Chad and Abby were really something special today (7/21). I loved that Abby was telling Will so bitterly how Chad treated her, at the same time Chad was confiding in Sonny that he deserved it.
I appreciated the callback to Grace, how Chad didn’t know she was his until after she died. I thought Abby looking at Chad with tears in her eyes, as he played with the baby, was perfectly soapy and wonderful. And then when Chad passed Ari over to Abby and touched her arm, and they both reacted to that touch – swoon.
(My only quibble is they are making Chad a bit too nice to Abby. He needs to keep up the act at least a little bit if we are going to keep this angst going — which I really, really want!)
The little girl who plays Ari is so adorable. I about died today when she started repeating parts of Chad’s lines back to him.
Chad: Grace was a sweetheart.
Ari: Wee art.
Billy Flynn really stayed in the moment and played off of what she was doing. So great.
I needed every bit of that cuteness to get me through the Daniel and Nicole scenes. I don’t even hate Daniel. In fact, I kind of liked his nervousness today, him not being sure of his acceptance. It was actually Nicole who was hard to watch, because she seemed so eager and happy. I feel bad saying that, because I know Nicole has suffered more than her fair share over the last several years, so I’m not rooting for her to be miserable. Just maybe a tiny crack in the denial, maybe a little bit — torn? Please? A little “I should be happy but I’m not”? You gotta give me something here, show.
Much easier to watch were Eric’s scenes. I really enjoyed his interaction with Marlena. Greg Vaughan played an interesting beat in these scenes – an underlying note of happiness. He told her he was “starting over” and that’s exactly what it felt like. That carried over even into the scenes with Serena, where he was angry, certainly, but slightly from a distance. Serena can’t get to him anymore. (Which will no doubt fuel her retaliation against him and Nicole both.)
He has the look of a man who knows who he is, he knows what he wants. He doesn’t have it yet, but that’s okay – for now. Right now he’s finally at peace with himself again. And that’s pretty fantastic.