Well, here we go … more death!
My favorite part of this episode, honest to God, was the intercutting of the phones ringing, and then skipping over the phone calls themselves to show everyone reacting — in slow motion. That gave me chills.
I thought the hospital drama was very well done. A few moments stand out — I loved Kayla in professional mode, but also showing her human reactions in the midst of it all:
If you’re a doctor in Salem, you have to be prepared practice every type of medicine, treat family and friends, and be the bearer of bad tidings for everyone else. And with Daniel’s death, we’ve just cut the number of doctors by a third. So I expect Kayla to be a very busy woman for the foreseeable future.
John watches Theresa at Brady’s bedside:
This is the kind of drama I love — when the big event ripples out to affect other characters. In this case, John sees Theresa in an unguarded moment, pouring out her love and distress for Brady.
I really liked Marlena’s reactions by Eric’s bedside, especially her shock at hearing Eric was drinking. This is something I hope will be a part of this story — I want to see Eric’s family asking themselves why no one noticed his meltdown.
Nicole says, “If you’re gone, how can I still hold your hand?” I don’t like Daniel or believe in this great love Nicole had with him, but with that line, Ari got me:
And it kills me to not only see blood on this beautiful face:
But also to know that this accident is Eric’s fault, and everyone will (rightly) blame him, especially the woman he loves. And there is no long term redemptive story or love story for me to hang in there for. Ouch.
I knew as soon as they said Daniel was an organ donor that one of the other victims of the accident would be a recipient. I thought maybe they all would, actually. I didn’t anticipate that Maggie would have to choose, which is contrived, of course, but in a soapy way. (Of course Eric and Brady are both compatible, groan.) My issue is more that it is all happening so fast! Shouldn’t we linger a little more, worrying about Eric and Brady and whether they’ll live or die, before moving on to this?
At any rate, I think Maggie will choose Brady, since she is married to his grandfather and she’s always been close to him. But there will be plenty of angst about it, which should be good.
Imagine if it was Nicole who had the choice of which of her exes should get Daniel’s heart — now that would be juicy!
The other story of the day was, of course, Chabby.
I thought Kate Mansi and Billy Flynn did a fine job, but I can’t get over how poorly this story has been executed. The idea of the story was bad to begin with, but usually Days can win me over with decent execution. I’ve enjoyed the Chad and Belle interaction, but as a Chabby love story? Not good.
In the scenes today, Abby never mentioned the crucial point — that she needs a blood sample from Chad for genetic testing. She just kept saying “Do you really think I’m that pathetic?” and “Our son needs you.” If I had been writing the dialogue, I would have written her as more reserved, saying she needs the blood sample for Thomas and only reluctantly telling him he is the father. She could say proudly that she hopes his feelings about her won’t prevent him from helping a innocent baby. Then we could still see the knowledge rocking Chad, and Abby break a little bit and say, “What’s happened to you?”
And then she should have hightailed it back to the hospital (where her sick baby is!) instead of wandering around staring at stuffed bears in shop windows:
I’m making the bold prediction that Chad is going to show up at the hospital with that bear.
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