Supporting Character Returning This Fall?

Posted May 25, 2017 by mykleraus
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I did not expect this news, but now that it’s coming out, it… makes total sense.

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What Happened in Salem: Week of May 15th

Posted May 22, 2017 by mykleraus
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While half the show happened in “Greece,” a collection of five repurposed sets…

After two days of being a strong, independent woman by going to her job for 15 minutes at a time, Abigail filed for divorce from Chad. She cried on the shoulder of none other than Dario, who promptly informed her that he’s in danger of being deported because his dumbass mother gave birth to him in Mexico and failed to file the proper paperwork to get him citizenship, which is only being discovered 30-odd years later because the immigration authorities are as negligent as the Salem PD. As a woman who is still married and has the well being of a young child to consider, Abigail decided it would be a sane, responsible choice to marry Dario to keep him in the country. Dario later confided in Kate, an unstable woman whom he barely knows, that he could actually fix the entire thing by refiling the paperwork but instead decided to use the situation to “make” Abigail fall in love with him.

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

Programming note: I’m going to be traveling this week. I don’t anticipate getting too behind on the show, and I’ll have internet access, but in the event that things are quiet here until the weekend, that’s why!

Oh, Honey, No

Posted May 20, 2017 by mykleraus
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I’m going to begin this post by saying some nice things about Abigail, like that she is very pretty and I love that dress.

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And now I’m going to say the other things I feel about Abigail, which are more or less all “Someone put this woman in a truck headed back to Shady Hills ASAP!” You filed for divorce, like, this morning. You have a young child. You just got pissed at your estranged husband for engaging in potentially shady shit. Why would you agree to a marriage of convenience simply to get a green card for someone whom you know to have been recently involved in the exact same crap you’re mad at Chad for? It’s like she went down a checklist to determine whether this was an appropriately terrible decision and realized that, yep, it really fits the bill! And this is all without her knowing that Dario is conning her. Abigail, you’re… you’re… you’re dumber than a box of Brady right now.

It’s sad that the part of this ridiculous story that I find most plausible is the explanation for why and how Dario is in this predicament to begin with. I mean, yeah, it’s asinine, but Mama Hernandez (I forgot she got an actual name for a minute there) has proven herself to be negligent at basically every turn — to the point where she would only come to Salem after she was randomly found in a warehouse being held captive by a madman — so this really does fit.

Bringing things back to Brady for a sec: what is with this parade of people taking it upon themselves to blame Chloe for Brady’s current situation?

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I like any time they use the history between Lucas and Chloe, because that marriage is one of the more random, forgotten ones on the current canvas, but Lucas going off on her for being the reason Brady’s in the hospital was insane. Chloe legally filed for custody of a child that she carried. She gave Nicole multiple chances to have Holly, but Nicole refused to do the one thing Chloe insisted upon, which was breaking up with Deimos — and Deimos was the reason that the judge denied Nicole custody anyway! Chloe didn’t force Nicole to kidnap the baby (instead of, say, filing an appeal), nor did she make Brady go on the run with Nicole. And it turns out that Deimos is the one who sent Xander after them, so Chloe was right about Deimos all along! I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it seems as though renowned idiot Chloe Lane now has possession of the Salem Brain.

Thursday Thoughts

Posted May 18, 2017 by mykleraus
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We’re at that point in this slow-as-shit writing transition where I’m turning on the DVR-ed episode, picking up my phone, and then realizing an entire act has gone by and I haven’t absorbed a thing. And sometimes I don’t even bother rewinding! So in lieu of a post with actual structure and theme, here are a bunch of stray thoughts I’ve had as I’ve caught things in between playing Words With Friends and stalking my exes on Instagram.

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John’s back! Fart-sniffing faces and all, I just love John Black. He is core Days of Our Lives to me. I know they were in a terrible position with his sudden injury and having to write around his absence, but I just started to get reeeeeeally tired of all the moaning and groaning (from Marlena — granted, that’s mostly all she does, anyway) about “Where’s John? How dangerous is this mission?” So I’m happy that he’s back and this is over. Also, didn’t they make a huge honking plot point last year of Marlena having him quit the ISA and him opening BlackPatch? Did he just drop that the second Steve stopped tending bar at TBD?

I always lock into Eric Martsolf’s Brady a little bit more when they play him as John’s son, which they strangely don’t do that often; this iteration of Brady tends to be much more Kiriakis than Black. So the scenes of John and Marlena at Brady’s bedside were a nice inclusion. Way less compelling: Nicole, with her knockoff Kayla hairdo, calling Brady’s room. Until that conversation, I had actually completely forgotten about this “great love” between the two of them. Shows how invested I am in that relationship!

The Nicole/Eric stuff has actually turned out to be somewhat satisfying. As annoyed as I was at Nicole for her incessant railing at Eric about killing Daniel, it makes sense for her character and what she’s been through. Things that did not make sense: wandering right off that plane, into what appeared to be some sort of… sponge-painted mall? Where was that jet parked, outside the Chili’s? However, I actually can believe that she managed to get her dumb ass captured again, given her decision-making skills over the past year.

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Joey’s hair has been looking a lot better now that they’re taming it! That shiny blue blazer and black t-shirt were kind of a weird choice for a casual date, but I had almost forgotten how cute he could be. And I continue to enjoy Tripp and this strange little cat-and-mouse game he has going on with the Johnsons, though I question the wisdom of Steve inviting his long-lost son along on a sting. Maybe go for burgers and beers next time?

What Happened in Salem: Week of May 8th

Posted May 15, 2017 by mykleraus
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While many Salemites headed for a corner of the soundstage nicknamed “Greece”…

Back in Salem, Brady’s health continued to deteriorate as his body did its best to expel Daniel’s heart. Valerie placed him on the transplant waiting list, while Marlena was desperate to get word to John through the ISA. Brady urged Chloe to drop the charges so that Nicole could come home, but Chloe was like, “Look, I only get to show up once a week anyway because that baby is missing, so if I let go of that, I’m probably out of a job.” Brady asked Justin for a Do Not Resuscitate order, which he signed and which the staff of University Hospital will no doubt completely disregard in a week or so.

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

Greece Lightning

Posted May 12, 2017 by mykleraus
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It’s nice to see that the café in Prague is doing such incredible business that they were able to open an outpost in Greece!

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I mean, it’s no surprise it’s doing so well, since it appears to have been the only café in Prague, but still.

On top of that, there’s a lot to unpack here. Could Hope have had a flimsier reason for chasing Chad all the way across the Atlantic? “My first cousin once removed just walked out on you, and I kind of killed your father, so I suddenly care very much about keeping you from engaging in criminal activity!” Huh? Luckily, Andre showed up in his DiMera University letter sweater — and knew exactly where to find them — to back up Hope in advising Chad that messing with a haunted amulet is a bad, bad idea.

Can’t wait for the rest of these dopes to show up. I can’t imagine any of them could possibly do anything as stupid as Nicole refusing to escape captivity because she’s angry at Eric for causing Daniel’s death, but if there’s one thing Salemites love, whether at home or abroad, it’s inventing new lows to hit!

Ragin’ Cagin’

Posted May 10, 2017 by mykleraus
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Well, this was very efficient.

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Before the first commercial break of Monday’s episode even aired, Nicole had thrown a glass of water on Xander, forcing him to remove his shirt. Best thing she’s done in months!

Side note: Paul Telfer (Xander) is generally hilarious and smart on Twitter, and if you haven’t seen it yet, please enjoy this thread of him and Melissa Archer (Serena) gleefully interacting with a fan who made a replica of the dreaded elephant statue.

I’m actually enjoying this story much, much more now that we’ve moved on from the Domestic Adventures in Manitoba portion. Not only was it glorious how Xander called Daniel “dull” (though I loved that), but I appreciated how the writing circled back to the beginning of all this: how Nicole chose Daniel over Eric and never really confronted how that would affect Eric, what drove Eric to drink so heavily, all of that. Meanwhile, Brady asking Eric to track down Xander and Nicole — silly as it might be, since Eric is just a dude who knew Xander in Africa years ago — feels like a serious turning point in the story. I couldn’t be more thrilled that this is now a little umbrella story, with the Eric/Jennifer relationship building just as Eric is about to be thrown back into the thick of things with Nicole.

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I still have no clue how Xander managed to transport Nicole and Holly back to Greece undetected, or why he appears to be keeping Nicole in the foyer of his villa (and how the household staff finds this normal), but there’s some fun new energy here, so I say let’s all just go with it.