And Here’s to 50 More!
Now that the 50th anniversary gala has come and gone, I have thoughts. Many of them. Almost as many as glasses of bourbon that Eric snatched from passing waiters and immediately slammed.
I’m not too surprised that the wedding actually took place, because otherwise Aiden would never have gotten to enact his (idiotic) wedding-night plan to pose as the Necktie Killer and off Hope. I’m still struggling to comprehend how he thinks he would ever get away with this. What the hell is his alibi supposed to be? “I, uh, ran out for milk, and while I was gone, a guy broke in and killed my wife, and then I came home, conveniently missing him. BRB, gotta go cash this life insurance check.” That aside, I appreciated the way it was paced and the suspense they created over several episodes. It’s been a while since we saw an event play out over several days this way, and it really does make the viewing so enjoyable in a maddening sort of way, even if the underlying story kind of makes no sense. I’ve also been dying at Caroline running around with that insane, huge dress over her hospital gown.
She and Steve sure are assholes, though. Bo was clearly on the verge of passing out, but neither of them could help him get to Hope’s house? This dithering dementia patient has been deemed fit to drive herself all over town solo, but now she’s just going to hang out at the mansion while Bo gets himself to Hope’s? Okay, sure. Don’t even get me started on the fact that barging in on Hope on her wedding night probably wouldn’t gain Bo any favor with her — he doesn’t know that Aiden is plotting to kill her! — and it would’ve made more sense to go to the hospital and have someone call Hope to tell her. It isn’t like she’s a virgin and if Aiden deflowers her, she will be his property forever. She’ll still be married to him in the morning, either way. We know that Hope is fighting for her life — and boy, were those fight scenes brutal and well done — but Bo, Caroline, and Steve don’t!
There was a lot of other little stuff going on, much of which I enjoyed. Thursday, the 5th, was the actual 50th anniversary of the airing of the very first episode of Days of Our Lives, and there were a number of references to history. Some of them worked well. It was clever to have Julie overhear Ciara’s plan to shoplift and relay her own tale of shoplifting from exactly 50 years earlier — though, given how Julie mentioned that she was Ciara’s age then, that means Julie is 65-66, which feels a bit… low? I’m surprised that, since that made it into the script, they weren’t contractually obligated to give Marlena a line like, “Fifty years ago this week, my mother had an ultrasound and learned I’d be a girl when I was born!” But the reference itself worked both as a nod to history and a way of establishing Teen Ciara, though it felt way too fast to have her get vulnerable and admit that the jacket made her think of Bo. Let her be hell on wheels. The actress seems stiff but not terrible so far, and at least the writing is keeping the old version alive in things like her cockiness about shoplifting, the mention of the earrings from Sami, etc.
In general, it feels like we’re in So Far, So Good territory with the teens. Joey continues to loosen up, and the new Theo seemed to play the innocence of the character well without making him a cartoon.
There’s also a slight dorkiness to Teen Chase that I like. I was a little perplexed as to why he wasn’t Aiden’s best man instead of Rafe, but I guess he was only 10 years old when Aiden got engaged, sooooo…
Joey’s mysterious passing-out feels like the start of a new thread for Steve and Kayla. Anyone who’s up on casting news probably has an idea where this is going.
I don’t mind the setup, though it does feel like Round 2 of “Steve’s right with his out-there ideas, while Kayla’s wrong by being grounded in logic and reality.” Since Joey is involved, it should bond them, or at least advance the relationship in some interesting way. I’m hoping the writing surprises me here.
Oh, and as for other stuff that happened this week:
- Abe and Lani discovered that they’re father and daughter. Cool, I guess? I’ve made more surprising grocery lists.
- Drunk Eric grabbing Jennifer and kissing her was a fun surprise, though we got zero follow-up. I hope they pick up that thread. I’m still not clear on whether Eric is supposed to be upset that Nicole is with Daniel or just about his life in general.
- Did anyone notice Shawn and Kate pairing off to kiss during that insane “Gotta kiss at midnight” to-do?
- How nice of Marie to skip the wedding but send a text from out-of-town reminding everyone that, 50 years ago this week, she and Alice were planning her wedding! She neglected to mention that the wedding never happened because her fiancé walked out on her, and then she married his dad, and then said fiancé returned and they got together but he died, and then she fell in love with her own amnesiac brother… but I guess that’s a lot of typing.
- Why did Shawn step back when the other Hortons gathered to take that family photo? And where was Ciara?
- How batshit crazy was that scene of Theresa and Brady standing around yapping with John and Marlena? “Good luck finding out about your past!” “Sorry I tried to kill you, LOL!” Of course Marlena’s self-centered ass had to pause to relay the time she wore a pink sweatsuit to reunite with John on the docks, apropos of nothing.
- I did love that little scene in which Nicole, Daniel, Eric, and a few others stood around talking about all the weddings they’ve fucked up over the years. Own it, people!