What Happened in Salem: Week of October 9th

Posted October 16, 2017 by mykleraus
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This week on Prisoners Explaining Stuff to Other People

Hope took a momentary break from moderating the personality disorders of her staff to actually do her damn job, and she got Ben to admit that the person who’d visited him in Bayview and given him the tip about Will was his father, Clyde Weston. While visiting Will’s grave, Lucas had another vision of his son, and when Kate found him and pleaded with him to get help for his drinking, they sobbed together on whatever Astroturf knockoff is now playing the part of “grass” in Salem.

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Fright Night

Posted October 13, 2017 by mykleraus
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First off, Reaction of the Week goes to Judi Evans for Adrienne’s expression when Hattie informed her that she went through all that trouble and risk just to land Roman Brady.

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Couldn’t have said it better myself!

And now it’s Friday the 13th, and what better way to mark the occasion than a jaunt to the cemetery to dig up a grave and the return of Sami “I Never Met a Grudge I Didn’t Want to Keep for Eternity” Brady.

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Welcome home!

I think I’m in the minority, but it isn’t really bothering me that Paul pushed John to dig up Will’s grave with him. No, it is not an ideal thing to do, but what seems like a better way to figure out whether Will is in there and start tracking down answers: exhuming Will’s coffin, or relying on Salem law enforcement to chase Rolf around the globe and actually catch him? Oh, and I don’t buy that Sami wouldn’t be in favor of digging that thing right out of the ground. Wasn’t she the one shrieking at John back in 2004 to dig up Marlena right before we were treated to that Wild Coffin Ride to Melaswen? Regardless, I’m thrilled to see her.

And if things weren’t already spooky enough:

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This is… is she… is this her actual hair, or is she just in costume as the precocious boy from every 80s and early 90s sitcom? I’m surprised Brady didn’t take one look at that trainwreck of bristles and tell her to give Eric his best.

It All Comes Full (Misty) Circle

Posted October 12, 2017 by mykleraus
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It’s a testament to the chemistry between Eric Brady and Raccoon Eyes Walker that I’ve been engrossed in their scenes all week rather than bursting into hysterical laughter.

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This is the fourth guy whom Nicole has declared to be the Great Love of Her Life in two years — and the fifth go-round, since it was only the summer of 2015 when she was yearning for Eric himself while choosing Daniel so that they could perform an impromptu (in Salem, “impromptu” means “heavily and nauseatingly choreographed”) dance to John Legend around a pub where innocent people were simply trying to eat their chowder and Wanchai Ferry. She’s bounced from Eric to Daniel to Deimos to Brady and now back to Eric, with each somehow being “the man she truly loves,” blah blah. To call this woman fickle would be like saying Lindsay Lohan’s career is in a bit of a slow patch. You know, a real severe understatement.

But, miraculously, it’s working. I don’t think the payoff for any single couple has worked this well since Abigail and Chad finally got together in late 2015. It’s almost possible to infer a coherent narrative here where there really isn’t one: that, for Nicole, it has always been Eric, but that after he made her feel judged and rejected, she chose Daniel because he felt like the safe option and came with the promise of a built-in family, thanks to Parker — and that, after Eric caused Daniel’s death, Nicole was (understandably) so furious and grief-stricken that she couldn’t allow herself to acknowledge anything but hatred toward Eric and lashed out as hard as she did in order to suppress whatever love remained, while trying to lose herself in both Deimos and Brady. No, I still can’t entirely make sense of the Deimos relationship, because it literally didn’t make sense from day-to-day onscreen, but it’s possible to view it as one of those any-port-in-a-storm situations where she got in over her head, only to be rescued by Brady and mistake close friendship for love… until the dam broke and her real feelings for Eric came bursting through again.

See? That works. I wish they’d put more of it in the actual dialogue to help us along, but it does work, and the actors are selling a throughline that really hasn’t been there for them to play this whole time. I actually don’t even mind that they’re both being idiots by sleeping together behind Brady’s back, because it causes legitimate complications and keeps the drama flowing, rather than just wrapping everything up with a bow. All this to say: why in the hell did they completely abandon a couple with this much built-in angst — to the point of firing Greg Vaughan and having Eric offscreen for nearly a year — in the first place?!

And while we’re on the subject of circling back to plot elements foolishly thrown at the wall in late 2015…

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What Happened in Salem: Week of October 2nd

Posted October 9, 2017 by mykleraus
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Another week in Salem, another wedding reception that went to waste…

The double wedding was brought to a screeching halt by a deranged late arrival — no, not Julie and Doug (who instead of quietly slipping into the church came barging in with all the subtlety of two human foghorns), but rather Ben, who had just escaped from Bayview. When he announced that Will might be alive, he shocked a church full of people who were incredibly dubious in spite of the fact that most of them have personally returned from the dead at least once.

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

The Combination

Posted October 6, 2017 by mykleraus
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So is Chloe just around to be the Days version of Elaine in that backwards episode of Seinfeld where they go to India for the wedding?

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All this woman does is wander around town, telling people things she has no place telling them! She’s barely even attempting to be discreet anymore. “Oh, Eric’s in love with you… and Brady manipulated him…” Girl, you don’t have to keep talking if you don’t want to!

But for real:

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Jerry: George can never know about this: It’ll crush him.
Elaine: All right, all right; I’ll put it in the vault.
Jerry: No good. Too many people know the combination.
Elaine: What combination?
[Jerry mimes drinking from a bottle]

Except for Chloe, the combination is not Schnapps, but rather “being onscreen.”

I won’t say that I’m mad at that melodramatic ending of Nicole showing up to see Eric in the middle of a storm, though. This should have been the rooting couple all along. But can we get some clarity on how far away from Salem this stupid farmhouse is?! It’s dry in Salem but pouring there? It’s so far away that Marlena is sobbing about Eric being away from Salem, but so close that Roman can just pop over to help with repairs?

Still… none of this can explain why Nicole looked like this before going out to the farmhouse.

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Like, her hair and attire looked okay for a week, so they had to make her makeup horrible? Who hates this woman this much?!

May the Force Be With You

Posted October 4, 2017 by mykleraus
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Congratulations, JJ! You’re a true Salem PD officer now!

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Not that I necessarily blame him, given the circumstances — his age and level of experience, Ben’s provocations and trash-talk about Abigail, the insinuation that his cousin is alive, etc. — but it’s insane how they keep drawing attention to the corruption on the police force instead of trying to repair it, or at least tuck it neatly away. I was barely able to swallow this whole thing about Hope being the new Commissioner, and that was before Hope (a woman who shot an unarmed elderly man, covered it up, and went to prison, only to be exonerated because it seemed said man hadn’t actually died) walked in on JJ holding a gun on a convicted criminal and managed to scold him without bursting into flames. And then you had Valerie and Abe’s little exchange:

Valerie: Didn’t you also mention that she has a prison record?
Abe: Meh. She was cleared.

Oh, okay! The way he answered that, she might as well have asked if Hope had ever jaywalked. Bizarrely, they then had Abe comment about how Rafe was at a disadvantage in going for the job because his brother had been Raines’s conspirator. Hope has been imprisoned twice in a decade for violent crimes! Rafe helped her cover up one of them! It’s no wonder JJ didn’t hesitate in pulling a gun on Ben. It’s how the people ahead of him have succeeded in their careers!

Guest of Honor

Posted October 4, 2017 by mykleraus
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Another Salem wedding has come and gone, and things look like they usually do: one couple is (I guess?) married and hanging out alone, abandoned by family, friends, and other residents of The Town Where Wedding Receptions Go to Die; the other couple is chasing one another around the police station and the mall, wondering whether they can and should try to get married again. Job well done, everyone!

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I would definitely call this the best Days wedding since the Brady/Kristen disaster of 2013, also held at St. Luke’s. Not that there are that many contenders. Sami and EJ’s backyard debacle was fun but not epic; Hope and Aiden got married in the middle of a Pleasantville cosplay event; Lucas and Adrienne’s had some interesting emotional action, but it was a ghost town and then devolved into an entire love triangle locking itself in a hotel room over the Thanksgiving holiday; Steve and Kayla managed to eke out a surprisingly decent ceremony in the middle of a shift change at a poorly decorated Starbucks. So, yeah, the bar is low. But this one was genuinely good!

They filled up the church! They created suspense about who the mystery person was and actually built to a Friday cliffhanger! They took the time to have lots and lots of people reacting! Sure, there were some goofy elements, like everyone just standing around letting Ben rant and rave as various civilians came up and took their turns telling him off, or Gabi and Ari being regulated to those seats that looked like old-timey electric chairs, only to have Ari randomly vanish from the church in the middle of Ben’s tirade. I also thought it was a strange choice to have Sonny’s memories of Will intercut with Abigail’s vows to Chad. I mean, it was effective and moving in the moment, but for all the investment in “Chabby,” it’s odd to use what’s supposed to be their big, romantic culmination as a vehicle for a completely separate couple’s story. That said, Freddie Smith has definitely been more ‘on’ as Sonny than he’s been in a long while.

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I know that his blowup at Ben was supposed to fuel Paul’s insecurities about Will possibly being alive, but did it not occur to Sonny to choose his words a little more carefully in the midst of what was supposed to be his wedding to a non-Will person?

Two and a half years ago, I would have insisted that you toss me into Bayview for saying this, but I really love Ben now.

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