The End is Nigh (Please?)

Can I say how much I hate the way they’ve trashed Nicole and Chloe’s friendship in the course of this Triangle From Hell?

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do like the way Nicole has been integrated into this story, given her history with all three participants. But while this has once again made me appreciate Nicole and Arianne Zucker, their friendship was one of the last few redeemable things about Chloe. It made sense to have them at odds, given Nicole’s recent history with Daniel, but Chloe is coming off like such a damn lunatic. The way they’re writing her, I expect her to murder little Johnny and take a dump on Alice Horton’s grave on her way out of Salem.

Also good: the way they used Laura Horton this week.

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“Hey, Mom. Sorry to barge into this redressed corner of the rectory office that the asylum powers-that-be allow you to pretend is your living room in a vague, non-Salem location!”

It was nice to see Jaime Lyn Bauer’s Laura behaving like a normal human being instead of running around town in silk pajamas, accusing people of various crimes and then passing out all over the place. I wouldn’t mind having her in Salem on a recurring basis (maybe to be paired with Roman?), as long as they don’t try and make me believe that a woman who spent fifteen years in a mental institution can go back to being a practicing psychiatrist.

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This regime does such a nice job of keeping past characters alive, even if they aren’t in the regular cast. These little cameos (Laura, Jessica Fallon, Melissa,etc.) go a long way toward making this world three-dimensional. But there’s something hilarious about the way they just plop them into the episodes so unceremoniously. There’s never any build-up. Jessica just kind of walked into the jail and was like, “Hey.” When Jennifer returned to the show, she sort of appeared at Maggie’s kitchen door and had some tea with her. I think the most bizarre was when Sami walked out of the bedroom, picked up the phone, and called… Carrie, who appeared onscreen for a three-scene phone call (even though she wasn’t on the show at the time) to talk to the half-sister she kind of hates about her sex life.

I’m only now getting into Thursday’s episode, and while I do like how Daniel has been smart enough to figure out Chloe and Nancy’s scheme, and while I have a lot of positive things to say about this regime–

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–I’m going to be a bit irritated if the climax of this storyline was Daniel sitting on a bench at the mall while Rafe went and made a two-minute phone call offscreen. Ya know?

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8 Comments on “The End is Nigh (Please?)”

  1. Joanna Says:

    Ooooh. I like Roman and Laura together. They can drop-in at relevant moments a la Doug and Julie. Roman did seem to be making eyes at Marlena, which concerned me. I don’t feel strongly about it, but it seems like John and Marlena should probs be endgame at this point. Well, at least Sami would be happy about her folks rekindling their romance, I guess.

    • mykleraus Says:

      I just get really depressed thinking about poor Roman puttering around Salem, only interacting with his own family when they are involved in criminal investigations (which, luckily, is fairly often).

      I think J&M have to be endgame. I’m not, like, some huge fan of them, but it makes so much sense. And Marlena with this Roman would be… it’s nice to see them as friendly exes, but there is zero spark there.

  2. Jayme Says:

    I thought the whole point of Chloe leaving the show last year was so they could reboot the character after her terrible hooker storyline. But all she’s done so far is replace Nicole in the Jen and Daniel love triangle (zzzzz). I would’ve rather seen more of THAT storyline since Nicole was the most interesting person in it and kept Chloe in Chicago for another year until they figured out who the hell she is. Then again we wouldn’t have been blessed with scenes of Nancy in all her Chico’s glory.

    Speaking of cool moms, I love Laura Horton. I would KILL for some silky pajama/heavy breathing scenes in the town square! What a great time to bring her character back too, especially since Marlena could use some friends to confide in and she has such a history with Kristen.

    Did you see Jaime Lyn Bauer almost eat it when she got up to get more tea?? You can see her lose her balance and then crack up for a split second. She must’ve tripped over the scaffolding they use to keep Jen’s neck up.

    • mykleraus Says:

      This Chloe thing has been such a mess. They’ve somehow made her MORE pathetic than when she let herself be bullied into being a hooker.

      I have to go back and watch for that! That’s amazing. I love how they can’t even do a retake when someone like falls through a wall or something.

  3. Dan Says:

    Curious if your opinions have changed now that the story has reached its conclusion. I felt like it was wrapped up nicely. Some nice Chloe / Daniel scenes post-Brazil babygate, some humorous Chloe / Anne goodbye scene, and a nice resolution to Nicole / Chloe’s frienemies relationship. My feed was interrupted by Boston Marathon news. Where is Chloe going? Rehab? I’m curious what will happen at the end of two months.

    The Chloe / Daniel / Jennifer plot played like a story typical of the Higley era. I liked the idea. There were some really neat relationship beats (Chloe / Abigail, Jennifer / Lucas, Kate / Jennifer, Nancy / everybody, Chloe / Anne). In the end, the story was too narrow in scope. Too much was Daniel / Jennifer or Chloe / Daniel or Jennifer / Chloe. It needed to involve more of the canvas.

    Ultimately, I think the story was suppose to be a story of mothers and children. Hence the return of Laura, which was sort of random in terms of build, but makes sense in a thematic sense. With Daniel / Maggie and Chloe / Nancy scenes, it was nice to see Laura / Jennifer scenes. It would also make sense given Chloe’s nasty comment to Nicole “You’ll never give Daniel a child,” which was such a dark, nasty thing to say. Yet, in terms of the story, it made sense.

    I have to wonder if Tomlin / Whitsell pitched a much more psychologically complex story involving mental illness in either Chloe and/or Abby which would have been more tantalizing. DAYS shies away from truly dark and twisted (hence, Nicole’s baby story being wrapped up within a month). I also sense that they will end up shifting the prison rapist element onto another character and not Vargas.

    I love DAYS, but, as always, it frustrates the hell out of me.

    • mykleraus Says:

      I’m working on a post about her exit, but I do think the last two days did the character a lot of good. (She’s going to some therapy program that Craig pulled strings to get her into.) They had her acknowledge how pathetic and nutty she’s been acting, and how she was putting her own selfish wants above Parker’s needs, and she mended fences with Nicole. So that was all good.

      I still think the story was a big misfire. There were certainly great scenes — especially when Nancy got into it with Jen — but they took Chloe down such a bad path and never delved into the psychology of it besides a few throwaway lines about having been Ghoul Girl fifteen years ago. Chloe came off like Wile E. damn Coyote every time her plot got foiled and she just cooked up a new, equally stupid one.

      You do make good points about the mother / child stuff. Like I said, a lot of the scenes within the story worked well, and while Nadia Bjorlin is no acting powerhouse, she was pretty solid in this role. I don’t mind the idea of Chloe as vixen, but she went so far, so quickly, especially when it was apparent Daniel didn’t want her. At least (and I said this when she left last time) they cleaned things up so the character isn’t ruined for future use.

      • Dan Says:

        Thanks for clarifying Chloe’s exit.

        I’m disappointed with the show, but that’s because I think they are there own worst enemy.

        There were moments in the story where I got Chloe’s motivation, but, unfortunately, I cannot remember any of those moments right now. I think Chloe was determined to reunite her family and wasn’t willing to let anyone call her a bad mother after what had happened with Kate after Phillip and Parker left town.

        I have to wonder if Chloe was suppose to be mentally ill from the moment she returned to town. I wonder if that was Tomsell’s intention. There was that wonderful scene with Kate and Jennifer where Kate suggested Jennifer blames Kate for her childhood. This was a fascinating scenario and Kate was so determined to hold onto Parker. Also, Chloe never revealed Kate had blackmailed her into prostitution. She revealed she had been blackmailed, but she never revealed who it was.

        Now, if this was the case, they really could have given Jaime Lynn Bauer some meat to sink her teeth into as she confronts Kate over ruining another mentally ill woman’s family. Of course, I’d also have John Martin pop up to be COS to oversee all the drama between his women folk.

        This damn show…

      • mykleraus Says:

        I had actually forgotten that Chloe never exposed Kate’s role in the prostitution thing. I did like the way they had Daniel and Jennifer react sensitively to that, though.

        And yes, that Kate/Jennifer scene was fantastic. I want more of THAT stuff. The pieces are right there, but they tend to fixate on the absolute least interesting angle of things!

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