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December 6, 2019 – Brook Hides Something Big, Charming Holidays, a Change in Dorinda, Brian Scores, Alexis Slammed, Matt Is Charged, Marlo Blasts Bags, Old Ways, Joe Shoulda, a Dozen Minus One Quotes & Hollis Holiday


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Yep, it’s been that kind of week. I missed the very beginning, but nothing you can’t figure out.

Maxie tells James they need to have a talk about Peter. He’s moving in. She wants to tell James a secret. She loves Peter with all her heart.

Ned sees Franco on the terrace, and asks if he’s starting the treehouse. Franco says, there’s not a lot of time left. This morning might be all he has.

On the phone, Brook leaves a message, asking someone to call back already. She tells them not to get offended. Monica comes in, and asks if there’s something Brook wants to say. Brook says, yeah. She’s thought about it, and she didn’t steal the dinner, but who else would be motivated to do it? The kids are too young; her dad didn’t do it; Lulu was too busy fighting with her; and Olivia wouldn’t have done it. The only person unaccounted for is Monica, and Brook wants to know why.

At the hospital, Carly thanks someone for coming. Her brother’s doctor is great, but her mom doesn’t trust anyone like she does him, and it means a lot. We see she’s talking to Griff.

At home, Willow tells Chase that she forgot the dry cleaning, and forgot to tell him the wine guy called. He says the dry cleaning is in the closet, and he spoke to the wine guy. She says, then what? He says he could tell something was weighing on her. If it’s over, great. He’s not trying to get in her business, but if there’s a problem, he needs to know. She says, it is over, but she doesn’t know if it would have been a problem. It’s something they need to figure out.

Elizabeth tells Finn, whatever trouble Hayden is in, it was bad enough to leave Violet. Finn says there was a time when Hayden swore Elizabeth to secrecy. He gets that they’re sisters, but this isn’t about him; it’s about Violet. She says, if she’d heard anything, she would tell him. If Hayden reaches out to her, he’ll be the first to know. He thanks her, and she asks if he’s okay. He says he doesn’t want to mess this up. She says she knows Hayden loves Violet, and loves being a mom. The only way she would have left Violet is if she had absolute faith in him as a dad. He’s got this.

Sonny tells Jason that he knows Jason wants Sam home. Jason says the kids miss her. Danny is being brave for his sister, but it’s not fair to either one of them. Sonny gets it, but tells Jason that he has to wait. This has to be done clean. Jason says he’s doing everything he can to keep himself in check. He made a crucial mistake with Shiloh; more than once. He hoped Sam’s plan would work, and things would land the right way, but he can’t do that anymore. He has to take action. Sonny tells him, be careful.

There’s a knock at Maxie’s door, and she suggests she and James see who it is. It’s Peter, and Maxie tells him now that he lives there, he doesn’t have to knock. He tells her, old habits die hard, taking James from her and cuddling him.

Sonny says he didn’t know Carly called Griff, and she says, it was a last minute decision. Sonny tells Griff it’s good to see him, and asks how life is going. Griff says, it’s going. He’s with a group that travels to rural communities that are lacking medical care. He’s doing something he’s passionate about, and it’s helping him find his way. Sonny appreciates him coming when Carly called, and he says, Lucas was more than a colleague; he was a friend. Sonny says it’s good to have someone they trust. Griff says he’d like see the scans they’ve taken of Lucas.

Ned tells Franco that he’s kind to do this. Franco says, Oscar wanted it, and asked him and Jason to finish it. It’s one of the last things he can do as Drew for Drew.

Monica tells Brook that she wanted Drew to experience his one and only Quartermaine Thanksgiving, and see what his family would have been like if things were different. Brook knows well that they never serve turkey or get along. She had to insure that there was pizza and conflict. Brook says, so Monica stole the dinner and framed her, as a gift to someone who probably won’t remember it in a couple hours? Monica says she did. Olivia comes in, and says she owes Brook an apology. She ran into Epiphany who thanked her for the delicious turkey dinner the staff got on Thanksgiving. It occurred to her it probably wasn’t Brook who donated the food to the hospital. Monica says she can explain, but Brook says, Olivia’s apology is cool and all, but she did it.

Brook says she’s been gone a long time; she missed the family. Olivia says, so she swiped everything from Thanksgiving dinner. Brook says, it’s a Quartermaine tradition to have pizza. The turkey had to go, and she thought the staff at the hospital could use some real food. It felt like a way to kill two birds with one stone, literally. Olivia says, and it caused a family fight, and Brook says, also a Quartermaine tradition. She admits she did it, and she won’t apologize. She has no regrets. Olivia appreciates the sentiment, but thinks there was a better way to handle it. She could have asked Olivia to donate some food, instead of blindsiding her. Brook says, then they wouldn’t have had the huge epic family free-for-all. Olivia enjoyed it as much as she did. Olivia says Brook hasn’t seen the half of it. She leaves, and Monica tells Brook, very noble. What’s it going to cost her?

Ned’s phone rings. It’s Lois, and he says he has to take it. Franco picks up some boards, and says, see you later. Ned thanks Lois for calling back. He was hoping she could tell him what’s going on with their daughter.

At the MetroCourt, Robert tells Anna, something is off about Peter. Anna says, aside from Peter being Faison’s son? and Robert says if she wants to deny what’s in front of her face about Finn, that’s up to her, but if she denies what’s in her heart, it might come back to bite her.

Peter goes to the hospital, and finds Elizabeth. He says he wanted to check in with her. He knows Franco’s procedure is today. Elizabeth asks if he’s looking for a story, but he says, no. He and Maxie saw Andre, and he told them about it. Andre didn’t give details, but said one personality will cease to exist, so he felt compelled apologize for his part in starting the whole thing. She says Drew had no memory of the original procedure; what part could he have possibly played in it? None of it is his fault. He says he was there when Andre created the memory map of Drew. If he’d made different choices, Elizabeth wouldn’t be in the position she is. She says she’s been thinking about that, and she has no one else she can say this to…

Willow tells Chase, first, everything is fine, and there’s nothing to worry about, but for a few days, she thought she might be pregnant. He says, oh wow, and she says, oh wow good or oh wow bad? He says, oh wow, why wouldn’t she tell him?

Sonny is surprised Carly reached out to Griff. She says if Griff hadn’t been available, she would have been begging Patrick. Lucas’s doctor is great, but they don’t know him. They have no history with him, and they don’t know if he’ll be honest with them, and she needs that. Sonny says, until you know the truth of what you’re facing, it’s impossible to know the next step you need to take. Griff comes out, and says he saw Lucas, and went over all the tests. Carly says, it’s bad, isn’t it? and Griff says her brother’s condition is extremely serious.

Griff says the accident severely injured Lucas’s brain function. He’s responding to pain stimuli, and Griff likes that there’s activity, but the damage is severe. They’re really at the wait and see stage. He says, if it’s any reassurance, he went through every step, and there’s nothing he would change. Lucas has the best possible care. Carly says, it is reassuring. She’ll give her mom the update. She leaves, and Sonny says he appreciates Griff coming back. Griff says he thinks about Sonny all the time, and Sonny’s father. He asks how Mike is, and Sonny says he’s doing all right, but recently he slipped again. Griff is sorry to hear that, and Sonny says he knows Griff has a lot on his plate, but is there any way he can look at Mike’s labs? Sonny would feel more comfortable to hear what’s going on from Griff. Geez, never mind the mule, just load the wagon.

Anna tells Robert, they had this conversation before she left. She’ll always love him; they share a bond that can’t be broken, but don’t run her life. He says that’s not what he’s doing, and she says, it’s exactly what he’s doing. If he doesn’t like Peter’s father, he can’t be objective. Robert says, it’s more than Faison, and she says, if you dig deep enough, you can find the flaws in anyone. He needs to look at the positive. Peter is building a wonderful life, and Maxie loves him. He says, Maxie’s taste in men is suspect. Remember Spinelli? Anna says they’ll have to agree to disagree. For the sake of all the things they share, don’t push her on this. He says he won’t have to. She’s too smart not see the truth, especially when it’s staring her in the face. Violet runs up to them, and Finn and Anna smile at each other.

Lulu says she’s brought a housewarming present, since Peter is moving in. Maxie says Peter isn’t there, so they’ll open it when he gets back. She almost sets it down, then says she promises to rewrap it. She tells Lulu that both she and Peter put James down for a nap together. It was sweet. Peter read James a story, and it was so domestic. Then Chase walked in with his boxers on fire, and they put it out with a juice box. Lulu says, that’s nice, and Maxie asks, what’s up? Lulu says, Brook Lynn Ashton is back in town.

Brook says it’s not going to cost Monica anything. She’s happy to be home. Monica asks if anyone has told Brook how much she reminds them of her grandmother. Tracy was never nicer than when she was trying to cover up a disaster of her own making. She can’t wait to find out what Brook is up to. Brook asks if Monica doesn’t trust her, and Monica says, she’s a Quartermaine through and through. Of course, she doesn’t trust her.

Willow says she and Chase haven’t talked about having kids, and they’re using birth control, which must be working. She was late, so she took a pregnancy test. It was negative, so it turned into a non-situation. She realizes they’re in a relationship… Chase says, a serious relationship. Willow says, maybe it’s time to figure out how they feel about kids. He says, okay, and asks if she wants him to go first. She does, and he says what he can tell her is, when she said she thought she was pregnant, and found out she wasn’t, he felt two things at the same time – relief and disappointment.

Ned finds Jason inside, and asks if he’s looking for Monica. Jason says he’s looking for Ned. He needs a favor. He shows Jason a paper, and asks if he recognizes any of the names. Ned says he recognizes all three, but he’s had the most contact with Chip Jones; he’s an associate. Jason says he was hoping Ned could help him out with them. Ned assumes they’re a parole board, and Jason says, Sam’s hearing is tomorrow. Does Ned think they’ll be fair? Ned knows Jason doesn’t have faith in the justice system, but for what it’s worth, they’re decent, discerning guys. If Sam deals fairly with them, they’ll deal fairly with her. But having said that, he makes no guarantees. Jason appreciates the information. Ned says, if Jason isn’t busy, Franco is out back, finishing the treehouse. Maybe he could help.

Violet says she’s there for a treat, Robert suggests they go to the bar, and see what trouble they can get into. Violet asks if she can go, and Finn says he guesses they can trust this guy. He tells her, have fun, but not too much fun. He sits with Anna, and she says Robert is being a huge pain about Peter, when Peter is just trying to live his life. It’s so frustrating, and the worst part is, she lets it get to her. He’s been like this since the beginning of time. Why is it so difficult? She asks if Finn is listening, and he says, sorry; what? She asks if he’s all right, and he says he’s just looking at Violet having the time of her life.

Chase says he’s seen Willow with Wiley and the kids in her class, and knows she’d make an amazing mother. He can’t imagine anything more incredible than being parents together someday. But they’re not in the place – at least he’s not – where he’s ready to start a family. In some ways though, they’d be lucky if it just happened, and the decision was taken out of their hands. All they could do is love the kid. She smiles, and says she was thinking the same thing. They hug.

Lulu says Maxie can’t imagine how bitchy Brook was. Brook tried to seduce her husband, then called her out for not being supportive of Dante, and moving on with Dustin. Lulu told Brook, Dante abandoned her, and guess who walked in? Maxie says, not Olivia? and Lulu says the last thing she wanted was open warfare with Rocco’s grandmother, but that’s what Brook is going to cause.

Carly tells Sonny, when the best neurosurgeon says everything is being done right, that’s something. Sonny says he asked if Griff would look at his dad’s labs. Does she think that’s bad? She says she thinks it’s great.

Chase says, Willow’s turn, and Willow says, when she realized she was late, she thought about being pregnant. She felt mostly like him, that it’s not exactly the right time. In this period of their lives, they’re young, in love, and free, but at the same time, if it happens, it happens. If it’s not a decision they made, then it’s a happy accident. They would love the baby. She’s both sad and relieved, but what it made her realize is how much she really does want to be a mom, and she might be more ready than she thought she was.

Jason finds Franco on the terrace, and says he was just talking to Ned. Franco says, Oscar didn’t like leaving anything unfished, and Jason says he can finish it. Franco has his word. Franco says, if everything goes according to plan, he wants to thank Jason for saying it should be up to him. Jason says what he’s doing is a big deal. Franco means a lot to Elizabeth and the boys. Franco says he thought Jason couldn’t stand Franco, and Jason says, but Jake is different. He loves his son, and if Franco important to him, that’s just how it is. They wish each other good luck.

Lulu tells Maxie, the next time Brook launches a verbal grenade, she’s going to brush it off. Maxie suggests Lulu find out why Brook is throwing it; figure out what she’s covering up. Then she’ll have all the ammunition she needs. Maxie gets a call from her mom, and says, oh my God, is he okay? She asks if she can bring James over, and says she’ll drop him off on her way. Lulu says on her way where? and Maxie says, Lucas was in a car accident.

Elizabeth tells Peter that her head is all over the place. She’s scared, nervous, and hopeful. It’s what she wanted and pushed for; to get Franco back. Peter says Franco is her husband. She says, from the beginning, she knew there were one in four chances of the outcome she wants. Out of the other three, one is unthinkable, and the other two, he stays Drew. The odds aren’t good, and she’s preparing herself in case Franco doesn’t come back. She’ll need to find the courage to let him go.

On the phone again, Brook tells someone to stop calling. She’s sick of their harassment. Ned asks who’s harassing her, and she says, it’s nothing. He says, it didn’t sound like it; let him help. She tells him to leave her alone. Olivia comes in, and says, apparently, Lucas was in a serious car accident. Brook asks if he’s okay, but Olivia doesn’t know. He’s in a medically induced coma. (I might hazard a guess that that’s definitely not okay.) Brook jets, and Ned tells Olivia, Lucas and Brook were good friends in high school. He hopes Lucas is all right. Olivia agrees, and says it looked like she walked in on something kind of big. Ned says, not kind of; she did.

Griff tells Sonny, he went over Mike’s tests. It’s impossible to predict what will happen, but Mike is experiencing significant deterioration in his cognitive function. His condition is extremely complicated, but he doesn’t think Mike will recognize them or his current situation much longer. Carly says they’re approaching the end. Griff wishes that wasn’t the case, and Sonny says he’d give anything for more time. Whatever it costs, he’ll do it.

Griff says there’s a study on enzymes in Sweden. He can write a recommendation, but he’s not sure it will do Mike any good. His condition is too far along. Sonny asks, what’s money for? All the sacrifices he’s made, the long shots he’s been paid for. If he has the means, he’ll spend the money. Get Mike in, and Sonny will find out how to get him there.

Chase says, things just got real, and Willow asks if it scared him. He says, no. He’s happy they’re being honest. Willow says, if she’s honest with herself. She can’t say how much of her wants a baby, and how much is longing for Wiley. Knowing he’s in a happy home with two dads who love him; she did the right thing giving him up. Chase says it doesn’t mean she loves Wiley any less, and Willow says she doesn’t want to make the mistake of filling the void Wiley left. Any future child is theirs, and she wants to get it clear in her head before she thinks of getting pregnant. He takes her hands in his, and says he loves her. She’s beautiful and kind, courageous, and her nose crinkles in a cute way when she tastes something she doesn’t like. He knows what a great person she is, and what a great mom she’ll be. He’d like to have kids with her. Someday, when they’re more settled in their lives. He kisses her, and says, not to mention, the stage they’re in is not a bad place to be. They should enjoy it. They kiss.

Brook is already at the hospital when Maxie and Lulu arrive. She says now they show up. They wasted a trip, since it’s just immediate family. Lulu says Brook isn’t family; they’re his cousins. Brook says, like some people, she doesn’t jump ship when her loved ones are in trouble.

Olivia tells Ned, there’s no denying Brook is more like her mother now. He says that’s what he called Lois to find out. Olivia asks, what’s going on? and Ned says, it turns out, Brook is hiding something big.

Monica comes out on the terrace, where Jason is looking at the treehouse. She says, looks great, and  Jason says he added the door; Franco did the rest. She wishes they could have spent more time together. When Drew finally grasped the fact that he was living at the expense of Franco and the people who love him, he knew he couldn’t do it. It just wasn’t in him. He reminds her of Jason. Jason says, he did the right thing, and she says she’s going to miss him. Jason says, he knows, and puts his arm around her.

Franco comes out of the elevator at the hospital. He looks at Elizabeth.

Anna says, for all Robert’s faults – and he has many – he’s wonderful with children. He thinks he is one. When Robin was a little girl, it was like magic; shocking given what a curmudgeon he is. Finn goes over to where Robert and Violet are at the bar, and asks, what’s that? Violet says, a milkshake, and Finn says, before lunch? Robert says, milk is great for the bones. Finn says Robert is good with her, and Robert says, having a daughter is the greatest experience in his life. Plus, he’s pretty good with the women.

Peter blows through the MetroCourt, phone to his ear. Anna sees him, but he doesn’t see her. He goes into an adjacent hallway, and says they know what needs to be done. Kill Andre, kill Franco, eliminate them both. As long as the procedure doesn’t happen. He turns around, and Anna is there.

On Monday, Anna thinks there’s something on Peter’s mind, Valentin asks if Ava gave Nina anything useful, and Ava says, oh my God.

🎄 Traditional Charm…

Kathryn is incredibly stylish. I’m sure she’ll come up with something great.

👩 Out Of Context…

Dorinda looks like a totally different person.

🚤 Unlike Ashton…

It looks like Brian doesn’t have to work so hard. 

🚮 But Isn’t It Their Job…?

If you can now shame your boss for making you work, I should go back to 9 to 5.

👎 He’s Gone With the Wind…

And not so fabulous.

🍑 Is She Even a Cast Member…?

As far as I know, she doesn’t hold a peach.

🏂 Cold School…

I’ll just say it. Dolores is annoying as hell.

😠 Dad Has Her Back…

I don’t blame him. Juicy Joe should have known better.

🎐 Quotes of the Week

We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours. – Dag Hammarskjold

It’s amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday.John Guare

That was a nightmare. – son of a hoarder, Hoarding: Buried Alive

If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you. – A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

My boy, one small breeze doesn’t make a wind storm. – John McGraw

Principals have principles. – Stewart (Taran Killiam), Night School

You know it’s bad when New Yorkers are looking at you like you’re weird. – Dean Hashim, 90 Day Fiancé: Pillow Talk

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.Helen Keller

If you don’t want me to open my mouth, don’t give me those five shots of tequila. – Jennifer Aydin, Real Housewives of New Jersey

True beauty, the kind that doesn’t fade or wash off, takes time.Amy Harmon

My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice. – J.K. Rowling

🎁 It’s Seriously On…

Oh how I dread even thinking of Christmas shopping, but unless you want to be one of those (mostly men) people who look like deer in headlights on Christmas Eve, it’s time to start getting on it. Since the dead aren’t walking anywhere, except to the mall, to see you off on your weekend, is one of my favorite Christmas songs.

December 5, 2019 – No More Ghosts For Ava, a Shiny New Runway, Flying On the Ground & Magical December


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

First of all, my bad. It wasn’t a cufflink under the bed, but Nikolas’s ring. I guess when I think Cassadine, I think fancy. So I amend what I said. Instead of cufflinks that stay put, Nikolas needs to get that ring resized.

I missed the first minute or so, but it was nothing earth-shaking. The only important point was that Valentin and Martin snuck into the gallery to look for Helena’s portrait.

Nina visits Ava at Shadybrook. When Ava sees her, Ava says, no more ghosts.

Sam is brought to Nelle’s cell. Nelle says the guard can’t leave her alone with this woman; she’s a murderer. Sam brings her stuff in, and Nelle says, isn’t this cozy? Sam tells her, don’t get attached. She has a parole hearing tomorrow, and will be gone in ten seconds. But looking on the bright side, Nelle is still there. Nelle says Sam is too. That can only mean one thing – time to catch up.

Sasha asks Michael how everyone is, and he says, tense, especially around Julian, but everyone is rallying around Lucas. Sasha suggests getting coffee, since it looks like they’re in for a long night. Willow asks if there’s been any further word from the hospital, but he says, nothing yet. He hopes it’s good news soon, so Wiley can be back in his fathers’ arms.

Brad sits by Lucas’s bedside, while Bobbie and Julian stand outside the room. Julian asks why the hell Lucas was driving the car, and Bobbie says she’s asked the same thing. A few seconds later or earlier, and everything would be different. But it wasn’t, and now Lucas… You just never know.

Carly sees Sonny, and asks how Alexis is. Sonny says she’s being kept overnight for observation, and Kristina went home. He asks if she’s okay, and she says she’s trying to figure out what happened. One minute, they were home, counting their blessings, and the next, Lucas is on a ventilator, fighting for his life. Chase comes by, and she asks if he has any more information about the cause of the accident.

Carly calls Bobbie over, saying there’s an update in the investigation. Chase says he’s sorry. He wishes he could tell them more. He spoke to Jordan, and the preliminary investigation is inconclusive. There seemed to be something wrong with the brakes, but the car was so badly damaged, they can’t figure out why. The car has been impounded, and they’re going over it with a fine-toothed comb. He’ll keep posted. Carly apologizes; she thought there would be more information. Bobbie says even if they could tell what the problem was with the car, there’s no reason Lucas should be fighting for his life. He’s supposed to be home with his husband and little boy. None of it makes sense.

Julian watches Brad sitting by Lucas. Epiphany tells Julian that Lucas is getting the best care. Julian asks what the machine on the right is, and she says, a ventilator. He asks if it’s breathing for Lucas, and she says, not really, but it’s supporting his effort to breathe. He says all the times he’s seen those, he never paid much attention. He never thought one would be breathing for his son.

Michael comes downstairs, and says, Wiley is in bed. Fingers crossed that he’s too tired to realize he’s not home. He sees that he forgot Wiley’s favorite toy, and brings it upstairs. Sasha tells Willow, before they get interrupted again, she’s dying to know; what did the test say? Willow takes Sasha’s hand, and says, it says false alarm. She’s not pregnant. Sasha asks how she’s handling it, and Willow says, it’s the preferred outcome for now. They hug.

Nina sits next to Ava on the floor, and says she’s not a ghost. Ava says, she was selfish and betrayed him. Now he haunts her. She has to pay for what she’s done. He’s in hell, and he’s there with Kiki. It’s her fault. Nina asks who told Ava that? Does she think Kiki belongs in hell? Ava says, no; not her sweet girl. Nina says, it was lies. Who was it? Who told her Kiki is in hell? Ava says, Nikolas, and Nina says, Nikolas Cassadine?

Jax says when Nikolas came to him, he was sympathetic to his cause. He wanted Nikolas and Spencer to have what’s rightfully theirs. Nikolas says there was also the payoff, but Jax says it was never about the money for him. It was about setting things right for Spencer. Since then, he’s compromised his friends, and stalled his daughter’s moving in. He can’t do it anymore. He’s done. He’s not going to be responsible for Violet growing up without a mother. Nikolas tells him, what if he said even though Hayden is in danger, she isn’t?

Epiphany wheels Brad out, but he says he wants to wait in his husband’s room. She says they have to examine Lucas, and Carly says, it will only take a minute. Brad doesn’t care, and Epiphany says, despite being in an accident where he has a concussion and bruised ribs, Brad is refusing to rest. Brad says, it’s all his fault, and Sonny asks, why? Brad says, it was his car; he should have been driving. Carly tells him not to think like that, and Sonny asks why Lucas was driving. Brad says they were having a fight, and he was upset, so Lucas drove, and here they are. Sonny says Lucas will want Brad in fighting shape when he wakes up. Carly says they’ll get him if anything changes. He asks, who’s with Wiley? and she says, Michael insisted. Brad knows how much Michael loves Wiley.

Nelle tells Sam that she met Shiloh in Pentenville. She has so many questions. He loved to talk about Sam. He had a way of expression; a sense of romantic depth. Sam says, in his dreams, and Nelle says, poor Shiloh. He fell for Sam, and she killed him. Sam loves Jason, and he’s killed a lot of people, but he gets paid, so that makes it fine. Sam says being behind bars has affected Nelle’s fantasy life. Nelle says she’s not wearing a wire, and not trying to incriminate Sam. She won’t be there much longer. Sam says Nelle’s not in touch with reality. Nobody is coming there to get her out. No one wants her to go home. Sam gets into the upper bunk.

Nina asks Ava to tell her what meds they have her on. Ava says, the little white ones, but today, they were orange. They said it would help her sleep, but she doesn’t want to. That’s when he comes. Nina says, Nikolas? and Ava says, sometimes Kiki, but Kiki doesn’t want anything to do with her. She’s very faint. Nina asks if Nikolas is more vivid, and Ava says Nikolas will never forgive her. She tried to make peace, and gave him what he asked for, but he’ll be back. They both will. They always come back.

Valentin looks around the storage room at the gallery, and Martin flips through some paintings. He asks what they’re doing, looking for secrets and clues. Valentin tells him not to leave the paintings in disarray, and Martin says he didn’t realize there were demerits for being untidy. Valentin says, it’s called evidence, and he doesn’t want Martin leaving it. Just look for the painting. Martin says he realizes this is his fault, but he said he was a criminal lawyer, not a lawyer who commits crimes. Valentin says Jax won’t get the codicil before him. It’s a legal document, and Martin is there because he’s essential. He tells Martin to check for any storage invoices, and Martin asks what Valentin is doing. Valentin says he’s going to crack a safe.

Nikolas tells Jax, Violet will get her mother back. When he was at Windymere, he heard Valentin make Hayden an offer to turn on them. Jax asks if she said she’d take it, and Nikolas says, Valentin made it clear that if she didn’t play ball there would be consequences. She was about to tell him everything, they got interrupted, and Hayden got out. Jax asks if that’s when she fled, and Nikolas says he made her more fully convinced. Jax asks him to define fully convinced, and Nikolas says he staged an incident. Hayden was grabbed by a man who she thought Valentin sent. Jax says, Nikolas staged an attack? Nikolas says he gave Hayden the impression she was in danger if she didn’t go, and leaving behind Violet was the only way to get Valentin to believe she was in hiding. Jax asks if Nikolas sees nothing wrong with what he’s done, and Nikolas says he was putting safety first. Jax says, by terrorizing a mother to leave her child? Nikolas is supposed to be the good Cassadine.

Jax says, circumstances have changed, but Nikolas says, Hayden is safe, Violet is safe, and Ava still has the painting stashed at the gallery. If he goes now, he can have it by tonight, and Hayden can come home. Jax asks what makes Nikolas so sure Ava told him the truth? Nikolas says he persuaded her, and Jax asks if he wants to know. Nikolas says, it’s not important, and asks Jax to hold off calling for now. He’s on his way, and he’ll be in touch. Jax tells him, don’t take too long.

Chase goes to Sonny’s house. He says he can’t stay; he’s just checking in. He asks how Willow is, and she says, all right. He asks if she was hanging out with Wiley, and she says she was. He’s asleep now, but it helps to be around him. She asks, what’s going on? Did he come by just to check on her? He says, only in a comforting boyfriend kind of way; not a controlling or creepy way. She says, duly noted, and he tells her to let him know if he’s going too far. They were talking before the accident, and it seemed like Willow had something on her mind. She says she did, and she’ll tell him all about it. Just not right now. He asks if she’s sure it can wait, and she says, absolutely. He kisses her, and says he has to get back on the job.

Michael sees Chase to the door, and says his mom texted. She said they did a preliminary investigation. Chase says, it was inconclusive. He doesn’t want to speculate, but the undercarriage of the car was too damaged to find out if there was a problem with the brakes. It doesn’t sit well, but forensics should have more information. Michael asks if Chase thinks the car was tampered with, and Chase says, so far it’s been inconclusive, but when he knows, Michael will know.

Julian tells Bobbie that he deserves to be in there, not Lucas. Bobbie says she’d rather it be anyone else, but it’s not. It’s Lucas, and all they can do is wait and pray. Julian says he’ll give her some privacy, but she follows him. She says she’s seen the way he’s stepped up for Lucas, and tried to do the right thing. The truth is, Lucas found room for Julian in his heart, and somehow, some way, he must be worthy of that love. Right now, Lucas needs all of their love if he’s going to get through this, including Julian’s. Julian doesn’t know what to say, and she tells him, thank you will suffice. He says, thank you, and she says he’s welcome. See? They’re getting along, for the moment. It’s what their son would want.

Nina helps Ava up and into the bed. The nurse asks how it’s going, and Nina says, not great. What kind of meds do they have her on? She’s hallucinating dead people. The nurse says she’s not at liberty to discuss it, and visiting hours are over. Nina says, give her a minute, and she’ll be right out. She tells Ava that she has to leave. Ava asks why she was there, and Nina says she had an art question, but she’ll ask another day. Ava grabs her, and begs her not to go. Don’t leave her there. Nina tells her to listen. Ghosts aren’t real. She’s dreaming, and the meds aren’t helping. Nina promises to talk to someone; a lawyer, or the mayor. If anyone can straighten it out, Laura can. Ava asks if Nina can get Nikolas to stop, and Nina says, consider it done. Ava cries, and Nina promises Nikolas is dead. Ava saw it herself. She has nothing to fear from him. Nina sees the ring on the floor, and says, what the hell is this?

Nina says she needs Ava to focus. She shows her the ring, and asks if it looks familiar. Ava says, yes. She’s seen that design before. Nina says, so has she. It’s tattooed on Valentin’s arm. She asks where Ava has seen it, and Ava says, Nikolas. He had a ring like that. Nina wants Ava to her tell her more about the Nikolas that she saw. What did he want exactly?

Nelle wonders how Sam handles Carly in the middle of her relationship with Jason. Carly was overbearing with Michael, and micromanaged him. Jason is Carly’s BFF. She tells Sam, it’s just us girls. Sam can tell her. Does she have to share? Sam says, no, but does Nelle know what they do share? The fact that they’re excited about Michael being with Sasha. He’s falling in love, for real this time. Nelle says she heard he moved on. So has she. Sam asks if she’s making it up, or trying to get a guard fired. Nelle says, it’s nothing as scandalous as that. Just a lasting connection that has the potential to change her life forever. She can’t wait to share it once she’s released. It shouldn’t be long now. Sam says Nelle is absolutely insane. She tried to kill Michael, the son of the alleged most powerful crime lord, and she wants to get out? Nelle asks if that’s a threat, and Sam says, no; why? Is she that shaky? Nelle says she believes good things come to those who wait, and she’s been very patient.

Michael says he’s off to the MetroCourt kitchen. They’re preparing food for the hospital staff. Sasha says, let her do it. She wants to actually do something. He says she can save the day, and kisses her, saying, for the record, she’s very good company. She tells him to let his mom know she’s on her way. Wiley cries, and Willow says she’ll go upstairs.

Carly is glad Wiley is too young to understand, and Sonny says, Wiley doesn’t have to be afraid. Bobbie tells Carly that Epiphany is with her brother. Julian says, it’s like a revolving door. Carly asks how Bobbie is feeling, and Bobbie says she never wants to look protein bar again, but no worries. Carly says, it’s almost time for Donna’s feeding, and Sonny says he’ll go. He tells Julian, Wiley is back at the house. If Julian wants to see him, he’d be welcome.

Martin looks at a painting, remarking that it’s a culture clash of some sort. Valentin gets the safe open, and Martin says he has to admit, it’s impressive. They hear someone, and Valentin says, get down. They hide among the paintings.

Chase visits Sam, and Nelle says she knew he couldn’t stay away. He says he’s there for Sam. He’s sorry she’s hearing this way, but Lucas and Brad were in a car accident. Nelle asks if Brad is all right, and Looking at Sam, Chase says, Brad is pretty banged up, but he’ll be fine. Unfortunately, Sam’s brother wasn’t so lucky. He’s on life support, and they don’t know if he’s going to make it.

Epiphany finds Brad back in Lucas’s room, and says he only rested ten minutes. He says, it’s called a power nap. He tells her excuse me, and by that, he means go away. She says Lucas would be upset with them both if Brad doesn’t take care of himself. Brad says, good. If Lucas is pissed, that means he’s alive, and he can deal with Brad however he wants.

Bobbie tells Carly that Lucas is coming off the ventilator soon. They’ll see if he can breathe on his own. Carly says, that’s a good thing, right? Bobbie says, yeah, but when you take a patient off, there’s this terrible silence while you’re waiting for them to take their first breath, and you pray never to be in that position again. Carly says she’s so sorry, but Bobbie says if there’s one thing she’s learned, it’s that control is an illusion. Live as best you can, because so much of life is completely out of your hands.

Sonny feeds Donna, and Michael says, she loves her dad. Sonny tells him, don’t take personally. Michael asks if there’s any news, but Sonny says, they’re just waiting. The doorbell rings, and Sonny tells Michael to get it, but don’t get upset. Sonny invited him. Michael opens the door to Julian.

On the phone at the MetroCourt, Jax says he doesn’t know when Hayden will get this, but he’s giving her the all clear. She can come back to Port Charles; there’s no threat. She has his word that she and Violet will be safe. Sasha comes to the counter, and says she’s picking up food for Carly. Jax tells Hayden to call back soon as she can. Sasha says Jax is working late, but he says, it’s personal stuff. Sasha asks if he’s seen Nina. How is she? He says, cards on the table. He doesn’t know why Sasha is helping Valentin. If she’s doing it to protect Nina, thinking she’s lying for Nina’s own good, she’s wrong.

Nina asks Ava to tell her what Nikolas’s ghost wants. Ava says, he wanted to know where it was. Nina says, where what was? and Ava says, the painting. An awful portrait of Helena. He wanted it. Nina needs Ava to listen to her. She says she doesn’t think Ava saw a ghost. She thinks Nikolas is alive. He’s been alive, and he’s been tormenting Ava and using her to get what he wants.

A guy in a mask (i.e. Nikolas) walks past Valentin and Martin. Valentin jumps up, gun in hand, and tells him, don’t move. Turn slowly. Nikolas turns around, and Valentin tells him, take off the mask. Let’s get acquainted.

Valentin says, slowly, and Nikolas grabs the gun. Valentin punches him, and the gun falls, while Martin cowers. Nikolas runs out the side door, and Martin asks, who was that masked man?

Sasha tells Jax that she’ll say it as many times as he needs to hear it. He says he knows. She acted alone. He doesn’t think she’s a con artist or cold-hearted, but thinks she’s desperate and believes Valentin might be her chance to make it right.

Martin says, Valentin never told him it involved firearms. Valentin says if Martin had picked up the gun and pointed it at the guy, they would know who he worked for. Martin says, or shot them both. Valentin might have been in special ops, but he’s a lawyer. Valentin asks if Martin doesn’t find it odd that someone would be breaking in at the same time they were there, and Martin says it was no random break in, but the guy wasn’t tall enough to be Jax, and it wasn’t Hayden. Valentin doesn’t know why, but there was something familiar about him.

Nikolas runs. He stops and takes off his mask.

Nina thinks she and Ava should join forces; an unholy alliance. She’s tired of the Cassadine men, and their lies and mind games. She asks if Ava doesn’t think it’s time to put an end to it, once and for all. Ava says, no more ghosts, and Nina says, damn right. No more ghosts.

Brad, Carly, and Bobbie stand outside Lucas’s room. Brad says he doesn’t know how to do this. Lucas is the strong one, the good one. Without him… Bobbie tells him, when BJ passed, she thought she’d never set foot in the hospital again. She was convinced she didn’t have the strength. Carly says she did, and here they are. Bobbie says, because the miracles she’s seen there outweigh the losses. One thing she’s learned is, if they’re going to survive, they can’t give in to fear. They have to lean in to the hope. Brad goes into Lucas’s room, and tells Lucas that he loves him. After everything, please remember that.

Nelle asks Chase, what about Wiley? He says it doesn’t concern her, and Sam asks if Wiley was in the car. Chase says, Wiley is safe. He wasn’t in the car. Nelle says he could have led with that, and Sam tells her, shut up. She asks where Wiley is, and Chase says, Wiley is fine. He’s with Michael.

Sonny says, daughter/father bonding, and tells Donna, get used to dad. Willow asks if she can get anything for Julian, and Michael comes down with Wiley, saying, grandpa came to visit. Julian thanks him, and takes Wiley. He says, Wiley is getting so big. He doesn’t want Wiley to worry. Grandpa will take care of everything. Daddy Lucas will wake up. Don’t worry. Julian will make sure Lucas will be with him forever.

Tomorrow, Lulu tells Maxie that Brook Lynn is back; Peter tells Elizabeth, if he’d made different choices, she wouldn’t be in the position she’s in; and Franco says it’s the last thing he can do as Drew for Drew.

👗 And You Get a Model…

Project Runway’s new season began tonight, and I always feel like I do at the beginning of Survivor – too damn many contestants for me to remember all their names, but they’ll be weeded down to a manageable few soon enough. You can meet them all at the link below, but it seemed like most of them had heads so big, I was surprised they all fit in the same room. Many of them already had serious careers going, and I wondered why they even needed the exposure. I do have to add, contestant Victoria is from Moldova, a place I’d never heard of before, that has now been popping up everywhere on reality shows. Karlie Kloss informed the contestants that this time around, there would also be the Siriano Save. Much like they used to do on American Idol, if mentor Christian Siriano thinks an eliminated designer is worth it, he’ll bring them back. #CloutGoals. Their initial meeting was at the TWA hotel in JFK airport, which fascinates me. The hotel, not the airport. The airport is one hassle after another, but I digress. Their first task was to split into teams of two – collaboration equals innovation – and design for travel in the future; a jumpsuit for daytime excursions into the great unknown, and a chic outfit for happy hour at the space hotel. They had $400 and 45 minutes to shop at Mood, and it was on. The best laugh of the night came when Alan – who thought he was too cool for school – left his organza at the shop, and had to make clothing out of air. I was actually hoping he’d be the first to go, but he was one of the bottom four, so close enough to maybe make him think twice about bragging. The winning team was Sergio (who had designed Billy Porter’s outfit for the 2019 Tonys) and Brittany, with Brittany’s jumpsuit being the big winner and scoring immunity for her. Asma and Jenn were the losing team, and both were out, having failed themselves and each other (ouch!). This was a little disappointing, since each of them had intriguing niches; Asma designing for the modern Muslim woman, and Jenn designing modern Goth. When introducing the contestants, we saw some of their previous work, and these two were brilliant, but not so much on their first runway. Jenn’s jumpsuit was boring, and Asma’s happy hour dress was unfinished and had way too much going on. Brandon Maxwell did give the best quote of the night, saying, to me it was just like… why? So far, I’m rooting for Nancy, who left the corporate world at 58 years old (she’s 64 now) to pursue her design dream. You go, girl!

Ultimate Repurposing…

An airline terminal reborn.




🎇 Leaning On Hope…

I saw this movie for the first time not long ago. I know, hard to believe, but no one told me Chris Sarandon and William Hickey were in it. Bill haunts me even from beyond the grave…










December 4, 2019 – Nikolas Haunts Ava, Ping Pong Ain’t What It Used To Be, Jamaica Jersey, New Seasons, Heavy Star, Renee’s Next Move, Charming News & Christmas Past


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Finn reads the letter from Hayden again. Anna asks if he’s still looking for clues, but he says he’s still trying to process it. He asks where Anna has been, and she says, checking on Violet. He says he should have done that, and she says he still can, but Violet is asleep. It’s cute how she put the wishbone on her nightstand, and worth a peek. He says it’s his responsibility; she shouldn’t have to check. Anna asks if he’s feeling guilty, and he says, kind of. She tells him, get used to it. It’s A feeling he’s going to have for the rest of his life. She’s had plenty of experience with little girls, and is more than happy to share the responsibility. Until Violet is a teenager. Then, she’s his problem altogether. They kiss, and he asks if she heard something. She says, imaginary noises; the first of many. Violet is really getting to him, and Anna thinks it’s sweet. She asks if he’s all right, and he says, no. Today, he has to tell his beautiful daughter that her mom is gone.

At Shadybrook, the nurse asks Nikolas if he swears it’s not going to hurt her. Nikolas tells her to trust him, as he gives her a bunch of cash. He says she’s been a great help. In her room alone, Ava says, it’s Thanksgiving Day and not a single visitor. Not even a call from Julian. So much for family. She wonders if she could be any more maudlin. No wonder she has no visitors. She’s not a joy to be around. The nurse knocks at the door, and tells Ava it’s time for her meds. Ava doesn’t suppose her brother has called; she was hoping for a visit. The nurse says she’s sorry, and Ava says the pills are different. The nurse tells her, they’re a different brand. They’ll make her feel much better. Ava takes the medication.

Nina toasts to Valentin at the MetroCourt. She says he was generous, letting Lulu take Charlotte for the weekend. He says, there’s nothing wrong with having peace in the family, and she says she’s glad he said that, because she wants the wedding to be more inclusive. She invited Laura. Valentin says, she is Charlotte’s grandmother, and Nina says, and Jax.

Jax tells Carly that he’s put Nikolas on notice. He has to find the codicil by New Year’s Eve, or Jax is cutting him loose. Carly says that means it has to be dealt with by the end of the year. Sonny is already suspicious. Jax says he’ll be more careful, and if it goes sideways, he’ll cut his losses and give her a heads up. She doesn’t know what she’s going to do when she sees Laura. If their positions were reversed, she’d want Laura to tell her. She wishes he hadn’t gotten mixed up with this. Michael comes in, and Carly asks if he made a stop, since he’s been gone a while. He says he and Josslyn taught Dev to ice skate. He asks if Brad and Lucas picked up Wiley, and she tells him Lucas said they were on the way, but she hasn’t seen them and they haven’t called. She hopes they’re okay.

Willow comes out, and Sasha says, well… what do the results say? Willow says she took the test… Chase appears, and says he’s glad he found them both. Something has happened, but first, Willow needs to know Wiley is safe. There’s been an accident with Brad and Lucas.

Due to the lax security at GH, Julian stands over Brad’s hospital bed where he lies unconscious. He says it was supposed to be Brad, not Lucas. Not his son. The nurse tells Julian, sorry, it will just take a second, and Julian leaves.

Michael wonders if Lucas and Brad stopped to talk things out. Carly hopes so. She’s glad Michael is there. Sonny left to meet Kristina, and there’s still lots of putting away to do. Jax’s phone rings, and he says, sure he can meet them. Carly says, perfect timing, and Jax asks if she expected him to help clean up a Thanksgiving meal he didn’t eat. She says he has a reputation for chivalry, but that sounded pressing. Michael says he did eat, so it’s kind of his duty. Carly says that’s why she adores her son. He doesn’t shrink from a tough job. Jax wishes them a happy Thanksgiving, and leaves. Michael asks if Wiley is staying the night, and Carly says he’s sound asleep, along with Donna and Avery. Bobbie calls, and tells Carly, get to the hospital now.

Nina asks if Valentin is sure he doesn’t mind, and he says if she wants Jax there, it’s fine; as long as he has her, Charlotte, and the Justice of the Peace. She promises it will be a day he never forgets, although anything is better than last time. He says, barring a natural disaster; flood, famine… Nina says, frogs. He says they’re in this together, and she says, anything for him. He tells her that Jax and Laura are trying to get their hands on a portrait that may contain a codicil that disinherits him, giving the estate to Spencer. Nina says, that’s ridiculous, and asks if it’s hidden in the frame, or under the painting. Valentin says it might be nothing but Helena sending them on a wild goose chase, but he’s not willing to take the risk. Not with Charlotte standing to lose everything. He has to get his hands on the painting before Jax does.

Ava says, happy Thanksgiving, Kiki. On this day a year ago, Ava lost her, and her whole life fell apart. She misses Kiki. She gets up, and feels woozy. She says she’ll just lie down a minute and wait. Wait for what? Nobody’s coming. Nikolas calls her name.

Carly gets to the hospital, and Chase tells her that Lucas is in surgery. His and Brad’s car was hit by another car, and went off the road. They were both unconscious, and trapped for at least an hour. She asks how Brad is, and he says, fine, but unconscious. Lucas’s side took the brunt of the hit. She asks about the other car, and he says they were attempting to murder Alexis. Alexis was targeted by Kendra Bower. Nine years ago, Alexis killed her brother Kiefer accidentally. Carly says she remembers that. It must have been why Kristina called Sonny. Is Alexis okay? Chase says, she was admitted for observation. Kendra drugged her, and left her in the road. She was going to intentionally run Alexis down. Carly says, like Kiefer, and Chase says, before it happened, Brad and Lucas’s car struck hers. It was serous; Kendra was killed. Bobbie joins them, and she and Carly hug. Carly asks how Lucas is, and Bobbie says, he’s still in surgery; there’s been no word. Carly says, it will be okay. What about Brad? Julian sidles up, and says, he’ll be fine.

Brad flashes back on telling Lucas that Wiley is Michael and Nelle’s son.

Willow approaches Bobbie, and says she’s sorry this is happening. She hopes she’s not overstepping, but Bobbie says Willow is the mother of her grandson. Willow asks how Wiley is, and Carly says, he’s good. He’s with Michael.

Sasha goes back to Sonny’s, and tells Michael, anything she can do, name it. He says, Lucas is still in surgery, and Brad hasn’t woken up yet. He asks if they have any idea what caused it, but she says, if Chase knew, he didn’t mention anything. Michael says, Wiley could lose both fathers tonight.

Finn tells Anna that he never thought he’d be anxious to hear from Robert. She knows the feeling, but Robert is making every effort to find Hayden. She asks if pacing is helping Finn, and he says it is. She suggests getting Roxie, but he says, Roxie is for anxiety. She says, and this is…? He says, anger mixed with frustration. He doesn’t want to bring Roxie into that. The doorbell rings, and it’s Jax, who says Anna told him it was urgent. Finn asks what Jax got Hayden into, and Jax says, nothing. What did she tell him? Finn says, she skipped town, and Anna says, Finn found a note. Jax asks if she took Violet, but Anna says, Violet is there. Finn says, Hayden wrote that she was in trouble, and left town to keep Violet safe. Tell him what the hell is going on.

Ava asks if Nikolas is really there, and he says, yes; it’s him. She says she thought he was dead, and he says he is, and she backs up on the bed. She says, if he’s dead, how is he there? He says he’s not really there, and Ava asks if it’s a dream, or is he… Nikolas says he’s in hell – because of her. She says, Valentin did this, and he says Valentin sent him there, but she’s the reason why he’s trapped and doesn’t know peace. She says she’s sorry, and he says he hopes that true. Now, she’s going to make amends.

Willow sees Julian, and says, poor man. Carly says she doesn’t know if Willow knows this, but her son Morgan was killed by a car bomb intended for Julian. Morgan wouldn’t have been in the car in the first place if Ava hadn’t switched out his meds for placeboes, and he spiraled out of control. She hates Julian and Ava, and wished such suffering on them. Now Ava is in a psychiatric hospital, and Julian is staring down the same loss. She guesses she got her wish.

Jax says, if Hayden was in danger, she never mentioned it. Anna says she thought they were close, and he says she worked for him at Aurora, but that was the extent of the relationship. Finn says she must have a side project going on, and whatever it is, it got her in trouble. Anna says Jax always has a side project going on; maybe it’s the same one. Jax asks if there was anything about it in the note, but Finn says Hayden keeps secrets because she thinks she can deal with things by herself. Anna says if Hayden is in trouble, maybe Jax can help. Jax says the only thing he can do, is check her office at Aurora, and see if she left anything behind. Finn says, other than their daughter. Jax says if Hayden left Violet, she must think the danger is real and she’ll be back. He’s sorry; keep him posted. Anna asks him to do the same. When he’s gone, Anna and Finn both say, he’s definitely lying.

The surgeon comes out, and says Lucas is critical, but stable. Julian asks, which is it? and Bobbie says, it means he’s in bad shape, but not getting worse – at the moment. The doctor says there was swelling on the brain, and they had to open his skull to release the pressure. He’s in a medically induced coma. Carly asks if there’s going to be brain damage, but he says, it’s too soon to tell. Lucas is in recovery, and will be moved to ICU, where they’re going to monitor him closely.

Ava knows she wronged Nikolas, and tells him that she’s sorry. She covers her face, and he tells her to look at him. She says she can’t, but he tells her, it’s all right, and sits on the bed. She looks at him, and he says, they were friends. They understood each other. She says she thought they were good friends, and he says she was there when he died. She says there was nothing she could do, and he says he doesn’t blame her. She thanks him for that, and he says, but Spencer needed her, and what did she do? She says she can’t say it, and he asks, why? She says she’s ashamed, and he tells her that she chose her own beauty over his son’s future. He never thought she’d betray him. Ava says he doesn’t know what it was like for her, looking in the mirror. He says, at least she had a face. His was lost at sea. She says she’d do anything to make it up; just stop. He tells her to promise she won’t let Valentin win. She says she won’t. Nikolas was the first. After he died, something happened. It was like a wave of darkness. She lost Morgan, then Griff, then Kiki. Ryan wasn’t real. She sinks to the floor, saying, he was a monster. He should be in hell, not Nikolas. He says, think of Spencer. He needs her again. The portrait of Helena. She says he knows she’d do anything for his son. She’d do anything for Avery and Kiki, but it’s too late. Kiki will never forgive her. He says he knows. He’s seen Kiki. She’s there with him.

Nina asks Valentin how Ava got her hands on the portrait, but he says, she’s being tight-lipped, and she’s as unreliable as Helena when it comes to telling the truth. Nina asks if he thinks Ava still has the portrait, but he says she was pretty doped up in Shadybrook. He thinks she’s going to try a bidding war, but it won’t be easy from there. Nina thanks him for telling her and being honest. He says, it’s not easy. A lifetime of bad habits is hard to break, but he’s trying. She says, whatever happens, they’re in this together. All the way. He says, that’s what he wants to hear. Jax suddenly grabs Valentin, yanking him out of his seat. He tells Valentin to take a walk with him. He pushes Valentin against the wall, and asks what the hell he’s done with Hayden.

Michael sits on the couch with Wiley and Sasha, and tells Wiley that he’s sorry Wiley’s dads couldn’t be there. Not to worry. He and Sasha will keep him company. Sasha says Michael is so good to Wiley, and Michael says, who wouldn’t love Wiley? Sasha asks if he thinks Wiley would like a snack, and he doesn’t think Wiley would say no to ice cream. (I know I never do.) Sasha goes to the kitchen, and Michael says, it looks like it’s just them.

Willow tells Brad that he’s at GH. He has a concussion. Chase adds, plus bruised ribs. Brad asks about Lucas, and Willow says, he’s alive, and in ICU. Brad says he needs to be with his husband, but she says not until the doctor says it’s okay. He asks her to get the doctor, and she jets. Brad asks Chase, what happened?

Carly says, Lucas is out of surgery; it’s a good sign. Bobbie says, it is, but she know too much about trauma, brain injury, and recovery stats. Julian just wants Lucas to wake up. He doesn’t care if Lucas hates him and kicks him out of his life forever, as long as he’s all right. The nurse says they can go in, two at a time. Bobbie and Julian go into the room, and Bobbie says, her poor baby. How did this happen?

Chase asks what Brad remembers. Brad says they were headed to Sonny’s, and Lucas was driving. There was a car in front of them, and they were headed for it. Chase asks if Lucas tried to stop, and Brad says he stepped on the brakes, but the car didn’t slow. Chase asks if there have been any problems with the car recently, but Brad says, it was working fine yesterday. He doesn’t understand what happened.

Bobbie tells Lucas that she’s glad he’s resting. It’s the only way to heal. Keep doing what he’s doing, and everyone will be waiting for him. Julian goes back out, and Carly asks, what happened? He says she should go in and be with her mom. She does, and tells Lucas that she’s sure his mom is being nurturing and loving, but she’s his big sister, and she’s going to tell him the truth. He needs to rally and pull it together. There’s no way Donna is going to miss her first Christmas with her Uncle Lucas. Bobbie says he can’t disappoint three generations of Spencer women. Carly says she got the cutest Santa outfit for Wiley, and Bobbie says, he’s going to be adorable. Carly says, here’s the deal. He needs to follow doctor’s orders. Take the time he needs, but he needs to wake the hell up. He has so much to look forward to.

Valentin asks Jax if something happened to Hayden, and Nina tells Jax to let Valentin go. She’s sure Valentin will tell Jax everything. Jax releases Valentin, and says, talk. Valentin says he has no idea who threatened Hayden or chased her out. If she left town, she did it on her own. Why does Jax think it was him? Jax says Valentin has been targeting Hayden, and Valentin says it could be because she’s trying to steal his family estate. And she and Jax are working together.

Ava says, Kiki can’t be with Nikolas. He said.. Nikolas says, he’s in hell, and Kiki is right beside him, suffering. She says Kiki can’t be; she was good. He says, murder victims never rest. Can’t she hear the crying? She tells him, stop it, and crawls away, but he follows. He says the only way it will stop is when she tells him who she sold the painting to. Ava says she didn’t sell it; she still has it. He says, good. She can still help Spencer and Kiki. He’ll rest, and Kiki will rest. She says it’s all she wants. She’s begging him to help her. Kiki shouldn’t have to pay for what she’s done. She loved Kiki, and didn’t mean the things she said to Ryan. She didn’t mean for Ryan to kill her. Kiki was so good and sweet; such a pure soul. She asks Nikolas, please help, and he says he will. Just tell him where Helena’s portrait is. She says she has it in the gallery. Does he forgive her? He thanks her, and says she did well. Don’t tell Valentin. Don’t tell anyone. Keep it between them; between friends. She says he’ll tell Kiki, right? Promise her. He helps her back to bed, and she closes her eyes, saying his name. She sits up, and he’s gone.

Sasha comes in with a tray, and Michael calls her their fearless forager. She says there are still a lot dishes to put away, and he says that’s his job, but instead, he’s babysitting. Sasha says, Willow called, and Brad is awake. Michael says, good. He’s glad to hear that. She asks, what is it? and he says his mom texted. Lucas is in a medically induced coma in ICU. She says she’s so sorry, and he says, Wiley has no idea how his world could change. Sasha says, or everything could be fine. Michael says, no matter what, they’ll always have family, and family will always have them.

Anna tells Finn that he is going to wake Violet up if he keeps checking. He says, this time last month, he didn’t even know he had a daughter. Now she’s upstairs, and he’s a single dad. Anna says she’s there. She’s not going anywhere. If it’s all right with him.

Julian goes back to Lucas’s room. He tells Bobbie that Carly said she wanted to see him. She says she was hoping he could sit with Lucas for a while, so she can update Brad. She knows how hard it is to see Lucas like this, but if he could just sit and talk with him. She leaves, and Julian goes to Lucas’s bedside. He says he made a mess. He’s so sorry for everything. Lucas was supposed to be at work, and Brad should have been in the car by himself. He was trying to protect Lucas the only way he knew how, to make sure Lucas and Wiley would be okay, but instead, Lucas is punished for his sins. He’s so sorry; he loves Lucas. He asks Lucas to forgive him, and Brad says, forgive him for what? Julian turns around, and Bobbie is there with Brad in a wheelchair.

Julian asks what Brad thinks he meant. All the time he wasted not knowing his son, and the reasons he gave Lucas to keep his distance. The nurse tells them, only two, and Julian says he’ll leave. He goes out to the hallway, and looks back through the window.

Carly calls home, and says she thought Michael was there. She tells him to give Wiley a squeeze for her. She doesn’t know how long they’ll be at the hospital. Everything is okay, considering. She says she loves them too.

Julian says, Lucas doesn’t deserve this, and Carly says they have to believe Lucas will be okay.

Brad says he loves Lucas so much. He’ll be there by Lucas’s side until he wakes up. Bobbie says Lucas’s family is waiting for him. His son needs him. Brad says, they both do.

Michael gets the door. It’s Willow, and he asks if everything is okay. She says, it’s fine. It’s just… Brad and Lucas. She couldn’t stay away. Wiley smiles at her. He is one smiley kid.

Nikolas calls Jax, who asks where he is. Nikolas asks, what’s going on? and Jax says, Hayden left town. Nikolas asks if Jax thinks Valentin has something to do with it, but Jax doesn’t want to discuss it on the phone. The situation is out of control, and they need to talk. Nikolas says he knows where the portrait is, and he’s going there now. Jax tells Nikolas to meet him now, or he’s going to the police. Nikolas says, and lose the big prize? but Jax says he’s lost bigger, and he’s still rich. It’s not a bluff. He’ll send Nikolas the location, and he’d better be there.

Nina says she defended Valentin with Jax. Now he needs to tell the truth. Valentin says he didn’t force Hayden out of town. He wanted her to stay so he could get more information. Nina believes him; that’s how his mind works. He appreciates her faith in him, but Nina says she knows him. He says he’s going to the gallery to look for the portrait. She says, if Ava put the picture where no one would find it, wouldn’t the gallery be the last place? He says he wants to eliminate the obvious first. He leaves, and Nina calls Shadybrook. She asks if Ava is allowed visitors, and says she’ll be right over.

Ava drifts off, saying, no more ghosts. We see Nikolas’s cufflink next to the bed.

Just a thought. Maybe Nikolas should get some cufflinks that will stay in his cuffs.

Tomorrow, Brad says it’s all his fault, Nelle says it’s time to catch up, Jax can’t believe Nikolas staged the attack on Hayden, and Nina asks Ava, who told her Kiki was in hell?

The Real Housewives of Dallas

Bangkok. The women get ready to go out. Kameron has brought her own adaptor, and tells LeeAnne that Thai holes have three round prongs. Jokes abound. Kary still has jet lag. She says she’s slept four hours in three days. In her interview, Stephanie says at first, she thought D’Andra wore LeeAnne’s dress to be supportive. If she wore it as a joke, it was a joke at LeeAnne’s expense, and it isn’t funny. It’s not what friends do, and it felt wrong. The women discuss this in the lobby while waiting for LeeAnne and Kameron. Stephanie tells D’Andra, she thinks their continuing critique hurt LeeAnne’s feelings. D’Andra says she’s the only one who was supportive. She bought two of the dresses. In D’Andra’s interview, she says, it’s not that big of a deal. It was fun. LeeAnne and Kameron join the conversation, and LeeAnne says she’s right there now, if they want to disrespect her. She tells Kameron that she doesn’t think D’Andra was just being funny. In LeeAnne’s interview, she says, bitch, you’re not funny. You’ve never been funny. And by the way, it’s the best her boobs have ever looked. D’Andra thinks LeeAnne is making a big deal about something not that important. It wasn’t meant to hurt LeeAnne or bring her down.

The women get on the bus to go to the elephant sanctuary, singing Kameron’s song. In case you forgot, it’s loosely to the tune of Toyland, and goes: ♫ Thailand! Thailand! Where everyone gets a baby elephant! ♫ And that’s pretty much it. Not a millisecond after they sit, Kary insists D’Andra wearing the dress wasn’t meant be rude. LeeAnne says, what if Kary made a nice necklace, and she said it looked like anal beads. This is really bad example, since, as Kary points out in her interview, LeeAnne did say that in Mexico. We flash back to make sure everyone knows this is true. Kary doesn’t care if LeeAnne shoves the jewelry up her ass, as long as she pays for it. Her salesmanship is impressive. In LeeAnne’s interview, she says she’s trying to move on. She gets it. Kary doesn’t want to be friends, and she’s good with it. Stephanie explains that they’re going to the elephant sanctuary, and it’s a two-hour drive. She hopes they see some elephant babies. Brandi says, it’s 9 am there, but 9 pm at home in Dallas. She’s ready to party. The drinking commences, despite several of the women being concerned about having to go to the bathroom during the ride. They play Never Have I Ever, covering the Mile High Club, being intimate with another woman, and having sex in a public place. In Brandi’s interview, she says she’s not going to lie. She and Stephanie have kissed. They were trying to make their husbands jealous, but they actually liked it. In LeeAnne’s interview, she says probably the only public places she hasn’t had sex are a department and grocery store. Kameron is adamant that a stairwell in an apartment complex isn’t public if no one ever uses it, but the rest of the women insist it is public.

They get to the sanctuary at 1 pm. The guide explains they’re not a zoo; they’re a rescue center with an emphasis on conservation. It’s 102 degrees out, and as much as I’d love to see Thailand, I’m not so sure I would survive it. They get on a safari-type bus, and their first stop is to see the honey bears that have been used in circuses and shows. One bear plays with a tire. In her interview, LeeAnne says she worked with snakes, bears, and gorillas in the carnival. She never knew the background of how they were treated because she was a child, and didn’t think about it. The gibbons are next, and the guide says they communicate through song. When they get out, a gibbon who’s been hanging in a tree, drops down and runs around like a nut, then swings all over the place. They laugh, and he makes a racket. The guide says he’s competing. A dude comes along and asks if they want to toss coconuts to the gibbons, and instructs them to throw them over the fence. Kary tries to put hers under the fence, repeating in her interview that she doesn’t listen to instructions. They nearly bean the poor gibbons with the coconuts.

They move on to where the elephants are lodged. The guide points out a blue-eyed Asian elephant, which is rare. Kameron says, they’re so precious and so sweet. You want to save all of them. A girl brings bananas for them to feed the elephants, and the guide says, in Thailand, elephants are classified as livestock. They’re broken. They’re put in a pen, and weapons are used against them. The first thing they do at the rescue, is cut their chains, and they never have to wear chains again. After that, they begin to get their own personality back. They take photos. In D’Andra’s interview, she says she’s not used to seeing animals this way. She’s used to seeing them in the wild. Seeing an elephant makes her feel like there’s hope in the world.  In Stephanie’s interview, she says, it’s magical to interact with the elephants. They’ve been through a lot, and this place is their safe haven. LeeAnne talks to a smallish elephant, and the guide says she was a taxi. She has a limp because she was hit by a van in the street. In LeeAnne’s interview, she says she wants to hug her (me too!), and let her know there are humans who only want to love her. Every time she sees an animal that’s been beaten and used, she gets it. When she was three years old, she was told to perform. She relates.

As they leave, one of the elephants says goodbye. Kary says they’ll remember this experience forever. She’s never going to ride one again. LeeAnne says any elephant that you ride has been broken. As a human who knows what it’s like to be broken, it’s horrible. Kameron pets LeeAnne’s head, and LeeAnne says, it’s horrible what they do to them. In Brandi’s interview, she says, it’s frustrating. Just when they’ve experienced something together, LeeAnne made it about herself. Ugh. Why do they feel the need to say stuff like this? I don’t look at it the same way at all. I think if LeeAnne still needs to talk about her childhood, she still needs to talk about her childhood. As friends, they should just be supportive, and quit being dismissive because they’ve heard it already. If identifying with various situations helps LeeAnne, let her be. Kary suggests a nap, and LeeAnne thinks they should have dinner in their rooms. In Stephanie’s interview, she says they’re all still jet lagged, so they’re just going to order room service and relax.

Back at the hotel, Brandi grabs a box of tampons, and says she’s going to help LeeAnne with her Red Sea parting. She goes to LeeAnne and Kameron’s room, and Kameron asks if she’s drunk without liquor like they are. Brandi says she took her sleeping pill, and Kameron says that should be fun. She asks Brandi to sit down. They have a lot to ask her. LeeAnne can’t stop laughing. Kameron says she loves Brandi on sleeping pills; she’s funny. LeeAnne says Kameron wants Brandi to be like she is on Xanax, and we flash back to that. LeeAnne says when she joined everyone this morning, they were having a public conversation about what happened at dinner. Brandi says, D’Andra said she was trying to be funny. Brandi ponders for a moment, and says, maybe D’Andra said that. She thinks maybe D’Andra did. LeeAnne tells Brandi that she and D’Andra aren’t in a place where she can do that. Brandi thinks she did it to be a little a-hole. In LeeAnne’s interview, she says Brandi sticking up for her is like a light in a dark room, and she needed it. Brandi hugs the wall going back out, but makes it to her room.

The next morning, the women have breakfast in their rooms. Kary tells D’Andra that she thinks they’re going to a market, and not to eat monkey. D’Andra says she has limits. The get on another bus, and Kameron says they’re going to the main market, and Kary says it’s the biggest outdoor market in the world. In Kameron’s interview, she says, it’s hot, and there’s no wind. She needs a fan, or she’ll get a whiff of the mystery food. Smells are coming at her. In Stephanie’s interview, she says she’s been holding her breath since they got there. They’re either smelling it or eating it. In Brandi’s interview, she says, it’s like burnt popcorn mixed with B.O. In D’Andra’s interview, she says she loves trying different food. Her husband says she likes food better than sex, and he’s probably right.

Kameron suggests getting friendship bracelets, but LeeAnne opts out. In Kary’s interview, she says, of course LeeAnne poops on their parade. In LeeAnne’s interview, she says she’s not twelve, so it’s not a thing for her, but if it makes them happy, O to the K. Kameron and Kary go for a massage, and LeeAnne buys some hand-carved wooden serving utensils. Brandi says she might want to get some, but not for sexual reasons. Brandi, LeeAnne, and Stephanie have a beer. D’Andra joins Kary and Kameron. Kameron says she’s having a good time. There hasn’t been much drama, besides the other night. D’Andra says she was trying to be funny, and thought LeeAnne would be laughing because she wore the dress. Kameron thinks it’s when they started talking about the faults of the dress, it hurt LeeAnne’s feelings. Kary tells Kameron, if that was the case, LeeAnne could have said so, and suggested they talk later. She would have just said, sorry. I think that’s basically what LeeAnne did say, and I don’t believe for a second that Kary would have apologized if she’d listened. Kary says, instead, LeeAnne walked off, crying. It’s not appropriate. Kameron wonders what if she told Kary that she had poorly constructed jewelry in front of other people? Would hurt her feelings? Kary says she would ask if they could talk later. Kameron says they don’t have the history that LeeAnne and D’Andra do. It’s been rocky. Kary tells her not to make excuses for LeeAnne, and Kameron says she’s not doing that. She’s just trying to explain that her feelings would be hurt in the same situation. In Kary’s interview, she says Kameron has LeeAnne’s back, because she’s that kind of friend. Kary is too, and she gets it.

Stephanie asks LeeAnne how things are with Kary and D’Andra. LeeAnne thinks D’Andra has said her piece, and she’s done with it. She doesn’t know how Kary feels. She tunes Kary out after a couple of sentences. Stephanie asks what LeeAnne and Brandi want to do, and LeeAnne says she wants to see a lady boy show. Brandi asks if that’s a ping pong show, but LeeAnne says, no. Lady boys are real boys. In Stephanie’s interview, she says she’s heard the lady boys are real famous. She’s intrigued. LeeAnne tells Brandi, if she sees a ping pong ball flying at a lady boy show, it didn’t come out of a p*ssy.

D’Andra calls Mama Dee, who asks what time it is there. D’Andra says they’re getting ready for dinner, and Dee asks how the food is. D’Andra says, delicious, but no one likes the food except her and Kary. It’s been a good trip; they’ve only had one hiccup. Dee is sure D’Andra was involved, and D’Andra says, of course. She tells Dee that she got LeeAnne’s dress to wear at dinner for fun, but LeeAnne got upset. She started crying, and left the table. She tells Dee that Brandi said she was being mean, and Dee says she would tell Brandi off. D’Andra guesses Brandi needed to defend LeeAnne, since LeeAnne can’t defend herself. Ha-ha. Wow. These two are quite the package.

On the next bus – everything seems to be far away – Stephanie says Travis will be there tomorrow. They’re going to a restaurant called Cabbages and Condoms. She and Travis have been there before. In her interview, she says Travis wanted to give a subliminal message to her. I’ve been in some oddball restaurants, but this takes the cake. It’s everything condom. The lampshades on the ceiling lights look like upside down condoms, and there’s all kinds of condom art, even a Santa made out of condoms. I never thought I’d type the word condom so much in one paragraph. A dialogue box tells us that the restaurant is condom themed to promote safe sex. In her interview, LeeAnne says she’s allergic to latex, and it caused bad problems with her trying to have sex using one early on. Kary says she didn’t know they came in pink, and says she’s never used one. She’s always been in serious relationships. In her interview, she tries putting one on a banana. They order all kinds of food, and Kary and Kameron are very chatty. In LeeAnne’s interview, she says, Kameron is like a shiny new toy, and Kary is like a three-year-old. Kameron says when they got a massage, she and Kary talked about what happened at dinner. Kary thinks she and LeeAnne need to have a talk. LeeAnne says she realizes that Kary thought it was offensive when she said something about Kary’s hat, but she was just being cautious. There were so many monks, and she didn’t want to offend the people in their space. Kary says LeeAnne has to respect that about her. LeeAnne says she’ll never mention it again. If Kary wants to wear her hat in a temple, that’s up to her. LeeAnne asks if she sees a car coming, and screams at Kary to run, is she just going to stand there? Kary nods, so we can hope. In Stephanie’s interview, she says, the food sucks. It’s like a TGIFriday’s for nasty food. LeeAnne says she felt like when she didn’t react, they kept going, and she was shocked. D’Andra says if she’d done that four years ago, LeeAnne would have thought it was hilarious. LeeAnne says they were in a totally different place then. Brandi says she felt like they were picking on LeeAnne, and Kary admits it was a mistake to keep bringing it up. In Kary’s interview, she says Kameron helped her to understand, and she feels bad. She doesn’t like to hurt people’s feelings. I choke on my coffee. D’Andra tells LeeAnne that she said she was sorry, but LeeAnne was upset, and probably didn’t hear her. She didn’t mean it in a nefarious (she likes that word) way. She was just trying to get them back to a fun place. Kary says they had good intentions, but it turned bad. In LeeAnne’s interview, she says she thinks the apology is 100% fake, and they 100% tried to hurt her deeply, but she’s trying to take the high road as best she can, and stay on it. The waitress gives them after dinner condoms. Brandi blows hers up like a balloon.

Kary says the red light district in Thailand is a big tourist attraction. In LeeAnne’s interview, she says she loves a good drag show, and heard the performers there are amazing, and over-the-top. Fifteen minutes later, we see them leaving. In her interview, D’Andra says, it was all pageantry, and the music starts. Stephanie says, they take their skirts off, and stick their wieners out. They were in the first row. Brandi says, all of a sudden, there’s a threesome. D’Andra says, the guy’s junk was right in front of her eyes. Kameron draws a diagram, and I’m laughing too hard to type what she’s saying. D’Andra calls Jeremy and says they just saw a live sex show. In her interview, Kameron says, this is not appropriate for a stage presentation. Brandi says she just wants to see one ping pong ball shoot out of a vagina. LeeAnne points out that if they’re in a bad part of town, it’s how they use and abuse women. Kary pouts, saying LeeAnne is trying to convince them to leave. In LeeAnne’s interview, she says she’ll go with them, but Kameron isn’t aware of what it is. She thinks Kameron believes this is like a magic show. Like the other show, we don’t get to see it, but again after fifteen minutes, they’re out of there. Kameron says it’s the grossest thing she’s ever seen. She didn’t think it was real. Brandi says she thought it was two women playing ping pong with their vaginas. It’s very misleading. In Kameron’s interview, she does another diagram, explaining, this leg goes up, and ping pong balls were shooting everywhere, hitting everyone in the head. And they were kind of bossy. She tried to get up, and they tried to hit her in the head with a dart. LeeAnne says, Kary wanted to go, and was the first bitch to run out. In her interview, she says, one ball, and Kary is running like a bitch out the door, and Kameron ran after her. Kameron says she ran as fast as she could. It was scary. LeeAnne asks what she thought was going to happen. Kary says, it was an experience, and she doesn’t regret it. Stephanie says it’s no one’s fault; everyone wanted to come. In her interview, she says she thinks LeeAnne is upset because Kary and Kameron are hanging out. A security guy goes to get them a taxi, and Kameron says she has to go to the bathroom. LeeAnne says they’re not in a good part of town, but Kary says she’s been there with her daughter by herself. She’s from Mexico and knows when something bad is going to happen. In Kary’s interview, she says LeeAnne is being super manipulative. She’s trying to get everyone scared because she wants to leave. I dunno about that. LeeAnne looks genuinely concerned, and it doesn’t look like where you’d want to be hanging out – or using the bathroom.

A cab comes, and LeeAnne gets in it with Stephanie. She tells Stephanie that Kary can defend herself because she’s from Mexico. Please. In Brandi’s interview, she says the night is still young. They left Kameron and D’Andra because they have security with them, but they’re going back to their rooms, even though it’s only 10 pm. In another cab, Kary tells Brandi that LeeAnne is being negative (her favorite word). LeeAnne tells Stephanie that Kary demanded they go, and then ran out. Stephanie asks what Kameron said about it, and LeeAnne says, Kameron ran out after her. Kary tells Brandi that Kameron is her own person.

Another twenty minutes later, Kameron and D’Andra get back. Kameron says she’s going to barf. She goes into the room, and LeeAnne asks if she has any clue how many sex workers they just looked at. Kameron asks why LeeAnne is yelling at her.

Next time, LeeAnne says Kary needed to have her way, Kary says LeeAnne shouldn’t make Kameron feel guilty, and LeeAnne won’t speak to Kameron.

I don’t even know if there was a new episode last week, but this week on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, the women went to Jamaica for Jennifer’s birthday celebration. Another fine trip wasted on the underserving. Jackie told her husband that she can’t go anywhere with these women without something aggressive happening, which is hardly a difficult prediction. Dolores thought that Jackie brought up things she shouldn’t, like the normal things you bring up with friends. She said Jennifer’s parents had raised her more liberally. Jackie thought Dolores had a lot of rules, and didn’t know her well enough to talk about how she was raised. Jennifer, Jackie, and Margaret went horseback riding in the water, which was mega cool, except they kept slipping all over the place. Theresa, Melissa, and Dolores went to the beach and drank. Teresa said the past five years had been dark, and Melissa wanted her to think of the possibilities instead. When Jackie said she didn’t think she could ever be close to Teresa, Margaret said she could identify with Teresa’s stress, especially over her financial situation. I know it’s all a matter of perspective, but it’s hard for me to be sympathetic because someone has to downsize to 4000 square feet. When Melissa told Joe #2 about how Marge made a joke about 21-year-old scotch, Teresa, and jailbait, he predicted Teresa would eventually explode over it. Another thing you don’t have to be the Long Island Medium to figure out. Teresa did explode, but more to Melissa and Dolores during more drinks after the beach. Back home, the guys got together for cards, drinks, and sex talk that I didn’t need to hear. When the women reconvened for dinner, Teresa saw a sign that said, Any woman can have the body of a 21-year-old, as long as she buys him a few drinks first. Marge swore that she wasn’t referring to the article about Teresa’s boy-toy, only the scotch. Teresa let it slide, but in her interview, said she didn’t believe it. Dolores brought up Jackie being upset with her, making some big speech about them not being cut from the same cloth, that sounded like a bunch of BS. Melissa backed up my thoughts in her interview by saying the same thing.

I’ve come to the conclusion that Jackie is to RHONJ what Marilyn was to The Munsters.

Next time, Frank tells David that Dolores wants a commitment (and Jackie is a weirdo?), Teresa and her daughters go through pictures, and Juicy Joe’s appeal is denied.

📺 The new season of Project Runway starts Thursday, December 5th, at 9:30 pm, and Vanderpump Rules new season begins on Tuesday, January 7th (2020!) at 9 pm.

🎄 I watched a lot of Christmas in Rockefeller Center, and it kind of freaked me out when they said the star was 900 pounds. I will never stand close to that tree again.

🎭 And She Was In Hamilton…

A woman who’s certainly done well since her soap days. I saw her in Shakespeare in the Park’s musical of Two Gentlemen of Verona, also starring the yummy Oscar Isaac and Rosario Dawson. The cherry on that theatre cake was that I sat near some other OLTL cast members. Ah, those brushes with fame…

🍹 Losing Some Charm…

I can rearrange my schedule, but it would be a tough commute.

No mention of Naomie, but I hope she’s planning a wedding. Trader Joe’s butter chicken has now become a staple in my diet. I think there might be crack in the curry.

🔧 Revving Up the Wayback Machine…

To a simpler time, when people were less offended, and David Bowie was alive.





December 3, 2019 – Alexis Is Found, Two Kinds of a Drag In Key West, Emily Works On Her Life, SopranoCon, Celebs Give Thanks & Light That Tree


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Lucas tells Brad, the car won’t stop. There’s something wrong with the brakes. Kendra starts moving forward, and Brad yells, look out! The cars collide.

Julian tells Neil, no doubt Kendra is the one who poisoned Alexis. She blames Alexis for her brother’s death. Neil says he’ll call the police, but Julian says, not so fast.

Curtis tells Jordan that he can’t believe it’s Thanksgiving already. I can’t believe it’s not over already. Jordan says she’s going to have to get the Christmas decorations put out. She apologizes for not making dinner, or even ordering one. They’ve been so busy, it crept up on her. He says, after the year they had, all that matters is her being in his arms. Jordan says they still have to celebrate their anniversary, but Curtis says they’re not done celebrating yet. She asks if he has a surprise, and he brings out an envelope, telling her, tradition says paper is for the first anniversary. She says she knows he didn’t put cash in an envelope. She wonders if it’s concert tickets or a love letter. She opens it, and says it’s their wedding vows. She says she loves it, and kisses him, saying, happy anniversary. He says, the first of many, and they kiss some more.

At the hospital, Willow looks at a brochure for classes for a first time mother; caring for a newborn. She flashes back to talking to Sasha in The Floating Rib. Sasha says she knows it’s not her place to ask, but… and Willow tells her, don’t say it out loud. She doesn’t know, but she is late. Back to the present, Chase comes in, and says he got Willow a turkey sandwich. She hugs him, and then F-U George, as we’ve come to call him, breaks in with news that can’t possibly wait another almost hour.

But I got this. Chase says he should have brought her a slice of pumpkin pie too. He looks at her, and asks if she’s okay.

Carly tells Sonny, this babies are asleep, and Dev and Josslyn are out with their friends. He asks if they have the place to themselves, and she says, here come the dimples. He asks if they’re working, and she says, maybe. The doorbell rings. She thinks it might be Brad and Lucas, but it’s Jax, who says, happy holidays.

Alexis can finally move around, and looks at Kendra’s wrecked car, and the mess around her. Lucas and Brad’s car is up further, and not in plain view. Everyone is unconscious. Or dead.

Neil asks why Julian is hesitant. Alexis could be with Kendra right now. Julian says they don’t want to tip their hand. They need to know where Alexis went after she left the hospital. It’s not unusual for her not to answer her phone, especially if she’s absorbed in her work. Neil says Julian doesn’t think she’s working, but Julian says they’re talking about Alexis. Kristina sees them, and asks where her mom is. Neil says they have it handled. She asks, what’s going on? and Neil says they think they know who poisoned her mom, and why. He shows her a picture of Kendra, and she says, that makes no sense. She seems totally normal. Julian says, except they know her as Kendra Lennon. Her real name is Kendra Bower. Kristina says, Kiefer’s sister. Oh my God. She knew Kendra looked familiar. She was away at college when Kristina and Kiefer were dating, but she saw pictures. They think Kiefer’s sister tried to kill her mom?

Alexis calls to Kendra, and struggles to get up. She pulls herself up on the car, and looks inside. She leans on the car.

Jax says he came by to wish Josslyn a happy Thanksgiving, but Carly says he just missed her. She and Dev went to meet Trina and Cameron. Does he want some pie? He says he just had dinner. Sonny says they’ll tell Josslyn he stopped by, and Jax says, on second thought, he will have some pie. Sonny suggests giving him some Corinthos coffee to compliment his dessert. Carly goes to the kitchen, and Sonny tells Jax, have a seat. He’s surprised Jax is there. He usually has more important things to do. Jax wonders where Sonny is going with this, and Sonny tells him it’s just them. He doesn’t have to pretend. Carly told him the whole story.

Neil tells Kristina they can’t say for certain if her mom is with Kendra. She signed herself out. Kristina says Kendra could have followed her, and Neil says the thing that’s concerning is, they can’t reach her mom. She’s not answering her phone. Julian asks if Alexis still has the app on her phone that she used to track Kristina and Molly. Kristina thinks so, even though she tried to get Alexis to delete it. Neil asks if she could track Alexis through it. She says she’s never tried, and Julian tells her, try right now.

Alexis gets the car open, and leans Kendra back in her seat and feels her neck for a pulse. Kendra’s eyes pop open, and she turns to Alexis, grabbing Alexis’s wrist, and freaking me and Alexis the hell out. Alexis says Kendra needs medical attention, but Kendra says, it’s too late for her. She says, this isn’t over, but death won’t find Alexis like it did her brother. She falls back against the seat again.

Kristina says she found Alexis, but the signal isn’t moving. Julian tells Neil to call the cops now. He’s going to find Alexis. Neil says he’ll call from the car; he’s coming too. Kristina wants to come, but Neil tells her to stay there, and promises to bring her mother back.

Sonny says Jax’s secret is safe with him, just like his secret about Dev is safe with Jax. Jax asks what it is Sonny thinks he knows. Sonny says he understands the reason Jax doesn’t want Josslyn moving in is that he has a houseguest. What’s her name? Carly comes back with pie and coffee, and says she told Sonny that she thought Jax was seeing someone, which would explain why he’s so reluctant to have Josslyn move in. Sonny says if Jax found someone who makes him happy, good for him, but he doesn’t understand how anyone could keep Jax away from Josslyn. It must be serious.

Curtis doesn’t want to dredge up any of the challenges he and Jordan have faced in the past year. They made it through, and that’s all that matters. Jordan tells him, as Aunt Stella would say, without darkness, there is no light. He says, another testament to how far they’ve come. She’s quoting Aunt Stella. She says they can still take Stella up on a London honeymoon, but he says he thought their honeymoon would just involve the two of them, but promises they’ll have one. A bungalow on the beach, with no one around for miles, and they can make love wherever they please. They kiss, and the phone rings. Jordan says she’s on her way.

Willow tells Chase that she’s just a little emotional. Thanksgiving in the pediatric ward was fun, but sometimes it gets to her. Some of the kids are so sick, and they’re giving thanks. That’s what she needs to do. Give thanks that Wiley is healthy and happy. He says that has a lot to do with her, and the sacrifices she made. She gave Wiley an amazing life, and someday, she’s going to be a terrific mom. He saw how she was with Wiley. It was instant love. He thanks her for the tip on the Aquamat; she made him look good in front of his niece. She says she saw how he was with Violet, and he’ll make a great dad. He says, being an uncle is kind of like being a grandparent. You get to have all the fun with the kid, then send them on their way. No muss, no fuss, and best of all, no discipline. He deeply fears he’s going to be a pushover, and his kid will turn into a hopeless brat. My advice, try babysitting full-time. I was a mother’s helper for years and got all that, plus I got paid. His phone rings, and he says, it’s the station. He says he’ll meet them there, and tells Willow, sorry, but she says don’t apologize for doing his job. Just be careful. He says he’ll see her at home. She takes her phone out, and calls Sasha. She says she needs to take a test, but she’s a chicken. She can’t bring herself to buy one from the pharmacy. She tells Sasha where she is, and looks at the brochure again.

Alexis makes her way around the car, and flags down Julian and Neil. Neil sits with her, while Julian investigates the car. She tells Neil that she followed Kendra. She went to the cemetery. She was visiting a grave, and talking to her brother. She left, and Alexis went to look at the headstone, and saw Kendra’s brother was Kiefer Bower, the guy she ran over by accident. She hit Alexis with something, and next thing she knew, she was in a car. Kendra had injected her with something, and she couldn’t move. She wanted Alexis to know what was happening, and said she knew Alexis had killed her brother on purpose. Alexis had made their family suffer, and she wanted to make Alexis’s family suffer the same way. She dragged Alexis out of the car, left her in the street, and backed up. Kendra was going to run her over. Julian says, Kendra is still in the car, and Neil goes to check. He says he’s not getting a pulse; he’s going to call 911. Julian tells Alexis, it’s over. Kendra’s not going to hurt anybody ever again. He asks, what happened? Did Kendra lose control of the car? Alexis says Kendra backed up and revved the engine; she wanted Alexis to hear it. She started moving, and a car came out of nowhere. Julian notices there’s another car.

Neil says he’s calling for an ambulance. Alexis needs to get to GH right away. Julian tells Neil to stay with her; he’ll see about the other people. Alexis tells Neil, it was horrible. Kendra was going to run her over, and another car broadsided her. Neil tells her, that’s enough for now, and they hear sirens. He tells her the ambulance is coming, and she wonders how he and Julian found her.

Carly tells Sonny, Jax’s private life is none of their business, but Sonny says they’re supposed to be on the same page. That’s what Jax said when he found out the truth about Dev. Sonny’s phone rings, and he says, it’s Kristina. Sonny answers, saying, happy Thanksgiving. What’s going on? Kristina says she’s at the hospital by the main entrance. She’s not hurt, but she needs to see him. Carly asks, what’s wrong? and Sonny says, Kristina is at the hospital, and she sounds frightened. As he leaves, he tells Carly to give Jax the extra pie. When he’s gone, Carly tells Jax, this has to stop.

Sasha sees Willow at the hospital, and asks how she’s doing. Willow says she’s trying to make peace with being a hopeless coward. Sasha tells her, says the woman who went to jail rather than give up the whereabouts of her child. Sasha asks what’s the source of her cowardice, and Willow says, partly, she doesn’t want know what a pregnancy means for her and Chase; and partly because she’ll be disappointed if she’s not pregnant. It’s crazy. Having a baby would be a disaster right now. Sasha says,  temporary emotional paralysis. She can’t tell Willow how many times she resolved to tell the truth, but chickened out because someone said something that made her rethink the whole thing. Willow says that Chase told her that he’d rather be an uncle than father; all of the fun, with none of the responsibilities. Sasha isn’t surprised. Chase isn’t around kids, and a lot guys don’t really dream of being a dad until they know they’re about to become one. Willow says, it’s just so different for her this time. Last time, she was so afraid and alone, and this time, she could keep the baby. Sasha says Willow’s not alone. She has more support than she knows. She has Chase, Michael, and her. And while the two guys are good, it takes a girlfriend to bring in the practical. There’s only one way to know for sure. She hands Willow a pregnancy test.

Neil talks to EMTs about Alexis. Chase asks, what happened? and Neil says, Kendra drugged and assaulted Alexis, and was prepared to run her over, when her car was struck by a second vehicle. He asks if they can do their statements later. He needs to get Alexis to the hospital right away. She might have a concussion, and she’s still in shock. He believes the woman who attacked Alexis is dead. Neil helps Alexis to her feet.

Chase goes with an EMT to check Kendra. The EMT says, there’s no pulse or respiration. Chase makes a call, while Julian gets to the other car. He says, sorry, Brad. You forced my hand. At least he was able to save Alexis. He looks inside, and says, no, no, no, no!

Jax tells Carly, Sonny is right; the pie is delicious. She tells Jax, it’s not a good idea to antagonize Sonny under normal circumstances, but this is blatant stupidity. She gets that it’s half the fun; she sticks it to Ava whenever she can. But Ava doesn’t have the potential to blow her life apart and hurt the people she loves. Sonny can do that, and more.

Sonny gets to the hospital, and Kristina thanks him for coming. She tells him, some things she knows, and some she’s just guessing. He says she’s not in a courtroom; just tell him. She says, it started with Kiefer. The night he died, Alexis was taking her home from the hospital, and Kristina was out of it. She doesn’t remember anything, but Alexis swears it was an accident. Kristina believes her, but Kiefer’s family didn’t. They knew about his father, but he had an older sister, Kendra. Sonny says, the name sounds familiar, and Kristina says that’s the name of Alexis’s life coach. It turns out, they’re the same person. Neil and Julian had reason to believe Kendra poisoned Alexis. She gave Alexis a supplement laced with something. Sonny asks where Alexis is now, and Kristina says Kendra came to visit Alexis, and then Alexis checked out of the hospital. No one has seen either one of them since. She tracked Alexis down with a locator app, but the signal’s not moving. Neil and Julian went to find her. Sonny says he’ll call his people, but she says, the police already know. She thinks she knows why Kendra did it, and Sonny says, to avenge her brother. Kristina says she thinks she knows why Kendra suddenly decided to do this now, and thinks it’s because of her.

Julian yells to Lucas to wake up. He’s not supposed to be in the car. Julian gets a huge tree branch, and tries to bust a window open, but it just bounces off the safety glass.

Jordan asks Chase what they have so far. He says, so far, it’s sketchy. Apparently Kendra was preparing to run Alexis down when a second vehicle collided with her. Julian comes running up, and says his son is trapped in the other car, and they have to get him out.

Sonny asks how this is Kristina’s fault, and she says she lied in the Pledge she gave Shiloh. She said she was awake, and saw Alexis hit Kiefer on purpose. Shiloh hated her, and hated Sam even more. What better way to hurt them than hurt their mother. He probably reached out to Kendra, who then thought she had proof, and went to avenge her brother. Sonny asks what Kristina’s part is. That she lied about her mother? Kristina says, the lie set everything in motion. Sonny says Kristina is responsible for her own actions, like Shiloh and Kendra are responsible for theirs. She can regret the lie, but everything else was out of her control. Neil wheels Alexis in, and Kristina runs to hug her.

Alexis says she’s all right, and Sonny asks, what happened? What did Kendra do to her? Alexis says she thought she’d play detective, and followed Kendra to the cemetery, but it was a trap. Kendra knocked her out, and threw her in the car. She injected Alexis with something so she couldn’t move, then left her in the road, and started to back up. Kristina says Kendra was going to run Alexis over like what happened to Kiefer. Alexis says, but she couldn’t. Another car crashed into Kendra first, and she’s dead. Thank God, Neil and Julian managed to find her. Neil says, Kristina deserves the credit; she tracked Alexis on an app. He wants to get Alexis checked in, but Kristina asks if Kendra mentioned Shiloh or her Pledge. Alexis says Kendra was a very disturbed woman, but Kristina tells her, just say it. Alexis says, yes. Shiloh told Kendra about the Pledge, and told her Alexis ran over Kiefer on purpose. Kristina says she’s sorry, but Alexis says it’s not her fault. She’s not to blame. Shiloh manipulated Kendra, and Kendra targeted her. They’re responsible for their own actions. Kristina says that’s the same thing Sonny said, and Alexis says, for once, they agree. Sonny says, it’s a miracle. Alexis says, Kendra is gone, and Neil insists they get her checked in. He wants a CT scan and a full blood panel. Kristina says she’s going with them. She hugs Sonny, and says she loves him.

Curtis sees Sonny when he comes out of the elevator, and asks how Alexis is. Sonny says, it looks like she’ll be okay, and Curtis says he’ll let Jordan know; she’s at the crime scene. Sonny says, some Thanksgiving, but Curtis says they all have something to be thankful for. He’s thankful for his first anniversary. Sonny shakes his hand, and congratulates him, saying, time flies. Curtis says, it does, and adds that Sonny knows all about anniversaries. If Sonny doesn’t mind, he’d like to ask a question. It’s more like advice. Sonny says he’ll do his best, and Curtis asks how Sonny and Carly do it. How do they make it work so well?

Carly tells Jax, if Sonny finds out that Nikolas is alive, and they’ve been hiding him, he’s going to expose Jax. He doesn’t like Nikolas, and it would hurt Jax. Jax says, Nikolas is Spencer’s father. He thinks Sonny would refrain for Spencer’s sake, but Carly says he’s delusional. If Sonny could deport Jax, he’d do it in a heartbeat. And if he can avoid the blame, it will make his day. She gets that taking a risk is part of the fun, but if it falls apart, it won’t be fun for Josslyn. Josslyn needs him, and not on the phone or on SKYPE. She needs him every day, there, in Port Charles, and he needs to get along with Sonny. If Sonny deports Jax, Josslyn will hate him, but this time, it will be worse. It will tear Josslyn’s life and family apart. Don’t do that to Josslyn. Don’t do that to her.

Sasha asks Willow, aside from this, does she feel good about her and Chase? Willow says she does. She’s so lucky to have him in her life. He’s so solid and thoughtful; an all-around great guy. They love each other, and just moved in together. Things are better than Willow could have imagined possible. Sasha says, then talk to him, but Willow says, they’re good, and it’s so soon to get this real. She doesn’t want to mess it up. Sasha says she’s talking to the queen of mess. She can’t believe Michael stood by her. She constantly has to remind herself that she deserves the second chance he’s giving her. She’s glad for herself, and Willow. If Willow is pregnant, the father is a good man who loves her, and will love their child. They’ll make it work, because that’s what parents do, but the first step is finding out. She tells Willow, just get it done, and Willow says, okay. Don’t go anywhere.

At the hospital, Julian tells Chase that they won’t let him see his son. Chase says Lucas is in surgery, and Brad is in the trauma center. He’s going to question Brad as soon as he’s able. Julian asks why Lucas is in surgery. What’s wrong? Chase says Julian saw the car. The driver’s side sustained the most damage.

Willow comes back out, and Sasha says, well? What do the results say?

Jax tells Carly that she’s right. Maybe it wasn’t so smart to ask for a slice of pie. She thanks him, and he says he really wanted to see Josslyn. She tells him, text next time, and make sure Josslyn is there. he ask if he’s welcome there when she’s home, and Carly says he’s welcome anytime, for Josslyn’s sake. And for Josslyn’s sake, wrap things up with Nikolas. Turn him in or out, but get it over with.

Sonny is flattered that Curtis thinks he has it figured out, but after all these years, he and Carly are still a work in progress. Curtis says they’re still together; they’re doing something right. Sonny says they always have each other’s backs, and Curtis says he and Jordan have that covered. Sonny says it’s important to communicate. Hear each other; not just what’s said, but what isn’t said. Curtis says, secrets, and Sonny says, not good. He doesn’t care what it is or who you’re trying to protect. It always creates distance.

Alexis tells Neil that she thought they were done with hospitals. Kristina is sorry this happened, and Alexis says, they’re done with this. She’s okay, and they’re all together. That’s all that matters. Kristina thinks they’re due a vacation, as long as it’s not a road trip. Alexis asks, what about the car that saved her life? She wants to know who was in it, and are they okay?

Chase tells Julian to have a seat, but Julian says he’s waiting for word on his son. Chase says, and his son’s husband, but Julian says, Brad sounds like he’s in better shape. He wants word the surgery went okay. Chase says the one upside is, it’s the only thing that saved Alexis. Don’t worry. He’ll get to the bottom of all this.

Jordan walks around the crash site. An officer tells her that the casualties from the second car are at GH, and she says, from the angle of impact, they were going fast. He asks what she’s looking for, and she says she’s wondering why she’s not finding anything.

Tomorrow (hopefully), Willow tells Sasha if she’s pregnant, Carly asks what the hell happened, Ava asks how Nikolas can be there if he’s dead, and Jax wonders what Valentin did with Hayden.

The Real Housewives of Orange County

We backtrack a wee bit, where Tamra told Kelly to perform a sexual act money, because that’s what Kelly does best. Way to be a Christian, Tamra! Kelly tells Gina that she went low because she wanted Tamra to stop talking. We flash back to Shannon telling Kelly that Tamra was just repeating something she’d heard. Gina tells Kelly that Tamra has had her back. Kelly agrees that Tamra does, but then she does underhanded  things to put stuff out there. In Kelly’s interview, she says her heart is broken. She thought Tamra was her friend, and now Tamra has become her foe. Where am I? King Arthur’s court? Braunwyn thinks if Kelly sits down with Tamra, one on one, they can talk it out, but right now Kelly should let it sit. Tamra comes back, and Kelly says she owes Tamra an apology, but she felt pushed.  She hugs Tamra, and Tamra says she doesn’t know what she did. She was sticking up for Kelly, and felt betrayed. Kelly says she wanted Tamra to shut up. Tamra says when she was sitting with Shannon, she’d told Shannon that the others had been bashing Kelly. Shannon and Vicki repeated things they’d heard, and it made sound like Kelly was being abusive. We flash back to the tea party where Shannon suggested Kelly had been in a bar fight, and Vicki saying she’d heard Kelly pushed her mom down the stairs. Tamra says, then Braunwyn said Kelly and Brian had a fight in front of his son. She walked away from the conversation; she said it was bullsh*t. Kelly wishes Tamra could understand her point-of-view, and Tamra says she wishes Kelly had called and asked her about it. In Tamra’s interview, she says, Kelly doesn’t understand the damage that was done. It’s a stress on her household, and it’s draining her bank account. It’s going to affect them for years. Ever on top of things, Vicki asks, what’s going on? and if they’re going to Key West.

Braunwyn and Vicki decide to drive. In Shannon’s interview, she says Kelly needs to stay away from her. it’s insane. Braunwyn tells Kelly, that was good.

Vicki drives one car, with Shannon, Tamra, and Braunwyn drives the other, with Emily, Gina, and Kelly. Tamra passes out cat sunglasses – the white framed, black lensed ones like Barbie wears – and scarves to her car. In her interview, she says, convertibles aren’t practical, and they don’t want tragic hair. Emily looks at them, and says, it’s the geriatric version of Thelma and Louise. They all say, bye, Miami, and head out.

Vicki tells the others that the woman Kelly fought in the bar has been sending her pictures. In Vicki’s interview, she says she saw Instagram photos of the woman’s hand, and was mortified. In Tamra’s interview, she says, nothing good is going to come out of trying to make another person look bad. Stop digging for dirt. Kelly gets car sick, and Braunwyn has to pull over. It starts to rain, and she puts the top up. I recognize the road they’re on, having been to Miami several times.

Braunwyn gets to their waterfront villa first, and they’re met with welcome (I think) piña coladas, and the manager gives them a tour. Vicki pulls up, and they’re told the other ladies have arrived. Braunwyn tells them that they’re going to a drag club tonight. In her interview, she says she’s always wanted to go to a drag show in Key West. Her drag name would be Bosoms Galore, and they all know what her talent would be. Everyone gets changed for the evening. Tamra asks if the villas connect, and the manager says their friends are next door. Tamra wonders if the others are still their friends.

Gina and Emily do their makeup. Emily says Vicki started talking to the chick Kelly was fighting with. Gina wonders why, since she thought they were cool. They need to tell Vicki that’s effed up, and they should tell Kelly. Emily says Kelly will tell them to go screw themselves. Gina says Kelly is going to murder Vicki.

Kelly calls Jolie, and tells her that Vicki is there. Jolie says she hates Vicki, and Kelly says she does too, but she has to be nice to her. In Kelly’s interview, she says she wants to make it easy and be the better person. She doesn’t want to be enemies or friends with Vicki; she just wants to be neutral. Vicki asks Shannon if she’s sure she wants to do the drag thing, and suggests they put on face masks and stay home. Shannon says she doesn’t want to miss anything. In Shannon’s interview, she says, Kelly crossed the line. She has no interest in connecting with her. Let Kelly have her fun, and she’ll have her own. Vicki says she’s tired, and she hates being the oldest.

Kelly, Gina, and Emily wait. In Kelly’s interview, she says the most annoying thing is waiting for Tamra, Shannon, and Vicki to get themselves together. It’s not that hard. Gina suggests they leave, and let the others catch up, and they get in a taxi. In her interview, Gina says she’s expecting a lot of sequins, a lot of makeup, and big hair. Basically, everything she sees at home on Long Island. Mama is coming home. At Drag Asylum, the first thing we see is a chandelier of heels, and I’m in. It looks like a blast. They watch the shows and make it rain.

On the way there, Shannon asks where the parade is. Vicki says, that’s New Orleans, but Shannon says David said there was a parade when he was there, and she needs to know where. In Shannon’s interview, Shannon says, when David called, he told her there were parades in the streets, and clearly this was a crazy town. Tamra asks if it’s bothering Shannon. In her interview, Shannon says she doesn’t need to emerge saying she conquered Key West. Her divorce is final, she’s happier than she’s been, and she’s thankful it’s over. Tamra tells Shannon that she’s a divorced rich bitch now, and Shannon says she’s going to get there on her own.

The MC asks, who’s celebrating something? and the women offer up Gina, who just got out of jail and divorced. Gina says it’s rock bottom, and all up from there. The MC tells everyone to make some noise. In Gina’s interview, she says if she was a drag queen, she’d be something fancy and over-the-top, like Georgina la Croix. In Vicki’s interview, she says she doesn’t understand it; boys dressing like girls, girls dressing like boys. Sorry, drags. What? In Shannon’s interview, she says, the vibe seems to be okay between Kelly and Vicki. Let’s learn from this. If you sit in a line, you don’t have to sit next to people you don’t want to.

They move on to a bar with a pool table. Gina talks to Tamra about Vicki being in communication with that girl. Kelly asks Vicki about long term insurance. In her interview, Kelly says she wants to come at Vicki with love and kindness, instead of being combative.  Shannon approaches Tamra, and says she doesn’t think it’s cool that Vicki is talking to that girl. Gina thinks Kelly should know about it. In Gina’s interview, she says you can’t know information like that and not say anything. It’s like how if you know a crime is about to be committed, and don’t say anything, you’re guilty too. Not quite, but I get the point she’s trying to make. Gina says she’s going to tell Vicki that she loves her, but it’s bad for her to be talking to that girl. Tamra says, just tell her, and Gina does, and Vicki asks why Gina is getting involved. Shannon decides to enlighten Kelly about what’s going on behind her back. In Shannon’s interview, she says this is going to emerge into a fight. She wants to let Kelly know now, before a bomb turns into a nuke. She’s going to be the a-hole. She tells Kelly what’s going on, and in Kelly’s interview, she says, this has nothing to do with Vicki. Get a life.

Vicki says Gina and Emily aren’t involved, and Emily suggests Vicki and Kelly take it outside if they’re going to flip out. Braunwyn says, it’s nobody’s business. In Vicki’s interview, she says she’s physically scared of Kelly. Kelly has a track record. She’s heard – she doesn’t want to repeat rumors – that Kelly’s had altercations with a lot of people. Kelly says Vicki hurts people, and Vicki says she’s the one who got hurt. Kelly says she’s getting sued. She’s a con woman. Kelly says, it’s all in public domain, and proof that Vicki is a bad woman. Vicki tells Kelly not to get involved in her business. In Vicki’s interview, she says, it’s all over the news that she committed fraud, but she didn’t. The insurance company went out of business. She couldn’t pay a claim, and an 82-year-old’s daughter is suing her. Kelly asks why Vicki wants to hurt her, and Vicki says she doesn’t. They trade insults, and Vicki calls Kelly a slut. Tamra says, that is not okay. In Gina’s interview, she says Vicki wants to call out someone for being single and living their life. She doesn’t care how many trains are coming to town. Vicki starts screeching – one of the things I hate most about this show – that she never conned anyone. She was conned. Kelly calls Vicki a liar. In Braunwyn’s interview, she says she imagined laying out, and maybe flirting with the cabana boy, but she probably should have known better. Vicki decides to leave.

Walking with Vicki and Tamra, Shannon says, that was a disaster, and she started it. Inside, Kelly admits to being a bitch. She tried being cool, but.. Gina says she effed up, and Kelly starts to cry. She wonders why she’s being attacked. It’s making matters worse. Emily says she’s done with Vicki, and Gina says it’s a horrifying violation of their truce. Tamra asks what Gina’s motivation was, and Shannon says it was her. She volunteered because she wanted to say it in a nicer way. Vicki tells them not to put Kelly near her, and Tamra asks what happened at the end. Vicki says she called Kelly a slut, but Kelly called her a con woman. She’s not a con woman – she starts the screeching – or a liar  She’s never conned anyone. She was conned. In Tamra’s interview, she says she hasn’t seen Vicki scream like this since the Brooks days. We flash back to Vicki screeching at the Bunko party and the ski trip.

Gina thinks it’s going to be a hat day, and asks Emily if they’re going on the tiki thing. It’s a floating bar, and Emily is hoping they have more than one, or she might have to jump ship. Shannon uses some kind of electric neti-pot, and it’s disgusting. Tamra watches her, then says she’ll never be able to erase that from her head. Neither will I, but it was on my TV. Tamra could have walked out of the room at any time.

Kelly says it’s copacetic when it’s just the four of them. Who calls someone a slut at forty years old? In  her interview, Kelly wonders why they’re after her, and Emily says Vicki thought she had the situation under wraps. She had no idea Tamra told them. Shannon just said something because they brought it up. If they hadn’t said it was wrong, Shannon never would have told Kelly. Kelly says, calculated.

Tamra tells Vicki the tiki bar looks like fun, and asks if VIcki can stay on a different side than Kelly. Vicki says she has no desire to hurt Kelly, and we flash back to Vicki crying and apologizing to Kelly. Tamra tells her, stay away from Kelly. Let it resolve itself. Vicki asks if she should apologize, but Tamra thinks says, let it run it’s course. Let it be.

They get in jeep, and a driver takes them to the floating tiki bars. Shannon, Gina, and Vicki get on one, and Tamra (in a surprise move), Emily, Braunwyn, and Kelly get in another. The Squeaky Tiki, driven by Gary, who tells them that they’ll be going to a sandbar. The water will be knee to waist deep. They mix their own drinks, which seems more dangerous than being on a floating bar. Vicki asks what they do to whoop it up there, and the bartender is clueless as to what whoop it up is. He’s never heard of it. In Gina’s interview, she says she’s put in the worst water situation every trip. We flash back to Gina not getting along with water. She says, there are so many good bars that are perfectly adequate on land. Vicki talks about having a destination wedding

Kelly asks, what’s wrong with Vicki? Kelly is suing her; she has all the evidence. Tamra says she’ll apologize, and they stop for a swim break. Braunwyn thinks she was stung by a jellyfish, and yells for them to get out of the water. Shannon says it’s not a jellyfish, but Kelly is already pushing Emily up the ladder, and back on the boat.

Tamra tells Vicki that she talked to Kelly, and told her that Vicki would say she’s sorry  Kelly asks why everyone is talking about her. She just wants them to stop. Kelly says, loud enough for all to hear, Michael just wrote that he’s got a lot of dirt on Vicki, and her engagement is going to implode in about two seconds. Vicki says Kelly is a terrible person, and asks why Kelly can’t be happy for her. Kelly yells that she’s talking to Michael, and calls Vicki an effing pig, and causing everyone to go, whoa. In Emily’s interview, she says it’s mean to attack Vicki’s looks. Attack her character. It sucks. Vicki gives Kelly the finger, and says, eff you. In Gina’s interview, she says some people have no respect for other people on vacation who just want to have a good time. Play nice in the sandbox, bitches. Shannon apologizes for the drama on their way out.

Vicki asks if she looks like a pig. Tamra says, no, and Shannon tells her to stop it. They find a cake and champagne waiting in their villa, compliments of the hotel. The cake says, congratulations, Vicki. Tamra thinks they should sing, and they fumble through happy engagement to you. They toast, and Tamra suggests they let things die down. It was a perfect example of how Kelly can’t control her anger.

Kelly tells Braunwyn, she lost her cool. Braunwyn says she doesn’t have to fight this fight. She doesn’t have to get upset. Her character is going to come through. She’s a good friend.

Gina asks Emily what they’re going to do, and Emily says they should go to dinner, but it can’t be a group dinner. Kelly and Vicki can’t be in the  same room. Gina thinks no matter what group they go with, it will cause more problems. Gina calls Tamra, and say she’s going out with Braunwyn, Emily, and Kelly, and then she’ll see them.

The four go to a restaurant, and Braunwyn orders loaded fries. Emily says, make it two. In Braunwyn’s interview, she says she’s sick of talking about feelings and each other. She wants to drown her sorrows in processed cheese. Braunwyn says she’s a nice person, and gives lot of leeway, and Kelly says she doesn’t. She tried to be on her best behavior. Her plan was to not engage. Emily says she gets a C minus. Kelly says she goes low, and Braunwyn asks, why? Kelly thinks it’s when she gets ganged up on. She had a lot of cousins, and they fought to win. She has an anger problem. Emily says Kelly gets wounded, and feels vulnerable. Kelly says she learned to be vindictive from her family. She thought going low was winning. In her interview, Kelly remembers getting a present for a friend, and her mom getting in a fight with the lady behind the counter when she didn’t wrap it right. We’re products of our environment. Kelly says she needs to be stronger. She feels stupid, taking the bait. Emily says she was hurt, and Kelly says, at least she can recognize her shortcomings. Braunwyn says they’re all a work in progress, and growing.

Gina joins the Tres Blonde Amigas at another restaurant. In Gina’s interview, she says she likes hanging out with them because they make her laugh. Their antics are always fun and adventurous. Vicki asks if Gina would ever move back to New York, and Gina says no, but her heart is there. She moved across the country for Matt. Tamra asks how that worked for her, but thinks Gina should give it another chance. Shannon says, but… and Tamra says she’s seen pictures of Gina with him, and there’s a light in her eyes. Gina says she knows something happened, and if she committed to him again, he’d never cheat again. Shannon’s head whips around, and Gina says, he gets it. Tamra asks why Shannon is rolling her eyes – clearly not being able to read body language. Shannon says she didn’t. In Shannon’s interview, she says she knows the devastation she went through when she thought she and David were back together, and they weren’t. That’s when she spiraled, with her weight and emotions. She doesn’t want Gina to go through the same pain. Shannon says she knew that too, but David still checked out. Gina says she doesn’t think Matt will check out. Vicki says he won’t if it’s a happy home, and Shannon says she takes offense to that. She was willing to do whatever, and it wasn’t that she didn’t have a happy home. Vicki says she checked out with Don. Gina says she always gives in to Matt, and Shannon tells her, wait it out. If he’s serious, he’ll make a move back home. Vicki says, time will tell. Her mom told her that she’d always end up where she’s supposed to end up. Tamra says, as soon as the arguments affect the children, it’s time to go. Shannon says, the bottom line is, if you’re fighting at home, they know what’s happening. Their kids wrote texts to them saying don’t think they’re not screwed up because they heard them screaming at each other, and Sophie is writing a book about a kid’s perspective on divorce. In Shannon’s interview, she thinks her kids have witnessed things they shouldn’t have – we flash back to the kids basically pointing out how unhappy things are – and they’ll probably knock on her door one day, telling her how screwed up they are. She’s been trying to give them a normal life without all the chaos. Shannon announces that it’s 11 pm. They haven’t been out until then since they got to Florida. They all make toasts, and screech together.

At the villa, Kelly suggests she and Braunwyn put on their PJs, and watch a movie.

Tamra wants dance at the bar. They order tequila shots, and Vicki says, let’s whoop it up, into the bar microphone. Shannon says her biggest goal tonight is to keep the smile on her face, and keep having fun.

Emily goes to bed.

Vicki drinks directly from the beer tap at the bar.

The other girls go to bed.

Back at the villa, Tamra does a cannonball into the pool. In her interview, Shannon rates the trip a good nine to ten. In her villa. They all jump around in the pool, until they hear security coming, and they jet. Tamra scrambles around for her clothes, and some random dude runs through the scene. On the walkway, Vicki slips in her heels, and the mood suddenly changes when they realize she’s really hurt. In Tamra’s interview, she says Vicki is the clumsiest person she’s ever met. We flash back, and it looks like Tamra is right. I’d forgotten that Vicki ended up in the hospital a couple of times on vacation too. Shannon says they need to go to the hospital, and the ambulance comes. Tamra and Shannon quickly get dressed, and come along.

In the ambulance, Vicki screeches.

Next time, a shark, Vicki is just as clumsy on crutches, and Kelly and Emily have a consult with a guru or something.

💋 A Little Less Emily…

Not that she wasn’t stunning to begin with.

I have a way for her to lose even more weight. Get rid of Shane.

🎪 I Love a Good Con…

Not the Vicki kind either. This is a great summation of what a fan festival is like.

🍗 And If You Don’t Want To Let Go Either…

Or perhaps live in Port Charles, where it’s still Thanksgiving.

🎄 And So It Begins…

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting will be on NBC at 7 pm, Wednesday, December 4th. Another thing you’re better off watching on TV. It’s too crowded to breathe there. In the meantime, enjoy some lights of a Christmas season gone by.















December 2, 2019 – Pizza At Last, a More Chill Charter & Working Hard


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Anna’s doorbell rings. It’s Robert, who says he was wondering when he’d see Violet again.

At the hospital, Franco asks Elizabeth if she thinks his outfit is appropriate. She tells him that he looks great, and asks what he’s doing. He tells her that Monica thought he should experience at least one Quartermaine Thanksgiving. She says, it’s an experience, all right. He says, that good? and she says, he’ll see.

Monica walks into the living room to find Brook Lynn folding up the turkey decorations. She asks who said Brook could do that? and Brook says it looks like the Macy’s parade parked itself there. Monica says she and Olivia have an agreement. Olivia can decorate however she wants, except for the fake tree at Christmas. Brook says it’s Monica’s house, and Monica says, it is. And if Olivia wants to gild it with paper turkeys, she can. Olivia comes in, and says, it’s all right if Brook takes them down. Maybe she went overboard with the turkeys. If it bothers Brook that much, she can get rid of them.

Lucas tells Brad, be honest. Whatever it is, they’ll get through it. Just promise to tell the truth. Brad says Lucas is right. He has been keeping something. Lucas says, let’s get started, and Brad says, it’s Obrecht. He should never have gotten involved with  her. Now Britt is adding pressure. Lucas tells him, just stop it. If Brad doesn’t want to tell the truth, don’t, but don’t lie to his face.

Michael, Josslyn, and Dev play cards. Carly tells Josslyn to take it easy on Dev, but Josslyn says, Dev wanted to play. Dev says he’s an expert card player, but Michael says, famous last words. So is Jax, and he taught Josslyn before she was in kindergarten. Josslyn tells Michael not to exaggerate. She was in second grade at least. Carly asks Sonny if the fire is ready, and he says, yeah. He gets a drink and goes out on the terrace. The doorbell rings, and Michael goes to get it. It’s Sasha, and he asks how she is at Texas Hold ‘Em.

Neil asks if Julian is sure, and Julian says he saw Kendra throwing away the exact same kind of container behind Charlie’s. Neil says, Alexis got sick that same night; that’s no coincidence. He’s going to call Alexis again. She needs to know Kendra is dangerous.

Kendra parks her car, and tells Alexis, here we are. Her final destination.

Franco tells Elizabeth, before goes to the Quartermaine’s, he’s going to stop by Oscar’s Meadow to say goodbye. Elizabeth says she needs him to know something. All this time, she’s been saying Franco is in there – and she believes he is – but she’s aware that she’s not talking to Franco right now. The sacrifice he’s making means everything to her and the boys, and all she can think to say is, thank you. She’s grateful, and won’t forget him. It probably doesn’t mean much… He says, it does. Happy Thanksgiving. She tells him, happy Thanksgiving, and he leaves. Epiphany says, there goes one brave man.

Ned hugs Brook, telling her, happy Thanksgiving. Monica asks what’s the matter with Olivia? What does she mean, it’s all right if Brook takes down the decorations? Olivia thanks Monica for having her back, but she’s decided it’s in everyone’s best interest if she tries to get along with Brook. Monica asks if she’s lost it. She knows Brook is like her grandmother, and if she doesn’t, it won’t take her long to figure it out. There is no getting along. If she wants to survive, she has to stand up for herself or get trampled. Leo comes downstairs, and asks where Gobble is. That’s his favorite turkey. Brook says he fell, and she has to put him back up. Lulu and Rocco come in through the terrace, and Brook asks if Lulu couldn’t find a family of her own to celebrate with. Lulu says, oh good. Brook is home.

Brad asks Lucas to listen, and Lucas asks, why? Brad says he swears on Wiley; on everything sacred. He’s not cheating. He loves Lucas, and everything he’s done is to preserve their marriage. Lucas tells him, just say it. He’s got to be brave enough to tell Lucas. If they have no communication, they have nothing. It would be fine if it was just the two of them. They could cut their losses and move on, but it’s not just the two of them. They have Wiley too.

Neil leaves a message for Alexis to call him asap, and that if Kendra stops by, don’t let her in. Julian says Kristina isn’t answering, and Molly says she hasn’t heard from Alexis since earlier today. That’s not good. Neil says he’s calling the police.

Kendra tells Alexis, time to wake up. She’s going to miss all the holiday fun. Alexis’s eye’s fly open, and Kendra says, there she is. Happy Thanksgiving. Testing; one, two, three. Can she wave or wiggle her toes? How about a smile? Kendra says, that was quick, but the paralysis doesn’t last long. Just long enough for her to explain how Alexis destroyed her family. This is usually where things for a killer often go wrong. As Tuco said in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: if you have to shoot, shoot, don’t talk.

Neil tells Julian the police can’t do anything until Alexis has been missing for 24 hours. Julian wonders what if they told the police the reason? Neil says, the best they can do is send some officers to Kendra’s house. They’ll need more of a motivation to search. Julian says, let’s start with motive. Why would Kendra target Alexis?    

Robert thanks Anna for her kind invitation. Finn says he was in on it; so they’re both kind. Violet shows Robert her new teddy bear from her daddy. Robert says her daddy is full of surprises. So is Anna. Anna suggests Violet teach Finn the hand clapping game. It’s complicated, and she has some things she needs to discuss with Robert right now. Robert says, right now?

Maxie tells Andre that she’s fascinated by his work. He does the procedure, then what? Andre says, ideally, Drew’s memories and personality will be stripped away, allowing Franco’s personality to resurface. Maxie says, because it’s always been there, and he says it’s like painting over something. Restoration is tricky. You can accidently fix the top layer more firmly in trying to remove it. She says, then Drew would become more Drew? and he says, he would possess more sharply tuned memories of Drew’s life. Maxie asks Peter if he can believe this, and he says, no; he can’t.

Elizabeth tells Epiphany that she’s been focused in getting Franco back, and she believes she’s 100% right that he’s in there, but in the process, she ignored the man he is now, and his integrity. He’s giving up his life so Franco gets his back. How can she pay back something like that? Thank you seems inadequate. Epiphany says, sacrifice doesn’t mean giving something up that’s not important. It means giving up something important in order to gain something more important. The family is more important, and it’s right. Elizabeth says, all she can say is thank you, and Epiphany says, isn’t today the day for it? Be thankful. Elizabeth says, she is.

Dev rakes in the chips. Carly says, Josslyn… and Josslyn says Dev beat her fair and square. Michael says she never showed her hand, but Dev says he had a great hand. Sasha says she folded. Dev wants to quit while he’s ahead, but Josslyn says, he can’t. Mike had to go back to Turning Woods, and Sonny is depressed. They need to make it okay for him. Sasha says, besides, it would be unfair for Dev to leave the table. She wants a chance to recoup. Michael thanks her for playing along, and she says she’s a pretty adaptable date.

Brook asks if Olivia is attempting a pizza-free Thanksgiving, and Ned says, she’s not just attempting it; she’s doing it. Leo asks if Danny and Scout are going to be there, but Monica says, not this year. Jason is taking them to see the Rockettes. Lulu is like, Jason? and Monica asks if she can picture it. Ned says, no, and Monica says, he wanted to make it a special day. She asks what Lulu and Leo did, and Lulu says they went to the Port Charles parade. Rocco says it was awesome. The marching band was cool, but he liked hanging out with Dustin. He sat on Dustin’s shoulders, and Dustin put his arm around mommy to keep her warm. Brook makes a face. Monica goes out on the terrace, and calls Epiphany. She says she needs Epiphany’s help. How fast can she get there?

Olivia tells Leo and Rocco that there’s a new board game in the playroom, and takes them upstairs. Brook says she needs some air, and goes out to the terrace. Lulu says she could use some too, and stomps after her. She asks when Brook got back, and Brook says, a couple of days ago. Lulu asks how long she’s staying, and Brook says she’s curious. Was the ink dry on the divorce papers before Lulu started dating? Lulu says Brook can’t possibly be judging her. Brook says she’s just pointing out that Dante is the most decent guy she knows. Lulu says, Dante asked for the divorce. She didn’t want it. Brook says, Dante has PTSD, and in typical Lulu fashion… Lulu says Brook has no idea what she’s talking about. She wasn’t there. Brook says she’s there now, and Lulu says, lucky them.

Monica tells Ned that Olivia thinks she’s trying to keep the peace, but she’s just creating more tension. Ned says Olivia is doing the best she can; they all are under the circumstances. Monica says they both know Brook has an agenda. She didn’t just fall out of the sky for no reason. Ned asks if she can’t be thankful, but Monica says, no. Find Brook’s ulterior motive, and get her under control. Monica can only allow so much when it comes to family. Olivia comes in, and asks where Lulu and Brook are. She realizes, and says, they’re out there alone? That’s not good.

Brook tells Lulu, it boggles her mind how Lulu can call herself a Spencer. She talks about how strong and resourceful and blah-blah-blah she is, but when her man has been traumatized, and she’s feeling hurt, she hooks up with the first guy who comes along. Lulu asks what she was supposed to do. Dante abandoned her. She sees Olivia, Ned, and Monica have come outside.

Carly goes out on the terrace, and tells Sonny they’re just waiting for him to work his magic. She asks if he’s okay, and he says he knows how lucky he is. He’s grateful for what he has. He doesn’t want to be that guy. The one who walks into a room and sees everybody who isn’t there. He’s not going to be that guy, but he needs a minute. He’ll be right in. Carly says, for the record, he’s allowed to be that guy. She kisses him.

Carly says, it’s almost turkey time, and Josslyn asks how Sonny is doing. Carly says, he could be worse, but Michael says, or he could be better. Carly says she has to make a phone call.

Lucas tells Brad, when they adopted Wiley, they were committed to stay together forever, and raise their son in a happy home. It’s exactly what happened to him. His sister died, and his parents blew apart. If he’d known they were going to do that to Wiley, he’d have never gone down that road in the first place. Lucas’s phone dings, and he takes an antacid. He says they should have said, thanks, but no  thanks, to Willow. It would have been better than decimating their son’s life. If Brad doesn’t want to tell the truth for him, do it for Wiley. Lucas’s phone rings, and he says he has to take it; it’s his sister. Carly asks if he’ll do her a huge favor. Can he please come for dinner? They had to send Mike back, and Sonny is taking it hard. She doesn’t want an empty seat. Will he do this for his sister? Lucas says, absolutely. They’ll be there. Brad asks, where? and he says, Thanksgiving dinner at Carly’s.

Neil and Julian look at their phones. Neil tells Julian that Kendra has a psych degree, and she’s a life coach whose clients give her five stars. Julian says he’s looking for news; an arrest or being the victim of a crime. Neil says, it’s almost like Kendra didn’t exist until nine years ago. Julian says she graduated from high school in Port Charles, 2004. Neil says, so she’s a local, and Julian says, it looks that way.

Kendra tells Alexis that Kiefer was their family’s everything. Their mom called him her star, and you’d think it would have made her jealous, but it didn’t. He really was a star. He was charming, sweet, and athletic until he had the misfortune of getting involved with Alexis’s daughter. She doesn’t pretend to know what went on at home; they had a sick, sad relationship, but Kiefer didn’t deserve to die. Her seventeen-year-old brother had a meltdown in a ditch because he was so upset about Kristina. He was in the middle of the road at night, and Alexis ran him down. She’s a murdering bitch.

Josslyn asks why Michael and Sasha changed their minds, and Michael says Sasha was looking for turkey, and he’s had enough of pizza. Sonny says he has some ziti he was going to send over, and Sasha asks if they’ll explain why the Quartermaines always have pizza for Thanksgiving.

Lulu says she’s sorry. She’ll grab Rocco, and go. Olivia says she made a huge meal, and she’d like them to be there for it. Lulu says, even though she said something she wishes she could take back. Olivia asks her to name one family who didn’t have a member blurt out something stupid today that they don’t wish they could take back. She hugs Lulu, who says she’s really sorry. Olivia says she’s going to check on dinner. Brook says, some things never change, and Lulu asks, what’s that supposed to mean? Brook says Lulu has everyone feeling sorry for her, while she’s snuggling with a new dude in front of her kids. Lulu says, this, coming from the tramp who seduced her husband. Ned says, it’s Thanksgiving, and they’re all family. Lulu and Brook both say, she is not my family. A blood-curdling scream is heard.

Andre tells Maxie and Peter, there’s no way we can remember everything. Think how crazy you’d go if you could recall every minute that you lived. She says, no thanks, and he says, we need our memories reinforced; sparked. His phone rings, and he steps away to take the call. Maxie tells Peter, sorry, and he says she has nothing to apologize for. She says the conversation made him uncomfortable, and she knows why.

Anna asks how Robert can judge Finn, when the same thing happened to him. Robert admits, it’s not Finn’s fault that he just found out about Violet, but it’s Finn’s fault that he didn’t tell Anna. Anna says she was out of town, and Robert says there’s an invention called the cell phone. He resents that Finn wants to have his cake and eat it too. Anna says, if Finn wants cake, he can have it. If she needs Robert to stick up for her, she’ll tell him, but don’t take it upon himself to do it. Anna’s phone rings, and she answers rather abruptly. It’s Robin, and Anna says, no; she’s not arguing with Robert. Robert takes the phone and says, yes; they’re fighting, but it’s not about her.

Brad says he can’t deal with Lucas’s family right now, but Lucas says, too bad. His family is part of them being married; at least for now. Brad tells Lucas to go without him. His family won’t care. Lucas says, it’s Thanksgiving and Wiley is there. Brad is going. If it’s the last holiday they have with Wiley as a family, they’re going to make it count for something. Does Brad want to drive or should he?

Julian tells Neil there’s still no answer. Neil says he asked for information about Kendra on the alumni page, saying he’s a classmate searching for her. Julian suggests getting information from social media.

Kendra tells Alexis, after Kiefer died, her dad went off the rails, but before Alexis judges him what would she have done if Kendra’s if father ran down Alexis’s daughter. Her brother died and her father died, leaving her and her mother. They had to move on with their lives. Not that Alexis would care, but they haven’t had a home-cooked Thanksgiving since Kiefer died. They always ate in restaurants. This year, she convinced her mother to go on a cruise because celebration is going to be different. And that includes Alexis. She drags Alexis out of the car.

Maxie says Peter still feels guilty about his part in the Jason/Drew memory thing, but he was just the delivery guy. He’s not his father. Peter says he knows, but she says, does he? He doesn’t destroy innocent lives when they’re inconvenient. He makes them better, in particular, hers and James’s. She’s lucky to have him. He says, he’s the lucky one, and holds her.

Robert tells Anna that Robin said the business with Finn and Violet is dredging up memories that Anna wants to blame herself for and shouldn’t. And he should cut her some slack. Anna says they have the smartest daughter, don’t they? A timer goes off, and Anna says, the wishbone is ready. Finn asks Violet what it will take for him to master the last step in the clapping game, and she says, practice. Anna asks if she’d like to make a wish with daddy.

Dev says, Thanksgiving isn’t about turkey and football? but Sonny says, it is there. Michael says, the Quartermaines are the exception. Sasha asks, why? and he says, no one knows. It’s been that way since he can remember.

Olivia comes into the living room, and Ned asks, what the hell happened? Olivia wails that it’s all gone. Brook Lynn took it. Franco walks in, and Olivia tells Ned that Brook said the day was young. She had to ruin it. She couldn’t give Olivia one Thanksgiving. Ned doesn’t believe Brook had anything to do with it, and Olivia says he’s siding with her. Brook says Olivia just accused her of stealing, and Lulu says, like Brook never stole before. Brooke tells Lulu to go be with her own people, and Ned suggests they need a bottle of holiday spirit. Olivia says, a perfect meal, gone. Monica gives Franco a drink. Olivia says, it didn’t walk off on its two little drumstick legs, along with the sides. Monica flashes back to meeting Epiphany on the terrace, and giving her a bunch of trays covered with tin foil. Epiphany asks if this isn’t Thanksgiving dinner, and Monica tells her to give it to the staff. The day has to be perfect. Franco says he doesn’t know why Monica is smiling. It looks like a disaster. Monica says, with the Quartermaines, disaster is a family tradition.

As Lucas drives, he asks Brad what he did, and Brad says, nothing. Lucas says Brad didn’t get insecure overnight. What was it? Looking back, it was around the time they got Wiley. He thought that’s what they both wanted, but maybe Brad didn’t, and didn’t know how to tell him. He was desperate to be a father, but that’s exactly when Brad changed. Was he feeling stuck or trapped? Brad says he wanted Wiley, but he wanted Wiley too much.

Neil gets a message from a former classmate of Kendra’s. He tells Julian, back then, Kendra’s last name was Bower. Julian is like, hmm…

Alexis lies in the middle of the road, in front of Kendra’s car. Kendra says she was out there living her half-life, and out of the clear blue sky the phone rings. It was a man named Shiloh, who told her that her dad was right all along. Alexis ran Kiefer down on purpose, and Kristina knew about it. So she’s going to do to Alexis what Alexis did to her brother, and who knows? Maybe she’ll get away with it. Maybe she can spin the story like Alexis did. She’s so sorry. She was in a hurry, and didn’t see Alexis until it was too late. When Alexis sees the headlights coming for her, she can tell herself now she knows how Kiefer felt. Kendra gets in the car and starts it.

Carly says, going back to 1994, the Quartermaine’s have a bizarre Thanksgiving curse. No one knows why. Sonny says, every year, something goes wrong with the turkey. Josslyn says, dogs, robbers… Sonny says, frozen pipes, and Carly says, and pizza saves the day. Sasha wonders why they keep trying, and Carly says, that’s part of the curse. Sonny says, thank God everything always goes right at his house. No curse here. He goes into the kitchen.

Ned brings in a bunch of take-out pizzas. Franco says, this happens every year? and Monica says, without fail. Leo asks if it’s time for pizza, and Ned says, almost. Brook says, first they sing; then eat. They sing We Gather Together, and the camera pans over photos of Edward, Lila, and Alan. You know, this always gets me all teary.

Elizabeth wonders where the food came from. She tells Epiphany that she knows it’s not hospital food. Epiphany, it’s one more thing to be grateful for.

Anna gives Finn and Violet the wishbone. Finn tells Violet, get a good grip. Close your eyes, and make a really good wish. Violet gets the big end and says, she hopes daddy gets his wish too. He says, she is his wish.

Brad says it all changed when they got Wiley, and Lucas says he knew it, but Brad says it’s not the way he thinks. There’s so much Brad hasn’t told him. Lucas asks what that means. Tell him. Brad says Wiley isn’t the baby they adopted. He’s Michael and Nelle’s son. Lucas suddenly can’t get the brakes to work.

Neil asks Julian if the name rings a bell, and Julian says, vaguely. From a long time ago. Neil says nine years ago, Alexis accidently hit Kiefer Bower with her car, and he died. Kendra must be family.

Kendra starts the car. You know what’s going to happen. She backs up, presumably to run over Alexis better.

At the same time, Lucas tells Brad, the car won’t stop. Something is wrong with the brakes.

Their car collides with Kendra’s car.

Tomorrow, Kristina asks where he mom is, Sonny tells Jax that he doesn’t have to pretend, and the aftermath of the crash.

Below Deck

Rhylee tells Ashton don’t walk away. He says she belongs on a fishing boat in Alaska, and she tells him, buy her a ticket and she’ll go back. She asks what his problem is, and he says, her. She says he still hasn’t explained it. He says she upset everyone around her, and she fails to see why her ordering something Paleo bothered Kevin so much. He says she has a problem with men in authority, and she asks why he thinks they’re the only men in authority. Ashton continues to walk away, and Tanner tells Rhylee that she’s lost and he feels sorry for her. She tells him F-U, and asks who he is to be getting involved when she and Ashton are talking? Ashton apologizes to Courtney. Tanner says all their dinners were fine until Rhylee got there, and Kate asks Tanner if he blames Rhylee. He says he does, but she disagrees, saying, Kevin is intense, loudmouthed, and overbearing. In her interview, Kate says it was a relief. Thanks. You handle him for a while. Kevin acts like he’s Gordon Ramsay, but he’s not Gordon Ramsay, and she has the feeling Gordon Ramsay is more pleasant to be around. Agreed.

They walk to another bar, because, why not? Kevin is loud, and acts like a moron. Rhylee tells Kate, they say she’s combative, and Kate says she has Rhylee’s back. Kevin has been obnoxious all night. In Rhylee’s interview, she says the last place she wants to be hanging out is with a-holes. She thought it was going to be a fresh start, but obviously she didn’t account for this. She wonders if it’s foreboding, if it’s going this way already.

Tanner gets pretty drunk, and we see double along with him. Kevin wonders where Tanner is, but Ashton doesn’t know. We do. He’s in a porta-potty getting sick, while the others dance. In his interview, Tanner says this is where he usually clocks out. He dances and acts like a moron. He takes Simone’s hand, and says he wants to hook up with her so bad. They kiss, and I think, blech. I hope he rinsed his mouth. In Simone’s interview, she says, damn, son. You took your time. The cheese Ashton dances alone. Kate asks Simone how the dance floor is, and Tanner jumps on her. In Courtney’s interview, she says, they’re clearly not afraid of PDA. Kevin acts stupid, and screws around with a street sign. Ashton tells him not to break things. They all go back to the boat, and everyone falls asleep in the taxis. Kate says she’s never taken an Uber this long in her life.

They still need to walk down the dock, and Kevin is totally passed out. Ashton and Tanner revive him, and he does the chicken. Back on the boat, Courtney visits Brian, and tells him that Kevin and Rhylee were fighting over appetizers. Tanner and Ashton put Kevin to bed, and Kevin says he loves them. He also says Rhylee in his sleep. In Simone’s interview, she says, it’s so confusing. She wonders what she’s getting into, but can’t fight the attraction. Tanner asks if she wants to go to bed, and she says, if it’s just to sleep, okay. If he’s thinking of something else, it’s not happening, and she’s stern.

In the morning, Simone says, o-m-g (which she says a lot), and Tanner says, Jiminy Cricket (which he says a lot). In his interview, Tanner says he doesn’t remember going to bed with Simone, but it was bound to happen. There was sexual tension there. She’s a hot chick with a phenomenal ass; he’s in. Captain Lee asks how Simone is, and she says, well rested. He laughs, saying, he detects a note of hesitation there. Brian is disappointed and frustrated. He thought his leg would be okay by now. The thought of losing his job is bad, but he’s at the point where he’s wondering if he’s going to lose his leg. Kate has coffee, Tanner mops, and Kevin says he’s sorry he argued about appetizers to no one in particular. In Rhylee’s interview, she says she’s not oblivious to the fact that fighting with Ashton and Kevin was not a good idea. She’s quick to anger, and gets her temper from her dad who met the Fed Ex man with a shotgun at Christmastime. (Not the tip they’re looking for.) She is who she is, but she’s going to try her best no to rock the boat. Ashton asks Tanner about his sleepover, and Tanner says the only real thing he remembers is Rhylee arguing with Kevin, then Ashton. Rhylee comes out, and asks what Ashton wants her to do. He stammers, and in her interview, she wonders if this could get less awkward, and laughs. He asks her to do some boat stuff, and she folds some huge thing up. Tanner tells Ashton something like this has never happened before, and Ashton says he doesn’t want to deal with the drama and issues. In Ashton’s interview, he says to be 100% honest, he doesn’t like Rhylee. Her bad attitude pisses him off. Ashton radios Rhylee to meet with him. In her interview, she says you know when you’re getting called after a night like they had last night, you’re going to get chewed out.

Ashton tells Rhylee, they had words, and unfortunately, it happened already. He doesn’t know what happened exactly, or why Kevin acted the way he did, but the way she reacted and came across was why he reacted. Holy! Why doesn’t he just come out and say he has a double standard. He tells her, moving forward, he wants to deal with things in an appropriate way. In Ashton’s interview, he says history is repeating itself, but they’re here to make money. He has to do his best for all of them. He tells Rhylee, no hard feelings, and they hug. Kate irons, and the captain calls her, Ashton, and Kevin for the preference sheet meeting.

Captain Lee says it’s going to be a shortened charter with a half-dozen ladies. The primary is Lynn, and the guests are all moms, who can’t wait for a much needed girls trip. Kate recognizes Wendy from last season, and the captain says, she was a guest of Steve’s – Mr. Foam Man. We flash back to Steve in a hot tub of foam, and Wendy wondering if she can hide in the galley. Kate says if she remembers right, Wendy is relax and chill, and that’s what she needs this charter. The captain says they’re foodies, and their favorites are Asian and Italian. They want a white-themed dinner party, and lunch on the beach.

The crew gets the boat ready, and Kevin radios Rhylee to meet with him. Kate tells Ashton that she thinks they’re both in the wrong, but blames Kevin more because of his rank. It’s not the way to welcome a new crew member. Kevin tells Rhylee that it got too heated, and he didn’t want to back down. He apologizes, and she says she appreciates that. In his interview, he says he’s a bad drinker sometimes, and you can’t have bad blood on the boat. Rhylee says they’re both spitfires, and he says he should have red hair too. In his interview, Kevin says he likes to see how quickly someone bounces back after an argument, and Rhylee is quick. Rhylee tells him that she doesn’t want to hold grudges. They hug.

Tanner asks Simone if she wants to do a sleepover, and they kiss. I’m happy for her, but puzzled, since he didn’t seem that interested before. They have their sleepover, and I don’t think I needed to see that. Nor did Simone’s grandparents. In her interview, Simone says she feels happy and warm inside, and I totally sit on several jokes.

Everyone does whatever they do to get the boat ready. Courtney says they have to make anti-wrinkle fabric. She can’t live this way. The captain goes to see Brian, who says the swelling is down, but his leg’s still not right. Captain Lee wants to send Brian to the hospital for some IV antibiotics. In the captain’s interview, he says it’s been three days, and he’s not seeing significant progress. The reality is, if Brian can’t do his job, he’ll have to get someone who can. He tells Brian that he’ll make the arrangements.

In the crew mess, Rhylee asks Simone how last night went, and Simone says, it was nice; they cuddled. Rhylee asks if Simone isn’t looking for more than canoodling, and Ashton says Rhylee is really asking why they haven’t banged yet. Simone says she likes to take her time. Provisions come in. In Brian’s interview, he says he’s going through a lot of emotions. He doesn’t want to lose his job, but this could be serious. He’s worried and scared, and he’s in Thailand. Who knows what could happen? Kate tells Brian that she hopes it’s nothing, and he leaves for shore.

Ashton has a quick deckhand meeting, giving them their schedules. Kate says Simone is on late, Courtney is in the middle, and she’ll be on early. Ashton tells the deckhands, they’re man down, but it’s been that way for the last four charters. The crew gets ready to greet the guests. Kate tells Captain Lee that she usually has a horrible feeling at this moment, but feels great right now, and it scares her a little. She gives all of the guests leis. The captain welcomes them, saying they have fun things planned. He’s going to hand them over to Kate for the tour, then get the party started. Rhylee is startled to see they bring their own flotation devices. Kate tells the guests that the beach picnic will be at 1:30. The yacht heads out.

Int Kate’s interview, she says, Simone doesn’t know how to cut citrus. It’s like Helen Keller cutting oranges. Tanner tells Ashton that he went Downton on Simone’s abbey, while all he got in return was hand stuff for a second. In Ashton’s interview, he says, maybe Kate is right, and Simone isn’t great at service. Rhylee joins them, and Tanner repeats his story. She says Simone claimed they just cuddled, and he says that’s his idea of cuddling. Anchor is dropped in Koh Hong, Krabi. Lynn asks the captain to join them for dinner, and the water toys are dropped. Kevin says he has no white food for the white party, and discusses Italian dishes with Courtney. In his interview, he says Kate isn’t a foodie, but at least Courtney has a palate. She went to good restaurants with her mom and dad, after the pony rides.

Brian calls the captain, and says the doctor was glad he came in. The infection was worse than he’d thought, and his knee had to be cut open. He lost some flesh because the infection was eating away at it, and he now has a hole in his knee. He can’t get it wet or pick up anything heavy, but he thinks it will be much better soon. In Captain Lee’s interview, he’s sure Brian doesn’t feel good about the situation either. If Brian can’t recover quickly, he’s no good to them. He tells Brian that he’d better ease into it. They don’t want a relapse.

Kate shows Courtney a beach cave she found. It’s her dream beach picnic cave. It’s like the VIP room in a club; secluded, dark, and away from the general public. She hates picnics. This is the new thing. Ashton says he sees a blonde with a gimpy leg approaching, and Captain Lee tells him to kick Brian in his good one, and tell him, welcome back. Brian boards the boat.

In Kevin’s interview, he says he’s making sushi for the picnic. It’s super fresh, and easy. Kate says it looks great, and he says, it looks like sh*t. The captain sees Brian, and says, the prodigal son returns. They’re glad to have him back. He tells Brian, get changed and get to work. In Kate’s interview, she says she tried service using Simone last charter, but Courtney is good at it; Simone is not. Kate looks into the water, and it’s loaded with jellyfish.

Tanner tells Kate that she picked a cool spot. Ashton remarks on their being bats, and Kate is like, well, it is a cave, and wonders if Ashton could hang a disco ball in it. The guests are brought over, and Kate tells them that she’s never thrown a picnic in a beach location like this. Lynn marvels at the disco ball, and says, nature is amazing. Back on the yacht, Simone is getting annoyed, and says she should be more adamant about Kate using her for service. Lunch is served, and one guest says her chakras are opening.

Kevin calls his daughter, saying, it’s important for them to connect, even if it’s just emojis. He sends her a bunch of frogs, and she responds with poop emojis. They discuss an upcoming holiday, and in his interview, Kevin says the reason he’s in yachting is to provide a better life for his daughter. His mom had three jobs, and was working all the time. He says, it’s hard to be away, but he’s concentrating on the job. Ashton says the tide has dropped, and with the coral and sea urchin in the water, the guests will need shoes to get back to the tender. Captain Lee has Rhylee water bike the shoes over. Despite all their efforts, on the way to the tender, a guest says she has something sticking on her, and it’s a sea urchin. In Ashton’s interview, he says, any guest injured in their care is a sh*t show. He calls the captain to let him know. Kate tells Tanner, she’s wearing weird shoes, sweating, and getting bitten by bat cave bugs. In the captain’s interview, he says the sea urchins are bastards. They have spikes, and if you step on one, they leave it in you. It’s barbed, so you can’t pull it out, and it has to dissolve. The best thing to use is vinegar. The guest soaks her foot in a bucket of vinegar, and I file away a note in my mental first aid kit. Rhylee totes Kate back to the boat, and Kate jokingly hassles her the whole way, asking if she can’t go faster.

Because of the heat, the guests want dinner indoors. Kate can’t believe they requested the dining area closest to the pantry. It makes everything difficult. In her interview, Kate says, it’s a white party, but considering the guests’ alcohol consumption all day, it will probably be more of a blackout party. Wow. These women are really loaded. A couple of them barge in on the captain while he’s changing, Lynn remarking that he’s in nice shape for working on a boat. Geez. Has she seen how hard the work is? Kate asks Simone to do turndowns, and in her interview, Simone thinks this is a joke. It’s ridiculous. She’s a mathematician, and speaks several languages. She calls home, and her grandmother (?) says if she feels something isn’t right, she has to stand up for herself. Simone suggests Kate is upset because she’s smarter than Kate, and her grandmother says Simone doesn’t have a PhD in folding towels, which I think is Kate’s whole point.

The captain arrives at dinner, wearing a Hawaiian shirt and white pants. The guests are all in white with tiaras. Kate says it’s nice and quiet in the galley, and it has a calmer vibe. Kevin turns on a blender, and she says, except for the appliances. She tells Courtney, dinner is going surprisingly well, probably because the guests are so hammered. The guests make lewd comments to the captain, which he just laughs off. I’m reading his book, Running Against the Tide, right now. He’s a tough dude. Lynn says they want everyone to party with them, and they don’t want everyone to have to work. I’ll volunteer for that.

Simone says she can’t be confident in service if she doesn’t get to do it. Lynn complains to the captain about having a hard time finding a man, and he says, it will happen when it happens. Wendy barges into the galley, and decides she wants to help serve. Kevin and Kate rescue the dishes of food she tries to pile onto her arm, and Kate gives her one, saying it’s for the captain, and it’s the most important one. Simone sees, and is miffed that Kate doesn’t want her on service, but she has a guest doing it. Like this was Kate’s idea.

Somehow, Wendy manages to get the plate in front of Captain Lee, who’s lucky he’s not wearing it. Kevin presents his take on tiramisu, and the captain tells Kevin that the meal was good. Simone whines to Tanner that she’s supposed to be second stew. In Simone’s interview, she says she has the experience, and that’s why Kate made her second stew. Kate needs to treat her like it. What Simone is failing to grasp is that she couldn’t even open a bottle of wine, or make basic drinks, and there’s no time for on the job training.

The guests agree that Captain Lee is a silver fox. Courtney notes that the captain ate fast. He asks how Lynn got from Chicago to California, and she says she followed the Grateful Dead. Kate and Courtney nearly die laughing in the pantry. She tells the captain that she lived in a VW bus, sold stir fry, and did piercings. Captain Lee says, it’s a revelation. Everyone miraculously goes to bed without incident. Kate eats something, while she tells Rhylee that she’d been expecting progress from Simone, but her patience is getting less. She asks Courtney where Simone is, but Courtney doesn’t know.

Simone is crying in her bunk bathroom. Kate radios, and Simone says she’s in the bathroom, but Kate can tell she’s upset. She suggests Courtney check on Simone, but Simone blows through, barely acknowledging anyone. Very passive/aggressive. Kate follows her, and says she doesn’t understand. In Kate’s interview she says she doesn’t love Simone’s sulking. She’s not good enough at her job to sulk. Her good attitude is her best quality. Don’t lose that. Simone tells Kate that she doesn’t know what’s going on, and why she isn’t a part of service. Kate says she assumed Simone knew the job well enough that Kate wouldn’t have to tell her everything. Simone says she assumed if she was on late, she’d be doing service. In her interview, Kate says Simone acts like she owes her, but Simone isn’t good at her job, and training is a gift.

Kate tells Simone that she’s not sure Simone is ready. Simone says she’s second stew, and Kate says she’s not sure Simone is a great second stew. It’s not personal, but when Simone hides in the bathroom for twenty-five minutes, then comes out very sullen… Simone says she knew she was going to talk to Kate about it, and people have been asking her what’s gong on. Kate asks if Simone has discussed this with other crew members. Kate should be the first person Simone discusses it with. Simone says she can appreciate why Kate feels it’s not okay, and Kate says she’s not saying she feels that way; she’s telling Simone it’s not okay, and Simone made the department look bad. Simone says she didn’t, but Kate says, she’s telling Simone that she did.

Next time, instead of washing the boat, the crew washes elephants (SPOILER ALERT: Baby elephants are very cute!); Rhylee outs Tanner to Simone; and the captain has a come to Jesus meeting with a crew member.

🐎 Back In the Saddle…

Hope everyone enjoyed the break. I’ve been stockpiling some tea as I go through my thousands of emails, three-quarters of which have the words Black Friday or Cyber Monday in them. Seriously, just send me one good one and I’ll get the message. Hope you enjoyed your time off, if you had it, and if not, at least you didn’t have to get back to routine. You were already there.










November 29, 2019 – Thanksgiving Begins In Port Charles, a Starlit Thanksgiving, Long Weekend Extras, an Ennead of Quotes, What’s On & Thank You


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

A mini-cap of GH’s Thanksgiving Day episode.

Mike went to Sonny’s for Thanksgiving. When Mike asked if Sonny had a good relationship with his old man, Sonny knew it wasn’t going to be a good day. He rolled with it, saying he and his father did have a good relationship, and Mike told him that you have to tell people how you feel before they’re gone. Life is too short for regrets. No doubt there was collective sobbing from viewers everywhere. It’s at the point where, when I see Mike is going to be in an episode, I figure I might as well just start crying.

Franco met with Andre, who said the memory mapping had been streamlined since he’d first worked on it, and he’d do everything he could to mitigate the risks. Franco told Elizabeth that he was having the procedure done tomorrow. Which will probably be Tuesday in our world.

Finn kept trying to call Hayden, but his calls all went to voicemail. When he checked Violet’s backpack for her doll, he found the letter Hayden left. She wrote that she was in the kind of trouble that could put Violet in danger, and she knew Violet would be safe with him. She asked him, please don’t come after her, take care of Violet, and make sure Violet knows, no matter what, her mother loves her. Finn showed the letter to Anna, and said that when Hayden is backed into a corner, she always runs. Anna told him that Hayden must be in serious trouble if she was leaving Violet. Anna didn’t think Hayden would have left Violet with Finn if there had been an alternative.

Kendra came by to see Alexis, who said she’d been given the all-clear from the hospital, but she was going to wait before going back to working with Kendra. Alexis also said she spoke quite a bit of Italian, and could order the supplement herself. Kendra wondered why Neil had given her the cold shoulder, and asked if Alexis was getting ready to fire her. Alexis said, no; she was just being vigilant. Later, Neil discovered that Alexis had checked herself out of the hospital. He told Julian that he’d accused Kendra of poisoning Alexis.

Michael picked up Wiley to go to the Quartermaine’s for Thanksgiving dinner. Brad begged off, saying he was coming down with something and didn’t want to get anyone sick. Michael didn’t believe it, and suggested it was because of Nelle, since his family knew about Brad going to her parole hearing. While this was going on, Julian sat outside in his car, obviously up to no good. After he saw Michael leave with Wiley, he cut the brakes to Brad’s car.

Lucas told Elizabeth about Brook Lynn being back, and said Elizabeth looked like she’d rather have a root canal than hear that news. Lucas decided he’d rather be home on Thanksgiving, and Elizabeth got his shift covered. Lucas went home, and told Brad that he was sick of fighting. He wanted to know what was going on, and what Brad was hiding.

Peter and Maxie went to Anna’s for Thanksgiving, where they saw Andre. Andre told them about Franco deciding to go through with the procedure. He said Franco realized that no matter how many memories of Drew’s he had, he wasn’t Drew; and there were people who loved Franco and missed him.

Sonny and Mike watched football, and it was all good until Mike wanted to hold Donna. Both Sonny and Carly overreacted, and Mike got the message they didn’t want him holding the baby. He ended up pushing Sonny into the table of appetizers. Mike was persuaded to take a nap upstairs, and Sonny asked Carly to call Turning Woods, saying his dad wasn’t safe at the house.

Kendra went to Kiefer’s grave with a gorgeous autumn flower arrangement. Alexis saw her, and waited for her to leave. When Kendra was gone, Alexis went over to look at the headstone. But Kendra wasn’t really gone, and whacked Alexis in the head with a rock, knocking her out.

On Monday, Lulu tells Brook that Dante abandoned her, Julian wonders why Kendra would target Alexis, and Sonny says he’s not going to be that guy. And maybe we’ll find out about the Quartermaine pizza. I’m a little miffed that they didn’t include that in the Thanksgiving episode.

🍗 Thanksgiving With the Stars…

Soap stars:

And everyone else:

🎢 Some Fun Stuff…

The only thing I love more than pop culture are lists about pop culture.

Wishes, messages, and greetings to share.

🚩 Quotes of the Week

You can’t save everyone. Sometimes you have to give people their problems right back at them. – Dr. Woods-Trap (Phylicia Rashad), David Makes Man (I am a big fan of that philosophy.)

We’re going down on a sinking ship, and the only way to do that with dignity is to be drunk. – Jack Dundee (Robin Williams), The Best of Times

Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road. – Dag Hammarskjold

Life—the way it really is—is a battle not between good and bad, but between bad and worse. Joseph Brodsky

If bad things didn’t happen, how would you be able to feel the good ones?Elizabeth Scott

Always have a willing hand to help someone, you might be the only one that does.Roy T. Bennett

You don’t sneak up on people in a zombie apocalypse. – Charlie Barnett (Tom Everett Scott), Z Nation

The truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is.Nadine Gordimer

I’m alone, and I’m old. But guess what? I’m tough. – An 82-year-old bodybuilder who fought off a home intruder.

😘 Last But Not Least…

Hoping that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of family, friends, and food. It would be remiss of me not to say how thankful I am for my readers and followers. No Dead this week, only Christmas movies, but some good ones. Saturday night is Elf, and on Sunday, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Christmas with the Kranks. Christmas Vacation holds a spot in my heart because my old acting teacher, William Hickey, plays the part of Uncle Lewis. And we all see where I am today. Just kidding. He was a phenomenal teacher.

🏁 Double Duty…

My thanks, as well as the official start of the season. And so it begins…


November 27, 2019 – Hayden Makes a Decision, Jersey In Jamaica, What Is It About, Flipping Jeff, Too Cautious, No FOMO & Film For T-Day


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Chase and Willow go to Anna’s place, and Finn introduces Violet to Uncle Chase. Chase likes the sound of uncle, and asks if Violet has any other uncles, but she says, not yet. He introduces Willow, who tells Violet that Chase is a keeper. He’s been known to let kids have ice cream for dinner. Chase brought her a present – an Aquamat. No one knows what it is, including me, but Chase says Willow helped him pick it out. Violet goes to set it up with Chase and Willow, and Anna says she’s never seen Finn so happy. He says he is, and thanks her for being great about this. She says it’s worth it for his smile. (FYI – I looked up the Aquamat, and it’s pretty cool. You fill it with water and “draw” on it. The water evokes the colors, and when the water is gone, so are the drawings. Magic!)

At The Floating Rib, Michael invites Sasha to Thanksgiving dinner at the Quartermaine mansion. She doesn’t want to put anyone in an awkward position, and he says he can’t promise there won’t be a knockdown, all-out fight, or two, but he can promise those fights will have nothing to do with her. She says she could do with a double-dose of family. She doesn’t have one anymore; real or fake. He tells her, consider herself an honorary member of his two, and they kiss. Obrecht comes in, and Michael asks if they can help her. She sits, and says they already have. Maxie and Nina have accepted her back into the family, and back into James’s life. For that she’ll buy them a drink. Sasha wants to put it behind her, but Obrecht says, that’s the point. It’s over. Michael says, actually, it’s not over. Not yet.

Brad comes out of the elevator at the hospital, and sees Lucas at the reception desk. He says he just clocked out. Any chance Lucas can come home with him? Lucas says his shift isn’t over. Brad says he’s been working so much. It’s been days since they’ve had dinner as a family with Wiley. Lucas says it’s obvious Brad is hiding something from him, covering with lies and half-truths. Now he wants Lucas to sit down to a nice family dinner? No. Brad says, that’s it? Just no? Lucas says, pretty much. Until Brad gets the courage to tell him what’s going on, he’s going to spend time with Wiley on his own. Brad says, what about tomorrow? Can they at least spend Thanksgiving together?

Valentin says, his father amended his will and Helena hid the document in the portrait. Martin takes it Valentin didn’t know, and Valentin asks if Martin has any more specifics. Martin says Jax and Laura seem to believe that the codicil takes the estate away from Valentin.

The guy who jumped Hayden at the pier puts his hand over Hayden’s mouth, and she struggles with him. Nikolas shows up.

Neil tells Alexis, as requested, he’s having the lab analyze the mystery pill Kendra tried to force feed her. Alexis is anxious for the lab to clear it up. She honestly can’t believe Kendra would give her something that harmful. Kendra won’t even let her eat wheat. She would think thallium was out of the question.

Chase confesses, he was hoping to see Finn at a tea party, and Finn says he should have gotten there earlier. Chase says he’s proud of Finn. It’s like he’s been waiting to be a father his whole life. Finn says it’s almost like he has. It feels really good. Willow tells Anna, Violet is adorable, and Anna says, Violet loves her father too; no surprise there. She wishes Hayden hadn’t kept Finn from knowing for so long, but it is what it is. Willow steps away, and takes a breath. Chase asks if she’s okay, and she says she’ll be fine. She doesn’t know what happened. He says it’s his fault. He didn’t think it through. What happened with Finn and Violet must remind her of what happened with Wiley.

Brad tells Lucas, it’s a family holiday, and he arranged to take it off months ago. Lucas says he volunteered to cover the ER, and Brad says he knows Lucas is angry, but it’s Thanksgiving. They should be together with Wiley. They need to find a way to get past this hiccup in their marriage. Lucas says Brad needs to come clean. If Brad tells Lucas what he’s hiding, he’ll find someone to cover the shift. On three. One… two… He didn’t think so. Brad says because of a stupid accusation, but Lucas says, it’s more than that, and Brad knows it.

Obrecht hopes Sasha and Michael aren’t trying to undermine her hard won serenity. Sasha says Michael was just giving her a heads up about Curtis’s investigation. Obrecht says, what investigation? It’s over. Sasha confessed, and Obrecht is paying for cocktails. What more could there be? Michael says there was still a sample on file at GH, and Curtis had it retested. Sasha says it proved again that she and Nina are mother and daughter. Michael says he tried to convince Curtis to drop it, but he said his reputation as a PI is at stake. He’s still looking for answers, and eventually he’s going to realize Obrecht was involved.

Martin tells Valentin that he’s sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Valentin wonders why his father changed his will, unless he was pressured by Helena. Helena hated him. Martin says Valentin must have suspected, or he wouldn’t have sent Martin to Jax with that story. Valentin says he needs to get his hands on the painting, and Martin agrees. If Jax finds it first, Valentin will lose his island, his home, his horses, his business holdings, and even the nicely tailored shirt on his back. Valentin says he has no intention of losing anything. This makes their project all the more important.

Nikolas fights with Hayden’s attacker, and dude runs off. Hayden asks if he’s all right, and he says she was the one who was almost carried off; is she hurt? She says, no, and he asks if she saw who it was. Does she know what they wanted?

Martin asks how Ava acquired the portrait if Valentin threw it out, but Valentin doesn’t have a clue. Martin asks if Valentin is going to reach out to her, or let him, but Valentin tells Martin that Ava said Valentin would never put his hands on the portrait. Martin says, another person less than fond of Valentin. Valentin says Ava suffered a psychotic breakdown, but that’s not the cause of her animosity toward him. She has a perfectly sane reason to hate him. What bothers him is that she imagined she saw Nikolas.

Hayden tells Nikolas, he just came out of nowhere. He didn’t take her purse; she thinks he wanted to kill her. Nikolas says he was afraid something like this would happen. That’s why he came back. He started to worry that Valentin would make good on his threat. She says it’s nice to know he still cares. She asks if he thinks Valentin sent the guy, and he says, she doesn’t think it’s a coincidence, does she? The day after Valentin tries to coerce her into working for him? She wonders what she should do, and he tells her that she should leave now. He’ll help her. She says, what about Violet?

Willow tells Chase that she’s fine. She gets to be a part of Wiley’s life, which is more than she dreamed possible. She’s beyond  thrilled that Finn has a daughter, and Chase has a niece. How lucky can a little girl get? He asks if she wants to get out of there, and she says, only because she’s starving. Chase tells Finn and Anna that they’re going to let them have Violet all to themselves. Anna is surprised they’re leaving already, and thanks them for coming. Chase congratulates Daddy Finn, and Willow tells Violet that she loved meeting her, and can’t wait to see her again. Chase says, he was thinking maybe Violet wants to be an honorary officer of the law; Sergeant Violet. He gives her a badge, and asks, or does she want to be a detective, or a spy like Anna? Violet says she wants to be a doctor like her daddy.

Brook Lynn shows up at the hospital, and says, paging Dr. Lucas Jones, heartthrob of Port Charles High. He says, Brook Lynn, and she says, in the flesh. They hug, and he says she looks fantastic. He keeps checking the music charts for her. She says she’ll get there; her career is on pause. She’s visiting the family, but Olivia is still frosty with her for trying to break up Dante and Lulu a million years ago. He says he tries to stay away from the family drama, and asks how long she’s staying.

Obrecht says Curtis should mind his own business. Her thank you cocktails might have been premature. She tells them to buy their own drinks, and jets. Sasha tells Michael, she almost feels sorry for Obrecht. Almost. Michael says Obrecht would bake Hansel and Gretel into a pie if she could. Sasha says when Obrecht realized they had the same goal – namely Nina’s happiness – she literally became Sasha’s partner in crime. Michael says he’s curious. Sasha said the sample came from Valentin. Where did Valentin get them?    

He says they couldn’t have come from Nina, or it would have been an exact match. Sasha says she has no idea where Valentin got them; she just followed instructions. Chase and Willow approach their table, and Michael says they’ll talk later. Chase asks if he and Willow can join them, or is this a big date? Michael tells them to sit, and says he’ll get the drinks. Chase says he’ll go with Michael, and Willow says just a club soda for her. Sasha says, if she’s hungry, they ordered way too much food. Dive in. Willow says she’s not hungry anymore, and Sasha asks if she’s okay. Willow says, just queasy. She’s going to wash her hands. She loves playing with the kids, Wiley and Chase’s new niece Violet, but kids are geniuses at picking up germs.

Obrecht sees Brad in the alley behind the Rib. He asks why she’s still alive. She says they made an agreement, but Brad says she broke it when she told Lucas that he had a bigger secret than the lab test.

Alexis tells Neil, maybe Finn was right, and it’s a disgruntled client, or the victim of one who walked. Neil says, anyone but Kendra? She tells him, say he’s right. That means she rolled out the red carpet for someone who wanted her dead. She wonders what that says about her. That she’s gullible? Clueless? Maybe stupid? He says she’s blaming the victim, and she should know better.

Finn asks what Anna is making for dinner, and she says she has ice cream. He thinks there are other courses they need to worry about, and she says she did stock the pantry with anything she thought a child would like. She has organic tater tots, and Finn asks if he has to share them with Violet. Anna says he can have anything he wants. He thanks her for accepting Violet into their lives, and she says she’s happy to be part of his journey through fatherhood. He says it looks like one of those ancient maps that says, beyond this point, there might be dragons. She says there’s nowhere else she’d rather be, and he asks how he got so lucky. She says she asks herself that all the time; how did he get so lucky? He kisses her, and Violet sings, Daddy and Anna sitting in a tree – K-I-S-S-I-N-G.  

Valentin tells Martin, if the codicil is real, than Spencer stands to inherit everything. He would expect Laura to be involved, but not Jax and Hayden. Martin says, the infamous daughter of Raymond Berlin, and Valentin asks if he knows her. Martin says she reminds him of someone in another life altogether. (BA-DUM-CHH! Another nod to All My Children.) Valentin says they’ll regret it. The important thing is he stands to lose his inheritance to a teenager; a spoiled prince, fixated on the notion that Valentin murdered his father. Martin says, did he? and reminds Valentin of attorney/client privilege.

Nikolas says he remembers how Hayden cared for Spencer. She says she still does, and he says she must be a wonderful mother. Taking Violet with her will put Violet at risk. Anna and Finn will keep her safe, and right now, it’s the best place for her. Hayden says she can’t just leave Violet, and he asks if she thinks he wanted to leave Spencer. He wants to let his son know he’s alive, but he can’t put Spencer in danger. They knew what they were getting into had risks. She says, leaving her child… and he says he knows how hard it is. It’s been years for him. For her, it might just take weeks. She says she can’t leave Violet. Nikolas says he can’t tell her what to do – he never could – but knowing Spencer is safe is the one thing that makes it bearable. They sacrifice for their kids, even if it means removing themselves from their world. It’s the best way to protect Violet. Give up the joy of being with her right now.

Alexis asks if Neil didn’t fire her as a patient. He says, which time? and she says, touché. He says, patients usually deflect to avoid responsibility. She wants to shoulder it. She says she’s done it before; let someone in her life, no questions asked. It appears she may have done it again.

In the ladies room, Willow pats water on her neck. Sasha comes in, and asks if she’s okay. She was getting worried. Willow thanks her, and says she’s fine. Sasha checks the stall, and says they’re alone. So, club soda? Queasiness? Maybe it’s not her place, but is Willow…? Willow says, don’t say it out loud. She doesn’t know, but she’s late.

Chase tells Michael that they were with the kids all day; Willow is probably exhausted. They had a great time, but he can tell it took a lot out of her. Michael asks how Finn has taken to fatherhood, and Chase says, super well. He never thought of Finn as dad materiel, but he’s a changed man. Michael says, kids will do that to you.

Brad tells Obrecht that his husband is threatening to leave him. All he’s done is protect Lucas. Obrecht says, even after Brad tried to kill her? He says his husband is barely speaking to him. He loves Lucas and Wiley so much. He wants them to be closer, but he’s losing Lucas, and being pulled in different directions. He starts to cry.

Lucas tells Brook that he and Brad hit a rough patch. He loves Brad, but Brad’s not being honest about what he’s saying. Protect their family from what? Brad can’t tell him, but they’re supposed to be partners. Brook asks what he’s going to do, and he says bury himself in work. He’s on the schedule tomorrow. She says, tomorrow is Thanksgiving. He should be with family. He has to be with family.

Valentin tells Martin, when he and Nina are married, Charlotte will have the family she always wanted; what they’ve both wanted. Like Martin cares. He’s too close to lose now. Martin admires Valentin’s determination. Valentin says, if he tells Martin, money is no object, is he willing to step outside legal boundaries, into a grey area? Martin says Grey is his last name. What does Valentin have in mind? Valentin wants eyes on Spencer. He wants to know where is, and what he’s doing. Martin says, why? If the others find the codicil before Valentin does, what happens to the boy?

Hayden shows up at Anna’s, and Anna says she thought they had Violet until tomorrow. Hayden says they do, and tells Violet, the sleepover is still on. She just thought Violet might want her blanket and a few other things that she loves. Finn says, it’s nice of her, but Violet could have gone a night without them. Hayden says, she could have, but why should she? No one should have to go without the things they love. Violet shows Hayden her gift, and says she drew Hayden a picture. Finn tells Hayden that he understands what she’s feeling. She’s not there because Violet needed her things. She’s there because she really misses Violet.

Neil tells Alexis, he doesn’t see why she needed to fix her life in the first place. She says she wanted it back on track, and he says, it was on track. She was making progress, and even managed to trust herself to try and have fun at Drag Bingo. Alexis says, it’s good to try, and he asks why not trust herself now? She has beauty, brains, a sense of humor, and an endearing personality. She says, it’s been a rough week. She could use a boost. He says he hopes she realizes she can say those things to herself instead of hearing it from someone else.

Brook tells Lucas, Thanksgiving is the one holiday not fraught with impossible expectations. It’s just turkey, football, and gratitude. Despite his marital troubles, he can still care about his family. If not Brad, Wiley. He says, it’s not that simple, and she says look at her.

Obrecht asks what Brad is doing; stop blubbering this instant. Brad says Lucas can’t know; he’s going to lose Lucas. Obrecht doesn’t quite put her arms around him, and pats his shoulder. She says, pat, pat, pat. That’s enough consolation. Man up. He made his bed, he has to lie in it, and continue to lie. He has to be strong. They both must. It’s the only way to get through this. She walks away.

Michael tells Chase, when Nelle told him that she was pregnant, he was blindsided. The relationship was already toxic by then, but he loved the idea of being a father so much, he kept his eyes on the prize. He asks if Chase has ever thought about being a father.

Willow tells Sasha, she can’t be pregnant. They’ve been careful. Sasha asks how late she is, but Willow isn’t sure. She noticed a few days ago. She’s been so busy; she may have forgotten to take her pill a few times. Sasha says she has to tell Chase. They’re a serous couple, and need to talk about what they want for the future. Willow says what if she doesn’t know what she wants. Sasha says, then they’ll figure it out together. Just be honest with him.

Martin tells Valentin, when he said grey area, it was a euphemism for… How far to the dark side does he want to go? Valentin says he’s not killing the kid, if that’s what Martin is worried about. He has to admit it’s a fair question, but he wants his great nephew happy and healthy.

Hayden says she brought Violet’s favorite book; she likes a story at bedtime. Finn says he got Eloise for Violet, and Anna says she found Robin’s old books. Hayden says, sometimes Violet gets picky, so she brought a few. Finn says it looks like a whole library, and Hayden says she brought some extra toys and clothes, and detangler; be careful brushing Violet’s hair. Finn says Hayden is only a phone call away, but Hayden says she wanted to make sure Violet felt at home. She hopes it wasn’t presumptuous. Finn says, it’s perfect. She thanks him, and asks if she can have a moment to say goodnight. Anna says they have to finish making dinner anyway, and they go to the kitchen. Hayden goes to Violet, and asks what she’s working on. Violet says she’s making a drawing, and Hayden says she’s sorry to interrupt, but can she get a hug? She holds Violet.

Valentin tells Martin, if the day ever comes that Laura announces all his worldly possessions belong to Spencer, he needs leverage. She’s convinced he’s cold-blooded. He just needs her knowing that he knows where Spencer is at any given time. She won’t risk her grandson. Is Martin in? Martin says he’ll get eyes on Spencer right away. They clink glasses, Martin downs his drink, and leaves.

Alexis puts on some makeup, and Neil says, she looks better already. She says, it’s amazing what a little concealer, bronzer, and lip gloss can do. She was about to text Molly. He says he stopped by the lab, and she asks if he found out what Kendra was adamant about having her take. Cyanide? Hemlock? He says, gingko biloba.

Brook tells Lucas, if she can put herself out there, and try to mend fences, can’t he? He says he already got put on the schedule; he can’t back down. She says he needs to put aside the business of saving everyone else’s lives, and save his family instead.

On the phone, Brad leaves a message. He says he thought they might be too busy to answer since they got their medical license back. Congratulations. And happy Thanksgiving, in case he doesn’t get a chance to call tomorrow. I miss you, Britt.

Chase says Michael doesn’t shy away from tough questions. Michael says he didn’t mean to pry, but that’s what friends are for. Chase says, Willow definitely wants kids. As for him… Sasha and Willow come back, and Chase says they thought they’d lost them to better prospects. Willow says, there aren’t any. Chase wants to show them pictures of Violet, so they can marvel at the resemblance between Violet and her favorite uncle.

Valentin calls Hayden. She looks at the phone, and Violet asks, who is it? She says, nobody she wants to talk to. She wants to take a picture. Violet puts her arms around Hayden, and she snaps a photo. She says, perfect. Just like Violet. She wants to make sure Violet knows how much mommy loves her. All the way to the sky and back, a million times over, forever. Violet says she loves Hayden all that, plus one. Hayden says, daddy is a really good man. He’ll take good care of her. She wants Violet to remember, even when she’s not there, mommy loves her more than anything and everything. Never forget that. She tells Violet that she can draw now, and tries not to cry. She puts an envelope in Violet’s backpack (I think). Finn asks if everything is okay, and Hayden says she’s good. He says, about tomorrow. Would she mind picking Violet up in the afternoon? He’d like to spend the morning with her. She says, sure; that’s perfect. He promises with every ounce of his being that he’ll take care of Violet. She says she knows. She leaves, and cries on the porch.

On the pier, the guy comes back, and grabs Nikolas. Nikolas tells him, knock it off. The guy asks how he did, and Nikolas says, he was a great success. He terrified a woman half his size. Mission accomplished. The guy says it was Nikolas’s idea, and Nikolas says, it was necessary; not for fun. The guy says he did it for the money. Now how about his bonus? Nikolas shoves an envelope at him, and says, take it and go. The guy walks.

Next time, Kendra asks what Alexis isn’t telling her, Andre tells Franco it’s not too late to change his mind, and Julian says he’s been given no choice.

The guide shows GH as being a new show tomorrow, but if it is, I probably won’t be able to recap until Friday, if at all. I’ll at least post the highlights. On Friday, ABC will be airing football. The traditional program that accompanies the after-dinner coma.

🍹 A Quick Look…

At The Real Housewives of New Jersey, which I’m only peripherally watching. Marge has to sell her property because she settled a $12 million lawsuit for $300K. I couldn’t figure that one out, but I guess she has a lot of bills to pay. She and Joe #3 also own the property next door, and since she was whining about having to sell, I wondered why she didn’t just subdivide. Melissa and Joe #2 were investigating having another baby in vitro. Melissa felt it was now or never. Jackie had a birthday party for one of her kids, and I appreciated her viewpoint. She said all kids needed for a party was, friends, pizza, and cake. The priority was that the kids have fun. Ever the competitor, that wasn’t enough for Jennifer, who said in her interview, her party would win in a popularity contest, and Jackie’s party was just like a playdate at her house. Ugh. I also continue to mix up Jackie and Jennifer, who I think should switch names. Jackie felt Teresa was bullying her – a term which seems to have a pretty loose meaning on these shows – and Teresa said Jackie was bullying her because she’d said something Teresa didn’t like, which goes way past a loose definition. The women went to Jamaica, where Jennifer separated Jackie and Marge in a hotel room away from the rest of the group. Or as Marge described it – they were in the servants’ quarters, and the others were in a mansion. To be fair, we’re talking really nice servants’ quarters, but they had to hike to where everyone else was. Jennifer couldn’t see why there was a complaint, since she’s Jennifer. Marge made an off-hand remark about Teresa liking them over 21, that Teresa let pass, but no doubt we’ll go back to it until the Apocalypse. I’m starting to resent any Housewives going on these glorious trips that they waste by being petty and fighting. Melissa was happy they got through a dinner that they actually ate, but next time, the Marge pisses Teresa off, so I’m sure there will be fireworks. And not the kind in the sky.

🍜 It’s Still About the Pasta…

I actually never questioned what it was about, which was James being out-of-his-mind drunk.

🍸 No Surprise Here…

They do drink an awful lot on Flipping Out.

🎬 Let the Holiday Viewing Commence…

I’m just going to say it. People are offended too easily these days. While I can agree with some points made in this article, it goes a bit too far to say the Siamese cats in Lady and the Tramp are drawn in stereotypically Asian fashion. They’re drawn like Siamese cats, and if that’s stereotypically Asian, blame the cats. Or God for making the cats. Where does it end?

🎆 From the Parade’s Mouth…

All you need to know. The best thing you need to know is, don’t have FOMO over not being there. I’ve gone twice, and you’re better off seeing it on TV. The second time wasn’t so bad. I worked in an office over the parade route, and they served bagels and mimosas. If you can snag one of those invites, go for it. For the regular parade goer, it’s a nightmare. I had to get there at 6 am, I froze my everything off, and I thought I would never get warm again. If that wasn’t enough, the balloons are scary hanging over your head, and you can see where they’ve been patched and stuff. They’re not as pretty as on TV. And you can see the obvious lip-syncing by the musical artists. Seriously. Stay where you’re comfy and warm, and can get a sandwich or go to  the bathroom.


🍗 Have a Happy Thanksgiving…

My film recommendation every year is the same – Henry Jaglom’s Eating. It has a dual storyline, the plot revolving around a birthday party for three women – one thirty, one forty, and one fifty – and a woman making a documentary about women and food at the same party. It’s a hidden gem and fabulous. Every woman should watch it, as well as all the men who would like to know women better.