Kellyanne Conway may work in the White House, but her husband has no problem criticizing her boss.
Trump criticized a BuzzFeed report that claimed authorities had proof Trump directed his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress — which would qualify as an obstruction of justice and an impeachable offense, if true.
In response, George, who has spoken out against Trump numerous times in the past and even formed a coalition of conservative lawyers against the president, cast doubt on Trump’s credibility.
“In light of the fact that you are a pathological liar, you should not be heard to complain about inaccurate media reports,” wrote George, 55.
PEOPLE has contacted the White House for comment.In light of the fact that you are a pathological liar, you should not be heard to complain about inaccurate media reports. https://t.co/i1OpMpyiXG— George Conway (@gtconway3d) January 19, 2019 Remember it was Buzzfeed that released the totally discredited “Dossier,” paid for by Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democrats (as opposition research), on which the entire Russian probe is based! A very sad day for journalism, but a great day for our Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 19, 2019
In a very rare statement issued on Friday, Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating the alleged conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, also challenged the story’s accuracy.
According to BuzzFeed reporters Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold, Trump allegedly told his then-attorney Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. The report — which was dismissed by the president’s legal team — cites “two federal law enforcement officials involved in [the] investigation” and later notes an even lengthier array of sources, apparently confirmed by the officials.
“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” Mueller’s spokesman, Peter Carr, told PEOPLE in a statement.
In response, BuzzFeed said in its own statement, “We are continuing to report and determine what the special counsel is disputing. We remain confident in the accuracy of our report.”
On Saturday, BuzzFeed said in a new statement provided to PEOPLE, “As we’ve re-confirmed our reporting, we’ve seen no indication that any specific aspect of our story is inaccurate. We remain confident in what we’ve reported, and will share more as we are able.”
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Trump’s relationship with Russia has been a central controversy dating back to his campaign and he and other administration officials initially fiercely denied any contact or business dealings, which later investigation proved to be untrue.
The president continues to deny any conspiracy with Russia, which the U.S. intelligence community has said intervened in the 2016 presidential election to boost his chances of winning.
Trump’s eldest son Eric has spoken out against George in the past, tweeting in December that his vocal disapproval is a sign of “disrespect” to his wife, a senior adviser to the president.
“Of all the ugliness in politics, the utter disrespect George Conway shows toward his wife, her career, place of work, and everything she has fought SO hard to achieve, might top them all,” Eric, 35, tweeted. “@KellyannePolls is great person and frankly his actions are horrible.”
Seemingly unbothered, George went on to parody Eric’s response, altering the message to be about the president.
“Of all the ugliness in politics, the utter disrespect the Trumps show toward the rule of law, the presidency and its place of work, and everything this nation has fought SO hard to achieve might top them all. Donald Trump is terrible person and frankly his actions are horrible.”
In November, George — who shares four kids with Kellyanne, 51 — commented on his wife’s reaction to his public dissent on Yahoo News’ podcast Skullduggery, saying, “I don’t think she likes it. But I’ve told her, I don’t like the administration, so it’s even.”
Matthew McConaughey woke up one morning with a mysterious ailment.
Speaking to PEOPLE for the magazine’s One Last Thing page, the Oscar winner, 49, reveals he and wife Camila Alves, 36, had been debating the benefits of a new bed at home.
“I’m thinking that I want to get a firmer mattress,” McConaughey tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue. “Our mattress presently has a pillowtop — and my back hasn’t been hurting. I took the pillowtop off two nights ago and I sleep on that mattress without it and I woke up the next morning like I’d been bucked from a bull in a rodeo.”
Currently promoting his role as a fishing-boat captain in the new thriller Serenity — which also stars Anne Hathaway — the actor didn’t have time to slow down. “My lower back was so damn sore,” McConaughey says. “So now my question is: Is that because my back is self-correcting because it was on a firm, firm, firm mattress? Or do I just need the pillow top?”
McConaughey sought professional help to solve the dilemma. “I’m going right now to go get physical therapy on it,” he adds. “I’m like, what the hell? It’s the damnedest thing.”
For more of McConaughey’s exclusive interview, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now
Asked about his last moment of pride, the actor insists it revolved around creating what he deems “my favorite bourbon on the planet” — Wild Turkey Longbranch. “Just about a year ago, it was a new venture for me,” McConaughey says. “For over two years I wrote notes on samples and at about the two-year mark, I found the perfect liquid for Longbranch.”
McConaughey says his resilience most definitely paid off. “On the other end, they were like, ‘C’mon!’ I was like, ‘Nope, not yet. Yes, I’m enjoying this but I’m not saying yes until we’ve got it just right.’ And when we did, that was a moment of pride. Two years is a long time!”
“You don’t mend fences,” she told PEOPLE of their ongoing disagreement at the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards in Los Angeles on Friday. “You let it go. It is what it is.”
Michaels said she was confused when the Today weatherman — a proclaimed fan of the diet — first questioned her health advice and cited her alleged promotion of “on camera bullying, deprivation, and manipulation” on The Biggest Loser.
“The weird thing about Al Roker is that I’ve been doing segments with this guy on the Today show for over a decade and he has never been anything but the nicest guy,” Michaels told PEOPLE Friday, adding that Roker was always “lovely” and “sweet,” gave her kids hugs and asked about her family when she visited NBC’s morning program.
“I know that he does keto, and I get it, but you would think that I told him that there was no God,” Michaels added. “It was really intense. I must admit, sometimes I want to say, ‘You realize that this is just an issue about nutrition, right? We’re not talking about Jesus, or Buddha, or Allah.'”
Michaels sparked controversy in early January by speaking out about the diet in a video for Women’s Health, calling keto a “bad plan for a million reasons,” and adding that she believes the keto diet deprives your body of essential nutrients.
“Your cells, your macromolecules, are literally made up of protein, fat, carbohydrates, nucleic acids. When you do not eat one of the three macronutrients — those three things I just mentioned — you’re starving yourselves,” she said. “Those macronutrients serve a very important purpose for your overall health and wellbeing. Each and every one of them.”
Instead, Michaels said that it’s best to eat a well-rounded diet: “You don’t eat processed sugar, you don’t eat processed grains, and to make a very long story short: avoid the keto diet,” she told PEOPLE Now in December. “Common sense. Balanced diet is key.”
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On Friday, Michaels said that her comments on the eating plan were not meant to be harmful: “Nor, by the way, was anything that I had to say a personal attack of any kind,” she told PEOPLE. “It was just based on information that I heavily researched, with a co-author who specializes in this space, and neuroscientists, and endocrinologists, and registered dietitians who wrote over 500 studies over two years.”
She added with a laugh, “So, it’s possible that I did my homework. I don’t know.”
After Michaels’ recent comment about the diet, she found herself in the middle of a feud with Roker and Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen, who called her a “jackhole” on his Bravo show. PEOPLE has reached out to a rep for Cohen for comment.
When Roker, 64, and Cohen, 50, first called out Michaels, she tweeted back at them, writing that she would rather have a conversation about her book The 6 Keys, which addresses the myths and misunderstandings associated with aging, and the diet instead of feuding.
“I have an idea…” Michaels wrote to Cohen and Roker on Twitter on Friday, Jan. 11. “How about a civil intelligent debate on The 6 Keys book and keto instead of personal attacks and name calling? I’m also a motivator and I know you guys can do this.”
She also addressed Roker directly in a video, citing the mutual “respect” they have for one another.. @alroker here to chat whenever pic.twitter.com/nK1bhi8kBc— Jillian Michaels (@JillianMichaels) January 12, 2019
“If you want to debate the science of keto, then, by all means, let’s do that,” she told Roker. “But the personal attacks are bizarre. It’s unnecessary, it’s uncalled for, it’s beneath both of us, right?”
On Friday, Michaels told PEOPLE she is standing firm on her stance against the high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb eating plan, which she characterized as “essentially [the] Atkins [diet] re-skinned for Millennials.”
“The keto diet is basically when you deprive the body of carbohydrates, and it goes into a state called ketosis, which, long story short, your body releases ketones, and that is how you know that you are carb-deprived, and it will accelerate fat loss,” Michaels said at the event. “It seems like a great idea, but the reality is you can lose weight, and you can get healthy without any of the side effects associated with it. And at the end of the day, I don’t care if somebody wants to do it. I don’t want to do it, and I have done my homework on why I don’t want to do it.”
This isn’t the first time she’s criticized the keto diet. Last May, she called it a “diet fad” and urged, “Don’t do keto.”
Ricky Williams was a dominant running back on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy in college and punishing defenders for 12 seasons in the NFL. But the enigmatic star also carried a bit of a reputation. Williams served various suspensions after being caught violating the NFL drug policy four times, with marijuana being the main culprit.
And after his playing days ended, Williams went on to become a medical cannabis advocate. So, yes, there has been a bit of chatter out there that Williams enjoyed partaking in the wacky tobacky, and that reputation often seemed to obscure his professional accomplishments and other personal attributes.
So when asked by EW what misconception about himself that Williams was looking to dispel while competing on Celebrity Big Brother (which premieres Jan. 21 on CBS), the former running back did not hesitate. “I think a big misconception towards the latter half of my career is that I am a pothead,” says Williams. “In the house there won’t be any pot, and so it will be a chance to show people who I really am outside of the rumors.”
WAIT, THERE’S NO POT IN THE BIG BROTHER HOUSE?!? That doesn’t seem right. Regardless, Ricky looks forward to showing both the other contestants and the millions of viewers that there’s more to the man that a seeming affinity for reefer madness.
He also thinks he can win! “I’m an authentic, genuine person that people typically like,” Williams tells us, “and I think I’m going to be a difficult person to evict.” But he does recognize he needs to work on his social game. “The hardest thing about being in a house with all these people is gonna be to be social and force myself to be social,” he notes. “I’m naturally a loaner so I’m going to have to keep reminding myself, make small talk. Even though it’s painful for me, make small talk, make small talk. Get to know these people.”
James McAvoy didn’t get to work with Samuel L. Jackson or Bruce Willis in 2017’s Split, even though the film dwells in the same M. Night Shyamalan-created cinematic universe as the pair’s 2000 superhero saga, Unbreakable. Jackson didn’t feature in Split at all while Willis only appeared in the closing moments, to reveal that the two movies were part of the same tale.
However, McAvoy did very much act with the duo in the just-released Glass, which finds his Kevin Wendell Crumb, Jackson’s Elijah Price, and Willis’ David Dunn being treated at a psychiatric facility for their comic book-inspired “delusions” by Sarah Paulson’s Dr. Ellie Staple.
“It was two very different experiences and two experiences that I f—ing loved,” says McAvoy of his time on-set with the Unbreakable stars. “Sam has been one of my favorite actors for a long long time and he’s somebody who really digs acting, do you know what I mean? He loves acting and he’s very generous with his fellow actors. When he sees somebody committed, and going at it, and all that kind of stuff, if he sees an actor sweating blood, he seems to really get into that. But also at the same time, Sam is really forthright and upfront. If he doesn’t like something you know about it quick and if he does like something you know about it even quicker. And that’s just an exciting person to be around.
“Bruce was very different. Bruce was very quiet and very enigmatic. He in a very different way was hugely generous. He’s just such a quietly strong presence to have on set — very very generous in a very different way. Less loud and forthright.”
Ariana Grande appears to be thinking about her late ex-boyfriend on what would have been his 27th birthday.
In the early hours of Saturday, Mac Miller’s birthday, Grande shared a cryptic post on Twitter, which many of her fans believe addresses the late rapper.
“Miss u,” the “7 Rings” singer, 25, wrote on Saturday morning, without sharing any additional information.
Grande, who has shared numerous tributes to Miller since his death, last publicly remembered him in December, when she posted and quickly deleted a photo of the late rapper playing the piano as she opened up about being ready to leave 2018 behind.miss u.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) January 19, 2019
While accepting Billboard’s Woman of the Year award in December, Grande struggled to hold back tears as she touched upon her very tumultuous year, which included Miller’s death and her whirlwind romance with ex-fiancé Pete Davidson.
“I want to say that I find it interesting that this has been one of the best years of my career and the worst of my life,” she said. “I’m not saying that for sympathy, I’m just saying that because I think a lot of people would look at someone in my position right now…and think, ‘She’s really got her s— together,’ Ya know? Like, ‘She’s really on it.’ Like, ‘She’s got it all.’ “
Grande continued: “I do, but as far as my personal life goes, I really have no idea what the f— I’m doing so yeah, it’s been a very conflicting one.”
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Later that month, she paid tribute to him again with a heartfelt note on Instagram: “i adored you from the day i met you when i was nineteen and i always will. i can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. i really can’t wrap my head around it. we talked about this. so many times.”
“i’m so mad, i’m so sad i don’t know what to do. you were my dearest friend. for so long. above anything else. i’m so sorry i couldn’t fix or take your pain away. i really wanted to. the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved,” she added. “i hope you’re okay now. Rest.”View this post on Instagram i adored you from the day i met you when i was nineteen and i always will. i can’t believe you aren’t here anymore. i really can’t wrap my head around it. we talked about this. so many times. i’m so mad, i’m so sad i don’t know what to do. you were my dearest friend. for so long. above anything else. i’m so sorry i couldn’t fix or take your pain away. i really wanted to. the kindest, sweetest soul with demons he never deserved. i hope you’re okay now. rest. A post shared by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on Sep 14, 2018 at 12:40pm PDT
Months later, Grande went on to open up about her grieving process.
After being accused by an online troll in November of capitalizing on Miller’s death, the singer penned a dignified response, writing, “I pray you never have to deal with anything like this ever and i’m sending you peace and love.”
Opening up about her right to mourn her ex, Grande added that “everything i feel is valid and safe.”
“There is no right or wrong during this period,” she continued.
Prince Philip is getting behind the wheel again.
Just two days after he was involved in a car crash near the royal family’s Sandringham Estate, Queen Elizabeth‘s 97-year-old husband was seen driving in the area on Saturday, according to photographs published by the Daily Mail.
Philip, who was uninjured in Thursday’s accident, was operating a replacement Land Rover on a public road without his seatbelt fastened, the outlet reported. He appeared to be solo in the vehicle during his daytime outing.
Just one day earlier, Queen Elizabeth — who has been staying at Sandringham with her husband — was also spotted taking a drive of her own. Without wearing a seatbelt, the 92-year-old monarch was behind the wheel of her Range Rover on a public road more than a mile from where Philip’s accident occurred, according to photos published by the Daily Mail. However, in photos published by The Telegraph, the Queen is seen wearing a seatbelt while driving her vehicle on Saturday.
The Queen is the only person allowed to sit behind the wheel in Great Britain without a driver’s license. At age 19, the then-princess learned to master a vehicle at a training center while working in the wartime Auxiliary Territorial Service in 1945.
On Thursday, the Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a car crash in Norfolk that left him uninjured, although those who were at the scene of the accident said they saw blood. Philip overturned his Land Rover following a collision with a Kia driven by a 28-year-old woman with a 9-month-old baby in the backseat.
The Kia driver suffered cuts to her knee while a 45-year-old woman sitting in the passenger seat broke her wrist. The 9-month-old baby was uninjured, local police in Norfolk said Friday.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “Contact has been made privately with those traveling in the other car and well wishes exchanged.”
On doctor’s advice, Philip visited the hospital on Friday morning for a “precautionary check-up.”
“His Royal Highness had no injuries of concern. The Duke has returned to Sandringham,” a palace spokesperson said.
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Roy Warne, a retired lawyer, helped free Philip from the car.
“It was an astonishing escape for everyone,” Warne told reporters outside his home in Norfolk on Friday, adding that it looked like there “had been extraordinarily severe injuries. But fortunately the injuries were very light. People could have been killed — the impact must have been enormous.”
Warne added, “He was obviously shaken and then he went and asked if everyone else [in the other car] was alright.”
Philip was able to stand after he was helped from the vehicle. “There was a little bit of blood and one of the royal entourage gave me a wipe to wipe my hands,” Warne said.
“I’ve no idea. You know where I am? Same place as you,” Anne, 68 — who was the first royal family member to be seen in public since the crash — told reporters at an official outing in Lancashire.
As she left, a bold reporter asked: “Any word on the Duke, Your Highness?”
“Not since I’ve been in there,” she quipped.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
“As is standard procedure with injury collisions, the incident will be investigated and any appropriate action taken,” police in Norfolk said. “We are aware of the public interest in this case, however, as with any other investigation it would be inappropriate to speculate on the causes of the collision until an investigation is carried out.”
In Friday night’s episode of The Blacklist, Elizabeth Keen says of Raymond Reddington (almost in awe, despite being the one who landed him behind bars in the first place): “That man is capable of anything—he’s going to get the immunity agreement upheld, and it’s only a matter of days before he’s out.”
Indeed, as odd as it may sound, we need to enjoy Red’s time in federal prison while it lasts. Over the course of this one episode, our very favorite Concierge of Crime goes from having his life threatened by a pretty credible prison gang, to receiving tiny bottles of champagne for himself and his new Robin-esque sidekick via a foolproof delivery system. Cheers, folks, to an exceedingly rare, but also a necessary type of Blacklist episode: simple and to the point. Sure, Liz was putting on her most Oscar-worthy act as a daughter-double-agent, and yes, Jen and Liz made a little headway on their Mary-Kate-and-Ashley-style grassroots investigation into Fraymond Freddington. But, mostly, this was just a good old-fashioned Blacklister hunt for justice, with Red doing his thing on the side.
We all knew the second Red entered that prison that he was going to be accomplishing impossible feat after impossible feat, but when he does it with such style, and to always amp-ing tune of Delta Rae’s “Bottom of the River,” it’s hard not to get on board…
Plus, what a pleasant surprise when those impossible feats ended up not resulting in a daring escape, but instead, in the much more subtle creation of an Oregon Trail within the prison pipes comprised of string, rats, and bribery. But, of course!
THE PAWNBROKERS NO. 146/147
Perhaps there was room for some extra panache in Red’s storyline because our Blacklisters this week are but a humble pair of married Methodist pawn store owners who remind Aram of the elderly couple that used to babysit him—y’know, if he swapped out oatmeal raisin cookies for massive amounts of cash that Rod and Delaine Uhlman front to criminals in exchange for “high value, ill-gotten gains” as collateral, which they sell to the highest bidder after 30 days if they’re not repaid in full with interest.
The Pawnbrokers are an assignment from a very much incarcerated Red, presumably to further prove to the judge in his upcoming trial that he is a valuable asset to the FBI, but as always, there’s a small possibility that the assignment might come with an ulterior motive—stay tuned for that. But, for now, Liz is shocked Red can give an assignment at all, given that he’s just been well and thoroughly beaten up when she goes to visit him. His arrival at prison commenced with immediately grabbing a seat beside the smallest, most unassuming inmate in the cafeteria, Vontae Jones (Coy Stewart): a scrawny kid in huge librarian glasses, clearly not looking for any trouble…
Unfortunately, Raymond Reddington sat down across from him.
Vontae attempts to give Red the lay of the land in between his unsolicited monologues, but while he’s talking about an inmate named Baldomero, who was locked up for robbing an armored truck and killing both guards, who should walk up, but Baldomero. Apparently, he’s a former acquaintance of Red’s, and when he takes Vontae’s lunchmeat, said acquaintanceship returns to being decidedly unfriendly. When Red demands an apology for the meat theft, Baldomero tell Red that he’ll be force-feeding him his lunchmeat later (???); Red tells Baldomero if he so much as looks at Vontae’s pimento loaf again, he’ll be sipping his dinner through a bendy straw; Baldomero beats the crap out of Red’s face…
And that’s how Lizzie finds him! Red’s new pal Vontae rightfully has some concern about Red meeting his intel that Baldomero plans on shanking Red in the yard the day after next with simply continuing to pull string after string from his bed sheets—but we know that look in Red’s eye. He’s got a plan. Red bids Vontae farewell with a request for pen and to see if he can identify who it is on the block that’s playing records, as he’d love to “buy, rent, or borrow” said player. Looks like there’s a new Dembe in town: a slightly different build, yes, but equally lovable.
Back in the free world, Ressler and Liz are staking out the Uhlmans’ pawn shop to see if anyone coming or going is a high-stakes criminal. Finally, Aram gets an I.D. on Tom Hardekopf; not a known criminal, but an MIT grad working at a tech firm, who secretly has a contract with the NSA.
Sophia Quail, a code breaker with the NSA shows up at the Post Office to tell them that Hardekopf wasn’t just any contractor: he’s been developing a decryption algorithm for the last four years to break the code used for Chinese diplomatic cables sent from Beijing to the embassy in D.C. Hardekopf’s completed decryption algorithm will be an immeasurable breakthrough for the NSA, and now it seems that he’s used it as collateral for a cash loan from the Uhlmans.
Next, we see Hardekopf entering an underground poker game with a $200,000 buy-in; we see Hardekopf go all-in; we see Hardekopf lose; we see the Uhlmans find out, shoot him in the stomach, and torch his car rather than wait out the remainder of the 30-day expiration date on his collateral. Which means, where the Post Office formerly had 30 days to help the NSA get their code algorithm back, they now have…well, next to no time, given that Aram hacked a webcam in the Uhlmans’ pawn shop and found out they’re already making arrangements to sell the code to the Chinese intelligence service, MSS
Ressler says there’s no way the Uhlman’s will tell the MSS specifically what’s on that drive until they have the money in hand, which means there’s still time to make a higher bid and keep the decryption algorithm a secret. It can’t come from the FBI or NSA, obviously, but perhaps—all heads swivel to Samar—from Mossad.
As the Task Force rushes to stop a valuable algorithm from being obtained by an opposing government, Red rushes to…do…something. He’s tying string together, he’s having Vontae collect secret lunch meat, he’s luring a rat out of the pipes in his room that he saw earlier in the episode. Because, as he tells Vontae while writing out a note and tying it to the rat along with an extreeeemely long string: “If this little fella found his way in, he can find his way back out.” Vontae earns aaaaall my love and respect when he pauses and then responds: “Are you insane!? Ain’t not message-in-a-bottle nonsense gonna work.”
And surely, it should not work. But he is Red, and this is The Blacklist, and so it does. An exterminator spraying outside the prison walls finds a rat in one of his traps that happens to have a note attached to its back reading, “Call this number and you will receive $10,000,” with a number that of course leads directly to Dembe.
Dembe delivers $10,000 in cash to the helpful exterminator, removes the string from the rat, ties it to a bottle along with a second string, and when Red pulls it back inside, he finds just what he’s been hoping for: a literal message in a bottle that reads, “What can I do? –D.” Even from inside prison, Red has his hand in every pot, including the Post Office’s current endeavor. Though Quail questions how loyal Samar could be to the U.S. as a Mossad agent, Aram sets her straight, and Samar heads into the pawn shop to double the MSS offer: “If you’ll take $2 million, then you’ll surely take $4.”
Indeed, the Uhlmans will, but retrieving the drive requires going to a second location, and since Samar couldn’t risk wearing a wire, she has to head out blind as the rest of the team tracks her phone. Cooper and Quail step out to make vague, cryptic calls to their higher-ups.
Ressler, Liz, and backup officers are able to get eyes on Samar and the Uhlmans as they prepare to make the switch. They have to be sure Samar has the briefcase with the drive inside before they storm the scene. But just as the switch is made, a van plows through the parking garage, shooting bullets in every direction, one making contact with Delaine Uhlman. A man jumps out of the car and grabs the case and Ressler shoots him, but another man snatches the case just as fast, and the van squeals out of the garage.
The man Ressler shot is quickly identified as an MSS agent, which means the FBI has to get to the Chinese embassy before the agents can take refuge there and see what’s on the drive. And just as their van pulls up to the embassy, and the gates begin to open—BOOM!—Ressler and Samar’s SUV T-bones the van, detaining the agents and the case. Back at the office, Quail tells Cooper, “I have to admit, your task force—whoever they are—they’re good.”
Hey, how ’bout whoever you are, lady?! Cooper has got you aaaaall figured out. He tells Quail that his team is indeed good, so he couldn’t figure out how MSS knew where to find Samar, the Uhlmans, and the NSA drive. That is until, on a hunch, he asked his team to go ahead and start using Hardekopf’s decryption algorithm to sort through those Chinese cables Quail was so excited to de-code, and wouldn’t ya know it? Her name was all over them. She was the one who called the MSS and told them where the drive was headed.
Was this a double-cross we needed? Nah. But Broadway star Donna Murphy was a pro in the role, and we did need the Post Office to bust the Uhlmans and their warehouse worth of past collateral goods criminals because—well, I’ll let Red explain it during a prison yard performance that should surely win him a spot in the prison talent show, if that is a thing this prison with record players and a pretty loose open-cell-door policy has…
In the yard, on the day that Red’s stabbing has been scheduled, Red struts up to Baldmero with Vontae by his side, and wonders aloud if Baldomero’s playmates and subordinates might like to know the truth: that Baldomero is awaiting trial—and talking a real big game—on a crime he didn’t actually commit. Red knows this because the men who knocked over the truck Baldomero is being charged with robbing, did it to pay a debt to Red. And since Red ultimately wouldn’t take the unlaundered cash attached to two dead guards, those men had to pawn all the contents of the truck…
Pawned contents that have now been found inside the Uhlman’s seized warehouse in Maryland, proving Baldomero’s innocence (of this crime, at least). Apparently, Baldomero was so willing to take the rap for a crime he didn’t commit because it meant he stayed safely inside jail, rather than on the outside where he is very much in the bad graces of Annunzio Ross, a man apparently known for “a long memory and a passion for vengeance.”
If you’re wondering if this is a rather lengthy soliloquy to be giving in a prison yard—it is!
But these prisoners have fantastic listener retention, and they remain rapt the whole time, seeming to ultimately come down on the side of believing Red. It helps that moments after Baldomero unsuccessfully attempts to stab Red, the warden arrives to tell him that his lawyer is there: “Something about you getting out.”
Later, Liz tells Red that she hopes this complicated plan was worth it, which is kind of a weird thing to say considering that it went off almost flawlessly and they caught, like, a bajillion criminals and one treasonous NSA agent in the process. Beyond that small amount of success, Red says he also managed to do what he has to do to “stay alive long enough to win my freedom back.” And it’s not like Baldomero is out there walking the streets: we see him immediately get stabbed inside a club bathroom, courtesy of Annunzio Ross.
Plus, Red isn’t just safe. He ends the episode strutting through the cafeteria with all eyes fearfully and/or adoringly on him, Vontae safely by his side, and a gifted record player waiting for him in his cell. As far as he knows, everything is turning up Red. But back at Lizzie’s apartment, Jennifer’s hacker friend has made one small discovery: he couldn’t recover the data that Red deleted from Koehler the plastic surgeon’s dossier, but he did manage to discover that his file names were coded using the patient intake dates…
October, 3rd, 1991: that’s when someone went under Dr. Koehler’s knife and came back out as Raymond Reddington.
A FEW LOOSE ENDS:
Jessica Simpson has finally found some relief.
Shortly after posting an image of her foot with three suction cup-like tools on it, Simpson proudly showed off the favorable results.
“SKANKLES aka Skinny Ankles 😜,” she captioned an image of her noticeably less swollen foot.
Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Parents newsletter.View this post on Instagram Cupping ???? A post shared by Jessica Simpson (@jessicasimpson) on Jan 18, 2019 at 6:41pm PST View this post on Instagram SKANKLES aka Skinny Ankles ???? A post shared by Jessica Simpson (@jessicasimpson) on Jan 18, 2019 at 6:46pm PST
Over the years, many famous faces — ranging from athletes like Michael Phelps to stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston — have been spotted with deep red circles on their bodies, a tell-tale sign of cupping.
The technique involves using suction cup-like devices, which apply negative pressure to a person’s underlying sore tissue.
“It can be used as a massage technique, it can stretch the tissue out, it can bring local inflammation to an area for healing, or even break up scar tissue after surgery,” Michael Mancuso, a physical therapist in New York City who specializes in the technique, previously told PEOPLE, adding that “most patients feel immediate relief, and feel looser with increased ranges of motion.”
The red marks that patients are left with result from blood rising to the skin’s surface, and can last for seven to 10 days, according to Mancuso.
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After first sharing a photo of her very swollen foot last week, the pregnant star had some fun with the “10-year challenge,” the latest viral craze that has seen dozens of stars taking a walk down memory lane with comparison shots from 10 years ago and today.
However, instead of calling attention to her “glow up,” in her post, which has since been deleted, Simpson took the opportunity to show off the transformation her body has undergone since becoming pregnant with her third child.
In the left shot, Simpson’s incredibly toned legs were featured in cut-off denim shorts and a pair of wedges. Meanwhile, the right image showed her swollen foot.View this post on Instagram Any remedies?! Help!!!! A post shared by Jessica Simpson (@jessicasimpson) on Jan 10, 2019 at 5:10pm PST
The American Pregnancy Association explains that during pregnancy, “the body produces approximately 50 percent more blood and body fluids to meet the needs of the developing baby.”
The swelling, which is called edema, is common in the hands, face, legs, ankles and feet and is completely normal.
Simpson announced that she is expecting her third child — a baby girl — with husband Eric Johnson in September. The couple, who wed in 2014, are already parents to daughter Maxwell “Maxi” Drew, 6, and son Ace Knute, 5.
Kourtney Kardashian is ready for her next relationship.
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, 39, opened up about her love life this weekend after spending a relaxing day hanging out with her friends by the pool.
Following her time in the water, the mother of three sent temperatures climbing as she shared a sexy clip of herself posing in an outdoor shower while wearing a plunging purple metallic swimsuit.
Later, while watching the 1999 film Notting Hill, Kardashian shared a clip on her Instagram Story from Julia Roberts’ character’s iconic speech to her love interest (played by Hugh Grant), in which the leading lady declares she’s “just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her.”
“I want to be in love,” Kardashian wrote alongside the clip, adding a crying emoji.
Appearing on Monday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live, Kardashian told host Andy Cohen that her reaction would just be, “Congratulations!”
“We vacation together. It’s all good,” her sister Kim Kardashian West, 38, added.
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In late December, Kourtney, Disick and Richie went on a tropical getaway together in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Kourtney and Disick’s three kids — Mason, 9, Penelope, 6, and Reign, 4 — were also on the trip.
Disick had a sense of humor about traveling abroad with both his girlfriend and ex: “What more can a guy ask for. THREE’S COMPANY,” he captioned a photo showing the trio relaxing on recliners — with Kourtney and Richie sitting beside him.
A week later, the trio was spotted stepping out in Aspen, Colorado.View this post on Instagram What more can a guy ask for. THREE’S COMPANY A post shared by Scott Disick (@letthelordbewithyou) on Dec 23, 2018 at 6:44pm PST
Kourtney hasn’t been in a serious relationship since her split from ex Younes Bendjima last August. Since the pair called it quits, she has been romantically linked to on-off fling Luka Sabbat, who turned 21 in November.
The model and actor, who is also a friend of the family, most recently joined Kourtney and her sister Kendall Jenner during their recent trip to Aspen.
“Kourtney likes Luka,” a source told PEOPLE in November. “It’s never been serious though and never will be. She hooks up with him occasionally, but that’s it.”
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