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January 17, 2020 – Nelle Begins To Wreak Havoc, Don’t Pick On Tyler, Oscar News, Charming Crisis, Max’s Mistakes, 3×2 Quotes, Pearls From MLK & Weekend Alarm

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

On the phone, Carly asks when Diane will be available. She knows Diane has other clients, but Carly Is married to her most important one, and her second most important one is her best friend. They have Diane on retainer just for this kind of situation. She says, 3 o’clock will be great. Sonny asks if everything is okay, and Carly says, nothing Diane can’t handle. Gladys comes downstairs, and asks how her handsome grandson is. Dev says they don’t have to keep up the pretense there, but she says she doesn’t like to do things halfway. As far as she’s concerned, they’re all family. Sonny asks if she had a good night’s sleep, and says, fantastic. She got out of Turning Woods so late, she just couldn’t make the drive home. Sonny says he’s told he that he’s grateful for everything she’s done for his dad. He thinks the study will be good for Mike, and help him stick around longer.

At Turning Woods, a guy comes to the reception desk, and says he’s looking for Mike – we don’t see his face. The receptionist says Mike is over on the couch, and he is…? He says, a friend of the family, and shows her a badge, saying, among other things. Mike sits looking at a deck of cards.

At Kelly’s Trina tells Cameron, Shelly. He says, she’s self-absorbed. What about Hunter? Trina says, he’s way too in love with himself. She says Amia, and he says, no. She asks, why not? and he says for reasons he’s keeping to himself. She asks if they should keep searching for an acceptable date, or should they give up and go to the mid-winter formal together?

Jason sits with Michael at the MetroCourt. He says he wanted to check on Michael, since Nelle is out of prison. Michael says he can call Diane to file an objection. Nelle showed up at the shareholder’s meeting. As Shiloh’s widow, she’s claiming Oscar’s shares. Jason says, the will is still in probate, but Michael tells him, in the meantime, Nelle’s lawyer got an injunction allowing her to vote. He can’t believe she’s back in their lives. She’s been out of prison less than a day, and she’s already thrown his family into chaos.

Nelle tells Brad, the coffee tastes like heaven. He looks like he could use some. She asks if he had a rough night, and he says, Wiley was restless; he misses Lucas. Maybe Nelle should stay where she can sleep better. She says it’s noisy in prison; she can sleep  through anything. She asks how Wiley is, and he says Wiley finally dropped off around 5, so he’s letting Wiley sleep as long as possible. He asks if she has any plans for her first day of freedom, and she says she has so many people to catch up with.

Jordan stares at her computer, looking at an article on the opioid crisis. Chase comes in, and tells her  no one is talking in the Corinthos empire. Jordan tells him, keep at it. Maybe he’ll find a weak link. He says he’ll keep asking questions until he gets a lead; maybe revisit the scene. She thanks him, but he doesn’t leave, and she asks if there’s anything else. He says he wondered that himself. Is there something he can help her with?

Michael says Jason would have enjoyed the shareholder’s meeting. Nelle was Nelle, but he would have loved seeing the Q’s close ranks. Jason says he would have, and Michael asks how things are with Sam. He’d be happy to make sure they bump into each other accidentally at ELQ. Jason says, they have a plan to deal with the situation. Michael says all the damage Shiloh caused, and he’s still causing it. Nelle has also caused her share. They’re going to be feeling the side-effects for years. Jason says, there will always be challenges; just keep a clear head. Michael says he’s got to, and knows he should be grateful. No matter how much damage Nelle has done, she can’t do a thing to Wiley.

Brad tells Nelle, she should get out and enjoy herself. Indulge in some pancakes at Kelly’s, and have a manicure. Do everything she missed. Nelle wishes she could, but she doesn’t have a lot of cash. Brad digs in his wallet, and tells her, here’s 60 bucks; enjoy herself. She says he’s just the best, but first, she’s going to have another long, hot shower. She’s addicted to his eucalyptus bath gel. He waits to hear the shower, and picks up the phone, but there’s a knock at the door. It’s Willow, who asks if Wiley had breakfast. She can make him some. She hears the shower, and asks if he has company. He says, no… Actually… Nelle comes out, asking if he has any conditioner. Both Nelle and Willow ask, what is she doing here? in unison.

Sonny tells Dev that he’s heading out, and Dev won’t see him at the warehouse. He’s going to New York for a couple of days, checking out a possible treatment for his dad. Gladys says, thanks to her. She’s the one who found out about it. Dev’s phone dings, and Gladys asks if it’s his girlfriend. Dev says he doesn’t have one, and she says, a cute guy like him? He flashes back to Josslyn kissing him. Gladys says the girls must be crawling all over Dev, like they did her Brando. Josslyn flashes back to kissing Dev, and him not being receptive. She says she has to get something, and goes upstairs. Dev says he’s got an idea. He can go with Sonny to NYC and help out, since Mike likes him. Sonny knows he’s good with Mike, and thanks him for the offer, but he’s taking Jason.

Mike shuffles his cards, and the mystery man says, hey, Mike. He says he sees Mike still likes cards, and Mike asks if the guy is his ride.

Dev says he can keep Mike distracted. They could play checkers. Sonny says Dev is a master at letting Mike think he won, but he thinks it would better if Dev stays to help Carly and Josslyn. Carly reminds him that he also has school. Sonny says, he’s got to go, and he and Carly say goodbye. Josslyn comes back downstairs, and Dev says Trina texted. She and Cameron are at Kelly’s, and want to know if they want to meet. Josslyn says, no thanks; she has stuff to do. She’ll see them in school. Dev says, cool.

Cameron tells Trina that they said they’d be each other’s dates if there was no one else. For a failsafe to work, you have to fail. She says, exactly. So shut up and pick someone. He says, her first. Why not Hunter? He’s a jerk on the surface, but it’s just a façade. He’s sweet and funny once you get to know him. Trina says she doesn’t want to work that hard. Cameron says she wants to go with Dev, and she says, like he wants to go with Josslyn.

Jordan tells Chase that Sherri Grant left three messages on her phone. How did Zak’s sister learn that Nelle got early parole? He says he called her. She had the right to know her brother’s killer was released. Jordan says they don’t supervise paroled felons. Stay away from Nelle.

Nelle tells Willow that Brad is a wonderful, loyal friend. He’s letting her stay until her late husband’s assets are unfrozen. She says, it’s a bit early for hanging out, and Willow says she’s Wiley’s part-time nanny. Nelle says, how surprising, and Brad says he needed help. Willow says he doesn’t have to justify anything with his son to Nelle. Brad tells Nelle, unless she likes cold showers, she’d better jump in. She says she won’t be long. When she’s gone, Willow asks what Brad was thinking. How could he let that psycho anywhere near Wiley?

Sasha walks into the MetroCourt and see Michael. She says, it’s a nice surprise, and Jason tells her to take his seat; he has to go. Sasha sits, and says she was just getting coffee. She sees some paperwork, and asks Michael what it is. He says they’re court documents with the stipulations of Nelle’s release. There’s no way she should have gotten early parole, and he’s going to do everything he can to make sure she’s sent back.

Sonny tells the receptionist at Turning Woods, he’s there to pick up his dad. She says his dad is talking to a visitor; he said he was a friend of the family. Sonny asks what his name is, and she says she’s sure he’s fine. He showed her his badge. Sonny asks how Mike is doing, and who’s he talking to? Taggert turns around, and says, hey, Sonny. He and Mike were just talking about him.

Sonny asks if his dad is okay, and Taggert says, he’s fine. Sonny tells Taggert to take a walk. They stroll over to the other side of the room, and Sonny asks what Taggert is doing there. Is this what he’s been reduced to? Harassing an old, sick man? Taggert says Sonny hasn’t changed; he’s still paranoid. Jason arrives, and asks if everybody is good. Sonny tells Jason to sit with his dad while he chats with Taggert and the reminisce about old times. Jason goes over to Mike, and Mike asks if Jason has seen his wife. He can’t find her. He asks if Jason can check, and Jason says, no problem, but he’s sure she’s okay. How is Mike? Is he ready for their trip? Mike says he can’t go anywhere until he finds Yvonne. Taggert tells Sonny that he looks good, and Sonny says, answer the question. Why is he there harassing Mike? Taggert says he heard Sonny’s father was there, and he wanted to see how Mike was doing. He’s sorry the Alzheimer’s is so advanced. He knows it’s tough. Sonny says Taggert left years ago, and he was a happier man because of it. Why the hell is he back?

Dev says he’s going to meet Cameron and Trina. Gladys says she’ll be glad to drive him in her new car. When they leave, Carly asks Josslyn, what’s going on with them. Josslyn says, nothing. She didn’t feel like hanging out. She and Dev aren’t joined at the hip. Carly says she knows that. At first, they didn’t get along, then they were great, now she won’t look at him. Did he hit on her?

Sasha understands what Michael’s mom is upset, and Michael says, she definitely hates Nelle. Sasha says he has to be careful; Nelle is still fixated on him. He says he’s more worried about Sasha. Nelle comes off as harmless, but she’s a dangerous psychotic. Sasha will be a target because of him. She doesn’t understand why they let Nelle out, and he says, Nelle is a master manipulator. She seems helpless, harmless, and remorseful, and she’s anything but. She’ll go to any length to get what she wants. She married a cult leader, and allowed herself to be stabbed. Ryan has a medical degree, and knows how to stab someone without causing damage. Sasha says, so Nelle is basically capable of anything, and Michael says, that’s why she needs to move in with him.

Jordan tells Chase, it’s a direct order. Is he refusing to comply? He says he knows Nelle, and his gut tells him, if she’s at large, she’s going to claim another victim. Jordan says, Nelle didn’t escape; she was paroled. If he does anything to harass her, he’ll be the loser. He already wrecked his career over her. He built his life back up, and he’s her best detective. She’s not about to lose him now. He asks if it isn’t his duty to protect Port Charles. Look at what Nelle did while she was incarcerated. She befriended a serial killer, and married a cult leader. Jordan says, Nelle is dangerous, and they’re going to keep an eye on her, but he won’t be the one doing it. Any case would be instantly compromised if he gets involved, and it would cast doubt on any evidence. He says, if comes it down to it, he’ll do what it takes protect the people he loves. He knows it’s not what Jordan wants to hear, but it’s the best he can do.

Brad tells Willow, it all happened so fast. Nelle showed up, and he couldn’t leave her out on the street. Willow wonders where Nelle was staying when she organized that travesty of a memorial. She talked about being Wiley’s stepmother, saying it was Shiloh’s dream to reunite with Wiley, and it was her responsibility to fulfill that dream. Brad says Nelle would never try to take Wiley from him and Lucas, but Willow asks how he knows. She tried to kill Michael, her baby’s father. She’s capable of anything. She asks if Brad slept, and he says, Wiley was up during the night; he misses Lucas. She says she knows it’s a lot right now, but Wiley has to be his first priority. Brad goes to tend to Wiley. Nelle comes back out and tells Willow, this isn’t the job for her. Willow asks, why? and Nelle says, because being Wiley’s nanny could be bad for her health.

Mike says he can’t go anywhere until he sees Yvonne. He hasn’t seen her all day. Jason says he has something for Mike, and produces some earbuds. Mike says he doesn’t need a hearing aid, and Jason says, they’re headphones. Just put one in his ear. Jason thinks he’ll like what he hears. Jason plays something for Mike, and Mike says he knows that tune. Tony Bennett; he’s the best. Jason says he thought Mike would enjoy it. He tells Mike to put the other one in to enjoy the full effect.

Taggert tells Sonny, it’s been a minute. Port Charles has changed a lot. Laura is mayor? He didn’t see that coming. Sonny hopes he’s just passing through, and he goes back where he came from. Taggert asks if that’s a threat, and Sonny says, just like a cop. He’s looking always for a crime. He was just thinking of Port Charles’s brutal winters, and thought Taggert would like someplace with a warmer climate. Wasn’t he out west? Taggert says he hears things. He heard one of Sonny’s trucks was hijacked and torched. Sonny says, someone on the PCPD likes to gossip. Taggert says when someone puts it over on Sonny, it’s big news in his circle of friends. Sonny asks, what circle? and Taggert says he’ll see Sonny around.

Josslyn tells Carly that Dev didn’t hit on her. Not even close. Carly says, if Josslyn hit on him, it would be understandable. Josslyn tells her, just stop. How can she have feelings for Dev, and still love Oscar? Carly says, it’s possible to have feelings for someone else, and move on. It’s healthy, but the situation is complicated if the person she has feelings for is Dev.

Cameron tells Trina, stop pushing. Josslyn is just a friend. Trina says he said he thought Josslyn was cute. She admits she likes Dev, but she accepted he doesn’t feel the same way, and she’s moving on. It’s called being honest with yourself; he should try it. He says she’s doing it again, talking like a psychiatrist. She says it doesn’t take a psychiatrist to see that he’s hiding feelings he claims he doesn’t have. Cameron says he’s shallow, and only cares about video games and soccer. She says he’s not convincing. Dev joins them, and Trina says please tell her Josslyn isn’t writing in her journal. Cameron says, she’s always writing in it. Gladys comes in, and asks if these are Dev’s friends. He asks what she’s doing there, and she says, is that any way to talk to his nana?

Sasha says Michael wants her to move in for security? He says his brother’s house has more security than her building. There are always people around, and there’s plenty of space. She can have her own room, unless she wants to share his. She appreciates the offer, and she’s touched he’s concerned about her safety, but she has to say no. He asks if it’s his snoring, or because his family is obnoxious, or she doesn’t like big houses. She says, none of the above. They have a good thing going, and she’s not about to risk that by moving in together before they’re ready. And his family can be obnoxious, especially his great aunt. He says, Tracy? and she says, sorry. He says, don’t be. If she didn’t think that way, he’d be worried. He agrees they have something good going on, and he doesn’t want to mess it up. She’s way too important to him. They kiss.

Willow says Nelle was just paroled, and already she’s making threats? To a cop’s girlfriend? Nelle says she’d never do that. She’s sure Brad didn’t realize what he’d be putting Willow through when he asked her to be Wiley’s nanny. It’s too much to expect Willow to spend time with the child she selflessly gave away. Willow says she’ll decide what can or can’t handle, and Nelle says, of course (🍷). As someone who’s lost a child, she can imagine how painful it is to not be there for them. Like Shiloh said, there’s no such thing as coincidence. Willow says, any decision about Wiley’s care is up to Brad, not Nelle. Nelle says, that’s where Willow is wrong. She and Brad have a special connection that can’t be broken. Nelle holds the door open, and Willow says tell Brad she’ll call him. Nelle says, will do; bye now. Willow leaves, and Nelle hollers for Brad.

Mike says, wow, and tells Jason that Tony Bennett had a sold out performance at the Apollo in ’99, honoring Billie Holiday. It was a concert for the ages, and broadcast worldwide. Sonny asks if Mike is ready, but Mike says it feels like he should stay. Sonny says the sooner they get rolling, they can visit Mike’s old stomping grounds in Brooklyn. Mike says they’re not in Brooklyn, and Jason says if they leave now, they can stop by the Apollo. He heard it’s been renovated. Mike says he’ll get his hat, and Jason says he’ll get Mike’s bag. Sonny thanks him.

Gladys introduces herself to Cameron and Trina, saying she’s Dev’s grandma from Bridgeport, but they can call her Gladys. Trina and Cameron introduce themselves, and Cameron says Dev mentioned she was visiting. Gladys says, it’s great Sonny took Dev in. Her dear son Brando – may he rest in peace – would be happy that Dev is getting to know more of his family. She says she needs to get some coffee, and goes to the counter. Dev tells them, Gladys doesn’t know they know, and he wants to keep it that way. He doesn’t really trust her. They’ll have to keep up the pretense around her. He hopes for not too much longer.

Michael tells Sasha, the solution is to take a trip; an extended vacation. Sasha says she’s a newly minted cosmetics mogul. Her agent negotiated an incredible deal, and she’d feel like she was letting them down if she took off before the company launch. Michael says how good she would look, rested and relaxed, with a golden tan, but she says she’s not listening. He tells her, after the launch, they’re heading to Kauai, and she says he’s a great negotiator.

Willow finds Chase at the MetroCourt, and he asks why she’s not with Wiley. She says, Brad decided to take him to daycare, and he asks, why? She says they had an argument. Brad is letting Nelle stay with him and Wiley.

Nelle asks what the hell Brad is doing, asking Willow to be Wiley’s nanny? He says he doesn’t have time for this, and has to call in, saying he’ll be late. She says they’re talking now, and Brad says Michael insisted on looking after Wiley himself. He knows how much Nelle hates him in Wiley’s proximity, so he asked Willow instead. She’s the lesser of two evils, and Wiley likes her. Nelle says she doesn’t like it, and tells Brad, get rid of Willow or she will.

Josslyn tells Carly that she’s going to Trina’s to study, and Carly suggests Trina come there. Josslyn says they might as well go to the library, and Carly says, no sleepover. She asks what happened  that Josslyn is hiding. It’s not going to make it better. Josslyn says she’s not hiding. It was one kiss that was one-sided. Dev isn’t into her, which is great, because he’s a nice guy and all, but she’s clearly not ready to be thinking about other guys. Carly says she’s going through a process, and she knows Josslyn will get through it. It’s normal for her to be noticing other boys, and still love Oscar. She has more room to love more than one person. Josslyn says maybe she’s not ready, and Carly says, maybe, or maybe the right guy hasn’t come along. When he does, he’ll help her.

Dev says, sorry about Gladys, and Trina says  she’s very extra. Dev says she’s trying to bond, but he wishes she’d back off. Gladys returns, and says she brought Dev a donut. Does he have any cash? He gives her some money, and she asks what they’re talking about. Dev says, nothing. They have to go or they’ll be late. Gladys says she can give them a ride, but Dev says, there’s no need. He’ll see her later. The three kids jet. Outside, Dev says, hurry up; she might follow him. Trina says he’s the one she’s after. Get going, and they’ll catch up. Dev moves on, and Trina asks for Cameron’s phone. He gives it to her, and she sends a text. She gives it back, saying, there. He just asked Amia out. He asks why she did that, and she tells him, chill. She’ll ask Hunter. A one-date deal is fine.

Sonny helps Mike put his coat on. Mike thanks him for helping an old man. He tells Sonny that he’s a  great guy, and reminds him of his son. He asks if Jason is their driver, and Jason says, yes, sir. Mike hopes they can stop at Luigi’s; they have great calzones. Sonny says they’ll make it happen. Mike says what about their friend? and Jason says the guy who was there had to leave. Mike says, so soon? Too bad, and Sonny says, don’t worry. He has a feeling they’ll be seeing him again.

On the phone, Jordan tells someone to keep on forensics. She wants to cross match the accelerant with one used in a another arson. Taggert walks in, and asks if she’s kicking ass and taking names. She called. Partners for life, right?

Brad tells Nelle that she can’t be talking about killing Willow, and Nelle says, one way or another, Willow’s got to go. She’s not Wiley’s real mother; Nelle is. He says she agreed that no one should know because it risked Michael going for custody. She can’t push, or the whole thing will come crashing down. Nelle says she won’t push Willow out, but she’ll be taking care of her son herself.

Willow tells Chase, he should have heard Brad. What is he thinking? Nelle said she was glad she’s there to help, and she’s going to push Willow out, and take over. Michael joins them, and asks if everything is okay. Willow says, it’s not okay. It’s about as bad as it can get. They have to do something. Wiley is no longer safe with Brad.

On Monday, Laura says Jax isn’t the one who broke her heart, Gladys is impressed, and Taggert asks why he had to drop everything to come back.

💪 R U Kidding Me…?

I have never once felt that Tyler Perry exploits women in any way. Quite the opposite.

https://pagesix.com/2020/01/16/tyler-perry-denies-he-exploits-womens-suffering-with-his-films/

And if he wants to write everything himself, more power to him. I swear, people will complain about anything, whether it’s their business or not.

https://pagesix.com/2020/01/08/tyler-perry-slammed-by-fans-after-admitting-he-has-no-writers-room/

🏆 I Suppose I Have To…

I stopped watching the Academy Awards years ago. It’s just too long to sit through for a few good moments I can catch online.

https://www.eonline.com/news/1110570/oscars-2020-nominations-see-the-complete-list

More like a lot of snubs and one surprise.

https://www.eonline.com/news/1111019/oscars-2020-nominations-jennifer-lopez-beyonce-and-more-snubbed

🍹 Rut-Ro…

All is not well in Charleston. Where’s Ashley when you need her?

https://radaronline.com/photos/southern-charm-crisis-filming-delayed-again-bravo-show-amid-thomas-ravenel-kathryn-dennis-romance/

Never Put It In Writing…

When will these people learn, if you say something stupid on the Internet, it will come back to haunt you.

https://radaronline.com/photos/no-tolerance-vanderpump-rules-star-max-boyens-will-be-fired-over-racist-tweets/

🔊 Quotes of  the Week

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. – Marilyn Monroe

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.Henry David Thoreau

Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have. – Jim Rohn

Enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go. – Mandy Hale

It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. – Lucille Ball

Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects. – a fortune cookie from my take-out

Weekend Reflection…

Enjoy your extra day if you have one, and don’t forget to remember a man gone too soon. A few gems from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.

February 24, 2019 – Daryl Gives the Wrong Answer, It’s Not What It Sounds Like, Grace is Still Under Fire, Riding, Awkward & Monday

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What I Watched Today

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

 

The Walking Dead

Ezekiel asks what Jerry wants to tell him. Jerry swore he wasn’t saying anything, so Ezekiel can’t either. He asks Carol to swear too. Nabila is pregnant. He’s going to be a daddy. Ezekiel says, it’s the future of the Kingdom, and congratulates him. Carol says they’re coming. Apparently this is a flashback, since Jesus and Tara arrive to give them some food. Ezekiel is glad hear the worst has passed. Jesus tells him, Maggie wanted to come, but she’s still sick. Carol is surprised to see Tara, and Tara says not as surprised as Michonne is going to be when she finds out Tara isn’t coming back. She took more supplies than she was supposed to, and took something else. Maggie isn’t Michonne’s biggest fan right now, and they thought it better that Ezekiel hang onto it. Tara hands him a leather tube, and says she won’t be going back to Alexandria. Ezekiel says he hasn’t given up the idea the charter embodies. When the time comes, they’ll reunite and sign it together, a community that can begin anew as one. Jesus says, in the meantime, Ezekiel will be the keeper. It’s what they’re counting on. Jerry asks if Ezekiel is going to read it or not. Ezekiel takes it out, and reads over the Community Charter Rights and Freedoms.

Forward in the present day, Ezekiel is still reading. Dianne tells him, five minutes. He says it’s good to have her back. Carol asks if Dianne knows something she doesn’t. Carol is going off to hunt, and Ezekiel says he assumed the queen would be handling preparations for the fair. She asks him not to call her that. She still feels the empty nest. Or maybe she just missed him while she was gone. Calling her my love, he says he missed her too. In a few days’ time, they feast. It’s all going to work out.

Maybe not at Hilltop, where Alpha has come for her daughter. She knows they have her. Daryl tells her, leave now, and no one gets hurt. Alpha says, wrong answer. She puts her hand up, and a ton of zombies and/or Whisperers come out of the woods.

Earl says he has arthritis, but Tammy is acting like he’s on his deathbed. She says he might as well have, spilling hot metal everywhere. Enid prescribes something, and says she should take a break; Tammy thinks retirement is in order. He says he’s not retiring, and he’s not taking a break. He has horseshoes to finish before the fair. Outside, Tammy tells Enid, the guys being gone brought his stress back, but Enid shouldn’t lose hope. They’ll turn up. She asks what happened, and Enid says the ones who killed Jesus are out there.

Tara says if they piss Alpha off, they might get killed. Magna says they don’t even have a horse. Alpha asks which one leads. Daryl asks, what does it matter? Alpha says his people crossed into their land; no conflict. His people killed their people; no conflict. She’s done talking. I guess she’s also leaving out that her people killed Jesus. I’d call that a conflict. She tells him, bring out her daughter or there will be conflict. Daryl says he’s getting her. Henry tells him, no, but Daryl says she’s not getting Lydia. She’s done talking, but he isn’t, because he’s just that crazy.

Ezekiel tells Carol to go back with the others. She asks why he’s scared to tell her what he’s doing. He says he’s not, and asks Jerry if this is the face of a scared man. Jerry says, no comment. Ezekiel says it’s a side mission. He’s picking up one last item for the fair. Nothing she’d be interested in. She says, try her, and he says what about if he shows her?

Jerry says, movie time. The group stands in front of a theater. Zombies crowd the lobby.

Alpha gives a signal. Connie watches from the cornfield. Daryl approaches her. He says she can’t have Lydia. If it’s a fight she’s looking for, they have enough firepower to light them up. He hears a baby crying, and says they brought a baby out there. Alpha says, they’re animals. Animals live out there. Animals have babies. He seems to want conflict. She doesn’t, so she’s proposing a trade. Two captives wearing zombie skin masks are brought forward, and revealed to be Luke and Alden. She wanted to kill them, but she wants her daughter. One of hers for two of theirs. It’s a good trade, and that’s why going they’re going to take it. Now bring her daughter.

Carol tells Ezekiel that a projector is really not something they absolutely need. He says it’s dangerous, but they’ve worked it out. Like a cobra strike. She asks if it’s worth it, and he says Henry used to love movie nights. It’s been five years, and the young ones don’t know what a movie is. Bringing cinema back from the dead, the sense of whimsy and wonder, will make gathering together something they’ll never forget. And if joy and lifelong friendship aren’t worth fighting for, he doesn’t know what is.

Ezekiel turns on a boombox. The zombies file out of the theater following the music, as zombie will do. Ezekiel, Carol, and some of the others go in, Jerry can’t find any bulbs, and Dianne is pretty sure the expiration date on the popcorn butter is just a suggestion. A zombie toddles out of the arcade, and Jerry takes care of it. A bunch of zombies are stuck in and around the popcorn machine. Jerry sees the projection room, and says it’s their last chance. Ezekiel knows what to do. Cobra strike.

A Whisperer asks Alpha if he should lead them away, but she says no. Get back for now. Luke looks around, and sees Connie in the cornfield. He signs to her, stay hidden. The dead are coming.

Tara asks what Daryl thinks. He thinks they should give Lydia back. Yumiko says Henry and Lydia are gone. They start hunting. Daryl calls Dog, and has him sniff something. Alpha waits, and the Whisperers mill around. A baby cries, and the mom holding it looks antsy. Alpha locks eyes with her, and kind of shrugs. The mom leaves the baby on the ground. Alpha says, the land of the dead needs to live in silence. If the mother can’t quiet the child, the dead will. Natural selection.

Enid tells Daryl that she knows where Henry probably took Lydia. She’s known him since he was a kid, and he likes her; he can talk to her. Daryl says, no! as zombies toddle toward the baby. Luke signs to Connie, baby. Connie sees the baby, and hits the nearest zombie with a slingshot. She runs out, and grabs the baby. Now what? The zombies move toward her, and she runs into the field with the baby, but a zombie follows. I assume right now it’s a huge disadvantage not to be able to hear. She jabs one in the head, but here comes another. She puts the sling around her neck. One more pops out, gets in her face, and she pikes it. More are coming. Suddenly, Daryl, Kelly, Earl, and Tammy are there, and hustle Connie out of the cornfield.

Jerry finds a bulb in the projector, and says, they’re in business. Dianne tells him, grab and go, but he says, it’s fra-gee-lee (the way the father in A Christmas Story pronounces it) for real. Ezekiel asks Carole for a hand on a side mission. He wants a poster box frame for the charter. She thinks he’s dreaming, and doesn’t want him to be disappointed if it doesn’t happen. What if the fair isn’t enough? What if more trade and training isn’t enough. She thinks they should talk to Jesus if things get worse, and maybe stay at Hilltop, at least until they find someplace better. Ezekiel asks, what better place than the Kingdom? A knight tells him that the boombox died. The zombies start getting loud. Jerry gets the bulb out of the projector, and puts it in bubble wrap, telling Dianne, let’s bounce. He drops his precious package, and we both say, oh sh*t.

Lydia looks at a wooden coin. Henry says Hilltop made it, but it didn’t work. She says her mother wasn’t supposed to come. She broke own rules. Maybe her mother misses her. Henry says, maybe. Lydia says, maybe she’s sorry, but Henry says, no she’s not, People like that don’t get to be sorry. Enid calls to him from outside. He tells Lydia to stay there. She says she doesn’t want to go back. Enid say if she could do something to help, she would. No one wants this, but Lydia doesn’t belong to them. Her mother will kill Luke and Alden if they don’t give her back. Henry says there’s got to be another way, but Enid says, there isn’t. She’s sorry. Henry says, it’s not fair – or right. She says it isn’t, but it’s something they have to live with, and he asks, how? She says when she was his age, she saw her parents die it. It changed her. I it became about surviving. Someone else died, someone special, who left her a letter reminding her that just surviving isn’t living, and they live with it by staying who they are, and not letting it change them. Lydia comes out says she’s going to go; she has to. Henry says, no, but she says she wants to be with her mother. They’re her people she misses them, even though I’m not sure what there is to miss. She say she’ll miss him too, but she’ll be okay. So will he she. She kisses him. This is actually a little sad, and I rarely have any feels for this show anymore.

Daryl brings Lydia out to Alpha. I’m feel a little stressed because I liked Luke in the Fantastic Beasts movies, and anything could go wrong. Lydia walks forward, and Luke and Alden are released. Alpha’s responsibility is done though, and they have to take their own gags off. Enid hugs Alden, and says she never wants let go of him. Lydia tells Alpha, sorry, and thanks her mother for coming to get her. In response she gets a crack across the face. Then Alpha hugs her, and says, call her Alpha.

Jerry tells Ezekiel that he got it, bubble wrapped, in one piece, after he dropped it somewhere between rows R and W. Ezekiel says they need to move before the horde is upon them. Jerry wants to stay and fight, and Carol asks if the queen’s call counts for something. She agrees with Jerry. A few kills each, it shouldn’t be too hard. Ezekiel says she doesn’t need to do this for him. She tells him, who says it’s just for him? She’s doing this or what? The zombies break free of the popcorn machine, Carol and some of the others use bows and arrows. Ezekiel does some does slicing and dicing. Carol wants him to be safe. They’ve lost so much, and with Henry gone… Ezekiel says he’s safe with her. He’s there with her. Jerry says they’ve got the projector going. Ezekiel says they have to be smart; be ready for every eventuality. Maybe they’re done losing. Carol says, maybe. We see a spray-painted quincunx symbol (I’m not making that up) on the back of a sign that the drive past, which we can safely assume has significance. Read all about it below.

Henry gets why Daryl had to do what he did, but that doesn’t make it okay. Daryl tells him that he never said it did. Henry asks what Daryl did to live with it. Daryl wonders what he’s talking about, and Henry say he saw the scars on Daryl’s back. He thinks knows more than anyone what sent Lydia back to her mother. He wonders how Daryl can live with that. Daryl says, the world is sh*t sometimes, and you live with it. Sometimes that’s all you can do. He did what he had to do today. They all did. He walks away

Ezekiel dusts off the poster box, and Jerry tests out the projector. He, Ezekiel, and Carol smile. Ezekiel and Carol kiss.

Magna and the others drink. Connie kicks back. Earl and Tammy won the baby lottery, and are taking care of the Whisperer child. Jerry is the father of three now, and bounces a baby.

Adeline gives Daryl a note she found in Henry’s room. Couldn’t live with it – gone to find Lydia. Connie sees him leaving, and writes, where are you going? He shows he the note and says he’s going to find Henry. She writes that she’s going with him. He says, no, but she shows the words to him again. He says, why? and she writes that she couldn’t live with it either. They leave together, and the gates close behind them.

Next time, Lydia walks again, Henry follows Lydia, Lydia claims she lied and they need to be ready, and Michonne says it’s dangerous. Like that isn’t the status of pretty much everything.

🎷 It’s All About That Quincunx…

Told you I didn’t make it up.

https://comicbook.com/thewalkingdead/2019/02/25/the-walking-dead-what-is-that-symbol-carol-ezekiel-whisperers-911-bounty/

📺 I Remember Her…

I didn’t realize Brett Butler was playing Tammy. She used to do a stand-up act, and had a sitcom for a hot minute.

https://www.romper.com/p/who-plays-tammy-on-the-walking-dead-brett-butler-is-a-tv-veteran-12152647

🚴 McRide…

It was a special night for Melissa McBride (Carol) on Ride With Norman Reedus, and a different kind of ride for him. They went to Scotland to uncover Melissa’s heritage, and she was thrilled with the results. They even ended up in a pub in a building that was not only the last known address of her great-something grandfather, but had once been owned by a McBride family. I’m still surprised at how much I enjoy this show.

🏆 For Those of You Who Still Care…

I haven’t bothered watching the Oscars in many years. I was well-aware that the year I actually knew two of the nominees – oddly enough, two Williams, Hurt and Hickey – could never be topped, so I haven’t watched it since. TBH, I never really cared much anyway, since it’s kind of meaningless. It’s not like the audience is voting. This was kind of a fun article though.

https://www.eonline.com/news/1016737/relive-the-most-awkward-oscars-moments-of-all-time?source=email&medium=emn-content-1&cmpid=evening&content=emn-news

☕ The Best I Can Do…

Although it does say it all.

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February 27, 2017 – Eugene is Negan, an Oscar Story & a Medicine Quickie

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What I Watched Today

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

 

The Walking Dead

A group of Saviors gathers around Fat Joey’s body. Dwight goes running inside, and finds that Daryl is gone. Didn’t take them too long to make that discovery. Only about six months.

Eugene is brought into the camp. You’d think by now he’d stop blubbering about everything. He’s led to a relatively nice room that has a microwave and refrigerator. Savior Laura tells him, welcome home. Could be worse. A lot worse. He starts looking at the books, and she tells him that there’s a library, and informs him about Daryl’s escape. He says the room is satisfactory, and she asks if he wants something to eat. After finding out one of the few things they don’t have is lobster, he asks for canned pasta – orangey – and chips. They have homemade chips. I’m in.

Eugene locks the door and looks in the fridge, where there’s beer, eggs and produce. He puts the radio on, and it’s that freaking Easy Street song. I start laughing. There’s no escape from it. Given a choice between hearing it over and over again, and being beaten to a pulp by Lucille, I’m not sure which I’d choose.

Dwight finds the note telling Daryl to go now. A bunch of guys bust into the room and beat the crap out of him, while Negan stands there with Lucille, watching.

Negan bangs on the door where Dwight is in solitary. He says they looked around and he realized he was short a wife – Sherry. He asks Dwight if he knows anything. Negan thinks It’s some coincidence that she’s gone just after Daryl is. He says someone must have opened the door, and Dwight says it wasn’t her. Negan asks if it was him. He says Dwight has legitimate gripes, and asks if he’s started to see things differently. He asks Dwight who he is, and Dwight says he’s Negan.

Negan opens the door. Negan says Daryl isn’t like Dwight; he’s emotional. Either Daryl is on his way home or on his way back to kill them. Either way, they’ll find him. He asks if Dwight thinks he knows where Sherry went. He does, and Negan tells him to fix what he can fix.

Dwight talks to Dr. Carson. The doctor thinks Sherri was soft and let Daryl go. He says Dwight was beaten unfairly, yet he stays. The kind of selfless soul that Sherry is, is the kind of person who isn’t expected to stay around anymore.

Dwight goes back to get his coat, and takes a pack of cigarettes out of a mounted fish’s mouth. He gets on his motorcycle and jets.

Laura shows Eugene around. She says they use a point system, depending on what people bring in. She suggests that he get a haircut, hands him a jar of pickles, and takes him out to Negan. Negan asks Eugene’s name, and then asks everyone else who they are. They all say Negan. He tells Eugene he might have to get real close to Lucille, and under normal circumstances, he might have let Eugene get close over and over again. He asks Eugene if he’s a smartypants, and Eugene says he is. He explains about how he taught himself to cast bullets. He says he reads a lot, and if knowledge is dropped, he picks it up. Negan says he’s some a-hole, but Eugene says he is not. He has PhD’s in several fields, is technically a doctor, and was part of the Human Genome Project before the zombie apocalypse.

Oops! Half of an impaled zombie falls off.

Negan says the problem with his system of keeping people out, is that the guard zombies fall apart. He asks Eugene how they can keep them on their feet. Eugene says they already have the means to fix the issue, an operational smelter. He explains how to pour liquid metal over both the fence and the zombies. Negan thinks it’s the coolest thing he’s ever heard – it’s practical and badass. He calls Eugene Dr. Smartypants. He asks if Eugene was doing valuable stuff like this for Rick, and says Rick’s loss, their gain. He wants to give Eugene a bonus, and Eugene says he was gifted some pickles. Negan says he’ll send some of his wives over, but no sex. He can have drinks, dinner, and laughs only. Eugene and his pickles get led away. Looks like Eugene is smiling a little.

Commercial break. Better Call Saul returns Monday, April 10, at 10 pm. This show was better than I expected it to be, and quite funny, although I lost track of it sometime during the second season. You can’t watch them all.

Eugene plays video games while he chats with wives Amber, Tanya and Frankie, although Amber is doing more drinking than talking. Frankie asks if he wants a massage, since she was a licensed therapist before the apocalypse. Eugene says he’s aware that none of them are there of their own volition, but Tanya says that doesn’t mean they don’t want to be with him, and some intelligent conversation would be good. She suggests talking about the Human Genome Project. Eugene tells her that he’s not at liberty to discuss it, and they might not understand. It’s not a dis, he’s just stating a fact. They decide to do a science experiment.

Eugene carts a bunch of stuff outside. Frankie tells him to relax; he’s one of them. Like something you’d see your eighth-grade science teacher do if he wanted to get the class’s attention, Eugene mixes some ingredients, and a fat stream of foam comes shooting out. When this experiment is recreated later, on Talking Dead, I find out that this foam is called “elephant’s toothpaste,” which is a perfect description. And if you decide to try this at home, don’t touch it.

Dwight goes to his old house and calls out for Sherry. Everything is a wreck, and he picks up a pre-apocalypse photo of them from the floor. He takes the Daryl note out of his picket and compares it to something she had written, and the writing looks the same. We hear her reading the note that she’s left him with her wedding rings on top. She reminds him that he’s told her if they got separated, they should meet there, and he’d bring pretzels and beer. She says he’s lucky he doesn’t remember things. He didn’t want to live in Negan’s world, but she made him. Now he’s become everything he didn’t want to be, and it’s her fault. She says she let Daryl go because he reminded Dwight of who he used to be, and she wanted Dwight to forget. Being there isn’t better than being dead; it’s worse. She hopes he gets away, and remembers the good days, but she doesn’t think he’ll ever even read this. She wants to meet him, but can’t. She doesn’t know if he’d run away with her, take her back to Negan, or kill her. She’s sorry she made him into who he is; she loved who he was.

Dwight takes out a cigarette butt with her lipstick on it, and shakes his wedding ring out of the pack, putting it with hers. He leaves a six-pack of beer and some pretzels. Wow. That was kind of sad.

Frankie and Tanya knock on Eugene’s door. They need his help. Frankie says Amber just drinks and cries. They signed up for this, but she didn’t. Her mother needed medicine, and she thought she could live with it, but she can’t. She’s asked them to help her end it. He suggests they find a doctor. Frankie says that Amber wants to go to sleep and not wake up. Eugene says that’s wildly irresponsible, since she’ll turn when everyone is asleep. They tell him that they’ll take care of that end. He’s a good man, and they know he can make things. They’ll handle the rest. He says he’s not good, but he can jerry-rig a lethal toxin. Frankie says that he is good, and Amber will do it with or without them. He asks how much she weighs. If they can get her exact weight, he can cook something up.

A bunch of people are in line to get supplies. Eugene goes to the front and asks for cold capsules. The woman at the desk tells him to get in line. Eugene asks her number, and tells her that he’s now chief engineer who reports directly to Negan, which means she reports to him. He wants the capsules now. She gives them to him. Good for you growin’ a pair, Eugene! He takes a bedpan, a flyswatter, a sort-of sock monkey that he calls Grimblygunk, and the rest of the medication. Double good for you, Doctor Smartypants!

Dr. Carson asks if Dwight found Sherry, and Dwight says that he killed her. The doctor says that before they got there and understood, they were cowards. They don’t get to have big hearts, and Dwight needs to remember that.

Eugene is brought to a gathering of people. Dwight stokes the fire, and Negan paces around with Lucille. It’s face-burning time. Negan tells Eugene to pay close attention, and whacks Dr. Carson. Negan shows him a note that says good-by honey, and says he found it in the doctor’s desk. It’s from the bottom of the note that Sherry left for Dwight. Negan says the doctor left the door open, and let Daryl out so he could be the hero. Dr. Carson says that she’s the one who ran. Negan says she ran because she knew he’d blame her. Dwight told him that after she ran, she got eaten by zombies, and now a super-hot girl was killed because of him. Dr. Carson says that Dwight is lying, but Negan says why would he do that, and if he is, he’ll find Sherry and kill Dwight. He says all Dwight needed was a night in the hole to get his head on straight. Here comes the iron. The doctor begs not to be burned. Negan says he hates this sh*t and just say he’s sorry. Dr. Carson says he did it and he’s sorry. Negan says that’s all he had to say, and drops the iron. Then he throws the doctor into the fire. Amber is distraught, but I thought that was pretty good. Quick too. Negan says good thing they have a spare doctor, and he never should have doubted Dwight. He says he’s sorry, and Dwight say he’s not. Negan says, ice cold, he loves it.

Frankie and the Tanya come back to Eugene’s room. He says he made the pills, but they can’t have them. Frankie says Amber is counting on them. He says don’t insult his intelligence – the pills are for Negan. I’m guessing that he knew by the weight. They would have had to tell him the truth with that, because it would be deadly for them to under-estimate Frankie asks if Negan didn’t kill his friends, and Eugene says they killed his too. Frankie says they’ll tell Negan it was his idea. He says she’s replaceable; he isn’t. She calls him a coward, and he says that’s a correct assessment.

Eugene enjoys a pickle, and as soon as this show is over, I’m eating one. Negan knocks on his door.  He looks pissed. They stare at each other. Negan walks in. He asks how Eugene likes it, and if they’re doing right by him. He says he knows how hard it is to accept change but needs Eugene to understand that he doesn’t make this invitation to everyone, and doesn’t make it lightly. He tells Eugene that he doesn’t need to be scared. He just has to answer a question, a big one. He starts to ask who Eugene is, but before he can finish the sentence, Eugene says, he’s completely, stone cold Negan. He just needed to meet him properly, but he’s Negan.

The next morning, Eugene is outside, giving instructions on the molten metal and enjoying another pickle. Omg, I’m eating a whole jar after this. He and Dwight stand there, watching metal get poured over the zombies. Eugene says, “I’m Eugene, you’re Dwight, and we’re Negan.”

Okay. They might be reeling me back in here. The big question is, is Eugene really on board with the Saviors, figuring this is the safest route, at least for now; or is he a bigger smartypants than we thought?

Next time, Michonne and Rick take a road trip, Rosita can’t wait, and neither can I, because we’re getting zombies at an amusement park. The kind of thing I live for. 🎡

🎟 No new Housewives of Atlanta this week. I guess Bravo didn’t want to compete with the Oscars. I lost interest in the Academy Awards years ago. And no, it wasn’t after the Rob Lowe/Snow White fiasco. In 1986, I knew two of the nominees, one quite well, and the other just in passing. The late William Hickey, who’d been nominated for Best Supporting Actor in Prizzi’s Honor, had been my acting teacher for many years. I remembered him saying that if he was ever up for an Oscar, that he wouldn’t go unless he could bring his dog. I thought this was admirable. However, Bill did go, and I didn’t see his dog there. I’ve always wondered if he was wearing socks though.

The other was William Hurt (the two Bills!), who was up for Best Actor in Kiss of the Spider Woman. I’d done some work putting together charity events for off-Broadway’s Circle Repertory Theatre, and also volunteered to take tickets. During my time there, our paths crossed, as he was doing a fantastic play called Childe Byron in which he was playing Lord Byron. I watched it several times, and although he was already becoming well-known by then, he was very approachable and always kind. I was thrilled when he got the award (Bill Hickey lost to Cocoon’s Don Ameche), but I knew after that, there was nowhere for the Academy Awards to go for me, but downhill. There’s not much chance of me knowing another nominee, and even less of me being nominated, which is the only thing that could top that.

This year, sadly, it spares me from kudos to an industry that has become less about the work, and more about opinion, political and otherwise.

🏥 Married to Medicine‘s Heavenly summed up part two of the reunion perfectly when she called Mariah “dirty, dingy, and dusty.”

January 20, 2016 — GH & Oscar Gripe Part Two

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What I Watched Today

(random, rambling thoughts on today’s TV)

 

General Hospital

Nina tells Franco that the magazine circulation is up, and people are even renewing their subscriptions. She thinks Julian is going to be thrilled. Guess again.

Julian and Nina have an interview with the Financial Times and Nina will pitch her new ideas. Julian is convinced the green issue of Crimson is a fluke. Olivia calls and tells Julian she has an emergency. Apparently so, since she’s handcuffed to a chair in the police station. Baby Leo is with her in a stroller, but it seems he’s not charged with anything, or they couldn’t find a pair of handcuffs that small.

Doc tells Elizabeth that with some time and treatment, Jake should be fine, but he’s worried about her.

Jason and Sam run into each other at the MetroCourt. Everyone not only eats there, but lives there now. Sam says Dr. Sheinberg is going to save the day with his statement.

Andre rings Anna’s doorbell. She tells him it’s not the best time. Robert comes downstairs and Anna realizes Andre is Robert’s contact regarding Carrrlos.

Sabrrrina answers the phone and it’s Felix. He tells her about Michael stopping by and saying he made a mistake in breaking up with her. She gets excited about this. Hmm… Hot, suave and exciting Carrrlos or boring, so-so looking and unsympathetic Michael.

Andre has a connection to the WSB and Anna asks if that’s how he knew so much about her. He says he never read her file, but knew her reputation. Robert is surprised they know one another. Andre says they’ve seen each other around, but Anna confesses he was her therapist.

Julian and Alexis come to the police station. Olivia tells them what happened, but not quite. Alexis asks if she was arrested for breastfeeding in public, but the mayor pops out and says Olivia has been arrested for assaulting her.

Jason says he wishes there was another witness. Sam says they don’t need one.  Jason says he isn’t thinking about his own assault charges, but the break-ins at Elizabeth’s. I guess he thinks there’s a connection there?

Doc asks Elizabeth about the whole wedding debacle, and he says on top of everything, she’s having problems with a stalker, so she’s bound to be seriously stressed. He also says he knows her history.

Nina is doubting herself and Franco says she single-handedly saved the magazine. Nina thinks she was a one hit wonder, and says she’d better come up with some decent ideas before the interview. Franco has to leave, but he tells her she can do it.

Olivia says she didn’t assault anyone. The mayor says she was verbally assaulted. Since when can you be arrested for that? We’d all be in jail. Olivia says she lost her temper a little. The mayor says it wasn’t a little, but Olivia says she’s Italian and it was. The mayor tells an officer to take Olivia to her cell. Alexis says she’s now Olivia’s lawyer and she’s not going anywhere.

Andre has created a profile for Carrrlos, and says it will help determine what he would do. He says Carrrlos is also traveling with Sabrrrina and his child, so he’s going to become increasingly desperate.

Carrrlos walks in while Sabrrrina is talking to Felix, so she gets off the phone. Carrrlos says talking to Felix is a bad idea.

Jason tells Sam about the break-in. She asks if he talked to Jake, and Jason says he’s a mixed up kid and said that she did it.

Doc tells Elizabeth that her level of stress could send her into another breakdown. He says high levels of stress often precipitate conditions someone has already. He tells her if she’s feeling overly stressed, to call for help. She says she will, but IMO that’s highly doubtful.

Jason says Jake is just confused and angry at the situation, and there’s no way to really explain things to him. He says Jake is seeing a therapist today, but he wishes he could figure out what’s going on. Sam says it sounds like a personal issue. Jason wonders who might have a vendetta against him. Oh come on. I know he remembers very little of his past, but does he really need to ask this question?

Elizabeth gives Jake some coloring stuff, and talks to the therapist. She says they have more trust building to do, and all he wanted to talk about was his father. She recommends art therapy in conjunction with talk therapy. Franco sees Jake coloring and asks how it’s going.

Sabrrrina says Felix called her, but Carrrlos says anytime the phone is used, it’s a risk. Sabrrrina says she’s having a hard time getting used to life on the run. She also tells him Anna is looking for her.

Andre and Anna discuss various particulars of Sabrrrina’s and Carrrlos’s personalities. Andre says Carrrlos will want to be in a place with adequate medical care, since Sabrrrina is close to her due date . Anna adds that at this point, Sabrrrina can’t fly.

Brady from the Financial Times comes to Nina’s office. She tells him Julian is tied up and they should reschedule. Brady says they don’t have to because Nina is the brains behind the operation. Nina wants Maxie in on the meeting, but Brady says he wants to know how she came up with the green issue and what she’s doing for an encore. While I don’t pretend to know anything about magazine publication, but I don’t think you’d be giving away future ideas in an interview.

Alexis asks the mayor what the subject was of the verbal assault. The mayor says it doesn’t matter because she’s extremely clueless. Alexis sets the scene and says the mayor did exactly what she’s accusing Olivia of and when Olivia tried to remove herself from the situation, she jostled the table. She tells the mayor that breastfeeding is legal and she’s the one who should have been arrested for harassing Olivia. She says if it goes to court, she’ll make sure this comes out.

Julian suggests that there must be a way to work things out. He says he doesn’t want a scandal that will bury the mayor. Leo starts whining and Olivia wants to feed him. The officer asks where the bottle is, and Olivia says in her bra and that if she was feeding him with a bottle, they wouldn’t be here in the first place. Alexis helps her finagle the baby, since she’s still handcuffed.

Nina tells Brady about her vision of the green issue. She says she wants the next issue to reflect the readership that made the green issue a success. Brady asks about the readers and Nina makes something up after looking at a soda ad, using words like “effervescent.” Brady says he knows exactly what she’s up to.

Sam brings up Franco and tells Jason about how Franco had a brain tumor removed and changed his life around. She says she still thinks he’s dangerous, but wouldn’t jeopardize his new life to get back at Jason.

Elizabeth balks at Jake having therapy with Franco. Both Doc and the therapist say Franco gets results and they would never put Jake in danger.

Andre, Anna and Robert come to the conclusion that Sabrrrina and Carrrlos are in Canada.

Sabrrrina says Anna was under the impression that Carrrlos was still alive. Carrrlos says she has no reason to, and they have to get used to their new life. If I was with Carrrlos, I’d get used to it really quick. He says he’s going to make sure Sabrrrina and the baby have everything they need, and doesn’t know what she sees in Port Charles anyway. Well, it does have the MetroCourt, all things to all people. He says she has to say good-by to everyone she knew there. I assume he means figuratively.

Brady says he knows Nina is going to reflect the glamour of real women, and gives her a whole bunch of new ideas. Nina says he’s read her mind. He thanks her for the interview and wishes her luck with the next issue.

The mayor says she doesn’t see any press at the station. Julian says since he publishes the paper, he’s going to tell the real story and it will be political suicide. The mayor asks if he’s threatening her. He says he actually voted for her and wouldn’t want to see her career go down the tubes. Did this mayor just drop in out of the sky? She should lose her position just for sheer stupidity.

Anna thinks Carrrlos would head for Toronto. Andre says Carrrlos would want to go somewhere more isolated, like Halifax.

Sabrrrina tells Carrrlos he’s right and throws her phone into the wilderness. Carrrlos says from now on it’s just the two of them and Sabrrrina says baby makes three. She says she’s curious as to how he’ll be as a father. He says they’ll find out soon.

Sam says Jason should hire an investigator. Jason asks if she’s volunteering. They decide to check out Elizabeth’s house.

Julian calls Nina and she says they did the interview without him. He tells her the short version of what happened with Olivia and says he’ll talk to her later. A light bulb comes on over Nina’s head.

Elizabeth asks Doc friend to friend if he thinks the art therapy is a good idea. Doc says he absolutely does. Elizabeth goes to get Jake, and Jake gives Franco the drawings he’s finished. They leave and Franco looks at the drawings.

The mayor gets a clue and says let’s pretend this never happened. Olivia, Leo and Julian leave. Alexis tells the mayor that she doesn’t think pretending is a good idea and she and Olivia are filing suit.

Andre is certain about Halifax and Anna says that’s where they’re going to go.

Franco shows Doc Jake’s pictures. He says he used to make drawing s like that as a kid and they’re not necessarily a good thing.

Jason and Sam are at Sam’s house and Jason goes through what happened the night of the break-in. He says the police didn’t find any unknown fingerprints and there was no evidence of forced entry. While they’re talking, Elizabeth and Jake come in. Ha-ha! Elizabeth’s face!

Tomorrow, Carly asks Ava for a favor, and Sam asks Elizabeth if she’s afraid of what Sam will find. She should be, since I’m certain it’s either her, Jake or both “breaking in” to their own home.

The Academy Awards – Controversy Part Two

Part one was the usual yearly gripe about who got “snubbed.” Like I said, there are tons of superb performances that don’t get recognized at all, so be grateful people are talking about you at all. Especially for what you get paid.

Part two involves Jada Pinkett Smith suggesting that African Americans boycott the Oscars because her husband didn’t get nominated for one because of the lack of diversity. While I can applaud the cause, I can’t applaud this as a means to achieve the goal.

I’m with Whoopi Goldberg in that this is a concern during other times of the year, not just prior to the Oscars, and with Wendy Williams, who found the timing somewhat suspicious. One wonders had Will Smith been nominated, would a boycott have been suggested. Highly doubtful. But most of all, I’m with Janet Huber. Although I’m pretty sure Aunt Viv still has an ax to grind from her Fresh Prince days, she’s right, “it ain’t that deep.” There are plenty of areas to focus on rather than something as shallow as the film industry.

Most of all, I feel sorry for Chris Rock, who has found himself in the middle of this stupidity. This innocent bystander is being shot from all sides, and he’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. I hope he follows his own heart and mind, but I also hope he doesn’t bow out as host.

I also hope this woman is proud of herself. She did little to help any actual issues, but a lot to hurt the very people she claims to want to support. Wait. Maybe she should run for office.

I’m a quarter Native American and have always been proud of my heritage. If anyone has cause to gripe, it’s us, having been misrepresented both in story and with casting in film. While that has changed somewhat over the years, I’ve never felt bitter. As a matter-of-fact, I still think, as I did when I was a child, that Tom Nardini was the hottest “Indian” ever in Cat Ballou. When I was ten, I had no idea his last name was Italian. All I knew was that he was cute and funny.

It ain’t that deep.

January 14, 2016 — Crimson Success & Oscar Snubs

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What I Watched Today

(random, rambling thoughts on today’s TV)

 

General Hospital

Nina keeps bugging Julian on his cell phone. He thinks the magazine is going to tank, but I think he has another think coming. Especially since everyone is walking around the MetroCourt with a copy and he’s like, wha…?

Robert and Mac are having drinks. Mac asks Robert to stick around for a while. Robert is hesitant.

Jordan and Anna check out Sabrrrina’s place. They don’t see anything disturbed. Anna thinks maybe Sabrrrina booked with Carrrlos. Now this makes total sense why she didn’t take a bag. The doorknob starts jiggling, and they draw their guns. Um…Felix lives there too, yo.

Maxie tells Nathan he’s right, that Johnny contacted her and she saw him.

Dante calls Olivia and tells her Rocco is sick, so he won’t be visiting.

Johnny gets into Valerie’s car. She tells him he can pay her back for the ride by helping her go through her exam questions. He texts his “friends” to tell them he’ll be late, but he’s really texting Lulu to say Operation V is a go and Valerie will be out of Lulu’s life tomorrow.

Michael comes into Sabrrrina’s apartment and he’s like, whoa, don’t shoot. Anna and Jordan explain why they’re there. Anna says Sabrrrina told her about the baby. Michael says he came there earlier to tell her he made a mistake, but she’s gone.

Robert says he has too much responsibility to the WSB to stay put, and now that Robin is gone, he has no ties to Port Charles. Mac says he should make it his home turf. He says Robert still has ties there, Anna being one. Robert scoffs at that, saying Anna would like to see him gone, but Mac says he’s not so sure about that.

Julian tells Alexis it looks like the magazine is going to make money. Told ya.

Nathan brings Dante into the conversation with Maxie. She says Johnny showed up at the apartment. Dante asks if Lulu was there and she says no, and she got rid of Johnny immediately.

Olivia shows up at Maxie’s where Lulu is staying. Olivia says Dante told her Rocco was sick and Lulu asks if she was checking to see if it’s the truth. Olivia says only a little bit. They talk about Valerie. Olivia tells Lulu about their conversation. She says Valerie isn’t the only one who’s made mistakes and maybe it’s time to stop putting all the blame there and start working on her and Dante.

Johnny gives Valerie directions to the restaurant he’s supposed to meet his friends at. Valerie says she loves to cook and Johnny gives her a million compliments. Her police scanner says something about a heist at a liquor store. Johnny says he thought she was just a cadet, and Valerie says she likes being prepared.

Maxie says she didn’t help Johnny or tell him anything. Dante asks if he knew Lulu was living there, and Maxie says she didn’t tell him. Nathan asks if Lulu would have said something if she’d seen him, since she was just there.

Valerie says she likes to keep up to speed with what’s going on and tells Johnny she’s totally focused on her career. She also tells him a little about the fling with Dante without naming names.

Lulu says she thought Olivia was on her side. She says everything was fine until Valerie came along. Olivia says Valerie just wanted to know her family. Lulu says Valerie skipped all the family members and just went straight for Dante and also became a police cadet to be close to him. Olivia says it’s Dante’s fault too and adds that Lulu shouldn’t have lied about being with Dillon. She says Valerie took advantage, but if there was nothing wrong to begin with, it wouldn’t have happened.

Michael says he checked with Sabrrrina’s family in Puerto Rico, but no one has heard from her. He says he came back to shake Felix down some more. With soap opera timing, Felix walks in. Jordan and Anna tell him why they came over. Felix says he knows where Sabrrrina is.

Anna says she isn’t in any trouble, but she wants to talk to Sabrrrina. Felix says that she’s at a cousin’s house in Puerto Rico. Anna says that might just be a cover story.

Mac tells Robert the world needs heroes who will drop everything at a moment’s notice to fight the bad guys, but that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. He says dads are heroes too. Robert asks if Mac wants him to stay as punishment for being a deadbeat dad. Mac tells him he’s being thick, and that there are other people who need him. He says Anna is struggling right now and needs his help.

Julian says that if the IRS sees that his legitimate business is making money, they’ll look closer at him. He says the government was never able to nail him for other reasons, and he might go the way of Al Capone.

Lulu tells Olivia she’s wrong. Olivia says if Valerie was gone, it wouldn’t make everything all right again. Lulu says it would give them a chance, especially since Valerie is related to half the town, which puts Lulu at a disadvantage. Olivia says their problems are bigger than just Valerie, and she and Dante need to sit down and talk. She says if Lulu could take the focus off of Valerie, they could work on the real problems.

Maxie says that Johnny told her he just needed a breather from running. Nathan and Dante seem to believe her, but they need an official statement. They also want to put out an APB on Johnny.

Valerie asks if Johnny is single. He says he’s flying solo, and she asks if their chance meetings were really coincidental. He says yes, and that after she drops him off, she’ll probably never see him again because Port Charles isn’t for him. With more soap opera timing, the scanner says the police are looking for Johnny.

Alexis says that as Julian’s attorney, she’s not going to let anyone put him away. He says he thought putting Nina in charge of Crimson would give him a huge write off, but she seems to be making it work. Alexis says it’s probably a fluke.

The scanner describes Johnny, who sounds like – yep, Valerie said it – half the population of Port Charles. She asks if Johnny is really leaving town. He says he’s also involved with someone who’s emotionally unavailable.

Maxie calls Lulu and tells her what happened. She says she didn’t tell them anything about Lulu’s involvement and that she told them Johnny showed up at her apartment when Lulu wasn’t there. She says she’s sorry, but Lulu tells her she’s not mad. There’s a knock at the door. Lulu thinks it must be Dante and Maxie asks her to please tell Dante the truth.

Sure enough, it’s Dante at the door. Lulu asks if he’s there to check out if Rocco is really sick. He tells her Johnny is back in town.

Jordan gets off the phone and tells Felix that Sabrrrina’s family hasn’t heard from her. Felix says if she’s not with her family, where is she? Michael says she shouldn’t be alone so close to her due date.

Mac tells Robert about the Carrrlos situation and how Paul is trying to manipulate Anna. Robert asks how much danger Mac thinks she’s in. Mac says as long as it stays as it is, not much, but he’s concerned that Anna isn’t thinking clearly.

Olivia brings a bottle of champagne to Julian and Alexis’s table at the MetroCourt. She says she wants to congratulate them properly. She says she appreciates that Alexis being gracious about her being part of the family and she wants to throw them an engagement party.

Johnny goes through the exam questions with Valerie. She asks where the restaurant is, since this seems to be out in the middle of nowhere. He says it’s not too much further and that it’s off the beaten path.

Dante asks Lulu if she’s seen or heard from Johnny, and to please tell the truth. Lulu asks if she should tell him the truth the way he told her the truth? Oh, snap! He says Johnny is a murderer, and Lulu counters with Johnny would never hurt her. Dante asks her to think about it and if she comes up with anything to let him know.

Mac has to leave. Robert is staying for another drink. Mac asks him to think about staying. And leaves him with the check.

Julian thanks Olivia. When Alexis says thanks, Olivia says she’s the only person who can make a thank you sound like a dismissal. Apparently she never met Helena. Olivia flounces off.

Anna sees Robert at the bar. She tells him she needs someone with international connections and says he should stick around. Robert says he’s all hers.

Michael tells Felix he should have realized that Sabrrrina was just scared and now it’s too late. Felix says not to worry, that Anna and Jordan will handle it.

Maxie tells Nathan she’s done giving her statement. Nathan says he appreciates her telling him the truth.

Dante says he doesn’t like that Lulu is there alone with Rocco, especially since Johnny stopped by. She says she appreciates that, but he shouldn’t worry and she’ll let him know if anything happens. After he leaves, Lulu texts Johnny to call off the plans and tells him to leave town immediately. Johnny tells Valerie to drop him off and he’ll walk the rest of the way. They wish each other good luck. Johnny says maybe they’ll run into each other sometime.

He gets out of the car, but suddenly appears at the driver’s side. He yanks open the door, telling Valerie she’s made a huge mistake. Then he howls at the moon.

Tomorrow, Tracy is the voice of doom, Johnny has Valerie all tied up (literally) and Sam tells someone they’re her only hope. Is it Obi Wan Kenobi?

Oscar Thoughts

I just heard there’s some big backlash over the Oscar nominations. Believe it or not, I rarely pay attention to the Academy Awards. I used to watch them every year, but now I rarely do. In 1985, both Bill Hickey (Prizzi’s Honor) and Bill Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman) were up for awards. I’d known Bill Hickey as a teacher for many years and had worked at a theatre where Bill Hurt was appearing in a play and was acquainted with him.

Bill Hickey lost out to Don Ameche in Cocoon, but Bill Hurt won. It was all downhill for me from there. I’m not likely to have even seen all the films nominated, much less know anyone in them. Face it; it’s like a wedding shower. It’s not that exciting if it’s not you. And that’s the closest I’ll ever get to it being me. Or to it actually being exciting.

BTW, Bill Hickey said he wasn’t going to the awards ceremony unless he could bring his dog. I didn’t see the dog in the audience, so I guess Bill relented. I’ll bet he wasn’t wearing socks though.

Anyway, the newspeople were saying something about Oscar snubs and I thought,  there are probably hundreds of performances that will never see the Oscar light of day and are a million times better than any of the nominations. So to those who were “snubbed,” just be grateful you made a movie that people saw.

** Important information: The People’s Couch begins this Friday, January 15 at 10 pm.