A Decent Proposal
It always gets a lot more difficult for me to update this blog when the show is generally working. Sure, I can gush, but that gets repetitive quickly, so I just wind up watching and waiting for something idiotic to happen or someone to wear an offensive outfit. (Don’t worry — it’s never a long wait.) And since the two major plots at the moment are in fairly good shape — even though we spent an inordinate amount of time last week on Xander’s new job as the Kiriakis gardener, in what I can only assume is an attempt to ride out Paul Telfer’s contract cycle in a budget-conscious manner — I’ve been a little strapped for material.
This Chad/Abigail/Ben triangle is working in ways that continue to surprise me. If you had asked me back when Ben installed that tracker on Abigail’s phone, I’d have bet all my DiMera Enterprises stock that Ben was about to take a hard left turn into Crazyville. But they’ve done an impressive job making him less-than-saintly without just turning him Nucking Futs. He’s getting possessive, and yeah, he was a dick when he announced the engagement to Chad, but I understand it, and it’s coming from a place besides Random Soap Opera Psychosis. Of course Ben wants to believe that he can have a family and a stable life, given his background; it makes total sense that he’s clinging to this relationship even though the signs are there that it ain’t perfect.
I was equally impressed that he didn’t manipulate Abigail into agreeing to marry him. We all knew she was going to make a decision about which guy to be with based upon whose hellspawn it turned out was festering in her uterus, a.k.a. The Land That Birth Control Forgot, but they actually played up the appealing parts of their relationship in that conversation before she gave him her answer. Abigail said yes because she genuinely believes being with Ben is the right choice for her and her child, and with him, she’ll have a life that she could never have with Chad.
It was also a wise, if obvious, counterpoint to have the scenes of Abigail telling Ben she’s pregnant against Chad’s verbal duel with Stefano. Why should she be with Ben? Because Chad’s father is never, ever going to let them have any damn peace. Billy Flynn continues to do very strong work, and I 100% buy his longing for Abigail even though I’ve never really understood the relationship between the two characters beforehand. The comparisons to EJ and Sami’s dysfunction actually work for me, too, because they add some context to what each person is thinking and feeling.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go check in on my most reliable source of blogging material: Nicole’s wardrobe and hairstyling.
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