Ghosts of Christmas Past
Another year, another Christmas Eve at the Horton house, another embarrassing display of tears on my part when they pan to Tom and Alice’s ornaments.
Doug’s speech got me going, too. Bill Hayes delivered it with such passion and feeling that he somehow brought alive 50 years of history in relatively few words. I thought it was really lovely and fitting that, at the Christmas following such a milestone anniversary, Days of Our Lives pay tribute to both its past and its future.
They hit a lot of the right notes, with giving proper focus to the loss of Will and to Lucas’s grief in particular. Maggie’s bond with Lucas has sort of been overshadowed by her (similar, addiction-driven) bond with Brady, so I was glad to see it get some attention. (It did seem a little weird that Gabi wasn’t there with Arianna — although she did kill Nick, another Horton, so maybe she wanted to avoid that awkwardness, but Lucas could’ve brought his granddaughter.) Giving Lucas that private moment outside the house, when he received Sami’s text with Allie’s drawing, was wise and touching. I’m still dying to get Lucas’s POV on this whole thing, though. Sami went on the run with his daughter? Does he just not get to see Allie anymore? Maybe he’ll run into Belle at the Town Square next month and get three lines about it.
The editing during the ornament-hanging was all over the place, because Jennifer and her family’s ornaments were hanging on the part of the tree that faced the camera several scenes before we actually saw them hang them. A little sloppy, but not the biggest sin in the world. It did strike me as weird that they chose to linger on two ornaments in particular.
Janice Barnes was a foster child whom Mickey and Maggie adopted in the 70s, but then her biological mother came back to reclaim her, and it was a whole mess that culminated in Maggie becoming an alcoholic and them losing custody of Janice. She reappeared in the late 80s as an adult and, grossly, dated both Bill Horton (her former adoptive uncle) and Mike Horton (her former adoptive brother/cousin) before being murdered by the Riverfront Knifer, a.k.a. Harper Deveraux. Given that rundown, I suppose it is appropriate that we think about her in a year in which just about everyone else has been brutally murdered or otherwise dropped dead, but I have a theory about why the show wanted to make us think about her… but it pertains to some spoilers. Also:
I’m on record as being a fan of both Melanie and Molly Burnett, but I can understand why she — and the prominence the show has awarded her — irks people, and I burst out laughing at how the camera lingered on her ornament for what felt like 90 seconds. It just struck me as such a hilarious F-U to everyone who dislikes her, and I can only imagine how I’d have felt if they had given that sort of attention to, I don’t know, Serena or Jordan or someone else that pointless and annoying.
In other festive news, how bad of a person am I if I’m totally into this illicit sexual tension between Joey and Ava?
I wouldn’t normally be cheering on this kind of thing, both because they’ve said Joey is only 16 and because she already banged his dad, but it’s apparent that we are supposed to see Ava as a deranged villain, and James Lastovic is doing a really good job of playing a lust that he might not even be acknowledging to himself.
I know, Julie. It is scandalous.
I actually buy this a lot more than I ever did JJ/Eve, because Ava is manipulating him, and Joey isn’t professing to be in love with someone else, let alone someone who’d be devastated by a tryst between him and Ava. I’m not convinced it will happen, but it does go a long way toward explaining how she’s kept him under her thrall. I’m not sure what to make of Ava looking at that photo of a baby at the end of Friday’s episode, though the clear implication is that she had Steve’s baby at some point, which either means that child died and she’s out for revenge, or that child is someone we know (Chase?), or that child is going to force us to bend our very concept of time and space in ways at which our nightmares have only hinted thus far. Hope you have some spiked eggnog left over!
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