Always Be My Baby

Posted June 22, 2017 by mykleraus
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After this entire months-long baby Holly debacle, Days managed to “redeem” Chloe in the span of an episode, which was actually pretty impressive.

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“No, Nicole, your hair, uh, it looks great. It’s beautiful,” she lied, as only a true friend would.

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Oh, wait. No, it wasn’t that. That’s dialogue that not even Dame Judi Dench could’ve gotten through without bursting into laughter.

But that emotional exchange between Chloe and Nicole worked really, really well, I thought. Chloe’s talk about the voice in her head that kept telling her it was wrong to keep Holly from Nicole added some much-needed depth to this whole thing, and the mere act of doing the right thing and leaving Holly with Nicole actually worked for me in terms of wiping away months of ickiness between the two women. I might be in the minority, though, in that I didn’t think Chloe needed a ton of “redeeming” here. The setup was contrived as hell, but she carried that baby and then genuinely feared leaving her in Deimos’s care. She told Nicole repeatedly that all she had to do was end things with Deimos — a man exhibiting signs of being a controlling, callous psycho at every turn — in order to have the child, and Nicole refused. When Nicole finally broke up with Deimos, right before the actual custody hearing, there was evidence that Deimos had tried to bribe the judge. Why should Chloe have believed Nicole then? And don’t get me started on Chloe apologizing for Brady being shot. She didn’t force Nicole to kidnap that baby, or Brady to go along with her, or Deimos to hire Xander, or Xander to pull that trigger… That’s like blaming Trader Joe’s for the pizza binge I went on last weekend, because they were low on thin-sliced chicken breasts when I went shopping earlier in the week, so by Sunday, I had nothing left to make for dinner and obviously my only remaining choice was to order Domino’s and shame-eat the entire thing. Uh, yeah. Let’s blame Trader Joe’s. And Chloe.

Anyway, this entire thing was sloppily written at best, so much so that it’s tough to dissect anyone’s motivations or actions in a clear way because there were ample amounts of contradictory evidence right there onscreen. But at least it’s over, and Nicole has her baby, which is something most of us have been rooting for since 2009 even though she is really trying my damn patience these days, and Chloe can head off to New York for a bit and then come back and be treated like an actual human being by other Salemites.

ISAARP

Posted June 21, 2017 by mykleraus
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“Um, John? How did we wind up on Gilligan’s Island?”

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The ending of the Island of Misfit Young Lovers was so hilariously rushed that they might as well have had Ron Carlivati pop up onscreen and tell us, “I really do not want to deal with this any more than you guys do, okay? So just pretend something exciting happened to get them back to Salem.” I mean, that’s essentially what’s John explanation was, anyway: “Uh, we were flying around these islands and we saw dense cover, so we decided to check it out and you dopes were so busy talking about your love lives that you didn’t even notice a jet flying overhead or landing, so here we are!” Couldn’t he at least have said they saw the flare that was shot off last night and had finally narrowed its location down to this island? Good grief.

I still can’t get over the fact that there have apparently been all sorts of law enforcement officials looking for these people — and the plane they crashed — for days, and these two 60-somethings were just flying around and happened to find them. Then again, half the people trapped on the island were law enforcement, and they were too stupid to even ration their food supply, so maybe it’s best we all rely on the veteran agents here.

I’d be curious to know how this was actually supposed to end and what was cut. Not curious enough to watch it play out, but you know, I’d read a short summary or something.

What Happened in Salem: Week of June 12th

Posted June 19, 2017 by mykleraus
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Another week of terrible decision-making and self-righteous ranting from various Salemites…

On the island, everyone continued to fret over their romantic foibles while not worrying too much about the fact that they all might die on a deserted island. Chad and Gabi decided that they want to be together. Lani confided in Eli about the lack of progress in her relationship with JJ, whom she started dating after their drunken fling caused his old girlfriend to dump him. In a throwback to the Passions school of medicine, Sonny somehow managed to talk Paul out of Jungle Madness with his love.

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

Time to Face the Past

Posted June 16, 2017 by mykleraus
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This week, we were reintroduced to Anjelica Deveraux — mother of Justin’s oldest son, Jack’s former stepmother, and the person currently out to steal the Spectator. And while I always appreciate a bunch of historical references, I confess that I was a little distracted, for two reasons. The first is that of course her office in New York City is that godforsaken blue room, and the other is, uh…

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I literally cannot tell if this woman is supposed to be 42 or 75.

Look, I make it a rule not to talk about the actors’ physical appearances, aside from styling. Wardrobe, hair, and makeup are all elective, so they’re fair game, but I think it crosses a line to harp on people’s bodies. But then I’m like… isn’t this styling? Because that ain’t the face she was born with. I know that there’s an insane amount of pressure upon people, especially women, in Hollywood not to commit the heinous sin of actually aging, but I kept being pulled out of the scenes by the fact that it looked like she was struggling to speak through an extra layer of stuff glued over her actual face. And that blazer, which is definitely fair game.

As for Anjelica’s reappearance: we’ll see. Seeing her and Steve trade barbs was moderately fun, and Morgan Fairchild can do bitchy very well. I like that they dug into her affection for Jack, too, but this all seems rather random without Alexander in the picture, yeah? Still, it’s something fresh, so let’s see where they go with this. If history is any indicator, it’ll probably just be that same damn room redressed as a hotel, but hey.

Going to the Blue Room and We’re…

Posted June 15, 2017 by mykleraus
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This week, Kate Roberts joined an, um, elite group of Salemites.

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Actually, it might just be her and Doug: people who have married both a parent and child. Doug married Addie and then Julie, and Kate — who has already bagged a father and son in bed (Stefano and EJ), possibly twice if we grant her and Eduardo some offscreen sex — has now married both Stefano and Andre. And if there’s anyone who deserves to be married to a two-time serial killer, it’s certainly Kate. Congrats?

This marriage is beyond contrived, though. The board of DiMera Enterprises, which was happy to have international supervillain Stefano DiMera as its head for years, cannot possibly abide “mentally unstable” Andre as CEO, and they’re ready to disband the entire company one day after its current CEO has been announced as missing. Meanwhile, Kate — who has been the CEO of said company previously — cannot possibly be trusted to do the job unless she has a piece of paper saying that she’s married to a DiMera, because, uh, reasons?

Whatever. At least it gave us this, which is potentially the most insane wedding ensemble in Salem history.

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I still don’t get why it was any skin off this judge’s back whether this was a “legitimate” marriage or not. It isn’t like they’re trying to defraud the government. Let these two old psychopaths get married and be out of the dating pool.

Technical note: what’s with all the references to and jokes about how many times Kate has been married? I count four (Curtis, Victor, Roman, and Stefano), which is a lot for a normal person but pretty standard, even low, for someone in Salem. She hasn’t even had that many botched wedding attempts. I expect better barbs from a salty queen like Andre.

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And then you had Abe and Hope receiving the major shock of seeing their son and granddaughter, respectively, doing the deed in a video. Which is, of course, upsetting, and as a (grand)parent, I would’ve wanted to talk to them about it, too. I could’ve done with a little more acknowledgement of the gray area that it isn’t some morally reprehensible act to film sex, provided everyone involved is consenting, but that there could be unintended consequences. However, this is Salem, and it’s only positive if it’s MAKING LOVE to the strains of an affordable, breathy ballad and happens in a montage of sheets and bare legs, so no real surprise there.

Also, will someone please bring up the fact that this is a horrible sex tape, filmed through the leaves of a hotel plant and with the camera angled in such a way that it’s really just a makeout tape? If Jade is gonna make a career out of violating people’s privacy like this, let’s get her in touch with whomever filmed that multiple-angle, wide-lens, clear-as-day video Kristen made of her assault on Eric.

Actress Returning

Posted June 12, 2017 by mykleraus
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There have been rumors about this one for a while, but it was confirmed this morning. News — and a bit of mystery — behind the cut…

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What Happened in Salem: Week of June 5th

Posted June 9, 2017 by mykleraus
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Preemptions meant there were only three episodes this week, but the Salemites did their best to cram in a full week of lunacy…

Panic over the missing plane spread through Salem. John was called away on another mission by the ISA, who have apparently done such a poor job of recruiting over the last few decades that they’re in desperate need of AARP-eligible agents to handle their cases, but he and Marlena decided to go in search of the plane instead. Justin and Adrienne, as a lawyer and a newspaper publisher unqualified in any way to participate in this rescue mission, wanted to get in on the action, too.

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