It’s safe to say we are in a new era of Days of Our Lives now.
Serena is dead, and not a minute too soon — and not just because I’ve completely run out of elephant puns. Melissa Archer was completely wasted, which was very evident in her scenes with Billy Flynn (Chad). She had the potential to play a really fascinating, gray character, an equal to Sami and Nicole, but the writing just wasn’t there. But I have to say, I really appreciate that the new writers are using her exit to create story. It’s so much more interesting to have been thrown that curveball of Serena/Chad and then have it spiral off into an event that will generate drama for people we know and love (and also Clyde), rather than just having her leave town. There’s no way on Earth that Chad actually killed her, but the setup for this is compelling, and it could be a real shot in the arm for the show.
Xander’s exit wasn’t nearly as well done or even logical, and I hate that Theresa gets away with sending someone to prison for attempted rape (there’s something very icky to me about shows depicting a woman lying about sexual assault when so many women who have suffered it have to fight just to be believed), but at least he’s gone. I do believe both Paul Telfer and the character could have done much, much more than they did, but I’m okay with them just letting this one go.
And then — and then!
Steve! That death glare Kayla shot him was too perfect. I want him to have to work to win her back, which will be a nice flip on their 2006 return, when Kayla was chasing after him and he didn’t remember being Steve and kept pushing her away (which I suppose was an echo of their original story). I fully expected his appearance to be the end of the episode, since I’d seen the promo for the week, but that surprise shot of Bo at the end was really too good not to be a Friday cliffhanger.
And in case you missed that incredibly subtle (I think that’s the word for it) conversation between Kayla and Caroline, Joey is 16 now.
We only saw him for about five seconds, but he’s a cutie, and he gave off the air of disgruntled teenager perfectly. I’m optimistic that we’ll have another Casey Moss/JJ on our hands here. Though it struck me as a little odd how Kayla was like, “BTW, I haven’t heard from my 16-year-old son in a week, and I’m just now finding that disturbing and wondering if I should call his school.” Ummmm.