University Hospital: Fountain of Youth

So Deidre Hall is writing scripts for the show now?

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“Who is that luminous and very young woman? I know we have a secret connection, but I can scarcely recall it because I’m so blinded by her youthfulness!”

And I loved how Daniel’s response to finding two people assaulting his daughter in the park was… to invite them over to his home to chat. Oooookay.

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That was a very weird and fast resolution, huh? I do like that it somewhat resets Melanie to the impulsive troublemaker of 2008, which is a part of her character they were too quick to lose during the second half of her run. She works best as a little bit gray. But I was hoping for something that would power story for her moving forward, not just a quick bit of intrigue to get her back to Salem.

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10 Comments on “University Hospital: Fountain of Youth”

  1. Simon Parris Says:

    And didn’t you just love how they saved paying Deidre Hall for appearing in the episode by having Serena spot Marlena in the distance, ie off camera. (I suppose Deidre has enough salary what with writing all the scripts now)
    They could have kept Sami on the show by just using that trick!

  2. Andie Says:

    I think its funny they brought 2 gingers in to increase the count to 3. 😄 Deirdre Hall always looked great (and still does). I wonder what her and Jane Seymor are doing/using??? They could just cut and paste film from Electawoman and Dynogirl for Halloween episodes (or a visit to entertain sick kids in the pediatric ward). To save money, they can also re-use footage of Marlena while she wasn’t possessed, had cocker spaniel hair, wearing 80s shoulder pants, or wearing that sling…

    • mykleraus Says:

      Deidre really does look great, and I like that she doesn’t try to dress like a 25-year-old. It just cracks me up that they had to slip that in, and there have definitely been times where her work was sort of apparent until things settled…

  3. Dan Says:

    lol I didn’t even notice the line’s comic value. I was so impressed that they had a character say something that sounded natural I was in awe.

    I haven’t seen Monday/Tuesday yet but everyone seems to be shocked that Melanie was counting cards. This is something we have known since at least 2009. Melanie counted cards to get Nathan and Brady naked during a game of strip poker. I’m almost positive Melanie told someone else, maybe E.J., that Trent had taught her how to count cards when they were running scams in Europe.

    Other than the Will/Sonny/Nick/Gabi story and Ericole, the show hasn’t really done a good long story in a while.

    • mykleraus Says:

      Right?! This is an established thing for Melanie. It’s not like they suddenly claimed Sami knew how to perform a heart transplant.

      The whole story centering on Ari’s birth was really the last “long game.” At least Kristen’s disappearance and the quest to clear Eric’s name had some long-term shape, too. Everything lately just feels a bit too small and without repercussions, or like it resets over and over.

  4. Jamie Says:

    It was great to see this side of Melanie again, I missed the “bad girl” side of her, it was good to see it come out again.

    My favorite part of the whole park incident was Nicole calling and hanging up on 911. Now, 911 never bothered to call her back to see if she needed help, but somehow the MAYOR of Salem knew that she called 911 and hung up?? You can’t get anything past that Abe Carver!

  5. Erin L. Says:

    I love Melanie but I love her best when she is scheming. (Same goes for Nicole.) When they turned Melanie into Daniels daughter her character kinda went downhill for me. She was growing up to be the net Sami/Nicole/Kate then all of a sudden she was sweet and a nurse and wanted to be a good person and almost All-American-Girl or some BS. Boring.


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