a little. She’s glad Kristina is free of Shiloh’s influence. Kristina says, more than free. She can’t wait to testify against him. Sam is worried that Shiloh is going to wiggle his way out of it. She doesn’t want him coming after Kristina. Kristina says, he wouldn’t dare. Not only does she have her father’s protection, she’s been brushing up on her boxing. There’s nothing to worry about.
Franco says Jason is talking about Elizabeth, but Jason says, not just her. He’s bound to meet Monica Quartermaine. Franco says, his stepmother? Jason says she didn’t know he existed. She has questions about Drew’s childhood. Will he answer them for her? Franco says he’ll talk to people who accept him as he is. It was difficult with Elizabeth. He can’t be the man she wants him to be. It would be better if he could take off. He’d like to start his life. Go someplace where nobody thinks he’s someone else. Jason asks how he’s going to manage that. Everything he has belongs to Franco. Franco asks what he has. A family who thinks he’s someone else? They want him to be the man they know. Kim can’t even look at him. She thinks he’s someone else, and so much time has passed, he’s ancient history. Jason says, what about Franco’s life? He made promises to Elizabeth and her sons. Is he okay with breaking those? Jason leaves, and Franco looks at the plaque again.
Kim apologizes for not returning Elizabeth’s calls. She didn’t know what to say about Franco. She knows Elizabeth saw the kiss. It took her completely by surprise, and she had no idea what was going on. Elizabeth asks if she’s seen Franco since, and Kim says she ran into him, and he wanted to know about Oscar. He considers himself Oscar’s father, and wanted to know everything. It’s very disconcerting. She sees Franco, but hears Drew. Elizabeth knows it’s confusing. How is she doing with it? Kim says she’s okay. She knows what’s going on now, and she’s just handling it.
Maxie says she told Peter before, there’s no comparison. He was an innocent victim of his father, and he’s moved on. He’s a good person, and he can’t tell her otherwise. He says, stop. He has to get this out, and she’s making it harder. She asks, what is it? and he says he’s responsible for everything that happened to Drew and Jason.
Felicia tells Mac, that’s great news. He’s free to come back to The Floating Rib. He says he’s been offered a permanent position as Chief of Detectives, but he said he’d ask her first. She asks if it’s something he wants to do, and he says he thinks so. She tells him, accept the position.
Maxie says Peter isn’t responsible; Helena and his father are. He did what he could to keep Jason alive, so he could return home. Peter says he stashed Jason away to keep him in reserve, until he could use Jason to kill his father. He planned the whole thing, move by move. The best way to abduct Drew, and leverage Andre to be cooperative. She asks what he’s saying. He says he wasn’t brought in after the procedure. He was there from the beginning. She doesn’t believe him, but he starts to cry, and says he was there in Afghanistan with Helena when she delivered Drew. He painted himself as the victim so he could win the good graces of the people of Port Charles. He’s no innocent. He’s as guilty as Helena and his father.
Kim tells Elizabeth that she knows Franco’s not Drew. She tried to make it clear that she intends to spend the rest of her life with Julian. She’s sure Elizabeth is still planning to spend her life with her husband. Elizabeth says, absolutely. She’s just waiting for Andre to give Franco his memory back. Kim is sorry Elizabeth has to go through this. She hopes the situation gets sorted out before she leaves, so when she goes, she knows they’re happy. They’ll talk before she leaves. Kim gets in the elevator.
Kristina tells Sam, she hates that she bought into Shiloh’s BS. Sam says, not anymore, and Kristina says, never again. He has no power over her. He’s lost his last piece of leverage.
Alexis says if Shiloh is looking for her to represent him, forget it. He says he’s not. His court appointed attorney encouraged him to plead guilty. Alexis says his attorney is better than he deserves. He’s lucky. He says he does consider himself a lucky man. Not only is he a father, he’s been given time to reflect on the people who have enriched his life, her daughter among them. Sam was an inspiration, but Kristina taught him the most important lessons.
You will never believe what happened here. The screen froze, and then it said I wasn’t authorized to view the channel. WTF, ABC? A new message appeared which led me to believe somehow Verizon had mixed up ABC with a sports channel, and a sports package is about the only thing I don’t subscribe to. After juggling remotes and rebooting, it came back. I’m in desperate need of sleep, and it’s not On Demand until the wee hours, but I only lost about five minutes. You’ll figure it out, as I did.
Elizabeth tells Scotty, an ankle monitor was a great idea, but Scotty says, it’s not forever. Franco is going to split as soon as it’s off. Elizabeth says, they have to stop him from leaving town. By force if necessary.
Kim goes to Oscar’s Meadow. She tells Oscar that she’s going to miss coming there to visit. She hopes he knows, everyplace in Port Charles makes her think of him. It’s a reminder, and makes her miss him more. She’s going to try and make a new start in Manhattan, but he’ll always be with her, no matter where she is. Franco appears, and asks why she didn’t tell him about this place. She says, she didn’t have a chance? (Her question mark.) She says, it’s Oscar’s Meadow. The Quartermaine family arranged it with the city, and they dedicated a spot to him. They put up the marker, and they all came after Oscar’s memorial to scatter wildflower seeds, and share a moment with Oscar that they remembered. He asks what moment she chose to share, and she says, encouraging him to have a relationship with his father.
Maxie tells Peter, she doesn’t understand. He’s been so good to her, and he’s close with James. She let him into their lives; into her heart. She loves him. He says he loves her too. He’s sorry. He’ll be the man she wants him to be, but he needs to be honest. He helped destroy Jason and Drew’s lives, and now Franco. He tried to keep it contained, but Shiloh is blackmailing him. Shiloh said he’s going public if Peter doesn’t help him get free. Picking up her phone, Maxie says, forget Shiloh. She’ll do it. Jason busts in, and shoots Peter. Peter wakes up, and Maxie asks, what’s wrong? Wow. Did they fool me.
Kristina asks Sam and Jason how they’re so solid. She can barely remember the last time she was in a real relationship. Not some sick excuse Shiloh encouraged. Sam says it will happen for Kristina too. Kristina says, someday she’ll find a love as great as theirs. Right now, she’s working on herself; figuring out what she wants, and going for it. She has to go, but Sam asks her to stay. She tells Sam, don’t worry. Shiloh is going straight to Pentenville. She leaves, and Jason asks if she’s really as good as she seems. Sam says, yes; she is. It makes everything they went through worth it.
Scotty says they can’t put Franco in a cage. It’s bad enough he has the ankle monitor. He was so desperate, he even tried to get Bobbie to put Franco in quarantine so he wouldn’t bolt. Elizabeth bets Bobbie didn’t like that, and Scotty says she threw drink in his face. He doesn’t blame her; it was unethical. He doesn’t think they can trap Franco like a rat. Elizabeth says, what if there was a legal way? One if, when Franco comes back, he’ll understand? She’s his wife, and if he’s mentally incapacitated, by law she’s permitted to make choices for him. She can argue that he’s not in his right mind, which is the truth. Once guardianship is granted, she can have him committed to Shadybrook, and when Andre gets there, she can make the decision to have the procedure done. Scotty says she wants Franco committed? She asks if he wants his son back. It’s the only way. Frankly, I’m surprised the hospital would even let him out, but that’s GH for you.
Franco asks what else Kim can tell him about the memorial. She says, Oscar wanted it to be a joyful occasion, and despite everything, it was. Oscar planned the whole thing, and everyone showed up. He says, even when Oscar was dying, he was making plans. He sounds like his mother. Kim was always making lists and planning. Kim says she’s learned to appreciate spontaneity. He says, as soon as she got used to a good surprise, they got one when he was deployed. She says, Franco was at the memorial, with Elizabeth and Cameron. He wishes he’d been there. He wishes he’d gotten to know their son. He thinks it might have changed things. She says she’s in a relationship now, and he asks if things are serious with Julian.
Kendra tells Alexis she has a new life plan for her. Alexis says, that’s a lofty goal. Can’t they start with cutting out junk food and exercising a little? Kendra says she can tell Alexis is ready for the holistic approach. It’s about inner strength, not just inner thighs. Julian asks if he can borrow Alexis, and she introduces him to Kendra, adding, Kendra is whipping her into shape. Julian asks if Kendra is a personal trainer, and Kendra says, among other things. He thinks Alexis is perfect as is. Julian brings Alexis over to Ava, who asks if there’s any way to get Ryan to stop writing. There must be a law against it. Alexis says she’s afraid there isn’t.
Mac says Felicia agreed pretty quickly. She just said she wanted him back. She says, yes, but she knows how much he adores police work. She was trying to make the end of his job less of a letdown. It’s wonderful. He says, to be clear, she’s okay by herself? She says, okay with it? She loves it. Ever since he’s been gone, she’s made a million changes. She’s put locally sourced organic and vegetarian options on the menu, and their microbrews are a big hit. She had a single barrel whiskey tasting last week, and the revenues were never higher for a weekday. Their revenue overall has been higher than it’s ever been. Seeing how happy he’s been, inspired her to give her all to the restaurant. And when he comes home, it’s exciting, because it gives her an opportunity to miss him. He says he noticed an uptick in their nocturnal activities. She says, sexy cop, and he says, hot business woman.
Maxie asks if Peter had a bad dream, and he says, yes. She asks what it was about, and he says, losing her. She says, that’s not going to happen. She loves him, and she’s not going anywhere. She says they have plenty of time to order room service and make love before she has to get James. That will drive the demons away. He says he’d love to, but he can’t. He got a text about something he forgot at work. He must have dozed off after he read it. She says, nothing like work stress to freak you out. He says, sorry, and she says they’ll see each other later. It’s not the end of the world.
Sam tells Jason, they don’t have to worry about Kristina. She’s really good. She asks, what is it? and he says he ran into Franco again. He’s determined to leave town. Jason wanted to offer Franco money to just go.
Scotty tells Elizabeth, good idea. She can make medical decisions for Franco, but they still have a lot of trouble. They have to find Andre and reverse the procedure, but Franco is still locked up. She says, for his own good. Scotty wanted Franco quarantined. He says, but it was stupid, and Bobbie talked sense into him. He doesn’t want to force Franco, but Elizabeth says, it’s clear he’s incapable of making decisions on his own behalf. Scotty says, because he’s thinking like Drew, not himself. She says, exactly. Once the monitor is off, they’ll lose him forever. Scotty says, what if he hates them anyway? and she says, who cares? It’s temporary. He says, what if the reversal doesn’t work? Elizabeth tells him, when Franco gave himself up, he told Cameron to tell her that he’d be back. He can’t keep his promise on his own. Franco needs them, and Scotty needs to help his son.
Kim tells Franco, it’s very serious. She tried to keep it casual, but before she knew it, she fell in love with Julian. He asks, what about before Julian? She never married? She says, no, and he says she must have had other serious relationships. She says she dated, but Julian is the first man she’s fallen for since Drew.
Ava says, there’s got to be something that can be done, but Alexis says, unfortunately, prisoners have rights too. Ava can write refused on the envelope and send it back, but that won’t necessarily stop him. Ava says, he’ll never stop. What if they ask the warden to stop his outgoing mail? Alexis says, the warden isn’t obligated to do that, and if they do, Ryan will have a legal case that he was denied his first amendment rights. Ava knows he’s not going to stop, and Alexis suggests Ava not read them. Ava says Alexis has been a lot of help, and walks off. Alexis tells Julian, she wishes she could do more to help. He says, the law is the law. He tells Kendra not to be too hard on Alexis. She’s pretty perfect as it is. He leaves, and Kendra says he thinks highly of Alexis. Alexis suggests they not go there, and Kendra says they’ll get to work reaching her personal lifestyle goals. She hands Alexis her analysis.
Shiloh asks if there are any pictures on his phone that Chase would like to share with him. He’s sure Willow would want to share her son with the man she loves. Chase gets in Shiloh’s face, and tells him, watch it. Chase leaves to see what’s going on, and Shiloh bangs his head on the table. Peter walks in through the side door, and Shiloh asks where the hell he’s been? Peter says, it takes time, and Shiloh tells him, work harder or all of Port Charles will know his dirty little secret. He wonders when people will learn secrets are never safe?
Sitting in Julian’s office, Ava tells Julian she can’t believe a prisoner has the right to torment her like this. He tells her, tear it up, shred it, burn it. Don’t let it get to her. Ryan has done enough damage. She says she’s never hated anyone more, but Julian says she’s giving him the power, just give him nothing. He leaves, and she starts to tear the letter up, but doesn’t.
Alexis tells Kendra, it’s really a major overhaul. It’s a big exercise plan. Kendra says, a new mindset requires physical change; a new relationship to the body. Alexis asks if Kendra is sure she’s not trying to kill her.
Peter tells Shiloh that he hasn’t forgotten their agreement. Shiloh says he’s minutes away from his hearing. His attorney wants him to plead; there’s no way he’s avoiding the charges. Peter says he won’t do time, as long as he keeps his mouth shut. Chase comes in, and asks what Peter is doing there. Peter says Mac must not have told him. The Invader is doing an exclusive on Shiloh. Chase says he wasn’t told, and wonders who would want to read that garbage. He tells Shiloh, his hearing is about to start, and pushes him out the door.
Maxie tells Mac, Chief of Detectives is fantastic. He says Maxie’s mom is on her way to making The Floating Rib the hottest spot in Port Charles. He’s happy. Maxie says she is too. She and Peter are madly in love. Mac says, that’s good news.
Sam says Jason didn’t actually give Franco money to leave? He says he tried to get through to him for Elizabeth’s sake. Sam asks if Franco listened, but Jason doesn’t think so. He doesn’t think anyone can convince Franco to stay.
Scotty tells Elizabeth that he can’t stand the idea of losing his son. It seems like just yesterday, he found out Franco was his son. He won’t give up. Elizabeth ask if he’ll help her, and he says, yes, he will. She hugs him and thanks him. He says he’s got to move fast. He has to get to the judge, and present his case for guardianship. And he has to make it fast before the ankle monitor comes off, and before Franco convinces Kim to be with him.
Franco asks if Kim remembers the CD he made for her. She says, Oscar found it a couple years ago. He says she kept it, and she says, Oscar made a copy and gave it to Drew, in the hope he’d remember. He didn’t. Franco says he remembers every second. He chose the songs hoping to remind her of a moment they had together. Kim says, this was a bad idea, and starts to walk away. Franco grabs her hand, and says he just wanted to tell her that he’s leaving town.
Monday’s episode will be a repeat of May 6, 2019. On Tuesday, Franco says Kim has made him rethink everything, Jordan tells Curtis that spying on Jax is a bad idea, and Sonny tells someone not to try to renegotiate their deal.
💍 All Kinds of 90…
Where are the previous 90 Day Fiancé couples now?
The Other Way, and the idiot who doesn’t realize he’s being catfished, even though there are so many red flags, we can’t count them.
The latest on Before the 90 Days.
And the new Pillow Talk season begins September 15th at 11 pm. I can’t wait!
💔 My Heart…
Bethenny is leaving the RHONY again. It’s one of the few Housewives shows I’m still keenly interested in, and she was a big reason. I wonder if Jill Zarin will vie for the spot?
👻 Even Better Than Catfish…
The only halfway captivating thing about Catfish, is watching those two losers get excited over nothing. But this looks good.
☝ Quotes of the Week
Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
If you’re turning American on me, I shall be going downstairs. – Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), Downton Abbey
It’s better to come from a broken home than live in one. – Cindy Bakersfeld (Dana Wynter), Airport
He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only. – C.S. Lewis, from The Weight of Glory, compiled in Words to Live By
The pen is the tongue of the mind. – Horace
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. – Mae West
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. – Dalai Lama
🙆 Here We Are Again…
Enjoy the long one, and the good weather if you have it, and hoping all stay safe from Dorian. See you at Dead time on Sunday.