(…because it’s made of cardboard and we don’t have any money to repair the sets!)
Last Thursday’s episode sure felt like a series finale, didn’t it? Which was doubly weird because I was watching the actual finale week of All My Children, and I kept having these momentary panic attacks of “OMG, I’m so sad my show is ending!” until I remembered that Days is not, in fact, ending.
Anyway, there was a serious mass exodus from Salem last week. The most miraculous, of course, is that this little trashbag finally hit the road:
The phrase good fucking riddance cannot do justice to how relieved I am to have Taylor gone. Down to her final scene, I don’t think anyone at that show had a damn clue what to do with this character. And it’s a shame, because when they announced they were casting her, I thought it was a fantastic idea. She was established as Nicole’s sister, but the previous actress and her short stint — all of 12 years prior — did little to define Taylor Walker, so she was essentially a blank slate. They blew that as soon as she met EJ and fell in love with him for no reason, and we got to spend months watching Natalia Livingston attempt to remember her lines while looking like she smelled a fart.
There were actually two terrible characters presented during Taylor’s short-but-horrible return engagement: Taylor 2.0 (Livingston), whose main problem was that she had no drive aside from trying not to give in to her feelings for EJ, and Taylor 2.1 (Tamara Braun), who was the world’s biggest, most hypocritical, most self-righteous bitch. The writers seemed to forget that Taylor was “the good sister,” except they kept referencing it in dialogue while she did things like viciously went after her sister’s husband, stalked Sami over a piece of cheap jewelry, and was revealed to have been a prostitute in the past. Braun eventually gave up and just started playing her like Carly from General Hospital. The problem, of course, is that Carly was supposed to be aggressive and unhinged, and Taylor was… you know, I don’t have a clue what anyone was going for here. I seriously think 2011 Taylor Walker might go down as the worst character in the history of Days of Our Lives.
So, like everything else Taylor did, she opted to leave Salem for the Middle East with Quinn (her lover and the man who pimped her out some years ago), Vivian (his deranged, dangerous mother), and Ivan (Vivian’s former man-servant who used his lottery winnings to transform himself into a Bollywood mogul). Okay, sure, whatever.