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September 15, 2019 – Grace Thinks It’s Happening, a Housewife Medley, Times Square Deuce & End

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What I Watched Today

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

 

Fear the Walking Dead

Al films Morgan. He says, her name was Jenny. She was originally from North Carolina, but the met in Raleigh. Al asks what he wants to tells her, and he says, there’s not much to tell. She hated the water. He didn’t have the heart to tell her that he wasted his paycheck on renting a boat. Her family was there, and his brother, and it was all right then… He didn’t really sleep good for three months… Duane played baseball, but he was terrible. He loved comics… He made Morgan this card for Father’s Day… Their boy Duane was the best of both of them. You grow up and think you know what life is, you’ve seen the paths, and the clichés are all true. When you have a child, it reframes everything. Al says they’re all gassed up. He says he was just watching his video. Al says they have to get back to the convoy, but Morgan says they still have boxes to drop off. Al tells him, they haven’t been this far west, and they’re low on gas. They have about a day’s worth. Morgan says they might make a difference to someone if they drop off the boxes. She says, all right.

They get to the pick-up. Al looks in the truck bed, and suddenly grabs her gun. She tells Morgan, there were three cans of gas.

A guy fills his tank. Al comes up quietly behind him, and says, the battery is probably dead. Even if got gas in it, it’s not starting. The guy takes out a knife, and tells Al, back away. She says she just needs the gas back. Morgan joins her, and asks why they don’t talk about it. The guy tells them to get the hell away from him, and Morgan says, lower the knife. The guy puts his knife on the ground, and Morgan picks it up. He asks where they guy is trying to go. The guy sees something, and says, no; they found him. They all get in the car, but the gas cap gets left on the ground outside. Several men in cowboy hats ride up. Al lifts the camera, and films through the window. Morgan asks, how many? and she holds up four fingers. She says, sh*t, and Morgan says, what? She quietly opens the car door, and reaches for the gas cap, as the men on horseback get close. She gets back in just before one of them comes alongside the car. His horse looks in the window, but fogs up the glass, so he sees nothing. As he’s about to take a closer look, another says, over here; he went this way. They gallop off. Al tells the guy, start talking. Who the hell is that? Morgan says, it’s all right; they can help him. He says, that’s what they said.

Grace listens to a book as she works on a roof. Daniel calls up, asking what she’s listening to, and she says, Don Quixote. He says, beautiful, and long-winded. He tells her that they’re running out of room in the truck. She should take a break. He saw a case of Fanta inside. She says, orange or grape? but he doesn’t know. She says they’re going to need solar panels when they settle down. There’s nothing wrong about stockpiling for the future. He says, no, there isn’t. He’s going over to the record shop. It’s nice hear that she’s looking in that direction. He says, orange, but she says she was hoping for grape. Tess radios, and Grace tells Daniel, the oil fields. They lost them.

The guy doesn’t understand why Al wants to film, but he’ll do it. She asks his name, and he says, Tom. She asks where he’s from, and he says, this ain’t going to work. She asks what he’s running from. People need to know. Morgan says, whatever happened before, that’s not what they’re about. Tom says he lived in Paradise Ridge, a complex where there were a few dozen people. He was the president of the HOA, but he only got the job because no one ran against him. When the dead started to walk, everyone looked to him like he must know what he’s doing. Morgan says, he must have; he’s still there. Tom says, they had room to spread out, fixed the pool to filter water, and grew vegetables on the roof. They were lucky, but then unlucky. They couldn’t grow food, the fence failed, and the roof started leaking. Most of the people split before the guys on horseback showed up. They offered to help. They said they’d clean up the water, and give them food for a while until they figured out how to grow their own. Al asks, what happened? and Tom says they claimed it was his fault. They were trying to build something bigger. They said it’s not about today, but about tomorrow, and they weren’t part of it. His sister Janice is still there. Al asks if they tried to kill her, and he says they will if he doesn’t get her out. Al asks what they said exactly, and Tom tells her, they said what they’re doing isn’t about today, but about tomorrow. All they cared about was the future. Al says, they’ll go in and get her out.

They get to Paradise Ridge. The group of men on horseback ride up, and the leader pikes a nearby zombie in the head. He radios the guard to open up. The riders go inside, and the guard cleans up the zombie mess, dragging the zombie inside. And you thought cleaning up elephant poop was the worst job.

Al films, and says, they’re in and out every couple hours. Morgan says they probably shouldn’t be this close. Al doesn’t understand what they want, and Tom says, whatever it was, they didn’t want him to see. He tells them that they don’t have to do this, but Morgan says, they can get in before something happens. Al thinks they should wait until the men aren’t in there, and Morgan asks if it’s about Tom’s sister, or is she chasing a story? She can’t believe he even asked her that. He says he doesn’t want her to go alone, but she thinks she can get in and out before they even know she’s inside. Morgan says, it’s not about the story, but Tom isn’t the only one who needs something in there. She tells him to trust her on this.

The guard drags another zombie inside, and the horsemen go out. Al lures a zombie toward her, and Morgan pikes it with his pokey stick. She says, what the hell? and he says, you’re welcome. She says if she can get one close to the gate, she can get inside. Morgan says she’s not going alone, and she says he’s not going at all. She bangs the ground, and he ask her to tell him who she’s looking for besides Tom’s sister. He’s trusted her with a lot, and he’d think she’d do the same, She says, has he? He says, yeah: Jenny, Duane… Al says he hasn’t told her sh*t about where he is now. Why doesn’t he want to go back to the convoy? He’s doing the same thing he did when they first met; running from something. She doesn’t know what. She bangs some more, and catches a zombie’s attention. They both start banging, and she tells him, try not to steal this one.

The truck has stopped, and Daniel tells Grace, they’re pulling too much weight. Grace radios Tess, and says it will be a while before they can get to the rendezvous. Tess says let them know if they need help. Grace tells Daniel, they wish we were there. She says, when it happened, maybe they could have helped. Daniel says, they were helping. They got supplies and… stuff. Grace says they can come back for the truck. It’s a classic mistake. They thought they could bring back everything they found. Daniel says they had no way to know what was going to happen. A year ago, he was like she was, a realist. He couldn’t imagine he’d be here with her, helping make things right. Her, him, and a cat with serious behavioral issues. It’s not a realistic option to be a realist anymore. Grace looks at a map, and says there are some places they can hole up, a couple of miles from there. They can make it on foot. Daniel takes Skidmark’s crate and the records. Grace closes the truck.

A zombie gets close to the complex, and when the guard comes out to kill it, Al and Morgan sneak in behind him. Apparently, he’s not the best guard. I guess you take what you can get in the Apocalypse. He starts to drag the zombie in, and it’s arm comes off when he pulls it. He says, sh*t, and I laugh. Morgan sees a horse, and starts petting it. Al is like, come on. They see a gas truck pull in. Morgan says it’s theirs, but Al says, not anymore. Morgan wants to get back to the convoy. He says, if something happened to them, it’s his fault. Al says she’s heard the rhetoric about a bigger better future before. Morgan asks, from whom? and she says someone in an organization that might be working with these people. Someone she never thought she’d see again. Morgan asks if she’s looking for them, and she says she is. He says, then go look. He’ll find out how they got the truck.

Grace says, there’s a bar ahead, and Daniel says, not a moment too soon. Skidmark is particular about his dinner schedule. Grace says Skidmark is lucky to have him, and he says the least he can do is feed Skidmark. For a long time, the cat was all he had. They ate together, listened to music together, and for a while, it seemed like that’s the way it would stay. Grace says, what changed? but they hear a zombie noise. Several zombies come out of the darkness. Daniel sets down the crate and his tote bag of records, and charges them. Daniel gets a zombie down, but it falls all over the records. Daniel tries to pick them up, but a zombie comes up behind him. Grace says, they have to get out now, and grabs Skidmark, who you know I’ve been worried about the entire time. The zombies follow, stomping all over what’s left of the records.

Morgan listens at the door of a house, and goes inside. He calls for Janice, and looks around, but it’s dark and silent. He radios Al, saying, she’s not there. Did Al find what she wanted? Al says, not yet. Al crosses the courtyard. Morgan hears zombie gurgling. Al tries a door, but it’s locked. She bangs it open using the butt of her gun. She goes in, and takes a video of some charts that are hanging up; things like weekly inventory and next to harvest. Morgan hears zombie scuffling sounds behind a door, and I wonder, why open it? Al moves on to a map that has various keys pegged on it with the names of settlements attached to them. Morgan gets the door open, and a female zombie flies out. He knocks it out the window, and radios Al. He says, it looks like Janice took care of whoever was coming in. He says, they have to go now, and she sneaks back out.

Al ducks back to avoid being seen by a guy patrolling the grounds. A zombie pops out, and pushes Al backward into the pool. They’re locked together, and Al manages to come up for air, but it pulls her back down. Morgan jumps in, and pierces it through the head with his pokey stick. He says they’ve got to get the hell out, but Al says, too late. Ginny is there with her posse, and tells them, you two sure know how to make an entrance.

Al and Morgan sit in an air conditioned living room. Al wonders if they’re going to be killed, but Morgan thinks they would have done it by now. Ginny comes in, and says, sorry to keep them waiting. They left a mess in the pool. She takes out two jars of preserves, and asks, strawberry or apricot? They made both. Maybe they should try a little of each. They just look at her, and she apologizes, saying, they should probably start with the basics. She knows who Morgan and Al are, and introduces herself. Morgan asks how she knows their names, and she says she saw their tape. It was a hoot. She never considered using a documentary to spread the word until she saw theirs. Very smart. She asks what brings them there, and Morgan asks, where’s Janice? Ginny says, they ran into Tom. Janice ran off shortly after Tom left, but she left them a nice surprise in her room. Al asks if they tried to kill her,  and Ginny says, they’re trying to protect the place. it’s easier now that they have gas. Morgan asks what she did to their friends, and Ginny says their friends are fine. Unless they consider Logan a friend; then, condolences. Al says they had no right to take the gas, but Ginny says they’re both trying to do the same thing. They want to help people; so does Morgan’s group. They have different ideas on how to accomplish it. She can help them, if they let her. Morgan asks, how? and she says, how’s it been? He’s been dealing with the loss of his family. He should talk to Miss Fifer. She’s not a full-fledged shrink, but she helps with perspective. She travels to the different settlements, and talks to people. Al asks how big their operation is. Do they have helicopters? Ginny says, they just got a gas supply. Why that crazy idea? Al says she just wanted to know. Ginny says she’s an open book. She wishes they could chat longer, but she has a lot of work to do. Like she told their friends, the doors are always open. Al says, they’re free to go, and she can keep the tape? Ginny wants her to show as many people as she can. Building the future is easier when you’re not on your own. Morgan says Ginny is talking about the future, but holding onto the past no matter what the cost. Ginny says they’ll have to agree to disagree. Al and Morgan’s things are returned, and Morgan is presented with a new and improved pokey stick. Ginny says they have a worker in the community who’s a beautiful craftsman. He fixed Morgan’s stick, and it should hold up to whatever gets thrown at it. I so cannot figure Ginny out.

Al and Morgan walk out of the gate. Two zombies totter toward the. Al creams one, and Morgan uses his new stick on the other. Ginny says, this is the future. They don’t see it yet, but they will. Unless they die. People tend to do this. That’s why they’re doing what they’re doing, and why Al and Morgan should join them. Al and Morgan start to walk, and Ginny tells them, go on. Suck on a stone when you could be slurping soup.

Grace gives Daniel a breakfast pastry. He says, no way the records survived the night, and Grace says, sorry. He wanted Charlie to hear the Traveling Wilburys. Grace asked what changed; it was Charlie. Nothing felt the same after she showed up. He thought it might be his daughter who ended up joining them, but things don’t always go the way you think. Grace says, no, they don’t. He says if things don’t go the way he thinks, he wants her to keep an eye on Charlie and Skidmark. Grace says, okay, but the first thing she’s going to do, is find someone else to keep an eye on them. He says he thought she was looking toward the future, but she says, it’s not about how long she’s got. When they were at the mall, she realized she wanted to start living for something beyond today. It was a good idea at the time, but she has a bad record for making things worse. She thought she could help Morgan. She tried. Daniel thinks she helped Morgan more than she imagines. Daniel saw him in the mall. He was smiling until he ran out of cheek. Grace says, he wants Charlie to hear the Wilburys? Maybe they don’t need records. She picks up a guitar sitting on a stand, and says she took lessons. They could teach Charlie. Daniel asks what makes her think he can sing?  She plays, and sings End of the Line, and he joins her, singing harmony.

Al drives, and Tom says he’s so sorry. Janice wasn’t even there. They could have been looking for their own. Al says they needed to see it for themselves. Now they have. Morgan tells Tom, they said they’d help find her, and they’re not giving up until  they have. Al says, the tank is almost empty. They’re not going to have enough to get to the rendezvous.

Al films. She suggests they pick up where they left off. The Father’s Day card. Morgan says, that was… He asks if Al cared about the person she was looking for in that place. She says it’s not about her now. He says, it’s about both of them, isn’t it? and she says, yeah. She cared about her. She also cared about where she was from and what she was doing. She talked a lot about the future, and Al wanted there to be a connection. So about the card? Morgan says he told Ginny that she was holding on to the past, no matter the cost, but she’s not the only one. He laughs, and says he doesn’t think he needs to do this anymore. He thinks he’s good.

Morgan radios Grace. He says, if she can hear him, tell him where she is. They need to talk. Daniel answers, and Morgan asks if he’s with Grace. He says he is, and tells Morgan that they were headed to the convoy. Grace seemed fine, but she suddenly changed. Morgan asks to talk to her. She looks pretty sick, half-lying on the couch, and sweating bullets. Daniel gives her the radio, and Morgan asks where she is. They can come to her and Daniel. Grace isn’t sure. She says they were one their way to the rendezvous. He asks if she’s okay, but she’s not sure. She starts to cough, and says, what she was worried about? She thinks it’s happening. Morgan says tell him where they are, and he and Al will be there. Daniel takes the radio, and says, they’re at a bar just south of the 290 junction. Grace takes the radio, and says she hopes she sees him. She wants to see his smile again, but doesn’t think she has much time left.

Daniel puts a blanket around Grace. She thanks him for singing with her. He says, it’s going to be okay, but she says she won’t be around to sing.

Next time, no food or water, Morgan tells Al that it’s not the end of the road, and Ginny isn’t apologizing for her methods.

💃 A Little Dorinda In Your Life…

She didn’t set out to be a Housewife.

https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/dorinda-medley-real-housewives-of-new-york-unstyled?utm_source=email&utm_medium=editorial&utm_content=unstyled&utm_campaign=190904-dorinda-medley-real-housewives-of-new-york-unstyled

🗽 I’m loving The Deuce so much. Besides my amusement at it starring James Franco and James Franco, it’s eerily realistic, and gives an accurate picture of the gritty side of Times Square in the 80s. Frankly, I fail to see how Times Square was cleaned up. It was much more honest back then. Most of the seedy/criminal stuff was concentrated on 8th Avenue, so you mostly didn’t go there, unless you had to cross the street. There were a few dirty movies on 42nd St., but you could also go to theaters where you could see three or four current movies for two bucks. The best and biggest record store in the world was there, open either all night or really late – I used to go there when I couldn’t sleep. Since they cleaned it up, now they have cartoon characters groping children and trying to extort money from tourists. (I swear, I will cut an Elmo if he ever touches me.), naked women (sorry, body paint is not clothing), and God knows what else. The world is officially bass ackwards. What’s also interesting about the show is how the advent of the VCR changed everything. And the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. Sadly, this is the final season. There are few series I would purchase on DVD, but this is one of them.

🎸 For Charlie…

Easing you into your work week.

 

 

 

 

 

September 8, 2019 – Logan With a Double Twist, Movie Sleep, Monsters & Back At Work

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What I Watched Today

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

 

Fear the Walking Dead

Logan sets up a take what you need box. A woman radios, asking if anyone copies. He answers, asking if she’s at the Feedbag. He set that place up. She says her name is Serena, and he asks how he can help. She says she was following him and his partner. He says his partner is on route to where she is. We hear zombie noises, and Logan says, Desert Fox to Polar Bear. Does Clay copy? He gets no response, and asks if Clay decided to sleep in. He tells Serena that he’s coming to get her himself. She says, they’re coming in the back door too, and he tells her, hang on. He’s going as fast as he can. Keep talking, and barricade the door. She says, there are too many; the door’s not going to hold. Logan’s gas gauge shows he’s almost on empty. He tries again to radio Clay, saying, SOS at the Feedbag. The truck runs out of gas, and he jumps out. He asks Serena where she is, and tells her that he’s almost there. He hears the zombies attack her. He runs inside, calling for Serena. It’s quiet, and he finds the zombie’s feeding on her. They see him, and he shoots. He stumbles out, crying, and drops to his knees.

Logan looks up the road, and sees some people on horseback. A woman asks if he’s the man who was trying to help that girl. Their condolences. He says, she is? She says, Virginia. Most people call her Ginny. He asks what they want, and she says, to help. They’ve been watching him; listening. They want the same thing he does, but bigger and better. Together, they can get from yesterday to tomorrow. He says he’s listening.

Dylan picks a rat out of a bunch of them in a box. Max says, don’t worry. They won’t eat him. They put the rat inside of a small cage, and hang it up. There are several rats in cages hung up in a circle, making zombies work a wheel, the same way a carrot is dangled in front of a donkey. (I wonder if a good zombie always goes to the right?) The wheel causes oil to pump out of a pipe. Wen tells Sarah, they’re 3000 gallons ahead of schedule. He tells Luci, this is no place to store the tanker. His pillow looks like the Shroud of Turin when he wakes up. Luci says she doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty. Wen says he’s not worried about his hands; he’s worried about everything else. They hear a truck approach the barricade. Wen asks if it’s Sarah, and tells Luci, that’s not her rig. They draw their guns, and Logan busts through. Annie tells the kids to get down, and go. Luci approaches the truck.

Wen asks what Logan is doing there, and Logan says, he has to ask? He sees some of his people; he wondered where Clay stashed them. Luci tells him not to move, and he says, no one is firing a weapon. If he was her, he’d stop giving orders and start taking them. She why he’s there. He tells her, like the box says, take what you need and leave what you don’t. And they need it all.

Alicia paints a tree, and asks Victor if it’s too much phoenix. He says, Ross had clouds; she has birds. He notices her radio is on, and he says they won’t be able to charge it. They’re almost out of gas. She says, they can’t give up on him, but Victor says Wen told them he didn’t want help. Why would he want it now? A girl’s voice comes over the radio, saying she needs help, and giving them her location, and Alicia relays the message to John and June. June says, Sarah and Wen were going to the oil field. She thinks Logan found them, and no one’s heard from Morgan and Al. Alicia says she can’t reach him either, and June says they’ll help with the truck stop. They’ve got this. Victor asks Alicia, how do they know Logan isn’t trying to draw them away? and Alicia says, what’s the point of having gas if they can’t use it to help people?

Logan watches the wheel. A worker says, it was Clay’s idea. He wanted to see them do good. Doris hands Logan Clay’s journal, and says, there’s no instructions. Wen asks how he found them, and Logan says he watched their movie. They should have been more careful where they point the camera. As Logan looks through the journal, Luci says maybe he can remember what he used to believe. Logan says, that doesn’t mean he was right, and tosses it into the fire. Doris stops Luci from retrieving it, and Luci goes back with the others. Logan says, smart girl. She doesn’t want to make it difficult. It won’t make a difference. It’s only prolonging the inevitable; the survival of the fittest. Luci asks why he’s doing this, and he says he told Morgan that he was helping people, just not in a way they can get on board with. Wen suggests he try them first, but Logan thinks they’d have no stomach for it. Are they going to give him gas, or what? Luci says, no, and Logan says he didn’t think so. He radios his guys, and says they need to start cooking. The guy Dwight didn’t shoot (whose name I still don’t know) says he’s not as optimistic as he was before; they hit a roadblock. Logan says, unblock it. They’re about to start a new batch.

Dude says they have no time to find a new route. They have to get these off the road. He starts to move a container, and Sarah pops out, saying, some fellas will do anything to avoid asking directions. Lucky for him, they know the way. Dwight is glad he didn’t shoot dude while he had the chance. Now there’s no way he’s not helping. Dude is hesitant, and Sarah shoots and grazes him. She says, of all the sh*t she’s had to live with, she can’t abide that she killed Polar Bear for nothing. Him, she can live with. He wisely  gets in the truck.

In the past, Logan checks his watch, and looks at key points on a map.

Logan asks Luci, what’s the matter? and she tells him, it’s too windy. If the tanker gets too hot, the oil won’t separate. (I guess she’s the Walter White of FWD now.) Logan says that’s why he needs assistance. Here’s his cook now. Sarah pulls up instead. She and Dwight get out of the truck, and Sarah says Logan doesn’t seem happy see her. He says he wasn’t expecting her, and she says she and Dude had a little chat. He picked the perfect day to decide to stop being an a-hole. Watching with June from a cliff above them, John shoots one of the wheel zombies. He radios, that’s a friendly warning. In case he gets an itchy trigger finger. The zombie drags along in the circle, now literally dead weight.

Sarah tells Logan, they can walk their separate ways. These people don’t want no part of this sh*t show. He says, the problem is, the show must go on. They walked on stage, and they know how it ends. She says, do they? Logan says they had the chance to kill him and didn’t take it. That won’t change now. He radios John, saying, John may be a good shot, but this is one he’s not going to take. John cocks his hat, and says, not unless he has to. Logan says he’s bluffing. Sarah says, when he’s right, he’s right. They’re not here to make their iron bark, or to take over the oil fields either. She hopes he sees reason, and stops what he’s doing, or at least gets the point. She can’t undo how she got Clay killed. She has to live with regrets every day. When she saw him in the rearview, she could have stopped, and done the right thing, but she didn’t do jack. Wen says, she’s right. He’ll have to live with his conscience. Logan says he’ll be reasonable. The kids can go, if they can go back to work. It’s a reasonable trade. Sarah says they’ll need a car, and gas. Logan thinks he can spare a few gallons. Annie says she’s not leaving; they can help. Luci says they’re leaving, and Sarah says, the convoy is at the rendezvous. Do they know where that is? Annie says, yes, and Sarah says, skedaddle. Dylan asks Luci, what about the rats? and she says they’ll take care of them. Just be safe.

The girl tells Alicia, they’re starting to build up outside. Alicia asks her name, but she thinks it’s safer for her not to give it. Alicia says she needs to stay calm. Help is coming. The girl says, really? Victor says the inevitable has happened. They’re out of gas. Alicia tells the girl that they’re on their way. Do what she has to, to stay safe. Alicia radios to anyone listening that she can use help.

Oil pumps out. Dwight says the fire is out of hand, and Luci says, it’s too big. Logan says she shouldn’t have sent his cook back. Get back to work. Sarah says, the real truth, what the hell does Logan need the gas for? Logan says she doesn’t need to be concerned. They’re going to help people. It’s just not going to be one person at a time. This mom and pop crap makes people think they have a chance. Sarah is sorry he feels that way, and Logan says he has her to thank. He got a call that someone needed help along Clay’s route. When Clay didn’t answer, he went himself.

We see Logan running. He says he didn’t get there in time. He had to listen to her get torn apart, and there was nothing he could do. All because Clay wasn’t there, because she stole his rig. He’s doing what he’s doing because of her. If she wants to help make a difference – over the radio,  Alicia says they’re close – walk away. They’ve already done their part. Nothing they do is going to make up for that.

June radios, saying she hopes she’s not interrupting, but they have to get out of there now. She looks through the binoculars, and sees zombies walking toward a cliff above where the tanker is. There’s nothing I love more than a zombie walking off a cliff. Unless it’s a whole horde of them walking off a cliff, like in the Grand Canyon episode of Z Nation. < We pause for a moment, and reflect on the passing of my favorite show.>

It’s nighttime, and John is shooting the zombies as the get close to the edge. Doris smashes one’s head. Luci watches the tank burn. Doris says she’s got to kill the fire, but Luci says she can’t; it’s burning too hot. June watches. Tons of zombies go splat below the cliff. Some get up; some don’t. Dwight says they need their weapons. John keeps shooting. June radios that they can’t take them out. They have to clear out of there.

It’s getting pretty messy, and Doris says they have a problem. Logan says they also have company. Someone deal with the dead. Dwight says they need gas, and Wen says, they need to be alive to do what they’re doing. Dwight asks if he thinks the gas in the truck will hold them over, and he, Wen, Luci, and Sarah head for the truck. Doris tells Logan, they need to bail, but he says, no one needs to be bailing. A zombie clutches at his pant leg, and he tells her, don’t just stand there, kill it. It starts crawling up his leg. Doris shrugs, and jets. The tanker burns hotter. Sarah gets in the truck, and looks at Logan. She says, sh*t, and gets back out. Dwight asks, what’s going on? and she says she can’t leave him. Dwight says Logan told them to walk away; he doesn’t want help. Sarah says if she’s not back in two minutes, get in the truck. Wen tells her not to go, but she says, don’t try to talk her out of it. She’s going to do what she should have done back then. Wes says, what they both should have done . Sarah goes into the fray. Man, I hope they don’ kill her off. I really like Sarah.

Alicia asks if the girl copies. She says she’s not sure how much longer the doors will hold. Alicia says there should be a generator, and she can broadcast from where she is. Does she copy? There’s nothing. Alicia and Victor look at each other.

The tank burns. Sarah drags Logan inside. He’s pissed, and says she should have left him out there. She tells him that he’s a real  sh*t-ass at thank yous. She just saved him. He says she prolonged the inevitable. If something else doesn’t get them, the dead will. They tried to help others, but no one is coming to help them. She says, maybe he’s right. The girl Alicia was talking to comes over the radio, saying she needs help. Logan says, more people to save, and she asks if anybody is there. Sarah picks up, and Logan says she’s got be sh*tting him. The girl says she’s trapped, and Sarah hands Logan the radio. He asks if there’s an ad for sunscreen on the wall. The girl says Alicia told her that he could help. Sarah asks if Logan knows her, but he says she’s like the one he was trying to tell her about. They’re giving the poor girl hope. He tells the girl,  the sooner she accepts this, the sooner she’ll understand what she has to do. She says she can’t kill them; there’s too many. He tells her there’s a gun in there. She sees it, and asks how he knew. He says he left it there.

John keeps shooting, and a zombie comes up behind him. June shoots it, and it looks like there are more coming, but it’s Tess and Jacob. Tess says they couldn’t stay with the convoy, and Jacob says they thought the group might need assistance. John says they need to keep the ones on the ridge from falling in.

She says, there’s only one bullet. Logan says he knows; he’s sorry. She sees the zombies clamoring at the doors, and coming through the trap door below. She says, don’t be. It’s better this way. I heave a huge sigh, along with Logan. She cocks the gun, and closes her eyes. They start to come in. Everyone listens on the radio. Logan says, no, and we hear a shot. Then more shots. Everyone is like, wha…? Sarah asks if she’s okay. Who’s there? Wes takes the radio, and says, the name’s Wes. He heard Alicia on the radio. She helped him, so he figured he’d pay it forward. Sarah looks at Logan, and says, what happened before, she’s sorry, but that’s no reason to throw this all away. They help people. We see clips of everyone helping  each other, and Sarah says, they help people. it’s hard to get bigger than that.

Alicia and Victor arrive at the Feedbag. The girl is surprised Alicia made it, and Alicia is glad she’s okay. Alicia introduces Victor. She says she was hoping Wes was listening. Victor asks, what happened to people are people? and Wes says, sometimes they’re not. He wasn’t going to listen to someone die over the walkie. He tells Alicia that he saw her trees. Not bad. He likes the phoenix thing. The girl says they shouldn’t stay. They’ll find her. The place she’s from, there are people she couldn’t be with anymore. She was trying to get out. That’s why she ended up there. Alicia says she’s with them now. Those people aren’t going to bother her anymore. They leave. Victor lingers, but then follows.

A zombie climbs out of a ditch, and Jacob pikes him with his trusty bayonet. John stomps another one’s head. Sarah and Logan come outside. Sarah says, this sh*t is worse than a tequila hangover. They all meet, and Logan says he recognizes Tess from the movie. Jacob, not so much. John says he couldn’t have cleared the place without him. June says these are people they helped. What’s left of Logan’s guys come out with guns. Logan tells them, guns down. There’s been enough horse sh*t already.  Doris tells him  that he said they’d take it all. Logan says he thought they needed it. She says he claimed it was their ticket to the Promised Land, and he says, it still could be – if they put the guns down. Doris lowers hers, and the rest follow suit. John says, okay, and they all lower their guns. Logan says, sh*t happens. Then more sh*t happens, and it makes you start to doubt what you’re about. double Some people do better with a partner. Clayton never did. He may have burned Clayton’s journal, but he didn’t snuff out what Clay was trying to do. Shocking us all, someone shoots Logan in the head, and then picks off the rest of his group. John and the others draw their weapons. Ginny rides in with a few people, and a bunch of others ride along the ridge above, and wait there.

Luci says she killed Logan, and Ginny says they had to do this for a reason, and don’t take it lightly. She then says something in Spanish. She says they all know Logan was a liability who couldn’t be trusted. June asks what she knows about them, and Ginny says they’re not exactly hermits. They’ve been watching them for a while, on and off screen, and like what they’re doing so much, she thinks there’s a way they can all help each other. She gets down from her horse. She says their biggest weakness is, they think too small. Their convoy works – mostly – but mostly it doesn’t. Luci says, who is she to tell them how to help? Sarah says they don’t take tips from a killer. Ginny says think of them as pioneers. Settlers, settling everything, everywhere. It’s no different than what they’re doing with the outposts, but it’s bigger, and if she may, better. A hundred years from now, people might look back and think their methods are ruthless and unkind, but there will be people to look back. They have people everywhere, and they can help each other. She says, Dwight. If his wife is still alive, they can help  him find her. June. They can help find her the sweet little place she’s looking for. She looks at Sarah and Wen, and says they need someplace to brood. They can find that too. They brokered a deal with Logan to help expand on what they built; to help keep it going. There’s no telling what they can offer each other. Sarah says she can take her offer, and shove it straight up her poopshoot. June says, Sarah is right. They saw what Ginny does to people who take her deals. Ginny says they only eliminate what’s not essential. That doesn’t describe them. Dwight says, they’ll take their chances, and Wen says they can cook for themselves. Ginny says, leaving them high and dry, without what they came for? That makes them less essential. She raises her hand, and her people raise their guns. John and the others raise theirs, and John says, don’t. Everyone freezes.

Luci says, wait. She can stay. She tells Ginny, let them go. She can help make it. John says, they can get out of this. They’ve gotten out of worse scrapes. Sarah says, no, but Luci says, this way , they can keep everyone going; keep them alive. Ginny says, sounds like a deal to her. Luci tells her to give them a tanker of gas, and Ginny says, they can do that. Luci tells June, use it. Everyone leave, and then prove them wrong. Ginny doesn’t see that happening, but if they change their minds, do reach out. At the rate they’re expanding, they won’t have a hard time finding them.

The tanker pulls out, along with the other cars, leaving Luci behind. Ginny smiles.

Next time, Al and Morgan meet a group while on their way back to the convoy; Daniel says  it’s him, Grace, and a cat with serious behavioral issues; and Ginny says someone knows how to make an entrance.

😱 It’s Déjà Redrum All Over Again…

I need to hurry up and finish the book before the movie comes out. Even though it’s the sequel to The Shining, IMO, it stands on its own. I’m hoping the movie doesn’t disappoint – it looks promising.

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👹 Nothing Better Than a Good Monster…

And a good quote. What’s scarier than a regular shambling zombie? Zombies that can run real fast.

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🚶 How Does It Happen…?

Here we are again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 1, 2019 – Charlie Meets a Rabbi, Deck in Thailand, Cashew (Bless You), What’s On & Workin’

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What I Watched Today

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

 

Fear the Walking Dead

A rabbi celebrates Shabbat. He sings in Hebrew. Someone – or something – bangs at the door. He says if they were alive, he’d  let them in, but they have nothing to talk about. He’s sure they’re not so good at conversation. The banging continues. He extinguishes his candle, and says, you want to talk, let’s talk. He goes to the door, taking a gun with a bayonet down from the wall. He pushes the door open, and smashes a zombie in the head. He looks around outside. Everything is quiet, and he closes the gate of a metal fence around the property. He hears something and picks up the gun again. He sees some zombies messing around a car, and dispatches them with the bayonet, but one grabs him and pulls him down. The car door opens, knocking the zombie off of him, and he shoots it. Charlie peeks out, and he asks if she’s okay. She nods, and he asks her name. She says, Charlie, and they shake hands. He says he’s Rabbi Jacob Kessler, and welcomes her to his temple. She picks up his yarmulke, and says, sorry. She saw the light. He says, it’s not a light. It’s the flame of truth; the presence of God. God led her there, but God needs new batteries. He suggests getting her something to eat, and maybe a towel. She is pretty dirty.

I’m loving how the opening credits change every week. A tie-in object in the empty field.

The convoy flattens a zombie into roadkill. They get out of the trucks, and put up a fence, then make a circle of vehicles with the camp in the middle. John says this is the second time they’ve had to set up. Traveling by night, and watching by day is taking its toll. June says it might take Morgan, Alicia, and Victor a while. Sarah says they need gas, and June says they’ll do another run. John says, it’s not just about gas. They need to stop, and take a breath. June says, this isn’t the place to do it. Dwight approaches them, and says, the headcount is off. Someone is missing. June asks, who?

Charlie opens her eyes and looks out over the temple from the balcony. Jacob pikes a zombie at the fence. Charlie tells him, that she can help. He says she’s not the first person to fall asleep there. She says she’s mostly been sleeping in cars lately, and not getting much sleep. She stabs a zombie, and he asks why the dead are following her. She says she was looking for something, and got separated from her group. He says, she has a group? They have to get her back to them. She asks if he thinks God led her there, and he says, she doesn’t? She says, why would He? and Jacob says, why wouldn’t He? She asks if he always answers a question with a question, and he says, does he? Maybe she’s there because there’s something she needs, and she’s finally going to find it. He says, Yeshua calls, and goes back inside. Charlie follows.

Jacob puts on his prayer shawl, and Charlie asks what happened to his people. He says, what happened to most people. He used to talk to his congregation about souls rising to be reunited with their bodies at the end of the world. He got it half right. She asks why he still does it if no one if there. He says it works for him, and because it’s tradition. Tradition is important. More now than ever. The lights dim, and he says it’s his last battery. It can’t go dark; he has to find batteries. She  tells him, wait. She knows where they can get some.

Charlie radios the convoy. June asks if she’s all right. Sorry; she thought they were all accounted for. Charlie says it’s not her fault. They didn’t leave without her; she ran away. June asks, why? and Charlie says she can’t keep living the way they have. She wants to find a place where they can settle. She’s checked some places, and none seemed right, but she thinks she might have found a place to call home. She tells June, come see for herself. And bring car batteries.

Jacob kills another zombie, and Charlie asks where they’re coming from. He says, there must be a gap in the fence. He’ll find it. She says her friends are coming to help. He tells her, helping to keep the flame going is a mitzvah. He’ll take care of the fence. She can wait inside, and make herself at home. On his way back out, he looks at the zombie on the ground. From the look on his face, I think he knew them. He hears zombie noises coming from another building. The door is boarded up, but the bottom board is gone, and a zombie is stuck halfway through the opening. He pulls the zombie out, and uses the bayonet on it. Another is starting to wiggle out, and he shoves it back in, then puts the board back. The crowd inside bangs against a double glass door that’s chained and padlocked. Jacob tightens the chain. He puts his palms on the glass, and prays in Hebrew.

June tells Jacob she can’t tell him how much it meant. John says, it’s the least they can do; he kept Charlie safe. Jacob hooks up a new car battery. He asks how big the convoy is, and June says they’re up to 36. Jacob says, the mystics believe there are only 36 righteous people in the world at any given time. Maybe he’s met three tonight. June says they should go, but Charlie says she told Jacob that they’d help fix the fence. Jacob says they’ve done more than enough. Charlie says he helped her; let them help him. John gives Jacob a caramel candy, and Jacob gives John a yarmulke. John puts it on, and asks how he looks. Jacob says, goyish. Kind of like the Pope, but not bad. John puts his cowboy hat on over the yarmulke, which is both charming and funny.

June pikes a zombie near the fence, and Charlie tells her to pull Al’s tank in, but June is afraid it might bring whole thing down. She knows Charlie wants a place to settle, but it’s not big enough, and there’s no water source for miles. Charlie says, it’s not perfect, but it’s better than what they’re doing. Going on a run, and not know if home will be there when they get back. June asks if it’s about how it used to be, and Charlie asks if it’s really that different. June says, they’re different. They might have been in a caravan that went bad, but this won’t. Charlie tells her, she said the same thing then. June says the tanker is unprotected. This place isn’t what Charlie wants it to be. They need to get back to the convoy.

Dwight sips beer with Sarah, and says, not bad. He looks through the binoculars, and Sarah asks if there’s any sign. He says, not yet. They’ll be back. Sarah says, here’s to the road. Dwight says he can’t remember anything but. Sarah hears that. She and Wen have pounded the pavement since before the munchers started munching. Dwight says, at least they had each other. She asks how long he’s been hoofing it solo, and he says he lost track of time. She says, she’d go off the deep end, that long with no one to talk to. He says he almost did, and she asks if his gal kept him going. He says, walkers too. He’s been watching them, wandering around. Who knows how far they came from, or where they’re going. Life on the road forever. Sarah says, the hell with that. Dwight looks through the binoculars again, and says, sh*t. Logan’s guys. They found us.

Charlie asks if Jacob makes his own wine, and he says, Mogen David isn’t not easy to come by. He has a small vineyard out back, and a bit of a green. She says, he told her God led her there for a reason, and she thinks he may be right. Jacob says she looks better, and the eternal flame looks better; what the have is a win-win. Charlie wants to live there. They all can. John doesn’t think it’s a good idea, and she asks, why not? June says they need to get going, but Charlie says, they can go. She’s staying. Jacob says she should be with her people. He appreciates what they’ve done. Sarah radios June, who asks, what’s wrong? Sarah says, Logan tracked them down. June asks how he found them, and Sarah has no clue, but they’ve got to get the hell out. June says they’re on their way. The convoy abandons camp.

Inside the temple, the group hears zombie noises outside. Charlie wonders how they got in. Jacob tells Charlie, don’t worry. They’re not there because of her. They’re there because of him. She asks who they are, and he says, his congregation.

Jacob says, they put up fences, gathered food water, and managed for weeks. They ran low on supplies, so he left to find some. When he came back… June says, he found them like this. Sorry. Jacob says he’s sorry. They’re only there because they’re helping him. John says, they’re not done yet. Charlie says, if they stay quiet, the zombies will go away, but June says, that could take days. John says they’re on a tighter timetable than that. He has an idea.

John starts climb down a fire escape from the roof – the kind that’s like ladders hooked together – and June follows. It’s outside the reach of the zombies, but they’re still pretty close. John says, they can do this, and unhooks a ladder, dropping it onto the top of a truck. He hands June his gun. The zombies reach for him, as he jets across. One grabs his pant leg, but he kicks it good. June goes next. She’s a little slower, but makes it.

Sarah radios June, saying they’ll meet at the rendezvous. What these guys want, is what’s in the tanks. They’ll make sure they don’t get it. A voice on the radio says Dwight should have taken a shot while he had the chance. Sarah says, he knows this d*ck? and Dwight says, he had him, and let him go. He thought he was doing a good thing. Sarah says, no good deed, right? She radios June, and says they can use the assist. June says, working on it, as she and John struggle moving the ladder.

They move the ladder to the next truck. June goes first, with John following, but as he gets to the middle, he falls, still staying on the ladder. June shoots some of the closest zombies, and John scoots on his butt the rest of the way. Charlie and Jacob watch, and Charlie radios June, saying, they’re almost there. June starts across, but the ladder falls. She’s able to scramble back, but John and June are left stuck on top of a truck. Charlie says, what happened? and June says they’re not going to make it. She radios Sarah, and says it could take longer than they were thinking. John says they might be on their own.

John wonders how it happened. He guesses June was just in the right place. She says if she could explain it, she would. The zombies crowd around the car. Charlie says, okay. They’ll pick them off one by one. She asks Jacob how many bullets he has, but he says he can’t use bullets on them. John doesn’t think they have enough time. June says Charlie knows how to fix this; same as they used to. Charlie shakes her head, and says, no. She’s not giving this place up. Jacob says, it’s okay, but she says, it’s not, because she saw the light. He said God led her there. He says he shouldn’t have told her that. He doesn’t believe in God. He hasn’t for a long time. She says, because of what happened to them when he left? He says he didn’t go to get supplies. He started to lose faith. He  saw what was happening; what people were doing to each other. She asks why he left, and he asks how he could lead them if he didn’t believe? He looked for something to change his mind, but he didn’t find it. When he came back, they were already dead, and locked inside. It wasn’t pleasant. He’s alive because he left. He’s alive because he didn’t believe in God. If that isn’t a clear message, he doesn’t know what is. She says, what about the prayers? The lamp? He says it’s all he has left. Now he’s put her and her friends at great risk. He couldn’t let go. Don’t do the same. He tells her, don’t lose her people because she can’t let go of what thinks this place could be.

Charlie radios June, and says she’s right. They can fix this. She wipes tears from her face, and asks Jacob if he has anything that makes a lot of noise. As they shoot zombies, June tells John, maybe she missed it. He tells her not to get introspective at a  time like this. She says she’s one who kept them on the road. She thought it was the right thing. Every time they  settled… John says, it’s not the way she’d hoped, but maybe it would be the same on the road, or if they were stationery, given the current circumstances. Jacob blows the shofar, and the zombies all turn in his direction. They begin to stream into the temple, and Jacob tells Charlie, come on. She runs in, and they both run up to the balcony.

John and June pike the few zombies that are left, and run to the temple. They shut the doors and put a pole across, so the zombies can’t get out. Charlie and Jacob watch from the balcony. He says, sorry it didn’t end up being a place she could call home. The light sputters out, and all of us feel sad. Charlie says, it’s okay. Jacob says, Yeshua calls. He and Charlie leave out the back. I’m not Jewish, but this is breaking my heart a little.

Sarah says, turd in a toilet bowl, and tells Dwight that they’re running out of gas. He says they’re driving a tanker, but she says, it’s not bottomless mimosas. The tank isn’t connected. They come to a stop under a bridge. Sarah says, sh*t, and they get their guns ready. The cars following them pull up next to the truck. They just stare at each other, and Sarah tells Dwight they’re going down with the ship. She hopes they don’t end up crispy critters. He says it’s been fun riding with her, and she says, him too. Sarah stares at the driver in the car next to her again. He looks back for a moment, and the cars leave. Dwight wonders where they’re going, and Sarah says, something scared them off. She sees Al’s tank coming up the road, and breaths a sigh of relief.

June tells Charlie, it’s lucky she ran into a rabbi and not someone else. Charlie says, sorry. June says maybe she kept pushing everyone too hard. Saying they should find the right place. Maybe she’s holding onto an idea that’s not out there. Jacob asks what makes her think it is out there? and she says she doesn’t know. She just feels it. Jacob doesn’t know about them, but he’s going start looking again. Charlie asks, for what? and he says for what he needs to find. And he won’t stop until he finds it. John says they’ll have as much gas as they need after they make a run to the oilfields. June says, they’ll keep driving, and keep hoping they find the place they’re meant to be. Charlie says, they will.

Sarah puts gas in the truck. She introduces herself to Jacob, and says it’s good to have him with them. She asks if he knows how far it is to Yom Kippur. She has some things to atone for. He says she has some time yet. Dwight asks if she’s Jewish, and she says, Rabinowitz, card carrying member of the tribe. She asks Jacob if he’s every celebrated Shabbat with beer, and he says he makes his own wine. She says, her kind of rabbi.

John tells Dwight, at least Logan’s crew is off their back for the time being. Dwight tells John they’ve burned through a lot of gas. John bets he didn’t count on the cavalry showing up. He says from what he’s seen of Logan and his guys, they don’t do anything by accident.

Logan radios one of the men, who says, those a-holes are as far away as possible. All clear. That’s what Logan likes to hear. A woman in the car with him says they’re almost out of gas. He says, no, they’re not. We see a sign that says Lonesome Quarry, and the woman says they’re looking for oil, not rocks. Logan says, Doris, hang onto your hat. We’re about to buy ourselves a ticket to the Promised Land.

Next time, a roadblock, a showdown, and Doris calls Logan on his statement about the Promised Land.

⚓ A New Deck…

This time, Thai style.

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🐶 Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut…

Behold Cashew, a French bulldog who loves his Cheerios.

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🔄 No and Yes…

No new General Hospital on Monday, but there is a new Below Deck Mediterranean.

😃 On Friday, It Was Exciting…

But a long weekend seems to go just as fast. Enjoy your extra day, if you have one.

August 25, 2019 – Alicia Paints Her Own Tree, the Mess That Is Potomac, Kelly’s New Squeeze, Kate Explains, Big Baby Tom & Monday Jump Start

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

 

Fear the Walking Dead

Alicia goes to the tree that says, if you’re reading this you are still here. she asks, but where are you? A zombie pokes out of the bushes, his arms tangled in them. One arm falls off as he pulls himself out. Alicia takes a knife out of her back pocket. The zombie faceplants, but another comes from the other direction. A third comes out of nowhere, and grabs Alicia. She calls for Victor. She accidently drops her knife, and as she’s fumbling around for it, Victor comes up from behind, and pikes the zombie in the head with Alicia’s old weapon. Just for good measure, he gets a few more that have arrived. He asks if she’s all right. She is, and says she’s sorry, but he tells her, don’t be. He finishes off the bush zombie, and Alicia asks him, does he ever get the feeling the universe is trying to tell him something? They keep going.

Alicia checks a map. Victor says they’re low on fuel. She asks if he doesn’t think they’ll find the convoy. He says, even if they do, what help they can be? He’s not sure it’s good for Alicia be out there. What does she think this person is going to do that they can’t? She isn’t sure, but she does know how she feels when she sees the trees. A man’s voice on the radio asks if anyone is there. Alicia copies, and he asks who it is. She says, you go first, and he says, Alicia? Victor says, he saw the tapes? and he says, Mitch? Victor says, it’s Victor. How may they assist him? He says his name is Wes, and Victor owes him a ride.

Wes’s motorcycle is loaded on the back of the truck. Alicia asks, what happened? and Wes says all these holes spontaneously erupted in his bike. Some a-holes did it. He thanks them for the movie. This all happened because he was busy watching it. He says Logan is a big fan of theirs, and Alicia asks why Wes didn’t call sooner. He says he didn’t know if they were real. Usually people who claim to be good, are just the opposite. He thought he’d push his bike home, but he can’t. His brother is waiting, and probably thinks he turned into an eater by now.  Victor kills a passing zombie. Alicia tells Wes, get in.

Al and Morgan go inside a bank. They get rid of some zombies in the lobby. Al tells Morgan it might be time for a new stick, but he’s good. Al opens the vault. Morgan asks how she knew the combination, and she says she went out with a manager a while back. When she opens the door, a zombie pops out, and she dispatches it. A dead employee lies on the floor, apparently a suicide, and Morgan says, a helluva way to go. He asks if Al doesn’t think it’s overkill, but she says, no; it’s smart. If something happens to them, the tapes will survive. Morgan says if something happens to them, he’s not sure there will be anyone left to watch them. Al says if Logan and his d*ck squad keep trashing the truck stops, they need as many backups as they can get. She asks why he joined her, and Morgan says he didn’t think it was smart for her to be out on her own.. She asks if he’s going to make her work for it, and he says, there’s nothing to work for. He goes to the car to get the bags of tapes.

Wes asks how long they’ve been looking for the person who painted the trees? Alicia says he saw the tape. He asks how that’s going, and she says, it’s going. He tells them not to take it the wrong way, but don’t they have bigger fish to fry? Victor says, there’s no fish frying for them, and Alicia says they’re trying to help where they can. This is different. She needs to meet them. Wes asks what she thinks is going to happen if she does, and she says she wants to know how they do it. Wes says, the trees? It’s just paint. She wants to know how they see the world they way she wants to. Wes says if they find them, let him know how it goes. He can’t see it ending well. It hardly ever does. Alicia says, sorry about what happened with Logan, but Wes says, it’s okay.

Zombies feed on a deer by the side of the road, just to get some gore in. They drive past to a police station. Wes says, home, sweet home. He hands the tape back, but Victor says, keep it. You never know. Wes appreciates the lift, but Victor wants to thank Wes. He says they needed a reminder of why they’re out there. Wes says he’ll tell his brother what’s up. Alicia says they’ll unload the bike, and leave Wes some gas. Alicia closes the gate, and they hear gunshots from inside. A wounded guy runs out, Wes chasing him. The guy jumps in the truck, and Wes starts to follow, but Victor stops him. Wes shoots at the truck, but it gets away. He shoots a zombie just because, and runs out of bullets. One gets close, and Victor intervenes. Victor takes it that wasn’t Wes’s brother.

Wes gets out more guns, and throws one to Victor. They shoot zombies, and gas comes out of the bullet hole in one of them near Victor. He says, teargas, and tells Alicia, get inside. He’s coughing up a lung, but picks up the weapon, telling Wes to get inside too. He finishes off the gas-infused zombie. Inside the station, Alicia pours water on his eyes, and asks if he can see. It’s just a blur, and he groans. She puts water on a cloth, and tells him to hold it on his eyes. Alicia wonders what the hell that was, and Wes says, people are people; that’s what he means. That man pulled a gun on him a while back, and took his sh*t. Alicia asks if that’s why Wes brought them there; to kill him. Wes says he brought them there to take it back; that was a bonus. Alicia says, his brother? and Wes says, he doesn’t have one, but he did for a while. Victor says they can’t let the guy die; they have to find him. Alicia says there’s still time, and Wes asks if she’s kidding him. He shot first. Victor looks at all the zombies crowding the door, and says they’re not leaving any time soon. Alicia asks how many Wes has killed. He digresses, and she says he can’t kill one, let alone a herd. She guesses they’ll find out if he can help.

Al puts the tapes in a safe deposit box. Alicia radios, and Al asks if she’s okay. Alicia says she knows they’re not supposed to broadcast their location, but she’s not sure what to do. They need help, and there’s not a lot of time. Alicia asks Victor if he can see anything, and he says, not yet. She says Al and Morgan are trying to find the guy, and Victor says, they will. Alicia says Victor has been doing what she can’t for a while, so she doesn’t have to. She doesn’t want to kill the dead, but she does want to help. Does he think both are possible? Victor says, maybe not, but he’s willing to keep on trying until the universe tells them otherwise. She takes his hand.

Al speeds along, while Morgan reads the map. He says a junction is coming up that should put them on the same road the guy took off on. They see Logan’s truck, and a line of men blocking the road. Al says, great. Morgan tells her to stop, and they get out. Al asks Logan if he’s moving his rig, but he says he seems to have run out of gas. Morgan says, someone’s life is in danger, and Al asks if Logan is really doing this. Logan says they don’t seem to give a damn about putting their own lives at risk, but care about everyone else. If they don’t want the guy to bleed out on the side of the road, and want to make good on their promises, tell him where the damn oil fields are. He gets silence, and says, they’ve got all day and then some. He wishes they could see things the same, but face it, they can play this out, but they both know where going. It sucks, because he’s really grown fond of them. Tick…tick…tick…

Al asks Morgan, what about the service road? but he says, too far north. If they hadn’t come across Logan there, he would have stopped someone else. They have no time for this. They walk up to Logan, and Logan says, where is it? Morgan asks why he needs the gas. They might be able to help him. Logan asks if Morgan thinks that take what you need horsesh*t works on him. He came up with it. He bought it then, but he doesn’t now. Morgan says, they do. It could work out for him. He just has to let it. Logan says, it’s bigger than they are, but it’s going to help people. Just not in the way he likes; it’s big boy stuff. He’s tired of waiting. Grow up or die. He wants to know where the fields are. He’ll even settle for a quick look at the journals. Morgan says they can’t do that, and Logan says, they’re going to let the sad sack die by the side of the road. This is the kind of pragmatism and non-stupidism that makes them more alike than Morgan thinks. Morgan says if Logan gets the field, it will put more lives at risk. They’ll find another way to get where they’re going. He tells Al, come on. Logan says, a bit of friendly advice. Helping other people isn’t going to make Morgan feel better about not helping them. Morgan says, who? and Logan says, his wife and son. Morgan says, what did he say? and slams Logan up against the side of the truck, pressing his stick against Logan’s throat. Al stops him from going any further, but Logan looks pretty scared. He tells Morgan if he doesn’t want people in his business, don’t put it on TV. Morgan walks away, and tells Al, let’s go.

Zombies clamor at the windows of the police station. Alicia says, it must have been important, what he took. Wes says, it was. He thinks the pr*ck took it when he left. Isn’t Alicia going to ask what it was? She says, why? and he says, so she can tell him a story. She can relate it to herself; a lesson to impart. Alicia says they’re out there, trying to help. He says, he knows, and hates to burst her bubble, but he’s not like the woman in the mine field. He doesn’t need his wounded soul healed, or be set on the right path. The guy was an a-hole. He just wants back what the guy took. Alicia says, what if he doesn’t get it? He’ll have shot the guy for nothing, and could have died for nothing. Wes says, somebody’s got it, and Alicia asks if it has anything to do with what happened to his brother. She lost a brother too. He says, they’re two peas in a pod. Alicia says she’ll find another way out. Wes says, he died. Nothing melodramatic, no great story. He just went out for condensed milk, and didn’t see an eater coming, and that was that. Alicia says she’s sorry, and the motorcycle? Wes says, it was his. He knows what she’s trying to do. She sees a guy who’s taken a bit of a beating, and thinks maybe she can appeal to the part that lost a brother, and she can change him; bring out the light. That’s got nothing to do with why they’re here, or why he shot that scumbag. She asks, then why did he do it? He says, this is the way things are. We shoot we kill. If it wasn’t him, it would be someone else. Al radios, telling Alicia about Logan’s roadblock. Wes says, see what he means? Alicia says, it doesn’t have to be like that. He hasn’t killed anyone yet, and the guy is still out there. They can help him.

Alicia gathers some weapons and ammo. LOUD zombies scrabble at the door. Victor is there, and Alicia tells him that she thinks she can get a squad car; she saw where the keys are. She tells Victor, stay there. He asks if she’s sure about this. She hasn’t killed any dead since before the plane. She says someone out there needs their help. If this is what it takes, this is what it takes. Wes says, wait. He’ll clear them. He’ll help her. He knocks on the door, and says, this is going to get loud.

Wes goes to the back of the house, and outside. He moves to the front, and begins to knock off the zombies one by one. They start moving toward him, and he keeps taking guns out of a gym bag. When he’s gotten them all, he radios that he’s heading to the back now. Alicia looks over sets of keys, and finds the right ones. A lone zombie walks right through the glass door. Victor runs in, and Alicia says he can’t see. She grabs a pipe, and says, sh*t. I don’t really get this business about not wanting to kill the dead, since they’re dead. They’re deteriorating. Isn’t it just putting them out of their misery? <sigh> Alicia raises the pipe, and flashes back to the times she’s killed zombies. While she’s busy visiting Memory Lane, Victor stabs it in the back of the head. He asks, how many more? but Wes sees what’s going on, and shoots the rest of them. He asks if Alicia and Victor are okay.

Morgan is thoughtful as Al drives. She says they can take the farm road, and go the rest of the way on foot. She tells Morgan that she’s sorry, and he asks, why? She says she shouldn’t have put that in the documentary. Morgan says he knew it was there, and he was okay with it. Al says he didn’t seem like it back there, and Morgan says, they made the documentary to show who they are; get people to trust what they had to say, and know who they were. That’s just who he is. Al says, bullsh*t. That’s not just who they are – ghosts. What they lost doesn’t define them. Maybe what they do. Maybe. Maybe it’s what they’re running from. Alicia radios, and Al asks if they found him. Alicia says, yes, but it’s not what they’d hoped for. Alicia stands next to an empty car, while a very slow zombie walks down the road. Alicia says, sorry, and Wes says, why? He’s getting it back.

Wes follows the slow zombie. When he gets close, he says, hey. The guy turns, but he’s not dead. He throws the bag at Wes, and then jumps on him. He puts his hands on Wes’s throat at squeezes. Wes feels around for his knife. He finally gets ahold of it, and jabs the guy in the side. He says, where is it? His manuscript. The guy says he just wanted to finish it. Wes takes the manuscript out of the bag. The guy says, it’s good stuff; really good stuff, and dies. Alicia says Wes killed the guy because the guy stole his book? Wes stabs the guy in the head, and says they made him care. He never should have radioed. They were right, but that doesn’t mean they’re right at this moment. At the end of the day, people are people. They leave you wanting more. He starts to go down the road, and Alicia picks up the manuscript. She says, your book. Wes says, he died for it. He can keep it, and resumes walking.

Al and Morgan bury the manuscript thief. Alicia looks at the manuscript, and Victor asks, how is it? Alicia thinks Wes wrote it for his brother. That’s why he wanted it back. He just wanted to write books. We see the last line says, if you are reading this, it means you’re still here. She says, the trees. Wes painted them. Victor says, sorry. He knows that’s not what she was hoping to find. Alicia says he’s right. She’s not going to find what she’s looking for from anybody else. She paints over the writing on the tree, and starts something new. I’m wondering if Wes’s brother didn’t paint the trees though. That would make more sense.

Wes keeps walking, and sees another tree that says, if you are reading this, it means you’re still here. He touches it, and nearly cries, looking at the ground. Maybe his brother is buried there? I have all kinds of questions this week.

Victor looks at Alicia’s tree. She’s painted a bird (a dove?) on it. He says, beautiful. She made it her own. A zombie toddles up, and he says he’s got it, but she says, no, and stabs it in the neck. Victor asks if she’s good, and she says, yeah, she’s good. She climbs up on the car, and writes on the tree: no one‘s gone until they’re gone.

Morgan looks at the new tree, and Al asks if he’s ready to head out. He says she was wrong and she was right. He’s not running from anything, but he’s not a ghost. He’s not just what he lost. He holds on because it’s connected to everything. Al says, the good stuff. Morgan says he’s even seen a little lately; Jenny, Dwight – how he used to be. Every time he tries to get past it and put it  behind him, he gets worried that he lost some good too, so he holds on to it – all of it. Al says they’ll make sure he doesn’t lose anything he doesn’t want to. Morgan asks, how? and she says, tell her about his wife and son. He laughs, and says, okay.

The safety deposit boxes rattle at the bank. Everything shakes, and the vault door falls open. Logan says, we’re in. A woman in a truck says, she’s on it

Logan and his men look through everything. Logan finds the tapes, and I curse him out. The woman from the truck arrives, and asks how he knew they were there. He says, like he told them, it’s bigger than themselves. A guy says the journals aren’t there. Logan says they’re going to check the tapes. Someone slipped up, and the location is there somewhere. This is yesterday. How about tomorrow?

Next time, Logan says they’re about to buy a ticket to the promised land, Dwight tells Sarah the beer isn’t bad, and John has an idea.

😵 Potomac Worked My Last Nerve…

But I’ll always respect a betche’s opinion.

https://betches.com/psa-stop-sleeping-on-the-real-housewives-of-potomac/?goal=0_85341b0c64-83222ca83f-103149793&mc_cid=83222ca83f&mc_eid=121c651864

🎢 From Milk Man To Plastic Surgeon To…

Like a rolling stone, Kelly is movin’ on.

https://pagesix.com/2019/08/24/kelly-dodd-calls-fox-news-rick-leventhal-her-prince-in-romantic-pic/?utm_source=maropost&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pagesixdaily&utm_content=20190825&tpcc=pagesix_daily&mpweb=755-8200502-711673032

🚤 What Happens On Deck…

While watching a Below Deck marathon in honor of Chef Ben’s return, I learned about the stages of drunkenness, according to Kate Chastain. This is fun, I love everyone, I really love everyone, I hate you, I hate my life, Goodnight.

💃 But Rick Perry Was Okay?

I’d rather see Lamar Odom go.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/dancing-stars-host-tom-bergeron-criticizes-sean-spicer-casting-1233535

To be fair, the opposition’s rebuttal.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/sean-spicer-responds-dancing-stars-backlash-1233815

🌌 This Ought To Liven It Up…

Another Monday is here all too soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 18, 2019 – Zombies At Bridgeview Mall, Competing To Be Real, the Newest Larissa & Sunday Blues

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What I Watched Today

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

 

 

Fear the Walking Dead

A voice on the radio says he saw their video at the gas station. His name is Charles. He was called Chuck when there were people still around to call him Chuck. He asks, when they get there, do one thing – kill him. He got bit, and wants to help like they asked. Where he is, has everything they need under one roof; bookstores, places to get clothing, a food court, and even an urgent care unit. Anyone listening – if anyone is listening – by the time they get there, he’ll already be gone. He doesn’t have a gun, or he’d do it himself. We see zombies in a mall, and someone putting up boards to make a gate. He says he’s wearing a red jacket, and should be easy to spot; he’s holed up in the security office. He asks to be buried someplace outside. Under the stars.

A zombie toddles up to a wooden gate. A hand comes through from the other side, grabs the zombie by the collar, and repeatedly smashes it’s head against the gate. Dwight walks through, and says, sh*t. He wasn’t kidding. Morgan follows, along with Grace, and says, it’s like before. Dwight asks if Morgan thinks it will be enough, and Morgan says it will be. Grace grabs some jelly beans from a candy store, and says, let’s go find him. Dwight says he’ll stay there and pick up the strays. Morgan takes some candy, and Grace tells him, careful. The candy beansies could be jawbreakers now. He says, candy what?

Grace and Morgan go to the security office. They see one of their boxes there, but no Chuck. There’s an iPod in a charger on the desk, along with a note. Morgan asks if Grace talked to him, and shows her the note. It’s addressed to her, saying the iPod is loaded with some of Chuck’s favorites. He hopes they’re okay at double-speed. Grace says, no. He must have remembered what she said on the tape. He said he’d be there. They see a chair with broken ropes tied to it. Morgan says, it looks like he tied himself to it, until he turned. He must have broken loose and wandered off. Grace says, he couldn’t have gone far. Morgan asks if she’s okay, and she says her blood sugar is low. That’s why she grabbed the candy beansies. He says, what does she keep calling those? Dwight calls them to come.

The three of them look down at the zombies gathering on the ground floor, and Dwight says their voices must have drawn them out. Grace wonders if Chuck is down there, and Morgan says it might take a while to find him. Dwight says they’re thinking of going down there to kill someone who’s already dead? Morgan tells him, Chuck said he’d have on a red jacket. Suddenly, Grace keels over. Morgan asks Dwight to get the first aid kit. He tells Grace to stay with them.

Ooh. This week’s credits are creepy cool. The background is a weird-ass carousel in an empty field, and a little calliope music to go with it.

At the Lone Oak gas station, Daniel loads up Skidmark, and tells the others, they need to keep moving. He plays some music over his walkie.

Morgan says Grace’s name, and asks if she can hear him. He tells her that she passed out. She says, candy beansies aren’t what they’re called? and he says, no. Jelly beans. He asks if she’s all right. She says her mom was an interesting woman. She made up answers, and always had to be right. Grace says she thought jelly beans was a brand name. She’s glad she didn’t find out too late. He says, the generator is downstairs. It’s the best they’re going to do. He asks if what happened had anything to do with… Grace says, radiation? He asks if it’s just a matter of time, and she says, it could be anything; she doesn’t know. Morgan asks if there’s anything he can do. Dwight joins them, and asks if she’s okay. She says she just got a nap on a real mattress, with fresh sheets, and she faced the truth about jelly beans. She’s good. Dwight turns on his walkie, and they hear Daniel’s music. Dwight says Logan’s people were at a truck stop not far from there. What if Logan finds out where they are? Grace says they were careful, but Logan might have heard the same messages that brought them there. Dwight says, Logan is pissed about the gas, and Morgan says if Logan is hitting truck stops, they’ll need what’s in the mall more than ever. He tells Dwight to go back, and bring the trucks, so they can load them up. Send the kids out through the back roads. Grace says she’ll stay with Morgan, and Dwight goes to get her some water from the car.

Outside the mall, Dwight gives a flat of water to Morgan. Morgan tells him, be careful. Dwight says Morgan isn’t being careful. They both chose something else. They could have given up the oil fields. Morgan says, but other people needed them. Dwight says he’s already been on the wrong side. You turn off your conscience and heart. When that happens, it’s harder to turn back on. He wonders if they’re now going to live looking over their shoulders. Is that how it’s going to end with them? Morgan says he has faith in people; he has to. He has faith in Dwight already. If Logan’s men come at them, they’ll redirect them, and try to make it something other than a fight. Dwight says they might need more than that, but Morgan thinks he already said it. They’re not being careful; they’re doing right. He hopes Logan and his people see that. He goes back in, and Dwight takes the radio out. He calls Daniel, and asks where he is.

Grace listens to A Tale of Two Cities on the iPod. She watches the zombies, and loads a gun. We see a sign that says Bridgeview Mall. She’s about to walk down the escalator, when Morgan calls her name, and she stops.

Morgan tells her, they said they’d bury Chuck, but he wouldn’t want her to be in the ground next to him. Grace says she wasn’t going down there for him. She going for herself. She’s seen people die from radiation poisoning. She’s seen them get cancer. Every time she coughs or loses her breath or feels a butterfly in her stomach, she wonders if this is it. The beginning of the end for her. It’s no way to live. Morgan doesn’t understand, but she says, there’s an urgent care clinic off main concourse. They have an X-ray machine, and maybe an ultrasound machine, if she’s lucky. She wants to know. She needs to know. He asks how he can help, and she says help her get to the generator, and she can take care of the rest. He asks if there’s nothing that can be done, and she tells him there isn’t. He says, they’ve got work to do. Grace says, after that, they’ll find him.

Dwight stops to pee by the side of the road (why?), and someone holds a gun to his head. He asks if they’re with Logan. Whatever they came there for, they’re not going to find. He was hoping they’d follow him. Why else would he say where he was going on an open channel? A dude knocks him out with the gun butt. Dude says Dwight is right. He didn’t think Dwight would say that.

A remote-controlled car with metal scoops tied to the back (like tin cans on a newlywed’s car), lures the zombies. Morgan works it, and we can tell he’s having fun. He tells Grace, when they get to urgent care, they can get to the generator from the back halls. Morgan keeps moving the car toward a carousel, and they follow the zombies at a distance. Morgan sees the urgent care sign, but Grace is gone. A zombie kicks the car, and it gets trampled on. Grace follows a guy in a red jacket, and takes out a knife. She steps on something, and it makes a noise. The zombies turn around. Morgan sees what’s happening, and doubles back. Grace kills a zombie in a red jacket, but now they’re coming from the other side too. Grace and Morgan lock themselves in a GNC-type store.  Zombies clamor at the door. Morgan says, it’s done, and Grace says she thought it was Chuck, but the zombie was dead too long. Morgan says she was trying to help. He checks a door, and says, it’ll be all right. Dwight will be back in the morning. They’ll get to the generator. They just have to wait until Dwight gets back,

Dwight wakes up in a boxcar. Dude says he can’t figure out why Dwight would do a dumbsh*t thing like walk around with an unloaded gun. Dwight says, dumbsh*t like following him with a walkie, so he can find out where everyone else is? Dude says he reloaded Dwight’s gun. Dwight says, and Dude is going to shoot him unless he tells where the others are. What does Logan want with them anyway? He’s sure it started with good intentions, until it became their bread and butter. The question Dude has to ask himself is, is he just an a-hole now, or has he always been an a-hole? Dude says he’s always been an a-hole. At least according to his mama. He hits Dwight, and Dwight says look at his face. He’s been through worse, and from worse people. Dude says he’s sure he’ll think of something if Dwight doesn’t give him what he wants. Dwight says he can keep trying, and when Dwight gets free, they’ll see. Dude leaves the boxcar, pulling the door down.

Grace listens to her book, and Morgan gets them some protein drinks. She says it’s all her fault. Morgan says, she’s brave; making most of what she’s got. They should all be doing the same. She says she’s so not brave. He says she is, and he’s seen it. She says when she was eight, she loved horses. Her parents took her to a dude ranch. She’d never seen one up close, and saw a white mustang. She went up to it and put her hand on it. The horse turned away a bit, and it looked funny. She ran to her mother’s arms, and her mother tried to tell her it was a natural reaction. She tried to get Grace on the horse, but she wouldn’t go. Morgan says she was just a kid, and Grace says she kept screaming. She never went back. She started a life. She was great at her job, but not much else. It doesn’t matter now. Morgan says she can always find another horse to ride, and she asks if he’s seen one not torn to pieces. He says he has, and he’s ridden a couple. She says she’s still playing it safe. Doing what she can today, because she’s too scared to start something she won’t see to the end. Morgan asks, what if the ultrasound tells her something is wrong? Is there anything to be done? She says, before, she might have had a fighting chance, but no. She asks if he raced cars with his son. She doesn’t think she’s seen him smile like that before. She saw the tape. They’re here because he’s helping her with her problem. The least she can do is help him with his. She’s cooking pad tai and listening books on double speed; let her do something while she can. He says, it’s not the type of problem that can be fixed in a day. He looks at the zombies still at the door, and says they have another problem to deal with. The door starts to crack, and he says, let’s get to that generator.

Dude comes back with a gym bag, and Dwight asks if he brought back a pair of pliers. Dude says he’s been thinking about Dwight’s question, but he has no clue why Logan wants the gas. When you go that long without something, it makes you do crazy things to get it. He can understand that. Right, Dwight? Dwight asks how Dude knows his name, and Dude says you can’t go a mile without finding one of their tapes. When he saw Dwight’s part, he thought, he gets this guy. He’s broken up about what gets them all –snatch. He takes a plastic bag of letters out of the bag, and Dwight says, don’t touch that. Dude says, when you get good snatch and lose it, watch out. He tosses the letters on floor one by one. He reads from one, honey – that’s cute. He lights the corner on fire. Dwight starts to get up, and Dude says, that’s not a good idea. He’s going to burn them until Dwight tells him. Maybe he’ll find her himself. She sounds like a sweetheart. In a blink-and-you-miss-it move, Dwight gets the gun from Dude. Dude says, do it. Dwight’s an a-hole too, right? Dwight sees the letters, and says, right, knocking Dude out.

Morgan and Grace go through the back hallways. He tells her to turn off her headlamp. She says she won’t be able to see. He says he knows. He sees the zombies coming, and says he needs her to turn it off, and get down. Don’t overthink this. He’s got it. She does as he asks. He starts fighting the zombies, and she hears his stick fall. She turns her light back on, and sees that a zombie has Morgan down. She stabs it, and says, got it? He says, he would have, and thanks her.

They find the generator, and Grace says they always seem to end up around them. She tells him, it might take a minute, and she tinkers with the generator. He says, his boy was six when he got him one. He can’t remember why. Maybe good grades. Grace asks his son’s name, and he says, Duane. He used to race that car up and down street until it was too dark to see, and Morgan would smile. He’s always been a serious guy. Grace says, really? He says, except with his son. That’s how he knew it was right on the first date. He had on a giant, stupid smile all night afterward. Grace says she wouldn’t want to say goodbye to that either. He asks if she has somebody, and she says, no. He says, why not? and she says for the same reason she didn’t get on the horse. She met a guy who was smart and kind, and let her keep thinking jelly beans were candy beansies. It was right. That’s why she didn’t let it happen. She says she’s jealous of him. He did it. He went for it. He’s the brave one, not her. Now he has that smile. She gets the generator going, and everything in the mall turns on. Homage to Dawn of the Dead, I suppose?

They open the door, and Morgan pikes a zombie. They see the urgent care center. The zombies are headed for the arcade (no surprise), and Morgan and Grace struggle with the gate. The alarm goes off, and the zombies turn in their direction.

Grace shoots, and Morgan uses his pokey stick as they go to the escalator. Grace starts going up, and Morgan follows, but a zombie pulls him down. He struggles with it until Grace finally gets a clean shot. Morgan runs back up. He says, it’s the only way out, and asks how many bullets does she have? She gives him the usual answer of, not enough. He tries working the off switch, but the escalator keeps going, and the zombies keep coming. Grace tells him that she’s out. Morgan looks around for something to block them. As he pikes zombies, she finds an electrical box, opens it, and stops the escalator. She makes it go the other way. Morgan nearly slips down, but she pulls him back off. They go into a maintenance office, and Grace starts shutting things off. She finds a set of keys, and says, let’s go. They look out to a roof landing, and see Chuck. Morgan says, he’s alive.

Dwight opens the truck, and tells Dude, get out. He walks out behind Dude, and tells him, turn around. Dude says, just get it over with, and Dwight asks if Dude knows why the gun isn’t loaded. It’s because Dude is right. He’s an a-hole, or used to be one. The way things are going, he didn’t trust himself to not be that again. Someone gave him a second chance. The same chance he’s giving Dude. Dude asks what the hell Dwight is talking about. Dwight says, when Dude walks out of the woods, he has a choice to make. Go on being an a-hole, or figure out someone else to be. This is such a great moment, I almost cry. Dwight cuts Dude’s wrist ties off, and tells him, go. Dwight walks back to the truck.

Grace says, Chuck. Chuck says, they came. Morgan says they’ve been looking for him, and Check says, sorry about changing things up. He didn’t know how much time he had, and figured he’d make his move while he could. The zombies followed him up the stairwell. He hopes they didn’t cause any headaches. Grace says they had no problems whatsoever. She asks why he’s up there, and he says he wasn’t sure how long they’d be. He’d asked them to bury him under the stars, and he got to thinking if he could make it to the roof, he could see them one last time. It was his luck that it’s a cloudy night. At least he’s got company now. Grace says she’ll be right back. She has something she thinks could help. Morgan sits next to Chuck.

Grace brings back one of those things that makes stars on the ceiling. She sets it up so that it shines on an overhang. Chuck says, it’s perfect, and thanks her. They all smile.

Morgan buries Chuck outside. Grace puts a stuffed turtle on the grave. They stand in silence.

Back inside, they go to urgent care. Morgan says he’ll wait by the door, in case any more stragglers come by. Grace says she doesn’t want to know. He says, sorry; what? She says she doesn’t want to die.  She wants to make it. She believes there’s more, no matter what happens. He says, that’s brave, and she laughs. She says, it’s being alive; really alive. She tells him, sorry to make him go through all this, and he says they did what they came there to do. She says, they did. He says Dwight will be back with the others in a few hours. They should get some sleep. She says she’s not tired, and says she knows there’s juice left in the generator.

Grace rides on the carousel. She asks Morgan if he’s going to make her ride by herself. He says he is, and she tells him. come on. He gets on, and they laugh. She says he looks like a natural.

The caravan gets to the mall. Morgan and Grace come out to meet them. Daniel hopes there’s a Cinnabon; he really likes those. Morgan says he didn’t see one. Daniel asks if there’s a Sin City, but Morgan doesn’t think so. Daniel says, a Bunnery? and Morgan says, no. Dwight walks up, and Morgan asks, what happened? He says he ran into one of Logan’s guys on the road. He let the guy go. He’s not doing careful. Morgan says, he’s doing right. Dwight says they should get out, so Logan’s guys don’t find them here. Tess says they passed a ranch that needs to be cleared, but they’ll help.

Daniel cuts Dwight’s hair and gives him a shave, as Grace listens to the end of her book. I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known. Dwight is now clean shaven. Morgan looks around and smiles. Daniel asks what he’s smiling about, and Morgan says, no reason.

Morgan approaches Grace’s truck. She says she’s got them gassed up, and she grabbed some protein bars. He says he’s not going. I say, nooo. He says, Al is out there on her own. She should have backup. He thinks that’s where he ought to be. Grace says, of course, and he tells her, be safe. He’ll see her soon. She nods, and says, see him soon. He leaves, and she looks as disappointed as I feel. She watches him get in his car, and a tear rolls down her cheek. He sees her in the rearview mirror, and watches her as he drives away, wiping tears from his face.

The episode ends with us all feeling cheated out of a romance we were sure was coming.

Next time, Alicia is in trouble, Logan demands to be told where the oil fields are, a new guy joins the crew, and Morgan says, what if?

🍸 The Struggle Is Real…

I don’t know about Desperate or Real, but these two would be perfect on Mob Wives.

https://pagesix.com/2019/08/17/meet-the-women-vying-to-become-real-housewives/

🗽 So I Guess She’s Staying Here…

I can’t keep up with Larissa’s court saga any more than I can keep up with how many procedures she’s had.

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😔 Almost Right…

Not so much a blue Sunday, but blue because it’s Sunday. I will never, ever get the 60 Minutes clock ticking out of my Sunday head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Augest 11, 2019 – Spreading the Wealth, October Return, the Days Before 90 & Sarah’s Anthem

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What I Watched Today

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

 

Fear the Walking Dead

A lot of this episode was comprised of interviews with the characters, being put together for what’s basically a PSA.

Al is filming. We see one of the boxes that says, take what you need – leave what you don’t. Morgan says he was on the run. Al asks, from what? and he says, people. Somebody helped him, and that’s what this is all about. A zombie goes by. Alicia says clean-up was her job. It’s what she was good at. She took a step back, and figured out what she needed to keep going; keep helping. Daniel says he thought that’s where he’d be spending the rest of his days, alone with that cat. This is better. Grace says, she gets up, counts her regrets, puta them on her shoulders, and starts the day. Want you do with the time you have left? That’s the question. Victor says the universe is testing them. One becomes born to do something else; a survivor. There’s power in that. John says, money means nothing now. People who were sitting on piles of money, eating caviar out of ladles could have done something in the world. They missed their chance. This group is lousy with skills. That’s wealth today, and they’re glad to spread the wealth. He tasted caviar once, and it tasted like bait. June says, things change. She reached out to someone, and someone else reached out to her. If they make it spread, it means everything. Duane says he has a chance to do what he needs to do, and he’s taking it. Charlie says when they helped as people, things got better. Luci says, everything else was training for this.

Morgan says they landed the plane, and they did the impossible, a few people noticed. That’s all they needed. Al asked if they’ve saved people, and he says, at least a few. He hasn’t stopped driving since he got the radio message. We flash back to Morgan hearing a woman’s voice on the radio, saying, can you help me?  Al asks, what about communal living? He says they’re still working on that. It’s easier to see what other people need help with. A zombie comes toward the camera, and Morgan kills it. He asks if she’s okay, and she says, let’s get back to it.

Al says after what happened, she wanted to make sure she wasn’t the only one doing this. She’s not used to this side of the camera. It’s been a long while. She knows how important the story is.

John opens a truck. In a voiceover, Morgan says, after they were contacted, they knew there were more out there. So they picked up more trucks, and covered more ground. Morgan asks Sarah if she’s heard anything, but she says. the radio is all quiet.

Sarah fills a big gas truck. She says this is how they keep humming. Polar Bear’s dudes hooked them up. They fill it every couple of weeks. Logan was right about one thing; gas is going kaput. It’s hard enough to get around. Daniel says someone drives behind to keep everything safe. People want to get it, and hopefully, their presence discourages that. Sarah says Logan wanted the gas for himself. He thought he’d fool them twice with the good Samaritan stuff, but they got him good.

Logan runs after the truck, yelling for them to stop, as they leave him in the dust. Sarah says, karma is a bitch. Technically, what they did to Logan wasn’t any different from what they did to Clayton, but this felt good.

Duane says he got lucky. He fell in with the right folks this time. He’s doing the polar opposite of what he used to do. If he does this for the rest of his life, he won’t make up for what he’s done, but he’ll know he did good. And being on the road, he can find her… Maybe. Daniel says, Duane won’t let him give him a haircut. Duane says, it doesn’t matter what he looks like. Daniel says it wouldn’t take much to make him look presentable.

Alicia explains that she rides in the lead vehicle. Morgan gives Alicia a pokey stick lesson. In her interview, Alicia thinks change is good. It’s what she needed. Victor kicks some zombie ass. Al says tell her about Alicia. Victor says she’s his friend. He wasn’t there when she needed him, but he’s with her now, and doing what he can.

June says she and Grace are in charge of the caravan. Everyone they’re helping is spaced so far apart. Grace says they try to keep the people comfortable between outposts. She and June set up a little camp. Grace makes a list. A zombie wanders in, and June tells everyone to get in the truck. In her interview, she says they’ll find a place to call home – eventually. There has to be a right place. June plays with her pseudo engagement ring. Al asks, when’s the wedding? but June says they have more important things to do. As far as she’s concerned, they’re already married. In John’s interview, he says June has his word and heart. That’s all that matters in this world. Al notices Grace checking her lymph nodes, and Grace says she wakes up wondering if today is the day she’ll feel sick. It used to stop her from doing things, but now she does as much as she can with what she has.

Morgan says when they were on the plane, he never pictured them coming this far. He feels good about what they’re doing, and seeing what it’s doing for everybody. Al asks what it’s done for him, and he says he might not have had the answer before he met Tess.

Luci radios Morgan, saying they need some help, and he asks where they’re going. He pulls up to a farmhouse. Luci says they tried to reach her husband on the walkie. From inside, Tess radios Luci, saying she doesn’t know what’s taking so long. Morgan asks if she can come out, but she says she can’t. They rigged the field, and she doesn’t know where they are. John joins them, and Morgan wonders what she’s talking about, when a zombie comes through the gate, and blows up. John says, landmines. Pieces of zombie rain down on them. Morgan asks, how many more? but Tess doesn’t know. John says the noise is going to bring more, and Morgan says they have to fix the fence.

Sarah listens to Convoy in her truck, and sings along over the radio. In her interview, Charlie says, they like their trucker music. Duane says, it’s all they listen to. Daniel says, this is not music. Sarah says, it’s not just music; it’s their anthem. It’s how they stay in touch when Wen is watching the kids in tanktown. Daniel says, they should have shot Logan in the mouth as soon as he opened it. No more words. He’s proven worth of his words.

Tess says the landmines were put everywhere. Morgan says they have to keep the zombies away from the fence. He asks where Tess’s husband went, and she says to the drugstore for an inhaler. Their son has asthma. Morgan asks if he’s okay, and she says, yes… no… yes. Morgan says they’ll send people to look for him. He asks her if she won’t come out in the meantime, and see what they look like. She asks about the cameras, and John suggests turning them off, but Al says, no. It’s important. Morgan says they’re recording so they can show people what they’re about. Al says not many people saw what they did, and they’re trying to figure the best way to get the message out. So people know they’re not full of crap. John radios Alicia and June. Morgan asks why Tess can’t leave, and Tess says she hasn’t left since things went bad. They have supplies. John says a map of the landmines would have helped. Morgan says it took him a long time to leave the first place he was in. Tess says her husband will be back soon. Morgan wants to make sure her boy gets what he needs. A zombie starts to come through the gate, but John shoots it. John tells Morgan, he said it would draw a crowd. Does he think they can find her husband? Morgan says they crashed a plane and put it back together. They should be able to find a husband. In John’s interview, he says it hit close to home with each of them in their own particular way.

June looks for medical supplies in a pharmacy. She radios Morgan, saying, there’s no inhaler. In her interview, she says, Tess needed to leave the house, and couldn’t. That’s what happens when you settle in one place too long. Things go bad. In Alicia’s interview, she says they thought they should split up to cover more ground. Alicia finds the tree with the message, if you’re reading this, you’re still here. June radios, asking if anyone sees anything. Victor says, nothing, but Alicia says she sees a message on a tree. In her interview, she says her mom looked for a little bit of good when she went out in the world. She would have liked this. We go back to Alicia by the tree. A zombie approaches her, and Victor pikes it from behind. She says she hasn’t killed since after the plane crash. She doesn’t want to go back there.

Morgan goes around the fence. In his interview, John says, a woman with a son; that’s what Morgan lost. Al asks Morgan if he wants to talk about it. He says, no. John says when he was a cop, he and his partner went for whole shifts without saying anything. They knew what made each other tick, and had each other’s backs. He was a good partner. Morgan says, John’s not a good talker. At least not always. Neither is he. At least not always. John tells Morgan that he’ll cover him. Al follows with the camera. Morgan starts to follows the fence, but the zombies pressing against it are too heavy, and that panel falls in. They blow up, and John says it’s the ugliest mustard he’s ever seen. His grandfather worked in a deli, and used to say that. In his interview, Morgan says, it was intense. John says Morgan has to get to the porch before… There’s another explosion; Morgan and Al duck. In Al’s interview, she says, words can’t describe it. Zombies keep blowing up. Morgan asks if everything is all right inside, and Tess says, yeah. Morgan radios June, asking where the inhaler is. Victor says the tree wasn’t the only remarkable thing they came across. June says, a walker came at Alicia. Not just any walker. Alicia says, it was him. June says, it was Tess’s husband. June takes inhaler out of a backpack.

Morgan says they don’t know how close the mines are to house, but runs toward it. In his interview, he says it was loaded for him. He knew from the moment he talked to them. Al says, because what happened to his wife and son? and he says, yes. He continues to move toward to house, and slams a zombie. Al says, don’t move… your left foot… sh*t. Morgan tells John not to come any closer; he doesn’t want anyone else get hurt. John says it could take a while, he might as well have company.

Victor drives up. June has the inhaler. John says they don’t know how many of these things there are. Tess asks what’s going on, and Morgan says they have the inhaler. She needs to come out. She says, Ben will be back. He can get it, and help them too. Morgan tells her, Ben’s not coming back. They found him. He got what they needed. Can she come out? She insists he’s coming back, and Morgan says she can’t bring herself to say goodbye. June gets it; it’s hard. Morgan says if she’s not coming out, he’ll have to get inside. June wonders if Al should put the camera down, but Morgan says, they need to see this. Al says she’s dealt with landmines before. It’s either a dud or a pressure release device. They won’t know until they see what it is. Al tells Morgan to dig the dirt from around it gently, so they can see what they’re up against. John gives him a pocketknife. Once the device is exposed, Al tells him how to rig it, so it doesn’t explode. He asks how sure she is, and she says, 50/50.  He says he had something planned for tonight. Something he thinks they all need. John tells him, don’t make any final pronouncements, but Morgan says he’s not doing that. He’s saying it’s still on. He says, on three, but Tess comes out, and tells him, wait. What he’s using won’t work. She’s seen Ben do it a hundred times before. Morgan tells her, stay back, but she says she can help. She wants to help. She knows he’s not coming back.

She carefully walks toward Morgan, and gives him some kind of clip, saying, he used these. Al explains to slide the pin in where the holes line up, and lift his foot slowly to release the pressure. He follows her instructions, and June asks if they think it will hold. John thinks Al should back up, and Morgan says they all should. They back away, but Luci has the camera and keeps filming Morgan. He steps away, and says, let’s go. In her interview, Luci says, she hadn’t gone out in two years. June says, she did today. To help Morgan. Morgan says, because he was there to help her. June asks how he feels, and there’s an explosion where he’d been standing. Tess comes out with her son. In Morgan’s interview, he says he didn’t think she’d come out. Al asks, why not? He says, you can hear somebody’s gone, even see for yourself, and you still can’t believe it. Sometimes you just can’t say goodbye. Morgan hands the boy the inhaler.

The group makes dinner at the campsite. Morgan says he’s been wanting to do it for a while, and they finally could. Grace is making pad thai, and says the recipe has been on her refrigerator for years, and this is what it took for her to make it. She’s just missing peanuts. I wonder if she memorized it, or took it with her just in case. Tess is interviewed, and she says Ben didn’t think everyone was bad. He just thought they needed to stay put to survive where they were, and help would come. He was right. She thanks them, and hugs her son. John says, there’s a proud tradition of eating noodles around a campfire with this group. Morgan asks Alicia if she wants to practice tomorrow, but she says she’s working on something on her own. In her interview, she says she wants to know who’s painting the trees. She wants to find them.

Sarah pulls up, with the others. Everyone laughs and eats. At their happiest, I don’t think they’ve ever looked this content on The Walking Dead. In his interview, Morgan says, you never know where help will come from, but we all need it. Al asks if he’s talking about Tess or himself. He’d said he didn’t think he could answer before Tess. He says he knew he needed help with something, but he didn’t know what it was. It’s been long time since lost them. He still hasn’t said goodbye. He thinks he needs to, but doesn’t know how.

On camera, Alicia says she needs help finding her own way to make things better. John needs to figure out how to make the world like it used to be. June needs to find a place for them. One that won’t be like other the other places they’ve been. Grace says there are things she wants to do. Victor wants to make the most of his second chance. Daniel wants to be a man his daughter would have been proud to call dad. Duane says, he wants to end the day knowing he tried to make someone else’s day better. Charlie wants to do right by the people who took a chance on her. Sarah says she’s keeping the rig chugging for the poet of pavement. Al says she’s making sure their stories aren’t just interviews on paper. She started filming so they’d have it, but it’s become so much more.

Each person says a piece of the end (and I paraphrase). No one can do it on their own. That’s why they made the tape. They need people. That’s how they’ll last. When everyone is helping one another. So if you’re watching, pick up a radio, or leave food, do something, anything. Help yourself. Help us. Help everyone. When everyone starts helping, that’s how they’ll help everyone.

A TV goes to black. A guy (whose name we’ll find out later, is Wes) picks up his knapsack and radio. He listens at the back door, and notices there’s a padlock on it. He takes some snacks, looks at the take what you need, leave what you don’t box – with the phrase help how you can now added – breaks the lock on the door, and walks out of Long Oak Gas. He fills his bike tank. He sees two cars coming, and says, sh*t. A bunch of uniformed people with guns get out of the cars, led by Logan (sans uniform). Wes says he doesn’t want trouble, and Logan says neither does he. There’s something Wes needs to see. He tosses a worn-through pair of boots down, and says, that’s what happens to shoes you walk two hundred miles in. The dead walk; we weren’t meant to. He spent a lot of time clearing the roads, and can’t make use of his own handiwork because their gas was taken. One of Logan’s people takes Wes’s bag, while another siphons the gas out of his bike. Logan asks Wes where the oilfields are. Forget the horse sh*t. Wes says he’s ignorant of said horse sh*t. He’s not with those people who made the tape. Horse sh*t of a different kind. Logan says he likes Wes, but wants to make sure he can’t follow. Two of Logan’s people shoot the tires on Wes’s bike. Logan says, unless Wes wants to join the marching band – he points to a few zombies headed toward the station – he might want to get out.  Wes asks, how? Logan says, call them. When they pick up, tell them they’re making more enemies than friends out there. He tosses Wes a radio, and says they have more bullets than they know what to do with. One of his cronies shoots in the air.

They drive off. Wes looks at the radio.

Next time, Morgan says they’re doing right, Dwight is knocked out by an unknown assailant, Daniel says they need to keep moving, and a working escalator!

💀 Not to rush the season, but The Walking Dead will be back on October 6th.

💍 Two Repeats and a Catfish…

Meet the couples on the new season of Before You Even Think Of That Green Card 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days.

https://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/pictures/90-day-fiance-before-the-90-days-season-3-cast/

https://www.tlcme.com/shows/90-day-fiance/photo-galleries/meet-the-new-couples-of-90-day-fiance–before-the-90-days-season

🚚 Thanks Sarah…

Because now it’s stuck in my head. Just sharing the wealth.

 

 

 

 

August 9. 2019 – Memory Download Complete, General Spoilers, Billy’s Exit, More On the OC, Jill Moves In, Fear Comeback, OctogenariQuotes & Coastal Weekend

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General Hospital

Peter goes to the Crimson office. Maxie says it’s been crazy. Valentin and Nina have decided to prioritize their wedding, happening next month, and Sasha collapsed. No one knows what’s wrong, but the hospital is keeping her until they do. In the meantime, she’s stuck doing Nina’s job, which she’s always wanted, but Nina has minions and Maxie is minionless. James has forgotten what she looks like. She rambles on for a while, then asks Peter why he didn’t stop her. He says he didn’t think it was possible, and it was a lovely symphony. She asks if it even made sense, and he repeats what she said, but more concisely, and asks how he can help. She says he can start with this, and kisses him.

Lulu meets Robert at Charlie’s. He thanks her for coming, and she says it must have something to do with Dante. He says, savvy as ever. He’s afraid he does.

At a nearby table, Willow gets a text from Chase. He’s sorry. It’s a work thing. He’ll be there soon.

Chase asks Elizabeth if there’s been any word. She says she tracked Cameron’s phone to 721 Dewitt. Chase says that’s the warehouse district. It’s a dicey neighborhood. She says she’s going to go looking for him, and Chase says he’ll take her there.

Meanwhile, at 721, Franco tells Cameron it will be okay. He’s enjoyed getting to know Cameron. He’s a good kid. Cameron says Franco is a good man. Franco says he needs Cameron to do him a favor. Tell his mother that Franco loves her. Tell her that he’ll be back. Cabot injects him. Cameron cries, and tells Cabot to stop. Shiloh pats Cameron’s head, which is really weird. He tells Cameron, if it works out, it won’t matter what he tells Franco. He asks Cabot how long it’s going to take, and Cabot says he’s starting the process now. There’s some kind of device on Franco’s head that looks like it was made by Fisher Price.

Robert tells Lulu that Dante suffered a major setback after the shooting. The facility wasn’t equipped with what he needs to be helped, so the Bureau moved him. Lulu says it’s bad news, but hardly a surprise. She asks what the new facility can do for him, and if the WSB is still going to help. Robert says the primary concern is Dante hurting himself or other people. The deprogramming has been postponed. Lulu asks for how long, and he says, indefinitely.

Maxie is thinking velvet tablecloths, and asks what Peter thinks. He thinks whatever she chooses will be perfect. He kisses her neck, and she says she’s supposed to be working. He says she was supposed to be working last time, but she insists she needs to work. He says, fine, and kisses her again. Work it is.

Shiloh asks Cabot if it worked, and Cabot says it’s in progress; look at the status bar. Shiloh wants the information he needs, but Cabot says he’ll have to wait until the subject wakes up. Shiloh asks when that is, and Cabot says, when he opens his eyes and asks, where am I, and how did I get here? Cameron tells Cabot that Shiloh isn’t letting them live. When he gets the information he wants, he’ll kill all of them. Shiloh tells Cameron that he’s had enough, threatening him with the duct tape.. He says if Cameron isn’t a good boy, he’ll tape his nose shut too. Drew and Curtis bust in, and Drew knocks Shiloh down and out. He runs to Cameron, and Curtis drags Shiloh back up. Cameron tells Drew to help Franco. Drew tells Cabot, stop it now, or he’ll put a hole in him. Cabot says, the procedure cannot be stopped or reversed. Unless it failed… Drew says he better hope it failed. Cabot says, the procedure can only function in the way it’s deigned. Forgive the metaphor, but it’s a one-way street. Ideally, when the patient regains consciousness, his consciousness will be that of Drew; the man Drew was in 2012. The screen says memory download complete. Franco’s eyelids flutter.

On the phone, Drew gives the address to the police. Curtis ties Cabot’s hands behind his back. Cabot asks if they must do this. It’s undignified. Curtis tells him not to talk dignity or fairness. Drew says, Franco had better live. Cabot says physically, he’ll be fine. Drew says, mentally…? Shiloh says Franco won’t be his friend anymore. He’ll be a Navy SEAL, or whatever the hell he was in 2012. Drew tells Franco that if he can her him, they’re getting him out of there. Hang on. He tells Cameron it will be okay. Elizabeth and Chase run in, and Chase says they were already on their way when he got the 911. Cameron says what happened is his fault; he’s so sorry. Drew says, no, it’s not his fault.

Robert tells Lulu that he doesn’t feel Dante is coming home. She says, ever? and he says, for the foreseeable future. He still has a lot of friends at the bureau. If anything happens, and Dante’s status is changed, he’ll be all over it. She says knowing Robert is looking out for him helps. He kisses the top of her head, and tells her, good luck. They’ll get through this. She says, she has to. He leaves, and Willow approaches the table, asking if Lulu is all right. Lulu says she’s the opposite of all right. Willow asks if she needs company, and Lulu nods. Willow sits, saying Chase was held up at work. God only knows when he’ll show up. She guesses it’s the downside of dating a cop. Lulu says they seem pretty serious, and Willow says, it looks that way, Lulu says, before Willow gets in deeper, she needs to know what it’s really like trying to build a life with a man drawn to danger.

Cameron tells Elizabeth that he’s sorry, but Elizabeth says, the only ones responsible are these evil men. Cameron says he should have run when he had the chance. Drew says he had nothing do with any of it. Shiloh whines that the cuffs are hurting him. It’s serious police brutality. Chase tells him he’s being arrested for kidnapping, assault, false imprisonment, and more charges that are pending. He gives Shiloh his rights as he pushes him out the door. Drew starts to release Franco, but Cabot says he can’t do that. Drew says the procedure is over, but Cabot says the equipment is sensitive. Only someone properly trained can safely disconnect him. The brain has to recover at its own pace, like a computer. If it’s shut down abruptly, everything will be lost. Drew asks if Elizabeth believes him, and Elizabeth asks if she has a choice.

At the hospital, Lucas brings Cameron out, and says he’s in good shape. He’s running every test on Franco, and will let her know as soon as he gets the results. Drew thanks him, and Lucas says they have a good neurology department. Elizabeth says she knows Franco is in good hands. Chase joins them, and asks how Franco is doing. Drew says they’re doing tests now, and Chase asks if Cameron is up for giving a statement. Cameron says he wants to be there for Franco, but Elizabeth says it’s going to take some time, and he should go while it’s fresh in his mind. Drew promises he isn’t going anywhere, and Chase says they’ll only be a few steps away. Cameron leaves with Chase, and Elizabeth says Cabot’s not a doctor. Doctors take an oath to do no harm. They don’t take a hostage for forced medical experiments. She says, what if Franco doesn’t wake up? Drew says, he will. Elizabeth tells him that he doesn’t know that. Drew says he knows Franco. He’s such a big pain in the ass, he won’t be snuffed out so easy.

Chase asks Lucas, does he think it’s necessary for Cabot to be at GH? They want to take him into custody. Lucas says throw him in jail, where he can’t hurt anyone. Epiphany tells Lucas, a patient is waiting in cubicle two. It’s Shiloh, and I make a loud sound. I also think Epiphany might have warned him. Shiloh says he was hoping it would be Lucas.

Maxie tells Peter that she doesn’t mind picking out the wedding décor; she has excellent taste and doesn’t mind helping. But she wonders if she’s crossed the line between being supportive and being enabling. Peter says, enabling the wedding? and Maxie says, enabling Nina to marry Valentin. He deeply loves her, but loving someone doesn’t make you a good person. It can make a bad person worse if they deceive someone they love into believing they’re good. Peter says, or she could just respect Nina’s choice, and throw a spectacular wedding. Maxie says, on one month’s notice, they’ll have to settle for tasteful. Peter says, everything Maxie does is spectacular. They kiss, and Robert walks in. He says, isn’t this cozy? He just came from seeing Lulu, and telling her that her husband has taken a turn for the worse. And here Maxie is wrapped around the guy responsible. Funny, how things always come back to Henrik.

Lulu bets the things Willow loves about Chase also make him a good cop. Honest, protective, loyal, brave. Willow says, he’s also funny, kind, and incredibly sexy. Lulu says, here’s the thing about cops who are also great guys. They feel an obligation to do the right thing. They want to protect society at large, especially their loved ones. The obligation is so strong, they no longer care about their personal safety. Willow says, that’s not just bravery, and Lulu says, it’s a weird mix of bravery and righteousness – and sheer male stupidity. Every time they walk out the door, you take a snapshot of the person you love, thinking it might be the last time you see them, but you think, don’t let it be the last time. You want to tackle them, and beg, please don’t go, but instead you say, bye, have great day, and watch for a few seconds after the door closes. Every. Damn. Time. Willow asks if Lulu regrets marrying Dante. Lulu says, not even for a moment. If she had it to do again, she would, in a heartbeat.

Shiloh asks how Lucas’s son is. He bets Wiley is walking. It’s amazing how he resembles his mother around the eyes. The strong chin is from his side of the family. His daddy had a strong chin. Ask Sam. Lucas says Shiloh doesn’t he has a concussion. He’ll be sore for a few days, and Lucas ordered antibiotics, just in case. He’ll have plenty of time to rest up in prison. Shiloh says, if he goes to prison.

Cabot tells Drew that his attorney will be in touch, so Drew can speak on his behalf if there’s a trial. Drew says he’ll be happy to testify, but Cabot isn’t going to be happy about what he says. Cabot says when his friend wakes up and tells him about the life he doesn’t remember, Drew will thank him. Drew tells an officer, get his ass out of here.

Elizabeth tells Cameron they’re bringing Franco in any moment. Cameron says he has to tell her something about when Franco found him. He asked Cameron to give her a message. Dr Cabot had knocked him out, and by the time Franco showed up, he was out of it. Franco yelled, and woke him up. Elizabeth says he must been terrified. Cameron said he thought if Franco found him, someone else could. Shiloh was worried about the same thing, and kept pressuring Cabot. She says he doesn’t need to talk right now; he’s safe. All that matters is that he’s safe. Cameron says, because of Franco. Franco convinced Shiloh to use him instead. He said people would be mad if he hurt Cameron, but because of Franco’s past, Shiloh would get a medal for using him. Cameron tried to tell Franco that she and the boys would miss him; so would he. She’s sure that helped Franco, but Cameron doesn’t know. Franco seemed scared. Franco was telling him it was okay, but he saw it. Then Franco asked him to tell her that he loves her, and he’ll be back.

Drew asks Epiphany if he can stay with Franco, and she says, of course (🍷). He asks her to tell Elizabeth that Franco is back, and she leaves. He tells Franco, he just wants him to know that his past, all those years, mean nothing to him in comparison to their friendship. He hopes that crazy experiment doesn’t work, and Franco wakes up the same person, and his past stays buried exactly where it belongs.

Elizabeth tells Cameron, Franco said he’d be back? Cameron says after that, Cabot gave Franco a shot, and he couldn’t answer anymore. She thanks Cameron for reminding Franco how much they love him, and for giving her the message. If Franco said he’d be back, She trusts he will be.

Maxie says how dare Robert? Robert says Peter is Faison’s son. He always has another agenda. Maxie says, Peter is not his father. He’s a good person. He made mistakes because of the lies his father told him. He’s not the reason they finagled their way in to see Dante. It was her idea. Peter came along to protect her. Robert says, and that brought them closer together. No one ever said Henrik was stupid. Maxie says her mom and Mac have both accepted him. Robert says, that’s their mistake. This guy is going to drag her down as low as she can possibly go. His advice is to run. Otherwise, she’ll be sorry she ever crossed paths with this dirtbag. Geez, did I get a different impression in the preview. What’s with Robert?

Willow doesn’t know where Lulu finds the strength. Lulu says Willow escaped a cult. She got away from a very dangerous man. Willow says, not far enough. Lulu knows Shiloh did a number on her. Sometimes she feels weak and fragile because he told her that she was. What she did was beyond bravery. She’s the hero of her own story. Given all the press Shiloh and what’s left of DOD have gotten, maybe she should get some press of her own. Willow asks what she means, and Lulu says she’d like to write Willow’s story for the Invader. What compelled her to leave DOD? Willow asks if Lulu is interviewing her, and Lulu says, off the record – for now. Willow says her parents were always searching for someone to guide them. Truthfully, to make decisions for them. When it was her turn to give up control of her life, it was easy, but when she got pregnant, she had to think for the baby and herself. She needed her life to belong to her. Lulu says she makes it sound easy. Willow says, when she realized she had control all along, it was hard to let go. Lulu thinks the story is a good idea. Not just for Willow, but those who read it. She tells Willow to let her know if she changes her mind. She leaves, and Willow’s phone dings. Chase texts he’s sorry he missed her. It’s police business, and he’s at the hospital. She jets.

Elizabeth goes into where Franco is, and asks Drew if there’s anything, but no. Cameron asks Drew if they can talk outside, and they leave together. In the waiting area, Cameron says he didn’t tell the police about this because he doesn’t know the situation; it’s so bizarre. Shiloh and the crazy doctor kept talking about wanting information only Drew knows, or at least used to know.

Elizabeth asks Franco to open his eyes. Say something silly so she knows it’s him. She knows he’ll come back because Cameron told her that he said he would. She trusts he’ll keep his word, and trusts how much he loves her. She says, please come back, and touches his face.

Drew asks Cameron if Shiloh said anything else? The smallest detail. Cameron says it was something that would allow Shiloh to disappear. Drew doesn’t know what that means, but whatever it was, it was important enough for Shiloh to risk everything, including Cameron and Franco’s lives. Cameron says, he had no right to do that. Drew says, no, he didn’t. Nobody does.

Elizabeth thanks the unconscious Franco for protecting Cameron. He’s a hero to Cameron now, like he’s always been to her. She has to admit, she’s sick of seeing him in a hospital bed. Give it a rest for a while. She was thinking about what he said to Cameron. She’s so in love with him, the world would be infinitely less wonderful without him in it. Cameron asks if he can join her, and she tells him, come in. He wanted to say how sorry he is, but she says, stop. He didn’t do anything wrong. He says, none of this would have happened if he’d done the smart thing and run when he had the chance. She says someone asked him for help, and it was the wrong person. She’s proud of his compassion, and of Franco, risking everything to save him.

Maxie tells Peter, she’s so sorry. Robert had no right to talk to him like that. Peter says his father tormented Robert and his family for decades. He can understand why Robert would want to protect her. Maxie says, that’s crap. Anyone who spends five minutes with Peter knows he’s transcended his father’s influence. If he hadn’t, she’d still blame him for Nathan’s death. Which she doesn’t. She’s accepted him, and so have Anna and Robin. And Mac doesn’t dislike him. It’s time for Robert, along with the rest of the world, to let him live outside of his father’s shadow. He doesn’t know if that’s possible. Lulu comes in, and Peter says he’ll let them talk. He’s going to get take-out. Maxie says Robert was just there, and Lulu says so she knows about Dante. Maxie says he was too busy raking Peter over the coals to tell her anything useful. Lulu says there’s not much to report, but she’s made her decision about Dante.

Willow runs into the hospital, looking for Chase. Lucas asks if she’s heard. Shiloh is shuttled past the reception desk, and sees Willow. He says, how touching his baby mama, and her pretend daddy. She asks what he did. Did he do something to Wiley? Lucas says he was just telling Shiloh that Wiley is at home with his father, who loves him very much. Willow says Shiloh isn’t Wiley’s father, and never will be. The officer takes Shiloh away, and Willow asks what he’s doing there. Please tell her that he’s dying. Lucas says, no, but she happen to notice his traveling companion? He’s wracked up more felony charges. He’s going to prison. Chase arrives, and Lucas says he’ll let Chase fill her in. She grabs him, and he asks what she’s doing there. She says looking for him. Thank God he’s okay.

Robert asks Curtis if Shiloh and Cabot actually tried the memory map process on Franco. Curtis says, they did more than that. Robert asks if it worked, but Curtis says they’ll have to wait for Franco to regain consciousness. If it failed, everything’s fine. If it didn’t… Robert says they’ll have to deal with the fallout.

Drew stops Shiloh, and says he claimed Drew had some information that could make him disappear. Shiloh says, the key to our future lies in our past. Zzzz… Drew tells him, knock it off. Cameron sees Shiloh, and runs toward him, but Drew grabs Cameron before he reaches Shiloh, who’s laughing his head off. He says, come and get me, kid. Cameron says he’s going to pay for this. He thinks he can just erase his stepfather. Shiloh is the one who should be erased. Shiloh says his stepfather wanted to do it. Cameron is his witness.  Drew tells the officer to get Shiloh out of there. Shiloh laughs like a hyena, as he’s led away. Drew tells Cameron, breathe. Cameron says he’s going to make Shiloh pay.

Lulu tells Maxie that she never wanted Dante to go after Raj. They never discussed it; it was a done deal, just like the divorce. Too bad. She loves him, and doesn’t want a divorce. She’s choosing to honor her vows. For better or worse; for sickness and in health. She won’t fight Dante in court, but if he wants to end the marriage, it’s entirely on him.

Chase asks if Willow wants water or bad coffee, but she just wants him to stay there. He asks what happened, and she says he texted her, saying he was going to be late because of work, then he landed in the hospital. He says he told her that he was at the hospital, not in the hospital. His job requires it sometimes. She says, all she saw was his name and hospital, and her imagination ran away. She thought something happened. She tells him, stop smiling; it’s making her feel better, which makes her feel stupid. He says he can’t turn it off when he’s around her. She tells him to promise never to scare her again like that. He says he’ll do his best, and they kiss.

Cameron asks why Drew stopped him. Drew says because assaulting a dirtbag is still a crime. Cameron and his mom have enough to worry about. Cameron says he never felt that helpless. Drew says he feels helpless too. He wasn’t there in time to save Franco, the way Franco saved him. Cameron says he saw Shiloh, and all he could think about was that Shiloh was walking around, after he took Cameron’s stepfather from him as he watched. Drew knows it hurts. He wants to get back at Shiloh for all the people Shiloh has hurt too. Hate isn’t a word they’re supposed to use or feel, but the predators and users… Cameron says, they deserve to be hated, and to pay. Drew says he’s right, but they have to go about it in the right way. The world needs less Shiloh and more Cameron. If he can take that hate and focus doing the right thing, he can get great things done. That’s why Franco put it all on the line for him. He knows the world needs more Cameron. Cameron thanks him. He can’t believe he’s saying this, but the world needs more Franco too.

Lucas tells Elizabeth, the good news is all Franco’s brain functions are operating as they should. Elizabeth says, so he’s physically fine. Lucas says, the bad news is, they don’t know how the drastically procedure impacted him. Elizabeth says, so until he wakes up, they won’t know how much Franco is still inside of him. Lucas says, yeah.

On Monday, Lucy tells Kim that one door shuts and another opens, Elizabeth asks Franco to fight and wake up, and Carly tells Sonny that he can do this.

🏥 Half-Spoiled…

Some of these we already know, but others are still a question mark.

https://www.fame10.com/general-hospital/general-hospital-spoilers/general-hospital-crazy-and-surprising-spoilers-for-august-2019/2/

🚑 Will Billy Be a Hero…

They’ve been wrong before though.

https://www.celebdirtylaundry.com/2019/general-hospital-spoilers-camerons-a-murder-suspect-shilohs-deadly-fate-draws-closer/

🍊 OC Tea…

And more on the OG’s demotion. Ouch.

https://starmagazine.com/photos/rhoc-season-14-premiere-recap-vicki-gunvalson-demotion/?utm_source=email&em_hash=72048a93bc8188334dc1071a32fe8f3b

🗽 But the Rent Is Too Damn High…

Jill Zarin has a new squeeze.

https://pagesix.com/2019/08/07/jill-zarin-moves-into-penthouse-with-boyfriend-gary-brody/

💀 See You When the Dead Walk…

Fear the Walking Dead returns Sunday, August 11th, at 9 pm.

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/watch-fear-the-walking-dead-is-back-in-explosive-look-at-midseason-premiere

📍 Quotes of the Week

The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values. – William S. Burroughs

I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. – Stephen Covey

It is downright aggressive to open a bag of salmon jerky in a contained area, and especially one where everyone is basically tied down to a seat (aka plane).Fodors.com (sorry, the author’s name obliterated by an ad. 😕

We don’t need to settle on a medieval solution for a 21st century problem. — South Carolina democratic representative Joe Cunningham on increasing border security by building a wall.

Make up your mind before time makes it up for you. – Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), General Hospital

We’re not just behind the eight ball, we’re behind the whole pool table at this point. – contestant on MasterChef

Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen. – Orhan Pamuk (author, My Name Is Red)

Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving. – Erma Bombeck

✈ Whatever Coast You’re On…

Or even if you’re just coasting along, enjoy your weekend.