I Don’t Want to Get My HOPES Up…

Posted July 24, 2014 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television


…but why is Peter Reckell (Bo) on the monitor in this shot Kate Mansi just posted on Instagram?!

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I don’t think they show random reruns in the studio, right?

WTF Wednesday: The Walker/Mendez Clan

Posted July 23, 2014 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television


Welcome to WTF Wednesday, an occasional new feature in which we’ll spotlight some of the most perplexing and/or ridiculous things in Salem history. In other words: there’s an endless trove of material and I could do this every Wednesday from now until the end of time.

Here’s one that has always driven me insane, and I know the answer is simply “the writers were making it up as they went along,” but still: what in the hell was up with the genetics of Nicole’s family?

We first met blonde, fair-skinned Nicole and her sister, Taylor, both of whom definitely appeared to be Caucasian.



They both went by the last name Walker (well, Taylor’s last name was briefly Raines, but that was never explained and they seemed to forget it, so whatever), which was also the last name of their mother, Fay.

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What Happened in Salem: Week of July 14th

Posted July 23, 2014 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television

As Sami continued her rampage of revenge…

Clyde revealed himself to Tammy Sue and Ollie. Jordan was terrified that everyone in Salem would find out she really has 20/20 vision (which would at least be more of a scandal than the truth, which is that she stole money from Clyde and kidnapped Ben to get him out of an abusive household).

Check out the full recap to find out What Happened in Salem last week!

This Girl is on Fire

Posted July 22, 2014 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television


Apologies for the silence here over the past week. I went on a getaway with friends to a remote little town in Maine, where we had no internet — which was amazing, except that I knew it meant I’d have an entire week of Days to catch up on when I got home. Normally this would be a recipe for an extreme psychotic break, but fortune smiled on me in two ways: Thursday’s episode was pre-empted, so I only had four shows to watch, and also, the show is suddenly on fire.

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If the rest of Sami’s story plays like this until Alison Sweeney departs, this will be one of the best exit stories in the history of daytime. Ever since the three ladies dumped Nick’s body in the river, Sami has been more Sami than she’s been since, like, 2006. She’s spiteful and vindictive and insane and it’s clearly coming from a place of deep insecurity and hurt, which was always the real root of Sami’s issues. People are telling her that she’s being nuts, and she’s like, “Yeah, well, I am!” If you had pulled out a crystal ball in 1998 and shown me that this is how Sami in her mid-30s would be, I would have nodded along and said it made perfect sense. Her rampage has been absolutely amazing — and I love how she has a different nickname for Abigail (“the sweetheart of Sigma Chi!”, “Suzy Creamcheese!”) every time she references her — and it’s just so perfect that it makes me giddy.

Meanwhile, we have stuff actually happening with old Tammy Sue, and the attack on John just made this Brady/Theresa thing compelling, and Eve’s presence has made the Deveraux clan so interesting. Can this please last?

What Happened in Salem: Week of July 7th

Posted July 15, 2014 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television

While Hope and Aiden hung out in a broom closet…

With EJ in jail and Stefano avoiding Salem because of a warrant for his arrest, Sami and Kate were successful in their plan to have the DiMera Enterprises board name them co-CEOs, though they probably didn’t have to do so much work, considering this was a room full of people who thought it was a good move to invest in a supervillain’s company. Sami revealed her revenge plot to a devastated EJ, who was trapped in prison. Then, in front of Jennifer, she exposed Abigail as the slutty homewrecker who ruined the perfect love between a rapist and the woman who shot him in the head.

Read the rest to catch up on What Happened in Salem last week!

Will the Auction Raise Enough to Pay for a Set?

Posted July 13, 2014 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television


When the brash, tacky D-list reality star can’t emcee your Catholic school’s fundraiser because she has come down with a terrible/fake case of laryngitis, who’s the next best choice? Oh, I know: the former serial killer who was once POSSESSED BY SATAN and whose most recent visit to the church involved broadcasting a video of a priest’s rape!

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I have so many thoughts about this gala (“gala”), and most of them are “WTF?” and “I can’t” and “Are you fucking kidding me?!” The event takes place in an unseen ballroom while Hope and Aiden hang out in a closet and watch it on a monitor? They get Patti Stanger to film a cameo, but instead of actually being at the gala, she’s calling to cancel because she’s sick? Professional psychiatrist Marlena gets up in front of a crowd and tells terrible jokes about mental illness? Is this real life?!

This was so cheap that it made me long for the days when Will was playing beer pong in the Town Square. Well, almost.

Seriously, how depressing was this?

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Still, by some miracle, the chemistry between Hope and Aiden is actually working, and I kind of almost bought that whole stupid waltzing setup. The slow build between these two is working so well for me, and I hope whatever’s happening here gets Hope to take a real look at her marriage.

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That said, perhaps someone should warn Aiden what happened the last time Hope put her hair up and did a waltz. And she’s in a room full of allegedly valuable art, no less!

As Professional as You’d Expect

Posted July 10, 2014 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television


I don’t know if anything will ever be as hilarious to me as that text Kate sent to Sami in the middle of the board meeting.


Okay, just kidding. Marlena falling 400 stories, bouncing off an awning, and landing on Sami will always hold the #1 spot in my heart.

I was sitting there during that meeting thinking, “Sami cannot possibly be stupid enough to double-cross Kate and think there won’t be any consequences.” But that’s the thing: there is actually no way to conclude the thought “Sami cannot possibly be stupid enough…” that would be wrong. Sami is always stupid enough.

Those letters they read were so over-the-top, too. I don’t know how the board members weren’t falling out of their seats in hysterics as they watched those two hamming it up. (Of course, they’re on the board of DiMera Enterprises, which says a lot. I like how they had someone — Rafe? — make a comment about how the board probably consists of Lex Luthor and a bunch of other supervillains. Seriously, who is buying stock in this company?!) And of course no one bothered to check with EJ or Stefano to confirm that these were actually their wishes. “Yeah, sure, we’ll put these two women in charge of the company. Whatever.” I was actually really irritated at how Mr. Shin announced to the board, “Let’s welcome our beautiful new co-CEOs!” Beautiful? Not that they aren’t, but in what universe is that appropriate at a business meeting?! Not “competent,” or “fearless,” or anything else that actually has to do with leading a company? Granted, one is a former hooker who slept her way to the top, and the other is a high school dropout who blackmailed her way into the business world, but still!


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