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December 7, 2018 – Obrecht Isn’t Fooled, the Secret Ingredient, a Mix of Six Quotes & Weekend Reactions

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What I Watched Today

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

 

😳 Oops, I did it again. Missed the beginning. It was a real comedy of errors at dog lunchtime here today. I’m going to have to start feeding these guys earlier. I don’t care how long morning naptime is. In the meantime, this is what I got. I didn’t miss much.

General Hospital

Margaux tells Jason that she hasn’t spoken to Drew in ages,but he’d like to keep it that way. He knows she wants to investigate him, and tells her to keep Drew out of it. Margaux asks why she’d want to investigate Jason.

Oscar introduces Daisy to his parents, explaining that she’s the friend who got him into the house he’s living in. She’s been looking out for him. She says it’s an honor to meet them. She tells them she was doing a technique on Oscar to channel his thoughts. They wouldn’t believe the mind’s capacity to heal the body. She says everyone in the house is crazy about him.Oscar thanks her for visiting.

Kristina tells Alexis that it’s sad; a funeral for someone her age. Someone who had so much to look forward to. Alexis asks why she’s breathing like that, and Kristina says focusing on her breathing keeps negative thoughts at bay. So does reaching out people and helping the community. Alexis asks if she learned that from the friends she spent Thanksgiving with. She’d like to hear more about the friends Kristina has taken such a liking to.

Margaux asks if Jason is paranoid, and he asks if she doesn’t remember dragging out all of his case files from 1996. She made it clear she was coming after him and Sonny. She says the circumstances have changed. Jason says, good to know. If they change again, don’t involve Drew.

Obrecht thinks Anna and Finn are exaggerating. Britt could have the flu. Finn says Britt is unconscious. Her body is attacking itself. Obrecht says, even if she believed them, what makes them think she’s capable of creating an antidote. Anna says they nearly lost Tiffany to the disease. Faison wasn’t a medical expert. Obrecht developed the virus, so she can come up with the antidote. Anna asks, if Britt dies, she’ll be kind of responsible. Can she live with that?

Sam thanks the newspaper employee, saying she can’t wait to reach out. It’s been way too long. Curtis says, never underestimate how trusting some people can be. Sam tells him the subscriber lives in a long term memory care facility.

Carly asks Yvonne if she’s married, and Marcus says he comes every morning. He sees the roses and says someone outdid him. He asks who brought them, and she tells him, Mike; he’s sweet to her. She asks him to put them in water. Sonny has an idea. What if he and Mike play hooky today? He’ll call Max to take care of business. Mike says he’s fine there. He sees Yvonne reading the paper. Stella tells Sonny that it might sound strange, but she thinks it’s best if Mike stays here for the rest of the day. Carly says, after what just happened, it’s all the more reason to maintain routine. Stella thinks it’s best, and Sonny says okay. He tells Mike that he’s taking off, and to have fun. Mike asks Yvonne if there’s any good news. She says that’s what she loves about Galina. There’s always something going on. She asks if he’s ever been there, and he says no, but he hopes to someday.

Alexis says Kristina is broadening her outlook. They’re lucky they’re in a position to give back as a family. Kristina says it goes beyond volunteering. They have meeting where they share what’s going on in their lives. Things that are bogging them down and giving them anxiety. They talk until it’s out of their system; it’s like cleansing the body of negative energy. Alexis says there’s some value in sharing feelings with a group of strangers, and Kristina says, AA. She apologizes for talking to Alexis like it’s a new concept. Alexis says it works for her. She looks forward to meeting Kristina’s new friends, and Kristina says he might get the chance right now. Daisy walks in.

Obrecht says, let’s say Anna is telling the truth; it was thirty years ago, and there was an antidote. They don’t need her help. Anna says Tony Jones produced enough for the outbreak, but then destroyed what was left. He didn’t want to risk someone figuring out how to reverse it. Obrecht thinks Anna should consult her boyfriend. He devised the cure for Blackwood Syndrome. Or are they using Britt’s illness as a way to trap her?

Jason says Margaux pushed Carly into Ferncliff, harassed Mike despite his condition, and hassled Michael and Kristina. She buried her own father next to Morgan just to mess with Sonny. She tells him that he’s making a large generalization, but he says it proved she’d use anybody to get what she wants. Drew can deal with her himself, but not right now.

Alexis introduces herself to Daisy, and commends her for getting Kristina interested in public service. Daisy says she can’t take credit for that. It comes naturally to Kristina.

Drew asks how Oscar is doing, and Oscar says, terrible. Drew says, in the end, it will be worth it. Kim asks if Oscar can eat lunch, but he says he’s not really hungry. Drew says, for hospital food, but what about BLTs from Kelly’s. Kim says Terry can eat what he wants as long as he’s up for it.

Alexis says she told Kristina that she wouldn’t badger her, but she’d love to hear more about what they do.

Margaux tells Jason that she really cares about Drew. He says she has a twisted way of showing it. She says she’s lost patience with the conversation, and has lost her appetite. She gets up, and tells him to enjoy himself.

Daisy tells Alexis they’re having a meeting this weekend if she’s interested in coming by. Alexis says she can’t this weekend, but they’ll figure something out. She goes to sit with Jason. She tells him she’s there on Oscar’s behalf. Oscar wants to make Jason executor of his will.

At the facility, Sam tells Curtis that they need to find the patient who subscribed to the paper. They’ll pretend they’re checking the place out for a relative. He says espionage in a convalescent home. It’s a first. Stella comes out, and asks what Curtis is doing there. He says he came to see her. Marcus joins them, and says, don’t tell him this grown man is her nephew. Stella introduces Curtis, and his work partner Sam. Curtis asks if he’s the Marcus. He’s sure Stella mentioned Marcus a time or two. Curtis asks what brings him to town, and Marcus says his wife Yvonne is a patient there.

Obrecht accuses Anna and Finn of toying with Britt’s life. Anna doesn’t buy her moral outrage. She kept Anna’s son captive for months. Obrecht says, Nathan is dead. Now they want to take her only surviving child. Finn says it took him almost ten years to find the cure for Blackwood, and Obrecht says his drug addiction probably helped. He says he spent every waking hour for nearly ten years working on it. Britt doesn’t have ten days. Obrecht wants the vial of blood, but Anna tells her, no more stalling. Either she’s coming or not. Obrecht says she’s going nowhere until she’s tested the blood herself. Finn was so eager to produce the vial; why? Was it really a prop? Anna says she’s the only person who can devise an antidote. Obrecht says she’s not going to face arrest and prosecution unless she knows for certain. The antibodies are unmistakable, and she has a test kit outside. She can validate it in no time, unless it’s a ruse. Finn takes out the vial, and gives it to her. She leaves with it, and Anna and Finn follow as far as the hallway. Anna says they are totally screwed. Finn says it’s Britt’s blood, but if she does an extensive analysis, she’ll realize he created the antibodies in the lab.

Jason is honored that Oscar wants him to be executor, but thinks he’s getting ahead of himself; he just started treatment. Alexis says it gives him a sense of control. It’s just the distribution of his estate. Jason asks, what estate? He’s a kid. Alexis says, don’t forget he’s a Quartermaine. He has stock in ELQ.  

Daisy tells Kristina that they’re doing an outreach, and she thought Kristina might want to come. Kristina says she’s stuck there for a few more hours. She tells Daisy that she’s in a weird mood. Her late brother’s old girlfriend was killed, and the funeral is today. Daisy tells her to remember what she learned; negative thoughts lead to negative events. Kristina says it’s hard to stay positive; she was way too young to die. Daisy says Kristina can miss her, but she’s back at the source of all life. She’s returned home, like we all will one day. She hopes Kristina finds comfort in that. Kristina thinks she can.

Margaux sees Drew at Kelly’s. She says she can’t avoid his family today, and he asks what the hell that means. She says never mind, and asks if he has a minute to talk. He says he has to be back at the hospital. The waitress brings his take-out food, and Margaux asks if everything is okay. He says his son has cancer. Margaux says she’s sorry; she’s sure he’s a fighter. Drew says he’s in no mood for her false sympathy, and in no mood to be blackmailed again.

Kim tells Oscar to rest. She wonders if she should tell Drew to nix Kelly’s, but Oscar says, no. The worst case scenario is that he barfs. Kim says, that’s not funny. He says she wanted him to enjoy being a normal teenager, including keeping his diagnosis a secret. She says it’s more complex than that, and he tells her discussing bodily fluids is as much a normal teenager as it gets. He has to laugh or it will be worse than it has to be. She says she loves him, and has to say something. She needs to apologize.

Sam tells Curtis and Stella that she’s going to say hi to Mike. Curtis. Curtis bets Marcus has good stories about Aunt Stella back in the day, and Stella says, none that he cares to share. Sam sees Mike, and he hugs her. She asks how he is, and he says, good. She asks who his beautiful friend is, and he introduces her as Yvonne Godfrey. Sam doesn’t know if it’s a coincidence, but she came there looking for a Godfrey. She asks if they’ve met before, but Yvonne doesn’t think so. Sam asks if she’d mind answering a couple of questions. Yvonne agrees, and Sam asks if she’s from Galina, Illinois. Yvonne says, home of Ulysses S. Grant. Sam sees she’s keeping up with the action back home. She shows Yvonne the obituary, and asks if she sent it.

Carly is worried about Mike. It looked like he had no clue Yvonne was married. She asks Sonny if he thinks it’s the first time Mike was told. Sonny isn’t sure, and she thinks it must be terrible to forget, and have to go through it all over again. Carly thinks her husband handled it well. Yvonne is there full time, and he wants her to be happy and make friends; like the want for Mike. It has to be rough watching her forget him more each day. Sonny says, she has to remember her husband. No matter what, he’ll never forget her. They hug.

Yvonne tells Sam that she didn’t send it. Sam says the envelope was postmarked Port Charles, and she’s the only one who gets the Galina paper. Maybe she doesn’t remember. Mike thinks maybe Sam should ask questions another time. Marcus comes back, and asks if everything is okay. Mike says it’s fine; Sam was just asking questions about Galina. Marcus suggests he take Yvonne back to her room, but she wants Mike to take her. They leave, and Marcus follows. Stella tells Curtis, so he was just wanting to visit his auntie? He’ll straighten this out when she calls tomorrow. She has a client, and thinks it’s best if they’re gone when she gets back. Curtis says, roger that. Sam takes a picture of the newspaper mailing label.

Kim tells Oscar that she’s sorry for the choices she made, and that it put a rift between them. She hates that he feels like he can’t trust her anymore, or that she didn’t love him enough to be honest. She loves him so much. He’s the most important person in her life; he’s her whole life. She wanted him to be happy, and thought could give it to him just a little longer. Oscar says he was always happy, and Kim says, maybe it was worth it a little bit then. She hates that she pushed him away. She gets weepy, saying the apartment is empty without him. Oscar says when he moved out, he wasn’t trying hurt her. He was hurting, and it was his way of taking control of things. Kim knows, and even though she hates the distance between them, she’s proud of him. He went out there and proved he can take care of himself on his own terms. Eventually, that’s what every parent wants for their child. It’s hard to accept he doesn’t need her anymore. He says she’s wrong about that. He’ll always need her. They hug.

Alexis tells Jason that Oscar’s grandfather willed him voting shares of ELQ. Jason says Oscar doesn’t have to worry about that, but Alexis disagrees. The Quartermaines are well-intentioned for the most part, but with ELQ, not so much. Oscar is worried they’ll fight over the shares. If, God forbid, Oscar dies, he wants Jason to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Obrecht returns, saying she saw the antibodies, and Finn asks if that means she’ll go. She’s afraid not. Anna asks, why not? She saw with her own eyes that Britt is deathly ill. Obrecht says she can synthesize an antidote there, and they can bring it to Britt. She knows Anna’s lofty principles wouldn’t allow her to let Britt die to spite her. Finn says he might. He’s her doctor, and has complete control over her treatment. It’s way too risky to obtain medicine from an unauthorized source. Obrecht tells him that he needs more lessons from his lover on sharpening his bluffing skills.

Sonny thanks Carly for being there. She says she’ll always be there. They make each other stronger. They’ve been through a lot together, but that’s how it works. The house phone rings, and Sonny says, send him up.  Carly asks if it’s trouble, but he’s not sure. Marcus is at the door. Carly introduces herself, but he walks past her. He says he remembers her, and Sonny tells him he’s not being polite. Marcus says he doesn’t mince words. He wants Sonny to keep Mike away from his wife.

Curtis tells Sam he doesn’t know how well she knows Stella, but when she says scram, you scram. Sam knows Yvonne seemed confused, but the subscription doesn’t expire for another nine months; it had to be recent. Curtis says maybe she doesn’t remember subscribing; she seemed worse than Mike. Or maybe someone subscribed for her to trigger her memories, like what Sonny has done with Mike. Sam says that doesn’t explain why Yvonne would send her the obituary. Curtis says, assuming she did. Sam says it can’t be a coincidence, but he says, maybe someone is using the connection. Sam is like, that’s it! They leave, and Daisy comes out. She looks around, and picks up Yvonne’s paper. Daisy is very busy.

Jason doesn’t know what say, and Alexis says she’s never known him to be much of a talker. He has a couple days to think about it. Jason asks if she’s sure it’s what Oscar wants. She says, it would mean the world to him.

Kim apologizes to Oscar for the waterworks. She’s tired, and she’s sure it didn’t help. Oscar says, it did; a lot. She wants to let him rest before his dad gets back. Oscar asks her to stay with him. She gets in the bed and holds him.

Drew gets back to the hospital, and Margaux shows up. He asks if she’s following him, and she says she wasn’t finished with the conversation. He says he was. She says, despite what he think about her and her actions, she’s grown fond of him. She thought he was a good guy who got mixed up with the wrong people. She still thinks he’s a good guy. She means it, and can prove it. She hands him the flashdrive.

On Monday, Marcus thinks Mike is dangerous to Yvonne, Jordan talks to Michael, and Kiki’s funeral.   

Z Nation

A voiceover of Doc says, the secret is buried under the past, and guarded by demons with sharp claws.

Talkers form a chain gang without chains, and shuffle into a scrapyard. There are guys in hazmat suits standing around, guarding the place. One of them tells the talkers, it’s unacceptable. He doesn’t care if they’re freaked out. They’re going to keep working. He wants barrels full of lithium by dark. He hits one of the talkers with the butt of his gun. A zombie near a trash barrel takes something out, and licks it. A claw crane picks metal up and drops it into a pile. The talkers go through it. The one at the trash barrel bites into what looks like a computer processor.

Another talker comes to the barrel and starts pulling apart electronics. Talker #1 tells talker #2 to watch, and breaks the processor in half. He gives #2 half, he bites it, and it’s like, wow. #1 says, welcome to the party. A third talker, a woman approaches them. An alarm goes off, and the talkers gather. Mean Dude kicks one of them around, and says they get stupider by the minute.

Talker #1 looks at #2 and #3. He nods. We see pressed metal cubes in the yard. Mean Dude says, this place should been picked clean a week ago. One of them is too slow, and Mean Dude shoots him in the head. He says, let that be a warning, and tells them, get back to work. Another supervisor hits #1, but the three talkers fight back. Mean Dude tells them, weapons on the ground. Things calm down, and he says, it’s all good. #1 says, it’s far from all good. Mean Dude shot his friend. Mean Dude says, he was already dead; he was just making a point. #1 says he was inflicting pain on another. Bleeders destroyed the world. They’ve forfeited their right to live. Now it’s their turn. He tells the talkers to rise up and listen to him. Their time has come. Freedom is here for all of them. They won’t be oppressed and murdered. They’re going to live out their days as they decide. Join him. No more will they be slaves to the living. Their time is now. They will be free, and free every talker in the mine. They’ll bring them into the light by any means necessary. They have nothing to fear if they stick together. He goes into the mine.

There are loud noises from the mine, and Mean Dude says, fire! They shoot. #1’s head comes rolling out. The talkers run. The head says, have mercy.

A truck hurtles past Roberta, George, Doc, and 10K. Doc says, a recycling truck. They’re using gas like there’s no apocalypse. Roberta wonders what was in the crate in the back. George says, it’s going to Altura, but where was it coming from? They see the crane, and the piles of metal. Roberta says, buried under the past, and guarded be demons with sharp claws. George says, her ancestral prophecy? Roberta says they’re going to check it out. Stay quiet. Keep low. Doc is glad they’re all together for once. They get on top of a van near the edge of the scrapyard, and watch through binoculars. Doc wonders what the talkers are doing, and Roberta says, they’re mining something. 10K reads a sign; caution – hazardous materials. Doc asks why signs never say anything nice, like baby goats this way. Roberta says whatever doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, and Doc says he must be Superman. Go figure. Roberta tells Doc and 10K to find out where they’re loading. She and George will check out the miners. Doc says, that didn’t take long.

10K and Doc hide, and watch for a truck. They see something fly across the yard, and get sucked into a hole amid all the metal. Doc says, that was creepy, and 10K agrees. He says, let’s find the trucks.

Roberta and George see Mean Dude barking orders again, and beating on a talker. He says if he had biscuits, they’d be done in twenty-four hours, but no. He tells them, pick up the pace. Roberta tells George, the talkers are pretty far gone. George says, they have no biscuits. She wonders if it’ toxic steel that’s keeping them from turning. They see talker #3, and he looks toward them. They crouch down further, and he says, don’t go down there. The metal is alive. Mean Dude says, back to work. #3 says, it’s not safe, and gets pushed back with the workers.

George wonders if the secret ingredient is there. Roberta would like to get her hands on the barrels. George takes off her jacket, and tells Roberta to come with her. She steals a talker’s hat and coat. Roberta jumps over the junked cars and piles of steel. George gets in line with the talkers. Roberta gets her guns ready. George takes a computer component out of a barrel, and Mean Dude asks what she’s doing. Roberta sets her sites on him. George fake sneezes, and Mean Dude is like, eww! I literally lol. A piece of steel rolls down the pile. Mean Dude shoots, and George runs to Roberta. Mean Dude says, cease fire. He tells the others to get back to work, so they can get the hell out. George practically flies over the piles of everything. She sees the hole that Doc and 10K saw something get sucked into. She looks in, and calls to Roberta.

At the bottom, Roberta comes to. It’s a pretty long fall. She gets up, and everything is fuzzy for a moment. She walks into what looks like a workshop, and sees the body of one of the hazmat guys. She takes his mask off, but there’s no head. She she looks around, and sees electronics, wires, and a board with a joystick. She sees a buzz saw, and spins it.

10K and Doc sneak around. Doc says, whatever they’re guarding must be important. Looking around, he thinks that someday, all that will be left of us is mountains of crap, and oceans of plastic. Sadly, living near the ocean, I tend to agree. 10K wonders what all this junk is, and Doc tells him, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure… That didn’t come out right. They see one of the hazmat guys messing around with some wires. They hide behind a wheeled cart, pushing it forward behind the guy. The guy keeps thinking he sees something, but every time he turns around, they stop. It’s pretty funny. They finally sneak out.

10K wonders what they’re doing with all this, and Doc says, who knows? They see another hazmat guy stirring hot molten metal, and making it into bricks. Other hazmat guys put the bricks into a tank, and the tank into a crate. They roll it out, right past Doc and 10K. 10k asks Doc if it’s silver, but Doc says you don’t have to be that careful with silver. Whatever it is, they’re afraid of it. Some people run past, and Doc says those guys know something they don’t, and they jet.

George calls to Roberta. Mean Dude tells George, get down from there, and points his gun at her. He says, move or be mercied. She walks down the mountain of metal. He says he has a special tunnel just for her. He pushes her into the line of talkers, and says, send her down too. He tells the guards, shoot if they resist. Shoot anything that doesn’t look right. Mean Dude isn’t liking this, and 10K rolls a barrel down the scrap heap, distracting him. George goes into the tunnel.

10K and Doc run across the yard. They go through a large garage-like door, and everything is wreck, with blood everywhere. Doc wonders if they shot each other. Whatever it was, it was big.  10K says, no baby goats, and Doc repeats, no baby goats.

Roberta pushes something out of her way. A makeshift sign says, kill them all. and there’s another body nearby. Roberta sees a flashing light, and feels around for her gun, but has nothing. She’s defenseless.

Down in the tunnels, someone loads what looks like a Star Trek gun, and bites into a computer part. The creature is a sort of bionic zombie meets the Borg; his body supplemented with metal parts. He picks up the buzz saw, and cuts through a metal sheet. Sparks fly. Roberta lies on the floor, wearing a hazmat suit and mask, and pretending to be dead. A real hazmat guy is next to her, and wakes up. He’s pulled away. He screams, as we hear saw sounds.

#3 tells George, don’t go down there. Have biscuits. He shows her a computer compressor. He says, it brings you back from the abyss, but it doesn’t last long. He hands it to her, but she says, no thanks. Still alive. She says she’s waiting for friends, and he repeats, don’t go down there. The alarm sounds, and Mean Dude says, more barrels; move it! George moves things out of her way.

Outside, the claw picks up some metal, and puts it in a crusher. After the metal is crushed, the claw picks up the cube and deposits it in the yard. Doc and 10K find a room with multiple TV screens, monitoring areas of the yard and mine. Doc says maybe they can find Roberta and George. He wonders what this button does, and presses it. The claw drops a cube on someone, but Doc doesn’t see, and says, nothin’. 10K suggests another one to try, and the crane begins to spin. The claw picks a guy up. Doc says, oops, his bad. Now he know what that one does. 10K thinks maybe they shouldn’t be doing this. They see someone coming toward the building, and close the door.

Mean Dude opens the door, finding Doc and 10K in hazmat suits. Doc says, it’s all okay. The situation is normal. Mean dude asks who he is, and Doc says, Siegfried; and his partner, Roy. The boss sent them to speed up the operation. Mean Dude says, Estes? And Doc says, yeah, Estes. He’s not happy, and needs more bricks. Mean Dude says, screw Estes. He has no idea what they’re up against. He has men missing, and even the talkers are spooked. This place isn’t just hazardous; it’s haunted. Doc says, haunted or not, he’d better get moving, or he’ll end up digging truffles with the talkers. Mean Dude says Doc is wasting their time, and Doc says Mean Dude is wasting his time. He’s got work to do. Mean Dude says he doesn’t have to be such a d*ck. Doc tells 10K, haunted. As if zombies aren’t bad enough. 10K suggests they find Roberta and George.

Roberta wanders through the tunnel. Metal is everywhere. She hears sounds, and grabs a pole. She waits, ready, but it’s George. George asks if it’s zombies, and Roberta says, whatever it is, eats batteries like twinkies. George says, eating them like biscuits. Roberta thinks about what’s in them, and says, lithium. What if that’s the secret ingredient? George wonders why they’re not making biscuits if they’re scavenging. Roberta says they’ll find out, but first, they have to get out before their rechargeable friend comes back.

Roberta and George crawl through the tunnel. George hates the apocalypse. They pop out of he tunnel, and are met by hazmat guys with guns. George ask what they want, and suddenly, their guns fly out of their hands, and onto a magnetized piece of equipment. Inside, Doc says, not so tough without guns. HE thinks he’s getting the hang of it. George and Roberta are about to get in a fistfight with the guards, when another one with a gun steps out. He’s pulled back – by what, we don’t see – and blood splashes out from where he was. Roberta suggests they get out of there, and they run. Roberta asks, what is that thing?

George says it’s gaining on them. 10K runs with them. Borg zombie follows. Doc opens the door, and tells them to hurry; there’s a thing behind them. They run inside, and he closes the door. They don’t hear anything, and Doc says nothing is getting through that door. Doc wonders what they want, and Roberta explains they’ve mining the dump for a while. They’re mining lithium. George says, it’s the secret ingredient. Doc tells them that they found out Estes is in charge. Roberta says, whoever controls the biscuits, controls the talkers. Whoever controls the talkers, controls Newmerica. Roberta says they have to get the last shipment. Doc looks at one of the screens, and sees some guys loading a truck. He says it looks like they have the same idea.  George asks if Roberta is thinking what she is, and Roberta says, they’re going to hijack that truck.

Mean Dude says he’ll drive; move over. Wearing a suit, Doc sits in between him and another hazmat guy. 10K is in the truck bed, with a third guy. The guy in the cab says he’ll be glad to leave this place. Doc says, tell him about it. They see Roberta and George, and Mean Dude wonders what those two are up to. He tells Roberta to get in back, but Roberta says they’re taking the truck. Direct orders from Estes. The guy in back looks at 10K. Mean Dude says, something’s not right. George gets the door open. Doc elbows Mean Dude and the guy on his other side. 10K slams the guy in the back. Roberta and George pull Mean Dude and the other guy out of the cab. They get ready to leave, with Doc driving, but the engine won’t turn over. George tells him that he’s flooding it. 10K is still fighting in the back. Roberta is pulled out of the cab. George is ready to fight, but Mean Dude slams her up against the truck. She faceplants. He pulls Doc out of the truck, but has no better luck starting it. George is lying in front of the truck. Roberta and Doc try to get her up. They hear saw sounds. A guy yells, and an arm falls down near them. Roberta looks back, under the truck, and sees Mean Dude flailing around on the ground, blood spurting from where his arm used to be.    

Mean Dude wails. Borg zombie stands there. George says, whoa. 10K shoots him from the back of the truck, but Borg zombie just looks at him. A hazmat guy throws something at him, but it bounces off like it’s Styrofoam, and hazmat guy takes off. Everyone gets ready to fight, but the power goes out in Borg zombie’s hand. Roberta says, his battery is dying. She tells the others, wear him out. They go after him, and nothing is effective, but he seems puzzled, turning this way and that, as each hit comes, clanging against his metal pieces. He grabs Roberta’s weapon, and starts to come after her. His buzz saw starts running, not full power, but enough. He puts it near her face.

A grid on this chest flickers, and his arm turns off. Roberta gets up, and says, she sees him. Doc asks if it’s dead, and Roberta says, he’s trapped. Doc asks who he is, and talker #3 says he recognizes him. He was one of the first miners, and went missing months ago. Doc wonders if it was too much lithium. Roberta asks what he wants, and says let them help him. Borg zombie walks slowly away, and they follow. He drags one metallically enhanced foot.

He gets to a panel, and presses some buttons. He stands on an X. George says, he’s going home. The claw comes down, and picks him up. It puts him in the crusher. Roberta looks sad. His cube sparks. The claw sets it down. The talkers gather around, and eat from it. Roberta says, the apocalypse is getting weirder and weirder.

#3 thanks them so much. They gave back their lives; their souls. George says they’re welcome. Roberta tells the others, stock up on as much lithium as possible, and get these talkers to Limbo. George says she has questions for Estes. She thinks she knows a guy who can get past Altura’s high tech security. She tells them, come on. Roberta asks where they’re headed, and George says, Hackertown.

An eyeball looks out from one of the crushed cubes.

Next Friday, it’s trolls vs zombies. And it looks like a lot of drones.

☕ Quotes of the Week

With great power comes great responsibility. — A lot of people have uttered a version of this phrase over the centuries, but it’s best attributed to Stan Lee in the form of an omniscient narrator in the August 1962 edition of Spider-Man.

Amish rules are not to drink, but I decided the hell with it. – Ada, Return to Amish  

Debbie is like a cat. She disappear, but then reappear when the time is right to make your life hell. – Larissa, referring to her soon-to-be mother-in-law, 90 Day Fiancé

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. – Helen Keller

Your nose is dead from being in that house. – a hoarder’s sister, Hoarding: Buried Alive

Of course the wolf flies. – Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), Rampage

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December 1, 2018 – Doc Spirit Walks for Water & Saturday Night

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What I Watched Today

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

 

Z Nation

Doc opens his eyes to a talker tied up next to him. The talker complains about sores from sitting, and says, you’d think they could turn a guy once in a while. 10K and Doc are also tied up, and the talker grumbles some more about the constant decay. Doc tells 10K to wake up. The talker says, that’s what they do to saboteurs. That’s what he is, and he thinks it sounds rather continental. He says 10K is looking pale. Just transitioned, did he? 10K says he’s not a talker, and the talker asks why his hand fell off then. Doc asks, who did this? and the talker says, they’re quick as lightening. You don’t see them, but they see you, and the next thing you know, you’re shot with an arrow. He gets loud and weird. Roberta is suddenly there, and puts something in his mouth to shut him up, saying, enough out of him.

Doc has never been so glad to see her. She unties him and 10K, and they run, George joining them. Arrows fly at them, and George tells them to keep their heads down. She yells that they’re not here to fight. They’re not the enemy.

A boy whistles for zombies near a trap. A woman brings the group through, and tells him, good looking out, Little Foot. She says they killed some zombies, but what they have here is worse. Little Foot asks if they’re bombers, and she says, could be. She’s bringing them in. Roberta asks Little Foot if they’ve been bombed, and he says, lots of times. They also got hit by a zombie bomb. Roberta tells George to have patience. They need to wait and watch, and these people will see they’re not the enemy. They’re led into the grounds where the dam is. Doc tells them, hang in. He knows some natives that can sort it out. Hopefully they won’t get their asses kicked in the meantime.

A woman says, Steven, is that you? using Doc’s real name. It’s Kuruk, who got Doc high nowhere near the Grand Canyon two seasons ago. She kisses him. She also knows George, and Roberta asks if she can help them. Kuruk undoes their bonds, and says something tells her they’re not there by chance. George says, unfortunately not. Doc tells her they came about the water. George says they came about keeping the peace, and says Kuruk’s father knows her. Doc says Kuruk knows him, and knows he’s true to his word. She says, the apocalypse changes people, but he says, not that much. Roberta says, what George started was working. Kuruk says, it was working, before the bombing. George says the idea that they’re stronger together always works. They want to know why the water was shut off. Kuruk says they didn’t shut it off, and asks them to come with her

Ayalla – who met 10K when they were nowhere near the Grand Canyon – sees 10K, and asks what happened. He says, zombies. She asks if he wants help, and leads him forward. Kuruk shows the others a map, and says there have been zombie attacks; long-walkers from far away, but they’re just a distraction to divert their attention from more sophisticated sabotage talkers. Doc says, saboteurs, like the guy tied up next to them. Kuruk says, they’re lethal. They’ve lost their strongest warriors. Now the dam is failing, and it’s time to go; they can’t stay there. George says, then they won’t be able to control the water; their people are vital to Newmerica. George had an agreement with her father, making them friends and allies. Kuruk says they were. He keeps trying to fix the damage from the attacks, but they’re coming faster and faster. The next one comes before he fixes the last one. The whole dam could fail, and them with it. George says she’ll talk to the chief. He’s a reasonable man.

10K asks Ayalla what she just called him, and she says, it’s Navajo for ten thousand. He asks, what’s Navajo for girl who just led him in a circle? She tells him that she wanted to see if he trusted her or not. He says he did, and she led him in a circle. She says he followed her, so cool. It’s done, but don’t get a big head about it. She says his wound is looking better. He asks if she bandaged him. She says she did, and he says, but she didn’t untie him. She says, it’s been a while. She wanted to make sure he was still him. He asks if she shouldn’t be back at camp helping pack up, but she says, no. They should be helping her people not get run off their land for the billionth time in history.

Roberta and George approach some people fixing a dam wall. George introduces herself, and asks to speak to the chief. A man says, he’s busy, but George says he’ll want to hear what she has to say. He says if she knows him, then she knows his name. She says he told her to call him Eddy, and he says, everyone knows that. She says, he who goes to the water. He calls for the chief, who comes out asking, what’s with the racket? He’s trying to work. He sees George and asks why she came. She says because the water was cut off. She was told they’d been attacked, they’re leaving, and need to abandon the dam. He says, that’s fear. The young ones are afraid of everything; zombies, talkers, the power of the water. Roberta thinks those are healthy fears these days. He says you should have healthy respect for forces that can harm you, but you learn to work with them. Their ancestors are there. The land was flooded when they built the dam. Their ancestors there, and a new generation is out there; he’s not abandoning either one. Roberta asks if he wants to go down with the ship – or dam – and he says not if he can help it. There’s a huge noise, and he says the saboteurs stopped the turbines; the pressure is building up. He has to stop it while there’s still time. George says, if anyone can fix a dam, he can, but Roberta says, what if he can’t?

Ayalla tries to find something for 10K’s hand. She suggests an egg beater, but he says he’s not a cook. She holds up a garden gnome, and he says, maybe not such a good idea. She picks up a deer antler, saying, deer are known for intelligence, energy, and speed. He could use it to prop his gun, or as a slingshot, and it’s pretty sharp. She tells him that he doesn’t choose the hand. The hand must choose him first. He has to get naked to be free of attachment, and stand in the sun all day. If he’s still standing at nightfall, the hand is his. She does some hand motions and chanting, and looks to the sky. Then she tells him that she’s kidding. White boys are so gullible. She says, hold still, and takes out a drill.

Kuruk nurses Doc, who says she’s working her magic again. He wishes there was something he could do to help them stay. She does too, and he says maybe there’s something they haven’t thought of. She says he sounds like her father. He was in Minnesota when the apocalypse came, and they found him a year ago, and now it looks like they might lose him. Doc misses a simpler time, when they were just running away from zombie hordes, and sending them into the Grand Canyon. She says she thought he was nowhere near the Grand Canyon, and he says, right; it wasn’t them. It was kind of near there where he met a special lady. He thought they shared something kind of spiritual. She says they did. He says he never thought he’d see her again. He lost the necklace she gave him. He didn’t mean to, but zombies. Then the necklace found him. It was kind of a miracle, and got him thinking if found her again, they could… She says, what? Settle down, grow old together? He says, a man can dream. She asks where they settle in the dream, and he says, here seems nice. She says, it was before the attacks. Now they don’t have enough warriors to defend themselves and the dam. Doc asks her to let them help. It could be nice again. All of Newmerica can be, but not if they leave and let their enemies win. She says she’s not letting anyone win.

They hear a struggle outside. It’s the talker saboteur struggling with George. He goes after one of the women, and tears open her neck with his teeth. Kuruk says, hold her; help her. The others hold her down. She dies, and then wakes. Kuruk says, she’s changed. They know what they have to do. She’s led away, and Roberta asks where they’re taken. Kuruk says, every living thing has its place and purpose; every dead thing does too. Doc tells her, things will get better, but she says she’s not staying there and watching her people get wiped out for a pie in the sky idea. She tells everyone to pack up. They’re getting out of there, and leaving before nightfall. George asks if she’s leaving her father. It doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere. Kuruk says they’ll just have to change his mind.

In the woods, Ayalla tells 10K to try out his antler hand. They see an outsider, and 10K aims at him, but Ayalla says they want him alive to talk. She tells 10K to follow him, and she’ll alert the others.

10k follows the outsider, who goes through a fence and into the dam area.

Kuruk goes to see Chief Eddy. She tells the guard to let her father know she’s leaving. If he doesn’t come out, he might never see her again. The guard whistles for the chief, and they wait.

10K follows the outsider through the tunnels under the dam. He sees the outsider take out a paper. He reads it, and cuts open a lock.

Chief Eddy comes out and hugs Kuruk. She tells him leaving is the only way, and he says, may the Great Spirit watch over her on her journey. She asks him to come, but he says he’s not running anymore. His people have run enough. Their place is here. George joins them, and says they can help. Someone is trying to ruin Newmerica, and drive them apart; drive the tribe and their people apart too. Chief Eddy tells her what she says is true, but his people are choosing fear. Kuruk says they’re choosing to live. He says the only way their people will survive is to come together with all humans and their relatives. Everything starts to shake, and he says, not again.

Chief Eddy literally runs into the outsider, and kicks him down the stairs. He whacks at the outsider with a hammer, but the outsider dodges it. Chief Eddy throws it at him, but misses. The outsider laughs and kicks at him. Chief Eddy takes out a crowbar, but it falls over the railing. He takes out another hammer, but the outsider grabs it and pushes the chief over the railing. The pipes begin to shake.

Kuruk asks George what she’s supposed to do, tie her father up and drag him out? George says it doesn’t look like the talkers will let her. Kuruk says he’s her elder. She’s supposed to look to him for guidance, not the other way around. Roberta says maybe they can help. Ayalla tells them about 10K following the outsider, and Roberta says they have to get in. Kuruk says everything is guarded or locked. Doc suggests they do what they did before – spirit walk. Kuruk says what happened before was a fluke or a miracle, but Doc thinks it’s worth a try. He thinks he could do it again. He explains that Kuruk gave him some medicine, and he left his body. His spirit walked, killed a zombie, and saved 10K. Kuruk says he got really stoned and had a hallucination. Doc says, it worked, and Roberta asks if he thinks he can do it. He says, unless someone has a better idea. Kuruk wants to help, but her medicine isn’t that strong. She asks Little Foot where Ashki, their medicine man is, and he says, probably sleeping.

Ashki is snoring in a car. Kuruk tells him, wake up. He says he wasn’t sleeping; he was dreaming. His grandfather died before he could finish his training. How else is he supposed to talk to him? He asks who the new people are.

They sit around a fire. Ashki says they want him to betray his lineage and people, and send Doc on a vision quest he isn’t prepared for, or entitled to. Then guide him through the spirit world to protect the water for a nation that keeps breaking treaties with them. George says they want to get in so Kuruk can talk to her father. Ashki asks if she told them he can do this. She knows it’s crazy, but can’t think of another way. Doc says, last time, all it took was some good peyote, but Ashki says he doesn’t have any. Roberta says, it’s a new world. Maybe it’s time for a new ceremony. Ashki says, what then? and George says, save the dam, find out who’s behind the attacks, and stop them. Roberta tells him their people control the water. He asks if Kuruk believes them. She says she does, and he tells her, grandfather says give it a shot, but Roberta has to come too. He says he knows her from the spirit world.

Ashki gives Roberta something to drink, and says he won’t take her anywhere she’s not prepared to go. George says she’ll be there the whole time. Roberta, Doc, and Kuruk drink. They fall out, and Ashki brings out a defibrillator, just in case. The three spirit walkers look like they’re having seizures, and Ashki says, give it a minute. They relax again, and he says, it’s all good.

Kuruk appears under the dam, and calls for her father. Roberta appears and sees the outsider, but he runs past her without seeing her. Doc appears and sees 10K, but can’t touch him; his hand goes right through. He says he has to do it psychically, and concentrates. He tells 10K, wake up. Everything starts to shake and rattle. Kuruk tells the guards that she needs to find her father, but they can’t hear or see her. She touches one, saying her name, Wilma. Wilma says, something is here. Kuruk tells Wilma, listen, and says something that sounds like adavo. Wilma says, spirit, come this way. I was just thinking, Kuruk said everything was guarded, but they seem to be pretty useless, except for keeping the chief’s friends away.

George asks Ashki how long they leave them, but he doesn’t know. He’s never done this before.

Roberta follows the outsider. He shoots someone, and runs through her. She reacts, and George sees it in the real world. She tells Ashki that Roberta isn’t breathing. She does chest compression, and tells Ashki to give her the paddles. She shocks Roberta, who’s running after the outsider. She wakes up, and says she found the saboteur. She knows how he got in, and they need to save the dam.

Kuruk sees her father, who’s still alive. She tells him, keep breathing, and puts something under his nose. He asks if this is his daughter, and she tells him to see her. He says he’ll see her on the other side, but she says they need him there. She holds her hands over him, and sings in Navajo.

The dials on the machinery start going crazy. Doc says, oh no, and whatever he tries to touch, his hands go through. Alarms go off. He tries to wake 10K, but he’s suddenly back in the real world. He says he has to go back, and picks up the container of whatever Ashki had given them. Ashki tells him not to drink too much, but he gulps it all down, saying he doesn’t need to spirit walk; he needs to spirit fly. His spirit goes back to where 10K is, and he goes into 10K’s body. He pulls himself up, and shuts off a valve. Doc as 10K says, far out! It worked!

Roberta and George go through the gate and under the dam.

Chief Eddy is fine, and runs up the stairs. The building is shaking, and he says, too much pressure. The dam is failing. 10K shuts off another valve. He tells Chief Eddy that he’s trying to stop it, and the chief says he started it. Kuruk tells him that 10K is one of George’s people. 10K explains that he’s really Doc. 10K was unconscious, and he’s just borrowing his extremities; ah, to be twenty again. Chief Eddy says the saboteur must have gotten to the emergency panel.

Roberta and George pass a dead body on the steps. George tells Roberta that she never saw a talker kill their own kind. They see the outsider using a mini blowtorch on a panel, and Roberta yells, stop! She shoots at him, but misses, and he runs. 10K and Chief Eddy follow, and water starts to spray out from the wall.

Chief Eddy takes them back outside, telling the guard to lock the exit; don’t let him escape. 10K comes to, and says he feels old and kind of stoned. Doc says he’s awake, and 10K asks where Doc is. Doc says, sorry, and appears for a moment. He tells 10K that he’ll see him soon, and disappears again. 10K asks Chief Eddy what happened? and the chief tells him that Roberta and George went after the saboteur. 10K runs up the stairs, and Chief Eddy asks where he’s going. 10K says they need his help, and he needs his gun.

The saboteur/outsider waits by an upstairs door. George comes out, and he kicks her, but she gets it together, and they fight. Nice roundhouse kicking. She slams him up against the wall, and asks, who sent him? He head butts her, and is about to shoot her, but 10K shoots him from behind.

The water flows and the tribe celebrates. Kuruk says they have their warriors back. They are stronger together. George says they brought the talkers back into the tribe; now she needs to do the same. Kuruk says Ashki had a vision, and created a new ceremony derived from the ghost dance of their ancestors, to reunite the spirits with the living. They will be living with the spirits of the dead, who will fight on their behalf to make the white colonists leave. No offense. It’s meant to bring peace, unity, and prosperity, and includes everyone. George asks if that means they’ve changed their minds about Newmerica. Kuruk says they’ll come to congress and vote for a new colony, uniting everyone.

10K says he still feels weird. Doc says, good weird or bad weird? and 10K says, weird weird. Doc tells him it’s better than being dead. Chief Eddy thanks them for saving the dam and their home. Doc says, it feels like home. A place to settle down, if settling down ever comes back. Chief Eddy says he’ll always have a place there. Kuruk says, and here, and hugs him. He says he’ll meet her there whenever he can. She has something from Ashki for him, and he puts it in his pocket.

10K thanks Ayalla for his new hand, and she asks what he’s trading to keep it. She says, nothing is free. He’ll have to trade her another body part if he wants to keep his hand. She tells him that she’s kidding. Use it well. They hug. Ashki tells Roberta he has a message from his grandfather for her. The knowledge she seeks is buried under the past, but beware. It’s guarded by demons with sharp claws. Roberta asks what buried under the past means, and George asks if she heard the part about the demons. Doc says, sounds like another Tuesday in the apocalypse. Roberta asks Ashki to tells his grandfather thank you, and Ashki says she’s welcome.

They leave as the tribe continues to dance.

Next Friday, here comes the zombie-nator. Doc tells 10K, one man’s junk is another man’s treasureThat didn’t come out right.

🍟 Because Why Not?

Good times…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 25, 2018 – The Whisperers Are Here, Two Thoughts & My Birthday

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What I Watched Today

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

 

The Walking Dead

Zombies gather in a field. Jesus asks Aaron if he’s ever seen them do that before, and he says, never. Daryl joins them and suggests they circle around back with the horses, and pick up on foot. Jesus and Aaron are worried about the zombies milling around. Daryl says they should go; a storm is coming. They shove off. The zombies continue to mill. One looks up like they heard something.

Gabriel reads meditations to Negan. Don’t judge distraction; let it wash over you. Negan isn’t feeling it, and says, screw it. Gabriel doesn’t understand. Clearly, Negan wants help. Negan says maybe this is all they get, and Gabriel asks if he’s getting any benefit out of their sessions. Negan says he knows another week has passed. He tells Gabriel not to take it personally. He’s never getting out, but appreciates Gabriel. He has everything he needs. He has a window that’s as good as TV was. Gabriel says, it’s an important first step, but life needs meaning. Negan plays catch with a ball against the wall as he speaks. He says people talk outside the window like they don’t remember he’s there. That’s when he gets the really good sh*t. Rosita said things Gabriel would find interesting. Gabriel says he doesn’t need Negan to tell him how Rosita feels about him. Negan asks, who said she was talking about him? Gabriel says he’ll see him next week.

Outside, Gabriel sees a group come into the town. A woman tells him that messengers from Hilltop have said Rosita is hurt.

A rider flies through Hilltop, yelling, riders are coming! It’s Michonne and Siddiq, with the new people. Connie signs that she’s not excited, and tells Kelly to let her know if they seem suspicious. Diane (whose name I finally remember without having to look it up) tells Tara there are eight. Magna says they’ll shoot anyone who they don’t like the looks of, but Luke says, they’re solid looking; scrappy.

Michonne says they’ve come for Rosita. Diane asks who the others are, and Michonne says, they’re good people, looking for a home. She told them Hilltop might consider taking them. Diane gives Michonne a look, and removes her katana and other weapons. The others follow suit, including a reluctant Magna.

Michonne and company go into Hilltop. Michonne asks Tara where Jesus is, and she says he’s with a search party looking for Eugene. Eugene went out with Rosita, but wasn’t with her when she was found. Enid says she was unconscious when she got there, but she’ll be fine. Michonne asks how they knew Eugene was with her, and Tara says she was able to tell Aaron. It’s like the old gang back together. She tells Michonne that they’re probably on their way back already. She’ll have to wait for Jesus to get back. If they want to stay, they have to talk to him, and have to earn their keep. Kelly tells her that Connie says thank you. They all do. Siddiq tells Michonne it’s good they’re here, and Michonne says, yeah, but they yeah sounds more like, not really. She smiles; then doesn’t.

Magna says a group with a guy named Jesus running things sounds like cult. Siddiq tells Michonne that he didn’t know about Eugene, and these are their friends. Carol comes over and hugs Siddiq. Michonne says she didn’t expect to see her. Carol asks who her friends are, and Magna says they’re not friends. Michonne introduces Carol, who signs nice to meet you, but it’s all she knows. Siddiq tells them to come with him, and they’ll find out where they’re staying.

Carol asks Michonne about Judith and RJ. Michonne asks if Ezekiel is there, but Carol says just her. She’s dropping off Henry. He’s apprenticing with the blacksmith. She says he’s a good kid, with a big heart. He can see the world falling apart. She tells Michonne that they need the fair, and asks if Alexandria can’t send a delegation. Michonne says she didn’t want to turn them down, but Alexandria had their troubles too. Carol gets why it’s hard, but they’ve all lost something. They’ve both lost children, and they kept going. They’ve always been a family. Michonne says they still are, but the Kingdom is the Kingdom. Hilltop is there, and Alexandria is here, and in between, there’s a whole lot of broken world. They can’t pretend otherwise. They have to take care of own now. Carol says, it’s a shame, and Michonne says, but that’s how it is. They part company.

Jesus tells Aaron that Daryl used to come by, but never stayed. Aaron says they used to be explorers. They were looking for people, and a chance to be a part of something bigger. Maybe this is showing Jesus the way forward; the next step. He’d be a good leader if he stopped fighting it. He looks at Daryl out in the field, and says, he spent a long time keeping people away, but finding them is his thing. He wonders if Daryl will ever stop fighting too.

Daryl tells them the herd is coming for them. The wind is carrying the sound. He winds up a clock, and throws it into the field. He says, let’s put some ground between us and them, and they run.

Diane asks Carol if she can hitch a ride. The Kingdom needs her more than Hilltop. Carol says she’d like the company. Henry puts some boxes in the cart, telling her that he got an advance on his pay. He got some tools and nails for her to take home. She tells him that she wouldn’t be leaving if she didn’t trust him. He says he’ll be back for the fair. He’s going to make her proud, and she says he already has. She’s choked up, but holds it back, and drives away after waving goodbye.

Jesus tells Daryl that Aaron put the count at around one hundred and forty, and now it’s double that. Aaron wonders if it could be a different herd, or another one. The zombies march down the road, and Daryl says, as long as they’re going the other way, it doesn’t matter. We see the alarm clock in the field. No idea what significance this has, if any.

Enid sees Henry getting instructions on making a spearhead. When she talks to the assistant about something, Earl asks Henry if he wants to spend the evening with him and Tammy. He says that sounds cool, but he’s really tired.

Gabriel empties Negan’s bedpan. Negan tells him an elaborate scientific explanation about something that boils down to, every time Gabriel smells something that came from Negan’s ass, part of it goes up his nose. Sadly, I actually knew this information already. Gabriel tells him, shut up. For once in his life, shut his mouth. Gabriel says he keeps scratching. He thinks if he digs deep enough, he’ll find a person he can help, but he never does. He tells Negan that he sent Rosita out, and she got hurt. He doesn’t know how bad, and can’t help her because he has to be here with Negan. Someone has to be responsible for him. Negan says he’s sorry; he didn’t know. Gabriel says it’s bad enough he has to clean up Negan’s sh*t. He shouldn’t have to listen to it too. Negan seems disturbed.

Henry sees two boys and a girl around his age. One introduces himself as Gage. He says Henry was there during the war; he’s the kid with the stick. Henry says it was a long time ago. A girl introduces herself as Addie, and the other boy is Rodney. Gage says they’ve been watching him mope around, and Addie is seriously worried. They’ve always lived there, and Addie thinks it must be exciting to be someplace new all the time. Rodney asks about Oceania, and if it’s really all women. Henry says, mostly, and Rodney says he should have become a fisherman. Gage asks if Henry wants to hang out in the woods, and Henry asks if they don’t close the gate at night. Gage says whatever’s got him down, it’s not worth it. Life’s too short. Henry says, okay; he’ll do it.

Siddiq tells Michonne that he’s sorry he kept so much from her, but he’s on her side. Michonne knows people would still be angry, but that doesn’t make it easier. Siddiq says, it’s not too late to mend fences. Michonne says, it’s not, but she won’t. Not in the way they want her to. She didn’t make the choices she made because they were easy. At least they’re alive to hate her for it.

Rosita wakes up, and panics. Michonne tells her that she’s at Hilltop. Jesus and Aaron found her. Rosita says, Eugene! and Michonne says a group is out there tracking him. They should be back soon. Rosita says she knows where he is, but Siddiq says, they can handle whatever is going on. Rosita says, no; they can’t. There’s no way they can handle it.

The storm gets closer. Daryl, Jesus, and Aaron walk in the dark, using flashlights. That must be hard to hold along with a crossbow. Dog goes first into a barn, and digs at some hay. Daryl pokes at it, and hits something hard. Aaron asks if Eugene is in there, and Eugene says, affirmative. They lift a trap door, and Eugene comes out, totally shaken. He says he took a bad step, and dislocated his knee. They have to get out. The herd followed him, and they’re on their way back. Daryl says, they’re gone. They’re not looking for him. Eugene says they’re been there twice looking for him. It’s not a normal herd. Aaron asks what he means, and Eugene says when they passed by, he could hear them. They were whispering to each other. Aaron says, talking? Eugene says, Rosita heard it too; she can corroborate what he’s telling them. Daryl says they’ve got to get back. Dog barks, and I say, oh sh*t, out loud. Aaron says, no way it’s the same herd. Daryl says the herd’s got them cut off. Eugene is like, no, no, no, no, no!

Henry and his new friends drink and break windows. Some things never change. Henry falls over. He says if this is their idea of fun, he’d hate to see what happens when they get bored. Gage says they’ll show him now. They go outside where there’s a zombie in a pit. Gage laughs about it, and he and Rodney play ring toss, trying to get the rings on a metal thing stuck in the zombie’s head. He also has a few darts sticking out of him. Addie walks away. Gage tells Henry to try his luck. Henry pushes him out of the way, jumps in the pit. and kills the zombie. Gage asks what he did that for, and Henry says if he has to explain, Gage won’t understand. Gage is outta there.

The herd moves forward. I’m scared. They’re moving into the woods. Eugene is freaking out, and Jesus says, it’s not making sense. They shouldn’t have doubled back, and really shouldn’t have followed them to the barn. Eugene has a theory; the dead are evolving. They’re not dead in a sense that makes sense. Their brains are alive, and if their brains are alive, they can change. Daryl is like, what?! and Jesus says, it’s not any crazier than it already is. If the zombies can talk, they can learn strategy. He thinks they should split up, but Aaron says they’re stronger together. Jesus says that doesn’t help them. The only way out is to avoid a fight. Daryl and Aaron take Eugene, and Jesus goes the other way to distract the herd.

Negan continues to play ball. He notices the door move when a draft blows through. He gets up, and pushes the door open. Now what? He picks up his ball, gives a side smile, and tosses the ball behind him.

Tara tells Earl that Henry threw up on a pig, and then her boots. Henry says he’s sorry, and she says, good. She has enough to worry about and loved those boots. She’s going to bed. Earl thought he was too tired to do anything. The reek of crappy moonshine coming off him says that was a lie. He was found outside the gate, shouting. Does he want to explain how he wound up there? Henry says, no, sir, and Earl asks who gave him the booze. Henry is silent, and Earl says, okay. He offered take Henry on and teach him, but if this is how he treats his commitments, he can take his scrawny ass back to the Kingdom. Henry knows he screwed up, but the people back home are counting on him. His parents are counting on him. Earl asks, what the hell got into him? Henry says he saw his mom cry; she’s so tough. Before that, he was too excited to think about it, and understand what a huge deal it was. He guesses he didn’t want to think about it for a while. Earl says he’s been there. The minimum sentence for drunk and disorderly is two days, but he’ll talk to Jesus, and see what he can do. He tells Henry to get some sleep. He’ll have a lot of work to catch up on when he gets out.

This herd is scary. Daryl is on top of a box car, and lights a string of firecrackers. They smoke the place up and make noise. Dog barks. I’m going to have a heart attack. The herd keeps going, surprising Daryl. He quiets Dog.

Aaron and Jesus get Eugene to, oddly enough, a cemetery gate. The herd is following. The go through a spot where the stone is crumbling. Jesus tells them to follow the wall; there’s a gate somewhere. The zombies start tumbling in, following them. The gate is locked. Jesus and Aaron try to push Eugene over the wall, but it’s not working out. It’s as not good as it gets. The zombies are closing in. Aaron and Jesus stan and wait, weapons at the ready. As the zombies reach them, they fight; stabbing and slicing heads, piking and smashing skulls. Eugene quakes near the gate. The whispering zombies suddenly stop.

Michonne is on the other side of the gate, and calls to Eugene. She tells him to push as she pulls. Magna appears, and helps. Together they get it open. Jesus tells Aaron to go ahead, and goes all ninja on the zombies. Aaron tells him to move it.

O.M.G. A zombie comes up behind Jesus, and literally stabs him in the back. He whispers in Jesus’s ear, something about him not being where he belongs. I’m stunned. I was not expecting that.

Magna’s group flies out, and goes after more zombies with bows and arrows. Jesus’s killer is slain. Aaron kneels beside Jesus. Well, sh*t.

Lightening begins to strike. Looking at the zombie who killed Jesus, Daryl calls Michonne over. He looks at the zombie’s head, and cuts at its hair. At first, I think he’s scalping it, but the whole face comes away. Like that dude in Silence of the Lambs. Daryl turns the zombie over, and he’s a dead human.

We hear the words, circle round, being whispered. Dog barks. Through the fog, the Whisperers move closer. This bunch is trapped.

💀 This was the mid-season finale. Next time, there’s a new enemy and a new level of creepiness. Negan is on the loose and whistling again. AND DOG IS OKAY. For now. The show returns in February.

🌅 Mini Contemplations…

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why wait? Dream is now. – Sophie (Jennifer Coolidge), 2 Broke Girls

🎂 They Say It’s My Birthday…

The party in my mind…

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Probably closer to it…

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November 16, 2018 – Sasha Gets the Boot, Doc’s Version of History, Quick Quote Quartet & Saturday Sendoff

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Michael meets Sam at The Floating Rib. She thinks he should know about something. Jason walks in.

Aiden tells Elizabeth and Franco that it was Career Day, and there was a policeman; it was cool. Franco asks if everyone was nice to him, and Aiden guesses so. He asks for money for the vending machine. Franco tells him if someone isn’t nice to him, he should tell them, and they’ll take care of it tout suite. Aiden is like, huh? and Franco says it’s fake French. Elizabeth asks if he’d like to call his dad

Kiki sees Griff at the hospital, and hopes he’s there to pick up his lab coat. He says not exactly. She wonders what’s taking so long, but Griff doesn’t know. The good news is Peter sent the committee a statement, saying he wasn’t impacted by Griff’s transgression in any way.  Kiki says that’s good news; the so-called victim doesn’t feel victimized. She wonders why the committee wants to talk to him. He thinks they want to question him again, but he’s going to tell them the same thing he did before – the truth. Kiki says speaking of the truth, it’s time Sasha heard some.

Nina is impressed that Sasha has the spread sheets almost done. Sasha says don’t tell her boss, but she’s trying to impress her new mother. Nina says they are equally impressed with her. As she’s walking into her office, Nina tells Sasha about a phone call she’s waiting for. Sasha tries to tell her that someone is in her office, but Nina is too busy talking to hear. She walks in to find Valentin.

At the MetroCourt bar, not-Doc asks Ava if this seat is taken. She wonders who’s asking. She’s saving it for a friend. He says since he’s no longer her doctor, and sits down. He says she’s still mad at him. She says not mad. Slightly perturbed and inconvenienced, but if she’s honest, she missed him. And here he is now. She says now that boundaries are out of the way, let her buy him a drink. He says he’s been craving a Bloody Mary. BA-DUM-CHH!

Michael asks if it’s a coincidence or an ambush. Jason says he’s looking for Michael’s dad. Have they seen Sonny?

Sonny asks Margaux if he can come in. She says she already got an earful from his wife. Sonny says it’s not between her and Carly, it’s between them. She asks what he’s going to do? Kill her like he killed her father?

Elizabeth tells Aiden that he hasn’t talked to his dad in a while. She thinks he’d like know how Aiden is doing. Aiden wants to go to the vending machine, so Elizabeth gives him some money. Franco says he can’t blame Aiden. What kid wants to tell his parents he’s being picked on? She asks if he’s speaking from experience, and he says when kids gave him a hard time, he sabotaged them. He had a lot of rage. He says they can start covert art therapy when they get home, but Elizabeth says, why wait. He says Aiden unburdening himself with finger paint is good, but this needs to stop.

Lulu flies into Willow’s classroom, asking if she’s late. Willow says she’s actually early. She’s trying to reach Charlotte’s father. She’d prefer it if they were both there. Lulu asks, how bad is it?

Nina says she doesn’t owe Valentin any explanations; they’re divorced. She has no time or patience for him. His phone rings. It’s Willow, and he asks if there’s a problem about Charlotte. He tells her he’ll be right there. Nina asks if Charlotte is okay, and Valentin says her teacher wants to meet with him and Lulu. Nina asks what about? and he says, they’re divorced. He doesn’t owe her any explanations. He leaves, and she grabs her jacket.

Griff thought Kiki was excited about the relationship with her new sister. He doesn’t want to come between them. Kiki thinks she’s overreacting because of her mom, but needs to set Sasha straight. She tells Griff to focus on getting his job back, and she’ll settle things with her sister.

Not-Doc asks Ava how things are with her daughter. Ava says she’ll come running back in time for the holidays. They’ll be back to being inseparable like they were before they allowed men to tear them apart. He says her optimism doesn’t match her demeanor. Why isn’t she able to sleep?

Michael asks what’s going on with his dad. Jason says he’s taking care of things with Sonny, and wanted to see if he needed a hand.

Sonny asks why he’d want Margaux dead. Even if he did, he’s just a simple coffee importer. She says, who thinks she’ll drop the investigation into her father’s murder, now that she knows her mother was involved. Jason calls, and Sonny says he’s with her now. He’ll let Jason know if he needs him.

😠 &$*!*$^%@&&@*##$!@! Why is this interrupted for NYC Mayor Jerkface making excuses because he wasn’t prepared for a snowstorm everyone knew was coming? Here’s a news flash – winter comes every year. Omg, he went on for nearly the whole hour. Moving on the bootleg way.

Margaux tells Sonny that she didn’t hear screaming, so it’s not Carly. It must be Jason. When should she expect him? Sonny asks why, and she says he sends Jason to do his dirty work, like Skully sent Sonny to do his. He asks why he’d want her dead? She heard her mother arrange her father’s murder; he’s out of the equation. She says if that’s true, why is he there?

Jason says Sonny has it under control, and Michael asks if he wants to join them. Or are Sam’s words for his ears only? Sam says it might be good to get Jason’s perspective. He was there too; at Ferncliff. She hates to spoil his good mood, but thinks he should know who was there. He says as long as it’s not his mom, he doesn’t care. He asks who? and Sam says, Nelle.

Kiki goes to the Crimson office to see Sasha. Sasha says she’s getting acclimated, and Kiki says, speaking of which, she thinks she moved too quickly with Sasha, and Sasha moved too quickly with her boyfriend.

Ava asks not-Doc if it’s that obvious. He asks, what’s the problem? and she says she’s lost her edge. She used to plan revenge in her sleep, now she crawls into bed – alone – and the thirst for vengeance turns to sadness. Kiki and Griff broke her heart and spirit. Not-Doc doesn’t buy that, and neither does the Ava boiling with rage. Where is she now? Ava says right there, reminding her of the times she told Griff that she loved him, and he wasn’t ready to say it back. Reminding her that he used her as a stepping stone out of the priesthood to someone else. He says, not just a benign sadness, but wounded and angry. She says she is, and he tells her that he has the perfect cure.

Sam tells Michael it seems Nelle faked a nervous breakdown, and was transferred. Jason says they went to get answers for his mom. She wants to know if the patient next door belongs there and is being treated. When they checked the cell, they found Nelle instead. Sam says they don’t know if she was a decoy, or the patient had already been moved. She could have been put in the first room that was available. Michael asks if they’re sure she was faking. She had a nervous breakdown before.

Sonny tells Margaux that she can’t accept the truth about her father’s death. She thinks the word he’rs looking for is murder. He says, yes, murdered. Her mother was having an affair with Skully. She asked him to get rid of her father, and he made it happen. Margaux asks if he’s still saying he’s blameless, and he says she can’t prove otherwise. She told herself stories about her father and family, none of which are true. If she keeps digging, it will only get worse, and she’ll only hurt herself.

Aiden brings Franco some candy in the art therapy room. Franco asks if he wants to draw a picture. He can start with Mr. Jellybeans, his hamster. Aiden says, Mr. Jellybeans is the best.

Valentin arrives at the classroom, and asks what’s going on; she said it was urgent. Nina flies in, and asks hat she missed, explaining that she’s Charlotte’s stepmother. Willow asks if both parents approve of her being there, and they’re both fine with it. Willow says she’s observed troubling behavior. Charlotte is bright and quick, but can be assertive. Nina says, good. She should be in today’s world. Willow agrees she should, however, it’s evolved into bullying. Lulu asks if she’s saying Charlotte is bullying other children. Willow says she broached it to Charlotte, and told her it’s unacceptable behavior, but it’s become more frequent and open; in front of teachers. It’s like she knows there will be no consequences. It’s not about blame, but it’s escalated, and per school policy, she needs to get the parents involved. Nina thinks Willow is misunderstanding Charlotte’s leadership skills, but Willow says, they’re not leadership skills. Nina says Willow clearly doesn’t understand her daughter, and the problem is her. Valentin shakes his head.

Sasha asks if Kiki is mad about last night. She was flirting with Kiki’s boyfriend, but she thought it was no big deal. They’re just friends with benefits. Kiki asks where she got that idea.

Not-Doc says he’s concerned about Ava’s well-being. He tells her that she needs to get some rest, and offers her a sample of a new sleep aid.

Jason tells Michael that Nelle was holding a blanket like a baby. Michael says, Nelle lies about everything, but it could be genuine. Sam says, except when they pointed out Ferncliff could be a bigger trap than Pentonville. She flung the blanket aside, and went off on them, saying she’s not letting Carly win. Jason says Nelle thought it was a stepping stone to freedom, and when she gets out, she’s going after his mom again.

Margaux says Sonny is just as at fault as her mother. He says she has nothing. He has no ties to her father’s death. There’s no evidence, no witnesses, nothing. While he lives, he’s a free man. She’s going to be rotting in a prison she’s built for herself. Is that what she wants?

Willow says Charlotte is confrontational not just with her classmates, but adults, even strangers. Lulu asks when that happened, and Willow says, this morning. It was Career Day, and she challenged a guest about his name, education, and appearance. Lulu says she didn’t see that, and Willow says it happened after she left. Some children like to push boundaries; Charlotte is one of them. Valentin asks if it’s an isolated incident, and Willow says, no. She’s been mocking a particular classmate, and takes every opportunity to make fun of them, and make them the butt of jokes. Valentin asks, who? but she can’t divulge that. She hopes discussing it will result in change. Nina asks if she’s discussed it with Charlotte, and Willow says she asked why Charlotte didn’t like them, but it wasn’t for any reason. So she’s asking them as parents, to step in. Explore where this is coming from and make sure she knows it’s unacceptable, and knows it must change.

Sasha tells Kiki that she’s new. It was an honest mistake, and it won’t happen again. Kiki says, while they’re being honest, she made a mistake too. She shouldn’t have asked Sasha to move in so soon. She was excited about having a sister. She’s hoping they can start over. Get together now and then as friends, not roommates. Sasha asks if Kiki is kicking her out, and Kiki says, yeah, she is. Sasha needs to be out by tonight. She already has a mother to contend with. She doesn’t need anyone else against her and Griff. Sasha says she really doesn’t trust her boyfriend, does she? Maybe she’s insecure because he dated her mother. Kiki tells her to be out by tonight.

Franco says, clearly, Aiden gets the ability to draw from his mom; he’s amazing. He likes Aiden’s version of Mr. Jellybeans with the crown; more regal than rodent. Aiden says Mr. Jellybeans is his best friend. Franco thought Bianca was his best friend. Aiden likes her okay, but sometimes she… Franco suggests he draw a picture of Bianca, but Aiden doesn’t want to. Franco says, how about his family? Aiden says he can do that. They’re nice to him.

Ava takes the sample. He tells her, like any medication, take with caution; one at first, no more two in 24-hours. He wants her to be at her best for her reunion with her daughter. Then they’ll talk about other methods to chase away the demons that keep her up. She asks if he has demons, and he says they all have painful experiences locked away. She asks if his have anything to do with his brother, but he says, no. They have everything to do with him. She tells him that he knows a lot about her, but she knows nothing about him.

Sasha sees Ava, and says, how convenient. She had no idea how to find her, but now she can tell Ava to her face. Next time she wants to break up Kiki and Griff, leave her out of it.

Margaux says Sonny is trying to sound like he gives a damn about what happens to her. He says he can picture her as a little girl, believing her mother’s phony grief. It’s all she had. He thought when she heard the truth, she’d leave that behind. She says he thought wrong.

Sam says Nelle lied to get transferred. They told her it was worse, and she ditched the act and threatened Carly. Michael says it sounds like Nelle. Jason says he seems calm, and Michael says he learned it from him. He’ll always regret getting involved with Nelle, but he doesn’t feel guilty for grieving over Jonah. It’s getting more manageable. There’s light at the end of the tunnel.

Nina tells Willow that Charlotte doesn’t need to change. She’s strong and brave, and she’s been through a lot. Valentin says she had a difficult early childhood, but they’ve always encouraged her to be polite and have compassion. Nina asks if Willow has children. Willow says that’s not relevant. Nina thinks maybe they need someone who knows about raising a child. Willow appreciates Nina’s faith in Charlotte. That being said, she thinks it might be more productive if she talks with Charlotte’s parents. Nina asks if Willow is kicking her out because she’s not Charlotte’s biological mother. Valentin tells Nina to go home. They want to hear what Willow is saying, and she’s making it next to impossible. Nina says Valentin has been Charlotte’s one constant, except when he’s off doing God knows what, with God knows who, God knows where. Nina asks if Lulu wants her to leave. Lulu says Nina is upset, and they need to get to the bottom of this. Nina says she’s watching Willow, and does the two-finger thing. Valentin says he’s mortified. Willow doesn’t doubt Nina loves Charlotte very much, but it’s unproductive. Lulu asks how they handle it, and Willow suggests written guidelines that will help them to be productive, not accusatory. They can explain that the behavior is not acceptable and there will be consequences for her actions.

Ava tells Sasha she thought it was a casual relationship. She’s sure they’ll work things out. Sasha says Kiki told her to move out. Whatever perverse game of mother/daughter chicken she’s playing is over. She lost. Before she leaves, Sasha orders room service. Ava looks at the sample.

Michael thanks Jason and Sam for the update on Nelle. Say what will about her, but she’s never dull. He also thanks them for making sure she’s back behind bars. Sam says, see? Things get better. Michael says they can all use some good times. The holidays are around the corner. They’re family, and need to start acting like it. He leaves, and Sam says, speaking of holidays, Thanksgiving is next week; any plans? He says, her first.

Sonny admires Margaux’s spirit and passion, but why not focus on her own life, instead of dogging his? She’ll make him a deal. He confesses to her father’s murder, pleads guilty, serves twenty, and when it’s a done deal, she’ll book a cruise. Sonny says, whoever pulled the trigger was the weapon. Her mother and Skully had her father killed. She wants to know what he’s going to tell Avery when she grows up. It’s not her dad’s fault he’s a murderer. Sonny says now she’s pushing it. If what happened to her father happened to him, he would hope Avery would leave it behind her, and not make it her life’s work to bring them to justice. He would hope she would be happy. Surround herself with people she loves and who love her.

Michael walks into Willow’s classroom. She says she just had an almost Chernobyl parent/teacher conference. He says, almost? and asks if she saved it. She says, maybe. She thought she was handling it. Now, she’s finding a meeting. It helps. He knows what she means. He says he also brought something that might help, or at least provide a distraction. He gives her a box. She said she wanted more seeds. She says when he makes a promise, he keeps it. He says, eventually. He also promised to tell his story to the group about what brought him there, and he hasn’t yet. She says, he will, and so will she – eventually. Until then, she has gardening to do. In November?

Nina is looking up Willow on Spyder-Finder. Valentin comes in, and she tells him to get out. He wants to apologize, but she won’t accept it, and says she’s going to call security. He says he missed her fierceness, and she says he won’t when he’s being hauled out. He says he particularly likes it when she’s defending Charlotte. He’d like her to there when they talk to her. She says Charlotte is always a priority, and he knows she always wants the best for Charlotte. He’s grateful for her help, and she says, for Charlotte, anything.

At the hospital, Lulu asks if Finn there. Elizabeth says he’s not in, and asks if she want to leave a message. She’d rather speak to him in person. She wants to make sure if Britt is well enough to be interred… she means, interviewed. She asks how the kids are, and Elizabeth says Aiden is going through a rough time. Lulu says Charlotte is going through a phase too.

Franco says Aiden drew himself little. Aiden says he’s the baby, and Franco says, he’s the youngest, but he’s a big kid. Aiden asks if he didn’t do it right. Franco says it’s perfect, but he doesn’t see Aiden as being tiny. Aiden says, but he is.

Kiki asks Griff how it went, and he says he explained himself and admitted he was wrong. Who knows? He asks how it went with Sasha. Kiki says she told Sasha she was wrong in letting the relationship move too quickly, but her behavior toward Griff was inappropriate. She turned it around, and accused Kiki of doing the same thing her mother does; blaming her insecurities on the other person. She doesn’t want to be like that. Griff says she’s not.

Ava hears that food is being delivered to Sasha’s room. She puts the pills from the sample in the soup when the room service tray is unattended.

Margaux asks Sonny if he’d want Avery to let go of his murder and move on with her life. He says he would, for her sake. Margaux says he doesn’t care about her sake. She was deprived of a lifetime of memories, and he wants her to let it go. Sonny says facts are facts, and evidence is evidence. Does she want to spend her life in a hotel room, listening to her mother talk about setting her father up? She asks if he’s afraid she’ll find something. He says, there’s nothing to find. Let it go, and live her life.

Sam tells Jason that Curtis and Jordan are getting married on Thanksgiving. Sounds insane, but there must be a method to the madness, but it’s not until later. She wanted to watch the parade with the kids. She asks if he wants to watch with them; she has a lot to be thankful for. He wonders if she still likes the pumpkin donuts from Kelly’s, and says he’ll pick some up. It’s a date.

On Monday, Monica asks if Oscar wants to know what he’s up against, Kim tells Drew that she’s not willing to give up, and Kiki tells Franco she’s getting weird vibes from Sasha and Griff.

Z Nation

10K says, brains and biscuits, how was it not Murphy’s idea? Murphy says, one day, the apocalypse will make him a rich man. He tells one of his barmaids, try not to eat each other. Roberta shows them a map to a bakery in the backwoods. It’s not the type of place that welcomes visitors. Murphy says, a secret brain bakery? He’s sure he hears banjo music in their near future. Roberta wonders how they can make sure Dante gets a fair trial. She tells Doc and George to go to Altura, and they’ll go to the bakery. Doc says they’ll meet later. He and George get in a car. Doc says, it’s no El Camino, but beggars can’t be choosers.

On the road, Doc says they don’t make them like they used to. George says they don’t make anything at all. Back at Limbo, Roberta says, let’s find the bakery.

George doesn’t like not having eyes on Dante. Doc tells her he’s gunning it, and she shouldn’t have her feet on the dashboard. If the air bag goes off, her knees could go into her brain. She thinks that’s the least of their worries, Doc says the air bags aren’t reliable in a thirty-year-old car, so it’s not going to happen. A zombie lying in the road. They run him over, and the air bags go off. George says, he was saying? She thinks she hurt her ankle, and he says it’s better than a knee in the brain. He checks to see what he has for pain, but doesn’t want to give her the hard stuff. He takes out a joint, lights it, and deflates the bag with the lit end. George says she’s never smoked before. Doc says it’s a terrible habit; it stunts your growth. Oh wait, he was thinking of nicotine. He doesn’t think her ankle is broke, but it’s sprained. She takes a drag on the joint, and says her foot hurts, and now she has a cough. Doc tells her to give it a minute. He sees some zombies, and says, hang tough. He has to take care of some tourists. He uses his hammer in each hand method. George smokes in the car, and watches in rearview mirror. She laughs about the car having an ashtray. A zombie heads toward the car. She takes out a knife. Doc gives it a hammer in the back, and it turns around and pins him to the hood of the car. George says she’s got him, and shoots it. Doc says the spliff must be working. She says she can’t feel her foot; she doesn’t feel anything. She wants to get to Altura before night falls. Doc sees the road zombie’s legs poking out of the grill and kicking. He tells her, have a seat. This could take a while.

Murphy and Roberta get to the bakery. 10K thinks it looks abandoned. Roberta says that doesn’t mean no one is home. Murphy says this must be place; he smells brains. Skulls litter the yard, and Murphy picks one up. Robert tells him to get his ass away from those skulls, and focus. Addie busts the door open, and they go in.

They slip through the storage area, and see a mess where the baking is done. Roberta says it looks like they left in a hurry. There are brains everywhere, and Murphy says it’s no mystery what the secret ingredient is. Roberta says it looks like they haven’t been in operation for a while. She takes a skull out of Murphy’s hand. They hear banging noises.

Doc looks at the engine, but can’t figure it out. George is reading the Constitution, and he asks if she’s catching up on social studies. He used to love history, especially when he was buzzed. One of his favorite paintings is of the Constitutional Convention. The gang is all there, with Ben Franklin chilling in the middle, George Washington presiding, and Thomas Jefferson looking badass. He tells her the founding fathers had huge pot farms. They were like, cannabis rules. He imagines George Washington and Thomas Jefferson (Sketchy and Skeezy) talking about hemp fibers being good for everything. Jefferson says they’re good for migraines, expanding your mind, and toothaches. Ben Franklin (Re-Pete) joins them, and asks who’s been getting icky with the sticky. Jefferson says he cultivated it, but didn’t inhale. He says he’s out of matches, and Franklin says they must to invent one. He lights his pipe. Back in the present, Doc coughs. He says that one went down to his toes. She’s surprised the founding fathers got anything done, much less starting a country. Doc says they’re prepared for lift off, and gets the car going.

Murphy says, someone turned the oven on. He guesses not Betty Crocker. Roberta says they’re not there alone. A mixer starts up, and Murphy goes toward it.

10K and Addie keep looking. Addie asks if 10K is okay. He says he’s fine, and she says, just checking, lefty. He wants to take the stairs, and she says, after him, calling him Captain Hookless. She doesn’t want to pry, but doesn’t know why things have to be so hard. Between Mac and Lucy her eye the least of what she lost. 10K says he still feels his hand in his dreams; carrying gear, lacing shoes, holding hands, shooting a gun. It’s like having a friend that was there, but isn’t any more. Addie knows what he means.

Murphy watches the mixer. He says with all the brains laying around, he’s getting the munchies. A dude shoots at them, and everyone ducks. Another dude sees Addie and 10K, and shoots at them. He yells that they have intruders. The first dude says, don’t worry, brother; he’s coming. He shoots at Murphy, who ducks under the table. Roberta signals Murphy, and slides a gun over.

Brother #1 is so shaky, he looks like he’s tweaking. 10K moves a bakery rack over and gets Brother #1 in his sights. Brother #1 peeks out, and 10K shoots. Brother #1 falls, and Addie comes toward him. He says, sorry, ma’am, and she whacks him in the head.

Doc makes a pipe out of an apple, and George says he’s quite the handy man. He tells her to think of him as the Ben Franklin of paraphernalia. She asks what the difference is between the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Doc says they got so excited writing rules for the government, they forgot the people the government was for. In Doc’s mind, John Adams says he’d rather chop his hand off than sign. The government was created to protect the people from foreign enemies. A zombie walks in, and Doc says, my bad. There were no zombies back then. Adams asks who’s going to protect the people from the government. Washington says, back to work, and Franklin complains that he just opened champagne. Adams says, not his fault, Quaker Oats Man. The people need to know how the government is protecting them. Adams says the Bill of Rights will; he has a list. He pulls out a bunch of cards, and Washington reads through them. Freedom of the press, freedom of religion, freedom from alien life forms. He can see some of this going in. He tells Jefferson to write this up. Jefferson says he wrote the Constitution, and Frankly says, they all did. Jefferson says, no, he physically wrote it. Washington says they’re making progress.

George asks Doc what makes the Bill of Rights so important. Doc says they’re the God given rights of humanity. She says humanity changed with the definition with of mortality. They see a zombie struggling toward them. Doc asks what makes the zombies different from humanity? Basic decency says they deserve to be treated no differently, and have the same rights. He deserves live life without government interference. George says, he’s a zombie. Doc says she knows what he’s getting at, and kills it. It’s the government’s job to protect their rights, and they need it when people are afraid, and don’t know what’s right. George asks what will protect Dante without a Bill of Rights. Doc says they will.

Brother #2 goes through bakery, and shoots at Murphy. Murphy shoots back, but the gun runs out of bullets. Brother #2 says he’s going to give Murphy the same choice he gave the last people who tried to shut them down. Murphy says, chocolate or vanilla? And Brother #2 says, mercy or talker. Roberta comes up behind him, and says she can ask him the same question. She doesn’t want to hurt him, but she will. He says it’s a zombie standoff. He’s got them like the ones who tried to shut down the bakery. Put down their weapons, or they’ll all be craving brains. Roberta says they’re not who he’s talking about.

Addie and 10K bring in Brother #1. Murphy asks if that’s the other brother. Roberta says he’s still human; let’s keep it that way. Brother #2 says they’re Americans in need of help. Brother #1 tells him to watch out for the one-eyed one. She’s not nice. She’s mean like a badger. Murphy thought they speak English in Canada, and Brother #1 says, we doos. Brother #2 says he’s Gilly, and Brother #1 is Skull; Skully for short. Roberta says they need biscuits; lots of them. Gilly says they’ll have to talk to his mom. She’s in charge of baking. Roberta asks where she is, and he says she’s in the office. They’ll have to see what kind of mood she’s in. It’s not easy. After the black rain, they were headed to Newmerica, and were turned ass over tea kettle by a bunch of zombies. Their other brother, Chili, got bit, but never turned. When they caught their mom sneaking him brains, they realized he was a talker. Their mom started baking up roadkill, and the more he ate, the more he was like the brother they knew. Everyone wanted their mom’s biscuits, so they set up a bakery. Roberta asks why they stopped, and Gilly says they were blown up, and under attack from zombies. Murphy says, someone didn’t want them baking biscuits. Roberta says they need the recipe, but Gilly says she’s been cranky. She’s in the office for her own good. He says Chili is in there too. They were trying to work out the recipe, but their running out of options. They look up and see zombies pressed against the office window, including mom.

George wonders how they can make sure Dante gets due process, when vigilantes think talkers are more zombie than human. Doc says a bill was made to protect them from each other. The Founding Fathers hammered out amendments, better known as the Bill of Rights. Doc’s mythical Ben Franklin asks why they have to start with guns. He likes muskets as much as the next guy, but putting them first seems gun crazy. Jefferson says they’ll put freedom of speech first. It will look better for the kids. He says Sam Adams has two beers, and is ready to challenge his mother to a duel. Washington says they’ll had a well-regulated militia. He goes down the list, and says, unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated; should keep the lawyers busy. He likes that no one should be compelled to testify against themselves, and Jefferson says, what happens in Paris, stays in Paris. George says, no cruel and unusual punishment, and Doc says the whole apocalypse is cruel and unusual. Jefferson says, otherwise, they’ll be using Franklin’s kites to electrocute prisoners. Alexander Hamilton comes in, and asks if they’ve around to slavery. Washington says they’re talking about it. Abe Lincoln (Smiles) pops in, and says he’d appreciate it if they’d take care of the problem now. Washington says he has a cool hat. What is his name? Lincoln says they didn’t see him… He was never here… Hamilton says, that dude belongs on a bill. George says she doesn’t know much about history, but she knows Lincoln never talked to Washington. There’s a hundred year difference between them. Doc says that’s not the point. Slavery was a stain on America that even the civil war couldn’t make right. The only way Dante is going to get a fair trial is if he’s considered human; no talkers will. George tells Doc that he sneaks up on a person, and Doc says he still has some teeth left in his head. We see a sign that says, martial law now in effect.

Gilly tells Skully to keep his wits about him. He puts a bike helmet on Skully’s head, and hands him the top of a trash can for a shield. Skully says he always picks scissors, and Gilly calls him dumber than goose poop. Murphy cranks up a boombox, and holds it up to distract the zombies. Skully says he can’t do this, but Gilly makes him go into the office. He moves quietly behind the zombies at the window, while Murphy keeps their attention. Skully looks through the papers, and sees something sticking out of his mom’s back pocket. He tiptoes behind her, and slips out the recipe card. He backs away, and falls. Murphy says, he’s out. Skully gets back up, and Murphy says, there he is. The recipe card is on the floor, and the zombies close in on Skully. Gilly yells for Chili to get away from him, and closes the door. Gee, thanks for the help. Murphy says, they’ve got him cornered. Skully fights with Chili, and Gilly yells, brother, get off my brother! Mom stands in the window, and eats the recipe card. Murphy says, one brother is riding the other like a moose. Skully yells, nooo! and the zombies attack. Outside, a group of zombies, all wearing the same rain ponchos, come toward the bakery. Roberta says, the only way to calm them down is to feed them actual brains. The zombies outside start to come in. Murphy says, it looks like somebody ordered take out, and runs at them with the boombox. He busts one over the head with it. I think the ponchos might be significant, because in an earlier episode, there was a group all wearing shirts from the same park, and they made a point of mentioning it.

Roberta and the others go after the zombies who are coming in. Addie uses her pokey club, and 10K shoots. Addie kneels with her weapon in both hands horizontally, and 10K uses it to aim. He says, switch! and they trade weapons. Addie uses the gun like she does her club, and whacks the zombies with it. Roberta beheads a zombie. She takes the head, and says, crack this one open. She tosses it toward Murphy, who says, hey, I’m walkin’ here. I wonder if that’s a nod to Midnight Cowboy. He is a bit of a Ratso.

George wonders when everybody will see they’re all in this together. Doc says they’ll need the 15th amendment. – the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. In Doc’s vision, Washington says, it makes sense. Lincoln says, it will take a civil war and the 13th amendment. Washington suggests they pass the 13th amendment right now. Lincoln says it’s abolishing slavery, and Jefferson says, abolish as in setting free? It might take further study. Washington says, hear him out. Why not make them three-fifths human? Then keep that going for a hundred years, until they work out the kinks. George hopes they hope don’t have to fight a war to make talkers full citizens. Doc says they already did. Everybody dies. Just because they have no pulse doesn’t mean they don’t have brains. George says, everybody dies, and sooner or later – she and Doc finish together, they’re all talkers.

The brains from the severed head are given to the zombies. Gilly thinks the brains are doing the trick. Roberta asks mom if she’s with them. She hugs Skully and Chili. Gilly tells her that some Americans came looking for help. She’s sorry they have to see her looking all dead like this, and wishes she could have given the place a lick and a promise. Roberta says their supplies were cut off, and they have starving talkers. They want the secret recipe. Mom says, it’s no secret. In the beginning, she was lacing them with brains. They ran short, and flour was delivered from the heartland, with the secret already mixed in. Murphy says, the secret is brains? and mom says, no. The secret ingredient is love, and kisses his cheek. He doesn’t get it. Mom gives each of the zombies a kiss. She says if it can help someone else to keep from go through what they’ve had to, so be it. She says they have enough right there to make a batch of the original.

George is shocked that women weren’t given the right to vote until the 19th Amendment, and it wasn’t passed until 1920. Doc says, old white dudes. What can he say? It takes time to get it right. George says they don’t have time. Doc says he doesn’t like the look of this, and they see an abandoned truck. George wonders if it was the truck with Dante, and Doc hopes not. They open the truck door, and a dead guy falls out. There’s another dead guy inside. George says, no sign of Dante. Maybe he escaped like last time. Maybe talkers did this, and let him go. Red letters on a nearby trashcan say, this is what happens to traitors. George picks up a pair of sunglasses. I assume they’re Dante’s. The can rattles. She opens it, and finds Dante, all folded up and bloody. He can barely open his eyes to look at her. She gives him mercy.

The gang makes biscuits. Murphy loves the smell of fresh baked brains in the morning. Mom says she might keep him on as a full time baker. He says he had a great teacher. She tells them to wrap the biscuits and put them in containers. Roberta calls Murphy over, and says, this family isn’t going to make it on their own. Take them with him to Limbo. He likes the idea; Limbo could use a bakery. Roberta tells him, take care of them, and be safe. He tells her to be safe too. He doesn’t want to have to save her ass. Roberta says he might have to, and he tells her the apocalypse wouldn’t be half as fun without her. Be careful. He starts to walk away, and she says she loves him too. Mom says the biscuits are packed.

Doc asks if George wants to say a few words. She says actions speak louder than words, and leaves the Constitution there, and puts on Dante’s sunglasses. On the marker, it says: Here lies Lt. Joe Dante – first citizen of Newmerica.

Next Friday, get ready to wrangle. We go back to the Old West, and Pandora says, let’s send them a stampede.

Good Lord, I hope that was coherent. This show can bounce all over the place more than Once Upon a Time did. Okay, maybe not.

☝ Quotes of the Week

You don’t ask people about their personal business. You don’t address the pink elephant in the room. – Delores, The Real Housewives of New Jersey

If he’d known, he would have had a crush on you too. – a friend of mine after I told them I had a crush on Roman Polanski when I was fourteen.

When there is an animal in your life there’s always a reason to laugh. – Anonymous

It’s go-go, not cry-cry. – Skip (Skip Reissig, who’s also Quentin Tarantino’s realtor), Planet Terror

🍨 A Weekend Sendoff… 

And because I’m brain dead and couldn’t think of anything else.

 

November 14, 2018 – A Letter for Finn, Dallas Takes a Dip, Cassie Gets a Few Surprises, Mini NJ & Thursday Deal

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Anna finds Finn at the hospital. She thinks there should be guards, but Finn says Britt won’t get far with her ankle bracelet. Anna says she’s worse than her mother. She has to stay away from pillows, or she’ll start feeling the need to find out what it’s like to shut her up. He says he’s not available to bail her out today. The future of GH depends on him.

Charlotte says the Pledge of Allegiance. It’s Career Day. Chase walks in, and loudly says, for all.

Elizabeth hurries Aiden. He’s already missed the bus. Franco says he’s happy to drive him. Elizabeth asks where Aiden’s backpack is. He tells her, upstairs, and suggests staying home, since he’s late already, but Elizabeth doesn’t think so. She tells him to get it.

Curtis is waiting for Nina at Crimson. He says he came to find out what he did wrong. He’s not feel the love there for him. She asks why, and he says she hasn’t RSVP’d.

Max is having coffee at the MetroCourt. Peter says she’s doing it wrong. You’re supposed to be inconspicuous on a stakeout. Valentin and Sasha are there, and Valentin asks for a word. Sasha says she can’t be late for her first day at work. She took Nina up on her offer to work at Crimson. He says they need to talk, but she says there are eyes on them. Valentin says that’s why she should go. She knows; the longer she stays, the more likely she’ll be found out. Why is he worried. No one will tell Nina; no one knows. She’s treading lightly. Laura appears and asks Valentin who his friend is.

He introduces them, and Laura asks how they’re acquainted. Valentin tells her that Sasha is Nina’s daughter. Laura wasn’t aware she had one, and Sasha says, neither was she. They recently met. Laura says Nina must be thrilled she’s visiting Port Charles. Sasha says it’s more serious than that. She’s starting a job at Crimson today. Valentin says he’ll go up with her. Laura welcomes her to Port Charles.

Peter tells Maxie that Sasha must have missed the memo to avoid Valentin. Maxie says Valentin is the one who tracked her down. Peter thought it was Curtis, and Maxie says Valentin hired him. Peter says that explains why she has her guard down. He wonders why Maxie isn’t getting involved, but she says she’s not putting her nose in places it doesn’t belong. She accuses Peter of looking at her like she’s backsliding. He asks if it’s that hard, and she says, especially when she’s sitting across from someone she has a burning question for. Is he planning on going to Curtis and Jordan’s wedding with Nina or not?

Nina tells Curtis that she has the invitation right there, and shows him. He says he’ll accept a verbal confirmation, and she says, of course it’s yes. He has a favor to ask. Nina says, yes, and he says she doesn’t know what it is. She says it doesn’t matter. He says even if it means standing up for him? Drew has a personal situation. She wonders if he’s asking her to be his best man, and he says, best person. Someone he trusts, who has his back, and wants the best for him and his bride. The true definition of a friend. She says she’d be honored to be his best person, and hugs him.

Finn feels warm. Anna asks if he’s nervous. He says he keeps telling himself that they’re just third graders. She says he’s a doctor on career day. It’s a match made in heaven. She doesn’t know why he’s worried; he’s great with kids. Emma is a fan. He says Emma is biased. She says either he’ll inspire the next generation to be doctors, or send them running to law school. She believes in him.

Lulu is happy Chase could make it. He says it’s community outreach. She asks if he volunteered when he knew Charlotte’s teacher was having Career Day. Willow welcomes their special guests. Michael and Stella are also there. Willow says they have everything from a police officer to a reporter, and some in between. Charlotte tells her, not everybody is there. Where’s Aiden?

Elizabeth checks Aiden’s backpack, and takes something out that looks like a belt. She asks if he’s wearing this, and tells him he knows the rules. He says, just for lunch, but she tells him no, hand it to her or lose screen time. He hands it over. Franco says goodbye, and leaves with Aiden.

At the hospital, Scotty tells Elizabeth that his client in 009 is getting the short end of the stick, and asks if she can swing by his room. He’s headed toward suing the hospital on top of the taco truck. She snaps at him to wait a second.

Franco tells Aiden that he’s a good kid, and his mom loves him. Nothing will ever change that. He gives Aiden some money for lunch, and an extra dollar not to tell Elizabeth about the conversation. Then another dollar not to tell her about the extra dollar. Aiden goes into class. Finn sees Franco, and asks where Willow’s room is. Franco gives him long directions that end with going through the gym and out the double-doors.

Maxie accuses Peter of ghosting Nina. He says he’d be more comfortable making the decision if he knew why she’d invited him. Maxie suggests he ask. Laura approaches, wanting to thank him in person for The Invader’s endorsement. He thinks she’s the right choice, and wishes her the best of luck. She appreciates the support, and needs all she can get if she’s going to take advantage of the election postponement. She hopes to get the chance to prove herself. Anna joins them and says, that makes two of us.

Curtis asks if Nina is bringing a date. She says she’s asked, but they’ve yet to confirm – it’s not Valentin. He says he’ll leave her plus one blank. Nina says if they can’t come, she’ll ask Sasha. Curtis asks if she’s staying in Port Charles. Nina says she is, and Curtis is surprised. He thought Sasha felt they were getting too close too soon. He asks what changed her mind. Nina says they’re getting to know each other, and Sasha is working there now. It didn’t work out with temp agency, and they had an opening. Curtis asks if she doesn’t think it’s too much. Sasha comes in.

Franco is reading a child psychology book, when the doorbell rings. It’s Scotty. He says Elizabeth was late for work, and he’s lounging around; some people are having a productive morning. He has some clients at GH who could use art therapy. Franco says his first appointment was canceled so he’s brushing up. Scotty asks which kid is having a problem. He says the boys are angels, and Scotty asks why he’s reading a child psychology. Franco says he works with kids. Scotty says Elizabeth is would as tight as piano wire, and Franco is catching up? There’s obviously something wrong. He’d thought by now if Franco had a problem he’d come to his father.

Laura runs into Elizabeth at the hospital. She asks if Elizabeth is okay, and Elizabeth says she has everything under control. Laura says, control is key when raising three boys, but she’s not at home, and doesn’t have to be in control in front of Laura. Elizabeth says she has nothing under control, and feels like she’s failing.

Willow introduces the first speaker – Stella. Finn runs in, out of breath. Willow is glad he made it. He says he took a wrong turn, and she says she’s glad he’s here now, and tells him to take a seat. Chase says, smooth, and Finn tells him, shut up. Willow introduces Stella. Stella says people think she’s just an average citizen, who no one would look twice at. They don’t know what she really is, but she’s letting them in on the secret. She’s out there fighting to make sure everyone gets treated decently. She takes off her jacket and has a shirt that says SWW. She’s Social Worker Woman! Finn says, she has a costume.

Lulu gets up next, and explains the basics of reporting: who, what, when, where, and most important, why and how. She says it’s not a reporter’s job to tell them what to believe, but to provide information, so they can make up their own mind.

Michael asks, who knows what ELQ does? No one raises their hand, so he says, let’s find out together. He says they make important chemicals for innovative technology, and pours something in a beaker. The kids are like, wow… He shows them a giant pumpkin, and says they also fight world hunger. They grow food with special seeds, and he’s brought seeds for all of them to start their own gardens. I start wondering if GMOs are involved, and if they’ll all get giant vegetables like in that Gilligan’s Island episode. Finn frets. Michael says, a good CEO helps his company help the world, which leads to their motto – do a little bit of everything, and a whole lot of good. Chase tells Finn not to worry. Chase is called up. Finn says he’s not worried at all, and fans himself.

Nina asks Sasha if she remembers Curtis. She says she has him to thank for being there. He’s just glad she found her way to Nina; Valentin was the brains behind the operation. Sasha says they’re both her heroes. Nina says Curtis is her hero. Sasha thought Valentin would make the cut. She puts something on Nina’s desk and leaves. Curtis asks Nina what about her and Valentin, but Nina says he just had them over for dinner. There’s nothing to be worried about.

Anna asks to borrow Peter, and they step away from the table. Anna appreciates his discretion. He tells her, enjoy it while it lasts. He can’t hold off Lulu much longer. She says the gag order has been lifted. He asks what about the plan to nail Obrecht. She tells him that his sister at GH in room 510; she’s been taken extremely ill. She has an infirmity they can’t diagnose. Peter says she didn’t seem ill at The Floating Rib, but Anna says, looks can be deceiving. He says she once asked him to plant a false story, and he refused. She’s refined her strategy by giving him false information. She asks if he wants to spend the rest of his life looking over his shoulder. The less he knows, the less he has to worry about. He says she sounds like Valentin; one more thing they have in common. She says, sharing goals? and he says, having to make things right. Anna asks what Valentin can do, and Peter says, for one thing, he reunited a mother and child, separated through no fault of their own.

Chase says, if trouble arises over the next ten minutes, he’s deputizing Charlotte. He shows them how to do fingerprinting. Charlotte asks if it isn’t digitalized now, and he says it is, but before that, it was done on cards. No two people’s fingerprints are exactly the same. Even identical twins. He says he’s brought his special assistant, and goes to get him. Stella asks Michael if he has any idea what Chase has planned, and Michael says, no idea. Chase brings in a gorgeous German Shepherd, saying, this is Thor. Chase worked with the K9 unit before he was a detective. One of Thor’s favorite parts of the job is public outreach. He loves meeting people. He tells Thor to say hi, and Thor barks, and shakes hands with Willow. Chase goes on to bike safety, ending with how they should never illegally park. Willow says time’s up, and Chase quietly says he wasn’t talking to them. Finn says if he knew it was bring a cool animal day, he’d have brought Roxie. Willow says they have one more speaker.

Franco asks Scotty, what if a kid changes his personality from outgoing to uptight? Scotty says kids sometimes go through phases that run their course eventually. Franco doesn’t think that’s the case. Scotty suggests talking to him, but Franco says Aiden is shutting him out. Scotty says what about talking to his teacher; maybe she can shed some light on it. Franco says she can’t. Scotty says, it’s a tough case, and Franco wonders where that leaves him. Scotty says, where it leaves all parents – worried.

Elizabeth starts to cry, and Laura says, everyone has their moments. What does she think she’s failing at? and Elizabeth says, motherhood. Laura finds that hard to believe. Elizabeth says, something is wrong with Aiden.

Finn gets up, and says, so many little kids. He asks if anyone knows why the cookie went to the doctor, and Charlotte says, it felt crummy. She asks where he went to medical school. He tells her, Stoneybrook, and she balks at a state school. Willow tells her not to interrupt, and Finn says, it’s a good school. He asks if anyone has heard of the bird flu, and Charlotte asks if he has it; he looks like a bird. I wonder what’s gotten into her, and Willow says she’ll see Charlotte after school. She asks if Aiden as a question, and Charlotte says, he never talks. He might not have a voice. Chase asks if it’s true that Finn saved a patient from brain worms. Finn says it was his most fascinating case, and the bell rings. One of the kids says, time for gym, and they all run out. Willow thanks the guests.

Maxie asks Peter what that was about. He says he and Agent Devane have a difference of opinion as to what constitutes accurate reporting. Maxie says, Agent Devane? He says he’s not feeling the bond, and probably never will. Maxie asks, where were they? and he says, Nina’s invitation. She assumes he’s going to accept.

Anna says Valentin has been busy in her absence, and he asks what he did now. She says he gave Nina the one thing she couldn’t have. She wonders if he thought he’d find redemption in conjuring up a daughter. He says there was no conjuring. There were two labs, and two separate tests to prove they’re related. He could think of worse things to make a play for redemption. Maybe he can win back Peter’s friendship, and maybe hers. She tells him to stay away from her son.

Peter asks Maxie if it was her idea for Nina to ask him to the wedding, but she says, it was all Nina. He says it’s nice of her, but he doesn’t think he should be within a mile of it. The wedding will be loaded with police, and people who care about Nathan. It might be insensitive. Maxie is sure no one will notice. Nathan would be fine with Nina taking anyone but Valentin. Peter tells her that he’ll go, but first, he wants to know who she’s taking.

Valentin shows up at Nina’s office. Curtis says he’ll consider that her RSVP. She wants the table next to Stella. He tells her Stella won’t be there, and they’ll talk next time. He leaves, and Valentin has something he thinks belongs to Nina. He found her earring under the couch where she fell asleep. She tells him she has a deadline, and he asks if she has time to talk about what happened. Or they could talk about what could have happened.

Willow thanks the guests for making Career Day a success. Finn thinks he can be left off that list. Willow thinks they could do another day, and asks Michael to bring seeds for her next time. Stella says she’s bringing props next time. They leave, but Chase lingers, and asks Willow for her contact information. He says it’s for Finn, and she says she can give it to him directly. Chase says Finn is nervous, but he’s a bright guy. Willow says she can catch up with him, and Chase says, or she can give him her number.

Franco tells Scotty, hopefully the book is more enlightening. Scotty says Franco has the sense God gave a goose, and should trust it. Kids need a roof over their heads, clothes, and food. He can figure out the rest. Franco says he needs Aiden to trust him now, so Elizabeth believes he’s a good parent. Scotty asks if his problem is with Aiden or Elizabeth.

Elizabeth tells Laura that she snapped at Aiden because he missed the bus. She should be focusing on him, not him being late. She sure he thinks she doesn’t care about him. Laura says she’s a good mom; she just had a bad morning. Elizabeth says Franco is going to do art therapy with Aiden to see if it helps like it did with Jake. Maybe she’ll talk to Doc. Laura suggests maybe she talk to someone else – Lucky.

Chase asks if he can call Willow to ask her out sometime. She says maybe she could be persuaded if he brings Thor. He asks when, and she says she hasn’t said yes. He says she didn’t say no. She tells him it’s been a while, and he says for him too. He says they can see who’s the worst first date, and she says she’ll knock him out in round one. She gives him the number, and says she looks forward to his call.

Laura asks if Elizabeth has told Lucky. Elizabeth asks if Laura thinks she should. He’s not part of Aiden’s life, but if he knew what Aiden was going through, he’d come running. She thinks it might do more harm than good, and Laura says she could be right. Whatever she decides Laura is there for her and Aiden. They hug.

Scotty asks what’s really bothering Franco. Is his problem with the kid or proving himself to Elizabeth. Franco says, both. Scotty wants to help. Maybe he should take Aiden out fishing or hiking. Franco doesn’t think he’d be interested, and Scotty says figure what he is interested in, and eventually they’ll connect. Problem solved. The bride-to-be will know he’s the man for the job. Franco says it’s not bad advice, and Scotty says, ten bucks. Franco thinks that’s steep for the family rate. Scotty suggests they play catch, but Franco says Scotty knows he doesn’t do well at that; he has trouble with his spiral.

Willow calls Elizabeth. Elizabeth asks if everything is okay. Willow thinks it’s time for another conversation about her son.

Valentin tells Nina they have unfinished business. Nina says she has meeting to go to, and asks that they at least agree the conversation is far from over. Sasha says Nina has another visitor. Valentin says she’s busy, but Peter says he’ll just be a moment. He’s accepting her invitation. Valentin asks, for what? and Maxie says Curtis and Jordan’s wedding. Nina invited Peter as her date.

Anna runs into Finn at the hospital. He wonders why she’s still there, and she says she came to check on a patient. She asks how the presentation went, and he says the look on his face is how he’s thinking; he’s bleeding. Anna asks, how could he go wrong? Curtis approaches them, and says this came in the mail, and gives an envelope to Finn. He says, it’s from Hayden.

Tomorrow, Anna asks Finn what was in the part he didn’t read to her, Curtis says Drew is being generous, and not-Doc asks Franco what makes him think he can catch the killer?

The Real Housewives of Dallas

Day 2 – Copenhagen. LeeAnne is tired; it’s late. D’Andra and Kameron are the only ones still up. D’Andra is sorry she hurt Kameron’s feelings. She didn’t mean to hurt Kameron’s family. Kameron says she’d never intentionally try to hurt someone she loves. D’Andra says they know each other differently. No one else understands the family dynamic. In her interview, D’Andra says she and Kameron bonded over the pressure of Dallas society, and how you have to be a certain way. D’Andra tells Kameron she has principles. She got mad and thought Kameron wasn’t a loyal friend. In D’Andra’s interview, she admits she was wrong, and never meant to hurt Kameron. She was wound up because Kameron and LeeAnne poked and tag teamed. D’Andra says when her dad was there, he was the defender. She has a small family; it’s just her and her mother, and they’re not getting along. She thinks it’s finally settled, but she just has her husband. Kameron says she’ll always be there for D’Andra. She knows D’Andra is dealing with stuff. D’Andra apologizes, saying it’s time for her to learn and to be better. She hopes they can move on. If it takes time, she understands. She’s going to do her best to be a better friend. She gets teary, and says, it’s hard. They hug it out. In her interview, Kameron says their families are in similar social circles, and they understand each other because of that. Kameron thinks they can move forward, and there are more hugs. In her interview, D’Andra says she doesn’t know if they can go back to where they were, but they have peace. They laugh over last night when D’Andra got in Kameron’s elevator.

D’Andra feels lighter, like a weight lifted. LeeAnne asks Cary what the agenda is, and Cary says, biking. Everyone shuffles out. Kameron jokes that she’ll decide what to do depending on who she wants to hang out with. LeeAnne says her ass is sitting on the boat. Stephanie says whatever Brandi decides, she’ll go along with. In Cary’s interview, she says, these girls have been clinging to their besties for dear life. Not today. LeeAnne and Kameron, separate; Brandi and Stephanie, separate. Brandi says LeeAnne would look like the wicked witch on a bike, and LeeAnne asks if she’s still mad. LeeAnne says they need to talk, but Brandi says it’s too early. LeeAnne walks off. She tells Stephanie that Brandi is still mad, and Stephanie says she’s mad about the alcoholic stuff. LeeAnne wonders why D’Andra acts in a more violent manner – we flash back to her putting her finger in LeeAnne’s face – but there’s no repercussion. LeeAnne says Brandi thinks she’s the punching bag of the group. Kameron agrees. Kameron thinks the only way to move forward for LeeAnne, is to get an apology.

D’Andra, Stephanie, and LeeAnne go on the boat. Stephanie isn’t a fan of boats, but she’s a fan of hot captains. They drink rose, and the hot captain says it’s the best way to experience Copenhagen. He explains a bunch of stuff in Danish, and they reply, skoal! Kameron loves biking because she’s more in control of her environment. Brandi and Cary go biking with her. In her interview, Cary says she dated Lance Armstrong, who taught her a thing or two. Cary remembers the shopping area. She says she was ten when she was in Denmark, but just wanted to be home with her boyfriend and friends. She iddn’t stop and smell the roses. Ten seems too young to have a boyfriend, but I can identify, having gone to the Bahamas with my father when I was fourteen. I just wanted to get back home and enjoy the summer with my friends. Oh how I wish someone would take me on that trip now. On the boat, they go past the backside of an old world palace. Carved dragon tails make the main spire. It’s just beautiful.

Cary wants to stop at a trampoline park. The boat goes past, and the girls yell they have wine. Cary says it’s a small city, but it’s crazy. What are the odds they’d run into each other? These bitches can’t be separated. She wonders who has the tracking device. The hot captain, who really can speak English, drops them off. Some of them bounce on the trampolines. Cary steers, while D’Andra sits on the front of the bike. Stephanie, D’Andra and LeeAnne stop for lunch. In her interview, D’Andra thinks Stephanie is a calming force, and can help them get back on track.

D’Andra excuses herself to go to the bathroom. LeeAnne tells Stephanie that they’re pretending like nothing is wrong. It’s what old people do. LeeAnne wants to keep the caps from their beer bottles, and talks about saving things like the bouquet from D’Andra’s wedding. In her interview, Stephanie says she sees two close friends who have drifted apart. It reminds her of what she went through with her best friend. D’Andra comes back, and Stephanie tells them that she wants them to talk and be friends. She asks if D’Andra loves LeeAnne. After a pause, that might or might not be editing, she says, yes. She doesn’t think they’re not friends. LeeAnne feels like D’Andra doesn’t respect her. D’Andra says LeeAnne made her financial situation clear. I roll my eyes, and LeeAnne says she mentioned it once, and said it out of love, but D’Andra is still harping on it a month later. She wanted to solve a problem for D’Andra, and she’s said she’s sorry a million times. She thinks their tit for tat isn’t helping them move forward. D’Andra says if they promise not to talk about it anymore, they can put it to bed. LeeAnne doesn’t think D’Andra has respect for her or their friendship. D’Andra thinks they’ll get past it. In D’Andra’s interview, she says she’s done everything she knows to do, except apologize. And why not? She says she and LeeAnne have a long history. They’ve shared a lot, and she wants her friend back. She says great things are happening in LeeAnne’s life, and she’d love to be there to support her. She understands it might take time, but she’ll do her best to make it up. LeeAnne says when D’Andra took away the opportunity to love her, she took LeeAnne’s heart. In her interview, Stephanie says she’d love to see them be friends again. LeeAnne says she’d love to turn back time. Stephanie says she’s super proud of both of them. They’ve been friends for a long time, and they’re great people. LeeAnne thanks her for being a calming influence.

Cary says they’re going to Tivoli Gardens, and artsy amusement part in the center of town. And they’re wearing Danish girl outfits. Yes, they are. They skip across the street. The park is so cool. I would love this place. LeeAnne says this is how carnivals got started. She grew up with Siamese twins, and a snake pit where she put a python around her waist. She had a larger than life, vibrant childhood. it gave her a view on world no one else has. She adds, by the way, no one dressed like this. Cary wishes Zuri was there, but it’s cool being there with friends. They look like idiots.

They ride the carousel. The Ferris wheel has seats that look like hot air balloons. They have a beer, saying, skoal! since it’s all they know. Everyone agrees it’s been fun. D’Andra says Stephanie was calm and centered. D’Andra and LeeAnne concur that they’ve had a breakthrough. In her interview, Brandi says they had lunch with Dr. Phil, now everything is okay. Cary says she told Brandi that LeeAnne was upset about her joke, and LeeAnne says Brandi is still mad. Brandi says LeeAnne told people to be careful about her, and that she had a baby to save her marriage. The bottom line is, if LeeAnne is feeling hurt because Brandi called her a wicked witch, she’s not apologizing. LeeAnne says she doesn’t have to, and she wouldn’t expect it. Brandi says maybe she should have said wicked bitch. LeeAnne says she’s apologized, and obviously Brandi doesn’t want to accept it. She’s agitated and angry. Brandi says it’s just going to happen again, and that’s why she feels done with LeeAnne.

Cary is bringing the girls to meet the rest of the cousins. They’re having lunch at Cousin Lotte’s house. She tells D’Andra that she should have brought a swimsuit. It’s tradition to swim in the Baltic Sea. In her interview, Cary says you’re supposed to be naked, but it’s cool if you wear a suit. They head out. Everyone looks at their phones on the bus. D’Andra says her husband had a party. LeeAnne says she got a message at midnight that Rich loves and needs her. Brandi says, and send naked pictures.

The neighborhood is adorable, with sweet, little houses. Cary meets all the cousins, and Camilla is there. There’s a spread outside, and Lotte says she has one more cousin to introduce. She brings out Zuri, followed by Mark. Cary is beyond excited. Zuri says they came to Copenhagen for her. In LeeAnne’s interview, she says, this is what life is about – family. It’s the one thing she doesn’t have. It’s beautiful to watch and be a part of, even for a second. Geez, even I’m tearing up. Mark tells Cary that he worked it out with her dad. In her interview, Cary says for him to come all that way with her baby girl; he knows how important it is for her to have a relationship with her family. Copenhagen is incredible.

Time to eat. Lotte says it’s a traditional Danish lunch. They start with spiced herring. Zuri tells Cary that she doesn’t have to eat the pickled herring, but Cary says she’s going to try everything. Stephanie has a hard time putting a piece in her mouth, and chews for a long time. In her interview, she says, it tastes like salty a-hole; gross. I’ve had it, and disagree totally. Mark says he has another surprise. Cary’s dad is on FaceTime. It’s 6 am where he is. Everyone waves. In Cary’s interview, she says everyone who matters to her is in the room. It’s a blessing to be there, and feel the love, the sense of belonging, and energy. She wants to pack it in her suitcase, and bring it home to her dad. They do shots. Lotte tells them to look each other in the eye, and say, skoal!

Cary says it’s tradition to take a naked dip in the Baltic for good luck in the year to come. You go in naked, come out, and put your clothes back on, It’s not a big deal. It’s also 50*F. Zuri asks if there are sharks, and that’s a no. They see a fisherman, and Zuri says, okay, you don’t get privacy? I die laughing. Cary explains that it’s okay to be naked there. In her interview, she says she’s all about experiencing the culture. She’s going to do the plunge the way the Danes do. In Stephanie’s interview, she says Cary loves being naked. If she had to see her family naked, she’d need fifteen years of therapy. LeeAnne says she passes. She has a fashion show coming up, and doesn’t want to get sick. In her interview, LeeAnne says the last time Cary persuaded her to swim naked in the Mexican ocean, she came home with a flesh-eating bacteria. Plus, it’s thirty degrees. Stephanie says there are vaginas and franks everywhere. In Brandi’s interview, she says she thought it was liberating and freeing to get in naked, and then she saw LeeAnne take out her phone. Have some respect. Stephanie takes off her extensions, and she and Kameron get in with suits on. Mark and Cary go in, and in her interview, Cary says it’s the infamous Duber d*ck that allegedly got s*cked at the Round up. Feast your eyes, ladies; feast your eyes. Lotte says Brandi and Cary passed the Viking test. Cary tells them it’s hard to say goodbye. She tells Zuri that they’ll meet back at the hotel. In her interview, she says she’s just getting to know everyone again, but she will be back, 100%.

On the bus back, Cary thanks everyone for making the day special. Mark made reservations for them at a Michelin star restaurant. Brandi says she needs to collect LeeAnne’s phone. She asks why LeeAnne would do that, and LeeAnne says the video isn’t seeing the light of day. Brandi says, it’s disrespectful, and LeeAnne deletes it. Brandi tells her to delete it from her trash too. She does things like that, and will use them against people. LeeAnne tells her that she’s wrong. In Brandi’s interview, she says, why take it in the first place? She knows LeeAnne is vindictive. She could have texted it, or emailed it to herself, or put it in her iCloud. She calls LeeAnne a manipulative bitch, and says she wants to use it against them. LeeAnne tells Brandi that she’s special, which shuts her up momentarily. I think she doesn’t know how to respond to that. In her interview, Kameron says they’re on national TV, and wonders why Brandi is angry about a cell phone. Cary confirms the deletion. Stephanie says, everyone is good.

Back at the hotel, LeeAnne says she genuinely thought the video was something they’d want to see later. Kameron thinks Brandi is paranoid. LeeAnne says it was spur of the moment, and she thought she was doing a good thing. She didn’t even think about them being naked. Everyone gets ready for dinner. In LeeAnne’s interview, she says Brandi is agitated because she hasn’t broken a glass, called people names, or started a fight. She wants the old LeeAnne to be the dragon, so she can act afraid, and everyone will hug her.

At Hõst restaurant, server Ken suggests a tasting menu, and starts them with champagne. In her interview, Kameron says the food has been fancy and sophisticated; everything Cary wants to eat. She’s hungry. Stephanie points out that the shrimp has eyeballs. D’Andra says, don’t look, just eat. Stephanie thinks it’s lazy not to take the head off the shrimp.

Cary asks about everybody’s favorite moment. LeeAnne says hers was Tivoli. D’Andra thought the boat was fantastic. Brandi – who is wearing way too much bronzer – says meeting Cary’s family, and the bonding thing was great. Because she just can’t STFU, she adds she does feel hurt by LeeAnne, so that took away from it. LeeAnne says she had no malicious intent. Brandi asks how she’d like it if she filmed LeeAnne’s sunny-side up boobies. Omg, I can’t believe her. I think 1) LeeAnne is right; Brandi’s pissed because she’s not getting a rise out of her, 2) she’s overtired and yes, drinking too much, and 3) she’s also pissed that Stephanie is now friends with LeeAnne. In LeeAnne’s interview, she taps the bowl that makes the meditative sound, and keeps tapping.

LeeAnne says she didn’t sneak around to do it, and Kameron says it was about capturing the moment, not blackmail. Stephanie doesn’t think there was anything wrong about it, but understands why Brandi didn’t want her doing it. LeeAnne says it was deleted. Brandi says she’s insecure about that. How does she know? LeeAnne says Brandi can look at her phone. She shows D’Andra that it says, no photos or videos. LeeAnne says if it went elsewhere, she’d know who did it. Cary says, that’s true. LeeAnne says, it was done in innocence. No one gets the same amount of punishment, and LeeAnne thinks the street is unbalanced. Stephanie says it wasn’t malicious. Brandi says it’s a trust issue, and in her interview, whines once again about LeeAnne making up rumors that she’s an alcoholic and had a baby to save her marriage. Brandi says LeeAnne always has an agenda. She’ll use against Brandi when she gets mad at her. She’ll talk to everyone else, except her. In her interview, Brandi says, LeeAnne is pretending to be Zen, but can only keep it up for so long. She’s a good manipulator. LeeAnne says she’s not mad at Brandi, nor is she going to be, or let herself get that way. Brandi says she doesn’t trust LeeAnne. LeeAnne says she doesn’t trust Brandi either. LeeAnne says she’s not going down History Street again

In LeeAnne’s interview, she says Brandi wants to prove the old LeeAnne exists. She does. She just controls her better. It’s called maturity – try it. All LeeAnne can say is, sorry, she can’t trust Brandi. Brandi doesn’t think anyone there trusts LeeAnne.

Next time, Brandi calls the group fake bitches, D’Andra is on friend probation, and LeeAnne has her fashion show – one dress worn 175 ways.

Star

Cassie heard sirens, and DEA and FBI agents raided the club. She got her gun ready, and then we saw, 24 hours earlier…

Cassie found out Xander was taking his wife to an Atlanta gala, when she thought it was over. He tossed an engagement ring to her as she was about to drive away.

Star’s biggest fear was depending on someone else. She told Jackson they weren’t from the same place. He didn’t understand.

Alex confronted Derek about the girl at the club, but he said it wasn’t like that. She had to trust him. He left, and she had a panic attack.

Maurice told Noah that he was cool with whatever Noah and Megan had going on, as long as it didn’t interfere with business. He said Noah was slipping, but Noah said, hits don’t come overnight. His plaques and Grammys spoke for themselves. Maurice said he needed to step up his game; there was always someone who wants it just as bad. Noah wondered if that was a threat, but Maurice said he was talking business.

Take 3 and Miss Bruce met with Maurice, who thought they needed to up their social presence game. He introduced Chloe, who he’d hired to help with that. He thought Noah needed to engage with the fans more. Miss Bruce said the festival was supposed to showcase Take 3, but Maurice said Noah was the comeback kid. Mateo hired him to do as he saw fit, and that’s how he sees it. Miss Bruce told Take 3 to take to the stage and figure it out. Star suggested getting Chloe’s attention on them. The girls were in.

Cassie wanted to go to the gala with Xander. He told her that Karma was too hot, and still had a rat problem that she was supposed to handle. It was affecting his business and reputation. He called Cassie a sloppy bitch, and told her fix it. Then he asked her to marry him.

The undercover girl told Derek not to lose his focus. If he worked smart and fast, they’d find a way to get closer to the action.

Cassie told her thug, Mike, they had to find and plug a leak. Derek came looking for a job, and Mike said he could use more manpower. Cassie told him that she was doing it for his granny, and what goes on in the club, stays in the club.

Noah was confronted by a girl whose DMs he was ignoring. She insisted they’d slept together when he was on tour, and he was so good, he gave her the clap. He said he’d never met her, but she showed him a photo of the two of them looking intimate. She wanted $20K or was going public. Maurice said the truth didn’t matter; it would be bad publicity. Megan said it was extortion, and they should call the authorities. She told Noah, whatever he decided, she’d make it work, but if he paid the blackmailer, she’d keep coming back. Noah went with his lawyer.

Star said she was all the baby has, and Jackson said she acted like he wasn’t a part of it. She wouldn’t move in with him, or even talk about it. It was his baby too, and he was going to be there every step of the way, but he and Star were done.

Mike told Derek he’d have to sweat to make cheese. If Derek wanted real money, mike said he’d contact his boys. Cassie sang, and Xander confronted her about Cotton going to the police. Cassie said it was a family problem, and Cotton had nothing to do with this. She had Cotton under control. He saw where that had gotten them, and said he wasn’t sitting back and letting her throw away the future. She said she had him, and he said he trusted her.

The accusations against Noah ended up on TV. Maurice asked if he was someone Megan wanted to be with.

Mike brought Derek in the back of the club, saying Jamal had been skimming off the top. Jamal said, just once, and Mike held a gun to his head. He asked Derek what he thought, and handed him the gun. Derek thought of his grandma, and took it. It was a set-up, and Mike was just seeing if Derek would have his back. Jamal said he almost believed him. Mike said Derek proved himself, and had a job. Derek said he was a quick learner. Mike told him to keep his mouth shut, and his grandma’s mortgage would be paid sooner than he thought. Cassie thinks she’s calling the shots, but she ain’t.

At the salon, Star said they were busting ass, but couldn’t get press. Cassie blew in, and told Cotton, you don’t snitch on family. Cotton told Cassie that she was paranoid, and Miss Bruce told Cassie, stop coming for family. Cassie insisted she was protecting them from the cops sniffing around Carlotta. Miss Bruce suggested she leave Xander alone. He beats her ass. Cassie told them it was none of their business. Miss Bruce said she was on a roller coaster ride she couldn’t get off.

Simone told Alex to quit pretending everything was okay, and talk to her. Alex said she thought Derek was cheating. She saw him and a girl at the club. Simone never saw a man more sure of his love, and said they’d been thought too much not to fight for what they had.

Cassie told Xander everything was locked down. Star came to Cassie’s office, and said Cassie was letting any man treat her any way. Cassie told her get the hell out. She didn’t know about life, especially Cassie’s. Star said she got her ass beat when she was with Hunter, and kept coming back. Something good was waiting on the other side of the decision if she dumped Xander.

Derek talks to the undercover girl before the club opens, and kisses her when Mike looks at them, but Simone sees them too. Maurice tried to convince Megan that Noah wasn’t who she thought, but Megan said every time she looked at Maurice, she saw their daughter. It was too painful. She needed to move on, and he had to let her. With Megan’s help, Noah proved the photo was fake. He said, whatever is done in the dark will come to light. He didn’t press charges, just wanting to focus on his music.

Star, Simone, and Alex created a ruckus, pretending to fight. Chloe fell for it, and filmed them. Alex said she was glad it was their last album, and Simone pretended to be shocked that Chloe was filming them. Alex grabbed her phone, and threw it.

That’s when it went back to the beginning. Cassie hearing sirens, and seeing the raid. And getting her gun ready.

Cassie confronted Xander at the gala. She thought he was coming alone, but he said his wife decided to come at the last second. She told him the feds raided the club, but she got out before they could talk to her. There was no evidence, since she wasn’t sloppy. He told her it wasn’t just cash; he had boys running drugs in her club. She said she should blow his brains out. Xander said he did it for them, so they’d never have to worry, and he was filing for divorce. He said he loved her, then asked her to take the fall. She slapped him instead.

Star brought Jackson to a new house where there was plenty room for a kid. She wanted Jackson there too. She couldn’t change the past or how it happened so fast, but she wanted to try and make sure the future was better. Jackson said it was too late, but Star asked him not to walk away. They’d both done that their entire relationship. She wanted the baby to have a functioning family, like Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv. Jackson didn’t know if they’d ever be that great, but they could try.

Derek told Alex it wasn’t what she thought, and she asked if it was payback for Noah. He said he couldn’t explain right then, and he got a call from undercover girl. Alex told him to go be with that bitch; she was done with him. He said he loved her more than anything.

Noah and Megan were walking outside, when a guy with a gun came up behind them, and knocked Noah down. He told Noah to stay down when Noah asked him not to hurt Megan.

At the studio, Alex told Simone she was right. Simone started crying, and said it wasn’t just about Alex and Derek, but her and Nina. Alex asked what she meant, but Star interrupted, telling them Chloe’s video of their fight went viral. She showed them the comments, and one said, not missing their last performance. Alex said, it happens all the time; people grow apart. Star said people were calling it their goodbye album. They were trying to help Carlotta, but they’re different artists with different dreams. Alex told Star that they did everything they said they would. Star said, they did more. Simone thought it was right. Their last album. Star said they were going to do it right.

As Take 3 went over their plans, behind the club, undercover girl tried to get Derek on the phone, but Mike grabbed her. Cassie put the ring back in the box. Mike strangled undercover girl. Cassie went to the cops, and turned herself in.

Next time, the finale, Xander says he always wins, Carlotta is back, and Noah pulls a gun on Derek.

✂ There was no great hair tonight, except for an extra dude in the studio with interesting dreads.

💅 On The Real Housewives of New Jersey, once again, dog poop was the great leveler. When Melissa invited new wife Jackie and her kids over, they had to dance around an accident in the hallway. That’s right, no matter how much money you have, that dog is going to poop in the house. Jackie is a mom blogger, and said if anyone doesn’t like her style, she cordially invites them to go eff themselves. I like her already. Teresa pressured BroJoe to spend more time with their father. She’s still in training, and was fretting about an upcoming trip to Oklahoma, where no doubt her friends would encourage her to drink and eat. This prompted a great quote from trainer Tracy – no chicken pot pies for you.

🐛 Inching Toward the Weekend…

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November 11, 2018 – Dead, Dead, More Dead & Happy Veteran’s Day

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What I Watched Today

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

 

 

The Walking Dead

Six years later. Michonne says she’s there, and knows he’s still there too. It hasn’t gotten any easier. Days keep passing; the world keeps spinning. Years go by while they try to make sense of it all. Daryl fishes. A zombie rises out of the water, and he impales a zombie on his makeshift spear. Carol, now with long hair, smiles at a still sleeping Ezekiel. She looks at the wall, where it says, at times we crack, only to let the light in.

Michonne says they try to look ahead to a better future, but the truth is, the path has only grown darker. It’s harder to see. You can feel so lost, and so alone, and so desperate for something; anything that might show you the way. She rides into the woods, and goes to an old RV. She gets out a cigar box that has keepsakes in it. She looks at a four-leaf clover. She says, they’re surrounded by darkness. There are still flashes of light – she takes out a cowboy figure – calling to us. Not enough to light the way ahead, but enough to keep them going.

In the woods, Daryl sees a snapping zombie wedged in a tree that’s growing around it. A bird lands on it, and brings a worm to a nest of its young. Michonne says they keep trying; they keep fighting. Daryl continues on. Carol works in the garden. Michonne says, they keep dreaming. She puts the cowboy figure in her bag, and says that’s what she does, every second of every day – for him; for them. She hasn’t given up, and never will. She rides back to Alexandria.

A group looks for Judith, who comes out of the woods. Aaron asks if she’s okay. She says she heard them calling, and they needed help. The group she saved comes out, and she gives them water. For clarity’s sake, even though we don’t know their names yet, I’m going to use them. The leader is Magna – who I mistakenly called Megan last week – Yumiko, sisters Connie and Kelly, and Luke (who is also Eddie Redmayne’s sidekick in Fantastic Beasts). Luke says he can cook something fancy from roots and leaves, and Eugene says they make stew; more mileage for the masses. Luke asks if there are more of them, and Judith says, way more. Using sign language, Kelly says the sickos are coming for them. Eugene steps up and stabs several zombies in the head. Apparently, he’s learned some skills in the past six years. He says there are more on the way, and they have to get out. Judith says the group needs food, water, and medicine. Aaron says, come on.

At the Kingdom, Carol wonders if there’s any place not falling apart. Much as I do at my own kingdom. Jerry says their loyalty to her, calling her, my queen. Carol makes a face, and he says she’s married to the king, and mother to the price. She has to accept it at some point. She says if she doesn’t by now, it’s never going to happen. In a basement, a pipe is spewing water, and Henry is trying fix it. Carol takes the duct tape, and straps it around the leak. Jerry says they’re in the clear; nice work. Henry says they’re holding things together with plastic and tape; they need better tools. Ezekiel says they’ve discussed it. Henry says, he’s discussed it. He says he has to go or he’ll be late. Ezekiel says he appreciates Henry’s passion and honesty, but he’d best watch his tone.

Ezekiel watches as Henry practices weaponry. Carol says Henry isn’t wrong. The place is getting older. Henry is getting older. Ezekiel says there are others who would gladly train at Hilltop in his place; they need him here. Carol says this is Henry’s home, but Ezekiel needs him there. Ezekiel says he wants Henry safe. It hasn’t been the same at Hilltop. Carol says, sometimes you have to let cracks happen to let the light in. Ezekiel laughs.

Eugene says it’s in direct and flagrant violation of security protocol, and Rosita says she knows. They bring the new people to the gate of Alexandria. Judith promises they’ll be safe there. She takes Magna’s hand and leads them in. The newcomers are amazed. Judith says, this is Alexandria; this is home.

Gabriel comes out. A child runs toward Aaron, saying, daddy, but he tells Gracie to stay where she is. Siddiq sees the wounded Yumiko, and says he’ll take her to the infirmary. Michonne rides in, and asks if someone wants to tell her what this is. Eugene says, five unknowns, all clean, one in the infirmary. She looks them over, and pats Magna down. She says, all clean? and Eugene says, whistle worthy, clean as a-wise. Michonne asks why they’re there, and Aaron says it was his call. She says it wasn’t his call to make. Judith tells Michonne that she decided. They needed help. Michonne says she knows the rules; they all do. Aaron says, they’re here now, and one is badly hurt. Siddiq is checking her out. He says, no disrespect, but maybe they could decide together. Gabriel suggests that they bring it before the council for a vote tomorrow. Michonne agrees, and says to put them in holding. Luke does some sign language. Judith sees the cowboy figure on the ground. I think of John from the other show, and get confused for a millisecond.

Ezekiel gives Henry a hug for the boy, and shakes hands for the man he’s going to become. Henry says Ezekiel is acting like he’s not going to see him again. Ezekiel tells Henry to be respectful, responsible, kind, and considerate. Henry promises, and gets the carriage ready. Ezekiel thinks if they bring the communities back together as full partners, it will change everything, and Carol says, he’ll be fine. Ezekiel says. he sees the world as should be, not as it is. He’s a dreamer. She wonders who he gets that from. She says they could use more dreamers, and Ezekiel says they could use more people to pull them down. She says she has some ideas, and he’s sure she does.

At the town meeting, Gabriel says it’s been a long time since they’ve seen any new faces. They’re a fair community of decent minded people, but not Saul. He asks who the leader is, and Magna asks what makes him think they have one. Gabriel asks if they knew each other before. Luke tries to piece together who knew who first, and lists someone they’ve lost. He says there were others, but just he can’t finish. He starts to cry, saying, they didn’t make it. Aaron asks who they were before. Luke was a music teacher, and Magna a waitress at a truck stop. Kelly says Connie says she was a journalist, but she’s being modest. She exposed some sleazy politicians, and put them behind bars. Kelly was in high school, stressing about stupid sh*t. Gabriel asks who they are now. Magna says, a fighter. Kelly tells them Connie claims she’s his guardian angel, but it’s the other way around. Luke says he guesses he’s still a music teacher. Education never ends, not even the in face of monsters and mayhem. Gabriel asks what they did to survive, and Magna says what she had to. Kelly says Connie never gave up, and Luke says, nothing special. He doesn’t know what he did to deserve it. In the beginning, he was in the right place at the right time. He’s lucky he met the right people. Before, if you saw them together, you would say maybe they work together. They don’t have anything in common, except for breathing. Aaron thanks them. He’d like to vote, but Michonne has a question. As a community, they want to be kind, generous, and charitable, but as they know, decisions like the one they’re about to make can come with a heavy price. She walks up to Magna, and tells Magna to show her left hand. She asks if Magna get her tattoo at a truck stop, and Magna says, screw you. Michonne says it’s a prison tattoo. The four dots are the walls, and the dot in the middle is her; the prisoner. She did hard time. Magna says she can explain, and Michonne asks if she has nothing to hide. Magna says, nothing, and Michonne tells her to put the knife on the table. Magna undoes the buckle off of her belt, and it’s a knife. Michonne says she remembers; she knows they do too. She seconds the motion to vote, and walks to the door. Magna wonders if she can ask Michonne a question. Michonne says, no, and continues to walk.

Gabriel checks out the radio equipment Rosita says she thought he gave up, but he says he keeps thinking there are still people they don’t know about. He thinks Michonne is wrong. He thinks they’re good people. Michonne got a rise out of Magna on purpose. Rosita says they’ll be in Alexandria until Yuniko is back on her feet. Michonne has time to change her mind. Gabriel says, maybe. He tells Rosita that Eugene thinks if they went further out and set up a remote amplifier, it might boost their signal. Rosita says it would be a security breach. Gabriel says it would be like stumbling in the dark, but think who they might find; what else is out there. Rosita ponders this, and says she and Eugene will check it out. They kiss. I don’t think any of us saw that coming. He tells her that she’s amazing.

Michonne says she thought she was done with this talking and not hearing him answer, but she wants what he did; to protect them. Judith walks toward the room where Michonne is talking. Michonne says nothing else mattered except him. She knows this isn’t what he planned, what he wanted, but he wasn’t there. Neither was she. Judith is almost at the door, but decides to go back. The floorboard creaks, and Michonne sees her. Michonne says it’s almost time for her lesson. You know she has to be wondering how much Judith heard.

In the carriage with Henry, Carol says they’re not going to Hilltop. They hear screaming, and Henry jumps down. Carol tells him to stop, then runs after him. He goes down an alley, and sees some thugs bothering a woman. He yells, get off her! but as he gets closer, the woman draws a weapon on him, calling him her hero. Carol has followed, and draws her bow, telling the woman, drop it. The gate behind her slides shut, and they’re trapped. Savior Jed comes out with some other guys. He says he’s not good at math, but there’s more of them. He calls Carol boss lady, and salutes.

In another carriage, Eugene says Rosita must like Gabriel. She’s flattening security protocol to stand by her man. Rosita tells him to focus. He says there are more viable selects available to her. She asks if he has someone specific in mind, but he says, generally speaking. They stop the carriage stops, and Rosita says, fresh tracks. Eugene says luckily they’re going in the other direction, and they head to some water towers.

Siddiq tells Yuniko that she got a concussion, and she was dehydrated, but she’ll be back on her feet tomorrow. Magna asks if she should be, but Siddiq tells her that’s not for him to say. Magna watches Michonne and Judith practice fighting. Luke asks what Siddiq’s story is. Siddiq says he was a stranger someone took in. Luke says it must have been different then. Is there a reason things changed? Siddiq says there’s a reason for everything, and excuses himself.

The woman tells Henry that they didn’t stand a chance; she had them pegged a mile down the road. Jed comes back with the carriage and horses. He tells Carol, sorry for the inconvenience. They’ve been having a tough time since the Sanctuary went bust. Carol asks if they tried joining with another community, but Jed says that’s not his bag. She spared him back in the day, so he’s offering her the same courtesy. The horses for their lives. Henry can keep his stick, but everything else is theirs. Carol tells him, take it and go. He wants her ring first. I wonder why, since it can’t be worth anything. She’s about to take it off, when Henry whacks Jed with his stick. Jed knocks Henry down, and Carol shields him. She gives Jed the ring, and he puts it on. He says it was a pleasure doing business with her, and he meant to tell her, he likes what she’s done with her hair. Okay. Is this some SWF situation?

Judith does math homework near Negan’s cell. It’s a story problem involving airplanes, and Negan asks if she’s ever seen an airplane fly in any direction at any speed. She says, no, and he asks if she thinks she will. She says, probably not. He thinks the math problems should apply to the real world: from right here and now. She tells him some strangers were brought there, but her mom is making them move. He says her being her, she must want to help. She says she found them, and brought them there. Negan says when he was her age, he brought home stray dogs. His mom hated it, and he didn’t understand why. They were friendly and grateful. One day, he brought home the wrong. Judith asks if it bit him, and he says, not him. It killed the other strays, and almost chewed his mom’s ear off when she tried to stop it. It seemed as friendly and grateful as the others. Judith asks if he ever brought home another one, but he says he wised up. Judith says, look how great that turned out. She starts to leave, and he thought she wanted his help. She tells him, just with math. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a good or bad person on the inside. Numbers don’t care.

Eugene is up on a water tower. Rosita says, looking good, and he starts to come down. He sees a load of zombies headed their way, and calls to Rosita. She tells him to get his ass down now. He drops his bag, and he startles the horses (who seem to be the source of a lot of problems). They get spooked, and take off. He’s not even a third of way down, and the zombies are advancing. Rosita digs through the bed of a truck. Eugene’s foot slips, and the ladder falls. He drops to the ground, and Rosita runs back. His knee is messed up. He tells her he did a hard core U on the DL. She gets a crutch, and gives it to him. They go as fast as he can.

In their tent, Henry tells Carol that he doesn’t get it. She didn’t even try. She says there was no point, but he says, bullsh*t. There’s right and wrong. You stand up for what’s right, and fight what’s wrong. She taught him that; what happened? She says, him. Someday he’ll understand. She rubs her finger where her ring used to be.

Magna tells the others, sorry. Michonne set her up. She didn’t know how it would play out, and wanted them to have options. Luke tells her, hand over the necklace. She takes it off. It has pointy things hanging from it. She says they can’t just go back out there, without horses and supplies. How long will they last? Luke says, as long as they can; same as always. Magna says, that worked out great. Kelly translates Connie’s signing. She tells them not to be a-holes. Bernie would have wanted them to have this, but they’re fighting like always. She tells Magna, leave this woman alone. They need to get Yuniko and get out. If that’s their fate, so be it. Luke asks if they shouldn’t try to convince Michonne. Magna tells him not to start too. They need this; everything. Luke tells her there are little kids there. Save it for someone who deserves it. He takes a vote, and tells Magna, hand it over now. She gives him the necklace. He tells her to sleep on it. She might feel better in the light of day.

At the Savior’s camp, Carol tells Jed the stuff there belongs to people she knew. I don’t know how she did it, but it looks like the Saviors are tied up. And I don’t mean busy. Jed says they found it, and he didn’t do anything. Carol says he hurt her son, but she’s never going to see them again. She lights a match, sets the place on fire, and they burn alive. Alrighty then.

Magna watches Michonne through the window. She almost walks into the house, but sees a toddler run to Michonne. Instead, she goes to the door, and hands Michonne a knife, saying she missed one. Michonne thanks her. Magna says Michonne was right about her. She’s done things; terrible things. If she had all this, she wouldn’t trust her either. She walks away, and they have an exchange I couldn’t hear.

Michonne sees Judith on the steps, holding a gun. She says she’s supposed to protect those she loves, like her dad protected those he loved.  Michonne thinks her dad would have been proud of what she did yesterday; her brother too. Judith asks, then why not help them? Michonne says she’ll understand someday. Judith knows Michonne talks to Rick; Carl too. She’s starting to forget their voices. They keep fading away. She hopes Michonne can still hear them. She runs upstairs, and the toddler runs to Michonne. She sees the cowboy figure on the floor.

Rosita and Eugene run as fast as Eugene can run, which isn’t very fast. He says he can’t keep on keeping on. He says there’s something he’s been working on telling her; something he’s been holding a long time. She tells him, shut up; they’re making it. She pulls him along.

Henry and Carol are back in their carriage. Henry is sorry about what he said, and thanks her. She says he’s safe. That’s all that matters. We see that Carol’s ring is back on her finger. Henry asks where she’s taking them, and she says, off the map. Daryl stands in her path. She says, need a ride, stranger? He smiles, and heads toward the carriage.

While Michonne gets dressed, we see an X scar on her lower back. She takes out Rick’s shirt, puts it on, and hugs herself. Judith sees Magna’s group outside, and says, sorry. Yuniko says if she’d known they were getting booted when she recovered, she would have hit her head harder.  Connie says through Kelly that Magna had volunteered to hit her again. They thank everyone for their hospitality, especially Judith. Gabriel and Siddiq walk them toward the gate. Michonne rides up, and says, change of plans. She gives Judith the cowboy, and says she knows another place that might take them in. She’s going to escort them personally. Siddiq will be going to Hilltop with her, to keep an eye on his patient until they get there. Kelly signs what’s happening to Connie. Judith tells them, good luck.

Eugene and Rosita stumble along. They slide down a muddy embankment toward some water. They cover themselves with the mud. I say, holy! The zombies are so close, but walk past.

Next time, Eugene and Rosita are still on the run, a flare is sent up, more of the new people, Daryl, and zombies. Kind of like this week.

🔥 When it comes to Carol, it looks like the Saviors have met their match.Talking Dead

🎭 Meet the New Cast…

And then some.

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💖 Thanking Those Who Have Served…

HappyVeteran'sDay

November 9, 2018 – Sonny Gets What He Came For, a Rescue, Everyone Finds Their Way to Limbo, Mixed Quote Salad & Long Weekend

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Jeanette says Sonny should be grateful. Skully started him in the business, and was good to him. Sonny says somebody he loves has been wrongly accused. He wants to make sure the truth comes to light. Jeanette says she’s burning the letters, and there’s nothing he can do. Margaux walks in and says, maybe he can’t, but she will. She came for the truth, and after all these years, she deserves it.

Nina tells Sasha that everyone lies. She’s told some big ones herself. Then there are those who spin the truth to get what they want. In their twisted way, they think they’re doing the better thing. Her ex like that. It’s hard. They love each other, but she can’t live waiting for the other shoe to drop. Whatever her and Sasha’s relationship turns out to be, Nina wants to make sure it’s honest. Sasha says she hasn’t been honest with Nina.

Kiki tells Griff that she hopes he board does the right thing, and this will soon be a horrible memory. They toast to horrible memories. Griff is amazed by her optimism, and how she keeps the faith. They kiss.

Elizabeth is proud of Franco. The police asked for help, and he gave it to them. She wishes he would believe in himself. He wants to totally trust himself, but thinks he should see Doc, just in case. Therapy is good for the soul.

Carly calls Sonny, leaving a message that it’s important. She tells Jordan that she already answered their questions. Jordan says, when she found Mary Pat’s head.

Not-Doc adds Mary Pat to his list. He adds her ID to some others, keeping it with the list in a drawer in his office. I note that not-Doc uses a fountain pen with real ink. There’s a knock at the door, and he puts his wedding ring in view on the desk. It’s Ava, who asks if he’s ready for her. He says, ready and waiting.

Ava thanks him for agreeing to see her after hours. She sees the ring, and he apologizes for being unprofessional and leaving it out. He finally took it off, and can’t figure out what to do with it. She says she’s sorry about him and Laura, but he says he broke it off; it’s his mess to clean up. She says it’s not any less painful than being left. It’s a different kind of awful, in her experience. She says sorry if she overstepped, and he says it’s his fault. Taking her to Charlie’s was inappropriate. They should have come there. She’s said she was coming up with innovative ways to manage her anger. He suggests they talk about those.

Carly says they’re wasting time, and Chase asks how she explains the hair in Mary Pat’s hand. Jordan asks if Carly has a theory on how it got there. Diane walks in, and asks if that isn’t the PCPD’s job. She’s going to have Carly ask for a tax refund if she’s doing their job. Chase says every time Diane tears him to shreds, he feels like he learned something. Jordan says they followed clues that led to her client. Chase says there were witnesses to Carly’s threats, but Diane says what they have is circumstantial at best. Jordan says Carly was there when the head was found, and when the body was found, there were strands of her hair in its hand. They would be remiss not to follow up.

Elizabeth tells Franco that Aiden is becoming more withdrawn at school. Maybe he should talk to Doc. Franco says Aiden had the time of his life when they were doing art, maybe he should take a crack at Aiden. The doorbell rings. It’s Terry with a bakery box, and a six-pack. Elizabeth asks if it’s that bad.

Sasha says she told Nina it would be easy for her to get a job there, but that’s not the case. She’s tanking with the job search. Nina says she’s not dishonest, just wrong. Sasha says she presented herself as confident. Nina is big and successful, and Sasha can’t even land a temp gig. Nina explains that the guy who owned Crimson needed a financial loss, and hired her, thinking she’d tank the magazine. Then he wouldn’t be in trouble. Sasha says, but she made it work. Nina says, with help. She wants Sasha to reconsider her offer. Sasha says she’d love to work there, but can’t accept a handout. Nina says it’s not a handout; it’s not an easy job. She’d have to bring her A-game. Sasha says, what if she can’t keep up. Nina says if she screws up the magazine, she’ll fire Sasha’s ass. Sasha accepts the offer, and Nina tells her, welcome to Crimson. Nina says she hasn’t been honest with Sasha about something, and needs to tell her.

Jeanette tells Margaux that she can’t believe Sonny. He’s a mobster, and lying is like breathing to him. Sonny says he told the truth; now it’s her turn. Jeanette says it could ruin Margaux’s career, but Margaux says for once she’s not thinking of her career. Hunting for the person responsible for her father’s death led to Sonny, which led to her.

Ava tells not-Doc, thanks to their chats, she’s made an important discovery. If she channels her anger in the right direction, she can find forgiveness. He asks, for who? and she says, Kiki. He says, not Griff? and Ava says, never him. He asks, how about herself? but she says, that’s a different story. She realized she could forgive Kiki, when Kiki knows what it’s like to hurt like she was hurt. Not-Doc asks, who will do it? and Ava says, not her. Griff will do the honors. Once he’s unfaithful, they can begin to heal. He might need a nudge. She’ll be doing Kiki a favor, getting it out in the open sooner rather than later. Not-Doc asks how Ava knows he’ll cheat, and she says he cheated on the Church, and on her. It’s his nature or doesn’t he believe in human nature?

Kiki gets it; Griff broke the rules. But what about how he behaved afterwards? He had integrity, and he’s been punished enough. Griff hopes the board agrees. She says he’s a gifted doctor. Keeping him away is completely ridiculous.

Elizabeth explains that when she and Terry were in middle-school, they would climb up on the roof with moon pies and root beer. They’d stare at the stars, and wait for the world to make sense. Terry says, eventually, they’d realize they had to solve their own problems, but in the meantime – they both say, sugar! Franco says he’ll go to get take out from Charlie’s, and give them a moment. Elizabeth says Terry brought the sugar; go first. Terry needs to wait for it to kick in, so Elizabeth tells her that Aiden is struggling. Being shy is one thing, but he’s obviously in pain. Terry asks, about what? and Elizabeth says he won’t tell her. Terry’s turn. Terry says it’s nothing new. They live in a world where children get brain tumors, and she still can’t be sure what’s the sense in that.

Margaux tells Jeanette, for once in her life, do the decent thing. Give her the letters. Jeanette says they’re not for a child to see, and Margaux says she’s not a child. Jeanette says Margaux is her child, and Sonny says, give her the letters. Margaux can’t believe her mother is a cheating tramp who conspired to kill her father. She takes the letters, and Jeanette tells her not to do it to either one of them. Margaux reads that when Jeanette thinks of them, she would break any vow, commit any sin, and take any risk if one day they could be together. Jeanette says Margaux doesn’t understand. Margaux can’t believe her mother sat there watching TV with her dad, holding his hand. Jeanette says, not in front of Sonny; it’s a family matter, but Margaux wants him to stay. It’s his party. He said she wouldn’t like what she was going to find, and he loves being right. She tells him to get a drink. It’s a big bon voyage party for what she thought was her family.

Nina tells Sasha that she acted out of turn, and told Ava to stay away from her. Sasha says that’s her half-sister’s mother, but Nina says Ava is a murderer and a slut. She’s all for sexual freedom, but Ava hurts people when she’s not killing them. She could slit someone’s throat, and walk away scot free, blaming the victim. She just wanted to protect Sasha. Sasha appreciates Nina looking out for her, but says, don’t worry. She’s used to taking care of herself. They have a lot in common. Franco comes in, and Nina calls him over. She introduces them.

Terry tells Elizabeth that she knew what she was getting into with pediatric oncology. She works with kids fighting harder than most adults to live. Elizabeth asks if they’re talking about Oscar. Terry says Oscar figures if he’s going to die, he wants to do it dancing, and enjoying what’s left. He’s refusing to participate in the medical trial. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking, making him harder to save. Elizabeth says Terry is doing what she can, and Terry says she’s failing. All the years of training, experience, and success. She’s saved a lot of lives, but now she feels useless. Elizabeth asks what Terry needs from her, and Terry says, perspective. What else can she do for the family?

Diane says her client has cooperated fully, and Jordan says they don’t think she did it. Diane asks why she’s here, and Jordan says the killer appears to know what they’re doing. The head was surgically separated from the body. Chase says Carly implied doing her harm, and her husband is in a position to address that. Sonny has resources. Diane says he’s usually accused of making someone disappear, not appear in public. Carly asks why Ava isn’t a person of interest.

Ava tells not-Doc that the tricky part is, it needs to happen where Kiki can see it. When she sees what a lying hypocritical bastard Griff is, she’ll run to her mother for support. Their bond will stronger, having been betrayed by the same man. Griff will be a nothing, a nobody; which is what he deserves. Not-Doc says he thought he could do this, but it’s just wrong. He can’t treat her any longer.

Margaux gives Sonny a drink. She asks if her mother ever loved her dad, or was it all a lie? Jeanette says it wasn’t a good marriage. Margaux remembers her father laughing and smiling, but Jeanette says he was smiling at her. There was nothing between them, and she thought she’d spend the rest of her life like that. Then Joe happened, and it changed everything. The more she wanted him, the more she hated Margaux’s father. She went to Skully, and begged him get rid of the one person keeping them apart. Margaux asks if Jeanette considered that she was losing her father, and Jeanette says she did. Kids are and move on, like everyone does. She couldn’t stop thinking about wanting him gone. She wanted him dead. Margaux asks if Sonny got it. He says, every word, and shows Jeanette that he’s wearing a wire.

Ava says not-Doc got her to open up – no judgement – and once she revealed a darker place, he’s jumping ship. He says what happened was just a coincidence. He works with serial killers and the criminally insane. He says her sweet plan isn’t what’s making him run for the hills. He says she’s not horrible, she’s fascinating; too fascinating. He identifies in many ways. She asks, what kind of ways? but he tells her that he’s already said too much. He can’t be her doctor because hr can’t be objective where she’s concerned.

Griff watches Kiki read. He takes the book out of her hands. She says she was reading that. He says he doesn’t care, and kisses her. She hopes he respects her after she tells him doing this is better than studying.

Franco asks Nina, how? She says, apparently, she didn’t lose the baby. She had it while she was in a coma, and her mom gave it away, and continued to lie. Franco says, makes sense. She’s surprised Kiki didn’t tell him, but he says they’ve been moving in different orbits. Franco tells Sasha that he hopes she realizes that she’s now related to one of the most remarkable women he’s ever known. Sasha agrees. She says she’s starting work tomorrow, and wants to impress her new boss. She leaves, and Franco sits down. He says, holy moly. Tell him everything.

Elizabeth tells Terry, the longer she’s been a parent, the more she realizes how little in control she is when it comes to her kids. She does her best to be as involved as possible, and still let them do their own thing. If they need her, she’s there, but things happen. She doesn’t know what’s going on inside Aiden’s head. She wants to figure out what he needs, and fix it, but all she can do is tell him that she loves him, and he’s wonderful the way he is. Terry wonders what happens if what you know is the right thing to do stops working. Elizabeth says, keep showing up, and do what you do best. Prayer, and relentless determination.

Jeanette is shocked that Margaux worked with Sonny to set her up. Margaux says she wanted the truth, and got it. Sonny wonders where Jeanette was when her husband disappeared. Why weren’t she and Skully together? Jeanette tells Sonny, he said, wait, so we waited. She thinks he found a mark to do his dirty work. She figured once the body was found, the mark would go down for murder, and they’d be together. Margaux tells her to get out; her mother disgusts her. Jeanette asks if Sonny is happy. He got what he came for. She leaves and I wonder where she’s going, since it’s her house.

Sonny says Margaux got what she wanted, and asks if she wants to go. She says she’s not done, and looks at the desk. She says, the sacred desk that they never got rid of. A symbol of her father’s hard work. She went to law school to be the kind of lawyer he was. Sonny says, he would be proud, and she tells him, go to hell. She can’t even nail him for the murder. They’re done. She thanks him for the truth she’s been searching for her whole life.

Jordan wonders why Ava would have killed Mary Pat, and Carly says she’d do anything to get Avery away from them. Chase thinks that’s a bit of a stretch. Jordan says, unlikely, but they’ll explore all avenues.

Franco says Nina must be beyond happy. She says she’s been dreaming about having a child. Now she has one, fully grown, but she thinks she’s okay with that. Franco says she missed the poopy years. She says she’s very lucky to know such a remarkable woman.

Sasha is getting a glass of water at the apartment, when Griff walks in, shirtless. He says he didn’t know she was there. She says he looks flushed, and puts the glass against his face. Kiki comes in, telling him to come back to bed. Sasha says he was thirsty. She hands him the glass, saying, all his.

On the phone, Sonny says he got Carly’s message, and hopes everything is okay. He can’t come home tonight, but if it’s an emergency, call. Otherwise, he’ll see her tomorrow. He loves her. Margaux sits on the floor with the letters, and drinks and cries.

Elizabeth says when she thinks of what Oscar’s family is experiencing, it puts her life in perspective. She has three healthy boys, and what Aiden is going through isn’t that. Terry says she was once a teenage boy, but no one else’s problems made her life any easier. The bullying, the confusion. the hurt. The only perspective that matters to Aiden is his own. Elizabeth says maybe she can’t help, but she wants to know what’s wrong. Aiden keeps shutting her out. All she can do is convince him that he’s not alone.

Franco hopes Sasha realizes she got a homerun mom. They’re doing well for two fugitives. He didn’t even want kids; now he has three boys. He’s enjoying the karmic spin. Nina is glad he’s happy, and he says, look at them, all mature and stuff. Nina says she should be careful what she wishes for. She’s terrified she’ll screw up. Franco says they both will. Don’t try to be perfect; just be happy. Nina says they’ll never screw that up.

Kiki asks Griff if Sasha was hitting on him in front of her. He thinks she’s misinterpreting, but Kiki says, no. She was hitting on him, and it’s not okay.

Ava tells not-Doc that she’s going to miss their talks. She was getting a lot out of them. He says it’s the toughest decision he’s made in a long time. She doesn’t think that’s true. She says she’ll see him around, and he tells her, good luck with everything. She leaves, and he locks the door behind her.

Sonny finds Margaux passed out on the floor where she was reading the letters. He says she can’t sleep there, and helps her up. He puts her on the couch, and covers her with a blanket.

Diane asks if they’re finally done, and Jordan says, for now. Carly is free to go. Chase adds that she’s still a person of interest. Carly says she gets the drill, and she’s not about to leave; her entire life is there. She tells him, in the meantime, they might want to figure out how Mary Pat was holding her hair.

Sonny watches Margaux sleep, and ponders. The text beneath him says, next week… what if…?

What if you could go back and change your life? Would you do it? A very special GH on Monday.

🐶 Aww!

Doctor Nero rescues a furbaby.

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Z Nation

Roberta slashes a zombie. George gives mercy. Doc attacks with two hammers, one in each hand. A brain goes flying. Roberta sees the talker symbol in fresh paint on a car. They come to a building that says Limbo on the sign. George thinks Dante might be there. Roberta presses a giant button, and someone asks for the password. The zombies are advancing, and she says, help. He says, wrong; that was last week’s. She tries zombie, and he tells her that she should have said that in the first place.

They go inside, down some metal stairs. Doc says it’s a nice place to get murdered. George says it’s a place for outlaws; a place Dante would love. They continue down until they get to a door. Roberta tells them to brace themselves. The door opens to reveal two guys having a chainsaw fight, gambling, go-go girls in cages, a bar, and neon. There’s a whack-a-mole game called hit-the-head. Doc gets distracted by a dancer.

A group chants duel before a stage. A girl comes out and two men face each other. She says, one bullet each, and tells them, gentlemen, spin the chamber; no more bets. Time to duel. She drops her scarf, and they fire. One falls off the stage, all the way to Murphy’s feet. He says they have a winner. Everyone cheers. Murphy brings the winner up on stage, and says, to the victor goes the biscuits, handing him a tray of them. Murphy wears a sparkly red snakeskin-trimmed suit, and a devilish mustache and beard. He sees Roberta and company, and says it’s about time they slaughtered their way there. A confetti gun explodes, and he says, welcome to Limbo.

Two people act out a comedy skit on a stage. Murphy says, blendsmen were running the place until the return of the thin red one. Doc says it’s heartwarming. Murphy goes off with a woman. George tells Roberta that they’re there d*cking around with strippers and Monopoly while Dante could be dead. Murphy returns, saying there’s something George needs to hear – she’s a drag. He tells, relax, and let him buy a round of drinks for his friends, before their next suicide mission. Roberta says looking for someone. George says, don’t bother. Murphy wouldn’t know him. At the roulette table, Wesson pops out a guy’s eye for the wheel.

Doc says he has to hit the head. Murphy says there’s always a line for that, and we see a woman playing the hit-in-the-head game, Roberta says Murphy has chosen sides. He says, the winning side. Roberta says he associates with a lot of talkers to be apolitical. Murphy tells her, talkers, blends, humans; they’re all customers to him. Monopoly is being played for bullets. Murphy says they have everything. Even George Clooney’s actual moving foot. You can tickle it for a nickel. Murphy brings them downstairs. George says they’re looking for a talker named Dante. There’s a symbol outside that says this looks like a safe place for talkers on the run from Altura; a safe place for Dante. She asks if Murphy would know anything about a talker underground, and Murphy says, anything…?

They come to a room housing barrels. Murphy says, come out, come out, wherever you are. Come out and get your biscuits. The talkers stand up. Marjorie is among them.

Roberta asks how long they’ve been coming there, and Murphy says, about two weeks. She asks if they’re all from Altura, and he says, all over. He didn’t ask for them. They just keep getting dropped off, and they’re cutting into his biscuit inventory. They’re eating like there’s no tomorrow. He hopes they get a shipment soon, or there will be no tomorrow. Let him guess. They want to get involved. Roberta tells him they want to find Dante. She mentions Estes, and Murphy says he knew Estes on Zona. He was a high tech whiz kid, fronting a startup for them. Must be Altura. Murphy says Altura has cut off his biscuit supply, and he’s trying to run a business here. George knows how he feels. People treated him like a freak before the apocalypse. He finally has a family, and she gets not wanting to lose them. They’re all outsiders. Marjorie is an outsider, just trying get back to her family. She says they’re wrong about him. He’s a brave man. He’s risking everything to help. Newmerica owes him a debt.

Murphy laughs, and says she’s good. He’s met a few bullsh*tters in his day, but she’s good. Marjorie yells she wants to find her husband. They talkers get restless, and run out. Doc says, they sure sound like Z’s. Murphy asks if they’re going to find this guy or not, and they jet.

10K sees an empty van with the doors open, and footprints going away from it. He follows them to where the talkers were crucified and buried. As he’s tightening the bandana around his wound, a zombie jumps out behind him, and I choke on my coffee. He wallops it, and says, 8609.

Murphy asks if they want anything while they wait for their mystery talker hero. He asks if Doc remembers calling him a coward, and Doc asks if he’s changed. Murphy says, no, but he’s learned to swing first. A truck backs up outside. Roberta thinks this is it, and while she gives instructions, Murphy suddenly goes through changes. He says, Lucy, and runs outside. Addy is in a truck out front, and says, of course he’s the big red one.

At the bar, Doc says it’s been a long road for all of them. He missed Addy. Lucy too. Addy says she y missed them too. She tells Murphy sorry about the gun. He said he felt Lucy in it, and he thought it was her, even though it didn’t make. He calls for shots, and the waitress drinks from the bottle. The liquor pours out bullet holes in her torso, and they fill their glasses. They toast to Lucy. Addy asks if she can visit Lucy’s grave, but Murphy says Viking funeral. Addy thinks that’s what she would have wanted. Murphy says he saved something of hers, and she’d want her to have it. He gives her what looks like a handkerchief. Addy says she felt her too. She kept looking for her, but she’d lose the signal in the daytime. At night, she’d look at stars feel her. Then one night, she looked up and felt nothing. Just the weight of them crushing her down. That’s when she knew she was alone. Murphy says Lucy loved her. Addy says, but she wasn’t there to save her – neither was he. Murphy tells Addy not to drink so much. She looks like sh*t. Addy says, bite me.

Wesson whispers something to Murphy, who says, tell them keep their eyes open. Murphy calls Doc over. Doc tells Addy not to listen to Murphy; she looks great. He goes over to Murphy, and Roberta takes the stool next to Addy. They sit and drink.

Doc and Murphy see Marjorie. Doc wonders how she got there, and Murphy says that means the others are running around in there too. He says Doc is food; he’s not. Doc says she looks friendly, and tries talking to her, asking if she remembers him. She screeches at them, and Doc says, she’s not nice. They take off.

Roberta introduces George to Addy. George says any friend of the talkers is a friend of hers. Addy says she’s not their friend. George says she put in herself in danger to help. She didn’t know about Altura. A family asked her to smuggle them out. They had a talker baby. Lucy couldn’t stop growing, and there was a baby who was never going to grow again. They were scared, so she helped them. She was glad to have a mission again. George asks if she’s come across Dante. Addy looks up, and says, no, no-no-no-no-no. She knows what George is going to do. She asks if this is what Roberta is into now. She wants to get him executed?

Murphy and Doc look for the talkers. Murphy says rabid talkers aren’t good for business. It’s the place where everyone comes to forget about getting eaten. Doc asks if Murphy thinks the dancer liked him, and Murphy says, once you go blend, you go blend to the end. They walk through the basement. The lights flicker. The talkers pop out, and Murphy and Doc run. They stop short after and open door, and shove the talkers into the room, and close the gate. Doc tells Murphy not to forget they’re friends, but Murphy says, friends don’t have friends for lunch. Doc says, now what? and Murphy says, feed them. They’re going to need a lot of biscuits.

George tells Addy that the trial will clear Dante’s name, but Addy thinks he’s better off where he is. George asks where that is. Addy tells Roberta, it’s been real. She’s out of there. Roberta and George follow her. Doc and Murphy walk through the club. They pass a puking game, and we’ll just leave it at that. Why? Just why? Murphy knows where they can get more biscuits. He’s going to borrow from the house stash. It’s empty, and he wonders where they are. He sees the duel winner sitting at a card table, biscuits piled high in front of him. Murphy drags doc out outside.

Addy is fighting a group of zombies outside. Roberta and George join her. Roberta says it’s like old times. As they fight, Roberta says she’d give her life for Addy. Addy says she did give her life for Roberta. Roberta says George and Dante are the same. George can’t protect them if she can’t find him. They finish the zombies off, and George says she knows Addy can help her. Addy makes George promise she won’t hand him over to Altura or vigilantes. George promises, and they shake hands. Roberta puts her arm around Addy.

Doc is all dressed up in a red suit and top hat. He and Murphy go back to the club. Murphy approaches winner dude, and says it seems that Lady Luck is holding him in favor. Winner dude asks if Murphy wants something. Murphy says he’s the club owner, and this is his associate, Dr. Beck. Winner dude gets defensive, saying he won fair and square, but Murphy says not having biscuits in circulation is a problem. So for the benefit of the guests, he’s offering an exchange. Doc opens a case, and says it’s the bullets for biscuits program. Winner dude thinks he’ll hold on to his winnings. When things get desperate, imagine what someone will give him. Or maybe he’ll eat them – all because he can. Murphy tells winner dude to listen to him, and dude draws a gun. Doc suggests winning them back, and winner dude says he’s had the longest winning streak ever. He even got Clooney’s foot to giggle; a daily double. Doc offers his hat, and winner dude does like it. Doc is feeling lucky.

They play. Murphy sweats. Doc loses his hat. Murphy tells Doc the guy is so lucky, he sh*ts rabbit’s feet. Doc says Murphy is messing with his mojo. Winner dude says he likes Doc’s jacket.

10K tries shooting a zombie, but keeps missing it’s head. He finally gets it, at close range.

Roberta asks Addy where Dante is. Addy knocks on some fake rocks, and a hand comes up out of the ground. Dante sits up from under the dirt, and says, hey George. She can’t believe it, and he says he’d never leave her. He asks about his wife. Roberta tells Addy that she can trust George. Addie wonders if they can trust Altura, and wonders if it’s a good idea for Roberta to be a leader in the resistance. Roberta asks where the talker underground ends, and Addy says, it doesn’t. Most of them want to stay. Roberta tells Dante they heard rumors, and Dante says he didn’t plant the bomb. Roberta says there’s a video indicating he did, and the talkers split up. George says the vigilantes won’t stop as long as the talkers are rebelling. Dante says they’ll fight together. George say it won’t be easy, and Dante says she likes doing things the hard way. It’s what he likes asks about her. He asks about his wife again, and Roberta says she’s inside.

Doc tells Murphy that he’s down to his last sock, and it’s not on his foot. He could use a secret ace up his sleeve. Murphy shows him one in his sleeve, and Doc says he’s going to lose his only sock. Murphy suggests, one last hand; all or nothing. Winner take all. The deed to the club is on the table. Doc asks if he’s sure, and Murphy says if they don’t have the biscuits, the place is doomed anyway. He has to try. Deal him in. There’s a dancer hanging from silks behind winner dude. Murphy mind melds with her, and she tells him what cards winner dude has. Murphy signals Doc. The house wins. Everyone cheers. Murphy says, what happens in Limbo, stays in Limbo. He and Doc do a happy dance, saying they’re each othes best friend. Winner dude accuses them of cheating, and starts shoving biscuits in his mouth.

Doc says the body has its limits. Winner dude starts to expand. Murphy uses Doc to shield him, and winner dude explodes. At least the front of him. He says he doesn’t feel so good.

10K sees the car with the symbol on it.

Wesson and the bartender pick up all the biscuits. Murphy tells them to make sure they get to the talkers. Roberta comes in, and asks if she wants to know. Doc says he saved Limbo. Roberta says they found what they were looking for. Several thugs walk in. Their leader is the captain who took the people from Pacifica. He asks who’s in charge. One of them flips a table, and Murphy asks if that’s really necessary. The captain says they’re looking for Dante, and have reason to believe he is or has been there. Marjorie comes out, saying, please, and the captain asks if that isn’t Dante’s wife. Murphy wonders how she keeps escaping. The captain sees Roberta, and says, you again. It’s funny how she keeps popping up. She says even funnier, they’re there for the same reason. They combed the place, and Dante isn’t there.

Murphy tells him that Altura has no power there; he can’t do this. The captain says Dante is wanted for questioning. Marjorie wails, Dante, and the captain asks, what wrong? Murphy says, she needs biscuits. Marjorie keeps howling, Dante. While the captain is distracted, Roberta tells Doc and George to go, and they slip out. The captain holds a gun to Marjorie’s head. He says Dante needs to come out now, or he’ll shoot her deader than she already is.

George tells Dante, say the word, and they’ll take them all. Dante says she’s the hope for the future. He can’t let her risk that for him. She says they’ll do it together. Roberta says the captain is hurting Marjorie. Dante calls out from the balcony, saying he’s up there. George says they’re coming down. Roberta tells the captain they’re surrendering. The captain tells Dante that he’s under arrest, but continues to hang on to Marjorie. Dante clocks the guy trying to cuff him, and runs to Marjorie. He tells her that he loves her. She says, love, and the captain puts the gun back to her head. Dante says they can cuff him now. George holds her wrists out, saying they’ll go together, but the captain says, just the fugitive. Those were the orders. Roberta tells him that Dante is surrendering. Let her go; she’s not a part of it. He shoots Marjorie in the head, and Dante dragged away, as he yells her name. Roberta and Murphy hold George back. The captain says, she was too far gone; he had no choice. Everyone leaves.

George goes to Marjorie. Murphy asks Roberta if she still thinks humans are the good guys. George says she has to go after him. She needs to be there at his trial.

Addy tells Murphy that they got all the biscuits they could find. The talkers are calmer. 10K comes in, and hugs Doc, who thought he was they’d never see each other again. Doc sees 10K has a hand missing, but 10K doesn’t explain. He hugs Addy. Murphy tells Weston that he can let the talkers out now, but make sure they’re fed. 10K says he saw vans, shipping in zombie tourists, but it could be anybody. Roberta wonders what happens when they run out of biscuits. Murphy says they could always feed them brains – just throwing it out there.

They all leave the club. At the Monopoly game, a bullet lands on Altura, and blood splashes across the game board.

Next Friday, the stakes have never been higher, and Murphy wants to find a bakery.

👄 Quotes of the Week

This is just about the time something jumps out at you. – Doc (Russell Hodgkinson), Z Nation, while walking down a long, dark hallway

Not all storms come to disrupt your life. Some come to clear your path. – Anonymous

I’m exhausted. My weave is exhausted. The pantyliner on my underwear is exhausted. – LeeAnne Locken, The Real Housewives of Dallas

Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever. – Karen Davison

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.Walt Disney

We humans have turned to zombies when horrors no longer horrify us, prayers no longer move us from knees to feet, and needs no longer move us from greed to selfless giving. When our desires outclass the sufferings of our fellow humans, we are the horror: the church of the living dead.Beth Moore

🛀 It’s a Long One…

So dance like no one is watching.

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