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February 10, 2020 – Carly Talks To Brando, Yachties Reunite, Sailing the Drunken Seas, a Captain’s Reaction, After Fashion & Morning Call


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

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 Mediterraneanand 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.

December 30, 2019 – Sam Gets an Invitation, Kate Decides To Return, an Opinion, a New Season, an Addition, the Captain Speaks & Another One


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Carly joins Jax at the pier, apologizing for being late. She asks Jax to fill her in. Now that the codicil is gone, what’s the plan? Jax tells her that Nikolas is gone.

Ava sees Curtis at the MetroCourt, and he says she seems chipper for someone who just lost out on a major art deal. She says, everything can change in an instant, and he says, or burst in flames. She says, whichever. There’s no point in looking back. Onward and upward. Curtis tells her, if she says so, and she says she’s convinced 2020 is going to be her year. I tell her, me too! She steps away to call Nina. She says, the wedding is just hours away. Is the bride ready for her moment in the spotlight? Nina says, it’s all set, but Ava says she doesn’t sound exited. Nina says she’s not, and Ava says, she ought to be. Valentin is about to get what he deserves. Nina says she’ll be leaving behind a lot of collateral damage. Charlotte brings in Nina’s bouquet, telling her, the flowers are there and they’re so pretty. Valentin tells Charlotte that Nina is on the phone, and Ava says she senses hesitation. Don’t back out on her now. Nina smiles at Charlotte and Valentin.

Sonny asks Gio how the special assignment is going, and Gio says he put the tracker on Carly’s car. She’s on Front Street, near Pier 17. Sonny says, she has no good reason to be there. What else did he see? Jason comes in, and asks if there are problems at the warehouse.

Sam goes to Turning Woods, and sees Willow. Willow says she was happy to hear Sam got released, and in time for Christmas. The kids must be thrilled. Sam says they’re pretty much over the moon, and Willow says Sam upstaged Santa. Now if Lucas wakes up, things can go back to normal. Sam says she heard Willow has been there a lot, and Willow says, kind of. Sam asks if she was on her way out, and Willow says she thought she’d stop and see if Julian needs anything. He’s been by Lucas’s side as much as Brad. Julian walks in, and says it’s good to see Sam.

Ava looks at her phone, saying, Nina hung up on her. She literally bumps into Laura, and says, sorry. Laura says, no harm done, but she wishes she could say the same about Helena’s portrait. Ava says, the auction took a bit of an unexpected turn, and asks how Charlotte is. Laura says, fully recovered; no signs of hypothermia. Ava asks, what happened? and Laura says, Charlotte took an unexpected dunk in the harbor. Luckily Lulu and Dustin were there to fish her out. Ava says Laura must be relieved, and Laura says she is. She asks why Ava burned Helena’s portrait.

Sonny tells Jason that Gio is examining something, and tells Gio to let him know what he finds. Gio leaves, and Jason asks if he can help. Sonny tells him, no, and says he’s glad to hear Sam is home. Jason says, things worked out for once, and asks where Carly is. Sonny says she’s running errands, and Jason says, maybe Gio knows. Sonny asks what Jason means, and Jason says, the job Gio is doing involves Carly, doesn’t it?

Carly asks if Nikolas left town, but Jax doesn’t know. After the painting was destroyed, he dissolved their partnership. Carly doesn’t get Nikolas’s motive. He knows his family is grieving, and he should fix it. Jax says, Nikolas has changed a lot since he’s been gone. He’s always angry, and the codicil is all about revenge. Nikolas could go bankrupt tomorrow, and Jax doesn’t think he’d care. He wants to destroy Valentin. Carly asks what about Valentin’s reversal of fortune that Jax predicted? With Nikolas gone, will it still happen?

Willow jets, and Julian wonders if she got scared away. Sam says, not by her, and asks how Lucas is. He says, there’s been no change, and she asks what the doctors say. He tells her, the doctors say Lucas might never wake up. Sam refuses to believe it. Lucas has too much waiting for him; he’s going to fight his way back. Julian says, Lucas shouldn’t have been in the car in the first place. He was supposed to be at work, but went home to see Brad. Now he’s unresponsive in a hospital bed. Brad walks in with Willow, telling her about what he did on Christmas. He knows Wiley misses Lucas, and it kills him how much Wiley has gone through when he’s not even two years old. Willow says she feels terrible about almost letting Nelle hold him. Julian says, what?

Ava tells Laura, she had nothing to do with it. Laura asks if they could please get past the point of denial. The painting was in Ava’s facility, and her staff was taking care of it. Now it’s a pile of ashes. Why would Ava help Valentin? Ava says she didn’t, and never will. She’s sorry Laura didn’t get the pleasure of denying Valentin something he wanted, but she tells Laura, don’t worry. People like him always get what’s coming to them. Laura asks what she means.

Valentin asks if they’re interrupting, but Nina says it’s just the art department; if it’s not one thing, it’s another. She looks at the bouquet and says it’s gorgeous, and exactly what she wanted. Charlotte thinks they’ll look pretty with her dress. Charlotte asks when they’re getting ready, but Nina says not for a few hours. Charlotte asks if they can go for a ride; she’s tired of resting. Nina tells her, it’s going to be a long night, but Charlotte says she feels fine. Please? Nina says, maybe tomorrow, and Charlotte asks if Nina can help her look for Electra, her stuffed horse. Nina thinks Electra is in the stables; Charlotte had been playing there yesterday. Charlotte goes to get her coat, and Nina says Valentin has a very resilient daughter. He says it helps that she has something to look forward to. All the setbacks and trials are behind them, and they’ll officially be a family in a couple of hours.

Valentin asks Nina, what’s wrong? She says she’s just worried about Charlotte. It’s easy to say things will be good, and they’ll be a happy family, but it’s still fraught with Lulu. He says after the first of the year, he’s going to discuss his petition to the court for full custody. Nina asks if he’s sure. Charlotte is comfortable with the arrangement, and while Lulu isn’t her favorite person, she is Charlotte’s mother. Valentin says she knows how hard he’s tried with the joint custody, but Lulu despises him too much. He’ll be generous with visitation, but Charlotte is going to be living with them. Besides, in a matter of hours, Nina will be her stepmother and have her for always.

Laura asks why Ava thinks Valentin is going to get what’s coming to him, and Ava says, doesn’t Laura? Laura says, of course (🍷), but she doesn’t know how or when. Does Ava? Ava thinks Valentin’s day of reckoning is coming soon. Curtis asks if he’s interrupting, and Laura says, no. She and Ava were just having a conversation about karma. Curtis says, what about it? and Ava says, how she always delivers. She’ll see them at Valentin’s wedding. Curtis asks if she’s going, and Ava says she wouldn’t miss it for the world.

Sonny tells Jason, Gio is tailing Carly, and Jason asks if it’s that bad. Sonny says, it’s not great. They had peace at Christmas, for the kids’ sakes. Jason asks if Sonny thinks following her is going to make things better, and Sonny says, at least he can protect her from herself. Jason says they’re under a ton of stress, and Sonny says Carly told him herself that she’s keeping something with Jax. Jason says if things get calmer, they can talk. Sonny wonders when his life has ever been calm, and says he knows what he’s doing.

Jax tells Carly that he’s reasonably certain Valentin is going to fall. She asks if he’s going to be the one to push Valentin, but he says he’s an interested party. He’s going to wait and see what happens, and step in. Carly asks if he’s going to tell Nikolas’s family that Nikolas is alive. Jax says, no. He doesn’t think it’s fair if he tells them, when they might not find him. He’s hoping Nikolas does the right thing, and comes forward on his own. Carly supposes a few more days won’t hurt. She can’t wait until it’s over. Sonny is suspicious. It’s getting tense at home, and the situation is getting worse. Gio listens in. Jax asks if Carly has been sleeping, and she says Donna had a bad night, and Lucas is in Turning Woods. There’s Josslyn and Dev, and now a surprise distant cousin is staying with them. It’s just a lot right now. Jax hugs her, and Gio watches. Jax tells her, if it’s too much, he’s always there for her.

Willow tells Julian that she had no idea; Nelle seemed so nice. Sam says, that’s her M.O. It’s all underneath. Willow says Nelle told her that she missed her baby, and she almost let her hold Wiley. Thank God Michael showed up in time. Julian asks where Brad was, and Brad says by his husband’s hospital bed. He had no way of knowing Nelle was at the hospital. Sam says she thought he and Nelle were friends. He doesn’t think she would have done something to Wiley, does he? He says, no. He knows how Lucas feels about Nelle. Sam asks if Brad can blame him, and he says, no. If they’re done hounding him, he’d like to get back to Lucas. Julian says Brad needs some rest. He should go for a walk, and get some air. They start to leave, but a nurse tells Julian that he needs to fill out some paperwork on his son’s behalf. He tells Brad, go to the pier. Brad says they can talk tomorrow, but Julian says he’ll be right behind Brad; it won’t take long. Brad leaves, and Sam tells Willow not to blame herself. She didn’t know who Nelle was, and Nelle has fooled plenty of people.

Nina hopes taking Lulu back to family court doesn’t work against him. Valentin asks, how could it? Lulu was supposed to be watching Charlotte, and she ended up in the harbor. Nina says, after Cassandra kidnapped Charlotte, Lulu can argue that Charlotte isn’t safe with him. Valentin says he could argue that too. She says, forget court for a minute, and legal technicalities. Remember the night Cassandra took Charlotte? He was so worried that his past was coming back to haunt him. Does he really think that’s over? Does he really think it’s behind him? He admits he has no shortage of enemies, but he can’t change the past. He can change his actions moving forward though, and make sure Nina and Charlotte are safe. That’s all he wants. No… The love they give him is all he wants. Charlotte comes in with a big stuffed horse, and says Electra was in the stable. She’s glad she found Electra, since she was worried the horse would disappear like her bodyguard.

Curtis says there’s no love lost between Ava, and Valentin and Nina. He’s curious as to who sent her the invitation; the bride or groom? Ava tells him, who said she was invited? Save her a seat. Laura says she’s not going. She has no idea why she was invited. Maybe for Charlotte’s sake. Ava is sure there are reasons, and hopes to see them both there. She leaves, and Curtis says, she is so up to something, and wanted to make sure they knew it. Laura says Ava really wants them to go to the wedding.

Carly thanks Jax for his support, and he says, of course (🍷). She says she may take him up on it, and he says she should. Brad comes along, and Jax asks if he’s okay. Carly asks if something happened, but Brad says, there’s been no change. He just needed some air. Jax says he has to go, and Carly asks him to keep her posted. She asks Brad if he’s slept at all, and he says, Wiley has been difficult. She says if he needs a break, he can leave Wiley with them. He says, no one is taking Wiley from him, but she says she didn’t mean it like that. What he’s going through is hell, but he doesn’t have to go it alone. He says he’s just pissed that Nelle almost held Wiley, and Carly says, she’s evil. He says he’s seeing that more clearly. If not for Nelle, he wouldn’t be in this mess to begin with. Carly asks how Nelle is responsible, while Gio continues to listen.

Sonny says he feels like Jason is siding with Carly, but Jason says, no sides. He just wants Sonny to consider that what he’s doing could backfire. If Carly figures it out, she’s going to push back, and make the situation worse. Sonny should just sit back, and let things happen. Sonny says he doesn’t let things happen; he acts. Jason asks if Sonny thinks maybe he’s taking action with this because he can’t with Mike. Sonny does admit it was difficult not having his dad there at Christmas, and Jason asks, what happened? Sonny says the doctors recommended Mike stay at Turning Woods. They thought he might become disoriented because of what happened on Thanksgiving, and Sonny agreed. Jason asks if he saw Mike on Christmas, and Sonny says he went there in the late afternoon, but Mike gets worse at night. Jason says he’s meeting Sam there; she’s visiting Lucas. He’ll check in on Mike, and let Sonny know how he’s doing. Sonny thanks him, and Jason tells him, try to remember, whatever Carly is doing, she’s not working against him. Instead of following her, maybe they could talk it out.

Willow says Michael talked about Nelle, but she always pictured Nelle differently; more openly menacing. Sam says, faces can be deceiving, and Willow says, anyone who knows Shiloh knows that. Both of their phones ding, and it’s an invitation. Willow asks if Sam just got the same chain text, and she says she did. They’re cordially invited to celebrate the life of Shiloh. Willow asks, who would want to celebrate Shiloh’s life? Harmony walks in, and says, hello.  I’m wondering why she would be there.

Nina suggests Charlotte sit and talk with them. Valentin tells Charlotte that he takes her safety seriously, but he didn’t hire a bodyguard. Charlotte says maybe her mommy did, and that’s why his picture is on her phone. She showed her grandma, and her grandma looked surprised. Valentin wants to get it straight. Charlotte’s mother has his photo on her phone? Charlotte says she saw when she looking through photos, and showed her grandma. Valentin asks if her grandma recognized him, and Charlotte says she thought so. She wants to go play, and show Electra the pretty flowers before the wedding. Valentin tells her, go do that. When she’s gone, Nina says, it sounds like Lulu and Laura are withholding information. Valentin says he’ll talk to Laura, unless Nina doesn’t want him to. She tells him, do what he needs to, but don’t be late.

Jax sees Laura and Curtis at a MetroCourt table, and says he didn’t realize Laura would be joining them. Laura says she didn’t realize it either, and Curtis says he wants to tell them something. Curtis says Jax retained his services on a new project that he thinks will be interesting to Laura. It might be useful in helping if Valentin takes Lulu back to court. Jax says he didn’t want to get her hopes up; Curtis is just doing some digging. She says, it’s too late for that. Fill her in. Jax asks if she remembers their conversation about Claudette. He has reason to believe Claudette is alive, and he wants Curtis to find her.

Carly says, Nelle is behind bars, and asks Brad how she could be involved in the accident. Julian joins them, and reading my mind, Carly says, there’s a lot of traffic on the pier. Julian says he and Brad decided to take a walk, get some fresh air, and talk things out. Carly says she’ll leave them to it, and tells Brad, don’t hesitate to call. There are plenty of people to pitch in with Wiley. After she leaves, Julian tells Brad, stay away from Carly. He doesn’t want Sonny to get wind of anything. Brad says, Nelle is back in Pentenville already. He talked to her by himself in her room. No one saw except the guard, who thought he was working. Julian tells him, stay away, or Nelle won’t be Brad’s biggest threat; he will. Gio keeps listening.

Jax tells Laura, he has it on good authority that Claudette was alive after her supposed suicide. She asks if he can tell her his source, and he says, of course (🍷) not, but he can tell her that he trusts them. They have no reason to lie. Curtis says Claudette could have possibly faked her death to get away from Valentin, and Laura says, or Valentin forced her to disappear, relocate, and change her name. Jax says, either way, Claudette has information that Valentin wanted buried.

Willow asks what Harmony is doing there, and Harmony says she has a job interview. One of the conditions of her parole is that she find employment. She asks Willow, what’s wrong? Is Wiley okay? Willow says, Wiley is fine. She’s upset because she got an invite to a memorial for Shiloh. Did Harmony arrange it? Harmony says, no, and her phone dings. She looks, and says, here it is. Whoever did this should have their head examined. As far as she’s concerned, the sooner Shiloh is forgotten, the better. The only good he did in the world was Wiley. Sam asks who she thinks is behind it, and Harmony says she guesses it could be Daisy, and a few others. They built their lives around Shiloh, and without him, they have nothing left. Sam wonders why invite them? She killed Shiloh. Why would they want her to attend? Harmony says, maybe they want to confront her and make her feel guilty, or maybe they want to forgive her; it’s impossible to say. They’re sick, sad people with their own agendas.

Willow says, as creepy as it is to know someone wanted a memorial for Shiloh, she’s glad Harmony isn’t involved. Harmony says, never again. She lost too much. Now, she just wants to do better for Willow. Willow says Harmony can do anything she sets her mind to, and Harmony says she doesn’t know about that, but she nailed the interview. She starts tomorrow. She asks why Willow is there, and Willow says she has a friend in long term care. Harmony says she’s sorry, and asks if it’s someone Sam knows too. Sam says it’s her brother. Jason comes in, and asks if it’s Harmony or Lorraine. Harmony says, a little of both. She goes by Harmony Miller now. She was fortunate to get early parole, and she’s glad Sam was too. She says it’s good see him. She wants to thank him for convincing her to do the right thing. She didn’t realize the power she had until he reminded her. Jason says she’s got a second chance; make it count. She says she intends to. She has to go, and says it’s good to see Willow. She leaves, and Sam asks Jason if he got the invitation too. Someone wants to have a memorial service for Shiloh. Willow says, and it’s not her mother. Sam says, Shiloh may be dead, but someone doesn’t want him forgotten.

Gio reports back to Sonny, who asks why Carly was on the pier. Gio says she was there to meet Jax, but seemed torn up about Sonny. Sonny says, she should be, and asks if they said anything about a secret. Gio says he got the feeling Carly thinks it will be over soon. Sonny says, maybe; maybe not. Gio says, there’s something else. After they left, Julian showed up, and was vilifying Brad. Sonny asks, what about? and Gio says, he mentioned something about Sonny and Michael. Sonny asks what he said, and Gio says he doesn’t know what he meant, but Julian warned Brad about going against Michael. Apparently, Brad’s kid ran into Nelle.

On the phone, Nina asks if it’s ready, and a lab tech at the hospital tells her, the DNA results are in. Nina asks her to send them over, but the tech says, they can’t be released without a signature. Nina says she’ll make a special trip, but please have them waiting. She has big plans tonight.

Jax tells Laura, ideally, Claudette has leverage they can use against Valentin. They know Claudette is receptive to financial inducement, but they have to find her first. Julian meets Ava at the bar, and Jax wonders what’s up. Curtis says Ava looks happy, and Laura says, she doesn’t look like someone who just burned a painting that would have put half a million dollars in her pocket. Curtis says, maybe she’s excited about the wedding. Jax asks what he means, and Laura says Ava told them that she’s crashing the wedding tonight.

Ava and Julian sit at a table, and Ava asks how he’s holding up. He says he’s keeping it together, but it’s been awful seeing his son like that. And Brad is driving him up a wall. It should have been Brad. Ava says, it shouldn’t have been either of them. They both could have been killed, and then what happens to Wiley? He says he doesn’t know, and she says, he really doesn’t? Who’s named as guardian in their wills? Julian isn’t sure, and she tells him to find out. And make sure he sees the most recent version of their wills. Trust her. He doesn’t want a codicil showing up and ruining everything. Valentin watches them talking.

Laura says they need more information before she can mention a word to Lulu. Curtis guesses it’s back to Canada for him, and Laura says it looks like she’s going with him. He’s not thinking about leaving tonight? Curtis says he has no intention of leaving his wife on New Year’s Eve. Jax asks if she and Doc have plans, and she says she thinks they do. At Windymere. She’s starting to think they should go to the wedding.

Omg. They’re showing the outside of the hospital, which rarely happens. Nina waits for the technician, and Jax calls. She says she can’t talk, but he says he wanted to give her a heads up. Ava is planning on crashing her wedding. She says Ava is the least of her worries. She’ll see him tonight. She hangs up on him, and the tech meets her. She signs for the envelope, saying, perfect timing.

Valentin sits at the bar, and tries to listen in on Julian and Ava’s conversation. Ava asks if Julian’s will is up to date, and he says he had it amended after Wiley was adopted. What makes her so interested all of a sudden? She says she recently had a crash course in codicils, and tells him to make sure his final wishes are spelled out clearly. Otherwise, it can cause a boatload of trouble.

Jason tells Sam that Shiloh has no family they know of, and Sam says they think it might be Daisy or someone like her. Willow says, even after everything that came out, Shiloh still has followers. It’s no less strange for them to invite her. She hated Shiloh, and testified against him. Sam says, it doesn’t make sense. Why would someone want Shiloh’s enemies at his memorial? Jason says, possibly someone is looking for revenge. I’ve decided Sam must have gone brain dead in the past year.

Sonny asks why Julian would care about Nelle, and Gio says he’s not sure, but he seemed pissed. Carly walks in, and says she never sees Gio away from the warehouse. What’s going on? Gio says he was on his way out, and leaves. Carly asks, what’s up? and Sonny asks where she was just now. She asks if it’s another interrogation, but he doesn’t know. Unless she wants to confess. She says she confesses that she’s sick of her husband treating her like the enemy. He says he wouldn’t if she just told the truth. She says he’s right. It’s time to tell him exactly what’s going on.

No preview, but it’s the time of year they show all of the credits, while a jazzy version of Jingle Bells plays. New Year’s Eve’s GH is a rerun encore episode, and New Year’s Day, it’s preempted for football.

Below Deck

Rhylee asks if Kate wants to talk to Captain Lee, but Kate says, no. Kate tells the camera people not to follow her, and walks off. The cameraman says, Kate is gone. Ashton tells Tanner that Kate said something about his family, and he crumbled. Family is everything. Don’t bring that sh*t up. Tanner tucks Kevin in. Rhylee says, Kate made it clear; she left. In Rhylee’s interview, she doesn’t know what Ashton did, but he was drunk out of his mind, and completely wrong. They have thirty hours until another charter, and without a chief stew, they’re screwed. Tanner asks, what’s going on? and Ashton says, a lot of emotional sh*t.

The sun rises. Rhylee wakes, and calls to Kate, but she’s not there. Everyone wakes up and gets their sober bearings. Simone wonders where Kate is, and Rhylee says Kate and Ashton got into it last night. Kate didn’t appreciate it, and walked away. Courtney says, no. The less people, the more work. They’re screwed. Ashton says Kate made a comment about his family, and it ticked him off. He doesn’t remember what it was though. In his interview, Ashton says he’s putting together pieces. We flash back to Smashton coming out. He says, it’s vague. There was too much alcohol, and things that needed to be dealt with. Kate came at him in the wrong way at the wrong time. We flash back to him screaming that she thinks she’s better than everyone else, but she’s not. He says he’s not proud of it.

Captain Lee checks the weather. Ashton calls the deck crew together, and asks where Kate is. Rhylee says, she left last night. She texted Kate, but didn’t hear back. Ashton says, sh*t. Someone needs to fill in the blanks. Tanner says Ashton kept saying something about defending his family; he was ticked off and it got heated. Tanner and Kevin argue over who calmed Ashton down, until Kevin says they both did. The captain radios for Kate, and Tanner says, sh*t. Ashton wonders if there’s anything he can do, and Kevin tells him, don’t stress out. In Ashton’s interview, he says he’s going to have to tell the captain. He radios Captain Lee, and asks to see him.

Simone tells Courtney, they have to iron, but Courtney says she’s not emotionally ready. In Courtney’s interview, she says you can use your worst nightmare to describe any unfortunate situation, but Kate being gone is truly her worst nightmare. She’s not happy. Ashton goes to the bridge, and the captain asks if he has sunglasses on so he doesn’t bleed to death. Ashton says there’s probably something the captain should know, and Captain Lee tells him, spit it out. Ashton says he and Kate had words. His family was brought up, but he doesn’t remember exactly what was said. It became heated between them, and Kate walked off the boat. The captain says, but she’s here now, right? and Ashton says they haven’t seen her. In his interview, Captain Lee says, Ashton has every reason to have fear and panic on his face. He asks, what happened? and Ashton says he doesn’t like to get angry or upset, and the captain asks, at what point in the evening was it? Ashton says they were on their way back, and the captain says, so it was late. In the captain’s interview, he says Thailand isn’t the place to be wandering around for a single female at three or four in the morning. They’re in the middle of a charter in Thailand, and it’s unacceptable. Ashton says he’ll do what he can, and Captain Lee says, please do.

Brian tells Courtney to have fun hiding. Kevin makes some kind of casserole. In Kevin’s interview, he says it’s not really a surprise that Kate left. She doesn’t give a flying about anyone, or the charter season. Good riddance. They have less than 24 hours, and the show must go on. The boat is readied for the guests. Courtney tells Simone the iron isn’t doing anything, and Simone says the iron knows Courtney doesn’t like ironing. Ashton tells the deckhands about talking to the captain, and says he shouldn’t have reacted the way he did. Rhylee says, Kate feels alienated, and Ashton says, she alienated herself. Tanner says Ashton got it off his chest, and Rhylee says he got everything off his chest. Kate being who she is, she’s not going to take it lightly, and she has the ability to make everyone’s life hell. The captain tries to call Kate, but it goes to voicemail. He says, dammit to hell. In Simone’s interview, she hopes if Kate doesn’t come back, that Captain Lee gets someone who will teach her something. That would be great. She wonders what she’s doing with her life.

Kate finally wanders back. She radios to all crew that she’s there; back on the boat. Captain Lee radios Kate, and Kevin remarks that she’s wearing last night’s outfit. In her interview, Kate says she’s not a quitter. Why should the a-holes stay on the boat, and not her? But she doesn’t have to be nice anymore. She doesn’t give f***. Kate tells Rhylee that she’ll own her part, but she didn’t do anything to warrant what happened. The captain waits on the bridge, saying, it better be good. Rhylee says Kate brought up Ashton’s family, and Kate says he wanted to kill her. Then Tanner kissed her. It’s the most ridiculous situation she’s ever been in.

Kate goes to the bridge, and Captain Lee says, WTF? Kate tells him that she’s sorry for any worry. He says the last thing he wants to do is have to try and find her. Kate apologizes, but says, in the moment, it was the best thing for her to do. He tells her, don’t do that again. In his interview, he says he’s disappointed and pissed. Kate is like family to him; she’s like a daughter. This sh*t is unacceptable. Screw everyone, and leaving. He doesn’t think so. He tells her that he has no idea what transpired, and Ashton has no recollection. Kate says it was a total overreaction on Ashton’s part, and the captain says she and Ashton need to rise above. He needs it to go away. Kate doesn’t think it will happen again, and he says he hopes not. In her interview, Kate says she doesn’t feel guilty about leaving. It was an intense situation. She doesn’t owe anyone anything. Perhaps she should have left a note for the captain, since he worried, but she came back. You’re welcome.

Tanner asks Simone how she’s doing. In Simone’s interview, she says she’s doing everything in her power to keep her head down and do her job. She’s not giving away her power. Kate says she would never leave Courtney. Ashton radios Kate, asking if she has a moment to chat. In Ashton’s interview, he says when he was younger, he had a bit of a temper. I’ll agree if by younger, he means last night. He says he comes from a broken home. His parents divorced, and he felt the need to defend his family. He still needs to take control of his own emotions. He doesn’t expect Kate to apologize, but he’s going to be the better man. They sit in one of the lounges, and he says he knows it got heated. I don’t know why everyone keeps saying this, since Ashton was the only one who got what you could call heated. He says he doesn’t remember what made him upset, but he doesn’t think his behavior was okay, so he apologizes. Kate says she completely accepts and appreciates it, and they hug it out. In Kate’s interview, she says, it’s not okay if you’re a maniac who needs help. She’s forgiving him out of pity. It’s good they work in different departments. She worked with Kevin all season; she can handle Ashton.

Time for the preference sheet meeting. Captain Lee says, they’re all good, right? and everyone agrees. He says, let’s get on with it, and tells them the primaries are Nicole, a behavior analyst, and Zak, an attorney. Nicole is bringing friend Lauren, also an attorney, and Justine, who’s a private chef. Nicole’s cousin Jamie is also coming. It’s both Zak and Jamie’s birthday, and they want a black and gold masquerade theme party, as well as fishing in the morning on the second day. In Kate’s interview, she says the guests seem high maintenance, but with Ashton’s antics lately, at least one is a behavior analyst and another an attorney. They can either help her figure Ashton out, or file a restraining order.

Rhylee asks Kate how she feels, and Kate says, it’s been an emotionally exhausting 24 hours. She doesn’t want to talk about, think about, or do this anymore. In her interview, she says, it’s been a horrible charter season. She’s deeply insulted to be on a boat with so many people who dislike her. No amount of money can make her tolerate disrespect from children and psychopaths. She’s starting to question what’s next, because she doesn’t need this sh*t. The provisions come in. Rhylee tells Tanner that Kate said he kissed her, but he says he didn’t. He knows he’d remember it. I guess not. In Tanner’s interview, he says he feels Rhylee taking the whisk to stir the bullsh*t. Then again, he doesn’t know. Maybe after all this time on the boat, he’s looking pretty good. Rhylee tells him that she’s disappointed. Courtney says she hates working and she’s grumpy. The captain calls ten minutes.

The guests are greeted with champagne. Justin tells Kevin that she’s a chef, so she’s watching him. The captain welcomes the guests, tells them Kate will give them the tour, and they’ll get this party started. Simone says, what an ass, referring to the chef. Cousin Jamie gripes about having to share a bed, and says she was told she’d have an actual room. In Kate’s interview, she says they’d all like their own room, but this is how many room they have. Her potential roommate Lauren says she’ll be odd man out, and Kate says she’ll make the Sky Lounge nice. Where’s Dorinda when we need her? In Kate’s interview, she says it’s because of guests like Jamie, she’s over it. They ship out. Kate makes up the lounge, and shows Lauren. Jamie gripes to cousin Nicole and Zak that there’s a room situation. She can’t share a full size bed with another adult woman. Zak says they’ll have to throw someone overboard, and calls her a trooper (for what, I’m not sure, since Lauren is the one with no room), and in another room, the other guests call Jamie an a-hole.

In Kevin’s interview, he can’t believe Justin said she’d be watching him. Just let him do his thing. He says their food preferences are across the board, so he’s making pizza. The water toys are put out, and the female guests discuss who’s hottest among the crew. Jamie drinks, saying, when in Rome… or Thailand. Nicole asks if there’s any pizza without cheese, pointing out that it was put on the preference sheet. Kate shows Kevin that one says, can’t have cheese, and Kevin says, fudge. But he doesn’t really say fudge. In Kate’s interview, she says, as a chef, if someone says they can’t eat dairy, pizza is not the first thing that comes to mind. In Kevin’s interview, he says, they have so many preferences, it’s bullsh*t.

Zak gets excited about the trampoline, and the guests put on their suits. The captain laughs watching some of the girls jump off the boat, and Ashton showering them off when they come back. In Ashton’s interview, he says Molly (who was never mentioned during the preference sheet meeting) is the type of girl he’d talk to in a bar; approachable and fun. She’s perfectly put together, but bosuns can’t hook up with charter guests. Be a good boy, Ashton. The other guests use the slide. Ha-ha! Zak slips and falls back into the water when he tries to get back on. Kevin makes matzoh ball soup, and the toys are brought back in.

Ashton tells Rhylee that he wants her to take the lead on the fishing trip. In her interview, Rhylee says, after last season, and Chandler not letting her go on the fishing trip, she’s excited AF to show off her skill set. Kate does up the table in black and gold, with coins, masks, and netting; and puts out gold chargers for the place settings. In her interview, she says she loves a theme party, but masquerades are a little creepy. Like they’re for swingers. Sure enough, one of the guests tells Zak he looks like he’s from Eyes Wide Shut. (FYI, I could not keep my eyes wide open during that movie.) The soup is served, and Jamie says only her cousin would go to Thailand and want matza ball soup. In Tanner’s interview, he says he thinks the flirtation is picking up with Kate, because he’s extremely delusional. He asks Ashton and Brian if he kissed her. In Brian’s interview, he says Tanner had better be careful with Kate. She’s a praying mantis, and will probably eat him after sex. Kate tells Kevin, the guests love the meal. They’ve been sipping on the boat.

Tanner puts on a mask, and says, I’m Batman. Kevin tells him, STFU. Kevin makes up plates with a serving of rainbow cookie, and a scoop of ice cream sitting on top of a short glass. Kate worries that they’re going to fall in during transport. Kevin tells the guests, it’s his first time making it. Jamie says, rainbow cookies are Nicole’s favorite. The cookie is declared delicious, and Jamie asks if they’re not getting a birthday cake. Overhearing, Kate says, oh fudge. But she doesn’t say fudge. In her interview, she says, they’re not friends on Facebook. How is she supposed to remember their birthdays? She tells Kevin, birthday, and he says, who’s birthday? She says, it’s supposed to be a celebration for the guests. He’d said he was putting candles in the cookie cake. He says he forgot, and she says so did she, but that’s because she was concerned with the balls falling. He knows how she gets when balls drop. He says he doesn’t even have candles, which you’d think would be a smart staple on a luxury yacht. Kate says they’re in trouble.

In Kevin’s interview, it’s no surprise that he doesn’t take responsibility. He says, since Kate quit, she’s been in Lalaland. They would do better without her. He makes up some kind of green shots, and gets a blowtorch ready. The crew sings Happy Birthday, and he lights the shots on fire. Jamie says she thought they forgot. Zak asks, who wants to fish? and Nicole makes sure they’re going to eat what’s caught, so it will be ethical. Agreed. Nicole goes to bed, and Tanner tells Kevin, nice job. Kevin says, if they’re lucky, they’ll get $1100. Jamie says, happy birthday to her. On the stairs, Lauren and Molly discuss Jamie, and Molly says she wants Jamie out. Kate tells the other crew members, they all hate Jamie. Ooh , this could be good. Like the one with the guest in the shame cocoon.

Ashton says he’ll listen to Rhylee’s instruction on the fishing trip. The guests load into the tender. He asks if Jamie is coming, and Nicole thinks she’s still n bed. In Ashton’s interview, he says Rhylee is the professional, so he’s giving her the responsibility. It’s her time to shine. Lauran asks to talk to Captain Lee, and he meets with her in one of the lounges. She says she doesn’t want to be a diva, but she didn’t know the dynamics of the room situation, and she’s been off put by someone not willing to share. She’s on a couch with no shower or bathroom. In the captain’s interview, he says he’s pissed. She’s sleeping in the Sky Lounge, and has no privacy or bathroom. That’s her luxury vacation. Jamie is being a selfish, insignificant little twit. He tells Lauren to go fishing, and he’ll see to it that she has her own room. When Lauren leaves, he tells Simone to strip his room. It’s the only room available. She has an hour and a half. He’s going to make sure Lauren has her own room.

On the boat, Lauren asks Rhylee what they’re fishing for, and she says, your guess is as good as mine. In his interview, Ashton says, something isn’t feeling right about the area. He doesn’t see any other boats. He calls the harbor master to find out if they can fish there. He tells us, sure enough, it’s not zoned for fishing. On the boat, the captain helps Simone to get all of his stuff out of the room. Simone asks if this is about the guest who wouldn’t share, and he says, doesn’t play well with others. Meanwhile, Jamie sips coffee, alone, on deck. Kate tells Simone that Lauren was being sweet, and had said it was fine, but it’s not fine. So now the captain is sleeping in the Sky Lounge.

Ashton brings the boat back, although why they couldn’t have just moved to another location is a mystery to me. Kate asks if they caught anything. When they say, no, she says, then breakfast is ready for them instead. The captain tells Lauren that she’ll be staying in the captain’s quarters, and Simone will give her the tour. Ashton gripes to Tanner and Brian that Rhylee looked to him to find a fishing spot, when it was her trip. One guest says they didn’t even touch a fishing rod. Ashton says they didn’t have supplies, and Rhylee should have had everything they needed. In his interview, he says, it’s one trip he thought would go smooth, since Rhylee is a professional Alaskan fisherman. So I guess she should have known about fishing zones in Thailand? He’s trying to keep his cool, but he’s fuming inside. He tells Brian that he’s going to have to speak to her, but Brian says, she’s not going to listen. She’s one of those peeps.

The guests order breakfast. Justine, and some quiet guy whose name I never caught, want to test the chef’s creativity, and leave their eggs up to him. Kate tells them, the chef is going to love this. In her interview, Kate says, Kevin is going to hate this. Sorry, not sorry. Kevin says it’s the worst breakfast order since he started. Lauren brags about being in the captain’s quarters. Kevin asks Courtney to find whatever she can that would be nice for an omelet. Justine and quiet dude think the omelets are salty, and Zak says his egg sandwich was too.

Ashton goes to the bridge, where Kate is doing some work. He tells he captain that they had a bit of trouble with the rangers. They were fishing in place you’re not allowed to fish. In his interview, Ashton says if there’s an issue where the guests might be unhappy, he likes to tell the captain as soon as possible. He’ll be pissed if a guest approaches him about it. He tells Captain Lee that the professionals on board should do more research. Kate says fishing isn’t exactly one of their main activities, and Ashton says he’s unhappy with some of the preparation, but he hears her. In Kate’s interview, she says, Ashton is making Rhylee look bad, and himself look better. It’s not cool. In Ashton’s interview, he says he doesn’t tell Kate how to run the interior. He wants to focus on his own team, and she should focus on her department. Zak tells Courtney about the over-salted omelets and his sandwich, and she apologizes, saying she’ll tell the chef. Justine says, chefs shouldn’t serve what they haven’t tasted, but it’s a common mistake. That’s one mistake I would never make. If I was a chef, I’d weigh a ton. Justine decides to talk to Kevin herself, and tells him that she wants to have a bit of an uncomfortable conversation with him, but it’s chef to chef. She thinks he should go more upscale. Everyone is talking about his cooking behind his back. Nicole is happy, but everyone else is like, we’re having pizza and matzoh ball soup? She’s just looking out for him. He tells her that he doesn’t need to be looked out for.

Next time, Simone decides she needs to train herself, Ashton takes the guests on an excursion, Tanner wants to make a move on Kate, and the captain tells Rhylee they have a situation.

📣 My two cents. I’m starting not to like Ashton. He has some major insecurities that end up affecting other people, and he cannot drink. The combination of those things is completely toxic. He totally overreacted to what Kate said, and he has picked incessantly on Rhylee. While he might have been right to go to the captain before one of the guests did, it was the way he presented it. What Kate said. We didn’t see the conversation about how the spot was chosen, but I also would have thought it was the bosun’s responsibility to know the rules and regs. She suddenly flew in from wherever to help them out. On the other hand, while I don’t like Kevin much either, what’s happening to him this charter is unfair, and terrible behavior on the Justine’s part. I compare it to an actor going backstage before another actor’s play, and saying they’re basically watching to see if there’s a screw up. It’s creepy. And Justine isn’t looking out for him; she’s deliberately trying to unnerve him. It’s creepy and mean.

🏊 Summer House is back for another season. Why? Who knows, but it starts Wednesday, February 5th. The promo promises that relationships sink to new lows, and it looks like Shep (Southern Charm) pays a visit. Why? Again, who knows? Slumming maybe. Here’s a first look.


Is the Van Down By the River…?

More on the new Deck in the franchise. Hint: Chef Adam lives in a van.


Straight From the Captain’s Mouth…

When Captain Lee found out what really happened.



🎉 Call Me Sentimental…

That’s the last GH of the year, so I’ll see you on Wednesday. I’ve done it all, from the sublime to the ridiculous, but whatever you decide to do on New Year’s Eve, be safe. Wishing you health, wealth, and all good things in 2020. This will always be one of my favorite New Year’s Eve songs. Like there are so many.


October 17, 2019 – Ryan Writes To Ava, a Rose By Any Other Name, LeeAnne’s Clarification, Captain Lee’s Hook-Up, Kate’s Goodbye & Bust That Ghost


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Ryan writes, dearest, Ava. One of the many joys of writing letters instead of emails, is the care he can take in expressing how he feels. No hashtags, no abbreviations, and absolutely no emojis for us. He writes in ink, but consider it his life’s blood flowing to her in a never ending stream of admiration and devotion.

At the MetroCourt, Doc tells Laura that he can wait with her a while. He’s going to Shadybrook to determine if Franco is competent enough to choose his future, or if Elizabeth will choose it for him.

Franco asks Kim, what’s going on? and she says they extracted information from the black box. It pinpointed where Drew’s plane went down. Franco says, Drew is dead, isn’t he?

Scotty asks Cameron, isn’t it true that his relationship with his stepfather hasn’t always been good? Elizabeth tells Cameron, answer honestly, and Cameron says, it’s true. Scotty says, isn’t it also true that he didn’t want his mother to marry Franco? Cameron says he wasn’t always Franco’s biggest fan, but that changed. Scotty asks, what changed? His attitude, or did Franco change, and become his true self, Navy SEAL Drew Cane? Cameron says, true self? Why is Scotty putting it like that? Scotty says, because that’s how Franco’s lawyer is going to put it. Did he start to respect and admire Franco when he became somebody else?

Brad meets Lucas at Charlie’s, and Lucas asks where he’s been? Julian says he has to take care of something, probably just to get away from them. Lucas asks where Brad was this morning.

Outside, Julian finds Ava sitting on a bench looking catatonic. He asks, what is it? Is she coming or going? She says she doesn’t know.

Laura sees Sonny, and tells him, congratulations. He says they’re going to bring Donna home soon. They named her after somebody in the old neighborhood. Laura likes it. She tells Jason that she’s sorry to hear about what’s going on with Sam. Jason says Sam killed Shiloh to stop Shiloh from killing him. Sonny asks if Laura has any idea how to present that to the Feds.

Laura doesn’t agree with their choice to charge Sam, but it’s their jurisdiction. She doesn’t get a say. Sonny says, being mayor, maybe she could make some calls, and let them know Sam’s been cleared by the PCPD. Doc says, Sam’s been charged with a Federal crime, and Laura can’t intervene. Jason tells them, the FBI is claiming Shiloh’s death happened in international waters. It’s their legal justification to get to him. Sonny says he’ll do what he can to get these bogus charges dismissed. Laura tells him her best advice is to work the system. Talk to Diane, and take her advice. And have faith Diane can prove Sam’s innocence. Sonny thanks her, and he and Jason leave. Laura says she hates her job today. Doc says he thought he had a tough assignment today, but all he has to do is determine if Franco is in his right mind.

Franco asks if the official confirmation has changed things for Kim. Does she have a sense of closure, or is she feeling worse? Kim says, it’s difficult to believe he’s gone. Even though he didn’t have his memories, he was Oscar’s father. When he came to Port Charles, and she realized he was alive, even though he wasn’t the man she knew back then… Franco says, whatever man he was, he’s grateful he was there for their son. She says, he loved Oscar, as she did, and felt the loss deeply. She cries, and Franco holds her. Franco says Drew only went to Afghanistan on his behalf, to take the black market money that Shiloh made, and give it to humanitarian aid. Kim says, he wanted some good to come from all the pain and loss. Franco says, Drew went in his place. If not for him, Drew might still be alive.

Cameron says he didn’t change his mind about Franco after Franco saved him; it was before. When Franco sacrificed himself and took his place, it was because of who Franco is, not Drew. Scotty says, good, and Elizabeth says, perfect. Scotty tells Cameron not to get cocky. Franco’s attorney is going to go at him twice as hard. He doesn’t want to sound over-rehearsed. Cameron asks if he should practice being unrehearsed, but Scotty says, no. Don’t be over-emotional, and just answer the questions; do not volunteer anything else. Cameron says he can do that, and Elizabeth asks, what’s next? Scotty says they’ll get Doc’s psyche evaluation. However, Kim’s lawyer will have one done, and it might be a whole different slant. Cameron says, Kim hired a lawyer? Elizabeth tells Cameron to go get a snack, but Cameron says he saw them kissing; he gets it. They don’t have to keep anything from him.

Ryan looks at the Crimson cover of Ava on his cell wall. He writes, her name is a palindrome. Perfection at either end, no matter how you spell it. No wonder she’s always in his thoughts, as he knows he’s in hers. His goddess.

Julian brings Ava into Charlie’s, and she asks for a martini. He wonders if it isn’t a little early in the day, but she says she needs a drink. Her phone dings, and she says, it’s the gallery. Someone will handle it, or they won’t. He says that’s not like her. When’s the last time she had a good night’s sleep? She says, sleep leads to dreams. Either she sees Kiki, who hates her, or Ryan, who adores her. Either one is unbearable, so she stays awake. Then she thinks of Ryan or Kiki. The only way to find peace is in a strong martini. So where’s his cocktail shaker?

Brad tells Lucas at Charlie’s, the lab was crazy today. Then he had to call some friends. Lucas says something I don’t understand, and Brad asks why Lucas is giving him the third degree. Lucas says maybe because Chase said he saw Brad at Nelle’s parole hearing. What’s that about?

Sonny tells Jason, they can get the evidence to disappear, but Jason has another way to clear Sam’s name. A way that doesn’t involve Sonny. He tells Sonny to call Diane, but Sonny wants to help. He told Alexis that Sam will walk. Jason says, she will. Sonny asks what’s his plan? Jason says, it always comes back to Shiloh. He talked to Andre, and he ID’d Brice (new information – Henderson has a first name) as his attacker; the same guy who helped Shiloh escape. Andre’s attack and Drew’s plane crash are linked. Sonny says they may need to find out who killed Drew. They leave, and Doc and Laura watch. Doc says he knows Sonny is a good friend, but there’s only so much she can do. She says she’ll remind him of that after his session with Franco.

Laura asks if Doc thinks Franco is incapable of making his own decisions. Doc doesn’t want to speculate. If he has any bias, he can’t make an accurate determination   She says that’s why he’s the best at what he does, but he says he has other talents. Like deciphering Helena’s weird portrait. She says, now that Valentin has thrown it away, they only have the one clue he found, and he says, Corona Vera, the true crown. She says, that would be Nikolas. He is the rightful heir. The portrait is the only thing Helena left him, and she thinks it’s strange that Helena let the fate of the Cassadine fortune rest on such meager clues. She feels like a cat chasing it’s tail. He says he likes cats; they’re independent, elegant, and have nine lives. She asks which one she’s in now, and he says, she’s right. There must be other clues. He says he needs to go to Shadybrook, and she needs to her meeting. They tell each other, good luck. Doc leaves, and Laura writes – Mikkos, Helena, Nikolas.

Kim tells Franco that it was Drew’s duty. He didn’t do it just for him, but for all of them, including Oscar. He and Drew shared more than memories and a name; they shared a son. Oscar would be proud of both of them. Franco doesn’t know how she does it. She’s so generous, although she’s clearly hurt. I make a raspberry sound. Kim says, it’s true. Franco says when he walks into the courtroom, people are going to believe he’s trying to assume the identity of a hero. He doesn’t know how he’ll manage that. Kim says when he talks to Doc, remember what’s in his heart and mind. If that remains true, then Drew Cane never dies. They kiss, and she leaves.

Cameron says Elizabeth doesn’t need to send him out of the room like a little kid. Elizabeth says there are details she and Scotty need to discuss. Scotty says, it’s legal business. He does it for a living, and it bores him to death. Elizabeth says she wants to make sure he’s taking care of himself; his homework, soccer, seeing his friends. Franco would want him to live his life to the max. Do for him, and her. Cameron says he knows what to do, and leaves.

Brad tells Lucas that Nelle reached out and asked him to come. She’s all alone in the world. Lucas says, there’s a reason for that. When you try to kill your fiancé, and send his mother to a hospital for the criminally insane, people tend to avoid you. Brad says Lucas knew where he was, and asks if this is some sort of test. Lucas says he was giving Brad a chance to be honest, but he couldn’t do it. He guesses old habits, like lying and Nelle, die hard.

Julian asks if Ava went to see Ryan, and Ava says she went to speak to the warden. When he refused to help her, she went to see Ryan to return his letters, and asks him to stop sending them. It only convinced him more that they were made for each other. Julian says she gave him what he wanted; a response. She rewarded him for stalking her. Ava says she wanted to get some control. She’s sick of being the object of his obsession. Julian says, forget Ryan. Take control of herself. Burn the letters, and forget them. She says she doesn’t have them. She left them to prove they mean nothing to her. Sonny comes in, and Julian says, now’s not the time. Sonny sits down, and says, don’t mind if I do.

Sonny asks if Ava wants to see Avery next week, and she says, of course (🍷). He says the last time, she canceled. Julian says, if there’s nothing else… Sonny says he has some business to take care of with Julian, and Ava says she’ll leave them to it. Julian asks her not to go, but she says, she’ll be all right. If she gets more letters, she won’t open them. She leaves, and Sonny asks, what’s wrong with her? Julian thought Sonny’s business was with him, and Sonny says Alexis told him that Julian is staying in town. Julian asks if he has a problem with that, and Sonny says, it depends.

Brad tells Lucas, he and Nelle used to be friends. He can’t turn his back on her. Lucas asks, why? She’s a reminder of the life Brad used to live; the life he swore he gave up for Wiley. Why does it seem to be back to before they were married? Brad promises he’s not that guy. He loves Lucas. Lucas says, then why did he have to learn Brad was at the hearing from Chase? It makes him wonder what else Brad is keeping from him. What’s the real reason Brad is seeing a psychiatrist? Brad says he told Lucas. He’s having anxiety. Lucas says, Shiloh is dead, and there are no more threats to their family. Wiley is safe, and that’s not enough? What else is Brad hiding from him?

Doc walks in as Franco is doing a jigsaw puzzle. He asks if it’s a good time, and Franco says, as good as any. Doc says, sometimes it helps if you separate the colors. It narrows the focus. Franco says, good tip. Doc says when they last spoke, he told Franco that he was a good listener. Franco says now Doc is here to prove he’s not capable of making his own decisions. Doc says he’s there to evaluate Franco, and draw his own conclusions. Franco is welcome to be evaluated by the psychiatrist of his own choice. Franco says, but this has already been arranged. It seems to him, the burden of proof is on Elizabeth to prove that he can’t make his own decisions. He’s guessing that’s why Doc is there. Doc says as Franco’s former therapist, he can judge Franco’s state of mind. How about if they focus on the real puzzle? Franco asks what that would be, and Doc says, him.

Elizabeth tells Scotty that Cameron is really committed to getting Franco back. Scotty says, when Franco comes back, they’ll make he sure knows how proud he should be of his stepson. Elizabeth says he will be. She asks what he wanted to tell her that Cameron couldn’t hear. Scotty says he got the preliminary witness list, and some people might be a problem. She says, such as? He says, her boss. She says, Monica’s not a psychiatrist, and he says, she’s not testifying as a doctor, but as a mother.

Kim tells reception nurse Janis that she’s there for a meeting to discuss her reinstatement. Janis says Dr. Hanover was delayed in surgery, and Kim says she’ll wait. She sees Cameron, and asks how school is. He says, fine; it’s everything else. He asks if there’s a place they can talk.

Jason goes to the prison to visit Brice. Brice says he knows Jason, and Jason says that makes them even. He knows Brice too. Brice doesn’t get it. What does Jason want? Jason says Brice made a serious mistake, and he’s going to give him a way out.

Julian gives Sonny an espresso, saying, consider it a peace offering. Sonny says he didn’t know they were at war – yet. Someone they know is very upset. Julian says, Olivia sent him. Sonny says, Olivia can take care of herself. She’s set on owning Charlie’s, and putting her personal stamp on it. Julian says, that’s the thing about life. They all have their disappointments. Sonny says, there’s the matter of Olivia’s deposit. He can complete the sale or return her money. He can’t have both. Julian asks if Sonny is Olivia’s foot soldier now. Is he there to make Julian pay or else?

Brad says he’s sorry. He should have told Lucas everything, but a lot of things are going on in Lucas’s family. Lucas says his family is Brad’s family, but he’s more concerned about a sociopath that tried to kill Lucas’s nephew. Brad swears it won’t happen again, and anyway, she was denied parole. Lucas asks, what if it had gone Nelle’s way because his support humanized her, and swayed the board? He doesn’t understand why Brad is acting like this. Talk to him. Brad says, there is something else. Something that has him losing sleep, and making him anxious as hell. Lucas says, tell him; what is it? Brad says, it’s Wiley.

On the phone, Laura says there was no message? Call his office, wait a few minutes, and call again. Ava sits at the bar, and says she’ll have another. The bartender says, another what? and she says, another of what she was having. He just looks at her, and she says, a vodka martini, three olives. Laura asks if she wants company. She was stood up by a lobbyist. Ava says, there are worse things. Laura asks if she’s still seeing the psychic. Ava says it was a waste of time. She didn’t need a psychic to summon Kiki. She can see Kiki on her own. She’s there every night in Ava’s dreams. Laura asks if she wants to talk about it, and Ava asks if Laura doesn’t have a ribbon to cut or a monument to dedicate. Hasn’t she got a husband to go home to? Ava takes her martini, and walks away.

Ryan licks the envelope, and calls the guard. He says this needs to go out in the next mail. Special delivery.  

Doc asks if Franco is aware what it will mean to Elizabeth and her sons if he refuses treatment. Franco says he doesn’t want to hurt anyone. Is Doc aware that one of the outcomes could be that he’s a total vegetable. Doc asks if he’s afraid of the risk, and Franco says he’d be crazy not to be. Doc says he’s not there to determine if Franco is crazy. Franco is sure Doc has another word for it, like diminished capacity. Doc says he’s there to determine if Franco is aware of the consequences to the people he knows if he refuses. Are the people who know and love him expendable? Franco says he can’t be who they want him to be. Doc asks who he would be, and Franco says, himself. Doc says Drew died in a plane crash. He can’t be Drew. Or can he? Franco tells Doc not to put words in his mouth. He didn’t want that man to die. Doc asks if it doesn’t make it easier if he’s gone. One less Drew to worry about. Franco says he can only be who he is. Doc says, without his name; without his identity; without his art? Franco says he’s never held a paintbrush in his life. Doc says, but those hands have. There’s probably still paint under his fingernails. No matter how he protests or how hard he tries, he can’t get that one out.

Brice says Jason doesn’t care about him. Jason is definitely not there to help him, so what is it that he’s looking for? Jason says, his boss. Who wanted to help Shiloh escape? The same person who had him attack Andre and sabotage Drew’s jet. Brice is a busy guy! Brice says he has no idea what Jason is talking about. Jason says he’s talking about assault and attempted murder. Andre had no problem identifying Brice as the guy who stabbed him. Brice’s best option is to flip on whoever’s giving the orders. They know it’s not Sam, so who’s he working for?

Sonny tells Julian that this can be settled amicably. Julian says provided he gives Olivia what she wants? Sonny says, provided Julian holds up his end of the agreement. Julian says he knows a shakedown when he sees one. Is he playing hardball, encouraging Olivia to stick it to him? Sonny says, Olivia is family, and he looks out for his own. That’s why he knows Julian will do the right thing.

Lucas asks Brad, what about Wiley, and Brad says, it’s called parenthood. Lucas may have mastered it, but he has a different learning curve. He’s terrified of getting it wrong. Lucas says the only way that will happen is if Brad keeps things from him. Brad promises to do better. Lucas takes Brad’s hand, and says they’re a team. Talk to him. Brad says he loves Lucas, and he loves their son. He won’t let anything or anyone ruin what they have. I feel ripped off. Every time it seems like Brad is going to confess, he doesn’t.

Laura finds Ava, and says she got Ava a drink. She puts down a glass of water, and asks if she can join Ava. Ava says, something tells her that’s not vodka. Laura says, the mayor is still on the clock, and she thought Ava could use a change of pace. Ava thanks her, and apologizes about the cheap shot about Laura’s husband. She really does want them to be happy. Laura thanks her, and says she wants Ava to be happy too. Ava picks up the water, and says, here’s to happiness. Laura says, it’s bad luck to toast with water, and Ava says, her luck really can’t get worse.

Franco tells Doc that he has no memory of ever having made a painting. Doc asks if Franco realizes how he came to have his memories, and Franco says it’s been explained to him. Doc asks if he realizes that Franco, whose DNA he carries, voluntarily took the place of his stepson to save his reason, and possibly his life. Does he realize the last thing Franco said to Cameron before he ceased to be himself was to tell his mom that he loves her and he’ll be back? Franco says, that was him, not me, and Doc says, him is you. Does he realize the consequence of not choosing treatment, not just for himself, but for Elizabeth and her sons? Franco says, if he answers yes, he doesn’t care, and if he answers, no, he has no case. Doc says, that’s not an answer. Franco says, he does care about Elizabeth and her boys. So much that he’s telling them the truth. What happened to Franco was wrong and unfair, but it’s not his doing, and he shouldn’t have to sacrifice himself to undo it. He has to be himself. He doesn’t know how the hell to be anyone else.

Elizabeth says, if Monica is willing to give her stamp of approval and the Quartermain name to Franco, that could definitely sway the judge. Scotty says, crazy Heather is out of the question. He could call Betsy, but if it comes down to dueling mommies, they’ll lose. Elizabeth asks if there’s nothing they can do. Scotty tells her, he didn’t say that. A mother is a powerful weapon, but never underestimate fathers. They’ve got fists. They come in and duke it out. He’ll get in there and fight for Franco. They also have a secret weapon. Elizabeth says, Cameron.

Camron knows how much Kim misses Oscar. He misses Oscar every day. He knows how much worse it has to be for her, but taking Franco away from their family isn’t going to bring Oscar back. She says, as difficult as it is to accept, she shares things with the man he knows as Franco. Cameron says, he is Franco. He knows she’s hired a lawyer and a shrink to prove he’s the man she wants him to be, but that doesn’t make it true. He knows something she doesn’t about Drew Cane.

Jason says, the beard and glasses were a nice touch, but it wasn’t enough. Brice is looking at serous jail time. Brice says, supposing that’s true – and he’s not saying it is – why should he play ball? Jason says the Feds might cut him a deal if he gives up his employer, especially if it’s Peter. Brice looks at him, and Jason takes that as a yes. Brice says he’ll talk to his lawyer. He’ll see what the Feds are prepared to offer. If he likes the terms, Jason will get the answers he wants. Brice hangs up the phone, and says, they’re done.

Kim asks Cameron what he knows about Drew, and Cameron says he knows how much Drew meant to Oscar, even though he came along later in Oscars life. Franco means the same to him. He cares about Franco. Not just as his mom’s husband, or the guy with the weird sense of humor, or as his stepdad. Elizabeth listens outside the door. Cameron says, they didn’t get along at first. They fought. Franco screwed up, and so did he, but Franco was the first one to say he was sorry. He tried, and kept trying, no matter how hard Cameron pushed him away. He just wants to thank him. He wants to be good to Franco, like Franco was to him. He wants more time with Franco. Is that too much to ask? I burst out crying, thinking of my own father.

Franco asks Doc, what’s the verdict? Thumbs up or thumbs down? Doc says he’s heard all he needs to, and thanks Franco for speaking with him. He’ll let Franco finish his puzzle.

Ava asks Laura why she’s being so nice. Laura says for all of their differences, they’re a lot alike. Ava didn’t expect her to say that, and Laura says they have a lot in common. She knows what it feels like to  love so much, you have to find a way to go on when that person is gone. Ava says she doesn’t know how to do that. It just hurts. Laura takes Ava’s hand. Someone watches.

Lucas guesses it’s a good thing they’re seeing Neil together. If for no other reason than to convince Brad that their family deserves a happy ending. Brad says, from his lips to Freud’s ears, and they hug.

Sonny thanks Julian for the espresso. He’ll let Olivia know that Julian will work something out. He tells Julian, look out for Ava – for Avery’s sake.

Jason calls Diane. He says he talked to Brice, and thinks he got what they need.

Brice goes back to his cell, and sees the Ava cover. He says, man, she’s hot. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Eva. The apple and snake metaphor works for him. He’s cutting a deal, and should be out soon. Maybe he’ll look her up and show her a good time. Ryan clutches his pen tightly.

Tomorrow, Jordan tells Curtis this town is riddled with liars, Laura says she wants to help Ava, Jason says the Feds are going to find out they have no case, and Ryan says something terrible has happened, while blood drips down his hand.

Million Dollar Listing New York

Fredrik saw heather at the relaunch in L.A., and found out why Josh Altman is so pissed. Heather told him, although they’re all friends, Fredrik didn’t personally tell them that he’s opening a team in their office building, and they found out about it through an eblast. She said it was shady, slimy, and bizarre. Fredrik thought her reaction was bizarre, and I agree. Thoughtless maybe, but shady, slimy, and bizarre? Has the smog and traffic gotten to them? She insisted he must have an ulterior motive, but couldn’t explain what that might be. She told him that he’s screwed because he got on Josh’s bad side, and he’d ruined the relationship. Not too much of an overreaction. Tracy, David, and James (Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles) were also at the relaunch. When Fredrik told them he had a minor issue with Josh, David or James (I still have a hard time differentiating between them) said, welcome to the club. They told Fredrik that Josh gets angry when threatened, but Tracy thought Josh was just being a baby because Fredrik didn’t tell him about the new office. Fredrik’s brother Sigge has moved to NYC, and we found out that Fredrik has a second secret career – he and his brother write movies together. They were pitching a finished horror film, as well as working on a family drama, The Divorce, based on their childhood. Sigge was not too happy to find out Fredrik was considering a bi-coastal move, since he and his wife had left everything in Sweden to move next door.

Tyler started off optimistic, giving credit to life coach Vivace for making more money despite the market crash, and being happier, but his week took a down turn like the market. He’d lost the $10 million listing, which his bosses had been hoping for, and went back to his roots with the $3-4 million range. At first, it seemed promising, with rental tenants Alex and Lyndi (and dog Bonzo) wanting an upgrade as they were starting a family. He showed them an apartment in Turtle Bay in the East 50s. The views were incredible, Tyler telling them that it was a $10 million living room in a $4 million apartment. Alex was hesitant, saying he’d miss the downtown vibe. In Tyler’s interview, he said, in NYC, your neighborhood becomes part of your identity. I must have missed that memo when I lived there. The kitchen was too small for Lyndi, but they seemed happy with another apartment being sold by another agent. Tyler said agent/owners made the best sellers, since they could really point out the positive features. Unfortunately, once again Tyler’s hard work did not pay off when the buyers decided to consult with their parents, who thought they were in over their heads. Their budget dropped to $3 million, which Tyler thought was a warning sign that it could be a never-ending process.

Steve and Luiza, who was in her third trimester, decided on a name for their baby – Rose. This would make her Rose Gold, which could go either way in life. Either people will think it’s fabulous, or she’ll really get made fun of. Pam, from Corcoran Sunshine, tried to help Steve out with the dueling penthouse situation, but the Corcoran brokers refused to budge, saying they weren’t reducing the price or taking the other penthouse off the market. Steve told developer Joel that there was a disconnect between his and Corcoran’s strategy. He said he didn’t make a practice of walking away, but wasn’t comfortable staying on. It pained him, but he didn’t believe it was the right strategy, and couldn’t put his name behind it. He told us everything that he did from then on was to build a future for his family, and it made more sense to allocate his time to something more profitable.

Ryan was hired to sell a property in the Golden Triangle on the upper east side, which he described as the wealthiest triangle in the world. It was a classic Park Avenue apartment, a humongous property with loads of hallways and doorways, and even the molding on the marble master bathroom doorway was marble. The apartment had been acquired at $17.2 million, but the owners accepted his suggested to sell at $14.9. They agreed pretty quickly, which surprised me, but their assistant did says they just had too many apartments. Must. Be. Nice. Because of what Ryan determined was a waste of square footage, and a confusing floor plan, he knew the average person wasn’t going to be his buyer. He had diplomats in mind, since it was near the United Nations. Enter Kirk, a broker for a client he was pretty secretive about, which was cool with Ryan, who said he liked a little mystery. In his interview, Ryan told us that his spy name would be Colby Spokane. Kirk’s client had been looking for two years, and he’d shown them over fifty apartments. Kirk did think this might be the one, and was thrilled that it had a service entrance. In the meantime, Cory and Jacquie, of Tribeca ground floor loft fame, were suddenly balking at the $4.625 million being offered for their space. They wanted something closer to $5 million, so Ryan suggested going into contract, which would take time, and still showing the apartment to see if they could get a better offer. He explained that Tribeca had been hit the hardest in the down market, and the buyer would also have to be very specific. He compared the loft to the merchandise in Cory’s antique store, saying only a very specific kind of buyer would be looking for a stork made of spoons. I totally get this, since I sell a lot of vintage items. Ryan’s plan was put in motion, but in the end, the sellers ended up taking the original offer. In his interview, Ryan told us never to doubt him, but admitted he had doubted himself. It was a good week for Ryan, since he also ended up selling to Kirk’s buyer for $13.75 million. He said the market wasn’t bad; it was great. Most brokers just don’t know how to close.   

Next time, Tyler’s clients have concerns, Luis says no more Ricky Ricardo, and Ryan doesn’t like what’s about to happen.

👄 Heating Up the Rehash…

LeeAnne explains all. Or at least some of it.


🎣 Hook-Up On Deck…

Everyone gasped, then they said, aww!


🚤 Kate Walks…

And then walks back.


👻 Who You Gonna Call…?

In an unlucky 13 days, we might need them.

October 14, 2019 – Sam Is Arrested, Latest Lawyer, a Proposal On Deck, a Son Lost & Counting Down


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

I missed the very beginning, and already the week is off to a great start. Once again, I swear I had extra time, and then I didn’t. The main takeaway points, as I listened in, were: Julian goes to see Franco at Shadybrook, and Kim asks Elizabeth if she really thinks she’s doing the right thing.

Maxie is surprised to find Nina at Crimson, and says she was worried about her. Nina tells her not to worry. She was with a friend last night. Seeing the bottle from Ava, Maxie says, her drinking buddy? but Nina says, no; someone else. Maxie says, talk to her, and Nina says she was with Jax. He was there when she needed someone to listen to her, and gave her a comforting shoulder to cry on. End of story. Maxie wishes Nina had come to her. She loves Nina. Nina says she loves Maxie too, but she needed a neutral space. Maxie asks if she’s okay, and Nina says she’s trying to be. Maxie says that’s all she can do; fake it until she makes it. Nina doesn’t know if she can do that. Her heart is demolished, and she’s devastated. She’s mad at Valentin and Sasha, but especially herself. She opened her heart to a fake daughter, and let Valentin back in her life. Maxie says she’s so sorry. She doesn’t have to see Valentin again. She and Peter can go pick up her stuff. Nina says she already went there. Valentin swears he had nothing to do with it. Maxie says, he’s doing what all liars do – deny, deny, deny. Nina doesn’t believe him, right?

Valentin says he’s traveling light. They can buy things they need when they get there. Obrecht asks if Nina’s child is alive, and Valentin asks what it matters. She says, it’s her family, and he says, according to Madeline, Nina never miscarried. She was in a coma, but didn’t lose the baby. Madeline paid a private nurse, and once the child was born, made arrangements for an adoption. He exhausted every available option trying to track Nina’s child down, and came up with nothing. He can’t prove the child is alive, or even exists.

Franco tells Julian, this is awkward. Normally, if he was in this position with another guy, he’d buy them a beer, but there’s nothing there except apple juice and checkers. Julian says he’s not there for a heart to heart. If Franco wasn’t in the funny farm, he’d lay him out. Franco says he can’t take back what happened, and he’s not entirely sure he’d want to. He does regret Julian got hurt. Julian says, regret doesn’t mean a damn thing. Franco asks what he wants. He agrees these are extraordinary circumstances. Julian says Franco might think Kim is the love of his life, but the love story he’s got going on in his head is a fantasy. He barely knew her, and he doesn’t know her now. Thank you. I kept saying the way Kim and pseudo Drew talk, you’d think they’d been together for years when it was only a couple of months.

Elizabeth tells Kim that she had her husband committed because he’s not well, and can’t protect himself. Kim says, Drew isn’t mentally ill, and has the right to make his own medical decisions. Elizabeth says, his name is Franco, and the fact that Kim cant tell the difference speaks volumes. She and Kim used to be friends. She doesn’t think Kim would have slept with Franco if she hadn’t been in pain, and she has enough on her plate right now. Franco hired a shark lawyer who is going to exploit him, and make a name for himself. Kim says she’s the one who put Franco in touch with Martin Gray, but that’s not why he’s on the case. Well, it didn’t sound like it was out of the goodness of his heart.

Sonny tells Sam and Jason, the black box and instrument data confirm the pilot of Drew’s plane lost control, and it went into the water. Sam says she knew that from the WSB, but was hoping they’d find something else. Sonny says, if the cause had been any different, they would have found it. It happened the way they said it did. Sam asks, what else happened? and he says they’re officially declaring Drew deceased. Carly says she’s so sorry. Sam says it’s nothing she didn’t already know, but this makes it final now.

Edward tells Jordan that he’ll take it from there, but she says his jurisdiction is over Shiloh’s death, not his escape. She tells Henderson that if he has any hope of saving himself, lose the attitude, and start talking. A woman walks in and says, her client has nothing more to say.

Nina tells Maxie, Valentin swore he was just as deceived as she was, and that Sasha is a con artist who fooled them both. Maxie tells her, that’s not what Lulu said. Nina says Lulu also hates Valentin, and what she remembers might not exactly be what she overheard. Sasha never implicated anyone but herself. Maxie says, true. She never said Valentin hired her, but think about it. Obrecht was holding something over Valentin, and she and Peter thought it had something to do with Sasha. They turned out to be right that Sasha wasn’t Nina’s daughter. It make sense that Valentin was in on it, and Obrecht was blackmailing him. Nina says Valentin already told her what Obrecht was holding over him, and Maxie asks what it was. Nina says she’s not getting into that with her. She’s aware of what Obrecht was using as leverage, and it had nothing to do with Sasha. Maxie says Nina knows how good Valentin is at covering his tracks. He had WSB training. Just because there’s no evidence, doesn’t mean Valentin is innocent. Is Nina saying she thinks Valentin is telling the truth?

Obrecht says Valentin hit a dead end and gave up the search? He says he spent more on the search than most people see in a lifetime. Now he knows Madeline was using him to get to Nina, building her hopes up to watch them come crashing down. She asks if he confronted Madeline, and he says, by the time he realized, she was already dead. Obrecht says, what curious timing it was.

Andre meets Peter at Charlie’s, and Peter asks how Andre is feeling. Andre says he’s good, but surprised Peter asked to meet with him. Peter was there supervising during the original memory transfer between Jason and Drew. It’s not a time either one of them is proud of, so he doesn’t know what they have to talk about. Peter says he wasn’t planning on rehashing it, but since Andre brought the situation up, he wants to clarify that he was coerced by his father. He did what he could to mitigate the damage. He asked Andre to meet him because his mother is Andre’s close friend. He was hoping Andre heard from her. He asks if Andre has any idea when she’s coming back, but Andre says he’s not privy to Bureau information or updates on their agents. Andre laughs, and Peter asks if he finds it amusing. Andre says Peter is referring to Anna as his mother. It’s real progress. Peter says he owes Andre his thanks for supporting Anna while they were working through things. Andre says he’s sure she’d do the same for him. Peter says it can’t hurt for them to know each other better. Is Andre staying in Port Charles for a while? Andre says he’s staying until Franco’s medical hearing is completed, so yes. Peter says, if the court rules in Elizabeth’s favor, how does he see it playing out? Can he make Franco into Franco again?

In the hallway, Sam starts to cry, and Jason tells her, it’s okay; take a minute. Sam says she was holding onto hope that Drew would find his way back for Scout. Jason is sure he tried, and Sam says she’s sorry it’s hitting her so hard now. Jason gets it. She and Drew were married, and he’s Scout’s father. Sam says, Drew was a really good man. He was good to her, and a good father to Scout. She guesses Drew is with Oscar now. Scout lost her brother to cancer, and her father to a freak storm. Jason says, if that’s what happened.

Jordan says she saw no attorney on record. The woman says, here she is, and tells them her name is Roz. Introductions are made, and Roz tells Henderson that she’s sorry she took so long to respond. Now that the introductions are over, she needs them to leave so she can confer with her client. Jordan says he’s all hers, and they leave. Henderson says he takes it she was sent by… She interrupts saying, no names. All she needs to know is what he already told them. He says, only what their friend asked him to. That Sam told him to pose as a guard, and help Shiloh escape. She says, good. Now they need to get the rest of his story straight.

Franco says Julian has lost touch with reality, and Julian tells him, says the man who claims he’s Drew in another body. He’s known Kim for two years, and Drew knew her for a couple of months before he was deployed – ages ago. Franco says Julian’s got guts, talking to his face like that. Julian says Kim was starting to come into her own. He doesn’t know the woman who sacrificed everything to raise her son. The woman who watched her only child die a slow death. She deserves better than to have him drag her into a past that never was. Franco says he gets it. Julian is hoping he and Kim will get back together.

Elizabeth says Kim is the one, and Kim says, Drew needed legal representation to get agency over his medical care. Elizabeth says she’s sure it’s costing a fortune. She was wondering how he was paying for it. Kim is bankrolling him. Kim says, he has the right to make his own medical decisions, and Elizabeth says she remembers Kim denying Oscar’s right to make them.

Andre tells Peter, that’s the question of moment, especially with Franco’s medical hearing coming up. Peter says it’s a risky procedure that’s never been done. Andrew says he’ll do his best, but in the absence of any date or case studies, it’s impossible to determine if it would succeed. Peter says he already did it with Drew and Jason. How different can it be? Andre says that was a memory transfer, not restoration. Franco has no baseline imprint. He’d have to wipe out Drew’s memories, and hope Franco’s memories remain intact. Peter says, what if Franco ends up with both sets of memories? and Andre says, that’s an excellent question. It might depend on which personally stronger, but he can’t say which one would prevail.

Jordan, Chase, and Edward go back into the interrogation room. Roz says Henderson is prepared to give full disclosure, as long as there’s a deal on the table. Jordan says she’d have to hear details before a deal is offered. Henderson says Sam reached out, saying there was a job she wanted done. Jordan asks how Sam found him, and he says, she’s a P.I., and knows her way around the back channels. She said she had a score to settle, and wanted to make sure Shiloh never found his way back to his cell. When he heard she’d killed the guy, he connected the dots. Sam wanted Shiloh free so she could take him out. Edward says if he’ll testify, they’ll discuss terms, and tells Chase to take Henderson back to his cell. Outside the room, Jordan tells Edward that Henderson’s story is full of holes. They don’t know if he and Sam ever met, or if any money changed hands until he was offered a deal for his fabricated story. Edward says Shiloh was shot in the back at close range, and Sam claimed she was defending Jason, but Jordan asks if he doesn’t think there should be further investigation.

Sam tells Jason, the weather was bad, but he says it was the same night Andre was attacked and almost killed. Sam says, it sounds strange, but it could be a terrible coincidence. Her phone rings, and it’s Jordan. She tells Sam that she needs to get back to the station for more questions, and she needs to get there right away.

Sonny asks if Carly is okay. Carly says, as much as she can be. Poor Drew. They were close for a while. It was weird when Jason came back, but she hopes he knew how much they cared about him. Sonny says he knew; they settled that. Carly says, Scout already lost a brother. Now she’s going to grow up without a father. She won’t even remember him. Sonny says she has Sam, Jason, Danny, the Quartermaines, and them to help. Carly says she loved how they pulled together for Wiley. Maybe they can do the same for Scout. Sonny says, and Donna. Carly wants to hold Donna, and asks Sonny to go see if she’s awake.

Valentin tells Obrecht that he was ready to drop it entirely, and Nina would have been none the wiser, but Madeline sent clues from beyond the grave. If Nina had started to search, she would have been crushed learning there was nothing to find. Obrecht says, so he found her long lost child. He says he found a charming suitable daughter, who had a giving heart. She says he gave Nina an imposter. He says he had no way to find Nina’s daughter, and Sasha was perfect. He thought it would spare her more hurt than harm. Obrecht says she thought he was Oxford educated, and he says he was. She asks if he took any philosophy courses, and he says, quite a bit. She says, then he must be familiar with the old adage, just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.

Nina tells Maxie, no doubt she should call the cops impersonating her child, but that’s where it gets complex. Is it identity theft or fraud? Maxie thinks she should take another look at Valentin. Thank of all the times he’s lied. Even if it was with the noblest of intentions, he still did bad things. She’s been there herself, and understands where he’s coming from, but when you hurt someone you love, the only way to heal it is by owning your mistake. Nina says there’s so much Maxie doesn’t know, and Maxie says, even if Nina is right, she has the feeling in Nina’s heart she knows the truth.

At the station, Jason asks Jordan what this is about. She thanks Sam for coming, and says she’ll be with them in a moment. Jason wonders if they shouldn’t wait outside, but Sam wants to stay. She says the sooner they get it over with, the sooner they can get out. Chase walks Henderson past them, and Henderson and Jason stare at each other. Sam says, what is it?

Valentin asks Obrecht when she’s leaving, and she asks if he’s eager to get rid of her. He says, surprisingly, he’s not. He’s ambivalent. He’s grown to respect her Machiavellian principles, and her end justifies the means philosophy, and she loves Nina. She says she respects him too. She thinks, given time, Nina might have taken him back without the whole pretend daughter angle. He hedged his bets, and compromised them both in the process. Valentin says if Nina is doubting Obrecht’s involvement, she’s confirming it by leaving. Obrecht hopes Nina’s anger will cool in her absence. If she allows Nina to miss her, she might be more inclined to give her a second chance. He tells her, good luck. He means it. She tells him, good luck as well. She regrets to say, where Nina is concerned, he’s going to need it. They shake hands, and she leaves.

Peter asks Andre what the other potential outcomes are. Andre says, one is a win, and there are two other contingencies. It could reinforce Drew’s memories, and Franco will remember more clearly. Why does he get the feeling that Peter is pumping him for information. He’s not putting this in The Invader, is he? Peter says, no. He can’t forget that his father set all this in motion. If it weren’t for Faison, Drew would be a decorated Navy SEAL, and would have never been on the plane that went down; Franco wouldn’t be languishing in Shadybrook; and Jason wouldn’t have lost five years of his life. He wishes everything Faison did could be undone, and they could all get on with their lives. Andre drinks to that. Peter says he has another appointment, but tells Andre to have another drink on him. Andre says he’ll let Peter know if he hears anything about Anna, and Peter thanks him.

Julian tells Franco that he knows there’s no going back to what he and Kim had. Unlike Franco, he’s clear on that. Franco asks why he’s there, and Julian says he’s not there to plead his case. If anything, he’s there to plead Kim’s case. Franco says, by telling him that he doesn’t know the woman he loves? The mother of his child. Julian says, Kim lost her child, and she’s grieving so deeply, she doesn’t know what she’s doing. All he is, is a temporary fix for the hole in her heart. He claims to love her. If he does, stop enabling her to be frozen in the past, and preventing her from moving forward and truly healing. Julian says, the ball is in his court, and leaves.

Elizabeth tells Kim, she’s sorry. She shouldn’t have brought up Oscar in that way. Kim says, no, she shouldn’t, and Elizabeth says, no more than Kim should be meddling in her husband’s life. Km says, it’s his life, and Elizabeth says she wants to give Kim the benefit of the doubt, but this situation is completely different. Kim says she couldn’t allow her son to choose, and she was wrong. Thankfully, they patched things up, but it nearly destroyed their relationship. That’s how important it was. Maybe Elizabeth could learn from her story, and give her husband a chance to choose his own fate. She might not have a chance to patch things up before the end. Scotty summoned her, saying he was going to call her to the stand at the hearing. She assumes Elizabeth realizes her testimony isn’t going to help. Elizabeth says she doesn’t know, but if the other side is calling Kim to testify, maybe she should look inward to see if she’s healed enough to know what’s right or wrong.

Sam asks Jason, what’s going on? but he’s not sure. Too many things don’t add up. There are too many loose ends. She asks if he needs to follow up on something, but he says he’ll wait. She says Diane will be there soon. They probably just want to go over her statement for the millionth time. She’ll be fine. She tells him to go. She kisses him, and he leaves.

Andre’s phone rings. It’s Jason, who says he needs to see Andre right away.

Carly holds Donna, and says, hi, beautiful. She’s doing good and they’re proud of her. Sonny says, she’s a brave lady, like the first Donna. Carly tells Donna that she’s getting stronger every day, and they get to bring her home soon. There are so many people who want to meet her, and love her so much. Sonny laughs.

Jason goes to Charlies to meet Andre, who asks what he can do for Jason. Jason says there’s a suspect in police custody who he thought would interest Andre. He shows Andre a photo of Henderson on his phone, and asks if Andre recognizes him. Andre says, vaguely, and Jason shows him another photo with Henderson wearing a beard. He says, how about now? and Andre says that’s the man who stabbed him.

Edward comes out, and Sam says she told the Commissioner that she’s willing to cooperate. She just has to wait for her lawyer if they want to ask additional questions. He says, there seems to have been some confusion. He’s placing her under arrest. Jordan joins them, and asks Edward for a word. He says, it’s not necessary; this is his jurisdiction. It’s a federal prosecution. Sam says. it was self-defense, but he says they’ve received evidence to the contrary. He’s requesting that she be denied bail, and remain in Pentenville until the trial.

Julian runs into Elizabeth, and asks how it’s going. She says she’s hanging in. Him? He says, same. Her phone rings, and she says it’s Scotty.

Kim visits Franco, and he says he wasn’t expecting her. What’s going on? She says she just spoke to Martin, and he has news about the hearing. They have a date.

Elizabeth thanks Scotty. She tells Julian that Franco’s hearing is set to start next week.

Peter goes to the Crimson office, and asks if Maxie is ready for dinner. She says she got sidetracked trying to convince Nina that Valentin was involved with Sasha’s con. Nina is all tied up in knots because Valentin is saying he had nothing to do with it. Peter asks if Nina believes him, and Maxie says she doesn’t think Nina is convinced. She’s all for benefit of the doubt, but you have to see clearly first. She wishes Nina could see the liar staring her in the face.

Valentin makes arrangements to open the house in Greece. He tells them they know the drill, and to make sure Helena’s personal items are out of the room. He tells them not to lock the suite though. He doesn’t want Charlotte to think it’s a dark witch’s chamber, although that’s not far from the truth. He hangs up, and hears someone coming in. It’s Nina. They look at each other.

Tomorrow, Finn tells Alexis that he knows Hayden is lying, Nina needs to hear Valentin say it, and Diane says Sam is being transferred to Pentenville tonight.

💼 There’s a New Lawyer In Town…

Meet Henderson’s attorney.


Below Deck

Chef Kevin is having stomach issues, and keeps running to the toilet. He says, man down. The guests are on the beach with Tanner and Courtney. Tanner says he’d love to set up a hammock, but he likes to work. In Courtney’s interview, she says she needs money, but doesn’t like work in general. Kate asks Kevin if he wants things to go faster or slower, and he says, very slower. She says, awkward, and gives him some medicine. In his interview, he wonders if the pressure of the charter is making him feel sick, and it’s turning into a sh*t show. The guests return to the yacht. Kate walks Simone through what they’re doing that evening. She has a violinist arriving, dinner for two upstairs (the grand proposal dinner), and dinner for five downstairs. In her interview, Kate says if she wasn’t busy she’d be freaking out, but she’s busy. Kevin still has cramps, and in his interview, says it’s a challenge to begin with, cooking for two different tables. Now he’s dealing with stomach issues. This is pretty intense.

Ashton goes over what the deckhands have to do, and says then they can party. Michael asks Kate if she wants a sneak preview, and shows her the ring. No surprise, it’s fabulous. She asks if he practiced, and he says, a little bit. He’s not sure what knee is traditional, like that matters. In Kate’s interview, she says, Michael seems nervous, but he chartered a mega yacht to propose. He should be able to just throw the ring at her face and she’ll say yes. In Ashton’s interview, he says, even though it’s early on, he doesn’t feel like he needs to micromanage the deckhands. Everyone is doing what they need to do, and everything seems cool – for now. Abbi complains that on a sailboat, she could wear shorts and a T-shirt. On a mega-yacht, they have to wear their whites when the guests come, and when the sun goes down, wear a black version of the white thing. Can’t she just chill? Kevin says tonight’s dinner is going to be a classic and expensive surf and turf. Service has been all over the place, but tonight, it has to be on point.

Kate sets up a small table upstairs. The guests get ready for dinner, and the violinist arrives. Kevin has a machine that regulates the temperature of the meat, and it keeps beeping. He doesn’t know how to fix it, and Kate says it’s like Chinese water torture for her ears. He tells her it’s going to keep beeping until the guests are ready. In Kate’s interview, she says, Kevin is spiraling out, and sh*tting himself. It’s not going to end well.

Kevin starts stressing because the guests aren’t seated yet. In her interview, Kate says, charter guests are never at the table on time. They’re on vacation. She doesn’t know why he’s being bajiggity about it. I’m guessing that’s similar to persnickety. Kate shows Michael and Samantha to their upstairs table, and they’re suitably impressed. The violinist plays, and the guests downstairs hear it. One says, someone’s heart is pumping fast right now. In the crew mess, the other deckhands ask Tanner how the excursion was, and he tells them about Courtney complaining that she has to work to get money. Ashton says his opinion of her just went down ten notches. Courtney walks in, and Ashton asks how her day on the beach was. She says she loved every minute of it. Tanner says, no she didn’t, and they all laugh. Dinner is served, and Samantha says, it’s better than any steakhouse. Michael is looking weird, and she says, what is it? He says she’ll find out later. Ashton tells the deckhands to get some rest.

In Kate’s interview, she says she loves Courtney and Simone. They take direction well, and have no egos – yet. Michael tells Samantha that he thinks he owes her for helping him every day. She put up with all the moves startups, and has stood by his side. She says she loves him, and he asks if she would be willing to do that for the rest of their lives. Kate comes up to clear some things from the table. Michael and Samantha get quiet, and in her interview, Kate says, whoopsie. Her bad. Michael tells Samantha that he doesn’t want to do life without her, and gets down on one knee. He asks her to marry him, and she starts to cry. He puts the ring on her finger, and Kate announces they now have an engaged couple on the boat. Michael and Samantha join the others, and Kate says, good job, everyone. Samantha was borderline sobbing. Abbi tells Ashton about being in an open relationship. If she doesn’t want to be possessed, she can’t possess anyone. In her interview, she says she’s seeing a captain named Patrick. She thinks she loves him, but if another guy likes her, YOLO. She asks Ashton if he’s interested in anyone, but Ashton says he needs to be focused on his job.

Captain Lee tells the crew, well done, and congratulates the couple. In his interview, he says, it’s a major event. It puts a smile on his face, and makes him feel warm and fuzzy. Samantha FaceTimes with dog Teddy, and shows him the ring. Ashton asks how Kevin is doing, and Kevin says he hasn’t been on the toilet for eight hours, so it’s a good indication that he’s better.

Kate tells Courtney to iron the epaulettes. One of the guests says, Samantha thought the dating period was long, wait until she sees how long the engagement period is. Samantha doesn’t look amused. Ashton goes to the bridge, and asks how Captain Lee is. The captain says he checked the obits, and he’s not in them, so it’s a good day. Kevin makes omelets, and the anchor is pulled up. Ashton asks Abbi if she needs help, but she says she’s good. He tells her that if she trusts herself, he trusts her too. In his interview, Ashton says it’s the first time he’s docked with this crew, and it’s where they show their true colors. He’s the leader now, and if things go wrong on deck, it’s on him. In Abbi’s interview, she says, a sailboat was easier than this huge-ass behemoth boat. Damaging anything could be thousands of dollars. They dock, but Abbi has a hard time tossing the line to the guy on shore. The captain says they can’t hold the boat forever, and she finally nails it. In Captain Lee’s interview, he says, it’s like landing a plane. There are a lot of moving parts when they’re coming in. It’s not pretty, but it’s effective.

It’s time for the guests to depart, and Michael tells the crew it was an absolutely perfect experience. He starts to walk, and Samantha taps him. He says, one more thing, and adds this is why he keeps her around. He gives Captain Lee an envelope, and everyone says how cute he is. Courtney wonders where her phone and soul are. They clean the boat, and Brian tells Abbi that he used to be temperamental back in the day, but tries not to be like that now. Abbi tells Brian about being homeless while she was going to college. She slept on a bench at the school, and changed clothes for work on the train. In her interview, she says she eventually got a full scholarship to law school. She thinks that makes her kind of badass.

Time for the tip meeting. The captain thinks it was outstanding for a first charter. He asks how Ashton feels about his first time out as bosun. Ashton is glad the first one is done. Captain Lee says he did well, and Ashton says he has a good crew; they made it easy. Kevin says, there were some kinks, and the Captain says he thinks everybody wants to do well. They do the best job they can, and all they can do, is do better as they get to know each other. The tip is $17,000 or $1500 each. In Simone’s interview, she says, $1500 for two days work is beyond. Captain Lee tells them, go out for cocktails; they earned it. But don’t embarrass themselves or the boat. Kate finds Kevin rummaging through a cupboard in the galley. He says he’s looking for something, and tells Kate he wants to sit with the stews, who he calls girls. Kate says she noticed there’s a particular way he likes things. In Kate’s interview, she says it was wrong for him to say there were kinks to be worked out in front of the crew and captain. She is pissed.

Everyone gets ready to go out. In his interview, Tanner says he gave 100%; now he’s ready to party. They get in a taxi, and go to a restaurant in the Thalang District in Phuket. Still refraining from making jokes. In Brian’s interview, he thinks Courtney can be hard to please. It throws him off, but he kind of likes it. Abbi says she hates being salty and wet, and Kate is surprised, since she worked on a sailboat. In Tanner’s interview, he says he’s always been attracted to older women. There’s no drama; they’ve already dealt with the bullsh*t. When cougars come out to play, you know you’re in for a good time. After dinner, they move on to a beach club, where there are acrobats hanging on silks. Brian says he wants liquor, and Ashton gets a bottle of vodka. In Ashton’s interview, he says, Thailand is fun, but you can get into a lot of trouble. He thinks they put something in the vodka there. Some of the crew members hit the dancefloor. In Simone’s interview, she says she loves dancing. Music is like her drug. A beat comes on, and she gets cuckoo. In Courtney’s interview, she says it’s not her thing. She’s like an old woman; she enjoys silence and glass of wine, or good conversation. She doesn’t like people she doesn’t know sweating on her. Ashton flirts with a random girl. Abbi tells Tanner that she thinks Ashton is hot. He asks if she wants to hook up with him; she’s crushing on him hard. She says, not until ten minutes ago. In her interview, she says Ashton being her boss doesn’t affect things. She had sex all time with her boss in Greece. Tanner tells her that she’s hot AF, and she’s good. Abbi tells Ashton that she likes him, and asks if he feels her. In his interview, he says, good idea? Bad idea? Screw it. It’s a great idea. She tells him, come to mama, and he says he’s got her.

Ashton hugs Abbi, and says he loves her. It’s time to go back to the boat, and the crew gets in two taxis. Tanner wants to sit next to Kate, but she makes him get in the back, rather than crowd her and Courtney. Brian tells Courtney that’s she’s pretty, but she needs to smile more. He tells her, please laugh, and she says, be funnier. In Courtney’s interview, she says she does smile, but not when he’s telling her to. He’s an idiot. STFU. Google men telling women to smile, and you’ll see how most of us feel about that. Ashton tells Abbi that she’s his favorite. He tells the deckhands that he’s sleeping on the pads on deck tonight, and they’re welcome to cuddle. They all go upstairs. In the crew mess, Courtney tells Simone that she’s never gone up to a man and say he’s pretty and ask him to smile. She won’t smile because Brian tells her to.

The next morning, the deckhands wake up in their clothes. In Abbi’s interview, she says it would have been less awkward waking up next to Ashton if they’d actually hooked up. It’s going to be a weird day. Kate wonders where the drugs are. She lies on the couch. In her interview, she thinks the vodka if different in Thailand. She’s like eighteen-year-old Kate, partying for the first time, and hung over. It’s not a good look. She tells Simone to do laundry, and Courtney to sort the pantry. Ashton is glad the deckhands don’t have much to do today.

Kate asks Kevin about his daughter. He says her name is Billie, and Kate says she loves girls with boy’s names. In Kevin’s interview, he says he and Billie’s mother broke up twelve months after she was born. It’s hard to be away from his daughter. She’s his life, and what he lives for. He tells Kate that Billie lives in Melbourne. Tanner tells Abbi that she’ll have to talk to him like it’s his first day. Brian asks Simone if there were issues in the car, and she says he whined that Courtney doesn’t like him. He says he definitely drank too much, and obviously said something he doesn’t remember. Kevin takes apart a jackfruit. I only mention this because I recognize it from 90 Day Fiancé. Abbi tells Ashton that he was trying to get it in with her last night, and he says don’t lie. Brian wants to talk to Courtney, and says he hopes he didn’t offend her or do anything wrong, She says he was just annoying her, and he says he’s sorry. She says he was annoying, but she appreciates the apology. He says he wants things to be okay. In her interview, she says she’s not that mad, but she won’t forget it.

Ashton asks what Simone did before she was a yachtie. She says she worked at a sports betting place, did hostessing, anything that wasn’t nine to five. Ashton thinks that’s why they’re all in yachting. They’re all running from that. In Simone’s interview, she says she researched what she could do to earn money and see the world. She went into yachting and loves it.

Captain Lee calls Kevin, Ashton, and Kate to the wheelhouse for the preference sheet meeting. It’s repeat customers, Richard and Helen. In Kate’s interview, she says she loves them. Helen is over-the-top – we flash back to her openly flirting with Chef Adrian – and Richard is the strong silent type. They’re so nuts; she loves them. The captain says Helen owns a Beverly Hills lingerie store, and they don’t know what Richard does. They’re bringing their closest friends. They want to go fishing, and should they catch anything, want to eat it. Regardless, they want that dinner to be a seafood extravaganza.  In Kevin’s interview, he says he’s worried about this charter. These are repeat customers, and there have been problems with service. Everyone needs to know the way he works. The guests also want a beach picnic and an island excursion. Tanner calls his parents, and tells them that the first charter couldn’t have gone better. Then they got hammered at a restaurant. His mom says, sounds like fun, and asks if there were any hookers there. She worries. In his interview, Tanner says he’s the youngest of four, and they’re very close. His dad is retired, and his mom is a flight attendant and his best friend. He would come home drunk when he was in high school, and she’d ask if he was having fun. He could get away with murder. She tells him, don’t get anyone pregnant.

Abbi can’t find her radio. Courtney says she wants a seafood extravaganza; it’s not fair. Ashton tells Abbi to look everywhere for the radio, knowing how much this pisses the captain off. Provisions come in, and in his interview, Kevin says they need a meeting. His standards are high, and the service isn’t matching what he’s trying to put out. He needs them to understand his plan of attack so they’re on the same page. He doesn’t really tell them anything they don’t know already, and points out where he’ll be hanging the menu. In Kate’s interview, she says, Kevin is asserting power. The last time she checked, the chief stew was head of service. He needs to focus on his job being a chef, and she’ll do the rest.

The captain finds Abbi’s radio. He calls Ashton, and asks who doesn’t have a one. Ashton says they’ve been searching for one, not wanting to out Abbi, but Captain Lee asks whose radio they’re looking for. Ashton tells him, and says she’s been looking everywhere. The captain tells him to bring all the deckhands to the wheelhouse. In the captain’s interview, he says he comes apart like a cheap suit over somebody not having a radio. It pisses him off to no end. He tells them the radio was in the wheelhouse, and he hopes this is the last time he’s having this conversation. Abbi apologizes. He suggests they sleep with their radios. It should be part of them. If they don’t have a radio, and something catastrophic happens where they need assistance they’ll find out what sorry is. So will the person whose life they’re trying to save. In Abbi’s interview, she says she doesn’t want to disrespect the Captain Lee, because she respects him, and now she’s effing up his number one rule. She apologizes, and the captain tells her not to let it happen again. The next time won’t be as pretty. On deck, Ashton tells her not to get stressed about it, but be more careful. Sort it out, and move on. They high five. The captain says, ten minutes until show time.

Captain Lee tells the crew to step it up. He sees the guests walking this way. One of the guests thinks the boat’s name is Velour. (It’s Valor.) They’re met with drinks served in hollowed out melons with a thousand umbrellas and such in them. Helen is very excited, and I note that she’s lost weight. She says she’s brought her girl squad. The captain welcomes them back, and says they’re going to get this party on the road. Even he’s tired of saying, get this party started. Helen says she’s ready. Guest Brandy is seriously drunk already, and acting stupid. Kevin tells the captain, the girl in the white dress is really drunk, and Captain Lee says, she’s hammered. Ashton says, it must be the hottest day of the year (which must be pretty hot, since it always seems to be brutally hot there), and she’s already wasted. Another guest asks Kate if she’s the captain. Even if the epaulettes fooled her, this is after the introductions. Kate starts to give the tour, and Brandy wants to go to her room. She gets a panic attack, and one of the women asks who invited her. In Kate’s interview, she’s not sure what they were served before they came there, but she thinks Brandi had a lot of them. Brandi lies on a couch in the small lounge. In her interview, Kate says she’s had guests pass out before, but never within the first hour. She didn’t even get through the whole boat tour.

Next time, Kevin tells Simone that she hasn’t seen rude, the tender gets stuck on shore, Kevin forgets to buy seafood for the seafood extravaganza (what was that about high standards?), and the captain says Brandy needs medical attention immediately.

💔 Heartbreaking…

Captain Lee speaks out on an equal opportunity disease.



🐺 In a Mere Sixteen Days…

The Big Bad Wolf will be out for blood candy.












August 4, 2019 – The New 90, Heartbreak At Sea & Goodbye Sunday


What I Watched Today

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


90 Day Fiancé

The new season of 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days premiered. I’m so obsessed with this franchise, I couldn’t be more thrilled. Like Paul in The Other Way, the series has a repeat customer, Darcey. This time, loving a dude from England. Considering her experience last time with Jesse from Amsterdam – the poor man’s Alexander Skarsgård, who would have made a wonderful Nazi – I’m surprised she’s throwing her hat in the ring again. From the previews, it looks like another accident waiting to happen,.

I’m also in the thick 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way (Mondays at 9 pm, although I watch the later rerun encore performance), where one half of the couple is an American moving to another country for the love of their lives. While I don’t recap any of the franchise – since these train wrecks need my full attenton – since the dead aren’t walking tonight, I thought I’d bring you up to speed on the couples from The Other Way, and maybe you’ll watch with me. To make it simple, the first half of the couple is the one moving to the country listed with them.

Paul and Karine – Brazil

We’ve met these two before, on Before the 90 Days. Paul is an absolute mess, a germophobe with a sketchy past. His ex has a restraining order out on him, and he’s been arrested for stalking, as well as arson. Apparently, he set fire to his own property. Since he’s terrified of any and all ailments, from malaria to a piranha biting his junk, the Amazon is not the best place for him, although it’s pretty funny for us. Karine is now pregnant, and Paul is trying to get Brazilian citizenship. At present, that’s been hung up, since the Brazilian government considers his crimes akin to terrorism. Paul already threw a huge tantrum after finding out his visa was denied, so good luck with that.

Tiffany and Ronald – South Africa

These two met when she was on vacation, so IMO, that’s slightly better than a dating app. Still not a good enough reason to pack up your life and head to another country, especially when the guy has an arrest record as long as my arm. And she has an eight-year-old son. Did I mention Ronald is also a gambling addict fresh out of rehab? It would be hard to pick a worst factor, but Tiffany didn’t even know the details of Ronald’s criminal history before she was getting on a plane with her kid. While Ronald actually seems like an okay guy – which doesn’t necessarily make him a catch – one of the first things he said to the son was, do you know what human trafficking is, my boy? Of course he didn’t, so Ronald explained to his future stepson that he had to be careful because traffickers were looking for a child just like him. This isn’t just starting off on the wrong foot, It’s just plain wrong.

Cory and Evelin – Ecuador

I’m very confused by this couple. Not only soes her name sound suspiciously like Evil-Lyn from Masters of the Universe, she doesn’t really seem to like him a lot, even though she says I love you on occasion. The show started with her having spent several months in America with him, but definitely missing home. After pumping quite a bit of money into the relationship – for real estate and funding a bar as a business, nothing in his name – he sold his everything and followed her. She’s created a bizarre catch-22 for him. She’s made it clear she doesn’t want to get married, yet she’s also made it clear she wants him to take care of her. If she doesn’t marry him, he won’t be able to get a visa and work, so I’m not sure how she expects him to do that. She didn’t even bother meeting him at the airport, her excuse being she wanted him to learn things on his own, and not be dependent on her. She also complains about his complaining, because he prefers having things like hot water and mosquito netting. Oddly enough, there are rumors that these two were married before the show started. So who knows?

Deavan and Jihoon – South Korea

Another couple who met face-to-face first when Deavan was on vacation, but in a twist they never saw coming, she became pregnant. She already has a four year old that seemed out of control on a trip to Las Vegas, where Jihoon’s parents met them for a visit. Hoping to ask their blessing for the marriage, it wasn’t looking good – and Deavan was looking mighty weepy and tired. No surprise, since daughter Drucilla was climbing on the counters, and sticking her hands in everyone’s food. Why nothing she did nothing was beyond me, but maybe she just didn’t have the energy after chasing Drucilla around the airport. She also practices attachment parenting, which may or may not be related to this misbehavior, but was a real surprise to Jihoon, when she told him that her daughter sleeps with her every night. Deavan’s mother swooped in, taking Drucilla off of everyone’s hands, and Jihoon’s parents gave their blessing. Deavan smiled for the first time, and finally seemed to relax. Her groom-to-be also got her an engagement ring, even though he’d said that’s not a common practice in his culture. Despite the hurdles they’re going to have to overcome, they seem like the golden couple in this mess of six. They also seem like sweet people, and his parents were very cute, so I’m rooting for them. I just hope that kid learns some manners.

Jenny and Sumit – India

This one is kind of sad, and I’m also rooting for them. Their thirty year age difference – Jenny being the older of the two – genuinely doesn’t seem to matter. They clicked online, then clicked in real life, and Jenny left everything behind to follow her heart. They stand out in a crowd, but Sumit also stands up for his lady. Except where his parents are concerned. While it seems bizarre for a thirty-year-old to require his parents approval, per Sumit’s culture, that’s the case. Apparently, his parents can interfere with the wedding plans too, should they so desire, even though he’s in his thirties. Telling them that he took a job in a city with too long of a commute (yes, he lives with them), Sumit and Jenny are living together, but their funds are going to run out quickly, as Sumit has no job, and Jenny can’t work without a visa. It remains to be seen if they’ll make it to the altar, but it’s not for lack of wanting to. And they too, seem like lovely people.

Laura and Adadin – Qatar

The age gap is smaller, although it’s still the dude who’s younger, I think the cultural gap is the widest here. To put it in Laura’s words, they have chemistry, but he’s not rocking her world in the bedroom. It sounds like he’s pretty straight-laced, but when she made her big move, she brought along some (contraband!) sex toys to spice things up. He was not happy. What separates them from the other couples is that they’re already married. In Qatar, unmarried couples can’t stay in the same hotel room, so they got hitched. She’s now moved in, and it’s a big change from playing Bingo in Florida. While I’m all for saying age is just a number, I’m skeptical of Aladin, who, if I’m being honest, is way higher on the good looks scale. I’m not saying it can’t happen, but I wasn’t loving the way he was treating her prior to her trip there. He was periodically blocking her both personally and on his social media when they had a disagreement, exerting his control and (no surprise) triggering her insecurity. If this isn’t a huge red flag, I don’t know what is. This just seems like a bad, bad idea.

You can meet the couples here:


😞 An Equal Opportunity Disease…

I was saddened to read that Captain Lee’s (Below Deck) son passed away from an accidental overdose. I have no doubt that he and his wife are wonderful parents, but addiction doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, what color you are, or how well you were raised. My heart goes out to The Captain and Mary Anne, as well as all who knew and loved Joshua.



🚴 Moving On…

Another one come and gone.