What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
Kim sees a reminder to pick up Oscar’s cake. Bobbie can’t get her attention, and asks if she’s thinking about Oscar. Josslyn is taking breakup hard; it must be tough on Oscar too, even though he’s the one who wanted it. Bobbie doesn’t expect her to explain the actions of fifteen-year-old. Kim says, sixteen. It’s his birthday today. She was thinking about when he was born. Bobbie hopes she has something special planned, and Kim says she hopes it’s a day he’ll never forget.
Cameron can’t believe what Josslyn is asking. She knows it sounds crazy, but it’s perfect. She tells him to come over, and she’ll explain. She hangs up before he can respond. Oscar asks what it was about, but Cameron isn’t sure.
Carly asks Josslyn if she’s gotten good news. Josslyn says, possibly; why? Carly says she’s smiling. She hasn’t seen that in a while.
Alexis has her laptop and papers spread out on a table at Charlie’s. Julian asks if Alexis has an office or is he unwittingly supporting a sit-in? She tells him they’re doing construction near her office. He says Kristina is coming in later.
Franco and Elizabeth meet with Aiden’s teacher, Willow Tate. Ooh, I love her name! Elizabeth asks why Willow wanted to meet. Is there a problem with Aiden?
At the MetroCourt, Curtis tells Jordan that Olivia will be there shortly. He asks if she’s sure it’s okay; he knows she wanted an outdoor wedding. She tells him the ballroom is more appropriate this time of year, and she can’t wait to finalize everything. Olivia comes in, and says she has bad news. When they changed the scheduling software, some long-standing bookings didn’t transfer. Unfortunately, there’s another wedding scheduled for the same date. Curtis says she booked another wedding on their day? and Olivia says, inadvertently. Should they choose to reschedule, they’ll get a special discount. Curtis says the other people need reschedule, but Olivia tells him it was booked over a year ago, and the invitations have already been sent. Jordan says they either have to postpone – Curtis finishes, or find somewhere else.
Willow is glad Aiden’s parents are so involved with him, and Franco explains he’s not Aiden’s father. He’ll be Aiden’s stepfather, since he and Elizabeth are getting married. Willow asks if they live together, and Franco asks if that’s okay. Willow says the more she knows, the better. Elizabeth says Aiden has two older brothers, and basically a happy, normal home life. Franco says, as normal as it can be with him around. Willow knows he’s an artist, and is a fan of his sandwich series. She says, Aiden is a great kid. He’s helpful. He feeds the fish, cleans the blackboard, and helped make a solar system for the classroom. Elizabeth says she never has to nag him about homework, and he loves to read. She can’t imagine why he’s in trouble. Willow says he’s not in trouble, but she suspects he’s having some trouble.
Julian knows Alexis had doubts about Kristina working for him, but it’s been great. She’s a virtuoso with the cocktail shaker. Alexis says that’s good for him, but what about Kristina? She doesn’t seem to have anything else going on. Julian wonders if Alexis is asking if she’s hanging out there because she has nowhere else to go. She apologizes for involving him in her family dynamic. She also shouldn’t be using Charlie’s as an office. He tells her that he still cares.
Bobbie asks Kim what she’s doing to celebrate. Kim says dinner and a cake, and Bobbie supposes he wants to celebrate with friends. She says it will swing around to where he wants to celebrate with her again. Kim says she has memories swirling around from the time he was a tiny baby to when he became a beautiful young man. Bobbie says she thinks about how Michael will never get to share those moments with Jonah. Kim is sorry, but hopes he has a family. Bobbie knows he’ll meet the right woman and start a family someday, and knows too well what it’s like to suffer the loss of a child. Kim didn’t know, and Bobbie says her daughter BJ only lived seven years on this earth, but touched many lives. She believes BJ goes on no matter what. Kim gets teary, and Bobbie asks if she’s all right. Kim says she’s fine, and thanks Bobbie for sharing.
Cameron tells Oscar that he has to go, and Oscar asks if he isn’t forgetting something. Cameron says, happy birthday, but Oscar says Cameron isn’t leaving until he tells him what’s up with Josslyn. Cameron says she needs help with some history homework. Oscar can’t believe she’d ask for Cameron’s help, but Cameron says it’s his best subject. Oscar thought that was lunch. He tells Cameron to stick to the script, and Cameron says he’ll keep lying until she hates them both. Oscar says by then, she’ll have moved on. Cameron tells Oscar he got a B- on his paper. Oscar says he told Cameron to dumb it down, not decimate it. Cameron says he took out the stuff about alienation, and Oscar says that was the whole premise. Cameron asks why he cares? He’s done with school and Josslyn, isn’t he?
Carly says it looks like the dark cloud is lifting, and Josslyn says it’s Oscar’s birthday today. She was dreading it, but then Spencer dropped by. Carly asks if he got kicked out of school, but Josslyn says he’s on fall break. He got her thinking. Carly loves him, but thinks his ideas are extreme. Josslyn says this time he was spot on. She needed a new viewpoint; a new outlook, and an outfit to go with it. She wants to go shopping. Carly is loving Josslyn’s change in attitude. A broken heart can mend, and you can move on. Josslyn says she’s right, and that’s what she’s doing. Carly hugs her.
Olivia knows horrible, and can’t begin to say how sorry she is. Jordan says it was a mistake, and Olivia doesn’t know how she can be so understanding. She offers them ten free massages in the spa to help with the stress, and she’ll do anything in her power to make it a perfect day. Jordan doesn’t know how to begin. Olivia knows rescheduling can be horrible, but knows a way they can get married on November 22nd. It’s an even better idea than the ballroom, and will be perfect.
Alexis tells Julian every good boss cares about their employees. He says, a happy bartender means happy customers. She says it’s good for business, but also good for her daughter. Julian says once you feel like part of a family, it’s hard to shut the feeling off. Alexis asks how things are with Lucas. They seem to have gotten closer since Wiley was born. He says it’s good, and he’s grateful, but he wasn’t thinking about Lucas. She asks if he was thinking about Kim and Oscar.
Oscar sees Kim at the hospital. He doesn’t want to argue, and she says she didn’t ask him to come there for that. He left early, and she didn’t get to wish him a happy birthday. She hugs him and tells him she loves him. She asks if he has any plans, and he says she’s not throwing a surprise party, is she? She says she didn’t think of it, but now that he’s brought it up… She promises no surprises, but she and his father would like to spend some time with him. She was thinking of dinner at his favorite restaurant. He asks if it’s a consolation prize for Mt. Kilimanjaro. She says she thought it would be something special. Oscar says, if she means it, give him a chance make up his own mind to live his life how he wants for as long as it lasts.
Carly tells Josslyn that she’s going to lunch with Bobbie, but she’d love it if Josslyn joined them. Josslyn says she can’t today, and Carly asks, what changed? Cameron comes in with a pizza, telling her, sadly, he already ate half. Carly asks why Cameron is there, and Josslyn says they’re working on a history project. Cameron says, it’s the six wives of Henry VIII or the eight wives of Henry VI. Carly leaves for lunch, and Cameron asks what game Josslyn is playing. She says it’s not a game. It’s how she’s going to get Oscar back.
Elizabeth and Franco look through Aiden’s papers. Franco says, gold star, gold star – wait for it – gold star. Willow says Aiden is super bright, and the first to understand new concepts, but he’s socially withdrawn, quiet, and sensitive. Elizabeth says he’s not quiet at home, and never withdrawn. Willow says they were outside looking at fall foliage. Aiden went inside and refused to come out again. He won’t go out for recess, and he usually spends the time alone. He’s working on projects, but she hates seeing him cut himself off from his classmates. Elizabeth says he’s been a happy, friendly kid. What dos she thinks is going on?
Willow says they know him better; that’s why she asked for a meeting. They can figure it out together. She asks if there have been any bumps at home; something that might impact him at school. Franco tells her about Aiden wanting princess pencils, and that Cameron teased him. Franco bought them anyway, and discovered Aiden was hiding them under the bed. Willow asks if they’ve seen a pattern. Elizabeth says he complained about a stomach ache, but she thought it was an excuse to get out of school. Franco thinks he knows what’s going on.
Carly meets Bobbie at the MetroCourt. Bobbie says she seems chipper. Carly says she was concerned, but Michael and Josslyn are resilient. Michael is getting on with life, and so is Josslyn.
Josslyn tells Cameron that Oscar wants her to think he’s dating someone else, and Spencer thought she should turn the tables. Make him think she’s fallen for another guy. Making him jealous will make him come to his senses. Cameron says, Spencer is an evil genius; a super villain waiting to happen. Josslyn says, forget the source. What does he think of the plan?
Kim tells Oscar that there’s a chance the experimental treatment will help his tumor. Oscar says it won’t change anything; she’s known that for two years. She says for two years, she’s kept looking for solutions. This has the possibility of retarding the tumor’s growth. In the meantime, a treatment could be discovered that can eradicate it. Oscar says it could also kill him faster. If today is his last birthday, let him celebrate in his own way. She says he’s right; she’s sorry. It is his day. Let’s not waste it. He tells her to stop pressuring him. She says he does have to start prepping; the sooner the better. He says, it’s not happening. He won’t be part of the trial. He walks away.
Julian tells Alexis that Kim and Oscar have been on his mind. Alexis says that Oscar wanted to talk to her about the limits of parental authority. He said it was for school, but she didn’t believe it. Julian says he was talking about dropping out. Maybe he changed his mind. She asks if Kim said anything, and tells Julian, sorry, it’s not her business. He says they’ve established that their business keeps intersecting. There’s something going on with Oscar, but Kim feels she can’t talk about it. At the risk of violating confidentiality, did he tell her why he was challenging parental authority. Alexis’s phone dings, and she says she has to meet with a potential client.
Franco knows what it’s like to be a sensitive kid, and rather stay inside drawing, but he still managed to make friends, even though it took time. Willow asks if anything significant has changed. Elizabeth says Aiden’s cousin Charlotte is in his class, and asks if they’ve connected, but Willow hasn’t seen it. Elizabeth says obviously, he’s struggling this year. What can they do to help.
Cameron tells Josslyn the truth is that Oscar has already moved on, and she should too. Not do some scheme. Josslyn tells him not to waste her time repeating Oscar’s lies. He’s not dating someone else; he would never cheat on her. Cameron says they broke up, but she says not because there’s someone else. She knows he loves her. Cameron says he’ll never believe the two of them. He kissed her before already, and she didn’t kiss back. Josslyn says it will take something more to convince him. Cameron says, convince him that two old friends are totally into each other. Josslyn says, what kind of friend would ask another to lie for them? Forget it.
Kim tells Julian that she doesn’t know what’s wrong with her. She can’t say anything right. She’s angry at Oscar for being stubborn, and angry at herself because she can’t reach him. She’s angry about being angry. Julian asks if she wants to throw something, and she grabs the cocktail shaker. He thinks better of it, and says maybe she should just talk. She’s angry about something, but keeping him in the dark. She says there’s nothing he can do about it, and he asks if she wants a hug. She wonders why he’s being so nice. She’s a lousy friend, mother, and lover. He says, two out of three maybe. She says it’s Oscar’s birthday today, and the only thing he wants is the one thing she can’t give him.
Carly tells Bobbie, it was surreal, seeing Nelle in handcuffs, wearing an orange jumpsuit, and gushing over Wiley. Brad was there to pick up paperwork, and it was bad luck he was there at the worst time. Michael was there, and it was Nelle way of twisting the knife. She wanted him to think of Jonah. It’s not fair. Bobbie says she was talking to Kim earlier. As an obstetrician, she’s there when parents are less brokenhearted, but when she mentioned Jonah and BJ, it seemed to strike a personal chord. Carly sees Alexis sitting with Oscar.
Alexis wants to get to the point. She says Oscar’s story about the kid wanting independence isn’t hypothetical; it’s about him. He says she’s good, and she’s why he’s here. He says he needs advice, and asks if it stays between them. He’ll pay her fee; he promises. She says he can’t afford her, but he doesn’t need a lawyer. Whatever the conflict is, he needs to talk to his parents. He says he can’t. He has cancer, and they want to force him into an experimental drug trial. They think they know best, but they don’t. Will she help him or not?
Willow suggests Elizabeth and Franco observe Aiden’s behavior at home. Make a point to notice his interaction, and how often he chooses to be by himself. Elizabeth says he has a great home life. It’s busy; they have two other boys, and are planning a wedding. Willow tells her kids aren’t frozen in amber. They change and grow, and sometimes hurt in ways we don’t see. If they sense an opening, gently probe, He’s a wonderful boy, and she doesn’t want him to retreat. Elizabeth says nothing at home shows him retreating. He seems normal around the house. Willow says, the goal is to get him to open up about what his challenge is at school.
Josslyn tells Cameron that he’s right. Spencer’s suggestion is a brilliant, but bad, idea. Friends shouldn’t be something they’re not. Cameron says maybe it’s not a bad idea. She’s no fun when she’s moping around. It will be weird, but he’s in. She hugs him, and says if they pull it off, Oscar will never know they’re pretending.
Alexis asks Oscar if the doctors are sure, and he says Terry ran every test. He has a tumor, and there’s nothing anyone can do. Alexis is sorry. She knows what it’s like to get that diagnosis; she’s been through it with lung cancer. She’s in full remission, but she knows how terrifying it is, and the million emotions he’s feeling. She’s been cancer free for years. Oscar says that’s great, but his tumor is inoperable. She says they’re always coming up with new treatments. Oscar says this one is so new and so risky, it could kill him. His parents say it’s worth the risk, but it’s not their life on the line. It’s his.
Bobbie asks what’s fascinating Carly. Carly says it’s Oscar, the cad who broke her daughter’s heart. It was out of nowhere; he was crazy about her. He’s huddled with Alexis, and she’s tempted to go over there, and figure out what’s going on.
Oscar said he looked it up, and he can sue for independence. Alexis says it’s called emancipation, and it’s more than divorcing your parents. You have to prove they’re not acting in your best interest, and prove you can live independently. The court won’t consider it at all if you’re under sixteen. Oscar says he’s sixteen today, and if she won’t take his case, he’ll go to Scotty.
Julian says, obviously, Kim is worried as mom, and maybe a doctor. It occurred to him Oscar might not just be going through teenage things, and maybe it’s something medical. When Jason rushed him to the hospital, it wasn’t low blood sugar, was it? She says she can’t talk about it. She promised Oscar. He says she doesn’t have to say it. She didn’t. He just guessed. Oscar is sick, isn’t he?
Olivia, Curtis, and Jordan walk on the docks. On the phone, Olivia tells someone they’re saving her life. She asks what they think. Curtis says, it’s unusual, and Olivia says, it’s inspired, fun, unique, romantic, and her daughter-in-law will give them the reception as a wedding present. Curtis says, that’s generous of Lulu. Olivia tells them that they can say I do in church, and have their first dance as they sail of to their new life together. Curtis says that’s what it’s about, and Jordan says she loves it. Everyone is happy, which I’m sure won’t last long.
Elizabeth thanks Willow, who says if they work together, they can help with what’s troubling Aiden. Franco thanks her, and says they’ll be in touch. In the hallway, he shudders. He says no problem. They’ll help Aiden. They can all sit down and watch Belinda together. Elizabeth says, Calenda, and she thinks from what the teacher is saying, something bigger is going on.
Julian tells Kim that she doesn’t have to explain. He’ll do all he can, even if it means sitting there holding her hand. She cries, and he holds her.
Alexis tells Oscar that he doesn’t want to take this to court. Nobody wins, and definitely don’t go to Scotty. She asks him, please try to work it out. He says he tried, and she says, try again. The hospital has an amazing support system; patient advocates and counseling. Oscar doesn’t want counseling. He asks her to please look at it from his point-of-view. The trial can make his life shorter. How could his parents live with that? How would they feel if they made a choice that cut their child’s life short. It starts before the end of the year; he doesn’t have much time. She promises to think about it, but he has to think about it too. Once it’s set in motion in court, there’s no way to predict how it will end.
Josslyn tells Cameron, if they’re going to be convincing, they have to start acting like a couple. She takes a selfie with him, and says, smile for the camera and mean it.
Carly tells Bobbie she just wants to say hi, but Bobbie says she wants to meddle, and it’s never a good idea. If Josslyn has moved on, follow her lead for now. Carly says something is going on, and she doesn’t want Josslyn to get hurt.
Tomorrow, Curtis says the wedding is off, Stella wants Michael to grieve, and Jason wants to show Margaux that her father wasn’t a sainted victim.
The Real Housewives of Dallas
Rich and LeeAnne go out to lunch. She asks if Cathedral of Hope is okay with him for their church. In her interview, she says even though Brandi and D’Andra don’t want to believe she’s having a wedding, it’s full steam ahead. Jump on the train, or stand in front of it. She asks if there’s something he wants to see from her, and he suggests no underwear. She tells us if she walked down the aisle buck naked, he’d clear his calendar for tomorrow. She tells him that she invited Stephanie to go dress shopping with her. She wants to invite D’Andra, but that’s not happening. Rich asks, why not?
D’Andra sits in Dee’s office after her staff meeting. She’s confused and nervous about deadlines. She’s only a few days late, but doesn’t want it to become weeks. She’s asking Dee’s advice. She doesn’t want the product to be delayed like last year. We flash back to when she was missing a main ingredient before a launch. In Dee’s interview, she says now that she’s turning the company over, D’Andra needs to work more on business, and listen to Mama Dee. Dee tells D’Andra to take the bull by the horns. If she doesn’t, she’ll be in trouble. In her interview, D’Andra is concerned that there’s no signed agreement. She doesn’t want the rug pulled out from under her again. She’s like a cat on a hot tin roof. Dee promises to help her and make calls if necessary. In her interview, Dee thinks D’Andra feels like it’s a competition, and she wants to guide her. She needs to make it big or fold it. D’Andra asks her to come to cooking class, and tells her about how she and LeeAnne got in a big fight.
LeeAnne tells Rich that just because she doesn’t drag him to events, D’Andra uses it as justification that they live separate lives. Rich asks what that means. Is this where he goes to Columbia to visit his other family? In her interview, LeeAnne wonders why D’Andra is looking for the negative in her relationship when D’Andra is supposed to be her best friend. She’s not sharing information as long as Brandi is D’Andra’s drinking buddy. If she’s sitting with Brandi, bitching about her and drinking, D’Andra’s not her best friend. She tells Rich If D’Andra wasn’t drinking with Brandi, she would tell her everything. She realized when Brandi attacked her, her words came from D’Andra.
D’Andra tells Dee that Rich and LeeAnne live separate lives. Dee says they’ve always each done their own thing. D’Andra says she wanted to do wedding activities, but LeeAnne thinks she’s poking and prodding for nefarious reasons. In her interview, D’Andra explains that LeeAnne didn’t like who she was engaged to before Jeremy, and did the same thing. Dee says maybe LeeAnne doesn’t want to get married, and we flash back to the dinner where LeeAnne was questioned about it. D’Andra tells Dee the dates have been changed a few times, and she won’t answer questions. She wants LeeAnne to be honest. Dee says maybe LeeAnne doesn’t want her to know what’s going on. D’Andra says LeeAnne would hate if she treated her the same way, but she doesn’t want to lose the friendship. She wants to talk to LeeAnne tomorrow, when Cary and Mark are opening their sales center. She feels like she’s just being a friend be asking questions. Dee asks what’s making her angry, and D’Andra says having to chase LeeAnne around. She can talk about D’Andra having only $200 in her bank account. I facepalm. Dee says she doesn’t give a rip. In her interview, Dee says Lee Anne has been in their lives for many years. She tells D’Andra it’s between Leeanne and Rich; don’t push it. Quit being concerned about that and be concerned about the business. In D’Andra’s interview, she says staying out of LeeAnne’s business won’t easy, but if it saves the friendship, maybe she should take her mom’s advice. Dee tells her to quit trying to prove a point. She wonders if LeeAnne has to get married for her to do it.
Biscuit gets a bath. Stephanie’s sister, Tiffanie, helps. She lives in Oklahoma, and Stephanie describes her like Travis with a vagina and a twang. She invites Tiffanie to come visit in the summer. The reminisce about the time Stephanie wore Tiffanie’s shirt, and Tiffanie peed in her shampoo. She tells Tiffanie about Travis going to the Harvard business program. Tiffanie says it’s a hard school to get in; he’s smarter than they are. Stephanie is nervous. The longest she’s been by herself is ten days, and she’s going to have a nervous breakdown. In her interview, Stephanie says she and her sister took different paths. Tiffanie is a teacher, and Stephanie has handbags that cost more than Tiffanie’s mortgage. She tells Tiffanie that she feels incompetent and scared to make her own decisions. In her interview, she says her dad coddled her too much. She had a clogged toilet in college, and he drove two and a half hours to fix it. She recognizes the same thing in her marriage, but she’s proud of finding her own voice in her friendship with Brandi. She wants that in her marriage as well. They talk about how their mother was the type that was always worried about other people, and Tiffanie was the rebellious one. WWTD?
Brandi and Bryan go for coffee with Bruin in tow. She says Bruin has been better with sleeping, or maybe she just feels like that because she has help. Bryan says she’s like a different person. In her interview, Brandi says she’s back on track with Bryan, and she’s excited. Bryan says it was crazy; she thought she had to do everything. Brandi thinks she had mom guilt. Bryan was the oldest, and remembers growing up with nannies. She feels like their family is complete. She tells Bryan that he’s an amazing father, and sets a good example for the girls. Now, she’ll have to do that for their boy. No girl will be good enough, because no one is as amazing as mommy. In Brandi’s interview, she says LeeAnne implied they got the baby to save their marriage, but it’s the opposite. They struggled a few years ago – we flash back to that – but they worked their asses off to be where they are today. They opened their hearts more, and Bruin came in. LeeAnne is fifty, with no family, and full of sh*t about the wedding. It’s a sad way to live life. Is it me, or are Brandi and D’Andra seriously delusional? It’s driving me nuts that Brandi doesn’t understand LeeAnne was using the baby thing as an example. Bryan says he’s sorry he didn’t step up more. They need to get back to a date night every week.
Cary and Mark are having the grand opening of the laser center. Cary says the high season is spring. Everyone wants to get ready for summer. They started seeing patients months ago, but now their 100% ready. She’s calmer than Mark, and she thinks it’s because he hasn’t had control of situation. She did it on her own. He fusses about the bar being set up.
LeeAnne is 100% into the preservation of beauty. Kameron and LeeAnne arrive. In her interview, LeeAnne says seeing Mark walk in made her heart pound. The last time she spoke with him, it wasn’t fun. We flash back to her repeating rumors about him, and then being confronted at the reunion. She says it’s awkward. He tells her it’s good to see her again. D’Andra thinks everything is great. Cary says she’s doing what she loves her way. In her interview, Kameron says nothing D’Andra is wearing is under $200. It must have wiped out her account. Kameron is a little conservative for me, but I do think she’s funny, and we’d probably get along, because, dogs. Brandi gives Cary a gift bag. In Brandi’s interview, she says she should have known LeeAnne would be there for free food and cocktails. LeeAnne says after Brandi attacked her, she’s not interested unless it’s a throwdown in the alley.
Cary makes a speech. In her interview, she says she’s proud of what she’s doing now. It’s not easy to be a businesswoman and a nurse. Running a practice is more than she thought she’d achieve in life. She thinks her dad was disappointed that she went into nursing instead of med school. She believes he’ll feel that she’s achieved something. She tells the guests they’ll be able to see some fun procedures before they make plans to have them done themselves. She thanks them for being there, and gets lots of compliments.
LeeAnne had gotten an invitation from Dee, that made her feel like there might be a resolution. D’Andra is willing to put her feelings aside to resolve the friction. She and LeeAnne find a room where they can talk alone. LeeAnne says she was knocked for a loop. Their relationship isn’t in a good place, but she’d never say anything about D’Andra’s marriage; she would be supportive. She didn’t know why Brandi would think she was unhappy, and doesn’t know what D’Andra shared. She didn’t understand why Brandi was thinking so negatively, and saying everybody was talking about her marriage not happening. LeeAnne asks D’Andra to keep her information to herself. She doesn’t feel safe with Brandi having that knowledge.
Mark encourages everyone to eat the meatballs. Brandi relates to Cary being a businesswoman pulled in different directions. She’ll have more best friends now that she’s fixing vaginas. LeeAnne tells D’Andra that she doesn’t want Brandi making fun of her. In her interview, D’Andra says LeeAnne is deflecting. This isn’t about Brandi; it’s about LeeAnne. LeeAnne says it’s not Brandi’s business, and now she’s saying LeeAnne is jealous of D’Andra.
Kameron asks Brandi what happened at the prom. Brandi explains she had lunch with D’Andra, and thinks LeeAnne is jealous. D’Andra is married and successful, and she was just being honest. Kameron asks what LeeAnne said, and Brandi tells her LeeAnne said what if she told people Brandi got the baby to save her marriage. In her interview, Cary asks, why are we here? and wonders if they’re repeating last year. It’s going to end in disaster. Kameron doesn’t see LeeAnne doing that. She knows LeeAnne is moving forward and being positive. Stephanie tells Brandi that no one is thinking that. Brandi thought they’d collectively decided not to hit below the belt. Stephanie thinks Brandi should talk to LeeAnne.
LeeAnne tells D’Andra it scares her that D’Andra would bring Brandi to an event she wouldn’t have asked her to. We flash back to Brandi being stupid at LeeAnne’s Black Tie event. D’Andra says it was bad timing. She had no idea Brandi was going to talk about anything. She thought they were just going to say hi, be supportive, and go home. LeeAnne says D’Andra wasn’t as lit. She wouldn’t want to see D’Andra like that in public, and feels like when she’s with Brandi, they end up drinking. D’Andra says that’s not true. If she’s not going back to work, she’ll have a glass of wine – or bottle. She doesn’t drink if she’s working. LeeAnne says, okay, and D’Andra asks if LeeAnne is saying she has a drinking problem. LeeAnne worries when she’s with Brandi. It’s always about all the stress at home, and Brandi wants to escape. LeeAnne doesn’t want D’Andra to be the she escapes with. She has a bigger life than that. In her interview, LeeAnne says D’Andra has struggled with alcohol in the past. Why wouldn’t she have concern? D’Andra accuses LeeAnne of being very calculated. Her father was an alcoholic who shot himself in the head while he was drunk. Whaaat? Now LeeAnne is hitting her with this accusation. LeeAnne tells D’Andra to listen to the words she’s using. There was no accusation. In D’Andra’s interview, she says LeeAnne is a master at not saying something, but implying it. D’Andra says they have nothing else to talk about in regard to this, and she’s done with the conversation.
Cary and Kameron ask D’Andra and LeeAnne if they’re having their own party. Cary goes back to her opening. In her interview, D’Andra says she’s boiling over. She’s so furious, she can’t keep it together. She leaves the room, and Kameron tells LeeAnne what Brandi claimed she’d said about the baby. LeeAnne tells Kameron that she’d said Brandi wouldn’t like it if said that, the same way LeeAnne doesn’t like it when Brandi is telling people she’s unhappy. LeeAnne is sick of Brandi twisting words and making up other words she never said. Now she has to correct it. I know this feeling. Half the time, people only listen to half a sentence, if that. It’s maddening to have to keep explaining something just because someone didn’t listen.
Eww! the procedures. D’Andra tells the other girls that she thought she and LeeAnne were okay, but then LeeAnne said she’s an alcoholic. Stephanie doesn’t think she drinks that much. D’Andra tells them LeeAnne said she’s always drinking with Brandi. In D’Andra’s interview, she says first, LeeAnne went for her bank account, now it’s alcohol. She tells them that her father committed suicide in a drunken rage. He called her up drunk, then three hours later shot himself in the head. She grew up with an alcoholic father, and it’s a sensitive topic. She’d thought they were okay. She starts crying, and says she’s mad and hurt. In her interview, D’Andra says the phone rang at 2:30 in the morning, and it’s never good news at that time. She remembers hearing her dad committed suicide. Stephanie says no one thinks that about her. D’Andra says they were having a wonderful talk until LeeAnne brought up her and Brandi drinking a lot. Cary thinks it must be a misunderstanding. Has that ever been a thing? D’Andra says she’s in shock and doesn’t know what to say. I’m not sure whether these girls are stupid or just so self-centered they don’t hear what someone else is actually saying. This show pisses me off at least every other week. Where’s Vanderpump Rules when I need it?
Leeanne tells Brandi for the thousandth time that she’d asked her how would she like it if she said this about her. it was an example. She was coming from a good place, where Brandi was coming from a hurtful, negative place. She never said that was the case. Brandi just stares at her, and LeeAnne tells her that Brandi can stare her down all she wants, but she’s not getting ugly. Cary says they’re not doing that here. Brandi says there’s a difference between an opinion and throwing something out there. LeeAnne says she didn’t put it out there. Cary thinks they should do this another time. In her interview, Stephanie doesn’t think Brandi is blameless. They’re both wrong. When you’re friends with both people, you can see it, but if you’re friends with just one, you’re blind. The party breaks up.
In the limo, Brandi tells Stephanie, you can’t teach an old bitch new tricks. She thinks LeeAnne is jealous because D’Andra has a good time with her. Stephanie says she’s been excited about the changes in LeeAnne’s persona. She thinks LeeAnne has changed, but Brandi thinks it’s an act. It’s a pattern with her, and tonight reminded Brandi of who she is. She’s been nothing but positive and supportive of Stephanie’s friendship with LeeAnne, but now she’s accusing D’Andra of being an alcoholic. She thinks LeeAnne is pretending to be friends with Stephanie to get to her. In Stephanie’s interview, she says, thanks, Brandi. She’s not good enough to be friends with someone unless it has something to do with her. Brandi says, it’s smoke and mirrors. Stephanie is nervous.
Next time, a cooking class with too much ketchup, LeeAnne talks to Dee, Kameron tells D’Andra that LeeAnne was trying to protect her, and sometimes the truth hurts.
The Shahs of Sunset
MJ meets with attorney Johnathan. He’s doing a prenup for her. Currently she makes more money than Tommy, and wants it to remain hers. In her interview, she says she has so many things to worry about, if the prenup is last minute, she could become completely unglued. It has to be done in enough time to review it and not be under duress. She tells Johnathan if Tommy’s company becomes successful, she wants fifty percent, and all of his income should be community property. No 50/50. In MJ’s interview, she says it’s feminist and smart. Pregnancy isn’t 50/50. She quotes Ivana Trump, saying, don’t get mad, get everything. She also wants their dog, Toya. She asks Johnathan if she seems aggressive, and he says no (is he afraid of her too?), but Tommy will have counsel, and they’ll see what the pushback is. In her interview, MJ says she’s protecting both of them. He doesn’t want her to be mad if they split up. She’ll do the crime and the time. Wow. Even I think she’s harsh.
Nema visits GG. He knocks rather than using the bell, and she wonders if it’s the police He says she’s all grown up, launching a company. She shows him some things she’s gotten for the company. He wants to talk to her about the elevator pitch. In his interview, Nema wishes she took it more seriously. He has a lot riding on this. If she does well, it’s great for him, but if she screws up, his partners will question his judgement of getting involved in the first place. He asks if she was nervous or too stoned during the pitch. He says he’s met three versions of her that he’s met, and takes out photos. The first on is GG, who will stab you. The next is G, who he has a crush on. Then there’s Golnesa. All three live in her, and he wants to talk to Golnesa, who’s about to embark as chairman of a company, and make a lot of money. He tells her when he was working on her presentation, she was playing with her cat. It’s her company; her baby. She asks why he thinks he knows so much, and he says he’s run four companies. He remembers his first year of each company, and he didn’t have a moment to breathe. In her interview, GG understands why he’s worried. She failed with the elevator pitch, but she’s invested so much money in this. She’s made drinks, inhalers, and vapes. She’s just not good at speeches. Nema tells her that he left a $4 million commercial shoot to talk to her. He believes in her, and wants to give her the best possible chance. She tells him to give her credit; she has the launch party coming up. He says he’s trying to help her succeed, and she says she’s on it.
Reza meets PI Monique for coffee to fill her in before Destiney gets there. Monique doesn’t understand why Destiney’s mother isn’t talking. Reza thinks Tammy is trying to protect her. In Reza’s interview, Reza thinks Tammy knows more than she’s sharing, but in her heart feels she’s trying to protect and do what’s right for Destiney. Monique needs something to work with. We flash back to the last meeting where Destiney had zero information. Reza wonders how Tammy could find Destiney’s father ten years ago, but now he’s disappeared like a fart in the wind. Destiney joins them, and Reza says her mom called her father after he went back to Iran, so she has a phone number. We see a clip of Tammy saying she doesn’t know anything. Monique says she’s working with a small amount of info, but came up with some answers. She brings out a list of people with Destiney’s father’s name. In her interview, Destiney says when her father came to America, she remembers shutting him out. He probably thought she didn’t give two sh*ts. Reza says he could be one of the names on the list, and wonders what he went back to in Iran. Reza says they have to get tough on her mom, and ask what number she called ten years ago. Destiney tells them that she said she didn’t have it, and he says, ask again. They have to pin her down. He suggests they call her, and tells Monique not to give up.
Reza tells Destiney to say their calling because Monique has information, so she doesn’t feel ambushed. Destiney calls, and tells Tammy about the list. Reza tells Destiney to get her grandparents’ names. Tammy asks what Destiney is going to do with the information. Reza tells her to get as much as she can. Tammy says she doesn’t need it; she’ll just suffer more than she’s suffering now. Destiney says she has to do this. Tammy tells her to stop this, but Destiney says she needs to know. Tammy wants to talk to Reza, and have him put a stop to this. She tells him stop this now; Destiney will suffer more pain. He says, not knowing is hard on her, and to give her permission. She isn’t doing any harm. Reza gives the phone back to Destiney, and Tammy says it’s difficult and embarrassing. Reza motions to keep going. Destiney gets her grandparents’ names, as well as her father’s two brothers and sister. In Destiney’s interview, she says she doesn’t want to regret not doing this later because she was scared to hurt her mom. She doesn’t want this to be a roadblock. She thanks her mother, Reza dances, and they high five. Reza says she found out some big sh*t.
Mike’s dad, Shawn, brings over wire for Mike’s dishwasher. In his interview, Mike says he’s lucky his dad is a contractor. He’s saved Mike a boatload of money. Mike tells Shawn about breaking up with Morgan. In Mike’s interview, he says he’s having a hard time dealing. He’s not sleeping or eating, and wants to move forward. He tells Shawn that she said he was angry about everything. Shawn was like that at one point, and Mike asks how he got past it. Shawn says when he came to the stage when life is set, and he had kids. In his interview, Mike says his mother and father built a family and home together, and it’s stronger today than it’s ever been, but he thinks it’s harder now than it was in 1975. Shawn says Mike has to work on himself. It’s not easy, but he has his mom and dad, and they want to see grandchildren. Mike doesn’t want to hurt anyone, and Shawn says don’t do it for him, but do naturally. Mike says, it’s hard.
Tommy and MJ take the dogs to the dog park. She’s brought some camera equipment. In her interview, MJ explains that dogs give love, and she’s started the Pablo Paws collar and leash line as a homage to her first chihuahua. We flash back to her keeping Pablo in the freezer after he died. She wanted to contribute in a meaningful way, and a portion of the sales go to local shelters. She and Tommy sit on a bench, and Tommy says if doesn’t work out, he gets Toya. In MJ’s interview, she says she’s protecting herself and him. People think she’s nice, but she’s more street than people give her credit for. She tells Tommy he’s going to give her everything; whatever she says. Tommy says, so anything he’s worked for is hers, and she just gets from him. Her income is not community property, but his is. In his interview, Tommy says he wants to keep it civil. He thinks it’s another test, and she wants him to prove he cares. We see a clip of Tommy with his attorney. He says it’s crazy, and his attorney says it’s a little one-sided. He tells her all this Persian-ness is a guilt trip. MJ says she’ll be giving him a baby. He says he’ll make sure their child is provided for, always. He doesn’t want to feel cornered, and wants it to be reasonable. The last thing she wants is a fight the week before the wedding, and he wonders if the sh*t will hit the fan at the lawyer’s office. MJ is tired of talking, and they have champagne.
In the limo on the way to GG’s launch party, she tells cousin Damien she’s supposed to make s speech, but has nothing. He says make it short and sweet. In her interview, GG says she fell on her face at the elevator pitch. She has a lot of screw ups in the past. She’s been angry and sad, drunk and on pills, and fighting. We flash back to some of that, and she says she’s so good now, she even looks better. She checks her phone, and tells Damien it’s a lot of people. She’s not prepared.
Reza picks up MJ, and asks if she’s ready to do this. They’re spreading Sham’s ashes at the beach. Reza says keeping them is not good feng shui. In his interview, Reza says his cat, Buzzy, passed away a week ago. We see a clip of him crying, saying it came so fast, and looking at pictures with Adam. He says that he got Buzzy as a kitten from MJ sixteen years ago, and he’s loved him more every day. I tear up because I have a sixteen-year-old dog I feel the same way about. Reza says Buzzy had a profound impact on his life. He can’t imagine being MJ. MJ says when she drives down the street, she can’t go a block without a hundred memories. In her interview, she says she and Shams discovered California together, and he’ll always be her best friend.
They get to the beach and stand above it on small cliff. MJ says it’s something she wanted to do before the wedding. Her father believed in reincarnation. He wanted to be cremated and spread at sea. The soul leaves the body anyway, why let it decompose? Reza sees a bunny, and says it’s a sign. Bunnies aren’t usually at the beach. soul leave body anyway why decompose. MJ wants the occasion to be happy. Reza thanks Shams for being cool and making him comfortable enough to come out to. Reza thanks him for MJ, who rocks his world. He knows her personality comes from him. He loves Vida, but she’s a hater. MJ thanks Shams, saying he was an amazing person, and giving people what they needed. We see a clip of his memorial, and Vida talking about how many people he brought to the US. He helped hundreds. MJ hopes he knows how much she loves him, and Reza says, of course he does. She tosses some ashes, and they blow back in the wind. Reza gets MJ laughing. The same thing happens with the next handful, and Reza gets some in his mouth and starts coughing. They’re laughing hysterically, and MJ finally dumps the rest, which land on the side of the hill. Reza says, there’s her dad, and she says they’re beautiful.
GG gets to the launch party, where they’re still setting up. Party coordinator Stephanie tells her that the workers canceled, so she’s been moving everything. In her interview, GG says she wants to run. She tells Stephanie there aren’t enough tables. GG puts everyone to work, saying she always wanted to have bitches. Everything pulls together. Shervin arrives, and it’s dope. GG goes to get dressed.
Reza tells MJ that Shams is definitely all around; he can feel Shams’s presence. In MJ’s interview, she says she wants Shams to haunt her on a daily basis. She thanks Reza for his support, and Reza says Shams changed his life. He was the best. MJ says they’ll never lose his love. They’ll have it forever.
Mona and Nema have a drink before they go to the launch. Mike joins them. Mike calls Reza, and asks where he is. Reza says he’s in Malibu with MJ. They just scattered dad love and support GG, and they’ll celebrate her success with her another time. Mike asks to talk to MJ, and tells her that they love her, and he knows they’ll be there in spirit. He tells her to be strong. Nema suggest they transition all the love they’re feeling to GG. Since Reza and MJ aren’t coming, they should double their effort to support.
The party starts. Nema is impressed. He’s blown away by how stunning the room looks, and it’s packed. He was expecting an empty room with a tray of Subway sandwiches. He tells GG that he’s proud of her. Mike is in awe at how strong GG has been through her divorce. He was a mess, and she did the opposite. She’s a woman on a mission; hear her roar like the tiger she is.
He notices GG’s marriage is over, but the wedding band still lives on. Nema doesn’t understand why she wears it. She’s essentially holding onto the past. Mike thinks she should return it to Shalom. We flash back to the $155K appraisal. Shervin says she’s antagonizing and tormenting Shalom with the ring. They take an informal vote on who thinks she should give it back, and everyone votes yes except GG. IN her interview, she says she doesn’t really have a reason to still wear it, but… She does an imitation of Golem saying, precious.
GG gets on stage. In his interview, Nema says it’s like when your kid goes on stage for a solo. Please don’t screw up again. GG says the mic makes her want to sing karaoke. She thanks everyone for coming, and says she realized being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease was a hard battle. She felt it must be meant for something, and she wanted to share what helped her. In GG’s interview, she says, let your success make noise. People doubted her for good reason, but tonight was a success. She’s gone from Lochnesa to Bossnesa. She hopes everyone remembers how great her products are. Some guys from Greenstone Lab tells her it was a great vibe and great crowd. They’d like to take her to the next step if she’s willing to put in the effort. Nema says they’re a huge deal in the industry, doing manufacturing and distribution. He’s blown away. GG has come lightyears from bombing with the elevator pitch to CEO of Wusah. She’s taking it to the next level, and belongs there.
Nema tells GG that he’s proud of her. She asks if he’s going to call tomorrow and says she was all over him, when he’s the one all over her. He says when she gets hammered, they switch places. In Nema’s interview, he says she plays cool, but when the crowd disperses, her texts come. It’s not as one-sided as people think. He asks her to marry him one day.
Destiney says Nema is like catnip for GG. He’s feeding into it, and she’s all about that. They keep rubbing each other’s backs or arms, and GG thinks it’s been a while for both of them. They have to keep it clean though, because her parents are there.
Next time, MJ says if Tommy cheats he’ll be walking the earth without a penis, Asa talks to Adam, Reza tells Adam to stop pressuring him about having a kid, and Monique finds information for Destiney.
😴 Because It’s the Best I Can Come Up With At This Hour…
And I love this band.