And a Jailbird in a Pear Tree

Riddle me this: why was John, while awaiting trial on embezzlement charges, being held in some hole with cinder block walls where other prisoners were eager to beat the shit out of him, but Gabi’s doing time for murder in the business center of a Holiday Inn Express where you can check your e-mail on a computer running Windows 98?

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That said, I had no idea we’d be seeing Gabi again, but Melanie’s visit was a terrific use of her — especially played alongside the scenes of Roman finding out that Rafe knew Gabi hired Andrew and kept mum about it. I love Melanie when they play up all the darkness in her past (it’s necessary to offset the… aggressive bubbliness she tends to display), and this was all such a fantastic use of history. These were scenes I never knew I needed to see, but I needed to see them, especially since they now not only have the Andrew tie in common, but also the experience with Nick. Great, great stuff. I only wish the other things happening in present-day Salem were as interesting as the scenes dealing with things that happened two years ago…

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8 Comments on “And a Jailbird in a Pear Tree”

  1. Jamie Says:

    I’m really glad this scene happened. When Melanie left Salem, she had written Gabi off completely. It was nice to see that she has put the past behind her and has forgiven Gabi, or at the least has decided to let it go.

    These scenes were way better than anything else that is currently happening. I think they should just have various people coming to visit Gabi in prison for awhile…anyone except for Eric. We don’t need boring, brooding, depressing Eric in there bringing down the festive prison mood.

    Meanwhile, a whole episode where Paul kept his shirt on?? WTH?

  2. Andie Says:

    EJ Dimera was Gabi’s lawyer 😉 Gabi got the shortest sentence possible for murder in a prision close to home with pretty good visitation privileges. I’m sure we will see her paroled in 5 years so or so…All great scenes and excellent dialouge with Gabi being visited by Rafe, Will, Sonny, Ari, and Melanie.

  3. Dan Says:

    And that’s the beauty of a solid long story. Ramifications can be played over and over for a period of time. The Andrew story really was the best thing MarDar penned. There was always mixed motivations, some rather nasty things done all in the name of love, and a wonderful thematic connection, which nicely reintroduced Nick to Salem.

    I didn’t care for Melanie’s backtracking on Nick, but I like how she explained it. In the greater context, I could understand why Melanie’s feelings about Nick changed and I thought it was a rather brave stance to take by having Melanie admit she would do the same thing Gabi did if she was in her shoes.

    Rafe’s end of it was particularly nice and ties in nicely with the present day storyline. All of this is going to blow up in Chad’s face. Jordan currently thinks Chad is the anonymous donor, but when she learns this and that he isn’t the donor, things aren’t going to go well for them. It’s a shame Jordan’s leaving because I want to invest in this story.

    • mykleraus Says:

      I didn’t really feel like Melanie backtracked on Nick; it seemed like she was just saying things from a distance, given that two years have passed since she had to make peace with him being out of prison, and because Gabi understands what she went through in a way few others really can. It totally worked for me.

      I really like the Rafe/Chad tie-in with all of that. It’s a very smart use of history that can’t possibly have been anticipated back in 2012, which is sometimes what I love most — when they find a way to stitch together things that you never could’ve seen being linked.

  4. UnderYourWing Says:

    melanie needs some xanax…..she’s way too buzzed.hard to watch her.

    • mykleraus Says:

      I love her, but all this “wacky” writing is doing her no favors. She overplays it, and it’s exhausting. She was great in the Gabi prison scenes because the material was grounded.

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