I thought Eric’s scenes on Friday were the best yet for this storyline. Why? Because they finally delved (a little) into the actual, specific history of Eric and connected it to what happened. When Nicole said she blamed herself because she (and Daniel) knew Eric was in trouble and she didn’t stop him, it was the first reference to why he was drinking that night.
My favorite line was when Nicole said that she never imagined she would ever look at Eric and see anything but one of the best men she knows. That was a nice nod to his priesthood days when he inspired her to turn her own life around. I loved the introduction of some complexity, when she said she was sorry he was in hell, but she couldn’t find her way out of her own hell.
And then this reaction shot:
Of course it goes without saying that I am heartbroken. But hey, at least Days is making me feel something — other than (or in addition to) “Man, I wish this was a better story.”
His later decision to drink, and then get talked out of it by Jen and Lucas, was a little PSA-ish, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. This was mostly due to Greg Vaughan. I loved the mixture of pride and self-loathing that led him to spurn their help. And it was a relief that Eric didn’t immediately run off to meeting and become cured – though I have no doubt this is what will happen, and fairly soon.
Also, I give credit to Missy Reeves for clutching her back at one point after running to catch up with Eric, but otherwise Jen has made a remarkable recovery from this morning. Oh, Days.