Archive for January 2015

What Happened in Salem: Week of January 26th

January 31, 2015

Clyde found himself shot and buried under a bunch of fake snow. Meanwhile…

Serena realized that Nicole had backed up the contents of her laptop to a flash drive and confronted her in front of Eric and Daniel. Nicole called in her source, Ted/Edward, to confirm her story, but it turned out that he was a disturbed, delusional individual to whom Serena had shown great compassion, so once again, Serena came out smelling like a rose and Nicole wound up reeking like a big piece of poop. Daniel ended their relationship, which for some reason upset Nicole even though all it means is that she no longer needs to get dressed up to have him berate her. To be fair, trying to argue that “a medical journalist didn’t cite her sources properly” is headline news that the public needs to know isn’t exactly a compelling argument. Wait til Titan TV catches wind of the rumor that Ciara cheated on her book report!

Read the full recap to find out What Happened in Salem this week!


You Take the Good, You Take the Bad

January 29, 2015

Am I nuts, or has this week felt much more interesting and momentum-bearing than the past several weeks? I really love the choice to have Kate be the one in whom Will confided about his affair, and it’s so Kate to be like, “Sonny doesn’t have to find out, as long as you’re sure this was a one-time thing.” Victor having Clyde shot — and the suspense of waiting to see who will discover him and when — feels like action. Even the obnoxious Nicole/Serena feud was at least paced interestingly in Wednesday’s episode, with that tense back-and-forth as Nicole brought in Ted and Serena was cornered.

And then there’s this.

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(Sorry, I literally could not capture a screenshot from this scene in which both his eyes were actually open, because there was not such a moment.)

I don’t know what happened, but it’s as if someone found a way to hit the reset button on Drake Hogestyn’s portrayal of John and on the writing for him. This is the John I remember from 2007 and earlier, a lovable hero who reminds you of your best friend’s kind-of-embarrassing dad. He’s stopped doing that weird, gruff voice that he seemed to be stuck in since the days of RoboJohn, and he isn’t behaving like an a-hole. I have to say, as exhausted as I was of John and Marlena at a certain point, it’s really nice having them on the show and together, playing supporting roles in other storylines. And Marlena’s phone call with Stefano was classic Days.

That said, it wouldn’t be our Days if there weren’t something completely ridiculous afoot.

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Do the wardrobe people ever go out into the real world, or have they just picked up their concept of how women dress by watching a lot of porn? Because Jordan up there put on a minidress with leather shoulders to go to her job as a physical therapist. This is a job that requires, you know, physical activity. There’s a reason people in the medical profession dress a certain way. You don’t see Meredith Grey showing up for surgery in assless chaps, do you? No. You can’t just slap a lab coat over your hoochie dress and call yourself a doctor, Tammy Sue!

WTF Wednesday: People Be Crazy

January 27, 2015

Meredith Scott Lynn, who plays everyone’s favorite crotchety head of H.R., posted this letter from a “fan” on Facebook.

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The full post can be found here. I keep re-reading it in shock and horror. I don’t think the Marlena fans have been this pissed since they sent in bedsheets for her and John (because that’s normal) and then, hilariously, the show used them on-air during a Steve/Kayla sex scene. Also, Anne (or, rather, the actress who does an excellent job portraying her) gets this kind of ire for telling Marlena off for one episode? I can only imagine how these people feel about Kristen/Eileen Davidson…

It’s tough for me to imagine someone being this disconnected from reality. Mental illness is very sad and requires our compassion, but this sort of thing is also unacceptable and ridiculous. Here’s hoping “Cindy B.” gets some serious help and also loses her TV and postal privileges.

What Happened in Salem: Week of January 19th

January 26, 2015

Another week, another round of “Everyone tell Nicole what a horrible person she is”…

Nicole was upset that Eric, Serena, and even Daniel put the blame on her for the catfight with Serena, so she got in touch with her source, who revealed that he used to be Serena’s research partner and that she had taken credit for his work. He urged Nicole to gain access to Serena’s computer for proof. Salem: the town where former mayor EJ DiMera’s death warrants ten minutes of conversation, but a medical journalist with an improper bibliography is the top story on the evening news.

Read the full recap to find out What Happened in Salem (spoiler alert: nothing very interesting!) last week.

Friday Foolishness

January 24, 2015

“Eve! We have to help Paige! She’s flirting with a 37-year-old man!”

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If this Cole is a college freshman, then I’m the Princess of Amburg (or wherever the hell Gina and Greta were from).

I almost hurled my red wine kale smoothie (go with it) at the TV when JJ and Eve got all close and huffy and then started making out. Is this how the Days writing staff thinks sex works? Once you’ve had sex with someone, any time you’re alone with that person, you absolutely cannot resist banging again? Because that is not true and would also make some of my brunches very uncomfortable, let me tell you.

Kudos to whomever wrote the script for Friday’s episode, though. There were some genius lines:

Rory (to Paige): “I used to think you were boring, but I think I gave you too much credit.”

The voice of the audience!

Kate: I picked up a very unsettling vibe.
Victor: Should I call you Celeste?

Kate: I’ve heard that a clash of the titans is imminent.
Victor: There’s only one Titan in this town. Your friend wants to start a dynasty, he should stick to ducks.

And then you had Victor calling upon history to liken Clyde to Kate’s ex, Curtis! I’ve been dying for someone to bring that up.

I guess we know why they had to downsize the Kiriakis living room, too: because Kate was raiding the decor for accessories!

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That necklace — is that or is it not a tassel from the old drapes? The print on that dress is sort of out there, but I think I love it (except for how those two magenta spots look like they’re marking her boobs).

Dresses I did not like:

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She looks like both a prostitute and a linebacker, which is not a combination I’m sure has ever been seen in Salem before, so… congrats?

A Brief Positive Note

January 22, 2015

The most compelling thing I have to say about Wednesday’s episode is that Jen Lilley looks fantastic lately.

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I’ve always thought she was very pretty, but the longer, wavy hair really suits her, and she’s one of the consistently better-dressed characters. This look with the beanie was so cute. Theresa in general is really growing on me of late (perhaps because she at least has a damn point-of-view and the actress has some sense of how to convey emotion).

This is vaguely related to her story, so I’ll add it here: this Brady/Melanie stuff is such a snoozefest that it’s making me want to go to the park, snatch up some coke, dump it all over my grandfather’s tacky coffee table, and hoover it up right there for the butler and my AA sponsor and every unannounced visitor to see. I get what they’re going for — and I think the actors and characters do have chemistry — but could they have come up with a duller, more perfunctory way to play it out? “I think I have feelings for you.” “Okay, let’s kiss.” “Cool, now let’s go sit and talk about whether we should date.” Yawwwwwwn. Doesn’t everyone remember the epic love story in which Patch and Kayla met, and then went to eat hot dogs on a bench and discuss whether they should fall in love, and then they did and that was the end? OH WAIT. I don’t get why Brady and Melanie couldn’t have deepened their friendship, leaning on one another for support, and then when the whole Kristen-and-the-stolen-embryo thing comes up, they get thrown into some life-or-death situation and realize they might have deeper feelings for one another. Or something! Anything that doesn’t involve sitting at Club TBD and yakking about whether dating is a good idea! At least send them on a Budget Date where they go to the batting cages or bowling or skydiving and we see them afterward, exhilarated, or something. Please?

Ladies of the Night

January 21, 2015

How nice that someone’s mother won a walk-on role!

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I love these ridiculous busybody characters. They always seem so delighted to butt in on other people’s misery.

If only Nicole had been wearing her horrible ostrich coat during her catfight with Serena, maybe this woman could’ve also told her how ugly it is.

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And I think I officially hate Serena. She’s just being presented as so unreasonable and, frankly, crazy. The saving grace of this whole thing could be if the story twists and Serena does turn out to be nuts, and no one believes Nicole but she’s eventually vindicated. I’m just not interested in episodes upon episodes of people telling Nicole how untrustworthy and bad she is. As is the case with this show in general lately, I have no idea what they want me to root for, but it’s probably the opposite of what I’m actually feeling.

Paul has a mother with a shifty aversion to Salem, so I guess it’s time to start placing bets on which Salem resident is his biological father. I wouldn’t hate if it were John, honestly. And apparently she lives in the Mad World offices/Madison’s old hotel room, based on the wallpaper.

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I guess it’s better than the time Laura Horton lived on a sofa in the corner of the St. Luke’s office, but still.