What Happened in Salem: Week of May 18th

Posted May 23, 2015 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television

While Paige finally learning the truth was the main event, other stuff (sort of) went on this week…

On the plane, Stefano taunted Marlena and continued to blame her for Kristen’s death. He implied that he would have his revenge after all and had his men take her away… to dump her out in the park in Salem — where, let’s face it, she’s likely to be mugged or murdered anyway. Marlena found her way to the Town Square and John. Meanwhile, Stefano prodded Chad about his progress in getting back together with Abigail and hoped he would do so “for the family.” Once along, Stefano mysteriously fondled an envelope labeled ‘Abigail Deveraux.’ Following her argument with Jennifer, Abigail sought solace from Chad. She wondered why she is so judgmental — which, girl, you just admitted that you idolize Jennifer Horton. What’s the mystery here?

Check out the full recap to discover What Happened in Salem!

An Indecent Proposal

Posted May 23, 2015 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television


Will somebody please lock this jackass up?

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This is the fourth time he has proposed to someone since 2010. And that’s not even counting the elopement with Theresa! Is he getting a discount on rings at this point? Dude, you are a recovering addict who just found out he has an infant and has been dating this woman for, like, four months. Cool it.

Given the fact that every single woman he’s proposed but hasn’t actually married is now dead, I would probably react the same way as Melanie.

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She’s just like, “Oh. Well, that’s… a thing that’s happening. I, uh… Oh dear.” Or perhaps this would be more accurate:

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This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like a Motherf***er

Posted May 21, 2015 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television


Happy birthday, Paige!


I can’t stop laughing at how completely over-the-top everyone was with this surprise. And the minutes of nonstop clucking after they yelled, “Surprise!” Is this really something no one has experienced before?! Devastating revelations aside, what a shitty party. Just what every college student wants: a daytime get-together full of balloons and your boyfriend’s random nosy relatives, like the great-aunt you once helped with a clothing drive and the Chief of Staff whose rape you were briefly fixated on. How fun! It was very glaring how they never hang out with people their own age, like JJ’s cousins Sonny and Will or even Ben, who’s dating Abigail and knew Paige from before. I’m sure Maggie invited Victor and he was like, “LOL,” and Kayla’s all, “Joey wishes he could be here, but he’s either getting his training wheels off or getting his first pubes, I’m not really sure anymore!”

At least this has been entertaining. I probably should have seen it coming that Paige was in the bedroom listening to JJ and Eve, but it caught me by surprise and at least moved this stuff along. True O’Brien has seemed awake for some of this material; her punching JJ was great, and flinging the cake on the ground was one of my favorite recent hilarious moments.


Paige slapping Eve fell flat, though. It was like Kassie dePaiva leaned away from it, as though she was worried the boring might be contagious. I was a little perplexed when Paige was like, “You haven’t changed my bedroom!” Girl, you moved to the dorms two months ago, and your mother didn’t even bother redecorating when she took that apartment over from your invisible “Cousin Joan.”

I’m also a little baffled by some of the online response blaming Eve for all of this. Yes, she manipulated JJ, but she didn’t force him to have sex with her. He’s 18, not 11, and he did it willingly, over and over, out of some idiotic self-destructive impulse and also because he was horny. If getting someone to have sex with you by convincing them they’re stupid or ugly or worthless is tantamount to rape, then LOCK ME UP (jk… kind of). Eve is the adult, but JJ is also an adult, and if he thinks he’s ready to be in a serious relationship, he should be capable of controlling his impulses. If I’m supposed to have any sort of desire to see him and Paige together after this, then I don’t really know what to think.

Post Soup

Posted May 18, 2015 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television

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Please excuse the complete non-cohesiveness of this post, but I have notes on a bunch of separate topics, none of which really warrant their own posts, so I’m just gonna go with a straight-up list and bounce from one subject to the next. It’s that kinda day.

1. It’s entirely possible that this show has just beaten me into submission with the endless crap involving Serena, Daniel/Nicole, JJ/Paige/Eve, and the like, but I very much enjoyed Stefano and Marlena’s confrontation in Italy. Not that it went anywhere, but at least it was two actors I know well and two characters with great history actually playing upon that. And this was fun to see.

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They’ve referenced the possession storyline so rarely since it happened — and almost not at all when James E. Reilly wasn’t writing the show — so it delighted me to have Stefano throw that in her face. Also, how much better were the production values back then?! Look at the lighting and the camera angles and everything else.

2. I liked the tension in the editing as they cut back-and-forth between Stefano and Marlena at the castle and Chad on the phone in Salem, but it irritated me that Chad’s whole thing had to happen over the phone. At least they didn’t have him magically teleport to Italy, but good grief, this was such a blatant bid to get their money’s worth out of that castle set. What’s next? Jennifer tells Paige they rented a lovely Italian castle for her birthday party? Melanie decides to clear her head and decides the only place she can do it is the place where they found Tate?

3. The baby’s name is Tate. Which I don’t hate as a name in and of itself, but after Theresa’s whole explanation about how they considered naming the kid after Melanie (at least they didn’t call him Melvin!), they were just like, “So we decided on Tate.” Um, why?! Also, if this kid ever pulls a Lucas, disowns Brady, and takes his other parent’s name, he’s going to be Tate Donovan. So I might just start calling him Jimmy Cooper (where are my The O.C. fans?!).

4. Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) got married this past weekend. She looked beautiful. But the most hilarious bit of the report is that Crystal Chappell (Carly) was in attendance. I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that she arrived in the middle of the ceremony and declared, “I have an announcement!” and then vowed, “I’m not leaving until I say what I came here to say!” and then just gave up and let them say their vows, just like Carly did about 15 times in the summer of 2010.

What Happened in Salem: Week of May 11th

Posted May 17, 2015 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television

The highlight of the week was undoubtedly a whole bunch of flashbacks to times when this show was more entertaining. But in the present day…

As Theresa prepared for the operation to give bone marrow to the baby, she and Brady told Melanie that, although they’d considered naming him after her, they had ultimately decided on the name Tate. Theresa vowed to be with Brady again, while Brady fondled a ring that he just happened to be carrying around with him, presumably to spring on Melanie (the young woman he has been dating for three months) at some point soon.

Read the full recap to find out What Happened in Salem this week!

Another Casting Call!

Posted May 15, 2015 by mykleraus
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The hits curious and potentially interesting but also probably disastrous ideas keep on coming! Here’s another casting call that’s gone out…

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Two More Cast Additions

Posted May 14, 2015 by mykleraus
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One old face and one new face are in at Days

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