Chad and Abby’s scenes today (9/8) were borrowed straight from the 80’s/90’s supercouple playbook, but no less awesome for all that. I love that Abby has more faith in him than he himself does. Chad’s fear that he is guilty makes perfect sense, along with his fear of becoming his father. Abby’s response was perfect, reminding him that he had (even more) reason to be angry at her after she chose Ben, but he stepped up and protected her, even at the cost of being disowned. Her statement that he was “a person of character” was an odd, old-fashioned phrase, but I loved it. And, oh, Billy Flynn’s eyes when Abby told him she knew he didn’t kill anyone!
I also loved the way she took his hand as she gave him her impassioned speech, but then she let go and excused herself after that. The new writers seem to realize how to tease; they understand that less is more. We might swoon if he swept her in his arms and kissed her, but it isn’t needed — in fact, it’s too much. It wouldn’t do the character of Abby any favors, and would be a bit out of place in a scene like this. This was about her faith in him, not their love for each other – though of course that love is bubbling under the surface.
I was glad to see Eric a little more, and find out what he’s been feeling since Serena died. I’m intrigued by his crisis of faith. He was laying it on a little thick about how wonderful and beautiful Serena was, but they balanced it by also having him talk about his last words to her, that they couldn’t be friends. He said that was the reason she was drowning her sorrows that night — and he’s not wrong. They also balanced his guilt nicely with Hope’s wry response, when he said he was the reason Serena came to town: “You, and the diamonds.”
He also said today that finding Serena’s killer is the only thing he can do for her right now. That, plus his crisis of faith, will surely take him to a dark place — and on a collision course with Chad. AND, he sure was fiddling with his necktie a lot in his scene with Hope, wasn’t he? Eric might have something interesting to do this fall after all!
Steve’s scenes mostly moved the plot forward in finding Bo, but they did it in a clever way. Steve’s revelation that Bo never went to Tahiti in the merchant marines was undercut today by Victor saying he went there once with Hope. Maybe Bo just got the time mixed up. Victor’s accusation that Steve just wants to find a way to be a hero to Kayla was perfectly reasonable (and perfectly true), and it gives Victor a reason to doubt what Steve is saying. By putting Steve a little bit in the wrong, it makes the pill — of no one in town looking for Bo up til now — a little easier to swallow.
Then, Steve’s scenes with John continued the theme. (But they kicked off with an awesome reference to the organ harvesting from 2006! Ha!) John pointed out that what Steve is saying Bo would “never” do is exactly what he (Steve) did. John also confirmed Bo actually told him he was going undercover for the ISA, and that the assignment related to the Dimeras. There is no way it’s not Andre who has Bo, right? Especially since we saw today that Aiden is working for Stefano, presumably to distract her from going out to look for Bo. Sigh. I liked shady Aiden, but evil to the core Aiden is not as interesting. Did they have to say today that his assignment from the beginning was to get Hope to fall in love with him? Couldn’t this have been something he was tempted into further down the line, due to his money troubles? Just make it a little less black-and-white? (Besides, from what I hear, he sure didn’t act at first like someone trying to win Hope’s favor.)
Finally, there was Paige’s death, and our two main suspects (so far), Chad and Clyde. The same two from the first murder, though for different reasons. It’s likely neither one of them is the killer, but this should put Clyde on the police’s radar, as an alternate suspect to Chad.
Oh, this is going to be fun!