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