I was genuinely angry and upset by Days today — but in a good way!
What I mean is, I wasn’t upset by people being written out of character, or missed beats, or any of the other crimes against storytelling that have upset me in the past. No, today I was upset because Chad was being charged for a crime he didn’t commit. I was angry that it felt like he was being railroaded, yanked from his hospital bed and thrown into jail – even though I’ve known for weeks that this was going to happen! The show did a great job piling on – Justin was gleefully planning his “perp walk,” Rafe looked doubtful but declined to do anything about it, and the only person actively working on his side is a drunk would-be murderer. (Some of Justin’s lines were a little over the top, but it all worked to be as frustrating as possible.)
Kate Mansi did really well showing Abby’s love and worry for Chad — and being an audience surrogate in the process. But it killed me when he asked if she believed him and she didn’t say anything.
These are the things that are supposed to upset me, and keep me tuned in to see them resolved.
Having Chad not remember anything of the last month is brilliant, because it makes him totally helpless. He doesn’t even remember his suspicions of Clyde, let alone Ben.
I really liked the conversation between Ben and Abby as well. It shows their relationship completely coming apart, though Abby won’t admit it quite yet. It wasn’t very admirable, but it was believable, that Abby lied about going to the hospital for “papers” in the middle of the night, and Ben called her on that lie. And we could see Ben’s growing anger that Chad tried to KILL him (as far as she knows) and Abby still believes in his innocence. This is what is going to make him go completely around the bend.
In other good news, Days is up in the ratings, and has overtaken GH for the #3 spot for two weeks in a row! Hurray!