Hello, who do I see in the credits today? Welcome, Dena Higley and Josh Griffith!
We made it, darling! We made it to the fall!
Today’s episode (8/19) was fun, seeing the current stories kicked up a notch, and also the seeds planted for new storylines. Clyde and Aiden fought. Paige found out JJ is working for the DEA. Rafe is back on the force (and still mooning after Hope, more’s the pity — I was hoping they’d drop that). John is joining the ISA. Julie is wandering around town talking to people about love.
Speaking of Julie, she also expressed her skepticism about Aiden, that maybe he is still keeping secrets from Hope (anvil alert!). We also heard more about Bo’s exit, how the calls became less and less frequent, how he kept saying he was going to come home and didn’t. It was all definite enough to justify Hope divorcing him and moving on, and yet there are enough holes in it create a loophole for Bo. I have never been a Bo and Hope shipper — I enjoy them when they are together, but I don’t suffer when they are apart — but a thrill ran up my spine when I heard the name “Bo” in Kristian Alfonso’s accent. It’s finally here, everybody!
I haven’t posted much about Clyde and his story with Aiden, because I haven’t had much to say. It has been all been vague teases and misdirection, without anything definite to talk about. I like teases and misdirection, but it’s been hard to get into the story because I don’t care much about the characters. Today’s fight — between two middle aged guys! — was fun, though. I kind of loved Aiden with blood running down his dimpled face.
Which brings me to Haiden. I like Aiden fine but I don’t find him compelling, either as a character, or with Hope as a couple. One thing I am already sick of is the squabbling between Bope and Haiden fans on message boards, and on Twitter. Perhaps my opinion is colored by that, but I have found the writing for Hope and Aiden to be … really weird.
Since I started watching Days full time again, I’ve seen one love scene between Eric and Nicole, two between Daniel and Nicole, one between Chad and Abby, and one for Ben and Abby. In the same time period I have seen four or five Haiden love scenes. They also spent an evening waltzing and drinking champagne, another evening stargazing, and multiple encounters kissing and smiling at each other. This for a couple who is only on one or two days a week!
It feels like the type of writing they do for a couple when something Big and Awful is about to happen — which of course is certainly true. That is, I know that with the 50th anniversary coming up, with Peter Reckell coming back, Griffith and Higley were always going to go with Bope. But I would guess, based on what I’ve seen, that TomSell also probably planned for Aiden to go dark. Either something to do with Clyde, or his wife’s death, or both. Couples are never that deliriously happy unless they are headed for a big fall.
And I think I heard a collective sigh of relief and gratitude from John and Marlena fans, hearing Marlena say they are going to “put each other first.” And Drake was kind of adorable today, telling Rafe “Doc” is running late, too, so he’s off the hook.
All my least favorite characters were on today. But it was still a fun episode to watch. Here’s to Higriff!