Ghosts and more ghosts!
I thought Billy Flynn did an excellent job in the scenes with Stefano. “I don’t know who to be …” That was really amazing. And Stefano was channeling Jacob Marley when he essentially said “I wear the chain I forged in life,” and encouraged Chad to turn it around so the same thing didn’t happen to him. I loved seeing Joe Mascolo again, I love that Chad got to say goodbye, but I admit to being a little bit disappointed in the outcome. I think it would have been messier and more interesting if Stefano had asked Chad to avenge him. Telling him it was Hope who killed him would have been too much, but something to make it a little harder for Chad to move on. If Chad is totally unconcerned about Andre, and now he’s been given Stefano’s blessing to move on, where’s the conflict? Partly, I’m just so annoyed by the pitiful fallout from Stefano’s death. Seeing Chad cared about Stefano is a step in the right direction, but I want more.
We also got to see Ava again, of course, haunting Joey, leading to his anguished confession to Kayla.
I was surprised he confessed so soon. I’m glad for the character that he doesn’t want his father taking the blame for what he did, but in terms of the story I think this is playing out too quickly. James Lastovic and Mary Beth did great in those scenes yesterday, but I think a few more days of agonizing and worry about Steve would have upped the ante. A mother could never give up her son, even to save her husband, but I think the “Sophie’s choice” aspect could have had more punch. The “fact” that Steve killed Ava would have been a wonderful beat to play with for a little while — Mary Beth would have been awesome showing the layers there. Kayla can’t be sorry she’s dead, she might even feel a little bit glad that Steve did it, but she feels guilty and ashamed for feeling that way — and maybe even guilty that Steve was possibly driven to do it for her. She’s angry at Steve, but she doesn’t want him to go to jail, but maybe she also feels angry with him for putting himself in a position to go to jail. Meanwhile Joey could be watching all this and then finally burst out with the truth.
But, this should still be interesting stuff going forward. I’m still holding out a faint hope that something will happen to excuse Joey a little, but for Steve and Kayla this should be interesting. I really like Belle coming in and being the strong defense lawyer. It’s one sure way to get me like Belle again!
I really liked how Eric and Jennifer’s story played out. It was a great twist to have Jennifer, instead of drunk Eric, be the one who didn’t remember their argument and kiss. Missy was genuinely funny in her skepticism about his story: “We kissed, yeah, okay.” You all know I will love Ericole forever, but I am enjoying Jeneric more than I thought I would. I loved seeing Eric’s determination to bring her to a meeting, and when she didn’t show, how he turned to Marlena.
The best part of this scene is when he talked about how he caused the accident, how Jen was addicted to pills because of him, and how he owed it to her to make this right. (Character motivation! Thank you, Josh!) I am devastated that Greg is leaving, but I am glad the character of Eric Brady is getting a good exit.