So here we are: the first Days AK (After Kristen). And look what they got us — Shane and Kimberly!
Of course, there’s always a weird comedown after a great climax like we got with the Kristen/Brady wedding and its aftermath. I was a little worried to start Monday’s episode, fearing that we’d be back to an hour of Daniel and Jennifer mooning at each other across the nurses’ station while Maggie stood in the background, clapping her hands like an idiot. But so far, so good.
The Brady family intervention for Theresa might not be another “Sex Tape in a Church” scandal, but it’s good, solid Days. I find Theresa interesting, even if I do think she’s been used a little cartoonishly, but anchoring her to a bunch of characters we recognize and know so well really helps. We had Caroline, Kayla, Kimberly, Shane, Hope, and Roman (I was going to complain that he’s the only “impostor,” but the guy has been playing Roman for sixteen years, so…) coming together for troubled Theresa. I loved how they acknowledged what a shitty upbringing Theresa must have had, with Shane jetting all over the world and Kim being such a basketcase — Shane telling Theresa, “Your mother is a very fragile person” was so perfect and also goes a long way toward explaining why Theresa is the way she is. I really hope this marks a turn for the character; she can still be troubled and scheming, but maybe they can tone down the bravado and she can have some actual goals now, too.
The less said about JJ playing that guitar, the better, though.