Short Week, Short Fuse
Pop quiz: if you had an entire mansion at your disposal, how many rooms would you hang out in?
If your answer is ONE, congrats, because you could live at the DiMeras’! The staging on this show has been generally bizarre lately, but even as someone who watched Joey and Jade run away from Steve, who lingered for four seconds before pursuing them but was unable to catch them, it was nuts how Chad just happened to stagger into the one room where Ciara happened to be standing around with a blank expression on her face.
And I get what they’re going for with her cuddling up to him while he’s asleep, but given that she just went through a traumatic, violating experience, you’d think she might have some regard for his personal space and lack of ability to consent.
Speaking of limited sets:
Kayla’s subdural hematoma is apparently so severe that she didn’t even notice that Fynn just dragged a bed into her office (and Hope’s office, and Marlena’s, and the room where AA meetings are held) and called it a hotel room. I’m sure some Steve/Kayla fans are up in arms about this Kayla/Fynn thing they’re teasing, but I’m not minding it. Yes, Fynn is the walking, talking equivalent of a Teen Beat centerfold, but it’s nice to see Kayla be desired by someone besides Steve — this woman is not exactly some washed-up hag! — and I was pleasantly surprised by how they had them stop and have a reasonable conversation about what was going on.
Apparently that was going around this week.
If you had told me a year or two ago that “John Black’s retconned random son and a bit player who goes to high school with Ciara and Joey shared an episode’s worth of scenes,” I probably would’ve lit my TV on fire. But the Paul/Henry stuff on Wednesday’s episode was really nice. Nothing melodramatic, oddly realistic — both Henry’s bravery in asking Paul out and Paul’s completely reasonable rejection. I’m guessing the entire point of this was to set up Paul’s longing for Sonny, but they were very human scenes, which have been few and far-between of late. I still can’t tell if Henry is supposed to be someone we care about or if he’s just a dayplayer they keep plonking into random episodes, but I find the actor likable and wouldn’t mind seeing more of him, as long as he doesn’t mention Claire’s singing.