Oh my god. Taylor Walker is messing with Steve and Kayla, and possibly putting the moves on their teenage son!
JK (I think), but no one has actually said the name Ava Vitali yet, have they? For all we know, this could be Sarah Horton or a transgender Andrew Donovan. Who knows when Tamara Braun is onscreen?! I almost wish they’d had Theo come upon them and ask Joey, “Were you hanging out with Nicole’s sister?”
I really have no clue what to make of this so far. Ava has told Joey that she wants to help reunite his parents to make up for a mistake she made in the past, and Joey, like any normal teenage boy, has gone along with the plans of this 40-year-old stranger that require him to think far too much about his parents’ sex life. Makes sense to me! Based upon what we saw on Friday, Ava is either dying or wants people to think she is — the makeup and the devious grin implied that it’s all a ruse — and since Kayla was headed for “a consult” at the end of the episode, I’m guessing she’s going to walk into her office and find Ava sitting there. So what is this woman’s plan?!
They went out of their way to specify that Joey is 16 in Thursday’s episode, but Ava was definitely playing up the sex kitten factor with him. I do wonder if they’re going to go there.
The Steve/Kayla reunion material, meanwhile, was very strong. I’m not some huge fan of the couple — I enjoy them a lot and appreciate their place in Days history, but I wasn’t around for their first run — but these writers really seem to get the dynamic between them, and they both feel like smart, distinct, flawed characters. I also appreciated how they tied in Kayla’s brief, underwritten foray into online dating and had her react to Steve’s sudden marriage proposal like an intelligent person. They do exist in Salem — who knew?
John Paul Lavoisier debuted as Philip Kiriakis on Thursday, and I… didn’t hate him. I did hate his hair, but terrible hair seems to have been one of the more consistent things about Philip over the years, so I guess they actually got that right. The portrayal actually feels very much like Philip to me. Yeah, he’s intensely focused on business (and that damned serum, which is now THE DRUG), but I suspect this will be like Chad, who returned to Salem a cocky, raging asshole before the layers were slowly peeled back. I could also justify it as Philip, having suffered a number of losses and personal blows (losing Melanie due to his affair, and then having Parker taken away after having already given up Claire), has sort of shut down his personal life and made business his focus. I’ll be curious to see how he interacts with both of those kids (if Parker still exists) and if they actually establish that sort of throughline with him. As far as recasts go after one day of airing, though: not terrible and could work.