What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
Mike tells Sonny, it’s time to get this show on the road, and Sonny says, ready. Carly plays Here Comes the Bride on her tablet. Yvonne walks in to the music, and kisses Mike. Everyone smiles.
In quarantine, Sasha tells Michael that he doesn’t have to stay, but he says he has the time. She tells him that he said that a half hour ago. It’s an important day for his grandpa. He says, she’s important too. She says, Mike is getting married. She’s just lying there like a zombie. So much for keeping it casual. Michael guesses it’s too early for her to move in, and she says they should probably table that. He tells her, but he has a U-Haul outside. She laughs, then coughs. She says, tell Mike congratulations. Michael leaves, and sees Finn in the hallway. Michael asks if he’s found the virus, but Finn says, not yet. He asks if Michael has heard from his contacts on his father’s island. If there are other cases, he can better understand how Sasha got infected.
Nina tells Jax that she’ll be working remotely for a while. He asks if everything is okay, and she says her daughter is in the hospital. She came back from Puerto Rico with a virus, but they don’t know what kind. She could be in GH for a couple of days or… She says she doesn’t know what’s going on with her daughter. She starts crying, and says, sorry. She’s not being professional. Jax says she has a right to be upset.
At the MetroCourt, Laura thanks Chelsea for agreeing to meet her. Chelsea says Laura is hoping to contact her late brother; correct? Laura asks if Chelsea can help her with that.
Ava walks into Charlie’s, and asks why there’s a for sale sign. Julian says, sorry. He didn’t want her to find out this way. She asks if he’s selling the place, and he says, that, and he and Kim are leaving town.
Also at the MetroCourt, Curtis is staring into space, and Jordan says, hey. He tells her, sorry. He was trying to keep his mind off what happened last night. He just can’t help thinking, if he and Drew would have gotten there earlier… She says they still did good. Shiloh is in jail, and there’s no way hell a judge will release him. It’s a win. He says, not for Elizabeth.
Elizabeth tells Franco that she knew he’d come back. He had to. Nothing or no one can keep them apart. She asks if she can get him anything, and he says he needs to speak to his superior officer immediately. She doesn’t think he understands, and he says, tell him Chief Andrew Cain needs him right now. Hmm… I think she’s the one not understanding
Michael tells Finn, no one has reported an outbreak. None of the staff or guests have any symptoms. The guests are all accounted for, except for one whose information is incorrect; Sandy Lance. They had breakfast together. Finn says they need to track her down. Michael says that doesn’t explain why Sasha would have been infected, and he wasn’t.
Hayden hopes she’s not interrupting, and Nina says, not at all. She was just telling Jax that he daughter is in the hospital. She’ll be fine. It’s just a little virus, and they’re trying to nail down a diagnosis. Nina is on her way to see Valentin at GH. They’re going to stay there until they know more. She can be contacted on her cell. Jax says work is the last thing that should be on her mind. She needs to be with her daughter, and make sure she gets better. She thanks him, and leaves. Hayden says, well done. That was quite a performance.
Stella sees Jordan and Curtis, and asks how come they’re not answering their phones. Jordan says she was supposed to disconnect and unplug. Stella says, that’s nice, except for those trying to reach them. Curtis asks if something happened, and Stella says they’ve got themselves a third cousin once removed in London. Isn’t it wild? They had an incredible conversation. She married a member of the family in the armed forces, and bounced all over, but is currently in the UK. She doesn’t have much extended family, and can’t wait to meet Stella. Curtis asks when she’s coming to Port Charles, and Stella says, she’s not. She offered to fly Stella out to London.
Laura asks if Chelsea is sure she wants to do this at the MetroCourt. Chelsea says she loves it there; it has wonderful ambiance. Laura thought she needed something like tarot cards, and Chelsea says she doesn’t believe, does she? Laura admits she has doubts, but Chelsea says, that’s okay. A lot of her clients do – at first. Laura asks if her skepticism won’t interfere with Chelsea’s work. Chelsea says the spirits are usually willing to talk to her. Whether Laura believes is up to her. They join hands, and Chelsea asks who Laura is trying to reach. Laura says her brother, Jonathan.
Doc tells Drew that Cabot’s experiment appears to be successful. Drew asks if Franco thinks he’s him, and Doc says, he identified himself as Chief Petty Officer Andrew Cain, and thinks he’s deployed in Afghanistan.
Elizabeth backs up, and Franco says, pardon me, ma’am, and asks her to let him leave. She says he needs to listen, but he says she can’t keep him against his will. He says she keeps calling him Franco, and she says, that’s who he is. He says he’s Chief Petty Officer Andrew Cain, but she says he’s Franco Baldwin, and she’s his wife. Look at his hand; it’s his wedding band. On Valentine’s Day, at the PCPD, she vowed to love him forever, and said he’d freed her soul. He doesn’t remember any of that? He says, no ma’am. He’s sorry. He’s never seen her before in his life.
Sonny says they’re here today to join Mike and Yvonne in holy matrimony. It’s an important union. More important than the law permits, or the paper that holds it together. It’s more than that. The most important thing is family, whether it’s one or two, or whatever you choose it to be. It’s unconditional love, and unconditional support and forgiveness. It’s never too late for family, and guess what? They’re going to start a family. They all laugh, and Sonny says, there will be bad days, but if they reach out and care for each other, the good days will outweigh the bad. That’s love. That’s family. Family always watches out for each other, and always has each other’s backs – always.
Stella tells Curtis and Jordan that she’s going to London. She has vacation time saved up, and might as well use it. Since she’s making the trip, she wants to travel to Europe too. Who knows when she’ll get the chance again. She says they don’t seem enthused, and Curtis says the cousin wants to fly her out on her dime? It’s a mighty generous move by a stranger. Stella says, third cousin once removed. He says sorry he’s skeptical, and Jordan says, it does seem forward. Stella thought they’d be happy. They’ve been pestering her for months to seek her relative out, and she finally has. Curtis says they’re happy for her, but he doesn’t like the idea of her meeting them in London. Stella doesn’t know her; she could be crazy. Stella says she’s not staying there. She’s cashing in on her hotel points. If they’re crazy, she’ll retire in peace at her hotel. Jordan says she’d be disappointed, and Stella says, in London. She also said her daughter-in-law is the police commissioner. They’re being paranoid. Curtis says, they’re being cautious. Let him do a background check before she leaves. Stella says, okay, but hurry. She’s flying out tonight.
Elizabeth says Franco is confused right now. He’s Franco Baldwin, her husband. He says he doesn’t know what kind of operation she’s running here, but she needs to step aside. There’s somewhere he needs to be. She says, Franco, please, and he ask why she keeps calling him Franco. Outside, Drew and Doc hear them, and come into the room. Doc asks for some phenobarbital. He tells Franco that he’s been through a traumatic event. Franco tries to leave, but Drew stops him. Epiphany gives him a shot, and he asks what they did to him. They have to let him go.
Ava asks if Julian was intending to tell her, or was he just going to send a postcard when he settled in… He says, Manhattan. It was Kim’s idea. She wants a change of scenery. Ava suggests he take Kim on a vacation, but he says, it’s too hard for her to be in Port Charles. There are too many reminders of Oscar, and face it, she has no roots in Port Charles. She wants a fresh start, and he wants to be part of it. Ava says, too damn bad.
Chelsea concentrates, and Laura asks if Chelsea has found her brother. Is he trying tell her something? Chelsea says, sorry; she can’t reach him. There’s nothing. It’s almost as if he doesn’t exist. However, she does have a message from Laura’s sister.
Sonny has Yvonne repeat the vows. When he gets to, till death do us part, Yvonne interrupts, and says, forever and always. It’s Mike’s turn, and he says being with her has to be the best time in his life. She makes every moment seem exciting and new. He’ll be lucky if he makes her half as happy as she’s made him, but he promises to give it one helluva good shot. He tells Sonny, sorry, Father, and Sonny says, it’s okay. Mike promises to love and honor Yvonne, and cherish her always and forever. Sonny asks for the rings, and Carly gets them gives them. Sonny asks if Yvonne takes Mike to be her husband. She does, and he asks if Mike takes Yvonne to be his wife. Mike says he absolutely does, and Sonny pronounces them husband and wife. He tells Mike that he can kiss the bride. Mike does, and they all smile and laugh.
Epiphany comes out of Franco’s room, and says he’s back in the bed. Doc says he gave Franco a little something to relax, but he won’t be out for long. He’s going to talk with the neurologist and see if he can get answers. He tells Drew and Elizabeth, hang in there. Elizabeth asks if Cabot was right, and Franco has Drew’s memories. Doc says it’s far beyond anything he’s seen before. He’s ordered an MRI, but he thinks it’s important to confront Franco with the facts. He’s not Drew Cain; he’s Franco Baldwin.
Nina visits Sasha, and asks how she’s feeling. Sasha says she’s been better. Nina is sure the stuffy room doesn’t help, and Finn says the room with the jacuzzi was booked. Sasha laughs and coughs. Nina says she knows they were told to take precautions, but Finn has no idea if Sasha is contagious. He doesn’t recommend her leaving until they find out what she has, but he’ll leave them to discuss it. Nina tells Sasha there’s no real reason she can’t take Sasha home. Sasha says, sorry, but she’s following Finn’s recommendation. She needs to stay there.
Jax tells Hayden, it wasn’t a performance; he feels terrible. Hayden tells him, regardless, they shouldn’t ignore the unexpected opportunity. If he gets Nina to trust him, they can use it to their advantage. Jax says he’s been in Nina’s shoes, when Josslyn was sick. Hayden says, the fact remains, Sasha’s illness has given them an opening.
Chelsea tells Laura, it’s a blonde woman, dressed in white, possibly a nurse. She’s quite a chatterbox. She said she misses gossiping with Richard. Laura says she doesn’t know who it is. Chelsea says she wants to give Laura her love, and is glad she found her happily ever after with Kevin. Chelsea suddenly looks in the distance, and says Laura’s son is in grave danger.
Laura asks, what kind of danger? Chelsea says she can help Laura, but they have to discuss payment. Sorry; it’s not volunteer work. Laura gets it, and asks, how much? Chelsea says the message from her sister is free, but this will be $300. Laura says, $300?! and Chelsea says she’s not forcing Laura. Laura wishes Chelsea took credit cards, and Chelsea says, it’s 2019. Of course (🍷) she can. Laura says, before Chelsea swipes, can she have a minute? She steps away, and calls someone, saying, please pick up.
Ava tells Julian she can’t believe he’s running away with Kim to deal with her loss. Julian says, she’s inconsolable. Ava says Kim isn’t the only one surrounded by reminders. Julian knows losing Kiki was difficult, but Ava says, it’s more than that. It’s been hell. Her phone dings, and she glances at it. She says, now perfect strangers are lining up to tear her to shreds. Julian says, bored people with nothing better to do than try to hurt her. She says, it’s working. It’s starting to weigh on her.
On the phone, Laura asks if they’re sure everything is okay. She says, don’t worry. Everything fine. She just got something in her head. She goes back to the table, and Chelsea asks if they’re good to go. Laura says, no, and Chelsea asks if something is wrong. Laura says she just talked to her son. Chelsea asks if he’s okay, and Laura says, perfect. He’s absolutely fine, but what Chelsea is doing there is not. It’s a violation of penal law 165.135. Fortune telling is illegal in the state of New York.
Curtis thanks someone on the phone, and tells Jordan, everything checks out. No red flags. She asks why he looks disappointed. He says he’s not, but she tells him, come clean. He says he’s going to miss Stella. Jordan says, it’s just a couple of weeks, and it’s a great opportunity. He says he doesn’t want to be selfish, but he loves how close they’ve gotten. Think how they were at this time last year. He’s proud of how they’ve grown as a family. He’s going to miss Stella being around all the time. Standing behind him, Stella listens. He says, like when they were kids. They were tight as a family. He doesn’t like the idea of her travelling by herself at her age. Stella coughs, and says, what age? That she reconnected with a family member means the world to her, but she’ll always be there for him, like in the old days. Watching the Corinthos family deal with Mike, and Marcus deal with Yvonne, brought up the sacrifices she’s made. She doesn’t regret it for a minute, but Tommy is gone, and Curtis and TJ are grown men, and in good hands. She needs to live her life. It might be a little trip to him, but it’s much more to her. it’s everything she’s been putting off for years. She finally has a chance to do something for herself. Does that make sense? Curtis says, perfect sense. He tells her, go, and have an incredible time. She’s earned it. She says she has, and they hug.
Carly tells Sonny that he did a beautiful job. He says, it was nothing, but she says, it was a big deal. Not everyone could have done it. She tells him, look at them; they’re so adorable. Sonny says, for a moment, before the ceremony, he thought Mike recognized him. Carly says she’s glad. Michael tells them that he’s going to take off. He wants to check on Sasha. He says Mike told him to let the reverend know he did good. Sonny says, message received, and Michael leaves.
Franco asks where is he, and what have they done to him? What did they give him? Doc says, it’s a mild sedative. Does Franco remember him? They spoke earlier. Franco says he doesn’t know any of them. Doc says he’s a doctor, and they’re all looking out for his best interests. He says sure they are. That’s why abducted him. Where are they keeping him? Doc says just give them a chance to explain, then he can decide what he believes. Franco says it doesn’t sound like he has much choice. Doc knows it’s jarring, but he’s in the US. Franco says he was deployed to Afghanistan, but Doc says, no; he wasn’t. He’s not deployed, and he’s not Andrew Cain. Franco asks why Doc is saying that, and Drew says because he isn’t. He’s Andrew Cain.
Sasha tells Nina that Finn isn’t sure what she has isn’t contagious, and she doesn’t want Charlotte to get it. Nina says, Charlotte can stay with her mom; Lulu would love it. Sasha says what if Nina or Valentin get it? and Nina says they’ll up their vitamin C. Sasha says she can’t take the risk. She’s staying there until Finn finds a cure. Nina says, he will, and Sasha will get better. Sasha asks what makes her so sure? but Nina doesn’t know. She says, maybe a mother’s instinct.
Hayden tells Jax that she thinks it’s in Helena’s trophy room, but Jax says he’s not taking advantage of Nina’s concern over her daughter. Hayden says she understands. He says he’ll be in touch.
Doc tells Franco, the memories he has belong to Drew. He’s Franco Baldwin. Doc gets a call, and he says it’s someone who specializes in memory study. He wants to drop in on him, and promises he’ll be back. Franco looks at Elizabeth, and asks if she honestly believes she’s his wife. She says she is his wife. He looks at Drew, and says Drew really believes he’s him? Drew looks nothing like him. Showing him a mirror might be an idea.
Julian suggests Ava steer clear of the comments section. Ironically, it’s the same thing he told Kiki during her lawsuit. It was good advice then, and it’s good advice now. Ava says it proves he can’t leave her. He centers her. He says he’s moving to Manhattan, not Siberia. She asks if he isn’t worried Kim is just leaving to avoid her grief. He asks if there’s a better reason, but she says that’s not the kind of pain you can outrun. It follows you wherever you go. She learned the hard way.
Chelsea tells Laura that she knows all about the code. She hands Laura her business card, pointing out that it says for entertainment purposes only. She appreciates Laura’s patronage, and tells her consider the clarification on the house. She was also serious about the warning. It’s not Laura’s son in Africa. It’s the other one she should be worried about. Chelsea leaves, and Laura is like, wha…?
Stella says she has some serious packing to do, and Jordan asks if she’d like a ride to the airport. Stella says TJ is taking her. It will be her last chance to see him before she goes. They hug, and Jordan tells her to have an amazing trip; send pictures. Stella says she will, and tells them to take good care of each other. Cheerio. Jordan tells Curtis, the mystery of the long lost relative has been solved. Curtis says, sort of.
Sonny tells Carly, it’s been a rough couple of years. Carly says it wasn’t easy, but they got through it together. Sonny says they have to keep it up. Why let Mike and Yvonne have all the fun. She asks what he’s talking about, and he says he was just thinking they should renew their vows.
Finn says he’ll have the results of Sasha’s blood tests soon. Michael comes back, and asks how she’s doing. She says he’s sweet, and she hopes he didn’t leave early because of her. He says, maybe. He realized he belonged there with her.
Ava tells Julian that she considered leaving Port Charles a thousand times, but realized she can’t outrun her grief. Julian says, you learn to live with it, and it becomes bearable if you confront it head on. Kim will have to face it sooner or later, no matter where she’s living. Chelsea walks in, and Julian says Ava fires one psychic, and turns around and hires another? Ava says she’s not defending herself for the way she’s dealing with her grief. If he’s not going to judge Kim, don’t judge her. She goes over to Chelsea, and thanks her for coming. Chelsea asks, what’s up? and Ava says her brother is leaving town. That means it’s even more important for her to make contact with Kiki. Chelsea says, Kiki isn’t ready, but don’t worry too much. Her brother isn’t going anywhere.
Laura sees Doc, who asks how it went. She says she was sure Chelsea was a charlatan, but she was convincing. She gave Laura a message from her sister Amy. Doc says, amazing. Does she think it was genuine? She says she was starting to, when Chelsea said her son was in grave danger. He says, Lucky? She says she was upset, but called him, and he was fine. Then Chelsea said she was talking about her other son. She didn’t seem to know he was dead though.
Hayden makes a call, and says she was hoping to hire a charter to Spoon Island – undetected.
Nina looks in Sasha’s window, and sees her with Michael. Jax joins her, and says he thought she could use some company, or at least decent coffee. She thanks him.
Elizabeth tells Franco that Drew looks different because he was hit by a car, and had facial reconstruction. Franco isn’t sure he buys that, but Drew says, it happened. Franco says if that’s him with a new face, how do they explain his own face. Elizabeth says he hasn’t looked in a mirror, has he? He says, sure; he’ll play along. He doesn’t know how long the two of them can keep this up though. Elizabeth hands him a mirror, and he looks at his reflection.
Tomorrow, Maxie tells Peter his mind games aren’t working during the softball game, Hayden tells Jax the clock is ticking, and Drew tells Franco that he’s not going anywhere.
⚓ Loving Roger Howarth getting to do something different.
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Tamra tells Eddie that Kelly wants to see the house. Vicki does too, and she wants to get it all over with at once. She was also thinking of inviting the neighbors, but Eddie says he wouldn’t invite the neighbors with these women. They have to live with the neighbors.
Jolie takes a tennis lesson, with Kelly playing her alongside instructor Hadley. Afterwards, Kelly and Jolie sit. Kelly tells Jolie that she and Brian are thinking about a skincare line for teens. We see a clip of Brian discussing designing a travel kit with Kelly. Kelly says they want Jolie to be the face of the line. She’ll promote it on social media. Jolie says her social media is private because people call Kelly a cokehead. Kelly says she’s never done coke in her life, but Jolie says, that’s what people are saying. Kelly says, because Vicki said it. We flash back to the reunion where Vicki alluded to Kelly doing coke. Jolie reads, why is your mom such an effing loser-ass bitch? When she’s not drunk, she’s high on coke. In her interview, Kelly says she used to love Vicki, but her daughter’s gotten a lot of bullying on social media. Now she hates Vicki. She has no idea of the magnitude of hurt she’s done to Kelly’s family.
Sophie is getting ready for the winter formal, and Shannon tells her to put on her dress. In her interview, Shannon says Sophie is a seventeen-year-old, and acts like she’s twenty-five, but she trusts Sophie. She’s a good kid, and Shannon has to let her fly. Sophie comes out in her dress, and Shannon says it’s one millimeter from her ass; it’s really short. Sophie says God gave her nice, long legs, and she wants to show them off. Shannon says God also gave her a nice vagina, but don’t show that off. Shannon says she’s going out too, and Sophie gives Shannon some rules (yes, you read that right). No bringing home someone she doesn’t know, no drinking to the point of not remembering, no dancing with strangers, and have a good time. Sophie’s date Christian arrives, bearing a wrist corsage. Shannon wants photos, and calls Christian the boyfriend. Sophie says, he’s all red now. In Shannon’s interview, she says it’s her job to embarrass her children. One down. She trusts Sophie’s judgment. She thinks Sophie has a good gut. We see a clip of Sophie reciting with Shannon, if you do drugs, you die.
Emily tells Chef Alex that her father-in-law and mother-in-law’s birthdays are close to each other, so they’re having a dinner for them tonight. In her interview, she says she and Shane have been married ten years, and it’s a little bumpy right now. Shane is studying for the bar, and there’s no communication. They’ve had some high highs and some low lows. We see a clip of them at the counselor, and Emily is saying she thinks it was easier for Shane. He didn’t go through the physical and emotional things she did to get the embryos. In-laws Larry and Pary arrive, and Emily introduces them to Chef Alex. Her sister-in-law Shireen joins them. Everyone sits for dinner, and Alex serves. Shireen wonders if Shane is going to make an appearance. Emily says they don’t know the plan if Shane doesn’t pass the bar. Shireen says when she was taking it, her father said, if she passed, they’d celebrate with dinner, but if she didn’t, they’d still be hungry, so they’d go out to dinner. In Emily’s interview, she says she’s sure Shane feels like he has a ton of bricks on top of him from all the people wanting him to pass the bar. She tries to FaceTime with Shane, but says, he must be in the library. He calls, and tells her that he feels like he’s being hounded; it’s getting to be a level of harassment. No one respects him saying he doesn’t want calls. Is he supposed to call and ask how it’s going? Emily says, forget it. In her interview, she says she feels like she deserves more respect for taking care of everything. She’s hosting a birthday for his parents, and everything is on her. It’s a lot. Well, yeah. Shane is a big baby. She didn’t know that before? She lights the candles, and they sing Happy Birthday. One of the kids blows the candles out.
Braunwyn’s mother, Dr. Deb, looks like Betsey Johnson. In her interview, Braunwyn says her mother is larger than life. Growing up, her mom was a single mother in a rock band. She wanted to be famous, but then went to medical school, and graduated at the top of her UCLA class. She met Braunwyn’s stepdad, and went back to school to become a doctor. She had a family practice for a long time, and then went to Burning Man. Burning Man changed everything. Dr. Deb is connected to energies, and talks to angels. She asks if Deb has the schedule, and if she’s good. In Braunwyn’s interview, she says when she was growing up, her mom didn’t have much time, so she was shuttled to different family members. That’s why she thought it was important to be a stay-at-home mom. She wanted it so much when she was a kid. The grandma her kids have is nothing like the mom she had growing up. Which is a good thing. She’s fun now. They call her Rainbow Deb.
Kelly checks out Gina’s new house. In Gina’s interview, she says when they moved to the house in Coto, she thought it was her happily ever after. When things didn’t work out, she needed a change. Kelly helps Gina pick out an outfit for a date. Gina says the guy she’s going out with talks like an adult. Kelly says, try dating a thirty-year-old who’s a complete moron. We flash back to one of the many dudes who were on her bench. I think they called him the milk man. Kelly asks if Matt is dating, but Gina doesn’t know. She tells Kelly, he always says no, but maybe. Kelly wonders if he asks Gina. In her interview, Gina says she’s nervous about Matt’s reaction. She doesn’t want to do anything to mess up their co-parenting. She has to put the kids’ needs, and the needs of the family in front of her own. She tells Kelly, dating after being married is so weird, and Kelly says, it’s hard.
Braunwyn scatters rose petals on the floor. Sean comes home with roses. He says he hasn’t seen the place decorated yet. In her interview, Braunwyn says the last time they celebrated Valentine’s Day together, she was pregnant with Bella and so sick. She thinks it’s important for them to have their own space. They’re never alone. In Miami, they had a love shack where they could be by themselves. When they moved, they knew it was important to have a place where they get to be Sean and Braunwyn. She tells him about Kelly, and says her friend Gina is going through a divorce. It reminded her of what they went through when he was traveling. Jacob called him bye-bye daddy. Sean says he didn’t want to be away from the family so much. When he was at a meeting with some bigwigs, he’d asked what they’d change about their lives, and they all said they’d give it all up to spend more time with their families. That’s when he knew he needed to be home. In Braunwyn’s interview, she says she loved him and the kids, but hated the situation. They were so caught up in who they were supposed to be, they never talked about things like preferring less money to having him home.
Tamra reminds Eddie of their first Valentine’s Day. He was out of the country, and sent her chocolate-covered strawberries. She asks if he remembers. He says he does, and she says, no he doesn’t. He says she’s right; he doesn’t. She says he’s a bad liar.
Braunwyn leads Sean to the bedroom.
Emily asks which kid stinks. The dog drinks out of the toilet, and then kisses her. In her interview, she says, Happy Valentine’s Day to me.
Eddie and Tamra go out to eat. Eddie gives her a box. Inside is a pair of Valentino shoes. In her interview, Tamra says she thinks Eddie has a shoe fetish. Whenever it’s her birthday, or Valentine’s Day, or she wins a competition, she gets a new pair of shoes. They order, and toast to their good life. Tamra says the last year wasn’t horrible, but not one of their better years. We flash back to Eddie going to the hospital for surgery. In Tamra’s interview, she says, since Eddie had heart issues, seeing a heart is a big deal to them. She tells Eddie about going with Shannon to her follow-up for her non-surgical facelift. She looks good. She says, last year, she knows Eddie might have been annoyed with Shannon – we flash back to Eddie saying, Shannon thinks her sh*t doesn’t stink – and he asks if she’s excusing last year. Tamra says, absolutely, and he asks if she’s doing the same with Vicki. She says a big part of it is that she doesn’t trust Vicki. Vicki texts that she hates Gina; then she hears from Gina that Vicki called and was so sweet. When Gina got the DUI, Vicki sent her the article and laughed. You don’t worry about someone, then talk sh*t about them. She thinks Vicki is the most insecure person she’s ever met. In her interview, she says she’s known Vicki for fourteen years, but can’t figure her out. She has an angel/devil thing going on. She likes Vicki’s sweet side, but she has a horrible side. She never knows which Vicki she’s getting. She tells Eddie, the party is Saturday, and there’s a lot of work to be done, like tomorrow. He says he has a clear day tomorrow, and she says she loves him.
Tamra gets ready for the party.
Kelly can’t believe Vicki is going to be there. She doesn’t want to deal or talk to her. Shannon asks who else is coming, and Kelly says, Joe. Shannon says, Joe who? and Kelly says, Joe mama.
Emily tells Gina, the last time she was there, she threatened to kill Kelly. We flash back to that. She says her goal is to not threaten to kill anyone. Gina says, it’s good to have goals.
Tamra oversees lead caterer Jennifer. The guests begin to arrive. Gina tells Tamra that she’s met Braunwyn, and she’s cool. She has seven kids. Tamra asks, why? Emily brings flowers in a vase. Kelly says, Tamra is stepping it up. Emily tells Shannon that she looks good. In Shannon’s interview, she says, is she excited to see Emily? No. She has nothing to say to her. Sorry. Emily says she needs to get on the Shannon whatever-happened-here. Kelly asks if Emily didn’t see Shannon’s Insta-stories about her fitness journey. We see a clip of Shannon on a walk with her dog Archie. Emily says Shannon blocked her on Instagram. In her interview, Shannon says she doesn’t know where she stands with Emily. It’s the year of positive and fun. She and Tamra blocked her at same time. In Emily’s interview, she says nothing has changed in her relationship with Shannon. Shannon thinks tequila is in order. Sean and Braunwyn arrive, and in her interview, Tamra says, they’re a super cute couple, and full of energy.
Tamra gives the upstairs tour. Yes. Her house is beyond anything we ever had or will have. She says her big decision every day is which staircase to take. Shannon tells Braunwyn about how she married late, and got pregnant on her honeymoon. Ryan asks where Emily’s husband is, and Emily says, he’s studying for the bar. He guesses they won’t be having a beer together, but Emily says they won’t when he’s done either. He doesn’t drink; he’s Mormon. Kelly tells Braunwyn that she hopes Vicki doesn’t talk to her. She doesn’t like her. Tamra tells Shannon, Vicki is coming. She’s said she’s going to bring up the pig video. Shannon says, that sounds like something you’d see in a mafia movie. Tamra says Kelly sent Vicki a pig instead of a text, and shows Shannon a video of an emoji pig talking in Kelly’s voice, and giving Vicki the business. In Tamra’s interview, she says Slade called Vicki a pig on stage. We flash back to Slade trying his hand at stand-up, a billion years ago. Kelly knows it’s a sore subject. Vicki even had her nose done because of it. It’s really a low blow.
Vicki and Steve arrive. Tamra drinks as fast as possible out of Shannon’s glass, and nearly chokes, saying, it’s straight tequila. In Vicki’s interview, she says finally, Tamra moved to Coto; to her hidden gem, where it all started. Braunwyn says her mom told her, not everyone is going to love you, and if they do, you’re doing something wrong. Vicki comes outside, and says hello to everyone. Kelly tries to blend in with the woodwork. Someone asks about Sean’s necklace, and while he’s explaining, Vicki gets overly interested, and a little touchy-feely. In her interview, Braunwyn says she doesn’t think Vicki is flirting with her husband, but eww. He might be young enough to be her son. Vicki says hasn’t met Braunwyn, and Shannon introduces her. Lunch is served. Vicki tells Steve that she’s doing tequila. He says he’s doing water. Kelly says she’s not engaging with Vicki. No way. Her strategy is to stay TF away from Vicki. She’s like a disease, and Kelly isn’t about to catch anything.
Kelly disappears. Gina says she’s going to get a drink, check her makeup, and keep it moving. Tamra tells Vicki that she knows how to clear a room, but Vicki says it’s not her. She tells Emily about the pig video. In Emily’s interview, she says she gets it. She’s been there. We flash back to the reunion, and Emily saying that people are calling her fat ass and disgusting. She says, if you go after people’s looks, or their body, or how they’re built… She just doesn’t do that. Vicki says she’s had a couple of tweaks. Emily says she has to use the bathroom, and goes inside. Tamra says, another one down, and Tamra and Vicki are left alone. Inside, Emily tells Kelly about Vicki showing her the pig emoji. Kelly says Vicki left out what she’d sent first. It was a huge text about what Kelly should and shouldn’t do, and her response was a pig emoji. In Kelly’s interview, she says she used the emoji because she didn’t want to type out a dissertation on why Vicki is a POS. She just sent a mirror image of what Vicki looks like. Oink, oink.
Vicki tells Tamra that she was going to say something to Kelly, but she walked away. She doesn’t understand, since Kelly sent a text saying she forgave Vicki. Then people talk, and it lights the fire again. Tamra says Vicki is the one who claimed Kelly did cocaine. She tells Vicki to do her best not to say anything. Retaliation isn’t best. Vicki tells Tamra to try it. In Vicki’s interview, she says, at 57, she’s doing her best to look good, but there are some things she can’t change. Tamra isn’t a good friend, but she was at one time. Inside, there’s a discussion about who insulted who first. Tamra tells Vicki that she wants to set it up, and leaves Vicki standing by herself outside.
Tamra looks for Kelly. She tells Kelly that she had a conversation with Vicki, who would like to talk. Kelly says she doesn’t want to, but Tamra suggests if it’s not what Kelly wants to hear, walk away. Kelly says Vicki completely ruined her reputation. Kelly has nothing to say to her. In her interview, Kelly says she’s upset that Tamra and Shannon haven’t picked lane. They’ve hated Vicki forever. We see clips of Vicki’s various run-ins with them. Kelly asks why they’re choosing Vicki over her. It doesn’t make sense. Eddie says he could use a tequila drink, and wonders if the girls need more tequila.
Tamra tells Vicki that Kelly doesn’t want to talk, and Vicki says, good. She has other friends. Tamra says Vicki can’t be an a-hole, and Vicki asks if she’s siding with Kelly right now. Tamra says she is, and Vicki asks why they’re sitting on the sidelines. Tamra says because they’re not involved. Vicki says, Kelly isn’t innocent; they’re both wrong. Shannon suggests Vicki asks what she can do, and Tamra says, how can she make it better? Vicki says they have to help her.
Vicki asks Kelly if she’ll talk, but Kelly says she has nothing to say to Vicki. Vicki says she has the message where Kelly says she forgave her, and follows Kelly inside. She asks if Kelly thinks she’s a beauty queen. You don’t talk about women like that. Kelly says, no, she doesn’t think she’s a beauty queen, and get out of her face. Braunwyn jokes, it’s going really well. Tamra tells Vicki that she hurt Kelly’s feelings. Kelly repeats she has nothing to say to Vicki. Leave her alone. She goes back outside.
Kelly sits on a patio couch. Eddie and the other guys watch, amused. Vicki follows Kelly to the couch, and sits across from her. She says she cares about Kelly, but Kelly says, no she doesn’t. Tamra and Shannon literally sit on the sidelines. Kelly says Vicki doesn’t understand what she’s done to her. Vicki hurt her daughter. Vicki says she doesn’t want to hurt Kelly’s daughter. Kelly asks if Vicki has ever seen her do cocaine.
Next time, Vicki claims to know more than she said, Shannon has dinner with Braunwyn, and Gina tells Emily that she can’t talk about it.
👶 Oh Yeah, That Kid…
I can’t say as I remember him from One Life To Live though.
💉 I Told You She’ll Never Die…
Helena will be alive as long as Constance Towers is.
💡 A Genius Move…
Whoever decided it was a great idea to bring V.C. Andrews’s books to life on Lifetime, deserves a promotion. While I loved the original, atmospheric film version of Flowers in the Attic, the ending wasn’t faithful to the book. Once I got past Heather Graham as Corrine – and mostly because it looked like she hadn’t aged since she was Roller Girl in Boogie Nights – I enjoyed Lifetime’s take on the Dollanganger saga. Grabbing onto their own coattails, at present the Casteel family has a weekly gig at the network. The books aren’t even close to being good literature. The dialogue is unnatural, and the stories are cringeworthy; yet somehow, they became a right of passage during the late 80s and early 90s. I’ve read quite a few of them, and forget at what point I stopped. Oddly enough, V.C. Andrews kept writing long after her death in 1986, which is probably a testament to how formulaic the books are. Yet I watch, fascinated, with millions of other viewers, the same way we read years ago. I do wonder though, if Jason Priestly ever hesitates in the middle of a scene, thinking, this is the stupidest thing I’ve ever said, even if he was on Beverly Hills 90210.
📶 Here It Is Again…
But it’s what we’ve got.