You Are Getting Sleeeeeeepy
This week, Marlena continued her own proud tradition of being a terrible doctor.
“Yes, Chad, I’ve hypnotized you so that you can remember what happened on the night Serena was murdered, but I’m going to pull you out of hypnosis now, because I don’t want you getting too upset just as you remember that someone was murdered.” What was she expecting Chad to remember — that he went home, watched some Modern Family, took a bubble bath, and went to sleep? I also howled when Friday’s cliffhanger was Chad remembering that Clyde had been at TBD watching him and Serena that night. This is news? Every laborious flashback montage you’ve had to that night has prominently displayed Clyde grinning in the background like the cat who ate the damn canary. (Maybe that’s the cat JJ is supposed to be calling about?) I just assumed Chad knew he was there since he’s been envisioning it for weeks!
I’m in the odd position of having lots of thoughts about the show on the whole, but I’m not sure what any of it adds up to. It’s more watchable, for sure, and there’s a sense of mood and tone that have been sorely missing. I’m loving that things regularly seem to happen at night now. But the pacing is downright bizarre, and characters feel “assigned” to certain story functions. Abigail is torn between Ben and Chad, so that’s her story, even if her beloved brother’s girlfriend was just murdered and she should probably spare at least a thought for JJ. Steve is going to find out the truth about Bo and win back Kayla’s affections, so that’s what he does; no use seeing his sister, since she’s in a different storyline! For that matter, why hasn’t he gone to see Jennifer, or Jack’s kids? He’s been stomping around the damn hospital enough that you’d think he would have bumped into Jen by now. If we have time for the 4,000th scene of Marlena throwing John bitchface if he dares to mention the letters I, S, or A, or of Abigail looking like she wants to jump out the window when Ben brings up their wedding, then I think we have time for some of this other stuff, too.
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