Gala – day two!
I enjoyed today’s episode, though I had to squelch some irritation at how idiotic our boys are being, when they called Caroline and then nobody else. But, to be fair, they don’t know that Aiden is planning to kill Hope, they think they are just interrupting a wedding. Maybe they are both secretly thinking a grand surprise entrance will play better with the women they want to impress. And I’m all for grand gestures (it is sweeps, after all!), but I’m more interested, for Steve and Kayla anyway, in having them sit down and actually talk. There has been too little of that.
Irritation aside, I got a big kick out of Caroline today. “Suckers.” Hee!
The other great moment was the arrival of the flowers saying “Rest in Peace.”
I loved Andre’s reaction when Aiden went to confront him. He was so gleeful about it.
I talked awhile back about my dissatisfaction with the way Abby and Hope have been written, in their relationships with Ben and Aiden. Well, I’d also like to register a complaint that Kayla, Hope, and Marlena are written as killjoys, preventing their men from having fun and running off on adventures. Marlena with John’s ISA job (if he ever actually takes an assignment!), Kayla lambasting Steve for going off to rescue Bo, and Hope insisting that Bo chose his job over his family. I think we’ve seen the reasons for their reactions, but it concerns me that I see a pattern here. Part of the fun of 80’s Days was how the women would always insist on following the men into danger – or going off themselves! I hope in the future things won’t be quite so one-sided.
(Side note – did anyone else notice that Kayla was wearing one 60’s-style dress and wig at Hope’s, and a different 60’s style wig and dress at the gala? So strange!)
So we saw today that Abe can use Google, and had found out that Lani is Tamara Price’s daughter. I’m glad to see movement in this plot, but I’m surprised they squeezed it in today, with so much else going on. I also would have liked to actually see Abe making that realization himself.
I liked the three speeches, and I thought Julie, Marlena, and Jennifer were good choices to deliver them. I particularly liked Julie’s speech, and how she talked about losing the people you love and how family and friends stick together. It was a great message for the 50th anniversary, and ties in with the current plot. I liked how they showed the reaction shots of people who were close to Paige and Will. (But not Serena – poor Serena!)
Speaking of the current plot, Abby and Ben were fantastic again today.
I love how Abby is suddenly like five months pregnant, when three Salem days ago, she wasn’t even showing!
Ben was so scary. I loved his dialogue about how the problem is OTHER PEOPLE and everything would be fine if they just went away somewhere together. It set up the kidnapping perfectly. They are doing a great job showing his reasoning. I also like how he talked about “his” baby, the possessiveness we saw there.
I wonder how long that text message is going to placate Jennifer and JJ. I’m guessing there are going to be a lot of events happening over the next few days (weeks for us!) that keep them from wondering too much – so I’m afraid Abby might be stuck in that cabin for awhile.