What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
I miss like, ten seconds of dialogue. Jax is angry, and Nikolas is explaining himself.
Nikolas says, what’s done is done; he can’t change it. Jax says, maybe he can. He can come clean, and sort this mess out. Nikolas says he’s not blowing the deal now. Finding the portrait is his best shot to claim what’s rightfully his, and Jax will get… Jax says he doesn’t need it. Nothing is worth this part. Carly knocks at the door, saying she needs to talk to Jax. Nikolas goes back out on the terrace, and Jax answers the door. He tells Carly that he’s glad she came back.
Hayden asks what Finn is thinking. Finn says he tucked his daughter in for the first time, and she asks how he feels. He says it’s a simple thing; pulling up the covers, and kissing her goodnight. Violet will never remember it, but he’ll never forget.
Robert arrives at the PCPD, apologizing for being late. He was tied up. He asks Jordan where they’re at, and Jordan says, Cassandra escaped while she was on work detail at Rice Park. They’re casing the area, but there’s been a complication. Cassandra might have a hostage.
Lulu says she should have been paying closer attention, but Maxie says it’s not her fault, and Laura says Lulu had no reason to believe Charlotte would run off. She’s never done that before. Lulu agrees she hasn’t, and Laura hugs her, saying, it’s not her fault.
Valentin and Nina get back to Windymere, and Nina asks if Valentin wants a drink. It might take the edge off. He says he needs to keep a clear head if he wants to rescue Charlotte. Cassandra will try to double-cross him. Nina asks if he’s sure he doesn’t want to tell the police, but he says, they’ll just get in the way. That’s why they had to get out of there, so he can take care of it without interference. The doorbell rings. It’s Jason, and Valentin asks what he can do for him. Jason says he has questions about Cassandra.
Cassandra says she imagines Anna is armed, and carries a phone. Just take them both out slowly, and throw them into the harbor. Cassandra has one hand tightly on Charlotte’s throat, and tells Anna to follow her instructions. This young girl shouldn’t be near a gun. Anna asks if Charlotte remembers her; she’s Emma’s grandmother. She tells Charlotte that she’s doing great, and Cassandra says, into the harbor. Anna tosses her gun and phone into the water, telling Charlotte, stay calm and it will be okay. Cassandra suggests they not get ahead of themselves. What does Anna want? Why is she back in town? Anna says she thought they could catch up, and Cassandra says she’s pressed for time. Anna asks how Charlotte is a factor, and Cassandra says Charlotte is coming with her.
Jason tells Valentin about Cassandra escaping work detail, and Nina says they’re aware of it. Valentin says they just came from the PCPD. They thought he might have a lead, but he doesn’t know where Cassandra is. Jason says they think Sam might have helped Cassandra escape, and he needs to find her. Valentin is her only associate in town. Valentin says he’s not Cassandra’s associate. They knew each other a long time ago. He wouldn’t help her then, and he won’t help her now. Valentin’s phone rings, and Jason asks if he’s going to get that. Valentin says he’d like Jason to leave. Jason asks, who could help Cassandra disappear? What offshore resources does she have, and where is she likely to run? Nina says Valentin doesn’t know anything, so stop hounding him. Please leave. Jason asks, what’s going on? and Nina says Jason barged into their home at this fragile time, and is interrogating them, which he has no right to do. Get out. Jason says they’ll get farther if they work together, and Valentin says he has no clue where Cassandra is. Jason trudges out.
Anna asks if Cassandra dropped a call. Reception can be sketchy on Spoon Island. Cassandra asks what makes Anna thinks she’s calling Valentin. She’s sitting on a lot of resources. Anna says she doesn’t need Charlotte then, but Cassandra says Charlotte figures quite prominently in her arrangement. Anna says Cassandra isn’t going anywhere. Cassandra tells her that she’d hate to see Charlotte suffer, and Anna says if she harms a child, she’ll have the wrath of all the law enforcement and civilians alike on her. She’d like to offer Cassandra an alternative. Let Charlotte go, and Anna will let her walk away.
Hayden thanks Finn for asking them to stay the night, and he thanks her for staying. She says she knows things are difficult, and Finn says, just a bit. It will take time to work through this, but he won’t allow his anger to detract from the gift she’s given him – his daughter. She says she was afraid she’d never have a chance to hear him say that. He says it’s because of her. She could have chosen to never see him again. She says she’s glad she didn’t.
At the station, Jason tells Jordan, the 911 caller said Cassandra was seen at Parkland and Telegraph, ten blocks from Kelly’s, and Charlotte disappeared within the hour. Robert asks, what happened? and Lulu says she and Maxie were talking, and Charlotte was doing homework at the counter. When Lulu went to get Charlotte, she was gone. Jordan says Brad thinks he saw a woman fitting Cassandra’s description there. Peter comes in, and Robert tells him, get out. No press allowed. Maxie says he’s not there as the press; he’s there as a friend.
Carly tells Jax that she thought she’d follow-up on their conversation. Josslyn loves the room he chose for her. Jax says, it will be amazing once it’s renovated. Carly doesn’t believe the room isn’t ready, and asks, what’s really going on? He says he’s involved with something, and she asks if he can be more vague. He says he can’t get into details, but he can’t have Josslyn near it or in danger. The situation is volatile, and if he doesn’t wrap it up soon, he’s going to cut his losses and move on. It’s no big deal. She says, it’s big deal to Josslyn. Nikolas comes in from the terrace and says, it’s his fault. Jax has been helping him, one father to another.
Cassandra tells Anna, let her get it straight. If she lets the girl go, she gets to go free. Anna tells her, she said nothing about free. She’ll give Cassandra a head start. Cassandra says, you never accept the first offer, and Anna says, counter. Cassandra says, she’ll let go of Charlotte, the charges get dropped, and she gets immunity. Anna says, no way, and Cassandra tells her to get down on the pier. Anna asks what she’s going to do. Cassandra can’t watch them both, and make a phone call. Cassandra says she has no shortage of resources. Turn around. Two guys are standing behind Anna, and Cassandra dials the phone.
Nina tells Valentin, sorry she was so out of control. She thinks Jason is suspicious. Valentin says, it doesn’t matter. Nina says Maxie speaks highly of Jason. He shot Faison, and could do the same with Cassandra. Teaming up might not be a horrible idea. Valentin says it might sound attractive, but Jason doesn’t know Cassandra. He’s one step ahead of her. He’ll save Charlotte. He needs to know Nina trusts him. A call from Charlotte comes in, and Valentin answers. Cassandra suggests he not ignore her call again. Charlotte will pay next time. He says he’s ready to make arrangements.
Hayden tells Finn, for a long time, she intended to raise Violet alone. Eventually, she’d be old enough to ask questions. Finn says, then what? and she says she’d make up a story about a man who never existed. That’s how she grew up; believing a lie. It’s contributed to the terrible choices she’s made, and she didn’t want Violet to repeat the pattern. She decided to tell Violet the truth, but she wanted to tell him first. Finn says, and when she was ready, he was with Anna.
Lulu thanks Peter for coming; she’s glad Maxie called him. He tells her all of his resources are at their disposal. Robert doesn’t think broadcasting that a little rich girl has been abducted is a good idea. Jordan says Valentin will be inundated with false leads. Peter says, abducted? and Maxie says he heard about Cassandra’s escape, right? Lulu says they’re afraid she might have Charlotte.
Carly says, it’s you, and Nikolas says, alive and in person. She says he didn’t die in Greece, and he says, it was a close call. Valentin shot him, and he nearly died in the water, but eventually, he was rescued. She asks where he’s been, and he says, recovering. He’s back to reclaim the estate for himself and Spencer. She doesn’t care about that. Who knows he’s alive? Jax says, himself, Hayden, and now her. Carly asks what about his family? and Nikolas says he needs to remain in hiding. Carly says, his mother needs to know he’s alive.
Robert says Laura found Cassandra last time. Any idea where she might go? Laura says she and Curtis found her by chance. She has no idea how Cassandra operates. Robert says he’ll contact the Bureau, and access whatever intel they’ve got. Jordan says she knows Laura and Curtis are solving a mystery case. Any chance it ties back to Cassandra?
Peter asks if Valentin knows about Charlotte, and Maxie says he just missed Valentin and Nina. Things got tense. He asks, how? and Lulu says Nina thinks it’s her fault. Nina thanks she upset Charlotte when she stopped the wedding, and that’s why she snuck off.
Finn pours a drink for himself and Hayden. Hayden says, Anna is a part of the situation too. Finn says, an important part. Hayden doesn’t mean to pry, but it would help to understand how Finn and Anna got together in the first place. I’d love to know the logic there. Help what or who? He says, it was by accident. They went out looking for Hayden; Anna wanted the diamonds, and he wanted a chance to see her. They even met with Hayden’s father. After that, Anna blackmailed him into going to Monaco to track down a criminal. She says, sounds romantic, and he says, like him, Anna has a lot of baggage. And like him, she always protects herself and her heart. Her first instinct is to run. Hayden asks if that’s what Anna is doing now; running.
Nikolas understands where Carly is coming from, but he has strong reason to believe there’s a codicil that can prove Valentin was disinherited. Carly says Laura needs to know he’s alive. She lost Morgan, and if he knew the grief over losing a child, he would never do this to his mother. She knows what she’d give to hold Morgan, and Laura aches for Nikolas. She needs to see him, and hold him. She needs to know he’s come back, and if he won’t tell her, Carly will.
Anna asks if the guys are associates of Cassandra’s. One of them says they’re contractors. Cassandra says, they do brutal, excellent work. She contacted them as soon as she was out of solitary. She wanted to make sure she had adequate back-up. Anna tells her, hired muscle isn’t going to help her; she’s never getting away. Cassandra says as long as she’s got Charlotte, she’s got Valentin, and they know how good he is with logistics. Charlotte bites Cassandra’s hand, and she lets go. Anna tells Charlotte to run, and she takes off. The guys grab Anna, and Cassandra says, knock her out. Better yet, break her neck.
Nikolas respects Carly looking out for his mother, and Carly says, then tell her. Don’t make her do it. He says he’s looking at it from his perspective as a father. She doesn’t think she can understand it, if he’s keeping his family in the dark. Jax says, he wouldn’t have gotten involved if he didn’t see the merit in it. If she listens to what Nikolas has to say, she will too. She says she’s listening. Nikolas tells her that there’s a codicil that disinherits Valentin. He’s returned to establish himself and his heirs. If Valentin gets wind of it, he’ll destroy the codicil. His best chance is if Valentin doesn’t see it coming. He can’t know Nikolas is alive. Carly says they’re talking about an estate and money. She’s talking about family and love. Nikolas says, so is he. Valentin was intent on murdering him. If he knows he failed, Valentin will go after Spencer and his mother. He wants nothing more than to go to his mother, sister, and son, and tell them that he’s still there, and how much he loves them. But if they find out the truth before he finds the codicil, they could all be in danger. He needs more time to claim what’s his, and what will eventually belong to Spencer. He can’t tell her what do. He can only hope she does what’s right for his family. Nikolas goes back outside.
Laura doesn’t think Cassandra is involved in what she and Curtis are doing. Jordan asks if she’d care to elaborate, and Laura says, it’s completely legal. Jordan says, great, and Laura says, sorry. Jordan says she knew it was a long shot, but she had to ask.
Maxie tells Lulu not to take what Nina said to heart. She’s coming from a place of fear. Lulu did nothing wrong. Lulu says, Nina was right about one thing. Charlotte was excited about the wedding, and despite Lulu’s best efforts to hide it, she and Valentin don’t get along. Maybe Charlotte could tell how she was feeling. Peter doesn’t buy it for a second.
Hayden tells Finn, sorry. His relationship with Anna is none of her business, mostly. He’s Violet’s father, and what affects him, affects Violet. She’s asking where it’s going, for Violet’s sake. Finn says there does seem to be a reason for Anna’s extended time away, but he’s sure the reason is valid. Yeah, she’s a professional spy on a personal mission. Did he miss that? Hayden asks if he feels abandoned, and he says, it’s not entirely Anna’s fault. He supposes he hasn’t been completely honest with her.
Val looks grim. He tells Nina, it’s done. He’s met all of Cassandra’s demands. She asks if he’s sure about this. He says, yes; why? and she tells him, he said so himself; Cassandra will double-cross him the first chance she gets. He says, she won’t while she can use Charlotte as leverage. If she’s smart, she’ll let Charlotte go when she gets what she needs. If she doesn’t, he’ll hunt her down. Nina says, what if Cassandra isn’t as smart as he is? What if she decides it’s safer to hold on to Charlotte?
Charlotte runs, and hides behind a trash can. One of the guys come through, looking for her. Jason comes out, and they fight. There’s a lot of swinging, and I have to say, I’ve never seen a fight scene with this much missing by a couple of inches. Was this guy afraid he’d hurt Steve Burton? It goes back and forth, but Jason finally gets the guy down, and punches him repeatedly. Honestly, I was laughing during that scene.
Cassandra tells Anna, Charlotte broke the skin with her little fangs. Human bites are the worst for being prone to infection. Being held by the other guy, Anna suggests she get that checked out. Cassandra says, Anna finds it amusing, and Anna says she thinks it’s great. Cassandra says when her man brings Charlotte back, she’ll have a front row seat to watch Anna die. She’ll be sufficiently cowed for the next leg of the trip.
Jason ties the guy up, and asks if Charlotte is okay. She nods.
Anna says maybe Cassandra’s henchmen lost the trail. Cassandra says maybe they found Charlotte’s hiding spot and shot her. Anna says she’s getting testy. Anna doesn’t blame her; her options are dwindling. Jason walks in, and the guy holding Anna is startled. Anna punches him, and then goes after Cassandra. They tussle, while Jason jumps on the guy.
Jax tells Carly that he and Nikolas had done business before, so he agreed to a meeting. Nikolas showed himself, and made a pitch to find the codicil. He’d sell Jax the entire shipping division of Cassadine Industries at a favorable price. She asks if it’s worth working with a man who’s faked his death twice. Jax says his first impulse was to walk away, but Spencer was also a factor. He thought she’d be more understanding. She says, why? and he says, keeping a secret for Spencer’s sake isn’t any different than keeping the secret about Dev. It’s the right thing for the wrong reason. Carly says, Nikolas will benefit most, but Jax says, it will eventually go to Spencer. He hasn’t forgotten the lie he told when he tried to claim Spencer as his own, and how she helped. Carly asks if he’s saying she should keep his secret as a penance.
Peter says Charlotte adores Lulu, and he’s seen their rapport. Lulu says, that’s sweet, and Maxie says, it’s the truth. Peter says, Charlotte was bored, mischievous, or saw something she wanted to look at. It was a momentary kid impulse. It happens. It’s not her fault, or indicative of her parenting skills. Maxie tells Lulu, what he said.
Jordan says when Cassandra was first arraigned, she made point of asking to speak to Laura alone. What did they talk about. Laura says, what she’d told them. Cassandra offered her dirt on Valentin in exchange for her help. She passed, but it looks like someone else took the deal.
Robert comes back, and says he went through all the files the Bureau has on Cassandra, but there’s nothing that ties her to a deal with Valentin. Jordan says, now what? He says, let’s look at it from another angle. How come Cassandra got on work detail that took her out of Pentenville? If that doesn’t scream plot, he doesn’t know what does. Jordan says, like the deal with the fake guard who helped Shiloh. Robert says, which brings him to another point. How come Peter visited Shiloh twice in the same day at Pentenville? What’s that about?
Valentin tells Nina, he never intended to be a father. He never wanted a child. When he was young, he was a bad man, and did bad things to people. He was fine being alone that way. No one had to pay for his mistakes. But through the demonic machinations of Helena, and embryo was created; his child Charlotte was born. From the moment they met, he knew he’d been changed forever. He held her, and promised nothing he’d done would come back to haunt her. He built a wall between the man he was and the man he became with her. There’s been a breech in that wall, and his past has reached through and taken his daughter. He cries, and says he’s doing everything he can, but he’s frightened. He’s afraid it won’t be enough. Nina holds him, and strokes his hair.
Anna and Cassandra fight, and Anna gets Cassandra down and in a headlock. Jason finishes off the other guy. Charlotte says, take that loser. Jason asks what she’s doing there, and Anna runs to her. Jason says he told Charlotte to stay put, but she says she wanted to see what was happening. Anna asks if she’s okay, and Charlotte says she’s fine. Anna tells Jason he has record timing, and Charlotte says, Cassandra is evil. She thanks them for saving her. Anna starts to say that Cassandra is going to spend the rest of her days in prison, but realizes Cassandra is gone.
Carly sighs, and asks if Jax is willing to wash his hands of Nikolas. Jax says if he exposes Nikolas, he exposes himself as well. Carly asks, how? and Jax says, Nikolas is an amateur. He used Jax’s credit card to rent a van to help Cassandra escape. She asks if the police know, and he says, not at this point. Only Jason. Sam gave him a partial plate number, and he had Spinelli trace it. It’s only a matter of time before the cops show up. Maybe he should get ahead, and just come clean. Call the authorities, and let them know. She says he can be charged as an accessory, and Josslyn needs him. He asks what she’s going to do, now that she knows Nikolas is alive. She says, it’s best if no one knows. They’ll have to keep Nikolas’s secret, like it or not.
Finn tells Hayden that he hasn’t told Anna about Violet. He wants to tell her face-to-face when she gets back. She says, even though he doesn’t know for how long? He says, yeah, but that doesn’t mean they have to wait to tell Violet. She asks if he wants to tell her, and he says he does – with her permission. She says, absolutely. Whenever he wants. He says, how about tomorrow morning? and she asks if he’s sure. He says they’re already staying the night. They’ll have breakfast as a family, and they’ll tell her then. He smiles.
Jordan tells Laura, maybe someone is helping Cassandra get away, and get to Valentin. Laura can’t think of who would be so desperate that they’d be willing to help Cassandra. Jordan ponders that.
Robert finds it curious that Peter happened to be on the pier the night Shiloh died. Maxie says, this is ridiculous. Lulu’s daughter is missing, and Peter is trying to help. He doesn’t need to be hounded about random visits to the prison that happened weeks ago. Robert says she assumes they’re random. Maxie asks if Robert has nothing better to do as DA than nurse his grudge against Peter. If Anna was there, he wouldn’t be saying any of this. Well, she should be there shortly, and we can find out.
Nina tells Valentin, it doesn’t matter about his past mistakes. That doesn’t change the fact he’s a good dad. Valentin says, a good dad would rescue his daughter. Nina asks what he’s going to do, and he asks if she can do him a favor. It might sound silly, but he’d like her to get the blanket they got Charlotte. He’d like to be close to something that means something to Charlotte. Nina says, it’s not silly; it’s sweet. She kisses him, and he says, Cassandra, where are you?
Anna, Jason, and Charlotte look out to the water. Anna says, she’s getting away. Charlotte wants to call her papa, but says Cassandra took her phone. Jason says, use his, and gives it to her. She calls, and says, please pick up. Valentin’s phone rings. The caller ID says private, and he picks up. He hears Charlotte’s voice, and says, thank God. Is she okay? Charlotte says she’s safe on the pier. He asks whose phone she’s using, and says, Jason’s. He saved her. Valentin asks if Cassandra is with them, but Charlotte says, she drove off on a boat.
Valentin gets another incoming call, and tells Charlotte, stay with Jason. He’ll call her back. Charlotte asks him to tell Nina that she loves her so much. Valentin says Nina loves her too. He takes the other call.
It’s Cassandra, calling from the boat. She says it’s exactly where he said it would be. It’s a testament to his good faith. She’s going to tell him who broke her out of the WSB. He says he doesn’t care. He just wanted to make sure she was on the boat. Goodbye. She says, what? She lifts a tarp, and sees a bomb underneath it. She says, no! and Valentin hits a red button on his phone. The boat explodes.
Anna says, that’s the end of that. An armed Nikolas peeks out from around the corner. Charlotte sees him.
Tomorrow, Josslyn wants to finish her conversation with Carly, Charlotte refuses to go home with Lulu, Robert thinks there’s something Anna should know, and Jax says he’s thisclose to blowing Nikolas’s cover.
The Real Housewives of Orange County
Ugh. Tamra. I think she’s only giving two of those three Fs.
Brian comes home, and makes fun of the turban Kelly is wearing. She says, it’s the biggest thing on the runway; the next fashion thing. Emily visits introduces self to Brian. He says he’s heard great things about her. In Kelly’s interview, she says Emily and Brian are smart, good, and genuine people, who give her great advice. She respects them. Emily says she’s glad Kelly is settling down. Brian asks what kind of law Emily practices. She says she practiced family law when she started, but in her old age, she prefers copyright. She asks if Brian has ever been married. In her interview, Kelly says she’s been proposed to three times, but Brian has never proposed to anybody. He says he’s been hanging out for the greatest girl, and Kelly says, not her? Emily tells them about Shannon bringing up their fight. Kelly says, it was twisted into something it wasn’t. She wonders what happened. She talks to Tamra every morning. We see a clip of Tamra telling Kelly that she thinks Shannon is jealous of them being friends. Kelly says she felt like she was in a safe place with Tamra. Brian says, you can’t control how people act, but you can control how you react to it. Kelly says Tamra heard a rumor and told Braunwyn, and now Braunwyn told everyone else. She thought it was Vicki. Well, that would be a good guess.
Tamra meets Gina, who asks how her trip was. Tamra says, it sucked. The first day was good; they went hiking. Then Kelly sent her a nasty-ass text message. In Tamra’s interview, she says Eddie was trying to take her away from everything. He wanted her to relax, and now she’s paranoid. She tells Gina, it makes zero sense. Eddie took her away because of the stress, since Ryan is in therapy, and one of her daughters is going to college Tamra wonders what she did. Gina says she had a drink with Shannon after their dinner, and she had to stuff say about Tamra. We see a clip of Shannon telling Gina that Tamra said she was fat, and said that she didn’t want to room with Shannon on the next trip. Gina tells Shannon that she remembers Tamra saying it. In her interview, Tamra says, it’s a different kind of ice out; it’s nonchalant. Shannon keeps saying they’ll talk later, but she’s full of it. If she did this to Shannon, Shannon would be screaming and yelling. Gina thinks Tamra should talk to Shannon. Tamra thinks that Shannon doesn’t like that she’s friends with Kelly. She has a gut feeling that Shannon is behind this. Gina says, something isn’t right.
Kelly tells Emily that she asked if Tamra was talking sh*t about her, but she said no. Emily tells Brian that Tamra likes to push Kelly’s buttons to get her to lose it on other people. Brian says, she’s a puppet master, and Kelly agrees, calling herself an idiot.
Braunwyn takes daughter Bella to orientation at Cal State Fullerton college. Braunwyn is excited for her to have the college experience, but when all the kids leave, and Braunwyn isn’t a mom, it will be a hard experience for her. Bella is running late, and Braunwyn tells her not to sabotage herself.
Shannon tells Sophie that they’re behind the eight ball with the college counselor. Sophie says, there are people who didn’t go to college who are billionaires. In Shannon’s interview, she says she doesn’t want to think about Sophie going to college. It’s going to happen fast. Her kids aren’t with her half the time now; she can’t imagine none of the time. Sophie says getting a degree from community college is the same as any other college, but Shannon says, it absolutely matters where you go. Sadly, although it shouldn’t, Shannon is right. She asks Sophie about her requirements, and Sophie wants school spirit, good gateways to life after college, and Southern boys. Shannon hopes one of those Southern gentlemen is the guy.
When they get to Fullerton, Braunwyn says, when she was Bella’s age, she met Bella’s dad. Bella says, then she got pregnant, but Braunwyn says, that was four years later. In Braunwyn’s interview, she says her biggest regret is how quickly she got engaged. She was already living with Sean, and it would have been nice to do the college thing. A girl meets them to give them a tour.
College counselor Yosepha arrives at Shannon’s house. In her interview, Shannon says it can cost thousands for a college counselor, and I say, wtf? Maybe you shouldn’t be going to college if you need a counselor to help get you there. Shannon says she’ll do anything to get her kid into college. The Beadors are above the law. No. Wait. She says she got that wrong. The Beadors are not above the law. A Freudian slip? Yosepha tells Sophie the three factors are, the standard tests, marketing herself, and building a school list. Schools are looking for leaders, and she has to shape and mold her experiences, so she stands out. In other words, enhance her resumé. Sophie says she’s writing a book about living with divorced parents. It’s hard sometimes. In Shannon’s interview, she says she’s afraid to read it. She’ll see how deeply her actions have hurt and affected her daughter. Yosepha says a lot of people have those ideas, but not the follow-through. That could make Sophie stand out. Sophie says she wants to be a psyche major, and Yosepha tells her that she could also go into marketing or business with that. It’s got a flexible career path.
Bella says she wants to major in the arts; music, dance, drawing, and painting. In Braunwyn’s interview, she says she’s excited about Bella’s path to her future. Kids grow up and live their own story, but when they start their story, they leave hers. Sean says, it could be worse. They could be excited she’s leaving. Bella says she worked hard to get there, and tears up. Braunwyn hugs her.
Kelly asks Jolie to help fold clothes. She asks if Jolie is excited to go to London. In Kelly’s interview, she says she’s proud of Jolie, going by herself. She’ll be going to museums and plays, and experiencing what the world is like. She won’t be stuck in OC with a bunch of rich kids. Jolie says Kelly is angry all the time; why is she mad? Kelly asks why Jolie thinks she gets mad at her, and Jolie says, because she doesn’t listen, but why is she mad at other people? Kelly says, people bug her. She hates people. Jolie says people who hurt, hurt other people. Kelly lets the haters stay with her. In her interview, Kelly says, Jolie is an old soul. She’s learned so much from her. She has a knack for brushing off haters. It’s bizarre. She asks Jolie how to be the bigger person, and Jolie says, don’t listen.
Tamra and Ryan go therapist Mcayla. (Yep. That’s how it’s spelled.) Tamra says she’s there to fill in the blanks or support. Mcayla says they did Ryan’s history and his motivation for being there. How is he feeling currently? In Tamra’s interview, she says the therapist thought it would be good for her to come in. Ryan’s not in a good head space. She tells Mcayla that she saw Ryan’s mood swings, and he’s at a point where he’s numb to life. Her theory is that when he’s overloaded, he shuts down. He’s not happy, and she wants to see him happy. Mcayla asks about the circumstances in the beginning. Was Tamra married to Ryan’s father? Tamra grabs some tissues, and says she was seventeen, pregnant, and still in high school. They got married, and it lasted a year. After that, she and Ryan were alone for thirteen years. She carries guilt because she feels like she let him down. She sees her other kids now having the opportunities Ryan didn’t have. He ran when he was eighteen, because he couldn’t stand his stepdad. In Ryan’s interview, he says it wasn’t the worst life, but the older he gets, he sees how his brother and sister are growing up, and he’s a little bit angry inside. We flash back to a million years ago, and Ryan complaining that Simon is controlling him. Mcayla asks what kind of emotions come up in thinking about his stepfather, and Ryan says he wasn’t there for his granddaughter’s birth, and he’s just not there. Mcayla asks if he knows what’s under the anger, and Ryan says he’s disappointed. It’s sad, and he’s hurt. She asks about his relationship with his daughter, and Tamra says she’s his world. Mcayla says they have an emotional connection? and Ryan starts to cry. Tamra says, he’s a good dad. She sees him putting all his energy into his daughter. In Tamra’s interview, she says she can see it in his eyes; he’s not himself. He’s so troubled by his past, and doesn’t want his daughter to have that life. He wants to protect her, and won’t let people in. He isolates with his daughter, and she’s worried. Mcayla says feelings and emotions are intertwined with thoughts, and you have to find where it’s coming from. Depression is a by-product. Mcayla reads what Ryan has written about himself, that he’s a failure, powerless, and doesn’t belong. He doesn’t matter. Tamra says it makes her want to die. She’s struggled with depression, and to hear him say these things scares her. Mcayla says Tamra is his mother, and knows the depth of his outlook. In her interview, Tamra says her biggest fear is suicide. Tamra shows Mcayla a list Ryan made when he was doing well. He wrote down his goals, and she keeps it in her wallet. It’s where he was six years ago. Mcayla tells Ryan not to give up on the process when it gets hard. She has confidence that he’ll do it. She tells Tamra that she did the best she could as a mother. His mother can’t be his therapist. Ryan thanks Tamra for getting him there.
Sidebar: Gina and Tamra are starting to deserve each other. Gina is so desperate to fit in she’s become a Tamra mini me
Gina brings her kids to the playground, accompanied by her parents Susan and Gino. She tells them Matt is looking for a job in the area. He’s being good with the kids. Susan asks if it’s for the right reasons. What if he doesn’t get back with her. Gina says she gets nervous because he’s jealous. She knows if she doesn’t end up with him, he won’t do it gracefully. In her interview, she says if Matt doesn’t get his way, it’s a problem for everyone else. She thinks he’ll make problems for her, and make co-parenting an issue. Susan says it sounds like Gina found herself, and asks if she still has feelings for Matt. Gina doesn’t know. She wants to work on it, but doesn’t know if she can get back to the place they need to be. She still wants the divorce regardless. She feels like that’s over. In Gina’s interview, she says when they got married, they were very young and immature, and ultimately the relationship failed. If they get back together, she doesn’t want to bring old problems into the new relationship. Gina says she wants to be in love, but she’s not there emotionally. She’s put her toe in the dating water, and discovered there are qualities that are non-negotiable. Dr. Hottie is very funny and polite. Gino says he doesn’t want to see Gina settle. Susan wonders if there will be a whiplash affect; where Matt is nice, but then blows up. Gina says she has to set boundaries. I think that ship might have sailed when she slept with Matt. Luca runs up, and says he doesn’t understand what chinchillas are. Gina says, they’re marsupials. He goes back to the playground, and she says she really has no idea. I can tell, because they’re not marsupials. They’re rodents. Very cute and soft rodents. Now I want one.
Tamra tells Eddie about therapy. She told the therapist about Ryan’s background growing up, and her view of what’s going on. It turned into a therapy session for the two of them. In her interview, Tamra says she never really opens up. It’s not the way she was raised. She tells Eddie, she thinks she carries guilt because she didn’t give Ryan a perfect childhood. A lot came out, and Ryan broke down. Eddie says, that’s the first step to recovery; breaking down. She says Ryan had to write a list of how he feels about himself, and it said, loser, not worth anything, going nowhere. It was sad. In his interview, Eddie says, Tamra is a great mom. Every kid is different, but when you’re struggling with your childhood as a man, you’re not a man. Get over it, grow up, and take care of your responsibilities. That’s life. Tamra tells Eddie that Shannon isn’t calling her, and Kelly is asking what she did. In her interview, Tamra wonders what’s going on. When she left, she and Kelly were fine. Eddie asks what prompted it, and she has the feeling Shannon is behind it. He says she needs new friends. She says she doesn’t need friends like that for sure.
Braunwyn, Emily, and Kelly meet for lunch. They get shrimp cocktails that have shrimp the size of my hand in them. Kelly says her brother Eric has been calling. He feels she’s not helping her mom. We flash back to Kelly and mom Bobbi in therapy, and Bobbi insisting she’s not telling Kelly what to do, while telling her what to do. Emily says she’s been through it, and thinks Kelly has to be willing to reach out. Kelly says her mother doesn’t want to talk to her, and Braunwyn can’t wrap her brain around being that angry with her children. Emily says Kelly should reach out directly. When Emily was in that position, she realized if something happened to her mother, she’d lose her mind. Kelly says, it’s scary, and Emily says if her mother rejects her, it’s on her mother. Kelly gets weepy, and Emily says Kelly can fix it. In Emily’s interview, she says she begged her mom to get therapy, and it’s been rewarding for both of them. We see a clip of Emily’s mother thanking her. Kelly thanks them for being supportive. Emily says she has to let her guard down sometime, and reach out. Braunwyn hopes it’s not like that with her girls. Emily says Kelly needs to figure out where she and her mother are at, and if it goes sideways… Braunwyn says Kelly will know she did what she needed to do. Kelly thanks them, and Braunwyn says they’re ride or die. No drama with them. Emily says she’s supposed to have dinner with Tamra and Vicki, and she’s worried it will be a Kelly bashing session. She doesn’t want to go there, and Kelly says, tell them off.
Shannon meets Tamra, and asks how she is. Tamra says, horrible; thanks for asking. Shannon laughs, thinking Tamra is joking, but Tamra says she thinks they’d better cut to the chase. Tell her what the sh*t storm is about. Shannon doesn’t know, but at dinner things were said, and she felt blindsided. Tamra asks, what things? and Shannon says Kelly told her how many mean things Tamra has said about her. She said Tamra thought she faked being hurt in Arizona, and said she wanted to room with just Kelly and Gina on the next trip. Gina remembered Tamra saying it. Tamra says she and Kelly were so drunk, they don’t know how they got home. She doesn’t remember planning a trip that’s not happening. What else was said? Shannon tells her, she heard Tamra said she’s getting fat. She told them, if what they were saying was true, it hurts. Tamra asks if Shannon stuck up for her, and Shannon says, in the beginning. Tamra says, but not at the end? Shannon says Kelly showed her a screenshot of Tamra making fun of her being hit in the head. Tamra says it’s just a video she sent, and asks, what’s the missing link? What happened to make Kelly switch? It makes no sense.
Braunwyn tells Kelly and Emily that when Tamra gets in trouble, she says Braunwyn did it. Kelly says Tamra is a master manipulator. Braunwyn says, it’s like a chess game with middle-aged women. Kelly says the others are calculated chess players, and they’re checkers. Braunwyn laughs, and says they’re just having fun. They’re beer pong. Emily says Kelly is the dumbest smart person she’s ever met.
Tamra tells Shannon for Kelly to switch like that makes no sense. She just started trashing Tamra? Shannon asks if Tamra is alluding that she’s behind this. We flash back to each of the women taling about something that Tamra did, and Braunwyn telling them that Tamra is manipulating them into fighting among themselves. Shannon says she’s been nothing but a good friend to Tamra, and Tamra tells her not to spin it. Shannon says she didn’t call because Tamra was on her trip, and Tamra tells her, don’t try to flip this. Shannon asks if Tamra is accusing her of orchestrating and provoking a conversation with Kelly. Tamra says Shannon is a puppet master; she’s so calculated. Shannon didn’t tell her anything in the past five days, and it’s been hell for her. Shannon says Tamra told her that she and Eddie were going to have sex all weekend; she wasn’t effing that up, and have Eddie say Tamra was upset because she called to tell Tamra about high school BS. Tamra says Kelly sent her a nasty text. Does Shannon think it didn’t ruin her day? Tamra pulls out a pile of texts she’s printed out.
Shannon says she doesn’t know what she did that was so bad. Maybe her repeating what Tamra told her about Kelly hurting that woman’s hand provoked it, but Tamra did tell her that. What’s the big deal? They said Tamra put the word train out there, and Tamra says Vicki claimed she had more info, and she asked if it was about the train. So she put it out there? (Well, yeah. That’s what Shannon just said.) Shannon says she could argue that Tamra is mad because she’s hurt, but it’s bullsh*t. She doesn’t understand why, when someone isn’t there, they’re bashed. She doesn’t believe they were bashing Kelly at Vicki’s birthday party though. They were just saying stuff; it was different. Omg. Do these women ever hear themselves? So is Tamra telling her that she said none of those things? Tamra says, not that she recalls. In Shannon’s interview, she says, Tamra brought up the train and told her about the barfight. It would be so much simpler if someone would just say they make mistakes, and they made one here. Own your stuff. Shannon says, she had dinner with the other women, and the consensus was that if there’s drama, Tamra behind it. But after her conversation with her best friend, she thinks others might be behind it. In Tamra’s interview, she says she doesn’t necessarily believe Shannon, but she has a deeper friendship with Shannon than she does with Kelly. She thinks it’s Kelly, and she’s done with her. She tells Shannon, for Kelly to say those things is bullsh*t. She’s playing a dangerous game. Ooh, I’d be scared if I was Kelly. Not really.
Next time, making a video, Braunwyn invites the women to Miami, Gina tells Emily that Matt is upset about her dating, and Kelly is removing herself from the drama.
📂 No Friend Of That Wife…
The Betches discuss Vicki’s lawsuit.
🍗 Fifteen Days…
Until Thanksgiving. Remember that holiday?