What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
My streak was too long and too good to be true. I missed the beginning, but nothing major ever happens in the first few minutes. So without further ado…
Not-Doc says no one else can be in the room when he hypnotizes Lulu. The patient may recover personal or private information that they don’t want to share. Jordan says everything will be confidential, but he says it’s non-negotiable. If they want to be present, he can’t perform the procedure. They can get someone else, but neither will any other therapist worth their salt.
Nina says she told Valentin that she needed a dose of her daughter, and here Sasha is. She asks how long Sasha is staying, and Sasha says a few days. She’s not complaining, but wonders if Nina is still staying at Windymere because the killer hasn’t been caught. Nina says they haven’t caught the killer, but she moved back in with Valentin and Charlotte.
At the office, Peter tells Maxie that he had the cleaning crew in, since the police signed off on it. It was grim and sad that they have a special cleaning team for crime scenes. Maxie says, it’s not easy to butter him up, and she needs another favor. She thinks a medical advice column might boost circulation. He asks who would write it, and she says that’s the out-of-the-box part. He’s going to think it’s the most outrageous idea. He says the best ones often are, and asks, who? Obrecht walks in, and says, me.
Carly tells Jason that Sam took all that time to find herself, and she’s breaking up with him? She was just torturing him – and herself. She’s calling Sam. Jason tells her Sam is just pretending so she can investigate the leader of the group Kristina is involved with, Dawn of Day. Carly asks who it is, and why do they need investigating? He says the guy’s name is Shiloh. They know he’s a con artist, but he may be worse.
Nina says Charlotte will be happy to see Sasha. They need to have another girls’ night. She thanks Valentin, and says she’s going to march Sasha in front of Obrecht, saying this is her daughter. Then she’s going to ask how Sasha is going to leave her brokenhearted and empty like Obrecht. Sasha asks who she’s talking about, and Nina says her Aunt Liesl, who’s mad because Nina won’t give her a job. She has no idea who would hire her.
Obrecht asks if Peter is opposed to hiring one of the best medical minds in the world. She gathered some questions from the internet to give him some sample responses. She’s used everyday language, and humor where it’s applicable. He can try her out, and if she boosts circulation, which she inevitably will, they can renegotiate. Maxie says medical issues are a booming topic on the internet. He says she wants him to pay a woman he hates, who tortured him? Obrecht say she was crazed with grief. Maxie says he already exonerated Obrecht, and she’d thought his attitude had softened toward her. He says he did it because she wanted Obrecht free. He doesn’t think it’s a good fit. Obrecht tells him to just read the samples. She thinks he’ll like them. She hands him the paper, and he reads.
Not-Doc says hypnosis requires complete focus, and deep relaxation. Having other people present only hinders the process. He understands Laura might not want him, and she can get another doctor, but if they allow observation, he’d question their professionalism and ethics. I can’t say for sure, but I don’t think that’s how it works. Lulu says it’s not their choice; it’s hers. She’s unhappy with how he treated her mother, but professionally, she trusts him. Jordan has another idea. She wants it recorded. Not-Doc says that’s not possible. It’s a violation of privileged information. Lulu asks if she won’t remember when she comes out. They won’t need to record it. She’ll just tell them. She wants to get started.
At the skating rink, Aiden has wiped out, but Franco says he’s fantastic. He has some smooth moves going backwards. He goes back to the rink, and Franco tells Elizabeth that he’s so happy. Almost as happy as he is. Brad and Lucas arrive with Wiley. Lucas says it looks like they all had the same idea, and Elizabeth says it’s a good day for ice skating. Lucas asks where their skates are. Franco says they’re the cheering section. Lucas says Aiden is really good. He asks if they’d mind watching Wiley. Franco says the three of them suck at subterfuge. He tells them, stop. It’s painful.
Laura tells Lulu she’ll be right outside, but Lulu says Laura is making her more nervous. She hates not being able remember. Not just who attacked her, but what she was working on. It must have something to do with the killer. We flash back to her calling not-Doc and asking about the list, and that she wants to go over the names. Lulu tells not-Doc to make sure to ask her about that. He says he wants to help her find all the answers she’s looking for.
Nina leaves to get Sasha’s room ready. Sasha says she’s so happy, and Valentin says he loves seeing her happy. Sasha says she’s incredibly endearing, and full of love. Nina makes her mother’s absence less painful. Valentin says it would destroy her to find out Sasha was only playing a part. Sasha say she always will, but he’s not in charge anymore.
In the hallway at the hospital, Jordan tells Laura, hopefully, they’ll get answers. Laura says, if Lulu remembers, what’s next? Jordan says they’ll collect the forensic details. She might send them in a direction they’re not considering. Laura asks if Lulu’s memories will be admissible in court, but Jordan says it’s a grey area. Laura asks if Jordan thinks Lulu will remember it’s Franco.
Franco asks if they think he believes it’s a coincidence. Elizabeth says she had a talk with Brad and Lucas about Aiden. Brad says it’s nice that he has a gay couple in his extended family. Franco says, and he thought Brad was the sneakiest technician at the hospital. Lucas says, a lot has changed.
Carly goes over what Jason has told her. She says, Shiloh also has a history with Drew, and now he’s dragging Kristina in, so they’re breaking up to get Sam closer? Jason says he doesn’t like it, but what it’s what she has to do. Carly asks if he thinks she’s in danger. He doesn’t think so, but wants to make sure nothing happens.
Peter says Obrecht explain things simply without sounding condescending. Maxie asks if he likes Obrecht’s writing. He does, and says with the glut of information out there, it might be nice for someone to sort through it. Maxie says, so she’s hired? and he says, on a trial basis. Maxie thanks him, and he says he can’t say no to her. The lightbulb comes on, and Obrecht says Maxie removed her ring, and is moving on. Don’t tell her that she’s moving on with Henrik? Maxie says she and Peter are friends; good friends. Obrecht says she’s having a romance with Nathan’s half-brother, who brought Nathan’s killer to Port Charles.
Not-Doc explains to Lulu that hypnosis is really self-hypnosis. The subject has to be willing. They’re neither asleep nor unconscious, and don’t do what they don’t want to. He asks if she’s comfortable, and tells her to relax. She’s in a safe, calm, and peaceful place. She can go anywhere she needs to if she wants. He tells her to close her eyes. She controls the entire experience. Listen to his voice, and let the words wash over her. He asks how she feels, and Lulu says, good. He tells her to go to the night of the attack. All she has to do is let him guide her to what really happened. Is she ready? Lulu says, yes.
Obrecht asks how Maxie can consider a possible romance with Henrik. Maxie says she’s worked out her personal issues with him, and she didn’t say it was romantic. She’s trusted him, and he’s proved himself repeatedly. He’s also James’s uncle, and James has few blood relatives on his father’s side. She’s not keeping Peter out of her life, and if she disapproves, she can find employment elsewhere. Obrecht says she wants to selflessly steer strangers back to good health, and accepts Peter’s offer. She was uncharacteristically nervous about the meeting, and needs to fortify herself. When she returns, he can show her to her office. She leaves, and Maxie says Peter will get used to her. She hugs him.
Sasha tells Valentin that they both want the same thing; to make sure Nina doesn’t get hurt. Maybe he should take a step back, so she can have a real relationship with Nina. Valentin suggests Sasha stay away from Obrecht; make excuses if she has to. Nina says Sasha’s room is ready. They have a lot of catching up to do. She asks if Valentin doesn’t have a conference call, and he says she wants to get rid of him. He gets it. She tells him that he’s the absolute best.
Brad says Aiden is looking good out there. Aiden says Wiley is bigger than he was at Christmas. Lucas says baby’s grow fast, and Brad asks if Aiden knows any kids with two mothers or two fathers. Aiden isn’t sure, but wishes he had a baby brother or sister. Franco asks if he wants to skate some more. He does, and goes back out with Brad and Lucas.
Jordan asks how Laura knew about Franco. Laura says Elizabeth is like a daughter to her, and told her about Franco being questioned. She guesses he’s the suspect. Jordan says one victim tried to reach him, and his alibis range from flawed to non-existent, but everything they have is circumstantial.
Not-Doc asks if Lulu can picture her office. Tell him everything she remembers. She says she was working. Her mom came to get her to go to the party. She was frustrated. Peter wouldn’t publish her article. It was about a potential link between Ryan Chamberlain and the serial killer. Her mom agreed with Peter, and they talked about something that troubled her about a list. A list he made. A list of Ryan’s victims. Not-Doc asks, what troubled her? She says her mom said there were nine names on his list, but the police report said Ryan killed seven, not nine. She gets agitated, and he tells her not to let her emotions cloud the truth. Her mother never mentioned nine victims. They talked about the list, but never talked about number. Lulu says, she didn’t? He says he called her, and they discussed seven victims. She says, she did? He says she remembers clearly now.
Carly thinks Jason and Sam are a great help. It’s one less worry for Sonny. Too bad he and Sam can’t be together. He tells her that he never said that. Carly says they can meet in private, and he says, that’s the plan. She tells him, enjoy sneaking around. It can be fun. Obrecht comes in, and says she’s celebrating. She wonders if she can have complementary waffles.
Peter is surprised at how well Obrecht writes. Maxie knows she’ll be on her best behavior, or she won’t be allowed to see James. He says, James is quite the motivator. He’ll keep his eyes open all the same. Maxie thinks that’s a good idea, and he thanks her for what she said about them. Nina calls, and Maxie leaves to talk to her. Peter sighs. He calls Valentin and tells him that he hired Obrecht. He can thank Maxie.
Laura tells Jordan that Elizabeth has three boys she loves dearly, and might be living with a serial killer. Jordan says Laura knows him better than her. Laura thinks he couldn’t have done it, but she’s old enough, and seen enough of the world to know nothing is impossible.
Franco wonders if maybe he and Elizabeth will have a baby. Lucas limps to the bench. He was trying to bust a move, but instead busted his butt. He says Aiden is loving it, and chatting up the crowd. He doesn’t think Aiden caught on to the gay sting operation. Elizabeth agrees, but says he’s observing them though. Franco thanks Lucas. He knows he’s not Lucas’s favorite person. Lucas says he remembers what Franco did to his sister, but he also remembers how Brad was. It’s where any of them can be. You have to look past people’s mistakes, and have faith in them changing. Brad listens in. Aiden comes back.
Not-Doc says Lulu is doing really well. Who else did she call other than him? She says she spoke with Peter. She asked him again to please run the story, but he said no. Shortly afterward, someone came to the door. She jumped when the handle rattled. Her mom insisted she lock the door. Someone was trying to get in. He asks if she was frightened, but she says, no. She went to open it, but wasn’t afraid. She went to her desk, and he followed her. He was wearing gloves, and she thought it was odd. She can see his gloves… his coat… She’s looking at him, but can’t see his face. He tells her, stop there. He promised her mother not to upset her. She asks why she can see him, but not remember his face? He tells her, calm down. They’ll get there. He’ll help her remember. He tells her, listen to his voice, and what he’s telling her. He smiles.
Nina tells Maxie that Valentin arranged a surprise visit from her daughter. Maxie says Valentin being involved makes her nervous. Nothing is ever quite what it seems with him, and heartbreak follows. Nina asks if the heartbreak is general or specific, and if so, how?
Nina tells Sasha she’s happy to be back together with Valentin, and she has Sasha to thank. Once Nina had Sasha in her life, everything fell into place. They’re as in love as ever. In fact, he’s asked her to marry him again. Sasha says she didn’t say yes, did she?
Carly wonders why she’d give Obrecht complimentary anything. Obrecht says, common courtesy, good business sense. She’s working in the building, and can send customers Carly’s way. Carly would prefer Obrecht not mention her business. Obrecht says, her loss. Carly tells her, congratulations on her new job. She can afford to pay for her own meal. Obrecht apologizes for her lack of manners, and gives Carly her deepest condolences on the tragic loss of her grandson. She met the child’s mother briefly, poor creature. She leaves, and Carly says, that was random. Jason asks how well Carly knows her. Carly says she has very little to do with her if she can help it. She wonders how Obrecht met Nelle.
Jordan tells Laura that they have no way of knowing how long the session will take. Laura wants to be close by if Lulu remembers it’s Franco. Jordan says they could be wrong. Laura hopes so. She hopes Lulu isn’t suffering too much, reliving that night. Jordan does too. Lulu has already been through enough. Hypnotherapy is a tool that will bring them closer to safety, especially Lulu. Laura says she can’t let the killer come back to silence Lulu. Jordan says Lulu will lead them right to prison.
Aiden loves ice skating, and Franco says he’s a natural. Aiden wants Franco to skate with him, but he had fun with Brad and Lucas. He wants a snack, and Elizabeth takes out a sandwich. Aiden runs off with it, and Franco thanks her for giving him perspective. It was the perfect antidote to being questioned at the PCPD. This is what’s important – her and the boys. Everything is going to be okay.
Not-Doc asks if Lulu heard everything he said, and she says, yes. He says, it’s easier to remember when you’re calm. Is she ready to remember the face of her attacker? She’s in the office, working. There’s a rattle at the door. She opens the door. The visitor follows her in. She goes behind her desk. She’s behind her desk, but something isn’t right. He’s scaring her, and she tries to leave. Lulu says, oh my God, he has a knife! She can see him. Not-Doc asks, who is it? Franco? In her flashback, everything is the same, but it’s Franco’s face. She says, it’s Franco. Not-Doc smiles more broadly.
Tomorrow, Anna will see Obrecht dead first, Peter says Valentin will lie, Lulu says Franco tried to kill her, and Jordan arrests Franco.
The Haves and The Have Nots
Madison pushes Jeffrey to the floor, and tells him there’s a laser pointed at him, like the kind from a gun. Jeffrey sees it on the wall, and says, its fine. Madison tells him not to go to the window, and asks who’s out there? Jeffrey says, it’s just Justin, and it’s just a laser pointer. He’s looking right at him. Madison asks if he’s sure. He is, and Madison says, this kid is nuts. He tells Jeffrey not to go out there, but Jeffrey tells Madison to let him handle it. He knows ow it goes. Madison says, it’s not fine; he’s nuts. Jeffrey asks him to go upstairs and check on his dad. He goes outside.
Jeffrey asks what Justin is doing. Justin says, watching him. Jeffrey says he’s tired of this. Justin is sorry. Jeffrey knows, and tells him, go home. Justin says he misses Jeffrey. Jeffrey says his dad is there. Justin says, and that boy? Jeffrey says Justin shouldn’t have hit him. He didn’t do anything. He says, this has to stop, and Justin says, okay; he’ll stop – if Jeffrey comes home. He knows Jeffrey wants him. Jeffrey says he wants him to leave. Justin tries to kiss Jeffrey, but Jeffrey pushes him away, saying, get off of him. Justin says, I love you, and Jeffrey says, stop it. Justin says is Jeffrey isn’t in his life, he has nothing to live for. Jeffrey says he keeps saying the same thing, and he needs to leave. Justin wonders what he’d do without Jeffrey. He’s not letting Madison have him. Jeffrey says, good to know, and goes back inside.
Madison asks if Jeffrey is okay with all this; with Justin coming over. He needs a restraining order. Madison is going first thing in the morning, and thinks Jeffrey should come. Jeffrey says, okay, and asks if he can go to bed. Madison says, he’s still out there, but Jeffrey says he doesn’t care. Madison says he should. He’s calling the police. Jeffrey says, be my guest. and Madison says Jeffrey really doesn’t care about this. Jeffrey says, nope.
Candace goes to the Iron Bone. Mitch says she’s looking for him, and sits with her. She asks if they don’t like Black people there, and Mitch says, you know how these guys are. He asks what she needs, and she says she needs a lot of money. He says he has a little bit, but she’s not asking for it from him. She has it, but can’t get to it. It’s in her mother’s bank account. She sent it to Benny, and they have a joint account. Mitch asks if she’s talking about the eight million. She asks if Benny told him, but he says he just heard. He asks what she needs from him. She says her mother took Benny to the bank, and wanted to give it back to Jim Cryer, but Benny wouldn’t sign. They need two signatures, and Benny is on the fence. She thinks Mitch can convince him not to sign. Mitch says Benny is thisclose to being taken out be two different families. He needs to do the right thing: give the money back. He asks if she has any idea how dangerous Jim is. She says, he’s not, but Mitch says, he is. She says she can handle it. He tells her Benny got stabbed by Cryer. He put someone on Benny as a warning. He needs to give the money back. She says, he can handle Benny. She’ll handle Jim. She says the money will get her out of there. She’ll give him a couple hundred if she gets it. He says he’ll believe it when he sees it. She says, good. He needs a new car. He says he drives it by choice, and she says, just help her. He asks if she wants a drink, but she says not in a place where people look at her – like that, referring to a guy wearing a weird beard who’s half-glaring, half-ogling her. Candace leaves, and another guy says, what the hell? to Mitch. Uncle Vinnie doesn’t want people like her hanging out there. Mitch says, that’s Candace Young. Grandma Rose said it’s okay. The guy says, she’s hot. He wants to hit that. Mitch calls him an idiot. She would wear his ass out. The guy brags that he’s a stallion, and says Mitch does need a new car. Mitch suggests the guy buy him one.
The grits are ready. Veronica puts on oven mitts, and takes them into the bedroom. I don’t think to eat. She walks to the bed, and sets them on the nightstand. She pulls back the covers, and says, she asked him to leave. RK jumps up, and asks what the hell is she doing? She asks if he’s hungry. She made grits. He says, grits his ass. She was about to grits his ass. She’s crazy. She says, yes, and she will still grits his ass if he doesn’t leave. He says she’s lost her mind, and grabs his clothes. She tells him, don’t worry about it. She knows he stole her jewelry. He tells her, go check her maid. She wants her jewelry back by noon tomorrow. He says he has nothing of hers. She says, man, boy, they’re all the same. He tells her, he could say the same about women. She asks if he’s still there, and he says he’s a hologram. She tells him to holo his ass out of her house, and don’t come back. He leaves in a hurry, and she gets in the bed. She says, baby boy, can’t do nothin’ for her. She needs a man.
There’s a knock at Roderick’s door. It’s Kathryn, and he tells her that her car sticks out like a sore thumb. She says she won’t be there long. He he says that’s disappointing, and she tells him, cut the bull. He’s glad she called. She says he thinks she’s a fool. He wants her money. He says that’s not all he wants. He enjoys making love to her. She says his place is underwhelming, but he says, it’s cozy. She asks if he’s making money at the hotel, and he says he is. She asks if he has a drug problem, but he says, no. He has a family back home, and sends them money. She thinks that’s sweet. She asks if the prostitution ring is shut down, and he says it is. He asks if she wants a drink, and she says, sure. She watches him pour liquor into Solo cups, and says, on second thought, she’s not that thirsty. He says it’s all he has, and she says that’s sad. He says, it’s okay, but she says, it’s not. Play his cards right, she might keep him. Set him up in a nice place. Maybe a new car. She’ll take care of him. He asks what he has to do, and she says, her. He says, let’s get on with it, and kisses her, pushing her toward the bed. She doesn’t think this is going to work. He says he knows it’s not much, and she says, it’s not anything. He asks if she wants to go back to the hotel, but she says it’s getting late. She’ll call tomorrow. He’s sorry she came all this way, and there’s nothing he can do to make her happy. She says, there is, just not in this place. She asks him to walk her to her car, and asks if he’s ever seen the backseat of a $270K car. He says, only from the outside, and she tells him, he’s in for a treat. It’s probably nicer than my house.
Wyatt tells Sarah that he needs money. She tells him to calm down, and he says he needs a fix. She says she has some pain pills. She gets them, and he practically rips them out of her hand. She tells him not to take all of them, but he already did. He wants a drink. He tells her that he knows his tolerance. She doesn’t want him to die, but he says he won’t. She tells him, calm down, and he says he’s trying. There’s a knock at the door, and he goes in the bathroom. it’s George with some gigantic cops. One comes in with him. He asks if she has the bullet, and she says she has Wyatt. She knocks on the bathroom door, and Wyatt comes out. He tells George that he wants money, and get the hell out. Sarah says, arrest him. Make him testify. George asks if she thinks this will help her. She failed with the wire, and didn’t give him anything. George tells the big cop, arrest her. She tells him to take Wyatt. George say he can’t hold Wyatt. The Malones want him dead. She says, he has cocaine in his pocket. Wyatt says he doesn’t, but pulls out a small bag. He says he could have been getting high this entire time. I die laughing. He starts putting a line on the counter, and George reminds Wyatt that he’s the DA. He says, take them both, and take the drugs. Wyatt calls Sarah a bitch on his way out. She tells George, all she needs is a day. She can get him to talk. She gets close to him, and says she’ll do anything. He pushes her back, and says she has one day. One. She thanks him. I’d get the hell out of town.
Another nameless woman tells Charles that the hospital visit was good press. She gives him some briefing sheets. The President wants a meeting moved up. Charles says, okay, and she asks if there’s a female, but he says, there isn’t. She says the new First Lady usually meets with former First Lady. He says she’ll have to get his wife out of the grave, and asks if there’s an inclusion for that. She apologizes, and he tells her not to ask again. He wants a moment. Everyone leaves, but he says, not you, Landon. It’s like being called out by the teacher, and Landon looks like a naughty child. Charles punches him, knocking him down. Charles doesn’t know what that was, but wants to get one thing clear. Don’t ever try anything like that again. Not only will he have to fire Landon, he’ll eff him up, He holds out his hand, saying, olive branch, and helps Landon up. Landon is really sorry, and Charles says, about what? He’s glad he got it off his chest. He feels better. Doesn’t Landon? Landon says he does. Charles says, that will be all, and tells Landon to straighten his tie.
Veronica’s doorbell rings. She calls for Alice, who wanders out. She asks if Alice heard the door, and Alice says she did. Veronica asks if she’s going to get it, and Alice says, no. She just came to give Veronica this. She hands Veronica an envelope, and Veronica asks if she’s resigning. Alice says, no. She’s suing Veronica for a hostile work environment. Veronica asks who she’s been talking to; it’s not hostile. Alice says she has it documented. Veronica tears the papers up, and says that’s what she thinks of Alice’s lawsuit. She tells Alice, the new maid will clean it up. Alice says, the maid always knows a lot of secrets. Veronica doesn’t give a damn. Alice says it’s the ones they think don’t have the power, who are the ones who bring them down. Veronica tells her, take her power and go to unemployment. Her blind ass can’t see how to clean anything anyway. What’s really funny is how this is coming from left field. We’ve never even seen Alice until very recently, and they’d actually made it seem like she was lazy and not doing her job.
Alice leaves, and two women walk in. One is a woman from a foster care program that Veronica wanted to help, but no surprise, she doesn’t have a name. However, she introduces the other woman as Karen. Veronica asks what brings them by, and nameless lady says Karen would be perfect for Veronica’s offer. She wanted to help a girl coming out of foster care, and she thought Karen would be a good fit. She aced high school, and is studying to be a pharmacist. Karen says Veronica has a lovely home. Veronica thanks her, and says, sorry she won’t be seeing it again. The other woman wonders if she got it wrong. She thought Veronica wanted to help. Veronica says she did want to help – a Black girl, not a white girl. She wants someone who looks like her. The woman says she didn’t say that, but Veronica thinks she should have caught the hint. The woman says they don’t see race, but Veronica says, bullsh*t. Everyone does. The woman says, sorry, and Veronica says, don’t be. Just bring back a Black girl. Someone darker than her. Now take Becky, and go. Not getting the reference, Becky Karen says her name is Karen. The woman says this will disqualify Veronica for the program, and Veronica says, then it will disqualify them from her check. Not Karen says they can use the money. Veronica says, then bring her an African American girl. Goodbye, Becky Karen Becky. They leave, and Veronica wonders, what’s wrong with people? She has things to do.
Madison looks in on David, who says he’s much better. David asks where Jeffrey is. Madison thinks still sleeping. David asks how they’re getting along, and Madison says fine. David says, just fine? What is it? Madison asks if he’s met Justin. David says he has; why? Madison thinks Jeffrey is in over his head. Justin has been very threatening, David knows, and Madison asks if he knows Justin had a laser pointed at Jeffrey’s head. David says, as in a laser-sited gun? He tells Madison to get Jeffrey. Madison is concerned he’s going to let Jeffrey know what he said, but David insists he get Jeffrey. Madison leaves, and David calls Jim. He tells Jim that he needs to get a message to Benji. Jim asks if it’s for their lady friend, but David says, no. He’ll handle her himself. It’s for the punk harassing his son.
There’s a knock on Sarah’s door. They says, delivery, but it’s Jim. He says she took Wyatt from the house. She says she didn’t know he was in the car. Jim asks, where is he? but she says she doesn’t know. Jim tells her, don’t lie. She repeats she doesn’t know. He asks if the DA has him, and she says she doesn’t know. He grabs her by the throat and backs her against the wall. He asks if the DA is holding Wyatt. She says she can’t breathe, and he says he’ll ask one more time. She says, yes, and he lets her go. He asks if she knew Wyatt was in the car. He thinks she did, but she insists she didn’t. He pushes his arm against her throat, and asks how they got to Wyatt. She says she called once he got there. Jim says, it’s a shame. She’s dead. He kisses her, and says, it’s a no win situation for her; she’s dead. He leaves, and she puts her head in her hands, and cries. Seriously. Leave. Now.
Hanna wakes Benny. She has breakfast going; his favorites. He says he had to get stabbed for her to cook something for him. He asks if she really likes this dude, and she says she does. He doesn’t. Benny says he needs to leave her alone, and Hanna says Benny needs to hush. The doorbell rings, and Benny says, if it’s him, tell him go home.
Hanna goes to the door. It’s Mitch. He asks if Benny is up. Hanna asks if Mitch’s family is still after Benny. Mitch says, no. He talked to them, and they took the money. He goes upstairs.
Mitch asks how Benny is doing. Benny says, like hell, and Mitch says he looks like hell. Benny says, screw you, and asks if Mitch’s family took the money. Mitch says, yeah, and Benny asks why they came after him like that. Mitch told him it wasn’t them. Benny asks, who was it? and Mitch says he did some poking around. Can he ask Benny about something? Does he have a little money from Cryer? Benny asks what Mitch knows about it, and Mitch says, he heard about eight million through his family ties. They heard he had it. That’s what happened. Cryer put somebody on him. It wasn’t Mitch’s family. Jim Cryer had someone stab him as a warning. He wants the money back. Hanna appears, and asks what Mitch just said. Mitch looks seriously panicked.
Next time, Hanna says she’ll take care of Jim, Jim is sick of George, Charles asks if Landon is attracted to him, and David wants Justin to understand the cost of harassing his son.
Below Deck – Reunion
This is still in cheap reunion territory – at the Clubhouse, and only one part. Andy says hello to everyone. Chandler and Caroline are absent. He asks who kept in touch. Ashton and Ross are still having a bromance. Ross’s arrest is brought up. He says it was a big misunderstanding, and Andy says, it always is. He asks if Krystal was the worst charter guest of the season. Kate says, of her life. We find out that Ross went out with Krystal, and it’s benefits without friends. He claims she’s not married.
Kate’s stew situation is discussed, and we flash back to her being thrilled with Josiah, things going south with Caroline, and the conflict with Laura. Everyone is laughing. Except Captain Lee. A viewer asks what the deck crew’s thoughts were about Caroline. Rhylee says she was distraught all day, every day. Ashton says she wasn’t coping. Andy says he spoke to her, and she said there was a pattern of stews not getting along with Kate. A viewer asks if Captain Lee thinks the complaints about Kate have merit, but he says the only ones who complain are the ones who don’t want to do their job. He has no sympathy. Laura says she felt bad for Caroline. She wasn’t there, so she doesn’t know how it went down, but doesn’t think she was treated fairly. Kate says they were nice to her at first, but they got frustrated. In a tweet, Caroline says, when Kate and Josiah blasted music outside her door, what was shown wasn’t remotely close to what happened. Kate says, Caroline has a flair for the dramatic. She’s intelligent, and is good at playing the victim. Andy plays an extended clip with unseen footage, where Kate and Josiah are talking about Caroline, loudly, outside of her room. Andy says, it’s kind of mean. Kate agrees, but says Caroline lied, and she was the bully. Kate doesn’t think she started it. Captain Lee says he was uncomfortable when he saw the show, but realized it was an ongoing thing that Caroline didn’t pull her weight. Andy asks if Kate and Josiah regret anything. Josiah says, it was in the moment, and they were angry. Kate felt like a hostage. Caroline was doing what she wanted. Ashton thinks they had to be pushed to be that nasty. Andy says they didn’t want to be mean girls, but ended up being mean girls. Josiah says Caroline lied about how horrible everyone was. A viewer points out Josiah said he was bullied when he was younger. Josiah says it made him stronger, and they liked Caroline, but she wasn’t doing her job. Another viewer asks if Captain Lee felt validated in questioning Kate. He says he could have handled it better, but he didn’t have all the information. Kate says she didn’t like at the time, but feels glad about it now, because it shows he’s fair. She wishes all three of them had all been in the wheelhouse, so there was no confusion.
A viewer asks why Laura came in hot with a superior attitude. Laura say she didn’t think she had an attitude, but recognized it after seeing the show. It wasn’t her intention, which is why she’s sad about it. She says everyone has their breaking point, but Captain Lee says he would have fired her on the spot. Kate says she was bewildered. Laura said she was a chief stew on a vessel the same size, and Laura was doing the one thing she shouldn’t be, screaming at Kate in front of the guests. It was almost amusing. Almost. Captain Lee says the worst thing was Laura asking how dare Kate go back and check her work. Laura says she was angry and in hysterics. She was backed into a corner. Kate says Laura cornered her. Laura tells her, don’t act innocent. There were things leading up to it; she had a reason she felt pushed. They weren’t nice from the beginning. Andy asks what advice Laura would give Kate. Laura says, kindness goes a long way. She thinks Kate has been doing this for so long, she doesn’t put up with stupid mistakes. She needs to try and look at it from the other person’s point-of-view. Kate says she’s as kind as she can be with the time she’s given. They both say they would work together again.
Andy says, Adrian’s behavior left a bad taste in other crew member’s mouths. We see clips of Adrian’s a-hole moments. A viewer says, since Adrian is an undercover jerk, why didn’t anyone say anything? Kate says, he’s from St. Martin, and it’s very different. Whatever that means. Are kids raised by wolves there? Josiah says Laura was telling him just be wary, and Adrian appreciates that. He feels apologetic, and says he misread the situation. He’s sorry they didn’t show other parts of his and Laura’s relationship. Ross thinks Laura should have said something earlier, but it’s close quarters on the boat. Andy says the chef is technically her boss, but it’s a unique workplace. A viewer asks why Laura didn’t deal with Adrian by going to Kate. Kate says if she’d been aware of it, she would have told him, Laura is freaked out, and to knock it off.
Next, we see the screw up that was Chandler, who didn’t even know port from starboard. I don’t either, but I don’t have to for my job. Andy asks what was the problem. Captain Lee says, he was overwhelmed. He had a lot going on, plus the cameras. He isn’t sure why, since Chandler seemed like he had the necessary tools. Ross thinks he had the skills, but lacked managing skills. Andy wonders how much filming had to do with it, and Ross says it was a big part. Rhylee says she was relieved when he was gone. He treated her poorly. She didn’t jump for joy that he was gone. She thought he’d just be demoted. Ashton says, somebody was needed, and he wasn’t surprised. Andy asks Ross if Chandler deserved to be fired. Ross says he wasn’t performing as required; there were too many mistakes. They agree he was a good guy, and Josiah thinks he just wasn’t used to it. A viewer asks what was it about Chandler that Rhylee hated. She says she didn’t hate him, but hated how he treated her from the get-go. It set her tone of behavior. She was being dismissed by the deck crew; Chandler most of all. He didn’t want to manage her. Andy asks if she thinks it’s because she’s a woman, and she says she never cried woman. She doesn’t know, but he was very quick to blame her for everything. She’s not soft spoken – they all laugh – sometimes to her detriment, but she won’t let anyone walk on her. She thinks she didn’t handle it, but Chandler couldn’t be bothered with anything with her. She didn’t care if he was her boss or not. Josiah thinks it was her strong personality. It’s rare to see a female deckhand, and there are preconceptions. Chandler wasn’t used to having a strong woman around.
Andy says, Rhylee wanted her voice heard all season. We see clips of her, mostly being loud. Andy asks if she has regrets. She says she’s reactionary, and when she’s upset, you know it. A viewer asks if Captain Lee regrets not firing Rhylee, but he says, no. He doesn’t regret keeping her, and he’s glad she made it to the end. Chandler’s method of handling the situation was being a condescending pr*ck. He says, for the most part, Ross could have been firmer and more up front. Engaging when someone is volatile isn’t wise. Rhylee says her issues with them were different. Ross was an amazing bosun and person. They were able to fix their issues. She felt it was more miscommunication, and was apologetic about being reactionary. Ross thought he couldn’t win at times. Andy gets a viewer’s text, asking how much sexual tension was there between Chandler and Rhylee. None. Were they watching? Rhylee asks if they’re effing kidding her. None at all. She was never attracted to Chandler. Andy says everyone had a problem with her, and she says every one of them, except Chandler, had a problem with her, but came to her for lovin’. She chalked it up to them drinking, and being man and woman, and wanting to hash it out sexually. Andy says hook-ups are common on boats, and it doesn’t matter if they’re your superior. Rhylee knew Ross didn’t want to be with her, and she didn’t want to just hook up.
Andy tells us, more than waves had the crew’s bunks rockin’. We take a look at the romances on board this season. Andy asks everyone’s status. Ashton and Laura are dear friends; Tyler and Rhylee, ditto, but I’m thinking, not so much. Andy says there were conflicting reports about the crow’s nest, bur Ashton says there was no sex for him this season. However, he did get together at the end. Laura seems embarrassed about it. We find out Ross tried kiss Kate, but Kate doesn’t think he knew it was her. Ross also hooked up with Hannah (Below Deck Mediterranean). He believes so anyway. WTF? How drunk was he? We see a clip of Tyler griping that it’s a turn-off for someone to worm their way into his life. Andy asks how Rhylee felt when she saw what Tyler said. She says she thought he was a d*ck when he said that. She wasn’t writing his name on her notebook. He says he felt it was his idea. Rhylee says they also feel the pressure of crew, who run them through the gauntlet of truth, asking if they liked each other. Kate says she didn’t think Tyler handled it gentlemanly. A viewer asks if Ashton thought Adrian was competition in pursuing Laura. Ashton says he and Adrian had a good relationship, and were honest with one another. Andy asks if Adrian is still in an open relationship, and he says, no, but I don’t catch if they’re no longer together or really together.
Andy asks for their biggest regret this season and what they’re doing now. Adrian regrets that he wasn’t as mindful of other’s feelings as he should have been, and is working as a private chef for a couple in New York. Tyler has no regrets. Of course not. Because he has the sensitivity of a potato. Who cares what he’s doing? Rhylee regrets how she spoke to her superiors, and has been working on several boats. Josiah regrets the way he handled Caroline’s exit, and has been traveling. Kate dittos that regret, and says she opened up a non-profit store in her hometown. Nice of Andy to speed that along, and she doesn’t even get to give us the name. Kate says she regrets how she handled her situation with Kate, and is living in Toronto, instructing yoga. Ashton regrets his accident, but he’s grateful to be alive. He’s working for a family in Atlanta, doing security, being a trainer, and managing the estate. Ross regrets trying to kiss Rhylee. He’s in Florida, probably getting black-out drunk, and Captain Lee regrets the way he handled the situation with Kate and Caroline. He’s still running boats.
Andy says the scariest moment in Below Deck history was Ashton’s accident. Andy has a surprise. It’s Brent, the camera man who saved Ashton. They hug and everybody gets teary. Brent sits. It’s the first time they’ve seen each other since the show wrapped. Ashton calls Brent his real life hero, and hopes he does Brant proud. He wants Brent to say, thank God he saved Ashton’s life. Look at what he’s doing with himself. Wow. That’s a beautiful goal. Brent says it wasn’t just him. Rhylee made the first call, and Captain Lee got the boat out of gear. Ross untied the lines. Andy says Brent was just there to shoot the show, and at some point he made the call to put his camera down. Brent says he noticed where everyone was, and saw Ashton go in the water. He joined the others to access the situation, and they went through several possibilities. He realized the solution, got Aston off the lines, and started shooting again. Ashton was under water, struggling for about twenty-five seconds. Ashton says he mentally prepare for his foot being ripped off. That was the force around his ankle. Two seconds longer, and he would have lost his foot. Brent says every time he tells the story, he gets anxious. Captain Lee says if Rhylee hadn’t said man overboard, it would have been over. He’s been in yachting for thirty-five years, and this ranks at the top of accidents. It’s never happened before, and hopefully never again. Captain Lee shakes Brent’s hand, and they bro hug. Ashton says the do a dangerous job, but get complacent. It’s a massive wake-up call. Andy says Brent prefers being behind the scenes. It wasn’t his first choice to be there, but they begged him.
He thanks everyone for the season and we’re out. Geez, not even a farewell shot. I think we can do better than this. <sniff> I’ll miss Kate and the captain.
🌇 It’s Late…
And the S on my keyboard is getting temperamental.