Isn’t it nice when a good writing team can come in and rectify omissions from seven years ago? It was very gratifying to me to hear Kayla chewing Ava out by telling her everything Ava did her last run. Kayla’s point of view, and justifiable anger, was something we got far too little of last time, when it was all about poor widdle Ava. Some good lines:
“It’s been a long time.” “Not long enough.”
“Hate isn’t a strong enough word.”
“My name is Kayla Johnson. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
Okay, maybe not that last one. Close, though!
Anyway, it all served as a nice refresher for those who forgot about, or never saw, Ava’s first run. Nicely done, Days!
I wonder, though, if it would have been better for the show not to tip its hand that Ava is evil. She told Joey she wanted to help Steve and Kayla to make up for what she did in the past. She told Kayla today she was dying and consequently trying to make amends. What if that’s all we saw, and we didn’t see any of those mirror scenes, the makeup, the secret smiles to the camera? We’d probably all assume she was up to no good, but it might have been interesting to introduce some doubt. After all, the character wasn’t particularly evil when we last saw her. Why not make us wonder a bit? Her collapse at the end of the show Friday could have been genuine. As it is, we know it’s all a big fake.
I liked Steve wandering around town interacting with different people. But is it paranoid to feel they just gave us Johnson family fans a big middle finger in that scene where Steve told Justin about his conversation with Adrienne? Why can’t we see them have even one scene?
I am surprised by how much I enjoyed the Eduardo and John scenes, and this latest iteration of John’s past.
The show is actually working in details from the past (Forrest Alamain, Petrov, John as a pawn/assassin), and the cleverness of it all is making me a bit giddy. I love the idea that Eduardo and John were both orphans, both plucked from the student body at Winterthorne and trained to be assassins. And that something happened in John’s case that led to them wiping out his memory and handing him over to Stefano. This is all great setup, and I look forward to seeing this story unfold.
Regarding this Chabby brainwashing plot, I might be able to get into it. Maybe. I’ll have to see how it plays out. But I would like to address one complaint I’ve seen on the boards — that all of this comes too closely on the heels of their last crisis. After everything they’ve just gone through, why can’t they be happy for awhile first? I agree with that in terms of viewer preference, but sometimes it’s more believable that something like this could break them up when they haven’t been together and solid for very long. I know Steve and Kayla are my reference for everything, but it was a smart (if painful) decision to have Steve and Kayla’s breakup over Jack happen after they had just gotten together, before Steve proposed, and after a separation (when Steve was in DC). If they had been happy and together for several months, it wouldn’t have worked (some people say it didn’t work anyway, though I disagree).
At any rate, what makes this story difficult to swallow is that it comes on the heels of a truly excellent story — soapy to be sure, but somehow more realistic and grounded, at least to me. Ben’s turn to the dark side and framing of Chad, Abby’s belief in Chad against the odds, her kidnapping and labor, Chad’s lone-wolf rescue — all of it was crazy, soapy, and dramatic, but somehow it all worked. I am having a hard time suspending my disbelief that a single brainwashing session could turn Chad on Abby and towards Belle. Those are some powerful kittens.
All that being said, I kind of fully expect that Billy Flynn is going to sell me on this, along with Martha Madison and this snippy, bitchy version of Belle (I’ve seen lots of complaints about Belle’s newfound hard edge, but I love it!). I loved that she didn’t take any shit from him and snarked about the merits of his “case.” Of course, she’s going to end up taking it, and I look forward to more sparring like we saw on Friday. At the same time, it looks like Abby won’t be fooled for long, and it should be interesting to see her digging around in the Dimera’s business.