I really enjoyed yesterday’s episode.
I like the idea of the stand-alone episodes focusing on a particular storyline,* and this was well done, letting an arc develop that culminated in Jennifer standing up at the meeting.
I could complain that we didn’t see a transition from using the pills as they were intended to abusing them. It felt like people were calling her out on taking the pills before it was realistic to think she had a problem. I would have liked a scene where Fynn refused to prescribe her more pills, and she found a shadier doctor to give her another prescription. Also, they had an opportunity to show the pills costing her more than Chad refusing to let Thomas go home with her. But, given that Days often has the subtlety of a sledgehammer, maybe this showed some admirable restraint. And it really would be embarrassing and humiliating for someone like Jen, who prides herself on fulfilling her responsibilities (as she told Jack today) to be denied that role.
I liked the details they included in today’s episode. I liked that they addressed the issue of her chronic pain — and how difficult it is to manage without creating exactly these kinds of situations. I liked that she had stashes hidden all over the house. So after flushing her pills in a moment of resolve, she was tearing the house apart hoping she had missed some. That was great visual storytelling, and I bet Missy Reeves had fun with those scenes. I loved Lucas’s role as the voice of sanity — especially when he called her on the fact that if she is going to call people who go to meetings stupid junkies, she is including Lucas, and Brady, and Maggie, in that assessment.
And of course there was Jack. It was so great to see Matt Ashford again.
I am ambivalent about bringing him back on a permanent basis, just because I think Jack is a difficult character to write for. They either make him a clown, make him beg for Jennifer’s favor, or kill him off again (usually all three). But if someone could do some research and come up with a story that fits this unique and wonderful character, I’m all for it.
But I thought this was nice. He was the perfect person to remind Jennifer of her strength and persistence, and I liked that he did it using her reporting skills as his example, rather than her pursuit of him. The flashbacks were great, especially the first one. Bickering in a romantic moment is so quintessentially Jack and Jennifer.
And this final look – I have to say, swoon.
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