Common Sense and Sensibility

This hussy goes inside to get drilled and leaves her phone lying around in the backyard all night?

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Least accurate portrayal of a 20-something ever. More like Abi-FAIL, amirite?!

Gotta appreciate how Chad slipped into his Club TBD Burgundy™ for the morning after, just to remind her of Ben a little more. I definitely find Abigail and Chad more interesting than Abigail and Ben, though. I can barely muster a vague interest in the truth about this romp coming out, because who cares? I forget Ben exists on days when he isn’t on. And it’s not like Abigail is married to him — just break up with him and be with Chad. I think they’re trying to play the Safe Choice Vs. Bad Boy dilemma here, but that dynamic gets a little skewed when the “Safe Choice” is a rageaholic with a criminal daddy.

Bonus points for all the weeks of heavy-handed “Abigail, you’re so lucky to have a nice guy like Ben!” and “Abigail, I know how trustworthy you are!” we have coming.

Then you’ve got her cousin Will, who is eyeing Sonny the same way Brady eyes a decanter of booze or Maggie eyes Daniel.

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This dope takes lack of subtlety to a new level. Why does he think that constantly grilling Sonny about his whereabouts is going to do any good? And then he’s such a moron that he misses their counseling session and tries to force Sonny to admit that he still loves Paul. It’s like they decided to pattern him after his mother, but the only character trait of Sami’s that they remembered was “stupid.”

For all my griping, though, I did really enjoy those scenes between Caroline and Roman.

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I appreciate the way that they keep Caroline’s Alzheimer’s threaded through scenes and stories, even if it isn’t a big plot. And her and Roman bantering about phones and having kids help them with technology was really cute. It astounds me that the scene-writing can be so great for moments like this, but the overall stories are so hollow.

As much as I enjoyed these scenes, though, I have to give props to faithful reader and commenter underyourwing for the hilarious observation that they were just casually gabbing about how Caroline went on all these rides at Universal Studios with Sami and the kids. What kind of moron lets an 85-year-old Alzheimer’s patient go on these wild rollercoasters? (Will, probably.)

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19 Comments on “Common Sense and Sensibility”

  1. Gavin Says:

    Will is certifiable – and it’s such a shame they’ve taken him this way since he used to be such a likable, although flawed, character that you rooted for.

    I would feel for him more if they threw in some comments like – “I used to be a victim, letting people like Nick push me around and control my life or letting my family protect me. Now, I’m taking charge.” That would at least explain why he’s so full-on at the moment.

    Also, I don’t really feel the love from him towards Sonny anymore. That comes down to Guy’s portrayal, I think, which is a bit too hard edged and doesn’t have enough moments of softness to show that affection.

    Ultimately, I think it was a mistake having Will sleep with Paul. Now, none of Will’s actions or sentiments ring completely true, and he’s pretty irredeemable. They could have the same love triangle they have now without Will having cheated. He’d been a bad enough husband without needing that (ignoring Sonny while in LA, etc.). Then it could be all about Sonny’s true dilemma – first love finally being out and proud or family life, with all its ups and downs.

    Or, if Will had to cheat, a comment like, “I put my mother through hell when she cheated on Rafe, and now I finally realise how you can get caught up in the moment. I was weak, I’m not proud of it and I’ll never judge anyone again for giving in to temptation.” His whole “I made a mistake – you got a problem with that?” attitude just makes him a jerk.

    • mykleraus Says:

      I really don’t get love for Sonny out of Wilson’s portrayal, either. That’s a problem. He seems possessive, but it doesn’t seem like he wants to be WITH Sonny.

      The writing is at fault, though, too. Will’s motivations don’t entirely track for me. I thought the Paul affair worked from the standpoint of “I never really dated or slept around before getting married, and now I’m dazzled by this hot famous guy, so I’m thinking with my dick instead of about my marriage vows.” But then the narrative switched. I think the writers were drawn in by the idea of doing this truly three-way triangle, with Will having an affair with a guy who turned out to be Sonny’s ex, but Will having slept with Paul seems largely separate from what’s going on now. Will is just jealous of Sonny’s past with Paul, and he’s acting out because of it, but it makes no sense that he’s being so openly manipulative and constantly doing things to piss Sonny off when he should be walking on eggshells. They’ve tried to stitch it together by having Will accuse Paul of having seduced him to break up his marriage so he could have Sonny, but I don’t even buy that Will buys that.

      It might’ve worked better, in retrospect, if somehow Will was hearing all this stuff about Sonny’s past great love — which does feel very James Reilly, I know — without realizing it was Paul, and at the same time, he met Paul to do the article and sort of slept with him out of a belief that he was losing Sonny. Of course, his behavior AFTERWARD would still need to be rewritten to be even the least bit sympathetic.

      • Gavin Says:

        You’ve hit the nail on the head – Will should be walking on eggshells. At least then it would be a question of: who should Sonny choose – the guy who stuffed up by cheating on him but is fully repentant (and Sonny’s not wanting to give Will a second chance since he’s been scarred growing up with parents’ own marital issues) OR the guy who stuffed up by throwing Sonny away because he was scared to come out (and Sonny’s not wanting to give Paul a second chance because it’s too little too late).

        I see no reason at all for Sonny to stay with Will, other than his sense of loyalty and the wedding vows (granted, they’re quite important). But there’s nothing in the actual relationship for him at the moment.

        It doesn’t feel like Sonny should be torn – other than, which of these two bad options should I take?

        If they really wanted to go down the Will is the new Sami track, they didn’t need him to actually sleep with Paul. Perhaps a kiss would have been enough to add to the previous bad behaviour (belittling Sonny’s job, the LA stuff, the throwing their joint cousin under the bus with the Sami/EJ cover story).

        He could feel guilty over a kiss but the driving force for his manipulation could be more about the fact that he helped Paul come out and inadvertently opened the door for a Sonny/Paul reunion. Then at least I’d feel more sympathy for his predicament. Sure, he’d been an idiot but for all his faults, he didn’t give in to temptation and now he finds himself having contributed to his husband potentially reuniting with his lost love. In that scenario, I might actually want him to win over Paul.

        Overthinking it? Possibly, but after having watched since the mid-80s, I lapsed a bit during the late 00s and 10s, and it was WilSon that brought me back to Days since their love story felt so fresh and new for the show. Now, I can’t wait for them to break up.

      • mykleraus Says:

        Agree with just about everything you’ve said. Will didn’t have to sleep with Paul — in retrospect, that was almost a bit of shock value more than anything. They didn’t need that to kick off the marital discord. I almost would’ve bought more that Will helped Paul come out, as you say, thus inadvertently making him a threat to the marriage (or so he thinks), and as Will gets more insecure, he eventually seduces Paul to ‘prove’ to Sonny that Paul can’t be trusted or something. I dunno, the structure just feels off, and Will is behaving like such a moron that I cannot root for him.

      • otherweb1 Says:

        I agree … Will and Paul having sex was totally a bad move by the “writers” (what else is new). I remember when it happened, there was some background of how Will and Sonny were having so many problems? At the time I was like “They were?” The SL didn’t have nearly enough material written beforehand to sell Will’s motivation to sleep with Paul. It was like they were the perfect couple all along, and then he went to LA and there were like 2 scenes where Will didn’t call Sonny. And THAT was the motivation?

        Grant it Guy can’t act most of the time. But I believe it’s entirely the writer’s fault. I see the whole triangle SL on a downward spiral headed straight for the shitter. Which doesn’t surprise me … I knew the SL had SOOO much potential, but if people can’t write, then the potential is lost. The only one who could right this sinking ship is the new writers … or else Casey Moss assuming the role of Will in order to see this shit.

        And it’s really NOT necessary to make Wil the reincarnation of Sami. There is such thing as a fabulous bitch, like Theresa. And then there’s Sami … aka nails on the chalkboard. It was lucky enough that Allison called it quits, so do we really have to relive the Sami agony through Wil?!

      • mykleraus Says:

        The writing is really unfocused. Wilson isn’t doing anything more than what’s written on the page — which is sometimes enough, but it isn’t when the writing sucks. A better actor could maybe imbue it with subtext that would at least sell it (which Arianne Zucker manages to do a lot of the time, for example).

        I loved Sami and AS, aside from that period where they tried to make her some put-upon heroine, but they’re missing the big thing that made Sami enjoyable way back in the day — she was an underdog whose damage we SAW occur onscreen.

      • otherweb1 Says:

        Totally. And never mind the fact that Brady was in the background before Ari’s party, but no where to be seen during the actual party, photo taking, etc! What was worse was the background shots of Sonny and Will. 95% of the Sonny/Will scenes are arguments….so it looked sooooo ridiculous to see them improving just laughing and shooting the shit in the background while Hope and Rafe did a scene.

      • mykleraus Says:

        I noticed the Sonny/Will stuff. It’s really weird. They were totally not in character!

  2. fluffysmom Says:

    Is Abby ever going home to shower and change clothes??

    • mykleraus Says:

      Agh! Well, she was at home in today’s episode and I think in different clothes, so we might in the clear. But that’s so gross, now that you mention it.

  3. underyourwing Says:

    1. abby is a slut ( yes. i am slut shaming here.)
    2. will is brain damaged stupid.
    1a. abby and chad belong together. period.
    2a. ben needs to disappear. like last week.
    2a. will needs to move to hollywood with his mother.
    2a/b. sonny and paul live happily ever after.
    2c. maybe will and ben can get together in lieu of moving/disappearing. they do have their stupidity in common…. think about it writers!! think how you could drive us to the nuts with THAT story line! ( or not.)

    • mykleraus Says:

      LOL about Will and Ben.

      Abby’s a slut — and I think ‘slut-shaming’ gets a bad rap. Someone shouldn’t be called a slut for enjoying sex and having however much consensual, healthy sex with however many partners they want. However, it IS slutty to go around sleeping with inappropriate men: another woman’s fiancé (when they don’t have an open relationship), a guy who is not your current boyfriend, etc. So you get a pass from me there, and I’ll just onboard with you.

  4. rustyspigot Says:

    Don’t forget Abby’s lame attempt to fall onto Austin’s crotch. At least Carrie got to use her best asset (her right hook) on the twit. And what happened to Carrie and Austin’s baby? Given this is Days it should be entering middle school by now.

    • mykleraus Says:

      They actually mentioned that kid existing the year after they left! Nothing specific, but at least they acknowledged that Carrie gave birth.

      I actually loved when Abby went nutso over Austin. It was stupid, but at least it was amusing — and Carrie decking Abigail was AWESOME.

      • otherweb1 Says:

        Is it just me, or did Abby go from virgin to hussie in 1.5 years? After cock-blocking Cameron for like a year, she sleeps with Chad who tricked her into bed. Then, she screws her BFs brother, AND a married man .. and at the Horton cabin of all places???!!! And now she’s into cheating on her BF. Well, I suppose given that her brother sleeps with his OWN GFs MOTHER, it no big whoop.

      • mykleraus Says:

        There could be an interesting dimension to explore — that she has real hang-ups about sex and doesn’t really know how to do it appropriately, so she’s sort of acting out in all these ways. They could theoretically even tie it back to Jack’s rape of Kayla and say that she found out as a teen and it screwed her up. I dunno. There’s something there, but I’m not sure the writers know it…

  5. otherweb1 Says:

    LOVE the observation of Chad slipping into TBDB to rub the salt on Abigail’s Ben wound! I think the romp coming out could serve as the impetus for Ben to go bad-seed. I think he’s definitely being primed to step into the family business, as he’s been looking pretty thug with the new beard and mustache, and he’s been spending an awful lot of time with Clyde in The Booth (formerly, the Pub) twiddling with forks while Clyde “drinks” from an empty coffee cup (do they not at least have the budget to fill the non-translucent glasses with water??!!)

    Will eyeing Sonny the same way Brady eyes a decanter of booze or Maggie eyes Daniel! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And did you check out that completely fucked up cock-eyed-grimace-thing he gave Sonny in the square as he caught Paul looking on from his traditional Salem lurking-in-the-bushes position?!!! It was completely ludicrous!!!!! Although, Ari makes the same grimaces, so maybe they are trying to write in some heredity here? (Except of course when she’s looking at Paul. She just LOVES Christoper Sean! It was awesome how she giggled at him in the square!)

    Did Salem suddenly go Lost time-place shift and end up in the North Pole? Why else is practically everyone still dressed for winter when it’s JUNE?!!!

    • mykleraus Says:

      Will’s faces are weird. He always makes this really screwy duck-face pursed-lips look. It’s really noticeable how the babies playing Ari ONLY brighten up for Christopher Sean. I kinda love it!

      The empty cup thing makes me nuts. I remember a scene where Lexie dropped a stirrer into her coffee and it was clearly bouncing around the damn cup the whole scene. It’s so distracting.

      • otherweb1 Says:

        Bouncing stirrer!!! LOL! The only one I’ve seen who is able to pull off the empty-cup-sip is Jen Lilly … no surprise there. It also drives me nuts when they carry around their to-go coffees, and you can actually tell that there is no weight in the cup.

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