Jen Lilley said in an interview over the weekend that we would notice a change in the writing today (8/10). I thought at first she had her dates wrong, because the new writers’ material is supposed to start next week. However, since she was undoubtedly talking mostly about her own story, I do hope what we saw today for her and Brady is a sign of things to come.
I was sure Brady’s “get your lying ass out of my house” on Friday was a fakeout. We still don’t know he’s going to kick her out, but I was pleasantly surprised to hear him say she was lying and remain unmoved by any of her attempts to cover up. Brady had the Salem brain! I do think this may be a rewrite, because it seems quite soapy for Caroline to find out Theresa is faking, and then immediately have a stroke so Theresa can continue her deception.
I still don’t see much chemistry between Theresa and Brady, but I thought they both did well in their scenes. Of course, I’m guessing that Brady will soften towards Theresa based on her distress over her grandmother. I don’t want all of her misdeeds just swept away because oh look! she has a spark of affection for her granny! but at least it is based on something real. (And kudos to the show for using the one relationship for Theresa that seems genuinely affectionate.) I really liked Brady’s final look outside the hospital room. It showed his continued frustration with her, and with the situation, as well as his reaction to her emotion.
Caroline’s collapse also gave Serena her chance to shine, if you can call it that. I hope the show doesn’t expect me to be blown away by the fact that she can operate a phone and has the decency to not just walk away when someone collapses right in front of her.
I doubt even TomSell actually intended to reunite Eric and Serena on a permanent basis, but I do wonder if they had a long-term quad in mind for Daniel/Nicole/Eric/Serena. Serena’s bugging of the confessional could have been a bomb to break up Eric and Serena after a reunion, if Eric turned to her out of loneliness, perhaps. Thank goodness I don’t have to worry about that, since Serena is leaving in two weeks.
Eric’s softening towards Serena, which I assume will follow her actions today, will of course give her a reason to change her mind about leaving town (again). My sincere hope is seeing them together will give Nicole something to think about, even (I hope!) a reason to spring into action. And I really do hope Serena has one more act of revenge in her before she leaves.
Chad and Abby’s scenes were again wonderful, probably the highlight of the show. Billy Flynn was rocking the angst, showing the pain behind a sleazy line like “share and share alike.” Not many actors could pull that off (Stephen comes to mind as one who could), but he did. Kate did equally well, I thought, in her quieter reactions to his ranting. And even Ben made me laugh with his expression when he was trying to act happy about the baby while also doing arithmetic in his head. Math is hard.
Chad definitely had all the best lines, and he made the most of them. “The divorce rate in Salem is markedly higher than the rest of the country.” The man speaks truth!
From Friday’s show, but nice to look at.
I also enjoyed the swirl of activity today. There was an energy to the show just because people were moving around and talking to people they don’t always talk to. A family emergency, like Caroline’s, is a great opportunity to feature family members together and other atypical interactions, which I always enjoy. So much better than watching the same two people stuck in a booth at the Brady pub through an entire episode.
A few other comments:
How painful was it to hear Josh Taylor try to spit out the word “unsubstantiated”?
I’m assuming one of the things Eric wants to tell Daniel is that he has nothing to worry about regarding him and Nicole. He can’t stop talking about how he’s not going to stand in their way, can he? And did I catch the shadow of a dirty look when Daniel blew him off?
I loved the scene with the opera and Stefano and Chad. I haven’t enjoyed Stefano so much in years! I can’t wait to see how Andre’s return will add to their dynamic.
Does it seem to anyone else that Victor is deliberately goading Xander? But to what end?
Mary Beth did an excellent job as professional doctor mixed with worried daughter. And Eric and Kayla were in a scene together!
Can you tell I’ve missed you guys??