Please excuse the complete non-cohesiveness of this post, but I have notes on a bunch of separate topics, none of which really warrant their own posts, so I’m just gonna go with a straight-up list and bounce from one subject to the next. It’s that kinda day.
1. It’s entirely possible that this show has just beaten me into submission with the endless crap involving Serena, Daniel/Nicole, JJ/Paige/Eve, and the like, but I very much enjoyed Stefano and Marlena’s confrontation in Italy. Not that it went anywhere, but at least it was two actors I know well and two characters with great history actually playing upon that. And this was fun to see.
They’ve referenced the possession storyline so rarely since it happened — and almost not at all when James E. Reilly wasn’t writing the show — so it delighted me to have Stefano throw that in her face. Also, how much better were the production values back then?! Look at the lighting and the camera angles and everything else.
2. I liked the tension in the editing as they cut back-and-forth between Stefano and Marlena at the castle and Chad on the phone in Salem, but it irritated me that Chad’s whole thing had to happen over the phone. At least they didn’t have him magically teleport to Italy, but good grief, this was such a blatant bid to get their money’s worth out of that castle set. What’s next? Jennifer tells Paige they rented a lovely Italian castle for her birthday party? Melanie decides to clear her head and decides the only place she can do it is the place where they found Tate?
3. The baby’s name is Tate. Which I don’t hate as a name in and of itself, but after Theresa’s whole explanation about how they considered naming the kid after Melanie (at least they didn’t call him Melvin!), they were just like, “So we decided on Tate.” Um, why?! Also, if this kid ever pulls a Lucas, disowns Brady, and takes his other parent’s name, he’s going to be Tate Donovan. So I might just start calling him Jimmy Cooper (where are my The O.C. fans?!).
4. Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) got married this past weekend. She looked beautiful. But the most hilarious bit of the report is that Crystal Chappell (Carly) was in attendance. I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that she arrived in the middle of the ceremony and declared, “I have an announcement!” and then vowed, “I’m not leaving until I say what I came here to say!” and then just gave up and let them say their vows, just like Carly did about 15 times in the summer of 2010.