Archive for October 2015

It’s Party Time

October 31, 2015

As contrived as this entire Hope/Aiden debacle is, I really loved that montage at the end of Friday’s episode. But you guys, I don’t think Caroline is doing well at all.

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She seems to have gotten herself ready for the bicentennial celebration by wrapping herself in some old drapes she found in the attic of the Martin mansion.

The energy of this whole thing coming together is a lot of fun. Bo and Steve putting basically every aircraft in the sky in danger so they can race back to Salem to stop a wedding for no particular reason than that Bo wants Hope back (it isn’t as if they know Aiden is planning to kill her tonight!)… Aiden lurking outside the windows while Hope spins around in her dress, unaware… Caroline freaking out… It’s at least soapy.

Also, Ciara decided to catch up with Chase and become a teenager.

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I didn’t get much of a feel for the actress in the limited material they gave her, but I do appreciate how they’re easing these teens into the show. They haven’t made a big deal about them being older; they just recast the roles and they happen to be teenagers now. It’s much less jarring than I expected, though Ciara seemed to be dressed like an extra from Peter Pan, which has me a bit concerned.

Also, the last search item in this box is too good not to share.

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It’s true! When she was prattling on about how she’s always preferred the sophisticated Madison Avenue fashions of the 60s, all I could do was stare at that tight, shiny, scaly dress she had on with my jaw open.

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Lady, that is not daytime wear! I assume that when you say you prefer Madison Avenue, you mean you prefer standing on its corner, yeah?

Oh, and one final WTF for the week: what was with Justin asking Hope if she needs to recuse herself from the case? Yes, this cop who is barely involved with the case had better step down, since her fiancé is representing the accused, but the lead detective (who lost a woman to the prime suspect less than a year ago and is also the brother of one of the victims) and the D.A. (who was the father-in-law of another victim) are good to go!

The Night Before Matrimony

October 28, 2015

It’s good to see that old Days of Our Lives chestnut, “Big Event X is happening tomorrow even though it’s like 9 pm and we’ve all been running around yapping about it for the whole day and no one has mentioned until this very moment that it’s occurring in 24 hours,” is back! The event in question this time: Hope and Aiden’s wedding.

First up for the festivities: the return of Shawn Douglas Brady.

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I’m not gonna lie: I squealed when he walked in. I was so, so sick of Shawn and Belle — especially Belle, who was the Daniel of the 2000s in that she sucked and all anyone ever did was run around fretting about how Belle was doing and talking about how good and kind Belle was — by the time they departed in 2008, but Shawn is an important character, and Jason Cook slipped right back into the show with no indication that it had been nine years since he last played the role. I actually liked Adult Shawn #2, Brandon Beemer, also, but there’s something so familiar and comforting about seeing someone we watched grow from a teenager into a man, who has that long history with Kristian Alfonso (Hope) and the Hayeses (Doug and Julie).

What’s less wonderful is how they basically just gave him the dialogue of the actor who played Shawn before him — you know, the preteen who spent 90% of his screentime saying things like, “When are we going to be a family again?” We get it. You love your dad and want your parents to be together. You’re also a grown-ass man, and your father (seemingly) abandoned your mother and sister, and it isn’t like you dragged your lazy ass back to Salem any time in the last several years to help them get through that. So you can have every seat in the now-considerably-larger Brady Pub and zip it, Shawn.

I did appreciate how they built a mini-arc of him resisting Aiden, coming to understand his mom’s side of things (Kristian Alfonso really sold those scenes in the park), and then accepting the upcoming marriage. But it could’ve been done with a little more, or perhaps any, subtlety.

Then we had the bachelor and bachelorette parties.

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Hope’s bachelorette party was so much fun to watch. Having all those women together in one room — and seeing them get to enjoy themselves both as actors and characters — was a treat. This was almost like a scaled-back version of the Saylum Wimminz Buk Klub: Pot Donut Edition, with Julie having an appropriate venue for her wackiness (grinding on the stripper!) and Caroline getting in on the action. I was rolling my eyes a little at Caroline’s throwaway line about how “The therapy seems to be working!” while she’s bopping around the room like nothing was ever wrong with her to begin with, but I guess this is the neurological version of someone, like, falling off a roof and then walking around with a band-aid on his head 12 hours later. The bit with the stripper trying to steal Hope’s jewelry and the ensuing arrest was silly, but not in a way that I minded — I loved how, afterward, the ladies were like, “This makes such a good story!” That’s how normal people react to things like that! And Cameron Davis, late of Being Boring Except For the Time He Was a Stripper, got a shoutout (nice callback!), as did Caroline’s enthusiasm for the male strip revue they all randomly went to see. Fun!

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I also loved the little character bits of Jennifer worrying over the scandalous lingerie she’d bought Hope and then being a nerd, trying to get them all to play dopey bachelorette party games after the wild excitement of the stripper. It felt very Jennifer, in a good way. Also, how good does Melissa Reeves look? All it took was a decent hairstyle and some non-grandma clothes. This regime might not have much story for her, but at least she doesn’t have to be on national television looking like hot fried ass anymore.

And then things got serious. Hope spoke to Caroline about her “visions” of Bo, which clued Kayla in to Hope’s possible doubts about marrying Aiden — and across town (or, like, 27 feet away, based on the way everyone is always walking back and forth like it’s no big deal), Aiden’s bachelor party took a dark turn when he hit the bottle too hard and was haunted by images of killing Hope. His drunken blathering felt very realistic and tortured. It definitely appears as if they’re going for a grayer, more caught-in-the-middle Aiden now, which raises the question of why they couldn’t have this develop organically, either through his association with Clyde or his role as Chad’s attorney. The retcon that he was working for Stefano all along was lazy, doesn’t jive with what we saw onscreen, and took things too far, too fast — when we could have seen his torn allegiances develop until he wound up in an impossible, tragic situation.

I hope everyone gets some rest before “tomorrow,” because you know that’s going to be one marathon of a day.

Actor Arrested

October 28, 2015

Well, this might be even worse for his police academy application than bickering with his mother and sister in front of the Police Commander was.

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Casey Moss (JJ) was arrested at a hotel in Phoenix, Arizona, after a drunken rampage. Fox 10 Phoenix reports:

Employees at the “W” Hotel say Moss became belligerent and tried to take a swing at a bartender after a night of drinking.
“The subject became, after being overly intoxicated, upset with the staff because they cut him off,” said Hoster.

You can read the full story at the link above. Please note a) how the anchor refers to him as “Casey Moore,” and b) how we somehow have body-cam footage of a well-off drunk white kid being arrested, but it mysteriously never exists for any of these horrible, fatal beatings of black people. Anyway

What makes this even worse is that Moss was in Phoenix with other Days cast members promoting Greg Meng’s new 50th anniversary coffee table book (Kate Mansi, Thaao Penghlis, and others were in New York and New Jersey yesterday for the same purpose). Freddie Smith’s DUI didn’t get him fired, but this happened during a trip for the show. Not good. And I remember those weeks when he looked onscreen as if he’d shown up to work hungover. Not that a few drunken nights when you’re 21 necessarily indicate a larger problem, but the inability to control yourself this way doesn’t hint at good things, either. Yikes.

50th Anniversary Tribute Video

October 25, 2015

As the 50th anniversary nears, I keep finding myself falling down various Internet rabbit holes pertaining to Days history (which, to be fair, isn’t that different from what I normally do anyway). I’ve seen all sorts of tribute videos popping up on YouTube, but this one is definitely the most exhaustive — and I don’t mean that as a bad thing. Courtesy of Jason47, here’s an hour-long (!) YouTube montage, mostly of photos, that span the years from the show’s debut in 1965 right up to the present day.

If you have an hour to spare and/or actual productive things to avoid, it makes for fun viewing. I could’ve done with more captions and whatnot, but it really does take you from the beginning of the show right up to now. And it’s fun seeing people you’d forgotten pop up as the years go by.

What Happened in Salem: Week of October 19th

October 24, 2015

It was a week full of insane plots, insane dances, and insane SORASes…

Andre DiMera crashed Will’s funeral and revealed himself to the people of Salem, who for some reason are still surprised when a seemingly dead person (let alone a DiMera) turns up alive. Andre shared the pardon he’d received from the governor, who must be an absolute lunatic. Sami, author of such previous wonderful impulsive decisions as “My Fiancé Lied to Me, So I’ll Shoot Him in the Head” and “I Just Narrowly Avoided Death Row, So I’ll Murder Another Person and Cover It Up,” left straight from the funeral to head to Switzerland and find EJ’s safe-deposit box.

Read the full recap to catch up on What Happened in Salem this week!

Everyone (Except Some of You) Say Cheese!

October 22, 2015

People has published an exclusive first look at the 50th anniversary cast photo. Go behind the cut for the photo and some commentary…

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Various and Sundry WTFs

October 22, 2015

“Oh, hi, Dad! Just calling to let you know that I am randomly and suddenly 16 years old!”

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Everything about this SORASing has been so bizarre. They kept child Chase and child Ciara onscreen for way longer than I expected, and now teen Chase just pops up on a phone call mid-story. They could have had Chase and Ciara be away at camp or at least not seen during August and September, so that when the teen versions appeared, it was less jarring — but that would be a normal, sane way to handle things, and this is Days of Our Lives, so never mind.

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I’m not even sure I understand what’s up with André pressuring Aiden to kill Hope. I keep zoning out during the 4,000 scenes of André chasing Aiden around Salem to remind him why he should say yes. Do the DiMeras just want Hope dead because she’s Hope, and the life insurance is a perk for Aiden? Or do the DiMeras want Hope’s life insurance money, too? What’s next — the DiMeras concoct a plot to steal Caroline’s Wanchai Ferry coupons?  And a special shoutout to the utter WTF-ery of André just announcing to “all of Salem” (i.e., the people who weren’t too lazy to attend Will’s funeral) that he obtained a letter from the governor pardoning him. What kind of dumb-ass governor does this state have? (Probably equivalent to the dumb-ass-ness of the mayor and law enforcement in Salem, I suppose…) Stefano’s all, “André, no one can know you’re alive/back in Salem!”, and meanwhile this asshole governor has already signed a damn pardon and didn’t think to give Abe a call to tell him that his late wife’s deranged, homicidal cousin-cum-brother is alive and wandering around. Crackerjack work, per usual, gang.

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While we’re on the subject of things that defy every kind of accepted human logic, there was that insane conversation between Ben and Clyde — scenes which, their setting aside, were quite strong — at the police station. What a wise place to confess to your father that you are the serial killer who’s been terrorizing the town! Yes, I know they had Clyde throw in that line about how he swept the room and was certain it hadn’t been bugged, and no, that doesn’t make it any better. It just makes them both look as stupid as the Salem PD. Apparently that was James Read’s last airdate as Clyde, which was bizarre and anticlimactic. I was enjoying him as a real, true threat to the Deveraux clan, and I don’t see why, after finding a niche for him that genuinely worked, they’re rushing him offscreen like he’s Xander.

And then there was the lunacy to end it all.

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It’s been at least seven years since anyone in Salem heard a song that had ever been played on the radio in the real world, and they go and do it for Daniel and Nicole? It was sweet that they took the time to do something genuinely romantic, but I can think of any number of couples — actually, I can’t, but go with me here — who deserved it more than this walking, talking answer to ZzzQuil. Arianne Zucker was actually really cute during the dance, playing it like Nicole was enjoying it but also embarrassed, but it was absolutely bonkers that they had this choreographed dance, complete with lifts and twirls, somehow prepared to bust out in the middle of a restaurant at high noon. Maybe John Legend has a gambling problem and will license his music dirt-cheap just to keep the income flowing. Maybe I accidentally took some LCD yesterday. I don’t know anymore.