What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
Today’s episode of GH was preempted in most areas, however, I was able to watch it via my super-secret source. SPOILER ALERT – they will probably show this episode on Thursday, but if you want to be ahead of the game, read on…
At the station, Laura holds Lulu. Jordan tells Robert that the coastguard is searching, and they’re talking to anyone in the vicinity. Nina asks Valentin if he heard that; an explosion. Valentin says, Charlotte was nowhere near it, but she says, what if…
Charlotte runs in, followed by Anna, and runs to Valentin. He holds her tight. Anna smiles.
Hayden tells Finn, good morning. He sees breakfast out, and asks if she cooked. She says, have they met? She got it from Kelly’s. She pours him coffee. He says she didn’t have to, but she says it was a special occasion. He says he barely slept, thinking about it all night. Violet is going to know he’s her father.
Dante goes back to Jax’s house, and Jax asks where he was. Dante says he had business to attend to, and Jax grabs him by the collar, slamming him against the wall. Jax says he had to lie to his own daughter, and now Carly is involved and has to lie. He’s about thisclose to blowing Dante’s cover. Quit leaving the house.
Trina doesn’t understand why Josslyn wants to move. Josslyn says there are no memories of Oscar in her dad’s house; it’s like a clean slate. Trina gets it. Josslyn doesn’t get why her parents are making her wait. She sees Carly, and asks if it was a rough night. Carly flashes back to seeing Nikolas.
There’s a knock at Ava’s door, but she says, no visitors this early. Sonny thinks she’ll make an exception for this one, and brings Avery in. Ava gets out of bed, and Avery hugs her. She tells Sonny she’d be lying if she said she wasn’t surprised, and he says Avery has been asking for her. She asks why he brought her, and he says he saw Laura the other night. She told him that Ava wasn’t dangerous or violent, and reminded him of his own history. Mental illness runs on both sides of Avery’s family, so there’s a greater possibility that she’ll have to deal with it when she’s older. He doesn’t want her to feel any stigma, or that she can’t ask for help. Ava doesn’t want that either.
Nina hugs Charlotte. Lulu and Laura come out, and Charlotte runs to Lulu. Lulu hugs her, saying she’s so happy Charlotte is safe. Laura says that makes two of them. Valentin says, Anna was a part of this rescue? Anna says, right place, right time. Charlotte tells Lulu that Anna saved her from that horrible Cassandra woman. Nina says, she is horrible. Valentin says he owes Anna, and she says, he owes Jason. He says, but he does owe her. He’s been so angry at her, and it’s made them both miserable. With this, she’s transcended everything. He can’t tell her how grateful he is. She thanks him. She says she hopes Charlotte never gets into trouble like that again, but he should know he has a very resourceful girl on his hands. He says Anna is hurt. He puts his fingers to his lips, and touches her hair. Lulu asks why Charlotte left the restaurant alone.
Hayden tells Finn, last chance. Say the word, and he can back out. He says he’s not going anywhere. Violet is his daughter, and he wants everything that comes with that. She was hoping he’d say that, and tells him, it’s going to change everything. Their talk meant a lot to her. He says, him too; it put everything in perspective. Violet runs downstairs, and Hayden says, show time.
Carly tells Josslyn that she was up with Donna a lot last night. Josslyn says, that’s weird; she didn’t hear Donna crying. Trina says she has to go. She’s grounded, and she’s supposed to be checking on her internship. Which, technically, she’s about to do. She leaves, and Carly says Josslyn is up early. Josslyn says she thought it would be a good time to finish their conversation about her moving in with Jax part time.
Nikolas says, Carly is a grown woman. If she chooses to protect Jax and Spencer, that’s on her. Jax says, she has to lie to her husband now, and Nikolas asks since when does Jax care about Sonny and Carly’s marriage? Jax says the three of them have committed to providing a stable home for Josslyn, and Nikolas needs to understand that.
Lulu asks why Charlotte left Kelly’s by herself, and Charlotte says she wanted to see if the launch was clear. Lulu says, the launch is nowhere near Kelly’s. This is completely unacceptable. She can’t wander off, especially at night. Valentin says, Lulu is right. Before Charlotte leaves anywhere, she has to check in with whoever is watching her. Charlotte says she’s sorry; she guesses she wasn’t thinking.
Jordan asks Chase to take the lead in the situation with the guard. They also need Anna’s official statement. She welcomes Anna back, and Chase says he knows someone who’s going to be especially excited to see Anna. Anna says, the feeling’s mutual.
Finn puts syrup on Violet’s waffles, trying to make a dog shape. He says he needs to work on his syrup pouring skills, but in his defense, Roxie doesn’t eat waffles. He pours Violet and Hayden some juice, and Finn tries to pour a fairy princess shape. I can relate to this, having had Goofy-shaped pancakes demanded of me once.
Chase asks if Finn knows Anna is back, but she says she was a little preoccupied. He says he has something to take care of, and tells her, welcome back. Lulu tells Charlotte, they’ll have plenty of time to discuss it at home, but right now, she wants Charlotte to thank Anna. Charlotte says, no, then turns to Anna, and thanks her. Anna says, any time, but Valentin says he hopes it never happens again. Charlotte tells Lulu, when she said no, she meant she wasn’t going home with Lulu.
Ava plays with Avery. She asks if Laura told him why she’s there. Sonny says, only because it involved her son. Ava says she’s seeing dead people. It’s pretty unnerving, especially when she thinks about what Sonny could do with the information when it comes to their daughter. Sonny says he only wants to tell Avery that her mother is getting better. So get better, for her sake. He asks Avery if she’s ready, and Avery tells Ava she loves her. Ava loves her too, and hopes she sees Avery soon. They start to leave, and Ava thanks Sonny. The nurse asks if that’s her little girl, and says she’s a doll. Ava says she isn’t arguing. The nurse gives Ava her medication, and Ava says she doesn’t think she’ll need it much longer.
Josslyn says she doesn’t want Carly to think she’s not enough, or that Josslyn doesn’t love her. She is and she does. Carly says Josslyn just needs to be somewhere that doesn’t remind her of Oscar. Josslyn says, while it’s not Carly’s fault, Carly knew Oscar and spent time with him, and Jax didn’t. It makes it easier for her to not be grieving and just be herself. Carly gets it, and she’s not mad. She’s going to miss Josslyn, but gets this is where she is right now. She just hopes Josslyn’s dad understands.
Nikolas says he’s handling it, and Jax tells him, shut up. This has turned into something that could hurt his kid. This is where a smart businessman would probably cut his losses. The bell rings. Jax says Nikolas knows what to do. It’s Jordan, and Jax invites her in. He asks how he can help her. She says, as he probably knows, Cassandra escaped. She got away in a rental van, paid for by a J.J. Jax of Alaska corporate credit card. He tells her, his card was stolen. She can check; he reported it. She says she already checked, but finds it interesting that it was used to break out a woman that he’s been investigating since he got back to Port Charles. Nikolas listens in.
Josslyn says she doesn’t understand why Jax wants her to wait. She’s fine with crashing on the couch. Carly says she’s not sleeping on a couch while she’s in school. In addition to the renovations, her dad is in a bit of a situation right now. Josslyn asks if he’s okay, and Carly says, he’s fine, but needs to deal with it first. When it’s all cleared up, her moving in will be a go. Josslyn says, okay, and Carly says she doesn’t want Josslyn to think they’re micromanaging her. Josslyn says, really, she’s fine. Carly asks what Josslyn is thinking, and Josslyn says she’s going back and forth on everything these days. She feels all over the place, and misses feeling confident. Carly says, she’ll get there. When you’re in the middle of this place, your decision making sucks. She knows from experience. That’s why not acting on impulse is important. Recognizing your judgement is impaired, you need to think things through carefully. Josslyn says, sounds like work, and Carly says, it is.
Charlotte says, it’s papa’s week, and she wants to go home with him. Please. Lulu says she missed Charlotte last night, and was hoping to make it up. Valentin says they need to teach Charlotte proper boundaries, and it is his week. Maybe it’s best for everyone if they stick to the schedule. Laura agrees, and Charlotte asks if Lulu is mad. Laura says they were just worried, and Lulu just wants to keep her close. Now that they’ve seen her, and know she’s okay… Valentin says, shall they? Charlotte hugs Lulu, and leaves with Valentin and Nina. Lulu can’t believe she just let her leave with him, and Laura says they have to find a better way to do this.
Robert tells Anna, nice entrance, but he expected nothing less. She asks what she’s missed.
Violet asks go to park, and Finn says, before they go, there’s something her mom and him wanted to talk about. Hayden says when Violet asks about her daddy, she always says her daddy loves her very much, but it’s a story for another time. That time is now. Finn says her mom and him aren’t just old friends. They were very much in love. Hayden says, Finn saved her life, and Finn says Hayden saved his back. They were so in love, they made a baby, and that baby is her. He’s her dad. Violet says, for reals? and Finn says, for reals. Violet asks if that doesn’t mean he loves her, and Finn says, yes, more than he ever thought possible. She asks if that makes Roxie her sister, and Finn guesses so. Violet says, cool. Finn says Violet can totally say no, but does she think he can give her a hug? She nods, and hugs him.
In the interrogation room, Chase tells Officer Sommers that he doesn’t know if she’s aware of it, but there’s evidence that after money was anonymously transferred into her account, she reassigned the prisoners who were on work detail. Cassandra should never have been cleared to leave the prison, yet she was – by her. You don’t have to be a detective to realize this facilitated her escape. The guard says she doesn’t know anything about that, and he asks what she does know. She says, just that she was asked to clear the prisoner for work detail. He asks, by who? He wants a name.
Jax tells Jordan, his interest wasn’t in Cassandra, but in Valentin. Valentin’s history, which is public record, was just one more stone he had to turn over in his investigation. Jordan says, now she’s dead. Someone provided a getaway boat, and it exploded shortly after it left the pier. Once the coastguard examines the blast, they could be looking at a murder investigation. Nikolas continues to listen.
Carly tells Josslyn, everyone tells teenagers not to drink alcohol, but it’s not about getting drunk; it’s about the decisions you make when you’re drunk. Like getting behind the wheel of a car, or jumping into a pool. Grieving affects you the same way; it impairs your judgement. You can choose not to drink, but you can’t just stop grieving. You can be aware though. Does it make sense? Josslyn says, it does. She just wants to get back to who she was. Carly says, and she will. Josslyn wonders how to do it without letting Oscar go. Carly says, that’s the hardest part. You feel like moving on is disloyal. Josslyn says she thinks she’s genuinely not ready to let go of who she was. Now she’s talking in circles again. Carly tells her, stop being so hard on herself. She’s right where she’s supposed to be. She’ll be okay. Carly hugs her, and Sonny comes in. He asks if he’s interrupting, but Carly thinks they’re done. Josslyn goes upstairs to write in her journal. Sonny asks if everything is okay, and Carly says he has to make more of an effort where Jax is concerned. She thinks it’s important for Josslyn. It’s good for her, and he needs to do it for her. Sonny asks, why not go back to their plan to have Josslyn move in with her father?
Jax hopes Jordan isn’t implying he had anything to do with Cassandra’s death. She says, no. They don’t even know if there was foul play, but if they do have to open an investigation. All kinds of people will be asking questions, so if he’s hiding anything, now is the time to tell her. He says he’s told her everything he knows. She says she’ll be in touch, and leaves.
Nikolas comes in (that seems to start a lot of sentences), and says he really appreciates Jax not saying anything. Jax asks if Nikolas murdered Cassandra.
Nina asks if Charlotte is okay, and Valentin asks if there’s anything she’d like to talk about. Charlotte says she’s okay, and Valentin asks if he can talk; ask her questions. She says, sure, and he says she knew how dangerous Cassandra was, and she knew what Cassandra looked like. How did Cassandra get her to go with her? What happened? Nina says Charlotte can tell them anything. Charlotte says she went because Cassandra said she’d send Nina to jail if she didn’t.
Officer Sommers tells Chase, they never met. She never got a name. She had no idea they were planning anything like that. Chase says, and she didn’t care, as long as she got the cash. They’re tracing the origins of the deposit. She says, her lawyer… and Chase says, is on their way. In the meantime, he suggests she think about her colleague who was almost killed, and ask herself, was it really worth it?
Anna tells Robert that she knows it was her idea, but can they table the catch up for another day? She just wants to go home. She wants to be in her own bed, and she wants to catch up with Finn. Robert says, before she does anything, he thinks there’s something she should know.
Hayden asks if Violet has any questions, and Violet asks where Finn has been. Hayden says, mommy and daddy had a misunderstanding, and mommy moved away. It’s not that her daddy didn’t want to be with her; he didn’t know. Finn says, mommies and daddies sometimes make mistakes. The important thing is that they forgive each other, and figure out a way to do things better. Hayden says, and that they love her. Finn says he’s glad in Violet is in his life, and Violet says, her too. And mommy too? Hayden says, that’s right.
Charlotte tells Valentin and Nina, Cassandra said Nina did something bad, but she wouldn’t tell. Valentin asks what Cassandra told her to do, and Charlotte says, show her the back way out of Kelly’s, and she did, but when they got to the pier, Cassandra took her phone. She said she was calling him, and if he did what she wanted, she wouldn’t tell the bad thing Nina did. Nina says she loves Charlotte, and that Charlotte was trying to protect her, but she needs to promise never to do it again. Never put herself in danger for Nina – ever. She loves Charlotte so much, she’d rather go to prison a thousand times over than have something happen to Charlotte. Charlotte says she knew it would be okay, because Cassandra was calling her papa. She knew he’d fix it, like he always did.
Jax tells Nikolas, don’t try to tell him it’s a coincidence. Nikolas says, is he going to cry tears over Cassandra’s death? No, but he didn’t kill her. Think about it. She had explosive (his word – ha-ha) information on Valentin. Now it’s gone. Jax says Cassandra was going to expose Nikolas. Maybe he did the math, and thought she was too much trouble to keep alive. Nikolas says, it wasn’t him. It was Valentin.
The doorbell rings at Windymere. Nina hugs Charlotte, and says there’s a horse out there who wants Charlotte to ride him. Valentin says, look who it is, and Laura and Lulu walk in. Lulu says she knows it’s Valentin’s week, but she missed Charlotte last night and thought they could have a snack together. Valentin says, that sounds pleasant, and Charlotte says, stop. She knows they can’t stand each other.
Anna tells Robert, spit it out. She’s exhausted. Robert says, Finn’s ex came back. Anna says, Hayden? She knows about her, and Robert says, that’s not what she needs to know. Anna asks why he thinks she would be threatened by Hayden. Chase walks up, and says he needs a word, but Robert says, this is important. Anna says they’ll catch up after. It’s good to see him, and Chase. She leaves, and Robert says, didn’t Chase think he was in the middle of something important? Chase says, poking holes in Anna and Finn’s relationship? Robert knows as well as he does, Hayden isn’t a threat. Robert says, that was before. Now, Finn has found out he has a child. Don’t think things won’t be different.
Violet asks if they can go to the park, and Finn suggests she play in Anna’s room for a while before they go; there are a lot of toys in there. He hugs her, and tells her, have fun. Finn says his heart exploded, and Hayden says, hers too. She thinks it went surprisingly well. Violet finally got a dad, and she thinks it’s awesome. It’s Violet’s best day ever. Finn says, his too.
Trina visits Ava. She tells Ava she wanted to check in and see how Ava is doing. She has bad news. She won’t be able to commit to this Wednesday. She got in trouble, and has detention. Sorry. Ava says, it’s okay. Don’t worry, Kiki. Trina says, Kiki?
Carly tells Sonny, you know what would be nice? If Sonny would be more accommodating. He asks, is it post-partum hormones talking, or what? Carly thinks Jax has something going on that’s stopping him from having Josslyn move in, and she’s asking him to do something – be kind to her daughter’s father, not just deal with him. She’s been putting up with Dev for Sonny, so she thinks he can do this for her. He says he thinks Jax is in trouble, and she knows what it is.
Carly says, if he must know, she thinks Jax is seeing someone. Sonny asks if Carly has met her, and she says she didn’t ask for details; it’s none of her business. He says, even if it effects Josslyn? She says, if Jax prefers she not meet her, that’s his prerogative. Sonny says nothing, and she says, what? Why is he staring at her? He says, no reason. If Jax has a guest, and doesn’t want Josslyn to know about it, he doesn’t have a problem, but it seems she does. He goes upstairs.
Josslyn writes while a song plays. These words remain…
Ava says, she meant Trina. The medication makes everything hazy. She knows who Trina is. Trina says, as long as she’s getting better, and Ava says, that’s the plan. What she needs now more than anything is rest. Trina says she’ll visit again soon.
Laura suggests she and Charlotte give her mom, dad, and Nina a chance to talk. She can tell Laura about what happened. They leave, and Nina says Charlotte is smarter than the three of them combined. Lulu says she does hate Valentin, but she thought she was doing a better job of hiding it. Valentin admits he’s not doing any better. Charlotte deserves more from them. Nina says, they have to present a united front for her to get through this. Valentin agrees, and Lulu says she’ll do anything for Charlotte.
Charlotte tells Laura, the explosion was so big, and Laura says she’s glad Charlotte was far from it. Charlotte says, what’s weird was, when everyone was looking at the flames, she saw a man. When she turned back, he was gone. Laura asks if Charlotte recognized him, and she shakes her head. Laura says he was probably just a dock worker. Charlotte says, probably.
Nikolas says, Cassandra held Charlotte hostage. What would Jax have done if it was Josslyn? Cassandra crossed Valentin and he killed her for it. Jax says perhaps Valentin is more lethal than he realized. Nikolas says, it’s a problem, but he’ll figure it out. Jax says, do that, or he walks. It’s his final warning.
Chase says, Finn has a child? and Robert says he sees Finn didn’t tell him. He and Hayden have a little girl named Violet. Chase says, he’s an uncle, and their dad is a grandfather. Finn never even.. Robert says, if it’s any consolation, Finn just found out. He’s sure Finn’s life has turned upside down. Give him time.
Finn says, whatever is going on in their lives, he and Hayden are Violet’s parents. She’s their first priority. Hayden agrees 100%. He asks why he’s sensing a but, and she says she thinks after what happened, they’ve earned the right to be honest with one another. Co-parenting is the number one priority, but she can’t guarantee the only way she’ll see him is as Violet’s father.
Anna comes in, and asks if Finn is there. She’s home. She looks over, and sees Finn and Hayden sitting together on the couch.
They had no preview. I suppose because they weren’t even supposed to have the episode. Again, I think they’ll be showing this tomorrow on ABC.
The Real Housewives of Dallas
Brandi and LeeAnne meet for drinks. Brandi says LeeAnne is a real housewife now. She gives LeeAnne a T-shirt that says, Recharging My Awesomeness, and a gift certificate for a couples massage. LeeAnne is happy for the opportunity to get naked with Rich.
Stephanie and D’Andra meet to shop for party outfits. Stephanie tells D’Andra that Kameron isn’t coming to Travis’s party because of something her kids have going on. We flash back to Kameron complaining that Stephanie used her kids to get out of going to LeeAnne’s shower. D’Andra says, what are the odds?
Bryan and Brandi pick up Stephanie and Travis. Travis has no idea where they’re going. In her interview, Stephanie says, Travis is worried about his father. He’s stressed out, and doesn’t know if his father is going to survive. She wants to make him laugh, and feel like a kid again. They pull up at Medieval Times. I’ve never been there, but I’ve always wanted to go. I’d want to dress up though. Bryan says he hasn’t been there since… The girls crack up laughing. The group is bestowed with paper crowns. A page tells the queen that for his 50th birthday, Travis desires to become knight of the realm. Travis is knighted, and Bryan is knighted as well. When they sit to eat, Bryan is a big baby who doesn’t want to eat without the proper utensils. There’s a jousting match that looks amazing. Stephanie asks how Travis’s dad is, and Travis says his dad wanted them to bring him back. He thought he was dying. He’s taking is medication, just less of it. Travis is frustrated because he can’t do anything about it. In Stephanie’s interview, she says Travis puts on a brave face, but he’s barely sleeping and stressed out. Travis says, it will be an interesting trip.
Court and Kameron take the kids to do archery. In her interview, Kameron says, Hilton is going to sleepaway camp, and most of them offer archery. She needs to look supercool for Hilton. She’s not athletic, but she’s good at Pilates. Court tells Hilton to stay as far away from mom as possible. Hilton does really well on her first shot. Court isn’t sure if Kameron holding a bow is attractive or terrifying. In Kameron’s interview, she says Hilton bonds with Court over football and soccer. She wants to bond over sports too. Kameron’s shot is way off. She doesn’t even hit the target circle. Court says, Hilton is crushing it. Kameron asks what the trick is, and he says, aim. He suggests she mentally put someone’s face on the target, but Kameron says she doesn’t do that. In her interview, she says she’s not shooting Stephanie. She’s annoyed about Stephanie bailing on the shower at the last minute, so she’s not going to Travis’s birthday party. She could probably make it happen, but surface friends don’t go to husband’s 50th birthdays. A target with balloons on it is brought out, and Kameron is good at that one. Hilton says, impressive. In Kameron’s interview, she says she nailed it. Maybe Hilton will see her in a new light. Bullseye.
Kary has a photoshoot to launch her website. When she started her company, it was a hobby. Now her hobby is turning into a reality. She’s excited. It’s important that her kids see her as financially independent. Eduardo has nothing to do with the business. She’s paying for the shoot with her own money. She and Olivia strike some poses. Stephanie joins them, and Kary says she wants to include Stephanie. In Stephanie’s interview, she says Kary has a strong personality. She’s surprised Kary agreed to a prenup where she gets nothing. She thinks Kary feels screwed, and this will empower her. She doesn’t need a man. She can do it on her own. Stephanie is proud of her. Kary asks if Stephanie has ever done ozone therapy. She went with Kameron this morning, and Kameron said Kameron said she’s not going to Travis’s birthday. She feels Stephanie isn’t making an effort in the relationship. We see a clip of Kameron and Stephanie talking, and Kameron says she’ll go above and beyond for a close friend, but Stephanie doesn’t want to put in the effort. Stephanie tells Kary, she’s trying to figure out how to have a friendship with Kameron without setting her off. She feels like it’s not easy for Kameron either, but she doesn’t want to beg Kameron to love her. In Stephanie’s interview, She says it bothers her that she’s not proving herself worthy of Kameron’s friendship. It’s so stupid. She tears up, and says she doesn’t know why this is making her cry. Kary says, it’s a sensitive issue. They all have sensitive triggers. It has a lot to do with chemistry. Some relationships and friendships are easier, and some take time. Stephanie says she was hurt in the past, and she’s not comfortable sharing. She doesn’t let people in unless she feels they won’t hurt or judge her.
Susan’s mom has come for the party. Stephanie says the party is going to be the death of her. In her interview, Stephanie says she loves having her mother there. She can tell Susan anything; she’s like a therapist. She is a therapist. She tells Susan about going to Thailand. She says Travis is going for work, and to see his dad, who’s not feeling well. He’s going to be working a lot, so she invited the ladies. She feels like she’s in a good place with all the girls, but she’s nervous. She and Kameron seem to be having a power struggle. When she does something wrong, or states her mind, Kameron gets upset. Kameron isn’t coming to the party because of her kid’s dance recital. She says it’s all about family, but told Kary that maybe she’d go if Stephanie called and made her feel wanted. Susan says Kameron is trying to manipulate the situation by making Stephanie bend to her standards in order to be her friend. That’s not what a friend is. She says Kameron doesn’t deserve this much energy. Stephanie says she seeks peace over resolution, and got it from Susan. In her interview, Stephanie says, when she was growing up, some people treated her mother like crap. They didn’t think her mom was good enough for her father because she was poor. Her whole life, she was taken advantage of. She would hold her tongue and be nice, and then cry in private. Susan says she taught Stephanie to be a good person to others, but not to herself. She says she wants to cry. She feels Stephanie’s pain; she’s been there. If she seems sensitive, just ignore her. In Stephanie’s interview, she says she and her sister were treated equally bad because of their mother. A group of women always made her feel like she wasn’t good enough, and it changed her. Stephanie tells Susan that Kameron brings her insecurity out. Susan says Kameron’s opinion doesn’t matter. Stephanie’s opinion of herself is the only one that matters. She’s sorry Stephanie is feeling this way. Susan hugs Stephanie, and tells her that she’s okay. In her interview, Stephanie says Kameron triggers her, reminding her of the worthless felling she felt as a child. She says she feels like she taught Kameron it was okay to treat her that way, and doesn’t want do that anymore. Susan says, a friend shouldn’t make her feel this way. She’s proud of Stephanie. It’s taken her sixty years to know she’ll be okay without certain people in her life. She’s not casting her pearls before swine. Kameron doesn’t deserve her friendship, don’t cater to her. Stephanie knows what makes her feel good, and asks if she’s Susan’s favorite daughter. Susan says she has two favorite daughters.
Stephanie gets dressed up to look like Peg Bundy from Married with Children. She says when she thinks midlife crisis, she thinks of Peg. She’s a hot mess, and the epitome of midlife crisis. The party is set up, and Travis thinks it’s awesome. Stephanie says, everyone is wearing costumes, and they’re having fireworks, a full bar, and lots of food. It cost more than her wedding. She thinks a midlife crisis costume would be wearing something not age appropriate. Travis’s outfit is absurd. It’s Gucci, and obnoxiously expensive. She thinks around $5K. He’s wearing a T-Shirt, pants, and baseball cap with the Gucci logo. I have no words.
In her interview, Kary says, even though she and Eduardo had a stressful dinner, she’s learned to move on. Life is short, and he’s a good husband. They have to figure out the financial situation, but that’s for another day. I dunno. I don’t think a good husband gives you nothing when they’re loaded like Eduardo is.
Brandi arrives as a Playboy bunny. In her interview, she says, who doesn’t like a bunny? Anyone in their 40s willing to wear the costume, obviously wants attention. Stephanie’s father shows up dressed as a pimp, sporting heavy gold jewelry.
Stephanie and Brandi sit on a swing in the yard. Stephanie tells Brandi that Kameron can’t come because of the children, but she told Kary that if Stephanie had expressed more effort, she would have come. She can’t live her life for pleasing other people. It’s all she’s done her whole life, and it’s exhausting. She’d like Kameron to be there, but wants her to want to be there. She asks if Brandi has heard anything about the baby. Brandi says they should have some news before they leave for Thailand. She’s been waiting and praying. In Brandi’s interview, she says they’re in a waiting pattern with the test to see if the baby is Bruin’s full sibling. She’s struggling with three children, and if the baby is only a half sibling, she’ll be more hesitant to adopt. Stephanie says they can sleep for twenty hours on the plane.
Kary and Eduardo come looking like Jersey Shore cast members. In Brandi’s interview, she says Kary is supposed to be Snooki, but that’s not midlife. She has it all wrong. LeeAnne is wearing a Hear Me Roar T-shirt and midi skirt. She says she couldn’t think of anything. The wedding stole all her creative moments. She tells the others that she couldn’t find a blowup doll that looked seventeen. In Stephanie’s interview, she says she looked like a hooker for LeeAnne, and LeeAnne couldn’t dress up for her. LeeAnne tells Stephanie that Rich is sick, and can’t be there. D’Andra walks in as Mama Dee, and LeeAnne says she has the attitude down.
D’Andra announces that she’s Mama Dee Simon Jr. In Kary’s interview, she says D’Andra looks like Mama Dee gone prostitute. Stephanie suggests D’Andra go to the bank and get what she wants out of the trust. They’ll never know. She tells D’Andra that her hair looks like Mama Dee’s, and D’Andra says that’s because it is. She merged her own midlife crisis with Mama Dee’s crisis. She tells Kary that LeeAnne coming along makes her feel better, since Jeremy can’t be there, and most of the husbands are there. Kary hopes now that LeeAnne is married, she’ll move on to the next phase.
Tiffany and husband Tyler make an entrance as middle-aged Barbie and Ken, complete in their boxes. I love it. LeeAnne asks if D’Andra got permission from Mama Dee to wear her wig, and D’Andra says she did. Stephanie gets up on stage, and everyone chants Travis. She introduces their kids, and says everybody they love is in this space. It means the world to them. Travis is the most amazing, wonderful, incredible father, and she loves him so much. The cake comes out, and everyone sings Happy Birthday. There’s applause, giant sparklers, and a band plays.
D’Andra has some shots, and gets in the Barbie box. Fireworks happen. LeeAnne says she’s not enjoying watching D’Andra get drunk over, and over, and over, and making an ass of herself. D’Andra takes off her jacket, and in Stephanie’s interview, she says, not just Mama Dee, but Mama Dee’s nips came out to play. In LeeAnne’s interview, she says, anyone who doesn’t know D’Andra would think she’s just being the drunk, funny class clown; but people who know her know it’s a slippery slope from getting drunk in private to getting drunk off her ass in public. Oddly enough, it’s Brandi who ends up falling over.
In her interview, Stephanie says she thinks D’Andra is trying to reach LeeAnne, but doesn’t know how to be around LeeAnne while she’s sober. D’Andra wanders around, looking for her jacket, and LeeAnne finds it. Kary says she thinks LeeAnne needs to babysit D’Andra. In Kary’s interview, she says LeeAnne loves to pretend D’Andra is like her child. We flash back to Mexico, and LeeAnne telling D’Andra that they’ll have conversation when she’s sober. LeeAnne tells Eduardo that his wife can do the babysitting. He asks, for who? and LeeAnne says, is he kidding? He can’t figure out who needs sitting? D’Andra takes a selfie, and Travis does shots with the girls. D’Andra yells that it will be fun in Thailand, and there’s lots of screeching.
Everyone packs for the trip. LeeAnne tells Rich that she heard women pop turtles out of their vaginas, but he thinks that’s an old wives tale. She says, the ping pong thing is true, and he says he knows nothing about that. She asks if he’s seen it, but he tells her that he’s not dignifying that question. I take that as a yes.
D’Andra has an absolutely massive closet. Bigger than Kyle and LVP’s put together. Mama Dee asks what’s going to happen with the company while D’Andra is gone. D’Andra says it would be better if she was there, but she needs to go on this trip. It will be nice to have a few days off from the stress. The Mexico trip was good, but it was really her 50th birthday celebration.
Travis’s sister tells Stephanie that it’s a humid, sticky, and horrible time to go to Thailand. Great endorsement. And it’s monsoon season. Stephanie says that makes her feel better.
While packing a million things she’ll never wear, Kameron tells her assistant that a lady never leaves down until she has to sit on her bag. She wonders if she’ll have a roommate. She hates not knowing, and hates surprises, unless it’s fabulous jewelry.
Bruin tries get into Brandi’s suitcase. Brandi asks if Brooklyn is going to miss her, and Brooklyn says, no, but Brandi will miss them.
At the airport, Court tells Kameron not to say anything bad about the king, or she’ll go to jail. Kameron says she’d never do that. In her interview, Kameron explains that Thailand time is the complete opposite of Dallas time. They’re traveling to the future. D’Andra is the last to arrive. In their interviews, the producers ask the women what they know about Thailand, which is basically nothing. Kameron says it’s far away.
On the plane, D’Andra thanks Stephanie for planning the trip. The drinking commences. In LeeAnne’s interview, she says it’s her first time going to Thailand, and she’s excited. She’d like to have a good time. Trips with the group haven’t always worked out. She says maybe they should do some flashbacks to see, and we flash back to several trips, ending with Mexico. LeeAnne says, no Bueno.
The plane ascends.
Next time, the Thailand trip; Kameron looks up the rules, and reads, do not start a quarrel easily and make a scene, and Stephanie thinks they’ll have issues; D’Andra tries LeeAnne’s Infinity dress; and LeeAnne and Kary are at odds.
🍕 I glanced at RHONJ, but there was nothing earth shattering. Marge and Danielle still hate each other. Teresa is still friends with Danielle. Juicy Joe is on ICE. Danielle said something snarky about Marge’s Joe#3, and I got very confused, forgetting there are three of them. The women ran an obstacle course to make Teresa happy, and everyone did fine until afterwards. Dolores had them over to her place, and it didn’t take long for Marge and Danielle to go at it. I’m not fully paying attention until RHOD’s season is done, but it doesn’t seem like much is going on except the same old. It doesn’t help that we all know how things shook out with Joe#1.
🚨 I Guess We’re Stuck With NuNikolas…
This is just sad.
😢 While I would have loved to go to Bravocon, sadly, the tickets sold out in an hour – didn’t see that coming – and my attempt at entering their #1 Fan contest apparently failed. No doubt my meager essay on why it should be me was eclipsed by some kind of media extravaganza that I have no time to write, direct, and star in. In a subsequent stupid move, I missed out on entering to meet Lisa Vanderpump (all expenses paid!) because I misunderstood the cut off time, mistaking 12:00:00 for 12:00. But even through my rejection haze, I tip my hat to Andy Cohen, who loved pop culture so much, he became a part of it. I suppose I did too, in a way, with Rocky Horror, but he’s certainly living the pop dream big time.
💧 Everyone Else Got Snow…
And all we got was a bag of rain. Which sums up November by the Shore so far.