The Hope/Aiden story has been the weakest of the new writers thus far, but today I was on the edge of my seat.
At first I thought the dueling bachelor/bachelorette parties were tonally off for a wedding where the groom is planning to kill the bride, but I really liked how it all unfolded. When Aiden started drinking heavily and flashing back to his “kill Hope” fantasy, and when he started stammering to Rafe about how Hope doesn’t deserve to be hurt, I actually felt sorry for him.
Having him holding a RED TIE was a little over the top, but man, his conversation with Rafe was a tense, amazing scene. Aiden is so going down for these murders. Fantastic red herring.
On the bachelorette side, I was enjoying the fact that the stripper was someone Abby knew through Cameron (nice callback), and that Caroline seemed to recognize him. Very cute. The plot point of him stealing Hope’s jewelry was a little silly (he’s a QVC watcher, apparently), but all in all, it was decent comic relief and well played by all the actresses. I laughed when Julie muttered to Hope, “Tone it down,” when she was pretending to be surprised. Hee!
When it really got good, though, was when Caroline mentioned Bo and her dreams, and how shaken Hope obviously was by that. That was a perfect lead-in to Kayla asking her if she was really ready to marry Aiden, and we finally saw that Hope isn’t as sure as she claims. Kristian played that scene really, really well.
I also liked the fact that Jennifer talked about Steve, and Jack, and how they might not feel worthy of their families, and that might be part of what makes them leave. I’m not sure if I believe it (early on, certainly, I’m just not sure about now), but I loved the reference to the “Johnson brothers.” It sent a shiver up my spine.
Bo and Steve’s scenes heavy on the plot today. It is all a little convenient that no one has a cell phone AND the plane’s radio is the only thing Steve couldn’t fix. We can’t let functioning communication technology mess up their dramatic entrance!