What Happened in Salem: Week of June 15th

The interminable elephant statue story seemed to kinda-maybe hit a climax…

A furious Eric forced Serena to tell him the truth about how Xander roped her into smuggling diamonds with him. Still enraged about Victor’s rejection and seeing Nicole with Daniel, Xander embarked upon the overly ambitious plan of seizing control of Nicole’s office building and sealing it off. Nicole was conveniently trapped in there alone, and Xander attacked her. Eric somehow got into the building with no trouble on a mere hunch and came to Nicole’s rescue in the nick of time. Xander chased them down, but they took refuge in a hidden room in the basement. Xander and Navidad found this “hidden” room (which was behind a normal door and shown on the blueprints for the building…), causing Eric and Nicole to climb into the air ducts.

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

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30 Comments on “What Happened in Salem: Week of June 15th”

  1. fluffysmom Says:

    I enjoyed the column. I’m confused as to Will’s brilliant plans for an article about the marriage counselor. Maybe Will believes that Sonny will be so mesmerized by the article that he will forget Will isn’t actually working on their marriage.

    • mykleraus Says:

      I really do not understand Will’s plan. Is he going to write about THEIR counseling? Or does he want to get Sonny to another therapist so that he can pounce on this grand opportunity to write about Dr. Meyers and thus advance his career?

    • otherweb1 Says:

      The whole therapist article was a cringe-worthy-Sami-style-manipulation-of-spouse attempt to write a cover story to skyrocket the therapist’s career in exchange for the therapist violating his hippocratic oath and fudging the sessions so that Will and Sonny stay together.

      • mykleraus Says:

        But like, what is the therapist going to do? TELL Sonny everything’s fine? “Oh, okay! Cool!”

      • otherweb1 Says:

        I suppose the fact that this plan would never work is what actually makes sense. After all, it would be hard to sell fans on the fact that Will actually had a brilliant plan for keeping Sonny. Aghck!!! He is SUCH a CHILD! Sonny is a damn fool for putting up with his shit!

  2. fluffysmom Says:

    It doesn’t make sense to me either. I’m not sure Will knows what he is doing.

  3. underyourwing Says:

    will is just a big bowl full of sad and disappointment….sprinkled with confusion and desperation.

    • mykleraus Says:

      Seriously. That’s what gets me most — this moron can’t get out of his own way. Sonny just wants him to go to counseling and open up! Why all the scheming?!

      • underyourwing Says:

        his mother’s son??

      • mykleraus Says:

        Even worse! At least it was generally clear what she was planning to accomplish (getting Austin, getting revenge, getting custody of her kid) and how. Will’s whole plan is a mess.

      • otherweb1 Says:

        Will needs his mother there to coach him…she’d have a fit if she knew what a terrible job Kate and Marlena were doing raising him. And I don’t know how Sonny does it … isn’t it enough that he has to change Ari’s diapers? Does he really need to be taking care of baby Will too? I do give Guy credit though for the “son of a bitch” remark he made to Kate … it was one of his rare 1-in-40-scenes moments of inspired acting.

      • mykleraus Says:

        That moment actually worked. I just often don’t even believe he’s the character — I can feel him “acting.”

  4. underyourwing Says:

    i read sonny will be leaving this show……WHY can’t it be will???

  5. otherweb1 Says:

    The big question for this week is who in the hell is directing the scenes for Xander?! I’m skeeved out, and not in a good way like “EEek. I’m scared! I love this!” It’s more like “WHY is he acting THAT deranged?” I keep getting flash backs of Billy Zane chasing Leo and Kate around the boat with the gun (is the Xander actor actually related to Zane??) Except the Titanic scenes fit and made sense … Xander doesn’t.

    And it’s TOTALLY cheesy how Eric and Nicole are, yet again, professing their love while trapped in a basement with a lunatic trying to kill them. I mean really???!!! The EXACT same situation, basement and all, as them getting gassed in Daniel’s basement by that Jen stalker-guy .. I don’t even remember his name!

    On the bright side, I do think though that the Babar blow-out is getting done much better than Italy. At least they are pacing it out, ratcheting up the tension, giving us a series of set-ups and pay offs, etc. Although it’s definitely missing the high drama of sparring with an inflatable raft in an airplane closet.

    I’m already feeling nauseous at the prospect of having to spend the next year suffering through Eve’s Laura plan. But, maybe there is hope if this is in the hands of the new writers.

    I almost fell off the couch when Abigail launched into her monologue. I was like “WHAT? NO! Are they SERIOUS??!! Now we have to deal with Nicole AND Abby’s soliloquies?” Although I talked myself off the ledge a bit because I figured, well, Abby really CAN’T talk about Chad to anyone else. It wasn’t until she was done that I realized she was talking to her diary. Then I was like “Whew!!!!” But, cheating evidence doesn’t get documented on a laptop for no reason around Salem. Ben will find that soon enough.

    • mykleraus Says:

      I think the answer is that NO ONE is actually directing. The actor is doing a good job with the material, but he’s so unhinged and this all seems so unmotivated. I know they’ve tried to bring it onscreen, with how Victor always passed him over for Daniel and Brady, but it feels so surface and pasted-in.

      The Abigail thing was ridiculous. Why would you ever do that?!

      • otherweb1 Says:

        Yes! If Xander had been onscreen for like a year and we saw a well-paced build-up to him snapping, this would make more sense. But the fact that he went from shady to psychotic in the span of one episode and was motivated by one conversation with Victor, it’s just ludicrous and just another hallmark display of inexperienced and immature writers.

      • mykleraus Says:

        I have a feeling that making Xander a distant Kiriakis relation was a last-minute addition to the story. They probably knew they wanted to bring in a bad guy to push things along and then decided, maybe because they chose to cast a guy who’d already interacted with Victor, that they could sufficiently motivate him by giving him this Kiriakis-black-sheep backstory. It wasn’t entirely a failure, in that it makes SENSE, but it was far from well-executed.

  6. otherweb1 Says:

    Highlight of the week:
    JJ: “How to you know so much about the turtles.”
    Rory: “I watch the Nature channel all the time when I’m baked.”

  7. Jamie Says:

    I heart drunken Anne. “I have to come back, he’ll think I died!” “he won’t care.” HA!

    • mykleraus Says:

      That was so good. The dialogue writers handle these recurring players so well. I wish the main characters were half as well-drawn most of the time.

    • otherweb1 Says:

      Imagine Ann and Rory in a scene together? How about they both get wasted at Victor’s club, which seems, with any luck, to be gone for good. Then they can hook up and Rory can brag to JJ about how he’s gone cougar.

  8. otherweb1 Says:

    Here’s another highlight: Nicole’s wardrobe … but only from head to calf … her shoes were hideous. But her dress, sweater, hair, and makeup were stunning! Based on the pattern, I’d say the next time we will see her looking gorgeous is late fall?

  9. underyourwing Says:

    ok ! i am ready to talk about eric’s stupid 5th grade pouty face which i guess was supposed to be rage, around serena being near him…
    and the insane medical measures NEVER taken to make nicole come round faster…..at least eric had a cold pack under his neck…. and
    all those idiots in that hot room doing a lot of nothing to get eric and nicole the hell out of there fast…..so much for daniels brilliance as a doctor….. GAAAA!!!

    • mykleraus Says:

      It was driving me insane when they were all just hanging out in that room trying to revive them! Maybe, I don’t know, GET THEM SOMEPLACE COOLER?


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