Archive for July 2014

She’s Ba-ack!

July 30, 2014

And what a glorious return — stomping in in those six-inch heels, acting like a loon, smacking Daniel in the face. I caved and read some spoilers, and I was horrified to discover that even Kristen would of course have to be in Daniel’s orbit, but if she just keeps slapping him and having him beaten, she’ll secure a permanent spot atop my Favorite Characters of All-Time list.

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The show has been so good that I haven’t been super-inspired to write any posts, because they would just be lists of things I love: Sami and Anne semi-teaming up; Sami blackmailing Kayla; Marlena having feelings of dread like she’s freaking Celeste; Will getting a fire lit under his ass. It’s been so fun lately. Though I could do without Paige taking up Belle Black’s title of Judgmental Virgin Queen of Salem, and also without Theresa and Eve having a long, vague conversation about Rare Blood Types. Dear someone on the staff: there aren’t that many! Open Wikipedia. I know you already have the entry for “Daniel Jonas” bookmarked so you can keep editing it to include “(Best Man in Salem)” in the title, anyway.


What Happened in Salem: Week of July 21st

July 27, 2014

Sami raged, Jennifer acted like a shrew, and John remained comatose…

Eric learned that, in order to clear his name, he and Nicole will have to go testify in front of a council at the Vatican. In other news, the Vatican announced that it’s planning an immediate renovation in the style of Salem’s famous Blue Room, with some special stained glass hung haphazardly on the wall.

Check out the full recap of What Happened in Salem last week!

I Don’t Want to Get My HOPES Up…

July 24, 2014

…but why is Peter Reckell (Bo) on the monitor in this shot Kate Mansi just posted on Instagram?!

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I don’t think they show random reruns in the studio, right?

WTF Wednesday: The Walker/Mendez Clan

July 23, 2014

Welcome to WTF Wednesday, an occasional new feature in which we’ll spotlight some of the most perplexing and/or ridiculous things in Salem history. In other words: there’s an endless trove of material and I could do this every Wednesday from now until the end of time.

Here’s one that has always driven me insane, and I know the answer is simply “the writers were making it up as they went along,” but still: what in the hell was up with the genetics of Nicole’s family?

We first met blonde, fair-skinned Nicole and her sister, Taylor, both of whom definitely appeared to be Caucasian.



They both went by the last name Walker (well, Taylor’s last name was briefly Raines, but that was never explained and they seemed to forget it, so whatever), which was also the last name of their mother, Fay.


What Happened in Salem: Week of July 14th

July 23, 2014

As Sami continued her rampage of revenge…

Clyde revealed himself to Tammy Sue and Ollie. Jordan was terrified that everyone in Salem would find out she really has 20/20 vision (which would at least be more of a scandal than the truth, which is that she stole money from Clyde and kidnapped Ben to get him out of an abusive household).

Check out the full recap to find out What Happened in Salem last week!

This Girl is on Fire

July 22, 2014

Apologies for the silence here over the past week. I went on a getaway with friends to a remote little town in Maine, where we had no internet — which was amazing, except that I knew it meant I’d have an entire week of Days to catch up on when I got home. Normally this would be a recipe for an extreme psychotic break, but fortune smiled on me in two ways: Thursday’s episode was pre-empted, so I only had four shows to watch, and also, the show is suddenly on fire.

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If the rest of Sami’s story plays like this until Alison Sweeney departs, this will be one of the best exit stories in the history of daytime. Ever since the three ladies dumped Nick’s body in the river, Sami has been more Sami than she’s been since, like, 2006. She’s spiteful and vindictive and insane and it’s clearly coming from a place of deep insecurity and hurt, which was always the real root of Sami’s issues. People are telling her that she’s being nuts, and she’s like, “Yeah, well, I am!” If you had pulled out a crystal ball in 1998 and shown me that this is how Sami in her mid-30s would be, I would have nodded along and said it made perfect sense. Her rampage has been absolutely amazing — and I love how she has a different nickname for Abigail (“the sweetheart of Sigma Chi!”, “Suzy Creamcheese!”) every time she references her — and it’s just so perfect that it makes me giddy.

Meanwhile, we have stuff actually happening with old Tammy Sue, and the attack on John just made this Brady/Theresa thing compelling, and Eve’s presence has made the Deveraux clan so interesting. Can this please last?

What Happened in Salem: Week of July 7th

July 15, 2014

While Hope and Aiden hung out in a broom closet…

With EJ in jail and Stefano avoiding Salem because of a warrant for his arrest, Sami and Kate were successful in their plan to have the DiMera Enterprises board name them co-CEOs, though they probably didn’t have to do so much work, considering this was a room full of people who thought it was a good move to invest in a supervillain’s company. Sami revealed her revenge plot to a devastated EJ, who was trapped in prison. Then, in front of Jennifer, she exposed Abigail as the slutty homewrecker who ruined the perfect love between a rapist and the woman who shot him in the head.

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