I’ve never really been a fan of funerals on soaps.
Every screenshot I grabbed, Roman had this expression. It was bizarre!
They are necessary and shouldn’t be skipped, but it’s usually a bit of a rehash of the grief we’ve already seen. I felt a little bit like a curmudgeon with a heart of stone, but I didn’t really cry much today. I thought some of the speeches were sad, but the only one that made me cry was Sonny’s, because it is still killing me how much he is blaming himself for leaving. When he said “Don’t go to bed angry … look at me, you’ll know why” — I lost it.
The other moment that got me was when Sami said that too many people here know what it’s like to lose a child, and the camera went to Marlena, Hope, and Abe.
I must say, that was a strange picture to choose of Will.
I saw lots of complaints on Twitter today about who wasn’t there. Justin and Adrienne, Brady and Theresa, Maggie and Victor, Doug and Julie, plus mentions of Carrie and Austin and so on. Honestly, this doesn’t bother me. I actually was impressed at how many of the cast actually were there, most of them to say only a line or two. But, it was strange to me that Joey was at the funeral and Steve and Kayla weren’t, when they were actually in the episode. But this is the kind of thing where you just have to roll with it.
I loved the moment with Ben, when Abby asked him to get up and say a few words and he said he couldn’t, and flashed back to murdering Will. It was just a touch of drama in the middle of all the sadness.
I loved Andre today.
He had the line of the day, when he said he was insane, and Marlena said he was evil: “I’m much better now.”
Some of the dialogue at the pub was clunky, trying to explain Andre’s changing backstories. But even some of that was fun, like when he said they didn’t have time to enumerate all of this crimes, so a blanket apology would have to do. And the way Jen shushed JJ – “I’ll explain later” – when he asked her if Andre was the one who made her think Jack was dead. At any rate, I’m looking forward to seeing Andre interacting with everyone, instead of just hiding out at the mansion. Can’t wait to see what he’s up to.
Now, Steve and Kayla. I get that Kayla hasn’t exactly given him too many openings, but it struck me as a bit callous today how he 1) ignored her instructions about Caroline, 2) told Joey, but not Kayla, what he found in Cancun, and 3) was planning on leaving without saying goodbye. I appreciate Joey sticking up for his mom and convincing his dad to do the right thing (James Lastovic did great being the voice of reason), but not at the expense of seeing Steve look uncaring.
But, I am going to fanwank a little and say that he’s put all his eggs in one basket — he is going to bring Bo home and that will make everything right with Kayla. All of his energies are directed that way, on the grand gesture, and he feels it would be pointless to try too hard to get through to her before he’s proved himself that way. To Steve, actions always did speak louder than words.
Then, since Joey did convince him he shouldn’t leave without saying goodbye …
I thought this was really well done. I loved the dialogue, he’s saying goodbye but he doesn’t mean goodbye. What does he mean? This.
And Kayla kissed him back. That should tell him right there that he should try harder to break down the walls she’s put up. In the short term it might actually make her angrier, that he can still get to her this way. And I can understand that, and I agree he has a lot to make up for, and they have a lot of issues to work through.
But I have to admit, my shipper heart went pitter pat.