Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives ushered in the return of Daniel Cosgrove (Aiden) in a compelling episode that gave the fan favorite, who was written-off six months ago, a nice make up gift with a show devoted to him that come Emmy time next year would definitely be a submission for him.
DAYS also took the viewers on a journey through the episode via a chapter storytelling device, as they unraveled the back-story of what happened to Aiden and where he has been, since all had believed he was the one who tried to kill his bride, Hope (Kristian Alfonso).
The story picked in part one called “The Intruder”, where Rafe (Galen Gering) has just brought Hope home from their night together, and Aiden is in Hope’s house and stuns her that he is alive! Next in a chapter called “The Wedding Night”, the series goes back in time six months prior to when Hope was set up to be killed by her new husband. When Aiden goes downstairs to get ready to prepare for murdering Hope, he chickens out. He heads out the front door and is greeted by an Aiden doppelganger. Andre (Thaao Penghlis) shows up behind him and utters: “I knew you would be too squeamish to finish the job.” He then injects Aiden with a syringe-filled with a drug to the neck and Aiden goes down. Next, Andre puts Aiden in a trunk of a car saying he is going to take good car of him.
In the next chapter: Six Months Ago” The Cell Part”, Aiden is now imprisoned by Andre who keeps knocking him out by gassing him in his cell. Aiden refuses to eat the food brought to him, but befriends a dead bird, who is in the cell with him. He says, “Who killed you little fella?” To torture Aiden even further, a video is shown to him of his wedding to Hope and then of Hope being strangled to death. Aiden cries out for his son Chase (Jonathan McClendon) and then cries out in horror as the Aiden doppelganger is killing Hope, “Why did you have to kill her?” Fast forward: it’s now two months ago where we are in the “Cell Part Two”; now Aiden is kind of losing his mind, has grown a full beard, is talking to the dead bird, and scribbling important notes to himself on the notepads left by Andre. He says, “The devils in the details.” It’s been 115 days since his captivity. Then comes the newsfeed that he sees on the screen provided by Andre … Chase is being arrested for raping Ciara (Vivian Jovanni) as gas comes in through the duct in the wall, and Aiden passes out.
Now it’s three weeks ago “The Escape”. Aiden has figured out how long to hold his breath to not be affected by the noxious fumes from his calculations on his notepad. When the guard comes to bring him his plate of food, Aiden is faking being knocked out by the gas. He attacks the guard from behind, just as the guard opens the gate. Aiden puts him in a sleeper hold, and knocks the guy out to ensure his escape. He then takes the dead bird with him and goes free.
We are now up to one week ago; “The Road Home”: Aiden has made it to a men’s room, cleans up and shaves off his beard. He tells the bird it’s time he flies solo and leaves the dead bird behind. He then hitches a ride on the road to get back to Salem. The episode now takes us back to the beginning to two hours ago; “The Goodnight Kiss”: Aiden uses a key to get inside Hope’s house, before Rafe and Hope come back from their night. Finally, we are back at real time; “The Intruder” Part Two: Aiden tells Hope he is alive. She freaks out and draws a gun, and gets him to the ground and calls the police for back-up. She tells them to take him into custody, while he protests. Hope says, “Aiden Jennings, you’re under arrest for attempted murder.”
It was a great performance by Daniel Cosgrove, and an intriguing way to tell the back-story, whether you like another doppelganger explanation as to how they saved the character of Aiden from being despicable. Cosgrove is back on Days of our Lives, and so it will be interesting to see how this plays out. Is this the true Aiden? What did you think of the Aiden-centric episode? Share our thoughts in the comment section below!