What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
Laura says she feels a little in the way. Lulu’s family is now four, and Charlotte needs her own room. Lulu says it’s fine. Spencer blows in, and says the living arrangements are unacceptable, and Charlotte is the problem.
Jake tells Elizabeth she looks scared, like at the Nurses Ball. He wonders if it’s him, but she says everything is fine. He says that she and his father make everything fine for him, and they hug. Hey, where is Franco these days?
Hayden runs to the examining room, unlocks it, and runs to the bathroom past Elizabeth and Jake.
Doc sees Sam at the MetroCourt. Jason is late and it’s bothering her. She has a weird feeling.
A cop comes to the examining room door, but Elizabeth tells him that it’s just her sister. He says to make sure she locks the door. Hayden comes back out and says hi.
Up On the rooftop reindeer’s paws. Costa tells Jason it’s not his job to ask questions, and it was never Jason’s either. They can kill each other or walk away. He jumps down to the balcony, and slams Jason up against the doors, but Jason quickly gets the better of him. Jason says Helena is dead, so who is Costa working for?
Amy says Nathan eavesdropped, and it’s none of his business. He wants to help, and says he didn’t know about Chet before; Dillon filled him in. She says her brother is a private guy, but Nathan says that’s not the whole story. He says she can talk to him, but she says Chet wouldn’t want her to.
Dante comes in with the kids, and Laura asks if something happened. Lulu asks what happened that Rocco is so dirty, and he says checking under rocks for worms. Laura asks Spencer what’s with the attitude, and he says he’s questioning the company they keep. Charlotte asks if he always talks like that. Spencer says that she and her father stole his life. Laura says that’s enough, and he says his father didn’t die that long ago. Has she forgotten?
Elizabeth gives Jake her phone to play a game, and asks Hayden if she’s okay. Hayden talks about how she’s been feeling sick, and Elizabeth tells her it must be the flu, jokingly adding, or she’s pregnant. Hayden says, surprise!
Sam feels like it’s something dire, which isn’t her M.O. Doc asks about the baby, and congratulates her. He asks if she thinks her anxiety has to do with Jake. She says it doesn’t help, but she’s thinking about that time in Jason’s life, two years unaccounted for.
Costa tells Jason that it was his job. Jason says he failed his job. He wants to know why Costa endangered his son. Costa grabs ahold of him, and holds him over the edge of the balcony.
Amy says that Chet is amazing, and was the envy of everyone in high school. She says he was nice, changing it to is nice, wondering why she keeps using past tense. She talks about how he championed losers. She was thrilled when he got a scholarship, but knew she’d miss him. Most big brothers would have teased or ignored her, but he gave her advice. He came up with the Man Landers name when he wrote to her from college; he always knew what to do. She says it’s different since he came home from Afghanistan. Nathan tells her that he read about Chet getting injured in combat. Amy says he’s in a group home, because their mother couldn’t take care of him anymore.
Laura sits Spencer down. She says his father was her son and she loved him. Charlotte isn’t to blame for what Valentin did, like he isn’t to blame for what Helena did. He tells her that’s a low blow. She says he’s upset and angry, but doesn’t have the right to take it out on Charlotte. She asks if they’re on the same page, and he says yes. She sends him to do a jigsaw puzzle with the other kids. When his piece doesn’t fit, he messes up the entire puzzle. I feel his pain. I often want to get a hammer and make the piece fit.
Hayden tells Elizabeth that she just found out. Elizabeth asks if it’s Finn’s, and Hayden says of course. Elizabeth asks how she’s feeling emotionally, and she says it’s been rocky, but she’s getting there. She asks why Elizabeth is hiding, and Elizabeth says Helena. Hayden tells her that answer is good enough. She asks how Elizabeth dealt with what happened to Jake. Elizabeth says you always want to protect your children. It’s not always possible, but if she didn’t keep going, she’d be missing out on the greatest experience of her life.
Sam tells Doc that in some ways Jason is the same, but in others, completely different. She wonders if he’s hiding from himself. Doc says he treated Jason way back when, after his accident, and he’s the single most resistant patient he ever had. Self-determination was the most important thing to him. Sam says Helena took that from him; he wasn’t in control. Doc says that went against everything he stands for. Needing to check his messages, Doc steps away from the table. There’s something from the hospital telling him that all non-emergency situations have been canceled for the rest of the afternoon. When he looks back at the table, Sam is gone.
Jason asks why Costa didn’t disappear. Costa says he had no choice, just like Jason didn’t when he was working for her. He and Jason struggle back and forth.
Nathan asks how Amy got material for the blog. She says she read an awful advice column, and looked at a comments section. She gave her own advice, or what she thought Chet’s two cents would be, and got a ton of responses. Nathan says she was channeling Chet, and she says she’s gotten good at giving advice too. It started off as fun, but then her mother died. There isn’t enough money for Chet to stay where he is. Nathan asks about her father, but Amy doesn’t quite reply to his question, saying that’s why she broke the sick-out; she needed to work to keep Chet afloat. She realized the blog could be her answer, but by then everyone wanted to know who Man Landers was and what he looked like. Nathan says, the rest is history.
Costa says it’s not over for him, like it’s not over for Jason. Cops storm through the doors, followed by Sam, and Jason releases Costa. One of the cops says they’re both going downtown. Sam tells them that the other guy threatened Jason, and asks if they don’t recognize Jason as the one who disarmed the bomb. Jason says Costa tried to kill his son and his baby mama. The cop tells him that he’ll have to make a statement, and Sam says she’ll make sure that happens. Jason tells her that Costa is still working for Helena. She says Helena is gone and still taking from people. She asks if he’s okay.
Hayden doesn’t know if she’ll be a good mother. Elizabeth says no one does, and nothing prepares you, but concerns are good sign. Hayden asks what about her day with the boys, and Elizabeth tells her that coffee and sugar are not a good idea. Hayden says she’s learned her lesson with that. Elizabeth asks if she wants the baby, and when Hayden says she does, Elizabeth says that’s all that matters. Jake comes back, and says he hopes Hayden is feeling better. There’s a knock at the door, and a cop tells then that the incident is over and it’s all clear. Jake asks what incident?
Dante tells Spencer that they have to treat each other with kindness and respect. If he can’t manage that, he needs to sit by himself until he can. Laura tells him don’t look at her; clean up the puzzle that he ruined. She apologizes to Lulu, but Lulu says they’ve all been there. Doc drops by, and asks Laura if she has the afternoon free. She says she does, and Spencer says he does too. Doc says it’s a plan. I like Doc and Laura together, and he’s probably one of the few who would have the patience for Spencer.
Jason sees Jake and Elizabeth, and asks if they’re okay. Elizabeth says what about him, and he says she can’t hurt them anymore. Oh yeah? How does he know? Costa just came out of nowhere. Maybe there are fifty other Costas. Not to mention that’s awfully optimistic for Jason.
Amy says with Nathan’s face on the blog, it exploded. She thought she could generate revenue, but he found out. She says it was wrong of her to steal his picture. She took it down, but that doesn’t help with the publishing deal. They wanted to meet him, but it’s her problem, not his. She asks him to keep everything in confidence. She drops her folders all over the place, and Nathan helps her pick them up. He sees the medical bills.
At the park, Spencer asks to get a hot pretzel. Laura says only if he promises to apologize to Charlotte. He does, and goes off, while Laura and Doc sit on a bench. Laura feels like she’s just run a marathon, and Doc says parenthood is a marathon that never ends. She tells him that Spencer was spoiled to begin with, then after the tragedy, he was indulged even more, but she has to reign him in. She says he’s angry about Valentin, and has the right to be, but it’s coming out now, and he’s focusing on Charlotte. Doc says he can see how that would be tense in tight quarters. Laura thinks she should leave now, so Lulu can settle in with her new family. Doc asks if Spencer isn’t going back to school, and she says that’s up for debate, but she should still find her own place. Doc tells her he knows just the place – his place.
Charlotte pouts, and Lulu suggests a snack break. Charlotte says she isn’t hungry. Lulu sends Rocco to the kitchen to find out what they have that might be tempting. She asks Charlotte if Spencer upset her. Lulu says he’s not really mad at her, and Charlotte says she knows that. She says she likes staying there, and she’s having fun, but she misses her papa and Nina. She asks if Lulu and Dante are mad.
Hayden takes Jake to the vending machine, and Elizabeth asks Jason how do they know Costa isn’t answering to someone else? Jason says he said he wasn’t. Well, I guess that settles it then. Sam moves away to sit on the steps, and Jason says he can’t be 100% certain, but he doesn’t think so. Costa was just carrying out orders. Jason thinks they can stop worrying. Sam starts getting buggy on the stairs.
Amy asks Nathan for her paperwork back. He says some of the bills are from years ago, and Amy says they keep piling up. He asks how she’s going to pay for all this, and she says she’ll figure it out. She begs him not to tell anyone, and he promises not to. She starts to jet, and he asks her to wait.
Laura tells Doc that he doesn’t have to, but he says he wants to. She doesn’t want him to feel like he needs to rescue her, and he tells her that he must be doing something wrong. He loves her. Waking up next to her and having her next to him at the end of the day, what could be better? She says it sounds wonderful, but she wants to be realistic. What if he hates something about her? He doesn’t think he’ll have any problems. She asks if he’s scared, and he says no. His feelings are real and aren’t going to change. And if that’s not enough, he can dig out the Santa suit. He says, let’s do this.
Dante tells Charlotte that they’re not mad. Lulu talks about all the people who love her, and says the more love you have to give, the more is given back. Charlotte says it’s like a star, even if you can’t see it in the daytime, it’s there. Dante says he knows that everything is strange, but they’re here for her. Lulu says they’re her family, and it’s forever. They hug, and Rocco comes back with snacks, joining in the hug.
At the vending machine, Hayden tells Jake to choose wisely, and explains buyer’s remorse. He picks something, and she says she likes a man who knows what he wants. The candy gets stuck, but Hayden bangs on the machine and it falls. Jake is impressed.
Sam worries on the stairwell. Elizabeth tells Jason that it will be new, not waiting for the other shoe to drop. She says that Jake is lucky to have so many people who love him, but Jason says they’re the lucky ones. When Sam looks at Jason, she sees blood running down his face.
Amy thanks Nathan for listening. He asks what Man Landers wears in public. He’ll need to know for meeting the publishers. Amy says she didn’t tells him for that reason, and he says that friends help each other. She hugs him.
The puzzle is done, and Rocco gives the last piece to Charlotte to put in. Lulu says their first family puzzle is complete. The kids go to pick out another one, and Dante and Lulu kiss.
Laura tells Doc that it won’t be just them; she has Spencer. She hopes that Doc knows she loves him. She says he’s been the most amazing gift, and she doesn’t want to mess it up. He says they’re a package deal, and he’s okay with that. As long as she’s with him, he’s happy. Laura agrees to move in, and they hug. Spencer comes back, and asks what about him?
Elizabeth decides to check on Jake. Jake tells Hayden that she’s pretty cool, and she says he is too. Elizabeth watches Jake hug Hayden.
Sam is crying, and staring at Jason, and he asks her what’s wrong? He asks if she’s okay, and still seeing bloody Jason, she says that she doesn’t think so. Thank goodness. I nearly went into diabetic shock with all the hugs and happiness today.
On Monday, Spencer asks what Doc’s intentions are, Nelle wonders who would be out to hurt her, and Griff asks Sonny if he’s planning on killing Ava.
🎭 I’m watching Bill Cosby: An American Scandal, and the whole thing is just depressing and sad. I grew up with Bill Cosby. He was extraordinarily funny. My sister taught me his stand-up routines when I was five or six years old, and I would repeat them to my fellow kindergartners. I guess you could say I was somewhat precocious. I also remember I Spy being a TV staple, although I was too young at the time to understand what a landmark show it was. Then there were his later TV efforts, and even though I’m not a sitcom person, I watched dutifully, and found it not painful, and often amusing. It’s almost like finding out an elderly family member committed heinous crimes. I realize he hasn’t technically been found guilty, but… Like I said, depressing and sad.
😱 I also took a look at 90 Day Fiancé – Danielle &Mohamad: Our Continuing Journey. The only thing I can say is, What. Is. This?!
😵 I had a zombie senior moment this evening, thinking I had missed Z-Nation. When is that coming back? Is it with Franco?
Father’s Day – Quotes of the Week
The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature. – Abbé Prévost
My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. – Clarence B. Kelland
She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her, the most potent moral force in her life, was the love of her father. – Harper Lee
Never lose your sense of humor. – My father. It was the only piece of advice he gave me when I left home. I’m sure he knew how easy it would be to lose it in this world.