Daddy Did It
What a touching episode about a sketchy man selling stolen bonds being sent off to prison, thereby disappointing his morally upstanding children — you know, the convicted murderer daughter and the two sons who have helped women cover up murders in the past year.
Me too, Rafe. Me too.
Sniping aside, I found the scene-writing for Eduardo’s final episode really strong. It was actually an admirable effort to tie this whole thing into Rafe’s long, messy history of corrupt policing. It didn’t totally work — “It’s fine for Hope to get away with murdering a man, but my father committing financial crimes — no way!” — but it was a nice attempt to sew together a bunch of disparate, sloppy threads. All the stuff with Gabi explaining to Eduardo that she thought she’d get to live out the fantasy of having a father through Ari’s relationship with Eduardo was great, too; Camila Banus really stepped it up, and that felt about as emotionally valid as anything I’ve seen on this show in a long while.
Then there was that Kate/Eduardo farewell. Again, really strong effort on the part of the script writer. And Lauren Koslow alone, who could manage to sell chowder to Caroline Brady with her acting, sold the hell out of that goodbye — as did her chemistry with A Martinez, which for some reason the show could never get it together to utilize. This pairing that never even took off didn’t have the weight to justify that sort of emotional ending, but the scenes worked in isolation… and at this point, I’ll take what I can get. Weird trivia: these two never slept together, did they? Now that must be a first for Kate Roberts!
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