Yesterday’s episode did not feel like a Friday. I wondered if I had a Chad-style blackout and it was Monday already. Lots of setups and introductions.
But, I enjoyed it for all that. I am so in love with Eve and Eddy, it’s not even funny. When they started arguing about the funeral arrangements, and she treated his choir suggestion with such withering sarcasm, I thought it was very realistic — funny and painful at the same time. And I loved her insight that all of this tender solicitude was him putting on a performance for his other family. Methinks Eve hath got his number.
For months, the boards have been going nuts trying to figure out why Thaao, who we knew was playing Andre, kept calling Stefano “daddy” and Chad “brother.” Well, here’s one of the first lines Andre said to Stefano today: “When we found out I was your biological son … ” So, that takes care of that. Next!
I kind of wish Andre had gotten a more dramatic introduction. The man was dead! He was shot, fell off a roof, and then pulled the plug on his own life support. I know that to a Dimera, all this is no worse than cutting yourself shaving, but shouldn’t they try to offer some explanation?
The other introduction was Lani Price, a new police officer with the Salem PD. I see that I was right that the show is going to connect her to Abe, most likely as his long-lost daughter with Tamara Price, played by Marilyn McCoo back in 1986. I laughed out loud when Rafe asked what brought her to Salem from sunny Florida, and she said, “I have a hidden agenda.” Don’t they all?
Also, Florida? Maybe she knows Ben!
We also got the start of a new storyline with Adrienne. She talked to her mom (Jo!) at the beginning of the episode, then went to see Kayla about getting tested for a gene that predisposes you for cancer. I tend not to like illness stories, but this is true to history, because Jo had a cancer story back in the late 80’s, so kudos for that. Kayla was so wonderful and reassuring with Adrienne, and I really enjoyed the scene. That said, during most of it I was filled with a sense of crushing disappointment that we aren’t going to see Steve and Adrienne’s reunion scene. But at least the show remembered they are related.
Speaking of history, I have to give the show credit on the Britta reference from the other day — I underestimated you, Higriff! I still say there was something off about the dialogue for Steve and Victor that day, but yesterday we found out this Claudia was hired to pretend to be Britta’s daughter, which makes sense. And Steve got another lead.
Why was the scene taking place on Victor’s plane? Is Steve living there now?
While Steve was rebuffing Claudia’s advances (at least we know there is no twist coming that she is really his daughter with Britta!), Kayla was hanging out with a surprisingly bitchy Hope. Sure, she asked her to be her matron of honor, but then she scoffed at the idea of this being Steve’s “last mission,” and the idea of Bo being in trouble. I think Kristian could have played Hope’s lines as the desperation of denial, because I think that’s more what was intended. It’s hard to watch her certainty about Bo’s abandonment when we are watching him suffer in captivity. I don’t know if the purpose of this story is to make Hope look bad, but that’s what happened. I’m so ready for Steve to bring Bo home and get this story moving along.
The best part of the episode was the short phone call between Steve and Kayla at the end. Definitely a softening there.
Kayla reacts to Steve’s line: “I just told him all the reasons I have for loving you.”
Sorry this post is so all over the place — there was a lot going on!