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August 13, 2019 – Laura Gets a Message, the OC OG Makes Herself Known, Another Return, Eternal, Book To Screen & Wednesday Carpet

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Mike tells Sonny, it’s time to get this show on the road, and Sonny says, ready. Carly plays Here Comes the Bride on her tablet. Yvonne walks in to the music, and kisses Mike. Everyone smiles.

In quarantine, Sasha tells Michael that he doesn’t have to stay, but he says he has the time. She tells him that he said that a half hour ago. It’s an important day for his grandpa. He says, she’s important too. She says, Mike is getting married. She’s just lying there like a zombie. So much for keeping it casual. Michael guesses it’s too early for her to move in, and she says they should probably table that. He tells her, but he has a U-Haul outside. She laughs, then coughs. She says, tell Mike congratulations. Michael leaves, and sees Finn in the hallway. Michael asks if he’s found the virus, but Finn says, not yet. He asks if Michael has heard from his contacts on his father’s island. If there are other cases, he can better understand how Sasha got infected.

Nina tells Jax that she’ll be working remotely for a while. He asks if everything is okay, and she says her daughter is in the hospital. She came back from Puerto Rico with a virus, but they don’t know what kind. She could be in GH for a couple of days or… She says she doesn’t know what’s going on with her daughter. She starts crying, and says, sorry. She’s not being professional. Jax says she has a right to be upset.

At the MetroCourt, Laura thanks Chelsea for agreeing to meet her. Chelsea says Laura is hoping to contact her late brother; correct? Laura asks if Chelsea can help her with that.

Ava walks into Charlie’s, and asks why there’s a for sale sign. Julian says, sorry. He didn’t want her to find out this way. She asks if he’s selling the place, and he says, that, and he and Kim are leaving town.

Also at the MetroCourt, Curtis is staring into space, and Jordan says, hey. He tells her, sorry. He was trying to keep his mind off what happened last night. He just can’t help thinking, if he and Drew would have gotten there earlier… She says they still did good. Shiloh is in jail, and there’s no way hell a judge will release him. It’s a win. He says, not for Elizabeth.

Elizabeth tells Franco that she knew he’d come back. He had to. Nothing or no one can keep them apart. She asks if she can get him anything, and he says he needs to speak to his superior officer immediately. She doesn’t think he understands, and he says, tell him Chief Andrew Cain needs him right now. Hmm… I think she’s the one not understanding

Michael tells Finn, no one has reported an outbreak. None of the staff or guests have any symptoms. The guests are all accounted for, except for one whose information is incorrect; Sandy Lance. They had breakfast together. Finn says they need to track her down. Michael says that doesn’t explain why Sasha would have been infected, and he wasn’t.

Hayden hopes she’s not interrupting, and Nina says, not at all. She was just telling Jax that he daughter is in the hospital. She’ll be fine. It’s just a little virus, and they’re trying to nail down a diagnosis. Nina is on her way to see Valentin at GH. They’re going to stay there until they know more. She can be contacted on her cell. Jax says work is the last thing that should be on her mind. She needs to be with her daughter, and make sure she gets better. She thanks him, and leaves. Hayden says, well done. That was quite a performance.

Stella sees Jordan and Curtis, and asks how come they’re not answering their phones. Jordan says she was supposed to disconnect and unplug. Stella says, that’s nice, except for those trying to reach them. Curtis asks if something happened, and Stella says they’ve got themselves a third cousin once removed in London. Isn’t it wild? They had an incredible conversation. She married a member of the family in the armed forces, and bounced all over, but is currently in the UK. She doesn’t have much extended family, and can’t wait to meet Stella. Curtis asks when she’s coming to Port Charles, and Stella says, she’s not. She offered to fly Stella out to London.

Laura asks if Chelsea is sure she wants to do this at the MetroCourt. Chelsea says she loves it there; it has wonderful ambiance. Laura thought she needed something like tarot cards, and Chelsea says she doesn’t believe, does she? Laura admits she has doubts, but Chelsea says, that’s okay. A lot of her clients do – at first. Laura asks if her skepticism won’t interfere with Chelsea’s work. Chelsea says the spirits are usually willing to talk to her. Whether Laura believes is up to her. They join hands, and Chelsea asks who Laura is trying to reach. Laura says her brother, Jonathan.

Doc tells Drew that Cabot’s experiment appears to be successful. Drew asks if Franco thinks he’s him, and Doc says, he identified himself as Chief Petty Officer Andrew Cain, and thinks he’s deployed in Afghanistan.

Elizabeth backs up, and Franco says, pardon me, ma’am, and asks her to let him leave. She says he needs to listen, but he says she can’t keep him against his will. He says she keeps calling him Franco, and she says, that’s who he is. He says he’s Chief Petty Officer Andrew Cain, but she says he’s Franco Baldwin, and she’s his wife. Look at his hand; it’s his wedding band. On Valentine’s Day, at the PCPD, she vowed to love him forever, and said he’d freed her soul. He doesn’t remember any of that? He says, no ma’am. He’s sorry. He’s never seen her before in his life.

Sonny says they’re here today to join Mike and Yvonne in holy matrimony. It’s an important union. More important than the law permits, or the paper that holds it together. It’s more than that. The most important thing is family, whether it’s one or two, or whatever you choose it to be. It’s unconditional love, and unconditional support and forgiveness. It’s never too late for family, and guess what? They’re going to start a family. They all laugh, and Sonny says, there will be bad days, but if they reach out and care for each other, the good days will outweigh the bad. That’s love. That’s family. Family always watches out for each other, and always has each other’s backs – always.

Stella tells Curtis and Jordan that she’s going to London. She has vacation time saved up, and might as well use it. Since she’s making the trip, she wants to travel to Europe too. Who knows when she’ll get the chance again. She says they don’t seem enthused, and Curtis says the cousin wants to fly her out on her dime? It’s a mighty generous move by a stranger. Stella says, third cousin once removed. He says sorry he’s skeptical, and Jordan says, it does seem forward. Stella thought they’d be happy. They’ve been pestering her for months to seek her relative out, and she finally has. Curtis says they’re happy for her, but he doesn’t like the idea of her meeting them in London. Stella doesn’t know her; she could be crazy. Stella says she’s not staying there. She’s cashing in on her hotel points. If they’re crazy, she’ll retire in peace at her hotel. Jordan says she’d be disappointed, and Stella says, in London. She also said her daughter-in-law is the police commissioner. They’re being paranoid. Curtis says, they’re being cautious. Let him do a background check before she leaves. Stella says, okay, but hurry. She’s flying out tonight.

Elizabeth says Franco is confused right now. He’s Franco Baldwin, her husband. He says he doesn’t know what kind of operation she’s running here, but she needs to step aside. There’s somewhere he needs to be. She says, Franco, please, and he ask why she keeps calling him Franco. Outside, Drew and Doc hear them, and come into the room. Doc asks for some phenobarbital. He tells Franco that he’s been through a traumatic event. Franco tries to leave, but Drew stops him. Epiphany gives him a shot, and he asks what they did to him. They have to let him go.

Ava asks if Julian was intending to tell her, or was he just going to send a postcard when he settled in… He says, Manhattan. It was Kim’s idea. She wants a change of scenery. Ava suggests he take Kim on a vacation, but he says, it’s too hard for her to be in Port Charles. There are too many reminders of Oscar, and face it, she has no roots in Port Charles. She wants a fresh start, and he wants to be part of it. Ava says, too damn bad.

Chelsea concentrates, and Laura asks if Chelsea has found her brother. Is he trying tell her something? Chelsea says, sorry; she can’t reach him. There’s nothing. It’s almost as if he doesn’t exist. However, she does have a message from Laura’s sister.

Sonny has Yvonne repeat the vows. When he gets to, till death do us part, Yvonne interrupts, and says, forever and always. It’s Mike’s turn, and he says being with her has to be the best time in his life. She makes every moment seem exciting and new. He’ll be lucky if he makes her half as happy as she’s made him, but he promises to give it one helluva good shot. He tells Sonny, sorry, Father, and Sonny says, it’s okay. Mike promises to love and honor Yvonne, and cherish her always and forever. Sonny asks for the rings, and Carly gets them gives them. Sonny asks if Yvonne takes Mike to be her husband. She does, and he asks if Mike takes Yvonne to be his wife. Mike says he absolutely does, and Sonny pronounces them husband and wife. He tells Mike that he can kiss the bride. Mike does, and they all smile and laugh.

Epiphany comes out of Franco’s room, and says he’s back in the bed. Doc says he gave Franco a little something to relax, but he won’t be out for long. He’s going to talk with the neurologist and see if he can get answers. He tells Drew and Elizabeth, hang in there. Elizabeth asks if Cabot was right, and Franco has Drew’s memories. Doc says it’s far beyond anything he’s seen before. He’s ordered an MRI, but he thinks it’s important to confront Franco with the facts. He’s not Drew Cain; he’s Franco Baldwin.

Nina visits Sasha, and asks how she’s feeling. Sasha says she’s been better. Nina is sure the stuffy room doesn’t help, and Finn says the room with the jacuzzi was booked. Sasha laughs and coughs. Nina says she knows they were told to take precautions, but Finn has no idea if Sasha is contagious. He doesn’t recommend her leaving until they find out what she has, but he’ll leave them to discuss it. Nina tells Sasha there’s no real reason she can’t take Sasha home. Sasha says, sorry, but she’s following Finn’s recommendation. She needs to stay there.

Jax tells Hayden, it wasn’t a performance; he feels terrible. Hayden tells him, regardless, they shouldn’t ignore the unexpected opportunity. If he gets Nina to trust him, they can use it to their advantage. Jax says he’s been in Nina’s shoes, when Josslyn was sick. Hayden says, the fact remains, Sasha’s illness has given them an opening.

Chelsea tells Laura, it’s a blonde woman, dressed in white, possibly a nurse. She’s quite a chatterbox. She said she misses gossiping with Richard. Laura says she doesn’t know who it is. Chelsea says she wants to give Laura her love, and is glad she found her happily ever after with Kevin. Chelsea suddenly looks in the distance, and says Laura’s son is in grave danger.

Laura asks, what kind of danger? Chelsea says she can help Laura, but they have to discuss payment. Sorry; it’s not volunteer work. Laura gets it, and asks, how much? Chelsea says the message from her sister is free, but this will be $300. Laura says, $300?! and Chelsea says she’s not forcing Laura. Laura wishes Chelsea took credit cards, and Chelsea says, it’s 2019. Of course (🍷) she can. Laura says, before Chelsea swipes, can she have a minute? She steps away, and calls someone, saying, please pick up.

Ava tells Julian she can’t believe he’s running away with Kim to deal with her loss. Julian says, she’s inconsolable. Ava says Kim isn’t the only one surrounded by reminders. Julian knows losing Kiki was difficult, but Ava says, it’s more than that. It’s been hell. Her phone dings, and she glances at it. She says, now perfect strangers are lining up to tear her to shreds. Julian says, bored people with nothing better to do than try to hurt her. She says, it’s working. It’s starting to weigh on her.

On the phone, Laura asks if they’re sure everything is okay. She says, don’t worry. Everything fine. She just got something in her head. She goes back to the table, and Chelsea asks if they’re good to go. Laura says, no, and Chelsea asks if something is wrong. Laura says she just talked to her son. Chelsea asks if he’s okay, and Laura says, perfect. He’s absolutely fine, but what Chelsea is doing there is not. It’s a violation of penal law 165.135. Fortune telling is illegal in the state of New York.

Curtis thanks someone on the phone, and tells Jordan, everything checks out. No red flags. She asks why he looks disappointed. He says he’s not, but she tells him, come clean. He says he’s going to miss Stella. Jordan says, it’s just a couple of weeks, and it’s a great opportunity. He says he doesn’t want to be selfish, but he loves how close they’ve gotten. Think how they were at this time last year. He’s proud of how they’ve grown as a family. He’s going to miss Stella being around all the time. Standing behind him, Stella listens. He says, like when they were kids. They were tight as a family. He doesn’t like the idea of her travelling by herself at her age. Stella coughs, and says, what age? That she reconnected with a family member means the world to her, but she’ll always be there for him, like in the old days. Watching the Corinthos family deal with Mike, and Marcus deal with Yvonne, brought up the sacrifices she’s made. She doesn’t regret it for a minute, but Tommy is gone, and Curtis and TJ are grown men, and in good hands. She needs to live her life. It might be a little trip to him, but it’s much more to her. it’s everything she’s been putting off for years. She finally has a chance to do something for herself. Does that make sense? Curtis says, perfect sense. He tells her, go, and have an incredible time. She’s earned it. She says she has, and they hug.

Carly tells Sonny that he did a beautiful job. He says, it was nothing, but she says, it was a big deal. Not everyone could have done it. She tells him, look at them; they’re so adorable. Sonny says, for a moment, before the ceremony, he thought Mike recognized him. Carly says she’s glad. Michael tells them that he’s going to take off. He wants to check on Sasha. He says Mike told him to let the reverend know he did good. Sonny says, message received, and Michael leaves.

Franco asks where is he, and what have they done to him? What did they give him? Doc says, it’s a mild sedative. Does Franco remember him? They spoke earlier. Franco says he doesn’t know any of them. Doc says he’s a doctor, and they’re all looking out for his best interests. He says sure they are. That’s why abducted him. Where are they keeping him? Doc says just give them a chance to explain, then he can decide what he believes. Franco says it doesn’t sound like he has much choice. Doc knows it’s jarring, but he’s in the US. Franco says he was deployed to Afghanistan, but Doc says, no; he wasn’t. He’s not deployed, and he’s not Andrew Cain. Franco asks why Doc is saying that, and Drew says because he isn’t. He’s Andrew Cain.

Sasha tells Nina that Finn isn’t sure what she has isn’t contagious, and she doesn’t want Charlotte to get it. Nina says, Charlotte can stay with her mom; Lulu would love it. Sasha says what if Nina or Valentin get it? and Nina says they’ll up their vitamin C. Sasha says she can’t take the risk. She’s staying there until Finn finds a cure. Nina says, he will, and Sasha will get better. Sasha asks what makes her so sure? but Nina doesn’t know. She says, maybe a mother’s instinct.

Hayden tells Jax that she thinks it’s in Helena’s trophy room, but Jax says he’s not taking advantage of Nina’s concern over her daughter. Hayden says she understands. He says he’ll be in touch.

Doc tells Franco, the memories he has belong to Drew. He’s Franco Baldwin. Doc gets a call, and he says it’s someone who specializes in memory study. He wants to drop in on him, and promises he’ll be back. Franco looks at Elizabeth, and asks if she honestly believes she’s his wife. She says she is his wife. He looks at Drew, and says Drew really believes he’s him? Drew looks nothing like him. Showing him a mirror might be an idea.

Julian suggests Ava steer clear of the comments section. Ironically, it’s the same thing he told Kiki during her lawsuit. It was good advice then, and it’s good advice now. Ava says it proves he can’t leave her. He centers her. He says he’s moving to Manhattan, not Siberia. She asks if he isn’t worried Kim is just leaving to avoid her grief. He asks if there’s a better reason, but she says that’s not the kind of pain you can outrun. It follows you wherever you go. She learned the hard way.

Chelsea tells Laura that she knows all about the code. She hands Laura her business card, pointing out that it says for entertainment purposes only. She appreciates Laura’s patronage, and tells her consider the clarification on the house. She was also serious about the warning. It’s not Laura’s son in Africa. It’s the other one she should be worried about. Chelsea leaves, and Laura is like, wha…?

Stella says she has some serious packing to do, and Jordan asks if she’d like a ride to the airport. Stella says TJ is taking her. It will be her last chance to see him before she goes. They hug, and Jordan tells her to have an amazing trip; send pictures. Stella says she will, and tells them to take good care of each other. Cheerio. Jordan tells Curtis, the mystery of the long lost relative has been solved. Curtis says, sort of.

Sonny tells Carly, it’s been a rough couple of years. Carly says it wasn’t easy, but they got through it together. Sonny says they have to keep it up. Why let Mike and Yvonne have all the fun. She asks what he’s talking about, and he says he was just thinking they should renew their vows.

Finn says he’ll have the results of Sasha’s blood tests soon. Michael comes back, and asks how she’s doing. She says he’s sweet, and she hopes he didn’t leave early because of her. He says, maybe. He realized he belonged there with her.

Ava tells Julian that she considered leaving Port Charles a thousand times, but realized she can’t outrun her grief. Julian says, you learn to live with it, and it becomes bearable if you confront it head on. Kim will have to face it sooner or later, no matter where she’s living. Chelsea walks in, and Julian says Ava fires one psychic, and turns around and hires another? Ava says she’s not defending herself for the way she’s dealing with her grief. If he’s not going to judge Kim, don’t judge her. She goes over to Chelsea, and thanks her for coming. Chelsea asks, what’s up? and Ava says her brother is leaving town. That means it’s even more important for her to make contact with Kiki. Chelsea says, Kiki isn’t ready, but don’t worry too much. Her brother isn’t going anywhere.

Laura sees Doc, who asks how it went. She says she was sure Chelsea was a charlatan, but she was convincing. She gave Laura a message from her sister Amy. Doc says, amazing. Does she think it was genuine? She says she was starting to, when Chelsea said her son was in grave danger. He says, Lucky? She says she was upset, but called him, and he was fine. Then Chelsea said she was talking about her other son. She didn’t seem to know he was dead though.

Hayden makes a call, and says she was hoping to hire a charter to Spoon Island – undetected.

Nina looks in Sasha’s window, and sees her with Michael. Jax joins her, and says he thought she could use some company, or at least decent coffee. She thanks him.

Elizabeth tells Franco that Drew looks different because he was hit by a car, and had facial reconstruction. Franco isn’t sure he buys that, but Drew says, it happened. Franco says if that’s him with a new face, how do they explain his own face. Elizabeth says he hasn’t looked in a mirror, has he? He says, sure; he’ll play along. He doesn’t know how long the two of them can keep this up though. Elizabeth hands him a mirror, and he looks at his reflection.

Tomorrow, Maxie tells Peter his mind games aren’t working during the softball game, Hayden tells Jax the clock is ticking, and Drew tells Franco that he’s not going anywhere.

⚓ Loving Roger Howarth getting to do something different.

The Real Housewives of Orange County

Tamra tells Eddie that Kelly wants to see the house. Vicki does too, and she wants to get it all over with at once. She was also thinking of inviting the neighbors, but Eddie says he wouldn’t invite the neighbors with these women. They have to live with the neighbors.

Jolie takes a tennis lesson, with Kelly playing her alongside instructor Hadley. Afterwards, Kelly and Jolie sit. Kelly tells Jolie that she and Brian are thinking about a skincare line for teens. We see a clip of Brian discussing designing a travel kit with Kelly. Kelly says they want Jolie to be the face of the line. She’ll promote it on social media. Jolie says her social media is private because people call Kelly a cokehead. Kelly says she’s never done coke in her life, but Jolie says, that’s what people are saying. Kelly says, because Vicki said it. We flash back to the reunion where Vicki alluded to Kelly doing coke. Jolie reads, why is your mom such an effing loser-ass bitch? When she’s not drunk, she’s high on coke. In her interview, Kelly says she used to love Vicki, but her daughter’s gotten a lot of bullying on social media. Now she hates Vicki. She has no idea of the magnitude of hurt she’s done to Kelly’s family.

Sophie is getting ready for the winter formal, and Shannon tells her to put on her dress. In her interview, Shannon says Sophie is a seventeen-year-old, and acts like she’s twenty-five, but she trusts Sophie. She’s a good kid, and Shannon has to let her fly. Sophie comes out in her dress, and Shannon says it’s one millimeter from her ass; it’s really short. Sophie says God gave her nice, long legs, and she wants to show them off. Shannon says God also gave her a nice vagina, but don’t show that off. Shannon says she’s going out too, and Sophie gives Shannon some rules (yes, you read that right). No bringing home someone she doesn’t know, no drinking to the point of not remembering, no dancing with strangers, and have a good time. Sophie’s date Christian arrives, bearing a wrist corsage. Shannon wants photos, and calls Christian the boyfriend. Sophie says, he’s all red now. In Shannon’s interview, she says it’s her job to embarrass her children. One down. She trusts Sophie’s judgment. She thinks Sophie has a good gut. We see a clip of Sophie reciting with Shannon, if you do drugs, you die.

Emily tells Chef Alex that her father-in-law and mother-in-law’s birthdays are close to each other, so they’re having a dinner for them tonight. In her interview, she says she and Shane have been married ten years, and it’s a little bumpy right now. Shane is studying for the bar, and there’s no communication. They’ve had some high highs and some low lows. We see a clip of them at the counselor, and Emily is saying she thinks it was easier for Shane. He didn’t go through the physical and emotional things she did to get the embryos. In-laws Larry and Pary arrive, and Emily introduces them to Chef Alex. Her sister-in-law Shireen joins them. Everyone sits for dinner, and Alex serves. Shireen wonders if Shane is going to make an appearance. Emily says they don’t know the plan if Shane doesn’t pass the bar. Shireen says when she was taking it, her father said, if she passed, they’d celebrate with dinner, but if she didn’t, they’d still be hungry, so they’d go out to dinner. In Emily’s interview, she says she’s sure Shane feels like he has a ton of bricks on top of him from all the people wanting him to pass the bar. She tries to FaceTime with Shane, but says, he must be in the library. He calls, and tells her that he feels like he’s being hounded; it’s getting to be a level of harassment. No one respects him saying he doesn’t want calls. Is he supposed to call and ask how it’s going? Emily says, forget it. In her interview, she says she feels like she deserves more respect for taking care of everything. She’s hosting a birthday for his parents, and everything is on her. It’s a lot. Well, yeah. Shane is a big baby. She didn’t know that before? She lights the candles, and they sing Happy Birthday. One of the kids blows the candles out.

Braunwyn’s mother, Dr. Deb, looks like Betsey Johnson. In her interview, Braunwyn says her mother is larger than life. Growing up, her mom was a single mother in a rock band. She wanted to be famous, but then went to medical school, and graduated at the top of her UCLA class. She met Braunwyn’s stepdad, and went back to school to become a doctor. She had a family practice for a long time, and then went to Burning Man. Burning Man changed everything. Dr. Deb is connected to energies, and talks to angels. She asks if Deb has the schedule, and if she’s good. In Braunwyn’s interview, she says when she was growing up, her mom didn’t have much time, so she was shuttled to different family members. That’s why she thought it was important to be a stay-at-home mom. She wanted it so much when she was a kid. The grandma her kids have is nothing like the mom she had growing up. Which is a good thing. She’s fun now. They call her Rainbow Deb.

Kelly checks out Gina’s new house. In Gina’s interview, she says when they moved to the house in Coto, she thought it was her happily ever after. When things didn’t work out, she needed a change. Kelly helps Gina pick out an outfit for a date. Gina says the guy she’s going out with talks like an adult. Kelly says, try dating a thirty-year-old who’s a complete moron. We flash back to one of the many dudes who were on her bench. I think they called him the milk man. Kelly asks if Matt is dating, but Gina doesn’t know. She tells Kelly, he always says no, but maybe. Kelly wonders if he asks Gina. In her interview, Gina says she’s nervous about Matt’s reaction. She doesn’t want to do anything to mess up their co-parenting. She has to put the kids’ needs, and the needs of the family in front of her own. She tells Kelly, dating after being married is so weird, and Kelly says, it’s hard.

Braunwyn scatters rose petals on the floor. Sean comes home with roses. He says he hasn’t seen the place decorated yet. In her interview, Braunwyn says the last time they celebrated Valentine’s Day together, she was pregnant with Bella and so sick. She thinks it’s important for them to have their own space. They’re never alone. In Miami, they had a love shack where they could be by themselves. When they moved, they knew it was important to have a place where they get to be Sean and Braunwyn. She tells him about Kelly, and says her friend Gina is going through a divorce. It reminded her of what they went through when he was traveling. Jacob called him bye-bye daddy. Sean says he didn’t want to be away from the family so much. When he was at a meeting with some bigwigs, he’d asked what they’d change about their lives, and they all said they’d give it all up to spend more time with their families. That’s when he knew he needed to be home. In Braunwyn’s interview, she says she loved him and the kids, but hated the situation. They were so caught up in who they were supposed to be, they never talked about things like preferring less money to having him home.

Tamra reminds Eddie of their first Valentine’s Day. He was out of the country, and sent her chocolate-covered strawberries. She asks if he remembers. He says he does, and she says, no he doesn’t. He says she’s right; he doesn’t. She says he’s a bad liar.

Braunwyn leads Sean to the bedroom.

Emily asks which kid stinks. The dog drinks out of the toilet, and then kisses her. In her interview, she says, Happy Valentine’s Day to me.

Eddie and Tamra go out to eat. Eddie gives her a box. Inside is a pair of Valentino shoes. In her interview, Tamra says she thinks Eddie has a shoe fetish. Whenever it’s her birthday, or Valentine’s Day, or she wins a competition, she gets a new pair of shoes. They order, and toast to their good life. Tamra says the last year wasn’t horrible, but not one of their better years. We flash back to Eddie going to the hospital for surgery. In Tamra’s interview, she says, since Eddie had heart issues, seeing a heart is a big deal to them. She tells Eddie about going with Shannon to her follow-up for her non-surgical facelift. She looks good. She says, last year, she knows Eddie might have been annoyed with Shannon – we flash back to Eddie saying, Shannon thinks her sh*t doesn’t stink – and he asks if she’s excusing last year. Tamra says, absolutely, and he asks if she’s doing the same with Vicki. She says a big part of it is that she doesn’t trust Vicki. Vicki texts that she hates Gina; then she hears from Gina that Vicki called and was so sweet. When Gina got the DUI, Vicki sent her the article and laughed. You don’t worry about someone, then talk sh*t about them. She thinks Vicki is the most insecure person she’s ever met. In her interview, she says she’s known Vicki for fourteen years, but can’t figure her out. She has an angel/devil thing going on. She likes Vicki’s sweet side, but she has a horrible side. She never knows which Vicki she’s getting. She tells Eddie, the party is Saturday, and there’s a lot of work to be done, like tomorrow. He says he has a clear day tomorrow, and she says she loves him.

Tamra gets ready for the party.

Kelly can’t believe Vicki is going to be there. She doesn’t want to deal or talk to her. Shannon asks who else is coming, and Kelly says, Joe. Shannon says, Joe who? and Kelly says, Joe mama.

Emily tells Gina, the last time she was there, she threatened to kill Kelly. We flash back to that. She says her goal is to not threaten to kill anyone. Gina says, it’s good to have goals.

Tamra oversees lead caterer Jennifer. The guests begin to arrive. Gina tells Tamra that she’s met Braunwyn, and she’s cool. She has seven kids. Tamra asks, why? Emily brings flowers in a vase. Kelly says, Tamra is stepping it up. Emily tells Shannon that she looks good. In Shannon’s interview, she says, is she excited to see Emily? No. She has nothing to say to her. Sorry. Emily says she needs to get on the Shannon whatever-happened-here. Kelly asks if Emily didn’t see Shannon’s Insta-stories about her fitness journey. We see a clip of Shannon on a walk with her dog Archie. Emily says Shannon blocked her on Instagram. In her interview, Shannon says she doesn’t know where she stands with Emily. It’s the year of positive and fun. She and Tamra blocked her at same time. In Emily’s interview, she says nothing has changed in her relationship with Shannon. Shannon thinks tequila is in order. Sean and Braunwyn arrive, and in her interview, Tamra says, they’re a super cute couple, and full of energy.

Tamra gives the upstairs tour. Yes. Her house is beyond anything we ever had or will have. She says her big decision every day is which staircase to take. Shannon tells Braunwyn about how she married late, and got pregnant on her honeymoon. Ryan asks where Emily’s husband is, and Emily says, he’s studying for the bar. He guesses they won’t be having a beer together, but Emily says they won’t when he’s done either. He doesn’t drink; he’s Mormon. Kelly tells Braunwyn that she hopes Vicki doesn’t talk to her. She doesn’t like her. Tamra tells Shannon, Vicki is coming. She’s said she’s going to bring up the pig video. Shannon says, that sounds like something you’d see in a mafia movie. Tamra says Kelly sent Vicki a pig instead of a text, and shows Shannon a video of an emoji pig talking in Kelly’s voice, and giving Vicki the business. In Tamra’s interview, she says Slade called Vicki a pig on stage. We flash back to Slade trying his hand at stand-up, a billion years ago. Kelly knows it’s a sore subject. Vicki even had her nose done because of it. It’s really a low blow.

Vicki and Steve arrive. Tamra drinks as fast as possible out of Shannon’s glass, and nearly chokes, saying, it’s straight tequila. In Vicki’s interview, she says finally, Tamra moved to Coto; to her hidden gem, where it all started. Braunwyn says her mom told her, not everyone is going to love you, and if they do, you’re doing something wrong. Vicki comes outside, and says hello to everyone. Kelly tries to blend in with the woodwork. Someone asks about Sean’s necklace, and while he’s explaining, Vicki gets overly interested, and a little touchy-feely. In her interview, Braunwyn says she doesn’t think Vicki is flirting with her husband, but eww. He might be young enough to be her son. Vicki says hasn’t met Braunwyn, and Shannon introduces her. Lunch is served. Vicki tells Steve that she’s doing tequila. He says he’s doing water. Kelly says she’s not engaging with Vicki. No way. Her strategy is to stay TF away from Vicki. She’s like a disease, and Kelly isn’t about to catch anything.

Kelly disappears. Gina says she’s going to get a drink, check her makeup, and keep it moving. Tamra tells Vicki that she knows how to clear a room, but Vicki says it’s not her. She tells Emily about the pig video. In Emily’s interview, she says she gets it. She’s been there. We flash back to the reunion, and Emily saying that people are calling her fat ass and disgusting. She says, if you go after people’s looks, or their body, or how they’re built… She just doesn’t do that. Vicki says she’s had a couple of tweaks. Emily says she has to use the bathroom, and goes inside. Tamra says, another one down, and Tamra and Vicki are left alone. Inside, Emily tells Kelly about Vicki showing her the pig emoji. Kelly says Vicki left out what she’d sent first. It was a huge text about what Kelly should and shouldn’t do, and her response was a pig emoji. In Kelly’s interview, she says she used the emoji because she didn’t want to type out a dissertation on why Vicki is a POS. She just sent a mirror image of what Vicki looks like. Oink, oink.

Vicki tells Tamra that she was going to say something to Kelly, but she walked away. She doesn’t understand, since Kelly sent a text saying she forgave Vicki. Then people talk, and it lights the fire again. Tamra says Vicki is the one who claimed Kelly did cocaine. She tells Vicki to do her best not to say anything. Retaliation isn’t best. Vicki tells Tamra to try it. In Vicki’s interview, she says, at 57, she’s doing her best to look good, but there are some things she can’t change. Tamra isn’t a good friend, but she was at one time. Inside, there’s a discussion about who insulted who first. Tamra tells Vicki that she wants to set it up, and leaves Vicki standing by herself outside.

Tamra looks for Kelly. She tells Kelly that she had a conversation with Vicki, who would like to talk. Kelly says she doesn’t want to, but Tamra suggests if it’s not what Kelly wants to hear, walk away. Kelly says Vicki completely ruined her reputation. Kelly has nothing to say to her. In her interview, Kelly says she’s upset that Tamra and Shannon haven’t picked lane. They’ve hated Vicki forever. We see clips of Vicki’s various run-ins with them. Kelly asks why they’re choosing Vicki over her. It doesn’t make sense. Eddie says he could use a tequila drink, and wonders if the girls need more tequila.

Tamra tells Vicki that Kelly doesn’t want to talk, and Vicki says, good. She has other friends. Tamra says Vicki can’t be an a-hole, and Vicki asks if she’s siding with Kelly right now. Tamra says she is, and Vicki asks why they’re sitting on the sidelines. Tamra says because they’re not involved. Vicki says, Kelly isn’t innocent; they’re both wrong. Shannon suggests Vicki asks what she can do, and Tamra says, how can she make it better? Vicki says they have to help her.

Vicki asks Kelly if she’ll talk, but Kelly says she has nothing to say to Vicki. Vicki says she has the message where Kelly says she forgave her, and follows Kelly inside. She asks if Kelly thinks she’s a beauty queen. You don’t talk about women like that. Kelly says, no, she doesn’t think she’s a beauty queen, and get out of her face. Braunwyn jokes, it’s going really well. Tamra tells Vicki that she hurt Kelly’s feelings. Kelly repeats she has nothing to say to Vicki. Leave her alone. She goes back outside.

Kelly sits on a patio couch. Eddie and the other guys watch, amused. Vicki follows Kelly to the couch, and sits across from her. She says she cares about Kelly, but Kelly says, no she doesn’t. Tamra and Shannon literally sit on the sidelines.  Kelly says Vicki doesn’t understand what she’s done to her. Vicki hurt her daughter. Vicki says she doesn’t want to hurt Kelly’s daughter. Kelly asks if Vicki has ever seen her do cocaine.

Next time, Vicki claims to know more than she said, Shannon has dinner with Braunwyn, and Gina tells Emily that she can’t talk about it.

👶 Oh Yeah, That Kid…

I can’t say as I remember him from One Life To Live though.

https://www.abc.soapsindepth.com/posts/one-life-to-live-patrick-gibbons-jr-return-to-general-hospital-172098

💉 I Told You She’ll Never Die…

Helena will be alive as long as Constance Towers is.

https://www.abc.soapsindepth.com/posts/general-hospital-constance-towers-returns-helena-172089

https://tvline.com/2019/08/13/general-hospital-helena-returns-constance-towers-shiloh-drew-afghanistan/?fbclid=IwAR1J60qkmLoe6rN3I0jKAczUOmWpsPNiLBoivxM9_bVipo9hBDvhRyy_T00

💡 A Genius Move…

Whoever decided it was a great idea to bring V.C. Andrews’s books to life on Lifetime, deserves a promotion. While I loved the original, atmospheric film version of Flowers in the Attic, the ending wasn’t faithful to the book. Once I got past Heather Graham as Corrine – and mostly because it looked like she hadn’t aged since she was Roller Girl in Boogie Nights – I enjoyed Lifetime’s take on the Dollanganger saga. Grabbing onto their own coattails, at present the Casteel family has a weekly gig at the network. The books aren’t even close to being good literature. The dialogue is unnatural, and the stories are cringeworthy; yet somehow, they became a right of passage during the late 80s and early 90s. I’ve read quite a few of them, and forget at what point I stopped. Oddly enough, V.C. Andrews kept writing long after her death in 1986, which is probably a testament to how formulaic the books are. Yet I watch, fascinated, with millions of other viewers, the same way we read years ago. I do wonder though, if Jason Priestly ever hesitates in the middle of a scene, thinking, this is the stupidest thing I’ve ever said, even if he was on Beverly Hills 90210.

https://www.mylifetime.com/vc-andrews-casteel-series-films

📶 Here It Is Again…

But it’s what we’ve got.

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 19, 2019 – A Package Comes For Doc, More Kiefer, Observed This Week, HAHN Return Date, a Heavenly Number of Quotes & Weekend Edge

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Nina meets Valentin at the MetroCourt, and tells him that she arranged a playdate between Aiden and Charlotte. Charlotte was amenable, and she’s glad Miss Tait didn’t diminish that part of her. She can’t help thinking about how Maxie and Peter believed Obrecht was blackmailing him. She asks what that’s about.

Maxie and Peter find Obrecht at Charlie’s. Maxie asks why she vanished before the results of the DNA test came in. Wasn’t she curious? Obrecht says she couldn’t bear to witness her niece’s broken heart when she found out Sasha wasn’t her daughter.

Sasha punches the heavy bag at the gym. Michael comes in and asks who’s face she’s imagining. She says, herself.

Laura looks at an article about Ryan’s hand being found. Elizabeth joins her, and Laura asks how Aiden is. Elizabeth gets a text, and says, Nina wants to arrange a playdate for Aiden and Charlotte.

Jordan sees Franco at the hospital. He asks how she is, and she says she’s getting used to her new routine of early morning dialysis. She asks about him, and he says he’s fully recovered. He’s hoping the discovery of Ryan’s severed hand means he’s no longer on the earth. She says the authorities are convinced of it, but it never hurts to be extra cautious. Franco says the upside is, now they can tell the difference between Ryan and Doc. Good point! Doc comes down the hallway, startling them.

Ava walks into her apartment, and sets the alarm. She hears someone in the hallway, and takes out her gun. She says she knows Ryan is out there, and tells him to show himself. It’s Curtis, who says, relax. She asks how long he’s been following her, and he says, not long. She tells him come in and explain himself. She asks, what’s going on? and he says he’s the protection her brother hired. Julian is worried about her. She asks if he’s afraid she’ll hurt herself or hurt Ryan.

Laura wasn’t aware that Charlotte and Aiden were friends, and Elizabeth says Aiden never said anything. Laura hopes it’s progress, and Charlotte is trying to get along with him. Elizabeth has the sneaking suspicion Franco had something to do with it. Laura says he’s invested in the boys. Elizabeth understands he has good intentions, but wishes he’d talk to her first. Is it too much to ask for full disclosure? Laura says, apparently so.

Doc tells Franco and Jordan that he has both hands. Jordan is glad Doc was released, but he says, Nora gets the credit. He was just clearing out his office. Franco asks if he’s going to practice elsewhere. Doc doesn’t know. He still has his license, and is waiting to see if he gets reinstated, but if there are patients that want to see him, he’ll rent a space. He continues on, and Jordan says she hopes Franco isn’t planning on leaving town. He asks how he ended up under investigation.

Obrecht tells Maxie not to worry. Nina will forgive her for running around with Peter, and planning to take away her daughter. Maxie says she’s already been forgiven, and Obrecht asks if Nina has finally seen Valentin for the liar he is. Peter says Nina and Valentin are more in love than ever. Obrecht says even after they exposed him? Maxie says, there was nothing to expose. The test proved that Sasha really is Nina’s biological daughter.

Michael has his turn on the heavy bag, and says Sasha can have it back, but she says she already had a great workout. She asks whose face is on it for him, and he says a guy who’s been messing with his sister. Sasha thinks that’s sweet, and he holds the bag for her while she gets in a few more punches.

Valentin tells Nina that Maxie and Peter made an assumption based on erroneous speculation. They couldn’t have known what happened with her and Cassandra. Nina says Valentin wanted to call the police, but she said no because of her record. They should have called. Now Obrecht is holding over her like a sword. Valentin says Obrecht isn’t turning her in. She’s just using it to get what she wanted from him. She’s sick and twisted, and not asking him for a favor if she can blackmail him. He says they have everything they can want; Charlotte, Sasha, and a bright future. He suggests they not look back in the shadows, but toward their wedding with their daughters. Nina says he found the child she thought she’d lost, who’s now in her life, and he has Charlotte. They have everything they want. It’s a dream come true, but dreams aren’t made to last. How can she erase the past when she thinks she’s only seconds away from the next heartache? Valentin says they have a bond that’s unique. The naysayers and critics will never get it. He takes her hands in his, and says, what they have is stronger than anyone knows.

Obrecht says, Sasha is actually Nina’s daughter and her niece? It’s truly miraculous. Maxie is glad for Nina’s sake, but since it’s not about Sasha, what secret is Obrecht holding over Valentin’s head? Obrecht doesn’t have the slightest idea what they’re talking about, but since they’re pestering her, she’s moving to another location. They’re interrupting her flow, but she’s grateful for the uplifting news. Outside, she flashes back to seeing Valentin at Madeline’s casket.

Laura tells Elizabeth, if only Doc had said something, she would have known they’d switched places, and could have avoided the devastating loss. Elizabeth says, it wasn’t malicious. Doc made a terrible mistake, but others have been forgiven for much worse. Laura says she was relieved when Doc’s case was dropped, and Elizabeth says, so was she. It would have been terrible if Doc went to prison for his brother’s crimes. Laura thought so too, but she doesn’t know how go forward. Their marriage is in limbo. Alexis drew up divorce papers but she couldn’t bring herself to sign them. It’s not just about her though. Lulu had a massive panic attack when she saw Doc with Laura at home. It’s part of why she suggested Lulu go away. Elizabeth says, Lulu is strong; she’ll get through it. Laura says, it’s a good place to heal. She’s never been more confused. Despite his mistakes, she still loves Doc as much as she ever did.

Franco asks Jordan what he did now, but she says, he’s not a suspect; just the opposite. She’s asking because the PCPD wants to acknowledge his help with the investigation. Because of him, they uncovered the truth, and the full extent of Ryan’s crimes. She tells him to be around next month, and he tells her to let him know the date. She says he did a great service, but doesn’t think he was heroic. They both know she dragged him kicking and screaming, and blackmailed him. She says, he got the job done, and they’re grateful.

Franco sees Doc at the elevator, and says, when Doc lands somewhere, let him know. Doc asks if he wants and appointment, and Franco says Doc got him more than any other shrink. Elizabeth reminded him of that. Doc says he left Franco open to Ryan’s lies and manipulation. No other shrink failed him like that. Franco says Doc helped him. He listened, offered insight, and never judged. He’s trying to follow Doc’s example. Doc says he’d welcome the opportunity to work with Franco again. Franco says he’ll think about it.

Ava says, so her brother took it upon himself to hire a bodyguard, and Curtis says, you’re welcome. She says, thank you, but no thank you. Curtis says Julian knew she was on edge, and if Ryan is still alive, she’s his number one target. It’s for her peace of mind. She has no doubt he’s excellent, but she has no intention of being followed around. She has to live her life. He says, or what’s left of it. What’s she doing with a gun? She says, so she can protect herself. He says, it’s smart to take precautions, but reverting back to her bad ways and giving Ryan vigilante justice, not so much.

Nina is worried that Obrecht knows a secret that can ruin them, and will do it again, but Valentin says she knows where her bread is buttered. And she has priorities. She wants to see James, and has to be on good terms with Maxie to do that. She can’t do that, and be blackmailing him. Nina says, it makes sense, but Obrecht rarely makes sense. She’s smart and unpredictable, and wants to tear them apart for no reason. Obrecht walks in, and waves.

Sasha tells Michael, good workout. He helps get the tape off of her hands, and asks if she’s sore. She says, a little. He rubs her hand, and she says, how about him? She rubs his hand, and he says, a little. She gets up, and says the last time they saw each other, she couldn’t get away fast enough. He asks if it was something he said, and she says, yeah. He asks if he did something offensive, and she says, no. He opened up wide about his ex, and she hasn’t been up front. He’s looking for someone in life whose honest like him, not like her. Michael gets up, and walks away.

Maxie tells Peter that Obrecht seemed unexpectedly surprised and relieved to find out Sasha is Nina’s daughter. Peter agrees, and Maxie wonders what she’s holding over Valentin’s head. There’s definitely something suspicious about him too. Peter doesn’t think so. Some things should be kept hidden. Maxie asks if they shouldn’t find out what the truth is, so Valentin doesn’t hurt Nina again.

Elizabeth tells Laura that she wouldn’t be with Franco if it wasn’t for her. She would have lost out on a loyal man who adores her and the boys. She knows at its core, Franco’s heart is in the right place. What it comes to is, who is the man at his core? Laura says she’s right. The fundamental man is what matters most. Elizabeth has to go, but tells Laura that she saw Doc earlier at the hospital. He was cleaning out his office. She thinks moving is going to be tough. Laura thanks her, and makes a worried face. Since Griff is no longer around, Laura definitely makes the best one.

Ava tells Curtis to let Julian know she fired him. She has no need of his services. Curtis says, technically, she didn’t hire him, so she can’t fire him. She says she can make it impossible for him to do his job; call him out, blow his cover, tell the cops he’s stalking her. He doesn’t doubt she can drive him crazy, but he was there when she saw Kiki in a body bag. He’ll never forget it; it broke his heart. He’s sorry for her loss, and would like to help. She says he can help by getting the hell out of there. He goes to the door, turns to look at her, and leaves. Ava takes out her gun, and says, come on, Ryan. Come and get me.

Michael returns to Sasha, who says she thought she’d run him off this time. He says he went to the ice machine, and puts some on her hand. He says she’s not being clear, and she says he values honesty, and there have been times in her life when she’s been less than. Michael tells her not to beat herself up. He just offered to buy her a drink, not get married. She says she wanted to close any doors before they opened to avoid any… whatever. He say hypothetically speaking, if she doesn’t regret the untruth she told, is it possible she might like him, or is that what she’s lying about? Sasha says she’s not lying about liking him. She’d never lie about that.

Maxie says Valentin lobbied for Peter to retract his statement. Why do it without leverage? Peter says he knows Valentin would want to protect Nina. Maxie says, that’s how the DNA test started, and Peter says, and now look how it turned out. They’re just starting to rebuild their relationship. Maxie says, if Sasha hadn’t intervened, she’d still be tiptoeing around Nina. Peter thinks she should stop trying find something. He wouldn’t mind not spending their downtime waiting for the other shoe to drop. Maxie is afraid it will drop on Nina first, but Peter says, she’s a big girl. She knows who she’s remarrying. Let her be happy. Maxie wonders how he can say that, when Valentin caused him so much pain?

Valentin says Nina should suck it up for James’s sake, but she says she’s not there yet. Obrecht says she saw Maxie and Peter. They told her the good news. She’s relieved and happy. Nina says, is she? Does Obrecht really care about her? She walks off, and Obrecht asks if Valentin would care to explain the hostility. She’s sure it’s his doing. He says she’s rightly assuming that, since she was blackmailing him. She says how would she do that without leverage? Sasha passed another DNA test that proved she’s Nina’s daughter. How did he arrange that?

Curtis meets Jordan in that new cellar-like café. Curtis says Ava is on to something. When she said she doesn’t believe Ryan is alive, she doesn’t just believe it, she’s hoping he is. Jordan asks, why? He says a serial killer got her to fall in love with him, and murdered her daughter. What’s she going to do? Wait for him to be brought to justice, or seek it for herself? The only problem is, if Ryan is still alive, how did he survive without a hand? There was mad blood loss, the risk of infection, and he had to be weakened. Jordan says, he had help, but if he did, they’re probably dead already.

Franco arrives at Ava’s apartment, and asks why she needs to see him. She says she needs a boyfriend, and he’s the perfect man. He says they did that. It didn’t work out then, and it won’t now. Besides, he’s married. She says he’ll just be posing. Putting on a show to lure Ryan out. Franco says, the last time, he got stabbed for his trouble. She says it just needs to be convincing enough to make Ryan jealous. Lure him out of hiding, and into a trap. He says a presumably dead serial killer, and she says they can make him pay. Finally and forever. They can do this for Kiki.

Doc thanks Elizabeth for whatever she said to Franco on his behalf. She says his mistake doesn’t negate how he helped Franco. He made Franco whole, and she’ll always be grateful. She hopes things work out for him. He goes to the elevator, and Laura comes out. She heard it was moving day. He says he’s clearing out his office to make room for his replacement. She says no one can replace him. He says, apparently Ryan did. He can’t forget, the hospital sure can’t, and he’s certain she can’t either. She says, no, but she can put it in perspective.

Peter doesn’t want Maxie to have a grudge on his behalf. He doesn’t want revenge on Valentin, and neither should she. Maxie says Anna put him up for adoption, doing what she thought was best, and finding a loving home. Valentin wrecked it by giving him to Faison. Peter says he also instantly regretted it. If not for Valentin, his father would have tangled up his destiny. His father was evil, and now he’s dead. He prefers to leave the past in the past, where it can’t hurt him.

Obrecht asks Valentin, if the DNA test was positive because Sasha is really Nina’s daughter, why was he standing over Madeline’s coffin? Perhaps Nina should hear about it. He says she’s brave, but slow to appreciate the gravity of her situation. As long as he and Nina happy, she’ll be happy. When they’re not happy, all bets are off the table.

Franco tells Ava, it’s a fantastically terrible idea. She says, fantastically brilliant. Ryan is already jealous of him. Imagine if he found out Franco had taken his place in her bed. He says, not happening. She says Ryan murdered her daughter, and she won’t rest until he’s dead. He tells her, find another patsy. God help them – and her.

Jordan tells Curtis that she checked all of the doctors in the area. Curtis says maybe it’s someone other than. She says they checked within a hundred mile radius. He says he got a text that pointed him in the right direction.

Laura says when she found Doc at Ferncliff, even when the situation was deeply terrifying, she was also overcome with a sense of joy, because realized the idea that he’d stopped loving her was a lie. He’s a sweet man, patient with her precious grandchildren, and took a bullet for her. That man is still around. The one who she loved, and still loves. He says he never stopped loving her. She says maybe this is the place they can start over. They kiss.

Maxie thinks it’s great that Peter has made peace with Valentin. She underestimated him. She didn’t know he was so evolved. He says don’t give him too much credit. Valentin is in a prison of his own making. If he’s lying, he’s living in fear that Obrecht will tell Nina. Maxie asks if he thinks it’s worth it to ask Obrecht. He says not on his account. He doesn’t care; that’s the point. There are consequences. He had rage for his father, and he paid the price. She and Nathan did. He can’t go back to that life. He knows true happiness; moving forward with her.

Obrecht says Peter and Maxie worked in Valentin’s favor. Why the powerplay? Unless he’s keeping a secret. He says she should be asking how she can keep Valentin happy. She has far more to lose than he does. He walks out.

Michael puts ice on Sasha’s hands, and asks how she’s feeling. She has a question first. She wants to apologize for running out at the bar; it was rude. He says, accepted. What’s the question? She asks if he thinks they can still be friends. She doesn’t need… whatever, but she could use a friend. Something uncomplicated, a have a hit at the heavy bag friend. He says he’s completely on board. An uncomplicated friendship.

Which they immediately decide to complicate by getting busy. Surprising everyone with an unexpected song part.

Elizabeth asks if Franco knows anything about a playdate between Charlotte and Aiden. Franco says he told her that he went to see a friend. He explained what was going on to Nina. Knowing that Charlotte was a pint-sized influencer, he said he thought if she became friends with Aiden, the other kids would fall in line. He knows he should have run it by her first. She says, maybe he should have, but she’s discovered she loves him for making their life better and, boneheaded husband that he is, she’s glad he’s all hers.

Ava calls Scotty, and asks him to come over. She’d love to see him.

Curtis tells Jordan, if Ryan is alive, he would need things like bandages and painkillers. He put his feelers about to pharmacies up north, and got a hit. Shortly after Ryan disappeared, a pharmacy near Niagara Falls was burglarized. They never caught the perp.

At the hospital, a messenger comes with a package for Doc. Doc asks who it’s from, and he says, it’s from someone named Chamberlain. I’m guessing it’s the hand.

On Monday, Scotty asks what plan Ava is cooking up; Shiloh tells Jason the more Sam trusts him, the closer they become; and Laura freaks out at what’s in the box. Yep. It’s the hand.

🚑 Kiefer Confirm…

The experts validate that Alexis confessed. Again I ask, where’s the leverage?

https://www.abc.soapsindepth.com/posts/general-hospital-kiefer-bauer-170471?utm_medium=email&utm_source=SailthruHorizonDaily&utm_content=16637058&utm_campaign=ABCsid_ed_Newsletter_SweepsOptin%202019-04-19&utm_term=Master_ABCsid_sweeps-editorialgnups

👀 Some Observations From This Week…

There has been some internet brouhaha about throwing a piece of cheese on a toddler’s head, to see the reaction when it sticks. Apparently, some people are concerned it will traumatize the kid for life. Highly doubtful. I’m sure there are also PETA members crying out because people are throwing cheese at dogs’ heads. Dogs definitely won’t be traumatized, and will eat the cheese. Maybe these toddlers can learn from the dogs. One time when I spit baby food at my father, he checked to make sure my mother wasn’t looking, and threw a spoonful back. Or so I heard. And none of my problems come from post-traumatic baby food throwing.

A large portion of Mexican Dynasties has focused on Adan’s musical career, and how wonderful his family thinks he is. There seems to be only one person (Doris… I think) being sensibly minded, and saying they’re not being objective. He’s just not that good. It’s not that he might not become that good, but he’s not going anywhere right now. He’s a mix of a second rate Back Street Boy, and a poor man’s Ricky Nelson. He needs both training and to come into this century.

I watched If There Be Thorns last weekend, and Heather Graham hasn’t changed since she was Roller Girl in Boogie Nights. Is it a great plastic surgeon? Amazing genes? A deal with a witch? What?

I saw two email subject lines this week that were of concern. One was – Gucci for Kids. I don’t even own anything from Gucci. Okay, maybe a pair of sunglasses, but I wasn’t seven when I got them. And the other – Prom Anxiety Text Line. I’m sorry, but can kids deal with nothing among their circle of IRL friends anymore? Have they become so socially inept, they need to consult a phone hotline because they got a zit on prom day or their hair is flat? What happened to Glamour magazine?

📺 The Haves and The Have Nots will return on Tuesday, May 7th. It doesn’t look too promising for Derrick with the lion tattoo. I almost threw up at that reveal.

📟 Quotes of the Week

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground. – Theodore Roosevelt

Love does not dominate; it cultivates. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering. – Winnie the Pooh

Prepare children for the real world, not the one you wish them to have.Dr. Phil

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. – Stella Adler

That doesn’t just go away.Jax Taylor, when asked if he’s still into sucking toes

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.Andy Warhol – or maybe time just passes as things change.

🎆 The New Weekend’s Here!

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I don’t know if it’s glory I’m on the edge of, but catching up on sleep, definitely.

March 31, 2017 – Valentin Agrees to Help Jason, the Weird World of V.C. Andrews & Quotes

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What I Watched Today

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

 

General Hospital

Elizabeth wonders why Franco is asking her to marry him right now. He says why not?

Jason asks Valentin for a favor, telling him that it’s about Jake. He explains that Jake spent the better part of four years with Helena, and he’s trying to find out what she did to him.

Lulu sees Nelle at Kelly’s and introduces herself. Nelle asks if Lulu is going to tell her off. Lulu says what happened is none of her business, and it’s not her place to judge, but she’d like to talk about her daughter, Charlotte.

Alexis enters a dark house. Her phone rings, but when she answers, she gets a dial tone. It rings again, and she asks if it’s Julian. It’s Sam, who is wearing an awesome white swing top with thumbhole sleeves. Sam wonders why Alexis called her Julian, and Alexis says old habits die hard. Sam wants to come by, but Alexis says she’ll come over to Sam’s house.

Sonny tells Michael about the break up with Carly. He says she’s mad as hell and called it quits. Michael says sorry, and Sonny says he doesn’t seem like it. Michael says he’s not exactly in shock. Now that things have settled down, there are no distractions. Losing Morgan could have brought them together or torn them apart, and they decided on the latter. Sonny says he didn’t want this, but Michael says it’s happening.

Lulu asks if Nelle has a minute. Since they’ll be seeing one another, they might as well get to know each other. Nelle was picking up scones for Charlotte’s birthday breakfast, since they’re her favorite. She thinks they remind Charlotte of her mom.

Laura tells Doc about the upcoming trip. He says that he’s not sure what surprises him more, the trip itself or that she’s going with Tracy. He asks if Luke is in jail again, and Laura says that would be amusing if his ex-wives showed up to break him out, but he isn’t involved.

Franco tells Elizabeth that it makes perfect sense. Any two people can shack up, but if they make it official, he’s her husband and can be stepfather to her children. She asks if it’s about the two of them, or him and Jason.

Valentin tells Jason that Helena was a horrible person. He was sent to boarding school, so they didn’t cross paths much. Jason asks about the island, and if there are any scarecrows on it. Valentin gives him a strange, amused look.

Alexis comes to Sam’s bearing diapers and cookies. She’s doing her grandma thing. Sam says she got the feeling that Alexis was drinking when they last talked. Alexis admits to having a bit of a relapse, but went to a meeting, and was coming back from one when Sam called. A new sponsor might be a good idea. A real one this time. Sam says it’s understandable with all she’s been through. Alexis says ironically Julian was again the one who convinced her to stop.

Michael tells Sonny that he’s not taking sides. Sonny asks if he talked to Carly, but he says he doesn’t have to; he already knows what they do. They’re both strong people, and sometimes turn that strength on each other, and they’re taking out the pain they feel about Morgan on each other. Sonny asks if Michael knows how much he hates hurting the people he loves, including him.

Nelle corrects herself, saying surrogate mother, and apologizes to Lulu. Lulu says it’s not her fault. She says there are so many things she doesn’t know about her own daughter, seemingly insignificant things. She said she would know them had she been there at the beginning, but Valentin kept Charlotte from her all of her life.

Doc is surprised that Laura is traipsing across the world because Tracy asked her to. He wonders how it came about. Laura says they seem like an unlikely pair, but they do have a relationship. She says it was Tracy’s fur coat that she wore to flash Doc, and Doc says he’ll be forever grateful. Laura tells him that Tracy has a situation that may or may not have to do with her father. She thinks she should help, because if Tracy goes it alone, she might miss the chance to reconnect with him. And she’s a sucker for Turkish coffee. She says the best part will be the homecoming, and they kiss.

Franco tells Elizabeth that he’s not asking her to marry him because of Jason or Jake. He’d love to be a permanent fixture in Jake’s life, but he’s asking because he loves her. She can show the world that she trusts him and chooses him over all others. She says she’s told everyone that she trusts him, and she does choose him over everything, including Jason; but Jason is Jake’s father, and she has to consider his feelings. Franco says that Jason doesn’t even believe that Jake has a problem.

Valentin tells Jason that’s a weird question about the scarecrows. Jason says thanks for the help, because he’s an impatient jackass. Valentin says that he never intended to be a father, but Helena took that decision away from him. Now, he loves Charlotte and she’s his life. He says he understands, and if Jason wants to search the island, he’ll set it up. He tells Jason that he might want to start with the olive grove.

Elizabeth says that it’s about Jake after all; Franco thinks that Jason isn’t handling it well, and that’s why he wants to marry her. Franco says yes and no. His feelings for her are real; he loves her, and he loves Jake too. He wants to make sure that Jake gets what he needs. Elizabeth says that Jason is still Jake’s father, and she has to regard his wishes. She thinks that Franco should keep his distance from Jake for now.

Sam tells Alexis that dreams can seem very real. Alexis says that sounds rational, but talks about the knocking at the door, and how no one was there. Then the second time, it was Valentin.

Valentin tells Jason that there’s an old olive grove that was planted before Cassadine’s got there, and it had a scarecrow in it. Legend had it that the scarecrow came alive one night, and it might have made an impression on Jake. Jason appreciates the help, and Valentine keeps the offer open. Jason wonders if Valentine has an agenda in helping him, but Valentin says that no child should be subject to Helena. Jason says he’ll do whatever it takes to help Jake.

Nelle tells Lulu that she knows a little about Charlotte’s childhood, but had no idea what was happening. Yeah, I guess she had other things to concentrate on, like the blow out with Carly and Sonny. Lulu says she’s glad that Nelle is taking care of Charlotte. She tells Nelle that when she found out she had daughter, she blew it. She was so excited, she ended up scaring her away. She didn’t think it through, and acted in the moment, making a huge mistake. Nelle can relate to not being able to take something back.

Sonny watches Michael work in some kind of weird proud dad way. He doesn’t want to leave it like this. Maybe Nelle wasn’t the main reason for breakup, but she helped it along. When truth came out, he knows Michael was hurt. Michael says he was sympathetic to a point, but can’t get past what she did. Sonny asks if he’s sure, and if Nelle staying in Port Charles changes anything.

Lulu apologizes for keeping Nelle, and thanks her for listening. Nelle asks how Michael is doing, but Lulu says she hardly sees him. She tells Nelle that Dante said he’s keeping to himself, and throwing himself into work. She hates that he’s grieving Morgan all alone, and Nelle says that she does too. Nelle leaves Kelly’s, and Lulu looks pleased with herself.

Michael tells Sonny that Nelle got a job as Charlotte’s nanny. Sonny says that Nelle probably still has an agenda (WOTD), and asks how Michael might feel running into her. Michael says they’re not like Sonny and Carly. He tells Sonny not to project, and says he can handle it. If he makes a mistake, he has to live with the fallout, and Sonny should know.

Elizabeth tells Franco that right now, his presence is causing an issue with Jake’s father, and she doesn’t want any more disruptions in Jake’s life. Franco says he wants the crappy cards on Father’s Day and to teach Jake how to drive. Elizabeth needs him to give Jake space until they find out what the drawings mean. Then they’ll have him to thank for getting the ball rolling. Franco says okay, they’ll do things her way, but no matter what, he doesn’t want to lose her. She says he won’t, and they kiss.

Jason interrupts, and says when Elizabeth gets a chance, they need to talk about Jake. I like Jason, but I don’t like when he acts irrational. And I like Franco more.

Sam doesn’t know what’s worse, a visit from Valentin, or Julian’s ghost. Alexis thinks about it and says Valentin. He wanted to do the family bonding thing, and gave her the keys to Windemere. She says she kicked him out of the house. Geez, most people would have just said thanks. Sam suggests it might have triggered a response.  Alexis says she doesn’t need anyone to do that, and says she had a weird feeling about the hang-up call. Sam asks for her phone, telling Alexis that she has an app for that. She messes around with the phones, and a map indicates that the call came from a payphone at the gas station near the footbridge. Alexis says that’s where Julian died.

Alexis thinks that Ava might be right, and that Julian is alive. Sam says not necessarily. Alexis says she know she shouldn’t feel this way, but she wishes he was alive. Scout starts to cry, and Alexis wants to jet, but Sam is worried. Alexis says she’s not delusional, just tired, and wants to go back to bed.

Franco starts to leave, and Elizabeth follows him. She says it’s not the best timing, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to spend the rest of her life with him. She didn’t say yes, but didn’t say no either. He thanks her, and they kiss good-by. Elizabeth tells Jason that Franco agreed to step back. Jason thinks he found a lead about the scarecrow. Elizabeth says she has lead of her own, and thinks she knows who can help.

Laura runs into Lulu leaving Kelly’s. Lulu she invites Laura for dinner tomorrow, but Laura says she’s galivanting around the globe with Tracy. Hey, that reminds me. Whatever happened to that show, Galavant?

Sonny tells Michael that distractions don’t work. Michael says don’t worry, but Sonny says Michael is his son. Even if he doesn’t need protection, that doesn’t stop Sonny from wanting to protect him.

Nelle tells Valentin about buying the scones, and says that she ran into Lulu. He asks who approached who, and she says she was leaving Kelly’s, and literally almost ran into her. He asks if she introduced herself, and Nelle thought she was just being polite. Valentin asks her to tell him everything that Lulu said. Ooh, Nelle could be a counter-spy.

Sonny says he shouldn’t be lecturing anybody (truth!), and starts to leave. Michael says if he didn’t make it clear, he loves Sonny, and doesn’t blame him for what happened. He only blames Olivia-J. He says Nelle is screwed up; that doesn’t absolve her, but puts it in context. Sonny says Michael is wiser than he was at Michael’s age, and maybe wiser than he is now. Sonny leaves, and the cheese Michael stands alone.

Lulu thinks Laura and Tracy’s trip is crazy, but it makes sense, and the two of them will keep each other out of trouble. Laura feels badly about leaving right now, but Lulu says it’s okay. She tells Laura about talking to Nelle, and that she’d asked about Michael. She hasn’t learned anything useful, but laid the groundwork. Laura tells her to take it easy; it’s just the first step. Valentin is smart, and they have to be smarter.

Nelle thinks that Lulu just wanted to be familiar with her, and make sure she’s all right to be watching Charlotte. Valentin says thanks for telling him. He tells Nelle that he tried offering joint custody to Lulu, but she didn’t want it, and is suing him for full custody. He says that she isn’t to be trusted. He gives Nelle a new set of keys, saying he’d had the locks changed, since you can’t be too careful. She puts the key on the keyring that Michael gave her.

Michael flashes back to giving the keyring to Nelle. What a coincidence!

Franco gets a text from Jake, who can’t wait to do more drawing with him.

Doc tells Jason and Elizabeth that he has to refer them to someone else, because of the personal history. They need fresh eyes and objectivity. He recommends Andre, and offers to make the appointment. Jason says at least it’s some progress, and Elizabeth is glad he was able to put aside their differences. They agree that Jake comes first.

Sam calls the gas station and asks if they have surveillance cameras.

Alexis gets on the couch with the AA big book. She looks at her phone on the table. She hears something and says it’s just the wind, but it doesn’t really sound like the wind.

On Monday, Josslyn asks Carly when she and Sonny are divorcing, Ned says he’s stopping Larry’s plans, and Jax arrives.

Flowers in My Attic

Let’s talk about V.C. Andrews. I don’t know how it happened, but I ended up spending a Saturday watching Lifetime’s version of Flowers in the Attic, and then every single subsequent film in the series. I’m not sure what came over me, but I fell under the Dollanganger family’s spell.

The books of V.C. Andrews were required reading for the young adults of my generation. I’m not sure why. They’re poorly written, and the stories revolve around – let’s just say it – incest. But for some reason, Andrews spoke to us. Apparently, even after death, as she died in 1986, yet her books continue to be churned out written. Highly doubtful that it’s difficult, but amazing that no one seems to care.

The cinema adaptation of Flowers in the Attic wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t entirely faithful to the book either, and I don’t think fans were entirely satisfied. Then, decades later, Lifetime made another stab at it. While their film was roundly criticized by reviewers, they did something right, because the franchise continued on, including My Sweet Audrina.

For those who live on another planet and aren’t familiar with the series, it revolves around siblings Cathy, Chris, Carrie, and Cory, forced to live in the attic of a Victorian mansion for years, so that their mother could get back into her own father’s good graces and inherit a bundle. She’d been shunned by the family for falling in love with her father’s half-brother, starting the chain of the wrong kind of familial love. When he suddenly dies in an accident, she’s forced to go back to the family mansion. After being trapped together through puberty, Chris and Cathy also fall in love, continuing the pattern. They also find out their mother has been lying to them.

Although I usually find Lifetime movies a let-down – their ideas are always promising, but the endings often fall flat – they got this one right. Despite being panned by critics, it was as though these God-awful books came to life. They nearly followed them word for word. The dialogue is not how anyone in their right mind would talk, unless they stepped out of 1900, and Chris and Cathy have absolutely no knowledge of how life works, even though they’ve gone to normal school up until they’re thirty teenagers. (Wouldn’t they even have thought they’re weird?) Ellen Burnstyn must have had a blast playing the grandmother, which she does with gusto, and Heather Graham is spot on as Corrine. Unfortunately, we lost Sally Draper Kiernan Shipka by the second film, but Rachael Carpani makes a lovely Cathy. I honestly think the reviewers thought the actors wrote this themselves; they did the best they could with the bizarre material. I mean, come on, the evil guy’s name is even Bart.

As with most binge watching, a sadness came over me as the final credits rolled. So bad, they’re good, it was a fun trip down Memory Lane. If you’ve never taken a dip into the strange pond of Andrews’s work, check them out next time around. Fans of the book series will not be disappointed.

Quotes of the Week

Acknowledge your gifts and be grateful to the source. Because if you know from whom you are receiving, you can always go back for more.Rabbi Noah Weinberg

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.Albert Einstein

I get all the tigers I can. At a reasonable price. A hoarder on Hoarding: Buried Alive.

🌻 To whatever attic flowers you enjoy…

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