Today’s episode was really frustrating from a storytelling perspective, but I really enjoyed it — some of it anyway — when I was watching it.
Tate’s kidnapping was the only thing on the show in the last few months that was marginally watchable — it involved a lot of players, it developed over time, there were a few twists and turns along the way. So this week Victor and Deimos figure out it was Kate for some bullshit reason, they confront her, she says “whatevs” and that’s it.
So much for that.
The other blink-and-you-miss it storyline wrap-up was Kayla’s hematoma. She collapses, has surgery over the commercial break, and wakes up with no complications. Her family didn’t have time to even hear about it, let alone visit her or express some worry. Steve and Joey got to worry for about two seconds and then it was all over.
Matching bandages ❤
However, I was intrigued by Kayla’s dialogue, when she said that she hated nagging Steve and Joey, but she feels so powerless she doesn’t know what else to do. And then when she woke up in the hospital and said “Are you sure that’s what you want?” when Steve said she’d be back to her old self. Part of me thinks “Arrgh they are going to make Kayla be the one in the wrong!” but another part is intrigued that they are showing her point of view — her uncertainty and insecurity. It’s too soon to see where they are going with it, but just for today, I liked it. No reason Kayla can’t be the insecure one for once.
And there was an Orpheus, Steve and Kayla flashback! What a treat. I’m so glad Orpheus is targeting them too — hopefully it will put them in the middle of this story. Clyde and Orpheus’s banter was a lot of fun, and I think Xander will be an interesting addition to the mix.
It was also great to see Eve again, but no way should they have had Theresa’s bachelorette party without Anne.
And, finally, you know I’m glad to hear about Eric, but I was honestly baffled by those scenes today. Why introduce the idea the Nicole can’t forgive Eric, unless they are bringing him back? If they were kicking off an Ericole story, I actually love the idea of Nicole not being able to forgive (even if the reason is, cough, Daniel), since what broke them up was Eric not being able to forgive her. But since Eric isn’t coming back (that I know of …), it almost felt like a gratuitous slap. “Okay, I know I’ve got a lot on my plate this first week, wrapping up old stories and kicking off new ones, but what I really want to do is stick it to Ericole fans, one last time.” “Okay, Dena.”