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October 18, 2017 – Ava Carries a Message, a Truce in New Jersey, a Little Star & Psychedelic Fabulousity

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What I Watched Today

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

 

 

General Hospital

Oscar tells Josslyn the wholesome family life is different, but she says a life being followed by bodyguards is hardly wholesome. He says it’s still a family, and it’s new to him. He wonders where they begin to look for his father. Josslyn says that they can do this, and they will.

Carly tells Sonny that she likes Oscar, but they can’t be too careful. Sonny says she can’t hover. She says she can, but just can’t make it look like they are. She tells him it doesn’t hurt to set limits, and Sonny warns her not to turn Josslyn into a rebel and cause her to do things she’s not ready for. He tells Carly to leave them alone.

At the hospital, Finn asks if Cassandra is done with her tests. She says she’s done for now. She doesn’t mind enduring it, since she has faith that he’ll get to the bottom of her illness. She points out that his lover is here, and we see Anna on her phone.

At Crimson, Valentin tells Nina it’s official; Jason and Sam have acquired Derek Wells Media. He’s thought it was a perfect acquisition for them to run together, but Nina says it’s freedom to start over. He tells her it’s easier to acquire a company that exits than start their own. She says Jason will clean house and she probably won’t have a job by the end of the week. Jason walks in, and she says make that by the end of the day. She says she knows why he’s here, and he says good, it won’t take long then.

Betsy comes home to Franco sitting on her couch. She says he didn’t say he was coming over, and he tells her that’s because she would have found a reason not to be there. She’ll do anything to avoid telling him the truth about Jason’s twin, and he needs to know. I like the realistic touch of her calling Franco “Bobby,” the same way Nina is the only one who calls Nathan “Jay.”

Patient 6 asks Ava if there was bad blood between Jason and Julian. She says Julian has bad blood with pretty much everyone in Port Charles; even they’ve had their moments. She’s just surprised that he sold the one legitimate enterprise he had. She says he’ll be glad his daughter will benefit, but not so much Jason. Patient 6 asks if she has a picture of Jason.

Finn says, hi, honey, to Anna. She says she was just looking for him, and explains to Cassandra that she has a blood condition and was there for her treatment. Cassandra says it’s hard not to be jealous of a couple in love. She leaves, and Felicia asks them if they’re dating.

Valentin tells Jason that he and Nina were hoping to acquire the company, but Julian accepted his offer, so he must want to keep it in the family. He didn’t know Jason and Sam had backgrounds in communications. Jason says they’re fast learners. Nina says that it’s obvious he came to fire her, so get it over with.

Betsy says she’s told Franco everything. Andrew died from an undiagnosed heart defect. Franco says he’s not sure that’s the truth. He looked for a death certificate, and came up empty. He wonders if Andrew is still alive.

Ava looks on her tablet for a press release, telling Patient 6 that Sam is Julian’s daughter. She wonders why he’s so fascinated with Jason, then says she thinks she knows. He’s been away from Port Charles so long, he must have thought Jason was dead. Everybody else did.

Nina tells Jason she’s not going out without fight. Julian thought she’d sink the Crimson ship and he’d get a tax write-off, but she made the magazine a huge success. Valentin tells her there are other companies she can work for, but she says no boss could be worse than Julian. She made the magazine rise from the ashes, and kept it soaring. Jason would be a fool to fire her. Jason says he knows; he’s asking her stay.

Ava tells Patient 6 to brace himself; it’s a helluva story. Before she came to Port Charles, Jason was shot down at the docs by Faison. He was in a high-tech Duke Lavery mask, and it was very Mission Impossible. He fell into the water, and Helena found him. She kept him in a clinic, but he escaped. He was recaptured, and escaped again, but was hit by a car. His injuries were severe, and he required complete facial reconstruction. Patient 6 asks if he had an ID. She says no ID, no face, and for two years, he didn’t even remember his name. He asks why they thought he was Jason, and she says Carly figured it out.

Carly tells Sonny that she’s almost at the point where she’s going to force Oscar to introduce her to his mother. Sonny asks what she’s going to do if Oscar’s mother forbids him to see Josslyn, and Josslyn blames her. He suggests waiting until she asks to meet, but Carly says she has to do something now.

Oscar tells Josslyn that he asked his mom about his dad again, and she told him to leave it alone. Josslyn says it’s up to them then. He tells her the father was left blank on his birth certificate, but he was born in Austen after his mom moved there from San Diego. Josslyn says they’ll start in San Diego. He says his mom’s name and a city isn’t much to go on. They almost kiss, and Carly pops in, asking how the homework is going.

Betsy says if Franco couldn’t find the death certificate, it must have been misfiled or has a typo. Andrew existed for a brief time, and doesn’t deserve to be forgotten. It broke her heart to say goodbye to him. Why would she lie? Franco asks if she’s kidding after telling him that Andrew was imaginary. She says she did it to protect him, and he says there was no reason. He’d thought she was the one person in the world who would never lie to him, but he’s starting to question it. She says she did nothing wrong, except take in a child the Quartermaines didn’t know existed. Franco asks her to help him find peace. He wants to see Andrew’s grave.

Josslyn tells Carly that they were just wishing each other luck on their projects. Carly says luck is good, but hard work is better. Oscar says she sounds like his mom, which is a perfect segue for Carly, who wants to meet her. Oscar says she works a lot; she’s a doctor at Mercy Hospital. Carly says she works a lot too, but can Oscar make it happen? He says he’ll try, and Carly says she’s sure they can come up with a mutually convenient time. When she’s gone, Josslyn says she’s impossible. Oscar says it’s okay. His mom is so busy, it probably won’t happen – ever. Josslyn asks if her mom seems like the type to let things go.

Inside, Sonny tells Carly they’re kids, and meeting parents is a big step. Carly says they’re making a big deal out of nothing, and they’ll get along fine.

Jason doesn’t want to mess with success. Nina wonders why he didn’t just say so, and he says she didn’t give him a chance. Valentin takes Nina aside and asks why she wants to work for a CEO with no experience. She says she didn’t have any either, and she loves her job. He tells her that she’s exceptional, but Jason has the good sense to keep her on, so he’ll leave her to negotiate. He leaves, and Jason tells Nina that he didn’t seem very happy. She says he isn’t, but he supports her career and independence. She’s sure she wants to stay, but they need to iron out a deal about creative autonomy.

Valentin gets a text from Cassandra, asking if they can pick up where they left off last night.

Felicia wants to know why Anna didn’t tell her about her new beau. Anna says it’s new, unbelievably new. Felicia says she and Mac have had a renaissance in their marriage, so she’s glad to see new love. She tells Finn to treat Anna right, and Finn says, do no harm. Felicia tells him the healing gods are watching, and she can’t wait to tell Mac. When she’s gone, Finn asks Anna if they have to fool a whole city, and she says, yes, honey.

Franco says Betsy must have visited Andrew’s grave. He babbles about how she can tell him stories about the two of them as toddlers during the ride. She says they both crawled and walked at the same time, and talked baby talk to one another as if they were the only two who understood each other. Andrew learned his numbers faster, but Franco was better with crayons. Andrews first word was Franco’s name. He asks what his first word was, and Betsy says “mine.” She doesn’t want to visit the pain again, and Franco asks her to just tell him where the grave is. She says he doesn’t want to go to that place – to the truth about Andrew and him.

Patient 6 asks Ava why Carly would think the guy was Jason. She says there were DNA tests, and whatever was found was enough for her to interrupt Jason’s wedding. He asks if Jason was marrying Sam, and she says no, Elizabeth Webber; they had a child together. He finally recovered enough memory to realize he was still in love with Sam. She says they’re surprisingly old-fashioned and believe they’re soulmates whose love will never die. She asks why he’s so interested in Jason.

Valentin sees Cassandra in the park. He says she took a risk confronting him at the restaurant. She says it wasn’t a confrontation; she kissed him. He says it felt like one. She says she was just sharing a moment with an old friend. They used to be business partners and partners in bed, and she’d like to rekindle both.

Jason tells Nina that she’s done an amazing job. She says she was no expert when she started. He tells her he’s committed to making it work, but it’s new to him, and asks if she has any advice. She says when she started, she hired someone who knew what they were doing, and they showed her how to run the place. He asks if she means Maxie. Nina says Maxie was brilliant at her job, but she had to fire her because she betrayed Nina’s trust. Jason says sometimes there’s no coming back from that.

Josslyn goes to a website where she says you can find out anything about anybody. She finds out what we all do when you try that – it costs money. She tells Oscar that she has a credit card for emergencies, and thinks this qualifies. What if he needs his medical history?

Ava asks if Patient 6 knows Jason. He looks at a photograph, and she tells him it’s her daughter, Avery. The picture was taken in her father’s house. He asks if her father is Sonny, and Ava says he obviously knows him well enough to know the inside of his house. That would explain his connection to Morgan. She says that she and Sonny have a kid, the one great thing from a one-time mistake. Patient 6 says that he and Sonny are friends, and he needs her to give him a message.

Franco doesn’t want to cause Betsy any pain. She tells him to stop then; why does he need to know? Andrew is gone. Franco says not from his thoughts and dreams. He’s having nightmares, and can’t focus on anything but Andrew. He can’t do this and be with Elizabeth. He needs peace. Betsy tells him that Andrew didn’t die and didn’t have a heart defect. She made it up. For all she knows, Jason’s twin is still alive.

Ava tells Patient 6 that she’s not his best emissary. He tells her to just take the note to Sonny. She says there’s no point, and he tells her there is if it comes from him. She tells Patient 6 that Sonny won’t read it; he hates her. Patient 6 tells her to figure out an angle, and he can take it from there. Ava would rather not provoke Sonny.

Anna tells Finn if they shut Cassandra down, they’ll saves lives; doesn’t that mean something? He tells her that he only went into medicine for the money and the chicks. Of course it means something. She says then work with her and help her.

Valentin tells Cassandra that his circumstances have changed considerably. He’s married to a phenomenal woman. He has more to risk and lose; home, family and love. Cassandra calls him noble and principled, but says principles don’t pay well. He tells her about inheriting the Cassadine estate, and says he’s fabulously wealthy. She says being rich is expensive, and her business is booming. He says people are dying from her opioids. She says she doesn’t kill people, drugs do, and they choose to pay for them. He says he quit while he was ahead and she might consider following his lead. She says while she has a hugely successful enterprise, money can’t buy health. She needs him to shoulder the burden, and asks if he wants what she has to offer.

Josslyn tells Oscar that sometimes it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission. His past has just been paid for.

Patient 6 tells Ava that she wanted to prove she’s a good person, and this is how she can do that. Take the note to Sonny.

Sonny tells Carly that she wants to manage the situation. She says she wants to protect Josslyn. He says it’s her first real relationship, and she’s going to get hurt. Carly says it’s not a relationship; it’s friend dating. Sonny asks if that’s a thing. She says it had better be. He asks what if another girl catches Oscar’s eye, and Carly says she’ll kick his ass. Sonny says he should probably keep an eye on her, and they kiss.

Oscar sees his grandparent’s address, but says they died when he was little. He has no other family, so they’re no closer to an answer. Josslyn says they really need his father’s name. Maybe his mom has something hidden. He says it’s not going to happen. Maybe there’s something hidden, but he tried looking once, and was afraid she’d find out. Josslyn says it’s a big secret, but since she was six, she’s been able to find her Christmas presents every year without anyone finding out. She asks if he wants to go looking now.

Betsy tells Franco that Andrew could be alive; she doesn’t know what happened after he left. Franco is like, he was three; how far could he go? She says he was the kind of boy who said goodnight to every one of his stuffed toys. She gave him up. She loved him and still does, and prays to see him again. She wants to know that he’s okay, and what kind of man he became. She’ll never stop missing him. Franco asks why she let him go, and she says he wasn’t safe. Franco asks why.

Felicia suggests that she and Mac double-date with Anna and Finn. Anna says that would be fun, and Finn says fun is an understatement.

Valentin tells Cassandra that he’s learned that if something is to good to be true, that’s usually correct. She says her security is tight; no one will tie him to her. He tells her that it’s important to be a good example to his daughter. He doesn’t think he could live with himself, knowing that people are dying from a product he distributed. Cassandra says he’s forgotten who he’s talking to. He did his fair share of killing, and could look someone in the eye while they were dying and his heart rate wouldn’t even waiver. She wonders why the sudden attack of conscience. Well, he just explained that, and he killed because he was a spy and a mercenary in his other life. I’m disappointed that he doesn’t say that. They talk a bit in French. I took two years of it, but can only tell you how to pack a suitcase and curse you out. Cassandra says Valentin is at his best when he’s dancing on the edge; it’s the only place he feels safe. She says we are what we are, and he’ll go absolutely mad not being himself. Valentin tells her that he’s not jeopardizing everything he cherishes for the thrill of a game. She says he’ll change his mind – sooner than he thinks.

Josslyn tells Carly that they’re going to the library. Carly says she’ll drop them off. And pick them up. Josslyn says that’s not necessary. Sonny says it’s not like they can get away with anything. Josslyn says they wouldn’t even try. Carly tells Oscar to text his mom, and get some dates when they could get together.

Nina tells Jason that she’s not sure if she and Maxie could ever overcome their differences enough to work together again. She tells him his problem is finding someone who’s not afraid of telling him when he’s wrong. He says he thinks he’s looking at her.

Betsy says Franco has one more chance to step away. Franco says he’s not taking it. She tells him that one day after Andrew’s third birthday, she was fixing diner and heard screaming. He was lying at the bottom of the stairs, twisted and bleeding, and nearly dead.

Ava thanks Sonny for seeing her. He says whatever she’s asking, the answer is no, so go ahead and leave. She says if he sends her away, he’ll miss out on something important.

Jason looks around Ava’s place. He puts his stuff in his pockets, checks his guns, and leaves.

Betsy tells Franco that Andrew was badly injured. He had broken bones and a concussion. It was a miracle he survived. Franco doesn’t understand, and asks what caused the fall. She says he did. Saw that coming.

Tomorrow, Lulu tells Laura to say yes, Doc tells Griff that he doesn’t look like a man at peace, and Sonny asks who gave Ava the note.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey

Margaret discusses her launch party for cosmetic bags with her staff. She’s throwing a party in her house, which is still under construction. She says it looks like a bomb hit, and it kinda does. Her contractor husband won’t let anyone else work on it, because he thinks the other men will hit on her. She says he’s delusional, but adorable. Margaret talks about Siggy being unhinged at the party.

Michael instructs Siggy on making meatballs. She’s upset about the weekend. She’s sad about Teresa and Melissa, but livid about Margaret. She tells Michael about Margaret calling her Soggy. Michael suggests just working it out with Teresa and Melissa.

Margaret talks to her friends about the weekend. She says she didn’t know they weren’t going to yoga, and that Siggy has no uterus, so she has no reason to cry every day. Margaret is willing to move past it. She says she doesn’t hold grudges, except against her mother. I think that’s a joke.

Frank says Dolores folds clothing wrong. In her interview, she says he thinks he’s going to rule the roost because he’s back, but it’s not happening. He created an issue between himself and Frankie because he overreacted. He tells her it’s the first time Frankie has had both parents in the same house, and they parent differently. She suggests they meet in the middle. He has no problem with that. We’ll see.

Teresa moves her dad’s furniture into her house. She wants him to be as comfortable as possible. Melissa and Joe #2 help. Joe asks what happened in Boca. Melissa says in a nutshell, Siggy thinks she’s too good for them. Joe wonders where Dolores’s loyalty is, since she’s known them forever, and knows Siggy for less than a year.

Dolores tells Frank about what happened, and says if Siggy said she didn’t call them animals, she believes it. She thinks Margaret is no good. She turned on Siggy after Siggy brought her into the group.

Melissa checks out the new merchandise at Envy. Margaret comes by, and she loves it. Melissa tells us that they bonded over being in the same industry. She says she’ll introduce Melissa to the right people. She’s up for any constructive criticism Margaret has. Danielle drops in. Margaret tells them about the cosmetic bag launch. She tells them Siggy blocked her on social media, and Melissa thinks it’s childish. I agree. I don’t even like the word unfriend; it seems immature. (Although don’t let this stop you from watching the movie with that title. It is scary good.) Melissa wonders why Siggy is mad at Margaret, since she’s the one who walked out. Margaret says Melissa and Teresa stormed out, but by the time they got home, she was the mortal enemy. Danielle thinks it’s because Siggy brought her in, and she feels like Margaret should have leaned on her more. Margaret says she thinks she was in shock after Siggy’s eff-you. She calls Siggy from the store, saying that they haven’t spoken and have tons to discuss, but she’s calling to invite her to the launch party. Siggy says she appreciates the invite, but too much happened in Boca that she’s upset about. She doesn’t want to go and be all phony, but she hopes it’s a success. Margaret asks if they can’t move past it, and Siggy says no. She introduced Margaret to everyone, and Margaret called her Soggy. Margaret says she hopes Siggy can move past it, and hangs up. She says that Siggy has to grow up. She’s the type who feels like she owns you because she introduced you around. She says she’s going to text Dolores, and tell her that her sidekick isn’t coming.

Dolores and the two Franks go out to eat. Dolores reminds us about how Frankie’s counselor called about him lagging behind with college applications. Frank says Dolores thinks he’s too rough on Frankie, and asks what colleges he’s seriously considering. Frankie gives him a few names, and says his girlfriend wants to see if they can make it work. Frank said he made the mistake of not breaking it off before college and it was a disaster. Frankie says Frank is more of a multiple girl guy, where he’s a one girl guy. Dolores laughs. Check please.

Joe #2 tells Melissa that the mausoleum wants to know what should be written on the granite. He’s thinking of love will never die in Italian. He says he goes there every morning, and has it together until he walks in and starts bawling. Melissa tells us that he puts on a happy face for the family, but struggles every day with the loss of his mother. Joe tells her that every time he has to deal with something, it’s like reliving the moment and feels like a punch in the gut. He asks Melissa how long before the pain goe away? She says she lost her father when she was seventeen, but it never does. She suggests keeping busy, and Joe says he has to keep his father occupied. In his interview, Joe says they were married thirty-seven years. He’s only been with Melissa thirteen, and would be a mess if he lost her.

Siggy meets Teresa for drinks. Teresa says the last time didn’t end so well. Siggy thinks when Teresa is with the others, she gets caught up in the moment, but one-on-one, she’ll see where Siggy is coming from. She tells Teresa that she’s upset about the cake thing. Teresa admits to letting loose a little bit, and says the alcohol played a part, but Siggy said a lot of things out of character, and then reprimanded them the next day. Teresa says she walked out because she didn’t like what Siggy was saying, and she’s sorry. They’ve both said things they didn’t mean, and she feels bad. Siggy wants to know what Margaret’s excuse is. She and Margaret have a bigger issue. She says she wants to pull the pigtails out of Margaret’s head, she hates her, and everything out of her mouth is another dagger. Stellhe doesn’t want to go to her party. In her interview, Teresa wonders if she’s getting Soggy Siggy or Psycho Siggy; she’s becoming unhinged. Teresa asks why she can’t just come, and Siggy says she hates that effing bitch. Geez.

Margaret tells her husband (yet another Joe) that she can’t live like this with all the construction. Joe #3 says that they’re two months out. She says the design company is about selling fabulousity, and she doesn’t want to be embarrassed.

Melissa and Joe #2 go out to lunch. They go to an Italian pizzeria, and there’s no one else there. Joe tells her that he bought it. He bought into an existing restaurant, but he’s changing the name. He tells her that he can’t keep all his eggs in the real estate basket. In her interview, Melissa says she’s biting her tongue, and doesn’t want to own a restaurant; it’s a lot of work. He shows her the kitchen, and introduces her to the chef, Nicky. Nicky brings out some penne vodka, and Joe declares it fast food, but gourmet. Melissa says when she opened Envy, she let him know about every step along the way, and he totally blindsided her. Joe says it will give his dad something to do. Melissa tells us they’re all worried about his dad, but it feels like an excuse, and she wishes he’d talked to her. Joe tells her that his dad is excited about it.

Teresa goes to a meeting about her new book, Standing Strong. It’s her sixth one. She wants herself in a tree pose on the cover. The editor says she went deep with the last one, but thinks there’s more and Teresa can go deeper. She says in the last one, Teresa still seemed to have her guard up, and the fans want to know about how her life isn’t perfect when she’s getting the girls up for school at 6 am, or missing Joe #1. She thinks it will be financially rewarding. In her interview, Teresa says she feels pressure as the sole provider. She just paid off the restitution, and has to save for the girls’ college. The last book was number two on the NY Times bestseller list, and they’re hoping for number one this time.

Margaret tells her makeup guy that her house is a sh*t show. She finds out the oven isn’t working. She tells Joe #3 to fix it. She ends up calling a neighbor and asks if she can use their oven. The assistants prepare the food for transport.

Dolores goes to Siggy’s house. They’re having a slumber party, and they’re both in pajamas and pigtails. Ugh. Siggy says she’d rather stick a hot poker in her eye than go to Margaret’s party. In her interview, Dolores says that she was vulnerable when she met Siggy, and just coming off of a failed engagement. Siggy made her come out of her shell, and she’ll always have her back no matter what. They do a peel-off mask.

The food comes back, and the party comes together. Melissa, Teresa, and Joe #2 arrive. Melissa says Margaret’s house is over-the-top, psychedelic, and reeks of fabulousity.

Dolores tells Siggy this is better than Margaret’s party. She says Siggy was mistreated in her own house with her own friends; just imagine being in Margaret’s house with her friends. She’s hoping Teresa and Melissa defend them if their names come up. They’re idiots.

Melissa has a cotton candy martini, and my stomach turns just thinking about it. Margaret tells them Dolores isn’t coming. In her interview, Teresa says Dolores is becoming a Siggy minion. She’s sent a text to Margaret, saying she doesn’t know what loyalty is. Teresa says she’s known Dolores for twenty years. Danielle wonders if Siggy or Dolores really sent the text. She can’t tell them apart. To be honest, it was hard for me at the beginning of the season.

Siggy wants to put on music so they can dance. She shows Dolores some of her new dance moves, and the whole thing is ridiculous.

Joes #2 and #3 wonder what’s up with these women. Teresa tells Margaret about how Siggy hates her. Margaret says she can move past almost anything. Danielle suggests she text Siggy. At Siggy’s house, she says Margaret just checked her. She reads the text to Dolores. It says sorry she’s not at the party, and sorry she’s not with the girl who introduced her to everyone. She’s hoping they can meet and put it behind them. Dolores says she’s only saying this because she has to. Siggy feels that she owes it to herself to meet. Dolores doesn’t think it will go well. She thinks Margaret is a sneak who wants to take Siggy’s place in the group. Oh brother. Siggy says they’re meeting at the diner tomorrow. Dolores tells her to close the chapter. At the party, Margaret hopes they can put it to rest, but if the waterworks start, she doesn’t know what she’ll do.

The next day, it’s miserable out. Welcome to New Jersey. Siggy and Margaret meet at the diner. Margaret says she missed Siggy. Siggy says after what happened in Boca, she was hurt. Margaret doesn’t know what she did that was so awful, and Siggy says she didn’t even think to call her about the memorial. Margaret says there was a group text, and it wasn’t intentional. Siggy complains that Margaret had been hanging out with her friends all day, and Margaret points out that Siggy was hanging out with Dolores. Why is Siggy so angry with her; she’s the one who introduced them. Siggy tells Margaret that she insulted her in front of her friends, and she was deeply hurt. Margaret says it didn’t sound like she was coming from a place of empowerment. Siggy says she doesn’t want to empower, but destroy Margaret. Margaret says this is hypocrisy at the highest level. They should be able to laugh at themselves the way they laugh at others, and Joan Rivers would have loved her Soggy remark. Siggy starts getting weepy, and Margaret suggests maybe she should be on medication. Siggy says she’s getting some kind of hormone pellets in her butt, and asks if Margaret wants to come to the appointment. I have the feeling she needs more than pellets in her butt to straighten her out. This chick is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

Margaret says the last thing she wants to do is make a girl feel bad. It wasn’t her intention. In her interview, Margaret says Siggy crying in a group of people is theatrical, but when they’re alone, it makes her feel horrible. She says she’s a wiseass, but doesn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Siggy says Margaret doesn’t realize how sensitive she is. She feels like they don’t know each other, and Margaret says it’s like they’re dating. She says she was just trying to be funny, and truly apologizes. In her interview, Siggy says she’s going to hold Margaret at arm’ length, and take baby steps. Margaret tells Siggy that she’s obnoxious, but can’t help it. Siggy says now that she knows, she won’t be as offended, but Margaret thinks she could use some toughening up. Siggy says when they meet again, she’ll have pellets in her ass.

Next time, Teresa asks Melissa if she’s going to wait tables, Siggy takes a poll about the cake, and Dolores goes off on Danielle.

🌃 On Watch What Happens Live, Siggy admitted she overreacted about the cake. My opinion is that giving someone a fancy cake is like putting the dog in a costume on Halloween. After you take the pictures, then it’s theirs to destroy.

⭐ On Star, Ayanna thought she would cut the girls out after Star tried to strangle her publicist. No surprise, they went to Ayanna’s big party anyway. When they caught the attention of a temperamental celebrity that Ayanna was trying to woo, she had no choice but to kiss their collective asses. Ayanna told Star that she was lost, but Star said they seem to be trying to do the same thing, jump through hoops to impress Ayanna’s dad. While Star figured her own dad, Brody, showed up because he smelled future money, he insisted that wasn’t the case, showing her a childhood drawing she made for him that he carries with him. Carlotta had to rescue Simone from herself, when she went out to create chaos with ex-cellmate Karen, and Derek confronted Alex about her stress shopping. He also admitted that he’d been hiding from the outside world, and confronted a racist a-hole at the deli, although that didn’t exactly turn out well, when the racist overturned Derek’s wheelchair. Queen Latifah’s hair wasn’t that eventful this week, but she sang her heart out at a worship service, while simultaneously, the girls sang the same song at Ayanna’s party, and it was this week’s everything. Star will return after the World Series, when Star threatens to kill Brody.

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October 17, 2017 – Patient 6 Meets Ava Again, Undercover Eddie, Blind Side Guests & Yacht Mascots

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What I Watched Today

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

 

 

General Hospital

Scotty visits Ava. He thought she’d be celebrating how good she looks. She says it’s an improvement, but he insists she’s as good as new. She agrees to it being a lot better. He gives her the proceeds from Franco’s art exhibit, and she whistles. She knew it was a success, but didn’t know how much. Scotty says they cleaned up. Speaking of which, she could use a maid. He sees two martini glasses, and asks if she had company.

Father Cory says Griff was the last person he expected to hear from. Griff says he’s made a decision about his future and the priesthood.

Franco doesn’t find a match for Andrew Frank, and gets annoyed with the computer. Elizabeth says maybe he should ask nicely, and what does he want to know?

Patient 6 sniff’s Sam’s jacket, which is actually a little creepy, and wanders around a little. He picks up a toy motorcycle. He goes out to the balcony, hyperventilating. Sam comes into the apartment, and he sees her through the window. Jason comes in behind her. They kiss. Patient 6 looks worried in a Griff kind of way.

Griff tells Father Cory that he wrestled with his vocation and how to live his life, but got no definitive answer. Last night, it became more clear; he’s not meant for the priesthood. Father Cory says he doesn’t believe it. Griff took his vows seriously. Griff says he’s come to deeper understanding now, and has no doubt. Father Cory tells him faith and doubt go hand in hand. Griff says he realizes he can’t resume his role in the priesthood, and doesn’t want to. The priest asks what could have happened in one night? He can’t make a decision on a moment’s whim. Griff says he broke his vows, and if he had to do it again, he wouldn’t change it.

Ava tells Scotty that he can go now. He wants to know about her evening, and says she has attorney/client privilege. She tells him if she kills someone, she’ll let him know. He thought they were comfortable enough that she could confide in him. She says she had a drink with a friend. He says she’s half-dressed in the middle of the afternoon; is he still here? Ava asks if that would get him to leave, and says he’s not here, but yes, there was a man. He asks if she’s dating, and she wonders if she has to be dating someone to enjoy spending time with them. She asks if Scotty was thinking of asking her out. Scotty asks if she picked him up in a bar, and she asks what difference that makes. He says it makes a big difference. Not everyone is as reputable as he is. Someone might think their ship came in. Ava wonders if Scotty thinks the only reason a man would spend time with her is the lure of a bank account, since they can’t possibly be attracted to her the way she is. Scotty tells her that’s not what he meant.

Franco makes something up about wanting to take Elizabeth’s boys somewhere, and says he was checking on the weather. He says he’s trying to get used to the pseudo stepdad thing. Elizabeth is looking forward to when he accepts himself like she accepts him, but he says it’s only a matter of time before he screws it up. She asks if he means because of Jason.

Sam asks Jason if he wants to go through some bills, while Patient 6 listens from the balcony. Jason grabs Sam and says they have celebrating to do. She thinks they did enough in NYC, and can’t remember the last time she was this happy. He tells her he can. It was a year ago, on September 6th. He repeats the vows they made to one another, and says he wants to spend the rest of his life living up to it. Sam says she wasn’t used to trusting a partner, but he didn’t take away from her independence. He made her more, not less.  She says she meant every word, and the greatest risk is letting another person into your heart. He says she made him take that risk, and he promises to love her unconditionally until death do us part and beyond. Okay, Buzz Lightyear. Sam says she meant it too, and will always be there. Patient 6 looks like he has a headache. Sam remembers their wedding day, when they were surrounded by family and friends, and says they have to treasure each other; anything can happen. Jason tells her not to worry about that.

Griff says his feelings for Ava are real. He tried to ignore and repress them, but he can’t anymore. Father Cory says he owes it to himself to make some emotional distance. Griff says he knows the priest means well, but he has no doubt this is best for him, and the church. The parishioners deserve someone who can focus on their spiritual guidance, and practices what they preach. He can’t do that anymore. Father Cory says he’s disappointed, but won’t stand in Griff’s way. Griff says it wasn’t easy, but it’s the right decision. Father Cory wishes all of his students were as honest with themselves. He tells Griff to continue holding himself under careful scrutiny, and practice his faith and principles, even in his new life. He asks if Griff envisions making a life with Ava.

Scotty tells Ava he put his foot in his mouth, and she says he’s had a lot of practice and is good at it. He says what he meant is that she’s vulnerable right now, around the time of Morgan’s death, and a sleazy guy could take advantage of her. She says nobody takes advantage of her, and thinks about Griff. She tells Scotty that he’s right. She hired an escort. She’d had a horrendous day with no one to grieve with. She’d stumbled on Morgan’s memorial, and they wouldn’t let her anywhere near Avery. On top of it, Michael tore into her, not believing she didn’t want to harm Morgan, and Kiki still blames her too. She was feeling down and lonesome, so she found some fleeting companionship. She tells him to go ahead and judge, but Scotty says he’d never judge her. He just hopes that next time she feels like that, she’ll call him. He’s always there to lean on, and he cares about her. Ava thanks him, and says she cares about him too. Now if he’s done asking about her private life, she’d like some alone time. She gives him the bum’s rush out.

Franco tells Elizabeth that she’s not giving him enough credit. There are plenty of ways for him to screw up that don’t involve Jason. He’s just waiting for the perfect moment to say, surprise! You have a dead twin brother. Elizabeth hopes he’ll be more tactful than that, and he says no matter how he words it, it will be negative coming from him. Elizabeth tells him keeping the secret is taking its toll. It’s eating him up inside, but the nightmares will go away if he tells Jason the truth. He asks her to promise she’ll never leave him, and she says nothing could change the way she feels. Franco gets a call from Scotty, saying it’s urgent they meet. Elizabeth says she’ll tell his clients that he had a family emergency. He thanks her for tolerating him, and says he’ll figure it out.

Sam leads Jason upstairs. Patient 6 quietly opens the door. He wanders around some more, sighs, picks up Sam’s jacket, and moves it. He takes a last look, and leaves. Why did he move the jacket?

Griff appreciates Father Cory’s guidance. The priest says he’s a fine man, and knows he’ll continue to serve the Lord even without the collar. He leaves, and Griff sees Elizabeth. She asks how Russia was, and he tells her he found Ava and brought her home, but it wasn’t easy. She asks if he’s still in the business of saving her soul, and he says he’s not in that business at all any more. He’s leaving the priesthood. She’s sure it wasn’t an easy decision, but she’s not surprised. He asks if they were taking bets, and she says it was obvious he was struggling. She thought there was more in his heart for Ava than friendship. He says there is, but he doesn’t know how to define his feelings, or what they mean for either of them.

Jason asks Sam about the MetroCourt for their launch party. She looks at her phone, and says her mom is stopping by. Jason wants her to tell Alexis that she needs time to decompress, but she can’t. She knows Alexis wants to talk about Kristina. Jason suggests maybe it’s Molly’s turn to keep the peace. Sam tells him that she has a weird déjà vu feeling. Like she left something in one spot, and then it moved to another.  Jason says becoming media moguls overnight takes some getting used to; can she handle it? She reminds him that it’s “we.” No way is she doing this without him.

Patient 6 goes to Morgan’s grave. He gives his now signature sigh, and says he was hoping he heard wrong. He heard Sam and the guy she’s marred to talking about him leaving, and thought maybe he took off like Patient 6 did. He’d always talked about being lost, and now he knows what lost really means. He lost five years, and doesn’t know what happened to him or anybody. He touches the gravestone. He tells Morgan that he went to his dad’s place and saw pictures, and saw him. He got so tall. and now he’s gone. How did this even happen? how did his parents and Michael get through it? Everybody loved him so much. Morgan was named after him, and he should have been there to help. He hears someone, and draws his gun. Its’ Ava.

Griff tells Elizabeth that his affair with Claudette was a lapse on both sides, and something he deeply regrets. He’s never been in a real relationship. Elizabeth asks if he doesn’t want to commit, and he says that when he tells Ava that he left the priesthood, she’ll wonder what’s next for them, but he doesn’t know. Elizabeth tells him to be honest, and hope she is in return.

Patient 6 tells Ava sorry. She says he could have killed her. He asks when she got back from Russia, and she realizes who he is, saying she didn’t recognize him without the mask. He thanks her again for her help. She says it was her pleasure, although it turned out to be more of a sacrifice than she’d first thought. They refused to finish her treatments. And they tried to kill her. She says a friend showed up when she needed them. He’s glad she’s safe, and she says she even flew home first class. She asks how he managed. The last time she saw him, he was barefoot with no money or ID. He tells her that he had help. She asks if Morgan is his connection to Port Charles, and he asks if she knew him. She says he was a dear friend of her daughters, and Patient 6 asks what happened; how did he die?

Alexis arrives at Jason and Sam’s place. She asks how NYC was, and Sam says eventful, and asks what she missed. Alexis asks if she’s talked with Kristina, and Sam says she’s with Parker and very happy. Alexis says she must have left out the part where she quit school. She tells Sam that Kristina is infatuated with Parker, and Parker encouraged her to the point where she quit PCU and went to Oregon. Kristina also blames her for getting Parker fired. Parker decided to move to Oregon, and her sister announced she was going too, refusing to talk to Alexis. Sam tells her that Molly says she’s blissfully happy. Alexis insists she’s making a mistake, but Sam says maybe, but she’s in love. Sam did the same thing.

Sam thinks that Parker has genuine feelings for Kristina, or wouldn’t have destroyed her own career. Alexis says if she did, she wouldn’t have let Kristina quit school, and would have refused to let her come along. Sam says if she’s right, at least Kristina will have the satisfaction of knowing she gave it all she had. Regrets only come when you’re too scared to go after what you want. Alexis says it’s easy for Sam to say. Sam tells her they’ve made a big decision. Jason joins them and says they went shopping in NYC. Alexis is worried they’re moving, and he says no, but they did make a major purchase. Sam tells her that they bought Derek Wells Media.

Patient 6 says Morgan was so young, and had a whole life ahead of him; what happened? Ava says there was an accident, the kind that never should have happened, but it was quick, and there was no pain. At least not then. He was troubled; life didn’t come easy to him. She can’t talk about it, and Patient 6 thanks her again. She asks where he’ll go, and he tells her that he has to find a place to lay low and figure out his next move. She suggests her place, but he says she already helped him once. She tells him to pay her back by letting her help again. Give her a chance to prove she can do the right thing. He asks to whom, and she says herself for starters.

Sam tells Alexis that it’s not just an investment, but a new start for their future. Jason says they’re starting a completely different life, and the kids will now sleep safely. Alexis says happy doesn’t describe how she feels. It’s the one good thing Sam’s father did. Maybe there’s hope for him yet.

Ava brings Patient 6 home. She tells him that she’s glad to have company. Her brother lived with her, but relocated, and her daughter visits, but she doesn’t think she’ll be seeing her for a while. Besides the occasional delivery man, no one really comes calling.

Elizabeth tells Griff that he made a brave choice. He says to break his vows, and she says no, to face his feelings. It’s impossible to keep every promise, but sometimes it’s more principled not to.

Ava tells Patient 6 that her brother’s clothes are still there, and something should fit him. He thanks her again, and she says she’ll put it on his tab. Her phone rings. She answers and says, wth? Something is wrong with her brother. He owns a media company, or did. It’s just been sold.

Alexis asks Sam and Jason when they’re announcing their acquisition? Jason says they just signed the papers, but they’re having a launch party. Diane was concerned about scrutiny from the Feds. Both he and Julian had ties to organized crime, and Jason wants to make sure the press doesn’t slant the story. Good luck with that. He says it’s imperative that the press tells the story the way they want it told. Alexis says they need to make it about who they’re becoming, not who they’ve been.

On the phone, Ava doesn’t understand why no one contacted her. She finds out Diane handled the transaction, and wonders if Sonny bought the company. She says, oh, that makes sense. Her brother dismantles his life, and sells his only real asset to Jason Morgan.

Tomorrow, Felicia asks if Finn and Anna are dating, Nina tells Jason he’d be a fool to fire her, and Ava asks Patient 6 why he’s so interested in Jason.

If Loving You is Wrong

Randal asks what Alex has to tell him, and what the hell Marcie is doing there. Marcie tells him none of his damn business. Alex asks if he’s following her, and he says yes. She asks why, and he says why not? He wants to find out who else she was sleeping with. He tells Marcie it’s not his kid, and she says he can’t imagine how much she doesn’t care. He says he cares so much, he’s going to jack up Alex’s life. Marcie calls him certifiable. She tells him to leave her alone, and he asks again what she’s doing there. Alex says she can tell him. She thinks he should know. Marcie asks if Alex is sure she wants to do this. Alex says Marcie is trying to get pregnant for Brad, and tells Marcie that he’s back home with her, so leave him alone. Randal says if he couldn’t give her a baby, neither can Brad. Marcie says Randal couldn’t give Alex one either. Alex says she thinks the problem is him, and he asks if they’re ganging up on him. Alex tells Randal that she’s going to her appointment, then the supermarket, and the baby store. He says wherever she goes, is where he’s going, and she tells him to knock himself out. She decides to take the stairs, and Randal gets in the elevator with Marcie.

Randal asks if she wants Brad’s baby, and Marcie says anybody’s but his. She tells him that Brad is an amazing man and a wonderful lover. Randal says he knows Brad is terrible in bed, although how he’d know that, I have no clue. Marcie says she’ll have more than one baby for Brad, if he’ll let her. Randal says there’s a problem with Brad’s wife, but Marcie says she can handle it. She says Randal isn’t a problem, just an a-hole. He says Brad had a vasectomy, but she says those are reversible. He calls her desperate, and she says he’s still not a daddy – so sad. Randal says all this time, all this hell, and the kid wasn’t even his. They could have kept it a secret and gone on with their lives. Marcie says she’s not interested. There’s no one on the planet she despises more than him. He tells her that her heart says something else. She says her heart wishes his would stop beating. She leaves and he says women can be so cold.

Marcie calls Larry. She says she needs him to talk to Randal. He needs to know she’s serious. He followed Alex to the hospital, and saw her. She wants him to know Larry is representing her, and maybe he’ll stop this. He says he’ll call her back. Funny, when she met with him, he said that was a conflict of interest. When did this change?

Lots of people and police gathered at and around Kelly’s house. Ian tells Kelly to check on her so,n and he’ll keep an eye on her house. She tells Natalie that she already knows, and will get to the bottom of it. Justice hugs her, and he asks why they took her. Was it because of Ramsay? She asks what he knows, and he says he confessed that he did it. Are they coming for him? She says no. She wants to talk to him about his confession. She sits down with him.

She asks what he confessed to, and Justice says he stabbed him. Kelly tells him not to say that, but he insists he did. She asks why he’s saying this, and he says to help her; it got her out. She asks where he’s getting this, and he says he stabbed him fifty-two times. She tells him to stop it. She knows when he’s lying. He’s not helping her. It’s not what got her out, and it’s hurting her to hear this. She wants the truth, and he says no, he didn’t do it. She asks again why he’s saying it, and he says he wanted them to let her go. She tells him not to lie, but he says he had to do something; he shot the gun. Kelly says that was her fault, but whatever happens, don’t lie. He tells her that he’s sorry. Natalie asks how he knew so much, and Justice says Travis called him. She asks if Travis told him to say it, and Justice says yes, along with the details. Kelly tells him to never talks to Travis again. He’s not their friend, and he’s a very dangerous person. She’s going to try to get clothes for him, so he can go to school. Geez, give the kid a break. Do your really think he can concentrate today?

Outside, Kelly tells Natalie that SOB is messing with her son. Natalie hugs her. Why would Travis tell him that? Now he’s going to need therapy. Travis is ruining her life. She had to put her house up to get out of jail. He caused problems with her job, and now, her son. Natalie tells her to look at the good side. Travis confessed to Justice. She’s going to call Lushion. Kelly says she’ll talk to her attorney; he’s right there.

Steve and Lushion go to the interrogation room. Eddie is there with a couple of FBI guys. Lushion asks what’s going on, Eddie says he knew Lushion was FBI. One of the men says they were apparently running an active investigation at the same time; the DEA is outside. Eddie is DEA. He was brought in before, when they planned o taking out the cartel. Eddie says, surprise, bitches! Lushion says he’s shot people and taken cocaine. He asks where Andrew is. Eddie says it’s time to get out, and tells them to have a good day.

Steve asks Lushion if this just happened. Lushion says Eddie is as crooked as they come. The FBI guy says his cover was almost blown, and the boss is gonna be pissed. Lushion is totally freaked, and wonders how they can go back like nothing happened. FBI guy says that they’re both after the bad guys, and sometimes you have to play with a demon to trap the devil. Keep building Eddie’s file, but they have to play along. Lushion and Steve agree. The FBI guys leave, and Lushion tells Steve this is BS. Steve asks what they do now, and Lushion says, play along.

Kelly tells Ian that they need to talk. Travis told Justice to say what he did. Natalie says she saw him on the phone, but didn’t know who he was talking to. Kelly says Travis told him all the details, and to say he did it. Natalie says they know Travis did it. Ian tells them that the DA could put Justice on the stand. Kelly says it’s crazy how one man can ruin her life. Ian wants to talk to his partner, but says have Justice stop telling the story. Kelly asks if Ian can get her stuff, and he goes to the house. Natalie tells her that it will be all right.

Esperanza hears the shower running. She quietly goes to the closet, and gets her gun. Because people who break in always take a shower. She realizes it’s Eddie, and asks what he’s doing in her house. He says taking a shower, and she tells him get out. She asks why he’s there, and how he got out. He says he’s the Teflon Don; they can’t touch him. She flushes the toilet to make the shower cold, and he asks what’s wrong with her. She asks again how he got out, and he says magic. She asks if he escaped, and he says he walked out like a free man. He wants to work on their relationship. Esperanza calls Lushion, and Eddie smiles. She asks if he’s looking for Eddie, and says he’s there. Lushion says he’s out; he worked out a deal. She tells Eddie she’s beyond understanding this. He says his clothes are off, he’s already there, so let’s go upstairs. She tells him she’ll shoot it off. He has zero respect for himself, their daughter, and her. He’s so delusional it’s crazy. He says his apartment was tossed, and they’re roommates for now. He reminds her who holds the deed to the house. He moves toward Esperanza, and she starts shooting all around him like a maniac. He crawls to the door, and runs out naked. She says she’s changing the locks, and slams the door. Eddie says it’s a turn on.

Marcie shows Ian the house. She tells him the couple who lived there divorced, and he says that’s going around, He’s divorced too. Marcie says, welcome to club, but it’s not one he wants to be part of. He knows she’s having a hard time, and she says she was the only adult in the marriage. She asks what happened with him, and he says they just didn’t fit anymore. Marcie asks if they have kids, and Ian says, three boys. He has them a lot, which is why he needs a house. He and Marcie haggle on the offer a little.

Larry calls Randal, confirming drinks for tonight. He also has something to tell him; something to think about. Marcie wants him to represent her, and he told her that he would. When did this happen? Randal says they’re friends, and Larry says he can help smooth it out. Randal doesn’t want it smoothed, and tells Larry to go to hell and not call him again. That went well.

Marcie and Ian leave the house. Marcie goes to her car, and calls Josh with an offer. She sees Randal on a ladder, and says she’ll call him back. Really? What kind of broker is she?

Brad sees the same thing from inside his house, and says wth? He goes outside, and asks what Randal is doing. Randal says none of his business. He’s installing a floodlight, and Brad says it’s turned toward his house. Randal insists it’s pointed to the alley. Brad says Alex told him about the music, and if Randal keeps it up, he’ll beat his ass again. Randal says he’ll serve him this time, Brad tells him to turn the light away, and Randal refuses. Brad sees a camera trained on his porch. Randal asks why he’s back, and Brad says to kick his ass. Randal says he heard Brad and Marcie are trying to have a baby, and Brad says there’s something really wrong with him. Randal says funny, Brad has one woman with baby who doesn’t know who the father is, and he’s trying to get another one pregnant, but moves back in. As he’s talking, Brad strides over and knocks the ladder out from under him. Marcie and I laugh. On the ground, Randal wails that he’s hurt and going to sue. Brad takes down the light and the camera. Marcie says Randal better leave that man alone. He’s not going to take Randal’s sh*t. He’s a real man. Randal calls for an ambulance, saying Brad pushed him off a ladder, so he needs the police too.

Dr. Raston tells Alex that everything is good. Alex thanks her for what she did, and the doctor isn’t sure what she’s talking about. Alex tells her the DNA test came back saying Randal wasn’t a match. She must have helped out. Alex doesn’t know what she did or how, but appreciates it. The doctor asks if Alex is suggesting she tainted the results, but Alex is suggesting the doctor did her a favor. The doctor assures her that she didn’t do anything, and Alex says it’s not possible. She wonders if there could have been a mix-up. Dr. Raston says anything is possible, but she wouldn’t put her career on the line. Alex is confused, and the doctor leaves to see another patient

Next time, Lushion catches Eddie running around the neighborhood naked, Marcie doesn’t have months to hide, and Eddie says be prepared to pull the trigger next time

Below Deck

Nico insists EJ is drunk and tells him to go to bed, and get his shoes off his deck. EJ says it’s his deck now, buddy boy, surprising me that anyone says buddy boy anymore. Nico asks if he wants to fight, but EJ says he’s cool. Nico says that if he’s not bosun tomorrow, he quits. Baker thinks there’s going to be a fistfight.

Nico tells EJ to put his strips on his bunk, or Nico will put his stripes up EJ’s ass. In his interview, EJ says Nico is way out of line, since he’s Nico’s boss. EJ tells him to apologize. In her interview, Kate says Nico’s ego is bruised because the captain had to call in backup, and the backup is like Ned Flanders. Bri asks Nico if they can’t work together, and tells him to be the bigger man.

As she’s getting into her bunk, Jen says if you eff up, you apologize, an eff everyone. Alrighty then.

Baker says EJ was the least intoxicated of all of them. Jen feels sad. She’s not digging life right now, and got upset with Bri; she’d thought they were good. Baker tells Jen that when she drinks, she stinks. Bri is over it. EJ asks Nico if they’re talking. In his interview, Nico is surprised EJ didn’t run to the captain. EJ insists he wasn’t drunk, and says some people can bounce back, and some can’t. Captain Lee tells them that once the boat is flipped, they an go to St. Bart’s for lunch. Jen is excited. She’s among a-holes, but it’ St. Bart’s, and maybe it will lighten the mood. Kate doesn’t know why Bri is picking on Jen.

The town is beautiful and colorful. Nico tells Bri that it was awkward this morning. Kate and Jen shop, Kate asks if she and Bri made up, but Jen says Bri pretended like nothing happened. Kate suggests just apologizing for overreacting. Nico says the entire season has been stressful. EJ hope they can make it. Nico is cool, but his attitude isn’t acceptable. Bri and Nico go swimming.

Jen gives Bri a friendship bracelet as an olive branch. They both apologize, and Bri suggests they observe themselves when they drink. Nico tells EJ the stress wasn’t his fault, and they need to work together. He’s sorry for being a d*ck about it. In his interview, Nico says EJ isn’t going anywhere, so they might as well squash it and move on.  In his interview, EJ says he’s worked with Nico’s type before. He’ll give him another chance, but he’s not going to – they bleep it, and I have no idea what the bleep he said.

Captain Lee explains that it’s harder docking at night; distances become distorted. He says it’s bad enough during day with a proper deck crew, but at night with people who never did it before isn’t something he wants a steady diet of. They manage to dock without incident, and the captain tells them it was an outstanding job. He thinks maybe he should blindfold them, so they do it all the time.

The primary guests are Leigh Anne and Sean. The Blind Side was based on Leigh Anne’s life. They just want to unplug from their busy lives, and aren’t asking for anything out of the ordinary. She’s a vegetarian, and Matt says it sounds like they’re unpretentious. They’ve requested an award theme dinner, and a tailgating theme beach picnic. Kate says she has no experience at tailgating.

EJ tells the deck crew that he wants the boat looking great for the next charter. Him being bosun, he wants good communication with Nico. They need to work together, and help each other out. He wants to see more team work. Baker says team work makes the dream work. Bleh. In his interview, Nico says even though he went too far, he still can’t stand EJ.

It’s time to greet the guests. Kate gives the tour. She says the guests have Southern roots, are spiritual without being preachy, and sassy.

Anchor is dropped. EJ says Baker has the attitude and charisma to make a great deckhand. The guests bother Matt in the galley, and he tells them what he’s planning for dinner. The table is gorgeous as usual, strewn with flowers, and silver filigree placemats. Kate thinks the guests will say grace, and they do, while she follows along in the back. Matt has been texting his ex, but she hasn’t responded. Nico tells Bri about apologizing to EJ. He listened to her advice, and it made sense. The guests use the water toys, and I laugh when a guy jumps on the trampoline, and ends up sliding into the water. Not the spectacular dive he wanted.

The guests dress for dinner. At the table, they each have a Hollywood Walk of Fame star. Matt is running late, since he’s busy with his phone, but he finally gets a text back. Bri ends up putting the bread in the over, and Kate hurries Matt up, telling him the guests are seated. She says it shouldn’t be her job to make sure he’s doing his. They’re on a yacht; the guests would like food. The entrée is grouper with asparagus and quinoa. I’m in. They’ requested bananas Foster, but once again, Matt has no vanilla ice cream. He uses chocolate instead, which would be fine with me, but two of the guests want it traditional. In her interview, Kate says if Matt were an a-hole, she’d yell at him, but you can’t yell at a puppy. Matt tries to make a substitute with fresh cream, but doesn’t fool the guests. This will probably cost the crew. Kate looks at the plates in the galley, and doesn’t know if it’s bananas Foster or a seagull took a big sh*t.

Matt calls his ex. He tells her thinking about her makes him miss her more. Zzzzz…

An awesome sunrise starts the day. Kate tells us that most of the time, yachting is champagne wishes and caviar dreams, but this one is try to survive mediocrity. The guests head for the beach, and what Kate dubs tailgate glam. There are wings and burgers, and Jen shows up in a pseudo cheerleader outfit. Bri thinks she’s going to get in trouble for not being in uniform, and not having Kate approve her attire. Baker helps her do some cheering with her step team moves. The guests are apparently drunk enough to enjoy it.

Matt is vague about dinner. Kate asks if he needs help. She wonders what’s happened, and if she’s been enabling. He’s slipping downward, and she suggests he cook outside the box. In his interview, he says she’s right, and he’s going to pull out all the stops to make up for yesterday.

The guests say it was the best tailgater ever. Kate doesn’t know what’s going on when she sees what Jen is wearing. The guests do some diving off the boat. Bri tells Kate that the beach went well. Kate wants to know when Jen changed, since she came back wearing something different than she left in. In her interview, Kate said she doesn’t mind, but doesn’t like that she wasn’t consulted. She wouldn’t have cared as much if Jen actually looked like a cheerleader.

Captain Lee asks EJ if he has any issues. In his interview, EJ says at the end of the day, he’s not a tattletale, and prefers to deal with the situation like a man. Kate is bummed that Jen decided to wear a bizarre weird outfit in front of the guests, but decides to teach her a lesson. If she wants to dress up in non-uniform things, she’ll be that person. She’s going to be the yacht mascot.

Matt makes ice cream truffles (don’t mind if I do), and Bruno helps. Matt likes having a sous chef. Kate asks the captain to have dinner with the guests. It’s another floral theme, in yellows. The guests get very excited about their surprise guest, and applaud when Captain Lee arrives. EJ calls Bruno Chef Gaston.

Kate tells Jen that she has exciting surprise; she’s going to be the Valor mascot, and gives her a bunch of strange things to wear, like a crazy visor and light-up sneakers. Jen thinks it’s humiliating, and feels like she can’t win. Captain Lee asks the guests about how the book became a movie, and Sean tells him that he went to school with the writer. Matt tells us that he makes steak like a boss, and the entrée is beef tenderloin, with some kind of cauliflower and butternut squash thing. Kate says the ice cream truffle are amazing, and yes, they are. Bruno talks about making desserts with his mother, and Matt is proud of him.

Jen feels like a dressed-up dog in a ridiculous outfit who can’t speak up for itself. Kate says surprise! You’re the Valor team mascot! Jen thinks it doesn’t make sense and isn’t fair, but she comes in and dances around while Kate blows a whistle. The guests wave their napkins in the air.

Matt can’t wait to go home. He tells Nico that he’s getting his ex. In his interview, Nico says he’s trying to distance himself from the problems at home, and Matt is pulling into them. EJ tells Jen that she did a good job, and Kate says the guests had a great time. Jen feels in dark and wonders what she’s not being told. She says when she hears Kate talk, it’s like the TV; she only hears certain things. Jen says that Kate is out to make her life a living hell, but she doesn’t know why. She doesn’t know if she can work with these people anymore.

Next time, the crew has a day off, Kate hates the guests, Nico doesn’t care if it’s wrong, and Jen has a meltdown.

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October 15, 2017 – The Sun Sets on the Shahs & Fear the Super Long Finale

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What I Watched Today

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

 

 

Two finales tonight.

Shahs of Sunset

Reza is meeting with event planner Kevin Lee, but GG gets there first. She shows Kevin her ring. In her interview, she explains how things happened fast with Shalom, even though they’d lived in the sane building for years. She says it’s not a normal relationship, but she’s not normal. Reza walks in saying Kevin’s signature phrase, chi, chi, chi! He shows Reza the décor for the Persian Winter Ball. I love this stuff – white branches and tiny white lights, candles, subtle sparkles of snow, and beautiful flowers in whites and greens. GG tells him that she talked to Jessica, who said she reached out to his mom, but Sue totally shut it down. Reza says her intentions are to protect her son, but Mike needs to say it’s his road and he’s the one traveling it. GG asks who’s going to let her know. Reza says she is. She says she’s Mike’s momma, but Reza says there’s a mitzva in her path, and she has to embrace it. Talk to her as one Persian woman to another.

Vida whines in the back seat of the car as Tommy drives. MJ is bringing Christmas to her father in matching PJs with Tommy. She calls Vida an effing bitch. She hasn’t seen Shams in over a month. Tommy is like goddammit! It’s Christmas; shut up!

Tommy sets up a tree in Shams’s room. MJ even brought dogs Ziggy and Toya in little Santa suits. Vida acts like a different person – a nice, normal person, giving Shams accolades for talking and eating. MJ says after her parents got married, he wasn’t the romantic guy Vida thought he was, and she didn’t stick around to make it work. They take a family photo. MJ tells us that Vida thinks since it didn’t work for her, it’s not going to work for MJ either.

Eez Not Right is Reza’s play, and he’s excited to see it on the theater marquee. He and MJ have been practicing for a few weeks. MJ arrives, and says she’s going to knock his socks off. She tells us that she took acting in high school. Monica Lewinsky and Eric Menendez were in her class. A guy in one of my acting classes, who was also a scene partner of mine, made headlines too, but sadly, it was because he was murdered by Jack Henry Abbott. MJ says that Eric was good at tennis. She suggests they rehearse, and stumbles over her lines. Reza says he should have gotten GG, but they laugh their asses off.

Tonight is just for friends and family, but if Reza gets the reaction he’s hoping for, he’s taking it on the road. Asa is on bedrest, and he’s disappointed she can’t be there. His method to not laugh on stage is thinking of nasty things, that no one needs to see here. Reza starts laughing the second he sees MJ on stage, so it didn’t work anyway. The play is basically about two grandmothers discussing the upcoming marriage of their grandsons, one of them feeling that it’s an outrage. We come to find out that the grandmother isn’t upset because it’s a gay marriage, but that one is a Muslim and one is a Jew. In his interview, Mike says that in the melting pot we call America, Iranians are now intermixing, and parents don’t understand. They want their children to “stick to their own kind,” and he’s a perfect example. We flash back to Sue discouraging him marrying Jessica. The play is well received. Reza says that he’s spent his journey wondering where fits in religiously, but now feels like it’s a closed chapter. He’s hoping the play might do some good, and people will learn. I’d totally pay to see it.

At Reza’s condo, the cats go nuts. Adam says they need a house. Reza says they’re getting one. He says that it’s obvious Adam doesn’t want to foster or adopt, and it looks like they’re going the surrogacy route, which requires a lot of coin. Reza is cashing out on his vacation house for a new house and beginning the baby process. Adam talks about having a chicken coop, but Reza makes fun of it, saying chicken are stupid. When he compares Adam to a chicken, Adam has enough. He says Reza talks down to him, and shuts him down. In his interview, Reza doesn’t like being dismissed when he’s been doing a lot of compromising. He thinks they need the Torah right now.

Reza visits Asa. Her place is filled with all kinds of cool baby stuff. She tells him that she can’t eat much. She’s been trying to do some work, but has no energy. She feels like she’s neglecting everything else that needs her. Reza asks if she feels a disconnect from everyone, but she says it’s more of a connect with herself. She was hurt for a while. She felt attacked and ganged up on, and who needs it when they’re pregnant? They’ve been in the same mindset for six years, and Asa has grown out of it. She needs to do her, and if she sees them, she sees him. She wants love and support right now, and after that, she’ll see.

The set up for the winter ball beings. Kevin calls it magic and fabulous, and it is. In addition to the aforementioned decorations, there are also big illuminated snowflakes everywhere. Reza goes to a kiki at MJ’s, whose condo looks amazing now. My mouth fell open. It’s like Martha Stewart was there. After the blow out with Tommy, MJ got a dose of reality that she needed to deal with. Once they put the pieces back together, she felt strong, and needed to execute the things she let fall by the wayside.

Reza asks Adam what’s wrong. He says Reza has been disrespectful and dismissive, and it makes him question the relationship. He says Reza goes for divorce card immediately in an argument. For him to throw that out makes Adam feel disposable. We flash back to before they were married, when Reza was hesitant. In his interview, Adam says he never wants to feel that way again; the way he felt when Reza called off the wedding. Reza says he doesn’t speak up a lot in the relationship, and the first time he does, Adam is dismissive.

Mike walks in, and tells Adam he can cry later. Everyone is astounded at the way the place looks. MJ wants Adam and Reza to finish the conversation. Adam says it’s stupid, and didn’t want to have it in the first place. He just wants to move on.

Mike says it’s not just a ball; it’s a Persian ball. Everyone is in tuxes and furs (most of them fake), and there’s a buffet like no other. Tommy says the food is ridiculous. I love to hear these guys talk about the food. I’ve never had Persian food, but I’m dying to, especially when I watch this show. GG shows off her ring. Reza says don’t run around the party, flashing or stabbing people with ring. At a Persian party, they’ll come to you.

Fake snow falls MJ inhales some. Mike’s mom arrives, and he gives her a wrist corsage. Like it’s the prom. Reza tells GG she’s the conduit. GG says it’s hard enough to talk to someone’s mom, but talking to a Persian mom? You don’t do that. She wants Mike to be happy, and goes for the tequila.

MJ suggests the moms go out together, so they can talk about how the kids never listen. GG takes Mike’s mom aside, and tells her that he still loves Jessica. She knows he’s hurt, and feels for him. GG brings up the email Jessica sent Sue. She thought it was sweet of her to apologize. Mike interrupts, and asks what they’re talking about. GG says she was telling his mom something, and he says it better not be what he thinks. GG says she’s not saying anything wrong. Mike steps away, and GG says maybe Sue could give Jessica another chance. We all make mistakes. Sue agrees, but says she was like a mother to Jessica, and if you leave, nothing can be fixed. She says sometimes you make a mistake that can’t be reversed.  They go to the buffet.

Mike asks GG what she was talking to his mother about. She says they’ve known each other forever, and he her not to get involved in something that’s not her business. She’s already caused enough problems in his life. We flash back to GG accusing him of hitting on her in Turkey. GG tells him that she only told Sue that his heart seemed to be with Jessica. Mike says his mother is there for a good time, not to talk about things that have nothing to do with her. GG is upsetting her. GG says talk to Reza. He’s the one who said she had to speak up, because Mike is scared to. Mike says it’s not her effing business. It’s his effing life and he’ll handle it.

Reza tells Mike that Jessica sent his mom and email. She was super apologetic, and super loving, wanting to get back together. He says if Mike doesn’t try one more time, thirty years from now, he’ll wonder what might have happened if he had. In his interview, Reza says he can’t believe how an almost 40-year-old, muscly Persian has his mom pulling the strings. You can’t live to make others happy; the outcome is always a disaster. Mike tells Sue that if she sees something he doesn’t, she should say something; he values her opinion. But at the end of the day, his decisions are his, and he’s a grown man. It’s his choice if he and Jessica get back together.

MJ asks Adam what’s going on. Adam says he and Reza had an argument, and Reza’s initial reaction was to leave. It reminds him of Thailand. It’s hurtful, and makes him want to reevaluate being married. MJ tells him that he doesn’t want to start the new year without a clean slate. Reza joins them. MJ says Adam told her about Reza using divorce as a threat. Adam says it makes him wonder if he married the wrong person, and his emotional mindset goes back to when Reza backed out at the last minute. Then he pulls back. Reza apologizes, saying it wasn’t his intention. He said it in the heat of the moment. He loves Adam, and he’s sorry.

In his interview, Reza tells us this stage of adulthood is hard. Growing up doesn’t mean he can’t have fun. He’s not the same, but better. Not just him, everyone is in the same spot. Asa got off the path to have a kid, but the rest keep growing, keep loving, and keep laughing. It’s who they are, regardless of how old they get. Reza announces that GG prepared something.

GG thanks everyone. She says it’s been an amazing year, and being selfish, her year was revolutionary. She went to Israel, realized how much she loves Shalom, and he put ring on it.

A month later. They get married, just the two of them, by a justice of the peace.

Two months later, they split.

Reza tells us, who says they saw that annulment coming? He did. I did too, but I think they’re back together again.

I’m going to miss these guys. I’m always sad when the season is over.

Fear the Walking Dead

Part One

We see a shopping cart filled with zombie heads, snapping at each other. Nick pushes the cart down the street, lopping off heads, and tossing them in. Okay, wth now? He takes them to the bartender at the Bizarre, who chops off their faces, and digs around for the brain stems. He says the longer the wait, the greater the risk of infection, but some people say it’s a high worth dying for. The Proctors will pay for as many fresh ones as he can bring. It helps them to fight longer, harder, and without sleep. Nick asks who they’re fighting, and the bartender doesn’t know, but thinks they’re gearing up for something big. Nick says he’ll keep harvesting as long as he keeps getting paid.

Troy watches people doing busywork.  Everyone looks like they’re having a decent time. Nick has a drink, and Troy leads him away. He says he’s been talking to the Proctors, and thinks they’re in trouble.

Madison looks out over the dam, and Victor asks what she sees. She tells him a murky mud pit, and he tells her to see past that to corn, melons, beans, irrigation, agriculture, and cattle. Isn’t the country what she wanted? She says she wanted a future for her kids, and maybe grandkids to spoil. Christmas surrounded by babies, and roasting a turkey. He figured she was more the sandwich type, but she says she used to make iced angel cookies with the kids. She’d thought they could have that life at the ranch. Victor says she can have that there. He says they can build paradise, and her kids can come home to it. He tells her to picture it, but she doesn’t know about that. He tells her that she needs some liquid imagination. What you call scotch.

Diana tries to talk Alicia into selling her hair again, telling her that she’s sitting on a goldmine. They good-naturedly banter back and forth, and suddenly, the car is T-boned by another car. Diana tells Alicia to get out, and a bunch of guys jump out of the other car. Diana fights with them, an Alicia slashes at them with her knife. One guy tries to take their gun out of the car, but Alicia grabs him. While she’s dealing with that, Diana clocks another with her pickax, but gets hurt. Alicia gets the gun and starts shooting into the air. She tells them to get out now, and they run. She should kill one just to send a message. Alicia tells Diana not to look, and makes a tourniquet for her wound.

Walker visits Daniel, and gives him Ofelia’s rosary. Daniel says the questions keep turning; why her? Walker says he wonders if he had been there, if he could have stopped it. He doesn’t know the answers though, because he wasn’t there.

Madison bogarts the scotch bottle. Victor says he can’t blame the kids for striking out on their own. Madison says they’re her kids, so she can. She wonders how long until The Odyssey, The Iliad, and The Bible are forgotten. Victor says they’ll write new stories. She tells him out with it; the scotch wasn’t just for her. He asks if she’s killed anyone. Has he met her? She says she’s had to, and he says he hasn’t. She says he’s lucky, but his day will come. He suspects she’s right, and she tells him it drives some people mad, and never gets you what you want, but it gets easier. Daniel approaches, and says her son is here.

Troy tells then that he found weapons and boats. The Proctors have no regard for human life, and will turn the water off, holding it hostage. Daniel says there are three entryways. They’ll post guards at each, and pick them off at the bridge. Efrain thinks they should blow up the dam. Release the river to the people. Daniel says whoever wants to leave, should go, but whoever stays has to help defend them. Victor thinks Madison and Nick should go. Troy says he’ll help, but Daniel questions his loyalty. Troy says he’s the one who gave them the information, and Madison vouches for him.

Outside, Madison tells Nick she hopes he’s using clean works. He says he’s not using; it’s something else. She says they need to get out before the Proctors show up. They’re worse than anything else they’ve seen. Madison says she’ll decide after he eats.

Walker is packing up his stuff. He tells Daniel that he’s going to look for some people who went north. He thinks Daniel is honorable, but he’s not willing to die for his cause. He says he and Crazy Dog will scout the road on their way out. Daniel tells him good walking, and they shake hands. Oh man, I hope they don’t kill Walker off.

Alicia brings Diana to a medic. He asks if she can assist, and she says she has no formal training, but was a hospital volunteer. The guy says degrees are worthless anyway. He lost his license in the 90s over a misunderstanding with a lady patient. Alicia advises him not to have a misunderstanding with Diana, who’s good with a pickax. He tells her he has another surgery to do, and could use an extra pair of hands. She seems like a quick study, and he just needs her to hand instruments to him and keep the patient occupied.

Nick looks in the refrigerator, and it looks like mine when it’s not a pay week. Victor tells him that he and Madison have to get out of there. He knows something that makes the narcos look like church ladies. He’s dealt with the Proctors before, and they intend to take all the land between there and the Gulf Coast. He’s supposed to help them get in, and part of the deal was to protect his family. He wants to cut a deal to protect his friends, as well as get himself set up. Nick asks if Madison knows, and Victor says she’ll tell Daniel. If Daniel finds out, He’ll kill him. He tells Nick to get Madison out.

Nick sees Daniel. Daniel tells him that Madison is wiring the dam with a friend, and he wants to ask him something. Was he with Ofelia when she got bitten. Nick explains that he wasn’t trapped in the bunker; he was outside. Daniel asks if he saw it coming, and Nick says not until it was too late. It came out of the wilderness. Troy saw it, and warned him. They thought they could redirect it, but it was already too close and too big. Nick says Ofelia was in the bunker with Alicia. Daniel gets up and padlocks the door. Wtf? He says Nick is lying.

Daniel says Nick knows his background. Nick says he interrogated people in the military. He asks if Daniel is going to torture him, and tells him it’s not what Ofelia would want. Daniel says she’s dead, Nick says she’d thought Daniel had changed, and Daniel says she thought wrong. His mother is wrong too. People don’t change; they walk in circles. He tells Nick to sit. I call Daniel a sh*tball.

Troy tells Madison that life is funny. They walk in circles, and here they all are together in Mexico. They plant explosives as they talk. He tells Madison that the trading post isn’t good for him – or Nick. He knows she’s worried, and had a right to be; they had quite a night, He never felt scared before, but he felt fear. Nick is his only friend; they’re like brothers. Madison thanks him for looking after Nick, and says keep doing that. Troy makes a derogatory comment about Mexicans, and she says not to talk like that; they’re guests. Troy says they were guests at his ranch. Now they’re a blended family. He says he got right with everything that happened, and asks if they’re good. She says they are.

Daniel asks why Nick is lying about Troy. Nick says he didn’t kill Ofelia, but Daniel believes that. What he doesn’t believe is that the horde materialized out of thin air. It needs a shepherd, someone to lead it. Daniel asks Nick to tell him; he doesn’t want to force him.

Doctor Eddie introduces Alicia to Proctor John as his new assistant. She wonders what happened to the old on. John asks who she is, and she says Alicia from Los Angeles. She asks if he’s the leader of this place, and he tells her, good guess. He explains that he’s a humble MC from SoCal, but has plans for expansion. The only thing stopping him is a growth on his spine; he’s becoming paralyzed. Eddie has been doing the best he can, but the pills are dulling his mind, and it’s time for surgery. Her only job is to assist, and if it’s successful, she has an amazing opportunity to come to Texas and beyond. She asks what if it isn’t, and he says if it fails, everyone in the room will be executed, starting with Eddie. This should give them incentive to do their best.

Daniel tells Nick that only three people could have done it – him, Jake or Troy. Nick takes a deep breath, and says Jake. Daniel says Troy, but Nick says no. He’s an SOB, a bigot, and a killer, but he loved the ranch, and wouldn’t have put it in jeopardy. Jake did it when he found out Nick killed his father. He couldn’t take it, and destroyed the ranch to save. It. Eventually, the horde he led killed him. Daniel tells Nick that his mother will be happy to see him, and gives him the key to the lock.

Alicia doesn’t think it’s safe, not putting John under, but Eddie says it’s her job to keep him still. She distracts John by asking him about the safest place he can remember. He talks to her about his aunt and uncle. Eddie cuts into his back, and Alicia asks questions. Eddie says he can see the tumor, and they talk about Santa Barbara. Even though he’s the one wide awake during surgery with barely a whimper, John call Alicia a tough kid. She says he has no idea. He finally screams.

Daniel looks at water coming out of a pipe, and says it should be pumping west, not dumping there. Victor is sure Lila has it under control.

Troy explains the detonator to Madison, and says they have to get out. Nick shows up, and tells them about Victor selling them out. He says if Daniel sees Troy, he’ll want to kill him. Madison asks why, and Troy says he led the horde to the ranch. She tells him it wasn’t right, but he says the Indians had it. She says they all had it, but he says not all, she exiled him. Madison says she let him live. After all they did to keep the peace, he took everything from her. Troy says what about what she took from him? He lost his father and his brother. She says he got them killed and had no right. He says he had every right; it was his home. He’d do it all again, and she would too. He says she understands, and suddenly, she whacks him with a hammer. He sinks to his knees, and she hits him again. He rolls down an incline, dead. Nick looks sick, and I gasp out loud. Nick is like, whoa. Madison takes the detonator and leaves.

After John recovers for a whole five minutes, Madison asks him if he can wiggle his toes. After a few tries, he sits up. He calls Eddie a bastard, but says he had faith in him the whole time. Eddie is a freakin’ miracle worker. He asks if Alicia is ready to hit the road. She asks if she has a choice, and he says not really, and holds out his hand.

At the dam, Lola says the water is running the wrong way. Victor tells her to step away, and holds a gun on her. Daniel says he knows who Victor is. He’s not his friend, but he’s a con man, not a killer. He tries to get Victor to give him the gun, but that’s a no, and they struggle. The gun goes off, and Daniel ends up getting shot in the chin. It’s not a fatal shot, but he’s down, and Lola runs to him. Victor keeps the gun on them.

The Proctors go through the tunnels. Nick and Madison see them coming, and run. The Proctors are all over the place in a couple of seconds. There’s a gunfight between them and the guards, with walk-on characters dropping like flies. Efrain gets shot through the window of the office. Victor tells Madison and Nick that they have to hide. He unlocks a door, and they go inside. He asks for the detonator, and says he’ll do everything in his power to prevent harm from coming to them. Madison gives him the device. He locks the door from the outside.

Part Two

Winter Wonderland plays while Madison rinses the potatoes in a pretty cabin. She sees a car coming, and goes out on the porch. She walks out to meet the car, and passes the graves of everyone on the ranch who has passed. She sees Nick with Luci and a baby. She looks down to Alicia’s grave. She wants to see the baby, but Luci won’t let her. She follows them back to their car. They get in and drive away.

Alicia and John take a boat to the dam. Alicia sees dead people floating in the water. They’re met by the rest of John’s men – and Victor. He tells John that someone knew they were coming, and it was beyond his control, but all is well. John doesn’t think so, since there are corpses in the drinking water. They were told to secure the dam. Victor says that’s what they’re doing. John says he’ll get a full accounting later. He wants the grand tour, and plan to be persuasive. Alicia quietly asks Victor about her mother, and he says she’s hidden. Nick came to warn them. She asks, now what? and he says to trust him; he can get them out.

Nick asks Madison if she’d kill him too. She tells him that’s insane, but he asks if she didn’t wish for that call when he was using. She says she never wished him dead; what kind of a mother would she be. He says honest maybe. She tells him that Troy needed to be put down; it’s the world they live in. Nick says they always lived in that world; it’s just that now it’s okay. She says one day he’ll have no choice, and Nick says not with her. Madison says she’s never hurt him. He asks hat if it was necessary, and she tells him to stop it. They hear shots being fired outside.

Lola tends to Daniel. He says the two of them will escape. He waits while she goes up the ladder to the dam.

Alicia admires John’s high pain threshold, and he asks how she knows Victor. She says he helped her family get out of LA. Her mother and Victor were friends, and she thought her mother might be there. John asks her mother’s name, and says she is there. She was one of Victor’s deal points; they were to spare her. He hopes she hasn’t been killed yet. Alicia asks if he’ll spare Madison if she’s alive. He says she was part of a larger negotiation that collapsed, but Alicia has served him well in a short time. Can she continue to do so, and can he trust her? She asks again if he’ll spare her mother, and he says he will if she’ll come on board his ship and sail for what’s left of Houston.

Nick and Madison hear someone coming in, and wait on either side of the door. Victor says he told them to leave, but they had to be stubborn. Alicia is there with Proctor John. Maybe he likes her enough to let them go, but don’t bet on it. He gives them uniforms, saying he’s going to walk them out right under the Proctors noses. Madison says his time has come, hasn’t it? He says just please put on the uniforms. Madison says he killed someone, and asks who it was. Victor says Daniel. He did it for her. He didn’t kill him though; he was alive when Victor left, but it was the worst thing that ever happened. He let Lola go. Even though she’d said it gets easier, he couldn’t do it. Nick says there’s hope for him yet.

Lola sneaks into the office, and sees Efrain dead. No time to grieve though. She cocks her gun.

Victor holds a gun on Madison and Nick, who are in uniform. There are people being shot, and tossed off the bridge up ahead, but he tells them to just keep walking. A guard stops them, and Victor tells him that Proctor John wants him to dispose of these traitors personally. They go past, but Lola runs toward John, shooting, and John kills her. He asks what fresh hell is this? Well, there’s the pot calling the kettle black.

Daniel opens his eyes.

John is mystified. He thought “water queen” Lola was dead, and she turned back up like a whack-a-mole trying to assassinate him. Victor says he can explain, but John doesn’t want to hear it. He tells Alicia to go to her joyful family reunion. She and Madison hug. He asks what role Nick plays in the family drama. He asks Nick where Troy is, and Nick says his mom killed him. John tells “Alicia from Los Angeles” that she has a perverse family. He says he’ll have to kill them, but he’ll kill her first so she doesn’t have to watch.

John tells them to say they’re goodbyes. Nick hugs Victor, and tells him, safe travels. I’m assuming the detonator switched hands. Victor tells John that there’s something in the end game that he didn’t plan on. They didn’t have enough guns to defend the dam, so they wired it with explosives. John orders Victors tongue taken out. Victor fumbles around in his pockets, looking for he detonator, but Nick takes it out. He says it’s armed, and Victor tells him don’t touch the other button. Nick asks if he means the one that says detonate.

Madison takes the turkey out of the oven, and brings it to a table of guests. Daniel, Jeremiah, Troy, some other dead guy whose name I don’t remember, and Walker are there. There’s an empty chair at the head of the table. Walker gets ready to carve. Victor comes to the door, with a pile of gifts and flowers. Madison shows him in. She lifts the cover on the turkey, and it’s Jeremiah’s head on the platter.  Walker has cut off his head, and the blood gushes from his body, still in the seat, flooding the table. Victor leaves, and Madison follows him, but sees nothing except gravestones outside. A plane flies overhead.

Nick holds up the detonator. John says his play, and makes the guards lower their guns. Nick tells him that his mom and sister get to take the Zodiac across the lake. Alicia wants him to come, but John say the detonator will be out of range, and he’ll lose his leverage. Madison and Alicia leave. Nick tells Victor to take care of them. John insists they won’t survive, but Nick tells him not to be so sure. John is interested to see how it plays out, but it won’t be well for Nick either way. Nick isn’t afraid to die, and John calls it junkie bravado. He asks if the detonator is real.

Daniel stumbles out, and kicks some guard ass. Quite well for a man who’s just been shot in the face.

John calls the lake a modern Euphrates. It needs managing. They can’t just give it away. He says Nick can help, but Nick says it’s just one more thing to control. Alicia has trouble getting the boat going, but the engine finally turns over. John says Nick was born for violence, and Nick says he killed the last man who said that. John tells him, like mother, like son; he needs to harness the fury or get stampeded. A war is waiting. The boat stalls.

Daniel sees Lola lying dead on the bridge. He puts Ofelia’s rosary beads in her hand. They’re giving me a heart attack with this boat, which is still giving them a hard time. John wants the detonator, but shots from a sniper interrupt him. From a hillside, Walker tells Crazy dog, nice shot. John says this is a new wrinkle, but not a game changer, since apparently, he’s a real optimist. He thinks Nick is bluffing, and his family isn’t far enough away. More shots are fired, and somehow all the bullets go around Nick. Daniel gets closer, and starts to shoot. Nick sees the boat speed away. He hits the button.

The dam blows to smithereens, and the bridge cracks don the middle. John is led away by one of his men, and everything starts crumbling. Walker and Crazy Dog watch the boat. Crazy Dog says they’ll be drawn into the flood if they don’t step on it. He and Walker decide to head north. We see the water flood the inside of the dam, covering Efrain and Troy’s bodies. Daniel grabs Nick, and the boat gets sucked under the bridge.

Madison walks among the gravestones. She kneels at Jeremiah’s grave, and his hand pops out of the ground Carrie White style. He grabs Madison and drags her into the ground. In the real world, she’s under the water, and starts to sink among the debris, Her hand reaches out of the earth, and Travis pulls her out. She slips back, alternately into the water again. She opens her eyes, swims to the top, and breaches the surface. She gasps for air and swims to shore. People are running around with buckets, and getting water. A little girl sees her, and says, hola. The camera pans out on the newly freed water.

Next week, The Walking Dead 100th episode, preceded by a marathon.

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October 13, 2017 – Patient 6 Walks into a Bar, Too Many Hooks, Unkillable Z’s, Quotes & Love-ahs

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What I Watched Today

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

 

 

General Hospital

In an NYC bar, the bartender asks if she can get Patient 6 something other than water. He says he’s just trying to catch up on what he missed.

Jason and Sam arrive at an apartment in the city. He tells her that he thought she likes mysteries. She tells him if he bought a townhouse, she doesn’t want to move. He tells her to come in and see their future.

Nina is going crazy answering the phones, while Valentin kisses up her arm, like Gomez kissing Morticia. He tells Simone that Nina will have to get back to her, and hangs the phone up. Nina wonders where her assistant is.

At Kelly’s, Michael tells Nelle it was an incredible gesture to make the donation. She says she knows he thinks she should have given the ring back, but she couldn’t return it to the people who accused her of murder. It was a compromise, but she’ll never convince people of her innocence. Michael says he’s taken steps to prove it for her.

Nina needs to put the latest issue of Crimson to bed, and Valentin tells her that he wants to put her to bed. He says he has an opportunity where he needs her talents and leadership skills, but first a little fun.

Anna calls Griff. She wants him to check in. No matter how she feels about Ava, if Ava is his friend, she wants to help.

Ava is officially now a friend with benefits.

Michael tells Nelle that he hired Curtis to give the case another look. She wants to know why he didn’t tell her. If the Grant family finds out that she was nosing around on her behalf, they’ll be suspicious. Assuming that Curtis can do what the police couldn’t. Michael says the case needs fresh eyes.

Anna sees Finn at the MetroCourt. He asks why they’re meeting, and she says it’s the last time. They won’t be able to meet in public once Cassandra arrives. Finn makes snarky remarks, and she says that he’s hostile when he’s tired. He says he wants it to be over with. Anna says they’re heading into the second part of the operation, and tells him not to rush or he could make a mistake. He should take his time getting her trust. He remarks that all criminals often tell their doctors about their illegal dealings; she’s putting too much faith in his abilities. Anna says Cassandra wouldn’t be coming there if she didn’t trust him. Give her what she wants, and she’ll return the favor. She has every confidence in him. He asks what she’s going to be doing, and she tells him working the case from another angle. He asks if it has anything to do with Valentin.

Nina asks what opportunity Valentin is talking about, and he tells her that he’s on the verge of a deal to make her the next media magnet. She says that’s a huge responsibility. Not long ago, she was an heiress with mental instability issues; she doesn’t think she’ll be on the cover of Forbes any time soon. Valentin tells her that she’s an inspiration to his daughter, and not to sell herself short. Instead of just calling the shots at Crimson, she’ll be calling all the shots. He’s buying Derek Wells Media, and wants her to be co-CEO.

Jason opens the apartment door, and Diane is there. She has the titles for them, explaining that they have to sign this part in NYC. Sam asks what they’re signing, and Jason says today. Julian ceases to be the owner of Derek Wells Media.

Patient 6 says he’s been out of the country, and the bartender asks if he was deployed. He says he’s not in the military, but he’s been away for a while. She tells him welcome back, and asks if he’s in trouble. He asks if it’s obvious, and she says she picks up on things. Cops usually don’t show up for no reason. He follows her gaze to a couple of guys at the bar. He asks which way to the restroom, and she tells him it’s in the back. He leaves the bar, and one of the men says they’re looking for a guy. She says, aren’t we all? They tell her that he was a stowaway and entered the country illegally. They show her Patient 6’s picture, and ask if she’s seen him around.

Nina asks since when is Julian interested in selling? Valentin says he’s been circling for a while, and waiting for the right moment. She says he’s never shown an interest in publishing, and he says it’s not a done deal until the papers are signed, but thinks it’s a good fit. He says she can jump on board or continue to take orders from a demanding boss.

Diane says the deal was hard won. At the last minute there was a high bid. She tells Jason that Julian has major ties to the mob, and even though Jason is no longer in the business, he’s going to be scrutinized. The Feds will see it as one mobster selling to another. Jason tells Sam that he’s keeping him promise. He’s breaking away from his old life. He did this on his own, but he doesn’t intend to run the company without her. Diane says she needs Sam’s signature. He says they’re doing this as partners, or not at all.

Patient 6 peeks out. The bartender tells the men that he hasn’t been around here. They mention that he has blue eyes, and has a distinctive look. She says she would have remembered them. She adds that she also hasn’t seen any badges, and if they’re not cops, she has no reason to be talking to them. One of them slides some money over, along with a phone number. She says she’ll call if she sees him. When they’re gone, Patient 6 comes back out ad thanks her. She says it’s a fireman’s bar, but she’s not partial to cops, and gives him the money. He tells her to give it to someone who needs it, and she tells him he looks like he needs it more than she does. He takes the money, and gives her the watch.

Nelle appreciates Michael trying to clear her name, but there were no charges. He reminds her that she said the questions would follow her forever, and if Curtis comes through, a big cloud over her head will be gone. She says that would be a welcome change, but she’s used to being presumed guilty. He tells her that Curtis is coming straight from the airport, and suggests she stick around, but she has to get back to work.

Ava and Griff bask in the afterglow. Griff says he’s thinking about tomorrow. He has to speak with Father Cory. He was Griff’s spiritual mentor and gone to bat for him. He has to give him a decision. Ava asks if he’s made one, and he says no. She says of course not. He tells her that they have to talk, and she says if this is the part where he agonizes and says it’s a big mistake they should never speak of again, let her make it easier. She says it was a big mistake and they should never speak of it again. I have to mention, Ava sleeps on the loudest sheets ever. Every time one of them moves, we hear them rubbing together.

Jason wants Sam to help him run the company, and she says it’s like the blind leading the blind, and is he sure? He says absolutely not, but if it doesn’t work out, they’ll sell it and find something else.

Nina comes up with the domain name Casareeves, saying it’s strong and sexy. Nelle runs in, saying she saw the phones on night service, and asks if something happened. Nina says yes, her assistant was MIA during an important deadline. She tells Nelle that a lot of changes will be happening, and she can’t afford any mistakes.

Curtis arrives at Kelly’s hungry as a hostage. Michael says that he told Nelle about hiring him, and asks if he’s found enough evidence to exonerate her.

Diane calls Valentin, and tells him that he’s been outbid for Derek Wells Media. He asks how she knew he put in an offer, and she says she’s paid to know things. It was a valiant effort, but the company is off the table.

Patient 6 tells the bartender that the watch is supposed to be lucky. It already worked for him – he picked this bar and met her. She covered for him when she had no reason to. She says she could use a little luck, and he asks if he can exit through the kitchen. She tells him to have a safe trip, wherever he’s headed. He says, home, and jets. Sam and Jason walk in and order champagne. They’re celebrating.

Anna tells Finn that the WSB has determined that Cassandra is involved in international drug trafficking. The markup is astronomical, and the more money she makes, the worse people are suffering. Finn says he knows about addiction, and now the spy game doesn’t seem like a game anymore. Anna says this is one take down she’s looking forward to. Cassandra suddenly appears, and asks who’s being taken down, and who’s doing the taking?

Curtis thought that Michael wasn’t telling Nelle. Michael explains about her selling the ring to give the money to the foundation. Curtis says that could be generous, or manipulative. Michael says he told her the ring wasn’t hers to sell, but her intentions were sincere. He tells Curtis about her concerns that his investigation could trigger the Grants into escalating their vendetta. Curtis says maybe there’s something she doesn’t want him to find out.

Nina tells Valentin not to poach her assistant when he owns the company. She asks why Valentin has that look, and he tells her that she can register the domain name, but they can’t use it any time soon. His offer was rejected; he was outbid by another buyer.

Sam and Jason toast. They agree the champagne is not the best, and Jason asks if she wouldn’t rather have beer. They talk about how the company is a departure for them. Jason says it presents a bunch of challenges, and their lives will undergo one helluva change. The drink bad champagne to that.

Finn says he wasn’t expecting Cassandra until tomorrow, and she says she moved her flight up so she would have time to recuperate. He’s glad she made it in one piece. Anna introduces herself, but Cassandra says she already knows who she is. She saw her with Finn in Monaco, and she’s obviously his lover. Every time I hear that word, it brings to mind an SNL sketch with Will Ferrell and Rachel Dratch where they go on and on about being love-ahs.

Griff asks if Ava wants him to leave. Ava says it’s obvious he doesn’t want to stay. He tells her not to jump to conclusions or put words in his mouth. She says don’t tell her it actually meant something, and he says of course it did. She says he just doesn’t know what. He asks why it’s so hard to understand it’s not easy to throw away what he’d planned on being his life and calling. She says that’s one way of looking at it, but he can live honestly or live a lie. He can continue to hide behind the collar, but for what it’s worth, he doesn’t have sex like a man with doubts.

Anna tells Cassandra that they prefer the word “partners,” and Cassandra calls it chic. Anna is happy that Finn is able to help her, and Cassandra says it was a fortuitous meeting. She says Finn must have told Anna about it, but Anna says that doctor/patient confidentiality is of the utmost importance to him, and she’s lucky to have him. Cassandra says she’s counting on that. Finn asks if she wants to join them, but she declines, saying she just came in for a nightcap to help her sleep.

Valentin says that Diane is on retainer to Sonny. What would he want with the company? Nina says what does it matter, and he says it matters if he’s going to sabotage the company. She tells him it was the ultimate romantic gesture and she loves him. The name goes with anything, and they’ll have other opportunities. He can accomplish anything he puts his mind to. They kiss.

Sam tells Jason they’ll need an ad campaign to rebrand the company to be more like them. Jason asks who she is, and what has she done with his wife. Sam says he bought the company; what has he done with her husband? He says they might be successful and actually like being in publishing. Sam says they’ll make sure everything is honest, with no bias. He says they’ll be bankrupt with a year. She says that’s possible, but at least they’re together.

Valentin is about to leave Crimson and sees Nelle. He tells her not to let her personal difficulties affect Nina’s business. She says that’s the aim, and he says make it a reality. Nelle says she’d never do anything to hurt Nina. He tells her that he knows an opportunist when he sees one.

Curtis explains to Michael that Nelle worked as Zack’s mother’s assistant – the same job she had with Michael’s mother. To hear Sharon tell it, she did her research. Michael asks if he’s suggesting that she’s planning the same thing with him, and Curtis says he can’t deny the parallels. Michael says there was no evidence of wrongdoing. Curtis says not by itself, but coupled with other things, he advises Michael to take a good look at Nelle.

Anna tells Finn that they can use this to their advantage with Cassandra, but he wonders about the rest of Port Charles. She says he doesn’t seem like someone who cares about what people think. He takes her hand and they walk out of the bar.

Valentin tells Nelle that she’s good, being all things to all people. She says she had no idea he was watching her so closely, and he says he used to be in threat analysis. People think it’s a boring desk job, but it’s not. It’s solving endless puzzles, finding what’s dirty in something seemingly innocuous, and dismantling a web of lies. He says he’s good at finding the threat, and good at taking it down. If she makes a move against Nina, he will intervene.

Curtis tells Michael it’s his money, and he doesn’t want to tell Michael what he doesn’t want to hear. Michael says Nelle lies, but he thinks it’s because she’s scared and no one trusts her. He wants her to trust him, but he can’t help unless he knows everything. Curtis says, even the things that make her look guilty?

Nina runs out with Valentin’s scarf. He’s already gone, so she asks Nelle to give it to him at the bar. When Nelle comes back, Nina wants her to research the sale of Derek Wells Media. She needs to know about who she reports to now.

Sam and Jason see the watch on the bar. The bartender tells them that they have the best sliders in town. Jason asks if it’s better than the champagne. She tells him that’s the first champagne she’s served in a decade, but they serve sliders every day. Sam admires the watch, and asks if she can look at it. The bartender tells her to knock herself out. Sam sees the name Huxley engraved on it, and asks where she got it.

Patient 6 sits at he bus station.

Griff doesn’t want to leave things like this. Ava asks what the alternative is. Then she says, wait, don’t tell her; he doesn’t know. Griff says he’s strangled by indecision, but closer to clarity. She says she’s glad to be of service. He says is wasn’t a mistake for him, and hopes it wasn’t for her. She walks away, and he leaves. Ava looks at the door.

Nelle is about to walk into the MetroCourt, and sees Valentin sitting with Cassandra. He tells Cassandra about living on an island, and she tells him you can’t be spontaneous if you need a boat every time you want to leave home. But then again, spontaneity was never his thing. He always planned everything, down to the last detail, which is why he never got caught. He tells her that he would have arranged a proper welcome had he known she was coming. Cassandra kisses him, and Nelle snaps a photo. She’s not very subtle about it either.

Curtis asks Michael if Nelle didn’t say she couldn’t save Zack. Michael says she tried, but couldn’t reach him and she wasn’t a good swimmer. Curtis says the Lakes High Dolphins might disagree. He shows Michael a newspaper article about Nelle winning a medal for swimming. You mean to tell me the police wouldn’t have known that? Or the Grants?

The bartender tells Sam that she did a guy a favor, and he insisted on giving her the watch. Jason shows her a picture of Huxley on his phone, and asks if she recognizes him, and if he gave her the watch. She says no, it was someone else. He tells Sam it was a stretch, and there are probably a lot of Huxleys out in the world. She thinks there would be a slim chance of running into someone they know. Guess again. NYC is the smallest big city ever.

The train for Port Charles is departing in ten minutes. Patient 6 gets up from the bench.

On Monday, Franco asks what someone is doing there, Jordan asks if she should prepare for World War III, and Michael asks Nelle why she lied. For the fiftieth time.

Once Upon a Time

In Storybrooke, years ago, Hook swordfights on his ship with Henry. Emma is impressed. Hook wins the match, and Henry says he’ll never be good enough. Emma asks what’s up, and Hook says he’s almost grown. Emma is bummed because he’s supposed to leave home, but Hook says It’s not an ending; there’s more to come. She wants to keep him a while longer; she’s worried she won’t get a second chance. Hook takes out a bottle of magic. You speak into it, leave a message, and you can find who you seek. Hook says Henry will be fine.

In another realm, years later, Henry rides through the forest and is surrounded a bunch of men on horseback. Lady Tremaine rides up and says this is the man who helped Cinderella kill the prince. Henry says she didn’t kill him, and Lady Tremaine asks where she is. He won’t tell her, and she realizes he’s in love with Cinderella. She tells him to give her the slipper and live. She wants to know where he’s hidden it, and he says he hid something else made of glass. He speaks into the bottle, calling Regina and Hook.

In Seattle, Rogers comes to Henry’s place at 6 am. He tells Henry that he read his book, and can’t get something out of his head. He wants to know who the blonde woman is, and Henry says she’s a fictional character. Rogers says it feels like he met her, and asks if she’s based on someone real. Henry says the truth is, he made her up. He tells Rogers there’s something can help him with since he’s there. He wants to find where his family is buried, and keeps hitting dead ends. Was that a purposeful pun? Rogers says he’ll see if he can help. Henry asks how Lucinda and Lucy are, and Rogers says not great.

Lucinda finds out that the ballet Lucy is performing in is now a charity event, and the tickets are five hundred bucks a pop. She accuses Victoria of keeping her from her daughter, and Victoria says her assistant set the price. Lucinda says people should be given second chances, and Victoria tells her they’re not given, they’re earned.

In the other realm, Henry is tied up on Cinderella’s bed. Lady Tremaine says that’s as close as he’s getting to her. She tells her daughter to find the slipper and kill him. He must never see Cinderella again. Drizella says she doesn’t understand, and Lady Tremaine says she doesn’t need to; she just needs to obey. When she’s gone, Henry says Drizella seems nicer than the others, but she says she’s not, and pulls out a dagger. She asks where the slipper is, and Hook and Regina appear. Drizella asks who Regina is, and Regina says, his mother, and knocks her out. Hook and Henry hug. (Say that three times real fast.) Regina marvels that he grew up, and they hug. Hook suggests they do hugs and tears outside. Henry asks where is other mom is, and Hook tells him that she’s fighting a swarm of tiny irritating dragons, but really she wants to let him get on with his life. They have to respect her wishes.

Back in Seattle, Detective Weaver (Rumpelstiltskin) notes that Rogers is late. Rogers wonders why Weaver chose him as a partner, and Weaver says when he’s a real detective, he’ll have the answer.

Lucinda’s friend/co-worker (whose name I do not know) promises she’ll see Lucy, and look for part time jobs for her. Lucinda says she needs the money by tonight. Henry comes in and Lucinda’s friend goes back to work. He tells Lucinda that he was wrong, and he’s sorry. She wants to see Lucy, and he offers to give her the money, but she tells him that she’s not a damsel in distress waiting for Prince Charming. He tells her that was Snow White. Ha-ha! She says she can find her own money, and he tells her that she’s not being fair. She says what’s not fair is being separated from her kid.

Victoria summons Weaver. She tells him she has a problem that needs to go away – Henry. He’s been seen with Lucinda in a bar, and he’s a bad influence. She tells Weaver to do something. He’s like, wth?

In not Seattle, Regina tries to work some magic on the glass slipper. Hook says they’re near the sea, so their must be a port. Where there’s a port, there’s pirates. If a woman passed through, they’ll know. Regina thinks he should bring Henry, but he says Henry needs to remain in this realm, and he doesn’t want to take chances.

IRL, Roni asks why Weaver is in her bar. He says that she knows Henry, and she tells him a bartender is like a therapist – they don’t share secrets. He says he can always get answers, and leaves. Roni tells Rogers to be careful around him. He gets a lot of new partners, and none come back. He needs to ask himself how badly he wants this job.

Moving parallel, at the pier, a hooded figure approaches Hook. Hook demands his name, and the stranger says he already has it, and reveals his face. It’s Hook from yet another realm. Everything there is a twisted version of the truth, like a cracked mirror. Other Hook says, infinite realms, infinite possibilities. Hook says he’s seen him before, a drunken fool version of himself. He’s afraid of what he might have become. Their stories were the same up to a point. When the tales parted, Hook found love and happiness, and Drunk Hook found misery. Drunk Hook says he wandered realms, but couldn’t find his Emma, and then the answer literally jumped into his lap. He brings out the magic bottle. It sent Henry’s message to both Captain Hooks. He tells the bottle, Emma here, and says he aims to take her. Then he falls over. Hook chastises him for his self-pity, and Drunk Hook head butts him. He covers the knocked out real Hook with a blanket.

Flipping to Seattle, Weaver asks Rogers if he thinks they’re going to far, and Rogers says not far enough. Weaver wonders if Rogers is going to the dark side, and Rogers says he’s not the man Weaver thinks he is.

Back in the fairytale realm, Lady Tremaine wants Drunk Hook’s help with Henry. Make him go home, and they both get what they want. She asks what he wants, and he says a woman, Emma Swan. She wonders why he’d think Emma would go for him, and he says she already fell in love with Hook from another realm. He got some fresh blood from Hook, and wants to be made like him. Lady Tremaine says she doesn’t wield magic talent, but does have a talent for acquiring things. She takes out the wand, saying acquired it from a fairy godmother; bad luck for her, good for them. She touches the wand to the blood, and it sparkles, swirling around Drunk Hook like a snake. When it’s done, he looks like real Hook.

Sliding back to Rain City (okay, Seattle), Lucinda’s friend says she must have a fairy godmother somewhere. She’s found the perfect job for her – a catering gig at the ballet. The bartender is turns out to be Henry. He tells Lucinda just trying to help feels terrible trying to make up for it after tonight never has to see him

Rogers and Weaver go into Henry’s apartment. Weaver deduces he has a daughter who doesn’t live there, so he’s probably divorced. Rogers says that’s hardly dirt. Weaver intimates that it’s something to be used, unless it bothers him. He says Rogers has been there before, and needs to be either a good detective or extremely loyal. He’s pinning his hopes on loyal. Rogers says to try him, and Weaver says he certainly will.

Lucy sees Lucinda. Lucy says she knew Henry would help. It’s all happening. Lucinda’s friend asks Henry if he’s in love with Lucinda. He stammers, and says he’s just a guy who screwed up and is trying to fix it. Victoria sees Henry and gets on her phone to Weaver. She says that he’s here, and get him out of her life. Weaver tells Rogers to come, the Lady beckons. Rogers sees a keyring with a swan on it, and takes it.

In the supplementary realm, Henry asks Regina how things are back home. She says that Archie’s therapy business is down because of all the happy endings, but his wedding officiating is way up. Everyone is sickeningly happy. He asks what about her, and she says she misses him. She wants to hear about him, his story. He tells her that Cinderella doesn’t even like him. If he was her, he’d ditch the slippers and run too. Hook, that’s really Drunk Hook, returns. He tells Henry that he caught Cinderella on the pier before she left, and she wrote him a note on the spot. Henry reads it, but we don’t see it. Drunk Hook says she’s set sail, and it’s time to head home. Henry declares the trip a failure. Regina tells Drunk Hook to go give Henry a piratey heart-to-heart, and make him feel better.

Drunk Hook tells Henry sorry about the lass. Henry says it will take a while, and asks if everything is okay at home. He says Hook doesn’t seem like himself, and Drunk Hook says let’s just go home. Henry wants to know if Emma is okay. Drunk Hook isn’t really sure what to say, when Emma appears. She says she’s fine; Hook just wanted her to stay home and rest. She hugs Henry, and says she wanted to tell him herself that she’s pregnant. Now what, Drunk Hook?

Emma says that she and Hook will have to learn the diaper and feeding thing. She missed it with Henry. They’ve made mistakes, but learned from them. Now they can do something good from the start. Drunk Hook says he’s done something he has to fix it, and jets.

Victoria fumes. She tells Weaver that she doesn’t care what he does; frame him for something, just put him away. Weaver gives a bracelet to Rogers and says Rogers told him that he’s not the man Weaver thinks he is. Let’s see who he is.

The ballet is performed. Rogers pretends to bump into Henry during the applause.

You know where, Drunk Hook can’t find real Hook, who comes up behind him. He says Drunk Hook came to finish him off. They fight, and roll around on the dock, and Drunk Hook falls on a dagger. Hook says it looks like he’s finished himself off. Drunk Hook says he didn’t come to kill him, but set him free. Emma is here, and he’s going to be a father. He would never get between father and child. He was trying to find his own daughter. It’s why he came there in the first place.

In the other place, the ballet concludes. Victoria proclaims it a delightful performance. Weaver goes to the front and says that there’s a missing bracelet. The donors should stay in their seats, and there will be a non-invasive search of the employees. Lucinda is offended that they’re just looking at the workers. Weaver moves forward, and Henry says to leave her alone, putting his hand on Weaver’s shoulder. Weaver punches him out, saying you never touch an officer. He tells Henry to turn out his pockets. Henry is surprised to find something, but it’s the swan keyring.

Hook tells Drunk Hook to stay awake until Emma comes. Drunk Hook explains that a witch trapped his daughter in a prison. He was sneaking in to visit her, but he was discovered. He was cursed to never save her, but true love is the cure. He roamed the realms seeking it. Emma appears, and says he deserves a second chance. Drunk Hook says it’s too late for him, and gives Hook something to give to her. It’s a chess piece; her rook to his knight that she carries. Emma says she’s sorry, but she doesn’t think her magic works there. She has to find the part that’s Hook. She tells Drunk Hook that he doesn’t know her, but she knows him, the man she fell in love with. Before they met, that’s who he was. She tells him there’s hope, just believe. He looks at her, she passes her hand over his wound, and he’s all better now.

Rogers starts to throw the bracelet into the river, and Weaver stops him. Rogers says that he couldn’t do it, and wonders if he’s out of a partner or a job. Weaver says Rogers had asked why he chose him as a partner. He thought Rogers would to anything to keep his job, but he caught a glimpse of something he’d thought extinct – a moral core. He tells Rogers not to worry about the bracelet. He’ll put it back where it belongs.

Victoria complains that Weaver didn’t fail at the task; he couldn’t pull off basic police work. He says she’s not his employer, and she’s not the boss of him. She says their goals had aligned up until now, but he tells her not always.

Lucinda gives Henry a beer as he nurses his eye. She says if it weren’t for him, she wouldn’t have seen Lucy, and she accepts his apology. He’s earned a second chance. He asks her to join him, but she’s like, sorry, not that accepting.

Ye alternate realm Henry asks if Emma and Hook are good. Emma asks if he wants to come back with them. He does, but still hasn’t found his story. Maybe he did, but he still has to fight for it. Emma knows the feeling. He says it could be for nothing; maybe Cinderella didn’t leave the slipper for him, and it just fell off. can’t give up could be for nothing maybe slipper just fell off. She says he’s not allowed home until finds answer. It will never be okay with them apart. She misses him, but has to give him what he gave her. Drunk Hook tells him to never give up on love. He tried to steal another man’s love, and it’s time for him to find his own – his daughter. Hook gives him back the rook. Drunk Hook wishes he knew what steps to take. Henry feels the same way, and Emma suggests they team up. She’d feel better with some sort of Hook looking out for Henry. Yeah, just don’t take him to a bar. Regina decides to stay behind, hating to be apart from Henry.

Henry asks her to come with them. Her story isn’t over, and maybe she needs to be there to find it. Maybe he needs her there too. She asks if this can be one of his Operations, and he calls it Operation Next Chapter.

Emma and Hook say goodbye to Henry. Hook makes a portal. I guess we can do that at will now. They all gaze at each other, and Hook and Emma walk through.

In our final Seattle chapter, Rogers finds Henry, and gives him list of cemeteries. He couldn’t find any information, but thought it was a good place to start. Henry says he was happy to find the keychain in his pocket. Funny, he took the bus, and thought left it at home. He’s always liked swans; it’s the name of the mother of his main character. tje mother he wanted, a hero.

Rogers tells Henry about trying to find a missing girl, and going down wrong alley. He was attacked, and a woman came from out of nowhere. She placed a hand on his wound, and told him if he believed in her, this will work, and she gave him life. She was the woman from the book. He never saw her again, but she gave him a second chance. He became so desperate to succeed, he almost lost himself. The woman from the book reminded him do things the right way.

They agree that all the problems in town have the same name – Victoria Belfry. They go to Roni’s bar. Rogers wants a know about all the people being squeezed, and tells her to write it down. He’ll release it when they’re ready, and maybe he can find the missing girl. Roni says it sounds like enough for a book, possibly two. Henry asks if she’s ready, and she says, oh yeah. Rogers says, let’s get to work, and they clink glasses.

Next time, Lucinda has to make a sacrifice, a rebel and a princess unite, and something buried is unearthed.

Z Nation

10K sees remains of the treehouse, and thinks of Red.

Lucy is still in the backseat of a car, when a shot comes through the windshield, killing the soldier who’s driving. She hangs on, and the car crashes into a tree. The driver’s door opens, and the soldier falls out. Murphy looks inside. Lucy says, dad?

Murphy tries to give her a hug, and she turns away. He tells her that he didn’t know she was alive. She says now he knows. He tells her that she’s grown, and she says that happens – if you’re there for it or not. He says she did it kind of quickly. He asks if he’s done something to disappoint her. If so, he’s sorry. He doesn’t know what he would have done differently; the parent thing is hard, especially during a zombie apocalypse. She says he looks different, and he tells her he’s been cured. She asks if there was something wrong, and he says he didn’t mean it that way. She tells him that she doesn’t feel anything with him, but she does with Roberta. She touches Roberta’s shoulder, and Roberta says something is wrong. Lucy tells her that Addie told her to go, but she didn’t want to leave her behind. They were going to the refugee camp. Everyone is heading to Newmerica. Roberta says they’ll go to the camp, and Addie will find them.

At camp, Doc says he’s seen bad things he can’t explain, but this insane. Why not take the gear? It doesn’t make sense. Mueller says they need to be proactive, head north. Doc says as soon as his friend gets back. Mueller tells Doc that he may not find her, but he could find whatever ripped her face off and ate her soul. The situation is not compatible with survival. What makes him think what cleaned this place out isn’t coming back? Doc get the point, but staying there has kept everyone alive. Mueller says they’re down to four. He’ll be damned if he lets Doc kill himself on his watch.

They hear the car coming, and draw their weapons. Doc is thrilled to see Roberta. They hug, and Doc says he’s digging her hair. She calls it apocalypse blonde. Lucy walks past Doc without saying anything, and Murphy shrugs. Doc hugs him, and Murphy says he’s the first person who’s been happy to see him. Doc says you reap what you spawn. He introduces Mueller and Lily. Roberta says she’s ex National Guard, and Doc says Murphy is ex human. Mueller explains about intercepting the convoy, and that they were ambushed. They lost a good man, and found the camp abandoned. Doc says everyone was gone, including Red and Sun. 10K is out looking for Red. Mueller says whatever is out there will be out there when the sun sets. They can’t risk the vehicles, supplies, and lives for one individual. Roberta says they’ll wait until morning. Mueller says it’s a mistake, and she tells him it wouldn’t be her first.

In the forest, 10K does bird call.

Lucy is napping. Roberta watches the road, and her hand turns a mysterious something. Mueller asks what’s up with her, and Murphy says she’s complicated. He asks what Zona was like, and Murphy says better than this. He wonders why Murphy left then, and he asks if Mueller has hear of reset. For two years, Zona was like Club Med, but for free. Then, one day a guy was cracked over the head with a four iron, and that was that. Mueller says it doesn’t matter. Newmerica is actual civilization. Murphy says he’s heard that a hundred times, and it always turns out to be a Utopian cult freak show, and by the time they leave, it’s on fire. Mueller says it’s all they’ve got. Murphy says it can’t be better than Zona, and Mueller says, maybe, but it’s more real.

Doc tells Murphy that Lucy is sleeping, and not much for talking. Murphy says he’s all for anyplace that’s not here. Doc tells him that Newmerica is in Canada; they’re headed for the Yukon. Murphy whines that it’s far and cold, but Doc says they have no choice. Murphy says, welcome back to the apocalypse. Doc knows he was living like the pope of zombie town, but there’s slim pickin’s in the cheap seats. He wonders what’s up with Roberta, and Murphy says there’s more there there [sic] than there used to be. Roberta continues to turn an unseen knob or dial or something.

10k finds car with dead people in it. He takes the glass out of one of the windows, and holds it up to his ear, where it amplifies the sound. He hears a crow, and thinks he hears Red, but a zombie comes up to the other side of the glass, scaring the bejesus out of both of us.  He slams it to the ground with the glass and runs.

Murphy hears something, but doesn’t know where the sound is coming from. Mueller looks through binoculars. Roberta ponders. She moves closer to the gate. Mueller says something is out there, watching, waiting, and unkillable. He wonders if it’s the Z virus mutating. He says something is happening that can’t be stopped, some fresh hell they’ve brought upon themselves. It’s enough to make you run into the abyss. Doc says why not jet, but Mueller says they’re waiting for his boy, but people who wait too long are dead

Suddenly, it sounds like something is crashing through the forest, and the trees are moving. It seems to surround them, like in that scene from American Werewolf in London, when they don’t stick to the roads and stay off the moors. Lucy comes out, and gets coffee. Mueller says they’ve got to get out, but Doc tells him not until Roberta gives the okay. Mueller doesn’t want to stay put while something decides to eat his innards, and he’d rather die on his feet than his ass. Doc asks if those are the only options. Mueller goes to a truck with Lily. He says if their friend is out there, they’ll bring him back. He tells them that he doesn’t know what’s up with Roberta, but be alert. They leave, and Murphy says, never get out of the boat.

Roberta sees her vision. A voice tells her always go east. She falls into the fire, and hears, the rising sun, you know the way; it burns. She’s engulfed in flames, and wakes up in the medical tent. Doc asks if she’s okay, and gives her some water. He tells her that she passed out, and she says she has to quit doing that. The last time, she lost two years. Doc can’t believe she’s alive, but says he shouldn’t have doubted it. He tells her that she didn’t miss much. It was like one long root canal. He asks if life was that sweet in Zona, and she says she slept through the party. He says he feels that way about the 60s, 70s, 80s, and most of the 90s. He still keeps wondering if it was worth it; keeping the faith in the midst of an apocalyptic sh*t storm. He asks if it’s worth it, and Roberta says it’s all they’ve got. He says he knows, but really, is it really worth it. Roberta takes his face in her hands, and says yes. Doc says he just needed to hear that, and tells her to get some rest.

Mueller and Lily walk through the forest. They walk toward the sounds, with Mueller ahead. He calls for  Lily, but she’s gone. He hears the crunching noises. The trees move and crackle.

Murphy blathers to Lucy, saying creepy, threatening sounds coming from deep infested woods; let’s follow them. He tells her to go ahead and roll her eyes. He’s rarely wrong, and rarely listed to. Doc joins them, and asks Lucy what happened to Addie. Lucy says she made it, but she was shot in the face by a sniper. Doc asks when, and she says a few hours ago. She’ll meet them in Newmerica. Doc asks Murphy what he thinks happened to Mueller, and Murphy says he realized no help was coming and got the hell out of Dodge.

Roberta hears something from inside a metal closet. She moves slowly toward it, ready. She flings it open, and worried guy pops out. She knocks him to the floor. The others run in, and Doc says he knows him. It’s Burgess, one of the refugees. He asks what happened, but Burgess just shakes and sweats.

Roberta tells Burgess that she needs to know what happened. Where did everybody go? Burgess just sits there, shaking, Doc asks if they’re safe, and Murphy wonders if he expected a different answer. Roberta asks if it was alive, or something else? She tells him to breathe. She needs him to pull himself together; she needs his help, and needs to know what they’re up against. Murphy says, zombie gaga; he’s seen it a million times. Whatever happened traumatized him. Murphy suggests getting out. 10K could be home or could be in zombie town. Roberta says at least take supplies; they’ll be better off with them. Murphy asks if she’s not coming with them.

All is quiet around Mueller. He looks at a picture of a little girl that’s been torn in half, and says he’ll find her. The noises begin again. He walks up a hill. 10K is walking on the other side, and both have their guns drawn. That damn Czarnecki comes out of nowhere, and attacks Mueller. Mueller shoots and runs. He trips over a boulder, and I gasp out loud. The zombie is almost on him, and he shoots it in the head, and it falls. He gets up, gun still at the ready, and says I give you mercy. He shoots Czarnecki in the head once more, and Lily. Behind him, Czarnecki gets up. He’s like Yul Brynner in the original Westworld. That sucker needs to be burned to a crisp.

Roberta tells Burgess to blink once for yes, twice for no. Did he see what it was? No. Did he hear it? Yes. Was he in the tent alone? No. Was Sun with him? Yes. Roberta asks what happened to her, and he freaks a little. Roberta keeps asking. Lucy tells them something is coming.

Outside, they all get ready. We hear snarls. Something is moving closer. It’s 10K. Doc calls him a zombie-proof SOB. Doc opens the gate and hugs him. He tells 10K to stop leaving him like that. Roberta and 10K hug. Murphy comes out of the tent and says Burgess is gone. We hear growling. It’s Mueller, who’s now a zombie. They all shoot at him, but he keeps coming at them. He grabs Lucy, and she screams. Doc whacks him with the gun, but he grabs it, Doc still holding the other end, and continues holding on to Lucy with his other hand. Roberta whacks him on the back of the head with a shovel, and he gnashes his teeth at her. Murphy shoots him in the head, but he gets back up and continues to attack. Doc hits him in the back of the knees, and brings him down, and they all keep beating at him with whatever is in their hands. He grabs Murphy and gets a little close. Lucy kicks him off, and 10K stabs him in the back of the neck.

Lily enters the scene with a seriously big gun. Everyone gets out of the way. Mueller comes toward her with a scary wide-open mouth. She keeps shooting, and he keeps coming, and it’s all in slow motion. Why don’t they try cutting off his head? He just won’t quit. This is relentless, and the oh sh*t! moment of the night. There are a million spent shells on the ground, and still it doesn’t end. Lily waits until he’s really close, and blows the top of his head off. He still comes at her, and she literally cuts him off at the knee. He falls, but she keeps shooting until there isn’t much left.

Roberta and the others hesitantly come out. Lily is obviously devastated. She goes to Mueller, and kneels by his body. She takes out the other half of the picture with him on it. Was she his daughter? The others slowly come forward. Wow. I swear, I get physically worn out during scenes like this.

Farewell, Henry Rollins. We barely knew ye.

Mueller is buried. Everyone is silent, and Lily puts both halves of the picture on the grave. She salutes, giving a final tug on my heartstrings. Her half of the picture blows away.

Lily says they’re going north, and everyone gets in the truck. Except for Roberta, who grabs a Route 66 sign with a red Z painted over it. She begins to walk east. Lily says she’s going the wrong way. Doc yells to her. Lucy begins to follow. Doc asks Murphy if Roberta knows she’s going the wrong way, and he says not in her mind. 10K also begins to follow Roberta. Doc is like, great, but goes along too. Murphy asks where he’s going now, and Doc says Murphy knows he doesn’t like it when they split up; he’s going with them. Lily pulls up, and Roberta and the others get in the truck. Murphy shrugs, gives a last look at the camp, and gets in.

Next time, zombies aren’t z only problem, and Murphy says Newmerica is looking better.

Quotes of the Week

Despite everything, no one can dictate who you are to other people. – Prince

Family isn’t about blood relationships, it’s about the meaning behind them. I realize now that sharing chromosomes is not the only way to having a family, it’s about the friendship behind it.Sarah Dessen

We are who we know ourselves to be, and we are what we love. – Laverne Cox – Great. I’m a dog and Chinese food.

Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now. – Audre Lorde

Being happy isn’t about having everything in your life be perfect. Maybe it’s about stringing together all the little thingsAnn Brashares

The world is f**ked. – Luthor Voz (Mel Gibson), Machete Kills – I had to even it up somewhat.

The Love-ahs…

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/hot-tub-lovers/3505918?snl=1

SNL Love-ahs

 

October 11, 2017 – Griff Has to Decide, Siggy Wants an Apology, Jahil is Alive & a Giggy Wedding Pic

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What I Watched Today

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

 

 

General Hospital

There’s a tribute to Morgan in the park. An easel has been set up with pictures of him.

Kristina walks Parker to class. Parker says that Kristina has made it possible for them to be together. Kristina says it’s the best decision she’s ever made. The dean knocks at the door, and says they need to discuss how Parker’s conduct affects the university.

Ava tells Kiki how sick of hospitals she is, and talks about things they can do today. Kiki says she can’t spend too much time today. Ava thinks she’s mad, and Kiki says that Ava only lied and snuck off to a bootleg clinic in Russia where she could have died. She was relieved when Griff called. Ava says he moved heaven and earth for her. Kiki tells her that’s because he felt responsible, and wants to know why. What happened between them?

In the chapel, Griff tells God that he’s sought clarity through prayer, scripture and faith, but needs discernment and guidance. A priest walks in, and says at the risk of sounding conceited, he could be the answer to Griff’s prayers. Father Corey is there to take him back to his parish where he belongs. I didn’t even know he had a parish.

Ava tells Kiki that she and Griff had a disagreement, and let’s leave it at that. Kiki says it must have been quite a disagreement, but she’s glad he got there when he did. Deanna pops in, saying there’s been a glitch, and Ava’s release papers will take longer. Kiki says she’ll be back later She’s spending the morning with Avery. Ava wants to see her, but Kiki isn’t sure about that. She doesn’t think it’s the best thing for today. Ava says she hasn’t seen her in a while. Kiki tells her to text when she’s ready to go, and Ava says to take pictures if she can’t bring her. Kiki says she really is glad Ava is back home.

When Kiki is gone, Laura appears. She says she saw Kiki leaving. She’s a lovely girl, and Ava must be proud, although she wonders if she’d be as proud, if Kiki knew how Ava betrayed Nikolas. Which makes no sense unless we were talking about Kiki being proud of Ava.

Father Corey says he hasn’t heard from Griff in weeks. Griff tells him that he just got back from a trip. The priest says it must have been some trip; St. Gabriel had an easier time reaching the Virgin Mary. He’s not shaming Griff, but not even sending a pithy emoji makes him think that Griff is avoiding him. Griff says it wasn’t because he didn’t want to speak with him, but he was afraid of being told his leave of absence is over. Father Corey tells him as they say on Wednesdays, bingo! The bishop needs him back immediately.

The dean tells Parker that pursuing a sexual relationship with a student is against policy, and she was seen kissing Kristina. Kristina says that she’s not going to school there anymore, but he says it was prior to her withdrawal. She wants to know who said something, but Parker says it doesn’t matter. The dean tells her that her paperwork will be waiting. Kristina asks what paperwork, and Parker tells her that she’s just been fired.

Laura tells Ava that she’s the one holding up the release papers. Ava knows how much Laura hates her; she hates herself. Laura says she should. She chose vanity over conscience, letting a murderer walk out into the world, and Spencer will have no peace of mind. Ava wonders if he could appreciate the irony. She ruined her chances of getting her face back by helping somebody. Laura asks if she thought she’d get applause for her noble victory, when she helped the man go free who murdered her son. Nikolas died for her. She tried to take comfort that he died a hero, but now she knows it was in vain. In the end, Ava valued her looks over Nikolas’s memory, and Laura will never forgive her. Any attempt at apology is wasted, but she’s the least of Ava’s worries. She sold her soul to the devil, and one day, will have to pay up. She gives Ava the release papers.

Griff apologizes to any inconvenience, and says he’ll call the bishop and ask for an extension. Father Corey says he already took more time than usual, and the time has come to an end. Griff says he has patients and cases, but the priest says there are other doctors. His parish needs him. Aside from his indiscretion, he was an exemplary priest, which is why they agreed to the extended leave. Griff says he appreciates it, and Father Corey tells him to act like it. He’s had more than enough time, and they have every confidence that he’s learned to resist temptation.

Kristina tells Parker that she can call father’s lawyer, but Parker says that she broke the rules. She tells Kristina not to blame herself, but Kristina says she only blames whoever was spying on them. Alexis walks into the room, and Kristina says she’s not surprised. It was her.

Kiki arrives at the park, and thanks Michael for inviting her. He says no one blames her for what Ava did. Molly says that they’re there to honor Morgan’s life and outrageous sense of humor. I wish I’d seen this sense of humor they keep talking about. I don’t remember him having much of a sense of humor at all. Molly gets a text from Kristina, saying she can’t make it. Josslyn wonders why she’s blowing it off, since it was her idea. Molly doesn’t want to speculate, but Josslyn thinks she knows something. Molly says that Kristina dropped out of PCU, and their mom is upset, so they’re probably talking. Michael says Morgan would sympathize.

Molly gives out Perks new signature drink, which was Morgan’s creation – the Morganchino, hot chocolate and espresso. She says that the profits from it will go to the foundation. Dante says it packs a punch, and Michael adds that he won’t be sleeping for days. That’s my kind of coffee. Josslyn says the ceremony wouldn’t be complete without Perks hats, also Morgan’s creation, and passes them out to everyone. Dante talks about the time they first met, and Michael takes a group picture with everyone wearing their hats.

Kristina tells Alexis that Parker was just fired because of their relationship, and Alexis says, imagine that. Kristina says that she’s no longer enrolled at PCU. Alexis says that she knows, even though Kristina didn’t tell anyone, but she wasn’t the one who said something to the school. Kristina says that Alexis would do anything in her power to sabotage them, and Parker adds that she has been relentless. Kristina tells her to admit it. Alexis insists she didn’t do it, but whoever did, did Kristina and PCU a big favor.

Doc meets Laura at Kelly’s. He tells her that he got her message, and asks if she’s okay. He has a feeling, and she admits she neglected to tell him something. He says she can tell him anything, and she says that she went to Wyndemere and threatened Valentin with a gun.

Griff says that his ordination was the happiest day of his life. Father Corey remembers what the priest said about justice and consistency, and all the virtues that should be reflected in a priest’s actions, as well as keeping pure and spotless. He says it’s a gift of a high calling. Griff remembers everything, including his vows. He wants to resume being a priest, but he has to be completely sure; his parishioners deserve it. He asks for a few more months, but Father Corey says he already asked the bishop, and Griff is needed now. His replacement is needed elsewhere, and the bishop was firm. Griff says he can’t, and Father Corey tells him that he has an important decision to make then. Does he want to continue being a priest?

The group at the memorial toasts Morgan with coffee. Ava appears, saying she’s sorry to intrude, but Kiki said Avery would be there. She asks if Avery can say “hi” to her momma, and Michael tells Molly to take Avery into Perks. She asks if he had to do that, and Kiki asks what she’s doing there. She was supposed to text when she was ready to leave. Ava says she got released right after Kiki left. Dante says so she thought she’d barge in, but she tells him that she didn’t know what was happening. Kiki wonders why she didn’t turn around and leave when she noticed, and she says she wanted to see Avery. Michael says she saw her; Avery was having a good time, and she ruined it. I laugh, because maybe she ruined it for the others, but Avery didn’t even know what was going on. Michael insists she can feel the tension (again, not coming from Ava). They’re remembering Morgan instead of being with him because of her.

Father Corey says that he told Griff not to be hard on himself. Things happen. They fail, and fall, but they gather up their courage and learn from their mistakes, emerging stronger with renewed faith and better resistance. He tells Griff that the diocese has supported him because he means so much to them. It shouldn’t be a question of obligation. In the seminary, he embraced the church; what’s changed? He asks if there’s another woman, and Griff says yes.

Alexis tells Kristina that Parker violated her position of trust, and should have discouraged a relationship. Kristina says Parker never did anything inappropriate. Alexis says PCU disagrees. Parker says yes, they did, but she doesn’t have to defend or explain herself to anyone except Kristina. Alexis says that it’s hard to watch Parker manipulate her daughter. Kristina says she came to see if her plan worked, but Alexis says she has no control over what the dean does. Kristina asks why she’s there then, and Alexis wants to find out why she quit school.

Laura tells Doc that the gun wasn’t loaded, but Valentin didn’t know that. He sarcastically says that’s a relief, and she says she knows it was wrong and stupid, but she wanted to see the fear in his eyes for a change. She says Spencer can’t win the civil suit without Ava’s testimony, and it gave him a sense of purpose. Valentin gets away with everything, and she felt helpless. Doc says no judgement. He knows how fierce she can be; it’s one of the many qualities that attracts him to her. Laura gets a picture from Spencer on her phone, and she says he misses them, and will never forget their walks along the Seine before school started. He wants to know how the lawsuit is coming along, but she doesn’t want to let him know how Ava betrayed him.

Michael says they know Ava didn’t mean for Morgan to die; just go out of his mind and break up with her daughter. Dante tells her that she’s not welcome. Ava says that she’s still Avery’s mother. Kiki tells her to please go. Ava says all right, and when she’s gone, Kiki apologizes for letting it slip that she was seeing Avery. She asks if they can continue to celebrate Morgan’s life, but Josslyn is taking her to see the penguins at the zoo, and wants to do it before she’s tired. Kiki says that her mom ruined the memorial like she ruins everything she touches.

Father Corey asks if Griff had sex, but Griff says no. There was some physical contact, but he stopped it. He tells the priest this is different than his experience with Claudette. At the time, he had strong feelings and thought he loved her, but not enough to overcome his love of God and the priesthood. Father Corey asks why he’s reluctant, and Griff says God is still first in his heart, but there’s something about this woman. He’s drawn to her without understanding. It’s more than physical. She had been injured, and closed herself off from the world. At first, he wanted to help, and still just wants to help. Father Corey asks if he wants something more. Griff doesn’t know, but he does know that he can’t return without an answer.

Alexis tells Kristina she found out about her quitting school when she got a refund check. She didn’t have the respect and decency to tell her to her face. Kristina says she thought she knew what the reaction would be, but she underestimated Alexis. She didn’t think she’d get back at her by tanking Parker’s career. Parker says it doesn’t matter; she’s fired. She’s going to Oregon, where her parents left her a house. Kristina is sure she’ll love it. She’s going with her.

Doc asks what Laura told Spencer. She told him that they miss him too, and the civil suit is moving through the judicial system at a glacial pace, which isn’t exactly a lie. Doc says it’s not exactly the truth either. She says the suit means everything to Spencer. He’s Hamlet avenging his father’s death. It’s how he’s dealing with his grief, and losing Ava’s testimony will be hard because he wants to win badly. Doc asks, or does she? She says both, but she can handle the disappointment; she doesn’t think he can. Maybe something will happen to change it. It breaks her heart that Spencer won’t have justice for his father’s murder.

Father Corey says that Griff can’t have it both ways. He can’t use the priesthood as a shield against life. Choose one and deal with the challenges. He suggests Griff pray about it, but Griff says he’s been doing that. The priest says he’ll pray too, but if the answer isn’t with God, Griff has to look inside himself. He needs to have the guts to listen, and in the end, he’ll know what’s right, and no doubt find the answer. I love this actor, but can’t find out who he is.

Doc doesn’t want either of them to suffer. They might not get justice, and will have to find peace another way, but he’ll be here for her no matter what. He wants to be there in the good times and the bad; that’s how love works. Laura says she doesn’t know what she would have done without him. He says she would have managed. She says maybe, but this latest twist knocked her for a loop. She doesn’t know how Ava can justify her actions, and how she lives with herself. She’s destroyed so many lives.

Ava gets thank you text from Spencer. She says can’t go on like this.

Josslyn thinks they should give the picture board to the foundation, so the kids can see the person who inspired it. Kiki adds that they can see Morgan was just like them; he struggled, but loved life. Michael asks if she wants to come to the zoo with them, but she says no thanks. When they leave, she thinks about what Michael said to Ava, that she used the idea of love and concern to destroy his brother and control her daughter. Kiki ponders this, and tells Morgan that she’s sorry for what Ava did because of her. He’s not here now, and she knows it’s Ava’s fault. Michael said he’s never going to forgive Ava, and maybe she shouldn’t either. She doesn’t know what to do.

Alexis tells Kristina that she’s being ridiculous, and she’s not going to Oregon. Kristina says she is – if Parker wants her. Parker says of course. Alexis blocks the door and says if Parker has any shred of decency, she can’t do this. Parker says that she loves Kristina; she never would have trashed her career otherwise. Alexis says it’s a mistake, but Kristina says the only mistake would be letting Alexis control her life. Alexis tells her that she’s only trying to help. Kristina says she loves someone who loves her back, and their starting a new life together. Alexis can stay and judge – what she does best.

Doc tells Laura that people invent all kinds of ways to justify doing wrong. Some blame others, some take what they think they deserve, some play the victim. Understanding Ava’s psyche won’t make her feel better. She says she has to do something; she doesn’t want to lie life like this. She knows it’s not what Nikolas would have wanted. He’d have wanted her to live her best life and find peace, but she doesn’t know how. Doc says maybe he can help, and asks her to marry him.

Ava books the next flight to Paris. She says that she’s sorry to Spencer. There’s a knock at the door. It’s Griff.

Tomorrow, Curtis found something, Dillon says Kiki is shutting him out, and Alexis tells Sonny that they have to keep Kristina from throwing her life away.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey

We revisit Teresa throwing the birthday cake at Melissa, and Siggy overreacting, ending with her telling Margaret to go screw herself. In her interview, Margaret says while she wouldn’t throw a cake at a party, they were just having fun. The scene continues a little longer, with Siggy calling the girls just about every name in the book. Siggy says if they can’t behave, they’re not coming back.

Teresa calls her father. She misses talking to her mom every day, and her daughters miss her too. Melissa calls Joe #2, and he asks how the birthday dinner went. She says Siggy got “fancy pants” on them, and got mad. She tells Joe about the cake fight, and he laughs. Melissa says that Siggy called them animals. She says that’s what women do, and he should be happy he’s not one of them.

Siggy tells her husband that they were all drunk, but it was no excuse for throwing cake. She’s humiliated and embarrassed, and wants an apology. She continues to bitch to Michael. He says to come home already; it’s ridiculous.

Back in New Jersey, Frankie pours dried pasta into a bowl. I’m hoping it’s going into some boiling water, and he doesn’t put milk on it. Frank lectures him about acting more mature, and doesn’t think he’s taking going to college seriously. He tells Frankie not to embarrass his parents.

The ladies head to yoga. Siggy and Delores didn’t answer the group text, and Margaret tells them not to wait. Danielle talks about Siggy saying that she’s more intelligent than the rest of them. She could understand if it was a real fight, but they were just goofing around. In her interview, Danielle calls Siggy a control freak, and says the moment she wasn’t in control and they started having fun, she lost her sh*t. She might be right here. They were having fun, but not her fun. Danielle tells the others that Siggy did say she’s a Gemini. We flash back to her getting weepy every other minute, and Margaret calls her Soggy. Melissa says that she’s two different people – the one from Boca, and the one from New Jersey. She’s hoping New Jersey comes back, because Boca is no fun.

They set up towels on the beach. Teresa is a certified instructor, and tells them go at their own pace. In her interview, she says that yoga changed her mind. She learned to be more positive. If it wasn’t for yoga, she wouldn’t have rekindled her relationship with Danielle. Danielle does a difficult pose, and Melissa says that her flexibility is the reason she was engaged nineteen times. Hahahahaha!

Siggy and Delores go to a juice bar. Siggy says she tried to make the weekend perfect, and was disrespected for her trouble. She bitches to Delores, and says that it’s her town. Delores gets why she’s upset, but says she doesn’t think it was deliberately disrespectful; it’s just the way they act. She’s seen Teresa throw people and tables across the room. Delores suggests Siggy talk to them before they go to tennis at her friend’s house.

After yoga, Melissa wants a drink immediately. A man brings a white floral wreath down to Margaret. Margaret says that it’s a healing time, and she thought setting the wreath out to see as a memorial to Teresa’s mom would be appropriate. She’d seen it done in Hawaii. How thoughtful! She feels that Teresa opened up, and wanted to do something special. Each of them takes a rose and a notecard where they write something to a lost loved one. Everyone is crying, and they read their cards out loud. I start to cry. This is one of those rare moments that is truly real and touches your heart. Of course, Teresa writes to her mother, and I’m surprised she can get through it. In her interview, Melissa says it takes a while to get to a place where you want to keep living. Teresa says Margaret is an amazing person. They tie the flowers and cards onto the wreath. Margaret didn’t think it would be so emotional. They have to take the wreath out on a paddleboard with an instructor. Teresa says that one of the difficult things about grieving is being alone, but now she’s sharing a special moment with those who lost love ones. She tells us that Margaret wouldn’t have known it, but her mom loved beach, and she knows she’s watching.

In the Garden State, Teresa’s girls aren’t thrilled with grandpa’s cooking. Joe #2 comes over with his kids. In his interview, Joe says the grandkids are his father’s life, and he lights up when they’re around. He teases the girls about boyfriends, and says his daughter will be 48 when she gets her first one.

Siggy whines to Delores that they’ve had all morning to reflect. She hopes they realize they took it too far. Everyone gets in the limo and it’s pretty quiet. In her interview, Siggy says they’re in the car like nothing happened. There’s intermittent small talk. Delores tells us that the one thing that can make it go away is if someone apologizes. She feels an eff-you attitude in the car.

When they get to the house mansion, Siggy says things went too far last night. She doesn’t want tennis rackets to go flying. Teresa wonders, if Siggy feels that way, why are they even coming here? In her interview, Siggy says they’re lucky they didn’t get time out. She tells them to please respect her friend’s house. Melissa feels like she’s being schooled. Margaret says they’ll talk about it later.

The girls are introduced to Lori. The house is humongous and impressive, but I don’t love it. Siggy wants them to have a taste of her lifestyle in Boca. Teresa is pissed, but Lori planned amazing day for them, so she’s rolling with it. None of them want to be there. They sit on the patio, and Lori explains that she and her husband became friends with Siggy and Michael when her husband was Siggy’s OB/GYN. Some of the girls are going to play tennis, and the others going to the pool. Lori arranged for a lifeguard to teach Teresa how to swim. Wow. Another thoughtful gesture. Danielle tells her about the wreath ceremony, and no surprise, Siggy feels disrespected that they didn’t call her. In her interview, Delores says she’s known Teresa and her mother since she was a teenager, and is shocked she was excluded. Because It’s all about them. I might add that they did not answer the group text, so too bad.

Siggy’s tennis dress matches the blue court so well, it’s like a special effect. Margaret plays tennis like I do – badly. Siggy is concentrating on having good time, but it’s hard, because she’s sad about fighting with her friends. I notice that the instructor has man bun. Only Josh (Sweet Home Oklahoma) is allowed to have a man bun. Swim instructor Lee takes Teresa out in the water, and she’s terrified. She has to keep a grip on him, but doesn’t really mind since he’s hot. He instructs well, as she ends up swimming alone across the pool.

Siggy takes Lori aside, and tells her about the cake, leaving out a few details, like it wasn’t malicious, and she was nasty. Lori says no one in her world operates like that. Siggy is glad someone agrees with her, because she thought she was in the twilight zone. They agree a sit down is needed. Delores tells Margaret of course Siggy is upset. Margaret says Siggy did say a few things that were dismissive. In her interview, Delores thinks Margaret needs to learn about loyalty. Who brought you is who you stay with. Yeah, if you’re going to the bar. How about leaning on the side of the right one? Delores is angry that they weren’t invited to the memorial. In her interview, Margaret says it was about Teresa’s mother, not Siggy and Delores. Again I say, if they hadn’t ignored the text, they might have gotten an invite.

Melissa doesn’t want to apologize for having fun at her own party. Good point. They’re having dinner at Siggy’s place. Everyone gets ready.

Siggy is annoyed with Margaret, and hurt. She wanted to be part of it. Delores says Margaret should have texted her, and I yell, she did! you didn’t answer! at the TV. She says they weren’t up for yoga because of the way things went the night before. But she obviously couldn’t be bothered to let them know that. She says had they known about the memorial, nothing would have stopped them from coming. In her interview, Margaret calls Delores a mini Siggy. Margaret relays to the others that Delores said they should just accept that Siggy says things like she has a higher IQ; that’s the way she is. Danielle says it’s an insult. In her interview, Teresa says she never would have believed she and Danielle would be on the same side of an argument.

Margaret says the house is a shrine to Siggy. There are even pictures of her in the bathroom. Siggy has hired Sexz Chef for the dinner. While they have a cocktail, Siggy tells Teresa that she has a hangover from last night and her head is spinning. Teresa says that her head is spinning from last night too. In her interview, Siggy claims she was getting the eyeroll attitude, but I didn’t see that. It was more like Teresa was trying to be funny, but didn’t know how to handle Siggy’s remark.

At the table, continuing with her passive aggression, Siggy says they had great food last night. Melissa says that she enjoyed being outside. Siggy says she can’t stand it. They’re acting like nothing happened. They were both rude, and it was validated by Lori. Melissa is like, nice, throw us under the bus. Siggy says they threw her under the bus by not apologizing first thing the next morning. Melissa and Teresa say, what?! at the exact same time, and it’s too funny. Melissa is shocked she wants them to apologize for being playful. In her interview, Melissa says that they didn’t ruin the night; Siggy did. Siggy goes blah-blah-blah about how she had this special cake made for Melissa, like it wasn’t going to get eaten in five minutes anyway. Delores thinks they should apologize, not necessarily for what they did, but because it upset Siggy, which doesn’t take much. Melissa asks why Siggy doesn’t apologize for the things she said, like calling them freakin’ animals, and she’ll have to explain they’re from New Jersey.

Siggy claims she never said that, and she remembers everything. We flash back to her saying that. Teresa says Delores didn’t have much to drink, and asks her if Siggy didn’t say that. Delores starts making it up as she goes along. She’s not saying Siggy didn’t say it, and has her back. In her interview, Teresa says Delores was like her sister, and isn’t backing her up. Delores claims she doesn’t remember, and Melissa says that means she’s pleading the fifth. Melissa says that Siggy also told them to eff themselves. Siggy wails why isn’t she allowed to have feelings? Margaret asks how she’d act in a real crisis (thank you), and who cries about a cake? Margaret calls her Soggy. In her interview, Melissa says she’s been called a lot worse names. Danielle says that since the cake was a gift to Melissa, she should be able to use it the way she wants to. Another good point. Siggy accuses her of kissing Teresa’s ass. She whines that she extended this invitation to everyone, and now they’re ganging up on her. She says they’re not getting it. Melissa says that she talks down to them, and Siggy accuses Melissa of always talking down to her. She’d expected her friends to have a certain level of class in a public place. Margaret says that Siggy caused several scenes, and we flash back to her screaming and hollering to people in the first restaurant they went to. Siggy says this is her town, and they’re acting like trash.

Melissa says that you never refer to a woman from Jersey as stupid or trash. Danielle is insulted that she used that word (and you don’t get more Jersey than her). Siggy starts saying trashy, trashy, trashy, and Melissa asks if she’s on drugs. Siggy says putting a little cake on each other’s faces was fine, but not throwing the whole thing. Melissa asks if doing it properly would have made it okay. Siggy tells her if that’s how it’s going to be, maybe they shouldn’t have dinner again. Melissa says okay, bye. Teresa follows her, saying the crab cakes were salty. Margaret and Danielle aren’t far behind. Way to break up a dinner party.

Siggy says she doesn’t give a sh*t. Delores says they started the weekend as close friends, and then two interlopers snuck in, Margaret and Danielle.

Next time, Siggy wants to pull Margaret’s pigtails out, Margaret calls Siggy a hypocrite, and Siggy is out to destroy Margaret.

This was a really good episode. There were the usual fights, but we got an unusually touching moment, and there were quite a few laughs.

🍸 Oh wow. I’d just been thinking about the time Andy Cohen had a Watch What Happens Live New Year’s Eve show. Giggy married Grandma Wrinkles, and it was one of the best New Year’s Eves I ever had. Sad, I know. For whatever reason, he said he’d never do another one, and I was bemoaning that, which is even sadder. Anyway, on tonight’s show, he said he’ll be hosting with Anderson Cooper this coming New Year’s Eve. I wasn’t totally listening, but I assume on CNN. Not quite the same thing, but it sounds intriguing. I also assume that he’s replacing Kathy Griffin, whose career no one killed except her, and that was long before the election.

🌟 I missed Star last week, and apparently missed a lot, because Benjamin Bratt is still alive, and still wants to produce the group. They weren’t down with that, but maybe they should have been, since latest producer Ayanna scheduled them to sing in a mall. It didn’t go well, and Alexandra dropped the mic (stand) all the way through one of the speakers, causing a power outage in the food court. I was kind of on Ayanna’s side here, since the girls complained about having to perform for a not-that-receptive audience. They should try off-Broadway, and perform for almost no audience. She told them it wasn’t what she meant by a smash performance, and as punishment, they had to be back-up singers for some dude. Star tried to get him to promote them, and that was a no, but it was a yes to getting busy with her later, where she threw him a no after getting him hot and bothered. Queen Latifah dancing at home with the girls to I’m Every Woman was all of us. Next week, another father for Star shows up.

📡 Quote of the night: I’m not throwing shade. I’d throw a palm tree at her ass if I thought it would work. – Miss Lawrence

Yes, I even took pictures of the TV…

Giggy&GrandmaWrinkles

Giggy Marries Grandma Wrinkles – 2010

October 10, 2017 – Patient 6 Wins at Poker, Randal is Still Annoying AF, a Boring Charter & the Maltese Falcon

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What I Watched Today

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

 

 

General Hospital

Maxie says that Nathan is all she wants. They start to get busy, and as usual, there’s a knock at the door. Nathan says that he’s waiting for a file, but when he opens the door, it’s two screaming women who take his picture.

Molly asks if that’s what Alexis is wearing for her date. Alexis insists that it’s not a date; they’re just having a meal. She opens a letter from Kristina’s school, and says what the hell? It’s a check for the balance of Kristina’s tuition; she’s no longer enrolled. Alexis asks Molly if she got suspended. Molly says not as far as she knows, and thinks Kristina would have told her. Alexis wonders why Kristina would quit school and not tell any of them.

At Kelly’s, Kristina tells Parker that she has no regrets about dropping out. Business school wasn’t a good fit, and her grades showed it. She wants to focus on real world experiences, like the real date they’re on. Parker says that she almost canceled.

Elizabeth says that she has something to tell Jason. Jason says he has something to tell her too. He’s working on something. When he gets it all sorted out, it will affect Jake and them in some way.

Patient 6 goes back to the room where Huxley is. He lifts up a blanket in the corner, and tells Huxley it’s all clear. Huxley says that Patient 6 scared him half to death, and wonders how he knew where Huxley was hiding. Patient 6 says he saw Huxley move, but Huxley insists he was still as a statue. Patient 6 says, no, he wasn’t. Huxley drops the subject, and asks if he’s not worried about being turned away before he even sets foot on land. At least Huxley has a passport; what’s going to happen with him?

On the phone, Alexis thanks someone, and owes them lunch. She tells Molly that Kristina wasn’t suspended. Molly says thank God, but Alexis isn’t feeling thankful. She wonders why Kristina quit school and didn’t say anything. She thinks Molly knows something. Molly says she knows Kristina can be impulsive and wasn’t loving the business classes. Alexis thinks it’s Parker, and says that she’s clueless, showing up at PCU after she hurt Kristina. Molly says that Kristina is over it, but Alexis believes that she quit because she can’t deal with Parker being on campus. She wants the facts, and calls Kristina, saying that she’d better pick up.

Kristina asks if Parker changed her mind again, but Parker says no. Tomorrow is the anniversary of Kristina’s brother’s death. She didn’t realize it until after they’d made plans, and thought she might want to be with her family. Kristina says that she misses Morgan, and always will. He was the most like her, volatile and acting on impulse. They got each other in a way she’ll always cherish. When she told him about her suspension, he said he was happy he wasn’t the only screwed up one in the family, and gave her a high-five. Parker says he sounds like an amazing brother. Kristina shows her a picture of the two of them, and Parker says that they have the same smile. Kristina says she is planning a way for the kids to remember and share their memories. For all of his problems and struggles, he loved life. He would have wanted her to enjoy every second of life as much as she can. She thinks the best way to honor him is to keep him in her heart, and live best way she knows how. Like being here and now with Parker. Kristina’s phone rings. It’s Alexis, but she says she’s not answering; she’s on a date. Parker asks if that’s the only reason.

Huxley tells Patient 6 that the investors were more aggressive than he’s used to. It wasn’t the wisest move to bring in Russia. Patient 6 asks how much he lost, and Huxley says more than they were willing to forgive. However, he found a painting, and the sale price should be enough to pay them off and leave him a cushion. He asks how Patient 6 can be sure no one saw him, and he says he’s been on a lot of freighters; he was a coffee importer. Huxley can’t picture that, but asks if he got a gander at the navigation equipment. He wonders how long before they get to the New York harbor.

Franco says that Jason is being more vague than usual. Elizabeth says it sounds like he’s about to jump into something big. Jason says he’s up for a new adventure, and Sam adds whatever it is. He tells her that he’ll fill her in when the timing is right, and asks what Elizabeth was going to tell him.

Maxie tells the women that Man Landers was glad to help, now go tell their friends to buy the book. She closes the door, wailing that they have the address now. Nathan says he guesses he is a public figure. Maxie says now stalkers are invading their home, taking selfies, and feeling him up. What if they have to move? Nathan says that they’re just fans, and it’s only temporary. The book is a one-hit wonder, and it will blow over. He reminds her that it was for a good cause, and this wasn’t something that he or Amy wanted. He thanks Maxie for standing by his side, and she says always. He tells her to relax; it will all be over soon. They start to get busy again.

Parker asks if Kristina is ready for them to be seen together. Kristina says that if she isn’t, she picked the wrong place; it’s the most popular diner in town. She’s not hiding anything, and hopes Parker feels the same. Parker says she’s done hiding. Kristina says that word will spread quickly, and she has no qualms about that, but she wants to know where they’re at before telling her parents, who are overprotective on a good day. She wants to make sure it’s serious.

Alexis tells Molly that Kristina didn’t pick up or answer her text. Molly suggests she talk to Kristina tomorrow, but she wants to talk right now. She wants to know if “that woman” is involved. Molly talks about Kristina’s key ruse to see Parker, and Alexis asks what happened. Molly says she didn’t stick around to eavesdrop, and Alexis is like, why not? Dr. Bensch arrives, and asks Alexis is they didn’t decide on the MetroCourt.

Elizabeth tells Jason that Jake wants to go on a field trip, and asks him to sign the permission slip on the school’s website. Jason says he will, and he’ll be in touch. He and Sam leave, and Franco thanks her for not telling him. Elizabeth says that she didn’t do it for him.

Huxley says that Patient 6 isn’t exactly a wellspring of information, and wonders what he did when he was out on the ship. Patient 6 says he was thinking about home. Huxley says he can understand. He’s partial to his own home, trying to save it with ill-advised dealings. Otherwise, he’d be on a non-stop flight to LaGuardia, with a full bar and an actual chance at conversation. Patient 6 asks what he wants to talk about, but Huxley wonders if he’s ever used a complex sentence in his life. He asks about home, and if Patient 6 has someone waiting for him. Patient 6 says he doesn’t know.

Parker tells Kristina that if it wasn’t serious, she wouldn’t have come. She can’t help but be attracted to Kristina and her fire. She is concerned about Kristina’s parents though, especially her mom, who made it clear she wants her to stay far away. Kristina says that her mom doesn’t control her life as much as she’d like to, but when she finds out about school, she’s going to be furious. Later works better for her with the fallout. Parker, a die-hard Red Sox fan, finds out that Kristina roots for the Yankees. Kristina jokes about it being a deal breaker.

Alexis apologizes, but Dr. Bensch says she looks great. She introduces him to Molly, and after some small talk, Molly goes upstairs. Alexis says she doesn’t normally wear jeans to the MetroCourt, and she was going to change, but something came up. He asks if it’s serious, and Alexis says she has a middle child who thinks she invented helicopter parenting. Dr. Bensch says that she sounds concerned, and he’d like to hear whatever she wants to share. He confides that the MetroCourt isn’t really his scene on a first date; he was just trying to impress her, but he meant what he said that she looks fantastic. She says she has a great idea.

Franco thinks that Elizabeth must have been protecting Betsy. She says that she doesn’t want Betsy to get in trouble, but that isn’t why either. She did it for Jason.

Jason and Sam arrive back home. He says he told her that he’d get the all clear, and she thanks him for indulging her. He tells her that the kids are at the Quartermaines, and they can leave in the morning. He asks what’s wrong, and Sam asks if he bought Elizabeth wanting the permission slip signed. She gave Franco a funny look before she said it. Jason says no, he didn’t buy it.

Huxley says that clearly, conversation isn’t Patient 6’s forte. How about cards? It’s either that or he rereads the paper for the fifteenth time, and Patient 6 can stare at the wall. Patient 6 agrees, and Huxley suggests poker. He asks if Patient 6 would care to make a wager.

There’s another knock on Nathan’s door. Maxie is like, you’ve got to be kidding? He thinks it must be Lopez with the file this time, but nope. It’s more fans taking photos. They squeal about his muscles.

Elizabeth says that Andrew has been dead a long time. She doesn’t want to trouble Jason, but she has a son with him, and owes him the truth. Maybe it’s not the time, but he has a right to know that he had a twin brother who died.

Jason says that Franco had an agenda when he came to visit in the ICU. Sam says that maybe Elizabeth knows what it’s about, and is protecting him like always. Jason says he doesn’t trust Franco and never will.

Huxley says impossible; Patient 6 has won every hand. While he does have a poker face for the ages, he must be counting cards. Patient 6 tells him that the deck is marked. Huxley says that Patient 6 should have warned him, calling him unchivalrous. He says he’s not quitting; he wants to win his money back. He’s pulling out the big guns. He takes off his watch, saying it’s his lucky watch. Sadly, it’s not the first time he’s wagered it, but every time, he wins. He tells Patient 6 to prepare to lose his shirt. How Steve Burton keeps a straight face, I will never know.

Parker asks Kristina if she wants to go back to her place for coffee. Kristina says definitely.

Alexis and Dr. Bensch (who I’m going to start calling by his first name, David) show up at Kelly’s. Alexis asks if he’s been there before, and he says only for lunch. She tells him that lunch and dinner are the same thing. She wonders if he really wants to listen to her complain about her children, and he says that he realizes they’re basically strangers, but he wants to get to know her.

Kristina picks up the tab. She tells Parker that she’s happy to have another chance, and Parker says, her too. They kiss. Alexis puts her hand on the door, and is about to walk in.

Maxie thanks the fans for their support, and says that Man Landers needs his rest. One of them says that she must be the wife, and he can do better. Maxie says like she’d take anyone seriously who’s wearing those shoes. She closes the door, and says they’re definitely moving. Nathan repeats that it’s temporary, and people are always looking for the next big thing. She wonders what if he’s the LBD of self-help gurus, and has to explain that an LBD is a classic. He says hardly, but she can’t see anyone being tired of him any time soon. He tells her that a million fans could be at the door, but he’d still only have eyes for her. They kiss. The phone rings, and Maxie says this madness needs to end. She answers, and says they need Nathan to do what?

Molly texts Kristina. Alexis realizes she left her phone in the car, and leaves to get it.

Parker tells Kristina that she’s not usually into PDA. She’s a professor, and doesn’t like people knowing her private business. She suggests skipping the coffee, and they leave.

Jason says that any secret of Franco’s is bad news, but if Elizabeth didn’t immediately tell him, it can’t be that bad. Sam says that she’s lied before, but he doesn’t think she will again. He’ll find out what’s going on, but after their trip. Sam wants to know why he’s keeping it from her, and he says that he wants her to be excited and surprised. Once she knows, she’ll be happy. They kiss.

Elizabeth tells Franco that she doesn’t want to be the one to tell Jason, but she’s not lying either. It would be best if it came from him – willingly. Franco says that he’s the opposite of willing. He asks why they have to tell him; he never knew his brother, and will never know him now. What purpose will be served?

Patient 6 says, read ‘em and weep. Huxley says it’s impossible; he beat the lucky watch. He congratulates Patient 6, saying he’ll arrive in finer style than he left in. Patient 6 gives him the money and the watch back. Huxley says at the very least, Patient 6 out-cheated him, but Patient 6 says he doesn’t need it. Huxley says he must, unless he has a Swiss bank account. As a matter-of-fact, he does, as well as one in Zurich and the Grand Keys. Huxley says, and he’s a coffee importer? Patient 6 says that business is good. Huxley takes back his crack about being unchivalrous, saying that he’s a true gentleman. He should at least keep the watch. Hmm…

Maxie tells Nathan that it’s Amy on the phone. Quinn wants him to make another appearance. She says that LBD Ask Man Landers isn’t going anywhere ever.

Alexis tells David that Kristina is an all or nothing girl. He says that being passionate is a good quality. She says it can be, but she worries. David says that sometimes things aren’t as bad as we think.

Jason tells Sam that it’s all going to work out with Franco, but it’s time to pack for New York.

Elizabeth tells Franco that eventually Jason will have to know, but she sees his point that there’s no urgency. A few more days won’t make a difference.

Patient 6 tells Huxley that he can’t take the watch. Huxley says that it will be lucky for him now. Swiss bank account or not, he could use some good fortune. Patient 6 takes the watch. I have the feeling there’s something more to that watch than luck.

Tomorrow, Laura blocks Ava’s path, Alexis tells off Parker, and Griff is asked if he wants to continue being a priest.

If Loving You is Wrong

Natalie tells Randal to shut the hell up. She sees Lushion and Alex hug through the window. Randal won’t stop running his mouth, and Natalie throws a planter off the porch at him. She tells him that she wishes they had hung his ass. He tells her that she has misplaced aggression. The door opens, and Lushion asks what’s going on. Natalie asks Lushion the same question, and tells Randal to shut up again. Lushion wants to go back to the house, but Natalie insists on talking about it right there. Lushion tells Randal to go home, and Alex says that he’s just trying to upset her. Randal tells Lushion to make him, because he’s five. Lushion tells Natalie that nothing is going on, but Natalie says she just saw him hugging on Alex. Randal kibitzes from the sidelines, and Alex tells him shut up, Lushion leads Natalie toward their house, and Alex slams the door. Randal laughs, and acts like his usual creepy self.

Natalie tells Lushion to let her go. She wants to know what he was doing just now. He tells her that Alex called him to help with Randal. Natalie asks if it’s his baby. He can’t believe she’s asking that. He says that Alex had called, he was on his way home, and stopped over. Natalie asks why Alex had his number, and he says that all her friends have his number. She demands to know who gave it to them, and he says she did. She’s like, oh. She tells him to stay away from that bitch, and he says not to call Alex that. Natalie asks what if he saw her in the same position, and Lushion says he’d be upset, but wouldn’t jump to conclusions. She let that fool get under her skin. How did she even know he was there? She says Randal texted her, and Lushion asks how he has her number; is she sleeping with him? He says he loves her, and she still can’t see that Randal set her up. Alex hugged him because she was scared. Natalie says if he’s lying – he knows her. He says he does, and would never try to run a game on her because he respects her that much. He tells her to stop this; she’s upsetting him by questioning his integrity. She finally calms down, and tells him that he needs to talk to Justice. He asks if Justice is still upset about Kelly, but she says that’s not all. He said he stabbed Ramsay. He had details, and knew what he was talking about. Lushion says he’ll talk to him. Natalie suggests waiting until morning. Lushion tells her they’ll wait, but no more screaming.

At the station, Ian asks if Kelly really thinks it’s Travis, and she says she knows it is. She asks if he heard from the judge, and he says it will probably be in the morning. She’s upset about staying there overnight, but thanks him. She asks how much this is costing, and he says $300 an hour. She doesn’t have that kind of money, but he says he’s doing Lushion a favor. She asks him to call the bank where she works and say Justice isn’t feeling well, and she’ll call them later. He says he’ll do all he can to get her out. Sit tight, and he’ll be back.

Esperanza asks Steve how it’s going, and he says it’s going. Esperanza thought Eddie would talk if she brought up his daughter, but it didn’t happen. Steve brings Eddie food and coffee. Eddie wonders why he should trust Steve. He tries to bring up the FBI thing, but Steve says he’s not doing this with him right now. Changing angles, Eddie tries to get Steve to admit to robbing someone with him, but no. He says that Steve and Lushion are dirty as hell, and they have the wrong guy in here. Steve tells him to go for it. Eddie says then his ass will be in here, and he’ll be outside. Steve tells him good luck with that, and don’t choke on his food. Boy, that looks like a crappy sandwich. Like something from a really bad 7-11 off the highway.

Natalie wakes Lushion. She asks how he can sleep. He says he didn’t do anything with Alex. She says she’s not talking about that; she’s talking about Justice. Lushion thinks he’s lying. Natalie wonders how he knew so many facts, like about the bathroom. She’s still mad about Lushion not telling her that Ramsay and his mother died in the house. She insists Justice knew too many details. Lushion gets up. He calls Ian.

Ian says he was just about to leave the station, and Lushion never told him that Kelly couldn’t pay. Lushion says it will be cleared up, and he’ll return the favor. He’s calling about her son. He said he killed Ramsay. Ian says, isn’t he ten? Lushion says yes, but he has a lot of details. Ian says this could be bad. He’ll come by in the morning. Lushion sends Ian the address. He tells Natalie that Ian should be able to help them. He’s going to bed now. Natalie says no he’s not, then decides she’ll just stay up. Better safe than sorry.

Brad comes home. He asks if Alex is okay, and she says she is, but he doesn’t believe it. She says after he left, Randal started blasting music from the driveway. Everything is fine; she called Lushion. He says it’s nice to have a cop in the neighborhood, and asks if she’s sure that’s it. She says there is something else. Randal sued for custody, and the judge ordered a DNA test. The results showed that Randal wasn’t the father. Brad is like, huh? Alex knows she’s only been with the two of them, so there must be a mix-up. Brad asks if she’s saying it’s his child, and she says obviously it’s not. He asks what the hell is going on then? She says she went to see the doctor before all this started happening, and thinks she manipulated the results. She knows the guy who owns the lab, and she’s known them forever. Brad thinks it would be putting her career on the line, but Alex says it’s the only way it could have happened. She promises she’s telling him everything, and swears there’s no one else. He says she’s sworn to him before. She tells him as much as she doesn’t want it to be, it’s Randal’s child, but Randal thinks the baby is Lushion’s. Brad says it’s a lot, and Alex says she’s trying to process it too. Alex tells Brad that she’s going in the morning and getting to the bottom of it.

The next morning, Ian goes to Lushion’s house. On the way, he sees a house for sale, and calls Marcie. He tells her that he has some time this afternoon, and would like to look at houses. He’s already seen something he likes, and gives her the address. She knows it. She says she used to live across the street. She tells him it’s special, and she’ll call the listing agent.

Lushion lets Ian in, and introduces him to Natalie. He asks if Justice is around, and Lushion goes to get him. When he comes back with Justice, Justice asks if Ian is the police, but Ian tells him that he’s his mother’s lawyer. Justice asks when she’s coming home, and Ian says he’s working on it. Lushion tells him to tell Ian what he told Natalie last night. Justice says he did it. Lushion asks how. Justice says that he came through the back door, and while Ramsay was in the shower, he stabbed him through the curtain. Lushion asks if he saw Ramsay, but Justice says not until he fell on the floor. He asks how many times Justice stabbed Ramsay, and Justice says fifty-two. Lushion asks if Ramsay said anything, and Justice tells them that he only said, stop. He asks why did Justice do it? Justice says he was mad because Ramsay was keeping his mother from him. Ian asks if anyone helped him, but Justice says he did it all by himself. He asks if his mother can come home now. Lushion and Ian go outside.

The baby cries while Alex is in the shower. Brad picks him up and holds him. Alex comes out, and sees him with the baby. She says sorry, she had the water running. He says it’s fine. He asks why she didn’t wake him, but she didn’t want the kids to get their hopes up if he’s not staying. He says he wants to, and she says she wants him to. She’s going to see the doctor, and Brad asks her to call him afterward. She takes the baby, and says she’ll be back shortly. They exchange I love yous.

Randal gets his movement signal, and dashes out to greet Alex, saying hey, whore. He saw the mailman, and asks if he’s the baby daddy, adding that he’s a little old. Alex ignores him, and puts the baby in the car. She tells him to get away. He urges her to run him over. He says he’s going to make her life a living hell every day. He tells her that all the hillbillies are dead, and she says there’s still one. He says Eddie’s number is up too. She says she’s one. He says he’ll be seeing her, and she drives off.

Lushion asks Ian what he thinks. Ian says Justice didn’t do it, but knows who did. He gives Lushion the report it, and says fifty-two stab wounds. There’s no way he’d know that, and no way he took Ramsay down. Lushion notes that it says there was a stab to the kidney. Ian isn’t saying that Justice did it, but what if Kelly did, told him what to say? Lushion says that’s not possible; she hasn’t talked to him. Ian asks if Lushion is sure she’s legit. Lushion says she didn’t do it. Ian says he’s going to the bail hearing, and going to try and get her out.

Marcie calls Ian, and tells him that they can see the house at noon. He says, perfect. Marcie is waiting for the doctor, who tells her the baby is doing well. Marcie was a little worried, since she’s been stressed. The doctor says it’s healthy, and try to keep the stress down. She can tell Marcie the sex, but Marcie isn’t sure if she wants to know yet.

Ian comes in to see Kelly, who looks great for having spent the night in jail in her clothes from yesterday. He got her bail. All she has to do is put up 10% of half a million dollars. She doesn’t have it, and he suggests putting up her house as collateral. She says she has some equity and he tells her to use that. He calls his assistant and instructs her to call the bondsman with the information. He asks Kelly if Justice knew Ramsay. Kelly says they only met once or twice. Ian asks if Justice has a tendency to be violent. Kelly says no, and he reminds her of Justice stabbing a kid with a pencil at school. She says it was a bully, and asks if he’s suggesting Justice had something to do with it. Ian says no, Justice is; he said he did it. He confessed to him and Lushion. Kelly says no way he did this. Ian tells her that he knows a lot of details. She says no way. She starts to get agitated, and tells him that she needs to get out of there. She doesn’t know why Justice would say that. Ian leaves, and I think Travis has something to do with this. Like maybe he told Justice it was the only way to get his mother back.

Marcie sees Alex. She wants to see the baby, but Alex tells her to back up. She says she can make Marcie’s life difficult, and suggests she stop. Marcie says that Alex already made her life difficult when she slept with her husband. Alex says that Marcie already knows he’s an ass, but she can tell him that Marcie is carrying his child. I think that’s a fine idea; shift his focus. Marcie says that it’s Brad’s, but Alex says he’s had a vasectomy and she can count. If Marcie doesn’t stop, she’ll tell Randal that she’s pregnant. The late-night phone calls need to stop too. The next time she has a flat, fix it herself. Marcie says she’s not a big, strong hick like Alex. She’s a delicate damsel who needs help. I can’t tell if she’s kidding around or just crazy. She says if Alex tells Randal, she’ll come for Brad so hard, Alex won’t have a chance. Alex says to leave them alone, and her secret is safe. If she doesn’t, Alex will go straight to Randal. She tells Marcie to think about it. She’s only getting one warning, and Alex will tell Randal.

In perfect, Tyler Perry soap timing, the elevator doors have opened, and Randal is right in front of them. He says, tell me what? and asks what Marcie is doing there. These are the moments soap watchers watch for.

Next time, Alex thanks the doctor, Brad tells Randal to turn the camera away from his house, Eddie thinks he’s the Teflon Don, and Kelly says this is crazy.

Below Deck

Second day in Anguilla. Kate says that it’s the most boring charter ever. EJ says he has to double-check everything. Jen doesn’t think that Kate is trying to get her to quit, but it sucks to be her. Nico tells Baker to check the brake, since EJ didn’t check it last time. EJ tells Bruno there’s a reason why he’s there.

Matt thinks he blew the dinner last night. He has to put his bullsh*t aside, and focus on the meal. A leak starts happening in the laundry room. Brianna says it’s totally Jen. She tells Kate there’s a foam party from both washers. Kate calls Jen, and tells her about what happened, and to use less detergent. Bri is starting to feel like she’s doing more work.

They arrive at St. Barth’s, and we see a three-masted yacht called a Maltese Falcon. Nico says that anybody who is anybody is typically there right now. They drop anchor, and put out the water toys. The deckhands always complain about setting up the slide, but it does look like fun.

Chris asks Kate how long EJ is going to be with them. He’s thinking of sleeping in the bilge, because the crew mess is not working out. She tells him to be happy for the extra help, learn what he can, and make the bilge his home. Matt can’t find the lobster that he promised the guests. He asks Captain Lee if they can send a tender to shore for one. Kate says Matt doesn’t think ahead too much.

EJ tells Baker to do something, then Nico tells her something different. Baker doesn’t want to piss anyone off or hurt feelings. At the end of the day, she has two bosses, and she’s just going to do what she’s told. No lobster yet, and the guests are starving. They start getting cranky, and Kate brings out the salads, which are proclaimed delicious. Probably anything is when you’re starving, but they do look incredible.

Bruno tells Nico that the communication is confused. Nico says just because someone has more experience, it doesn’t mean they know more. Okay. The lobsters arrive. They move around when Matt cooks them, and Brianna is like, eww. Me too. Kate calls it a lobster miracle, but not for the lobsters. The guests are happy again. Two guests take out the jet skis.

Kate tells Matt that the guests don’t drink, and aren’t into anything but food. They want a tasting of the Caribbean dinner. She tells him that she would kick it up a little extra. An extra deckhand could mean less of a tip, so he needs to be on his A-game.  Bruno works without a shirt, and Captain Lee says, never ever, and makes him put it back on. EJ tells Nico that there’s salt on the windows, and Nico says, you do you, and life is good. EJ says they need to be done over. He thinks Nico is just maintaining, and has no future in yachting if he acts that way. Nico thinks dealing with EJ is like dealing with syphilis. You don’t want to, but you have to.

Jen FaceTimes with her daughter, but they get cut off. Nico says he’s finally getting somewhere, and EJ has made him take a step back. EJ tells Baker they have to find a happy medium. Matt says that he has one last night to impress the guests, and hopes the tasting menu turns things around. Once again, the guests are thrilled. Kate wonders who the man is in the kitchen, and what he’s done with Matt. Everything is declared off the charts. Kate tells Matt to go see the guests, and he gets many compliments.

The casino party is set up. Kate asks to borrow Chris for the evening. He tells her that he’s glad to help, but doesn’t know how to deal cards. Bri tells him to pretend. Kate asks if he can deal anything, and he says attitude. Captain Lee calls Nico and EJ to the bridge. He says they’re finishing charter four, and wants unbiased opinions on the deck crew. Nico tells him that Baker is good, Bruno has improved, but nothing is happening with Chris. EJ sees potential in Chris, but says Bruno has no concept of yachting after being on cruise ships. The captain says it’s culture shock, and tells them about Bruno being shirtless. He asks if they go down a person, is there an issue, and they both tell him no. EJ thinks they’re all fine though

Matt says redemption feels good. It’s not about being perfect, but you can always show improvement. Chris says sleeping next to all the supplies isn’t his first pick, but he has a hammock and privacy.

Bruno says last night Bri kissed him – in his dreams. They gaze at the Maltese Falcon, and Nico calls it the pinnacle of all yachts. Kate explains how they pull something and all three sails go up at the same time. Captain Lee says they’re too close. They must have drug anchor during the night and started drifting. He wants the Intrepid moved. Kate says they’re almost look-in-the-windows close. The captain says they have to reset the anchor. EJ takes Nico to the Intrepid on the tender, but Nico forgot to bring the keys. Didn’t this happen once before?  He says it’s a scary situation with the current pumping along. Chris tells us that he’s the only one not screwing up, but no one will notice. Captain Lee says they look like idiots. You never cut loose without keys or a running engine, and Nico has his head up his ass. They’re about one hundred feet from catastrophe. Nico says just ram it, and EJ says sh*t is going south real quick.

The primary guests says they’ve had a successful vacation. Baker is just leaning on the railing daydreaming, and Captain Lee yells for her to pull anchor. He just wants the guests off the boat to rip the crew a new one. He tells us that he’s never seen such a collective group of effing idiots in his life. EJ says that Nico is supposed to lead, but he’s not in it to win it. Something has to change.

The crew bids the guests farewell, and the primary says it was the highlight trip of his life and marriage. Nico says he thinks they were happy they didn’t die. Kate wants to change careers. Matt says five guests felt like ten. Captain Lee calls a meeting in the crew mess.

He says sober people were a first for him, but they left happy. Happier than he was. He tells them that EJ will be with them for the foreseeable future. The tip is $21K (very nice!); $1750 each. The captain says it’s not bad for people who don’t drink. He tells them the boat turnover is tomorrow, and to let their conscience be their guide. He says he’ll have no mercy on any a-holes in the morning.

Baker says it looks like Chris is here to stay. Captain Lee calls the deck crew to the wheelhouse. He tells them the anchor drop was effing embarrassing, and he should be wearing a bag over his head. It can’t happen again. He says when Baker feels the pressure come on, everything she’s learned gets forgotten. Chris just watches things happen. They have to make a change, and better guarantee no repeat of today. He tells Nico and Chris to stay. He tells Chris that they’re in the middle of a busy charter season, and don’t have the luxury of teaching him. He didn’t ask for this, but it’s a fact. He has to be cut loose. His heart is in the right place, but he needs more than the captain is capable of giving. In his interview, Captain Lee says he can’t fire everyone, but it’s time for Chris to go. We flash back to Chris being a lazy pita, and the captain says he has to focus on the ones who are trying to do the right thing. He’s going to put Chris up in St. Bart’s for the night, and he has cash in his pocket. Chris got lucky with that. The captain’s rule is that if you end up getting sent home, you get no tip. I assume he bent the rule because it’s not like Chris is being let go for some infraction of the rules. In his interview, Chris says he can’t wait for the other deckhands to screw up. He was dealt a sh*tty hand, and no one helped with it, Matt takes his bag to the tender, and Chris departs. I’d like to note here that spellcheck recognizes “effing” as a word.

EJ asks to talk to Nico. He says that he  tells someone to do something, and Nico changes it. To undermine him isn’t cool, and they’re not going back and forth again. In his interview, he says that no one talks to him like Nico has who is under him.

Bri asks if Jen needs help, and Jen asks her to organize some cabinets. In her interview, Bri says that Jen acts put upon, but they both do the same amount of work. Jen just complains more.

Everyone gets ready to go out. The gang goes ashore to a restaurant that has great ambiance, and serves fabulous food, like they always do. EJ makes a toast to his first night out on the town. Kate asks him to tell them something about himself. He says he’s from Canada, and has worked on yachts his whole life. He’s worked with Captain Lee before, but rest assured, he gets no special treatment. Whatever the captain can dish out, he’s gotten it all. The food arrives. Jen is already drunk and propositioning Nico in French. In his interview, Nico says someone needs to help her out; she needs to get laid. Matt tells us that he’s gained perspective, and realizes how he messed up. He texts his ex. Kate jokes around, saying everyone is awful. Jen gets offended. EJ suggests bonding with tequila shots. Why is it always tequila? I hate tequila.

Jen complains about working so hard. Bri says Jen is bitter all the time, and Jen asks how. They’re getting a little loud, and Nico reminds them that they’re in the middle of a restaurant. Kate tells them to tone it down a notch. In her interview, she says they’re making a lot of money and in St. Bart’s; why ruin it? In her interview, Jen says she thought that they were good. Now she never wants to talk to Bri again. They move on to another bar, and Jen tells EJ that she’s not bitter when she drinks. Nico and Bri dance. Jen complains to Kate about Bri. Nico says that Bri is trouble for him. In her interview, she says that Nico never even talks about his girlfriend. She thinks there’s a part of him that wants to stay available.

They all manage to get back to the yacht, but EJ wants to jump from the small boat to the deck. He does a pretty good job, and encourages Nico to do the same. Nico starts giving EJ instructions on how to tie up the boat. EJ feels disrespected. Nico tells EJ that if he can’t control his drinking, don’t drink. EJ says Nico is the one who’s drunk. They argue about the tie line, and Nico tells EJ to go to bed. EJ tells Nico not to tell him what to do. Baker thinks they’re going to punch each other in the face. Nico tells EJ to get his shoes off of his deck, and EJ says, my deck now, buddy boy. Nico asks if he wants to fight.

Because they’re both thirteen.

Next time, Nico says he’ll quit if he’s not bosum, Matt is out of ingredients again, and Nico and Bri go to the beach. Sounds like a children’s book, but it doesn’t look like this is subject matter for children.

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The Maltese Falcon as Below Deck saw it

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The Maltese Falcon with Sails Up

October 8, 2017 – The Show Goes On, the Apocalypse Makes Strange Bedfellows & Two Sides of Jesse

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What I Watched Today

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

 

 

Shahs of Sunset

MJ wants to go skating. In the car, Reza calls Asa and tells her they want to plan a Winter Wonderland Snowflake Ball to celebrate friends and family. She’s not up for it, but in his interview, Reza thinks it’s because she doesn’t want to answer questions. The group goes to Wollman Rink. Tommy never ice skated, and feels like he’s drunk. Well, he should be good at it then. They get on the ice, where even the toddlers skate better than I do. MJ gives Reza instructions.

MJ thinks something went over GG’s head at dinner about Mike and Jessica. Mike was basically saying that if he didn’t need to worry about what his parents would say, he’d try to get her back. GG totally agrees. MJ thinks they should encourage the possibility. Adam promises that the next time Mike brings that bitch up, he’ll be polite about it.

Asa and her mother go for Asa’s sonogram. Asa is on antibiotics and miserable. Her mom, who has awesome magenta tips on her hair, agrees with the doctor that Asa should rest more. In her interview, Asa says the pregnancy has opened her eyes to the toxicity in her friends. The baby is fine and moving, and we see his tiny dool. She says her son will have much genetic input, and an incredible set-up.

In NYC, Reza says that they have a ninja concierge, who has gotten them mass quantities of take-out. They talk about GG getting engaged. She’s upstairs with Shalom, calling Shervin with the news. She talks about how effing cold it is, and how her hands are freezing, showing him the ring. He’s excited for them. He’s working, but she wishes he was there to see it in person.

GG asks where Mike was last night. MJ wants them to turn it up, but Reza says she hasn’t turned it down yet. In his interview, he says they all went back to the townhouse and to sleep last night, except for Mike. Reza says he’s been swervin’ like Shervin, but he’s on board with it. Mike says he spent the night at the Holiday Inn, and tells them that he had seven women, but GG asks if Jessica was there. He just smiles, and they know he was with her. GG tells us about seeing Jessica in the background of one of Mike’s Instagram posts. They’re going to Queens, but Reza says that all the queens are in Manhattan. This is amusing for me, because one of the titles I’ve considered for my memoirs is, There are no Queens in Queens. They’re meeting Tommy’s family, and Tommy tells MJ to leave her crocheting behind. She tells us that she’s more “in” with the relationship now, and feels like she’s coming home.

Reza takes MJ aside. He says they haven’t discussed Mike still being in love with Jessica. GG joins them, and says that she talks to Jessica from time to time. They agree that his mother is the problem. Reza says Persians live a tribal life, and she’s the tribal chieftain. Jessica has work to do to get back into her good graces.

Tommy says they’ll be meeting guys that he calls his brothers, but they’re not blood relatives. Reza tries to do a Queens accent, and fails miserably. The only New Yorkers who have exaggerated accents are on sitcoms.

GG has to stay behind for rehearsal. Shalom is leaving without seeing the play, and she wishes he could realize it’s just an acting job, and be supportive.

They get to the bar, and Reza yells, What’s up Queens? We’re here! MJ tells us that Tommy was raised by a single mom until she was diagnosed with emphysema, after which she passed quickly. He emancipated himself, and lived with the McGuire family. Reza asks what the Queens drink is and MJ tells him it’s a screwdriver and a shot of I-don’t-care. I think it might be Coors Light. Lots of food is ordered, and Tommy mingles, while Reza, Adam, and Mike eat and talk to passersby. Tommy says everyone has MJ’s back; she’s family now.

MJ and Tommy stand on the bar. MJ says nothing matters more to her than family. When she met everyone at Howard Beach, she got a connection. She says they’re her family. There’s no drama, just unconditional love. In her interview, she says it’s been a hard year for her family with Shams being ill. Tommy announces that he’s the luckiest guy in the world. MJ says that Tommy has made her appreciate the moments that make life worth living. Tommy makes a toast about friends feeling like home. Everyone chants fam-i-ly! Reza is glad that he doesn’t need to worry about MJ anymore. The guys are moving on to see the play, but MJ and Tommy decide to stay.

Back in Los Angeles, Destiney has invested in a juice bar, and Shervin goes to an event there. She spikes his juice drink with tequila. She tells us that you can take the girl out of the nightclub, but you can’t take the nightclub out of the girl. Destiney’s family is there, and she introduces Shervin around.

Destiney and Shervin go outside. She tells him that she’d wanted to rip him a new one after he confessed to his cheating on Annalise. In his interview, he says he’s been running from a serious relationship for a while. He lost faith in them after his parents’ divorce, and cheated to run away. He tells Destiney that he made a mistake, but can’t do anything other than apologize. It’s not like he can turn back the clock.

Asa shops for designer baby things in L.A. Latoya Jackson meets her at the store. She asks what Asa is looking for. The doctor told her that the baby is big, and to forget about newborn stuff. She tells us that the Jacksons are the most famous family in the world, and she’s a part of it. They look at ridiculously expensive baby clothes that the kids will grow out of in five minutes. A Versace onsie? Really? She tells Latoya that People contacted her, but Jermaine wasn’t interested. Latoya asks if she’s going to break him of his shyness and privacy, but Asa says that’s his personality. She talks about having met him when she was younger, and then meeting him again about ten years after high school. She says something about a waterfall and seeing a white fox, and how everything was an omen. The rest is history.

Shervin says that he wasn’t ready for a relationship when he met Annalise, but feelings got involved. Talking to Destiney made him think about Annalise’s feelings, and how he’s being unfair. He says it’s not right to waste anybody’s time. He drives out to the middle of nowhere, leans on his car, and video chats with her. He tells her that his friends are holding him accountable. He doesn’t know how to tell her, but he doesn’t think he’s ready. She says that she can’t hate him for being honest, but it’s completely upsetting. He says he didn’t expect to be with her; it came fast, and he wasn’t ready. He tells her that she deserves 100%, but he doesn’t want to fake it. She tells him that she would have ended it, and that it makes no sense. He even introduced her to his mom, and it’s not like she forced him. She tells him that he needs to figure himself out. In his interview, he says his experience has taught him to understand his own feelings, and he doesn’t want to be in a position like this again. Idiot.

GG arrives at the theater. The director asks if she’s ready, and she says no. He tells her that she’ll be amazing. Reza calls and says they’re on their way, and they’re excited. He tells her that MJ isn’t coming, and she tells him that Shalom left. Reza says they’ll hold it down for her, and cheer her on.

Shalom shows up anyway. In his interview, Mike wonders if it’s his idea of being romantic, but says it’s really stupid, and borderline bi-polar. He sees GG before her entrance. She says he showed up and put a ring on it, so she’ll let him get away with this. In her program bio, it says that GG trained for the Olympics. Reza wonders if she was on the space shuttle too, but we see photos of her in gymnastics training when she was younger. Funny how she never told them.

Reza says that this is the refurbished GG. She used to be effed up, but she could pop off again. If one of her co-stars touches her the wrong way, she could smack a ho. The play begins, and she’s really very good. Mike starts to fall asleep. Not because he doesn’t like it, but Reza says he’s been on a diet of no sleep, whores, and vodka sodas, and it wipes you out. Reza thinks that GG is hilarious, and he’s proud of her. Me too. In his interview, he says that she’s not curing cancer, but she started something, and finished it. It only took 35 years. He applauds.

We get to the kiss, and Reza closes his eyes. It’s really more comical than anything else. Reza doesn’t know if Shalom is bi-polar (word of the night) or what, but no one lost and arm or leg. Reza says that maybe he fine-tuned his meds. Afterward, they get champagne. GG says that she told Shalom that it wasn’t a big deal. She thanks everyone for their support. In her interview, GG says that her life was a roller coaster, going downwards, but in the past year, she’s come a long way. We flash back to her accomplishments, and she says this might be a new path for her. She never thought she’d be this happy Things are working well in her relationships with her friends and her boyfriend, and  She can hear everything better. She thanks everyone for coming, even though she saw Mike passing out.

Next time, the season finale – MJ gets angry with Vida who hasn’t seen Shams in a month, Reza tells Asa that she’s disconnected, Adam wants to pull back, and Mike says that Jessica is no one else’s concern. I love these guys, but they do get all up in each other’s business.

Fear the Walking Dead

Victor realizes that it’s the last thing Madison wants to hear, but they’re about to walk into – she knows what they’re about to walk into. She says that what happened wasn’t their fault. They’ll hand over what they have, and hope the invitation stands. Victor asks what if Daniel refuses, and she says they have Ofelia.

Ofelia passes out, and falls off the back of the truck. Crazy Dog yells for them to stop. She says she’s fine; she just lost her grip. Madison wants to talk to her for a second. Did she get bit? Yep, that looks like a bite mark near her shoulder, and she’s not looking too good. Ofelia wants to go to her father, and asks Madison for her word. Madison says she will.

Alicia has set up a little camp inside a house. She hears something outside. She looks around, and sees a guy getting out of his car. She tells him get back in or she’ll kill him. It’s Nick and Troy. Nick tells her this is; she has no idea what it’s like. He tells her there’s safety in numbers, and she says that she almost died surrounded by people. She asks if it’s him or mom talking. He says that their mom will lose her sh*t if he comes back without her. She says that she forgives him, but he doesn’t owe her – or their mom.

At the Bizarre, Victor tells Madison that if they so much think Ofelia is sick, they’ll kill her. Madison tells Ofelia to smile; her life depends on it. A guard searches Ofelia. Victor is miffed that the exchange rates aren’t as good now. Some things never change. Ofelia is burning up, and Madison asks Walker to stay with her while she gets something for the pain. She tells Walker to stay awake, and gives him a knife. Victor says that she gave away half of their rifles for what? To give Ofelia a good by? She tells him there’s no plan B. She gave her word that she’d bring Ofelia to Daniel. He says her word isn’t worth a damn; only resources are worth anything, and she’s squandered what they have. They’ll see what Daniel has to say when she shows up to pay for water they don’t need with a dead daughter and empty hands.

Nick tells Alicia, last chance. Alicia says she knows where they’ll be, and she can find them. Nick prefers that she didn’t die, and she promises she won’t. They hug good-by. Nick and Troy leave. Alicia smiles.

Troy says that Nick must have been a real treat back in the day. Nick tells him it’s old news, and none of his business. Troy asks why he stayed. Nick says that Travis was dead, and Luci was sick; his mom was falling apart, and he had to keep it together. Troy calls bullsh*t, and says that he stayed because he loves them. They’re more alike than he thinks. They’re children of violence, but Nick wishes that he wasn’t.

Ofelia is looking worse. Madison brings her something for the pain and fever, and electrolytes for dehydration. She says that Ofelia doesn’t deserve this, and neither does Daniel. Maybe he will kill them all. Walker says that yesterday, he lost everything he ever knew – home, friends, the bones of his forefathers. He was raised on loss, and thought he was good at it, but there’s such a thing as too much. Ofelia has to see her father one last time, and Madison is honoring that wish. She’s returning his daughter for him to bury, and put an end to this, even if it gets them killed. Madison thanks him.

Alicia drives around, and stops at a fast food place, and goes inside. Oh look, fries. I wonder how old those are? She leaves her gun on the counter – which is never a good move – overturns a bucket, and climbs up to see what’s above a cabinet. We see a zombie outside. She grabs a bucket of instant potatoes. The zombie is now inside, and Alicia stabs him in the head. We hear more zombies coming. No potatoes for you! Alicia looks around the inside playground, and hops into the ball pit, positioning herself to pop them off as they come in. The balls start moving behind her, and I say, no! out loud. Alicia disappears, and then pops up again, along with a little girl zombie. They struggle, and Alicia stabs it in the throat. Here come the rest. Alicia hides underneath the balls. I hope that was the only kid who was in there. A woman with a pickax comes through, dispatching the zombies. When she’s done, she steals their gold, cutting off fingers, and pulling out teeth. She takes the potatoes and leaves. Alicia is like, wow.

Nick and Troy return to the Bizarre. Walker tells him about Ofelia. Madison asks about Alicia. Nick says that they found her, and she’s okay. She’s actually happy, and he couldn’t get her to come back. She knows where to find them. She asks where Troy is, and Nick says that he’s at the bar. She says the more people they have, the safer they’ll be, and starts to cry. Nick that it’s okay. She thanks him for being there, and doesn’t know what she’d do without him. He tells her go get some fresh air, and he’ll look after Ofelia.

Nick watches Ofelia. He sees the bag of pills, thinks about it for a millisecond, takes one out, looks at it, and puts it in his mouth. I don’t blame him.

Alicia wanders around town. She finds a car, and sees the potatoes in it. She reaches in to get them, and the woman from the fast food place comes out.( I find out later on Talking Dead that her name is Diana, although I don’t think they actually said it during the episode.) Diana says that she’ll crack Alicia open like a coconut if she touches the potatoes. Alicia says that they’re her potatoes, and Diana asks why they’re in her car. Alicia tells her that she took them from the restaurant Just give them back, and she’ll be on her way. Diana says that would be a conflict of interest. She walks toward Alicia, and Alicia levels the gun at the gas tank. Diana asks what she’s going to do after it blows up, and Alicia asks why make trouble where there isn’t any. They can share them. She’s tired and hungry, and she’d prefer not to kill her.

At the Bizarre, Nick orders tequila, and asks where he can get uppers. The waitress says that he’ll have to ask the Butcher. Troy tries to discourage this idea, but Nick says that Troy owes him. He tosses back a shot, and gives Troy a pill.

Victor strolls through the back hallways, where it looks like the hookers and gambling dens are. He starts to jimmie a lock, when a man says that this is the time he should realize how deep in sh*t he is. Victor turns to face a group of guys, and says he wants to talk to the Proctor. The leader says don’t they all, and it’s better if he stays away. Victor says he has something the Proctor wants.

Madison tells Ofelia it’s time.  Walker says that Daniel is coming, and Madison says it will be worse seeing him there. Ofelia says it’s okay. Victor holds her for a moment, and Madison takes her outside. She finds a spot. I’m not crazy about Ofelia, but this is a little sad. Ofelia doesn’t want anyone to see her, and Madison says he’ll be here soon. Ofelia says to tell him that she was looking forward to getting to know him. Madison tells her that you think you can protect your kids, but somehow they know who you are and what you did. They know you; it’s in their blood. She says that Ofelia knew her father; don’t think she didn’t. Ofelia leans on Madison. Daniel’s truck pulls up, but Ofelia is dead. Madison is like, nooo. She walks out to Daniel, and tells him to wait and listen for a minute, but he walks over to where Ofelia is. He says her name, and holds her. Madison freaks a little, and we’re both waiting for Ofelia to turn. Daniel asks what kind of sick joke this is, and what happened? Madison says that the ranch was overrun. Ofelia saved them, but got bit. Daniel says, this is the price. He tells Madion to get away before he kills her, She walks past him. Behind her we see Daniel raise his gun, and we hear the shot. (Another thing I learned from Talking Dead. There were several Ofelia endings bandied about, including having her turn. Not only did the actress have a serious problem with the contacts, it was agreed that it would break the mood. Wise choice.)

Nick and Troy are high, and things are blurry and weird. This doesn’t look like much fun. Nick asks somebody something in Spanish. They go inside to a bar. The bartender asks how he can be of assistance. Nick says he’s looking for things, and the guy shows him a tray of weird stuff. Nick wants up, and the guy goes to a shelf where there’s more weird stuff in jars. Troy wants to leave. The bartender shows Nick something, and explains that it’s the nucleus of a brainstem, and pure adrenaline, enough to wake the dead. He gives them each one at no charge, putting them in glasses. Troy asks whose glands these are, and dude says we’ll call them Pete’s. Nick downs his. Everyone stares at them, and it’s freaking weird. Troy swallows his.

Alicia asks what Diana does with the teeth. Diana says that the Mexicans buy gold in bulk at the post, and some will sell the teeth and fingers for charms as protection from biters. She gives Alicia a ring with a tooth mounted on it, saying that she looks like she could use protection. Alicia says no offense, but it’s disgusting. Diana asks where she’s headed, calling her too good for good luck. She tells Alicia that she’ll just pass ghost town after ghost town, all picked clean. The potatoes were a gift. Alicia says she’ll find a way. She had to find way to do it alone or die. Diana says that’s why she doesn’t keep company with anyone, and no offense, she’s taking her things and going. She says that this is the life, and Alicia ain’t finding a way out. Not north, south, or anywhere. If she can grow accustomed to killing, she’ll get by. Alicia wonders who could get used to this, and Diana says that if a woman sets her mind to it, she can get used to anything.

Nick and Troy climb the fence, and drop down into the outside. Nick tells Troy not to fight it; he’ll never feel freer or more himself. They act all strange and goofy. A zombie is in the cab of a truck, and Nick repeatedly slams the truck door on it as it climbs out. Nick takes some of the zombie’s blood, putting it all over both his and Troy’s faces. They walk down the street into a group of zombies. Nick hesitates for a moment, and then plows in. Troy is scared, and so am I. Troy follows Nick, and the zombies keep on going past them. Nick says he can’t go back. Troy hugs him. This new bromance is way too weird.

Madison picks up the bag of pills, realizing some are missing. Daniel finds her, and says he was walking all night. He carried Ofelia to a tree, and buried her with his aunts. Madison says that she saved Alicia’s life. Daniel asks where Alicia is, and Madison tells him that Alicia left; she’s on her own now. She can’t blame her for having enough. Daniel asks about Madison being with Ofelia when she died, and if she said anything. Madison says Ofelia told her that she loved him, but I get the feeling Daniel doesn’t buy that. Madison must think so too, because she adds that Ofelia said she was looking forward to getting to know him. She told Ofelia that she already did, but she never knew man who brought her to them. Daniel says that she saw him once for a moment, and it frightened her. He tells Madison to get her things ready; this is no place for her. She tells him that she would like to bring the others, if that’s all right. He nods.

Alicia wakes up. Diana is outside, messing with the car engine. Alicia asks where she’s headed, and Diana says to more killing – teeth won’t pull themselves out. Alicia asks if she needs help. Diana says no friends, just killing. She asks if Alicia ever thought about selling her hair, but Alicia tells her don’t even think about it. They go off together. I like it. This new sisterhood is definitely not weird.

Madison sees Nick and Troy. She says that they’re heading back to the dam. Nick tells her that they’re thinking of staying behind for a couple of days. She tells him to do what he needs to. He knows where to find them. Nick and Troy walk off.

Victor asks if Madison is ready. She says she is, and asks what about him? He says, always

Next time, the two-hour season finale. Before which, there will be a marathon. I notice that Efrain is played by Jesse Borrego, who was Jesse in the 1982 TV drama Fame.

Jesse & Efrain, Yet Both Jesse…

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