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November 10, 2019 – Negan Does Bonding Exercises, More Than Hair Pulling, Thirsty Maloof, Say Thanks & a Yo-Yo For Negan


What I Watched Today

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


The Walking Dead

Carol wakes. It’s still dark out. She washes her face, and makes some coffee. She packs her knapsack and arms herself. She looks at her gun in the drawer.

Daryl is sitting on the porch smoking I don’t know what. Carol gets some food to-go, and heads out. Daryl comes up behind her, and asks if she’s feeling better. He asks where she’s going she tells him, to look for Negan. He asks if he can come along.

They get to a cliff in the forest, and Daryl asks if she thinks he crossed the border. He can’t see Negan putting on a mask, but she says, stranger things have happened. She takes out binoculars, but Daryl says Negan isn’t going to be wandering around to be spotted. He’s not dumb. She scans the vista, and Daryl asks her to tell him what they’re doing out there. She says, looking for Negan, and he says, tell him what they’re really looking for. She says, the horde. They have to find it and destroy it.

In the infirmary, Dante jokes that a tiny part of Cheryl is thrilled that she’s sick, so she can spend more time with him. She says, oh yeah. She’s puking because she has a crush. He says it’s a textbook case of the butterflies. Emotions manifest themselves in different ways. The heart wants what it wants. He checks her vitals, and she says she’d break him like a twig. Siddiq comes in, wearing Coco in a snuggly, and asks Cheryl how Dante is doing. She says, the jury is still out. Dante acts crushed, and says he thought they were having a moment. Siddiq says, this makes seven, and Dante asks how Rosita is. Siddiq says, same as everyone else. They have to keep everyone hydrated, and wait it out. Dante tells Siddiq to lap up the daddy/daughter sh*t while he can. They grow fast. He reaches to hold the baby, but Siddiq says he has some boundaries. Dante says, his bad, and tells Siddiq, go; have fun. If Siddiq needs him to peek in on Rosita, say the word, and he’ll make sure she’s on the mend. Boundaries again? Siddiq nods, and Dante says, noted.

Carol she’s Daryl a map, and says she’s been tracking them along the border. A small group connected at the jungle area. She thinks they should stake out a spot, and Daryl says they should see where the Whisperers go. They’d need a big place. He points to a spot on the map, and says they wouldn’t be able to sneak in without starting sh*t. They should figure out where they are, and tell the council. He asks why she didn’t say anything, and she says, after what happened with Alpha, she didn’t want to worry him. She asks if he’s sticking around, and he says she’ll need him, but she tells him that she’s picked up a few things over the years. He says they’ll see.

As he walks blindfolded with the Whisperers, Negan says he wants to join; he’s a joiner. Give him a damn application. They’re a class outfit, with their back to nature paleo vibe. And no more being eaten by the dead; that’s the real selling point. They’re a survivor’s wet dream. He asks if they’re going commando under there, and Beta has enough. He turns around, and puts crisscrossed knives against Negan’s neck. Negan calls him the Jolly Green Giant, and tells him to cool his jets. Beta says, no more noise. He’ll slit Negan’s throat and be done. Negan says he’s never properly introduced himself. He’s Negan (as we all are, I add in my head). For the last eight years, he’s been locked up by their enemy. Take him to his leader, and he’ll spill every secret he knows. Beta takes Negan’s blindfold off, and puts it in his mouth as a gag. I laugh.

Eugene thanks Nabila for choosing to assist in the radio relaunch boon. She says she’s happy to be part of the Hilltop AV club. He asks if he can show her the souped up soviet satellite version of the radio, and asks if she can parlez-vous Russian. She says, nyet. That’s all she’s got. He says, you haven’t lived until you’ve bounced a transmitter off the biosphere. She says, it sounds cool, but she’s got to get back to the kids. He tells her, there’s no expiration date on the invite, and she tells him to have fun. When she’s gone, he says, solo trip it is. Let’s see how far you fly. He turns the radio on hears Rosita’s voice. She tells him that she was looking for him. She just wanted to see what he was up to. She jokes that she has a fever, so she could be delirious. He asks what she has, and she says, it’s just a bug; she’ll be fine, and Coco is okay. What’s he up to? He says he’s revamping the radio set-up, but everyone wants a slice of Eugene. She asks if he’s coming back soon, and he says, to be honest, he hadn’t given it much thought, but it’s good to hear her voice. She says, her too. Some sparks fly out of the back of the radio, and he says there’s been a malfunction.  Mother of pearl. She asks if he’s okay, and he says, he has to fix the radio proto before it all goes fubar. He’ll call back this afternoon.

Daryl and Carol (why do their names have to rhyme?) take turns throwing acorns at a can, trying to knock it over. Both fail miserably, missing by a mile. Carol says, without his crossbow, his aim isn’t that good. He says, it’s not his thing, and she says it’s not hers. His acorn grazes the can, and he says he wins, but she says he’s got to knock it over, not kiss it. He calls her a sore loser. She finds two acorns fused together, and says she’s got a double-capper. She says it’s good luck, and gives it to him, telling him, maybe it will help with his aim. He tells her to watch her own throws. She asks how Hilltop is, and he says, fine. The king sends his best. She asks how Connie is, and he says, she’s fine too. Carol says she sees, and he says, it’s not like that. She says, why not? There’s not many people left to find, much less good ones. Why not? He asks why it matters, and she says, because it does. They don’t have to be alone. He can’t hide out with Dog forever. Daryl knocks the can over, and says, see? His aim is better already. He says he’s hungry, and asks if she has any food. She takes out the loaf of bread she got for the trip. He glances in her bag, as she breaks off a hunk of bread for him. He looks out, and says, see that? She looks through the binoculars, and a group of zombies comes trickling out of the woods. She gives the binoculars to him, and he says, Whisperers. She smiles.

Beta tells Alpha that Negan cannot be trusted. She looks over at Negan, and says, test him. If he passes, he’s worthy; if not, kill him. Beta says, it’s a mistake, showing him their ways. Alpha says questioning her judgement is becoming a regular occurrence. The Alpha is to be obeyed. He says he was only thinking of their people. She asks if it’s finally time for Beta to be the Alpha, and he kneels before her. Negan watches, as Beta says, never. Negan smiles.

Negan asks Beta if he’s Beta with benefits, and he slides his little omega in on the side. Beta says if Negan says anything about Alpha, he’ll kill him. Negan says, keeping it professional; he respects that. He saw Beta kneeling – not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s tickled the d*cks of many a fine man. He’s had people kneeling before him, and understands the benefit that sh*t provides. He’s never done it himself, and admires Beta’s self-restraint. And respectfully, the bald head thing tightens his britches.

Siddiq goes to Rosita’s house to grab a change of clothes. He finds her on the couch, and says he thought she was supposed to be in bed. She says she was feeling better, but now she feels worse. He says she’s going on a field trip to the infirmary. She protests that she has so much to do, and sits up. She says, sh*t, and Siddiq says, how about if they all go? He helps her up and out the door.

Eugene sits at the radio, trying to call Hilltop, but only gets static. He plays with the dial, and says, it’s Tater Bug, live over open channels. If anyone is out there, give him a copy.

Continuing to watch the zombies, Carol says, it’s getting bigger, and Daryl says, they’re gathering strays. Carol says the sun is going down. They should see where the zombies go, but they have to get closer. Daryl asks if they were to cross the border, would she? and she says, if that’s what it takes. He asks if she’s sure she doesn’t want to take another shot at Alpha, and she says she didn’t say that. She asks what his problem is, and he says, if they’re going to do this, they have to be smart. They have no back-up. It’s just them in the middle of the night. Carol asks, since when are they not enough? Daryl says if they mess up, everyone else pays. She says, they already did, and they’re going to keep paying, no matter what side of the line they’re on. She tells him that she has to pee, and leaves. When she’s out of sight, he looks in her bag.

When Carol comes back, she asks if he found what he was looking for. He asks if she brought her gun, and she says, no; he took the ammo. He says there’s still ammo in the storage room, and she says she didn’t bring the gun. He can frisk her; go ahead. He says, okay. She asks if they’re enough or not, and he says, all right; he’s still in. It might as well be them. They move ahead.

Negan asks if he’s going to be bathed and reborn into the Whisperers’ image, or will he have a mission or quest? Beta throws a shovel at Negan, and says, dig. Negan says, he can do that. Is there anything in particular Beta is going for, as to size, depth, or width? Beta says, just dig. Negan digs. The background music is a twist-type song, Yo-Yo (see below, yo), as Negan hangs a piece of skin on a branch. It’s not that big and kind of ragged, and Beta hangs a piece next to his that’s a larger, perfect square. Negan is digging up bodies, and he and Beta drag them to a pile. I wonder when Negan got a fade? Is the a hair stylist among the Whisperers?

At the Whisperers’ camp, Beta, a boar hunting expedition is in progress, and Beta gives Negan a pocketknife. A Whisperer shoots a boar with an arrow, and Negan is left to finish it off. It knocks him down, but he still manages to kill it. It’s put in a cooking pit, and covered with dirt.

Siddiq brings Rosita to the infirmary, where a lot of people are waiting. Dante yells out to grab a seat; he’ll be with them in a second. Siddiq asks, what the hell is going on? Dante thinks the illness is spreading faster, and they’re out of antibiotics. Siddiq gets angry, and tells Dante to start crushing herbs, giving him a list of what to put together. It’s going to get worse if they don’t get ahead of it.

Daryl and Carol go to the border. Daryl says, if things go sideways, they head back. If they get split up, this is where they’ll meet. Carol says, be safe, and Daryl says, luck is on their side. They go into the woods.

Negan says he took the bastard down. This is the kind of badass sh*t he’ll do for his new family. Beta says, only those good enough to walk among them may eat. Negan says he helped cook, and kill the damn pig. He at least deserves a piece of bacon. Beta throws him to the ground, and Negan says, whatever you say, boss. He sits with another Whisperer, who gives him something to eat. Well that was nice.

Eugene says, it’s Tater Bug on the open air. Any interested airholes, come on back. Anyone, anywhere, it’s Tater Bug. A woman’s voice says, hello? She receives him loud and clear. He asks if she’s really out there.

The group of zombies moves into a clearing. Carol and Daryl watch. Daryl signals Carol to go another way, but she shakes her head, indicating she wants to stay. He starts to step forward, and his foot crunches some twigs. The zombies have supersonic hearing, and follow the noise. Daryl backs up against a tree, and they go past. He lifts the crossbow, and begins to slink away. A straggler heads in his direction.

Eugene says he would have prepared the proper remark if he’d known he was going to establish first contact. He thought he was wasting his time. He thinks they should exchange questions in order to grease the wheel. He asks where’s her location, how long she’s lived there, and how many people live there? And do they need to continue to say over? Over. The woman doesn’t think she should share that information, but she’s okay with not saying over. He understands. He asks if she’d like to hear his life story. Should he skip ahead? She suggests he start when he was born, and he tells her that he was born in Dallas. She says she’s from Pennsylvania. Stroudsburg. He says he knows it well. As an adolescent, locomotives were his jam, and his parents took him to the railroad museum for his birthday. He mentions the ice cream shop, and she says, the Inside Scoop. She was there all the time. They might have been there on the same day. He says he does have a critical question. Cake cone or waffle cone?

The straggling zombie comes up behind Daryl, and he cracks it’s neck. He slits it open, and pulls out its guts, smearing them on himself. Other zombies come by, but just keep walking. We hear whispering. I think it’s, why are you here?

Siddiq sits by Cheryl’s bedside, and she says it’s been ages since got so much attention from a young man. Siddiq says, it’s kind of his job. She says he’s all gloom and doom. She feels like she’s napping next to the Grim Reaper. He says, sorry; he’s just concerned. She says, in this world, most people don’t get the luxury of drifting off in a comfortable bed. Dante comes in, and Siddiq tells him to get some rest. About what he said… Dante says, no worries. He gets it. They’re stuck with pre-industrialized meds, but they’ll figure it out. Siddiq appreciates his help, and Dante says he should. He’s kind of amazing. They laugh, and Siddiq says, get some rest.

Siddiq checks Rosita’s forehead. Coco cries, and he picks her up. He tells her, it’s okay, and rocks her. He starts to drift off, and hears whispering. He opens his eyes, and he’s on one of the windmills, holding Coco.

Negan continues to travel with the Whisperers and their zombie crew. He says he and Beta are clearly not jiving. He gets it. Beta’s got to be a tough guy to keep everyone in line. He had guys to keep his sh*t tight. Beta says he’s not like Negan, and Negan says, whether Beta likes it or not, he’s joining. They’ll have to find a way to get along. Beta says Negan will never be one of them. He’s too loud, too weak, and too full of ego. He’s a waste. Negan says, cards on the table, he’s not there for Beta. He’s there for Alpha. Throw him, test him, he doesn’t give a sh*t. He ain’t going nowhere. Beta says, finally. Something they can both agree on. Negan won’t be going anywhere. Beta kills a zombie – or a Whisperer, I have no idea. Negan says he was just making a joke. He thinks Beta would be impressed if he wasn’t so pissed off.  Negan kills another zombie and/or Whisperer, and  the knife breaks. He’s suddenly surrounded.

Daryl finds Carol with a Whisperer she has tied up. Daryl says, what the hell? Carol says he saw them, and she’s taking him back. They can see what he knows. Daryl asks if this was her plan all along, but she says no. He asks, what’s this? indicating the plastic tie around the man’s wrists. She says it was in her bag; he must have missed it. She tells him they have no time to argue.

Still talking over the radio, Eugene says roller rinks make no sense, according to the risk and reward analysis. Along with the combined humiliation, it wasn’t his favorite pastime. He says it’s been a very enjoyable conversation, and at the risk of said humiliation, can they have a real talk? She says, it’s been great, but she doesn’t know him. He might be a threat. He asks what if he shares specifics, and she says, who’s to say she’s not a threat to him? People are dangerous. Eugene says he’s well aware of that, yet he has a twinge in his belly that leans toward the good column in the alignment chart. He does know her. His given name is, Eugene Hermann Porter. He proposes they continue their convos in the hope of building more approval and interest. There’s a moment of silence, and she says, well, okay, Eugene Hermann Porter. She’d like that very much. He says, so they’re in agreement? She says, they are, but they have to keep it between them for now. She wants to trust him, but if she hears anyone else, she’ll know she can’t. He says, okay. Just her and him. Copy that. Over.

The Whisperers work at hanging skins. Beta tells Alpha, he was weak. She says she expected more. Negan comes out of the woods, and says he’s ready for his goddam skim suit. They’ll need an extra-long tape measure for his humongous balls. He walks up to Alpha, and says, he’s Negan. They haven’t formally met, but he sure as hell knows who she is. Whether his reputation precedes him or not – he kneels – he’s all in. Whatever she wants, whatever he’s got, it’s hers. Beta is like, whoa. Alpha looks Negan over, and puts her finger to her lips. She says, shh… and he smiles.

They were definitely speaking my language with this episode. Negan is exactly what the Whisperers needed.

Next time, Carol tells Daryl it’s the only way, Alpha tells her people that she lvoes them, and Siddiq jumps into the water.

💢 Exactly Why I Stopped Watching…

While I never mind the occasional catfight, these girls take it too far.


👠 Remember Her…?

I remember her accusing ex-husband Paul (Botched) of abusing the children during the divorce proceedings, and that I didn’t believe it for a second.


🙌 Make Their Day…

🎶 Now Known As Negan’s Theme…

This is the first episode I’ve really liked in a long time.


November 8, 2019 – Lucas Talks To His Father, Costumed Daytime, Today’s Ian, Emmy Changes, a Divorce Off, a Divorce Back On, a Reunion, a Survivor, a Bear, Close To a Dozen Quotes & Big Apple Autumn


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Sam tends to the guard. Jason shows up, and asks, what happened? Sam tells him, Cassandra escaped.

Cassandra asks if Nikolas is sure he’s not driving in circles. He tells her the trees only look similar; they’ll get where they’re going soon. She suggests perhaps he take a more direct route to the private airport, but he says they could get caught. He tells her, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. She says she doesn’t have much choice, and he says, that’s the spirit. Don’t worry. He’s taken care of everything.

There’s a knock on Ava’s door, and she says, go away. Jax comes in, saying the doctor cleared him for a visit. She asks what he’s doing there, and he says he thought he’d check on her. How is she? She says, okay. She’s tired because they gave her a sedative. Her mind is playing tricks on her. He says what happened to her is his fault.

Lulu, Charlotte, and Maxie walk into Kelly’s Charlotte asks if when she finishes her homework, she can check on her pony at Windymere. Lulu is sure Butterscotch is fine, but Charlotte is insistent, and Lulu says she’ll think about it. Charlotte asks if she can sit at the counter so she can concentrate, and Lulu says, of course (🍷). Maxie says she’ll have to remember saying she’ll think about it after the homework, when James is old enough. Lulu says Charlotte loves riding, and she’s glad Charlotte can share that with Nina and Valentin. Although she thinks Valentin bought the pony so Charlotte would spend more time there, and asks if she sounds paranoid. Maxie says, not in the least.

Willow sees Brad sitting at the counter, and asks if he’s okay. He says, it’s been a tough day, but Willow is sure when he gets home, and cuddles with Lucas and Wiley, his bad day will disappear. Brad flashes back to telling Lucas about Julian, and says Julian is falling apart. They can’t let Julian drag them down with them.

Julian goes to the hospital, and tells Bobbie that he’s looking for Lucas, and asks if Lucas is on duty. She suggests he try calling before bothering her. He says Lucas isn’t answering, and he needs to speak to Lucas; it’s very important. She checks the computer.

Lucas is at Tony’s grave. He says he misplaced his trust in Julian, and his husband is lying to him – again. Right now, the one thing he knows for sure is that he could really use Tony’s advice. He says, I miss you dad. I’d give anything to talk to you again. He turns, as someone walks into the cemetery. It’s Tony, who says, hello son. It’s been a while.

Jason tells 911, the guard is semi-conscious, and the paramedics are on the way. She tells him, there was another guard. Chase and another officer show up, and Chase tells Jason and Sam to freeze. Sam says, the guard was hit in the head; she’s in and out. Chase tells the officer to check the guard. He does, and says, her pulse is good, but she’s out of it. Chase says he got a call from 911, and Jason says it was him. Chase says, and there was an escaped prisoner. Sam tells Chase, it was Cassandra Pierce. She hit the guard in the head with a shovel, and took off.

Nikolas tells Cassandra, it will be a few minutes; he thinks they should talk. She says, about what? and he says they had a mutual understanding, until she chose to blackmail him. Cassandra asks what he wanted her to do. Continue rotting in that local penitentiary? He knows how dangerous the environment is to a person with her constitution. The mildew alone is deadly. He says perhaps she should have stayed away from Port Charles altogether. She says, lucky for both of them, she’s on her way out. Just get her to the airport. She’d be happy to continue their partnership with mutually agreed upon terms from a safe distance. He says, that’s the problem. Her actions have dissolved their partnership.

Lucas hugs Tony, and says it’s good see him. Tony says since Lucas conjured him up, it must be important. He sees Lucas is a doctor now, and Lucas says just like his old man. And Tony has a grandson, Wiley. Tony says he’s proud of Lucas, and asks what’s on his mind.

Willow says she didn’t see Brad at the hospital today, and Brad says he switched his schedule around; he had errands to run. She says, in case she wasn’t clear, she doesn’t just think of him as just Wiley’s dad. She thinks of him as a really good friend. He says it’s kind of her to say, and she says, because of him, she has a place in her little boy’s life. He guesses he did do that, and she says he did, so if something is troubling him… He tells her like he said, it’s been a day.

Lulu suggests she and Maxie talk about something more gratifying. Maxie says, as in hot Dustin? but Lulu says, as in Peter. The way Maxie has been smiling, he must have done something wonderful. Maxie says there might soon be a change in their living arrangements. Lulu says, he got the place? but Maxie says, that didn’t work out. He’s moving in with her. Lulu thinks that’s even better, and Maxie says it’s been her home forever; more important, James’s home. Lulu says, it’s about damn time. Maxie says she was afraid, then he was afraid, then they took turns being afraid. They’ve finally accepted that they can be happy together, and the world won’t go up flames.

Ava asks Jax how her vacation from sanity is his fault. He says they should have kept an eye on the message boards after they did… She says, that hatchet job? and he says they were her words. He knew the reaction would be strong, but didn’t expect the rudeness. Ava says, rudeness? It was hatred; a complete lack of humanity and compassion. He says he doesn’t want to provide a platform for trolls. It was brutal, and he should have put a stop to it. Ava says she’s going to be more merciful to him than he was to her. The reason she’s there isn’t his fault. He asks, then why? She says she’s being haunted by restless souls. The line between the living and the dead has become very blurry. She just wanted to reach out to Kiki now… Tell her something. Does he believe they can awaken the dead?

Jax knows Ava has taken some questioning paths to contact Kiki, and Ava says, Kiki wants no part of her. Eternity isn’t even long enough for her to stay away from Ava. She’s being haunted by another lost soul. He was there at the gallery. She had him at gunpoint, and told him to take off his mask – it was Halloween and he had a mask on. When he removed it, there he was; so real, she could have reached out and touched him. Jax asks, who? and she says, Nikolas Cassadine.

Chase tells Sam and Jason, the prisoners are heading back to Pentenville. There will be a second transport for Sam as soon as he gets her statement. Sam asks about the guard, and he tells her, the guard is stable, and she’ll regain consciousness. He asks her to take him through it, and Sam says she was on work detail with Cassandra, and they were assigned to plant a tree. Cassandra had a shovel, and faked a sprained ankle. She hit the guard with the shovel and took off. There was a van parked across the road, and as soon as she saw it, she took the first opportunity. She tried to get the guard’s gun, but Sam stopped her from getting a weapon. Chase says, well done, and asks her to describe the driver. She says, it was pretty far, but the driver was male, and the van was white and not too old. She’s sorry, but that’s all she’s got.

Julian tells Bobbie, he can see the animosity. He’s proved himself to Lucas, and was accepted back into Lucas’s life and Wiley’s. He’s not walking away now, or ever. Bobbie reminds him that, whatever ground he’s gained with Lucas, there’s only one man who will truly be Lucas’s father.

Lucas tells Tony about Wiley running around nakey after his bath, and Tony says Lucas was the same way. He and Bobbie called him the streak. Lucas says it’s brought back so much of his childhood. Things he hadn’t thought about. Tony would be exhausted, coming home from a 36 hour shift, and still sit with Lucas to do homework, or put Lucas on his lap to teach him guitar. He always had time for Lucas. Tony says he never wanted Lucas to think being a parent was a chore or a favor. He wanted Lucas to feel safe and loved. He never wanted Lucas to doubt that he was the most important thing in his life . Lucas says he succeeded, and Tony says, good to know. Lucas wants the same thing for Wiley; to feel as safe and loved as he did when he was a kid. But he thinks he just burned it to the ground.

Cassandra tells Nikolas not to let a couple of tiny misunderstandings and setbacks dismantle an otherwise profitable arrangement. He says she put the entire operation in jeopardy. She admits her time in the claustrophobic confines of Pentenville may have compromised her judgment, and compelled her to misstep. Now they’re back on even ground, and no harm done. Nikolas tells her that she said she could deliver information that could destroy Valentin, and so far she’s come empty-handed. That makes her a liability. She says he’s not taking her to an airport, is he?

Nikolas stops the van. He says she wouldn’t appreciate it if he broke his promise to her. How is he supposed to respond when she breaks her promise to him? She says, it’s just been delayed, and he tells her, good. He hopes she considers this drive as an incentive to honor her obligation. She says as far as incentives go, she doesn’t see them any close to an airport. He says her actions have forced him to make alternate arrangements. She jumps out of the van, and runs.

Maxie asks Lulu if the dance was romantic or nostalgic, but Lulu says, it was a nightmare. On one hand, she was surrounded by teenage angst and ricocheting hormones; it was exhausting. Maxie says, on the other? Lulu says, Dustin was… Maxie says, hot? Sexy? Gorgeous? Lulu says, he was adorable and funny, and surprising. He had the biggest collection of dad jokes. They were so lame, she couldn’t stop laughing. Maxie says it was less romantic than she was hoping for, but Lulu says, it was romantic. Let’s just say, the kids weren’t the only ones hoping to score that night. Maxie is happy to see Lulu caught up with someone again.

Willow tells Brad, she doesn’t mean to pry, but Julian mentioned he was worried about him. She knows it was her idea to keep Julian away from Wiley during the adoption process, but she thinks Julian only wants what’s best for Wiley.

Tony tells Lucas, every parent worth their salt worries that they’re going to ruin their child’s life. But he can’t believe that, even accidently, Lucas would compromise Wiley’s happiness. Lucas says he let his guard down, and Tony says he should with the people he loves. Lucas says the problem is, the person he loves, he doesn’t entirely trust as much as he wants to. He loves Brad so much. Tony says he knows, but tell him about the horrible mistake Lucas made that torpedoed Wiley’s life. Lucas says, long story long, from day one Brad was an anxious parent. It’s been over a year, and he’s only gotten worse. They found out the birth father is a psychopath, but even though Shiloh is dead, Brad didn’t get any better. It was the opposite. Tony asks how Wiley is handling it, and Lucas says, he smiles. One thing they’re good at is hiding their stress from him. They’re experts. They can’t share it with each other either. Tony asks, how can he help? Lucas says he just keeps asking himself, what would his dad do? It made him desperate enough to let Julian back into his life; he wanted a father to lean on so badly. Tony says he was never Julian’s biggest fan, and Lucas says, him neither. Not at first. But he wanted to believe in him so badly, he let Julian get close to his son.

Ava says Jax doesn’t believe her, but he says he does. She says he believes that she believes it; that’s what Laura said. But Nikolas was as real as he is. Jax asks if anybody else saw Nikolas, like Laura or Lulu, but she doesn’t think so. He wonders why Nikolas would come to her first, and she says they formed a special bond in the days before Nikolas was killed. Would it be enough for Nikolas to show his face to her before anyone else? Probably not. Jax says, she seems to be arguing that Nikolas wasn’t really there, and she says, he was definitely there. He wanted to punish her. She was there when he was murdered, and she was going to speak out and tell the court what Valentin did. She’d promised Spencer, but Valentin made her an offer she couldn’t resist. (Thank you for not saying couldn’t refuse.) She’d been terribly scarred in a fire, and he said he could have her face restored in exchange for her silence. In the end, she betrayed Spencer and his father’s memory. Jax says he thinks she made the right call. Valentin would have slipped out of the charges anyway, and she would have been left scarred for life. Ava says they’ll never know, will they? Jax says she doesn’t believe Nikolas came back to haunt her because she chose to live life. She says she doesn’t know what to believe. She doesn’t know what’s real. That’s why she’s there. He asks why she thinks this happened to her now. Did something happen? Did she see someone or something that reminds her of the Cassadines?

On the phone, Chase says they have personnel in civilian clothes watching the airports, bus stations, and train stations, and they have roadblocks and traffic stops at the main roads out of town. He tells Sam, good news; the guard is awake and alert. Sam says, that’s great, and Chase tells her to make sure her lawyer knows. He’ll back her up, and it’s got to help. Jason asks, what’s happening with Cassandra? and Chase says they’re combing the city for the van and Cassandra. But he’d like to know what Jason was doing at the park. And before he says he’s not answering questions about his attorney, they could say Sam was an accessory to Cassandra’s escape. Sam says she tried to stop Cassandra, and Chase says, the more Jason cooperates, the better it looks for Sam. Jason says Sam told him when he visited, she’d be on work detail there, and Chase asks if Jason thought he’d pop over to say hello. She says she wanted to make sure her kids didn’t come there, and Jason says when he got there, the guard was on the ground, and Sam was doing what she could to help. Chase asks if it occurred to her to run, but she says, no. She was helping the guard. Why would she take off, and look guilty when she’s not?

Nikolas slams the van door shut, and says, dammit.

Bobbie sees Julian looking at the wall of staff photos. Bobbie asks what he’s doing, and he says he never thanked Tony. Bobbie says, when Julian was hiding, pretending to be Derek Wells, or is he referring to a more cosmic gesture of gratitude? Julian says Bobbie doesn’t think he’s capable of gratitude, does she? She says, no, and he says he knows he’s done terrible things. His efforts to go legit – and he’s succeeded – are probably too late. She says, there’s no probably about it, and he says he’s still a person; a father and a grandfather, and their son is a good man. She says, no thanks to him. He says he understands she and Tony loved and raised Lucas, and he’ll be grateful for the rest of his life. She says they didn’t do it for him, but he tells her, take the win and the thank you. He’s not trying to fill Tony’s shoes, but wants to carve out a space of his own with his son. He leaves, and Bobbie looks at Tony’s picture, saying, fill his shoes. As if.

Tony tells Lucas, the great thing about being dead is, everyone forgets your faults, or at least forgives them. He wasn’t a perfect parent. Lucas disagrees, and Tony says that’s sweet, but Lucas is proving his point. Lucas says if he wasn’t perfect, he was within the margin of error, and Tony says, so is he. Lucas says it doesn’t feel like it right now, and Tony says that’s because he’s going through a bad patch. Everything is gloom and doom right now. Did he forget the first time saw his baby smile, and realized he could take it personally? You forget the feel of your child’s hand inside yours when you’re going to the post office. He thinks when things get rough – and they did between him and Lucas’s mother – these happy memories, these little gifts, these miracles, are his arsenal of weapons against doubt, uncertainty, and fear. Those same memories will build a foundation for Wiley to lead a happy life. Okay, I’m about to lose it.

Lucas says, say he’s adjusted his outlook. Now what? He still can’t decide what’s worse; that Julian framed Brad for having an affair, or that he believed Julian. That’s the state of his family. Tony thinks Lucas knows who the most important person is in all this. Lucas says, it’s Wiley. Now he has to decide who to trust and keep in his life and Wiley’s life. Lucas asks if Tony can’t just tell him what to do, but Tony can’t remember it ever being all that effective. Lucas guesses he’s right, and Tony says when Lucas’s sister died, he didn’t have the strength or motivation to get dressed. He’d pick up his shoes, and just stare. Lucas asks what he did, and Tony says, not a damn thing. It was what Lucas did; does he remember? Lucas says, no, and Tony says, he came into kitchen and Lucas had put out breakfast. He wasn’t old enough to use the stove, so he put all his favorite cereals into a big mixing bowl. Lucas says, it’s starting to ring a bell. Tony says, next to it, Lucas had packed his lunch. It was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, an apple, and a cookie. He’d had no intention of going in that day, but Lucas was having none of it. Lucas asks what he did, and Tony said he crawled next to him on the chair and said, dad, you have to go back to the hospital… Lucas says with him, all those sick people miss you. Lucas finishes, and they need you to make them feel better. Tony says, he remembers. He has a brave heart. All Wiley needs is for him trust it. He takes Lucas’s hand. Lucas’s phone rings. He answers, and I say, don’t go, Tony. It’s Bobbie. She asks if he’s okay, and Lucas says he’s fine. What’s up? Bobbie says Julian is combing the halls in the hospital, hellbent on finding him. He won’t leave. What should she tell him? Lucas says, tell Julian if he wants to see him, he’s with his father. He turns back, and Tony is gone.

Nikolas calls Jax, and tells Jax to call him back. Their situation has been compromised.

Ava thanks Jax. He reminded her of something she hadn’t realized she’d forgotten. He asks, what’s that? and she says she heard Laura call him after she’d seen Nikolas at the gallery. She overheard Laura tell him that he and Hayden shouldn’t ask her about the painting  of Helena. Now it makes sense why he’s there extending his sympathy. Jax insists it’s 100% genuine, and Ava says, right. He’s overflowing with sympathy for her; the woman he accused of killing Connie. The only thing he wants to unburden her of is the painting of Helena. Jax says he was going to ask her about it when she… She says, when she what? She sees him; him and his friend the mayor. So kind, thoughtful, and compassionate. Did they think they could take advantage of her? He says that’s not what’s going on, but she says, they’ll take nothing from her. Not now, not ever. She made the mistake of trusting him once, and she won’t make that mistake ever again. He’ll going to take advantage of her.

Maxie tells Lulu, so they spent Halloween with a mob of teenagers. What’s next? Lulu doesn’t know, and Maxie says, please tell her that she said she had a great time with him, and can’t wait to see him again. Lulu thinks she generally conveyed that message, and Maxie asks if she conveyed it with a kiss. Lulu can’t believe Maxie is asking her that, and Maxie says she’ll take that as yes. She looks at Lulu, and Lulu says, what? Maxie says them, having tea and gossiping about themselves and others. Lulu says, are they becoming normal? Maxie wouldn’t go that far, but they can allow themselves one normal night. They toast, to besties; no drama.

Willow tells Brad that he has an open invitation if he wants to talk about anything. Brad says he’ll remember that. She’s sure he’ll sort it out, and tells him to give Wiley a hug for her. She leaves, and Brad smiles. As she goes out the door, Willow smacks into Cassandra. She asks if Cassandra is okay, and Cassandra says she’s fine. She just needs her evening sugar fix. Willow says, insider tip; they have chocolate chip, and chocolate chip with bacon. Either way, she’s a winner. Cassandra says she’s a lifesaver. Cassandra looks inside, and sees Charlotte at the counter.

Brad leaves a message for Lucas that he’s at Kelly’s, and to let him know if he can bring Lucas anything.

Julian shows up at Tony’s grave. He tells Lucas that his mom said he could find Lucas there. Lucas asks what he wants.

Bobbie looks at Tony’s photo on the wall, and touches it. She wishes he could be there, and see their son becoming a father. He’d be so proud of their boy. She feels Tony behind her, touching her hand. He leans his head on hers, and fades away. She touches her cheek, and smiles.

Jax says he’s sorry Ava misunderstood. He’ll come back when she’s more herself. Ava says, no, he won’t. She won’t let him get his hands on the painting, but have fun searching. She’s stashed that monstrosity in a place no one will ever find it. He tells her, take care, and feel better. Ava says she may be crazy, but she’s not crazy. (If this was a Tarantino movie, that line would be slightly different. There would be another word before the second crazy.)

A guard tells Chase that he’s there to take Sam back to Pentenville. Chase asks him to give Jason and Sam a minute. Jason and Sam hug, and he says he’ll see her soon. Be safe. They exchange I love yous, and the guard takes her. Chase’s phone rings, and he says, put him through. He tells Jason, Cassandra has been spotted.

In the van, Nikolas says he saw the woman they’re looking for. She’s on Telegraph near Parkland. Chase asks him to describe her, and he does. He adds that he can’t be positive, but he’s pretty sure she has a gun. Chase thanks him, and he says he’s just trying to do his civic duty.

Cassandra walks into Kelly’s. Maxie gripes to Lulu about closet space, and Cassandra goes up to Charlotte, sitting next to her. She says, remember her? Charlotte opens her mouth, and Cassandra says, don’t scream or Nina will be in a lot of trouble. Charlotte asks what she means, and Cassandra says, shhh… Charlotte can save her, but she has to do everything Cassandra tells her.

On Monday, Julian asks Lucas not to do this, Obrecht asks Brad what he’s done to cover his tracks, and Cassandra tells Charlotte that no one is going to find them.

🎃 Never Gonna Let You Go…

More Halloween. And whoa. Amy.



🚕 Catching Up…

I’ve loved Ian Buchanan ever since he said he doesn’t drive and he’s not going to. If someone wants him somewhere, they’ll get him there.


🏆 Ch..Ch…Ch…Changes…

Unless they’re giving all the Emmys to Roger Howarth, I’m not sure it matters.


💏 I Didn’t Even Know They Were Getting One…

Remember her? No reason you should want to. She was a d-bag.


💔 And I Thought They Weren’t Getting One…

I can’t even keep up with this.


🌍 Reunited and It Feels Like Italy…

Juicy Joe gets a visit from the family. No, not that family.


🌴 Remember Him…?

You really should. Not only the oldest ever, but he came in third.


🐻 Don’t Try This At Home…

That Aquaman, always full of surprises.


🎯 Quotes of the Week

A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.Marshall McLuhan

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. – William Arthur Ward

I don’t know how I know it. – dude on Cash Cab when surprising himself with his own correct answer

How do you fold egg? It’s impossible. It’s witchcraft. – Carrie Heffernan (Leah Remini), King of Queens

Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone. – Dorothy Parker

How are you late for work on a yacht? You have no commute. You roll out of bed, and you’re there. – Kate Chastain, Below Deck

What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest.Andy Warhol

You can’t ride two horses with one ass.Dr. Phil

Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else. – George Bernard Shaw

Don’t compare yourself to others as you never know what others had to or are overcoming.Emily Liou

The question is not how much time you spend, but how much value you create. – Author Tony Schwartz, talking about energy management over time management.

🍂 Favorite Season, Favorite Place…

See you on the deadside. And don’t forget to thank a veteran.


November 7, 2019 – Martin Gets New Information, Deck Extra, Headley Meditates & Strait Fall


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

In the park, Sam and Cassandra are told to dig. Curtis comes by, and calls to Officer Sommers, asking if she remembers him. She does, and he asks if she minds if he talks to Sam. She’s his co-worker, and he promises to keep a respectable distance and make it brief. Sam goes over to him, and he says, hey, and  tells her that she’s rocking county orange. He asks how she’s holding up. She says there’s been some annoyances – she glances at Cassandra – but she’s okay. He feels bad that she got the short end of work detail. She says, that’s not bad, but Cassandra is her cellmate. He says she’s kidding him. Cassandra complains to the guard that she’s doing all the manual labor while Sam chit-chats.

Nina visits Nathan’s grave. She wonders who takes the change that’s left there, and hopes it brightens their day. She’s sorry it’s been a while. So much has gone on. It turns out Sasha is a fraud. Remember how she told him how much she loved Sasha? She loved Sasha with all her heart. She should be too mad to care, but hurts so much lose her. And now everyone is blaming her; judging her for being back with Valentin. She wishes he was there. He never judged her; not once. She could confide in him, and be honest. She wishes he was there, so she could tell him what’s really going on. What’s in her heart. Valentin joins her, and asks, how about him?

Coming in from the terrace, Nikolas tells Jax that he forgot how brisk early November is there. He should be gone before the snow falls. Jax hopes so, and Nikolas says how long he stays is up to Jax. The sooner they locate the codicil, and Valentin falls, he can go back to his life. Jax tells him, keep a low profile, entertain himself, and stay out of the way. Nikolas says he has somewhere to be, and Jax says, in Port Charles? What if someone spots him? Nikolas says, he’s dead. It would be odd if anyone recognized him, since he’s non-existent. The doorbell rings, and Jax says, Nikolas was saying? Nikolas makes himself scarce, and Jax opens the door. Josslyn says she came to check out his new place.

At Kelly’s with Wiley, Carly asks, how lucky is she? She gets alone time with Wiley, and a Kelly’s muffin. Wiley – who gets cuter every time we see him – reaches for a piece, and she gives him some. She says she loves being a mom, but aunt is awesome. She gets the cuddles and fun, but when it’s time for discipline, she gives them back to their parents. Michael comes in, and says he thought Wiley was with Bobbie. She tells him that Brad and Lucas needed some alone time, and their mom had to go to work, so she’s subbing. She asks, what’s going on with his life? and Sasha walks in. Carly guesses Sasha is there to see Michael.

Nelle glad is glad to see Martin. She’s not up for another parole hearing for another 525 days. He asks if she’s counting the hours, and she says she’s good with numbers. He says he expected her parole to be denied, but she was so convinced it would go her way, he did some digging to see if he missed something. It turns out he did. Nelle says he found out she has a husband? and he says, yes.

Jax asks why Josslyn didn’t tell him that she was stopping by. She says she wanted to surprise him. She loves his new place, and asks, what’s out on the terrace? Before he can stop her, she goes out. She says, the view is amazing. She loves that he’s close to the water. Jax is glad she approves, but that’s not the only reason she’s here. How did she get there? She says Milo dropped her off, and she didn’t call because Jax and Carly confiscated her cell phone. He says she’s lucky she has a car and driver at her disposal. Most kids who got caught drinking at a school dance would have to take the bus. Josslyn agrees that she’s lucky; it could be worse. She says it’s chilly, and wants to go inside. Jax says he’ll make a fire, and while he’s working, she can tell him why she’s really there. She says she’s there because she wants to move in.

Carly asks if Michael and Sasha are there for dinner, but he says they’re meeting Curtis. He wants to follow-up with Sasha on how things went down with Nina. Carly thought Nina dropped the charges against Sasha, but Sasha says Curtis wants to find out what went wrong for his own sake, since he’s the one who found her. Carly says she’d love it if they’d join her until he gets there.

Nina asks Valentin what he’s doing there. He says she wasn’t in her office, and she’s not picking up the phone. He knows how much she’s had on her mind, and thought she might be there. She doesn’t know if it’s frightening or flattering how well he knows her. He says he does know her, and he loves her. Whether she wants to talk or be left alone with her brother, say the word.

Curtis tells Sam, Cassandra is dangerous. If she has any trouble, let him know. Cassandra tells the guard, this is inhumane. She’s touching all this dirt, and coming in contact with pesticides and toxins. I love how they made her a germophobe. It’s little details like that, that add dimension to the characters. Officer Sommers tells her, back to work. Curtis says, Cassandra has a lot of enemies, and it’s hard to watch your back on work detail. When word hits the streets that she’s out and vulnerable, Sam might just find herself alone in her cell tonight.

Curtis asks Sam if Cassandra said why she’s in Port Charles. Sam says Cassandra keeps to herself, but seemed interested in the fact Sam is related to the Cassadines. Officer Sommers tells the other guard to take some of the prisoners to clear out the undergrowth on the other side. Curtis tells Sam, Cassandra and Valentin were allies before they were enemies. They have a connection. Maybe it will shake out when Valentin comes crashing down. Sam asks if that’s possible, and he says, an interested party is working hard to bring Valentin to justice. Cassandra asks the officer why Sam is allowed a personal interlude, while she’s left to toil alone. Officer Sommers tells Curtis to move along, and he thanks her. When he’s gone, Cassandra tells Sam that he’s married to the police commissioner. She doubts Sam can take advantage of him. Sam says, he’s a friend, and Cassandra says, please. Friendship is fleeting. What’s important is to know how someone can best serve you. She wonders how long they’re going to work. It’s getting dark. Sam asks, what’s wrong? Is Cassandra afraid one of her enemies might come and get her?

Nikolas sits waiting in the car.

Valentin tells Nina, it’s been hard since they learned the truth about Sasha. She says she’s sorry she keeps seesawing between anger and sadness, but he says she can vent to him. She says he seems distracted lately, and wonders why he came by Crimson. Is there something on his mind? He says she’s all that matters, and she says he’s sweet, but it goes both ways. Whatever is bothering him, he can tell her. He says, it’s not a what, but a who. Jasper Jax.

Josslyn knows she and Jax already talked about her moving in, but she’d overreacted when she saw the boarding school brochures. She gets why he didn’t want her to move into the hotel, but now he has a place, so why not? She’s not talking about anything permanent, but maybe she could do alternate weeks. He says she caught him off-guard a little, and he wants to think about it. She says he wouldn’t have to be by himself. She asks if she has a room, and he says, of course (🍷). She tells him, she can’t wait to see it, but he wants to speak to her mom. Does she know Josslyn is there?

Carly says Sasha must be relieved that Nina forgave her. Sasha says, Nina didn’t forgive her. Not even a little bit. She just decided not to move forward and not press charges. Michael says they’re thankful Sasha is free, and Carly says she’s happy for them both. Michael has been Sasha’s biggest supporter, and she’s glad his faith in Sasha has been justified. Carly’s phone rings, and she says, it’s Jax. Jax tells her that he’s there with Josslyn at his new place, and she has something important to discuss with them. Carly says she has something to do, and then she’ll be right over. She tells Michael, Josslyn is going through stuff; she’ll tell him about it later. She asks him to help her get Wiley in the car, and Michael suggests she leave Wiley with them. Carly says she’ll give Lucas a heads up, and offers Michael an anchor for the car seat. He goes out to get it, and Sasha thanks Carly for being cool. Carly says she told Sasha when they talked about her making amends, it’s a big deal. Owning what she did goes a long way with Carly, as long as Michael is happy.

Nelle doesn’t see how her recent marriage would have had any bearing on her parole hearing. Martin says, it would have shown stability; that she has a home and family, someone to support her. The parole board takes note of such things. That’s why they encourage affidavits from friends and family, like the one from her friend Brad. Why wasn’t her husband at the hearing? She doubts it would have impacted anything; his biography might not work in her favor. Martin says he checked the file, but didn’t see a name, only that her status changed to married. Does she want to tell him who this man of dubious distinction is? I’m thinking… Shiloh?

Martin says, Nelle is a widow? His condolences. She says, sadly, yes. Her marriage was short-lived. She had nothing to do with his death. Martin says he didn’t ask, but given her history, it’s reassuring to hear. She says now that he knows, does it change anything? Can he get her a new hearing? He says, probably not, but she tells him to find some way to expedite her release. He says he’s not sure he wants to represent her, and she says, he’s dropping her as a client? He says technically, she’s not a client. He’s working pro bono, and hasn’t seen a dime. He’s not comfortable with her lack of forthrightness, and wonders what else she’s not telling him. She asks if she’s still protected by attorney/client privilege, and says as soon as she gets out, there will be a large payday waiting for her, and for whoever represents her. He says, is that so?

Sasha plays with Wiley. Michael comes back, and asks if Wiley is making moves on his girl. Sasha says, she’s a goner. Nice knowing him. He says she’s good with kids, and she says she did a lot of babysitting in high school, but she hasn’t been around kids since then. Until Charlotte. Michael says, Nelle was Charlotte’s nanny for five minutes, when she was pretending to be a beacon of kindness. He got to know Charlotte, and she’s a sweet, bright, funny kid. Sasha says, she’s Valentin’s saving grace. He loves her like nobody’s business.

Nina tells Valentin, if it has anything to do with Jax helping her after the wedding, don’t worry. He’s not a threat. Valentin didn’t mean it like that. Jax and Hayden were looking for something the night they were at Windymere, but he doesn’t think they found it. He thinks Laura is up to something, but doesn’t know if there’s a connection. She’s interested in the portrait of Helena, but her story makes no sense, claiming Spencer wants it. The artist supposedly hid messages in his paintings, and he wonders if there’s something to that. Nina asks if he has any idea what it might be, and he says Laura thinks it’s something detrimental to him. He’s glad it’s rotting in a landfill.

Carly tells Jax that she loves the house, and asks, what’s going on? Josslyn says she loves the house too, and not just because it’s super cool, and matches his personality. Jax suggests she’s buttering him up, and she says, it’s a place where Oscar never was. She can look on the stairs and not see him sitting there. She can go out on the terrace, and watch the sunrise without seeing them together. She thinks she needs a break from everything Oscar, and staying there with her dad could help.

Sam tells Cassandra, this is a two-person job, and Cassandra says, which she did mostly herself while Sam was chit-chatting. Sam says Cassandra made almost no progress; she just moved dirt around. Cassandra wonders where Sam’s tenacious can-do attitude is; her claim to fame. She tells Sam, go for it. Sam says, if they risk leaving it unfinished, it could disqualify them for work detail in the future. Or maybe Cassandra is just a bitch. Cassandra says Sam has no idea. She looks around. Nikolas waits impatiently in the car. Cassandra grabs a shovel, and looks at the guard.

Curtis comes into Kelly’s, and asks who Michael and Sasha’s friend is. Michael says it’s his godson; Brad and Lucas’s little boy, Wiley. Curtis and Wiley fist bump. This kid is killing me. Curtis knows Sasha has cause for celebration, since Nina let her off the hook, but he didn’t. Michael tells him to say his piece, but be respectful. Sasha tells him, whatever he has to say, she totally deserves it. Curtis says he’d like to hear the truth from her. He’s been turning it around in his head since Nina got back with Valentin. Sasha took full responsibility for everything, including, and he quotes, a well-placed friend, who manipulated three DNA tests. She’s one smart cookie. Michael says, it’s between Nina and Sasha, and it’s over, but Curtis says let him explain his investment. He’s the one Valentin convinced to protect Nina, and he became an unwitting accomplice to fraud; something he doesn’t take lightly. He says if she knows how to pull something like that off, sorry, but prove it. Who else was in on it? He doesn’t believe she did it alone, but she says she’s not getting Valentin into trouble over something she did. Curtis appreciates her integrity, but it’s misplaced. He’s the one who ordered the original test, and he just ordered another one using the original samples. Subject A is closely related to Subject B. They’re a match as mother and daughter.

Jax says he thought he and Carly agreed to table the idea for now, and Carly says, don’t look her. Josslyn says, they were already discussing it? Jax says they discussed the possibility. Carly understands that Josslyn wants a break, and how painful it was to lose the watch, but Josslyn didn’t lose it deliberately. She was focused on the volleyball game, which shows her perspective is shifting. She’s looking to the future. Josslyn says, then help her. Living there will take her away from the reminders of the past. Jax says, as long as she doesn’t think of it as a place to hide.

Valentin tells Nina that Laura sought him out at the Halloween gala. She was talking about the portrait again, and said his time at the Cassadine table is almost up. It could mean anything or nothing. Nina says the more he dwells on it, he gives Laura what she wants. Valentin says Laura blames him for Nikolas’s death, even though Nikolas was a fugitive, and it was self-defense. She buys that Nikolas was a defenseless innocent, and she’s his eternal avenger. Nina says she’s sorry, and he says he’ll handle Laura. She asks if he isn’t getting tired, putting out one fire after another, but he says he’s good at it. Cassandra is the WSB’s problem now, or the state of New York’s. She asks if he thinks it’s that simple. Someone went to a lot of trouble to break her out before. What if they decide to do it again?

Nikolas says, come on Cassandra. Cassandra wanders around, and Sam urges her to go back to work. Cassandra says, the aesthetics are all wrong. Is Sam sure she’s digging in the right place? Any competent landscape designer wouldn’t pick that spot for a tree. It will spoil the symmetry of the vista. Sam has cost them extra work, prepping the hole in the wrong place. Cassandra suddenly doubles over like she’s in pain, and when the guard comes to investigate, Cassandra smacks her with the shovel.

Cassandra stands over the guard, and Sam tells her, stay the hell away. Cassandra jets, and Sam yells for help.

Cassandra gets in the car with Nikolas. She says he could have warned her about where he was going to be. He tells her, you’re welcome, and tells her to change in the back. He doesn’t want anyone to see his passenger wearing orange. She asks what the plan is, and he says, same as it was. She asks how he can say that, when he’s already changed it?

Nina says Cassandra is a threat to their lives. She threatened Sasha’s life with a virus. As angry as Nina is, she knows Sasha’s suffering was real. When she was in isolation, Sasha was brave and strong, despite her fear and how bad she felt. She hopes Cassandra dies des in prison, but hates to think she might escape. Valentin thinks Cassandra is out of friends. He says, speaking of Sasha, there’s something he’d like Nina to consider. She tells him not to tells her to forgive Sasha or be reconciled with her. She said she won’t press charges, but that’s as far as she’ll go. He says he’s on a completely different track, and asks if she wants to continue the search for her real daughter. Maybe her mother was lying, and there’s nothing to find, but they’ll know they’ve done everything they can to find her. She says Valentin told her that he came up with nothing. He says he did, but they can do it together, and maybe find her. At the very least, Nina will have closure.

Curtis tells Sasha and Michael, the GH lab reran the tests. For Nina’s sample, Valentin got hair from her hairbrush. What did Sasha provide? Sasha flashes back to Valentin telling her to be reluctant to do another test at first, but then agree, and give them this. He hands her a container. Curtis says all this time, he thought the tests were tampered with. Now he believes the samples were compromised. If Sash provided a sample that matched Nina’s, the only person with the means and the motive is Valentin.

Nelle asks if Martin understands now why she didn’t say anything. He says he has to hand it to her. If she pulls this off, there will be a significant pot of gold at the end of her rainbow. She says she still has a fight on her hands, and can’t pull it off if she’s locked up. That’s where he comes in. He needs to do everything he can to expedite her release, and look after her interests. He says there’s one flaw to her plan. By her own admission, she’s guilty of capital felonies. As good as he is – and he’s very good – he can’t undo a situation she’s created. Early parole isn’t an option. She says, make it one. If she doesn’t move fast, the pot of gold will be gone.

Josslyn asks, what’s the difference between hiding and taking a break? Jax says, one is restorative, and one is paralyzing. They don’t want her to distance herself from her friends, family, and volleyball. Oscar wouldn’t want that. She told him that Oscar said she could do anything she wanted. He’d be glad her life is filling up with things to look forward to. Carly says that doesn’t mean she loves or misses Oscar any less; it means she’s healing. It would be nice if healing was pain free, but it doesn’t work that way. The only way out, is through. It’s normal and it’s progress. Josslyn tells them, Dustin said the first year is the hardest. She’s already six months in, so she guesses she is making progress. Jax says they’re proud of her, but Carly says, don’t think her punishment is lifted. Josslyn knows it’s been a lot, but she looks at what Cameron is going through, and it makes her realize how lucky she is to have so much love and support. Carly thinks it might be too disruptive, one week on and one week off. She thinks they should start small with weekends. Does that work for Jax?

Nelle tells Martin, if she’d had a decent attorney to begin with, she wouldn’t be there. She was without the means, but that will all change. Martin says, so her expectation is that she’ll come into money? Like she expected money from Zack and Michael? Both times, she was disappointed. Who’s to say she won’t be again? She says she has him on her side, and he’s the best. He’ll get his full price, as soon as she gets what she has coming. He has to get her out. She calls him Martin, but he says his friends call him, Marty, and they shake hands.

Sasha tells Curtis, it’s a misassumption, and he says he just needs her to tell him what went wrong. He’s not pursuing a personal agenda. Michael says he doesn’t like Valentin either, but that doesn’t give Curtis the right to pressure Sasha. Curtis says he’s just finding out the truth. He wants to know what Nina is up against with Valentin. He gets it. Sasha doesn’t want to involve Valentin to spare Nina the pain, but she’s not helping in the long run. Sasha knows Curtis has the best of intentions, but it’s not his call. Michael says they appreciate that he wants to sort it out personal for Nina, but it’s been tough enough. Curtis says, so Valentin is walking on sunshine. Sasha says, let Nina have her life, and let her have hers.

Valentin tells Nina, they’ll do it together. He’ll get a referral for a good security firm. Nina says she already knows the outcome. They’ll look, but they won’t find her daughter, because the baby was never born. The locket her mother gave her was a tease; another way for her mother to hurt her. A lie, like what her mother told him. She’s done. She can’t keep getting her hopes up, and have her heart broken again. He says he really wants to make things right. Nina thanks him, but says he’s already done more than enough. I swear, she keeps dropping these hints, like when she said she could tell Nathan what’s really going on. Valentin’s phone rings. Nina touches Nathan’s gravestone, and kisses Valentin. She leaves, and he answers his phone, saying, this better be important.

Martin says, good news is always important. The project he wanted to explore? A new avenue just opened up.

Jax says he needs to do some work on the house. He knows Josslyn can rough it, and if that was their only option, he’d make it work, but she’s still in school. He thinks it’s best they wait a little. Josslyn is fie with that. She’s not trying to run away. Donna is there, and she’s totally adorable, and Avery is her little shadow. She’s fine with waiting, but since she’s there, can she check out her room? Jax says she can. She can give him some input. They go upstairs.

Cassandra tells Nikolas, wait. This isn’t the way to the airport. Where is he taking her?

Sam tells the guard, it will be okay, and asks if she can hear her. There’s no response, and Sam reaches for the guard’s waistband, saying, she’s not going for the gun. She takes the radio, and says she needs paramedics. She’s in Rice Park. She’s a prisoner on work detail. A guard is down, and a prisoner escaped.

Cassandra says Nikolas told her that he was taking her to a private air strip, where a plane is waiting. Nikolas says he’s taking her back to where no one will ever find her.

Tomorrow, Willow tells Brad that Julian just wants what’s best for Wiley, Jax tells Ava what happened to her is his fault, and Nikolas tells Cassandra don’t worry – he’s taking care of everything.

🚤 Tonight, Bravo had reruns of Below Deck’s latest season, as well as Behind the Episode 701. It was basically a rerun of the first charter this season, but included behind-the-scenes content from the crew and producers. And by content, I mean little dialogue boxes with extra info. It was fun, but nothing earth-shattering was revealed.

🙇 My Kind Of Meditation…

Funny, but warning – bad words. Probably most of the bad words you can think of.


😴 Early To Bed, Tea Tomorrow…

And since it’s early for me, it’s chilly, it’s fall, and we went straight to fall from summer here, this would be apropos. Sort of.

November 6, 2019 – Cassandra Calls Nikolas, LeeAnne Is Married, Instead of NJ, Return of NJ Wives & Birthstone


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Jason visits Sam at Pentenville. He asks how she is, and she says, hanging in there. She asks how the kids are, and he says, good. They’re at Monica’s, but he’s spending the weekend with them at home; just the three of them. She’s glad he’s able to spend time with them. She wonders how her mom is taking it that she went with Diane’s legal strategy. Jason tells her that her mom is in the hospital.

Kendra visits Alexis at the hospital. Kendra says she’s glad Alexis is okay; she was worried. Alexis says she’s getting there. Finn is working on a prognosis. Kendra says she’s there to help; what does Alexis need? Alexis doesn’t want Kendra to neglect her other clients, but Kendra says she has a friend subbing for her. She feels like she owes Alexis, since maybe she pushed Alexis too hard and too fast. If she hadn’t been run down, she might have been able to fight her illness. Alexis says Kendra isn’t to blame for her being in the hospital.

Robert goes to see Cassandra, and she asks what this is about. She’s not talking to him without her attorney present. He says her attorney remains indisposed, and she asks why she should speak to him without legal representation. He says he’ll be perfectly happy to wait until Alexis’s health improves, but the offer he’s bringing her has an expiration date.

Hayden brings Violet over to Finn, and tells him that Violet has something she wanted to tell him. Violet thanks him for making her feel better, and he says she’s very welcome. She asks Hayden if she can go draw, and Hayden tells her to stay where she can be seen. Hayden wants to thank Finn too. She knows he’s still mad. He says that doesn’t begin to describe how he feels. She says she understands. They’ll work it out. He says, yeah; they will.

Elizabeth opens the door to find Kim, and asks what Kim is doing there. Kim says she wanted to give Elizabeth some space after the hearing, but they’re long overdue for this. Unless it’s Elizabeth punching Kim in the face, I can’t imagine what’s overdue.

At Oscar’s Meadow, Franco thanks Scotty for coming. He has something to tell Scotty. Scotty says he has something to tell Franco too. Franco says before Scotty says anything, he wants Scotty to hear it from him, not anyone else. He and Kim are leaving town.

There’s a knock at Jax’s door. Nikolas gets up, and hears Laura ask if Jax is there. She needs to talk to him. She almost leaves, and Nikolas touches the door. She turns back.

Sam asks Jason, what’s happening with her mom? He says Molly found her at home on Halloween. She was weak, dizzy, and nauseous. Finn is treating her. Sam asks, for what? What’s the prognosis? He says, they don’t know yet. Finn is still running tests.

Alexis tells Kendra that she has the best doctor at GH, scrambling to come up with whatever it is. She’s sure it’s nothing, and wants Kendra to stop with the guilt. Kendra says Alexis isn’t just a client. Over the two months they’ve known each other, she thinks of Alexis as a friend too. Alexis says, same there. Julian pops in, and asks if Alexis is up for another visitor. He has a huge bouquet, and Kendra says she’ll go find a vase. Alexis says, good job; he scared Kendra away. Julian says he was under the impression that Alexis wanted to be alone, but Alexis says he was mistaken. He gives her the flowers, saying he was sure her shrink would have brought some. She says Neil brought her a book on Russian aristocracy. Julian asks if they’ve figured out what’s wrong. She says, not yet, but Finn is on the job.

Hayden tells Finn that she spoke to Elizabeth, who says she and Violet are welcome to stay as long as they want. He asks how long that is, and she says until she finds a place to rent or buy. It’s important that Violet be in Port Charles with her mother and father. If he’s interested. Violet comes back, and asks if she can come visit Roxie. Finn says he’d like that very much, and Roxie will really like it. Hayden tells Violet, soon, and Violet says she’ll bring lettuce. Finn says, that’s Roxie’s favorite. He has to see a patient, and tells Violet to take care of herself. Violet says, okay, and they wave to each other as he leaves.

Cassandra tells Robert that she’ll have to decline any offer. The last she heard, his case was in jeopardy, since Sasha was exposed as a fraud. He laughs, and says, it’s embarrassing when your star witness is brought into question. His office is moving in another, more promising, direction. Alexis’s petition for Cassandra’s extradition to be delayed has been denied, so his office is now disinclined to want to pursue it. Sometime next week, Cassandra is going to be on a plane to the Hague. He’s not entirely helpless though. She says, he could have fooled her, but he says he can still pull some strings at the Bureau. He can get her a private cell, and an endless supply of hand sanitizer. She says, in exchange for what? and he asks who broke her out of WSB custody last year?

Laura asks if someone is there. Nikolas puts his hand on the doorknob, and she touches the door.

Kim tells Elizabeth that she wanted to check and see how she was doing. Despite the unpleasantness between them (unpleasantness? is that what she calls it?), she still considers Elizabeth a friend. Elizabeth can’t say the same. She’s been hurt too badly. Kim says she wants to try and make peace, and Elizabeth says, how? By showing up there, when Kim is responsible for her grief? Kim says she’s not doing this. Drew… Elizabeth says, Franco. Maybe Kim didn’t force him, but Kim slept with her husband. Yes, he’s still her husband. Until the divorce papers are signed, they’re still married, no matter who he thinks he is.

Scotty says being there must bring Franco closer to Oscar. He knows what it’s like, grieving a child you didn’t raise. Now that Franco has won the hearing, he can add him to the list. Franco says he didn’t realize Scotty had lost a child, and Scotty says, two. Franco says, sorry. He had no idea. Scotty says maybe that’s why he and Franco were so close. They both lived lives full of tragedy.

Kendra brings water for the flowers, and Alexis says, isn’t she the best? Julian says, she seems to be. Kendra asks how his face is, and he says, recovered. Alexis asks, what happened? and he says Kendra  witnessed an altercation between him and Kim at Charlie’s. Kim slapped him good. He’d disclosed personal information about her to Scotty.

Cassandra tells Robert, the last time she didn’t supply any information on the party who liberated her. What makes him think it’s different now? Robert says he doesn’t give a rat’s ass what happens to her when she gets to Steinmauer, but wants her to know, they sleep twenty to a room. Unless you have a private cell. She says why doesn’t he give her suggestions, and she’ll say yes or no. He says, Valentin, but she says he wouldn’t life a finger to help her. He says what about someone close to Valentin? Peter. She tells him that he’s barking up the wrong tree. He tells her to guide him to the right tree. She says she doesn’t want to talk until her attorney is present and a proper deal is on the table. He says the only deal she’s going to get, runs out at midnight.

Jax walks up behind Laura, startling her. She asks if someone is staying with him, but he says it’s just him; why? She says she thought she heard somebody inside. He tells her, if an intruder was there, his security system would be blowing up his phone with alerts, and it’s not. He assumes she came see him, and she says she did. She went to visit Ava. He asks how Ava is, and Laura says, there’s a lot to tell. Should they go in? Jax says he has nothing in his cupboards, and suggests he take Laura out for coffee. She says, that would be great. She looks at the door again before following him. Inside, Nikolas ponders.

Alexis wonders how Kendra got dragged into Julian’s drama, and he says he ran into her in the alley by Charlie’s. Finn walks in, and says, someone is popular. Alexis jokes that she needs some security for her room. Finn hates to spoil the fun, but has to run some tests. Julian and Kendra leave, and Alexis asks Finn to tell her that he found a miraculous diagnosis, and an even better cure. He says he wishes. He wants to redo the pressure test to check her pain levels. She asks if that isn’t below his pay grade, but he says, not when it comes to friends. He squeezes her palm, and asks if it’s better or worse. She says she’s ready, but he says he already started. She doesn’t feel anything? She says she feels him touching her, but doesn’t notice any pressure. He says, now? and presses again. She says, no. What’s happening to her?

Jason tells Sam, he should get word soon, and he’ll update her on Alexis. Sam hates not knowing what’s going on. That’s the worst part; that, and her cellmate, Cassandra Pierce. Jason says he’ll call Diane. Cassandra might have a grudge against Sam, and Diane can petition the court that she be moved. Sam says she wants no special treatment or any attention. She just wants to keep her head low until her trial.

Kim says she’d hoped Elizabeth was better, but Elizabeth says how, with Kim stealing her husband? Kim says she and Drew love each other, and Elizabeth says, when Cameron saw Kim kissing Franco, she told him not to get angry because Kim was grieving. He’s a kid, but he’s not here. She’s furious. Her husband came by to say he was leaving with Kim tomorrow. She thought she’d have more time. Kim says to trash their relationship and tear it apart? She tells Elizabeth not to act like that’s not in her wheelhouse. Julian told Scotty how she drugged Drew to try and get pregnant, and dredged it up in court to make her look crazy. Elizabeth says she doesn’t think Kim is crazy, but thinks she needs help. She lost Oscar, and it takes time to get over a trauma like that. She knows; she lost a child. Kim tells her not to say she understands. Jake came back; Oscar never will.

Franco tells Scotty that he’s sorry Scotty is losing a son, but he’s not there to relitigate the hearing. Scotty says that’s not what he’s there for. He just wants to tell Franco something important. Hopefully, it will be enough to convince him to do the right thing of his own free will.

Violet literally runs into Robert, and Hayden asks what she said about running ahead, calling her Violet Barnes. Robert says she didn’t know Hayden had a daughter. Violet introduces herself, and Robert says she’s sweet. She asks if he knows her mama, and he says, yes, but he’s not sure he knows her daddy. Robert. Really? Saying that to a kid?

Finn tells Alexis, it’s a good sign that she can still feel something; she hasn’t completely lost sensation. Alexis asks if that’s going to happen, but he can’t say for sure. She asks what he can say, and he tells her that he’ll have more accurate information after more tests, and a better chance at diagnosis, so he can prescribe treatment. He asks her to revisit the day she started experiencing symptoms. She says she exercised, went to Kelly’s with Kendra, and went home to work on Sam’s case. Neil came by with takeout, but she couldn’t eat because Jason showed up to talk about Sam. That’s when she felt strange. She got the chills, and thought it was the flu. She didn’t feel like eating, and asked Neil to go home. She went upstairs to bed, and the next morning, she felt achy, and passed out on the couch. Finn asks if there was anything out of the ordinary preceding it. Any change in her diet? She says she’s been taking a supplement for the past two weeks, but she took it to her GP, who said it was safe.

Kendra asks if Julian is going back to see Alexis after her tests, but he says he has to go. She says she’ll stick around; she doesn’t want to leave Alexis alone. She thinks Alexis feels more scared than she’s letting on. Julian says he does too, and asks her to keep him in the loop. He doesn’t want to hover. Kendra puts her number in his phone, and says maybe he can return the favor. He brought up seeing her in Charlie’s earlier, but she’d prefer he not mention he’s seen her there. He asks, why? and she says the food and drink there is criminally good, but doesn’t fall into her fitness plan for her clients. They need to think she practices what she preaches. They don’t need to know what she eats when she’s off the clock. Has she seen The Rock’s cheat day menu?

At the little café, Laura thanks Jax for the tea, saying it’s a nice pick-my-up after the morning she had. He asks if Ava isn’t doing well, and she says she brought Scotty to cheer her up, but Ava’s in a bad place. She’s probably adjusting to the meds. Laura had no opportunity to talk about the painting. Jax asks how long Ava is going to be in Shadybrook, but Laura doesn’t know. However long it takes for her to stop seeing ghosts.

Nikolas wanders around Jax’s house. His phone rings. He answers, and the operator says there’s a collect call from an inmate in Pentenville. Does he accept the charges? (Wrong answer sound. They would tell him who was calling.) He accepts, and asks what they want. Cassandra says, now, now. Is that any way to great an old friend?

Violet tells Robert that she doesn’t have a daddy – or a puppy. Not a real one, but she has a stuffed one. He’s guessing she’d like a real one all her own. She says she would. Or a Pegasus, or a dragon. Dr. Finn has a dragon named Roxie. Finn joins them and says Violet has a playdate with Roxie. He tells Hayden that Violet’s doctor wants to do one more test before she’s discharged; they’re waiting upstairs. Violet tells Robert, goodbye, and goes with Hayden. Robert says, she’s quite the charmer. If they weren’t in a public place, he’d happily kick Finn’s butt to the moon for keeping his daughter from Anna.

Nikolas says he told Cassandra never to call him directly, but she says Robert just paid her a visit. Their timetable has been moved up. Nikolas says they’re not a team. She’s been a means to an end; that’s it. She tells him that she’s about to be extradited. He has to stop it, or she’ll give him up to Robert. She’ll tell Robert that he hired those goons last year to extract her from the WSB, and kidnapped Anna and Finn, coercing them into reviving her.

Jax knows how painful it must be for Laura, with Ava insisting that she saw Nikolas. Laura says, it’s upsetting, but Ava can’t help it. Jax suggests Laura visit later in the week, when Ava has adjusted more to her meds. Then she can ask if Ave remembers the painting. She says they don’t know if Ava has it. For all they know, it’s been sold. Jax doesn’t think portraits of Helena are in high demand, and it’s their best lead. Laura says, okay. She’ll try to talk to Ava about it. Jax says he has to speak to his Tokyo office, and left his notes. He leaves, and she finishes her tea.

Finn tells Robert that until two days ago, he had no idea. Robert says he’ll have some adjustments to make. Does Anna know? Finn says he hasn’t told her, and Robert asks what the plan is. Is he going to let Anna run into Violet like he did? Finn says he wants to tell Anna in person, so he’d appreciate Robert keeping it quiet until he has the opportunity. Robert says, it might be months before he sees Anna. So he’s going to perpetuate the lie for that period of time? Because that’s what it is – a lie by omission.

Jason tells Sam that Cassandra wanted to do business with Sonny, and he turned her down. That could go against her. Sam says Cassandra seemed more interested in her connection to the Cassadines, and Jason says, that seems random, but Sam says, it’s probably because of Valentin. She thinks he and Cassandra worked together at some point. The guard says, time’s up, and Sam tells Jason that she has to go. She asks him not to bring the kids for anything. She doesn’t want them to see her like this. She says, tell Danny and Scout that she loves them, and he says he loves her. She says she loves him too, and they put their hands against the glass. Sam looks back at him one more time before she leaves with the guard.

Scotty asks if Franco remembers living with Betsy Frank. Franco says, vaguely. He was really little when she gave him away to the state. Scotty asks if he remembers what Betsy called him. Franco says, Andy, and she called Franco Bobby. The two of them spent a lot of time together. Scotty asks if he remembers Betsy’s boyfriend Jim Harvey. Franco says, he used to babysit, and Scotty says, he shared special attention with Bobby; they went off together. Franco asks what he’s getting at, and Scotty says, Jim Harvey sexually abused Franco. Then he started setting his sights on Drew. Franco tried to protect Drew by putting him in the basement, but he fell down the stairs. Betsy thought Franco was trouble, and sent Drew away for his own protection. Franco was not so lucky. Franco says, Bobby was just trying to save him, and Scotty says, he did save him. He saved him, then stifled the memories of abuse for many years. When he was able to process it, and live a life – a happy life of his own – then he was robbed of that. He’s living it in Franco’s place.

Kim says Elizabeth has no empathy for her, but she can’t begin to know how Kim feels. Oscar is gone, and Drew miraculously came back; the Drew she loved. Elizabeth can’t blame her for fighting for him. Elizabeth says she blames Kim for refusing to acknowledge that Franco had a life first. Kim says the judge ruled in Drew’s favor, and she hopes Elizabeth can accept that, and make peace. Elizabeth says Kim just wants to ease her conscience for stealing her husband. She can’t give him to Kim; she won’t. Kim says she should go, and Elizabeth says, great idea. She opens the door. Kim says Elizabeth was her rock when Oscar was sick. She can’t repay her for that, but wants Elizabeth to know she’ll always be grateful for their friendship during that time. She says, goodbye. Elizabeth closes the door, and leans against it.

Robert asks Finn if Anna is going to have a fiancé by the time she gets back. He’s seen the looks Finn and Hayden have shared, and noticed Finn is angling to be a family. Hayden comes out, and thanks Finn, telling him, Violet is with Epiphany. She asks if he and Robert are okay. Robert says he’s fine. He’s not too sure about her ex. He leaves, and Hayden says she’s so sorry. She didn’t mean for him to find out. Finn says, too late, and she asks if Robert is telling Anna. Finn says let him deal with that, and Hayden says she’s available when he wants to talk. They need to figure things out. She tells him to check his phone, and he sees a picture of her and Violet when the baby was just born. She says she doesn’t know if it will make up for lost time, but maybe it’s a start.

Laura sees Robert at the hospital, and they hug. She says she was hoping to find him there. She’s trying to locate a portrait of Helena. He says, the nude? and she says, God no. It was done more recently, before she died. She left it to Nikolas, and it was hanging in Windymere. Valentin got rid of it, and it turns out it could be very useful. He asks, how so? and she says, as a weapon against Valentin.

Cassandra tells Nikolas that she’s been more than patient. It’s time for him to hold up his end of the bargain. Break her out tonight. Nikolas says she’s the one who insisted on coming to Port Charles, against his instructions. She got herself into this situation, and she’s in no position to make demands. She says he’s wasting time he doesn’t have. Break her out or she’ll blow his cover. She hangs up, and Nikolas makes a call. He says, it’s me. We have a problem with Cassandra. Take care of it.

Robert says, a weapon against Valentin? and asks Laura to tell him more. She wishes she had the time. An enemy may want to acquire it. Any idea who? He says, Spencer, the clan Cassadine; Cassandra is locked up, awaiting extradition. He asks her if everything is all right, and she says, nothing is all right. She had the weirdest sensation earlier, and she’s spent the day trying to shake it. He asks, what kind of sensation? and she says, it’s kind of hard to describe. It’s ethereal. Like someone walked on her grave.

Franco thanks Scotty for sharing, but what does he want Franco to do. Scotty says, the right thing. Franco asks if Scotty wants him to sacrifice his life for Franco. Franco saved his life when they were kids; it’s not his fault. Scotty says, or Franco’s fault. Just ask himself, is his second chance at life worth Scotty’s son’s first chance?

Hayden and Violet arrive at Elizabeth’s house, and Hayden introduces Violet to her aunt. Elizabeth says, it’s so nice to meet her, and Violet asks if she can have a hug. Elizabeth says she would love that. It’s exactly what she needs right now.

Finn sits down, and takes out his phone. He looks at the picture of Hayden and Violet.

Kendra goes back to Alexis’s room, and Alexis asks if Julian is still there. Kendra says he had to take off, but she’s there to provide a distraction. It must be maddening, not knowing what’s going on. Alexis says she’s going stir crazy, and Kendra suggests they go for a walk. Alexis says she doesn’t think she’s ready to be seen in public. She looks worse than she feels. Kendra gives her a mirror and brush, telling her to put herself together. She’s going to tell the nurse that they’re taking her IV pole for a walk. Alexis asks what she did to deserve Kendra.

Julian puts something into the dumpster, and a dead rat falls out. Surprise!

Alexis brushes her hair, and discovers it’s falling out.

Jax goes back home, and Nikolas asks how his mother is. Jax says, how does he think? She went to see Ava, and had to listen to her ramble about how she saw him. Nikolas says, another reason Jax shouldn’t have involved his mother. Nikolas says he can thank Hayden for that. She’s the one who brought Curtis and his mother in without his knowledge or consent. Not that it matters. Laura is a part of it now, but the longer he stays, the greater the chance of her finding out. Unless that’s what Nikolas wants. Nikolas says he can’t show himself until Valentin is neutralized.

Cassandra and Sam are brought into the hall, and Cassandra asks, what’s going on? Sam tells her, it’s work detail, but Cassandra says, these hands don’t do that. The guard says, they do now. She has work detail. Cassandra says, no one told her. The guard texts, it’s handled, to an unknown number. Sam guesses it’s Cassandra’s lucky day, and Cassandra says she supposes it is.

Tomorrow, Valentin tells Nina that he’s bothered by Jax, Carly tells Sasha that owning it goes a long way with her, and Nikolas says the chances of him getting recognized are non-existent.

The Real Housewives of Dallas

We backtrack a little. LeeAnne’s cousin Katie says LeeAnne’s mother isn’t there yet. Rich gets ready to go in, and says he’s walking the green mile. Katie calls LeeAnne’s mom. LeeAnne dabs at her eyes with a hanky.

Mom Margaret squeaks in at the last minute. LeeAnne smiles. The music from Ordinary People (otherwise known as Canon in D major, by Johann Pachelbel) plays. Rich’s daughter walks down, bringing the ring pillow, and Rich follows. The curtains part, revealing LeeAnne. The traditional wedding march plays. We flash back to Tiffany telling Rich that LeeAnne has to do it before she’s fifty, and him saying she told him she was thirty, so… Tiffany says, just give her a ring. We also see clips of D’Andra harassing LeeAnne about Rich cheating, and how they’re never going to set a date. I’m glad she’s not there. Margaret cries.

The pastor says blah-blah-blah be kind to one another. When Rich says, I do, LeeAnne goes, whew! Everyone laughs, and the pastor says he hates to tell her, but there are several more opportunities. They share the vows they wrote, and Rich says LeeAnne taught him true love and total acceptance. They’ve both said they come from the land of misfit toys, but they’ve managed to help fix each other, and will continue to do that for the rest of their lives. He promises to love, serve, and protect LeeAnne like a SWAT officer should. He says she’s scary smart and hilarious. It’s like he’s marrying  five women at one time. She says, just five? LeeAnne says she never felt loved, wanted, or accepted. Rich made her feel those things. He’s shown her how to love deeper than she thought possible. She promises she’ll be reminding him to do that for the rest of their lives. She tells him how special he is, and says her heart belongs to him always. The pastor has them repeat a promise to see the other’s innocence in their eyes, and Rich says, his eye. Everyone laughs, and they exchange rings. The pastor declares them married. As they walk down the aisle, Rich’s tag changes from fiancé to husband. In her interview, Kameron says, LeeAnne has waited so many years. It’s a real fairytale, and gives her the warm fuzzies.

In the hallway, Steve hugs Rich and LeeAnne. Margaret says LeeAnne is a great kid, but she wishes LeeAnne would come to the realization that she was loved as a child. I say it doesn’t matter what Margaret thinks, if LeeAnne didn’t feel it. Kameron says, it was the most amazing ceremony. In Kameron’s interview, she says she’s never seen such a big crown as the one LeeAnne is wearing. She thinks the break in between the ceremony and reception is a nuisance. Who wants to wear the dress they’ve been sweating in for five hours? (Just a thought, but, bring one to change into?) In LeeAnne’s interview, she says the purpose of a five-hour break is because she wants to shtup her husband. When I was a kid, I went to a lot of Lithuanian and Polish weddings, and it was traditional to have a wedding breakfast after the ceremony, and then hang out at someone’s house until the reception in the evening. I was actually surprised the first time I went to a wedding that didn’t have all that.

In the limo, LeeAnne tells Rich that she wants a footlong, and he says she’s already getting one. They get some fast food at a drive-through (Sonic?), and LeeAnne says, best wedding ever. Rich tells the person at the window not to tell anyone they’ve seen him. LeeAnne wants to eat in the car, and promises not to mess up her dress, but Rich is more worried about the car. When they get to the hotel, Rich lies down, and LeeAnne calls him lazy. He says he married her; that’s not lazy. She wolfs down a chili dog.

There are all kinds of acrobats, cowgirls on saddle swings, people in costumes made of mirrors, and living lamps with sequined bodies and lights on their heads. Kameron says, it’s amazing. Kary says, LeeAnne is back to the carnival. She wanted to relive the childhood she hated so much. I don’t think LeeAnne ever said she hated the carnival. LeeAnne copies me by having a castle as a cake topper. Friends made mine for me, since we could find one nowhere. In Stephanie’s interview, she says it’s everything she thought it would be. It’s like she took drugs; she doesn’t even know where to look. Where did LeeAnne find these people?

D’Andra and Jeremy are doing a cooking competition; a seafood challenge. Jeremy brings out shrimp, halibut, and softshell crab. In D’Andra’s interview, she says food is the most important thing in her life. She loves to cook. Jeremy says he’s going to work on the images for the website over the weekend. D’Andra is glad they’re not at the wedding. Who would have thought, eight years ago, they wouldn’t be there? In D’Andra’s interview, she says she looks back, and thinks it was a fun time. She and LeeAnne were close, but she’s lost hope for the future of their friendship. Celebrating her own marriage by she and Jeremy doing something together is just as satisfying.

LeeAnne changes to a different gown that’s more festive and sparkly. She and Rich are introduced as a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Whatever-His-Last-Name-Is. Margaret complains that she can’t get close enough. LeeAnne isn’t unfriendly to her, but there’s a definite chill. Pictures are taken, and Margaret says she’s glad Rich has taken LeeAnne off her hands. Like LeeAnne is even around her much. Margaret leaves, and the dancing commences.

The drink glasses look like disco balls. Travis asks Rich if they’re still married, and Rich says, so far. LeeAnne removes the skirt from her outfit, and it turns into a jumpsuit. Cary, Kary, and Kameron pose on one of the saddle swings, and get their picture taken. Kameron says they’re a bad influence on her, and Cary says, the K/Carys are a bad influence. Stephanie complains that there’s not enough food, and says she’s glad she ate beforehand. I dunno. It’s not a dinner situation, but it looks like there’s plenty in the way of charcuterie trays and such. I prefer picking around myself.

In her interview, D’Andra says the cooking competition takes her mind off serious business, like saving the company. Jeremy says, let the ass whoopin’ begin. D’Andra keeps asking him for ingredients while they’re cooking. They sit to taste the dishes, and Jeremy says, 100% honesty. D’Andra thinks Jeremy’s dish tastes like sandpaper, and she gets one point for her shrimp.

Kameron tells Kary, they ran out of water at the bar, and she had to get it from the bathroom. Kary wonders, where’s the food? In Stephanie’s interview, she says she’s been to a lot of weddings where there’s been just cake and nuts, but at least they had nuts. In Kameron’s interview, she says any event after 7 pm is required to serve a meal.

D’Andra has two points, and Jeremy gets one for his halibut. He tells her, since it’s the main dish, he should get two points, but she’s taking full victory. She tells Jeremy that she’s getting dessert. At the reception, the cake is cut. LeeAnne is happy, and says, it felt perfect. In her interview, she says the wedding was filled with nothing but love and joy. It’s the happiest day of her life. She and Rich get in the limo, and she says, baby, come to mama.

Brandi and Travis go out to lunch, bringing Bruin. Bruin sees a balloon up by the ceiling, and freaks. Brian asks Brandi why no daycare today, and she says they were snuggling. Brian says, because she needed sleep? He asks if she had fun in Nashville; he did. She says she has no regrets about missing the wedding. In her interview, she says she had a fantastic time with her husband, got wasted, and had sex. Brian asks if she has any details on Bruin’s potential sibling, but she says, not yet. Once you get to three or four, it’s no big deal. That reminds me of when I said, what’s one more dog? Brian says he grew up with four. She says they’ve got to move anyway. Brian says, with six, they’ll need a third bedroom. In Brandi’s interview, she says her heart is telling her that she needs and wants to adopt the baby. It’s Bruin’s sibling; his blood. How can she say no to that? Brian asks why she feels so strongly. She says, it make sense. They’ll always have each other. Bruin is making a humongous mess, and Brandi says she’ll clean it up. Um… they might possibly need a rug shampooer. In her interview, she says, to get Brian on board, she has to convince him that she can handle it all. She can never complain. She’ll be sucking it up and miserable, She can do this. Brian says, two at once will be a handful. What if Bruin’s mother has another one? It’s hard as it is, and Brandi wants to take on a newborn baby. She says she feels like it will be worth it in the end. She’s not worried about love; they have that. She just worries about handling it. Brian say he remembers being the oldest was hard. His parents had to give so much attention to the babies. He felt like his mom was busy with the babies, and worries about Brooklyn in particular, We flash back to Brooklyn being a mini bitch. Brian says, she’s close to being a teenager, and already acts like one. He remembers his sisters. In Brandi’s interview, she says maybe Brian is right that having another child will add more stress, with her being pulled in another direction. Brandi says, it’s especially worse when they’re in diapers. With four, everything will be doubled.

Everyone gets back to their regular lives. Travis relaxes in the hot tub, and Stephanie asks how it’s going with his party. What do they need to do before his magical day? In Stephanie’s interview, she says Travis is going to be 50, and the theme is his life now – a midlife crisis. We flash back to Stephanie popping out of his cake. She says Travis wanted her to private message John Legend to sing at his party, but one, she doesn’t know him; and two, it’s insane and stalkerish. I’ll bet he’d do it though. He and Chrissy love Bravo. Travis says he has no idea how many people he invited. They have the DJ, the band,  the liquor, the caterer, the lights, and the yard has been redone. She asks if his dad is coming. In her interview, she says Travis’s dad travels between Thailand and Viet Nam a lot of the time, because he has friends there. Travis doesn’t think his dad is taking his meds, so he’s going to Thailand in a couple of weeks. In Stephanie’s interview, she says that Travis’s dad tends to stop taking his meds, and then has a hard time. He’s traveling, and Travis is concerned because he can’t get ahold of him. Travis says if Stephanie wants to come, this is probably the year to do it. Stephanie doesn’t want to be by herself if Travis is working, and suggests she bring her friends. She tells him, it seems like Kameron gets mad, and kind of blows up, spins, then they’re fine. In her interview, Stephanie says a few months ago, they were fine, and now they haven’t been able to get back on track. If she takes Kameron to Thailand to see an elephant, Kameron will like her again. Travis talks about ping pong shows, and Stephanie asks if they play ping pong. He says, not with their hands. She’s puzzled, and says, with their mouths? He says, lower. The lightbulb comes on, and she gets it, and she says, gross.

Stephanie calls everyone about the trip to Bangkok. LeeAnne is in right away. When Stephanie tells Brandi about the ping pong shows, Brandi asks if she’s planning on doing this. D’Andra says she doesn’t want to eat alone, and Stephanie will have to be an adventurous eater. Kameron says she’s going to need a long time to pack. In Kameron’s interview, she says she’s super shocked that Stephanie invited her. Is it her way of saying they’re good? Stephanie tells her, it will take at least a week, considering how much stuff she brings. It’s ridiculous.

Kary gets Stephanie’s call while going out to dinner with Eduardo, and asks if she’s serious. Eduardo says he’s jealous, and Kary tells him that she’s psyched. In Kary’s interview, she says she’s been to Thailand twice. She loves the food, the massages, and  the culture. Me too, even though I’ve never been there, and it’s doubtful I’ll ever go. Kary flashes back to telling D’Andra about the wedding, and how there was no food, only platters of cheese and whatnot. D’Andra says LeeAnne probably couldn’t get it donated. Eduardo thinks the food situation was strange. If there’s not enough food, people get sh*t-faced. They order, and Kary tells him that she’s excited about Thailand. She wants to go to the same store where she got pearls for her jewelry line, so she’ll be doing a little work. Eduardo thinks she should definitely visit a temple they were at. She points out that she’s wearing new earrings she just made (love them, also pearl). Because they’re having two different conversations, Eduardo starts talking about his mother’s walking program. Kary says she doesn’t care. In her interview, she says, it’s important to her to talk about her business, and he’s changing the subject to talk about his mom’s walking trip. She could give a sh*t. Eduardo say if she’s going to be like that, it can kill the mood.

Kary says, it doesn’t matter. They eat in silence for a while, and Kary finally asks what Eduardo is wearing to Travis’s birthday party. He says he hasn’t thought about it, and Kary says it will be there before they know it. In Kary’s interview, she says, Eduardo isn’t good at communication. It’s one of their biggest issues. She likes to talk, and he’s the opposite; he doesn’t want to talk at all. Kary asks if he doesn’t want to talk anymore, and he says she just wants to talk about what she wants to talk about. She says she doesn’t want to talk about his mom’s trip, and he says he’s turned off. Kary says he’s just going on and on about it (not really), and he cut her off when she was talking about her jewelry. He changed the subject, and it’s something huge going on in her life. He’s not asking questions, or showing more interest. He says they’re having a nice dinner. It’s not just about one thing. He’s been supportive the whole time. She says when Eduardo started his business, he talked non-stop about it. He says they’re both trying to catch each other up. Kary asks, what else is going on? and Eduardo asks what she wants to talk about. She says she’s been trying to tell him that she’s excited to go.

In Kary’s interview, she says she thinks it’s a power struggle between them, built on control. Eduardo can’t control her. The finances are the only thing he has over her. Eduardo asks how many girls trips she’s been on, and Kary says, a lot. She loves her girls trips. He asks if she can’t live without them, and she says can’t. it’s like her therapy.

Next time, Travis is knighted at Medieval Times, Stephanie feels like she’s never enough, Travis’s birthday party happens, and LeeAnne isn’t enjoying watching D’Andra getting drunk over and over, and making an ass of herself.

🍷 8 pm is too early for watching Wives, and I’m all about this season’s American Horror Story: 1984 at 10, so The Real Housewives of New Jersey has gotten a little abandoned. No recap, but here were the highlights and feels.

🍝 Dolores still lives with Frank, Frank Jr. is modeling, including romance book covers. Is he the new Fabio? David is more on the scene, and everyone is one big happy family. More power to them. I wish I had a Frank – a dude who will do everything for me, and expects nothing in return except my scintillating company.

The Marge is looking good, as is Marge Sr. who’s taken a bookkeeping job in Manhattan, and is reliving her youth. Go OG Marge! Not loving Jennifer at all. She’s obnoxious, and it often seems like she’s being dramatic on purpose to get camera time. Giving her props though, for looking well put together, even though a lot of it is via plastic surgery, being the face (or other body parts, as it were) of her husband’s practice. She caused a  rift with Jackie when she did an impression of Jackie (i.e. made fun of) in a restaurant, while Teresa filmed and put it on social media. When Jackie called her out on it during a Bring Your Booty Back event, Jennifer claimed it was just a joke. Then followed Jackie around the party, screeching at her.

Melissa defended Teresa for encouraging Jennifer’s dumbass behavior and stepping out on Juicy Joe with a dude so young he wears a backpack. She claimed he was just a friend. Uh-huh, I always hold hands with my male friends. Teresa was done with restitution, and putting in a pool. Joe #1 was detained on ICE indefinitely, awaiting the judge’s ruling on his appeal. If he went to Italy, he wouldn’t be allowed back in the country, and Gina had given him an old tomato ultimatum – if he went to Italy, he couldn’t have a relationship with her. Joe – who now looks like a mini version of Mike Sorrentino aka The Situation – felt he was wasting his life there. Well, we already know how that turns out.

Marge gave us the best quote of the night: cake fixes everything.

This season, hair pulling, a  trip to Jamaica, skydiving, Melissa wants another baby, Danielle blames Marge for her divorce, the news that Joe #1 is getting deported, glass throwing, and the best of friends become the worst of enemas enemies.

💎 When Did It Become Citrine…?

Brush with greatness moment. One time I was at the same Christmas party as Fred Schneider. They had karaoke, and I was singing Carrie Underwood‘s Before He Cheats. Fred walked by, and told me, nothing said Christmas like that song.



November 5, 2019 – Brad Spills (Some Of) His Guts, Tamra Is a Snake, New Jersey’s Return & It’s Here


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

I missed the beginning. I always think I’ll have time later to look at it real fast On Demand, but I never do. I live in denial. It was just a minute or two, so you’ll figure it out. Moving on…

Nikolas says he’s back to take what was stolen from him, and burn Valentin’s life to ashes.

Jax doesn’t understand; Nikolas was supposed to keep himself concealed. Ava saw him. Nikolas says, Ava is unhinged; just not as much as she thinks. If she keeps insisting he’s alive, she’ll get herself involuntarily committed. He’s dead, and that’s how he’s going to stay until the time is right. Jax says Nikolas was supposed to remain incognito on the other side of the world. Now he’s mingling with family and friends. How long before he gets caught?

The nurse tells Laura and Scotty that Ava is sedated, but it might take a while for it to fully affect her. Scotty says, she looks pretty out of it. The nurse says she was agitated, and claims she saw someone who’s not there.

Josslyn goes out on the terrace, and asks Lucas if he wants to talk about it. He says, her first. He heard she got drunk for the first time. Judging from her lack of a hangover, she must have already thrown most of it up. She says it’s the sickest she’s ever been, and he asks if her parents put the hammer down yet. She says, they’re having a summit about it now, and they’re talking about it later. Does he have any advice? He says, sorry. If Wiley got drunk, he’d be in lockdown. Josslyn says Carly told her that Lucas was the good kid. He doesn’t know what it’s like to mess up. He says she’d be surprised.

Brad goes to see Julian one more time. He tells Julian there’s no reason to destroy his family. Julian says Brad is a walking black hole, and destroys everything that he’s around. Lucas will have friends and family to see him through. Julian says it’s not about himself; it’s about him protecting Lucas and Wiley. If Brad loves them, he should understand, and make his exit. Brad says his leaving won’t solve the problems with Nelle and Obrecht. Julian says he’ll take care of them. The sooner Brad is gone, the better. Lucas will find someone else who won’t drag him down. Brad asks, what about their son? and Julian says Wiley is young. He won’t remember Brad. It will be like he never existed.

Franco apologizes for showing up at Elizabeth’s house unannounced, and asks if it’s a bad time. She says school mornings are never good, but invites him in. He asks if the other kids are there, and she says Bobbie took Aiden and Jake out for breakfast. Cameron is on home study. She tells Cameron to get to it, but he doesn’t budge. Franco says Cameron doesn’t want to leave her alone with him. He has good instincts; it’s a credit to her. She tells Cameron, she’ll be fine; go study. Franco says he doesn’t mean to throw a wrench in their day, and  tells Cameron, don’t go. He has something to say that won’t take long, and they both need to hear it. Elizabeth says if he’s in a hurry, they can do it another time, but he says that doesn’t work for him. Cameron wonders what plans Franco could have, and Franco flashes back to seeing Kim in the park by Oscar’s memorial. He mentions he was there, and Elizabeth says, it’s a beautiful memorial to Oscar. Cameron volunteers for the upkeep. Franco says, that’s great. It’s good to know someone will be there to do right by Oscar when… Elizabeth says, when what? and Cameron says, when he’s gone. He’s leaving Port Charles, isn’t he?

Laura goes into Ava’s room at Shadybrook, and says, there’s somebody else who came to say hello. Ava says she doesn’t want to see anybody. Scotty says, but they have a special relationship where she abuses him, and he keeps coming back for more. Ava says he shouldn’t have come when she’s like this. He says she looks like a million bucks, instead of two million like usual. He puts a bag on the bed, and says he stopped by her apartment and got her some stuff from her vanity. Laura is surprised Scotty has a key to the penthouse, but he says, the doorman is on the take. Ava owes him twenty bucks. He’ll collect when she’s out. Ava asks if Laura told him that she’s crazy. She saw Nikolas.

Jax tells Nikolas it was a stupid risk to go to the MetroCourt. Nikolas says it’s been years since he’s shown his face to his mother, sister, and son. Jax says, if Valentin finds out, he’ll consolidate his position or eliminate him. Nikolas says the reason he’s there is because Jax invited his mother and Curtis to his hunting party. Jax says, Curtis is a professional, and doesn’t Nikolas trust his mother? Nikolas says he doesn’t trust Valentin. One wrong word…  He wants Jax to go to Ava’s gallery, but Jax says he’s not going unless he’s sure the portrait is there. He’ll get to Ava; it’s second on his list. Family comes first. Nikolas asks if his mother seems well, and Jax says he heard she had a rough year, but she came out stronger on the other side. Nikolas says, imagine how much better she’ll feel when she sees him again.

Lucas tells Josslyn that he’s no paragon. She says Brad used to be bad, but it’s in the past tense now. Lucas is lucky to have him and Wiley. Wiley is lucky to have both dads, so many of her friends have parents who are separated or divorced. Lucas asks if she thinks life would have been better if her parents had stayed together, and Josslyn says she loves Sonny. He says that’s not what he asked. He’s just curious if she thinks her life would have been different. She says she used to fantasize about it when she was younger, but that was before she knew better, and realized some things just aren’t meant to be. That doesn’t mean the things that replaced them can’t be good; it’s just different. She asks if he’s ever wishes that grandma and grandpa Tony hadn’t divorced, and he says, yeah. Lots of times.

Brad says Julian is inhuman. Yeah, really; I’m not liking this at all. Julian says he’s just a father protecting his son. Brad says by destroying his marriage, and creating false evidence that Brad is cheating when he never has? Julian says so he’s innocent for once? Given time, Brad would do something bad to drive Lucas away. He’s just speeding up the timeline. Consider it a mercy. Brad has his youth. He can pick up the pieces and start over, far away. Brad says he’s nothing without his family, and Julian says, not his problem. Brad is going to tell Lucas that he’s having an affair, and make it believable. Say his goodbyes and go count his blessings. Brad asks Julian thinks he’s doing him a favor. He’s making a mistake. Julian says he knows how to make it stick. Brad needs to leave before Lucas loses his son because of him. I say, don’t do it, Brad, and Brad goes outside.

Nikolas looks at information about Laura online. Like he hasn’t seen a computer before today.

Scotty says, Nikolas, huh? and Ava says he was wearing a mask. He says, a Halloween mask? and she asks if he’s being patronizing. He says, no. Hallucinations can freak you out. Laura says, Nikolas passed away. Remember? Ava was there, and saw Valentin kill him. Ava says, Valentin shot him. Nikolas fell out the window, and was swept out to sea. She can see it so clearly, but then last night, she saw him. How can both things be true? Laura says, they can’t be, and Ava says, then why can’t he be alive? Wouldn’t Laura rather she be wrong about Greece than wrong about right now. Laura says asks if it’s the first time Ava has seen someone who isn’t there, and Ava says she can’t trust her own eyes.

Cameron says that’s what Franco is doing. He’s there to say he’s leaving Port Charles. Franco says Kim’s stuff is in storage. They’re leaving tomorrow. Cameron says, just like that, and Franco says Elizabeth asked him not to leave without saying goodbye. He wanted to wait, and let things settle, but the longer he takes, the worse it is for everyone. He’s sorry it has to be this way. He doesn’t mean to hurt anyone. Cameron says, then don’t. He knows he’s been tough on Franco, and Franco doesn’t have to see him again, but just stay. Franco says that’s not the reason he’s leaving, and Cameron says, then why? Franco flashes back to finding Kim in the park. He says if he’d known Kim was coming, they could have come together. Kim asks, why? So he could witness more of her messiness, like at the hearing? He already thinks she’s broken. He says he thinks she’s beautiful and in pain, and he thinks she needs help. Kim tells him, so he said. She holds up her hands to keep him from coming closer, and says she’s thought about it a lot. She’s turned it over in her head, and he’s right. She needs help, but she can’t get it there in Port Charles. In the present, Franco says, staying there is hurtful for Kim, and she’s the only person left there that he knows. Cameron tells Franco, leaving will hurt everyone who knows him. Sitting on the couch, Elizabeth closes her eyes.

Carly tells Jax, she’d rather be doing anything else than telling Josslyn that she screwed up. She was in no shape to go to the dance. Jax asks how Carly would have known that, and she says, Josslyn lost the watch Oscar gave her, and she was so upset. Not just because she lost it, but it was three days before she missed it, and she felt guilty. It makes sense that she wanted to stop feeling and reached for a quick fix. Jax says, it’s just her way of growing up. Their job is to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Carly says, united front, and he agrees.

Lucas tells Josslyn that he used to think they didn’t try hard enough to make things work. That if it was important, you fight for it. That’s what a kid thinks, but he’s old enough now to know better. Some things you can’t get over. She guesses he’s right, and Jax pops out, saying, it’s time to face the music. Lucas says, whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and Josslyn says she’ll keep that in mind. She goes inside, and Jax asks how she’s feeling. She asks, what’s beyond embarrassed? and he says, mortified? She says, yeah, that’s it. He tells her, take a seat, and Carly says they’re going to talk about what happened, and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Brad comes up to the terrace, and tells Lucas the guard said he could come up. He supposes he should be grateful Carly hasn’t banned him from the property. He asks where Wiley is, and Lucas says, upstairs. Lucas tells Brad that he didn’t sleep well last night, and Brad says, neither did he. Lucas says he has to go to work, and Brad suggests he call in and say he’ll be late. Lucas asks, why? He has no intention of hearing Brad’s story. Brad says he didn’t cheat, but that’s what Lucas’s father wants him to believe. Julian set him up. My mouth actually falls open.

Carly wants to start by saying they’re incredibly grateful Josslyn is okay. They understand she’s upset about the lost watch, but she should have come to them, and not handled it by getting drunk at a school function. Jax says she could have fallen overboard, and Carly says, thank God she didn’t, but she knows the rules. Jax says she knows she’s too young to drink. Plus, she’s had a kidney transplant, and has to be even more careful. Carly says, when Josslyn is old enough to make that decision, she’ll have to weigh the risks, but she’s got years for that. Jax says it’s hard to trust her now.

Lucas says Brad has lost it, but Brad says, it’s true. Lucas can’t believe it. Every time Brad lies, his solution is a bigger lie. He tells Brad, don’t. He’s done. Brad says Julian sent the flowers. He convinced Brad to change his password, and had a guy send the photos. He admitted it. He saw Julian last night, and Julian told him everything. He’d gone to Julian to ask him for help proving he didn’t do anything, and Julian said, don’t bother. Lucas says Julian is Brad’s biggest supporter, and Brad says he thought so. But he wants them to break up, and made it happen. Lucas asks if he made Brad call out Michael’s name, and Brad says, no, but dreams are dreams. He did everything else. Julian gave him today to say he’s leaving town and never coming back. He set Brad up. Lucas asks why would his father want to break them up? and Brad says, because he found out about something Brad did.

Scotty tells Ava that he scooped up everything. She has three eye creams. She says he can use them if he likes. Laura excuses herself, and finds Julian in the waiting area. He asks how Ava is, and Laura says, right now, she’s calm. She’s sedated, and will probably be asleep soon. He asks if she said anything about last night, and Laura says, it was pretty much the same. She said she saw Nikolas, but today, she’s less sure. He says, good. The sooner she forgets that fantasy, the better. Ava tells Scotty that he’s always climbing out on a limb for her, and what does he get in return? Scotty says, out on a limb is where the fruit is. He enjoys her company. Ava says she knows she was insensitive when he told her what happened with Franco. Scotty says she was a little brutal. He’d lost his son, and she said she envied Franco’s second chance. She says she was wrong to say it. It was faulty logic. She thought Franco was getting something she wanted; a new chance, and a clean slate. But she was wrong. Franco didn’t need it. He’d already changed, and everybody knows. Scotty says she’s right, and also wrong. He did good before he did bad, but not everybody knows. Maybe it’s time to change that.

Franco says none of them asked for any of this. He’s doing the best he can. Cameron says, it really helps to know Franco is doing his best to blow up their family. He’ll be sure to tell Aiden and Jake that he’s out living his life, and the life they welcomed him into means nothing. Cameron slams out the door, and Franco says, he’ll be all right, right? Elizabeth says if she said no, would it change his mind? Franco flashes back to the park. He asks if Kim thinks uprooting her life is the best way to go, and she says, there’s nothing left to uproot. What’s the point? She has nothing left there. All that’s left are the memories of Oscar, and she’ll take those with her everywhere. Wherever she lands. He says she’s leaving with or without him? and she says, it’s not an ultimatum. If he wants to stay; if he feels he owes it to Elizabeth, she can’t blame him. She hopes he chooses to come, but if he doesn’t, he’s already given her more than she can repay. He gave her Oscar. Her once in a lifetime child. He puts his arm around her and she cries. In the present, Franco tells Elizabeth that he’s truly sorry for her and her family. They don’t deserve it. She says, neither does Franco. He says he’ll see her around, and she tells him to wait. She looks into his eyes, and kisses him. I say please, oh please, let it be like Sleeping Beauty and he wakes up. He’s not exactly not kissing her back.

Elizabeth looks at him, and says, Franco. She knows he’s still in there. Hear her. She’s done everything she knows to do. He needs to fight. He needs to do the rest, and come back like he promised. Franco says, he’s just not there. He wants to tell her different, but he can’t. He’s not the guy she wants him to be. Franco is gone. He leaves, and we all want to cry.

Julian says he was thinking about what Laura said, that she thinks this might be tied to a painting; the portrait of Helena she mentioned. She thinks if it’s there, it definitely has a bad influence on Ava. Scotty comes out, and says Ava would like a visit from Julian. Julian tells Laura that he’ll be in touch, and goes in. Laura asks how it went, and Scotty says better than he thought it would. She asks, how so? He gets a text from Franco, saying, I need to see you. Scotty says he’s got to deal with something, and he’ll catch her later. She says she has to be someplace anyway. Scotty calls Elizabeth, who tells him, Franco was just there. Scotty says Franco just texted him. He wants to get together. She says, to say goodbye. Franco said he’s leaving tomorrow with Kim. Scotty says, not if he has anything to say about it.

Lucas says, Brad did something bad? How bad? Brad says Obrecht made him use his position at the lab when Finn ordered another test for Sasha when she was sick. Obrecht thought the test would show Sasha wasn’t Nina’s daughter. Lucas asks Brad to tell him how Obrecht could make him do something. Brad says Obrecht saw he was wound up, and offered to get him anti-anxiety meds. He needed a hand, she was offering, and since she’s Britt’s mom, he never thought anything of it. Lucas says, he couldn’t wait? Brad says he tried. It took forever to get the appointment with Neil. Lucas says he risked his job, and prison to get drugs. Brad says Lucas has to believe him, but Lucas says he doesn’t have to believe anything. It sounds like Brad’s same old lies. He can’t believe his father would do something like this. Brad hits play on his phone, and they hear his conversation with Julian. Brad ask if Lucas believes him now.

Carly tells Josslyn that they need to know she’ll be making good decisions in the future. Her decisions don’t just affect her. Her sisters worship her. Avery and Donna will take their cues from her. Josslyn says she knows, and she’s sorry. She knows she messed up, and she’ll do better. Jax says, forgive them if they don’t take her word for it. Carly says, maybe after she’s grounded for two weeks, they’ll trust her. Jax takes her phone, giving her a flip phone, and Carly says she’ll use her computer downstairs to do her homework, there or in the kitchen, and the lock is coming off her door. Josslyn is surprised they’re doing all this over a few drinks at a dance, but Jax says, no more arguments. The more she argues, the more they think she doesn’t understand how serious this is. Josslyn says, they’re right; she’s sorry. Carly says they don’t like doubting her, but they’ll work together to regain trust. Josslyn asks if she can take a walk. She won’t leave the grounds, and needs time to think. Jax says, fine, and asks her passcode, but she’s gone. She opens the door, and Cameron is there.

Jax thinks they scared Josslyn straight, and Carly says she thought of another consequence. Jax thinks they came down hard enough, but she says, it’s not a punishment. Just a way to change Josslyn’s perspective. He says he’s all for that, and she says, good, because it involves him. She suggests Josslyn alternate between there and Jax’s new house. One week with her, and one with him.

Nikolas looks up Ava and the gallery online.

On the phone, Elizabeth asks Scotty if Franco is there yet. Scotty says, no. He’s in Oscar’s Meadow, but there’s no sign of Franco. She asks how he’s going to convince Franco to stay, and he says he’s going to fill in the blanks. Elizabeth says, what blanks? Does Scotty have a plan or not? Elizabeth’s doorbell rings, and she asks him to just tell her what he’s going to do. He says, if it works, it works, and if it doesn’t, what’s the point? Elizabeth opens the door to find Kim. I’d slam it in her face. Obviously, I don’t care about Kim’s pain.

Franco thanks Scotty for meeting him. He has something to tell Scotty. Scotty says he has something to tell Franco too. I can’t wait to find out what that is.

Lucas asks what that’s supposed to be, and Brad says, proof that Julian framed him. He went to see Julian, giving him once last chance to let them be, but set his phone to record, just in case. Julian wouldn’t listen to reason. He said because Brad lied for Obrecht, so he couldn’t be trusted, and would wind up hurting Lucas and Wiley. He wanted to force Brad to leave, so Lucas would blame him and move on. Lucas asks why his dad wants to hurt him, and Brad says he thinks Julian is suffering. It’s affected his judgement. He’s lost Kim, and had to watch Ava slowly unravel. Julian is falling apart himself, but they can’t let him drag them down with him.

Julian tells Ava that he’s checking in to see how she’s doing. She says, don’t let anyone else in. She looks a fright. He says, Avery wouldn’t mind, and she says, like Sonny would let Avery within a mile of her. He tells her, don’t worry; he took care of it, and she says he’s the best brother in the world.

Cameron asks if Josslyn’s parents are home. He feels like he should apologize. Josslyn says, this is so not the time. In the other room, Jax says Carly wants Josslyn to move in. Carly thinks the more face time he has with Josslyn, he might catch what she misses. Jax thinks they should table the idea for now, and she asks if he doesn’t want Josslyn to live with him. He says he does, but thinks they should focus on what got Josslyn to drink, and her grief over losing Oscar. She refused therapy, but he thinks now is the time to bring in professional help. When they get Josslyn through that, then they can talk about her moving in.

Nikolas is looking at the laptop, and the doorbell rings.

Julian says he’ll be back, and tells Ava to sleep. She asks him to look under bed before he leaves. He does, and says, just dust bunnies. She thanks him, and asks if he’s really there. He says she’s not dreaming; he’s real. She says, sometimes it’s hard to tell. He tells her that he loves her, and to rest. Everything will be okay.

Jax’s doorbell continues to ring. Nikolas walks toward the door, and Laura asks if Jax is there. They need to talk.

Tomorrow, Hayden tells Finn that they’ll work it out, Kim tells Elizabeth it’s long overdue, and Robert tells Cassandra it’s the only deal she’s going to get.

The Real Housewives of Orange County

Riding together in the car, Shannon tells Tamra that she’s still recovering. She went out with Braunwyn and Gina after the party. Tamra says she’s leaving at 6 am for Scottsdale. Shannon asks how Kelly is feeling, but Tamra hasn’t talked to her. Shannon says if someone said they’d love to attend her funeral or Tamra’s, she’d be crying like Vicki did. We flash back to Vicki’s reaction at hearing Kelly would like to attend her funeral. Tamra says that’s just how Kelly talks, but Shannon feels like Kelly is given a pass for that. She’s a smart girl, and knows she shouldn’t say certain things. Tamra says Vicki telling the world that Kelly is a coke addict and pulled a train is life altering. She’d also said David beat Shannon, so they’ve been on the other side. In Shannon’s interview, she says she’s frustrated, because it’s been up and down with Tamra. In Tamra’s interview, she thinks she’s more compassionate than Shannon. Shannon sees everything in black and white, while Tamra gives them the benefit of the doubt. She tells Shannon, it’s hard to pick a side.

Kelly can’t find the dog food, and gives her two dogs chicken soup. Jolie protests that it’s people food, but Kelly says, it’s organic. And I actually agree with her on this one. IMO, most people food is fine, as long as it’s clean and not processed. In Kelly’s interview, she says it’s hard taking care of geriatric dogs by herself. She has to take them for quite a few walks a day, and give them pills. She knows what Steve must feel like taking care of Vicki. I literally lol. Kelly says she’s going to dinner with Shannon and Tamra; there was drama again with the women. We flash back to Kelly being on the phone with Braunwyn. Kelly tells Jolie that she doesn’t like Vicki, so she didn’t want to go to her birthday party. Does that make her bad? Jolie says, no; she wouldn’t do it. Someone in her class that no one likes just invited her to a party. In her interview, Kelly says she feels like she’s back in childhood. There’s more to life than talking about Kelly. Kelly suggests Jolie decline the invite on Monday, since no one likes Monday.

Tamra asks what Shannon wants to come out of a discussion with Kelly. Shannon wants to tell Kelly that it’s not a good look. People are commenting. Tamra suggests approaching her as a friend who wants to help her. Shannon asks if Tamra thinks Kelly will get mad, and Tamra says, she’s going to explode.

Gina goes to see therapist Lynnette. Gina says she’s doing good. She’s surprised she pulled it together with Matt, but they went to dinner. She hadn’t seen him in forever, and one thing led to another. She slept with her husband. Lynette asks if Gina is feeling positive about that. I have to stop and mention Gina’s hair. She has her hair piled on her head, and since she did this platinum thing, it looks like she has grey roots. No. Just no. It was no before, and it’s still no. Gina says part of her feels that she wants to get it together. Matt has guilt, and he’s eager to repair the damage. Lynette asks if her fear is that it’s just for her kids. Gina wonders what if Matt does it again and stops showing up? In Gina’s interview, she says the problem is, she doesn’t know if it’s better for her or the kids if she’s with Matt or not. She’s scared to leave, but she’s scared to stay in a relationship that doesn’t work. She tells Lynette that Matt tries to make her feel guilty. He thinks he can float right back into their lives. Lynette says Gina  thinks she’s selfish if she doesn’t want to do it for her family, but divorces doesn’t have to hurt the kids. Her daughter had a sensory meltdown because of the emotional overload. We flash back to Gina taking her daughter to the therapist. Gina says she’s going to Palm Springs for the weekend, and doesn’t want to hurt Matt or make him angry. Lynette says Gina was hurt by lies, so it’s important to her not to lie. Gina says Matt runs hot, and she’s always nervous about his reactions. He always gives her a hard time about seeing someone else, and gets in her head. It’s complicated.

Tamra and Shannon meet Kelly for lunch at Driftwood Kitchen. Tamra wonders if Kelly will be in a feisty mood. She and Shannon arrive first, and order drinks, then Kelly joins them. Kelly tells Shannon that she looks pretty, and Shannon says, this is what a hangover looks like. Omg, my good days don’t look that good. Did she get an IV? Kelly says she heard that Tamra was talking sh*t about her. Braunwyn called her after the party. Tamra doesn’t understand Braunwyn’s motivation to call. Kelly says Tamra claimed Braunwyn was talking smack about her. Tamra says there was a lot of chatter about Kelly not being there, and Braunwyn was the ringleader. Shannon tells Kelly that Braunwyn brought up the fight she and Brian had. Kelly says Brian showed her a text at an inappropriate time, she told him it was inappropriate, and they immediately left because they didn’t want to fight in front of the kids. Tamra says Braunwyn made it sound like they fought in front of the kids. We flash back to that, and apparently, Tamra is making it up as she goes along, since Braunwyn said no such thing. Kelly wants to call Braunwyn. She does, and immediately launches into saying she was told Braunwyn brought up the Brian thing, and acted like Kelly didn’t leave with him. Braunwyn says she didn’t bring it up, and Tamra gets on the phone, saying Braunwyn brought up the situation at Vicki’s party. Braunwyn repeats that she didn’t bring it up. Shannon says Emily asked if Kelly and Brian broke up, and Braunwyn said they got into a fight. We flash back to the party again. Braunwyn says she always has Kelly’s back, but Kelly says Braunwyn shouldn’t have brought up her business to anyone. Braunwyn insists she didn’t, but Tamra says Braunwyn can’t say  she didn’t say what she said. Braunwyn says she did say that, but she didn’t bring it up. That’s two different things; she didn’t start the conversation. Braunwyn refuses to get steamrolled, and Tamra says she’s not. The truth is the truth is the truth. Please. Tamra wouldn’t know the truth if it bit her in the ass. In Braunwyn’s interview, she says she thought she’d explain the fight, because it was less bad than the story going around. She was attempting to make it better, and once again, made it worse. Kelly says she’s never said anything bad about Braunwyn to anyone, and Tamra tells her, hang up. Braunwyn tells them, she’s not saying a word from now on, and Kelly says, okay, and hangs up. Tamra says it started with Braunwyn, then Emily, Gina, and Vicki were talking. She walked away and called Kelly. She felt uncomfortable, but everyone was talking about how Kelly had been acting. Sometimes her delivery is hard. Kelly says she’s been bashed for situations she’s joking about. She was joking about Vicki. Shannon says she got upset, and Kelly says she was being facetious. It’s asinine. Shannon doesn’t think death should be joked about, and Kelly says, it was a play on words. Um… does she know what that is? In Kelly’s interview, she says none of the women get her humor. You have to be smart to get… what’s the word? Sarcasm. You also have to be smart to understand Kelly’s alternate use of commonplace terms. Shannon says Tamra told everyone about a where Kelly broke someone’s hand. Kelly tells her, STFU. It’s a lawsuit waiting to happen. Why was it brought up? Shannon says, Tamra brought it up, and we flash back to that. Tamra says she told Shannon, but Shannon brought it up at the table. Kelly says she told Tamra in confidence. In Kelly’s interview, she says she and a girl who’s a friend of Brian’s got in an altercation at a bar, and she defended herself. The girl invaded Kelly’s personal space, so she threw the girl’s hand off. Shannon says she’s Kelly’s friend, but Kelly says she’s not, and she’s sick of everyone attacking her. She starts to cry, and Shannon says she understands. Kelly was there for her when she was lashing out. We see a clip of Shannon telling Kelly that David says she’s selfish, worthless, and fat; and Kelly saying she’s none of those things. Shannon knows Kelly has a loving, caring kind heart, and wants everyone to see that. Tamra tells Kelly not to feel they’re against her, and Shannon says they want to see the best version of Kelly. In Kelly’s interview, she says she doesn’t know who to trust. She’s constantly questioning their friendship. Shannon has to go, because her kids have a play.

Braunwyn meets Emily for paddle boarding. She encourages Emily to try standing, and at first, that’s a no. Braunwyn tells her, just try it, but run into the cheap boats. Braunwyn says she needs to keep a sturdy core, and Emily says that’s the problem, and she keeps running into stuff. Braunwyn tells her, it’s hard to steer the first few times. She says she and her family spend the summers in Hawaii, and they’re members at the beach club she and Emily are at. Braunwyn mem there tells her about the phone call, and Emily wonders why bring up the fight? Braunwyn says she didn’t; Tamra is a liar. Emily says Braunwyn did say something because Kelly wasn’t there, but Emily felt like Braunwyn was trying to mitigate the situation. Braunwyn says she’s not used to a group of women who take what you say, and twist it to make it seem malicious, like you did something wrong. Emily says Braunwyn has to know the truth and who she is. If she doesn’t stand up just to avoid conflict, they’ll eat her alive. In Braunwyn’s interview, she says it’s easy to stand up for the people she cares about. Standing up for herself is hard, but she doesn’t want to lose her friendship with Kelly because she’s too shy or uncomfortable to stand up for herself. Emily says she remembers who said what. Braunwyn say she wants to do dinner with them. In her interview, Braunwyn says, Emily is a lawyer and she was sober. She knows what happened. The rest of them are cloudy.

Shannon cooks, and hangs out with Sophie in the kitchen. Adeline and Bella join them. In Shannon’s interview, she says it’s hard having one week on and one off with the kids. It’s a huge adjustment from seeing the kids every day, but compared to last year, they’re in a good place. Adeline whines about the random drug tests Shannon does, but Shannon says it gives her an out. If kids offer her drugs, she can just say her crazy mom tests her. In her interview, Shannon says these are the years to watch the kids like a hawk. She feels that she’s stricter than David. Hopefully, someday they’ll understand that she was tough because she loves them. She tells Adeline that she has a breathalyzer too. She just hasn’t used it yet.

Gina take her kids to haircuts. In her interview, she says it’s scary, raising three small children alone, and having the major role of primary parent. It’s exhausting. She can’t get sick or take a break; there’s no time off. She hasn’t had a nap in eight years. She feels sad for her kids. Her parents had a great marriage, as did Matt’s. It’s all they’ve seen or known. She asks them if they’re like it if mommy and daddy were back together (I hear the wrong answer buzz – why is she doing that?). Of course they say they would, and in her interview, Gina says she feels guilty that she’s not giving them that. She wanted to be great wife and mom, and feels like a failure. In the parking lot, one of the kids gets looney, and she tells him that he’s being disrespectful. She won’t have it.

Emily and Shane go out to dinner, and she asks if he’s excited to be on date night. He says he’s thinking, because he can’t say anything that’s not sarcastic or a joke, and finally says, yes. In Emily’s interview, she says Shane made an effort in Vegas, and she appreciated that. They had a good time, but when they came home, they had the same problems with their marriage. The fundamental issue isn’t going to be fixed by a surprise trip. He teases her with the bread bowl, saying he’s going to tempt her, and I want to smack him. In her interview, she says, everything is a joke to him. This is a serious issue. She’s gained a lot of weight. We see a clip of her telling a trainer that she’s gained twenty pounds in eight months. She wants to be able to play with her kids, and not feel like crap. Shane orders French fries just to bug Emily. Emily says she doesn’t need jokes; she needs support. She wants to do more family things. There’s a lot of separation. Shane agrees, but says that includes her. She can’t be saying she’s hung up with her friends. She says she rarely does that, and adds they need to fight less in front of the kids. Shane says they should fight zero. Emily says she was thinking they should go back to couples therapy, but he says, no. She says they went before, and went consistently. Shane says she didn’t want go, so he went by himself. Why now? Emily tells him that he keeps saying she’s not nice, and he says they can save the therapy money; just be nice. In her interview, Emily says she quit going because there was no self-awareness or change on Shane’s part. Shane says she has to show commitment, then he’ll join her. She asks why it has to be 100% on her, and he says last time, she stopped showing up or she would cancel. Emily says she understands she has anger, and lashes out a lot of the time, but he says things that push her there. He comes off as condescending. Shane says if she thinks it’s worthwhile, no one is stopping her, but she says she wants to do it together. He says he’s done. In Emily’s interview, she says for the last ten years, she’s had a problem with the way Shane talks to her. it’s what she’s dealing with every day. She cries, and says she has little kids. This is hard. She doesn’t know what to do.

The women meet for lunch, minus Tamra and Gina (and Vicki, but she’s just a friend now). In Braunwyn’s interview, she says she’s a pleaser. She’s trying please everyone to her own detriment. She was called a liar, and that is not okay; she’s pissed. Shannon points out there’s one handsome man at the bar, and Kelly says it’s like Shannon has radar. In Shannon’s interview, she says she doesn’t hunt men at the bar. She’ll have a conversation with someone who comes up to her, but she won’t be <air quotes> the man in the situation. Kelly tells Braunwyn that she told the women that she and Brian had a fight in front of the kids. Emily says Braunwyn didn’t say that. Kelly says Braunwyn made it sound like she stayed and partied while Brian and the kids left. Shannon say she did give the impression that Kelly wanted to stay. Emily says the topic came up because Kelly wasn’t there, and she’d asked if Kelly and Brian were okay. She’d seen on Instagram that Kelly had removed a picture, and that’s how it got brought up. Braunwyn says she was there, and saw that Kelly avoided an altercation because Brian’s son was there, and she didn’t want to do that in front of him. We see more clips from Vicki’s party. Braunwyn says she thought she’d make the situation better. Kelly sees now that Braunwyn was sticking up for her. In Kelly’s interview, she says she feels bad that she yelled at Braunwyn. She should been the bigger person, and come with love, not daggers. I see she’s Kahlil Gibran now. Kelly thinks it’s part of Tamra’s pattern. She likes to throw little bombs and walk away. Emily wonders why it even came up that Braunwyn was saying bad things. Kelly says Braunwyn called her and said people were bashing her, and Tamra said it was Braunwyn bashing Kelly. Braunwyn says, it was Tamra who said the word train. We flash back to when Vicki said there was a rumor, and Tamra reminded her of what that rumor was – at a table full of people. In her interview, Kelly says, Tamra was the one who was actually spreading the train rumor. She had no idea. She thought it was Vicki. She’s completely shocked and disappointed, and it makes her sick to her stomach that she trusted Tamra. Tamra acted like she was best friends with Emily, when Gina was mad at her, and Tamra talked smack to Gina, instead of facilitating a positive outcome. Emily says Tamra causes a problem, then acts like she has clean hands. Braunwyn says, Tamra is trying to come between them. She’s manipulating them, so they’re fighting among themselves. Kelly says Tamra has been talking smack about Shannon too. Shannon doesn’t believe it. In Shannon’s interview, she says Tamra is one of her best friends, and she’s not comfortable with people saying negative things. She doesn’t want anything negative in her life. Kelly tells Shannon that she doesn’t think Tamra has her back 100%. She’s had hours of conversation with Tamra about Shannon. Shannon asks if Kelly is serious, and Kelly nods.

We see clips of Tamra talking about Shannon. Shannon asks again if Kelly is serious; it’s negative? Kelly says Tamra claims Shannon is always kissing every guy at the bar. She suggested that she, Kelly, and Gina just room together on the next trip, and when Kelly bonked Shannon on the head, Tamra said there was nothing wrong with her. She’s constantly judging, and saying Shannon put on weight again. In Shannon’s interview, she says she feels like the wind has been knocked out of her. She has gained weight, and talked to Tamra about it. How would Kelly know? Tamra really must be talking about her. Braunwyn says Tamra is supposed to be Shannon’s best friend. Shannon says she is, even though last year they went to hell and back. We see clips of Tamra berating Shannon, and in Shannon’s interview, she says when she hears these comments, it opens up old wounds. Emily says Shannon told Tamra in confidence, and trusted her. Shannon says, not anymore. Kelly says, Tamra is two-faced. Shannon wants to cry, and everyone tells her, don’t. Shannon says they talk ten times a day. She feels like she needs to talk to Tamra, and Kelly asks what she’s going to do. She and Tamra talked last year. Did anything change? We see a clip from the reunion, where Tamra is saying Shannon is all about herself, and claims to be victim. Shannon says there will be an excuse, a reason, she’ll deny it, she doesn’t remember. In Kelly’s interview, she says she knew damn well who Tamra was, and didn’t go with her gut. Tamra is a snake. She sneaks around, pumping her venom into people. Vicki is a pig, and Tamra is a snake. Shannon says she’s fighting it; she’s not crying anymore. What Tamra is saying hurts.

Emily asks where they go from here. Shannon says she needs to have a conversation with Tamra, and Kelly says she would want to, but she knows the outcome. Emily says, it’s not going to stop. It’s who she is.

Next time, Gina talks to Tamra about Shannon, Kelly wants Jolie to see her grandma, Emily says Kelly needs to have a conversation with her mother, Tamra wonders what’s up with Kelly, and thinks Shannon is behind it. I’ll tell you what I think. Tamra isn’t a Christian; she’s more like Satan’s sister. She encourages someone to be an a-hole, then points her finger, saying, look at what you did. She infuriates me, and I’m glad we don’t live on the same coast.

💅 Get Ready…

Who knows if Teresa will be flipping tables, dancing on them, or turning them.


🍁 It Happens Every Year…

And after that <shudder> the holidaze.



November 4, 2019 – Laura Makes An Appeal, Ashton Loses Patience, Nelle’s New Flick, Dorian Leaves DOOL, Drew Moves On, Tony Returns & Waking Late


What I Watched Today

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


General Hospital

Still at the MetroCourt, Valentin asks how Nina is feeling. She says, mostly relived, and a touch frustrated because Sasha won’t pay for what she’s done. Valentin says, it’s time to celebrate. He suggests getting a bottle of their finest champagne, and seeing where the evening takes them. He goes to the bar, and Jordan and Curtis walk in. Nina asks why she hasn’t seen them, and Jordan says they were out on the terrace. Curtis says he hasn’t heard from Nina in a while, and Nina says, things have been busy. Curtis felt that maybe she needed space, and Jordan asks how she’s holding up without Valentin.

Sasha and Michael have changed out of their costumes, and go to Charlie’s. Michael wonders if Sasha thinks he went too far with Valentin, but she says if it wasn’t for him, she doesn’t think Nina would have dropped the charges. Michael says Sasha is the reason Valentin is walking away unscathed, and Sasha says she’s protective of Nina’s feelings. She tells Michael that he was impressive and hot, and she owes him one. He gave her life back to her. Now if she only knew what do with it. Peter and Maxie come in, and Peter says James is enjoying his time with Brad and Lucas. Maxie says, he gets treated like royalty there. Peter says, now for the adult part of her birthday, and asks if she wants a drink. She does, and kisses him. Obrecht comes out, and tells them to get a room. She tells Maxie that she hasn’t seen James in a while, but Peter says, it’s not the best time. Obrecht can understand why Maxie has been standoffish, since she was supposedly involved in Sasha’s lies. Maxie says, it was horrible, and Obrecht admits to knowing Sasha was a fraud, but she only found out shortly before the wedding. She wanted to protect Nina’s heart. Her actions were misguided, but her heart was pure.

Sonny tells Carly, it’s been a long night. Carly says Brad and Lucas are still there on the terrace. He suggests asking them to leave, but she says A, that would be rude, and B, she senses they’re in the middle of something. Outside, Lucas tells Brad to admit it. Who the hell are the nude pictures from? Is he saying it was an accident? Brad says, yes, and Lucas asks if he hears how ridiculous it sounds. Brad doesn’t know what to say or who the guy is. All he knows is that he’s not cheating.

Laura goes back to Julian’s office with him. She says she knows it’s not easy. Julian says he could use a drink, and Laura says, make it two. She asks if he’s sure he’s all right, and Julian says, no, but he’ll get there. He’s glad Ava is getting the help she needs, but wishes he’d gotten her to Shadybrook sooner before she imagined Nikolas in the gallery. He asks how Laura is holding up, and she says it’s not easy on her. It’s never easy for her to bring up Nikolas. He’s been gone for more than two years, but it’s just as painful as it ever was.

Nikolas asks Hayden if she’s happy to see him, and Hayden asks what he was thinking to show himself to Ava. He was supposed to stay in hiding until they found the codicil. Nikolas says their current tactic involves his mother; what genius thought of that? Jax says, she’s doing it for Spencer, but Nikolas says he was clear. He didn’t want to show himself to his mother or son before Valentin was neutralized.

Carly tells Sonny that her brother is probably reading Brad the riot act for being close to Nelle. She can’t believe Brad went to her parole hearing. Sonny says it’s none of their business. On the terrace, Brad asks Lucas not to do this there. Let’s go home. Lucas says he’s not looking other way when Brad gets nude pictures from some guy. Brad asks if Lucas wants him to text back to prove he doesn’t know them. They’re probably going to be mortified that they sent the pictures to the wrong person.

Julian wonders why Ava would be imagining Nikolas now, and Laura says she has a theory. Valentin got rid of a portrait of Helena recently, and she’s pretty sure it ended up at the gallery. Maybe seeing it reminded her of all things Cassadine, Nikolas included. Julian’s phone dings. He looks at it, and a text from Brad asks, who is this? Who sent these? Hello???

Michael toasts to whatever’s next. Whatever it is, he hopes it doesn’t take her away from Port Charles. Sasha says, it would be easier for Nina, but he says, not for him.

Obrecht tells Maxie, after the truth came out, she knew she’d be blamed for staying silent, or accused of being a co-conspirator. So she arranged an extended stay in Switzerland. Peter didn’t tell her? Maxie says, no, and Obrecht says he convinced her to stay. Peter says she’s important to Maxie, and part of James’s family. Obrecht asks Maxie to please say she’s still family. Maxie says she’s forgiven Obrecht for worse. She’s James’s oma, and a part of Nathan. She’ll always be family. They hug, and Obrecht says it means the world to her. Does Maxie think Nina could find it in her heart to forgive her too?

Jordan says her office advised her that Nina dropped the charges against Sasha, and Nina confirms she did. Curtis says, that was decent, since Sasha was just a pawn acting on orders. Valentin returns to the table, and says he sees they have company. Curtis says, you’ve got to be kidding, and Valentin says it’s good to see him after that debacle of a wedding they had.

Hayden tells Nikolas he needs to stay and wait, but he thinks he’s done more than enough waiting. He’s been waiting since he was rescued from the water. Jax says Nikolas is the one who reached out to him with an attractive offer. When it stops being attractive, he’s out.  Nikolas flashes back to meeting with Jax. Jax hears a voice asking if Rome isn’t spectacular, and he says he doesn’t take meetings with a disembodied voice. Show himself, or Jax is leaving. Nikolas comes out, and Jax says, not so dead after all. Nikolas says, not for lack of trying on Valentin’s part, and Jax says he heard how Valentin murdered Nikolas, and Nikolas says, clearly not. It’s taken years for him to position himself, and now he’s ready to reclaim what’s his. Jax wishes him good luck, but Nikolas says, it will take more than luck. He needs Jax’s help, and he’s willing to pay. In the present, Nikolas thinks they should all take a step back. Jax agrees. It’s time rethink things.

Jax says Nikolas agreed to stay in a place of his choice until he and Hayden found the codicil. Nikolas said if Valentin found out, he could do something desperate. Nikolas says he was careful to conceal himself, and Jax says, wearing a mask? Nikolas says it’s commonplace on Halloween. That’s why he went to the gallery to retrieve the portrait. Jax says Ava saw him briefly, but Nikolas says before she woke, he was long gone. Hayden says now they’ll have to wait for possible blowback. Jax says Ava told Nikolas’s mother, and Nikolas says that’s why he didn’t want his mother involved. Jax says Laura thinks Ava had a nervous breakdown, and so does Ava. She thinks she was hallucinating. Nikolas says, no one believes anything Ava has to say. He’s safe. Ava betrayed him. She was supposed to testify that Valentin murdered him, but she recanted her testimony. She deserves whatever she gets.

Curtis says Nina and Valentin are back together? and Jordan adds, after what he did? Nina says, Valentin had no idea; Sasha played the both of them. Curtis says, that’s what Valentin told her? and she says, Sasha told her. Curtis says Nina knew how he’d feel about her getting back with Valentin. Now he gets why Nina has been avoiding him.

Sasha tells Michael that she doesn’t want to be away from him. He suggests she make a life there, but she says, it’s not easy. Michael says he can be of help to her. Obrecht comes by and says she needs to speak to Sasha – privately. Sasha says, Michael knows everything; whatever Obrecht has to say, she can say in front of him. Obrecht says Sasha knows she kept her hands clean. What did Sasha tell Nina about  her involvement in Sasha’s subterfuge? Sasha says she took the blame; Obrecht had nothing to do with it. Nina just agreed to drop the charges. Obrecht wonders if Nina ever asked about the fake DNA test, and Sasha says as far as she knows, Obrecht wasn’t involved. Obrecht says, when Sasha had the flu, Finn – why is it always him? – ran a test that could have exposed Sasha. She may have arranged some influence over the result. Michael says Sasha can’t help Obrecht cover her tracks. She has to go to whoever she helped.

Julian thanks Laura for being kind to Ava, and Laura says she’s had her own bouts of mental illness over the years. Julian didn’t realize, and Laura says she missed a whole part of her life that she fought hard to recover. It made her a better person and mother, and she thinks it will do the same for Ava. Julian doubts Sonny agrees. It’s a perfect set-up for him to go for full custody.

Carly wonders if she should go outside, and Sonny says there’s not much she can do to help. Carly says he’s right, and she doesn’t want Brad to feel ganged up on. Sonny tells her to let them work it out. Carly hopes they do it fast. It’s been a long day.

Brad hands Lucas his phone, saying Lucas can look; full transparency. Lucas says, better late than never. He looks at the phone, and Brad asks if it’s him. Lucas says, yeah, and Brad asks what he said. Lucas reads, ha-ha! you know who it is. Brad says they’ve clearly confused him with someone else, and Brad tells him, give it up. He got caught. Brad says he didn’t do anything. He’d never jeopardize their marriage. He reaches to touch Lucas, who backs up. Brad swears on Wiley; he’d never cheat on Lucas. Doesn’t Lucas believe him?

Obrecht tells Maxie that she’s off. They’re free to commence canoodling. Maxie says that’s why she can’t quit Obrecht. Who says things like that? Obrecht thanks Maxie. She’s glad they’re in a good place. Maxie says, her too. James misses her, and she asks if Obrecht wants to come see him tomorrow. Obrecht says, absolutely. She’ll bring strudel. She leaves, and Maxie tells Peter that he’s deep in his phone zone again. Didn’t they just have a fight about that? Peter says, they did, and she says the Franco/Drew hearing is over. What’s captured his attention now?

Michael asks if there’s any chance Sasha might be interested in working at ELQ. Sasha says it would change their dynamic. Making it on her own is important for her. Michael says then it’s important to him too. They gaze into each other’s eyes.

Laura says, everything happened so fast, she didn’t consider Avery’s custody might be affected. Julian says, now is Sonny’s chance to take Avery away from Ava. Laura says she and Sonny are good friends. She can talk to him, but Julian says, now is not the time to kick up the hornet’s nest. He’ll think of something. Laura says, there’s no need. She can do this.

Obrecht sends Brad a text saying they have to make sure to cover their tracks.

Brad asks Lucas, why would he risk their whole life together for a random guy? It’s just a misunderstanding. He’ll prove it. Please, Lucas has to believe him. He loves Lucas so much. Brad’s phone dings, and Brad looks at it and frowns. Lucas asks, is it him? Brad sees Obrecht’s message saying they have to cover their tracks in the recent fixing of the Gilmore girl’s test. Lucas asks again, is it him? and Brad says, no. Lucas says, let him see, but Brad says, it’s confidential about a patient. Lucas says he’s a doctor, and has access to the same information, but Brad says, it’s a special case. Lucas laughs, and says, of course (🍷) it is. Is it more pictures? Brad says he can explain, but Lucas says he can’t do this anymore tonight. He can’t; just go. Lucas can’t deal with him anymore tonight. Brad says, don’t do this, but Lucas says, go! Brad walks through the room in tears, past Sonny and Carly. Sonny asks, what’s going on? and Brad says, nothing; sorry; goodnight, and jets.

Valentin says he senses hostility, but Nina tells Curtis, don’t worry. She knows what she’s doing. Curtis says they’ll always be friends, especially on the day Valentin gets his due. He’ll always be there. Jordan tells them, enjoy their evening. Curtis steers her out, and she asks where they’re going. He says they’re going to do what they do best. I have no clue if he means detective work or getting busy.

Jax says far be it from him to defend Ava, and Nikolas says, then don’t. Hayden says she’s been helping him, and he says she knew what she stood to gain. Nikolas flashes back again. He tells Jax that he wants to return the estate to its rightful heir. The codicil is hidden on Spoon Island. He can’t search for it, and Jax says, Nikolas wants him to? Nikolas says he’s well-respected, and has a daughter there. He has every reason to go back. Jax asks what’s in it for him? and Nikolas says, the shipping division in Cassadine Industries, but Jax says their family feuds are unpredictable and rarely profitable, but he’d like Spencer to have the fortune he’s entitled to. Nikolas says, conscientious of him, and Jax says he’d once claimed Spencer as his own. He’ll never forget the four months he had with Spencer. Nikolas is sure that Jax has Spencer’s best interests at heart, and asks if they have a deal. Jaz says, for Spencer’s sake. But he will take the shipping division. Nikolas wants to present the third member of their venture, and says, you can come out now. Hayden comes out, and Nikolas introduces her to Jax, saying, this is his new partner. In the present, Hayden says she promised to do everything in her power for Spencer. Have no fear, dear husband, we will.

Jax asks if they’ve figured out how to resolve their marital situation, but Hayden says, not yet. It’s tricky, divorcing a dead man. Nikolas says they had a less than healthy relationship, and Hayden says, understood, but here they are joining forces. Nikolas flashes back to Hayden telling Jax that Nikolas tried to have her killed, but they’re still married. Nikolas says, technically, she’s his wife and widow. Jax asks if Nikolas trusts Hayden 100%, and Nikolas says, she’s always had a soft spot for Spencer, and when they uncover the codicil, she’ll get a generous cut of the fortune. In the present, Hayden says she had reservations about working with Nikolas, and him showing up doesn’t inspire confidence. Nikolas says he’s going to take what’s his back, and leave Valentin with nothing.

Valentin and Nina toast to everything falling into place. Obrecht approaches their table, and says it’s good to see her lovely niece. She was told Nina has chosen not to pursue the charges against Sasha, and wants Nina to know she had nothing to do with Sasha’s plan. She only knew Sasha was a fraud for a short time before Lulu overheard them talking. Nina says she believes Obrecht, and Obrecht says she’s most grateful. Consider this a formal apology for not telling Nina immediately. She wants to get back to where they were before the whole saga erupted. It would mean so much her.

Peter tells Maxie that he put his phone on silent and away, so they can focus on her birthday. She says he didn’t answer her question. Why is he attached to his phone? He says he was hoping to have one more present for her. One that she wants. She asks if he’s talking about what she thinks.

Sasha tells Michael that she has a solid resume in tech. Michael says he could get her an interview at the MetroCourt, but she says she won’t let him pressure his mom. He says his mom likes her, and she says, to a point. Carly doesn’t trust her, and Sasha doesn’t blame her. The surest way to alienate Carly is to let Michael pull strings for her.

Laura apologizes to Sonny for dropping in so late, but he says she’s always welcome. She hopes he still feels that way after he finds out what she’s there to talk to him about. She knows Ava is supposed to pick up Avery tomorrow, but it’s not happening. He asks, how come? and Laura says, Ava was involved in an incident at the gallery, and voluntary checked herself into Shadybrook. Sonny says, it’s the best thing for her. She’s been heading for trouble for a long time, since Kiki was killed. Laura repeats that Ava went voluntarily, but Sonny says it makes him wonder if she should be allowed near Avery in her state of mind.

Carly asks Lucas if everything is okay. They saw Brad take off. Lucas says, good, and she asks, what’s going on? He says Brad is cheating on him.

Julian ponders, and Brad flies in, saying thank God Julian is there. He and Lucas got in a big fight, and Lucas kicked him out. He’s convinced Brad is having an affair. Julian says, he’s not? and Brad says, never. Julian says he thought Brad would, and Brad asks how Julian can say that. Julian says, it all adds up. He got caught yelling Michael’s name in his sleep; he’s seeing a shrink and getting meds; and a secret admirer sent him flowers. Then he changed his password. Brad says Julian convinced him to change it. Julian says, and someone is sending Brad nude photos. Brad asks how he knew, and Julian taps his phone. Brad says, it was him? Why? Why is Julian doing this to him?

Peter asks what Maxie thinks he’s talking about, and she says their dream apartment. He says he put a bid on it, and Lucy was supposed to call back shortly. He was hoping she’d call before dinner. Maxie wonders what’s taking so long, and he says the board is taking a closer look at his application. Maxie says, co-op boards are notoriously strict, but Peter says he can see why he’d be a hard sell. They want to keep the building trouble free and tranquil. She says, he is, but he says, not everyone thinks so. His phone rings, and he says, it’s Lucy.

Sasha tells Michael, there’s only one way to get back in his parents’ good graces on her own; to work hard and prove herself. She’s ready. Michael says he knows a woman who’s ready to hire her, and Sasha says, she knows. Lucy. But Sasha doesn’t like the idea of being the face of Deception. The idea of capitalizing on what she did to Nina feels wrong. He thinks she should tell Lucy; she’ll understand.

Laura tells Sonny that Julian is afraid he’s going to use Ava’s illness against her to try and get full custody. She was in the same situation once, and she’s glad she didn’t lose her children over that. Sonny is sympathetic to all that, but right now Ava isn’t equipped to take care of Avery. Laura says, right now. The situation is temporary. Tell her that he’s not going to use it as an excuse to take Ava’s daughter away.

Carly tells Lucas, a lot of Brad’s behavior sounds shady, but it doesn’t prove Brad is having an affair. Lucas says, he’s been acting weird for over a year. When he asked what Brad was doing, he caught Brad holding on to a big secret.

Brad asks why Julian is turning on him, and Julian says Brad is spiraling, and constantly putting their secret in jeopardy. He’s calling out Michael’s name in his sleep, so Julian is cleaning things up. He staged the affair to protect Lucas. It will hurt Lucas less than the truth coming out. He wants Brad to leave town with his imaginary lover, and get as far away from his son as possible.

At the hospital, Jordan tells Curtis when he said they were going to do what they do best, she thought he meant something more intimate, not checking lab results at GH. He says he has to find out how Valentin got away with doing it. She says he could do it tomorrow, but he says, it can’t wait. Jordan says, so it will prove Sasha’s not Nina’s daughter; then what? Curtis says they’ll keep digging. A technician comes out, and hands Curtis an envelope.

Obrecht tells Nina that Maxie has forgiven her for not speaking up sooner. She hopes Nina will do the same in time. They have a small family, and Nathan would want them stick together, if only for his son. Nina says she’d like to put the whole ugly mess behind her, and move on as a family again. For James’s sake. Obrecht says, yes, and they hug. Valentin stares at Obrecht.

Hayden says Nikolas can’t be serious. He’s considering staying? Nikolas says he’s decided, and Jax says he never agreed to hide Nikolas. Nikolas says Jax is free to walk away any time, but where does that leave Spencer and Nina?

Sonny tells Laura that he and Carly will take good care of Avery while Ava is recuperating. She says she doesn’t hear Sonny saying he won’t go for full custody, and he says he’s not sure. He asks when Laura joined team Ava, and she says she didn’t. That’s not what’s happening here. Ava has been though sheer hell, and Laura can’t help but feel for her. She’s suffered the worst kind of loss; she doesn’t have to tell Sonny that. He thanks her for stopping by, and she thanks him for listening. He says, always, and she leaves.

Carly says, if Brad is having an affair, Lucas has a lot to think about. She suggests he spend the night, but he doesn’t want to put them out. Carly says there’s a room upstairs with his name on it, across from where Wiley is sleeping. He asks if she’s sure it’s okay, and she says, of course (🍷). Whatever is going on with Brad, he’ll get through it. They hug.

Julian says the best thing Brad can do for Lucas and Wiley is to leave. Brad says, it will break up Wiley’s family, but Julian says, Wiley still has a father. Going against Julian won’t go well for Brad. The next time he sees Brad, he’d better be on his way out of town. Stop by first to tell him the marriage is over. Got that?

Peter thanks Lucy for letting him know. He tells Maxie that he didn’t get the property. She asks, why? and he says the co-op board thinks he’s too risky. His past is catching up again. Maxie says they’re better off. Who wants snobby neighbors? He says he’s sorry. He thought it would be a special birthday surprise, but she says she doesn’t need it. It’s still a beautiful night. He says she’s a good sport, and she says she’s an even better roommate. Let her show him. Move in to her place.

Michael says Lucy wants Sasha, and Sasha has the power to negotiate. She can stipulate that she won’t use her reputation or exploit Nina. Sasha wants a simpler life, like the one she had before. She wants him to know the woman she used to be. He hopes she’s not too different, and Sasha says, she’s way better. He asks how that’s possible, and she tells him, stay tuned and find out. They kiss.

Curtis and Jordan look at the test, and Curtis asks what Jordan thinks. She says she can’t believe it either.

Nina says now that Obrecht got her emotional, she has to check her makeup. Obrecht says, sorry not sorry, and Nina leaves for the bathroom. Obrecht says doesn’t Valentin look pleased, but he hasn’t quite reached his happily ever after. The DNA sample is still on file at GH. If the lab runs the test again, the results will show that Sasha is Nina’s daughter. Imagine the questions that will follow.

Curtis says, Sasha is definitely Nina’s daughter, and Jordan wonders why the test results say that. Curtis says, something is wrong, and they can bet Valentin is behind it.

Obrecht says there will be an inquiry as to how the sample was passed to Sasha. He says Obrecht isn’t in the clear; she’s just as involved. She says, perhaps, but she has far less to lose. Nina watches them talking. I think Nina might be playing Valentin.

Nikolas says if Hayden and Jax can pull it off, fine, but if not, wrap it up immediately. Hayden says they’re all on the same page. The sooner they get it done, the sooner they bring that bastard to his knees.

Tomorrow, Julian wants it to be like Brad never existed, Carly tells Josslyn there will be consequences, and Kim says she needs help.

Below Deck

27 hours before charter. Ashton tries to get Abbi on the radio. Tanner asks if he got Abbi’s text. She said she didn’t know if she’d be up by 9, and needs a toilet nearby. We see, yes, she does. Ashton wonders where the blip she gets off, and says she’s not on vacation. She gets to be a deckhand. It’s her primary job. I just have to say it. Because of his accent, every time Ashton says deckhand, I think he’s saying d*ckhead.

Kevin sings about winning as he works. Kate asks if Courtney is open to Brian, but she says, no. In Courtney’s interview, she says he’s hot, but she doesn’t get with people until she knows them better. She wants to know his personality, so she’s overlooking his body. Abbi continues to get sick. Ashton tells Tanner, sorry he’s alone, but Abbi is hugging the toilet. Abbi gets dressed, puts on some makeup, and comes out. She says she feels better, and apologizes. She says she threw up at 8:30, and needed some extra time. Ashton tells her that he’s been pretty lenient. You have to understand what your limits are. If you can’t drink and still keep up, you have to manage yourself. It’s not fair to the crew. Abbi admits she drank too much. In her interview, she says Ashton has a point, but rules are not her forte. Um… marry a rich guy then, and don’t work?

Time for the preference sheet meeting. Captain Lee says there will be eight guests. The primary’s name is Mccall, and she’s bringing girlfriends to join her. She’s a doctor, and addicted to charters. They want to enjoy all the water toys, and they’re big drinkers. Normally, they run out of alcohol on a boat. In Kate’s interview, she’s relieved it’s an all girl charter that loves to drink. It’s like an adult slumber party, and they’ll just pass out. The captain says they want a tasting menu, and Kevin says he’ll try not to disappoint them. The captain says presentation is everything, and Kevin asks what about presentation on the last meal? Captain Lee says he wasn’t impressed with it. Kevin should be blowing their socks off. In Kevin’s interview, he says, to be honest, he thinks he pissed the captain off in a way besides the food. None of the charter guests said there was anything wrong, but the only way to retaliate is to hit him where it hurts – his food. Kevin thanks the captain for his honest feedback, and Captain Lee says if Kevin doesn’t want an honest answer, he’s not the guy to come to.

The davit is fixed. Abbi tells Tanner that Ashton overreacted. In Tanner’s interview, he says his game plan is to plant seeds, and see if they grow. Kate’s garden died quickly.

Patrick and Abbi text. In her interview, Abbi say she’s been naïve and stupid, thinking Patrick is just a boyfriend. The reality is, they have something special. Being around a bunch of hot guys made her realize that she’s not attracted to anybody else. Abbie tells Simone and Courtney that she and Patrick just got engaged. He told her that he loved her in a text, she said her too, and he asked her to marry him. In Abbi’s interview, she says it may be abrupt, but she’s going with her gut feeling. In Courtney’s interview, she says Abbi and Patrick have been together two years, and suddenly say they love each other via text. Her eyes are rolling off the boat. Everyone goes to bed. Abbi tells Kate that her Greek captain is coming to Boston after the charter season, and they’re getting married. In Kate’s interview, she says, millennials are cute. Do you want to get dinner, and maybe spend the rest of your life with me?

Kevin calls his sister. He needs support, since he’s feeling emotional. He’s the only boy in the family, and has three sisters. He was the baby of the house, and thinks he still is. He tells her that the captain said he’s not good enough. No way you can say that to a chef and expect them to hang around.  Yep. He’s definitely still a baby. In his interview, he wonders if he should stay or hop off the boat. Then the captain can cook. I see he’s a  true professional as well. His sister tells him not to let the stress and bother get in the way of what he’s doing. In Kevin’s interview, he says he keeps playing it over in his head. He’s been hard at work, and Captain Lee is saying he’s not good enough. The captain is playing with his head. His sister says she doesn’t want to see him on her doorstep three days from now. Kevin is such an a-hole. Working hard and doing his best is not having no seafood for a seafood extravaganza, or eating the captain’s entrée. In his interview, Kevin says he’s giving the guests ten courses in the tasting menu. He wants it to be really impressive.

Tanner says, something is wrong. He’s feeling the worst he’s ever felt; he feels like sh*t. Abbi tells the other deckhands that she’s getting married. In his interview, Ashton thinks it’s bizarre. They spent time trying to hook up, and he can’t believe it. This changes things. The provisions arrive. Hopefully, there’s food. Kate says the guests want a beer in their hands all day. Brain knows the feeling. Tanner cracks his head on an overhang. In his interview, he says he’s not 100%. Ashton tells Tanner to let him know how he’s feeling at the end of the day. Kevin says he’s making gnocchi from scratch, and Kate says, that changes everything. She’ll need to have some. The crew changes into their whites, and drinks are made. Kate has an armful of leis ready.

The guests start squealing before they even get to the boat. Captain lee tells the crew, they can still get away if they hurry. Kate puts a lei on everyone, and a guest says she hasn’t been lei’d in a while. It must be some sort of requirement to make a joke like that. In her interview, Kate says she loves an all woman charter. They just come on to get loose, happy, and drink wine. There are lots of woo! Sounds, and Courtney makes faces. The guests marvel over the boat, and jump on the beds.

The table is set, and the women scream over Ashton, and tells him if he wants to take his shirt off, it’s okay with them. Ashton says they’re going to be trouble. Tanner gets a break, and Kevin fries up the gnocchi. He says he’s thinking that the captain doesn’t think he does a good job, and he’s sweating bullets. Lunch is served. Ashton asks how Tanner is doing, and Tanner says, better; he’s there. Ashton tells him they’re putting out the water toys. One of the guests says, it’s gonna happen, referring to Ashton, and when she’s out of hearing range, Kate says, so gross.

Anchor is locked. Abbi chats with the guests, telling them she’s from Boston. They scream, which seems to  be their natural reaction to everything. Ashton calls her again. Brian thinks Ashton is jealous after hearing about the engagement thing. Abbi tells Ashton that the clients want to jump off the bow, so that’s where they’re headed. He tells Abbi to get the swim platform set up. In Ashton’s interview, he says, since the engagement, Abbi has been distracted. Her work ethic wasn’t the best to begin with, and she needs to get more focused. Simone is back in the laundry room, and Kate asks if she want out of the laundry hole for a while. Simone says, hallelujah, and Kate says she can tell. Simone can help Courtney. In Kate’s interview, she says, Simone is good at laundry, and likes it, but if you stay there too long, you can lose the upbeat attitude real quick. She’s done it.

Ashton goes to the bow, and the guests says he should probably take his shirt off. He jumps into the water with them. Tanner manages to get out of bed. Kevin studies his menu, and goes over it with Kate. Simone and Abbi are talking nearby, and he asks them to take it somewhere else. In Kevin’s interview, he says, this dinner is important. He can do it; he just has to focus. He goes through all ten courses with Kate, and she makes notes. She thinks ten courses is strong. In her interview, she says she’s quickly learning that every meal is a roller coaster of Kevin’s ego. It’s Kevin’s boat; they’re just on it. She asks Courtney to do laundry.

In Courtney’s interview, she says she’s in service, and constantly doing laundry is boring, mind-numbing, dirty, and she’s bad at it. Her ex did all her laundry. The slide is put away, and Abbi whines that she’s had no break and got up at 6 am. In her interview, Abbi says she’s not used to this sh*t. On a sailboat, they have one paddle board, and it’s never deflated. Here, they have a trampoline and slide. Is it a jungle gym or a boat? Tanner feels lightheaded, and Ashton tells him, go to bed.

The guests get ready for dinner. Captain Lee checks out the menu, and Kevin explains about some kind of Bloody Mary dressing he’s making. In the captain’s interview, he says he’s expecting Kevin to deliver better food. A ten course menu is a big bite of the apple; so many things can go south. If Kevin doesn’t step up to the plate, he’ll fire him. Kevin wonders since when they captain has been so interested in the food, and Kate says, when Kevin decided to make ten amazing courses.

Kevin says he’s getting nervous. Kate says if he’s nervous, she’s nervous. In Kevin’s interview, he says a lot of people probably want him to sink tonight, but it’s not going to happen. Kate tells the guests, the first course – a cucumber salad with the Bloody Mary dressing – is to awaken the palate. The captain checks to see how Kevin is doing. Everything looks fabulous, and Captain Lee says he loves it. One of the guests says she needs to marry this man. Kate tells Kevin that they’re loving it. Abbi talks to her new fiancé on the phone. He’s happy and looking forward to getting married forever and ever. And if they get a divorce, these will still have been the best years. In her interview, Abbi says, since the engagement, she’s always thinking about Patrick now. In Courtney’s interview, she says when she thinks about her last meal on earth – and she thinks about it often – it has ten courses, but normally, that would be too much. It’s not like they’re huge dishes though. They’re actually quite small. Like a couple of bites. The guests tell Kate that they wouldn’t be disappointed if he did a striptease, and she says she’ll be happy to tell him. Kate tells Ashton that the guests have a big request. They want him to strip. He says he’s hung up his G-string, and does some gyrations. Kate tells him, his mouth is saying no, but his pelvis is saying yes. In Ashton’s interview, he says, when he was younger, he did a male review. It comes naturally. The captain watches Kevin work. In his interview, Captain Lee says, it’s a step in the right direction. They’ll see if he can keep it up. He tells Kevin that he’s having dinner with the guests tomorrow.

Kate tells Ashton to bring out the eleventh course. He comes out, and says he heard he had a request. He tells them he usually asks for a volunteer, and one of the guests gets in a chair up front. He says he’s going to show them the fundamentals you have to remember when doing a lap dance. First, you learn how to touch yourself. He does some moves, and they scream. He bumps and grinds, and in Kate’s interview, she says, you can take the boy out of the strip club dance group, but you can never take the strip club group out of the boy. Ashton says, last, but not least, you say thank you, and he kisses her hand. In his interview, Ashton says, memorable moments can mean the difference between a $15K and $20K tip. Kate tells him, good job.

Kevin wishes it was the final night. In his interview, he says he proved himself. Good on him. Now he’s thinking about dinner for the captain tomorrow night. He’s walking into the lion’s den. Ashton wonders why the deck hasn’t been mopped. Brian is the guy he counts on, and Ashton has been busting his ass on deck, while Brian is flirting with Courtney, and munching on Kevin’s leftovers. He’s employed as a deckhand, not a sous chef. Ashton kind of jumps down Brian’s throat, and Brian thinks Ashton is being unfair. In Ashton’s interview, he says, Tanner isn’t well, Abbi is mucking around, and it feels like the wheels are falling off the bus. Brian says they’re supposed to be a team, and Ashton says that’s his point. Brian says he works hard. He’s sorry he missed something, but he’s not perfect. Ashton says, it’s simple stuff, and Brian is saying he’s wrong for bringing it up. In Ashton’s interview, he says he has to put his foot down. He can’t have Brian help inside; it’s not his job. He’s trying be fair, but Brian needs to stop focusing on the interior. It pains him to speak to Brian this way, but as bosun, he has to speak to him about it. Then Brian has audacity to say he’s unfair, and it gets Ashton’s back up. In Brian’s interview, he wonders what this bullsh*t is about. He doesn’t know where it’s coming from, since he pushes himself to the limit every day. Dude, relax. Wtf?

Kevin tells Kate he made granola with his sweat and blood. She says she’ll use her tears as a garnish. Breakfast – my favorite meal – is served. The women start eating, and it gets very quiet. One of them says, food clearly shuts them up. Ashton thinks maybe he came across wrong to Brian, and tells Brian that he appreciates his hard work. If he came across otherwise, he apologizes. He just wants Brian to channel his efforts on the exterior. In Ashton’s interview, he says, bosuning is hard. You have to manage your own emotions and everyone else’s. He’s still trying to figure it out.

Tanner is still not well. He says he feels like absolute dog sh*t. He just wants to relax and watch cartoons. The guests don’t give a f**k if you’re sick, so you’ve got to suck it up and get through it. He goes into the bathroom and throws up.

Kate calls Simone to the galley, and tells her tonight isn’t a ten-course meal, so she can be the alternate, and next charter be on service more. In Simone’s interview, she says she’s looking forward to doing service with Kate and furthering her career. She’s mostly been doing housekeeping for the last two years, and she’s ready for service. She helps Kate serve drinks. Tanner comes out to the crew mess, and says, it’s nice being able to eat; he had nothing yesterday. Ashton tells the deckhands that they need to be more detail oriented. He feels some of them have their heads in the clouds instead of paying attention to details. Tanner says, sounds good, and Ashton says he doesn’t want anyone doing things they’re not enjoying. In Abbi’s interview, she says she loves how he basically singled her out. He can’t expect everyone else to be like him. Tanner tells her that he doesn’t think it was directed toward her. In her interview, Abbi says she wants to be positive, but it’s really hard.

Kevin preps some fish, Tanner says he’s dehydrated, and Abbi can’t stop eating. Brian asks if something is up, and she says she thinks she’s depressed. Tanner asks if it’s the work itself, but Abbi says she doesn’t like the vibe. She wants to get past it and move on. Brian says it happens a lot on charters, and Tanner says it’s always like a roller coaster. In Abbi’s interview, she says she eats when she’s stressed, and she hates this job.

Courtney tells Kate that Abbi doesn’t like the job. Kate says Abbi isn’t depressed; she’s just a brat. Courtney agrees. Ashton tells the deckhands to bring the toys in, and asks Abbi to help with the slide. Simone passes out beer, while Ashton and Tanner take a couple of guests out on the jet skis. Brain tells Abbi that she has to focus, but she doesn’t know what he’s asking for. She gets weepy, and tells Simone that Brian is being a d*ck, and she wants to leave. She starts to cry, and says she’s always so happy. She’s sick of this sh*t, and thinks she needs to quit. Well, she’s not the first one who didn’t like it when they realized it was actual work.

Next time, Captain Lee didn’t see this coming, Abbi doesn’t like the job, Tanner is still sick, the captain expects Kevin to go big or he will be going home, and beef tongue doesn’t go over well with the guests.

🏢 Meanwhile, Outside Pentenville…

Nelle has another project going on.


No More DOOL for Dorian…

But she’s okay with that.


OG Drew…

So that’s where he went after the plane crash.


🏥 It Looks Like He Might Be Ghosting Us

Tony returns to Port Charles.


⏰ Better Wake Up Now…

I hit the snooze. For the impatient, the bulk of the song starts at around 4:00.













November 3, 2019 – Negan’s Biggest Fan, Can’t Let Go Yet, 90 Begins, Meghan’s Mess, Vicki Sues, the Countess Is Pleased, Jailhouse Fight, the Coffee Cup Heard Round the World, What Will Said & Tom’s November


What I Watched Today

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


The Walking Dead

Kelly is out in the woods. We see tattered rags on a clothesline, and a wild boar. Kelly gets her slingshot ready, but she’s having trouble hearing. The boar is down, but not dead, and she has to stab it. A zombie sneaks up on her, and she stabs that too. Zombies fall on the boar, devouring it, so Kelly has to abandon that idea. She runs, and a zombie follows. She tumbles down a hill. She’s hurt, and crawls forward. She leans against a tree, and a seriously creepy-looking zombie reaches for her from behind.

Negan looks at his reflection in the creek, and splashes water on his face. He debates drinking some, but decides not to. A voice says, gotcha. Don’t try anything. Negan turns around to see Brandon, who says, the look on his face. He was just messing with Negan. Brandon tosses him a canteen, and says Negan is fast. It took forever to catch up to him. Negan smiles. Damn he’s handsome.

Yumiko and a couple of others are still working on killing straggling zombies outside the wall. Yumiko goes inside to check in with Eugene. Aiden says Eugene has come up with a zero waste plan, and Eugene says, it seems as good a time as any to master the Pueblo art of basket weaving. On the side, Aiden suggests to Yumiko that they make weapons and catapults. She thinks it’s a good idea, just not now. Things are too complicated. Yumiko moves on, and Earl tells Aiden, the Whisperers toppled their wall with a tree, and now they’re throwing walkers at them, but they’re twiddling their thumbs. Breanna tells Yumiko that Connie was in the root cellar again in the middle of the night. Yumiko asks, who was on watch?

Yumiko goes inside her house to find Magna listening to music and reading. Yumiko shuts off the gramophone. She tells Magna that someone stole the crate of fish they got from Oceanside. Breanna said it was gone from the root cellar. Magna says, everything is strange at the moment. Yumiko says it would help if they stuck to the jobs they were given. Magna turns the music back up, and goes back to her book.

Ezekiel leans against a fence and ponders. Daryl rides in on his bike, and Siddiq follows behind on a horse. Connie waves, and signs talk later to Daryl. Ezekiel says, no sign of Negan? and Siddiq says they searched day and night, thinking about what he took from them, and they didn’t take from him. Ezekiel says they could use a hand in the infirmary, and Siddiq says they were planning on leaving tomorrow, but of course he’ll help.

A group of hunters comes back, and Connie writes, Kelly? Aiden says, she’s not there? She was tracking something, and said she’d meet them back at Hilltop. She should be back by now.

Negan cuts little sucker branches off of a big branch. Brandon whistles, and asks Negan if he got it. His dad used to tells him how the Saviors whistled back and forth. He asks how Negan got out of the cell, but Negan doesn’t say anything. Brandon says at least tell him what they’re looking for, but Negan says he wants to play it safe. Brandon says he heard how badass the Sanctuary was. Then Rick comes along, and talk about a hypocrite. He kills their parents, drags them to Alexandria, and gives them a lecture on community. He heard Negan made Rick cut his own kid’s hand off, and then killed him. Negan says he never did that. Carl was… He would never kill a kid. Brandon says they’re both Negan. Negan starts walking again. Brandon follows.

They come across a mess of barbed wire, and Brandon asks, who would do this? Negan says, the skin freaks. Brandon asks if they should cross. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Negan says, no, and a zombie comes out of nowhere, knocking Negan down. He holds it off with his newly fashioned stick, pushes it off of him. and uses the barbed wire to cut three-quarters of its head off through the mouth. Then he smashes the head with his foot. He says, thanks for the help, and Brandon says, sorry. He needed a second to wrap Negan’s gift. He holds out Lucille, wrapped in barbed wire. He says he swiped it from Alexandria, and was waiting for the right time to surprise Negan. He takes Negan’s leather jacket out of his backpack, and says, it took forever to find it. It was in the back of an old storage garage. His dad said he never saw Negan without it. Negan tells Brandon to put it in his backpack. He doesn’t want to be recognized. Brandon asks if he likes it though, and Negan says it’s a big hit.

Aaron looks around on the bridge, and hears something. He goes into the woods, and watches Gamma dispatch a zombie. She cuts it open, and blood flows into the creek. She shoves the body into the water; its entrails popping out.

Negan and Brandon stare at some zombies meandering around, and Brandon tells Negan that he’d say she’s a seven. Negan just looks at him, and he asks if this isn’t this kind of stuff the Saviors did to kill time. Negan tells Brandon that he can’t say he remembers rating walkers on their hotness. And she’s clearly a three. They hear screaming, and Negan takes off, Brandon following. Negan runs to a bus, where the screaming is coming from, and slams a zombie against the side of it. He breaks the knife in the process of stabbing it in the head. He looks at the handle, and says, you’ve got to be kidding me. He goes inside the bus, where he finds a woman screaming and fending off several zombies. Negan kills one, and she takes down another. Negan smashes the third zombies head in the bus door until there’s nothing left. A little boy peeks out from behind one of the seats. Brandon says, damn. Classic Negan.

Connie and Daryl search the woods for Kelly. Daryl says it’s not her fault, but Kelly signs that she should have gone with Kelly. Daryl asks if he’s told her about his brother Merle. One time Merle took him fishing on a big lake that was private property, in a boat that was stolen. Merle was drinking and fishing, and fell in the lake. Daryl had to swim back to shore while holding onto Merle. He saved Merle’s life, and know what he says? He writes, Dummy, go get the beer. Connie laughs, and he says, idiot, right? He tells her it’s going to be all right, and Dog barks. I always get nervous when dog is on screen

They see the rock from Kelly’s slingshot, and the remains of the boar. Daryl almost shoots Magna, who comes from another direction. Kelly gives Magna a questioning look, and Magna shakes her head.

Yumiko says she should be out there with them, and  Aiden says if she was lost in the woods, who would she want to find her? Somebody has to come back with her. Killjoy Earl asks if Aiden really thinks Kelly is okay, and Aiden says he hopes so. Earl says, what about them? The tree didn’t fall on its own. He thinks they might be coming back with something worse. Isn’t Aiden thinking about them at all? Aiden says, after what happened to his family, he thinks night and day about them. Earl says, don’t stop.

Ezekiel tells Siddiq, they took a quarter of the medical supplies. Ezekiel holds a metal tiger, and Siddiq says he’s sorry. Ezekiel says Henry forged it during his apprenticeship. He has a sudden coughing fit, and Siddiq says, that doesn’t sound good, but Ezekiel says, it’s nothing. The regular slings and arrows. Siddiq says it could be from smoke inhalation, and reaches out to touch Ezekiel, who slaps his hand away. Ezekiel tells Siddiq that he said he was fine. After a moment, Ezekiel pulls down his sweater to reveal a protrusion on his neck, saying, it’s grown. Siddiq touches Ezekiel’s neck, and says, it could be a lot of things, but Ezekiel says he knows what it is. Siddiq says, without a test, he can’t be sure, but Ezekiel says he knows. Siddiq sits, and Ezekiel says when he was growing up, his grandmother had it, and so did his father. The pain, the coughing, and swelling; he watched them fight it and win. There was 98% survival rate for thyroid cancer with the treatments that were out there. Now, they both know what it means. Siddiq says, it can be managed; acupuncture, hypnosis… He’s struggling with own condition. He can’t stand how everyone looks to him for some kind of answers. Maybe Ezekiel can’t get away from it, but they can talk about it. What are they there for if not for each other?

Amelia, the woman on the bus, tells Negan that she and Milo have been walking for weeks, since the Whisperers scattered everyone from their camp to the four winds. They went back to what it was before, and what it is in the end, moving from place to place, surviving. Brandon says he’s been there. Amelia asks if Milo wants to walk, and Brandon says, be safe. When they’re gone, Brandon says he knows what Negan is thinking. Negan says, people are a resource, but Brandon says, not them. He starts to go after them, and Negan grabs him, shoving him into a seat. He says he appreciates what Brandon has done for him since he left Alexandria, but it’s only going to get more dangerous from there. It’s best for him to go on alone, and Brandon should go home. Brandon says, okay, but if he goes back, everyone will want know where he’s been. What is he supposed to say? He’s never been a great liar. Negan laughs, and asks if Brandon planned that. He can go wherever the hell he wants. Brandon can go back to Alexandria and tell the whole world exactly where he is. He doesn’t give a sh*t, as long as doesn’t have to see that creepy pasty-ass face of Brandon’s again. Brandon says Negan is just like all the others. He grabs his bag, and gets off the bus.

Alpha watches as a Whisperer slices the face of off a zombie. She says, the ears are tricky. (I find out later on Talking Dead, that this is actually the zombie Kelly killed in the beginning scene.) Gamma approaches, and Alpha touches her face, saying she has something for Gamma. Gamma says she just came back from the creek, and Beta says, another one lost. Alpha says, strategy takes time. If they treat the water, and build a dam of zombies, it will crush them. A Whisperer wants to talk to Alpha, and Beta grumbles, but Alpha tells him to speak his piece. He says instead of what she’s doing, why not cut their enemies down all at once? Alpha asks if anyone agrees, and gets silence. She says, there’s democracy for you, and slices his hamstring. The Whisperer falls to his knees, and she says, the human body is fragile. All it takes to collapse it are a few nicks in the right spot. He makes a feeble attempt to stab her, and she slices his arm. She says, the strong ones know where to come to be safe, and hands Beta her knife. Beta slits the Whisperer’s throat, and Alpha says Gamma wanted another guardian.

Milo plays with a toy plane, and Negan asks how he is, telling Milo that he doesn’t bite. Milo’s mom it packing, so he has time to kill. Milo asks where Brandon is, and Negan says, he went looking for supplies. He tells Milo that he’s going to be rea; he told Brandon to get lost. It turns out he’s not the best co-pilot, if Milo catches his drift. He says Brandon doesn’t, does he? He’s never been on a plane. It’s not Milo’s fault that God turned the world into an ass pit before he was born. It feels like you’ve been sitting on the runway forever, and suddenly you hear a groan. The plane creeps along, moving faster and faster, until everything out the window turns into a blur. The wheels come up, and you’re flying, like voodoo magic. Up and up, higher and higher, until it’s like you’re floating on top of the world. The houses and cars look like toys. The food is a no. He was served beef stroganoff that looked like baby sh*t. There’s so much Milo is going to miss growing up in a screwed up world. Driving his first set of wheels, video games, nut tapping. He explains that you catch a guy off-guard. Keep your wrist loose, and snap your fingers on their nuts. You can’t go too low or too high, or you’ll get nothing but d*ck. He has Milo demonstrate the technique, and says he’s a natural. If nut tapping was a sport, Milo would be in the hall of fame. He tells Milo a fire isn’t happening without wood. Is he packed? Milo says he is, and Negan says he knows it sucks, but tells him mom that Negan knows a place where they’ll probably take them in. It has high walls, farmland, and has a mansion in the middle. They can’t tell who brought them there, but he’ll get them as close as he can. There’s one condition. Milo has to keep his fingers holstered when Negan’s nuts are around. Deal? Milo says, deal, and they high-five.

Gamma walks with the new zombie to the creek. She stabs him again and again, remembering throwing her sister into the zombie horde, and seeing Alpha kill the Whisperer. She’s stabbing so aggressively, she ends up cutting herself, and dropping the knife in the water. Aaron sees, and tosses her a bandage wrap. He says, it’s okay; it’s for her hand. He tells her that his name is Aaron. He knows they don’t do names anymore, but she’s got to be from somewhere. He’s from Vermont. Gamma jets, and he says, you’re welcome.

Connie and Daryl continue to search. Dog barks, and they find Kelly passed out, leaning against the tree. Connie wakes her up, and asks if she’s okay. Kelly signs that she couldn’t hear before, but she’s fine now. Magna gives Kelly some water, but she chokes on it. Connie signs that they have to get back to Hilltop. Daryl thinks they need to find somewhere closer. Connie walks over to a brush pile, and uncovers a big box of supplies. Daryl asks if she knew about this, and Connie takes a medical kit out of the box. She signs something to Magna, and Daryl asks what she said. Magna tells him that Connie doesn’t trust her. Daryl says Hilltop took them in. They have sick children and mouths to feed, and she steals from them. All she’s good for is talking sh*t. Connie writes not to tell them. Let her handle it.

Negan carries a small pile of wood in his arms. He hears whistling, and sees Brandon. Brandon says, that’s it, right? Negan drops the wood, and sees that Amelia and Milo are dead; their bodies next to the bus. Brandon says he remembers Negan kicked people out, but he was messing with them; keeping them in line. He realized this was a test. Negan said it was going to get a lot more dangerous, because he wanted to make sure Brandon had the balls to do what had to be done. Brandon looks at the bodies, and says, what does he think? Negan picks up a big rock, and Brandon turns around, saying, I passed. I am Negan. Negan slams the rock into Brandon’s head, and pounds his head to a pulp. He takes Lucille and his jacket, and walks.

Daryl returns with Connie, Kelly, and Magna. Yumiko runs to them, and asks, what happened? Connie signs that she’ll explain later.

Dante jokes to Siddiq on the radio. He says either Siddiq’s mic is out or he’s laughing balls off. He says he’s still there, and asks how Rosita is. Dante says he didn’t want to tell Siddiq, but she got a bump. She’ll be fine. Siddiq says he’ll leave for home tonight. He asks if Carol is around, and Dante says he’ll grab her. Ezekiel takes Siddiq’s place at the mic. He touches the metal tiger, and listens to Carol’s footsteps coming toward the radio. He shuts the radio off. Not that it’s ever in a happy place, but this show is just heartbreaking tonight.

Yumiko tells Magna it’s scary to think, but they probably wouldn’t have made it if they hadn’t found that stash. It sounds like they were far off the main road. Magna tells her, say it. Yumiko thinks she stole the supplies and hid them out there. Yumiko says, it wouldn’t be the first time, and Magna says Yumiko has thought she was selfish and stupid for the past thirteen years. That’s how she looked at Magna the day she showed up in her fancy suit. Yumiko says she was thinking, here’s an innocent person locked up for a crime she didn’t commit, and she’s never trusted anyone because no one trusted her. She was mad at everyone. Magna says her cousin was a little girl who had to go on living life when nobody came for him. So she did it. There it is. (For clarification: A man sexually assaulted Magna’s young cousin, and she killed him.) Magna tells Yumiko, they’ve both killed how many? and still that look.

Gamma approaches Alpha, and shows Alpha her bandaged hand. She says, the man with the metal arm gave to her. Seated on the ground, Alpha says, shh, and Gamma sits next to her. Alpha takes Gamma’s mask off, saying, different masks for different times. It’s kind of a sacrifice, like Gamma sacrificed her sister. Gamma says Alpha’s sacrifice was much greater, and Alpha says, the man with the metal arm could be useful. Gamma might just have to wear a new mask.

Connie walks through the stables, and hangs up a lantern. Daryl is there with his bike, and she asks if he’s leaving. He says he has to go back, and asks if Kelly is okay. Connie smiles and nods. She writes, sorry about Magna and Kelly asking him to lie for them. Daryl makes the sign for family, and Connie smiles. He gets on his bike, and she signs goodbye. He rolls out, whistling for Dog to follow.

Negan walks through the woods, wearing his jacket, and carrying Lucille. He walks past the barbed wire, and says, hey, sacks of sh*t, what does he have to do to get something to eat? Are they all scared of the big bad wolf? Little pigs, little pigs, let me in. (Which is what he also said when he first went to Alexandria.) He sees some zombies and says, there they are. He’s done talking. He whacks one with Lucille, and says he’s gonna blow their asses all the way home. He wallops a few more, and gets knocked down by Beta, who’s there with some Whisperers. I say, oh sh*t, and Negan says, all right, you big ass freak. Let’s do this.

Next time, Carol takes her gun and goes out walking, Alpha wants to test Negan, and Negan says he wants to join the Whisperers. They’re a survivor’s wet dream.

🎃 Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop…

So much Halloween.


Heidi’s Halloween.



TV personalities dress up.


Daytime dresses up.


👴 42 Is the New Old…

The new season of 90 Day Fiancé is here, and already the insults are flying.


😕 Jim Edmonds, D-Bag Or D-Bag…?

The reveal. (And is Jim wearing eyeshadow in that picture?)


The accusations.


Jim claps back.


The nanny speaks.


Headed for divorce.


Maybe not.


📺 Desperately Real Housewife…

Vicki grasps at storyline straws.


🙇 The Countess Can Relax…

She’s probably just mad that Bethenny didn’t want to see her cabaret act for the thousandth time.


Remember Him…?

No reason you should. I don’t.


Seriously. The Final Word…

I would have never suspected Varys.


🐎 A Little Will…

In honor of Will Rogers‘s 140th birthday, a few quotes.

I never met a man I didn’t like

Papers say: Congress is deadlocked and can’t act. I think that is the greatest blessing that could befall this country.

You know everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.

This would be a great world to dance in if we didn’t have to pay the fiddler.

We all can’t be heroes, for someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.

Everything is funny as long as it is happening to Somebody Else.

We will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.

🍂 November Song…

Officially moving on from Halloween.