Oh dear goodness. Sex ed teachers should tape the scene of Mica and Kevin, who are having the most mature discussion about sexual relationships I have ever seen on TV. It wasn’t hammy or preachy, the way scripted shows can be. Mica shares, in a talking head (TH) interview, that Terry’s cheating was especially hurtful in light of her fear of AIDS/HIV, which took the life of her sister. Kevin is equally committed to being upfront about their health status before moving forward. They take over-the-counter tests and since both are negative they celebrate, Mica says they can get busy right then. Kevin gives us an “OMG,” which reads as a bit of a “Yes, Please!” I am suddenly afraid there is a “lost footage” special coming with a full make out scene. Earlier Mica commented in a TH that she’s moving fast, and realizes she did that with Terry, too, but she’s trying to get married and have children. I am left wondering if Kevin feels the same way, since he has no children from his first marriage and may be ready to start a family as well. They are so cute together.
Daisy is face-timing with her mother, Rene, who could pass for her twin. When her mother coughs, health focused Daisy tells her that she can’t cough around her. The mood is lightened when her mother reminds her she can’t catch her cold through the screen. She wants to know if her mother, who hasn’t been around her father since she was young, wants to come visit when her father is in town to support her through the last treatment. She also plans to hold a prayer vigil for the event. She describes her parents’ relationship as not quite, but closer to,”Ike and Tina” rather than “Drunk in Love.” While she looks just like her mother, she describes herself as being a daddy’s girl since they behave so much alike – something that has always made her mother unhappy. I can understand her wanting her parents with her, but given her descriptions of them, this just seems like a bad idea, even though she says that they were cordial during the first six months of her illness when they rotated schedules while taking care of her.
Next we have Melyssa and her make up artist, Carlos, meeting up at Arzo’s with her and her eyebrow guru, Emir. THANK YOU! He is killing off Melyssa’s granny brows! Of course, the Hamptons trip comes up and Arzo can’t wait to tell Melyssa about the things Geneva said about Greg and about Demetria’s wedding. Melyssa, in turn, can’t wait to tell Demetria. Arzo’s boyfriend looks surprised at how messy these women are. Melyssa uses the same line every gossiping person uses: “If she found out I knew and didn’t tell her…” The scene reminds me of what my momma always told me, “A dog that will bring you a bone will carry one. too.”
Arzo and Melyssa are digging up dinosaur bones to lay at Demetria’s feet. The pretense that this is all about protecting Demetria smells of bull dung, to me. I predict that Melyssa and Demetria will remain friends until the feckless day that Demetria tells Melyssa that, unlike herself, she didn’t have to become a video vixen because her mother hugged her enough when she was a child. Melyssa may not remember that she was out in the yard whooping it up with the “uncivilized crowd” while Demetria was inside judging. I think she will remember by next season.
Demetria is happy as she decides to purchase the dress from the shoot for her wedding, instead of the dress she originally had made for the event. She fell madly in love with the dress during that day. She excited about her wedding and is (dare I say, FINALLY) positive and upbeat, while Arzo and Melyssa have their own agenda for her. Luckily, the dress was made just for her for the shoot so the designer gifts it to Demetria. At least one good thing will happen to her.
Mica is not having as much luck at life, learning that her 91 year old grandmother fell recently. She is hoping her gram has at least another 5 years of life. Mica has Daisy there to support her as she gets the news. They turn to planning the prayer vigil and plan to invite everyone.
The conversation between Demetria, Arzo and Melyssa is up next and it is pretty much what you would expect. Demetria asks that the conversation stay upbeat and light, while Melyssa can’t wait to share the news, especially after hearing that Greg has agreed to allow Geneva to attend. Arzo hoped it would wait until the wedding. Melyssa responds that she doesn’t give a f–k, and she clearly doesn’t. The look on Demetria’s face doesn’t stop her as she adds her own comments, throwing salt in the wound. Demetria decides to talk to Geneva directly and is not feeling comfortable with the way the two women are delivering the message. Demetria is deeply hurt and realizes that Geneva is upset. I am upset that the two women don’t seem to care that they are trying to damage a long term relationship, even after Demetria tells them that when Greg is on the other side of the world, it is Geneva who answers the phone at 2am to listen to her. This just feels ugly, unkind and unnecessary.
We’re treated to a number of quick scenes, including Chantelle taking her pup, Milkshake, to be groomed in order to be ready for modeling gigs. Everyone has to work, says Chantelle, including the dog. Daisy’s dad is with her at Mt. Sinai and is happy to learn that the docs are cautiously optimistic. Her papa loves her to bits, it is so clear. She learns she is DONE! Last round. What waits are checkups every 3 months and moving on with her life. We are back to Chantelle who has a meeting with Milkshake’s new agent. Chantelle tells us that a new agent is necessary since “Milky” who refuses to show her training, ignoring the “down” command, hasn’t worked in a year. Sorry to gloom onto Chantelle’s frustration, but Lordy I’m so glad to not be alone. My dog follows “sit” and “down” whenever she damn well pleases, thank you very much!
Daisy tells us that her dad finds faith highly important, and we see him pray with her after they leave the hospital. We learn that her family has come together over her illness. Daisy always looks for the silver lining, I’m glad she found it, even it this difficult time.
On cue, mom Rene shows up next. When talking about the Hamptons and Demetria’s seemingly glib offer, her mother reminds her that not everyone knows what to say in a tough situation like that. Just talking about it reduces her mother to tears. The tears stop, and Daisy shows her mother the impact of her treatment. She removes her wig and we see the extensive hair loss. She let’s us know that her hair is already growing back.
Mica’s loss is more profound and won’t turn around. Despite her wish that her grandmother would live another five years, she has passed away. Kevin is supporting her. In a short period of time, Mica has lost her sister, father, and beloved grandmother. She is overwhelmed. She does not make it to Daisy’s prayer vigil, given her travel home to be with her own family. She sends her assistant to deliver flowers to Daisy. A family death nearly keeps Geneva from attending, as she learned, just that morning, that she lost her aunt to breast cancer. Her mother told her to keep her plans. When it rains…
There is a touching prayer circle for Daisy, whose parents are with her. Seeing them together after decades makes her realize that she does have a real family. Demetria is also not there. She is traveling. Melyssa, Geneva, and Chantelle share kind words as well, and their words draw tears from everyone. Daisy’s dad tries speaking and breaks down crying. He vows to keep protecting her until his last breath and tells of his gratitude for her health. Daisy realizes that choosing all of the bickering and fighting is not choosing life, and life is what matters. She tells them all to treat everyone as if they have cancer. Care for them, don’t wait for something bad to happen. She has beaten stage 3 cancer. She will keep appreciating everything she has.
Have a box of tissues with you if you watch this later. There is loss, love, and everything in between this episode.
I’m an exasperated soap fan who keeps hanging on – waiting for the daytime I once loved to return to its former glory! Hey, it doesn’t hurt to have a dream. I learned to love soaps thanks to my wonderful mother and grandmother. I’ll always have fond memories of daytime, most especially of ‘Another World’, my first stoap love. The ever great, but sadly defunct, daytime shows like Ryan’s Hope, Search for Tomorrow, The Doctors, Loving, and many others keep a special place in my heart, as well.