What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
Anna tells Emma, it’s good to be able to hug her first thing in the morning. She asks if Emma slept well, and Emma says Violet loaned her a stuffed bunny. Anna says, Violet is adorable, and Emma agrees. She’s glad they can be in the same house together; it’s great. Anna says, it means a lot. It’s perfect timing for Emma’s visit. Finn comes downstairs, and says he has to warn Emma. He thinks Violet has a crush on her. Emma says, the feeling is mutual, and goes upstairs to see Violet. Anna tells Finn that she needs to know everything about his conversation with Sam, and what she and Jason think they know about Peter.
At the MetroCourt, Maxie tells Peter that she knew the photo shoot went well, but looking at the proofs, it went better than she thought. And it was all her; no Nina or Jax. She wonders why he hasn’t told her to shut up yet, but Peter says he agrees, and he adores her enthusiasm. They’re about to kiss, when Spinelli appears, saying, top of the morning to them. He asks if there’s room for one more.
Alexis is at Kelly’s when Neil walks in. She asks if they’re allowed to say hello, and Neil says he doesn’t think the board would prevent him from saying hi to a former patient. It will also save him a phone call; he’s going to the hearing. Alexis says she’s not going to be the reason he’s not allowed to practice, and he tells her, they’re going to want her to testify. She says, no problem, and he says, under oath.
Josslyn finds Trina at the gallery, and asks if Trina is ready for their SAT prep class. Trina says it’s not for another hour, but Josslyn wants to stop by Kelly’s before they go. Trina says she just has to finish up for Ava, and Josslyn asks when two hours a week turned into a full-time job. Trina says Ava put her in charge of the catalog for the next auction. It’s a huge responsibility, and it’s all her. Ava is awesome. Josslyn says, yeah – until she’s not.
Brando stands up. Carly comes into his room, and says it’s nice to see him on his feet. He says, they still work, and she asks if he’s feeling okay. He says he’s a little slow, but nothing he can’t handle. She has a question for him. When he saved her life, did he know who she was?
Jason goes into Sonny’s office, saying he thinks he has a way to fix this. Sonny tells him that they got their asses handed to them. They were hit in three places. His family was a target, including his sick, aging father. They were totally exposed. It’s not a matter of how to fix it, but a matter of why it happened in the first place.
Alexis tells Neil, if the board wants a statement, she’ll give them one. There’s not much tell. She stopped being his patient, they went out for a night of Drag Bingo, and there was a spontaneous kiss. He thinks there might be a bit more than that, and Alexis says, maybe, but it’s nothing to talk about. She can’t see why the board would do anything but reprimand him. He doesn’t either, but says it still means they can’t pursue anything for two years.
Jason says Cyrus has a clearing house in Russia. The drugs come from China and the middle east; everywhere really. From Canada, they’re moved to the US, where they’re distributed. Any people who got in Cyrus’s way, got taken care of. Three Russian nationals were found in a Seattle warehouse – decapitated. It got a lot of publicity, but nothing was proven. A year later, Cyrus was arrested for an unrelated crime, and sent to the Federal penitentiary. Sonny says, after being so careful, Cyrus made a pretty big mistake.
Carly asks if Brando knew he was saving Sonny’s wife, or just some woman pinned down in a hail of bullets. He says it was basically a PTSD episode for him. He knew the building was under attack, and it wasn’t the police firing. It was civilians, and he ran in, like he was trained in the service. He saw her, and ended up catching a bullet. She asks if she could have been anyone, and he says he’d love to say it was because she was a beautiful blonde, but that’s not what he was thinking at the time. Not that she isn’t a beautiful blonde. She says she gets it, and he says, good.
Trina says she knows Ava has been horrible to Josslyn’s family, but to her, Ava has been great. She’s learning how to spot the next great artist. Josslyn says that’s cool, and she’s super proud of Trina, but Trina needs to be careful. Ava started with being nice to Morgan too, but she ruined his life. Um… I doubt Ava is going to get romantically involved with Trina. Josslyn says she doesn’t want to talk about it, and Trina says she doesn’t either. She’s interested in what she’s learning about, and she’s getting class credit. Not everyone has a billionaire dad who can open doors for them. Josslyn says she’ll have her dad open every door, if it gets Trina away from Ava. Josslyn’s phone dings, and she says Cameron is at Williams. She shows Trina the phone, saying, he’s with the soccer team, and apparently having the time of his life.
Spinelli says he’s gotten the most incredible news; it will change all their lives. It’s amazing how the phone rings and can send you on a trajectory in the other direction. Maxie asks if there’s a point here, and he says he’s so excited for her, Georgie, James, and Ellie of course (🍷). Maxie says, she got the job, and Spinelli says, she did. They’re moving back to Port Charles. He and Maxie hug, and he says he’ll be seeing her all the time now.
Anna tells Finn that she sympathizes with Sam. Drew’s body was never recovered; she’d want answers too, but she feels like fixating on Peter isn’t the way to go. The doorbell rings, and Emma says she’ll get it. It’s Robert, who says, it’s good to see her; she’s a sight for sore eyes. They hug.
Alexis tells Neil, two years is just two years. If they still want to explore things… Neil says, he just likes her, and she says, she just likes him – a lot – but she doesn’t want to let it get in the way of his career. She doesn’t want that kind pressure. If things work out… Sam comes in, and Alexis says she was just leaving. Sam says she’s there to pick up donuts, and Alexis says she’d stay, but she’s in a hurry. She leaves, and Sam asks Neil, what was that all about?
Robert says it’s good to see Emma. Emma tells him that he said that already, and he says he does tend to repeat himself; however, it’s the truth. Finn says he’s going to get Violet ready for school, and drive her. Anna asks if he wants her to come with him, but he tells her, no; enjoy the visit. Emma asks what’s up with Robert and Anna, and Anna says, everything is fine. Emma says they always say that when they’re fighting.
Maxie says, it’s amazing, and asks Peter if it isn’t amazing. Peter says, absolutely, and Maxie says Georgie can do sleepovers, and holidays, and she can take Georgie to school. She asks how Georgie feels about moving, and Spinelli says she told him she’d miss Portland and the friends she’s made there, but she’s excited to be closer to Maxie, James, and her grandparents. Maxie says, Georgie’s grandparents are going to freak out. She starts to cry, and Spinelli tells her, no tears; it’s happy news, but she says she can’t help it. Georgie and James will be brother and sister for real, and Peter can spend time with her. She can’t wait. She hopes with the close proximity, Spinelli will truly get to know Peter.
Trina and Josslyn look at a picture of Cameron with the soccer coach, and Josslyn says, Williams is the quintessential college campus. Trina says their art department is killer, and the sports are all amazing. Josslyn is excited about them being on their own, living in a dorm, and picking majors. Trina says, it’s still a year and a half away. Josslyn says she’s just getting a handle on high school. Trina says, whoosh, it will be over. It’s going to go by faster than Josslyn thinks.
Jason says, Cyrus was sent to prison, and Sonny says, where he was supposed to rot. Jason says he kept his organization running from prison. Cyrus must have friends in the government or the FBI, since he arranged for a transfer. Sonny says he arranged to get relocated to Port Charles. Jason says the drug running has more potential, and is more lucrative. They have the Canadian border, international waters, and it’s under-patrolled by law enforcement.
Carly says Brando was released from prison, went to Chicago and worked at a motorcycle repair shop. He and Bobby met in the Marines. He says she’s done her research, and she says, more specifically, Sonny’s people did. She knows whatever there is to know about him; what he did, where he did it, and who he socialized with. He says, Sonny must have access to a lot, and she says, Sonny has access to anything he needs. He says, if that’s the case, why didn’t they know his mom was lying when she said he was dead?
Carly says, she’ll get to that, but tell her how he got from being in the Marines to the PTSD episode that saved her life. He says he saw a lot of ugly action in the military, and when he got home, he thought he was handling it. Carly says, but he wasn’t, and he says he started using. He got lucky, since he was busted before he ended up on the street or OD’ed. There are drugs in prison, but he had enough sense not use. He guesses it was his rock bottom. Carly asks, what about his relationship with his mom? and he says, it crashed and burned after he stole her last paycheck. He took it, and went to a dealer. She kicked him out, and he went to prison. He took a deal, and Carly says, smart man. He says, dumb man, trying get smart. She says he succeeded, and he says he took his time. He didn’t want to go home; he thought his mom wanted nothing to do with him. So he went to his buddy’s in Chicago to work on motorcycles.
Jason tells Sonny, Cyrus came in hot. He wonders if Cyrus assumed Michael was the heir apparent. ELQ looks like the perfect front. Sonny says Cyrus probably thought the warehouse was his base of operations. While it was brutal, Cyrus didn’t do his homework. Jason says, he went after Sonny in Brooklyn, Michael on the pier, and his business at the warehouse. Sonny says, when he went to see Cyrus, Cyrus tried to negotiate with him, saying he would give Sonny 10% of everything he moved through Port Charles. Jason asks what Sonny said, and Sonny says, hell no.
Josslyn tells Trina that she thought she’d go big, but a small school might better. Trina says, it depends on how far she wants to go. Volleyball isn’t going to be Trina’s career; art, on the other hand… Dev comes in, and says he needs advice. His fake father – the guy who’s supposed to be dead – turned out to be alive, and he’s in Port Charles. Should he go to the hospital and see him? Josslyn says, no. Sonny is handling it. If Sonny thinks they should meet, he’ll tell Dev. Dev asks if they don’t need to get their stories straight, and Trina says Sonny will tell him what he needs to be told. Josslyn says, it’s not Dev’s job. It’s his job not to mess up.
Maxie says it’s good Peter and Spinelli will get to know one another; the two most important men in her life. Peter says, it’s long overdue, and Spinelli says he has to confess. While he’s delighted in them developing a relationship, his impression of Peter is somewhat tainted. Maxie says, Peter is an amazing person, and has turned his life around. Spinelli asks when it was exactly; the big start over. He’s fascinated by time lines. Was it after Peter came to Port Charles and met Maxie? It had to be, of course (🍷). When did Peter turn life around?
Anna says Emma is right. She and Robert are having a small disagreement. Robert says, not so small, and Anna says, at times, Emma’s grandfather can be a controlling busybody, who sees the worst in people, but what’s bothering her is, after all these years, he can’t trust her judgement. Robert says it’s mind-boggling that Anna is such a student of life, but is still making the same rookie mistakes. And who’s there to clean up the mess? Him. Anna tells him not to worry his granddaughter, but Emma says she’s not worried. No matter how made they get, nothing keeps them from coming to each other’s rescue. Now if they’ll excuse her, she has other people to visit.
Sonny tells Jason, he said no for two reasons. He doesn’t deal in drugs, and he’s not giving Cyrus an opportunity to double-cross him. Jason says Cyrus has new trucking route from Seattle to Port Charles.
Brando tells Carly, he had a good gig; steady and predictable. She asks if he was still in contact with his mom, but he says he knew better than to reach out. He did look at her MyFace page though, and saw her post that said Dev was supposedly his son, and her grandson. He needed to find out what was going on, because he knew Dev wasn’t his. Carly asks if was sure, and Brando says, no way. He could go into details… Carly says, that’s okay. He says he came to Port Charles, and went to the warehouse. He knew it was Sonny’s place of business, and wanted to tell Sonny that Dev wasn’t his son. That’s when he walked into the firefight. He’s told her everything he’s got. Now it’s her turn. Who is Dev?
Dev leaves, and Josslyn asks Trina if she wants a bet Dev is going to the hospital. Trina says, he thinks he’s helping Sonny, but Josslyn says, that’s not how it’s going to play out. She’s going after him. Trina says, it’s Dev’s life, and Dev’s decision. Maybe she’ll be sending the wrong message. Josslyn says Dev couldn’t have been more clear on New Year’s Eve, but Trina thinks him not wanting to kiss her was less about the kiss than it was not wanting to offend Sonny. It’s a good thing, regardless. It clears the way. Josslyn says, for what?
Sam can’t believe Neil got remanded for dating Alexis, and thinks it’s ridiculous. Neil says, that makes two of them, and Sam says if they want to date, they should date. Neil says he’s afraid the board is right. Without meaning to, he probably crossed the line first.
Alexis and Finn straighten up the room after a meeting. Finn asks her, what’s up? and she says, a couple of things; be more specific. He says she wasn’t sharing, and she says, for one thing, she can’t talk about it, and she has to get her own stuff together before she can help anyone else. He asks what she’s talking about, and she says, Sam has something going on, and she and Jason aren’t handling it well.
Peter tells Maxie, it’s a fair question. Shortly after the memory transfer, he realized his father was so despicable, he could no longer be part of his life. He took Jason, and hid him away for medical treatment. Maxie says, he saved Jason’s life, but Spinelli says, it seems Jason could have been healed and sent home sooner. Peter says he fell for Klein’s act; he didn’t know Klein was untrustworthy. Spinelli asks when he decided to come to Port Charles, and Peter says, when Drew surfaced. He knew it would draw his father out, and he owed Jason and Drew. Spinelli says, then he had no contact with Faison, and Peter says, not for many years. He worked at several companies, many of them publishing houses, and that’s how he ended up there. Spinelli says, Sam had asked him to run a background check, and he found the minor detail that Peter was Faison’s offspring. Peter says, he’s not proud of it, and he was trying to turn his life around. His father showed up, things came to a head, and Nathan died. That’s when he knew everything had to change.
Robert says it worked out well for Anna. Emma didn’t want the particulars about their fight, and Anna is content to continue lying by omission rather than lying to Emma’s face. Anna can’t believe he said that, and he says he’s not telling her that to be cruel. The fact is, everything but documented proof says Peter is guilty, and she’s protecting him at Robin’s expense. Jason is Robin’s dear friend. She tells Robert, not to pretend; he’s never had a use for Jason. He says, true, but Robin loves him. Imagine what she’ll think when she finds out what’s going on around there.
Sam tells Neil that he’s overthinking, but he says that’s his job. She says what if her mom was some normal woman he was dating? Eventually, her secrets would have come out; they just came out in therapy. He says, unfortunately, they can’t date for the next two years.
Alexis tells Finn, one of Sam’s parole conditions is that she can’t see Jason. He’s a convicted felon, but they love each other. It’s torture, and ironic. How many times has she wished she could separate them to keep Sam and the kids safe? Sam isn’t going to follow that order, and she’s going to see him because she loves him and they’re family. She’s worried Sam is going to violate her parole, and get sent back to Pentenville.
Anna asks Robert not to define Peter by what he’s done in the past, but he says, it’s what Peter did last Monday. She says there’s no real proof. She says she’s not dragging Robin into it without facts. Peter and Robin have a good relationship, and she was looking forward to Emma visiting with him. That’s family, and what’s going to pull Peter to the good side. Robert says she reminds him of a woman he once knew, who talked herself into believing she was a double-agent. Understanding that, he thinks it goes a lot deeper in than he thought. She says, it’s not the same as last time, and he says she’s right. The collateral damage last time was a lot of spies; this time the collateral damage will be her family.
Maxie tells Spinelli that she’s not pretending Peter was suddenly a decent guy overnight. Peter says, it was knowing Maxie, having her love and believe in him, and her opening heart and home to him. She and James are the greatest incentive he’s ever known, and he tries every day to be worthy of them. Maxie says he doesn’t have to try; he is. Spinelli says, what’s more heroic or proof of Peter’s change than him happening on Andre, and saving him. He can’t get over the timing. Peter says, timing is everything, in life, and publishing. He has to go, and says he’ll see them later. When he’s gone, Maxie asks Spinelli, what’s with the not so subtle interrogation?
Trina says Josslyn lost Oscar. It was devastating, but she got through it to the other side, and is ready to start dating. Josslyn says she can’t think about it, but Trina says she can and did, with Dev. On some level, that means she’s ready to start. It will get better. Josslyn doesn’t know if she can love again. Even if she does, it won’t be like Oscar. Trina says, loving someone new doesn’t take away from what Josslyn had with Oscar. Josslyn says she’s not brave enough, but Trina says she’s looking at it from the wrong angle.
Sonny wonders if Cyrus would risk moving drugs through his territory, and Jason says, maybe he’s testing out the route. Maybe he thinks there’s a good chance no one will know it’s drugs on board. Sonny says he’s underestimated them. He’s about to find out how wrong he is. In the meantime, go to the hospital, and talk to Brando. Sonny needs to know what to do with him. Jason leaves.
Carly says the plan was to convince everyone that Dev was his son. He’s been truthful with her, so she’s going to be truthful with him. Dev is a kid Sonny wanted to help, and needed official documents. He’d been told Gladys’s son died, and they saw the obituary. Sonny’s research team found the same one that Gladys had sent. He says, so to his mother, it was better he be dead than in prison? Carly thinks there’s another part to it, and he says, lay it on him. She says, Gladys took out a life insurance policy, and cashed it in. He says, that sounds like his mom.
Spinelli says Peter’s trajectory recently has been shady best. As Georgie’s father, he needs the complete picture. Maxie says she gets it, but Peter has turned his life around. Spinelli says Peter’s story about the clinic has more holes than Swiss cheese, but Maxie says, Peter has done what he can to change. He’s good for her, and to her, and the same goes for James. Peter has been working hard, and earned the benefit of the doubt from her. She’d hoped at this point, she’d earned it from Spinelli. He needs to take a step back. He says, anything for her. Her phone rings, and she says, it’s Paris, and steps away. He says, anything. Including facing the truth she can’t see. Peter is lying, and he has to go.
Anna says the strain on the family is Robert. He’s like a dog with a big bone. He’s targeting Peter to prove something that he can’t. Why? Why can’t he look the other way? He’s done it before. Accept the official story, and put an end to it. He did it for agents, and her. Why can’t he do it for her son? Peter is about to knock on the door, and listens. Anna tells Robert to leave Peter alone, but he says he can’t. She says, there’s no present danger or imminent threat. There’s no reason he should be digging except for his almighty ego and need to be right. Robert tells her that she’s wrecking herself, and for what? That murdering SOB? When Sam and Jason find evidence of Peter’s guilt… She tells him, get out. She opens the door to find Peter standing there.
Alexis says, what’s frustrating is, nothing short of a miracle reversal of Sam’s parole will help, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. She thanks him for letting her talk. Getting it off her chest helped. Finn says he has the feeling everything will work out for Sam. She says, from his lips, and leaves. Finn says, exactly, and makes a call.
Sam answers, and Finn says he’s sorry he shut her down last night. He thinks he knows something about Peter that might help her and Jason.
Trina ask Josslyn, what’s the first thing they’re taught in sports. Josslyn says, making sure you have a water bottle? and Trina says, if you think you can or can’t, you’re right. Josslyn says, deep thoughts by Trina, and Trina says if she thinks she’s going to lose, she will. It’s the same thing. Josslyn says, so she has to have an open mind? Trina says, yeah. Look at the 500 guys who would kill to go out with her. Pay attention to the little things in front of her that she’s not seeing. Hiding is a form of cowardice, and Josslyn’s not a coward. Josslyn asks if, as a way to prove her courage, she has to go out with the next guy who asks. Is it just a speech, or does Trina mean it? Trina says she means it, even though she doesn’t have to act desperate. Josslyn’s phone alarm sounds, and she says they’re going to be late to class.
Brando tells Carly, the bright side is, they have leverage against his mom, and none against him. She asks what makes him think they need it? Dev walks in, and Brando says, there he is. His long lost son. Carly introduces them, and Dev asks if he should call Brando dad. Jason pops his head in, and asks to talk to Carly. In the hallway, he says, tell him what’s going on in there?
Sonny calls Turning Woods, saying he’s checking in on his dad. He says, he’s not? He wanted to go yesterday, but a situation came up. He’s on his way. He dashes out the door.
Tomorrow, Ava tells Trina that she knows what she’s doing, Valentin tells Lulu that his legal troubles are going to be over, Finn tells Sam that he has information on Peter, and Robert tells Peter, it should stay between the two of them.
Below Deck – Reunion – Part One
Seriously, this show has been on for seven seasons, has two spinoffs, and they can’t give these people a real set? They all have to cram into the clubhouse? Really? In general, I hate the reunions, where Andy shines as the antichrist, stirring the pot over things long forgotten, and everyone talks over each other to the point where I can’t understand any of them. There’s only one setting, and only two scenes. Either it’s a Q&A session, or everyone is yelling.
Andy introduces the cast, blah-blah-blah, and we go down guest Memory Lane. The first topic of discussion is the guest who was a little too forward with Simone. Andy says, it seems lawless out on the sea, and Captain Lee says he has to know about it before he can do something. Kate taking Simone off of service was the right thing. Simone says, in terms of yachting, if a guest is paying for something, what they say goes, and you have to get around it. Kate says she’s seen worse behavior, but Simone shouldn’t have to deal with it. Kate knew she could handle it. Andy brings up Justine hassling Kevin in the galley, and Captain Lee thinks Kevin could have handled it better, and could have been gracious. Kevin says he wasn’t going to just sit and take it, when he knows his job, and he’s confident with what he puts out. Kate points out that he’s not cool with someone telling him to step up his game when it’s not their place, yet all season, he was telling her the same thing. We see clips of that, and move on to Kate not putting Simone on service enough. Captain Lee says, it’s not a training school, and Simone sits there stewing (pun intended). She says in a lot of instances, they’ve trained green crew members during the season. Her CD explained that she was proficient in cooking, laundry, and housekeeping, and she thought she’d be guided in service. Kate says she put Simone on service as much as she could, but Courtney’s service skills were stronger. Courtney says Kate had to accommodate the guests before anyone else. The captain says, if you want to work on a yacht, you have to check your ego at the goddam dock. Kate says, somebody has to do laundry. Andy asks if Kate and Simone ended on a good note. Simone doesn’t know if Kate being nice at the end was real, and Kate says if she came off mean, it was just because she was stressed. It wasn’t personal, and she’s sorry Simone felt that way. Rhylee asks if Simone really thinks Kate is evil, and Simone says she said it in the heat of the moment, but she doesn’t feel she got the same opportunities that Courtney did. Kate suggests Simone try working on a private boat or take a course in service where they have time to teach her everything.
A viewer asks why Kate gets a pass to bully a crew member to tears every season, and Kate says, laundry is not bullying. Simone says Kate made her feel less than, and Kate says she feels Simone wasn’t engaging with the group. Kate asks what she said that makes Simone say she’s a bully. She understands Simone never worked in yachting, and it looked that way. She has to get the work done. Andy says Kate spoke outside of the group to Rhylee, and criticized Ashton, but Ashton got crap for how he spoke to Rhylee. Kate says, over the seasons, bosuns have said things to employees that she’d never say. She might have said Simone isn’t the greatest, but she never cursed at her. Work needs to be done. She might have said Simone wasn’t the greatest, but she never cursed Simone out.
Andy asks Abbi (remember her?) how Ashton was as a boss. She says she and Ashton talked it out to solve problems, but she wasn’t there when Rhylee was. Ashton says he never swore or threw demands at them, but Rhylee says she felt he was condescending. Ashton says he’d never blare speakers at someone’s door and force them off the boat. We flash back to Kate and Josiah trying to get Caroline moving last season. Ashton says, the way Kate treated him wasn’t professional, and Kate asks if he’s saying she didn’t treat him well. He says he thinks she could have handled things more professionally sometimes, and she tells him that she’ll take that into consideration. Captain Lee asks if Ashton – in his limited experience – thinks he’s in a position to judge, and Andy says he asked Ashton to do that. Kate says his answer was confusing. When he was still gyrating in a speedo for dollar bills, she’d already worked up to chief stew, and that was before Below Deck. Ashton asks some convoluted questions about how long Kate and Captain Lee have been in motor yaching, and Kate asks what boat Ashton is working on now. Rhylee says, it’s his girlfriend’s ex-best friend’s boyfriend’s boat. Kate says, it’s not a real industry job, and Andy says, he’s working on a yacht, and shrugs. Ashton says that’s untrue, and unless they can bring hard evidence, it’s lies.
Andy says, Kevin knocked it out of the park with his cooking, but his personality didn’t pass the basic taste test. We look back on Kevin’s many mistakes and d-bag moments, ending with the c*ck cake. Andy says they had the primary on Watch What Happens Live, and she said, had Kevin explained, it would have gone over well. Kevin says it was requested, and he didn’t think it needed an explanation. This is one of the only times I agree with Kevin. Rhylee says it was the best cake, and she was impressed at how Kevin can make a penis. Andy says, Kate made a penis blanket, and Kevin made a penis cake. Kate says the cake was better than her blanket. A viewer says that, instead of working with them, Kevin seemed to work against the interior, and asks if he thinks he’s above them. Kevin says, definitely not, but he sees how he comes off. Andy asks how Captain Lee would rate Kevin’s skill as a chef, and the captain says he can’t get into scales, but had Kevin been consistent with his performance level, he would have knocked it out of the park every time. He let emotions get in the way, and boil over. Kate thinks Kevin is a wonderful talented chef. He also made the best meals for the crew, which is a lot of extra effort. He’s the hardest working chef she’s ever worked with. Kevin doesn’t know what to say. Andy asks if Kevin can see any way he acted or spoke to Kate that set the mood, and Kevin admits he came in hot. Andy wonders what the core of the issue was, and Kate says Kevin came from a large, private vessel. They’re used to different programs. Where he came from was very organized and structured, versus how they just go with it. Zack from Pearl River asks, what pushed Kate to sabotage the penis cake so it reflected badly on the crew? Kate says in her experience, penis shaped items have gone well, but she swears she didn’t know the guests were talking about charity and children. In that moment, Kevin was showing off his glorious masterpiece. Andy says, in that moment, she was getting back at him, and Kate says Kevin was always pelting her with questions, and in that moment, she thought, serve it now; do it your way. He’d been pushy and she was annoyed, and she thought he should handle it himself. Andy says she knew the primary had gone to bed, and it was bad timing. She says all she knew was that the primary had gone to bed. Kevin had called her a d*ck earlier, and was rushing her, not respecting her role as important to the guests. Kevin says he’s over it, and laughed when he saw the episode. The next morning, he apologized to Jamele, and she apologized for not being there.
Andy stirs the devil pot by reminding Kevin that he said he’d never raise his daughter like Kate when he was on Watch What Happens Live. Kevin says, both Kate and Rhylee have good attributes. He guesses he had nothing better to say; it was off the cuff. Kevin says he and Kate didn’t have such a great relationship at the time, and Andy asks if he’s apologizing. He says he definitely is, and Andy asks him to say one good thing about Kate and Rhylee. Kevin says, Kate super funny and Rhylee is a hard worker.
Next, we relive the steamy boatmances of Ashton and Abbi, Tyler and Kate, Brian and Courtney, and Simone and Tyler, as well as Ashton’s misplaced flirtations with Courtney and Kate. By the look on Tyler’s face, he once again can’t believe he missed what could have been his moment with Kate. Andy asks if Brian and Courtney haven’t spoken since when? Courtney says she had to block Brian when he sent her aggressive messages. Brian says he was just finding out where they stand, and she says he was venomous. Andy asks what Brian what Courtney said, and Brian says he was upset about Courtney bringing him down on Twitter. She says she’s been general. They were fundamental issues about things that reflect what’s happening in the world, and society. She was creating conversation about things she doesn’t think are okay. She can’t cosign by being silent; it’s not acceptable the way he treated her on the boat, and they way he handled their arguments. Andy asks what he said, and she says, Brian said she was cold-hearted, and he didn’t know what he’d seen in her. Andy asks if she was into Brian, and she says they obviously liked each other. Andy says she seemed miserable on their date, and she says she was exhausted. It wasn’t about him. Andy asks what she liked about Brian, and she says they had an easy connection, but being on a boat gives you a false sense of intimacy. Then you realize you don’t know each other that well. A viewer asks how Brian could say Courtney took it the wrong way, when he said he was in it just for fun. Brian says he didn’t breakup over a message. He knew Courtney wasn’t comfortable in front of the camera, and wanted to make sure they were on the same level when they t talked. He said, they were having fun, right? question mark. Courtney says that’s what Tanner said to Simone, and she had a normal reaction. She was calm, and expressed it to him, but he was angry. All he did was blame her for her reaction.
Andy asks how Courtney felt when she heard on the show that Brian really liked her. Courtney says, all Brian did was place blame on her. Andy tells Brian, he kept saying Courtney was dramatic, and Courtney says she acted calm; he reacted dramatically. Brian says Courtney put walls up, and he didn’t know where he was with her. He wouldn’t break up over text. Rhylee says that’s not what anyone thinks; he said it was casual. He says he didn’t mean it like that, and Courtney says that’s not her issue. He decided to text her mid work day, when she couldn’t talk. He was angry when she had a normal reaction. He says she told Kate, and Courtney says that’s because she had to go back to work. They all talk at once, and Brian says he didn’t mean it that way. She says it doesn’t matter what he meant; it’s what he says. Andy says Brian’s tone wasn’t clear, then he was dismissive with her. Brian says it broke his heart to see her cry, and Courtney says he rolled his eyes when she cried, and looked at her with disdain when she disagreed with him. He says it was her opinion, and Rhylee says he’s telling Courtney that she shouldn’t feel that way. There was miscommunication, but he can’t tell her how to feel or that she’s wrong to talk to someone. Brian says, it was personal, and Rhylee says he talked to the guys. Kevin says he told Brian because he wanted Brian and Courtney to talk. Captain Lee says Kevin overheard a private conversation, and had no right to relay it to anyone else. It was none of his business. Kate was Courtney’s superior, and asked what was wrong, and Courtney told her in confidence. He had no right to betray that. Kevin disagrees, and says it’s a tiny boat with eight crew members. Brian says if he could go back, he wouldn’t have sent a text. A viewer asks if Brian was trying to control and manipulate Courtney when she tried talking to other people, or when she disagreed with his opinion. Courtney says, he was angry when she disagreed with him, and he says she took the wrong side in every argument. She says that was his opinion. Andy brings up Rhylee saying she’d steal Brian from Courtney, and asks if she ever got the chance. Rhylee says she didn’t know Courtney when she said that. Courtney had been aloof to her, and she thought Courtney better jump on that before she does. She would never steal a guy from a friend. Andy asks if she still would, and she says Brian could be a pissed off mean a-hole to her, and she’d still think he was hot. She doesn’t know if she’d still hit it though. Andy likes that it’s still in question.
Andy says Abbi married her captain, and asks what life is like. She says they’ve been married almost a year. Once she left, she realized she loved him. They live in Greece, and have a charter business. She doesn’t regret being on the show, or leaving, because it brought her to that point. Andy asks if Simone and Tanner keep in touch, and Tanner says they text here and there. Andy asks if Simone regrets hooking up, and she says she does, only because she asked if liked Kate, and Tanner said no. A viewer asks why Tanner treated Simone that way. Even if he wasn’t serious, he should at least treat her with respect. Tanner admits it was stupid and immature, and he’s sorry it happened. At least it ended before anyone was seriously hurt. Simone thinks he’d conveyed that he wanted to keep it casual, and she was fine with that, as long as he respected her. Had he been honest, she might have kept it platonic. He says he really liked her, but emotions were flaring, and he was wrong. Andy asks what Tanner’s mom thought, and he says, it was never discussed. Everyone thinks they’re so close… Rhylee says Tanner told them that they were close. He says he has nothing to say to her, and Rhylee says his mother was blaming Captain Lee on Facebook. Tanner says, it was a private group, and Rhylee says she was upset at how the captain attacked Tanner on his blog. Hmm… I’ll have to read those. Tanner asks why she has an issue with it, and Rhylee tells Tanner, he said she tried to screw everybody on the boat, when he’s epitome of that. His mother wasn’t there, and she was saying shame on Captain Lee for holding him accountable for his piss-poor treatment of Simone, and the other women on the boat. She told his mother to be a parent, and hold him accountable. He says it shows Rhylee’s character, the way she got involved, and she says, maybe it does. He still mistreated Simone. He says he just apologized, but Rhylee says he still treats people like that. It’s disgusting.
Andy says Tanner and Kate couldn’t make happen, but she said it could if they were in the same zip code. Did anything happen? Kate says, not yet, and crosses her fingers. She says Tanner has a girlfriend, who she thinks is amazing, and she’s happy for him. Andy asks if she regrets pursuing him after seeing how disrespectfully he spoke behind her back. She says, it’s fun to flirt, and she was bored. Cabin fever is a real thing. Andy asks why Kate doesn’t think she broke girl code, since she didn’t ask Simone first. Kate says she feels Simone broke girl code first; she bent it. Andy asks how, and Kate amends it to stew code. She asks if they’re just talking about sex, and says, on a boat, the lines are blurry; there’s not a lot of loyalty. Her trust and respect were broken with Simone. Rhylee says, it’s not girl code if you’re not friends. Simone says they were on and off; they started as friends. Rhylee says, it’s more like a respect factor, and Kate says all she did was flirt.
Next time – Part Two – the captain says a fireball is coming, Kate feels not that sorry, and Captain Lee walks off, saying he’s done with these d*ckheads.
Below Deck Sailing Yacht
Jenna gives a tour to the new guests. In her interview, she says, between the boat being a disaster and new guests blowing in like a drug hurricane, they’re off to a sh*tty start. Guy says, after this, he’s blaming the tequila. I can’t stand when people have names that are also nouns. Jenna feels like she’s drowning, and tells Georgia to set the table. In Georgia says she wants to ease herself into it. She won’t be used to this boat for a while.
In his interview, Paget says he worked on smaller vessels with Ciara, where he was captain, and she was first mate. They felt equal, and he was fine with that, but now he’s trying to balance being her boss and boyfriend. Parker strums a ukulele in his cabin. Guy jokes, Alessia is cool, but has bad taste in men. In Jenna’s interview, she says she’s a control freak, and likes to do everything all on her own. She’s orchestrating the stews to be her puppets behind the scenes. Georgia and Madison straighten the cabins. Madison explains to Georgia, if she’s on early, she’ll be by herself for about an hour. In Madison’s interview, she says, first stew is like chief stew, but they do the bitch work. She’s glad Georgia wants to learn. The first course comes out, and Adam accompanies it. The guests toast to daughter Emily and Peyton’s graduation.
Parker hangs out in the crew mess. He says everyone is there who he doesn’t get to hang out with. In his interview, he says he doesn’t want to miss anything. Sleep is for airplanes. Madison thinks he’s a sweetheart. Byron juices oranges, and in his interview, says when he doesn’t have engineering work, he helps out. He wants to be where the action is. Madison asks Ciara where the pitcher is, and Ciara says the top shelf. In Ciara’s interview, she says, it’s frustrating when a new crew comes in, moves everything around, then asks where things are. Adam ices a vanilla chiffon cake. The guests admire it, and it’s plated and served. It looks beautiful, but there’s no chocolate involved, so it’s not for me. I don’t waste calories on something not chocolate.
The guests go to bed, along with most of the crew. Guy says, effing cool, and asks if Alessia wants to get married on the boat. They kiss. Ciara asks Paget if they’re okay, and Byron tells them, keep it in the shower. By 2 am, it’s quiet.
Jenna tells the guests they’re doing water sports, and a Greek night today. Alan says they need to have a wedding at some point. In her interview, Jenna asks, is he effing kidding her? She asks him if he wants them to do it. Alan says, they can’t get around to it on their own. Jennifer says, when Guy and Alessia wake up, they’ll tell them. Captain Glenn doesn’t think the crew can pull of the wedding the guests will be expecting. He asks Jenna, what’s the plan? and she says she’s just trying to get through breakfast.
Paget shows Ciara how do organize the water toys, and they bicker. Breakfast is served, and the captain suggests using the paddle boards afterward. In Jenna’s interview, she says, if a chef is good at their job, they’re hot to her. Parker tells Ciara that she asks a lot of questions. Ciara says she’s waiting for the day Paget asks for her help in managing Parker. Jenna talks to Guy about the wedding, and he says he’s up for that. She’s like, wtf? and wonders what they’re thinking. Alessia wants to wear white shorts. Jenna asks the stews to stay on service. She suggests they source out some dresses, and bring a hairdresser on board; it will take less time than Alessia going to shore. She calls for dresses and entertainment for Greek night. Guy has already started drinking, and Georgia tells him, that’s the spirit. In her interview, she says she’d love to be married, but she hasn’t found a guy who thinks it’s a good idea.
Adam says Jenna and Hannah are like night and day. Hannah is a cold, long, dark night – we flash back to her altercations with Adam on Below Deck Mediterranean – and Jenna is a beautiful morning sun, with chirping birds and spring flowers. Byron and Captain Glenn discuss getting the sail properly arranged in the donkey d*ck. Emily does some paddle boarding and water skiing. In Byron’s interview, he says, Captain Glenn is an awesome captain. There are no jobs he won’t do. The captain goes up himself to fix the sail. He says, the rope is in the track, but not in the donkey. In Captain Glenn’s interview, he says he’ll go for any solution to keep the charter going. Guests want to sail, and if a sail problem is major, it could mean the end of the season if they can’t sail. It’s a big issue. He tells Byron, easy jobs are always more complicated than you think. Byron says that’s why they’re paid the medium bucks.
Captain Glenn tells Byron to get ready to get the sails up. They’ll see if what they did works. It does. Alessia asks the captain if she push buttons. In his interview, Captain Glenn says he likes to get the guests involved; it’s part of being on a sailing yacht. Paget tells Ciara to stop assuming, and trust him. In his interview, he says when he and Ciara worked together in the past, he had a hard time controlling his temper. He’s making a concerted effort to keep it in check. The boat goes a little sideways, and everyone hangs onto stuff.
Parker tells Paget that his last relationship ended because he wanted to go into yachting; he’s impressed. In Parker’s interview, he says, Paget and Ciara are a power couple. They’re in love, and work well under pressure. That’s a good relationship. He asks Paget when he and Ciara are getting married, and says he’ll DJ at their wedding. It will be on a boat, and they’ll throw a banger. When they get to Issos Beach in Corfu, the makeup artist and stylist arrive. The guests are on their third tequila, along with drinking margaritas. Guy drinks out of the bottle. In Madison’s interview, she says, on a scale of one to blackout, Guy is already on the bathroom floor. Alessia tries on different outfits, and picks a cropped lace blouse with a train on the back, to go with her shorts.
Adam makes a Greek buffet. Jenna tells the stews to put their evening dress pm/ Alessia tells Guy, take a nap; he’s drunk and she’s done. Byron hears them yelling, and wonders if that’s a domestic. He asks if they aren’t newlyweds. Jenna says she needs to be a part of it, and goes to listen. Alessia says she told Guy to stop drinking, and he asks where she’s been for the last hour. Um… getting ready? Madison says, wtf? and Guy asks if Alessia wants to be with him or not. She says she’s not marrying him. He’s an effing psychopath. Hmm… maybe I spoke too soon about this show being boring. She says he’s just a drunk, and he asks when they’re going to spend time together. Captain Glenn comes down with Byron, and asks if they’re okay. He says Guy has had a couple too many, but Guy says he’s good. He tells Alessia to get TF out of his room, and the captain doesn’t want to leave them alone. In his interview, Captain Glenn says, as captain, it’s within his jurisdiction to deal with this how he sees fit. However, if it gets violent, he’ll physically restrain someone. He’s hoping it doesn’t come to that point. He asks Parker to stay there. On deck, Alan says they’re yelling at each other, and Jennifer says she tried calming them down, and doesn’t know what to do. The captain tells Jenna that Parker is outside the room listening and keeping an eye on things.
Madison tells Georgia what’s going on. Alessia comes out, and Captain Glenn asks if she needs anything. She says she’s getting her hair done. Jenna tells Adam, things are happening, and he says, it’s going to be a successful marriage that’s obviously going to last forever. He tells her that he’s doing a family style dinner. Jenna tells him, thirty minutes. In Adam’s interview, he says, whether they go through with the wedding or not, they’re getting an awesome Greek spread. Adam tries to make hummus, and curses the blender.
Alan asks Jenna if there still might be a wedding, but she says she hasn’t heard. Alan says they’ll just let it play out. Adam tries again to make hummus. The entertainment arrives, and before one of them can explain how they do weddings in Greece, Jenna tells them, a wedding might not happen, but they’re still having a party. The musicians start warming up. Georgia tells Parker, she thinks Guy and Alessia thrive on the roller coaster thing. Guy tells Alessia, let’s do this. Alessia tells Jenna that she’s pissed off, and Guy is an a-hole. In Jenna’s interview, she says she just took an entire day to plan a wedding. Wtf is going on?
The captain asks Jenna if they’re going forward with the wedding, but she tells him, Alessia said Guy is an a-hole, and has to apologize. In Captain Glenn’s interview, he says marriage gives him a rash. When he and his girlfriend walked past one, he covered her eyes so she didn’t get any ideas. Adam kind of flirts with Jenna. The entertainers dance. In his room, Guy says he has to get TF out of there. Jenna asks if the guests are ready to be seated. They are, and she relays that to Adam. Guy shows up, and Alessia plops an olive branch crown on his head before Jenna takes a photo. Adam says his game is strong, and tells the guests to enjoy. The musicians play, and everyone looks miserable, but they like the food. The entertainers leave, and Captain Glenn tells Jenna that he doesn’t think they’re getting married. Jenna is so happy they did all that work for literally no reason. It’s the most tired she’s ever been.
Adam tells Jenna, if he was gluten-free, he’d make up a new breakfast. She says she’s not an egg person. How is that possible? It’s God’s perfect food. Adam says he isn’t either (what?), and she says she’s not really a breakfast person. Okay, now that’s a reality I can identify with. Adam says he isn’t either, and she says they always agree on things, and her perfect type would be herself. This is the worst flirting I’ve ever seen. On deck, Alan wonders if Guy and Alessia will ever get married. Jennifer thinks they’ll always be engaged. Alan is glad they didn’t bring a gift. Breakfast is served, and Alan says they’re optimistic, having set a table for six. Everyone is loving the food. Georgia sings while she irons. She tells Paget they should form a rhythm boat band. In her interview, she says she got into yachting to foster her dream to be a musician. She does performance and recording work for half a year, and then the other half, does menial domestic work. She’s hoping the music half wins. She does have a beautiful voice.
Captain Glenn says they were a great team, and what he’d hoped for. The guests pack, and the boat docks. In Parker’s interview, he says it’s his first official docking, and he wants to impress Paget. In the captain’s interview, he says, it was his easiest experience in a while. There was no wind, and there were no obstacles. It’s not always so smooth.
They tell the guests goodbye. Madison says, normally, she doesn’t like to see men leave, but she loves watching Guy go. Alan says they’re the best crew they’ve ever had, and gives Captain Glenn the tip envelope. Jenna gives the stews a game plan, and the boat is flipped. The captain calls everyone for a charter debriefing in the main saloon. I guess that’s what he calls a tip meeting.
The captain says, they started off behind the eight ball, then they had to plan a wedding. They had an incident with a guest being too drunk, but they dealt with it. It was amazing, and he’s impressed. They guests were happy, and they left $20K or $2,200 each. Holy! How is it they’re getting so much more than the real Deck? In her interview, Georgia says, that’s a lot of money. She’s effing stoked. Captain Glenn invites the crew out for dinner, but tells them, it’s a school night. Parker thinks his mother would be proud. It was his first charter, and they knocked it out of the park. The crew drinks some champagne.
Adam tells Jenna, she looks good in his galley. In Adam’s interview, he says the common dynamic between chef and chief stew is that they’re on opposite sides of the mountain, and it’s not pretty. Jenna has her sh*t together, she’s funny, she does her job well, and he likes looking at her. His job just got hella easier.
The crew gets ready to go out. In Parker’s interview, he says this is his first time in Europe. He grew up barefoot, and he’s still adjusting to the decorum of the posh yachting world. They go to a restaurant. Georgia talks to Paget and tosses her head like a circus pony, while Ciara inwardly glares at them. In Georgia’s interview, she says she’s not a flirt; she’s vivacious. In Paget’s interview, he says he’s excited to have new people on the boat, and excited for the season. Jenna says if she drinks anymore, she’ll get out of control, and they go back to the boat. Adam goofs around with Jenna on the way back.
Captain Glenn goes to bed, and everyone else gets in the hot tub. Except for Parker, who serenades them with the ukulele. They each make up a verse to his tune, some of them better than others. Adam pours wine in Jenna’s mouth. Jenna pours wine in her own mouth, and misses with some of it, looking longingly at Adam. Madison sees her, and looks horrified. In her interview, Madison says does she want to see Jenna looking – she pantomimes being sloppy drunk – no. Adam and Jenna remain in the tub after the others leave, but they’re so drunk, all they can do is slosh around in the water, and they finally get out. Byron asks Madison if she thinks they’re shagging, and she says, probably.
In Byron’s interview, he says he’s worked on a lot of boats, and one thing he’s learned is, this could be a disaster. And he’s got a front row seat.
Next time, Jenna is mortified about last night, Ciara tells Paget argue while wearing togas, and in her interview, Ciara says this is a completely different side of them.
🛥 He’s Not Having It…
I wonder if Captain Lee is going to quit after watching this season.
👠 There’s Got To Be a Party After…
The fashion after the fashion.
👼🏻 My Name Is…
Angel is probably not what you’d call me in the morning. Unless it’s still the night before.