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June 6, 2019 – Harmony Visits a Cuffed Shiloh, a Challenge From Nina, Runway Observation, Abby’s New Dance, Old Tonys & Forever Friday


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

I only heard the first few minutes, so here’s a condensed version.

Carly dreams that Ryan took the baby.

Ryan is prepped for surgery.

Harmony shows up to harass Willow.

Shiloh wants Chase’s badge. Margaux comes in, and asks, what’s going on? and Shiloh says, a miscarriage of justice. Chase is arresting him. Margaux says, good work, and Shiloh is like, what?

Elizabeth, TJ, Stella, and Curtis are hanging out in Jordan’s room. TJ says, it’s going to be a long day. Stella thinks it’s getting crowded in there, but Jordan tells them not to go far. She wonders if she’s scaring them away. Elizabeth says she isn’t, but she needs to check on Jordan’s surgical team. Curtis asks if she’s nervous, and Jordan says, no. She’s focused on why the hell Ryan would donate his kidney to her.

Finn, Laura, and Doc sit in the waiting area, while Franco paces. He thinks Ryan’s surgery is taking too long, according to Google, and there’s still a significant chance the kidney will be rejected. Finn says he got all that from Google? Laura asks if it’s not best that Jordan be prepped now, and Doc agrees. Franco hates waiting, but Laura says Jordan is closer to getting a transplant then she was yesterday. Finn’s phone dings, and he says he’s gotten the news they were waiting for.

Carly says that Sonny was holding the baby, but when he turned around, he was Ryan, and the baby was just a bundle of blankets. Sonny tells her, take a moment and breathe. She’s under a lot of stress. Carly guesses everything is jumbled in her subconscious. Sonny says the good news is, Ryan’s been caught. The house phone rings, and Sonny says, it’s not a good time. He tells Carly, it’s Ava, and Carly says, let her up. Let’s get it over with. Sonny says, send her up, and tells Carly to go upstairs. She shouldn’t have to deal with this. Carly says she’s never run from Ava before, and she’s not doing it now.

Willow asks where Harmony was when she needed her? Harmony says she didn’t come to dredge up the past. She understands well the pain Willow’s been carrying. She remembers how it felt when Willow disappeared, leaving only the pregnancy test behind. Willow says it’s the best decision she ever made. Harmony says, it’s a lonely life, being away from your child. It doesn’t have to be like that. She can give Willow a family and refuge. Willow says, from Shiloh? and Harmony says, it doesn’t need to be like that. Shiloh is no threat to Willow and her child. Come with her, and she’ll prove it.

At Charlie’s, Alexis says she didn’t know Lucas and Julian were speaking. Julian says Lucas made an exception when the custody of his baby was up for grabs. She tells him that she can only say so much, and he says he might know more than she thinks. Willow is Wiley’s biological mother, and lied to Diane about not knowing the father. The father is a sexual predator, and could lay legal claim to Wiley. Alexis says if they could only reach a custody outcome that quickly. Julian thinks she might be able to, if she can handicap in Brad and Lucas’s favor.

Shiloh says Margaux ordered his arrest? She says Chase is acting on a warrant she requested, based on evidence. Shiloh says he was the one who was assaulted and almost killed when Jason threw him down the stairs. She says that’s news to her, since he declined to cooperate. She asks Chase if Shiloh knows the charges, and Chase says he was fully informed. She decides she’ll inform him again. She wants the case to be airtight, with no grounds for appeal. Shiloh is going away for twenty to life.

Alexis tells Julian, don’t think of interfering. If he really wants to help, stay out of it, or he might mess up the case.

Willow tells Harmony that her students will be coming in soon. The students we saw once on Career Day, and never appeared again. Harmony tells her that Shiloh was hurt, and is in the hospital. Willow says, Shiloh is a cockroach who will be back on his feet, and taking advantage of women no time. Harmony says if Willow shares the information with her, she can negotiate a truce. Willow says she keeps telling Harmony, there’s no child. Harmony says Shiloh is yearning to forgive Willow, but Willow says she doesn’t want or need his forgiveness. Harmony tells her, don’t say that. Shiloh is slow to anger, but a man can only be ignored and denied his rights for so long. Willow says, or what? and Harmony says she doesn’t want find out.

Shiloh says, attempted rape? He would never. Margaux tells him, save for a jury – if he’s stupid enough to get on the stand. He says he’ll give the jury an earful. Margaux tells Chase that he can leave, and when he’s gone, Shiloh says Margaux must have been pretending for Chase’s benefit. He’s sure she’s found a clever way to vindicate him. She’s sorry to disappoint him, but no. He asks what she means, and she says she wants to see him in prison, where he belongs.

Sonny is surprised Ava made bail for attempted murder. Ava says, it’s more like attempted justifiable homicide. Ryan is in custody. They’re welcome. Carly asks if she’s there looking for a compliment, but Ava says she’s there to see Avery. She was hoping to celebrate Kiki’s birthday. Carly says they already did, showing her a handmade card. Sonny says, on her actual birthday. He guesses Ava was busy. She says she’d like to see her daughter. Sonny says, Josslyn took Avery to the zoo, and Ava says, another wasted visit. Sonny suggests she call ahead.

Curtis tells Jordan, who cares why Ryan changed his mind? He did, and she needs the transplant. She wants to understand why the about-face. She doesn’t trust him. He’s too smart to think helping her will give him leniency. Curtis suggests maybe Ryan is getting a sick satisfaction, knowing she owes her life to him. Maybe he thought about meeting his maker, and that it was his last chance to avoid divine retribution. All that matters is that she’s getting the kidney. Finn tells them, Ryan is out of surgery, and his kidney is ready for transplant. Is she?

Sonny asks Ava if she actually meant for Ryan to find her. Is it true she lured him in? She says she did. He couldn’t wait to show himself. Carly says, so everything with Doc was all an act. Ava says they figured Ryan would be jealous, and follow her, and he did – armed with a knife. She played along, and then pulled her gun. She wanted to hear him beg before she took his life. Sonny asks why she didn’t, and she says Curtis showed up, and told her that Jordan’s life was hanging in the balance. The cops arrested Ryan, and on his way out, he said she could have never gone through with it. She grabbed the knife, and showed him, yes, she could.

Doc and Laura look in on Ryan. In Jordan’s room, Finn says, there were minor complications, but nothing to interfere with the transplant. There were no antibodies. TJ clarifies by saying that means there’s less chance of Jordan’s body rejecting the kidney. Curtis asks how long the surgery will be, and Finn says, two or three hours. Jordan says that’s fast, and he says the operation has been fine-tuned. They make an incision below her navel, put the kidney in, reattach everything, and that’s it. She’ll wake up with tubes in her, but they’ll be removed later. Stella thinks they should go, but Jordan says she needs a minute to speak to Stella alone.

Margaux says Shiloh seems surprised. Shiloh says she’s suffered a setback, and reverted to the sad, scared little girl who came to him in tatters over her mother’s betrayal. Why is she believing Jason over him? She says, evidence and eyewitness testimony; all of which are admissible. Shiloh says he’ll have no choice but to retaliate, and she says, with what? Blackmail? He says, no; the truth she pledged. She says, oh yeah, he means this, and takes her Pledge out of her bag. She says, nice try. He says, the physical copy doesn’t matter. He has it all up here. He taps his head, looking stupid. One day the truth will come out. Someone will dig around, and find out the truth, and her career will be over. She says she already beat him to the punch. She’s resigning as DA.

Alexis tells Julian that she guesses he feels helpless. Wanting to take action is understandable, but counter-productive. He needs to stay out of it. She’ll fight like hell to keep Wiley away from Shiloh, if it comes to that. He asks why it wouldn’t, and she says, it’s hard to get custody from prison. Julian tells her Kristina hasn’t mentioned DOD since she returned from clearing her head. Did she have some help with that?

Willow tells Harmony that she’s not afraid of Shiloh. He has no power over her. Harmony says Willow needs guidance. She’s made terrible decisions since leaving. She gave up her child, and it broke her spirit. Anyone who knew her before would see it. She seemed contented, now she’s lost and angry. Babies bring people together. Willow says Harmony isn’t listening, and Harmony says, the truth will come out, and the baby will be home where he belongs, with both parents. Willow says if Harmony thinks she’d let her or Shiloh anywhere near a baby… Harmony thinks if Willow miscarried, she wouldn’t be so defensive. It’s in her voice; her fervor and rage. Only a mother feels so passionately. She thanks Willow for confirming what she needed to know. Her grandson is alive.

TJ asks Curtis what he thinks Jordan and Stella are talking about. Curtis says, whatever it is, it’s not good, and it’s causing his blood pressure to rise. Jordan tells Stella that she requested a DNR. Stella doesn’t think it’s necessary, but Jordan says it’s a precaution in the event something goes wrong. She doesn’t want to continue in a vegetative state. Stella says, there’s almost no chance of that, but Jordan says Stella knows she believes in being prepared. She’ll need an advocate to make sure her wishes are followed. She doesn’t think Curtis or TJ will do it.

Finn asks Doc how the patient is. Doc says, asleep, but it’s odd. Laura says she’s going to check in with the DA. Doc is free to join her, but Doc says he’d like to stay there. He tells her that he’ll be fine, and to go ahead. Franco comes by, and asks how it’s going. Doc says, there were a few minor complications, but the operation was a success. Franco asks if that’s good or bad.

Ava tells Sonny and Carly that Ryan agreed to the transplant. Sonny says it won’t make a difference to his sentencing, but Ava thinks it will. He’ll be sent to a lesser facility, where he’ll escape, and the nightmare will start over. Carly says, it’s horrible, thinking the person responsible for your child’s death will go free. Ava says she’ll call and discuss picking up Avery tomorrow. Sonny tells her to keep the card. It might do her some good.

Shiloh says Margaux is bluffing. There’s no way she’d resign. Her career means everything to her. She says she’s already drafted a press release. It’s done. Maybe it’s time to learn something else. Her final act as DA will be to leave her successor a solid case. She wonders what they’ll find when they dig deeper. He’s only been Shiloh for so long. She’s sure his time as David Henry Archer warrants investigation too.

Willow tells Harmony that she’s delusional. There’s no baby. She miscarried. Harmony says her grandson is out there somewhere. It’s only a matter of time before Shiloh finds him. Willow says if Harmony has any love left for her, she won’t say anything else to Shiloh. Harmony says she’s going to, but it would be better if it came from Willow. Willow says she’s not going anywhere near Shiloh. Harmony says she’d better; she gave him a Pledge. Willow says, that’s right, but somebody gave it back to her, and the others were destroyed. Harmony says, that’s impossible, but Willow tells her to look for herself. Shiloh has no leverage over her, and when his crimes are exposed, he’s going down. Harmony says she’s lying, but Willow says, it’s happening right now. He’s going to prison. Harmony says she’ll see about that, and storms out.

Julian asks Alexis if Kristina chose to clear her head, or did her parents make that decision. She says it’s none of his business. He can’t believe how hypocritical she is. He can’t cross lines, but it’s acceptable for her. She says she doesn’t have to apologize or justify her actions. He says he’s not asking for that. He just wants her to have understanding. Lucas came to him, panicked, and not thinking clearly. Alexis tells him, stay out of it. He asks if Kristina knew she could come to Alexis for help, she never would have fallen down the DOD rabbit hole in the first place.

Finn tells Ryan that he can’t play possum forever, but gets no response.

Franco asks Doc, how about them woodchucks? Does he think they have a shot at the pennant? Doc says he doesn’t follow baseball, and Franco says him neither. He’s just making a distraction from hypotheticals. Like how easy it would be for Doc to sneak in and put a pillow over his brother’s face. Doc asks if he would care. Franco says, Ryan dead is one in the plus column, but in the minus column, a lot of people would feel the loss if Doc is spending time in Pentonville. Including one or two of his special favorite patients. And there’s the whole moral question. Ryan is helpless. He can’t fight, or even open his eyes. Could Doc live with himself? Could he justify killing, even if Ryan deserves to die. Doc appreciates Franco’s support, but says he doesn’t need to be there. Unless he wants to be. Franco says he sure as hell doesn’t, and walks away.

Stella says Jordan consulted with her doctor, and signed the DNR, which is her right and prerogative, but leave her out of it. Jordan says if it’s needed, she’s asking Stella to speak on her behalf. Stella is the only person she trusts to make it all right. Stella says Curtis and TJ will be opposed to it. Jordan says, says the woman who stared down Ryan Chamberlain. They’ll fight with everything they have, and Jordan needs her to don that cape of hers, and pull off the heroics she’s famous for. What does she say? Stella takes her hand, and says Jordan can count on her.

Alexis goes to Sonny’s place. He asks if Kristina is okay. Alexis thinks probably the thought of Shiloh being arrested is encouraging, but she needs help with something else. She not asking Carly to intervene per se, but she’s asking if Carly will keep an eye on her brother.

Julian shows up at Willow’s classroom, where she teaches ghost children. She says he needs to leave right now. Julian says if she wants to keep Shiloh away from Wiley, she’ll hear him out. She closes the door, and says, make it quick. He says the only way to make sure Shiloh never finds out is through the adoption file. The file in Albany is no longer in play, but Willow’s lawyer has her own copy. If they could somehow eliminate the records, there will be nothing tying Willow to Wiley. Willow says, Diane would never destroy the records, and Julian says, she wouldn’t.

Chase tells Harmony that no one is allowed in the prisoner’s room. She says, this is absurd. He’s done nothing wrong. Chase says he’s officially in custody. Margaux comes out, and asks if Harmony needs help. Harmony says Chase won’t let her see Shiloh. Margaux asks if she was an accessory. He was using the Pledges to blackmail the members, drugging them, and sexually assaulting them. Harmony says she has no idea what Margaux is talking about, and Margaux says Harmony needs to work on her denials. She’ll most likely be subpoenaed, and might be charged. She should stay as far away from Shiloh as possible, but it’s her call. She’ll allow Harmony to see him. Harmony stomps into Shiloh’s room, and Margaux says, what she thought. With any luck, Harmony will follow Shiloh straight to prison.

Laura says she’d like a word with Margaux. Ryan is out of surgery. She’d like an overview of the prosecution’s case. Margaux says she needs to address something else first.

Harmony asks Shiloh how this happened. He says the detective made groundless accusations, and arrested him. Harmony says, Margaux is convinced they have a case. Shiloh says Margaux has completely lost her way. Jason almost killed him. He had to give over the Pledges. Harmony says he did what he had to, and he asks if she talked to Willow. She says, he was right. He has a child out there.

Carly says, Wiley’s biological parents are Willow and Shiloh? and Alexis says, it stays in this room. Shiloh doesn’t know, and she wants to keep it that way, or he’ll fight for custody.  Sonny says, he’ll make a bad situation worse, and Alexis says they need to keep Brad and Lucas calm and focused. If Lucas doesn’t push, Julian won’t do anything rash to keep Wiley from Shiloh.

Ava walks into Charlies. Julian is drinking down a shot, and she asks if he’s sampling his own wares. He asks what it looks like. She says, it looks like he could use a drinking buddy. He says, circumstances call for it, and she says, that’s always the way for the Jeromes. They drink.

Willow calls Diane, and leaves a message. She says her mom knows about the baby, and is going to tell Shiloh. She’s scared. She gets another call, and asks Diane to call back asap. It’s Chase, and she asks, what’s going on? He says, it’s done. Shiloh has been arrested. He put the cuffs on Shiloh himself, and there’s plenty of damning evidence. She says, finally, some good news. He tells her that she can rest easy tonight. The law is on her side.

Shiloh says he has a child, and Harmony says, he’s a father. He says, amazing. Boy or girl? She says Willow refused to say, but they’ll know everything soon. He says the police are going to lock him away from his child. She wishes she could help. He says she can.

Margaux tells Laura that she’s resigning, effective immediately. Her staff is up to date, and more than capable of handling things until a special election for a new DA can be held. She thought it would be welcome news to Laura. Laura says she knows they clashed, but she respects Margaux’s passion and dedication. Margaux says her passion was misplaced, and her office compromised. She’s in no position to carry on as an effective DA. Laura appreciates her stepping down. Margaux says it helps knowing the people of Port Charles have Laura looking after them. Don’t let them down.

Finn tells Doc that he’s getting a neurologist to consult. Ryan may have slipped into a coma. Laura returns and asks if Doc has spoken to his brother. Doc says, he’s still unconscious. God help him, he hopes it stays that way.

Jordan is wheeled out on a gurney. Curtis says they’ll be waiting for her. He loves her. He kisses her, and she says she’ll see them on the other side. He kisses her hand, and she’s wheeled in.

Tomorrow, Maxie tells Nina it’s her turn, Doc says his brother is hard to kill, Carly is sure Jax has an excellent explanation, and Franco has good news for Ava.

Project Runway

The designers have had five months and $10K to create a collection of ten pieces. Christian went around to their homes to check on them. No surprise, Hester’s house in Santa Fe is crazy cool, like a teenager’s bedroom, or my first apartment. When Christian traveled to Fort Lauderdale to see Sebastian, he said the city was like a gay island. A far cry from the one time I was there, and it was more like a retirement home. Baltimore’s Bishme said he was homeless when he applied to Project Runway. He was living in his studio. Um… I don’t think that’s exactly homeless. Sadly, he’d lost a family member, and found out his sister had colon cancer. He only had eight pieces ready, but hoped to catch up in the time left. Costume king Garo lives in Phoenicia, New York, and I have no idea where that is. He had a lot of sparkle and texture going on, and balanced out Bishme with having fourteen pieces ready.

The contestants met back at the ranch new studio, and I wondered why Hester hugs people by first walking toward them with arms outstretched, like Frankenstein. I’d find that kind of scary if she came at me like that. They visited Nina at the Elle magazine office, and she showed them the room everyone wants to see – where the fashion is housed. It was about a skabillion times bigger than the closet in The Devil Wears Prada. Nina told them their challenge was to show three looks – two from their collection, and an 11th look based on Nina’s suggestions, which would also be cohesive with the other two. From Bishme, she wanted sporty outerwear; Hester was to be devoid of print (against her design philosophy); Garo was given the task of a tailored suit that could go from daytime to nighttime; and she wanted more movement from Sebastian, who took his tailored craftsmanship to another level..

When Hester jammed a sewing machine needle through her finger, my first thought was, it figures she’d decided on white for her non-print garment. I’m sure that was her second thought after screaming in pain. I don’t think it’s what Christian meant when he suggested she do something in red. Sebastian raged against the machine, designing a gown with leggings under it, when he was supposed to be designing a gown. Christian steered him back to gown territory. Without Christian’s kibitzing, these designers might not have made it this far. He always seems to be right on the money. The guest judge was Steven Kolb, president and CEO of the CFDA, and the dude who met with them last week.

Before runway time, Bishme had a moment, which is what we used to call breaking down and crying, before we needed euphemisms for everything that’s not rainbows and unicorns. He didn’t even want to look at his latest look. Garo’s suit was so ill-fitting,  even I noticed.

Hester ended up creating a totally different outfit – in red – and did it in three hours. Nina said Hester was resistant, but was glad she pushed her, and Brandon said her faux fur material was unconventional. We found out that Sebastian was a ballet dancer, and suddenly the way he designs made total sense. Nina said Bishme’s new piece – some sort of patchwork hoodie dress – had no direction whatsoever. He’d started off wanting to make a moto jacket, so I wasn’t even sure how he got there. Brandon told him when life was giving you lemons, you had to go on autodrive. Besides the atrocious fit, Brandon thought Garo’s suit was too Melanie Griffith in Working Girl, and lacked freshness. Garo actually begged for mercy. Nina was shocked and crushed about Bishme, and it was agreed his dress was like a potato sack. I had to admit they were right, even though I confess to once having a bubble dress that was quite similar.

Hester and Sebastian were in first. Garo joined them, and Bishme was out. I immediately thought, it might seem like a horrible moment, but maybe his family needs him right now. You know, that thing we tell ourselves when it all goes wrong – everything happens for a reason. Sometimes, it does. Nina said it might not be the right time, but it would be his time. I believe that too. He had some wonderful designs. He was happy about making it this far, and letting everyone see his process; the good the bad and the ugly. I think the deciding factor was really that he only had eight designs. The judges seemed somewhat concerned about that. Bishme peaced out, the others congratulated each other, and there was a group hug.

Next time, the finale – a meeting with Diane von Furstenberg, some of the clothing gets damaged, and it’s time for the final runway.

👀 Extra observation. I saw a lot of online agreement that this was the best and freshest Project Runway season in a long while. I’ve mentioned before that I’d never gotten into this show. Mostly because there was another show that trumped it, but I’d given it a try a few times, and felt ho-hum about it, even though I love looking at clothes I will never be able to afford. This time, one of the things I enjoyed was the dynamic between the cast members. For the most part, Nadine and Tessa aside, it was a genuinely copacetic atmosphere. I don’t mind some kvetching, or even a little hair-pulling, but these Housewives have gotten me to the point where I’m like, enough already. I also think with the timeframe they have to create and produce, ain’t nobody got time for that. Which brings me to how, in pondering this, I finally got my tagline. I’m just too busy to be bitchy.

👯 It’s often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest star. So said Abby Lee Miller on Dance Moms. I checked out new season, and it was pretty much what I expected. Abby said the last year has been a living hell, but damn, she looks good. Her cancer is also in remission. The kids seemed more mature and sassier, although I hate hearing the standard, I’ve been working for/dreaming of this my entire life, coming from a twelve-year-old. It’s like, you do realize you’ll most likely live past twenty, right? It was fun to see Abby screaming at the kids, and calling them losers again. As soon as the new team was chosen, she told them, I made you, and I can break you just as easily. No, wait. That was Frank-N-Furter in Rocky Horror. She did say she was giving them an opportunity, and could take it away from them, which to a little kid, is probably just as menacing. For a moment, I thought the moms were more mature as well, but it didn’t take long until they were straight out of All About Eve. As in previous seasons, the dancing was mesmerizing and beautiful; amazing work from kids so young. Even though Abby can be a tyrant, she must be doing something right to produce such remarkable talent.

🎭 The Play’s the Thing…

The first Tony Awards, just after the earth cooled, although I’m most fascinated with the prices back then.


🏄 You’re There, Baby…

I don’t know about forever, but at least for a day.







June 3, 2019 – Kiki is Remembered, the Med Goes to France, Moms Begins, Newest 90 & the Week


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Michael sits next to Sonny at the MetroCourt bar. Sonny says he thought Michael was Jax. Everywhere he goes, Jax is there. It’s like he’s tripping over Jax. He knows how Michael feels, but Jax gets on his nerves. Michael tells him, don’t look over there. Sonny says, don’t tell him.

Jax thanks Alexis for seeing him. She says she heard he’s now proud half-owner of Aurora Media. Jax says, not just yet. Even though the contract has been signed, he wants to make sure the I’s are dotted, and the T’s crossed. He’s like to retain her services, and have her go over the document. She tells him, it’s on the house.

Sasha tells Nina that she’s waiting on the numbers that are being crunched. She can call Michael and reschedule their dinner, but Nina says she’s not canceling her night out for the meeting. Jax doesn’t really need the numbers; she’s just trying to impress him. Jax already said he believes in her. She’s going to love working with this guy. At the door, Valentin overhears her.

Elizabeth asks how Jordan is feeling. Jordan bets Elizabeth wishes she was assisting a different patient, and Elizabeth asks if Jordan wishes she had a different nurse. Jordan says she doesn’t.

Ava puts sunflowers at Kiki’s grave, and says, happy birthday. Franco joins her.

Finn says he knows Curtis is scared that time is running out. Curtis says he’s pissed that someone who’s able bodied could end Jordan’s suffering, and won’t. He says they could forge Ryan’s signature. Finn says, or they could make sure when he’s under the knife, he never wakes up.

Ryan sees Doc standing over him, and says, hello brother. He didn’t mean to leave Doc hanging. (BA-DUM-CHH!) Doc says Ryan attempted to steal the show at the Nurses Ball. Ryan says, lucky Doc that someone cut him down. Doc says he isn’t lucky. He has people who care if he lives or dies. Can Ryan say the same?

Valentin goes into Nina’s office. She jokes that he walked in on serious meeting preparations. She tells Sasha not to cancel; she’s got this. Valentin tells Nina to cancel her meeting. He has tickets for something or other. She says he’s trying to make it hard on her, and he says, yes; he is.

Michael tells Sonny that Josslyn needs her father right now, and Sonny says he respects that. He’s trying everything to avoid Jax, and to Jax’s credit, he’s doing everything to avoid Sonny, but Jax rubs him the wrong way. He’s planning on staying in Port Charles. Does Michael think he can change Jax’s mind? Maybe there’s a job opportunity to send him to Siberia. Michael says, some people just don’t like each other, and that’s fine, but Jax and Sonny have something major in common. Sonny says, Michael, his mom, and Josslyn, and Michael says, exactly. And Sonny and Jax are strong enough to love them, even though they can’t stand each other. For family’s sake, Sonny will put up with anything. Sonny agrees, and Michael says, hold that thought. His date just arrived. He goes over to meet Sasha.

Alexis tells Jax that it’s silly to pay for something that’s already done. He says he’ll get Diane, and she says, don’t you dare. He can pay her market rate; no Jasper Jax exorbitant fee. He consents to her offer on one condition; fill him in on Valentin.

Valentin says Nina told him that Jax was great and fair. Why the big pitch on day one? She should play hard to get; make Jax do the dirty work. She says Valentin just wants to whisk her away and be fabulous, and on any other day, she’d go along with it. He says, it was worth a try. She says he’s incredible, and kisses him.

Franco also has sunflowers, and Ava says, of course he would remember. Franco lays them at the grave, and says, happy birthday. Ava says she misses Kiki so much, and he says, him too. He’s glad to see Ava out and about, and not behind bars. She says Julian and Scotty convinced her to plead not guilty. He says, smart move, but she says it’s no guarantee she’ll walk or not spend time in Ferncliff. He says he saw Ryan, and she asks how that went. He says how she would imagine. She says Franco let him live? and he says, that’s the word on the street. She says, that’s okay. It means she has another chance to kill him, and the next time, she won’t fail.

Curtis tells Finn that he doesn’t give a damn. His only concern is his wife. He’ll cross any line and break any law. It doesn’t matter, as long as she lives. Finn agrees that the world would be a better place without Ryan, but would Jordan want this? Curtis says, as long as she lives.

Ryan says he’s still appreciated by the only person who matters, and Doc says, Ava despises him. Ryan says, love, hate, they’re two sides of the same coin. Doc says she plunged a knife in his back, and Ryan says, it’s called passion. Doc says, or attempted murder. Ryan says Ava still wants him, and Doc says even he’s starting to wonder what it’s like being that narcissistic. Ryan says, tell him, healer of all things evil. Doc admits he messed up, but now he understands some evil can’t be cured, even by him. But if there is a shred of justice, Ryan will pay for what he’s done, and if there’s a hell, he’ll burn in it. Ryan says, maybe, but it won’t be Doc who sends him there. Doc says, don’t be so sure.

Ryan says neither one of them have any intention of killing the other. They’ve both had ample opportunity. They need each other. Without him, Doc is an ordinary psychiatrist, living an ordinary life. With him, he’s kind of interesting. Without Doc, Ryan is a fascinating chapter in the history of serial crime. With Doc, he’s the evil twin. He’s Satan to Doc’s shrink. Doc says he has no interest in seeing Ryan dead. He wants Ryan to live, so he knows how little he’s going to matter or be remembered. He’s no chapter in anyone’s book. He’s a footnote to be forgotten. Soon too. He leaves, and Ryan looks a little worried about that.

Sasha apologizes to Michael for being late, but he says he ran into his father; it’s all good. Sasha says, Nina is losing her mind because some bigwig bought Crimson. She thinks Michael knows him; tall, blond, and Australian accent? Michael says Jax was his stepfather, and he’s Joslynn’s father. Sasha says now he’s the owner of Crimson. He bought half of Aurora Media. Michael says, huh, and she asks if that’s a good huh or a bad huh. He says, good for Crimson. Jax is a good businessman, Jax and his dad don’t get along. They have opposite personalities; both to life and business. They love the same woman, and help raise their kids together, but now Jax will be living in Port Charles. Things are about to get really complicated.

Jax tells Alexis that she already warned him how dangerous Valentin is. She says, he’s seriously dangerous because he’s got the Cassadine smarts, but not the crazy. He knows how to maintain, and he’s filthy rich; an evil billionaire. Not like Jax, who’s a charming billionaire. Jax says he loves her, but she tends to see him as better than he is; more naïve than he is. He’s done business all over the world. and gotten pretty good at seeing the competition coming. He thanks her for the warning, and says, noted, but he’s not worried. She says he never is. A delivery guy gives Jax a huge bag of food, and his eyes light up at the tip. Alexis says he ordered food from another restaurant, and had it delivered to the MetroCourt? He says he knew Carly wasn’t working tonight. Neil comes over to their table, and Jax says it’s good to see him again. Jax has to go, and jets. Neil says he’s never seen exes on such great terms. How do they do it? Alexis wonders if he’s asking as a therapist or is he just curious?

Nina tells Valentin he needs to go before her new boss walks in on something inappropriate. Valentin says he’ll go if she agrees to a late night supper by the fire. She says, it’s too hot for a fire, but he says he’ll put on the air conditioning. She says he’s on. Jax arrives, saying, he’s sorry to interrupt. Nina knows they’ve met, and Valentin says he’ll leave them to it. Jax says he hopes Nina likes Indian food. She hopes he has naan in there, and he says you can’t have Indian food without it. Valentin hears them talking about the merits of Indian food, as he gets in the elevator.

Nina says she’d like to talk about him slashing the Crimson budget. He says he’s not slashing the budget, just moving money around. She says, in that case, she’d like to ask for more money – if she raises circulation. He asks, how much more? She says, less than she was asking in the beginning, and Jax says, but more than he wants to give. What if circulation doesn’t pick up? She says, it will, but he says, what if it doesn’t? She says, then she’ll accept his cuts. He asks what kind of time frame, and she says, two months. She thinks the September issue is going to be a game changer. He says she’ll need something big then, and she says, she’ll find it. He says, okay.

Valentin sits next to Sonny at the bar, and asks if Sonny’s got a moment. Sonny says, not really, but Valentin says he was hoping to discuss Jasper Jax.

Sasha says, interesting. Michael has obviously spent time with both Jax and his dad, and he comes off as a combination of the two. At the Nurses Ball, there was clearly something going on with Willow, and he was taking care of her. The look in his eyes was like ice. She assumes he learned that from Sonny. He says his mom and Jax were married a long time when he was a kid. He’d like to think it was a big influence in the way he does business and carries himself, but his dad is his dad. Sonny taught him too. He laughs, and says for someone who conveys herself as easy going and looking for good time… Sasha says, shallow? He says, no perceptive. It’s not every day someone sees that in him. Most people don’t have the time to look that close to what they may or may not find intriguing. She says it’s a little bit intriguing sometimes, but the deeper she digs, the more she likes him. He says, good. He likes her too.

Neil tells Alexis that he was being presumptuous, and not professional. She says she was just kidding. Lots of people are impressed. Her relationship with Jax is extraordinary. It’s ironic that the one man she’s in a good relationship with, the relationship was never consummated. They were both involved with other people. Neil says, interesting. She says, in any case, she’s glad he’s still in her life. They think the world of each other. Neil starts to say something, but then tells her, never mind. She asks if this counts as a session, but he says he brought it up, and it’s a grey area. He suggests they talk about Kristina.

Ava tells Franco that Ryan murdered her daughter. No one or nothing is going to stop her until she knows he’s dead. As much as that makes Franco tingle inside, thinking of offing Ryan, he’s glad she didn’t, and hopes she doesn’t. She doesn’t understand. Their girl is in the ground, and he needs to answer for that want. Franco wants him to pay a million ways, but not until he saves Jordan’s life. He doesn’t think it’s going to happen, but if there’s even just a chance that all of this relentless death, bitterness, and loss can turn into something good, he’d like to see a life changed. He wants that to happen for Kiki. He needs that.

Finn sits next to Doc on a bench in the hospital hallway. Doc says he did everything he could for his brother; helped hide him from the authorities and treated his psychosis. He was convinced he was the only person in the world who could bring out the humanity in Ryan. The joke is him – there isn’t any. There never was. Now, all he wants is for his brother to be gone. What kind of doctor does that make him? Finn says he always thought the Hippocratic Oath seemed open to interpretation. Do no harm means doing everything you can to help. The more he thinks about it, the more he’s convinced that the two aren’t mutually exclusive.

Jax says he’s looking forward to Nina upping the circulation, and she says she’s looking forward to keeping her budget intact. She thanks him for dinner, and he says, anytime.

Sonny asks what Valentin knows about Jax; why is he suddenly interested. Valentin says Jax is Nina’s new boss. He acquired part of Aurora Media. He finds it confusing, since Jax has no history of being involved in publishing. He asks if Sonny has done any joint business ventures with Jax. Sonny says they were both involved with ELQ once, but they’ve done no real business together. What about Valentin? Valentin says no. He thinks they’d be equally served if Jax’s work took him back to the other side of the globe. Sonny can’t say that, but Valentin tells him, it’s something to think about.

Alexis tells Neil that Sam was able to get the Pledges, including Kristina’s. The secret wasn’t about Sonny; it was about her. Neil asks if that bothers her. She says Sonny has a thousand more skeletons in his closet, but to Kristina, her father can do no wrong. She’s Kristina’s punching bag. She’d never accuse or blame Sonny for anything. She and Kristina have a giant toxic problem with communication and the understanding of each other that they can’t seem to overcome. Neil assumes there’s resentment, and Alexis says, on Kristina’s part, absolutely. He asks, what about hers? She resents it, but honestly doesn’t know what to do about it.

Franco tells Ava that when he was at one of his many low points in life, he was about to destroy the artwork he’d done during a dark time. Kiki stopped him. She challenged him to take the darkest parts of himself, and redirect them. She pulled him out of a self-destructive spiral. He wants to pay it forward, and do the same for Ava. Ava says he wants her to let the vengeance thing go, and let the authorities deal with Ryan, and get on with her life? Sorry. She just can’t do that. She kisses her fingers, touches the tombstone, and leaves.

Valerie goes to Jordan’s hospital room, but Elizabeth tells her, no more visitors. Jordan asks if Valerie can be an exception, and Valerie promises not to take long. Elizabeth agrees, and Valerie comes in. She asks how Jordan is holding up, and she says she’s trying hard be strong, and save her end dignity Valerie says, it’s not the end. Jordan says she also wants to hang on until the last second. She has too much good in her life. How does she say goodbye? Valerie says she doesn’t. Jordan is far too important to her – to everyone – she can’t die when there’s a person who can save her life. Jordan agrees, but Ryan has to give the kidney to her. She appreciates the sentiment though. Valerie says she still has time, and tells Jordan that she has to go before she gets in trouble. She says, get better, and Jordan says she’s working on it.

Valerie sees Curtis in the hallway. She hugs him and cries.

Valentin goes back to Nina’s office. Nina says she thought they were meeting at home, but he thought he would escort her home. She tells him about the meeting, and he asks how long she has to increase circulation. She says, three months, and he says that’s not a lot of time. She asks if he doesn’t think she can do it, but he says he knows she can, and he’ll help in any way he can. She says she’s glad to hear him say that. She needs a favor. They have to postpone wedding.

Neil asks if Alexis has any idea what the secret is, but Alexis says Kristina burned it. It appeared to be cathartic for Kristina; her, not so much. Neil asks if she has any clue what it was, and she says her sins are a matter of public record. She asks if the definition of insanity isn’t doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result. How about if she changes her tactic? Instead of not saying anything for a long period, and then blowing up, maybe she should tell Kristina how she feels, and ask point blank what the secret was. Neil thinks that would be a mistake. Kristina is just piecing her life back together, and isn’t ready. If Alexis pushes too hard, too fast, she’ll lose Kristina.

Ava sees Doc, and asks how the patient is. He says, Ryan or Jordan? and she says, both. He says, Ryan will live; he’s not sure about Jordan. He’s very relieved she wasn’t Ryan’s next victim. He guesses this is where they break up, and she says, it’s not you; it’s me. He laughs, and asks if she needs anything like a statement. She says the judge already has one. He’s gone above and beyond, and she won’t ever forget it. He takes her hand, and says, neither will he. He leaves, and she watches him go.

Jordan wants Curtis to know, if she loses the fight, she loves him. She’s loved being his wife, and doesn’t regret a day; not even how long it took them to get together. That’s what made it so sweet when they finally did. He says, it ain’t over, okay? They’re doing everything they can; not just him. Finn walks in, and says, Curtis is right. They’re not giving up. She says her body is shutting down; she can feel it. Realistically, how much time does she have? He says there’s still a chance they’ll find a donor. Every possibility is being pursued. She says he’s a great doctor, but a terrible liar.

Valentin says Nina want to postpone the wedding? She says she doesn’t want to, but Crimson needs her undivided attention. He’d do the same thing if it was his baby that he worked so hard on. He supposes he would. She thinks September is a beautiful month in Port Charles. They’ll be relaxed, and she can focus on the wedding. Sasha can also stay longer. Valentin says, if it’s what she wants, he’ll make it happen. She says she loves him. Trust her; he won’t regret this.

Sonny runs into Jax at the elevator, and says he heard some news. Jax is taking everyone out on his yacht this weekend. Jax says Sonny is more than welcome to join them. Sonny is sure Michael, Carly, and especially Josslyn, will have a good time. Jax says they have all summer. Perhaps another time. They part company, and Sonny smiles and shakes his head as he gets in the elevator.

Alexis tells Neil that she’ll follow his recommendation. She can see he really cares about Kristina. Maybe he’s not as objective as he claims. He says his time is up, and thinks it’s best they keep sessions in the office. He tells her goodnight. When he’s gone, Alexis takes out her iPad. She looks for Neil on Spyder Finder.

Sasha thanks Michael for dinner. They agree that they had fun, and don’t want it to end. Michael suggests a late movie or a walk in the park. Dessert? She say they already had dessert. What she really wants is an after dinner drink. Michael says they could head to the bar, but she says, actually, she was thinking room service. They both get up, and head out.

Alexis looks at Neil’s picture, and a list of his publications. She sees a dedication to his wife and daughter.

Jordan sleeps. Curtis says she’s not going anywhere. Not on his watch.

Elizabeth watches through the window in Jordan’s room. Finn sees her, and asks if she’s okay. She asks, in what universe, does someone like Ryan get to live, and someone like Jordan has to die? She leaves, and Finn takes her place at the window.

Doc’s phone rings. He answers, and says he knows it’s better this way.

Ryan sleeps. Someone comes into his room and stands over him. They’re so loud, I’m surprised he doesn’t wake up. They prepare an injection, and put it in his IV.

Tomorrow, Cameron tells Joslynn that music can help express things you can’t say, Franco says sometimes the end justifies the means, and Finn has bad news about Ryan.

Below Deck Mediterranean

Oh yay. A new cast (mostly), so new names to learn. João is now the bosun, and the Sirocco has a female chef, Mila. Sandy says she’s kind, but the last two seasons have hardened her. We meet the new crew, and see some clips of what’s to come. Someone is going to be let go. Unfortunately, it probably won’t be João.

The French Riviera near Antibes. Captain Sandy says it’s the yachting capital of the Western Mediterranean, and there’s a lot of competition. She meets with Hannah, who admits she should have communicated more last season. The captain wants more people on service. No guest should have to go looking for someone. She shows Hannah the new crew members’ resumés.

João’s priority this season is to work. He and Hannah have resolved their issues during the break, and he also had some experience being a bosun. Mila arrives, and introduces herself to Hannah. She was born in Siberia, worked in restaurants, and thought, why not? So she moved to Paris, and worked with the best chefs in the world. In Captain Sandy’s interview, she has high hopes a female chef with the best training.

Travis gets there next, followed by Anastasia, who knows Russian. Even though she grew up in the US, she was born in the Republic of Georgia. Jack joins them. He’s from Liverpool, and worked abroad for ten years. Colin appears, but we already know him. He says he has more confidence in himself this season. It means a lot that the captain is having him back. Aesha is next. She loves a challenge. Colin is excited to have João as bosun. They have a hardcore bromance; bruteruses before uteruses. Whatever that means.

Mila goes through the galley, and throws out a bunch of rotten stuff. She says she’s tired of cleaning up after everyone else, so I guess this happens a lot. Travis calls the captain by her first name, and she has to tell him that she’s called captain. In his interview, he says, if you want the honest truth, his mates would call him a d*ckhead. Something to look forward to. Captain Sandy calls the first crew meeting.

She wants them to feel like they’re a team, and introduces First Officer Casey and Chief Engineer Mike. We’ll probably never see them again. She tells the crew there’s a hierarchy. In her interview, the captains says in the last seasons, she showed the crew that they could approach her as a human being. Now, they have to earn her trust, and they can thank those who came before them. She tells them, if she wakes up thinking about them, it’s usually their last day on board. She welcomes them, and tells them, get to work. The provisions are on the dock.

Mila says it’s a poorly organized boat with a small storage space. In other words, a pain in the ass. It doesn’t look like Jack likes working too hard. Hannah goes over the food with Mila, who excuses herself to get sick. She has food poisoning, and in her interview, says she doesn’t know why she ordered the shrimp pasta. In his interview, Australian Travis tells us that where he lives is rife with meth, and has the highest incarceration rate in the country. Hannah can’t believe Mila is sick on day one. If there’s one person they can’t live without, it’s the chef. Hannah tells Captain Sandy that she can be the chef, and the captain can be chief stew. Captain Sandy says she’ll make the toast, referring to the toast incident of last season.

The stews and deckhands meet separately. Jack says he was a marine engineer in the Merchant Navy. Hannah goes over the schedule. Anastasia says she works best when someone is clear and direct. In her interview, Anastasia says she’s always worried people won’t like her. She’s a perfectionist and people-pleaser. Travis is made lead deckhand. João wants to tell them not to screw the crew, but as long as it doesn’t interfere with the work, he doesn’t care.

In Mila’s interview, she says she tried her tried best not to show she was sick, but she can’t do anything about it. She climbs into her bunk. Colin tells João that Jamie is in Florida, and Brooke is in Canada. In his interview, João says he and Brooke went to Zimbabwe together, and it seemed perfect, but she cheated on him. He still wanted to make it work, but she didn’t. I’m guessing there must be more to that story.

It’s the first preference sheet meeting. Captain Sandy asks Mila if she can join them. Their first primary is Jay, a luxury mortgage broker, and an eligible bachelor. Hannah asks why everyone is looking at her. He’s being joined by his friends John and Carol, who is having a birthday, and Steve and Dana. They’ve requested a picnic, and some town exploration. The captain says Jay wants to check out the old town of Nice. In her interview, Hannah says Mila can’t even sit through a meeting, and they pick up the guests in less than 24 hours. It’s scary. Speaking from experience, she should be done with it by then. And yeah, it totally sux.

In Travis’s interview, he says, it’s not so bad. Hannah is sexy and rack city. What? Who uses an expression like that? He and Jack both seem like losers in their own ways. The crew readies the boat, and then relaxes. Hannah thinks it was a productive day. In her interview, Aesha says she grew up in a household where sex was hush-hush, so she’s ready to mingle. João tells Hanna that the others have more industry time, and he’s worried about that. We flash back to one of his altercations with Conrad last season. Hanna tells him that she never said he was sh*t at his job. In her interview, she says João apologized between seasons, and she’s always up for d-bags changing themselves.

Captain Sandy asks if Mila would like help. In the captain’s interview, she says she’s nervous, but Mila has experience as a chef. She explains that if the crew has other skills, you pull from the team if need be. She asks Anastasia to help. Anastasia says her mom was a chef, and she was a yachting chef for a while. Why she’s choosing to serve drinks and make beds now is a mystery. João explains the slide to the deckhands. Captain Sandy pronounces the boat looking great. It’s thirty minutes to charter, and the crew changes to greet the guests. The captain tells Jack to do something about his hair, which is long and unruly. Champagne is poured, and the crew lines up on the dock.

Captain Sandy welcomes the guests. She say after Hannah shows them the boat, they’ll head to Nice. Hannah gives the tour. When pointing out a decorative piece in one of the suites, she finds out she’s mistakenly been calling a gong, a dong, Jay corrects her, and she realizes she’s been looking like a jerk. It’s time to pull out, so the captain tells the crew, no radio. Returning to the crew’s baseball reference roots, João wants to prove he can smash it out of the park, but even a small miscalculation can ruin everything.

Travis says he’s team oriented. If a crew member is lazy, it makes the others have to work harder. They clear the dock, and head out into the blue water. Captain Sandy says, well done. Hannah suggests a walk in town after lunch. The yacht is anchored. In her interview, Captain Sandy says the anchors on this boat are her arch nemesis. We see flashbacks of that. Jay says he wouldn’t mind having their job. He’s apparently never seen the show. The captain says she brought João back because of his work ethic, but she’ll be watching his ego this season. Mila says she no longer feels sick, but feels weak from not eating.

Travis believes respect is due to Captain Sandy. He’s always called his captains by their first name, but she corrected him in a nice way. Jack and Anastasia are going to Nice with the guests. Lunch is served. In her interview, Mila says she used to play professional poker. Taking a dude’s money and beating them makes her feel good. It’s like a guest saying they’re blown away by the food. The guests dig in, and one says they’ll never be able to go to McDonald’s again. Sandy asks the guests how lunch was, and Jay says, the best ever. João tells Jack about the excursion with the guests, and Jack says he’ll be there like swimwear. Mila has requested they pick up milk while in town.

Once on land, the guests lead the way. Jack lived there for six months, and points out various details as they walk through the city.

In his interview, João says Sandy gave him the drive to be a bosun. Now it’s up to him to prove he’s worthy. He thinks Travis will lighten the load. Anastasia tries find a supermarket with Jack, while the guests do their own thing. By the appointed meeting time, they still haven’t found milk, and the guests stand around waiting. Jack calls João, and asks if he wants to come pick up the guests first, then come back for them. In João’s interview, he says, rule number one: never leave the guests behind. Anastasia doesn’t know where they are, and Jack suggests Google maps. João arrives to pick up the guests. Jack and Anastasia have finally found a supermarket, and call João, but João says he’s on the dock, and he’ll come back for them. Jack tells Anastasia, at least they don’t have the stress of guests.

Dinner is prepared. The guests are met with cool towels. Travis takes the boat back to pick up Jack and Anastasia. Jack asks if Anastasia has a boyfriend, and she tells him she does. The relationship is three months old. Hannah asks Aesha how the laundry going. The guests use the slide, and Captain Sandy asks how Mila is feeling. She sees Mila making tacos, and thinks they’re for the crew. In her interview, the captain says, seeing tacos is disturbing, but she’s giving Mila the benefit of the doubt because she’s been sick. She’s thinking of Mila’s resumé, and hoping for the best.

The table is set for dinner. João tells Jack that he has to stick with the guests. In Jack’s interview, he says he learned his lesson. Charter guests come first. I always love the table decorations, and this one is in earth tones, with a candle in the center, and sand and rocks radiating out from it. In her interview, Mila says she’s making an all Mexican starter. It’s what he guests are asking for, and she has to give them what they want. Anastasia is like, wtf? when she sees the nacho chips, which admittedly, don’t look appetizing. In Hannah’s interview, she says in the nine years she’s worked in yachting, she’s never refused to take a dish out, but she can’t serve this to the guests. She gives them everything but the chips. She thinks the guests are being polite, but she’s embarrassed to give the food to them. She goes back to the galley, and stares at the chips. She tells Mila that she thinks the guests have had enough. Maybe they shouldn’t serve the nachos. It actually did seem like a lot of food for a starter. Mila is already plating the steaks for the entrée, and Hannah says the guests still have a plate in front of them.

Oh. My. God. Mila is using the microwave to reheat the steaks.  Even I know better. Gordon Ramsay would hit the roof. Hannah realizes what Mila is doing, and runs after her. Jay says he’s an amazing heater of food. In her interview, Hannah says she’s never seen a chef put steaks in a microwave. She tells Mila not to rush.

This season, dancing, drinking, jet skiing; a guest gets overly excited about the slide; Captain Sandy isn’t happy with the interior; João has to set an example; João and Travis have an issue; the crew gets busy – with each other; Mila doesn’t want her son to see two men kissing; João tells someone, it’s a fire-able offense; an accident involving the anchor; and when in France… 

👍 Best quote to come: The French Riviera is different from the rest of the Med because it’s full of French people. – Jack

👯 Don’t forget, Dance Moms begins Tuesday, June 4th, at 8 pm with The Return of Abby, and then the season premiere at 9 pm.

💍 Since it’s my favorite franchise on TV, I checked out 90 Day Fiancé’s new offering, The Other Way, where the American fiancé moves to another country be with the one they love.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that crazy ass Paul, who was originally on Before the 90 Days, is part of the cast. Although she miscarried their first child, Karine is now pregnant again, and Paul has impulsively decided to move to Brazil, against the advice of just about everyone on the planet. It looks like he’s going to be denied citizenship because of terrorism being on his criminal record. Ruh-roh. My favorite branch of the 90 tree, however, is Pillow Talk, where cast members of one show make comments while watching the shows of their castmates. Much like People’s Couch before it, I find the commentary very funny, and I love seeing a side of some cast members that I haven’t seen before. Who knew Annie and David had such great senses of humor? The only thing I like better than watching TV, is watching other people watch TV.

😎 Until We Meet Again…

Same Bat time. Same Bat channel.

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May 24, 2019 – Two Villains Are Stopped, Inside Ball Info, Hanging Onto the Throne, Tarantino’s Hollywood, New TV, Advice, a Question, Six Quotes Plus Two & Saturday Saturday


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Sonny tells Margaux, it looks like Shiloh lost a couple of his true believers. Margaux says Sonny appears to have rendered them unconscious. He says, it couldn’t have been too bad. They walked out under their own power. He hopes they went to the bus station, and got out of town. She asks if he threatened them, and he says, what difference does it make? They’re gone. He tells her that she’s dodging his question. Where is Shiloh? She asks how she would know, and he says Shiloh is her leader. Where would he try to hide?

Shiloh says Sam wants this as much as he does. She says, no, and feebly pushes at him. She asks why he brought her there. He says it’s their special place, where he told her they’d see the dawn together. Everything has been leading up to this moment. She says, no, no, no, no, and he kisses her.

Laura calls Lulu, and tells her that it’s official. Ryan is back in town. She asks where the kids are, and tells Lulu that she needs to be careful tonight. Curtis runs in, and asks where Chase is. Laura says Chase organized a manhunt, and asks how Jordan is. He says, not good. She went into cardiac arrest, and he needs to locate Ryan now. She says, he’s not getting away, and the police have orders to shoot on sight. He says, Ryan has to be brought in alive. Jordan’s life depends on it.

Chase calls Julian, looking for Ava. Julian says he hasn’t seen her since he was arrested. Try the bars, or her new boyfriend’s place. Chase says let him know if Ava contacts him. Chase gets a message, and Lulu wonders if he has something.

Ryan asks what Ava is doing. She says what she’s dreamt of since the moment she found out he killed her daughter. He says she doesn’t want to shoot him; she loves him. They belong to each other. She shoots.

I’m not loving the latest opening credits. They look kind of cheap.

Curtis tells Laura that dialysis was a strain on Jordan’s heart, and she needs a transplant yesterday. Laura says Doc was a match, but he says Doc is pre-diabetic. It rules him out as a donor, but Ryan is a match. They have to catch him, and bring him in alive. He asks her to call off the shoot to kill orders. She understands, and she’ll locate Chase. In the meantime, Ava is missing. The theory is that she set a trap for Ryan. Curtis suggests checking the gallery, Julian’s house, and Kiki’s old apartment. He tells Laura to make sure it’s understood how important it is to bring Ryan in alive. It’s Jordan’s only chance, and he can’t lose her. They hug. Lucy sees them, and asks if Doc is okay. Laura says, he’s fine; he’s being monitored. Lucy says she just left the Nurses Ball, and it’s crazy. The cops are busy looking for Ava. She believes Ava fled the city, since she thinks of no one but herself. Curtis hopes not, for Jordan’s sake. Lucy wonders what Jordan has to do with it, and he says, it’s a complicated issue. She needs a kidney. Doc is a match, but can’t donate; however, Ryan is also a match. He says, where Ava goes, Ryan will follow, and Lucy thinks maybe there’s something she can do.

Chase tells Lulu, it was a false alarm, and Lulu says, Ryan could be anywhere. Chase says he has everyone searching, including the FBI, from lower Canada to NYC. Ava is off the grid, and turned her phone off. Lulu wonders if Ryan has killed or kidnapped her, but Chase says Mac, Felicia, and Doc believe she was setting a trap for Ryan; luring him in. She’s planning on murdering him herself. Lulu says, revenge for Kiki.  

Ava says, that was a warning. She’s not ready for Ryan to die just yet. She wants him to feel the same terror his victims did. The way Kiki did. He says he did it for her. He did it out of love. She says she already knew that. It haunts her every waking moment, and keeps her up at night. Ryan – who is sometimes not too bright – says she told him she was better off. She says, she lied. Did he honestly think she could love him, and believe she’d run away with him? She’s been planning this for months. Ever since that night on the bridge, she’s been waiting to kill him and get justice for her daughter. He says, no. She won’t. She can’t. Their bond it too strong. She says he’s going to die for what he did, and it won’t be quick. She’s going to give him time to hurt as much as she does. She shoots again, and says she’s an excellent shot. He won’t die until she’s good and ready. Is his heart pounding? Is he desperate for a way out, and no escape? Is that what it was like for Kiki? Tell her about her daughter’s last moments on earth.

Margaux tells Sonny that she doesn’t know where Shiloh is, and if she did, she wouldn’t tell him. He says she’s protecting a con man. No, worse; a predator. He thought she was smarter than getting involved with DOD. She asks what that says about Sonny’s daughter, and he says, she’s young and lost. He can see her falling into this freak show, but how did Margaux let herself get wrapped up in this organization? She says, because of him.

There’s a knock on Kim’s door. Julian answers, and it’s Brad. Julian asks if it’s about Ava, and Brad looks puzzled. He says he has to talk to Julian. Lucas is already upset enough. Julian tells him, keep it down; Kim is sleeping. Brad says something happened at the Nurses Ball, that could cause him to lose Wiley and Lucas.

Shiloh says Sam is exactly what he needed. He kisses her, and says, with her by his side, he can do anything. He unbuttons his shirt as he talks. He says they were destined to be together, and know each other on every level. It starts tonight. He starts undoing his pants, and Jason grabs him from behind. He punches Shiloh, and then… Well, throttle is a good word. He bounces Shiloh off the walls, and throws him down the stairs. Shiloh lies still at the bottom. Jason goes to Sam, and tells her that she’s safe. It’s okay.

Margaux asks Sonny if he thinks just because she moved on in her life, she forgot how Sonny turned it upside down? He took her father and mother away. Her entire life was based on a lie. She couldn’t shrug it off until she met Shiloh. She read his story, and his organization finally gave her peace. Sonny says, he fed her lies. She says Sonny surrounds himself with thugs and criminals. He’s not used to dealing with decent men. Sonny says, Shiloh is a liar and a predator. She needs to get it through her head that he welcomed her because he wants the DA in his back pocket.

Sam tells Jason that she wanted to stop him, and Jason says she did. She says she doesn’t feel good, and he picks her up, and takes her out.

Lucy says Ava wanted to buy a vacation spot in the woods. She thought it was weird that Ava would pick her as an agent, since she was mad about Ava stealing Doc from Laura. She looks at Laura, and Laura says, thank you. Curtis asks if Ava bought a property, and Lucy says she did, and didn’t even blink at the inflated commission. She also didn’t care that it was way out there; isolated. She asks if they shouldn’t call the cops, and Curtis asks, where is it? Laura says she needs to notify the authorities. Curtis says he’s just asking for a head start. He’s going to make sure Ava is okay, and Ryan isn’t shot. Twenty minutes. After everything they’ve been through, let him have this. Lucy gives him directions, adding, it’s way off the road.

Chase tells Lulu that he’s working on it, but he’s had no hits or leads, and there’s been nothing from the roadblocks. He believes Ava is waiting at her destination. Valerie is checking car rentals. Lulu says he’s doing a great job, but maybe it’s time to let the public know Ryan is on the loose.

Ryan tells Ava, masochism doesn’t suit her. She doesn’t need to hear this. She says, tell her or she’ll shoot the hand off that he has left. He says he tried to make it quick. He tried to be merciful. He didn’t want her to feel any pain. Ava told him that she wanted Kiki out of her life. He did that, so Kiki and Griff wouldn’t hurt her again. He tried to kill Griff too, but by that time, Ava was his. He asks if she remembers how happy he was when she told him that she loved him, and how happy she was when he said he loved her. She says that’s not what she asked. She wants to know what Kiki did when she realized he was there to kill her. Now! He says Kiki was scared and tried to get away. When he cornered her, she started to cry. She cried out for her mommy. Ava starts to get shaky, and he tells her that Kiki said, mommy… mommy… mommy.

Julian says, Lucas figured it out? What exactly happened? Brad says the Ball was a disaster before, then it got worse. Lucas thinks Wiley’s biological father is Shiloh. Julian says, the DOD guy? Because there are so many Shilohs in Port Charles. Brad says he’s taken Wiley to workshops. Shiloh kept wanting him to bring Wiley back, and now Shiloh found out Willow had his child. Lucas thinks Shiloh will be determined to find him.

In Sam’s hospital room, Jason tells her, try and get some rest. She struggles to remember, and asks, what happened at the tower? How did she get there? Jason says he and Sonny were monitoring everything that was happening. They heard Shiloh pressure her into drinking the tea, and when the tattoo was finished, he said something about it being fate that only his hands touched her. That’s when he and Sonny went in, but there were guards. Sam tells him, Shiloh said they’d be alone, and Jason says, he lied. There were two guys, and by the time he and Sonny got past them, she and Shiloh were gone. She asks how he found them.

Margaux asks why Sonny hates Shiloh. He only wants to help the community. He doesn’t care that she’s the DA. He’s never asked for a favor. Sonny says, that’s how he operates. If he was hauled in sex charges, would she charge him? She says she’s never seen him ask anyone for sexual favors or otherwise. Jason attacked him, and he didn’t press charges. Sonny says, it’s manipulation. Let him tell her how it works. He asks you to join his inner circle, asks for a Pledge – an ugly secret you can’t tell anyone. Once you accept it and sign it, he sets up an initiation, where he drugs, tattoos, and has sex with you. Sonny says, he’s not a lawyer, but doesn’t it sound like sexual assault to her?

Lulu says, they might get calls from people who have seen Ryan, but Chase says, or start a panic. Sightings that lead to nowhere. Laura calls, and says she may have Ava’s location. If Ryan is there, Chase needs to tell the officers to stand down. She’s saying it again – no deadly force. No shots. He needs to be brought in alive.

Ava says her daughter called to her, but she wasn’t there. He say he did it for her; anything for her. She says she didn’t mean it. She was jealous and hurting, and because of him, Kiki died. He believes she’s mistaken. Kiki’s last words were, tell my mother, I’m sorry. Tell my mother, I love her. I’m not buying it, but Ava is, and she’s starting to cry. He says, her daughter loved her. He begins to come closer, and says, but her daughter is gone and he’s there, and he loves her. She says, too bad. She’s going to kill him. He says, no, she’s not. Ava says, Kiki was beautiful and perfect in every way, and he killed her. Not for her, but for himself – she starts to walk around him – because he’s evil. She despises him. She’s given this a lot of thought. She wants to make sure he dies, but she doesn’t want it to be quick and painless. A shot to the gut is best. Something agonizing to cause him pain as lies there bleeding out. He says she doesn’t want to do this, but she says she does. More than anything she’s ever wanted in to do in her life. She takes aim.

Brad tells Julian that he’s had no one else to talk to. No one else knows he got the baby from a woman at the side of the road. Willow thinks Wiley is her biological child. When Shiloh comes after her, everything will be blown wide open, unless… Shiloh is reasonable, kind, caring. He’s been a wonderful advisor. Maybe Brad should tell him the truth, and he’ll leave them alone. Julian says, not a word to anyone, especially Shiloh.

Jason tells Sam that Shiloh said he was going to show her a new dawn, along with a stupid story about watching the sunrise. Sam guesses she may have passed out. She doesn’t remember getting there. She’s obviously upset, and says, the tower. Maybe Shiloh put her on the table. She tried to say no, but she couldn’t move. He started kissing her, and she could barely breathe. He was gone, then Jason was there. What happened to Shiloh? Jason says he threw Shiloh down the stairs. Sam asks, is he dead? Jason says, with any luck.

Margaux says Sonny is lying. Shiloh would never do those things. He asks, what’s wrong with her? He’s trying to warn her. Shiloh is a blackmailer and a sexual predator, but instead of launching an investigation, she’s defending him. Does he have something on her? She says, Sonny took her father from her, and he’s taking this too? He says he’s looking out for her. She asks why he cares, and he says, maybe he shouldn’t, but he does. Her mother and Skully made her into a victim. He doesn’t want to allow Shiloh to do the same thing. Save herself. Face the truth – if she wants to.

Lucy says that Laura just promised Curtis a head start. She says she didn’t promise, and Lucy says she let him believe it. Lulu joins them, and asks how Laura knew where Ava was. Lucy says, yoo-hoo! And Laura says, Lucy provided the information. Lucy says, sometimes it pays to be a realtor, in more than one way. Laura says she’ll make sure Lucy gets a commendation. Lucy says she could have been more help if they’d told her earlier, and saved herself buckets of grief, thinking Doc had fallen for Ava. Laura says Lucy does realize Doc is her husband, right? Lucy says, hope springs eternal, and strides off.

Ava says, one more thing, and I almost die, thinking, stop talking. Just shoot him, but don’t kill him. There’s something he needs to know. His brother is so much smarter than him. Doc knew exactly how to set him up and how he’d react. In the end – and this is the end – he was pedestrian and predictable. Ryan tells her, don’t say that. She says, the truth hurts, but if it’s any consolation, the bullets will hurt more. Twice in the gut and once in the leg should do the trick. Curtis opens the patio door behind her, and says, don’t shoot. Jordan had a heart attack, and was taken off dialysis. Ryan can be a donor if they keep him alive. She says he killed her daughter. Curtis understands, but asks what Kiki would want. For Ava to avenge her, or honor her by helping Jordan live. Ryan raises one eyebrow a scrinch and I laugh.

Lulu tells Laura that she had no idea Jordan’s condition was so serious. She asks what makes Laura so sure Ryan will cooperate? He couldn’t care less about helping a police commissioner… unless they use it to bargain with him. Laura says they’re getting ahead of themselves. They don’t know if Ava lured him in, or if the police will capture him and bring him in alive. Lulu can’t believe she’s going to say this, but she empathizes with Ava. She would want them to shoot on sight. Laura says, if Ryan had taken Lulu from her, she doesn’t know what she would want to do. Lulu says, Ava wants closure, but will any of them get it? Laura says, if he survives.

Curtis tells Ava to give him the gun. She doesn’t know if she can do that, Curtis says, if he dies, Jordan dies. Ryan will get what’s coming to him. Death would be merciful. Let this animal spend his life in a cage. Don’t put him out of his misery. Let him die slowly, while she lives her life, while he rots. It’s the best revenge of all. He takes the gun put of her hand. Ryan moves to pick up the knife, but stops when Curtis says, no. Chase runs in with some officers, and Curtis says, don’t shoot. He puts Ava’s gun down. He tells Ryan, you owe me, and Chase reads Ryan his rights while the officers cuff him. Ryan looks at Ava. He probably thinks she’s never been hotter.

Sonny asks Jason how Sam is. Jason says, recovering. She’s improving, and should be fine tomorrow. Sonny says they pulled out all the surveillance equipment, and Jason says Spinelli told him there was clean audio on everything that happened. They have good leverage on Shiloh, but he doesn’t know if it was worth it.

Sam dreams of being in the tower with Shiloh. He tells her it’s their special place, where they’ll see their first dawn together. Bleh.

Brad asks what Shiloh did to Julian, and Julian says, he’s poison. The only thing they’ve got going for them is that Shiloh doesn’t suspect Willow’s son is Wiley. If he goes for custody, the whole, messy situation will be exposed, and Brad will lose Wiley. Brad says, and Lucas. Tell him what to do.

Sonny goes into Shiloh’s hospital room. He flicks Shiloh’s face with his fingers, and I almost fall off of my chair. He says, good. Shiloh is awake. Remember his philosophy? Family first always, at any cost.

Julian says he’s not telling Brad what to do. He’s been dragged into this mess enough. Brad says he can’t trust himself not to say anything tonight. Julian tells him to revisit it when he’s thinking more clearly, but Brad says he has no time. Julian says, go home. One way or another, he promises not let take anyone take away Wiley, especially Shiloh.

Sonny says Shiloh messed with his family. Now he’s going to pay the price. That trip down the stairs was just a start. Sonny puts his face close to Shiloh’s, and says, terrible things are going to start happening, unless he hands over Kristina’s Pledge. Think it over. Someone will be by in the morning to discuss the details. Shiloh looks angry, and then sort of defeated. I wondered why Sonny didn’t ask for all of the Pledges, but I assume that will be evidence against Shiloh in an upcoming trial.

Sam continues to dream. Shiloh says, everything has been leading up to this moment. He kisses her, and unbuttons his shirt, saying, they’re destined to be together. She pushes at him, and Jason grabs him. She wakes up, and Jason comes to her bed. He says, it’s okay. She’s safe. She says, it’s really over; he’s really there. He says he’s not going anywhere, and holds her.

Laura tells Lulu, they got him. Chase is making the arrest as they speak. Lulu says, that’s good news, especially (WOTD) for Jordan. Laura feels the same way, but he’s managed to escape before. Lulu doesn’t believe it, and says, this time it will be different. He outwitted himself, and there’s no escape. He’s going to go to prison, and staying there.

Chase asks if Ava is okay, and Curtis asks to borrow Chase’s phone. Ryan smiles. Chase asks Ava for a contact, so he can take a statement later. As Ryan goes past Ava, he says she couldn’t pull the trigger. She loves him. An officer tells him, move, and shoves him forward. Ava picks up the knife, and plunges it into Ryan’s back. He falls. Chase’s eyes bug out.

Next time, Neil asks how the plan worked; Scotty tells Ava if Ryan dies, she faces a murder rap; and Sam tells Shiloh, game over. You lose. The digital guide says it’s a new show on Monday, but I doubt it, since it’s Memorial Day.

🏥 Useless GH Trivia…

Everything Five things you’ve always wanted to know about the Nurses Ball.


👑 If You’re Not Over the Throne…

Dealing with your grief.


How you really felt.


Watch in moderation


For those in denial. It’s not going to happen.


🎥 I Can’t Wait…

I love Quentin Tarantino films, and the thought of Tarantino + Helter Skelter makes my mind explose. And Kurt Russell is in it. I will die happy.


📺 A Few New Things…

One of my favorite show franchises in the world, 90 Day Fiancé, has yet another new spin-off. 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, where the shoe is on the American foot, premieres on Monday, June 3rd at 9 pm (TLC).

She’s ba-a-ack! An all new Dance Moms special, The Return of Abby, airs Tuesday, June 4th at 8 pm (Lifetime). It will be followed by the 2-hour season premiere of Dance Moms at 9.

🎯 A Few Random Things…

Two pieces of advice. 1) Don’t buy little kids items, like jewelry or shirts with their names on them. Way to hand a predator that information. And 2) Dad does not want Tupperware for Father’s Day. Unless he’s Ice-T or Gordon Ramsay.

One question. Can you put a water buffalo on a credit card?

📬 Quotes of the Week

My mother kinda laughed. She was like, ‘Queen? I ain’t calling you Queen.’Queen Latifah, telling Cynthia McFadden about her mom’s reaction to her nickname.

We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us. – Virginia Satir

Goth is dead, punk is dead, and rock n’ roll is dead. Trends are dead. Nothing exists anymore because the world is spinning faster than any trend. – Poppy

If you have dirty laundry, be sure to wash it at home. – Mexican saying, Texicanas

Can you take a selfie of me? – dad on Progressive commercial

Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.Fred Rogers

Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life. – Stephen King

Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.Bill Copeland

🚀 Because, Rocketman…

And it is the weekend.