In a heartbreaking episode on Wednesday of Days of our Lives, Chad (Billy Flynn) and Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) try to cope and come to terms with the ‘confirmed’ news of the ‘death’ of Abigail!
However, Abigail’s husband and her mother are at odds, and thus begins the drama that gave Billy Flynn meaty material to sink his teeth into, and illustrate to all, yet again, that he is one of the finest young actors out there. First, after Chad speaks with the coast guard about Abigail, Jennifer walks into the DiMera Mansion and the conversation quickly turns to custody of baby Thomas. Jennifer tells Chad she thinks he is falling apart, and cannot possibly give Thomas what he needs as a father. Chad brings up Jennifer’s pill addiction, plus the bad family genes of hers that has mental illness running through it. She then storm out.
Next, Chad drinks and talks to Abigail’s photo, and as he grieves with tears welling up in his eyes, he recalls the first time he layed eyes on Abby, and then how they were going to build their life together, and in the house that she hated so much! Then in a hauntingly raw moment, Flynn as Chad recalls that he told Abby that they would renovate the place but never did. Losing his grip, Chad says, “Let’s renovate, baby” and starts demolishing the entire living room at the manison. Tables, chairs, glass, you name it go flying and get smashed to bits, leaving Chad desolate, destroyed, and alone in his grief. In a nicely edited emotional moment, Chad destroying the DiMera living room is juxataposed with Jennifer being conforted by the Hortons in her time of need over the loss of her daugther.
In his final scenes, Flynn’s Chad is found on the floor by Belle (Martha Madison). When she walks in and sees the room trashed, he reveals it was cathartic. He says he is need of an exorcism as they have a moment to laugh through his pain. In the end he tells Belle, he wants to make Abigail proud and make DiMera Enterprises a success by making it legit and building a future for his son. Chad offers Belle a job to work with him as he will need legal help. As she says she will consider it, they begin to clean up the room, but Chad is still grief-stricken.
Billy Flynn should definitiely consider this for his Emmy reel for the race for Lead Actor in 2017. Each scene in this episode featured what fans have come to love about his impassioned performances as Chad DiMera.
So, what did you think about Billy’s performance as Chad is rocked by Abby’s “death”? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!