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October 17, 2018 – Nina Bonds with Sasha, Charter Guests with Bad Luck, Carlotta Flashes Back, Dallas Mañana, & Salute the Queen

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Sonny checks out Spencer, whose publicist working on his Instagram. She’s only eleven, but Parisian so she’s taken seriously. He tells Sonny it’s mid-term break, but he also came back to Port Charles to right a terrible wrong.

At the MetroCourt, Maxie asks if Nina is okay. Nina says nothing she won’t survive. She’s supposed to meet her daughter. Not only was she stood up, she probably will never see her again.

Valentin sees Sasha trying to jet from the MetroCourt. He asks if he can have a moment of her time regarding her biological mother, Nina Reeves.

Laura comes by Lulu’s office. She says not only does Lulu write for The Invader, she appears on Page Five. Laura shows Lulu her tablet where there’s picture of her and Peter at the film festival. She says it looks like they have some catching up to do.

Drew leaves message for Oscar, wishing him a happy birthday.

Oscar sits in the park. His phone dings, and he sees a missed call from Dad.

Peter goes to Drew’s office to find out what Drew needed help with. Drew says he needs to clear something up. If his memories were restored, would he forget the past five years?

Maxie tells Nina there are a million reasons why Sasha might be late, but ditching her isn’t on the list. Nina says when it comes to sisters-in-law, she won the lottery. Maxie thinks Sash will realize she won in the biological mother lottery. Maxie says, by the time she gets back, they’ll be so deep into bonding, Nina won’t notice she’s there.

Sonny wonders if Spencer’s visit has anything to do with his vendetta against Valentin. He says he promised his grandmother that he’s set aside fighting for his birth right to avenge his father. Sonny is proud of him, and Spencer says, new fans are always welcome. Sonny tells him about Mike living there, and Spencer says his grandmother told him that Mike has Alzheimer’s. He asks if Sonny thinks Mike will remember him. Sonny thinks so. Mike talks about Spencer’s mom, Courtney, a lot. He tells Spencer to let Mike lead. Let him tells stories, and they can get to know each other for as long as they can. Josslyn comes in. She’s excited to see Spencer, and asks how his legs are. Spencer says the healed bones are even stronger. He tells Josslyn that he heard about her and Oscar on social media, and knows she must be devastated. Sonny leaves them to talk. Spencer says when he saw her Instagram post, he had to return. How can he leave his dearest friend halfway around world with a broken heart?

Cameron meets Oscar in the park. He says Oscar is lucky he had nothing first period, but he wouldn’t know since he’s not in school. He asks what Oscar is doing, and Oscar says, stuff. Cameron says they’re reading Moby Dick in English class, and it’s boring; there’s a whole chapter on knots. He tells Oscar that his fake girlfriend plan caused Josslyn to be obsessed with finding  every detail about a girl who doesn’t exist. It’s twisted, and he’s out. Oscar says Cameron can’t quit. The sooner Josslyn is convinced the girl is real, the sooner she’ll get over him and move on. Cameron says he’s already over him. He kept Oscar’s secret, and showed Josslyn the fake girlfriend. He feels like he has an ulcer. Oscar says he doesn’t, but Cameron says that’s not the point. They had a deal. If it didn’t work, Oscar has to tell her. Oscar says, it is working. She believes it. All Cameron has to do is one last thing; make up a story. Cameron says, and lie point blank to his oldest friend. It’s not happening. Just because Oscar is sick doesn’t give him a free pass to be a jerk.

Sasha thinks Nina is Valentin’s boss, and he was sent to intercept her. She tells him to let Nina know she’s sorry. She already had a mother; a great mother, and she’s not in the market for another one. Valentin says he understands the people they love aren’t interchangeable. She misunderstands. He wasn’t sent there to intercept her, and he’s the last person she would send. Nina doesn’t trust him, for good reason. Sasha asks who he is, and why is he talking to her? He knows firsthand what it’s like to have Nina turn your world upside down. She means well. Sasha says it’s a lot; she’s a lot. Valentin agrees Nina can be overwhelming, especially where her daughter is involved. Sasha says she doesn’t know Nina, but Valentin says at one point, she was Nina’s whole world. The next moment, it was twenty years later and she was gone. She hasn’t had time to adjust to the joy of Sasha still being alive. It’s not much to ask. He knows what it’s like to be embraced and loved by Nina, and it’s something she doesn’t want to miss. He also knows what it’s like to be deprived of it, and she’ll regret it for the rest of her life.

Sasha says that may be the case for Valentin, and asks who he is. He introduces himself, saying he’s Nina’s ex-husband. Sasha says when they met yesterday, it was obvious that Nina wanted more than she can give. He says it might have seemed that way, but Nina is a giver. She’s utterly overwhelming, and it can be infuriating at first, but she’s generous. Sasha says she sounds lovely, but it’s too much. Valentin tells her the one thing Nina wanted more than anything was a child of her own. The closest she’s come is being stepmother to his child. Her loyalty and devotion is unmatched. Sasha says she wasn’t loyal enough to stay with him, but Valentin says it’s all on him. Sasha says it’s never only on one, but he tells her in this case, it is. She stood by him through it all. Sasha asks why they’re not still together, and he says he abused her trust. He broke her heart, and he’ll regret it and love her until the end of his days. All Nina wants is her time, and he guarantees it will be time well spent.

Lulu finds it hard to believe Laura came all the way to discuss a picture. Laura says she’s just checking in. She knows Lulu was upset about her marriage. Lulu says, and she happened to be reading Page Five? Laura says correct her if she’s wrong, but Peter isn’t her husband’s favorite guy. Lulu says Dante doesn’t have to like all of her friends. Laura says Peter is her boss. Lulu says, and her friend. If Dante doesn’t like it, he can come home and tell her to her face. Laura asks if Lulu is trying make Dante jealous, but she says she just accepted an invitation. She misses her husband. Laura asks if Peter knows that, and Lulu says he does. Laura says if the message Lulu wants to send is that she loves and misses him, the photo isn’t going to help her. Geez, it’s just a photo of them standing next to each other, smiling. It’s not like they’re groping each other.

Nina starts to leave, and Sasha runs in. She asks if she’s too late, and Nina says, never.

Peter thinks Drew should talk to Andre, but Drew says he’s doing classified research for the WSB. They won’t share his location, or even give him a message. Peter is his next best resource. Peter says he just delivered Drew and Jason. Drew asks if he was there for the procedure. Peter says he was, but didn’t understand the science. Drew asks if he can outline what happened. Break it down. When new memories are implanted, do the memories that are there disappear? Peter says, yes, and Drew says, then the last five years will be a blur. Peter says, to the best of his knowledge. Drew says, so he can forget Sam and Scout. He’ll be Drew again. He’ll remember being a SEAL, but forget Monica and Oscar. he apologizes for rambling, and thanks Peter. Peter asks if it’s still hypothetical, or does he have the flashdrive? Drew says he doesn’t have the flashdrive, just questions. Peter is sorry he’s no help. Drew deserves better. He doesn’t have the right to offer Drew advice, but from one man whose past was run by Faison to another, he’ll find no peace in looking backward.

Sasha and Nina sit down, and Nina apologizes for coming on like a tsunami. She also apologizes for what she said about Sasha’s mother. She didn’t mean any disrespect. She was angry and frustrated with herself, and a little jealous that Sasha’s adoptive mother got to raise her. She’s glad Sasha was raised by a woman who inspired love and loyalty. Sasha says they did love each other very much. Nina has an envelope, and says she also wanted to give Sasha this. She’s not Sasha’s only long lost relative. She has other family. They’re colorful, but incredible. Does she want to hear about them?

Spencer gives Josslyn a framed map of Paris, all the places he’d love to show her. All they have to do is just get on a plane. She’s happy he’s back; it feels like he’s been gone forever. She can’t remember the last time they hung out. She says he hasn’t changed, and he says she got taller. (I actually think it might be the other way around.) She tells him that her volleyball coach is appreciative. Spencer asks how she is, and she says, stressed. It’s Oscar’s birthday, and he’s celebrating with his new girlfriend. Spencer says he cursed them. Josslyn says, even though he’s with someone else, she can’t help wishing him a happy birthday, and takes out her phone. Spencer asks where her dignity is, and says it’s a giant mistake.

Oscar can’t believe Cameron just called him a jerk. He has a brain tumor. Cameron says that doesn’t mean it’s hopeless. Oscar asks if Cameron knows something the doctors don’t, and Cameron says he can still turn this thing around and not be a jerk. He asks if Oscar knows how much time he has, but Oscar isn’t sure. Cameron says he’d better hurry then. Oscar thinks this is better than heartfelt talk with his parents, and asks Cameron to say something mean again. Cameron says he’s not a trained seal. Didn’t the doctors tell Oscar how much time he had? Oscar says it’s not a question anyone wants to answer. Cameron says you’d think his parents would be more specific with the details. Oscar’s phone dings. He says he misses things not being important. Everything is significant now. His mom gets teary taking him for ice cream, thinking it will be the last time. He’d like to see a movie trailer without wondering if he’ll live to see the movie. He wants to hate Spanish class, and think random thoughts, and wishes not everything was so important. He looks at his phone, and sees Josslyn’s message wishing him a happy birthday.

I miss a little bit here because, dogs. Drew has told Sonny about Margaux’s offer of the flashdrive. Drew says he’ll tell Sonny the same thing he told Margaux. The memories aren’t his to share. Jason and Sonny also helped him. Sonny says Jason did it to protect the people he cares about, and Sonny cares too.

Valentin sees Peter, and says the photo is a helluva thing. What message is he trying to send? Peter says if two friends going to a movie is news, it must be a slow day. Is he insinuating that Peter is trying to undermine Lulu’s marriage, since that would help gain traction with Charlotte. Valentin says Peter’s mind goes to dark places. Peter has earned the trust of those who didn’t trust him before; Maxie and Lulu. Peter says, and Nina. Valentin says, good for him. He’s able to live openly among those he hurt. No hidden identity; no hidden agenda. Peter didn’t realize they’d be so quick to forgive. He wonders what’s bothering Valentin. Is it that he gets to go on with his life in Port Charles, while Valentin has fallen from grace?

Nina shows Sasha pictures as she talks. She wishes Sasha could have met her brother; everyone loved him. Maxie is more like a sister than a sister-in-law. She works at the magazine, and has the most incredible baby ever – James, the light of their lives. Sasha also has a half-sister, Kiki; they share the same father. Sasha asks about her father. Nina is certain he doesn’t know about her. Nina’s mom would have worked it out that way. His name was Silas Clay, and they were very much in love. Sasha was definitely conceived out of love. Sasha says that means a lot to her. She noticed Nina was using the past tense, and Nina says he died a couple years ago. Another long story. She puts the pictures in the envelope, and says these are the ones closely related to her. Feel free look at the photos at her leisure, or not; it’s up to her. As for seeing Nina again, she appreciates that Sasha came back. Sasha says it’s her pleasure. Nina says she doesn’t want to miss her flight, but Sasha says she can cancel it. She’d like to stick around for a few days, if it’s okay with Nina.

Lulu tells Laura that Dante should trust her, and know nothing is going on. If not, they’ll get past it like they always do. Laura thinks that’s a bad plan. You can’t live in the world as it should be, but as it is. He’s still mourning the death of his partner, for which Peter is partly to blame. The photo rubs his nose in all of it. She can’t take things for granted. Sometimes absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder. Lulu asks if things are still off with Doc, and Laura says he’s definitely avoiding her. Spencer also dropped out of the sky, and his presence isn’t putting the spark back. Lulu offers to take him for a few days, but Laura thinks Doc will feel the pressure and it will make it even worse. She’s never seen him like this; so distracted and distant. Lulu says as soon as the anniversary of his brother’s killing spree passes, he’ll be back to his old self. Laura says, in the meantime, she’s going to check on Spencer. Lulu thanks her for the tough love. She missed Laura. Laura tells her to take good care of the people she loves. Life doesn’t always go as planned.

Sonny tells Drew not to underestimate Margaux. She assumes she has the one thing that will get him to do what she wants. If Sonny goes down, so does Jason, and it will effect Sam, Elizabeth, and Jake. It will hurt a lot of people. Margaux is banking on Drew’s resentment of Jason getting him to flip. Drew says he’ll never let her get to him, and Sonny wonders why he’s so sure.

Nina tells Sasha, of course it’s all right; she’s thrilled. Why the change of heart? Sasha says she’s not finished yet. It came as shock, and it’s finally started to wear off. She replaced her anger at Nina for telling her, with anger at her mother for not telling her. Nina understands why she would want to walk away, but she brought the pictures so Sasha could see them. She’s not using them to make her stay. Sasha says, it’s not just the photos. She had an enlightening conversation with Nina’s ex-husband. When Nina said she was willing to let her go, she seemed sincere, and just proved what he said about her. Nina says, Valentin got her to stay?

Valentin tells Peter few people’s opinions mean anything to him. Nina, Charlotte, and him. He doesn’t believe wrongs can’t be righted. Peter asks if he should pass Valentin’s regrets along to Nina. Valentin doesn’t care. He doesn’t need Peter’s help to prove his love is worth saving. Peter says he’s heard the way Nina talks about Valentin. Valentin says she’s absolutely right. Peter wonders why Valentin thinks he has a chance in hell to win her back. Valentin says he believes it with every fiber in his being, and he’s going to make it happen.

Lulu goes to see Maxie at her office. She asks how Nina is, and Maxie tells her about Nina meeting with her daughter. Lulu says Maxie must have seen the photo, but Maxie says she hasn’t, so Lulu shows her. Her and Peter on Page Five. Her mom is worried it will look like it’s more than it is, especially to Dante. Maxie asks if they went to dinner beforehand, but Lulu says they went straight from work. Maxie asks if they went out afterward, and Lulu asks if Maxie is upset that she went with Peter. Maxie says, no; she’s just being protective. Maxie says she knows what to do. Go behind Lulu’s back, and tell Peter not to confuse her. She’s a married woman, isn’t she?

Josslyn can’t believe Oscar hasn’t replied; not even a polite thank you. Spencer tells Josslyn that she should be more strategic. Why should he reply? He knows she’ll always be there. She asks if she should go silent and hope he notices. Spencer asks what’s bothering her more; not hearing from him or imagining him with someone else. She says, both, but he asks, what’s worse? She says seeing the post of Oscar and the other girl made her sick. Spencer says Josslyn is smart and beautiful. Plenty of other guys would be thrilled to date her. Perhaps Oscar should see that for himself. Josslyn hugs Spencer, and he says this went better than he thought. She says he’s a genius, and he says he is. She knows what to do.

Cameron picks up a leaf, and tells Oscar it’s like a leaf of their friendship. It goes from green to brown. It reminds him of Oscar’s breath. He says he’s feeling a haiku coming on, and Oscar tells him, shut up.

Josslyn says she’s going to figure out exactly what to do to get Oscar back. She knows who can help – Cameron. She calls him, but when Cameron’s phone rings, Oscar tells him, don’t answer.

Lulu tells Maxie that Peter is her boss and friend. It’s all they’ve been or ever will be. Maxie says, not according to Page Five. Lulu says it’s just a picture; they didn’t say anything. Maxie says, they didn’t have to. A picture is worth a thousand words. Lulu says Maxie can’t possibly believe something is going on, and Maxie says Lulu jumped to the same conclusion about her. Lulu says, that’s different, and Maxie asks, why? Because she’s a lonely widow? She cleared up the misunderstanding. Lulu told Peter she wanted him to stay away, but she didn’t. Lulu thinks she should be more careful, but Maxie doesn’t think she needs to be more careful than Lulu does.

Cameron answers, and Josslyn says she needs him to be her boyfriend. Spencer facepalms.

Laura sees Peter. She doesn’t know if he remembers her, but she’s Lulu’s mom. He asks what he can do for her. She tells him that like many people in the town who were affected by his father, she’s sorry he had the misfortune of being his son. She’s sure it was awful. He says, it was. Valentin listens. Laura says Lulu told her how much he’d like a fresh start. Not just with The Invader, although it’s infinitely more readable now. She tells him, good luck with the paper, and everything. Valentin says she’s exhibiting unprecedented generosity today. She says Peter was the victim of one monster, and the pawn of another – namely him. He says she’s subtle, and she says she doesn’t owe him subtlety. He’s the criminal who murdered her son. She owes him nothing.

Sasha tells Nina that Valentin recognized her, and convinced her not to go. He said she’d regret it if she left, and Sasha sees he was right. Nina asks if he told her why they got a divorce. Sasha says, no, but she imagines it’s another – they finish together, long story. Sasha can’t begin guess what went down, but she has to say she’s never heard anyone talk about another person with so much love.

Sonny says that Drew could have gotten payback, but didn’t. Drew says, there was no incentive. Sonny says maybe Margaux does have it. If she wants to come at him, bring it on, but don’t let her do it through him.

Tomorrow, Olivia-Q has bad news, Kim thinks this could be the solution, and Carly is tempted to find out what’s going on.

Below Deck

When we last left, Rhylee was griping about Chandler in the crew mess. Ross says Chandler is her boss, but Rhylee says he wasn’t in the van when Chandler told her to speak freely. Kate asks what happened, and Rhylee said she asked Chandler if she could speak freely. He said she could, and she told him that if he made everyone get up at 6 am, he was going to piss off the whole deck crew. He told her to stop talking, and she asked if he was saying that as a boss or friend. He said, both. Kate says he was right. Rhylee tells Kate that she said she’d do whatever was required, and he stormed out of the van. In his interview, Ross knows why she’s frustrated, but she needs to stop talking now. She needs to know her place; she disrespected Chandler. Chandler comes out of his bunk, and says Rhylee straight up lost her sh*t. Apparently, he’s never seen someone lose their sh*t. Rhylee says she told him that she’d do what he asked. Sorry to speak while he’s effing interrupting. In his interview, Chandler says he’s never dealt with such disrespect. I guess he doesn’t know what that is either. He goes back into his bunk. Kate understands what happened, but the only person raising her voice is Rhylee. If she was Rhylee, she’d go to sleep now, since she has to be on deck at 6 am. Rhylee says she’ll do what she wants. In her interview, Kate says Rhylee has no experience in yachting. She needs to respect those above her, and everyone is above her. It’s 3 am, and Ashton and Ross go to bed, Rhylee says it’s bullsh*t, and Caroline has a cigarette on the dock.

In Rhylee’s interview, she says she can go on no sleep and still do her job. She does it all summer, and it won’t affect her. Ashton tells Chandler there’s a gap, and asks what he missed. He doesn’t know what’s going on. Chandler says they were waiting for him for an hour and a half, and Rhylee got out of hand. In his interview, Chandler says he’s glad Rhylee is working like a professional this morning, but she dug a hole last night, and still has to dig out of it. He tells Ashton that he has to have serious conversation with her.

Caroline gets an email from her mother, saying she has early onset dementia. Caroline says her mother has struggled with it, but has been in denial. Finally hearing it from her puts Caroline in a sad, dark place. It’s heartbreaking.

Chandler won’t even talk to Rhylee, and they work in silence. Josiah loves that Chandler made them start work at six, but Kate says she’d never punish the crew that way. Rhylee knows she has a temper, but not talking to her makes Chandler a pr*ck. Kate has breakfast with Captain Lee, who asks who effed up. Kate says Rhylee doesn’t have respect for Chandler, but the captain says she will and she should.

Captain Lee calls Adrian, Kate, and Chandler in for a preference sheet meeting. The co-primaries are Alan and Danyelle. They’re returning guests, who Kate says are the lovliest guests ever, but also have the worst luck. We flash back, and they were the guests aboard when Chef Leon quit. She says they deserve the perfect charter. It’s Alan’s 53rd birthday tomorrow, and they also just got engaged. They want massages, a midnight PJ party, a picnic on the beach, and an excursion to the natural caves. Kate wants to make sure the experience will be fun for them.

Adrian says he uses his third eye to plan the meals, and it always works out. Ashton says whatever he’s doing, keep it up. It’s working.

Caroline is obviously distressed. Josiah asks if she’s excited for the next charter, and she says she’s stoked, but starts to cry and runs out when Kate walks in. Kate is like, wth? and asks Josiah to help. He looks for Caroline, and finds her on the stairs, crying. She tells him that she’ll be okay in a second. In Caroline’s interview, she says she worries about her mom. It’s hard to see somebody lose their mind. She can’t control it, and feels helpless. Kate asks if she’s okay, and she says she’s just going through a rough patch; it’s nothing about the boat. She tells Kate about her mom, but says she’s not missing the charter; she’ll pull it together. Kate is sorry, and Caroline asks if she can take five. In his interview, Josiah says the yacht is like a weird marmalade. They have work to do, but if someone is going through something, you have to be there for them.

Adrian talks to his girlfriend on the phone. In his interview, he explains he’s not ready to commit, but Felicia has the same views as he does. She’s so calm and stress free. He needs it with how hectic the boat is. Like the aggression last night. The sun is setting, and the deck crew comes in. Chandler needs a conversation with Rhylee, but doesn’t have the capacity to deal with what comes out of her mouth. He tells her some things were said that they both probably regret, and he didn’t handle it as well as he should have. They’re good, but he wants to talk to the captain. She says when he asked her to shut up, she did, but he says after that, she carried on in the mess. He’s not here for petty stuff, and she can’t disrupt him. In her interview, Rhylee says she’s also a captain. She understands, but doesn’t demand respect. It has to be earned. Kate is thankful for Josiah. She couldn’t flip boat without him. The crew goes to bed.

In the morning, Kate confirms the ukulele player, and asks Captain Lee if they can host the PJ party in the beach club. Caroline is feeling better, and the provisions come in. Adrian says his food is made with love and a spark of craziness no one else can give. The guests have had a bad experience in the past, and he wants to rectify that. The ukulele player is confirmed, and the captain says, it’s showtime. They change into their whites. Chandler literally has them toe the line for greeting the guests.

The guests are impressed with the crew. Kate gives the tour. The luggage is brought on board. Captain Lee says, of course the effing wind picks up, and has the crew move the chairs back in. Rhylee keeps apologizing for everything. Ashton tells her, calm down. In his interview, Ross says she’s proved that she’s hard working, but needs a plan for her unacceptable attitude. The captain says they’re out of there, and the go off into the blue, blue water.

Adrian prepares a beautiful lunch of roasted chicken breast. Alan says it’s spectacular. The deckhands are moving around some railings, and Rhylee tries to explain something, but Ashton says it’s not her problem, and tells her again to calm down. Alan says lunch was legit. The captain says the weather is not looking great. Chandler wants a team meeting, but tells Ross that he doesn’t want to make it about one person – even though it is. He doesn’t want it to look like they’re ganging up on Rhylee. They can’t have the awkward tension. Ashton says every time she talks, it’s irritated feedback. He’s trying to help, but she’s shutting him down, telling him what’s going on in her mind. In Ashton’s interview, he says she’s a junior deckhand, and should never give a superior attitude like she does. Chandler says it’s unprofessional, and he can’t have that happening with the guests on board. Kate says there’s still luggage on the deck. At the meeting, Chandler tells them that he knows he said no pecking order, but that’s changing now. Kate drags the luggage to the main salon herself. Chandler says Ross is the lead deckhand, then Ashton, and then Rhylee. He’s basing it on experience. He says it’s not a democracy; he just wants professionalism. Kate radios, asking if he’s super busy, and Chandler says he’s having a team meeting. She says there’s guests’ luggage in the main salon, and he says he’ll get it when he’s done. In her interview, Kate says the guests can’t change because the deck crew is having a powwow. The captain gets on the radio, and tells Chandler he wants the luggage moved right now. Kate feels lucky that the majority of the drama is with the deck crew.

Captain Lee says it’s funny how it always looks calmer a hundred yards away from the boat. Kate gets the massages set up on deck. Alan and Danyelle sip drinks while the masseuses go to work. The captain says, it’s not looking good. They’re coming into a squall area that popped out of nowhere. The massages get interrupted by wind and rain. Both the crew and the guests scramble to get inside. In Kate’s interview, she says Alan and Danyelle can’t catch a break. It’s lucky they’re lovely and easy-going, or it would be a nightmare.

The captain asks for anchor to be dropped. Kate doesn’t like looking at the weather doppler. It makes her feel like she’s psychic. Everything needs to come out of the beach club for the PJ party. The beach club is like a separate room on the yacht, which opens out directly to the water. It’s also where the water toys are stored when they’re not being used, so this is a project. The captain wonders what’s up with creasing throw pillows at the top, and Josiah tells him it’s where they punch them when it rains. Alan wanted the chef to surprise them for dinner, so Adrian is making veal. Kate is impressed at how easy going he is; he just goes with the flow. The table is set, and the ukulele player is in place. He serenades the guests as they come in. I note that the napkin rings are giant cocktail rings. Like you would wear. That’s a cool idea.

Adrian makes ohm sounds over the appetizers, some kind of avocado thing that the guests say are phenomenal. When they find out the entrée is veal, it’s a whole different reaction. Alan says none of them are getting what they like. One of the guests says, dead baby lamb, and another says they don’t eat baby animals. I never quite understand this, unless you don’t eat meat altogether. What’s the difference between that and eating a full-grown cow who’s lived a whole life just to be slaughtered? It makes no sense. Kate says so far, Adrian has been a skilled chef. Who is she to question him? Caroline brings out the entrée, and everyone looks unhappy. Bacon is involved, and Alan asks how Adrian came up with that. Adrian says the preference sheet indicated that he loved bacon, and Alan says no one had veal on their sheet. Adrian reminds Alan that he said to surprise them, and thinks they’ll still be blown away. Alan takes a bite, and say it’s really good. Everyone is surprised. Kate says Adrian is amazing. Alan toast to friends and family. Adrian says his angels told him dinner would be good.

Ashton has had no break. He’s tired, and not happy about being on early call. Adrian presents the birthday cake. He tells us that food, like life, is about balance. He was risky with the main course, so he’s staying safe with dessert. Alan loves beaches, and it’s decorated with a beach theme. Adrian makes some peaches flambé to go with it, setting the pan on fire while the guests watch. Alan says he’s redeemed the other charter

It’s time for the PJ party. The beach club is done up with disco lights, and a trampoline. Music plays, and everyone dances. Kate asks Caroline to have the guys take out the trash when clean-up is over. When the guests go to bed, Chandler starts breaking everything down. Caroline asks if he can take out the trash, but he says he has another hour of work before bed, and needs to focus on the skis. Trash is the last thing on his mind. Caroline says, thanks, bye, and calls him a d*ck after she disconnects the call.

In the morning, Captain Lee suggests the caves. Chandler thinks getting the guests off the boat will be a nice change. He’s also getting a vacation from Rhylee’s nonsense, since she and Ross are going with them. At breakfast, Alan says the chef is killing it. Kate sees a lengthy note from Caroline, who was hoping Chandler would help out with the trash. Kate doesn’t want a dear diary note, just what needs to be done to get through the charter. Maybe she’ll have a meeting, so Caroline doesn’t feel singled out. She wants the guests back by 2:15.

My mouth falls open when see the caves. They’re breathtaking. One of the guests starts to feel seasick. Rhylee is from the school of ralph and rally. She doesn’t know what the problem is with Ross. She thinks he can’t take suggestions from a junior deckhand. The guests want swimming. Ross thinks they have time, and Rhylee reminds him they need to be back by 2:15. In his interview, He says she’s a junior deckhand; he’s in charge. Shut up. I don’t like any of the deck guys too much. I think they don’t like that she’s a female deckhand. They’ve had female deckhands on charter before, and it’s been cool, but this is a new crew.

All of a sudden, Ross wants them out of water, because it’s not safe. He tells Rhylee to call them out. She does what he asks, but he gets pissed because he thought she was going to say something. In her interview, Rhylee says he has no faith in her abilities, and questions her judgement. The waves are pushing the tender into the reef, but Rhylee helps get them back in. Ross says, this isn’t good. In Rhylee’s interview, she says Ross got flustered because of the weather picking up, but the guests should never feel like they’ve lost control. She’s capable of getting them back on board, as long as she and the captain are on the same page.

Adrian makes sushi. Caroline comes out looking like hell, and wanders around on the deck before she plops down in a corner. Captain Lee sees her, and calls Kate. Kate tells her that the captain would rather not have her walking around outside on deck not wearing her uniform. In her interview, Kate says if she had a more uniform-looking sweater, it would be okay. It’s a luxury yacht, and she looks like a Muppet who came out of a cave. It actually looks like one of my after-the-flood outfits. What I wore after Hurricane Sandy, when we had no electricity and it was freezing and damp.

The guests freshen up. Ross is sorry there’s a lack of communication, but doesn’t know if he can have confidence in Rhylee. In her interview, Rhylee says she knows what needs to be done, and the safest way. Next time she’ll keep her mouth shut, and let him get close to the rocks. She’s also a captain; it’s what she does for a living. Ross thinks there’s no reasoning with her. He respects that she’s strong minded, but won’t tolerate disrespect.

Adrian thinks he must have been Japanese in another life. Kate is feeling that. The sushi looks like something from Japanese heaven. Alan says it’s ridiculous. Ross tells Chandler that Rhylee isn’t cooperating, and not taking instruction. Chandler tells him just get through the charter. The, they can figure out what they need to do. In Ross’s interview, he says Chandler’s decision making process is frustrating. This behavior can’t be tolerated. He goes to the captain. Wow. I can’t believe this bunch of babies. Loving the interior this season though. Josiah is a lot of fun, and Adrian… I’m not sure what he is, but I like it.

Next time, Ross talks to Captain Lee about Rhylee, Caroline has issues with Chandler, Rhylee flirts with Ashton, and Kate thinks Caroline is a moron.

🏊 I’m really enjoying the late night reruns of previous Below Deck season. I forgot Leon was such a tool. The poor guests from this episode were the same ones who bore the final brunt of his anger. He was angry all the time, since he had limited talent, and wasn’t meant for yachting, where guests can demand such difficult things as sliders and cream cheese brownies at midnight. And also pay more than your house costs for a charter. He’d only worked on cruise ships. The worst of it was, he took his anger out on Kate. When Captain Lee finally had enough, he gave Leon the business, but instead of finishing the season, Leon stomped off. Get that man a pacifier. Chef Ben finally came to the rescue, and no one was sorry to see Leon go.

Star

Carlotta told Take 3 that they needed to get their new track down before they could engage in solo efforts. Star found out that Maurice named himself producer on her latest song, and took half her money. Maurice bragged about his new label and the club, and his ex-wife Megan returned.

Cotton told Carlotta she needed a break, but when Carlotta tried to get good night’s rest, she dreamed of Jahil getting shot. Star confronted Maurice at the club, telling him that he was so untalented, he had to steal from other people. He claimed he was the one who pushed her to the top, and she told him that he’d better watch his back. She smashed up his bottle service table at the club, so he called security. She said she could kick herself out, and reminded him that he was also stealing from the baby now. Like anyone could forget she’s pregnant. Every outfit now has a crop top.

Derek thought Olivia was coming up way too strong with Alex, but Alex said she was still grieving her sister.

Noah wanted to put his club gig on hold club until he got a new record out, but Maurice told him it was once a week. Noah said Maurice had promised him creative freedom, and Maurice said he still needed him to headline the club. Noah told Maurice that he’d traded one plantation for another, and Maurice told him, freedom comes at a price.

Cassie’s thug beat up on Andy. Cassie told Andy he could sing like a songbird, but messed it up. He cost her Carlotta, her own blood. Now her sister wanted to destroy her because of him. She told him when he was gone, she was done with this life. It would be a whole new Cassie.

Carlotta wanted to have a multi-media event called Rhythm & Bells, to introduce them into Atlanta high society. She needed a perfect host, and wanted Ryan, but he was already scheduled for Orange Night, a gun violence benefit. She still thought he’d be perfect, and Mateo told her the window was closing fast. She insisted her event would be money in the bank, and he told her she’d better get it done.

Nina explained to Simone that she and Mateo had an open relationship, but have rules. She liked that a friend was looking out for her though. She wanted Simone to give a speech on Orange Night, telling her to be the same badass she was when she pitched herself for the movie. Carlotta approached Ryan about hosting her event, and he told her Orange Night was about keeping children from dying. Her event was shameless self-promotion. She said she wanted to create an impact on people’s lives. It was about rising from the ashes. Carlotta encouraged Alex to finish her song about the plane crash, and sing it for the Rhythm & Bells event. It would make a strong social impact.

Maurice wanted to make it up to Megan. He messed up when he got injured. Megan said he replaced his career with women, but Maurice said he never gave up until he played every play in the book, and he wanted her respect back.

Cotton tried to have the RV towed to get Carlotta out of the past, but Carlotta told them to get the hell off her property.

Olivia was all over Alex while she was song writing in the studio. Derek thought he was talking to Alex in private, but Olivia knew which button to push to listen in. Derek thought Alex should have a break from Olivia, but Alex said her solo on Orange Night was going to be about the pain of the crash. He told her to be careful.

Noah went to Megan for professional advice. He needed someone who knew Maurice’s weaknesses. He thought Maurice gave him the short end of the deal. Star told Jackson she had to find a way to get back into Karma.

Xander came to Cassie’s office, and tried to persuade her to launder money again. He asked why she was trying to go legit. Why was she trying be someone she’s not? She’s a cold blooded killer. She is who she is, and she’s not changing. She told him to get the hell out, and go back to his wife with his slimy ass.

Carlotta sang, which is always a treat. Miss Bruce told Carlotta that she needed to figure out how to release her pain. Carlotta said she was good or at least getting there. Jackson got Star into the club by her pretending she was a little drunk, and him helping her in the door.

Cassie cut Andy free. She told him to get away, and never show his ass in Atlanta again. It wasn’t about him; it was about her. There’s no such thing as one more kill before going legit. She told him to do her right, and he got the hell out of there. Derek got jumped, but the police came. Olivia told Alex she felt that Derek didn’t get why she and Alex were close

Carlotta introduced Mateo to Ryan. Mateo said Orange Night was a cause close to his heart, bur Ryan wondered if it was just PR. Mateo insisted he was part of the solution. Carlotta hoped Alex’s song would speak to him Ryan. Star snooped around Maurice’s office, telling Jackson that her daddy was a con. It was in her blood. Jackson asked her, please don’t teach their kid. Star found a locked box, and took a ring from it. Nina told Simone to forget the speech she memorized, and use the teleprompter. Simone said she couldn’t read that. She wasn’t illiterate, but not good at it, and was passed on in school to be the next person’s problem. She told Nina to keep her secret, since she was keeping Nina’s.

Orange Night began, and Ryan said you’re twice as likely to get shot in Georgia than New York, which surprised me. He read the names of those they’d lost, and Carlotta thought about Jahil again. Alex began to sing, and suddenly Olivia was with her on stage, making it a duet. Alex was not happy. Mateo told Carlotta to fix it. Alex said, what the hell? and Olivia claimed she thought she was helping. She messed up. She knew Alex was nervous, and she and Bianca used to do that. Alex told Olivia it was supposed to be her first solo performance, and not to pull a stunt like that again.

Ryan thought that instead of sharing a message, Carlotta had pulled a PR stunt. Carlotta promised that Rhythm & Bells would be different. He said that’s what she told him about the solo. She said life hadn’t been easy, and she’d lost the love of her life; he died in her arms. Now her purpose is work. It’s not who Mateo is, but who she is. Carlotta could see she got through to him, but Ryan said he wouldn’t make any promises, and told her stop smiling

Star thought they could get $50K for the ring, but Jackson said Maurice knew they’d jacked it; there were cameras all over. He didn’t want the mother of his child going to jail, and was giving it back. He told her, we’ll find another way, and she told him there was no we.

Andy limped out into the night, but Cassie’s thug saw him. He chased after Andy who was hit by a car. The thug ran off, the car drove off, and Andy was lying there, spitting out teeth. He managed to get to Carlotta. He managed to tell her that he’d done what she told him to, but Cassie found him. Carlotta told him he’d be okay; she had him, and wasn’t going to let him die. Once again, she flashed back to Jahil, and Andy died in Carlotta’s arms the same way. I said, oh no, and Carlotta said, not again.

Andy’s body was picked up, and Simone asked how it happened. Carlotta said he was in with bad people, and she failed him. The girls gathered around her, Miss Bruce said she was in no state be working. Carlotta said she’d be fine, and Cotton said, no, not fine, but Carlotta insisted she had work to do.

Xander went to Cassie, saying he hadn’t treated her right, and never had. She told him not to play her. He told her he was sorry, and she said he could take his sorry, but he kissed her instead.

Star told Jackson that Andy was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and still couldn’t make life perfect. She got why Jackson gave ring back. Jackson said Star had lost a lot, and couldn’t afford to lose any more. He told her that he had a home studio.

Noah confronted Maurice at the club with his new lawyer – Megan. She suggested Maurice give her client what he wanted; she’d found clauses in the contract giving him leverage, but he was willing to compromise. As she walked away, Noah pointed out how fine she is.

Derek told Alex that he got arrested. It got him thinking that he couldn’t keep going like this; he couldn’t lose anyone else. He was done with it. They kissed, and the camera in the photo frame blinked.

At the end, Carlotta was alone, crying and drinking. Cotton saw her bed was empty, and looked for her, as she walked down the road, drunk, a bottle in hand, and looking so real.

Next time – in two weeks – Carlotta is on 72-hour hold in the hospital, and Olivia shows her deadly obsession.

💈 While Carlotta sported a nice not-too-messy top bun tonight, my favorite do was her loosely spiraled shoulder-length curls look. Star also had a beautiful, definitely messy, updo. Again looking very Bridget Bardot.

🐮 Tomorrow, The Real Housewives of Dallas. I don’t understand why Bravo waits to rerun that until 11:30, rather than at 10. We really don’t need to see the OC Wives five times a week.

👑 Because the Queen Rocks…

 

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October 10, 2018 – Margaux Pesters Drew, Steve’s Foam Party Part Deux, Noah Decides, Deck Rerun, Dallas Delay, Queen, a Fish & More Queen

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

At the library, Josslyn looks at a picture of her and Oscar at the Nurses’ Ball. Cameron asks if it’s a new study technique, associating Oscar’s face with historical figures.

Kim sees Oscar at the hospital, and asks if they can talk. He tells her one upside to quitting school is, his days are wide open. She might want to hurry though, because tick-tock. She knows he’s trying to cut off the people love him, but they’re not straying off course

Finn tells Gregory the test results are in. Finn knows what wrong with him.

Mike, Stella, and Carly eat at the MetroCourt. Mike is nervous, and Stella says it’s just a tour. They’ll explain the daily process. Drew walks in with Margaux, who stares at Carly. Carly stares back.

Sonny tells Jason that he’s waiting for an update. Mike went to the care center with Carly and Stella. He wanted to go, but Stella thought Mike might not be honest with him there. Jason says she’s probably right. Sonny fills Jason in on what happened at the cemetery. He and Carly were paying their respects to Morgan, and the DA showed up. She buried her father nearby, so when they visit their son, they’ll see the grave of the person he killed. Jason says they have to continue to be careful; it’s a personal grudge. Sonny says when it gets to personal, it’s always more dangerous.

Mike introduces Stella to Drew. He asks if Drew knows Carly, and Carly says they go way back. Mike tells Drew the lady he’s meeting with is the DA. Drew knows, but thanks him. Mike says, she has an agenda. Drew promises to keep his guard up; no worries. He goes back to his table, and Mike wonders what a nice guy is doing with a shark like that. Carly was wondering herself.

Cameron thinks Josslyn should do herself a favor and get rid of the photo. Move it somewhere else where it’s not causing her pain every time she opens her textbook. She says it’s not causing pain. Oscar is hurting, and what he’s going through is causing him to push her away. It doesn’t matter; she’s not giving up. Cameron thinks it’s unhealthy, but Josslyn says however rotten Oscar is being to her is nothing compared to what he’s going through. She can see it a mile away. He’s in pain and taking it out on her. She only wishes she knew what it was.

Finn says Gregory has PTLSD, a post Lyme disease issue. Gregory says his test came back negative, and Finn says the first test is often a false negative. That’s why antibiotics helped him feel better, but it returns again after treatment. Gregory is disappointed. He wanted something curable or sexy and glamorous, and it’s neither. Chase asks if Finn can fix it. Finn says he’s sent a course of treatment to Gregory’s Berkeley doctor. Any doctor can help; he doesn’t need to stay Port Charles. Gregory says both of his sons live there. It’s a compelling reason to stick around.

Kim tells Oscar that Josslyn is concerned. He asks if she told Josslyn, and she says she respected his wishes, but Josslyn knows him, and knows there’s more to the breakup than he’s saying. He says he’ll have to do something else then. Kim says she’s disappointed in him. He’s lashing out, and using his illness as an excuse to treat people badly. He says he’s dying, but Kim says he’s not; there are options. He says none of them are good. She tells him that he can’t treat people like this. Just tell Josslyn the truth, or better yet, be with her. He keeps saying he doesn’t have much time. Instead of pushing people away, he should make every moment count.

Mike is excited. Carly says it’s just a visit; a trial run. They don’t have to stay any longer than he wants. Stella says they’ll have a tour, and if he wants, he can take part in an activity. Carly says they’ll meet with the director, and then go home. They leave the MetroCourt.

Drew asks Margaux what her proposition is. She asks if he’s okay; he sounded rough on the phone. If he wants to talk… He says, maybe; when the time is right. She says right now, he’s not the only one who needs a friend.

Josslyn tells Cameron that she even went to Oscar’s mom. She said she couldn’t get involved, but also said Josslyn is good for her son, and kind of implied she shouldn’t give up. Cameron thinks she’s hearing what she wants to, but she says she’s trusting her instincts. Something is going on. She doesn’t understand, but whatever Oscar is going through, she want to be by his side.

Kim tells Oscar that he doesn’t have to agree with her decision, but it’s the right thing to do. It’s a medical fact that emotional support and connection helps patients respond to treatment. He doesn’t want to spend time watching Josslyn grieve. He wants her to be glad he’s dead. Kim says she wouldn’t be glad no matter how much he hurts her. He’s wasting precious time. He says it’s not fair, but she tells him to fight. Let the people who love him fight with him. He says he’s not a lab rat, and asks if she’d really make him undergo treatment he didn’t want. Kim says she’s loved him since she knew he existed. He’s her child, and she’ll do what it takes to make sure he has a future. He asks if she’d force him to go through a medical procedure he didn’t want, and she says she would if it was going to save his life. He storms off.

Drew asks Margaux how he can help. She was hoping he’d reconsider helping her put Jason and Sonny away. He says he can’t. She says he won’t; there’s a difference. He says he’s not going to be part of her vendetta. She understands, but she’s not asking as the DA now. She’s asking as a woman wondering why her father left and didn’t come back. He may have been killed by Sonny. Help her make Sonny pay for his crimes.

Sonny tells Jason, when it’s personal, people get sloppy. Their emotions get in the way, and they make mistakes. He can see what it’s doing already. Jason doesn’t think they should go on the defense with Margaux, but instead treat her as a threat. Sonny says it’s been two years since Morgan, Nelle took a chunk out of his life, and they lost Jonah. Jason says, exactly. That’s why they need to get Margaux to back off.

Margaux tells Drew that she can still make Sonny pay, even if it’s not for her father. Drew says even if he could, it won’t establish probable cause. She says one memory could open the door, and help her make a case.

Chase leaves to call his mom. Gregory says he Finn freeze up at the mention of his wife. Finn’s stepmom was grateful when she heard he was taking the case. When is he going to stop hating her? She didn’t know Finn’s mother, and wasn’t trying to replace her. The only thing she’s guilty of is loving him. The one regret Gregory has is that being with her caused so much pain for him – and her.

Julian sees Oscar in the park, and asks why he’s not in school. Oscar says he quit, and Julian says, right. Oscar says he’s serious, and Julian asks, why? He loves school. Oscar wonders if his mom didn’t tell Julian why he quit. Julian tells Oscar that she respected his privacy, and he promised not to press the issue. Oscar says, good. Julian says if getting Oscar is trying to get back at his mom for something, he might want to rethink it.

Elizabeth sees Kim with her head in her hands, and asks if she wants to talk. Kim says, not really. Mostly because she’s embarrassed. She told Oscar he was disappointment, and it was horrible. She knows he’s angry that she didn’t tell him, but he’s lashing out at Josslyn. Elizabeth says he’s pushing her away because he’s sick. Kim thinks maybe she shouldn’t have judged so quickly. He thinks he’s doing the right thing. Elizabeth says he’s upset she did same thing, but – let her guess – he said it’s different when he’s doing it. Kim says, it is his life. He had the right to know, and because she kept it from him, he’s lost any faith in her when he’s facing the fight of life.

Sonny tells Jason that Margaux is relentless. She blames him for her father’s death. How can they get her to back off? Jason says Spinelli is looking into Vincent Marino. Jason has also learned a lot from her personal avenging. Sonny asks how they spin it. Jason says, it was Carly’s idea and it’s a good one. If they can prove Margaux’s father wasn’t the hero she thinks he was, they might be able to stop her.

Drew tells Margaux that he’s going to say it one last time, and he wants her to never ask again. He has no desire to dig into another man’s memories to help her out. He’s not digging into Jason’s past. Does she understand? She says, just one memory. It doesn’t need to be something criminal. Just a clue, an event, or a situation; a direction to point her toward, and she’ll take from there. Drew says he has to go. She asks him to hear her out one last time. Somewhere along Sonny’s ride to power, he made mistake. Drew says he’s sure Sonny made a lot of them, and he covered them up a long time ago. Margaux says with an organization of that size that’s been around this long, there has to be a mistake. He tells her, good luck. He hopes it brings her peace. She says she’s given up on peace, and will settle for justice for her father. He says he can’t help her, and walks away. She follows him. She says, what if by helping her, he could get his memory back. Drew Cane’s memories. Would he help then?

Oscar tells Julian that his mom isn’t why he dropped out. Julian starts to ask why, then says, never mind. He promised not as questions. Oscar says it’s nice to know Julian is looking out for his mom. Julian says he likes her very much. Oscar apologizes for being a jerk. Julian won’t ask what’s going on, but if there’s anything he can do or help with, he’s there. Oscar asks if Julian cares about him by default. Julian says he does, but he’s also made plenty of mistakes. One daughter won’t talk to him or let him see her children; another barely acknowledges him; and he doesn’t know his son. The one person he’s hurt the most – Oscar says, Miss Davis? Julian says Alexis has moved on, but it was never truly okay. Oscar asks why Julian is telling him this. Julian doesn’t want him to have regrets. If he wants to quit school, fine. He’s smart and will figure it out. It’s not as easy with people. The space you put between you and them, you might never get back. Oscar thanks him, and says he has to meet someone.

Jason asks Sonny if he saw Margaux’s dad flash a lot of cash around. Sonny says he was constantly showing off his money clip. He was on good terms with Skully, and willingly took part in the business. He liked the cash, and was no innocent by a long shot. Jason wonders what they need to show Margaux, when Carly comes in.

Sonny says that was fast, and Carly says Mike had enough for today. Stella comes in with Mike, and says he’ll have a buddy to help show him around. Carly says Mike should tell Sonny about part he liked best. Mike says, they have cards. Carly says they barely got past the game room, when Mike had settled in to a Crazy 8s game. Sonny wonders if gambling is the best idea. Mike says it’s a place for people like him who have trouble remembering. The play for pennies and chips. There are no loan sharks. Carly says it’s well-organized, the staff is attentive, and the clients are super nice. Mike enjoyed himself. Mike says the cards are great; the food, not so much. Carly says he’ll be having dinner with them every night. Sonny asks, what’s the plan? and Mike thinks he can do this.

Elizabeth says if Oscar can’t hear Kim, maybe he’ll hear Drew. Kim says he seems to blame them both equally; it’s unfair. She made Drew wait. Now Drew is losing out on time with his son. Elizabeth says they’ll work together, and do everything they can to get Oscar better. She asks where Julian is in all this.  Kim says Oscar didn’t want to tell anyone, and she’d already broken his trust in a major way. He agreed to no questions as long as he can be there when she needs him. She can’t wait to tell him everything, and have a good cry in his arms. In the meantime, she and Drew have to regain Oscar’s trust. Elizabeth says with everything going on, she needs all the support she can get. Julian offering to help with no questions asked? She’s take him up on it.

At the park, Cameron tells Oscar that he can’t summon him every time he needs help breaking up with Josslyn. Oscar says Cameron is the only person he can ask. Cameron knows he’s sick. Cameron says he can come clean, since none of this is going to work. Josslyn is too smart and stubborn to fall for it. He’s a downer, and he’s throwing Josslyn away. Oscar wants to make sure she’s over him before he’s gone. Cameron says the only person who needs to get over him is himself. Oscar says Josslyn is the only girl he’s ever loved or will ever love. He wants her to remember him as her first love, not the boy she watched die.

Finn says he sent over everything Gregory’s doctor needs to know in an electronic file. He may want something to help him sleep, as lack of sleep exacerbates the symptoms. Gregory says he opened a vein and told Finn how he felt, and Finn doesn’t even ask how he’s doing. Finn says he’s doing his best. Gregory says that’s not good enough, and Finn says that’s the story of his life. Gregory might consider meditation. Gregory says his wife has been trying to convince him of the same thing. They have something in common. Finn says, exercise helps. Gregory says, that’s two. Finn says, Chinese herbs, and Gregory says, that’s three for three. They’d have a great time together. Finn tells him, good luck with his recovery. He’ll have the discharge papers drawn up. Gregory says he’s has a wonderful, rich life, but there’s only one thing missing – Finn.

Julian sees Kim at the hospital. He says he ran into Oscar, and given the shape he was in, the thought she might need support. She says, he talked to Oscar? Julian says he told Oscar that she didn’t tell him what’s wrong, and offered him the same deal. His help with no questions asked. He doesn’t need to know what’s wrong to help. Kim says he’s a good guy. Julian tells her no one has ever said that about him before. Kim says he snuck up on her. She thought it would be casual. They would see where it goes; no strings. Julian says they did that. Kim says they did, and here they are. She has no doubt she’s fallen for him. He supposes it’s only fair, since he fell for her a while ago. She says, funny. She recently told someone, when they find love, don’t turn away from it. He says, good advice, and she kisses him.

Cameron tells Oscar that he’ help one last time. Josslyn has been his friend – Oscar says, since they were in diapers. He gets it. Cameron says Oscar is hurting his friend. He shouldn’t help, but he will, on one condition. If it doesn’t work, that’s it. Oscar comes clean, and lets her decide if she wants to suffer with him or he suffers alone. It’s what he deserves. Oscar says he’s dying, but Cameron doesn’t let that stop him. Cameron asks if Oscar has a problem with that, and Oscar says, just the opposite; he appreciates it. Cameron says it doesn’t make sense, but those are the terms. If it doesn’t work, Oscar comes clean. Oscar says, deal. He promises it’s the last thing he’ll ask Cameron to do. He asks if Cameron can doctor a photo, and shows it to him on his phone. Cameron says he can do it, but after this, Oscar has to let him go.

Sonny says if Mike is in, he’s all for it. Mike says, let’s do this. Stella says she’ll notify the facility, and he can start late this week. He asks if she’ll take him on his first day, and she says she wouldn’t have it any other way. He walks her to the door. Carly tells Sonny it’s a really nice place, and Mike wants to go, Mike thanks Stella for helping him with Sonny. Stella has the feeling it’s the best thing for the both of them. Mike tells Sonny and Carly that he’s going to take a nap. They can go back to talking about hm. Sonny says they weren’t, and Mike asks, why? Is there something more interesting to talk about? He goes upstairs, and Carly asks Sonny, guess who was having a cozy breakfast at the MetroCourt?

Margaux says she can’t imagine what it’s like for Drew. He can change that. Drew says all the options are gone, and he’s made peace with that. She mentions the flash drive, and he says it’s long gone. She says, actually, it’s not.

Finn tells Gregory that he included his number should Gregory’s doctor want to reach him. Gregory says Finn is his doctor, but also his son. Finn says he knows. Chase returns, and thanks Finn again. Finn says he was just doing his job, and leaves. Chase follows him into the hallway. He tells Finn that his mother is grateful for the care Finn has shown for their father, despite everything that happened in the past.

Oscar looks at the doctored photo, and hits send.

At the library, Josslyn is studying with Cameron. Cameron’s phone dings. Cameron looks at it, and says, whoa. Josslyn says, nothing like being obvious, and wants to see it. He says, no, but she grabs his phone. It’s a picture of Oscar with his arm around another girl, smiling. She asks Cameron to leave. He goes, and she touches the photo of her and Oscar.

Oscar sinks to the ground. His phone says, message received. He says, goodbye, Joss. I love you.

At the library, Josslyn sits alone and sad.

Julian tells Kim he doesn’t want to overstate, but he thinks he had a breakthrough with Oscar. No one is more surprised than he is. He’d always hoped Oscar might grow to like him – in fifteen or twenty years. Kim says that’s a sight she’d love to see.

Sonny says Margaux had breakfast with Drew? Carly says she’s pulling out all the stops. He remembers every crime Jason committed. Jason says, if he does, it’s not admissible, and he’s always been careful. Carly says it’s still a threat. Sonny says, if Margaux isn’t successful this way, she’ll just come at him a different way. Even if they find proof her father was dirty, which he was. Even if they can convince her, it’s no guarantee she’ll back off.

Drew tells Margaux that Peter was holding the flash drive when Obrecht carted him off. Either he’s lying, or he dropped it, and it’s gone. He can’t get it back. She says, it’s not gone. She has it. He should smack her.

Tomorrow, Curtis asks Nina what she expects to get from the meeting, Maxie tells Felicia someone is her friend, and Laura thinks not-Doc is trying to avoid her.

Below Deck

When we left, primary return guest, Steve, was refusing to wear a lifejacket, and acting like a half-drunk Tasmanian devil on the jet ski. What that dude needs is a straitjacket. And possibly AA.

Ross says they have to be stern. Captain Lee isn’t happy that he has to chase Steve down. Steve sidles up to the boat, and the captain tells him to put a jacket on. Steve says no, and the captain says he’ll have to take away the jet ski, like Steve is a petulant child. In his interview, Captain Lee says it’s hard to tell a charter guest they can’t do something, but it’s especially hard if it’s a friend. He’s pissed at the deck crew, who should have known the hazards, saying, it’s hard to have good time when you’re dead. He wants them to lock the jet skis up. He’s going to keep Steve safe whether he likes it or not. Steve finally comes back in. Chandler says there was a lapse on the deck department’s side, and it’s a shame the captain had to get involved. It’s uncomfortable having him come down, and undermines Chandler’s position.

Steve wanders into the galley, wondering where breakfast is. Chandler tells Captain Lee that they have the beach picnic planned for today. In his interview, Chandler knows the captain is pissed, and wants to make sure the picnic goes without a hitch. The captain tells him the water will probably be knee deep. Get as close as they can, and see what they have to work with. Steve demands breakfast, saying, it’s like noon. Kate tells him it’s 9:30. Adrian makes one of my all-time favorites Eggs Benedict, and his version looks amazing. Steve thinks so too, telling one of the guests to take a picture of this sh*t. A real gentleman, that Steve.

Chandler looks for someone help set up. Ross volunteers. Kate is also sending Josiah, giving him a list to check off. Chandler starts loading the tender. Adrian isn’t sure about the guests, but Caroline thinks it’s just the primary they have to worry about. Adrian thinks Caroline is crazy, but has her feet on the ground. Josiah thinks she can snap easy. We flash back to her getting annoyed at being shushed. She says she’s hyper-sensitive about being dismissed. Adrian wonders if it goes back to a childhood issue. In her interview, Caroline says her father was on the narcissist spectrum, and she had sh*t parents. Adrian says a lot of reactions can be traced back to childhood. In his interview, he thinks Caroline seems fragile. You have to put your emotions aside on charter, and sometimes it’s hard for sensitive people.

Ross says the anchor comes loose on the tender, because of the reef situation. They need someone to stay on the boat. Ross, Josiah, Ashton, and Chandler go ahead to set up. Rhylee is annoyed they’re not using her, since she’s used to heavy lifting. Steve loves the captain, but gripes that he’s all about safety. Steve screeches beeeeeeach! while wearing a flower crown over his hat. The captain watches the beach with binoculars, and Kate asks what’s going on. Chandler radios back that the location won’t work; the anchor could drag. In his interview, Chandler says safety is number one; then the guests’ happiness.

Kate has to bring the bad news to the guests. Steve has a graphic tuxedo shirt for Captain Lee to wear to dinner. The captain explains that the beach is too steep, so they can’t set up there, but Steve won’t listen. Kate tells him that they can set up a Polynesian picnic on the deck, but he won’t have it. He says he spent a lot of money, and promised his guests a fun time on the beach. This is an embarrassment. I guess refusing to wear a lifejacket like a five-year-old and riding a jet ski drunk isn’t embarrassing. The captain says he’s not embarrassing Steve – leaving out that Steve does that just fine on his own – he’s just keeping him safe. Steve says he can do what he wants; they were promised a fun time on the beach. He wants to get off the boat, and demands they make the picnic happen. Kate says she can’t manufacture a beach, and Steve says he’s ready to dive off the side of the boat.

Adrian is told to proceed with lunch think, and Kate has to explain again to Steve that the beach is too dangerous. She’s setting up the picnic on deck. Captain Lee tells Steve again that they can’t do it, since everything has to be repeated several times for this guy. In his interview, the captain says Steve will push the line with anyone to have a good time, but his patience is wearing so thin, it’s transparent. Steve decides he’s jumping off the bow, and asks who has champagne. The captain calls Chandler to the wheelhouse.

Caroline tells Steve that she knows he’s not totally happy, but is he content? The captain tells Chandler to jump in with Steve, and make sure he gets back okay. The table setting for the picnic is fabulous, and IMO better than the beach. Who wants sand in their food? Or other places. Steve and Chandler jump, and Steve yowls the whole way down. Then he won’t come back. Kate says, have a nice trip, and live your best life. Adrian has made a moonfish (a local offering) for the entrée. Steve continues to float around on his back, and Jen says he told her he’d meet her in Bora Bora. Steve finally gets back on the boat, and greets Jen as though they’d never met.

Kate gives Caroline instructions. Ashton hoses Steve off. Kate is thrilled with Josiah. Rhylee asks Chandler what’s up, and he gives her the schedule. She’s in the middle. He likes being the early person, and trusts Ross to be the late guy and do what needs to be done.

Steve says the great thing about yachting is drinking champagne in the bath. I think you can do that without spending $100K. Josiah tells Kate about Caroline seeming panicky; she had tears in her eyes. Caroline tells Chandler that she learned she comes off as someone who could snap, and she doesn’t like that.

At dinner, everyone wears variations on the graphic tuxedo shirt. Captain Lee tells us that he’s already said no enough times to Steve. If Steve wants him at dinner, his ass will be there. Adrian makes an off-color joke in the galley. Kate likes Adrian. He’s young, which explains his humor. It’s like when you know have good dog, but it’s still humping everyone’s legs. Dinner is served, and pronounced fabulous.

Ross and Rhylee talk in the crew mess. Ross likes Rhylee’s enthusiasm. She says it’s her first yacht job, and everyone else knows what they’re doing. She can do nothing but learn and pitch in wherever she’s needed. She doesn’t want Chandler to forget she’s there. In Alaska, she’s a captain, and can learn fast by being shown once. Chandler pops out, wanting them to hold it down, since he’s a light sleeper. In his interview, Ross sees where Rhylee is coming from.

Adrian says his flavors are all about balance. He’s makes it up as he goes along, and it comes together in the presentation. Tonight, is New Zealand lamb. Steve says his low carb diet is out the window. He wants to get in the jacuzzi after dinner, and supposes the captain won’t be joining him. Captain Lee says, nope. In his interview, the captain says he expected a sh*t show at dinner, but the Steve he knows and loves is back. There’s foam something in the dessert in honor of the foam man. Steve hugs Captain Lee, who says it’s good to have him on board.

Steve is ready for jacuzziing. Jen doesn’t not want to go in, and neither does anyone else. They go back to their cabins. Steve insists Jen being them back out, but she refuses. Kate wonders what Uncle Steve would be without a surprise. Steve dumps a container of liquid soap into the jacuzzi, since the last time, he had a foam disappointment. We flash back to that. The bubbles start to churn. I know exactly what happens when you do this, since I tried it myself by putting bubble bath in a hotel room jacuzzi while on vacation. It was like a Lucy and Ethel moment where I thought I wasn’t going to be able to stop them, and had visions of bubbles filling the hallway. Josiah asks where the bubbles are coming from. Steve yells, I love foam! Josiah can’t allow this. Ross is on anchor watch, and gets out while he can. The stews hide downstairs, and the foam goes over the edge of the jacuzzi and everywhere. Steve is lost in the bubbles, and cries that he wants Kate in there. He tosses bubbles around, demanding Kate. He says if no one wants to join his foam party, screw them all.

Caroline says she’s letting sh*t go, even though she was disrespected. She and Josiah have a good thing going, and she doesn’t want to throw it away. Steve bugs the captain in the wheelhouse. Chandler tells the captain the anchor is leading under the bow, and to thrust to port. Captain Lee wonders how that’s possible, since the anchor seems to be going in the other direction. Chandler says is bad. The captain says the guys are screwing up, and Steve says even he knows that sh*t. The captain wants the bridge cleared, saying Ross gives better directions than Chandler on anchor. Ross thinks Chandler needs relax and keep it simple.

The captain tells Chandler that he prefers hand signals. There’s no chance to mentally screw up. Breakfast is a cavalcade of delicious seafood in a quiche, combined with poached egg. Chandler thinks docking is stressful, and Rhylee’s questions give him a headache. In her interview, she says if she asks during this charter, she doesn’t have to ask on the next one. Caroline tells Josiah that she’s happy to work with him, and doesn’t want him to think she’s ungrateful. In his interview, Josiah thinks she’s too sensitive, and just has to move on. As Yoda would say, with this one, I see problems ahead.

The crew gets on their whites. Steve says, another year has come and gone. Does he think he’s been on the boat for a year? Chandler says it’s a new boat with a new crew, and he’s nervous to dock. He hopes it goes well. The water is so blue, I get hypnotized. It’s time to tell Steve goodbye. His friends all seem normal. Steve says the food was fantastic, he had a foam party of one, and they made the jet ski happen. He gives the captain a cloth bag with the tip inside, because he didn’t want to use a ratty envelope. In his interview, Captain Lee says charter guests can be a pita when they’re d-bags, but Steve isn’t malicious. He hopes Steve never grows up. It kind of surprises me that they’re friends.

Tip time! I hope it’s a good one. What a hassle that guy is. Captain Lee says it was a difficult first charter, but they did a good job. He commends Adrian, says the interior team was flawless, and Ashton wore a diaper. We flash back to Steve screaming when he saw Ashton as Cupid.  The captain says some people on deck are trying too hard not to make a mistake, but Ross was outstanding. The tip is $15K – $1250 each – disappointing all of us. Josiah says they put a grown man in a diaper and that’s all they get? The captain tells them that they can leave the boat tonight, but remember the rules; don’t embarrass themselves or the boat. Chandler, the bummer of all time, tells them to remember they still have to work tomorrow.

Caroline pops the leftover balloons. Rhylee explains that she and her ex-fiancé got tattoos of each other’s Instagram names. With her in Alaska and him in Florida, it was too difficult on the relationship, but she doesn’t regret the tattoo. Caroline and Josiah talk, and Josiah thinks she should date Chandler. I hope he’s joking. She asks if Josiah likes boys, girls, or both. He says he likes guys, but he’s from an old school village, where everyone kept saying he doesn’t look gay. They wonder what gay is supposed to look like. In his interview, Josiah says every person is different. His family is very loving and kind, and he wasn’t scared to tell them, but he doesn’t think you should necessarily come out. Just live your best life and be who you are.

The crew gets ready to go out. Rhylee isn’t wearing a bra under her slip dress, and the deckhands act like fourteen-year-olds. Kate wonders why Rhylee is naked. She doesn’t know what look Rhylee is going for, but doesn’t think it’s legal. They head for shore to the Pink Coconut for dinner, and start with weird cocktails. Kate asks Ashton how he got started in his career, and he says he was a dancer and came across someone looking for a butler. He explains that his dancing was always tasteful. Adrian asks Rhylee if she’s ever had Vegemite, and she says she’s had Spam. In case you don’t know, those are two totally different things, the former being a sandwich spread and the other being fake meat.

In his interview, Ashton says it’s a boat full of single people, and no one is getting any. They’re definitely thirsty. They move on to a club, drink some more, and turn it up on the dance floor. Ashton flirts, and feels like child in a candy store. Someone asks if he’s gay. Chandler says they’re starting work at 8 am at the latest. He likes to have fun (I doubt it), but their choices reflect his leadership. Ashton and Rhylee dance with each other. Chandler wants to back, but the others want to stay and drink. He tells Ashton that everyone is going back, but Ashton says he’s staying. Caroline tries to get him to go, but he says they just started having good time. Chandler says they came as a team, and they’re leaving as a team. Caroline tells Kate it’s bullsh*t.

Ashton finally agrees to leave. Kate says just because he wants to show off his male stripper moves, doesn’t mean they all want stay up and watch. Chandler says he wanted to leave an hour ago, and decides they’ll start at 6 am, just to piss everyone off. Rhylee asks for what valid reason is he doing this? and he tells her for Ashton’s actions. The two limos head back to the boat.

Josiah and Adrian go to their happy place, while Adrian ohms. Rhylee tells Chandler that she’s talking to him as a person, and he’s going to piss everyone off. In her interview, she says he told her that he’s not her boss off the boat, and can’t treat her like a complete savage. He asks her to stop talking, and she asks if he’s speaking as a boss or a person, and he says both. He jets out of the limo. Ashton suggests they all go back. Rhylee tells Ross she’ll be to blame, and the whole team pays for it. Ross understands, but thinks Ashton was out of line. On the boat, Chandler says he heard Rhylee complaining in the van, but it’s one way; his way. She asks if he’s effing kidding her. Ross says he’ll sort it out, and asks her to leave.

Rhylee goes to the galley to get desert, saying she got kicked out of Chandler’s room. Chandler tells Ross, once is fine, two, you’ve effed up. Kate and Josiah listen from the stairs. Rhylee tells Adrian that Chandler is a d*ck. Ross asks Chandler to be lenient, and if he’s disrespected again, follow through. Chandler says, too bad, see you at six. Rhylee thanks Ross for trying, saying Chandler had told her to speak freely. In her interview, Kate says, a green yachtie being sassy to a bosun; she’s not sure how this is going to work out for Rhylee. Chandler sticks his big nose into the conversation, and Rhylee says he told her to speak freely, and stormed out of van because he got upset at how it went down. Chandler says she disrespected him, and straight up lost her sh*t. Rhylee says she did what he asked her to do. Sorry to speak while he’s interrupting. In his interview, Chandler says he’s never dealt with this kind of disrespect, and he’s not having it.

Next time, Caroline freaks out, seriously bad weather, and Ross goes to the captain about Rhylee.

Star

Carlotta gave a TV interview, and said music was in her blood. She just signed a major deal with the Karma nightclub, and is going to have a weekly live stream. It will be a game changer. Mateo said it was all on her.

Simone saw Mateo getting busy with the same reporter who interviewed Carlotta. After backing away from the scene, Simone ran into Mateo’s wife, who said Simone had convinced them. She was going to star in the movie with Noah.

Bobby tried giving Noah advice, but Noah wasn’t too keen on taking it from someone sleeping on his couch. Noah finally threw money at him, saying he wasn’t good enough for Bobby when he had nothing. He told Bobby to get out.

Cassie swore no more street hustle or blood on her hands. She was all about the club. Carlotta was surprised to find out Cassie owned the club, and said she had no experience or track record. Cassie wanted Noah working for her, but Carlotta said Cassie wasn’t going to win this war.

Alex brought Bianca’s (the fan who died in the plane crash) sister, Olivia, to visit her. Olivia was thrilled to be in Alex’s presence and see the glamorous life. Alex told Olivia about her guilt, and being brought out of the plane before Bianca was. Olivia asked if bringing her there made Alex feel better. Her sister was dead because of Alex.

Carlotta gave Andy an envelope of money, and told him to stay gone. He told her that he was sorry, but she said that wasn’t going to change anything. Just stay safe. Jahil appeared – he’s growing a beard in the afterlife – and Carlotta told him that Andy feels guilty. She had to deal with the Cassie mess, and knew someone was bankrolling her. Jahil asked what she wanted in return. Noah wanted to pull out of their deal, and Mateo told Carlotta, just make sure the club event was a success.

Star’s baby started to kick, and Star told Simone that she was going to give her kid what they didn’t have. She was thinking of looking for Brody. He messed up, but they’re grown now. Simone said they needed to find his ass then.

Ruby was feeling the aftereffects of the rape. She told Derek, when she closed her eyes, all she could see was his face, and him holding the gun to her head. She said, he had a brand.

Mateo gave Noah a new, flashy sportscar, along with a new contract. Noah told Mateo that Carlotta promised him creative control over his third album. Mateo said they’d discuss later. Bobby asked if tap shoes came with the contract.

Carlotta met up with Cassie’s businessman bankroller, Xander. She told him that he couldn’t play her like her sister. If she found out his money was dirty, she’d call the cops so fast, he’d think she was a white woman.

There was a birthday party for Jaden at the salon, and Cassie showed up with a gift. Cotton told Carlotta that she wanted Cassie in her life. I love the scenes in the salon. It always seems so real. Carlotta told Cassie that Xander was going to want something in return. He was going to drag her ass from the sewer to the gutter. Carlotta wanted Cassie to drag her ass out of her life. Cassie accused Carlotta of fornicating with a pastor, and Carlotta called Cassie a bottom feeder.

Alex visited Olivia, and heard her singing hears her singing. She told Olivia she could write or produce a song for her.

Maurice told Noah that if he signed with him, he would be king. Noah said he was already king of Gravity Records. Maurice said he just wanted to make sure Noah’s voice is heard. He needed his own empire; to create his own sound. Carlotta suggested next time come with a proven track record. She thought Noah should stick with her.

Cassie thought about what Carlotta said, and broke into a song.

Mateo told Carlotta every investor would be watching. Carlotta says she didn’t write checks she couldn’t cash. Just before Take 3 was about to perform, Star got a phone call about Brody, and took off like a rocket, Simone along with her. Bobby came to Noah, and told him Black men had it hard enough; they couldn’t be perceived as weak. Being a gay Black man was even harder. He was was wrong to leave. He’d seen Noah’s Dance with My Father performance. He tells Noah that Paul died. He lost Paul, but had promised him that he’d find Noah, and make it right. It took his whole life to figure it out who he was. Noah came out of his momma marching to his own beat. Whatever he does in this world, it ain’t about the fame; it’s about the freedom.

Cassie introduced Noah in a silver jumpsuit that not many could pull off. Noah sang Papa Was a Rolling Stone, and it was superb. While Noah sang, Star’s investigator told her that he checked the jails and the John Doe’s. It looks like electrocution. Star identified Brody’s body, and received his personal effects. She took out his wedding ring.

Take 3 was late, and Miss Bruce said his blood pressure was up because of this Mexican harassing him, referring to Mateo. Alex wondered what was going on, and Simone returned, telling her Brody was dead. Star remembered her last conversation with him, where he told her not come after him, and that he loves her always. She had to leave the stage, and told Jackson to get her out. Simone told Mateo life was short, and his wife is her good friend. She saw him with the reporter. Mateo made some excuses, but I don’t think his wife cared a whole lot. Olivia brought Alex a framed picture of Bianca. Alex introduced Derek, and I thought Olivia’s hand lingered a little too long on his arm. Derek saw a guy with a brand, but then couldn’t find him in the crowd.

Noah told Carlotta he wanted independence, and he was going with Cassie. Cassie said she was winning, and there wasn’t a damn thing Carlotta could do about it, bitch. Carlotta thumped the hell out of Cassie right at the club bar, and there was hair wig and weave pulling, and rolling around on the floor. A wigless Carlotta threatened to kill Cassie.

Carlotta said it was the biggest night of her life, and she lost Noah. She told Cotton that Cassie had gone too far. She didn’t now who Cassie was or what she’s capable of. Cotton wanted to know what was going on, but Carlotta wouldn’t say.

Alex put the framed photo on a dresser, and we saw a light blinking on the back of it. I knew there was something up with that frame.

Star told Jackson that she felt stupid. She couldn’t put things back together. He said he knew what she needed, and danced for her.

Xander met with Cassie, and said he was proud of her. He wanted her to him a favor. Run some money through the club. Cassie protested, saying she was going legit, and he said she would. Just one favor. She said, that’s always how it starts. After Xander left, a guy with a brand dragged Andy in to Cassie. She asked if Andy missed her, and kissed duct tape on his mouth. Ruh-roh.

Next time, Derek is concerned about Olivia, Mateo tells Carlotta that she’d better get it done, and Carlotta walks a road alone.

💈 Tonight’s hair win went to Star for a Bridget Bardot bouffant, blonde, and updated with dark roots. Star got second place as well, with long, loose retro curls, half piled on her head, the rest cascading down. Alex gets a fashion mention with a white long-sleeved button-down shirt. Similar in style to a man’s button-down, but the sleeves had slits and no cuffs. Kind of like angel wings.

⚓ I’ve been watching the Below Deck reruns that Bravo has been airing in the wee hours, and caught the one where chief stew of the Honor, Adrienne, ended up being a guest for a day when she rode the coattails of some other guests. You could see Adrienne eyeballing Kate the whole time, and yes, Adrienne, Kate is so much cooler than you can ever hope to be. Adrienne was the worst, both as a chief stew and a guest.

🐎 Because of the pesky need for sleep, The Real Housewives of Dallas still needs editing, and will be in tomorrow’s post.

🎤 Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic of Queen, opens November 2, and looks impressive. I saw Queen twice at Madison Square Garden back in the day. Freddy Mercury had such a big presence, I didn’t even mind the seats in mountain goat territory.

😨 Scary Below Deck Entrée… 

Behold, the moonfish…

MoonFish

🎶 Enjoy…

 

October 3, 2018 – Nina Learns About Sasha, Yesterday’s New Deck, Star’s Pregnancy is Revealed, a Dallas Dog Painting Party & Puck

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Josslyn tells Carly that she’s not going to school. She can’t. Carly asks if it’s about Oscar; did they have a fight? Josslyn says, no fight, no nothing; he just dumped her. Carly hugs her.

Oscar approaches Cameron in the library, who’s working on his Catcher in the Rye report. The most he’s gotten so far is, Holden Caufield is a sort of tool, something we can probably all agree on, but not enough for a report. Oscar gives Cameron his paper, and tells him to take it. He doesn’t need it.

At the hospital, Kim tells Drew that Oscar isn’t talking much. He stayed in his room all night. Drew says his entire world has been turned upside down; he’s still in shock. Kim says he’s angry at her for not telling him, and left without saying goodbye. He’s never done that. Drew says Oscar is hurting. He’ll come around. He needs his family. They all do.

Maxie goes to Nina’s office to give her a non-Crimson relate update. Peter told her that the WSB has a lead on Obrecht. Nina says, uh-huh. Maxie says her crazy aunt might implicate her. What’s more important than that?

Laura tells not-Doc it will take a while for her to re-acclimate. She notices he has no fever, and hated that he slept in the guest room. He says he’d hate it more if she came down with a cold. He coughs for effect. She thinks the idea of being quarantined for a few days with him isn’t bad, but he doesn’t want to ruin her other reunions. She goes to the kitchen to make him some tea, saying she’ll have him feeling like a new man.

Nina tells Maxie, it’s not a good time; she’s meeting someone. Maxie picks up Sasha’s picture, and asks if Nina is thinking of her for the outerwear shoot, and says Nina should book her. Curtis comes in, and Maxie asks, what’s going on? assuming Nina hired a PI to find Obrecht before the WSB does. Maxie leaves, and Curtis asks Nina if she wants to find Obrecht. She says, no. She wants to talk about this picture, showing him Sasha. Why didn’t he tell her that he was searching for her daughter.

Josslyn tells Carly, it came out of nowhere. She thought things were great, and thinking about the past year, she doesn’t get it. Carly asks what Oscar said, and Josslyn says he told her that he needed space, and it wasn’t her fault. She asked for an actual reason; something she did or didn’t do, but he didn’t say anything. He just took off. Carly thinks he’s going through something that he’s not ready to share yet. Josslyn asks, why? They shared everything. What changed?

Cameron reads, the imagery of isolation in Catcher in the Rye, and tells Oscar that he’ll be called out for plagiarism. No thanks. Oscar wonders how the teacher would find out. Cameron says Oscar is her favorite student; she’ll recognize his writing. Oscar tells him to move stuff around and dumb it down. Just take it. Cameron says Oscar hated him for kissing Josslyn, remember? Why is Oscar doing him a favor? Oscar says he doesn’t need the paper, and Cameron asks if this is about what happened at the community center. Oscar tells Cameron that when he said Oscar had cancer, he was right. Plenty of people knew; his parents, Cameron’s mom, Franco, everybody except him.

Kim and Drew meet with Monica in her office. Monica says they wanted to talk about Oscar. Has he had another hypoglycemic episode? Kim says Oscar doesn’t have hypoglycemia. He has a brain tumor, and gives her the specific medical term. Drew says they’re not giving up. They’re going to fight.

Laura says not-Doc seems better already. It must have been a twenty-four hour bug. He tells her that he’ll get checked out at GH. She’s surprised he’s going to work. She was looking forward to spending the day with him. He says they’ll have lots of days. She asks if he can’t play hooky; he has a  good excuse. He says is patients need him. Laura gives him a gift bag, saying she got a present. He says her early return was present enough, and takes out a photo of them in Paris. She thought he could find a nice spot for it in his office. He says he’ll find a very special place. She asks him to wear the blue tie she got him for his birthday. She wants to see it on him.

Kim explains that Oscar’s tumor is inoperable, but Terry is putting him in a trail of amino therapy that’s minimally invasive. Monica says, it sounds promising, and Kim says, it’s a long shot. Drew tells Monica that they’re going to take it day by day. Monica would like to see Terry’s report and test results. She wants to be up to speed and on the same page. Kim promises to get them to her. Monica says even if it should turn out to be a disappointment, trials and treatments are being developed all the time. She apologizes for sounding clinical, but Kim says it’s easier. Monica tells her that Oscar’s family will get him through this. They have to.

Cameron doesn’t know what to say, and Oscar tells him, don’t say anything. He doesn’t care about school. Cameron asks, why? The Quartermaines will send him to a fancy treatment place, and he’ll be even more of a hero to Josslyn. Oscar says, Josslyn doesn’t know. Cameron says she deserves to hear it from him. He’s mad at his parents for keeping him in the dark. How is Josslyn going to feel when she finds out he did the same thing to her? She’s smart, and already suspicious. Oscar says she won’t find out; he made sure of it. Cameron asks, how? and Oscar says, it doesn’t matter. Consider the paper payment for keeping his mouth shut.

Josslyn says, when she asked Carly how you know you love someone, she said there was no magic test. She was wrong. When she said that, Josslyn wasn’t sure if she loved him, but now she knows. If she didn’t, she wouldn’t hurt so much. Carly says she’s so sorry. Josslyn doesn’t understand why he told her he loved her. He looked her in the eye, and said the words. Carly says, he’s going through something. She can’t force him to tell her, and needs to decide how to deal with it. She can’t turn the pain on herself. Carly tells her not to feel small and afraid. Cry, stand back up, and keep moving. She left out, eat ice cream. Josslyn doesn’t think she’s strong enough. Carly says she’s the epitome of strong. She’ll get through this. Whatever is going on, it has nothing to do with her, and it’s not her fault. Josslyn tells Carly that’s what Oscar said, but it doesn’t make her feel better. She knows she has to find a way to deal, but can’t see him. Carly says she’s going to see him eventually. Josslyn tells her not to worry, but Carly says, that’s the thing about being a parent; you never stop. They hug, and exchange I love yous. When Carly leaves, Josslyn picks up her phone.

Curtis tells Nina that he didn’t want to get her hopes up until he had more proof. He wasn’t convinced Valentin’s intentions were pure. Nina says, Valentin is a master of mixed motives. Curtis says Valentin wanted to find her daughter, but also change her mind about the divorce. That’s why he took the case; to protect her best interests. He was able to locate the lawyer Madeline brokered the adoption with, and he filled in the gaps. Spinelli tracked the money that changed hands, and it led to Sasha. He emailed her, they spoke on the phone, and she agreed to meet. It wasn’t easy, but he convinced her to take the DNA test. Valentin insisted on a backup, and he’s waiting on the results. Nina asks if Curtis thinks Sasha could be her daughter.

Maxie is standing outside Nina’s office, trying to listen. Felicia walks in, and says she was thinking about how Maxie has thrown herself back into Crimson. She’s been doing all the heavy lifting for Nina, and has a baby at home. She needs a break. Felicia hands Maxie a folder, and tells her she has some ideas for a mother/daughter trip. They have a lot of options, and can take James if she wants. What does she think? Maxie thinks Felicia needs it more than she does.

Laura is still in the kitchen, and not-Doc takes the price tag off the tie. He says he’ll think of her every time he wears it, and tightens it between his hands, like he’s about to strangle her with it. There’s a knock at the door. I laugh at him being forever foiled. It’s Lulu, who says she hopes it’s not too early. Laura comes out, and they hug. Lulu is happy Laura is home, and Laura says her too. Lulu has five hundred questions, and not-Doc says he’ll leave them to catch up. Lulu thinks Laura clearly has a restorative effect. Lulu suggests not-Doc SKYPE with his patients, but Laura says he’s old school; face to face. Not-Doc says he likes to be intimate, personal, and on time. He leaves, and Laura says her timing is rotten. She finally gets home, and he’s fighting a cold. He spent the night in the guest room, but knowing him, he probably has something wonderful planned tonight.

Felicia asks what makes Maxie think she wants to get away. Can’t she just plan a fun trip for them? Maxie says, under normal circumstances, but these aren’t normal circumstances. Felicia admits that a TV station is hounding her for an interview on Ryan. She turned them down of course. She spoke with Lulu, because she’s a responsible journalist, and promised to focus on the victims and not the sensationalism. She’s not like the others who want to profit from tragedy. Felicia is worried about Maxie though.

Curtis tells Nina the test is 99.9% accurate, but Nina doesn’t care about percentages. She cares about what Curtis thinks. He says nothing that was said convinced him that Sasha isn’t her daughter, but he needs more evidence. Nina says, something like this? and shows him the necklace.

Kim tells Monica that Oscar recently learned he’s sick, and is having a hard time dealing. He doesn’t want anyone to know. Drew says they’re telling her because she’s Oscar’s grandmother, and the chief-of-staff. Monica says she’s also a cancer survivor, and Oscar feels like he’s living under a microscope right now. They don’t want to make him feel any worse. Kim leaves to get the report. Monica asks Drew how he’s doing. He doesn’t know; he feels punch-drunk. He just found Oscar, and has been figuring out how to be a father. He wasn’t prepared for this. He doesn’t know what to do, and Monica tells him it’s the worst thing to face, but they’ll fight it. They’ll do it together.

Cameron arrives at Sonny’s, and tells Josslyn that he cut PE. He’s going to have to run extra laps; this better be worth it. She says, sorry, but it’s important. She needs him to be honest. Last night, Oscar came over and broke up with her. He asks if she’s sure. Maybe she’s overreacting to something Oscar said the wrong way. She tells Cameron that Oscar said he couldn’t be in a relationship right now, and needed space. The he left. Cameron says he’s sorry it happened. She says, don’t be; help her. Tell  her why he did it.

Carly sees not-Doc at the hospital, and says he saved her a call. He says, about what? and she says, therapy. She’s ready to talk about Ferncliff, and ready to process what happened there. He suggests they touch base next week. She tells him to let her know if he has a cancellation. She wants to work through it as soon as possible – even if they have to use Morse code. Not-Doc asks why must she always bring that up? She says the other night, he was tapping, and he says he’d thought she moved past that fixation. She says that’s why she wants to do therapy; to get Ferncliff out of her head completely. The anniversary of her son’s death is also coming up. She thought she’d prepare for the emotions it’s going to bring up, and make it easier. Not-Doc asks her to forgive him. He doesn’t mean to be terse. He has a bug, and he’s out of sorts. He’ll make time. He’ll have his assistant check his calendar, and work her in.

Carly sees Kim, and asks how it’s going. Kim says, not great, and Carly asks if they can talk about Oscar.

Monica tells Drew treatments and cures for diseases once thought terminal, have advances every day. She’s a cancer survivor, and she’s going to make sure Oscar is too. She gives him a word of advice. Let the people he loves in. Let them help him, so they can help Oscar.

Cameron tells Josslyn that he just saw Oscar, and he didn’t say anything about breaking up with her. She asks what he did say, and Cameron says, not much. He was just acting weird. Cameron was working on his Catcher in the Rye paper, and Oscar gave him his. Josslyn asks, why? but Cameron doesn’t know and wasn’t going to ask questions. Josslyn thinks Cameron knows something. This all started at the community center. Oscar was acting weird, he and Cameron had a conversation, then Oscar took off. What were they talking about? What’s really going on?

Laura tells Lulu that Spencer has fully recovered, and is precocious as ever. Lulu says the Snapchats he sends Rocco and Charlotte are hilarious. Laura asks how she’s doing with Dante being away. She says the kids ask about him, but school keeps them busy. She misses him, but he’s away doing important work that he loves. Laura asks how Dante feels about her work.

Maxie tells Felicia she’s been through enough to no comment them into oblivion. She was too young to remember anyway. Felicia says kids pick things up, even when they don’t grasp what’s going on. Maxie says if Felicia is planning a trip to take her mind off the media circus, Mac should be going with her. Mac was her hero when it came to Ryan; let him be her hero now. They can take a trip when it’s actually about them spending time together. Felicia tells her not to think she’s getting out of it. It must be nice. My last real vacation was in 1987.

Nina explains to Curtis about Madeline leaving some significant things from her childhood for her. The necklace was in a pouch, along with a note, saying, this could mend a broken heart. She says it’s not just a pendant. It was important to her as a child. She would steal it, and pretend it was the locket from Annie. She talked to a jeweler, who said it looked like it had been a whole piece that was divided. Curtis asks if she thinks her daughter has the other half. She thinks it was her mom’s way of saying her child is out there and has the other half. He tells her there was no mention of a necklace, and Nina says, it was a long shot. Curtis gets a call. It’s from the second lab, and the results are in.

Curtis tells Nina that the second test confirmed a genetic match; it’s a certainty. Nina is breathless. Curtis tells her that Sasha grew up thinking the woman who raised her is her mother. It’s a big change for her too. Maxie knocks at the door, and Curtis tells Nina to let him know what the next move is. When he’s gone, Maxie asks if he found Obrecht, but Nina says, he didn’t find Obrecht. He found someone else.  

Carly tells Kim that Oscar broke up with Josslyn. Kim says, that’s the last thing he should have done. Carly asks if Kim hadn’t said teen romances don’t last, but Kim tells her that she said before she knew Josslyn, and how happy she makes Oscar. Carly says she feels the same way. He brought out the best in Joslyn, and she’s taking it hard. She asks if Kim has anything to share for Josslyn to have closure.

Cameron tells Josslyn that Oscar never said anything. Half the time, Oscar can’t stand him; the other half, he’s giving him a paper. Josslyn thinks Cameron is holding back, and protecting Oscar. Cameron says he’s not, and Josslyn says Oscar must be interested in another girl. Cameron says Josslyn is smart, hilarious, and really beautiful; there’s no one better than her. Oscar would be crazy to want someone else. She says he still broke up with her.

Drew sees Oscar, who jets the second he sees Drew. Drew asks him to wait. Drew wonders what’s going on, and Oscar says he’s fine. Drew asks why he’s not in school. Oscar says, what’s the point of school? Or anything else?

Lulu tells Laura that she and Dante had bumps in the beginning, especially when she revealed Nathan was Faison’s son. She didn’t think it through or think of the consequences. She did a follow-up on Faison’s other son, who turned out to be Peter. Laura says, her new boss. Lulu admits she likes working at The Invader. Laura says her work is important too; the public needs objective journalism, more now than ever. Laura mentions the Ryan Chamberlain series. Doc brought it up when they were in Paris, and said he was dreading the anniversary. Lulu says she didn’t realize. He’s been supportive about it, and shared some fascinating stories. Laura says, that’s new. He’s never been forthcoming about it. Lulu says, he is now. He’s given her insight only someone close to Ryan could have. She thinks it’s what will set her story apart from the sensationalistic pieces. Laura says it’s just like to be so generous, even when it’s difficult. Her husband is a special man.

As not-Doc studies the hospital map, Felicia asks if he has time for her.

Drew tells Oscar that he needs an education so he can go to college, and further his education. Oscar says he doesn’t know what’s going to happen, and Drew say, no one knows how long they’re going to live. You make plans for the future, and fight for it. Oscar says he’s not spending the time he has left behind a desk looking at the clock. When he puts it that way, I don’t blame him. He tells Drew that he’s there to tell his mother that he’s dropping out.

Cameron tells Josslyn, Oscar made a huge mistake. He’ll realize, and come back. If he doesn’t, it’s his loss. She tells Cameron it’s on him if he’s holding back. He hates seeing her like this, and she says, it’s no picnic on feelings side either. She doesn’t care why. She knows Oscar is wrong. Instead of figuring out why, she’s going to undo it. She asks Cameron to help her get Oscar back.

Kim tells Carly this is the first she’s hearing about the break-up. Carly says they should let the kids figure it out for themselves, but Josslyn is hurting. Kim wishes she had something to tell her to make it easier. He’s going through something personal, but that’s all she can say. Carly says, they’ll fall in love a million times by the time they’re their age. She won’t pry.

Maxie asks Nina if Obrecht had an accomplice. Nina says, no, and Maxie asks who he found. Nina says, her daughter.

Lulu says they’ve covered her marriage and career, what about Laura. What’s next? Laura says she’s settling in, but it’s strange without Spencer. She’s looking forward to going back to the hospital board. She has some new ideas for GH that she’s excited about. She’s glad to be home, and reconnecting with family.

Felicia tells not-Doc that he seems off, and asks if he’s all right. He says he’s a little under the weather. She says they can catch up another time, but he says he always has time for her. He suggests they go to his office, where they can have privacy.

Gregory tells Chase the thing Finn hates more than him is failure, Felicia tells not-Doc that the know the gruesome truth about Ryan, and Carly tells Ava to get the hell out of her house.

Below Deck

This season – Tahiti. We meet the new crew, and get a mini preview of what’s to come. I’m going to miss Chef Ben, but glad Kate is still chief stew. Kate tells us it’s long hours and hard work. A recipe for disaster.

The waves are huge. We have a new boat as well, My Seanna. Kate arrives first, and says the boat looks different on the internet. Captain Lee explains that hurricanes took a devastating toll on the Caribbean, and it will take a while to recover. In the meantime, he’s always wanted to see Tahiti. This time, there’s a chief steward, Josiah, and Kate is excited. Chef Adrian tells us that he has a passion to heal through the creative art of cooking. We see some of his creations, and they look fabulous.

Stew Caroline is stoked to meet a steward, since she’s never met one before. Bosun Chandler goes over things with the captain. He’s already hoping for a good reference. Captain Lee says the seas are bigger in Tahiti, and it’s reef central. Where they’re at is so remote, there’s no one to pull your ass out. He tells Chandler that he doesn’t like to micromanage. Deckhand Ross is taking a step down from being a bosun, because, Tahiti.

Kate goes over things with Josiah and Caroline. Josiah trained at butler school in England, and is a qualified butler. Everyone introduces themselves to each other and gets situated in their cabins, while I desperately try to learn their names. Not my forte. Kate thinks Adrian looks young and malnourished. In her interview, she says malnourished and chef shouldn’t be in same sentence. Deckhand Rhylee was a co-captain on a fishing charter, but wanted a change of pace.

Chandler’s father and brother are both in the field, and he says, it’s not just a job; it’s a career. He expects the best out of everyone, and says they’re all learning the boat together. The new boat is 180 feet, and Kate is excited, but she finds out things below aren’t that big. She says, it’s like dating Shaquille O’Neal and finding out he has a really small penis. Caroline thinks yacht crews are high schoolish, and you have to establish who you are right off the bat.

The boat gets a once over. Captain Lee thinks it’s going well so far with everyone getting along. Well, it’s only the first day. He introduces the first officer and engineers, who we never, ever see. He tells the crew there are three rules. Work hard, don’t embarrass yourself, and don’t embarrass the boat. If they follow those rules, they’ll get along fine. If not, there will be something extra in their pay envelope – a plane ticket home. In his interview, the captain says the crew has the credentials, but if they don’t deliver, they can give their soul to Jesus, because their ass belongs to him.

We find out Adrian’s father recently passed away, and they were very close. The provisions come in. Rhylee gets the attention of Ashton, who she thinks is a fine piece of man candy. Adrian says he’s a free flow artist, and wants to blow people’s minds. Chandler thinks the crew is amazing. Captain Lee tells Chandler that he has good talent. Kate is happy, since she has only one stew who lacks experience. During the first preference sheet meeting, and we discover the first primary will be Steve, the foam guy. He’s become a friend of Captain Lee’s, and we flash back to the last time Steve chartered the yacht. Kate says the foam party was like a malfunctioning car wash. She’s glad he’s returning. She knows his preferences, and he’ll get blackout drunk, so if they mess up, he won’t remember. His fiancé, Jen, will also be celebrating her 32nd birthday, and he wants a romantic dinner, with the servers dressed as Cupid. Kate says she’s not wearing a diaper.

Ros has a four-year-old son, and he’s missed a lot, traveling to provide for him. Kate tells the crew that Steve is enthusiastic and likes alcohol, but has a lot of requests. He’s asking for a Polynesian picnic on a black sand beach. It’s not going to be tomorrow, since they’re stuck in the dock. The crew will have to entertain them. In her interview, Kate says Steve was a drunken handful last time, and with bad weather and being stuck, it’s a lot of extra work for her. Guests are always disappointed; it’s a lose-lose.

The next day, there’s a charter miracle – a blue sky. The crew puts the final touches on the boat. Kate says the guests aren’t the worst part. They leave, but she’s stuck with the crew. So far, so good though. Everyone puts on their whites.

Steve and the other guests arrive, and greetings and champagne commence. Kate gives the tour. Ooh, it is impressive. Steve remarks that his room has a desk in case he wants to work… nah. The stern is cut loose. Rhylee says being a female captain is kind of unheard of, and she has to prove herself in a male dominated industry all the time.

Steve discusses Jen’s birthday party. He’s brought 500 balloons that he wants the bedroom filled with. Kate tells him, no problem. The crew is full of hot air. The captain says leaving the dock is like a choreographed dance. Chandler says they’re sailing out of sh*tty weather, and into the horizon. Steve wants to be just on the bounds of sober, but not sober. I think that might require him to stop drinking periodically, so it’s probably not going to happen. Adrian says he likes to incorporate local dishes into his own cuisine. Steve wants to be dazzled. Adrian makes a beautiful tropical salad with tuna and swordfish. I’m in, and Steve pronounces it delicious; perfect freakin’ fish.

The boat has two feet on either side, and the captain says this is not where you want to screw up. In the Caribbean, there’s a hundred feet water before the shore, and it’s gradual. In Tahiti, you’re suddenly on a reef. Captain Lee says you couldn’t get a straight pin up his ass with a sledgehammer right now. Ha-ha! I missed his witticisms. He tells us in good light, you can see the reef through the water.

Steve gets excited over a door in the galley that you can open by pressing a button with your foot. He plays with this for a while. They drop anchor at a place Captain Lee can’t pronounce, so I won’t even try. In her interview, Kate says she likes Adrian’s naughty side. He grew up in St. Martin, which is the lawless Las Vegas of the Caribbean. It’s sex, drugs, and alcohol, and he’s into it.

Kate doesn’t want to put 500 balloons in the room, and would rather put one sleeping pill in Steve’s mouth. He’s also asking adults to wear diapers. The crew works on blowing up the balloons. Steve has a special gift for the captain, a shirt he wants him to wear at dinner. Steve doesn’t think Captain Lee is going to love it. Kate doesn’t either, and tells Steve that makes her love it a little more. Steve says, him too, and they laugh conspiratorially. We find out Ashton was a stripper, so he’s cool with not wearing much. Kate delivers the shirt.

Steve wears a crown like the one from the old Imperial Margarine commercials, and light-up glasses. Adrian is making deconstruct surf and turf. The shirt isn’t that bad. It’s like those graphic tuxedo T-shirts, except it’s a captain’s uniform. Steve says dinner is off the charts. Rhylee dresses Ashton in his Cupid outfit. He asked her to help, and she’s happy to do it. The next course is beef sashimi. The guests are thrilled. I salivate. Crab and lobster salad is next, but there’s mint wontons with that, and mint is not my jam, as Kelly Dodd would say. Captain Lee is loving life. Kate says she’s never seen him that happy with a new chef. In her interview, she says Adrian’s plates are beautiful and delicious, and he executes confidently and competently. She thinks he’s an alien.

Kate decides tinsel garlands should be added to Ashton’s costume. Adrian shushes Caroline, who interrupts his conversation with Kate, and in her interview, Caroline is like, you shush. And so it starts. Adrian brings the birthday cake upstairs, and Steve screams. Ashton looks like a cupid Christmas tree. A guest asks if there’s anything else in his diaper, like Twinkies. What? The captain thanks Steve for including him. Adrian does yoga, and Kate goes to bed.

On the second day, Steve got on a jet ski. And it was not good. He’s ready to roll. Caroline says he’s insane. He’s on vacay, and drunk from night before. She’s not getting a good feeling. Captain Lee instructs them to stay away from the reefs. Steve thinks the captain doesn’t trust his seadoing [sic] abilities. Steve won’t wear a life jacket, and takes off on the jet ski like a maniac. Kate says he’s like a wild man; he passed the boat twice in ten seconds. I’m not getting a good feeling. Chandler explains that it’s usually at the guest’s discretion whether or not they wear a jacket, and doesn’t think it’s a big deal. I dunno about that when they’re drunk. That sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen. Ross thinks it’s their job to keep the guests safe, and I’m with him. Ross tries to give Steve a jacket, but he’s not having it. Ross tells Captain Lee that Steve is refusing to wear it, and the captain tells Steve that he has to. Steve says, life is short, and he doesn’t wear life jackets. The captain tells the deckhands, when Steve comes in, pull the plug on the jet ski. In his interview, Captain Lee says hitting the water at 70 mph is like hitting a brick. You can break bones or your neck, and it’s not up for discussion. The deck crew dropped the ball, and it’s deadly serious.

This season, waterfalls, lots of drinking, Rhylee hooks up with Ashton (maybe), Chandler needs to micromanage, Rhylee and Chandler butt heads, Caroline refuses to eat sh*t, Chandler gets his ass chewed out by Captain Lee, Kate makes the captain choose between her and another crew member, a man goes overboard, the captain gets choked up, and someone has one hour to leave.

Fire dancing and flower crowns. We’re not in the Caribbean anymore.Kate Chastain, chief stew

Star

Andy didn’t want to run anymore. Carlotta told him that Cassie was still gunning for him, and it’s not about the money, it’s about pride. She said he could stay with her until she figured out how to keep his stupid ass alive.

Mateo wanted Take 3 to do a hot song for a soundtrack. His real interest though, was producing a movie starring Noah and Star. Carlotta had to tell them Star is pregnant.

Maurice was looking for an artist for his streaming service, and Cassie wanted a strong black Mandingo. She wanted Noah. Maurice tried talking to Noah about the new business, but Noah wasn’t doing business with his shady ass. He was done giving grown men second chances.

Derek thought Alex should slow down, since she was taking every gig that came along since the plane crash. Miss Ruby was acting weird, and Derek knew something was up.

Carlotta told the girls about Mateo wanting the new son. Alex said it wasn’t a drive-thru, and he couldn’t just order up a track. She told them to read the script, and start writing. Simone didn’t think Star was ready to have a baby, and the baby would be messed up like their mom did to them. The Gravity Media gossip site outed Star, and she was sorely pissed at Mateo. Mateo told her, gossip drives traffic. He said she should use the attention to work for her; it’s what a real star does. In response, Star threw up on him.

An officer found evidence of rape on Miss Ruby’s clothing, but she refused to have a rape kit done. Derek asked Alex for to stay with her while he went looking. Miss Ruby and Alex shared a joint, and Alex told her about the fan next to her on the plane dying because Alex was taken off first. Miss Ruby said it wasn’t her fault, and Alex said neither was what happened to her. Miss Ruby said she’d lived there a long time, and earned the right, paid for the right, to have a safe home and he just took it. Alex told her he’s not taking a damn thing. Alex took Miss Ruby to the hospital.

Cotton wanted to know who Star’s baby daddy was, but Star wouldn’t say. Cotton said she’d find out, and Star said let her know who it is when she did. Cotton thought the baby should know who its father was; she never knew Jahil. But Star told her, fathers leave. She wanted to make sure not to pass her mess on to her baby.

Simone accused star of making it all about herself, and that the pregnancy was making her more of a bitch. Miss Lawrence aka Miss Bruce told the girls to get moving on the track per Carlotta’s orders.

Noah wanted to know if the child was his. He didn’t want to be like his pops, leaving his kid out in the cold. Star told him he was off the hook; it wasn’t his.

Jahil’s case was cold, and Cotton went to Cassie for help. Cassie promised she would, but we know that’s not going to happen. Cotton didn’t know what to tell her son. Carlotta said Jahil would want her to move on. Carlotta was honoring his memory by living his dream, and didn’t want Cotton to do anything crazy. Cotton said she’d already talked to Cassie about helping, since Carlotta wouldn’t.

Mateo had a press conference to reveal the movie project, Black Ivy starring Noah. It was also a chance for Star to answer questions, and she ended up calling the press reps nosy bitches. She said it was none of their damn business, and suggested they ask their mommas who their real daddies are. She stormed out, and Simone said she’s like a bulldozer. Star said she bulldozed them out of foster care and into their careers. She does it so Simone and Alex don’t have to.

Noah met with Andy, who said he owed people some money. Noah couldn’t help, but told Andy he knew Andy could make it to the other side and would be all right. The other side was probably a poor word choice.

Simone wanted to audition for Black Ivy, telling Mateo she didn’t just relate to character, she was the character. She also told him that if he came after her sister again, she’d check his ass so fast, he’d never forget it.

Cassie met with Noah, at her new venue. She explained she wanted him to be the artist in residence, and told him, be a king; let it be his castle. He said he wasn’t looking for change, but she said let change come to him. He envisioned the club as being active, with him as the reigning royalty, but told Cassie it had to go through Carlotta. He also suggested Andy, telling her that Andy just got back in town. Oops.

Carlotta told Cassie stay away from her child. Cassie insisted that she didn’t mean to hurt them, and called Carlotta high and mighty. Carlotta told Cassie to get her own life. Cassie said, tell Andy, what’s up. Carlotta was so busy being angry with her, she didn’t see the real reason Jahil is gone was right under her nose.

When it came time to record the new track, Star’s was having trouble with her voice and wanted to throw in the towel, but Simone told her to bulldoze, and Take 3 got it together. Carlotta told the girls it takes a village, and they have everything their mother wanted for them. The video for the track was superb; the set, the choreography, their look, everything. Carlotta told Mateo, manager or not, they were her artists, and they’d move how she saw fit. The new single was going to their Take 3 album.

Simone video chatted with Angel. She said she’d always love him, but needed to stand on her own. She wanted a divorce.

Alex told Derek that she knew he wanted to fix it, but it wasn’t in his hands. He said that’s what Miss Ruby told him. Let the police be the police, and let God be God. He cried on Alex’s shoulder.

At the studio, alone, Carlotta talked to Jahil again. This time, he appeared to her.

Star knocked on a door. Noah opened a door, but it was his father, not Star like they wanted us to think for a moment. Bobby told Noah that he was living in his car until it broke down. Noah asked what that had to do with him, and Bobby said, not a damn thing, son. Noah said nothing, but opened the door so Bobby could come in.

Jackson opened another door to find Star on the other side. He said he got it. She was lonely and he was there. He understood she didn’t want him. She showed him the sonogram.

Queen Latifah’s hair this week included an interesting very straight bob; brown, but with face framing black. My favorite though, was an auburn shag. It wasn’t anything that unique, but it looked gorgeous on her.

Next time, Brandy aka Cassie sings, and Cassie snatches Carlotta’s wig off.

The Real Housewives of Dallas

Kameron and family are learning terms of cooking an Espanyol. In her interview, she says she wants her kids to be able to communicate outside of their own bubble. They’ve been taking Spanish since they were babies. If you don’t know how speak Spanish, you can’t talk to half the world. I’ve been picking it up from watching 90 Day Fiancé, and probably more quickly than some of the fiancés. She tells us that Cord is super critical of Sparkle Dog, but she’s going to keep proving that she’s a great mother, wife, and entrepreneur. Cord talks about the time Kameron almost set the house on fire cooking. They make cupcakes, and Cord challenges Kameron to eat a cupcake in one bite. She comes close.

D’Andra discusses college with stepson Koen, who’s on spring break. She says she’s his stepmother, but also his friend. After her failure with Ketan – we flash back to that – she has a chance to start over, and try again. She’s hoping the bonds with her stepsons fill the void in her life, left by not having her own kids. Dee arrives. It’s been a month since she and D’Andra have spoken, which D’Andra says is typical when they have a fight. D’Andra tells Koen that they’re having a business meeting. Dee suggests he put earplugs in.

D’Andra wants to talk about separating companies. She’s at a crossroads. They try to negotiate, but when they talk, they’re not on the same page, and it’s been stressful for her. D’Andra says she’s tired of being angry and stressed, and doesn’t want to feel this way toward her mother. Dee says she’s been bitter too. The more she’s thought about it, she’s seventy-seven, and does she still want to continue battling? I need to stop here, and say I’d love to know where this woman goes to get work done, and who does it. You would never guess she’s seventy-seven, and that includes her neck. I’m sure genetics is playing a part here, but she looks amazing. She says D’Andra is all she has, and tells her to keep building the company. She doesn’t need it; she’s giving D’Andra 100%. D’Andra wonders, why, after all this time? it’s a shock. Dee says she’s shocked too. In her interview, Dee says she gave D’Andra the keys before, but knew she wasn’t ready. She came to the decision that it wasn’t worth losing a relationship with her only child. She tells D’Andra that it felt like a thousand pounds was lifted. All the worry, anger, and stress is off her shoulders. In her interview, Dee says it can go one of two ways. It can go great, or fall flat on its face. D’Andra wants to continue Dee’s legacy. Dee believes they can have a great relationship. In D’Andra’s interview, she has hesitance. She wants to see the signature on the dotted line first. I don’t blame her. Haven’t we been here before? Dee says her lawyer will draw up the papers, and they hug.

Stephanie takes the boys to a private dance class. She’s had a hard time getting Cruz interested in anything, but if he wants to learn hip-hop, it’s cool with her. She learns a combination with them. In her interview, she says doing things with the kids clears her head, and helps with depression. She sees the excitement in the kids’ eyes. This excitement turns into a fight over a shirt. Stephanie says when the kids are naughty, they get in line for their daddy. We see a clip of Travis being the kid whisperer. She has a hard time with discipline. It’s her nightmare that when Travis goes to Harvard, the boys take over, and everything goes to hell. She tells them they’re supposed to be best friends.

LeeAnne talks to her dog, Carly, a beagle who is too funny. She’s staring straight ahead as LeeAnne talks, and you can just see her thinking, shut-up, shut-up.  Kameron calls, and LeeAnne says she’s looking at wedding stuff and feeling her eyes crossing. Kameron is organizing a dog party. They’re going to paint their dogs – on canvases, not their bodies. She’s also inviting the kids. LeeAnne thinks she scares children just by her presence.

LeeAnne asks Rich about getting a new tux for the wedding, but he swears he hasn’t gotten married in the one he owns. She asked if he comes down the aisle or is he there already? He says, usually when he gets married, he’s already there. In her interview, LeeAnne says Rich has no problem getting married, but he better stay married with her. She asks how many are on his list. He has thirty, and she thinks they should cap it at two hundred, because they’ll remember people as time goes on. She’s thinking a quarter million, and Rich says he just ruined the chair. I laugh. I’m sure it’s fun to spend that much, but we spent five grand, including the honeymoon, and people are still talking about that party.

LeeAnne wants D’Andra to help, but doesn’t know how much she wants to be involved. She tells Rich that she apologized, and we flash back to that. She didn’t make excuses, and said she did it, sorry, it won’t happen again. In her interview, she says she was D’Andra’s maid of honor, and it feels sad that she’s not being a part of it. When she doesn’t address it, she’s not done with it. Rich says, she’s down the road. LeeAnne says she’s texted twice, and gotten no response. Rich tells her to call. She does, and gets voicemail. LeeAnne leaves a message asking if they can grab lunch. In LeeAnne’s interview, she says she genuinely doesn’t understand why D’Andra isn’t returning her texts or calls. She tells Rich that she thought they were sisters. Now, she feels like she has no family. Rich says she’ll be fine; it’s stupid girl stuff. LeeAnne starts to cry, and Rich puts his arm around her. He tells her it will settle out.

Cary is going to check on the house. Mark thinks they can move into part of it soon. Cary is glad. Living there after her parents get home would be like living in a museum with the owners there, watching you. She says when she was growing up, if she put things in the wrong spot, she’d be disciplined for it. Cary brings out some photo albums, and we see some old pictures. In her interview, she says she felt like she couldn’t do anything right. She couldn’t please her father, and it’s always been a problem. Mark’s dad died from Alzheimer’s when he was young, and he regrets it. She’ searching for a way to forge a relationship and bond with her father. All of her cousins live in Denmark. They’re her father’s relatives, and connecting to family is important to him. Cary thinks if she reconnects with her relatives in Denmark, she can reconnect with him. It sounds like they never had a connection in the first place though.

Kameron puts her dog in a stroller, telling us, little dogs have little legs and don’t go very far. In her interview, she explains that there are a lot of painting parties, but she wanted to do something different. She found Adam, a painter on Bluprint, who teaches painting dogs specifically. This is pretty cool. She shows her dog the paintings. She organizes food for the humans and the dogs, and has also hired a string quartet to set the mood. She’s heard classical music is good for children and dogs. Except when they show up, the quartet is a trio.

D’Andra wonders if orchestral music inspires you to paint dogs better. Maybe LeeAnne rapping would be a better choice. Kameron tells D’Andra that she was an art major. This brings back her college experience, and painting was the most challenging art form she had. LeeAnne come in next. All the dogs are excited to meet each other. In D’Andra’s interview, she says she needed time to reflect, and strategy for today is to ignore LeeAnne. How mature. I suppose I should expect it though, considering how well her mother has taught her to deal with conflict.

Brandi decided to give someone a chance to help her. She wasn’t helping herself or her family, so she hired nanny Allison. She says, finding the right person is difficult, but once you know it’s right, you wonder where they’ve been forever. She says it’s scary, but she’s also excited. She’s picking up the girls, and going to the painting party. Bruin is sleeping, and staying home. She says Sugar doesn’t get along with other dogs. Kind of like LeeAnne.

Kameron thinks family time is important, and wanted to do something where they could bring their children. Stephanie doesn’t bring Biscuit, since she can’t handle kids and dogs at the same time. Cary’s Zuri flirts with Cruz. Those are kids, not dogs.

Brandi picks up the girls. Brooklyn wants to go home the second she gets in the car. She claims she’s overheated, but it looks like a full-blown tantrum. In her interview, Brandi says, thank God for the nanny. If she had to drive with these two tiny bitches and the baby, she’d drive off a cliff. Omg, me too. These girls are obnoxious. Brandi says she’s in the worst mood ever.

Adam tells them, just have fun, and starts the instruction. Brandi says art is not her thing, and she’s a horrible artist. Kameron likes her own art the best. LeeAnne says her dog already took a dump. I’m dying. It’s next to the quartet trio. I love this dog. LeeAnne eats a dog biscuit that looks like a human cookie. Stéphane tells Brandi that she’s going to lunch with Kameron and D’Andra. Brandi says if she wants to be friends with them, good luck with that.

LeeAnne asks to talk to Cary on the side. She says Cary claimed she’d be honest if the girls were talking behind each other’s backs, No one has said anything about her? Cary says, not exactly, and LeeAnne wonders why Cary hasn’t come to her. Cary says she’s not a gossip, but if someone asks, that’s different. No, that is not what she said. She said if anyone talked behind another’s back, she was going to let that person know. She tells LeeAnne that Brandi thought she might be in Kameron’s ear. We flash back to Brandi saying Kameron has no mind of her own, and LeeAnne is in her ear. LeeAnne loves how Brandi blames her for everything. It’s okay for her to feel the way she does, but Kameron is her own human. Cary gives LeeAnne credit, but thinks she deserves some herself. In her interview, LeeAnne says Cary just narc-ed on Brandi. They should add throwing under bus to the Olympics.

Some of the paintings are pretty good, especially the ones the kids are doing. Brandi checks in with the nanny, and gets ready to leave. Of course, now her girls want to stay. The mom group leaves, and LeeAnne says this is the level of noise at her house; it was like birth control on steroids. She says at fifty, nothing is popping out anyway. Kameron says, miracles happen, and LeeAnne tells her that would not be a miracle. In her interview, D’Andra says she and LeeAnne have become strangers, and she feels like she lost a friend. LeeAnne doesn’t get the distance. D’Andra is shutting her out, and it hurts. She needs a conversation to get to bottom of it.

D’Andra meets LeeAnne on a bench. In her interview, LeeAnne says D’Andra called her the day after the painting party for a one on one. LeeAnne says she texted D’Andra after her meeting with Dee. What happened. D’Andra says she didn’t tell anyone. She’ll believe it when the paperwork is signed. She’s been down that road, and she’s not holding her breath. It makes LeeAnne sad that she can’t help D’Andra; it’s frustrating. In her interview, LeeAnne says she apologized, but D’Andra didn’t want to hear it. She doesn’t care how LeeAnne feels.

LeeAnne tells D’Andra she doesn’t know what’s going on, and it’s shredding her. D’Andra says when LeeAnne talks about things, she only tells the good. LeeAnne tells her to ask the right questions. D’Andra asks if she’s getting married. In her interview, D’Andra says LeeAnne always deflects back to her, like with bringing up the $200. I roll my eyes. LeeAnne says she is, and D’Andra asks when. LeeAnne tells her it was going to be in November, but they might change it to spring. D’Andra knows LeeAnne must be worried because Rich has been married before, and won’t stay married. LeeAnne says the fear is there, but she thinks he will. D’Andra asks if LeeAnne thinks he’s faithful.

In her interview, D’Andra insists LeeAnne has been backpedaling about getting married from the beginning. I might be wrong, but it sounds like D’Andra is digging for something that’s not there, and trying to make LeeAnne afraid. LeeAnne says, as many nights as Rich is home, it would be highly unlikely. In her interview, D’Andra says her first husband cheated, but they led separate lives and she let it happen. Oh, that explains it. She’s projecting. LeeAnne says, no; they are not leading separate lives. In her interview, LeeAnne says, no other couple is more rock solid. What D’Andra is saying is accusatory and inflammatory, and she’s pissed. She tells D’Andra that she and Rich don’t make each other do anything. D’Andra asks if she should step back, and LeeAnne says just check in with her now and then. D’Andra thinks there’s something LeeAnne isn’t telling her; something happening. For the thousandth time, LeeAnne tells her, nothing is happening.

Next time, Stephanie gets vaginal rejuvenation (the topic I can’t get away from), LeeAnne confronts Brandi, an adult prom, and LeeAnne tells D’Andra that she doesn’t want to hear about separate lives again.

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September 27, 2018 – Where’s the Hospital, the Shahs Go to Vegas, Star Shines & Friday Face

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What I Watched Today

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

 

There was no General Hospital today, due to the hearings. I thought this is why stations like CNN were invented. I watched about five minutes, then switched to People’s Court.

Shahs of Sunset

Some of the group meet at Mike’s before the Vegas trip. MJ says Vegas is about sinning, gambling, and bachelorette parties. Tommy told her go party on her own, but before she left, he told her not to do anything he didn’t like. She informs everyone she didn’t pack any underwear. Mike says, that’s good to know. MJ has fond memories of driving to Vegas in her first car with her dad. He told her, win or lose, your expression doesn’t change.

In Reza’s interview, He says MJ has a hardcore attitude toward bachelor parties. He was excited for his, but she turned it into a debaucherously, disgusting hot mess of a night. He was wearing underwear on his head and making out with strippers, but he’s not going to do her dirty the way she did him. Plus, he wants to see her get married. Reza tells GG that he’s excite for her to sleep with Nema.

Nema is finishing with work. Destiney in the blue hair, and Shervin in corn rows, come to pick him up. In her interview, Destiney says she can’t stick one color lipstick, never mind hair. She’s going to be who she wants to be in Vegas.

Everyone meets at the airport. On the plane, the pilot gives MJ a shout out. The limo picking them up is outrageously long, and Mike tells everyone to drink up. He’s sexier and funnier that way. In his interview, Mike says he spent most of his twenties in Vegas. Once you have a connection in Vegas, it never forgets you. We flash back to Mike on the last Vegas trip. He says he made money, spent ten years there, lost money, and came back with his tail between his legs.

When they get the Planet Hollywood hotel, Reza says, the turn up is real. Mike tells them to make it so they can come back again. There’s a table laden with food in the living area suite, and Reza says, Persians love to share food. As man of honor, it was his duty to have a beautiful buffet spread ready to chow down on when they got there. A sign says, same penis forever, and Nema tells MJ it’s her future. Mike tells Reza and Shervin four girls hit him up already, but he’s ignoring them.

Reza knows Morgan got angry, and left. In his interview, Reza says Mike claims to love Morgan, but he’s keeping her from meeting his parents. He thinks they’ll have a problem with her not being Jewish. Reza tells Mike that they’re both thugs, but Mike isn’t about certain things. In Mike’s interview, he says his parents have been through a lot with him. He wants to protect them from being nervous or anxious about what he’s doing, He’s not sure yet, so why rock the boat? Reza tells everyone to settle in their rooms.

Nema describes it as bedrooms upon bedrooms hidden in bedrooms. Everyone bounces on the beds, and gets situated. Reza brings MJ to the bridal suite, where there’s more food and rose petals all over the place. In her interview, MJ says she’s going to have mandatory sex in the champagne room. She’s clearly getting violated this weekend. Tommy said his bachelor party was a complete blackout, and she never questioned him. She says she might never leave.

Mike encourages Mona to drink more. GG says Shalom is obsessed with her, and Mike says he still loves her. In her interview, GG says Shalom wants the ring back, and he’s harassing her. Mike says he has deep-rooted love, and what she’s doing with the ring is so wrong. It gets back to him, Shervin’s heart bleeds for Shalom, but at the end of the day you can’t force it. In her interview, GG says it’s interesting how Mike is attempting to give her advice about Shalom. We flash back to him giving her a lecture at the last reunion. He says she’s implying a close relationship, and should take off the ring. It pisses her off, because she knows it’s all Shalom wants. Mike insists he’s not taking sides, and GG says he’s speaking for Shalom. She tells him, don’t get involved. Mike asks, why punish him more? In his interview, Mike says he’s the GG whisperer, since he’s known her forever, and can give her insight. He tells GG that he can make Shalom stop contacting her, and she appreciates it. Sammy arrives, and everyone drinks some more.

MJ gets ready with the bridesman/hairstylist, who is doing her hair in a high ponytail. In her interview, she says, the better you look, the worse you can behave. Reza wants to get going to the cabana he rented. Girls in bikinis hold up letters that welcome MJ. Reza wants to hit the pool, and hit it hard. He’s team MJ for life, and all people she loves are there; her dream team. Destiney takes photos. MJ is happy to be the person who’s not skinny in tough crowd who’s not going oh no. She feels sexy, and isn’t everyone’s type, but her fiancé loves it and she loves herself. Self-esteem on point.

Nema asks if MJ is ready for one d*ck forever. She says she’ll cheat on him if he doesn’t give her what she needs. In her interview, she says if she hits a dry spell with Tommy, she’ll panic. She says a good old-fashioned threat is a good way to keep people on their toes. She’ll do what she needs to do. The others try to get them in the pool, but Nema says they’re talking about marital sex. MJ finally joins them in the pool, which is huge and surprisingly not crowded.

Everyone gets ready for dinner. Destiney likes the way she smells; like spring. Reza says the reason Shervin is single is because he uses insect repellant as cologne. We flash to GG saying she’s plagiarized by his cologne. Reza says if you can’t breathe, stand next to him, and he’ll open your sinuses. He tells Shervin that Morgan decided to move out. While they’re having fun, Mike is dealing with sh*t. Maybe they can talk to him about breaking old patterns. In his interview, Reza thinks Mike should look at the situation with Morgan. He’s not catching on, and making the same mistake. It’s called insanity. As a friend, if he’s not catching on, he needs to help before Mike loses his girl. He thinks they should wait until Mike is a little drunk. Shervin agrees.

MJ’s makeup brushes are labeled with a label maker. I’m impressed. Adam asks, what’s the plan? and MJ says, do as much as she can without Tommy calling off the wedding. In her interview, MJ is pretty sure if something happened, this is the one time she can’t be convicted.

Everyone gets ready for dinner at Mr. Chow. Reza says, when Bugsy Siegel was thinking of Vegas, a Persian man must have been in his ea. Vegas was invented for Persians. They sit at an outside table. Reza is grateful to be there, and MJ says everyone looks great. GG asks Mike how he feels, and Mike says, good. She asks, when he feels good, if he likes to hurt others. She’s talking about his relationship with Shalom. MJ asks why they’re so close, and Reza says they’re both Persian and Jewish; there’s a connection. Mike says if she doesn’t want the guy, don’t wear the wedding ring. It’s a symbol of what they once had, and she’s giving mixed signals. He spoke with Shalom, and told him to stop bothering GG. We see a clip of him talking with Shalom on the phone. Shalom says he wants to be with GG, but Mike says she doesn’t see what he wants her to. Mike tells GG that Shalom promised to stop. MJ want to change the subject.

We flash back to when MJ first told everyone about Tommy. She says she fought for him. She’s not like the mama’s boys who live for their mothers. She lives for herself, and does what she wants. She tells Mike to take the opportunity to do the right thing. In her interview, MJ says he doesn’t want to introduce Morgan to his parents. They’ve all been misled by a Persian man, thinking they were his future wife, but then never meeting his parents. That’s not what Morgan wants. She asks Mike if Morgan knows he’s never going to marry her. After nine months, there’s no reason a forty-year-old wouldn’t introduce his girlfriend. He says wait until she’s married, and she says she didn’t marry someone and cheat on them. He can’t just pick on GG, and leave his life off the table. He says she slept with half the city, and she says she’s had the whole city. He gets up, and she follows.

MJ asks if Mike wants it. What about his 95,000 DMs? He says he’s not a whore, and she ask if he didn’t cheat on his wife. He says, sorry; it upsets him, and sits back down. In his interview, Reza says Mike has the nerve to call MJ a slut during her bachelorette weekend. It’s beyond him. Mike says MJ keeps on taking jabs, and Reza says, it’s two different levels. Reza thinks they should get real, and asks Mike what’s going on at home. Shervin asks if there aren’t any Morgan issues. Reza says the issue is, she’s gone, and Mike says not to antagonize him. In Mike’s interview, he says he doesn’t like when they get involved in his relationships. They try to force him into a position quicker than he’s comfortable. Shervin says he found out this morning that Morgan was moving out. Mike says it got out because he told Reza. In his interview, Mike says there aren’t too many people he confides in. He treated Reza like a brother. Why isn’t it reciprocal? He tells Reza, never again. He can’t trust him. He loves him like a brother, and would give him anything. Reza says this is a joke; he does everything. Mike gets up, says eff you, and leaves. GG says, let’s talk about Shalom again.

Destiney tries to get Mike to come back, but he doesn’t want to deal with sh*t. He gets in the elevator, along with Destiney and Shervin. He says he came to Reza as a brother, and he takes sh*t and twists it. Not cool. At the table, Reza says Mike is the most selfish human on the planet. He worked on Mike’s house for a year. We see clips of that. Reza says you would think Mike would check in on him, and see how he’s doing. In the elevator, Mike says he loves Reza, but he keeps doing this. It’s not fair.

Back at the table, Reza says after this much time, you’d think Mike could spring for a massage, but he hasn’t even gotten a card. he’ll say he appreciates it, but can Reza please finish his house?

Destiney and Shervin come back with Mike. GG toasts to MJ, and orders a Tito’s straight with no ice, as we’d all want to at that moment. MJ hopes the friendship is open enough to talks, and keeping it real. Keeping it strong, no matter what the cost. Mike refuses to clink glasses. In MJ’s interview, she says if they’re all in happy relationships, it’s best for the whole group. When there’s a breakdown in one, it has a domino effect. She knows Mike loves Morgan, and hopes he gets to that place where he needs them in order to make a decision. She leans on her friends. A win for them is a win for all. She apologizes for questioning Mike. Mike says it wasn’t a question; it was a statement. She says she’s sorry she crossed the line. Mike is sorry too. They hug, and Mike cries. He apologizes to GG like MJ has her arms around Mike from behind, and GG says if she did that, Mike would say she’s sexually harassing him. MJ tells him, don’t be mad at Reza. In his interview, Mike says he feels betrayed and it hurts. When it’s your best friend, it’s the worst feeling you can ever feel. If a friend betrays him, he cuts them out, and tightens the circle more.

They move on to the Tao nightclub. Congratulations to MJ and Tommy is on a big screen, and the bikini/letter girls are there, with MJ and Tommy. Reza isn’t letting Mike ruin his life. He’ll just keep his distance. Wtf? Let’s have fun. MJ says all her suitemates are on solo missions, but her gayntourage is there for her. She feels like Madonna probably did in the early 90s. Drinking, flirting, and dancing happens. MJ says she could chase after what Mike and Shervin are doing, but she’s doing right thing; going back to her room, and bonding with friends.

Back at the bridal suite, popcorn is everywhere and champagne is popped. MJ says she’s surrounded by amazing, talented people. She loves them and they love her, and she’s having the best time. It’s the perfect bachelorette party. It’s a memory that will be with her forever. It’s what fills her heart with love and joy. It’s not like her last trip to Vegas. We flash back to her being sloppy drunk, and Reza throwing her in the tub.

MJ gets the hotel guy to let her into Reza’s room. Reza and Adam are already sleeping, and she wakes them up, telling Reza it was almost perfect, except for Reza and Mike fighting. She doesn’t want Reza going to bed mad. Reza shows her to the door.

At the club, Nema chats up some women.

MJ wishes Tommy could be there. In her interview, she says, if anyone thinks she’d actually step out on Tommy, they need to modify their medication. She’s die hard, 100% there for him, and no one else.

Next time, last night in Vegas, trying to make sense of Mike’s crazy behavior, Morgan breaks up with Mike, and Vida doesn’t like MJ’s fabulous dress.

🍹The Shahs will return on October 11th.

Star

When we last left, Carlotta and Cassie had drawn guns on each other. They struggled, and Gladys Knight ended up getting shot. Throughout the show, Simone kept flashing back to the plane crash, and the slightly stalkerish fan who ended up next to her on the plane. Noah was back from rehab, and flashed back to his father stopping him from jumping off the roof. His father told Noah that it was a permanent solution to a temporary problem, and he didn’t raise Noah to be weak. Noah said it was the first thing his father had done for him in ten years; make it the last. Miss Lawrence told Noah that he had also gone to rehab, and offered him a listening ear.

Carlotta had another problem on her hands, when Matteo decided he no longer wanted to be part of the music business, and the tour was canceled. He told her Midtown Sound was over. As usual, she planned a crafty move by staging a Take 3 concert at a business event. This was after Noah’s latest squeeze had pulled a gun out at an earlier business meeting, and was hauled away by security. Carlotta informed Matteo that Gravity Records was now part of his company. Matteo told her, nice move, and gave her six months to deliver.

Gladys Knight told Cassie and Carlotta to fix it between them. Cassie said she never wanted to go to war with Carlotta, and Carlotta said she tried to keep the dream alive, but failed. Cassie ruined the moment by saying that Andy forced her hand, not taking responsibility for Jahil’s murder. Carlotta told Cassie that she didn’t need a gun to get respect, and walked out on her. Cassie met with Maurice, telling him that Carlotta wasn’t the only one with big plans, and that she needed a partner.

Alex and Simone admitted to hating Star, but missing her too. Carlotta met with the girls, and Star revealed she was pregnant. Simone also said it wasn’t working out for her in the DR, and she was asking Angel for a divorce. Carlotta said they owed her another album, and they had six months to produce it. She told them they were happier when they were together. Derek danced with his grandma to Fire, and I thought of Hell’s Kitchen. Later, when Derek was out, his grandma was confronted by a rapist. It was a very uncomfortable scene, and I’m hoping Derek arrives back home in time to nail this sleazebag.

The episode ended with Carlotta talking to Jahil, telling him, all these secrets and lies. She didn’t know how much more she could take. After a little conversation with him, she said she had this, as long as she had him.

The best hairdo of the night went to Queen Latifah, as always, with heavy-duty bangs, and shoulder length loose spiral curls, in dark brown with thin white streaks. I loved it! Miss Lawrence came in second with a long side swept bang, like Bieber, but better.

Next time, Noah wants to know if the baby is his, Simone has movie star potential, and Carlotta tells Cassie she’s not winning this war.

🏃 Running on Empty, But…

FridayFace

September 26, 2018 – Jason Gives Oscar Advice, Brandi’s Pop-Up, Star Stall & Thursday Pup

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General Hospital

Finn looks at his dad’s chart. Anna comes downstairs, and he hides the chart. She asks if he got lost on his way to the bedroom. He says he’s just looking at the news on his tablet, and she says it’s a disaster out there. He pulls her over, and they kiss.

Alexis wonders how Sam made such an impressive breakfast, since she has Alexis’s DNA. Alexis tells Sam and Kristina that she has a meeting with Brad and Lucas. She says she has to reassure her anxious clients. They’re nervous first timers. Sam says, they’ll learn soon enough. Alexis says, you never stop worrying, and looks at Kristina. Kristina is like, not too obvious. Alexis asks if she’s giving Julian notice, and giving up the cocktail shaker.

Julian leaves a message for Kim, saying he’s getting radio silence. He hopes she and Oscar are okay. He asks her to let him know, and not shut him out.

Kim paces. Drew says there’s been no sign, and they’ve looked everywhere Oscar could be. Kim sees the voicemail from Julian, and says every time the phone rings, she jumps and hopes the police found him safe. Drew says, they will. Kim knows she’s not supposed to panic, but can’t help it. Oscar felt blindsided and betrayed, ran off, and it’s her fault.

At school, Josslyn tells Cameron she’s texted Oscar three times, and hasn’t heard from him. She asks if Cameron is sure he didn’t say anything. Cameron says Oscar was just in a weird mood. Josslyn asks, why? and Cameron says, because he’s sick.

On the docks, Oscar looks at his phone messages, and flashes back to Kim telling him that he has cancer. He gets ready to fling the phone into the water, and Jason asks if he’s sure he wants to do that.

Kristina gets that Alexis doesn’t like her working for Julian. Alexis says she has more potential than that, and Kristina says she’s just trying to support herself. She has nothing to do with Alexis and Julian’s messed up history. She says she’s going to clean up the kitchen, and Alexis apologizes, saying she did it again. She didn’t mean to pressure Kristina. Kristina suggests that next time, they discuss Alexis’s life and potential. Sam says, so much for not hovering.

Brad tells Julian that he backed off changing Lucas’s mind. Julian was right; he might get suspicious. Now comes the waiting game. He hopes the search for an answer about Wiley’s medical history doesn’t come back to bite them.

Anna tells Finn that domesticity is a nice change of pace. Finn says he could pick up Roxie, and they’d never have to leave the house. He likes their bubble. Anna does too, but wishes things didn’t feel unfinished. They’re both engaged in and energized by their work, but at home they engage in a different energy. It’s the least complicated part of her life. She lacks a relationship with her son Peter, and it’s hanging over her. She says Finn also has unfinished business. He asks, what, and she says, his father, who flew across the country to seek him out.

Chase joins Kim and Drew. He hasn’t found Oscar, but says the search just started. He asks if they know of a reason Oscar would run away, and Drew says he just needed space. Chase asks, from what? but Drew wants to protect his privacy. Chase says, that won’t help find him. Kim says he was upset. She’d kept something from him, and it was pretty intense. Drew says they don’t have to give the details, but a secret is what got them in this in the first place. When Oscar found out, he felt betrayed, and ran off. Chase asks if he’s sick. Did they lie about an illness?

Josslyn asks what Cameron means about Oscar being sick. He flashes back to his conversation with Oscar, and Oscar asking him not to tell Josslyn about it. Cameron says he probably faked being sick to stay home. She doesn’t know why he’d do that, and Cameron says maybe he’s ashamed about how he acted. Josslyn says Cameron acted worse, but Cameron says maybe Oscar disagrees. Josslyn doesn’t think he’d disagree to the point of ghosting her. Cameron suggests maybe it’s his low blood sugar, but she says he’d text her. And he’d just forgotten to eat when he collapsed; it’s not like something is really wrong with him. Cameron says then he doesn’t know. Josslyn wishes she knew what was going on. He says maybe there’s a reason Oscar isn’t telling her, and she doesn’t want to see it.

Oscar asks if Jason is looking for him, but Jason says he was supervising a coffee shipment, and likes to watch the ferry. It’s reassuring; how it keeps going back and forth forever. He asks if Oscar is all right, and Oscar tells him not to worry; he won’t collapse on him again. At least not today. He says it’s complicated, and wonders if he can ask Jason a personal question. What’s it like to die?

Alexis tells Sam her good intentions went out the window. Sam says Kristina is just getting on her feet. Alexis says she knows Kristina didn’t graduate, but it doesn’t reflect on her intelligence. She’s capable of more than pouring drinks. She needs to make the next step. Sam says that’s not going to happen by Alexis imposing on her and making her go in the direction Alexis wants her to. It’s wrong.

😣 Sorry, there’s a little gap here. HP decided to update suddenly. Never again. I’m a Dell girl all the way from now on.

Chase says he’ll be in touch if there are any developments, and asks Kim and Drew to do the same. Kim says Elizabeth can talk to Cameron. Drew thinks he’s likely just hiding out with friends because he doesn’t trust them. They’ll find him.

Josslyn asks Cameron what it is she doesn’t want to see. Cameron says, it’s a great life if it goes according to plan, but it doesn’t. He tells her people who love each other don’t leave them in the dark. She wonders if he can be more cryptic, and asks what he’s trying to say. Kim calls Josslyn, asking if she’s seen Oscar. Josslyn says he wasn’t in first period, and he’s no answering her texts or calls. Josslyn asks if he’s okay, and Kim says she’s just worried. They had a family disagreement, and he left upset. If she hears from him, let her know. Josslyn asks Kim to do the same for her. Josslyn explains to Cameron that Oscar and his mother were in an argument, and she doesn’t know where he is. Cameron says, she’s not the only one. His mom just texted.

Oscar tells Jason that he has a brain tumor. He’s had it for two years, and his mother didn’t tell him. They can’t operate, and chemo would be ineffective. She tried to tell him about an experimental treatment, but he couldn’t listen. He won’t be alive much longer. Jason asks why he’s saying that. Oscar asks if this is where Jason tells him, don’t give up, but Jason says, no. He says Oscar can’t make assumptions. His life is at stake. He needs to accumulate information. He asks if there’s a time-frame; three months or three years is a big difference. Oscar says he doesn’t want to know.

Alexis leaves, and Sam asks Kristina what she was going hiding in the kitchen. Kristina says, eavesdropping. She asks Sam if she’d like her to make dinner tonight, but Sam wants her to go out, have fun and raise hell. Kristina tells her, be careful what you wish for, and Sam gives her a reverse curfew. She’s banned from coming back to the townhouse until midnight or she’ll be grounded. She tells Kristina, have fun, and Kristina says she’ll do her best.

At Charlie’s, Alexis tells Brad that Diane did everything to comb the medical history, and there’s no history of a familial heart condition. Brad asks if they were able to get the father’s history, but she says the father doesn’t know he has a child. Their time together was… fleeting. Brad says she must mean it was a one night stand. So that’s the end of it. There’s no possible way to find out. Brad asks if the birth father can stake a claim on Wiley if he finds out he’s a father.

Anna picks up Finn’s father’s chart. My bad – his name is Gregory, not George. Anna says Finn is more interested than he’s letting on. He says he’s prepping, like he would with any patient he’s consulting on. She says, he’s not just any patient. Finn says he has to maintain a professional objective. If he gets too involved, it could affect his judgement, and compromise the patient’s care. She says that sounds reasonable, and like he’s reading from a manual.  He doesn’t want to show how much he cares.

On the phone, Chase talks to Robert. He says there’s not much report. Oscar’s parents are reaching out to his friends. He tells Robert, understood; consider it done. Julian gets out of the elevator as Chase goes in. Julian sees Kim, and says he needs to talk to her. She says, sorry; it’s not a good time. He asks what’s going on. She ditched him, and didn’t even cancel. She says she’s in the middle of something, and Drew suggests Julian give her space. Julian asks if whatever is going on is about Oscar. Kim says she can’t talk, and he says, can’t or won’t? Drew tells him, back off.

Oscar tells Jason that he’s being stupid. People die every day; it’s no big deal. Jason says, it is. Oscar has no idea what to do next. Jason asks if he’s heard from his parents, and Oscar says they’ve been calling and texting all night. Jason thinks he should let them know he’s okay. Oscar says he’s not okay. His mom knew and didn’t tell him. His dad didn’t know for that long, but didn’t tell him either. Even if he dies tomorrow, it’s his life. They had no right not to tell him.

Finn tells Anna that even if he and his father don’t get along, he still cares about his health. He says he knows about her profession, and he has to be kept in the dark. She calls him a trooper, and he asks if she’d mind returning the favor. He needs to distance himself from the patient the way he was trained. Anna says this patient is his flash and blood, but he says, in the larger scheme, it doesn’t matter. She says competition must be hardwired between fathers and sons. He says, it’s a medical exam, not Oedipus Rex. Anna is like, if you say so.

Alexis tells Brad that the father has thirty-one days from the birth to assert his rights. Brad asks if they’re in the clear, but she says the court reserves the right to look at it on a case by case basis. There’s been no indication of interest though, so he should stop worrying and buying trouble. Just enjoy his son.

Kristina sees a girl handing out postcards, and asks what she’s doing. The girl tells her it’s a free concert, and gives her one. She says it’s one way to get Sam off her back. Alexis approaches her, and says she’s early. Kristina tells her that Julian asked her to cover for him. Alexis asks if she wants to get dinner, but Kristina says she has plans. She asks if Alexis wants to join her, and shows her the postcard.

Josslyn wonders why Cameron’s mother would be asking if he’s seen Oscar. He says she probably knows Oscar’s mother is looking for him. Josslyn says he’s a bad liar. Something else is going on, and it started last night. What were they talking about?

Jason tells Oscar, when he was twenty, he had a fight with his parents, and swore he’d never forgive them. The details don’t matter, but he was sure he was right, and they were wrong. it took years for him to understand what they were up against. There’s nothing worse for a parent than when a kid is sick or hurting. It’s their instinct to protect them. It affects their thinking, and they sometimes do the wrong thing. They love their children so much, they can’t think straight. Oscar asks if Jason thinks he should call his parents. Jason says they’re worried like crazy, and thinks it would help to hear from him. It will help him to help them.

Julian doesn’t want to be in the middle of a squabble. Kim’s phone rings, and she steps away. Drew tells Julian, if he cares about her, he’ll give her space. Julian asks if he’s speaking for Kim, and he says she told him herself. Respect it. Kim says she just heard from Oscar. She and Drew jet, and Julian wonders what’s going on?

Chase arrives at Anna’s house. Finn asks what brings him by; he already has their dad’s file. Chase says he knew Finn would do what it takes, but that’s not why he’s there. He came to see Anna.

Alexis tells Kristina that she wants to go, but can’t. She has a big case tomorrow. She’ll have more fun with the millennials anyway.

Cameron tells Josslyn that Oscar is being super sensitive, even for him. She wonders what he’s not telling her. She gets a text that Oscar called his parents. Cameron says they have to head for history, and asks if everything is okay. Josslyn wishes she knew why Oscar disappeared in the first place.

Julian leaves Kim a voicemail, apologizing. He says he understands why she’s not picking up. He tells her to know he’s know he’s thinking about her, and hopes everything is okay.

Kim and Drew go to the docks. Drew tells Oscar he gave them a scare, and Kim hugs him. She asks if he’s okay, and he says, no, and he never will be. Drew tells him, never say never. It’s far from over. They leave with Oscar, as Jason listens from behind a wall.

There’s a knock on Sam’s door. It’s Jason. He asks if she has a minute.

Tomorrow, Lucy tells Mac it’s just a get together with friends, Franco toasts to a happy ending, and Chase says the WSB has a lead on Obrecht.

The Real Housewives of Dallas

Brandi visits Stephanie. Stephanie has a drink waiting and Brandi says she’s on top of her game. In her interview, Stephanie says she’s having a spa party to counteract the smashing things party. Her bathroom is big, but also cozy. She has a hot tub, a steam room, and a toilet I don’t want to talk about. She’s auditioning male models, but says she really just wants to see men with their shirts off.

As each model comes in, Brandi and Stephanie remark on how cute they are, and tell them to take their shirts off. The last guy comes in with a baby kangaroo wearing a diaper. He has no abs, but a damn cute mascot. Stephanie says the kangaroo is number one. They decide to hire them all.

LeeAnne is getting her makeup done. She’s thinking a pageant look, but the makeup artist says it should be glam. Kameron joins her. She asks if LeeAnne is excited. She’s doing a photo shoot of the dress she’s designed, showing all the ways you can wear it. In her interview, she says, it’s literally an infinite dress. They talk about the smash party, and LeeAnne was shocked about D’Andra going off. Kameron says she didn’t see it coming. In her interview, LeeAnne wonders why D’Andra was so upset over two hundred dollars, when she has five bank accounts. She tells Kameron what she said to Cary was in private. She thought they were building a friendship, and she wanted to solve the problem. In her interview, Kameron says Cary takes whatever side makes her most comfortable. She tells LeeAnne about how Cary said she’d pushed Stephanie to the limit, but thinks Cary is playing both sides. LeeAnne says, when it comes to her, there is no LeeAnne side. She says Cary will probably be at Brandi’s pop-up trunk show. Kameron thinks it would be easier to stay home, but LeeAnne tells her to lead by example, and it’s not what Kameron would want if she was hosting something.

In her interview, Kameron says she and LeeAnne are both visionaries, and have adventurous products. She thinks LeeAnne should keep pursuing her dreams. She’s different, and in the business world, if you’re not different, you won’t survive. This dress is so freaking amazing. I want one desperately.

Brandi sets up her pop-up event. Her assistants hang things. She explains that Brandiland is a clothing line she started a year ago. She says Bryan has been in the marina industry a long time, and she wanted to design resort wear that could be worn in marinas, with pop-up shops around Dallas. She works directly with the manufacturer, and designs her own pieces.

On the way there, Cary and D’Andra are excited. Cary calls Brandi a superwoman. She hasn’t seen the new collection, but says Brandi has cute stuff. She puts a Birkin raincoat on her bag before they get out. It’s standard handbag etiquette. D’Andra wonders if she’s kidding. Nope.

The event starts to get crowded. In her interview, Brandi says she’s including everyone. The minute she excludes anyone, she starts sh*t, and LeeAnne’s money is as good as D’Andra’s two hundred bucks. She says they’re going to be the Brandiland bitches. Kameron is impressed with Brandi’s ability to be a mother of three and have a booming business. She’s juggling perfectly, and Kameron hopes she can do it with Sparkle Dog one day. D’Andra likes anything that covers her ass. Everyone drinks, and tries on clothes. She does have really cute stuff.  The jewelry is beautiful.

Kameron asks Cary how the house is going. Cary says the floor is finished. Kameron asks Cary to sit. She wants to talk about something bothering her. She feels sometimes Cary plays both sides. Cary asks for an example, and Kameron says when they were at Beaver Creek. Kameron was upset, and Cary told her she did nothing wrong; that Stephanie put words in her mouth. The next day, she claimed Kameron pushed Stephanie because of what she’d said. In her interview, Cary says she doesn’t like one more than another. She’s not in third grade. Kameron asks why Cary is pointing at her while she’s talking. She’ll listen, but doesn’t like the pointing. In her interview, Cary says an argument with Kameron is frustrating. She can’t let anything go, and will badger, badger, badger, but no fingers. She asks if Kameron thinks she’s a liar, and Kameron says she never said that. D’Andra is like, oh. Lord. Kameron does some finger pointing, but says she’s pointing lower. She tells Cary, if she was a friend, she’d care. Cary calls Stephanie over, but Kameron says she’s not involved in the problem. She gets up, saying Cary has brought her posse in, when it’s between them. In her interview, Stephanie has no idea what’s going on. Kameron saw her, and got more pissed off. It’s the story of her life. Kameron leaves, and Cary says, she’s nuts.

LeeAnne jokes to D’Andra that the requirement is to give wedding gifts that are at least $500 apiece. D’Andra says she won’t be there. Kameron joins them, saying she can’t handle Cary and Stephanie. D’Andra tells LeeAnne that she was upset, angry, and embarrassed about LeeAnne repeating she only has $200. She cleaned out her account so she wouldn’t shop. She doesn’t want to touch her other money. In her interview, Kameron knows social people don’t want to know anyone who’s financially struggling. They judge. The rich forgive everything, but being poor. D’Andra asks how LeeAnne would like it If she said something about a personal issue. LeeAnne says she wouldn’t like it, and hurting D’Andra broke her heart. She’ll never do it again. She gets teary, and says she’d rather hurt herself. In her interview, D’Andra says, LeeAnne has the wonderful ability to produce crocodile tears. She doesn’t want to talk about what’s really happening in her life with Rich.

Stephanie joins them, and LeeAnne jokes that they’re about to have sex. Kameron says she thought that she and Cary were good enough friends to have a conversation by themselves. Cary feels like they get caught up in who said what. She’s sorry she hurt Kameron’s feelings. Kameron says Cary didn’t protect her from Brandi in Mexico, and we flash back to Brandi chasing Kameron with Sexual Chocolate. She says it hurts her that no one is there for her. In her interview, she says she’s known Cary for eight years, but feels like Cary’s loyalty to them is stronger, and it’s hurtful. Cary promises that if Brandi touches her with a dildo again, she’ll shut it down. She says she did stop Brandi from giving Kameron an inappropriate gift. We see a clip of Brandi saying she wanted to give Kameron a box of Stressticles. Google it.

Cary says it’s fun to support other women’s businesses, and mentions the Stressticles to Brandi. In her interview, Brandi says, wtf? She made the decision herself not to give them to Kameron. Stephanie tells LeeAnne that she’s trying not to get involved. LeeAnne thinks when she’s away from Brandi, she’s different, and they have a better opportunity to know each other. In her interview, Stephanie says her perspective of LeeAnne has been Brandi’s. She admits that when she focuses on Brandi, she doesn’t focus on her other friends. This is the first time she’s had her own perspective of LeeAnne. LeeAnne thinks it’s nice to be given a chance. In her interview, Stephanie says she wants her own perspective of LeeAnne, but Brandi is her best friend, and that’s not changing. The party breaks up. Stephanie is proud of Brandi, but Brandi is saying she’s good, and she’s not looking good.

Stephanie asks Brandi, what’s going on? Brandi says Cary told Kameron that she persuaded Brandi not to give her the Stressticles, but it was her decision, and she’s pissed. Stephanie says, tell her or it will eat her up inside. Brandi wonders how to broach the subject, and starts to cry. In her interview, Stephanie says she’s been worried since the smash party. Brandi isn’t sleeping, and she’s been a cry baby all day. She tells Brandi that she’s trying to do it all, and will crash and burn. She’s trying to be a badass wife, and feels guilty if she asks for help. She forgot how hard the baby stage is. Stephanie remembers being so tired, she wanted to cry along with the baby. Brandi thinks she has to be strong, but it’s okay to ask for help. In her interview, Brandi says she’s so focused on making the adoption go smoothly, she’s been neglecting Bryan and the girls. She starts to cry, and Stephanie tells Brandi she’s amazing.

Stephanie and assistant Trey set up spa day. She’s gotten gifts for everyone, and says if you monogram something, it makes it look more thoughtful, like it’s not last minute. I’ll have to remember that. She’s put out crowns for each of the women, saying she wants to make them feel like horny queens. Okay… Callie-Roo the kangaroo arrives. Stephanie says today is all about love, health, rejuvenation, and a baby kangaroo. Trey dresses the models in togas, and two stand outside with palm frond fans. As the guests come in, another model crowns them. In her interview, Stephanie says she feels like a madam. LeeAnne comes in wearing a shirt that says, I’d rather be with my dog, and I want one. She looks around, and wonders if stripper fireman are showing up. Stephanie gives a tour of the house. Cary freaks over the kangaroo. In her interview, LeeAnne says she’s 100% sure it’s not legal. Maybe not, but it’s absolutely adorable. Cary loves the kangaroo, but thinks the kangaroo guy is creepy, and he’s scaring her with his veneers. Now that she mentions it, they are a little scary.

The masseuses and manicurists are ready. Stephanie puts Brandi and Cary together for manicures, hoping they patch things up. Cary says they have mom nails right now. She asks how Brandi is doing. She says she was upset and in shock about Stressticles thing. She doesn’t want to be used to back up LeeAnne and Kameron seeing her as a bad influence. She was under stress when Cary brought it up, but tried not to show it. It seemed like Cary was using it to make Brandi look bad to Kameron, and herself look good. Cary says she did advise Brandi not to bug Kameron, and felt she needed to defend herself for not having Kameron’s back. She’s sorry Brandi felt it was at her expense. Cary thinks they had a mature conversation, even if it was about fake balls.

Stephanie tells LeeAnne that she hates couples massages. Travis falls asleep and snores. In her interview, Stephanie thinks her friendship with LeeAnne is going up. She’s not the same LeeAnne with knives. LeeAnne asks what happened with Kameron, and Stephanie says she felt like Cary didn’t have her back. LeeAnne says, Cary should be neutral, but will never be. They need to talk it out.

Brandi tells Cary that she doesn’t want Kameron to get validation that she’s a bad influence. She knows LeeAnne pulled Kameron aside to tell her that. We flash back to that, and Kameron saying she hopes D’Andra isn’t influenced by Brandi. Cary accepts Brandi as she is, and thinks they all should be like that. Brandi wonders why LeeAnne’s behavior in the bar was okay, and we flash back to that too. She thinks LeeAnne is in Kameron’s ear. Kameron has no opinion of own, and she wonders if Kameron is thinking her own thoughts. In her interview, Cary says she warned everyone that if they tell her something, she’s going to tell that person. No more secrets. Brandi says, Kameron needs a brain of own, instead of listening to LeeAnne. In her interview, Cary thinks Kameron accepts Brandi, but Brandi judges Kameron.

Kameron tells Cord about the pet expo, and we see clips from it. She says there were so many people coming to her booth, she couldn’t even go to the bathroom. Cord says she had two goals; to get a distributor, or get someone who will license her. She says she found a guy who said he’d make her dream come true. He asks if she got a contract, but she didn’t want to get in trouble, since he wants to look everything over first. He says he wants to make sure she’s not wasting time. She wants to prove she can do it all. She needs to follow up, and see where she stands with the people she had conversations with at the expo. I’m starting to really not like Cord. At least Shane has a sense of humor.

Cord asks why Kameron can’t just be a mom. Kameron wonders why she has to choose. In her interview, she says the Westcott family is known to be conservative. The moms are not modern moms, doing it all. She thinks Cord needs to get over stereotypes, and come into the modern world. She tells him she wants to be a mom and an entrepreneur.

Next time, LeeAnne grills Cary, D’Andra doesn’t want to feel the way she does toward her mother, and D’Andra asks LeeAnne if Rich is faithful; there have been a lot of rumors.

🌟 Here Today Star Tomorrow…

Star returned tonight, along with the many hairdos of Queen Latifah. It started off with a literal bang, but it’s late, so I’ll post about it tomorrow.

⛺ Until Then…

ThursdayPup

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

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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.

Star

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…

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

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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.

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👉 There It Is…

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