What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
Finn is on the phone trying to get a room. He asks what about room 237? He’s aware of its reputation, but poltergeists would be a step up from his current situation. Nothing is available, so he asks to be at the top of the cancelation list. Anna tells him it’s tough getting a room at this time of year. Lucky he has a generous host.
Valentin meets Cassandra at the MetroCourt. He’s surprised she wants a public meeting. She says she offered to entertain him in her room, but he could also invite her to the island. Valentin tells her that Windemere is off-limits, as well as his family.
Nina catches Lulu wandering around Windemere. Lulu says she was looking for Charlotte’s Christmas list. Nina says she sent Lulu an email, but Lulu says it must have gotten lost in her SPAM folder. Nina says good thing she was home, or Lulu would have had to break in. Nina leaves to look for the list, and Lulu roots through some piles of construction paper. Because the best hiding place is among craft supplies.
Kim looks at a family photo at the Quartermaine mansion. Monica tells her that Jason had just started college in that picture. He was going to be a doctor, but there was an accident. He dropped out of school, and moved out. They basically lost him. Kim asks if it stayed that way, and Monica says it was a long, slow process. They continued to love him, and she thinks he eventually loved them back. A few years ago, they had a renaissance of sorts. He was approachable, easier, and warmer, and she should have known then that he wasn’t Jason.
Oscar tells Drew his mom is at work, but Drew was hoping to see him. He asks if Oscar feels like talking, but Oscar says his mom would be pissed if he let a stranger in. Ouch. Drew says he’s not really a stranger, is he?
Jason tells Sam not to walk away; talk to him. She asks what he wants to know. He asks how Drew is doing; he knows the Navy dropped the charges. Sam says there’s still a review coming, but Commander Fuller told them it’s just a formality. Drew was exonerated because of him.
Laura stares at Valentin, and Doc asks if she wants to leave. She says no, but it doesn’t get easier. She tells him that Lulu keeps asking about a wedding date.
Lulu finds another ballot voting for Felicia in Charlotte’s scrap paper. She wonders why it’s there, and what’s going on? Nina comes in, and says she was wondering the same thing. She asks if Lulu is looking for these, and dumps out a bag of ballots.
Anna gives Finn a room with his own bath, and he asks if there are bars on the windows. She tells him that Roxie is relaxing in her terrarium, and everything is all made up; there’s even a great mud mask in the bathroom. He says she’s enjoying this, but she says she’s more accustomed to her bachelor life, as she hurriedly puts a coaster under his cup. She tells him that he has another option – bow out and leave Cassandra to her.
Sam gets annoyed that Jason doesn’t want any thanks, and he asks why she’s getting mad. She says it wasn’t fair to ask him to get involved, but she knew he’d come through. When they were at the station, she knew how much Drew was hurting, but didn’t pay attention to him, and how everything had been taken away. He tells her it’s okay, but she says, no, it’s not. She doesn’t know what else to do. She loves Drew; she married him. Jason says he knows.
Oscar says he guesses Drew found out he’s his son. Drew apologizes, saying he should have reached out first before just showing up. Oscar invites him in, saying sorry about the stranger thing. Drew tells him not to worry; that’s how people look at him now, and he feels like one. Oscar explains that he’s home because he skipped gym; they’re doing square dancing, and he’s a disaster. Drew says he has two left feet too. True story. My fifth-grade teacher was a professional square dance caller. We were her experiments.
Monica asks Kim to sit down, and thanks her for coming. Kim says she couldn’t decline an invite from her boss, but Monica says the relationship goes further than that. About an hour ago, she found out Kim’s son is her grandson. Kim says she believes he’s a descendant of Alan’s, but not her. Monica says she did her homework. Kim says it’s hit as hard and fast as it has with her. Monica says she doesn’t think it’s an accident that Kim and Oscar ended up where Oscar’s very wealthy family resides. Kim gets up, saying she wouldn’t want her boss to think she was shirking her duty. Monica tells her that she took the liberty of canceling the rest of Kim’s appointments for the day. Kim says they were doing fine on their own. She wanted to give Oscar a chance to know something about his roots. She got a good DNA sample, and followed up on an ancestry website, which got a lot of hits in Port Charles. Monica asks, enough for her to pull up the roots they had, and Kim admits she thought Drew might be there. She knew he’d gone AWOL, and thought maybe… Monica finishes, on the off-chance Oscar might bump into his missing father? Kim says Oscar is old enough to decide. She wanted to give him a chance, but had no idea Drew had a long-lost brother or ties to the Quartermaines. Monica says smart move, putting the information out there, so they would come to her. Kim tells her not to worry about her fortune. She and Oscar will have none of it – or her.
Drew says he knew something was up when Oscar and Josslyn dropped by, and tells him good detective work. He asks how long Oscar was looking, and Oscar says that Josslyn helped, but it took a couple of months. Drew says he didn’t know he had son’ there’s a lot he doesn’t know about his life. Oscar says it’s rough, finding out you have a whole other life. Drew says if anyone has a notion of how he feels, it would be Oscar.
Sam asks Jason if Sonny is okay. Jason tells her they got a lead on Faison. He was in Port Charles. They missed him, but were able to question his daughter. She told them that Faison didn’t even know he was alive until the story about the skylight broke. Sam thought it was Faison who sent him to the clinic, but Jason tells her that Britt said after the procedure, he was supposed to be killed. Faison was double-crossed by someone he calls the traitor. Whoever they are, they’re the reason he’s still alive.
Lulu and Nina look through the ballots. They’re almost all for Felicia. Lulu asks if Nina remembers the battle between Lomax and Felicia, but she says she wasn’t following local politics at the time. Lulu says this is big. Nina thinks it’s bizarre, but who cares? Lulu tells her the race was so close, there was a recount. If these are authentic, it’s hard evidence of tampering. Someone stole the election from Felicia.
Cassandra says she found a man who can complete her product, so they can progress. Valentin says he knows about Finn; he saw her out with him. She’s sorry that cynical, dangerous Valentin has mired himself in domesticity. She tells him when Finn joins with them, she’ll supervise from afar. He asks what if Finn doesn’t want to, and if she’ll extort him too.
Anna tells Finn it’s not too late. One call from her, and the WSB will make sure he gets a room. He says his tax dollars at work. He tells her he can get on the inside of the operation, and now she wants to turn him down. She says it has to be that way, and he asks, since when? She says since she cares about him.
Kim tells Monica it isn’t too late for her to stay out of the family drama. Monica apologizes for coming on too strong. Kim accepts, saying Oscar has the right to know them. Monica asks about Drew. She says she and Alan raised Jason together, but they never knew Drew existed. She’d like to know about the boy they lost.
Jason tells Sam that he keeps going over it. The call from Bernie, and how it was a setup, staged to cover his disappearance. He wonders what the point is. What would Faison get out of putting someone else in his place? The worst thing about it was that Bernie died for no reason. Faison knew he’d show up. Sam says yes, Bernie was a loss, but there were other losses that night.
Laura and Doc kick around dates. She asks why not elope? It’s not the first marriage for either one of them. Doc tells her to hold that thought. He shows her his phone, and says here’s a possibility. She says he can’t be serious. He tells her if they can’t find a date in 2018, why not 2017? She says, Christmas? He says, why not?
Lulu says she’s taking the ballots; they belong to the city. Nina asks if she’s really doing her civic duty, and Lulu says eventually. Nina wonders if Lulu thinks she’s Bob Woodward, and Lulu asks if she’s afraid Valentin stole the election.
Finn is surprised Anna cares about him, and she amends it to she cares about his safety. He says she had no concern before, but she tells him she was in charge, and planned to take the reins. She says he should stick to medicine, and he says he tried; she wouldn’t let him. Anna says he’s a valuable asset to the hospital, and an honorable man. She didn’t take that into consideration when she dragged him in. She asks that he let her redeem herself and cut him loose. She tells him to call Cassandra, and decline the offer.
Cassandra tells Valentin that with some financial incentive and ego stroking, she has every confidence in Finn’s cooperation. She says Valentin is a special snowflake, and not everyone needs motivation. He wants to talk to Claudette. Cassandra tells him to do his job, and she promises Claudette won’t tell the world why they think she’s dead. Her phone rings, and she tells Valentin that she needs his undying commitment. He says it’s understood, and leaves. She answers the phone, and tells Finn that she was just singing his praises, and asks if they’re going to partner up. He looks at Anna.
Lulu asks why Nina is flustered. Nina says Valentin didn’t even live there then, but her brother did. In fact, they found the ballots when her brother was still king of the castle. An investigation might take her places she doesn’t want to go. Lulu takes ballots and leaves.
Finn tells Cassandra that he’s given it a lot of thought, and he’s taking her up on it. They can do great things together. She couldn’t agree more, and tells him the next step is for him to review her chemist’s work. He tells her when he makes a commitment, he sticks by it. He doesn’t cut and run, no matter what. He gives Anna another look.
Kim tells Monica that she and Drew were only involved for three months. He grew up in an orphanage, but he was a Navy SEAL, the best of the best. He’s not the type to brag, but it meant everything to him, the brotherhood and the comradery. Monica says he has a real brother and family now. So does Oscar. Kim says, a larger than life family. Monica admits the Quartermaines are a force unto themselves. They love each other fiercely, and welcome Oscar with open arms. Kim says Oscar has to decide what’s right for him, and Monica asks her to give him a message that he’s always welcome, no matter what he decides. And if he decides to learn about his family, she’ll be happy to be his tutor.
Drew doesn’t expect anything from Oscar; no pressure. He’s managed this far without him. Oscar guesses it’s late to have father, especially one who already has a kid. He and his mother did okay; she’s awesome. Drew says she clearly raised a great young man. Oscar tells Drew that he said himself that he knows nothing. Drew tells him what he’s trying to say is, he hopes Oscar gives him chance to find out.
Sam tells Jason the night he was shot, they searched, but the divers couldn’t find him. She didn’t believe them, and went in herself, but only found the phoenix figurine he’d given her for Christmas. Jason says Faison must have had people waiting. Sam says the story seemed off, and didn’t add up. She questioned Faison, and there were no answers, but she knew in her heart. Her instincts said he was still alive. She would come there at night and stare out on the water. She thinks part of her was waiting for him. She thought he came back; she thought his brother was him, but that doesn’t change anything. Even knowing he’s not Jason, she could never regret loving him. Jason sighs.
Valentin comes home, and Nina asks if tampered with the 2014 mayoral election. He has no idea what she’s talking about. Nina says never mind. Lulu implied that he was in on a shady deal. He tells her that she knows all about his shady deals. Can they start again? They kiss. She says she smells Enchantment, and he was with Cassandra.
Anna tells Finn there’s a spare blanket in the closet. He asks if she’s sulking, but she says she’s furious he can’t see reason. He says, right. He’s going to be able to give Cassandra everything she needs. Anna says unless he gets taken out first. Finn says good thing she’s looking after him. Now it’s her turn to say he’s enjoying this, and tells him that she guesses it’s better than him being alone, wallowing in his own misery.
Jason tells Sam about the manuscript, and that Britt said Faison didn’t write it. It just showed up, and shook him like nothing she’d ever seen. He tried to burn it, but the found it still intact, and Spinelli is analyzing it. Sam says it’s great to have tech genius as a friend. Yes. It is. He came through for Drew too, producing the service record. She didn’t think Drew would accept the truth unless it came from Spinelli. Jason says Diane deserves credit for calling him. Sam asks why Jason didn’t, and Jason says Spinelli is her friend too, and he didn’t want to put him in the middle.
Drew tells Oscar that he’s suggesting they play catch; he’s not a little kid, and has his own life. He’ll back away if Oscar wants. Oscar says it’s not like he was sitting around waiting for a knock on the door. They each have their own life. Drew says that’s not what he meant, but Kim walks in. She asks what he’s doing there, and what’s going on? Drew says they’re trying to get to know each other. Oscar uses homework as an excuse to leave the room. Kim asks what Drew did, and he says nothing.
Oscar comes out, and Kim tells him Drew left. He didn’t want to interrupt Oscar’s studying. Oscar doesn’t want to talk about him, and Kim says he doesn’t have to. She tells him that she saw his grandmother Monica, and there’s a house full of people who can’t wait to meet him, but she said it was up to him. Kim tells him not to be hard on himself. It’s new to everyone; Drew is nervous too. Oscar blows her off.
Sam tells Jason that she should thank Spinelli. He’s probably a mess, blaming himself, thinking it’s his fault. Jason says she should have seen him trying to explain marrying them. Spinelli thinks he betrayed him, even though he couldn’t have known. They have to keep telling him they’re still his friends, and it’s not his fault. Sam realizes that her wedding ring is the one Jason gave her.
Lulu joins Doc and Laura, and Doc tells her they’ve set a wedding date. Laura says it’s on Christmas, but doesn’t want to infringe on time with the kids. Lulu says their main goal is keeping them from getting up before six, so as long as it’s not at eight am, it’s fine. Laura says it will be her first Christmas with Charlotte. Lulu says what better way to celebrate family than welcoming Doc into theirs, and offers to help. Laura asks what’s bothering her, and Lulu tells her that she can’t say much, but she has a major story that could reset the paradigm in Port Charles. Laura asks if it’s good news, but Lulu isn’t sure if she should report it.
Valentin tells Nina it was just business; nothing untoward. She says everything about Cassandra is untoward. He says it won’t be much longer before she’s out of their lives for good.
Anna says she dragged Finn out of his self-indulgence and melancholy. He says he was plenty fulfilled before she came along. She says living alone in a hotel room with lizard? He tells her Roxie is a better friend than most people. She says she dreads his performances as her boyfriend, no, lover, with his relentless sarcasm. He accuses her of being an elitist with ice water in her veins. He’s the only thing stopping her from sitting around in a bathrobe and getting a cat. She’s like, oh! the cat card, is it? She tells him plenty of men would jump at the chance to be with her. He tells her to show him one, and she says he’s right in front of her. He says she thinks he wants to be with her? She asks, doesn’t he? He grabs her, and kisses her.
Tomorrow, Scotty tells Julian to sign his life away, Kiki asks Franco what’s wrong, and Alexis tells Drew that he’s not legally married to Sam.
🎤 🌟 On Star, there was a lot of bouncing and voguing in the beauty shop – until the cops showed up, shutting them down for illegal cosmetic procedures. Miss Lawrence admitted to Carlotta that he was giving illegal butt shots to boost the economy, as well as butts. Sadly (for me, anyway), Carlotta had to fire him. I’m hoping there’s a reconciliation in the future, as Miss Lawrence is one of my favorites on the show. Simone ran to the roof after blowing the showcase because she took the pills Ayanna gave her “wrong.” Star talked her down, and told her that Ayanna is crazy, and she needs to get away from her. Ayanna’s father left her high and dry when he found out she’d been more than consorting with his enemies. He informed her that she no longer had a record label, and he no longer had a daughter. After finding out what had been going on with Simone, Star threatened Ayanna, going to her office with a gun. Ayanna said Star didn’t have the guts, and while those are usually famous last words, Carlotta interrupted, delicious side curls cascading to her shoulder. She told Star it wasn’t worth losing everything she’d worked for, and she’d only be doing Ayanna a favor. Star left the gun in case Ayanna wanted to follow up on it herself. Alex promised Derek that the Noah stuff was over after the showcase. When Noah made the moves on her after their performance, she cracked him one, but then they got busy. And no surprise, Derek wheeled in mid-business. Elliot died, and Omari told Cotton he was going to take people away from her until she gives him what he wants. She’s not living without him – literally. She told him everyone was right about him from the jump, and to do what he’s gotta do; there’s nothing left for her. Later that night, when she was in the bathtub, Omari was waiting for his moment, and drowned her. Maybe. I’m not positive she’s really dead. Carlotta’s house/beauty shop went up in flames, and Simone ran in to save Karen. At the end, all we knew was that it was arson, and someone is dead, but yay! Star will be back in the spring.