Solid episode yesterday (9/14). Some good movement to the stories.
I would enjoy the conflict between Rafe and Justin more if I didn’t feel that the show was coming down so hard on Rafe’s side. It would be better if they gave Justin a better reason for his certainty about Chad’s guilt and his zeal to have him arrested. And they have a perfect, tailor-made reason staring them in the face — his concern for Eve. If there had been a short scene between them, before Justin went all hardass on Rafe, where Eve pleaded with him to make sure the person who killed “my Paigey” was caught and punished. That it’s the only thing she can do for Paige now. But instead, they showed Justin being certain about Chad from the very beginning, right after Serena’s death.
I also loved the tension in the Jennifer/JJ and Jennifer/Clyde scenes. I was surprised that JJ told Jennifer the truth about Clyde, because he should have known she would never agree to just sit back and do nothing. But maybe that’s why he did it, maybe he secretly wanted to be talked into telling Roman the truth. At any rate, I hope this finally gives the police another suspect. And then to have Clyde show up right afterwards was genius. James Read was so good being menacing with his mostly friendly, innocuous dialogue. I wanted a little bit more worry on Abby’s behalf from both Jennifer and JJ; I think that should have factored more prominently in the dialogue. And it wouldn’t have hurt to have Abby spare a moment of concern for her brother, either, instead of only thinking about Chad.
And, finally, we had our supercouple 101 scenes, with Abby expressing her faith in Chad and taking his side against Stefano. I loved hearing her certainty in his innocence, but there were some layers there that I appreciated, like when Stefano pointed out that her expression of support stopped short of offering him a place to stay. Will Ben’s revelation today push her closer to Chad and towards helping him in a more concrete way?
Speaking of Ben’s revelation, I was actually very surprised (in a good way) that Ben admitted he put a tracker on her phone, and confronted her about Chad. I really can’t wait to see how this turns out. I can see it leading to them breaking up. Will he reveal he knew she slept with Chad, that he doubted the paternity of the baby? Will she be able to get past the fact that he’s been tracking her? On one hand, it’s hard for me to believe that they could get past this (especially since Abby chose him partly because he was the “safe” choice, and this casts that into doubt), but on the other I can’t see the show breaking them up at this stage. But I really, genuinely, have no idea. And I’m excited about that.
In other news, you have all probably heard the news that Shawn Christian’s exit has been confirmed. Pardon me while I do a happy dance.
ETA: Aw, damn. Just saw that Kassie DePaiva is leaving too. I’m not surprised, but I really liked her.