I’m having some fun watching Days this week!
How could anyone say no to that face!
I really, really loved the scenes with Kayla and Abby. Kate Mansi really impressed me, and it was so gratifying to see Mary Beth get some good emotional scenes to sink her teeth into. I wasn’t in favor of a WTD story for Abby, mostly because it seemed so tired and obvious, but for me it’s always the execution of the story that makes it or breaks it. I have to say I’m excited by what happened this week. In addition to Abby’s scenes with Kayla, we also saw that Chad clearly still has feelings for Abigail (so important in these “push her away” stories). I loved the little moment when he opened Kayla’s office door and saw her. Billy Flynn and Kate did so much with just that little look, and the way she turned away. And then when he got back outside the door, “Just let it go …” Loved it. And Ben is turning into a bit of a wild card, since he put that tracker on her phone. They could make him a sad Mr. Simple or turn him into a psycho (or somewhere in between), and I’m intrigued by which direction they’ll go.
I also loved that Kayla had the Salem brain when she figured out Abby was talking about Chad, not Ben, a few weeks ago (maybe three Salem days, but who’s counting?), when Abby talked about being in love with someone who wasn’t good for her. The parallels to Steve and Kayla’s love story were definitely there, but I was glad it didn’t come up. It wasn’t appropriate in this situation, which was about Abigail’s pregnancy and distress about it. But it was implicit when Kayla pressed her about it, and asked if she was sure Chad didn’t care about her. She knows you can’t always take things at face value.
And of course this pregnancy is going to turn into one of those “secrets” where everybody in town knows the truth. We’ve already got Kayla, Will, and Hope just in these first few hours. Poor Abby!
Now, Ericole. So much good stuff. I loved when Serena was trashing Nicole and Eric yelled at her, “stop judging her!” – it was obvious he was thinking of his own history of doing just that (along with everyone else in town). I loved the moment when he got to Daniel’s and saw all of her boxes there, the look on his face.
I figured that Nicole was going to reject Eric today (7/15), so I was prepared for that. I loved Eric’s confidence when he told her she wouldn’t be happy with Daniel, and reminded her that they haven’t been able to make things work in the past, because of her feelings for him (Eric). At the same time, that’s exactly why I don’t want Nicole to go running back to Eric just yet. He shouldn’t be able to just snap his fingers. The other thing I appreciated was her obvious belief that he is just on the rebound from Serena. They gave her exactly the line I wanted her to say, pointing out that Serena betrayed him and now he’s suddenly in love with Nicole again? How can she possibly trust that?
So here’s my prediction: I think that after much back and forth with Serena, and Nicole trying to keep it secret, Daniel is going to find out about the furnace room almost-sex. Maybe Nicole will even tell him. And here’s the thing: I think he is going to forgive her. And this will be such a contrast to Eric, she’ll be so grateful, that when Daniel asks her who she really wants to be with, she’ll say him. If Daniel is really going to propose, I see this going down to the wire. Daniel, of course, will ask Eric to be his best man. Then I want plenty of soapy complications throwing the best man and the prospective bride together.
Honestly, I think this is good idea if done well. It’s another way of making Daniel the easier choice, the less risky choice. But it’s crucial that we understand that it’s Eric she truly loves – it’s just that she’s afraid, afraid he doesn’t really mean it, afraid to take the chance. Or she thinks he deserves better, that she’s sure to let him down again. I don’t want to have to fanwank these reasons, I want to see it.
Please, please, please, Days, do it right.