Tate Me Away
I actually screamed at this shot at the end of Friday’s episode, and not (solely) because Summer had yet again appeared on my screen.
There was something deliciously melodramatic about Theresa going wide-eyed and screaming, “TATE!” and then cutting to this. Summer was serving me crazy soap villainess, at least for a second. I think Marie Wilson could’ve done something with that, and it might’ve at least been entertaining. I don’t really believe Summer has Tate — that shot was too ambiguous, with her gazing off somewhere to her right while a baby cried and she did absolutely nothing to soothe or even address the kid — but it’s a fun misdirect, as long as they actually deal with it. Victor having Tate snatched (and drugging Theresa!) feels a hair too crazy, except a) everyone else is an unrepentant murderer and b) he had Claire kidnapped ten years ago, when she was an infant.
Speaking of which: it’d be nice to have Shawn, who’s working the case and is Victor’s damn grandson, weigh in on that possibility. Does it seem like they’re suddenly using Brandon Beemer a ton? For months, he was just lingering around, having the occasional scene with his daughter or popping into Belle’s story. Now we’re seeing him in a supporting capacity, as both a cop and as Hope’s son, a lot more. And I’m not hating it! It’s almost as if you can successfully integrate a new or returning character by placing that person in scenes with family members in which they appear to be smart or compassionate. Go figure.
And while we’re on the subject of kidnappings and utter ridiculousness: I was rolling when Marlena tried to reassure Theresa by mentioning how Belle was kidnapped as a baby. Yeah, okay, leave out the part about how your other damn daughter was the one who took her… and sold her on the black market. I’m surprised she wasn’t like, “And that useless piece of trash Sami took MY BABY from me!”
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