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May 28, 2020 – Nurse’s Ball 2015, Look Out Newport, New Interpretations, a Hiatus, a Break-Up, Gordon Speaks & Keep Going

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Today’s GH Nurse’s Ball flashback was from May 1st, 2015. Britt and Brad watched the red carpet from home while eating ice cream out of the container. Patrick was with Sam, Hayden showed up with Drew (at the time, Jake Doe), and Michael was with Sabrina. Duke was back from the dead, and Anna showed up with who-the-hell-is-that-guy? Felix arrived with Lucas, but told the interviewer that it wasn’t a love match; he was still single and Lucas was very much in love with someone else. Spinelli accompanied Maxie, and Nathan came with adorkable Ellie. Spinelli accidently tripped Maxie, causing a near nip slip, which Brad and Britt put on heavy replay. Old Nikolas, old Jordan with Shawn, and Dante were there, Nikolas bringing Valerie.

Burned in a fire accidentally started by Cameron, Spencer also spent the night at home, wearing a Phantom mask. Seeing Emma with Cameron on the red carpet, Spencer said, what the fudge? but Britt showed up like a fairy godmother to take him to the Ball to claim his ladylove. Carly had a plan to get Ric run out of town, but told Ric she wanted to put their differences aside, wishing him all the happiness he deserved. This time Aveeno got the plugs, and Obrecht crashed the end of the opening number with 99 Luftballons. After Carly outed Ric and Elizabeth for lying to Jake Doe about who he really was, Brad bailed out the ball with, I Want to Marry You, and a proposal to Lucas. Ending the episode, Elizabeth finally told Jake Doe that he was really Jason. Which he ended up not being, but we didn’t know that then.

The Real Housewives of New York City

We ended last week with a three-way hug between Ramona, Dorinda, and Sonja. We’ll see how long that lasts.

Everyone packs for Newport, Rhode Island. Sonja packs her hormones, telling assistant Matthew that they keep her nice and friendly. In Ramona’s interview, she says, Newport is a chichi place with a lot of atmosphere; like South Hampton, but tinier. Dorinda supervises the work on Bluestone Manor, as they’ve starting doing external stuff like painting.

The women – minus Dorinda who’s going separately – meet at the limo, and LuAnn calls Tinsley a child for bringing her own pillow. I think a lot of people bring their own pillows on trips. In Tinsley’s interview, she says the Newport she knows is Palm Beach as well. Whatever that means. Her mom has a place there, and the people from Palm Beach go to Newport in the summer. Leah tells Ramona that she looks twenty-five, and LuAnn tells her, compliments will get her everywhere. Ramona says they’ll have lunch when they get there, and tonight she’s having a lobster clambake. Wouldn’t that be a lobsterbake? She says, Dorinda has been edgy, and LuAnn says it was the anniversary of Richard’s death, and then it was his birthday. She’s been bitchy to everyone. Ramona says they have to show they care for her. She’s probably there already.

Yes she is. Dorinda checks into the Castle Hill Inn, telling the woman at the desk, she used to stay there with her late husband. In the limo, Leah whines, are we there yet? but it’s another two hours. Elyse says she had a humbling moment. She was passing some construction workers, who started yelling that she was beautiful. She turned around, and realized they weren’t talking to her. There was a six-foot tall blond walking behind her. Leah talks about Pita Guy, and says they had their first intimate moment. There was heavy petting, clothed, and the next day he didn’t even text. She told him she didn’t appreciate his aloof and irreverent attitude toward her time. In her interview, she says, even after seven years of therapy, and trying to hide it, the psycho bitch came out, and he saw it. She tells the women that her sister is a new mom with a seven-month old baby, and she’d like to invite Sarah along. Ramona is like, no, and Leah suggests she relax and think about it. In Ramona’s interview, she says she knows who works off who, and it’s a tenuous rope. Bringing a new personality into an already turbulent group might be a mistake.

They reach the inn, receiving welcome drinks at the desk. Dorinda is waiting for them in what looks like an empty restaurant, and they all go out onto the terrace. The waitstaff brings out trays of food, and Ramona asks for two dozen oysters. In her interview, Tinsley says she doesn’t like fighting. She’ll be happy to get a hello, but Dorinda seems approachable. Leah insists she’s not hungry, and I’m guessing she’s in what I call drinking mode, where the last thing you want is people shoving food at you. In Leah’s interview, she says she doesn’t feel good about herself, but here we go. She says she thinks Ramona would love her sister, and Ramona agrees to including Sarah in their dinner tomorrow. Ramona tells Sonja that she doesn’t want Sarah to come, but Leah talked her into it. Ramona decides they should take a vote, but Leah tells her, she already said yes. Plus, Ramona invited Elyse. Elyse says, don’t even talk to her, and in her interview, says she’s known the women for twenty years. Sonja says, guests can’t invite guests, reminding me of Jessie from NYC Prep giving one of the best quotes ever – guests of guests don’t bring guests. Leah says she’d already asked. In Sonja’s interview, she says the trip was meant for their clique of girls, and it should have been discussed among them. Ramona says she doesn’t want Sarah to come, and Leah says she’s being rude. In Dorinda’s interview, she says she thinks it’s important. Leah is in a new group, and she’s a single mom. Maybe she wants to hang around with her sister. Who cares? Leah tells Ramona, Dorinda and Tinsley said yes. What about LuAnn? LuAnn asks what do they care? and Leah says, it’s agreed. She appreciates it. Ramona says she looks forward to meeting Sarah.

They go to where they’ll be staying; cottage type rooms with terraces and gorgeous views. Dorinda tells the attendant unless he wants to be privy to something scary, she suggests he leave. He wisely takes her advice. Sonja says, the sea air feels good, and tells LuAnn, maybe they’ll get their mojo back. Leah calls Sarah, and tells her that she can come. Ramona tells Sonja, if she likes Sarah, she’ll be happy to have her.

Ramona wonders how Leah got her to say okay, and Sonja says she felt pressured. No one gets a plus-one. In Sonja’s interview, she says Ramona should have thought first. This is what she does; she says yes, then rescinds the invite. Ramona says she’s going to tell Leah tonight that her sister can’t come. In her interview, Ramona grumbles that Leah pressured her like a little girl. The dynamic won’t be good. Drinking like a fish already, Leah goes to Tinsley’s room. In Tinsley’s interview, she says she thinks she’s in for a fun time with Leah, but hopes Leah doesn’t get her naked like in the Hamptons. Leah tells Tinsley, in Newport, they don’t burp, or even pee. They head out to meet the other women for dinner.

In her interview, Tinsley says she hopes Leah doesn’t go off the deep end. Dorinda asks what Leah’s been doing while she was taking a nap all afternoon, and Leah says she started early. Ramona directs them to her clambake, down a path lit with white lights, to a table flanked with sheer drapes. Lagging behind, Leah tells Tinsley, it’s a judgement free zone, and Ramona passes out crowns, saying, they’re all princesses. LuAnn says that reminds her of Feeling Jovani, where she sings about a crown, and everyone is like, all right already. LuAnn tells Ramona, she doesn’t understand. She’d thought the more the merrier, but after reflection, Leah should have asked beforehand. In LuAnn’s interview, she says, when she thought about it, it was kind of rude asking at the last minute. Leah should have given more of a heads up. Ramona tells her, she should have said she’d love to meet Sarah another time. Tinsley and Leah finally catch up, and Tinsley screeches over the crown.

There’s a bar and a small outdoor seating area where the women have a cocktail before dinner. Dorinda and Leah want more vodka in theirs, and Ramona tries to stop Leah. In Leah’s interview, she says Ramona barely knows her, and wants to monitor her in a way she doesn’t monitor herself. Dorinda tells Ramona to leave Leah alone, and Leah says it’s her vacation; she’ll do what she wants. Leah asks the bartender for two shots, while Ramona frets, and mumbles something about Leah being a recovering alcoholic. Tinsley says Leah chose not to drink, and there’s a difference. Leah’s not a recovering alcoholic. Dorinda says they’re in a safe environment, like anywhere around this bunch is a safe environment. She tells Ramona, don’t be quick to judge. In Ramona’s interview, she says, Leah is overconsuming too quickly. What? Leah asks what Ramona is saying behind her back, and Tinsley says she told Ramona that Leah isn’t an alcoholic. Ramona says Leah stopped drinking for seven years. Leah says, it was nine, and while Ramona is her surrogate mother, and she respects that, Ramona doesn’t have to worry. In her interview, Leah says she’s feeling suffocated, and she’s worried if she’s not in Ramona’s good graces, Ramona will blow up.

They sit at a beautiful table, white everything, with white flowers down the middle. Tinsley and Sonja talk on the side. Ramona tells Sonja that she doesn’t want to say anything about Leah’s sister. In Sonja’s interview, she says she understands that Leah’s drinking makes her feel more confident. She’s an unconventional girl in a conventional town. But the strategy isn’t working. Leah sits on Sonja’s lap, and asks Tinsley if she’s going to get thrown out of Rhode Island. She’s having more fun than she’s had in an effing month and a half. In Ramona’s interview, she says she thought Sonja would have her back, but now Sonja is frolicking around, playing with Leah, and encouraging her to act this way. Ramona tells Leah to sit in her seat, and Leah says she’s rude. Leah finally sits, and says, sorry. She didn’t mean to make Ramona uncomfortable. In LuAnn’s interview, she says Leah wants to hang with the girls, but it’s been a while, and she can’t drink as much as she used to. Leah apologizes, calling Ramona mom. LuAnn says, stop freaking her out. While this is going on, Tinsley apologizes to Dorinda. Then Sonja chases Leah around the table. Ramona decides she’s going to tell Leah, because now is definitely the time. Dorinda tells Tinsley that she has so much to give. Dorinda is tough, so she was just trying to toughen Tinsley up.

This is the weirdest scene ever. While Dorinda and Tinsley talk quietly, chaos goes on next to the table. Sonja has now grabbed Leah, who falls to the ground, yelling that she doesn’t want to go on the Morgan yacht. Leah rolls around, and has lost one shoe somewhere. Sonja says Ramona has something to tell her, and Leah says she doesn’t want to go on the yacht. Ramona says she’d love to meet Leah’s sister, but at another time. Leah says, don’t go there, and Ramona says, she’s not coming. I swear, I’d just walk off this show. The paycheck can’t possibly be worth it. Dorinda tells Tinsley, maybe she was wrong. It’s Tinsley’s life, not hers. Ramona says they’ll have a cocktails and conversations party and invite Sarah, and Leah says Sarah is already on her way. Tinsley hugs Dorinda, who suggests they have a reset. In Dorinda’s interview, she says she feels like she’s in Groundhog Day, and she just wants to watch Leah destroy the place. In LuAnn’s interview, she says, bad timing on Ramona’s part. Leah is already bonkers. In Ramona’s interview, she says she didn’t expect a reaction like this. No one was murdered. Leah says she wants to talk to Ramona, but Ramona won’t talk. She says Leah is a little out of control, and Leah says, like no one in the group has been before. Elyse tries hug Leah, but Leah says, get off me. She walks over to the drapes, and pulls at them, and I fully expect the whole thing to come down, but it’s barely disturbed. In Dorinda’s interview, she says she was known as the gangster with blue eyes, but Leah is out of control.

Ramona takes Leah, who has moved on to the crying phase, away from the group. Ramona tells her to pretend like it’s yoga. Breathe in and out. LuAnn thinks Leah was rude to ask if she could invite her sister, and Sonja says Ramona was put on the spot. In Elyse’s interview, she says Leah is taking it personally instead of taking the opportunity to get to know the girls on a deeper level. Asking to bring her sister was a bad idea. Tinsley says, Leah can handle herself, but LuAnn says, clearly she can’t. Dorinda says, Leah’s not used to drinking, and LuAnn says, neither is she. Have they ever seen her behave that way? Yes. We have, and we do again, flashing back to LuAnn falling in that bush, and another clip of her just falling. In her interview, Leah says she’s done crazy in the past. She’s new to the group, and they’re not used to her kind of crazy. Ramona tells Leah that she doesn’t want to change the dynamic. Leah says she’s not staying if her sister isn’t allowed to come. Sonja says she can’t invite someone at the last minute, and Leah says, too late. Ramona can’t say yes, then no. Sonja says, they’ve got her. Sonja joins Tinsley and Dorinda in a hug, and Leah cries some more. LuAnn tells her, these bitches aren’t worth crying for. Sonja tells Ramona, it’s making her upset to see Leah upset. Let her bring her sister. They’re going to push her over the brink. Ramona tells Leah, her sister is welcome, and she’s sorry. In her interview, Ramona says Leah is new to the group, and loves her sister; maybe she’s being ridiculous. She apologizes to Leah again, and hugs her, telling her to stop crying. Ramona says she can be a control freak, but realized it mean a lot to Leah. She had to overlook her own feelings and change her mind.

In the morning, LuAnn does stretches on the terrace. Dorinda goes down to the beach, saying, waves, speak to me. She calls Leah, and asks how it’s going. Leah says she’s alive. In Dorinda’s interview, she says she knows how Leah woke up; the guilt, fear, and embarrassment. All those wonderful things that happen after a night of drinking and losing your sh*t. She’s been there. The Inn hasn’t been burned down; she’s good. Leah says she feels great, and Dorinda says Leah is her kind of girl. She asks if Leah got clarity, and Leah says she found her own clarity; her sister is coming. In her interview, Leah says she didn’t come on the trip in the best state of mind. She doesn’t remember what happened, but she feels like she released a lot of energy. Whatever happened was therapeutic. I like Leah, but it’s pretty selfish to intrude on everyone else’s time with your therapeutic insanity. She really shouldn’t drink. It’s not a good look for her.

Sonja tells Ramona, she feels great. Ramona marvels at Sonja being able to drink up a storm, and wake up fresh as a daisy. Elyse comes by, and says, they’re not dressed yet. Ramona says they like to lounge in the morning. Elyse asks how Ramona is feeling, and Ramona says she knows Leah was a little out of control. Elyse says Leah needed an exorcism. She thought Leah was wrong to ask her sister to come; however, once Ramona said yes, she shouldn’t have rescinded it. In her interview, Ramona says, she likes Leah, but Leah has two sides. The crazy side, and the regular side. She likes the regular side. Save the crazy side for your other young friends. She says, maybe Leah’s sister will be a good influence on her. She tells Elyse that they’re going shopping in town. They can work off what they ate.

The women reconvene, and Elyse asks how Leah is feeling. Leah says, good, and Elyse asks if she’s not hungover. Leah says she’s not, and Elyse says, that’s weird; she’s assuming Leah was wasted. Leah says, that’s the way she is, although alcohol fueled it. That’s how she wants to be all the time. Elyse says, and she wonders why guys think she’s a crazy chick. Ouch. In her interview, Dorinda says, who cares? No one should be judged by one night. Look at the whole group. Ramona asks how Leah is feeling, and Leah says, great. That’s actually a theory I have. Many alcoholics don’t seem to get hangovers. Ramona asks if Leah remembers what happened, and Leah says, of course she does. Bring it on. In Leah’s interview, she says, she doesn’t really want to be like that all the time, but she saw how the women were at the orchard – we flash back to the lunacy at lunch and in the corn maze – and the Hamptons. She thought she was allowed to chug ten martinis and lose her mind.

Leah, Dorinda, and Tinsley take one limo; while Ramona, Elyse, and LuAnn take another. Leah asks if they can believe what Elyse said, and Dorinda says, Elyse isn’t the one who should be giving out relationship advice. Ramona wonders why Dorinda is defending Leah, and Elyse says, Dorinda will give out advice, but everyone else better not. She does an impression of Dorinda calling Tinsley a superficial slut, and then yelling at Ramona not to judge Tinsley. I have to admit, it’s pretty spot-on.

Leah says Elyse was hard on her, but Elyse says she’s Leah’s biggest fan when Leah does normal. Leah says she’d never do that in front of her child, and Elyse asks what if she ends up with a mini me? What kind of message is she sending her daughter? Leah says she can do and say whatever she wants, and effity-eff-eff-effs her way out the door. Outside, she tells Dorinda that she and Elyse haven’t had enough interaction to make it appropriate for Elyse to be in her business. Elyse comes out, and Leah says, her daughter is twelve, and Elyse is asking how she’d feel if her daughter gets wasted? Don’t bring up her kid. Elyse promises not to go there, and Leah says, don’t talk about her daughter. Elyse says, that’s fair, and Dorinda asks why Elyse is in Leah’s business so much.

Dorinda says Elyse thinks she’s some great psychiatrist, prowling around, waiting for someone to make a mistake. In Sonja’s interview, she says she knows Elyse was just trying to be helpful. She suggests instead of breaking bread, they all break Bloody Marys. Dorinda toasts to being judgement free. Ramona says she won’t be embarrassed in Newport, and Dorinda asks what about the rest of the states? In Dorinda’s interview, she says, Leah is twenty years younger; give her a break. They should be guiding, not chastising her. Dorinda says, be inclusive, and Ramona says Dorinda is enabling Leah. Sonja thinks Leah should apologize, and Leah says she’s the first person to say she’s sorry, and take accountability. She got drunk, and enjoyed herself, but she’s sorry. Ramona says it was atrocious behavior, and upsetting to her. In her interview, Leah says, going into Newport, she was angry at herself, but instead of getting support, she got jerked around about her sister coming. Anything she does is wrong to these women. Leah says she thinks she triggered something in Ramona about her past, and it kills her. She tears up. Ramona says she’s blocked it out, and in LuAnn’s interview, she says, that’s a crock of sh*t. Ramona has been coming down hard on Leah, when Ramona is no angel. LuAnn tells Ramon that she’s making Leah feel bad for no reason. Ramona says they don’t know how she feels. In her interview, she says Dorinda and LuAnn grew up in loving homes, while hers was a war zone. She read books, and blanked out her dad and brother’s alcoholic rages. She tells Leah that her intention isn’t to make Leah feel bad. She really likes Leah, and doesn’t want to not like her. Leah says she is who she is, but Ramona says she doesn’t like that behavior. Maybe Leah can curb it; they’ll see. To be continued…

Next time, Dorinda wants to be left alone, Leah throws ravioli at Ramona, and Dorinda and Tinsley are back to arguing.

👩🏼‍🍳 On Top Chef, Karen unpacked her knives to go against Kevin in Last Chance Kitchen. Winner Kevin picked three chefs to go head to head with, and won against Brian full of Malarkey, the other white Bryan, and Gregory. This put Kevin back into the game. Award winning chef, and pioneer of California cuisine, Jonathan Waxman was the guest judge, and for the Quickfire challenge, the chefs were to create a two-course business class dish for an airline. They had to use ingredients found year round, and make the meal to airline tray specifications. Everyone made fabulous meals, but Brian full of Malarkey forgot you don’t get a steak knife on an airplane, making his entrée difficult to eat. Melissa was the winner, for which she’d get an advantage in the elimination challenge. I don’t know if these advantages are some kind of secret or I keep missing them somehow, but I have no clue what it was. Five chefs would be continuing on to the finale in Tuscany, courtesy American Airlines. For the final elimination challenge, they were to produce a dish inspired by Michael’s in Santa Monica, a restaurant owned by another California cuisine pioneer, Michael McCarty. Jonathan was his first chef, and the restaurant was celebrating its 40th anniversary. The chefs were to meet with Michael, and taste his signature dishes, which would serve as an inspiration. They would literally be serving Mike, Jonathan, and alumni from the restaurant.

Melissa was allowed first choice, and picked quail. For Kevin, it was duck; Stephanie, scallops with angel hair pasta; Bryan, lamb; Gregory, monkfish; and Brian full of Malarkey, veal. The idea was to take the dish, modernize it, and give it their own spin, yet keep an homage to the original. The highlight was when half of Brian full of Malarkey’s dishes went to another table, totally throwing him off his game. He stumbled through the long, stupid story that went with his creation, and was annoyed because he’d wanted the food to be eaten in a certain order. When everything had been tasted, Mike said they all took his dishes up to the next level, and Padma thanked them for glorious meal.

Melissa had her best night ever, winning immunity as well. Gail said there was nothing any of them would have changed, which was high praise. Mike told Stephanie that she was right there, and the race was close. Bryan and Kevin were also in, leaving Gregory and Brian full of Malarkey on the bottom. Malarkey said he’d had a great ride, and Padma asked if he was quitting. In his interview, Gregory said, Top Chef messes with you, and thought it was getting to Malarkey. He wanted to win because he deserved it, not because the other chef quit. Gail assured Malarkey that their judgement had nothing to do with the screw-up of his food going to another table. Malarkey said he was upset with the process, since his dishes hadn’t been eaten right. Everyone was like, what? and Gail said he can’t control the food once it leaves his hands. Tom told him that the duo on the plate didn’t talk to each other; there was a distinct clash. Which basically meant the two things he made didn’t go together. Jonathan said it didn’t evoke what Malarkey had babbled talked about. He told Gregory he’d been expecting more, and Padma said there wasn’t enough richness in Gregory’s risotto. I told you that risotto is always trouble.

Tom said, in the end, it comes down to what’s on the plate, and Brian full of Malarkey was told to pack his knives and go. Yay! In his interview, he said he didn’t want go out that way. He had every intention of winning, but his mind melted. He was still proud of what accomplished.

Next time, Italy, a truffle hunt, and making pasta for Italians

📺 Since Andy Cohen is on another one of his numerous vacations, Watch What Happens Live will return on Monday, June 8th. Although after suffering through much of the RHOA Reunion myself – three parts of it, no less – I can’t say he doesn’t deserve this break.

💃🏼 She’s Movin’ On…

Dorinda dishes on getting rid of the old John and chain.

https://people.com/tv/rhony-dorinda-medley-opens-up-about-split-from-john-mahdessian/

🔥 Missed Hell…

While the 24 Hours to Hell and Back ship sailed without me, you can still watch Gordon discuss it, along with his life in quarantine.

https://extratv.com/videos/wms5ccziane/?adid=extra_eme_27501_2020-05-13_features2

🌥 Lifting the Fog…

We seem to be moving closer to a new yet old normalcy, and I’m moving closer to the end of what might possibly be the longest week of my life. See you tomorrow for tea and words of wisdom. Not from me. From other people. Until then, stay safe, stay out of fights (unless it’s the good fight), and stay mostly on the straight and narrow.

January 6, 2020 – Nikolas Explains, the Captain Steps In, Returns, Past Cast, a Tease, a Transformation, Facetious Deck & Is It Something I Said?

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Before Nina can say her vows, the door bursts open. Nicolas walks in with Ava in his arms. He puts her on the couch where Jax tends to her. Laura says, oh my God, and touches his face, then hugs him.

Josslyn lights a 2020 candle, and tells Dev, happy New Year in Turkish. He says something back, but she says she only knows those two words, and he says, same to you. She gives him a gift bag, saying she learned that small presents were customary on New Year’s Day in Turkey. He says it’s cool of her, and takes something out. She says, before he asks, she didn’t buy them herself. Michael helped her. He says Michael must have done his research. A lottery ticket brings prosperity. She says, that makes sense, but explain the next one. He takes out a pair of boxers.

Cameron looks at the Christmas tree in Rice Plaza. Trina tells him, happy New Year. He mumbles something, and she asks what his problem is. At midnight, his probation officially ends, and he’ll be a free man. How does he want to celebrate?

Valentin asks Maxie and Peter to take Charlotte upstairs. Maxie tells her, it’s going to be boring grown-up stuff, and Valentin says, everything is going to be all right. Laura weeps, and says, it’s really him. Nikolas says it is, and moves on to Lulu, hugging her. She says, he’s alive, and Valentin looks at Nina. Lulu says she doesn’t understand. How is this happening? Nikolas says they have a lot to catch up on, and Lulu asks where was he? She turns to Valentin, and says Valentin was holding him prisoner. Valentin was behind this, wasn’t he?

Valentin says, no; he hasn’t been holding Nikolas captive. For three years, Lulu has been hounding him about Nikolas’s supposed murder, but he looks healthy. And Ava survived. Nikolas says, no thanks to Valentin. Valentin shot him and tried to kill Ava. Valentin pushed her over the edge of the parapet, but Nikolas was there to save her. Valentin says she’s drunk, and probably tripped. Nikolas says he saw Valentin. Valentin is always armed with an explanation, but not anymore. This time, there’s no way out. He loses everything.

Coming back from the skating rink, Trina says Cameron was impressive out there. He says she was too – by the third lap – but she says she fell on her face. He says, it was only once, and asks if she’s heard from Josslyn. She says Josslyn and Dev will be there at some point, and he wonders what they’re doing together. Trina tells him, admit it, and he asks, what? She says he’s totally into Josslyn, but he says he’s not. He’s known her forever. She says that doesn’t mean he can’t have feelings for her. He insists he doesn’t, and she tells him to prepare himself. Josslyn and Dev might be a thing. Dev is definitely into Josslyn, and Josslyn might be into him too.

Dev tells Josslyn, the boxers are awesome. He wants to wear them over his clothes. She says, that’s the custom in Turkey; to receive red underwear? He says, if it is, he hasn’t heard about it. Josslyn looks surprised, and he tells her that he’s kidding. It’s a New Year custom. He thanks her, and says when he was little, his parents would buy him funny red ones, saying if they laugh at midnight, they’ll laugh through the whole year. She asks if he misses them, and he says he bought her something too. He gives her a gift bag, saying, he can carry the Turkish traditions on in America. She opens a box containing a beautiful pen, and he says, for her journal. She says she loves it, and thanks him. He tells her, there’s more, and she takes out a pomegranate. He says, another Turkish ritual. If you smash a pomegranate on the threshold of your home on New Year’s Eve, you’ll have good luck. Josslyn suggests they go find a hammer.

Nikolas tells everyone, Mikkos made a codicil, and it was concealed in Helena’s portrait. Valentin says the portrait was destroyed, and Nikolas says, except it wasn’t. He has the codicil. He asks if Valentin can guess what it says, but then says he’ll do the honors. It says Valentin is disinterested. The entire Cassadine estate belongs to – wait for it – him.

Peter hands Charlotte her stuffed horse, saying, she was right. Electra was in the trophy room. Maxie says, PJs, check; teeth brushed, check. They could read her a story, but it’s so late, Charlotte must be exhausted. Charlotte asks if Peter can go downstairs to see what’s happening. Peter says he doesn’t know what’s happening, but he does know this. When he was a kid, big confusing things happened all the time around him, and he developed a bad habit of listening in. He found a really great hiding spot off the backstairs, in the hall closet. No one ever knew he was there. Looking back, he realizes that he was hearing only half of the conversations, making it much worse. Charlotte says, bad things happen, and Peter says, they do sometimes, but a lot of times, there’s nothing you can do about it. One of the best things he ever learned is that people are going to do what they’re going to do, and the best thing she can do, is let them. He knows she wants her papa and Nina to get married tonight, but whether or not that happens, he can tell her that they still love her the same, no matter what. That doesn’t mean the wedding’s not important. It means their love for her, and hers for them, is more important. He promises that everything will be better in the morning. Charlotte is already asleep, hugging Electra, which seriously chokes me up.

Valentin says Nikolas can produce any paper he likes, but he’s the rightful heir. Nikolas says, not so much, and Valentin says, it’s obviously forged. Nikolas wishes he could take credit for it, but it’s nothing he came up with. He can explain it though. The reason Mikkos amended his will to cut out Valentin is because Valentin isn’t his son. He’s Helena’s, which means he’s not a Cassadine at all. Everyone is like, wow.

Cameron and Trina sit on a bench. Cameron says he thought Trina was into Dev, and she says she was. He asks, what happened? and she says, nothing good. She tried to kiss Dev at the Halloween dance, and he gave her a polite, thanks, but no thanks. Cameron says he knows at least five people on his team who would kill to go out with her. She’s smart, cool, and funny. She thanks him, and says, but unfortunately, Dev isn’t into her. She senses he’s into Josslyn. He doesn’t talk to any other girls. Cameron says, maybe Dev is afraid he’ll slip up, and they’ll figure out who he is, but Trina doesn’t think that’s it. He says, what about Josslyn? If Dev hasn’t said anything, how does she know Dev is into her? Trina says she told Josslyn, and Cameron gets up.

Dev tells Josslyn that he had no idea the pomegranate would explode all over them. She asks if they don’t explode in Turkey, and he says he’s never actually done himself. There must be a trick to it. Josslyn says, there’s probably a how-to video online, and he says they’ll have to watch it for next year. He asks if he’s clean, but she says, no, and wipes his cheek with her hand. She asks if this means she doesn’t get good luck if they made a mess. He says, the mess has nothing to do with it. Smashing a pomegranate means she’ll be happy. He promises this year will be better for her, and she says, it already is, and she kisses him.

Josslyn asks, what’s wrong? and Dev says, nothing. She says, it’s obviously something. Was she out of line? He says, no; he just… She says he doesn’t feel that way about her, and he says he’s sorry. She says, don’t be, and he says, it’s just that… She tells him, he doesn’t need to explain. She got her signals crossed. He asks if she’s mad, and she says, no, embarrassed. He says she shouldn’t be; she’s amazing. She asks if they can not talk about it anymore, and he says Sonny and her family have been so good to him. He doesn’t want disrespect them. She says she gets it, and tells him, Cameron and Trina are waiting. I can totally get why he would want to keep his distance from her that way – she’s Sonny’s almost daughter. I’m surprised she didn’t think about that.

Cameron asks why Trina told Josslyn, and Trina says, because it’s the truth. Cameron says Dev wasn’t even on Josslyn’s radar before. Trina thinks it’s awesome, but he asks why she couldn’t have stayed out of it. She says she hates subtext; people not saying what they want because they’re scared. And Josslyn needs a number two to transition, and get her mind off Oscar. She’s not saying Josslyn is falling in love, but she’s moving on, and it’s a good thing. Dev is a nice guy. He’s not a player, and won’t hurt Josslyn. Cameron says if Trina wants to give advice, and go to college to get a degree in counseling, go for it. She says, if he wants to tell Josslyn himself that he disagrees, do that. Cameron doesn’t say anything, and she says that’s what she thought.

Valentin says, he’s Helena’s son? That’s rich, considering she hated him more than anyone. Nikolas says, that’s because he’s hers. He’s smart, evil, and calculating, and Helena was afraid of him. That’s why Mikkos wrote the codicil. He knew Valentin was a bastard, and didn’t want him to end up with the Cassadine fortune. Helena, with her endless games, made it a test for Nikolas. She had to overcome her own hatred and bitterness toward him, and look past it. Guess what? He’s a Cassadine, and Valentin isn’t. Valentin says Nikolas is spinning fairytales, and Nikolas says, they have happy endings. Lulu says, happy doesn’t cover it, but why was Valentin originally in the will? Nikolas says, it makes perfect sense, considering who his mother was. She passed him off, tricking Mikkos into taking care of him his entire life. It’s classic Helena. Valentin suggests Nikolas crawl back under whatever rock he’s been under. His mother and son fought his battles because Nikolas wasn’t man enough to face him. Now he’s made up a fake codicil. Laura says she needs to talk to Nikolas alone.

Maxie tells Peter, she can’t believe that just happened. He says, her and him both. She says she’s thrilled that Nikolas is alive, and Peter says she’s known Nikolas her whole life. Lulu must be beyond relieved. She says he sounds less than convincing, and she’s asking the same question. Where has Nikolas been? He doesn’t look like he just escaped a prison camp, wearing a nice suit. Peter agrees Nikolas’s suit is fabulous, and Maxie says Nikolas faked his death once before. Not that he’s worse than Valentin, but obviously, he’s not the sweet prince he used to be. Peter is the only person she can say that to. There’s no way she could say it to Lulu.

Nikolas tells Valentin, all of his lies are in ashes at his feet. If Valentin doesn’t believe him, ask Nina. Nikolas walks out with Lulu and Laura. Valentin says he noticed Nina isn’t surprised, and Nina says Nikolas is right. She knew.

Valentin says, now it comes together; why Nina invited these people who have no interest in watching them exchange vows. They all want her as far away from him as possible. It seemed off, but he was hoping he was wrong. Obviously, he wasn’t. You’d think he would have learned to follow his gut, not his heart, but he’ll always follow his heart when it comes to her. She’s put a lot of work into hurting him as much as possible. Is she done, or is there something she wants to say? She tosses her bouquet aside, and says she knew it was him all along. He nods and cries a little.

Maxie asks if Peter remembers a weird moment with Obrecht, and he tells her, be more specific. She says, when Obrecht brought up Valentin’s sordid history, she said something weird. She hoped Nina chose happiness. Maxie thinks Obrecht knew something was up. There’s the guest list too. Nobody there wants to see Nina marry Valentin; just the opposite. She thinks Nina invited them to watch her blow this up. She doesn’t think Nina intended to marry Valentin. Peter agrees, and she says, how awful to love someone and have them say they love you. To have them look you in the eye, and be lying about everything else. She can’t imagine anything worse, but Peter says, that’s the thing. Rotten people love too. That doesn’t mean Valentin is lying about loving Nina. Maxie says, Valentin is going to lose her, and Peter says, he knows.

Nina tells Valentin that when Sasha admitted she wasn’t Nina’s daughter, she knew he had to be responsible. She admits she loves him. She knows him, and he knows her. He’s the only person who would be able to find someone perfect enough to be her daughter, and get her and Curtis to believe it. She couldn’t figure out the DNA test, but Obrecht provided the missing piece. Obrecht says she regrets nothing, and Nina says Valentin took a swab from her mother’s corpse, then gave it to Sasha to give to Curtis, who he made sure came calling. When the test came back, he didn’t have to doctor the result, since it was from Nina and her mother. Valentin says, Nina… and she says, stop. Obrecht told her everything that she saw, and Nina believes her. All of this was a set-up; a way to ambush him, and make him understand. She can’t get through to him. If he’d told her the truth, he could have stopped all of this.

Nikolas tells Laura, Lulu, and Doc that Valentin shot him, and he flew out a window into the sea. Lulu says, thank God. Not the shooting part, but that he fell in the water. He says, it wasn’t fatal, and he started to swim. Laura says, it must have been painful, and he says, it didn’t feel great. A ship going to Pyrenees picked him up, and the crew got him medical attention. He realized how dangerous Valentin was, and knew he needed to be strong enough. He was almost fully recovered, when he found out Mikkos had amended the will, and Valentin would be inheriting everything. He couldn’t just come back and reveal that. He had to be meticulous; find a weakness, and a way to stop Valentin and reclaim what was his. He wanted to come back every day, and tell them how much he missed them. He hated what was going on. He asks Laura to tell him that she understands why had to stay away. Laura cracks him a good one across the face.

Valentin asks, may he tell Nina the truth? and she asks if he’s capable of it. He says, the truth is, he loves her. The truth is, his life is better with her in it. The truth is, on top of everything tonight, he thinks it’s just a problem he needed to fix. And the truth is, no matter what she does, no matter how badly she hurt him, she’ll never be the antagonist in his story. She’ll always be his love. And the truth might be, that no matter what he does, he might not have the skill to love her the way she wants him to. That might be the awful truth. Another truth is that he never manipulated her; not one time. She thinks Nikolas is more trustworthy than him, and Jax has obviously manipulated her since the beginning. Obrecht has known for months, and he’s the bad guy. He asks her to do something for him; one last thing. Think about who’s been using her. He walks out, and Ava says, that bastard just tried to kill her tonight. Why are they letting him walk away?

Trina tells Cameron, Josslyn just texted; they’re on their way. Cameron apologizes, and she says, for what? He says he knows she’s into Dev. It must be hard for her that Dev likes Josslyn and not her. She says she’s over it; Cameron said she can have her pick. She suggests if they’re still single when it’s time for the winter formal, they go together as friends, and he says, sounds like a plan. Dev and Josslyn arrive, and Trina asks where they’ve been. Josslyn says they got caught up at home, and they wish each other, happy New Year. Trina asks if they want to get their skate on, and Josslyn tells Cameron to show Dev where the rentals are. After they’re gone, Trina says, getting caught up at home is code for…? Josslyn says, the most mortifying moment of her life, and Trina asks, what happened? Josslyn says she kissed Dev because Trina said he was into her. Trina says, he is, and…? Josslyn says, he wasn’t.

Ava asks if Jordan isn’t hearing this. Valentin shot Nikolas, tampered with a corpse, defrauded Nina, and tried to kill her tonight. Martin says she’s a rambling drunk woman, saying, Ava’s vodka consumption earlier was quite impressive. He says, the accusation of corpse tampering, as weird as it sounds, came from Obrecht, who has a rap sheet a mile long. Obrecht says she knows what she saw, but Martin says, due diligence would be prudent here. Ava suggests he seek out somebody else for a retainer, because Valentin is going down. She tells them, there’s somewhere else she needs to be, and excuses herself. Curtis and Jordan exchange a look.

Laura says Nikolas could have come home. Spencer spent the last three years grieving. Never mind her, Lulu, and Alexis; they’re adults. Spencer is a child who has already lost so much. He let Spencer sit there and watch, while the man Spencer thought killed him, took his home and everything he loved about it. Where was Nikolas? Off plotting revenge? Really? She asks if he knows who else was plotting revenge; his son. Spencer goaded Valentin over and over; it became an obsession. Valentin came to her, and threatened that if she didn’t take care of Spencer, he would, so she put him in boarding school on another continent, because Spencer believed it was his duty to avenge his father’s death. She hates Valentin, and what he did to Nikolas and Spencer, but it pales in comparison to what Nikolas did to his own son. Spencer needed him. Spencer needed a father, and where was he? Plotting revenge for three years? How could he?

Josslyn tells Trina, it was so embarrassing. She kissed him, and he turned her down. So awkward. Trina says she knows, and Josslyn asks, when? but Cameron and Dev return. Trina says, no more probation, and Josslyn says she’s going to miss the orange vest. Trina agrees that it’s Cameron’s color. Cameron says, hilarious, and Dev says, the reflector was the best. Cameron thinks he needs new friends, but Josslyn says he’d be lost without them. He admits he would, and Trina suggests they get their skate on. They leave for the rink.

Curtis tells Jordan that he knows Ava can be a little extra, but don’t tell him that she’s falling for that lawyer and his BS.

Jax approaches Nina, and she tells him not to ask if she’s okay. He says he was going to ask if there was anything he could do to help.

Nikolas tells Laura that he’s sorry. He hated it as much as they did. Laura says she doesn’t think so. He knew they were alive; it’s not remotely the same. She says, the Halloween party. The man in the mask was him, wasn’t it? Why didn’t he reach out to her? He says he wanted to, and she says, but he didn’t. He followed Ava to the gallery, and took off his mask. Ava told her that she saw him, but she didn’t believe Ava. She thought Ava was having a nervous breakdown. Ava’s brother convinced her to commit herself when she was perfectly sane. Doesn’t he see the affect he’s had on everyone? He says, maybe what he did was wrong… She says, maybe? He says, he did it for Spencer. Laura claims she knows how dangerous Valentin is, but she doesn’t. The only way to secure the estate, and keep Spencer safe, was to take down Valentin. Laura says, it was worth anything, and he says, a temporary sacrifice. He won. It’s finally over, and now the damage can be repaired.

Maxie asks if Peter believes what he said, that everything will be better in the morning. Valentin walks in, and wakes Charlotte, telling her that they have to go right now. He picks Charlotte up, but Maxie says he’s not going anywhere. Not with her.

Jordan tells Curtis, they’ve been yanked around by a lot of people for a lot of different reasons. Clearly, a crime has been committed, and they need to bring Valentin in for questioning.

Nina tells Jax that she’s surprised how much she liked the dress. She was torn whether or not to get such a lovely dress. It turned out to be a revenge dress. It’s a pity, but he warned her. Jax says, it’s a beautiful dress, and Nina says she should change. She heads upstairs.

Laura tells Nikolas, she honestly doesn’t know what to say. He thinks she’ll eventually understand, but Laura says, right now, it feels unfathomable. Lulu says, what matters is Nikolas is home, and they’re grateful. They’ll figure out the rest later. Ava comes in and tells Nikolas, she’s sorry to cut the reunion short, but it’s time. Doc says, for what? and she says Nikolas didn’t tell them the happy news? She and Nikolas are getting married tonight. Everyone is in shock. I’m in shock that she negotiated that so quickly.

Tomorrow, Ava asks Laura to stay for the wedding, Nina just wants to get away from Windymere, Valentin punches Peter, and Anna won’t be satisfied until she gets all the answers.

Below Deck

Kevin flashes back to Justine telling him, chef to chef, he needs to go more upscale. The guests are talking about his cooking behind his back. She’s just looking out for him. Nicole and Zak are happy, but the other guests aren’t. Kevin tells her that he doesn’t need her to look after him. In his interview, Kevin says he’s pretty sure she flips burgers and takes pictures. Justine goes back to her girl crew, and says repeats what Kevin said. She tells them, If she was working on a boat, she wouldn’t want the guests not liking her food.

Ashton has a meeting with the deckhands to go over the schedule, and says they’re aiming for a 2 o’clock beach picnic. Kevin tells Courtney, Justine told him that he needs to step up his game. In Kevin’s interview, he says he works hard, and what he puts out contains a bit of him, and he takes it extremely personally. He asks Courtney if he thinks they like cream cheese in their sushi, and she reminds him that they have guests who don’t like dairy. He says, screw these people.

Simone gets drinks for the guests, and Kate tells them about the beach picnic. She asks Rhylee about the fishing trip, and tells her about Ashton going to the captain, and blaming her for going to the wrong spot. He said, since Rhylee was in charge, she should have researched it more, and it annoyed her. Kate thinks since Ashton is the head of the department, it should fall on him. In Rhylee’s interview, she says she’s not surprised Ashton threw her under the bus; she’s an easy scapegoat. She was technically leading the expedition – we see a clip of her and Ashton looking at a map – but to put the blame solely on her is infuriating.

Captain Lee tells Courtney about giving up his room to Lauren. Courtney thinks it’s weird that she accepted, but he says he doesn’t blame her for not wanting to sleep on the sofa, and she paid money for that. In the captain’s interview, he says, it’s her vacation. He couldn’t believe Jamie’s attitude, she was a spoiled brat. If he’d been the primary, he’d have told her to take what she got or got the eff off the boat. Kevin makes sushi.

The guests talk about the weather. Jamie says she’s overheated – probably from the 99 mimosas she’s had before breakfast – and goes to her room. Rhylee and Brian set up the pool, and Brian tries to find fault where there is none. She dared ask him where to place it, telling him she hasn’t been there when they did this before. In his interview, he says, when it comes to Rhylee, he tries, but she’s stubborn. We flash back to some so-called altercations, which are really a lot of nothing, and he says he doesn’t understand why it has to be that way. They put the pool in the water.

The captain advises Ashton on places to scout for the picnic. In Kate’s interview, she says she doesn’t hate Ashton, but she doesn’t respect him. She’s never had a bosun try to punch out a window in a fit of anger and rage. If she couldn’t do a job every time she worked with someone she didn’t like, she’d be unemployed. Kate tells Courtney that she’s going on ahead, and to send Simone with anything they’ve forgotten.

They unload the supplies at the beach, while the guests jump off the boat, and play in the water. Kevin asks where Katie Boo-Boo is, and Courtney says, she’s at the beach. Simone is going over with the food, which is news to Simone. In Simone’s interview, she says communication is bad on the boat, but she’s happy to do something different. Ashton says someone will have to sit next to him, and no surprise, Molly volunteers. Captain Lee tells Ashton that he’s subtle. In Ashton’s interview, he says, working on  yacht, there are always beautiful people. Molly is an absolute cracker, but he’s not going to cross the line, just possibly brush the line. He wonders if that’s a thing.

Kate tells the guests that they have sushi and salad for lunch, and Simone pours champagne. Justine tells Lauren that she just had a short conversation with Kevin, and thinks she scared him. Back on the yacht, Brian tells Ashton that Rhylee doesn’t listen. It’s her way or no way. Ashton says it frustrates him, since they have a cool vibe with Tanner. Rhylee tells Courtney about Ashton talking to the captain, and saying she should have known where fishing was legal. Brian says Rhylee comments here and there, and she’s not even lead deckhand. In Ashton’s interview, he says he can’t fault Brian for speaking to him. It’s draining, having to keep the peace. Now other crew members are saying they’re affected by it. Something has to change. Ashton asks if anyone wants to go snorkeling, but he has no takers. This is a lazy bunch.

The guests return, and are met with watermelon popsicles. Kevin goes over the evening’s menu, and Kate tells him that he’s doing a great job. Kevin wants to make ceviche, but he doesn’t get where the guests are coming from. Some want a cheese course, some don’t want cooking in Teflon pans, some are vegetarian. There are too many options; he doesn’t know where to start. For whatever reason, some of the women want to take posed photos with Ashton; Molly, who is a model, and it looks like Justine, who’s confusing me now. In his interview, he says, so far, he’s had to do a striptease and a lap dance. Now he’s doing a photo shoot with professional models. The Ashton sandwich will have good flavor. They take photos, while the captain watches from the bridge, and Nicole says, it’s like the cover of a romance novel. In his interview, Ashton says he’d expected the models to be stuck up, but they’re the kind of girls he could mix with. Brian and Courtney have a quick kiss in passing.

Rhylee tells Kate that she’s frustrated, but Kate tells her, don’t take everything so personal. Rhylee says she’s literally treated like nothing on deck, and Kate says, it’s like they want to have a girl who sucks. Abbi was bad at her job, so they were nice to her. She tells Rhylee that she’s better at her job than the rest of them. In Kate’s interview, she says, Rhylee has a temper, but works hard, and is very good at her job. If Ashton can’t manage Rhylee, she could use her in interior. She’s probably a better stew than Simone.

The guests get ready for dinner, and the captain sighs in the Sky Lounge, digging through his bags. Kate tells Tanner, G-V-O, and he responds by singing, good vibes only. Lauren tells Courtney that Jamie is in her cabin, but they don’t want to go to dinner without informing her. Courtney is it. Captain Lee gets dressed, and Courtney knocks on Jamie’s door. In Courtney’s interview, she says she doesn’t like getting involved in guest drama, but they all hate Jamie. What’s pettier than refusing to share a room, and making another guest sleep in the communal area? She tells the others that she called Jamie’s name, but there was no answer. Rhylee asks if Ashton wants to talk quietly. Captain Lee checks himself out in the mirror, and guesses it will work. It’s all he’s got.

Rhylee asks Ashton about throwing her under the bus. He says Kate told her about what he discussed with the captain. She says she constantly feels dismissed, and if he can take a second and understand what it’s like in her shoes. This is the second year she’s been dealing with this, and she’s been calm and quiet. Ashton disagrees, and wonders if it’s her insecurities. He says he’s on her side, but she says the problem is, she gets no support from him, even in this conversation, and it sucks. Ashton says maybe she should check how much of it is her insecurities, and how much is the rest of the crew. She says he’s not even listening. She’d like for him as bosun to figure out a resolution. He hasn’t even looked at her once during the conversation. He says he’s been tolerant of her, and she asks what that means. He says her attitude, her behavior, and body language. The way she does things gives off a negative vibe, and the other crew members see it. She says, it’s not her insecurities. It’s 100% the way of the vibe on the boat. He says, so it’s everyone else? and she says she told him, it’s the way of the vibe. He starts pointing at her with his finger, and she tells him not to do that. He says, the conversation is done. He’s her superior. She asks if he just dismissed her. He points his finger some more, and says the captain warned her. She tells him to quit pointing his finger at her, and he says she doesn’t give a f*** anyway. She says he’s right, and he tells her, go to bed. She says she’ll go to her quarters. I hate Ashton at this moment. He is dismissive of her, certainly isn’t like that with the dudes, and I can’t stand when someone doesn’t look at me while I’m talking. It can mean a lot of things, but regardless, it’s disrespectful. That’s his problem. He has more respect for the guys than he does for the women.

Kevin makes beautiful starter plates, and Kate calls the guests for dinner. He says, the plates are pretty, and waiting for the Gram. The captain joins the guests for dinner, and thanks them for inviting him. Kevin says, Justine will probably say there are maggots on her plate, but she declares it good. Molly says, the plating is fantastic, and Kate tells Kevin the guests are loving it. Nicole asks if Captain Lee if he ever goes to Charleston, and he says it’s one of his favorite places. She invites him to look them up when he’s there, and he says he looks forward to it. Kate serves scallops as the second course, and everyone agrees it’s great. Kate lets Kevin know the guests are super happy, and asks if he is. He ignores the question, since he’s busy charring something with a blowtorch, and Kate goes up with the dessert; crème brulee and deconstructed cheesecake. Lauran says, clearly, Justine put a fire under Kevin’s butt. Courtney makes up the Sky Lounge for the captain, who excuses himself, saying he has work to finish. Tanner asks Brian if he should make a move on Kate tomorrow, and Brian says, why not? Tanner says he’s going to roll the dice.

Rhylee tells Kate that she’s on early tomorrow, but was told to go to bed in a demeaning way. Ashton said he tolerated her, and she’s insecure. In Rhylee’s interview, she says she is who she is. She was seven when her mother married her stepfather. They moved from Alaska to Florida to open a bed and breakfast. Nobody goes on vacation to see and hear kids, who should be seen and not heard. In their case, they weren’t even seen, and would be forgotten. If she has to defend herself about something, she’ll do it, no matter what. She tells Kate, it’s humiliating. Captain Lee asks the deckhands to turn the bridge lights off. He can’t sleep with it lit up like a football field. The guests go to bed. At 4:03 am, Tanner has a nightmare, and screams his head off. Brian asks if he’s okay, and says Tanner nearly gave him a heart attack.

In her interview, Rhylee says, the situation with Ashton is not going to fix itself, but no matter what, she’s going to do her job as best she can. The captain talks to himself, saying, travel the world; it will be fun. Now he’s homeless, living out of blue bags. Tanner helps Simone wipe down the tables. In her interview, she says she’s hooked up with him and seen him naked, but wants to be mature about things working out. Ain’t no man going to distract her from her job. Ashton asks to talk to Captain Lee, who says he feels like he was rolled up in a bedsheet and beaten with baseball bat. Ashton says they have the same issues as last year. He’s tried to address Rhylee’s attitude. She works hard, but that’s only one aspect of the job. The crew has to get along. He would never speak to the captain the way Rhylee speaks to him. He’d rather do the last two charters a man down. Captain Lee says, it’s only six days. He really doesn’t want to make a radical change this late in season, but he’ll talk to her one on one. In his interview, the captain says he has two people bumping heads. That means he has to get involved, and no one will like it. It’s his responsibility to make sure things run smoothly. If you’re acting like a d*ck, I’m going to tell you. He radios Rhylee, and asks her to see him in his new office.

The captain tells Rhylee to have a seat. He says she and Ashton have a bit of an issue, and Rhylee says Aston told her that he tolerates her, whether he wants her there or not. It’s a totally different dynamic than with the guys and their banter. On deck, Tanner tells Brian there’s built up negative energy, and they compare Rhylee to cancer. Rhylee says she offers her opinions and tries to help, and Captain Lee says, sometimes when she offers an opinion, it comes off as criticizing people. People in general often don’t see how the way they express themselves is taken. He’s not saying it’s a one-way street. That’s where he thinks the real issue lies. They should confront problems head on, not run away from them. He’s going to talk to other members of the crew, and see what they think is going on. In Rhylee’s interview, she says, it’s a scary situation. If he’s going to talk to everybody, their opinions will be bias, and against her.

At breakfast, Zak asks Simone if they’re serving real maple syrup from Canada. (I’ll let it go that most people would think Vermont first.) She says she doesn’t know if it’s from Canada, but it’s the real deal. He says he doesn’t care where it’s from, as long as it’s not corn syrup. I can’t say as I blame him there; that stuff is crap. Simone assures him it’s not corn syrup, and brings in muffins. Captain Lee calls Tanner and Brian to the bridge. He says he’s going to ask them some questions, and he’s not interested in bullsh*t; he wants the truth. Ashton and Rhylee are going at it like a burlap bag of bobcats trying to get loose. Give him the skinny about what’s going on. Tanner says, it’s tense, and Rhylee doesn’t make it easy. Brian thinks she’s not right for the crew. She doesn’t like to listen, has a temper, and she’s disrespectful. Tanner says she’s difficult, and Brian says she’s mean and doesn’t respect any of them. Tanner says, it builds up until it explodes. The captain asks if they can’t tolerate it for another six days, but Brian says he’d rather deal with the last two charters a man down. Tanner says the energy transfers like a cancer. Captain Lee thanks them for their candor. He doesn’t know what he’s going to do, but he has to do something.

Zak tells the other guests that his bedroom smells a little funky, and it’s not from the bathroom; the bathroom smelled better. Courtney tells Kevin that he’s taking everything too personal, and he says Justine called his food sh*t. Justine slides into the galley, and says she apologizes for making him uncomfortable. Dinner was great, and everyone was impressed. He thanks her, and after she leaves, Courtney says he didn’t even look her in the eye. In Courtney’s interview, she says, look her in the eye, and say you appreciate the apology. She meant it. It’s their job to be nice to guests, but it’s also common courtesy. I doubt Kevin knows what that is, but nice try.

Captain Lee radios Kate, asking if he can impose on her for a bowl of Cheerios. Kate brings the cereal, and asks if he wants to eat in the breakfast lounge – i.e. another couch. He tells her about talking to Brian and Tanner, and she says it’s three against one. He says Rhylee seems difficult to get along with, but Kate says she thinks Rhylee is lovely, and asks what Rhylee had to say. He tells her that Rhylee accepts none of the responsibility, and thinks she’s getting picked on. Kate doesn’t feel that’s the bigger issue, and thinks everyone is wrong, but the responsibility falls on Ashton. Why give him the responsibility of being bosun, if he doesn’t want to be responsible for his team? Being a department head means helping the team work together. In her interview, Kate says, Ashton is a big time d*ck. If he wants to play the game where we talk bad about each other, let’s play. No one is putting Ashton in check, and it’s time someone does. He’s an ego tripping power cocky d*ck. On deck, Tanner tells Brian that Ashton has been patient with Rhylee, and Brian says more patient than he would be. He thinks Rhylee knows she’s leaving, and Tanner says she has a radio. She knows who’s being called to the bridge. In Tanner’s interview, he says, Rhylee has to go; they can’t all be miserable. They have to get rid of her. Brian says, it’s not fair. The anchor is pulled into the pocket.

Kate asks Ashton how his morning was, and Ashton says, there’s a lot to be thought about. The situation was aggravated when it didn’t need to be. She’s not in the position to discuss what he said to Captain Lee with Rhylee. Rhylee walks past, and all three of them are quiet. Ashton doesn’t think it’s right for Kate to get involved in the management of his team, and she tells him, don’t say anything in the presence of another crew member that he wouldn’t want repeated. He says he expects privacy and confidence. In Ashton’s interview, he says he’d never tell Courtney or Simone what Kate said, which I find hard to believe. He says, anybody with a sane mind would know this, but the rules don’t apply to her. We flash back to Kate complaining about Ben and Kevin getting involved in her management. Ashton says, it’s not her team, and Kate says the only reason she brought up the issue is that it needed to be addressed. He says he knows how to manage his team, but she says she doesn’t think he does. He wants to fire Rhylee, and that’s management; it’s quitting. He thinks she should apologize for getting involved in his management, but she tells him to feel free to bring up anything she says out loud. She has no secrets. He goes to his bunk, and calls her a bitch. The captain calls for the crew to get into their whites.

They dock, and Captain Lee calls the crew to the aft deck. In his interview, Kevin says this has been his favorite charter so far. He’s kidding. He hopes he never sees Justine again. Nicole says they had a fabulous time. She can’t thank the chef enough for making her favorite foods. She gives Captain Lee the tip envelope, and Zak says look them up if they’re ever in Charleston. The captain tells everyone, back to work, and Kevin sings about boiling water

Brian calls his daughter, and tells her that he’ll be coming in one week. In his interview, he says he hasn’t gotten to the stage of introducing anyone to his daughter. He’s going through it in his head, wondering about him and Courtney in the long term. They’re coming to the end of the season, and he doesn’t know what’s going to happen. Ashton tells Tanner that Kate pushes his buttons. She feels the needs to give her two cents about what happened with Rhylee. Tanner says, it’s not her business, and Ashton says she’s adding fuel to the fire, and causing more problems. Kate tells Rhylee that Ashton told the captain to fire her, and Rhylee says, for what? In Rhylee’s interview, she says, this is their leader? Instead of bringing her up or helping her, he’d prefer her to be fired. If she’s fired over something like this, her career in yachting might be in jeopardy. Where does she go from here? The captain calls everyone to meet in the crew mess.

Captain Lee says he thinks it was a good charter. The chef nailed it, and the girls did good. The tip was $17,700; $1600 each. He thinks it was appropriate, and he’s happy with it. In Kate’s interview, Kate says a lot of people don’t realize, she’s not a chief stew because the job is fulfilling. The money is fantastic. The captain says, the exterior had a lot stuff going on. Needless to say, he wasn’t pleased. He’s not sure yet how he’s addressing it. You can’t kick sh*t down the road, and think it’s going away, because it don’t. That, they can take to the bank. In his interview, Captain Lee says, the deck crew is behaving like little effing kids. Unfortunately for them, he doesn’t babysit. He’s fed up with the whining and bitching, and has to make a decision. This closely resembles a clusterf***. It’s a sh*t show.

Next time, the captain tells Rhylee they have a situation, and it’s a yacht, not Alaska; Alexis Bellino celebrates her divorce with a charter; and Tanner hooks up with Justine from this charter.

📡 News Flash: Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours To Hell and Back premieres tomorrow at 9 pm. The Haves and the Have Nots, and Vanderpump Rules are also premiering at 9, and I would think the universe hates me, were it not for the fact Gordon’s show will repeat on Saturday at 8 pm.

📺 And heard on Bravo: The Shahs of Sunset is coming soon. A date would have been nice.

💭 Like the Corners Of My Mind…

The cast of All My Children over the years.

https://www.abc.soapsindepth.com/posts/amc-all-my-children-cast-photos-114501?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=8624&recip_id=5057&list_id=9

🍸 Sad Stassi…

Not much info here. It’s more like a tease for Vanderpump Rules.

https://www.eonline.com/news/1108815/stassi-schroeder-teases-really-sad-falling-out-with-vanderpump-rules-co-star-kristen-doute?source=email&medium=emn-content-5&cmpid=evening&content=emn-news

💋 From When She Began…

Lala, from start to wherever we are now.

https://www.eonline.com/news/1106363/lala-kent-shares-her-10-year-transformation-and-it-s-not-what-you-d-expect-to-see?source=email&medium=emn-content-4&cmpid=morning-a&content=emn-news

🚤 With a Side of Sarcasm…

Some fun Below Deck recaps from Vulture.

Kate gets drunk.

https://www.vulture.com/2019/12/below-deck-recap-season-7-episode-11.html

Master Pearson returns.

https://www.vulture.com/2019/12/below-deck-recap-season-7-episode-12-yacht-pocalypse-now.html

Kate leaves the boat.

https://www.vulture.com/2019/12/below-deck-recap-season-7-episode-13.html

😥 Where’d You Go…?

Readership has become like eBay sales. Is it me?

May 27, 2019 – No Hospital, VPR Fake Out, a Double Dose of Gordon, Thrones Explained, Leslie’s Final Watch & Remembering

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

As I thought it would be, today was a rerun. At least it was a special one – the April 2nd episode where the characters had a scavenger hunt at the hospital, per the instructions in Gail’s will. Even though it was an enjoyable episode, I chose to watch People’s Court, which I love, but hardly ever get to see. I’m pleased to report that Doug Llewelyn is still just as annoying, sticking his microphone in the defeated litigant’s face, saying, so how does it feel to be a big loser? It always boggles my mind that no one has punched him out… yet.

Vanderpump Rules/Summer House

Tonight, even though the season has ended for Vanderpump Rules, the digital guide said Bravo was airing a new episode, describing it as a mash-up with Summer House. But what was listed as Vanderpump Rules was really a retrospective of the past Summer House season with some of the VPR cast – Stassi, Beau, Katie, and Schwartz coming on the scene forty-five minutes in. I felt ripped off, since it all turned into a two-hour episode of SH, half of which I’d seen already. I was like, yay! I get to hear about new cast member Jordan’s ED problems all over again. Kyle wanted to propose to Amanda, even though he’d cheated on her five minutes ago. Stassi advised against the timing, and Kyle broke down in tears. Carl did give a nice mixed metaphor when he said he got past first base and scored a touchdown. I don’t know much about sports, but I do know bases and touchdowns are from two different types of games. Next week is the finale, which is sure to have an amusing moment when Kyle asks Amanda’s father for his blessing. Her father’s response? Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Looks like there might be more tears coming for Kyle.

🍳  MasterChef will begin it’s 10th season this Wednesday, May 29th at 8 pm, followed by Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back at 9 pm. I need one of those TVs where you can watch more than one show at the same time.

🐉 They Keep Me Hangin’ On…

A happy ending for Jon Snow. No, not that kind.

https://decider.com/2019/05/20/game-of-thrones-ending-explained-jon-snow/

The Geeks explain.

https://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/game-of-thrones/281216/game-of-thrones-ending-explained

Leslie Jones’s final watch. I love her.

https://news.avclub.com/now-your-watch-is-ended-as-seth-meyers-and-leslie-jone-1835000663

🍻 🍗  That Went By Fast…

If you were blessed enough to have one, hope you enjoyed your long weekend, but also hope you remembered why you had one.

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March 6, 2019 – Convergence At the Falls, Doggate Dominates the Bahamas, NYC Begins, NJ Ends, Judy Wears a Bun, Creeper Hoppy, No More Juice & Thursday Song

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Chase tells Laura that Doc is safe. They’re transporting him from Ferncliff right now. Laura doesn’t understand why she has to be there; she’s perfectly fine. Finn explains about the virus to her, and says once the virus is neutralized, it’s a simple procedure to restore Doc’s vision. She wants to see the commissioner, but Chase says, she was hit by a car and has internal injuries. She’s in ICU. Finn says, her condition is serious, and they’re doing everything they can.

Jordan stirs, and Curtis asks if she can hear him. She says she has to tell him something. He says she was in an accident, and she’s in the hospital. He’s grateful she’s awake. He tells her, rest. She says there was a set up for the killer, but he says they already know and know who it is. Ryan Chamberlain. All along it’s been Ryan Chamberlain.

Ava tells Ryan it’s more rustic than she expected, but he says there are amenities, and a charming footbridge where they can over to Canada. He wants to leave their options open. He’s arranged for them to be married at a charming (WOTD), picturesque chapel. After that, it’s five star all the way. He tells her explore the room; he’ll get the luggage and meet her inside.

Ryan opens the trunk, and takes out the suitcases. He tells Carly, isn’t that better? She can almost stretch out.

Jason goes to the reception desk at the hospital. He tells the nurse he found Carly’s phone in the garage, and asks if she was admitted, but she says no one by that name was checked in.

Julian puts up the closed sign at Charlie’s. Kim shows up, and he asks if something is wrong. She asks why something has to be wrong to see him. Maybe she’s there because something is right.

Trina asks what Cameron thought of the movie. He wishes Mary Poppins was real, and his mom would hire her. Trina says he’s a little old for a nanny, but he says his brothers aren’t. He makes the observation that Mary Poppins really fixes broken families. Trina asks if he thinks his family is broken. He says he feels that way since Franco moved in.

Oscar tells Josslyn it takes forty guys to close the valves at the same time when the falls shut off at night. She’s like, what? and he laughs. He’s sorry; it’s too easy. She says she thought he was hallucinating, and hits him with a pillow. He says she’s so beautiful, and he loves her. They kiss. Oscar asks if she’s sure she’s not with him because she feels sorry for him. Josslyn says when she looks at him, she sees him. The cancer is a part of it, but just a small part. When she looks at him, she sees the incredible, smart, sensitive, seriously cute guy she fell in love. The guy who listened and understood, and accepted her from the first moment they talked at her party. The one where no one was supposed to be drinking. She didn’t know what it was like to fall in love. She imagined it, watching rom-coms, reading books, dreaming up scenarios. He thought she was too busy climbing mountains. She says he was wrong. She dreamt about it, but it’s nothing like the real thing. He’s sorry about the breakup, but she says, don’t be. Everything about loving him has been wonderful. They kiss

Jason calls Olivia, and asks if she’s seen Carly. He tells her to let him know when she shows up. He has her phone. How can Jason possibly be this dense?

Doc is wheeled in, and Laura runs to him. He says it’s good to hear Finn’s voice. Chase leaves with the officer who brought Doc in, to get a full account of Ferncliff, and what Do said in the car. Finn needs to check on Jordan, since he’s the only doctor in the hospital today. Doc asks if Ryan hurt her, but Laura says it was a car accident. He asks if Ryan has been caught, and she tells him, no; he’s still out there. Jason sees Doc, and asks if his blindness returned. He thought there would be no reoccurrence. Laura says he wasn’t treated; it was actually Ryan. Doc says his brother has been impersonating him for months, while he was locked in Ferncliff. Laura says she’s going check Jordan. Jason wants to ask Doc some questions, and he says they can talk while the nurse preps the IV. Jason says the patient in the room next to Carly was his brother, wasn’t it? Maybe they should just periodically shake down Ferncliff for people who aren’t supposed to be there.

Jordan struggles to sit up, saying she has to get back to work. The killer is out there. Anna says she has a team on it. Curtis says, first things first. Tell him what she remembers. She says it’s not that clear, and he asks what the last thing is she remembers. She says she was on her way back into the hospital. She was leaving a voicemail, and a car came right at her. She says, Franco. She has to tell Chase that he needs protection; he’s cooperating with the investigation. Curtis says, they know. Franco is in ICU. She asks if something happened, and he says her plan worked. She says, Ryan Chamberlain is dead, but Curtis says, not so much. Apparently he’s been impersonating Doc months. He tried to kill Franco, but Franco managed to get away. She asks how badly he’s hurt, and Curtis tells her, don’t worry; just rest, and he’ll be back. In the hallway, he tells Finn to give it to him straight. Finn says she’s much better. Her blood pressure is stabilized, and there’s no sign of infection. The remaining kidney isn’t processing the fluids they’re giving her, and while they’re waiting on a transplant, they should start dialysis. Does Curtis want to tell her?

Jordan tells Anna, the frame-up was too good, and with Franco’s history, she told him the only option was to cooperate. She heard the interview. It was chilling and compelling, and she’s not surprised the real killer showed himself. She thought Ryan died over twenty years ago. Anna says the body was never found. Jordan says he made himself indispensable to the investigation. She should have known. Anna asks, how would she? They all thought he was dead.

Ryan comes back in to Ava naked in bed. She says since the suitcases were in the car, she had nothing to wear. She hopes he doesn’t mind starting the honeymoon tonight. He says they could travel the world, and he would see nothing as breathtaking as her right now.

Julian asks if everything is okay, and Kim says everything in her world is going well. She watched her beautiful boy take on another day. Sometimes the simplest act of bravery is putting on foot in front of the next. From now on, she’s going to enjoy every moment of every day. She says this is where he comes in and asks how he can help. She has some suggestions. He likes where this is going, and she pulls down the shades.

Trina and Cameron play cards. He says he used to play with his mom and brothers. They had game night with no phones. He remembers going easy on Aiden, who somehow beat him for real. He doesn’t remember the last time they did it. Trina asks why they stopped. He says, Franco, and she asks if he’s not a card player. Cameron says, don’t know, don’t care. He didn’t want be around Franco, pretending that he’s a good guy. It was bad enough his mom fell for it, but seeing his brothers believe in him, he couldn’t be a part of it, so he wasn’t around for the pseudo family togetherness. He wishes he’d gotten through to his mom before they got married. Trina says Franco pled guilty, and his mom still thinks he’s innocent. There’s nothing he could say or do to change her mind. She’s going to ride this train to the end. He asks what he should do, and she tells him, be there for his brothers; they need him. Hopefully, when Franco is in prison, his mom will let it go. Cameron says, it’s not bad advice, and Trina says she’s actually very insightful.

Ryan tells Ava, gazing into her eyes and holding her is what he appreciates the most. Holding her, he feels invincible. She never felt so needed and at home before. It’s a gift. Everything about him is a gift to her. He believes they came to each other to heal each other’s wounds, and they have the rest of their lives to do it. That’s all she needs to know.

Jason tells Doc that he heard the patient next to Carly screaming, but Doc stopped him as he was about to look. Doc says he did it to protect Carly, but Jason doesn’t buy it. He thinks Doc just didn’t want him to see that it was his brother. Doc says he’s exhausted, and it’s too complicated to explain. Jason says the patient was listed as Wilson, and Carly thought there was a connection, but Doc blew her off. Doc says if anyone talked to him in the last five months, they were talking to Ryan. He asks where Carly is, but Jason doesn’t know.

Ava puts on Ryan’s shirt. He likes her in it, and says she’s glowing. She says it’s the locale and the company, and being away from Port Charles and all of those people. Ryan says they don’t have to go back. Why let the toxic naysayers pollute their relationship? She says she’s not giving up Avery. He understands, saying he just got caught up in the moment and her beauty. She goes to take a shower.

While Ava is showering, Ryan takes an envelope out of his bag. Inside is a passport. a wad of cash, and tickets to Singapore. He says, the springboard to the rest of their lives. He’s sorry about the kids, but he’ll make sure this makes up for the one Ava lost and the one she left behind.

Julian tells Kim that he’s buying a lottery ticket. He doesn’t remember when the Jeromes had such luck. Kim says he’s the only Jerome getting lucky tonight. Julian tells her about Ava stopping by, and how she was going to Niagara Falls and eloping tonight. He was worried, but she insisted it was fine. If there’s one thing he’s learned, it’s not to get between Ava and what she wants. Kim says Ava deserves happiness after what she’s gone through. Julian isn’t sure he can get used to her with Doc. Kim kisses him, and he says they should take it to his room. She pushes him against the bar, and says, no. They get busy.

Laura sees Jordan, and asks how she is. Jordan says every time she took Doc’s advice, she thought it was based on his experiences with his brother. She never imagined he was the killer. She says she’ll give her resignation, but Laura tells her, don’t be silly. No one knew he was still alive. She was living with him and never suspected. He never would have been flushed out if hadn’t been for Jordan; it was her plan. Jordan says that’s what Anna told her. Laura says, no more talk about resigning. She needs to focus on her recovery. Laura needs her in tip top shape. Chase comes in, and says, good to see you, boss. He needs to talk to Laura, and they go into the hallway. Anna tells Jordan that her team needs its top cop back. She tells Jordan that she’ll be fine, and she loves her. She’ll check in later.

Finn tells Curtis that Jordan as a good chance with the transplant. In the meantime, dialysis patients lead normal lives. Curtis says, or some semblance of it. He says, she’s strong; she can handle it, and Finn agrees, she can. He says, it’s good to lead with that, and Curtis goes back to Jordan’s room.

Chase asks if Laura can think of where Ryan might be. She tells him, find Ava, and he’ll find Ryan. Chase says he’ll try to locate Ava, and she tells him, be careful. Ryan is so infatuated with Ava, she thinks he’ll stop at nothing to be with her.

Josslyn can’t believe Oscar’s story about not eating. Oscar says, those days are gone. He needs to hydrate, since he doesn’t want to feel nauseous. Josslyn goes to get water. When she’s gone, a headache comes on, and Oscar slides off the bed to the floor. Josslyn comes back, and tells him, breathe. She yells for help, and I wish she’d quit shaking him. I don’t think that’s helping. Cameron and Trina run in, and Josslyn tells them that Oscar is having a seizure. Cameron gets on the phone, and calls an ambulance, explaining about Oscar’s brain tumor. He gives them the address, and tells Josslyn, they’re coming. Josslyn tells Oscar to stay with her. She wonders, what does she do? Wow. She made it sound like she could handle this kind of thing if it happened, and you’d think she might have educated herself a bit. I know she’s a teenager, but she’s no dummy, and she’s been through this scenario before. Underground with no one for miles.

Laura asks the nurse at the desk if Jason is still there. She says he was there a few minutes ago

Anna tells Doc that he was an unwilling participant. Cabot laid the groundwork, and Andre did the memory transfer. Finn says the virus became active in a select period of time; the symptoms manifesting regardless of when the serum was taken. Doc says that explains why he and Ryan went blind around the same time. Finn says the procedure is quick, and relatively simple. Doc can’t wait. He was afraid he’d never see Laura’s face again. He thought he was going to die. Anna tells him, rest, and Doc says it’s important they catch Ryan before he claims another victim.

Jordan gives Chase instructions on what she wants done. She wants Margaux to know that Franco will be changing his plea. Curtis tells her, that’s enough for now. Chase says, he – the whole force – is glad she’s back. Curtis asks if Jordan wants medication, but she needs a clear head. She can’t conduct a manhunt from bed. He says, no can do. They have to talk about what comes next.

Ava lays out a white dress. She wonders where her shoes are, and thinks they got left in the car. She gets the keys from Ryan’s bag, and goes out.

The ambulance comes. The EMT says Josslyn will have to follow and meet them there. Josslyn tells Cameron this is worse than when they were in the catacombs. Oscar isn’t waking up

Curtis tells Jordan the accident was serious. He’s glad she made it out alive, but she needed surgery. She asks, what is it? and he says she broke two ribs, and they lacerated her left kidney. It was a grade four injury. She’s guessing that’s bad. He explains the kidneys regulate blood pressure, and hers spiked, so they removed it. She nods, and says, okay. She can still live a full, healthy life with one kidney. Curtis says the other was also damaged; not quite as bad, but she’ll need dialysis, and eventually a transplant. She says she’s not going to the station after all. He knows it’s a lot, but he’s glad she’s alive. Deep in his heart, he knows she’ll be okay. She asks if TJ and Stella know, and he says they’ve been a great tag team, helping him understand medicalese. They both said she’s strong, and can manage until the transplant. Jordan says she’ll have to keep up with the rules she’ll need to follow. Meanwhile, a killer is on the loose, and it’s his job to find him.

Jason goes to Charlie’s, and asks Julian where Ava is. Julian tells him to have Sonny call or text her. Jason says Carly is in trouble, and Ava might be the only one able to help. Julian wonders why Ava would help Carly. Jason says if he has to track Ava some other way, and Carly gets hurt in the meantime, he’s holding Julian responsible.

Ryan comes out of the bathroom, saying the shower gave him an appetite. He sees Ava is gone. Outside, Ava can’t find her shoes, and says they’ve got to be there somewhere. She looks at the trunk.

Finn tells Anna that he doesn’t envy Curtis having to tell the woman he loves that she’s in for the fight of her life. Jordan has a million questions and concerns. Curtis says it’s a lot to process, but they have a lot of time to think about options. She says she’s just a little freaked out. She’s been healthy, and took it for granted. Curtis says her good health was an asset, and she’s glad she was diligent about working out. Curtis is too, for a number of reasons. She asks if he’s flirting with her, and he says, of course. He loves her very much. They kiss.

Chase finds Doc looking for Laura. He thought she was with the commissioner, but was pulled away for questioning.

Julian tells Jason that he’ll deal with the consequences. Kim says Ava and Doc were eloping, and headed for Niagara Falls. Jason flies out the door, and runs into Laura. He tells her about Ava, and says he has to find them. She says she’s going with him, but he says he has to do this alone. She says she’s known him a long time, and asks what would Sonny say. He says Sonny would tell him to take hr. Let’s go.

Julian leaves a message for Ava, saying if Jason shows up, it’s not to say congratulations. Kim’s phone rings. It’s Josslyn, who says she’s sorry to call, but Oscar had a seizure. Kim asks where they are, and Josslyn tells her, Niagara Falls. Oscar was taken to the Niagara Medical Center. Kim says she’s on her way. She tells Julian that her boy is in trouble.

Cameron almost smacks right into Ryan outside.

Ava says her shoes better be in the trunk, and opens it.

Next time, Sonny asks what else someone sees, Kim tells Drew about Oscar, Ava wonders what happened, and Ryan can’t let Cameron go – not yet.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

We start off with everyone’s take on Doggate. Dorit is now saying that Lucy bit the children several times. She thought she gave the dog to someone who loved her, and it blew up in her face. To top it off, people are talking.

Teddi says last night was a sh*t show. She doesn’t understand why LVP tried to manipulate her. She’s not the most easy-going, but not out to sabotage anyone. Honey, you are a grown woman. Nobody made you say anything. That was all you.

LVP doesn’t know why she’s getting the blame. She went out of her way not talk publicly, now Dorit is siding with everyone else. Dorit insists it’s not about the dog, but her. LVP says her priority has always been the dog. She has no idea how sort out this whole bloody mess.

Still in the Bahamas, Dorit books a snorkeling trip for some of the ladies, Erika invites Teddi to play golf, and Kyle calls LVP to go shopping. LisaR, Camille, and Denise go with Dorit. They stop first for fancy drinks that are mixed using a bike.

Erika tells Teddi that she started taking golf lessons, and out drove Tom. It was the first and last time they played together. In her interview, Teddi says with all the bullsh*t going on, she’s glad she and Erika put aside their differences. She’s excited for the opportunity to golf, especially since it’s not in a group setting with all the opinions flying. Erika is good. I suck a golf. Teddi is sure her three-year-old is better than she is. All she knows about golf is the Tiger Woods cheating scandal. Erika tries helping her, but Teddi might be right about her kid being better.

Dorit’s group goes snorkeling. On the boat Dorit whines that she feels like she’s been rolled over. Denise is confused; she doesn’t know the whole story. She also does rescue, and says not every dog is suited to everybody. Dorit says she adopted a previous dog, but it bit her kids, and she took it back. Alrighty then. I get what this brainless twit did. It’s possible the kids might be too rough, but regardless, she did do it right the first time by returning the dog to LVP. I would bet the farm, the reason she didn’t do that the second time was because she was afraid LVP would think she’s a serial returner. She tried to be slick, and it backfired. She did speak to LVP the day after she sent Lucy to another home. Camille thinks that’s the issue, and Dorit should have called LVP before giving the dog away. In Camille’s interview, she doesn’t understand why Dorit waited, but thinks it could be because it was the second dog. Thank you Voice-of-Reason Camille. Dorit insists, it’s not about that. She and LVP talk all time. Camille says, that’s what makes it worse. Dorit keeps saying, that’s not it, but in her interview, Camille thinks she was shady. LisaR says something stupid about LVP creating the situation. What is wrong with these women? Don’t answer that. The list is too long.

LVP wants retail therapy, saying, it’s the best option. Kyle says she was already looking at watches. LVP picks up a huge tote bag, and says they can put their anxiety in it, but Kyle says, it’s not big enough. LVP says she didn’t sleep well, but they’ll talk after she focuses on something happy – i.e. shopping.  Kyle doesn’t think anyone ate; they were so upset. LVP says they’ll talk in a minute. They check out the jewelry. Kyle asks if LVP has talked to Dorit, and she says she did this morning. Kyle asks how it was, and LVP says, fine. IN her interview, Kyle thinks LVP is stubborn, but not talking won’t help. Kyle doesn’t buy anything, saying she has her eyes on bigger things, like a Rolex.

Erika asks how Teddi feels. Teddi didn’t like the shift at dinner. It made her look vindictive, and she wonders why LVP can’t be up front. In Teddi’s interview, she says you don’t warn someone that somebody else knows something about them. Why not? Erika says, it looks like a well-orchestrated plan to turn two women against each other. Teddi asks if she thinks it’s a lie, that LVP’s staff told her damaging information. She didn’t tell anyone. We see a clip of her telling Kyle. Teddi says she knows the employees were told to tell her by LVP. In Erika’s interview, she says LVP made a critical error in judgement. She thought Teddi would do what she wanted. Teddi tells Erika that she doesn’t want to pull out proof, but Erika says she might have to. Because we’re twelve.

The ladies go snorkeling, but in her interview, Denise says, not a fish, not a flower, no coral, nothing to look at. LisaR says, not even a snail or a turtle. Just sand. They get out of the water. Shouldn’t the captain have known what location was good?

LVP and Kyle have reserves a cabana in beautiful cover. LVP heard there are baby flamingos there. They have a butler, and order dinks and food. They drink some wine, and Kyle says it was weird how LisaR was chiming in. Because they’re close, Kyle can tell LVP what it looks like from the other side. Teddi thinks she was set up, and Dorit thinks that LVP was counting on Teddi bringing it up.

Teddi says it would be done if LVP just said she made a mistake. Erika says Teddi was fed bad information on purpose. Teddi says she’s going to be accused of not letting things go. Erika says she wouldn’t let it go.

LVP says John was out of order. We flash back to John asking Kyle if she recognizes Lucy. LVP says he shouldn’t have talked about it. We see a clip of a phone conversation between LVP and John, where he says he’s not her employee; he’s her partner, and she doesn’t control what says. LVP tells Kyle that John has his own agenda. Kyle thinks he’s upset with Dorit.

Denise asks what LVP would have to gain by setting Dorit up. LisaR gets on the protect-your-children-at-all-costs bandwagon, saying Dorit did the right thing. Protect your children, and tell everyone else eff off. She’s such an ass. Dorit could have confined the dog, and called LVP. It’s that simple. Dorit seems like the one who had an agenda. To keep her stupidity a secret.

Here come the baby flamingos! Just wandering into the cabana. They are the cutest, fuzziest little things, and I desperately want to hold one. LVP asks if their keeper feels like a parent because she raised them. In her interview, LVP says she’d like to hang out with the flamingoes, rather than those other silly old birds.

Everyone makes phone calls home, and then gets ready for dinner. LVP calls Teddi, and asks if she can talk for a second. Teddi comes to LVP’s room, and immediately asks if she’s getting an apology. LVP would like an explanation; she doesn’t understand. Teddi says LVP is smart, and that’s what makes it a bummer. She says from the get-go, she was told that LVP wanted her to know about the dog. There were direct instructions to tell her. LVP insists that’s not the case. In her interview, Teddi says it’s a boldface lie. She asks if LVP didn’t text Dorit about her knowing, and LVP says she did. She knew their history was tenuous. If she hadn’t told Dorit, and Teddi brought it up, there would have been another problem. She wanted to clear it up before it started. Teddi wants her to apologize for putting her in this situation. LVP says she’s sorry Teddi is in the situation, but she didn’t tell her employees to get involved. She wanted to shut it down, and stands by that. She asks if Teddi wants her to call John. Teddi says she thinks LVP is creating sh*t because she got busted. She needs to get her story straight. Teddi says she’s not doing this, and blows out, running into Dorit on her way. She tells Dorit, it’s not fair. She tells LVP that she’s smarter than she’s leading them to believe, and she’s not being LVP’s pawn. In her interview, Dorit says LVP has been her friend, and they have a history, but the person she has a precarious history with is defending her. What is she supposed to do? I dunno. Take your head out of your ass and quit trying to cover it?

Kyle calls Mauricio. She’s sent him pictures of the Rolexes she’s interested in. She didn’t want to buy anything that expensive without discussing it first. In her interview, she says after the robbery, she knew she couldn’t replace everything, but little by little, she wants to add to her collection. She tells Mauricio that it’s tax free. He’s good with her buying it. BTW, it’s over $10K. Teddi knocks on Kyle’s door. Both Kyle and I note, that face. Teddi asks how clear Kyle was when she spoke with LVP, and Kyle says, very clear. Teddi doesn’t know how LVP could possibly be confused. She came for an apology, but didn’t get one. Instead, she’s irritated. She asks if she’s supposed to just sit at dinner and smile now. Kyle says, yep.

LVP tells Dorit it’s bullsh*t that she told her employee to talk to Teddi. It looks like John is making things up. Dorit basically ignores this, and says she doesn’t want to be late for dinner.

The ladies cross a footbridge to get to a gorgeous table by the water. Everyone is having trouble navigating it in heels. Camille says she’s going to have good time. She’s having bread tonight. Kyle asks what everyone did today, and LisaR says they didn’t see any fish, but had fun. Dorit and LVP show up last, and Dorit apologizes for being late. In Erika’s interview, she says she doesn’t know what happened before dinner, but it doesn’t look good. Kyle tells everyone about the shopping and says she has something being delivered. LVP is giving the side eye all over the place, and no one even talks to her except Dorit. In her interview, LVP says they didn’t even acknowledge her. She feels about as welcome as a turd in a swimming pool. LisaR (who I just typo-ed as liar – ha-ha!) tells Denise the food doesn’t fit with their white trash palates. In Denise’s interview, she says she likes toasted cheese and burgers. Fancy food is pretty for an Instagram photo, but she prefers the kids menu. LVP tells Camille that she wants to get to the bottom of it, and in her interview, says she and Kyle are leaving early. Kyle is getting Sofia off to school, and she has a scheduled event.

LisaR toasts to Dorit, saying it was a lovely time blah-blah-blah. Dorit is glad everyone is there, even though there were some unpleasant moments. Camille hopes they work it out. It gets really quiet, and Kyle asks how Teddi’s day was. Teddi says she had a good beginning to the day. She wishes she felt better about things, but she doesn’t, and she’s not going to sugarcoat it and make small talk, because she’s not effing fake. Dorit knows exactly how she’s feeling, and believes everything Teddi said. Teddi thanks her, but says, it feels yucky. Oh please. In her interview, LVP says, Dorit stands for nothing. She should have loyalty for the friend who’s had her back for two years. With friends like these… you know the rest. LisaR gets all dramatic, asking, why is this happening to Teddi Mellencamp? Why? LVP gets up, and says, it’s fine, but has to get up at four. She’ll discuss it individually, but she’s not doing it there. Dorit begs her not to leave, and in her interview, says it reminds her of when LVP left the dinner with her and Kyle last year. We flash back to that. LVP tells Kyle that she doesn’t want to hash it out now. In Dorit’s interview, she wants to say she believes LVP, but needs to be true to herself, and needs to process everything. For Dorit to process anything could take our entire lives. I don’t blame LVP for leaving. This was yucky all right, but not in the way Teddi would like us to believe.

Kyle follows LVP. LVP says she wasn’t even there five minutes, and they’re all acting like she’s a bitch. At the table, LisaR says Teddi shouldn’t have been put in this position. She has empathy, since she’s been where Teddi is. Teddi says she’s never once told a lie, and they’ll never hear her tell one. Just a little self-righteous – and unbelievable. LVP tells Kyle she doesn’t understand. Something is wrong, and she wants to figure it out. Denise wants clarity, and asks if they think LVP set it up, and isn’t admitting to it. Teddi says she has proof, and shows them a text from John. Kyle comes back, and LisaR jumps her, asking if it isn’t the case that LVP doesn’t always tell the truth. Kyle says she’s closest with her, and LisaR asks if LVP has ever lied to her. Kyle says knows who LVP is. She’s not saying it’s okay, but it part of who she is. LisaR demands an answer as to why LVP did this, and Kyle says she doesn’t have one. She’s not responsible for LVP’s actions. She knows this about her, but loves her; LVP is her friend, and everyone has both a good side and a bad side. LisaR asks when do they say enough is enough? The only sane one (well, Denise seems sane, but she’s not really in the mix yet), Camille, says she doesn’t know what happened, but there are people she’s wanted apologies from for years, and sometimes it never happens. In her interview, Camille says every woman there has done something to hurt someone else. We flash back to Kyle putting Camille down, and Dorit calling her the c-word. She says, friendship is about moving on, and life is too short to hold grudges. Teddi whines, who wants to live like this? Good God, Camille isn’t asking you to marry LVP, just be nice at dinner. Erika says Teddi doesn’t want to pretend to be nice to someone who screwed her over. Erika says she’ll give Denise $1000 to knock on LVP’s door, and asks her about it. In Denise’s interview, she says her Spidey sense tells her not to get on LVP’s bad side, and she doesn’t need the money. Ha-ha! Smart chick. In her interview, Erika says Denise was married to Charlie Sheen and she’s afraid of LVP? I actually think Denise isn’t afraid of anyone, and was just being funny in her interview, but who is Erika to dictate anything? Does she even know who Denise is, offering her a pittance? Erika says had fun anyway. Kyle’s Rolex arrives, and she puts it on. She asks for Rolexes on the rocks.

LVP tries to call Ken, but the call keeps dropping. She finally finds out he’s not home

At 4 am, LVP and Kyle are in a limo to the airport. Kyle says she had some fun after dinner, and we see clips of them making fools of themselves at a club. In her interview, she says they were perhaps a little overserved. We see a clip of Kyle and Teddi rolling around on the floor, and Kyle says she’s made better choices in life. She tells LVP that she was having shots two hours ago. LVP didn’t sleep much, and starts talking about what a-holes these girls are. In Kyle’s interview, she says she slept for two hours. She can’t listen about Lucy right now.

Dorit has the ladies to her suite for breakfast. In her interview, Denise says, they even dress up for breakfast. They’re lucky she put an effing bra on. I die laughing because that sounds exactly like something I would say. So far, I love Denise, but I also loved the reality show she had for like, five minutes, with all the animals and her cute, single dad. I was disappointed when it wasn’t renewed. LisaR says they had little bit of a late night, and this old broad doesn’t recover like she used to. She says she enjoyed night, but woke up feeling doom. Omg, does she ever not dramatize something? In her interview, Dorit says her friendship with LVP extends beyond the two of them, involving PK and other people. She hopes they work things out, and she can rebuild her trust in LVP. She tells the ladies that she wants ownership and an apology, but that’s not where this is going. It’s time to pack.

Ooh, seeing an aerial shot of Lisa’s home, it looks like a Polly Pocket village. Harrison! LVP tells Ken she didn’t have a good time, even though that’s what she went for. She felt left out. She needed a break, and the women kept hammering at her. She tears up, saying Ken doesn’t know what it’s like. He tells her that he got John to print out all the texts between him and Teddi. Teddi asked him to have the dog there when she went to Vanderpump Dogs, and she would say it looks like Dorit’s dog. WTF? We flash back to John asking if Kyle and Teddi recognize the dog. Her text says, either way, it will come out. LVP can’t effing believe it. She wonders how Teddi could have set her up, when she’s emotional anyway, and encourage her friends to turn against her, when she sent a text telling John to have the dog there. What does that say about her character. Ken thinks Dorit will go crazy when she sees this. Nah, she’ll just sit on the fence like always.

Next time, Sofia goes to college, denies says she’s getting married, and Erika tells Teddi not to back down.

The Real Housewives of New York City

We flash back to six months ago, and LuAnn being excited for the future. We see a headline saying Luann’s children are suing her, and another that she’s back in rehab. We flash back to Andy asking Bethenny if there was an intervention. She says, there were a few people there. We see a headline saying Dennis has been found dead. The producer asks if Bethenny can talk about Dennis, but she can’t say anything.

Tinsley has a car delivered from Chicago in a massive truck. Sonja walks her pup in the park. LuAnn talks to Victoria, saying she added Girl Code to her show, and asks if Victoria would sing it with her. Bethenny does a photo shoot for Skinny Girl jeans. She cries in the bathroom, but doesn’t want to. Ramona says she renovated her apartment to sell it, but likes it now. Dorinda meets friend Luke in the park.

Dorinda wants a real walk. Luke says she looks good. She says if Carole can do it, she can. She’s decided to spend time doing her, and has been exercising and being healthy. She says, nothing good happens after a couple of drinks. She doesn’t handle alcohol well, and we see some clips, including the clip! clip. Luke tells her people have said she gets nasty, but Dorinda says it was only LuAnn who said that, and she was deflecting. I believe it if you believe it. Luke says LuAnn isn’t one to talk. Dorinda says in a year and a half, LuAnn has made a lot of erratic decisions. She was married, divorced, arrested, assaulted an officer… Luke says, some people don’t even do that in a lifetime. Dorinda says, she went to rehab, came out, was still drinking the whole time, and went back into rehab. She wishes LuAnn well, but it’s not healthy for them to be around each other. In her interview, Dorinda says, at this moment, they’re in a place where they need a minute.

Bethenny’s friends Jimmy and Gina come for lunch. In her interview, Bethenny says Dennis passed away three weeks ago. His daughter called her crying hysterically, and she started screaming. She tells them about the letter she wrote to Dennis, and how Brynn added underneath that she misses him. Bethenny starts crying. In her interview, she says she’s never felt like this in her life. Nothing matters though. He’s gone; there’s nothing to say. Jimmy says he had two friends die last year. You have good days and bad days, but he doesn’t think they’d want him to be sad. In Bethenny’s interview, she says, time is healing the wounds, but then she feels guilty. She’s trying to do what he would want. The bottom line is to enjoy life, and live every day like it was the last. She jokes that they should take their tops off and have an orgy.

There’s no food at Sonja’s new apartment, and no closet space. Ramona arrives, and tells Sonja that she has two dates tonight. In her interview, Sonja says she feels lighter not living day to day at the townhouse. She loves the simplicity, and is in the park every morning, developing a deep connection with her poodle. Sonja tells Ramona that her daughter wants pink walls, and a black lacquer door. Ramona says the color scheme gives her a headache. She tells Sonja that her apartment is going on market. She needs something new and fresh. She asks if Sonja is going to the Hamptons next weekend, and Sonja says she’s riding out with Tinsley. She doesn’t want Bethenny to be alone, but she’s there if Bethenny needs her. Ramona says, you think you’ll live forever, but time is limited. In Ramona’s interview, she feels badly. Bethenny doesn’t have that many close friends, and relied on him. Sonja says the dog wants to go out three or four times every day; he has friends in the park. Ramona suggests it as a way to meet men, but Sonja says she wants to meet someone through friends of hers, not the dog’s friends.

LuAnn is in Sag Harbor. Her friend Barbara drops by while LuAnn is changing her Vespa. LuAnn suggests they go to town for lunch. In LuAnn’s interview, she says she and Barbara met when their sons went to summer camp together. LuAnn makes a flower arrangement for Barbara, and has an espresso maker for her. She says she’s grateful for Barbara. The things going on with the kids were overwhelming. She’s glad she went back to rehab. She needed a change, and fell in love with the house upstate, but couldn’t get a bank loan. She wanted to sell the house in the Hamptons, but her kids didn’t like that idea, and joined their father in putting a legal hold on it. It was upsetting, and she had a relapse. She says when the sh*t hit the fan, Barbara came to her rescue, along with Bethenny. In her interview, Barbara says she was there with Bethenny and Ann; LuAnn’s Charlie’s Angels team. She was a mess. Barbara watched the mistakes LuAnn made with Tom. We flash back to the party where Barbara said LuAnn would rather go ahead and get married, than admit defeat and call it off. She didn’t want LuAnn to make another mistake, and encouraged her to go back. LuAnn says she goes to meetings every day. She gets weepy about her kids, and Barbara hugs her, saying it’s great that they see her sober. LuAnn says she can’t slip again. Barbara says she won’t. In her interview, LuAnn says going back a second time, she wasn’t proud. She failed, and it’s not easy to live sober. She takes it day by day; it’s a struggle. They leave for lunch on the Vespa.

Tinsley is out shopping, and Dorinda joins her. Dorinda asks about Scott, and Tinsley says last year, they traveled a lot, but this summer they settled in Chicago. She got to play hostess at a party for his employees. In Tinsley’s interview, she says she’s an optimist. She thinks this time it’s a lot different, and better. They’ve talked about marriage and babies, and he knows what kind of ring she wants. They’re on the same page. Dorinda asks if Tinsley cooked, and Tinsley says she helped grocery shop. Dorinda confesses there were many nights she catered, but put the food in the oven like she made it herself. It’s all about presentation. What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him. Tinsley asks if Dorinda has talked to LuAnn, and Dorinda says, nope. In her interview, Tinsley doesn’t know all the facts, but two big egos aren’t working out. They talk about Bethenny. Dorinda says they’ve all been through things like this, and you need to let people do it at their own pace. Just be there if they need you. It’s a personal journey.

Sonja’s assistant, Taylor, makes toast for Sonja’s breakfast. She brings it to the bedroom, and Sonja says she wondered what was taking so long. There’s no explanation, but yeah, toast shouldn’t be that complicated. Sonja tells Taylor to make sure the shoes are being shipped out. In her interview, she says, Taylor is like a breath of fresh air. She has no window coverings, and says thy have to measure and paint before the blinds can be put up. In Sonja’s interview, she says it feels great in the new apartment, although she would have liked the blinds up already. She says her Netflix and Chill guy is coming, so she wants to put something up. They duct tape towels to the window. Sonja is worried they’ll fall while she’s having sex. She says at least they’re monogrammed; that’s classy.

Swimming instructor Boris arrives at Ramona’s. She’s not good swimmer, and tells him about the boat ride from hell. She says she’d die out on the ocean. They head outside. Ramona hopes she can concentrate on swimming, since he’s cute. Mmm… meh. He starts with the breaststroke, which is all she can do. She practices while keeping pool noodles under her, and makes suggestive remarks.

Tinsley and Sonja head out. They’re going in style in a Bentley. Tinsley hopes she can drive it. She hasn’t driven in five years, but she was a good driver before; she should be a good one now. Um.. maybe not. Sonja is nervous. She says she’s a good driver, but she’s a control freak. They’re finally on their way. Sonja likes to take the bus, but she’s letting Tinsley drive, since she’s excited, and it’s time well spent with her friend. Tinsley swears she knows how to drive, but isn’t sure if she’d pass a test. She has no idea how to get to the Hamptons. Sonja doesn’t want to die.

At her house in Bridgehampton, Bethenny sets out food. Assistant Meg says she hasn’t had a luncheon in a while. She says she invited LuAnn over, but hasn’t seen her since the intervention weekend. LuAnn arrives, bearing a pie. Barbara doesn’t want to come in empty-handed. She goes to her car, and brings out a toolkit. She’s a DIY guru, and always has a spare of her tool line for when the going gets rough. LuAnn presents the chocolate mousse pie to Bethenny. In her interview, Bethenny says she’s known Barbara for years. LuAnn’s relationship to her is an enigma, but they both live in the Hamptons, and Hamptons people gravitate to each other. Someone sent Bethenny a picture of Dennis. She says she’s fine, but it threw her off. LuAnn says it’s her right to be fine or not be fine. Barbara says she finds it therapeutic to use a hammer and pound something. Bethenny makes a joke about Barbara liking a pounding.

Ramona sets out food. Dorinda arrives, and mentions how she always brings a fabulous candle. This time, she’s put it in a tote from LuAnn’s wedding. Ramona thinks it’s bad luck, and doesn’t want to touch it.

Luanna asks if Bethenny invited Sonja. Bethenny says she texted Sonja, and said she can stay there. LuAnn says Ramona always guilts her into staying.

Ramona tells Dorinda that LuAnn is in a bad place. She looks good superficially, but inside, she’s broken and trying to cover. She’s not acting rationally. Dorinda says part of healing is being humble, and Ramona says, never going to happen.

LuAnn tells Bethenny that Ramona is a liar. She made up a story about her at a party. Barbara was with her. Ramona claimed she was asked to leave, but she hadn’t wanted to stay; there were too many people drinking. Barbara confirms that they left after a short time. Bethenny asks why Ramona would make it up, and Barbara says, she loves spreading lies. She and LuAnn were dancing at a club once, and Ramona asked LuAnn, what’s she doing there? LuAnn told her Barbara was her friend, and that’s how she knows Ramona. Ramona runs into her, and acts like she doesn’t know her. In Barbara’s interview, she says she’s probably met Ramona fifteen times, but Ramona never has any recollection. She doesn’t think she’s forgettable, but apparently Ramona does. LuAnn says the real issue is, Dorinda is really angry with herself. Bethenny says Dorinda gripes that she was always there for LuAnn, and uses it as an excuse. In Bethenny’s interview, she says, the small things build up and become big things. LuAnn thinks Dorinda has hatred for herself. She’s not the Dorinda that LuAnn knows.

LuAnn says Dorinda isn’t reaching out. Barbara asks what LuAnn would say if she did. LuAnn thinks that’s pointless, since she hasn’t.

Dorinda tells Ramona that she hasn’t not seen to spoken to LuAnn since March. She gets teary, saying she was hurt by it. Ramona tells her not to cry. LuAnn isn’t in a good place; she can’t help it. In her interview, Ramona says, Dorinda has a heart of gold. She gets angry fast, but forgets fast.

Barbara says she’s known Dorinda forever. In her interview, LuAnn says Dorinda shows no sign of remorse for the way she behaved. She’s not seeing Dorinda unless she reaches out.

Dorinda doesn’t know what to do. In her interview, she accuses LuAnn of being on her high horse on another level.

LuAnn doesn’t know if she’s going to the clambake. Bethenny says if she’s feeling emotionally unsteady, she has to do what she needs to. LuAnn would rather not see Ramona either.

Dorinda tells Ramona that she and LuAnn need to give each other space. She feels like LuAnn thinks she should bend the knee to her. Where are we? Winterfell? In her interview, Dorinda says if LuAnn thinks she’s self-righteous or sanctimonious, it doesn’t help mend the relationship. Ramona says maybe LuAnn will come to her senses on her own. Dorinda says they need space.

Luann says she’s not apologizing to someone who hurt her. She hasn’t healed, and it’s unhealthy.

This season, a circus, pool floats, a naked chef, making out (with each other), Dorinda insists she didn’t heckle LuAnn, Tinsley isn’t leaving NYC without a ring, Halloween, Jill, Ramona is into hot sex and I don’t want to know, Bethenny feels guilty about Dennis, a trip to Miami, Sonja falls under the table, Christmas cabaret with the Countess, Bethenny tells the Countess life is not a cabaret, lots of yelling, Bethenny calls someone a sicko, Tinsley is miserable, and Bethenny toasts to being in a good place.

🍷 On The Real Housewives of New Jerseythe Reunion, Part Three – Teresa admitted that if Joe #1 got deported, the long distance thing wouldn’t work for her. She already established last week that she wouldn’t be hauling the kids to Italy. She said she and Juicy Joe had discussed it, and they both believed they’d move on if he had to leave the country. Joe #2 felt Joe #1 deceived Teresa, and she has the right to do whatever she needs to. Andy asked if she reached out to any of the Trumps, since she knows them, but she said no. That made me wonder if she really wants him back. If Kim Kardashian can get a total stranger off the hook, why not make an attempt?  Since by Part Three they’re running out of material, the guys were invited to join the magic circle. Frank, Bill (Jennifer’s husband), Evan (Jackie’s husband), and Joe #3 sat behind their SOs. When the guys did taglines, Joe #2 got in the Housewife spirit by using a gold curtain or blanket or something, as a dress, saying, I don’t flip tables; I have sex on them. Danielle was paraded out, and said she was in the process of divorcing Marty after a whole two months, but they were still living together. I’m not sure how they’re working that, since they also have mutual restraining orders. Danielle claimed to want it out of the public eye, but everyone agreed it was all over social media. The thirst is high with that one. The wedding details were rehashed, and we found out Marty is still friends with the dudes, which doesn’t surprise me. After seeing clips of Danielle throughout the season, Andy asked about a sex toy she had received at her bachelorette party. Danielle said what we were all thinking, after all that, that’s your leading question? There was a lively discussion about how Danielle ruined Mary’s life, and only got married for the TV exposure. We received some of the new gift that keeps on giving – Marty being tossed in the pool by Joe #3 and the Marge. We got a blow by blow from Marge herself, and an endless rehash. Although I do have to say, some of the women had a point that he could have gotten hurt, especially since it was dark out. Teresa was gifted by several cast members, and seemed more embarrassed than anything else. At the end, the girls gave Andy a surprise – a rich kid’s toy car. The kind they can ride around in, along with a tiny tracksuit. Each Housewife also gave him a piece of advice on being a parent. There was a group hug and we were out.

🔱 Judge Judy was wearing a messy bun in court today. I almost went into shock. It was like seeing my dad in jeans for the first time.

🍴 Something had to give on such a TV-crowded night, and it was 24 Hours to Hell and Back. Since it was the two-hour finale, I’m hoping to see it On Demand in the next few days.

😵 Why Won’t He Leave Her Alone…

Suckerfish Hoppy is at it again.

https://pagesix.com/2019/03/05/bethenny-frankel-rips-jason-hoppy-apart-over-daughters-school-rejection/?utm_source=maropost&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nypdaily&utm_content=20190306&tpcc=morning_report&mpweb=755-7675568-711673032

https://www.eonline.com/news/1021242/inside-bethenny-frankel-and-jason-hoppy-s-custody-trial-rhony-star-gets-emotional-in-court?source=email&medium=emn-content-6&cmpid=evening&content=emn-news

🍊 The Juice Is Running Low…

Is this the end of Juicy Joe and his childhood sweetheart?

http://extratv.com/2019/03/06/teresa-giudice-explains-why-shell-split-with-joe-if-hes-deported?adid=extra_eme_26937_2019-03-06_features1

🎼 A Thursday Song…

Because there’s nothing the internet doesn’t have.

 

February 20, 2019 – Laura & Doc Reunite, Tamale Hell, the NJ Reunion is On, Teresa Tidbits, Laughing & More Harry

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

At the hospital, Maxie says Peter doesn’t have to keep her company. Peter says she told him that she wasn’t leaving without the test results. He tells her, it was a brilliant idea. She says it was easy to think of the manicure, but he says he meant Nina, and she says she got a sample from her coffee cup at Crimson. Soon they’ll find out if Sasha is Nina’s daughter, or Valentin manufactured the whole thing. A part of her doesn’t want to know.

At Kelly’s, Valentin says he’s pinching himself over Nina saying yes. She says he suckered her, and has just himself to blame. He gave her the greatest gift – her daughter. And here she is now.

Josslyn and Oscar sit at the counter. Oscar reads a letter saying, due to his medical condition, the DMV is unable issue him a driver’s license at this time. He says, like he has so much time left. Josslyn says she’s sorry.

Cameron reads Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth is proud of him. He says, for being bored out of his mind? but she says for taking the time to catch up on his schoolwork. She’d be prouder if he stepped up to support Franco. He says, if she believes Franco, he does too. She says she’s on her way to the arraignment. She wants to tell him something she doesn’t want him to hear from anyone else. Last night, she visited Franco at the police station, and they got married. Cameron laughs, then says, oh my God, she’s not joking. She shows him her ring, and says they’re now husband and wife.

Franco fingers his ring. Jordan asks how he’s holding up, and he says, so good. it’s the best day of his life. She knows it’s hard, but trusts him to make the right decision.

On the phone, Ava tells Ryan she thought they were going to meet, and head to the courthouse together. Call her. Julian asks, what’s up? She doesn’t seem happy to see him, and she always is. She says, it’s Doc. They were going to the arraignment together. He’s like, hmm… and she says, what? He says, nothing, but she says, it’s obviously something. He tells her, Doc seems to be taking over her life lately.

Alexis sees Lulu at the courthouse, and asks why she’s there. Lulu wants to see Franco charged with her own eyes. Alexis asks if her mother is with her, but Lulu says she just got a text. Her mother is tied up with mayoral stuff. She knows Laura wanted to be there, so it must be important.

Laura comes to, and she sees Doc lying near her. She asks if that’s him, and they hug. Sitting nearby, Ryan says, that is so touching. Does anybody have a tissue? He walks toward them.

Maxie tells Peter that it feels unfair; vindictive, like she’s out to get them. She doesn’t want Sasha not to be Nina’s daughter. Peter says she just wants the truth. She says she doesn’t want Nina walking into deception again. She wonders why Valentin has to do horrible things, and why he can’t leave Nina alone. She doesn’t get it. Peter does.

Nina remarks on Sasha’s manicure, and she tells Nina that it was Maxie’s idea. She invited Sasha to get her nails done. Valentin says they were talking about the upcoming nuptials.

Josslyn tells Oscar that they can still make the road trip happen. Oscar asks how they’re doing that. Hitching a ride? Taking the bus? She knows what they need, and tells him, come on.

Cameron says Franco is his stepdad, and Jake and Aiden’s. He can’t believe the marriage went down at the police station, but she says it was very meaningful. He asks if she’s lost it. Is she out of her mind? He knows she thinks this guy is great. She says Franco is her husband. She loves him, and she’s not turning her back on him. Cameron says there’s a difference between not turning her back and marrying him. What about Jake and Aiden? She says Franco loves Cameron’s brothers. Cameron tells her, this is life or death important. He asks if she couldn’t have waited, What if she’s wrong? She says, Franco didn’t kill anyone, and he says, that’s not true. Look on the internet. She says Franco worked hard to change. She believes him, and so do Cameron’s brothers. He says, they’re young enough to believe the sanitized version. He hopes Franco doesn’t make bail. He doesn’t want her bringing a potential murderer into their house.

Franco tells Jordan that Elizabeth is his entire world, and he’ll do what it takes to prove he’s worthy of her. The background music is from a Robert Rodriguez film, and it’s not the first time. Scotty tells Franco to tell the truth, and he’ll handle the rest. He knows what to do.

Ava tells Julian that Doc is keeping her sane right now. He’s glad she has someone helping her with her grief, but he wonders, if she hadn’t lost Kiki, if it would be so great. She says he’s not in a position to make that decision. She’s barely hanging on, and Doc is like an anchor. She can talk to him about anything, and that’s what she needs.

Alexis asks if Lulu is sure she doesn’t want Alexis to sit with her. Lulu says she’ll be fine. She’s lucky to have survived. Even if there’s no testimony today, she needs to be in court for those who can’t be. Alexis says she’s a fighter. She’s sure Lulu’s mother is proud.

Ryan wants Doc to tell Laura where they are. Oops, he forgot Doc can’t see. They’re in the basement at Ferncliff. It feels more like a dungeon. He says, back in the day, they brought the ultimate crazies there. He asks if they hear that. Voices from the past welcome them to hell. Hope you enjoy your stay. Laura says it was him the whole time. The perverted half that shouldn’t have been born. Ryan says he’s been resurrected. That should prove he deserves to live. He has the ability to evade the police too. Poor Franco. Laura says, oh my God. It was him. He says her daughter would have been the fourth if he hadn’t been struck blind. She says he’s a sick SOB and monster. He says it’s time for her to have a talk with her daughter. He’s taken the liberty of coming up with a script. No tricks, like with the prenup business. Laura wonders why she would help him when he’s going to kill her anyway. She tells him, get on with it, but he says, make the call.

On the phone, Lulu asks where is she? Laura say she’s still trapped in a meeting. That was an odd word for him to use. Was he being funny, or did he make a mistake? Lulu says, the arraignment is going to start. She wishes Laura could be there, but Laura says she can’t get away. She’ll call later. Ryan is glad she was convincing. It makes it so much easier. Laura says, to kill them? but Ryan says, he won’t; not yet anyway. He can’t take the chance their bodies will be discovered. Doc tells Ryan that he screwed himself. He would have gotten away with his ruse if he hadn’t killed. It was his own lack of self-control, giving in to his demented urges, that put him in this predicament. The only way out, is to get gone. Laura wishes Doc could see Ryan’s face. Ryan knows he’s right, and hates it. It must be hard, accepting that his brother is smarter than him. Ryan says see how smart his brother is when they’re starving and rotting. He leaves, and Doc asks if he’s gone. Laura says he is. She really him missed him so much. He says she has no idea. They kiss.

Ava has to get to the courthouse, and Julian says he’s just a phone call away. She tells him he should concentrate on her relationship less, and concentrate on his own relationship more. He says he and Kim are good. She was talking about Alexis.

Alexis goes into Kelly’s, and Nina calls her over. Valentin asks her how the watch is. She says any watch can keep time, but this one came with a message. Valentin asks if it’s about the power of love, but she says. more like the perils. Nina says they’re getting married, and this time it’s going to be different. She’s going to have her daughter by her side. She wanted to talk to Alexis in a legal capacity. She’s changing her will.

In the courtroom, Margaux asks if everyone is ready. Elizabeth approaches Franco, telling Jordan that they’re married. Lulu asks if Elizabeth is insane. Elizabeth is sorry for what happened to Lulu, and grateful she’s okay, but her husband didn’t attack Lulu. She believes him. Elizabeth and Franco look at each other, and I mentally beg him to give her a signal.

Lulu asks if this was Scotty’s idea. A cheap attempt at sympathy. Scotty tells her, go away. Margaux tells Lulu, don’t engage. It’s just the first step. She’ll get her chance. Jordan says Lulu has her word. Justice will be served.

Ryan gets to the courthouse. Ava says she left messages, and he says he was dealing with a patient. She says – wait for it – in dire straits, she hopes. Come on. They’re making a joke with that phrase now. He says he’s here for her now. Is she ready? She says, not really.

Oscar and Josslyn descend on Cameron, bearing food. Cameron says he and his mom got into it, but it doesn’t matter. Josslyn tells him the DMV won’t issue Oscar a license. Oscar says he has a car he can’t drive. How sad is that? Cameron guesses the trip is off, but Josslyn says, wrong. There’s a knock at the door, and Cameron hopes it’s not the tabloids. Trina walks in, and asks if someone mentioned road trip. They eat.

Peter tells Maxie, by no means is he defending Valentin, but he can see him going to these lengths for Nina, the incredible woman who swept him off his feet. He loves her. What is he supposed to do? Win the girl the way he knows how. Maxie says, by giving her the thing she wants most, because he can, but it’s a lie. Peter says, he doesn’t know how he’d live the rest of his life without this dazzling woman who changed him, and opened his soul. Of course he’ll lie. He has to. Maxie doesn’t know. What’s the point of being loved like that if your heart gets broken anyway?

Nina would like to include everyone in her will; Valentin, Sasha, and Charlotte. Sasha says she doesn’t have to, but Nina wants to. Alexis says her plate is full, but she can draft a copy in a couple weeks, and send it to Crimson. She walks away, and Nina follows. She tells Alexis that she’ll pay double the fee if the papers are drawn up before the wedding.

Sasha tells Valentin that she’s super uncomfortable.  Valentin asks if it’s more or less than the prospect of the wedding. He knows she tried to talk Nina out of marrying him.

Laura tells Doc that if his blindness is what Ryan had, it can be cured. He says, since they don’t have to rush, tell him everything that happened to her. She says she came home early to surprise him. As soon as she got there, she felt something was off, but didn’t know what it was. Ryan was pretending to be him. but everything between them was different. He says, like what? and she says, there are too many things to list. He tells her to give him the Cliff Notes. She says, one thing was, when she got back, he wasn’t happy to see her. Then, he conjured up a cold as an excuse for them not to be close. After that, he had a sleep study, and was out all night. He kept finding excuses to stay apart. Then one day, out of the blue, he asked for a separation, so he could be freed up to be with Ava. She says, my God. Ava. Does he thinks Ryan is going to kill her?

The People vs Franco Baldwin. Margaux says there are three charges of first degree murder, and the additional charge of attempted first degree murder. The judge asks Scotty how his client pleads. Scotty tells Franco, you know the drill. Franco looks at Jordan. Elizabeth smiles at him. The judge asks if he needs to repeat the question. Franco pleads guilty on all charges. Everyone looks shocked. Jordan’s face is like, good job.

Elizabeth asks what he said. Scotty tells him that he left out a key word. Franco says he knows, and Scotty asks what’s wrong with him? Ava doesn’t understand what’s gong on. Ryan says, neither does he. I’ll bet. Lulu says, thank God. Scotty asks for a moment with his client. He asks if Franco has lost his mind. Jordan tells Scotty that she knows he’ll invoke New York State vs Pedigrew. It won’t save him. Scotty says he knows exactly what he’s doing. The plea should be viewed in light of the mentally ill, and he refers to New York State vs Pedigrew. I laugh, thinking Jordan said that on purpose to remind him. Margaux says, he pled guilty, and the people agree. Scotty says, if the accused is incapable of assessing their innocence or guilt, their competency has to be evaluated before they’re sent to prison. It’s not just the law, it’s the humane thing to do.

Josslyn says Cameron has a car and a license. He says, a junior license. She wonders where they can go and be back by dark. Oscar says he’s never been to Niagara Falls, and it’s less than a hundred miles away. Josslyn says, if they leave by 7 am, they’ll get there and back, no problem. She knows Cameron is on probation. Trina says, because of her. She hooked him up. He brushes it off, but says he’s kind of grounded for the rest of his life. Josslyn says they’ll find someone else to drive. The last thing she wants is more trouble. She wants to see Niagara Falls. Oscar says, he does too… before he dies, and Trina asks if he really just went there. None of them have been there, and Cameron says, then that’s what they’ll do. I’m excited, since I spent a lot of time there as a kid, but on the Canadian side. It was a three-hour drive from our house.

Alexis tells Nina, if she’s harboring doubts about her once and future husband, maybe she shouldn’t marry him again. Nina says it’s not about doubting Valentin, or marrying him. It’s about committing herself to creating a family – fully. Is Alexis going to help or not?

Valentin says Nina told him what Sasha said. Sasha says she likes Nina. She likes him too. She sees how much he loves Nina. It’s beautiful and romantic, but she sees the likely ending not being happy. He says he can handle it. He can pull this off. He can keep these balls in the air. He has to. She’ll says she’ll see. He likes that she’s concerned about Nina, and glad they’re attached. He doesn’t think he has to protect Nina from her. Sasha says he doesn’t.

Laura says has no idea. None of them did. She actually thought she’d deluded herself about how much he loves her. Doc says, no, and Laura says, he’s still there. He hasn’t changed. Doc says, except for the eyesight. Laura says she kept looking in his eyes, trying to find him. She couldn’t. Now she knows why. She loves him. He says he loves her too, and they kiss some more.

Margaux says, the defense is clearly stalling. The right response is prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. The judge thanks her for the instruction, but he also knows the law. He hereby remands Franco to the state mental hospital – Ferncliff – for two weeks, until his mental competency is determined. Everyone is looking at everyone, and they all look more puzzled than anything else.

Alexis tells Nina that Valentin is her family too. He’s a Cassadine, and lethal. She’d tell Nina to ask her nephew, but she can’t. She doesn’t know how Nina can marry someone who’s done what Valentin did. Nina suggests Alexis tell her. It seems like the pull to Julian is pretty strong. She asks Alexis to put a rush on the papers. Julian comes in.

A lab technician comes out, asking if Maxie is the one who called ahead to arrange a DNA test. Maxie wants to see if it’s a match. The technician says they’re crazy busy. Unless it’s an emergency, it could take up to ten days. Maxie says, that’s too long. What if it is an emergency? The technician asks, what kind? and Maxie suggests giving her a list of what constitutes an emergency, and she’ll pick one. The technician says, that’s not how it works. Maxie says she’ll figure something else out. She tells Peter, now what?

Laura asks when the whole thing started. How long has Doc been in there. He says, the end of August; he regained his memory Labor Day weekend. She says, when he visited her in Paris… and he says it was all him. She says she didn’t come back for another month. It’s when he started missing phone calls, and cutting them short. It wasn’t like him. He says, it wasn’t him. She asks how he did it all this time. He says the memory of her and their love kept him going. He knew sooner or later, she would be the one to figure it out, and find him. She says she almost did. She came so close months ago. She and Carly came, because Carly wanted to make sure no one got abused like she did. She was also adamant about wanting to see the patient in the room next to her. He says that was him. She says she looked in, but it appeared empty. He says he was on the floor, but he heard them. Or thought he did. She says, it was her. She’s so sorry. The staff was there to open the room, but she stopped Carly because Ryan stopped her. He referred to it as a breach of protocol. This could have been done with months ago. She says, she’s here now. He says, they’re here now. They kiss yet again.

Ava is shocked. Lulu thought she’d feel vindicated. Ryan says, she doesn’t? She says, something feels off. Ava feels the same way. He’s going to Ferncliff. Maybe they’ll find the answers they need there. Elizabeth approaches Franco.

Josslyn says, so everyone is in for this weekend. Oscar can’t wait. He wants to kiss her by the Falls at sunset. Trina says they’re making her nauseous. Cameron says he can make everything happen except the sunset. Oscar says they’ll take what they can get. Josslyn says, Niagara Falls, here we come!

Maxie searches on her phone. She tells Peter there’s a lab in Poughkeepsie that can do them in 24 hours. She can make it before they close, and be back just in time to get James. If she says something before she leaves, Felicia will get it out of her, and Mac will give her a lecture. Peter asks if he told her he got a new sportscar. He’ll drive. She says he doesn’t have to. He knows. She thanks him, and says, on the plus side, she won’t be going into labor.

Nina comes back to the table, and Sasha tells her to talk wedding details. If she’s going to be maid-of-honor, she wants to know what she’s getting into.

Alexis is glad she ran into Julian. She wants to clarify what she said about therapy, when she said she was discussing the future. She was talking about the big picture; putting their relationship in the proper place, and not repeating the same mistakes. It’s not about their future. Julian wishes her luck. Just so she knows, even though he moved on and he’s happy, he would never consider what they had to be a mistake.

Laura tells Doc there has to be another way out. She’s going to try and find it. He’s sorry. He took a big chance provoking Ryan. He could have snapped and killed them both. Laura thinks he played Ryan perfectly. For months, he had everyone around him fooled, including her. It was Doc’s turn to be brilliant. He convinced Ryan to leave them there, alive. Now she needs him to use that big brain to help her find a way out.

Elizabeth says, why? and Franco says, because it’s the right thing to do. Interesting how he worded that. She slaps him across the face, throws the ring at him, and walks out. He picks the ring up, and you can tell he wants to cry.

Tomorrow, Cameron asks Elizabeth if she’s completely lost her mind, Harmony gives a warning to Shiloh, Jason says Shiloh is more of a threat than they thought, and Ryan asks Ava to marry him.

🍲 This week, Gordon spent 24 Hours to Hell and Back in LA at Los Toros, a decades old Mexican restaurant. Founded in 1967, the only Mexican restaurant in Chatsworth, they were known for their classic family recipes and strong margaritas. At this point, overworked owner Nick Sr. was in astronomical debt – $450K, including $200K on credit cards – and having health problems. One of them being, no surprise, high blood pressure. Taking over when his dad passed at 63 (!), Nick Sr. wanted to pass it on to his kids, but they didn’t seem very eager to take on the business. His daughter being busy with a family of her own, and his son just not ready. Gordon dressed up as a dad visiting the restaurant with his family. I actually liked the colorful busyness of the décor, but it might have been better suited to a boho patio than an eating establishment. The menu was one of those giant things where you know they can’t possibly do everything well. At Gordon’s meal, there was prepackaged food, rancid beef, and a bad aftertaste. Aware that Gordon would be coming – how long can he keep this secret a secret? – Gordon got out when he noticed how much the employees were looking around for him. The hidden cameras revealed unsafe temperatures, a filthy kitchen, and spoiled food. Nick Sr. immediately started arguing over things that were right in front of his face, and he was one of those, no; you, arguers. It was even pointed out how very many people got sick after eating there. Being a military man, it was also revealed that Nick Sr. was a control freak, and wouldn’t let his general manager daughter handle much of anything. Gordon knew he could fix the restaurant, but wasn’t sure he could fix Nick Sr. In speaking privately with him, Gordon found out that he hadn’t wanted to take over the business, but did it for his father. Now, he felt like his kids didn’t want to be there. Gordon thought the kids needed to step up, and Nick Sr. needed to go, but Nick insisted he wanted to be committed. Gordon created a new menu, smaller, and elevating the flavors. He showed Nick Sr,’s kids the video of their dad’s story, and discovered they were more interested than Nick Sr. thought. Gordon reinvigorated the staff, installed the best kitchen equipment, and toned down, yet turned up, the design. The relaunch had a shaky start, with raw chicken and a lack of communication, but the staff got it together, and Gordon said they now had a team. He said the atmosphere difference was night and day, and when Nick Sr. had doubts, to look at his dad’s picture, now hanging on the wall. At the three month mark, customers were amazed at the changes, and the kids were more assertive. Nick Sr. even went on a vacation with his wife Lucia. He was looking forward to what the future held. Next week, a two-hour, two restaurant finale, with two stubborn families, two daughters in distress, two chefs trying to hang on to their jobs, and two Gordons.

🍸 Andy said The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Reunion Part One looked like a sequin factory explosion, and he was right. There were a lot of sparkles,, jumpsuits, and jumpsuits with sparkles. Still living in her old house, Delores felt making a decision while she was in a vulnerable position (i.e, feeling the empty nest) wasn’t the answer. She isn’t sure what she’s going to do, but said she didn’t have to make a decision now. David’s house had been sold, and Frank was building him a new one, but Dolores made it clear that she wouldn’t be moving in unless David put a ring on it. We also found out that Dolores comes from a Paterson cop family, and once worked as a correction’s officer. In other news, Frank Jr. is single. The mail order bride and monkey’s a-hole comments were addressed, and Jennifer responded by harping that Marge Sr. was an adulteress, carrying on a twelve-year (!!) affair. When the Marge explained how monkey’s show off by displaying their behinds, I thought Melissa would lose it, and Delores did. We also discovered that Marge had been having an affair with Joe #3 for a good year and a half before they left their spouses. Everyone was pretty surprised, but I tried not to pass judgement, since I don’t know these people or what all else was going on. It did sound pretty unsavory, but the only people whose opinions matter, are the ones involved. Of course there was a discussion about (ugh) the necklace, bringing us to our first best quote: tequila doesn’t really help. Teresa called Jackie a stalker because she came to one book signing, and Jackie said she loses brain cells talking to Teresa. Teresa also griped at Melissa for not being on her side of the couch, giving us the next best quote of the night from Melissa – just because you raise your voice, doesn’t mean you’re right.  For some reason, Teresa had it out for Jackie most of the night, saying Jackie didn’t even talk to her own sister. I guess Teresa doesn’t watch her own show, since that was resolved at the end of the season. She also wasn’t paying attention at the reunion, since Andy had already discussed this with Jackie. Jackie said she wasn’t on the Teresa Show, but Teresa begged to differ. Then, when Teresa acted like a big shot because she had some best sellers under her belt, Jackie said she didn’t even write her own books and used a ghost writer. I doubt she’s any Carole Radziwill though. As usual, things kept degenerating, and when Teresa brought up Jackie’s comment about Joe #1, it ended with Teresa calling Jackie a cold-hearted bitch, and getting ready to throw something at her. What happened to the Zen and stuff? Throw her back in the pokey. Next time, the eternal question. Will Teresa leave Juicy Joe if he’s deported?

🍅 Just As Juicy As Joe…

Could Teresa have a boy toy?

https://radaronline.com/photos/rhonj-teresa-giudice-caught-cheating-holding-hands-boy-toy-blake-schreck-miami-photos-joe-giudice-prison-divorce/?utm_source=email&em_hash=72048a93bc8188334dc1071a32fe8f3b

Or is this the real story?

http://extratv.com/2019/02/20/teresa-giudice-spotted-with-much-younger-man-her-lawyer-tells-real-story?adid=extra_eme_26919_2019-02-20_rightnow5

And is this the real real? Personally, I don’t see her moving to Italy.

https://www.eonline.com/news/1008114/teresa-giudice-joe-and-i-will-go-our-separate-ways-if-he-s-deported-to-italy?source=email&medium=emn-content-2&cmpid=evening&content=emn-news

😆 Still laughing about the ending of last night’s HAHN episode. Hanna and Candace jumped on Jim like starving dogs attacking a filet mignon. It sure surprised the hell out of me, but Tyler Perry will do that.

😷 Now I Have It…

My husband has the man flu, and now I have… something. I’m trying to ignore it, because I don’t have time for it.

So for no reason other than I can’t think that hard, and yesterday’s tune reminded me of how good the soundtrack is.

 

 

February 13, 2019 – Cabot Doesn’t Work There, Gastro Hell, Seeing Red, Retro Andy & See You

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Stockholm, Sweden. Finn tells Robert he drives like a maniac. Robert wanted to get to the clinic before Cabot left. He says it’s a Bureau op, so he’ll do the talking. Finn says the man worked for the DVX. If he hears WSB, he might shut down. Finn thinks he should talk, doctor to doctor. He tells Robert to just sit there, and try not look so much like a spy. He told Anna that he’d check in. He calls, and tells her that they just got to the clinic. They’re hoping to see Cabot. He didn’t want Valentine’s Day to go by… Anna says, without saying he loves and misses her? He says, all of the above. She tells him that she has a special present, and comes around the corner, saying, happy Valentine’s Day.

Willow goes to the MetroCourt. She looks around, and says, maybe he’s just late. She calls Chase, and leaves message that she’s there, but doesn’t see him. She thought they were meeting after school let out. She says, if there’s any problem, call her. She starts to leave, and runs into Brad and Wiley. Wiley smiles, but Brad, not so much. I normally don’t pay much attention to the babies, but Wiley is a blast. He’s one of the most animated babies I’ve ever seen on any show.

At the hospital, Michael pulls an envelope out of his pocket, and looks at the contents. Chase asks how it’s going, and Michael says, better, now that Franco has been arrested. Chase says he knows it must be a relief that the alleged killer is behind bars. The evidence is strong. He just retuned a file to Doc; dark stuff. He sees the envelope and asks if Michael has a secret admirer. Michael says it’s someone they’d both love to forget. We see the return address is Nelle at the prison.

Kristina sits with Alexis at the MetroCourt, and asks why Sam wanted to meet. Alexis thinks she just wants to check in, since they’ve all been busy.

Sam tells Jason that she doesn’t want to go. Jason wishes she could stay. She has to go to the MetroCourt, and make Kristina and her mother believe they broke up. Jason wonders, what if it backfires? Kristina could get pulled in deeper. There’s a knock at the door. It’s Shiloh looking for Jason. They stay quiet, and Jason sees Shiloh is leaving a phone message. He says Kristina gave him Jason’s number. He heard Jason was at Beechers Corners, and had a chat with his friends. It’s not necessary. If Jason has questions, he can ask Shiloh. He knows where Shiloh is. He leaves, and Jason tells Sam that he’s gone. Sam says, that’s not creepy or anything. Kristina gave him the number, and now he knows where Jason lives.

Kristina tells Alexis that they didn’t just achieve a mini-breakthrough at Dawn of Day, but she had a heart to heart with dad her dad. She introduced him to Shiloh. He was scoping Shiloh out, and putting him on notice. Alexis says he does that to everyone, but Kristina says he has no reason to worry about Shiloh. That’s why she’s grateful Sonny invited her to dinner. He really listened when she told him DOD was like family to her. He didn’t challenge her or criticize. Alexis says she didn’t criticize either, and even went to a seminar. Kristina says she’s talking about dad. Alexis says Kristina has always had her own family with them, and always does.

Finn and Anna hug. He’s happy, but also confused. He thought she was keeping an eye on Obrecht. She says it was really counterproductive. Peter is in charge of his own life. If he wants to employ a woman who captured him and tortured him for weeks, who is she to interfere? Peter is doing it for Maxie; they’re edging toward a relationship. Obrecht is her mother-in-law and James’s grandmother, and Maxie wants to see the best in her. Robert says Anna is dangerously close to being Obrecht’s BFF. She says they have an armed truce. If Obrecht behaves, she won’t intervene, but if she goes back to her old ways, Anna will slam her. Meanwhile, she’s here to help. Robert says there’s a bar in the hotel lobby. She can wait there. Anna doesn’t think so. Robert says she can’t stay. If Cabot gets an eyeful of her, it blows the deal.

Michael says he thought of throwing it in the trash, unopened. Chase says, or setting it on fire? Michael says Nelle is getting under his skin, and knows it. Chase reads, thinking of you and sweet Jonah. Michael says he can see Nelle in her arts and crafts class, scoring points with the guards. Meanwhile, she’s twisting the knife. It always comes back to Jonah. She never misses the opportunity to bring up the son they lost. Chase says he can make a call to the prison, but Michael says, no. Chase wonders if he wants to hear from her.

Willow asks if Brad is coming back from a parent/baby group. She’s a big believer in early child development. Wiley must love it. Brad says he does, but it’s getting toward naptime. He has to get home. She thought he was headed into the restaurant. He says he was, but he’s had enough coffee, and he’s tired. You know what they says; you sleep when they sleep. She says he knows who she is, doesn’t he?

Sam asks what Jason is thinking. Jason says he went to Beechers Corners, and Sam wonders if it’s payback. Jason says it’s a message that he’s on Shiloh’s radar. A message that he’s pulling Sam in, and Jason doesn’t want to interfere. Sam says tonight’s theme is, true love begins with self-love. Jason says the last thing Shiloh wants is for him to step in and create distance. He’s going to try and get Jason to lash out, so Sam will move away from Jason, and closer to him. She says she’s telling her mom and Kristina that they broke up. Jason thinks her mom will be happy. Sam says Alexis likes him, just not with her. She says it’s temporary, just until she can get Kristina away from Shiloh. Now he knows where Jason lives, so they can’t meet up. Jason says, there are plenty of ways in and out of the building. That’s why he got the apartment. It’s not easy to track who’s coming in or going out. Sam says he thinks of everything. He says he thought he’d be avoiding the cops, and Sam says, instead, he’s avoiding the con. They kiss, and Jason tells her, good luck.

Anna asks if Robert just told her to wait in the hotel bar. He says, it’s a nice bar, and she says he can wait there. She and Finn will deal with Cabot. Finn loves the idea, but doesn’t think it will work. She says, how so? and he says she came to the conclusion herself. She said they could get closer to Cabot if she wasn’t there. She says she changed her mind. Robert says they don’t know how things were left with her sister. A woman comes in, and asks if she can them. Finn introduces himself, saying they came to confer with Cabot. Anna is sure she’s heard of Finn. He found the cure for Blackwood disease. She says it’s an honor to meet him, but she’s sorry. Their information is out of date. Robert says Cabot isn’t there? She says he’s there, but he doesn’t work there. He’s a patient.

Michael tells Chase, in a weird way, Nelle has done him a favor. The card had a different effect than she intended. She can’t get to him anymore. The pain of losing a son will never go away, but she wants to keep him imprisoned like her; trapped in the past. Chase isn’t sure Nelle is trapped, but she knows how to weaponize it. Michael says he has Jonah in his heart. Not even Nelle can take that away. It gives him the strength to live again.

Brad says, he knows who she is; Wisteria. She says, Willow, and he tells her he’s lousy with names. She’s Michael’s friend, the teacher. They talked at Charlie’s. He must sound like a helicopter parent; the kind a teacher dreads. He promises he won’t bother her with questions. She says, it’s no bother. She loves seeing them, which she’s sure he realizes. She says he knows she’s Wiley’s mother. He says he and Lucas weren’t told the name. She says he knows it’s her. Did Julian tell him? Does Lucas know? Brad says Lucas doesn’t know anything. How long has she known? She says, all that matters is that little boy. The child they both love. Brad asks if she’s trying to have a relationship with Wiley, and she says, yes.

Finn says, Cabot is a patient? Robert says they’d still like to talk to him. He won’t want to pass up a visit from Finn. The woman says Cabot hasn’t wanted visitor, but might make an exception. She leaves, and Anna says they’re not leaving until she finds out why she got the virus. Robert says Cabot and Alex could have parted enemies. Why risk it? Anna tells him, don’t ask her to wait in the bar, and Finn says, never ask something like that. Why doesn’t she get them checked in, and he’ll update her. She says she’s not going, and Robert tells her, stay quiet, and let him do talking. She says she always does. Cabot comes in, sitting in a wheelchair. He says Finn has him at a disadvantage. He doesn’t recall Finn’s name, and he’s unable to see his face.

Kristina tells Alexis that she’s adjusting her perspective. Things are almost perfect. Alexis asks, what’s missing? Kristina says, she is. They were just starting to make progress, and Alexis ran out of the session. Alexis says it doesn’t work for her. Kristina says it seemed like it did until Julian’s name came up. Alexis thinks they should take a theater trip, and Kristina tells her, come back for another try. It worked for them. Alexis thinks they’re in a good place, and Kristina says they are; thanks to Shiloh. Who knows what they could accomplish with more work. Alexis thinks she’ll stick to a more traditional path of self-discovery. Kristina says, okay. She’ll ultimately find something that works for her. Alexis sees that DOD is good for Kristina. She’s happy and found a place she feels she belongs. Kristina hears her, but tells her, just remember, if the traditional path doesn’t work, DOD’s doors are still open. She asks what Alexis is doing tonight. She should come to the Valentine’s Day event. Alexis says she hates Valentine’s Day, but Kristina says, it’s not a typical party. Alexis says she’ll be on her couch. Sam approaches the table, and says if she can go, Alexis can go. The flyer says, true love begins with self-love.

Dawn of Day is being decorated for the event. Shiloh says it looks fantastic, but they need to pick up the pace. Their guests are about to arrive, and to show others the path, their own way must be clear. Jason walks in. He says he got Shiloh’s message. He said Jason should come to him with questions. Here he is. Shiloh hears he took a ride to Beechers Corners. It’s a lovely town, and the people are sweet. Did he find what he was looking for? Jason says he met Harmony; she was helpful. Shiloh says she keeps everything together. He’d be lost without her. Jason tells Shiloh that she had good things to say about him, like Kristina, and she’s devoted. Shiloh says, not to him; to the mission. Jason says the mission seems successful in Beechers Corners. Even the local police are friends. Shiloh likes to think they appreciate the positive influence. Jason asks, if it’s so active, why did he leave and come to Port Charles?

Alexis asks if Sam is going to the Valentine’s Day party with Jason. Sam says, no; they’re not together. Alexis says, since when? Kristina asks what she means. They’re not together for Valentine’s Day or he’s out of town. She says they’ll both be in town, but she won’t be with him. She realized she’ll always love him, but they don’t have a future. Jason has been back for over a year, and they’re still not together. They’re lives have taken different paths. He’s wonderful and fearless, but refuses to change. He’s set in his ways. That’s okay, but he’s just not open to self-discovery. In the past few weeks, she’s realized self-discover is what she needs. There’s so much more she needs to know and explore about herself. Kristina thinks it’s a huge step toward enlightenment. She’s happy for Sam. They hug, but Alexis doesn’t look like she buys it.

Michael wonders where he should throw the card away. Paper and plastic, or toxic materials. Chase says, tough call. Michael has to get to a meeting, and Chase didn’t realize the time. He checks his phone, and hopes Willow’s not canceling. Michael says, are they… and Chase says they’ve just been out a few times. They seem to get along; she even likes his cooking. Michael says Chase really likes her. Chase says she’s the anti-Nelle. Open and honest, and she’s great with kids. Michael says she’s out of Chase’s league. Chase says, she’s had some real setbacks, and they didn’t make her bitter, but better, stronger. They get into the elevator, and Chase says he’s got it bad. Michael says it sounds like he’s got it good.

Willow tells Brad, of course she wants to be part of Wiley’s life, but she knows she can’t be. Brad says the adoption is finalized; he’s theirs. She says maybe when he’s grown, he’ll want to know who she is, but she can’t tell him for now. She can’t allow anyone, including Brad’s husband, to know. They’re wonderful parents, and it’s best for everyone, especially Wiley, if no one knows she’s his mother. Brad says so they’ll stick to the agreement. Like she said, all that matters is Wiley.

Finn says he’s a great admirer of Cabot’s work. He traveled from the US to confer with him, and had no idea. He asks when the blindness occurred. The woman says she’s sorry. She thought they knew each other. Cabot says he’s starved for a colleague to converse with. He tells the woman she can go, calling her Elsa. He tells Finn the blindness came on suddenly, without warning, a few months ago. Finn asks if it started with a severe headache, followed by a loss of consciousness, and waking up blind. Cabot asks how he knows. Finn says his field research was done in infectious diseases. Cabot says he created a synthetic interferon to replicate the human immune system. Finn tells Cabot that he’s treated other patients. Once the virus is cured surgically, it won’t reoccur. Cabot asks, who are the other patients?

At the MetroCourt, Michael sees Brad, who says he has to go. Michael says, not so fast. He wants to see his godson. It’s just what he needs to make it through a boring meeting. He can’t stay away from this kid. Willow doesn’t blame him. Chase arrives, apologizing for being late. Willow says she got know Wiley and his dad a little. Chase asks if she’s okay, and she says she was actually worried he might not show. He’s sorry. He lost track of time. They’ve been working him 24/7 since the attack. Why would she think he’d blow her off? She says she was worried she scared him off after telling him she gave up her baby.

Michael says Wiley is better dinner company that the head of the Port Charles zoning board. Brad doesn’t want to keep him, but Michael says he has a few minutes. He tells Brad that he heard from Nelle, and Brad asks what she said. Michael says, happy Valentine’s Day, in her twisted way. She wants him to feel guilty about losing Jonah. She’s never letting it go.

Finn tells Cabot the names of his patients are confidential. After two cases in Port Charles, New York, he isolated the virus. They both recovered their vision. Cabot asks why he should believe Finn, when every specialist has said otherwise. Robert says, he’s the best, and Cabot asks, who’s that? Finn says his colleague from Sydney, who’s also best at what he does. Cabot asks if Finn can give him back his sight, and Finn says he has every confidence. Cabot says, he may be blind, but he’s not a fool. Finn wants something. Robert says now Cabot is talking his language. If he helps them, they’ll help him.

Alexis asks Sam if this isn’t sudden. Kristina says Sam told them Jason has been there a year, and has acknowledged a barrier existed all along. Alexis says it’s no secret she has reservations about their relationship., but Sam always insisted there was a bond. Sam says her perception changed. There’s a real bond with him, but it’s holding her back. This is something she has to do. Alexis asks how Jason feels. Sam says, he doesn’t like it. He thinks it’s temporary. That’s why she’s going to the Valentine’s Day party at DOD. Shiloh wants her there. Kristina says, it’s not a big deal, and not to feel like she has to accept. Sam says she thought Kristina would be happy she’s going. Kristina wants Sam to be there. That’s what the evening is about; love and renewal. Not just for the lonely; for couples, friends, and family. Maybe it’s the kickstart she needs to move forward without Jason. Sam says, that’s the plan. She doesn’t need a man to complete her. Alexis says she’s seeing a new therapist, and thinks it’s good. Kristina asks if that’s the traditional path she was talking about. Who is he? Alexis asks what makes her think it’s a he? She says she shouldn’t have brought it up. It’s doctor/patient confidentiality. Sam says, not the therapist’s name. Alexis asks if Kristina doesn’t have a party to plan for. Kristina says, it’s not really a party. She’ll see Sam there. She leaves, and Alexis asks what’s really going on with Sam and Jason?

Shiloh tells Jason that he prefers direct questions. What does Jason want to know? Does he think Shiloh is taking over? Beechers Corners, Port Charles, then the world? Jason says he’s the one who said it. Shiloh says he’s been accused of a lot of things, but world domination isn’t one of them. Jason asks what he has been accused of, and Shiloh says, caring too much, offering something money can’t buy. There’s nothing up his sleeves or in a Swiss bank account. What you see is what you get. If he accepts it, he can move past the obstacles he puts in front of himself and Sam. Jason says it always comes back to Sam; the emails. Shiloh says they were sent without his knowledge, but he’s interested in anyone who turns from dark to the light. Sam is already taking steps and coming to their celebration tonight. He says there’s more than enough light. Why doesn’t Jason join them?

Willow says she didn’t mean to put all that on Chase. He’s glad she told him. Trust is everything.

Michael tells Brad, even in prison, Nelle is holding on. He told Chase she’s part of his past, and he’s focusing on the future. It’s looking bright, and a large part of that is because of Wiley. He makes everything better.

Cabot says his blindness surprised Finn, so Finn didn’t come expecting to treat him. He has something Finn wants. Finn says he wants to learn about Cabot’s research with identical twins. It was fascinating; he read every word. But it’s what Cabot didn’t publish that interests him most. Cabot doesn’t know what he means. Robert says the park of his work that he never intended to be made public. Cabot asks why he should tell them. Anna says, if he wants his sight back, he’ll answer their questions. Cabot knows that voice.

Sam tells Alexis that she won’t ask any more questions about Alexis’s therapist, if Alexis doesn’t ask about Jason. Alexis says, fine, but she’s warning Sam to be careful. Sam says she doesn’t have to worry. Alexis doesn’t know what Sam is up to, or why she and Jason aren’t together, or why she’s going to the Valentine’s Day party, but wants her to please consider it’s been tough for Kristina. She’s found peace and made friends. Please don’t spoil it. Sam says she’d never do anything to hurt Kristina. She’s doing this for her.

Shiloh tells Jason that Sam has taken the first step on the path to her best life. He can walk with her – them – or walk the same path he’s walked his whole life. But that path is a dead end. Jason says he’ll take his chances. He leaves, and Shiloh shakes his head. We see the Valentine’s Day sign that says, love begins with self-love.

Tomorrow, Cabot says Anna is the other one, Shiloh tells Sam to stop running, Jason asks Spinelli how dangerous Shiloh is, and Spinelli says murderously so.

🍔 On 24 Hours to Hell and Back, Gordon dressed like a hipster (or homeless person, I’m unsure since I missed the beginning) to visit Boardwalk 11, a gastropub and karaoke bar (my wheelhouse!) in Los Angeles. The secret camera showed us unbelievable levels of grease, green and rotten food (a chef suggested just scraping the mold off), and an employee who needed a breathalyzer. I’ve noticed that people who have probably never said, yes, chef! once in their lives, automatically say it to Gordon. Before the renovation even started, a cook got called out for inappropriate banter and was fired. Gordon said it was a toxic atmosphere, and owner Steve’s negativity had infected the whole staff. He wanted Steve (who looked a lot like a young Stephen King) to delegate, and in the process, another cook was let go. The décor was given a retro 70s feel, which I loved. Gordon promoted two women, both named Kat (!) to head chef and general manager. The place was jumping, and Steve seemed pleased. Gordon thought as long as the Kats were in charge, life would be beautiful, but the after he left, Steve made excuses to demote them. Some people just can’t listen and/or are resistant to change. Next time, a Mexican restaurant whose owner is throwing five decades of business down the trash.

🍳 Best quote from Gordon: We are not going down for an egg.

👜 This week’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey had Jennifer throwing a 16th anniversary party. Danielle and Teresa went fancy shopping for red dresses. The kind of shopping where you drink champagne and they bring the dresses out. Delores claimed Frank wasn’t holding her back, but she was standing in her own way. She told Frank that she needed a change of environment, and was ready to move out. He took it better than I expected, saying no matter what, he loved her and would be there for her. Is she sure she wants to move? The conversation emotionally exhausted her, and she needed a nap.

Marge got her ex Jan’s son (I have no idea which kids are hers, his, or whoever’s) to agree to a dinner with him, which was a huge step. Melissa confronted Joe #2 about his view of gender roles, and how it was affecting their daughter. Surprisingly, he caved quickly, saying a real man sucks it up and changes for his family. Melissa was also sending in a DNA test, hoping somehow this would connect her with her possible sister. Jackie got her mother a makeover, and told her about speaking with her estranged sister. Her mother was thrilled with both.

When Teresa told Milania that she was going to Jennifer’s 16th anniversary party, Milania asked if Jennifer didn’t want to spend the day with her husband. Teresa said she just spent the last 16 years with him, which we all found hysterically funny. At the party, there was Turkish food, hookah action, and some fake-money gambling. The most asked question by Danielle to Teresa was, was anything said about me? followed by, who said it? Marge didn’t even do anything, and Danielle bad-mouthed her, saying she was the toxidity [sic] in the group. No wonder she and Teresa get along, since they both make up their own language. She appealed to Teresa’s stupidity vanity by saying Teresa doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do. I’m not sure what’s up with Teresa that she’s not seeing what’s wrong with this picture. It’s a shame. I liked Danielle, prostitution whore and all, but not this season. Marty is obviously insane, saying once again that Joe #3 was jealous because Danielle is so hot. They had this argument way too close to the pool, and Marge finally pushed him in. Somebody had to. Although he popped right back up with his mouth still running. Jennifer missed the whole thing until Teresa started screaming at her to get a towel. Melissa couldn’t understand how Teresa couldn’t see that Danielle was a common denominator. One thing Jackie said that I appreciated, was that you don’t choose your friends based solely on how they treat you. You have to see how they treat other people. Thank you. I hate when there’s a totally toxic person, and one of them will say, but they’ve never done anything to me. If you’re treating my friends like sh*t, why would I want to be yours? And if say you’re not picking a side, you just did. The side of the wrongdoer.

This was the finale, so they had the blurbs about what’s happening with the cast. Delores is looking for an apartment that will take five dogs, a chinchilla, and a three-legged Guinea pig. She’s also looking for a boyfriend, so I assume things with David aren’t working out. Jennifer is helping throw a lavish Turkish wedding for her brother. Her husband will be coming along to keep her away from the tequila. Marge got a facelift, and Jackie mended the relationship with her sister. Melissa hasn’t found a sister yet, but did find out she’s 97% Italian. And we all know Juicy Joe is appealing his deportation ruling. I’m not particularly fond of either him or Teresa, more him, but I think he’s being treated unfairly. I think the court wants to make an example of him, since he’s a D-list celebrity. Next time, the Reunion, Part One.

🙊 One thing that gave me pause. Passing by Danielle on her way out of the party, Marge said, your husband’s in the pool. Danielle immediately said, who threw my husband in the pool? How did she know he was thrown? He could have fallen in or decided to go swimming if he was drunk.

💭 Speaking of things that make you go, hmm… Andy has been having a week of theme nights on Watch What Happens Live. What I call cheap shows, since they’re basically clips from old ones. It’s been fun to watch though. Everything from James and Lala practically getting booted off for using the f-word to Joan Rivers and Carol Burnett. The Clubhouse has done well for itself.

✋ Until Next Time…

 

January 30, 2019 – Not-Doc Visits Doc, Gordon Blesses Stone’s Throw, NJ Continues Their Embarrassment Tour, RIP Lou & Living Forever

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

The news breaks in to tell me it’s cold. Thanks. I wouldn’t have known.

Drew sees Kim at the MetroCourt bar, and asks if she wants company. She says that would be nice, and he says she’ll have what she’s having. She says, a sparkling water with lime. He says, sounds fun, and orders a real drink. She asks if he’s losing himself in work. She does it too. It keeps her from hovering. She knows they agreed to let Oscar live life the way he wants, but it’s hard.

Bobbie sees Lucas and Brad at the hospital. They’re dressed up, and she asks, what’s the occasion? Brad says, date night, and she says good for them. She wonders how they pried themselves away from adorable Wiley, but Lucas says he’s in good hands with his godfather. Michael loves Wiley as much as they do. Brad says, right.

Willow goes to Charlie’s, and orders coffee. Julian asks if there’s anything else, like proof he’s not seeing his grandson on the sly. She says she’s there because her yoga class is close by. Would he rather she go elsewhere, so he can violate their agreement? He says she signed off on the agreement that Wiley is Brad and Lucas’s child now. She says he signed off on staying out of Wiley’s life. He says he didn’t break their deal. How about her? Michael comes in with Wiley. This is starting to irritate me. All these people don’t want Julian around Wiley, yet they keep showing up with him at Charlie’s. And Julian is the bad guy.

Robert says Anna’s place is downright homey. Finn says, it’s quaint, but they make do. Anna serves tea. Robert suggests the put their domestic bliss to rest, and discuss Cabot. Anna says she finds Robert’s subtlety charming. He says she claims she’s never spoken to Cabot, but the bureau says otherwise. Who should he believe?

Not-Doc/Ryan arrives at Ferncliff. He says, it better be important. They should be able to provide whatever attention a patient needs, especially a sedated one. Head nurse Kay says they’ve done all they can. She had no choice but to get him there before it’s too late. They go into Doc’s room, and he’s lying unconscious on the bed. Ryan asks if he’s died.

Michael explains to Willow that Wiley’s daddies are on a date night. Julian says he might have to see Wiley’s ID. Michael says Wiley isn’t drinking, and he’s just there for takeout. Julian goes to the kitchen to check on Michael’s order, and Willow asks how Lulu is. Michael says she’s still shaken, but she’s going to pull through. They’re fortunate. Willow says Charlotte wasn’t in school. She feels terrible for Charlotte and her little brother. Michael says Rocco is staying with his grandmother. Lulu is doing well, considering. She has a lot of support. Julian tells Michael that the kitchen is backed up, so his order is delayed. Michael asks Willow to join them while he and Wiley wait, but Julian thinks that’s a bad idea.

Josslyn and Oscar stop by Charlie’s. Oscar says he didn’t realize how far it was from the library. Once he gets his license, they won’t have to trek there. Josslyn is glad he came back to school, and Oscar says, to be honest, he missed it. He missed this too. After all that time in the hospital, it’s nice feeling like a normal kid. Josslyn says she doesn’t mind spending more time with him. He asks if she’s bored yet. She says, no, and she could never be bored with him.

Kim tells Drew the news about Oscar traveled fast. She can see it on people’s faces. They don’t know how to act. Drew says he doesn’t want every interaction with Oscar being about making the most of the time he has left, but it’s always there. Kim says, it’s good to pretend to have a normal life, and an ordinary routine. Oscar went back school, and he and Josslyn are studying at the library. Just ordinary kids in high school. Drew says maybe they should follow suit, and be ordinary parents. He asks what she’s doing for dinner, and she says she has a freezer full of delicious microwave meals. Drew says, that’s very sad, and asks her to let him buy her dinner.

Finn says Robert can’t be calling Anna a liar, and Robert says, she’s a spy. It comes with the territory. Anna admits she’s stretched the truth once or twice, but he’s done the same. Anna says she lies when the circumstances dictate, but she’s never met Cabot. Robert says there’s proof otherwise, and shows her a picture of Anna with Cabot (whose back is to the camera).

Ryan tells Kay this is disappointing. How did they let this happen? Kay apologizes, and Ryan checks Doc’s pulse. Doc grabs him by the tie, and says, got you! Ryan breaks free, and says, not anymore. We realize Doc can’t see.

Kim says dinner is nice, and Drew says better than microwaved food. It’s a nice break in the new old routine. Kim says she’s forgotten how to live. Drew thinks maybe they should make a pact, and remember how to live now and then with the small stuff. She says she’s in; what’s next? He says there’s a long weekend coming up; President’s Day. They could take Oscar to the mountains. He can rent a cabin. Oscar will probably want Josslyn to come too. Lucas and Brad approach their table. Kim says they clean up well. Brad says they were in dire need of a date night, and Lucas says it’s a challenge not to think of their son. Kim says, you never stop thinking about your kids.

Josslyn asks if Oscar misses bussing tables, and he says, parts; not the floor mopping. He’ll always be grateful to Julian. He helped Oscar establish his independence. Josslyn is sure his mom appreciates it, but he says he never sees them together, and she doesn’t talk about him anymore. She’s been spending more time with his dad. Josslyn says, that’s nice (WOTD) for everyone involved.

Julian tells Michael that he likes spending time with Wiley, but Michael shouldn’t bring him there. He has a responsibility to honor his word not to be involved in Wiley’s life. Michael says as soon as the order is ready, they’ll be on their way. Julian thinks the solution is to keep his distance. Michael says they probably should have gotten takeout somewhere else, but then he wouldn’t have run into Willow.

Robert asks Anna if the picture rings any bells, but she says, no. She thinks it looks doctored; she can’t see Cabot’s face. Robert says her excuses are understandable, but not helpful. Anna says that’s not her. She’ll take a lie detector test. She’s never met the man, but she knows who did though.

Ryan asks when Doc went blind. Kay says, last night. They left messages, but didn’t hear back. He says, it must have happened at the same time. Doc asks what’s happening to him, and Kay says, the patient should be transferred to GH. Ryan says that’s the last thing he needs, but she says they have a world-renowned eye clinic, with expertise and resources Ferncliff can’t match. The patient went blind for no apparent reason, and standard protocol says he should see a specialist. He tells her, that will be all, and he’ll call if he needs her. He closes the door. He tells Doc, his identity was stolen, he’s locked up in a loony bin, and now he’s blind. It hasn’t been his year. Doc says if Ryan has an ounce of humanity, he won’t leave him like this. Ryan says, humanity is boring. Let’s talk business. Doc’s condition is treatable. Doc asks how he knows, and Ryan says he also went blind last evening. He had a terrible headache, and passed out. When he regained consciousness, he only saw darkness. He feels Doc’s pain, his panic, helplessness, and frustration. He was there a few short hours ago. Doc says, please, if there’s a way to restore his vision, get him treatment. Ryan says he’ll think about it. Meanwhile, he needs something from Doc.

Drew looks at Brad and Lucas, and tells Kim, clearly, those two are enjoying their night. She remembers when Oscar was Wiley’s age. Those are moments to cherish.

Brad says they owe Lucas’s sister. He thinks the wine she comped them is as expensive as their mortgage. He asks Lucas, what’s wrong? Lucas says, nothing. He’s wondering if he told Michael about Wiley’s diaper rash. Brad says, he did; twice. Lucas questions whether they should call and explain Wiley can still have formula, even though he’s transitioning to solid food.

Michael tells Willow it’s family drama that Wiley is mercifully too young to understand. He tells Wiley, ignorance is bliss. Willow asks if he speaks from experience. He says he, too, was surrounded by family drama he was too young to understand. He thinks that’s how he ended up being the responsible one. He says it’s more than she needed to hear, but she says she’s interested. He says his point is that kids pick up on more than adults realize, but she probably knows that, being a teacher. Willow says he should have been one; he’s good with kids. She apologizes for being insensitive. He says he was the second oldest in a large, complex group of siblings, and has experience with kids. She thinks it helps being around other children, especially one as perfect as Wiley.

Kim says she and Drew are starting out as parents, and Drew takes solace that he’s skipping not getting more than two hours sleep, tops. Kim doesn’t envy that, but would take Oscar at that stage in a heartbeat. She wouldn’t change a thing. Drew would. He should have been there. She says he’s been there when she’s needed him most.

Brad and Lucas make a deal to enjoy the evening out, and not talk about Wiley. Lucas asks what Brad’s thinking, and Brad says about how his life turned around. He was used to everything being about what he wanted, and now it’s about he-who-shall-not-be-named. Life feels bigger, more grounded. Lucas says he’s even learning to tolerate his father, in small doses. They’re growing up, and there’s only one person to blame. They both say, Wiley, and clink glasses.

Josslyn asks Michael how Lulu is. He says, much better, and introduces Willow to Josslyn and Oscar. He asks what they’re up to, and don’t say finding a way to access the catacombs. Oscar says, they did. They didn’t make it, but they got close. Josslyn decides to get hot chocolate, and leaves Oscar to tell the story. Julian tells Josslyn that he’s glad to see Oscar. He misses Oscar’s expertise in bussing. Josslyn says Oscar is better. He’s doing good, partly because of Julian. She thanks him.

Anna tells Robert, Alex. Find out where she was when the photo was taken. Finn says Anna’s twin had the meeting? Anna says Alex has an inconvenient habit of showing up in places she’d never go, and implicating her in things she’d never do. Robert says she was in Eastern Europe when the photo was taken, but that doesn’t explain how Anna contracted the virus. Anna says, it’s obvious.

Doc asks what Ryan wants, and Ryan says, information. Has he ever met a doctor named Arthur Cabot? Doc says he’s met a lot of doctors; be more specific. Ryan says Cabot had dealings with the WSB. Doc starts to say, why would he… Cabot? Ryan says, yes. Doc says they met years ago, at Cabot’s request. He wanted to discuss a mutual interest. Ryan says, which was? and Doc says, him. Cabot’s research focused on identical twins.

Kim tells Drew that Oscar was always her whole world; he has Scout too. She says, sorry. it just came out. He says it’s a valid question. He loves both of his kids equally. The relationships are different, but they’re still both his kids. She says she heard Scout is a miracle baby. Drew gives Scout credit. She had a helluva entrance into the world. Kim asks him to tell her.

Lucas asks if Brad wants anything else, but he’s good. Brad says, who are they kidding? They miss Wiley. Lucas says the good news is he’s just a phone call away. Lucas calls Michael.

Julian asks Josslyn what he’s done for a thank you. She says he took a step back. Now Kim can focus on being there for Oscar. When she first asked, she thought it was a long shot, and expected him to be selfish. He surprised her. She thanks him again, and says it means a lot to Oscar, who means a lot to her. Julian tells her to take care of Oscar. Busboys who don’t break dishes are a rarity.

Willow says she’d share Oscar’s story with her students, but doesn’t want them getting any ideas. Michael gets a call. Lucas says he can tease them all he wants. They’re being those parents. Michael says they’re pretty cliché. Wiley is getting a lot of attention and love at Charlie’s. Lucas says they’re wrapping it up, so he’ll swing by to get Wiley. Brad suggests Lucas go to the hospital to check on Lulu. He’ll get Wiley and bring him there.

Finn mumbles to Robert that Anna acts like she knows it all. Robert says he hates when she does what she does, and Anna says she can hear them. She has the advantage, being an identical twin. So is Doc. Finn wonders if it’s possible Doc’s twin contracted the virus, but Robert says, Ryan has been dead for twenty-five years.

Ryan asks Doc what the inquiry was, but Doc says he wasn’t interested in working with Cabot, and never found out. Ryan says he’d better not be holding out. Doc says he held up his end of the bargain. If there’s a treatment that can restore his sight, he wants it. Ryan thinks he’s better off in the dark. There’s been so much change since his absence. Doc says, Laura, but Ryan says she’s the least of his worries. She’s been elected mayor, and chose to be sworn in as Laura Webber. She finally gave up on their marriage. The divorce will be finalized soon. Doc says, good. Anything to keep her far away from him. Ryan says, ever the optimist. He might change his mind when he finds out what happened to Lulu. Someone tried to kill her.

Drew tells Kim it was cold, and Sam was abducted by her crazy aunt, Olivia Jerome. Kim says Julian told her stories, and Olivia sounds deeply disturbed. He says Sam escaped, but fell down an embankment in the snow. Kim says, she was all alone? and Drew says, she was. He’s never been that scared. He’ll never forget looking over the bridge, and seeing her. He got there just in time for the delivery. Scout was perfectly fine, but Sam passed out, and he carried them up the road. Kim says he was very lucky to be able to save his daughter.

Josslyn tells Oscar, once they’ve finished their homework, they can work on the planner. Oscar has some ideas, but the most important thing is to live every moment to the fullest. It will be easier when he gets his license. She reminds him it comes with restrictions in New York, but he says they can check out neighboring states without restrictions. Brad comes in, and thanks Michael for taking care of Wiley. Michael says he and Wiley had a bet going on how long Brad and Lucas would stay out. He won. Brad remembers that Willow is a teacher. He’d love to get thoughts on when Wiley should join a playgroup. Julian says he can help get Wiley in the car, but Brad says he was just getting know Willow.

Anna says they need to speak to Doc. Finn says he already denied knowing Cabot, but Robert says a lot of people lie during the first questioning, and the truth comes out in the follow-up. Finn says he’s a psychiatrist with strong ties to the community. Anna says in less than a year, he’s gone from having married Laura to hanging around with Ava. Maybe he’s not such an upstanding citizen. Maybe he’s covering up something. Assuming he’s a liar, how do they get him to tell the truth. Finn says this is no place for enhanced interrogation, but Robert doesn’t think it will come to that.

Doc asks what Lulu ever did to Ryan. Ryan says, it was strategic intervention. She was getting too close to the truth. He was concerned when she survived, but the trauma caused a memory block. She can’t remember a thing. His phone dings. It’s a text from Anna, saying she needs to talk. Come over immediately.  He tells Doc that he has to run. Doc says, get used to it. He’s going to be doing a lot of it when they realize he tried to kill Lulu. Ryan says he’s become an expert at avoiding law enforcement’s efforts, but Doc says, when Sonny finds out Ryan attacked his daughter-in-law, he’ll exact his own justice. Ryan says he and Ava are starting a new life away from Port Charles. Soon enough, the divorce will be finalized, and they’ll be leaving. Doc asks if Ryan is taking Laura’s money, but Ryan says they’re leaving with what they brought to the marriage. Doc says, except for the prenup. He tried talk her out of it, but Laura insisted. He figured they’d never need it. Now, Ryan is going to take off with the money intended for him. Ryan says Laura is nothing if not generous, and devoted to Doc. He thanks Doc for pointing it out. Doc says he’s done enough; leave Laura’s money alone. Ryan tells him not to work himself into a tizzy. Close his eyes, and have sweet dreams. Oh, forgive him. Doc doesn’t have to close his eyes anymore. He leaves, and Doc says, you’re the blind one, brother, and calls Ryan a fool. I’m guessing there is no prenup. I certainly don’t remember anything like that.

Anna thanks Ryan/not-Doc for coming so quickly. Finn says, with his help, they can prevent others from getting the virus. Not-Doc says he’ll try to help if he can. Robert says tell them about Cabot. Not-Doc asks them to forgive him. He completely forgot, but wracked his brain, and remembered meeting him. Robert asks if he recalls what they discussed. Not-Doc says, identical twins. Robert asks what Cabot was after, and not-Doc presumes information on his experience with his brother, but he had no interest, so he never got the details. Robert says Cabot was working with the WSB, but not-Doc says he reached out independently. It was years ago. It’s not possible it has anything to do with what’s going on now.

Kay tells Doc to relax, calling him Wilson. He says his name isn’t Wilson. It’s Dr. Kevin Collins. The man who just left was admitted as Wilson Ritter. Kay says he knows what happens when he gets too excited. She doesn’t want to see him in a straitjacket, especially now. He says there’s only one person who matters now – Laura.

Anna wonders if Doc told them everything. Robert isn’t sure. He seemed defensive, and too eager to leave.  Anna says they’ll have to look elsewhere. They know the virus was initiated by Cabot, but have more questions than answers. Why identical twins? Was the blindness intentional or an accident? Robert says, maybe the experiment went wrong. Finn says, even worse, what if it went right?

Drew tells Kim that he’s sorry he brought up the story, but she says she asked. It’s quite inspiring. It’s inspiring what a parent’s love and determination can do. Because of him and Sam, their daughter was kept warm, and because of that, their daughter is in their life. Drew says, now he’s in hers.

Josslyn tells Oscar that they might as well walk. They can still make it an adventure. It’s how you look at it. He says she’s right. It will be an adventure as long as he’s with her. They kiss.

Lucas comes to hospital. Bobbie asks, what happened? He says, date night ended earlier than expected. They missed Wiley. She tells him, better luck next time. He says, at the rate they’re going, it will be another ten years. She says, try again next week, and if they can’t stick it out, keep trying. It’s important that they spend time together; Wiley will have a happier life. Happy parents, happy baby. Lucas says he and Brad have been through so much, nothing can come between them.

Julian needs a word with Brad. Michael tells Willow that he’s starting to feel guilty, keeping her from yoga class. She says she’s in no rush.

Brad tell Julian that he can’t blame him for Wiley being there. Julian says Wiley isn’t the problem; it’s her. Brad says, the schoolteacher? Julian says, she thinks she’s Wiley’s birth mother.

Tomorrow, Kristina wants Alexis’s respect, Valentin will be in Peter’s debt, and Franco says whatever it is, he didn’t do it.

🔥 On 24 Hours to Hell and Back, this time Gordon dressed up like Mrs. Doubtfire to eat at Stone’s Throw, a family-owned, fine dining restaurant in Seymour, CT. Right off the bat, there was a bad smell. Literally. Gordon said the restaurant was so dated, if it wasn’t for the river view, no one would be there. Dry salmon, rancid lobster, and old, dry duck were served. At least no one spit in anything, but one of the biggest reveals was improperly stored and moldy food. Gordon thought the owner was in denial, and had checked out. Apparently, the whole staff was nose-blind as well. Opened clams were found disgusting, and no doubt contributing to the odor and some marinated chicken nearly choked Gordon when he took a whiff. He yelled a lot, made everybody smell stuff, and taught them how to cook. In changing up the décor, he discovered a beautiful slate floor under the crappy carpeting. When Gordon’s time was done, he said it was worth every brutal, painful moment. The owner felt alive again, and a million miles away from where he was. He found his voice, and fell back in love with cooking. Stone’s Throw was back. Three months later, the owner said standards were back, the staff was positive, and the operation was running smoothly. He and his wife were even able to get away. He said they were taking baby steps, but headed in the right direction. Next time, Gordon visits a family-run restaurant in Kansas City, with daughters so off-key, it will take more than 24 hours to get them to face the music.

🐪 The Real Housewives of New Jersey were still in Cabo. Jennifer admitted when tequila is in her, she’s not nicey-nicey. I don’t think she’s nicey-nicey without tequila. She went shopping with Teresa, Melissa, and Danielle, while the others stayed poolside. Melissa wondered why Teresa was feeding Jennifer shots, after six-months of abstaining herself. Why wake the beast? Jennifer insisted that the tequila had only given her courage to say how she really felt. I’m starting to think she’s just not likeable, drunk or sober. Melissa was pissed that Teresa kept giving Danielle and Jennifer passes for their bad behavior. At the pool, Marge found a picture of a monkey’s ass to confirm her point about Jennifer’s lip liner. At lunch, Melissa tried to prevent Jennifer from another tequila episode, but Jennifer took that as an opportunity to justify her previous attack on Marge. When Marge said that Jennifer’s husband slept in the pool house, Jennifer said she didn’t care where he slept. This left Marge wide open to intimate that Jennifer’s husband had a girlfriend. Afterward, Marge apologized – saying she’d only said it to hurt Jennifer – and Jennifer told Delores they didn’t make peace, but made nice. WOTD here too.

The ladies went on a camel ride, after feeding the camels some kind of fruit. It was so cool! Teresa wanted the smallest camel, and no surprise, was terrified. At lunch, Jennifer told everyone she was having a red party for her anniversary. In a clip, her husband figured that meant his bank account would be in the red. Because of her brother’s impending marriage, Jennifer was going to be spending a lot of the summer in Turkey, so the party was in a week. I’ve started wondering if you stop planning ahead when you’re rich, since they continually announce party invites five minutes before the event. During dinner, just when things were going well, Danielle brought up the monkey’s ass again. Then Teresa fueled the fire by focusing on what Marge had said about Jennifer’s husband. Marge said Danielle was irrelevant, and Danielle said she never saw Marge’s kids around. Marge wondered why Teresa couldn’t see through Danielle’s lies, saying, she’s an old dog with no new tricks. Danielle wouldn’t shut up about Marge’s kids and grandkids, and Marge finally threw a drink at her. Danielle then went off to the point where a producer, or security, or some outsider, had to get involved and intervene. In her interview, Delores said family was off-limits by unwritten law, and if Danielle had talked about her kids, she’d have no teeth left. Marge thought Danielle poisoned Teresa against her, and Melissa accused Teresa of drinking the Kool-Aid. She said Danielle had Teresa running in circles. The show ended with Melissa getting in Jennifer’s face. Since it was the later airing, there was no preview. Sometimes, I don’t know why I torture myself watching some of these shows. They go to the most spectacular places, and act like trash.

👽 I’ll Always Remember Him As Lou and Dan…

In Fame (1982) and V:The Final Battle (1984), respectively.

https://comicbook.com/movies/2019/01/30/the-gremlins-and-terminator-actor-dick-miller-dead-at-90/

🎶 Memories…

Lee Curreri used to make my heart beat faster. Useless trivia: Lori Singer is Marc Singer‘s sister. Marc still makes my heart beat faster.

 

 

 

 

January 9, 2019 – Margaux Visits Lulu, Hell in Allentown, a Turkish Engagement, an Interesting Combo, a Wives Listing, Some Sweet & Some Thoughts

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Alexis says an explanation of Cameron’s motives may or may not play with the judge. She’s hoping for one who has a soft heart. Judge Carson can be a bit of a hardnose. The bailiff tells everyone to rise. Presiding today, is the honorable Naomi Carson. The court comes to order.

At The Floating Rib, Laura thanks Carly and Sam for coming. She knows their family must have divided loyalties. Sam says Ned has done a great job, but the city isn’t a business. Carly says, Port Charles isn’t a building project; it’s a community, and Laura should run it. If nothing else, Laura hopes she’s made the public aware of some important issues. At the end of the day, it’s all they can hope.

Still looking through files, Curtis tells Jordan, this is some messed up stuff. It just keeps getting darker. He thinks Ryan did the world a favor by incinerating himself. Margaux walks in, and asks if there’s been any progress. She asks to talk to Jordan in her office, and Jordan wonders if she has a problem with Curtis being there. Margaux says she’s not comfortable with the PCPD bringing in a PI. Curtis offers to leave, but Jordan wants him to stay, saying they’ve realized the killer might be taking cues from Ryan Chamberlain. Margaux asks what kind, and Jordan says, the kind not available to the general public. They might have access to police files.

Olivia tells Ned, it’s easier to come in and criticize after the fact than roll up your sleeves and rebuild after an earthquake. She thinks people should be more appreciative of what he put in. He says, no matter what, he’s proud of what they’ve accomplished. Even when things went south after the earthquake, he had the best first lady. She says, the mayor wasn’t shabby either. He tells her that their interview with Lulu is about to start.

They put on the TV, and Lulu thanks them for inviting her into their home. By the time this airs, the campaign will be over, and people will be casting ballots. She asks how they feel. Olivia says she’s exhausted from the campaign trail, but excited for the future. Lulu asks, what about hopeful for a win?

Sonny drops by Lulu’s place. He was in the neighborhood, and wanted to check on her and the kids. She tells him that Charlotte is at Valentin’s this week, and Rocco is at the Quartermaine’s. Sonny says their family must be conflicted over the campaign. Lulu says she supports her mother, but her son is having a sleepover at her opponent’s house. Sonny is there to talk about a certain someone who’s off undercover. Does she know when Dante is coming home?

Laura thanks Mac for playing host. He says he’s happy to support her in any way possible, but wishes Doc was there to do the same. He supported her at the town meeting; he was warm and sincere. Maybe it’s a sign he’s coming around. She says she appreciates Doc’s support, but he doesn’t want to reconcile.

Carly can’t stop thinking about Oscar, and Sam can’t stop thinking about Drew. Scout will never know her brother; only through pictures and stories. She says Carly must be proud of Josslyn. It must be hard on her, but she wouldn’t be surprised if Josslyn found a cure or a miracle. Carly says, Josslyn is in denial. She can’t let herself believe she’s going to lose Oscar. She’s a fighter, and her first instinct is to take action and find a solution. Sam says, like her mother, and Carly adds, and her father. But soon she’ll have to face reality. Oscar will die, and she’ll be left to grieve. Sam is sorry, and Carly says she’s sorry too, and furious there’s no one to blame.

Margaux asks on what basis do they think the killer is mimicking the Chamberlain murders? Curtis tells her the driver’s license is missing from the victims; the same as in the other murders. Margaux says that information was never relayed, and Jordan says there aren’t any notations. It’s possible it wasn’t noticed until they made the connection. They were looking at the catalog of the victims’ personal effects. Curtis adds that they cross-checked it will all the victims’ files. They were all without driver’s licenses. Margaux says they never realized there was a pattern, and Jordan says there’s no way to know for sure unless they talk to Sean Donnelly. He was commissioner at the time. She gets out her phone, and asks for his number. She says she knows he lives overseas.

Sonny tells Lulu, dealing with his dad puts things in perspective. He doesn’t want to miss another holiday with Dante. Lulu says she heard from Dante on New Year’s Eve. He sends his love, but there were no details. He said he’d be out of touch for a while, so she got the impression that he’s going further undercover. Sonny asks if she told him what was going on, but she says she skipped that there’s a serial killer on the loose. Sonny tells her he has people watching her house, and she says she noticed. He says he can send a driver too, but she doesn’t want to be tripping over bodyguards. She told Dante everyone is okay, and work is keeping her busy. Telling him about the killer would worry him for no reason.

Olivia tells Ned the exit polls are neck and neck. She asks if he’s concerned about a repeat of the eleventh hour derailment of Alexis’s campaign. He says he and Laura kept their pledge; it was fair and square. They have a difference of opinion on some issues, but they both have mutual respect for the process, and a deep commitment to Port Charles. If he wins, he’ll do his best, and if Laura wins, he’ll support her. Olivia says, it’s possible to disagree and still respect someone as a person. She’s proud of how they both restored integrity to the politics of Port Charles. Ned tells Olivia that she’s been fantastic, and she says, so was he.

Alexis tells Judge Carson that her client is only sixteen-year-old. It’s his first offense, and has no record. It could be categorized as an error in judgement. Should it be used against him for the rest of his life? Judge Carson says the dealer is also a minor, and got twelve months in juvenile detention. Why should Cameron get a pass? Alexis says Cameron wrote a letter to the court, and asks if he can be allowed to read it. The judge agrees.

Cameron apologizes to the court and his fellow citizens for the mistake he made. He knew he was breaking the law, but did it anyway. He regrets it, and it won’t happen again. He’s not saying he won’t mess up – everyone does – but in the future, it won’t be illegal. He promises to learn from this experience, and be a better person. Alexis says, in light of Cameron’s sincere apology, she asks for an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. Elizabeth asks to speak, and the judge allows it. She says she’s proud of her son for taking responsibility, but his apology is incomplete, and the court should know why he did what he did.

Sonny’s heart goes out to Lulu, waiting for Dante, and raising the kids on her own. He tells her that he’s always there to support her. She says she knows, but it’s nice to hear it. He has to meet Carly at her mom’s party, and Lulu says she’ll be following right behind. She just has a little work on an article to finish up. Sonny says he has a simple request. Don’t be afraid to kick Dante in the butt. The next time she talks to him, tell him time to come home.

On the phone, Jordan says to send her regards to the commissioner from his PCPD family. She tells Curtis and Margaux, sad news. She spoke to Tiffany, and Sean is having trouble recalling what month it is, so he’s out of the picture. Margaux says, it’s a dead end. Jordan says, maybe not. There’s someone who still lives in Port Charles who’s closely involved with a woman Ryan was obsessed with.

Carly tells Sam that she doesn’t know what she’d have done in Kim’s place. She hopes she never finds out, but keeping Oscar’s diagnosis a secret affected a lot of people. Sam says, including Josslyn. Carly says when she looked in Josslyn’s eyes, she saw a girl who’s strong, resolute, and haunted. She’s way too young to look like that.

Mac says, the exit polls are too close to call. It could go either way. Laura takes comfort in knowing she’s running against Ned. If he wins, she won’t be horribly upset. They disagree on certain things, but she respects him. Mac says that’s exactly why she should be mayor; she’s a fundamentally fair person. Carly asks Mac for more beers, and asks Laura how she’s holding up. Laura says she’s more nervous than she cares to admit. Carly says she ran a great campaign, and she loved Laura’s platform, especially holding Ferncliff accountable. Laura tells her that Doc reminded her Ferncliff is for the criminally dangerous, and to proceed with caution. He said he’d keep an eye on Ferncliff. Carly asks if she believes him, and Laura says, yes; doesn’t she? Carly says, no.

Carly asks Laura if she remembers how she kept asking about a patient when they toured Ferncliff. She had a friend look into it, and they said the patient’s name was Wilson. Laura says, first or last? Carly says she didn’t know, but Doc said he’d check it out. He told her the patient’s name is Wilson Ritter, and he has a history of violence. She researched him, and came up with nothing. As far as she can see, he doesn’t exist. Laura wonders, if he’s as notorious as Doc said, is it possible he was admitted under an alias? Carly never thought of that. Sam joins them, and Carly tells her the patient at Ferncliff may or may not be Wilson Ritter. Curtis and Jordan come in. Sam thought Jordan can’t take sides, and Jordan wishes Laura luck, but says she’s not here for the election. She came to speak to Mac.

Mac tells Jordan that he’s current on his liquor license. Curtis asks if he can spare a few minutes, and they sit at a table. Sam wonders what that’s about. Carly asks if Curtis isn’t her business partner, but all Sam knows is that he’s working with the PCPD. It’s all hands on deck to find the killer. Carly says after Laura wins, she highly recommends the DA be fired.

Margaux shows up at Lulu’s house, wanting to ask a few questions. She promises not to ask about family secrets. She tells Lulu that her house is nice and homey. You’d never know Lulu was sitting on privileged information about a serial killer.

Ned channel surfs. He says it’s an hour before the last precinct reports. Olivia can’t believe he’s not monitoring the returns. He says he can’t sit there cheering every uptake, and agonizing over every loss. It’s out of his hands, and he doesn’t have to torture himself. Olivia asks if he thinks he can distract himself by binge watching. He asks if she’s willing to try with him, and she says she’s in it all the way.

Elizabeth tells the judge that Cameron didn’t do it for himself, but for a sick friend. She knows it’s an obvious excuse, but it’s the truth. Cameron’s friend has a serious form of cancer. Elizabeth is a nurse, and sees the ravages of cancer every day. His friend was constantly nauseous, and had no appetite. Cameron wanted to help by making brownies. He knows it was a bad judgement call, but his motives were good. He was trying to help a friend. Judge Carson asks if Cameron is a nurse or doctor. Alexis tries to interject, but the judge says she’s asking Cameron a question. Cameron says he’s neither one of those things. Judge Carson says, yet he thought it was appropriate to intervene. How did he know if he would make it better or worse? Drew has walked in, and asks if he can field that question. The judge asks who he is, and he says his son is the young man Cameron was trying to help. His son is Oscar Nero, and Oscar’s mom is Kim Nero, a doctor at General Hospital. She couldn’t be there, but if she could, she’d attest to Cameron’s character. He’s a good friend. Judge Carson says, no one is questioning him being a friend, but questioning his judgement and actions. Drew says Oscar was a friend in need, and you don’t abandon a friend who’s suffering, walking into a bright future and leaving them behind. Cameron didn’t stop to think if he’d get in trouble or if it would affect his ability to get into college. He didn’t just say the appropriate words about thoughts and prayers; he did something. He took action. In Drew’s eyes, he’s a hero. The judge says it’s a very emotional case, but it’s her job to separate emotion from the law. The court is in recess. Elizabeth thanks Drew, and hugs him.

Olivia turns off the TV. She wants to take this time to talk with Ned. She says he campaigned hard, and she still believes he’d be the best mayor. He thanks her, but she says, here’s the thing. In her heart of hearts, she’s not sure she wants him to win.

Lulu tells Margaux that she’s a Journalist. If she comes across information the public should know, she writes about it. It’s literally her job. Margaux says what gives her pause is how Lulu acquired specific police files on Ryan Chamberlain. Lulu says Peter requested she have access for a background on the series she’s writing, and the PCPD cleared it. Margaux asks if she shared it with anyone, and Lulu says, with her readers, and the cases were all closed. She wonders what the problem is, and wants to record the conversation. Margaux tells her, don’t. What she’s about to tell her is strictly off the record. Lulu doesn’t think that’s fair, but Margaux doesn’t care. What she says stays there. People’s lives are at risk.

Curtis tells Max that they’ve combed the lists of the victims’ possessions. Jordan says, none of them had a driver’s license, and Curtis says, it’s the same with Mary Pat, Kiki, and Peyton. He knows Mac was close to the case. He asks if Mac ever discussed it with the police, and Mac says he would have, if they’d all worked together. Sean would have told him anything. Curtis asks if there’s anything else he can tell them, and Mac says he can tell them about Felicia’s fear, and now someone is copying Ryan. Jordan says they have no reason to suspect Felicia is in danger. A more accurate picture of Ryan’s behavior might help. Mac thinks he knows someone who’s able to help. He hopes it’s not too late. I’m not sure what he means by this. Is he talking about the hour, or as in, oh no, it’s too late?

Sonny tells Laura to have her acceptance speech ready, and asks for a minute. He says it looks like it’s going her way. She’s going to be pressured to distance herself from him, and he’s okay with that. Laura says she’s not. He tells her that he knows she’ll do good, but not if she gets hung up on corruption charges. Laura says she’s known him a long time. It’s a little late to pretend they don’t know each other. He doesn’t want their association to cause her trouble. She says she has nothing to hide – including her friendship with him

Sam asks Carly to say her goodbyes. Carly says tell Jason she said hi.

Mac tells Curtis and Jordan that he has a contact at Pentonville who’s worked there forever. He was hoping to get information on Ryan, but no such luck. He was in isolation, and his contact with other inmates was minimal. He was a snob, and felt they weren’t wroth his trust or attention. Mac wishes he had more. If the killer is copying Ryan, he’s going to be hard to catch, and they’ll need all the help they can get.

Margaux tells Lulu that they have reason to believe the killer might been emulating Ryan, and used info contained in the police files. Lulu asks what kind? but Margaux says she’s asking the questions. When Lulu was doing research, did anything jump out linking the murders, other than Ryan? Lulu says if she’s asking if Ryan put a signature stamp on his crimes, she didn’t notice anything. She says there must have been something if they think this is a copycat. Let her write about it. Margaux says, nice try. Lulu says she could make the killer panic. They’ll slip up, and get caught. Margaux suggests Lulu forget they had this conversation; it’s safer that way. Margaux leaves, and Lulu gets on her laptop. She looks up the files on Ryan.

Ned asks if Olivia thinks Laura will make a better mayor, but she says she thinks he’s spectacular. He wonders why the eleventh-hour change of heart. She says there’s a serial killer who loves public spectacle. Election day is perfect for a public murder, and she doesn’t want him targeted next. He tells her he’s safer than most people. He lives in a huge house with security gates and surveillance cameras; he’s safe. Olivia says, maybe she’s over-exaggerating (isn’t that redundant?) the danger, but maybe it’s a convenient excuse to quit while they’re ahead.

The hearing is back in session. The judge has reached a decision, and says she’s agreed to an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal for twelve months. There will also be appropriate community service and drug counseling. Cameron has a year to prove himself, providing she doesn’t see him in her courtroom again. After that time, the charges will be dropped. The hearing is over, and Cameron asks Elizabeth if he’s on probation for a year.

Elizabeth thanks Alexis. Alexis says she and Drew did the important work. Cameron says, not all of it. He appreciates what Alexis did for him. Alexis says he did it himself. He was very persuasive while under pressure. Franco asks how it feels. Cameron says he won’t lie. Community service and drug counseling are kind of a bummer, but if it keeps him out of juvie and clears his record, he’s all for it. Elizabeth tells him that he’s getting a job to help with legal fees. Franco laughs, and Elizabeth says, Alexis isn’t cheap. Drew tells Cameron to stop by his office. He’ll try to find him a job. Cameron doesn’t know how to thank him, and Drew says he doesn’t have to. Just keep being a good friend to his son. Cameron says maybe the three of them can go hiking, now that Oscar is getting better. Drew says, that would be great, and congratulates him.

Sonny tells Carly it was nice to see Sam. Is there anything he should know? She says Sam is spending time with Jason. Laura tells them, thanks for coming out. They can stay, but if she was them, she’d get out while the getting’s good. Carly knows Laura is going through a difficult time, but she stepped up.  Like everyone else who voted for her, Carly is grateful.

Jordan says the police never made a connection, and Mac says, Lulu never picked up on it. Jordan is no longer sure the killer had access to the police files; it could be a coincidence. Mac says, two killers with the same taste in trophies?

Lulu looks at the victim files, and compares them to Ryan’s.

Olivia tells Ned that she enjoyed being First Lady, but it’s a lot of work, being out, smiling, watching every tweet and word. Living in fishbowl is only suitable for fish, not humans. Ned misses his privacy too, but believes in what they set out to do. So does she. She’s sorry she’s whining, but she’s over it. Public service is hard, but important and worth it. She’s with him all the way. They kiss.

Alexis runs in to The Floating Rib, telling Laura that she just made it to vote. Laura says, every vote counts, especially now. Alexis has a good feeling. She thinks Laura will win. Laura says they’ll find out soon. Everyone looks at the TV.

Tomorrow, nothing would make Finn happier, the voters have spoken, and Mac tells not-Doc that something has to stay between them.

🍕 Tonight’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back featured Shanty on 19th in Allentown, PA. Gordon said it was living up to its name. He disguised himself as a member of the local hockey team, and dined on not-fresh but frozen scallops, sour shrimp, and burnt scallops masquerading as blackened. Hell on Wheels showed everyone such hilarities as the owner’s father spitting in the food – possibly the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen on one of Gordon’s shows; and that’s saying a lot – a filthy kitchen, moldy food, sending out raw fries – a big no-no; raw potatoes can make you sick – the owner drinking on the job, and the employees screaming at one another within earshot of the patrons. Chef Kennedy said she wasn’t allowed to make changes, and owner Joe bought cheap stuff, but expected her to make miracles with it. She reminded me of Kim Zolciak’s Chef Tracey, and another one of the kitchen staff looked just like Jesse (Jesse Borrego) from Fame. Joe Sr. said Joe Jr. had a problem delegating authority, which prompted Gordon to say he didn’t have a problem delegating alcohol. BA-DUM-CHH! Joe Sr got the boot almost immediately, after smirking his way through watching his gross behavior on film. Gordon said it was the most dramatic 24 hours yet (yeah, yeah), with an owner who was drinking himself into oblivion and a disempowered chef. He hoped they stayed on point. He said the chef was a delight, and it was the toughest, but most rewarding of his makeovers. We saw a clip of Joe and the restaurant three months in, and he said they were doing fantastic. They learned to communicate, and he’s had to hire more staff because they have so much business. His wife commented on how Gordon fixed their marriage as well, because he is literally all things to all people, and the hardest working man in show business, next to Tyler Perry. Next time, a restaurant in Waterbury, CT, where the owner is exploiting his mother, and a chef is driven to the brink.

🍰 Not a lot happened on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Probably because there were two events that held no drama. Jennifer was disappointed that her husband don’t care about article Jackie wrote, referring to their kids. We got advice from Frank – don’t buy boats. Jackie told Teresa that she’s a grown woman, and Teresa’s behavior at Marge’s wasn’t acceptable. Teresa insisted Jackie came at her first, which is her M.O., and no one else has thrown the situation in her face. We found out that Jackie’s dad did six months away, and both of her parents were on house arrest for IRS fraud. She thought it was amusing. She promised never to bring Juicy Joe up again. Teresa made peace, but in her interview, said, strike two. Frank is helping Teresa with her last three weeks before the fitness competition. He told her to lose twelve more pounds. I guess she’ll have to live on air. Normally, I would be pissed that anyone would tell a woman something like that, especially when it looks like she doesn’t have an ounce of body fat already, but bodybuilders are nuts, and she’s competing, so…  Marge had everyone over – sans Jennifer and Danielle – to her unfinished house, which still looked fabulous. She and Danielle are on the outs after Danielle’s wedding antics. Marge is done, and doesn’t want to have the same fight again. Dolores set up a day of pampering for the ladies from the shelter, and Marge contributed gift baskets. It got me thinking if this was a good or bad thing. Do they suddenly know what they’re missing and life is more of a bummer, or does it give them a goal? Either way, it was definitely a lovely gesture. The other occasion was the promise of engagement party for Jennifer’s brother. Everyone in the family is thrilled, since he’s forty-five, and they were giving up hope. The party was in Turkey, and I always love the traditional family stuff, like on Shahs of Sunset. I also love traveling without leaving my house. Both Jennifer’s and Delores’s spreads were incredible. Jennifer got pissed all over again about the article, and said Jackie has it coming. Next time, we’ll see what comes Jackie’s way, and Marge says she can’t associate with Danielle. Speaking of which…

👯 As Andy Cohen put it, the combo you didn’t know you needed, Danielle Staub and Lindsay Lohan on Watch What Happens Live. Lindsay looked glamorous, like a bombshell babe from the 40s, but Danielle’s face looked… not real. I’m not sure if it was too much Botox and fillers, or the makeup, or a combination of both, but I wasn’t loving the look. A scene from The Parent Trap with Andy and Lindsay on Clubhouse Playhouse was just embarrassing. And not for Lindsay. She also did not plead The Fifth, and according to her, has not even met Jax, much less hooked up with him.

💸 Dorit and PK (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) will be clients on Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. Should be interesting. Those two are a trip. I wonder if Boy George will make an appearance.

🐮 Sweet Home is now on Wednesdays at 10 pm. I hope it does well in this slot, but I assume anything does better when not in the Friday night death knell spot. I’m loving this show just as much as I did their original Sweet Home Oklahoma. Tubbers, Pumps, and man-bunned Josh are still just as much a part of it, and that’s all that matters. A nice addition has been the street interviews with Oklahomans, asking about everything from drag queens to current events. This show is prime.

💭 Midweek Thoughts…

Talk amongst yourselves.

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January 4, 2019 – A Killer Connection is Made, a Farewell, Some Bloopers, a Divorce, Back to the Kitchen, Hell, Roll Call, a Half-Dozen Quotes & First Weekend

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Marcus tells Sonny that he has nothing to say to him. Sonny says they both just want what’s best for Yvonne and Mike. They can’t make decisions for themselves anymore.

Mike wants to go to Turning Woods, but Stella warns him things might be different. He asks if she’s referring to the guy who says he’s Yvonne’s husband. He wants to take her away, but Sonny left to stop him. Mike wonders, what if he’s too late?

Curtis meets Jordan at the station. She thanks him for coming. He asks if she has any new leads on the murder, and she says, murders, plural. He’s always been her favorite person to bounce ideas off of. He tells her, they make a good team. She says there are three victims. The only thing they have in common is the killer. She needs a breakthrough.

Maxie and Nina arrive for the self-defense class Chase is teaching. Elizabeth walks in, and wonders if it will be just the three of them. Under her breath, Nina mutters that she hopes not. Willow comes in.

A town hall meeting is being held at Charlie’s. Laura thanks Julian for hosting. He says any exposure is never a bad thing. Maybe he’ll gain new customers. Lulu says maybe they’ll gain new voters. She wonders if the serial killer might deter people from coming, but Laura says, there’s comfort in being together; there’s strength in numbers. Not-Doc arrives, and says, absolutely. The killer doesn’t stand a chance. Lulu tells him if he came to make a scene, turn around now. He tells her, stand down. He was just getting coffee, and then he’ll leave. Laura says, that’s not necessary. He’s a member of the community, and always welcome. Ned tells Laura, bring it on. She says she plans to.

Julian sets up a podium, and introduces himself. He’s proud to host the meeting, and reminds them the election is just one day away. He turns the meeting over to Lulu. Lulu says she’s Laura’s daughter, and also her biggest supporter, but she’s not incapable of being fair and unbiased. She’ll try her hardest to be both. Ned tells everyone that he and Laura agreed. As long as Lulu doesn’t cut him off or mute his mic, they’ll be okay. Laura points out that he doesn’t have a mic. Lulu asks for questions.

A woman named Wendy gets up. She says she lives downtown, and asks what the candidates will do to bring more diversity among the staff appointees. As the current mayor, Ned goes first.

Chase says they’ll be getting started in a few minutes, and tells Willow it’s good to see her. Nina introduces Maxie to her as Charlotte’s teacher. Willow and Maxie talk about leggings. Elizabeth asks if Willow has done this before. She says, no, but thought it was time. Nina pulls Maxie aside, and asks why she’s being nice to Willow. Maxie says, why not? Lulu says she’s great. Nina says, of course she would, and walks away. Maxie wonders what she missed.

Curtis looks at the bulletin board Jordan has set up, and says she’s been busy. Jordan says the first order of business is to squash panic. Curtis says, easier said than done. She says Chase is teaching self-defense classes, the FBI has given them their full resources, and the state police have stepped up their presence. Curtis says she has everything under control, and she says, everything except a suspect. Where to begin? Curtis says, if Doc is right, it begins with them.

Stella tells Mike, whatever his experience with Marcus is, he’s a decent, loving man. Mike would be more inclined to believe that if Marcus wasn’t keeping him and Yvonne apart. They’re not children. They know what they need, and what they need most is each other. Stella says, it’s a blessing to find someone who makes you happy, no matter how late in life. Mike says the real blessing is that he makes her happy. Why can’t Marcus see that?

Marcus says it’s different for Sonny. He brings his father for the day, and takes him home. He sees Yvonne during visiting hours, and might as well be a stranger. Sonny says he’s sorry, but Marcus isn’t asking for pity. In sickness or in health is what they vowed, but he didn’t promise to give her a Christmas present from a man she’s only known a few months. Sonny says Stella calls them coping partners. They help each other in ways the two of them can’t. He didn’t want his father there. He wanted him home, but Mike insisted. Marcus asks, why? Sonny thinks Mike felt it was the next step, and he was afraid to take it until he met Yvonne. Then the place became okay. He believes Mike is helping Yvonne too. Marcus says, for the last few weeks. They’ve been married thirty years. This is just a blip; short term. Sonny says, being honest, short term is all they have.

Sonny tells Marcus, this disease is son of a bitch. He used to hold his breath when he’s see his dad, wondering if Mike would recognize him. Marcus says it’s hard the first time they don’t, and Sonny says he’ll never forget it. He suggests Marcus not have expectations. One day his father knows him, the next day he doesn’t. Marcus asks how Sonny let go. Yvonne walks in, wondering where Mike is. Marcus tells her that Stella is looking out for him. She asks who Marcus is, and he says he’s her husband. She says she doesn’t have one. He tells her it’s okay if she doesn’t remember; he does. Where they met, how they fell in love and married. Sonny slips out, and Yvonne demands Mike.

Mike asks Stella if she’s ever felt really needed by someone. Stella would like to think her nephews needed her, and there are the people she helps with her social work. Mike means someone special who really loves you romantically, and you love them back. Stella thought she did, a long time ago. He asks, what happened? and she says, hasn’t she told him? He says, if she did, it doesn’t a ring bell. Not much does lately. She tells him, life happened. She made a choice, and before she knew it, that part of life passed her by and it was too late.

Willow asks Elizabeth how Aiden is doing. Nina says, Charlotte is doing great; thanks for asking. Elizabeth says, she’s not the one who was being bullied. Nina says, Charlotte apologized, and Elizabeth says they appreciate it. Nina says it could have been nipped in the bud early on, but Elizabeth thinks it’s not the teaching, but the parenting, and she’s not blaming Lulu. Nina says that leaves her and Valentin. Maxie encourages Chase to start the class, and he tells them, time to focus – on the class. Chase says they’re here to defend their safety, and that of their loved ones. He can’t discuss the ongoing case, so the best they can do is put everything aside and get going. Maxie is the only one who’s enthusiastic.

Jordan wonders if someone is trying to impress them. Curtis says, like a cat leaving a dead mouse and expecting a reward. She says they’ve been in attendance at all the events, but Curtis says, not just them. He wants to make a list, but Jordan is ahead of him. He looks at her list, and says one name jumps out. Jordan says, Laura. She was in all three places. Curtis says, clearly, she’s not the murderer. Jordan suggests the killer knows her. Curtis says, or she knows them and doesn’t realize it.

Ned says his staff isn’t the most diverse. They’re mostly white males, but not by design. They’re pivotal economic players he’s worked with for years and trusts implicitly. And his trust isn’t misplaced. They brought the city back, and it’s thriving. Laura says it’s true they did a fabulous job, and stepped up in wake of the earthquake, but it’s a closed circle. The problem is, they only work with the people they know. She wants to widen the circle, and if elected, will bring in people from different backgrounds.

Chase tells the group to always carry flashlight. Nina and Elizabeth bicker. Nina accuses Elizabeth of coddling her son. Chase gets louder, trying to talk over them. Willow tells Nina that she doesn’t think that’s what’s going on, and Nina says it could have been avoided. Chase asks for volunteers, but no one gets up. He asks Willow to help demonstrate the bear hug, and how get out of it. She thanks him, since she was about to tell a mother where to shove her opinion.

Sonny returns, and Mike asks if he told Marcus not to take Yvonne. Stella asks Mike to get their coats. Sonny tells her that he talked to Marcus, but he doesn’t know how much luck he had. Yvonne showed up, and asked for his dad. He’s concerned about taking Mike back, and Yvonne not being there. Stella thinks the sooner he gets there, the sooner he can make new friends.

Jordan says, Alexis, Lulu, Chase, and Curtis says, a lawyer, a journalist, and a cop. Jordan says the killer likes to make a display in the most public manner. Curtis says, the deeper they dig, the less he’s thinking it’s about the two of them. Jordan agrees, and says the only thing in common is the missing driver’s licenses. There’s one other thing though. More specifically, one other person – Ryan Chamberlain.

At the meeting, Daryl gets up. He lives in the Charles Street district. He asks if Ned thinks his background as a businessman is a positive or a negative. Like Ned might say, negative. Ned thinks economics drive everything. New business raises the standard of living and property values. If they don’t have businesses, nothing else works. Lulu asks if Laura wants to add anything. Laura admires Ned as a businessman, but says government can’t be run like a business. It’s not for profit. It should be people coming together to decide how to best serve the public’s needs. Money is a factor, but not everything. Nor should it be. Everyone applauds. Not-Doc raises his hand, saying he has more of a statement than a question. He thinks it’s high time he made his intentions known.

Nina says the class is about owning their power, not worrying about if what might have been said is hurtful. Elizabeth says it is hurtful, and Maxie wonders how they expect their kids to get along if they can’t. Nina says she’s teaching Charlotte not to hold herself back. Elizabeth says she can do what she wants, but not with her son. Chase calls up Nina, who tells him, so far, it’s been very informative.

Not-Doc says it’s no secret his marriage is ending, but he has nothing but boundless respect and admiration for Laura. She gives selflessly to both her family and community. Ned is a fine man, but when it comes to the future of their city, it will be his honor to vote for Laura. He hopes they all do the same. Laura says it’s a lovely gesture, and she’d like to return it. If elected, she’ll become an advocate for mental health. She’s already made a tour of Ferncliff, and will do more. What’s the point of an influential position, if you can’t throw the spotlight on conditions that need it? She wants to be visible, and use her visibility for good.

Jordan tells Curtis the third victim was making a documentary about Ryan. He wonders if it’s a copycat, and she says anything is possible. She reminds him of another case they worked on, where all signs pointed to a mugging, but it turned out to be an insurance situation. Red herrings everywhere. She thinks it might be the same, where it seems to be one thing, but it’s another. She gets a call from forensics, and tells Curtis there hasn’t been a single trace of the documentary found. Curtis says they’re trying to remove any mention of Ryan. They’re not trying to repeat the murders, but top them. The killer is competing with a ghost. Jordan has all the Ryan Chamberlain files, and says, it’s time to bring the ghost back to life.

At Turning Woods, Mike can’t wait see his girl, but Sonny says it might not be possible. Yvonne and Marcus walk in. Mike guesses they should say their goodbyes, but Marcus says, no goodbyes. Mike wonders about the luggage, and Marcus says he was set to take her home, but spoke to Mike’s son. Or rather Mike’s son spoke to him. He said, when you love someone, you do the far better thing. Yvonne isn’t leaving. Sonny smiles. Marcus, not so much.

Mike gives Stella her gift, a big soft scarf. Marcus tells Stella that he wishes she’d known Yvonne before the Alzheimer’s. She would have loved her. Stella knows she would have; Marcus married her. She must have been an incredible woman. He says he used to see glimpses. The doctor warned him that he would lose her, but it’s one thing to hear it, and another to live it. Well-meaning people with well-meaning advice aren’t worth a damn. Mike tells Stella, it’s for cold winter nights, and puts the scarf on her. He tells her, Merry Christmas, and they hug.

Curtis tells Jordan it might be easier to resurrect a ghost than pour through the records. She knows there’s a link. Something in there links to that terrible bastard. She says, wait, and he asks what she found. She says it’s what she didn’t find.

Chase shows Maxie how to shake him, and strike palm to nose. He tells them practice with partners. Maxie tells him she needs to get back to the others before they start pulling hair. Chase laughs, and she tells him, it’s not funny. She might have to consider homeschooling. He shows her another move. He tells the class, it’s one thing be prepared, but if you’re not scared, you’re not paying attention. That doesn’t mean they’re a victim though. Make it nasty. Focus on eyes, ears, knees. Nina says, and the family jewels. Chase asks, who wants go first? This time, it’s everyone.

Lulu thanks everyone, and the meeting breaks up. Ned tells Laura, may the best man or woman win. Lulu says she was awesome; she had them eating out of her hand. She’s proud. Laura thanks not-Doc for the endorsement, and he says he meant every word. She says, so did she. If elected, Ferncliff, and every place like it, is on her list. Lulu has to get back to the office, and Laura needs to meet Sonny at the gym. Not-Doc watches them leave, and follows.

Chase says that’s all the time they have. Maxie asks if they’re seriously ready to kick predator ass, and he tells her that he wouldn’t mess with any of them. He tells the class, same place same time next week. Maxie tells Nina that she needs to keep as far away from Elizabeth as possible. Nina replies that Elizabeth said she has no restraint. Maxie says she doesn’t. Willow tells Chase, it was empowering; she enjoyed it. Chase asks if they could maybe go on real date soon, and she says, how about now? After all that drama, she could use a drink. He says, there was drama?

Marcus tells Stella that he owes her an apology. She asks, what for? and he says when she tried to intercede for Yvonne, he lashed out. He’s said she gave up the right to an opinion on his life a long time ago. She says, it’s true, but he says he wanted her to hurt the way he was hurting. It was unfair. She says, none of this is fair. She knows he was doing what he thought best. He says Stella always does, but part of him will always wonder what would have happened if he’s taken Yvonne home.

Mike introduces Sonny to Yvonne. She loves his dimples, and Mike says, everybody does. Sonny tells Yvonne that his father thinks the world of her. Yvonne says, the world is a big place, but Mike says, not really. If you’re lucky, you can hold her in the palm of your hand.

Jordan asks what’s missing from Ryan’s victim? and Curtis says, no driver’s license. Is it something he did? She says it’s not listed in any files, and he says, it could be a coincidence. They keep looking. Jordan says, no license… no license. Curtis says, nothing here either. Twenty-five years ago, Ryan took a trophy. Jordan asks, how did the killer know if the police didn’t?

Laura goes to the gym looking for Sonny. Not-Doc is in the shadows. He walks up behind her while she’s busy on her phone.

In loving memory of Donna Messina, 1959 – 2018.

On Monday, Julian says he and Kim agree the relationship is over, not-Doc says there’s been something he’s been wanting to say to Laura, and Jason is more interested in Shiloh’s life before he was Shiloh.

🎨 In Case You Didn’t Know Her…

Donna Messina, makeup artist to the GH stars.

https://www.abc.soapsindepth.com/posts/general-hospital-stars-remember-donna-messina-168796

🎢 Something Fun…

Imagine my surprise seeing Jennifer Coolidge from 2 Broke Girls in Ariana Grande‘s blooper reel. I said, whaaat? with a Polish accent. What’s Kris Jenner doing there? Your guess is as good as mine.

https://www.eonline.com/news/1001517/kris-jenner-is-the-real-star-of-ariana-grande-s-thank-u-next-bloopers-video?source=email&medium=emn-content-2&cmpid=morning-a&content=emn-news

💍 But Did She Give Back the Ring?

Finally, after two years, GG is divorced. From a seven-week marriage.

https://www.eonline.com/news/1001775/shahs-of-sunset-s-gg-gharachedaghi-is-officially-divorced-and-she-couldn-t-be-happier?source=email&medium=emn-content-4&cmpid=evening&content=emn-news

😪 Still Mourning Z Nation, But…

I love any show that Gordon Ramsay bleepity-bleeps his way through, and I was finally able to catch the latest – eighteenth! – season of Hell’s Kitchen. Keeping it fresh, this time, it was Rookies vs Veterans. Tonight, the restaurant was transformed by Italian décor, and a five-course Italian menu was served in honor of the supporters of St. Jude and the Waterkeeper Alliance. Before the dinner, the red (dudes) and blue (dudettes) teams did a blindfold taste-test. A chef from each team was given a tiny ice cream cone, and had to guess the ice cream flavor – everything from tomato to jalapeno. The ladies won by a landslide, but the best part was, when an incorrect guess was made, a member of that team had to be pelted with spaghetti, doused with sauce, or have cheese grated over them. The reactions went from merriment to horror to anger. There were several actors at the dinner. No one super famous – Chad Lowe was probably the most recognizable name – but I noticed Parker Young from The Imposters, another show I loved and lost. The red team just did not do well overall, and at one point, Gordon had to take over in the kitchen. As one contestant said, When Chef Ramsay has to cook for you, you know you screwed up. At the end of service, he told the red team to piss off. Jose got sent home, with tears in his eyes, and Gordon got to tell the remaining red team members to piss off a second time at elimination.

🐀 If, like me, you can’t get enough Gordon, 24 Hours to Hell and Back will be on Wednesday, January 9th, at 8 pm. In the preview, we saw someone in the kitchen taste the food, and then spit it back into the pot. I don’t know if it gets much nastier.

📣 Roll Call of the Dead…

The celebrities that we lost (how careless of us) in 2018. I’m sure there are more than this, but it’s a good list.

http://extratv.com/photos/stars-we-lost-in-2018/

🎤 Quotes of the Week

If you took a bad James Bond felon, and had him drunk on fireball, and then had him played by an emaciated Muppet, that would be less annoying than James Kennedy. – Stassi Shroeder, Vanderpump Rules

If you know something’s that bad, don’t put it on a plate. – Tom Colicchio, Top Chef

Don’t go into tributaries.Judge Judy, to litigant trying to change the focus

God has mercy. I don’t. – Padre Benito (Cheech Marin), Machete

The purpose of studying economics is… to avoid being deceived by economists. – Joan Robinson

I told him go on and live your life however you want to live it, but don’t bring down somebody’s else’s life.Lena McLin, R. Kelly’s high school music teacher – words to live by. Too bad Kelly couldn’t.

🎯 What Happens When You Google First Weekend 2019…

January 2, 2019 – Hank Meets the Real Drew, Gordon’s Back, Danielle Makes It to the Altar, New Year’s Animals, Alice & a Twist on Roxy Music

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What I Watched Today

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

 

🎉 Hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year’s Eve, and survived the night. Moving on…

General Hospital

Jordan asks Jason to take her through what happened. He says he and Sam have been questioned several times, but Jordan says they need to hear the story several times.

Ava finds not-Doc packing up Kiki’s things. She asks him not to do that, but he thinks it’s not healthy having them out all the time, and they should be put in a closet, where she has access to them. He wishes he could stay longer, but the commissioner wants to see him. Ava asks if it’s about Kiki’s murder. He couldn’t say, but tells her not to open the door unless she knows who’s behind it.

At Charlie’s, Valentin tells Nina it’s exhilarating to see her so happy. Nina says it’s easy to be happy around him. Maxie tells James that she guesses finding Sasha got someone out of the doghouse.

Kristina goes to Charlie’s to pick up her paycheck. She asks if last night wasn’t awful, and Julian says it was, but he’s thinking about Drew kissing Kim. He says, it was a dismal New Year’s Eve all the way around.

Kim tells Drew that Oscar ate an entire breakfast sandwich from Kelly’s. Drew suggests a few hours off. She has time to ring in the new year right. She says they already did that, but he thinks she should be with Julian.

There’s a knock at Ava’s door. It’s Lulu, and Ava says, let her guess. Lulu is there to chastise her for being with her mother’s soon to be ex-husband. Lulu says, actually, she’s looking for him. Ava asks if she’s going to chastise him, but Lulu says it has nothing to do with the two of them. It’s about what happened last night. She hasn’t been able to reach him. Ava asks, what happened? Lulu says the news hasn’t broken yet, but the there was another murder, and there might be a chance the killer is the same person who murdered Mary Pat and Kiki.

Jason tells Jordan that he spotted something behind the Christmas display. He thought he saw a hand or arm with blood on it. He kicked over the snowman, and the body slumped out. It was a guy in his late 30s or early 40s. Jordan asks if he touched the body, but he says, no. He called 911, and they waited for the police. She asks if they’d noticed any activity on the terrace throughout the evening. Sam says no one was out there, and Jordan says that’s all she needs know. She might need to interview them again, but they can leave. Jordan steps away to take a call, and Jason says he’ll take Sam home.

Not-Doc arrives at the MetroCourt. Curtis tells him that a man was found murdered on the terrace; a TV producer named Peyton Mills. Not-Doc says he was the man doing the project on his brother. He thought it was finished, and wonders why he was in Port Charles. Curtis says he was there to put on the finishing touches. He was found on the terrace behind a display. Not-Doc asks if he was murdered at the party, but Curtis doubts it. He got a text message to meet him earlier. Not-Doc asks if they were acquainted, but Curtis says, not really. They had a conversation one night, and Peyton had agreed to listen to his pitch for a TV show. Not-Doc says, on New Year’s Eve? Curtis admits he thought it was unusual, but didn’t want to pass up the opportunity. He agreed meet at Peyton’s rental space, and when he got there, he found a whole lot of blood, but no Peyton. Jordan says they estimate the time of death at 6:15, but Curtis says that was before he got the text. Curtis wonders why the killer would want him to discover the crime scene. Not-Doc says he knows exactly why.

Kim asks if Drew is bored with her. He says he loves her sharing memories, and she says maybe she overshared. Drew says they agreed it was just a New Year’s Eve kiss; no big deal. She says, agreed, and he tells her since Oscar is sleeping, why doesn’t she go see Julian? Tell him happy New Year.

Julian asks Kristina why she’s in a rush. She tells him that she’s moving into a new place, and wants to chip in on expenses. She asks him to keep it on the DL; she hasn’t had a chance tell her mom or Sam. Julian asks if she’s not getting along with Sam. Kristina says they’re great, but she’s been feeling sad, and wants to step outside of her comfort zone, and not ignore the signals the universe is giving her. She tells him when there’s a painful aspect in your life, you have to move on to a new system. It’s the only way to find peace.

Ava wonders what the connection is, but Lulu doesn’t know any more than that. She doesn’t know whether the killer knew them, or was choosing victims at random. Ava says it will never make sense that some sicko got their kicks by committing such horrible acts. Lulu tells Ava that she’s so sorry. Ava thanks her, and says if she needs to speak to Doc, call his office. Lulu says since they have the opportunity, she thinks she and Ava should talk about him.

Doc tells Curtis that the killer must have seen previous texts on Peyton’s phone, and lured him there to obtain evidence. Jordan gets a call, and tells them that Peyton’s driver’s license was removed from his wallet. He was also stabbed twice. The first time wasn’t fatal, but spread a lot of blood, and the second stab was straight in the heart with surgical precision. Not-Doc says, like Kiki and Mary Pat. Jordan says all the murders took surgical skills, and all of the bodies were left at gatherings. Curtis says, someone likes attention, and Jordan says, it’s official. They have a serial killer on their hands. What’s the connection, and what do the victims have in common?

Nina sits with Maxie. Maxie says, well? Nina says, it happened before Christmas, and Maxie says that explains why she hasn’t seen Nina. Nina says she saw Maxie the other day, but Maxie says it was a glorified drive by. Nina tells Maxie to just say it; she thinks Nina is an idiot. Maxie says, maybe, but it suits her. She seems disgustingly happy. Nina says she’s lucky. Who has it better than her? Obrecht breezes in, saying she’s counting her blessings too. She’s been exonerated, and can welcome in 2019 with her beautiful baby boy. She picks up James. Valentin watches from across the room.

Hank sees Drew at the hospital. He says Drew looks different. What happened to him?

Sam and Jason go back to her place. Sam apologizes, saying it’s her fault Jason had to answer questions. Jason says most of the time, it’s because of him when they’ve been interrogated. She thought he’d insist on having Diane there, but Jason says Max took her to Vegas for New Year’s Eve. Sam wonders if they’re getting married. Jason says, no; Diane thinks it could create a conflict of interest. Sam believes Diane will eventually marry him, since Max is an old fashioned kind of guy, who wants to be married, and Diane wants to give him what he wants. Maybe they’ll wait until they retire, but she thinks they’ll end up together. It’s very romantic. Jason laughs, and Sam says things are going better with Diane and Max than with them. Jason disagrees. They both know what they want. Maybe it’s time they did something about it. They kiss. Kristina walks in, and says, oops.

Obrecht goes on about how James looks like Nathan. She says she’s learned her lesson, and is going to be the best oma ever. There’s no room for cruelty and revenge in her life. She’s going to make him proud. She points out a diaper change is needed. Nina says she’ll go with Maxie. She wants to hear about Peter and Christmas. When they’re gone, Obrecht approaches Valentin, and thanks him for convincing Peter to change his testimony. Valentin tells her that he would say you’re welcome if she wasn’t blackmailing him.

Kim brings a bag of New Year’s Eve props to Charlie’s. She thought they could have a belated celebration. Julian doesn’t seem to be feeling it, and she says maybe some mimosas will put him back in the spirit. He doesn’t think it’s a good idea, and she asks, what’s wrong? She thought he understood why she had to stay at the hospital. He says he did; up until he saw her and Drew kissing.

Drew tells Hank that he’s sorry, but doesn’t remember him. Hank says, that’s crazy after everything they did together, and everything Drew did for him. Drew tells him not to take offense. Hank says maybe he’s naïve, but he thought Drew would remember him. They were tight in Afghanistan. He was an independent contractor, and they crossed paths, making the most of their free time. They played a lot of poker. Drew asks if he was any good, and Hank says he sucked at poker, but was a helluva fighter; totally fearless. Drew hopes he’s not too disappointed. He’s had to do this with too many people because he lost decades of memories. Hank says, maybe this will help, and shows him a picture of them, Drew with his old Jason face. Drew doesn’t remember, but Hank wishes he could. Drew changed his life.

Kristina tells Sam and Jason that she’s sorry she interrupted whatever she interrupted, but at least they know it’s the last time. She’s moving out. She has a room at the group house where Daisy lives, and where Oscar is staying. Sam respects Kristina’s decisions as an adult, but she’s concerned about Kristina’s safety. There’s a psycho out there. Kristina says she can’t live her life in fear. Sam says she just feels more comfortable knowing Kristina is upstairs. Kristina says the group house has locks too, and it’s not like she’ll be alone. Sam asks how well she knows these people.

Ava tells Lulu that she thinks it’s best not to discuss Doc. Lulu asks if she’s noticed anything off, but Ava says she hasn’t known him long enough. He’s been kind, compassionate, and wonderful to her. Lulu asks if there’s been any erratic or unusual behavior, and Ava says she gets it. In order for Doc to be with her, he must be having a breakdown. Lulu says she didn’t mean it that way, and Ava tells her, get to the point or get going. Lulu says looking at his behavior from the past, the few people who know him well, know him to be steady, stable, and to help others. Ava says he’s helping her get through the greatest tragedy any mother can experience.

Jordan says, a potential link. The killer has shown surgical precision, but Peyton doesn’t fit the pattern of the previous victims. Curtis suggests the killer resented the spotlight on Ryan Chamberlain, and wanted it for themselves. Jordan says, one serial killer outdoing another. Curtis says the bodies were all put in public places on holidays. Not-Doc says, there’s one other common denominator. Mr. and Mrs. Ashford.

Curtis wonders how the killer would have known they’d be at The Floating Rib. Not-Doc says they were led to the evidence to taunt them. Jordan says, taunting the police commissioner, and her detective husband. Curtis doesn’t think the killer just wants to clown them, and not-Doc says it’s more than their humiliation. The killer chose holidays or celebrations. That indicates they have trouble with a relationship to traditional festive events. Maybe they had a childhood trauma on a holiday or gathering. They’re antisocial, and isolated. They envy the experiences that bring joy to others. Jordan asks if he thinks the killer will strike again. Not-Doc says, it’s not a question of if, but when.

Ava tells Lulu that she and Doc understand each other. Lulu asks if she’s aware of his psychiatric history. Ava asks if she means his practice, and Lulu says, he had a complete breakdown. He became violent, and stalked and kidnapped Felicia. He recovered memories, and his past is complicated and dark.

Kristina is just about packed, and Sam thinks maybe she should take a minute before moving in to tell her why she and her new friends are drawn to each other. Kristina says they want to be part of something bigger than themselves. Sam asks how they’re doing that, and Kristina says they do a lot of volunteering. Daisy volunteers at her grandpa’s daycare center. Sam asks how they afford rent, and Kristina tells her, it’s like a big family. Everyone shares and pitches in. Which didn’t really answer that question. Jason asks if anyone is in charge. Kristina says Shiloh is the community outreach leader, but he keeps everything egalitarian, and teaches them not to rely on others. She looks up to him. Sam asks if that’s for any particular reason. What’s he like? There’s obviously something she likes. Kristina says Sam thinks she’s sleeping with him. Sam says, is she?

Valentin asks if Obrecht is enjoying her freedom. She says she’s thrilled to be back with her family. Nothing else matters. He tells her to remember who made it possible. Don’t put him in a position where he regrets it.

Kim tells Julian that she and Drew were just talking, and got nostalgic about a New Year’s Eve years ago in San Diego. The kiss meant nothing. Julian says, not to him. Seeing them together did something. She’s says she’s sorry, but he tells her that he found a way to move past it. He slept with someone else.

Hank tells Drew, it got rough, but they had good times. Hank hit the bottle too hard, but Drew got him through the dark days. He wants to return the favor. Drew appreciates it, but he’s good. He says his son is in the hospital, and Hank asks if there’s anything he can do. Drew says he’s very kind, but his son is getting the best treatment, and Kim is a doctor there. Hank asks if Kim is his son’s mother, and Drew says, he never mentioned her? Hank says, no, and never mentioned a son either. Drew says he just found out he had a son, and Hank says if there’s anything he can do, don’t hesitate to ask. Hank owes him. Drew says he doesn’t remember, and either way, let it go. Hank says he can’t do that. Drew saved his life.

Kristina tells Sam, it’s not like that. Sam apologizes, saying Kristina seems taken with him. Kristina says Shiloh encourages them to do their part to make the world a better place. It’s not like she’s jumping into bed with everyone. Sam says her mind just went there, and Kristina asks if Jason assumed the same thing. He says he assumed nothing, but understands why Sam is concerned. Kristina suggests they check it out. They’re one big happy family, and it’s what she needs right now. She leaves, and Sam tells Jason that she needs him on this, and don’t say Kristina is old enough to make her own decisions. Jason says Kristina told them they can visit. He thinks they should.

Drew tells Hank the Navy gave him his records, but most of what he did was protected. Hank says he has no idea that he’s a hero? He rescued Hank from an IED. He was accompanying Hank and some other on a supply run. An IED hit his jeep, and Drew was in the convoy behind him. Hank got hit hard, and the jeep went up in flames. Bullets were flying everywhere, and Hank thought he was a goner, but Drew ran back and grabbed him. He pulled Hank out, and dragged him into a ditch to hide. He stayed with Hank, and protected him; he kept Hank from bleeding out. He’s sitting there because of Drew. After that, he quit partying, and got his head on straight. He looked for Drew, but he was gone. He didn’t believe Drew went AWOL, and asks, where did he go? Drew has no idea. He’d love to hear more about their time over there, but his kid needs some tests. Hank tells him to call or text when he’s ready. He says one more thing – and I totally miss what he says. He tells Drew that he’s wanted to say it for a long time. What is it? I love you? We’re married? I’m a robot? What? I cheat later, and look at another recap. It say he told Drew thank you. Geez, it seemed deeper than that.

Kim asks Julian if it was Alexis, but he says, it doesn’t matter. Seeing them together made him rethink what’s going on. She knows she hasn’t been very present. Julian says her son and his father are her priority right now, as it should be. He doesn’t want to get in the way anymore. Kim says he’s giving up because her life is complicated? He says, maybe she can’t see it, but he’s a distraction. He can’t let it go on for either one of their sakes. Kim says so to make sure it’s over, he jumped into bed with someone else? He says it was a bad night, but he doesn’t regret it. It made him see he has to let her go, so she can focus completely on Oscar. She says if he wants to break up, why doesn’t he have the guts to say it? Don’t sleep with someone else. Say it for her. He’s not a martyr; he’s a coward. Julian says she knew being with him was a risk, but he has to end it. She tells him, go to hell, and walks out.

Valentin suggests Obrecht might be more comfortable outside of Port Charles. Maybe she should go back to Switzerland. She says, and leave her beautiful grandson? Fat chance. She’s staying. He says unless he’s tempted to cause a tragic accident. She tells him that their relationship is contingent on her good health. Should she meet an untimely end, she’s arranged for three letters to be delivered about how he passed Sasha off as Nina’s daughter. One to the DA, one to Anna, and one to Nina.

Lulu tells Ava it’s no surprise that Doc has been acting strange; his brother is all over the news. Ava says she’s the reporter who’s been covering it ad nauseum. Lulu says she thought Doc could handle it until he left her mother. She’s not telling Ava what do or how to live her life, but suggests she keep her eyes open. Not-Doc walks in, and Lulu says she came by to ask him some questions about the murder. He thinks the commissioner would be a better source. Lulu says she’ll probably hear from Jordan soon, and checks her phone. She says, it looks like Jordan is ready to make a statement; she should go. Before she leaves, she tells Ava that she meant what she said. Ava asks not-Doc what Jordan said, but he wants to know what he walked in on. Ava says that Lulu came by ask him questions about the murders, and he asks if that’s all. She says Lulu did have some choice words about him ending things with her mother, and alluded that he had some kind of breakdown in his past. Not-Doc says, it’s true. He did

Not-Doc tells Ava that he doesn’t talk much about it. It was a painful time in his life. She says Lulu mentioned it had something to do with his brother. He says, yes, and his mother. Ava asks what his mother did, and he says, made terrible mistakes. Ava says Lulu also mentioned there was something dark in his past. Not-Doc suggests Lulu mind her own business. She doesn’t understand him any more than Laura does. They’re trying tear him and Ava apart, and they can’t let them. Ava says they won’t.

Lulu asks Jordan what she can share with her readers. Jordan is still preparing her press release, but she can tell Lulu something off the record. They’re dealing with a serial killer who will stop at nothing to get attention. Curtis tells her, there’s no saying who the next victim will be.

Obrecht agrees to Valentin’s terms. He tells her that Nina is his life and happiness. She brings light to his days, but he can thrive in darkness. If she chooses to reveal his secret, he’ll have nothing left to lose, and every reason to make her pay for it. Obrecht asks what she’d have to gain, and says she’d be happy to keep his secret.

Nina wonders what’s going on those two, and Maxie says, nothing good.

Kim goes back to the hospital. Drew says, that was fast, and asks, what’s wrong? Kim says Julian broke up with her. She doesn’t want to talk about it. She just wants to visit her son.

Sam and Jason arrive at the house where Kristina lives. Sam says it’s nicer than she thought it would be. She hopes the people inside are too. Kristina answers the door. She says it didn’t take long, but she’s glad they came; it’s good timing. She introduces them to Shiloh. Jason is like, whoa, because it’s Hank.

Tomorrow, Maxie thinks something is a great idea, Scotty needs to talk to Monica, and Marcus tells Stella that his marriage is none of her business.

🍴 Gordon Ramsay has returned with another season of 24 Hours to Hell and Back, airing Wednesdays at 8 pm. I missed tonight’s episode, because I was catching up with…

👰 The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Danielle got married in Bimini, but it wasn’t nearly as exciting as I’d hoped. The highlight was Danielle getting weird with Marge because the guys took Marty out for some serious drinking, and Joe #3 drunk talked that Danielle was after Marty’s money. Follow that? Yeah, it was stupid. Marge had enough, and was about to go home, but they made up. The ceremony happened – loved the dress, a strapless, lace mermaid number – but we didn’t even see a reception. Back home, Melissa’s son Joey was making his First Communion. There was a HUGE party, and I got mesmerized by the buffet. Jennifer’s brother was having an engaged to be engaged party, which sounds like something a teenager would have, but is apparently some kind of Turkish tradition. Also traditional, is the potential groom’s family dressing the potential bride for the party, although her family pays for the actual event. Of all places, they went to Jovani, and I could hear Dorinda yelling in my head. Milania seems like a real pita of a twelve-year-old. Teresa felt she was acting out because of her father being in the slammer, even though she’s been a handful since birth. It was suggested singing and rapping might help, so Teresa took her to the professionals. Let’s put it this way. The kid will not be on American Idol any time soon. Jackie wrote an article referring to Jennifer’s children being spoiled, and blah-blah-blah about Jennifer’s humongous mansion, saying there was a bouncy house bigger than her house, which I hope is an exaggeration. While I’m not crazy about Jennifer, I agreed with her that Jackie had no right to be saying what she did for the world to read. She didn’t name names, but even if I read it, I’d know who she meant. She could have at least given Jennifer a heads up. No one wants a second-hand surprise. Jackie is making the same mistake a lot of new Wives make. They start stirring the sh*t too early in the game, before they even know anybody. It’s possible it’s due to Andy prodding them with a pitchfork, but Gina and Emily did the same thing this season on the OC Wives. Jackie tried to act like the article was complimentary, but since she didn’t want to disrupt the First Communion party, Jennifer told Jackie the conversation wasn’t over. Later, Jackie told Melissa and Marge, if you don’t want her to write about it, don’t do it. Great. Does this mean no one will even be able to take a crap this season? Next time, Jackie confronts Teresa. Should be interesting.

🐕 🐈 Because Animals Are the Best…

11 Animals That Are So You On New Year’s Day

https://www.cuteness.com/3377/10-animals-that-are-so-you-on-january-first?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=010119&c_crid=image4

🐍 Go Ask Alice…

He might live with his mom, but he’s still cooler than Colt will ever be. Looking good at 70 too.

https://radaronline.com/exclusives/2018/12/alice-cooper-lives-with-his-mother/?utm_source=email&em_hash=72048a93bc8188334dc1071a32fe8f3b

I don’t like to mix politics and rock’n’roll. I don’t look at Bono, Sting and Bruce Springsteen as political. I look at them as being humanitarian. I’ll contribute to anything humanitarian. Helping people who can’t help themselves. But when musicians are telling people who to vote for, I think that’s an abuse of power. You’re telling your fans not to think for themselves, just to think like you. Rock’n’roll is about freedom – and that’s not freedom.Alice Cooper – Amen to that!

💋 A New Year Treat…

Oscar Issac and Carla Gugino. These two are just luscious.