Foolproof and Fancy Free

Posted September 21, 2018 by mykleraus
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Stop what you’re doing! I found some exclusive footage of Gabi’s plot to exact revenge on Abigail:

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Seriously, what is this plan? If she can simply convince Chad that Abigail’s alters are back, then he’ll have her tossed into an institution, where they will obviously keep her forever without reevaluating things, and then Chad will keep Thomas and this new baby, which he will then learn is actually his and be so elated that he will “fall into Gabi’s bed” (presumably a euphemism, since Gabi, like 80% of Salem residents, does not actually have a bed) and absolutely not feel even closer to his mentally ill wife. See? It can’t possibly go wrong!

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You know it’s bad when even Kate Roberts is like, “Um, sis, I’m sensing a few holes in this one.” Although it might’ve been kind of Kate, when questioning the wisdom of Gabi trying to get with a man while his wife’s in a mental institution, to mention her own experience trying to get with a man while his wife was in a mental institution. Come to think of it, Gabi has a kid with Will, so even she should know this backstory about Bill Horton and Lucas.

I’m with Sheila on this one.

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Sheila, who continues to be the improbable breakout star of all this foolishness. Did I shudder at the possibility that that was supposed to be some kind of meet-cute between her and Abe? I sure did. Do I want her to continue running around Salem regardless? Absolutely. T-Boz is so natural in this role. Anything that integrates her more deeply with the main characters works for me. Let’s toss her into the mix with the 40-somethings and see what happens. I’d be willing to bet that she could even make Stefan less boring.

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Temporary Recast Coming Up

Posted September 20, 2018 by mykleraus
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Had a feeling something like this was coming, based on some backstage murmurs from last week…

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Hattie Trick

Posted September 19, 2018 by mykleraus
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You really never know when it’ll come in handy to have a wacky, ethically challenged doppelgänger floating around.

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Like, for example, if a hospital is legally required to take you off a ventilator, but luckily your husband, ex-husband, and doctor all conspire to swap in your lookalike while spiriting you away to a special room on an unused floor of the hospital (because, as we know, a big problem all hospitals have is that they are stuck with too much space).

The injection of humor that came with Hattie posing as freshly awake Marlena was a very welcome tonal shift, though, and it’s genuinely a clever, if insane, plan on John’s part. John and Marlena always work best when one is fighting to save the other, never giving up hope, and the fallout from this should be interesting, too. I’m just going to turn a rigged bionic eye to the fact that we currently have three weirdo doubles (Marlena/Hattie, Adrienne/Bonnie, Kristen/Susan) in Salem, plus two others (Hope and Rafe) who’ve had nefarious doppelgängers, and one person with multiple personalities ready to leap out and get into costume at any moment (Abigail). Really getting our money’s worth out of these actors, eh?

Unplugged

Posted September 16, 2018 by mykleraus
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You guys, I’m going to do something unprecedented today. I’m going to talk about Days and not make fun of anything that anyone wore. Or make fun of anything, actually!

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Friday’s episode was excellent. Like, submit-this-thing-for-the-Emmy excellent. This is the kind of story that makes you forget all about the production limitations, because it’s all about people we know and the connections among them and the emotions driving them.

I really, really appreciated that everyone’s goodbyes to Marlena were rooted in actual history. That speech Brady gave, after years of them positioning him as a Kiriakis who kind of knows the Black clan, was so gratifying. For him to acknowledge, finally, that he grew up with Marlena as a mother figure — and not just some lady who was married to his dad — was fantastic. But I think Sami’s goodbye moved me the most.

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It was a stroke of genius calling back to the same lullaby that Marlena sang Sami when she was awaiting execution on Death Row. (Okay, this feels like a prime opportunity to make fun of something, but I’m on such a high from this episode that I’ll let that one go.) And the decades of onscreen history between Alison Sweeney and Deidre Hall were palpable, even with one of them not being conscious in the scene.

While we’re at it, can we get a round of applause for Drake Hogestyn, who has been so fully embodying John’s anguish that it’s kind of uncomfortable to watch?

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More of this, please. Just remember to keep putting people in ugly dresses and stupid hairstyles so I have something to make fun of.

Rope ‘Em

Posted September 13, 2018 by mykleraus
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I don’t know what offends me more about Hope: that she made me feel bad for Rafe, or that she showed up to work dressed as Ronald McDonald.

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But for real: I was sitting there wishing for Rafe to break up with her. That’s how you know it’s bad. I’m pulling for Rafe. I get that she thinks Sami is guilty, and she still harbors some resentment about Rafe’s one-nighter with Sami, but being this petty is not cute. She’s barely even bothered to express any concern for her old pal Marlena. No, no, gotta keep making snotty comments to the husband you’ve kept begging and groveling for months!

While we’re dissecting reasonable and unreasonable behaviors…

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I’ve never been an allegedly reformed serial killer trying to prove to the world that I deserve a second chance, but I feel like I’d be super-conscious of not casually doing things that might appear identical to the method I used to murder three people.

Damn if that bit with Bo’s motorcycle didn’t get me, though.

Dress for Duress

Posted September 13, 2018 by mykleraus
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I don’t know about you, but this is totally what I would put on to go hold vigil over my fiancé’s various critically ill family members.

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Yeah, Eve is the kind of person who wears white — excuse me, ivory — to someone else’s wedding, but did someone mistakenly inform her that Marlena’s ventilator is plugged in at Studio 54?

And I’m Sticking to It

Posted September 12, 2018 by mykleraus
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“Listen, buster. We had a night of passion and my dusty, 50-something uterus totally carried a baby to term!”

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I’m not buying a word of what Bonnie’s selling, but if she keeps doing stuff like wanting the baby’s middle name to be Beyoncé, I’ll at least browse for a while. I love anything that gives Lucas a bit of story, I like that they’re delving back into the Anjelica fiasco (it happened, might as well use it), and watching this fall apart could be entertaining. Plus, I’m dying to understand how Bonnie thinks that Lucas and/or Adrienne could get her off the hook for breaking out of jail and not serving the end of her original murder sentence. BTW, why are Hope, Gabi, Eric, and various others running around town freely, but Bonnie spent over a decade in the slammer for the murder of an abusive husband? Salem justice, man.

At any rate, a weird little caper makes a nice counterpoint to the heavy shit going on over at the hospital.

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Aside from the fact that Belle is in the biggest rush ever to pull the damn plug on her mother, this whole situation with Marlena’s DNR is making for some great TV. It’s a complicated, messy set of circumstances, and it makes sense that Belle, being an attorney, would recognize the legal and ethical obligations of respecting Marlena’s wishes, while the others are having a more emotional response. Drake Hogestyn in particular has been doing some excellent work, the sort of which he rarely gets to do as Aging Action Hero John Black. I’ve always thought he was better at the dad-and-family stuff than he got credit for. Plus, it really tracks with Belle’s history of being a self-centered idiot that her only concern now is “Must fulfill legal requirements! Mother must die!”

I kid, sort of. I do think they’re missing some obvious gray area here — it’s been like two days since the shooting, Marlena was just put on a course of antibiotics, and nothing seems certain yet. I don’t think the point of an Advance Directive is to put a stop to someone’s life the second things take a turn for the worse, but hey, I’m no lawyer who got my degree from Semester at Sea or whatever.

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Will has at least managed to restrain himself from dumping Paul while he’s still in his hospital bed, so that’s something. I don’t know why they had him on the verge of doing it the other day (another situation in which waiting a day or two would’ve been quite sensible), but the complications here are playing out a little better than I expected they might. All the subtle stuff, like Will wanting to be there to support Paul but giving him a kiss on the head rather than on the lips, feels like the real stuff you’d have to navigate in this insane scenario.

Quick final note: anyone else notice that weird scene between Kayla and Roman at the top of Monday’s show?

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The way it was shot reminded me of some of the production changes that came (and went) with Josh Griffith’s brief reign in 2015-16. What probably actually happened was that they had to film a scene to insert, way after the rest of the episode was shot, to address Steve’s arrest because Kayla was going to be bopping around doing doctor stuff for the remainder of the episode. (I also noticed that she told Jennifer on Tuesday that Steve had been called out of town on business, which played all right as her lying/covering up but might’ve just been the original plan to address his absence.) The way it was shot up against that wall, the lighting being a little more primetime-looking… it was like a 60-second leap into a different show.