Career Day

Posted September 2, 2015 by mykleraus
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Well, Tuesday’s episode was certainly subtle. (JK — this is Salem!)

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Nothing screams “transition episode” like everyone in town randomly deciding to switch career and/or life paths in the span of an hour. That said, I’m not mad at it. We need some fresh energy and new dynamics. Theresa has been stuck in this awful cycle of stupid schemes to get her hooks into Brady for months now, so to hear her profess an actual ambition was nice, even if it came out of absolutely nowhere. Abe sat Justin down to be like, “Hey, wanna be the DA?” and Justin was like, “Sure!” Nicole quitting her reporting job was less abrupt — I mean, as far as these things go — and that angle has never worked for me, so sayonara, Unnamed TV News Outlet! I was a little thrown when she made that comment about never having been happier than when she ran Titan… When the hell was that? When she had her husband “killed” for a few months? Kate’s side of things worked best for me, though I almost wish more had been made of her dumping Clyde. She alluded to having been with “losers,” but I wanted her to call out Curtis Reed by name and really acknowledge that she’d been duped again by the same sort of guy. It’ll be interesting to see how they cram these pieces into place, presumably to get Kate, Nicole, and Theresa all working together at Basic Black, but, um…

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I’m not confident that any of these women should be in charge of dressing themselves, let alone running a business that tells other people how to dress. Is there really a space in the market for that strange Venn diagram of streetwalker, Mad Hatter, and Paula Poundstone?

Speaking of Kate and Theresa’s outfits yesterday, I guess it was Floral Print Day:

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Jennifer and Eve still haven’t learned not to walk through crowded public places with their eyes fixed completely on the ground. I guess that, no matter who’s writing or who owns which corporation, some things will never change.

(Please see me not mentioning Daniel’s goatee, BTW…)

A New Days Has Come

Posted August 29, 2015 by mykleraus
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It’s safe to say we are in a new era of Days of Our Lives now.

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Serena is dead, and not a minute too soon — and not just because I’ve completely run out of elephant puns. Melissa Archer was completely wasted, which was very evident in her scenes with Billy Flynn (Chad). She had the potential to play a really fascinating, gray character, an equal to Sami and Nicole, but the writing just wasn’t there. But I have to say, I really appreciate that the new writers are using her exit to create story. It’s so much more interesting to have been thrown that curveball of Serena/Chad and then have it spiral off into an event that will generate drama for people we know and love (and also Clyde), rather than just having her leave town. There’s no way on Earth that Chad actually killed her, but the setup for this is compelling, and it could be a real shot in the arm for the show.

Xander’s exit wasn’t nearly as well done or even logical, and I hate that Theresa gets away with sending someone to prison for attempted rape (there’s something very icky to me about shows depicting a woman lying about sexual assault when so many women who have suffered it have to fight just to be believed), but at least he’s gone. I do believe both Paul Telfer and the character could have done much, much more than they did, but I’m okay with them just letting this one go.

And then — and then!

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Steve! That death glare Kayla shot him was too perfect. I want him to have to work to win her back, which will be a nice flip on their 2006 return, when Kayla was chasing after him and he didn’t remember being Steve and kept pushing her away (which I suppose was an echo of their original story). I fully expected his appearance to be the end of the episode, since I’d seen the promo for the week, but that surprise shot of Bo at the end was really too good not to be a Friday cliffhanger.

And in case you missed that incredibly subtle (I think that’s the word for it) conversation between Kayla and Caroline, Joey is 16 now.

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We only saw him for about five seconds, but he’s a cutie, and he gave off the air of disgruntled teenager perfectly. I’m optimistic that we’ll have another Casey Moss/JJ on our hands here. Though it struck me as a little odd how Kayla was like, “BTW, I haven’t heard from my 16-year-old son in a week, and I’m just now finding that disturbing and wondering if I should call his school.” Ummmm.

What Happened in Salem: Week of August 24th

Posted August 29, 2015 by mykleraus
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It was a big week, as someone in Salem met a grisly end, and other faces were seen for the first time in a long while…

In the grand tradition of every person who gets involved with half of a supercouple, Aiden had secret communications with a mysterious boss, and it became clear that his mission in Salem has been to win Hope over. He took her out for a romantic evening and proposed. At the same time, Caroline told Victor about a nightmare she’d had that involved Bo being held captive. Somewhere in a dark, dirty room, Bo laid on a floor, looking very injured…

Read the full recap to find out What Happened in Salem this week!

50th Anniversary Preview

Posted August 27, 2015 by mykleraus
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People.com just posted an exclusive first look at the Days of Our Lives 50th anniversary celebration. Watch the video at the link, if you’re so inclined (there are lots of spoilers in it), and then come behind the cut for discussion…

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It’s Been a Long Day Without You, My Friend

Posted August 27, 2015 by mykleraus
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What’s with Justin announcing to Adrienne that they got a letter from Sonny, while Will bemoans to Marlena that he hasn’t even heard from his estranged husband yet?

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Will everyone just calm down? Either Sonny slipped that thing under the door before he left town 20 hours ago, or he used Amazon Prime to send them a note saying something like, “At my layover at Newark now. United sucks. P.S. So does Will!”

In semi-related news:

– Justin and Eve. I think I could get into it. If nothing else, it’s a fresh dynamic and a fun diversion. I was a little confused by their scene at first, wondering if they were supposed to know each other (they should know each other), but then he called her by name. Let’s see where this goes.

– Didn’t Victor tell Adrienne, like, yesterday — the same day Sonny left town! — that she could stay in the mansion but was in no way allowed to bring Lucas there? And then she turns right around and hangs out in the living room with him. What if there had been a staged attempted rape in progress?! This is one situation in which meeting in the park would actually make sense, so of course they didn’t.

– Lucas’s new buzzcut:

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I dig it, I think. His hair had actually been looking pretty cute lately, but I don’t mind this. (Apologies to Bryan Dattilo for the screencap — since they pulled Days off Hulu, I’ve had to use the NBC.com player, and it’s horrible, and I didn’t have the emotional strength to try and replay the scene to get a better one.)

At Least It Wasn’t the Blue Room

Posted August 26, 2015 by mykleraus
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I know I was raving about the improved lighting very recently, and there’s certainly a better sense of mood noticeable in the past week. But this same issue stuck out to me in Abigail’s office last week, and it was glaring (literally) in Hope’s office yesterday…

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These offices only have interior windows, right?

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If so, it sure is brave of these ladies to keep their blinds cracked, considering they seem to work across the hall from the surface of the sun.

Objection!

Posted August 25, 2015 by mykleraus
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Nicole Walker: WE NEED TO TALK.

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What are you wearing?! There are many, many situations and venues for which this dress is not okay. Among those:

  • Daytime
  • Court appearances
  • Any job other than appearing on a Real Housewives reunion special

I am truly speechless that she’s marching around town like this. I don’t know if I have the stomach to see what kind of Frederick’s of Hollywood nightmare she shows up to her wedding in.

I know there are rewrites and story shifts afoot, but boy, was that lawsuit thing abrupt and hurried. “I’m suing you, and you have to be in court in one hour!” [one commercial break passes] “Man, that hearing was rough!” If the police didn’t even have enough evidence to pursue charges, how did Nicole have such an airtight case that the judge awarded her hundreds of thousands of damages in the time it took me to make a sandwich?

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Then again, maybe he just wanted to do his part to keep her off the street corner.


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