Run, Wendy, run!
It broke my heart that what brought her down is her concern for Abby. Several times could have made a run for it, but she lingered, and that was her downfall. Abby’s helplessness is so painful to watch. That, plus her worry about the baby. Every time Ben took the baby from her, I could see the panic in her eyes. And I was holding my breath too – we know that Ben could justify anything to himself at this point. “I didn’t want to kill the baby, but I had to teach you a lesson, Abby.”
Meanwhile, Chad finally got “half his memory” back. I was hoping Chad would find a map in the apartment, helpfully marked with a red X and labelled “kidnapping cabin.” Alas, that wasn’t the case. I loved how persuasive Chad had to be with Rafe. His story does sound crazy, the delusional ravings of a jealous ex. But Chad pushed all the right buttons, playing on Rafe’s doubts about Aiden and convincing him that Ben had the best motive to frame Chad.
I hope we get another ghost Bo showing up later, telling her that the first ghost Bo was full of shit. But they made it clear (very, very clear, since Bo said, “This isn’t me, it’s you” – thanks for spelling it out, Days!) that this is not a real ghost, it’s Hope’s subconscious giving her something to focus on to distract her from her grief. And I’m all for that. And enlisting Steve in the fight could be a source of conflict for Steve and Kayla.
I’m glad we got to see so many people reacting to the news of Bo’s death.
I’m not one that makes a big fuss about that in general (“we didn’t see so-and-so find out”), but it was really effective seeing Steve breaking the news to Victor and Maggie, Kayla breaking the news to Roman, Shawn D, and Caroline, and then seeing them all watch through the window as Shawn D broke the news to Ciara. I also loved the hug between Caroline and Victor, mourning their son.
I think I haven’t had enough to worry about with Steve and Kayla lately. I spent the whole episode fretting that something horrible is going to happen. I think it was because this was the first time Kayla reached out to Steve, and he declined to take her call in favor of drinking alone on a park bench. His statement that he didn’t want to burden her made all my spidey-senses activate — he is going to hide something from Kayla “for her own good” and it will blow up in his face! I could be totally wrong about this, and usually I’m not such a Chicken Little (instead, I’m the opposite: an insane optimist against all odds). But I admit to a feeling of dread that when Steve finds out Ava is sending the notes, his new openness will disappear, and he won’t tell Kayla about it. For her own good, of course.