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May 23, 2018 – Valentin is in Hell, Mystery in the Berkshires, Explosive Star Finale & Pup Noses


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

At the station, Robert says he has to debrief Peter/Henrik.

Finn tells Anna, if it’s any consolation, no one else saw that Peter was Henrik either. Anna says he was hiding in plain sight.

Lulu asks what want Valentin wants. He says he’s here for his wife and daughter. She tells him that Nina is already gone and Charlotte is asleep.

Nina goes into Maxie’s room. She says it was all she could do to tear herself away from the baby. The nurses said his vitals are good and he’s well-developed for his age. Maxie can tell there’s something else. Nina says he reminds her of Nathan. He was a big baby, but the nurses said the same thing, that he was well-developed for his age. Maxie says she felt Nathan there, giving her the strength to pull through and give birth al fresco. She wishes he was there. She says Peter really pulled through, and she’s not sure why he didn’t come to see the baby.

Sam and Jason show up at the station, and Robert says his key witnesses are there. Chase asks what charges are being pressed, and Henrik says he wants to press charges. Jason tried to kill him; he knocked Henrik down, and held him at gunpoint. Robert says he threatened to kill Anna. He tells Chase that the WSB is going to lay out the procedure. Chase asks what Jason is doing there, and Sam says he knows for a fact that Jason is Henrik.

Anna guesses Finn has a lot of questions about how she came to have a baby with Faison. He says his questions aren’t important, but she says he’s important. She pushed him away because she didn’t want him added to the list of people she cared about being in danger. She says Griff was right; she’s a coward. She was terrified to let him see her for who she was. He told her, in case she missed it, he’s made his fair share of mistakes. He’s in no position to judge anyone. She thinks he might change his mind. She explains Faison’s obsession with her started when they were teenagers. His mother was her nanny, and he became fixated with her. She eventually became a cadet at the WSB academy, and he was already high up in the DVX. She thought she could set him up, but misjudged the situation, and wound up pregnant. She compromised herself, and trashed her career before it started. Eventually, she found a solution she thought would work, but she was wrong.

Valentin says Nina misread some things, and Dante says he was led away in handcuffs at the Nurses’ Ball. Valentin tells him the charges were baseless and they let him go. Lulu says he kept Peter’s identity a secret, but Valentin tells her that he respected Peter’s privacy. He was escaping a father who didn’t give a damn about him. Dante says maybe Valentin didn’t give a damn about Nathan, but his wife did. He had to cover his own ass when Nathan died. Lulu says Peter wasn’t helping her, he just wanted to know what she knew, in case she got too close. Valentin is sure she’ll find her next big story. He says he’ll let Charlotte sleep, and pick her up from school tomorrow. Lulu thinks he should hold off on that until he sees how he stands with Nina. He says, we’ll see, and leaves. Dante says he’s in for a surprise, and asks Lulu what she was talking about regarding Peter.

Maxie tells Nina there was no time to panic. She just had to remember the birthing classes and trust her instincts. Nina says she brought natural childbirth to life. Maxie says she couldn’t have done it without Peter. Nina says, if nothing else, she’s grateful for that. Maxie thought she was okay with Peter, and Nina says she’s tired and emotional. She’s going to go and give Maxie time to rest. Outside Maxie’s room, she leans against the wall and takes some deep breaths.

Kiki and Griff go back to his room. She says she doesn’t know why they came back there, when they had the ballroom all to themselves. He wants to call room service for some coffee, but Kiki wants more champagne, and pulls out a bottle. Griff thinks she’s had enough, and she says, just enough. Just enough for the world to glisten at the edges. She’s not hammered or sloppy. She could have worked off by dancing. She asks if he dances, and Griff says, some. Kiki tells him most guys are hopeless; it’s a shame. Every independent woman remembers watching Beauty and the Beast or Cinderella and pretending to waltz around in a ballgown. Then they grow up, and guys aren’t into the waltz. She says, that’s life. Even dreams that come true can disappoint.

Sam tells Peter that he forgot to put his name down as Henrik Faison on his resume, and it’s fraud. Chase asks if she’s willing to press charges, and Robert says the Bureau is in charge. Henrik says Jason is going to claim he was held prisoner for five years, but he saved Jason’s life.

Anna tells Finn that she didn’t want to see the infant, and the midwife arranged for an illegal adoption. She said it would be a loving family, and Anna believed and trusted her. She never thought about it again. She starts to cry, and takes Finn’s hand. She says, another person knew. They took baby, and gave him to Faison. Finn says, Faison had no idea she was his mother. He was rambling on about her being his destiny, and couldn’t have known. Anna says, he never knew. As feeble as it sounds, it was the one gift she could give herself.

Nina arrives at Windemere. Valentin is sitting on the floor next to the fireplace, drinking. She says she’s only there to pack. Valentin asks if she’ll listen, and she says, why? So he can lie some more? He always knew, and if he’d warned anyone, her brother might be alive. Valentin tells her, no one can say that. His father was crazy. Nina says he went to Crimson for Peter, not Maxie. Valentin says, Peter didn’t shoot him, and he tried to protect Maxie. Nina asks if Valentin is saying Peter is an innocent victim. He says, not innocent, but a victim. She tells him not to ask her to feel sorry for Peter, and he says he’s asking for empathy. If she hears the story, parts of it might sound familiar.

Henrik says he changed his name to escape his father. Faison was the head of the DVX, and then became an individual contractor. He shot Jason, and although the body was never recovered, Jason was presumed dead. Faison kept Jason in a clinic in Russia, and coerced him into helping. His father ordered him to kill Jason. It would have been easy; he was heavily sedated, but he wouldn’t do it. He betrayed his father, and risked his own life to save Jason. Sam says he paid Klein to keep him prisoner, and then to hunt him down after he escaped. Chase says he knows Jason doesn’t want to talk without his attorney, but it would save time if he can corroborate anything.

Jason says Henrik’s father shot him in October of 2012. He woke up in 2017 in a Russian clinic – in restraints. They were drugging him, and when he resisted, they drugged him more. There was no medical attention going on. Chase says, but he’d been shot, and Jason says, Henrik paid to have him kept prisoner, and then followed. Henrik says he understands this is about misguided revenge. Jason says he was threatening Anna. Peter says Jason hit him in the head, and he could have a concussion. Chase says he’ll personally escort Henrik to GH, and to get a cell ready for when he comes back. They’ll be holding him pending investigation. Sam gives Henrik a Dragon Lady glare.

Anna tells Finn that whatever unkindness or neglect Peter suffered, it would have been worse had he been the focus of Faison’s obsession. Finn says he told himself she was playing a game with Faison, using his guilt, even though he didn’t know the real reason. Anna says she should feel guilty; she should have kept track of the baby. If she had, Peter’s life would have been completely different. Her phone rings. It’s Robert. Robert tells her that Henrik is on his way to GH; he’s convinced them that he needs medical attention. Anna asks if he’s all right, and Robert says, it’s a stall. Anna tells Finn that her son has been taken to GH for medical attention. Robert thinks it’s a stall, but he could be hurt. Finn says he’ll go. He asks if she’ll be okay, and she says she is okay, and he leaves. She asks if Robert is still at the PCPD. He tells her that they’ll need a statement from her, and she says she’ll be there soon. She has something to take care of first.

Sam wonders why Henrik would want to go to the hospital, and Jason says he’s hoping to escape. She asks if Jason thinks he’ll pull it off. Jason says they should see if that detective knows what he’s doing. Sam says if there’s nothing wrong, what’s the point, and then says, Maxie is there. They run out of the station.

Drew stops by Maxie’s room, and she shows him the baby on the tablet. Drew says he’s a handsome little guy, and congratulates her. She wonders if Kim is still there. Drew says he was going to wait and give her a ride home, but he thinks he’s going home. I hope he tells her first. He asks if there’s anything he can do. Maxie says it’s not his job, but he tells her it’s good business practice. Without her, Nina would bankrupt Crimson. Drew says he’ll run interference while she’s out.

Griff doesn’t think he’s ever drunk champagne straight out of the bottle. Kiki says he’s long overdue. He says, here goes nothing, and takes a swig.

Valentin tells Nina he’d been doing work for Faison. It was highly illegal work, for which he was highly paid. He had a lot of medical bills, so he couldn’t be choosy. He met Faison’s son when he came home from boarding school, a shy ten-year-old, desperate for approval and attention from his father. He’d invited his father back to Bern to see a play he was in. Faison laughed, and mocked him in front of Valentin. Henrik was devastated. Valentin went, and Henrik was thrilled for the support. Thus began their lifelong friendship. Nina says, so what? Being a lonely kid doesn’t excuse what he turned out to be. Valentin says, no it doesn’t, but she can see the struggle, especially being in his father’s shadow. Valentin offered what advice he could, but they eventually lost touch. Henrik was working for his father, reached out. He wanted help to change his identity, and start again. Faison was poison, and he needed to escape. When he came to Port Charles, Valentin protected his secret because he owed him. Nina understands feeling sorry for him, but how did Valentin owe him? Anna bangs on the door. Valentin doesn’t want to let her in, but Nina wants to hear what she has to say. Anna storms in, saying it’s been three decades, but he finally got what he wanted. Her son almost shot her tonight.

Anna had thought her son with Faison was a secret, but to him. He says he’s thought she was a horrible, heartless liar who slept with Faison to further career, and cast aside her child like useless luggage. He tracked the family and threatened them, until they handed over the baby. She calls him an SOB, and grabs his neck.

Lulu tells Dante that after she wrote the article, she got a lot of emails from people claiming to be Henrik, but only one seemed credible. He was interested in meeting to tell his side of the story. She was working with Anna, and ran everything past her. Dante says she didn’t run it by him, and she says she agreed to keep their careers separate. He asks, other than Anna and Valentin, who else did she tell? She says, Peter. He tells her, congratulations. She confided in the guy who was setting her up.

Kiki tells Griff that she went to cotillion three years straight to learn to waltz. Griff has a confession to make – he knows how to waltz. He was also dragged to cotillion; his mom’s friend needed a dance partner. He learned to fox trot, tango, and waltz. Kiki says, prove it. Um… some music would be good. They dance without it, and he twirls her around. They kiss, and I make a sound between, ooh, and uh-oh.

Sam and Jason get to the hospital, where Maxie is in a wheelchair, and asks if they want to tag along to see the baby. Henrik is coming through near the nurses’ station, and Maxie wonders why he’s in handcuffs. Henrik asks if it’s possible for him to speak to her, and in a world only on the soaps, Chase agrees, and they’re given privacy. He tells Maxie he failed to disclose his real name. She doesn’t understand, and he says, Peter is the name he chose for himself. His father named him Henrik. She says, no, and he says, he’s Henrik Faison.

Anna pushes Valentin. She says her son has every right to hate her and want revenge. He had no right to use her child. Why not go all the way and tell Faison?  Valentin says he finally had leverage, and kept it in reserve. She says they’re talking about a little boy he handed over to a monster. Nina agrees. She thought he’d never hurt a child; it was his saving grace. He says he made a mistake. Nina says some mistakes you can’t take back. He says he continued to work for Faison, so he could keep an eye on Henrik. It didn’t take long to see he’d never escape his father. Anna says, protecting him, very noble, if she believed him. He says he made a terrible mistake, and is haunted by it every day. He asks if she thinks she knows what it’s like to go to bed every night, wishing he could make amends, but being a failure. He knows something about that. She tells him to go to hell, and walks out. He says he’s already there.

Dante tells Lulu that he’s leaving for work. She thinks they should talk. He asks, about what? About how she learned nothing from Nathan’s death? Peter appealed to her vanity or something. She says it’s her job to investigate. He says, then investigate. Don’t just take lies her boss is feeding her. Although he probably won’t be her boss much longer. Maybe she should write a story about that.

Henrik tells Maxie that he knows it’s a lot to take in, but please believe he never had an agenda; he wanted to help. The more he got to know her, the more he cared. She says, Faison wasn’t there for her; she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Faison was after him. Henrik says, yes. Maxie asks to go back to her room. Henrik says he’s sorry, but she doesn’t care. Henrik is led away.

Sam tells Drew that Henrik paid the man at Faison’s bank to leave the letters in a drop. One of the envelopes had the flash drive in it. He could have it; a way to restore his memory. Drew says he’s not going to rely on Peter, or Henrik, or whatever his name is. He and Andre are figuring it out. He wants to be Drew, with no trace of Jason. He leaves. Sam tells Jason that Drew might not want the flash drive, but she sure as hell does.

Oh wow. Griff and Kiki get busy. There’s a song part… and Sam gets in the elevator. She and Jason gaze at each other, then he gets in with her. Lulu types on her laptop while she cries. Valentin drinks. Nina walks in with her suitcase, looks at him, goes to the door, takes a last look, and leaves. Valentin dumps the glass over, no doubt wasting some very good bourbon. Anna goes to the station. She takes Robert’s hand. He holds her as she cries. Peter is examined.

Maxie lies in bed, thinking about Peter giving her the baby wrapped in his tuxedo jacket.

Two of my guys knocked out in one episode.

Tomorrow, Julian visits Alexis, Diane says Carly is more out of control than she’s willing to admit, and Nelle tells Josslyn that she and Michael are getting closer.

The Real Housewives of New York City

It’s Christmastime. Dorinda shops for the weekend in the Berkshires. Her house is totally Christmased up. She says the Berserkshires are here. Carole and Ramona arrive first. Dorinda says she wants a relaxed, fun night before everyone else gets there. She describes her decorations as old world meets new world meets kitsch. She has an old-fashioned TV set with an animated Christmas scene inside, and it’s one of the most amazing, coolest decorations I’ve ever seen. Like her own personal Lord & Taylor window.

Facialist Satoko goes to Sonja’s to give her some treatments. Satoko is miffed that Sonja rehomed one of her dogs and the cat. In her interview, Sonja says her life is complicated. She worried about everything, including the pets, and needed it to be simpler. It’s better for them, but hard on her. Satoko asks who she’s having sex with now, and they talk about the disadvantages of hooking up with two men at the same time. Satoko thinks you must have 24-hour downtime in between.

Dorinda, Carole, and Ramona go out for dinner. Carole asks if somebody actually gets murdered at the mystery party. Ramona says Sonja is like the old Sonja, funny and light. In her interview, Ramona thinks it will be a time thing with Dorinda and Sonja. Carole asks about Bethenny, saying she thinks Bethenny is being distant after she got upset with Carole at the dinner. She’s seemed aggressive. In her interview, Carole thinks it’s strange that Bethenny isn’t reaching out or making plans. Something is going on. Dorinda agrees something isn’t as comfortable as it used to be. Carole thinks it has something to do with support for Bethenny’s charity, but she made a matching donation. Dorinda says Bethenny was bummed out about Adam. Carole says Adam told her, but Bethenny never said anything, She wonders why Bethenny would hold a grudge against her. In her interview, Carole says he chose to let it go, but Bethenny was talking behind her back about it. She’s never known Bethenny not to be direct. She says every level of the story sucks. They’ve argued, but privately. Ramona says Carole used to be more cerebral, but has been speaking her mind more.

The girls come down for breakfast. Carole and Ramona marvel over Dorinda’s bed linens.

Bethenny says she put the B in Berkshires, and we flash back to her berating LuAnn, and the argument with Ramona. She’s in such a good mood, nothing can ruin it. Oh, just wait.

Carole gives Dorinda a personalized makeup turban for Christmas, and also a Donald Trump chia pet. In her interview, Dorinda says it’s the gift that will keep on giving. Ramona plays with the snow globes. Bethenny arrives. Dorinda promises to help with a search for an FAO Schwarz nutcracker for Brynn. Bethenny asks where Carole is, and Carole magically appears. Bethenny gives her an All I Want for Christmas is a New President sweatshirt. In her interview, Carole says he wants a conversation with Bethenny, but Bethenny is acting like it’s all good, so she’s doing the same. Bethenny is wearing a Chilling with My Snowmies shirt, and Ramona doesn’t get the play on words. Bethenny tells Carole not to give her any hints, but Carole blurts out, homies. Ramona still doesn’t get it, since she doesn’t know what homies are.

The rest arrive, and there’s another big discussion about Bethenny’s shirt. In her interview, Carole says it doesn’t matter what time it is, single LuAnn wants the party started. Dorinda announces there are rules of engagement this year. Housekeeper Len works for her, and if need something done, come to her. In her interview, Dorinda says if they know the rules, they won’t break them – hopefully. She tells them, don’t touch other people’s stuff. Don’t take it, or wear it. Respect the home. As she’s talking, we flash back to when these rules were broken. She says it isn’t Girls Gone Wild or the Playboy mansion. It’s the home she loves and cherishes. With that said, welcome. Sonja says she’s on her best behavior, and brought her own slippers and PJs. The last thing she wants is to be ostracized.

Luann and Sonja share a room. LuAnn hangs decorations on the fish hanging on the wall. Sonja takes pics to cover her ass in case there’s damage. Everyone gets ready for the party. In her interview, Dorinda explains that she’s a temperance leader, trying to bring Prohibition to Massachusetts, but doesn’t practice what she preaches. There will be actors coming, and at some point, a murder.

Rhett, the butler, shows up, along with the manor owner, Freddy Feathersby, and his assistant, Aiden.  He’s made his money from selling feathers to showgirls, and all of the characters have a vested interest in him. Anyone could be murdered.

Tinsley is the rich neighbor; whose daddy makes money while she spends it. Carole tells her about Bethenny’s beef with Adam, saying it’s not her style to talk to someone else about it. She’s going to have a couple of tequilas and see how it goes.

Sonja is an accountant who cooks the books Sonja loves a costume theme, and the men, although there could be a few more. Bethenny is the brains behind operation, because Featherby is an idiot. In her interview, Bethenny says they’re the same bitches; different era. Carole is a woman running for congress. She has a cigarette in a holder, and in her interview, Bethenny says Carole has taken up smoking through the façade of costume.

Ramona tells Featherby that when he left the room, his assistant said he hated him. Sonja says he told her his life would be easier without him around. Ramona tells Featherby that he surrounds himself with the wrong people. In her interview, Bethenny says there’s Ramona, telling secrets. Finally, her being an a-hole is helpful.

Rhett explains how it works, and that no one should really call the police. LuAnn is late, and strolls in being a French something-or-other. Aiden starts choking, and drops to the floor. They make a pretense of trying to help, but he’s dead. Featherby suggests the go to the dining room to discuss. Sonja points out that they’re a man down for dinner. Featherby talks about calling the police, and Tinsley says her experience with the police has been bad, making everyone laugh. Featherby says he would have never murdered his faithful assistant, so someone in the room did. They toast to Aiden, but then Featherby starts to choke. Despite their best efforts, he too, is dead. Rhett reveals that he’s actually a cop. He thinks he knows who committed the crime. The “body” carted off, and Sonja says now there are no guys for dinner. Bethenny makes a toast that, men may come and go, but strong women last forever.

Rhett tells everyone that Aiden poisoned Featherby’s drink before he died. Dorinda is starving, and reveals that she did it. Rhett says she’s too rich to go to jail, and presents her with a bottle of Dom Perignon. Everyone applauds. Bethenny suggests that next year, somebody should really kill somebody, but the night is young.

They talk about Heather Thomas living close by, and Ramona gripes about her house having no air conditioning. Bethenny confronts Ramona about saying she called Carole a puppet. In her interview, Ramona says those might not have been her exact words, but what she said wasn’t a compliment. Moving right along, Ramona brings up the tension in the group, saying they all feel it, but she’s the only brave one. Carole says the vibe is off. Bethenny says there’s been a shift in the group, and Carole doesn’t understand. In her interview, Carole says, so much for easing it in.

Carole asks Bethenny, if she had a problem, why didn’t she come to her? Bethenny says she didn’t have a problem. Carole says she thought Bethenny was upset because of Carole’s lack of support for her charity. Bethenny says she doesn’t need Carole’s support. In her interview, Bethenny say that she never heard from Carole about it, and she didn’t seem interested. Carole says Page Six contacted her about a story that they were feuding, and she killed it. Now she’s hearing rumblings that it might be true. Bethenny had told her that she thought Dorinda was the source. Dorinda swears she never called Page Six. In her interview, Bethenny says she told Carole that in confidence, and asks if she’s not safe with Carole now. Carole brings up Adam, and Bethenny gets all hung up on the details. Carole calls her honey, which Bethenny doesn’t find amusing. Carole doesn’t like the vibe, and accuses Bethenny of avoiding the topic by concentrating on the minutiae. In her interview, Ramona says the rest of them don’t have the verbal skills to spar with Bethenny, and usually give up. Carole is on top of it. In her interview, Tinsley says she feels like a child; they shouldn’t be there. Carole says she loves Bethenny, but Bethenny doesn’t seem to feel the same way.

To be continued…

Next time, Bethenny is done, Dorinda puts her face in a cake, Dorinda owns Santa, and Bethenny gets a big surprise.


This episode started thirty days before the tour, and counted down.

Everyone was ready to celebrate Take 3’s first album. It was announced that Noah would be co-headlining with Gigi on the tour, and Take 3 would open. While celebrating at the salon, they heard Star’s I Was There track on the radio. Miss Lawrence suggested the knives be hidden. Star said she was just venting; it wasn’t supposed to come out. Alex wasn’t having it, and she and Star had a knockdown drag out. Star confronted Maurice, saying she wanted a hit, but not like this; she was tired of men taking advantage. Maurice said she was about to be the hottest piece of the Take 3 puzzle. Carlotta, Cassie, and Cotton went through Jahil’s studio, and Cassie promised to find out who did this.

After Noah got drunk and arrested, Carlotta said he needed a handler. Noah said she needed to know her place. She told him to sit his ass down, and he fired her.

Charles worried about getting kicked out, but didn’t believe Ayanna could run the company. Star’s single took off, and Ayanna told Maurice he saved his job. Carlotta said he was enabling Noah, and Take 3 was torn apart because of what he released. Maurice told Carlotta he was picking up her slack.

Cassie told Andy she wasn’t playing around, and threatened his parents, who she never knew were white.

Star told Simone that she was doing it for their mama. It’s the least she could do, since she killed her. Simone says she didn’t, but Star confesses she gave her more medicine when she shouldn’t have. Simone wasn’t holding it against her; she was a kid. Simone told her to let it go – it’s a choice to be broken.

Noah hated that Simone got him out of the DUI. Cotton claimed Omari killed Jahil, and it was a mistake to let him live. Carlotta said he was a dead man, and Cassie said she had it, telling Carlotta to get Cotton and her son out of town. At the prison. Angel told Simone that his lawyer would help get them an annulment. Simone said it wasn’t what she wanted, but he insisted. She took to her bed, and when Carlotta tried getting her to face life, she whined that Carlotta had never loved anyone like she loved Angel. Carlotta bounced her out of bed, saying she just buried him

Noah dropped his flask in front of Alex, who said she can’t do this again. He was all, you and me, but she said, get out.

Take 3 was pretty impressive for an opening act, with swings and dry ice. The audience began to chant for Star’s new single. Alex grabbed the mic, and she and Star wrestled on the stage. They were out of the tour, but Maurice said Star could be the opening act. Simone told Star they weren’t family anymore. Star said everything she’d done, she did for them, and Simone told her to stop with the lies. Star said they were a package deal, but Ayanna said, not according to their contract.

Gigi introduced Noah to coke, and he snorted some off of her before he went on stage. Alex went to see Derek, and told him Noah was a drunk like her mother. She said she was going to New York to see her dad. She was going to find out why she’s so messed up. Derek told her he had a girl now, and she doesn’t lie to him. He left her standing on the porch.

Ayanna caught Andy in her office, forging her signature on checks. She was about to call security when he knocked the phone out of her hand. There was a gun in her desk, and they struggled over it. Ayanna was shot, and Andy called Carlotta, who’s like Mr. Wolf in Pulp Fiction.  She took his prints off the gun, and called an ambulance. Ayanna didn’t want an ambulance. She didn’t want to give her father the satisfaction of thinking she’s weak, and told Carlotta she was pregnant with Jahil’s baby

Carlotta asked why Andy needed money, and he told her Jahil’s bullet was meant for him. She asked who he owed money too. She could help, but needed a name. She asked who killed Jahil, and he told her it was her sister Cassie. She asked if he was crazy, owing Cassie money.

Charles showed up for a board meeting, noting they had a quorum. He said Ayanna was in his seat, but she said she was taking leadership of Floyd Entertainment. He taught her to play chess, so checkmate. Carlotta became the new head of Midtown Sound. She fired Maurice.

Star told Noah when she’d pictured the tour, it was with the girls, not with him throwing it away. He told her that he was on top; this is what it looks like. She said they were both alone, and told him he was crumbling. She was learning it was a choice to be broken, and asked if he was ever going to change. This doesn’t make him an artist; it makes him an addict. Not Prince or Michael, just an addict.

The concert ended with Star singing the opening song, I Bring Me, but thinking about how she sang it with the other girls, her victory being bittersweet. Derek ran after Alex. The plane was boarding, but he said his girl was on the damn plane. We saw a television showing breaking news about an airplane down in the Appalachian Mountains. Noah stood on the roof, about to jump.

Carlotta and Cassie sat at the kitchen table, drinking. Carlotta said Jahil died murderes by someone he loved and believed in. Some people always let you down. They both quietly reached under the table for their guns. Carlotta told Cassie that she heard Cassie took Omari out. They both drew their guns, and Cassie said she always had Carlotta’s back. Carlotta said, the hell she did, as her hand started to shake.

A gun went off.

Queen Latifah’s hair-dos did not disappoint. There was a short, swirly do in black and white, shoulder length waves in brown with gold highlights, a magenta flip, and a brown and gold curled bob highlighted with purple. This week, however, Brandi won the Queen of Hair, with brown and gold Queen Nefertiti braids piled high.

This was the finale. Star will be returning in the fall.

🐶 Because It’s the Best I Can Come Up with At This Hour…



May 16, 2018 – The Ball Begins, NYC Reconvenes, a Star Shocker, a Few More Secrets & Closer


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Nick Viall (The Bachelor) tells us that things are heating up on the red carpet. It’s a night of glitz, glamour, and especially heart.

Jason tells Sonny that Carly will be okay. Sonny is afraid she’s breaking down. It’s not like it hasn’t happened before.

Nina is in a magnificent red mermaid gown, with sparkly straps and accents. Valentin tells her how wonderful she looks, and that it makes him want to do unspeakable things. He’ll share her tonight, but after the Ball, he’s whisking her away for a fabulous vacation. He has tickets and passports for the both of them and Charlotte. Nina says, tonight?

Anna texts Henrik that she’s eager to meet him, and awaits further instructions. Robin arrives, and wonders why Anna is still in her robe. Anna says she needs a hug.

Robert feels along the walls of the cell he’s trapped in, but there are no secret passageways. There’s nothing except chipped paint. It looks like a really bad dorm room. He says there has to be a way out.

Sam stops in front of Peter’s office, but moves on when she realizes he’s inside. He looks at Anna’s message, and flips the lighter. Maxie enters wearing silver sequins. He has something to give to her. I wonder if it’s a prom corsage, but he hands her a velvet jewelry box.

Backstage on the phone, Lucy says everything had better be Velcroed, snapped, and sticky taped within an inch of its life. She wants no wardrobe malfunctions. She talks to one of the stagehands, and says no one is falling off the stage at the Nurses’ Ball. This makes me wonder if she’ll be falling off the stage when she has this year’s wardrobe malfunction. She tells herself it’s going to be fine. She tells her llama, it’s just you and me, Benny. My apologies for thinking the llama was a camel yesterday.

On the red carpet, Franco asks Nick if he can take the mic, promising nothing will have to be bleeped; it’s important to him. Nick hands the mic over, saying they have an impromptu guest commentator. Franco introduces Elizabeth Imogene Webber as the heart and soul of General Hospital, and the woman he hopes to call his wife. Elizabeth thanks Nick for indulging Franco, and thanks us all for watching. Nick says it was unusual, but he couldn’t have done it better. Franco and Elizabeth get their pictures taken.

Lucy rants about the menu cards. Olivia is freaking out, and Lucy asks if something is wrong. Olivia says she’ll handle it. Lucy tells her it’s the Nurses’ Ball. Nothing can go wrong.

Jason tells Sonny that Carly would never jeopardize her grandchild’s life; Nelle is lying. Sonny understands why he wants to believe that, but Carly’s been unraveling for weeks. Jason has to leave, but says he’ll be in touch.

At the hospital, Kiki is working. David gives her a list of files to pull and have on his desk by 7 am. Kiki yawns, and he asks if she’s tired, but she says no, she’ll be happy to do it. Molly calls her, and she says it’s nice of her, but it doesn’t look like she’s making it to the Ball. She has too much work. She’s bummed too, but maybe next year. David overhears.

Finn looks at some charts in his office, and thinks about seeing Anna’s will. Alexis walks in, and says he looks dapper. He thought he was picking her up, but she figured she’d save him a trip. He asks if she was too antsy to wait, and she says being the center of attention isn’t her favorite thing. She’s looking forward to their date and his introduction though, but he says she might want to hold her enthusiasm until she hears it. They leave for the Ball.

Nina tell Valentin that Charlotte isn’t out of school yet. He wants to go someplace that makes her smile, where they can relax and connect as a family. She says she’ll think about it, but right now, she has to rock the red carpet.

Robin doesn’t think Anna is listening, and asks what’s going on? Anna says it’s just a case she’s working on. Robin says, mm-hmm, Anna asks what that means. Robin asks if the case would happen to be named Hamilton Finn, but Anna says he’s moved on and so has she. There are no unresolved feelings. Anna goes to get dressed, and Robin laughs.

Peter tells Maxie that he hopes he’s not overstepping. He saw it and it reminded him of her, but she’s not obligated to keep. She asks if she can see it first, and he opens the box to reveal a stunning necklace with three pear shaped diamonds going across the chain. He says she can take it back if it’s too much. She tells him to slow his roll. She says it’s beautiful, and it is too much, but she’s learned in life never to return jewelry. I’m thinking it’s funny how when a character is given a necklace, they’re never wearing one, even when they’re in a formal gown. He puts in on her, and she asks how it looks. He says, like it was made for her.

Nina gets to the Ball, and Nick introduces her as his co-host. Josslyn, in a pink sleeveless gown with sparkling flower appliques, comes in with Oscar. She says she feels like Cinderella. Oscar tells her that she’s prettier. He kisses her, and I’m in love – with her matching pink tassel earrings.

At the Ball, Jason sees Spinelli, who says his services are at Jason’s disposal. Jason says Carly is locked up until morning. He can’t help her tonight, so Spinelli can help follow-up on the search for Henrik. Spinelli thought it was important to be there for Maxie. Jason says he’ll examine all claims, and try to figure out how Nelle set Carly up.

Stella visits Sonny, who tells her that he had to fire another nurse. She says sometimes it takes a while, but he’ll find the right fit. Mike comes out, saying he thought he heard the voice of an angel, and he was right. He asks if she can keep them company for a while, but she has to cut it short; she’s going to the Nurses’ Ball. Mike says they have to go. He performed in it once. Sonny says they’re not going, but Mike goes upstairs to put on his tux. Sonny laughs.

Jordan, wearing a burgundy gown with sequin accents and a keyhole neckline, walks in with Curtis. Nina says they’re the perfect ensemble for special occasion, and tells them take everything in and have a blast.

Olivia sits in the Quartermaine living room with someone we don’t see yet. She says it’s the biggest night of the year, and she forgot the chef had a scheduling conflict. Carla Hall, playing Cook 2, is in the other chair, and says she has the perfect solution. Olivia says, she’ll cover her at the hotel? Cook says, no, she can cook.

Jason goes to Anna’s room, and Robin hugs him. She says she’s ready hear about their adventure in Switzerland. Emma was living her best life, picking out a suit for him. Jason says it’s good she and Anna are spending time together; things have been hectic with a case. Robin says, so there actually is a case. She thought it was just a disagreement with Finn. Jason doesn’t know about that, but she’s fixated on finding Henrik. Robin asks if she should be worried, but he says just stay close. If Anna confides in anyone, it will be her.

When they get to the Ball, Peter tells Maxie that they don’t have to do the red carpet, but she says it’s hugely important night to show their support. An interviewer asks if she’s looking forward to anything in particular. She says fashion is her weakness, but her favorite part is that everyone steps outside of themselves and comes together to do good. Nina says word on the street is that it’s Peter’s first Nurses’ Ball, and asks what he’s expecting. He says he’s heard it’s the night to expect the unexpected. Valentin looks shocked to see him.

Valentin walks in, and Nick says Valentin obviously had the good taste to marry his co-host. Valentin says he’d do anything for this woman. He hugs Nina, and looks at Peter over her shoulder.

Robert lies on the cot. He looks at a barred window that’s high up.

Anna is startled to see Jason. Robin says she’ll meet her downstairs. Anna says she didn’t expect to see him, and he asks if she’s reached out to Henrik. She says she’s still waiting for a reply. Jason asks if she’s going to tell him, and she says, of course. He says as much as she doesn’t want him to find Henrik first – Anna says, and kill him – he doesn’t want her to walk into a trap. They need to stick to the plan, and work together. Anna agrees.

Maxie is surprised to see Spinelli.

David asks Kiki why she didn’t remind him the Nurses’ Ball was tonight. He tells her work can wait; she deserves a night off. She asks if this is a trick, and he says to go and enjoy herself. She says she’ll be back bright and early in the morning. He tells her to have fun.

Olivia says she knows she and Cook 2 have had their differences. Cook says Olivia blatantly ignored her wishes. Olivia says it’s a big kitchen; she thought they could share. Cook says she can have the whole kitchen at the MetroCourt to herself. Olivia says, help me, Cook 2, you’re my only hope. She can’t do it by herself.

Ooh, Sam’s dress! It’s navy and red, off-the-shoulder with short lacy sleeves, and sparkly. Nearly all the women have seriously plunging necklines. Alexis and Finn arrive, and Nick says even though she didn’t win the mayoral election, she’s clearly won the people’s hearts. Anna walks in while she’s texting, and trips. Finn catches her in a dip. Nick asks if Alexis and Sam made a pact to come solo, and Nina says, female empowerment! Alexis says she’s actually there with Finn. Robin tells Anna, sure there are no unresolved feelings.

Sonny can’t believe his wife spending time in jail. No way is he putting on a tux and going to the Ball. Stella asks if there’s anything he can do for Carly tonight, and he says, no. She says, but there is something he can do for his father. He says it doesn’t feel right, and she says Mike has Alzheimer’s; his time is short. Opportunities like this won’t come around very often. If she was him, she’d take it. Mike comes down in his tux, saying he needs help with his tie. Sonny says if Mike really wants to go, they’re going. Mike says this beautiful woman here is his date.

Robin and Anna walk the carpet. Robin is wearing a sparkling silver brocade number, and Anna is wearing a pretty purple blazer with a blue sash and black pants, but I’m wondering why no gown? Does she think she’ll have to jet? Anna says they’re there tonight so others can life live as successfully as Robin, and hopefully, one day they’ll eradicate HIV and AIDS.

Elizabeth tells Franco nice of him to slip in her middle name. He says it’s hands down, his favorite thing about her.

Spinelli brings Maxie something to drink, and takes her in to find a chair. Sam thanks Peter for taking care of her. He says he would have come alone, so they’re helping each other. Curtis watches them, and Jordan says, eyes on her. They kiss.

Olivia tells Cook how much respect she has, but Cook says flattery will get her nowhere. Olivia says it isn’t flattery; she thinks Cook is a culinary genius. Cook says she didn’t think that when she was infiltrating her kitchen with her manicotti. Olivia tells her it’s for a wonderful charity, and she doesn’t want people to starve, does she? Cook says she’ll do it on one condition. Swear on her favorite skillet that she’ll never set foot in the Quartermaine kitchen again.

Kiki walks the carpet in silver sequins. Ava, wearing black sequins, comes in with Griff. Lucy says she heard Ava is gracing the stage. Griff says Ava is a woman of many talents. Lucy tells her, good luck, and Ava asks if she doesn’t mean, break a leg. Lucy tells her, good luck.

Sam stands in the empty room before everyone comes in. Jason sees her, and their music plays. He asks if she’s taking a breather, and she says it’s a little much out there. He tells her that she looks beautiful. She takes it that he’s not coming, and he says he gave a donation. She asks what he’s up to, and he says he’s using the Ball as a cover to work on finding Henrik. Sam says she has her own thing going on. He tells her again that she’s beautiful, and I roll my eyes.

Josslyn tells Oscar that she’s having the best time ever, and the Ball hasn’t even started. She walked the red carpet with her boyfriend, who she’s in love with. He says he loves her too, and they kiss.

Elizabeth sees Robin, who asks if anything is going on. Elizabeth says, not a thing. Everything is back to normal, better than normal. Franco comes up behind her, and puts his arms around her. She says she’s happier than she’s ever been. Robin says she’s happy for them both.

Ava drinks a martini, which Griff calls liquid courage. Kiki asks if she’s ready to bring the house down.

Maxie introduces Peter to Robin. He says Robert Scorpio is her father, and she says, the legend himself.

Valentin asks Anna if she’s enjoying herself. She tells him that she’s sure Robert will do what’s needed with Henrik. Valentin is sure he will.

Not much he can do from a cell though. Robert starts to rub one of his arms, and keels over. Hmm… Is he having a heart attack, or does he think someone is watching through the window?

Cook tells Olivia, those are the terms; take it or leave it. Olivia says, okay, fine. She swears on her favorite skillet that she will never again set foot in the Quartermaine kitchen. Cook says, then she has chef for the Nurses Ball. They shake hands.

Mike, Sonny, and Stella come in; Stella in black and silver sequins. Sonny is asked why the Ball is important to him, and he talks about Stone dying, and says he doesn’t want another person dying from the disease. Nina asks who the beautiful lady is, and Mike says she’s with him. Sonny isn’t keen on the picture taking, but Mike says he’s out on the town with his son and best girl, and wants photo evidence; he might not remember. Sonny doesn’t want to do it, but Stella makes him take a photo with Mike.

Lucy walks the carpet with her llama, who is apparently also her date, in a black and white, open shouldered gown. She says it’s a magical evening. Nina tells her to have fun, and she says she always does.

Robin sees Sonny and they hug. Jordan tells Curtis that she didn’t know Stella would be there. He says neither did he. Finn asks Alexis how nervous she is, and she says on a scale of one to ten, she’s at 6,759, but she’s got this. Kiki tells Ava that she would have been disappointed if she missed her performance. David says, fancy seeing Kiki here.

On the phone, Valentin sets up security for the house in Morocco.

Robert lies on the floor unconscious.

Sonny asks Olivia if she’s okay. She says there was a minor crisis, but she has it handled. Although it cost more than she thought.

The doors open. Everyone is seated. Lucy welcomes them to the Nurses Ball, and they applaud. Peter and Valentin glare at each other.

Next time, Chase hopes he didn’t ruin a surprise, Peter says he’ll handle Anna himself, Sam is going to see what Peter is hiding, and of course, the entertainment. I loved Carla Hall, and hope she continues to be a recurring character even after the Ball is over.

The Real Housewives of New York City

In Puerto Rico, Bethenny introduces Dorinda around to the crew helping with cash card delivery. In her interview, Dorinda is glad Bethenny is good at putting things behind her. It paves the way for the day. How motivational poster. Bethenny explains how they’re going door to door, and giving out the cards. The driver says it will take years for recovery. Guys who were in Afghanistan think it’s bad. Bethenny says it looks like the hurricane was yesterday. Dorinda says the news coverage didn’t do it justice, and it doesn’t seem to be getting better. It’s complete devastation. She says it’s a feeling of total isolation. Bethenny gives one old lady two cards ($600) and everyone is crying. It sucks man. I went through Hurricane Sandy, but it was nothing like this. Dorinda says we complain about baloney, and she’s humbled by their positive attitude. Bethenny is glad Dorinda came.

Ramona picks up Sonja in a limo. They’re going outside of the city. Sonja says she doesn’t even like to walk out of her neighborhood. It’s Ramona’s way of apologizing. Sonja said what hurt her was Ramona not being supportive at LuAnn’s lunch. Ramona says sorry she disappointed Sonja, but she didn’t know what to do. In her interview Sonja says their friendship isn’t worth the pettiness. They go to an upscale store, where Ramona is friends with the owner. They look at a chinchilla coat and I go, eww. Have you ever seen one? They’re adorable.

LuAnn meets with someone named Ben about doing a cabaret act. It’s something she’s always dreamed of doing. She’s terrified, and that’s why she has to do it; it makes her strong. In her interview, she says she sang on Broadway once, and Liza Minelli told her, gurrl! She says Ben has done a lot of shows and knows everyone in the business. He tells her that you don’t regret mistakes, but steps you don’t take. She’s always bounced back. She says she’s made a lot of mistakes, and fallen on her face a few times. We flash back to her spill into the bushes. Ben thinks they should take their time and is already thinking of people he wants to use. He asks her to just sing something off the top of her head like Happy Birthday. She sings Happy Birthday, sounding better than she has in the past. He doesn’t think the voice matters – which I agree with – but her voice is good.

Bethenny’s group goes to town with no electricity. She says Puerto Rico after dark is intense. The first time they were there, the people were in mud up to their ankles. It’s a freakin’ mess. Bethenny says it’s not a huge place, and you can make a dent going to individual people. Omar talks about roaches and rats and such coming out at night. They’re the first people from the states giving money. Bethenny says they’ve heard that a lot. None of the money advertised is getting there. Sadly, that happens all too often. Dorinda says you’d be surprised what you can do when you have to, and the people are doing it with pride and dignity.

The girls meet for dinner. Dorinda took a pass, and Bethenny wants to wait for her to be there to talk about Puerto Rico. She asks how Tinsley’s weekend was with Scott, and I don’t hear what Tinsley says, but there’s applause afterward. Maybe I don’t want to know. Sonja arrives. She tells Bethenny she went on a date with someone she’d recommended. Tinsley is confused, and asks Carole what happened to Frenchie and Rocco? Tinsley and Carole continue talking about Sonja. In her interview, Bethenny says Sonja doesn’t seem to belong, no matter what she does. She feels sorry for her. Clearly, Tinsley and Carole aren’t into Sonja. Bethenny points out that once Tinsley got a boyfriend, who she met through Carole, she blew Sonja off. Bethenny has compassion for Sonja, and interrupts Tinsley’s conversation, saying it seemed like she was at the bottom when she came back to the city. Tinsley wonders where this is coming from. In her interview, Tinsley says Bethenny is picking on her regarding things she knows nothing about. She tells Bethenny that Sonja lied about her having no friends. In her interview, Carole doesn’t know what’s going on. She says Bethenny is spinning Sonja’s story because she’s not doing a good enough job herself. Bethenny says Carole always defends whoever she’s sitting next to. Carole says she’s a ride or die chick, and Bethenny is loud. She tells Bethenny to get off her jock. Bethenny says she loves Carole, but she chimes into whatever another person thinks. In her interview, Bethenny says Carole doesn’t have her own voice. LuAnn thinks this is sad. She doesn’t think the issue between Bethenny and Carole is about Sonja and Tinsley.

Carole goes to the Cosmopolitan magazine office. Editor Michele is a new friend, and she’s going to write something for them. Carole hasn’t written in years, and thinks it’s the perfect opportunity to get back into it. Michele is thinking something like an “on my mind” column, that runs a page. Carole says what’s on her mind is sexual harassment. She thinks it’s a good time to write about self-esteem, and how you need to affirm it every day. Michele asks how Carole is with deadlines. She’s on to how writers put things off.

Bethenny meets Dorinda for lunch. Dorinda says it’s weird, seeing Bethenny in this environment again. Bethenny says, it’s so clean. Dorinda says it readjusted her mindset. Now, she’s quiet in the morning, and thinking more positively. She asks about the dinner, and Bethenny says she was better off not going. There was too much yelling. Tinsley was going on about Scott. Bethenny thinks Sonja gave Tinsley a leg up, and now Sonja could use one. She says Carole was fighting Tinsley’s battle, and she’s noticed it’s a pattern. Carole jumps on everyone else’s argument. She tells Dorinda that she approached Adam about doing some photography work for the charity, and he asked what the comp was – no one else has ever done that; everyone works for nothing. When she told him there wasn’t any, he said he couldn’t afford to lose a week’s work, and it rubbed her the wrong way. She thinks he’s a bit of an operator. When she said something to Carole, Carole made excuses for him, and said everyone is an operator. Dorinda says, it’s a charity. She asks if Bethenny and Carole’s relationship has changed, and Bethenny says she’s been knee-deep in Puerto Rico, They were on totally different pages In her interview, Bethenny thinks Carole has more in common with Tinsley; she’s not married, has no kids, and no career. Dorinda wonders if they’re at odds, and Bethenny says Carole knows it’s a little off.

Sonja wants her place rented so she can move on with her plan. She invites LuAnn and Ramona over for a painting party. LuAnn is glad she’s finally doing something. Sonja shows them how the clutter is gone. Almost. She has suits for them to paint in, and says they’re going to touch up the chairs in the garden. She takes them out on the patio, and mixes the paint. They discuss Carole and Bethenny. LuAnn thinks Tinsley could be more grateful, and could have left if she wasn’t happy. Sonja says she left when Scott came into the picture. In her interview, Sonja says it’s awkward, but she’s a big girl. She tells them to paint over the bird crap. No. Just no.

Duff is a close friend of Carole’s, and has just written a book about chronic pain. She’s having a book party in what looks like a nice apartment. There’s a vodka fountain, and everything is decorated for Christmas. LuAnn and Ramona arrive first. Ramona tells Carole she feels that Carole has a voice now, and she loves it. She can’t believe Bethenny called her a puppet. Carole doesn’t believe Bethenny would say that. Ramona says maybe it’s more what she thinks than what was actually said. In her interview, Ramona says Carole is in denial. She might not have repeated the right words, but it was derogatory.

The second she gets through the door, Carole immediately asks Bethenny if she said Carole was a puppet. Bethenny says she wouldn’t use that word. They agree Ramona is nuts. In her interview, Bethenny says she implied others pulled Carole’s strings, but didn’t use word puppet. Tinsley, Sonja, and Dorinda join the party. Bethenny asks why Ramona told Carole she’d called her a puppet. Ramona says that was her interpretation, and Bethenny asks if she’s doing interpretations now. In her interview, Bethenny says Ramona thrives on other people being in discord, so she can swoop in to back underdog.

Dorinda tells everyone that she’s having a murder mystery dinner in the Berkshires. The time period is the 1920s, and they’ll all have characters. She passes out envelopes, and they all read their character names and descriptions. LuAnn says she wouldn’t be surprised at a murder in the Berkshires.

Tinsley wants to talk privately with Sonja. She’s heard Sonja has been saying things about her, and she wants to move forward. If Sonja ever felt she wasn’t grateful, she was and always will be. He tells Sonja if she has an issue with her, tell her, not everyone else. They agree to find time for each other. In her interview, Tinsley says she doesn’t want to get into a back-and-forth with Sonja, and get on a ride she can’t get off. Dorinda says she saw Tom wandering around with some tramp. He’s having a New Year’s Eve party on the same boat the engagement party was held on. We flash back to Dorinda’s tipsy toast. Carole joins them, and asks if Tom got a deal. In her interview, Dorinda says she let him know what a d-bag he is. LuAnn is glad she wasn’t there.

Carole thanks everyone for coming. She’s happy to share Duff with them tonight, and says Duff is the most amazing girl she’s met in New York. Someone spills wine all over the books. Not Dorinda.

Next time, the Berkshires weekend, Carole thinks there’s a disconnect with Bethenny, and Carole and Bethenny clash.

🌟 On Star, Cassie hired Derek for something, but I have the feeling it’s not what he thinks. Ayanna told the crew that tonight was a game changer; they were putting every resource behind Noah. Noah promised not to let everyone down. Jahil went to the trailer, and said he was tearing up Angel’s contract with Andy, but Angel was more concerned with being deported. Angel said if Jahil wanted to help him, stay out of his business. Ayanna appreciated Carlotta’s help, and Carlotta said she could show it by helping Take 3. Alex wanted to be able to do projects outside of Take 3. Simone was tired of the drama, and quit. Star accused her of overreacting. Carlotta told them tp do what they wanted, and went to the hospital. Jaden was now on the list for a kidney.

Maurice encouraged Star to go solo too, or watch Alex make her way to the top. Jahil told Andy that Cassie was no one to play with, and as they were talking, there was a drive by. Jahil got shot, but said it was just a graze. Carlotta dressed his wound, and asked who’s trying to kill him? He asked if it mattered, and came on to her, saying she’s his heart, and no one matches what they have. They got busy.

Simone told Angel that music was Star’s dream, not hers, and they decided to run away. Maurice told Star to take her anger to the booth, which she did, and told him to drop the track. Carlotta and Jahil danced, and Jahil started bleeding. Apparently, he had a heart condition only Carlotta knew about, and it created a situation where they couldn’t stop the bleeding. Simone asked if Star didn’t want something more than music, but Star didn’t know what that was. Carlotta asked Cotton to pray with her, and Cotton said, it had been so long, God didn’t want to hear from her. Aww. Miss Lawrence told Carlotta that Mexicans are resilient, and Jahil would be fine.

Carlotta was finally able to see Jahil, who told her that it had always been her, and he loved her. Then he flatlined and died. I was not expecting that. There you go, Benjamin Bratt. The good news was, that his kidney perfect match for Jared. I wondered why they hadn’t known this before, or if Jahil only had one kidney. in which case, he wouldn’t be needing it anymore. Carlotta told Cotton that Jahil’s heart couldn’t withstand him bleeding out. He’d said he wouldn’t let Jaden die, and he kept his word. Carlotta kissed Jahil one last time, and said goodbye. This whole thing was super sad.

Derek told Alex it didn’t have to be awkward every time they saw one another; life is too short. He was proud of her, and said if she needed anything, he was there. Ayanna stared at a pregnancy test in the limo. I wasn’t sure what the news was there, but she wasn’t happy. She called Noah, and told him that his life had finally turned around; he was getting his own tour. The call came just after Noah got pulled over. He was driving drunk, but Alex got behind the wheel before the cop got to the car.

At the funeral, Cassie approached Andy outside the church. She wanted her money or it would be his ass in the box next. She kissed him on the cheek while handing him a bullet. Wow. Brandi. Who’d have thought it? Everyone was all, I can’t believe he’s gone, and I was like, me neither. Star left a message for Maurice to forget about the track, so right away he called to drop it like it’s hot. As the pallbearers were taking the casket to the hearse, ICE came. Angel was one of the pallbearers, but they wouldn’t let him finish the task, dragging him out and cuffing him. When they were driving up, I thought it was the same guy who shot Jahil, there to finish the job. I wondered if that’s what the characters thought too. I have to add that the flower blanket on the casket was incredible, and quite colorful.

On the hair front, Queen Latifah spent most of the show in above-the-shoulder beachy waves with several colors of highlights, but for the funeral, she had long, dark curls with golden highlights, looking tragically romantic. Star won the hair-do wars though, in Rapunzel-like braids.

Next time, the finale – Star confronts Maurice, Noah is arrested, and Cassie and Carlotta draw guns on each other. That ought to be interesting.

🍷 I watched more of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Secrets Revealed, and I just loved the Lisa and Ken segment. They were about to celebrate their 35th anniversary, and Lisa asked what if they just pretended to go away? Ken suggested they hire a chef and stay home. Lisa says there was no place she liked as much as Villa Rosa, and it reminded me of how much the Edies loved Grey Gardens. They agreed they wouldn’t marry each other today, which made me kind of sad, but as a whole, it seemed like their life is a fairytale. There was lots of Giggy, and more sadness over Pink Dog and Pikachu, who passed within a week of one another. Giggy also has a heart condition now, and Ken is talking about cloning him. I would. As always, Lisa was self-depreciating, but so beautiful. I really want them to adopt me. I wouldn’t take up that much space. There was also a nice segment where LisaR and Erika visited Camille at her beach house in Malibu, and had lunch on one of the decks. It was one of those pleasant meals you don’t get in the regular episodes. Another funny thing was when Teddi called her dad. John Mellencamp, asking if he remembered when she got a tattoo in eighth grade. He did, and he’s still mad.

🍌 Hmm…

What you get when you put “weekend getting closer” in google images.




👉 There It Is…


May 9, 2018 – Nelle’s Plans For Carly Are Epic, Dorinda Gets Drunk in PR, Star Steals the Mic, Kim D, PC’s Bad Seed & Midweek


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Julian brings Kim a cortado to the hospital.

Josslyn asks how Oscar is, since last night was intense. She asks if he told Drew, but Oscar doesn’t want to disappoint him. It’s their first time hanging out.

Carly cancels her appointment with Doc. She’s told they have opening tomorrow.

Sonny boxes with the bag, thinking about Carly saying Nelle is working an angle, and making excuses for not watching Mike. Michael asks if it helps, and Sonny says not as much as he wishes it would.

Carly says she’ll have to look at her schedule. She takes a pill. Josslyn walks in and asks what’s up with that?

At the gallery, Ava tells Nelle despite being coerced into going to the shower, she’s bringing a gift. Nelle thought she’d make life easier, and has one for her. Ava asks if it’s ticking. Nelle says it’s not a bomb, but will make Carly’s head explode. I can’t wait to see that.

Drew tells Oscar that he mapped out Cougar Mountain. Oscar is excited, since he’s wanted to go there. He says it could take all day, and Drew says that’s why he brought food from Kelly’s to hold them over until they have his mom’s famous chili.

Kim tells Julian about the hike. She looks at her phone, and sees that thunderstorms are on the way, with possible winds. She says Drew could walk through them without batting an eye, but what if Oscar won’t complain because Drew will think he’s a wimp? Julian doubts Drew will drag him through a storm. It’s one of those moments she needs to trust them.

Michael asks Sonny if he should be worried. Sonny says he keeps thinking Carly will be okay and figure it out. Michael asks what’s going on; he knows she’s seeing Doc. Sonny says she swears she’s seeing things and people who aren’t there. She checked out neurologically, so the next step was going to Doc. He gave her some anti-anxiety meds, but Sonny doesn’t think they’re working. He says it has to do with Michael’s brother, and Michael asks if she thinks he’s still there. Sonny says that’s where it’s headed; he thinks she’s crumbling. Michael says grief doesn’t have a timetable. Sonny says with a loss like Morgan, anything can set it off.

Carly tells Nelle the pills are to relax; she’s been wound up lately. Josslyn is like, no kidding, and Carly says she’s taking care of it. She asks how Josslyn is doing, and Josslyn says she’s excited for Nelle’s baby shower. Carly says her too. Josslyn says she thought Carly was sucking it up. Carly says she’s going to the shower, and Josslyn suggests she work on her facial expressions, so she doesn’t look like she’s dying a slow death at the Quartermaines. Carly says Nelle doesn’t make it easy. Josslyn asks, what did she do now?

Ava thinks she’ll stick with her own gift, but Nelle insists on the one she brought. She even has a card. All Ava has to do is put her name on it. Ava asks if it will disappear. She asks what it is, but Nelle says she’ll know soon enough. Ava doesn’t like it. Nelle says she doesn’t have to; just do it. Ava assumes she has no choice, and Nelle says not like she did when she took the picture of the medical test. She asks what Ava is doing with the information anyway? Ava says it doesn’t matter now that Nelle is blackmailing her. Nelle says Ava will get Avery back, and she’ll get Michael back after she takes down his mother. It will be epic. Ava asks what she has in store for Carly.

Josslyn can’t understand why Carly is questioning Nelle’s motives with the guardianship. Carly says Nelle wants to look good in front of Michael. Josslyn says, so what? Even if that’s the case, isn’t it a good thing? Carly says, of course, and Josslyn tells her everybody wins. Carly says Michael doesn’t win, but Josslyn says he’s an adult about to be a father, and can make his own decisions. One of them may be get back together with Nelle. Carly asks why she’s saying that, and Josslyn says she ran into Nelle, who said they’re making progress. She asks if it would really be the worst thing, and Carly says it would. Josslyn says they could be a family. Carly wants to call Michael, and Josslyn tells her that Nelle isn’t the devil. Carly says she’s the closest thing to it. Josslyn reminds Carly that Nelle saved her life. It’s Nelle’s kidney in her body. She’s there because of Nelle. Would it kill Carly to see some good? People change all the time. Maybe Nelle realized she made a mistake and is genuinely sorry. Josslyn asks Carly to please try for her, and Carly says she’d do anything for her.

Sonny says amazing as was when Jason came home, and Michael finishes that Carly thinks a miracle happened with Morgan. It’s not rational. Sonny says, no, but as a parent, you can’t control the emotions around you. He has to be patient, hope she figures out that it’s just wishful thinking and goes back to normal. Whatever she’s going through is also escalating her war with Nelle.

Nelle tells Ava that Carly stopped by the Quartermaine’s, offering to help with the shower; it was so fake. Ava suggests she might have been trying to build a bridge, but Nelle says, no. She’d reached out to Carly and Sonny, giving them guardianship in case something happened to her and Michael. Of course Carly took it all wrong. The moment Nelle raised the subject, it was also painfully obvious that Carly had talked to a lawyer about custody. Ava says they’re skilled at that, and Nelle says, screw them; she’s fighting back. Ava asks what she’s planning, but Brad walks in. He tells them about the adoption being final. He and Lucas should be getting the baby around the same time Nelle’s arrives. Ava says she has work to do, but Brad says he’s actually there to see her.

Kim tells Julian that she won’t call Drew, and trust he’ll do what’s best for Oscar. She’s not used to sharing a kid. Julian says she’s doing great, and she calls him a liar. Lucas asks if Kim has a second. Julian asks how things are going with the baby, and Lucas says, all systems go. Julian wishes he’d been there when his children were being born; he missed all the firsts. He says he’ll do everything in his power to prove worthy of being the baby’s grandfather. Lucas barely acknowledges him, and confers with Kim. Julian looks dejected.

Drew tells Oscar there are thunderstorms in the forecast, but hopefully, they’ll miss them. Oscar gets up, and is obviously in pain. Drew asks if he’s okay, and Oscar says he needs to tell him something. Drew asks what’s going on? Clearly, he got hurt. Oscar tells him that he twisted his knee rehearsing for the Nurses’ Ball. Drew probably thinks he’s an idiot. Drew says, no, and Oscar says he didn’t want to miss the hike; he thought he could stretch it out. Drew says they’ll do it another time. He checks Oscar’s knee and thinks it’s okay, but he needs to see a doctor. He suggests calling Kim, and Oscar says she’ll freak. He asks if they can hang for a little bit and talk. Dew sits, and asks what he’d like to talk about. Oscar says, anything; life. Drew tells him that’s a broad topic, and asks if he can narrow it down. Oscar says this was a bad idea. Drew says he’s no life expert, but has lived more years than Oscar, and can give him what he’s got. Oscar says he just doesn’t remember most of it.

Julian asks Lucas to let him know when the baby is born, and Lucas says he’ll keep him in the loop. Kim asks if Julian is okay, and Julian says, never better. She can’t imagine how hard it must be, and he says he should be getting used to it. She says she doesn’t think you get used to being shut out of your kids’ lives. She tells him that he’s going to turn it around, and he says he believes her; tell Lucas and Sam. Kim says she’s the worst. She should be counting her blessings instead of complaining. Julian says she has every right to want to protect Oscar. She thinks maybe she’s being overprotective.

Brad tells Ava that Lucas was raving about a duck painting, and he thought he could surprise him with it for the nursery. Ava says it was so big, she couldn’t keep it at the gallery. She can get it, but it’s expensive. Brad asks if there isn’t a friends and family discount. She says she’ll look up the price and see what she can do. Nelle tells Brad it’s overwhelming; who knew you needed all this stuff for a baby? She asks if anyone is throwing them a shower, but Brad says they’re waiting for the baby, since they don’t want to jinx anything. He asks if she’s still loving being pregnant, and she says more every day. She has company all the time, so she’s never lonely. The thought of growing a little person inside her is like a miracle, just like his will be. She says she talks to the baby every night, promising the life she never had, especially two parents in love. He asks if she and Michael are back together, and she says, not yet, but soon. He tells her to go for it. That’s what he did with Lucas, and look at them now.

Michael tells Sonny they shouldn’t care if Nelle is being manipulative; take the gift and run. Sonny agrees. Michael says Carly has every right to hate Nelle, but this isn’t like her. Sonny says Nelle isn’t the problem right now. Carly is suddenly there, and asks if they were going to say she’s the problem. Nelle is being attacked by big, bad Carly? She can’t believe this is going on right now.

Kim tells Julian she has a great kid; she got lucky. She’s trusted him to make his own choices, and they’ve been good for the most part. She wants Oscar to have relationship with father, but they’re so different. Drew is super macho, and Oscar’s… not like that. Julian says that sometimes fathers and sons are different, because he’s quite the philosopher. She says in the beginning, Oscar was worried Drew wouldn’t like him, since they have nothing in common. That’s when they were strangers, and now Oscar idolizes him; she can tell. Julian asks what she’s concerned about, and she says, what if Oscar starts putting pressure on himself to be more like Drew? She knows it sounds absurd, but Julian says it doesn’t.

Oscar tells Drew it would be cool if he remembered when he was fifteen. Drew asks if Oscar and Josslyn are… and Oscar says not yet. Drew asks if they’ve talked about it, but he says they’re not there yet. It would be nice if he could get advice from his dad though. Drew apologizes for not having any experiences to draw from; he wishes he did. This seems absurd, since Drew could either check out Jason’s experiences or just make intelligent suggestion. Oscar asks if there’s anyone out there who could help him get his memory back, and Drew says the man who performed the initial procedure. Oscar asks if he can un-perform it, and Drew says it’s risky, but possible. Oscar asks if he can he reach out, not just for him, but for himself. Wouldn’t he like to know who he is? Drew says he would. He’s thought about it quite a bit, but there were obstacles in the way. He wants the people he loves to know who he is. Maybe it’s time to give it another shot.

Brad’s eyes pop out when he sees the price of the painting. Ava says it’s with a generous 20% discount. The painter was named one of the top ten up and comers, and it would be a nice investment. Brad says, so would robbing a bank. There’s no way they can afford it. He thanks her anyway, and appreciates the discount. She says any friend of Nelle’s is a friend of hers. Brad says he’s also family. Ava goes in the back, and Nelle tells Brad that she’s having a rough day; boyfriend troubles. She tells him that he can register the painting for when they have a shower. Brad says she’s going to be drowning in loot between the Corinthos family and the Quartermaines. She would love for the family to accept her. She’s trying hard, but can’t make a dent. Carly doesn’t like her, and likes even less that she loves Michael. Brad tells her to keep chipping away. He asks where she’s registered, so he can get a gift. She tells him his gift can be coming to the shower. It would be nice to see a friendly face there besides Josslyn and Monica. She tells him it’s this afternoon, and he asks if it makes him a loser that his schedule is completely open. She says she’ll see him there, and he leaves. Ava asks how far she’s taking things with Carly today, and Nelle says by the time the shower is over, Carly is going to be exposed for the raving lunatic she is.

Carly asks if Sonny and Michael talk behind her back a lot. Michael says she doesn’t seem like herself, and she says she’s not losing it. Sonny tells her that no one is saying that. They’re family, and when things get tough, they help each other. Michael says he’s right; she can’t seem to get her footing with Nelle. Carly says she’s started. She offered to help with the shower, and they had a civil conversation. Michael tells her, good luck today, and they’ll talk after. He leaves, and Sonny says it’s good she reached out to Nelle. Carly tells him that he doesn’t have to worry about her, but he says, too late.

Sonny asks how Carly is feeling, and she says, good; the pills working, and she’s more relaxed. She’s not even dreaming about Morgan, but she misses that. She can’t wait to get back on track. Sonny suggests after she’s done with the shower, she take a trip to Puerto Rico. The repairs on the house are finished, and she can do her therapy over the phone. He has to take care of setting up a caregiver for Mike, but when he’s done, what better way fix what’s broken? She says, no problem can’t be solved by a day on the beach. Think what a week or month could do.

Nelle looks at the blanket she’s been knitting, and says, not bad. if says so herself. Ava asks what the deal with the blanket is, and Nelle tells her, have patience; all will be revealed soon. Ava wants to make one thing clear, Nelle can blackmail her all she wants, but if Avery is in the line of fire, they’re out of there. Nelle says she would never hurt or put an innocent child in danger. The same way Ava wouldn’t hurt a kid who’s bipolar. She knows where to cause the maximum pain. Ava tells her to be careful, and Nelle asks why? Carly doesn’t know who’s haunting her. Ava asks if this has to do with the blanket or the disappearing ink. What the hell is going on?

Michael asks Josslyn if it’s weird for him to get a present for his own baby. She thinks it’s sweet, and Nelle will too. Josslyn asks what the odds are of their mom enjoying the shower, and he says, none.

In the park, Brad tells Lucas about the baby shower, but Lucas has to work. Brad says Lucas really seems torn up about it. Lucas says he can’t forgive what Nelle did to his sister, and Brad says his family can hold a grudge. Lucas says he forgave Brad, didn’t he? Michael and Josslyn join them. Josslyn is excited about the adoption. She knows they’re not celebrating yet, but she has a gift for all the expectant dads. She hands each of them an envelope. Inside is a certificate for free babysitting from her.

Julian tells Kim to keep doing what she’s doing. She loves her son, and if he follows in his father’s footsteps, don’t fight him, just be supportive; she’s good at it. Drew brings Oscar in, and Oscar tells her, don’t freak. Drew says everything is okay, and Oscar adds that he twisted his knee at rehearsal. She asks why he didn’t tell her. Drew says it’s not bad, and he didn’t make it worse by hiking. She thanks God for small favors. Drew apologizes for not calling right away; they were having a good talk. Kim says it’s okay; he checked Oscar out. He’s not a doctor, but he’s seen his fair share of injuries. He points out that she’s white knuckling the chart in her hands, and she says, okay; she freaked out a little, but should get points for not biting his head off. He says she gets them, and it’s a vast improvement. Julian says he’s heading out, and Oscar goes to get an x-ray.

Drew calls Andre. He wants Andre to try and reverse the procedure. He wants his memories back.

Lucas promises Brad it’s no jinx. Michael tells Josslyn, good luck. He has the feeling she’ll need it.

Carly tells Sonny she’s going to the shower. He says it’s her last chance to bail, but she says she’s going to be the doting grandmother. He says she’s the hottest grandma he’s seen, and she says him too. He tells her that he’s gramps twice over, but she says he’ll never be gramps on her watch. After the shower, it’s surf and sand.

Nelle isn’t giving Ava any details in case of plausible implication. Ava says if Nelle implicates her, Carly’s demons unleashed will be nothing. Nelle says between that, and Sonny dealing with his father, Ava will have sole custody in no time. They’re on the same team. Ava says they’re not teammates; they’re worlds apart. Nelle says that Sonny will always despise Ava, and when Avery grows up, he’ll tell her about what Ava has done. Whereas, she, Michael, and the baby will have a life filled with nothing but joy. Ava says, don’t count on it.

Tomorrow, Finn makes a pact with Alexis, Ava tells Nelle that she’s not doing well so far, and Sonny asks Max if he’s screwed.

The Real Housewives of New York City

Tinsley calls her mom while she waits for Carole to have lunch.

Dorinda tells LuAnn she doesn’t know what to expect on the trip to Puerto Rico.

Bethenny checks everything for the trip. She says everyone asks to come, but Dorinda showed actual interest. In her interview, she hopes Dorinda will tell everyone how dire it is, and they’ll want to get involved. she says it’s going to be intense.

Tinsley talks about Scott coming for Christmas, and Carole arrives. Carole is wearing pajamas with a belt and I’m not feeling it. She gives a really complicated egg order, and, much to the relief of the waitress, Tinsley gets avocado toast. Carole wants to hear the deets on Scott’s visit. Tinsley says she’s never gotten a surprise like that. In her interview, Tinsley says they hadn’t been in a good place, but as soon as she saw him, all was well. Carole is thinking of making a full break with Adam. He told her he went on a date with someone and liked her. In her interview, she says it was the most awkward phone call ever. They had an unspoken spoken agreement (whatever that means) after slipping back into a relationship. Tinsley asks if they’ve talked. In her interview, Carole says in Adam’s mind, he was being respectful, but in hers, it was, are you kidding me? She thinks his idea of a break-up was still having her in his life in all ways, including sex. Tinsley thinks maybe it’s better to have a clean break.

The real estate broker comes by Sonja’s. Even though she’s renting, not selling, Sonja still has some letting go to do. The broker says her tone is beautiful, but other people might not think so. She’s hoping to get $32K a month, and the broker tells her to make sure to fix every detail. In her interview, Sonja says it’s more work than she anticipated before she can even show it. She wishes she could just twitch her nose.

Dorinda tells Bethenny that she’s been excited for days. In her interview, Dorinda says it was a surprise. All the nonsense has dissipated, and they’re concentrating on being friends. We flash back to when they weren’t so friendly. Bethenny explains how she got to this point with the volunteer work. No one had come, FEMA hadn’t come (no surprise), and everyone was broke; it was a zoo. She says all the relief is donated, and the cash cards are strictly for the people, and it will be going back into the economy. Dorinda doesn’t know how it’s possible to disperse so much in such a short time.

Tinsley, Ramona, and Carole get manicures. Carole says she’s the glue that holds the combo together. Tinsley tells Ramona why she couldn’t come to the party for Carole. Ramona says a boyfriend is the best reason not to. She tells Tinsley about Sonja’s behavior at the party. Sonja didn’t like Ramona saying she was closer to Carole, and she seems to be alienating everyone. In her interview, Ramona says they’ve always had a special bond. She hopes Sonja can make things better with herself and everyone else. Ramona tells them about Bethenny taking Dorinda to Puerto Rico, and Carole says she would have gone if Bethenny had asked. Ramona is surprised she wasn’t invited, especially since it’s up Carole’s alley. Carole says she just made a big donation, and everyone supports in different ways. In her interview, Ramona says it’s like watching a couple get divorced. Carole feels Bethenny and Dorinda are developing a stronger friendship, but in her interview, she wonders what’s going on. She says it’s all good, and she’s happy to support in other ways.

Bethenny welcomes Dorinda to her warehouse. She introduces Michael, her charity partner. The total will be more than ten million pounds. Michael was a skabillionaire who now does charity work. He’s coordinating all the relief. In her interview, Bethenny says she begged people for planes. Michael calls it a little FEMA. I hope they’re better than that. In her interview, Bethenny says no one knows what she’s doing, and it’s maddening. She’s up all night on the internet. They go over some maps, and Dorinda says they’re going to some really remote parts. Bethenny is glad she could bring someone from “her other life,” so it seems real.

LuAnn meets daughter Victoria for dinner. In her interview, she says she’d traveling with Tom and her life revolved around him. Now she can reconnect with her children. She says Victoria supports and doesn’t judge her. She tells Victoria about looking for a new place. Victoria asks if she was ever comfortable at Tom’s apartment, and LuAnn says not really. It was very much a bachelor pad, despite her touches. She says, in retrospect… why did she have to get married? Victoria says it was fast. LuAnn doesn’t regret it, and says things happen for a reason. She has some good memories. In her interview, LuAnn says nothing was working in their marriage. They were arguing and drinking too much. She couldn’t take the suffering, insecurity, and not feeling like she had a partner. She went in quick, and got out quick. Victoria says she told Tom that he’s superficial, and it’s hard to know him; he doesn’t know how to hug. She and LuAnn hug.

Dorinda meets Bethenny and her core group for dinner. In her interview, Bethenny says they all work 24/7 and get paid nothing. Bethenny goes over what they need to do tomorrow. Dorinda says what Bethenny has done is amazing, but Bethenny says it’s what they’ve all done. In her interview, Bethenny says they’d been drinking earlier, and thinks Dorinda did a pregame; she’s wasted. Yep, she is. They’re using subtitles. In her interview, Bethenny asks if this is the night to go off the rails before 7 pm. The operations director talks about a kid needing gas for a generator to power a ventilator, and how they solved it. Michael tells them about a tent city in Haiti, and how they’ve been hands on. Dorinda says you have to get down in the home front to make things happen. Michael says they’ve had amazing progresses, and people are going to college now. Dorinda argues with him about that. Bethenny says he would know, since he’s been going there. In her interview, Bethenny says, wtf? She’s embarrassed. All they’ve done is good, so why is Dorinda on them? Dorinda says Haiti is still in a bad place, and Bethenny says that’s no reason to give up. Dorinda brings up Richard, and how she traveled with him doing good deeds, but it didn’t matter. Bethenny suggests that if she feels hopeless, maybe she shouldn’t come tomorrow. Dorinda asks if she doesn’t want her, and Bethenny says not the way she’s acting. Dorinda says she was happy to come and Bethenny always ruins everything. She storms out, and there are crickets at the table.

Michael says he knows Bethenny’s heart is in it, and to do whatever she wants, but he doesn’t think Dorinda is going to change; she de. Bethenny says she was married to a guy who was slightly political and powerful, and probably thought she should contribute to the conversation, and she’d been drinking. She has compassion for Dorinda, and says she really does want to help. No doubt, she’ll regret it in the morning. In her interview, Bethenny says Dorinda will wake up tomorrow and regret this, but she’ll be there on time and ready to go. She texts Dorinda, saying it was a weird night, and to come tomorrow.

Sonja is meeting with a photographer at the townhouse, and needs to hide her prescriptions, vibrators, and things she didn’t even know she should hide. The broker arrives with him, and Sonja says her housekeeper couldn’t make It, and sorry it’s cluttered. The broker says Travis is the best, and they’ll work around it. In her interview, Sonja says since she’s met with the broker, she doesn’t look at her place with the same eyes. It looks dirty, or used, or old. I refrain from making numerous jokes. Sonja doesn’t want it to look unappetizing. She tells them that this is contributing to her anxiety, and she just wants it over. In her interview, she says photographer Travis is another story. She asks who he’s dating, and he says he’s married. She tells him that he ruined her day. They go out on the patio, and Sonja has left dog poopy on a stool – or stool on a stool, if you will – for the housekeeper to pick up. This makes me wonder why she couldn’t just get rid of it wherever it’s supposed to go, since she picked it up anyway. Travis does what all good real estate photographers do, and makes everything look inviting, clean, and bigger than it really is. We find out Travis is married to a man, and this makes Sonja feel better. She asks if he’s sure he’s not bisexual.

The next morning, Bethenny brings out the duffel bag of cash cards, saying it feels like she’s carrying bricks. In her interview, she says Dorinda just smiled at her like nothing happened, but she doesn’t want to bring it up. Dorinda feels badly about not having a good night, but she’d had a long day, was anxious, and shouldn’t have been drinking. She says it is what it is, and she’s all about the new day.

They get on a plane. In her interview, Bethenny says she doesn’t want to bring it up; it’s not her place, but Dorinda’s behavior is not okay. After they get settled in, Bethenny tells Dorinda not to get her fur up, but she goes to a sixteen out of ten, and sometimes treats her worse than Ramona does. She gives Dorinda slack because she’s a drunk. Yes, she said that. Dorinda says she isn’t, but she can’t not eat and drink. Bethenny says she gets mean when she drinks, and Dorinda says she has a lot going on in her life. Bethenny says, they all do. Dorinda tells Bethenny that her frustrations come up and intensify; it’s something she has to work on. She says she has to apologize, and Bethenny says she has to not drink. Dorinda doesn’t think she’s an alcoholic, but uses it as an excuse to behave badly. In her interview, Dorinda says Bethenny likes to label people, and it’s not fair or accurate. Bethenny has had her moments, and one night doesn’t define someone. Maybe not, but what about a hundred nights?

Bethenny says Dorinda has been talking about Richard more. Maybe it’s because Dennis reminds her of him. Dorinda says Dennis is so much like him. She says, at one point, it was real, and she thought it was forever. The life she has isn’t the life she expected. Ha! Welcome to the club, sister. She thinks that’s why it triggered so much when Sonja talked about her divorce. We flash back to Sonja being clueless and insensitive at LuAnn’s lunch. Dorinda says that person still has the option of seeing him walk through the door. Bethenny says Dorinda has more of a chance of seeing her late husband walk through the door, than Sonja does seeing her ex. She screwed up and she knows it. In her interview, Bethenny thinks Dorinda needs a full-time relationship. If she only sees her man half the time, she spends the other have thinking about Richard.

Dorinda says the things she appreciated are over. She was good at being a wife and mother. Bethenny says she can still be a wife, and thinks her saying she doesn’t want to get married again is a defense mechanism. She asks what John would say about her seeing other people. Dorinda says she’s okay with living alone, but sometimes wonders if anyone would find her if she died. She wonders if she needs an I’ve-fallen-and-I-can’t-get-up necklace. In her interview, she says, life is hard; trying to keep it together and be a strong woman and mother is hard. She misses her old life, when she came home to a person who had her back. She tells Bethenny, as bad as it was with Richard dying, she grew so much. The person standing by his coffin is not the person she is today. Maybe the person who met John isn’t the same person today. Yes! Get rid of him. The free dry-cleaning isn’t worth it. Exhibiting amazing control and subtlety, Bethenny says maybe she needs a different partner. Dorinda says she doesn’t think so. She’s fulfilled in the relationship. How? Why? In her interview, Dorinda says she loves John, but doesn’t know why she won’t make a commitment to move in. Part of her misses it, but part of her is afraid of doing it again. That’s because he’s a slob who doesn’t deserve you – i.e. the wrong guy. Dorinda tells Bethenny she thinks she needs therapy. Bethenny thinks that’s a good idea. I’ll accept it in lieu of her dumping John. They hug.

Next time, Bethenny passes out the money cards, Carole talks #meetoo, Sonja recruits LuAnn and Ramona to work on her place, and Carole tells Bethenny to get off her jock.


Natalie got fired, and suggested Maurice sign Alex before someone else does. He didn’t want to mess with Carlotta’s girls, but approached Alex anyway. Alex had to leave, but said she’s be back in time for Take 3’s live TV performance. Star gave Jackson’s music to Maurice. Maurice (who’s having a busy week) tried to create friction between Star and Alex, but she told him to stay out of Take 3’s business. Ayanna said Alex was hot, so she bumped Angel and Andy for Take 3 on the tour. Jaden needed blood donations, but Latisha didn’t want Cotton involved. She relented when Jahil said he’d need it from all the family.

Angel and Andy decided to split up to get out of their contract with Jahil. Angel told Jahil that he was dead to him. Andy got it on with Brandi Cassie. Since he was out of a job, she tried to give him some cash, but he wasn’t interested, so she gave him a side job of delivering a car. Alex was late, and Ayanna dropped Take 3 from the TV show, saying if Alex showed up, she could sing Noah’s new track with him. Star wondered why Alex was getting rewarded with a solo for being late. Noah didn’t want to debut his new music, but Carlotta told him that he’d better get ready, and took his liquor away. Maurice encouraged Star to do what she could to stand out.

Andy delivered the car for Cassie, but it was really a drug deal, the drugs hidden in the body of the car. When he brought the money back to Cassie, she said she gave him the opportunity to earn. He said she gave him the opportunity to be a drug mule. While she was out of the room, Andy scooped up a couple of stacks of money, and split.

Jaden asked Jahil if he was going to die, and Jahil said he wouldn’t let that happen, finalizing things with a fist bump. The doctor gave the bad news that Jaden needed to be on dialysis. His kidneys were shutting down, and unfortunately, none of the family was a match for a kidney. Cotton blamed Carlotta for Jaden’s illness. Cotton tried to be a man, and got with Latisha for her. Now her son is about to die because she tried to be something she wasn’t

Alex arrived in the nick of time, but couldn’t find her mic. That’s because Star had it, and took her place in the duet with Noah. BTW, Star’s hoop earrings rivaled Lala’s from Vanderpump Rules. After the son, Alex smacked Star, and called her garbage. Carlotta asked how many more people she had to hurt. Angel told Simone everything leads back to Jahil. He grew up idolizing him, and now can’t trust him; he can’t trust anybody. Simone said he could trust her. He told her that she keeps a lot inside, and she explained that her foster father, Otis, abused her. Angel told her that he loved her.

After Star’s performance, Natalie encouraged Maurice to sign Star instead of Alex. Maurice said he loved Carlotta, and Natalie asked if he was willing to sacrifice his career. She said Star was capable of delivering the world to him. Noah admitted to Star that he was wasted when he wrote the song. When he leaves, the paparazzi swamp him, but he said Star just filled in. No one can replace Alex.

Carlotta told Noah he needed rehab, and Ayanna told him that he was one step closer to a national tour; keep doing what he’s doing. Simone and Angel started to get busy in the trailer, but were interrupted by the delivery of a letter from immigration. Angel’s application was denied, and he had to show up in court.

Alex asked Jackson for his track, telling him she no longer cared how Star felt; it was business. Maurice talked Star into putting her performance with Noah online, telling her it was time to see what the world thinks.

Cassie went to the dealer’s garage, bringing Andy with her. She believed she was short-changed, and shot the dealer, killing him. Andy was just a little freaked out.

Tonight’s cavalcade of Queen Latifah‘s wigs included a blunt, above-the-shoulder cut with bangs, and silver and gold highlights; some smooth waves with deep auburn highlights; a side-swept short bob with purple highlights; and my favorite, a curly, swirly magenta updo. Miss Lawrence also did not disappoint, sporting a geometric cut in blue.

Next time, Simone quits, Jahil has big plans, and there’s a drive by.

👽 I saw Kim D on Botched. In a nutshell, her breasts were effed up. She should have just left them the way they were, since they matched the rest of her.

🙅 Why There’s a Bad Seed in Port Charles:


😀 Because It’s Funny…

And what you get when you put “Midweek Meme” in google images.




May 2, 2018 – Ava Tells Griff the Truth, Scott Rescues Tinsley, Take 3 Plays at Pride, a Drop of Serhant & TBT


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Jason needs Spinelli to go through the book again, to see if anything leads to Henrik’s mother.

Robert asks Anna to tell him again why it’s a good idea to involve Jason. He tells he that she’s in trouble. Jason is looking for Henrik’s mother.

Finn has nothing to say to Chase. Alexis tries to intervene, and he tells her it’s none of her business.

Griff asks why Ava didn’t tell him the truth. She asks him to calm down, so they can talk. He says so she can lie to him again. She led him to believe there was a compromise, when she threatened to send a harmless old man to prison so she could get what she wanted.

Sonny tells Carly that he’s not blaming her. He’s angry with himself for not keeping a closer watch on Mike, and relying on everyone else. She says by “everyone else,” he means her.

Sam asks if Jason has heard from Spinelli, and he says he just left Spinelli a message to find clues about Henrik’s mother in the book. She asks if he’s planning on using her as bait to draw Henrik out, and he says unless he finds another option. She tells him Spinelli tracked the wire transfer to ten different accounts, but none of them point to Henrik or his alias. She tells Jason that she had fun in Switzerland. When she got back, she was ready to leave Aurora, but changed her mind.

Alexis apologizes to Finn for overstepping. He says he shared with her and she went behind his back. Chase says it’s an awkward family reunion, and Finn says she misled them both by bringing them there. She says she’s sorry; she had no right, and it was ill-advised. But now that the dam has broken, they might as well talk. She says, see you later; hopefully, Finn will pick up when she calls. Chase asks if Finn wants to hash it out.

Ava tells Griff that she was going to talk to him after things settled down; Lucy showed up, and it wasn’t the right time. He asks how long before she was going to admit using Sonny’s father as a bargaining chip? She tells him she’d do anything to get Avery back, since Sonny kept her daughter from her since she’s been born. He says it sounds like revenge, not parental concern. She talks about how she had to bow and scrape to Sonny, just to get a measly hour. He says two wrongs don’t make a right, and Ava says, how profound. Griff tells her that she knows Mike wasn’t trying to kidnap Avery, but Ava says he shouldn’t have been left alone with her. He says it was an accident, and she says, one that can’t happen again. Against her better judgement, she dropped the charges. Griff says Mike is innocent; it’s just common decency. She asks when they’ve been decent to her. She wouldn’t have gotten shared custody without leverage. She’s sorry her behavior isn’t moral enough for him, but Mike is home, and she has 50% custody, which is 50% more than she had when he wandered off with Avery. She regrets nothing. Griff asks what she would have done if Sonny hadn’t agreed. Send an innocent old man with Alzheimer’s to prison to waste away?

Carly tells Sonny that he didn’t say the words, but made his point. He doesn’t trust her, and thinks she’s unstable and just as confused as Mike. She left Avery with the nanny, and Mike happened to be there. She didn’t blow them off to go to the movies. She agrees that she should have been more careful, but none of them realized how much he’d slipped. Sonny asks if she expected to see Morgan alive when she went to his grave.

Sam says she told Drew she wanted to stay on, and they’ll see how it goes. Jason hopes it works out. She doesn’t want to sit behind a desk, but it will do for now. She tells Jason anytime he needs someone to help infiltrate a bank, call her. He says she’ll be his first call. Sam says, oh, by the way, she and Drew are getting a divorce.

Robert tells Anna that Jason wants to get Henrik out of hiding by using his mom as bait. She says it’s not a terrible plan. Robert says it’s a save bet that Jason will add two and two together, and come up with her. She says only Andre, Robert, and Valentin know about it, and none of them will tell, but Robert says don’t be too sure.

David tells Kiki that one of the opportunities she has is to see how a patient’s health can change over their stay at the hospital. He asks her why he reduced a certain patient’s meds, and she answers correctly. He says she has a knack for general care, and he’s going to request she do another tour. It might seem like nothing, but looks good that she’s been invited back. She says yesterday, he made it clear that she didn’t have what takes. He tells her that he didn’t say that; he reprimanded her. She says afterwards, she was thisclose to dropping out. He asks what changed?

Ava tells Griff that she had Sonny where she wanted. He asks what if he still wouldn’t agree? Would she have had the court throw the book at Mike? She says everyone got what they wanted; no one lost. She tells him not to judge a hypothetical situation. She is mad about something though. How he undermined her case by handing over Mike’s medical files. He says she’s mad at him for doing his job?

Carly tells Sonny the note said to find me where you left me. She wasn’t sure it was from Morgan, but she couldn’t help hoping. Sonny wishes he could wipe away the last two years, but tells Carly that she can’t give in to a fantasy. Carly says it’s a possibility; they never found the body. I have news for her. On a soap, it’s a possibility even if they find the body. Sonny says they found traces, but she says maybe he’s still alive, like Jason. She could smell his cologne, like he’d just been there, but he wasn’t. Sonny admits he would have done the same thing, but would have told her instead of Jason. She says he would have told Jason or Max or Dante, but not her. He confesses he would want to spare her the pain of reliving Morgan’s death. He says he’d want to spare her the hope and paranoia she’s felt since this started. He’s trying to believe her, but how does she explain the note? He wants her to explain how it made her leave Mike with Avery. He thinks there must be a logical explanation, but is starting to doubt it.

Finn assumes Chase is a good detective, and wonders why he’d think Finn wants to continue the conversation. Chase tells Finn that he’d said his beef wasn’t with him. Finn says it’s with their dad. Chase says he knows that their dad remarried quickly after Finn’s mom passed away. Finn says he doesn’t know anything. By the time he born, Finn didn’t want anything to do with their dad – or him. He can’t even look at Chase. Chase asks if it’s because their father remarried.

Carly tells Sonny about the meds Doc prescribed for anxiety, to take the edge off. Sonny thinks meds are great. I’m with him – better living through chemistry! He tells her not to be embarrassed. He’s proud that she went to see Doc. He knows how difficult it is to ask for help, but it’s an important step. Doc will help her sort through what’s real or fantasy. Lucy interrupts, saying she can’t thank Sonny enough for his generous donation. He says, anything for the Nurses’ Ball. Lucy needs to talk to Carly regarding a tiny situation about seating. Carly says they’re in the middle of something, but Sonny says he’ll wait.

Ava says Griff claims to be on her side, but he’s against her. He says if he withheld information, he could lose his medical license. He’s already given up one calling for her. Ooh, bad Griff. She asks what’s that supposed to mean, and he says, nothing. I decide that I don’t care how good-looking he is. If I was Ava, I’d tell him to go practice Relationship 101 on someone else. He says he’s not angry. She says she doesn’t blame him for being a good doctor, or person. She wishes she could tell him to do things differently, but she can’t. She wishes she could live up to the high moral standards he has, but she can’t. The one thing she does regret is not being honest with him. She’s truly sorry, and asks where that leaves them.

Anna tells Robert that Andre would never betray her confidence. Robert says she assumes he won’t, and she thinks it’s a logical assumption. She thinks the box was meant for Helena, and asks if Robert told Jason it was made only six months ago. Robert says no; it’s not like Jason has Bureau clearance. Anna says she has nothing to worry about, and he tells her that lying to herself always bothers her. Talking more to herself, Anna says, Jason is methodical and picks up on slight inconsistencies. He has phenomenal tech support in Spinelli. He’ll pick up on anything she missed. She has to stay one step ahead of Jason – and she knows how.

Sam tells Jason that she and Drew agreed it needs to happen. Scout is still young, and it’s just about paperwork and moving on – whatever that means; she’ll figure it out. She will. She has to. Jason needs to meet Sonny. Sam tells him to say hi to them, and when things settle down, they’ll reconnect. Alexis comes in as Jason is leaving, and sits with Sam. She asks what Sam needs to see her about, and Sam says she needs Alexis to represent her in the divorce.

Lucy apologizes to Carly for what happened last year. She had no idea what Ava was doing with Morgan’s meds, and didn’t mean to withhold information. Carly thanks her for say that. She knew in her heart that he was taking his meds. When she knew for sure, she knew he did everything he could. She’s proud of him. Lucy asks, what wrong? and Carly says, it’s been over a year, but the grief is always there. She thought she was starting to heal. Now she feels like she’s losing her mind.

Jason meets Sonny, and asks how Mike is. Sonny tells him about Mike being charged with kidnapping. Sonny explains how Dante found them in the stalls, and that Mike thought Avery was Courtney. Ava didn’t want to let it go, so he was charged with kidnapping. Leverage was the only way he’d drop full custody. She wanted him to pick between his daughter and father. He called bluff, saying he’d take her to family court, so they agreed to joint custody. Jason knows it must have cost him, but Sonny says the bigger problem is Carly.

Griff tells Ava that he needs to get to work. He says he’ll see her later. Despite her methods, he’s happy Avery is back in her life. He kisses her goodbye. Kind of like the kiss you get after you’ve been married a while.

David asks if Kiki was really going to quit the Shadow Program. She thought maybe he was still mad about what happened. He says he was treating her like a mentor. She says, sorry, but she’s confused. He says he might have bene tough, but that’s because he sees so much potential. He says when you work together, feelings get hurt, things are said, people lose their cool. He’s treating her the way his mentor tested him. He thinks she’s something special. It would be a shame if she left the program.

Sam tells Alexis that she was right. She shouldn’t have rushed into marriage with Drew again. The hardest thing was forcing herself to believe it was going to work out, and her life doesn’t need to be rebuilt. It takes resilience, courage, and honesty. Alexis says she has those. Sam thinks she also has a good attorney.

Sonny tells Jason about how Carly followed an imaginary note that took her to Morgan’s grave. It was on the back of a flyer, but when she showed it to the cop, it was blank. Jason asks where it is now; they’ll have Spinelli check it out. Sonny says there was no writing, like there was no scarf and no intruder. The theory is that it’s something in her head because of her grief for Morgan.

Carly says Lucy will probably think she’s as craxy as Sonny does. Lucy says it’s no secret she believes she’s connected to the spiritual world. Some things send messages and signals. Carly doesn’t think she’s seeing what she wants to keep him with her. Lucy says when our loved ones are gone, they’re not really gone; they’re with us. Lee left his office to her, and she feels his presence; he’s with her there. Their essence becomes part of you. If you believe you can hold on to someone you loved dearly, it doesn’t make you crazy – it makes you human.

Finn asks why Chase is pressing the family thing. Chase says they share DNA. Finn asks if he needs a kidney or something. Chase asks if he’s always this suspicious, and Finn says, this is him on a good day. Chase says family is more than biology. Finn traveled the world to get away; now they’re in the same town. They must have unfinished business. They were born a generation apart, but they’re from the same blood, and were raised by the same man: not a bad place to start. Finn says Chase seems like a good guy. There are reasons he walked away and never looked back. Chase asks if it’s because their father remarried. Finn knows Chase had his heart set on a brother relationship, but he’s got to realize that it’s never going to happen.

Alexis suggests Sam and Drew file under irreconcilable differences. It’s a catch-all for difficult situations, and this one is really difficult. She asks about Scout, and Sam says they don’t want to fight. Alexis says to get it in writing to avoid conflict in the future. Sam says if Drew wants 50% custody, she’ll agree. Aurora can just move forward as planned. Alexis asks why she’s making an excuse to stay at a company she already owns?

Jason wonders why Sonny is assuming Carly is making it up. He went with her to the phone booth. Sonny says she heard an explosion. Was there any evidence of that? There’s no evidence of the scarf, or of an intruder. Jason says they could have had a key, and Sonny says he always defends Carly. Something has changed in the five years he was gone. They lost their son. Jason doesn’t know lost how much she grieved. How much she’s still grieving. Jason gets a call from Anna.

Anna says she needs to see Jason. It’s important. It effects how they move forward regarding Henrik. She says she’s at home, and he tells her that he’s on his way. Robert hopes she knows what she’s doing.

Sam says there are Issues that have to be resolved at Aurora with Drew. She has to be there for the time being, to make sure everything is okay. When that’s done, she’ll sign it over; it’s Drew’s dream. Alexis asks, what about hers? Sam says she’s trying to figure it out; figure her out. She wants to live honestly, and do something she’s good at. She wants to have a goal anyway. Alexis has every confidence she’ll reach it. She’ll contact Drew’s lawyer, and do the preliminary filing. Sam asks how it went with Finn, assuming she hasn’t blown it. Alexis says she’s blown it all to hell.

Chase says Finn couldn’t have been more clear. It’s not what he wanted to hear, but at least Finn is consistent. He thanks Finn for talking, and Finn says he had no choice. Chase tells him to go easy on Alexis; she has a good heart, and seems nice. He’ll see Finn later – or not. He tells Finn to have a good life. Finn says, him too.

David tells Kiki that she did good today. Kiki sees Griff, who says she seems to be doing better. She says she just overreacted. David apologized for berating her. Griff has no idea what she’s talking about. Kiki says David was just in a mood, and she took it personally. He says she seemed to think his attitude stemmed from something that happened between them. She says it was just a test, and she passed.

Griff sees David. David walks away. Griff ponders. He’s almost as good at that as worrying.

Ava puts on lipstick, and sees her old face in the mirror. Then it’s gone.

Sonny is sorry he’s letting Ava have her way, and Carly says it’s the last thing she wanted; she’s sorry. He says she did was she felt was right. He just wishes it hadn’t escalated. He’s happy she’s seeing Doc. They’ll be able to put this behind them, and move forward. He hugs her.

Jason goes to Anna’s house. She asks if he’s turned anything up about Henrik. She heard he’s planning on using Henrik’s mother to draw him out. He says if she’s right about epigraph, how could he pass up the chance? He’s already started looking. She says look no further. Henrik’s mother is right here.

Tomorrow, Franco says all the people on the list have one thing in common, Jason asks if Anna is offering herself as a decoy, and Maxie wonders why Peter would want mementos of Nathan.

The Real Housewives of New York City

Ramona goes shopping to get a latte machine for Avery. In her interview, she says Avery is very focused, sets goals, and makes it happen. Like her. Not unless those things mean she’s irritating. She wants to host a Christmas shopping party at Henri Bendel for the girls. She’s inviting Sonja, even though she’s been alienating the rest of them.

In her interview, Bethenny says Sonja is a leper, and it’s upsetting. Sonja visits her in the apartment under construction. She explains the vision to Sonja, and we all salivate over the massive walk-in closet. I think the closet bigger than my first NYC apartment. Sonja says it was an emotional weekend. She and Ramona are both feeling pain, but Ramona isn’t feeling hers. She says even prison bitches have someone loyal to them. In her interview, Bethenny thinks Sonja doesn’t have good self-esteem, and Ramona uses her for a doormat. Sonja feels hurt that Tinsley is making her out to be a villain. Bethenny tells her to focus on twenty words or less; get it out and step away.

Tinsley meets Carole, who’s shopping for wake-up-cute wear. Tinsley is going to Chicago to try and make things work with Scott, but is feeling excruciating pressure. She saw Carole and Adam together at the marathon, and says they’re totally girlfriend/boyfriend. Carole says they’re not, although they’ve slipped back into a relationship. He’s not interested in seeing someone else, which she would feel it’s a betrayal. Tinsley suggests they’re friends with benefits. Carole googles it, and says, not them.

Bethenny is having her first foray into denim. She’s launching a massive jean line. She’s always been into jeans, and thinks the SkinnyGirl logo would look cute on the backside. I like them. Bethenny says they’re comfortable, but what is she? A minus zero? She gets some photos taken of her wearing them.

LuAnn takes Dorinda to an apartment she’s looking at. She wants something furnished. She likes the Hamptons on the weekends, but has to be in the city during the week. She thinks it’s beautiful, but a lot of apartment. The realtor says if she just wants a central location, she knows someone who might want to rent. She steps away to make a call, and LuAnn says sorry about what happened in the Hamptons. Dorinda goes on about the difference between burying a husband versus divorcing one, and how Sonja doesn’t make her feel positive. LuAnn feels sorry for Sonja, but Dorinda says she’s a rattlesnake. Once bitten, twice shy.

A traveling spa person comes to Tinsley’s hotel room, lights some candles, and massages her hands. That will be five grand, please.

Carole calls LuAnn, who’s late for tea with her. In her interview, Carole says they had a lighter, friendlier relationship in the beginning, but things have changed. LuAnn can’t figure out why, but we flash back to the deterioration of their friendship. Carole doesn’t want to go through another period with uncomfortable energy. She asks if LuAnn is upset about anything, and brings up LuAnn calling Adam a toy boy, but LuAnn says it was just a joke. LuAnn does think Carole could have sent her a message after the divorce. Carole thinks it would have been insincere. LuAnn didn’t feel obligated to send one when she and Adam broke up, but she’s not dwelling on it. LuAnn says they were traveling different roads, and need to get back on the same one. In her interview, LuAnn thinks the tension between them is petty and just wants to live in peace.

There’s a knock at Tinsley’s door. It’s Scott with flowers. She’s shocked, and literally falls to the floor. She hasn’t seen him for two and a half months, and this is the best surprise she’s ever had. He says she should come to Chicago tonight. She says she’s already packed, and as much as she loves shopping, she loves Scott more. She calls Carole, who says she was in on it. She says she’ll let Ramona know Tinsley won’t be there. In her interview, Carole hopes Tinsley is maintaining some mystery. Tinsley was saving some flowers Carole gave her when she and Scott broke up, and asks him if she can throw them away now. I don’t get it, but okay.

Bethenny discusses the hurricane in Puerto Rico with her assistant. She says it’s still a horror show there. She has plans to get cash cards to the people when there are places to shop again. Her assistant asks if she’s proud at the success of her mission to help, and Bethenny says she’s shocked. Dorinda is the one person who asked her about it. Bethenny says you need a strong constitution to deal with it, and thinks Dorinda will get down and dirty.

In her interview, Ramona says the girls will get special discounts at the Henri Bendel event. She insists on redecorating the space, and makes the employees nervous when she starts moving things around. Carole tells her Tinsley isn’t coming because Scott surprised her. She’s going back to Chicago with him.

In the car, Tinsley tells Scott nothing is more important. She calls her mother, and we flash back to her mom giving her advice. She says she thought room service was at the door, but it was Scott. She literally fell on the ground. Her mother asks if he’s coming for Christmas. Her mother babbles about making him a stocking, and how she can include a dog Scott loved, who belonged to another girlfriend. Tinsley is like, no, you won’t be doing that.

Tom’s ex, Missy shows up. Ramona has outdone herself in insensitivity. We flash back to the mess that was Tom and LuAnn. Ramona gushes over Missy. LuAnn slips in, and can’t believe it. She greets Ramona, and says hello to Missy, channeling her Countess self. In her interview. LuAnn says Tom could be coming out from the dressing room before she knows it. Ramona tells Carole it’s a big party, and LuAnn doesn’t see Tom anymore anyway. Carole asks if Sonja is coming, but Ramona doesn’t know. Ramona tells LuAnn that Sonja is confused and irrational. LuAnn says, there’s a disconnect.

And here she comes. Looking pretty good in a black coat with a leopard scarf. Missy introduces some dude named Richard to LuAnn. Carole says it’s nice to see them talking, and Missy says she never had a problem with LuAnn. Carole says, dump the guy keep the girl. Sonja jokes that she doesn’t know if she’s buying or selling. In her interview, Sonja says after the pep talk with Bethenny, she’s going to say less and mean more.

Dorinda arrives. Carole has to go to another engagement. LuAnn leaves Ramona and Sonja alone to talk, but they don’t. Sonja says she’s looking for a vegetable, since she’s not eating meat. She follows that with saying Ramona knows everything about her, and she would never cheat on her husband. But instead of sticking up for her, Ramona told her to apologize. Ramona says people says things when they’re angry. In her interview, Ramona says she didn’t want to share what Sonja had told her in confidence, and she’s a big girl. She tells Sonja that she doesn’t take sides. They’re not in high school, and she can fight her own battles. They start over-talking one another, and cupping their hands near their mouths, like when Ramona screamed, take a Xanax! They’re doing this in Henri Bendel. Sonja says she told Ramona to apologize for a reason. In her interview, Sonja says Ramona slaps a Band-Aid on things, and it doesn’t work that way. She wants to choke Ramona sometimes. Don’t we all.

LuAnn tells Dorinda that Richard invited her out. He asks how Dorinda knows LuAnn, and Dorinda says they were lovers. Ha-ha-ha! Richard backs away, saying he’s getting another drink. LuAnn says Dorinda is the worst wingwoman ever.

Ramona tells Sonja that she’s concerned about her, and will try to be there for her. Sonja says what made dam break was Dorinda saying she didn’t just bury her husband. She brings up Richard once an hour. She feels Dorinda’s pain, but not vice versa. She whines again that Ramona was never there for her, and Ramona says she’s trying to help her. In her interview, Ramona says it’s frustrating. Everyone feels the same way, but on one has the ball to tell Sonja except her.

Ramona runs over to the other girls, saying Sonja is out to lunch. She doesn’t need the aggravation. Dorinda says hey were seconds away from calling 911 at LuAnn’s brunch. Sonja complains to some women we don’t know, that the girls say they don’t see her enough, then criticize her when they do. Ramona suggests LuAnn work on her. In her interview, Bethenny says everyone is thinking therapy, or an exorcism, or a straightjacket, but she thinks Sonja needs a girlfriend.

Sonja says her goodbyes. LuAnn tells Dorinda that Richard is there with Missy. Dorinda wonders if LuAnn has any Italian in her, saying she does, and this would be a problem.

Next time, Bethenny shows Dorinda the warehouse, LuAnn’s daughter tells her that she’s superficial, and Adam goes on a date – and likes her. And as a bonus – Dorinda gets drunk.

🎇 On Star, Ayanna came back to take her father’s place at Midtown. She told Maurice he’d done nothing while she was gone, and told Jahil they’d talk when she’s ready. Carlotta wondered about the women Charles had abused.

The tour group was about to rock NOLA’s gay pride day, when there was a bomb scare. Alex’s mother, Naomi Campbell, showed up. She told Alex how she’d given up her life for a man who’d disrespected her over and over, but she still loved. She said they were all the same, and Noah would cheat on her too. Jackson put the moves on Star, she called him a pig and slapped him, and then they got busy. Afterward, he told her about this track he had and asked if she could run it by Maurice. Star was pretty pissed, thinking he was using her for her connections, and kicked him out. Eventually, she relented, saying she’d pass his tape along, but wouldn’t listen to it personally, because what if the sex was good and the music sucked?

Carlotta realized that Natalie was cutting her out and running game on her. After seeing Natalie coming on to Maurice, Carlotta told him Natalie was just out for herself, and getting kickbacks from the security firm she’d hired. Carlotta punched Maurice in the mouth, and told him to keep that bitch.

When the bomb threat was over, Take 3 and Noah performed at Miss Bruce’s Ball, which was like Studio 54 in the 70s, very disco-ballish. Miss Lawrence proved that she could also carry a tune. Afterwards, Noah came home to who he thought was Alex in bed, but turned out to be Alex’s mother. She’d said she quit drinking, but she was drunk off her ass. No surprise, Alex walked in. Noah said it wasn’t what she thought, and Alex was about to kick her mother to the curb, but she passed out first. Noah and Alex were good, but Alex ended up getting a sportswear gig Noah had wanted. Even though he acted all happy, when no one was looking, he drank from a flask. I don’t think it was Pepsi.

Out on the street, Simone decked Angel, thinking he was someone else. Although they’re never around when you need them, the cops saw, and shook Angel down. Luckily, they didn’t take him to the station, and just told the two of them to keep their fights off the streets. Angel told Simone that he could have been deported, and if she didn’t want to be with him, just say so. She didn’t say anything, so he walked.

Ayanna told GG it was time to speak out about Charles abusing her. GG didn’t want people looking at her like a victim or the label getting flack, but Ayanna said it was bigger than that, and she needed to stop being afraid.

Cotton spent the weekend with her son, AJ, who was having a hard time comprehending that his father was a woman. He said his friends would laugh at him. Cotton understood that he had a picture in his head of what his dad should be, but suggested they make a different picture. Before he could answer, AJ had a seizure.

Queen Latifah ran the wig gamut from a silvery banged shag to a Dorothy Hamill in subtle tones of purple and blue, but Miss Lawrence out-Biebered Justin Bieber with some bodacious side-swept blonde bangs. Next time, Star eclipses Alex, who calls her garbage.

💰 Ryan helped sell hot tubs in the Hamptons on Sell It Like Serhant. Saleswoman Amanda had robotic mannerisms and a general enthusiasm akin to reading the phone book. While she should have been selling ten hot tubs a month, she’d only sold three in the four months she’d been there. In showing her how to sell it, Ryan had potential customers in for a party in the hot tub, but Amanda was a total buzzkill. She reminded me of a scene partner I once had in acting school, who caused me to be stuck in Richard III scene hell for an entire summer. The top seller suggested she literally let her hair down, and put some effort into her appearance. She made the excuse that she was a busy mom. Ryan, who could hear commissions dying in the background, asked to see her closet, and gave her some pointers. He had her talk to strangers, and do some weird vocal exercises, giving me another flashback to something I hated in acting school. Ryan also sprung for a makeover, and although at the next wellness event, Amanda only sold three out of the goal of four, the boss agreed she’d improved enough that he’d keep her on. Next time, Tim, the rental agent.

👈 Throwin’ It Back…

I call this one, Get Off My Jock.







April 25, 2018 – Luck or Fate, Another Hellish Dinner Party, Some Star, Some Serhant & the Weekend (Almost)


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Drew stops by Alexis’s place. She says they must have gotten their wires crossed, since she dropped off the kids at Monica’s. He asks how Sam is doing and where she is.

In Switzerland, back from their quest, Sam tells Jason, that was insane. The driving wasn’t bad, and she had a great time. He says, him too.

At the hospital, Kim asks Finn to hold the elevator. He doesn’t, but says he did her a favor; Lucy was in it. She says Lucy already hit her up about the Nurses’ Ball, but she told Lucy that she had no talent. Finn says that was the wrong thing to do. Lucy will have her on a trapeze, playing the accordion. He says he’s never attended it, and she tells him to give it a try this year. She already has a date.

At Kelly’s, Lucas is on the phone discussing the nursery with Brad. Julian hears him, and says, it’s really happening. Lucas is going to be a father.

Curtis gets down on one knee, and asks Jordan to marry him. She tells him to stand up. He asks her to hear him out. He wants them both to say the words, and commit to each other. Jordan says, till death do us part? She can’t marry him if the only reason he’s asking is that she might die.

Alexis tells Drew that Sam is in Switzerland with Jason. Spinelli was arrested, and they went to help get him out. The three of them decided to stay and work on the investigation. He thanks her, and leaves. Alexis hopes Sam knows what she’s doing.

Sam is liking Switzerland, and remarks that she got Jason to wear a helmet. He says they just robbed a bank, but she corrects him, saying they infiltrated it. The banker should have never have let her behind his desk. Jason says he didn’t have a chance. She wonders if the wire transfer Henrik sent ever came through. Jason finds a letter from Spinelli, saying he was able to secure passage to Seattle, and confirmed two seats to Port Charles (direct from Switzerland?) on Friday. He says they should enjoy the remainder of their stay, and includes a list of restaurants. Sam says Spinelli stranded them there on purpose.

Julian tells Lucas that he didn’t mean to snoop. Lucas says it’s official; they’ve been chosen to adopt. Julian is happy for them, and knows they’ll make wonderful parents. Lucas says they’re thrilled and grateful. it wouldn’t have happened without him.

Curtis doesn’t accept Jordan’s non-acceptance, but he’s on his feet so they can talk about it. She knows he means well. He says he means to marry his woman. Not because she’s sick, but because they love each other. He can’t deny the timing is suspicious, but her health scare is a wake-up call. It’s a reminder that life can change in an instant. The only guarantee is here and now. He hopes they’ll have fifty years, but will take five years or five hours.

Sam calls the airline, and tells Jason the soonest available flight isn’t until Friday. Whether Spinelli knew that or not, she needs to have a talk with him. There are too many coincidences, like them being in the same hotel. Jason admits Spinelli knew where she was staying. She asks how, and he says Spinelli was monitoring her in case of an emergency. She says that’s really good to know, and they’ll need to have another conversation about privacy. She asks how Jason ended up there, and Jason tells her that Anna had a research trip scheduled, and booked the hotel. Sam says Spinelli set them up. Jason says Spinelli told him there were 400+ rooms, and the odds of them running into each other were slim to none. If they did, it would be fate. Sam says he matched everything in the direction he wanted, but Jason says he won’t do it again. He respects her, and respects if she wants to be on her own.

Lucas is grateful to Julian. It made all the difference when he agreed not be part of the baby’s life. Julian doesn’t want his past mistakes to jeopardize his son’s happiness. Lucas says happy doesn’t begin to cover it. Julian says a child will bring boundless joy; it changed his life. Lucas says, just not soon enough.

Josslyn tells Oscar the coach is thinking about moving her up in the rotation. That’s almost as cool as his editorial in the school paper. He says it wasn’t that great, and she wonders if he can’t accept praise or is he afraid to show it to someone whose opinion he values?

Kim tells Drew about Oscar’s piece in the school paper. She says he’s probably embarrassed to show it to Drew. Drew doesn’t want to throw her under bus by asking Oscar about it, but if Oscar doesn’t show him tonight, he will. He has an idea, and Kim suggests she tell him over lunch.

Jordan reminds Curtis that she was married to his brother. She broke her vows, and broke his heart, and it ultimately led to his death. Curtis says some of that is on him; he should have stayed out of their business. Jordan says she created the situation. When it was over and done with, and had fallen apart, she felt guilty and angry, with herself mostly, but took out on him. Curtis says it’s all in the past. They know each other inside and out. They’re not perfect, but they’re smart, and learn from their mistakes. They know enough not to repeat them. She says that’s exactly why she’s hesitant to marry him.

Finn comes by Alexis’s place. She tells him about Drew’s visit, saying even if it’s not true, he perceives that Sam is with Jason. Finn says no one wants to be the odd man out in a triangle. She tells him it’s easier to worry about her children than herself. He asks if she’s worried, but she says she’s more worried about them together.

Lucas tells Julian that he’s been reading parenting books. No one is perfect. No matter what, despite the best intent, everyone screws up, but you put your kid first. Julian did that for him with the adoption; he came through as a father. Julian wishes he could change the past, but he just trying to do better to prove himself. In the meantime, is there anything else Lucas needs to tell him?

Jordan asks Curtis, what if it doesn’t work out? She’s thought about the pain she’s caused TJ. He’s been disappointed too many times, and don’t get her started about Aunt Stella. Curtis says it’s not about Aunt Stella or TJ. TJ is a grown-ass man, and it doesn’t affect Stella either way. They’re the only ones who it matters to, is them. Can she see herself forever with him? She wants to say yes, and take a leap of faith. He tells her to just go for it, and her phone rings. It’s the doctor.

Kim says she promised Drew chili, but her feelings won’t be hurt if likes Kelly’s chili better. They go inside, and see Julian. Julian invites them to join him, but Kim says she invited Drew. He asks if they have the latest on Sam, and if she’s back yet.

Jason tells Sam that they couldn’t have gained access without her. At least they know the letters are gone, and don’t have to waste time on that. They’re also closer to Henrik. Sam says he probably bounced the money through a bunch of corporations. Jason says maybe they should go back to the book. Sam says he told her that he thought Anna knew more than she was saying. Maybe they should retrace her steps. Go to the schools, and pick up the files she was looking at. Jason asks if she’s sure she wants to stay with the investigation. He loves working with her – she’s one of the best – but she said she wanted distance. Sam says she did say that, and this isn’t it.

Jason tells Sam when he got out of the clinic, he had no idea how much time had gone by; he thought it was six months. He was worried about her and Danny, but not afraid anything happened to them. He stowed away on a freighter, and saw a newspaper from another stowaway. When he saw the date, he realized five years had passed. Then he was afraid all the way back, praying they were still alive and okay. He could take whatever happened as long as they were okay. She is, so whatever happens next, whatever she decides, he’s good.

Drew tells Julian, as far as he knows, Sam is in Switzerland. Drew starts to leave, and Kim asks where he’s going; they’re supposed to have lunch. Julian asks if he and Kim are still on for the Nurses’ Ball, and she tells him nothing’s changed. She explains to Drew that she’s seeing Julian casually. She knows his past is far from spotless. Drew says Julian isn’t his favorite guy, but Kim says, up until now, he’s been pretty great. Drew says it’s his least favorite subject, and suggests they talk about their son.

Josslyn tells Oscar that his dad will be proud and call his mom, then parental bonding sparks fly. He says, now she’s reaching. She says he’ll never know unless he makes the first move.

Jordan thanks the doctor, and tells Curtis she’s fine. The spot hasn’t changed, and they think it’s from an infection she had as a kid. Her cough is probably from the earthquake dust. They’re going to do a follow-up, but there’s no cause for concern. He says thank God he’s not losing her, and she says he’s off the hook. He can take back his proposal.

Alexis likes that Finn is smart, funny, and cynical. She likes him, and thinks he’s a softy underneath. He tells her that he’s offended. She doesn’t think they should be each other’s rebound relationship, but he says he didn’t have a relationship with Anna. Alexis points out that she didn’t have to tell him who she was referring to. He admits to having feelings for Anna, and Alexis gets it; he’s going through it or close enough. They talk a good game, but deep down, they’re both… Finn says, weird? Alexis says that wasn’t the word she was going for. They’re vulnerable, damaged, and emotionally raw. Finn is like, great, and she says maybe they’re overthinking it. They should just take the journey. Finn thinks he’s good with that. He’s missed her. Not just at meetings, but in general. It’s been a long time since they were close. She asks if he’s talking about sex. He says it was unplanned and spontaneous. She asks if he wants to do it again.

Josslyn suggests Oscar send Drew the article. He’ll probably be proud and come by the house, then his mom can make dinner. Oscar gets a text from Drew, asking if he wants to go hiking.

Drew tells Kim, hopefully, Oscar will accept the invitation. Kim says he will, and Drew will be proud of what he wrote. It’s about the outsiders and the kids they stood up for. Drew remembers Oscar punching out the kid with the paintball, and Kim says at one point, she would have blamed Drew’s influence, but Oscar isn’t the pacifist angel she thought. She’s not in favor of settling things with violence, but sometimes it’s appropriate. She tells Drew not to tell Oscar she said that. Drew’s phone dings. Oscar accepted his invitation. Kim knows he’ll be proud of their boy.

Sam tells Jason she never heard the whole story about after he broke out of the clinic. He says he had no money, no ID, and was barefoot. He had a safe deposit box in Zurich, and was making his way to the train station, when a Russian priest found him – Father Stanislav. The priest gave him clothes and food, and arranged for him to be smuggled out. He met a few good people, even the other stowaway, Huxley. Sam asks if he means Huxley Lynch, a fussy, weird British guy. Jason says, that’s him. He won Huxley’s watch in a card game, and Sam says, that was him?

Finn and Alexis get busy. Julian comes onto the porch.

Jordan tells Curtis that she wants to work on herself. She wants to be a better wife to him than she was to his brother. They need to nurture the relationship they have; no pressure. If it comes up again when they’re both ready, then they’ll talk about it. They have all the time in the world. Curtis says, no rush. They’ll work something out. She tells him it was a beautiful gesture, and meant the world to her.

Oscar can’t believe Josslyn talked him into sending the article. Drew told him that after the hike and dinner with his mom, to be warned that he has a few miles worth of compliments on Oscar’s editorial. Not because he’s Drew’s son, but a great writer. Josslyn says, see? It wasn’t that hard. He tells her that she made it easy.

Drew is shocked that Oscar is such a good writer, an Kim says he’s always been a special kid. Drew says he’s perceptive and insightful; he must have gotten it from her. She says he has a lot of Drew’s qualities, and they made an extraordinary kid.

Sam asks Jason about the watch. He says Huxley was on the run from a Russian gang he owed money to. He talked so much, Jason stopped paying attention. He seemed more concerned with losing his home than about the Russians. He was keyed up, and Jason didn’t want to talk, so they played cards. Huxley was trying to cheat him, but Jason cleaned him out. Huxley told him it was his lucky watch; whenever he wagered it, he won. He lost again, but Jason gave him the money back. Huxley insisted he keep the watch. The luck was broken for him, but maybe it would be lucky for Jason. When they got to New York, Jason went to a bar to get his bearings. The guys chasing him picked up his trail, but the bartender covered for him, so he gave her the watch. Sam tells him about her and Drew going to NYC to celebrate buying Aurora, and seeing the watch. She asks when he was there, and realizes it was the same day. The airline calls. There’s been a cancellation, and they have two hours before the next flight. Jason tells Sam to meet him in the lobby. Sam says they were apart for five years, and wound up in the same bar holding the same watch within hours of each other. Huxley was right. The watch is lucky. Or Spinelli was right, and it was fate. They soap stare at each other.

Tomorrow, Nina tells Curtis it’s the perfect opportunity, Maxie wants to talk about Peter, and Alexis asks Anna about her search for Henrik.

The Real Housewives of New York City

Still at LuAnn’s for lunch, Ramona asks if they can’t be more considerate of each other’s feelings. Sonja says she’s very sensitive. Dorinda says she buried a husband, and Sonja’s husband left her because she was screwing around in the south of France. One’s a tragedy and the other’s a choice. Dorinda no longer wants to go to dinner with her. Sonja says she doesn’t understand. In her interview, Sonja claims she didn’t cheat and had a beautiful marriage. Ramona says divorce is like a death, but she crossed the line. LuAnn tells Dorinda that Sonja isn’t in her right mind. She’s been on meds, so have compassion. In her interview, LuAnn says Sonja and Dorinda are like dogs in heat; she needs a garden hose to separate them. Ramona tries to keep the peace, and asks Sonja to apologize. Sonja calls Dorinda an insensitive bitch, and doesn’t feel she has to explain the pain of her loss. Dorinda tells LuAnn sorry to ruin the meal, and LuAnn says she’s sorry Dorinda is upset. In her interview, Dorinda is insulted by the audacity of Sonja’s narcissism. Ramona is freaked, and wonders what she’s going to do about the dinner she’s planned.

Bethenny, Carole, and Tinsley walk over to Bethenny’s investment property. It’s an eight-bedroom rental home that she got for a steal at $2 million. We flash back to Ramona saying she’d never buy anything on the highway. In her interview, Bethenny says she looks for properties that have potential. She’s spending $350K to add $1.5 million to the value. She shows the girls around, and tells them she plans on renovating the attic into a livable space. Dorinda texts Carole, and asks her to call. On the phone, Dorinda says Sonja isn’t a nice person and went too far. She tells Carole about Sonja comparing her divorce to Dorinda’s husband’s death. In her interview, Bethenny says she understands both sides. The girls tell Dorinda to try and relax.

Ramona and Dorinda discuss real estate. Ramona says it always goes up in value, and she’d rather invest in that than stocks. She explains that she can rent the house out for two weeks tax free, which is news to Dorinda. In her interview, Ramona says she came from nothing and isn’t a dummy. Well, maybe not about real estate.

Ramona gets ready for her dinner. She loves entertaining, and I have no idea what crazy crap she’s wearing. It looks like some weird thing from the 70s that she bedazzled. Dorinda kibitzes the chef in the kitchen. She’s interested in meeting Kirk, who she thinks is having an effect on Ramona. Ramona tells a couple of the guests that the group can get heated. John wanders in, followed by Tinsley and Carole. In her interview, Tinsley thought it was a party for Carole, but it seems like all of Ramona’s friends. Bethenny arrives with Dennis. Carole is wearing a tattoo bodysuit, which provokes many comments. In her interview, she says it’s a major fashion moment and everyone is jealous, but Bethenny wonders if she joined a motorcycle gang. Dennis talks about Bethenny hiding his sweaters when she doesn’t like them. Bethenny says he likes to wear loud clothing, but Dorinda thinks it shows confidence.

LuAnn and Sonja walk in. Sonja has no plan of action; she’s just going to be herself. In her interview, Bethenny wonders what the eff they’re all wearing, including herself. It’s like a bad bar. Sonja says she had a nice cry today. Dorinda wasn’t sympathetic with her, because she didn’t bury a husband. Ramona asks wtf? and Sonja wonders why Ramona didn’t stick up for her. Tinsley is hearing yelling, and doesn’t want to get involved. In her interview, Dorinda admits to wanting to stoke the fire between Tinsley and Sonja. Ramona tells Sonja she’s learned if she upsets someone, just apologize and move on.

Carole is confused. She thought it was a marathon party, but it’s a family-style buffet with no marathon memorabilia to be seen. Ramona toasts to Carole, saying Carole had never exercised in her life, and while she works out all the time, she could never accomplish what Carole has done. In her interview, Carole says Ramona had the party to have an excuse to flirt with Kirk. Dorinda asks when Dennis lost his hair, and he talks about being on a team in college who shaved their heads, and it never grew back. She mentions that Richard was bald. We see clips of how much Dorinda hearkens back. It’s agreed Dennis has a good-shaped head. LuAnn asks when Dennis and Bethenny met, and Bethenny thought she knew. We flash back to the last reunion, and LuAnn saying he was married when Bethenny started seeing him. Bethenny points this out. In her interview, Dorinda tries to explain the look on LuAnn’s face and can’t, because she’s laughing so hard. Bethenny suggests an apology, and LuAnn says she’s sorry. In her interview, LuAnn doesn’t get it, since she was just making pleasantries.

Sonja says she’s been relegated to the end of the table; why not just put a muzzle on her? Actually, that sounds like a brilliant idea. Sonja claims that Rocco is talking serious, and Dorinda says there is no Rocco; she’s not dating him. In her interview, Sonja says everyone is throwing accusations about her personal life, when they know nothing. Dorinda says liar, liar, ho on fire. Sonja says she doesn’t lie. Tinsley says she lies all the time, and stop talking about her. Dorinda asks if Sonja thinks Tinsley paid for the gift card she gave her for her birthday, and Sonja says no. Tinsley whips out her checkbook, and says she’ll write her a check, adding that Sonja should close her mouth and her effing legs. Alrighty then. In her interview, Dorinda says she told Tinsley to speak up, not lose her sh*t. Bethenny says Tinsley donated a lot to her charity, and Sonja asks where the money came from, adding, who cares? and answering her own question. Bethenny finds it hard to defend her. Tinsley gives Sonja a check, but Sonja doesn’t want her money; she wants Tinsley’s love. The check is flipped back and forth, until Bethenny finally sets it on fire. LuAnn says it’s a laughable moment, and Bethenny just gave it a punchline. Ramona tells Sonja again to just say sorry, and Sonja calls her a fake apologizer. In her interview, Sonja says Ramona puts up a wall when she doesn’t want to get involved. Sonja wanders off, and a cake with candles appears for Carole, since Ramona has the marathon mixed up with a birthday. Everyone applauds. In her interview, Carole says the cake is a nice try, but as far as a themed party goes, she gives it an F.

Dorinda is afraid to talk to Sonja in private, thinking she’ll go off on a tangent. They go into the kitchen, and Sonja tells her that they’ve both suffered great losses, and both have no fathers for their daughters. Dorinda suggests that she move on, since she recognizes that Sonja is never going to understand why she’s wrong here. Sonja says she’s not holding on, but won’t forget. She doesn’t want to let go of the memories. She says she’s having an off day; she’s coming off anti-depressants and not taking hormones anymore. In her interview, Dorinda doesn’t know if Sonja is talking to her or telling herself. She could put a mannequin in her place, and Sonja would never notice. She tells Sonja they’ll talk tomorrow. Bethenny says they’ve destroyed another night in the Hamptons – the gift that keeps on giving.

Ramona says when they met, she thought John was rough around the edges. We see a clip of her reaming him out. She says he’s grown on her. He has a warm heart, and adores Dorinda. In her interview, Dorinda says their relationship is good, but she feels like she’s grown so much and wants to keep growing. She’s feeling tense with him. Ramona asks how her discussion with Sonja went. She thinks something is going on with Sonja, but doesn’t want to deal with it anymore’ it’s not worth it to be involved. She reads Dorinda a text from Sonja, calling her a bitch because Ramona didn’t stand up for her. She rambles about how she never cheated, loved her husband, but couldn’t stay because it was difficult. Dorinda says she has present-day grief from twelve years ago. She wants to talk about today. Ramona continues, with Sonja telling her that she needs help, and saying she wasted her time bonding with an unfeeling POS. In her interview, Ramona says Sonja isn’t a two-year-old, and she doesn’t think she needs to defend her. She tells Dorinda that she’s not saying she’s done, but she can’t relate anymore. Sonja doesn’t listen, and likes to hide behind her texts. Yoda Dorinda says, say it, forget it; write it, regret it.

Carole and Tinsley meet before brunch. Tinsley tells Carole about locking herself out, and Carole jokes that she’s a bad houseguest. Tinsley says she’s had a lot going on, and Sonja needs to be quiet about her; she can’t deal. In her interview, Tinsley doesn’t know how to resolve it. To avoid conflict, she and Carole make place cards. The others trickle in, and Dorinda says the place cards are super fancy. Sonja wants to go home. but can’t say no to an expensive brunch. Not knowing what went on, Carole and Tinsley put Ramona across from Sonja. In her interview, Sonja says she’s always defended Ramona, but she couldn’t return the favor. It’s the kiss of death. She’s done.

Ramona tells Carole about Sonja’s text. Ramona wants to change seats, and Carole says there will be no one at the end of the table. In her interview, Carole says she didn’t know about the tension between Ramona and Sonja, but at this point, there’s tension between everyone and Sonja. Ramona moves down by Dorinda, and tells her to play along. She pretends to be asking Dorinda’s opinion about decorating. In her interview, Sonja says the text worked. Ramona knows she’s a loser, so she’s doing what she thinks will look good with the group. Okay… Bethenny has no idea what’s going on, but sees Ramona jumped the Sonja ship. LuAnn thinks Ramona is being rude. Sonja says LuAnn knows everything about her miscommunication with Dorinda. She harps again on how Ramona could have defended her. Ramona asks when she’s going to stop talking and start listening. She doesn’t know who Sonja is anymore. Sonja says she’s the fun one at parties, then has to go back to the trenches. I guess that’s what she calls a beautiful townhouse in Manhattan. She says she lost everything, and Bethenny says it was a long time ago; they have to get current. Sonja accuses everyone of being judgmental, and asks who brought up Rocco? Ramona says Sonja did, and wonders if she just listens to herself. Sounds to me like Sonja doesn’t listen to herself either. Tinsley says Sonja is like a broken record, and Dorinda says, here we go again.

LuAnn says, check, please.

Next time, Carole says Adam is not her boyfriend, Missy (Tom’s ex) shows up, and Ramona and Sonja create another scene.

🌟 On Star, Cassie told someone on the phone that she wanted her $200K, but didn’t want her mom to know. Maurice brought in old friend Natalie, who got Take 3 a college gig, telling them they needed to establish a fan base. Andy sabotaged the gig by cutting the sound, and got himself cut from the tour when he was found out. Take 3 saved the show by singing acapella with Noah. Alex had enough with Noah’s groupies, but he insisted she was the only one for him. Simone also fought with Angel, thinking he was in on Andy’s interference, but they made up by the end of the episode. Cotton’s ex said she didn’t know how complicated a baby daddy would be, and Cotton told her to try being one with double-Ds. Natalie came on to Maurice, who said he was seeing someone, and she told him she could get him whatever he wanted. The real star of the show, Queen Latifah’s hair, went from a shaggy bob with beachy waves and highlights (loved this look on her!) to a swirly short ‘do that was half magenta. Next time, Miss Lawrence takes the mic, and Noah is getting down with the wrong person when Alex walks in.

💰 This week, on Sell It Like Serhant, Ryan helped Staten Island kitchen cabinet salesman, Frank. Poor Frank, whose wife had passed away from leukemia, was a week away from the unemployment line, since he couldn’t sell ice in hell. While putting Frank through his paces at the gym, Ryan also taught him how to sell a kitchen with an intro/compliment/hook strategy. At the end, Frank went from selling literally zero to $37K a month. Next time, hot tubs.

🏇 The Homestretch…



April 18, 2018 – Emma the Budding Operative, NYC in the Hamptons, An Observation, Some Star, Serhant Sells Wax & Late


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

In Bern, Anna checks out schools with Emma. Robert shows up, saying sorry he’s late.

Franco sleeps restlessly. Elizabeth wakes him, and tells him, it’s just a dream.

Curtis brings Jordan breakfast at the station. She says she’s been working all night. He asks if she’s had any luck finding Avery or Mike, but she’s had no leads. Since Ava called the FBI, they’ve been working with them, but it’s clearly not a kidnapping. She gets it though. She’s a mom, and thinking your child might be in danger is unbearable.

TJ tells Kiki he posted flyers, and she thanks him. She wants to do something, but doesn’t know what. She’s scared for Avery. She and Mike have been gone all night; anything could have happened.

Maxie meets Nina at Charlie’s. Maxie isn’t sleeping, because it leads to dreaming and fresh heartbreak. Nina wanted to discuss something privately – Peter. Peter walks in, and Maxie says what a coincidence. She wanted to talk to Nina about Peter. He joins them.

Anna asks what Robert is doing there, and he says, helping? She says they’re managing superbly without him. They’ve been to three other schools without a hitch, and oddly, he wasn’t there. He says she can’t be too careful. He assumes they’ve had no luck. Anna says they had a promising lead, but it didn’t pan out, and this is the last school. Emma thinks it’s fun, especially helping Anna to spy. Robert says she’s quite the operative. It sounds like it’s Anna’s last hope, and he asks if she’s giving it up if they don’t find anything.

Anna tells Robert to quit trying to control her with his faux concern. He says the only thing that needs controlling is her obsession with Henrik, and she says she just has loose ends to tie up. If wants to help, stop criticizing, and assist. She tells him that he and Emma are to keep the headmistress busy while she hacks into the system. Standing in front of the laptop on the desk, Emma says it’s already open. The headmistress comes back, and asks Emma what she’s doing at the computer.

Maxie wanted both Nina and Peter to be there; she wants them to get along. Peter says they have a cordial working relationship, and Nina says they’re professionals. Maxie thinks they’re smiling through gritted teeth because of her. Peter says this is a little awkward. Maxie thinks if they get to know each other, it will be easier. They can at least try. They’re both important to her, and she asks them to do it for her and the baby.

TJ tells Kiki that his mom has been working with the FBI all night. Kiki says her mom is probably driving them insane. TJ asks if it’s not supposed to be Kiki’s first day in the Shadow Program. She says she’s supposed to shadow Dr. Bensch, but wishes TJ could take her place.

Jordan tells Curtis that the two most vulnerable types are missing; a child and an aging man with Alzheimer’s. Curtis says after finding out about Jim, his awareness has been heightened. He doesn’t want to miss anything else. He tells her that he’s investigating Peter, and Jordan asks, why? He says maybe Peter isn’t what he seems.

Franco cuddles with Elizabeth. She saw the boys off to school, and came back to bed. Franco says they could stay here all day, but Elizabeth wants to know about his dream. Once again, their cheap sheets are so loud when they’re moving around, it’s hard to hear the dialogue. Does no one check this stuff? Although nothing was worse than when construction was being done near the One Life to Live set. But I digress. Elizabeth says Franco can’t go on like everything is fine. He can’t just keep going like nothing happened. He says he’s put it behind him. She knows he wants it to be over, but it’s not. She adds that it will be, and asks about the nightmare. He dreamed he heard a boy calling for help. She asks if it Drew, but he says it was just a kid, like he was.

Emma tells the headmistress that she’s a fan of the operating system. The headmistress is impressed that she’s familiar with the European system, and apologizes for being short. She takes the students’ privacy seriously. Robert makes introductions, and says “Emelia” is exceptional. They’ve been researching schools, and it’s this is one of the highest rated. The headmistress mentions the theater program, and Emma says she’s also a theater geek. Anna thinks they could make a sizeable contribution to a new theater wing. The headmistress asks Emma if she’s truly ready to go to boarding school. Emma says she’d miss her family, thinks it would be fun; she’s already been to camp. She asks to see the dorm, and the headmistress says it will be on the tour. Her recruit coordinator will be taking them around. Anna says she thought the headmistress would be doing that, but she says she’s busy.

Jordan tells Curtis that Peter has been nothing but cooperative. He says Nina had some suspicions. He thought she was overreacting, but he found some discrepancies in Peter’s background check. Jordan asks why he’s so concerned about Nina, but he says it has more to do with Maxie.

Maxie tells Nina and Peter that she’s close to both of them on a personal and professional level. Maybe if they knew each other better on a personal level, it wouldn’t be so awkward. Peter says he’s game, and would be happy to dispel any doubts Nina has. He doesn’t usually talk about himself; he’s more of a listener. Nina says that’s admirable; most people love to talk about themselves. She’d love to hear about his life.

TJ tells Kiki if they wanted him for the Shadow Program, he’d jump at the chance. She apologizes for being insensitive. She’d thought he had it locked down; his test scores and grades are better than her. she was shocked when she was chosen. He says, no disrespect, but so was he. The committee saw something that made a difference, and asks if she knows why they chose her. She flashes back to David saying he has the deciding vote.

Franco tells Elizabeth that when he cornered Jim at the studio, he forced him to write down all the names of the kids he abused. He shows Elizabeth the list, and she asks if he’s sure it’s real. Jim was afraid for his life; maybe he made it up. Franco says he watched Jim write it, and he knew them by heart.

Anna tells the headmistress that “Emelia” obviously has her choice of other schools, and they were shown around by the headmistress at the others. Emma says they should just go, suggesting she be enrolled in one of the others. The headmistress says she’ll have her meeting postponed, and escort them herself. Anna pretends to feel dizzy, and explains she has a rare blood disorder. She tells them go on ahead while she rests. The headmistress tells her to make herself comfortable. As soon as they leave, Anna gets on the laptop.

Peter says he was never good at first dates, and Maxie tells him at least it’s not a blind date; they know each other. Peter says he knows as little about Nina as she knows about him. Maxie ask her to share, but Nina says there’s not much to share. When she was pregnant, her mother told her that her husband was having an affair. She fell apart, and was in a coma for twenty years. When she woke up, she kidnapped a baby, and was institutionalized. She tells him about her other two marriages, and says Crimson fell into her lap. She and Maxie turned it around, and now she has a man who loves her, and a daughter, and a pending niece or nephew who Nathan would have adored, had he not been shot by his father.

Kiki tells TJ it didn’t feel right. She would have turned it down, but was told she would look angry and unprofessional. TJ says he wouldn’t expect her to turn it down. They must have been looking for something else. She works there, and the doctors see her all the time. He thinks he should volunteer more. Kiki says, maybe. He tells her not to worry; he’s happy for her. She says under other circumstances, she’d be happy too, but with a missing sister, she wishes she could take the day off. TJ doesn’t think she’d be faulted if she did.

Elizabeth says there are so many boys on the list; their innocence destroyed and scarred for life. She wonders how it’s affected their thinking, their choices, and hearts, and how they can trust anyone. Franco says maybe they got lucky; he did. Maybe they have someone like her in their lives. She says he’s the one who remembered and confronted Jim, but he says not soon enough. Elizabeth says maybe they’re grown and got help and healed. Franco says maybe they’re still haunted and suffering, the way he is. She asks what he’s doing with the list.

Anna finds a match in the school records. She hears them coming back.

Peter says he didn’t have a normal, happy childhood. His mother wasn’t around, and his dad shipped him to boarding school. He attended several, but came to. He talks about living in Milan, but Nina catches him when he claims to have lived in the center of the city, since she’s more familiar with it than he is.

Curtis tells Jordan that there should be a living situation on record, but it’s like Peter didn’t exist before he turned twenty-one. Jordan suggests he came from a wealthy family who was protecting him against publicity, but Curtis thinks no internet presence is odd. He thinks maybe the records of the offshore companies he worked for were doctored, and Jordan says even big companies do it to protect people. Curtis says there’s no birth record. He asks if she can check to see if Peter is in the witness protection program.

David (aka Dr.Bensch) asks if Kiki is ready. She explains her little sister is missing, and wonder if they could postpone.

Franco doesn’t know what he’s going to do with the list yet. She asks if he thinks they don’t deserve to know Jim is dead; they might be relieved. He says he doesn’t know how to track them down, but she says there are plenty of ways. He asks what if they don’t want to be found or reminded? What if they’re like him, and tried to bury everything. She says then they’ll deal like he did, but it’s up to them. Franco thinks then he’d be the bad guy, dumping everything in their laps. Elizabeth thinks maybe he doesn’t want to talk about it. He says he didn’t remember because didn’t want to give words to something that shouldn’t be spoken. He couldn’t even tell himself. How can he be the voice for all these people?

The headmistress says the tour isn’t over not yet, but she wanted to know if Anna has recovered enough to go with them. Anna says she hasn’t, but feel free to continue. Emma says she’s good, and got what she wanted; they can go. She looks pointedly at Anna.

Jordan asks Curtis, why? He says, for him. It’s a paid job, but concerns someone he cares about. Peter works for Drew, who’s going through hell. He’d hate to see Drew lose his business. Should he keep digging or will she help him?  She makes a call. She tells someone they told her to call if she needed a favor. She just needs a yes or no.

Elizabeth understands the shame and shock. It took a while for her to recover from being raped. She was afraid and angry, and shut down. People helped her through it, like she’s there to help him. She tells him there’s no rush getting through it; it takes time. He needs to take care of himself and heal, then decide about the list. She says he needs to remember he’s far from evil. He didn’t try to kill Drew; he tried to protect him. He was lied to and manipulated, and the one person who should have protected him, failed him. None of it is his fault. He’s free of all of it. He tells her he loves her, and someday, this will be behind them. She knows and will be right there – always – whatever he needs. He says all he needs is her.

David tells Kiki that he heard about it on the news. She says they’re extraordinary circumstances, or she wouldn’t ask. He says it’s too bad she’s having a personal conflict on the first day, but in order to be an effective physician, she can’t let it get in the way of treating patients. She’s learning this on her first day. Kiki wants to be there for her mother, but David asks if she’s essential, or if there’s anything she can do to locate her sister. She admits there isn’t, and he says then her career comes first. They have trained people looking, and she can’t do more to help. The only thing she could do, is hold her mother’s hand. He tells her they’re late for rounds. She asks if he’s doing this because she rejected him.

Peter says where he was, was the center of the city for him, since his office was there. As for love interests, he never stayed any place long enough to find anyone. Maybe if he stays in Port Charles, there will be. Maxie asks why he wouldn’t be staying. What opportunity might lure him away? Nina gets a text, and has to go. Maxie asks if they’re copacetic. Peter says he’s good, and Nina says she has no problem with Peter except for his stinginess with the budget. Nina leaves, and Maxie says that didn’t go as expected. Peter says it was a kind gesture, and appreciated.

Outside of the office, Anna tells Emma that she needs more time. Emma says when they were in the library, Robert was a decoy for her, and she found the school’s production of Julius Caesar. There was an Henri Francoise in the cast, and she thinks it might be Henrik. Robert says Emma is cunning and can get out of a tight spot. She says it’s in her DNA; she comes from long line of spies.

Franco and Elizabeth get busy. There’s a song part. I try to get my email, which is messed up today. The cherry on my internet cake for the week.

David tells Kiki that he’s set their misunderstanding aside, and expects her to show maturity. Not everything is about her. He tells her not to squander the opportunity. They have work to do – unless she wants to wallow in her personal problems.

Curtis tells Nina there’s no record of Peter before he was twenty-one, and his professional records are superficial. There could be a legit reason, but there are also illegitimate reasons. He says to act natural, and don’t tip him off. Keep her suspicions to herself, and don’t tell Maxie; just be there for her. He repeats not to tell Peter anything, and Nina says she just kind of did that.

Maxie insists on picking up the check. She asks what Peter meant about a better offer, and if he wants to leave Port Charles. He says he’s never put down roots or made friends anywhere. He came to do a job, but he might be getting a life too.

Anna says Emma is right; all the dates match up. Emma tells her that all students are encouraged to take part in the theater program. She thought it sounded like something Henrik would be in, because his father’s name was Cesar. Robert thinks Emma’s powers of deduction are frightening. They look at the cast picture. Anna says she can’t tell anything yet, but she will. She swears she’ll find him.

Tomorrow, Drew asks about Franco, Kim is where she wants to be, and Carly asks Griff what’s going on.

The Real Housewives of New York City

Sonja packs for the Hamptons. She remarks to ex-assistant Lulu that everyone her age is going to jail. She doesn’t want to be photographed dancing on tables, and have her daughter see it on Instagram.

Carole usually stays at Bethenny’s, but her house is full, so she’s staying with Tinsley.

Bethenny puts Groucho Marx nose/glasses on her dogs. She calls her brand manager, making sure things are in order for the weekend. In her interview, she says Carole and Tinsley are thick as thieves.

Sonja hasn’t even gotten on the bus – a Jitney, whatever that is – and she’s exhausted.

Dorinda almost runs over a Con Ed guy. Which most New Yorkers probably want to do. Carole says Ramona is throwing her a marathon party. She tells them it’s like a blur to her; she was in so much pain. Carole says she heard Sonja called Tinsley a whore. In her interview, Tinsley says it’s news to her that a guy is paying her way. It’s upsetting, and making her angry. She tells them it’s defamatory and ridiculous. Dorinda says she was blindsided. Sonja is nasty-nice, cutting your throat while smiling; then you see blood on you. Carole tells them to forget she’s mean. Tinsley talks about confronting her, but not right away, and Carole says, it’s going to be a fun weekend.

LuAnn always had cars for the children, and is thrilled to be driving a Mercedes. She goes to a gourmet store to get a gift basket for Bethenny, and picks up some stuff for brunch. Sonja calls, saying she’s in South Hampton. She’s going to pick up her car that she leaves there. LuAnn says Sonja’s laundry list is crazy. She can’t imagine calling a hostess with a list that long. She wants to blend her own smoothies, so LuAnn picks up a blender as well.

Ramona thinks her car is like her – sexy and powerful, with a lot of energy. Is it annoying too? A friend has recommended an artist to her, and she has him bring over some paintings, since she’s redoing her house. She makes him move some furniture while he’s there. And set up her TV.  Wtf is with these spoiled women?

Sonja arrives with her dog. A dog whose hair has been dyed. LuAnn presents the Ninja blender. Sonja says normally, it would be a case of wine and a twenty-year-old, now it’s juices and a blender. They talk about the trip to Mexico, and we flash back to LuAnn drunkenly falling in the bushes. Sonja says she’s not hearing from Tinsley. In her interview, LuAnn says Sonja can be irritating, but Tinsley can be like a spoiled brat. Sonja thinks that Tinsley reacts like she would with her mother, and hides. She doesn’t want Sonja in her business. LuAnn talks about the marathon party. Sonja says she texted Carole after the marathon, and got a THX a few days later. LuAnn says same with her, but hers was spelled out.

Ramona picks paintings, and Tinsley, Carole, and Dorinda arrive. In her interview, Dorinda says Ramona is doing the right thing by getting rid of the man stuff in the house after the divorce. You shouldn’t smell, hear, see, or touch it. Ramona talks about getting the wrong bed because she clicked on the wrong style online. Translation: She was too lazy to actually look at what she was buying.

Bethenny is ten minutes late for the 8:30 dinner, but no one else is there. She’s worried no one is showing for her party, and sits alone at the table, the other restaurant patrons looking at her. At nine, the ladies begin to trickle in, and not one of them says sorry. Tinsley doesn’t want to sit next to Sonja, and in her interview, Bethenny says the table is the size of a postage stamp. Everyone is sitting next to Sonja. Tinsley totally ignores Sonja. In her interview, Bethenny says Sonja didn’t get the memo. Tinsley is clearly pissed about something. Dorinda tells LuAnn that Sonja is harmful, and fills her in on what she said about Tinsley. She tells LuAnn that Sonja says it with a smile. In her interview, LuAnn doesn’t know who’s supporting Tinsley, but she doesn’t ask those questions.

Luann tells Carole the marathon was a great accomplishment. Sonja complains about Carole’s reply to her text. Bethenny says she never got a reply, but didn’t take it personally. She and Carole get in a disagreement about if and when Bethenny’s text was sent. In her interview, Ramona says it’s a whole new Carole, and she’s found her voice. She’s usually the only one who will contradict Bethenny.  Bethenny pulls out her phone. Carole says she was wrong about the time, but she did reply. In her interview, Bethenny says that it’s hard for Carole to take criticism, even when you’re just making a comment. Tinsley says none of them even showed up at the marathon.

Bethenny says LuAnn isn’t doing badly. LuAnn says she should have heeded Bethenny’s warning, but she couldn’t see. We flash back to the Countess of Denial. I pick myself up off the floor, since she seems truly humbled. She says she was in love and was blind. Bethenny doesn’t want her to feel like she has to say anything, but LuAnn wants to say she was right. In her interview, Bethenny says she didn’t know this moment was coming. Let her get ready. In her interview, LuAnn says, in retrospect, she realizes she didn’t see clearly. She stood by her man, and he watched her fall. She says it’s like a Greek tragedy. In her interview, Bethenny says, farce, satire, and a lot of words fit, but tragedy isn’t one of them. LuAnn says Tom couldn’t handle being married. In her interview, LuAnn says she doesn’t regret anything. We learn and grow from our mistakes. Dorinda says good thing she cut her losses and got out. LuAnn says she just wants to move on. Sonja whines about her not bringing it up, and LuAnn repeats that she wants to move on. Ramona says sometimes it’s good to talk to people who care, but respects her not talking about it. Tinsley says she wasn’t being mean, just trying to help. She talks about Scott, and says he didn’t offer her the option to move, but now he’s willing to jump back in. In her interview, she says they’ve been talking. Not full-on back together, but she thinks it’s a step toward it. Somehow, Tinsley has taken her bra off from underneath her large sweater. Most of us know these tricks, and I applaud. In her interview, Bethenny says, cue the music.

LuAnn sings Happy Birthday. In her interview, Bethenny says not everyone gets a Marilyn Monroe birthday performance, but I’m not sure what that was. A plate of several different desserts like brownies and blondies comes out, with a candle in the middle of it. In her interview, Bethenny says no one is taking the evening too seriously; it’s her type of birthday. They put on Groucho glasses, and dance around.

Carole doesn’t believe anything bad will happen, so she doesn’t lock her door. Now everyone knows that. I’m starting to rethink Carole. She and Tinsley meet Bethenny for lunch. They discuss egg freezing. In her interview, Bethenny says Carole isn’t as excited to see her as she used to be. She’s not Carole’s plus one right now. Tinsley says her mom wanted her to freeze eggs that were younger then forty, and basically forced her to do it. Bethenny says people tolerate Ramona, and Carole says LuAnn is a dark cloud and an ominous presence. Wow. I thought she was just a drunk ex-Countess. In her interview, Bethenny says Carole can’t stand LuAnn.

LuAnn bakes pies. Sonja wears LuAnn’s slippers, and is glad she’s not like Dorinda, who was not happy when Sonja raided her closet. Dorinda and Ramona arrive. They talk about Tinsley ignoring Sonja at dinner.

Bethenny asks what Tinsley is mad about, and Tinsley fills her in about what Sonja said. In her interview, Bethenny says kept woman is the next step after socialite, although I don’t think that’s true. Tinsley says Sonja makes it sound like she’s an escort.

LuAnn and the others sit to eat. Sonja talks about taking antidepressants because she’s high strung. In her interview, Dorinda says everything there is to be suffered, Sonja owns it. She’s the only one who’s done anything of worth. Ramona remarks about how defensive Carole and Bethenny were. LuAnn thinks there’s been a change in the dynamic. Dorinda says Carole has changed, and LuAnn says marathons will do that. They give you a sense of empowerment.

Carole says she wasn’t angry at Bethenny, just correcting her. In her interview, Bethenny is excited about the house she bought. It’s not far from the restaurant, and they’re walking over.

Ramona whines about renovations, and Sonja says something about Ramona being involved with the contractor. Ramona doesn’t like it when Sonja makes up stuff. Dorinda asks how Sonja would like it if they just made things up? In her interview, Sonja says Ramona makes fast friends when she needs something, then dumps them. Dorinda goes on a tear, chattering away nonsensically the way Sonja does. In her interview, Dorinda says she wants Sonja to be present. Sonja says she’s not making it up, and Ramona says she is. In her interview, Ramona says Sonja has been missing in action, and she’s not making sense. Ramona suggests they make a pact to be more considerate of each other’s feelings. I laugh. Sonja says she doesn’t express her feelings well; she’s sensitive. LuAnn says Sonja has been through a lot. Dorinda says, stop with the baloney. She buried a husband, and Sonja acts like the world came to an end because hers left her eleven years ago. She tells Sonja not to compare the two. He left her. She was screwing around in the south of France, and he married her friend.

To be continued…

Next time, Bethenny visits the new house, Dorinda and Ramona both demand an apology from Sonja, and Tinsley screeches at Sonja.

🌴 Because I have nothing better to do, and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was on in the background, I was thinking about how LVP didn’t use Dorit in the photo shoot for the jewelry in Beverly Hills Lifestyle. LisaR tried to stir the pot, by asking was it the photographer or really LVP who didn’t want to use Dorit? The photographer definitely said he did not want to use Dorit because she’d badmouthed the photos. And she did. She said they were terrible, and she didn’t like anything about them. You might think, who cares, as long as he likes them, and the magazine is happy about them, but I thought of something else. It could be the photographer is just a temperamental artist, but the magazine might be concerned she’d give them bad press, especially since her comments were shown on the program. Dorit needs to quit being offensive, and then being offended when there are repercussions. Yep, this is the kind of thing I think about.

⭐ On Star, Carlotta told Star and Alex they were both messed up, and the common denominator was Noah. Alex realized she couldn’t live next door to Derek and focus on the tour, and Carlotta told her to do what she had to. Carlotta told Maurice that Take 3 needed a hot track, and she’d found an old one for them to use. He decided to have the group and Noah both do demos, and Maurice picked Noah to do the track.

Simone suggested Angel come live at the salon. Carlotta agreed, but later found them getting busy in her new wig room. They weren’t the only ones getting busy, since Angel walked in on his mom and Jahil revisiting their history in more ways than one. Paola decided to go back to her husband, telling Jahil that he was her first love, but can’t be her last.

At the reopening party for the salon, Star and Miss Ruby nearly had a throw down, after which Star got seriously drunk. Jackson took her to a bar, but called Maurice to come and get her. She told Maurice that she’d killed her mother, but didn’t remember it the next day. Maurice offered her another song, but she said she didn’t want a pity track. Alex had seen Derek with someone else at the party, and also saw that he could move. Noah had apologized for coming between them, but since that wasn’t a problem anymore, Alex and Noah got busy in the RV. Lots of that going around tonight.

Simone told Star that she can’t help it if she’s white, and to ignore Miss Ruby. During the party clean-up, Miss Ruby said she could handle Star’s ass, having survived abuse at the hands of white people. She’s not so sure Star is white anyway. So, I guess that was a truce.

A woman knocked at the salon door, looking for her son’s father, Arnold. Cotton told her he’s not there anymore. Next time, Cotton deals with being a father. Throughout the episode, Queen Latifah wore a modern version of a 50s bob, with the subtlest, most beautiful, purple highlights.

💲 This week on Sell It Like Serhant, Ryan helped sell waxing memberships to hairy New Yorkers. He told us that Mariel had sparkle, but no self-confidence. That was putting it mildly, since she could barely get through a sales pitch. The owner said she was opening a new spot, and if Mariel wasn’t up to speed by the time she did, she was going to let her go. Mariel told Ryan that waxing freaks her out. Ryan thought it was the weirdest thing ever after talking to a potential client himself (and selling a membership), but weirder for the person walking in. After she almost gave up passing out flyers, Ryan had a heart-to-heart with Mariel, who said she’d moved to NYC from LA with her boyfriend. Then whined that she had no one. Her parents told her that she had to make it on her own (much like Mary Tyler Moore, but without the spunk). Planning on managing the salon when the boss went to the new location, she told Ryan that her goal was to be an entrepreneur – a term thrown around so much, I don’t even know what it means anymore. Even though she wasn’t that enthusiastic about the business, she didn’t want to switch lanes when she’s halfway there. Her parents sounded sensible, but she struck me as spoiled as far as her expectations of life in the city went. She made it sound like life was lonely and torturous. Her apartment was a million times nicer than my first one, and after living with roommates I didn’t know well, I lived by myself. Somehow, Muriel got it together at a sales event. Ryan wanted to settle for three subscriptions, but the boss wanted five. The takeaway sales point was to never take no for an answer. Muriel’s sales have increased by 60%, so there you go. Next time, it looks like Ryan helps out a cabin salesman, although clips of a gym and some lumberjacking confused me.

🎶 An Appropriate Song Title…




April 11, 2018 – Franco’s Okay You’re Okay, The Day After the Party, Some Star, Some Serhant, a Puzzlement & Pet Day


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Jason visits Anna. He has news about their search, and wanted to tell her in person.

Peter finds Valentin in his office with his feet us on the desk. Valentin says Peter hasn’t been returning his calls. If he didn’t know better, he’d think Peter was avoiding him.

Nina calls Curtis, and asks what’s going on? She says he had time to cash the check, and tells him patience isn’t her strong suit, but she’ll hang on. Maxie comes by. She thought something terrible happened, and asks what the hell?

Elizabeth sees Franco at the hospital. He says he’s feeling sore, and she tells him it will probably take a while. He asks what about the rest of him, and she thinks even longer. He asks how Jake is, and she says, fine, considering. She’s glad Jim is dead. Franco was a little boy, and should have been focusing on Lego. Star Wars, and playing with his brother. Jim was a disgusting excuse for a human being, but didn’t break Franco; Franco won. Franco says it doesn’t feel like it, but she tells him it will. He just needs to get there. She tells him he’s being released. The boys are on break, and are excited to have him home; so is she. Franco says he wants that more than anything, but can’t.

Elizabeth thought after getting answers, Franco would be ready. He thought so too. He knows for certain that he’s not the despicable person Jim tried to convince him that he was; he’s not evil. He wasn’t trying to hurt Drew. Elizabeth says he was trying to protect him, so why? He tells her that he has things he needs to sort out before he’s comfortable in her home. It’s hard to explain, but he doesn’t feel like he knows his place. She says his place is with her and the boys; they miss him. He misses them too. Elizabeth says the man he was trying to be and scared he wasn’t, was him. She always believe it, and he has proof now. He was good when he was little, and he’s good now. Franco pinky swears that he’ll do everything he can to heal. She says he can heal at home, but he asks her to trust him on this one. She says she’s always trusted him. They exchange I love yous.

Maxie wants to know why Nina didn’t show up for their appointment. When she wasn’t in the office, Maxie thought Nina was meeting her at the hospital, but she wasn’t there either. She didn’t get any messages, and asks why Nina was a no show. Nina says because Maxie broke up with her. She says that Maxie said there was too much Nathan between them, but Peter has no connection. Maxie says he kind of does.

Valentin asks why Peter hasn’t returned his calls. Peter says he’s been busy; he’s still busy. Valentin says he’s been busy too, listening to Lulu. She came by, saying she’s trying to unearth Henrik aka Peter. Peter says it’s her stab at apologizing to Maxie, and thinks it’s a waste of time. It’s not going to happen; he’s on it. He’s her boss, and if she gets too close, he’ll throw her off. Valentin tells him Lulu is the least of their problems.

Jason tells Anna about talking to the publishing company. They don’t know PK Sinclair’s real identity, but the money is going to a bank account in Zurich. Anna say that’s near where she thinks Henrik went to school. She says she’ll pursue that avenue, while he follows the money. She asks about him looking for Henrik’s mother. Jason says Anna is clearly uncomfortable about that; why?

Doc tells Franco that he heard about last night. Franco says, good times. Doc says it was quite the roller coaster, and Franco thanks him for helping Jake through the trauma. Doc says Jake is a remarkable, resilient child. He says Jim is dead; Drew shot him, and Franco says, that’s the short of it. Doc asks, what’s the long? Franco tells Doc he put Jim in the trunk of a car and took him to the studio. He relived what happened that night, and it all came back to him in horrible, vivid detail. Doc asks what he remembers, and Franco says, everything. Jim came to his room, night after night, saying he was a good boy, but only if he kept his mouth shut. His mom had a lot to deal with, and it was their little secret. Doc says Jim sexually abused Franco. Franco says Jim told him that he loved him. He was fatherless and needed a man in his life. Maybe he was right; maybe he encouraged it. He didn’t stop him, and could have told someone. Doc says he was a child; a small, helpless, defenseless child. He had no way to process it. Franco says he knew it was wrong. Doc says, of course it felt wrong. Jim knew what he was doing, and how to keep him quiet. He’s to blame, not Franco; never him.

Nina says Maxie gave her a whole speech about how she didn’t want to be near people connected to Nathan. She was hurt, but understood. Now Nathan has a connection to Peter? Maxie says maybe it’s the wrong word; it’s more like, reminiscent. Nina asks if Peter reminds Maxie of Nathan. Maxie says in the way he moves, and sometimes his gestures; maybe it’s a thirty-something-year-old guy thing. Nina asks if she’s attracted to him, but Maxie says she just sees similarities. Nina asks why Peter didn’t go to the appointment, and Maxie says she didn’t ask; she thought she was going with Nina. Nina says she asked him to sleep on her couch. She doesn’t know him. The problem is, no one does. Maxie insists she does.

Peter says Anna and Jason will get nowhere; he’s thoroughly covered his tracks. Valentin says he doesn’t know that. They’re well-trained, and with the manuscript, he might as well have left a trail of bread crumbs. They know what they’re doing, and he’s playing with fire. Peter says he’s the only one who stands to get burned. Valentin says if Peter thinks he won’t be affected, think again.

Anna thinks she and Jason should respect Henrik’s mother’s privacy. She probably has a whole other life and family. Why drag her out? She asks if he’s sending Spinelli, but Jason says he’s working a different angle. He’s dealing with this himself. Anna says she’s going with him.

Franco explains that when he pushed Drew, he wanted Drew to hide, but Drew didn’t want to go by himself. Franco couldn’t go because of Jim, and Drew wouldn’t go down the stairs, so he pushed him. Doc says he was trying to help Drew, not hurt him, and Franco says he wanted to make sure Jim couldn’t do to Drew what he’d done to him. Doc says he protected his best friend; it’s incredible for a child that age. He says it’s a lot to process, but they’ll work through it. He can rest easy that he’s not damaged in the way he thought. He’s good and decent. Franco says, what if he’s not? What if what Jim did took a lasting toll? What if he’s a danger to Elizabeth’s boys?

Franco tells Doc he went online, and Doc says that was his first mistake. Franco says children who are abused grow up to be abusers. Doc says they can, but the majority don’t. Franco asks what if he’s in the almost category. Doc says he told Franco about his twin who was abused by their mom. He grew up to be a violent criminal, but he wasn’t the only one who suffered. Franco says he’s sorry, adding that Doc seems pretty normal. Doc doesn’t know about that, but a lot of work and therapy put the trauma in the past where it belongs. Franco asks what if he’s not so lucky, and Doc asks if he’s ever looked at Elizabeth’s sons inappropriately. He’s not going to suddenly morph into a predator. Franco says he already has.

Nina asks Maxie, who is Peter? Where did he grow up? Who is his family? Is he vegan? Besides being a gym rat and a bean counter, he’s a mystery. Maxie says they have similar backgrounds with parents who were absent. Outside of work, he eats alone and watches old sitcoms because he wishes he had a family like that. He’s an unexpected friend, and for whatever reason, brings her comfort. Shouldn’t that be a good thing?

Valentin says Peter has known him long time, but he’s changed a lot. He’s a father now, and married. He likes his life, and doesn’t want Peter to mess it up. If Nina finds out he’s been protecting Peter, he’ll lose her forever. Peter asks when this became about him, and Valentin says every time he’s had Peter’s back over and over again. Staying focused on Peter, he’s risking his life. Jason will find him. Peter says he doesn’t know that. Valentin asks why Peter let him live? He was the perfect candidate to kill Peter’s father, and he did. Now, he’s looking for Peter. Every day he digs the hole deeper with Maxie, and it’s going to end badly.

Jason tells Anna that she has Emma. She asks if he can’t wait a week, but he says he’s not putting it off. He can’t get back the five years, but he needs to know why. Anna says they know he was raised by a terrible man, but they also know he has the potential for good. He kept Jason alive. Jason says that means nothing, but Anna thinks it does. Henrik has the right to know that he might have inherited a fatal disease. Jason says he’ll tell him when he finds him, and Anna asks if that will be after he shoots him. Jason says he won’t shoot him on sight, but Anna says he will if he thinks Henrik is a threat, and their definitions of that are distinctly different. She knows he’ll find Henrik, and all she asks is that she’s with him when he does.

Franco tells Doc to look at the heinous things he did. People have been calling him a predator for years. Doc says what he did when he had the tumor is in no way related. Franco thinks it’s a large coincidence, but Doc says his behavior was medically explained, and since the tumor was removed, he’s been a model citizen. He’s committed to Elizabeth and her kids, and they feel safe with him. That’s indicative of who he is now; actions speak louder than words. That he was molested is a horrible and heartbreaking fact, but in no way means he’s be bad as an adult. Doc tells him to ask Elizabeth or her boys. They would say just the opposite, and for what it’s worth, so would he.

Jason says Anna wants to be there so he doesn’t kill Henrik. She agrees, and he asks what makes her think she could stop him? She says he holds her opinion in high enough regard to consider it. She doesn’t think he’s a mindless killing machine; he has a conscience. They’ve often been on opposite sides, but he respects her, maybe because of Robin. He says it’s not just Robin. She says she didn’t think so, and suggests they find Henrik together and deal with him. Jason says he does respect her, but asks that she respect him enough to tell him what’s really going on. She says whatever she can’t disclose, she has her reasons. He understands, but wants to be honest with her. When he finds Henrik, if it looks like he’s picking up where Faison left off, he’s going to shut him down. Emma comes downstairs.

Maxie tells Nina that she didn’t mean to hurt her feelings. Nina says she didn’t, and Maxie’s comfort is her top priority. Maxie says, just not with Peter; Nina wants it to be with her. Nina apologizes if she’s being selfish. Maxie says it’s not, and she is with her most of the time; it just can’t be all the time. Peter isn’t as invested; it’s easier to breathe around him. Nina gets it. It’s like her and Valentin.

Valentin tells Peter that sooner or later, someone will ask why Faison was at Crimson. He wasn’t there for Maxie; he was there for Peter. He knew Peter had double-crossed him, and wanted to kill him. The whole chain of events falls on him, and his issues with his father. Peter says he thinks about his part in this all the time. He wishes Nathan was still alive, but all he can do is help his widow and child. Valentin says then he needs to get out of Port Charles as soon as possible.

Nina tells Maxie that she’s an emotional, volatile person. Maxie says she’s noticed. Nina says since Nathan died, she vacillates wildly between okay and losing her you-know-what all over, usually with Valentin. His response is always something amazing. Maxie says she’s lucky, and Nina says he wouldn’t be able to be that way if he was grieving too. He’s sad and empathetic, but it’s not a personal loss. Peter is probably the same way. Maxie is glad she understands. Nina is still her birthing coach, but Maxie asks if she could ease up on Peter a little.

Peter tells Valentin that he’s not going anywhere. Valentin says, if he stays, there are two alternatives; get caught and killed or exposed. Peter says it’s his risk to take. He likes his life too, and he’s not giving it up because Valentin thinks he should. Valentin says it’s worse than he thought. This is all about Maxie. Peter has fallen for her.

Emma asks what Anna and Jason are talking about, and Jason says they’re planning a trip to Switzerland. Anna tells her that they’re working on a project, but it’s going to have to wait a few days. Emma says she’d like to go along. In class, everyone was assigned to research a country and give an oral report, and she got Switzerland. She tells them some facts about the country, and Anna says it’s a good start. Emma says how cool would it be to actually go there> Anna says it’s a working trip, but Emma says she loves helping her spy. She leaves to get a snack, and Jason asks Anna if she’s really thinking about it. Anna makes a maybe-I-am face.

Elizabeth is waiting for Franco. She knows it’s scary to have been through what he was, but she knows he’s not one of those people. He would never hurt the boys. He tells her that’s what Doc said. She asks if he believes Doc, and he does. She asks if he has any doubts, and he says he has no fears or hesitations. She and the boys are the best hing that’s happened to him. She says he’s made their family complete. He kisses her, and she asks if he’s coming home. He says, yes, and they hug. Everyone is happy, including me.

Maxie tells Nina that Peter isn’t trying to replace Nathan; no one can do that. Nina says Nathan is irreplaceable. Maxie says Peter seems genuine in wanting to know about Nathan. Maybe Nina could tel him some stories. He’d like that, and it might help her too. Nina says, Maxie wins; she’ll give him a chance. Maxie says she won’t regret it. They can make up the class this afternoon. Maxie leaves, and Nina calls Curtis again. She tells him that he’s right; there’s nothing there. She starts to tell him to call off the investigation, and listens. She says, he found dirt on Peter?

Peter tells Valentin not to be ridiculous; Maxie is his brother’s widow. Her child is his only family. Valentin says he’s lived his whole life without one, but Peter says maybe he’s ready for that to change. Valentin says she doesn’t even know who he is, and Peter says it’s better than nothing. Valentin hopes it doesn’t blow up in their faces. Peter says, him too, and remembers Maxie saying he has a unique connection to Nathan, having been there when Nathan was shot, and saying she doesn’t know why he was there that day.

Anna tells Jason to think about it. With a child along, they’ll be less conspicuous. He doesn’t know why she thinks Robin would be okay with it. Anna says where else could Emma be safer than with the two of them? I don’t know. Maybe anywhere?

Tomorrow, Griff plans to destroy the test, Lulu is dropping the investigation, and Carly has a change in plans.

The Real Housewives of New York City

Tinsley meets Ramona and Carole for drinks. Carole is hung over. They talk about the Halloween party. Carole insists LuAnn darkened her skin for her Diana Ross costume, although no one seems to care. I don’t care. I think LuAnn is pretty much clueless about everything, so why bother?

Bethenny gets a snowman cake plate from Dorinda, and says Dorinda is destined to make her a hoarder. In her interview, Dorinda says she and Bethenny got together in the summer; she was intrigued by what Bethenny was doing in Puerto Rico. Bethenny tells Dorinda that she and LuAnn hung out until the wee hours after the party. Dorinda says now that she unloaded the baggage, LuAnn can be herself.

Ramona wonders why LuAnn didn’t talk more about Tom, but Carole is sick of it. In her interview, Carole says LuAnn holds her friends to a higher standard than herself. Ramona says Bethenny attacked her over her opinion about Bethenny’s investment property. Like she’s entitled to one. We flash back to that.

In her interview, Bethenny says Ramona needs an imbecile-ectomy. Ha-ha! As long as she can feel like she’s better than everyone else, she’s happy. Dorinda says she’s staying with Ramona in the Hamptons. Bethenny says she just wants to have a nice dinner there for her birthday. They talk about Sonja, and how antisocial she was at the party.

Ramona is going to have a party for Carole after the marathon. She’s impressed, since Carole never worked out once in fifty years. I agree. My Nikes are off to her. Ramona gets a call from Kirk, her restaurant owner friend, who did her daughter’s graduation party. She asks him to help her on Saturday night.

Sonja meets Dorinda for a walk. Sonja is surprised Dorinda remembered, since they’d made plans at the party and she was pretty hammered. Dorinda likes Sonja, but they get off track, so she’s going to try not to let Sonja trigger her. Sonja talks about being in Costa Rica; resting, juicing, and doing yoga. She tells Dorinda about taking an antidepressant for a while. In her interview, Dorinda thinks Sonja shouldn’t be on anything but vegetables and rest. They discuss the party. Sonja says she thinks Tinsley felt like Sonja shadowed her when they lived together. Dorinda says Sonja was too critical. Sonja says they text. She doesn’t want to tell Tinsley, I told you so, now that she’s living in a hotel. Dorinda thinks Tinsley is happy at the hotel. In her interview, Sonja says it doesn’t make sense. She complains that Tinsley never gave her anything until Scott came around. She says Tinsley likes to be with a guy who picks up the tab, but she isn’t like that. Dorinda tries to keep her cool, and tells Sonja they’ll see each other in the Hamptons. She suggests to Sonja, when in doubt, don’t shout it out.

LuAnn meets Tinsley for dinner. Tinsley ordered wine already, because she was having a texting war with Scott. In her interview, she hopes Scott misses her enough to want her back. LuAnn talks about a time when she dressed like a Moroccan princess and surprised her husband in Morocco. I assume she’s referring to the Count. In her interview, Tinsley doesn’t think LuAnn should be giving her dating advice. LuAnn says the beginning shouldn’t be like this, and Tinsley says LuAnn’s beginning came to an end fast. She tells LuAnn that the others think she’s not sharing that much. In her interview, Tinsley says LuAnn kept talking about it, and now that it’s over, she’s not talking. It seems disingenuous. LuAnn says she’s done with Tom, and Tinsley says she brought him into their lives. In her interview, LuAnn says she feels too vulnerable to share with the other women. Tinsley says she’s using “the Countess wall,” and in her interview, LuAnn says this isn’t coming from place of love, but a place of mean. Tinsley says she’s going to the marathon, and LuAnn says she wasn’t invited. Tinsley remembers that LuAnn and Carole had a fight, but LuAnn calls it a discussion. Tinsley says Adam will be there, and LuAnn calls him Carole’s joy boy. Tinsley remarks that they lasted longer than LuAnn’s marriage. Tinsley says Carole likes LuAnn when she’s being real, and LuAnn asks if Carole is the judge of authentic now. In her interview, Tinsley says she’s just trying to help, not be mean. The Countess LuAnn orders some rosé.

Dorinda and Carole take a walk by the Hudson River. Carole says she runs there, and Dorinda says, two days. Carole says she’s been scared, but finally woke up excited. Dorinda suggests Carole wear a Walkman, and Carole tells her the 80s are calling. In her interview, Carole says her younger self wouldn’t have believed she was running in the marathon. They sit on a bench, and Dorinda says Sonja is nuts. At the party, she wanted to start fresh. Carole tells Dorinda that Sonja said she looked fat in her costume. Dorinda asks if she did, and Carole says she looked adorable. In her interview, Dorinda says that’s not the way to build a friendship, especially after their bad history. Carole pretends to be offended that Dorinda isn’t watching her run, and spending time with her daughter instead. Dorinda suggests throwing a party, but Carole tells her that Ramona beat her to it. Dorinda says she’s supposed to stay with Ramona in the Hamptons. Carole isn’t sure where she’s staying yet.

At Sonja’s townhouse, she goes over bar instructions with her housekeeper. She’s been throwing gay parties on Wednesdays for twelve years. Her designer friend Marc arrives with his boyfriend, and it gets crowded pretty quickly. Sonja is feeling on the outs with the girls, and looks forward to not being judged. It’s no women allowed, because women have an agenda. Sonja tells us that she’s a gay man trapped in a woman’s body. There’s probably an app for that. She spends the night gossiping about the other women, and then shouts, let’s turn this up! The music gets louder.

Bethenny goes to her new apartment. She has six properties now, and is doing four renovations. She says this is next level, and she might stay there a while. She’s also moving into a new corporate space next to the apartment. She hasn’t been feeling the business lately, since she’s been knee-deep in Puerto Rico. She’s hired a president to run things for her, and says everything is up in the air. In her interview, she says show her a woman who is rich, tan, thin, having sex, and getting sleep, and she’ll show you a unicorn.

Dorinda meets Tinsley for lunch. Lots of eating this week. She wanted to meet before they left for the Hamptons. They laugh over ordering wine at 11:30 am. Tinsley says she hasn’t seen Dorinda since the Halloween party, when she was bubbled out. Dorinda says, when Sonja said she looked fat. She says she’s a forgiver, and likes to keep it moving. She went in unprepared, and tells Tinsley to be prepared for the weekend. Sonja has been talking horribly about her, saying she gets men to pay for everything like a kept woman. In her interview, Tinsley thought they were in a better place, and it’s making her angry. She tells Dorinda that she didn’t know what she was walking into, living with Sonja. Dorinda calls Sonja a bully, saying she acts like she has a Candyland mentality, but she’s waiting with a knife. In her interview, Dorinda says she was discouraged. Sonja takes jabs, and you don’t feel it until it’s over. She’s going to be supportive of Tinsley.

LuAnn meets Sonja for tea. Everything is all autumned up at the restaurant, and I love it. In her interview, LuAnn says Sonja drives her nuts, but what are friends for? Sonja calls her The Countess, and LuAnn says it annoys some people, but it will always be a part of her. She has her own Pandora station with that name. Sonja says her financial advisor suggested she rent out the townhouse. It’s too much work for her alone. LuAnn says she’s looking for an apartment. They talk about when they lived together. LuAnn says she met with Tinsley, who felt she should open up more. Sonja says she’s really hurt for LuAnn. LuAnn says she feels sensitive; Tom just wasn’t changing. Seriously, did she really think he would? At his age? In her interview, LuAnn says at least Sonja didn’t say, I told you so. They toast to good friends.

It’s marathon day. This is the moment Carole has spent the last four months thinking about. She didn’t get much sleep, but feels great. Her husband used to run the marathon, and she looked at his stats, feeling melancholy and proud. She wishes she’d made more of a celebration. She and Adam are still in each other’s lives, and they’ve reached equilibrium. The marathon has something to do with it. Her goal is to be finished before the sweeper bus comes. #Goals  Ex-Housewife Heather Thomson and her husband John are also running. Carole says it’s scarier than covering the Middle East. The starting line is the scariest place she’s ever been. She says it’s different than the other challenges she’s had. There’s no support. It’s all on her.

At mile eight, Carole start doesn’t know if she’ll finish, but it’s a mental game, and she can only think one mile at a time. Some of her friends cheer her on, Tinsley among them. In her interview, she says her legs were paralyzed, but she just kept going, and thought the finish line was a mirage. She makes it! She remembers hearing her parents and friends cheering her name, and seeing the guy holding the medal. She says, it’s isolating and lonely; just you and the road. At the end, seeing everyone cheering you on, you remember you’re not really alone.

Carole says, people called her husband Anthony a hero when he battled cancer, and it bothered her, but he was a hero after all. She feels like she’s honoring him the way she should have when he talked obsessively about running.

Next time, the Hamptons, LuAnn thinks there’s a change in the dynamic, and Dorinda goes off on Sonja – finger in her face and all.

🌟 On tonight’s Star, everyone in neighborhood helped to rebuild Carlotta’s place. Simone admitted she married Angel to stay out of juvie, but said they’re getting a divorce when she’s eighteen. I have the feeling they’ll end up really falling in love. Arlene’s twin sister, Charlene (their parents weren’t very creative), showed up looking for Star, and information on who might have killed Arlene. Star didn’t say anything, but told Cotton that she was fairly certain that Brody did it, since he showed up with blood on him, saying Arlene would never bother her again.

Ms. Desmond thought Noah was a risk, and without guaranteed success, there was no tour. Quavo was recruited by Midtown, and Star suggested he headline. Quavo agreed after an introduction to Alex, but Noah was less than thrilled. Carlotta stopped Noah from hitting the bottle, telling him it wasn’t the answer to his insecurities. He still stepped on everyone’s dreams by punching Quavo, who pulled a gun. Since Carlotta is everyone’s mom, she squashed the beef quickly, but Quavo walked. Everyone was like, thanks Noah. Noah ended up thanking Carlotta, and asked her to be his manager.

Star confronted Brody, who said he did what he had to for her protection. She asked if that’s why he killed her mother. He insisted it was an OD, but Star wanted to know what their little secret was, and why she didn’t speak for two weeks afterward. He wouldn’t talk, and she ended up calling him a coward, saying she never wanted to see him again. Angel’s mom showed up, and told him ICE was looking for him because she’d overstayed her work visa when he was little and lied about who his father was. I don’t think that’s how it works, and now he’s married to Simone anyway, but okay. Brody left Star a message that she was right and he was leaving, but a dude slammed into his room, and bounced him through a glass table. After Take 3 sold out a local show, Ms. Desmond agreed to another tour, but without Noah. Star flashed back to her mother’s OD. Brody had found Star with the needle in her hand (she picked it up after her mother used it), and when he asked what happened, she told him that she’d given mommy her medicine. That was the secret. Star called Brody, and told him she remembered, but he said she was right, and he killed Arlene. He told Star he loved her and hung up. It turned out he was calling from a bathtub where twinnie Charlene told him he’d killed her sister for no good reason. He said Arlene was an awful person, and Charlene electrocuted him by dropping a live wire into the water.

Queen Latifah’s best hair tonight was a toss-up between a braid that circled her head and went down her back, and a Veronica Lake fall with sweeping side bangs that had highlights. Next time, Simone feels guilty about Derek (as she should), another tragedy happens, and Queen Latifah sports purple streaks.

💰 Sell It Like Serhant premiered toight, and Ryan helped struggling wine salesman Tim. Tim, who had been addicted to heroin at a young age, served in Afghanistan, and graduated from culinary school, was now riding the “struggle bus,” and not doing well with sales. Ryan strikes me as a really nice guy, which isn’t a huge surprise, since he used to be a soap actor. They’re an acting breed unto themselves, much more appreciative of their audience than your average celebrity. Second only to country singers in understanding where they came from and who put them where they are now. We learned about the selling process, asking questions, listening to customers, and steering them to the right product. Ryan sent a spy to a wine tasting that Tim was working, and they communicated secretly. I don’t think I would have been a hard sell here, since Tim had me at dry Riesling. Ryan felt part of the problem was Tim’s guilt about putting his parents through the wringer, so he flew them out for a visit. After a rough start to his last stand, where he disappeared to make a cheese plate, Tim got on the “awesome bus.” The boss seemed like a bit of a hard-on – Tim only sold seven bottles out of the goal of ten – but decided to keep Tim in the end. Hopefully, Tim keeps riding that bus. Next time, a wax club. Ouch.

❓ Pondering…

Wtf, Jeff Goldblum? Why is he suddenly in so many commercials? Does he have a balloon payment coming up on something?

🐶🐱🐰🐹🐠 Happy National Pet Day! 🐣🐷🐕🐁