This week’s happenings in the “Carly Turns to Pills!!!” story have been pretty stellar, no joke. These were clearly the scenes that the writing staff envisioned when they set this story in motion. It’s unfortunate that they forgot to write any kind of middle whatsoever, so that instead of this being the culmination of Carly ruining her life by screwing up at work and attempting to cover it up, all the while endangering her relationships, it’s instead the culmination of a woman walking around sweating and talking to herself for three months. That said, at least we got some great performances and surprisingly strong writing out of the climax.
Jennifer found Carly passed out in her hotel room and hauled her into the shower, even cramming soap into her mouth to induce vomiting. Afterward, she blasted Carly for being a drug addict. Both Crystal Chappell and Melissa Reeves tore into these scenes, and I was surprised at how ugly and harsh the show let both of them be. Really great stuff, made all the better because I totally did not expect anything in this story to do anything but make me snicker. This actually resembled what might happen if you found out a close friend was a drug addict who’d been lying to you for weeks.
Of course, Vivian had previously snuck into Carly’s room in a “clever” maid’s outfit — I’m not sure how she found time to put it together, what with her busy schedule of skulking around town and using her supersonic hearing to eavesdrop on people across crowded restaurants — and took a photo of her passed out. She then put the photo online for everyone to see.
This is where things start to come apart a bit. First of all, no one had the thought of, “Hmm, who hates Carly with every fiber of her being and might have set this up?” I mean, sure, it looks incriminating, but it doesn’t actually show anything other than a woman passed out and some pills scattered around her. No one even considered the fact that Vivian Alamain might’ve set this up or Photoshopped it?
Meanwhile, Daniel and Melanie raced to Carly’s room, where she came clean about her addiction. I particularly enjoyed when you could see Jennifer being all, “Wait, this is Days of Our Lives. Shouldn’t we be talking about a love triangle?!” Thus, she derailed everything to get Carly to admit to having feelings for Daniel, and when Carly went into the bathroom to clean herself up, she put on her dress and escaped through the window.
And then Daniel, Jennifer, and Melanie ran all over town trying to find her… unsuccessfully. You guys, there are only like six places she could have gone, and the pier is two of them! Where did they look for her, Victor’s foyer?! Sure enough, she was at the pier, and Vivian was smart enough to track her down and twist the knife some more. Hence, she went scrambling to find some beer in a dumpster and chugged the hell out of it. If T needs a new bro to play beer pong at Salem U this year, now that he and Will are on the outs, he might want to look up Carly Manning, because this woman can throw ’em back!
Of course, as soon as she slammed the beers down, Carly passed out again. I think Dena Higley is trying to set a world record for Most Consecutive Episodes Ending With Carly on the Floor…