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April 3, 2020 – GG Explains It All, Reversal Of Karma, a Break-Up, Teresa’s Loss, Free ‘N’ Fun, Ten Quotes For Quarantine & I Wanna

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What I Watched Today

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

 

Shahs of Sunset

Destiney meets sister Cat for breakfast. In Destiney’s interview, she says Cat is everything to her. She’s strong, independent; a mother, sister, and father-like figure. They’re so close, and even did People’s Couch together. I loved that show! Destiney says she’s trying to get everything out of her head, and Cat thinks things should be brought down a notch. In her interview, Destiney says she doesn’t get the accusations that she planned the bullsh*t between Reza and Ali. She tells Cat, she isn’t getting respect from the people around her, and Cat says, then Destiney doesn’t need them walking with her on her journey. She asks how Destiney’s dating life is going, and Destiney says she went to Vegas, and was catching a vibe with Sara’s brother. They ended up making out. Um… I think it was more than that. She says she’s been dealing with Sara’s drama, and feels bullied. Cat asks if she cares about Sam, and Destiney says part of her is vibing with him, but it’s complicated. It’s driving her crazy. In her interview, she says no one is going to tell her who she can or can’t date. Cat says they have to live life like it’s their last day. She and Destiney high-five.

GG and Sara meet to visit a Reiki master. GG sees a dead bee, and tells Sara, an animal shaman told her that her spirit animal was a bee, and she wonders if it’s a sign. Reiki master Romeo says he’s going to go through her chakras to determine the trauma to her body and soul. In GG’s interview, she says she believes in different forms of healing energy, and hopes this will give her an answer as to why this happened (referring to her miscarriage). She tells Sara that the remaining embryo and placenta is stuck right now. They gave her injections of something to make it dissolve and go away, but that hasn’t happened. Sara says, it’s a lot. In her interview, GG says she’s been pregnant a few times. She’s put her body through so many things. Is this her karma for taking advantage of her body? She believes in walking energy, and that some people have the skill to gather and move energy, and locate where the body needs healing, giving their energy to you. Romeo has both of them close their eyes, and invite his energy in. Afterwards, GG lies down, and Romeo’s hands hover over her. He says her chakras are open. GG asks if she should pursue the things in her mind, or do they need to take a backseat? Romeo says he’s going to ask spirit real quick, and concentrates. He tells her, basically, there’s a lot of positivity in the next three months. In her interview, she says it will take three months for her to heal from the medications she’s been given. He says a shift is going to happen in that time, and GG says, it makes sense.

Reza calls Nema from the car, and Nema tells him, the more he talks to MJ, the more it makes sense that there’s no crazy ulterior motive. He suggests Reza sit and talk. Reza says Nema and Mike have drunk the Kool-Aid, and are being messy. In Mike’s interview, he says MJ was a pawn, and he wants to be done with this foolishness. Reza says, if they want to be friends with MJ, why don’t they crawl up her ass? Nema says, he just wants them to talk, but Reza doesn’t want to. He has a legal case against MJ’s husband, who vandalized his house. He doesn’t want to put himself in harm’s way with her criminally violent husband. In Reza’s interview, he says Nema is only worried about how it’s going to affect himself. He wants to be in the mix, and is just making it worse. He tells Nema, stay out of his business. He doesn’t need help. He hangs up while Nema is still talking.

Nema meets Shervin at a martial arts studio. In Nema’s interview, he says he studies Jiu-Jitsu. Persians don’t have a combat sport, and the only belt Shervin has is Gucci. Their defense system is lawyers and an American Express card. They go through some exercises, and then do a few rounds of what looks similar to wrestling, where Shervin gets the upper hand. In his interview, Nema says Shervin is able to disable and disarm him with his disgusting body hair and sweaty palms, bringing on Nema’s gag reflex. Shervin asks if Nema is really going with the gag reflex defense, and Nema tells him that he’s really gross. They sit down, and Nema says he likes this because it checks his ego. He spoke to Reza, and Reza made it a screaming match. In Nema’s interview, he says when Reza claims Nema is meddling from a place of self-interest, that says his marriage is falling apart, and he’s blaming everyone and anyone around. He tells Shervin, for Reza to risk their friendship shows a disassociation with himself. No matter how tough Reza pretends to be, he thinks Reza is hurt.

Mike brings flowers to his mom Sue. He, Sue, and dad Shawn sit down in front of the traditional tons of food for any and every occasion. Mike asks what they think of Paulina, and after a long pause, Sue says, she looks like a good girl. Mike says it’s the first time he’s dating a Persian girl, and the first time he’s dating a Jewish girl. Why don’t they look happy? In Mike’s interview, he says his parents don’t feel he’s capable of a long term relationship. We flash back to Mike’s failed marriage with Jessica. Sue tells him to take his time. When he hurts, all of them hurt, and they want to make sure he doesn’t do it again. She asks how the progress is with the project. Maybe Mike should sell the permits and plan, and get out; the land is worth a million. Mike says, why make two million when he can make five or six? In his interview, Mike says his mom feels that he’s in over his head with the project. Sue says, it’s going to be two years of hard work. Maybe he’s better off getting out. Shawn tells him to make someone an offer they can’t refuse.

MJ and Tommy go to see a therapist. In MJ’s interview, she says Tommy is normally funny and lighthearted, but now he’s heartbroken, thinking about how he almost lost her. We flash back to Tommy weeping over MJ’s near death experience. She says, they’ve come there to heal. There’s no reason for this bullsh*t in their lives. Dr. K’harja says she’ll start with Tommy, and asks why he’s there. He says he’s had a tough go of it since MJ had the baby. They couldn’t remove the placenta, and it was terrifying. MJ says she knows it has something to do with Tommy’s mother dying. He says he became an angry kid, and got in a lot of trouble. K’harja says the aftermath has the potential to dredge up old stuff again. She brings MJ into the conversation, and in her interview, MJ hopes Tommy will be back to his old self in short order. She wants solutions, and wants to know what they need to be for each other. K’harja asks what MJ’s experience is, and MJ says, having a baby is stressful, but this is another level. K’harja says it’s critical that Tommy get support for his PTSD. MJ says as soon as she woke up, she started making jokes. Culturally, they’re supposed to be strong and move on. In her interview, she says she and Tommy couldn’t be more different. If they don’t have the tools to heal each other, it could poison their marriage past the point of no return. K’harja says, sadness turns to anger if it sits too long. In trying to communicate and support each other, Tommy needs to say he just wants her to listen or he needs a minute. In MJ’s interview, she says she loves Tommy with all her heart, and he deserves to feel that, even if she’s not saying it in the moment.

Reza takes Adam along to buy a car for his mom. Adam says, what if she doesn’t love it? but Reza says he bought her the last car, and she loved it. In his interview, he says his dad left his mom broken, and she did everything she could to give her children the best life. She made so many sacrifices, a car is literally the least he could do for her. He used to car shop with Mike. We flash back to Mike and Reza at a dealership, and Reza telling Mike to act like he doesn’t have money. With the bullsh*t in Arizona, and Mike going to Vida’s retirement party, he’s blocked Mike and Shervin on his on phone, Twitter, and Instagram. Nothing good can come from them trying to fix things.

Mike goes to the development project, and in his interview, he says, it’s hard. He’d love to have his best friend there to help, like when they were building his house. Unfortunately, Reza is mad that Mike’s not siding with him enough, and he doesn’t hate MJ enough on Reza’s Richter scale of hatred.

Reza sees a car coming in on a truck. The kind of truck I hate to be near on the highway, because I’m always afraid one is going to come loose and fall off. He asks how much it is, and the dealer says, $40K. Reza says he wants that one.

Mike meets with real estate broker Jordan. In his interview, Mike says his mom is strongly urging him to sell, but he doesn’t like playing it safe. Jordan tells him the property is worth $2-2.5 million, and in Mike’s interview, he says it’s not worth enough to sell, but now he has to get his mom off his back, and develop it. He thinks it will be worth $10-15 million when he’s done. There are a lot of naysayers and doubters, like Reza, but the reality is, he’s doing it. Jordan asks if he knows what he’s getting into, and Mike says he’s going to fake it until he makes it.

GG is in the ER. She asks Fatima if everything went okay, and Fatima says, everything is good. In GG’s interview, she says she was in a lot of pain on her way home. She went to the hospital, and they did surgery, taking both of her fallopian tubes. She can never get pregnant the natural way. She asks if she’ll be okay, and Fatima says she will. GG is glad it’s over. In her interview, she says she’s been pregnant too many times by accident. To never be able to get pregnant again is karma, and what she deserves for the life she’s led for so many years. She asks if she peed on herself during surgery, and Fatima laughs.

In the car, Shervin tells Mike, the weather is weird, and everyone is bipolar. GG texted him, asking how much she needed to pay him to keep her name out of his mouth. Mike says, GG had complications with a pregnancy, and explains GG had an ectopic pregnancy, and they had to remove her fallopian tubes, but she’s going to try again. He doesn’t understand how she can, and in his interview, Mike describes IVF as a sperm and an egg being put in the vagina, since he apparently doesn’t know exactly where babies are formed, and that you don’t necessarily need fallopian tubes. Shervin tells him, the uterus doesn’t go backward.

GG smokes some weed. The doorbell rings, and it’s Nema. GG says she’s in a lot of pain, so Nema answers the door when Destiney arrives. She tells GG that she knows eventually GG will be okay, and she’ll allow herself to heal, and be in the moment. In GG’s interview, she says, it’s the new her. She’s not angry with world for everything that happens to her anymore. Destiney is wearing a sexy nurse outfit, and GG says she must have died and gone to heaven. Destiney says she’s Nurse Rose, and has brought goodies. She gives GG a fancy domino mask, a feather boa, and prunes, just in case. GG says she went all out.

Mike tells Shervin, everyone was on the text, and Shervin wonders if Reza will show. In Shervin’s interview, he says they went to Vida’s party, and because they chose to be supportive of her retirement, Reza threw a tantrum, took his toys, and left the sandbox. He doesn’t want to play now. Reza talks to other people who have said and done as much, and says they’re friends. He tells Mike, he doesn’t like that Reza made them choose a side, and doesn’t give a f*** what happened. If you don’t stop something like that in its tracks, it continues, catches speed, and there’s no stopping it. In Mike’s interview, he says, Reza has known them both for years, and has hurt him in many ways, but he’s learned to forgive. Shervin says, all the weight of the tension is falling on them, and Mike says they need to learn to forgive each other.

Tommy takes out a new seat, and MJ tells him to clean up the mess, since Polina is coming over. In Tommy’s interview, he says Polina was a friend from many years back, and she’s a sharp-tongued hard-nosed lawyer, who takes no bullsh*t. He tells MJ, that he’s shocked there’s no spread of food to give Polina, since it’s the Persian way. MJ wonders if she can give Polina a diaper, but quickly makes a chartcuterie board. In her interview, she says Tommy has two cases to deal with; one civil, and one criminal. Because Reza called the cops, he’s been charged with vandalism, which is criminal. Reza also filed a restraining order, which is a civil case. The fact that Tommy has to retain an attorney is ridiculous. She says she didn’t sue when Reza damaged her sofa while he was painting her condo. Because that’s so much the same thing.

The Shahs, minus MJ, gather at GG’s place. I wonder where the damn food is. In GG’s interview, she says she wants her friends to know what happened. She hopes they wake up and realize the issue with MJ is minute, compared to bigger issues, like what she went through. She explains that she was pregnant, and it was an ectopic pregnancy. Only 1% of IVF patients have that happen. Everyone is in shock, and she says she got injections to make it dissolve, and her pain was really bad. It can kill a person, so they went in and removed both of her fallopian tubes. Now she can never get pregnant naturally. It is what it is. Everyone gets teary, and she says, it happened so fast, before she was able to… She starts to cry, and says, before she could appreciate being pregnant, she lost part of her reproductive system. That’s what made her realize a lot of this needs to stop between them. She believes it’s karma. Shervin is closest to her, and when she was going in to surgery, she expected to see him. He says he’s sorry, and wishes he’d been there. She says, everybody is going through sh*t, and she wants someone to do something at this point.

Nema says Reza’s comments about him sharing the dynamic affected him massively, and Mike says Reza blocked him because he didn’t chose a side. Reza says there was no compassion and insight to how he was feeling, and Mike was looking at it from the opposite angel. Mike says, you’re either with MJ or Reza, and Nema says he’s invested in them both, and wanted to see two friends come together. If he overstepped, he apologizes. Reza says, it made things ten times worse, and made him angrier. He had to take a moment. The intentions are pure, but he can’t talk right now. He could get in a better place with MJ if he wasn’t hearing the noise. He was in a dark place, and none of them knew what he was going through. Mike says Reza is making it sound like no one has sympathy. MJ was crying, and saying she effed up, and Ali better tun if Mike sees him, but Mike didn’t do anything to Reza. Reza says he needed a hug, and to be understood, but was left in pain, while Mike kept harping on MJ being his friend for thirty years. GG tells them that they can’t talk over each other. They’re individuals who all need to be heard. Mike says he’s supported Reza throughout their entire friendship, and Reza has done the same.

In Mike’s interview, he says there have been so many times he was having trouble, and Reza told him what he needed to hear. We flash back to Reza telling Mike that he sucks at being a husband, and Mike says, now he’s done the same because of what he learned from Reza, and he’s the bad guy. Reza says he was talking emotionally, and trying to explain how isolated he felt. Mike says Reza insisted he was either with him or MJ. GG says they deal with things the same way every time; deal with it differently. Reza says he was never mad at them. He gets irrational when he feels like he’s under attack and hurt. He was very alone and isolated. He’s an accountable person, and said disgusting vial things because he was hurt. He could have done it differently, but he was stupid, and wants to apologize. He put everyone in the position that they had to choose between two people they care about, and he didn’t mean to.

Tommy asks Polina, what if Reza decides to drop the charges? and she says the restraining order is in Reza’s hands. MJ says, Reza needs to come to his senses, and Polina says, if he does, it will be thrown out, but the criminal charges are up to the judge. It could be either a misdemeanor or a felony, if it’s over $400 in damage. In MJ’s interview, she can’t believe over $400 is a felony. Polina says, it’s not as light an offense as they thought. Tommy says, it’s all bullsh*t, and asks what the worst case is. Polina says he could spend time in county jail. In her interview, MJ says, all this mess could have been avoided if Reza hadn’t called the cops over broken pottery. Oh, okay. I guess it couldn’t have been avoided if Tommy hadn’t broken the pottery in the first place. Tommy says he has to take responsibility, and in MJ’s interview, she says it’s a nine inch nail in their friendship and family. It’s over.

Mike says, dirty sh*t happened, and they all stepped outside of their norm. Shervin, Mike, and Reza have a three-way hug. In Reza’s interview, he says he feels better now. Clearly, he needs to apologize to MJ. Maybe they can form a new relationship and friendship from ground zero. Reza tells them, after the hug, he never needs to wear cologne again.

Next time, Destiney and GG get injectables, Reza and MJ meet, and GG needs an ambulance.

💫 Karma Reversed…

I’m pleased to say, things did work out for GG.

https://people.com/parents/shahs-of-sunset-golnesa-gharachedaghi-having-a-boy-named-elijah/

💃 Amigas No More…

I guess it was hard to keep it going after two of them were fired.

https://betches.com/the-tres-amigas-of-rhoc-are-officially-over/

😥 The Hits Keep Coming…

Sadly, Teresa’s father passed away. It’s unclear from what, but he’s been unwell for some time, and had pneumonia not that long ago.

https://www.eonline.com/news/1137356/real-housewives-of-new-jersey-s-teresa-giudice-mourns-the-death-of-her-dad-giacinto-gorga

🙆🏻 Free Things To Do While Self-Isolating…

Movies and TV shows.

https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/hbo-free-streaming-to-stay-at-home-47366120

Zoo tours.

https://www.popsugar.com/pets/virtual-zoo-tours-47362760

And who doesn’t want to hear LeVar Burton read to them?

https://comicbook.com/startrek/2020/04/01/star-trek-levar-burton-reads-live-twitter-coronavirus-quarantine/

📣 Quotes of the Week

Don’t believe every stupid thing you think. – Dr. Daniel Amen

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.Mark Twain

Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution. – Albert Einstein

Integrity is doing what is right and truthful, and doing as you say you would do. Roy T. Bennett

The queen doesn’t rage text. – Andy Cohen after James Kennedy blamed his nasty texts on being British.

Keep a light, hopeful heart. But expect the worst. – Joyce Carol Oates

The future is uncertain, but that can be a good thing. – Jennifer Niven

The past is made out of facts. I guess the future is just hope. – Isaac Marion

Let’s f*** sh*t up is my legal middle name. – Juggernaut (voiced by Ryan Reynolds), Deadpool 2

🤷🏻‍♀️ What’s a Weekend…?

There are never any days off for me, but I’m sure it’s weird for a lot of people when Saturday is just like Monday. Remember, this too shall pass. Everything in life is temporary, even life itself. Well, maybe not if you’re one of The Walking Dead. See you then, and in the meantime, stay safe out there.

March 18, 2020 – Jordan Makes a Choice, New Jersey Wraps It Up & Waiting

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Since it’s week two from hell, I missed the very beginning again, but also again, nothing crucial to the plot.

Nina tells Jax, in regard to Obrecht getting arrested, is she disappointed? Yeah. Is she surprised? No, but what she is, is done.

Jordan puts on her gun, when there’s a knock at her office door. She opens it, and Harmony is there. She tells Harmony she has no time, but Harmony says she’ll want to make time. It’s important. Jordan says, sorry. Police business, and walks past her. Harmony looks miffed.

At the MetroCourt, Curtis tells Portia that he wants to talk about Trina. He has questions, and thought she might be ready to give him answers.

Cameron and Trina kiss. They break apart, and Cameron stammers. Trina says, she never thought… Josslyn comes out, and says, one good thing about going to school online is, she can reschedule her tutorial. She sees them several feet apart, looking weird, and asks what she missed.

On the phone, Ned says the documents are sensitive, and he wants to stick to a hard copy. He sees a great future with this company. He’ll send a courier. He calls to Brook, but hears a her desk phone ringing. He looks out, and she’s not there.

She’s at the MetroCourt, having a drink, and surrounded by shopping bags. Maxie and Lulu come in, and Lulu says, someone did some shopping. Did Brook charge it to the family account or use her trust fund? Either way, it must be nice.

Sasha tells Chase, Michael’s best shot when petitioning the court, is to show he can provide a better stepmother than Nelle will ever be a mother. Michael says they already went over why marrying her won’t work. The doorbell rings, and Michael opens it to Willow. She says Chase told her about Nelle. What can she do to help? He says they were just strategizing, and all ideas are welcome. Chase hugs her, and says he’s glad she made it. She says she’s guessing Nelle had her visit and left, and Michael says she’s lucky. She says, no argument there, and Sasha says, everything is okay. Or It will be, thanks to Willow. Willow asks what they want her to do, and Sasha says, marry Michael.

Brook tells Lulu that Nikolas would buy her anything she wants. Or did he fail to live up to her moral standards, like Dante? They both disappointed her. It must be lonely being up on the pedestal by herself. Lulu moves toward Brook, but Maxie gets in between them. She says, amusing as this is – and it is entertaining – their table is ready.

Portia says she remembers that Curtis was always straight to the point. So instead of him asking questions, she’ll just give him answers. He’s clearly done the math. Trina is the correct age to be his daughter, but she’s not. Taggert is Trina’s father.

Jordan approaches the warehouse, and sees a phone on the ground. She picks it up, and recognize it’s TJ’s. She hears someone, and wheels around, her gun ready. Harmony asks if she really thought her son would be there.

Brook gets a call from Ned, asking where she is. She says, lunch, and he tells her, come back now. She says, calm down, and tells the bartender to put her order on the ELQ account. She leaves, and Lulu wonders if the diva is in trouble. Maxie says, she could be, but she doesn’t care; she was talking. As she was saying, she needs some super serious life-altering advice. Lulu asks, what’s up? and Maxie says she loves her job, but some days, she wants Nina’s job, and some days – some weeks – she’s doing Nina’s job. You’d think Nina would thank her, or at least notice. She was gone for about thirteen weeks, and who was there to pick the pieces up? Her. It’s not that she doesn’t love Nina, or doesn’t want to help, but there’s nothing wrong with hearing job well done. Lulu says Nina probably has no idea how dissatisfied she is. She needs to talk to Nina. Maxie says, she will, tomorrow, but Lulu says right now, before she talks herself out of it. Maxie says she needs to prepare what she’s going to say, and Lulu asks how worried she is about rocking the boat. Maxie says Nina is James’s aunt, and now that Obrecht is in jail, his closest relative on his father’s side. Lulu asks what the problem is, and Maxie says she doesn’t want work to come between them. Lulu says, it already has. She has to push her thoughts out of the way, and talk to Nina. It’s the only way she’s going to know where she stands.

Nina tells Jax, she feels sorry for Obrecht, but she did it to herself; unlike Michael or Willow. She didn’t get along with Willow, but now, when she thinks about what Willow is going through… He says, Nelle has a lot to answer for, and she asks how Josslyn is dealing with all of this. Jax says, she’s doing fine. Wiley’s situation hasn’t affected her, but being under house arrest is another story. Carly is home schooling her until Sonny figures out what to do about the latest threat against his territory. Josslyn has less than a year and a half before she goes to college, and he didn’t want it like this. Nina takes it that he has a contingency plan, and he says he does. He’ll tell her about it, after he speaks to his daughter.

Chase says he doesn’t want to speak for Willow, but she tells him to go ahead. He says, absolutely not. Willow says Michael, and Sasha are together. Why would he marry her? Sasha says, Michael has to marry the right person, and Willow took on the world for Wiley. At every turn, she put Wiley first. She went to jail, and has spent Wiley’s life so far acting as his mother. Why stop now?

Portia tells Curtis, she became pregnant after Taggert came back from an undercover assignment. Curtis says, Trina is a wonderful young woman, and Portia says, but he’s relieved she’s not his? He asks if that makes him horrible, but she says, it’s understandable. He says he didn’t really know Taggert, but one thing was clear; he and Trina loved each other. Portia says, they absolutely did. Taggert was a terrific father, even after the divorce. She was in a bad place when she met Curtis. It’s no excuse. She shouldn’t have let him believe she was single, and doesn’t blame Curtis for breaking it off after he found out the truth. He says it was messed up the way he did it. He should have been kinder, and regrets that. She appreciates it, but says, a clean break, no matter how painful, was the best way. It was such a long time ago, and he found his way to the right person, so there’s that. Curtis says, Jordan is a remarkable woman.

Harmony asks if Jordan can point her gun somewhere else, and Jordan says, where’s her son? Harmony says, they moved him hours ago. Did she think Cyrus would allow her to find him so easy? Jordan says Harmony is right; she wasn’t thinking. Harmony says she wasn’t. She was thinking like a mother, not a cop. Jordan asks if Harmony can at least tell her if TJ is okay. Harmony says, as far as she knows, he’s safe – for now – but she wants to tell Jordan what Cyrus wants in exchange for her son’s life. Jordan points her gun at Harmony again, and says maybe Harmony will take her to her son in exchange for hers.

Chase says he knows Sasha’s heart is in the right place, but does she hear herself? Sasha says, it makes sense. Chase says Michael is with Sasha, and everyone will know he and Willow aren’t together. Sasha says, it wouldn’t be first platonic marriage for the sake of a child. Willow asks where she would live. Would she move in there? Sasha says Wiley has to have a stable home environment, and Michael asks if Sasha would move out. She says there would be a change in their situations until it’s over. Michael says that could take months, and Chase says, or years. Nelle isn’t going to give up. It won’t work.

Maxie goes back to the office, and Nina says, her timing is great. She needs an article from the July issue, and asks Maxie to get it for her. Maxie says, no. She can’t get the article for Nina. That’s something her assistant needs to do. Nina says her assistant is out on an errand, and Maxie is the creative director. Maxie says, it’s not her job to fetch for Nina. Nina says, she didn’t mean… and Maxie says, but she’s been doing it anyway, for years. She did it when Nina was in Tunisia, and when her life fell apart because of Valentin. Maxie literally lived there. She had a cot and a toothbrush in the office. She spent nights away from her son. Nina says she had no idea, and Maxie says, of course (🍷) she didn’t. By the time Nina got home, the magazine came out on time and under budget, but it was on Maxie’s back. Nina says she can’t imagine doing it without Maxie. That’s why she’s the creative director. It’s under editor-in-chief, with no space in between. Maxie asks why she does so many jobs and just gets paid for one? Something has to give, and it can’t be her. Not anymore.

Josslyn leads Cameron and Trina in a study about A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and says, compare Helena to Hermia. Anybody? She gets silence, and says she’ll start. They’re both women in love who are willing to risk their reputations by running away with the men they love. Cameron and Trina don’t say anything, and Josslyn asks, how are they different? Trina? Trina says, Hermia has more confidence, and Helena is more… Or is it the other way around? Their names both start with H and end in A, so… Josslyn says, Cam? and he says, one of them is tall, and the other one is short. Josslyn says, what is it? What’s going on? Clue her in. Something is obviously wrong. Cameron says, nothing is wrong. He just doesn’t feel like English. Trina says, her neither. She’s going. Josslyn says, don’t leave. They can pick something else, all right? Cameron says, whatever she wants, but Trina says she needs to be alone, grabs her stuff, and heads for the door. Jax is there, and asks if she’s okay. She says she’s fine, and jets. He says Trina doesn’t appear fine, and Josslyn says, she’s going through a lot. Jax asks, how about Cameron? He and Trina went through quite an ordeal. How is he coping?

Harmony tells Jordan, she doesn’t know where TJ is. Cyrus will only tell her if he wants Jordan to know. Jordan can kill her, but it will just be an inconvenience to Cyrus for a hot five minutes, and he’ll send a replacement. Jordan suggests they team up, and work together to finish Cyrus, but Harmony asks, how? Jordan says, play along until the find a moment, and take it. Harmony says it’s very cinematic, but she loves Willow too much to risk it. She’s begging Jordan for both their sakes, do what Cyrus asks. It’s the only way she’ll see her son again.

Harmony says, Cyrus has an important shipment coming in. It’s going to enter the city limits around 11 o’clock. Jordan says, and he wants her to look the other way. Harmony says he wants her to divert police attention elsewhere, so they get through with no trouble. Jordan says that’s what she thought, and Harmony says he’s not asking her to kill a witness; it’s just traffic. It means seeing her son alive and well. Don’t wait too long to give him an answer. Harmony walks away.

Brook goes back to the office, and tells Ned she’s there; what’s the emergency? He says, it’s hard to concentrate on a meeting when the phone is ringing off the hook. She tells him, that’s what voicemail is for, and he says, that’s what an administrative assistant is for. Clients prefer a human voice. She says she needed to get lunch, and he tells her not to leave her desk unmanned. He has an important conference, and has documents he wants treated with great care. He doesn’t want some temp to see them; that’s why he hired her. She says she gets it, and he tells her that he wants them signed, sealed, and delivered by courier. They’re for her eyes only. Can she do that? She says, of course (🍷). He gives her the documents, and goes back in his office. She says, well, desk, since we’ll be spending more time together, it’s a new day;  come my way. She fixes up her desk, including putting out a fancy paperweight from one of the shopping bags, does her makeup, and says, voila!

Lulu talks to herself, saying, okay. Brook’s career is shot, and she knows Brook can’t have a job, so let’s see what she’s up to on Facebook.

Curtis says Portia has her career on track, and she says she’s thinking of transferring to GH from Mercy. They’re looking for a new GP. He says, GH is a great hospital, but maybe he’s biased. Trina walks in, and says, what the hell is this? Portia tells Trina, lower her voice. Trina says her father is dead, and her mother is having coffee with the guy who didn’t save his life. Curtis thinks maybe it’s a good time to get going, and Trina says, that’s what cowards do – they run. Portia apologizes, and Curtis says, it was good catching up; he’ll see her around. When he’s gone, Portia say she knows Trina is upset, but being in pain doesn’t give her the right to give other people pain. Trina says she doesn’t want to hurt other people. Just Curtis.

Cameron says Josslyn is super supportive, and he and Trina have been leaning on each other. Josslyn says it doesn’t feel like it’s actually helping, and Jax says, sometimes the only way out is through. Think about when she lost Oscar. Josslyn says, they were there for her, every step of the way. She wants to be there for them now. Jax says they need a safe place to grieve. That’s what friends are for. Cameron says he might have kissed Trina’s safe space goodbye, and Josslyn asks what he means. He says, nothing; it’s stupid. He’s got to go. He leaves, and Jax asks if Josslyn wants to go after him, and she says she thinks that’s the opposite of what Cameron wants. Sometimes you need to be alone to think about what you need.

Maxie says she loves Nina, but she can’t continue to allow Nina to take her for granted. Nina says Maxie is 100% right. Maxie is her parachute, her backbone, her savior. Maxie trained her. When she started, all she knew was what looked good on her. Maxie is the reason Crimson is thriving, and it’s shameful that she hasn’t acknowledged it before this. She suggests they put their heads together and reexamine Maxie’s role. She wants to give Maxie a new title, and a salary equal to what she contributes. Maxie says Nina would do that? and Nina says Maxie deserves a raise, a promotion, and a new title. She deserves everything and anything she wants. Let’s make it happen.

Jax tells Josslyn, it takes a while to process trauma and heal. Josslyn says, Trina and Cameron will get there, but he says he was referring to her. How would she like to go to a place where she doesn’t have to worry about dodging bullets? She says, yes please. Where is he thinking? He says, Lady Jane’s house. They haven’t been there in a while. She says, Australia is on fire, but he says, not everywhere, and they’re contained. Maybe they can help out with animal rescue, or volunteer at a shelter. She asks if he talked to her mom. She swears they’re having the same conversation as she and Carly had. Carly asked if she wanted to go to Australia, and part of her does, but the bigger part wants to stay there. It’s her home. Her family and her life are there, at least until she goes to college. She doesn’t think he wants to leave either. If she can choose, she chooses to stay there for lot of reasons.

Brook makes a video, and says, hey, fans and followers. She’s on a small hiatus from her performing career, and thought she’d show them the other half of her life with an up close and personal tour of her desk. It’s a tastefully corporate, visually stunning dive into the family business. First, see the efficient, sleek company phone. It’s standard for an office, but she intends to update the hold music, and maybe get something more ergonomic. Organizing is a big skill of hers, and when she does have papers on her desk, they’re held beneath this fun and stylish paperweight. (You know what’s going to happen, right?)

Willow says she loves Sasha, but her idea… Chase thinks the word she’s looking for is insane. Sasha says, Wiley needs all their help, and Michael says, Nelle created the lie that started all this first. They can’t lie to rectify it. Sasha says, it’s not the same thing, but he says, close enough. They promised to do everything to protect Wiley, but they didn’t promise to do anything dishonest. Sasha says she’s sorry Willow lost her son, but her bond with Wiley is real. Wiley loves her like a mother, and she thinks Willow loves Wiley the same way. Willow says she does, and she’d do anything to protect Wiley, if she thought it would work. Sasha says, it can, but Chase says, it’s too much to ask. He’s sorry he came down hard on Sasha, but it’s not happening. Michael says he’s sorry he can’t ask Willow to marry him, but he can offer a consolation prize; a visit with Wiley. Willow says she’ll gladly take him up on it. Michael says Sasha is welcome to join them, but Sasha says her phone has been blowing up; she thinks it’s Lucy. Chase says he’s got to get back to the station. He’ll see Willow at home. Michael and Willow go to the nursery, and Chase asks Sasha, what the hell was that? She says, the best way to keep Wiley safe. They agreed. He says they agreed to lean on each other, not come up with the craziest idea he’s ever heard. She asks if he’s got anything better. He stammers, and says, Willow can’t marry Michael. She loves him. She says, you know who else Willow loves? Wiley.

Jax goes back to Crimson, and Nina asks how Josslyn is. He says, good. He offered for her to go to Australia for a few months, but she made it clear that her life is there in Port Charles. It would have just been temporary until Sonny’s mob war is over. She says she wants Josslyn to be safe, but she’s glad he’s not going anywhere. He says, him too, and they kiss. He asks if she’s ready to wrap it up, and she says, almost. There’s something she’d like to discuss with him. She thinks he’ll love it.

When Jordan gets back to her office, Curtis is there. He says she doesn’t seem happy to see him. She says she’s always happy to see him, but a drug lord is starting a war in her city, and she doesn’t know how to stop it. He asks if that’s why she’s amped up; she couldn’t make it better? She says she needs to stop it, and he says she will. He knows his wife, and she’ll get this done. She says she’s glad he’s there, and he says, of course (🍷). He’s kind of wonderful. She says he is, but it’s pretty obvious he didn’t stop by just to check on her, and he says he can’t put anything past her. He knows she has questions about his connection to Portia, and he wants to give her answers.

Ned asks if Brook got the documents sent off; they haven’t gotten them yet. She says she handled it as entrusted, and he asks what she means. She says she handled it, but when he’s gone, she puts the documents in an envelope.

Portia tells Trina, take a deep breath. Trina does, and Portia says, there you go. Does she know why she can do that? Why she can breathe at all? Trina says, because Curtis saved her life? Portia says she knows it’s easier to be mad at Curtis than angry at her father for dying. Curtis was honoring her father’s request to keep her safe. Trina says, so everything she does from now on, it’s because of Curtis? and Portia says, it is. That’s why she should reconsider the way she’s treating him. Trina asks why Portia cares if she hates him, and Porta says, for one thing, it’s not good to hate; Portia doesn’t want that for her, and her father wouldn’t either. Trina wonders if Portia wants her to forgive Curtis for her father’s sake, but Portia says, there’s nothing to forgive. She and Curtis were friends before Trina was born, and he’s an honorable man. More than she knows.

Curtis tells Jordan that he and Portia were involved seventeen years ago. She didn’t tell him that she was married, and when he found out, he got out. Maybe not as kindly as he could have. He hadn’t seen her until Taggert’s sendoff. She says, Trina is just the right age to be… and he says that’s exactly why he went to see Portia; to get answers. Jordan wanted the truth, and Trina is not his daughter. Jordan says, thank God. Trina is a great kid, but… Curtis says he hears her. Even before he went to see Portia, he made a deal with himself to tell her the truth, no matter what he found out. It’s what they promised. No more secrets. She says she loves him, and appreciates him telling the truth. Her phone dings, and she says, sorry. He says, go save the city, and she says she’ll do her best.

Nina tells Jax that Maxie has been doing heavy lifting lately. She’s been running the magazine when Nina hasn’t been around. With everything she’s been going through, it’s been several months. Jax says, Maxie has made a considerable contribution, but Nina says, that’s an understatement. Maxie has gotten no credit, from Nina or in print. She doesn’t know that Nina appreciates her, because Nina’s been taking her for granted. Maxie is the heartbeat of Crimson, and she needs to make it right. Jax asks what Nina proposes, and she says she knows the budget for this year is locked in, but she did some figuring. If he approves the amount, she can give Maxie what she wants; a raise, a promotion, and a title apropos to what she does. Nina can adjust it with the budget for next year. Jax says he hates to disappoint her, but no.

Maxie tells Lulu that she totally underestimated Nina. She was amazing, and completely understood. Lulu is glad, but says, you never know with Nina, and Maxie asks if she’s suggesting Nina is unpredictable. She said she’d do everything in her power to get Maxie a higher salary, and her own office; she needs her own space, and deserves it. Lulu’s phone dings, and she says, oh my God. Maxie is never going to believe what Brook posted on Facebook.

Michael thanks Willow, and asks if she’s okay. She says, is he? Sasha is his girlfriend, and she just told Willow to marry him. Michael says they were tossing ideas around. It’s an insane idea, but he gives Sasha credit for originality. Willow tells him, they keep saying they’d do anything to protect Wiley. Marrying him would certainly do that, and he says it’s okay if she doesn’t want to. He doesn’t either. She says he’s so sweet to say that. He says he and Wiley know she’ll be there when they need her.

Jordan calls Mac, and says she wants to move the team around. They can’t get complacent. She wants him to pull the team to cross points on the west side; spread their eyes around. Let her know when he’s done it. She hangs up, and looks at TJ’s picture on her phone.

Tomorrow, Jax explains to Nina why he can’t give Maxie the money, Sonny tells Jason to keep looking, and Brando meets Spinelli.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey – The Reunion: Part Three

Or as I like to call it, thank God it’s over.

Marty arrived, to be supportive of Danielle. He thought she was ganged up on last year. I empathized with Danielle when she had to give Fendi liquid medicine, as I’ve dealt with many a lock-jawed dog.

Delores wondered if Juicy Joe was speaking better to Teresa, and Teresa said he was. A viewer asked how much money he cost Teresa in legal fees and back taxes, and we found out it was over a million. He also said if it wasn’t for the show, all of this wouldn’t have happened. Apparently, he’s still not taking responsibility for his own actions. Melissa said he looks at it like Teresa ruined his life. Teresa didn’t think Joe was going to ask for spousal support, and Melissa agreed, but said her husband was of the opposite opinion. Joe #2 joined the group again, and said he thought Teresa should sign the divorce papers immediately. He’d looked the other way regarding Joe #1’s treatment of Teresa during there marriage, saying he didn’t think it was his place to interfere, unless there was physical abuse. Teresa said she wanted more for herself too, and Melissa said Joe #1 was still arrogant, and she was livid over his treatment of Teresa in Italy. Teresa shrugged it off, saying she was used to him. Andy said, if ICE saw his attitude, why would they help him? and Joe #2 thought he should be more humble. Teresa said she felt bad for him, since he only knows one way to express himself; the hard way. Joe #2 said he’d basically stayed out of it because Teresa didn’t want him to interfere. He said he might not like Joe #1, but still feels bad for him.

We went down the Memory Lane of Joe #1’s case, ending with him going to Italy. Andy wondered what the chances were of Joe winning his appeal, and Teresa said, not a lot, and it breaks her heart for her daughters. Milania was probably the most affected, but Gia is also seeing a therapist. She said she and Joe #1 could get through anything – they’re adults – but she hated that the kids had to. Punishing the kids wasn’t fair. Agreed. She told Andy that Joe was in Mexico on a guys fishing trip, and he was also working. Joe #2 thought Joe #1 was going to go after Teresa’s money, and if Teresa found the perfect guy, it would trigger him to be spiteful. Melissa looked sick during this discussion. Teresa admitted Joe #1 wanted to have sex with her in Italy (which seemed pretty clear when we saw that episode), but Adriana wanted to sleep with her, and was a good c*ck block. She said everything changed after she lost mom; she was resentful. Joe #2 thought the convictions played a part in their mom’s death because of the stress. Delores told Teresa to let someone else do her dirty work, and just sign the divorce papers. Andy believed Teresa had a great love waiting for her.

Danielle refused to come out unless she sat next to Andy, and said she didn’t have to come. Andy came back to the dressing room, and she said she needed to be heard. He said that’s why she was there, and she said she wanted to sit next to him because the last time, she couldn’t hear. Every time he said her name, no one would shut up. He said Teresa and Marge were on either side of him, and he wasn’t putting her next to Teresa, since the last time, he got pushed. We flashed back to that, and he said he wasn’t putting her next to Marge either because of the hair pulling. She said she deserved the same respect leaving as she got when she came. She wanted to make sure she could speak, and Andy told her that she could do that no matter where she was sitting. It was her call, and he hoped she decided to join them. On stage, Marge said Danielle was such an a-hole. She could feel the Danielle drama. Danielle told Marty that she was sorry she brought him into this, and Andy told the others to try not to interrupt too much, which I was sure would be an impossibility. He said he wanted Danielle to leave feeling she was able to have her say. The executive producer told Danielle, if she was ready, she had to go out now.

Andy welcomed us back, and Danielle decided to join them. Andy told Marge that he’d been surprised that she got into it with Teresa, and Marge said she was disappointed and devastated that Teresa kept defending Danielle. Teresa said she felt like she was being asked by everybody to make a choice. They were all telling her to stay away from Danielle, and she’s a grown woman who can make her own decisions. Well, we see how well that’s worked out. Danielle hadn’t done anything to her. Marge said they were judging Danielle by her behavior toward everyone else. She judges people by their character. She doesn’t like Jennifer, but knows Jennifer has a heart of gold. At the core, they’re all good people. Teresa said, when her mom was sick, Danielle called every day. Andy asked where Teresa and Danielle stand now, and Teresa said they hadn’t spoken since going to the Shore. Andy asked Danielle how the cooking thing was going, and she said it was an emotional rescue for her. We found out she’s still living with Marty, while she’s working on buying him out. Andy brought up her engagement to Oliver, and said he was hoping she’d be a duchess, but Danielle said Oliver wasn’t well, and in the end, she had to take care of herself, and not other people.

Andy asked if Danielle and Marty were hooking up, but Danielle said they were just really good friends. Andy reminded her that she’d said Marty had been abusive, and she said abuse was a broad term, and she wasn’t willing to talk about it in a group that didn’t care. He asked how Danielle figured Marge was the cause of their divorce, and Danielle told him, had Marge not said the things she did, they might have worked things out. She said, Marge felt entitled to get involved, but Marge said Marty reached out to Joe #3. A viewer asked if Teresa regretted defending Danielle, and Teresa stammered for a while, then said Danielle proved everyone right. Danielle insisted she didn’t, and we flashed back to the ponytail pulling at the boutique, and Teresa’s subsequent tantrum. A viewer asked if Marge didn’t provoke Danielle, and Marge said she didn’t think something like that would happen. Danielle said anytime she did anything toward Marge, it was because she was reacting to something Marge did to her. Andy asked if Danielle had no remorse, and Danielle said Marge had been coming at her for two and a half years. She continually called Danielle a prostitute, and knew the name Beverly was hurtful. She doesn’t get to call Danielle a loose cannon and leave it at that. Andy questioned Teresa about encouraging Danielle’s hair pulling behavior, and she said she was caught up in the moment, as well as drunk. Andy read a tweet from Jacqueline, who said Danielle had wanted to prosecute her daughter for pulling Danielle’s weave a million years ago. We flashed back to that, and Danielle said she’d really been hurt, and ended up in the hospital. The circumstances were different. She didn’t provoke Ashley, but Marge had provoked her. Teresa claimed she hadn’t seen how bad it was, and wouldn’t have stood up for Danielle if she had. Marge said she’d never said a bad word about Teresa, and Teresa said she never meant to hurt Marge. Jennifer thought Teresa was mad because Danielle told on her, and Teresa said Danielle wasn’t a loyal friend for doing that. Danielle broke Teresa’s trust. Danielle said she didn’t think it would be a reason to end their friendship after all they’d been through. So in other words, it was all good for Teresa, and she would have remained friends with Danielle, if Danielle hadn’t mentioned Teresa’s part in it. Got it. Marge said, in re-watching it, she realized how violent it was, and it upset her all over again. Teresa told Marge she was sorry, and went over to hug her. She said she loved Marge, who had been there for her, and when she saw the show, she was horrified. She made a bad judgment call, and had gotten caught up in the moment. It was like what she tells her daughters; if you hang out with the wrong person, you do wrong things. Danielle said she was the same person who called Teresa when her mom was sick. Teresa stood up for her, then stabbed her in the heart. She’s been an OG, having started with the show, something Marge could never hope to be. Andy asked what she wanted to say on her way out, and she said she was graciously thankful for the fans. She learned that if you don’t fit in with a group, you should leave, but she’d thought over time it would work. She’d thought she was doing well, but apparently she wasn’t. Now she needed to figure out what makes her happy, and she couldn’t do it with these people, who don’t like her. Andy complimented her on having the strength to come to that realization. He had the feeling it wasn’t the end of them seeing her, and she said, probably not.

Andy said it had been ten long years, and how things had changed; the hair, the fashion, even their set. We saw clips from throughout the seasons, and Andy said Jersey girls get better with age. We flashed back to more clips – Rosie! – ending with, you’re husband’s in the pool. He asked if it was what any of them thought it would be when they signed up, and everyone said, no. To celebrate, they were creating a time capsule, and everyone brought an object that was dear to them to represent New Jersey. He intended to open it in another ten years.

Dolores brought a romance novel – Ex Without the Sex – that had a picture of her and Frank on the cover. Jennifer contributed her Sorry Not Sorry T-shirt, saying it was representative of New Jersey. Marge donated a pigtail wig, and Jackie brought a box of donuts, since everyone thought she didn’t eat. They each took one before she put the rest in the capsule, and Andy pronounced his choice, a gorgeous effing donut. Those should be pretty disgusting ten years from now. Melissa brought flash cards of Jerseyisms, like fuggedaboutit, down the shore, and you’s. Teresa put in a family portrait that included her mother. Andy sealed the capsule, and they toasted to what he hoped would be another ten years. He said, to family and Jersey, and finding Teresa a Jewish man.

And we’re out.

😴 Send Sleep Now…

Help. I’m being held prisoner in another dreadful week.

March 11, 2020 – An Old Friend Returns, the Husbands Join the Wives, Poor Frank, Still Awful & Halfway

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Brad asks what Sonny is going to do to him, and Sonny says, it depends on what he says in the courtroom. Brad brought a lot of pain to Sonny’s family. He let Michael believe his son was dead. Brad says, and Sonny wants him to pay. Sonny grabs Brad by the collar and pulls him up. He says, they buried a child that Michael grieved for months. No amount of punishment will satisfy him, but he’ll spare Brad’s life if he goes into the courtroom and pleads guilty.

In the hallway, Scotty tells Julian, Brad needs more convincing. Julian was smart to hire him.

Brook finishes singing at Turning Woods, and Mike yells, encore! She says this is her man Mike. If he wants another song, she’ll be happy to sing it.

Molly and Sam come into Jordan’s office, and Molly says, TJ didn’t come home again last night. Jordan says he texted her, and Molly asks what TJ said. Jordan says maybe Molly should wait to hear from him herself.

Dr. Crouse says, to be clear, other than one impromptu night at bingo, Neil and Alexis have had no relationship of a personal nature after that night. Alexis says Neil made it clear that they couldn’t pursue a personal relationship. Dr. Crouse asks Neil to take the witness seat. They have his statement, and they’ve heard Alexis’s testimony. Can he corroborate they’ve had no personal relationship?

Brad tells Sonny that he agreed not to plead guilty, so Scotty could request less time. Sonny says his son will not go through a trial. Michael needs to get on with his life, and make up for the time he lost with his son. Brad says, his son, and Sonny says, Wiley was never Brad’s son, and he knows it. If Brad wants to take another breath, he’ll walk into the courtroom and plead guilty. Sonny walks out, and Brad whimpers.

Neil ponders, and flashes back to night before. He says, everything they need to know is in his statement. Dr. Crouse says, duly noted, but they need him to verbally and specifically confirm or deny. He says other than that one instance, his relationship with Alexis has been strictly professional. Dr. Crouse says, if there are no other questions, the board is going to confer in private as to whether Neil will retain his medical license. The board leaves the room, which is odd, since you’d think they’d ask Neil and Alexis to leave. Neil says, he lied to the board, and Alexis says they forced him to. He shouldn’t have his license taken away for one night. It’s not right, and wasn’t worth it. He says, what if he thinks it is?

Jordan tells Molly that TJ is taking time to think things over, and Molly asks if he said nothing about them. Jordan says she’s sorry, but Molly shouldn’t worry. Sam thanks Jordan for her time, and letting them know about TJ. Jordan says, for what it’s worth, she really is sorry. They leave, and Jordan tells Curtis she feels bad for Molly and TJ. And the more she thinks about the text, the more worried she gets.

Brad comes into the courtroom, where Lucas already sits. The bailiff says, all rise; Judge Lasser presiding. The judge says it’s the People of New York versus Bradley Cooper. Jennifer Arden introduces herself as DA, and Scotty and Brad introduce themselves. Judge Lasser says Brad is charged with an A-1 felony of kidnapping a minor, with the intent to pass him off as his own; and fraud, since he perpetuated this deceit for nineteen months. She asks how he pleads.

Alexis says, Neil can’t throw everything away and derail his career. All she could think about when she was talking, was how good he is at what he does. His patients need him. He says he needs her, and she tells him, he’s saying that now, but he might resent it tomorrow. She can’t let him throw it all away to be with her. He asks if that isn’t what last night was about. To hell with everyone who says they can’t be together.

Jordan tells Curtis, TJ is in medical school; he can’t afford the luxury of taking time off. Curtis says, maybe it was the better option. TJ and Molly have been together since high school. Finding out they don’t want the same things is a lot to process. He has to deal with frustration, anger, and self-pity. Maybe it’s better than messing up at the hospital. Laura shows up, and says she was just checking in. She asks what Jordan’s plan is about Cyrus, and Jordan says she has officers on the street, some of them undercover. She plans to intercept any shipments. Laura asks if she thinks it’s that simple, and Jordan says, since he’s in solitary, Cyrus has no contact with the outside world. Laura says, that’s the first step. The way to stop him is to use his own tactics against him.

Brook thanks her audience for letting her perform, and says she feels blessed. Mike says he and Adela were still together when that song came out. The first time they heard it, they were having dinner; meatballs and… He took Adela’s hand, and they danced. Sonny danced with them, his mouth still stuffed with meatballs. Brook says he’s in luck. She just happened to bring Olivia’s meatballs with sauce. He says, for him? and she tells him, stay there, and she’ll heat them up. When she gets back, he can tell her more stories.

The judge says they’re waiting, and Brad pleads guilty. Scotty says, hang on. That’s not what he and his client discussed. Brad is confused, and under pressure. The judge asks if Brad has weighed his Constitutional rights, and Scotty says, no, he hasn’t. Brad says he’s waiving his rights, and the judge advises him that he can be subject to numerous fines and prison time. He says he’s aware, but wants the court to know for the record, he’s not solely responsible. The birth mother was lying when she said he stole her baby when she was unconscious. It was her idea to switch babies. The baby he and his husband adopted had just died. He was taking the baby to the hospital, when he saw Nelle with a healthy infant in her arms, and she convinced him to switch babies. Judge Lasser says, those are serious allegations, and won’t mitigate his sentence. He says he wanted to give his husband the family they’d always dreamed of, and took Nelle’s offer. It was better than telling Lucas their dream had died. The judge says, before Brad is remanded to Pentenville to await sentencing, they need to prepare a waiver that stipulates he entered his plea knowingly and voluntarily, in case he changes his mind. Brad says he won’t, and she says, in that case, he’ll remain under guard until the waiver is prepared and signed. She tells him that he can have visitors, and court is adjourned.

Jordan asks if Laura wants her to stop what the police are doing, and Laura says, of course (🍷) not. But they need to look at who Cyrus has made contact with before he went into solitary. She also wants to know if any guards are driving a new sportscar, moved to a better part of town, or made any big purchases. Jordan says she’ll make that happen, and Laura says, even someone like Cyrus has people they care about. Does he have a wife, child, or a mother? She wants to know who’s important to him.

At the café, Molly tells Sam, seven years of shared dreams, supporting one another, crying on each other’s shoulders, and laughing like lunatics, and he’s ghosting her. How did this happen? He’s not at the hospital or gym, and he hasn’t moved back with Jordan and Curtis. Was her turning him down that life changing? Obviously it was. If he doesn’t want to work it out, fine. Let him go find himself. Who needs him? She pauses, and says he’s the only boyfriend she’s ever had. Why is he doing this?

Brook sees Sonny in the hallway, and says she just heated up some meatballs for Mike. It’s the least she can do. Mike and his friends are a terrific audience, and her ego likes the applause. Sonny tells her not to sell herself short.

Scotty asks Brad, what the hell is he thinking? He thought Brad was on board with pleading not guilty. Brad says, he’ll get fifteen years if he’s lucky… Forty if he’s not. Scotty says, he kidnapped an infant; they’re going to throw the book at him. He’s going to spend the rest of his life in a cage. Lucas tells Scotty, stop badgering Brad. Brad thanks Lucas for coming back, and Scotty tells Lucas, talk some sense into him. Brad says he wants to be alone with his husband.

Alexis asks if Neil had been questioned first, would he have lied? Neil says, probably not, but when she did, he felt he had to go along with it. He couldn’t betray her. She says, maybe he would have been betraying himself. They’re just two people; his work is bigger and more important than them. He thinks that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but she disagrees, given what he did for her daughter. The truth is, they did tell the truth in the first place. It happened after he treated her. Neil asks, what if the board sees though their lie, and he loses his license? She says he sounds like he almost wants that to happen. Neil says, the truth is, he doesn’t know what he wants except her. The board comes back, and Dr. Crouse says they’ve made a decision.

Dr. Crouse says there’s no question that Neil and Alexis’s impromptu evening was improper, even though she was no longer his patient. It just stopped short of being unethical. Neil doesn’t disagree, and says he’s questioned himself about that many times. Dr. Crouse says, however, according to both of their statements, their relationship has been strictly professional. Furthermore, the complaint was from a third party, not Alexis. In light of the fact that it’s the first complaint in an exemplary professional career, they’re not revoking Neil’s license, and he may continue to practice without limits or sanction.

Jordan says there’s no mention of a wife or children in Cyrus’s file, but Laura says, that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Curtis suggests Jordan talk to Cyrus, and she says, that could work. She developed a rapport with him when she was working undercover. Laura says he knows she’s the one who put him behind bars now. She doubts he’ll open up. Jordan says she can try, and she can also talk to the warden. Curtis says, just stay safe, and Jordan leaves. Laura asks Curtis, please don’t think of going rogue, but he says sitting at home twiddling his thumbs isn’t how he rolls. Laura says he’s a civilian and a witness; don’t do anything to interfere with the police investigation. He says he’ll leave that to her and Jordan. She thanks him, but he says he should be thanking her, pushing him to attend Taggert’s sendoff. It turned out to be a disaster, but that’s not her fault. Laura says she’s sorry, but tells him to remember what she said. When it counted most, and Taggert needed him the most, he was Taggert’s partner. He says, unfortunately, Taggert’s daughter doesn’t see it that way.

Brook asks if Mike isn’t hungry. She says, the meatballs are hard to spear with a fork, and asks if he wants help. She feeds him, and says she wants to tell him a secret. She loves meatballs so much, if one falls to the floor, she’ll pick it up and put it in her mouth anyway. She calls it, the no second rule. He says she’s funny, and she says she wishes more people appreciated her sense of humor. Sonny joins them, and Mike says, look at the incredible feast Lois brought for him. She’s something else. Sonny says, she is.

Alone with Lucas, Brad says he’s so sorry. Lucas tells him not to say he did it for him; he did it for himself. Brad says he did it for them. All he wanted was to make Lucas happy. Lucas asks, how did that turn out?

Brad says Lucas can’t possibly hate him more than he hates himself. Lucas wishes he could hate Brad. It would make it a lot easier. He can’t believe how little Brad knew him, and how little he knew Brad. What happened to them? Brad asks if he’s ever going to see Lucas again. Lucas puts his wedding ring on the table, and says, the truth is, he doesn’t know if they’ll ever see each other again. Brad says Lucas knows where to find him if he changes his mind. Lucas laughs, and says Brad is joking until the bitter end. (That was pretty funny.) Brad says Lucas should move on; find someone better than him. Lucas starts to cry, and they hug. They both cry, and I almost cry. Lucas stumbles out of the courtroom, leaving Brad crying alone.

Mike wishes Sonny had heard Lois. She was better than the band. He remembers they loved that song, and Sonny says, Hooked on a Feeling. Mike says they would dance when it came on the radio. It came out just before Sonny’s birthday, and they bought him the record. Sonny says Mike played it more than he did, and Mike says they danced to it all the time. Sonny tells Brook about Mike giving his mother a birthday present. It was a big wrapped box, and inside of it, was another, and another. There was wrapping paper all over the place, and the last box was flat. Brook asks, what was in it? and Mike says, concert tickets. They got Sonny a T-shirt. He was five-years-old, and wore it for a month. He wouldn’t even take it off so his mom could wash it. Sonny says, good memories, and Mike says, small ones are so important. In the end, it’s family. It’s all they’ve got.

Neil says, it doesn’t seem right, getting his license back based on a lie. Alexis says, it doesn’t seem right that his career could be jeopardized by a third party with an ax to grind. He’s not happy that she perjured herself, but Alexis says she did the right thing, and would do it again. No one knew they slept together. He tells her, the walls have ears, and she says refuses to be paranoid. As long as they play by the rules, they’ll be safe. Neil says, which means they can’t see each other romantically for a very long time.

Sam tells Molly that TJ is probably just talking things over with a friend; it’s not a big deal. She and Jason have done it. Molly says, but it’s not like them. TJ talks. He spills emotionally; they communicate. Sam says, until he popped the question. Molly says, without talking to her first, and Sam says, maybe he wanted to surprise her; make it romantic. Molly wonders if the only way TJ was going to stay is if she agreed to marry him, and Sam says she doesn’t know. She wishes she had the answer. Molly says, the only one who can tell them how TJ feels, is TJ. He has to come home.

Curtis says, Trina has a lot on her plate. She doesn’t need to carry unnecessary anger. Laura says Curtis is a good guy, and eventually Trina is going to realize he’s not responsible; the responsibility rests solely on Cyrus and his associates. He says, Trina needs someone to blame who’s right in front of her, and she says, she’s mourning. Portia seems like a capable woman. She’s sure Portia will make Trina see the truth. He says Portia is good at making people face the truth about themselves.

Cyrus is reading when Jordan comes in. She says, Machiavelli. Could he be more obvious? He says, it’s worth rereading, and solitary is so lonely. She asks if he expected a party. Kidnapping two children, and a daughter watching her father die. He says he doesn’t know what she’s talking about. She says she was in the ER when Taggert died, and his daughter… She would say he could imagine but that would require feelings of sadness and empathy. He says, contrary to popular belief, he does have feelings, and he loves children. They’re the brilliant next generation who will bring equality, heal the planet, and make medical discoveries they can only dream about.

Julian asks Brad why he changed his plea, and Brad asks why Julian thinks he did. Sonny paid him a visit. Julian says, and? Brad says, and what? and Julian asks what they talked about. Anything else besides changing his plea? Brad tells him, relax. He kept quiet; not for Julian, but for Lucas. He’s the reason Lucas lost his son. He won’t be the reason Lucas loses his father. Julian says he made the right decision, and Brad says, on second thought, don’t relax. Sonny didn’t have much to say, but it was all over his face. Sonny is going to have Brad killed, and he’s going to do the same to Julian if he figures it out. Julian asks why he would, and Brad says he’s going to be in prison soon. It’s over. Julian says he’d better hope so, and Brad says he hopes Julian covered his tracks. Speaking of which, what is he still doing there? Sonny might get suspicious. Julian leaves, and Brad sits alone.

Sonny asks Mike if he’s all right, and Brook says her aunt loved when Brook sang to her. She seemed more focused afterwards. She did some research, and found out music helps Alzheimer patients with their cognizant function. Sonny thanks her, and she says, no biggie. Mike and his friends appreciate her music. Sonny says, no one ever said it was easy. She’s smart enough to know that if her dream comes true, and she becomes a singing sensation, what matters in life and what counts is family. Even though his dad’s mind is cloudy, what he remembers is family. Brook says thanks him, and says she needed to hear that. She tells Mike that she’s got to get going, and it was good to see him. He thanks her for coming by, calling her Lois. She leaves, and Mike says he wishes Sonny could have heard her. He knows how much Sonny likes that song. Sonny says, it’s a great song. He remembers Mike getting the record for his birthday. Sonny asks if he remembers the swim trunks Mike got him. They were blue, and they went swimming. Mike stood, holding his arms out, and as Sonny swam toward him, he kept backing up. Mike says, then Sonny went under, and swallowed water. Sonny’s mom was so mad at him. Sonny says, at least he learned to swim, and Mike says, he sure did.

Brook calls Ned, and asks when take your daughter to work day is at ELQ. She’s ready to be part of the business.

Alexis tells Neil that she doesn’t want to say goodbye, and Neil says, last night was good. He wanted to tell the truth, but it would have ended both of their careers. Alexis wonders how happy they’d be if they couldn’t do the work they love. She says she wishes there was another solution, and Neil says if she comes up with something, let him know. They hug, and she leaves. Neil stands there alone.

Brad holds his head. Britt walks in, and says, it sure looks like he could use a friend.

Sam tells Molly, she’s the one on parole, and can’t see her guy. Molly says she seems to have no choice, but Sam says, of course (🍷) she has a choice. Her big sister is a P.I. She finds people for a living. Molly says, even if they don’t want to be found? and Sam says, especially if they don’t want to found. She’ll find TJ, and bring him back. Molly says, only if that’s what he wants, and Sam says, he will. That’s what big sisters are for.

Laura asks how Curtis knows Portia, and he says they knew each other back in the day, but haven’t seen each other in years. He had no idea Trina was her daughter. Laura says, hopefully, Portia can help him and Trina make peace, but he says, the best thing to do for Trina is to take down Cyrus, and make sure the man who killed Trina’s father is brought to justice.

Jordan says, now Cyrus is an expert on children? Aside from getting them hooked on drugs. He asks if that’s a problem in Port Charles. He wouldn’t know. He’s in solitary, cut off from the world. She tells him, if he has something to say, just say it. He says, no locked windowless room, no mayor, no Commissioner, no one can keep a very determined man from doing what’s necessary to get what he wants. She asks if he has her son.

Tomorrow, Stella asks what Curtis has gotten himself into, Chase tells Michael that they need to have a conversation about Nelle, Britt tells Brad they’re not going to let Nelle win, and Jordan says if Cyrus has her son, prove it.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey – Reunion – Part Two

Melissa called Jennifer an a-hole, and told her not to throw objects, or she’d walk with Danielle. (Not quite as bad as sleeping with the fishes.) Jennifer once again argued that she was throwing the fork and plate toward Melissa, not at her. Even Andy didn’t see much difference. A viewer asked why Teresa was so adamant about Melissa having her back, when she didn’t have Melissa’s. Melissa said if Marge threw something at Teresa, and then she left with Marge, Teresa would be pissed. Teresa went around that by saying she’s let a lot of things go that Melissa has done. Jennifer made a bunch of excuses, and said she’d been upset because Melissa said Jackie’s kids would be set-up for life, and hers wouldn’t be, which was not exactly what Melissa had said. Melissa said Jennifer just wanted attention, and the women made a pact to quit throwing things, Andy adding that it included tables. Keep in mind, these women are all way past adulthood.

They talked about the Superbowl ad Teresa did with Caroline, and Andy asked if Teresa still believed that Caroline was a rat who called the Feds on her and Joe #1. Teresa said she’d put it the wrong way, but thought Caroline had said things that contributed to their arrests. Andy asked if there was any chance of them rekindling their friendship, but Teresa gave that a hard no, and said Caroline wasn’t a good person. Andy said, now that Teresa had officially announced her separation from Joe, how were the girls taking it? She said they didn’t love the idea, but understood. We flashed back to Joe’s nasty phone calls, the  group discussing his cheating, and the Italy trip. Teresa said the girls always stick up for Joe, but she’s happy they love their father. She said Joe was a great father, but she wanted to find a guy who put her on a pedestal, including when they were in public. Marge thought Joe was insecure, and wanted to keep Teresa down, so she wouldn’t leave. Teresa claimed Joe only spoke to her like that on the show, because he wanted to act like a macho guy. Melissa begged to differ, saying his frustration was noticed more on the show, but he hadn’t treated Teresa well even in private. Teresa insisted it was a good marriage, and Melissa said she could do better.

Andy moved on to Teresa’s rumored sex life that made the headlines. He asked about the kids’ reactions, and Teresa said the girls don’t go online (which I find hard to believe), and Gia found out from Joe’s brother. Andy asked Marge if her comment about the 21-year-old rum was a dig, and Marge stuck to saying she just wasn’t thinking, and wanted Teresa to be with a doctor or a lawyer. Andy asked if Joe’s move to Italy gave Teresa the green light to have fun, and she said it did. He rudely asked if she’d been with anyone yet, but she said, no, and that she was tired of the old-school Italian dudes. She wanted something different, like a Jewish guy. She heard they make nice husbands, and she wanted to still try for a baby boy. Andy asked Jennifer if Teresa wasn’t too self-absorbed to have a baby, and Jennifer said, unlike Melissa, it would be a new experience for Teresa. For one thing, she’d be with someone new, and she’d never had a boy. Melissa wondered if she had to want a baby with someone else not to be self-absorbed.

The husbands, and Frank, joined the semi-circle, Jennifer’s Bill carried in on their shoulders. We found out that Frank had a new woman in his life, and Andy asked if she slept over. Dolores said she had a curfew, since she’s apparently in her mid-twenties. When asked about the house renovation, Marge said Joe #3 finally allowed other contractors to do some work. Joe said he had to approve of them, and they were all friends of his. We saw clips of what the men of New Jersey do when the women aren’t watching, and saw their poker game, Joe #2 telling Bill he needs to bang his wife more, and Bill having to be put to bed by the others, when he was too drunk to walk. Andy asked what the women thought about the guys watching Danielle’s sex tape, and there was a collective, ew! Joe #2 said, if one of the husbands had a sex tape, they’d all be watching. A viewer asked when Frank was going to kick David to the curb, and re-propose, but Frank said he respected David and Dolores’s relationship. Dolores said she had the best of both worlds, and Andy said, it is what it is for right now. Jackie’s lowkey kids’ party was brought up, and Bill said he didn’t criticize. Not missing a beat, pot-stirrer Andy said Bill left that to his wife. Andy said the guys had turned Bill into a Guido, and Jennifer said Bill was fully-loaded while Joe #2 was shooting blanks. Joe said he might only have three sperm, but he could get Andy pregnant from where he was sitting. (Call Ripley’s!) Andy said he thought that might be an HR violation. Jennifer said Olivia was finally out of their bed, and they were trying to have sex once a week now. Joe #2 held that up as proof he was a motivator.

Continuing on the topic of sex, Melissa confirmed she and Joe #2 did it at least five times a week. Andy said he heard Evan got an outpouring of sympathy when Jennifer said she refused to give BJs. Evan said he got offers, and Andy asked what it was like at work with his life being made so public. Evan said he thought they were embarrassed to talk about it. Andy said viewers didn’t believe that Frank and Dolores weren’t getting busy, and Frank said he was sticking with what Dolores said. Joe #2 predicted they’d get back together. Andy asked, if they weren’t married to their current spouse, which of the other spouses they’d want to be with, but there were no takers on that question. With the exception of Dolores and Joe #3, who are evidently each other’s BFFs. Looking at Teresa, Jennifer said there was only one Jewish guy.

Meanwhile, Danielle arrived, putting pup Fendi in a stroller.

Andy told us that the most notorious Housewife was there, and Marge said Satan had arrived in the building. Andy said, sometimes imitation wasn’t the sincerest form of flattery, referring to Jennifer’s imitation of Jackie that was posted online. Maureen from Ontario thought Jennifer was trying to impress Teresa with the video, but Jennifer said she just loved making people laugh. Maggie from Bedford said she’d never seen anything as hypocritical, since Jennifer’s daughter had been bullied, and we saw clips from Jennifer’s apology tour. Jennifer said she thought Jackie was boring, and very vanilla. When Jennifer said, who? Me? Jennifer asked if she stuttered. This was the kind of behavior she exhibited pretty much throughout the whole thing, along with talking over everyone non-stop. She said money couldn’t buy Jennifer a personality, and to her credit, she did tell Teresa to think about it before she hit send. Teresa said she thought it was funny. Jackie said, had she been there, it would have been different, and she might have laughed along. There was a difference between laughing at and laughing with someone. Jennifer wondered why Teresa wasn’t being held accountable, and said everyone was tiptoeing around her.

Andy asked why Dolores always defended Jennifer, but Dolores said it wasn’t always, and when she did, it’s because she knew Jennifer didn’t mean to hurt anyone. A viewer asked if Jackie’s party wasn’t to Jennifer’s taste, why didn’t she just shut up? (Is that possible?) Jennifer said she’d said something in a private conversation with Marge, and Marge was the one who brought it up. A viewer wondered if Jackie had it, why not spend it? and Jackie said they also gave the kids experiences, and talked about their yearly pilgrimage to see the Denver Nuggets. She said she just didn’t show it off. Jennifer, who couldn’t pass up a chance to contribute, said she was a thrifty shopper, with the exception of Chanel. Jackie said she had nothing against extravagance, as long as children were taught the right values, and that wealth isn’t all that matters.

A viewer asked why Jennifer couldn’t just apologize, and leave it alone. While Jennifer babbled, Melissa told Marge that Jennifer was desperate for attention. Marge said she was thirsty, and Jennifer yelled at them to shut up. Melissa pointed out that Jennifer didn’t like it when people talked over her. Andy threw Jennifer’s Sorry-Not-Sorry shirt into the conversation, and Jennifer said if her apology isn’t accepted, she takes it back. Which I think negates the apology, rendering it insincere, so no surprise. Jackie said she didn’t want a friendship with Jennifer, and didn’t like being around her. Jennifer said, ditto.

Backstage, Danielle said she needed to be heard, while Fendi ran around in a little ruffled dress. Danielle then demanded to sit next to Andy.

Next time, the intense conclusion. Andy asks if Teresa thinks Joe #1 is going for spousal support, Marge forgives Teresa, and Danielle won’t come out unless she’s assured she’s sitting next to Andy.

🥽 On Watch What Happens Live, Dolores talked about Frank’s recent accident, where he dislocated both knees and tore both quadriceps in a fall. He’s now living with David, in a house apart from her, and won’t be able to walk for four months. Apparently, David is taking good care of Frank, and getting up in the wee hours of the night to administer medication. Where does she find these guys?

https://www.bravotv.com/the-daily-dish/dolores-catania-ex-husband-frank-catania-hospital-fall

https://www.bravotv.com/the-daily-dish/dolores-catania-ex-husband-frank-catania-hospitalized-fall-recovery

🏖 Update on Summer House: They’re still awful people. And it still boggles my mind that these are professional people who should be too old to 1) be acting this childish, and 2) be summering together in the Hamptons. I’d rather eat glass than live with even one of the people on this show. This season, good friends Kyle and Amanda had decided to give romance a go. Acting like a normal boyfriend was just too hard for Kyle, so they put a stop to things. Kyle immediately asked another girl out in front of Amanda, and then invited her to stay at the house. Insensitive much? Again, there is no real update. The climate remains awful.

🎢 You’re More Than…

We are officially on the downhill slide to the weekend in this hellaciously long week.

March 6, 2020 – Anna Arrests Obrecht, Britt’s Back, Real News, Wives Galore, Another Goodbye, HebdoQuotes & Weezer Weekend

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

New York City. On the phone, Alexis thanks Diane. She says she hasn’t been to an opera in a long time. The usher tells her she has a box seat, and she goes in. She sees someone else sitting in the box, and says she doesn’t think it matters, but… She realizes it’s Neil.

Jordan says TJ mentioned he was taking Molly out for a special dinner, and Molly says that’s what she wanted to talk about. TJ never came home. She went to the hospital, and found out he never showed up for work either. Jordan asks if Molly is sure he’s not there; maybe she missed him. Molly says the registry confirmed it. She figure he needed space after what happened. Jordan says Molly needs to be complete honest. What happened? Molly says she thinks she broke TJ’s heart.

Cameron asks if Trina wants a cookie, but she says, no thanks. He says their parents are conferring, and they could be there a while. Trina says, on second thought, sure. They clink cookies. In the living room, Portia thanks Elizabeth for taking care of Trina. Elizabeth says Trina is incredibly brave, and Portia says she should never have gone to the medical conference; she should have been there last night. Elizabeth says she was there, and Cameron was still kidnapped. They had no way of knowing what was going to happen. Portia says, Taggert never warned them.

At Crimson, Maxie is on the phone with Sasha. She says Sasha is a natural, and to send over the agreement so Nina can sign off on it. Nina’s plane was early, but she probably won’t be there until tomorrow. Nina walks in, and sets her coffee on Maxie’s paperwork, spilling some on it. Nina says, the shoot in Tunisia was fantastic; the beaches were phenomenal. She asks Maxie for the post-production budget, and Maxie says she’ll call Sasha back. She starts to leave the office, and runs into Jax coming in. He says he was looking for Nina, and Nina comes out, saying, you found her.

On the phone at the MetroCourt, Peter says, tell Davis to stay at the courthouse, and keep him posted. Sitting at a table, Violet tells Finn about the animals she’s learned about in school. Finn asks if she wants a snack, and asks the waitress for milk and shortbread cookies. Violet says, no. Tea and scones, and Finn laughs. He sees Peter, and barely nods.

As Obrecht leaves the courtroom, Anna opens the door and blocks her way. She says Obrecht thought she got away with it. She thought wrong. Obrecht asks what brings Anna to the courthouse, and Anna tells her to save the pleasantries; she’s neither pleasant nor rehabilitated, and has no place in Maxie and James’s lives. Obrecht asks why she’d say that, and Anna says. It’s over; the lies and deceit. Obrecht said she’d changed, but she hasn’t. She’s been carrying on Faison’s legacy, and Anna is going to make her pay for everything she’s done.

Nina tells Jax that she should have taken the day, but she couldn’t wait to get back and work on the next issue. She missed the office. He asks if that’s all she missed, and she says she supposes not. Maxie brings in the budget Nina asked for, and Nina wonders how to get out of the document Maxie left on her screen. Maxie says, it’s the agreement for the ad campaign, and Nina should take a look at Deception’s layout; it’s brilliant. Nina says she’ll get to it later, and Jax says he’ll take a look. Maxie says they can focus on that, while she handles everything else – as usual. She leaves, and Jax asks Nina if Maxie is okay, but Nina says, she’s just being Maxie. He asks if she’s given any thought to taking him along on her next business trip. She’s surprised he wants to take such a public step, and he says he just got an email from HR about them.

Obrecht says he has no clue what brought on Anna’s attack of righteousness. Faison is dead, and burning in hell like he deserves, and his legacy died with him. She wasted the better part of what should have been a brilliant medical career, and found a way to go on. She has a respectable job, and she’s close with Maxie and her grandson. She’s trying to rebuild her relationship with Nina, and doesn’t take her second chance for granted. Anna says Obrecht had to get rid of her witnesses.

Peter stops by Finn’s table, and tells Violet, hello… or cheerio. She says, like in Mary Poppins, and he says Anna was asking about her. Finn says to tell Anna they said hello, and cheerio to him. Peter sees Maxie fly in, and asks if she’s looking for someone. She says she feels ignored and taken for granted. She does all the heavy lifting while Nina jet sets and goes out for coffee. He asks if she wants to tell him about it.

Cameron pours some milk, and Trina says, milk and cookies? He says, it beats oatmeal. He didn’t tell her, but when he was on his trip visiting colleges, the coach made them eat oatmeal every morning because it’s high in fiber or something. Each college had amazing dining halls – French toast, pancakes, anything you wanted – but they had to have oatmeal. I remember visiting those dining halls too, and it’s no wonder students gain a freshman fifteen. Trina says, it seems like a million years ago, and last night seems like it was another life. In a way, it was. It was the end of her father’s life.

Portia tells Elizabeth that Taggert was good with the divorce. He didn’t want anything, and gave her no argument about custody. He understood the stress of his work, the danger and uncertain hours, and knew it was no way to raise a child. He didn’t want Trina exposed to the worry. She can’t understand why he would show up in Port Charles when he knew his daughter was there, and he was a target.

Molly tells Jordan that TJ proposed, and she said no. Jordan is surprised, and Molly says, it’s not because she doesn’t love him or want to be with him; she does. But from what she’s seen of marriage, it causes more problems than it solves, and she doesn’t want their relationship to change. Jordan says she gets it. Molly doesn’t want marriage right now. Molly says, or ever, and Jordan says, ever is a long time, but they love each other, and that’s all that matters. They’ll figure out a way. Molly says she thinks she really hurt TJ. He even left her at the restaurant.

Alexis asks Neil if Diane put him up to this, but he says he bought a ticket at the last minute. He thought he’d decompress with his favorite opera before the hearing. She says, weird. She thinks Diane had a client who wasn’t using their ticket, and she’s never seen Aida. Neil says the box is all hers; he’ll find another seat, or maybe another show. She says, stay… please.

Nina tells Jax, if they’re get pushback from HR, she’s going to be annoyed with her lawyers, but Jax says HR signed off on them. They’re documented, and free to see each other. (Huh? Is this like parental permission?) He’s confident they can maintain a distance between their personal and professional relationship. She’s glad he’s confident. The Tunisia shoot was incredible, but she kept thinking how it would be a nicer experience to be seeing the beaches with him. He says, there will be more shoots, more adventures. All in good time. She likes the sound of that, and plans on enjoying every moment. They kiss.

Neil says, Alexis wants him to stay? and she says, it’s not like they’ve done anything wrong. It’s a crazy random fluke. Nine million people in New York; what are the odds? A gazillion to one, so have a seat and enjoy it. He thinks there are other seats, but she thinks it’s sold out. They don’t have to talk. They’re just spectators in the dark, watching a tragic tale of forbidden love. The orchestra begins to tune up, and the lights dim. They sit.

Molly tells Jordan, when TJ didn’t come home, she thought he was crashing in the on-call room, or maybe with a friend. She wishes he’d text back. Jordan says maybe they should exchange text messages, and figure out a timeline. Molly says TJ last texted her at 8:47, and Jordan says she’s gotten texts since then. She thinks maybe TJ is just getting some space. Molly says, he was really upset. In retrospect, she should have gone after him. Jordan says, it would have just made things worse, and Molly says, they’ve always talked things through. How can they do that if he’s not around? Jordan says, give him time to process. She knows him, and he’ll calm down and come to his senses. Unfortunately, she has to get back to work. Molly says she’s honored that TJ proposed. She would love to have Jordan as a mother-in-law. It’s just about the institution of marriage. She wishes she had explained it better. Jordan says, don’t worry. Whatever happens, happens. Molly will be her first call if she hears from him.

Trina bets Cameron wishes he’d gone to the dance without her, and he says, what about her? She would have been stuck with Hunter. She says seeing her dad and the guys shooting at him, and Curtis grabbing her away… She tells herself it’s a nightmare, but then remembers it’s real.

Elizabeth tells Portia that she knew Taggert when he lived in Port Charles. She was friends with his sister Gia. He was a good man. Portia says, he was a good father. Committed and supportive, but he was in law enforcement before they met. There was no way he was going to quit. Little by little, she started noticing that he rarely came home. He was at a late night stakeout or combing through files at the office. She told him that he cared more about drug dealers than his own family. It was only a matter of time before his worries caught up with him. She guesses she was right.

Violet asks if stuffed owl Otto would like more tea. Finn wonders what she’s been doing in school, and she hands him some drawings. He looks at drawings of Otto, Roxie, and Anna’s bulldog. Violet asks if she can show Anna the picture, and he says, they’ll see, a favorite phrase of all parents everywhere. Robert comes by, and says, tea for three? Violet asks if he wants to join them, and he says he’d love to. Finn says, yeah, sure, and Robert pulls a chair over to the table. He asks who the owl is, and Violet says, Otto. Robert says Otto kind of looks like her dad. Put some funny glasses and a furry coat on him, and you couldn’t tell them apart.

Obrecht asks what Anna is babbling about. How can there be witness to something that doesn’t exist? She’s fully reformed; Anna has seen it. Anna asks if Obrecht thinks she forgot how she said she lost her son and was going to take Anna’s from her. Obrecht says, this is about Peter? and Anna says it’s about how she framed Peter every step of the way, up until he tried to kill Franco. Obrecht says Franco is her best friend. She could never try to kill him. Anna says she can and did, and she has proof.

Trina wonders what she could have done differently to distract the gunmen, so her dad could get away, and Cameron tells her, stop doing that. He did the same thing with Franco, thinking he could have fought harder and run away. It’s no good blame herself. She says, Franco came back; her dad is gone forever.

Outside of Elizabeth’s house, Jordan leaves a message for TJ, saying, whatever happened, Molly doesn’t deserve the silent treatment. He needs to call Molly, and her. She adds that she loves him, and knocks on the door. She apologizes for showing up announced; she was just checking in. Portia says, Jordan? and Elizabeth introduces them. Jordan says she’s so sorry for Portia’s loss. She hates this. They’re finally meeting, but it’s under these circumstances. Portia agrees, and says she’s heard a lot about Jordan.

Alexis and Neil watch the opera. Alexis looks at Neil, then turns away, and he looks at her. She looks back, and they smile.

Jax‘s phone dings, and Nina says they should probably both get back to work. He says, it’s not work; it’s Joss. Two of her friends were involved in a kidnapping, and her friend’s dad died. She’s kind of freaked out. Nina says, oh my God, and Jax sends a text back, telling Nina, he’s glad they’re in the same time zone so he can be there for her. Nina is glad Josslyn has a great dad, and Jax says he’s lucky he’s got a great kid.

Maxie tells Peter, she’s steamed, and needed to walk it off. Nina breezed in, bragging about the photo shoot, and spilled her macchiato on the files Maxie was working on. She doesn’t think Nina even noticed or cared. She’s been running things while Nina is off planning fake weddings, going to beautiful beaches, and romancing the CEO. Peter reminds her that Lucy made an offer to bring her on board at Deception. She might want to consider it. Maxie says, if Nina keeps this up, she’d rather unbox stock at Saks.

Obrecht tells Anna, she has no time for this nonsense. If Anna has uncovered any wrongdoing, look no further than her son. Ask Robert. He knows the truth about Henrik, and she suspects Anna does too. Anna says that’s all Peter will ever be to her; Henrik. Obrecht says he persuaded Nathan to do an interview that he knew would make Faison come running, and Jason would kill him. Nathan was collateral damage, and it destroyed her, but she accepted and handled it. Anna says Obrecht is an excellent liar, but Obrecht says the only liar is Anna, lying to herself. Henrik is up to his neck in Faison’s crimes. Anna says all the evidence points to Obrecht. She’s hardly surprised, considering Obrecht’s extensive criminal record. Two men come in, and Obrecht says, whatever proof Anna has, she’s wrong. She has nothing to do with this. Anna tells her she’s under arrest for murder and attempted murder. Obrecht says, it’s a miscarriage of justice, as the men take her away.

Alexis tells Neil, she didn’t expect to be so emotional, but he says, don’t feel bad; it’s one of the greats. She says she can’t imagine why she’d find it difficult to see a conflict between love and a sense of duty. Neil says, it’s just his opinion, but perhaps she’s projecting. He asks which character she identifies with most, and she says she’s a Cassadine, so she’s almost like a princess. He says that would make him Radames, although he’d make a good general. She says she might too, because she’s a Cassadine. We like blood. He says she terrifies him sometimes, and she says, don’t be afraid. He tells her that he’s going to get some water, and asks if she’d like something. She asks him for the same, and when he leaves, the usher asks if she’s enjoying the show. Alexis says, it’s so good, it’s affecting her. The usher says Alexis and her husband are adorable, but Alexis says, he’s just a friend. The usher – who I don’t trust – says, sure.

Nina says, obviously, Josslyn is going through lot, so if Jax wants to slow it down until she gets used to the idea… Jax says Josslyn is too busy being a new aunt to worry about his personal life. Nina says she’s missed a lot. Who had a baby?

Peter looks at his phone, and frowns. He says, what the hell? He tells Maxie he sent a reporter to the courthouse to cover Nelle’s arraignment, and he just got a message that Obrecht was arrested by the WSB for the attempted murder of Andre and Franco.

Robert tells Violet about a dog who knew left from right. Finn asks Violet if she would mind asking the waitress for more tea for the table, and she leaves. Robert says Anna won’t tell him why Finn moved out. If he ever wants to talk… Finn thanks him, but says he’s fine. He just hopes it gets easier. Robert says, parenthood? and Finn says, only the part about keeping his daughter safe.

Cameron tells Trina that he’s not trying compare the situations. He’s trying to say he understands some of what she’s going through, and he’s there for her. She says she knows, and she’s sorry; she’s just mad at everything, especially the fact that she didn’t get more time with her dad. Her parents were divorced most of her life, and she never got to ask about him about the stupid stuff he and her mom did. Cameron wonders why she doesn’t ask her mom, but she says her mom doesn’t talk about that stuff. She thought she and her dad would finally have a chance to know each other. Cameron gets that, and wishes he’d known his father.

Jordan tells Portia that they’re investigating the person behind the kidnapping, as well as Taggert’s murder. Portia says, Cyrus Renault? and Jordan asks how she knows that name. Portia says, when Taggert told her that he was going to Port Charles, he said he was following up on a case from years ago; sending Cyrus to prison.

Cameron tells Trina, his biological father died before he was born. His mom told him some stuff, but not a lot. It was pretty messed up with his father’s crimes. He still has a lot of questions. His mom loved his dad once; there must have been some good in him. Sometimes he wonders what life would be like if his dad had lived. Maybe he would have turned his life around, and Cameron would know what it was like to have a father in his life to show him how to do stuff, like shave. She says, he shaves? and he says it’s his dumb way of saying that he’s glad she had her father for as long as she did, but he wishes she didn’t have to wonder about the questions she has.

Jordan tells Portia, Cyrus is still in prison, but they think he’s running a shadow network to get back at those wronged him. The evidence points to him for the kidnapping and Taggert’s murder. Elizabeth asks if Trina was used to lure Taggert, but Jordan says they don’t know if she was the target, but Cameron was collateral damage. Portia says, when Taggert left, he told her to stay safe. He was always paranoid, so she didn’t think anything of it, but now it makes sense.

Maxie tells Peter, as far as they knew. Obrecht had nothing to do with the memory mapping, but what if she was involved somehow, and she was tying up loose ends so nothing ruined her new life? Andre said if Franco didn’t get his memory back, Drew’s memories could intensify, but why would Obrecht try to kill Franco? He’s practically her only friend. She thinks a moment, and says, Obrecht probably has contact with Faison’s associates, and she works at the hospital, and can get in and out. She could have sent an assassin if she wanted to. How could she do this to all of them, especially James? How is she supposed to tell him that he’s never going to see his oma again, because she’s spending the rest of her life in prison? Peter hugs her. I can’t even express how pissed I am that they decided to make Peter a bad guy. And not even a fun bad guy, like Obrecht, or Faison. If nothing else, Maxie deserved better than this storyline.

Robert tells Finn, the world is a dangerous place; more so when you’re a parent. Finn says, so he’s seeing, and Robert asks what in particular bothers him, if anything? Violet comes back, dragging Anna with her. She says look who she found, and Anna says she thought she found Violet. She tells Robert and Finn that she has major news for both of them.

Nina tells Jax, she had no idea the extent of Nelle’s insanity. She’s glad she got Charlotte away from Nelle when she did, and hopes she’s prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. It’s heartening that Michael was reunited with his son though. Jax says, Michael’s joy came at Lucas’s expense. Nina says, losing a child he came to love as his own, and Willow coming to grips with the fact that Wiley isn’t her child, and the death of her own child. There’s no love lost between her and Willow, but she must be in unspeakable pain. Jax asks if she’s okay, and she says she has a magazine to run. Vamoose. They can become official when there’s less to do. He asks, what about dinner tonight? and she says, absolutely. She’ll call him. He says, not if he calls her first, and they go back and forth until Nina says she’s already calling him. He leaves, and she looks at some papers, but puts them back down. She takes out the heart necklace.

The theater fills with applause, and Neil and Alexis give a standing ovation. Neil asks what Alexis thought, and she asks if the pile of tissues tells him anything. He says, nothing like a good tragic love story, and she says, at least they were together in the end. He says, it was a beautiful fantasy. Not the dying part, but the opera. He’s glad he saw it with her, and she says, her too. She hopes the review board doesn’t lock him in a crypt, and he says he won’t be singing about it if they do. He asks if she wants to share a cab, and she says she’s staying at the Columbia; she can walk. He says that’s where he’s staying; they can walk together, and get coffee in the lobby bar. She says she’d like that, but does he think it’s risky? He says they just did this, and they’ll be doing that. He thinks they can handle it. They walk out together, and the usher watches. I trust her even less now.

Trina thanks Elizabeth for her hospitality, and Porta thanks her for everything. Trina holds Cameron’s hand for a moment, and leaves. Jordan tells Elizabeth, she’ll be in touch, and goes out with them. Elizabeth hugs Cameron. Outside, Portia asks Trina to wait in the car. Jordan wants Portia to know she’s sending officers to keep an eye on her and Trina. Portia says, if she thinks it’s necessary, of course (🍷), but it should be fine. Cyrus got what he wanted; Taggert is dead.

Maxie asks Peter how she could not see this. She believed Obrecht had changed. Now she’s now been arrested for… Oh my God. If Obrecht really crashed Drew’s plane, how is she going to face Sam again? She knows she should be hating Obrecht, but all she can think about his how much she and James are going to miss her. She hugs Peter, and says, at least she has him. Thank God she can trust him.

Anna tells Finn and Robert, Obrecht was behind all of it; the plane crash, the murder attempt, all of it. The evidence points to her trying to cover her own crimes by saying it was Peter. Robert says he’s going to make a call to the Bureau. He leaves, and Anna says now Finn sees why she believed in Peter; he’s innocent. She doesn’t blame Finn for wanting to make sure, but now that Peter is in the clear, does he think he wants to come home?

On Monday, Nina tells Sasha that they’re on the brink of something exciting, Maxie wonders how she didn’t see what was right in front of her, and Spinelli tells Jason that Peter framed Obrecht.

🧪 Bad Britt…

Another fun villain.

https://www.soapoperadigest.com/content/exclusive-kelly-thiebaud-on-return-to-gh/

🚓 Real Gets Real…

I’m still annoyed about them killing off Taggert. It sounds like it was a bit of a surprise for him too, since in, like, five minutes, he went from this:

https://www.soapoperadigest.com/content/icymi-real-andrews-interview/

To this:

https://www.soapcentral.com/gh/news/2020/0303-real_andrews_gh_farewell.php

🥂 If You Can’t Quit Them…

Lots o’ Housewives news.

https://pagesix.com/video/the-real-housewives-of-new-jersey-reunion-revelations-and-more-housewives-news/

👼🏼 Another Farewell Too Soon…

Mitch Laurence was the worst. It’s sad to see him go.

https://www.soapsindepth.com/posts/abc/roscoe-born-dead

🗯 Quotes of the Week

At first, they’ll only dislike what you say, but the more correct you start sounding the more they’ll dislike you. – Criss Jami

I’m telling you a lie in a vicious effort that you will repeat my lie over and over until it becomes true.Lady Gaga

What I’m looking for is not out there, it is in me. – Helen Keller

There is no other way to guard yourself against flattery than by making men understand that telling you the truth will not offend you. – Niccolò Machiavelli

Our ability to adapt is amazing. Our ability to change isn’t quite as spectacular.Lisa Lutz

A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever. – Mary Lou Retton

Love is not what you say; love is what you do. – John Hagee

🎡 It’s On…

See you when walking is not just for the living anymore.

March 4, 2020 – A Proposal To Join Forces, Reuniting New Jersey, Scheana’s Plea, New Gang In Town & Cash Sums It Up

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Preparing for the arraignment, Nelle practices saying she’s going to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help her God. Carly walks in, and says Nelle should probably try not to attract God’s attention. Nelle addresses Carly as the grandmother of her child, and says it’s wonderful to see her. Carly says, enjoy it while it lasts. She’ll be back in Pentenville to stay soon.

On the phone, Michael tells someone to reach out if there’s anything he needs to know about. He should only be gone a month. Sasha wonders what’s going on, and Michael says he’s taking a leave of absence to be a fulltime father. She says, good for him, and he says he doesn’t want her to think he’s a slacker. She says he’s happy, and happiness is hot. They kiss.

Willow sits in Rice Plaza, and a little boy drops his hot chocolate. She runs over to him, telling him it’s going to be okay. His father comes over, and Willow explains what happened, even though it’s obvious. The father says, thanks for… I guess he’s not sure what, because then he hustles his kid back to the hot chocolate cart. Willow goes back to the bench, and Chase comes by. He asks if she’s okay, and she hugs him.

Valentin has a drink at the MetroCourt bar, and Olivia tells him, Nina is on a photoshoot. Valentin says that’s Nina’s business, not his, and she asks who he’s stalking instead. He says he’s not. He’s just enjoying a cocktail and watching people.

Linc tells Brook, sorry; he needed to take a call. He told Miguel, it’s not retro; it’s just backward. (Making mental note of that one for future reference.) Brook suggests he try to grab Miguel’s ass, and Linc calls her a spitfire. It’s clear their partnership isn’t working, and she says extortion and sexual harassment aren’t working for her. What about him? He says he told her she’s free, and can assume full control of her career. All she has to do is sign over her shares of ELQ.

On the phone, Jordan says she was aware Taggert had a kid, but didn’t know Trina was in Port Charles until recently. It’s been a while since they’ve been in touch. No. That doesn’t make it hurt any less. Mac comes in, and sets up two shot glasses. Still on the phone, Jordan says they have no proof Cyrus was behind it yet, but her people are working non-stop. Mac pours the shots and hands her one.

Curtis meets Jason and Sonny near the coffee warehouse, and Jason thanks him for coming. Curtis says Jason told him that he wanted to meet, but didn’t mention he was bringing Sonny. Sonny says, Cyrus is a problem for all of them. They have to find a solution.

Jordan says, to Taggert, and Mac says, a damn fine cop, and they clink glasses. Mac asks if she’d like another, but she says, no. She needs to save something for the wake. Mac says he didn’t pop in just to raise a glass. He has a lead that he’s been holding off pursuing until he gets her take on it. She asks, why? What lead? and he says, her husband.

Sonny says Jason told him what happened, and it’s his understanding that Curtis did everything possible. Curtis says, except save Taggert. Jason says they had to get Trina out, and Sonny says, Taggert agreed it was the right call. Curtis says, it doesn’t feel that way.

Brook asks Linc why he wants the shares, and he says, dividends. He’s investing in his future. She asks if he even knows what ELQ does, and he says, does she? She throws some financial terms at him, and asks if he understands them. He says he doesn’t have to take a quiz, and she wonders why she’s going from recording contract hell, and being offered freedom for a company Linc knows nothing about. What’s he doing there, and what is he really after?

Olivia says, Carly might be okay with letting Valentin in there, but she’s co-owner, and reserves the right to throw him out. She might exercise that privilege now. He says he bears no ill will against the Quartermaines. Valentin flashes back to saying Michael doesn’t want him as an enemy, and tells Olivia, in fact, he thinks they have quite a lot in common.

Michael tells Sasha, he thinks it’s important that he be a fulltime father for a month or so. Wiley is going to miss Lucas and Brad. He asks if she and Willow had a chance to talk, and Sasha says, some. She knows Willow said she can’t see Wiley anymore. Michael says, Willow is worried Wiley will pick up on her sadness, and Sasha says, she’s not necessarily wrong. Michael says he respects Willow’s decision, but he practically begged her to stay in Wiley’s life. He can’t help but feel they both need each other. Willow might not be Wiley’s biological mother, but Wiley is a son to her in her heart, and infinitely better than his birth mom.

Willow tells Chase that she thought she’d watch the skaters. She didn’t mean to ruin their day. He says being there for her makes him feel useful, and she says she watched a boy drop something, and swooped in to make it better. The crying lady in the park. She’d run from herself too, if she could. So would Michael if he had any sense, but he insisted it was the opposite. She told him that she can’t be around Wiley, and he asked her to try and find a way. The more she thinks about it, the more she wants to.

Carly tells Nelle, she called it. She said it was only going to be a matter of time before Nelle screwed up and was sent back to prison. Zara tells Carly to stop antagonizing her client. Nelle introduces Carly to Zara, saying Carly is the grandmother to her child. Zara says she thought she recognized Carly; she met Carly’s husband. Carly says Sonny was impressed with her; not so much her client. Zara says, Shiloh was her client, and Carly says, not anymore. Zara says he was a man full of contradictions, and Carly says, they’re called lies. He was a rapist and conman, and the world is better off without him. Zara says, those are harsh words to say in front of his grieving widow. Carly laughs, and says Nelle just married him to get his ELQ shares. Nelle asks why Carly is being cruel, and Carly says Nelle tried to kill her son. She left him in a car she thought was going to explode, and gave Brad a child that he convinced Michael was his dead son. Zara says, of all people, Carly must be familiar with the word alleged, and Carly says, Nelle gave birth to Wiley, but she’s only ever allegedly been his mother. 

Chase asks if Michael asked Willow to keep being Wiley’s nanny, but she says, it wasn’t like that. Wiley lost Lucas and Brad, and Michael thinks she can be a consistent presence in his life. Nothing has changed from Wiley’s perspective. She’s the nice lady who reads stories to him and babysits sometimes. Chase says, it’s changed from her perspective, but she says it shouldn’t change her and Wiley’s relationship. He’s not the child she gave birth to, but she’s been a part of his life. It’s like what Michael was going through. He didn’t know Wiley was his child, but loved him anyway. She knows Wiley’s not hers, but she doesn’t love him any less in her heart. He says that’s not how she felt last night, but she says she misses Wiley so much, Chase suggests, before she makes a decision, take a breath. She says, of course (🍷), and he says he knows Michael is thinking about what’s best for Wiley, but he’s thinking about what’s best for her.

Michael tells Sasha, part of him feels guilty, but another part hopes Willow can work it out. Sasha says, what if she doesn’t? Will he be able to accept it? He hopes so. He’s afraid he’s going to keep asking. Sasha says, most of the time, Michael compulsively does the right thing. So if this is selfish, why keep doing it? He says he’s convinced if Willow and Wiley stay apart, it’s not good for either one of them. Michael’s phone dings. He looks at it, and says, Willow’s not going to decide before Nelle’s arraignment. Sasha asks if he’s going, and he says he can’t miss it. Sasha says she has a meeting with Lucy, but she can reschedule. Michael says, no. Nelle is going to turn it into a circus. Why give her more of an audience? She wonders what Nelle can do at this point, and he says she’d be surprised.

Nelle asks again, how Carly can be so cruel. They’re connected be her little boy. Carly says, they wouldn’t be, if Nelle had kidnapped Wiley and smuggled him out of the country. Zara starts to interrupt, but Nelle says they have to act as a family, and not be at each other’s throats. Carly says Nelle is going back to Pentenville, and she’s not going to see her boy again unless she makes the right choice. Zara asks, what choice would that be? and Carly says, one day, Wiley will understand Nelle’s alleged crimes. Nelle is sure Carly will fill his head with lies, but Carly says she’s not going to breathe a word. That’s what the internet is for. When Wiley reads about her, in the middle of the mug shots and headlines, will be a full account of what she does today. Nelle asks what she’s doing today, and Carly says, admitting everything she’s done. If she throws herself on the mercy of the court, and the record shows she regrets what she did, at least Wiley will know she’s sorry.

Jordan says, Mac’s lead is Curtis? Mac says, Taggert didn’t go alone; Curtis went with him.  Curtis got Trina out, while Taggert drew their fire. Jordan says, that ultimately killed him, and Mac says, Jason came late, and saved Cameron. Once the kids were safe, he and Curtis went back in. Jordan says Curtis’s statement will reflect that, and Mac says, once Curtis provides one. They’re still canvasing the crime scene, so he won’t get to Curtis until later. He wants her to pass the word along, so when they talk, Curtis has a clear head. She says she’ll deliver his message. He starts to leave, and she says he forgot his bottle. He says, no; he didn’t.

Sonny tells Curtis that he and Taggert had their issues, but in the end, Taggert was a brave man. This plan was doomed from the start. Curtis asks what they know about the plan, and Jason says, it’s not hard to figure out. Cyrus grabbed Taggert’s daughter, and Taggert couldn’t risk Cyrus making good on his threats by calling the cops, so he contacted Curtis. Curtis asks what they’re saying, and Sonny says, no one wants Curtis taking the heat for anything he did that crossed the line. Jason says they’re just trying to understand. What was Cyrus’s beef with Taggert? Did Taggert share it with him or Jordan? Curtis doesn’t say anything, and Sonny says, listen to him. They all have secrets. The threat of Cyrus is touching all of them, and now isn’t the time to keep quiet. That’s over. Curtis says, good talk. Be seeing you. He walks off, and Jason looks at Sonny.

Carly tells Nelle, put Wiley first for once, and Nelle says, that’s what she’s doing. She’s fighting to stay with her son. Willow walks in, and Nelle says, there wouldn’t be this mess, if another woman hadn’t given up her child. Carly says she’s sorry Willow had to hear that, but Willow says, it’s fine. That narcissistic sociopath can’t help herself. Carly says Willow doesn’t have to be there, but Willow says she wants to see Nelle sent back to prison with her own eyes. Michael arrives, and Willow says she’ll talk to him later. Nelle asks Michael how their son is, and if he told Wiley that she loves him. Michael tells Willow, about last night… but the bailiff says, all rise. Court is in session, and the Honorable Judge Pierce is presiding.

On the phone, Sasha tells Lucy, there’s nothing to worry about. Nina is on board with the partnership between Crimson and Deception, and would be even if she wasn’t. Maxie is on board, and she’s the Nina whisperer. She says she’ll call Lucy back later. Chase asks if he can come in, and Sasha asks if everything is okay. He says the housekeeper said he could find Michael there, but she says, he just left for Nelle’s arraignment. What’s wrong? He says, Michael is messing with Willow’s head and it needs to stop.   

Linc tells Brook, he has no ulterior motive. He’s just getting the best deal. She wonders what good it is to him to invest in a company that’s not even publicly traded. The shares are only worth what someone is willing to pay. He says, three albums in five years is what he’s willing to pay, and asks if her independence is worth it to her. She says she’s willing to wait, and he says five years is a long time in their business. She says, after five years, she’s going to look and sound better than ever. He says, by that time she’ll be crooning to lounge lizards if she’s lucky. Olivia stops at their table, and asks if there’s a problem. Linc says, no problems; just a solution. He goes, leaving the paperwork with Brook.

The judge says, it’s the people versus Nelle Benson. He asks what she pleads in the charge of assault, and possession of forged documents, and she says, not guilty. He asks about bail, and the Assistant DA says, the people want bail denied altogether. Nelle was apprehended when she was breaking parole, and preparing to leave the country with a stolen baby and a forged passport. She’s a flight risk. Zara agrees bail shouldn’t be an issue, and makes a motion to dismiss all charges.

Sonny asks if Jason saw that, and Jason says, how uncomfortable Curtis was? Sonny wonders what’s going on, and Jason says, whatever Cyrus is after, it’s not just personal, and Jordan is in deep. Sonny says, interesting theory, but they don’t have a lot to act on.

Curtis goes to Jordan’s office. He sees the liquor bottle, and Jordan says, Mac brought it by. Mac is going to come looking for him. He says Mac wants his statement, and she says, and wants to ask him some questions. Curtis says he’s surprised Mac didn’t hunt him down sooner, and she says, Mac was holding off. Curtis says his story is straight, but she says she doesn’t want him to give a story. She wants him to tell the truth. He says, he will, as much as he can, and she says, it’s okay. She’s ready for this to come out. She shows him some papers, and says, it’s her resignation and confession. She’s turning herself in.

Curtis says he was hoping Jordan changed her mind, but instead she upped the ante with a confession. She says she has to, and he asks how they’re going to change anything if Cyrus is released from prison, is free to do what he wants, and she’s in prison? She says she has a choice between that, and saving lives, but Curtis says Cyrus is piling them up from prison, and the body count will be higher when he’s out. And she’ll be powerless to stop him.

Jason says Taggert and Jordan were in the operative that took Cyrus down, but why the secrecy? Mac comes along, and says they must be discussing coffee business. Sonny tells him, sorry about Taggert, and Mac says, Jason saved Cameron, and subsequently helped Curtis take down Cyrus’s men. Jason tells Mac, he has nothing to say without his attorney present, and Mac says, some things never change. He didn’t come to grill them. He was hoping Taggert said something before he passed that might give Trina some peace. Jason tells Mac, he said Trina was the only thing he cared about. Mac thanks him, and says, one more thing. He has a message for Sonny.

Chase tells Sasha that Willow came there to tell Michael that she wanted no contact with Wiley. Of all people, he’d think Michael would understand what she’s going through, and respect that she needs time and distance to heal. Instead, he pushed her to change her mind. She’s grieving, and being around Wiley makes it worse. Sasha says, Michael would never do anything to hurt Willow, and Chase says, not intentionally. He wouldn’t be there to speak for her if he didn’t think she wasn’t in the right headspace to advocate for herself. She’s the strongest person he knows. Right now, she’s falling apart, and Michael is speeding it along.  

Zara says her client was charged because of one woman’s account that’s riddled with inconsistencies. The Assistant DA asks if Zara saying the victim is unreliable because of a head injury the defendant caused. That’s a new level of victim blaming. Zara says Willow let the defendant in, and the Assistant DA says Willow’s statement says she tried to close the door, and prevent Nelle from coming in, but was unable to do so. The judge asks if there’s evidence that Willow sustained an assault, and the Assistant DA says they have the medical records from that night. The judge asks, what else? and she says they have Chase’s statement. Zara says he’s Willow’s boyfriend and the alleged attack took place in his apartment; there’s conflict of interest. The judge dismisses the assault charge without prejudice. Zara says the prosecution failed to hand over the so-called forged documents, and Robert says there was a mix-up. The PCPD misplaced the documents. Valentin slips into the courtroom.

Sasha tells Chase that she’s sorry about what Willow is going through, and Chase says he knows Michael is too, but he’s got to let Willow get through it at her own pace. Sasha says she has a confession. When Willow was there last night, they talked, and she backed Michael up. Chase says, dammit, and Sasha says she got the impression that Willow really wanted a relationship with Wiley. He says, Willow needs distance and perspective to make that decision. Sasha says she isn’t sure Michael has it either, but maybe they do.

Judge Pierce asks if the charge isn’t possession of forged documents, and Robert says it is, but they’re not in possession of the alleged documents. Nelle flashes back to Valentin giving her the passports and birth certificates. The Assistant DA says she’s certain they can be located, and the judge says to get back to him when they do. Until then, if there’s no evidence, there’s no charge. Motion to dismiss granted. Nelle asks Zara what this means, and Zara says she’s free to go. Nelle hugs her, and Valentin smiles. Carly says Robert is still charging Brad, right? and Robert says, absolutely. They’re still building a case. The Assistant DA says, Brad’s statement is in direct opposition to Nelle’s, and Robert says, they can’t nail her without a hammer, and they don’t have one.

Sonny asks Mac if it’s a message or a warning, and Mac says, it’s a courtesy. Laura has instructed all city agencies to come down hard on businesses like his. They can expect a visit from the health department. Jason says they’re ready, and Sonny asks what Mac wants in return. Mac says, consider it a favor in case he needs Sonny’s thoughts about Cyrus. Sonny wonders why Mac would listen him, and Mac says, a cop is dead, the mayor was caught in a crossfire, and he won’t stand for it. Sonny says the mayor took a bullet for his son, and Cyrus came close to killing his wife. It’s different this time. Mac says he doesn’t miss their little chats, and Sonny says, neither does he. Mac leaves, and Sonny shakes his head.

Curtis tells Jordan, when Cyrus gets out, it will put literally every case against him in question. Jordan says, they’re rock solid, but Curtis says, they won’t be if she does this. Cyrus will walk, and have the freedom to operate. On top of it, he’ll be given the gift of being a man wronged by the government. Legally speaking, he’ll be a victim because she went rogue to put him away. She says, innocent people almost died. She doesn’t know what else to do to stop Cyrus. He says he’s got an idea, but she ain’t gonna like it.

Brook thanks Olivia for chasing Linc off, but she’s not in the mood for a lecture. Olivia asks why Brook is hanging out with that creepy slimeball who muzzled her. Brook says they’re negotiating unmuzzling. Olivia asks how that’s going. Is there an actual offer? Brook says, yes, but it looks like the cost isn’t in dollars. Olivia says if Linc is trying to get in Brook’s pants, she’ll have Sonny break his legs. Brook asks if she thinks Sonny would do that, and Olivia says, absolutely. Brook says she’ll keep that in her back pocket, but what if sex isn’t what he wants? Olivia asks what she’s talking about, and Brook says, her dignity. Olivia laughs, and says Brook is a Quartermaine. Hasn’t she bought and sold that already ten times over?

Olivia tells Brook, look at her family. There are books written about what a cad her great-grandfather was, including his own memoir. The Quartermaines thrive on scandal; she’s never seen anything like it. Brook says they’re a colorful clan. Olivia says, if the price of her freedom is eating crow, grab a bib, and chow down. Brook says, if she does what Linc is asking, she’s afraid her family will never look at her the same way. Olivia says, tell her what the thing actually is, and Brook looks down. Olivia says she’s got to ask herself what outcome is best for her, and if she can live with what she has to do to get there. If she can’t, don’t do it, and start thinking of herself as something other than a singer.

Sasha tells Chase, Michael and Willow are so close to the situation, and hell bent on protecting Wiley, they might not realize they’re hurting themselves. She and Chase can keep an eye out, and have an open line of communication. Chase says, spying on them, and Sasha says, no; supporting them. If Willow has a problem, let her know, and she’ll work hard on her end to do the same. Chase says he doesn’t like going behind their backs, and Sasha asks if it’s any different than him coming there now. He says, yes. He didn’t come with a plan or strategy. She says he makes it sound like a conspiracy. It’s more like a safety net; friends relying on each other. Chase says, it wouldn’t be forever, and Sasha says, of course (🍷) not. Chase says, eventually, things will get better.

Zara says Nelle is prone to gloating – don’t. They got lucky, extraordinarily so. Nelle says she’s always had to make her own luck, but Zara says, they can refile at any time. They’re not going to let go easily. She tells Nelle not to leave town, and Nelle says she’s not leaving anytime soon. Nelle’s phone rings, and Valentin tells her, congratulations. She says she supposes she owes it all to him, and he says she’s welcome. She’s had a helluva reversal of fortune. Make the most of it. She says she plans to. She asks how single life is treating him, and does he want to grab a drink some time? Valentin says, goodbye, and hangs up. Nelle looks at her phone, and says, whatever.

In the hallway, Willow wonders what just happened. The woman who knocked her unconscious and gave her a concussion is getting away with it. Michael says, it was dismissed without prejudice. That means she can be recharged when they locate the evidence. (I already knew this term from watching court shows. The more you know…) She says, what if it never happens? but Carly says, this is far from over. They’re going to prove Nelle gave Wiley to Brad. Willow says, it’s Nelle’s word against Brad’s, and for some reason, judges believe Nelle. Nelle walks up to Michael, and says she’s glad he’s there; it saves her a trip. She hands him an envelope, and says she’s suing him. He’s unjustly kept her child from her long enough. She’s filing for full sole custody.

Sonny and Jason are in Jordan’s office, along with Curtis. Sonny says he knows it’s a complicated situation, and respects Jordan for reaching out. She says, it wasn’t her idea. Curtis will explain what they’re doing there. Curtis says, let’s call it a meeting of like minds. They need to set aside their differences, and come together for the common good. They need to take down Cyrus Renault.

Tomorrow, Obrecht asks Spinelli what he thinks he’s doing, Carly asks if Nelle wants to go to war with her family, and Jason asks if Cyrus has something on Jordan.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey – The Reunion – Part One

Andy started the show by saying he wanted full Jersey hair – ten inches. That was not to be, but the fashion was excessively sparkly, and Teresa even had marabou feathers on the bottom of her sequined number. She also had some rhinestone hair ornaments that I seriously coveted.

Jennifer started things off well by saying Melissa couldn’t really be considering having another baby, because she’s too self-absorbed. Jennifer accused her of making a mockery of people who really wanted children. This, coming from the most self-absorbed person on stage (which is saying a lot), and someone I hope her children don’t emulate. They talked about their plastic surgery – zzzz – and Marge’s relationship with Marge Sr. Andy asked about Marge’s father, and she said her mother had left him after a year and a half of marriage. Andy pointed out that the age difference between Marge and her first husband (twenty years) is the same as the difference between her and Marge Sr., and wondered if she’d looked at him as a parent figure. Marge explained that he’d had custody of his three children, and although she had a son on her own, it was the family she never had. Andy said she didn’t seem emotional about her dad, but Marge said, you can’t miss what you never had. Teresa said her mom was also like that, and her mother’s father had left when she was little.

Moving on to Dolores, Andy said everyone always asks about Frank, and wonder why they don’t just get back together. Are they kidding? Frank is the perfect non-husband. He does everything for Dolores, and wants nothing but her scintillating company. She said she and Frank hadn’t had sex since Frankie was conceived, and we all fell out of our chairs. She didn’t say why, but I assume that’s when she found out he cheated. She thanked the viewers who love them together, but said it wasn’t happening. Andy asked about having it all without the ring, and Dolores said she was good without the commitment. Andy asked, what changed? and Dolores said David had many opportunities, and should have taken them. Jennifer suggested Dolores was settling, but Marge disagreed. Jennifer babbled about the reasons why she thought that, while Dolores tried to get a word in edgewise, trying to answer the question she was asked. Marge told Jennifer, shut it, and Dolores said she and David had good chemistry, and she’d wanted to give him a chance to meet her halfway. She was pretty pissed because she considers herself an effing good catch. She said she doesn’t ask for a lot. Andy wanted to take a group vote on who thought Dolores should kick Frank to the curb, but there were no takers. Marge did admit she thinks Dolores should move on.

Andy switched gears, asking if Jackie got offend too easy, but Jackie said she thought people who didn’t acknowledge their emotions are the angriest inside; it’s healthy to let them out. They rehashed Dolores saying she wasn’t friends with Jackie. Andy said he thought there was more going on than Dolores having been raised old school, but Jackie said it was true they’d been raised differently, and she was more liberal. Dolores said liberal was okay, and she was getting there. Andy told her that a lot of people considered her comments anti-Semitic, which Dolores said couldn’t be further from the truth. She’d probably been with more Jewish men than Jackie. She said she and Jackie were friends now, but she likes to get to know someone before considering them a friend. I hear this, since I’m kind of the same way. She said Jackie made an effort to get to know her after that, and they like each other. Melissa asked why Jennifer was making a face, and Jennifer said she thought that was corny. A viewer asked Jackie her opinion on who’s an excellent parent, and Jackie diplomatically (and wisely) said, they were all great parents in their own way. What they all have in common is that they’re mothers, and how they parent makes them different. We see clips of that, including Gia’s prom, and Andy said, the most asked question about Frankie is if he’s single or with Gia. Delores said he was single, and interviewing for a job as an investment banker. He felt with the long hours, he couldn’t give anyone the time they deserve. Andy said Dolores is always saying she doesn’t want Frankie to have a girlfriend, and asked if she’d make an exception for Gia. She said she would, and we already knew Teresa wouldn’t mind. Andy asked Teresa how it was going with Gia out of the house, and Teresa said she was living vicariously, since she hadn’t been allowed to go away to college. Delores said she had to be home at 11 when she was getting married – ask Frank. Andy asked how Marge’s relationship with her step-kids was going, and she said it was better, but not where she wanted it to be. A viewer reminded everyone about how Jennifer said she didn’t know what kind of a parent Marge had been, and Marge said she was a working mom who raised someone else’s children, along with her son. By the time she divorced, the kids were grown, and all the children are tight with each other. She said Jennifer was far from the poster child for stay-at-home-moms. Jennifer said she did it on her own – with only one woman and a babysitter, and a nanny when she had her fourth child. Melissa said, from Jennifer’s social media, it looked like she was never home, but Jennifer called her postings InstaSham, because that’s what people do. Marge said she only posts about her real life.

Andy asked if Jackie’s father understood her eating disorder now, and she said his mind couldn’t imagine what had really happened. Marge said Jackie looked emaciated in her wedding photos. A photo was shown, and Marge was right. Jackie’s arms looked like broomsticks. Jackie said she would shut down anyone who brought it up, and Dolores asked if thinking of food still consumed Jackie. Jackie said it didn’t consume her, but it was still a struggle. Andy asked Jackie why she kept the fact she had a lot of money a secret, and she said it wasn’t a secret, but it wasn’t what defined her. Andy went on to Jennifer’s old world family facing present day issues, and they discussed her daughter Gaby being bullied, and her brother being gay. Jennifer said her mom was learning, and Marge said she thought Jennifer had handled it beautifully. Jennifer said it was a hard discussion to have with her mom.

The rip-roaring fights of the season were the next topic, and Melissa told Jennifer that she says dumb sh*t. Jennifer said Melissa’s husband says a lot of dumb sh*t, but Melissa finds that funny. Jennifer and Marge bickered over who says stupid sh*t, and Andy said there were no winners at the dinner where Jennifer threw a plate and fork at Melissa. We flashed back to that, and Jennifer told Andy that she automatically says what comes to mind, and it gets her in trouble. It’s not like she was touching anyone. Melissa said maybe not, but the flying dinnerware could have hurt someone. Marge suggested they make a pact not to throw things. A viewer thought Jennifer lost control easily when she was angry, but Jennifer insisted she has the patience of Job, until she’s pushed too far. Marge said she goes from zero to ten quickly, but Melissa hit the nail on the head when she said Jennifer was an effing a-hole, and she thinks Jennifer is starved for attention. Marge said they would never judge Jennifer by her cover, but inside, she was sh*t. Great start for Part Two.

Next time – Part Two – Juicy Joe’s cheating is brought up, the husbands (and Frank) join the group, and Danielle arrives, demanding to sit next to Andy.

🔎 Something Serious…

Scheana is looking for a missing cousin.

https://www.eonline.com/news/1126912/vanderpump-rules-scheana-shay-pleads-for-help-after-her-relative-goes-missing

👵🏾 Something Fun…

Or at least it sounds promising. I would watch the Old Lady Gang.

https://www.essence.com/entertainment/old-lady-gang-spinoff/

🥱 Early To Rise…

And a long day coming up. See you on the Runway.

 

February 26, 2020 – Taggert Shares Information, NJ Finale Plus Italy, a Prenup For Beau, MJ’s New World, a Dallas Farewell & Midweek

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Ava tells Carly to notify the guard that she’s ready to leave. She says it’s inconvenient having an armed escort just to visit her daughter. Carly asks, more or less than living on an island? She wonders when Ava is planning on introducing Avery to her new husband.

Franco helps Cameron with his cufflinks, saying it’s a throwback to another era when men needed valets. He tells Cameron that he looks like James Bond, and Elizabeth says he looks adorable. Cameron says he doesn’t want adorable. There’s a knock at the door. It’s Nikolas.

Brook sees Julian at the MetroCourt. He tries to ditch her, but she says, no drink for her? He says, she gets no favors from him. What she thinks she heard in a private conversation was out of context. She’s jumping to conclusions. He had nothing to do with Brad passing off Nelle’s baby as Willow’s. She asks if passing off is a polite euphemism for kidnapping. She doesn’t think Sonny will appreciate the difference. Does Julian think Sonny will believe him or her when she tells him about her suspicions?

At the Pozzulo’s office, Sonny asks Jason how Michael is doing. Jason says, happy mostly. He knows it’s not over, and he still needs to gain legal custody. The cops have found evidence, and he hopes it’s enough to convict Nelle. Sonny wonders if it’s enough to show that Nelle had help.

Curtis goes to Laura’s hospital room, and is surprised to find her dressed and ready to roll. She asks what he expected, and he says, she’s recovering from a gunshot; maybe extra recuperation time. She says she’s going stir crazy in there, and the doctors said she’s healthy enough to leave. He asks where Doc is, and she says he’s the guest speaker at a medical conference. He wanted to cancel, but she told him not to. Her driver is also her bodyguard, and she’ll get home safe. He tells her that she needs to rest, but she says the sooner she gets back to work, the better. Port Charles needs her.

On the phone, Jordan asks if she and Taggert are on for today, but he says he’s working his own plan. She asks, what kind of plan? but he’s already hung up.

Sonny tells Jason that he doesn’t buy Brad and Nelle pulling it off by themselves. There’s a knock at the door, and one of Sonny’s guards says it’s someone who claims they knew Sonny back in the day. Taggert comes in, and Sonny asks if he took a wrong turn. Taggert says he and Sonny may have a mutual problem. Maybe they can help each other out.

Sonny says, this is a first. Taggert is on the side of the angels. Taggert laughs, and says, there are no angels in this room, or in Pentenville. Sonny doesn’t follow, and Taggert says, Michael was targeted on Pier 55. Carly was caught in an attack on the warehouse, and Sonny was targeted in Brooklyn. Then an industrial warehouse turned into a Roman candle. Sonny says he doesn’t know anything about it, and Taggert says he’s not there to bust Sonny. Sonny says, since when? and Taggert says, since they’ve been trading information about Cyrus.

Jordan joins Laura and Curtis, and Curtis tells her that Laura plans on going back to work right away. Jordan says, sounds right, and he says he should have known better. Laura asks to be brought up to speed. She heard there was an explosion on the industrial pier, and asks how much damage there was. Jordan says, whoever planted the explosive was a pro. No loss of life, but the warehouse and its contents were obliterated. They did find traces of opiates though. Someone blew a major drug operation sky high. Laura wonders who’s stupid enough to take on Sonny.

Carly tells Ava, then again, what’s the point? Not all marriages are built to last. Ava wonders how Carly is judging her marriage when hers involves a sharpshooter on the roof. Carly says she’s not judging; she’s giving Ava a heads up. Sonny is going to want to know how much Nikolas is in his daughter’s life, and he’s not Nikolas’s biggest fan. Whatever game they’re playing, the less it includes Avery, the better.

Josslyn asks if that’s what Dev is wearing to the dance, but he says he’s not going. Josslyn says she wasn’t planning on it either, but Cameron and Trina will be there. The more she thought about it, she realized the first rule of having fun is showing up. He asks, why be around people he won’t be seeing again? After tomorrow, he won’t be living there. He’s leaving Port Charles.

Franco asks Elizabeth if everything is okay, and she asks if he minds hanging out with Cameron. He says he’ll get Cameron pinned up, and goes back inside. Elizabeth tells Nikolas, make it quick. It’s a big night for her son. Nikolas says, Cameron has grown up, and she says, kids do that. Why is he here? He says he’s determined to prove what he told her, and she suggests another time. He says now that he’s secured his inheritance, he wants to make a donation to GH; something specific. She says he can talk to Monica, but he says Elizabeth would know where it would do the most good, and she’s his friend. She says, is she? Inside, Franco pins a boutonniere on Cameron, saying he thought it was only for weddings. Cameron says he did too, but Trina disagrees. Franco says, Trina is a good friend.  

At the café, Brook tells Julian that she has a situation with a record producer. He says let him guess; the producer refuses to sign her. She says, just the opposite. He refuses to let her out of her contract. Julian says, get a lawyer, but she says she did, and it’s iron clad. He says, she’s a Quartermaine. Get daddy to buy him out. She says Julian doesn’t get it. Ned tried, but Linc won’t set her free at any price. He says she must be quite the talent. He’s not sure where he comes in, and she says she’s exhausted all legal alternatives. Julian has skills her father and the lawyers don’t have. Make Linc an offer he can’t refuse, and if he stonewalls, give him ten broken fingers for starters.

Julian tells Brook that her faith is flattering, but his days of breaking bones are over. He runs a respectable pub. She says he can either work with her, or take his chances with Sonny, and he says, there she goes again threatening him. Let’s talk about how that might go down. Say Sonny puts a bullet in his back. That’s a lot of weight to carry on her conscience. Does she want Lucas to lose another loved one because of her overactive imagination? Brook says, what Sonny does is up to him, and what Julian does is up to him. It’s his choice, and his funeral. Julian says, maybe there’s another way.

Elizabeth says she and Nikolas’s friendship wasn’t automatically restored. He says she was kind and sympathetic about Spencer, but she says that doesn’t take away the fact that her niece is without her mother because of Nikolas. He can’t buy her friendship with hospital donations. She tells him, find her sister. He says he hates disappointing her, and appreciates and respects their friendship; it means more than he can say. She says he needs to go. He says his inheritance wasn’t everything. You wouldn’t think Windymere could be colder or lonelier. She says he made his choices, and has to live with them. Unfortunately, so does Violet.

Ava says since Carly is so concerned about what’s best for her daughter, she doesn’t like Avery living under siege. Windymere is safer. Carly asks, how many have met untimely deaths there? And she doesn’t want Avery to be a witness to Ava and Nikolas’s spitefest of a marriage. Ava says she doesn’t know what Carly is talking about. Carly says she doesn’t know Nikolas well, but did know Emily, the love of his life, and Ava couldn’t be less like her. Now that Nikolas has his hands on the codicil, she doesn’t think Ava will be his wife much longer. Ava says Carly is very much mistaken. Carly says, we’ll see, and Ava leaves.

Elizabeth takes pictures of Cameron, and he asks if she has to take so many. The doorbell rings, and Trina comes in, looking gorgeous in a black and silver cocktail dress. Elizabeth asks if Cameron minds if she takes one more. Cameron says Trina looks great, and she says, he’s not so bad either.

Josslyn asks Dev, why leave town now? It’s only a few weeks until spring break, and they have the SATs and final exams. He says, it’s a top school, and they do that there; he won’t miss out. Sonny made it happen. She says, what about Gladys and Brando? What about everyone who cares about him? Everything is set up for Dev to stay there as Sonny’s cousin. He says he’s not dragging this out; it won’t change anything. Carly comes in, and asks for a minute with Josslyn. Dev gives them privacy, and Carly guesses Dev told her. Josslyn says, please don’t tell her Dev is leaving because of her.

Jordan tells Laura, there’s no proof that organized crime is behind what happened, but it’s happened too many times in this town. A crime lord decides he can make more money by taking over Sonny’s territory, and it escalates until it’s over – unless Sonny intervenes. Laura says she can’t help if she doesn’t know who she’s dealing with. Jordan says, Cyrus Renault. He’s a major drug trafficker in the Pacific Northwest. He was busted ten years ago, but it appears he’s trying to expand his territory from maximum security in Pentenville.

Sonny asks what Taggert knows about Cyrus, and Taggert says, more than Sonny. He helped put Cyrus away. Jason says, when Cyrus was busted by a DEA task force, and Taggert says, right. When he left, he signed on with the DEA. Cyrus was a high priority, and his team did all they could to have Cyrus put away. Sonny says, Cyrus is behind bars, but still in operation. They underestimated his reach. Taggert says, right now, Cyrus has his eyes on Port Charles; that’s where Sonny comes in. He has more options than a former agent. He tells Jason, the warehouse explosion was a nice job, but Jason says he doesn’t know what Taggert is talking about. Sonny asks, what’s it to him? Taggert doesn’t live there. Taggert says there are people he cares about in Port Charles, and no one is safe when Cyrus is in play. Jason asks if Taggert is offering his help, or asking for theirs.

Sonny says, so Taggert wants to work with him to help take Cyrus down. Taggert says he has no use for Sonny’s business, but he knows Sonny’s not like Cyrus. Cyrus is bad news, and they don’t want him taking charge. He’s seen the ugly things this man can do. Sonny says, give him some time to think, and Taggert says, don’t take too long. He leaves, and Jason asks if Sonny buys that. Sonny says, every word.

Through Pozzulo’s window, we see Taggert’s shadow go by. A few seconds later, another shadow follows.

Jordan tells Laura, it’s a dangerous lot connected to Cyrus, and Laura says, someone is letting him pull strings while he’s behind bars. Curtis says, it’s convenient, and Jordan says she’d be interested in finding out how Cyrus landed there in the first place. Laura says he ride is there; they’ll continue later. Curtis asks her to tell him that she’s going home to rest, and she says, wars are fought on many fronts. Let them work on their side of the battlefield,  and she’ll take care of hers. When she’s gone, Jordan says **j has ocnn don’t have info can’t afford share until Cyrus is no longer a threat

Josslyn tells Carly, it was one kiss. She’s over it, and hopes Dev isn’t overreacting. Carly says, it’s not about the kiss. Josslyn says, Brando agreed to cover, but Carly says there’s only so much they can ask Brando to accept. Dev thinks it’s best, and she and Sonny agree. Josslyn says, Dev was there after Oscar died, and it helped. He drove her crazy sometimes, but she’ll miss him. Carly says she will too, and hugs Josslyn.

Brook asks what Julian’s plan is, but Julian says he doesn’t have one yet. He needs some time. She says every day she wastes is killing her career. She needs to get back out there before she loses the little momentum she had. It’s the only way out of her contract, so is he helping her or not? Nikolas approaches their table, and Brook says she doesn’t know whether to slap him or kiss him. He says he gets that a lot, and Brook thanks him for the call. She would have been offended if he’d come back from the dead and left her out. She heard he got married. Who’s the lucky lady? Ava joins them, and says, good; Nikolas got her message. She asks who this is, and he says, Brook Ashton, but Brook says she’s Quartermaine now. Nikolas says, this is his wife, Ava Jerome. Ava says, actually, Cassadine now. Mrs. Nikolas Cassadine.   

Cameron gives Trina a wrist corsage, and she thanks him, saying, it’s beautiful. He’s glad she likes it, and she says she wishes her dad was there already. He wanted to take some pictures.

Taggert walks near the piers, and someone follows. We see it’s one of the guys from Cyrus’s warehouse. Taggert goes around, and comes up behind the guy. He asks if the guy is looking for him, and the guy says, no. He’s looking for him. Another guy walks up, and they’re on either side of Taggert.

Sonny tells Jason, for Taggert to come to them, he must be desperate. Jason says, Cyrus was convicted ten years ago. Why is Cyrus after Sonny at the same time Taggert shows up? The guard knocks again, and says Sonny has another visitor. Sonny says he’s busy, but Laura asks if he has time to see an old friend.

Carly says, it’s so unfair. Josslyn has had all these losses, and now she has another one. Josslyn says, this is different. Letting Dev go is doing right by him, and she understands. She says she needs to get dressed if she’s going, and Carly asks, where? Josslyn says, it’s the mid-winter formal, and Carly says she thought Josslyn was going. Josslyn says she changed her mind. Cameron and Trina are going, and Trina gave her a whole lecture about showing up to show school spirit. She has a point. How can Josslyn expect her peers to show up to her volleyball games, and cheer her on, if she doesn’t support them? Carly says there’s no way Josslyn is leaving the house tonight.

Brook asks if she can borrow Ava’s husband, and Ava says as long as he brings her back a drink. Nikolas and Brook go to the bar, and Ava sits with Julian. She says she hopes Nikolas remembers she likes vodka martinis. Like any of us would forget that. She asks Julian why he was huddled with Brook. Or to rephrase that, what the hell kind of trouble is he in now?

Brook says Nikolas looks good for a guy who’s been dead three years. He says she’s still gorgeous, and impossible. She says if she didn’t know better, she’d think he was flirting, but he wouldn’t be doing that with his wife there. He says, true. Ava is never far from his thoughts. His marriage is more important than he can possibly say.

Sonny is glad Laura is up and about. She says she just got out thirty minutes ago, and he says she came straight to see him; he’s honored. He gives her his word that he had no idea who the people were targeting his family. She believes him, but asks, what’s really going on? How’s his family? She heard what happened in Brooklyn, and knows Mike was there. He says his dad is okay. Everybody is okay, and it’s going to stay that way. She says, he can’t guarantee that, and they both know it. So let’s talk – for real.

Jordan and Curtis find Taggert in an examining room. Jordan asks, what happened? and he says he got jumped by two guys. He realized he was being followed, and led the guy into an alley. Taggert got the jump on him, but another guy came from behind. He got a shot off, and they ran toward the 500 block. Curtis asks what Taggert was doing there, but Taggert says he’s answering Jordan’s questions, not Curtis’s. Taggert takes out a handkerchief, and gives it to Jordan. She unwraps a syringe, and says Taggert was going to OD, like the others.

Julian tells Ava that he thought he’d buy himself some time by getting Brad a lawyer. Now that spoiled pop star wannabe is tightening the screws. Ava asks, how? and he says she came into Charlie’s when he was arguing with Brad. He had no idea who she was, and they talked. He vented, and said too much. Ava asks how much Brook knows, and he says she figured out that he was helping Brad with the baby switch. Even better, she’s tight with Sonny and she’s threatening to get him involved. Brook laughs, and Ava says, she seems like a handful, all right, but Julian was already doomed when he got mixed up with Brad to begin with. He says he doesn’t know what to do at this point. He’s tired of the shakedowns. Ava says, too bad. If Brook goes to Sonny with her theory, it won’t go well. He asks what she suggests, and she tells him, just say yes for now; buy some time. Two Jeromes are more than a match for one measly Quartermaine.   

Brook says she’s sorry about what Nikolas has been through, and Nikolas says she’s the only person who hasn’t come down hard on him. His mom, his sister, his son, even his best friend Elizabeth, all judged him without caring about what he’s been through. Brook says, Elizabeth judged him? Shocker. He guesses Elizabeth is entitled to her feelings, but Brook says, so is he. It’s hard enough coming back without people lining up to criticize. She knows what it’s like to need a friend, and thinks maybe she can fill that void.

Josslyn tells Carly, there’s plenty of security. One of Sonny’s guards can stay at the dance, and Dustin is chaperoning; he saved her life. Carly says, he’s an English teacher, not a superhero. She and Sonny agreed, it’s best to avoid public gatherings, and she wants to err on the side of caution tonight. Donna cries, and Carly goes to tend to her, while Dev comes back into the kitchen. Dev asks if Josslyn’s mom explained it to her. She asks if he’s really okay with it, and he says, it has to be this way. Josslyn says, then he has to say goodbye to Cameron and Trina. She tells him, get dressed, and meet her in the living room in ten minutes.

Cameron tells Trina that their ride share is almost there. She says her dad hasn’t responded to her texts; she guesses he’s not coming. Cameron looks out, and sees an SUV. He says they’re going premium tonight. He tells Trina that he can talk to the driver, and see if he’s willing to wait, but Trina says, let’s just go. She thanks Elizabeth for the pictures. She’ll have some great shots to show her dad. Elizabeth tells them, have fun, and Cameron says, will do. Franco hustles them out, and Cameron wonders if he’s trying to get rid of them. Elizabeth reminds him to text the driver’s information to her. They leave, and Elizabeth asks Franco if Cameron is right. Was he trying to get rid of them?

Jordan says Taggert is lucky it wasn’t worse, and Curtis says, then there would be one. Taggert says Cyrus will find him if he wants to. Jordan says they’ve been catching up since Bob was killed, and it’s time to get in front. Taggert said he had a plan; let’s hear it. He says she’s not going to like it.

Laura says she and Sonny have been friends a long time. She knows there’s a line he won’t cross in his business; he has a certain integrity. When she took the oath of office, she vowed to put Port Charles above all else, including her personal relationships. Sonny understands where Laura is coming from, and says he’d never ask her to compromise for his sake. She appreciates that, but says she can’t look other way if a turf war threatens the safety of the city. Jason says, with all due respect, they care about the city as much as she does. She says she doesn’t doubt that, but in Sonny’s business, there can be some very ugly turns, and she thinks that’s what happened. Sonny says he didn’t start it, and she says she knows that, but it doesn’t matter. This is on her watch. When innocent people are shot at, the piers are a war zone again, and warehouses are blowing up, the people who live in those areas – low income people who don’t have a lot of choices – are afraid. The parents wonder if their kids will get home safe, or at all. All they want, is for it to stop. That’s why she’s there. If anyone knows how stop this thing, it’s him.

Elizabeth tells Franco, she thought Cameron and Trina were just friends, but after the way Cameron looking at Trina tonight, she’s not so sure. Franco says, it’s a big night for them – and him and Elizabeth too. He says, she thought he forgot. He gives her a small box, and says, happy anniversary.

Brook and Nikolas clink glasses. Ava says it will be her pleasure to help Julian handle Brook, and it might help her solve a problem of her own. She needs Nikolas to cheat, and she needs to have proof, or she can’t get out of the marriage. Julian says, that’s barely a minor inconvenience, and she says Julian is so grouchy when he thinks he’s backed into a corner. He’s lucky he has a sister who’s a pro at thinking outside the box. She was going to use Elizabeth to tempt Nikolas, but it’s important to have back up, and Brook just might fit the bill. Ava walks over to the bar and says, forget the drink. She’s changed her mind. She’d rather be home with Nikolas. She takes his hand, and leads him out. He asks if she’s jealous. She can always divorce him. She says, not on his life. They made a deal, and he’s sticking to it.

Brook returns to Julian’s table, and says, so before they were rudely interrupted, what’s his answer? He says, she told him, all ten fingers, correct? He holds out his hand, and they shake.

Laura tells Sonny, she came out of respect because he’s an old friend. She gets up, and says, but if she’s wrong, and Sonny isn’t able to end this thing before it escalates any further, she’ll have to do what she has to in order to protect the city. Sonny gets up, and says he wouldn’t expect anything less. After all, he voted for her. Jason holds the door open, and she walks out, holding back tears. Jason and Sonny look at each other.

Josslyn comes downstairs, looking lovely, also in a shimmery cocktail dress. Dev asks how she did that so fast, and she says nothing inspires her more than being told she can’t do something. She tells him, they have to go, and he follows her out.

Taggert tells Jordan, he’s crossed the line in the past. Each time, he weighed the risks, and made a choice, believing the ends justified the means. Now he’s crossed a line he never thought he’d cross. Curtis says, desperate times, and Taggert says, right. The stakes are too high for pride or holding a grudge. He went to Sonny, and asked if Sonny would work with him to take Cyrus down.

Carly sees Dev’s backpack, and says, really. The kids leave everything lying around. She picks it up, and everything falls out. While she’s picking it all up, she finds a bullet.

Cameron asks the driver if he can step on it; they’re a tiny bit late. Trina says she doesn’t mind, and tells him to take his time. Better safe than sorry. Cameron and Trina chatter back and forth, and we see the driver is the guy who followed Taggert to the pier.

Tomorrow, Neil tells TJ, if it feels right, go for it; Carly asks why there’s a bullet in Dev’s backpack; Taggert calls Curtis for help; and Cameron and Trina’s driver says, there’s been a change in plans.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey

When Melissa met with Danielle, Danielle said boutique owner Steven told her to pull Marge’s hair, and Teresa encouraged her. We saw a clip of Teresa getting in Danielle’s face, and saying, do it! Do it! Do it! Melissa said she was shocked, and going to let Teresa know what Danielle said. Rather than badmouth Teresa, Melissa said it confirmed that Teresa was not in the right frame of mind. Danielle said Marge had put her through a lot, but Melissa wasn’t having it. She said Danielle had gone too far and shouldn’t have put her hands on anybody, and ended their friendship. At the house, the party was beginning to start, with an amazing barbecue that had just about everything imaginable on the grill. In Melissa’s interview, she said Danielle was a pathological liar, but she didn’t think Danielle would throw Teresa under the bus like that if it wasn’t true. And if it was, it was the end of Marge and Teresa’s friendship. By the time Melissa got to the party, it was in full swing, and there were tons of guests, including my favorite, Marge Sr.

Melissa was basically accosted by the group, who wanted to know how the meeting had gone. Melissa told them it was rough. She said Danielle said that Steven told her to pull Marge’s hair, and Marge didn’t believe it, but we saw a clip of that too. I find it a lot more disturbing that a grown man, who owns a boutique, is making this kind of suggestion to a woman, than table-flipper Teresa encouraging that behavior. Melissa said Danielle also said Teresa told her, do it. Marge didn’t believe that either, and of course everyone said what a liar Danielle always is. Melissa asked Teresa if Danielle was lying, and Teresa said she was drinking and everything happened so fast. In Dolores’s interview, she said it never crossed her mind that Teresa was involved in the hair pulling. Marge called Teresa an a-hole, and said Teresa’s good friend Danielle threw her under the bus to save herself. Marge walked off, and Teresa gave the finger to the camera, then went on a rampage, flinging a Solo cup at the camera, and throwing stuff around. Girlfriend was very stressed.

Teresa stomped inside, saying they were all effing a-holes. I’m not sure if she meant the group, the party guests in general, or the production team. She said she was going home. In her interview, Melissa said she’d known Teresa a long time, and when you call her out on something she shouldn’t have done, she doesn’t take it well. Teresa holed up in the bathroom, and outside the door, Dolores said the only way to rectify it, was to apologize to Marge and never talk to Danielle again. Melissa said she got that Teresa wanted to have fun with all the stress in her life, but she was choosing the wrong people to have it with. When Teresa emerged, she said she was glad Danielle stood up for herself. In Teresa’s interview, she said she was angry at Marge, and drinking a lot. Out in the yard, while Marge didn’t let this stop her from enjoying the food, Joe #2 said he thought they should talk it out. Marge said it made her sick. Dolores told Teresa that Marge deserved an apology. Right then and there, Teresa called Danielle, and told her that Melissa had outed her for outing Teresa. But ultimately, it was Danielle’s decision to pony pull. Danielle told Teresa that afterwards, she’d said she wished she hadn’t done it, and not to let this come between them. Teresa stood firm, and said they weren’t friends anymore. She told the others, she wanted to talk to Marge in private, and she’d be on the front porch.

Marge met with Teresa, who apologized, and said she felt bad. Marge said her first instinct was not to believe it. Teresa said she knows she shouldn’t have done it (can you hear this in her voice?), but maybe it had to happen for her to wake up, and be done with Danielle. Marge said she needed time to process it. In Marge’s interview, she said the idea of someone she’s close with being in on attacking her was mind-boggling. And on top of it, Teresa defended Danielle. In the backyard, Jennifer said, if any good came out if it, at least Teresa realized her friendship with Danielle is toxic. When Marge came back, she said she didn’t know whether to sh*t or go blind, and I wondered when was the last time I heard that phrase.

Since the second half-hour was dedicated to Teresa’s Italy trip with the girls, they did the finale credits here. There was absolutely nothing of interest, except that David still hasn’t moved into the new house. He’s living with Dolores and Frank. Dolores can’t get him to move out, or give her a ring. Whatever works.

Five months later. We sped through what happened with Joe, ending with him moving to Italy. He now looks like Mike The Situation Sorrentino. There was the fastest trip to Italy ever, not even using the Concord, and we flashed back to a previous trip when the girls were little. The girls were thrilled to see their dad, but two seconds in, Joe said he’d forgotten how stressful they could be. They checked into a gorgeous hotel, and Teresa asked if Joe expected sleep with her. They hadn’t been together in four years, and it was kind of weird. He was the same uncommunicative jerk he’s always been.

They took the girls to the Amalfi coast, and on the way, a rainbow dazzled us all. Gia leaning her head on her dad’s shoulder broke my heart. They went shopping, and in Gia’s interview, she said their family had been on an emotional roller coaster. It made her realize it was the little moments that count. She was holding on to every moment, and cherishing it. In Teresa’s interview, she said she thought Joe wanted to be a couple again, but she hadn’t been happy with him for a long time. She didn’t want to hurt him, but sometimes you can’t get over what happened, and need to move on. At a tearful dinner, Joe told the girls that he was sorry about what happened, but would always do what he could to keep them together.

Teresa asked Joe how he saw them, and said she wanted someone with her every day. She reminded him that he’d said hurtful things, like he wished he’d never married her. He was supposed to protect her, and she trusted him. Joe said it was a bogus crime that people don’t even do time for, and it was in the past. Teresa said she hadn’t been the same since. A lot had happened, and they lived in two different countries. He asked if she wanted to just end it now. In her interview, Teresa said it was infuriating. After four years, Joe still wasn’t taking responsibility for what he’d done. He hadn’t changed. She told Joe that she never wanted to hurt him, and wanted him to be endlessly happy. He said he felt the same about her, and that he’d spend the night with the girls. They hugged for the first time, and it seemed genuine.

Teresa said she wasn’t ready to tell the girls, and they were still fighting the appeal. There was still a chance Joe could come back to the US. She was just happy Joe was out and free, and that her daughters can be reunited with their dad, even if they had to get on a plane to do it. It wasn’t the end.

The ending text said that the girls spent Christmas with Joe. They were still waiting on the appeal, and were hopeful. Teresa said since now that chapter was closed, she could start thinking about what makes Teresa happy.

My big question. Why does everyone think a party is where to bring up a personal issue? In Melissa’s case tonight, she was immediately surrounded, but the traditional practice is for someone to bring up a hot button issue in the middle of a party. Usually the celebration of some poor, unrelated, unsuspecting person, and it ruins the good time. Even better, it’s often in public. I’m just glad I don’t know any of these people personally.

💰 She Does Have Bank Now…

I actually think this is one couple who won’t need a prenup because they’re going to make it.

https://radaronline.com/photos/vpr-star-stassi-schroeder-works-on-prenup-with-fiance/

👶🏽 Baby Shams Is Living His Best Life…

I’m not so sure going to the park every week is anyone else’s idea of tradition though.

https://pagesix.com/2020/02/24/shahs-star-mj-javid-wants-to-have-more-children/

🐎 Git Along Little LeeAnne…

I honestly think she’s just thoughtless, and I’m sorry to see her go. And it’s kind of like when new neighbors move in. Even if you’re glad to see the old ones go, you wonder what you’re going to get.

https://people.com/tv/leeanne-locken-is-leaving-real-housewives-of-dallas-after-4-seasons/

✌🏼 Two Degrees…

Middle of the week. Malcolm in the Middle. Life is unfair…

February 22, 2020 – The Aftermath Of Brad’s Confession, NeNe’s Future, NYC Relief, NuBethenny, Tamra’s Reason, Reunion In Italy, Drita Is Free, Ariana Insured, a Half-Dozen Quotes Twice & Tap Baby Tap

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Sonny comes in along with Michael, who’s holding Wiley. Carly says it’s good to see Wiley, and asks, what about Nelle? Sonny says, the cops have her. Lucas comes up  to Wiley, and says, hey, buddy. Michael says Wiley is a lucky guy. So many people love him. Julian says, he’s happy and safe, and asks Lucas if he needs anything. Sonny says, it’s been a tough night; Julian should probably go. Julian tells Lucas to call or drop by if he needs anything. Michael says they have a lot to figure out, and they will, but one thing they agree on is making this okay for Wiley.

Curtis says, body count? Is Jordan in danger? Taggert says he and Jordan both are, and Jordan says she doesn’t want Curtis involved, but Taggert says, he already is by being married to her. Jordan tells Curtis, it was an undercover operation for the DEA. Curtis says, and it came back to haunt them. Jordan says they were part of a four agent team, assigned to investigate a major drug trafficker, who covered the entire Pacific Northwest. He brought drugs in from Russia through the Canadian border, and distributed them to the western states. Taggert says, he sold drugs to everyone, from CEOs to middle school kids. Jordan says, they infiltrated the organization to get evidence and bust him. Curtis asks, what happened? and Taggert says, he covered himself well. Whenever they found someone who’d turn on him, they’d turn up dead. Curtis says, but here they both are; alive and unharmed. Taggert says, they got the break they needed, and Jordan says, they took the dealer down, and left with their covers intact. Curtis says, no one knew who they were? and Jordan says, that’s what they believed. Taggert says, until their partners turned up dead.

Nelle is put in the cell across from Brad. Brad asks where Wiley is, and what she did with him. She tells Brad, he’s despicable.

Willow wakes up, and Chase says she has a minor concussion, but she’s going to be all right. She asks, what happened? The last thing she remembers, she was watching Wiley. She sits up, saying, oh my God. Nelle was there and wanted to take Wiley. Chase says she was arrested, and Willow asks if Wiley is okay. He says, Wiley is fine; he’s with Michael, and she says, thank God. He says he has a lot he needs to tell her, and she says, it’s bad? He nods and she says, okay. Just give her a minute to be glad her son is okay.

Carly says, Michael is right. Wiley has had a confusing, big night. She knows he’s tired, and it’s past his bedtime. Maybe he’d like a snack first. Michael asks if Lucas wants to give Wiley a snack; they’ll talk later. Lucas says, yeah, and takes Wiley, asking if he’s if hungry. He tells Michael, he’s so sorry.

Carly tells Lucas that he has nothing to be sorry for. He didn’t do this. Bobbie says, no one is blaming him, least of all Michael. Michael says Lucas isn’t responsible, and Bobbie suggests giving Wiley his snack. She and Lucas go into the kitchen, and Carly says, what Michael did just now, giving Lucas time with Wiley, was so generous. Michael says he needs their help, and thinks Lucas could use Carly right now. Carly asks if Michael is okay, and he says he’s still figuring it all out, but he’ll be fine. Carly says Michael is a good man, and she loves him. She hugs him, and he says he loves her too. She goes to the kitchen, and Michael tells Sasha that he forgot to thank her for calling Chase. She says she’s glad she could help in a small way. Sonny says, now that Wiley is in the other room, tell him what the hell happened. How did Brad get his hands on Michael’s son, and keep it a secret for more than a year?

Curtis says, Bob Endicott, Jordan’s former boss, the one she said couldn’t have possibly OD’d. He was part of the team too? She says, and Mark Simon is also dead. Taggert says, also from a drug overdose. Two down, and him and Jordan left. Curtis says Jordan thought she shouldn’t tell him she has a target on her back?

Julian pours a shot of whiskey, and Ava runs in, asking if he’s all right. Is he hurt? He says, no, and she asks, what is it? He said he needed her, and it was an emergency. He hung up, and she thought she’d find him bleeding to death. He says, it’s nothing that simple, and she asks, what’s going on? He says, Brad confessed, and she says, to what? He says, Wiley isn’t Willow’s son; he’s Michael’s son, and Sonny’s grandson. The baby Lucas and Brad adopted was Nelle’s baby. He only saw the baby once. Lucas was in surgery, and Brad took the baby home. He laid the baby in his crib, and when he came back, the baby wasn’t breathing; sudden infant death syndrome. From there, things happened, and Nelle gave Brad the baby she’d had with Michael. Ava asks what he means by things happened, and he says, they switched babies by the side of the road. Somehow, Nelle convinced Brad to take the baby home that she’d had with Michael. Ava asks if Sonny knows, and Julian nods. She asks where Brad is now, and he says, in jail. She says he’s got to be terrified, and Julian says, he’s not the only one. She says, please tell her that he didn’t help Brad steal Sonny’s grandchild. He says he didn’t but… She says, if Sonny finds out… Julian says, he’s a dead man.

Chase tells Willow, it’s going to be confusing. She’s going to have a lot of questions, but he’ll do his best to answer them. The details are pretty hazy, but the central factor is undeniable. She says, okay… and he says Wiley isn’t her son. Nelle and Michael are his birth parents.

Nelle asks if Brad knows how she felt, waking up on a cold, damp road to find a dead baby in her arms. He asks what she’s talking about, and she says Jonah meant everything to her. He was the only thing she had left of Michael, and Brad stole him from her. Brad says, no. She said he had to take the baby. She asks if that’s the story he’s going with; he’s the innocent victim. He says she knows it was her idea, and she tells him to stop lying to save himself. She was overwhelmed with grief, and so was Michael. They were mourning a child they thought was dead because of him. Brad says she told him the baby would be better off if he and Lucas raised him. She didn’t want the baby anywhere near Michael. She says Brad was her only friend; stop pretending. Stop pretending he cares, when on the worst night of her life, he stole her child.

Julian tells Ava, a few days afterward, Brad told him that it wasn’t the original baby, and the first baby died. He said he’d gotten a new baby from some random homeless woman. Ava asks if he believed that, and Julian says he thought it was convenient, but it didn’t occur to him that Brad had helped himself to Sonny’s grandson. She says, Brad eventually told Julian the truth? and Julian says, eventually. She asks what the hell he was thinking. Why not go to Sonny the minute that loser told him that he’d switched babies? He says, unfortunately, Brad is his son-in-law, and when Brad came clean, Wiley was more than a year old. Lucas had time to bond with Wiley, and he wasn’t taking Wiley away from his son.

Willow tells Chase, someone made a mistake, and he says he’s sorry, but it’s true. Wiley is Michael’s son. She says, it doesn’t make sense, and he says he can explain. When Willow gave birth at Mercy Hospital on July 29th, 2018, Alexis brought the infant to GH, and delivered him to his adoptive father Brad. Lucas was in surgery, and Brad brought the infant home. Willow asks him to stop calling the baby the infant; his name is Wiley. Chase says, Brad placed Wiley in the crib, but when he came back to check on him, he wasn’t breathing. She says, no, and keeps repeating it as Chase talks. He says, Brad tried CPR, but the baby was unresponsive. Willow gets up, but sinks to the ground, yelling, no! He holds her, and says, it’s okay. I guess because he can’t think of anything else to say, since it’s clearly not okay.

Bobbie says she could wring Brad’s neck, and Lucas says he wishes he could hate Brad as much as she does, but he knows Brad. He knows Brad loves him and Wiley. Bobbie says, forgive her for not being kind and understanding, but Brad created incredible harm. That’s not love; it’s selfishness. Carly agrees, and says what Brad did was wrong, but at least they know Wiley spent his first year in a loving home. Lucas says Wiley gave it right back; he misses Wiley already. Bobbie says he’s Wiley’s father. It’s not like ripping off a name tag and moving on. Carly says Bobbie is right. No one expects him to stop loving Wiley. Lucas asks, what happens now? Wiley chomps on a cracker, oblivious to all the anxiety around him.

Julian tells Ava, the look on Lucas’s face when Brad confessed… He’d give anything not to see it again. She says, it was never going to end well. The problem is, eventually Brad is going to tell everyone that Julian was in on it. Julian says, it’s going to kill Lucas, and Ava says, Sonny is going to kill Julian. They have to get him out of town; out of the country. He says, if Sonny wants revenge, Sonny will hunt him down until he gets it. He’s not running. She asks what the brave act is for, and he says she should know more than anyone what it feels like to fail your own children. When Lucas became a father, he saw a crack in Lucas’s armor, and thought the relationship could be repaired. She says, with Brad in a constant state of panic, and him keeping the secret? He says he had a plan to shut Brad out, and the constant threat. She takes it the plan didn’t work, and he says, none of it would have happened if Lucas hadn’t gotten in that car.

Jordan says she was managing things, but Curtis says that’s not how they do things. When trouble is coming for her, he’s her first line of defense, not Taggert. Taggert says they were traying to figure things out without worrying their families. Curtis says, call Anna, but Jordan says, no. Taggert says they have to do it alone, and Curtis says he can’t believe this. As major drug trafficker has them in his sights, and they don’t want to call for backup? There’s something they’re still hiding. Taggert says Curtis is still jumping to conclusions, but Jordan says Curtis is right. They are.

Willow asks Chase how it happened. How did her baby get switched with Michael’s? He says, Brad was heading back to the hospital, but he was too emotional to drive. He pulled over same road where Michael and Nelle had the accident. Michael was trapped in the car; Nelle left him there. She must have given birth a short time later, since she had the baby with her when she knocked on Brad’s car window. He sits on the floor next to her. Willow says, which one came up with the idea? He says, Brad swears it was Nelle, and she says, of course (🍷) it was. She says that twice, so (🍷)

Michael says, when he and Chase got to the apartment, Nelle was on her way out with Wiley. He distracted Nelle long enough so Chase could grab her, and he took Wiley. He was holding Wiley like he’d done a thousand times before, but now he knew he was Wiley’s father. Sonny tells him to get used to the feeling like his heart is going to burst and he wants to give everything to his child. It doesn’t go away. Michael says he feels for Lucas, and Sasha tells him, they all feel terrible, but don’t let it stop him from feeling joy. It’s not selfish to be happy that his boy is alive. Sonny says both sadness and happiness in your heart is called being human. Michael says it’s not just about him. Wiley is losing the only parents he’s ever known. Sasha says, he’s gaining a father he already knows and loves, who’s always been present in his life. Michael says being the special occasion guy is a whole different thing than being Wiley’s dad, the one he trusts the most. Blood didn’t make Sonny his father. It was the way Sonny took care of him, and how he trusted Sonny. Sonny says, Wiley feels the same way, and knows in his heart Michael loves him. Michael wonders if the right way to love Wiley is to make him leave a house he already knows, with one of the fathers who he already loves.

Brad says Nelle knows what she’s doing won’t work. He’s not taking the blame for what she did. She says, all she did was pass out with a baby in her arms. Brad says she was wide awake when she told him to take the baby. She said it would make Lucas happy. It never would have entered his head if she hadn’t put it there. She says, now she’s a liar? He says that’s what she does. She cons people, and plants thoughts in their heads, so they don’t know right from wrong anymore. She says she’d just delivered a baby. She was weak and unconscious when he took Wiley from her. He says, what about Obrecht? She delivered Nelle’s baby; Nelle wasn’t alone in the woods like she told Michael. She says she had no idea what happened when she was alone. Waking up on the side of the road, all she remembers is that she had a dead baby in her arms. Brad says she has no idea what it’s like to lose a baby, and she says she lost Jonah. First Brad steals him, and now he’s telling her that Wiley loves him more than her. Brad says, that’s not true, and she says he robbed her of time with her son. He knew the truth, that her baby was alive. He says he’s going to make sure everyone knows Nelle gave him to Brad. He and Lucas gave him a home and family, and she’ll never love him the way they do. She calls the guard, and says Brad is antagonizing her. Get him out.

Taggert says, wait, but Jordan says, they started this. That means they’re going to finish it. Curtis says, she’s right. Taggert can’t come up in there saying they were working undercover with the DEA, and not give him the whole story. Jordan says, they’re not guessing about the attacks. The dealer knows who they are, and came there to burn her city down. She knows this because she went to see him at Pentenville. Taggert asks, when? and Jordan says he didn’t come out and say he was after them. It was what he didn’t say that alerted her to what he was doing. Taggert wonders what Cyrus is doing in Pentenville, and Jordan says he got moved. He was always good at making political connections. Curtis asks, who is this guy? and Jordan hands him a file, saying, Cyrus Renault. Curtis looks through it, and says, sounds like a good dude. She says they believe he’s behind the attacks on Sonny, but Curtis says, drugs are not Sonny’s thing. She says, Cyrus gets a fresh new market in taking over Sonny’s territory. Taggert says, after everything they did to put him away; now he’s back. He’s not going to surprise them anymore. He’s going to check with some people. He tells Curtis, now that he knows everything, go easy on her. She was just trying to protect him. Taggert leaves, and Curtis says Jordan never fails to surprise him. Tell him the full story. She says he won’t be happy she did.

Carly tells Lucas, whatever happens next, they’ll get through it together. Bobbie says, his sister is right. Don’t let what Brad did push him away from his family. Carly says, it’s hard. Lucas has every right to be angry, mad, and hurt. Let them be his safe space. Bobbie tells him, never forget he’s done an amazing job raising Wiley. Carly says, nothing can change that. Everyone came together to keep Wiley safe and make him feel loved.

Willow says, of course (🍷) it was Nelle. She hates Michael, and wanted to hurt him. What could be worse than… Chase says, Brad took the baby home, and when the police found Nelle, she had her baby in her arms. The took her to the hospital, where she gave the baby to Michael. Willow says, Michael talked about it in their grief support group. How still the baby was. He wanted to tell himself the baby was just asleep, but he could feel the truth. Even then, he didn’t want to let the baby go. He went to the chapel to ask God why, but God didn’t have an answer. Eventually, the nurse came, and he had to give the baby up. He said it was the worst moment of his life, and she thought she understood. She had to give her baby up when the nurse came to take him for the adoption. She was just missing her baby. Michael was grieving his. Now it’s her turn to grieve her child. She starts to cry.

Jordan tells Curtis, the four of them worked their ways into different parts of Cyrus’s business, but they couldn’t gather enough evidence to bring him up on charges. All that work for nothing. Curtis says he knows the feeling. She says she was in too deep, and losing touch with who she was on the inside. He says, the part of her that’s a mother, and she says she needed to go home, see her kid, and remind herself of what’s truly important. He says it sounds like she reached a turning point, and she says they’d been involved long enough to manufacture evidence, and leave a trail for the FBI to find. So that’s what they did. They framed Cyrus crimes he actually committed. Curtis says, it worked; Cyrus got life, but Jordan says, because they broke the laws they swore to uphold. They were just as dirty as Cyrus. Curtis says, no, no, no, no, no. They didn’t sell drugs to little kids; they saved lives. She says he should be upset, and he says he is. How could she not tell him, and shut him out when trouble came? If the roles were reversed, she’d be furious with him. She says he’s right. She was selfish, and didn’t want her undercover work to touch the life she has with him. He says she’s got to be all in, or it’s not going to work. She says, on the other side, he doesn’t know Cyrus. He’s a monster, and just set up base in their backyard. Curtis holds her.

Sonny says Michael is thinking of giving up his son? All he’d be doing is dragging out the pain. Everyone knows, and more important, Michael does. Even if Lucas moves to China, there’s no amount of distance that can sever that tie. They can’t fix what Brad and Nelle did, but can give Wiley the best life they can. Michael says he’s right about everything, but how does he tell Lucas? Sonny says, say the words, and Lucas will respect that. There’s only one way this can end. Michael knows this. Michael says he still wants Lucas in Wiley’s life, and Sasha says, tell him. It will be a different relationship, but that doesn’t make it any less meaningful. Sonny says, she’s wise; listen to her. Michael says he does. It just hit him, Lucas isn’t the only one facing a loss. Chase is telling Willow that the child she loved all this time isn’t hers, and her own son is gone.

Willow tells Chase, now she understands why Brad was so tense around her. She thought he was afraid she’d change her mind and take Wiley back. If she’d gone through with rescinding the adoption, she would have taken a baby that wasn’t hers, and when Shiloh tried to get custody, Brad could have stopped it at any time. All he had to do was tell the truth. Chase says, Brad’s weak, and easily manipulated. He’s been under Nelle’s thumb since they switched the babies. That’s why Brad was at Nelle’s parole hearing, and let her stay at his apartment. She’s been blackmailing him. Willow says, he let her.

Bobbie asks if Lucas believes it was all Nelle’s idea, and he says, Brad has told his fair share of lies, but it seems like something Nelle would come up with. Carly says it was the perfect opportunity to hurt Michael, and by extension, hurt her. She’s Nelle’s real target; the focus of Nelle’s envy and obsession. They’re collateral damage. Lucas says Wiley likes to be read to after his snack. Brad usually packs his favorite book. He digs in Wiley’s bag, and brings out a sippy cup. He says if you freeze them, it’s good for teething. Carly says, that’s sweet, and Wiley laughs. Lucas asks if she remembers when he asked her what the hardest part of parenting was, and Carly says, knowing what’s the right thing to do.

Jordan thanks Curtis for loving her, and he says, of course (🍷). He always will. Anyone who comes for her, will have to go through him. She says that’s not what she wants. She doesn’t want him to be the price she pays for her mistakes. He says he can protect himself, and she says, do that, and keep an eye on TJ as well. It will be easier for her to do what she has to. He asks, what is it she’s going to do? and she says she’s the Police Commissioner. No one is going to burn Port Charles down on her watch.

Julian tells Ava, she’ll want to steer clear. Brad is spineless, and could break at any point, and spill his guts. Ava says then they’ll have to intervene before Brad has a chance to give him up.

Nelle says she finally had a chance to be with her son, and now she’s trapped because of Brad’s terrible lies. The guard says they can’t have him badgering other prisoners, and takes him out. Brad says, she’s lying, and when he’s gone, Nelle smiles.

Willow tells Chase, she tried to like Brad over and over, but she didn’t; she couldn’t. Part of her knew what he was like. Brad is a lying coward who cares more about himself than Wiley. Wiley could have had his father the whole time, had Michael raise and love him, and now… He’s so young, and his whole world is upside down. Brad did this to him, his so-called father; the man she chose to raise her son. Chase says, she picked Lucas, but she says, no. She trusted her son to Brad, and Brad let him die. She says, oh my God. Brad traded him in like a faulty appliance. She cries, and says, there was no one there who loved him. No one knew him. She sobs, and Chase takes her in his arms.

Lucas brings Wiley out, and Michael asks if Wiley enjoyed his snack. Lucas says, he did; he ate all of it. Michael says, he loves his animal crackers. Lucas tells Wiley, hey, buddy. He knows his Uncle Michael, and knows how much he loves to play games with Wiley and tell him stories. He has a nice surprise. Wiley is going home with him. He gives Michael Wiley’s bag, and says, there’s more snacks, a bedtime book, and diapers. He tells Wiley, I love you buddy, and kisses the top of Wiley’s head. He gives Wiley to Michael, and tries not to cry. He says, take good care of your son, and Bobbie hugs Lucas. Everyone looks sad.

The acting was so good, even though I can’t relate at all, they had me tearing up.

On Monday, Nikolas needs Elizabeth’s help, Ava asks Franco if Nikolas and Elizabeth had an affair, Julian tells Brad that it’s on him, and Carly tells Sonny that Nelle is the mastermind

🍑 Like She’s Ever Going Anywhere…

They’ll have to pry that peach out of her cold, dead hand.

https://extratv.com/2020/02/20/nene-leakes-talks-kenya-moore-her-own-future-on-rhoa-and-more/?adid=extra_eme_27396_2020-02-21_rightnow6

https://radaronline.com/exclusives/2020/02/nene-leakes-very-undecided-about-real-housewives-atlant-return-amid-drama/?utm_source=email&em_hash=72048a93bc8188334dc1071a32fe8f3b

🗽 Make Room…

LuAnn’s life is once again a cabaret.

https://pagesix.com/2019/10/29/luann-de-lesseps-says-rhony-cast-was-relieved-bethenny-frankel-left-the-show/

✈️ Life Beyond the Wives…

https://pagesix.com/2020/02/21/bethenny-frankel-claims-her-real-housewives-paycheck-was-astronomical/

https://pagesix.com/2020/02/19/bethenny-frankel-announces-business-competition-series-at-hbo-max/

🍽 A Lot On Her Plate…

Although I thought the usual strategy was to just throw it.

https://radaronline.com/exclusives/2020/02/tamra-judges-real-reason-behind-rhoc-exit-exposed/?utm_source=email&em_hash=72048a93bc8188334dc1071a32fe8f3b

🛌 It Would Be Weird…

Seriously. Did he think she was going to share his bed?

https://radaronline.com/exclusives/2020/02/teresa-giudice-refuses-share-bed-joe-italy-reunion-rhonj-episode/?utm_source=email&em_hash=72048a93bc8188334dc1071a32fe8f3b

She should have just dropped the kids off.

https://pagesix.com/2020/02/21/heres-the-first-look-at-teresa-and-joe-giudices-awkward-reunion-in-italy/

🥂 That’s Good, I Guess…

Although it might have been parlayed into another season of Mob Wives.

https://pagesix.com/2020/02/21/mob-wives-star-drita-davanzo-has-charges-dropped-against-her/

🩺 Some Of Us Still Don’t Have It…

I’m on the get better or die plan myself.

https://pagesix.com/2020/02/18/ariana-madixs-skin-cancer-diagnosis-was-prolonged-by-lack-of-health-insurance/

🎤 Quotes of the Week

It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much, doing nothing, really doing nothing.Gertrude Stein (I might have found my calling!)

Confidence is 10 percent hard work and 90 percent delusion, just thinking foolishly that you will be able to do what you want to do. – Tina Fey

If his grades get any lower, we’ll have to start renting him out as a speedbump. – Charlie (Charlie Sheen), Two and a Half Men

Every now and then I like to do as I’m told, just to confuse people. – Tamora Pierce

The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you. – Bette Midler

I’ll try anything once, twice if I like it, three times to make sure. – Mae West

Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. – Coco Chanel (Love that! Now if I can just learn it…)

There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. – Nelson Mandela

The price of greatness is responsibility. – Winston Churchill

Death, taxes, and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them. – Margaret Mitchell

So, your kids must love the iPad? I asked Mr. [Steve] Jobs, trying to change the subject. The company’s first tablet was just hitting the shelves. They haven’t used it, he told me. We limit how much technology our kids use at home. – Nick Bilton

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. – Dr. Seuss

👠 Friday Night…

I went to see a revival Mack & Mabel on Broadway. I couldn’t find a version of this from the performance I saw, but close enough. Since no good time goes unpunished, this is an appropriate song for today. See you when the Dead return.