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March 30, 2020 – By Whatever Means Necessary, a Hungry Hungry Hippo & Tonight

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

In the park, Sam asks Alexis to please call her back. She was totally out of line, and wants to apologize. Molly comes by and asks, apology for what? Sam says she was unfair to their mom last night.

Chase brings Jason into the station, and says the Commissioner asked him to bring Jason in for questions about the warehouse explosion. Jason says he has nothing to say without his attorney, and Chase says, no surprise. She’ll be right with him.

Franco and Cameron walk in the park. Franco asks Cameron how practice was, and Cameron says, good. Franco says, maybe now they’ll have a chance to talk. How is he doing? Cameron wonders if his mom wants to find out how his session went, but Franco says Elizabeth has utter respect for his privacy. Him, not so much. Tell him everything

Trina shows up at the gallery, and Ava says, please don’t tell her that she skipped school. She’s afraid of Trina’s mother. Trina says, there’s no school today, and Ava asks if Trina has nothing better to do. Trina says she does have plans. That’s the problem.

Curtis walks into Jordan’s office with her, and says, it’s nice that Taggert was added to the Roll of the Fallen at the PCPD. She says, now she’s about to expose the worst thing he did, but Curtis says she’s exposing him to save TJ’s life. He knows she has a meeting with Internal Affairs. It’s tough, but she’ll have to pull through the conversation. She says she knows what she needs to do, but throwing her team under the bus, when she’s just as guilty? She hates that.

Sonny goes into the examining room where Portia is with Mike, and says he’s bringing Mike some decent coffee. He tells Portia, no offense, but she says she’s never worked in a hospital with drinkable coffee. Josslyn comes in, and Sonny says, look who it is. Josslyn says she brought cards. She was hoping Mike could help her play solitaire, since he’s better at it than she is. Sonny tells Portia that he understands Mike is disoriented, but thinks he’ll be better when he goes back to Turning Woods. Portia says she’s afraid there’s been a new development.

Carly, Bobbie, Michael, Sasha, and Willow sit in the waiting room. Sonny has brought coffee for everyone, and Carly says he went to spend time with Mike. Willow wonders when Wiley will be out of surgery, and Bobbie says, surgery needs time and precision, especially with small children. All that matters is that Wiley is getting the help he needs. Sasha is glad Nelle had the good sense to sign the consent form, and asks what they think changed Nelle’s mind.

Elizabeth goes out on the roof, and sees someone lying under a tarp. She says, oh my God, and finds Nelle underneath it. She shakes Nelle, and says she needs Nelle to wake up. Nelle opens her eyes, and Elizabeth props her up. Nelle says, the door wouldn’t open; she was screaming for hours. Elizabeth says, Nelle was out there all night? How did that happen? Nelle says, Carly.

Curtis tells Jordan, she’s turning Taggert and the others in so they can get Cyrus’s sentence overturned and get TJ back. Then they’ll go from there, and they’ll stop Cyrus for good. For now, stay strong. Taggert would understand. Chase comes in, and tells Jordan that Jason is in the interrogation room. Jordan asks if there were any problems, and Chase says Jason isn’t talking without his attorney, and Diane is going to make sure he says nothing. She says she’s got this, and she’ll let him know if she needs him. Curtis’s phone dings, and he says Portia texted him. She just started at GH, and wants to meet if he has a minute. He wonders what she wants, and Jordan says, there’s one way to find out. They hug, and he says she’s got this.

Trina tells Ava that she had some free time, and didn’t want to hang out at home. What can she do? Ava is sure she can come up with something, but says Trina doesn’t have to work to talk to her. She’s there for Trina. Trina says, thanks, but she’s fine. She asks how Nikolas is, and Ava says, it sounds like maybe Trina doesn’t want to go where she’s planning on going later. Does she want a note from her boss, excusing her from a boring activity? Trina says, it won’t be boring, and Ava asks if somebody is trying to get her to do what she doesn’t want to. Trina says, it’s nothing like that. She’s meeting with Cameron, and thinks she messed everything up.

Franco asks Cameron if it’s too personal or too parental, but Cameron says therapy isn’t the biggest thing on his mind. He has to sort something out. Franco is glad Cameron has good friends like Josslyn and Trina, although Trina is going through a hard time. Cameron says he thinks he made it worse when he kissed her.

Sam tells Molly, she said horrible things to their mom. Molly says Alexis called her voicemail, and she did that thing where she’s trying to sound okay, but she’s upset. Sam says she doesn’t know when to keep her mouth shut. Molly says, Sam’s whole life exploded in her face and Sam is devastated. She gets it. Sam apologizes, saying Molly’s life is blowing up, and she’s the one going on. She didn’t even ask if Molly or TJ’s mom have heard from TJ. Did TJ’s mom say anything? Molly says she didn’t ask. When she got to Jordan’s place, Sonny and Jason were just leaving.

Jordan goes to the interrogation room, and says, it worked; they don’t suspect. She’s been running the story in her head all night. He says, take him through it, just to be sure.

Sonny asks Portia, what’s going on with his father? Portia says his vitals are fine, but when an orderly tried to put him in a wheelchair, Mike’s legs wouldn’t support him. There’s no medical reason; he responds to stimuli and his reflexes are normal. She thinks he’s refusing to walk, and Sonny asks, why? She says sometimes patients who are unsteady on their feet refuse to walk for fear of falling. Sonny says she told him that Mike wasn’t showing any signs of his wrist being hurt. What if he’s in pain, and can’t say? Portia says they can run a test to make sure Mike isn’t in pain. She leaves, and Josslyn sets up the cards.

Bobbie excuses herself, while Michael, Sasha, and Willow talk about how Wiley’s favorite thing to do is stairs. Carly says, it was the same with Michael. Sonny’s old penthouse had a lot of stairs, and every time they took their eyes off of him, he’d be racing up them. Elizabeth pushes Nelle in a wheelchair, and Michael asks, what happened? Nelle says, his mother happened. The bitch tried to kill her.

Curtis goes to Portia’s office, and she thanks him for coming. He asks why she needed to see him, and she says, to apologize about Trina. He says, Trina is a grieving teenager. If she wants to be mad at him, he can take it. Portia says she wanted to apologize again for herself too. She knows it was wrong not to tell him she was married when they got together. She had so much going on… He says, it was a lifetime ago, and she says Taggert never found out about their affair, so it remains a secret. Curtis says, it’s not a secret. He told his wife everything.

Ava tells Trina, when it comes to messing up, she has more experience than she cares to admit. Go ahead; tell her what happened. Trina says Cameron is in love with Josslyn, but Josslyn doesn’t know it. Cameron didn’t either. They were fake dating to make Oscar jealous, but she could tell by the look on his face that it wasn’t fake. He still insisted he wasn’t, but she knew. And even though Josslyn doesn’t realize it, she has it in for Cameron too. That’s good, and Trina is happy; she wants that for them. In the meantime, her dad died and she got mixed up. Cameron is the only one who understood, and they got into a conversation. Ava asks if they kissed.

Franco says he thought Cameron liked Josslyn, and Cameron says they’ve known each other forever. One time, they were fake dating, and he thought she might have feelings for him, but then Oscar got sick. Franco says, and Cameron backed up because they were friends. Cameron says, friends is the operative word. Then Trina got in the mix. Franco asks how that happened, and Cameron says, because he kissed her. Franco asks if it changed how he feels about Josslyn.

Sam wonders why Sonny and Jason were at Jordan’s apartment. That’s unusual. Molly says she thought so too. What does Sam suppose they were doing there? Sam says she and Jason aren’t able to talk without violating her parole, so she has no idea what he’s up to.

Jason asks why Jordan is now bringing the issue to IA? and she says, after Taggert’s death, she reviewed his records. She was shocked to find proof that evidence was fabricated against Cyrus that led to his conviction. She tells Jason that she feels like she’s obviously nervous, and Jason says, she is, but it totally makes sense. She doesn’t want to tarnish Taggert’s memory, but she uncovered a discrepancy in the report. She says, it sounds simple, but he says, it’s not. She’s going to let Cyrus out to save her son. She says, and who cares that she’s setting free a major drug trafficker, and Taggert’s memory gets trashed?

Nelle says Carly locked her out on the roof all night. Chase arrives, and asks, what’s going on? and Nelle tells him to please arrest her. He asks, who? and Carly says, apparently her. Nelle is having another one of her delusions. Nelle says, this time, Carly went too far, and Chase asks what Nelle thinks happened. Nelle says, what she knows happened, is she was out on the roof with Michael – Michael says, that much is true – and Carly tried to convince her to sign the consent form. When she refused, Carly locked her on the roof. Elizabeth says she doesn’t know what happened, but she found Nelle on the roof. Chase asks if the door was locked, and Elizabeth says it was. Nelle says, see? It was Carly, and Chase asks if it’s common for the door to be locked. Elizabeth says it is, and Chase says, so it’s possible security locked the door. Nelle says, it wasn’t security; it was Carly. Bobbie says Nelle was there after she talked to Michael, and Elizabeth says, sorry; she has to leave, and gets out while the getting’s good. Nelle says she never left the roof, but Bobbie says she did. When she signed the consent form. Nelle says she never signed it, but Bobbie says, of course (🍷) she did. Carly says Nelle should be proud of herself. She behaved like a caring mother.

Trina tells Ava, it’s not like it was romantic. They’re friends, and it was probably a reaction to trauma. Ava says, that’s a mature realization, and Trina says they talked about that at school. How you react when you experience trauma. They’d been kidnapped, and it’s understandable. Ava asks if Trina ever had feelings for Cameron before the kiss, and Trina says, it wouldn’t matter if she did. Cameron has liked Josslyn forever. Ava says, in that case, kick him to the curb. Trina is too wonderful to be anybody’s second choice.

Cameron tells Franco, he’s liked Josslyn for so long, it’s not funny. She just sees him as a friend. Franco asks if they’ve gone out since Oscar died, and Cameron says, Halloween, but he thinks they’re better off as friends. They sit on a bench, and Franco says, what about Trina? and Cameron says, Trina is amazing. She’s funny, confident, she always tells you what she thinks, and always has your back. Franco says, and she’s super cute. Cameron laughs, and says, she’s a great friend. Franco wonders if Cameron thinks she might want to be something else, and Cameron gets up.

Sam says, so Molly went to Jordan’s to find TJ, and left before she could find out if he was there. Molly says she probably had no business going there. It’s so weird; none of this is like the TJ she’s known and loved. She goes from praying he’ll walk in the door, to throwing his belongings out the door. Sam asks her to sit for a bit, and Molly asks if Sam still has limited contact with Jason, and Sam says, very limited. Her parole officer is watching them like a hawk. Molly says she knows it’s asking a lot, but can Sam see Jason and find out what’s going on for her?

Jordan says, she should take the blame for fabricating the evidence, and Jason says, then what? She goes to prison, and Cyrus goes free. It will be a field day in there. The truth is, the others did the same thing. They knew the risks, and put their careers on the line to take Cyrus down. If they had to choose between their reputations and her son’s life, does she think they’d hesitate? She says, only they would know that. She tells Jason, she has to think about this, and leaves.

Josslyn tries to get Mike to play cards, but he just stares into space. Sonny asks if Mike wants some water. They could lift the bed up, unless he doesn’t want that. He’s trying his best, and knows Mike wants to go back to Turning Woods. Josslyn tells Mike, her dad wanted to come by and visit. Maybe tomorrow he could, and they can play poker. There’s still no response, and Elizabeth comes in with a wheelchair. She tells Sonny, they want to give Mike a chance to do this on his own. She says she bets Mike is tired of being there, and says they’re taking a trip to radiology. She touches Mike, and he freaks a little, yelling, leave him alone.

Nelle says her son can’t have surgery; she won’t allow it. Michael says she did. She went with the doctors’ recommendation, and signed the form. Wiley is in surgery now. Nelle says she never agreed, but Bobbie says, the consent form is in Wiley’s chart. Nelle says it was forged, and she knows who did it. She’ll bring in a handwriting expert. She tells Chase, please arrest Carly for forgery and attempted murder. She could have frozen out there. Sasha says, but she didn’t. Bobbie comes back, and says, the form is missing. Nelle says, wait until judge the judge hears about this. They’ll never see Wiley again. She’s going to get sole custody – if Wiley makes it. Monica joins them, and says she’s glad they’re all there. She has an update on Wiley.

Jordan goes to her office, and takes a phone out of the cupboard. She makes a call, and says, it’s her. She knows she’s not supposed to call… Of course (🍷) it’s the burner phone. She wouldn’t call if it wasn’t important. She’s not sure she can go through with it, and needs to be told it’s okay.

Ava tells Trina, it’s perfectly understandable. She thinks Cameron is a terrific guy. Trina says she knows he’s into Josslyn, and Ava says all she’s saying is, Trina needs to protect herself. There’s nothing worse than being in a relationship with someone you love who loves someone else. Trina asks if that happened to Ava, and Ava says, yes. It’s completely demoralizing, and makes you behave in desperate ways you can’t imagine. Trina deserves so much better. Trina says, so what Ava is saying is, she needs to tell Cameron that the kiss was an accident, a mistake. They’re just friends. Ava tells her, don’t misunderstand. If Trina is over the moon for Cameron, she’s telling her to fight for him, but given the circumstance, if she can walk away, now is the best time to do it.

Franco tells Cameron, being friends is a great way for a relationship to start. He and Cameron’s mom were friends. He loved her for a long time, but he didn’t think someone like her could care for someone like him. He took a chance, but Cameron’s mom took a bigger one, and she makes him happy. Cameron says, they’re adults, with a marriage and kids. He’s still in high school. Franco says, if he could tell Cameron one thing, it would be this. He’s a great kid, and deserves to be happy. Cameron says he and Trina are actually meeting in a bit. So, good talk? Franco says, yeah, and Cameron asks if Franco is going to tell his mom, but Franco says, no.

Portia tells Curtis, she likes Jordan, but supposes they’ll never be friends now. Curtis says, Jordan isn’t the jealous type; he gives her no reason to be. She says, Taggert was Jordan’s partner. She’s bound to feel some type of way about Portia betraying Taggert with him. There’s not enough understanding in the world for that. Curtis says, Jordan has a big job with a lot of responsibility. She can’t afford to take things personally. Portia is afraid Trina will find out. Trina thinks Taggert hung moon. Curtis asks how Trina is, and she says she’s watching Trina closely. Her friends are great, and Trina takes pride in everyone saying her dad died a hero. The PCPD added him to the Roll of the Fallen. Curtis says he saw that today, and she says she wants to take Trina to see it. She can take comfort in knowing her dad is finally getting the recognition he deserves.

Jordan puts the phone back, and there’s a knock at her office door. An officer says the guy from IA is there, and a man comes in. He introduces himself as Detective Cliff Simpson. She says she’s been expecting him, and he suggests they get right to it. She has information regarding the undercover operation that led to Cyrus Renault’s conviction? He’s looked through the folder, and most of it is  redacted. She says she was part of the task force that put Cyrus away.

Mike tells them, don’t touch him, but Elizabeth says, it’s okay; he’s safe. No one is going to hurt him; only help him. Sonny says they shouldn’t have touched him, and Josslyn says, they’re his family. They should be able to help. Sonny says, sometimes you can’t. Josslyn says, Elizabeth has been trained, and knows what to do, but Sonny says, Mike doesn’t see it that way. Josslyn hugs him.

Nelle asks if Wiley is okay. Did he not make it? Carly tells her to stop, and Monica tells them, Dr. Bedlow said the procedure went fine; Wiley came through with flying colors, and is in recovery. Michael hugs Willow, and Monica says, for the time being. The case was more severe than anticipated. Nelle says, so the surgery didn’t work? Monica says, Wiley is more comfortable than before, but is going to need a device installed in his heart that stimulates tissue growth and repairs it. Nelle says, so their illegal surgery didn’t work? and Monica says, illegal? Nelle says, the consent form was forged, and now it’s missing. Carly says she’s sure it will turn up.

Carly asks when they can see Wiley, and Nelle says, how about never? She wants Carly arrested for fraud, forgery, assault, and attempted murder. Carly says, Nelle is alive and well, and they only have her word. Chase says if Nelle insists on having Carly arrested, they’ll both have to come to the station to answer questions. Does Nelle wish to proceed? Michael tells her to take into consideration that she’ll be at the police station when Wiley wakes up, but he’ll be by Wiley’s side. Nelle says she’d only waste her time, since they’ll cover for each other anyway. She’ll sue the hospital. Monica tells her, good luck with that, and Nelle says, from now on, she wants any consent from her in writing and backed up verbally. Monica says, duly noted, and Michael thanks Monica. He hugs Carly, and thanks her for everything. She says, of course (🍷). She has to check on Mike, and as for everything, it will be fine with Wiley.

Portia tells Curtis, Taggert was married to his job long before he married her. She couldn’t reconcile coming in second. Things are different for Curtis and Jordan. They’re both in law enforcement, and understand the sacrifices that have to be made. He says, Jordan is determined to make a difference. Taggert took a risk with Cyrus. Portia says she knows; he told her. He knew she hated the constant worrying, and told her what he could safely tell her, so she didn’t imagine the worst.

Jordan tells Cliff, she was the person on the inside. They acted as distributors to gain information regarding the case. Cliff asks why she revisited the case now after all these years, and she says, the other three on the task force are dead.

Sam calls Jason, and asks where he is. He says he’s just leaving the PCPD; Jordan wanted to talk to him. She says, there was a development last night, and he asks if it’s bad? She says she kind of needs to talk to him face to face.

Cameron waits in the park. Trina arrives, and they smile at each other.

Carly goes to Mike’s room, and Josslyn hugs her. Sonny asks about Wiley, and Carly says, he got through surgery. Sonny says, and the prognosis? but she says they’ll talk later. How’s Mike? He says Mike just got back from a full body scan. They’re trying to figure out why he can’t walk. Carly knows it’s rough on Sonny, and Josslyn says, it’s better now that Carly is there. Sonny agrees.

Portia tells Curtis that her and Taggert’s communication issues didn’t help an already struggling marriage. He tried tell her as much as he could; at least at the beginning. Curtis says, an ongoing investigation is tricky, and Portia knows there was a lot Taggert couldn’t tell her. There was a lot she didn’t want know, but even when they were breaking up, she cared about him, and he did everything he could to reassure her.

Jordan tells Cliff, she needed to understand why they were killed. They’d helped do the impossible, bring Cyrus to justice. Cliff understands that Jordan needs answers, but what does that have to do with Internal Affairs?

Jason says he wants to see Sam too, but they have to be careful. Is she okay? She says, it’s Molly. She hasn’t heard from TJ in a while. Does he know anything? He wonders why she’s asking him, and she says because Molly saw him and Sonny leaving Jordan’s apartment. Why were they there? Jason says, she’s right; they should talk in person. Meet in the usual place. She says she’s on her way.

On the phone, Nelle says she doesn’t care how busy Zara is. She needs to see her now. Carly thinks she won this round, but Nelle is going to get the last word.

Bobbie tells Monica, Wiley got the help he needs for now; that’s the most important thing. Monica says, it all worked for the best. Too bad the form went missing. Bobbie remembers taking the form out of Wiley’s chart, and putting it into the paper shredder. Monica says, good thing Wiley has two great grandmothers looking out for him.

Sasha asks Michael how Wiley is, and he says, Wiley is a champ. Chase says, congratulations, but do him a favor. Never tell him what happened. Willow wonders what about the second surgery, and Michael says it’s all he’s been thinking about. Nelle has proven she can’t have a say in Wiley’s medical decisions. There’s only one solution. He has to win full custody – whatever it takes.

Tomorrow, Laura asks Mac what’s going on, Neil asks if he can help Alexis, and Jordan tells Cliff that they conspired to tamper with evidence.

Below Deck Sailing Yacht

On the beach, Jenna asks if Madison has a wine bucket. Madison shakes her head, and Jenna points to the mess of supplies in a jumble, and says, this sh*t can’t be here. She adds that Madison needs to put a bra on. In Madison’s interview, she says, okay, whatever.

Byron borrows Captain Glenn’s glasses, and the captain says they make him look intelligent. Byron asks if he can buy them, and Captain Glenn says, $500. Yana starts getting impatient, and says someone needs to tell the crew that they’re ready to go. Georgia radios Jenna that the guests are ready. Adam thinks they need a whole new set-up. In Jenna’s interview, she says the guests spend tens of thousands to do this. Now they’re sitting on a sh*t pile. It’s embarrassing. Madison says, it’s windy, and Adam suggests moving the table. In his interview, he asks, how hard can it be? Move the chairs out of the wind, put the umbrella in the ground, and get your head out of your ass. Arthur asks for tequila, and Georgia tells him, drink responsibly, but he says he’s not driving. Adam says everything will look better with the umbrella up. In Adam’s interview, he says they talk so much sh*t, but what they’ve been doing for five hours, he doesn’t know.

Paget asks Parker, what happened? and Parker tells him, everyone is doing a good job. He’s staying out of it. Madison whines to Ciara that Jenna is being bitchy. It’s complaint after complaint where it concerns her. Parker wonders about Jenna and Madison getting along for the rest of the season, but Jenna has no words. Back on the boat, Madison grumbles to Georgia that she’s frustrated, and a blood vessel popped in her eye because she’s literally exhausted. The guests get on the tender, while Adam grills on the beach. Georgia radios the guests are on their way, and Jenna says, sounds like a plan. In Adam’s interview, he says he lives for outdoor excursions. His father was a Boy Scout, and so was he. It makes him recall his childhood, and cooking over a fire. He thinks the best food is the least fancy, and it’s not so much about service or presentation, but about taste.

The guests reach the shore, and Adam welcomes them. They think it looks amazing, and sit down. Yana says, they have arrived, and Adam serves local oysters. Guest Carla asks if they’re being served, or do they have to pass it around? Guest CC thinks it’s phenomenal. Back at the boat, Georgia is thrilled that Jenna is trusting her enough to do the party. It’s nice to feel like she’s getting acknowledgement, and it’s a change of pace. Madison cleans the cabins.

Paget tells Jenna that Madison has a super crush on Parker. Jenna says, they’re both irritating, and she and Paget laugh. Georgia decorates with balloons, and dresses up the table. She thinks any self-respecting woman would find it a bit much. Adam serves the entrée, and tells the guests that he loves to cook over a fire. It adds flavor to the food that you can reminisce about. Yana is happy, but Carla is afraid to eat the asparagus because of the way it makes your urine smell. I knew that, but what’s really amusing is, it’s what I’m eating right now. TMI, I know, but what are the odds? It’s time to go, and Jenna tells the guests there are three desserts waiting on boat the boat. Yana says that’s her kind of dessert situation, and I wonder if she means eating them or just looking at them. CC wants to be carried back to the tender, and Paget obliges. Carla wants the same treatment, which is no surprise since she’s a huge baby.

Georgia asks how Madison is doing, and Madison says, great, but not really. The guests come back, and Yana thinks the décor is cute, and the color coordination is beautiful. Arthur tells her, happy birthday, and Georgia is thrilled the guests are pleased. Paget tells Ciara to start getting the sh*t together from the beach. Jenna tells Madison to put everything away, and Madison gripes to Georgia that Jenna is breaking her pretty good. Arthur brings out the cake, while Adam follows with two cobblers. Arthur bends over to kiss Yana, and hits his head on the sail when he stands back up, which is pretty funny. Yana says, it’s the best berry cobbler ever, but again isn’t specific about whether she means the taste or the visual. Ciara tells Paget, it’s hard when they’re the only two on beach clean-up, and asks him for a hand unloading. The guests go to bed. In Madison’s interview, she says she feels like she might like Parker, but… She shrugs. At 4 am, Parker gets up to find a note from Madison – written at 3:10 – and breakfast she made for him. So much for her being so tired.

Georgia reads a note hanging in the laundry to Paget that says, if you’re not Georgia, don’t handle other people’s clothing. Anchor is picked up, the guests get up, and the boat heads out. Arthur asks Captain Glenn if they’ll sail today, and the captain says, probably later. Breakfast is served, and Carla wonders if someone can make her a plate, because it’s so hard. And those are her words, not mine. In Jenna’s interview, she wonders how hard it is for Carla to get up off her ass. Should she chew it up, and baby bird feed it to Carla too? Parker tells Paget and Ciara about Madison making him breakfast and leaving a sweet note. He says she likes him, and Paget says, obviously. In Parker’s interview, he says Madison is his best friend on the boat. She’s his Lil’ Kim. A producer asks what he means, and he says he’d go in a mosh pit with her. Anchor is dropped.

Jenna tells the guests, today’s plan is for water sports and snorkeling. Paget and Ciara put the floating deck out, and Parker tries to school Ciara. The guests ask for a pitcher of pina coladas, and Madison asks Jenna to make them. Parker wants to make a game plan with the guests, and in Ciara’s interview, she says it’s not Parker’s job, but if he wants to put his ideas to the test, she’ll let him. Parker says he’s going to do an island recon, figure out what area is good for snorkeling, and report back. He tells the captain that the guests want him to go underwater and find out where the snorkeling is good. Which is not at all what just happened. The guests look at a parasailer, and CC thinks it looks boring. To their credit, the rest of them just look at her while crickets chirp. Jenna tells Adam that Madison stayed up until 3 am to make breakfast and write a love note for Parker. Adam thinks Madison needs more professionalism, and kisses Jenna.

With Parker still gone, the guests mess around on their phones, and Jenna looks for a backgammon game. Paget radios Parker, and asks what his ETA is, but gets literal radio silence. That’s because Parker is busy enjoying snorkeling. He says he forget how creepy it is by yourself. Apparently not so creepy that he’s not taking his sweet time. He asks a guy passing by if there are any good areas, and the guy points one out. Carla wonders how long it takes, as Parker marvels over a sea turtle. Finally, he radios that he’s on his way back. In his interview, he says, being the James Bond of yachting comes in handy. He doesn’t stop when he’s tired, he stops when he’s done. What is with this guy? He calls Byron, and says the engine temperature is going from 100 to 120, and asks what to do.

In his interview, Parker says he’s out by himself, hoping to make the captain proud, and this sh*t has to go down. Byron explains that the sea water coming through the bottom of the boat goes through a strainer, and tells Parker to check the basket; it’s probably full of sand, and the water can’t get through, so it hasn’t cooled. 85 to 90 is the prime temperature of the engine. It can get damaged if it overheats, and it’s an expensive repair. Yana says, Minecraft is expensive, to no one in particular, and I’m kind of surprised she plays that game. Parker tells Byron the window is so cloudy, he can’t see the basket. Ciara asks if Parker is breaking the tender. Byron tells him to close the valve, and stop the water coming in. In Ciara’s interview, she says, Parker’s confidence level is here – holding her hand up high – and his ability is here – holding her hand way down. Parker tells Byron the  temperature is now 89, and Byron says he’s good to go. In Parker’s interview, he says he’s proud of himself. He now knows how to change a filter. Byron asks Captain Glenn how much Parker’s salary is, and the captain says, he’d be paying for the tender for the rest of his life. His children might have to work toward it. Irritated by the delay, Yana asks Arthur if they can get a portion of their money back. He doesn’t think so, but wishes he had a hammock. I get the vibe that Arthur isn’t too ambitious on this trip. Jenna asks if Georgia would like to perform with Parker at dinner. In Captain Glenn’s interview, he says he’s all about giving the guests the best experience, so as long as Parker found great spot and they have a great time, he’s good. He tells Parker that they’re setting sail at 6 pm, and it’s 4 pm now. Parker says they’ll be back by 5:30.

Georgia calls Paget to get the seat covers from the laundry, but probably it’s really to flirt. At the snorkeling spot, Parker blows up a pink flamingo floatie. Arthur is hesitant to snorkel, but Parker says there’s nothing in the water that will hurt him. In a horror movie, this is where the giant alligator would swallow Arthur whole. A couple of the guests use the paddleboards, and Carla falls off hers. Couldn’t happen to a nicer person. Georgia sprays Paget with Febreze, which must be some new kind of seduction technique. Madison wants some coffee, but Jenna says there’s no time for that. In Jenna’s interview, she says, Madison is often doing what she didn’t ask her to do, instead of what she needs to do. Parker returns, and says the guests had a blast. They saw fish. Georgia tells him about Jenna’s request that they entertain the guests. Captain Glenn gets ready to set sail. Yana wonders if sails are always so slow to go up, and Byron says, it’s faster than doing it by hand. The captain shows Yana and Arthur how to bring up the sails, and Yana says, it’s a true boating experience. As they sail, the boat starts to lean sideways, and the crew grabs for stuff. Carla says they now have rosé salsa, and I wonder if these spoiled babies will be tipping at all.

Captain Glenn asks if Yana and Arthur want to take a chance at turning the wheel; it’s fun. Arthur gives it a shot. Yana wants Arthur to take photos of her while they still have the light. Because the first million photos aren’t enough. The boat is anchored down at Issos Beach in Corfu. Jenna radios Madison to help with dinner service. Parker gets a text from ex Kaiti, saying she wants to swim in the ocean with him. He tells Ciara, Kaiti is the love of his life. She asks, what happened? and he says Kaiti wanted space. She asks if it’s temporary, and if there will be the option of getting back together, and he says he hopes so. He texts back that he’s been thinking about Kaiti. Adam is glad the picture taking is buying him time, and Jenna asks if the guests would like drinks. In her interview, she says, come on, Madison. It’s stewing 101.

Lightening strikes in the distance, and the guests think it’s cool. It reminds me of the time I was having lunch in a restaurant right on the water and a storm came up. Lightening struck, and everyone in the restaurant went, oooh, at the same time. Dinner is served, and Yana thanks Adam for making it skinny. Arthur says Yana has eaten more today than in the last month. In Adam’s interview, he says Yana challenged him with her preference sheet, and now she’s like a hungry, hungry hippo. She can’t get enough. Madison tells Georgia, how Jenna speaks to her is not okay. She can’t do anything right. Georgia tells Parker to get his guitar. In Georgia’s interview, she says music is her number one passion, and any opportunity to play, or even practice, is welcome. She plays in dive bars, and has some traction in South Africa. She’s a medium sized fish in a small pond. Madison says the turndowns are almost done, and Adam serves chocolate mousse. He tells them, it’s very rich, so don’t feel like they have to eat all of it. Arthur says, there are starving children in Ethiopia, and Yana says, how romantic.

Jenna tells Madison, the floors aren’t done; there’s garbage all over the place. We see she’s not kidding, and in her interview, Jenna tells us, she’s not saying that to be a bitch. Madison is clearly not capable of the level of service required on a yacht. She asks if Madison went by the checklist, and Madison says, no; sorry. Yana tells the other guests that she was already struck by lightning (which might explain a few things), so they’re safe. One of them asks if she buys lottery tickets. Madison is annoyed that she has to finish some laundry tasks, and bitches at Georgia. Jenna comes by, and asks, what’s up? Madison says they’re having a conversation about turndowns and laundry, and Jenna says she can see that, and she’s asking because she’s their boss. Madison says, there are too many cooks, and in her interview, says she’s tired of Jenna sh*tting on her number two, which is her. Jenna asks if they’re good, and leaves. Georgia tells Madison, sorry, and they both say they appreciate each other.

While the guests have dessert, Georgia plays guitar and sings, while Parker accompanies her on the harmonica. Adam hugs Jenna from behind as she washes dishes, and Madison stomps around, being pissed off. The guests love the music, and a storm plays in the background. In her interview, Georgia says, yachting will always be her mistress, but music is her number one. Parker is blown away by Georgia’s talent.

In Jenna’s interview, she says, when she started in yachting, she was thankful. She was getting paid well, and could see the world. She doesn’t think it’s as meaningful to these girls as it was to her. She tells Madison to go to bed 30 minutes after the guests do; she needs sleep. Madison whines to Ciara that Adam and Jenna are kissing in the crew mess, while they’re working and hanging out there. She says it’s so unprofessional. Jenna has only known Adam for three weeks; she’s had manicures that lasted longer. Ciara says her and Paget have been together three years, and Madison says they deserve respect. Jenna and Adam’s relationship has no redeeming qualities.

In Madison’s interview, she says she’s supposed to go to bed, but she’s not going to. Don’t tell her how to live her life. Parker asks if she wants to look at the stars, and they go up on deck. Parker asks if she wants to yacht forever, and she says, f*** no. She wants to be in the fashion industry. He thinks she’d fit in well in NYC. Nope. She’d actually have to do real work. In Parker’s interview, he says Madison might like him, but things are stirring up with Kaiti. He has quite a conundrum. He texts with Kaiti.

Jenna tells Georgia that it was clear Madison was passing the buck when she interrupted them, and Georgia thanks her for stepping in. In Georgia’s interview, she says she loves Madison, but she’s emotionally charged, and everything is a personal attack. Jenna respects her enough to treat her lovely, so she’s just trying to keep the peace. Captain Glenn says he’s ready to lift anchor. Ciara says, if Paget loves her, why didn’t he get her coffee. He tells her, get up earlier.

Captain Glenn says the docking is going to be a snug fit. In his interview, he says they’re assigned spot is quite tight. The captain says it’s going to be a challenge, and they need extra eyes. They could hit the dock or the boat, and that would be intense. Paget radios Jenna, asking if she can spare two of her workers, which is really all she has, but of course she says yes. Ohh, they show us the space from above, and that is tight. Ciara goes out on the tender to the dock. In Paget’s interview, he says, on either side is a big expensive piece of machinery, and they don’t want to hurt the other boats. I gasp, since I think it’s the tightest squeeze I’ve seen on one of these shows.

As they pull in, I have a new respect for Captain Glenn. In his interview, he says, all in day’s work. It’s time to say goodbye to the guests, and they all say it was an amazing experience. Arthur says he didn’t know what to expect, and now they’re like family. Yana says Jenna read her mind, and for Adam, she has no words, except she needs to get to the gym. As the guests walk down the dock, the captain blows the horn, and they wave. The crew is called to the charter debrief.

The captain says, it was tough for some people, and Paget says, the barbecue was tough. Adam says, if you pick the wrong spot, it’s a waste of time. Madison carps that it was windy, and Adam says, if it’s the tip of a peninsula, there’s going to be wind. Jenna thinks it was successful. Captain Glenn says the tip was $17K or $1880 each, which is a surprise to me, but so was Arthur’s family comment. The captain tells them, they have the day off tomorrow to relax. He’s going to anchor in a beach bar area, and the next day he’ll bring the yacht back for their next charter. Right now, it’s time for champagne. He tells them, if there’s no eye contact during a toast, it’s seven years of bad sex, and Paget says he doesn’t need any more bad sex. Ciara is like, what? Madison complains to Paget that Jenna’s bitchiness is not warranted.

Jenna meets with Captain Glenn, and tells him Georgia is doing well, but she has a problem with Madison. She needs to manage her time better. She has the skills to be a second stew, but when she’s not sleeping properly, there are significant issues. The captain says they’re supposed to have a break so they can keep going, and Jenna says, when Madison is running around frantically, it’s because she’s staying up later than necessary. Then she’s telling everyone that she’s exhausted. She says, Madison has feelings for Parker, and Captain Glenn says, that’s why she’s up, since he’s on late watch. He says, Madison needs to take a break, and go to bed at a reasonable hour. Jenna says, if this continues, they’ll have to find a solution. The captain asks if Jenna is looking at possibly replacing Madison.

Next time, off time at the beach bar, Georgia thinks she’s agreeing to a threesome, and Adam is jealous that Jenna went to Universal Studios with Georgia’s ex.

🧗🏽‍♂️ Preparing For Temptation Tuesday…

If Loving You Is Wrong is back, and so is my long Tuesday night. See you then. In the meantime, stay safe out there, and enjoy not-quite a scene from Hamilton.

March 29, 2020 – Alpha Haunts Carol, a Comparison, Dead On Hold, Doing Well, Pink’s Cut, Jill’s Secret, Fiona Fun & Beta’s Song

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What I Watched Today

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

 

The Walking Dead

Negan sits in his cell in Alexandria. The cell door opens, and he says, as he lives and breathes. It’s Carol, and he says he thought Gabriel was coming down to give him last rights. She asks if he wants forgiveness, but he says he’s done what he’s done, and he’s not getting on his knees. She asks what he wants, and he says, TiVo, a beer, and some rocky road ice cream. What does it matter to her? She says, what if he didn’t have to die? and he says he didn’t know she had a say on the kangaroo council. She says she’s not there for the council, and he says he’s getting that. What he doesn’t get is, why she’s dealing with him instead of lining up the skin queen in her crosshairs? She asks what he thinks this is, and he smiles. He says, damn. Word has it, she’s certainly a badass, but she missed her shot. What happens if he muffs it? It will make things worse for everyone, and despite what people think, he’s not down with that. Carol says they need this done; it will help everyone there. He asks what he gets out of it, and she says he’s been eating whatever sh*t they throw his way, hoping they forget. They won’t. Not unless he does something to make them forget. Bring her Alpha’s head, and that’s what people will remember him for. She’ll make sure of it. He has her word, but do it fast.

Carol puts Alpha’s head on a pike, and steps back to admire her work. Negan says, it’s what she wanted. Alpha’s mouth continues to move, making zombie gurgles, and Negan suggests they get moving. It was their deal; start spreading the news. She asks, what took him so long? and he says, doing her dirty work? He guesses he wanted get out with his head attached. Sh*t like that takes time. He’s held up his end, and he’s asking her to hold up hers. He wants to open a new chapter in the Book of Negan. She says they’re not going back; not yet. He says he can’t go back alone without a noose immediately being tied around his neck, and she says, then wait. She starts to walk, and he asks how long she’s taking. She says he’s free. Now he can do whatever he wants. Wait or don’t; it’s up to him. She says she needs to be alone. Sh*t like that takes time.

Dianne tells Ezekiel that he did good, but he says he got lucky. It doesn’t absolve his failings. Jerry tells him to take it easy on himself, but Ezekiel says, these days mistakes stick easier than trials. He and Jerry hug Magna, and Ezekiel says he’s so sorry. She says she’s okay.

Rosita checks out her wound, and Eugene asks how she feels. She says, all right, and he says they can bring her to see Alex when they find him. She says they don’t have to. He has to go; tell them already. Eugene stands up, and gets everyone’s attention. He says he has something he needs to confess. He’s been communicado on the radio with someone outside of their orbit; a new person. They’ve set up a time to meet. Yumiko asks who it is, and he says, her name is Stephanie. She’s from another community. Jerry asks what it is, and Dianne says, he’s meeting her? Magna says, she could be a spy, and Yumiko asks how long Eugene has been talking to her. Ezekiel says he has some of the same questions, but if Eugene’s instincts are that Stephanie is a new ally, they should hear him out before they jump to conclusions. They’re all on the same side. Eugene says some of them are aware that he relocated to Hilltop to make a metaphorically fresh start. He struggled, burying himself in work and community duties, and the voice in the void became a friend. Some might think he’s foolish, but spare him their derision. After what just happened, he’s willing to be a fool, and believes new good people are worth the risk.

Magna sits outside, and Yumiko joins her. Yumiko says, Magna can and should take her horse and go with them. She’s never wanted to be cooped up. She can go back out on road, and have an adventure. Look forward, not back. Magna says she likes it there. Some routine might be good for her. Someone else can have an adventure and meet new people. It’s okay. Yumiko says she’d be leaving at the worst time, but Magna says, there’s nothing to fix. Go. Yumiko leaves.

Ezekiel gets his horse ready, and Jerry asks if he’s really going. Ezekiel says he is, but Jerry doesn’t think it’s a good idea. Ezekiel says, because he’s sick? Jerry says, because he’ll miss Ezekiel. He can’t stop a man willing to be foolish. Ezekiel says, or a fool willing to believe in future friends. It’s enough for now. He tells Jerry, the Kingdom needs him. Make sure the legacy lives on. Jerry says he’s got it, and they hug.

Alpha’s head moves its mouth as Beta approaches with two Whisperers. One says, he’s the Alpha now, and Beta tells him that Alpha can hear him. Take off his mask (that’s never good), and hear her. He tells the guy to move forward, and asks if he’s listening. What is she saying to him? Beta he pushes him closer, and says, just listen. He pushes the guy’s head near Alpha’s mouth, and she bites his ear, pulling it off. The other guy takes off, as we all would. Beta says, just listen, and I wonder how he’s going to do that with no ear. Beta shoves him aside, and takes down Alpha’s head, cradling it in his arms.

Negan goes to the cabin where Lydia was being held. He sees she’s gone, and says, sh*t. Daryl puts a crossbow in Negan’s face, and asks where Alpha is. Negan says, she’s dead; he killed her. Daryl calls him a liar, but he says he’s not lying. He has something in his pocket; it’s not a weapon. He’s going to do a slow reach. He pulls Alpha’s mask out of his pocket, and shows Daryl. He says the whole reason he threw in with them was to get close enough to slit Alpha’s throat, and silence Alpha. Why else does Daryl think his girlfriend let him out of his cell?

Carol walks through the woods, and hears her name being whispered. She hears it more clearly, and turns to see Alpha. Alpha says she’s always watching.

Beta strolls along with the Whisperer bitten by Alpha, who starts coughing. A zombie comes by, and the guy moves to kill it, but Beta shoves him down. The zombie descends on the guy, and finishes him off. Beta listens to Alpha’s head, that he’s now carrying in a bag. He hears a noise, and moves toward it.

Beta goes inside a hotel, and shoves things aside, even though he doesn’t need to. He puts Alpha’s head down, and picks up a note. He reads, these 2 eyes see 1 truth. He sees a gun on the floor, and looks up at a poster for the band Half Moon. He rips it down, and smashes a nearby guitar.

Alpha tells Carol, she’s lost. So was her boy. She sent him away, and he never came back. He died out there, alone and afraid, just like Sophia. She respects what Carol did. Negan drew the blade, but Carol ended her, like a true Alpha. Carol says, stop it, and Alpha asks if she regrets it. Carol says she doesn’t, and Alpha says people were hurt in the name of vengeance, and now she can’t go back. They don’t accept what she’s done, but maybe they would if she says she’s sorry. Sorry you’re mad; please don’t be mad at me. She tried being on her own before, but they always pull her back. She’s always wanting more; love, motherhood, death. They don’t know what she truly wants. Admit it. What does she want? Say it. A zombie pops out of a tree, and Carol spears it through the throat and into the head. She says she wants to be alone, but Alpha says, that’s not it.

Eugene, Ezekiel, and Yumiko head out on horses. Ezekiel wonders if the new community will be handy, and Yumiko asks what Eugene thinks about that. He says his mother was a pistol, but he remembered something kind she’d done. She used to get him chocolate bunnies at Easter. Biting their heads off made him upset, but he associates it with family.  Yumiko says, please don’t tell her that they’re on this journey for chocolate bunnies. Eugene says he’s on the journey for the future hope of mankind, but candy would be nice. He asks if Ezekiel is okay, and Ezekiel says he’s not the best audience at the moment. They ride past a cage with two zombies in it, and Yumiko wonders if it’s a trap. Eugene doesn’t think that’s the modus operandi, but Ezekiel says, they’re not alone. Who would do this? Yumiko suggests they take the time to investigate in case it’s a warning.

Off by himself, Ezekiel gets off his horse. He sees some wandering zombies, and kills them. He coughs and stumbles, as another one comes closer, but he manages to stab it. He sits on a fallen tree. Yumiko says, all clear, and calls to him. He says he’s coming. All clear here.

Negan, his hands bound behind his back, walks in front of Daryl. He says, this follow-the-leader routine is like déjà vu. It’s the same way it went down with Alpha. He tells Daryl to get pissed at his gal pal for not letting him in on the plan. He’s pissed too. The lone wolf isn’t thinking of the pack. Daryl says the children at Hilltop almost died because of Negan. Although I’m not sure how Daryl came to that conclusion.

Beta looks at a record album, Half Moon Live in Concert. He puts on a turntable, and I try not to think about why the turntable works when there’s no electricity, and any batteries in it would have leaked or gone dead by now. The music draws zombies to the hotel.

Carol goes to the cabin, and Alpha says, this is her plan? and calls Carol brainless. She had no peace on the ocean, thinking about Alpha, and wondering where they’re going to land, and looking for sign. Give it up. If Alpha knows the truth, so does she. Hear her. Carol gets up on a stepladder, and fiddles with something on the ceiling, but the whole thing caves in, and she falls, the ceiling and everything surrounding her falling on top of her. Alpha says, she’s stupid too.

Negan leads Daryl to where Alpha’s head was, and tells Daryl, it was right here, on this spike. They can wait there for Carol. Daryl says take him to Lydia, but Negan asks what he’s talking about. Why would he stash her out there unless it was to keep her safe? He used her as bait to get Alpha alone. What’s wrong? He didn’t do it fast enough? It took a minute; he had to get her trust. He wasn’t going off half-cocked on a suicide mission. Daryl says, it was because Negan liked it. They hear the sound of a gun cocking, and some Whisperers step out of the woods, one of them holding a shotgun. Daryl drops his crossbow, and one of them says, Alpha is dead because of Negan. Kneel to the new Alpha. They kneel, and Negan laughs.

The music plays, while zombies gather. Beta stands above them, on the balcony, his arms outstretched. He smiles, something we’ve never seen, and pulls half of his mask off.

Negan tells Daryl, sorry. He’s savoring the moment. Daryl’s wrists are now tied, while Negan is free, and Negan says he’s taking his sweet-ass time. All right, fellas, down to business. Wait one damn minute. He’s the Alpha, right? He’s a bit confused. If he’s the Alpha, why is someone who’s not the Alpha holding the badass shotgun? The Whisperer holding the gun gives it to Negan, who says, that’s what he’s talking about. It feels good. He’s never had a kid of his own, but if he did, he imagines this is what it’s like holding your baby for the first time. But it turns out his baby can kill people by spitting bullets at them. He wants Daryl to kneel to the Alpha, and the Whisperers try to push Daryl down, but he shrugs them off and kneels. Negan says, it’s starting to get real now, ain’t it? Daryl was right when he said Negan liked it. In fact – he points the gun at Daryl – he likes it a lot. Daryl says Negan should probably shoot him, and Negan says, don’t threaten him with a good time. Negan shoots two Whisperers, and stabs the other in the head. When they’re down, Daryl tells Negan, untie me, a-hole, and Negan laughs.

Ezekiel, Eugen, and Yumiko sit by a fire, when Ezekiel’s horse suddenly whinnies and keels over. I had to look away here – that’s right, I can watch a million people get their heads stomped, but I cannot bear for an animal to be hurt. Ezekiel tells his horse, it’s not going to hurt anymore, and puts the horse out of its misery. Yumiko tells him that she’s sorry, and he says he shouldn’t have come. She asks, why? and he says, if he falls, they have to promise to leave him behind. His horse wasn’t strong enough to make the journey. Maybe he’s not either. He’s okay with that, but not with putting them at risk. Yumiko asks if he wants to turn back because of what might happen, and he says, it’s for the best. She says they don’t know what lies ahead; no one does. She had all these plans for her life, and for what? She’s here to find out what’s possible. None of them can predict or imagine what’s ahead, but she knows who they need with them. A man who built a kingdom.

Carol lies under the rubble, as a zombie pulls itself out of the creek nearby. Alpha says, her mom used to say, everything works out the way it’s supposed to, and Carol tells her, shut up already. The zombie crawls toward what’s left of the cabin, and Alpha says, this way, friend. Is Carol ready for them, and to see how this ends? No one is coming to save her. Not Ezekiel, and certainly not Daryl. Not after what she did to Connie. The zombie, who’s pretty well deteriorated, starts pushing through the slats in the wall. Alpha says, no matter what Carol does, she loses people. If she goes back, Daryl could be next. Carol says she won’t let that happen. She knows what she has to do. Alpha says, it could have been anyone, but they chose her. She gets the job done. Carol struggles, and Alpha tells her, look at the flowers like she’s supposed to. One…two… The zombie pushes through, but Carol pulls herself out, takes out her knife, and stabs it in the head. She collapses, and Alpha is gone.

Ezekiel now rides behind Yumiko. They ride down a highway, seeing a city in the distance.

Negan drinks from a canteen, and passes it to Daryl. They sit side by side, each facing a different way. Negan says, not to be a spinning record, but he doesn’t think Carol is coming back. He’s not bullsh*tting Daryl. Daryl says he knows, and Negan tells him, when he said he liked it, that wasn’t part of the act. Daryl says he knows. Negan says, when Daryl’s people locked him up, he lost everything. He spent seven years staring out that little window. It sucked so bad, even his memories have bars painted on them. When Alpha took him in, he admits he liked it. It was nice, feeling like he mattered again, and being respected, but she took it too far. You don’t kill people who don’t deserve it, and you never kill kids. Daryl asks if that’s supposed to make him like Negan, and Negan says, no. Daryl says, good, and Negan asks, what about his winning personality? Daryl gets up, and starts to walk. Negan asks, what about Carol? and follows.

Carol walks to the gate, and Daryl opens it. She walks in, and neither one of them says anything. Daryl closes the gate.

Eugene, Yumiko, and Ezekiel ride into the city. They go past a store, where a zombie in costume is tied to a rocker. The look into a café, where two zombies sit with martinis. Another sits on a delivery cart. It’s like a weird Disney ride, with zombies in various tableaus. They look around, and find one in a car, handcuffed to the steering wheel, while a police zombie is about to give them a ticket. Ezekiel starts to laugh and point. He laughs so hard, he has to wipe tears from his eyes. They see a pile of bones on the ground, wearing a boa, and a voice says, oh my God! Hi! A woman, also wearing a boa, and dressed sort of like Madonna, circa the late 80s, stands in front of them, holding an automatic weapon. (For those who are familiar with the comics, it’s Princess.)

Beta takes out the note, and says, someday we’ll rise. He takes Alpha’s head out of the bag, and says, thank you. He sees now, like she does. He puts a knife through Alpha’s head, and sits nose to nose with her for a moment. Zombies clamor at the hotel door.

Beta opens the hotel door, and walks out. He walks through the crowd of zombies, and they follow him as he walks down the street.

Next time – the last episode before the finale – Alpha says we walk, Judith and Daryl run from zombies, and Aaron and Alden hide to watch Beta.

🐭 On Talking Dead: Home Edition, comedian Ron Funches thought the zombie tableaus were like the ones at Chuck E. Cheese, but not as frightening. I couldn’t agree more.

⚰️ Postponing Dead…

News about the finale.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultassi/2020/03/25/the-walking-dead-forced-to-delay-season-10-finale-due-to-pandemic-shutdown/#3f112691bcc2

👍🏼 They’re Fine…

While I’m by no means downplaying the seriousness of the current world situation, there is good news that most of those who aren’t in a high risk group only experience mild to moderate symptoms.

https://www.eonline.com/news/1131526/game-of-thrones-star-kristofer-hivju-tests-positive-for-coronavirus

https://www.soapsindepth.com/posts/general-hospital/chloe-lanier-shares-health-update

✂️ Celebrities; They’re Just Like Us…

I’ve never given myself a haircut while drunk, but when I had my first apartment, I did let my next door neighbor cut my hair when we’d been drinking. It wasn’t awful. And it grew out.

https://extratv.com/2020/03/25/p-nk-gave-herself-a-haircut-while-drinking-at-home-see-the-results/?adid=extra_eme_27439_2020-03-26_rightnow4

🗽 You Still Don’t Get Your Apple Back…

That Jill Zarin. Always full of surprises.

https://www.realitytea.com/2020/03/27/ally-shapiro-learned-jill-zarin-used-a-sperm-donor-to-conceive-her-by-snooping-through-jills-emails/

🦛 Something Fun…

While housebound, you can find loads of fun, free things on the internet. Museum and city tours, concerts, Doug the Pug’s workout on Instagram, and Fiona!

https://www.eonline.com/news/1131307/fiona-the-hippo-to-star-in-cincinnati-zoo-s-home-safari-video-series-amid-school-closures

🎼 Helping Ryan Rock…

The Half Moon song Beta listened to tonight was written by Emily Kinney who played Beth many seasons ago.

Stay safe out there.

Beta’s Half Moon Song on ‘The Walking Dead’: Full Video & Lyrics

March 27, 2020 – Cameron Talks To Neil, Vida’s Retirement Party Happens, a Dozen Quotes & 5 Second Break

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Yeah, yeah, I missed the beginning again. Because I had even more time than yesterday. Maybe I should start deliberately running late.

Finn we’re fam yeah they are walk her

In Franco’s studio, Ava tells Nikolas, no need to wait, but he says he’s curious about the process. She says, too bad. She doesn’t want him annoying her while she’s posing. He says, Franco is a great artist, and he’s sure Franco could paint her smiling even if she isn’t. Franco comes in, and says they’ll start as soon as Nikolas leaves, but Nikolas says he’s not going anywhere.

Elizabeth thanks Cameron for coming to the hospital, and he says he almost didn’t. She says, it’s just one session, and he says, one he doesn’t need. She says, if that’s the case, and Neil agrees, Cameron will never have to see Neil again. Cameron says, and if Neil disagrees? They’re paying money they don’t have for something he doesn’t want. By the reception desk, Portia tells Neil, here’s another GH newbie, and introduces him to Britt. She tells Britt that Neil was in private practice before GH snatched him up. Britt says he looks familiar for some reason, and he says he gets that a lot. He must have one of those faces. He leaves, and Britt looks after him quizzically.

The bartender asks if Alexis wants another, and she slides her glass over, saying, sure, why not? She ponders the shot, and takes out her phone. She gets Finn’s voicemail, and calls Molly. This time she leaves a message, saying she forgot Molly had social justice class tonight. It’s nothing. She’s just seeing how Molly is, and what’s going on with TJ. She says she loves Molly, and will talk to her later. She moves on to Neil, but hesitates.

Trina and Josslyn hang out in Sonny’s kitchen, along with the moss. Josslyn asks if Trina thinks Cameron is acting weird. It wouldn’t surprise her. He was in a horrible shootout, after being kidnapped six months earlier. He feels more freaked than he’s admitting, even though he’s acting macho. Josslyn stops for a moment, and says here she keeps talking about Cameron, when she should be worried about Trina.

Elizabeth tells Cameron, he has to talk about what happened, but he says if he needs to talk, he can talk to his friends. She says he needs to talk to someone who can guide him through the healing process. He says, and that someone is Dr. Bern?

Nikolas tells Ava that he thought he’d stick around to help pass the time while Franco is painting. She says it was thoughtful of Elizabeth to defend him to Britt. Despite her angelic face, Elizabeth can certainly throw down. Franco arrives, and says he’s just got an hour. He wants to see Elizabeth and Cameron. Ava asks if everything is fine, and Franco says, Cameron is seeing a therapist. Elizabeth thought it was a good idea after the hostage situation. Ava says Elizabeth must be worried; she’s sure it took its toll. Nikolas decides to leave them to it, and Ava closes the door behind him. She says, okey dokey, Picasso. Where does he want her?

Carly and Sonny come into the hospital. Carly sees Portia, and says she didn’t know Portia was on staff. Portia says, it’s a recent development. Sonny asks if she’s seen Mike, and Portia says she did. She’s never met Mike, but Trina talks so much about him, it’s like she knows him. He has a wrist injury. She thinks it’s a sprain, but they’re taking an image to be sure. Carly asks if he fell, and Portia says they don’t know what happened. Sonny asks what Mike said, but Portia tells him, Mike hasn’t spoken since he got there.

Nelle tells Michael, Monica told them Wiley was in no immediate danger, but Michael says he has a heart defect that could affect his growth, and possibly give him long term problems. Nelle says Michael is acting like Wiley is having his tonsils taken out. It’s a major surgery. Michael says, major, but common, and she says it’s nice it worked out for him, but she also had an operation that she’s never fully recovered from. She depends on medication and has chronic pain. How could he do that to his own son?

Britt says hello to Anna and Finn, and Finn says he sees she got her license back. Britt says she did. The more things change… Speaking of change, or the lack thereof, her mother seems to have become a habit with Anna. Anna says maybe Obrecht will pay for some of her crimes, and Britt says, good. She has a lot to answer for.

On the hospital roof, Nelle tells Michael, she can’t stand the thought of Wiley being under anesthesia if it’s not necessary. He says, it is necessary, but she says, she’s not willing to take that risk. She knows Michael, and he’s not either. There has to be an alternate solution to keep their little boy safe. Michael says he’ll check with the doctors, and see if they have any recommendations, and goes back inside.

Portia says, when Mike was at dinner, the aide noticed his wrist was swollen. They don’t know what happened, but he was using like normal until the aide tried to examine him, and he pulled back in pain. Carly wonders how Mike could use it if he was in pain, and Porta says, he might not have made the connection between the discomfort and his wrist. As Alzheimer’s progresses, it’s harder for the patient to understand cause and effect. She doesn’t think it’s broken, but since they can’t tell what’s wrong, she thought it best to take an X-ray. Carly says she made the right call, and Sonny asks if he can see Mike. Portia says, sure, and Carly says she’ll stay. She doesn’t want to overwhelm Mike. Sonny leaves, and Carly sees Michael coming down the stairs. He asks if Monica talked to her, and she says, no; what’s going on? He says, Wiley is in the hospital.

Julian walks into the bar (not the start of a joke), and says he heard Alexis needed a ride. She thanks him for coming, and tells him, the bill is already taken care of. They start to leave, and the bartender asks if she doesn’t want her second drink, but they just walk out without saying anything.

Elizabeth knocks on Neil’s door, and asks if he’s ready for them. He says, absolutely, and introduces himself. Elizabeth leaves, and Neil tells Cameron, have a seat. Cameron says, just so Neil knows, he’s only there because his mom is worried. It’s a waste of everyone’s time; he’s fine. It happened; it’s over; he survived; and it’s all good. Neil says, that took all of 45 seconds. His mom paid for a full hour. Sit down and tell him what happened that’s over and all good now.

Josslyn tells Trina, sorry; she’s an idiot. Trina tells her to stop. She knows Josslyn cares and wants the best for her, and that’s awesome, but she thinks Josslyn understands better than anyone, the best thing is to treat her like herself. If Josslyn wants to talk about Cameron, they should do it. Josslyn asks if she’s sure, and Trina says she thinks Josslyn is right. The shootout messed up Cameron more than he’s saying, and he’s doing things he wouldn’t normally do. Josslyn says, like what?

Carly asks Michael if the surgery Wiley needs is like the kind he had. He says, they do it differently now, but yeah. Wiley’s breath was shallow, which means his heart has deteriorated. The surgery is elective, which means he won’t die this second. Carly says, but it’s obviously necessary, and Michael says, Monica thinks so. So does every doctor in the hospital, but Nelle refuses to sign. He practically begged her to reconsider. It’s his worst nightmare; that psycho putting Wiley’s life on the line. Carly says they won’t let her do it, and Michael says he can get an injunction, but it won’t be enough. She tells him to deal with the legal aspect, and she’ll deal with Nelle. They’ll figure this out.

Julian drives in silence, and Alexis says, she drank tonight. It was just one, but she doesn’t consider it a victory. She just kicked her three-years of sobriety to the curb, but she didn’t have a second. Julian says, which begs the question, why she had the first. She says she has no idea, but he doesn’t buy that. She’s not somebody who would throw her sobriety away for nothing. Something happened. She doesn’t need to tell him, but he thinks she needs to tell someone.

Nikolas sees Elizabeth, who looks away. He asks if she’s all right, and she says she’s fine. He says, no offense, but she doesn’t look fine. She says she’s worried about Cameron. She doesn’t think he’s okay. She’s terrified that he’s keeping it inside, and locking away what happened. If nothing changes that, it will break him. She says, Nikolas saw what happened after she was raped. It’s not the same, but Cameron is close to the same age, and he’s been through two traumas in the past six months. She hates the idea of him going through anything like she did.

Ava tells Franco that Trina skipped school to come to the gallery. She said she needed to feel normal. Franco says, poor kid, and Ava says, she’s so young. Franco says Trina is lucky to have Ava, but Ava doesn’t know about that. She wasn’t such a good mother toward the end. She hurt her daughter, and put herself first. Now Trina is coming to her for guidance. Maybe Trina ought to run the other way.

Alexis tells Julian that she’s upset, and he asks, about what? She says she and Sam had a huge fight. It was her fault. Sam is distraught about being put in jail, and being on parole for something that was self-defense, and she can’t see Jason. Julian says, that’s no big loss, and she says, it is to Sam. She should have known, but she told Sam to suck it up, and get over it. Then Sam unloaded on her, and told her what a huge disappointment she is to her. She called Alexis a coward because she didn’t fight for someone she cares about. Julian says he’d like to think she was talking about him, but he thinks it’s Neil. Alexis says, there is no her and Neil. There can’t be.

Neil says, so Cameron thought he was going a dance, and ended up in an incredibly dangerous hostage situation. It must have been frightening. Cameron says, yeah, but while it was happening, Curtis and Jason showed up. Neil says, so no big deal? and Cameron says, not no big deal; it just all worked out for him. He’s okay. Neil says, except he went through a traumatic experience that the toughest guys can’t shake. Ignoring it’s not an option. Cameron asks, what is? and Neil says, they’ll work though it, find out how bad it is, and get him to the other side.

Josslyn tells Trina that Cameron’s behavior isn’t crazy. He’s just been checking in; that’s what friends do. Trina says, he’s getting worse than her mom. Usually their texts to him go into a black hole where responses go to die. Josslyn says, he was like that after Oscar died; super attentive and sensitive. Cameron loves to play like he’s the shallow guy, but there’s so much more to him. He’s actually amazing. Trina flashes back to the kiss, and says Josslyn is lucky to have him. Josslyn says, Trina has him too. He’s just as much her friend. Trina says, just admit it, and Josslyn says, okay. She and Cameron have known each other since they were in diapers. She had a crush on him when they were second grade, but that was forever ago. Since high school, it’s been the three of them, and that’s how it’s going to stay.

Finn is surprised Britt thinks her mother is guilty, and Britt says, her father dug a deep hole, and Obrecht is desperate to claw her way out. She can totally see Obrecht doing it, especially after she talked to Peter. Anna says, they’ve talked? and Britt says, they’ve talked since she got back, but they’ve kept in touch. Anna says she had no idea, and Britt says Peter is her half-brother, which makes them… Anna says, absolutely nothing, and Britt says, thank God. Finn says Britt and Peter have a unique perspective as Faison’s kids. Britt says, unique is one word for it. They become close, and Peter told her that Jason is convinced he’s guilty. She knows it took a lot for them to believe Peter over Jason. Anna says, Jason doesn’t usually let his emotions get in the way, but he was being judgmental. In the end, the evidence pointed to Peter’s innocence. Britt is glad Peter was vindicated, and now, after this weird cordial moment, she’s taking off. She leaves, and Anna says, the Britch is back.

On the phone, Michael thanks Diane. Sonny asks where Carly is, and Michael says, on the roof, dealing with Nelle. Sonny says, that doesn’t sound good, and I laugh. Michael tells Sonny, Wiley has the same heart condition he had as a baby. The doctors hoped he’d grow out of it, but that didn’t happen, and now he needs an operation. Sonny asks if that’s where Wiley is now, and Michael says, no. They need both parents’ consent, and Sonny says, and Nelle wouldn’t give hers. Maybe he should intervene. Michael says, Diane is on it, and Sonny says, so is Michael’s mom. Okay, it’s handled. He wishes he could sic Diane and Carly on Mike’s problem, but there’s not much he can do for Michael’s grandfather right now.

The roof door opens, and Nelle thinks it’s Michael. She says she’s sorry. She knows he’s worried, and she is too, but she thinks they have to work together as parents to… Carly says, save it. Her performance is wasted. Nelle asks what Carly is doing there, and Carly says she’s there to give Nelle some friendly advice. Nelle says they’re not friends, and Carly says, thankfully, they’re nothing, but she’s still there to help. Nelle is on the verge of overplaying her hand. Wiley is leverage to her; it’s all he’s ever been. A weapon she can wield. Her power over Michael. But if Wiley dies, Nelle’s leverage will go up in smoke.

Julian says, so Alexis really doesn’t have a problem with Neil, and she tells him not jump to conclusions. She’s an alcoholic; that’s why she drinks. She’ll use any excuse, and her excuse is Sam. Sam pointed out that even when Alexis makes a healthy choice, she makes a mess of it. She makes a mistake, and takes a road she never intended. Alexis admits she’s the one who sabotaged it from the start; it’s on her, but it’s an improvement over being kidnapped and having a knife at her throat. She’s making progress. She tells Julian that he missed the road to her house, and he says he’s taking her to a meeting. She says he doesn’t have to, and he says he knows.

Cameron tells Neil, there’s one thing he can’t stop thinking about. When they were in the warehouse, when the guy holding him let go, Trina’s dad told him to run, so he ran. He doesn’t want to be the guy who leaves his friends behind. Neil asks Cameron to walks him through it. There were five armed gunmen. Did Trina’s father have a gun? Cameron nods, saying, and Curtis, and Neil says, so he and Trina are the only ones without guns. His guy loosened his grip, and he deprived his guy of a hostage. Cameron says, that’s not the point. He doesn’t know why he ran. He doesn’t know if he was being smart or a coward.

Nikolas remembers how brave Elizabeth was. She worked it out at her own pace. Elizabeth says she didn’t go to therapy right away, but got she got there. Cameron will too. Laura told her that she shouldn’t push him; let him figure it out for himself, and if it’s something he needs. When she thinks about the time she was raped, she thinks about Emily, Lucky, and Nikolas. They were the people she could talk too. Cameron just told her pretty much the same thing. Maybe she’s screwing it up. She has to get back to work, and Nikolas hopes the doctor helps her too.

Ava asks if Franco thinks she really has anything to offer Trina, and he says, of course (🍷). She’s made a lot of mistakes, and will probably make more. Ava asks if there’s a but in there, and he says, but in the end, Kiki ended up with things that made her better than average. Strength, intelligence, confidence, resilience, and a zest for life. She got all that from Ava, and Ava can share the same things with Trina.

Michael tells Sonny, as scared as he is for Wiley, part of him knows it will be okay. Sonny says, of course (🍷) it will be. Whatever comes, they can give Wiley what he needs. Michael says that’s what he learned from Sonny at a young age. He learned whatever comes, your dad is always there to take care of you, as Sonny has always done. Too many times, Mike didn’t show up for Sonny, yet here Sonny is, showing up for Mike. Sonny says he’s trying. Alzheimer’s isn’t like Nelle; it can’t be neutralized. Michael asks if Mike is talking, and Sonny says, the times Mike has been lucid are few and far between. Michael says, but Sonny hasn’t left. He’s been there, and it’s really important.

Nelle says Carly would love that if her baby died. She’d no longer have a hold over Michael. Carly thinks Wiley is tainted because he’s hers. Carly says, just the opposite. She knows Wiley is precious because he’s Michael’s. Rotten people can have good children. Look at Michael, and look at Michael’s father. Nelle says, and his mother. What if Wiley is gone, and Nelle is left empty-handed? She tells Nelle to sign the form. She might win some people over. It’s a turnaround moment for her. Take it.

Anna tells Finn, she might regret saying it, but she’s glad Britt is back. Peter should know his sister. Finn says, it’s nice that she’s supportive; he guesses Peter could use it. She says Peter is in a good place with Maxie, James, and Georgie, and now he’s getting to know them. Peter’s future looks bright. He says, it does, but not against the competition. He doesn’t think Peter’s future is nearly as bright as theirs. Anna says, impossible, and he says he’s glad she feels that way, and they kiss.

As Julian drives, he says he’s glad Britt could make it. She says she had nothing else going on, and he asks if she wants to get something to eat. She says, when you text someone U Up? food is not on the menu. He doesn’t have to wine and dine her. Clearly what’s on the menu is her.

Franco adjusts Ava’s jacket, and says, Trina, or anyone else, should be happy to have her in their corner. She thanks him, and he tells her that she’s welcome. He starts to paint.

Neil says, so Cameron ran. Then what happened? Cameron says the guy was chasing him through the woods, and he tripped. The guy had a gun, and Cameron thought he was going to die, but Jason shot him. Neil asks how that makes Cameron feel, but Cameron doesn’t know. Relieved mostly, that he’s still alive. Jason was there, and the guy was dead. It feels unreal. Neil asks what happened then, and Cameron says, Curtis showed up with Trina, and they were sent to the car. Neil asks if there was nothing in between, and Cameron says, before Curtis came, Jason asked him questions about what happened in the warehouse. They were going back in to try and save Trina. Neil says, Jason wanted to take an unarmed teenager back in to the situation? and Cameron tells him, Jason said they had one shot to get it right. Neil says Cameron was willing to put his life on the line. That doesn’t sound cowardly. Cameron says he forgot that part, and Neil says, it probably matters, right? Cameron tells Neil, if he says so. Elizabeth pokes her head in, but says she can come back if they’re not done, but Neil says, perfect timing. He asks if he’ll see Cameron next week, and Cameron says, that would be cool.

Portia comes by Sonny’s, and asks if Trina is ready to go. Trina says she’ll text Josslyn later, and Portia says they just spent hours together. What’s left to text about? Josslyn gets a text from Cameron, asking if they can talk, and she texts back, yes. Trina asks, wasn’t Portia ever her age? Portia says they had no cell phones, and Trina asked how they lived. Portia says, quite happily.

Sonny tells Michael that Mike’s wrist is sprained, not broken, and Michael says, good. He asks if Sonny is taking Mike back to Turning Woods, but Sonny says they’re keeping Mike overnight as a precaution. If he’s better, they’ll discharge him tomorrow. Michael asks if Sonny saw him, and Sonny says Mike was sleeping, but he stayed a bit. Michael says, so Mike is okay, and Sonny says, yeah, for now.

Nelle’s hand hovers over the form, and she says she doesn’t know. Maybe it is good for Wiley. Carly says, it would be, but Nelle says, no. Carly doesn’t get to win. Carly says, that’s not what it’s about, and Nelle says Carly certainly doesn’t get to tell her what to do. Carly has no power; she’s just the grandmother. Nelle is the mother, and the one making the decisions. It’s up to the parents, and she’s the parent. Carly guesses that’s it, and takes the clipboard. She walks to out the door, and locks it, leaving Nelle on the roof. Nelle says Carly can’t do this. Open the door. Carly just looks at her.

Tomorrow, Curtis tells Portia that he told his wife everything, Trina says she thinks she messed up, Sonny asks what’s going on with his father, and Sasha asks what changed Nelle’s mind.

Shahs of Sunset

Mike brings us a public service announcement to catch us up. Lifelong friends, MJ and Reza, are having a terrible feud. MJ is upset that Reza didn’t visit her in the hospital when she was giving birth and almost died. Reza is upset because he feels MJ conspired to break up his marriage. Reza posted MJ’s medical history on Instagram, and MJ’s husband Tommy retaliated by destroying Reza’s backyard. Reza got a restraining order against Tommy. Meanwhile, Destiney is spiraling because she got involved with what she knew about the rumors. This is new level of warfare they’ve never seen before.

In Phoenix, Mike eats Skittles for breakfast. Destiney wonders if she even ate dinner. In Destiney’s interview, she says, after dinner, she wanted nothing to do with Mike, Shervin, and Nema. As soon as she walked out to promote the event, she saw them waiting, and it meant a lot. Maybe they do believe her. Her assistant Rose says they were supposed to go over everything last night, but clearly that didn’t happen. In her interview, Destiney explains that her company, Liquid Sweets, promotes events, and her dancers are promoting the fighting even tonight. She tells Rose, Bloody Mary and pool.

MJ meets with assistant Sienna (everyone has assistants – I need an assistant) to check out the space for Vida’s party. In MJ’s interview, she says her mom worked hard for 35+ years, and she’s retiring. Everything she never wanted as a mom, you want as a cosmetic advisor. Vida can tell people things that would get other people fired. Like, you have bad skin, and you need these products to make it good. She has that je ne sais quoi. Before MJ’s pregnancy, dealing with Vida was like trying to hug a porcupine. We flash back to Vida being insulting to MJ. MJ says she didn’t give up on Vida, and now she’s like a koala bear. She’s so glad to be able to give Vida a grandson, even though Vida tried to talk her out of it throughout her entire life. MJ says she’s going to have her friends dress up like Vida, with a blond wig, jewelry, and blazer. The manager tells her, no confetti or glitter. I can’t say as I blame her. After doing crafts with kids, I’ve grown to hate glitter and play-dough. MJ says Vida is going to love it, and Rose asks if MJ doesn’t think she’ll be offended because everyone is dressed like her.

Shervin and Nema are already at the pool, when Destiney gets there. She asks where Mike is, and Shervin says, Mike took a spill on a Segway. We see a clip of them racing down a dirt road on scooters, and Mike hitting the dirt. Shervin says Mike was borderline wheelchair, but he’s getting a massage. Destiney’s phone rings. It’s Reza, and Nema says he and Shervin are eavesdropping. Reza says he wishes he could share the delicious Mai Tai he’s sipping. The curtain behind them opens, and Reza pops out with Adam. In Reza’s interview, he says he and Adam were going to Hawaii to decompress, and work on their relationship. Their marriage is under tremendous stress since the naked Jenga (<snort>) and cheating allegations. Destiney was disappointed that they weren’t going to Arizona, so they thought they’d change their flight and come to support her. Reza jumps in the pool.

At the Iron Boy match, Destiney goes backstage. She tells her dancers to remember, it’s happy-go-lucky. She’ll let them know when they’re supposed to go out. In her interview, Destiney says she’s super OCD, and it’s the first time she’s letting her staff handle things. She wants to enjoy the fight, and hang out with her friends.

Mike finally gets there, and Nema asks how his back is. Mike says it hurts, but the massage helped a lot. They get in the limo bus, and head to the event. Reza says that he got a text from Vida asking what MJ’s done to make him hate her, and saying everyone knows he’s a backstabber. It was pretty foul. MJ sent her husband to eff him up. Mike says MJ didn’t send him, and Vida’s text isn’t foul; Reza is just receiving it that way. Shervin says MJ feels upset and isolated. They talked last night. We flash back to that, and Shervin says, she ate sh*t. Reza insists MJ put Tommy up to it, but the other guys say she didn’t. Mike says he knows Reza is upset, but he’s throwing away a thirty-year friendship for this bullsh*t. Reza says MJ threw it away when she decided to come at him. We flash back to the pool party, and Reza says they can never be cool again. He was vandalized. Mike says it was MJ’s husband. He’s not taking sides, but it started with someone doing something they shouldn’t have done. Reza asks if he’s blaming Adam, and says, they’re ridiculous. He gets off the bus, and goes into the arena.

In Reza’s interview, he says, Mike should be concerned that MJ is plotting and scheming against her best friend. The others meet Reza at the bar, and Shervin says, they’re not taking sides, but it’s not okay. MJ didn’t think it was okay. They move to the VIP lounge. The dancers get ready, and arena manager Roberto tells Destiney that she’ll introduce them. Nema asks Reza if they’re good. No one wants to see him upset; they love him. Mike says he’s not there to take sides, and Reza says he aspires to be as neutral as Mike is one day. He hopes to find forgiveness.

GG calls mom Fatimah from the car. In her interview, GG says, since she’s been pregnant, her body hurts and she has insomnia. She should be paid for the mileage she’s logging going to her doctor’s office. It’s a lot. She asks Fatimah to cooking something healthy for her, and in her interview, she says she’s about to be a mom, but still likes to be babied by her mom, especially when her mom is cooking. Fatimah tells GG that if she eats too much rice, she’ll gain weight. GG says her weight is fine; just make the food.

It’s time for Destiney’s halftime show, and she tells the girls to go, calling them bad bitches. They go out to the arena, and she tells them to pose. Roberto wonders why the girls are on stage, and Destiney realizes they’re not supposed to go out for another four minutes. She says they’ll make it work, and tells them to look pretty and don’t move. In her interview, she says they weren’t livestreaming for another four minutes. Destiney fans herself, and the DJ waits. It’s a long four minutes, but Destiney finally gives the DJ the signal, and  the girls dance. When they’re done, the audience applauds, and Destiney tells them, yes, ladies! Everyone was wondering what was going on, but it worked out perfect. Adam asks if Reza has seen boxing before, and Reza tells him, it’s not boxing; it’s MMA. Adam says he’s tired of all the arguing, and Reza admits he overreacted at the pool party. In Reza’s interview, he says, it was a mistake going to Arizona. It seems like his friends are getting involved in a dynamic they should be staying out of. He tells Adam, he wishes he’d left the party, but he didn’t. In his interview, he says he needs to start acting like Adam is a priority, and not just talking about it.

Back home, MJ goes to Mike’s house with Baby Shams. She tells Mike that she forgot to wear shoes. Mike asks if Shams is pooping, and MJ says he has good maternal instincts. In MJ’s interview, she says her mentality was that life stopped until her dad was healed. Mike was the only one who said she can’t do that. She can’t let her father’s illness stop her from moving forward. She hopes he knows that when he shows up, it counts. Mike holds Shams, and talks about how cute Shams is, telling MJ that he was an ugly baby. He’s happy that she came by; he doesn’t like the fighting with Reza, and thinks it was blown out of proportion. She needs to focus on the right thing – they both effed up. In MJ’s interview, she says she should have told Reza that Ali was going to confront him, but that’s the only thing she’s guilty of. She says Reza didn’t call her to get the truth, and Mike says they both need to take responsibility. She should tell Reza that she’s sorry for not letting him know, or she thought it was a joke, and whatever he heard didn’t come from her. They could solve three-quarters of the problem if she, Destiney, and Ali are all on the same page. He wants them to put it to rest; it’s draining. MJ says she doesn’t want Shams to miss out on uncle time, and he says he’s glad she brought the baby.

Reza meets Destiney and GG for lunch. GG says she has so much to tell them, but wants to hear about Arizona. Reza says, Shervin was there, and very much a part of the MJ conversation. In GG’s interview, she says, everyone is going through something. Reza has to vent, and she’d feel selfish if she intervened. Unless the check shows up, but there will be other lunches. GG says, the pool party got Reza in trouble, and he says he wishes he’d gotten in the Uber with her. GG says she had to go; she was pregnant. Reza says, she’s pregnant? and she says, was. She tells them that she started IVF in October, and it took a while. She tears up, and Reza tells her, don’t cry. She says, it took a long time, but they finally put the embryo in. On Sunday, she was in pain and bleeding. In GG’s interview, she says, this definitely wasn’t the way she was planning to reveal she was pregnant. She tells Reza and Destiney that she woke up in the middle of the night, doubled over in pain, and went to bathroom. She was bleeding out, and knew she lost the baby. Reza says he’s sorry; he had no idea. GG says they might have to remove her fallopian tube, and Reza says, the other stuff is stupid in comparison. In his interview, Reza says he was talking about the bullsh*t he and MJ are going through, when GG’s news is tragic. She suffered by herself in silence, and it’s crazy to him. All three of them dab at their eyes, and Reza tells GG to get better, and GG says, if it’s karma, it’s the worst kind. She’s praying to Jesus that she doesn’t need the surgery.

Nema goes to a costume shop, and tells the clerk that he needs a short blond wig to transform into his friend’s mom, and shows her a picture. In his interview, he says everyone should be Vida for one day; it’s liberating. You can be a huge d*ck, and it’s expected. Mike joins him, and asks if they sell sh*tty attitudes too. The clerk says, sometimes. They try on wigs, and practice their Vida accents. Nema says they have to get jewelry, and they check some pieces out. Mike tells Nema that Reza wants him to pick sides. In Mike’s interview, he says he hates being caught in the middle between MJ and Reza. Reza wants him to choose, but he won’t. It’s not his fight. Nema says, those involved need to take ownership of their part. When are they going to say it’s enough? In his interview, Mike says they can’t mend fences if they’re not operating with 100% integrity. Nema puts on a dress, and twirls. Mike says, that’s Vida, bro.

Shervin meets Destiney at Saunabar. They want to push the bad stuff out. In Destiney’s interview, she says, infrared sauna is UV light. She doesn’t think it has anything to do with the sun, but it’s supposed to make your skin glow and detox your lymphatic something. As they lie in the sauna beds, Destiney tells Shervin, she’s been on a liquid diet. Everyone is going through hurt, and she’s hurting the most, but Reza and MJ are hurting. Shervin suggests that’s why Destiney is choosing to drink it away. When the truth comes out about her and Ali’s input, it will stop. Destiney says, when Ali told her, he swore MJ told him. She didn’t think he wanted to relay the message to Reza and Adam. She felt horrible at the party, and was clearly used as a puppet. In Shervin’s interview, he thinks Destiney feels guilty that she hurt Reza and Adam. She says it was brought to her attention that Reza and Adam weren’t on great terms, and the texts Ali showed her didn’t make her feel good. Ali went to Reza and told him what he needed to know, and Ali was the one who constantly told her it was MJ who told him to do it. She tells Shervin that she cared for MJ, and MJ knew it. In her interview, Destiney says she feels foolish for thinking MJ cared about her. Shervin says MJ didn’t stop loving her. Not to justify it, but MJ is going through a lot. Destiney says she was dying from afar for MJ. Shervin says, the only way to fix it is like how they’re getting the toxins out. They need to get the truth out. In his interview, he says it’s a waste of a beautiful friendship and sisterhood. He makes her laugh by saying there’s a pool of sweat in his bellybutton, and they listen to it dripping onto the bed.

MJ is stressed out as the guests arrive. Nema, Shervin, and Mike come in wearing their costumes, and Mike says, act natural. MJ says Vida has no idea. Ali arrives, and MJ dies laughing at how he looks. In Nema’s interview, he says he works with a team who creates  prosthetics, and asked for their help. They can do drag queens, but can they tackle Vida? MJ isn’t sure that Vida is going to be cool with her inviting Destiney and Ali. Nema says they’re all so bothered by this. MJ is sure Destiney knew what Ali was going to say, and in his interview, Nema says he thinks Destiney doesn’t want to face the music. She’s 100% not a pawn. Just own this. Paulina has also dressed up, and MJ says she really looks like Vida; it’s awesome. Using Vida’s accent, Nema tells Paulina her dress is too short, and to pull it down. Sara says the guys look better than they do.

Reza meets GG for brunch. They sit on the restaurant balcony, and GG feels very Romeo and Juliet. She says she’s excited to have alcohol; she hasn’t in so long. In her interview, she says now that her pregnancy ended in a terrible way, she might as well have a drink. Reza orders a double Yak (brandy) with a Coke back, and GG orders rosé. Reza tells her about Vida’s party, and in his interview, he says Vida was like a second mom to him. He loves her, and to know everyone but him is at the party breaks his heart. He tells GG that he can’t be around MJ and Tommy. He’s afraid he’ll say something, and Tommy will show up with a bat at his house. The waiter brings the drinks, calling Reza’s tomorrow’s regret. GG says MJ is temporarily out of Reza’s life, and here they are sitting together. We flash back to several altercations over the years, ending with Reza calling GG mentally unstable at a reunion. Reza drinks the brandy straight down.

Vida arrives at the party, and everyone shouts, surprise! Vida dies laughing, says she had no idea, and keeps saying, oh my God. In MJ’s interview, she says the Vida she’s been dreaming and waiting for, but thought she never had in her, is here. Instead of ruining the biggest moments of her life, Vida is making them better, sweeter, and more fun. Vida tells Mike to take off his shirt, since he has a nice body and it’s her party. She tells Sara that she heard Destiney is dating her brother, and Sara says her brother is dating everybody. I wish I could understand what the big deal is with that.

Ali introduces himself to Sara, saying he’s heard all about her. Sara says Destiney loves to talk about her, and Ali says, it was nothing bad. Sara says, it’s not that Destiney is talking about her that bothers her; it’s Destiney’s behavior. Destiney comes in, and MJ calls her over to introduce Shams. Mike hugs Destiney, and asks why MJ is crying. MJ says she’s happy.

GG wonders what Mike is up to, and Reza says, he’s probably sitting in Vida’s lap.

The cake is brought out. It says Happy Retirement Vida Joon, and Vida cuts it. She says it’s strawberry shortcake, and wants to make sure everybody has a piece. Nema tells Mike, it’s not adding up; Destiney said she was used as a pawn. They all sit around a table, and Mike calls Ali over. He says Destiney told them that Ali blindsided her. Destiney says, he blindsided her that day, since she didn’t expect him to say all that to Reza. Nema says she’s playing semantics now. In his interview, Nema says he’s tracing Destiney’s logic. They met and discussed what would go down, but it happened at an inconvenient time for Destiney. They both look guilty. Mike tells Destiney, she looks like an effing liar. MJ says, every time Destiney told Reza that MJ knew about it, it poured gasoline on the fire. In Sara’s interview, she says not clear on who’s right or wrong. Destiney goes on a rant, and in the end, she doesn’t know what Destiney is even talking about. Destiney says MJ knew what was going on, and MJ says she was at home nursing a newborn. Destiney had Reza thinking the incorrect thing, and she was broken. In Mike’s interview, he says he saw the texts allegedly from Adam to Ali, but he’s lost track of why Reza is mad at MJ, instead of being mad at Adam. MJ thinks Destiney sent the little weasel in (i.e. Ali).

Reza tells GG that he and MJ had good times, and have great memories. Those don’t get wiped out, but some accountability is needed.

MJ says she still sent Reza an apology, but he never responded.

Reza shows GG the text from MJ. GG reads that MJ wants to take full responsibility for the situation, as well as Tommy’s reaction. Reza asks if GG sees MJ saying I’m sorry, and GG says, no. She says MJ is delusional, and doesn’t see where she went wrong. Reza says he’s hurt.

MJ says Reza didn’t have to put her medical history on the internet, and thinks everyone should say he’s a POS. Destiney says, he’s hurt, but MJ tells them, they should all tell Reza to go f*** himself, and deal with Adam. Is he cheating? She doesn’t give a f***. Handle your marriage. The end.

Next time, Mike says his parents need to let him handle the construction project, Tommy talks to a lawyer about the vandalism charge, and GG goes to the hospital where she just wants to be better again.

🍾 Quotes of the Week

You don’t make no Nigerian woman pissed. – Molly Hopkins, Pillow Talk; 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.Beverly Sills

The roughest roads often lead to the top. – Christina Aguilera

No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse. – Randy Pausch

The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it. – Henry Ford

No pain, no crown. I need a cocktail. – Evelyn Whitland (Jennifer Dale), Homekilling Queen

That milk has been here so long, its own picture is on the cover. – Max (Kat Dennings), 2 Broke Girls

Nothing in this world happens by chance. – Paulo Coelho

If you have wonderful moments, don’t second-guess them, just enjoy them. – Martin Short

Don’t bite off more than you can chew because nobody looks attractive spitting it back out.Carroll Bryant

Laura…never complain of what you have. Always remember you are fortunate to have it.Ma Ingalls, Little House on the Prairie: The Long Winter

Sometimes the only way to ever find yourself is to get completely lost. – Kellie Elmore

🏋️‍♂️ At Week’s End…

You did it. You’re still here. See you when the dead walk. I’ll bring the tea. In the meantime, enjoy a respite from the apocalypse.

March 26, 2020 – Nelle Refuses To Sign, Chefs Inspired By Gold, Farewell Chef Floyd, Strange Eatery, New Listing, Get Well Andy, Ramona Stays In, a Crossover & Don’t Say It

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

I missed the first minute or so. Because I had extra time. Why that always happens, I have no clue.

Michael tells Nelle, he had the same condition as Wiley when he was a baby, and the same surgery. Nelle says the last time she checked, he wasn’t Wiley. Doesn’t elective mean he doesn’t need it? Monica says, it doesn’t mean it’s frivolous, and Michael says, Wiley will have a better quality of life. How can Nelle possibly object?

Laura visits Sonny, who asks if she wants coffee, while we’re totally distracted by the moss centerpiece. She says she wishes it was only a social visit, and he asks if he’s talking to the mayor, or is his friend in there? She thinks she can be both. As mayor, she’s there to ask for help; as a friend, she hopes he says yes. He asks what he can do for her, and she says, a new wave of drugs has hit the streets. He says she knows that’s not his business. He has nothing to do with that. She says, but he knows how it happened, doesn’t he?

At Rice Plaza, Chase tells Willow that he forgot his skates in the car. She says, it’s lucky Sasha, Michael, and Wiley aren’t there yet, and he leaves to get them. Willow leaves a message for Sasha, saying she hopes they’re still coming, and to call her back. Jason approaches her, and says he’s glad he ran into her. She says she is too. She wasn’t sure if she should call him. She had breakfast with her mom, and Harmony seemed nervous. And the way she was talking, Willow is worried. Jason says, she should be. Harmony is mixed up in something serious.

Sam asks Delores what she’s doing with Spinelli’s phone. Is he all right? Delores says, he’s in custody, and Sam asks, why? Delores says, before she sends him to lockup, she wants Sam to meet her in Queen’s Point, at a bar on the corner of Third and Main.

After running into Neil at the hospital, Alexis says their situation has been on her mind. Maybe she should find another meeting. Neil says she told him that she felt at home there, but she says, there are meetings all over town, and Neil’s office is there. He says his primary focus is on addiction recovery, which is why she was referred to him. She says, and look at where they are. He says they can handle it, and she says, like they handled meeting at the opera? He says they have to come up with a different strategy. As much as he knew about her, he never pegged her for a opera lover. She says she’s more of an enthusiast. She won’t buy a ticket, but she’ll go if she’s invited. He’s not sure if he believes that, and she says, keep calling her a liar, so it will dampen her regard for him. He says, it makes sense she would like opera, since she has operatic emotions. She asks if he’s calling her a drama queen, and her phone rings. He says, saved by the bell. It’s Sam, who says she needs Alexis’s help. Spinelli has been arrested. Alexis tells Sam to text her the address; she’s on her way. She tells Neil, it looks like she’s going to have to miss her meeting. She leaves, and Doc comes by. He asks Neil if everything is okay.

Sonny says Laura wanted him to clean up the waterfront; he thought they were on the same page. She says, a lot has happened since the shootout, and he says he’s done everything he can to make sure the situation didn’t escalate. She recalls a warehouse explosion, and he says, it housed an operation run by Cyrus. She says she can’t prove that, and Sonny says he’s just as concerned as she is about the drug problem. She says she knows he’s got guys out there, and that he’s reluctant to tell her what he knows. She knows about the code, and understands, but she needs him to understand that it’s not a battle if it becomes a war. If he can’t bring an end to this, she’ll have to step in, and come down hard on crime, and it might include him.

Jason tells Willow, Harmony is involved with some dangerous people. Willow asks, how? but he tells her, just be careful; keep her distance until this is over. She says, until what’s over? and he wonders if her mom has asked her for anything. Willow says it was all she could do to talk Harmony into meeting her for breakfast. Jason says, that’s good; it means Harmony is trying to protect her. She asks, from what? Is she involved in organized crime? He says he’s told her what he can. She says, sorry, but since he obviously knows what’s going on, can he look out for her mom? He says he’ll try.

Nelle says she researched Wiley’s condition on the internet. Sasha wonders if that makes Nelle an expert after five minutes, and Nelle says, Monica is a cardiologist, and can tell her if it’s right or wrong. It’s an elective surgery, which means it’s not necessary, right? Monica says, it means, at this moment, it isn’t an emergency. Michael says it’s a preventative measure to prevent Wiley from suffering more heart damage that could threaten his life. Nelle asks if that’s a fact or theory. It’s a risk she doesn’t think she wants to take.

Monica understands Nelle is scared. No parent welcomes their child having surgery. She says, Michael seems to. He’s ready to let them work on Wiley like a frog in a biology class. Sasha says, it could give Wiley a better quality of life, for the rest of his life. What’s wrong with her? How can she say no? Nelle says, why willingly expose Wiley to the danger of surgery, when he doesn’t need it? Michael says, what if he continues to have trouble breathing? What’s Nelle’s plan then?

Chase comes back, and tells Willow, it got hairy. There was a mother in a van with squabbling kids, who was parked dangerously close to him. He realizes she’s not listening, and asks, what’s going on? She says, Jason was just there. He told her that her mom is into something dangerous, and she should do everything possible to keep her distance. That shouldn’t be too hard, since Harmony has been pushing her away. Jason thinks Harmony is trying to protect her. Chase asks, from what? and she says, Jason knows, but won’t say. It’s freaking her out even more because he’s a mobster, or whatever the legal term is. Chase says, racketeering, and she says Jason has been kind to her, and he’s the one who got through to her mom. Now it sounds like her mom is into something more dangerous than Dawn of Day. He says he knows Willow is trying to see the best in her mom, since she turned her back on Shiloh, but he can see how she fell for Shiloh in the first place. Harmony seems fierce and strong… Willow says, but it’s not the first time she’s been taken in by something dangerous. She doesn’t think it’s about Harmony this time though. She thinks this time, it’s about her.

Sonny tells Laura, the situation is shifting, and Laura asks if he’s set something in motion. He tells her, all he can say is, steps have been taken to end this. His phone rings, and he steps away for a moment, but says, sorry. He thought it was Turning Woods. She asks how Mike is doing, and he says his dad doesn’t remember him half the time, but what he doesn’t let go of is bullets whizzing by his head, and hiding under the table in a pub in Bensonhurst, screaming that he wants it to stop. It’s haunting him. She says she’s sorry, and he says, that’s why this thing with Cyrus is going to end. Jason comes in, and asks if it’s official business. He can come back. Laura says Sonny was just reassuring her about the problem. She asks if Jason has anything to add, and he says he’s sure what Sonny told her is all she needs to know. She says, good answer. She’s surprised Sonny told her as much as he did. She tells Jason, don’t worry; Sonny wasn’t specific.

Neil shows Doc his new office, and Doc says, not bad at all. It’s good to have Neil there. Neil says he’s glad to be on staff, especially after that business with the board. Doc says he heard something was going on, yet here Neil is. It clearly worked out. Neil says, yeah, and Doc says, or not. Neil says Doc doesn’t know why he was under review? Doc says, Neil caught him. He understands Neil was accused of inappropriate behavior with a former patient. Neil says he’s sure Doc knows who it is; the rumor mill travels. Doc has a sneaking suspicion it’s Alexis.

Sam introduces Alexis and Delores, and Delores says, Sam brought her mother? Alexis says she’s not there in a parental capacity, but as Sam and Spinelli’s attorney. She’d like to confer with her client. Delores says, before she does, she wants to make sure Alexis is aware of their attempt to neutralize her. Alexis asks, how? and Delores says Sam sent her friend – Alexis’s client – to spy on her; to dig up dirt to leverage against her.  Alexis says, since they have Spinelli in custody, she can only guess it didn’t go well. Delores says, clearly his forte isn’t physical surveillance. Sam asks Spinelli if he’s okay, and he says only his pride is wounded. Alexis asks if Delores is suggesting Sam violated her parole, and Spinelli says he must speak. Sam had nothing to do with it. It was his idea, and she’s an innocent woman. Delores says, right. Whether Sam returns to Pentenville to finish her sentence is entirely up to her

Monica tells Nelle, it’s a simple procedure, but Nelle says, all she sees is Wiley under anesthesia with a tube in his mouth, and that in itself can have complications. Monica says, they have the best pediatric anesthetist in the state, and Nelle says, people can and have died under anesthesia. Monica says, mostly the elderly and the most vulnerable, and Nelle says, Wiley is a baby; he’s vulnerable. Michael says, with the exception of Wiley’s heart condition, he’s strong as an ox. Nelle says, what about contagion? and Monica says, they’ll do their best to keep Wiley safe. Nelle tells her, she’s read about doctors on the internet, who feel they have to prove something to get kickbacks. Monica says, the good news is, no one there has to prove a damn thing. It’s been proven just by them being there. If Nelle wants a second opinion, she has colleagues worldwide who will be glad to take a look, but Nelle says, they’ll just agree with her. Michael says, there’s a reason for that, and Monica says she’ll get Nelle the information anyway, and leaves. Sasha asks if Michael wants her to go, and Nelle says, that would be great, since Wiley is her and Michale’s son, not Sasha’s. Sasha says, she was asking Michael, and walks away. Michael ask Nelle, what the hell is wrong with her? She’s risking Wiley’s health; why? My suggestion: get Nelle off the internet.

Willow tells Chase, her mother said it herself; everything she does is for Willow, and how happy she was that Willow is with someone who can keep her safe. Chase says, he remembers, and she says, the only thing that makes sense is, someone is using her for leverage to make Harmony do things she doesn’t want to. Sasha calls, and Willow says she’s going to tell Sasha that they’re not in the mood for skating anymore. Sasha says she’s sorry; they forgot about the skating. Willow asks if something is wrong, and Sasha is afraid so. Wiley is in the hospital.

Doc says he saw Neil and Alexis earlier, and it looked intense. Neil says, it was; it always is. Doc says Neil had told him that he was having conflicting feelings for a patient. Neil says, and Doc told him not to cross the line, and he didn’t. Alexis stopped being his patient, but they’d run into each other, like at drag Bingo. Doc laughs, and Neil says, there was an impulsive kiss. They didn’t mean for it to go further, but the board got wind of it. Doc says, the two-year rule is for a reason. Neil says, it’s over, but Doc says, it didn’t look over.

Alexis asks what Spinelli was arrested for, and Delores says, unlawful surveillance in the second degree. She cites the code, adding that the victim’s image is taken when in a private moment. Alexis says, the peeping Tom law? and Delores says, it’s six-months in jail, and a fine of $1000. Alexis says, someone can only be arrested for that, if the video or photo catches the victim in the act of disrobing or having sex. So Delores can imagine what her next question is going to be.

Laura says Sonny isn’t going to give her any details, is he? and he says, no. He just wants her to know he’s concerned. She says, it’s not just a public safety concern for him, and he says, all she needs to know is that he’s keeping it under control. She says, okay. She has no choice but to take his word. He walks her to the door, and she leaves. Sonny senses Jason’s disapproval, and says Jason doesn’t think he should have said anything. Jason says he doesn’t understand why Sonny would give even a hint about what’s going on with Cyrus and Jordan.

Delores tells the cops holding Spinelli to go. Alexis says she’s sorry to have to ask, but when Spinelli photographed her, was she in the act of disrobing or sexual activity? Spinelli says it was an extracurricular activity, and they were in the back seat. Alexis says, one more word, and she’ll let him rot. Don’t speak; don’t breathe. She asks Delores, where were they? and Delores says she and the councilman were there to discuss a sensitive legal matter, and didn’t want reporters following them. Spinelli tells Sam that Delores was half-naked. Sam asks if he got a photo, but he says the car was rocking so much, any image was blurred. That’s when Delores and her lover apprehended him. Delores tells Alexis, her client as much as admitted his guilt. She can have him held until his sentencing, and he’ll be separated from his partner and daughter. Sam asks if Delores and Donald aren’t married to other people. If it goes to trial, that will come out, and be pretty embarrassing. Delores tells Alexis, as she sees it, Sam is clearly trying to blackmail her. She thinks if she threatens Delores, Delores will ease up on her parole, and allow her to see Jason. The terms of parole clearly state she can’t associate with a known felon. Alexis asks if there’s any way Delores will consider dropping the charges.

Delores says she might be willing to make this ugly incident disappear, and Alexis asks, in exchange for what? Delores says, Sam and Spinelli keeping silent about her relationship with Councilman Raskin. Sam says, and if she refuses? and Alexis tells her to quit while she’s ahead. Delores says, the councilman will face scandal, but Sam will be in Pentenville, along with Spinelli. Alexis asks Sam if she can do that. Then Delores will forget she was complicit in blackmail and extortion as well. San says, this is extortion, and Alexis tells her not to make it worse. Shut up and take the deal.

Michael says, Nelle just wants to make him suffer; that’s why she’s refusing to sign. She’s hurting his son to hurt him. She says, not everything she does is about him, and he says she tried to talk Chase into having him killed. She left him do die, and put someone else’s dead baby in his arms, claiming it was his son. Should he keep going? She says, this has nothing to do with him. She’s protecting her son. He’s not going to die any time soon. Give her time. He says she’s not a doctor, and she won’t have a say when she’s excluded in the custody arrangement.

Jason says, when Cyrus is released, Laura is going to realize it’s part of their plan, and when he turns up dead, she’ll suspect their involvement. Sonny says, so will everybody. Even if somebody else gets to him before they do, they’ll be the prime suspects, but no one will be able to prove it’s them.

Sam says, fine. She won’t breath a word. Delores asks if Alexis can guarantee Sam and Spinelli will abide by the agreement, and Alexis says, if they don’t, she’ll personally drop them off at the Queen’s Point PD. Delores says they both know where they stand, and she won’t be intimidated. She’s going to be even more vigilant. Sam says, it’s harassment, and Delores says, it’s law enforcement. Delores leaves, and Spinelli tells Sam that he’s sorry. She says it was her one shot to get out from under Delores’s thumb; now what? Alexis says that’s not the question Sam should asking. Sam should be asking, what the hell was she thinking?

Nelle tells Michael, the law is on her side. Even without full custody, she’s still Wiley’s mother, and has a say. She’s going to visit her son. She stomps off, and Monica asks if Michael made any headway. He says, not even close, and Sasha asks what he’s going to do. He asks what options he has. How much danger is Wiley in? Willow and Chase join them, and Willow asks, what’s going on? How’s Wiley? Michael says, okay at the moment, and Monica says she’s going to check on him. Chase asks, what’s the problem? and Sasha says, like usual – Nelle.

Alexis tells Sam, of all the insanely stupid things she could have done, it was a terrible choice to blackmail her parole officer. Sam says she was thinking she wanted her family together. Alexis says, she made a decision that almost got Spinelli arrested, and her sent back to Pentenville. Delores is going to be watching now, and will send her back if she so much as drives a car without a seatbelt, and it’s her right to do it. Sam asks if Alexis is agreeing with Delores, and Alexis says Delores is doing her job. When Sam was granted parole, the agreement said she wasn’t to associate with a known felon. Instead of following the rules, she did what she wanted. Did she think of Scout and Danny? Sam says, Jason is Danny’s father, and the closest thing Scout has to one. All she wants is her family put back together. Alexis says, that’s what will happen if she holds out for two years, but Sam says, two years is a long time. Alexis says she knows exactly how long it is, but it’s Sam’s job as a parent to stick it out and suck it up. Do what she needs to get through it. Sam says, of course (🍷) Alexis would say that, and Alexis asks what Sam means.

Michael tells Willow, even though he’s Wiley’s guardian at the moment, both parents need to consent to the surgery because it’s elective. Willow says, if it gets worse, how bad can things get? Michael says, in the worst case, Wiley’s heart will deteriorate, and he’ll need an operation to save his life. Willow says they can’t risk it. Wiley needs to have the surgery now. Sasha says, it’s more important than ever that Michael win sole custody. Nelle is suddenly there, and asks, who says Michael is going to win?

Doc asks Neil, concerning him and Alexis, what did they decide? They can make the conversation confidential by Doc treating Neil as a patient. There’s a knock at the door, and Neil says, hold that thought. Laura comes in, and Neil says if the mayor was looking for her husband, Doc is helping him break in his new office. Laura says, it’s a nice surprise, but she actually came to see him. He asks to what he owes the pleasure, and she says, Port Charles is facing a crisis, and she needs his help.

Sonny tells Jason, there can’t be any evidence; nothing that ties it to them. Jason says, there won’t be, and Sonny says he doesn’t think anyone is going to shed tears about Cyrus’s death; they’ll be relieved. Jason says, and Laura? Sonny says, she wants the problem solved, and they’re solving the problem. He’s going to bring peace back to Port Charles.

Sam says she doesn’t know what the hell happened to Alexis. It’s not the drinking, and it’s not Julian, but Alexis became a pushover who plays by the rules and refuses to fight. Alexis says Sam doesn’t know what she’s been fighting, and Sam says Alexis cooperated with the board when she could have questioned the system, so they would question it too. Alexis says, it’s not that simple, and Sam says, what about Neil? Is there a connection? Does he make Alexis feel good? Then why the hell not fight for him? Alexis says, it wasn’t an option, but Sam says, it’s too difficult. Alexis is afraid she’ll get in trouble. She was never scared before. She used to be persistent. She was Sam’s hero, but now she obeys the rules, and sits back. She doesn’t do anything Sam used to admire. Sam wanted to be like her, and now Sam just feels sorry for her.

Nelle tells Michael, it’s rare for the father to get sole custody, and he says, it’s not common, but it’s not rare. Willow adds, unless the mother is unfit. Nelle says she didn’t give her baby up, and Willow says at least she didn’t hand her baby to someone on the side of the road. Nelle says, as of right now, Wiley is healthy and happy, and she promised to protect him from anyone poking around inside him or harming him. Willow suggests, if Nelle wants that, stay away from him. Nelle says she’s going to do everything in her power to keep her promise, and protect her son. She walks away, and Sasha asks if Michael is okay. He says he’s not letting Nelle into Wiley’s life. She’s done enough to jeopardize his health. Willow says, he doesn’t have a choice. He needs to do whatever it takes to get full custody.

Jason tells Sonny, he ran into Willow, and gave her a heads up about Harmony. Sonny says, good. She helped Kristina, and he doesn’t want her in the line of fire. He doesn’t want anyone traumatized like his father is. Jason asks if Mike hasn’t recovered from what happened in Brooklyn, and Sonny says, the opposite. He’s been worse. Jason says he’s sorry to hear that, and asks if there’s anything he can do. Sonny says, when he was at Turning Woods, Mike was there with Brook, and he was having a great time. Brook said, when things are cloudy, the things he remembers mostly are about Sonny’s family. Not recent things, but old memories; ancient history. That’s what comforts him. Sonny’s phone rings, and he tells Jason, it’s Turning Woods.

Sam tells Alexis, she’s so sorry. She didn’t mean what she said. She’s really angry at Delores. Alexis is right; she was selfish, desperate, and stupid. She asks if Alexis accepts her apology, and Alexis says, of course (🍷). She just needs a little time. Spinelli interjects that the jalapeno poppers are on the way. Sam says, talk to her, and Alexis says she will, but not right now. She just needs space. Sam suggests she and Spinelli go home to their kids; they almost didn’t have them. Alexis says she’ll call Sam tomorrow, and Spinelli says, on behalf of Ellie, Georgie, and himself, he thanks her for her help. They leave, and Alexis stands at the bar. The bartender puts a shot in front of her, and says it looks like she’s having a hard night. He thought she could use a drink.

Neil asks what Laura needs him to do, and she says, Port Charles has a new drug lord in town, who’s flooding the streets with his product. She has to find a way to stay ahead. She’s talked with the heads of GH, and they’re going to open a clinic, his area of expertise. Doc says Neil’s reputation precedes him, but they did ask what he thought. Laura says Doc sang Neil’s praises about a seminar he gave, and Neil asks if he’ll be working with Laura’s husband. She says, that’s up to him, and Doc says, it’s not his specialty, but he’d be happy to help. Neil says, great. They can talk as soon as he puts an idea together for the clinic. He and Doc can catch up later. Doc asks if Neil doesn’t want to continue their discussion, and Laura apologizes for interrupting. Neil says they can catch up any time. He likes to give recovering patients the dignity they deserve. Laura says he’s just he guy she was looking for, and Neil leaves to talk to the head of the department.

Alexis remembers Sam saying she cooperated instead of fighting back, and the meeting with the board at Neil’s review. She thinks about Neil telling her that he doesn’t want to say goodbye to his career, or her, and wondering how they can pretend it never happened. She remembers saying that’s immaterial; he has his practice back. She downs the shot, as I say, nooo.

Tomorrow, Trina talks to Josslyn about Cameron, Carly says she’ll deal with Nelle, and Alexis asks for another drink.

🥙 On Top Chef tonight, there was no quickfire challenge. Instead, the chefs were to explore L.A.’s food scene, using the late food critic Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants of L.A. Less a food critic than food lover, Gold was the only food critic to have won a Pulitzer Prize, and his guide includes unique food trucks, mom and pop cafés, and ethnic cuisine. In the elimination challenge, the chefs were instructed to create a dish from anything that inspired them during their exploration – a dish they loved, a story they heard, or food they tasted. At the Union Square train station, they would be serving 200 guests who knew Jonathan personally, along with guest judge Ruth Reichl, a foodie extraordinaire. Tom said Gold wrote about what he loved, and if you cook what you love, you’ll make great food.

After their exploration, the chefs went shopping at Whole Foods, which was probably the last thing they felt like doing after all that eating. Being a close friend of Gold’s, it was an emotional challenge for Padma. Out of the top three – Kevin, Nini, and Bryan – Kevin was tonight’s winner, with a pork and mushroom terrine, involving his granny’s apple butter, which was a major hit with Ruth. He told the judges that he had a personal connection with the challenge, as he had spent a long time battling an illness, and didn’t know if he’d still be cooking, or even be there at all. He proved to himself that his journey wasn’t over. Ruth thought the bottom three – Angelo, Stephanie, and Eric – had forgotten food was supposed to be delicious. Ouch! Angelo had to pack up his knives, since his tuna crudo was overly sweet, and the components never came together. In Angelo’s interview, he said he thought his dish was balanced, but wasn’t letting his circumstances define him, as he moved on to Last Chance Kitchen.

Next time, the chefs visit a museum, and are challenged to interpret a work of art on a plate.

🍽 No Worries Here…

But I’d be remiss not to include a Top Chef’s passing. Please note, he had not only felt ill after traveling overseas, but went to the hospital, which oddly, can be the worst place for a sick person.

https://ny.eater.com/2020/3/25/21193746/floyd-cardoz-chef-dies-covid-19

https://www.eonline.com/news/1134312/top-chef-masters-winner-floyd-cardoz-dead-at-59-after-testing-positive-for-coronavirus

🍤 An L.A. Legend…

I’ve only been to Los Angeles once, for a V convention. Unfortunately, it was a first for the people who put the convention together, and we had little time to go to the bathroom, much less explore the city. But while I didn’t get to experience the food that the Top Chef contestants did tonight, one place I did get to eat at was Clifton’s Cafeteria, probably the weirdest restaurant I’ve ever seen. The food was fantastic, and incredibly cheap, so we ate like kings for a couple of bucks. Sadly, it’s since closed, but forever imbedded in my memory, will be the woodland scenes tucked into every nook and cranny possible, like some weird Disney show that ended up on the Food Network.

https://secretlosangeles.com/is-cliftons-forest-themed-cafeteria-closed-for-good/

https://www.kcet.org/shows/lost-la/photos-historic-cliftons-cafeteria-through-the-decades

💰 Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles begins its new season on May 5th.

🧸 Wishing Andy Well…

You can’t keep a good Bravolebrity down.

https://www.eonline.com/news/1133097/andy-cohen-tests-positive-for-coronavirus

https://www.eonline.com/news/1134119/andy-cohen-calls-being-separated-from-his-son-the-very-worst-part-of-his-coronavirus-experience

🏡 Quarantine Makes Strange Bedfellows…

I can’t wait to see how this plays out.

https://www.eonline.com/news/1134262/ramona-singer-talks-andy-cohen-s-coronavirus-diagnosis-self-quarantining-with-ex-mario

🐉 Blink and You Missed It…

In last Sunday’s episode, Westworld gave a nod to Game of Thrones.

https://nypost.com/2020/03/22/westworld-just-killed-off-this-surviving-game-of-thrones-character/

🧾 Every Day Is Saturday…

While right now, Friday doesn’t exactly have the same connotation it usually does, you’ve made it through week one. No one likes rules, but hopefully, everyone is behaving like adults. New Jersey was just declared a major disaster area, but I’ve been telling people it was for years now.

And now, and explanation on why instructions have to be compulsory.

March 25, 2020 – Sonny Suggests Another Option, a Tough Time For Denise, Friends Again, Comparing Decks, Reality Rates & the Bright Side

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Nina tells Nelle, welcome to Crimson. Carly walks in, and asks if she just heard that right. Nelle says, her girl got a job.

Monica formally welcomes Portia to General Hospital. She’s glad the board wooed her away from Mercy. Portia says she’s honored to be working there, and Monica says she won’t keep Portia, since she has a lot of paperwork to fill out. Michael and Sasha run in with Wiley, and Michael tells Monica, something’s wrong.

At Kelly’s, Delores says Sam seems to be staying on the straight and narrow, and Sam says, that’s because she is. Delores asks how Sam’s relationship with her ex Jason is going, and Sam says they exchange their son Danny, but they’ve been keeping their distance. (Refraining from a joke here.) She’s been taking Delores’s warnings seriously. They arrange pick-ups at the Quartermaines’. Delores asks if that’s been the full extent of their interaction, but her phone rings, and she tells Sam she has to take the call. She’ll be in touch. Delores goes outside.

Delores asks someone if they’re still on for this afternoon. She laughs, as Spinelli watches. When she leaves, he follows.

Ava makes notes for the auction catalog at the gallery. Trina comes in, and Ava asks what she’s doing there. Trina says she’s been thinking about the catalog, and has some ideas if Ava has time. Ava says, she meant, what is Trina doing at the gallery? She told Trina that she could take time off. Trina says she did, and she’s ready to go back to work. She asks Ava, please take a look. She’s dying for some feedback.

Jordan says, the only way to save TJ is to give Cyrus what he’s wanted all along – his freedom and a full exoneration. Sonny says, that’s exactly what she has to do, and Jordan tells him, don’t be in such a hurry to set Cyrus free. If he’s causing trouble behind bars, just wait until they see what he does on the outside. Sonny says, the guards at Pentenville are better than anyone Cyrus can hire. He’s safe behind bars; they can’t retaliate. Curtis says, once Cyrus is on the outside, Sonny can put an end to this?

Carly tells Nina, she’d love to think Nelle is lying about being hired, but it’s an easy contradiction, and Nina isn’t doing that. Nina says, Nelle will be working as her assistant, and Carly says she can’t believe Nina would make the same mistake twice. Nelle tells Carly, be careful. Carly can ban her from the MetroCourt, but it won’t look good in a custody hearing. She’d be preventing her grandson’s mother from working. Nina suggests Nelle come back tomorrow to fill out the paperwork. She and Carly have some things to discuss. Nelle thanks her for the opportunity, and says she won’t regret it. She can’t wait see Carly every single day. Have a blessed afternoon. She leaves, and Carly says Nina will absolutely regret hiring Nelle. Nina doesn’t think she will.

Michael tells Monica, it’s Wiley’s heart. Brad and Lucas hopes the condition would resolve on its own, but he has labored breathing, like he has a cold. Monica tells him it’s not good to worry until they know what’s going on. She asks Nurse Lynn for an assist; she’s sending Wiley for an EKG. Michael wants to go with him, but Monica doesn’t think that’s a good idea. If he’s nervous or upset, Wiley could pick up on it. She tells him to wait on the fourth floor. Michael hands Wiley off to Lynn, and Monica leaves with them. Sasha tells Michael, Wiley is in good hands. Now they have to do their part, and try to stay calm.

Portia gets a phone call from the school, and asks if they’re certain Trina isn’t there.

Ava says Trina’s research paid off. It’s excellent work. She tells Trina not to worry about finishing the catalog. She just lost her father; there’s no pressure to work. Trina says, thanks, but her parents divorced a long time ago. Her father was a long distance parent, and she had to visit him. In a way, it just feels like he’s gone home. Ava says, except he hasn’t. Trina says she’s fine. Can they just get back to work, and talk about art? Ava says Trina has already discovered something it took her a lot longer to learn; art can be a great solace. The work, but also the pieces themselves. Art is about emotion, and if you find your own emotions are too much to handle, you can step outside yourself, and focus on a piece that speaks to you.

On the phone, Sam tells Spinelli, be careful Delores doesn’t catch him following her. Tracking her is the best way to see what she’s up to. Let her know how it goes. Molly joins her, and Sam asks if she’s heard from TJ. Molly says, it’s been days now. She doesn’t know how Sam and Jason deal with not seeing each other. She’s about to rip her hair out. Sam figured TJ would have contacted Molly by now, and Molly asks, why? Has Sam heard from him? Does she know where he is?

Jordan tells Sonny, she can understand why he wants Cyrus free. He’s easier to eliminate. Sonny says, all he and his people want is for the violence Cyrus brought to Port Charles to end. Jordan says, based on her experience with turf wars, they don’t end; they just evolve. She hates Cyrus more than anyone, but she won’t trigger more violence. Sonny says, whatever happens to Cyrus, his hands are clean, and Jordan says, not because Sonny is innocent, but because he’s an expert in covering his own tracks. If she looks the other way, she’s complicit. Curtis says, whoever’s responsible, releasing Cyrus is effectively signing his death warrant, but by keeping him in jail, they’re signing TJ’s.

Carly says she’s going to give Nina some advice she wishes someone had given her. Nelle is a sociopath. Being near her will cripple Nina in ways she’ll carry the rest of her life. Nina says she gets it, but Carly says she doesn’t, or she wouldn’t have let Nelle in the front door, much less give her a job. She understands why Nina did it. Nina says she doesn’t think Carly does, and Carly says Nelle tugged on Nina’s heartstrings. She gave Nina a song and dance about how she was cruelly kept away from her child, and now Michael and his family want to make that permanent. Nina says, Nelle said that, and Carly says she needs to hear it in context, starting from the night her grandson was born. Nelle tried to kill Michael. Nina says she’s aware, and Carly asks if she’s aware Nelle trapped Michael in a car that was leaking gas. Nelle walked away, hoping the car would explode; hoping the father of her baby would burn to death. And it didn’t stop there. Brad was grieving his son, who’d died from SIDS. Nelle convinced Brad to switch babies with her. Nina says she knows, and Carly says, knowing it and feeling it are two different things. Can she imagine how Michael felt? He thought his baby was dead, and grieved for a year and a half. It’s what Nelle wanted him to do. She took Michael’s empathy, compassion, and generosity, and used them against him, and that’s what she’s going to do to Nina. Nina says, she tried. She said all that. She played on Nina as someone who wanted to be a mother, and said she needed a job on her resume for family court. Carly says Nina gave Nelle what she wanted, and Nina says, now she’s in a perfect position to turn the tables.

Sasha brings Michael some coffee. He wonders what’s taking so long. Sasha says, Wiley has a definite advantage. Michael is on the hospital board, and Wiley’s grandmother is chief-of-staff. He’s been bumped to the front of the line. Michael hates that Wiley is hooked up to machines, but she says the machines will help give an accurate diagnosis. They’ll give the doctors information they need to come up with a treatment plan. He says, Wiley doesn’t know that. He didn’t consider Wiley’s heart condition; it’s been so long since he had an incident. Now that he thinks about it, Wiley’s heart defect is genetic, and neither Shiloh or Willow had a record of it. It still didn’t occur to him that he and Wiley were related. She says, he was lied to and deceived. It’s Brad and Nelle’s fault, not his. He says, all he can think about is that he wants Wiley to be okay.

Sam tells Molly, she hasn’t spoken to TJ, but she and Spinelli tracked TJ through his cell phone. She wanted to go find him, but Jordan insisted on doing it. Molly doesn’t understand. If Jordan has been talking to TJ, why didn’t Jordan tell her?

Trina tells Ava, she wasn’t sure what to write about Franco. His early work still has a huge following. Ava says, his early work is still highly sought after. People have convinced themselves that his genius was a by-product of his brain tumor, and he’s no longer capable of significant work. Trina asks if she doesn’t think so, and Ava says, she thinks the collectors are short-sighted. She thinks Franco’s work has expanded. Portia runs in, saying she’s looking for Trina, and sees Trina is there. She asks why Trina isn’t in school where she belongs. Ava looks at Trina.

Spinelli follows Delores to a bar. He sits down and sees Delores sitting with a man, and says, it can’t be. He takes out his phone, and looks the man up. It’s Councilman Donald Raskin, working for a better Port Charles.

Jordan tells Sonny, okay. So she confesses that she tampered with evidence that sent Cyrus to prison. Cyrus is released, and vanishes in some way that leaves Sonny with his hands clean. Sonny says, Cyrus does business with dangerous people, and lost receipts. They don’t like losing money, and Cyrus has lost millions. What makes her think Cyrus won’t be a target when he gets out? She says, and she sits in prison for twenty years, or less for good behavior. Or more if she also confesses she abused the power of her office to clear the way for Cyrus’s shipment. Curtis says, this is insane. There’s no way he’s condoning her trading her freedom for Cyrus’s. They can forget it. There must be another way to find TJ.

Nina tells Carly, after Nelle filed for custody, Willow wanted her to do a true crime piece on Nelle in Crimson. Carly says she thought Nina and Willow didn’t get along, but Nina says, it’s ancient history. Willow wants to keep Nelle away from Wiley, and do does she. Carly asks, what about the Crimson piece? and Nina says, that’s not going to happen. Nelle isn’t a public figure, she doubts it will drive traffic, and she doesn’t want to open them up to a lawsuit. But that doesn’t mean she can’t help in other ways. She’s sure Carly has heard the old say, keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Carly says, and who better to testify than Nelle’s current employer. Nina says, exactly. She’s in the perfect position to monitor Nelle. Ideally, Nelle will break the law, but if she doesn’t, Nina can testify on her deceitful, manipulative behavior. She pathologically hates Carly’s family, and Carly especially. She just witnessed Nelle trying to goad Carly. She’s going to use Nelle’s tactics against her. She’s going to let Nelle believe she’s playing her, that she’s falling for it. Let her believe they’re friends, and she’s on Nelle’s side. Then, at the hearing… Carly says, Nina will tell the truth, and Nelle will lose Wiley for good. Nina smiles.

Monica tells Michael, unfortunately, the hole in Wiley’s heart hasn’t closed as they’d hoped. He asks what the next step is, and Monica says, surgery. He asks if she’s sure it’s necessary; Wiley is so young. She says, Michael was younger when he had the same surgery, and came through with flying colors. Once the defect was addressed, there was no more trouble. She’s hoping it’s the same for Wiley. Michael asks when it should be scheduled, and Monica says, it’s an elective surgery, but recommends scheduling it immediately.

Portia tells Trina, she had a meeting with the chief-of-staff at GH. Imagine her surprise when she got a call from the school, and found out Trina didn’t show up for chemistry. Trina says, she already got an A in the class. What’s the point of reviewing stuff she already knows, when she could be doing something meaningful? Portia says, Trina’s not an adult. She’s a student, and belongs in school. She was terrified; she thought something happened. Trina says she’s sorry for scaring Portia, but… Portia says, no buts. It’s unacceptable. Ava suggests they take a deep breath, and Portia asks if Ava didn’t find it odd that Trina showed up in the middle of a school day. Ava says she was surprised Trina was back so soon, and Portia says, maybe Ava should have reached out to the school, or Trina’s mother. Ava knows Trina’s father just died. Her judgement might be cloudy. Ava says, obviously Trina could have communicated better, but Trina is clearly safe. Portia says her daughter was already kidnapped once. Her father was murdered. Communicating better isn’t going to cut it. She looks at Trina, and says Trina knows better.

Sam tells Molly, she doesn’t know if Jordan spoke to TJ, but they’ve been texting. Molly says, Jordan told her, but that was two days ago. This is ridiculous. She admits she handled TJ’s proposal all wrong. She should have been sensitive, and done a better job explaining why it doesn’t feel right for her to get married, at least right now. She was defensive, and gave him a lecture. That’s on her, but he’s making it worse hiding out. She asks if Sam can use the tracker, and find out where he is, but Sam isn’t sure that’s a good idea. She’s sure he’ll get in touch. Molly says, she was sure too, but she was wrong. Nothing is going to be fixed until they’re face to face. Sam tells her, calm down, and messes with her phone. She says, TJ’s location is at 485 Paulson Street. Molly says, it doesn’t make any sense. That’s Jordan’s apartment complex.

Curtis asks if Jordan understands the kind of trouble she would face in Pentenville. She’ll be reunited with the criminals she helped put there. Jordan says, it kills her that she’ll be in prison and Cyrus will be free, but if it’s the only way to protect her son… Sonny says she’s doing what Cyrus wants. He wants her to let fear make her choices. She should step back and consider other options. Jason says, Sonny is right. She can exonerate Cyrus without taking the fall.

Sonny says Jason sees where he’s going, right? Jordan says she doesn’t. If it’s going to save her son, and keep her out of prison, tell her. Jason says, she was on a four-person team, and only the four of them knew the evidence against Cyrus was fabricated. Taggert and the other two are dead. She can claim they framed him without her knowledge or cooperation. She can claim she always believed the bust was legit. After Taggert was murdered, she went back over the evidence, and realized something didn’t add up. Sonny says, she can notify the DEA and the Justice Department of the discrepancy, and let them take over. Curtis likes this angle a whole lot better. It will only garner Jordan respect. She says, they’re asking her to throw her team under the bus?

Michael says, if Monica thinks Wiley should have surgery immediately, take the steps to make it happen. Monica is glad he’s on board, and Sasha says she’s there to help. Monica tells her to support her grandson. Once the paperwork is complete, they can prep Wiley for surgery. Monica pauses a moment, and says she just thought of something. Because it is elective and Michael’s custody agreement is agree still pending, both he and Nelle have to sign off on it.

Carly thanks Nina for putting herself out there. She’s sorry she jumped to conclusions. Nina says, it’s okay. She’s been snowed before. Carly just assumed she was being snowed again. Carly says Nelle snowed her. She prides herself on her instincts, and can usually spot someone like Nelle coming from a mile away, but she didn’t. Nina says, maybe Carly’s judgement was clouded because Nelle saved Josslyn. Carly says, but she didn’t. Carly knows Nina is seeing Jax, so this won’t come as a surprise. He’d do anything for his daughter, and he did. Josslyn needed a kidney, and Jax bought one from Nelle’s father. Jax has to live with that, and Carly pities Nelle for that, but Nelle didn’t choose to save Josslyn. She hasn’t chosen to save anyone in her entire life, and Carly can’t believe she didn’t see that. Nina says Carly didn’t want to see it. Like she didn’t want to see that Sasha wasn’t her daughter. She shows Carly the necklace, and says her daughter would have the other half, but Sasha didn’t; she didn’t even know what it was about. Nina was too busy believing her, and maybe Carly was too lost in her gratitude. Carly tells Nina, one thing she can say about herself is, she learns from her mistakes. She’ll never underestimate Nelle again. Nelle is working every angle all the time. She’d be even more dangerous if she wasn’t so crazy. Nina says she has a problem with that word, and Carly says they’ve both dealt with mental issues. They’ve put in the work, and come out the other side, but Nelle can’t. She lies when she doesn’t have to; she steals when she doesn’t need to. Nina gave her a job, and you’d think Nelle would be happy, but she won’t be. She’s going to do something shady. Nina says, and she’ll be there to catch her. Carly says Nina can’t do it alone. She’ll need help, and Carly is all in.

Ava says she’ll give Portia and Trina some space to talk it out, and goes in the back. Trina says she’s sorry she worried Portia, but she thought Portia trusted her to take mental health days when she needed to. Portia says Trina can’t run off like that. She needs to know where Trina is at all times. End of discussion. Trina says Portia used to trust her, but Portia says Trina never cut school before. Trina says, right; it was a dumb move. She couldn’t take the looks. It happened to Josslyn when Oscar died. Ava goes to her desk, and listens. Trina says, it’s like you’re under a microscope. She’s the girl who’s dad was just murdered. It’s like they’re waiting for her to have a meltdown. Portia asks why Trina didn’t tell her, and Trina says her parents got divorced years ago. Portia says, divorcing someone doesn’t mean you stop loving them. She’s always loved Trina’s father. Their marriage didn’t work out, but her father was a good man, an honorable man. He had a brave heart, and the best of intentions, always. Whenever Trina wants to talk about him, or anything else, she’s there. They hug.

Molly tells Sam, she doesn’t understand why TJ’s phone is at Jordan’s. Does Sam think he’s staying there? Sam says, it’s possible, and Molly wonders why Jordan wouldn’t tell her. Sam says, maybe TJ told her not to say anything. If the roles were reversed, their mom would do the same for her. Molly says she’s sick of guessing. She’s going to see what Jordan has to say. She grabs her coat, and jets. Sam’s phone rings, and Spinelli says he’s found something interesting. Sam says she’s listening, and Spinelli says he’s discovered the target of Delores’s phone calls. She’s at a bar, cozying up to city councilman Donald Raskin. Sam says, that is not a good look for a married woman, and Spinelli says, or a married man. He watches Delores and Donald laughing, and says his research indicates Donald has been married for two decades. Sam says, after all the cheating spouse cases they’ve worked on, they finally have something that works in their favor. He says his sentiments exactly. The game is afoot. Delores and Donald get up, and Spinelli says, their meeting at the bar is concluding. One can anticipate they’ll adjourn elsewhere. Sam tells Spinelli to follow them, and see what happens. He says if he can secure proof, it’s the kind of leverage they need to persuade Delores to give Sam more time with Jason, or maybe let him move back in. She thanks him, and tells him, please be careful. He reminds her that he’s a licensed professional in surveillance. She says, nice try. Cyber-surveillance. She’s the one who does the actual footwork. He says, never fear. He shall be stealth personified. Delores and Donald leave, and Spinelli follows.

Carly tells Nina to keep an eye on Nelle at Crimson, and she’ll take care of the rest. She can have security collect footage on Nelle. If she’s true to form, Nelle is already working a scam; she just has to prove it. Nelle will be back in Pentenville, and Michael will get full custody of his son. Nina says there’s only one part of the plan she’s worried about. Carly.

Nelle strides into the hospital, and asks Michael where her son is. He says, Wiley is being evaluated for surgery. Nelle asks what Michael did to him, and Michael says, nothing. Wiley had shortness of breath. Nelle says, because of his heart? How did Michael let it get this bad. Michael says, when Wiley was born, he was diagnosed with a heart condition. They’d hoped it would get better on its own, but it didn’t. He hands Nelle a clipboard, and she asks what it is. Sasha says, it’s a standard consent form, and Nelle says she didn’t ask Sasha. Michael says, as Wiley’s parents, they both have to sign it before he can have surgery.

Trina is glad she and her mother can remember her dad together, and Portia says, of course (🍷). They can talk about anything. Trina says she can’t call her dad, or send him stupid emojis. Porta says Trina is the reason Taggert could text at all, and Trina says he would send her a text out of nowhere, to let her know he was thinking of her. Portia says they had a special relationship. Trina says, now seems weird; normal, but different. It’s not like anything changed, but her dad will never send her a surprise text again. Now she knows how much his texts meant to her; how much it mattered that he was thinking of her. Trina says, she’s not making sense, is she? but Portia says she is. She understands exactly how Trina is feeling, and she misses him too.

Jordan tells Sonny, they were honorable men, who sacrificed everything for their work, including their lives. Their families are grieving, she’s not going to add to their suffering by tarnishing their memories. Curtis says if the tables were turned, what would Taggert do if they had his daughter, and it was a choice between honoring her memory and saving Trina’s life? She says if they go down, she does too. Sonny says, they already made the ultimate sacrifice. The most important thing now is to put a stop to Cyrus, and save her son. Curtis nods.

Sam’s phone rings, and she asks what did Spinelli find? Delores says, something very disappointing. Her friend is in a very compromising position. Two cops hold on to Spinelli at the bar.

Jordan says, okay, she’s committed, and Sonny says she made the right call. She hopes so, and Sonny says they’ll be in touch. He and Jason leave, and Jordan sits on the coffee table, even though she has a perfectly good couch. Curtis sits next to her, and says, TJ will be okay; he’ll be home in no time. She says it’s the only way to justify what she’s done, and he takes her hand.

In the hallway, Sonny asks if Jason thinks Jordan will see it through. Jason says, she’d do anything for her son. Sonny says, him too. That’s good news, because their friend will be on the outside where they can get to him. Molly comes out of another hallway, and has obviously heard them.

Portia tells Trina, it’s perfectly reasonable to want space. She needs time to process what she’s gone through. When the school called, her mind went to the worst place. She thought Trina had been kidnapped again. Ava continues to listen, and Trina says she’s sorry that she made Portia think that. She really means it. Portia says, Trina is so important to her; Trina is her whole world. Ava starts to tear up, and Portia says she’ll let Trina experience her life. At least until she’s eighteen, and Portia can’t tell her what to do. Trina says, then she’s on her own? Portia says, oh yeah. She’s kicking Trina to the curb. They leave, and Ava dabs at her eyes.

Nina tells Carly that she and Nelle have too much history for Carly to be effective. Just the opposite. Nelle is going to goad Carly as much as she can, and if Carly takes the bait, Nelle will use it against Michael at the trial. Carly says several people have already pointed that out, and Nina says the further away Carly stays, the better. Let Nelle think she’s working Nina. Nina will be friendly, sympathetic, a shoulder to cry on. Maybe she’ll let Nelle complain about Michael, and who knows what might let slip? Carly says she really can’t help? and Nina says, yeah. By staying away. No offense. Carly says, none taken. It’s Nina’s plan, and they’ll do it her way, but Nelle is going to lash out at Carly, and when she does, Carly will have to defend herself. Nina asks if Carly really thinks Nelle will do that, with everything she has at stake. Carly says Nelle can’t help herself. It’s a means to an end. Nelle came to Port Charles to destroy Carly, and she’s not going to stop until Carly stops her.

Nelle wants to know why she’s just finding this out now, and Sasha says, Michael just found out Wiley is his son. Nelle says she didn’t ask Sasha. Why should she consent to a dangerous procedure, when it might not be necessary? He says, Wiley needs this, but Nelle says she disagrees. There are too many risks. There are lifestyle changes that could resolve the issue. He says, surgery can resolve the issue. She says she wants something non-invasive that doesn’t involve cutting open her toddler son. He says, Monica recommended it, and she says, of course (🍷). Monica is a surgeon. He says, don’t do this, and she says, what? Exercise her parental right? She’s not signing off on this.

Tomorrow, Alexis asks if Delores will consider dropping the charges, Laura goes to see Neil, and Willow thinks this time it’s about her.

🌴 That Didn’t Take Long…

Denise is in the hot seat already.

https://www.bravotv.com/the-daily-dish/the-real-housewives-of-beverly-hills-season-10-denise-richards-rumors?cid=soc_tw_Bravo_Dish

Not her year.

https://tvdeets.com/scandals/denise-richards-suing-former-landlords-rhobh

🌪 I Can’t Keep Up…

So who hates each other now? The shame of it is, now that Shannon and Kelly want to be social, they have to distance.

https://www.bravotv.com/the-daily-dish/shannon-beador-kelly-dodd-share-update-on-friendship-photo?cid=soc_tw_Bravo_Dish

🌗 Night and Day…

And really, as long as they’re getting paid, who cares?

https://www.bravotv.com/the-daily-dish/hannah-ferrier-reacts-to-adam-glick-insult-below-deck-sailing-yacht?cid=soc_tw_Bravo_Dish

📺 For the Ratings Geek…

90 Day Fiancé is going strong.

https://tvdeets.com/ratings/sunday-march-22-2020

🎉 We Made It…

We’re past the first hump of a non-zombie not-quite apocalypse.

March 24, 2020 – Jordan Makes a Confession, Tom’s Extra Party, RIP Daug & My Stride

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Chase, wearing a bandage on his nose, lets Brook out of her cell. She asks why he’s being so nice, and he says he figured she needed a break. He shows her his phone, with a picture of him arresting her The Invader.

On the phone, Valentin tells Linc, no more excuses. He needs the shares, before Michael and the Quartermaines realize he’s acquiring a majority in their family business.

Ned looks at the picture in The Invader, and says he spoke with the other shareholders. They’re in agreement that they need to act quickly to mitigate the damage. Michael thinks their best option is to cut their losses.

Lucy tells Maxie to keep her eyes closed, and leads her to her new office, which is basically an empty room with a desk in it. She says, ta-da! Maxie says, it’s a little sparse, and Sasha tells her to envision it with all her special touches. Lucy says Maxie has the insight, talent, and vision to transform their offices completely to their own. Maxie thanks her for the vote of confidence. She’s always had vision. It’s what she does.

Nina tells someone on the phone that she needs somebody to fill in for Maxie. She wants them to reach out to New York, Los Angeles, and even Paris. The other line starts to ring, and she says, in the meantime, she needs an assistant who can answer phones, and she needs them yesterday. Nelle comes in, and Nina asks how she got in there. Never mind. Just turn around and remove herself. Or she could call Carly, who would be more than willing to send over security. Nelle says, that’s a little harsh. It must be one of those days. She knows the feeling, but thinks they can help each other.

Harmony and Willow are having breakfast at Kelly’s, and Willow says they only had to reschedule four times to make it work. Harmony apologizes for being busy. She wishes she could support Willow more. Willow says she’s taking it day by day. The best way to honor her baby is to devote herself to the living; her students, and helping Michael with Wiley. Harmony is proud of her, and says she’s throwing herself into her work at Turning Woods too. She’s grateful to be able to give back. Willow says they should devote time to themselves too, and suggests going for a ride in Harmony’s new car.

Sonny knocks on Jordan’s door, and Curtis says, it’s not the best time. Sonny says, Cyrus has TJ, doesn’t he? Curtis asks if that’s what Jordan has been keeping inside, and Sonny tells her that she’d better say something. Curtis asks if TJ has been kidnapped, and Jason says, tell him. Jordan says, don’t they think if she knew a butcher like Cyrus was holding her son, she’d do something? Sonny says she already did. By keeping silent. How far does she want to go? When is she going to stop making everyone her enemy, and tell them the truth? She can’t stay silent. Jordan says, yes. Cyrus and his people have her son. She collapses into Curtis’s arms, and cries.

Brook reads, how many ELQs does it take to screw up a great company? One. Great. She’s a real joke. Chase asks, isn’t the first thing you learn as a celebrity not to read the comments? She says, first of all, she isn’t a celebrity, and second, why would he show this to her? He says he figured she’d see it as soon as she got her own phone back. He says, it’s cyberspace, which makes it open season for jerks. She says, easy for him to say. He’s just a cop, and no one important. Sorry. That came out wrong. He says, no problem. She says, all she did was stand up to Lulu when she weaponized a harmless Facebook post against ELQ. She’d like to see what Lulu has to say when her family hits her with a defamation suit.

Ned tells Michael, if Mertin Med Tech pulls out, it will crater their pharmaceutical division, and the damage could spread. Michael says, it’s better to blow the deal than give them more concessions, and they can write off the loss. Olivia says, Michael has a point. However it happened, sensitive documents were posted online. Ned says, it happened because Brook wasn’t focused on her job. Michael says, in Brook’s defense, it probably wasn’t the best idea to give her such sensitive information when she just started. Ned says, so it’s his fault? Michael asks why Ned is getting defensive, and Ned asks why Michael is being so self-righteous. Michael tells Ned, all he’s saying is, when he’s training someone new, he tries not to give them more than they can handle. Ned says, Michael means when he was CEO. So much for Michael taking a step back and handing Ned the reins

Nina says she has no desire to help Nelle. The last time she did, she lived to regret it. So, buh-bye. She pushes Nelle out, but Nelle immediately comes back, telling Nina that she’s being shortsighted. Word on the street is, Maxie left to go to a start-up. Nina tells her, she wishes Maxie well at Deception, and Nelle says, so Nina said in the press release. Still, it must hurt, Maxie being her sister-in-law and all. Nina asks why Nelle is concerned, and Nelle says Nina has an opening, and she’s just the woman to fill it.

Maxie says she needs to free up the creative process; which means avoiding clutter without making the workplace look generic or sterile. Sasha suggests incorporating the organic natural aspect of their products. Lucy tells them, she only has sparkling water. They have so much to do, she’ll save the bubbly for later. She hands them each a cup of water, and proposes a toast. To Maxie’s first day, and the beginning of a beautiful, fantastically successful relationship. To Deception. They all say, cheers, and clink plastic cups. Valentin walks in, and says, good. He’s here in time for the celebration.

Willow tells Harmony that Jason asked about her car. She told him she didn’t know anything about it. She didn’t see how Harmony could afford a new car. Harmony says, it’s  not new new. It’s a 2019 model. Willow says, and she already brought it to a garage? Harmony tells her, Brando said it was the sensor was connected to the gas cap or something, but everything is fine. Willow says, is it? Is Harmony fine?

Jordan tells Sonny, she knew Cyrus was targeting families. Look what he did to Sonny’s son, and Taggert’s daughter. Then when TJ went missing… Curtis says, so the text from TJ, saying he just needed some time, TJ never did that. Jordan says she desperately wanted believe the texts were from TJ, but she had an awful feeling. When she went to see Cyrus in Pentenville, a photo was sent to her phone. It was of TJ, tied up in an anonymous room. He’d been beaten. Sonny says, it fits the pattern. He went after Michael, and Taggert’s daughter. So when she saw TJ, she knew she had to cooperate. She says, that’s why she sent Stella away. After Curtis left, someone delivered Cyrus’s message in person. It was the person last person she would have suspected. Jason says, Harmony, and she asks how he knew. He says he ran into her, and she was really nervous. He checked with Willow, who said Harmony had been distancing herself, and Harmony and Cyrus’s time overlapped in Pentenville. He asks what Harmony told Jordan, and she says, if she ever wanted to see her son, she’d do what Cyrus wanted.

Brook wonders why charges aren’t being brought against her, and Chase says it might have been because he gave them the context of the fight between her and Lulu, and mentioned it was an accident that she hit him. She says that was decent of him, especially since it’s the second time she’s clocked him. He tells her, try not to make it a trifecta, and she promises she’s learned her lesson. She says, it’s best Lulu stay away from her altogether. The hypocrisy is staggering. Lulu lived in her family’s house as a teenager, and Lulu’s ex-mother-in-law is married to her dad. How can Lulu stab her family in the back like that? Speaking of family, she supposes it’s time that she faced them.

Olivia asks if Ned and Michael want to dial it back. They’re on the same side. Michael says, Olivia is right. Ned is acting CEO, and should deal with it how he sees fit. He’ll back whatever decision Ned makes. He’s going upstairs to work on his dad skills. Ned apologizes. He realizes Michael was just trying to help. Michael says he knows Ned is upset, and just trying to do what’s right for the company. He goes upstairs, and Olivia says,  that wasn’t so hard, was it?

Nina tells Nelle, let her clarify. Maxie’s title was creative director, which was commensurate with her salary and talent. None of which Nelle has. Nina is only telling her this, because her assistant wasn’t around to prevent Nelle from barging in. She’s probably in Maxie’s department, trying to help out until Nina fills the position. Nelle says, that explains why Nina is without a gatekeeper. Lucky for Nina, she’s willing to accept an entry level position. How great would it be if she was stationed out front? Nina wonders why Nelle is suddenly so determined to get gainful employment. It’s not because of what Nina needs; it’s about what Nelle needs. Could it be because she’s in the middle of custody battle, and needs to shore up her public image for the court?

Maxie wonders if Valentin got off on the wrong floor. He has no place there. Sasha says they have worked to do. He says he knows, but first days are so exciting. He wanted to personally congratulate Maxie, and welcome her to their team. Maxie asks what he’s talking about, and he says Lucy hasn’t told her? Lucy says she was going to send out an internal memo, and Valentin says Deception was in need of capital, and he’s always looking for a lucrative business opportunity. It’s a win-win for everyone. Lucy smiles tentatively.

Jordan says, she convinced herself that if she went along with Cyrus just once, keep the surveillance, but move it just enough to leave an opening, that it wasn’t her fault if one of Cyrus’s trucks drove through. She could keep pretending she was doing her job, and maybe Cyrus would keep his word, and her son would and come back to her. Sonny knows where she’s coming from. Sometimes desperation clouds judgement. There’s more to this than just a drug shipment. Cyrus told him personally that he came to Port Charles for personal reasons; he meant her. Curtis says he’s there for her, whatever decision she makes, but it seems they’ve got a common enemy. They won’t stop Cyrus unless they all work together. Jordan looks worried and sick.

Back at the Quartermaine mansion, Brook says, there’s no place like home. It’s better than a jail cell. Michael says, sometimes you have to lose something to truly appreciate it. Brook wants to soak in a tub, and have a late breakfast. Then when she feels like herself again, they can all put their heads together, and combat Lulu’s treachery. She asks if Olivia is in, and Olivia says she’s definitely disappointed in Lulu. It’s bad enough Lulu was acting out of spite, but she didn’t consider how it would affect the people close to her. Rocco spends half his life there. You’d think she’d take that into consideration. Brook says, Lulu only cares about Lulu. Lulu started the fight by spraying champagne on her. Olivia asks if Brook is saying she’s the victim, and Brook says, hell yeah. They have to do everything they can to fight her. Call the lawyers. Michael says, sometimes the best response is no response, and Brook says, they’re Quartermaines, and aren’t lying down, but Ned says, it’s not a personal perspective; it’s a business perspective. Brook says, it’s personal to her. Have they seen what people are saying about her? Ned says, yes, and so have their business partners. He has no choice but to acknowledge her mistake, and terminate her employment, effective immediately.

Maxie says Valentin is bluffing. There’s no way Lucy asked the least trustworthy person on the planet to be an investor. Lucy says, Valentin’s significant investment is allowing Deception to relaunch in style. Does it matter who the benefactor is, when it’s benefacting all of them? Sasha says, she’s a partner too, and should have been told, and Maxie says she should have told before she signed on. Valentin assures them, his checks will never bounce, but Maxie says, it’s not the money she’s worried about, but him. She wouldn’t have agreed if she knew about this. Lucy says, truth be told, her hiring is what prompted this. Maxie marched into Crimson, and told Nina that Lucy had hired her, which led to Nina pulling the plug on their partnership. Lucy picked Maxie over Crimson, and she’s fine with that, but she had to remain in business. Sasha says, and in walks Valentin, and Lucy says, a dark knight with sort of tarnished armor. Sasha asks if it’s Valentin’s way of getting back at Nina, or of getting Nina back?

Nelle tells Nina, it’s bad enough Brad stole her son the moment after she gave birth, but now she has to fight Michael, the Corinthoses, and the Quartermaines to get her son back.  They’re all hypocrites, and now she has to prove she’s fit in the eyes of the court. She intends to prove she’s a responsible parent, rooted in the community, with a steady job. Nina says, good luck with that, and Nelle says she knew it was a risk, but she figured if anyone understood what it was like to have a child who was alive and kept from them, it would be Nina. She guesses she was wrong. Nelle leaves, and Nina sits at her desk, and looks at the necklace.

Willow tells Harmony, whatever is going on, tell her. Harmony says, there’s nothing to tell, and Willow says, please don’t lie. Harmony says she’s fine, but Willow says she’s not. She knows it, and Chase knows it. Harmony says she knows Chase doesn’t like her. She doesn’t blame him. She made mistakes where Willow is concerned, and Chase will always see her in a negative light. Willow says she’s been defending Harmony. Harmony put the past behind her, but in the last month, Harmony has been impossible to connect with. Then she hears Harmony got a new car. She doesn’t know what’s going on. She can tell Harmony is worried, and wants to help. Harmony remembers Jordan asking what Cyrus has on her, and Harmony explaining Cyrus pulled strings to get her into the early release program, so she’d have a chance to be her daughter. Jordan doubts it’s out of the goodness of Cyrus’s heart, and Harmony says, Cyrus had her cornered. If she messes up, it’s not just her who pays. Jordan says, people have already been killed. Harmony is an accomplice to kidnapping and extortion. Does she have any idea how big a risk she’s taking? Back in the present, Harmony says Willow should be leaning on her, not the other way around. When Willow came into her life, she knew she’d been given a very special gift, and there’s nothing she won’t do for Willow.

Jordan tells Sonny, she volunteered to go undercover, and infiltrate Cyrus’s syndicate. She was willing to do anything to show she belonged with the best of the best at the DEA. They were a team of four, and they went deep undercover. She worked on the inside, and became indispensable to Cyrus, and gained his trust. His syndicate was like a spider web, going from city to city, town to town. She saw lives destroyed, and lost her ideals. She developed a ruthlessness and tunnel vision like Cyrus. He lived to expand his territory, and she lived to shut him down. The others on the task force took risks on the outside, and sacrificed themselves in different ways, but Cyrus kept winning. The drugs kept flowing, and people kept dying. They had to do something. Sonny says, they framed Cyrus and planted evidence. She says, the evidence they planted sent Cyrus to prison. They thought it was over, but it was far from over.

Brook says, Ned is going to throw her under the bus? Olivia says, Lulu didn’t put the documents on Facebook; Brook did. Ned says he could have told PR to divert the story, but Brook compounded it by having a public brawl. Brook says she was provoked. She tells Michael, come on, but Michael says he’s not acting CEO. Ned says it can’t be shrugged off. The vote was unanimous. Brook tells Ned, he’s the one who’s always saying family supports you, no matter what, but Ned says, this is more a business factor than family. She says he’s CEO; he has clout. He can change his call, and support her. Isn’t that what fathers do? Give you tough love, then a big hug? He dished out the tough love; where’s the hug?

Valentin assures Sasha, this has nothing to do with Nina. It’s a business venture, and a good one. Maxie says because he’s devoted to lip gloss, and he says, if there’s money in it, yeah. He writes the checks, but he’s behind the scenes; a silent partner. Sasha says she’s also a partner. That makes him her partner. Given what happened last time, she’s leery of joining forces again. Lucy asks if they can take this as just a dress rehearsal. You know what they say; bad rehearsal, great opening night. Sasha says she may have to rethink her involvement, and starts to leave, but Valentin calls to her. He says she may not want to admit it, but they were a good team once, and they can do it again.

Willow tells Harmony that she’s okay, but gets the feeling Harmony isn’t. Chase joins them, and asks if everything is okay. Harmony says, perfect timing. She asks what happened to his nose, and he says, occupational hazard. He’s fine. Harmony says she understands he has doubts about her. What can she do to reassure him? He says, her actions speak louder than words, and Harmony says, that’s true. She’ll always do what she can for Willow, even if it isn’t the easy thing. Willow says she doesn’t have to do anything but live a good life and tell the truth. Harmony says they’ve had so much loss, and lost so much time. If she could go back and change things… She’s just happy to know Willow is safe with Chase no matter what happens to her.

Jordan says, after Cyrus was convicted and sent to prison based on their evidence, there was no celebration; no high-fives. They knew they’d crossed the line, and compromised their principles. But they’d stopped the death and bloodshed, and went their separate ways. They hoped it was over, but it wasn’t. It took Cyrus a while to piece it together. He was biding his time. He knew who betrayed him, and when he figured out who they really were, he picked them off one by one. Jason says, Jordan is still standing, and Sonny says Cyrus let Jordan live. Jordan says she was the one who got closest to Cyrus. She earned his trust. Sonny says, then she became the ultimate betrayer. Cyrus let her live so she could watch her city become a war zone. Jordan says Cyrus has her son. She had to make sure she followed orders. Curtis says, letting the shipment through was a test. Cyrus Renault wants something bigger.  

Sasha storms into the Quartermain mansion, and Michael says, trouble at work? She tells him, he might say that. She thought she’d seen the last of Valentin, but he’s Deception’s new angel investor. He gave Lucy the funding she needs in exchange… Michael says, for shares in the company. She says, her company. Her lifeboat. The thing that was going to turn her life around, and give her a career. He says, she had no idea? and she says, none. Michael says he has no use for Valentin, but to be honest, he’s a smart businessman. If she puts her personal issues aside, he could be good for Deception. She says that’s easy for Michael to say. He doesn’t have to work with Valentin. Michael suggests they go upstairs and check on Wiley. It will help take her mind off Valentin. She tells him, lead the way.

Brook says, Ned knows how much she wanted to make this work. All her ideas… Is he really turning his back on her? Olivia says, in all fairness, it’s not all on Brook’s dad. Brook tells her, stay out of it, but Olivia says, knock it off, and quit feeling sorry for herself. She blew a major deal, it cost the company millions of dollars, and she was fired. That’s what happens in the real world. Ned says he understands, but it’s bigger than both of them. ELQ has responsibilities to shareholders, and they’re partners with other businesses. Michael was right; he set her up to fail. He threw her in the mix before she was trained. He owns that, but part of owning his mistake is not repeating it. Brook says, so she’s fired? and he says, she’s fired. She says, so much for family loyalty, and walks out.

There’s a knock at Nina’s office door, and she says, thank God; come in. Nelle gives Nina a list of urgent messages, saying, the rest are in the folder. She thought they would have updated their phone system by now, but she’s not complaining. Nina says she thought her assistant was back, and Nelle says, no, but she’s still there. She thought she’d give Nina time to think about what she said, and make herself useful in the meantime. Nina gives her points for initiative, but… Nelle says she’s not claiming she’s perfect; far from it. But why does her child deserve to suffer? Doesn’t he deserve to grow up with a mother’s love, like every other kid? Nina says the last time she employed Nelle, she attempted to blackmail Valentin. Nelle says she’s grown up a lot since then. She’s served her time, and taken stock of her life. She has a second chance with her kid, and she has to get custody. Nothing is more important, even her pride. That’s why she’s laid her cards on the table. Now that she has, she’s leaving for real. She’s sorry to have wasted Nina’s valuable time. She starts to go, but Nina says, wait. She’s not finished.

Willow asks why should something happen to Harmony? Is she sick? Harmony says, no; she’s fine. It’s just that there are no guarantees in life. You can walk out the door and get hit by a car crossing the street. Chase says, it helps to look both ways, and Harmony says, she’ll do her best. Just promise to take care of each other. She thanks Willow for breakfast, and says she has to get going. She leaves, and Willow tells Chase, now she knows something is wrong. He says, it sounded like the start of a confession to him.

Jordan says, Cyrus expects her to get him out of prison, and Curtis says, she’s the Commissioner, but how the hell is she supposed to get him out? Sonny says, it won’t require anything so dramatic, and Curtis says, no. She’s not confessing. They’ll find another way. She says, there is no other way. She loves him for wanting to protect her, but she did this. Cyrus isn’t going to set TJ free until he gains freedom for himself.

Ned tells Olivia, he knows it’s in the best interest of ELQ, and by extension, the family, but it still feels terrible. Olivia says, in time, Brook might understand, and she might learn something. Ned tells her, that’s what grandfather used to say. It didn’t feel good to hear it or say it, yet here he is.

Brook calls Linc, and says she changed her mind. If he’s still interested in her ELQ shares, he’s got a deal. She walks out of the house.

Nelle tells Nina that she doesn’t have time to listen to Nina repeat the lies and smears against her. There are pages of haters on social media platforms. Congratulations on turning her life around. It’s too bad Nina isn’t giving her the same chance. Nina remembers Willow telling her that Nelle is suing for custody of Michael’s son, and asking for Nina’s help. Nina says she’s not sure what Willow thinks she can do, and Willow says, help expose Nelle in the magazine. Let the world see Nelle for the murdering psycho and unfit mother she is. Nina tells Nelle, she’s right. She was given a second chance, and it’s time to pay it forward. Nelle asks what Nina is saying, and Nina says, she’s hired.

Michael yells to Sasha that he’s pulling the car around. They have to take Wiley to the hospital.

Lucy tells Maxie, think. At least Sasha said she’d think about it. Don’t be hasty. Maxie says the only hasty thing she’s done, is give Nina that stupid ultimatum. Maybe she can plead the family card. Valentin says, if Maxie goes back now, Nina will never respect her. Maxie tells him to take his own advice; she doesn’t need it. He says, it’s not about Nina. Forget about Nina, and forget about him. Maxie was right in asking more for herself. Opportunity knocks once. Don’t let anyone keep her from answering. Certainly not him. Lucy tells Maxie, he’s right; please think about it, and runs after Valentin.

Chase says he knows Willow thinks the cop in him is too suspicious sometimes. She says not this time. Something is going on. Her mother is talking like they may never see each other again. Something is burdening her. Chase asks if she has any ideas, and she wishes she knew. The more Harmony tried to reassure her, the more she was sure Harmony was keeping something big from her.

Curtis says he’s looking at Jason. Tell his wife there’s another way. That he and Jason will find TJ and get him out. Jordan says she knows what she’s doing. The only way to save TJ, is to give Cyrus what he’s wanted all along; his freedom and a full exoneration. Sonny says, that’s exactly what she has to do.

Tomorrow, Nelle tells Carly that she’s got a job, Molly wonders why Jordan didn’t say she was talking to TJ, and Sonny says they can’t retaliate.

Vanderpump Rules

Jax and Brittany are home. He says it’s their first time they’re entering the house as a married couple, and she says he has to carry her over the threshold. He does, and she says they’re man and wife. They kiss.

At TomTom, Schwarz tells Max that he heard Saturday was decent. Max says Schwartz is alive, and Schwartz says, barely. Max tells him that he still smells like liquor.

At SUR, Dayna asks Ariana and Tom to tell her everything. Tom says, it was awesome, and Ariana says, it was hot, referring to the temperature. I think.

Schwartz tells Max, he’s mourning the loss of his lizard, and might have a memorial pool party. In his interview, Schwartz says he and Daug had only known each other for three weeks, but they had an instant connection. He fell for Daug right away, and Daug became part of the family. Max says he’s considering getting an R.I.P Daug tattoo, but Schwartz advises against it. He asks if there’s anything going on, and Max says he and Dayna had a blowout. He’s bummed, but he’s not apologizing.

Tom asks if Dayna talked to Max, and she says she apologized. In her interview, she says Max didn’t accept her apology. He doesn’t want to be together, and now they’re not speaking. Tom says at least they haven’t been together for years, and Ariana says when you’ve only known each other a short time, it’s hard to know if they’re being honest. You don’t have much to go on. Dayna tells them, welcome back.

Max tells Schwartz, he thinks he’s going to 86 Danica coming into TomTom. Schwartz says she’s out of line and disrespectful, and talks too much. At Sur, Danica tells Raquel that too much is swept under the rug. She didn’t think it was a huge deal. We see a clip of Dayna telling Danica that Max is going to 86 her, and Danica telling Dayna that Max has been talking behind her back. They’re both managers, and should be able to talk it out.

In Max’s interview, he says Danica has screwed him over multiple times. First, there was the rumor that he’d said he was the owner of TomTom. We flash back to that, and he says, her spreading rumors to Dayna was the straw that broke the camel’s back. We flash back to Danica telling Dayna than Max has a bouquet red flags. Schwartz says Danica is a disruption, and he fully stands by Max’s side.

Raquel tells Danica that Lala reached out to her. She wants to meet up, and talk about stuff. Danica asks what they have to talk about, and Raquel says, they have some unresolved things. She wants to express how Lala treated her last year was not okay. She shows Danica the text Lala sent, where Lala suggests she can offer some insight about James from someone who’s been through it, and whose drinking affected the people she loves most. Danica tells Raquel to stand her ground. Tell her it’s not okay. We flash back to when Lala put her finger in Raquel’s face and called her stupid. Raquel says they might not end up friends, but it will be a big closure for her.

Jax and Brittany look at their million unopened wedding gifts. In Jax’s interview, he says, as much money as he spent, they better be good-ass wedding gifts. If he was in charge of the registry, he’d list car parts, season tickets to the Kings, and maybe a jet ski; something he can use. Brittany says everyone texted that it was the best weekend ever, and their vows were cute. Jax says his stomach was in knots. He had to write down powerpoints. In his interview, a producer asks if he knows the difference between PowerPoint and bullet points. Jax gives a bizarre explanation, and says, it’s close enough. Brittany can’t believe it’s over. She wanted to cry when they were leaving the castle. He says his wallet is happy it’s over. They’re both tired, and decide to nap. She wants Jax to carry her upstairs, and he asks if she’s serious. His back is going to get thrown out, but does it anyway.

Everyone gathers at the condo pool for Daug’s memorial. Schwartz says the lizard’s lifespan should have been fifteen to twenty years. He’d charted out their whole life together; at least the next few weeks. In Schwartz’s interview, he says he was born as a reptile and amphibian lover. He tells Tom that Daug wrestled with depression, but he was always leaping around outside. In those moments, he shined. Tom says they miss and love Daug, and he pours out some beer in reverence. In Tom’s interview, he says he was there when Schwartz bought Daug. Daug was chill AF. It’s a bummer he’s gone. Schwartz says he did everything to resuscitate Daug, but nothing worked. Then he couldn’t find a shovel to bury Daug, and had to use a hammer. It seemed like there was no joy in Daug’s life. He’d let Daug run around in the backyard when he got sad, and Daug would bask on a chair. Tom says Schwartz was a great effing dad, and puts an arm around him.

Schwartz tells the group, he has a few words to say about his lizard. He only had Daug a week, when he became part of the family; part of his routine. We flash back to Daug, and Schwartz says, people say he was just a lizard, but they bonded. We see a clip of Schwartz asking Katie if they make lizard Prozac. He says, Daug was gone too soon; he’s bummed. They toast to Daug, and Schwartz says his friends are making it better. He asks if Jax and Brittany are coming, but Katie says Lisa had a present for them, and she told them to go get it.

Jax and Brittany go to Villa Rosa, Jax carrying a huge orchid plant. Lisa says they look happy, and she can never have too many flowers. They sit, and she asks if they’re trying for a baby straight away. In Brittany’s interview, she says they want a family soon. They used to spray and pray, but now they’re not praying. Lisa says she’s glad she went to the wedding. She didn’t want to miss it. She’s never seen someone so excited. Her favorite part was seeing Brittany walking down the aisle. She tells them that she has a gift for them, and gives them a box from Tiffany. She says she took it to Kentucky, but was afraid they’d break it, so she brought it back. Brittany opens the box, and it’s a gorgeous tea set. In Jax’s interview, he says, it’s absolutely beautiful. If someone comes over for tea, they’ll use it, so it probably won’t get much use. Lisa says, as someone who’s been married for so long, they can’t expect life not to throw them challenges. Brittany says they’ve already been through a lot, and they’ve grown as individuals and as a couple.

At the pool, Danica asks Max what his problem is. She had every right to tell Dayna about something that was rubbing her the wrong way. Max says, so Dayna is her friend and Danica is just looking out for her? She was a complete bitch the first week. In Max’s interview, he says he knows Danica talked sh*t about him, and it led to him and Dayna breaking up. He doesn’t understand why she keeps getting in his business. Danica says now he’s saying she’s 86’d from her sister restaurant, but he’s saying it behind her back. He says he’s waiting for her to come in, and then he’ll tell her. She says, that’s how much of an a-hole he is? and he says, yeah. In her interview, she says, it’s easier for him to 86 her, than to own up to his sh*t. He should have told Dayna months ago. In her interview, she says he’s acting like a child. Congratulations; his plan won’t work.

Tom and Schwartz have a drink inside, and Max joins them. Tom asks if he’s okay, and he says he’s rattled. Tom asks, why? and he says Danica was yelling at him, since he 86’d her from TomTom because of the Dayna stuff. Schwartz says, there must be more to it, and Max says, it’s not just personal. She overwhelmed him in the first place, and he doesn’t need to be upset at work. Tom says he has to separate work form his personal life, but Max says he can’t do that.

Outside, Scheana tells Lala and Stassi that Kristen is sick, battered, and in a bad mood. Is there anything they want to relay? Lala says, not really, Stassi says, they’re relationship is weird. They can’t talk if they can’t be honest. She has to walk on eggshells, and doesn’t know how they can have a friendship if parts of Kristen’s life are off-limits. Kristen worships failure, and relishes defeat. In Stassi’s interview, she says, Kristen pushes away the only people who are willing to call her out on her sh*t. Scheana tells them that Kristen said Katie is projecting because she’s upset about something in her own life. In her interview, Stassi says, last year, they were partners with their Witches of WeHo wine, and they should equally be promoting it, but why should she be involved with a sisterhood she doesn’t believe in? Scheana says Kristen wonders why she’s doing it all herself, and Katie says she’s living her life. In Katie’s interview, she says she’s exploring her options, and figuring out what she loves doing. She has so much going on. We see clips of her lying around, and watching TV. She says she’s finding new projects all the time. Katie tells Scheana she could snag pictures off Pinterest and make money putting her friends pictures on T-shirts too. Scheana asks if she has free reign to parlay ([sic] I think she means relay) that to Kristen, and Stassi says they give zero f***s.

Dayna asks Max how it’s hanging, and what happened with Danica? Max says he knows Danica is the main source of a lot of his problems. She was rude from the beginning. He told Dayna sh*t from his past, saying she was looking out for Dayna. Dayna thinks Max didn’t want them to progress, and he’s happy how things turned out. He said he didn’t want to move forward. Max says, right now he can’t. He’s done nothing wrong. She asks why he’s worried about what other people are saying. In Dayna’s interview, she says, Max cares more about blaming Danica than confronting his own feelings. Max says, there’s no one to talk positive to him, and Dayna says she did, but it doesn’t matter. Tom tells everyone that he’s formally inviting them to his birthday party. The theme is, your most extra self. In his interview, Tom says, in his daily life, he’s already pretty extra, so this party needs to be extra extra. We flash back to Tom’s extraness, and he tells the group, whatever they decide to do, commit to it, and be extra like him.

At Vanderpump Dogs, Lala puts dog food out on the shelves. Lisa comes in, and asks how Lala is. Lala says she’s so happy. The wedding was fun, and exactly what Brittany wanted. Who would have thought? James and Raquel bring their dog for grooming. Lisa tells Lala that she’s gobsmacked. Lala tells them that she’s volunteering, but has Saturday free, and asks if Raquel wants to meet for a little snack or coffee, and girl talk. Lisa tells James, if he wants to talk to her, he can come to the house. They have much to discuss. In Lisa’s interview, she says, nothing she told James made a difference, so she had to use the classic and cliché tough love. She had to cut him out of her life. She hasn’t responded to his texts. She had to make him listen by not saying anything. She tells Lala, she’s sick to death of trying to help someone who doesn’t want to help themselves.

Tom and Schwartz go to Squaresville, a vintage clothing store. Schwartz asks if Tom has a vision, and Tom says he has a couple of ideas. In his interview, he says what extra stands for is your most extroverted look on steroids; effervescence. They check out some assless chaps, and Tom says he has a confession. Don’t tell anyone, but he bought stilts. Schwartz asks if he’s in the market for stilt pants, and if this party is in his budget. Tom says he made his house payment, but bring a chair.

Lala and Raquel meet for coffee. They clink plastic cups, and Raquel says there’s just one thing she wants to mention. Last summer, Lala insulted her intelligence. It’s one thing to question her character, but it’s a different story to diminish her intelligence. I’m not sure if she just proved she is stupid, but I’d much rather someone believe I’m unintelligent than believe I lack character. She says, if Lala feels that way, they don’t need a conversation. Lala says her time is precious, and she wouldn’t waste it on an idiot. Losing more IQ points, Raquel says that means so much to her; she needed that. In her interview, Raquel says, it’s super hard to stand up to a bully, especially for someone who’s not confrontational. It feels good. Lala says she’s heard a few things about James, and wants to know how he’s doing.

James goes to Villa Rosa. Puffy! He and Lisa sit, and James says he’s happy he’s there. Lisa says she has a modicum of responsibility for his welfare. She doesn’t know why, but she does. She saw his texts to his girlfriend. James says, it just came out, and she says he used those words to a girl who stood by his side. When you love someone, you don’t treat them that way. James says he doesn’t when he’s sober, and she says he has to get help. He tells Lisa that he went to a meeting yesterday; the first in his life. It was a big deal. She says, don’t lie to her.

Raquel tells Lala that she drove James to a meeting. She walked him to the door, and he went in. She waited an hour, and when he came out, he showed her his chip.

James shows Lisa the chip, and tells her that he said he was an alcoholic. It’s a big thing for him. In Lisa’s interview, she says she can’t explain how this makes her feel; the fact that maybe there’s hope for him. James says he doesn’t want his life to end up like the sad stories he heard.  Lisa asks if thought he would go down that route, and he says, yeah, he did.

Lala tells Raquel, she thinks it’s amazing, and Raquel says that’s so kind of her. Lala says she knows what it’s like. In Lala’s interview, she says when she went to her first meeting, she felt broken, embarrassed, and overwhelmed, but for the first time in a long time, she saw light at the end of the tunnel. Lala says she’s excited for them, and her and Raquel.

James starts to cry, and Lisa says, it’s attainable; he can do it, and she’ll be there. If he slips up, or questions the path he’s on, he can call her. James says, it means so much, and thanks her.

Brittany tells Jax that Kristen is coming over with her outfit for Tom’s party. She asks what Jax is wearing, but he doesn’t know. He says it’s not his thing. Kristen arrives, and notes that Brittany is still wearing her wedding bathrobe that says I Do on the back. Brittany says their license came in, and Jax says he didn’t want to end up like Schwartz. Now he and Brittany are extra married. He wonders why they have to be extra fun for Tom’s party. They’re not twenty-five. In his interview, he asks why they still need to wear wigs and eyeliner.

Tom practices with his stilts, saying, it’s warmer when he’s this tall. He walks around the house, hugging the wall. He wants to try peeing with them on, and Ariana says, nooo.

Kristen and Brittany go through Brittany’s outfits, and Brittany asks, what’s going on with the WeHo wine. Kristen says they have another one coming out. Scheana told Katie that Kristen wanted more help with it, and her response was that she could have a T-shirt line too. Katie is jealous because she has nothing else going on, and she’s being a d*ck. Jax tells Kristen not to concentrate on what they think. People grow apart, and he’s okay with it being okay the way things are.

Acrobats twirl around in circle swings, and a bartender juggles glasses. In his interview, Max says he’s dressed as Chip Hartley, a character Tom has dressed as in the past. In Brett’s interview, he says Tom doesn’t just put on a costume, he becomes a character, and his characters are legendary around SUR. He’s honored to dress as Lisa Vanderhump, and represent on Tom’s special day. Charli says she just came as the best version of herself, which apparently means she couldn’t be bothered putting on a costume. In Stassi’s interview, she says Marie Antoinette was the queen of fashion, and is her extra self. Jax is extra annoyed that Tom is throwing extra themed birthday party. In Scheana’s interview, she says, people tell her that she’s extra about sex, and she shows up in a dominatrix outfit, bothering people with her whip.

Tom slowly makes his way to the party, leaning on Ariana, who looks like David Spade with a mustache. He walks in, and Stassi says, OMFG. Ariana says, he’s so extra; she loves it. Max takes a spill on his roller skates. Lala asks Raquel how it’s going, and Raquel says, James hasn’t been drinking. Lala says Raquel might want to check that. She heard James went to a party where everyone was getting effed up. We flash back to James telling Raquel that he’s going to a friend’s party in the Hills. Lala says she saw a video that Logan sent her, but Raquel says James went to AA. She doesn’t understand Lala’s obsession with Logan, since he lied about hooking up with James. We flash back to Logan admitting he was just being a jealous bitch. Lala still believes him about the party, and in Raquel’s interview, she says she thought Lala was going to be supportive. Raquel tells Lala, STFU. James says it’s not true. Lala suggests Raquel not tell her to STFU again. Raquel says if Lala was really concerned, she wouldn’t be stirring sh*t up, and beginning rumors, and walks away.

Tom changes costumes, but I’m not sure if he’s supposed to be Mozart or a young Einstein. In his interview, he says, what would an extra costume party be like without an extra costume? Ariana brings out a cake with sparklers on it. Katie and Stassi plan a girls night with wine. Katie asks who they should invite, and Stassi says, Brittany, Lala, and Ariana. Katie asks if she’s inviting Kristen, but Stassi says, no. Katie says Kristen thinks she’s a miserable bitch. Kristen approaches them, and says she knows they don’t want to be friends with her, but she wants to know if they still want to be in the wine thing. Stassi says she’s ready to get out when their contract is up. In Katie’s interview, she says she was hoping they could find a way to be professional. Stassi tells Kristen, she’ll 100% do what’s needed, but her heart isn’t in it. It’s weird what a difference a year makes, and this is why she doesn’t like working with other people. If that’s selfish, then she is.

Lala tells Katie and Stassi, the conversation with Raquel went fast. Raquel tells James, Logan told Lala that James went to a friend’s birthday party where people were getting effed up. Like that’s not going to happen at this birthday party. James says, f*** Logan; he’s done talking about him. In James’s interview, he says Logan isn’t going to be the reason that makes him drink. It would have to be way worse. Like he would have to… Nothing can make him drink. Kristen tells Katie that Scheana repeated what Katie said about her clothing line, and Katie says Kristen said she was unhappy and projecting on her. Kristen is a miserable human being. Kristen says they were her two sisters, and Stassi says they haven’t been sisters for a while. She doesn’t know Kristen anymore. Kristen walks away.

Next time, Ariana tells Lisa that her horse has a small wiener, Brett asks Scheana if she’s a f***girl, Jax’s birthday is coming, Lala says Raquel forgot her place, and Lala is going to remind her.

🦎 RIP Daug  🦎 

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🦄 How Did It Happen…?

I’ve not only survived through Tuesday, it looks like I’ll get to bed before 4 am.