What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
🎱 My apologies for attributing Maxie and Peter’s conversation to the wrong characters yesterday. Luckily, and to my embarrassment, they repeated it today. That’s what I get for trying to decipher my shorthand in the wee hours. Moving on…
At the park, Nina can’t wait to see Charlotte’s face when she sees Sasha. She asks Sasha why she reacted the way she did when Nina told her Valentin proposed, but before she can answer, Charlotte runs up to Sasha and hugs her. Valentin follows behind Charlotte, and Nina says she has her family all together.
Maxie tells Peter that Nina is crazy about Sasha, but Valentin being involved makes her nervous. Nothing is what it seems with him. Peter says, and heartbreak follows. She asks if he’s talking about in general, or something specific. Peter says, with Valentin, the ends justify the means. Maxie says, in other words, he’ll do anything to get what he wants. Peter flashes back to asking Valentin how bad it is, and if it’s so bad he’s going to lose Nina. Maxie says, the problem is, what Valentin wants most is Nina.
Obrecht works at a table in the MetroCourt. Anna, Robert, and Finn come in and sit down. Finn says after he found Cabot in the book about identifying twins, he found out he was specifically studying them. Robert says, twins raised apart. He left the university after the study, and never resurfaced. Finn says he knows exactly where Cabot is.
Elizabeth finds Franco in the art therapy room and asks if he’s okay. She wants to see his drawings. He says don’t say he didn’t warn her. She looks at them, and says, someone was in a mood. He says he can’t figure out what bothers him more. That he’s the go-to guy when something bad happens, or that he feels like he could be. Elizabeth tells him to leave that part of his past behind him.
Not-Doc asks if Lulu can see his face. The man with the knife. She can see his face now. It’s Franco. He’s the killer. Not-Doc says, good. She’s remembering. She says, Franco is the one who attacked her, right? He says, yes, it was Franco. We can tell he’s tickled with himself. He’s going to count to three, and she’s going to wake up. When she does, everything she told him will be true.
Lulu wakes up. Not-Doc asks her to tell him what she remembered. She says she saw him. She saw everything. He asks who she saw, and she says, it was Franco. She saw Franco. He says she’s safe now. Just breathe. He’s having her mother and the commissioner come in. He brings them in the room, and Laura asks if Lulu is all right. Jordan asks if she remembered, and Lulu says she did. She remembered everything. His gloves, the knife, feeling trapped. She’s seeing his face over and over. Jordan says, who’s face? and she says Franco. Franco tried to kill her.
Nina tells Valentin that she was just bragging to Sasha about how happy the three of them are. Valentin says, like family should be. Charlotte asks if Sasha likes ice skating. Nina brought skates, so they can ice skate together. Charlotte asks if poppa is skating too, but he has to meet with Willow, and pick up her schoolwork. He can’t today. Nina says that gives her more time with her beautiful girls. They leave for the skating rink.
Robert asks Finn why he didn’t say something before, but Finn says he just confirmed it. Cabot was on staff at the university in Sweden, and retired, but ARCP journals are still being sent to his last known address. He’s at home. The waitress comes to their table with champagne, compliments of… her. Obrecht turns around, and says, guten tag, freunde. Robert says they’re not her freunde. She wants to celebrate her new job. Finn says a real doctor needs a medical license. Obrecht says, Henrik… she means Peter, hired her to work at The Invader. She raises her glass.
Peter tells Maxie, Valentin is a man of many secrets; Nina is right not trust him. Maxie says, on one hand, it’s wrong to condemn him with no evidence. On the other, it’s right because he’s a liar. The only honest thing about him is how much he cares for Nina and Charlotte. If he loves her, why lie? Of course she lies sometimes too. Peter admits he does too, sometimes; everybody does. Maxie says Valentin’s lies have caused damage, but so have others. Peter says they’re both doing their best, but Valentin lies when it’s expedient. Maxie says, sooner or later, the lies might come to light. Peter says, it could be nothing, but Maxie says, it could be everything to Nina.
Maxie tells Peter that she can’t stop thinking about the horrible things Valentin might be hiding from Nina. She’s talked to Nina, but common sense and logic take a back seat when the heart has other ideas. Peter asks what choice Maxie made, and she says she chose to follow her heart.
Valentin tells Willow he’ll take Charlotte’s schoolwork and be on his way. Willow asks him to wait. Charlotte’s situation has been on her mind. Valentin says she’s doing better, and her mother is in full recovery. Willow says she brought Charlotte’s workbook, and her classmates wrote her letters. They miss her in school. Valentin says, all of them? and Willow says no one is missed by everyone. He wonders if it’s a bit of a relief not having her around.
Franco tells Elizabeth that Aiden was so happy skating; not a care in the world. Elizabeth says he was free from everything he’s going through. He had a good time with Uncle Lucas and Brad. Franco says their elaborate and flawlessly executed plan worked perfectly. She says she wanted Aiden to enjoy himself as long as possible. They kiss.
Obrecht says Anna isn’t as close to her son as she’d hoped. Anna tells her congratulations, but Obrecht says only if she means it. Anna asks if Obrecht wants her say what she means. She doesn’t understand why her son gave a job to someone who tormented and tried to kill him, or why he didn’t send her to prison. She understands Obrecht’s cruelty is caused by her grief, and they both understand about keeping their child away from the clutches of a monstrous father. Obrecht says that’s the only way they’re alike. Anna says should harm come to her son, whether or not Obrecht caused it, she’ll see Obrecht dead. Finn tells Robert to remind him not piss off Anna. Robert asks if he still needs to be reminded. Obrecht says she’s processed her grief, and has been given a second chance to be a grandmother to Nathan’s son. She’s not wasting it. Anna says she’ll be back. She wants to find out why her son has lost his mind. Robert pours the champagne.
Jordan asks Lulu to tell them what happened. Laura says she’s still shaky, but Lulu wants to purge the experience. Jordan asks if she’s ready to tell the truth exactly as she told not-Doc. She says she’s ready.
Jordan sets up a recorder. Lulu says she was working at her desk, and heard someone at the door. She went to let them in. She wasn’t alarmed, and walked back to her desk. He followed her into her office, and closed the door. They must have talked, but she can’t recall what they said. She knows he scared her. She stood up, and tried to edge past him, but he blocked her. That’s when she saw he had a knife. Jordan says she keeps referring to the killer as he. Did she recognize him or does she know who he is? Lulu says, Franco. Jordan asks if she’s sure, and she says she can see his face as if he were standing there. Franco is the man who attacked her.
Sasha and Nina watch Charlotte skate. Nina asks, where were they? and Sasha says, Valentin’s proposal. Nina thought Sasha’s reaction would be all amazing and she’d want to be maid of honor, but it seemed tepid at best. Sasha says, sorry, but Nina says, no apology needed. Sasha says when she met Valentin, he was a stranger, wanting to get his ex back, but then Nina told her about the things he’d done. Nina says she’s gotten over it; why can’t Sasha? Sasha says it’s hard for her. Nina put her heart on the line, and risked it, all on a guy who… Nina says, who what? Found Sasha and brought them together, and convinced Sasha to give her a second chance? In the past year, that guy gave Nina her child back, and when she thought she’d lose Sasha, gave her a second chance. How could she not love him?
Peter asks Maxie to clarify what she meant when she said she was opening her heart. She says she meant to him. Clear enough? He says, it’s not at all murky. She wonders, how could he miss the hint? She’s never been subtle. He says he didn’t want assume after what she’s been through. She says after what he’s done for her, he has the right to assume. He says, good to know (which has replaced for what it’s worth as the phrase of the day). They almost kiss, but Anna blows in, asking, what the hell is going on? Has Peter lost his mind?
Lulu says she was at her desk, and he was scaring her. She tried to leave, but he’s right there. She saw the knife in his hand. She’s sorry, but that’s the last thing she remembers. Jordan knows it’s hard, and she’s doing a great job. Lulu wishes she felt great. Jordan says, anything else? Does she remember how she got from her office to the MetroCourt? Lulu says she can see Franco’s face, and the knife coming at her. We flash back to that, but it’s not-Doc saying, time’s up. Lulu says she should remember him stabbing her, but that’s it. Laura asks if Jordan has enough. Jordan asks if she remembered anything else. Lulu says she’s afraid not. Not-Doc says given the nature of her reaction, he’s not sure if she’ll recall any memories beyond the initial attack. Laura thinks it’s time to do what needs to be done.
Laura asks not-Doc to stay with Lulu, while she talks to Jordan. She tells Lulu to rest; she did a great job. In the hallway, Laura asks if Jordan knows where Franco is. Jordan says he’s not scheduled to come in today. Laura says he lives with Elizabeth and her grandsons. She doesn’t want them in the crossfire. Laura calls Elizabeth. Elizabeth asks if Lulu is okay, and Laura says, she’ll be fine. She needs to talk to Elizabeth, and asks if she’s at work. Elizabeth says she’s in the art therapy room with Franco. Does Laura want to meet In Lulu’s room? Laura agrees, and tells Jordan where Franco is. Jordan is on her way.
Lulu hates this; being so fragile, but not-Doc says that’s the last word anyone would use to describe her. He wouldn’t. She says that’s kind of him. She was shaking in terror. He says she was nothing short of magnificent. He says, don’t worry. It will soon be behind her. Laura comes back, and says Jordan is on her way to arrest Franco. Lulu hopes he’s put away forever. Not-Doc says try not to let it upset her. She’s entitled to her feelings, but it’s too much like allowing Franco to victimize her all over again. Laura helps her up. Not-Doc says Franco is his patient, and he might need to talk him down. He tells Lulu, good job. Laura seconds that.
Not-Doc closes the door to his office, and takes out his locked box. He goes through the driver’s licenses, and wipes his prints from them.
Peter says Anna must have run into Obrecht. Anna says Obrecht couldn’t wait gloat, and tell her that she was working for him. It’s like Stockholm Syndrome. She wonders what possessed him, and Maxie says he did it for her. She convinced him to hire Obrecht, and as long as they’re talking openly, she talked him into dropping the charges. Anna asks, why? Didn’t Peter help deliver her baby. Peter says it’s not her fault. It was his decision. He made the decision to hire Obrecht, and knows what he’s doing. Anna says, explain it to her then.
Willow says her description of Charlotte was both objective and accurate. She was bullying Aiden. Valentin says she showed genuine remorse, and Willow saying she was cheating was upsetting. He wonders if Charlotte hadn’t been bullying Aiden, would Willow have been so quick to jump to conclusions. She made a mistake. They all do that from time to time. Willow says her job isn’t just as an instructor. She wants to help the children interact with the world, giving them the best tools possible for when they when grow up. Charlotte is strong willed and intelligent. Valentin says, wise beyond her years. Willow says, clearly, she’s had a non-traditional upbringing. She thinks Charlotte needs room to be a kid, and learn kid lessons. She needs to learn how to get along with people, even when you don’t like them.
Franco tells Elizabeth that he just texted the boys. He wants them to be part of a family baking project. He feels it’s really important to show interest in what interests Aiden. Plus there’s dessert. Elizabeth loves him. They kiss. Jordan busts in, telling Elizabeth, step away from Franco. Elizabeth asks, what’s going on? and Jordan tells Franco to keep his hands where she can see them. Elizabeth says, what’s happening? Not-Doc shows up, and tells her to do what she’s told, and no one else will get hurt. Franco tells not-Doc to let them know, whatever they think he’s done, he couldn’t possibly have done it. Not-Doc says he’s getting agitated, and Elizabeth says they’re making him that way. Jordan says, Lulu remembered, and named Franco as her attacker. Franco swears he didn’t do it. Elizabeth tells him, don’t move; she’ll call his dad. He says, fine; move aside. He doesn’t want her in danger. She says she’s not in danger from him, but he says she’s in danger from Jordan. She’s got a gun. He tells her, it will be okay. Jordan reads Franco his rights.
Obrecht says she’ll tell Finn and Robert about her new position. Finn still doesn’t care. She says it’s a medical advice column. Maybe she can interview Finn, and on the dos and don’ts of self-medication. Finn says she knows where to find him. He asks if her first article is going to be on how to be a better kidnapper. She says it’s a pity she’s not a psychologist. Robert says she’s a piece of work, and Finn can’t wait to read her column.
Sasha says Nina told her more than once that she couldn’t go back to Valentin. Nina tells Sasha, she said love didn’t make a difference, but it makes all the difference. Married or not, they can’t love each other any less. Charlotte asks if Sasha saw her axel. Sasha says she did, and Charlotte offers to teach her. Sasha says she’ll be right there, and tells Nina, if they love each other, why say no. Nina says she has a bad track record with marriage. It’s always the beginning of the end of her relationships. She was happy for the most part, but Valentin couldn’t stop keeping secrets. She doesn’t want to worry about the future. She wants to live in the moment. She wants to start believing in the two of them.
Peter tells Anna that he has no love for Obrecht, but she’s part of Maxie’s family; James’s grandmother. She’s Nathan’s mother, and he’s not taking her away from the family he has left. Anna says he’s giving Obrecht more mercy than Obrecht will ever show him. She makes him promise to be careful, and says if Obrecht tries anything, come to her. He says he doesn’t need her fighting his fights. She tells him, humor her. She needs to know he’s safe. He can’t stop her. She leaves, and Maxie says she’s sorry. She didn’t consider what it would do to him and Anna. If he wants to back out, she’ll understand. Peter says, he and Anna have things to work through. One more struggle won’t make a difference. Who knows? Maybe Obrecht will be a good medical columnist. He’s sure she’ll have interesting ideas. Maxie laughs.
Finn asks Anna how it went with Peter, but she doesn’t know. She understands, but it makes no sense. She asks where they were with Cabot. Finn says, in Sweden. Robert says someone has to infiltrate, and Finn says he can speak to the researcher. Robert says they don’t know the last time Alex saw Cabot. It’s no reflection on Anna’s capabilities, but he has practical concerns. She says she understands. They have a better chance if she’s not there. She wants them to keep her posted. Robert says he’ll go put the ball into play, and steps away. Finn says he knows Anna is staying to keep Peter safe after what Obrecht did to him. She tells Finn, be careful. He’s had his share of mad scientists and crazy people. He asks, what could possibly go wrong? She says he has Robert to watch his back. He’s looking forward to that. Anna wishes he’d stay out of danger, but at this point… He says, she has only herself to blame. She tells him, stay safe, and he kisses her.
Charlotte thinks it’s cool that they all know how to skate. She wonders if it’s inherited. Sasha says maybe there’s a skating gene. They need to celebrate themselves. They go to the MetroCourt, and Nina says she has to make a phone call. She tells them to get a table; she’ll just be a minute.
Valentin thanks Willow for looking out for Charlotte’s best interest. He’ll have her back in school very soon. Willow looks forward to it – honestly. Valentin says, in the meantime, if she needs to, she can contact him or Nina. She says, legally, the school is prevented from contacting anyone who isn’t a parent. Nina appears, and says, no problem. They’re getting married again. She’ll be Charlotte’s stepmother.
Maxie thank Peter for being open. He says, Obrecht might have useful information. She knows he’s doing it for James, so he can know his grandmother. He says that’s all the incentive he needs; James’s family. Maxie says that makes her Peter’s family too. If they find out Valentin is messing with Nina, or using her in any way, all bets are off. Peter asks if she just said, we. Maxie says it’s up to them to find out what Valentin is hiding, and to find out before Nina does.
Elizabeth tells Franco that she’ll talk to his dad. Franco tells her to say he didn’t do it, but she says Scotty already knows, like she does. She kisses him, but a cop pulls him into the elevator. Elizabeth calls Scotty, leaving a message. She tells him to get down to the PCPD as soon as he gets it. Franco is in trouble. As she’s walking, she comes face to face with Lulu and Laura. She asks if this is why Laura needed to talk to her. Laura says, Franco attacked Lulu. He could have killed her. Elizabeth says they know he didn’t. He’s not the same person. Lulu says, it was him. She’s sorry.
Not-Doc looks at more licenses. He says, oh well. His friends are gone to serve the greater good. At least he still has them. A testament to a job well done.
Tomorrow, Terry has Oscar’s latest test results, Franco says when he’s done suing the PCPD he’ll own Port Charles, and Sonny tells Margaux he doesn’t want someone getting away with it again. I forgot Margaux was on this show.
😠 I can’t even say how irritating this storyline is. I don’t know much about hypnotism, but I don’t think that’s how it works. And to have Franco be the suspected bad guy? Again? Every single one of them should know better.
💋 On The Real Housewives of New Jersey, I’m confused as to why Teresa has taken Jennifer’s side so quickly – especially since Jennifer obviously goes insane on tequila – and also why Danielle is pissed at The Marge. Teresa claimed Jennifer reminded her of her old self, so we did get to see the gift that keeps on giving – the clip of Teresa calling Danielle a prostitution whore, and flipping the table. Marge found that someone else had the same idea about the children’s hospital gowns, called Brave Gowns, and they decided to pool their resources and have a giant fashion show, the Hospital Hero Gala. BTW, Marge Sr. looks amazing after her face lift. Both Marges have been blessed with smooth necks, so it works. Nothing worse than a tight face on a wrinkly pedestal. Jennifer was embarrassed about her behavior in Cabo, and was reluctant to tell her husband. He wasn’t mad, but told her she was wrong. I say don’t go around breaking glasses unless you’re really going to use them. Not that I advocate cutting a bitch, but it just ends up looking stupid. Joe #2 told Melissa, Danielle corrupts anyone and anything she’s around. He said, Marty was a stand-up guy until she got her claws in him. She’s like the black widow of New Jersey.
Frank asked Delores if he was holding her back, and said he wouldn’t hesitate to move out if it would make her happy. She said he was her safe place, and she didn’t really know what she wanted because she was so used to doing for everyone else. Of course Frank is holding her back. Who’d want to date her with Frank hanging around? Besides the elusive David. I’m also guessing Frank still pays the bulk of the bills. They’re co-owners of the gym, but I doubt people are coming to train with her, rather than a former Mr. New Jersey.
Marge and Teresa had lunch. Teresa didn’t understand why Marge dropped Danielle as a friend, but had to admit she didn’t know everything. In her interview, Teresa said she thought they were both wrong, but said Marge gave her a lot to think about. I hope her head doesn’t explode. Marge hoped Jennifer wouldn’t cocktail it up at her charity event.
After Marge told Jackie how hard she was trying to get back together with her children, Jackie decided to call her estranged sister. Wow. Something good actually coming out of this hot mess of a show is a true miracle. The call went well, and they made plans to get together with the kids. Jackie went to Melissa’s store and told her all about it. Melissa told her about how Joe #2 belittles her business. Maybe she should ask him how the restaurant business is going. Hint: it isn’t.
Marge’s ex, Jan, brought a date to Marge’s event, who was Joe #3’s ex-wife’s best friend. Jennifer and Marge seemed to squash their beef, with Jennifer sort of apologizing to several people. She was afraid to approach Melissa, since she’d broke a glass and put it in Melissa’s face. I think the time to have been afraid was immediately after she did that. Melissa would have had every right to thump her. It was a black and white affair, and Marge looked gorgeous, as well as the décor. They used a lot of white branches, which I love. The women also had the most fantastic HUGE earrings. When Jennifer showed up in a green jumpsuit, I thought maybe the color combo was just a coincidence, although she seems like the type who wouldn’t bother with the memo. The gala was a success, and everyone cried during the kids’ speeches.
Next time, the season finale, belly dancing, Delores is moving out, Marge thinks Danielle is dangerous, and Marge pushes Marty into the pool. That dude seems like a d-bag. Or at the very least, misguided.
🏡 On Sweet Home Jennifer designed for someone who apparently has two young children, but no possessions. I’ve never seen such an empty house. Jennifer had done the interior of the house ten years prior, so it was interesting to see how her taste had changed. A good takeaway point was to keep kids’ rooms neutral to give them longevity. Like if you buy a crazy bed, the kid isn’t going to want that for long. They can personalize with things like posters and unicorn pillows. Although I’d prefer llama pillows. I also have personal experience with this issue. When I was a kid, my father worked for Ethan Allen, and I was getting wallpaper from there for my room. I was probably about twelve or thirteen, and thought this psychedelic paisley wallpaper would be great. He talked me out of it, saying I thought so when I was looking at a swatch, but a whole room of it would be busy, and I’d get tired of it. A few years later, I knew he was right. I also had a canopy bed for a hot minute before I thought it was more trouble than it was worth. I won’t even get into the white rug…
🎨 Get to Know Franco Better…
Understand art therapy.
🏊 No Surprise…
Caroline is still overwhelmed
Terry Dubrow’s (Botched) brother Kevin was the lead singer for Quiet Riot.
☁ Is It Possible…
I’ll float into dreamland early? Nah.