A Clockwork Bore-ange
You guys. I consider myself a fairly articulate person, but I do not think I have the words to articulate the mind-blowing fuckery that was that brainwashing montage on Thursday.
I do, however, have questions. A whole slew of questions. Like: wouldn’t it have been easier to brainwash Belle and get her to spill on Sami? Did Andre pull those images himself? Where did he get those images of Abigail and Belle, considering he was not present for either? And what was with the cats?
This whole thing is beyond bizarre. You know you’ve really lost the plot when even Stefano, the man who never met a scheme too convoluted to pursue, is like, “The fuck are you doing, Andre?!”
That said, I don’t mind the underpinnings of this plot. It’s very supercouple to throw another obstacle at Chad and Abigail as soon as they settle into something resembling happiness, and I think it works better that this happened quickly in terms of Abigail’s faith in Chad being rocked. Now that the crisis is over and he no longer “needs” her, she’ll have to question whether his feelings were genuine at all. It would be much harder to pull this off after they’d been together for a while, but right now, it could look to Abigail as if Chad is just reverting to who he was when he returned to Salem last year.
Also, I was cracking the hell up at Marlena.
Marlena was attacked, so it must be a day of the week that ends in -y. Seriously, girl, lock your damn door! She might have better luck with an office in the middle of Murder Park, considering the security in this damn hospital. And then she was revived, went off to have coffee with her daughter, and in the middle of the conversation, she was like, “Oh BTW, I was chloroformed this morning! Annoying, huh?” It was almost as bizarre as Hope leaving Ciara to her own devices post-kidnapping and then Ciara casually telling Chase about it like she’d gotten into a fender bender.
A couple of things that have been working for me, though:
- Kayla not buying Ava’s schtick. It made sense both as a medical professional and as a person who’s been victimized by this nutjob in the past.
- John and Eduardo’s conversation about Winterthorne and their pasts (minus the fact that they seemed to be in a competition to be America’s Next Zoolander Impersonator) was actually very interesting. I love the idea that they were both chosen because they were orphans, and that it informs Eduardo’s backstories with both of the families he abandoned.
- JJ and Gabi continue to be engaging, even without much/any story backing up the coupling. I’ll be interested to see what they do with them going forward.
Please notice that I did not mention Ciara or Lani’s acting skillz in that list.
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