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April 19, 2019 – A Package Comes For Doc, More Kiefer, Observed This Week, HAHN Return Date, a Heavenly Number of Quotes & Weekend Edge


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Nina meets Valentin at the MetroCourt, and tells him that she arranged a playdate between Aiden and Charlotte. Charlotte was amenable, and she’s glad Miss Tait didn’t diminish that part of her. She can’t help thinking about how Maxie and Peter believed Obrecht was blackmailing him. She asks what that’s about.

Maxie and Peter find Obrecht at Charlie’s. Maxie asks why she vanished before the results of the DNA test came in. Wasn’t she curious? Obrecht says she couldn’t bear to witness her niece’s broken heart when she found out Sasha wasn’t her daughter.

Sasha punches the heavy bag at the gym. Michael comes in and asks who’s face she’s imagining. She says, herself.

Laura looks at an article about Ryan’s hand being found. Elizabeth joins her, and Laura asks how Aiden is. Elizabeth gets a text, and says, Nina wants to arrange a playdate for Aiden and Charlotte.

Jordan sees Franco at the hospital. He asks how she is, and she says she’s getting used to her new routine of early morning dialysis. She asks about him, and he says he’s fully recovered. He’s hoping the discovery of Ryan’s severed hand means he’s no longer on the earth. She says the authorities are convinced of it, but it never hurts to be extra cautious. Franco says the upside is, now they can tell the difference between Ryan and Doc. Good point! Doc comes down the hallway, startling them.

Ava walks into her apartment, and sets the alarm. She hears someone in the hallway, and takes out her gun. She says she knows Ryan is out there, and tells him to show himself. It’s Curtis, who says, relax. She asks how long he’s been following her, and he says, not long. She tells him come in and explain himself. She asks, what’s going on? and he says he’s the protection her brother hired. Julian is worried about her. She asks if he’s afraid she’ll hurt herself or hurt Ryan.

Laura wasn’t aware that Charlotte and Aiden were friends, and Elizabeth says Aiden never said anything. Laura hopes it’s progress, and Charlotte is trying to get along with him. Elizabeth has the sneaking suspicion Franco had something to do with it. Laura says he’s invested in the boys. Elizabeth understands he has good intentions, but wishes he’d talk to her first. Is it too much to ask for full disclosure? Laura says, apparently so.

Doc tells Franco and Jordan that he has both hands. Jordan is glad Doc was released, but he says, Nora gets the credit. He was just clearing out his office. Franco asks if he’s going to practice elsewhere. Doc doesn’t know. He still has his license, and is waiting to see if he gets reinstated, but if there are patients that want to see him, he’ll rent a space. He continues on, and Jordan says she hopes Franco isn’t planning on leaving town. He asks how he ended up under investigation.

Obrecht tells Maxie not to worry. Nina will forgive her for running around with Peter, and planning to take away her daughter. Maxie says she’s already been forgiven, and Obrecht asks if Nina has finally seen Valentin for the liar he is. Peter says Nina and Valentin are more in love than ever. Obrecht says even after they exposed him? Maxie says, there was nothing to expose. The test proved that Sasha really is Nina’s biological daughter.

Michael has his turn on the heavy bag, and says Sasha can have it back, but she says she already had a great workout. She asks whose face is on it for him, and he says a guy who’s been messing with his sister. Sasha thinks that’s sweet, and he holds the bag for her while she gets in a few more punches.

Valentin tells Nina that Maxie and Peter made an assumption based on erroneous speculation. They couldn’t have known what happened with her and Cassandra. Nina says Valentin wanted to call the police, but she said no because of her record. They should have called. Now Obrecht is holding over her like a sword. Valentin says Obrecht isn’t turning her in. She’s just using it to get what she wanted from him. She’s sick and twisted, and not asking him for a favor if she can blackmail him. He says they have everything they can want; Charlotte, Sasha, and a bright future. He suggests they not look back in the shadows, but toward their wedding with their daughters. Nina says he found the child she thought she’d lost, who’s now in her life, and he has Charlotte. They have everything they want. It’s a dream come true, but dreams aren’t made to last. How can she erase the past when she thinks she’s only seconds away from the next heartache? Valentin says they have a bond that’s unique. The naysayers and critics will never get it. He takes her hands in his, and says, what they have is stronger than anyone knows.

Obrecht says, Sasha is actually Nina’s daughter and her niece? It’s truly miraculous. Maxie is glad for Nina’s sake, but since it’s not about Sasha, what secret is Obrecht holding over Valentin’s head? Obrecht doesn’t have the slightest idea what they’re talking about, but since they’re pestering her, she’s moving to another location. They’re interrupting her flow, but she’s grateful for the uplifting news. Outside, she flashes back to seeing Valentin at Madeline’s casket.

Laura tells Elizabeth, if only Doc had said something, she would have known they’d switched places, and could have avoided the devastating loss. Elizabeth says, it wasn’t malicious. Doc made a terrible mistake, but others have been forgiven for much worse. Laura says she was relieved when Doc’s case was dropped, and Elizabeth says, so was she. It would have been terrible if Doc went to prison for his brother’s crimes. Laura thought so too, but she doesn’t know how go forward. Their marriage is in limbo. Alexis drew up divorce papers but she couldn’t bring herself to sign them. It’s not just about her though. Lulu had a massive panic attack when she saw Doc with Laura at home. It’s part of why she suggested Lulu go away. Elizabeth says, Lulu is strong; she’ll get through it. Laura says, it’s a good place to heal. She’s never been more confused. Despite his mistakes, she still loves Doc as much as she ever did.

Franco asks Jordan what he did now, but she says, he’s not a suspect; just the opposite. She’s asking because the PCPD wants to acknowledge his help with the investigation. Because of him, they uncovered the truth, and the full extent of Ryan’s crimes. She tells him to be around next month, and he tells her to let him know the date. She says he did a great service, but doesn’t think he was heroic. They both know she dragged him kicking and screaming, and blackmailed him. She says, he got the job done, and they’re grateful.

Franco sees Doc at the elevator, and says, when Doc lands somewhere, let him know. Doc asks if he wants and appointment, and Franco says Doc got him more than any other shrink. Elizabeth reminded him of that. Doc says he left Franco open to Ryan’s lies and manipulation. No other shrink failed him like that. Franco says Doc helped him. He listened, offered insight, and never judged. He’s trying to follow Doc’s example. Doc says he’d welcome the opportunity to work with Franco again. Franco says he’ll think about it.

Ava says, so her brother took it upon himself to hire a bodyguard, and Curtis says, you’re welcome. She says, thank you, but no thank you. Curtis says Julian knew she was on edge, and if Ryan is still alive, she’s his number one target. It’s for her peace of mind. She has no doubt he’s excellent, but she has no intention of being followed around. She has to live her life. He says, or what’s left of it. What’s she doing with a gun? She says, so she can protect herself. He says, it’s smart to take precautions, but reverting back to her bad ways and giving Ryan vigilante justice, not so much.

Nina is worried that Obrecht knows a secret that can ruin them, and will do it again, but Valentin says she knows where her bread is buttered. And she has priorities. She wants to see James, and has to be on good terms with Maxie to do that. She can’t do that, and be blackmailing him. Nina says, it makes sense, but Obrecht rarely makes sense. She’s smart and unpredictable, and wants to tear them apart for no reason. Obrecht walks in, and waves.

Sasha tells Michael, good workout. He helps get the tape off of her hands, and asks if she’s sore. She says, a little. He rubs her hand, and she says, how about him? She rubs his hand, and he says, a little. She gets up, and says the last time they saw each other, she couldn’t get away fast enough. He asks if it was something he said, and she says, yeah. He asks if he did something offensive, and she says, no. He opened up wide about his ex, and she hasn’t been up front. He’s looking for someone in life whose honest like him, not like her. Michael gets up, and walks away.

Maxie tells Peter that Obrecht seemed unexpectedly surprised and relieved to find out Sasha is Nina’s daughter. Peter agrees, and Maxie wonders what she’s holding over Valentin’s head. There’s definitely something suspicious about him too. Peter doesn’t think so. Some things should be kept hidden. Maxie asks if they shouldn’t find out what the truth is, so Valentin doesn’t hurt Nina again.

Elizabeth tells Laura that she wouldn’t be with Franco if it wasn’t for her. She would have lost out on a loyal man who adores her and the boys. She knows at its core, Franco’s heart is in the right place. What it comes to is, who is the man at his core? Laura says she’s right. The fundamental man is what matters most. Elizabeth has to go, but tells Laura that she saw Doc earlier at the hospital. He was cleaning out his office. She thinks moving is going to be tough. Laura thanks her, and makes a worried face. Since Griff is no longer around, Laura definitely makes the best one.

Ava tells Curtis to let Julian know she fired him. She has no need of his services. Curtis says, technically, she didn’t hire him, so she can’t fire him. She says she can make it impossible for him to do his job; call him out, blow his cover, tell the cops he’s stalking her. He doesn’t doubt she can drive him crazy, but he was there when she saw Kiki in a body bag. He’ll never forget it; it broke his heart. He’s sorry for her loss, and would like to help. She says he can help by getting the hell out of there. He goes to the door, turns to look at her, and leaves. Ava takes out her gun, and says, come on, Ryan. Come and get me.

Michael returns to Sasha, who says she thought she’d run him off this time. He says he went to the ice machine, and puts some on her hand. He says she’s not being clear, and she says he values honesty, and there have been times in her life when she’s been less than. Michael tells her not to beat herself up. He just offered to buy her a drink, not get married. She says she wanted to close any doors before they opened to avoid any… whatever. He say hypothetically speaking, if she doesn’t regret the untruth she told, is it possible she might like him, or is that what she’s lying about? Sasha says she’s not lying about liking him. She’d never lie about that.

Maxie says Valentin lobbied for Peter to retract his statement. Why do it without leverage? Peter says he knows Valentin would want to protect Nina. Maxie says, that’s how the DNA test started, and Peter says, and now look how it turned out. They’re just starting to rebuild their relationship. Maxie says, if Sasha hadn’t intervened, she’d still be tiptoeing around Nina. Peter thinks she should stop trying find something. He wouldn’t mind not spending their downtime waiting for the other shoe to drop. Maxie is afraid it will drop on Nina first, but Peter says, she’s a big girl. She knows who she’s remarrying. Let her be happy. Maxie wonders how he can say that, when Valentin caused him so much pain?

Valentin says Nina should suck it up for James’s sake, but she says she’s not there yet. Obrecht says she saw Maxie and Peter. They told her the good news. She’s relieved and happy. Nina says, is she? Does Obrecht really care about her? She walks off, and Obrecht asks if Valentin would care to explain the hostility. She’s sure it’s his doing. He says she’s rightly assuming that, since she was blackmailing him. She says how would she do that without leverage? Sasha passed another DNA test that proved she’s Nina’s daughter. How did he arrange that?

Curtis meets Jordan in that new cellar-like café. Curtis says Ava is on to something. When she said she doesn’t believe Ryan is alive, she doesn’t just believe it, she’s hoping he is. Jordan asks, why? He says a serial killer got her to fall in love with him, and murdered her daughter. What’s she going to do? Wait for him to be brought to justice, or seek it for herself? The only problem is, if Ryan is still alive, how did he survive without a hand? There was mad blood loss, the risk of infection, and he had to be weakened. Jordan says, he had help, but if he did, they’re probably dead already.

Franco arrives at Ava’s apartment, and asks why she needs to see him. She says she needs a boyfriend, and he’s the perfect man. He says they did that. It didn’t work out then, and it won’t now. Besides, he’s married. She says he’ll just be posing. Putting on a show to lure Ryan out. Franco says, the last time, he got stabbed for his trouble. She says it just needs to be convincing enough to make Ryan jealous. Lure him out of hiding, and into a trap. He says a presumably dead serial killer, and she says they can make him pay. Finally and forever. They can do this for Kiki.

Doc thanks Elizabeth for whatever she said to Franco on his behalf. She says his mistake doesn’t negate how he helped Franco. He made Franco whole, and she’ll always be grateful. She hopes things work out for him. He goes to the elevator, and Laura comes out. She heard it was moving day. He says he’s clearing out his office to make room for his replacement. She says no one can replace him. He says, apparently Ryan did. He can’t forget, the hospital sure can’t, and he’s certain she can’t either. She says, no, but she can put it in perspective.

Peter doesn’t want Maxie to have a grudge on his behalf. He doesn’t want revenge on Valentin, and neither should she. Maxie says Anna put him up for adoption, doing what she thought was best, and finding a loving home. Valentin wrecked it by giving him to Faison. Peter says he also instantly regretted it. If not for Valentin, his father would have tangled up his destiny. His father was evil, and now he’s dead. He prefers to leave the past in the past, where it can’t hurt him.

Obrecht asks Valentin, if the DNA test was positive because Sasha is really Nina’s daughter, why was he standing over Madeline’s coffin? Perhaps Nina should hear about it. He says she’s brave, but slow to appreciate the gravity of her situation. As long as he and Nina happy, she’ll be happy. When they’re not happy, all bets are off the table.

Franco tells Ava, it’s a fantastically terrible idea. She says, fantastically brilliant. Ryan is already jealous of him. Imagine if he found out Franco had taken his place in her bed. He says, not happening. She says Ryan murdered her daughter, and she won’t rest until he’s dead. He tells her, find another patsy. God help them – and her.

Jordan tells Curtis that she checked all of the doctors in the area. Curtis says maybe it’s someone other than. She says they checked within a hundred mile radius. He says he got a text that pointed him in the right direction.

Laura says when she found Doc at Ferncliff, even when the situation was deeply terrifying, she was also overcome with a sense of joy, because realized the idea that he’d stopped loving her was a lie. He’s a sweet man, patient with her precious grandchildren, and took a bullet for her. That man is still around. The one who she loved, and still loves. He says he never stopped loving her. She says maybe this is the place they can start over. They kiss.

Maxie thinks it’s great that Peter has made peace with Valentin. She underestimated him. She didn’t know he was so evolved. He says don’t give him too much credit. Valentin is in a prison of his own making. If he’s lying, he’s living in fear that Obrecht will tell Nina. Maxie asks if he thinks it’s worth it to ask Obrecht. He says not on his account. He doesn’t care; that’s the point. There are consequences. He had rage for his father, and he paid the price. She and Nathan did. He can’t go back to that life. He knows true happiness; moving forward with her.

Obrecht says Peter and Maxie worked in Valentin’s favor. Why the powerplay? Unless he’s keeping a secret. He says she should be asking how she can keep Valentin happy. She has far more to lose than he does. He walks out.

Michael puts ice on Sasha’s hands, and asks how she’s feeling. She has a question first. She wants to apologize for running out at the bar; it was rude. He says, accepted. What’s the question? She asks if he thinks they can still be friends. She doesn’t need… whatever, but she could use a friend. Something uncomplicated, a have a hit at the heavy bag friend. He says he’s completely on board. An uncomplicated friendship.

Which they immediately decide to complicate by getting busy. Surprising everyone with an unexpected song part.

Elizabeth asks if Franco knows anything about a playdate between Charlotte and Aiden. Franco says he told her that he went to see a friend. He explained what was going on to Nina. Knowing that Charlotte was a pint-sized influencer, he said he thought if she became friends with Aiden, the other kids would fall in line. He knows he should have run it by her first. She says, maybe he should have, but she’s discovered she loves him for making their life better and, boneheaded husband that he is, she’s glad he’s all hers.

Ava calls Scotty, and asks him to come over. She’d love to see him.

Curtis tells Jordan, if Ryan is alive, he would need things like bandages and painkillers. He put his feelers about to pharmacies up north, and got a hit. Shortly after Ryan disappeared, a pharmacy near Niagara Falls was burglarized. They never caught the perp.

At the hospital, a messenger comes with a package for Doc. Doc asks who it’s from, and he says, it’s from someone named Chamberlain. I’m guessing it’s the hand.

On Monday, Scotty asks what plan Ava is cooking up; Shiloh tells Jason the more Sam trusts him, the closer they become; and Laura freaks out at what’s in the box. Yep. It’s the hand.

🚑 Kiefer Confirm…

The experts validate that Alexis confessed. Again I ask, where’s the leverage?

👀 Some Observations From This Week…

There has been some internet brouhaha about throwing a piece of cheese on a toddler’s head, to see the reaction when it sticks. Apparently, some people are concerned it will traumatize the kid for life. Highly doubtful. I’m sure there are also PETA members crying out because people are throwing cheese at dogs’ heads. Dogs definitely won’t be traumatized, and will eat the cheese. Maybe these toddlers can learn from the dogs. One time when I spit baby food at my father, he checked to make sure my mother wasn’t looking, and threw a spoonful back. Or so I heard. And none of my problems come from post-traumatic baby food throwing.

A large portion of Mexican Dynasties has focused on Adan’s musical career, and how wonderful his family thinks he is. There seems to be only one person (Doris… I think) being sensibly minded, and saying they’re not being objective. He’s just not that good. It’s not that he might not become that good, but he’s not going anywhere right now. He’s a mix of a second rate Back Street Boy, and a poor man’s Ricky Nelson. He needs both training and to come into this century.

I watched If There Be Thorns last weekend, and Heather Graham hasn’t changed since she was Roller Girl in Boogie Nights. Is it a great plastic surgeon? Amazing genes? A deal with a witch? What?

I saw two email subject lines this week that were of concern. One was – Gucci for Kids. I don’t even own anything from Gucci. Okay, maybe a pair of sunglasses, but I wasn’t seven when I got them. And the other – Prom Anxiety Text Line. I’m sorry, but can kids deal with nothing among their circle of IRL friends anymore? Have they become so socially inept, they need to consult a phone hotline because they got a zit on prom day or their hair is flat? What happened to Glamour magazine?

📺 The Haves and The Have Nots will return on Tuesday, May 7th. It doesn’t look too promising for Derrick with the lion tattoo. I almost threw up at that reveal.

📟 Quotes of the Week

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground. – Theodore Roosevelt

Love does not dominate; it cultivates. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. – Winnie the Pooh

Prepare children for the real world, not the one you wish them to have.Dr. Phil

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. – Stella Adler

That doesn’t just go away.Jax Taylor, when asked if he’s still into sucking toes

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.Andy Warhol – or maybe time just passes as things change.

🎆 The New Weekend’s Here!


I don’t know if it’s glory I’m on the edge of, but catching up on sleep, definitely.

April 18, 2019 – New Guests At the Q Mansion, Kiefer, Video Challenge, Complications For MJ & Twice As Good


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Anna comes home, and Finn asks if she had any luck. She tells him most of the reports were redacted, or there wasn’t much information in them. She couldn’t find the proof she needs to find out if she’s Robin’s mom.

Carly finds Josslyn in her office. Josslyn says she needed quiet, and asks if it was okay. Carly says, of course (🍷), and asks what she’s working on. Josslyn says, lyrics. She’s writing a song with Oscar. Carly asks how it’s going, and she says, it’s getting there. She’s trying to finish it in time for them to perform it at the Nurses’ Ball.

At the Quartermaine mansion, Ned sees Olivia crying, and asks if she’s all right. She says, far from it. She just came from Oscar’s room, and it looks more like an intensive care unit than a teenage boy’s room. It reminded her that he’s not coming to stay, but to die. Ned says he’ll be surrounded by family and people who love him. All they can do is make sure he’s comfortable. Olivia says hospitality is her specialty, and as long as Oscar and Kim are under their roof, they’ll be treated like royalty. She sees one of the housekeepers bringing in a wheelchair, but she doesn’t want Oscar to be greeted with it. Oscar walks in, and says, too late. He guesses he’s home.

On the phone, Julian leaves a message for Kim that he’s stuck at work. Kristina still hasn’t shown up. But he’s been thinking about her, and tells her to call if she can.

Neil asks Alexis how Kristina is. Alexis says, she finally tired herself out. He asks if she wants to talk, but Alexis says they’ll talk tomorrow. Neil says if she has an issue with him, they should address it now. They need to present a united front to Kristina tomorrow. Alexis says she practically ambushed Neil because she was so worried. Meanwhile, he was working with Kristina’s father behind her back. Is there a particular reason he didn’t tell her?

Jason asks Michael if Shiloh will make the secret public. Michael says he’s never done it before, but the threat is there. Sonny says Shiloh might have leverage over Kristina.

Shiloh says Sam is a PI, and the only one with the skills to find Kristina. She says so far, all they have is speculation. There are variables that have to be ruled out. She tells him that she’ll be in touch, but he says she didn’t think he was letting her do this alone, did she?

Anna says, maybe Robert is right. He thinks she’s punishing herself. Finn asks what she thinks. She says she made some terrible choices when she was younger, and regrets them as she should, but Robin was always her consolation. Little by little, she got her life together. She wouldn’t love Robin any less, but it would change the narrative of Robin’s life. What will it mean to her, having been raised by her aunt, and not her mother? Finn asks if there’s any of this Robin needs to know.

Olivia hugs Oscar, and Kim thanks them. Olivia tells Oscar to say the word when he gets his appetite back. Monica has given her full access to the kitchen. Drew says, believe it or not, that’s a big deal. Ned tells them their rooms are ready. Olivia says they’re on the first floor next to each other, with a beautiful view of the grounds and the lake. Kim and Drew leave to get their bags from the car. Oscar says, now that they’re gone, he needs to speak to Ned and Olivia in private.

Neil tells Alexis respect for boundaries is imperative. He sets the same parameters for all of his patients. Alexis asks if he treats other mothers along with their daughters, and if there’s a discount to offset the betrayal. He says he didn’t know Sonny until after she’d shared her concerns. Sonny summoned him to his office, and he was polite, but clear he was making an offer Neil couldn’t refuse. When he realized Kristina was also her daughter, it reinforced his decision to take her on. Alexis asks what they do now. Is it a conflict of interest? He says it would be unethical for him to talk about one patient’s sessions with another. Alexis says during their impromptu session at The Floating Rib, he shared some advice in a general way, but didn’t tell her that he had personal experience with cults.

Shiloh tells Sam that they’ll find Kristina together. She understands he wants to help, but she works best alone. He says that was before she was one of them. Now she doesn’t have to do anything by herself ever again.

Michael tells Sonny they have no way of knowing what information Kristina gave to Shiloh. It could have been about herself. Sonny says he would want something bigger. The worse the secret, the better the leverage and payoff. Michael says something about Kristina might be embarrassing, but not bring in money. Jason says, Kristina doesn’t know about the business, but Michael says, all the kids know what Sonny does. Jason says all Kristina knows are Sonny’s allegedly illegal acts; she has no facts or proof. Sonny needs time to process everything, and decide what to do. He thanks Michael. Michael says he has to meet Josslyn. He promised her a ride to see Oscar. He and Kim are moving into the Quartermaine’s today. He leaves, and Sonny tells Jason, the truth is, they don’t know what Shiloh has on him or what Kristina gave Shiloh as a pledge.

Anna tells Finn, if Robin is Alex’s daughter, she needs to know. If she had proof, it would be easy. The discussion would be incredibly painful, but straightforward. She couldn’t keep that secret. It would be in violation of what they mean to each other, their history, and all they’ve shared. All she has is a paranoid theory. Finn says, that’s not entirely true. There are intensive paternity tests that can determine who’s the mother between identical twins. Anna asks if it’s feasible. He says, it’s tricky and complicated, and they need the DNA from all parties. She says, Robert would never agree. Even if she got a sample without his knowledge, she’d still have to get Alex and tell Robin. If Robert found out, he’d lose his mind, and it would tear apart the family for no reason. Finn’s phone rings. He has an emergency at the hospital. Anna says she’s all right. She needs to think about all this. She tells him to go, and that she loves him. He says he loves her too.

Sonny tells Jason, the worst case is Kristina got into his business records. Jason says between Brick and Spinelli, all the records are encrypted. She’s never even got close enough to overhear anything. Sonny says, it’s a long shot, but they have to be prepared. Jason says they have two options. One is, ask Kristina. Sonny says they haven’t even started reprogramming her yet. Jason says, then they need to find out where Shiloh keeps the pledges, and destroy them. Sonny says, they need Sam.

Sam and Shiloh go to Charlie’s. Sam tells Julian that they’re trying to find Kristina; has he seen her? He says he can tell them where she’s supposed to be – tending bar – but she was a no show. If they find her, tell her she’s about to lose her job.

Carly thinks it’s great that Josslyn and Oscar are writing a song together. She’d love to hear it if Josslyn wants to share. Josslyn asks if she thinks it’s going to be that bad. Carly says she’s sure it’s not a hot mess, but understands if Josslyn wants to wait until it’s finished. Josslyn hopes they get a chance to perform it. She thinks the more Oscar has to look forward to, the better. Carly agrees. Giving Oscar a goal, and something to anticipate is good. She sees how hard Josslyn is working to stay positive. Michael comes in, and says he thought they were meeting in the lobby. Josslyn says, sorry; she lost track of time. Carly asks if this is bring your kids to work day, and would they like dinner? Michael says, they would, but Oscar is moving in today. Josslyn goes to get her stuff, and Carly says, it must be tough for her. Michael promises to look out for her, and Carly says he’s the best.

Oscar says he needs a favor from Olivia and Ned. Olivia says, anything, and he says he needs them to plan his funeral.

Anna looks through a photo album, and says she couldn’t stand if she wasn’t Robin’s mother. Maybe Robert is right, and she’s being ridiculous, but what if it’s true? She looks closer at one of the photos, and asks if it could be that simple. She gets up.

Drew asks if Kim is okay. He knows it’s difficult. Up until now, it was just her and Oscar, and now, all this family. She knows they’re just trying to help. He says if they seem demanding, or she doesn’t feel right, he’ll back up her decision. She says she’s not going to lie. It feels overwhelming, but it’s Oscar’s choice. Demanding or not, if being here helps him in any way, she’s all in.

Oscar tells Ned and Olivia, first, he doesn’t want a funeral, but a memorial. Nothing solemn or sad. He’s hoping he can trust them to see it through. Ned says they shouldn’t get ahead of themselves, but Oscar says he knows that’s not true. He wouldn’t be there otherwise. He gives Ned a paper. Olivia says there’s nothing they wouldn’t do for Oscar, but doesn’t he think his parents should be involved? Oscar says, no. They’ll be devastated, and he doesn’t want to burden them, his grandmother, or Josslyn any more than they already are. They’re going through enough. He tells Olivia, no tears. Promise him? Ned says, she cries at weddings, baptisms, birthdays… Olivia says, and Hallmark commercials. Oscar says, they’re brutal. She can’t promise no tears, but other than that, she can follow his instructions to the letter. Ned says, it’s doable. They’ll take care of it. He promises. Josslyn comes in, and asks if she’s interrupting something. Oscar says, no. They were just talking about the future.

Drew thanks Michael. Michael is glad they’re moving in. It means a lot to his grandmother. Family supports family, and Oscar is one of them.

Alexis asks Neil if he has a friend in a cult. He says, no, but he’s observed his share of their deceit and lies. She says she’s simply asking what his insight is regarding his personal experience. He says he’s not a friend; he’s her doctor. She says, got it. So is he going to help her daughter? She’s a wreck. He says he’s adding his professional insight to the process, but he’s not sharing. She needs to respect his ethnical boundaries – if she wants to see him. Hmm… Was that some kind of flirting? They did almost go out when they first met.

Julian tells Sam that Kristina is probably on an impromptu spring break, and on a plane to Florida as they speak. Sam says, that sounds like her. Shiloh asks Julian to get in touch if he hears from Kristina. Julian says, and he is…? Shiloh introduces himself. That made me laugh. Shiloh probably assumes everyone knows who he is, and maybe Julian does, but put him in his place.

Jason tells Sonny that’s why Sam has been taking classes. She’s trying to get Shiloh to trust her, so she can come up with evidence, but so far she’s come up empty. Sonny says now she has something specific to look for; the pledge. Jason says he can get into the house and look, but Sonny says what if he gets caught? Margaux dropped the charges because Shiloh told her too, but if Shiloh wants to press charges, she’ll do it. Sam is in a better position. Jason says the more time she spends with DOD and Shiloh, the bigger the chance things can go wrong, and she’ll get caught.

Jason tells Carly that he saw Michael. He said Oscar was moving into the Quartermaine’s. Carly says he just left with Josslyn. Jason asks how Josslyn is doing, and Carly says, she’s doing everything she can to support Oscar. They’re writing some lyrics, and she wants to perform with him at the Nurses’ Ball. She’s not in denial, but she’s trying to stay positive. He asks how Carly feels, and she says, it’s tough, seeing your kid in pain. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. She wants to stay present, and be supportive, but wishes she could shield Josslyn from what’s coming. Jason says, sometimes you just can’t.

Josslyn wants Oscar’s input on the lyrics. They need to get this down before the Nurses’ Ball. Oscar looks the lyrics over. He thinks she should perform with someone else. She says, no; it’s their song. He knows, and they can finish writing it together, but she should find someone to rehearse and sing it with her. She says she’s not performing with anyone else. He says they both know he might not make it to that night. He doesn’t want let her down. Josslyn suggests they not to get ahead of themselves. They’re here right now. She thinks a chord needs tweaking. He smiles, but it’s a kind of sad smile.

Alexis goes to Charlie’s. Sam asks her if she remembers Shiloh. They’re concerned about Kristina. She hasn’t been at DOD since last night. Alexis says she just spoke to her. She wanted to give Julian a message. Sam asks, what’s going on? but Alexis says she knows her sister. She didn’t give any details. She left because she got cold feet about a big position of some kind. Shiloh asks if she said where she was going. Alexis says, no, but she’s safe. She thinks Kristina needs time to clear her head. Sam says they should get going, and Shiloh asks Alexis to have Kristina call him if she speaks to her.

Outside, Shiloh wonders where Kristina went. Sam says, with Kristina, you never know. Shiloh says he’s going back to meditate on this. (<snort>) He asks if Sam wants to join him, like it’s a hot tub, but she says she can’t. She has to pick up the kids. Like dogs, kids can be a great excuse if necessary. He thanks her, and says he trusts her commitment is deeper than her sister’s. She says, no question. He leaves, and she looks worried.

Sonny asks Neil what they’re getting into. Is it like an intervention? Neil says, sort of. He’ll serve as moderator, so Kristina feels like she’s being heard. He asks if Sonny has read the book. Sonny says he has, but doesn’t connect with it. He doesn’t see how it could convince Kristina to give up her family. Neil says, Shiloh’s prose is deliberately opaque, so the reader can project their own problems and inadequacies into it. Shiloh acts superior, and supplies answers, positive reinforcement, and wisdom. He becomes synonymous with enlightenment. Sonny asks if Neil understands this garbage, and Neil says, it’s not garbage to Kristina, and Sonny has to understand it importance to her if they’re going to get her back. Sonny says they have another problem. Kristina might have given Shiloh leverage for blackmail.

Michael asks Kim if she’s happy with the guest room. Kim says it’s more than twice the size of her apartment. Michael says, it takes a while to get used to. It’s a great house. The people who live in it are crazy, but well intentioned. When the chips are down, they have each other’s backs. Hers too. I tried to find out how many rooms were supposed to be in the Quartermaine mansion, but came up empty.

Josslyn thinks the lyrics still need work. Oscar suggests, life is short, and the list is long. Better? She says, much. They have the first verse and the chorus down. It’s coming together well. Oscar says they make a good team, and she says, they do. He asks if she wants to hear how it sounds, and picks up the guitar.

Carly tells Jason that her heart breaks for Drew and Kim. She knows the pain that’s coming. There’s nothing worse than losing a child. Josslyn is too young to lose the boy she loves, and she has to watch him die. Jason says she has to support and love Josslyn, and somehow get through it. Carly tells him, Josslyn said it’s worth pain of losing Oscar because she loves him so much; and she meant it. Carly has to find a way to honor that. Jason says she will. There’s a knock at the door. It’s Sam. She asks if Jason has a second. It’s about Kristina. Carly tells him, go.

Jason asks how it went with Shiloh. Sam says he insisted on tagging along when she searched for Kristina. Luckily, they ran into her mother, who said she’s spoken to Kristina, and that she needs time to figure things out. Jason asks if Shiloh bought it, and Sam says, thank God. He was convinced Jason kidnapped Kristina.

Julian tells Alexis, sorry, but he’s had it with her daughter. He asks if Kristina wants to quit, but Alexis says she doesn’t. Think of it was a leave of absence. Julian says, a sabbatical from bartending? Alexis says she needs the job. It’s the one stable thing in her life. He asks how this is his problem. He can’t make any promises. He’s stuck his neck out enough for her. He fronted her salary when she needed a substantial loan. Something to do with her group.

Sonny tells Neil, Kristina shared damaging information with Shiloh. Some kind of tribute or pledge before she could join the Trust. Neil says it’s par for the course to manipulate cult members that way, so they can’t leave. Sometimes it’s financial, sometimes personal, sometimes both. They’d sacrifice anything for the approval of their leader. Sonny says they need to know what they’re dealing with. What kind of leverage Shiloh has. He wants to ask Kristina, but Neil says, absolutely not.

Anna opens a box with memories in it. She pulls various items out, and tosses them aside. She finds a metal box full of jewelry. She takes out a bracelet, and cries. Finn comes in, and she tells him, it’s all right. She found it. He asks, what? and she says, proof that she’s Robin’s mom.

Carly picks up a crumpled paper that missed the wastebasket.

Oscar plays and sings. Josslyn suggests a lower pitch. He he leans back, and she asks if he’s all right. He says he got tired, and Josslyn says, it’s okay. They can pick it up again tomorrow. Oscar says, no. He wants to keep going, and plays some more. Josslyn watches him. Kim listens on the stairs. Drew comes in, and says, he’s pretty good. Kim cries, and he holds her.

Julian tells Alexis that he didn’t realize Kristina was flying off to God-knows-where when he gave her $10K. Alexis asks what he was thinking, and he says what he does for his employees is his business. She says it’s her business when the employee is her child. She asks if what he did for Kristina was actually for her, and he says, no good deed... Alexis writes a check, and he asks what she’s doing. She says, damage control. She asks him not to cash it right away; she needs to move some money around. She wants him to promise to give Kristina her job back, and he says, okay. He hopes Kristina is okay, and Alexis says, she will be.

Jason tells Sam, before Kristina joined the Trust, she had to give a pledge. Something Shiloh could hold over her head; something incriminating about her or someone she loves. Sam says, Sonny, and Jason says, it makes sense. Kristina doesn’t have any secrets that would be worth money. Sam has access to the house. Does she think she can find Kristina’s pledge? She says she has to, or Kristina will never be free.

Shiloh goes back to his office or mediation room or whatever. He opens a file drawer, and takes out Kristina’s file. For as long as it took, the pledge is pretty short. The most I can read is, Kiefer’s death was no accident. (See below for info on who Kiefer was, and why this makes no sense.)

Neil tells Sonny, Kristina is nowhere near ready talk about the pledge. He’s seen how fragile Kristina is. If she told a secret about herself, she’ll be deeply ashamed, but if she thinks she betrayed Sonny, it will shatter her. When glass shatters, it’s like a bomb; pieces everywhere. A broken glass can be repaired, but a shattered glass is destroyed forever.

Tomorrow, Franco asks if he’s under investigation, Maxie asks Obrecht what the secret is that she’s holding over Valentin’s head, and Ava asks someone how long they’ve been following her.

❓ About That Kiefer…

You know everyone had to be googling Kiefer’s death. I did too, and I can’t figure it out. The short version is, Kiefer was Kristina’s boyfriend; he beat her; Alexis ran him over; Sam and Molly found him, and brought him to GH; he died; and Alexis eventually confessed. Unless they’re changing this narrative, I don’t know how this is leverage. Everything was public knowledge. It would be really funny though, if Shiloh is just stupid, and the joke is on him.

👘 On Project Runway, the challenge was to create a female video game protagonist, but the contestants were cautioned not to make it into a superhero costume. They were to be functional, yet fashionable, which seems to be part of the criteria nearly every week. Hester was the winner, with an all-black pants number that had neon and see-through accents, including a cute vinyl backpack. Rakan was out, with a bit of a silver/cranberry polyvinyl mess that was too constricting. He was a good sport, saying it was a pleasure and a great platform, and he was proud of himself. Venny – who was disappointed in his own effort, thinking it looked like something from a church choir, although I thought it was more like from a cheerleading squad – gave the best quote: It was a great concept in my head. Yep, I know exactly how that feels.

👶 There’s a New Shah In Town…

MJ sure had to work for this little one.

⛅ In An Ironic Twist…

It’s good it’s Friday, and it’s Good Friday. I swear this week was about a month long.







April 17, 2019 – Willow Reveals a Secret About Secrets, Bethenny’s Dinner Party, Fun With Thrones & Close


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

The doorbell rings at Anna and Finn’s place. Finn opens the door to find Chase with non-alcoholic champagne. Chase asks how it went, and says, here’s to the future Doctor and Mrs. Hamilton. Finn closes the door, leaving Chase outside. Chase says, Finn?

Elizabeth gets a text from Franco. She calls him and gets voicemail. She says she knows he’s upset, but they need to work through this as a family. Where is he?

Getting out of the elevator at Nina’s office. He walks in, and asks if she remembers how great it was to be self-centered all the time. Weren’t those the days? She asks what brings him by, and he says they need to talk about their step-kids.

Michael is glad Willow broke away. She did everything to protect her baby and lost it. Willow says he has it wrong, and it’s her fault. She’s been lying to him. Her baby didn’t die. He says they met in grief counseling, and she says she was grieving, just not the same way. She wasn’t there because her baby died. She was there because she gave him up for adoption.

Sonny looks through Shiloh’s book at the MetroCourt. Margaux comes in, and says he’s drinking coffee there like a law abiding citizen. He says it’s his coffee, and his wife’s restaurant. He thought they had an understanding, and Margaux agrees, but says it won’t stop her from prosecuting him. She tells him not to think he won’t slip up. He asks if she thinks he has something to hide, and she says, we all have something.

Brad sure does. He looks up classes on the DOD website, and registers for a seminar. Jason walks up, and says he has a question about the cup. Brad says, there were no traces of anything toxic. Jason says, only tea and Valerian root. Brad says some people call it nature’s Valium because it reduces anxiety. Jason sees the computer screen, and asks if Brad is a member of DOD.

Shiloh comes back to the DOD house, and Sam asks if he found Kristina. He says he checked GH and Mercy, but she’s not there. He thinks he knows what happened. He thinks she was kidnapped by Jason. Sam laughs, and he asks if she doesn’t think he’s capable of it. She says, of course (🍷), but she doesn’t think that’s what happened. She thinks Kristina got cold feet, and is embarrassed to come back. Shiloh says he has proof. She says, how? and he says he has evidence that suggests Jason broke in and grabbed her while they were at The Floating Rib.

Nina asks if Franco and Elizabeth didn’t get married. He says, it was a jailhouse wedding, and she says, romance is different for everyone. She wonders why he wants to talk about their kids, and he says, their step-kids, Charlotte and Aiden. The situation has gotten worse, and the awfulness is more widespread. Nina says, that’s not Charlotte’s fault, but he says, it became her fault when she decided to bully Aiden.

Finn opens the door again, and says Chase is still there. Chase says he’s a detective, and understands the subtleties of human behavior. The door slam was a cry for help. Finn tells him to keep a cork in it; the celebration is on ice. Chase asks if Anna turned him down, but Finn says he didn’t get the chance to ask her. The timing wasn’t right. Chase asks, what’s wrong? Finn doesn’t answer, and Chase says if they’re brothers, they need to be brothers. Finn is supposed to tell him stuff. Finn says he was going to be the guy who gets down on one knee in a crowded restaurant and makes a fool of himself, but Anna’s attention was divided. Chase asks, what by? and Finn says, her strange son. She was focused on him, then her ex showed up. Chase says, again? Finn tells him, Robert’s not the problem, and he might help Anna find the truth. Chase says, about? and Finn says, something in her past. Chase can’t imagine how complicated her past must be. Finn asks, how you can convince someone the past doesn’t matter and doesn’t define them? but Chase says he’s talking to the wrong man.

Willow says she let Michael think they’d both lost a child. Michael says they did both lose a child. She says she shouldn’t have been there. Michael says, maybe it’s selfish on his part, but he’s glad she chose to go to the group. If she hadn’t, they might not know each other. She says he doesn’t regret it by now? but he says, no; not now or ever. He’s glad her child is alive. He can’t imagine knowing her child is out there or how he is or where he is. She says, that’s just it; he’s still here in Port Charles. He asks if she knows the adoptive family. Do they let her see him? She says, in some ways, it’s a relief to be open about it. Other than Chase, Michael is the only person she can talk to. Her son is being raised by people who love him, which brings a measure of peace. Michael says, but she regrets having to give him up. She says she wouldn’t had it been an open adoption, but she gave up all parental rights to make sure… Michael finishes, that Shiloh never found out. She says, now that Shiloh has found her… He says, she needs to make sure he never knows she had his son.

Sonny tells Margaux, while she’s waiting for him to make a fatal mistake, try correcting her own – accepting that Ryan Chamberlain is dead. She says he went over the Falls lost and lost his hand. Sonny says, and last time, he burned death. He suggests she reopen the case. She says it’s out of her jurisdiction. Sonny asks if she’s looked his victims in the eye, and told them it’s not her problem. They deserve justice. She asks if he’s seriously talking to her about justice, and says, revenge is sweet, but it’s gone in a moment, and leaves you hungry, hard, and bitter. He asks if she’s out for revenge. She says she has been at times, but passion gives her a purpose. Sonny sees her glance at the book.

Brad tells Jason that he’s taken a seminar or two to destress from parenting. Jason asks how that’s working out, and Brad says he’s not twitching anymore, so there must be something to it. Lucas joins them, and tells Brad that they’ll have to play it by ear with DOD tonight. He thought he’d be free, but might have to fill in. Brad starts to leave, but Jason holds out his hand, and says, the cup. Brad hands it over, and leaves. Lucas asks if there’s a problem, and Jason says Brad was just doing him a favor. He asks if Lucas is really into DOD. Lucas says it’s way too new age for him, but Brad has taken some classes, and read the book twice. It seems to help him. Maybe Jason should look into it. Jason says maybe he will.

Sam tells Shiloh, it’s her fault. If she hadn’t been such a mess last night, he’d have been there. He says, the only one responsible for Jason’s actions is Jason. Ever since Sam joined, Jason has been consumed with hate for him and everything he stands for. Sam says it’s convinced her this is where she’s supposed to be. He’s glad for that, but it doesn’t help them find Kristina.

Elizabeth passes Lucas in the hall, and he asks if she’s okay. She says, fine; she just has a lot on her mind. Lucas asks if she wants to talk. She insists she’s fine, but he’s not buying it. How is she really? Elizabeth says she’s not great, and he asks how parenting is going. She says she’s making a mess of it. He jokes he’s been at it a whole nine months, so he’s an expert. He asks how Aiden is doing.

Nina tells Franco that her beautiful, brilliant stepdaughter, who speaks impeccable French, can tell a Manet from a Monet, and watch four hours of Figaro, is not a bully. He says, she made a kid who already feels small, feel tiny. Call it what she wants. She knows Charlotte said unkind things, but she was reprimanded by the school, her teachers, and her parents, including her. She apologized for being unkind, and the behavior has stopped. He says, except it hasn’t.

Sonny tells Margaux that he has a simple philosophy. He takes care of his own even when the authorities drop the ball. She says when you take action outside the law, you’re not a protector, but a criminal. Jason comes out of the elevator, and asks if there’s a problem. Margaux says they were just having a discussion. She tells Jason, when he attacked Shiloh, he acted like a man whose attorney would get him off. Jason says Diane is excellent, but Margaux says it wasn’t Diane who got him off; it was Shiloh. She hopes he learned from Shiloh’s act of kindness, but somehow doubts it.

Shiloh tells Sam that he forgave Jason, but Jason is a dangerous man. Sam asks if he has proof. They can call the cops. Shiloh says it won’t stand up in court, but luckily they have the one thing Jason has ever cared about – her.

Finn thought Willow was dealing with her ex, and Chase says, things between them have never been better. They went skating, he fell a lot, and they had a good laugh. The problem with her ex is like with Anna’s past; he won’t go away. Her ex has a hold on her. Finn asks if she’s having trouble getting over him, but Chase says, it’s the other way around. Her ex isn’t letting go.

Willow tells Michael that Shiloh can’t find out about the baby, but his sister needs help. She’ll be happy to talk to Kristina about her experiences in DOD. Michael says Willow warned him about the Trust, and they were able to get her out before they finished. Willow says, before it even happens, Shiloh gets leverage in place. Michael asks, what kind? and she says he convinces the member to make an offer he calls a pledge. Michael says he’s heard the term, but what does it mean? She says, what it means is that the member willingly gives Shiloh a sword to hold over their head forever.

Margaux tells Jason that she’d love to give him some friendly advice. He was lucky last time. If he targets Shiloh again, his luck will run out. Sonny says they’re too busy running a business to pay attention to self-help gurus. She hopes so. She sits at one of the tables.

Jason asks Sonny if he thinks Margaux knows about kidnapping Kristina. Sonny says it’s possible Shiloh told her something. Jason asks if he’s reading Shiloh’s book again, and Sonny says Neil told them it’s important to understand where Kristina is coming from for the exit therapy. Jason asks how that’s going, and Sonny says he discovered something interesting. Before Jason got there, Margaux said something; revenge is sweet, but gone in a moment and leaves you hungry. He taps the book, and says, she was quoting Shiloh. Margaux is a true believer, which makes her dangerous. He and Margaux look at each other.

Sam tells Shiloh she doesn’t understand. How can she prove Jason kidnapped her sister? He says it’s not about proving something or accusing. It’s about the people who claim to love Kristina. Who does she think sent Jason? She asks if he thinks Jason is taking orders from someone. Shiloh asks if Jason has ever done anything Sonny didn’t know about or approve.

Elizabeth tells Lucas that Aiden was the only one out of his entire class not invited to the party. It hurts to be excluded. He says, especially at that age. She adds that Bianca was Aiden’s best friend. She wanted him there, but her parents excluded him. He says, for the same reason Elizabeth wanted Aiden to know two guys skating together was okay. She says it spread to the other kids, and one of them called Aiden a fairy boy. Cameron got in a fight with the kid, and got suspended. Lucas says, good for him, standing up for his brother. Elizabeth says, yeah, except he was angry because they were calling Aiden gay when it wasn’t true, and asked if Aiden could be less gay. Franco freaked out, and said Cameron didn’t want to take the flack because his brother was different. She wasn’t easy on him either, but when she thought about it, Cameron is just a kid. Even though he was wrong, he was just saying it to protect Aiden from bullying. He wasn’t malicious, and she gave him zero credit.

Franco tells Nina, what Charlotte did was awful, but it’s spiraled out of control. The kids are making fun of Aiden for being different. Nina says, he’s just awkward, but Franco says, they’re calling him fairy boy. Nina asks if the school isn’t doing anything. Aren’t the kids supposed to be woke? He says it trickles down from the parents. It can and does still happen. Nina says the school year is almost over. Can’t he ride it out? Franco asks if she’s kidding him. She wants Aiden to ride it out? She says she’s sorry; that’s not what she meant to say. It was stupid. She’s stupid. Franco says she’s not stupid. Now that they agree, will she help out? Nina asks what he wants her to do, and he says, get Charlotte to be Aiden’s friend.

Willow tells Michael, before they join the Trust, you give proof of your loyalty. Michael says, not financial, and Willow says, it’s a different kind of gift. You give Shiloh a secret. Something, that should it come to light, would destroy you or someone you love. The candidate writes or records it, and Shiloh transcribes it. This means Kristina has already given the pledge. Shiloh can make your secrets public. Michael asks, did she? and she says, to her eternal regret. He asks why Shiloh hasn’t used it, and she thinks he still believes he can make her go back. When knows for sure… Michael says Shiloh is guilty of fraud and extortion. Willow hopes he can be arrested. Michael says, in the meantime, she can’t risk antagonizing him. He tells her, stay out of it, but she says she can still talk to his sister. Michael tells her, hypothetically, if they took Kristina, and holding her somewhere, it might be considered kidnapping. There’s no way he’s letting her get involved in that.

Jason tells Sonny that he had the cup tested. According to Brad, it was just tea and Valerian root. Sonny says they know she was drugged. Why would Brad lie? Jason says, Brad is a new convert. Sonny says, son of a bitch. Jason guesses Shiloh knows something’s up with them and Kristina. He thinks Brad got rid of the evidence, but he has it, and there’s still residue. Sonny says he needs someone he can trust. He’s calling Brick.

Sam tells Shiloh, there’s nothing Sonny could ask that Jason wouldn’t do. Shiloh says if Sonny asked him to take Kristina and hold her somewhere, would she know where that would be? Sam says Jason knows she’s there. He’s secretive and suspicious, and that means Sonny is too. If they know anything, they’re not telling her. Shiloh says, that means Kristina could be anywhere. Sam is afraid so. Shiloh says, that’s not a problem. Not for her.

Chase tells Finn, the hell with waiting. Let’s crack this baby open. Things are going well with him and Willow, but he won’t propose as long as this thing from the past is hanging over her. Finn says, instead of celebrating, they’re comparing relationships. Chase suggests they toast to something else. The two of them. They’ve gone from strangers to being brothers. Chase says, to brotherhood, and they clink glasses, Chase says since they worked out, maybe there’s hope for Finn and their dad.

Lucas tells Elizabeth, it sounds like they’re doing everything right. She says the boys are so unhappy. He says Franco is an artist, so he knows how to deal with Aiden. He knows he’s not alone if they make it their mission to let him know that it’s not just okay, but preferable to be different. She says, what about Cameron, and Lucas says he can’t be beating up every bigot. It doesn’t help. The best way to change minds is to teach with compassion. Make it look cool. She says he helped, and he says she can make it up to him by having them over for dinner. She says he’s on.

Nina tells Franco, there’s nothing she would like more than Charlotte being Aiden’s friend, but she can’t choose Charlotte’s friends. She has to be on board. Franco says Charlotte is a trendsetter. Doesn’t she if Charlotte shows the kids that they’re friends, the rest will come around? Nina says, they probably will. She’ll definitely try to do this. He thanks her, and she says all they can do is try. He leaves.

Willow appreciates Michael not wanting to involve her in what’s essentially a kidnapping. He says he hasn’t confirmed that’s what it was, so she’s still in the clear. Even though he’s not saying that’s what it is, it would be Kristina’s third time. She was kidnapped by a gangster, Joe Skully, when they were kids, and Michael’s biological father kidnapped him, Morgan, and Kristina. Willow says, so kidnapping is normal in his family? He says, except this alleged abduction is for her own good. She says, whoever loves Kristina the most, has the most to lose. It could be any one of them. Shiloh has a bomb, and she has to find a way do this. She’s been passive too long. Michael says she was just protecting her child, and she says, meanwhile, Shiloh claims another victim. It has to stop. Anything she can do to help, she wants to do it.

Sam tells Shiloh that he doesn’t understand. When Jason and Sonny hide someone, they stay hidden. Shiloh says she has a unique skill set that no one else there has. She can make Jason reveal things that he never would to anyone else. She asks if Shiloh wants her to work a con so he can figure out where Jason hid Kristina.

Franco sees Elizabeth at the hospital. He asks where Cameron is, and she says, community service. He tells her that he reached out to a friend, a fellow parent who can help. She says she did the same. Maybe with their friends’ help, they can make it better for the boys, She takes Franco’s hand, and presses the elevator button.

Nina calls Charlotte. She knows Charlotte is super busy, but asks if Charlotte can clear her schedule for her. She’d like to set up a playdate for her and a friend.

Brad asks Lucas is he still has to cover. Lucas says he’s free, but if it’s all the same, he was wondering if they could skip DOD. Brad says, but he’s free, and Lucas says he was thinking maybe they could have a nice evening with their son, and see what they can learn from that. Brad says, all right. Lucas talked him into it.

Shiloh tells Sam that he’d never ask her to use the methods she’s employed in the past. He’s not judging. What happened with his father is in the past. She’s finding rediscovery and reinvention. It’s all about this woman here now. It’s all about the truth, and he’s just asking her to be his truth seeker. It’s the only way to save Kristina from the people who want to cause her heartache, and bring her back to those who love her for who she is and can be. If anyone can find her, it’s Sam. Help bring her back to them.

Finn tells Chase that he’s glad they’re like this, but it’s a different relationship with their dad. He hopes Chase respects that. Chase gets it, but he can’t blame a guy for trying. Finn says, if Willow is hell bent on a lost cause, shouldn’t Chase practice, so he doesn’t embarrass himself again at the roller rink? Chase thinks she digs guys with a shaky sense of balance. He’s golden. Finn asks what he’s doing there. Chase says he can take a hint, and tells Finn, save some bubbles for Anna. About her past, keep it there; he’s her present, and she’s his future. Just give her the damn ring. Outside, he calls Willow.

Outside Charlie’s, Willow is glad he called. He asks if she wants to get dinner tonight. His place, her place, any place. She has to take a raincheck. A friend has a problem, and she promised to help out. He hopes it works out. She says, her too, and she’s holding him to the raincheck. He says, deal. Someone watches Willow from Charlie’s.

Michael meets Jason and Sonny at the MetroCourt. He ask how Kristina is, and Sonny says the doctor wants them to do a family intervention. Michael says before that happens, he found out Shiloh has an insurance policy, in case members try to leave. Sonny asks, what kind? Michael tells him, they share a secret. Highly sensitive information, as proof of their commitment, but it’s really… Jason says, leverage. Sonny says, Shiloh has something on Kristina, and Michael says, or someone she loves. Someone like him.

Tomorrow, Oscar needs a favor, Shiloh isn’t letting Sam do this alone, and Sonny says Shiloh might have leverage over him.

The Real Housewives of New York City

We backtrack a little, with Sonja gesturing wildly, and saying, you don’t touch the effing Morgan letters. Bethenny asks what just happened. Sonja begins to sob, and Ramona says they didn’t mean to upset her. Sonja says it was awful, and goes into repetitive mode. In her interview, Tinsley suggests an exorcism. Bethenny tries to calm her down, but Sonja says Bethenny wasn’t there. Bethenny takes Sonja aside, and tells her, everything is not a ten. In Ramona’s interview, she thinks going to the house stirred up memories. She’s not surprised at how Sonja is acting. I would suppose being drunk doesn’t help. We flash back to Ramona telling Dorinda that Sonja is going into a hole. Bethenny tells Sonja to pick her battles, while at the table, Ramona, in a flash of genius says, it’s emotional. LuAnn and Dorinda return from outside, and ask how Sonja is doing. Ramona says she had a breakdown, and Bethenny took her from the table. Bethenny says, it’s the wine talking, and Sonja says she has to protect herself, and not lose her sh*t. Bethenny says, that ship already sailed. In a surprise move, Ramona makes sense, and says she doesn’t think they were the original letters. Dorinda says, they’re not. Ramona goes out to tell Sonja the letters weren’t real. Bethenny says they’re not talking about it again. They all go back to the table, and LuAnn asks if it’s over. Sonja says she took the pressure off herself, and is going to have fun. She immediately starts harassing Barbara about going to Bethenny’s room. Bethenny tells her to drink some water. In Bethenny’s interview, she says the best way to handle Sonja is with a muzzle.

Ramona changes into a black teddy. In her interview, Dorinda is puzzled, since there are no men showing up, and the Naked Chef plays for the other team. Ramona flashes her thong. In Tinsley’s interview, she says, everything is a chaotic mess. Sonja loses her sh*t, and Ramona shows up in a negligee. Welcome to the Berkshires. Sonja asks where Coco is, and Ramona says with a helper in the kitchen. In Bethenny’s interview, she says she’s coming back as Ramona. She wants to evolve to the place where she shows up in a silk handkerchief and heels for dinner. What does her after dinner outfit look like? Bethenny says she usually heads upstairs after dinner, but she’s feeling the group, and could use a laugh. She needs dancing and laughing. We see clips of them acting insane. In her interview, LuAnn says, the Berkshires looks a lot crazier when you don’t drink. Barbara says she’s going to bed; she’s scared. Bethenny says, they needed to let loose. With this group, she could tell someone to go screw themselves, and be dancing with them ten minutes later. We’re a group of tough skinned bitches.

In her interview, Sonja says she’s heard rumors about Barbara, and thinks Bethenny is naïve when it comes to these women. Sonja is coming from a place of love admiration; she doesn’t want to get in Bethenny’s pants. In Barbara’s interview, she says, watching the sunrise, she knew her bags were never unpacked, and she was zipping that bitch up, and getting out of there. She tells Dorinda that her house is gorgeous, and she had fun. LuAnn leaves with her. In Dorinda’s interview, she says she accomplished what she needed to do; reestablish a connection with LuAnn, and keep Barbara out of it.

Dorinda and Bethenny go for a walk. Bethenny says Dorinda is going to freak out when she shows her something. When she was in Boston, there was a pad by the hotel phone, and this was on it. She hands Dorinda a paper. Dorinda says she doesn’t get it. She reads, wow, you look spectacular. You’re amazing as always. D. Dorinda asks if Dennis wrote like this, and Bethenny tells her, he always said spectacular. Dorinda says, it’s weird. In Bethenny’s interview, she says Dorinda has experienced death, and is open to alternative approaches. Bethenny thinks he’s trying to send her a message. In her interview, Dorinda says there are signs all over the place. Part of it is, we’re looking for them, but they’re undeniably real. She tells Bethenny that she can make Dennis happy by moving forward.

Back in NYC, Bethenny talks to housekeeper Lanie about having movie night with Brynn and the dogs. Brynn is only into PB&J right now, and Bethenny gets out supplies. Lanie asks if Brynn is having a playdate, but Bethenny says it’s going to be mommy and me. They’re doing art day today, and making cupcakes. She wants to look at the cards she saved from Dennis’s flowers. In her interview, she says she’s seeing someone in Boston. She’s moving forward, but of all the people to lose, Dennis was ever present. She can’t get him t of her head. She looks through old greeting cards, and gets weepy. Lanie misses him too. They look at photos. Bethenny points out one of Dennis and cookie, and one on the night they got engaged. She’d worn the earrings he got for her. In Bethenny’s interview, she says she’s tired of this. It’s not the life she wants, but it’s hard to break away from this. Harder than you think. She tells Lanie, you never know. She should have kept the card from the flowers the new guy sent. Lanie says she saved it.

Ramona is meeting LuAnn and Sonja at a salon, and she brings Coco with her. She says Coco is getting a blowout. She wants Coco with her because she’s getting old, and time with her is precious. She explains that Coco might only have a good year left. In her interview, LuAnn wonders if she’s giving the dog a death wish. The stylist says, dogs are welcome. Ramona tells LuAnn that she was funny when they went out to dinner, and wanted to stay at the hotel. LuAnn says she’s super sensitive right now, and in touch with her emotions. Ramona says she never saw LuAnn like that, and LuAnn says she was pissed and made a scene. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Or, as my father used to add, gets replaced. Ramona is glad she didn’t stay at the hotel. LuAnn says she’s glad too, since she was able to reconnect with Dorinda. In her interview, she says she and Dorinda were like sisters; they were raised the same way. It’s nice to be back as friends, and not in the drama. Sonja joins them, and declines a drink. LuAnn asks if she remembers talking to Barbara at the table. Sonja says she apologized, but had wanted to punch Barbara’s lights out, but she wasn’t the only one to step on toes. Tinsley and Dorinda told Bethenny what LuAnn had said about Bethenny not being queen, and she should have the room. LuAnn doesn’t give a sh*t. In Ramona’s interview, she can’t believe LuAnn is rolling her eyes, since Bethenny helped her when she was on her flat ass. Or flat, drunk ass. Sonja says Bethenny just got LuAnn a lawyer, and remember the intervention? After having to think about that, LuAnn appreciates it, but says the least Bethenny can do is give her the goddam room. I think she’s joking, but then she makes fun of Bethenny, and then I think she’s just being mean. In her interview, she says she never knows where she stands with Bethenny. One day, Bethenny is saving her life, and the next, bashing her with a baseball bat. She tells them if Bethenny wants to be upset with her, bring it on.

Sonja and Ramona go to a flower place. Ramona is happy she and Bethenny are in a good place. She’s getting two arrangements for Bethenny’s dinner party table. She asks what Sonja is wearing, and Sonja tells her not to ask Bethenny dumb [sic] questions that she could google, like what sparkly means. She also thinks Ramona should cool it with the flowers. In her interview, Sonja says Ramona is overdoing it, as usual. They move on to lunch.

Tinsley meets LuAnn for lunch. LuAnn says the crosstown traffic was a nightmare. Tell me about it. The one and only time I ever took a bus was when I thought I could get across town faster than walking. Wrong. LuAnn wonders why we don’t have cars that hover. In her interview, LuAnn says the hardest part of staying sober is not picking up a drink each day. She takes it day by day, and it’s a struggle. Tinsley tells LuAnn that her dad was an alcoholic, and died three years ago. Alcohol didn’t kill him, but he ended up falling when he was drinking, and had frontal lobe damage. He went into a coma, and after two weeks died in a hospice. She hasn’t been around someone with drinking issues since then. Her reaction was always why does she have to walk on eggshells because someone is drinking. She’s angry at him for dying. In Tinsley’s interview, she says she pushes back when someone has a drinking problem. she tells LuAnn that she thinks the person is choosing over their loved ones. LuAnn says, most people think alcoholics chose drinking, but that’s not the truth. It’s a disease. Tinsley starts to cry, saying, she doesn’t see it like that. LuAnn says people can’t control it. Tinsley says if a person is allergic to peanuts, they don’t eat them, but LuAnn says it’s a disease of the mind. The mind doesn’t think correctly. In her interview, Tinsley says she doesn’t have sympathy even when she should, because she lived it. LuAnn says Tinsley needs to forgive her father. Tinsley says she’s still dealing with the loss, and LuAnn says, you go through phases, and she’s stuck in angry. She suggests Tinsley go to Al-Anon, and explains that it helps the families and friends of alcoholics by sharing experiences. She thinks it would help Tinsley. (Very useless trivia. My husband and I both worked for Al-Anon’s main office when we met. Loved my job. Hated non-profit pay.) Tinsley jumps to another subject by telling LuAnn that she’s hosting the Big Apple Circus. In her interview, she says she’s working with a publicist again. He’s been letting people know she’s available to host different events, and she got the gig. She’s going to be the guest ring master. LuAnn thinks she’ll look adorable in the outfit.

Bethenny gets her hair done, while also getting a vitamin IV. The nurse says it will give her energy, but Bethenny doesn’t want any more energy. She just wants health and wellness. In her interview, she says she’s multitasking, and it’s a cluster f**k. She’s giving a dinner party, and has no time to waste. Welcome to her world. She tells the stylist that her ex-boyfriend Russ is there. She didn’t know he was coming, and she’d just had a facial. It’s not when you want to see your ex. He has a staffing company, and any time she’s hired them, he didn’t come. This time, he showed up. She says they dated last summer, and were madly in love, but Dennis came in hot. She phased out and disappeared. It was a disaster. Russ, who is gorgeous and brought his dog, tells Bethenny that he has to go. She asks him to give her five minutes. The stylist says she didn’t expect him to be that fine. Bethenny tells Russ that she’s sorry, and hugs him. He tells her not to scare his guys. She says, they could get scared. They could get laid, but probably don’t want to. In Bethenny’s interview, she says they’re in for a bumpy ride. Her skin won’t be the only bumpy thing tonight.

It’s Bethenny’s first official party. She hasn’t had a formal dinner party there, and she’s proud of her home. It’s beautiful, but homey, and she wants to use it. In a shocking twist, Ramona asks for vodka in a large wine glass with a lot of ice. Then she asks for a straw. Dorinda suggests giving her a crazy straw, and I literally lol. Lanie brings a metal straw, and Ramona asks if she can take it home with her. Geez. She can’t buy one of her own. Even I have one I bought at a flea marker. Tinsley comes in next, followed by Sonja, who says Bethenny always has the best food. Dorinda says she got flowers from LuAnn, thanking her for the weekend, and saying she was happy they made up. Everyone is thrilled Barbara comes bearing wine. A caviar and vodka spread is brought out. Barbara wonders where LuAnn is, and Sonja says she’ll probably come in wearing a Chiquita headdress. Bethenny says, every day is a cabaret. Ramona tells Bethenny not to be upset, but she has a date at 8 o’clock. Bethenny says, do you, and the bell rings. Bethenny says, the cabaret has begun. She’s an hour and fifteen minutes late. In Bethenny’s interview, she says, when you’re a cabaret star, time means something very different. The Countess is here. The cabaret can begin. LuAnn complains about traffic, and not only did she just use that one, in Sonja’s interview, she says they all came from uptown. She can’t believe LuAnn played the traffic card.

Bethenny says they had a breakthrough in the Berkshires, and toasts to them all being in a good place. And everyone being sparkly. Dorinda toasts Barbara surviving the fish bedroom, saying she’s probably woken up with scarier things than the shark. Taking the high road, Barbara says, it was lovely. In her interview, she says she knows what Dorinda is doing, and she’s not taking the bait like that tacky shark. Bethenny suggests a game of Truth or Dare, which never goes well. In Tinsley’s interview, she says she hates that game, pointing out the last time didn’t go well. We flash back to Carole – who I apparently don’t miss, because I always forget she was on this show – asking how old Tinsley was when she had anal sex. Bethenny says she’ll take either. Ramona says, dare, and asks if Bethenny thinks she’ll fall in love again. I guess Ramona used up her smarts for the day, and they have to explain that’s a truth. Ramona’s excuse is that she’s just enjoying the ambience. In her interview, Bethenny says, when she doesn’t want to strangle Ramona, it’s joyful to laugh with and at her. LuAnn dares Bethenny to kiss Barbara, and she does, declaring Barbara a good kisser. Ramon has to go, and Sonja says she didn’t come to watch Bethenny make out with Barbara. In her interview, Sonja admits to being jealous, and wanting to beat Barbara there. Barbara asks if Tinsley has ever kissed a girl. Tinsley says, never, and Sonja wonders how she and Scott do it. In Tinsley’s interview, she says just because she has manners, and dresses a certain way, doesn’t mean she’s not a freak in the sheets. Dorinda is up next, and says she’ll do anything but show a body part. Bethenny ask about phone sex, but that’s not how Dorinda rolls. In Dorinda’s interview, she imitates someone having phone sex, and says, they’d run. It’s not her thing. Bethenny wants her to call John, and put it on speaker. She calls and says she can’t wait to see him. They haven’t had sexy time in a while, and she misses him. He likes what he hears, and she sends him a huge kiss. The woman are gesturing, but it’s more sweet than sexy. After the call, Dorinda says it was the best she can do. Okay, that was funny. Bethenny hugs her. Sonja says it was good for her. In Dorinda’s interview, she says she can always count on John for sex talk.

Bethenny asks if Tinsley has had phone sex, and that’s another never. Barbara tells her to start tonight. Get Scott on the phone. Bethenny can’t believe they’re not together, and never do it. How many Chanel bags can she get in a week? Sonja says she’d rather have sex than a Chanel bag. Tinsley tells them that she loves him, and to stop it. Bethenny dares her to tell Scott that he’s the love of her life, and she wants to be engaged by the end of the year. Sonja says, just call. Bethenny says she’s got nothing else, and Tinsley gets up. In her interview, Bethenny says she didn’t ask Tinsley to screw Scott in her apartment; just call him. Tinsley and LuAnn go out for a smoke. In Tinsley’s interview, she says when they get boyfriends, they can tell how to react to this. She tells LuAnn that Scott would kill her.

Bethenny tells Sonja that she’s never kissed a woman, but she can’t pass up a dare. In her interview, Tinsley knows they’d be giggling in the background, and Scott would be upset. She doesn’t want to make him mad. She goes back to the table, and Bethenny wonders why be friends if they can’t talk. Barbara says maybe Tinsley doesn’t want to be friends, and Dorinda accuses Barbara of instigating. Barbara says she’s sitting in the group; she’s not staying out of it. Make her. Dorinda fakes some boxing moves, and LuAnn says Barbara has a hammer. In Barbara’s interview, she says Dorinda has a vision to get her. She wonders what she did. LuAnn says she went to the bathroom, came back, and look what happened. Sonja says Barbara was being provocative, saying Tinsley didn’t want to be friends. Bethenny wants to clarify that it’s not Tinsley’s fault. She apologizes for striking a chord, but doesn’t know where the lines are. She doesn’t know what’s a bad thing to do. In her interview, Tinsley says they can all think whatever they want to think. Her relationship with Scott is delicate and tricky. He’s uncomfortable with her being in the spotlight as it is. She’ll be happy if she can get it to all fit together.

Bethenny says Tinsley doesn’t have to tell them anything. She knows it must be hard. Tinsley says it is. She’s trying to make it work every day, and it’s literally torture. Bethenny says Tinsley can’t just be happy when he is; that’s not how it works in life. Tinsley says that’s how it works in her life. In her interview, Bethenny says Tinsley sets women back a hundred years. Tinsley says she doesn’t know what to do; she’s doing the best she can. Dorinda hugs her, and she cries. Dorinda says they’re all going through stuff. In her interview, Dorinda asks, what is she afraid of? Fear shouldn’t be part of this thing called a relationship. Bethenny says she’s really sorry, but Tinsley doesn’t seem that happy. It seems like her relationship is in a box. Tinsley says Scott is different from everyone she’s dated. Bethenny asks if he’s controlling, and Tinsley admits he has some controlling ways. Bethenny says she’s a strong, beautiful woman. Does she need for him to be in control? Tinsley says it’s a juggling act. Every day there’s a new headache. Bethenny thinks she should be with someone who accepts her the way she is. Tinsley whines that she loves him. In Bethenny’s interview, she says Scott is driving the car, but she’s not sure Tinsley is even in the car. She hugs Tinsley, who cries some more. She says it seems like Tinsley is under pressure and stress. It doesn’t seem healthy or happy. She doesn’t have to let him drive. It works for his life, but not hers.

LuAnn says she’d also like to offer some advice. Take the truth, not the dare next time.

Next time, the group goes to the circus (like this isn’t enough of one), LuAnn asks if Ramona hooked up with Mario, Tinsley breaks up and makes up, Dorinda tells Ramona not to lie, and Ramona pushes Dorinda. That last one is probably a really bad idea.

👎 Honestly, this poor girl needs to move on. This is not the dude for her, and she’ll never be happy. She loves the limelight, and he hates her being in it? No. Just no. I think the pressure from Mama Dale doesn’t help either.

👑 A Hotline For the Throne…

This is too funny. Jimmy Kimmel set up a hotline for Game of Thrones questions.

⛳ About That Weekend…

I can see it in the distance.

April 16, 2019 – Willow Agrees To Help, Lois Is In Town, More Details, Eddie Makes an Arrest & Bunnygate


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Carly sees Michael at the hospital. She was supposed to meet Sonny there, but they had to reschedule. Michael says let him guess; Sonny is with Kristina.

Sam goes to the DOD house. She says Shiloh looks like she feels. He says he didn’t sleep, and asks if she’s seen her sister. She was going to ask him the same thing; no one has seen her. Shiloh says no one there has either. Sam says her mom hasn’t seen Kristina, and when they call her phone, it goes straight to voicemail. She knows she told him that Kristina can be a flake, but now she’s getting worried. Shiloh says they’ll find her together. They take care of their own at DOD.

At Charlie’s, Brad reads to Lucas from Shiloh’s book. All that matters is being present in the now. Doesn’t it blow his mind? Lucas says, mind blown. Brad doesn’t think he’s too enthusiastic, and Lucas says it’s just not his thing. Brad thinks they need to go to classes. It’s energized him. Lucas can see that, and Brad says there are courses for kids. They can sign up for a family seminar. They can bring Wiley. Shiloh loves him to pieces. Sitting at the bar, Willow overhears.

Valentin asks Nora how her visit has been, and she says, brief. Her case wrapped up already, and she’s headed for the train station. Valentin asks if she can stay put, but she says he’ll have to pay a retainer, and it’s gone up. He tells her to name her price. He needs her services again.

Nina walks into her office while on the phone, and finds Spencer in her chair. She asks what he’s doing there, and he asks if it isn’t unpleasant to have an unwanted trespasser in her sanctorum. He says that word is from the Latin. Nina says, get out of her chair; that’s from Nina. He has the same feeling as when he contemplates his exile from Spoon Island – his rightful home.

Franco sees Cameron sitting outside the principal’s office. He’s obviously been in a fight, and Franco asks, what happened?

Jason sees Elizabeth, and says he needs a favor. He shows her the cup, and asks if she can test the residue, no questions asked.  He wouldn’t ask if it wasn’t important, but it’s family. The less Elizabeth knows, the better. Elizabeth says there’s a test that’s not the most precise, but it’s quick. Does he want to wait? He says he owes her one, and she takes the cup.

Michael tells Carly that he knows Kristina left DOD, but doesn’t know where she is. Jason joins them, and Carly tells him that Michael is asking about Kristina. Jason says he got her out before anything happened. That’s what Michael figured, but he wanted confirmation. Jason says, she’s in a safe place, but she’s pretty messed up.

Shiloh gives Sam a giant glass of water, and says he’s never seen her rattled like this. When they spoke this morning, she said there was nothing to worry about. She says Sonny hasn’t heard from Kristina either. It’s one thing for their mother, and Kristina’s sisters not to hear from her, but she’d never flake on Sonny. She thinks something is wrong, and Shiloh says they’ll find her together.

Brad tells Lucas that DOD has volunteer opportunities and workshops. Lucas says he’ll think about it. He agrees that Brad is less stressed; he’ll give him that. And he’s not popping antacids like he was. Lucas goes over to Willow, and says they met a few months ago. He introduces himself, and Brad says it’s crazy running into her there. He thought she was moving. She says her plans changed. She likes her life there too much, and doesn’t want to change it. Lucas says the need good teachers. She asks Brad if the book is good, and Lucas says he lives and dies by it. He’s a real believer. They leave, and Willow flashes back to Shiloh finding her, and saying he can always find her, even if she changes her name. She tells him she wants him to leave, but he says that’s not what he wants. She promised to never leave him, and she broke her promise.

Nora tells Valentin, it sounds like it’s of some urgency. Her calendar is full, but if he’s facing criminal prosecution, she can refer him to an excellent attorney in New York. He says it’s a family matter. She did a fantastic job when he was seeking custody of Charlotte. Nora thanks him, and understands he revised the agreement. He tells her that he and Lulu decided to share custody of Charlotte, for Charlotte’s sake. Nora says, mozel tov, reminding us that she’s Jewish, and Passover is soon. He says that Lulu has gone overseas indefinitely, without even a day’s notice.

Nina is sorry Spencer and Valentin are still at odds. She wishes they could make peace. He asks who she’s kidding. She’s part of it, and it’s on her to fix it. She asks how he’d like her do that, and he tells her, put a leash on Valentin; he’s her fiancé. Nina says he’s assuming she can control Valentin, and he asks what else marriage is good for. She says Valentin feels entitled, as does Spencer. She tells him, stop antagonizing Valentin and making him the enemy,

Cameron says his mom was supposed to come, but Franco says she’s at work, and he got the call. Does Cameron want to tell him how the fight started? Was it about a girl? It’s his shot to tell Franco before he hears it from the man. He’s just trying to help. Too late. The secretary asks them to come into the principal’s office. Franco tells Cameron, let’s get it over with.

Jason tells Michael that Kristina is physically away from DOD, but still connected emotionally. Sonny hired an expert to break the hold. Carly says they’re going to need family to show up, and Michael says he’ll be there. He asks how she is, and Jason says, angry. Carly adds, but safe. He knows how Sonny is. He’ll pull out all the stops to get her back. Michael says Shiloh will still be waiting, but Jason says he’s working an angle to take Shiloh down, and Sam is working another.

Sam suggests calling the cops, but Shiloh says she’s an adult, so they have to wait 24-hours before they can report her missing. He intends to find her before that. He has members out looking, and they can go to the hospital. Sam thinks she’ll do more good there, and Shiloh says, where Kristina isn’t? She says she can search Kristina’s room. Maybe she’ll find a clue. He’s not comfortable with that, and Sam asks if he doesn’t trust her. He does, but Kristina trusts them with her privacy. Sam doesn’t care if Kristina is in trouble. Shiloh agrees, saying it’s better to beg her forgiveness later, and find her now. He asks Daisy to help Sam search.

Jason explains that Sam is sending Shiloh off to search; then she’s going to search the DOD house. Carly says there has to be something there to use against Shiloh. Jason asks Michael if Willow gave him any insight. Michael says, he doesn’t think… and his phone rings. It’s Willow, who says she has to see him immediately about Shiloh.

Nora tells Valentin that Lulu’s departure was abrupt, but thinks when you’re attacked by a serial killer, you deserve a vacation. Valentin doesn’t disagree, but he’s not willing to send his daughter to Paris every two weeks. He’s the de facto custodial parent, and wants to amend the custody order. Nora asks him to clarify.

Spencer tells Nina that he wants to express his concern for Charlotte. He and Laura saw him at GH. Lulu is barely gone, and he wants to cut out Charlotte’s grandmother. Nina says he misunderstood, but he says they both know what Valentin is capable of. Take the blinders off, lady. Nina tells him, don’t lady her, and there’s a binding agreement. He says Lulu changed things when she went overseas, but Nina says Valentin has no problem with Charlotte seeing her grandmother, and will make it happen.

Franco brings Cameron to the hospital. Elizabeth asks, what happened? Franco says, good question, but Cameron’s not talking. Not to him or the principal. Elizabeth tells Cameron to wait for her in the examining room. Franco tells her neither one will say what happened, but the school has zero tolerance for fighting. They’ve both been suspended.

Jason tells Carly, Kristina was obviously drugged. He found her on the floor, with pillows all around. Carly says, he drugs them, and sleeps with them? and Jason says, that’s what it looks like. He found a cup lying next to her. It was metal, with engraving on the bottom; the same symbol some of Shiloh’s followers have tattooed on their backs. He took it to Elizabeth to have it analyzed. He wants to find proof that Shiloh is drugging his followers.

Sam tells Daisy that she’s got this, but Daisy says it’s what Shiloh wants. Nothing is as important as finding Kristina. Sam says they know she has her phone and wallet. She wonders what’s in Kristina’s drawers, and Daisy starts to go through them. Sam says it looks like most of her clothes are there. She must have left with a small bag. Daisy doesn’t get why Kristina left, and Sam says she doesn’t either. She was excited about her higher level of achievement. Daisy says, what a disappointment. It’s an honor to be chosen to be close to Shiloh. No one has ever changed their mind. They know what the consequences are. Sam asks, what consequences?

Michael meets Willow at Charlie’s. She’s glad he came quickly; she was afraid she’d change her mind. She’s willing to talk to Kristina, and share her experiences. Michael knows it’s not an easy decision, and Willow says she has one condition; non-negotiable. They can’t be anywhere near DOD or Shiloh. He asks if she doesn’t trust herself around him. Michael asks if she’s afraid he’ll get his hooks in her.

Shiloh sees Brad at the hospital, and asks how it’s going with Wiley and Lucas. Brad says, really good. He’s surprised Shiloh remembered him. Shiloh says their work together is significant. Every drop of water makes an ocean. Isn’t that from The Aristocats? Shiloh asks if he’s going to see Brad again, and Brad says he needs more Zen in his life. He wants to bring Wiley and Lucas. Shiloh says he shows a real aptitude, and Brad thanks him. He sees the cup in Brad’s hands, and I audibly gasp. He asks where Brad got it.

Nina tells Spencer that Charlotte loves Laura. Valentin won’t come between them. Spencer tells her to open her eyes. He needs her to get Valentin to back off. Nina says, back off who? and he says, him. Her knight in shining armor is blackmailing him.

Valentin ask Nora if Lulu can dictate that Laura get half-custody. Nora says, the short answer is no. She can express wishes, but has no legal ground. Valentin asks if there’s a legal avenue she can pursue, and again Nora says the short answer is no. They’d have to relitigate at that point, and then he can voice his own position. He says Lulu left without notice, and he wants to file for full legal custody.

Elizabeth tells Cameron, silence is not an option. He says he handled it. She doesn’t need to know what happened. It will only hurt her, Franco says she’s a strong person, and Cameron tells him, stay out of this. Elizabeth says, hey. He apologizes and asks if he can go, but Elizabeth says he’s not going anywhere until he comes clean. She’ll find out one way or the other. It’s better to find out from him. He says the reason he beat the crap out of Tyler was because he insulted Aiden, calling him a little fairy boy.

Carly asks what Jason thinks about the psychologist Sonny hired. He says he doesn’t like psychologists, and Carly says, still… Jason says he seems to know what he’s doing, but he doesn’t see how he can get through to Kristina. Carly asks how Kristina was, and Jason says, she was pretty out of it, but okay. It was good because she didn’t fight him, and gave him the code to her phone. Until she woke up. Then she was furious. He can’t say he blames her; he did kidnap her. Carly says, for her own good. He says it would help to get hard evidence against Shiloh to give to the cops. Carly is surprised he wants to work with the cops. He says he wants to make Shiloh disappear, but it’s best for Kristina if he goes to prison. She’ll see he’s a con, and it will break his hold once and for all.

Brad tells Shiloh the cup is something he has to test; why? Shiloh says, it’s his. It has special meaning, and went missing from DOD. He asks what it’s being tested for, and I yell at Brad to shut up, but he says, for drugs. Shiloh says he doesn’t now how anybody got it, but it’s someone who wants to discredit DOD and see it fail. Brad wonder why anyone would want that, and Shiloh says, some people don’t understand, and others want to see it fail for more personal reasons. Jason is so obsessed with his ex, he attacked Shiloh. Brad says it was given to him by a nurse close to Jason. Maybe he stole it, and convinced her to run the test. It’s amazing the lengths people will go to. Shiloh says, especially Jason.

Sam asks Daisy what the consequences are for walking away from the Trust. Daisy asks where she heard that term, and Sam says, Kristina maybe. Daisy tells her, forget it. The only people who are supposed to know the name, are a part of it. Sam asks what would happen if she mentioned it to Shiloh. Would she be shunned? Is that what Kristina is afraid of? Daisy says, Shiloh would never shun anyone, especially Kristina. She’s so important to him.

Willow tells Michael if Shiloh was planning on bringing Kristina into the Trust, he’ll be watching her closely. He says her family got there first; she’s with them. Willow says, Shiloh won’t let her go so easily. He stays with you. He’s still in her head now, no matter how many miles are between them.

Carly thinks getting Shiloh out of the way is the obvious solution, but Jason says Kristina is Sonny’s daughter and Sam’s sister. They should decide how to handle it. Carly says they’re too close to this. They’re not seeing Kristina clearly. They assume she can’t handle what’s happening. They’re really undermining her. They don’t have confidence in her, so she has none in herself, and pinballs from thing to thing, trying to find where she fits. Jason says, what if Shiloh disappears, and she breaks down completely? Carly doesn’t know, and he says that’s why they have to let Sonny and Sam decide. Carly says she’s just tired, and thanks him for letting her vent. He tells her, stay there.

Nina asks Spencer how Valentin could be blackmailing him. Spencer says Valentin wants him to tell his grandmother that Charlotte doesn’t want to visit her, but there’s nothing further from the truth. Valentin comes into the reception area, and listens. Nina says she didn’t realize Spencer and Charlotte were friends. Spencer says Valentin wants to cut his grandmother out of Charlotte’s life, and if he doesn’t cooperate, Valentin will sic the Feds on him. Nina says, the FBI? Spencer says Valentin will stop at nothing to get what he wants. He asks her to have a heart. Make Valentin leave him alone. Nina says, give it up. Tell his story to someone else. She saves her pity save for the actual helpless, and he’s anything but. He tells her that she’s a worthy adversary, and worthy of respect. It’s too bad Valentin doesn’t have any for her. If he did, he wouldn’t be keeping a secret with Sasha.

Cameron tells Elizabeth and Franco that Tyler and his friend kept looking at him, laughing. He asked what was up, and they said, nothing. He was about to leave, and Tyler said his sister told him all about Aiden. Elizabeth says, what about him? and Cameron tells her that she said he’s a little fairy boy. Tyler called him Gayden, so Cameron jumped him. They got hauled to the principal’s office, but Tyler won’t be running his mouth anymore. That lying piece of crap. Aiden is a little kid; he’s not like that.

Jason gives Carly a smoothie. She tells him that she’s going to turn into an orange. He tells her as long as she takes care of herself and the baby, he doesn’t care. She says it’s her other baby she’s worried about. Oscar had another seizure. Josslyn was with him. He’s sweet and romantic, and got Josslyn a digital watch. There’s a superstition that at 11:11, someone that you love who has died is reaching out to you. She guesses it’s a way to stay connected. She doesn’t know if she believes it, but they do. They played music, and were dancing, when Oscar collapsed.

Elizabeth says Cameron knows better than to solve problems by fighting. He’s not going to let that tool call his brother fairy boy. How can he say Aiden is gay; he’s a little kid. Franco wonders if the real problem is that he doesn’t want it to be true. Elizabeth says he’s not like the other kids his age. Cameron asks, why? Because he likes Princess Calinda and baking? Elizabeth says, none of those things alone or together would prove that conclusion, but it’s not their job to impose a label on him. It’s their job to love and support him, no matte who he grows up to be. Cameron says, right now, he’s in the third grade, but his classmates have siblings. Unless they’re going door to door, he has to do something. Do they just expect him to take it? Franco says, you bet, and Cameron asks if Aiden can’t be a little less gay.

Nina asks Spencer what’s going on with Sasha and Valentin. Valentin comes in and asks if someone said his name. Spencer says he was telling Nina about when Sasha interrupted them at Windymere. Something shady was going on. Valentin says they were just talking about people. Would Spencer like it if Valentin talked about him?

Brad tells Shiloh, if he doesn’t do something, Jason will keep coming after him. He should have Jason arrested for theft. Shiloh feigns concern that Brad and Jason’s friend will be implicated as accomplices. He says there was only tea in the cup. Just tell Jason, and that will be that. Lucas comes by, and Shiloh says they’ll talk later, and jets. Lucas tells Brad that he’s off tonight. Any chance Brad can knock off early too?

Daisy tells Sam that they’ve gone through everything; there’s nothing there. Sam asks if Daisy has any clue what Kristina might have been feeling. Daisy says, she was excited. Kristina knew it was a privilege. Sam says, maybe the privilege was too much, but Daisy says, Kristina knew what it meant. If she hadn’t been fully committed, she wouldn’t have made the pledge. Sam asks what the pledge is exactly. Daisy says, if Sam is fully committed, one day she’ll be chosen, and find out.

Michael tells Willow, it doesn’t sound like having sex with Shiloh is a choice, but expected. She went through the ceremony, and at the end he had sex with her; that’s coercion. She says he didn’t force himself on her, but offered her a place in the Trust, saying it was an honor. That’s how everyone treated it, even her mother. Her mother convinced her that she was special. It wasn’t until she went to school that she realized DOD was built on lies, and Shiloh was just a con man. He was her first; the only man she’d been with, and he used her. Michael says, her baby was Shiloh’s, wasn’t it? and she says, yes.

Carly tells Jason, Josslyn called the paramedics, and went with Oscar. Jason asks how he is now, and Carly says, breathing on his own, and awake, but he only has a few days at most. Josslyn is with him, and wants to be until the end. It’s taking everything not to park herself there, but she can’t do that. She has to wait until Josslyn says she needs her, and keep herself busy. Jason suggests they shoot pool, and she says, don’t tempt her. He needs to bust Shiloh. Nothing is more important than her and Josslyn. He tells her, just call him when she needs him. She promises, and they hug.

Elizabeth says, no one is asking Aiden to be anything other than who he is. Franco says this isn’t about making Cameron’s life easier. Is he upset about the kids talking trash about Aiden, or about who Aiden is? Cameron says he doesn’t want to deal with Aiden being teased; he loves his brother. Franco tells him, prove it by his support. He could have saved a lot of pain if he’d stepped up to the plate. Franco leaves, and Cameron says, he’s wrong about everything. Elizabeth says, he’s angry, and so is she. Cameron is angry and upset on his own behalf, not his brother’s. She leaves, and Cameron pounds the wall.

Spencer tells Valentin not to be hasty. Valentin says he wanted the truth. His phone rings, and Nora says she’s tracking a case that she thinks might prove useful. He thanks her for her quick action, but it’s not necessary. He’s not pursuing reviving the custody agreement. He’s sorry for the trouble. She says, it’s no trouble; he’ll get her bill. Valentin tells Spencer this is the last of his patience. Spencer isn’t getting another chance. Go. Spencer runs out. Nina asks if he really blackmailed Spencer, and Valentin says, he’s a kid. It was just leverage to guarantee the truth. Sasha tells him, don’t count on it. Spencer will do anything to make him look bad. Was there something going on with Sasha? He says he offered Sasha money to join her in New York, but Sasha said no. Nina says, she’s a proud woman, but Valentin says, not as proud as her mother.

Brad brings the cup back to Elizabeth, who’s talking to Jason. He says he ran the test. Jason asks what he’s talking about, and Brad says, the results are back. There were no drugs; nothing. Just tea and Valerian root. By the look on his face, Jason doesn’t believe it.

Shiloh comes back to DOD. Sam asks if he found Kristina. He says he checked GH and Mercy, but she wasn’t there. He thinks he knows what happened though. He thinks Jason kidnapped her.

Brad looks full of himself.  Lucas tells Brad that his paperwork is finished, and he’s heading out.  Brad says he was talking to Shiloh about taking the next class. How about it?

Willow tells Michael, as soon as she found out she was pregnant, she made her escape. She couldn’t let Shiloh find out. He’d mold his child into one of his blind followers. Michael is sorry, but glad she broke away. Shiloh got away, but she protected her baby and lost it. She says he has it wrong, but it’s her fault. She’s been lying to him. The baby didn’t die.

Franco tells Nina that they need to talk to their step-kids, Michael knows who Willow’s adoptive family is, and Jason asks Brad if he’s involved with DOD.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Returning to the show where I’ve started disliking people I used to like, or at least didn’t bother me. I’m still good with Denise though, and of course LVP can do no wrong.

Denise is getting ready to have Dorit over. She tells trainer Mikey that Dorit weighs an ounce, and probably won’t eat, but they have snacks. She makes some drinks, and says that Dorit has two little kids, so she could use a double. The seltzer sprays everywhere when she opens it, and she claims she’s not used to using it in her drinks. Dorit arrives and meets Eloise, In Denise’s interview, she says she liked Dorit right away. It was sweet of Dorit to invite her to the Bahamas, when Dorit only knew her a few seconds. There’s also a lot to talk about. She puts blankets on the couch so Dorit doesn’t sit on dog hair. Celebrities – they’re just like us! Denise is anyway.

They talk about how tight their schedules are. Dorit says she feels blessed, and adores her husband. Denise asks how long PK has known LVP, and Dorit says they go back to their London days. They’re close; like brother and sister. Denise asks if they’ve talked recently, and Dorit says, no. The last time they spoke was at Denise’s wedding. Dorit knows LVP cares for her, but believes the Radar Online article came from her, and that she then called TMZ. In her interview, Dorit says, if you have nothing to hide, why would you hide? Denise says she’s coming from a place where she was dragged through the mud, embarrassed, and felt like she needed to defend herself. In her interview, she says when she got divorced from Charlie, she would try to find out who was leaking things by telling them false information. If she saw it in print, they were out. She had to live in a bubble. Dorit wants to go back to trusting LVP, but Denise thinks it will take some time. They go outside to check out the beautiful view. Dorit asks how long they’ve lived there, and Denise says, just over a month. They wanted something simple, Zen, and peaceful. Dorit knows what she means.

Kyle sets up the place cards for Camille’s shower. She wants to make sure there’s no awkwardness. In Kyle’s interview, she says she wanted to throw Camille a shower because it’s an exciting time in Camille’s life, and she loves throwing showers. Seating is everything. She’s seen women come in early, and move place cards, so she’s got to watch out for those people, The last time she spoke to LVP, they had a big argument. Yay. We get to see some of that again. She wants the day to be special for Camille, and her OCD is in overdrive.

LVP’s kitchen is getting torn apart. Steven tells Ken – Giggy! – it’s too late to change his mind. LVP wonders what she was thinking. In her interview, she says she’s emotionally scattered. Everything is coming at her from all angles. She says, the last time she stood there, she was with a friend of hers, and we see another clip from the argument. She takes a couple of swings at the old kitchen with a hammer, and says, at least Kyle was only a bitch in the kitchen. If she’d followed LVP through the house, this might be more expensive. She’s looking forward to it being brighter; it was dark and depressing. She wants to make some tea, but finds a bottle of wine that’s preferable.

The corrupt Faye Resnick arrives, and asks Kyle if it’s okay to wear white. Kyle explains that it’s weddings where you shouldn’t wear white. I just shake my head, although I know someone who thought all guests were supposed to wear the same color at a wedding, not knowing that was only for the bridesmaids. Teddi says, it looks amazing, and asks if everyone’s coming. Kyle says she invited everyone. In her interview, Camille appreciates Kyle’s offer to throw her a bridal shower. It’s tough to move ahead, and she wasn’t sure if she’d find love again, but David made her believe in love again. LisaR says Erika texted that she’s in tour hell, and can’t make it.

At the rehearsal studio, Mikey says, they’re seven days away from… Erika says, greatness. Mikey says, that too, but their first show in Jersey. In Erika’s interview, she says it’s the final days of rehearsal. There’s no time for a social life, family life, or any other life but show life. She’ll catch Camille at the next wedding. Erika’s choreographer gives some notes. In her interview, Erika says, as a child, she had big dreams, but as you get married, have kids, get divorced and remarried, priorities change. Life takes a different path. When the road opened wide at age 35, she took advantage. We’re the masters of our own destiny. Follow your dreams, and have a kickass checkbook. While rehearsing, Erika gets a knee to the jaw, and I try not to laugh. Mikey asks if she’s okay. Erika says, no, but she doesn’t want to make it a big deal. She tells us, with live shows, anything can happen, but the show must go on. That’s the way it is. They do that circle thing, even though it’s kind of early for that. Doesn’t that come before an actual show?

LisaR tells everyone her mom Lois is in town, and we see a clip of LisaR greeting her. In her interview, LisaR says her mother is almost 91, so when she can spend time with her, every second count. Food and drink happens. Camille opens gifts, and gets a tiara, which she promptly puts on. Kyle thanks everyone for coming to celebrate Camille. She says they’ve had their ups and downs – we flash back to her calling Camille a liar – and she’s excited for her and David. They deserve happiness. Dorit tells Kyle she was with Kyle’s sister Kathy last night. In Kyle’s interview, she says one good thing about American Woman not being picked up, is she and her sisters are speaking again. Everything is good, and they’re having fun again. She traded one for the other. Camille asks where LVP is. In her interview, Camille says she’s disappointed LVP isn’t there. LVP doesn’t need to punish her. Kyle asks if she’s coming to the wedding. Everyone agrees that even when you’re having problems with people, you should show up. Are you kidding? With this crowd. Who wants to be eaten alive? Camille says LVP told her be strong when the same thing happened with her. Kyle thinks Camille should send a text saying LVP was missed. In LisaR’s interview, she thinks that’s being passive/aggressive, and Camille should say she’s hurt. Camille thanks everyone for helping her celebrate this special time in her life.

Kyle drives some weird little car to the Mediterranean market with Portia. In her interview, Kyle says she saw a guy driving what looked like a lux go cart. He says it was called a Vanderhaul, and she thought it would be a fun toy. Plus it was cheaper than a vintage Jag. She’s scared driving it though. At the market, she gives Portia her own basket. In her interview, she says, as a mom, she wants do everything for them, like her mom did. She tells Portia that she’s got this. There’s a problem when it comes to loading the car, since it doesn’t hold much. Kyle says it’s a fun car, but not functional. Don’t take it shopping unless you’re not hungry. She crams what she has in the car, and Portia has to sit on top of some of it.

LisaR, her daughters, and Lois go to a high-end spa. The doctor is surprised that Lois is 90. LisaR suggests an IV bag. In her interview, she says her mom is low maintenance. She’s never had a massage, a facial, or even a pimple. She’s kind of a freak of nature. Lois taught her; age is about attitude. If you feel young, you’ll be young. Nice try. She says Lois must think they’re crazy. Amelia says Harry is home watching the news on all their TVs. In LisaR’s interview, she says, since Harry came back from camping, the Kavanaugh hearings have everyone on edge. To see a woman being put in a vulnerable position, and being made fun of and not believed, is effed up. LisaR wants to try the infrared bed. In her interview, she says the purpose of the bed is… she doesn’t really know the effing purpose. The girls do cryotherapy, and scream the whole time. Not surprising, since it’s minus 140 degrees. When LisaR comes out, she says she’s like a new person. We could only hope. In her interview, she says this is probably all bullsh*t, but  she’ll buy it quicker than anyone.

In the car with Lois, LisaR says she’s buzzing, and could run a marathon. Too bad she’s not doing QVC today. Lois says she doesn’t watch it much; it’s boring. LisaR says, thanks a lot. They go to a restaurant, where there’s a private table, and the rest of the gang (minus LVP) gathers, along with some other friends. In Kyle’s interview, she says she loves when Lois visits. She’s hilarious. What woman this age travels, and is super cool and fun? How about Betty White? She says,  they don’t make them like her every day.  LisaR shows off her $5K tiny handbag. In her interview, she says she’s been low key with the big purse thing. She doesn’t spend a lot, but everyone wants a Hermes bag, especially where they live. They’re all superficial and effed up. Everyone talks among themselves. Denise says it’s surreal seeing LisaR’s girls, since hers are going to be that age soon. She wishes she could keep them young forever. The kids jet, since they have to get up early. What’s wrong with this picture?

Kyle asks Camille if she’s heard from LVP. Camille says she texted that she missed LVP at the shower, and LVP said she wasn’t invited. Kyle is like, what? and says, it’s such a joke. She didn’t leave a stone unturned, and shows Camille the message was delivered. She asks what Camille said, and Camille tells her that she said she didn’t know LVP wasn’t invited, and would have wanted her there. She shows Kyle the texts. In her interview, Kyle knows it’s not fun being honest with LVP, but can’t believe Camille just said she didn’t know. Lois thinks it’s bullsh*t. LisaR says she invited Harry, but it’s a big day politically because of the Kavanaugh hearings. Everything is changing. Camille says she has a different point of view. There’s not enough evidence. When you’re going up against something like that, you need to have witnesses lined up. She thinks if that happened, you would tell someone. Teddi doesn’t agree. Camille says you would tell your boyfriend or your parents. LisaR’s friend Robin says she was attacked in seventh grade, and never said anything. Camille says she was too, but she told people. LisaR says the woman told her husband, but Camille says that was years later. LisaR asks if Camille doesn’t believe her, and Camille says it’s a he said/she said situation. It pisses her off. LisaR says she’s not getting anything out of telling the world, and she’s a doctor. Camille asks if LisaR believes that anyone who holds a PhD is right. Teddi asks how Camille would feel if no one believed her. As usual, she asks stupid questions, since she came late to the party. Camille says that’s her priority. These are serious allegations, and she feels bad for the judge and his family. LisaR thinks she would be more empathetic, and Camille says, she is, but she’s also been accused of things she hasn’t done. In her interview, Camille says when she was going through her divorce, she was maligned. We flash back to a reunion, where Andy runs down a list of insults hurled at Camille. Camille says it’s horrible to go through that when you’ve done good things. She empathizes with what the judge is going through, since she’s been in that position. She knows what it feels like to be wrongfully accused, and humiliated all over the world because of lies. In LisaR’s interview, she thinks Camille comparing herself to Kavanaugh is weird. It’s not about Camille; it’s about something much bigger. She tells Camille that he’s going to be a judge for the rest of his life; it’s a big thing. Kyle says her mother told her to never talk about religion, politics, or sex in a public setting, and wants to change it up. Dorit says it doesn’t sound like a discussion about politics. LisaR thanks everyone for coming, and says this is for her mom. They all toast to Lois.

Kyle says, guess who’s there, and watching them. It’s her sister Kim. They wave to her downstairs, and Kim holds a menu in front of her face. We flash back to her returning the infamous bunny to LisaR at the reunion. Kyle goes downstairs, and Kim says, what are the odds?

Dorit asks LisaR how she feels about seeing Kim. LisaR says she’s fine with it. Kim is a human existing on the earth like she is. They wonder if Camille left, but she’s crying on the stairs. She tells Kyle that she doesn’t know why she’s so upset, but she’s been accused of things she’s never done. It’s horrible to be put in that position. Kyle says, it’s okay to have a difference of opinion. Camille asks her to be a bridesmaid, and Kyle says she’d love to. In Kyle’s interview, she says she never thought she’d be asked by Camille at the bottom of the stairs while she was crying. Camille goes back upstairs, and says she’s not going to make excuses for her opinions. LisaR asks if she hurt Camille’s feelings, and Camille says she’s been the victim of a smear campaign, and it hurts. LisaR sits next to her, and she cries on LisaR’s shoulder, which I find a tad hypocritical on LisaR’s part. Teddi tells Camille that he doesn’t have that power anymore. LisaR says she’s moving to a new life, and deserves it.

Kyles sister Kathy is there too, and Kyle wonders if life could get stranger. There are ten thousand restaurants, and by coincidence, they all picked the same one. She’s happy they’re on speaking terms. Kim congratulates Camille, as LisaR strides past her. In LisaR’s interview, she asks why she should give two sh*ts, and say hello. Out of sight, out of mind, and she’s not thinking of Kim. She tells Lois that she just walked by. Again, kind of hypocritical when she was just saying they were both humans, blah-blah-blah.

Back home, LisaR tells Lois that she’s stunning. LisaR is exhausted, with all these dogs. They went from one to three. Really? Three dogs is exhausting when you have all that money and can hawk dusters on QVC all night? Ugh. I like her less and less. Lois doesn’t know how she manages. LisaR asks what Lois thought about the dinner. She says it was wild. She never heard them talk about politics. LisaR says they usually don’t, but it’s timely. Women are now being honest about rape and sexual harassment, when they’ve been quiet a long time. Lois says she was lucky. She shouldn’t be here, and neither should LisaR. In her interview, LisaR says, years before she was born, her mother was attacked by someone she worked with. He picked her up at the bus stop, but instead of taking her home, drove down a deserted road. Lois says he had a hammer in one hand, and a knife in the other, and tried to rape and kill her, but the military police knew no one should be driving there, and followed him. They saved her that day. She was the first one where he went to jail. He was in prison for seven and a half years, and after he got out, became a serial killer, murdering sixteen to eighteen women. We see newspaper headlines about the Trailside Killer. Holy! Lois can’t remember what she told her. LisaR says Lois couldn’t smell anything, and had metal plates in her head, but told her a kid on the playground had hit her with a hammer. When Lois finally told her the truth (on WWHL, LisaR said she was eighteen when Lois gave her the real story), she was filled with sadness and empathy, but not just because it happened. Lois had stuffed her feelings. Lois says she didn’t want LisaR to grow up scared. LisaR thought Lois was overprotective, and Lisa never quite trusted people. She says she must have put out the energy that no one should screw with her. she’s one of the few people she knows who’s never been harassed or attacked. In LisaR’s interview, she says it takes courage to come forward. The least we can do is show them compassion. She tells Lois that she’s strong, and Lois says LisaR will probably live to be 105 or more.

Later this season, LVP opens her Vegas restaurant, Boy George performs, Erika performs, rock climbing happens, rosé all day happens, Brandi (blech) gets together with Denise, Camille’s wedding happens, Denise talks to LVP, Camille’s house burns down, and Camille and Denise argue. Geez. Maybe this show is getting too depressing.

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If Loving You Is Wrong

Lushion paces near Kelly’s hospital room, saying, dammit Kelly. The prosecutor (whose name I don’t remember and got tired of searching for) asks what he’s doing there. He says, guarding Kelly. She says that’s what she heard. She spoke with the doctor, and it turns out nothing is wrong with Kelly. Lushion says, that’s good, and the prosecutor says Kelly is getting escorted back to jail now. Lushion thinks she should talk to Kelly, but she says she has nothing to say. She asks if he didn’t see her press conference. He says they have mountains of evidence and she refuses to listen to reason. She says a jury of twelve will do that, and asks him to move. He steps aside, and two officers go in. I can’t believe how cool Lushion is being. The prosecutor asks what’s wrong with him; he needs to let this go. That girl is going down. She says he can leave now, and goes into Kelly’s room. She comes back out, and says, not so fast. He says, damn.

They have a problem. They don’t have the right key for the cuffs. The prosecutor tells Lushion to come back and uncuff her. He goes inside, and Kelly is in the bed. He’s confused, as we all are, but says… um, nothing. Kelly says she can’t go back. She wants to talk to Justice. Lushion says he’ll see what he can do, and tells her, stay strong. He uncuffs her, and says he’s working on this. He’ll see her soon. The officers come in, and I notice that, oddly, Kelly is wearing clothing underneath her hospital robe. The prosecutor tells Lushion, if she didn’t know better, she’d think something improper was going on. He says if he didn’t know better, he’d think she didn’t want justice. She says she does; justice for Travis. He was the victim. She’s talking the truth, and Lushion says, the truth is, she wants to be reelected. She sits on her ivory throne, and is so busy, she won’t take the time to see how wrong this is. If she did, she’d see they have evidence that Travis was stalking Kelly, but all she cares about is a win. She could care less about putting a good woman in jail for life. She says she’s not. She wants the death penalty.

Esperanza comes to Larry’s office. She wants to find a legal way to get her ex to leave her alone. Larry says, don’t they all. Tell him more. She says he’s harassing her at work, and threatens every person she tries to date; they’re scared to be around her. He’s making her life a living hell. Larry suggests a restraining order, but she says they work in the same building. Larry says they can get him fired for sexual harassment. She says they have a daughter together. She doesn’t want to go that route. She just wants to find a way to get him to leave her alone. Larry asks what route she wants to take. Esperanza says there are certain things she knows; dates, times, and dirty deeds he’s done. Larry says, tell him more, but she doesn’t want do that. He asks how she wants him to do that if she won’t tell him anything? She asks if Larry can hire someone to kill him. Larry says he can’t do that, and wouldn’t advise it. She says she was kidding. He doesn’t think so, but says, so was he. She doesn’t want to ruin his life, but Larry says, some people’s lives should be ruined. She doesn’t want a restraining order, or to file charges, and she doesn’t want to kill him. Larry doesn’t know how to help. Esperanza wants to threaten to take sole custody of their daughter if he doesn’t leave her alone. Larry says, if he’s as bad as she says he is, a judge will be more than happy to consider that. She thinks it will make him calm down. Has she met Eddie? Larry thinks they can do that, and Esperanza says she wants to speak to him first. If he won’t listen, she’ll move forward. Larry is more than happy to help. She asks what it will cost, and Larry says, off record, getting even with him is fine. Esperanza asks if he had a bad experience, and Larry says, he did, but he loved it. It was like rocket fuel for him. Esperanza leaves. Larry laughs, and makes notes.

Randal stomps into his house. He makes a drink, and nods to himself. He calls Marcie. She answers, what? like I do when I’m pissed at the caller. He says she thinks she’s so damn smart. She tells him, don’t call again, but he says he will. She thinks she’s smart. She says he made her lose the baby. She’s trying not to think about the pain he caused. She’s concentrating on work and moving on. She thinks this is smart actually. Randal loses it, and she says she’s past dealing with him. He asks if she’s going to run and tell Brad, and she says maybe she’ll send him to kick Randal’s ass again. Ha-ha! Randal says, yawn. He’s going to get even. She says, you do that.

Macie calls Brad, who asks how she is. She says she’d be better if she could get Randal to stop calling. Brad calls him an, indolent prick, which sounds nearly posh with his accent. Marcie asks if Alex signed the papers, and Brad says, not yet. She wanted a lawyer go over them. Marcie says, it’s probably for the best. If there’s no counsel, she could contest it, like Randal. She says there’s nothing she can do about it – except find a drug addict to kill him. Maybe Wyatt (HAHN) could use a job. Brad says she doesn’t want to end up in Kelly’s shoes; try and let it go. She says she’s trying; Randal isn’t. She wishes they could move away to another town. He does too, but the kids are there. She says she’ll be home at seven, and he asks if she’d like to go out to eat. She says she’d like that, and he says he’ll see her then.

Tanya sleeps on the couch. Ben sits in a nearby chair. She wakes, and says she slept a long time. He asks how she feels, and she says, better. How bad was it? He says, not that bad, and she says, don’t lie. He asks how much she remembers. She says she remembers being cold, and the neighbor, the psychologist. He came to the house; it was weird. She doesn’t want to talk to him again – ever. She wonders if everybody’s going to be looking at her like she’s insane. He says, they seem like nice people, but she says, so did the last ones. He says, that was different. She doesn’t like being stared at. She’s alone, in a new place. Ben suggests they get to know their new neighbors. Alex seems nice, and Natalie from down the street. Tanya says, not today. He asks what she’s going to do, and she thinks she’ll finish her book. He thinks that’s a good idea, and she says, she’ll make him lunch. He says, perfect. She apologizes, and he sits next to her. He says, don’t, and she asks why he stays with her. He says because he loves her. She gives him all he needs. She says she can’t give him a child, and he asks if that’s why she stopped taking her meds. She says she can’t have a baby, but she wants one. He says she can’t stop taking her meds. She insists she was fine until Randal talked to her. He says she thought she was fine. She swears she was, but he tells her, don’t do it again. After they get settled in, they’ll talk about adoption or a surrogate. She says they can’t afford one, but he says they’ll work toward it. She’s all the family he needs. He loves her. She says she loves him too, and he tells her, she’s going to be okay, and holds her. For a moment there, I thought I was watching a Tennessee Williams play.

Natalie calls Marcie to check on her. Marcie say she’s been having a hard time since she lost the baby. Natalie is sorry, and Marcie says she’s been through it before. At least she’s divorced. Natalie congratulates her, and Marcie asks how Kelly is doing. Natalie says, she’s better. Marcie says, no man is worth taking your life, and Natalie adds, especially a sorry ass loser. Marcie says Natalie’s got a good one. Natalie agrees, and says she’ll kill a bitch to protect him. She asks if the police talked to Marcie, and Marcie says, no. Natalie wonders why, and Marcie says, no proof, and if they do show up, Larry will handle it. Brad comes in with flowers, and Marcie says she’ll call Natalie back. She ask Brad, why? and he says she deserves them. She has a few more calls, and he asks if she can make them from the car. He has a surprise. They’re going somewhere nice. It’s their first official date. She says she’s ready, and they leave.

Sitting on the front porch, Randal looks at Tanya and Ben’s house with binoculars. Natalie sees him, and walks up to the porch, startling him when he sees her magnified. She asks what he’s doing, and he says, looking in the house. She says she’s going to tell Tanya’s husband, and Randal says he’ll tell him that she’s ghetto as hell. Like this is a threat. She says she’s cut his ass before. Tanya is a woman alone, and she’s not well. Randal says Natalie isn’t well, and she says he’s crazy as hell. He says, damn right. Welcome to his world. She wishes his ass burned up in the fire. She tells him that it was her, but he says that’s too smart for her. She says, you only need cheese to catch a rat. Leave that woman alone. She’s telling her husband. Randal says, go. Tell him.

At the station, Esperanza tells Eddie that she needs to talk to him. He says that thing she’s doing with her mouth is talking, but she says, not here. Somewhere more civil. He says, her, him, and her bedroom works. She doesn’t want to argue, and tells him to focus. He looks at her butt, and says he’s focusing. She asks him to meet her for lunch, and he wonders if she’s going to poison him. She says she has something to scare him, but he says there’s nothing scary about her unless she’s in between waxes. She says she’ll text him the restaurant. He says he’ll be there.

Ben leaves the house, and I wonder why Natalie didn’t go straight over there. He knocks on Randal’s door. Randal asks how his wife is, and Ben says, good. She said Randal talked to her. He asks what Randal talked about, and Randal says, the neighborhood. Ben asks if that’s it. Randal asks what she said. Ben says she has a mental illness, and Randal says he picked up on that. It’s a shame. Ben says, yes it is. They’re new in the neighborhood, and Randal can do them a favor by not talking to her. Randal says, that’s a little rude, and Ben says, yeah, but necessary. Randal says, okay. He won’t say anything, but she’s going to have another break. Ben says, she just needs to take her meds. Randal says, what if she doesn’t? and reminds Ben that he helped Tanya. Ben appreciates it, but says, don’t talk to her again. Randal asks if he’s the jealous kind, and Ben says, no; the loving kind. Randal laughs, and says, isn’t that cute? Ben tells Randal, have a nice day. When he’s gone, Randal stomps out of his house, and walks over to Alex’s, saying, no rest for him. He’ll make that crazy bitch even crazier.

Randal knocks on Alex’s door, and she lets him in. He says she looks good, and she says this is about the baby. He says, RJ, and she says, his name is Brad. He says they’ll talk about that, and she says they have a few things they need to talk about. She asks if he’s been drinking; that’s one deal breaker. He can’t drink when he comes over. He asks who the hell she thinks she is, setting ground rules. She says, please don’t drink, okay? He says, all right, and asks where the baby is. Alex says, upstairs, and he says, in the bedroom? practically wiggling his eyebrows. Alex says he’s here to see the baby; that’s is it. She needs to talk to him about the baby. She thinks there was a mix up at the lab, and wants another DNA test. He says she told him the doctor switched the results. Alex says, she didn’t. Randal says, then how did it come back that it wasn’t his kid. She doesn’t know, and he tells her not to play with him. Is she trying to trick him? She says, not at all. He asks did she sleep with someone else? and she says, no. He wonders, why take another test?  She says she was doing research. There have been cases where a child came out with a recessive gene, and looks like the great-grandparent. Randal asks if she has Black great-grandparents. She doesn’t, and he asks, does Brad? She says, no, and he asks what the hell she’s talking about. She says she needs to be sure, and he says, no. He asks if she’s saying is that she was with someone else, but she says she wasn’t. He says she told him that he’s the only Black man she was ever with. If that’s true, she doesn’t need to take the test. She says, forget it, and asks if he wants to see the baby or not. He says he wants a real good look. Who was she with? The mailman? She says now he’s just being ridiculous. He says all this time alone here, and there have been no other men? She says he’s paranoid. Forget she brought it up. He says he’s still suing the doctor. Alex repeats, she didn’t do it, but he says no way the test should have come back as not his. She says, doesn’t he want to know what happened? He knows damn well it’s not Brad’s baby. Don’t let him find out it’s not his baby. Does she hear him? If she thinks he did something to her before, let him find out that’s not his baby. She asks if he wants to see him, and he says he wants to study him. His face, nose, feet, hands, and fingers. Alex says, fine, come see his son. I would so not be alone with this guy.

Eddie meets Esperanza at the restaurant. She already ordered his favorite. Eddie asks if she’s going to tell him she’s dying. She wishes he’d apologize, and he says he’s sorry she sent her boyfriend to beat him up. Esperanza says he’s not her boyfriend, and Eddie started everything. He says her opening her legs started it. She says she didn’t come here for this, and he asks why they’re here. She says they’ve been doing this way too long. She wants to find way they can be civil, and co-exist for their daughter. He says he is civil. She says he’s the most uncivil person she knows. When they met, he was completely different. He insists this is the way he’s always been. He played the good guy to get her to fall in love with him. She asks if he won’t consider changing for their daughter, and if he’s just going to continue using drugs, harassing her, and everyone she knows. He says if he ain’t happy, no one is going to be. She says she’s tried talking, giving him the benefit of the doubt; she’s tried everything. She wants sole custody.

Eddie tells her, get out of here, and Esperanza says she doesn’t want him around their daughter without supervision. She has a list of sh*t he’s done that she knows about. He says, she’s serious? She wants him to leave her alone. He says he’d never hurt their daughter. She says when done talking judge, nothing he has to say will matter. He thinks Steven put her up to this, and she asks if he’s crazy. He yells that he’d like a side of get this bitch out of my face. She slaps him, and says she’s tried everything. Now she’s threatening him. If she puts the list she has in front of a judge, he’ll never see his daughter again. He says he’ll put her in a box, and she says she’ll get a lawyer. He calls her a bitch again. She slaps him again, and asks if he’s dense in the head. Get prepared; she’s calling a lawyer. He says she can’t afford one, and she says, wrong. Larry will take the case.

He tells her to get out of his face. She says, gladly. She fishes in her purse, but can’t find her wallet. He laughs, and asks if anyone wants free p*ssy. She’ll do it for a burger. He suggests she call her boy toy. He tells her not to think of walking out; he’s an officer. She say she’s not stealing, and he asks if she thinks he won’t take her to jail. The manager comes over, and says, it’s okay. She comes there all the time. Eddie tells him to get his fat ass away, and Esperanza tells Eddie to stop. He grabs her, and cuffs her. He says he should have done this a long time ago. Don’t make him hit her for resisting. He tells the restaurant patrons, enjoy lunch.

Dr. Raston goes to Alex’s house. She tells Alex that she’s been calling. They need to talk. Alex invites her in. The doctor says she had to go to the Board, and tell them what Alex did. She’s also talking to a lawyer today. Alex is truly sorry. Dr. Raston says she reran the test. She thought Alex would like to know the result before Brad does. She hands Alex a manila envelope. Alex reads what’s inside, and says, oh my God. She and the doctor look at each other.

Next time, Dr. Raston knows Alex has another secret, Esperanza tells Kelly that Eddie is done, and Tanya threatens to call the police on Randal.


🐰 It’s Not About the Bunny…

For several reasons. It’s going to be Easter soon, it’s way late, and in case you came late to the party.



















April 15, 2019 – GH Postponed, Schwartz Plays Bond, Hated James, GoT Takeaway Points, New Nina, Old Nora, an Anniversary, a Documentary, a Tribute & a Cloud


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

For a moment, I was unsure if I was suddenly transported to France in the middle of the night, and didn’t realize, since I turned on GH and saw news footage of the fire at Notre Dame. Over and over and over. I figured it was a possibility, since we’d had a mother of a storm in the wee hours. I personally slept through it – I slept through Hurricane Sandy – on the third floor – but by the havoc my dogs wreaked, it looked like it had blown through the house. Maybe we’d had done an Oz thing, and ended up in Paris. Anyway, because I was still in the US, and it was only the usual incessant coverage of a big story, there was no GH today. A half hour in, we were treated <cough> to an encore presentation of the day Lulu woke up from Ryan’s attack. A new episode will be shown tomorrow. There’s a cup of soap tea below to tide you over.

And it did bring to mind this quote: God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water, the fire next time! Mary Don’t You Weep, a Negro spiritual. Just saying…

Vanderpump Rules

Fluffy! Giggy! LVP meets Ken at SUR, giving Giggy a kiss first, as I would. She asks Katie, what’s happening with Girl’s Night? Katie wants to do more, but not once a week. LVP suggests twice a month, but Katie says she isn’t interested in being a club promoter. She just did it because everyone was saying no one could bring in people like James did. LVP says Girl’s Night was a success, and Katie brought it to her. Katie says, it’s a lot of work, and Ken says Tuesdays haven’t been the same without James. In Katie’s interview, she can’t believe James is irreplaceable, and thinks SUR is doing fine without him. LVP agrees James was bad news, but at least committed. Katie was thinking of more down the road. In her interview, LVP says she’s supportive of Katie, but people will be pissed if Girl’s Night is canceled. She tells Katie maybe she should think about doing something sooner, since Schwartz’s check was like a big rubber ball. Katie says he forgot the account was closed. I so don’t understand that. How many accounts does he have that he can forget something like that?

Tom plays a d*ck flute, which is basically a song flute shaped like a d*ck. James comes over, and asks how Mexico was. Tom and Ariana both say, fun, but horrible. In James’s interview, he says it was probably Schwartz and Katie fighting the entire time. They’re an old, fat married couple. Good Lord. What does this dude have against fat people? I’m not inferring they’re fat either. It’s just that he uses it constantly as an insult. He says, a couple dinners with sleepy, dozy, horsey Kristen. He doesn’t need it. Ariana says she’s going to Lala’s performance with Kristen. Tom says, it started with a kiss. Now Kristen is taking Ariana on dates. She’s his dumpling, and Kristen can’t have her. Ariana says Lala has a short fuse, and she gets it – it’s the five year anniversary of her dad’s death – but the fight or flight has to stop. She says James has been there; it’s kind of his thing. James says he hasn’t been instigating lately, but Tom says Billie wants him to DJ her brunch, and he can’t do it because of what happened with Lala. James says he’s leaving. He had nothing to do with it. He guesses they’re all not friends anymore, and this is the end of him. He says, bye, and walks out. Ariana says, all right, and suddenly, James is back in the apartment. He says, this is bullsh*t, and Ariana says they’re just trying to help. He tells her, they’re all pushing him to the end of the island, and Ariana says she’s not doing anything. He says Tom told him, do his job, and keep his head down, and he’s still being excluded. Tom says he’s screwed up so many times, all of his actions are under a microscope. In his interview, Tom says James is held to a different standard, and has to take it in stride. Ariana says he’s done plenty, and now he just has to do what he needs to do. He says he’s only doing his best for so long. Straight up.

Stassi is doing her photo shoot for Next Level Basic. The book is about embracing your basic bitch. Beau and Katie come for moral support. In her interview, Stassi says she feels like Carrie Bradshaw. She wants to try different basic bitch poses and props; like an iced vanilla latte. She poses like she’s taking a selfie. Basically, she’s just trying to be Scheana. Katie shows her the invite flyer for the puppy shower. She says she was invited, but said no. She said wtf? The photographer tells her to play it up, and they’re done. She says now that she has the hot photos, she needs to finish the book. They head to the coffee bar. Katie says the basicness is rubbing off on them. Out of Stassi’s earshot, Katie asks how Beau feels dating an author. He says he’s been thinking a lot of the stress in Mexico was about the book. Katie says Stassi talking to her about some of it. We see a clip of Stassi telling Katie that she has trust issues, and she’s afraid of it ending. Katie tells Beau that Stassi is used to self-sabotaging. Now that she has a great guy, she doesn’t think she deserves it. Katie thinks she’s scared. Beau says he sees it too. In her interview, Katie says if Stassi doesn’t stop lashing out, she’s going to lose the love of her life. It’s time to do something drastic.

Brittany and Jax go to therapy. Brittany tells therapist Lindsey that she has people coming in for the engagement party on Tuesday. In her interview, Brittany says she might have gone a little overboard planning, but wants it perfect. We see a clip of her telling Jax that she wants to fairytale it up. She has a lot of family members coming in, and it’s the perfect time to show them how great she and Jax are doing. He can do no wrong in her mom and mamaw’s eyes, but she’s excited for Jax and her dad to talk. They used to fight a lot, and her family saw them fight. We flash back to some of that, and her dad’s concern, saying he’s not 100% on board. Brittany says they had a hard time for a while, and she wants her dad to see how good they’re doing now. Jax thinks for the most part, they’re good. Brittany says he still gets defensive, and says things are her fault, like if he can’t find his keys. Lindsey asks if Jax thinks that’s her fault, and he says, no. He just needs someone to yell at. I have no words, except at least he put it out there. Lindsey asks how he thinks that makes Brittany feel. Part of couple’s therapy is about slowing down and developing empathy. He says they’re going down the right path, but Brittany says she still doesn’t trust him a little bit. Like if he’s late, she’s wondering where he is. Lindsey says that’s part of the sadness; she’s being real. Jax says it’s the first he’s hearing it. Lindsey asks if it’s hard hearing it, and Brittany says she doesn’t want any what if?s once they’re married. In her interview, she says, every now and then, she sees glimpses of Jax’s old behavior; like him talking over her, or being disrespectful. Lindsey says, any time it happens, they have to be totally transparent. Jax says it’s made them stronger, and made Brittany stronger. She doesn’t let anyone bully her or push her around. Brittany agrees that’s true. In Jax’s interview, he doesn’t advocate anyone cheat to make their partner stronger, but that was some good that came out of it. Jax says Brittany tends to give everyone a chance.

Schwartz calls his banker, and says he needs $50K. She says she’ll put in a request. In his interview, he says he’s always wanted to be the dude with the suitcase filled with cash. He wants to show Lisa that he’s a man of action. We flash back to Lisa calling him a p*ssy, then to her telling him the check bounced. He has the banker double-check that he has enough. He feels like a gangster with a heart of gold.

Ariana and Kristen go out. Kristen says she’s courting Ariana, and Ariana says Kristen had to ask her dad permission. We see a clip of Kristen knocking on Tom and Ariana’s door. Tom asks who it is, and she says she’s the ghost of his apartment’s past, which is pretty clever. Tom shows her what changes he’s made. They sit on the couch, and Kristen feels like she’s sitting with Ariana’s dad. Ariana is finally ready, and Tom tells them, keep it PG. Ariana tells Kristen not to be a downer, but her dad died five years ago tonight. In her interview, Ariana says this was also when Kristen said Ariana was having an affair with Tom. It was like WWII. Kristen says she was a d*ck that day. In her interview, Kristen says she remembers saying she knew Tom was Ariana’s friend, but he was her boyfriend, and he left to be with her. That summer, she wasn’t thinking about Ariana’s feelings, and that her father passed away. She tells Ariana that she wishes it could be erased. Ariana says it all worked out, and Kristen says, the bottom line is that Tom and Ariana are better together than she and Tom ever were.

Lala sets up at her venue, Sweet! Hollywood. Katie joins her, and Lala says she has record labels coming in, but she’s trying to forget that. Ariana, Kristen, and Jax come in, and Jax says he’s here to celebrate. He finally had a solid poop. Thanks for oversharing. Peter brings in roses from Lisa, who couldn’t be there. The guys question Adam about being in the friend zone, yet still having sex. Jax says, that’s hard to do, but he’s doing it. Lala comes out.

In Lala’s interview, she says. this show is important. She’s releasing a song she wrote for her dad. Unfortunately, her dad never saw her perform. She starts to get choked up, and says, so this is special moment for her. She wants her dad to know that she’s grateful for the woman he raised. She wouldn’t be this person without him. Lala performs two songs. Afterward, Stassi says she was so intense; she was so in it. Lala tells Stassi that she’s a beautiful human being, and if anyone says different, they don’t know who she is. Stassi asks if someone’s been talking about her, and then laughs. Lala asks where Stassi and Beau are, and Stassi says she feels like an a-hole. Alcohol fuels it, and here she is drinking. It brings out the demons she already has; the feelings from the past. Alcohol makes her say, screw it. In her interview, Stassi says, for the first time, she doesn’t know what to do. She’s terrified by her own behavior. Beau is not replaceable. Lala says when Stassi freaks out, she has her back.

Tom asks Ariana how drinks went with Kristen. She says Kristen remembered where she was five years ago and felt badly about it. Tom says it’s going to sound bad, but at that point, he felt he was going through it with her in a sense. Even back then, she meant a lot to him. She says he was always a good friend, and he hugs her. In his interview, he says they were just friends, but he cared deeply about her, and had to be there. He knows what that means now, but maybe not at the time. Ariana says it’s been a great day.

Raquel asks if Graham is excited to see his friends. Graham doesn’t answer because he’s a dog. She tells James that they’re playing pin-the-tail-on-the-puppy, and some kind of poopy toss game. He hopes not with real poopies. In Raquel’s interview, she says, having a puppy is like having a baby. It’s a big commitment, and you have to teach it everything. They discover a real poopy in the hallway, but don’t say whether they’ll be using it for a game. In her interview, Raquel says, it’s good practice for the babies James will have. We all go, what? and she says, she meant her and James. Freudian slip? Tom, Ariana, Peter, Scheana, and Adam represent. Raquel’s mom, Laura, helps with everything. In his interview, James says, she has no barrier. She says what’s on her mind, and he’s like the embarrassed son. Laura tells Peter how handsome he is, and touches his chest.

Raquel explains the first game, saying, you chug rosé while blindfolded, spin around, and pin the tail on the puppy. It’s a cute puppy. Giving Raquel props for painting it. Ariana thinks the party is 98% Raquel and 2% James. In his interview, a producer asks James why the puppy shower is important, and he says, it was Raquel’s idea. He’s just going along, but he loves it. Ariana ends up having to wear the cone of shame, but it’s not clear why. Tom says it’s good James isn’t drinking. James says he didn’t drink at Billie’s brunch, and that’s probably why he didn’t take Lala’s bait, taking it to the next level. Tom asks where James sees himself. Does he see himself back at SUR? In James’s interview, he says he’s been fired and rehired several times at SUR, and has his foot back in the door. He tells Tom he doesn’t think his run there is over. Tom asks, what if it doesn’t happen? and James says he’d have to start a new life. Straight up (apparently, his new favorite phrase). Tom thinks you should always have back up. Raquel thanks everyone for coming, and says Graham is happy to have so many friends there. In her interview, Ariana thinks when people say how their pets feel, it means that’s how they feel. Well, yeah. You’re point?

Ariana doesn’t like bartending when she’s hung over, but here we are. Scheana gripes that she never sees Ariana any more because of living on the west side. Lala asks to talk to Scheana in private. She tells Scheana that she’s been counting how many times she’s been drinking, and thinks she has a for real problem. Her anxiety attack in Mexico was 100% driven by alcohol. She can’t mess with alcohol, and it needs to be a lifestyle. In Lala’s interview, she says she’s been feeling emotionally confused. She tells Scheana that she’s angry, sad, and happy. It’s a lot, and her heart is so broken. In her interview, she says that after her father’s death, she was drinking every day. She takes a break, then falls back, and starts breaking down again. Scheana says she thinks it’s become an issue, but she’s handling it by making the difficult decision to never have a drink. Lala adds that she’s on her period, and Scheana says, at least that means there’s no baby. Lala tells her, good point.

Katie drives Schwartz to the bank, since he gets skittish in the rain. Katie says he should handcuff the money to himself. He’s lost his ID a million times. In his interview, he in his fantasy, he hands off the briefcase, Lisa opens it, and says, well done, Schwartzy. Then he has sex with an Eastern European woman who’s trying kill him. He asks Katie if she’s coming to watch, but she says she’s taking Stassi to see a real oracle. She’s a bonafide witch, who’s studied with shamans. Katie thinks it could be a method of therapy for Stassi. In her interview, she says, Stassi could use some magic. She tells Schwartz that he’ll be fine, but he’s nervous. He wonders, what if gets mugged? What if the bank teller sends the information to someone else, and he gets abducted or killed? While he’s in the bank, Katie calls Stassi, and tells her they’re all set. She asks if Stassi is excited, and Stassi says, no; scared, but she wants to be exorcised. Schwartz comes back with a tote bag full of cash. He feels 17% sexier, and asks if she wants to pull over and have sex. She says, not particularly.

Tom brings Ariana to TomTom in the sidecar. Inside, he tells her it’s the quiet before the storm. Schwartz comes in with briefcase handcuffed to his wrist. Tom asks if he’s effing kidding. Schwartz says, people get killed for way less, and Tom tells him to shush. In his interview, Schwartz says when every time he visualized the scene, he was a different James Bond, A man of few words, sexy, debonair. Hello, Vanderpussy. I’ve got your money. Schwartz meets Ken and Lisa in the back. Giggy! He says he’s had a stressful day, and Lisa tells him, welcome to her world. He has something for her. He uncuffs the briefcase, and says he wants to show her that he’s serious. He opens the case, and they laugh. Lisa asks what he had to sell to get it, and he says, his body. She asks, how many times? and he says, ten thousand. She asks why it’s in small bills, and he tells her visual impact. Ken takes pictures. Schwartz asks If it’s official, and Lisa says, it’s official, baby. In his interview, Schwartz says, the name is Schwartz; Tom Schwartz. And I like my shots halved, not whole. In Lisa’s interview, she says she’s proud of him. Of course, it’s ridiculous. He drops the briefcase, and they gather up the packs. Lisa takes it to the safe.

Stassi is nervous. Oracle Amanda wants to do a quick clearing ceremony before Stassi comes in. Stassi stands in the doorway, holding her hands out, and closing her eyes. Amanda says, blah-blah-blah, boo! or something like that, scaring Stassi. In her interview, she says she loves the supernatural, and dabbling in it, but it’s normally more lighthearted. She feels like she walked into the Blair Witch house. Amanda, Stassi, and Katie sit in a circle. Stassi says she has issues with getting angry. She acts out, and it’s like she can’t control it. Katie says everyone becomes the bad guy. Stassi says she’s finally in a relationship with somebody wonderful, and she sees herself coming at him. She’s brought a photo, and gives it to Amanda, who sees lot of love between them. She says Stassi has to get the power under control. When she has angry outbursts, a demonic spirit is possessing her. In Stassi’s interview, she says, she’s not just mean; she’s demonic. Amanda says it’s possible the spirit is one she called in to protect her. She doesn’t need it anymore, and has to transform the spirit that’s causing suffering. She tells Stassi to call up an image of the demon. Think of the times she lashes out. We flash back to the times she’s gotten on Beau’s case. Amanda tells her to say out loud what it feels like. Stassi says, it’s hot and dark, like a heavy cloud. Amanda wants her to tell the spirit how she feels, and Stassi says, she feels angry. Amanda says, tell it what she wants it to do. Stassi wants it to leave, and Amanda does some chanting, and waves her arms around. In her interview, Stassi says she feels hopeful and helpless at the same time. It’s the most draining experience of her entire life. Amanda says, the circle has been cast, and asks what Stassi sees. Stassi says, it seems younger and lighter. A cloud on the best day. Like a Mario brothers cloud. Amanda tells her to feel it melting with her body, and tinkles some chimes. She asks Stassi to come back in the space. It was a turning point. Her wound has healed, and now Stassi can become the most magnificent badass version of herself. She asks what Stassi learned, and Stassi says, her trying to be powerful and in control, doesn’t serve her loved ones or herself. She doesn’t need be in control. It will be fine. In her interview, Stassi says, admitting you have demons is the first part in being better. She’s just begun the hard part. Katie says it shows Stassi is a worthy, beautiful person, and she’s proud of her.

Next time, Brittany’s family arrives, Scheana goes on a date with someone other than Adam, Lisa tells James not to be a two year old, and Brittany reveals her dress. Jax also tells Brittany’s father that he’ll always make himself number one, but I’m guessing that editing is involved. Even Jax can’t be that stupid. Can he?

🍝 It’s Still Not About the Pasta…

Of course everybody hates James.

🐉 A Dragon Flies Into Winterfell…

Sansa: What do dragons eat anyway? Daenerys: Whatever they want.

So after a two-year (!) break, we finally got a new episode of Game of Thrones. Nothing phenomenal happened, but that’s not surprising for the first episode of a season. They’re going to have to work up to topping a White Walker dragon and the Wall falling. The main points were that Samwell told Jon who he really is and at the end Bran saw Jaime come into town, and their eyes met. My favorite moment though, was Jon getting his first ride on a dragon. It was both exciting and funny, and like every childhood dream. A little rougher than riding on Falcor of The Neverending Story though. For a more detailed recap…

If you like it straight up (like James):

Or with a tongue-and-cheek twist:

👑 When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground. – George R. R. Martin

🔄 The New Nina…

So sad to see Michelle Stafford go, but switch happens.

📡 In Case You Didn’t Know…

Meet Nora Buchanan.

🎈 Happy Anniversary!

I’m not always that keen on soap kids, especially since I have the feeling they often hire relatives, but Spencer is the best.

🎬 A Documentary She’d Rather Not Be In…

Erika Slezak is getting around, but I’m sure this is one show she would have preferred didn’t need to be filmed.

😞 A Tribute…

Y&R will be honoring Kristoff St. John.

⛅ Stassi’s Cloud…

I’ve never played video games much, because I was always too afraid I’d be one of those people who gets sucked in, plays 24/7, and ends up in rehab. So if, like me, you had no idea what a Super Mario Brothers cloud looked like, here you go.



April 12, 2019 – Someone Watches Ava, a Sublime Accident, Another Ax Falls, Nine Quotes Plus One & That Time


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Spencer says, at last the board meeting is over, and Laura says, her sentiments exactly. He says she should have let him stay home, but she was concerned about him booking more travel. He says, think of the frequent flyer miles. You’re welcome. He tells her that he’s trying to find Lucy or Epiphany. He has some ideas for the Nurses’ Ball.

Finn is trying to find the right words, and all he comes back to is how great he feels when he’s with her. That’s not entirely romantic, but he was sleepwalking, and she came along and blackmailed him into working with her. That’s still not romantic, but what he’s trying to say is, he doesn’t want to go back to sleep and wake up without her by his side. Will she marry him? We see he’s talking to a teaching skeleton in the hospital. He says, better or worse than the last one? Yeah that’s what he thought. The skeleton is no more help than Roxie. Laura watches through the window, and smiles.

Anna pours tea, and Robert asks why she’s being domestic. She says now that things have calmed down, they can relax and catch up. Robert doesn’t think they’re the catch up types. There’s nothing else to bring him there? She says, nothing.

Sasha joins Peter and Maxie at Charlie’s. She says they don’t have to take her to lunch, but Maxie says, after running the DNA test, lunch is the least they can do. Peter says they want a chance to make it right.

Curtis goes to Nina’s office, and she asks how Jordan is. Curtis says, Jordan is Jordan, but that brings him to why he’s there. Nina said she’d use her publishing platform to reach out for a kidney donor. How’s that going?

At the courthouse, Jordan tells Margaux, if they pressure the Canadian authorities they might still press on with the Ryan Chamberlain case. Margaux says there’s no reason to ask for favors or allocate resources. Chamberlain is dead. Case closed. Move on. She leaves, and Ava says, just like that, the search for the man who murdered her daughter is finished.

Nora comes in wearing sunglasses, and sipping coffee. Doc says, late night? and she says her son got engaged. His fiancé, Destiny, throws a great party. Doc asks if she has any idea why they were summoned. The jury selection isn’t for two weeks. She says she requested it. If all goes well, there won’t be a trial.

Laura knocks on Finn’s door, and he asks to what he owes the pleasure? She wants to consult his medical expertise, and asks if he thinks Ryan could have survived.

Spencer tells the vending machine that it’s a useless piece of junk. He should sue. Valentin says, allow him, and bangs on it. Spencer’s selection drops down. Valentin says Charlotte told him that Spencer was in Port Charles, and he was wondering if they’d run into each other. He asks why Spencer is at the hospital, and Spencer says he’s waiting for his grandmother. Valentin asks how she is, and Spencer says, fine; he’s taking care of her. Valentin is sure that brings her comfort. Spencer asks if Nina has finally realized that he and Sasha are up to something.

Sasha tells Maxie and Peter that Valentin really seems to love Nina. She doesn’t think he’d do anything to hurt her. Peter says she’s right, to a point. He would definitely manipulate circumstances to his advantage, and they thought he was doing it with her. Maxie says, in doubting him, they called Sasha’s integrity into question. She really means herself; she’s the one who wanted to snoop. She’s sorry. Sasha says Maxie barely knows her, and it’s clear how much Nina means to her. Maxie hopes Nina feels that way eventually. She’s barely speaking to Maxie.

Nina tells Curtis that they did appeal to their readers. They got a lot of responses, not the right candidates. Curtis suspected as much. Donating a kidney is a big ask. Nina asks again how Jordan is doing, and he says she’s doing her thing; working around appointments. Nina says patients can be on dialysis for a long time, but he says dialysis doesn’t lend itself to Jordan’s career. She’s going to need a kidney sooner than later. Nina says she’ll put something else out. She takes his hand, and says they don’t need a lot of responses. They just need the right match. He says, on another note, he’s taking on more work. It helps with the income and keeps him from hovering. He asks if Nina has any assignments, but she says, not lately. She’s been dealing with an investigation she doesn’t want. He asks, what? but she says, forget it. It’s not going to happen. Peter and Maxie spent the last month trying to prove Sasha isn’t her daughter.

Doc asks Nora if a trial Isn’t inevitable, but she says she found an interesting precedent. There’s no way they can find him guilty. He says, but he is. She says, guilt and responsibility are two different concepts. One gets you therapy time, and the other gets you prison time. Let her do her job. Margaux comes in, and asks, what’s going on? Nora is glad she could make it on short notice. Judge Chua comes in, and says she understands there’s a motion Nora would like to file. Nora requests that all charges be dropped against her client.

Jordan tells Ava, the US and Canadian authorities are satisfied that Ryan is dead. Ava says, they recovered his hand. So what? If it was up to Jordan, would she call it off? Does she believe Ryan is dead? Jordan says her opinion doesn’t carry any weight, but Ava says it does with her. She’d like to hear it before… Jordan says, before what? Ava says, it doesn’t matter. Jordan says she has no resources at her disposal, but Ava does, doesn’t she?

Laura tells Finn that the forensic report says Ryan was alive when his hand was severed, and it was a clean cut. They claim the separation was possibly done by a propeller blade. He says it’s not his area of expertise, but Laura says he’s an excellent doctor, and she respects him. What is the likelihood that Ryan survived?

Robert and Anna laugh over old times. He says he did impress himself. Anna says it’s like when Sean put them together. Robert was flying by the seat of his pants, and she didn’t know what she was doing. He says, but they got it right; better than right. She says it’s murky for her. She’d like to hear his memories, any detail. Robert says, now they get to the real reason for the trip down Memory Lane. What’s going on? She says she’s just feeling the subject. He says, back in the day, he couldn’t tell when she was lying. Now he can read her like a book. She’s terrified; why? She says, what if it wasn’t her on the first mission? What if it was Alex, and she’s really Robin’s mother?

Margaux says it’s a matter of record that Doc admitted Ryan to Ferncliff under an assumed name. They have the records, as well as his statement. He deliberately concealed Ryan from the authorities. This is no more than a stall tactic. Nora says, if the DA would let her continue, she’ll demonstrate her request is based on sound reason and precedent. Judge Chua finds sound reasoning impressive, as well as respect for the court’s valuable time. She tells Nora to briefly outline her request. Nora says her client is charged with aiding, abetting, and obstructing justice by harboring a fugitive. His actions are irrelevant. Ryan wasn’t a fugitive at that time. He was a dead man.

Jordan tells Ava that her son was Kiki’s friend. If the department gets the slightest hint that Ryan survived, she’ll get the case moving again. Ava says she can’t sit and wait while Ryan chooses his next victim. Jordan asks what she intends to do.

Finn tells Laura, if the hand was cleanly severed, it improves the chance of survival, but blood loss plus time equals death, unless there was medical attention. Laura says, what if he did get medical attention? Finn says if the proper tourniquet was applied, it would cut off the blood loss. It the wound was cauterized or sealed, it’s possible he survived. She thanks him. He’s sorry he didn’t have a more definitive answer. He’s curious. Wouldn’t she prefer him dead? She says, it would be a lot easier on a lot of people, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be that simple. She hopes she’s not overstepping, but she noticed he’s about to ask someone a big important question. He says she saw? She says, just a little. He’s sorry she had to witness that, but now that she did, perhaps he could ask her opinion as a discerning woman. He shows her the ring, and asks what her take is on it. She says, wow; she’s going to love it. He’s got this. She tells him, good luck, but she’s sure he won’t need it. He thanks her.

Robert says Anna is Robin’s mother and he’s her father. He’s always known that. She says, what if he’s wrong? What if it’s not her memory? He said the memory had to be significant. Robert says she’s had a lot of significant memories, but she says, what if this the one? He says he was there. They were trapped on an island, roped into a wedding ceremony, and nine months later, Robin turned up. She’s Anna’s daughter. She says, prove it. He doesn’t respond, and she says, he can’t. No one can.

Valentin isn’t sure what Spencer is implying, but Sasha is a welcome addition to the family. Spencer says he and Sasha are in cahoots about something. Maybe he should tell Charlotte. Then she’ll have to admit her poppa is a liar and a thief. He says Charlotte was concerned when Spencer told her that he’d rigged the election. She didn’t know what to do, so she told him. He told her not to worry; the truth always comes out in the end. Spencer says he never admitted anything to Charlotte, but Valentin says one concerned call to the election board, and they’ll know a machine was tampered with that Spencer had access to. He asks if Spencer knows the penalty for election fraud. His being a minor will have no bearing on the punishment. He needs to think about that before he throws threats around.

Anna says she and Alex are Identical twins. There’s no DNA that can prove which one of them is Robin’s mother. Robert insists she is, and she says that’s what he wants to believe. He asks if she doesn’t think he’d know the difference between her and Alex. She says, now, yes, but they were strangers then. It was their first assignment. He had nothing to compare her behavior to. It could have been Alex all that time. He says if he wasn’t watching her unravel, he’d be insulted. She say she’s worked it out. Alex could have been impersonating her, and gotten pregnant. She had the baby in secret, and realized she couldn’t handle a child. Cabot proposed the mind study, and Alex had those memories transferred to Anna, who believed she had Robin, and raised her as her daughter. But what if she’s not?

Nina tells Curtis the third test proved again that Sasha was her daughter. He wonders what made Maxie and Peter think otherwise. She says they don’t trust Valentin. She sees that Maxie hasn’t given her a layout, and says Maxie should be doing her job instead of playing detective. It’s convoluted. They think there’s some deal between Valentin and Obrecht.

Nina calls Maxie, and asks where the layout for the May issue is. Maxie thought she had a few more days, and says, it’s a little rough. Nina says, no excuses. Get it on her desk. Maxie says she needs to go. Nina moved up the deadline. She’s sorry to cut lunch short, and asks for a rain check.

Laura finds Spencer, and Valentin addresses her as Madam Mayor, saying he and Spencer were just talking about her. She says he’s not to approach Nikolas’s son. Is she making herself clear? He says, crystal. She says it’s still fortunate she ran into him. They need to create a visitation schedule for while Lulu is out of town. Valentin doesn’t think so.

Ava says she’s taken enough of Jordan’s time. Jordan says grief doesn’t allow her to break the law, and tells her not to jeopardize the integrity of the investigation. Ava says, there is no investigation. Ryan is dead. Case closed. She walks off, and Jordan makes a call to Julien. She says they need to have a conversation about his sister before she does something she’ll regret.

Margaux says Ryan clearly wasn’t dead when Doc was treating him. Nora says he was initially presumed dead for seven years, and then declared dead in absentia. Legally speaking, the state recognized him as deceased, and no longer a fugitive. Her client broke no laws. Margaux says in the case she’s referring to, the defendant was brought up on fraud charges for faking a death. Nora says that was a civil issue, not federal, and based on an insurance payout. Doc didn’t defraud anyone. She has another precedent from a case being tried now. Margaux says she’s doing this so Doc can evade prosecution. He worked to conceal Ryan from the authorities, and because of his actions, a violent psychotic was free to kill people. It was his moral obligation to let the authorities know. Nora says, moral perhaps, but the court is not in the business of legislating morality.

Ana says Robin has been the one constant in her life. The thought of her not being Robin’s mother, and not being Emma’s grandmother… Robert can’t imagine a greater loss. Greater than twenty years in Steinmaur or facing a firing squad. She’s punishing herself. Nothing else is going on. She says if he doesn’t want to help her, he can leave. He says, no. She started it, and they’re finishing. She never forgave herself for being a double-agent. The WSB closed the files, but didn’t punish her, so she’s deciding to punish herself. Don’t punish the rest of them. Don’t rewrite history and trash the greatest thing that’s ever happened to him.

Nina tells Maxie that she’ll look at it. Maxie doesn’t leave, and she asks if Maxie wants a cookie. She’s doing her job; that’s all. Maxie says she knows how much she screwed up. She was just trying to protect Nina. Nina says Maxie set out to prove her fiancé and daughter were conspiring to deceive her. If it was the truth, it would destroy her. She tells Maxie to go, but Sasha walks in, and tells her to wait. Nina owes it to herself to hear Maxie out.

Valentin tells Laura that she’s not Charlottes legal guardian, and she’s not on the custody agreement. Lulu is out of town, and made no provision for that. Her wishes are meaningless if there’s no court order. She made no arrangements, which gives him full custody. Laura says he’s taking advantage of that, but he says he wants things to be amicable. If Charlotte wants to see her, and it doesn’t conflict with any of their schedules, it’s fine. He asks if Spencer is staying with her. Considering his and Charlotte’s checkered history, it might get awkward. He tells her to think about it. She might find they agree on this matter.

Nora says Ryan was declared dead. It’s legally impossible to aid and abet a dead man. There was no crime, and the case can’t stand. Judge Chua is ready to rule. She says Doc sheltered his brother, known to be a violent psychotic, from the proper authorities. It was a severe lapse in judgement, and his actions contributed to three murders and a near fatal attack, carried out by his brother. Nora is correct though. There’s no clear legal precedent to continue. She’s ruling that the charges be dropped.

Robert is going to say it as many times as Anna needs to hear it. She’s Robin’s mother, and he’s Robin’s father. She says that doesn’t make it true. He says she’s going down a rabbit hole of her own making, created from three parts guilt and one part paranoia. Finn comes in, and asks, what’s going on? Anna says she told him. Robert says, he wasn’t there; he didn’t live it. She’s chasing shadows. Finn agrees, but thinks it has nothing to do with Alex or the memory transfer. It has to do with Anna’s past. Robert says, he wasn’t there. Stay out of it.

Nina appreciates Sasha’s input, but it doesn’t concern her. Sasha says, it does. When she and Nina first met, they didn’t hit it off. Sasha wouldn’t even let her in, but then they started to bond. She felt jealous of Nina’s relationship with Maxie at first. They were already family, and she was missing that. Family is family, no matter how they’re formed. Families are messy. People make mistakes, and cross boundaries. The trick is to remember that love forgives and keeps us together. She says us because Maxie is her family too, and Sasha forgives her. Maxie appreciates that, and starts to leave, Nina says, wait.

Peter sees Valentin outside Charlie’s. Valentin asks if he wants a hair sample. Peter says he owes Valentin an apology for doubting his intentions. Valentin says, he’s not a saint, but he’d never hurt Nina. Peter says, not intentionally, but actions have unintended consequences. Valentin asks if Peter was sincere in saying he’d be his best man, or if it was part of his strategy. Peter says, a little of both. He has a good idea of how far Valentin would go to make Nina happy, and this was definitely in his wheelhouse. It turns out Valentin was vindicated, and he’s glad. He wants to see them happy. Valentin’s phone rings, and he says he’s got business to attend to.

Margaux says she intends to appeal. The judge says that’s her prerogative, but her advice is for Margaux to consider the potential drain on her resources in prosecuting a defendant that poses no danger to society. Even if she secures a conviction, it won’t bring back the victims. She’ll just be pursuing a headline; a slippery slope she’s gone down before. The judge dismisses the court. On her way out, Margaux says, this isn’t over. Doc asks Nora, what just happened? and she says she saved his butt. He says what about the appeal? and she says he heard the judge. When Margaux realizes she’ll just further embarrass her office, she’ll drop it. He says, three people are dead, and all he gets is a stern talking to. She says she can’t help him wrestle with his conscience. Her job was to get him exonerated. If he wants to pay his debt to society, there are all manners of charities who would welcome an experienced psychologist. At least wife got her bail money back. He agrees, there’s that.

Anna can’t live with the uncertainty hanging over her head. She needs to know if Robin is her biological daughter. She can retrace her steps or find documents to uncover the truth; whatever it is. Robert says she can do it without him. He knows the truth, and he’s not standing there watching her torment herself. He tells Finn that he’s in for it.

Nora phones Bo. She says she’s done with the case, and will be home around eight. How about celebrating by ordering in burgers from Roadie’s? (Aw, nice nod to OLTL.) She starts to leave the courtroom, and sees Valentin. He says, fancy seeing her there.

Nina and Maxie hug. Maxie is sorry she went behind Nina’s back. Nina understands, but asks her to be up front in the future. Maxie says, deal. She says Sasha stuck her neck out for her, but she’s not sure why. Sasha says, sometimes, even with the best intentions, you dig a hole, and before you know it, you’re in too deep to climb out. If she was in Maxie’s position, she would want Nina’s forgiveness.

Spencer tells Laura that he and Charlotte have a mutual appreciation for her, but they differ on other subjects; like her loathsome poppa. Doc comes out, and Laura tells Spencer to go find Epiphany. Doc tells her that he’s there to file and appeal to the hospital board. The charges were dropped. She says, fantastic. He says it seems he can’t be guilty if said fugitive is already declared dead. She says, on the subject of Ryan, she heard his hand was recovered. She spoke to Finn, and he thinks it’s possible he could be alive. Doc wishes he could say for certain Ryan is gone, but he just can’t. She knows a couple of people who agree. He says, what about her? She tells him, the Canadian authorities seem convinced he’s dead, so she guesses they have to wait. In the meantime, good luck with his appeal. She can’t a part of it, since she can’t be objective, but if she did have a say, she’d vote for him to stay at GH. He thanks her, and says, it means a lot.

At Charlie’s, Ava orders a vodka martini, very dirty with three olives. She says, scratch that, and orders coffee to go. Someone watches her through the window. She says Julian has been telling her to cut back. In this case, he’s right. She needs her wits about her. Outside, someone ducks away as she comes out.

Next Spencer tells Nina that her knight in shining armor is blackmailing him, Valentin needs Nora’s services again, and Jason is working an angle to take Shiloh down.

🎸 Because They’re One Of My Favorite Bands…

Better an ATV than an OD.

🌷 Farewell Tulip…

Another good one bites the dust, and joins Z Nation and Channel Zero in the graveyard of shows that I loved.

👄 Quotes of the Week 

Other people’s definitions of you, sometimes they’re more about making themselves feel better. You gotta define yourself.Christopher Moltisanti

It’s the wrong way to meet your neighbors. – Good Samaritan who helped a victim in the shooting spree of an Uber driver in Kalamazoo

They’re all going on forty.Chef Tracey Bloom, referring to Kim Zolciak’s daughters, Don’t Be Tardy

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you. – Joyce Meyer

Adventure is worthwhile in itself. – Amelia Earhart

A woman should be two things: who and what she wants. – Coco Chanel

It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.John Wooden

If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear. – Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne

These creatures don’t deserve our protection; they deserve our absence. – Sir Benjamin (James Cromwell), Jurassic World; The Lost Kingdom

Every time someone’s driving somebody I lose. – Spike Lee, after losing the Oscar to Green Book. He had previously lost to Driving Miss Daisy.

💸 It’s That Time Again…

The weekend and taxes. Somehow, it just doesn’t go together. I don’t even know if Santeria can help me, but the song makes me feel better.


April 11, 2019 – Oscar’s In the Home Stretch, Chip Chick, Runway Out, Three Wives Tales, Giggy! & Pet Day


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Alexis calls Sonny from Charlie’s. She asks where Kristina is, and when can she see her? Sonny says, she’s safe. When Jason got her, she was still knocked out by whatever they gave her. Alexis says, so much for DOD being the only people she can trust. Sonny hopes Kristina sees it that way. Alexis tells him to keep her posted. Julian comes by, and asks if she’s okay. She says she’s had better days. There’s a lot at stake. He asks if she’s referring to Kristina. She just bailed on work.

Jason looks at the text he just sent from Kristina’s phone. She wakes up, and he tells her, everything is okay. She’s fine. She asks, what happened? He says she was in a bad place, and he took her out.

Still in bed, Chase sees Willow’s tattoo. She says it doesn’t bother her anymore, but he says it bothers him. It’s like Shiloh branded her. She used to look at it that way, but now it’s just a tattoo. She’s free. They kiss. He asks if she knows what he wishes, and she says, that he could kiss it and make it better? He says, something like that, and she says he’s welcome to try.

Harmony asks Shiloh if he’s heard from Kristina. He says she hasn’t called, and his calls are going to voicemail. He has Daisy out looking for her. Harmony says maybe Kristina isn’t as devoted as he thought, but he insists, she is. He made sure of that. Sam walks in, and says she’s kind of embarrassed about last night. Shiloh says she had a moment, and moved through it. Instead of calling Jason, she reached out to him. Harmony asks if she’s spoken to Kristina this morning.

At the hospital, Sonny asks Josslyn how Oscar is doing. She says she and Carly are waiting for him to wake up. Sonny asks her to get something to eat for Carly at the cafeteria, and for herself. She needs to gain strength. When she’s gone, he asks Carly if there’s been an update in Oscar’s prognosis. Carly says he’s been taken off the ventilator. He can breathe on his own, but they don’t know if he’ll ever wake up.

Terry tells Drew and Kim, all they can do is keep Oscar comfortable and wait. The machine dings, and Kim asks if Oscar can hear her. He says, hi, and Terry tells him that they took the tube out, and it will be a while before his voice comes back. Don’t worry. Drew says Josslyn is outside, and asks if he should get her. Terry says she’d like a minute alone with Oscar. She wants to examine him, and run some simple tests without any distractions, happy though they may be. Kim tells Oscar that she loves him, and kisses his forehead.

Josslyn gives Carly a smoothie, and asks if there’s any chance she can see Oscar. Drew says, a pretty big one; he’s awake. Kim adds that he’s breathing on his own. Drew tells her about the tube, and says he can’t speak, but the good news is, he can’t cut her off. Josslyn says she’ll take full advantage of that. Drew tells her that she can’t go in just yet. Terry is running some tests. Kim leaves to call Julian, and Sonny says he’s going; they’re in his prayers. Carly says she’ll keep him posted. Josslyn tells Carly, it’s not over yet. She gets to see and talk to him again, and he can talk to her. Carly hugs her.

Willow asks Chase if it’s okay that she spent the night. She’s not sure about the etiquette. This is her first relationship. She asks if it’s too soon to call it that, but Chase says he definitely considers it a relationship. He’s happy she spent the night, and hopes there are many more. She says her too, and they kiss.

Julian tells Alexis that Oscar is finally awake, and he’s going to head over there. Molly comes in, and says she’s glad Alexis is there. Alexis is surprised, considering the location. Molly says it’s Kristina’s shift, and she was hoping for a truce. At least maybe they can agree to disagree about DOD. Alexis says Julian told her that Kristina isn’t coming in. She didn’t say why. Molly asks if Alexis has seen her, but Alexis says, nope. Kristina has ghosted her too. She’d love stay and chat, but she has a meeting. She tells Molly not to worry. Her sister will show up.

Sam tells Harmony that she hasn’t heard from Kristina, but she wasn’t expecting to. She asks if something is wrong, but Shiloh thinks they just got their wires crossed; it happens sometimes. Harmony asks Sam how Kristina seemed yesterday, and Sam says, great; the best she’s seen Kristina in a long time. She seemed happy and at peace. Why? Shiloh says he does a check-in every morning, and she missed it. It’s a first. Sam laughs, and says Kristina isn’t known for following rules. Shiloh says she’s been reliable, and Sam says, everyone has an off day. She wouldn’t worry. She’s sure Kristina will turn up.

Jason gives Kristina some water. She asks, what is this place? and he says, it’s a property. She says, a safe house? Why is she there? She says, omg. She was at DOD for her ceremony. He says, it never happened, and she asks what he did. He says he let himself in. She was in the attic, and he carried her out. She says he had no right. This is her choice. Shiloh honored her. Did Shiloh know he was there? He says, no, and she says Shiloh just thinks she ran off after he chose her. How could Jason do that to her?

Terry tells Drew and Kim that Oscar is sleeping; it’s normal. Josslyn wants to sit with him, but Drew says she needs to prepare herself. This last seizure took its toll. She tells him not to worry. She can handle anything. She leaves, and Terry says she believes her. Carly steps away to give them privacy, and Terry tells Drew and Kim that Monica asked to be included. They all leave to go somewhere more private.

Jason tells Kristina that she can’t leave. She asks if she’s a prisoner. He says Max and Milo are outside, and tells her to be mad at him, not them. He can’t let her go. She says he violated her rights, agency, and free will. He’s acting superior, and kidnapped her because he’s jealous of Shiloh. Sam sees the truth. Shiloh is enlightened, and he’s on a path to nowhere. He asks if she wants breakfast, and she says the only thing she wants is her freedom. He’s known her for her entire life. She thought he was the only person who would be fair to her. He says if it had been up to him, he would have taken her out weeks ago. She says he can’t do this; he has to let her go. He says she’s right about one thing. He’s known her for her entire life, and whenever possible, he’s kept her safe. Does she think he’d stop now? She scowls at him.

Michael comes by Chase’s apartment. Does no one call ahead? He was thinking about Willow told them regarding DOD. There has to be a way to close Shiloh down. Chase says he has to be careful. He can’t consider anything illegal. Michael wonders if they can’t come up with another sting. Willow comes out, wearing one of Chase’s T-Shirts. Michael says they can discuss it later, but Chase says he’s already there. They’ll think of an out-of-the-box way to trap Shiloh.

Sonny calls Jason, and asks if there were any problems. Jason says, no. Sam got Shiloh away, allowing him time to get Kristina’s phone. He found her in the attic, and carried her out. Sonny asks how he unlocked the phone, and Jason says Kristina gave him the password. She was pretty doped up. She didn’t realize what was happening. He texted Julian from her phone, and said she wasn’t coming in. Sonny says, so as far as Shiloh is concerned, she ran off on her own. He asks how she is now, and Jason says, understandably furious. Sonny walks into the safe house, and Kristina runs to him, crying. He says, it will be all right. She says she knows he thinks he’s trying help her, but he’s doing more harm than good. She thinks she’s better off at DOD. He has to take her back. She cries, and he holds her.

Terry tells Drew and Kim, the growth of the tumor has severely compromised Oscar’s mobility. His right side has been significantly weakened, and she’s concerned he’ll have trouble walking. Josslyn goes in to see Oscar. She takes his hand, and kisses it. Terry wants to make it clear; Oscar will not regain the ground he lost. In her experience, when this stage is reached, it progresses quickly. Oscar smiles, and thanks Josslyn. He says, sorry, and she says she forgives him – this time. Terry says, other than keeping Oscar comfortable, there’s nothing further they can do, medically speaking. Monica guesses it’s time to figure out what they’re going to do.

Monica says she’s made arrangements for Kim and Oscar to stay as long as they need to. They can come today. Kim thanks her, saying it’s generous. Monica says, it’s not generosity; it’s family. Drew says they’ll have to ask Oscar first, and Monica says, of course (🍷); no pressure. He may want to stay in his own room, or go to Mount Kilimanjaro. Drew says, he told her? Monica says, Oscar’s wishes are paramount. Kim guesses the first thing they need to do is talk to Oscar about the end of his life, and ask where he wants to live the rest of his days.

A now-dressed Willow hates to say it again, What Shiloh is doing is wrong, but he doesn’t break any laws. Michael says they need a new angle. What about the money? Willow says, the people who give him money consider it an honor. The more they give, the deeper they move into his Trust. Michael says, it implies coercion. If Kristina stops paying, she’ll be expelled. It’s extortion. Chase says, good luck proving it in court. Michael says they might have no way in, but they have something – Willow.

Sam apologizes to Shiloh again. Last night, she was kind of a mess, but she thinks she made a tiny breakthrough. Shiloh says, it was a significant breakthrough. Molly comes in. She sees Sam, and asks if she’s there to check on Kristina. Shiloh says she must be Molly, and she says, he’s Shiloh. The guy who’s not running a cult. Her sister called in sick. Molly asks if Shiloh can send one of his minions to get her. He says she’s not there, and Molly says she lives there, doesn’t she? If she’s not at work, and not home, where is she? Sam says, she could be anywhere. There are a lot of other options. Molly asks if she’s not worried, and Sam says, not yet. Shiloh explains that Sam is one of his students, and Molly asks if she’s completely lost her mind.

Sonny tells Kristina that she knows he loves her, and because he loves her, he’s keeping her there. He’s keeping her safe, and she’s not going back. Kristina starts yelling, saying, he can’t do this; he has no right. He says he has every right to protect his daughter from a predator. Kristina says Shiloh understands her in a way he never could. Sonny says Shiloh is using her. She wants to talk to her mother. She knows about the law, and he’s breaking it. He says he’s broken worse. There’s a knock at the door. It’s Alexis. Sonny tells Kristina, go ahead. Talk.

Josslyn reads The Wind in the Willows out loud to Oscar, while Drew and Kim watch. Kim tells Josslyn that she’s an entertaining reader. Josslyn says, it helps having a captive audience. Drew asks for parent/son time, and Josslyn says she’ll be outside. Kim says Oscar must be tired. He is, but he doesn’t know why. All he’s been doing is sleeping. Kim tells him that they talked to Terry. The tumor is growing rapidly, which is why he’s not as strong on his right side after the last seizure. As time goes on, he’ll probably have more seizures like this. Oscar, says, okay. He guesses this means he’s finally in the home stretch. This is it. He’s really dying. Kim calls him beautiful boy, and cries, as she touches his face.

Kristina asks if Alexis went along with this. Alexis says it wasn’t her first choice. Kristina says she’s an adult. She’ll press charges, and get Alexis disbarred. Alexis says when she gets out, do that. It will be worth it. Kristina asks why they’re afraid of people who are kind, generous, and loving. Alexis says they behave falsely to lure in impressionable young people. Kristina suggests Alexis just call her stupid, but Alexis says she’s not stupid. There’s a knock at the door, and Kristina asks if everyone was invited to this kidnapping. Someone help her. Sonny opens the door, and Alexis says, Neil. Sonny says they know each other? Alexis says, you could say that. He’s her therapist.

Molly says Sam has fallen for this guy’s act. Sam says she’s investigated Shiloh, and while he has questionable things in his past, everything if legit. Molly tells Shiloh, he is good to get Sam to fall for his act. What it is, is a front. She read his book. It’s derivative, some of it is plagiarized, and the author is a textbook narcissist. Sam tells Shiloh, sorry, but Molly says don’t apologize for her. Good luck with her enlightenment. She walks out, and Sam follows her. She tells Molly to listen to her. Molly says, this place is a cult. They’re getting people to open up about their lives, and she wonders what they’re doing with the information. In the meantime, they’re taking money, and getting in between the followers and their families. Sam says nothing is going to get between her and Kristina. Molly says she’s not losing both sisters to Shiloh. She leaves, and Sam smiles.

Michael says Willow can meet Shiloh in public; she knows his tricks. She asks, then what? Record it? Shiloh is too smart to say anything incriminating. Chase says he’s seen the games Shiloh plays. He finds Shiloh manipulative, creepy, and unsettling – and he carries a weapon. He’ll help if they can come up with a decent plan that won’t put Willow near that guy. Michael says, what if she didn’t have to go near Shiloh?

Josslyn tells Carly that she can’t believe Oscar never read The Wind in the Willows when he was a kid. Carly says she didn’t either. Jax got it for Josslyn because his mom read it to him. Josslyn knows Oscar will love it; it’s an awesome book. Carly missed out. Monica approaches, saying Drew and Kim wanted them to have an update. The tumor is progressing. They’re going to keep Oscar as comfortable as possible, and hopefully he’ll have a few more alert days. Josslyn says, days. Monica says, the time is very short, and Josslyn asks if he’ll have to die there. Oscar probably won’t say anything, but it’s not what he wants. Monica says she doesn’t think so either. His parents are talking options as they speak. Carly thanks her. She leaves, and Josslyn says maybe they’ll have time to finish the book. She cries in Carly’s arms.

Michael thinks Kristina might listen if Willow talks to her alone. Willow says, members are taught that doubters are weak and less evolved. Michael says he’s done everything he can. Kristina needs to know the truth, and Willow might be the one person she’ll accept it from.

Kristina says, priceless. Her father accidentally hired her mother’s therapist to deprogram her from an imaginary cult. Nice to meet their accomplice in a federal crime. Alexis says Kristina doesn’t know everything. Neil tells Kristina that she can call him Neil, but she says she’s not doing that. He should cure her parents. They need his services more than she does. They’re keeping her here against her will. Neil says they think she’s in danger, but Kristina says they don’t want her to find peace. Neil says, all good parents want that for their kids. Kristina doesn’t care what they want. DOD is her new family. Neil asks, how so? and Kristina says she’s not doing this. It’s wasting time. She walks out of the room. Alexis says, please tell her that Kristina isn’t going out the back door, and Sonny says, Max and Milo are outside. There’s no way to get out. Alexis says, so Neil is here, and Neil says, it looks that way. He thought she said it was a bad idea, and she says she did, but Sonny ignored her advice. What a surprise. Sonny asks, what happens next? Neil says this makes his work harder, but Sonny says if Kristina had left on her own, they wouldn’t need him. Neil says he usually works with people who have left on their own, and want to get better. If she returns to DOD, full of rage and betrayal, they’re not likely to see her again.

Carly wishes she could do something to make it easier. Josslyn says, it’s not supposed to be like this. But if loving Oscar means it’s going to hurt, bring it. It’s better than not loving him. Carly says she knows.

Drew tells Josslyn that Kim and Oscar are moving in with the Quartermaines to live as a family. Josslyn is welcome any time, all the time. She thanks him, and goes back in to see Oscar. Julian holds Kim. Drew sits with Monica, and she cries. Josslyn is glad Oscar is awake, and they can still talk. She was afraid she wouldn’t even get that. Oscar says, no way. She takes his hand, and says, one more question. What does he want to do with the rest of his life? She gets in the bed with him, and they cuddle.

Willow says she’d like to help. She can tell Kristina what she knows, but when Shiloh finds out – and he will… Michael says she’s afraid Shiloh will come after her. He understands, but there are two things he’d like her to consider; him and his father. He’s the CEO of ELQ, and has more connections and resources than Shiloh. He can protect her. His father is allegedly the most powerful crime boss, and controls the city. He has a long reach, and would do anything to protect the person who helps his daughter. He thanks her for considering it, and leaves. Chase tells her if she’s worried about provoking Shiloh, or that he might figure out she had his child, don’t do it. Michael is resourceful. He’ll find another way.

Shiloh throws his book across the room. Harmony runs in, and tells him, the cup is gone. She took it. If she shows it to the wrong people… Shiloh says, she’s loyal. Harmony hopes he’s right. If she didn’t take it, someone else did. It could be bad for them. He tells her, go find it. Just find it. And look for Kristina too. She’s too valuable for them to lose.

Jason looks at the cup with the tattoo symbol on it. Sam calls, and asks how Kristina is. He says, she’s pissed. Sonny and her mom are with her. She tells him Molly stopped by DOD, and she told her that she was taking classes there. She was looking for Kristina. Jason asks about Shiloh, and she says he asked about Kristina, but she acted casual. She thinks he believes Kristina left on her own. She told him that Kristina gets like this; she’s a flake. He seemed to buy it. Jason thinks it’s going to take a while to get Kristina to believe Shiloh is not a good guy.

Alexis can’t believe Neil is helping Sonny. Sonny says Kristina was already drugged, and was about to be tattooed and literally screwed. Neil tells them they can’t be arguing. If they need to, they should go outside and get it out of their systems. Kristina is going to work hard to manipulate them, and pit them against each other. They have to show a united front, no matter what throws at them.

Tomorrow, Valentin tells Spencer that the truth always comes out, Ava asks if Jordan thinks Ryan is dead, and Laura asks Finn if he thinks Ryan is dead.

🔎 I Spy…

GH alumni Brytni Sarpy (Valerie Spencer ) in a chip commercial.

✂ Tonight, on Project Runway, the challenge was the future of streetwear. What is that anyway? The same thing as the used vintage stuff I wore when I was in acting school? Kovid was out for a lack of cohesiveness, although I loved his vest with Steampunkish accents. He had also been in the bottom three about fifteen times, even though they were only on episode five. Oddly enough, the guy who’s cried his way through every episode, didn’t shed a tear.

🍵 Let Me Pour You Some Tea…

Despite a rougher year than most of us, Bethenny is looking good. And like Billy Crystal said as Ricardo Montalbán (SNL), it is better to look good than to feel good.

The hits just keep on comin’ for Vicki, but apparently, she’s still a Real Housewife.

And at least Shannon is still a size two or whatever.

The next best thing to Giggy getting his own spin-off.

💖 And While We’re On the Subject…

🐶 🐱 🐁 🐇 🐹 Happy National Pet Day! 🐤 🐠 🐎 🐷 🐍


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