Apparently Stefano is carrying a torch for Kate and wants to marry her, John is suddenly in love with Marlena again, Marlena can hardly stand the sight of John, Lexie has been making serious mistakes at work, and Trent has a gambling problem.
Trent’s sudden gambling addiction is an example of what one of my teachers in college called the “convenient fact.” It’s a fact about a character that is introduced, and then immediately used as a plot point, as Trent’s gambling debts served as the trigger for all the events on the yacht. It shows the audience the man behind the curtain, the chess player moving the pieces, and it’s lazy writing. This was was even worse than that, however, because it directly contradicted the Trent/Melanie dynamic as we had come to understand it: where she was the sponging freeloader, he the indulgent benefactor.
Meanwhile, the wardrobe department continues to inch ever closer to psychosis:
Kate and Anna:
I thought they couldn’t find a shirt uglier than the one Marlena wore last week, but oh, boy, did they prove me wrong:
I think Max and Stephanie take the cake, though, for worst-dressed couple. Max’s shirt gave me flashbacks to the obnoxious neighbor from Three’s Company.
Poor Stephanie, on the other hand, looks like she has been disemboweled: