I loved the scenes with Chad and Abby this week. Billy Flynn was so great with the intensity and the emotion. I loved Abby’s initial suspicion and hostility, and how it gradually gave way to belief. And with that, the temptation to give in to her own feelings — but also distress about what that means for herself, her baby, and her decision.
But, I’m a little bit sad too. I had hoped the “push her away” aspect of the story would continue for a little longer. When that ended when Chad resolved to tell Abby how he felt, I hoped Abby wouldn’t believe him. I have been so enjoying the angst her distrust created for both of them.
The stakes are still very high for Abby, to choose well for herself or her baby. But having Chad’s declaration, and Ben’s proposal — and didn’t that come out of nowhere! — both happen on the eve of her paternity test – well, it seems to set up that she will choose based on the results of that test. And that just feels overly simplistic (not to mention being a Days cliche so old and tired it makes me want to rip my hair out). But, I am going to keep an open mind. So far, this who’s-the-daddy story has been extremely good – shockingly so! So I will see where it takes me.
On a general note, I really appreciate the improvements in the lighting on Friday. I like the fact that everything isn’t lit like an interrogation scene. Also, it actually looked like it was the same time of day for everyone in the episode — which was a refreshing change!
Oh, and that bicentennial flyer is kind of freaking me out a little bit now. When Hope was looking at it and smiling at the end of the episode, it felt so random. Filler for a scene that was cut from the episode? A signal to the viewers that the end of the reign of TomSell terror is nearly at hand?