Today’s episode was EVERYTHING.
Let’s start with the woman of the hour, Kayla Brady.
Mary Beth was just incredible today. She even managed to pull a little bit of a performance out of Josh Taylor.
The dialogue in their scenes was spot on. Roman made some great points when he talked about Caroline and the way she and Shawn were risk takers, that they took a big risk when they opened the Brady pub. But his best line was when he pointed out that she might be trying to avoid the guilt that would come from a wrong call — but that very caution might make her make the wrong call. You can see her reaction to that above. But what a huge responsibility, to have to treat your own mother and be the one to make this decision. On soaps, experimental drugs always work, and I assume this one probably will too (eventually, I don’t expect it to happen overnight). But in real life, they often don’t help at all and sometimes do active harm. So Kayla is right to be concerned.
And then Caroline woke up and didn’t recognize Kayla, but talked about how her daughter, Dr. Brady, should be be involved in any medical decision. What a punch in the gut, and Mary Beth showed the pain of that moment perfectly — but also the realization that her mother trusted her. That’s what finally pushed Kayla over the edge to trying to drug. It was perfect.
What I really liked about this episode was the mix of different types of scenes and stories. Kayla’s scenes were serious family drama. Paige’s service, strangely enough, allowed for some lighter scenes. I loved the moment when Eve and Eddy called a truce for a moment and Eve took a sip from Eddy’s beer, while Justin looked on. Later, Eddy accused Justin of having ulterior motives for going after Chad. (I love A Martinez’s smolder.) Justin played dumb, but glanced over at Eve — he clearly knew what Eddy was talking about.
Theresa apologized to Brady for kissing him, which was a nice character moment for her. I loved their discussion about Chad, Brady’s doubt about his guilt based on their encounter a few weeks (days?) ago, and Theresa admitting that sometimes things can look pretty black against you even when you’re innocent. It was nice to see them actually having a normal conversation, as equals. It was an odd decision to have Justin questioning Brady’s feelings for Theresa — but it gave him a chance to mention his son Alex, and “Alex’s mother”! An Anjelica mention, wow!
I also really enjoyed the scenes with Rafe and Hope, when Rafe told Hope about Eddy, that Paige was his sister and how he felt about it all. Galen Gering was really affecting. I am enjoying this Rafe/Paige connection a lot, how much it is adding to Rafe’s stake in solving the case. I love how protective he is of Gabi and I understand his reasons for not telling her — but I expect Gabi is going to be plenty angry when she finds out. As she should be. I love that I can see both sides. And I’m not into the idea of “Rope” as a romance, but I think I love their friendship.
And finally, we had our adventure story with Steve and Bo. Steve got some good fight scenes, but the best part was finding out that Bo’s captivity and torture might be connected to Dr. Salinas’s work. I’m all for this. It ties together the current story with Caroline with the reason Bo left in the first place. Not to mention, it’s a better reason for leaving than just going off on an undercover mission. And, it only took him three years to tell her, but it looks Victor finally pierced Hope’s certainty that Bo “chose his job over his family.” Fingers crossed!
Oh, and they finally gave Bo some dialogue: “foot fungus”! Ha! Great episode ender!