Plus side: the women of Salem are getting some great, meaty material.
Tuesday’s episode in particular featured some pretty fantastic woman-versus-woman showdowns. Kristen and Nicole are pure gold, throwing each other’s past misdeeds back and forth like grenades.
Less golden (aside from the unnatural tone of Chloe’s skin):
I mean, whatever. Stop talking about Daniel for 15 minutes, both of you. No 1 curr.
And then we had this surprising confrontation between this
pair of sisters mother and daughter:
Billie has been so underutilized during this return, and that has never been more evident than in those scenes of her tearfully telling Kate that she can’t keep working with her if she’s going to be so hell-bent on revenge, because it’s taken Billie all these years to learn that the healthiest thing for her is to let go. The conflict made perfect sense: Kate has gotten to where she is because she’s been a fighter, but she’s also messed up her kids’ lives in serious ways with her dirty tactics. If Lisa Rinna has to go, this “come to Jesus” twist with her and Kate is a great way to do it.
Which brings us to…
Down side: These women are being paired up in terrific scenes and stories because there are no damn men.
For over-40 women, we currently have Maggie, Marlena, Kate, Hope, Jennifer, Billie, Kristen, Kayla, and Adrienne. For men, we have… Victor (bonus points for his use of the term “brazen hussy,” btw) and Daniel. John has left town. Roman and Justin are practically invisible. Bo is literally invisible. Stefano has been locked in a poorly decorated room in Germany for six months. Jack is dead, and Steve took his offscreen deadbeat story from two years ago. I forgot Abe existed until I was editing this post. This is a sad state of affairs. Can I get a Mike Horton or a Bill Horton or a Peter Blake or someone with a penis up in here? At this rate, they’re going to be renaming it the DeGeneres Town Square.