Maybe it was the trio of margaritas I had at Taco Tuesday, but when I came home last night and turned on Days — which, I’m just recording the POP evening re-airings at this point, because at least this way I can watch the damn show instead of finding half of it missing due to some idiotic “news” interruption every other day — I was so into it that I put down my phone, closed my laptop, and just watched. For the entire hour.
How did it take us so long to get Eve and Kate together?
What fabulous scenes those were. Eve’s grief is so raw, and both the writing and the performance have her a hair away from snapping at any second. I loved that look she got in her eye when Kate mentioned knowing Eve had been a prostitute, the way she was ready to jump across the table and rip that green streak right out of Kate’s head, and then how Eve’s whole demeanor transformed when Kate revealed that she, too, was in “the life.” (Do actual prostitutes call it that? It sounds like the way that everyone in Salem is always going about about “making love,” a phrase that zero percent of actual real people use.) And it was a pleasure to see Kate genuinely connect with another woman, which happens so rarely; we got to see some real depth there. As much as I love her marching around like a badass bitch, it’s necessary to see these vulnerabilities. Just really, really impressive scenes — and they weren’t even concerned with pushing any particular story points!
I must question the way sound travels in Salem, though. Kate and Eve could hear each other muttering from across the club, but later on, they couldn’t hear a single word Rafe and Eduardo were barking at one another?!
Which brings us to Eduardo.
I’ve never felt like the show suffered because of any “Hernandez invasion,” but I can see why people became annoyed at their presence. That said, I’m 100% sold on this addition. In his two days onscreen so far, A Martinez has blown me away. Eduardo is scum, but there’s this air of… I don’t know, regret around him that kind of makes you see how he could have possibly justified walking out on two families. He’s bringing out fantastic stuff in his scene partners, too, which is as much a credit to the actor as it is to the writing. Monday’s scenes between Eduardo and Eve felt like we were watching two very flawed people discuss actual long-ago onscreen history, not a total newbie and a recast of a long-gone character present information for the first time. And making Paige his daughter is a really smart tie. I love the potential in all this.
Though, it must be said: if Rafe wants to rail at one of his parents, maybe he shouldn’t focus on the guy who abandoned them for decades, but rather on the mother who’s been too busy for six years to visit for her son’s wedding, her daughter’s death, the birth of her granddaughter, her other daughter’s imprisonment for murder, etc.? Lady, I know you “fell hanging the drapes” sometime in 2011, but that excuse has worn more than a little thin!
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