If you missed Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives, its a must-see for the star turn of Kate Mansi as Abigail. The actress who left the series at the end of December of 2015, is certainly going out with a bang as she shortly will wrap up her on-screen run. Mansi and the DAYS team should remember this episode come next year’s Daytime Emmys, as her performance contained so many layers, and so many emotional turns that should be in contention.
In story, it was the long-awaited showdown between Abby and serial killer on the loose and Abby’s ex , Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson)! Was this her mind playing tricks on her, or was this reality? Over the last several weeks, DAYS has been playing up Abigail loosing her grip and imagining Ben! This time however, it’s looking like the real deal. When she is confronted with being alone with the criminal, at first Abby concocts a story how Chad (Billy Flynn) has been abusing her and how miserable she is, and what a mistake she made to be with him. She tells Ben, she wants to be with him.
A very untrusting Ben tells Abby she is his everything, and he even tattooed letters of her name on his knuckles while in prison, so when he makes a fist her name is there! The creepy doesn’t stop there! Abby tells Ben, “she needs him” and that Chad is away for the next few hours. Ben heads upstairs to make love with her, and once in the bedroom Abigail continues what looks to be her seduction of killer Ben, only she reaches into the nighstand and grabs a pair of scissors and stabs in the arm. She then knocks him out with a blow to the head via a vase.
Perhaps, one of Mansi’s best moments was when her cell phone rang and Chad was on the other line, with blood on her hands and mutli-tasking tying up Ben’s feet and looking for ways to do it, she carries on a conversation with her husband to keep him away from the DiMera mansion so she can torture Ben.
Next, Abby grabs a drink and comes back with some accelerant in order to set fire to Ben in a turn the tables, turn about his fair play moment! Ready to make Ben suffer, she throws her drink in his face. He wakes up the horrific scene he now faces. In other fantastic note on Mansi’s performance she stands on the bed and jumps up and down and dances around as she throws the accelerant all over the bed and Ben!
Next Ben, tries one last attempt to throw Abby off her game by toying with her that he is all in her mind right now … he is not real! To ensure that he is, and that she is no fool, Abby punches his stab wound with her ring hand.
When he yelps, Abby says he sure seems real to her! Ben doesn’t think Abby will really light him on fire, but she goes for the matchbox and lights a match, just as Chad has come to the mansion with the door locked and the security guard knocked out!
Kudos to Rob Scott Wilson for making Ben so incredibly twisted and to the amazing performance by Kate Mansi! What did you think of the scenes? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!