Week of July 2 - 6:
Monday - Pink Elephant.
Things kicked off with a snarkfest between Victor and Jack at the park. I love their sparring sessions when they are clever, but bickering over who is more worried about Abby was in poor taste. Abby, meanwhile, had called Ashley to admit she kidnapped herself, meaning Ashley had to eat crow to Victor - this made for a very realistic scene between the former spouses. Back at the no-tell motel, Abby drooled over Carmine's physique and decided she might just hang out a while longer. Who can blame her! Over at the Club, it was a totally heart-wrenching scene as Paul reacted to Ricky falling through the window. Eden was taken to the hospital with a convenient case of amnesia, and Paul remained at the scene. It's hard to remember a time I've seen more powerful emotion on a soap. Paul's dazed shock and anguish was palpable. He even appeared to be on the verge of being sick at one point - so believable! Batman, er, Ronan, was very kind in how he spoke to Paul - another touching moment. We also learned that the knife wasn't found at the crime scene (where could it have gone?), and that Paul used Lauren's unregistered gun. Uh oh.
Tuesday - Hometown Hero.
In the aftermath of Paul shooting Ricky, Lauren nearly gave Michael a coronary by telling him it was her unregistered gun that Paul used. Through clenched teeth, the new D.A. asked her to just wait before confessing. What happened to doing things 'by the book'? Just saying... Over at the station, Paul returned from his pointless visit to Isabella and underwent questioning from Ronan, during which he finally shared that Ricky had confessed to at least two murders. Sure there's no proof, but I can't help wondering why they're acting as though Paul could possibly be guilty of anything illegal. Like Nick said - he's Paul! The police routinely call Paul in to help them - it's crazy that his word wouldn't be worth more. In any case, it was another superb display of genuine emotion as Paul expressed his guilty feelings to Nina - total tissuefest! Kudos to Ronan for getting his mom over there. Meanwhile, Eden had to re-enact the shooting but still couldn't remember anything, and Daniel acted weird when he heard Ricky confessed to getting rid of Daisy.
Wednesday - Whiplash.
Well, it's official. I can't get enough of Abby and Carmine. When she was kneeling in front of him telling him she had his back today I was nearly leaping out of my seat for them to kiss - and they did! Hot! Katherine's annual Fourth of July barbecue also had some good moments - such as Devon reconnecting with Katherine and Tucker. Ashley being straight with Harmony was refreshing - at least one person isn't leaping on the bandwagon to kiss Super Harmony's butt - even Sofia's lobbying on Harmony's behalf with Neil. Give me a break. Over at the Club, the mystery of who sent the retro toys deepened as Cane received an email that made reference to secret names known only by him and his later sister. Anyone else wonder if Samantha's alive? Upstairs at the Club, Chelsea had an attack of doubt over her engagement, but Adam reassured her. Later, he defended her when spoiled Victoria Newman jumped to the conclusion that it was all about her. Egad. Last but not least, Abby and Carmine got arrested just as she was about to go off on Ashley for kissing Tucker. Saved by the cuffs!