School is for Fools

I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about how unexpectedly kick-ass the opening of St. Luke’s Academy was.

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First of all, look at how many characters they got there. More people attended this thing  than any (non-Gabi/Nick) wedding in the past five years. Who knew? At this rate, the next Big Gay Beer Pong Tournament will have to be held in that school. They already have the rainbow decor in place!

Last Friday’s episode was basically just a bunch of characters slapped into a single setting, left to do their own thing. And it was terrific. The canvas is so rich right now, and this was such a showcase of that. Stick two characters in a frame together, and there’s a strong chance some interesting interaction will emerge.

And then you had Sami, doing her usual Sami thing by crowing victoriously about how the bad times are behind her and EJ and everything has worked out and HAVE YOU EVER MET ANYONE IN THIS TOWN EVER?

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You never, ever, ever gloat about how well things have worked out. That is basically like inviting Stefano into your armoire. It’s not going to end well. At the same time, we had Adrienne wrestling with herself and finally deciding that the only thing she could do was turn over the video to the D.A. — but not before guaranteeing immunity for Sonny.

I just can’t say enough good things about how deliciously intertwined this all is, or how they pulled a fakeout by setting up the Kristen/Eric video to come out at the school opening and then having Sami get arrested instead.

Of course, Sami couldn’t just be cuffed and led off. Oh no.

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She had to step into the middle of the circle of spectators and deliver some ridiculous Evita-esque address about how this shouldn’t reflect on Eric and blah blah. (Kudos to Nicole for the “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina” joke, by the way. I knew I liked you for a reason.) Woman, you just got arrested for murder for the second time in like two weeks. Just bow your head and go into hiding, okay?

I love how Brady’s standing behind her in that screenshot like, “Is she kidding with this?” No, Brady. She’s never kidding.

But seriously. Such a strong event, and such a testament to how solid the show is right now. There was the drama with Kristen changing her mind about the video, there was Sami’s arrest, there was the hilarity of Ciara asking her mother, “When I grow up, can I get married as many times as Sami?” I’m worried that, if this keeps up, I’m going to run out of things to make fun of!

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3 Comments on “School is for Fools”

  1. Dan Says:

    The whole school dedication was well done. It was nice to see this event play out after all the little plotting that happened between Eric’s return and the ceremony.

    I thought it was bit much for one of the backers to pull out because of Sami. Did they see the picture being taken of the big donors? That was like a who’s who of Salem’s most notorious citizens. I think that was an interesting beat to play, but not really true to the story.

    Caroline’s reaction to Ciara’s comment was classic. I would love for Hope to call Bo and tell him, in his absence, that Ciara has taken Kristen and Sami on as role models. If that didn’t get him back to Salem, I think Hope would be entitled to divorce him.

    It’s nice to have a nice cohesive show even when there are story elements I don’t like. It’s nice to see OTT stories presented with realistic reactions rather than normal stories with OTT reactions (re: MarDar).

    • mykleraus Says:

      Agreed about the donor pulling out. I mean, you can’t donate to a school because the priest who helped found it has a sister who’s being charged with murder… but you were fine supporting the school even though THE PRIEST’S MOTHER WAS POSSESSED BY SATAN?

      That’s basically how I feel about the show. There’s plenty that doesn’t quite work, but they’re elements and pieces of a larger whole that really does.

  2. mark horst Says:

    wow sami brady looks like she would get gassy in a spin class and pass some very smelly gas.

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