Those blue eyes! Billy Flynn would only have to bat them at me and I would fall into a trance, no problem.
I am seriously loving these hypnosis scenes. In fact, Chad’s whole storyline is a marvel of a great, soapy storytelling. Yes, there have been some beats missing in the murder storyline as a whole — we should have seen Abby with JJ, we should see more of the people actually affected by Serena and Paige’s death. But, when it comes to Chad, the show is playing it like a boss. We’ve got his contentious relationship with his father, leaving him vulnerable at a time when he could sorely use the Dimera pull behind him. We’ve got his worries about turning into Stefano, and how that makes him think he might be guilty now. And we’ve got his star-crossed love, and the woman he loves who believes him in him when he doesn’t even believe in himself.
So that’s angsty, persecuted Chad. Now we’re getting smart, starting to fight back Chad. I love how Abby’s faith in him is waking up his fighting spirit. And, I love how that is bringing him to Marlena, and then to Kayla, for help. The hypnosis scenes had me on the edge of my seat. Did anyone else moan, “Marlena, noooo!” when she stopped his story and brought him out of his trance? With Kayla, I loved how he and Kayla traded snarky remarks before she helped him with the drug information he wanted. (Kayla: Let me tell you about this thing called Google …)
And then, Chad remembered seeing Clyde that night! Can’t wait to see where this goes.
Speaking of Clyde …. he comes to Marlena’s office, smiles, gives her money, and talks about how happy he is — and it scares the pants off me. I liked how Marlena stayed calm and even gave it right back, when she warned him that elation can be a misleading emotion, and signal the beginning of a downward spiral (probably some foreshadowing there!)
I was intrigued by his statement that everything he touches “turns to gold” lately. I had a thought that maybe it’s Clyde that Aiden owes his money to? That would put Aiden between Stefano on one side and Clyde on the other — surely an ant between two giants.
John and Steve … I loved watching them pool their contacts and leads, trying to trace Bo’s movements. Serious Stockholm flashbacks! But about 100% less grabbing each other by the lapels, hee! It was also nice to hear them talk about their problems with their women disapproving of their adventures and ISA work. A nice “boy talk” counterpoint to the “girl talk” between Kayla and Hope yesterday.
I’m excited to see what they plan to do with Gabi. I like Camilla Banus, and I think it’s smart to beef up the Hernandez family. I hope they give her a good story with her brother (and father) first, but then who do we think they might pair her with? I haven’t heard even a hint. JJ? Lucas seems too old, and besides, it would be creepy since she already slept with (and has a child with) his son. Brady is going to be in Theresa’s orbit, as far as I can tell, and who else is there? Shawn? Phillip?