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Whoever wrote and directed today’s episode did a wonderful job allowing scenes to unfold silently, letting actors do their work without any dialogue. This was most noticeable in Bo’s funeral scenes, which I thought were lovely. There has been a lot of talk about Bo over the last few weeks. Today not much needed to be said. We could look into their faces and see exactly how they felt – especially Hope. Her silent exchange of looks with ghost Bo, followed by that almost diabolical stare at the camera (complete with a little eyebrow raise) told us everything we needed to know.
Another scene that needed very few words was the moment with Steve and Kayla by Bo’s grave. We saw how they felt — their sadness, their comfort in each other’s presence — before they spoke. But their words sealed their reconciliation, with just a simple exchange: I’m on my own. You don’t have to be.
My heart melted, too, in their earlier scene when Steve said “I need you today.” Ah, I love these two. They do so much with so little.
I’m intrigued by what Hope is going to find in her investigation. When Rafe came in and started playing good cop, it was so perfect I thought at first it was pre-arranged. But I love that it wasn’t. We could already guess that Hope’s thirst for vengeance would cost her family. What’s interesting is that she’s also getting in her own way. Rafe was far more effective with Claudia than she was, and I liked how Kristian played that awareness even though there was nothing in the dialogue.
The Abby/Ben scenes were extremely effective ratcheting up of tension through visual details like Ben holding the gun along with the baby. I particularly liked his discussion of why he liked the name “Colin” – so classy! The show (and Rob Wilson) are doing such a good job making Ben recognizably human, with little quirks and preferences, as well as a chillingly believable murderer. It makes him scarier.
Then, just as Ben was ready to kill Abby … Chad burst in, finally! Another scene with no words …
…but this look on Abby’s face! She was so happy to see him. So am I, Abby, so am I!