I was shocked Aiden said he was going to kill Hope on their wedding night – shocked, that is, that he said it was tomorrow. How the hell is their wedding “tomorrow”? Does that mean the Salem bicentennial is tomorrow too?
Hope you like the outfits everyone is wearing. I think we’ll be seeing them for a loooong time.
Steve and Bo are just too adorable, aren’t they?
Is this what you call a rescue?
Peter and Stephen play off of each other so well. I was happy that Steve explained Hope’s point of view to Bo. After he defended Bo back in Salem, it’s a nice move to have him turn around and defend Hope too. And I loved Bo teasing him about how Kayla obviously isn’t giving him the time of day.
I am disappointed, though, in that the letter actually was a fake, that Bo hadn’t written it. I was happy with the theory commenter Erica put forward a few weeks ago, that Bo knew he was going on the run to an uncertain future, and had deliberately written the letter in order to free Hope to move on. I think that would be a clever way to semi-justify our Salemites lack of worry about Bo, to show that it was what Bo intended. Overall, the writing is extremely slanted toward Bo, which in some ways might be unavoidable. But the show doesn’t even seem aware of how it comes off for us to watch Bo being tortured and held captive, while Hope blames him and insists he abandoned his family, all the while planning to marry a murderer.
I was a little annoyed with the writing for Kayla today too. I think her (over)reaction to Joey’s prank was believable, and it’s very human for her to lash out at Joey and then apologize. But, they keep showing Kayla in pissed-off mode, and I’d like them to dial it back a little. It seems strange for her to refer to Steve’s rescue mission as “fun” – again, the fact that she doesn’t seem concerned that her brother might be in trouble seems a major oversight by the show. I have to keep reminding myself that Steve has kept her completely in the dark about what he’s found out. But I loved how the scene ended, with Joey admitting he’s worried Steve will never come home. It’s what Kayla is worried about too.
Andre, or Thaao really, was so funny today. I enjoyed him in the scene above, when he poked Chad in the chest to see if he was faking, and then said that he needed to make sure Daddy stopped worrying about Chad … soon. Or “seeeewn,” as he said it. Is he planning to kill Chad and Stefano and take over the Dimera empire? That was the impression I got! Whatever it is, it’s clear he has his own agenda, and I love it.
So I understand that Aiden’s character, and the Haiden relationship, was thrown under a bus and run over a couple of times, but I was bothered by Daniel Cosgrove’s performance today. In his scenes with Shawn D, he seemed utterly sweet and sincere as he made the case for Shawn to give him a chance. It seems to me that a shadow should have crossed his face, a consciousness of guilt or remorse about what he is actually planning to do.
And I appreciated this comedic moment, when Hope surprised Kayla and Julie getting ready for her bachelorette party:
Susan Seaforth Hayes was hilarious letting the air out of the balloon and saying “surprise.”
But the unintentional comedy award goes to Hope, for the scene when she ran sobbing through the park because her son didn’t immediately accept her fiance. What is she, ten? Not even Ciara would act like that.