What Happened in Salem: Week of July 20th

Posted July 27, 2015 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television

If you’re into jarring transitions and repetitive conversations, have I got a show for you…

Abigail told Will that, if her baby turns out to be Chad’s, she will simply slip away from Salem until it is born and she can give it up for adoption, which means we’re probably in for months of her hiding out in “Ireland,” which looks exactly like the location of one of the benches in Salem except with paper shamrocks hanging from the fake trees. Stefano tried to convince Chad that he must reunite with Abigail, and he tried to sway him by relaying the story of how Chad’s half-brother found true love with his rape victim who later shot him in the head, and for some reason, this made sense to Chad — but, unfortunately, Abigail shot down his efforts at an apology for his earlier behavior.

Read the full recap to see What Happened in Salem last week!

Happy 212th Birthday, Salem!

Posted July 24, 2015 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television

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Everyone caught this very subtle moment at the end of the other day’s episode, yeah?

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As astute friend-of-the-blog RealWillMoore pointed out, maybe someone should let Kayla know — before she gets too deep into her planning for this grand event — that Salem already celebrated this event… 12 years ago.


Look at that sign in the background! “SALEM 200,” it says! And this was before that weird period where everyone in Salem was obsessed with race cars, so it actually does refer to a celebration of the town’s 200th birthday. Those blurry figures are Rex and Mimi, who got together in 2003, and this predates the Salem Serial Killer story, meaning that Dena Higley — the incoming co-head writer who is using this event as the centerpiece of the show’s 50th anniversary festivities — already wrote this event during her first tenure as head writer.

I’ll give Kayla a bit of a pass, since she wasn’t in Salem at the time, but you’d think Hope’s dumb ass would remember that she already attended this very event. Then again, she was very occupied at the time with selling her and her husband’s boat so they could buy an SUV and become bounty hunters, sooooo… maybe not.

All Up In Your Business

Posted July 23, 2015 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television

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You know what always gets me in an amorous mood? Two senior citizens grilling my maybe-partner and me about the status of our relationship and then forcing us to kiss in a photograph!

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How fucked-up of Julie and Doug was that?! I expect it out of her, but then Doug just went along with it like this was perfectly normal behavior, and neither John nor Marlena flung their bowls of clam chowder at them and told them to cram it.

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“The rumors were flying!” “We were getting so many voicemails!” Who has even seen John and Marlena together long enough to figure out whether they’re officially reunited, let alone notify a pair of globetrotting loons like these two? I’m so sure that Maxine was like, “I’d better let Julie Williams know that John went an entire 43-second scene without telling Marlena she’d betrayed him!” I can’t make up my mind as to whether these were rewritten or newly inserted scenes. They definitely didn’t feel organic to any particular story — and neither did this pairing of couples — but it could’ve just been the outgoing regime’s way of plugging in some scenes to fill Hogestyn and Hall’s contract guarantees while making up for the way they’ve completely fumbled their reunion.

Speaking of fucked-up…

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You don’t even have to be as big a perv as me to have read those JJ/Kyle scenes in a, er, different way than I think the show intended. Kyle’s all, “Turn around,” and then gets to frisking JJ. Kyle sinks out of frame, we cut to another scene, and then we come back and JJ is all, “Satisfied? I do admire how thorough you are!” Not to be gross, but there’s a show I’d consider watching.

Dressed For Duress

Posted July 23, 2015 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television


I’ve come to the conclusion that I actually really like this print, and Lauren Koslow is rocking it…

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…but paired with that necklace made out of a bunch of decorative rocks I have in a bowl in my guest bedroom, it’s way too much. Is she trying to make sure Justin has a seizure so she can take back control of Mad World, or what?

At least, for once, she isn’t the one dressed as a Disney character.

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Though I don’t think Minnie Mouse has ever been one of Kate’s sartorial inspirations.

What TV Shows Do Salemites Watch?

Posted July 22, 2015 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television

I just contributed a piece to Soaphub.com on the very important issue of our modern era referenced in this post’s headline:

It isn’t too often that our favorite (or not-so-favorite) Salemites take a break from their busy schedules of bed-hopping, scheming, being presumed dead, and walking around the Town Square to kick back and relax — but if they did, what might their preferred forms of entertainment be? Here, we take a look at the television shows that some prominent Salem residents might enjoy watching… if any of their homes had televisions, that is.

For insights on Kate, Stefano, Nicole, and more, you can read the full article here!

What Happened in Salem: Week of July 13th

Posted July 18, 2015 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television

As Abigail received some troubling test results…

Stefano told Chad that the reason he’s so eager to see his son back with Abigail is because Abigail is about to inherit a very valuable piece of land in Ireland from her dying former nanny, which is one of two things: a cover story so stupid that Chad must have a brain tumor for real if he buys it; an actual story so stupid that the writers must have brain tumors if they expect the viewers to buy it.

Check out the entire recap to find out What Happened in Salem this week!

To Hoard and to Hold

Posted July 16, 2015 by mykleraus
Categories: Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera, Television


Can someone explain to me where Nicole got so much (neatly labeled) shit?!

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As far as I can tell, since she came back in 2008, she went from the Kiriakis mansion to the DiMera mansion to a hotel to Jennifer’s to St. Luke’s to another hotel to Daniel’s to God knows where and now back to Daniel’s. Two things: 1) it frightens me that I can rattle that off from memory; 2) at no time has she had a normal, semi-permanent residence of her own. Also, someone at MyHourglass pointed out that the last time she moved out of Daniel’s apartment, she had one suitcase and made a point of saying that she “travels light.” So where did all this crap come from? Has it been in storage for 8 years?

Meanwhile, Hope’s new hobby seems to be crawling around the floors of other people’s apartments and finding things (engagement rings; pregnancy tests that fell out of the garbage), and then her boyfriend threw her a party to celebrate the anniversary of the time they were forced to hang out in a storage closet all night, so please send her your prayers.


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