Archive for September 2014

Better Than the Time She Was Played By a Mop

September 30, 2014

Why, I sure am happy as a kid at Graceland right now, yes I am!

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Susan’s return has been an utter delight. Barring some slight issues with Eileen Davidson’s voice/accent (which — who can blame her? She had to bust out an act she hasn’t done in 16 years and probably nail it all in one take!), I don’t think Susan’s scenes could have been more perfect. They took the trouble to have her interact with everyone she needed to interact with — EJ, Sami, Marlena, Kristen, Stefano, and John — and there were all sorts of wonderful nods to history. Susan even gave Celeste a shootout! And all the stuff with the vampires was so hilarious and spot-on. I do wish we’d gotten to see her interact with little Johnny, but that’s a fairly minor quibble. As goofy as she is, this character brings a real warmth to the show. Kudos to everyone involved.

I was also dying at all the shade Susan threw at Sami. They win Exchange of the Week, hands-down: “Seems like just yesterday you were strapped to an electric chair waitin’ to fry for killin’ someone…” “Actually, it was lethal injection — and I was innocent!”

Honestly, this has made Davidson’s entire return stint worthwhile for me. We needed to see James Scott’s EJ interact with his mother at some point during his run, and this really patched up some of the remaining holes in Elvis’s backstory. (EJ was kind of a dick to her during the first episode, but they sort of made up for that the second day.) We got to see Susan, and Kristen’s no longer a crazed fugitive, so this has served its purpose. If Kristen’s final scene is her picking up an infant and saying something like, “Just wait until I can tell your daddy about you,” I might even forgive the fact that she spent her first two damn weeks with Dr. Jesus.

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Better Luck Next Time

September 30, 2014

Look, Hope: I know it’s been a hot minute since you had to deal with dating —

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— but prattling on about your soon-to-be ex-husband and his mother is maybe not the ideal approach. Maybe there’s a reason every other guy you’ve dabbled with (Larry Welch, Franco Kelly, Patrick Lockhart) has turned into a raving psycho? Do Aiden a favor and shut up about Bo.

Aiden probably could’ve saved himself some time and trouble by just taking her to Chez Rouge, too.

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Then again, if I had to choose between having spaghetti dumped on me in an abandoned Chicago restaurant or taking the risk that Maggie “Big Red” Kiriakis might waltz into her restaurant and start yakking about “MY SON,” I’d probably pick the marinara bath, too.

What Happened in Salem: Week of Sept. 22nd

September 29, 2014

While the old Fartsniffer awoke and Theresa vied for the title of Worst Poker Face Ever…

Chad convinced Kate to team up with him against Stefano and then spoke to Stefano about how they were going to dupe Kate. Afterward, he placed a call to his portrait artist to schedule a sitting ASAP, and somewhere in a forgotten wing of the mansion, Harold starting screaming in his sleep at the thought of having to change that thing again.

Read the full recap to see What Happened in Salem last week!

 

The Queen Returns

September 27, 2014

This made me very, very happy.

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So happy that I took a picture of my TV instead of waiting for the episode to be on Hulu so I could screenshot, which I realize makes me a very disturbed person, but there you go.

I got into Days just as the big Kristen/Susan story was ramping up, at the beginning of high school when I didn’t really have many friends, so seeing her again was sort of like seeing an old friend (a very eccentric, buck-toothed friend who sometimes locks people in the cellar to throw an Elvis-themed wedding, but still). I felt the same way when Kristen returned. I’m just so excited to see her finally interact with EJ onscreen. I’m so excited that I’ll even try not to get stuck on the fact that she had to do that weird Salem thing everyone does when they arrive in/return to town, with the hiding in the bushes (from her own grandchildren!) and such.

You Do This More Often Than You Go to Work

September 24, 2014

“I don’t know how to say goodbye to you.”

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Uh, maybe take notes from one of the myriad other times you’ve had to? The man has been in three irreversible comas in the past decade — one of which he (briefly) died from! I’m think you’ll figure something out, Doc. Perhaps just cross your fingers that he doesn’t wake up a raging a-hole this time.

(This whole vigil waiting to see if John would wake up has been very well paced and tense, which I feel deserves credit considering how often that’s an issue for this show, but really!)

Who Took a Dump in Her Metamucil?

September 24, 2014

WHO was one hot babe?!” Jennifer demands as she storms into the living room, flames shooting out of her casual Wednesday topknot, aghast that two 18-year-old boys might be discussing a hot girl instead of True Love. (It was even enough to send JJ’s grandmother Abigail running from the room, clutching her pearls!)

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And that says nothing of the way she went to berate Daniel for not having gone out of his way to tell her about the blood test he ran on JJ. Sounds like someone needs to have a chat with her good pal Carly about doctor-patient confidentiality. I can’t even tell you how furious I am at her for making me side with Daniel, but there ya go. This woman is acting like more of an asshole than “Rafe” did when he was really a sex offender with impressive and very thorough plastic surgery, which is saying something.

Hello, Goodbye

September 22, 2014

Two major headlines from last week that warrant some discussion (and no, I’m not talking about the fact that Roman got two episodes of substantial airtime and how his scenes with “Shami” were the highlight of the week for me, even though it still sounds like someone stuffed a bunch of dirty socks in his mouth):

1) The return of Chad DiMera.

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When I heard they had recast Chad, my reaction went thusly: “Meh.” I liked Casey Deidrick, who played Chad from 2009-2013, but it was only because he was likable that Chad ever got tied to the DiMeras. He never entirely gelled for me as a member of that family, and he didn’t do a ton of actual note during his tenure. But I’m impressed with the way Chad came roaring back into Salem. They’ve clearly made an effort to reposition him as The Young DiMera, as he’s spent the last year with Stefano, and I’m all for it. I think this type of character could be very useful for that generation, and the new actor, Billy Flynn, seems capable of playing it. I do kind of keep having to remind myself that this isn’t Nick Fallon, because Flynn looks so much like Blake Berris (and Martin Short — thanks to whoever said that on Twitter, because I can’t unsee it now!). He might’ve made a fitting Nick recast, too, but I’m onboard to see what they have planned for Chad 2.0.

2) Hope ending her marriage to Bo.

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I’ve become a shockingly big supporter of Hope and Aiden’s budding relationship, because I like Daniel Cosgrove’s playful-but-haunted energy and think he brings out something fun in Kristian Alfonso — and also because the forbidden nature of it has forced them to really tease out each and every beat. But Hope’s decision to move on happened way too fast for my liking. I know she’s been struggling with this internally for a long time, and for her to admit her feelings for Aiden is huge, but it felt incredibly wrong for Kayla — Bo’s sister! — to be like, “Yeah, Bo sucks, LOL, go for Aiden.” They could have done a lot more with Kayla’s POV stemming from how Steve abandoned her, but it feels like they’re sidestepping all the drama here. Caroline and Ciara had better be pissed. (For what it’s worth, I fully believe Hope is making the right decision for herself given the circumstances, but someone should be opposed to it!) I’m terrified they’re going to suck all the drama out of this. I like Hope and Aiden, but I don’t want Hope and Aiden to become another JJ/Paige or Rafe/Jordan, just being all, “Cool, we like each other!” I wanted Hope to struggle with this and ultimately push Aiden away, only to try and undo her mistake — except it’s too late, because Aiden’s gotten mixed up with someone else (Nicole? Eve? Kayla? I don’t care). Torture them, not us! Alfonso played the goodbye scenes so well, but this should not be a one-day event.

Also, that entire thing felt like a bit of a middle finger to Peter Reckell, no? As Hope wrote that letter, she was basically narrating from the audience’s perspective: “Brady, we, I mean I, have loved you since 1982, and you’ve abandoned us, I mean me, by refusing to come back to the show, I mean Salem!” But maybe spite isn’t the most effective way to tell this story, ya know?