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Sep 19 2013, 11:10 AM
I was so relieved to see that the EJ/Stefano scenes played out SOOOO much better than I feared. I've often cringed when JS has had to play the extremely emotional scenes because he can take it over the top - and while he skirted that initially with these scenes I felt like he pulled it back in and nailed it with the portrayal of EJ's flat out desperation. I thought the writing did a good job of showing that EJ had tried absolutely everything else to free Sami - setting up the deposit in the bank account, going to Trask to offer both Stefano and himself, preparing to take his family and run with the fake passports only to finally realize that Stefano had been a step ahead of him the entire time. He knew the trial was winding down - there was little time left to do anything to change the clear outcome of a guilty verdict. So in the end, he did the only thing left to him which was to grovel, beg and promise to meet every one of Stefano's conditions. The mixed look of disgust, shame and hatred as he was standing back up from the floor was great. Even later, as he was signing the paperwork and essentially waiting for Daddy to dismiss him so he could go to the trial I thought JS conveyed so much in just his body language. EJ is beaten and bowed...but there is no doubt his deep seated anger and humiliation is going to fuel his future decisions. Given EJ's history of anger fueled decisions things probably are going to be pretty rocky for him - but it sets up all sorts of great storyline potential.

JM was just outstanding. It was so nice to see the Stefano of old again...not even a shred of sympathy for EJ. That's how it needed to be. I've always enjoyed the back and forth of their relationship but given the things they've both dealt with in the past year or so - I loved seeing Stefano being so ruthless. Ruthless Stefano is likely to only further alienate EJ, just as he did with Tony all those years.

This a thousand times THIS. JS was fast approaching consuming the scene w/ his excessive chewing up to and including the moment EJ overturned the table. But - as you say- he was able to regroup and pull back, leading to those heart aching groveling scenes. Perhaps, JM gave him so advice in between scenes. Whatever it was, I'm glad he pulled himself from the OTT ledge. Heck, I rewatched the episode again and though my thoughts didn't change on the scenes up to the table upending, I was able to truly appreciate his performance tenfold beyond that point. Gawd, EJ's self-disgust and humiliation was palpable to me.

As for JM, he is just amazing, and you can see in his performance how he relishes Stefano. Bravo!

I am so interested in seeing where this storyline goes.

And I'm going to say something I NEVER thought I'd say: I actually enjoyed Rafe yesterday. I liked his dynamic with Jordan. And when Gabi was added into the mix, it made him even more enjoyable. At this point, there's good possibility that I'm going to like Rafe/Jordan.
Edited by badaddiction, Sep 19 2013, 11:53 AM.
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