Well, it's been a minute. I moved houses and what-not. Took me a while to catch up both with the show and the on-line posting. So... here's a massive data dump of feels/thoughts, bolded for skimming:
Baby Mama Drama: Rex is the MVP. LG has about 15 emmy reel options. Loved Xander just trying to help (he really DOES love her and the Baby). Was Brady dropped on his head as a child? Just saying -- I can see HOW the story wrote it to make rational sense to Brady in Brady-view but it's thin (bottom line - he didn't want to lose access to Tate. That's it. That's the rationale). I think Kristin will protect Rachel from harm (and get her medical follow-up), but Kristin needs to avoid any kind of stress whatsoever because she's got a Hyde side with an instinct to kill. Not Rachel, never Rachel, but anyone who is a threat to Rachel.
Eric/Nicole: If ONLY his speech hadn't called Rachel 'the most important person in the world to me', I would have been okay with it. He had very good points. But it came across "me, me, me!" a bit. At the end, when Nicole hugged him ... I swear the look on her face was 'come here man-baby, let me distract you so you don't do something you'll regret." I swear, she knows EXACTLY who she has as a future husband (that's coming, right?).
Gabi/Jake: Love to see the Stabi-vibe back. I am convince Rolf was lying, but I'm also convinced Jake is Stephan's body. Now... WHO's personality is on the chip in his head? Before Stevano went to surgery, he gave instructions to Rolf to execute some backup plan. I think Jake could be sporting a Stefano chip in his Stefan body. And Jake is a backstory written up by Rolf. Because there was too much brain damage with the bullet, so there was some serious 'weird science' shit with this particular transformation.
Cin: I've come to accept them as a couple and enjoyed Ben worried about Hope. I do find Ciara seriously entitled and she needs to learn some humility. I expect Eve, JJ, Eric (he lost Serena), and the mid-wife's family to always shun Ben. And I think Ciara needs to accept that. I'm actually okay with how Will/Ben bonded. Will's choice, and it's in keeping with his personality. But WHO will be the maid of honor/best man? I'd vote for crazy cakes (Claire) and Will.
New Zoey works better for me than old Zoey. I am alone in this, I understand. I'm glad she violated her attorney/client privilege. Christen does accept responsibility for murdering Jordan. That's an issue for me.
Orpheus can fall in a hole. Anytime now. Please.
Maggie: My dear sweat soap-opera Queen! What a run she has had. Brilliant acting. Julie racing out there to gossip is just so ... Julie.
Lani/Eli - I'm ready to move on . It was very Lani of her to let Kristin go. And I think she's a better cop than most.
Justin - this is not going to work out in the end. You know it. The audience knows it. I feel bad for you.
Abigail TOUCHED the Phoenix ring a while back. Maybe it's got some slow-acting mental poison that Rolf designed. Scary story, enjoying the way they show the hallucinations. I blame Stefano.
Xander to continue being supported by Victor (but I'm worried about that... Victor wants to win Brady back... Xander getting shafted could be Brady's price). I want him to continue to support Sarah.
Sarah & Maggie: I want them to be in a room with a lot of chocolate, Netflix, and comfy pajamas. Where they can cry and hug and support each other.
Kate to get the job from Abe.