Fine, show. I give up! I don’t hate Trey anymore. He’s just so much easier to take now that his Smug switch has been turned off and his Constantly On The Verge Of Tears switch has been turned on instead.
It doesn’t hurt that he’s also already proven himself more intelligent than pretty much everyone around him:
TREY: She got all emotional and started saying things like she’s my mother, right? I called her a liar. And that’s when she flipped, like… I don’t know. She just started tearing into me. And saying these vicious things. I just–I couldn’t listen to anything that she was saying. I didn’t want to hear it.
MICHAEL: And you didn’t think to tell anybody, possibly get her some help?
KRISTINA: Michael, give him a break, okay? He was clearly upset!
MICHAEL: If he would have said something about what had happened, dad would have realized that Kate relapsed into Connie.
Oh, of course. So it’s Trey’s fault now that he didn’t notice there had been a rapid personality shift in the woman he’s spoken all of two lines to in his entire life, while her fiancé and longtime personal assistant watched her plan the most out of character wedding possible and didn’t blink an eye.
Shut up, Michael.
Credit where credit’s due, Sonny reacted to the big wedding revelation with a surprisingly touching emphasis on pain and compassion over anger and betrayal. Maurice Bernard and Kelly Sullivan each did some fantastic work in the scenes where he tearfully tried to draw Kate out, and she reacted with, well:
SONNY: The only one you’re forcing yourself on is Kate!
KONNIE: No, you got that backwards! Kate forced me to lie next to you, and hear you declare your love for her and make all these promises to protect her. Which usually come right before you put her life at risk. You are a bully. And you are a pig. And she did not have the guts to kick you out. So I did!
I don’t think merely transcribing that dialog can do Kelly Sullivan’s delivery justice — she just poured so much anger and disgust and protectiveness into it. That side of Konnie? The side that genuinely seems to want to do what she sees as best for Kate? Is far more interesting to me that watching Krazy Nymphomaniac Konnie try to rope Johnny into bed for the 800th time.
Although the latter did bring us this:
SHE BROUGHT SEX TOYS, Y’ALL
Overall, however — and fantastic performances aside — it’s really difficult for me to invest in this story when everything rests on me buying a premise that I just don’t:
SONNY: Connie is too strong, you understand? Kate cannot beat her. So. She has to go to Shadybrooke, so the doctors can help her.
ALEXIS: Right. But only someone from her immediate family can have her committed.
Right, because no judge in his right mind would commit a woman who’s already been diagnosed and voluntarily institutionalized for having multiple MURDEROUS personalities, who — as far as the police are concerned — not only brained her doctor but went on a high speed gun chase that ended up killing two people. Especially when that dangerous mental patient confessed to not being in her right mind in a room full of people, including a cop.
Like, I realize that soap law bears only a passing resemblance to reality, but this is just stupid. Maybe if it was everyone’s word against Kate and Johnny that she was mentally ill, that would be one thing. But she’s not even trying to hide it — or even to pretend that her marriage took place while she was capable of consenting to it! There’s a court record of the threat she poses to society in this form! This is not that hard, Alexis!
However. The saving grace is that all this is clearly leading to Trey being the only family member who can save Kate. Which will mean more emotional mother/son scenes between Kelly Sullivan and Erik Valdez. And I approve of both of those things!
(Hey, if it’s wrong that Trey has better chemistry with his mother than his wife, then I don’t want to be right.)
But, damn, show. Would it have been so hard to come up with a way for this to happen without twisting plausibility so hard it broke?
Elsewhere, to the surprise of no one who has actually watched television before. Heather absconded with Sam’s baby before John and Jason could track down the truth. (And the fact that neither of them has still seen fit to tell Sam what the hell is going on or let her be a part of her own child’s recovery is kind of infuriating? Yes, yes, Jason was finally about to spill the beans before the Kristina thing interrupted, but it seems like after finding out the baby was missing, he still didn’t feel the need to share that bit of info yet, and really, SHE DESERVES TO KNOW.)
Anyway, before all that, Elizabeth continued her heartbreaking apology tour, and seriously, you guys. SERIOUSLY:
ELIZABETH: I don’t expect you to forgive me, but I am so sorry for everything.
SAM: I’m in absolutely no position to judge, you know that. I mean, my mistakes, I’ve…
ELIZABETH: I appreciate your understanding.
SAM: I’m grateful that you told me the truth.
ME: NOW KISS.
I really hope that those scenes, which were lovely, mark the end of Liz’s involvement (other than helping Sam to raise the baby, sans man, NATURALLY). I just have zero need to see the full truth come out and the two of them to be at each other’s throats again. (Unless they’re at each other’s throats in a sexy way. IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.)
Okay, I’ll stop, sorry. (Not really)