Shameless Plug for a Good Cause

Posted April 24, 2018 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television


This has nothing to do with Days, but I figure that I have a platform and could stand to occasionally use it for things other than nonsense. On June 3rd, I’m riding in an event called Pedal on the Pier in Santa Monica, CA. Put on by the Harold Robinson Foundation, PotP’s goal is to raise $1 million for the Camp Ubuntu program, benefitting students in marginalized and underserved schools throughout the Southern California area.

At Camp Ubuntu, children get the opportunity to experience nature, play sports, use team-work, learn goal-setting, eat nutritious food and receive mentorship from exceptional counselors and volunteers. These programs are designed to strengthen confidence and independence, build character and develop leadership skills.

In addition to our Camp Ubuntu sleep away camps, the Harold Robinson Foundation brings Camp Ubuntu Watts, a summer day camp, to Markham Middle School. It also provides parenting workshops and other programs that help positively build community.

This video tells you a bit more about the Foundation, Camp Ubuntu, and the students and families that it serves:

If you have even a spare dollar to toss our way, it would be greatly appreciated. My personal donation page is located here:

I’m riding on a team with three friends, and our goal is to raise $10,000 in total. All donors are welcome to make suggestions for ridiculous costuming I should wear whilst on the bike for hours and hours in public. And if you’d like, you can imagine it’s to benefit the Lexie Carver Foundation For Patients Prematurely Declared Dead So Their Organs Got Harvested.

Thank you!


Monday Bloody Monday

Posted April 24, 2018 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television


Pop quiz. Say you find your wife, who has been acting real weird of late, in bed with your devious half-brother. Do you:

a) Listen to said wife, who is telling you that she wants to be with your brother and not you, and try to get her to explain herself.
b) Ask your wife WHY IN THE NAME OF GOD she has put on a black wig for sex and for possible framing of her “best friend” (or at least how she managed to keep it from falling off during the aforementioned sex).
c) Beat your brother within inches of his life, accusing him of having “done something” to your wife, despite her continued insistence that this was what she wanted.

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If you’re Chad, this is a no-brainer: c! Obviously women have no agency, and any time they do anything you don’t like, it’s because someone else made them. (I mean, yes, she is mentally ill and Stefan manipulated that in order to rape her, but Chad doesn’t know any of this. Also, shouldn’t the wig bother him a little more than it appeared to, which was like… not at all?!)

Meanwhile, there was also a tragic explosion of ketchup packets in the Multi-purpose Room [purposes: glowering at people; being stopped every time you try to get to the payphone; savage beatings] at Statesville.

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I’m sorry, but was this broad performing open-heart surgery on Gabi? Good grief with that Fist o’ Blood. Tying her back to Raines was kind of clever, though, and the other inmates being bitter that Gabi got off so easy for killing Nick at least made sense. It’s basically a given that if you’re a “good” Salemite who winds up in prison, the bad, low-class inmates who have nothing better to do will torture you anyway, so at least this was motivated.

I’m still a little shocked at how brutal both Gabi and Stefan’s pummelings were, but I suppose it’s a good thing that they both made me squirm and cringe. Too often, things on this show don’t feel visceral enough.

As for me, I’m just Vivian back here, browsing through and frowning at the Abigail’s Alters spring collection.

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Tossing these three into captivity together was a stroke of genius. Not only was it a smart way to have a sort of Greek chorus piecing together the various elements of this storyline just as characters on the outside figured things out, but it’s been hilarious. I vote that any big story from now on requires a series of twists that land Marlena, Kate, and Vivian in contained quarters together. Who’s with me?

The Face of Salem

Posted April 23, 2018 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television

Some (many, normal) people count things like sheep when they’re lying in bed, desperately attempting to fall asleep. I, on the other hand, tend to play weird little mind games related to Days, probably because two decades of watching and thinking about this show have completely rotted my brain and turned me into the sort of person who would put on a suit simply to sit in my living room and bicker with my unwanted houseguests about my love life.

Anyway, one thing I recently got to thinking about was: Who in the hell hasn’t ever been recast on this show? I started building a list of characters who have only been portrayed by one actor, ever. Probably unsurprisingly, it’s not that long.


Some caveats: I disqualified characters who, even if they only have one notable portrayer, have any other performer credited with playing the role onscreen. This knocks out some seeming shoo-ins — John Black is Drake Hogestyn, for example, but Robert Poynton played the bandaged “Pawn,” a.k.a. John, when he first appeared. Stefano DiMera was briefly recast with Frank Fata for two episodes in the early 1990s (though I believe his face was never seen). Shane Donovan would’ve qualified if not for that insane caper in Prague in which it turned out that Joseph Mascolo’s final scenes were not as Stefano, but as Shane disguised as Stefano. Of course, any character born on the show or depicted in childhood (or flashbacks!) doesn’t count. And I’m not including short-term characters, ones who only lasted for a single contract cycle, and that sort of thing.

Here’s what I’ve got…

  • Tom Horton
  • Alice Horton
  • Doug Williams
  • Maggie Horton Kiriakis
  • Marlena Evans
  • Tony DiMera
  • André DiMera
  • Victor Kiriakis
  • Justin Kiriakis
  • Lucas Horton
  • Kristen Blake DiMera
  • Nicole Walker
  • Chloe Lane
  • Rafe Hernandez (ugh)
  • Daniel Jonas (ugh)
  • Sonny Kiriakis (He was born offscreen, so Freddie Smith is actually his first portrayer!)

Anyone I’ve missed? Any suggestions for better ways to spend my time?

Hair Today… Probably Still Here Tomorrow

Posted April 19, 2018 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television

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Did anyone else burst out laughing when Gabi showed up onscreen today looking like a *spends one night in prison* meme?

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I mean, I know she’s been before and thus must have an in with the hairdresser (which, as I’ve learned from Orange is the New Black, is important), but talk about commitment. And I’m disappointed we didn’t get to find out who her cellmate is: the real Princess Gina, Tony DiMera, the doppelgänger whose body got switched with Maggie’s when she got dragged to Melaswen, a member of En Vogue… since as we know, 85% of Statesville’s population are just lookalikes of people currently living in Salem or 90s R&B stars.

I will say that the DID story continues to become more engaging to me the more people take an active role in it. Vivian and Kate’s involvement in Thursday’s episode was genuinely interesting to me.

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People — Dr. Laura, Marlena, Vivian — are acknowledging that Stefan is a nut, and it’s been spoken aloud that what he’s doing with “Gabby” is sexual assault. Interestingly, there was a piece on Yahoo! News today about this. One thing it fails to mention is that if Stefan is played solely as a villain, and what he’s doing to Abigail is eventually regarded as simple villainy, then the show hasn’t necessarily done anything “wrong.” Is it in good taste, especially in our current climate? Probably not. But depicting someone as a victim of a manipulative and/or malicious individual is common in television and film, and it isn’t as if we condemn any piece of entertainment that features a villain. The problem — and I am so sick of writing about this, but it’s so much of the show these days that it’s tough to avoid it — is if (when, let’s be real) they try to backtrack and let him off the hook because “Abigail secretly wanted it” or “he didn’t know better” or “he’s sort of sorry.” Nope!

Anyway, if he’s locking Vivian in that room with Marlena, at least I’m all but guaranteed some scenes that will make me cackle and not give me an icky feeling, so there’s that.

Soup Opera

Posted April 19, 2018 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television


I have a theory. Bear with me here: what if all the footage that was shot for this week got mixed up, and the editors just stitched it together in random order? Because people are just bopping around town, going from this place to that, and some of the interactions are interesting, but it’s like there’s zero sense of momentum or cause-and-effect.

Or maybe my brain just shorted out after hearing the phrase “The New Face of Bella” one (thousand) too many times.

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I’ll take the drink, Vivian! Over here!

There’s just an odd lack of connectivity. Gabi gets convicted of murder and people chat about it offhand, days later, like she got picked up for shoplifting. You’d think Sonny or Will would at least seem a little more concerned about this poor child they’re allegedly going to have to raise. Vivian flits around being a bitch to everyone, and it’s funny, but why is she doing any of this if she has already “secured the DiMera empire” or whatever the point of this Stefan crap is?

Wyatt being bonked in the head by a flying off-brand cell phone is a pretty good representation of how I feel right now.

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I actually did perk up at that little twist of the surprise flashback between him and Claire. Didn’t see that coming at all. I am, however, not looking forward to Ciara lording this over Claire for the next 200 years once the truth about rigging the contest comes out.

I remain intrigued by this Chloe situation, although it’s pretty goofy that her reason for turning down the offer has anything to do with Lucas — an ex-husband she’s barely begun to start over with — and not, oh, the desire to have some stability for herself (and her son!) after years of darting all over the globe like a nut, or genuine trepidation about placing herself in the debt of some mystery individual who wants to lock her down in that hotspot of the opera industry, Mexico.

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Cute green blouse, though! I’ll take what I can get.

Inside Voices

Posted April 17, 2018 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television


I’ve just caught up on the end of last week and Monday because I’ve been at Coachella (you guys, I really think this Beyoncé has a bright future ahead of her!), and there are two things driving me insane.

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First of all, do both the DiMera and Kiriakis mansions have sound-proofed foyers? It’s bonkers to me how people will be in the living room, and someone will march in through the double doors (in either mansion) and say something like, “Henderson let me in” or “The door was unlocked.” I can currently hear my dog snoring across the apartment, but these people can’t hear a door opening 20 feet away? Are all these visitors sending Henderson and Harold texts to announce their presence, rather than ringing the doorbell? I don’t know why, on a show loaded with so much implausible lunacy, that this is the thing I can’t suspend disbelief for, but here we are.


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What in the– how was– has Theo become fluent in sign language while in South Africa, or was he holding up signs like that dude in Love Actually, or what? Because their Skype session seemed to consist of Claire ranting and raving aloud in response to a series of completely silent responses.

Okay. Complaints over. (Just kidding. Tuesday’s episode is on in a few hours, so I’ll surely have a slew of fresh and rehashed issues to gripe about in no time at all!)

Supporting Character Returning?

Posted April 12, 2018 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television

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I mean… sure.

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