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January 17, 2018 – All About Ava, the NJ Reunion Begins, Larry Has a Bad Day & Some Tabatha

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What I Watched Today

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

 

 

General Hospital

Ava looks at herself in the mirror and thinks about Carly insulting her. Julian stops by to wish her luck. She says she’ll take it. She’s out of options if the treatment doesn’t work. Julian says she’s still a knockout, and asks if it’s worth it. She says she’s been through hell, and it clarified things. He says he’s blamed a lot of people for his bad deeds, and the only way he found true peace was to take responsibility for his own actions. Maybe she should try it. She tells him that she has to make a stop before going to GH – she has some unfinished business.

Ava thanks Sonny for seeing her. She’s having a medical procedure, and you never know. She wants to see her daughter. He says Avery is with her mother, and Ava says Carly isn’t her mother. Sonny says Carly does what she doesn’t. Ava says that’s only because he won’t let her, but he says Kiki practically raised herself. Carly comes in with Avery, but Sonny directs them to the kitchen. He says his son is dead because of Ava. She tells him he has no right to punish her for what Olivia-J did. He says if he’d killed her after she murdered Connie, his son would still be alive. Carly comes back in, and Ava says they can’t keep her away forever, but Carly tells her when Avery finds out what she did, she won’t want anything to do with her. Ava says their house was built with blood money, and promises Avery will know her.

At the hospital, Kiki tells Griff that she tried to get some sleep, but had to be there for her mom. She’s concerned that Ava thinks it’s going to fix more than her face, but thanks Griff for pulling her back from the brink. They hug, and Ava walks in. Kiki tells her there’s still time to back out. She’s going through with the surgery and whatever the outcome is, she’ll accept it.

Ava lies on the table. The surgeon asks if she’s ready. He says when she wakes up she’ll be a new woman. He puts the mask on her, and tells her to count backward from ten.

Ava opens her eyes to Griff and Kiki. Kiki says it was successful. Ava wants to see, but she’s still woozy. She hears Griff say, here’s some lithium for the pain, but what he really said was ibuprofen. He says the bandages have to stay on overnight. He thinks she’ll be happy with the result, and says he can take her home when she’s ready. She’s ready now and asks if Kiki wants to come but she thinks they need alone time.

Time moves fast in Port Charles. The next morning, Ava looks at herself in the mirror. Griff asks if she’s ready. She wonders if it was for nothing, and doesn’t know if she can do this. He says they’ll do it together, and kisses her. He helps her remove the bandages and asks what she thinks. I think she looks pretty much the same minus that small blemish almost where you couldn’t see it. She says it worked, and Griff asks how she wants to celebrate the first day of the rest of her life.

At the MetroCourt of course. Sonny and Carly are also dining there. Ava says it’s been months since she was shamed away from the restaurant, and she’s done hiding. He tells her to get the drinks, and he’ll grab a table. She crosses paths with Laura, who says her face seems to have miraculously recovered. She hopes Ava’s appearance was worth selling her soul. Ava sees a woman go past, and follows her to the ladies’ room. Wow. The stalls are huge. There’s no one else there, and she wonders where the woman went. Carly comes in, and asks how dare she show her face there? Ava asks if she’s going to congratulate her on her recovery, but Carly says her son will never recover. Ava says she’s not going to continue to hide because Sonny can’t let it go. Carly says she’s not going to rest until the world sees Ava for the ugly soul she is. She leaves, and Ava gets a text from “Unknown,” saying they know who she is.

At Kelly’s, Ava complains about the portrait Franco painted. There are too many shadows, and she wants it to be about emerging from the darkness. The woman from the MetroCourt comes in, and picks up a to-go order. Ava follows her out, but she disappears again. Ava literally runs into Nina, and asks where the woman went. She keeps seeing her and getting texts. She asks if they’re from Nina, and asks why she’s sending them. Nina has no idea what Ava is talking about. Ava says sorry she doesn’t have a baby for Nina to snatch form her womb. Nina says she had a psychotic break, but she’s moved on, and doesn’t even think about Ava anymore.

Back home, Ava says someone is messing with her, but who? There’s a knock at the door. She opens it without looking through the peephole, which makes no sense whatsoever. It’s Morgan. He says he needs help. Is this whole thing a dream? Is Bobby in the shower? I’m guessing it is a dream, since the episode is focusing on one person, and every once in a while, the close-ups are a little odd.

Ava says this isn’t real; he’s dead. He says it’s real and it’s him. She takes him to the couch, and tends to a wound on his forehead. He tells her that he has a prosthetic hand to replace the one he lost in the explosion. She asks where he’s been, but he doesn’t know. He remembers taking a car, and got out to talk to Jason. Next thing he knew, fire was everywhere. He woke up in the hospital. His hand was gone, but he was alive. Ava says that means she didn’t lose him. She loves him so much. She says his injuries are new, and Morgan tells her that he couldn’t stay at the hospital. Someone is trying to kill him. He thought maybe it was the doctors, so he came there. Ava says the person who planted the bomb is in prison, and the doctors were trying to help him. They wouldn’t have known his diagnosis, and he needs his medication. He says he was a prisoner, and wonders if he’s making it up. She says sometimes it’s difficult to think clearly without his meds. He says he can’t trust himself. He was spiraling out of control before the explosion. She says it doesn’t matter. He’s alive, and they need to tell everyone. He says he screwed up. He tells her it wasn’t an accident, and someone is trying to kill him. He asks to stay there, and she says of course.

Ava wakes up, and sees Morgan on the couch sleeping. She says he’s really there. Kiki knocks on the door. She asks if Ava slept in her clothes, and Ava asks what she’s doing there. Kiki asks if everything is okay. Ava says she’s working hard on the show, and will see her later. When she’s gone, Morgan comes out, and Ava asks why he was hiding. He doesn’t know what he’d say to Kiki, and asks if she’s still with Dillon. Ava says he really loves Kiki, and he says with all his heart. Ava gets a series of texts from Unknown, saying they’re coming. They know who she is, and what she did. She tells Morgan she’s been getting weird texts. He needs to tell the family he’s alive. He asks what if they’re not at the house? She tells him not to worry. She knows how to tell everyone he’s back.

She brings Morgan to the gallery. She says half the town will be there tonight. Franco drops by. Ava stashes Morgan in the back, and Franco gives her the final portrait. She thanks him, and hustles him out. Morgan asks what’s going on? She wants to show everyone he’s alive, and that she’s changed. People will stop blaming her for what happened. She says he’ll hear things about her, but if he ever loved her at all, trust her.

Ava visits Carly. She says she has something important to tell her and Sonny. They need to show up at the gallery tonight; it will change everything. She tells Carly that she helped Jason escape. She’s done terrible things, but she’s becoming a different person. She needs them to be there tonight, and she’ll show them.

At the gallery, Scotty congratulates Ava, and makes a toast to her being back where she belongs. She sees the mystery woman serving drinks. She asks if Griff knows her, but there’s no one there. She tells him that she must be tired. Griff feels like she’s keeping him at arm’s length. She asks him to trust her and says everything will make sense soon.

Carly and Sonny come in. Sonny says it better be good, and Ava tells him to trust her. He says that will never happen after what she did to Morgan. She says Morgan is alive, and she can prove it. She calls to Morgan, and tells him to show them he’s all right. She insists he’s there. A woman comes out in a bloody dress and says, Hello, Ava. It’s Connie Falconari.

Ava doesn’t understand. She says Morgan was here, and Connie is dead. Connie says Ava would know. Ava shot her in cold blood, left her there to die on a cold floor, and she bled out slowly and painfully. Ava says Morgan was here, and Connie can’t be here. Connie says she dreamed him up to absolve herself, but she can’t. Just like Ava can’t absolve herself of killing her. Ava says she was protecting Julian, and Connie asks if that’s true, or was it because she told the world Kiki wasn’t a Quartermaine? She ruined Ava’s plans, so Ava murdered her. Ava refuses to be judged for the rest of her life. She says Julian abused his wife; Nina stole her baby daughter; and Valentin killed Nikolas right in front of her. She tells Sonny that bodies lie in his wake for the sake of his business. What makes him better than her? He says he knows who he is. He’s made bad choices, but she lied to everyone about what she is and what she’s done, and the worst part is she lied to herself. Connie says her lies are over. It’s time to face the truth.

Ava is alone with a light shining on her. Nina says Ava stole her husband. Laura says she betrayed Nikolas and Spencer by refusing to tell the truth. Connie says Ava shot her in cold blood, without conscience or remorse. Griff is there, and Ava says to tell them she’s changed; not just her face. Tell them there’s good in her. He says he thought there was, but after seeing this, maybe some souls can’t be saved. She asks if Kiki knows better. She’s Kiki’s mama, and loves her. Kiki says she’s jealous, and switched Morgan’s pills because she wanted him for herself. Ava yells, stop it!

She opens her eyes to see the mystery woman, who asks if she’s been getting the messages. She’s the one texting. Ava doesn’t understand; she doesn’t know her at all. The woman asks if she doesn’t recognize her own daughter. It’s Avery. Ava comes closer. She says it is her. How could she not see it? She hugs Avery, and says she loves her. She doesn’t understand how Avery is all grown up, and asks if she’s dead. Avery says no, but Morgan is, because of her. She took away the medicine he needed to be sane, and he died. She lies to everyone, but most of all to herself. Ava says that Avery’s father hates her, and kept her away. Avery says he was protecting her. Ava says Carly is wrong. Her soul isn’t ugly; she’s been cleansed by fire. Her new face will show everyone what Griff sees. Avery says Griff sees what he wants to see, to justify leaving the priesthood. Ava refuses to be defined by her past, and is going to move forward, like nothing ever happened. Avery says Ava claims to be terrified that Avery will never know her, but she thinks Ava is scared that she’ll see her for what she is. Franco’s portrait appears, with Ava’s face covered in scars, and suddenly, Ava’s face looks like it did right after the accident. Avery says, time to wake up. Griff tells Ava, welcome back.

At the apartment, Ava looks at herself. Griff thought she’d be thrilled. She says she is. She says he doesn’t judge by her past; he sees the real her. She tells him that she had a dream when she was under, and he says a lot of patients dream crazy things when they are. He wonders what it was about, but she says it’s not important. The only thing that matters is she’s been given a new lease on life, and she doesn’t want to waste it. She knows where he’s taking her.

Back to the MetroCourt. Carly sees them come in, and is like, no way. Sonny says he’ll handle it. He tells Ava that she’s not welcome there, and that she can eat somewhere else. She tells him that she chooses to eat there. They both have to live their lives, for better or worse. She goes to the bar, and the bartender puts a martini in front of her. She asks how they knew. It’s grown Avery, who says she knows who Ava is.

Tomorrow, Molly says she can take care of herself, Laura says all Jim cares about is the almighty dollar, and Alexis tells Ned she can’t support his campaign or platform.

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

Jewel tones is the wardrobe theme. No pigtails for Margaret tonight though. Teresa wants to make out with Andy, who says he’s a great kisser. I sometimes think he’s a closet heterosexual.

We flash back to the ladies’ business ventures. The restaurant, envy, Margaret’s shoe line. Melissa says she didn’t want Joe #2 taking on another job, but when he talks about the family, she gets soft. Melissa says nothing will ever come between her and Teresa again, and everyone agrees they’re solid this time. Andy asks Margaret about how Melissa is running the boutique, and Margaret says she’s on point. We also find out Margaret sometimes wears pigtail extensions. Andy points out that Betsey Johnson tweeted while watching the show, that she still rocks pigtails at 75, and I almost pass out that she’s that old. She’s one of my favorite designers. Siggy pisses me off early on, rolling her eyes and making faces when Margaret talks about hearing from Betsey personally. Excuse me for missing it, but what is wrong with her talking about this? Andy brought it up and um… this is a reality show where people’s real lives are watched and discussed.

Margaret is up, and we go down Memory Lane with clips of her life from this season. Andy asks if the kids have reached out. She says they watch the show, but no. She says she’d be there at the drop of a hat and would take crumbs. Andy brings up that there are three husbands named Joe who are also contractors. A viewer asks if Margaret sees that she should have kept quiet. Margaret thinks she can be offensive, but it’s her humor. She says she apologized to Siggy a million times, and the only thing Siggy said truthfully was that she wanted to destroy Margaret. Siggy says she’s an Israeli, and Margaret tells her to bring it on. Dolores says this isn’t going to go well. Not unless everyone suddenly decides to act their age. And by everyone, I mean Siggy. I’ve decided she’s the most annoyingly stupid woman on earth. Or at least on Bravo, and that’s saying a lot.

We see clips of everyone’s kids, so I take a nap. Then there’s some who-ha talk. Melissa’s phone rings. It’s Ramona Singer (!). Andy answers, and tells her they’re in the middle of the effing reunion. She says goodbye, and Andy tells Melissa to put it on airplane mode. A question is asked about discipline of Teresa’s girls. She says they’ve lost a lot, and nobody is walking in her shoes. Preach it! Andy outs Teresa about banning Melissa from visiting her in prison. She says she wanted to deal with the friendship when she got back. We see clips of how the family was affected when Teresa lost her mother. Andy says seeing her dad crying struck his heart. Mine too. Teresa says he goes to the cemetery every day. Andy wonders if she’s still going to blame Joe #1 for the year she lost when he gets back. She says he has a lot of making up to do, and it was therapeutic for her to get it out in her book. Andy asks if the others would stick around, should their husbands “go away.” Melissa says she’d give Joe #2 more hell. Teresa says there wasn’t a time she seriously thought of leaving. Andy asks if Joe #1 seems different, and she says he watches the show, and realizes he’s an a-hole. Andy brings up the possibility of him getting deported. Teresa says whatever God’s plan is, is what’s going to happen, and she’ll embrace it as best she can.

Ugh! Next is Siggy and Margaret. It started with the memorial thing, and how she and Dolores felt left out. Siggy says she brought Margaret in; where’s the respect? Siggy comes off looking like an airhead Mafia wife from a comedy starring Joe Pesci. Margaret’s best line: It’s draining; you’re fifty. Andy brings up Siggy selling the Soggy T-shirts, and she says she likes to take a negative and turn it into a positive. Teresa thinks both Siggy and Margaret went below the belt. Siggy claims she never starts it. Maybe not, but she’ll sure keep it going. Margaret says she didn’t realize they weren’t coming to the memorial, and it turned into a debacle like she had a nefarious plan to leave them out. Siggy thinks when she ordered the flowers, she should have called. A viewer says Siggy and Dolores are about as mean girls as you can get, but Siggy insists it’s just fighting back. Margaret says she can dish it and take it, but she did apologize. Siggy is on a roll, and won’t shut up, even though Margaret is trying to answer her questions. Margaret thinks Siggy blaming her behavior on menopause and having a hysterectomy is victimizing women. She says Siggy is abrasive on social media. Apparently, Siggy wanted to report Margaret to PETA, because she has a taxidermized bear in her foyer. Margaret points out that veal is a baby cow who is force fed. Siggy says if Margaret makes fun of her foyer, she’s going to do the same. Margaret says Siggy always takes things to the next level. This is unbelievably stupid.

Andy tells us because of unlikely friendship, Danielle came back to the Garden State. Danielle comes out, and even Dolores thinks she looks amazing. She does. Andy says this season must have been different for her, as compared to season two. He says he never thought they’d go from flipping tables to having each other’s back. We flash back to moments of their friendship, starting with the table and ending with Teresa’s apology to Danielle’s daughters. Andy reminds them about Teresa pushing him during the last reunion Danielle attended. Melissa takes accountability for stirring the pot, saying she genuinely liked Danielle when no one else did. She never saw anything that Danielle did wrong. Teresa says there was never any real ill intent. Danielle talks about her children having been affected by the things Teresa said, and at one point, they moved because of it. We find out Danielle had sex in the bathroom at the Gorgas restaurant, but she says she got permission. Alrighty then. Siggy says it was inappropriate and disgusting. Dolores says Teresa is a big girl, and if she wants a friendship with Danielle, it’s up to her, but if that changes, she promises not to hold it over Teresa’s head that she warned her. Yeah, right. She and Siggy are like, fourteen mentally, at most.

Here comes Cakegate. Andy says it led to tears, a never-ending feud, and a memorable therapy session. We see clips of the cake fight, and Siggy’s subsequent embarrassment of Melissa at her purse party. Siggy is insane. Siggy says a lot of thought, time, and effort went into the cake. Melissa says she understood why Siggy was upset. Melissa had no idea the cake was going to end up on her face, but when it did, she had fun with it. Teresa says she was upset that the bottom was plastic. Melissa says the name-calling was upsetting. Siggy acts like she had too much to drink, and doesn’t remember, and says she owns it. Margaret says that doesn’t make it right. Siggy says they hold her to a higher ground, but I think she means standard, and says it must be the kosher thing. What? A viewer asks about her calling out Melissa, and Siggy makes it sound like we missed something, didn’t see both sides, and she was just being funny. Melissa says Siggy tried to shame her, and she was embarrassed. Siggy says she was just trying to make a point and wanted her feelings acknowledged. Margaret says if someone did that to her, she’d be all sensitive about it. Siggy thinks Melissa should have had her back more. Melissa says it was a different Siggy than last year. Siggy apologizes if Melissa was embarrassed. Margaret points out the if – something I hate too – and Siggy says Margaret inserts herself where she doesn’t belong. Siggy says they shouldn’t overanalyze it, but Andy says it’s a reunion; they overanalyze everything.

Teresa says Melissa handled it well, and doesn’t think she would have. Melissa says she doesn’t like to be talked down to, and doesn’t think she deserved it. They talk about Siggy saying her IQ is 167. Siggy says she just made the number up, and Margaret says like she made up her career with no degree. Ouch! Siggy says she tried her hardest to bring friendships together, but she’s accepted it, and moved on. Andy asks Melissa if she understands why Dolores and Siggy insist on staying friends with Kim D. Melissa is baffled, saying Kim D tries to ruin businesses and families, and it’s not like they’re related to her. Dolores says if it hadn’t been a fundraiser, she wouldn’t have done it. Siggy says she knew Kim D five years before Melissa, and Melissa says, who cares? Margaret tells them that Kim D hurts the entire family, and it’s complicit to associate with her and defend her.

Andy says, guess what? She’s here! Teresa goes, blech, and the witch comes out. Teresa says she thought it was Real Housewives of New Jersey, not Tales from the Crypt. Kim D is like, ha-ha-ha, so funny. Teresa says if Kim D takes jabs at her family, Teresa will take jabs at her. Kim D says if Teresa messes with her, she’ll go back to jail – clink-clink! Teresa gets up.

Next time, Dolores and Danielle go at it, Kim D accuses Teresa of stealing, Siggy screams at Margaret, Teresa says Kim D is a madam (or magnum, as she puts it), and Danielle walks out. Now that Teresa has brought it up, Kim D does look like an old, washed-up madam. Like Sylvia Miles in that horror movie about the carnival. Oddly enough, she’s dressed like a nun next to the others.

If Loving You is Wrong

Eddie is shooting like a wild man, and Lushion punches him out. He asks if Eddie is crazy, and Eddie says Lushion knows he is. Larry says he’s a wild one, and he loves it. Eddie says he’s going to kill them, and Larry says he’s taking notes. Eddie tells them they have no idea what they’ve started. Larry says he’s going to break Eddie like a stallion, and that Eddie is really only a Shetland pony. Eddie says Larry is going to be in a box by the end of the week. He leaves, and Natalie asks what happened. Lushion tells her not to ask.

Stephen arrives on his motorcycle, and asks Lushion if everything is all right. Lushion says everything is under control, and thanks for showing up an hour late. Stephen tells Esperanza he’s not there because of Travis. He asks if she saw Eddie in his new get-up. She has a picture, and he wants to see it. She shows him her phone. He asks if Eddie is into this kind of stuff, but she says if he is, she never knew. He says it’s all over the station, and she says he’s going to have a rough day tomorrow. Stephen asks if he can meet Esperanza at her place, but she tells him to go home. He begs, and she tells him to stop. He says if he sees the porch lights on, he’ll come by. She says they’re always on, and it’s not the old West. She gets in her car, and calls him. She tells him not to flirt in front of the others again. She doesn’t want them in her business. He says, so now they have business? She says no, but her porch light will be on.

Ian tells Lushion Kelly isn’t good. He says representing her is a conflict, and Lushion has to find her a new lawyer. He can recommend someone, but it’s competition, and he has to run it by Larry. Lushion asks if Larry is into the S&M thing. Ian says he’s heard some things, but tries to stay away from that. He’s heard Larry and his wife throw wild parties though. Lushion says Larry had a run-in with a bad officer. Ian asks what he did. Lushion says he had him in a crazy position, and Eddie isn’t going to let it go. Ian says Larry is formidable and ruthless. That’s why he doesn’t know if he can do anything for Kelly.

Natalie says she’ll make something to help Kelly sleep. Kelly thanks her for everything. She doesn’t know if she’ll get through this, but Natalie says she will. She thanks Lushion, and he tells her to get some rest.

Stephen knocks on Esperanza’s door. She tells him to come in. She lounges provocatively in a lingerie ensemble. She asks if this is what he wants, and he says, yes ma’am. He says she knows he likes her. All the coffee he brings her at the station, and the flirting. He tells her he’s being respectful because of her, not Eddie. She says Eddie has run off every boyfriend she’s tried having. He asks if he’s her boyfriend, but she tells him she didn’t say that. They’re just two people who clicked. She loved that he didn’t run away, and he asks if that turned her on. She says he turns her on, and tells him to take his clothes off. She’s going to sleep with him when she wants to, see him when she wants to, and when she says it’s over, it’s over. He says he’ll take whatever she wants to give. She tells him to get on his knees.

Alex asks why Brad didn’t wake her up, but he says there was no need to. She wonders if he didn’t want to talk to her, and he says it’s nothing like that. She asks for a hug and kiss. He barely hugs and kisses her, and she thinks it felt forced. He asks what she wants. She says she didn’t go over there, and would like him to believe her. He says, okay. He tells her he’s going to wait outside for Marcie to bring the car back. He tells her he’s trying to get past it, but it’s not easy.

Esperanza says it’s time for Stephen to go. She tells him not to look at her strangely at work, and he feigns ignorance. He asks if she thinks she’s that good, and she says she knows. She says he’s okay; she’s had better. He doesn’t believe her, and says she smiles when she’s lying. He has a trained eye. She tells him not to leave his socks or little Stephen trinkets behind. She tries to keep her daughter out of the madness, but it’s getting harder. She tells him her daughter comes first, and she’s coming back today. She says when you deal with a sociopath like Eddie, you understand the need to be in control. He tells her to let him know when they can meet again. She tells him not to even acknowledge her at work today. He leaves, and she smiles as she makes the bed.

Ian calls Marcie. He says if everything goes well, he’d like to close this week. She says she’ll call the inspector. She asks what he knows about Larry. She asked him to rep her in the divorce, but she was at the house when the shooting happened, and he was there. He was drunk and strange. Ian says he’s an incredible attorney, but he can be out there. Marcie wonders if he’d break privilege. She told him something she hasn’t told Randal. Ian thinks she should talk to Larry about it.

Marcie calls Larry. Larry is sleeping, and Randal picks up. She idiotically starts the conversation with, I know you didn’t tell Randal I’m pregnant. Randal says, so you are, and she asks what he’s doing with Larry’s phone. He asks what she’s doing pregnant? She hangs up, and he calls back. He asks if she’s having the bastard’s baby, and she says she is. He asks if she’s taking it that far, and she asks if it upsets him. He hopes she has it, and she asks if he’s threatening her. He says she hasn’t been able to carry one before. She calls him a sick bleeped-out-word, and hangs up. She’s like, great.

Randal dumps a bucket of water on Larry, who jumps up like a cartoon character. Randal says, so she is pregnant; she just told him. He tells Larry to get out of his house. In the car, Larry calls Marcie. She’s like, wth? and asks if Larry told him. Larry says he was talking about Alex. She asks what kind of sick friends they are, and he says he’s sorry. She says he’s also fired. Bad day for Larry.

Randal sees Brad on the porch. He says Brad did it. Brad says what? and Randal says Marcie is pregnant with his baby. Brad says she is, and Randal says, good. Brad asks if Marcie told him, and Randal says don’t worry about it. Brad asks if it was Alex, and Randal says, it was. He asks when, and Randal says last night. Brad asks what time, but he doesn’t know. He claims she wants him back. Brad says he’s lying. Randal tells him to ask her, but Brad isn’t giving him the satisfaction. He says as a man, he’s telling Brad the truth. Brad says to get off his property. Randal says he’s on the sidewalk. He has a really funny look on his face, like he’s bummed. Brad says he’s tired of Randal. If he thinks the ladder was something, wait until what’s next. Brad says Marcie is coming to pick him up, and accuses Randal of putting sugar in her gas tank, calling him immature. He asks if it doesn’t get old, and Randal says he’s not done with this. He goes back home.

Lushion comes home and asks Natalie what time she went to bed. She says around four, but Kelly’s been up all night. He says that’s not good; she has to give her statement to the police today. She asks if anybody talked to Justice. Lushion says he doesn’t know if anything happened. Natalie wonders if Kelly can get off. He says if Ian was handling it, she would, but he has a conflict. His partner represents Travis and his church. He tells Natalie that Kelly has no money, and they’ll have to figure it out.

Kelly is sitting on the couch, and tells Lushion it’s a beautiful day; almost like nothing happened. She asks how Travis is, but they haven’t heard anything. He tells her he’ll call, but they have to go to the station. Natalie comes out and asks how she is, but Kelly doesn’t know. Natalie tells her it will be okay. Kelly starts to cry. Lushion insists that they have to go. Kelly says she hasn’t heard from Ian, and Lushion says they’ll call on the way.

Larry has a headache, and rightly so. Ian asks what he did last night, but he says Ian doesn’t want to know. Ian says they have a problem. Larry says shoot, but Ian says wrong word. Travis was shot last night. His parents want a press conference at noon. He asks if Larry realizes he’s not nineteen. Larry asks who shot him, and Ian says his ex-girlfriend. He was representing her before this, and they found strange evidence he was stalking her. Larry says it was the other way around, but Ian says Travis drove by her house 46 times in one day, and it gets worse. He hacked into her accounts, pretended to be her husband, and misrepresented her on several loans. He’s worse than his brother. Larry asks if the DA has it, and Ian says, not yet. Larry says then they bury it. Ian says she’s innocent, and Larry asks when they gave a sh*t about that? Ian tells Larry that he was representing her. Larry says now he’s not. Ian doesn’t want to let it get buried, and Larry says he’s too naïve. Travis’s parents and church pay them millions. It’s getting buried. He doesn’t want to hear about it, and Kelly needs another lawyer. He reminds Ian who owns this place. He’s owner and senior partner. If it falls in their lap, he’ll be upset. Ian says he’ll take care of it.

At the station, Kelly freaks about going into the interrogation room. She tells Lushion that she can’t do this again. He tells her to just breathe. She asks if he’ll wait with her, and he says he will. She says her lawyer’s not calling her back. He tells her not to say a word until she gets a lawyer. A man comes in, introducing himself as Tony Isaacs. Kelly says she’s not talking without a lawyer. He tells her that she’s under arrest for the murder of Travis Caine.

Next time, Alex insists she didn’t go over there, Larry tells Randal that he’ll sue, and Brad thinks about leaving.

🔎  Relative Success with Tabatha shows a lot of promise. Tabatha is tackling family businesses this time around. I love how much Tabatha looks like a pixie, and how she hasn’t really changed her style. I’m all for changing it up, but I also think if you find something that looks good on you, keep it. Tonight’s episode was about a large family of pizzeria owners. The father, and main owner, had to decide whether to go with an investor or hand the business over to the kids. Their need was consistent brand identity, and the kids were always at odds about how to run things. Tabatha’s recommendation was to go with the investor, who seemed to want to preserve the family legacy. In the end, the kids came together, and the father amicably parted ways with the investor. Tabatha told us that although she felt the investor was the way to go, the family changed her mind. That’s another thing I like about her, she’s someone who really does own it. She’ll stick to her guns and tell you what’s on her mind, but she admits it when she’s wrong and also keeps an open mind.

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January 10, 2018 – PC’s Mayoral Candidates Meet, Teresa Visits Joe #1 in Prison, Twice the Tyler & Tabatha is Back

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What I Watched Today

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

 

 

General Hospital

Jim tells Franco that he dated his mom when Franco was a kid. He was an artist even back then; a regular Jackson Pollock. Jim says he used to get into all kinds of things. Franco doesn’t remember him, and asks what he’s doing there.

Olivia-Q tells Ned that Port Charles has been home for more years than it hasn’t, and now he’s raising a family there. Ned says she’ll be the perfect politician’s wife; beautiful, stylish, down-to-earth, competent, and she can get things done. She says before you know it, she’ll be feeding cannoli to the entire town. Ned says she’s right. He’s running for mayor. Olivia says there’s the man she married; the man who can do and be anything he puts his mind to. He asks if he can count on her vote, and she tells him he can count on anything from her. She’s going to be one helluva campaign manager, and together, nothing can stop them.

At Charlie’s, Doc tells Laura it’s her chance to be a champion for the city she loves. Laura says he’s right. She’s running for mayor. He says at last she sees reason, and she says she knows he wasn’t going to let up. He tells her that he knows how important it is to her. She says after meeting Jim, it was clear that someone needs to push him back, and it’s her. Doc says, hallelujah, calls her madam mayor.

Charlotte sees Laura through the window, and runs in, shouting, grandma! She tells Laura about her skating, and Laura says she can’t wait to see her in the Olympics. Charlotte shows off her outfit. She tells Laura that she got another one from a nice lady named Cassandra, but Nina made her return it.

Valentin’s doorbell rings. It’s Jordan. He asks if he should call his attorney, but she says she’s just tying up loose ends regarding Cassandra. Her assistant confessed to putting her in a coma, and she wonders why Valentin visited him shortly after he was arrested.

Finn tells Anna that he doesn’t need a babysitter. She tells him she got flowers. They’re probably not as nice as the ones he got, but they’ll do. He asks, do what? and she says Cassandra sabotaged their New Year’s Eve dinner, and they’re going to have one. He didn’t know it was going to be tonight, and she says why wait. They can say a proper farewell to their partnership.

Elizabeth points out that Franco went out for milk, and came back with champagne. She tells Jim that they just set a date for their wedding, and Jim congratulates them. Elizabeth invites him in, and he promises to keep it brief. He tells Franco he’s come a long way, and calls him Bobby, but then says he’s now Franco, the famous artist. Franco says Jim knows a lot about him, and Jim says everyone has heard of him. He and Betsy also keep in touch. He says she’s proud of him, and Franco says she has a funny way of showing it. Jim thinks they must have had a misunderstanding, but Franco says he’s not discussing it with him. Jim says it has to be; Betsy thinks world of him, and he was her world when he was a kid. Franco asks why Jim suddenly turned up now. Did Franco’s mom send him?

Olivia toasts to the future mayor. Ned reminds her that any number of people might want to join in the race, but she says they don’t have his pedigree. He says it’s a pedigree with a checkered history. She tells him Jim obviously wants to do business with him, but Ned says that’s before he quit his job. She says he didn’t quit; he pivoted. He saw a need and followed his conscience. He says he’ll need an ally in city government.

Laura tells Charlotte that if it didn’t fit, Nina would have to return it. Nina says it wasn’t appropriate, because the nice lady turned out to be not so nice. She and Charlotte leave to get hot chocolate (the official drink of Port Charles), and Doc asks what Laura thinks. She says he’s the shrink, so he should tell her.

Valentin tells Jordan that Eric tied him and Anna up, and was prepared to kill them both. He wanted to look Eric in the eye, tell him to enjoy prison, and that he’d be waiting when he gets out. And yes, it was a threat. Jordan doesn’t think Eric was feeling guilty or had something to gain. She’s skeptical that the confession happened so early on. Maybe someone paid for his attack of conscience.

Finn toasts to the glamorous life of a secret agent. He tells Anna she has a lovely laugh when she’s not doing her Emma Peel thing. She says she can laugh when she’s not inflicted with his irony. Even though they were fake dating for a while, they know little about each other. Finn says he’ll always be an addict, but Anna says it doesn’t scare her. She asks if he was cynical as baby, or did he grow into it? He asks if she was always playing cops and robbers, but she says it wasn’t that. She wasn’t weird, but wasn’t like the other girls; she was solitary and secretive. Finn says he was loner, and Anna says what a shocker. He says too bad they didn’t get the chance to know each other, and find out who likes Van Gogh, and who thinks caviar is overrated. She says, and who sleeps naked, and they both raise their hands. Finn says finally something in common. She gets up and starts to walk past him, and in the smoothest move ever, he grabs her arm, stands and kisses her.

Jim says Franco hasn’t changed; he was always a tough nut to crack. He sees the painting of the brothers, and says it’s fascinating, and asks what the inspiration was. Franco tells him it’s always life. It appears to be one thing, and ends up being something else. Jim says he’ll just put it out there. He’d like to buy Franco’s art studio.

My friend George Stephanopoulos interrupts. Yay. A news conference with the Norwegian prime minister. Because something like that can’t wait a half hour. I tried YouTube, but the quality was so bad today, it just wasn’t worth it for a few minutes.

Jordan tells Finn that she assumes Cassandra had a computer. Finn says she had a laptop, and Jordan says it’s missing.

Valentin tells Anna he couldn’t have drugged Cassandra, since he was with her. Cassandra’s operation just lost tens of millions of dollars. Maybe someone wanted to express their displeasure. Charlotte runs in, telling Valentin that the costume Nina got her is much nicer than the one from Cassandra. Nina glares at Anna.

Valentin talks to Charlotte in French, and says it’s past her bedtime. Anna tells her sweet dreams, and Nina takes her upstairs. Valentin asks if they’re done, and Anna says she got what she came for. He asks if it ever occurred to her that Finn put Cassandra in a coma. She asks if it matters. It’s all tied off now. Valentin says strange as it might seem, it was a pleasure doing business with her. She laughs, and says strange as might seem, it was.

Olivia tells Doc the ink of the marriage license isn’t even dry, and he’s encouraging his wife to run for office. He says she and Ned are still newlyweds, and ditto. At the same time, Ned and Laura both say they love Port Charles and want to do what’s best for everyone who lives there. Laura says they need someone to fight for their town, and it’s her. Ned says they need someone to bring their town into the  21st century. The press shows up, and both Doc and Olivia say they sent for them.

Finn tells Jordan that maybe the laptop was destroyed. She says if that’s the case, they failed miserably, since the information is in the cloud. They’ll find it, and it will lead to the rest of the operation. She tells him she’ll call Anna later. As she’s leaving, she says she knows they pretended to be involved as part of being undercover. Finn says he was just following orders. Jordan says she’s been in a similar situation, and had to learn the hard way. It’s one thing when there’s danger in the air, but when things settle down and go back to normal – whatever normal is – you realize how much you really don’t know about each other. It’s none of her business, but she hopes things are different for them. She leaves, and Finn looks at the flowers.

Nina comes back down. Valentin tells her that Anna left; she had questions about New Year’s Eve. Nina says, omg, she figured it out. We flash back to Valentin finding Nina at the MetroCourt. She says she was nervous. She didn’t know what to do or how to rescue him. He asks how she knew he needed to be rescued, and she says Cassandra told her. He asks when she saw Cassandra.

Nina bangs on Anna’s door, yelling that Valentin is missing and they need to talk. The door is unlocked, and she goes inside. Cassandra is there with the syringe, and says Anna is with her husband, but not for long. Anna will be dead soon, and Valentin will live long enough to suffer. Nina tells her not to hurt him, but Cassandra says Nina is the one who did, making him love her. She’s going to kill Nina and their daughter. They struggle, and Nina plunges the syringe into Cassandra, who keels over. Nina runs out.

Valentin tells Nina that was the end of that, but she says what if the nightmare is just beginning? He says when he found her at the MetroCourt, he never wanted to let her go. She’s glad she told him. We flash back to the MetroCourt again. Valentin tells Nina they have to call the police. Nina says she spent time in a mental institution for assault, and they’ll use it against her. She has a new life, and begs him not to make her go back to the old one. He says he understands, and will take care of everything.

They both go to Anna’s house. There’s no answer, and Valentin goes inside. He tells Nina to come in. Cassandra is on the floor, and Nina asks if she’s alive. He says barely. He takes out the syringe, and wipes it. He asks if she’s sure they weren’t in the living room; there are signs of a struggle. Nina says no, and he tells her he’ll clean it up to be on the safe side. He fixes up everything, and picks Cassandra up. They leave with her. In the present, Valentin says he regrets his past, but it afforded him certain skills, and he’ll always protect her.

Laura pledges to run a clean campaign, and allow Port Charles to decide who they want for mayor. Ned says it will be a fair fight, and may the best candidate win. Doc tells Laura that he couldn’t be more proud. The next stop is the mayor’s mansion. Olivia tells Ned the same thing. Jim says Ned has his full support. Ned needs someone to share his vision of what Port Charles can be. Laura sees them, and says, game on.

Franco rips up Jim’s card. Elizabeth asks if he’s sure, and he says he has a firm rule – don’t do business with people who call him Bobby. He suggests the crack the champagne and celebrate setting the date.

Anna comes back home, but there’s no Finn. She sees a note by the flowers. It says, Good news. The MetroCourt had a suite available. Roxie and I are going back to where we belong. Back to normal – whatever normal is.  

Valentin takes out a laptop. He deletes Cassandra’s photo of Claudette, and says, in the past.

Tomorrow, Maxie talks to Peter about a mutual friend, Julian says someone is trying to send him a message, and Curtis finds something.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey

This might be the finale, but it’s doubtful I will ever get Siggy’s loudmouth voice out of my head. I heard she’s not coming back. Good.

Margaret and Marge Sr. go to check out Margaret’s dress for her 50th birthday. She feels like a young girl because she’s delusional (her word); she’ll always be in her twenties in her head. I like the mermaid style, but it’s a white burnout pattern which isn’t for me. The collar is also a little high. Danielle joins them. She asks if Margaret finds Siggy rational at all, and Margaret says no. She hopes Siggy can hold it together at her party. Margaret tries another size, and I’m loving it on her, especially the cutout back.

Siggy and son Josh go tuxedo shopping for prom. She can’t believe he’s graduating high school, and will be leaving her soon. She wants to spend every moment with him. He’s made a decision about college. It’s only 3½ hours from the house, and she promises Josh that she’ll be there every weekend, totally freaking him out.

Melissa and Joe #2 arrive with the kids for Teresa’s birthday. Melissa has the kids hide. Teresa comes in and asks her dad what’s for dinner, and they all pop out. The kids wrote letters of appreciation, and read them to her. She feels badly for them, and knows they take their frustration out on her, but they also wow her. She thinks maybe she didn’t do so bad. She tells them she’s going to see daddy this weekend, and asks who’s coming. Gia has cheerleading, and won’t be able to. Teresa hasn’t been there since her mother died. In his interview, Joe #2 says it’s a long time. She might say it’s because she’s busy, but he knows she’s angry. He thinks she’s afraid to show Joe #1 her anger. Teresa tells us that she wants an apology, and needs to express it, or it won’t be a good thing. She wishes her mom was there, but is happy she has the girls.

Dolores goes with the two Franks to the bowling alley where Frankie hangs out with his friends. Dolores says when Frank first moved in, she worried about them getting along, but they’ve worked it out as a family. They’re savoring the last few weeks before he goes to college. She doesn’t know how long she and Frank will be living together. People want to put their relationship in a box, but all that matters is that they’re happy. Dolores gets a gutter ball, and Frank says at least she’s getting better. I think my high score is 90, so no judgement.

Margaret’s housekeeper is excited that there will be disco dancing at the party. Interior decorator Joyce arrives, and Margaret is thrilled about the renovation. She’s hoping when Joe #3 sees the rendering, he’ll get in gear. He’s not keen on all the white. Again, not my taste, but it’s beautiful. Margaret says it won’t be done before the party, but she’s hired someone to make it look fabulous.

Teresa heads out with the girls, minus Gia, to see Joe #1. The last time she had to turn around, because her mom was in the hospital. She feels like it’s Joe’s fault that she lost time with her mother. Milania wishes they could rewind time, and so does Teresa. In her interview, she says life sucks. She doesn’t like bringing up serious stuff around the girls, but wants them to know Joe is sorry for letting them down. Cameras aren’t allowed inside the prison, so we don’t see the visit.

The girls say it was an amazing visit, and they love their dad. Teresa tells us that she got choked up, and the courage she built up, went away.

Joe #2 and Melissa go to Jonathan Adler, the store Margaret would like gifts from. Joe wonders if Joe #1 apologized. He says he’s never heard Teresa talk like this before, and thinks she might walk if he doesn’t. Melissa agrees. Teresa joins them. Melissa asks if there was resentment. Teresa says she was nervous and emotional. She told her husband that what he did wasn’t just to her, but their daughters, and she wanted to hear he’s sorry. He asked if she’s read his letters where he’s written it a million times, but she told him that she wanted to hear it right from his lips. Everyone ended up crying. In his interview, Joe #2 says Joe #1 is the hardcore old-school Italian, and not the type for apologies, but he cracked. Teresa says she thinks about her mom, and when he comes home how it will be different because she won’t be there. She says everyone makes mistakes, and Melissa says it was a big one. Teresa says he’d better make it up to her when he comes home

Josh is ready for prom. Siggy drags out childhood photos. What’s with the white burnout pattern? Josh’s girlfriend is wearing a similar dress to Margaret’s birthday gown, but  with a more youthful skirt, and a plunging neckline that I like much better. Siggy says their relationship isn’t going to end because he’s leaving, and she’ll get through it.

Margaret says tonight is the big night, and she’s a train wreck. Her party planner insists he can do magic. And he does. It looks amazing. She wants to leave it until the renovation, and Joe #3 says it is the renovation.

Dolores calls her boyfriend, but there’s no answer. She says she has respect for his work, but he needs a life too. Frank is coming with her to the party. For now, he’s filling the void, but she doesn’t know if it’s going to be okay in the future.

Siggy says she and Margaret don’t have great chemistry. Margaret is so insensitive, Siggy can’t believe she’s gracing Margaret with her presence going to Margaret’s party.

Margaret says Dolores looks like if Diana Ross and Sophia Loren had a baby. Dolores says Siggy is running late, and hopes things are cool when she gets to the party. Everything is all Studio 54 and disco balls. For her grand entrance, Margaret is hoisted onto a horse statue, and led into the party. I guess this is supposed to parallel Bianca Jagger‘s Studio 54 entrance? She thanks everyone for coming. She says she’s lived a blessed life, and starts to cry. In her interview, she tells us the only thing missing is her kids. She can look back when she’s 90, and remember that she was a lucky girl. In her interview, Dolores says they’ve had a bumpy road, but Margaret understands her relationship with Frank. The dancing commences.

One of the guests tells Margaret she’s heard a rumor. Dolores gets a text. Everyone is looking at their phones. Margaret tells Danielle that Siggy isn’t coming, and might be in the hospital. Some people will do anything to get out of an invite.

Margaret makes the rounds. Dolores says Siggy fell. Melissa hopes she isn’t hurt, but wonders what the chances are that she fell on the way to Margaret’s party. She thinks if it’s an excuse, it’s genius. Danielle talks about Siggy being a jerk, and Dolores calls Danielle a slob. In her interview, Dolores says if Siggy didn’t want to come, she would have said no. We flash back to Siggy being a moron throughout the season. Teresa doesn’t think she’d fake an injury, and doesn’t want to question it. Everyone gets texts except Margaret, but Margaret doesn’t think Siggy is crazy enough to fake it. She’s kind of glad, thinking the night will be drama free.

Melissa announces that she’s tipsy. Joe asks Melissa if she’s saying Siggy threw herself down some stairs. He says she was crazy enough to embarrass Melissa at her party, and we flash back to that. She also called Melissa trash, and the cherry on top, she defended Kim D. Melissa says you should always have a way out, and cheers to her. Dolores tells Frank that Danielle is looking to pick a fight with Siggy.

Apparently, Siggy has fallen down eighteen stairs (she counted), and has a sprained ankle and a contusion on her arm. She tells husband Michael that she still has to go to the party, since she keeps getting texts from Dolores, saying Danielle is talking about her. She’ll go in, do what she has to do, and get out. What is she? The Mafia? She wants to steal Dolores, Teresa and Melissa out of the party. Is there no end to this woman’s rudeness? What boggles my mind is that she keeps saying how insensitive Margaret is, yet she wants to take guests away from her party. I’m so glad she’s not going to be on the show anymore. With time, the urge to hunt her down and smack her in the face will pass. True story. My husband was going to San Francisco for his job around the time Puck was still on The Real World. I told him if he saw Puck, to smack him. He was at a gas station, and asked the attendant if he knew where Puck was, because his wife wants him to punch Puck in the nose. The attendant had no idea what he was talking about, and possibly thought he was crazy.

Nice of Siggy to hobble in and steal Margaret’s birthday thunder. Teresa is under the mistaken impression that her appearance means she wants to make things better with Margaret. Siggy explains she missed a step in her heels. Dolores calls Danielle over. Melissa jokes that Siggy threw herself down the stairs to avoid the party. Siggy says she loves herself too much for that, and in her interview, says she can’t believe Melissa drank the Kool-Aid. Melissa tells us that Siggy has a point. No one loves Siggy more than Siggy. Siggy admits she didn’t want to come, and in her interview, Margaret says there’s no reason she should have come if she didn’t want to. And she had nothing to worry about in coming. Margaret never publicly called her names or was deliberately rude, and when they made up, she thought they actually had. Siggy is the game player, not her.

Margaret says Siggy was very nice about it when she invited her to the party. Siggy says she doesn’t want to be friends. She just came to be with Melissa and Teresa. Teresa says she must be there to wish Margaret a happy birthday, and in her interview, Melissa calls Siggy a mega-bitch. She’s not asking her to be BFFs with Margaret, but just be cordial. Margaret tells Siggy that if she doesn’t want to be there, she should go. In her interview, Siggy says God is good, like someone had been holding her hostage. Dolores decides to leave with her. She thinks Siggy isn’t in the right frame of mind. She’s in pain, and annoyed that everyone said she was copping out of coming to the party. Melissa wonders who comes to a party and says that sh*t? Especially when she had an out if she didn’t want to come.

Teresa insists that Siggy must have come a little for Margaret, but Siggy says she doesn’t want to be a phony. Someone needs to explain the difference between being a phony and being a polite human being. Teresa says Siggy’s behavior hasn’t been the best, but she’s known Siggy longer, and she’s been there for her. We flash back on their friendship. Teresa feels badly for Siggy, and decides to leave with her. Dolores is glad Teresa sees where her loyalty should lie. Again, is this Mob Wives? Melissa can’t believe Teresa left without even telling her, since they came together.

They have the end blurbs, but apparently no one on this show has done anything very interesting. The most noteworthy thing was that Joe #1 was transferred to a new prison. Melissa says they’re a group divided, but she knows she’s on the side of right.

Next time, the Reunion.

If Loving You is Wrong

Tyler Perry – round two!

Some noise wakes Natalie. She wakes Lushion, saying she thinks she heard gunshots. She knows she did She quietly goes to the window.

Travis lies dead in front of Kelly’s door. Kelly tiptoes to Justice’s room, and goes inside. He’s sleeping, and she gets in the bed with him. He asks if she’s okay. She says everything is fine.

Natalie goes back to the bedroom, and tells Lushion he needs to get up. She saw Travis’s car. That gets him up. He gets his gun, and tells her to stay in the house.

Lushion calls for Kelly. He sees blood coming out from under her door. He yells for Natalie to call the police and an ambulance. He goes inside, and calls to Kelly. He asks if she’s all right, and she tells him to keep his voice down; Justice is asleep. He asks what happened, and she starts talking about putting Justice to bed. Lushion says, no, what happened here? Doesn’t she see a man on her floor? She’s like, Travis, oh yeah. He tells her call an ambulance, but she says she wants him to die. Lushion says he still has a pulse, and they have to save him. Kelly asks, why? So he can keep torturing her? She starts to go back to bed, and Lushion tells her to stay there. She says she shot him. Lushion calls 911, but they already got a call. Kelly is totally out of it, and keeps saying she shot him, and doesn’t want him to live.

Lushion asks what happened; did he break in? Kelly says he was at the window, and the alarm didn’t go off. Lushion asks again if he broke in, but she says she let him in. Natalie tries to come through the front door that Travis is blocking. Lushion tells her to leave, and Kelly says she shot him. Lushion asks for the gun, and she points to it on the counter. He needs her to understand, and asks how Travis got in. She says she opened the door. Lushion is freaking out, and tells her not to say anymore. Kelly says he kept banging and saying let him in. She let him in and shot him, and kept shooting, and shooting, and shooting. Lushion needs her to focus. He says she’s in shock. She shakes her head, but he says he needs her to do something. Don’t say a word. She says she did it. She shot him, and that’s what happened. Lushion tells her the police will be here, and don’t say that.

He asks Natalie to come in, and tells her to look at him as she walks around Travis. He needs her to take Kelly and justice next door, out the back. He tells her to watch her step. Kelly asks where she’s going? Lushion tells her it’s okay, just go. He needs her to be quiet. Poor Lushion. He always has to fix everything. He makes a call to Ian, waking him.

Ian says it’s late. Lushion says, sorry, but there’s a problem. Kelly shot Travis. This wakes Ian up real fast. He asks where, and if Travis is dead, and Lushion says at Kelly’s house, and he has a pulse. Ian asks if the cops are there, but Lushion says they’re on their way. Ian says he is too. Lushion says he’ll try to keep her away from them and making a statement, but hurry.

Lushion keeps saying, damn, Kelly. He tells Travis to hang in there.

Marcie is all weepy. She tells Brad she’s an idiot. First she marries Randal, then throws herself at Brad. Brad says she’s human, and she says another word for weak. He says she’s one of the strongest women he knows. He really loves her, but loves his wife too. It doesn’t make her less special; it just makes the timing wrong. She asks if it will ever be right, but he doesn’t think so. His phone rings. It’s Alex, but he decides not to answer. He doesn’t want to make her jealous and upset. Marcie says she already is. She’s been threatening to tell Randal that Marcie is pregnant, and wants her to stay away from Brad. Brad says he’ll talk to her.

Alex calls again, and Brad answers. She tells him to hurry home. There were gunshots next door, and the police are there. He says he’s on his way. Marcie plays a message of Randal asking if she’s pregnant, and insists it must have been Alex who told him. No. It was that drunk idiot Larry.

Natalie gives Kelly some water. Esperanza is there, and asks if she’s okay. Kelly says he just wouldn’t stop; she shot him. Esperanza says she’s sorry, and Kelly says don’t be; she isn’t. Esperanza says she has to talk to the police at some point, and she can’t say that. Kelly says he deserved to die for what he did. She starts to freak, and they hold her back and get her into a chair. Natalie says she’s not talking to anybody. Kelly asks if they know what he did to her, and says she’s not okay. She’s going to lose her job, her credit is bad, and he raped her. It was the day Lushion came over and she said nothing happened. She starts to freak again, and the girls calm her down. Natalie says, self-defense.

Travis is taken away in the ambulance. Brad and Marcie pull up. Brad asks Lushion what happened? Lushion says Kelly shot him. Marcie asks if he’s okay, but Lushion says they don’t know. She asks where Kelly is, and Lushion says his house, so Marcie heads over. Alex comes out, and Brad asks if she’s okay. She says she is, and Lushion asks how many gunshots she heard. She says a lot. Brad gripes about Kelly having a gun, but Lushion says just think what would have happened if she hadn’t had it. If it hadn’t been him, it would have been her. Brad says she brought it to the neighborhood, but I’m not sure if he means the gun or the problem of Travis. Lushion says it’s over now, and Alex and Brad go home.

Alex says, it’s sad, and Brad says it’s sad she told Randal that Marcie is pregnant. She says she didn’t do that, and Brad says she threatened to. She admits she did, but didn’t follow through. Brad says she couldn’t wait for him to leave so she could go over there. Alex insists she did nothing, and Brad asks why Randal left a nasty message on Marcie’s phone? Alex says he’s having a hard time believing her, and asks if this is how it’s going to be now? He’ll get to choose whether he believes her or not. She didn’t go over there, and didn’t tell Randal anything. She asks if he believes her, but he doesn’t answer.

Ian arrives, and I wonder why the cops didn’t stick around. Lushion meets him, and Ian asks for the details. Lushion says Kelly claims she shot him. She opened the door and turned off the alarm. That’s not what she said. She said the alarm didn’t go off. Lushion didn’t have his listening ears on, as Judge Judy would say. Ian asks if Travis is okay, but Lushion says they don’t know. Ian says his family is going to make it difficult. His father is the biggest pastor around, and there are nothing but lawyers and judges in the congregation.

Natalie lets Ian in. Kelly says she shot him. Ian says he knows, and asks for privacy.

Larry and Randal are passed out on the couch. Upstairs, Eddie’s arms are cuffed to opposing walls, and he’s wearing a bondage costume. He tries to slide his phone over with his foot. Lushion gets a call. He sees it’s Eddie and he’s not answering. Lushion tells the women that Kelly said she opened the door and turned the alarm off. Esperanza says she lured him in to kill him. She’s praying Kelly didn’t call him over there, and asks how she had a gun. The one she had is in evidence. Natalie says it was hers. Eddie was in Alex’s backyard, and scared her, so Natalie gave it to her. Esperanza says Natalie can be in a lot of trouble. Lushion says, especially if he dies. Eddie calls again, and Lushion refuses to answer.

Eddie calls one more time, and Lushion asks what he wants. Eddie says it’s not a joke; he’s in serious trouble. Lushion says he’s not helping, but Eddie says Lushion is all he’s got. He’s at Randal’s. Lushion asks what he’s done now, and Eddie says they have him chained up. He begs Lushion to get him. Lushion says he has a lot going on, and Eddie says he’ll explain, just please help. Lushion doesn’t want to know. He tells Eddie to stop calling, and hangs up. Natalie asks what’s going on, and Lushion says Eddie is talking crazy, saying he’s chained up at Randal’s house. Marcie wonders why Larry is there this late; she saw his car. Lushion asks if he knows Eddie. Esperanza’s phone rings, and it’s Eddie. I’m laughing my ass off.

Lushion tells her go for it. Eddie says he needs help, and she says she knows that. BA-DUM-CHH! She asks what he did, and he says he’s in Randal’s house, chained up upstairs. It’s the same thing he told Lushion. Natalie thinks they should go see, but Lushion says no. Marcie thinks Larry’s car being there is weird, and realizes he must have told Randal about her pregnancy. Eddie calls Esperanza again, and they decide to go over there.

Lushion knocks on the door, and Marcie uses her key to let them in. Randal pops up from the couch, and tells them to get out. Lushion asks him to call Eddie, but Randal says he’s tied up (groan). Larry says he doesn’t have a warrant, but Marcie says it’s still her house, and they need to talk to Eddie. Lushion asks to take a look upstairs, but Randal says no. Marcie says it’s okay, but Larry says if he goes upstairs, it will be the last time Lushion will work this beat. Randal tells them to get out of his house, but Marcie tells him to shut up. Randal wants to know about the baby. Idiot.

Lushion goes through the rooms upstairs. He finds Eddie, and says, wth? Eddie asks for help, and Lushion says he thought he’d seen it all. Eddie says just get him out of there. Lushion says he’ll get the key. Eddie wants his gun. Lushion goes downstairs, and asks what’s happening. Randal and Larry act like they don’t know anything, and Larry says his client has nothing to say. Lushion says Eddie is chained upstairs; give him the key. They both act ignorant. Marcie says, let’s go upstairs to the girls. Lushion tries to stop them, but not too hard. He asks if he has to call a locksmith, and Larry says they don’t know what he’s talking about.

The girls are stunned to see Eddie hanging there. Esperanza takes a picture with her phone, and closes the door. They go back down, and outside. Lushion dials a locksmith, but Larry throws him the key, saying his work here is done. Lushion says don’t think about moving. He doesn’t know who Larry is, but if they kidnapped Eddie, he’s going to jail. Larry says, we’ll see. They didn’t put Eddie in that position; he did it himself. Lushion balks at this idea, and Larry says he’s very limber. Randal suggests Lushion ask him about it. Lushion goes back upstairs with the key.

Lushion tells Eddie this is beyond the call of duty. He unlocks one arm, and gives the key to Eddie, telling him he should be ashamed of himself. Eddie says all Lushion’s dreams are coming true. They tricked him. Lushion doesn’t want to know, and asks if Eddie wants to press charges. Eddie says he’ll handle it himself.

Lushion tells Larry and Randal that it seems Eddie doesn’t want to press charges. They laugh, saying they already knew that. Larry says he’s heard about Eddie, and isn’t Lushion glad he got his comeuppance? Eddie comes downstairs, and Larry calls him the belle of the ball. I laugh because he’s still wearing a leather collar. He grabs the gun out of Lushion’s waistband, and starts shooting.

Next time, Lushion tells Kelly not to say a word until the lawyer comes, Lushion asks Ian what he knows about Larry, and Esperanza and Stephen get together again.

  Tabatha Coffey is back on Bravo with Relative Success with Tabatha, beginning next Wednesday, January 17th, at 10 pm. I’ve enjoyed her other efforts. She reminds me of a female Gordon Ramsay. She wears a lot of hats, one of them being therapist to whoever is getting the makeover. She’s the stoic with a heart of gold, and will be advising on family problems this time around.

👠 I got an email where the subject line said, Those shoes you want are on sale. I was like, cool! and opened it. Not even close. As a matter-of-fact, they were the kind of shoes I hate.

Tabatha

December 27, 2017 – Nathan is Gifted a Clock, No New Jersey or Siggy, WWHL Talk & Another Clock

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What I Watched Today

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

 

 

General Hospital

At the hospital, Kiki congratulates Laura and Doc. Laura realizes they never discussed her last name.

Maxie needs to talk to Amy, and tells her it’s important. Amy says so are her patients. Maxie says she needs a DNA test done – fast.

Obrecht meets with Nathan at Kelly’s for breakfast. She tells him she’s been waiting a lifetime to give him this present.

At the station, Lulu finds out that Mayor Lomax has been indicted. She asks how long Lomax will still be in office. Jordan says a couple of months. The still have to do an investigation. Dante tells Lulu that she blew it open; now, the police have to connect the dots. Alexis says Lomax is an embarrassment to Port Charles, but an elected official can’t be fired.

Ava and Griff wait for Kiki at Ava’s place. Ava gives him her gift, a nice watch. Like a sports watch, not a blinged out Rolex. He tells her he can’t accept it. Sigh. What now?

Anna tells Finn he has two objectives. One is to put a card inside of Cassandra’s phone, so she can spy on her. She tells Finn to call her when he leaves, and keep his phone on so she can hear. His other objective is, don’t die. He tells her that he knew what he was getting into, so wish him luck.

Laura says she’s always been Laura Spencer. She and the name have survived a lot, and it’s who she is. Except it isn’t anymore. She wants to be Laura Collins. Doc says has a ring to it, and I start wondering if there was ever a Laura Collins on Dark Shadows.

Amy tells Maxie it’s against the law for her to just do a DNA test without following procedure. Maxie says so is fraud, but Nathan did that for her. She needs a comparison test. Amy asks what it’s for.

Nathan unwraps one of those old-fashioned cuckoo clocks with little doors. Like in the Geico commercial. Obrecht explains that she got it in Bavaria when she was pregnant with him. It reminds her of the fantasy she had of their life together, traveling the world. Her hopes were dashed, and they had to hide from Victor. Now the clock can hang in the nursery. She finally has a chance to set things right. Nathan says as much as he appreciates the gift, everything is not all right.

Ava thought the watch was as special as Griff is. He says it’s beautiful and thoughtful, and he appreciates the gesture. She says it’s not a gesture; it’s a present. Griff says he’s spent his entire adult life detaching from material things, and doesn’t feel comfortable with such an expensive present. For having been around the block and then some, Griff has zero social skills. Ava says she got him something from her world. She’s an art dealer, and her life is about expensive objects. She thinks his perspective must be liberating. She asks if he would keep it, if she promises to never get another one, and he agrees. She puts it on his wrist. Geez, seriously, it’s nice, but not like what they’re making of it, and the wristband sounded like it was plastic, for goodness’ sake. They kiss.

Cassandra tells her companion (does he have a name?) about Finn coming by. He says not to give him too much access. She appreciates that he’s protective. If she’s misjudged Finn’s character, he’ll be nearby to correct her mistake. Finn arrives. He tells her they have something important in common. With the business they’ll be doing, they can help people and make money at the same time. Cassandra says that pain management is both merciful and lucrative. On her end, Anna tells him to finesse. Cassandra tells Finn that she loves that he has no tolerance for nonsense; she’s the same way.

Alexis tells Lulu that if handled properly, Mayor Lomax might not want to stay. The key to getting rid of her once and for all lies in digging up dirt. Dante drags lulu into the interrogation room, and kisses her. She tells him that she needs to take down corrupt officials more often. He’s impressed with the way she stood up to Lomax, and asks how it feels. She says like she never wants to stop. They start making out, and I think, isn’t there a window there? Did he lock the door?

Maxie asks Amy if she’ll make it happen if she tells her why. Amy says her odds will improve. Maxie says it’s for Nathan. She starts to tell Amy about his mother, and Amy interrupts, asking if she means the obnoxious, demanding mad scientist? Maxie says she was going for squirrely, but it would insult the squirrels. Maxie explains that they think Obrecht might be lying about Victor being Nathan’s father. Amy says Nathan won’t go for it, and Maxie says not to tell her what her husband would do.

Obrecht says she adores Nathan. She’s overjoyed to be oma to their little one. He says her first test as a grandma is to say what isn’t she telling him about his father.

Griff tells Ava that he’s still planning her gift; it’s a work in progress. She loves the anticipation. He tells her to be patient; it will be worth it. Kiki knocks at the door. She and Ava hug, and Ava asks if she’s spoken to Dillon. Kiki tells her that Dillon said the movie is still in production. She misses him, and they’re supposed to exchange presents when they see each other, but she’s brought Ava’s. Ava says she and Griff had an adventure on Christmas, serving dinner to the homeless in Julian’s bar. She leaves the room to get Kiki’s gift. Griff asks Kiki if it’s set for tonight, and Ava overhears.

Cassandra tells Finn that the chemist assures her that the formula is better than anything currently on the market. Finn says they all say that. She says that once he reads it, the deal is officially sealed. She tells him that she’s not comfortable having meetings with phones on, and he turns his off. He says now it’s just the two of them. Anna freaks out. Felicia sees her, and asks if she’s okay.

Stella congratulates Laura, and thanks her for speaking up at the meeting. Laura says she couldn’t watch the neighborhood being dismantled. Stella tells her about several buildings losing power and heat on Christmas. Laura asks if she thinks the landlord did it on purpose, and Stella says no question about it. Laura says the community can’t stand for that; it’s harassment. Stella tells her the landlord owns a lot of property, and with the mayor in his pocket, she’s afraid of what he might do next. Laura says they’ll see about that.

Nathan tells Obrecht there’s no proof Victor is actually his father. A simple screening can tell him. She says that he has the medical dispositions he needs, and his suspicions hurt her. As his true mother, she’s asking him to let this go.

Amy tells Maxie she didn’t mean to imply that she knows Nathan better, she’s just affirming that he’s an honorable man. Maxie says that’s why she’s there. She asks Amy how she spent her Christmas. Amy says it was great; she spent it with Chet. Maxie tells her that the Driscoll family yuletide wouldn’t have happened without her and Nathan’s help. Now help her put Nathan’s mind to rest.

Ava continues to listen. Kiki asks Griff if it’s better that Ava knows the truth. He says she can’t know yet. I know what she’s thinking. That these two have something going. That’s stupid, even for these people.

Anna tells Felicia that she was just listening to a podcast, but Felicia says she knows what surveillance looks like. Anna says she just got cut off. Felicia says if she didn’t know better, she’d think it was about Finn. Robin told her about them moving in together, and moving the relationship to the next level. Anna stumbles over her words a little, and says they’re just cohabitating. Felicia says, with benefits. Why else move in?

Finn points out to Cassandra that a banned element is in the formula, and says replacing it would be crude at best. He suggests something he developed for his immune protocol, but to change the chemistry of the product line, he’ll need access to the lab. Cassandra says he’s not the man she thought he was.

Laura tells Doc that the mayor caused deliberate sabotage. He says her fight is his, and he’s behind and beside her 100% – a week from now. Meanwhile, their honeymoon awaits. Laura doesn’t think they can leave right now.

Nathan tells Obrecht that whatever she’s hiding, whatever truth is, he can handle it. He needs her to be honest. She tells him that she’ll share her most shameful secret.

Alexis announces that the Port Charles charter has an ethics clause. Any elected official can have their salary withheld if they’re under investigation. They can refuse to pay Lomax, and how long will she want the job if there’s no money? I won’t mention that usually mayors have other jobs because the pay is not that much.

Ava gives Kiki a present, saying it’s a token of faith in her. Kiki unwraps a doctor bag. I note that they actually unwrap their gifts, as opposed to the old days, where soaps always gave gifts in a pretty box with a matching lid and built-in bow. Ava says she couldn’t have gotten through that horrible ordeal without Kiki’s comfort and support. Kiki gives Ava her gift, and Griff annoyingly reminds them that the true gift is their relationship with each other. He adds that Ava taught him to accept a gift with grace. Ava removes a scarf, and says it must be to hide in. Griff says that wasn’t the intention, and Kiki says she was the one dragging her outside not that long ago. Ava sarcastically says they always give her the other two most important things in her life, faith and honesty. She’s acting like a real jerk.

Anna tells Felicia that she and Finn are just getting to know each other. Felicia says he’s easy on the eyes, but Anna says looks only get you so far. She tells Felicia that Finn is very smug, irritating, and pays attention to detail. He’s also socially backward. Still, he’s a kind man, and funny, but what he doesn’t know, or refuses to believe, is that he’s caring. Worst of all, he’s a morning person, but she’s grown accustomed to his smile, and he knows how she likes her tea. Felicia says it says sounds like she’s in love.

Cassandra thought Finn would need more time to work out any problems, but he’s more of a genius than she thought. She says it’s a cause for celebration, and pours some champagne. Finn asks if she always has it around in case of a celebration, and she says all civilized people do. Uh-oh. I guess I’m out. They toast to civilization, Cassandra saying, may it be ours for the taking. Finn spills it on himself, and Cassandra leaves to get something to wipe it up. While she’s out of the room, he puts the card in her phone. Cassandra comes back just as Finn is finishing, and she asks what he’s doing.

Doc understands that it’s important, but asks Laura if it can’t wait. Someone else can fight the good fight until then. Stella comes by and says she’s on her way to the station to file a complaint. She asks if Laura will join her as backup. Laura tells Doc that she can’t run off; the people could get intimidated. She can’t ask others to do something, if she’s not doing the same. Doc says they can all go on the way to the airport. Stella is fine with that compromise; it’s good sense. Standing up against the mayor is important, but so is their honeymoon.

Amy says she’ll find a way to make the test happen. Maxie tells her to worry about the test, and she’ll worry about the means. If Nathan gets answers, he won’t care how they got them. I dunno about that.

Obrecht tells Nathan that she hopes the child is a boy. She was able to raise his sister, but wasn’t given that privilege with him. She hopes she can imagine those years with her grandson. Nathan asks what she’s not telling him. Obrecht says she told him what he needs to know. She says to look to the future, where the answers lie ahead, not behind him. Don’t look there anymore.

Kiki says she’ll return the scarf, but she doesn’t know what Ava means. She’s always been honest; can Ava say the same? Griff tells them not to leave it like this. He tells Ava that Kiki didn’t think about her hiding behind the scarf, and Ava tells him not to think he knows her daughter better than she does. Scarves are a reminder of what she lost. Kiki says she got it all back and then some. Whatever she’s got going on today, get over it. She leaves, and Griff asks what happened? Ava tells him to ask Kiki. Maybe she’s missing Dillon or sad about having to work, but she also has work, so it’s best if he goes.

Felicia tells Anna it’s been a long time since she was in love, not since she lost Duke. She’s happy, and in love. Anna says the problem with people like her, is that they think everyone else should be like them. Felicia says she was practically gushing. She’s fighting it tooth and nail, and Felicia thinks she’s afraid of love. She’s terrified, but that’s stupid. Felicia tells her that she’s been given another chance. Dive in. She says that you don’t get to choose who you fall in love with, but get to choose what you do with it. If he feels the same, don’t fight it.

Finn tells Cassandra that he was clearing his work schedule. She wipes at him with a cloth, and says she can think of more inventive ways to celebrate. He suggests a waffle stand, but she’s thinking a side trip after the factory. Finn says he’s flattered and tempted, but can’t. She tells him no one has to know, but he says he would. He wouldn’t feel right. Cassandra asks, because of Anna? and he tells her, yes.

Felicia sees Doc at the station, and he explains that he and Laura were on their way to their honeymoon, when there was some community activism to take care of first. Jordan tells Felicia about the landlord, and how he owns several buildings. Lulu joins them, and says she wrote a follow-up about the board confirming massive voter fraud, and how Lomax stole the election. So, I guess there’s a daily newspaper at Aurora? Dante says she was indicted this morning. The results will be overturned. Lulu asks if this means Felicia is mayor, and no surprise, Felicia isn’t exactly interested anymore, but Alexis says there will be a special election in four weeks, if she wants to run. Felicia says she’s moved on, and they’ll need a viable candidate. Doc knows who his vote would go to. Someone with the character, history, and heart to protect the people and legacy of Port Charles. His wife, Laura Collins.

Maxie comes running into Kelly’s, saying she’s sorry she missed breakfast with his mom. He doesn’t believe that, but she says Obrecht is never boring, and Maxie loves the way she pronounces the names of the pastries. Nathan shows her the gift, and she’s like, great, a cuckoo clock that will wake up the baby every hour, and suggests maybe Obrecht had one as a child and that’s why she’s the way she is. Nathan says there’s been no headway on the father front. Maxie says maybe they can solve the mystery themselves.

At the hospital, Kiki tells Griff that it’s becoming a problem. He asks if she has any second thoughts. She says exactly the opposite. She can’t wait to see where it leads. He says, him too, and they part company. In another unsurprising moment, Ava sees them.

Finn tells Anna, mission accomplished. She sees his wet shirt, and he says he can double glass with the best of them. He tells her it was like James Bond meets The Three Stooges. Anna says she didn’t hear anything after he hung up. He says he told Cassandra he cleared his schedule to see the factory, and she proposed a private getaway. Anna says as soon as she places a call to the factory, she can trace it and get the location, and have it destroyed. He asks, then what? and she says then this whole charade will be over, and they can go back to their lives.

Tomorrow, Lulu wants to follow up with something just as good, Cassandra wants to eliminate Sonny, and Sonny accuses Jason of wanting to get away from Sam.

🍅 While there was no new episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey tonight, I did hear the news that Siggy Flicker is not coming back to the show next season. I’m guessing that her behavior hasn’t been good for business. It’s hard to be credible as a relationship expert when you can’t seem to handle your own. Whether it’s a hormone issue or not, she comes off as irrational. I watched the last two episodes again, and it’s mind-boggling. She makes excuses for everything, and can’t apologize to save her life. And, wtf Dolores?

🎉 I’m not sure why there was nothing new tonight. God knows, Andy Cohen takes more vacations than anyone I know, so maybe the whole place had off this time. (Watch What Happens Live will be back after the first of the year.) I know he has a gig with Anderson Cooper on New Year’s Eve, but I’ve always wondered why he never did a WWHL New Year’s Eve party again. He even said he was never doing one again, and I’m pretty sure I heard distaste in his voice. What happened? Sadly, the night I watched it was one of my best New Year’s Eves. I can never resist Giggy.

😂 At least it gave me leave to watch Carol Burnett’s 50th Anniversary on CBS. For those who never saw the show, or are too young to remember it, it was one of the funniest programs ever on television. And it was on Saturday nights, when TV is often a wasteland.

⏰ Geico’s Clock

 

December 20, 2017 – Lomax Holds a Meeting, Siggy Holds a Grudge & Four Days

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

 

 

General Hospital

Nathan says there’s something wrong with the records. It’s probably nothing, but he has follow-up questions for his mother.

Well, I don’t think George Stephanopoulos is going to answer those questions, but he’s suddenly on my TV.

🎥 Missing Reel 🎥

It was only ten minutes, and I figure it’s not worth hunting for. Faison isn’t here yet. Ha-ha! Julian says Griff seems to pick and choose who deserves forgiveness. Griff says Ava is different, and Julian asks why, because she defrocked him? Griff says she’s really repentant, and wonders if Julian has ever even admitted the things he’s done are wrong. Julian says Griff has no idea. He just came to drop off gifts, but clearly it’s a bad time, and Griff and Ava have things to discuss. He gifts and runs.

Lulu fills Peter in on the election. She tells him about finding all the ballots, and says the polls suggested Felicia would win. He says polls aren’t always right, but she says it seems Felicia’s opponent stole election – how’s that for a story?

Laura asks Doc how it went with Dante. Doc says he’s on board, and asks about Lulu. Laura says Lulu was always supportive, but she’s distracted by the story she’s working on. She says Doc knows how it is when sets her mind on something. Laura looks through the pub window at the town hall meeting. Doc says he wonders where Lulu gets it, telling Laura that she’s scowling while shooting hate rays at the mayor. He says her fight is his fight.

TJ, Molly and Alexis talk at the pub. Julian walks in. Molly accuses him of being on the mayor’s side, saying since he couldn’t destroy her mom, he’s going to try to destroy the neighborhood. He says they’re on the same side. He’s a small business owner now. She asks what business he owns, and he tells her she’s standing in it.

Griff apologizes for putting Ava in the middle. She says she’s the one who did it, and he says he should have kept his anger in check. Ava says she loves her brother, but he’s smug and arrogant. If he regrets anything, he’s good at hiding it. What Griff said is true. He asks what about her, and she says that she’s somehow more worthy of forgiveness? He says he’s seen a change in her.

Nelle reads the paper at Kelly’s. She remarks that something is interesting, grabs her stuff, and walks out.

Michael meets with Ned at the pub. He says if Mayor Lomax gets her way, the people’s lives will be turned upside down. They’re going to lose their homes, and he’s not sure ELQ should be a part of it. Ned says he didn’t have a problem with the redevelopment years ago, but Michael says they weren’t tearing down people’s houses. Ned asks if he wouldn’t prefer a family who cares about Port Charles getting involved. If someone else gets the project, it could be worse. Michael tells him that he’s not saying no – yet.

Julian tells Molly that he decided it’s time to make an honest living, and used the media company sale to buy the pub. Molly asks Alexis if she was hoping to run into him, but the mayor interrupts, saying the town hall meeting is coming to order.

Lulu shows up at the station, and Dante asks what’s going on? She tells him that she needs his advice as husband, not a cop.

Mayor Lomax talks about a building a privatized park, and how it’s going to be a new chapter for the neighborhood. They’re going to make Port Charles a mid-sized business district. Molly asks what about the families who live there, and the students? Where will they go? The mayor says they’ll take questions later, but Julian says he wants to hear what they have to say, so she agrees. TJ talks about his family being new to Port Charles, and how he and Molly are renting a place there while working toward their degrees. He’s concerned about the property values skyrocketing even if they stay. The so-called progress will drive people out of their homes. Lomax says one of the reasons rents are rising is because of the influx of students living off campus. Molly says she’s deflecting by bringing in an irrelevant statistic that may or may not be true. Lomax says that TJ said his family was new to Port Charles, and Laura gets up, saying hers isn’t.

Maxie tells Felicia that she’s feeling a tsunami of doubt and anxiety. She’s never cared for an infant before. What if she’s not good enough to be a mother?

Obrecht meets with Nathan at Kelly’s, and asks what’s so important? He tells her he was on his way to drop off the medical records, and noticed some inconsistencies. She says she looked them over herself, and between her Swiss accuracy and German precision, pronounced them flawless. Nathan says Victor seemed to be in perfect health, but there’s no evidence he was tested for beta thalassemias, when it runs in the family. (I looked this up, and it’s a blood disorder.) He wonders why.

Ava tells Griff that she has a lot to atone for. When she committed those sins, her brother was a part of it. Griff doesn’t want him leading her down the wrong path, but she says she can falter on her own, despite his best efforts to redeem her. Nelle asks if she’s interrupting, but Ava tells her that Griff is on his way to work. He leaves, and Nelle asks if everything is okay. Ava says, just fine, and Nelle says she saw that Ava is hiring an assistant. Ava says she’s hired.

Laura says she’s been a resident in Port Charles since she was fifteen. It’s the place she calls home, and raised her children there. She thinks she’s qualified to speak to the historic significance. What drew her there was that it was charming and affordable, but what kept her there was the people. She talks about Mary May Ward, and how she fought passionately to preserve the community. She explains that the dock workers first settled the neighborhood, and turned it from a sleepy hamlet to a bustling city. It was a haven for diversity when the rest of the country wasn’t. She tells everyone to look at the pictures that are hanging up. They’re not just a reminder of who they were, but who they are. The city shouldn’t push out the working class, but help them thrive. She has nothing against progress, but not at the expense of their past or the people who live there. She encourages everyone to vote, and vote no. Peter just looks at her, while everyone applauds. I wonder what’s up with that guy.

Felicia says Maxie is already an excellent mother. Maxie says she was careless and selfish, and Georgie was taken from her. Felicia says she went through a troubled period, but look at her now. Maxie tells her that she’s a train wreck with great hair, but Felicia says she’s successful with a loving partner. Everything will be fine.

Obrecht tells Nathan that he’s been tested for beta thalassemias, and doesn’t have it. She says fatherhood brings out a healthy paranoia in men. The doctor will tell him all is well, and he can stop worrying. She leaves, but outside, she gets a really weird, complicated look on her face.

Lomax says they’ve heard from the rezoning committee and the residents. The only thing left is the vote next month. She adjourns the meeting. Doc tells Laura that she was amazing, and everyone gives her kudos. Molly says Laura would make a good politician herself. Laura says Port Charles is lucky to have young people willing to fight for its history.

Julian says Alexis has been there twice since she found out it was his pub. She tells him that she came for her scarf, and thanks him for defending her daughter. He says he was just doing what he thought was right; it’s a new thing he’s trying, and still figuring out. Molly asks Alexis why she’s talking to him, and says no matter how hard she tries, Alexis can’t shake him.

Nelle is surprised Ava is hiring her just like that, and Ava says her staff found other jobs after the fire, and she knows how good Nelle was at her job with Carly. Nelle says she knows how that ended, but Ava says it wasn’t because of poor work. Nelle tells Ava she’s not a saint. Ava says no one is, and she has no husband for Nelle to prey on, so they’re okay on that front. Nelle hopes the reason is that she’d be a good fit, not to stick it to Sonny and Carly. Ava says that has nothing to do with it. Just like it has nothing to do with Nelle applying for the job. Touché.

Michael tells Ned that everyone made excellent points. Ned says they had emotional appeal, but at the end of the day, it comes down to dollars and cents. Michael says it’s purely business, but he’s not sure; there are a lot of facets to consider, including public scrutiny. Ned thinks that’s a valid concern, but if they don’t give their support now, Lomax will find some venture capitalists who will. They can count on the project breaking ground as long as she’s the mayor. What say you? I think there’s going to be a new election once the fraud is exposed, and Laura will end up as mayor.

Dante tells Lulu that if she’s right, there’s going to be a huge controversy. Lulu says good, but Dante says Lomax could accuse her of making up fake news. Lulu says she’s thought about that, but major changes are happening because she won the election. If she didn’t win legitimately, the voters have a right to know the election was stolen, and that their voices still count for something.

Maxie says Felicia is right. Felicia says first trimester hormones aren’t blameless. Maxie and Nathan will make great parents, and she and Mac will always be there.

At the hospital, Nathan runs into Griff, who tells him congratulations. Nathan asks if Griff could do him a favor and look at the medical records. He needs to know if they belong to his father, or if he’s being lied to again.

Tomorrow, Monica tells Ned that she’s not turning away family, Maxie interrupts the wedding, and Jake doesn’t want Jason there. Saw that coming.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey

Melissa is going bike riding with Siggy and Danielle. She tells the others she’ll meet them later. Teresa found a local private chef, so she, Dolores, and Margaret are taking a cooking class. She’s hoping the food works magic on Siggy and Margaret. Food, the universal language.

Teresa Dolores and Margaret go to the market for what Teresa calls “ingredientses.” Oooh, nice market. BTW, they just put the eggs in a bag when you buy them. Good to know. Dolores came from a huge Italian family, and thinks in another life, she was an Italian lady who stayed home, cooked and cleaned. That’s always been a dream of mine. Not really.

Melissa meets the bike guy, saying it will be the two of them if the girls don’t show, but Danielle and Siggy finally join her. Siggy tells us she had her bags packed, but decided to concentrate on the people she loves. I guess that means everyone except Margaret. Danielle says the bike is hurting her who-ha. Siggy is excited about a drama-free day. They stop to take pictures. Today, Siggy is an honorary Italian.

The chef gives the girls aprons, and they start with pasta. He tells them they’re not using a machine, and proceeds to concoct it with his hands. Margaret says no one ever married her for her cooking. My joke has always been that my husband didn’t marry me for my cooking in the kitchen. Dolores is happy, and doesn’t care if the others kill each other at this point. Margaret is concerned about being in the same room with Siggy, since Siggy is a loose cannon. Next is chopping beef for steak tartar. Teresa chops it on a wooden board, and gets splinters in the meat. Apparently, she was a little too enthusiastic, and tells us it’s the first wood she’s seen in a long time. BA-DUM-CHH!

The bicyclists stop for some champagne in the park. Melissa asks Danielle how she and Siggy’s talk went, and she thinks it went well. Siggy can’t get over Margaret’s insensitivity. Melissa says Margaret is harsh, but she’s not a hater, and Siggy overreacts. In her interview, Siggy says she’s never seen people ignore bad behavior (really?), and thinks she expected too much. She says the holocaust is part of who she is. Danielle – who seems to be the new voice of reason – says Siggy has a script of how she wants people to behave, but Margaret doesn’t know her rules. Melissa says they’re not dismissing her feelings, but Margaret has feelings too, and she’s also upset. In her interview, Melissa says Siggy needs to meet Margaret halfway, but she doesn’t think it’s going to happen. The best they can hope for is things not getting worse. She says if you’re going to cry, do it when you have to go back to New Jersey. I second that.

Teresa has visions of shaking the champagne, and squirting the other girls when they come in. Margaret doesn’t know what to say, since it will only be used against her. If the pasta is delicious, Siggy will say she choked on pasta once, and Margaret is trying to kill her. Everyone sits down, and Teresa makes a toast to friendship. Siggy is uncomfortable, and trying to put on a brave face, but hopes Margaret doesn’t talk to her.

Margaret thinks everyone is skirting around the obvious – the last time they ate together, they were thrown out of a restaurant, In her interview, Melissa says Margaret is in the position of damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t. Melissa asks Margaret to come with her to get some water. Outside, she says that Margaret is being quiet, and asks if she’s okay. Margaret says it’s still raw. Melissa tells her about talking to Siggy, and doesn’t know if they got through, but they made an attempt to get her to understand. In her interview, Margaret says if they weren’t such a great group, she would fake her own death.

When they get back to the table, Siggy is in the middle of telling everyone that “Hitler” is a trigger word. Teresa says when she came home, hers was “jail.” In her interview, Margaret says she doesn’t understand Siggy, but won’t use it again. She tells Siggy she didn’t know it would hurt her to her core, and would never have said it had she known. She apologizes, and gets silence. Siggy barely looks at her. I’m just going to say it. Siggy is the biggest, most immature a-hole on the planet. Vote her off the island.

In her interview, Margaret says she gave a genuine, heartfelt apology, and got crickets. Danielle thanks Margaret, and Teresa says it brought tears to her eyes. In her interview, Siggy doesn’t care what Margaret says, she’s not making up. Siggy tells us that you don’t get over a comment like that in 24-hours, so she just concentrated on eating her meal. The next course is announced – steak tartar with woodchips. Ha-ha!

Back at the ranch Teresa’s house, the sink is leaking. Joe #2 arrives to fix it. He asks Milania if she can get him a dry rag, and she tells him he can get it himself. He asks to talk to the girls. He tells them that their mother is going through a lot. She works hard to support them, and they’re not easy. They can actually be a nightmare. He thinks they should do something nice for her birthday, and they decide on a surprise party

Margret says trip has turned into an international incident, and she needs a break from all the emotion. She takes a bubble bath. Siggy decides to spend time with Teresa today. Danielle is going to the shoe factory with Margaret because she’s a shoe geek. Melissa is going for gelato with Dolores.

Melissa tells Teresa they have one last dinner, and she wants to acknowledge what Margaret said.

Siggy admits to Danielle that Margaret said a nice thing. Danielle tells her it took a lot of courage. Siggy said she wanted an apology, but when she got what she wanted, she didn’t return anything. Dolores says if Siggy made amends with Danielle, it’s none of her business, but if Danielle tried to counsel her, she’d throw her ass out.

Danielle asks Margaret if she’s excited about going to the factory. She is, but says she has to put the pedal to the metal to get her shoe line out. Danielle tells her about Siggy, saying that Margaret went out of her comfort zone, and Siggy can’t give back the same thing she wants. Margaret says it wouldn’t be genuine. Siggy aligned her with a hate group, and she doesn’t want apology, but wants Siggy to acknowledge that’s not who she is.

Melissa and Dolores discover that Italy still has phone booths, and take pictures. They’re never making fun of tourists again.

Danielle thinks she might have a shoegasm. Margaret wants to make sure she’s on the same wavelength as the manufacturer. They check out the production department. She asks questions, and finds out that one pair takes three hours to make. She says she might be able to move past that because of the superior craftsmanship. She loves the factory, but the price point turns out to be a little high, so she feels it’s not exactly the right fit. I’m not sure if the pun is intended or not, since Margaret didn’t notice.

Teresa asked the chef to recommend a beautiful place to pray for her mom, and she takes Siggy to where there’s a gorgeous rendering of Jesus. She tells Siggy since she didn’t share the beach memorial with her, she’s sharing this. She doesn’t know what she’s going to do without her mom. Siggy says Teresa being away gave her mom an opportunity to bond with the banshees girls. In her interview, Teresa says she gets angry about the time she missed with her mom, but she’s glad her daughters were able to spend that time with her. She tells us that Siggy really does have a good heart. I think Siggy thinks she does, but it’s very selective. Siggy tells Teresa that she’s been holding a lot in. It started with Margaret calling her “Soggy.” Oh, for the love of all that’s holy. This woman is worse than a dog with a bone. Teresa thought they were done with that. Yeah, so did everybody else, since Siggy said they were. Teresa says she was called an adultery [sic] by Kim D, but Siggy thinks the hurt is the same. In her interview, Teresa doesn’t. She says for one you go to the hospital, and for the other, you put on a Band-Aid. Teresa thinks Margaret doesn’t realize how sensitive Siggy is, but says she did apologize. Wait for it… Siggy says that Margaret should have apologized that night. Teresa tells her, in all the chaos, when would she have been able to? Siggy promises to think about it. I have so many things to say, it would take up volumes. During the commercial, I jet over to the show’s page on Facebook, and many people are thinking the same things, so I refrain from posting, but like a few.

Melissa and Dolores wander around. Dolores says her man doesn’t demand a lot of attention, and it bothers her that he doesn’t care if he doesn’t hear from her in 24-hours. She says at her age, she’s not into just dating, and having Frank around is the best of both worlds. She goes out on dates, then comes home to Frank. They stop to eat. Dolores says having Frank around makes her realize she wants more than David. Melissa brings up Margaret’s apology, and says she was shocked. Siggy looked like she saw a ghost. Dolores tells her that Siggy isn’t emotionally ready to respond. If she wanted to respond in a snobby or nasty way, she would have done it already, but she contained herself. I can actually understand that, but cluing everyone else in might be a thought. Melissa says that Margaret always acts like the bigger person. Siggy called her anti-Semantic, and she needs to take that back. Dolores says she has Siggy’s back, but they need peace. Melissa says she knows why Dolores hangs out with men all the time.

The ladies get dolled up for their last dinner. Melissa stops by Margaret’s room. She can’t believe they’re leaving tomorrow. Melissa says she got Margaret a little something. She appreciates the invite. In her interview, Margaret says she’s glad she was introduced to Melissa. She’s Margaret’s spirit animal. Melissa gifts her with a charm bracelet, with the charms all reminiscent of Milan. Margaret tells Melissa that she was the most positive part of the trip. Melissa says it was good of her to apologize, and Margaret says she didn’t even know there were trigger words until she met Siggy. Melissa hopes Siggy can find it in her heart for taking back her comment to Margaret. She wants it cleaned up before they go back.

The table has a gorgeous fresh flower centerpiece; I think they’re peonies. Teresa says they have a private room in the hotel. If it gets out of control, the damage will be contained. Melissa reminds them that they have an early flight. She says let’s make tonight memorable, and enjoy it. Siggy says last night, Margaret gave a sincere heartfelt apology, and thanks her, saying she needed time to process. She starts getting weepy, and says she doesn’t think anyone should reference Hitler. She must really hate Vincent Bugliosi, who wrote an entire chapter in Helter Skelter about the parallels between Charles Manson and Hitler. Margaret says she’s sorry, but does Siggy genuinely feel she’s anti-Semantic?  Siggy says she wants to believe she’s not, but it wasn’t out of the sky. All the moments she felt attacked, and then the Hitler statement. Siggy doesn’t know where it came from, but if it hurt Margaret’s feelings, she apologizes. In her interview, Margaret says she’s trying to take it the best way possible, but it’s Apology 101. You shouldn’t be sorry for how someone feels, but what you did to make them feel that way. Thank you. My example is, I’m sorry they’re dead, instead of, I’m sorry I murdered them. Margaret says Siggy aligned her with a hate group, and her relationships outside are mostly with Jewish people. A remark like that is relationship ending, career ending, scathing, and hurtful. Siggy says how she felt could ruin her life. Margaret told her she said “Soggy” in the heat of the moment, not thinking it would hurt her, but she doesn’t think so. Melissa thinks Siggy doesn’t understand the gravity of what she said, and it would be a huge leap from that, to her really thinking Margaret is anti-Semantic. Siggy says it’s like she brought Margaret to a wedding, and was deserted at cocktail hour. Oh ho! This is why she’s so unreasonable. She’s jealous that her friends like Margaret. Margaret asks if Siggy thinks she’s always compassionate; she doesn’t always keep to her own rules. Siggy says she’s far from perfect. Margaret says if she gives herself a pass, she needs to give one to others. She would never say something to hurt her on purpose. In her interview, Margaret thinks she had no choice; she was forced to bond with the others, and Siggy realizes she’s here to stay. Teresa says all of them are friends. Dolores says let things mend, and it will all be good. Who would have thought Teresa and Danielle would make up? On that note, Margaret invites everyone to her Studio 54 disco birthday party, and everyone gets all excited.

Next time, Teresa poses, Margaret talks to her ex about the kids, Teresa apologizes to Danielle’s children, and Melissa has a not-listening-to-anyone attitude.

🎄 Cue the Shark Music…

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December 13, 2017 – Jason Asks Drew for Help, New Jersey Goes to Milan & Star Deferred

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What I Watched Today

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

 

 

General Hospital

Here’s my excuse for missing the very beginning. I’d read there was going to be a press conference at 3 pm, which was no surprise since interrupting GH is de rigueur for Washington DC. I usually feed my dogs what I like to call luncheon just before the show, and took my sweet time, especially with my little old girl, who doesn’t see as well as she used to and sometimes needs help. The joke was on me. There was no conference. Not televised anyway. Luckily, I didn’t miss much.

Ava and Julian go to Kelly’s. Ava says the last time she was at the MetroCourt, she got a dressing down of epic proportions. If it was just Sonny and Carly, she could handle it, but stares follow her everywhere. Julian asks if a doctor can finish what was started, but she says not legally, and the ones who will risk it aren’t exactly the cream of the crop. Julian suggests investigating further, but she says it’s not worth it. Griff made her see reason, and he’s the one who has to look at her. He accepts her, and her life – most of it anyway. Julian says, just not her brother.

Monica tells Ned that both Jason and Drew love Sam and the children. They’ll find a way to co-exist. Ned thinks he hears the sound of Tracy, cackling from across the ocean. He’d like nothing more than for them to get along, but he’d also like turkey on Thanksgiving; some things are not meant to be. He says the Quartermaines are a study in conflict, and it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Monica thanks him for the pep talk. She leaves to answer the door, and Olivia-Q asks Ned if it would kill him to be supportive.

It’s Sam at the door. She was surprised Monica wasn’t at the hospital, and Monica says she’s taken a mental health day. She can’t imagine how difficult this whole thing is for Sam. Sam says she’s fine. The person she’s worried about is Drew.

Jason is trying to figure out what got him and Drew to this point. He tells Drew he has a lead on the backer. It’s Caesar Faison, who shot him. He checked the police files, and they had divers in the water within fifteen minutes of the shooting, yet there was no sign of him. Someone picked him up, and whoever did it, probably has the resources to take a Navy SEAL without a trace. Drew wonders what he would get out of it. Jason doesn’t know, but he has Spinelli working on it, and found out Faison was in Port Charles yesterday.

Kim is ready to really talk if Oscar wants to. Oscar tries to blow her off, saying it’s fine, and they can talk later. She tells him that she should have been straight from the beginning, and he asks, why wasn’t she?

Nelle, Sonny, Carly, and Michael sit down to discuss the impending birth, with Nelle ordering food like she’s having quintuplets. She tells Michael he’s being so formal. They’re not talking about a money transfer; it’s a baby. Michael says he’ll cover all medical expenses, if it’s proven to be his, and the bills can be sent to his office. Then they can hash out a fair custody agreement post birth. Nelle remarks that he only seems to be taking care of his child, so, no deal.

Olivia asks Ned if she doesn’t get to have opinions. He says he loves her opinions; it’s one of the reasons he married her, but she’s not seeing the big picture.

Sam tells Monica that Drew could use her. No guilt trip, but he doesn’t have a lot of people in his corner. Monica says she’ll get in touch with him today, but wishes she could do more than just listen. Sam says that’s enough. Monica asks how Sam is, adding that Drew isn’t the only one who had the rug pulled out from under her. Sam says it’s a lot. Every time they think they have a handle on it, another shoe drops. She says she doesn’t know if it’s her place to tell Monica, but in finding out Drew had a life before Port Charles, they found out he has a son. Monica has another grandchild.

Kim doesn’t know where to start, and Oscar suggests where they met. She tells him it was in San Diego, where she was going her internship. His father was stationed there, and they knew he was going to be deployed. She also didn’t know where her residency would take her, so they agreed when the time came to say goodbye, they would leave it at that. Oscar asks if she loved him, and she says given time, she thinks she could have. By the time she found out she was pregnant, he was already overseas. She had no way to contact him, since his whereabouts were a secret. Oscar was born, and she felt their family was complete. There was never going to be a dad in the picture, so she thought there was no need to talk about him. She was kind of relieved Drew didn’t know. Oscar asks why, and she says because they were a team; Kim and Oscar against the world. She didn’t want that to change, but knows now that it has to.

Drew asks what Faison was doing in Port Charles, and Jason says traveling with his daughter. Britt got tired of running, and stayed behind. She told him that her father has no interest in going after Sam and the kids, and he figures she has no reason to lie. What good would it do her? Faison could also care less about Jason and his family. He thought Jason was dead. Apparently, he was supposed to be killed after the switch took place, but Faison was double-crossed. Drew doesn’t see how this affects him and his family.

Nelle says Michael is committing to the child, but not her. How is she supposed to take care of the baby properly? Carly says it’s called a job, but Nelle says she tried that, but thanks to Carly and her friends, it hasn’t worked out very well. She asks if she’s supposed to live in a hovel, and Michael says he won’t sell the apartment. She says it’s going to be stress on her body and the baby all day, and she’s already down one kidney. Michael says having a baby should be safe for her, and plenty of women work while pregnant. She says not the ones carrying his child. If he refuses to make her life easier, he’ll regret it. He can be involved, but it will be from a distance. Michael asks if she’ll be leaving town, and she says faster than you can say “child abandonment.”

Michael says she can’t keep him away, and Nelle says she didn’t say she would. Port Charles has been less than hospitable, and her prospects are dwindling. Don’t get her started about the winters. She might want to try her luck somewhere else. Michael asks what she wants, and she tells him to make an offer. Sonny says there’s nowhere he can’t find her, and she asks what he’s going to do? Keep her prisoner? He tells her she doesn’t want to find out. Sonny needs to watch it, or he’s going to get the reputation of being some kind of tyrant when it comes to the babies in his family.

Ava tells Julian that Griff didn’t give her an ultimatum. He can’t have a relationship with Julian, but he’d never tell her that she couldn’t. She can thread this needle, she just has to keep things separate. Julian says she shouldn’t have to play referee. She tells him to sit back and calm down. He’s her brother, and families stick together.

Sam tells Monica that Drew’s son is Oscar Nero. Monica says she just hired a Nero, and Sam says that’s Oscar’s mother. Josslyn and Oscar made the connection. She thinks they’re dating, and Monica thinks that should keep it interesting. Monica asks if Drew and Oscar have met, and Sam says briefly, but it was before they knew. Monica says two new additions to the family within a week. Sam says it must feel like a miracle, and Monica asks how it feels to her?

Kim tells Oscar it might be good to have a man in his life at this point, and he has the right to know his father. He doesn’t know what to think, and she tells him that it’s his decision. She’ll support him no matter what. He asks what if it’s a mistake, and she says they’ll deal with it together. From what she knew back in the day, and heard since she’s been here, he seems like a good guy; very open to getting to know him and being in his life.

Jason believes Britt is telling the truth. Whatever Faison was doing was blown to hell, and he’s running. Drew says that’s not enough; he needs to be stopped. Jason tells him that Spinelli is trying to find out more information. Jason does think there’s someone who might know what happened – Drew. They had him for three months before they got Jason. He might know more than he realizes. Drew says thanks to Andre, all of his memories are Jason’s.

Ned tells Olivia his issue isn’t Jason’s return, but what it means to ELQ. Olivia doesn’t give a damn, but cares about Michael. Ned say they haven’t always agreed on how to run things, but until now, the playing field was level. Now that went out the window. Olivia says it’s wonderful for the Quartermaines, but not so much for ELQ.

Nelle tells Sonny that he doesn’t scare her. He says she’s either bluffing or stupid; probably both. Michael suggest they work this out. Nelle says they might not like the terms, but she doesn’t care. It’s her body and her baby, and the decision is up to her. If Michael wants to be a father, he has to do better. She says she’s lost her appetite, and gets up. Michael asks her to wait, but she says she can’t. After she leaves, Carly tells him not to give in. Michael tells her to let him do it his way for the baby’s sake.

Oscar tells Kim that he’d be lying if he said he didn’t think about what having father would be like. He’s thought it would be cool; someone to hang with, and talk about stuff. Not that he can’t talk to her. She tells him not to feel guilty. He says for all he knows, it could suck. Drew might not want to be dad. She reminds Oscar that Drew has a daughter, but he says maybe he doesn’t want a teenage son. Kim says she’d be surprised, but the decision is up to him. She thinks he should give it a try. Oscar is worried that they won’t like the same things, or Drew might not like him.

Jason tells Drew if the mapping project was perfect, Drew would be just like him, but he made different choices. That could mean he’s still in there somewhere. Drew says it’s possible, but they have no way of accessing his memories. He tells Jason that it’s not like he hasn’t thought about him, or has no sympathy, but when he showed up, everything Drew believed, felt, and knew was true, was stripped from him. In return, the only thing he got was a service record.

Sam tells Monica she hadn’t thought about herself. She’s been focused on Drew, and will be happy if they can work it out. She doesn’t know how to deal with a teenage boy, but she’s had experience with the girls in the family. Monica says that not once has she uttered the word “Jason.” Sam says she came to talk about Drew; he’s her husband, and she loves him. Monica says he also has another family, including a son. Is she wondering if he goes back, will it give her the freedom to be with Jason?

Julian decides to change the subject, and asks Ava when she last saw Avery? Ava says it’s been a long time, but nothing is ever hopeless. She has to wait for an opportunity, and seize it when she it comes along. Julian has to meet with Scotty, and Ava says to tell him to step up his game. Julian says he’s been surprisingly competent, and she hopes that trend continues. Julian leaves, and Ava sees Nelle at the counter. She says hello, and tells Nelle she looks really good. Nelle says she’s probably noticing her glow. They’re about to be related, in a way. Avery is going to be an aunt.

Michael says he doesn’t care any more about Nelle than Sonny does about Ava. Nelle thinks she hit the jackpot. He can’t let her do that, but he doesn’t want what happened to Avery happen with his baby. He doesn’t want a tug-of-war legal battle. There has to be a better way, and  he’ll find it prior to the child being born, since Nelle won’t.

Kim thinks the possibility of Drew not liking Oscar is slim. Oscar is smart, interesting, kind, and compassionate. What’s not to like? Oscar says they seems so different, but Kim tells him to name a family that’s made up of carbon copies. Maybe Drew is a guy’s guy, and likes football and hanging out in a man cave. Maybe he’s never heard Mozart, but that doesn’t mean he can’t appreciate it, or Oscar. All they need to have in common is to be good people. Oscar says he’s going to go for it. What does he have to lose? Kim says whatever happens, she has him.

Drew tells Jason that he stared at the service jacket for days, but noting. He can’t remember a name, face, sound or smell. He can’t think of anything, even why he served. What makes Jason think he can pull out something out about Faison? Jason tells Drew that he has brain damage. The first twenty years of his life is gone, and he’s never getting it back. Drew’s memories are just buried. Maybe he can still find them. Drew thinks it would be easier if he could flip a switch, but even if he could, is that really his life anymore? Jason understands, and thanks Drew for his time. Drew tells him that if he gets a lead and wants help, he wants Jason to know that he will.

Sam tells Monica everyone’s making it a bigger deal than it is. Drew and Kim barely knew each other. They had a son; it’s not like they had a family, like with her and Jason. Sam says she can’t say Jason’s name, let alone be around him. The memories come back, and she doesn’t know what to do with that. Monica asks if her feelings toward Drew have changed, and she says no. He’s her husband and she loves him. They’ve built a life together, but how is she supposed to go on? Monica thinks eventually things will come to a head.

Monica comes back to the living room, and Ned asks who was at the door. Monica tells him it was Sam. Olivia asks how she’s doing, and Monica says, overwhelmed. Michael comes in and says he has news. Ned asks if it’s sit down news, or popping champagne news? Michael says that depends. He’s going to be a father.

Carly says it’s all well and good, but at the end of the day, Nelle is having a baby, and she doesn’t trust her. Sonny doesn’t like it, but Michael said he can handle it. He adds, unless it becomes necessary for him to step in. He tells Carly she can’t overreact. If he takes action, everything will change.

Ava congratulates Nelle, and asks if there will be wedding bells. Nelle says, no; that’s not likely. They’re not in the best place. The only worse place is with his parents. Ava says, oh, the wrath of Sonny and Carly – her condolences. Nelle says she has to prepare herself for going forward; it could be just her and the baby; no family or friends. Ava says not as long as she’s around, and suggests they talk.

Monica tells Michael it complicates things, but it’s wonderful news. Olivia says she’ll have another baby to spoil, and Ned says that Cousin Leo can push him around. Monica says they have yet another addition, and Ned asks if there’s another Jason. Monica and I both go, ha-ha! She says apparently, Drew has a son, Oscar. Michael asks if she means Josslyn’s boyfriend, and she says she does. The family is growing by leaps and bounds.

Kim has to get to work. She tells Oscar that she’s sorry for not telling him the truth, and that he had to find out on his own. When she gets out in the hallway, her phone rings. She tells the caller that she has appointments, but understands. She’ll see them shortly. I’m hoping she’s not in on a scam of some kind.

Sam stands around on the docks. No surprise, Jason shows up. He approaches her. The look at each other with soap opera stares.

Drew goes to see Oscar.

Jason asks Sam not to walk away. Talk to him.

Tomorrow, Anna tells Finn to decline Cassandra’s offer; Valentin tells Cassandra that Windemere is off-limits, and Kim wants nothing to do with Monica.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey

Melissa gets ready to go to Milan. She tells Joe #2 she’s going for business, but hopes that the change of scenery helps the girls mend fences. Since Italy is for lovers, she wishes he was coming.

Margaret says, the higher the heel, the better you feel. She tells her staff that the fashion show got ugly, and she wants it to blow over. No international incidents.

Siggy begs Michael for help with packing. She wants to spend one-on-one time with Teresa, Melissa, and Dolores. She wants to call Margaret out on her Hitler reference. She’s like a broken record. She fixates on something and it never goes away. Now that I think about it, that seems to be a Housewives trademark. Siggy says Italy isn’t the place to bring up this huge elephant though, insuring that she will.

Teresa says it’s bittersweet, since the last time she was in Italy was with the whole family. Her father says he’s charging her three hundred bucks a night for staying with the kids. I’m pretty certain he’s kidding, but I wouldn’t blame him.

Dolores is excited. She doesn’t know where they all stand, but it’s still nice to go with them. Wow. Desperate.

We’re already in Milan. Fastest. Airplane ride. Ever. Melissa has visions of handsome men tossing prosciutto into their mouths as they walk by. Melissa and Margaret have a meeting to go to, and the rest plan their day. Melissa and Margaret have the presidential suite, and Melissa has them draw for the other rooms, which are just as grand. Everything is huge and very Italian. Margaret and Melissa head for a showroom. Dolores just wants pasta. She and Siggy go shopping, while Teresa and Danielle decide to go to a restaurant.

Danielle tells Teresa that she modeled there when she was younger. Teresa tells her she was pregnant with Milania when she was there last time. She brought her mother’s rosary beads to bring her along. Teresa misses her, but feels like her mother is right beside her. They sightsee a little, and go for a drink. They toast to Teresa’s dad, and Teresa tries to drink through the stirrer. Danielle wants to get along with everyone, but feels like there’s an elephant in the room. She says Dolores thinks she hasn’t done anything wrong. Teresa says Dolores told her that she went off on Kim D., but Danielle finds it hard to believe, since it didn’t happen when they were there.

Dolores thinks Danielle is deceptive, and Siggy thinks Margaret goes out of her way to be offensive, making it hard for her to enjoy Italy. Dolores says Margaret owes her an apology.

Melissa and Margaret discuss Dolores getting in Melissa’s face at the fashion show. Melissa tells Margaret either Dolores dismisses her completely, or an explosion happens. In her interview, Melissa suggests the trip is like a ticking time bomb, and she’s dreading it.

The showroom has a giant unicorn in the middle of it. Melissa tells the designer (?) she likes classy, but sexy, and is shown some merchandise. In her interview, she talks about having to rebuild the store from nothing, after splitting with her partner. We flash back to the place emptied out. She admits to buying more stuff for her closet than the store, but says store is her closet. Melissa says, one for me, one for the store.

Margaret pops some champagne, and it goes everywhere. Danielle comes by, and Teresa tells Melissa about seeing the cathedral. Danielle talks to Margaret about the elephant. Teresa thought she and Siggy made up, but Danielle is right. Siggy should have stuck up for her in front of her. Melissa says she hates bringing stuff up. Margaret says things could get heated.

The ladies gather for dinner. Dolores says the pit in her stomach isn’t there, but you never know. On the way to the restaurant, they discuss being hangry, a condition from which I suffer, and is now recognized by spellcheck. They have a semi-private table, with a preset menu. Since we’re five, the girls play with the candle wax from the table candles. The drinks arrive. Dolores says she might get drunk. Danielle explains how to give a man a rainbow. If you don’t know what that is, google it. I’m not explaining.

Joe #1 emails Teresa, jokingly calling her cheater. Siggy doesn’t find it funny, and decides to bring up the elephant. What did I say? In her interview, Melissa says, told you – tick, tick, tick, boom! Siggy insists she defended Teresa 100%. Danielle says they didn’t see it, so who knows? Melissa says Kim D. was screaming and yelling at Teresa, and all she did was ask them if they were still walking in the show. Then she does a spot-on impression of Dolores getting an inch from her face, and says that’s what she got. Dolores says she felt bad when it was over. In her interview, Melissa says she was shamed like she was in grade school, and doesn’t know what kind of friendship Dolores is used to, but she doesn’t roll with that. Dolores says she and Teresa went against them with Margaret and Danielle, proving Melissa’s point that this is grade schoolish. Siggy says the argument Margaret used Hitler as a comparison wasn’t appropriate, and asks for a show of hands. All she gets is several women trying to explain what an analogy is. In her interview, Margaret says, deflect much? Kim D.’s only goal in life is to destroy Teresa and Melissa. How is she supposed to make an analogy about evil without using someone who is? Margaret tells Siggy that her husband and kids are Jewish. Siggy says she knows plenty of people who have married Jewish people who hate Jews. What?! Margaret says this is bullsh*t, and Siggy calls her anti-Semitic. After a beat of dead silence, it starts to get loud, and quickly escalates to stupid and nasty.

Siggy says, tell the bitch to sit down, referring either to Margaret or Danielle. In her interview, Margaret says Siggy doesn’t want the focus on her, because she doesn’t want to take responsibility for her actions. Siggy gets up, saying she’s not listening to Danielle. She’s known Teresa for ten seconds, and she doesn’t need Margaret or Danielle to understand her. She tells Danielle to stay out of it, calling her disgusting and a bitch. Danielle calls Siggy a bitch, a hypocrite, and a liar, and starts throwing things around. In her interview, Teresa says she called Danielle a “prostitution whore,” and flipped a table on her, but she’s never seen her this mad. Danielle and Teresa start to leave, and Siggy yells, go to jail! and, act like a lady! Melissa tells her to stop her mouth. On her way out, Margaret says they should go back to the United States. In her interview, Margaret says they’re constantly attacking her and Danielle, and not sticking up for Teresa and Melissa. Outside, Dolores tells Siggy to calm down and take a walk with her.

Margaret says Siggy knows she’s not anti-Semitic, and when she’s insecure, she resorts to name calling and taking potshots. Siggy says Teresa and Melissa not standing up for her about Margaret’s Hitler statement is beyond shocking. In her interview, Margaret says there’s nothing more vile than character assassination. She tells Teresa that their spat has turned into and all out war, and it’s going to have an epic ending.

Margaret, Teresa, and Danielle meet in the morning. Margaret says she was on the phone with Joe #3 all night. She’d thought they were fine, and should have listened to Danielle. Melissa joins. Danielle says that Siggy goes for the jugular with Margaret. In her interview, Danielle says that when Siggy dismissed her, it was a trigger for her. We flash back to some other times Danielle was triggered. She tells them that Siggy is always bragging about what a good friend she is to them; she must have missed something.

Dolores visits Siggy, who’s had no sleep. She doesn’t understand why Margaret wouldn’t admit that her remark was in poor taste. She knows Margaret isn’t anti-Semitic, but she’s ignorant.

Melissa tells the ladies that she’s booked a canal tour. Danielle has decided to lay low for the day and regroup. Melissa says Siggy isn’t coming, but Dolores is, and Danielle is like, omg, they’re separating?

Dolores tells Siggy that she’s going on the tour. Melissa comes by to tell Dolores it’s time to get ready. She asks Siggy how she’s doing, and Siggy is upset about last night. Melissa suggests she talk to Danielle. Siggy says she wasn’t dismissing her. She was mad at Margaret, and took it out on her. Siggy calls Danielle, telling her she wants to talk and clear the air. Danielle agrees to meet.

In the limo, Margaret says the need a mellow day. Teresa suggests a restaurant with separate rooms. Margaret says it’s too bad it has to be this way. Dolores has made a pact to stop, and apologizes. In her interview, she still doesn’t think it was wrong to walk in the fashion show, but doesn’t want to talk to her friends that way. She makes it clear that she doesn’t feel badly about Danielle though; she provokes.

Joes #2 and #3, meet with Frank, and Danielle’s boyfriend, Marty. They talk about their kids, and Joe #2 is at a loss about his daughter, since the boys will be after her. Marty thinks as long as she knows his concern, he just has to hope for the best. Joe #3 talks about his daughter sneaking out. Frank says trust her, but not the guys. Joe #2 says never mind their daughters, their women got kicked out of a restaurant in Italy. Frank doesn’t think it would be too funny if they got a call from jail.

The guide tells the girls stuff about the canal. Melissa addresses someone in half Italian, half Spanish. The ladies remark on how cute the guides are, and take pictures on a bridge. In her interview, Margaret says good thing Miss Crazy Pants isn’t there creating a scene or slandering people, but she misses Danielle.

Siggy meets Danielle on the terrace. She apologizes about being dismissive; it was uncalled for, and she didn’t deserve it. Danielle says Siggy has hurt her feelings before, but she became unhinged. She saw red, and she doesn’t want to see that color again. She introduced Margaret to everyone, and doesn’t know how they got to that place. Siggy says Margaret has done nothing but attack her. She knew about her hysterectomy, and called her Soggy. (sigh) The Hitler reference was hurtful to her, and once again, Margaret hit a nerve. Danielle says because Margaret isn’t there, she needs to say that she hasn’t seen that kind of intention. Not to demean what she went through, but it would have been better for Siggy to just say she didn’t like it, and pick another analogy. Siggy says she’s sorry she took it out on Danielle. She thinks Margaret’s energy doesn’t work with her. Danielle thinks it’s probably the same with Margaret. In her interview, Danielle says Margaret is one of the good ones, and she’ll always have her back, no matter what. She tells Siggy that she’s still hurt, but baby steps. They hug.

Melissa feels touristy and warm inside. They sit down for lunch. Dolores wishes everyone was there, and by that, I’m sure she means Siggy. Melissa says she talked to Siggy, and there has to be a way. She mentions that Siggy listens to Dolores more, but Dolores says Siggy has her own deal. Teresa asks if she thinks Margaret is anti-Semitic, and Dolores says no, but she thinks Margaret is anti-Siggy. Margaret says she wasn’t until last night. Dolores says Margaret wants to make a point about things she doesn’t know the dynamics of. In her interview, Dolores accuses Margaret of stirring the pot. She tells Margaret that she might have reacted the same way, but Margaret doubts it. Dolores says she doesn’t like being pitted against someone, and Margaret is pushing the limit; she’s getting annoyed. Do she and Siggy make up parallel bizarro worlds in their heads? Teresa tells Dolores that she thinks because Siggy doesn’t like Margaret, she’s not giving her a chance. Dolores says while she doesn’t appreciate how Margaret “handles” Siggy, that’s not the case. Okay, maybe she and Siggy are both just full of it. In her interview, Margaret says that Siggy could be holding a bloody knife, saying she didn’t do it, and Dolores would back her up. Dolores says in her honest opinion, Margaret and Siggy can never be friends. Melissa thinks the trip is going to be horrendous. Teresa says they’re like oil and vinegar, and after a moment in which everyone takes that in, they correct her. Now that was funny.

Siggy calls Michael. She feels like it’s hard to explain what she’s going through with Margaret. Everyone is making her feel like there’s something wrong with her. That’s because there is. Michael says Margaret doesn’t like her. Siggy needs to take her own advice, and walk away from a toxic situation. His advice is to come home. Siggy says she’s done, and Michael tells her if she doesn’t put stop to it, he will. She says coming home.

Next time, champagne, a bike ride, cooking, Joe #2 has a sit-down with his girls, Siggy cries some more, and Margaret takes an informal poll about her being anti-Semitic.

🔊 Tonight’s Watch What Happens Live gave us a wonderful, appropriate quote for this show:

Kim D is in fact, a cockroach.Michael Rappaport

⭐ Star tomorrow; tired tonight.

😒 But I Have This…

Kim Gorga’s Ex Business Partner Fails to Get Attention with Lawsuit

https://pagesix.com/2017/12/12/melissa-gorgas-ex-business-partner-fails-to-get-attention-with-lawsuit/

😝 Ah-ha! in Nelson voice.

Siena Cathedral

Siena Cathedral

 

 

 

 

 

December 6, 2017 – Curtis Brings on the Ho-Ho-Ho, Another Posche Debacle, a Bit of Star & a Hippie Thursday

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What I Watched Today

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

 

 

General Hospital

Ned apologizes for making Alexis come over and being insensitive. She says they all need to process everything. She opens the door and Julian is standing there. He says he’s not stalking her or trespassing. He’s there to see Olivia-Q. Olivia asks what he wants, and he says, his son.

Carly is making out cards, and tells Sonny they have lots of people to catch up with. Sonny asks if he can’t have one day without conspiracies, mysteries, bad guys, or stationery. A day to enjoy his wife, his kids, and Christmas.

Jordan asks Curtis if he’s ready to do this. He wonders how this became his job, and she says there’s no one else she trusts. He’s dressed like Santa, and does a ho-ho-ho.

Michael takes Rocco to see Santa. Nelle comes out dressed as an elf. She says she’s Santa’s helper, and anyone who wants to see him has to go through her.

Lulu tells Maxie that Operation Sweet Smell of Defeat is a go, and they’ll be out of the hazmat suits soon. They just have to wear them long enough to get in, get the scoop, and get out. Maxie says she feels like she’s been wearing it long enough for corsets to make a comeback. She tells Lulu no offense, but Sam is probably focused on which Jason she’s going to be with, and not finding a place for Lulu in the company.

At the station, Dante questions the credential of the Naval lawyer, who tells him the warrant stands for itself. In the interrogation room, Sam tells Drew that they’re arguing the letter of the law with the lawyer, but it’s just a stall. If they don’t come up with something, he’s going to be court marshaled. Drew says, for leaving a life he didn’t know he had.

Olivia asks if Julian has been released, and Alexis says it’s conditional, and he’s getting a new trial. Ned is sure he’ll be guilty again. Julian hears Leo on the monitor. Ned tells him not to do anything stupid, and goes upstairs. Olivia says if he does, Diane will have him back in Pentonville. She has sole custody since he was convicted, and he has no right to be near her son.

On the phone, The Intruder dude says he has photos, texts, and an adult Teddy Ruxpin costume. Lulu and Maxie knock on the door, telling him he has to evacuate since ammonium sulfide has gotten into the air. They push him out of the office. Lulu says they have to work fast, before he figures out that’s the chemical name for stink bomb. She starts to go through the files.

Michael tells Rocco that every CEO counts on their employees, and the elves are Santa’s eyes and ears. Rocco goes to get hot chocolate, and Michael says he sees Nelle is putting her professional experience with kids to good use. She tells him she can’t be picky, and he says she’ll land on her feet. She says she always does, no matter who tries to keep her down.

Sonny kisses Carly. He suggests they bundle up Avery, and get some holiday cheer. She’s all for a drama-free day, but doesn’t think it can be delivered. He says everything is good, and it’s all settled. She tells him nothing is settled.

Drew tells Sam that he didn’t see this coming. Sam says he’s not a deserter. He was kidnapped by a most wanted criminal. He says a lot of what he did was classified. He doesn’t know where he was sent or what he did, but he sure the Navy doesn’t want him sharing it. Sam says they’re looking at him as a traitor, and he tells her that they’ll transport him to a secure location, and debrief him. This might be a problem, since he doesn’t remember what he’s supposed to know or who he told.

Olivia asks Alexis to tell Julian to scram. She says he’s got grown kids to visit, and asks if they slammed the door in his face. They want nothing to do with him, and neither does Leo. Leo doesn’t remember him, and he’s nothing to Leo. Julian hears Leo call Ned “daddy” on the monitor. Olivia says he’s a non-entity in Leo’s life. Why doesn’t he do what’s best for everyone, and stay far away? Alexis says she’ll give him some free advice. His mere presence there jeopardizes his chance of acquittal, not to mention any chance of release. He says it’s not that simple, and she says it is for her.

Carly tells Sonny that Drew is determined to keep everything that belongs to Jason, and Jason won’t fight. He tells her to give everyone a minute. Maybe he’ll see that they weren’t siding against him. Their friend came back, and they’re honoring that friendship, but they’re still his friend too. Carly says he feels like they betrayed him. She doesn’t know how to fix that, and show him they’re still friends. Sonny says Drew can’t figure out who they are to him, until he figures out who he is.

Dante tells the Naval lawyer that Drew is part of an ongoing case, but the lawyer says he has to bring him back for dereliction of duty. I guess they never bothered looking for him? Sam tells Drew that the most important thing is to keep him in Port Charles. The Navy could take him anywhere, and not disclose it. They have to stop it before it starts. He tells her that whatever happens, and no matter how long it takes, he’ll find his way back to her. She says she’s counting on that. The Navy guys come in

Jordan tells Curtis that he’s got to go in alone; the Navy is taking his friend away. He wants to go with her, but she tells him to stay and entertain the kids. There’s nothing he can do right now. She’s going to protect her turf. She says if any brazen elves get within mistletoe distance, they’ll have to answer to her.

Michael asks Nelle how the apartment is, and she says it feels a little big without him. He suggests putting up a temporary wall, and getting a roommate to save on rent, but she doesn’t think it’s come to that yet.

Maxie asks if Lulu is sure the bomb isn’t toxic, and she says only smelly. Maxie holds her nose, and Lulu tells her to use both hands to look. Maxie says it’s taking too long. Lulu asks if she’s resigned to not knowing who tipped the intruder off. Maxie says if it means saving her hair from smelling like a cesspool, yes. Babies are expensive. She can’t afford using a paycheck to fix her hair. Lulu says she’s a genius. Look for paystubs or a checkbook. The article quoted an anonymous source; they can see how the source was paid. Lulu goes through a folder and finds something. She tells Maxie it even says Ask Man Landers tip. It’s a check for $10K made out to Nelle Benson.

Lulu wonders why Nelle would sell them out. Maxie says the answer is in the dollar signs. It takes two hands to count how many jobs Nelle has been fired from, and Crimson was the last one. It’s probably how she found out. Lulu says she has an exposé to write, and Maxie has some choice words for Nelle. They’re met at the door by The Intruder dude and two other men.

Maxie and Lulu sit in a jail cell. Nathan asks what they were thinking, and Dante asks why they smell so bad.

Michael tells Nelle that he’s flexible if she has a problem with the rent. She says they’re in an awkward place right now, but she has the feeling they’ll make things work, and be in each other’s lives for a long time. Sonny and Carly show up with Avery. Rocco comes back, and Michael says he’s not used to Sonny being called grandpa. Carly says better him than her, and Nelle tells her she’s very suited to the title. Ouch. Curtis comes out as Santa, doing his ho-ho-ho thing. Nelle is left with Carly. Nelle says she loves this time of year, so much possibility. She doesn’t get depressed, since her luck can change at any moment. Carly says as long as it has nothing to do with Michael, and Nelle says that’s up to him. Carly tells her not to mistake his cheer; he’s seen the real her. Nelle looks forward to resetting her expectations, and Carly asks what that’s supposed to mean.

Olivia tells Julian to go before it gets ugly. He says if he leaves, he’s abandoning Leo, and if he stays, the cops will drag him out. He tells her it’s not cut and dried. Look how it almost turned out with Dante. One day Leo will come to him, and he’ll tell him the truth. Ned comes down with Leo, and Julian says he’s leaving. Olivia tells him they’re going to the park to see Santa, and to meet them there.

Sam tells the Naval lawyer that he’s making a mistake. Drew did nothing wrong; he was kidnapped. Drew tells her it’s okay, and to take care of the kids and herself. Alexis walks in, and tells them to uncuff Drew. The lawyer asks who she is, and she says the woman in charge of taking them down, and he’s her client.

Maxie tells Nathan and Dante not to look at her; it was Lulu’s idea. Lulu says they had to buy uninterrupted time, and couldn’t break in, since that’s illegal. Dante is like, so you chose noxious fumes instead? She tells him it was harmless, and he says to tell that to Homeland Security. She says they did this for Nathan. Maxie says they know who almost got them busted for fraud – Nelle.

Nelle goes to do her elf thing, and Sonny joins Carly. Carly wonders what Nelle knows that would turn her world upside down, but Sonny says it’s not the right time. Avery wants picture with Santa. I have to mention that there’s been a jump in all these children’s ages.

The Naval lawyer tells Alexis it won’t help the circumstances in the long run. Alexis says it’s due process. They have a warrant for Andrew Kane, but they’ve yet to see physical evidence that contradicts he’s not Jason. She shows them the folder, and says Andrew doesn’t even look like him. The lawyer says they’ve been apprised of the twin theory, but Alexis says his legal name is Jason Morgan. The lawyer snarks that he probably changed his face so he could enjoy his new life. Yeah, he’s been having a real ball. Sam says he was in a terrible accident. Jordan arrives, and isn’t willing to have him removed from her jurisdiction. He’s connected with a WSB most wanted criminal, and is their only lead to the whereabouts of Faison. I get excited all over again.

Michael welcomes everyone to Christmas in the Park. He thanks the parks department, and Ned thanks the sponsors, saying they’ve donated $50K to underprivileged children. Sonny sees Julian, and tells Carly they were supposed to come here to get away from trouble. He asks what Julian is doing there. Olivia tells him it’s a conditional release. His sister’s confession that she extorted him got him another trial. Sonny tells Julian to be careful on the icy roads; accidents happen. I wonder if Sonny has the power to make ice on the roads, since it’s in the 50s. They take the kids’ photos with Santa, and Olivia is obviously not happy in the photo with Julian. She suggests they take an extended family photo. Nelle takes the picture, and Julian pops his head in between Ned and Olivia. It’s actually a pretty funny scene. I like when they take pictures.

Jordan has a judge’s order and can’t relinquish custody. The Naval lawyer says for a half hour; he’ll have a word with the judge, and Drew better be there when he gets back. Sam tells Alexis she’s amazing, but Alexis says hold her applause. They have less time for a save than a pizza delivery.

Lulu tells Dante and Nathan they found a five-figure check made out to Nelle. Dante hopes she didn’t take the stub, and she says she says of course not. She took a picture; they’re not thieves. Nathan tells them they’re free to go. He only had to promise to take Maxie to Cabo. Maxie asks Nathan if he’s really mad. He says no, and she says that she’ll see him at home. He tells her to shower first.

Michael says Lulu was supposed to pick up Rocco, but Olivia says he can come home with them. Julian tells Ned to get used to him being around. He intends to be a presence in his son’s life. Leo is going to call him “dad.”

Michael thanks Curtis for taking the hit, and he says it’s his pleasure. Curtis tells Nelle that she did a good job wrangling the kids. He leaves, and Michael says he can take it from there. Nelle says it’s not his job. He says it’s his event, and she admits she could use a break. He says that’s what are friends for.

Back at home, Olivia tells Ned that Santa wore the kids out. Ned asks if Leo wondered about the strange man who crashed his visit with Santa. Olivia asks how mad he is, and he says he’s not mad; he’s perplexed. Julian has minimal legal standing, he’s on conditional release, and wearing an ankle monitor. It would have been a win to have him arrested. Olivia says she’s a coward. Ned says she is not. She’s fearless, strong, and gutsy; she even stood up to Monica. She says she’s a coward when comes to her kids. She can’t stand the thought that they might not love her. If Dante had been a different kind of person, it would have been a tragedy. She lied his entire life. Because of it, he went undercover, gathering information on a man he didn’t know was his father, and Sonny shot a man he didn’t know was his son. That Dante survived was a miracle, and an even bigger one was that he forgave her. She has to do better with Leo. She can’t pretend Julian doesn’t exist. Ned says it sounds like a plan to him. She asks what happens when grows up, and wants to know his father? He’ll look for Julian, and will find him. How does he think Julian will handle it? He’ll whine about how much he wanted to be father, and how Olivia kept him from it. He’ll make it Leo’s job to love and save him, and she’s not letting that happen. Ned asks what the alternative is, and she says minimal contact. Ideally, he’ll be in prison, but it’s better for Leo to know the truth than have an idealized picture. Ned says she’s not only fearless and beautiful, but incredibly wise. She says she’s lucky she married him. They kiss.

Maxie and Lulu arrive at the park, and Maxie says it looks like it’s all over. Lulu can’t believe she missed it. She gets text from Olivia saying Leo is with her. Maxie says what a shame; let’s go to the spa not. She can’t think, and needs her wits to go to battle with Nelle. She says, speaking of the skank…

Curtis hunts down Jordan at the station, and she explains she was called in to deal with Drew. He wonders why Maxie and Lulu were hauled in, and what is that smell?

Carly tells Sonny so much for a Christmas outing. He says next time he has a bright idea, remind him of today’s events. She wants to finish her cards, and says she just has Sam and Drew left. Sonny asks her to let him write that one.

Nathan puts Drew in a cell, saying, sorry. Drew tells him there’s something he can do. If Alexis can’t pull this off, and get the Navy to back off, Sam and the kids will need looking after. Others might come looking for him. He knows Curtis will step up, but he’ll need more than one man. He can’t trust Sonny anymore, and Jason will just bring more danger.

Sam asks Alexis how Drew’s chances are. She says Andre is their best shot. She might be able to get the warrant tossed. But if they have nothing more than his word, they need more ammunition and time, and she doesn’t know who can give it to them. Sam says she does.

Tomorrow, Lulu confronts Nelle, Drew confronts Andre, and Sam asks for help from Jason.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey

Interior decorator Joyce drops by Margaret’s house. She needs the living room done asap. She shows Joyce around. She thinks Joe #3 is crossing over into the style lane, when he’s supposed to stay in the execution lane. She has to go to Italy, and hopes it can be done in a couple of weeks She tells Joe they’ll fight about it after she comes back.

Melissa and Joe #2 make salad. He misses his mom. Melissa feels like no matter how much time passes, he’ll miss her; it’s just the way it is. He’s talked to a medium, because he wants to know that his mom is okay. In his interview, he says he was raised old school, but is hoping the medium will “connect” him. Melissa tells him about Dolores and Siggy going to Kim D.’s store, and how she said Teresa is fanning an old flame. She says there was a time when Teresa was supportive of Kim, but sees the truth now.

Margaret tells Joe #3 the Kim D. story, and about how Teresa went gangster style over it. She says tonight they’re confronting Kim at the fashion show. Joe is a little concerned, but she says she can outrun anybody in her heels.

Dolores and Siggy show up to get their makeup and hair done before the show. Kim D.’s eyes shoot flames. She asks how it’s going, and Siggy tells her about the dinner and how they’d repeated what she said. Kim asks what the reaction was, and Dolores says Teresa threw a wineglass and everyone hates Kim now. Some chick demonstrates how the guy was hugging Teresa in the club, and it’s pretty ambiguous. Dolores and Siggy aren’t impressed either. Kim says she heard Teresa is done with Joe #1 anyway. In her interview, Siggy isn’t cool with Kim messing with Teresa’s marriage. Dolores doesn’t believe Teresa is cheating, and Sylvia Miles Kim says, welcome to the Posche fundraiser. Toodle-oo! Idiot.

Teresa arrives at Melissa’s. Melissa asks if she’s ready for this, and she says no. She wonders why Kim D. wants to start rumor, and Melissa says because she’s an a-hole. I’d say that about sums it up. Teresa can’t wait to confront Kim. She doesn’t care about herself, but her kids. Melissa says Kim goes deep and hard.

Danielle goes to Margaret’s house to wait for the others. She tells Margaret the last time she went to the Posche fashion show, she got chased from the event, and had her hair pulled out. Margaret says they go in, accomplish what they have to do, and never see her again.

Melissa tells Teresa to be careful. Teresa says Kim knows how to push her buttons. In her interview, Melissa doesn’t think Teresa should put herself in this kind of position. If she gets in trouble, she’ll have to “go away” again. Italian for being thrown in the pokey. Teresa says something happens at every fashion show, but if anyone puts their hands on her, she’ll walk away. In her interview, Teresa says she used to like Kim, but she came after both her and Melissa.

They pick up Danielle and Margaret. Danielle says they’re going to a real Italian shake down now. The ladies arrive at the venue, and Teresa says it’s time to call that bitch out. Melissa is nervous. She says you don’t have to be genius to know this isn’t going to end well. They hit the bar and head downstairs. As Melissa walks down the steps, she says it feels like she’s walking into the lion’s den.

Teresa goes in first, and the others follow. There’s a long pause of silence, and Kim welcomes them and asks how they are. In her interview, Dolores says she’s lived in this part of the zoo a long time, and Teresa is not coming in peace. Kim asks if this is going to be one-on-one or are they all talking to her? Teresa asks if they’re scaring her, and Kim says she can “take youse all on.” Teresa says no one is going to talk about her husband or her, and Kim tells her, too bad. Teresa asks if she saw him screwing another girl, and Kim says, no. Kim calls them all dirty bitches, and says her girls have seen Teresa going to clubs. Melissa says Kim is the queen of going out, and Teresa can do what she wants. Who gives a flying; it’s her business. In her interview, Melissa says Kim just admitted her whole basis for destroying Teresa’s marriage is that someone saw her at a club. She can’t believe Dolores and Siggy. Teresa wants to straighten Kim out, and calls her trash. Kim says she’s the one who went to jail, and if Teresa touches her, she’s leaving in handcuffs. Margaret says don’t even speak her. Kim says she hasn’t seen Danielle since Teresa chased her from the first fashion show. In her interview, Danielle says she knows what Kim is capable of, and knows what Teresa is capable of, and she’s glad she’s on Teresa’s side of the fence. Teresa tells Kim that Posche stands for piece of sh*t crazy homewrecker every day (or something like that), and says she doesn’t want to go there. As Kim walks out with her entourage, Teresa says she’d love to grab her by the back of her hair. Me too. Kim says touch her, and Teresa is done. Teresa invites Kim to come at her, and Kim calls them animals.

In her interview, Teresa says she set Kim straight, and whatever her and Joe #1 go through is nobody’s business. We flash back to Joe being stupid, and Teresa says you don’t know what’s really going on unless you’re living together. Kim wants them out. Melissa says she’s disgusting. She can’t believe Dolores and Siggy are walking in the show. Dolores gets a few inches from Melissa’s face, and says, don’t tell her what to do. Melissa asks why Dolores is getting in her face; they’re supposed to be friends. Dolores screeches that it’s for charity. Teresa calls them Kim D.’s puppets, and Dolores says they’re acting like ladies at a fundraiser. In her interview, Dolores is dumbfounded by Teresa’s behavior, saying there’s a time and place for everything, but it’s not here at a charity event. She says she’s a grown woman, makes her own enemies and fights her own battles. She doesn’t need to get involved.

The show starts. Kim explains the fundraiser is for families who lost someone in a tragedy. Siggy dabs at her eyes, and Dolores tells her, let’s go, probably wanting to circumvent the waterworks. Siggy says no kind of rumor or drama will get in her way of doing acts of kindness. She’s thinking of how much money they can raise for the families. Don’t try to stop her. Zzzzz…

The girls gather at Margaret’s house, and she gets them cocktails. Melissa says it was a real sh*tshow. Teresa is glad she went. No one is going to talk about her family, and get away with it. Kim doesn’t scare her, and if she’s going to blatantly lie, Teresa is going to deal with her. Margaret thinks Kim was scared, and won’t say anything else. I wouldn’t bet on that. She wants to be on this show badly, and it’s her only connection. They agree that Siggy and Dolores aren’t supportive, and Margaret tells Teresa their silence says a lot. Melissa can’t believe they just made plans to go to Milan. Teresa isn’t sure she wants to go with them. In her interview, Teresa says it seems to be a pattern with Dolores. We flash back to her being unsympathetic. Teresa asks how many chances does she give Dolores before she sees Dolores isn’t there for her? She thanks everyone and says she’s torn about Siggy and Dolores. They’ll have to come to her.

Margaret goes to the office in rollers, and tells the fashion show story. Marge Sr. thinks it’s ridiculous. Margaret has finally set up her mom with Steve, her accountant. Marge hasn’t had serious boyfriend in years. She was like a wild divorcé in hot pants. She makes an appointment for her mom to get her hair done at the house, so she’ll look glamorous.

Frank and Dolores go out for pizza. Dolores thinks son Frankie needs to see life beyond his girlfriend. In her interview, she asks how a kid in high school is supposed to have relationship? It’s an anchor. She tells Frank that their son should have no distractions. Siggy joins them. She tells Frank about how Kim gossiped that someone saw Teresa getting cozy with a man at a club. She says things got ugly at the fashion show, and she called Teresa a criminal. Frank asks what did they do? and they tell him they did nothing. He asks if they stayed walking in the show. He’s looking at it from Teresa’s point of view, and what message was shown. They should have let Teresa know they had her back. Dolores says in hindsight, maybe they should have gone. Siggy says it makes sense. She thinks as her friends, they have to let Teresa know that they have her back 100%. These two are either stupid or insane.

Melissa and Joe #2 wait for the medium. Melissa says she doesn’t do this sort of thing. Joe #2 asks if she’s afraid of ghosts, and yes, she is. Teresa arrives, and they have some vodka. Joe asks if she’s ready. In her interview, Teresa says mediums aren’t her thing, but she’s there to support her brother. She’s not ready for all this. Medium Concetta enters. Melissa offers her a drink, but she says she never mixes alcohol with dead people. Good to know.

Concetta tells them ask questions. She’s simple girl who’s talked to dead people her whole life. She tells Teresa that her mother is next to her, and has been. She says that one of her children is sensitive to the other side. We flash back to Milania talking about seeing her nonna cooking. Concetta tells her not to discount it. She says their mother is home and at peace. She had a wonderful life, and hears herself being adored. Teresa says she still needed her, and Concetta says she hears the support and love. She tells Joe that she hears music playing. It’s Momma, sung by Connie Francis in Italian, and Joe says he danced to that song with his mother at his wedding. Concetta tells him that his mother had a hard time walking, but now she can run. In her interview, Melissa tells us that when Joe visited his mother in the hospital, he would whisper, go, run now, mom. Concetta knows things that she wouldn’t know unless she was really talking to her. Concetta tells them that she’s worried about their dad. He’s missing her terribly, and secretly talking to her, wishing he could join her. She wants him to know, don’t be in a hurry. Someday, they’ll be together again. Teresa believes Concetta is really talking to her mom, but it still hurts. She wants her to be there to hug, and it’s so painful. A sad, but uplifting and interesting scene.

The hair person arrives at Margaret’s. She asks if Marge has a safe word in case the date isn’t going well. Marge says she’ll pull her earring. Margaret wants her to be happy and have a companion. If it’s not Steve, she’ll find someone with one foot on a banana peel and a big will.

Siggy visits Teresa. She says sorry about yesterday, and Teresa says, her too. Siggy says it got heated, and Teresa asks if Siggy sees what she’s been talking about. What Kim said was out of line. Siggy agrees, and Teresa says if the roles were reversed, she would never support that person. what said out of line Siggy tells Teresa that she defended her in the store, and told Kim it was disgusting and below the belt. Teresa says after she heard it, why not just give her donation and leave? Siggy says they were there for the charity event. She didn’t care about Kim; she didn’t want to disappoint the families. Teresa gets it, and is fine with it. I’m not. Even if they’re considered minor celebrities, and people were there to see them walk, why didn’t either one of them put it like that before? I’d probably leave, but announce why first. Teresa says she never thought Kim would go against her, and it could happen to Siggy or Dolores. Siggy tells Teresa that they’re her friends. She can’t talk with Margaret, and Danielle is up Teresa’s ass. Teresa thought everything was good with Siggy and Margaret. She says it was until Margaret referenced Hitler at the dinner. We flash back, and I wonder if Siggy actually heard and/or understood what Margaret was saying, since it was an appropriate example. She thinks Margaret is missing a sensitivity chip. She doesn’t hate her, but she’s over it. Teresa appreciates her coming, but wonders where it leaves them. Siggy doesn’t know what’s going down, but wants to go to Milan. She won’t go without Dolores though, because we’re twelve. Teresa doesn’t mind Dolores going, but doesn’t know about Melissa; she’s the one who asked them to come. Siggy says if it works out, great, but if not, she wants Teresa to know she loves her.

Margaret and Joe #3 double-date with Steve and Marge Sr. Margaret tells Steve to watch Marge, she can be handsy after a few drinks. Margaret asks Steve what kind of woman he’s looking for, and Joe says, breathing. Steve admires Marge’s tattoo. She’s been thinking about one no one would see unless she’s naked. He asks if she’ll be getting it by their third date. Ha-ha! In her interview, Margaret says it’s going better than she planned. She asks about Steve’s five-year plan, and he says he eventually wants to settle down. Margaret says he doesn’t want to grow old alone; no one does. In her interview, Margaret says, move over, Siggy. She’s not the only matchmaker. Steve asks if they can have another date without them next time. Margaret says he’s approved.

Teresa calls Melissa, and tells her about Siggy’s visit, and how she didn’t want to let the families down. Melissa understands. Teresa says they were talking about Italy, and Siggy won’t go without Dolores. Melissa says she’s not taking the invitation back, but she’s always felt like Dolores is an older sister, and she got in her face. She should have gotten crazy on Kim, if she was in the mood to get crazy. The bottom line is that she doesn’t want to deal with anybody’s sh*t when they’re in Italy. She’s done with Dolores if she disrespects her like that again. Dolores is on her sh*t list.

Next time, a lively trip to Milan, a heated dinner, and Danielle throwing things.

💫 I was only half-paying attention to Star, but saw the important stuff. Like Queen Latifah in a gorgeous shoulder-length deep magenta wig. Star also deserved kudos for bringing on a 1920s bob with waves. Cotton had serious love troubles, with Elliot wanting to get serious with her, and running into her previous bad boyfriend when they were out together. Jahil told Hunter’s mother, Arlene, that Brody was trying to sell pictures of Star looking battered after Hunter beat the crap out of her. Miss Lawrence let Carlotta know what was going on with Brody. She didn’t want to sink to his level, but Miss Lawrence told her to, sink, bitch. Rehearsals for the showcase were not going well, but when the performers were told that if it failed, Ayanna would have no choice but to sell the label, they pulled it together for the dress rehearsal. Noah apologized to Alex, who told him to never kiss her again, but the look on her face wasn’t jiving with her words. The best part, besides the hair, was Arlene meeting Jahil, and telling him that she wanted Brody dead. Brody appeared out of nowhere, turning the tables, and slashing her a million times. Afterward, he returned Star’s phone, and told her that he’d never bother her again. Right. Next week, the finale.

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November 29, 2017 – Andre is Found, a Fashion Show Standoff, a Little Star & Random Info

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What I Watched Today

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

 

 

General Hospital

Obrecht shows up at The Floating Rib, where Mac, Felicia, and Sam are setting up a celebration. Maxie has insisted on a gathering of her and Nathan’s nearest and dearest, but they don’t know why. Lulu has her suspicions, but says it’s not her place to say. Maxie and Nathan arrive, and say they have good news to share, but they’re waiting for everyone to get there. Obrecht suggests entertaining them with a medley of German ballads in the meantime, so Maxie reveals that she and Nathan are having a baby.

Jason goes to the station to see Dante. He’s hoping for some help.

In Havana, Curtis enjoys a cigar. Almost. Jordan takes it out of his hand, telling him that’s a no if he wants to kiss her. He says she drives a hard bargain. She asks if he’s sure about the name Andre is using, since no one has checked in with it. He says his contact is solid, but Andre probably changes it. Using different ones for travel and lodging makes it harder to trace. Curtis tells her that his contact sent a photo of Andre at the place they’re staying, so just sit back, chill, and wait for him to return.

Valentin sees Nina at the MetroCourt, and asks if she’s having breakfast meeting, since there’s an extra place setting. She says yes, but it hasn’t started yet. Cassandra walks up to the table.

Finn tells Anna that he didn’t want to press the issue on Thanksgiving, but they have to move forward. Anna says she could arrest Cassandra on what she has, but the organization would still go on, and it would be for nothing. He’s out, and she intends to keep it that way. Finn says Cassandra will want to flood the market with the new opiate he’s going to develop.

Maxie says she couldn’t hide it after she annihilated the Thanksgiving buffet, and Lulu says she was right. Felicia had been worried they were moving, and asks why she didn’t tell them. Obrecht says the Americans have it wrong. Maxie might be pregnant, but her son is going to be a father, and she will be a großmutter. She tells Mac and Felicia that they’ll be bonded together for eternity, and Mac suddenly needs a drink. Maxie says she wanted to tell Georgie first. She was confused, thinking Spinelli was the father, and still has questions about how a baby can have the same mother, but a different father. She sees Sam, and says, sorry, but Sam says it’s okay; they’re coping.

Dante tells Jason that was some entrance, and Jason says it wasn’t on purpose. Dante says it never is. He has good intentions, reacts, and mayhem ensues. He didn’t want to say anything, but has to admit that Jason’s brother has been a good friend. His twin saved Dante’s life, and he’s a good dude. He didn’t want to think Jason was bailing on him, but now that he’s staring him in the face… He says, welcome home, Jason.

Jordan doesn’t want to just sit there, but Curtis says they’re leaving nothing to chance. She wants to pay the waiter, but Curtis explains that you can’t use an American credit card in Cuba (good to know). It’s cash or nothing. Andre never had a chance to empty his bank accounts, and now that they’re frozen, he can’t access them. They’ll just wait and draw him out.

Cassandra wonders why Valentin is surprised that she and Nina are meeting, since she thought they tell each other everything. Nina says she sent him a text, and he pretends to suddenly see it. Nina says since Valentin told her about his involvement with Cassandra, she thought it best that everything be out in the open, so they met. Cassandra says sorry to blindside him, and Nina says she’s been working late, and by the time she gets home, the last thing she wants to talk about is his exes, but she thought why not still be friends? Cassandra tells Valentin she’s like to get closer to the people he loves.

Anna tells Finn it’s a bad idea. She’s not risk getting him further involved; it’s too dangerous. Finn says it wasn’t when she blackmailed him into treating Cassandra, or telling people they’re dating. Anna says the cover is keeping him alive, but working with her will have the opposite effect. He says Cassandra is interested in him, and if he can convince her that he has the expertise to develop a new drug, she might let him in and show him where the bodies are buried. Anna says, or he’ll be one. She tells him he doesn’t have the resources, and he says, Valentin does? She says he’s a trained spy, and Finn suggests maybe he should be in jail. Anna says Cassandra knows Valentin because he’s a criminal, but knows Finn to be an upstanding citizen. How is he going to convince her otherwise? He says he’ll find a way, but he can’t sit on his hands and do nothing. She tells him no, and Robin appears, asking if everything is okay.

Obrecht tells Nathan that her dismissal was blessing in disguise. She’s been doing some traveling, and Nathan asks if she saw Britt. She says Britt’s whereabouts are a mystery. He says, to everyone or just him? Obrecht changes the subject, wanting to know about the Man Landers story. He says it’s long and complicated. Maxie joins them, saying she’s glad it’s over, but she won’t rest until she  finds out who leaked the story. Someone went out of their way to ruin her career. Sam says she’ll be glad to help.

Valentin suggests he stay, but Nina says it’s a girl brunch, and she’ll walk him out. In the hallway, he asks what she thinks she’s doing. Nina says Cassandra believes she knows nothing about their business relationship. She thinks Valentin told her told her everything, but is convinced she knows nothing. She reminds him about keeping your friends close, and your enemies closer. She says after a few drinks, she’ll find Cassandra’s weak spot. Valentin says she knows his is Nina, but Nina says she’s not going to get away with it. Trust her.

Robin says she didn’t mean to pry. Finn says he’s just worked up about an excess of fentanyl ODs at the hospital. Robin says it’s been the same in Berkeley. I saw a woman hooked on fentanyl on Intervention once, and it was seriously scary stuff. Robin tells him as long as newer end cheaper drugs are produced, more generations will get hooked. He says it’s too bad they can’t stop it before it hits the streets. After Robin leaves, Anna tells Finn not to use her to make point, but Finn says even Robin can see how urgent it is; why can’t she? She says one of the reasons she’s involved is because of Robin.

Jordan asks how Curtis plans on drawing Andre out, and he says Andre likes to collect antiquities. His passion is now his cash flow. He made nice with the concierge, telling him that he’s into artifacts, and asked if he knows someone who might want to unload some. He did, and Curtis asked for a meeting in the café where they’re sitting. Jordan says they’ll have to hang back and hope Andre takes the bait.

Jason tells Dante that Diane is working on proving his identity, but Dante wonders if she shouldn’t be working on keeping him out of prison. He says that Jason’s attack on Franco was unprovoked, but he’ll testify against Franco if necessary. Jason says that’s not why he’s there. He needs to see his file from the night Faison shot him.

Nina confesses that she’s never been to Monte Carlo, and Cassandra jokes the friendship over. Nina says she’ll have to schedule a photo shoots there; the winters are killing her. Cassandra says she’s sure Port Charles has its charms, and she’ll be taking them in while she’s on business there. Nina asks what her business is. She mentioned she was in pharmaceuticals. Nina  tells her about an ad from a pharmaceutical company being pulled at the last minute, and says it must be hard dealing with the FDA. Cassandra says she prefers the European way of keeping business and friendship separate. Nina’s phone rings, and she says her new assistant is still getting the hang of things. She’s just now getting a message about an announcement her brother made an hour ago. Cassandra understands if she has to leave, and they make plans to get together soon.

Finn asks what Robin has to do with it, and Anna says she’s HIV positive. She was diagnosed about twenty years ago. Finn says he’s sorry, and Anna tears up. She says it was at a time when it was practically a death sentence, but she benefited from the advancement in the way the disease is treated. Her boyfriend wasn’t so lucky. Finn asks if she contracted it from him, and Anna nods. She says his name was Stone Cates, and Finn recognizes it from a wing at the hospital. Anna says Sonny endowed the wing in his memory. He was just a kid, and his girlfriend had been an IV drug user. She was just a kid too, but she got hooked, and her addiction changed the course of her life, Stone’s life, and Robin’s life forever. Drug addiction affected her in a different way than Finn, but it’s had an impact on her life nonetheless.

Robin tells Maxie that Noah and the baby will have to grow up being besties. Lulu asks Sam if she’s okay, and Sam says she’s just distracted. Lulu doesn’t know if it’s a bad time, but tells her about how she’s been doing some writing for a local publication, and wants to make a go of it. She asks if they’re hiring writers; she’s willing to start at the bottom. Sam says Lulu doesn’t have to do a hard sell; she’ll help. She gives Lulu the contact information for Peter August, telling her that he’s the new CEO. Lulu thought they were planning on running Aurora themselves, but Sam says it’s a big ship to steer. She’s just glad they found someone to be at the helm with them, since they’re in a lot of flux.

Dante tells Jason that the file doesn’t leave the building, room, or his sight. Jason’s identify hasn’t been legally proven, so it’s at his discretion, and he’s responsible. Sooner or later, it will be a file about himself. Sooner, if Sonny has anything to do with it. He calls Jason, Sonny’s right hand man.

Andre, looking spiffy in a straw fedora, comes up behind Curtis’s chair, and says he heard he’s looking to take something back from Cuba. Curtis gets up, and says, good to see you, doc. He never thought this day would come. Andre pushes him back, and they struggle

Maxie tells Felicia that she made so many mistakes with Georgie, she wants to get it right this time. Felicia says she knows she wasn’t the best mother, but Maxie says she’s managed to make up for lost time. Felicia says it’s love that matters the most, along with patience, forgiveness, sacrifice, and acceptance. She’s never met anyone with more love to give.

Nina tells Nathan it’s amazing. He’s going to be the most incredible, stupendous father on the planet. She’s happy for him.

Valentin visits Anna, and asks if he’s interrupting. She tells him that she’s explained to Finn that she’s using him as a mole instead. Finn says Valentin’s credentials are better than his. Anna says the risk outweighs the reward, but Finn says he’s only person who can create the chemical compound Cassandra needs to develop a new drug. Anna says it’s a terrible idea, but Valentin thinks it’s brilliant.

Robin tells Sam she knows how confusing it is, and apologizes for any part she played in the confusion. She saw his face, the same face she’d known her entire life. She had no idea he had a twin. If it’s any consolation, she has some idea of what she’s going through after what happened with her, Patrick, and Sabrina. Sam tells her to stop.

Jason tells Dante that he heard Sonny thought about getting out of the business. Dante says now he doesn’t have to; he has Jason back. Anyone who crosses Sonny will live to regret it. He loves Sonny, but hates what he does, and Jason enables him. No matter how much he likes Jason, they’ll always be on opposing sides.

Jordan tells Andre and Curtis to stop. Andre says he knew wouldn’t be long before they figured things out. Curtis tells him skipping out was a red flag. Jordan says they know he has information about Jason Morgan, and asks him to come with them to answer questions. He tells them they wasted their time. He’s not going back, and he’s not talking to anyone.

Robin and Sam apologize to each other. Robin tells Sam that she’s heading back, but she’s still reachable if Sam needs her. Nina approaches Sam, asking if she’s okay. Sam says people keep saying she’s confused, but she isn’t. She knows who her husband is, but can’t convince them.

Andre says it’s not going to get better, but Jordan says if he goes back, it would for a lot of people, namely Jason. Curtis says he’s a good friend. They’ve been to hell and back together, and he deserves to know what’s going on with his own life. Andre says he’s sympathetic, but already said too much. The people involved don’t want truth to come out. He says that Jordan has no jurisdiction in Cuba, and by the time she’s able to extradite him, he’ll be long gone.

Anna asks if Valentin is joking. He tells her that Cassandra is threatening his family. His wife has taken it upon herself to do recon for him, and she’s about as subtle as a freight train. Cassandra only trusts him if he’s in check, but has no reason to distrust her doctor friend. She’s actually fond of him; she likes his healing hands and bedside manner. Anna says she’s not sanctioning this. She’ll have Finn arrested for interfering and making narcotics with the intent to sell. Finn says he’s out of there. Valentin tells Anna that he seems like a keeper.

Mac asks what’s on Lulu’s mind. She tells him that she’s thinking of switching her career to journalism. She says it’s one thing to think about it, but it’s totally different to take the plunge. Mac remembers how he felt leaving the PCPD. He thought his life was over, but it was the best thing that ever happened to him. He’s able to do something he enjoys, and put his family first. They agree that if you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. He tells her to do it; it worked for him.

Dante asks what Jason is looking for, and he says something to tell him where he’s been. Dante doesn’t think he’s going to find it there. Other than the phoenix figurine Sam gave him, there was nothing to be found after he fell in the water. Faison is a fugitive, so they can’t ask him any questions. All they even know about him is that he’s obsessed with Anna.

Valentin asks Anna why she’s flustered. She says she’s angry and frustrated. She asks him why he’s encouraging Finn. Is he trying to get him killed? He says that Finn would have to work hard to screw up. Anna tells him now she’s angry, frustrated, and annoyed; it’s a trifecta. Valentin says Cassandra is getting close to his wife and daughter, and if she doesn’t back off, he’ll have to take it into his own hands. Anna tells him to get out. He asks if she means out of her house or the operation, and she says it’s still on. He tells her she’s never had a problem putting people in harm’s way. What makes Finn different as an asset?

Finn orders black coffee. No shots, no syrup, no foam. Cassandra asks if he’s had a bad day, and is there anything she can do to help?

Dante congratulates Nathan, and tells him that he’s never going to get another night’s sleep as long as he lives. Maxie asks for everyone’s attention, and proposes a toast, reassuring them she has club soda. She says seeing them all reminds her and Nathan about how much love they have in their lives; Nathan adding, and how lucky their kid will be. They clink glasses.

Finn confesses he’s had a rotten morning, but Cassandra could make it better by joining him for coffee. She says she’d be delighted. Valentin sees them.

Jason goes to Anna’s house. She says she heard the rumors, and there he is. He tells her that he needs her help in finding Faison. He needs to know why he was shot, and what they’re after. Anna says she doesn’t know where he is, but Obrecht would. I get super excited, because Faison is my favorite GH character of all time. I met Andres Hove at a horror convention, where he did a panel with a soap actress whose name I don’t remember. They’d done a horror film together. When I asked them to sign a soap magazine, the both of them snatched it out of my hands, flipping through it to find themselves and their friends. I did eventually get it back, signed. He was really a nice guy, and oozed European charm.

Nina asks how Nathan feels, and he says he has a lot to think about. Mac and Felicia will be awesome grandparents, and he knows his mother is going to spoil their child. He says he never knew his biological father. Obrecht overhears.

Curtis says he’ll make a call to Anna. Jordan might not have jurisdiction, but the WSB does. Andre says he’ll be gone before they get there. Jordan says she doesn’t know how he got mixed up in this, but she knows he’s a healer. She has to believe he had higher purpose, and was doing it to heal in some way. He’s a good man. She never would have trusted her heart to him if she didn’t believe that. As someone he once loved, she’s asking him to come back and make it right.

Tomorrow, Oscar can’t stand not knowing who his father is, Franco wants to know why Elizabeth is taking his side, and Spinelli sees Jason.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey

Back at the retreat, the women pick a partner and role play. Siggy goes first, picking Margaret. Margaret starts whining about how beautiful the cake was, and how disrespectfully it was treated. Melissa wonders how they’re solving things this way. She doesn’t think this kind of role-playing will result in a happy ending. Siggy pretends to have pigtails, complaining about everything. Vikki tells them it was hard to watch. I don’t know if she means because of the situation or their bad acting. Siggy says she feels like Margaret got to know her better here. Calling her “Soggy” cut her to the core, bringing her back to a time she wasn’t accepted, and was bullied over her name. Vikki tells her to use it as a strength. Margaret says she thought she was being funny, and didn’t mean to hurt Siggy’s inner child. She apologizes, saying now that she knows, she’ll never do anything like that again. Siggy says she was coming from place of hurt – “a place of” being the new catchphrase. They’re good, and hug it out.

Melissa is next, and she says she had a problem with Siggy. She gets that Siggy was sensitive about the cake thing, but feels it was overreactive. She does a spot-on impression of Siggy welcoming Melissa into her home, proceeding to call her an a-hole, then asking for a show of hands as to who else thinks so. She ends with Siggy being a normal hostess again, and it’s all very funny. Siggy says her intention wasn’t to embarrass Melissa; she just wanted her to understand how much effort she’d put into the weekend. Melissa says she could have been more sensitive, but Siggy could have been too. Siggy wants to break down the wall between them, and they also hug it out.

Danielle wants to speak to Teresa about an old wound, surprising everyone, and causing Dolores to breathe a sigh of relief, although I wonder if she’s a little disappointed. Danielle says she and Teresa are in a good place, and she wants to stay there, but there’s an old wound that affected her daughters. Calling her a “prostitution whore” in front of her kids upset them. She’s continually been made fun of for it, and her kids were bullied. She needs to hear Teresa says she didn’t mean it. Teresa says if she could, she’d take it back, and she was coming from a place (sigh) of anger. Danielle asks if Teresa is willing to tell her daughters that. Teresa says whatever she can do to make it better, she will. In her interview, Dolores says that Danielle blames every hardship on Teresa. I’m really starting to dislike Dolores. She doesn’t know Danielle, it was a legitimate complaint, and it’s none of her business anyway. Teresa says there’s an Italian saying that the tongue breaks bones. Siggy thinks the group has taken huge steps in being more compassionate. I think so too, except for Dolores.

Joe #2 takes Milania to play race cars. Not like Matchbox cars, but ones you sit in and drive on an inside track. He says she’s been through a lot. Her mother and father going away (I love that euphemism), and her grandmother passing. They go for a snack afterward. Joe tells Milania that her mom is worried, and told him she was seeing her grandmother in the kitchen. He says she was his mother; he loved her and misses her. He tells Milania not to be a tough girl. When you talk about it, you feel better. She says it doesn’t feel real. Her grandma used to say one day she’ll die, and now it’s happened. He says he knows her dad isn’t around, but anything she needs, let him know, and not just if she wants something; he’s there to talk.

The ladies get ready for a last conversation. Siggy says the idea of the exercises was to get to a point of trust, and the last one is meant to take them to a deeper place. She asks them to tell something no one knows. Margaret says before Joe #3, she had the perfect family. Now, two of them don’t speak to her, and it’s been six years. Siggy says she should have ended the marriage first, like Margaret needs to hear that or could change it, and Margaret says ideally that should have happened. Vikki says her ex is the key, and to ask him to help mend with the children. Her best advice is to never give up. Siggy feels badly, because she’s having a hard time with Josh going to school, and can only imagine how hard and upsetting this is.

Teresa says they don’t all have perfect lives. When she came home, Joe #1 was drinking a lot. She wishes he’d been stronger, but realizes women are stronger than men. She does have resentment, but has to move on. Siggy says she’s taken on a lot, and inside, feelings have a way of festering and need to be released. In her interview, Melissa says Teresa needs to come out and tell Joe she wants an apology, but she’s not there yet.

Dolores invites everyone to her animal charity event. In her interview, Margaret says, are you kidding? She bares her soul, and Dolores asks everyone to come to her dog charity. But of course, she’ll go. Vikki thanks everyone, and thinks the test was successful. It’s awesome that they’re in a great place.

It’s back to routine. Teresa visits Siggy, bearing coffee. Siggy tells Teresa about getting the pellets in her behind, and how it’s been life-changing. She’s actually in the mood now. She asks when Teresa last saw Joe #1, and Teresa says it was before her mom got sick. In her interview, Siggy says that’s three months. She thinks Teresa is frustrated, sad, and holding resentment. Teresa tells Siggy that she’s guarded. Her upbringing was geared to not showing emotion, the old school way. Siggy says she has the right to feel how she does, and no one thinks she isn’t the strongest woman around. She tells Teresa to go against what she learned. Dig deep, and spill it.

Dolores explains that she got involved in the Onyx and Breezy Foundation after the love of her life, Boo, passed away last year. I remember that; it was really sad. It looks almost like a carnival, in a big field, with booths, and food, agility runs for the dogs, and things like a bouncy house for the kids. There are a lot of people there with dogs. Danielle brings her pups in a stroller. Teresa is afraid of dogs, but only big ones. Everyone agrees the retreat was great. Melissa asks Siggy if she’s talked to Danielle, who thinks she went kumbaya too quickly with Margaret. We see a clip of Danielle telling the women that of course she’d want to fix her own problem first to look good.

Danielle talks to Margaret, telling her that she doesn’t understand how they made up so fast, and it was convenient for Siggy to look good. Margaret says she has a point, and Danielle thinks she should be on guard. In her interview, Margaret says understands Danielle has been known to create drama, but thinks she has genuine concern.

Siggy tells Melissa that she doesn’t care. She thinks Danielle has things festering (another popular word), and it is what it is. In her interview, Siggy says she has history with the others, but nothing with Danielle. Two dogs do some weird thing that’s incredibly cute, and everyone goes, aww! Danielle and Margaret join the others. Dolores talks about Kim D.’s fashion show, and asks who’s going. Teresa isn’t, and Siggy doesn’t think it’s the right time to bring it up. Dolores says she and Siggy will be walking in it,  reminding them it’s a charity event for the two boys found in the burned car. Teresa reminds her about Kim D. spreading rumors that Joe #1 was cheating on her. Dolores says she was just throwing it out there, but obviously no one is interested. In her interview, Teresa says of course she’s not going, and she doesn’t think her friends should either. Kim D. is creepy. She reminds me of Sylvia Miles in Midnight Cowboy.

Melisa visits Margaret’s showroom, and she has the cutest stuff! Melissa tells us that no one wanted to help her without cost, but Margaret said she’d show her the ropes. Melissa tells Margaret that boutiques are everywhere in New Jersey. She’s still new to the game, and trying to figure out a way to separate herself from the others. Margaret says she has to find what no one else has. Maybe go to Europe, and find brands no one else is carrying. Margaret invites her to come to Milan, where she’s having her shoe line designed. Melissa says it would be beneficial, and she’d love to. Oddly enough, she’s never been to Italy.

Siggy and Dolores go to Kim D.’s store, Posche. They try on outfits for the show, and she has them do their walk. Siggy says that Melissa and Teresa won’t be coming because they don’t like her, and remember the last time. Kim says everyone was thinking it, but she said it. Siggy says it was only rumors. Anybody can say anything, but unless you have a picture of the “weewee entering the cookie,” people should mind their own business. She says Teresa has been through hell and back, and is working her butt off. Kim says she heard Teresa is rekindling an old flame. Siggy and Dolores don’t want to hear it. Siggy says Teresa has no old flames; the only man she’s ever been with is Joe #1, although no one would blame her. Kim says forget it then, and Dolores says it’s forgotten until they have to tell her what Kim said, and she’ll shoot the messenger. Kim thinks Joe treated her horribly, and Siggy has to leave. It amazes me that they’d even want to be friends with this woman. I don’t care how long they’ve known her. She’s horrifying.

The ladies are meeting for dinner at Fresco. Melissa and Teresa are there first. Teresa says she just dropped Gabriella off at a bat mitzvah, and Melissa says it’s that season. Teresa has to explain that a bat mitzvah or bar mitzvah is related to a 13th birthday. Margaret, Danielle, and the weird ass Bobbsey twins arrive. Melissa talks about how fabulous Margaret’s collections are, and how she’s going to Milan. She thinks everyone should come, because she’s out of her mind. Siggy chooses this time to make it clear that she and Dolores are walking in the fashion show.

Teresa asks why, and Dolores tells her about what Kim D. said regarding Teresa rekindling an old flame. Melissa says not only has Kim done things to hurt her and her family, on top of it, she’s saying Teresa is a cheater, and they’re still supporting her. Siggy says it’s for charity, and Dolores says she’s neutral; she’s known Kim for twenty years. Oh, I see. For her, it’s okay to be neutral, but anyone else who is, isn’t loyal. Melissa says everything Kim D. says and stands for is bullsh*t. In her interview, Dolores pities Teresa for not seeing she’s her truest friend. This woman is delusional. We flash back to Kim D. stirring up rumors that Melissa was a stripper. Melissa tells Dolores she has to pick a side, and Dolores doesn’t get it. Siggy says when she and Margaret weren’t getting along, she didn’t tell them not to go to Margaret’s party. I just stare at Siggy blankly. Melissa lists all of the things Kim has done, and says she’s a vial human being. Siggy says she can only judge on the way Kim treats her. Margaret says Hitler wouldn’t have killed her; should they have been friends? Snap! Teresa is fuming, and Dolores says no one would blame Teresa if it was true. Teresa smashes a glass against the wall, and says they should have stuck up for her. Dolores says they did, and they both get loud, with Dolores leaning nearly all the way across the table. Margaret pulls her back. She insists she stuck up for Teresa, and tells Melissa not to tell her what to do. Siggy says it’s not about Kim, but about the dead kids, and doesn’t she have a heart, since I guess Siggy never heard of just sending a check. Margaret says they’re both hurt, and Dolores tells her to shut up. Margaret says, no thanks, she won’t shut up. Dolores and Siggy leave, with Danielle saying a line has been drawn in the sand, and telling them to have a nice time.

Outside, Siggy tells Dolores they did the right thing by telling Teresa, and Dolores says they did stand up for her. In the restaurant, Melissa is like, great, and I just invited them to Milan. Teresa can’t believe they’re supporting Kim after what she did. It’s screwed up. She wants to confront Kim, and Melissa says it would be like walking into the lion’s den. Danielle says they’ll all go. They’ll walk in like Charlie’s effing Angels, plus one, do what they have to do, and leave. Melissa says okay, and Margaret says she’s never been to a shakedown before. Danielle tells her they’re going to win, and Melissa says, kill me now.

Next time, a medium visits Joe #2 and Teresa, Kim D. and Teresa go at it, and Teresa tells Siggy eff-you.

👌 Who knows? Maybe she is just stirring the pot, but I like Danielle. She set the bar early on. I’d take a guess that she was told to put the book on the table that Teresa flipped, but she took that ball and ran with it. She’s the best thing that could have happened to this season. Her, and Teresa getting sprung.

🌟 Star began with a round of interviews about the shooting, and how it’s a normal occurrence. It was really good until they threw in Al Sharpton playing himself on the TV. Noah and Alex played it up for the cameras, which Star wasn’t happy about, but wouldn’t admit. Ayanna got custody of Simone, and her father put the pressure on about getting the numbers up, causing her to move up the showcase date. The girls were in though. Noah was also hitting the bottle pretty hard, but Joyce was the one who keeled over due to an OD. Ayanna hoped Joyce would go to rehab, and gave Simone a Xanax to calm her down, which made perfect sense. Brody’s loan shark was breathing down his neck, threatening his daughter. Under the guise of needing to use the bathroom, he snuck around upstairs at the beauty shop. Later, he got an eyeful of the pictures of a battered Star, and heard Hunter’s frantic calls to her afterward. Jahil and Carlotta tried to save Cotton from herself (again), and Jahil shot her boyfriend in the leg. Cotton claimed she needed him, but Carlotta told her to stay away from his sorry ass. Noah ended up kissing Alex for real, and she told him to back off. She went back to Derek, but thought about Noah when she was in bed with him. Next time is the finale, because seasons are only like, six episodes now.

🌴🍹 The new season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills starts on Tuesday, December 9th, at 9pm. I can’t wait! Giggy!

❄ If you get a chance, check out Bravo’s Winter Warm-Up. Stassi Schroeder (Vanderpump Rules) and Kyle Cooke (Summer House) host a line-up of clips from the new seasons of the old shows and the premieres of the new ones.

😎 Julie Goldman and Brandy Howard from The People’s Couch have a new podcast, Dumb Gay Politics. I haven’t listened in yet, but they were hysterically funny on the couch. You can tune in here:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dumb-gay-politics/id1181557793?mt=2

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