What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
Anna asks Finn how the drop-off was. He says Violet forgot her sparkle bracelet, but she was going to be doing some bedazzling at school. Anna tells him that she’s terrified something Jason said about Peter is true, and by not taking action and following the evidence to the probable conclusion, she’s helping to keep Peter free, and keeping hope alive for both them. She’s compromising herself by standing by the man she considers her son.
While Brad waits for a hospital elevator, Deanna says she missed him, and he says it’s been crazy. She asks if he wants to hear about the Christmas party, but he says he needs to get to the lab. She says the lab is on that floor, and asks if he’s sure he’s ready to be working. No one would blame him if he took more time. He says he wants to keep his mind occupied. Michael comes by with Wiley, and Brad asks if everything is okay. Michael says, no, not really.
Nina asks Maxie to tell her again why she went with Giselle on the Crimson cover. Maxie says, because she’s Giselle, and Nina says she was wondering about her relevance. Maxie says, she was wondering how to publish an entire magazine by herself. Nina says, ouch, and Jax walks in. He says, she’s back at the office already? Nina says she’s been distracted long enough. It’s time to move on.
Julian thanks someone on the phone, and says he’ll check in later. Ava assumes he was talking with Turning Woods, and asks how Lucas is. He says, no change, and asks how is she? She says grateful that her New Year’s expectations were met, and then some. She shows him her ring.
Carly tells Sonny that she’d like to see the article about the new treatment. Sonny hands it to her, and says it sounds like it could help his dad. She asks where he got it, and he says, Gladys. He knows she’s not a reliable source, but he checked on the doctor running the test, and they’re the top name in neuroscience. Carly says the results are incredible, but they only tested ten people; isn’t that number too small? Sonny says, nine out of ten were helped. That has to say something. Carly says, it’s amazing, but she’s sure it will be years before it’s given to the public. Sonny says that’s why he’s going to get his dad into the next test group.
Jason and Sam wait in the interrogation room. Diane comes in, and ask where they are on this. Jason says they’re waiting, and Sam says they told Robert they have a proposal. In perfect soap timing, Robert walks in, and Diane thanks him for taking time out of his busy day to meet with them. He suggests they cut to the chase. They said they have a proposal, and he’d like to hear it.
Julian says, Ava married Nikolas, who’s back from the dead. She says, correct, and he says, and Nikolas saved her life after Valentin flung her from the parapet. She says, uh-huh, and he asks, what’s a parapet anyway? She says it’s part of the castle that’s now her home. He asks if he should call her princess, and she says, the title is secondary. She’s about to have the sweetest revenge. He says, don’t tell him she’s planning on killing Nikolas, and she says, nothing so drastic. Nikolas drove her to Shadybrook, and she’s going to drive him to the cleaners.
Michael says Wiley has been acting out in daycare, and Brad wonders why they didn’t call. Michael says they couldn’t reach Brad, and Lucas put him down as an emergency contact. Brad admits his phone was on silent. Michael says the daycare told him Brad was also late dropping Wiley off. Brad says he has a lot going on, and Michael gets that. He asks what he can do, but Brad says, nothing. Everything is under control. Michael says, no offense, but it doesn’t seem that way.
Jax asks how Nina is, and she says, ready to focus on Crimson 100%. He asks if she has the projections for the June budget, but she says she hasn’t had time to break them down. Maxie says she already did, and goes to get them. Jax asks how Nina is really feeling, and she says she stopped by Lulu’s to see Charlotte, but Charlotte was sleeping; she’s exhausted. Jax says he’s asking about her, and she says, what matters is Charlotte. She’s the victim. Lulu is trying to keep Valentin from her, and Valentin is trying to keep Lulu away from her. She’s not Charlotte’s stepmother, and never will be, so there’s nothing she can do to help. It’s a trifecta of misery, and Charlotte loses everything.
Peter comes into the Crimson office, and Maxie says it’s a nice surprise. He says he found a toy online, and he thought of James. Maxie loves that he’s so excited about a toy, he came to see her in her office, and Peter says, James is the top priority. He also wanted to tell her that he has to step out. She says, anywhere fun? but he says, that depends on what Anna wants to see him about.
Anna says, Jason came to her in good faith, and she’s racing around to cover Peter’s tracks. Finn says if anyone understands that, it’s Jason. Anna says, Sam is paying the price. Her son might benefit by her not saying anything, but at what cost? If she finds out he’s guilty, covering for him makes her an accessory or accomplice. She wonders how far she’s willing to go.
Diane says Robert is aware of the terms of Sam’s parole. Robert says she qualified for early release, and Diane says the parole officer said Sam and Jason are to have no contact. He says he sees it’s gone well so far. Diane says, they were married and share a son. Jason isn’t a random ex-con. Robert says, but he is an ex-con. Diane says the parole officer is biased and using them to punish each other. They’re asking him to support them when they request a new parole officer. Robert says, they want him to throw his weight around. Diane says they want to be assured Sam won’t be victimized. The officer is carrying a grudge, and parole is supposed to be a way to pay back her debt, not a track to send her back to prison. Robert says he has no interest in punishing an innocent person, but she’s not innocent, is she?
Carly asks if Sonny has spoken to Mike’s doctor, and he says, not yet, but he’s going to call. She says she thought Mike’s doctor or Griff would have mentioned the treatment, but Sonny says maybe they don’t know about it yet. She says it’s nowhere near ready for the public, and he says it doesn’t matter about that if Mike is part of the test. The doctor running it is Jennifer Clark, and she’s based in Manhattan. It may not work out if Mike doesn’t qualify, but if he does, it would be a fantastic thing. Carly says he knows there’s no magic cure, and he says he does, but it could improve Mike’s brain function, stabilize him, and give more time. Maybe give science more time. He thought Robin would die young, and look how great she’s doing. Carly says she is, but Robin is a different story. Sonny says, this study could be first step toward a cure. Dr. Clark being in Manhattan is perfect.
Ava tells Julian, it’s not like love ever did her a favor. She’s going to relish making Nikolas pay. She asks if he wants to talk about Lucas, and he says, Brad is back at work. She says, that was bound to happen, and Julian says everyone is acting like Lucas will be in a coma indefinitely. They’ve forgotten about him. She asks how Wiley is, and he says, kids are resilient, but he misses his dad. Ava says, of course (🍷) he does, and Julian says, Brad has been a wreck. She says Lucas would want Julian to take care of Brad, and Julian says he has a hard time being around Brad. He looks at Brad and sees an empty space where Lucas should be.
Sonny says he wants to move on this, and Carly says they’ll have to reschedule the christening. Her phone dings, and she says, it’s Michael. He’s coming by to talk about something regarding Wiley and Brad. She’s worried about Brad. She ran into him on the docks. He was with Julian, and seemed edgy. Sonny says he has to go ask Julian something. He wants everything cleared up, so he can concentrate on his dad. He jets.
Jax asks if Nina has gotten any sleep, and she asks if she looks tired. (She does actually.) He says he’s asking because she said she was stressed. She’s sorry couldn’t walk away, and he says she did what she had to. Maxie comes back with the projections, and Nina thanks her. Nina tells Jax, on top of everything, she’s so grateful he got her the suite. She did what she wanted last night. She went to bed after a generous glass of scotch – or two. Maxie leaves, and Nina says she doesn’t have home, does she? Jax says, it’s difficult, but she’ll get through it. She’s made of strong stuff. For what it’s worth, it’s nice to have her back. She says, thanks, boss.
Finn tells Anna, addicts says when you’re going down a slippery slope, find the bright line; whatever it may be. A clean, unambiguous boundary that you don’t cross. She has to find and define it for her own sake. The doorbell rings, and Finn says he’s got to get going. They hug, and wish each other good luck. Peter comes in, as Finn goes out. Anna asks if she can get Peter anything, but he says, no, so she suggests they get right to it. She has some questions about the man who tried to attack Andre. Peter says, she means the man he killed?
Robert says he can’t help them, and Diane says, can’t or won’t? Jason says, Sam’s not a danger to society. She just wants to be with her family. Robert agrees the world is a better place without Shiloh, but Sam is a convict who got two years. She’s out; it’s a gift. Jason says Sam shouldn’t have to pay for his actions, but Robert says, she does, and always will. Living outside the law has consequences. Diane says they’re not asking that her parole be lifted, just that they get a new, more accommodating parole officer. Robert says they’ll have to go through the proper channels. He doesn’t do favors for the mob. Sam says, it’s not a favor; it’s a trade. Jason says, something they want, for something he wants.
Robert asks if Jason is finally ready to give up Sonny. Ha-ha! Diane asks why Robert would be interested in a coffee importer. Double ha-ha! Robert says he has no time for games, and Jason asks, what if they gave him Peter?
Anna tells Peter, there’s been a development, and she wonders if anything stands out to him. She gives him some papers, and he asks what he’s looking at. She says it’s David Black’s bank statement from 2012. He says David worked for one of Faison’s companies. They used him for a security consultant. She asks if there’s anything he can tell her about it, and he says he used to work there.
Maxie asks why Nina didn’t tell her what was going on with Valentin. They’re friends, and sisters-in-law. She pulled out all the stops to keep Nina away from Valentin, so it stands to reason there’s no one more sympathetic. If Nina had told her, she probably would have tried to talk her out of it, but she would have had Nina’s back. She’s always supported Nina, even though it hasn’t been easy. That Nina didn’t confide in her, makes her feel like their relationship and her feelings don’t matter. Nina says Maxie matters more than anyone.
Jax goes to see Finn, who says he heard about Nikolas. He asks if that’s what Hayden was involved in that drove her out of town.
Brad gets back from the lab to find Michael still there. Michael says he knows asking for help is hard. Sometimes you have to suck it up. Brad says, it’s not one of those times, but Michael says he’s obviously overwhelmed. Brad says, of course (🍷) he is. Give him time to figure it out. Michael says, if he doesn’t, then what? and Brad says he’ll come to Michael. Michael says Brad needs a nanny. Brad says, nannies are expensive, and Michael says he’ll cover it. He’s Wiley’s godfather, and it’s his job to keep Wiley happy and safe. Let him help. If it doesn’t work out, they’ll think of another alternative. Brad agrees, saying Michael isn’t giving him much choice. Michael says, no, he’s not, and Brad thanks him. Michael says, that’s what family does for each other. Deanna tells Brad that Dr. Randolph is looking for some lab results. Brad goes with her, taking Wiley with him.
Ava tells Julian that she’s sorry he has to go through this. Is there anything she can do? She says, Lucas will make it back. He’s a Jerome, after all. He’s nothing if not resilient. Julian’s phone rings, and he says they’ll talk later. It’s Brad, who says he’s having a problem. Michael is insisting he get a nanny for Wiley. Julian says, good. He thinks it’s a great idea.
Ava sees Sonny outside Charlie’s. He says he heard Nikolas is alive, and she says, it’s true. He says, so she wasn’t seeing things. She asks if he’s not going to congratulate her, and he says, on? She says he hasn’t heard all the good news yet. As of last night – she shows him the ring – she’s Mrs. Nikolas Cassadine.
Carly says it’s good to see Michael. What’s up? Michael tells her, Brad is underwater, and he’s going to get a nanny for Wiley. Carly thinks it’s a good idea, and he tells her, Brad doesn’t, but he doesn’t care. She says, that bad? and he says he’s concerned about Wiley’s safety. Brad is torn up about Lucas, and can’t focus. Carly says, sounds like getting a nanny is the right thing. Michael asks where his dad is, and she says, running errands. He’s clearing his calendar for this. She shows Michael the article.
Sonny says, Ava married Nikolas? The guy they all thought was dead? Ava tells him not to jump to conclusions, and he asks how that happened. He and Ava share a child, who he just brought to the mental ward to visit her. Now he’s hearing she married the guy who put her in there.
Nina says she didn’t tell Maxie what she was planning because, up until the moment she pulled the trigger, she wasn’t sure she was going to go through it. She didn’t want Maxie stand there, waiting for her to unload everything, then be disappointed when she married Valentin. Maxie asks what Nina thought she would do. She understands relationships evolve, and wants Nina to be happy no matter who she’s with.
Jax tells Finn that Nikolas was responsible for the attack on Hayden at the pier. She wasn’t hurt, just frightened. He’d assumed Valentin was behind it, but he was mistaken. Valentin didn’t send the thug; Nikolas did.
Peter tells Anna that he worked there from 2011 to 2013, and she says, when David Black was there. He says, so did other people. There were hundreds of security consultants. They were mercenaries; it was a fluid situation. He knows the initial memory mapping program was both Faison’s and Helena’s. Maybe they had an associate who didn’t want the procedure perfected. He asks if she’s checked with Cabot to see if there have been any attempts on his life. She says she can do that, and he says he’s sorry he’s not more help. He looks forward to putting all that behind him. Anna says she wants that too.
Robert says they have something on Peter? and Jason says, murder attempted murder; multiple counts. Robert has how he knows, and Jason says Brice claimed Sam paid him to kill Shiloh, which she didn’t, and he’s the same guy Andre ID’d as attacking him when he first came back to Port Charles. They don’t have a direct link to Drew’s plane going down, but they already think the two incidents are related. Robert asks how that comes back to Peter, and Jason says when he visited Shiloh in Pentenville, Shiloh made a point of dropping Peter’s name. Diane says Robert doesn’t seem surprised, but he knows Peter visited Shiloh multiple times. Jason says Peter was there for the original memory transfer. He delivered Jason and Drew to the clinic. Diane says it implies there’s something he wants hidden, and Jason says, it all points to Peter.
Jason says, on top of everything else, Drew and Shiloh were in Afghanistan together. Diane says, it’s circumstantial, but it all leads back to Peter. Brice is dead out of the blue, then freelance assassin David Black shows up at the hospital when Franco is going through the procedure. He tries to take out both of them, and who happens to be there to stop him? Peter. What are the odds of him loitering outside the OR, unless he went there to intercept Black? Robert says, so they think Peter set it up, then changed his mind. He sent the shooter to the hospital to take care of Andre and Franco, then took out the shooter. If they can bring him evidence that ties it all together, he’ll be happy to take care of Sam’s parole problem. He leaves, and Diane smiles at them.
Nina says Maxie was the first person in her life who wants the best for her; hands down, no questions asked. Maxie says, not the first person, and Nina says the first person who wasn’t her little brother. She misses him now. Maxie says, he was wonderful in a crisis, and Nina says, he was wonderful with everything. Maxie knows she’s no substitute, but she’s here for Nina, and loves her. Nina says she loves Maxie too, and she’s the best substitute she could ask for in life, and in work. They hug, and Nina says, but now the OG is back. Maxie can take a breather. Wouldn’t that be nice? Maxie says, yeah, but seems sad.
Anna thanks Peter for answering her questions. Peter asks, who made the connection? and she says she discovered it. He asks if he should prepare himself, and she says, for…? He knows Sonny has eyes and ears at the PCPD. He’s innocent, but if Jason finds out, God only knows what will happen.
Finn asks Jax how he let it get this far, and Jax says he didn’t know Hayden was missing until Finn told him. By the time he called her cell, she’d disappeared. He promises to do everything he can to bring her home. Violet shouldn’t be without her mother.
Carly tells Michael, it’s heartbreaking. Mike is nearing the end, and succumbing to Alzheimer’s. There’s no cure, and no hope. Michael says his dad refuses to see that, and Carly says she’s so scared Sonny is wasting what little time he has left with his father. He’s going to bring Mike to NYC, where he’ll be surrounded by strangers in a strange place, when Mike could be at Turning Woods, where he has love and support. She’s worried that when Sonny realizes, it will be too late, but she can’t say that to Sonny. All she can do be there, keep her mouth shut – which is hard for her – and love him though all of this.
Ava tells Sonny that she saw Nikolas on Halloween night. Everybody, including her, thought she was hallucinating, so she checked into Shadybrook. Nikolas visited her there, and you might say, haunted her. He said he wanted the location of Helena’s portrait that contained the codicil. Sonny says, the codicil that made Nikolas the heir. He took advantage of Ava’s emotional state, and she’s not the kind of person who loves people n the best of times. She says she’s not helping Nikolas. She’s helping herself.
Maxie says one of the advertiser is pushing back, and Nina says she’ll handle it. Maxie says, that’s okay; she’s been dealing with them from the jump. Nina says she’ll take over. It’s her job as editor-in-chief. Maxie says if Nina needs background, she can catch her up, but Nina is sure she can handle it. She asks Maxie if they’re good, and Maxie says they’re great, but I’m not so sure.
Jax tells Finn, up to the point Nikolas turned on Hayden, she was 100% in. Finn says that doesn’t make him feel better, but Jax says, it’s the truth. He’s sorry Violet got caught in the crossfire. He leaves.
Anna tells Peter that she’s not sure it’s necessary to point out the connection. It’s ultimately not pertinent to the case, right? Peter thanks her, and says he’s trying hard to get away from his past. He doesn’t want to be Henrik again. She tells him, don’t forget, he’s not his father’s son, and he says he won’t.
Sam says Robert totally believed them, and Jason says, they need proof. Diane tells them that they have to leave separately, and they exchange I love yous, a kiss, and a hug. Sam thanks Diane, and leaves. Diane says, Jason must realize if Peter pulled this off, he’s a master at covering his tracks. The chances of getting hard evidence are slim. He knows, but it gives Sam a purpose; something to work toward. It makes the separation easier. Diane says, for Sam, but what about him? He says, Sam will be okay, and so will he.
Michael tells Carly, Sonny doesn’t give in or give up control. Stella once mentioned that it was going be hard on Sonny. He’s used to getting his own way, and imposing his will on situations. Alzheimer’s listens to no one. Carly says, not even Sonny. Michael says, Sonny feels helpless. He’s not used to that, so it’s going to be harder and take longer. There’s not much else they can do other than be there to support him.
Ava says Sonny knows, for the past two years, her life has been a slow-motion train wreck. Maybe she deserves it, but in the end, she can continue to be a victim, or get up. Nikolas had what she wanted. Sonny laughs, and Ava asks if he thinks Nikolas wanted to marry her. Does he think Nikolas loves her? It’s not about loving; it’s about power, a game she knows how play. The Cassadine fortune that Nikolas is willing to do anything for, will be hers. He says she sounds confident, and she says she is. He hopes it works out. If anyone gets hurt, or she ends up murdered, he’ll be very unhappy. He walks away, and she sort of smiles. It’s probably the closest he’ll ever come to saying he cares about her.
Sonny goes into Charlie’s, where Julian is on the phone with Brad. Julian tells Brad that he needs to calm down. Brad says the more he’s around Michael, the more stressed he gets. Julian says the nanny is perfect for reducing his stress. His advice? Embrace it. He hangs up, and asks what he can do for Sonny. Sonny says Carly saw Julian and Brad on the pier the other night, and Julian says, so? Sonny says he knows what they talked about after Carly left.
Tomorrow, Sasha says what Lucy is suggesting is stupid, Elizabeth talks to Nikolas, Brad says he’s found the perfect person for a nanny, and Sonny tells Julian that if he has something brewing, he’d better think twice.
👗 On Project Runway, Cyndi Lauper was the guest judge and style inspiration. She talked about being comfortable enough in her own skin to create her own style from vintage clothing, and a combination of masculine and feminine styles (like lace and studs together). The designers were divided into two teams, and were expected to create mini collections, merging punk and pop. Geoffrey, Brittany, Delvin, Nancy, and Dayoung were on one team, while Melanie Sergio, Marquise, Chelsey, and Shavi were on the other. Since Victoria was the big winner last week, she got to choose which team she was on, and she went with the first group. It was a two-day challenge, with $300 per team member, and 30 minutes at Mood. Brittany was pretty excited, having done an internship with Betsey Johnson (my fave!). Geoffrey was a huge Cyndi fan, having done her as one of his drag personas. As they began to work, Christian interrupted them, saying, in the 80s, it wasn’t just about the clothes, the styling was important. In a challenge within the challenge, they were to make their own accessories, with the exception of shoes. They got an additional $200, and a visit to the trim and notions store. The best part was when Christian went around with a basket, collecting the accessories the designers had on them, including whatever it was someone tried to hide in a shoe. They had to start from scratch. Victoria’s team seemed to have a lot of issues with cohesion – both in their collection and in working together – while the other team worked together quickly and easily. Personally, I loved this challenge because I love a lot of the 80s looks. IMO, every other decade was the best: the 1920s, 1940s, 1960s, 1980s. I’ve forgotten what the hell was happening in 2000 – we might have been a little distracted with the WTC attack – so I hope the 2020s are promising.
Team Two had seemed to have it together, but not so much when their collection hit the runway. They were all about black, white, and black and white stripes, with a little pink. They got the cohesive thing down, but when it came to the individual pieces, it wasn’t so pretty. A good example is, when Sergio’s – I’m not sure, some kind of jumpsuit with what looked like a lingerie robe – came down the runway, he said, they loved it, but Karlie said, what is that?
The chaos that was Team One was a great example of the old adage that a bad dress rehearsal means the show will be great. There’s was too much black for my taste, but Delvin actually went with a plaid-ish patterned handkerchief skirt, which Cyndi said was very 80s.
Team Chaos won, with praise being lavished on Victoria. She again used her signature asymmetrical silhouette, which she’d been afraid might be getting tired. But Nina said although it was a nod to the 80s, it felt now, and loved the contrast. Brandon went a step further, saying Victoria was always true to herself, and confident in work and craftsmanship. He thought he might be in love with her. That should be interesting. After remarking on Brittany’s corseted pink suit, accessorized by chains, Nina told us, opposites in contrast make fashion move forward.
On the downside, Nina didn’t understand what was going on with Sergio’s piece, and Cyndi said she was no one to talk, but it had too much going on. Wow. When Cyndi Lauper tells you that you have too much going on, you’d better listen. It was like the time I saw Marilyn Manson scold Bill Mahar, and tell him to be polite to Florence Henderson. But in a terrible move, Sergio told the judges that he was used to designing for women over 40, and his stuff was more sophisticated. If you like it or you don’t, it’s not my problem. I would have tossed his happy ass out right there. Brandon said Sergio had signed up for this competition, so don’t make excuses, and ask himself what he learned from it. He had every decade, country, and area code included in his look. If Brandon was RuPaul, he would have snapped his fingers there. Karlie said Melanie had skimmed by. Like I felt about Tyler, Karlie said they didn’t see enough of her, but when they did, it was flat. Melanie insisted she was just rolling with the theme, but Cyndi told her not to blame the 80s. And truthfully, she had some kind of weird dress that had flaps on it that didn’t evoke any 80s fashion I’ve ever seen. Cyndi said it was like going through a carwash. Backstage, Dayoung told Sergio that he should have stopped talking. Nancy felt pushed to the outside, and not respected, which made me feel sad. I love an underdog.
BTW, Cyndi looked fantastic. I especially loved whatever was going on with her hair. A modern day, messy Marie Antoinette configuration. Nina said she’d had no memory of anything Melanie had done, and neither did I. Backstage, Sergio comforted Melanie by saying, when you’re confusing people, you’re changing the world. If he says so. I think you’re probably just confusing people. I was surprised the judges didn’t mention Sergio’s attitude. When the top and bottom three were brought out, Brittany was safe, and flew off the stage. Cyndi said Victoria and Geoffrey were both brilliant, but Geoffrey was the big winner. He said Cyndi was a style icon, and this meant a lot to him. In his interview, he said Cyndi’s music helped him through confusing moments, and to have her appreciate his art was incredible.
Karlie said she was disappointed in the bottom three, and Melanie was out. I’m guessing they considered Sergio’s talent over his need to say stupid stuff. Cyndi told Melanie to consider every failure part of her success, and take what she learned and move forward. In her interview, Melanie said she didn’t think they got to see her true colors, It was the dulled version of what she has to offer. This kind of thing seems to be what many losers say, and it always remains to be seen if that’s true, or just an excuse. Melanie thought the main reason she hasn’t found success is that she’s too scared to put herself out there. Christian – who usually doesn’t say more than, clean up your workspace – told her that her technical skills were amazing and he liked her work. Ooh. I wonder if he’s going to save her. In her exit interview, she said finding success means taking risks, and she was pissed at herself for not doing that.
Next time, the designers are to create any look using their heritage as inspiration, and a big surprise happens.
🌃 An Old Adage…
Well, for sure I’m not wealthy, and healthy and wise are debatable, but it’s been a long week, so I’m going to bed earlier than 4 am. I guess, in a way, that is early to bed. I’ll pour some tea tomorrow, and I have more to say about The Real Housewives of Dallas debacle Wednesday night. In the meantime, enjoy a song about the weather here.