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June 18, 2020 – A Best Of Flashback, Top Chef Crowned, Fan Fave, Juneteenth Ideas, Is She Or Not, Thirsty, Watching Stars, Coming Up, a Mansion, Gordon’s Back, Say It Three Times & Dad

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

And the GH Flashback roulette wheel says… October 15th, 2015. I heard on an ad that this week is the best of Sonny and Carly, which brings cohesion to the randomness. Sonny surprised Carly with a wedding in the hospital chapel, that Maxie jumped through hoops to put together in record time. Josslyn and Kristina looked like babies, Sabrina attended with Michael, and Josslyn played the Wedding March on the flute. I assumed it was actually her playing, and was impressed, since the flute is very difficult to master.

Paul showed up at the gallery, while trying to set up Anna via text using the name Sloane. Paul told Ava to be prepared for the dismantling of the Corinthos organization. His plan was about to come to fruition. He told Ava that Carrrlos’s fate and Anna’s were going to dovetail (who uses that word, except in reference to carpentry?). Ava asked if it was a coincidence, but Paul said it was careful planning. He wanted Ava to launder some money via art collectors he was going to send, but Ava wasn’t keen on the idea. Paul asked if she wanted to go to prison for Connie’s murder, since he had her confession on tape. Ava said she was afraid of losing Avery, and Paul relented, saying he wasn’t heartless, and Ava would be of no use to him if her mind was elsewhere. He told her to deal with the custody case first.

Old Jordan wanted to talk to Anna about Carrrlos’s disappearance, since Anna was the last one to see him. Jordan said her leads had gone cold, and Mayor Lomax was breathing down her neck.

While talking to Dillon at the pier, Maxie saw a body in the water, and Dillon called the police. Jordan determined it was Carrrlos, which wasn’t hard since he’d had his wallet on him. When Paul showed up, she said Carrrlos had been shot at close range. That explained why he avoided detection for so long – he was dead. Yep. That will do it. Paul suggested Sonny had gotten his revenge.

Sonny and Carly said their vows. Sonny told Carly that she saved his life every day, and he was blessed that she chose him. Carly said she’d had a taste of life without him, and promised that neither one of them was going anywhere without the other. Dante’s phone rang during the vows, and he stepped aside to take it. Bobbie suggested Sonny make a change, so no one else would get hurt. Dante told them that Carrrlos had been pulled from the harbor, and he was dead. Sabrina freaked, and Dante went to the station. Morgan told Sonny and Carly that Carrrlos had gotten what he deserved, and Sonny said he didn’t ask for retaliation. Morgan said they were looking at him like they thought he did it, and told them they could think what they wanted to; it was his wedding gift to them, and enjoy it while it lasted. When he left, Sonny told Carly that he thought Morgan wished he had shot Carrrlos, but he would have heard about it if Morgan had done it. He explained that Ava had let the Five Families (not a restaurant) that Carrrlos had shot Sonny and acted alone. The only one who could dispute it was Carrrlos, and he wasn’t talking. Carly said that was convenient for Ava, and Sonny said she was up to her lying neck in it. Sabrina told Michael that she’d known Carrrlos most of his life, and Carrrlos had done awful things, but didn’t deserve to get shot.

Anna went to the gallery, and told Ava that she knew it wasn’t Carrrlos who shot Sonny, since he was on the run for killing Duke. Why would he escape Port Charles, then come back to shoot Sonny? She said Ava claiming that’s what happened implied she had something to hide, and asked who Ava was covering for. Paul called Anna, and told her to meet him at Pier 54.

Nathan assumed that Valerie was pregnant after Maxie found a positive pregnancy test in the trash, and Valerie gave him the business about jumping to conclusions. Valerie saw Maxie in the interrogation room after she gave her statement, and Maxie told her it was like a scene from a scary movie, and kept playing in her head. She told Valerie that she knew Valerie and Dillon were having sex, and Valerie said Dillon was a great guy, but that was a no, and had never happened.  Maxie asked whose baby Valerie was worried about carrying. Valerie said she didn’t know what Maxie was  talking about, and didn’t think Maxie did either. Maxie said Valerie had thrown a positive pregnancy test in the trash, and Valerie said Maxie had assumed because she was near the trash can, it must be hers. She suggested the next time Maxie decided to go snooping, get her facts straight. In the meantime, Dante told Dillon to stay the hell away from his wife.

Sonny joked that he and Carly were going to Iowa for their honeymoon, and Lulu told Bobbie that she and Dante were in discussion about expanding their family.

Ava told Paul that Sonny knew she’d lied about Carrrlos, and was asking inconvenient questions, but Paul said he had everything under control.

Carly cuddled with Sonny in his hospital room, and Sonny said it wasn’t the way he’d pictured their honeymoon, but it did feel like Des Moines. She thought it was more like Cedar Rapids.

Top Chef – Finale

The chefs were challenged with cooking the meal of their lives. The final three were Bryan, who the crown had eluded for more than a decade; Melissa, who had more wins than anyone; and Stephanie, the private chef underdog, who had proven she had skills to be feared. The prize was a feature in Food and Wine magazine, an appearance at the Food and Wine festival in Aspen, and $250K. Not bad. I love that magazine, and that’s a nice chunk of change. Bryan said he’d slap them in the face with heart and soul, and we flashed back to the Italian chefs saying there was no soul in his food. Padma tasked them with making the best progressive four-course meal of their lives – no twists. They would be serving it to the best chefs from all over world. Kevin, Lee Anne, and Brian full of Malarkey came out to give their support as sous chefs. Gregory would have been there instead of Brian, but he was still battling back issues. The chefs drew knives for picking order, and Stephanie was first, choosing Brian full of Malarkey, for his enthusiasm and skills. Stephanie also admitted that during Restaurant Wars she fell in love with him. Not literally. Brian chose Kevin, who said, let’s get the band back together, which left Melissa with Lee Anne. Melissa said they’d never worked together, but Lee Ann knew Asian flavors, and was a beast in the kitchen. She thought they’d do well. Padma told them they’d be shopping in the food hub of Florence, and would have five hours to prep and cook back at the Renaissance Tuscany. They were to make the meal as cohesive as possible, and Tom said the judges expected nothing but the best.

Melissa said her mission was to marry Asian flavor with what she’d learned in Italy, bringing Italy to her heritage, so it would portray her adventure. While this isn’t Project Runway, I have to mention that Lee Anne was wearing the coolest fried-egg-and-bacon crocheted scarf. If I was crafty that way, I’d be making one starting tonight. Bryan said he and Stephanie were yin and yang; their minds were one. In the evening, the judges turned the tables, and Tom, Padma, and Gail did the cooking. The chefs were met outside by Tom, who was doing some rustic farmhouse cooking on the grill, which gave Melissa an idea for her main course. They all sat down to eat together, and Padma wished them luck, telling them to cook their hearts out. After dinner, Stephanie called best friend Kristen, who was also the Season 10 winner. Stephanie said she thought her chances of winning were one in three. Melissa called her mom, and Bryan called his brother Michael.

After three hours in the kitchen, the judges were served the first two courses. You knew it was good by the way they were shoveling it in, especially one guy who reminded me of the drive-in guy Joe Bob Briggs and was wearing a shirt with steer on it. Later, I found out he was an Italian butcher named Dario. Gail said Bryan was a great technician, but this time showed soul and love in his food as well. Drive-in Bob Dario said, mama mia! and the main course came out. Melissa made grilled squab; Bryan went with blackened monkfish; and Stephanie made a veal dish. Padma said the food was universally wonderful, and food editor Nilou Motamed said she didn’t like squab, but was now a convert. At this point, I was pretty sure Melissa was going to win. Then, OMG THE DESSERTS CAME OUT. They were all to die for, and I’m not sure which one I wanted more; Bryan’s dark chocolate and ice cream thing, to which Dario responded, mmm… cardamom; Stephanie’s sticky toffee pudding (I don’t know what the hell that is, but give me two servings); or Melissa’s tea-infused tiramisu with a crunchy topping. When the dinner was done, the chefs applauded themselves, and then the judges applauded them when they were called back out. During the final discussion, Dario teared up over how Melissa respected the Italian traditions with her dessert. He said, a butcher who cries, how embarrassing, prompting one of the other guest judges to come over and give him a hug.

When the chefs were brought out to meet with the usual judges, plus Nilou, for the final time, Tom said he thought they all cooked the best meal of their lives, and Padma said she saw the story of their lives on the plates. She relayed that Hunter Lewis from Food and Wine found Bryan’s beets beguiling. Say that three times real fast. Tom said Bryan had erased the impression that he couldn’t cook with soul and heart. Gail said that Melissa had joined the Asian and Italian cultures, and told her about Dario getting emo over her tiramisu. Melissa said they were all artists who loved hearing that their journeys were understood. Stephanie joked that she was going for fan favorite. She had done damage to people who loved her by being sad, and this showed them that she was okay. Tom said, sometimes the voyage is more important than the destination, because you find out what you’re made of. You have to go deeper, and what comes out is who you are. They all made that journey, but there could only be one Top Chef. Arriving for the announcement were Melissa’s mom, Bryan’s brother, and Stephanie’s husband.

With that, Padma told Melissa, she was Top Chef. In Melissa’s interview, she said it had been a wild adventure, but this time she’d done it for herself, and wasn’t trying to earn her father’s approval. She wanted to prove to herself that she could achieve a goal that she’d set. In Stephanie’s interview, she said she accomplished what she’d wanted to do. She hadn’t felt good about the mental space she was in since her brother died. This would give everyone something else to talk about for a while. In Bryan’s interview, he said he’d learned a lot about himself. There were sixteen Top Chefs, but he was the only one who’d done what he did. He’d been runner-up three times, but was never doing this again. Melissa said, once you believe in yourself, nothing can stop you. She knew it sounded cliché, but the world was her oyster. She could do anything now.

👓 On Watch What Happens Live (@home in the Hamptons – @must be nice), Padma and Tom were guests, and Melissa made an appearance. Padma announced Melissa was also the fan favorite, netting her another $10K. Melissa donated that win to Black Visions Collective, the Trevor Project, and Asian Americans for Equality. And for that, Andy gave the night’s mazel.

🥧 Baking For the Teenth…

An idea to celebrate Juneteenth.

https://thechalkboardmag.com/juneteenth-bake-sale

📺 Watchlist…

Some Juneteenth suggestions for your viewing pleasure.

https://www.tvguide.com/news/shows-and-movies-to-watch-for-juneteenth/?ftag=NLS-04-10aaa2i

📚 For the Bookworm In You…

A Juneteenth reading list.

https://www.essence.com/entertainment/juneteenth-books/#546891

🍑 Pour the Nene Tea…

A Twitter user suggested her ego has become bigger than her entertainment value. I think they might be right.

https://www.essence.com/entertainment/nene-leakes-fired-real-housewives-atlanta/

https://people.com/tv/nene-leakes-denies-shes-not-returning-to-rhoa/

🥃 Give That Lady a Drink…

Like not every single one of them is thirsty. It’s not like they’re on the show to educate people about… anything.

https://hollywoodlife.com/2020/06/17/kelly-dodd-slams-tamra-judge-thirsty-firing-comments-rhoc-feud/

🛸 Where No Man Has Gone…

But you can go for free.

https://www.tvguide.com/news/star-trek-movies-streaming-free-imdb-tv/?ftag=NLS-04-10aaa2i

📑 Head Start…

A list of what’s coming to the small screen, and not.

https://www.tvguide.com/news/features/abc-2020-2021-fall-tv-lineup/?ftag=NLS-04-10aaa2i

👠 Sometimes She’s All Of Us…

While probably none of us will ever have her closet, or will even be able to afford one of her shoes, Sutton sometimes reminds me of how the audience feels. Kind of horrified.

https://www.eonline.com/news/1162587/rhobh-s-sutton-stracke-lists-bel-air-mansion-for-almost-9-million-tour-inside-the-estate?source=email&medium=daily

🛶 Unchart This…

You can catch Gordon in Uncharted on the National Geographic (NatGeo) channel on Sundays at 10 pm. It’s also free on YouTube.

https://www.eonline.com/news/1162499/watch-jason-kennedy-go-crawfishing-with-gordon-ramsay-try-not-to-laugh

📽 Who Can Take a Sunrise…

Candyman returns in a spiritual sequel. Tony Todd and Vanessa Williams will be making return appearances, and Jordan Peele wrote the screenplay, so that’s enough for me.

https://www.essence.com/entertainment/candyman-nia-dacosta-new-teaser/

🤸‍♀️ Is It Friday Again Yet…?

Father’s Day is coming up this weekend, and here’s hoping you have/had a good relationship with yours. My dad was the best. He had a wonderful sense of humor, was ahead of his time, and the fairest person I’ve ever known. Stay safe, stay celebratory, and stay in touch with your family, be they blood relatives or chosen.

May 28, 2020 – Nurse’s Ball 2015, Look Out Newport, New Interpretations, a Hiatus, a Break-Up, Gordon Speaks & Keep Going

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Today’s GH Nurse’s Ball flashback was from May 1st, 2015. Britt and Brad watched the red carpet from home while eating ice cream out of the container. Patrick was with Sam, Hayden showed up with Drew (at the time, Jake Doe), and Michael was with Sabrina. Duke was back from the dead, and Anna showed up with who-the-hell-is-that-guy? Felix arrived with Lucas, but told the interviewer that it wasn’t a love match; he was still single and Lucas was very much in love with someone else. Spinelli accompanied Maxie, and Nathan came with adorkable Ellie. Spinelli accidently tripped Maxie, causing a near nip slip, which Brad and Britt put on heavy replay. Old Nikolas, old Jordan with Shawn, and Dante were there, Nikolas bringing Valerie.

Burned in a fire accidentally started by Cameron, Spencer also spent the night at home, wearing a Phantom mask. Seeing Emma with Cameron on the red carpet, Spencer said, what the fudge? but Britt showed up like a fairy godmother to take him to the Ball to claim his ladylove. Carly had a plan to get Ric run out of town, but told Ric she wanted to put their differences aside, wishing him all the happiness he deserved. This time Aveeno got the plugs, and Obrecht crashed the end of the opening number with 99 Luftballons. After Carly outed Ric and Elizabeth for lying to Jake Doe about who he really was, Brad bailed out the ball with, I Want to Marry You, and a proposal to Lucas. Ending the episode, Elizabeth finally told Jake Doe that he was really Jason. Which he ended up not being, but we didn’t know that then.

The Real Housewives of New York City

We ended last week with a three-way hug between Ramona, Dorinda, and Sonja. We’ll see how long that lasts.

Everyone packs for Newport, Rhode Island. Sonja packs her hormones, telling assistant Matthew that they keep her nice and friendly. In Ramona’s interview, she says, Newport is a chichi place with a lot of atmosphere; like South Hampton, but tinier. Dorinda supervises the work on Bluestone Manor, as they’ve starting doing external stuff like painting.

The women – minus Dorinda who’s going separately – meet at the limo, and LuAnn calls Tinsley a child for bringing her own pillow. I think a lot of people bring their own pillows on trips. In Tinsley’s interview, she says the Newport she knows is Palm Beach as well. Whatever that means. Her mom has a place there, and the people from Palm Beach go to Newport in the summer. Leah tells Ramona that she looks twenty-five, and LuAnn tells her, compliments will get her everywhere. Ramona says they’ll have lunch when they get there, and tonight she’s having a lobster clambake. Wouldn’t that be a lobsterbake? She says, Dorinda has been edgy, and LuAnn says it was the anniversary of Richard’s death, and then it was his birthday. She’s been bitchy to everyone. Ramona says they have to show they care for her. She’s probably there already.

Yes she is. Dorinda checks into the Castle Hill Inn, telling the woman at the desk, she used to stay there with her late husband. In the limo, Leah whines, are we there yet? but it’s another two hours. Elyse says she had a humbling moment. She was passing some construction workers, who started yelling that she was beautiful. She turned around, and realized they weren’t talking to her. There was a six-foot tall blond walking behind her. Leah talks about Pita Guy, and says they had their first intimate moment. There was heavy petting, clothed, and the next day he didn’t even text. She told him she didn’t appreciate his aloof and irreverent attitude toward her time. In her interview, she says, even after seven years of therapy, and trying to hide it, the psycho bitch came out, and he saw it. She tells the women that her sister is a new mom with a seven-month old baby, and she’d like to invite Sarah along. Ramona is like, no, and Leah suggests she relax and think about it. In Ramona’s interview, she says she knows who works off who, and it’s a tenuous rope. Bringing a new personality into an already turbulent group might be a mistake.

They reach the inn, receiving welcome drinks at the desk. Dorinda is waiting for them in what looks like an empty restaurant, and they all go out onto the terrace. The waitstaff brings out trays of food, and Ramona asks for two dozen oysters. In her interview, Tinsley says she doesn’t like fighting. She’ll be happy to get a hello, but Dorinda seems approachable. Leah insists she’s not hungry, and I’m guessing she’s in what I call drinking mode, where the last thing you want is people shoving food at you. In Leah’s interview, she says she doesn’t feel good about herself, but here we go. She says she thinks Ramona would love her sister, and Ramona agrees to including Sarah in their dinner tomorrow. Ramona tells Sonja that she doesn’t want Sarah to come, but Leah talked her into it. Ramona decides they should take a vote, but Leah tells her, she already said yes. Plus, Ramona invited Elyse. Elyse says, don’t even talk to her, and in her interview, says she’s known the women for twenty years. Sonja says, guests can’t invite guests, reminding me of Jessie from NYC Prep giving one of the best quotes ever – guests of guests don’t bring guests. Leah says she’d already asked. In Sonja’s interview, she says the trip was meant for their clique of girls, and it should have been discussed among them. Ramona says she doesn’t want Sarah to come, and Leah says she’s being rude. In Dorinda’s interview, she says she thinks it’s important. Leah is in a new group, and she’s a single mom. Maybe she wants to hang around with her sister. Who cares? Leah tells Ramona, Dorinda and Tinsley said yes. What about LuAnn? LuAnn asks what do they care? and Leah says, it’s agreed. She appreciates it. Ramona says she looks forward to meeting Sarah.

They go to where they’ll be staying; cottage type rooms with terraces and gorgeous views. Dorinda tells the attendant unless he wants to be privy to something scary, she suggests he leave. He wisely takes her advice. Sonja says, the sea air feels good, and tells LuAnn, maybe they’ll get their mojo back. Leah calls Sarah, and tells her that she can come. Ramona tells Sonja, if she likes Sarah, she’ll be happy to have her.

Ramona wonders how Leah got her to say okay, and Sonja says she felt pressured. No one gets a plus-one. In Sonja’s interview, she says Ramona should have thought first. This is what she does; she says yes, then rescinds the invite. Ramona says she’s going to tell Leah tonight that her sister can’t come. In her interview, Ramona grumbles that Leah pressured her like a little girl. The dynamic won’t be good. Drinking like a fish already, Leah goes to Tinsley’s room. In Tinsley’s interview, she says she thinks she’s in for a fun time with Leah, but hopes Leah doesn’t get her naked like in the Hamptons. Leah tells Tinsley, in Newport, they don’t burp, or even pee. They head out to meet the other women for dinner.

In her interview, Tinsley says she hopes Leah doesn’t go off the deep end. Dorinda asks what Leah’s been doing while she was taking a nap all afternoon, and Leah says she started early. Ramona directs them to her clambake, down a path lit with white lights, to a table flanked with sheer drapes. Lagging behind, Leah tells Tinsley, it’s a judgement free zone, and Ramona passes out crowns, saying, they’re all princesses. LuAnn says that reminds her of Feeling Jovani, where she sings about a crown, and everyone is like, all right already. LuAnn tells Ramona, she doesn’t understand. She’d thought the more the merrier, but after reflection, Leah should have asked beforehand. In LuAnn’s interview, she says, when she thought about it, it was kind of rude asking at the last minute. Leah should have given more of a heads up. Ramona tells her, she should have said she’d love to meet Sarah another time. Tinsley and Leah finally catch up, and Tinsley screeches over the crown.

There’s a bar and a small outdoor seating area where the women have a cocktail before dinner. Dorinda and Leah want more vodka in theirs, and Ramona tries to stop Leah. In Leah’s interview, she says Ramona barely knows her, and wants to monitor her in a way she doesn’t monitor herself. Dorinda tells Ramona to leave Leah alone, and Leah says it’s her vacation; she’ll do what she wants. Leah asks the bartender for two shots, while Ramona frets, and mumbles something about Leah being a recovering alcoholic. Tinsley says Leah chose not to drink, and there’s a difference. Leah’s not a recovering alcoholic. Dorinda says they’re in a safe environment, like anywhere around this bunch is a safe environment. She tells Ramona, don’t be quick to judge. In Ramona’s interview, she says, Leah is overconsuming too quickly. What? Leah asks what Ramona is saying behind her back, and Tinsley says she told Ramona that Leah isn’t an alcoholic. Ramona says Leah stopped drinking for seven years. Leah says, it was nine, and while Ramona is her surrogate mother, and she respects that, Ramona doesn’t have to worry. In her interview, Leah says she’s feeling suffocated, and she’s worried if she’s not in Ramona’s good graces, Ramona will blow up.

They sit at a beautiful table, white everything, with white flowers down the middle. Tinsley and Sonja talk on the side. Ramona tells Sonja that she doesn’t want to say anything about Leah’s sister. In Sonja’s interview, she says she understands that Leah’s drinking makes her feel more confident. She’s an unconventional girl in a conventional town. But the strategy isn’t working. Leah sits on Sonja’s lap, and asks Tinsley if she’s going to get thrown out of Rhode Island. She’s having more fun than she’s had in an effing month and a half. In Ramona’s interview, she says she thought Sonja would have her back, but now Sonja is frolicking around, playing with Leah, and encouraging her to act this way. Ramona tells Leah to sit in her seat, and Leah says she’s rude. Leah finally sits, and says, sorry. She didn’t mean to make Ramona uncomfortable. In LuAnn’s interview, she says Leah wants to hang with the girls, but it’s been a while, and she can’t drink as much as she used to. Leah apologizes, calling Ramona mom. LuAnn says, stop freaking her out. While this is going on, Tinsley apologizes to Dorinda. Then Sonja chases Leah around the table. Ramona decides she’s going to tell Leah, because now is definitely the time. Dorinda tells Tinsley that she has so much to give. Dorinda is tough, so she was just trying to toughen Tinsley up.

This is the weirdest scene ever. While Dorinda and Tinsley talk quietly, chaos goes on next to the table. Sonja has now grabbed Leah, who falls to the ground, yelling that she doesn’t want to go on the Morgan yacht. Leah rolls around, and has lost one shoe somewhere. Sonja says Ramona has something to tell her, and Leah says she doesn’t want to go on the yacht. Ramona says she’d love to meet Leah’s sister, but at another time. Leah says, don’t go there, and Ramona says, she’s not coming. I swear, I’d just walk off this show. The paycheck can’t possibly be worth it. Dorinda tells Tinsley, maybe she was wrong. It’s Tinsley’s life, not hers. Ramona says they’ll have a cocktails and conversations party and invite Sarah, and Leah says Sarah is already on her way. Tinsley hugs Dorinda, who suggests they have a reset. In Dorinda’s interview, she says she feels like she’s in Groundhog Day, and she just wants to watch Leah destroy the place. In LuAnn’s interview, she says, bad timing on Ramona’s part. Leah is already bonkers. In Ramona’s interview, she says she didn’t expect a reaction like this. No one was murdered. Leah says she wants to talk to Ramona, but Ramona won’t talk. She says Leah is a little out of control, and Leah says, like no one in the group has been before. Elyse tries hug Leah, but Leah says, get off me. She walks over to the drapes, and pulls at them, and I fully expect the whole thing to come down, but it’s barely disturbed. In Dorinda’s interview, she says she was known as the gangster with blue eyes, but Leah is out of control.

Ramona takes Leah, who has moved on to the crying phase, away from the group. Ramona tells her to pretend like it’s yoga. Breathe in and out. LuAnn thinks Leah was rude to ask if she could invite her sister, and Sonja says Ramona was put on the spot. In Elyse’s interview, she says Leah is taking it personally instead of taking the opportunity to get to know the girls on a deeper level. Asking to bring her sister was a bad idea. Tinsley says, Leah can handle herself, but LuAnn says, clearly she can’t. Dorinda says, Leah’s not used to drinking, and LuAnn says, neither is she. Have they ever seen her behave that way? Yes. We have, and we do again, flashing back to LuAnn falling in that bush, and another clip of her just falling. In her interview, Leah says she’s done crazy in the past. She’s new to the group, and they’re not used to her kind of crazy. Ramona tells Leah that she doesn’t want to change the dynamic. Leah says she’s not staying if her sister isn’t allowed to come. Sonja says she can’t invite someone at the last minute, and Leah says, too late. Ramona can’t say yes, then no. Sonja says, they’ve got her. Sonja joins Tinsley and Dorinda in a hug, and Leah cries some more. LuAnn tells her, these bitches aren’t worth crying for. Sonja tells Ramona, it’s making her upset to see Leah upset. Let her bring her sister. They’re going to push her over the brink. Ramona tells Leah, her sister is welcome, and she’s sorry. In her interview, Ramona says Leah is new to the group, and loves her sister; maybe she’s being ridiculous. She apologizes to Leah again, and hugs her, telling her to stop crying. Ramona says she can be a control freak, but realized it mean a lot to Leah. She had to overlook her own feelings and change her mind.

In the morning, LuAnn does stretches on the terrace. Dorinda goes down to the beach, saying, waves, speak to me. She calls Leah, and asks how it’s going. Leah says she’s alive. In Dorinda’s interview, she says she knows how Leah woke up; the guilt, fear, and embarrassment. All those wonderful things that happen after a night of drinking and losing your sh*t. She’s been there. The Inn hasn’t been burned down; she’s good. Leah says she feels great, and Dorinda says Leah is her kind of girl. She asks if Leah got clarity, and Leah says she found her own clarity; her sister is coming. In her interview, Leah says she didn’t come on the trip in the best state of mind. She doesn’t remember what happened, but she feels like she released a lot of energy. Whatever happened was therapeutic. I like Leah, but it’s pretty selfish to intrude on everyone else’s time with your therapeutic insanity. She really shouldn’t drink. It’s not a good look for her.

Sonja tells Ramona, she feels great. Ramona marvels at Sonja being able to drink up a storm, and wake up fresh as a daisy. Elyse comes by, and says, they’re not dressed yet. Ramona says they like to lounge in the morning. Elyse asks how Ramona is feeling, and Ramona says she knows Leah was a little out of control. Elyse says Leah needed an exorcism. She thought Leah was wrong to ask her sister to come; however, once Ramona said yes, she shouldn’t have rescinded it. In her interview, Ramona says, she likes Leah, but Leah has two sides. The crazy side, and the regular side. She likes the regular side. Save the crazy side for your other young friends. She says, maybe Leah’s sister will be a good influence on her. She tells Elyse that they’re going shopping in town. They can work off what they ate.

The women reconvene, and Elyse asks how Leah is feeling. Leah says, good, and Elyse asks if she’s not hungover. Leah says she’s not, and Elyse says, that’s weird; she’s assuming Leah was wasted. Leah says, that’s the way she is, although alcohol fueled it. That’s how she wants to be all the time. Elyse says, and she wonders why guys think she’s a crazy chick. Ouch. In her interview, Dorinda says, who cares? No one should be judged by one night. Look at the whole group. Ramona asks how Leah is feeling, and Leah says, great. That’s actually a theory I have. Many alcoholics don’t seem to get hangovers. Ramona asks if Leah remembers what happened, and Leah says, of course she does. Bring it on. In Leah’s interview, she says, she doesn’t really want to be like that all the time, but she saw how the women were at the orchard – we flash back to the lunacy at lunch and in the corn maze – and the Hamptons. She thought she was allowed to chug ten martinis and lose her mind.

Leah, Dorinda, and Tinsley take one limo; while Ramona, Elyse, and LuAnn take another. Leah asks if they can believe what Elyse said, and Dorinda says, Elyse isn’t the one who should be giving out relationship advice. Ramona wonders why Dorinda is defending Leah, and Elyse says, Dorinda will give out advice, but everyone else better not. She does an impression of Dorinda calling Tinsley a superficial slut, and then yelling at Ramona not to judge Tinsley. I have to admit, it’s pretty spot-on.

Leah says Elyse was hard on her, but Elyse says she’s Leah’s biggest fan when Leah does normal. Leah says she’d never do that in front of her child, and Elyse asks what if she ends up with a mini me? What kind of message is she sending her daughter? Leah says she can do and say whatever she wants, and effity-eff-eff-effs her way out the door. Outside, she tells Dorinda that she and Elyse haven’t had enough interaction to make it appropriate for Elyse to be in her business. Elyse comes out, and Leah says, her daughter is twelve, and Elyse is asking how she’d feel if her daughter gets wasted? Don’t bring up her kid. Elyse promises not to go there, and Leah says, don’t talk about her daughter. Elyse says, that’s fair, and Dorinda asks why Elyse is in Leah’s business so much.

Dorinda says Elyse thinks she’s some great psychiatrist, prowling around, waiting for someone to make a mistake. In Sonja’s interview, she says she knows Elyse was just trying to be helpful. She suggests instead of breaking bread, they all break Bloody Marys. Dorinda toasts to being judgement free. Ramona says she won’t be embarrassed in Newport, and Dorinda asks what about the rest of the states? In Dorinda’s interview, she says, Leah is twenty years younger; give her a break. They should be guiding, not chastising her. Dorinda says, be inclusive, and Ramona says Dorinda is enabling Leah. Sonja thinks Leah should apologize, and Leah says she’s the first person to say she’s sorry, and take accountability. She got drunk, and enjoyed herself, but she’s sorry. Ramona says it was atrocious behavior, and upsetting to her. In her interview, Leah says, going into Newport, she was angry at herself, but instead of getting support, she got jerked around about her sister coming. Anything she does is wrong to these women. Leah says she thinks she triggered something in Ramona about her past, and it kills her. She tears up. Ramona says she’s blocked it out, and in LuAnn’s interview, she says, that’s a crock of sh*t. Ramona has been coming down hard on Leah, when Ramona is no angel. LuAnn tells Ramon that she’s making Leah feel bad for no reason. Ramona says they don’t know how she feels. In her interview, she says Dorinda and LuAnn grew up in loving homes, while hers was a war zone. She read books, and blanked out her dad and brother’s alcoholic rages. She tells Leah that her intention isn’t to make Leah feel bad. She really likes Leah, and doesn’t want to not like her. Leah says she is who she is, but Ramona says she doesn’t like that behavior. Maybe Leah can curb it; they’ll see. To be continued…

Next time, Dorinda wants to be left alone, Leah throws ravioli at Ramona, and Dorinda and Tinsley are back to arguing.

👩🏼‍🍳 On Top Chef, Karen unpacked her knives to go against Kevin in Last Chance Kitchen. Winner Kevin picked three chefs to go head to head with, and won against Brian full of Malarkey, the other white Bryan, and Gregory. This put Kevin back into the game. Award winning chef, and pioneer of California cuisine, Jonathan Waxman was the guest judge, and for the Quickfire challenge, the chefs were to create a two-course business class dish for an airline. They had to use ingredients found year round, and make the meal to airline tray specifications. Everyone made fabulous meals, but Brian full of Malarkey forgot you don’t get a steak knife on an airplane, making his entrée difficult to eat. Melissa was the winner, for which she’d get an advantage in the elimination challenge. I don’t know if these advantages are some kind of secret or I keep missing them somehow, but I have no clue what it was. Five chefs would be continuing on to the finale in Tuscany, courtesy American Airlines. For the final elimination challenge, they were to produce a dish inspired by Michael’s in Santa Monica, a restaurant owned by another California cuisine pioneer, Michael McCarty. Jonathan was his first chef, and the restaurant was celebrating its 40th anniversary. The chefs were to meet with Michael, and taste his signature dishes, which would serve as an inspiration. They would literally be serving Mike, Jonathan, and alumni from the restaurant.

Melissa was allowed first choice, and picked quail. For Kevin, it was duck; Stephanie, scallops with angel hair pasta; Bryan, lamb; Gregory, monkfish; and Brian full of Malarkey, veal. The idea was to take the dish, modernize it, and give it their own spin, yet keep an homage to the original. The highlight was when half of Brian full of Malarkey’s dishes went to another table, totally throwing him off his game. He stumbled through the long, stupid story that went with his creation, and was annoyed because he’d wanted the food to be eaten in a certain order. When everything had been tasted, Mike said they all took his dishes up to the next level, and Padma thanked them for glorious meal.

Melissa had her best night ever, winning immunity as well. Gail said there was nothing any of them would have changed, which was high praise. Mike told Stephanie that she was right there, and the race was close. Bryan and Kevin were also in, leaving Gregory and Brian full of Malarkey on the bottom. Malarkey said he’d had a great ride, and Padma asked if he was quitting. In his interview, Gregory said, Top Chef messes with you, and thought it was getting to Malarkey. He wanted to win because he deserved it, not because the other chef quit. Gail assured Malarkey that their judgement had nothing to do with the screw-up of his food going to another table. Malarkey said he was upset with the process, since his dishes hadn’t been eaten right. Everyone was like, what? and Gail said he can’t control the food once it leaves his hands. Tom told him that the duo on the plate didn’t talk to each other; there was a distinct clash. Which basically meant the two things he made didn’t go together. Jonathan said it didn’t evoke what Malarkey had babbled talked about. He told Gregory he’d been expecting more, and Padma said there wasn’t enough richness in Gregory’s risotto. I told you that risotto is always trouble.

Tom said, in the end, it comes down to what’s on the plate, and Brian full of Malarkey was told to pack his knives and go. Yay! In his interview, he said he didn’t want go out that way. He had every intention of winning, but his mind melted. He was still proud of what accomplished.

Next time, Italy, a truffle hunt, and making pasta for Italians

📺 Since Andy Cohen is on another one of his numerous vacations, Watch What Happens Live will return on Monday, June 8th. Although after suffering through much of the RHOA Reunion myself – three parts of it, no less – I can’t say he doesn’t deserve this break.

💃🏼 She’s Movin’ On…

Dorinda dishes on getting rid of the old John and chain.

https://people.com/tv/rhony-dorinda-medley-opens-up-about-split-from-john-mahdessian/

🔥 Missed Hell…

While the 24 Hours to Hell and Back ship sailed without me, you can still watch Gordon discuss it, along with his life in quarantine.

https://extratv.com/videos/wms5ccziane/?adid=extra_eme_27501_2020-05-13_features2

🌥 Lifting the Fog…

We seem to be moving closer to a new yet old normalcy, and I’m moving closer to the end of what might possibly be the longest week of my life. See you tomorrow for tea and words of wisdom. Not from me. From other people. Until then, stay safe, stay out of fights (unless it’s the good fight), and stay mostly on the straight and narrow.

May 27, 2019 – No Hospital, VPR Fake Out, a Double Dose of Gordon, Thrones Explained, Leslie’s Final Watch & Remembering

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

As I thought it would be, today was a rerun. At least it was a special one – the April 2nd episode where the characters had a scavenger hunt at the hospital, per the instructions in Gail’s will. Even though it was an enjoyable episode, I chose to watch People’s Court, which I love, but hardly ever get to see. I’m pleased to report that Doug Llewelyn is still just as annoying, sticking his microphone in the defeated litigant’s face, saying, so how does it feel to be a big loser? It always boggles my mind that no one has punched him out… yet.

Vanderpump Rules/Summer House

Tonight, even though the season has ended for Vanderpump Rules, the digital guide said Bravo was airing a new episode, describing it as a mash-up with Summer House. But what was listed as Vanderpump Rules was really a retrospective of the past Summer House season with some of the VPR cast – Stassi, Beau, Katie, and Schwartz coming on the scene forty-five minutes in. I felt ripped off, since it all turned into a two-hour episode of SH, half of which I’d seen already. I was like, yay! I get to hear about new cast member Jordan’s ED problems all over again. Kyle wanted to propose to Amanda, even though he’d cheated on her five minutes ago. Stassi advised against the timing, and Kyle broke down in tears. Carl did give a nice mixed metaphor when he said he got past first base and scored a touchdown. I don’t know much about sports, but I do know bases and touchdowns are from two different types of games. Next week is the finale, which is sure to have an amusing moment when Kyle asks Amanda’s father for his blessing. Her father’s response? Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Looks like there might be more tears coming for Kyle.

🍳  MasterChef will begin it’s 10th season this Wednesday, May 29th at 8 pm, followed by Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back at 9 pm. I need one of those TVs where you can watch more than one show at the same time.

🐉 They Keep Me Hangin’ On…

A happy ending for Jon Snow. No, not that kind.

https://decider.com/2019/05/20/game-of-thrones-ending-explained-jon-snow/

The Geeks explain.

https://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/game-of-thrones/281216/game-of-thrones-ending-explained

Leslie Jones’s final watch. I love her.

https://news.avclub.com/now-your-watch-is-ended-as-seth-meyers-and-leslie-jone-1835000663

🍻 🍗  That Went By Fast…

If you were blessed enough to have one, hope you enjoyed your long weekend, but also hope you remembered why you had one.

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February 20, 2019 – Laura & Doc Reunite, Tamale Hell, the NJ Reunion is On, Teresa Tidbits, Laughing & More Harry

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

At the hospital, Maxie says Peter doesn’t have to keep her company. Peter says she told him that she wasn’t leaving without the test results. He tells her, it was a brilliant idea. She says it was easy to think of the manicure, but he says he meant Nina, and she says she got a sample from her coffee cup at Crimson. Soon they’ll find out if Sasha is Nina’s daughter, or Valentin manufactured the whole thing. A part of her doesn’t want to know.

At Kelly’s, Valentin says he’s pinching himself over Nina saying yes. She says he suckered her, and has just himself to blame. He gave her the greatest gift – her daughter. And here she is now.

Josslyn and Oscar sit at the counter. Oscar reads a letter saying, due to his medical condition, the DMV is unable issue him a driver’s license at this time. He says, like he has so much time left. Josslyn says she’s sorry.

Cameron reads Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth is proud of him. He says, for being bored out of his mind? but she says for taking the time to catch up on his schoolwork. She’d be prouder if he stepped up to support Franco. He says, if she believes Franco, he does too. She says she’s on her way to the arraignment. She wants to tell him something she doesn’t want him to hear from anyone else. Last night, she visited Franco at the police station, and they got married. Cameron laughs, then says, oh my God, she’s not joking. She shows him her ring, and says they’re now husband and wife.

Franco fingers his ring. Jordan asks how he’s holding up, and he says, so good. it’s the best day of his life. She knows it’s hard, but trusts him to make the right decision.

On the phone, Ava tells Ryan she thought they were going to meet, and head to the courthouse together. Call her. Julian asks, what’s up? She doesn’t seem happy to see him, and she always is. She says, it’s Doc. They were going to the arraignment together. He’s like, hmm… and she says, what? He says, nothing, but she says, it’s obviously something. He tells her, Doc seems to be taking over her life lately.

Alexis sees Lulu at the courthouse, and asks why she’s there. Lulu wants to see Franco charged with her own eyes. Alexis asks if her mother is with her, but Lulu says she just got a text. Her mother is tied up with mayoral stuff. She knows Laura wanted to be there, so it must be important.

Laura comes to, and she sees Doc lying near her. She asks if that’s him, and they hug. Sitting nearby, Ryan says, that is so touching. Does anybody have a tissue? He walks toward them.

Maxie tells Peter that it feels unfair; vindictive, like she’s out to get them. She doesn’t want Sasha not to be Nina’s daughter. Peter says she just wants the truth. She says she doesn’t want Nina walking into deception again. She wonders why Valentin has to do horrible things, and why he can’t leave Nina alone. She doesn’t get it. Peter does.

Nina remarks on Sasha’s manicure, and she tells Nina that it was Maxie’s idea. She invited Sasha to get her nails done. Valentin says they were talking about the upcoming nuptials.

Josslyn tells Oscar that they can still make the road trip happen. Oscar asks how they’re doing that. Hitching a ride? Taking the bus? She knows what they need, and tells him, come on.

Cameron says Franco is his stepdad, and Jake and Aiden’s. He can’t believe the marriage went down at the police station, but she says it was very meaningful. He asks if she’s lost it. Is she out of her mind? He knows she thinks this guy is great. She says Franco is her husband. She loves him, and she’s not turning her back on him. Cameron says there’s a difference between not turning her back and marrying him. What about Jake and Aiden? She says Franco loves Cameron’s brothers. Cameron tells her, this is life or death important. He asks if she couldn’t have waited, What if she’s wrong? She says, Franco didn’t kill anyone, and he says, that’s not true. Look on the internet. She says Franco worked hard to change. She believes him, and so do Cameron’s brothers. He says, they’re young enough to believe the sanitized version. He hopes Franco doesn’t make bail. He doesn’t want her bringing a potential murderer into their house.

Franco tells Jordan that Elizabeth is his entire world, and he’ll do what it takes to prove he’s worthy of her. The background music is from a Robert Rodriguez film, and it’s not the first time. Scotty tells Franco to tell the truth, and he’ll handle the rest. He knows what to do.

Ava tells Julian that Doc is keeping her sane right now. He’s glad she has someone helping her with her grief, but he wonders, if she hadn’t lost Kiki, if it would be so great. She says he’s not in a position to make that decision. She’s barely hanging on, and Doc is like an anchor. She can talk to him about anything, and that’s what she needs.

Alexis asks if Lulu is sure she doesn’t want Alexis to sit with her. Lulu says she’ll be fine. She’s lucky to have survived. Even if there’s no testimony today, she needs to be in court for those who can’t be. Alexis says she’s a fighter. She’s sure Lulu’s mother is proud.

Ryan wants Doc to tell Laura where they are. Oops, he forgot Doc can’t see. They’re in the basement at Ferncliff. It feels more like a dungeon. He says, back in the day, they brought the ultimate crazies there. He asks if they hear that. Voices from the past welcome them to hell. Hope you enjoy your stay. Laura says it was him the whole time. The perverted half that shouldn’t have been born. Ryan says he’s been resurrected. That should prove he deserves to live. He has the ability to evade the police too. Poor Franco. Laura says, oh my God. It was him. He says her daughter would have been the fourth if he hadn’t been struck blind. She says he’s a sick SOB and monster. He says it’s time for her to have a talk with her daughter. He’s taken the liberty of coming up with a script. No tricks, like with the prenup business. Laura wonders why she would help him when he’s going to kill her anyway. She tells him, get on with it, but he says, make the call.

On the phone, Lulu asks where is she? Laura say she’s still trapped in a meeting. That was an odd word for him to use. Was he being funny, or did he make a mistake? Lulu says, the arraignment is going to start. She wishes Laura could be there, but Laura says she can’t get away. She’ll call later. Ryan is glad she was convincing. It makes it so much easier. Laura says, to kill them? but Ryan says, he won’t; not yet anyway. He can’t take the chance their bodies will be discovered. Doc tells Ryan that he screwed himself. He would have gotten away with his ruse if he hadn’t killed. It was his own lack of self-control, giving in to his demented urges, that put him in this predicament. The only way out, is to get gone. Laura wishes Doc could see Ryan’s face. Ryan knows he’s right, and hates it. It must be hard, accepting that his brother is smarter than him. Ryan says see how smart his brother is when they’re starving and rotting. He leaves, and Doc asks if he’s gone. Laura says he is. She really him missed him so much. He says she has no idea. They kiss.

Ava has to get to the courthouse, and Julian says he’s just a phone call away. She tells him he should concentrate on her relationship less, and concentrate on his own relationship more. He says he and Kim are good. She was talking about Alexis.

Alexis goes into Kelly’s, and Nina calls her over. Valentin asks her how the watch is. She says any watch can keep time, but this one came with a message. Valentin asks if it’s about the power of love, but she says. more like the perils. Nina says they’re getting married, and this time it’s going to be different. She’s going to have her daughter by her side. She wanted to talk to Alexis in a legal capacity. She’s changing her will.

In the courtroom, Margaux asks if everyone is ready. Elizabeth approaches Franco, telling Jordan that they’re married. Lulu asks if Elizabeth is insane. Elizabeth is sorry for what happened to Lulu, and grateful she’s okay, but her husband didn’t attack Lulu. She believes him. Elizabeth and Franco look at each other, and I mentally beg him to give her a signal.

Lulu asks if this was Scotty’s idea. A cheap attempt at sympathy. Scotty tells her, go away. Margaux tells Lulu, don’t engage. It’s just the first step. She’ll get her chance. Jordan says Lulu has her word. Justice will be served.

Ryan gets to the courthouse. Ava says she left messages, and he says he was dealing with a patient. She says – wait for it – in dire straits, she hopes. Come on. They’re making a joke with that phrase now. He says he’s here for her now. Is she ready? She says, not really.

Oscar and Josslyn descend on Cameron, bearing food. Cameron says he and his mom got into it, but it doesn’t matter. Josslyn tells him the DMV won’t issue Oscar a license. Oscar says he has a car he can’t drive. How sad is that? Cameron guesses the trip is off, but Josslyn says, wrong. There’s a knock at the door, and Cameron hopes it’s not the tabloids. Trina walks in, and asks if someone mentioned road trip. They eat.

Peter tells Maxie, by no means is he defending Valentin, but he can see him going to these lengths for Nina, the incredible woman who swept him off his feet. He loves her. What is he supposed to do? Win the girl the way he knows how. Maxie says, by giving her the thing she wants most, because he can, but it’s a lie. Peter says, he doesn’t know how he’d live the rest of his life without this dazzling woman who changed him, and opened his soul. Of course he’ll lie. He has to. Maxie doesn’t know. What’s the point of being loved like that if your heart gets broken anyway?

Nina would like to include everyone in her will; Valentin, Sasha, and Charlotte. Sasha says she doesn’t have to, but Nina wants to. Alexis says her plate is full, but she can draft a copy in a couple weeks, and send it to Crimson. She walks away, and Nina follows. She tells Alexis that she’ll pay double the fee if the papers are drawn up before the wedding.

Sasha tells Valentin that she’s super uncomfortable.  Valentin asks if it’s more or less than the prospect of the wedding. He knows she tried to talk Nina out of marrying him.

Laura tells Doc that if his blindness is what Ryan had, it can be cured. He says, since they don’t have to rush, tell him everything that happened to her. She says she came home early to surprise him. As soon as she got there, she felt something was off, but didn’t know what it was. Ryan was pretending to be him. but everything between them was different. He says, like what? and she says, there are too many things to list. He tells her to give him the Cliff Notes. She says, one thing was, when she got back, he wasn’t happy to see her. Then, he conjured up a cold as an excuse for them not to be close. After that, he had a sleep study, and was out all night. He kept finding excuses to stay apart. Then one day, out of the blue, he asked for a separation, so he could be freed up to be with Ava. She says, my God. Ava. Does he thinks Ryan is going to kill her?

The People vs Franco Baldwin. Margaux says there are three charges of first degree murder, and the additional charge of attempted first degree murder. The judge asks Scotty how his client pleads. Scotty tells Franco, you know the drill. Franco looks at Jordan. Elizabeth smiles at him. The judge asks if he needs to repeat the question. Franco pleads guilty on all charges. Everyone looks shocked. Jordan’s face is like, good job.

Elizabeth asks what he said. Scotty tells him that he left out a key word. Franco says he knows, and Scotty asks what’s wrong with him? Ava doesn’t understand what’s gong on. Ryan says, neither does he. I’ll bet. Lulu says, thank God. Scotty asks for a moment with his client. He asks if Franco has lost his mind. Jordan tells Scotty that she knows he’ll invoke New York State vs Pedigrew. It won’t save him. Scotty says he knows exactly what he’s doing. The plea should be viewed in light of the mentally ill, and he refers to New York State vs Pedigrew. I laugh, thinking Jordan said that on purpose to remind him. Margaux says, he pled guilty, and the people agree. Scotty says, if the accused is incapable of assessing their innocence or guilt, their competency has to be evaluated before they’re sent to prison. It’s not just the law, it’s the humane thing to do.

Josslyn says Cameron has a car and a license. He says, a junior license. She wonders where they can go and be back by dark. Oscar says he’s never been to Niagara Falls, and it’s less than a hundred miles away. Josslyn says, if they leave by 7 am, they’ll get there and back, no problem. She knows Cameron is on probation. Trina says, because of her. She hooked him up. He brushes it off, but says he’s kind of grounded for the rest of his life. Josslyn says they’ll find someone else to drive. The last thing she wants is more trouble. She wants to see Niagara Falls. Oscar says, he does too… before he dies, and Trina asks if he really just went there. None of them have been there, and Cameron says, then that’s what they’ll do. I’m excited, since I spent a lot of time there as a kid, but on the Canadian side. It was a three-hour drive from our house.

Alexis tells Nina, if she’s harboring doubts about her once and future husband, maybe she shouldn’t marry him again. Nina says it’s not about doubting Valentin, or marrying him. It’s about committing herself to creating a family – fully. Is Alexis going to help or not?

Valentin says Nina told him what Sasha said. Sasha says she likes Nina. She likes him too. She sees how much he loves Nina. It’s beautiful and romantic, but she sees the likely ending not being happy. He says he can handle it. He can pull this off. He can keep these balls in the air. He has to. She’ll says she’ll see. He likes that she’s concerned about Nina, and glad they’re attached. He doesn’t think he has to protect Nina from her. Sasha says he doesn’t.

Laura says has no idea. None of them did. She actually thought she’d deluded herself about how much he loves her. Doc says, no, and Laura says, he’s still there. He hasn’t changed. Doc says, except for the eyesight. Laura says she kept looking in his eyes, trying to find him. She couldn’t. Now she knows why. She loves him. He says he loves her too, and they kiss some more.

Margaux says, the defense is clearly stalling. The right response is prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. The judge thanks her for the instruction, but he also knows the law. He hereby remands Franco to the state mental hospital – Ferncliff – for two weeks, until his mental competency is determined. Everyone is looking at everyone, and they all look more puzzled than anything else.

Alexis tells Nina that Valentin is her family too. He’s a Cassadine, and lethal. She’d tell Nina to ask her nephew, but she can’t. She doesn’t know how Nina can marry someone who’s done what Valentin did. Nina suggests Alexis tell her. It seems like the pull to Julian is pretty strong. She asks Alexis to put a rush on the papers. Julian comes in.

A lab technician comes out, asking if Maxie is the one who called ahead to arrange a DNA test. Maxie wants to see if it’s a match. The technician says they’re crazy busy. Unless it’s an emergency, it could take up to ten days. Maxie says, that’s too long. What if it is an emergency? The technician asks, what kind? and Maxie suggests giving her a list of what constitutes an emergency, and she’ll pick one. The technician says, that’s not how it works. Maxie says she’ll figure something else out. She tells Peter, now what?

Laura asks when the whole thing started. How long has Doc been in there. He says, the end of August; he regained his memory Labor Day weekend. She says, when he visited her in Paris… and he says it was all him. She says she didn’t come back for another month. It’s when he started missing phone calls, and cutting them short. It wasn’t like him. He says, it wasn’t him. She asks how he did it all this time. He says the memory of her and their love kept him going. He knew sooner or later, she would be the one to figure it out, and find him. She says she almost did. She came so close months ago. She and Carly came, because Carly wanted to make sure no one got abused like she did. She was also adamant about wanting to see the patient in the room next to her. He says that was him. She says she looked in, but it appeared empty. He says he was on the floor, but he heard them. Or thought he did. She says, it was her. She’s so sorry. The staff was there to open the room, but she stopped Carly because Ryan stopped her. He referred to it as a breach of protocol. This could have been done with months ago. She says, she’s here now. He says, they’re here now. They kiss yet again.

Ava is shocked. Lulu thought she’d feel vindicated. Ryan says, she doesn’t? She says, something feels off. Ava feels the same way. He’s going to Ferncliff. Maybe they’ll find the answers they need there. Elizabeth approaches Franco.

Josslyn says, so everyone is in for this weekend. Oscar can’t wait. He wants to kiss her by the Falls at sunset. Trina says they’re making her nauseous. Cameron says he can make everything happen except the sunset. Oscar says they’ll take what they can get. Josslyn says, Niagara Falls, here we come!

Maxie searches on her phone. She tells Peter there’s a lab in Poughkeepsie that can do them in 24 hours. She can make it before they close, and be back just in time to get James. If she says something before she leaves, Felicia will get it out of her, and Mac will give her a lecture. Peter asks if he told her he got a new sportscar. He’ll drive. She says he doesn’t have to. He knows. She thanks him, and says, on the plus side, she won’t be going into labor.

Nina comes back to the table, and Sasha tells her to talk wedding details. If she’s going to be maid-of-honor, she wants to know what she’s getting into.

Alexis is glad she ran into Julian. She wants to clarify what she said about therapy, when she said she was discussing the future. She was talking about the big picture; putting their relationship in the proper place, and not repeating the same mistakes. It’s not about their future. Julian wishes her luck. Just so she knows, even though he moved on and he’s happy, he would never consider what they had to be a mistake.

Laura tells Doc there has to be another way out. She’s going to try and find it. He’s sorry. He took a big chance provoking Ryan. He could have snapped and killed them both. Laura thinks he played Ryan perfectly. For months, he had everyone around him fooled, including her. It was Doc’s turn to be brilliant. He convinced Ryan to leave them there, alive. Now she needs him to use that big brain to help her find a way out.

Elizabeth says, why? and Franco says, because it’s the right thing to do. Interesting how he worded that. She slaps him across the face, throws the ring at him, and walks out. He picks the ring up, and you can tell he wants to cry.

Tomorrow, Cameron asks Elizabeth if she’s completely lost her mind, Harmony gives a warning to Shiloh, Jason says Shiloh is more of a threat than they thought, and Ryan asks Ava to marry him.

🍲 This week, Gordon spent 24 Hours to Hell and Back in LA at Los Toros, a decades old Mexican restaurant. Founded in 1967, the only Mexican restaurant in Chatsworth, they were known for their classic family recipes and strong margaritas. At this point, overworked owner Nick Sr. was in astronomical debt – $450K, including $200K on credit cards – and having health problems. One of them being, no surprise, high blood pressure. Taking over when his dad passed at 63 (!), Nick Sr. wanted to pass it on to his kids, but they didn’t seem very eager to take on the business. His daughter being busy with a family of her own, and his son just not ready. Gordon dressed up as a dad visiting the restaurant with his family. I actually liked the colorful busyness of the décor, but it might have been better suited to a boho patio than an eating establishment. The menu was one of those giant things where you know they can’t possibly do everything well. At Gordon’s meal, there was prepackaged food, rancid beef, and a bad aftertaste. Aware that Gordon would be coming – how long can he keep this secret a secret? – Gordon got out when he noticed how much the employees were looking around for him. The hidden cameras revealed unsafe temperatures, a filthy kitchen, and spoiled food. Nick Sr. immediately started arguing over things that were right in front of his face, and he was one of those, no; you, arguers. It was even pointed out how very many people got sick after eating there. Being a military man, it was also revealed that Nick Sr. was a control freak, and wouldn’t let his general manager daughter handle much of anything. Gordon knew he could fix the restaurant, but wasn’t sure he could fix Nick Sr. In speaking privately with him, Gordon found out that he hadn’t wanted to take over the business, but did it for his father. Now, he felt like his kids didn’t want to be there. Gordon thought the kids needed to step up, and Nick Sr. needed to go, but Nick insisted he wanted to be committed. Gordon created a new menu, smaller, and elevating the flavors. He showed Nick Sr,’s kids the video of their dad’s story, and discovered they were more interested than Nick Sr. thought. Gordon reinvigorated the staff, installed the best kitchen equipment, and toned down, yet turned up, the design. The relaunch had a shaky start, with raw chicken and a lack of communication, but the staff got it together, and Gordon said they now had a team. He said the atmosphere difference was night and day, and when Nick Sr. had doubts, to look at his dad’s picture, now hanging on the wall. At the three month mark, customers were amazed at the changes, and the kids were more assertive. Nick Sr. even went on a vacation with his wife Lucia. He was looking forward to what the future held. Next week, a two-hour, two restaurant finale, with two stubborn families, two daughters in distress, two chefs trying to hang on to their jobs, and two Gordons.

🍸 Andy said The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Reunion Part One looked like a sequin factory explosion, and he was right. There were a lot of sparkles,, jumpsuits, and jumpsuits with sparkles. Still living in her old house, Delores felt making a decision while she was in a vulnerable position (i.e, feeling the empty nest) wasn’t the answer. She isn’t sure what she’s going to do, but said she didn’t have to make a decision now. David’s house had been sold, and Frank was building him a new one, but Dolores made it clear that she wouldn’t be moving in unless David put a ring on it. We also found out that Dolores comes from a Paterson cop family, and once worked as a correction’s officer. In other news, Frank Jr. is single. The mail order bride and monkey’s a-hole comments were addressed, and Jennifer responded by harping that Marge Sr. was an adulteress, carrying on a twelve-year (!!) affair. When the Marge explained how monkey’s show off by displaying their behinds, I thought Melissa would lose it, and Delores did. We also discovered that Marge had been having an affair with Joe #3 for a good year and a half before they left their spouses. Everyone was pretty surprised, but I tried not to pass judgement, since I don’t know these people or what all else was going on. It did sound pretty unsavory, but the only people whose opinions matter, are the ones involved. Of course there was a discussion about (ugh) the necklace, bringing us to our first best quote: tequila doesn’t really help. Teresa called Jackie a stalker because she came to one book signing, and Jackie said she loses brain cells talking to Teresa. Teresa also griped at Melissa for not being on her side of the couch, giving us the next best quote of the night from Melissa – just because you raise your voice, doesn’t mean you’re right.  For some reason, Teresa had it out for Jackie most of the night, saying Jackie didn’t even talk to her own sister. I guess Teresa doesn’t watch her own show, since that was resolved at the end of the season. She also wasn’t paying attention at the reunion, since Andy had already discussed this with Jackie. Jackie said she wasn’t on the Teresa Show, but Teresa begged to differ. Then, when Teresa acted like a big shot because she had some best sellers under her belt, Jackie said she didn’t even write her own books and used a ghost writer. I doubt she’s any Carole Radziwill though. As usual, things kept degenerating, and when Teresa brought up Jackie’s comment about Joe #1, it ended with Teresa calling Jackie a cold-hearted bitch, and getting ready to throw something at her. What happened to the Zen and stuff? Throw her back in the pokey. Next time, the eternal question. Will Teresa leave Juicy Joe if he’s deported?

🍅 Just As Juicy As Joe…

Could Teresa have a boy toy?

https://radaronline.com/photos/rhonj-teresa-giudice-caught-cheating-holding-hands-boy-toy-blake-schreck-miami-photos-joe-giudice-prison-divorce/?utm_source=email&em_hash=72048a93bc8188334dc1071a32fe8f3b

Or is this the real story?

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And is this the real real? Personally, I don’t see her moving to Italy.

https://www.eonline.com/news/1008114/teresa-giudice-joe-and-i-will-go-our-separate-ways-if-he-s-deported-to-italy?source=email&medium=emn-content-2&cmpid=evening&content=emn-news

😆 Still laughing about the ending of last night’s HAHN episode. Hanna and Candace jumped on Jim like starving dogs attacking a filet mignon. It sure surprised the hell out of me, but Tyler Perry will do that.

😷 Now I Have It…

My husband has the man flu, and now I have… something. I’m trying to ignore it, because I don’t have time for it.

So for no reason other than I can’t think that hard, and yesterday’s tune reminded me of how good the soundtrack is.

 

 

February 13, 2019 – Cabot Doesn’t Work There, Gastro Hell, Seeing Red, Retro Andy & See You

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Stockholm, Sweden. Finn tells Robert he drives like a maniac. Robert wanted to get to the clinic before Cabot left. He says it’s a Bureau op, so he’ll do the talking. Finn says the man worked for the DVX. If he hears WSB, he might shut down. Finn thinks he should talk, doctor to doctor. He tells Robert to just sit there, and try not look so much like a spy. He told Anna that he’d check in. He calls, and tells her that they just got to the clinic. They’re hoping to see Cabot. He didn’t want Valentine’s Day to go by… Anna says, without saying he loves and misses her? He says, all of the above. She tells him that she has a special present, and comes around the corner, saying, happy Valentine’s Day.

Willow goes to the MetroCourt. She looks around, and says, maybe he’s just late. She calls Chase, and leaves message that she’s there, but doesn’t see him. She thought they were meeting after school let out. She says, if there’s any problem, call her. She starts to leave, and runs into Brad and Wiley. Wiley smiles, but Brad, not so much. I normally don’t pay much attention to the babies, but Wiley is a blast. He’s one of the most animated babies I’ve ever seen on any show.

At the hospital, Michael pulls an envelope out of his pocket, and looks at the contents. Chase asks how it’s going, and Michael says, better, now that Franco has been arrested. Chase says he knows it must be a relief that the alleged killer is behind bars. The evidence is strong. He just retuned a file to Doc; dark stuff. He sees the envelope and asks if Michael has a secret admirer. Michael says it’s someone they’d both love to forget. We see the return address is Nelle at the prison.

Kristina sits with Alexis at the MetroCourt, and asks why Sam wanted to meet. Alexis thinks she just wants to check in, since they’ve all been busy.

Sam tells Jason that she doesn’t want to go. Jason wishes she could stay. She has to go to the MetroCourt, and make Kristina and her mother believe they broke up. Jason wonders, what if it backfires? Kristina could get pulled in deeper. There’s a knock at the door. It’s Shiloh looking for Jason. They stay quiet, and Jason sees Shiloh is leaving a phone message. He says Kristina gave him Jason’s number. He heard Jason was at Beechers Corners, and had a chat with his friends. It’s not necessary. If Jason has questions, he can ask Shiloh. He knows where Shiloh is. He leaves, and Jason tells Sam that he’s gone. Sam says, that’s not creepy or anything. Kristina gave him the number, and now he knows where Jason lives.

Kristina tells Alexis that they didn’t just achieve a mini-breakthrough at Dawn of Day, but she had a heart to heart with dad her dad. She introduced him to Shiloh. He was scoping Shiloh out, and putting him on notice. Alexis says he does that to everyone, but Kristina says he has no reason to worry about Shiloh. That’s why she’s grateful Sonny invited her to dinner. He really listened when she told him DOD was like family to her. He didn’t challenge her or criticize. Alexis says she didn’t criticize either, and even went to a seminar. Kristina says she’s talking about dad. Alexis says Kristina has always had her own family with them, and always does.

Finn and Anna hug. He’s happy, but also confused. He thought she was keeping an eye on Obrecht. She says it was really counterproductive. Peter is in charge of his own life. If he wants to employ a woman who captured him and tortured him for weeks, who is she to interfere? Peter is doing it for Maxie; they’re edging toward a relationship. Obrecht is her mother-in-law and James’s grandmother, and Maxie wants to see the best in her. Robert says Anna is dangerously close to being Obrecht’s BFF. She says they have an armed truce. If Obrecht behaves, she won’t intervene, but if she goes back to her old ways, Anna will slam her. Meanwhile, she’s here to help. Robert says there’s a bar in the hotel lobby. She can wait there. Anna doesn’t think so. Robert says she can’t stay. If Cabot gets an eyeful of her, it blows the deal.

Michael says he thought of throwing it in the trash, unopened. Chase says, or setting it on fire? Michael says Nelle is getting under his skin, and knows it. Chase reads, thinking of you and sweet Jonah. Michael says he can see Nelle in her arts and crafts class, scoring points with the guards. Meanwhile, she’s twisting the knife. It always comes back to Jonah. She never misses the opportunity to bring up the son they lost. Chase says he can make a call to the prison, but Michael says, no. Chase wonders if he wants to hear from her.

Willow asks if Brad is coming back from a parent/baby group. She’s a big believer in early child development. Wiley must love it. Brad says he does, but it’s getting toward naptime. He has to get home. She thought he was headed into the restaurant. He says he was, but he’s had enough coffee, and he’s tired. You know what they says; you sleep when they sleep. She says he knows who she is, doesn’t he?

Sam asks what Jason is thinking. Jason says he went to Beechers Corners, and Sam wonders if it’s payback. Jason says it’s a message that he’s on Shiloh’s radar. A message that he’s pulling Sam in, and Jason doesn’t want to interfere. Sam says tonight’s theme is, true love begins with self-love. Jason says the last thing Shiloh wants is for him to step in and create distance. He’s going to try and get Jason to lash out, so Sam will move away from Jason, and closer to him. She says she’s telling her mom and Kristina that they broke up. Jason thinks her mom will be happy. Sam says Alexis likes him, just not with her. She says it’s temporary, just until she can get Kristina away from Shiloh. Now he knows where Jason lives, so they can’t meet up. Jason says, there are plenty of ways in and out of the building. That’s why he got the apartment. It’s not easy to track who’s coming in or going out. Sam says he thinks of everything. He says he thought he’d be avoiding the cops, and Sam says, instead, he’s avoiding the con. They kiss, and Jason tells her, good luck.

Anna asks if Robert just told her to wait in the hotel bar. He says, it’s a nice bar, and she says he can wait there. She and Finn will deal with Cabot. Finn loves the idea, but doesn’t think it will work. She says, how so? and he says she came to the conclusion herself. She said they could get closer to Cabot if she wasn’t there. She says she changed her mind. Robert says they don’t know how things were left with her sister. A woman comes in, and asks if she can them. Finn introduces himself, saying they came to confer with Cabot. Anna is sure she’s heard of Finn. He found the cure for Blackwood disease. She says it’s an honor to meet him, but she’s sorry. Their information is out of date. Robert says Cabot isn’t there? She says he’s there, but he doesn’t work there. He’s a patient.

Michael tells Chase, in a weird way, Nelle has done him a favor. The card had a different effect than she intended. She can’t get to him anymore. The pain of losing a son will never go away, but she wants to keep him imprisoned like her; trapped in the past. Chase isn’t sure Nelle is trapped, but she knows how to weaponize it. Michael says he has Jonah in his heart. Not even Nelle can take that away. It gives him the strength to live again.

Brad says, he knows who she is; Wisteria. She says, Willow, and he tells her he’s lousy with names. She’s Michael’s friend, the teacher. They talked at Charlie’s. He must sound like a helicopter parent; the kind a teacher dreads. He promises he won’t bother her with questions. She says, it’s no bother. She loves seeing them, which she’s sure he realizes. She says he knows she’s Wiley’s mother. He says he and Lucas weren’t told the name. She says he knows it’s her. Did Julian tell him? Does Lucas know? Brad says Lucas doesn’t know anything. How long has she known? She says, all that matters is that little boy. The child they both love. Brad asks if she’s trying to have a relationship with Wiley, and she says, yes.

Finn says, Cabot is a patient? Robert says they’d still like to talk to him. He won’t want to pass up a visit from Finn. The woman says Cabot hasn’t wanted visitor, but might make an exception. She leaves, and Anna says they’re not leaving until she finds out why she got the virus. Robert says Cabot and Alex could have parted enemies. Why risk it? Anna tells him, don’t ask her to wait in the bar, and Finn says, never ask something like that. Why doesn’t she get them checked in, and he’ll update her. She says she’s not going, and Robert tells her, stay quiet, and let him do talking. She says she always does. Cabot comes in, sitting in a wheelchair. He says Finn has him at a disadvantage. He doesn’t recall Finn’s name, and he’s unable to see his face.

Kristina tells Alexis that she’s adjusting her perspective. Things are almost perfect. Alexis asks, what’s missing? Kristina says, she is. They were just starting to make progress, and Alexis ran out of the session. Alexis says it doesn’t work for her. Kristina says it seemed like it did until Julian’s name came up. Alexis thinks they should take a theater trip, and Kristina tells her, come back for another try. It worked for them. Alexis thinks they’re in a good place, and Kristina says they are; thanks to Shiloh. Who knows what they could accomplish with more work. Alexis thinks she’ll stick to a more traditional path of self-discovery. Kristina says, okay. She’ll ultimately find something that works for her. Alexis sees that DOD is good for Kristina. She’s happy and found a place she feels she belongs. Kristina hears her, but tells her, just remember, if the traditional path doesn’t work, DOD’s doors are still open. She asks what Alexis is doing tonight. She should come to the Valentine’s Day event. Alexis says she hates Valentine’s Day, but Kristina says, it’s not a typical party. Alexis says she’ll be on her couch. Sam approaches the table, and says if she can go, Alexis can go. The flyer says, true love begins with self-love.

Dawn of Day is being decorated for the event. Shiloh says it looks fantastic, but they need to pick up the pace. Their guests are about to arrive, and to show others the path, their own way must be clear. Jason walks in. He says he got Shiloh’s message. He said Jason should come to him with questions. Here he is. Shiloh hears he took a ride to Beechers Corners. It’s a lovely town, and the people are sweet. Did he find what he was looking for? Jason says he met Harmony; she was helpful. Shiloh says she keeps everything together. He’d be lost without her. Jason tells Shiloh that she had good things to say about him, like Kristina, and she’s devoted. Shiloh says, not to him; to the mission. Jason says the mission seems successful in Beechers Corners. Even the local police are friends. Shiloh likes to think they appreciate the positive influence. Jason asks, if it’s so active, why did he leave and come to Port Charles?

Alexis asks if Sam is going to the Valentine’s Day party with Jason. Sam says, no; they’re not together. Alexis says, since when? Kristina asks what she means. They’re not together for Valentine’s Day or he’s out of town. She says they’ll both be in town, but she won’t be with him. She realized she’ll always love him, but they don’t have a future. Jason has been back for over a year, and they’re still not together. They’re lives have taken different paths. He’s wonderful and fearless, but refuses to change. He’s set in his ways. That’s okay, but he’s just not open to self-discovery. In the past few weeks, she’s realized self-discover is what she needs. There’s so much more she needs to know and explore about herself. Kristina thinks it’s a huge step toward enlightenment. She’s happy for Sam. They hug, but Alexis doesn’t look like she buys it.

Michael wonders where he should throw the card away. Paper and plastic, or toxic materials. Chase says, tough call. Michael has to get to a meeting, and Chase didn’t realize the time. He checks his phone, and hopes Willow’s not canceling. Michael says, are they… and Chase says they’ve just been out a few times. They seem to get along; she even likes his cooking. Michael says Chase really likes her. Chase says she’s the anti-Nelle. Open and honest, and she’s great with kids. Michael says she’s out of Chase’s league. Chase says, she’s had some real setbacks, and they didn’t make her bitter, but better, stronger. They get into the elevator, and Chase says he’s got it bad. Michael says it sounds like he’s got it good.

Willow tells Brad, of course she wants to be part of Wiley’s life, but she knows she can’t be. Brad says the adoption is finalized; he’s theirs. She says maybe when he’s grown, he’ll want to know who she is, but she can’t tell him for now. She can’t allow anyone, including Brad’s husband, to know. They’re wonderful parents, and it’s best for everyone, especially Wiley, if no one knows she’s his mother. Brad says so they’ll stick to the agreement. Like she said, all that matters is Wiley.

Finn says he’s a great admirer of Cabot’s work. He traveled from the US to confer with him, and had no idea. He asks when the blindness occurred. The woman says she’s sorry. She thought they knew each other. Cabot says he’s starved for a colleague to converse with. He tells the woman she can go, calling her Elsa. He tells Finn the blindness came on suddenly, without warning, a few months ago. Finn asks if it started with a severe headache, followed by a loss of consciousness, and waking up blind. Cabot asks how he knows. Finn says his field research was done in infectious diseases. Cabot says he created a synthetic interferon to replicate the human immune system. Finn tells Cabot that he’s treated other patients. Once the virus is cured surgically, it won’t reoccur. Cabot asks, who are the other patients?

At the MetroCourt, Michael sees Brad, who says he has to go. Michael says, not so fast. He wants to see his godson. It’s just what he needs to make it through a boring meeting. He can’t stay away from this kid. Willow doesn’t blame him. Chase arrives, apologizing for being late. Willow says she got know Wiley and his dad a little. Chase asks if she’s okay, and she says she was actually worried he might not show. He’s sorry. He lost track of time. They’ve been working him 24/7 since the attack. Why would she think he’d blow her off? She says she was worried she scared him off after telling him she gave up her baby.

Michael says Wiley is better dinner company that the head of the Port Charles zoning board. Brad doesn’t want to keep him, but Michael says he has a few minutes. He tells Brad that he heard from Nelle, and Brad asks what she said. Michael says, happy Valentine’s Day, in her twisted way. She wants him to feel guilty about losing Jonah. She’s never letting it go.

Finn tells Cabot the names of his patients are confidential. After two cases in Port Charles, New York, he isolated the virus. They both recovered their vision. Cabot asks why he should believe Finn, when every specialist has said otherwise. Robert says, he’s the best, and Cabot asks, who’s that? Finn says his colleague from Sydney, who’s also best at what he does. Cabot asks if Finn can give him back his sight, and Finn says he has every confidence. Cabot says, he may be blind, but he’s not a fool. Finn wants something. Robert says now Cabot is talking his language. If he helps them, they’ll help him.

Alexis asks Sam if this isn’t sudden. Kristina says Sam told them Jason has been there a year, and has acknowledged a barrier existed all along. Alexis says it’s no secret she has reservations about their relationship., but Sam always insisted there was a bond. Sam says her perception changed. There’s a real bond with him, but it’s holding her back. This is something she has to do. Alexis asks how Jason feels. Sam says, he doesn’t like it. He thinks it’s temporary. That’s why she’s going to the Valentine’s Day party at DOD. Shiloh wants her there. Kristina says, it’s not a big deal, and not to feel like she has to accept. Sam says she thought Kristina would be happy she’s going. Kristina wants Sam to be there. That’s what the evening is about; love and renewal. Not just for the lonely; for couples, friends, and family. Maybe it’s the kickstart she needs to move forward without Jason. Sam says, that’s the plan. She doesn’t need a man to complete her. Alexis says she’s seeing a new therapist, and thinks it’s good. Kristina asks if that’s the traditional path she was talking about. Who is he? Alexis asks what makes her think it’s a he? She says she shouldn’t have brought it up. It’s doctor/patient confidentiality. Sam says, not the therapist’s name. Alexis asks if Kristina doesn’t have a party to plan for. Kristina says, it’s not really a party. She’ll see Sam there. She leaves, and Alexis asks what’s really going on with Sam and Jason?

Shiloh tells Jason that he prefers direct questions. What does Jason want to know? Does he think Shiloh is taking over? Beechers Corners, Port Charles, then the world? Jason says he’s the one who said it. Shiloh says he’s been accused of a lot of things, but world domination isn’t one of them. Jason asks what he has been accused of, and Shiloh says, caring too much, offering something money can’t buy. There’s nothing up his sleeves or in a Swiss bank account. What you see is what you get. If he accepts it, he can move past the obstacles he puts in front of himself and Sam. Jason says it always comes back to Sam; the emails. Shiloh says they were sent without his knowledge, but he’s interested in anyone who turns from dark to the light. Sam is already taking steps and coming to their celebration tonight. He says there’s more than enough light. Why doesn’t Jason join them?

Willow says she didn’t mean to put all that on Chase. He’s glad she told him. Trust is everything.

Michael tells Brad, even in prison, Nelle is holding on. He told Chase she’s part of his past, and he’s focusing on the future. It’s looking bright, and a large part of that is because of Wiley. He makes everything better.

Cabot says his blindness surprised Finn, so Finn didn’t come expecting to treat him. He has something Finn wants. Finn says he wants to learn about Cabot’s research with identical twins. It was fascinating; he read every word. But it’s what Cabot didn’t publish that interests him most. Cabot doesn’t know what he means. Robert says the park of his work that he never intended to be made public. Cabot asks why he should tell them. Anna says, if he wants his sight back, he’ll answer their questions. Cabot knows that voice.

Sam tells Alexis that she won’t ask any more questions about Alexis’s therapist, if Alexis doesn’t ask about Jason. Alexis says, fine, but she’s warning Sam to be careful. Sam says she doesn’t have to worry. Alexis doesn’t know what Sam is up to, or why she and Jason aren’t together, or why she’s going to the Valentine’s Day party, but wants her to please consider it’s been tough for Kristina. She’s found peace and made friends. Please don’t spoil it. Sam says she’d never do anything to hurt Kristina. She’s doing this for her.

Shiloh tells Jason that Sam has taken the first step on the path to her best life. He can walk with her – them – or walk the same path he’s walked his whole life. But that path is a dead end. Jason says he’ll take his chances. He leaves, and Shiloh shakes his head. We see the Valentine’s Day sign that says, love begins with self-love.

Tomorrow, Cabot says Anna is the other one, Shiloh tells Sam to stop running, Jason asks Spinelli how dangerous Shiloh is, and Spinelli says murderously so.

🍔 On 24 Hours to Hell and Back, Gordon dressed like a hipster (or homeless person, I’m unsure since I missed the beginning) to visit Boardwalk 11, a gastropub and karaoke bar (my wheelhouse!) in Los Angeles. The secret camera showed us unbelievable levels of grease, green and rotten food (a chef suggested just scraping the mold off), and an employee who needed a breathalyzer. I’ve noticed that people who have probably never said, yes, chef! once in their lives, automatically say it to Gordon. Before the renovation even started, a cook got called out for inappropriate banter and was fired. Gordon said it was a toxic atmosphere, and owner Steve’s negativity had infected the whole staff. He wanted Steve (who looked a lot like a young Stephen King) to delegate, and in the process, another cook was let go. The décor was given a retro 70s feel, which I loved. Gordon promoted two women, both named Kat (!) to head chef and general manager. The place was jumping, and Steve seemed pleased. Gordon thought as long as the Kats were in charge, life would be beautiful, but the after he left, Steve made excuses to demote them. Some people just can’t listen and/or are resistant to change. Next time, a Mexican restaurant whose owner is throwing five decades of business down the trash.

🍳 Best quote from Gordon: We are not going down for an egg.

👜 This week’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey had Jennifer throwing a 16th anniversary party. Danielle and Teresa went fancy shopping for red dresses. The kind of shopping where you drink champagne and they bring the dresses out. Delores claimed Frank wasn’t holding her back, but she was standing in her own way. She told Frank that she needed a change of environment, and was ready to move out. He took it better than I expected, saying no matter what, he loved her and would be there for her. Is she sure she wants to move? The conversation emotionally exhausted her, and she needed a nap.

Marge got her ex Jan’s son (I have no idea which kids are hers, his, or whoever’s) to agree to a dinner with him, which was a huge step. Melissa confronted Joe #2 about his view of gender roles, and how it was affecting their daughter. Surprisingly, he caved quickly, saying a real man sucks it up and changes for his family. Melissa was also sending in a DNA test, hoping somehow this would connect her with her possible sister. Jackie got her mother a makeover, and told her about speaking with her estranged sister. Her mother was thrilled with both.

When Teresa told Milania that she was going to Jennifer’s 16th anniversary party, Milania asked if Jennifer didn’t want to spend the day with her husband. Teresa said she just spent the last 16 years with him, which we all found hysterically funny. At the party, there was Turkish food, hookah action, and some fake-money gambling. The most asked question by Danielle to Teresa was, was anything said about me? followed by, who said it? Marge didn’t even do anything, and Danielle bad-mouthed her, saying she was the toxidity [sic] in the group. No wonder she and Teresa get along, since they both make up their own language. She appealed to Teresa’s stupidity vanity by saying Teresa doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do. I’m not sure what’s up with Teresa that she’s not seeing what’s wrong with this picture. It’s a shame. I liked Danielle, prostitution whore and all, but not this season. Marty is obviously insane, saying once again that Joe #3 was jealous because Danielle is so hot. They had this argument way too close to the pool, and Marge finally pushed him in. Somebody had to. Although he popped right back up with his mouth still running. Jennifer missed the whole thing until Teresa started screaming at her to get a towel. Melissa couldn’t understand how Teresa couldn’t see that Danielle was a common denominator. One thing Jackie said that I appreciated, was that you don’t choose your friends based solely on how they treat you. You have to see how they treat other people. Thank you. I hate when there’s a totally toxic person, and one of them will say, but they’ve never done anything to me. If you’re treating my friends like sh*t, why would I want to be yours? And if say you’re not picking a side, you just did. The side of the wrongdoer.

This was the finale, so they had the blurbs about what’s happening with the cast. Delores is looking for an apartment that will take five dogs, a chinchilla, and a three-legged Guinea pig. She’s also looking for a boyfriend, so I assume things with David aren’t working out. Jennifer is helping throw a lavish Turkish wedding for her brother. Her husband will be coming along to keep her away from the tequila. Marge got a facelift, and Jackie mended the relationship with her sister. Melissa hasn’t found a sister yet, but did find out she’s 97% Italian. And we all know Juicy Joe is appealing his deportation ruling. I’m not particularly fond of either him or Teresa, more him, but I think he’s being treated unfairly. I think the court wants to make an example of him, since he’s a D-list celebrity. Next time, the Reunion, Part One.

🙊 One thing that gave me pause. Passing by Danielle on her way out of the party, Marge said, your husband’s in the pool. Danielle immediately said, who threw my husband in the pool? How did she know he was thrown? He could have fallen in or decided to go swimming if he was drunk.

💭 Speaking of things that make you go, hmm… Andy has been having a week of theme nights on Watch What Happens Live. What I call cheap shows, since they’re basically clips from old ones. It’s been fun to watch though. Everything from James and Lala practically getting booted off for using the f-word to Joan Rivers and Carol Burnett. The Clubhouse has done well for itself.

✋ Until Next Time…

 

February 1, 2019 – Ava Interrogates Lulu, Motto Volunteers, Junior Chefs Return, Stassi’s Mom is a Jerk, Ten Whole Quotes & Blue

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

On his phone at the MetroCourt, Sonny tells his dad to check his schedule and pencil him in. He’s kidding. He’ll coordinate with the kids, and see him on Saturday. Brick sits with Sonny and asks how his dad is doing. Sonny says, if you ask him, he’s great, but they had to put him in permanent care.

There’s a knock at Kim’s door. It’s Carly. She’s happy to hear Oscar is going back to school. Kim asks if she’s looking for Josslyn, but Carly wanted to see how she’s doing. She brought bagels. She sees the scarf, and says, it’s pretty. She didn’t know Kim knitted. Kim says, calling it knitting is being generous. She was showing Drew her handiwork, and forgot to put it away. Carly says, so Drew was there last night.

Drew goes to Charlie’s, and tells Julian he wants to talk about favors. A housekeeper, car maintenance, meals. He’s sure Julian’s intentions were clear, but it’s time to stop. Julian says he and Kim might have broken up, but that doesn’t stop him from caring. Drew guesses that’s why he cheated.

Olivia-Q sees Ava come into the MetroCourt bar, and says she doesn’t want any trouble. Ava knows how Carly feels about her. Ava says she’s there for Olivia. Olivia can’t imagine what they have to discuss. Ava says she wants Olivia’s help to track down Kiki’s killer.

Alexis shows up at not-Doc’s office, saying she’s taking advantage of his open door policy. She asks if he has a few minutes, but he says he’s in the middle of something pressing. She says she should have known open door was a metaphor. He says, since she’s there, he’d like to talk with her. It has to do with his ex-wife.

Jordan sees Curtis at the hospital. She heard Lulu was transferred out of ICU last night. She’s sure Lulu’s family and the medical staff feel more secure with him there. He wishes he could do more. He really wants to catch the killer. She says he might get his wish. They have a suspect. Laura overhears.

Elizabeth asks Franco why he was working so late. He tells her that he wasn’t at work. He’s just going to come out and say it. The PCPD called him in for questioning. They thinks he’s the killer.

Laura asks Jordan if she heard right. The police have a suspect? Jordan says they brought someone in for questioning last night. Laura asks, who? but Jordan can’t share the details until they know more. Laura says they have her full support. Jordan asks how Lulu is, and Laura says, exhausted and frustrated. It’s weighing on her that she can’t remember. She finally got Lulu to sleep after some coaxing.

Lulu dreams she’s back in her office. The door handle jiggles, and she opens the door. She screams, no, no, no!

Sonny tells Brick that his dad is comfortable at Turning Woods. It was his decision. He even has a girlfriend there, but it wasn’t easy letting him go. They’d been thinking about it for months. It was time. Brick asks how Sonny is holding up. Sonny says, it’s pretty weird. For the first time since he was a kid, he felt like his dad was watching out for him.

Julian tells Drew that his relationship with Kim is between them, and doesn’t concern him. Drew says Oscar is his son, and Kim is his mother. That makes her family. She’s dealing with something painful; he doesn’t need to make it harder. Julian says, right. He hired a service to make it harder. After he saw them on New Year’s Eve, he thought it would help if he backed off, and cut ties, so Drew could take his place. Drew asks if he knows how bad he hurt Kim. Maybe he should do what he can to never hurt her again. Julian says, maybe he’s right.

Kim tells Carly, nothing happened, but Carly says she wasn’t implying otherwise. She knows they’ve been spending tome together with Oscar, and hopes they’re taking care of themselves. They should remind each other from time to time, and, for record, no one would blame them if… Kim says they’re the only ones who know what’s happening with the other. If they’ve found comfort in that, it’s not something they’re thinking about. Carly isn’t sure Drew feels the same way.

Laura tells Lulu that she’s safe, and to catch her breath. She was having a nightmare. Jordan says it was about the attack. Can she says what happened in the dream? Lulu says she was in her office, and someone was trying to open the door. She went to let them in, and was just about see their face, when she woke up. Jordan says it’s frustrating, but a good sign. Her memory is returning. Lulu says she still doesn’t know who attacked her, and killed Kiki. Jordan tells her there are methods to help unlock memories, but Laura says Lulu’s not ready. She needs to rest. Lulu says she won’t get any rest while that monster is still free. Laura says she hired Curtis for extra precaution. Jordan says he’s happy to help. Lulu is scared for everyone else. The killer is still out there, and could strike again.

Ava knows Olivia has no reason to help her, but whatever she thinks about Ava, Ava doesn’t think she had anything against Kiki. As a mother, she must want justice for Kiki and her own daughter-in-law. Olivia asks how Ava thinks she can help. Ava says when she first arrived in Port Charles, she was told Olivia possessed certain abilities; visions, premonitions. Olivia needs to use her magic to tell Ava who killed her daughter.

Olivia tells Ava that she’s sorry, but doesn’t think she can help. Ava says she has the potential to help another mother. She even did an act at the Nurses’ Ball. Olivia says, it was a joke; an act for charity. Ava asks if it was an act when she was consulted by the PCPD on cases. Can she do it again? Ava shows her a picture of Kiki as a little girl, and puts it in her hand. She also gives Olivia a piece of jewelry, saying, she loved sunflowers. She asks if there’s anything Olivia thinks would help; tell her. Olivia says Ava doesn’t understand. Her visions don’t make sense. She only sees the future; never the past. Ava says she can prevent him from hurting someone else. Olivia says it’s been years since she had them, and Ava says, please try. Olivia looks at the picture.

Elizabeth says, that’s crazy, absurd, but Franco says Jordan disagrees. He gets why they’d want to talk to him. That’s why he went in and answered their questions. He was sure he wouldn’t hear from them again. It’s been difficult to put that part of his life behind him, when darkness is harkening at the door. Elizabeth suggests he talk to Doc, but Franco says Doc dumped him.

Alexis tells not-Doc, as Laura’s attorney, she’s bound to remind him that she can’t discuss the divorce. Not-Doc says he hasn’t asked her to betray her client’s trust. All he’s asked for is a clean break, and no runaround. Alexis says, Laura isn’t stalling. He says he’s eager to move on, and she says she’ll do her best to expedite it. He says he also has to settle the matter of the prenup. He lost his copy. She says, not a problem. She’ll get him another one. He says she heard him out; the least he can do is reciprocate. What did she want to talk about? She says she wanted to start sessions again.

Ave says, anything? Olivia is sorry. She has nothing.

Brick tells Sonny that he’s sorry about Mike, and he’s just a phone call away. Sonny appreciates how he modified the house for Mike. He’s refusing to pretend; there’s nothing he can do. Mike thinks he’s going to be right back. He hopes Brick never feels this desperate. There’s also whoever stabbed his daughter-in-law. It seems the only way they’re going to get caught, is if they try again. Brick says, be patient; Lulu will remember. Sonny goes over to Olivia, and asks if everything is all right. Ava says they’re done, and leaves. Sonny asks Olivia what that was about, and Olivia says, grief. Ava is looking for answers; grasping at straws. She can’t say she blames Ava. Nobody knows where their boy is, and no one can reach him. He needs to know what happened to Lulu. Sonny might have something that can help.

Drew runs into Carly outside of Charlie’s. Carly says she just saw Kim. He asks how she’s doing, and Carly say she’s on her way to do more knitting. Drew says, nothing happened, and Carly says, Kim said the same thing. She thinks it’s great that they’re closer. It’s a difficult time, and it’s important that they have someone to lean on, and share things with. If he can be that, she thinks it’s great. He asks, why the sudden interest in his relationship with Kim? Not for his sake? She asks, who else? and he says, Jason and Sam.

Julian drops in on Kim, who says she’s getting ready for work. He says they have unpacking to do after last night, and she says, ya think? He let her believe that he slept with someone else. He says he never meant to hurt her. She says he did everything he could to drive her away, when Oscar took a turn for the worse. He says he shouldn’t have done it. He loves her. She says he has a funny way of showing it, and he says he wasn’t convinced mending their relationship was the right thing. He was glad they broke up. She asks, if he loves her, why is he saying that? He says he sees the way she and Drew look at each other.

Alexis tells not-Doc, the sessions were helpful. He asks why she stopped coming, and she says, hubris. She thought she figured it out. She wants to feel like she did when she and Julian were together. She has more work to do. He says he can refer her to a colleague. He can’t treat her as a patient again.

Sonny introduces Brick to Olivia. She asks how Sonny knows him, and Brick says he works in IT security. Sonny says Dante needs to know what’s going on. Brick says he’s trying to bust an arms dealer named Rog. Sonny knows that name. He says they’ve been trying to make contact, but don’t want to blow his cover. They need a third party; basically a friend. Brick says he’ll see what he can do.

Ava approaches Lulu’s room, and tells Curtis, she’s there to see Lulu. Lulu says, it’s okay. Ava says she heard Lulu is going to make a full recovery. That’s wonderful. Laura says they appreciate Ava’s concern, but Lulu has to rest. Ava says the police believe the same person who attacked Lulu killed Kiki. There must be something she can tell them. Laura says, Lulu isn’t up to this, but Lulu says, it’s okay. She tells Ava that she tried to remember. Ava snaps, try harder, and Laura says, stop it; this isn’t appropriate. Ava says she’ll never see her child again. She shows Lulu the picture of Kiki, and asks her, please look at it, and promise to remember who took her daughter. Ava is crying, and Lulu starts to cry. Laura says, how dare she?

Drew is sure Carly knows what’s going on with Jason and Sam. She says she does, and she’s happy for them. She’d be just as happy if he and Kim reconnected. He doesn’t remember her, but they share a past. Maybe that’s why they’re being pushed together now. Or maybe what they have now is strong enough on its own. He’s been fighting too long, and deserves a partner who knows everywhere he’s been. He says, that’s a tall order. Carly says, if Kim fits it, she’s lucky.

Julian tells Kim, maybe it’s not the kiss. Maybe it is. Or maybe he realized what she’s going through is impossible, unthinkable, and she and Drew need each other. He’d never forgive himself if he ruined her having a relationship with Oscar’s father.

Alexis tells not-Doc she thought he said come back any time, but he says that’s before his ex-wife became her client. He understands conflict of interest, and says he’ll give it some thought, and come up with the best referral. Jordan pops in, saying she’s sorry to interrupt. Alexis says she was on her way out. Not-Doc asks how he can help her, and she says she has questions about one of his patients – Franco Baldwin.

Elizabeth wonders how Doc could dump Franco. Franco says Doc claimed he plateaued, and offered a referral. He’s the only shrink that actually heard him. Elizabeth says they’ve been through a lot together. Franco can’t think about going through that again with someone new. Elizabeth thinks he should give it another shot. If Doc knew what he went through, she’s sure he’d see Franco.

Olivia asks Sonny how Lulu is, and he says, resting and recovering. She still doesn’t remember who did it, so Laura hired Curtis to watch her room. Olivia says, it’s good to be cautious. That’s another reason Dante should be there. Sonny says he’s been gone six months. No one thought it would last that long. They have to stay smart, and not blow his cover – assuming it hasn’t been blown already. Olivia says she’s worried. She’s a mother, and an Olympian at worry. What if something has gone terribly wrong? Brick comes back, and Sonny asks if he had any luck. Brick just looks at him

Curtis asks, what’s going on? Laura says Ava is on her way out, and she’s not coming back in. Curtis asks if Ava needs assistance. Ava and Lulu lock eyes for a moment. Ava walks to the door, and says she hopes Lulu will do whatever she has to, to remember. Laura follows her, and asks how dare Ava attack her daughter like that?

Sonny says if they find Rog, they find Dante, but Brick says he’s been off the grid for three years. Sonny suggests Brick contact one of his guys. Brick says he’ll stay on top of it, and tells Sonny, stop worrying. This ain’t over. They’ll get Dante home where he belongs. Olivia looks at Sonny. A lot of meaningful looks today.

Ava tells Laura, sorry she’s not sensitive enough for her. Her daughter was murdered. Laura says that doesn’t excuse her behavior. Lulu needs to recover, and pressure won’t help, especially if it puts her back in ICU. Ava is sorry. She’s just so angry and sad. She cries. Laura feels for her; she knows the pain, but Ava can’t do that to her daughter. Ava says she’s glad Lulu is better. She really is. She hurries away.

Curtis tells Lulu that he had the feeling the visit wasn’t going to end well. Lulu takes full responsibility. Curtis says, rest assured, he’ll be way more selective from now on. She can refer to him as the gatekeeper. Laura comes back, and thanks him. Lulu asks how she’s doing; it sounded nasty. Laura doesn’t blame Ava is frustrated. She just wants justice for Kiki. Lulu says the longer she can’t remember, the more likely the killer is to get away. She asks Laura to call Jordan, and ask her to come back. She has an idea.

Jordan says not-Doc has talked to Franco. He asks if they’re concerned that he’s the killer. Jordan says he’s important to the investigation. Not-Doc says sharing their conversations would be an ethics violation; he could lose his license and the trust of his patients. Jordan says she can get a warrant, but he makes no promises then either. She thanks him for his time, and he mulls things over.

On the phone, Elizabeth tells Cameron that he needs to come straight home to help his brothers with their homework. They need extra attention, especially Aiden, so don’t rush. She sees Laura, and asks if Lulu is okay. She heard Lulu was out of ICU. Laura says she’s physically stronger, but still can’t remember. She’s getting pressure from all sides; it’s a tough position to be in. She’s the only one who can ID the killer. Elizabeth says it will be a relief when they start focusing on the real killer, and quit wasting time questioning Franco. Laura flashes back to Jordan saying there was a suspect.

Carly knows Drew’s situation is extremely complex, but hopes he’s  paying attention to how he’s feeling. He hopes this isn’t a self-care lecture, and I identify. She says what kid wouldn’t want his parents together? Drew says Oscar has a lot going on. What if it doesn’t work out? She thinks that’s a fair concern, but what if it did?

Kim asks Julian why he thinks it’s okay to make decisions about them without her input? He says he sees her and Drew drifting back to one another. She admits they’ve gotten closer and are bonding as parents. No one else knows the grief and fear they’re going through on a daily basis. But she thought they had their own understanding. She misses how he made her laugh, and how special he made her feel. Things were easy with him. There was no cancer, no ticking clock, no fear. She misses him. He misses her too; a whole lot. She asks what they do now. He says maybe he messed up past the point of fixing it, but if he did, he wants her know how much she’ll always mean to him. She says, her too. He tells her if there’s anything she and Oscar need, let him know. Until then, he’ll see her around. She asks him to wait. She tells him that she does need him, and kisses him.

Sonny tells Olivia, sorry. He thought Brick could help. Olivia says he tried, and she appreciates it more than he knows. It looks like they’ll have to wait this one out. Sonny says, there might be one person who could help them reach Dante. Spinelli?

There’s yet another knock at Kim’s door. She says, it doesn’t stop. She opens the door, and Drew is there. He says, sorry, and she tells him, it’s been a busy morning with the door. She’s glad he stopped by. She wants to tell him face to face that she and Julian decided to give their relationship another go. She has to run to work, and breezes past him. He says, bye.

Ava goes to Charlie’s. Julian gives her some coffee, and says he wanted to thank her for her advice. She asks if that means he’s taking a vacation. He says he’s not leaving Port Charles. He has unfinished business to attend to. She knows the feeling.

Not-Doc writes, Franco? on his notepad. Franco walks into the office, and not-Doc says he was just thinking about him. Franco says his new assistant is ruthless. Not-Doc asks what brings him by, and Franco says he needs not-Doc’s help.

Terry calls Elizabeth, and she has to go. Alexis asks Laura if she has a minute to talk about – Laura says they’ll catch up later. She’s gone before Alexis can finish saying, her prenup.

Jordan returns to Lulu’s room. She asks if Lulu remembers something. Lulu says, no, but earlier, Jordan mentioned other methods that can help unlock her memories. She’s on board. Jordan asks if she’s ready to try hypnotherapy, and Lulu says, absolutely.

Franco knows not-Doc told him that he’d plateaued, but with all due respect, he thinks that’s wrong. His life is on the verge of falling apart again. This time, for something he didn’t do. He needs to deal with the feelings or he’ll do something to make it worse. No one knows his mind better. He made it possible for Franco to deal with everything he blocked out. He asks if not-Doc would consider seeing him again. Not-Doc says, excellent idea, and Franco is like, huh?

On Monday, Ava asks Chase what he’s doing to find the monster who killed her daughter, Lulu is all for hypnotherapy, and Sonny asks Anna for help.

🔥 On Hell’s Kitchen, Ariel won a tableside challenge and got a day in Malibu complete with horseback riding. She chose Bret to come along with her. Mia and Motto (no comment) had to prepare things for the bar – Mia called it the never ending pit of citrus – and do some general prep for that evening’s dinner. They claimed there were VIP guests and celebrities at the dinner, but they only showed Amber Rose. Who, I might add, was pretty excited about seeing Gordon IRL. Each of the chefs took a turn at being in charge, and there were deliberate sabotages in the kitchen to test the them; such as the wrong pasta for carbonara, swapping orzo for rice, and tuna tartare when it should have been beef. Another thing you never want to hear Gordon say is, who made this?

Motto felt he proved himself, but decided to put himself up for elimination. Bret was like, holy curve ball. Motto felt, at the end of the day, the place he needed to be was back home. He wanted to raise a family, and raise the culinary standard in Baton Rouge. He wanted to use what he learned to mentor others. Ariel wept at the level of Motto’s understanding of what he wanted. I agree that took guts. Gordon was actually speechless. Motto said it was an incredible experience, and he wasn’t giving up, but going forward. Gordon said he never met a chef so sincere, and when he was done in Baton Rouge and ready for his next move, call him. Motto left with his head held high. What brought him in was the opportunity to prove himself. He had rough starts and shaky moments, but stayed true to himself. The big city and spotlight might come in the future, but he was going back to push the hell out of the envelope. Gordon told them another chef would be leaving – now. He asked each of them why they belonged in the finale. They all said blah-blah-blah that they were ready for the big time. I had the feeling Gordon already knew his decision though. Ariel went through to the final round first. He said she’d been a consistent performer, and the change from season six was incredible. Bret crossed himself, and… to be continued. Next time, veteran Bret and rookie Mia will face off in a roller coaster ride of an episode.

🍕 MasterChef Junior returns on Tuesday, March 5th. It looks like Christina will be dressing up like one of those cake dolls, where the skirt is the cake part. Maybe you had to be there, but it looked really cool.

🍷 Mini Stassi Rant…

I think this article is unfair. Stassi’s mom was a handful from the jump, drinking too much, and putting Stassi down to her boyfriend over and over. Bleh. She treated Stassi like dirt and embarrassed her; then created drama, making the dinner about herself.

https://radaronline.com/exclusives/2019/01/vanderpump-rules-recap-stassi-schroeder-fights-with-mom/?utm_source=email&em_hash=72048a93bc8188334dc1071a32fe8f3b

📣 Quotes of the Week

And that, my dear, is how you run an asylum. – Matron Grady (Judith Light), Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.Eleanor Roosevelt

Reality is a sliding door.Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sabrina can go from zero to bitch in about fifteen seconds. – Jerimiah, Return to Amish

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.Margaret Mead

Adults are obsolete children.Dr. Seuss

I’d play, but I have that hip thing going on. Meaning I’m too hip to play. – Earl (Garrett Morris), 2 Broke Girls, to Han, who’s forming a diner baseball team

I have no plans, and no plans to plan. –  Mario Cuomo (That sounds about right.)

Half a truth is often a great lie.Benjamin Franklin

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. – e. e. cummings

🐟 This Never Gets Old…

I find her beautiful, but I’m not sure if this dude is brave or stupid. Says the person who was only stung by a bee once – when she tried to pet it. I was four, okay?

January 30, 2019 – Not-Doc Visits Doc, Gordon Blesses Stone’s Throw, NJ Continues Their Embarrassment Tour, RIP Lou & Living Forever

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

 

General Hospital

The news breaks in to tell me it’s cold. Thanks. I wouldn’t have known.

Drew sees Kim at the MetroCourt bar, and asks if she wants company. She says that would be nice, and he says she’ll have what she’s having. She says, a sparkling water with lime. He says, sounds fun, and orders a real drink. She asks if he’s losing himself in work. She does it too. It keeps her from hovering. She knows they agreed to let Oscar live life the way he wants, but it’s hard.

Bobbie sees Lucas and Brad at the hospital. They’re dressed up, and she asks, what’s the occasion? Brad says, date night, and she says good for them. She wonders how they pried themselves away from adorable Wiley, but Lucas says he’s in good hands with his godfather. Michael loves Wiley as much as they do. Brad says, right.

Willow goes to Charlie’s, and orders coffee. Julian asks if there’s anything else, like proof he’s not seeing his grandson on the sly. She says she’s there because her yoga class is close by. Would he rather she go elsewhere, so he can violate their agreement? He says she signed off on the agreement that Wiley is Brad and Lucas’s child now. She says he signed off on staying out of Wiley’s life. He says he didn’t break their deal. How about her? Michael comes in with Wiley. This is starting to irritate me. All these people don’t want Julian around Wiley, yet they keep showing up with him at Charlie’s. And Julian is the bad guy.

Robert says Anna’s place is downright homey. Finn says, it’s quaint, but they make do. Anna serves tea. Robert suggests the put their domestic bliss to rest, and discuss Cabot. Anna says she finds Robert’s subtlety charming. He says she claims she’s never spoken to Cabot, but the bureau says otherwise. Who should he believe?

Not-Doc/Ryan arrives at Ferncliff. He says, it better be important. They should be able to provide whatever attention a patient needs, especially a sedated one. Head nurse Kay says they’ve done all they can. She had no choice but to get him there before it’s too late. They go into Doc’s room, and he’s lying unconscious on the bed. Ryan asks if he’s died.

Michael explains to Willow that Wiley’s daddies are on a date night. Julian says he might have to see Wiley’s ID. Michael says Wiley isn’t drinking, and he’s just there for takeout. Julian goes to the kitchen to check on Michael’s order, and Willow asks how Lulu is. Michael says she’s still shaken, but she’s going to pull through. They’re fortunate. Willow says Charlotte wasn’t in school. She feels terrible for Charlotte and her little brother. Michael says Rocco is staying with his grandmother. Lulu is doing well, considering. She has a lot of support. Julian tells Michael that the kitchen is backed up, so his order is delayed. Michael asks Willow to join them while he and Wiley wait, but Julian thinks that’s a bad idea.

Josslyn and Oscar stop by Charlie’s. Oscar says he didn’t realize how far it was from the library. Once he gets his license, they won’t have to trek there. Josslyn is glad he came back to school, and Oscar says, to be honest, he missed it. He missed this too. After all that time in the hospital, it’s nice feeling like a normal kid. Josslyn says she doesn’t mind spending more time with him. He asks if she’s bored yet. She says, no, and she could never be bored with him.

Kim tells Drew the news about Oscar traveled fast. She can see it on people’s faces. They don’t know how to act. Drew says he doesn’t want every interaction with Oscar being about making the most of the time he has left, but it’s always there. Kim says, it’s good to pretend to have a normal life, and an ordinary routine. Oscar went back school, and he and Josslyn are studying at the library. Just ordinary kids in high school. Drew says maybe they should follow suit, and be ordinary parents. He asks what she’s doing for dinner, and she says she has a freezer full of delicious microwave meals. Drew says, that’s very sad, and asks her to let him buy her dinner.

Finn says Robert can’t be calling Anna a liar, and Robert says, she’s a spy. It comes with the territory. Anna admits she’s stretched the truth once or twice, but he’s done the same. Anna says she lies when the circumstances dictate, but she’s never met Cabot. Robert says there’s proof otherwise, and shows her a picture of Anna with Cabot (whose back is to the camera).

Ryan tells Kay this is disappointing. How did they let this happen? Kay apologizes, and Ryan checks Doc’s pulse. Doc grabs him by the tie, and says, got you! Ryan breaks free, and says, not anymore. We realize Doc can’t see.

Kim says dinner is nice, and Drew says better than microwaved food. It’s a nice break in the new old routine. Kim says she’s forgotten how to live. Drew thinks maybe they should make a pact, and remember how to live now and then with the small stuff. She says she’s in; what’s next? He says there’s a long weekend coming up; President’s Day. They could take Oscar to the mountains. He can rent a cabin. Oscar will probably want Josslyn to come too. Lucas and Brad approach their table. Kim says they clean up well. Brad says they were in dire need of a date night, and Lucas says it’s a challenge not to think of their son. Kim says, you never stop thinking about your kids.

Josslyn asks if Oscar misses bussing tables, and he says, parts; not the floor mopping. He’ll always be grateful to Julian. He helped Oscar establish his independence. Josslyn is sure his mom appreciates it, but he says he never sees them together, and she doesn’t talk about him anymore. She’s been spending more time with his dad. Josslyn says, that’s nice (WOTD) for everyone involved.

Julian tells Michael that he likes spending time with Wiley, but Michael shouldn’t bring him there. He has a responsibility to honor his word not to be involved in Wiley’s life. Michael says as soon as the order is ready, they’ll be on their way. Julian thinks the solution is to keep his distance. Michael says they probably should have gotten takeout somewhere else, but then he wouldn’t have run into Willow.

Robert asks Anna if the picture rings any bells, but she says, no. She thinks it looks doctored; she can’t see Cabot’s face. Robert says her excuses are understandable, but not helpful. Anna says that’s not her. She’ll take a lie detector test. She’s never met the man, but she knows who did though.

Ryan asks when Doc went blind. Kay says, last night. They left messages, but didn’t hear back. He says, it must have happened at the same time. Doc asks what’s happening to him, and Kay says, the patient should be transferred to GH. Ryan says that’s the last thing he needs, but she says they have a world-renowned eye clinic, with expertise and resources Ferncliff can’t match. The patient went blind for no apparent reason, and standard protocol says he should see a specialist. He tells her, that will be all, and he’ll call if he needs her. He closes the door. He tells Doc, his identity was stolen, he’s locked up in a loony bin, and now he’s blind. It hasn’t been his year. Doc says if Ryan has an ounce of humanity, he won’t leave him like this. Ryan says, humanity is boring. Let’s talk business. Doc’s condition is treatable. Doc asks how he knows, and Ryan says he also went blind last evening. He had a terrible headache, and passed out. When he regained consciousness, he only saw darkness. He feels Doc’s pain, his panic, helplessness, and frustration. He was there a few short hours ago. Doc says, please, if there’s a way to restore his vision, get him treatment. Ryan says he’ll think about it. Meanwhile, he needs something from Doc.

Drew looks at Brad and Lucas, and tells Kim, clearly, those two are enjoying their night. She remembers when Oscar was Wiley’s age. Those are moments to cherish.

Brad says they owe Lucas’s sister. He thinks the wine she comped them is as expensive as their mortgage. He asks Lucas, what’s wrong? Lucas says, nothing. He’s wondering if he told Michael about Wiley’s diaper rash. Brad says, he did; twice. Lucas questions whether they should call and explain Wiley can still have formula, even though he’s transitioning to solid food.

Michael tells Willow it’s family drama that Wiley is mercifully too young to understand. He tells Wiley, ignorance is bliss. Willow asks if he speaks from experience. He says he, too, was surrounded by family drama he was too young to understand. He thinks that’s how he ended up being the responsible one. He says it’s more than she needed to hear, but she says she’s interested. He says his point is that kids pick up on more than adults realize, but she probably knows that, being a teacher. Willow says he should have been one; he’s good with kids. She apologizes for being insensitive. He says he was the second oldest in a large, complex group of siblings, and has experience with kids. She thinks it helps being around other children, especially one as perfect as Wiley.

Kim says she and Drew are starting out as parents, and Drew takes solace that he’s skipping not getting more than two hours sleep, tops. Kim doesn’t envy that, but would take Oscar at that stage in a heartbeat. She wouldn’t change a thing. Drew would. He should have been there. She says he’s been there when she’s needed him most.

Brad and Lucas make a deal to enjoy the evening out, and not talk about Wiley. Lucas asks what Brad’s thinking, and Brad says about how his life turned around. He was used to everything being about what he wanted, and now it’s about he-who-shall-not-be-named. Life feels bigger, more grounded. Lucas says he’s even learning to tolerate his father, in small doses. They’re growing up, and there’s only one person to blame. They both say, Wiley, and clink glasses.

Josslyn asks Michael how Lulu is. He says, much better, and introduces Willow to Josslyn and Oscar. He asks what they’re up to, and don’t say finding a way to access the catacombs. Oscar says, they did. They didn’t make it, but they got close. Josslyn decides to get hot chocolate, and leaves Oscar to tell the story. Julian tells Josslyn that he’s glad to see Oscar. He misses Oscar’s expertise in bussing. Josslyn says Oscar is better. He’s doing good, partly because of Julian. She thanks him.

Anna tells Robert, Alex. Find out where she was when the photo was taken. Finn says Anna’s twin had the meeting? Anna says Alex has an inconvenient habit of showing up in places she’d never go, and implicating her in things she’d never do. Robert says she was in Eastern Europe when the photo was taken, but that doesn’t explain how Anna contracted the virus. Anna says, it’s obvious.

Doc asks what Ryan wants, and Ryan says, information. Has he ever met a doctor named Arthur Cabot? Doc says he’s met a lot of doctors; be more specific. Ryan says Cabot had dealings with the WSB. Doc starts to say, why would he… Cabot? Ryan says, yes. Doc says they met years ago, at Cabot’s request. He wanted to discuss a mutual interest. Ryan says, which was? and Doc says, him. Cabot’s research focused on identical twins.

Kim tells Drew that Oscar was always her whole world; he has Scout too. She says, sorry. it just came out. He says it’s a valid question. He loves both of his kids equally. The relationships are different, but they’re still both his kids. She says she heard Scout is a miracle baby. Drew gives Scout credit. She had a helluva entrance into the world. Kim asks him to tell her.

Lucas asks if Brad wants anything else, but he’s good. Brad says, who are they kidding? They miss Wiley. Lucas says the good news is he’s just a phone call away. Lucas calls Michael.

Julian asks Josslyn what he’s done for a thank you. She says he took a step back. Now Kim can focus on being there for Oscar. When she first asked, she thought it was a long shot, and expected him to be selfish. He surprised her. She thanks him again, and says it means a lot to Oscar, who means a lot to her. Julian tells her to take care of Oscar. Busboys who don’t break dishes are a rarity.

Willow says she’d share Oscar’s story with her students, but doesn’t want them getting any ideas. Michael gets a call. Lucas says he can tease them all he wants. They’re being those parents. Michael says they’re pretty cliché. Wiley is getting a lot of attention and love at Charlie’s. Lucas says they’re wrapping it up, so he’ll swing by to get Wiley. Brad suggests Lucas go to the hospital to check on Lulu. He’ll get Wiley and bring him there.

Finn mumbles to Robert that Anna acts like she knows it all. Robert says he hates when she does what she does, and Anna says she can hear them. She has the advantage, being an identical twin. So is Doc. Finn wonders if it’s possible Doc’s twin contracted the virus, but Robert says, Ryan has been dead for twenty-five years.

Ryan asks Doc what the inquiry was, but Doc says he wasn’t interested in working with Cabot, and never found out. Ryan says he’d better not be holding out. Doc says he held up his end of the bargain. If there’s a treatment that can restore his sight, he wants it. Ryan thinks he’s better off in the dark. There’s been so much change since his absence. Doc says, Laura, but Ryan says she’s the least of his worries. She’s been elected mayor, and chose to be sworn in as Laura Webber. She finally gave up on their marriage. The divorce will be finalized soon. Doc says, good. Anything to keep her far away from him. Ryan says, ever the optimist. He might change his mind when he finds out what happened to Lulu. Someone tried to kill her.

Drew tells Kim it was cold, and Sam was abducted by her crazy aunt, Olivia Jerome. Kim says Julian told her stories, and Olivia sounds deeply disturbed. He says Sam escaped, but fell down an embankment in the snow. Kim says, she was all alone? and Drew says, she was. He’s never been that scared. He’ll never forget looking over the bridge, and seeing her. He got there just in time for the delivery. Scout was perfectly fine, but Sam passed out, and he carried them up the road. Kim says he was very lucky to be able to save his daughter.

Josslyn tells Oscar, once they’ve finished their homework, they can work on the planner. Oscar has some ideas, but the most important thing is to live every moment to the fullest. It will be easier when he gets his license. She reminds him it comes with restrictions in New York, but he says they can check out neighboring states without restrictions. Brad comes in, and thanks Michael for taking care of Wiley. Michael says he and Wiley had a bet going on how long Brad and Lucas would stay out. He won. Brad remembers that Willow is a teacher. He’d love to get thoughts on when Wiley should join a playgroup. Julian says he can help get Wiley in the car, but Brad says he was just getting know Willow.

Anna says they need to speak to Doc. Finn says he already denied knowing Cabot, but Robert says a lot of people lie during the first questioning, and the truth comes out in the follow-up. Finn says he’s a psychiatrist with strong ties to the community. Anna says in less than a year, he’s gone from having married Laura to hanging around with Ava. Maybe he’s not such an upstanding citizen. Maybe he’s covering up something. Assuming he’s a liar, how do they get him to tell the truth. Finn says this is no place for enhanced interrogation, but Robert doesn’t think it will come to that.

Doc asks what Lulu ever did to Ryan. Ryan says, it was strategic intervention. She was getting too close to the truth. He was concerned when she survived, but the trauma caused a memory block. She can’t remember a thing. His phone dings. It’s a text from Anna, saying she needs to talk. Come over immediately.  He tells Doc that he has to run. Doc says, get used to it. He’s going to be doing a lot of it when they realize he tried to kill Lulu. Ryan says he’s become an expert at avoiding law enforcement’s efforts, but Doc says, when Sonny finds out Ryan attacked his daughter-in-law, he’ll exact his own justice. Ryan says he and Ava are starting a new life away from Port Charles. Soon enough, the divorce will be finalized, and they’ll be leaving. Doc asks if Ryan is taking Laura’s money, but Ryan says they’re leaving with what they brought to the marriage. Doc says, except for the prenup. He tried talk her out of it, but Laura insisted. He figured they’d never need it. Now, Ryan is going to take off with the money intended for him. Ryan says Laura is nothing if not generous, and devoted to Doc. He thanks Doc for pointing it out. Doc says he’s done enough; leave Laura’s money alone. Ryan tells him not to work himself into a tizzy. Close his eyes, and have sweet dreams. Oh, forgive him. Doc doesn’t have to close his eyes anymore. He leaves, and Doc says, you’re the blind one, brother, and calls Ryan a fool. I’m guessing there is no prenup. I certainly don’t remember anything like that.

Anna thanks Ryan/not-Doc for coming so quickly. Finn says, with his help, they can prevent others from getting the virus. Not-Doc says he’ll try to help if he can. Robert says tell them about Cabot. Not-Doc asks them to forgive him. He completely forgot, but wracked his brain, and remembered meeting him. Robert asks if he recalls what they discussed. Not-Doc says, identical twins. Robert asks what Cabot was after, and not-Doc presumes information on his experience with his brother, but he had no interest, so he never got the details. Robert says Cabot was working with the WSB, but not-Doc says he reached out independently. It was years ago. It’s not possible it has anything to do with what’s going on now.

Kay tells Doc to relax, calling him Wilson. He says his name isn’t Wilson. It’s Dr. Kevin Collins. The man who just left was admitted as Wilson Ritter. Kay says he knows what happens when he gets too excited. She doesn’t want to see him in a straitjacket, especially now. He says there’s only one person who matters now – Laura.

Anna wonders if Doc told them everything. Robert isn’t sure. He seemed defensive, and too eager to leave.  Anna says they’ll have to look elsewhere. They know the virus was initiated by Cabot, but have more questions than answers. Why identical twins? Was the blindness intentional or an accident? Robert says, maybe the experiment went wrong. Finn says, even worse, what if it went right?

Drew tells Kim that he’s sorry he brought up the story, but she says she asked. It’s quite inspiring. It’s inspiring what a parent’s love and determination can do. Because of him and Sam, their daughter was kept warm, and because of that, their daughter is in their life. Drew says, now he’s in hers.

Josslyn tells Oscar that they might as well walk. They can still make it an adventure. It’s how you look at it. He says she’s right. It will be an adventure as long as he’s with her. They kiss.

Lucas comes to hospital. Bobbie asks, what happened? He says, date night ended earlier than expected. They missed Wiley. She tells him, better luck next time. He says, at the rate they’re going, it will be another ten years. She says, try again next week, and if they can’t stick it out, keep trying. It’s important that they spend time together; Wiley will have a happier life. Happy parents, happy baby. Lucas says he and Brad have been through so much, nothing can come between them.

Julian needs a word with Brad. Michael tells Willow that he’s starting to feel guilty, keeping her from yoga class. She says she’s in no rush.

Brad tell Julian that he can’t blame him for Wiley being there. Julian says Wiley isn’t the problem; it’s her. Brad says, the schoolteacher? Julian says, she thinks she’s Wiley’s birth mother.

Tomorrow, Kristina wants Alexis’s respect, Valentin will be in Peter’s debt, and Franco says whatever it is, he didn’t do it.

🔥 On 24 Hours to Hell and Back, this time Gordon dressed up like Mrs. Doubtfire to eat at Stone’s Throw, a family-owned, fine dining restaurant in Seymour, CT. Right off the bat, there was a bad smell. Literally. Gordon said the restaurant was so dated, if it wasn’t for the river view, no one would be there. Dry salmon, rancid lobster, and old, dry duck were served. At least no one spit in anything, but one of the biggest reveals was improperly stored and moldy food. Gordon thought the owner was in denial, and had checked out. Apparently, the whole staff was nose-blind as well. Opened clams were found disgusting, and no doubt contributing to the odor and some marinated chicken nearly choked Gordon when he took a whiff. He yelled a lot, made everybody smell stuff, and taught them how to cook. In changing up the décor, he discovered a beautiful slate floor under the crappy carpeting. When Gordon’s time was done, he said it was worth every brutal, painful moment. The owner felt alive again, and a million miles away from where he was. He found his voice, and fell back in love with cooking. Stone’s Throw was back. Three months later, the owner said standards were back, the staff was positive, and the operation was running smoothly. He and his wife were even able to get away. He said they were taking baby steps, but headed in the right direction. Next time, Gordon visits a family-run restaurant in Kansas City, with daughters so off-key, it will take more than 24 hours to get them to face the music.

🐪 The Real Housewives of New Jersey were still in Cabo. Jennifer admitted when tequila is in her, she’s not nicey-nicey. I don’t think she’s nicey-nicey without tequila. She went shopping with Teresa, Melissa, and Danielle, while the others stayed poolside. Melissa wondered why Teresa was feeding Jennifer shots, after six-months of abstaining herself. Why wake the beast? Jennifer insisted that the tequila had only given her courage to say how she really felt. I’m starting to think she’s just not likeable, drunk or sober. Melissa was pissed that Teresa kept giving Danielle and Jennifer passes for their bad behavior. At the pool, Marge found a picture of a monkey’s ass to confirm her point about Jennifer’s lip liner. At lunch, Melissa tried to prevent Jennifer from another tequila episode, but Jennifer took that as an opportunity to justify her previous attack on Marge. When Marge said that Jennifer’s husband slept in the pool house, Jennifer said she didn’t care where he slept. This left Marge wide open to intimate that Jennifer’s husband had a girlfriend. Afterward, Marge apologized – saying she’d only said it to hurt Jennifer – and Jennifer told Delores they didn’t make peace, but made nice. WOTD here too.

The ladies went on a camel ride, after feeding the camels some kind of fruit. It was so cool! Teresa wanted the smallest camel, and no surprise, was terrified. At lunch, Jennifer told everyone she was having a red party for her anniversary. In a clip, her husband figured that meant his bank account would be in the red. Because of her brother’s impending marriage, Jennifer was going to be spending a lot of the summer in Turkey, so the party was in a week. I’ve started wondering if you stop planning ahead when you’re rich, since they continually announce party invites five minutes before the event. During dinner, just when things were going well, Danielle brought up the monkey’s ass again. Then Teresa fueled the fire by focusing on what Marge had said about Jennifer’s husband. Marge said Danielle was irrelevant, and Danielle said she never saw Marge’s kids around. Marge wondered why Teresa couldn’t see through Danielle’s lies, saying, she’s an old dog with no new tricks. Danielle wouldn’t shut up about Marge’s kids and grandkids, and Marge finally threw a drink at her. Danielle then went off to the point where a producer, or security, or some outsider, had to get involved and intervene. In her interview, Delores said family was off-limits by unwritten law, and if Danielle had talked about her kids, she’d have no teeth left. Marge thought Danielle poisoned Teresa against her, and Melissa accused Teresa of drinking the Kool-Aid. She said Danielle had Teresa running in circles. The show ended with Melissa getting in Jennifer’s face. Since it was the later airing, there was no preview. Sometimes, I don’t know why I torture myself watching some of these shows. They go to the most spectacular places, and act like trash.

👽 I’ll Always Remember Him As Lou and Dan…

In Fame (1982) and V:The Final Battle (1984), respectively.

https://comicbook.com/movies/2019/01/30/the-gremlins-and-terminator-actor-dick-miller-dead-at-90/

🎶 Memories…

Lee Curreri used to make my heart beat faster. Useless trivia: Lori Singer is Marc Singer‘s sister. Marc still makes my heart beat faster.

 

 

 

 

January 25, 2019 – Robert Has Intel, Chefs in the Black, a Thief, a Question, Lucky Number Quotes & Rock

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Sam wakes up next to Jason. She touches his face and he wakes. She says, it’s real, and he says, yeah; it’s happening. They kiss and exchange I love yous. Then get busy.

Carly sees Drew at the MetroCourt. She asks how Oscar is, and he says, they released him this morning. He asks about Josslyn, and Carly says they had a long talk. Carly understands what they were trying to do; live like there’s no tomorrow. Drew says, Josslyn has a tomorrow.

Elizabeth tells Franco that she’d mainline coffee if she could. She hardly slept. He says, boys are awful; kids are mean. Aiden asks if he can play video games. Elizabeth thought he didn’t like them anymore, but Aiden tells her Jake said he’d play with him. She tells him, no online games. When Aiden is out of earshot, Jake asks if it’s because of what told them. Franco says it’s good he told them, and Elizabeth says she’s proud of him, looking after his little brother. Jake says he’ll make sure Aiden stays offline. He leaves, and Franco asks Elizabeth what’s up. She doesn’t know if Aiden is gay, or what that even means at this point.

At the station, Peter tells Anna that she didn’t have to stay all night. If he needs a lawyer, he’ll hire one. She says, in the meantime, she can help him with which questions to answer, and what to stay away from. He tells her that he doesn’t need saving. Maxie walks in, and asks if he’s sure about that.

Laura sits at Lulu’s bedside. She says the doctors are pleased with how she came through surgery, but she knew Lulu was a fighter. Their job is done. The rest is up to her. She needs to wake up. It’s time for her to open her eyes. Sonny comes to the door, and asks if it’s a bad time. Laura hugs him.

Not-Doc asks Ava how long he has to wait. She says, as long as the doctors tell him to. She can’t believe he’s in the medical field himself, and he says, they say doctors make the worst patients. He’s anxious to find out if his eyesight has been restored. Finn says his surgeon is here. It’s Griff, and Finn wonders if that’s a problem. Ava says, no, and Finn says he’ll leave them to it.

Robert is in the hallway, and says Finn is just the man he’s looking for. Can Finn get his ex to return one of his calls? Finn says, good to see him, and Robert asks, how’s the scar from the tracker installation? Finn says Robert makes a better spy than surgeon. Robert says he has intel on Anna’s sudden blindness.

Peter tells Maxie that she didn’t have to come. She says Laura promised to keep in touch. She asks how he is, and he says, better, now that she’s there. He wants her to tell Anna to go home. Anna says she’s not going anywhere. Jordan comes out, and says she has a few more questions. Peter tells Maxie that she doesn’t have to stay, but Maxie tells him, she’ll stay right there, and he goes into the interrogation room with Anna and Jordan. Peter doesn’t understand what’s happening, and Anna says he’s a suspect, and suggests he start acting serious. Jordan says the sooner he answers, the sooner she can eliminate him as a suspect. She shows him the shoe print, and says they found it at the crime scene. It’s a common type of shoe, and she noticed it matches the exact shoes he has on. Peter looks at Anna.

Laura says she held Sonny’s hand during Lulu’s surgery, now she needs to wake up. He says, she will. She asks if he’s gotten in touch with Dante, and he says he’s doing everything he can to reach him. Laura hates that he’s not there for Lulu. Sonny says Dante will hate it worse, if by the time they get to him, they’re giving him good news of a full recovery. Laura says, from his mouth to God’s ear. He says, she’s going to pull through. She’s strong, determined, and look who her mother is. Laura holds back tears

Carly tells Drew she’s glad both kids are okay. He is too, and she says they’re also clear on what not to do moving forward. Drew says. it’s a delicate balance. He wants Oscar to live life to the fullest, but at the same time, he wants to keep Oscar safe. Carly is so sorry. She doesn’t know how he’s standing. He says Scout helps. She makes him smile, no matter how the day is. I know what he means. I feel the same way about my dogs. He says, clearly, there are moments and people to be grateful for.

Jason makes breakfast, and Sam is blown away. Normally, her breakfast is something that goes from the freezer into the toaster oven. This is decadent. She says it’s familiar, but strange. Jason suggests they take it day by day, with no pressure to figure it all out now. He tells her that he’s hooking up with Spinelli today. She says Spinelli didn’t tell her, but the last time they talked, things were chaotic. Jason says Spinelli has been doing research, and looked into the emails from Linda Black. Jason gets a text that Spinelli’s plane is about to land. They’re going to meet at the MetroCourt. He offers to have Spinelli meet him at her place, but Sam says, no; he should go. She wants to get closer to figuring out what’s going on. Jason asks, what’s going on? and she tells him, don’t laugh. It feels like they’re back to the last time they were together. They were happy. He walked out, and she didn’t see him for five years. He says, this is different, and she says, why, because it’s light out? He says because he’s not walking into a dangerous situation, as far as he knows. He’s coming back. She tells him, sorry. She was having an irrational moment. It will pass. He says he’ll text when he gets there.

Sonny tells Laura, the police set up a tip line for leads on the killer. He wants to make a contribution to the reward. Laura wishes the didn’t have to offer a reward, but Sonny says it’s an incentive to come forward. She says it’s generous of him, and thanks him, but has to admit she has second thoughts about the tip line. The commissioner briefed her on the calls, and a few were well-meaning, but the majority were disturbing or from attention seekers. Sonny knows it’s frustrating, but still holds out hope. It only takes one person. Laura says, one person to lead them to the monster who did this to her girl.

Ava tells Griff that he looks like hell. What happened to his forehead? He has a cut above his eyebrow, and he says he had a shaving accident. She says he must have bad aim. Not-Doc asks if he should request a different doctor, but Griff says he’s capable of determining the success of the surgery. He takes not-Doc’s bandages off. Ava asks if he sees anything, and he says, only the most beautiful woman in the world. She kisses and hugs him.

Jordan asks Peter the size of his shoe, but Anna says, don’t answer. He says, twelve, and he’ll be happy to take his shoe off right now so they can examine it. Jordan says she might take him up on that. Anna asks if she can say if they’re the same size. Jordan says, if Peter is telling the truth, they’re not a match, but they still can’t be certain he’s not the attacker. Peter was the last person to talk to Lulu, and remains a suspect. Peter says he couldn’t possibly be the attacker. The night Kiki was killed, he was at Jordan’s wedding the entire night.

Peter comes out, and Jordan asks him to wait while they verify something. Maxie asks, what’s going on? and Peter says they can rule out him killing Kiki. Maxie says she can attest to him being at the wedding from start to finish. She tells Anna that Peter is in the clear, and Peter says she can go. Anna leaves.

Elizabeth tells Franco she was blindsided last night. Now she’s had time to think about what it means. Franco asks, what? but she doesn’t say anything. He wants to ask her a question, and wants her to be 100% honest; he won’t judge. If it turns out Aiden is gay, would it be a problem?

Jason texts Sam that he’s safe at the MetroCourt. Carly sees him, and hugs him. He’s like, ow, because his ribs are sore. She thinks he should get checked out, but he says he’s fine. She says he doesn’t know that, and he doesn’t have hypothermia, does he? He asks if he looks like he does. She says when he said he swam from the harbor, she assumed the worst. He says he’s better than he’s been in six years. She promises to be gentle, hugs him again, and says she’s so happy for him and Sam. It’s about time.

Robert tells Finn he’s been doing research on Anna’s virus. He has intel, but she won’t return his calls. Finn says she’s dealing with her son at the police station. Robert says he’s shocked Anna’s offspring is in trouble. He asks Finn to make sure Anna gets the information, giving him a folder. He understands they’ve shacked up. Emma told him. Finn say the whole family is involved. Robert says if he plans on sticking around, get used to it. His ex is high maintenance. Good luck. Finn says he can handle it. Robert says he thinks he can. The elevator opens, and Anna comes out. Robert asks if her ears were burning. They were just talking about her.

Maxie tells Peter that he should consider being nicer to Anna. He says he’s being questioned about a murder, that obviously Anna thinks he’s capable of committing. The police are just doing their due diligence. Maxie says Anna is his mother. Of course she’s exaggerating the danger. She’s worried, and mothers do that. She reminds him of rushing James to the hospital. Mothers overreact. As a mom, she’s all in favor of kids forgiving their moms. Peter tells her, he’s not saying he hasn’t, but maybe. Maxie asks if he can let her in; nothing bad will happen. He says he’s slow to trust. Maybe he has room for one a yea. He’ll focus on Anna next year. Maxie asks who it is this year, and he smiles.

Carly tells Jason that she has a million questions, but won’t ask. What happened is his business, but please let her tell Sonny. Jason says, go ahead. She’s happy, and knew it was going to happen. She was right. He thanks her for believing in them. She says now she has to run his life, and he asks how that’s any different. She says she wasn’t crazy about Sam at the start, but Sam loves Jason for himself, not for what she thinks he could be. She’s not trying to change him. She might almost be worthy of him.

Jason gets a text that Spinelli’s plane is stuck on the tarmac. He tells Carly that Spinelli flew in this morning, but he came there for no reason. Carly says he came there to tell his best friend good news. He seems lighter; like a weight has been lifted off. He says the hardest thing about coming back was seeing Sam torn in two. She questioned herself, and struggled to make an impossible situation okay. She would have hated for him to take off, so he stayed, and let her make her own choice. Carly says, of course she chose him. It’s always been him. Sam is the love of his life. He says he has to be getting back, and thanks her.

Elizabeth asks what Franco means. Lucas is family. He says she’s not answering the question. She can’t believe he asked. Of course she’d have no problem. He knows she’d love Aiden, no matter what. He says he’ll rephrase the question. She says, Aiden being happy is all that matters. He can be proud, because they live in a time when he can be who he is. Franco says some people might disagree. The world is a scary place. There are people out there who don’t see things the way they do.

Laura tells Sonny that she’s scared. They’re part of an undesirable club. They both know, sometimes the worst can really happen. She cries, and Sonny says, but it didn’t happen. Lulu fought off the killer, and the doctors got to her in time. She’s going to wake up and be okay, and she’ll have her mother by her side. Laura hugs him and thanks him for coming. He tells her if she needs anything, let him know. He tells Lulu, don’t stop fighting your way back.

Griff tells not-Doc, like Anna, he’s made an exceptionally quick recovery. Whatever the virus is, it only requires minor surgery to correct. Not-Doc asks if he can leave, but Griff would like to run some tests first. Not-Doc says as long as it doesn’t take too long. He has pressing matters to attend to. In Lulu’s room, Laura strokes her hair.

Sam refuses to call Jason. She talks to herself, saying she can text, how was flight? Then she says, no, and puts the phone down. She tells herself that she’s not crazy. Jason is in a meeting with Spinelli. Everything is okay. She’s not calling him.

Elizabeth tells Franco that she realizes there are more struggles in life for Aiden than his brothers. She hates it, but people in general are more accepting than when they grew up. They’re lucky to be in a city that fights against discrimination. She tells him, in some cities, it’s legal to fire someone for being gay. Franco says, someone has been on the internet. She says, they have something else to focus on besides whether Aiden is gay or not. They need to stop the bullying.

Maxie tells Peter a story about James breaking his grandmother’s window with a baseball already. She thinks James can go pro. Peter says his uncle will be cheering him on. Jordan comes back, and says the video footage confirms he was at the wedding, and has nothing to do with the murder. He asks if he’s free to go, and Jordan says, don’t leave town. He says he has no plans go anywhere. He looks at Maxie, and they hug.

Anna asks what Robert is doing there. Robert says she wanted information, and he thought if it was so important, he’d bring it himself. She asks if they don’t have people for that, or has his budget been cut? Robert looks at Finn, and says, high maintenance or high maintenance? Finn says she’s overthinking. Robert shows her a paper from the folder, and asks if a name jumps out at the bottom of the page. Who else worked with Dr. Cabot? She says, Kevin Collins.

Speaking of which, what happened to the real Doc, Kevin Collins? Last we left him, he was hatching a plan to save Laura. I’d say it’s a fail so far.

Laura says Lulu has always run on her own schedule, even when she was a tiny little girl. No one could rush her. So she’s going to try and be patient; let her wake up in her own time, but if could hurry a little bit, that would be great. Lulu squeezes Laura’s hand, and Laura says her name.

Carly says she has something to tell him that he can’t tell anyone. Sonny asks if he’s being indicted. Sam and Jason are back together. He says she’s been claiming that’s going to happen. She’s excited for them, and wants Sonny to tell her that she’s right. He says she’s right, and they hug.

Sam looks at her phone and paces. Jason comes in. She runs to him and hugs him. He says he told her he’d come back.

Jake and Aiden ask for a snack and soda. Elizabeth says yes to the snack, and no to soda. She says, it’s too early for sugar, but they can split a cupcake. Aiden starts to say it makes no sense, but Jake interrupts, saying they can still have a cupcake. Elizabeth hugs Aiden, saying she’s so proud of him. He runs to join Jake in the kitchen. Franco says, it’s going to be fine. She knows.

Maxie tells Peter that she has to pick up James. He’s at his grandmother’s, who only allows beachballs now. She asks if he wants to come. James would love to see him. Peter says not as much as he wants to see James.

Ava says she hopes Griff is taking care of himself. He says it’s just a cut. She says she doesn’t care, but Kiki did. She doesn’t think he’d want to disrespect her memory. Griff doesn’t want to talk about her. Ava says, talk about Lulu then. She understands the surgery went well. Griff says, Dr. Lacey is hopeful, and his prognosis is that Lulu will pull through. He confirms it looks that way. Ava says, when she does. Lulu can give her the name of the bastard who killed her daughter.

Laura asks if Lulu just squeezed her hand, and Lulu does it again. Laura tells her, good job. She’s getting the doctor. Laura jets, and Lulu’s hand moves.

Anna says it’s listed that Doc worked with Cabot. Finn says he claimed to have no connection to the Bureau or Cabot. Anna says, he lied. She wonders why he would do that.

Lulu opens her eyes. She sees not-Doc approaching her bed. He looms over her, and says, hello, Lulu.

On Monday, Shiloh says the mystery is solved, Robert says Doc may have had a secret life, and not-Doc tells Lulu not to fight it.

🔥 On tonight’s Hell’s Kitchen, the newly black-jacketed chefs had to recreate Gordon’s Eggs Benedict, while guessing the secret ingredients in the hollandaise. Seeing Heather’s eggs, for the first time ever in the history of Hell’s Kitchen, I thought I could do a better job. Gordon wouldn’t even eat Bret’s offering. There was stern talk about broken hollandaise, whatever that is, and Heather, Bret, and Motto were stuck on the obligatory clean-up duty. Ariel and Mia won the challenge, and some indoor skydiving. Not only was both Canadian bacon and prosciutto a factor, shallots and paprika were the secret to the sauce, and both chefs had each gotten one. The remaining chefs were also allowed to tag along on the outing. Bret did some tagging on the kitchen wall using Scrubbing Bubbles. The restaurant was crowded with everyone from a Rams quarterback to actors I’ve never heard of. It was the first time the chefs were going to be working together as one team. Mia was the worst, flustered as hell (no pun intended). After dinner service, Gordon said they had a great start, but couldn’t maintain It. It looked like Mia was going out the door, but in a surprise move, it was Heather; two chefs nominating her. She said her goal had been to be a good example for her son, and she achieved that. Next time, an intoxicating episode where Gordon is left speechless. Not even a bleep.

🔎 Sounds Like An Inside Job…

Geez. Lala turns her back for one second.

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🌴 Temptation Island Is Back…

Why?

☝ Quotes of the Week

I am almost inclined to set it up as a canon, that a children’s story which is enjoyed only by children, is a bad children’s story. The good ones last. A waltz which you can like only when you are waltzing, is a bad waltz.C.S. Lewis, On Stories

Fill your mind with knowledge — it’s the only kind of power no one can take away from you.Min Jin Lee, Pachinko

I was built to fire once. Like a musket. – Doug (Kevin James), King of Queens

I’m drawing the line. Do not read the Latin. – Marty (Fran Kranz), Cabin in the Woods

A dead Cheerleader isn’t great for morale. – Coach Parker (Sean McNabb), Cheerleader Nightmare (Lifetime)

What do you have to lose? Certainly not your virginity. – Aalsa, 76-year-old, on dating younger men, Dr. Phil

Catfishing is when you go on the internet and pretend to be someone you’re not. You know, like everyone on the internet. – Caroline (Beth Behrs), 2 Broke Girls

🎷 May Your Weekend Do It Too…

 

 

 

January 16, 2019 – Oscar Begins His Future, New Show, Fun Couple, Bye Trev, Recommending John, Birthday Betty & Milania Can’t Wait

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

At the hospital, Alexis thanks a staff member for the use of the space. She says they can’t be disturbed unless the hospital is on fire. The woman says they all know how important the meeting is. Alexis looks at an envelope that says, to remain sealed until all parties are gathered.

Finn sees Anna in the hallway, and asks what she’s doing up. She wants to watch the sunset in the solarium, and he says it sounds lovely, but shouldn’t she be resting? She tells him that she’s going stir crazy. He says she was somewhat blind this morning. Would it kill her to rest? She says she’s not resting until she figures out how she caught the virus.

Nina fixes the book table, telling Valentin nothing is beneath her if she wants it done properly. He says she’s doing a lot for Lucy, but she says the book is about Port Charles. It’s good publicity for the city. It’s crazy how quickly they got on their feet after the earthquake. Valentin loves her civic mindedness, and she says she’s going to see if she can join the school board. She’s not running for an office; she just wants to contribute. Valentin asks for what reason, and she says, Charlotte of course, but she wants every child to get the best education possible. She’d also like some authority when dealing with Charlotte’s teacher. Valentin thinks Willow means well, but Nina tells him not to let Willow’s sweet face fool him. She’s threatened by strong women, and taking it out on Charlotte. Valentin says, speak of the devil.

Cameron uses a stick to pick up litter, the likes of which we’ve never seen before in Port Charles. Laura and Lulu come by. Laura asks how it’s going, and he says he loves it more than juvenile hall. Laura hopes it’s taught him to think his actions through before he gets in trouble, but if he does, taking responsibility is the only way to go. He asks if they ever got in trouble when they were younger, and Lulu says, no way; they were angels. Laura says, downright saintly. He says he’ll try to learn from them, and continues on his way. Lulu wonders if that will be Rocco ten years from now, and Laura says he’ll make it through like they did.

Josslyn and Oscar see Cameron, and Josslyn asks how the inauguration went. Cameron says it went well, but you’d think out of respect for the new mayor, people would throw their trash away. He asks what they’re doing, and Oscar says, planning their future.

Sam tells Jason that Kristina is dying for someone to go a seminar. As much as she doesn’t want to, it will get her closer to Shiloh. Jason thinks that’s exactly what Shiloh wants.

Cameron says he doesn’t need to plan his future; it’s been mapped out for him. He’s picking up trash, then has to write an essay to his drug counselor on why he doesn’t need pot to deal with his problems. Josslyn asks if the counselor realizes Cameron has never smoked. Cameron says he doesn’t by it, even though, in his case it’s true. Oscar says he’s sorry, but Cameron takes full credit for his stupid idea. He’s lucky it didn’t work out. He thinks it’s too cold out there for planning the future, but Josslyn says they’re going to the library, It’s warm, free, and has a lot of information. Oscar says they want to do as muchas they can in the time he has, reminding me of the Ghost of Christmas Present.

Lulu asks Laura how her first day was. Laura says it was good, but intimidating. Lulu is proud Laura took her ring off, and was sworn in using her maiden name. She knows it’s still a loss, and it hurts. Laura says if she lets herself go there, she’ll cry, and it’s not a good look for the mayor. She asks if Lulu will be home later, but Lulu says she’s attending the book launch. Laura says she’ll see Lulu there. The book promotes Port Charles, so the mayor should put in an appearance. She’s surprised Lulu is covering it, but Lulu says her story got nixed, so book launch, here she comes. Laura suggests taking bets on how many wardrobe changes Lucy will have. Lulu thinks the people there are bound to be at each other’s throats.

Nina is surprised to see Willow, who says Chase invited her to the launch party. She knows she’s too early, so she’s going to wait for him outside. Valentin says she’s welcome to stay, and Nina tells her to make herself at home, but she wants to see how far behind Chase is. When she leaves, Valentin thanks Nina for taking the high road. He tells her to be cordial with her enemies; they’ll never see her coming. Nina says Willow isn’t her enemy, but Valentin says, if she becomes one, it’s better to be on good terms. She tells him he has a devious mind, and he says he’s never hidden that from her.

Josslyn refers to the journal, and tells Cameron it’s a work in progress. They’ll have to revise some of it. Cameron asks if it’s anything embarrassing. She hands him the journal, and says, proceed with caution. He says, the dog show is crossed out, and Oscar says, see? She says they can watch Best in Show or spend more time with Annabelle. Cameron says, it’s not the same, but Josslyn promises it will be fun. Oscar says he doesn’t know much about Port Charles, and Josslyn says there are a lot of places Oscar hasn’t seen and done. They’re going to hit the high points.

Sam tells Jason that they already talked about this. He says it doesn’t feel right. He thinks Kristina is the on ramp, but Sam is Shiloh’s target. Sam say she used to be a con, and knows what she’s looking for. She’ll see it a mile away. Jason says they know his M.O. He gets people to trust them, finds out their vulnerabilities, and uses those against them. Sam says she’s not vulnerable, but Jason says, yes, she is.

Jason says Shiloh knows what she did, but Sam says she did it to take care of her brother. He says Shiloh will use it against her, and he hates that Shiloh can bring back that pain. She says she’s been through worse. He thinks maybe there’s another way. Why shouldn’t he go? Sam says Shiloh will take one look at him, and know he’s not interested. Everyone in the house will be on edge, and no one will open up to her about what’s going on in there. He tells her, be careful. He doesn’t trust this guy. She says, her neither, but Kristina does, and she has to figure out why.

Cameron says, Oscar has never been on the ferry? It’s cool. He suggest they take the north ferry; it goes to Sawyer. Josslyn asks why they’d want to go there, and Cameron says his mom likes it; they have a bunch of antique stores. Josslyn says they also have a high school full of cheating cheaters who cheat. Cameron calls her a sore loser. Their football team lost, and she’s not over it. Josslyn says the referee called a fumble when there wasn’t one. Cameron and Oscar laugh. She says it’s not funny, but Oscar says they’re in awe of her passion and school spirit. He’s glad he’s not from Sawyer, which they won’t be visiting.

Nina tells Valentin if she fusses long enough with the books, she won’t have to deal with Willow. She doesn’t like the way Willow treats Charlotte or her. She couldn’t love Charlotte any more than if Charlotte was her own, and Willow treats her like an inconsequential person in Charlotte’s life, with no real roll. Valentin knows how to fix that.

Finn tells Anna to rest, and she says he’s taking the guardian angel thing too far. He prefers saint, and doesn’t think she should push this. Anna tells him, if she lies down, she’ll get drowsy. Then she’ll close her eyes. Finn says she’s afraid when she opens them, she won’t see. She knows it sounds silly, but he says, it sounds reasonable. She says it would make her feel better if she knew how she got it. She asks if he’s found out anything with his research.

Monica congratulates Laura, who says Monica’s nephew ran an admirable campaign. Monica admits she supported him, but has every faith that Laura will do the city proud. Laura takes it Monica got a call from Alexis, and Monica assumes she did too. Scotty joins them, and tells them they’re gabbing when they have a lot to do, and hustles them in. Alexis tells them, have a seat, and thanks them for coming. She’s the executor, and there to read Gail’s last will and testament. She was instructed not to open the seal until they were all present. Lucy and Serena agreed they could represent them, as well as Leslie, who’s out of the country. She breaks the seal, and opens the envelope.

Sam arrives at Dawn of Day. Kristina is excited she came, and can’t wait to show Sam around. Daisy says it’s good to see her again; she’ll love the seminar. It’s called Unburdening Your Past. Shiloh welcomes everyone; visitors, friends, and wandering souls. It’s good to have them.

At Charlie’s, Drew appreciates Jason meeting him. He asks if Jason heard about Oscar. Jason says he knows the medical trial didn’t work; he’s sorry. Drew says the thing is, he and Oscar’s mother are trying to find a way to help him face the end of his life. Josslyn is a big part of it, and that’s why he needs Jason’s help.

Alexis reads the majority of Gail’s assets are in a trust, managed be a neutral third party. Scotty asks, what about the house, Gail’s book royalties, and personal stuff like his father’s watch? Those things are sentimental to him. Alexis says there will be a codicil to address personal items. There’s an education fund for any children Serena might have, with the hopes someone in the family carries on the tradition of medicine. The trust will be used to further endow mental health services at GH. Monica says, leave it to Gail to think of others. Laura suggests putting her picture on the memorial wall, but Alexis says, not so fast. There’s a catch.

Willow tells Lulu that Chase is stuck, and Lulu says she’ll buy Willow a drink. She can tell Willow all about what it’s like being involved with a detective. She wants to apologize again for Charlotte’s behavior. Willow says she doesn’t have to. As much as they don’t like it, bullying happens. Lulu trusts Charlotte has been an angel since the stern talking to. Willow is silent, and Lulu says, or not. Willow says she thinks another conference is in order, but Lulu says they’re there now.

Valentin tells Nina the last few weeks with her and Charlotte under the same roof is all he wants. He’s never been happier. Nina says, her too. He knows they said they’d take it slowly, and he agrees with that, but they are a family. He sees no reason for an arbitrary waiting period to postpone the inevitable. He asks her to marry him again.

Anna asks what Finn has found out. He says according to his research, the virus has been eradicated. Anna asks why she got it, and Finn says he’s determined who patient zero is. Arthur Cabot, an East German doctor. Anna says, wow, and Finn asks if she knows him. She says she knows of him. He did medical research for the DVX.

Nina asks Valentin if that’s a proposal. He says it’s a proposal for permission to propose. He wants to know they’re on the same page, but he’s afraid if he rushes things he’ll push her away. She tells him to continue. He says he loves her; he always has. He wants to marry her again, and rebuild their family with Charlotte; get on with living their lives as soon as possible. Is she interested? Lulu asks if she can have a moment, and Valentin says they’re busy. She says, it can’t wait. Willow shared troubling news about Charlotte. Willow was hoping to discuss it privately after school, but Valentin says whatever she has to say, she can say to Nina as well. Willow says she’s aware that Charlotte has been struggling with her grade in history; the subject matter doesn’t interest her. She’d been getting C’s, but last week, they had two quizzes, and she got an A on both. Nina asks what the trouble is, and Willow says she’d updated the seating chart. Charlotte is now sitting by her friend, Kendra, and she and Kendra’s quizzes had identical answers. Even the wrong ones. Nina says Kendra must be cheating off of Charlotte, but Lulu says, no. Charlotte is doing the cheating.

Josslyn and Cameron tell Oscar about how amazing the sugar cookies from Eckert’s are. They remember finding a hidden box. They snuck out, ate them all, and fell asleep. Cameron says they must have been in a sugar coma. By the time they got home, everyone was panicked, and they were in so much trouble. Josslyn says you’d think she’d have psychological scars, and hate sugar cookies. Oscar asks why they’ve never been to Eckert’s. Is it a long way out of town. Or in Sawyer? Josslyn says, no. She always wanted to take him there, but figured there was no hurry. Cameron says, okay. They’re going on the south ferry, and go to Eckert’s. What else? Oscar says he’s always wanted to check out the catacombs.

Shiloh thanks them, and tells everyone, the first step in self-actualization is to realize you’re not alone. People are in a constant state of past memories, and responsible for their own lives; no one else’s. He asks Daisy to assist him, and asks, who would like to share a painful memory, unburden themselves, and move on?

Drew tells says Josslyn is a lot like her mother, and Jason agrees. Drew says Oscar doesn’t have a lot of time, and he’s worried Josslyn is costing Oscar time he doesn’t have. Jason asks, how? and Drew says, by encouraging him to look for cure; a miracle that doesn’t exist. Jason isn’t sure what Drew wants him to do. Drew says Carly listens to him. Maybe he can talk to her, and she can explain to Josslyn. Okay I’m not getting this at all, since Josslyn made it clear that wasn’t happening. They were moving on to do fun stuff. Drew needs to get out more, or listen better, or something. I’m also wondering if this is a selfish move because he wants to spend time with Oscar.

At Dawn of Day, the group applauds a guy who shared, and Shiloh asks if anyone else cares to have a session. Kristina says she’ll go. He tells her to close her eyes, and think back to a memory that’s holding her back. One she keeps reliving over and over again. Daisy asks where she is, and Kristina says, her mother’s old house. How old is she? Seventeen. Is she alone? Kristina says, no. Daisy asks, who’s there? Her boyfriend, Kiefer. What’s he doing? He’s angry with her. Why? She blew him off to be with another guy. Daisy asks what he did, and Kristina says, called her a bitch for doing it in a dress he bought for her. What else? He slapped her so hard, she fell to the floor. Daisy asks if she ran away, and Kristina shakes her head. Why? She thought it was her fault. Did she break up with him? No. Did she tell someone? No. Daisy asks, why? Kristina says, she didn’t… and stops. Daisy says she didn’t want to lose him, did she? She was glad he was jealous. Even when he scared her and hurt her, him paying attention to her is what mattered. Sam says, that’s enough, and goes to Kristina.

Scotty asks Alexis, what kind of catch? She says, the hospital will only receive the endowment if the provisions are met. Monica asks if the provisions are listed, but Alexis says, it’s unclear. It says the parties will be summoned back for further instructions. Was Gail channeling Helena?

Nina says, first, Willow accuses Charlotte of bullying, and now she’s saying Charlotte is a cheater. Willow says, Kendra’s test scores have been consistent. If Charlotte is still struggling, she’ll be glad to tutor her. Nina says she definitely wants her stepdaughter tutored by the teacher who thinks she’s a bully and a cheat, and storms off. Valentin tells Willow that he and Charlotte have been studying together. Willow is right, Charlotte is very intelligent. And she’s capable of lifting her scores without cheating.

Sam asks what the hell is wrong with Daisy. Kristina says she was just trying to help, and Sam says, by saying Kristina felt like she mattered when she was being hit? She had no idea the relationship was like that. Sam says she thought Daisy was Kristina’s friend. What’s wrong with her? Kristina says, there’s nothing wrong. She’s carried the shame she’s been living through, and their support is helping her heal. Okay, this makes two people who’s lack of understanding is flummoxing me today. I would think Sam is savvier than this.

Finn tells Anna that he double-checked, and didn’t find any connection between the doctor and the DVX. Anna says, his name came up repeatedly. The DVX was interested in biological weapons; the kind that make the subject sick, or more susceptible to mind control – Faison’s area of expertise. Finn  says, not so random that she contracted the virus, and she says, not at all.

Lulu tells Willow that she and Valentin have differences, but for the most part agree on Charlotte. She believes Valentin has been working with her, and wonders if that’s possibly why she improved her score. It’s also possible Kendra was cheating. Willow says, maybe. She doesn’t know anything for certain, but she doesn’t think Charlotte is being malicious. Lulu asks what Willow thinks would drive her to cheat. Willow says she’s found when young students cheat, they’re motivated by fear of disappointing the adults in their life. Lulu says Charlotte’s family has been through a lot of changes lately. She’s sorry about Nina. She’s hotheaded, but means well. Willow says, clearly, she cares about Charlotte.

Nina tells Valentin that Willow thinks Charlotte is a bad seed. Valentin says he told her that Charlotte has been studying, and lifted her grade without cheating. Nina asks if Willow apologized, but he says he didn’t ask her to. He waned to tell Nina that he’s grateful for her defending Charlotte. Calling Charlotte her stepdaughter means, somewhere in her heart, he’s still her husband.

Scotty wants a closer look, and Alexis gives him the document, saying there’s nothing she hasn’t already shared. He says, so it basically says, to be continued. She’ll let them know when she learns about anything else. Alexis leaves, and Laura says, Gail left them with a mystery to solve. And now that I’ve mentioned it, what ever happened to the mysteries Helena left when she died? If she’s dead, which I’ll never believe. What about that tea pot in the painting?

Kristina tells Sam she brought discord from outside the process. Sam says it’s unfair. She’s dealing with her own trauma. Kristina says they’ll be happy to help her confront it and move on, but she says she’s just taking it in right now. Shiloh says they’ve all been there. He tells everyone it’s a good time to wrap it up. He thanks them for coming, sharing, and opening their hearts. Sam is sorry she embarrassed Kristina. Kristina says she knows it seems strange, but the group is helping her. She and Sam say goodbye. Shiloh thanks Sam for coming. She has one question. How is he qualified to run a self-help group? He says they all have darkness in their past. She should understand that more than most. He hopes she comes back. She says she will.

Drew tells Jason that he’s afraid Josslyn might make things harder. Jason says he’ll talk to Carly, but doesn’t think Drew needs to worry. Josslyn is like her mother, but he thinks she has the courage to face reality, no matter how much it hurts. She might be fighting, but she’ll fight to make sure whatever time Oscar has left is good.

Oscar tells Cameron and Josslyn that there are passageways that date back to the Civil War. Cameron says, cool! They should explore them. Josslyn thinks the entrances were closed off, but Cameron says, not all. At least that’s what he heard. Josslyn says, from who? and he says, some juniors and seniors found a way in. Oscar asks if he knows how, and Cameron smiles.  Yeah. We already know what’s going to happen here.

Tomorrow, Ava says she’s not going anywhere, Nina wants Maxie to be completely honest, and Lulu wonders why Doc has a list of Ryan’s victims.

🌺 I checked out Backyard Envy – another new home design show on Bravo – and I’m liking it. It’s nothing I’d miss Below Deck for, but a beach-inspired rooftop meadow? I’m in. The cast members are likeable as well. A discussion on how many plants sound like STDs made me laugh. One in four men will get eucalyptus this year.

😆 Chrissy Teigen and John Legend were a riot on Watch What Happens Live. They’re naturally funny people, but it was extra amusing seeing two relatively big stars discuss reality shows with such seriousness – and accuracy. I bet they’d be fun to watch TV with. I could see them doing People’s Couch.

🍴 I didn’t see Top Chef tonight, because Dr. Phil had a cyber-stalker on. How could I resist that? I did, however, enjoy the hell out of Hell’s Kitchen last Friday. You know it’s bad when Gordon stops everything in the restaurant kitchen, and says, come over here, to everyone on the team. Choclatier Valerie Gordon was a guest, and Trev was out the door, because of what Gordon called his downward spiral. And it was his third time being nominated for apron removal. Gordon told him he just wasn’t ready. He griped on his way out the door, proving Gordon’s point. Piss off seems to be the phrase of the season. Next time, three rookies and three vets will vie for black jackets, and an untimely injury happens.

😲 All I have to say about the end of Dirty John is, wow. It was well worth watching, and if you didn’t, it’s On Demand, and no doubt Bravo will rerun it. The acting is superb, the tension high throughout, and the ending a real shock. Having seen the real life subjects on other shows, I already knew what was going to happen, but it didn’t diminish any of the punch. I made noises out loud. Enjoy the marathon and the ride.

🎂 Happy Birthday, Betty!

Keep enjoying those hot dogs and vodka.

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🎶 A Thousand Times Better Than At the Listening Party…

Either Milania woke up, or someone directed the hell out of her. This is actually pretty cute.

 

 

 

January 9, 2019 – Margaux Visits Lulu, Hell in Allentown, a Turkish Engagement, an Interesting Combo, a Wives Listing, Some Sweet & Some Thoughts

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What I Watched Today

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General Hospital

Alexis says an explanation of Cameron’s motives may or may not play with the judge. She’s hoping for one who has a soft heart. Judge Carson can be a bit of a hardnose. The bailiff tells everyone to rise. Presiding today, is the honorable Naomi Carson. The court comes to order.

At The Floating Rib, Laura thanks Carly and Sam for coming. She knows their family must have divided loyalties. Sam says Ned has done a great job, but the city isn’t a business. Carly says, Port Charles isn’t a building project; it’s a community, and Laura should run it. If nothing else, Laura hopes she’s made the public aware of some important issues. At the end of the day, it’s all they can hope.

Still looking through files, Curtis tells Jordan, this is some messed up stuff. It just keeps getting darker. He thinks Ryan did the world a favor by incinerating himself. Margaux walks in, and asks if there’s been any progress. She asks to talk to Jordan in her office, and Jordan wonders if she has a problem with Curtis being there. Margaux says she’s not comfortable with the PCPD bringing in a PI. Curtis offers to leave, but Jordan wants him to stay, saying they’ve realized the killer might be taking cues from Ryan Chamberlain. Margaux asks what kind, and Jordan says, the kind not available to the general public. They might have access to police files.

Olivia tells Ned, it’s easier to come in and criticize after the fact than roll up your sleeves and rebuild after an earthquake. She thinks people should be more appreciative of what he put in. He says, no matter what, he’s proud of what they’ve accomplished. Even when things went south after the earthquake, he had the best first lady. She says, the mayor wasn’t shabby either. He tells her that their interview with Lulu is about to start.

They put on the TV, and Lulu thanks them for inviting her into their home. By the time this airs, the campaign will be over, and people will be casting ballots. She asks how they feel. Olivia says she’s exhausted from the campaign trail, but excited for the future. Lulu asks, what about hopeful for a win?

Sonny drops by Lulu’s place. He was in the neighborhood, and wanted to check on her and the kids. She tells him that Charlotte is at Valentin’s this week, and Rocco is at the Quartermaine’s. Sonny says their family must be conflicted over the campaign. Lulu says she supports her mother, but her son is having a sleepover at her opponent’s house. Sonny is there to talk about a certain someone who’s off undercover. Does she know when Dante is coming home?

Laura thanks Mac for playing host. He says he’s happy to support her in any way possible, but wishes Doc was there to do the same. He supported her at the town meeting; he was warm and sincere. Maybe it’s a sign he’s coming around. She says she appreciates Doc’s support, but he doesn’t want to reconcile.

Carly can’t stop thinking about Oscar, and Sam can’t stop thinking about Drew. Scout will never know her brother; only through pictures and stories. She says Carly must be proud of Josslyn. It must be hard on her, but she wouldn’t be surprised if Josslyn found a cure or a miracle. Carly says, Josslyn is in denial. She can’t let herself believe she’s going to lose Oscar. She’s a fighter, and her first instinct is to take action and find a solution. Sam says, like her mother, and Carly adds, and her father. But soon she’ll have to face reality. Oscar will die, and she’ll be left to grieve. Sam is sorry, and Carly says she’s sorry too, and furious there’s no one to blame.

Margaux asks on what basis do they think the killer is mimicking the Chamberlain murders? Curtis tells her the driver’s license is missing from the victims; the same as in the other murders. Margaux says that information was never relayed, and Jordan says there aren’t any notations. It’s possible it wasn’t noticed until they made the connection. They were looking at the catalog of the victims’ personal effects. Curtis adds that they cross-checked it will all the victims’ files. They were all without driver’s licenses. Margaux says they never realized there was a pattern, and Jordan says there’s no way to know for sure unless they talk to Sean Donnelly. He was commissioner at the time. She gets out her phone, and asks for his number. She says she knows he lives overseas.

Sonny tells Lulu, dealing with his dad puts things in perspective. He doesn’t want to miss another holiday with Dante. Lulu says she heard from Dante on New Year’s Eve. He sends his love, but there were no details. He said he’d be out of touch for a while, so she got the impression that he’s going further undercover. Sonny asks if she told him what was going on, but she says she skipped that there’s a serial killer on the loose. Sonny tells her he has people watching her house, and she says she noticed. He says he can send a driver too, but she doesn’t want to be tripping over bodyguards. She told Dante everyone is okay, and work is keeping her busy. Telling him about the killer would worry him for no reason.

Olivia tells Ned the exit polls are neck and neck. She asks if he’s concerned about a repeat of the eleventh hour derailment of Alexis’s campaign. He says he and Laura kept their pledge; it was fair and square. They have a difference of opinion on some issues, but they both have mutual respect for the process, and a deep commitment to Port Charles. If he wins, he’ll do his best, and if Laura wins, he’ll support her. Olivia says, it’s possible to disagree and still respect someone as a person. She’s proud of how they both restored integrity to the politics of Port Charles. Ned tells Olivia that she’s been fantastic, and she says, so was he.

Alexis tells Judge Carson that her client is only sixteen-year-old. It’s his first offense, and has no record. It could be categorized as an error in judgement. Should it be used against him for the rest of his life? Judge Carson says the dealer is also a minor, and got twelve months in juvenile detention. Why should Cameron get a pass? Alexis says Cameron wrote a letter to the court, and asks if he can be allowed to read it. The judge agrees.

Cameron apologizes to the court and his fellow citizens for the mistake he made. He knew he was breaking the law, but did it anyway. He regrets it, and it won’t happen again. He’s not saying he won’t mess up – everyone does – but in the future, it won’t be illegal. He promises to learn from this experience, and be a better person. Alexis says, in light of Cameron’s sincere apology, she asks for an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. Elizabeth asks to speak, and the judge allows it. She says she’s proud of her son for taking responsibility, but his apology is incomplete, and the court should know why he did what he did.

Sonny’s heart goes out to Lulu, waiting for Dante, and raising the kids on her own. He tells her that he’s always there to support her. She says she knows, but it’s nice to hear it. He has to meet Carly at her mom’s party, and Lulu says she’ll be following right behind. She just has a little work on an article to finish up. Sonny says he has a simple request. Don’t be afraid to kick Dante in the butt. The next time she talks to him, tell him time to come home.

On the phone, Jordan says to send her regards to the commissioner from his PCPD family. She tells Curtis and Margaux, sad news. She spoke to Tiffany, and Sean is having trouble recalling what month it is, so he’s out of the picture. Margaux says, it’s a dead end. Jordan says, maybe not. There’s someone who still lives in Port Charles who’s closely involved with a woman Ryan was obsessed with.

Carly tells Sam that she doesn’t know what she’d have done in Kim’s place. She hopes she never finds out, but keeping Oscar’s diagnosis a secret affected a lot of people. Sam says, including Josslyn. Carly says when she looked in Josslyn’s eyes, she saw a girl who’s strong, resolute, and haunted. She’s way too young to look like that.

Mac says, the exit polls are too close to call. It could go either way. Laura takes comfort in knowing she’s running against Ned. If he wins, she won’t be horribly upset. They disagree on certain things, but she respects him. Mac says that’s exactly why she should be mayor; she’s a fundamentally fair person. Carly asks Mac for more beers, and asks Laura how she’s holding up. Laura says she’s more nervous than she cares to admit. Carly says she ran a great campaign, and she loved Laura’s platform, especially holding Ferncliff accountable. Laura tells her that Doc reminded her Ferncliff is for the criminally dangerous, and to proceed with caution. He said he’d keep an eye on Ferncliff. Carly asks if she believes him, and Laura says, yes; doesn’t she? Carly says, no.

Carly asks Laura if she remembers how she kept asking about a patient when they toured Ferncliff. She had a friend look into it, and they said the patient’s name was Wilson. Laura says, first or last? Carly says she didn’t know, but Doc said he’d check it out. He told her the patient’s name is Wilson Ritter, and he has a history of violence. She researched him, and came up with nothing. As far as she can see, he doesn’t exist. Laura wonders, if he’s as notorious as Doc said, is it possible he was admitted under an alias? Carly never thought of that. Sam joins them, and Carly tells her the patient at Ferncliff may or may not be Wilson Ritter. Curtis and Jordan come in. Sam thought Jordan can’t take sides, and Jordan wishes Laura luck, but says she’s not here for the election. She came to speak to Mac.

Mac tells Jordan that he’s current on his liquor license. Curtis asks if he can spare a few minutes, and they sit at a table. Sam wonders what that’s about. Carly asks if Curtis isn’t her business partner, but all Sam knows is that he’s working with the PCPD. It’s all hands on deck to find the killer. Carly says after Laura wins, she highly recommends the DA be fired.

Margaux shows up at Lulu’s house, wanting to ask a few questions. She promises not to ask about family secrets. She tells Lulu that her house is nice and homey. You’d never know Lulu was sitting on privileged information about a serial killer.

Ned channel surfs. He says it’s an hour before the last precinct reports. Olivia can’t believe he’s not monitoring the returns. He says he can’t sit there cheering every uptake, and agonizing over every loss. It’s out of his hands, and he doesn’t have to torture himself. Olivia asks if he thinks he can distract himself by binge watching. He asks if she’s willing to try with him, and she says she’s in it all the way.

Elizabeth tells the judge that Cameron didn’t do it for himself, but for a sick friend. She knows it’s an obvious excuse, but it’s the truth. Cameron’s friend has a serious form of cancer. Elizabeth is a nurse, and sees the ravages of cancer every day. His friend was constantly nauseous, and had no appetite. Cameron wanted to help by making brownies. He knows it was a bad judgement call, but his motives were good. He was trying to help a friend. Judge Carson asks if Cameron is a nurse or doctor. Alexis tries to interject, but the judge says she’s asking Cameron a question. Cameron says he’s neither one of those things. Judge Carson says, yet he thought it was appropriate to intervene. How did he know if he would make it better or worse? Drew has walked in, and asks if he can field that question. The judge asks who he is, and he says his son is the young man Cameron was trying to help. His son is Oscar Nero, and Oscar’s mom is Kim Nero, a doctor at General Hospital. She couldn’t be there, but if she could, she’d attest to Cameron’s character. He’s a good friend. Judge Carson says, no one is questioning him being a friend, but questioning his judgement and actions. Drew says Oscar was a friend in need, and you don’t abandon a friend who’s suffering, walking into a bright future and leaving them behind. Cameron didn’t stop to think if he’d get in trouble or if it would affect his ability to get into college. He didn’t just say the appropriate words about thoughts and prayers; he did something. He took action. In Drew’s eyes, he’s a hero. The judge says it’s a very emotional case, but it’s her job to separate emotion from the law. The court is in recess. Elizabeth thanks Drew, and hugs him.

Olivia turns off the TV. She wants to take this time to talk with Ned. She says he campaigned hard, and she still believes he’d be the best mayor. He thanks her, but she says, here’s the thing. In her heart of hearts, she’s not sure she wants him to win.

Lulu tells Margaux that she’s a Journalist. If she comes across information the public should know, she writes about it. It’s literally her job. Margaux says what gives her pause is how Lulu acquired specific police files on Ryan Chamberlain. Lulu says Peter requested she have access for a background on the series she’s writing, and the PCPD cleared it. Margaux asks if she shared it with anyone, and Lulu says, with her readers, and the cases were all closed. She wonders what the problem is, and wants to record the conversation. Margaux tells her, don’t. What she’s about to tell her is strictly off the record. Lulu doesn’t think that’s fair, but Margaux doesn’t care. What she says stays there. People’s lives are at risk.

Curtis tells Max that they’ve combed the lists of the victims’ possessions. Jordan says, none of them had a driver’s license, and Curtis says, it’s the same with Mary Pat, Kiki, and Peyton. He knows Mac was close to the case. He asks if Mac ever discussed it with the police, and Mac says he would have, if they’d all worked together. Sean would have told him anything. Curtis asks if there’s anything else he can tell them, and Mac says he can tell them about Felicia’s fear, and now someone is copying Ryan. Jordan says they have no reason to suspect Felicia is in danger. A more accurate picture of Ryan’s behavior might help. Mac thinks he knows someone who’s able to help. He hopes it’s not too late. I’m not sure what he means by this. Is he talking about the hour, or as in, oh no, it’s too late?

Sonny tells Laura to have her acceptance speech ready, and asks for a minute. He says it looks like it’s going her way. She’s going to be pressured to distance herself from him, and he’s okay with that. Laura says she’s not. He tells her that he knows she’ll do good, but not if she gets hung up on corruption charges. Laura says she’s known him a long time. It’s a little late to pretend they don’t know each other. He doesn’t want their association to cause her trouble. She says she has nothing to hide – including her friendship with him

Sam asks Carly to say her goodbyes. Carly says tell Jason she said hi.

Mac tells Curtis and Jordan that he has a contact at Pentonville who’s worked there forever. He was hoping to get information on Ryan, but no such luck. He was in isolation, and his contact with other inmates was minimal. He was a snob, and felt they weren’t wroth his trust or attention. Mac wishes he had more. If the killer is copying Ryan, he’s going to be hard to catch, and they’ll need all the help they can get.

Margaux tells Lulu that they have reason to believe the killer might been emulating Ryan, and used info contained in the police files. Lulu asks what kind? but Margaux says she’s asking the questions. When Lulu was doing research, did anything jump out linking the murders, other than Ryan? Lulu says if she’s asking if Ryan put a signature stamp on his crimes, she didn’t notice anything. She says there must have been something if they think this is a copycat. Let her write about it. Margaux says, nice try. Lulu says she could make the killer panic. They’ll slip up, and get caught. Margaux suggests Lulu forget they had this conversation; it’s safer that way. Margaux leaves, and Lulu gets on her laptop. She looks up the files on Ryan.

Ned asks if Olivia thinks Laura will make a better mayor, but she says she thinks he’s spectacular. He wonders why the eleventh-hour change of heart. She says there’s a serial killer who loves public spectacle. Election day is perfect for a public murder, and she doesn’t want him targeted next. He tells her he’s safer than most people. He lives in a huge house with security gates and surveillance cameras; he’s safe. Olivia says, maybe she’s over-exaggerating (isn’t that redundant?) the danger, but maybe it’s a convenient excuse to quit while they’re ahead.

The hearing is back in session. The judge has reached a decision, and says she’s agreed to an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal for twelve months. There will also be appropriate community service and drug counseling. Cameron has a year to prove himself, providing she doesn’t see him in her courtroom again. After that time, the charges will be dropped. The hearing is over, and Cameron asks Elizabeth if he’s on probation for a year.

Elizabeth thanks Alexis. Alexis says she and Drew did the important work. Cameron says, not all of it. He appreciates what Alexis did for him. Alexis says he did it himself. He was very persuasive while under pressure. Franco asks how it feels. Cameron says he won’t lie. Community service and drug counseling are kind of a bummer, but if it keeps him out of juvie and clears his record, he’s all for it. Elizabeth tells him that he’s getting a job to help with legal fees. Franco laughs, and Elizabeth says, Alexis isn’t cheap. Drew tells Cameron to stop by his office. He’ll try to find him a job. Cameron doesn’t know how to thank him, and Drew says he doesn’t have to. Just keep being a good friend to his son. Cameron says maybe the three of them can go hiking, now that Oscar is getting better. Drew says, that would be great, and congratulates him.

Sonny tells Carly it was nice to see Sam. Is there anything he should know? She says Sam is spending time with Jason. Laura tells them, thanks for coming out. They can stay, but if she was them, she’d get out while the getting’s good. Carly knows Laura is going through a difficult time, but she stepped up.  Like everyone else who voted for her, Carly is grateful.

Jordan says the police never made a connection, and Mac says, Lulu never picked up on it. Jordan is no longer sure the killer had access to the police files; it could be a coincidence. Mac says, two killers with the same taste in trophies?

Lulu looks at the victim files, and compares them to Ryan’s.

Olivia tells Ned that she enjoyed being First Lady, but it’s a lot of work, being out, smiling, watching every tweet and word. Living in fishbowl is only suitable for fish, not humans. Ned misses his privacy too, but believes in what they set out to do. So does she. She’s sorry she’s whining, but she’s over it. Public service is hard, but important and worth it. She’s with him all the way. They kiss.

Alexis runs in to The Floating Rib, telling Laura that she just made it to vote. Laura says, every vote counts, especially now. Alexis has a good feeling. She thinks Laura will win. Laura says they’ll find out soon. Everyone looks at the TV.

Tomorrow, nothing would make Finn happier, the voters have spoken, and Mac tells not-Doc that something has to stay between them.

🍕 Tonight’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back featured Shanty on 19th in Allentown, PA. Gordon said it was living up to its name. He disguised himself as a member of the local hockey team, and dined on not-fresh but frozen scallops, sour shrimp, and burnt scallops masquerading as blackened. Hell on Wheels showed everyone such hilarities as the owner’s father spitting in the food – possibly the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen on one of Gordon’s shows; and that’s saying a lot – a filthy kitchen, moldy food, sending out raw fries – a big no-no; raw potatoes can make you sick – the owner drinking on the job, and the employees screaming at one another within earshot of the patrons. Chef Kennedy said she wasn’t allowed to make changes, and owner Joe bought cheap stuff, but expected her to make miracles with it. She reminded me of Kim Zolciak’s Chef Tracey, and another one of the kitchen staff looked just like Jesse (Jesse Borrego) from Fame. Joe Sr. said Joe Jr. had a problem delegating authority, which prompted Gordon to say he didn’t have a problem delegating alcohol. BA-DUM-CHH! Joe Sr got the boot almost immediately, after smirking his way through watching his gross behavior on film. Gordon said it was the most dramatic 24 hours yet (yeah, yeah), with an owner who was drinking himself into oblivion and a disempowered chef. He hoped they stayed on point. He said the chef was a delight, and it was the toughest, but most rewarding of his makeovers. We saw a clip of Joe and the restaurant three months in, and he said they were doing fantastic. They learned to communicate, and he’s had to hire more staff because they have so much business. His wife commented on how Gordon fixed their marriage as well, because he is literally all things to all people, and the hardest working man in show business, next to Tyler Perry. Next time, a restaurant in Waterbury, CT, where the owner is exploiting his mother, and a chef is driven to the brink.

🍰 Not a lot happened on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Probably because there were two events that held no drama. Jennifer was disappointed that her husband don’t care about article Jackie wrote, referring to their kids. We got advice from Frank – don’t buy boats. Jackie told Teresa that she’s a grown woman, and Teresa’s behavior at Marge’s wasn’t acceptable. Teresa insisted Jackie came at her first, which is her M.O., and no one else has thrown the situation in her face. We found out that Jackie’s dad did six months away, and both of her parents were on house arrest for IRS fraud. She thought it was amusing. She promised never to bring Juicy Joe up again. Teresa made peace, but in her interview, said, strike two. Frank is helping Teresa with her last three weeks before the fitness competition. He told her to lose twelve more pounds. I guess she’ll have to live on air. Normally, I would be pissed that anyone would tell a woman something like that, especially when it looks like she doesn’t have an ounce of body fat already, but bodybuilders are nuts, and she’s competing, so…  Marge had everyone over – sans Jennifer and Danielle – to her unfinished house, which still looked fabulous. She and Danielle are on the outs after Danielle’s wedding antics. Marge is done, and doesn’t want to have the same fight again. Dolores set up a day of pampering for the ladies from the shelter, and Marge contributed gift baskets. It got me thinking if this was a good or bad thing. Do they suddenly know what they’re missing and life is more of a bummer, or does it give them a goal? Either way, it was definitely a lovely gesture. The other occasion was the promise of engagement party for Jennifer’s brother. Everyone in the family is thrilled, since he’s forty-five, and they were giving up hope. The party was in Turkey, and I always love the traditional family stuff, like on Shahs of Sunset. I also love traveling without leaving my house. Both Jennifer’s and Delores’s spreads were incredible. Jennifer got pissed all over again about the article, and said Jackie has it coming. Next time, we’ll see what comes Jackie’s way, and Marge says she can’t associate with Danielle. Speaking of which…

👯 As Andy Cohen put it, the combo you didn’t know you needed, Danielle Staub and Lindsay Lohan on Watch What Happens Live. Lindsay looked glamorous, like a bombshell babe from the 40s, but Danielle’s face looked… not real. I’m not sure if it was too much Botox and fillers, or the makeup, or a combination of both, but I wasn’t loving the look. A scene from The Parent Trap with Andy and Lindsay on Clubhouse Playhouse was just embarrassing. And not for Lindsay. She also did not plead The Fifth, and according to her, has not even met Jax, much less hooked up with him.

💸 Dorit and PK (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) will be clients on Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. Should be interesting. Those two are a trip. I wonder if Boy George will make an appearance.

🐮 Sweet Home is now on Wednesdays at 10 pm. I hope it does well in this slot, but I assume anything does better when not in the Friday night death knell spot. I’m loving this show just as much as I did their original Sweet Home Oklahoma. Tubbers, Pumps, and man-bunned Josh are still just as much a part of it, and that’s all that matters. A nice addition has been the street interviews with Oklahomans, asking about everything from drag queens to current events. This show is prime.

💭 Midweek Thoughts…

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