The Heart Wants What It Wants

I know the typical reaction to a three-way car accident that leaves one man brain-dead and two others clinging to life should not be raucous laughter, but this show is too damn much.

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John’s 65-year-old ass thinks they should rip his heart out of his body and give it to Brady? Yeah, I can’t see a single damn problem with this plan. Should we go shoot Betty White and give her heart to Eric while we’re at it? I hope Kayla laughs in his face.

It was thoughtful of Marlena to bring her cleavage to her dying son’s bedside, though.

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Because nothing will revive a man like a glimpse of his mother’s tits. Good grief.

I was actually shocked that they had Thursday end with the car accident and Monday picked up with Daniel already dead. WTF? Shouldn’t there have been some nail-biting scenes of everyone waiting for the pronouncement as Kayla and Fynn rushed him into surgery? I’m as happy as anyone to see this jackass dead, but they didn’t even pretend there was any suspense here. Also, I was rolling when Fynn told them, “Daniel suffered brain death.” When, 2008? I know you’re new here, Fynn, but really.

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Jokes aside (for a minute), it was smart to hang something like on Suzanne Rogers. She deserves a showcase like this, and she’s playing it in a reserved sort of way that almost makes me feel bad that Daniel is dead. (Almost.) When she went into his room and sunk down to the floor against the wall, as if she was afraid to get too close for fear of making it real, I was actually moved.

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I did lose it when she was like, “How am I going to face Marlena if I don’t choose Eric?” Lady, you and Marlena have been in the same room once in four years, and she barely glanced at you as she stomped out. I don’t think it’ll be a problem. And does it strike anyone else as odd that this is being regarded as a totally even equation? Brady and Eric are not equal to Maggie and Victor. Brady is Victor’s grandson, someone to whom both of them are incredibly close. I get the agony of having to hand Eric a death sentence by choosing Brady, but it’s been played as, “We love Brady and Eric so much! How can we choose?” Victor was more than happy to trick Eric’s mother into showing a video of his rape publicly — I’m pretty sure he would pick Brady in a, um, heartbeat.

And then there’s Nicole.

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First off, did we know about this? STELLA? I don’t think we did. If so, I’m angry that I’ve missed so many “Stellaaaaaaa!!” jokes. And this four-time divorcée was going to get married at St. Luke’s? Yeah, okay, sure. I’ve been wanting to see a woman in a wedding dress burst into flames anyway.

Arianne Zucker has been great, but it’s a testament to what a lame husk of a character Daniel is that I’m barely feeling anything from her grief.

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After all she’s been through, Daniel is the great love of Nicole’s life? Meh. I totally get what he represents to her: stability, an opportunity to be a mother, acceptance. And the loss of that does make me sad for her. But I’ve never, ever bought into the idea that there’s some powerful love between these two. He barely tolerated her during that period where they were throwing a football in the park and then he was dry-humping her on the Astroturf, and then she was longing for Eric when they got engaged, and then suddenly it was supposed to be True Love. Whatever. Onward and upward, girl!

My glee over Daniel’s death is somewhat diminished by the fact that they’ve slid him back to a tolerable role over the last several months — in fact, he’s been used too little, considering all the connections that have been foisted upon him since his 2008 debut. I like Shawn Christian fine, and I believe Daniel would’ve worked well as a B-level character, someone with the prominence of, say, present-day Lucas. I actually didn’t mind him until about 2011 — I enjoyed the little family unit of Daniel/Carly/Melanie, and I found the beginning of “Dannifer” kind of sweet — when they shoehorned him into Maggie’s family tree and then became hellbent on making him The Future of Days at all costs. So, cowabunga, you show-eating, sanctimonious ape, and may we never hear your name again.

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49 Comments on “The Heart Wants What It Wants”

  1. Robbiemac420 Says:

    Sorry, I was never the Daniel-hater that everyone else seems to be and this 4-way tragedy (don’t forget about Jen), has pulled on my, um, heartstrings. I do agree that Tuesday’s cliffhanger when John bursts into the room, volunteering his heart to Brady was totally ridiculous. Give me a break! As you point out, his heart is twice as old as Brady’s and how does he even know he’s a match? It was laughable, and typical of soap drama. Not even well-acted!

    I wondered if John and Marlena had been engaged in some heavy petting before arriving at the hospital since her clothes were so messy and her cleavage was so grossly uneven. Don’t the actors prepare for their entrances?

    And finally there should be no real decision for Maggie here. She’s known them both since they were little boys, check. She loves them both, check. They are both related to Victor, check. However, Brady has a SON! Duh! There is a possible unapproved treatment for Eric! DUH! What is the problem?

    • mykleraus Says:

      LOL, Marlena looked so disheveled! I’m glad someone else noticed that.

      Eric isn’t even related to Victor, just to Caroline, so there’s really very little debate here. The whole thing seems super-contrived.

  2. Shea Says:

    I know I am not a Nicole fan so I thought it was just me but I feel like they have taken the wrong approach to her grief. If she were in there saying “you can’t do this to me”, “why is this happening to me?” or “what am I going to do without you?” and making it feel like it’s about what SHE is losing I would buy the grief. But the way they are trying to sell this as the loss of a great love just feels flat to me.

    I burst out laughing when Fynn was telling Maggie, Victor, and Nicole that Daniel had a Traumatic Brain Injury and had suffered brain death too….but mainly because of Maggie’s reaction. She said “what?” and then “WHAT” and it just sounded like a bird squawking or something. After that initial scene though I have been feeling Maggie’s grief and when she crumbled into pile in the corner of the hospital room, I actually shed a tear. And crying over the loss of Daniel was not something I thought I would do!

    • mykleraus Says:

      That seems like it would’ve been a much more Nicole-esque way to have written this, yeah. This is not Bo/Hope we’re watching!

      I know exactly what you’re talking about with Maggie squawking, and now I can’t stop laughing!

  3. Jayme Says:

    I thought MY brain was going to die when they cut to Jennifer in that neck brace. I’ve never used a LMAO before, but LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • mykleraus Says:

      I screencapped that and then forgot to work it into the post. Her scenes with JJ were actually pretty good, but the neck brace was really pushing it. I’m sure they will reuse it as part of one of Kate’s outfits soon or something…

  4. Mo Says:

    University Hospital is trying to match the Salem PD with all the incompetent, unethical goings-on! Steve must be rubbing off (or up?) on Kayla because she is playing fast and loose with the rules when it comes to heart donation. And she doesn’t think anyone will notice the Super Surgeon of the Century’s ticker happened to go to his in-law? And what a GREAT PSA for organ donation. “Donate your organs so your next-of-kin will have to make an unimaginably painful decision!”.

    I mean I know they couldn’t IRL but in the Salem Universe they couldn’t wait for Paul, Chloe, Melanie or Parker to get there before they pulled the plug on Daniel and rushed Brady in for surgery? For someone knocking on heavens door Dan’s tan still looked a crispy golden brown and his hair stylish as usual as they were disconnecting his breathing tube.

    While their Cousins, Uncles, whatever are in the ICU the “Salem Teen Scene ™” are off having a pizza and pop party on New Years Eve and talking about bullying after breaking into a Crime Boss’ families bar? None of them have cell phones? OK.

    Meanwhile, while Jennifer was right in the middle of this wreck they still manage to marginalize her and make her an afterthought to everyone involved. Her neck-brace still makes me think the wardrobe department still hasn’t forgiven Missy Reeves for her supportive Chic Fil A tweet from 4 years ago…

    • mykleraus Says:

      Hahahaha. “Donate your organs so your next-of-kin will have to make an unimaginably painful decision!”– I can’t. I loved how Victor was like, “This sucks! We don’t want to do it!”

      Has anyone even MENTIONED Parker yet?

      That description of the lame-o teen party is amazing. “Let’s sit around and talk about bullying!” These kids know how to live.

      I’m hoping to get some use out of that neck brace screenshot at some point…

      • Robbiemac420 Says:

        Yeah, what about Parker and Chloe? And the teens? Does Kate know? And the lovesick JJ sure has gotten over Paige quickly as he moves on with Gabby! So many loose ends to tie up! It is good to see that Theresa isn’t getting attacked while she is in the same room with Victor and John. Will Chad be strong enough to fend off Stefano and Andre’ so he can get on with Abigail and their son?

      • mykleraus Says:

        Oh god, that’s just what we need — Ciara’s cardboard ass droning on about what a great man Daniel was. 😉

      • mykleraus Says:

        I do like that there’s finally been some progress with Theresa and Brady’s relatives. They should’ve had the scene where John sees her at Brady’s bedside be a big thawing moment for the two of them, but they kind of did that at the bicentennial in an unceremonious way.

  5. VKing Says:

    I love reading all of the comments. High points for me include:
    the actors who play Kayla, Maggie, and Nicole—superb!

    Low points: John’s desire to die to give his heart to his son. Just like all of you, I could not believe what I had heard when he uttered this ridiculous request. Also…is it just me, or is the actor who plays John just getting worse? Even his patent squinting could not conjure up any emotion and salvage his scenes!

    And the fist pump John gave Paul when Paul arrived at the hospital???????

    And where is the outrage over Eric’s driving while drunk????????

    Flynn–to me, it looked like he was about to crack up laughing when he had to deliver his most dramatic lines! And of course it was totally realistic to have Flynn operating on his best friend!
    I fear Flynn is a pretty boy with no acting chops.

    The teen party—oh my, who wrote that drivel? I was embarrassed for the actors when they had to recite those superhero lines. No normal American teenagers would talk like that!

    I look forward to your next blog!

    • VKing Says:

      And what hospital conducts paternity tests at 3 am???

    • mykleraus Says:

      John had the Fart-sniffing Acting turned up to an 11 during those scenes!

      I had the same thought about Fynn. I thought he was going to lose it like Ryan Gosling on SNL. Not that I blame him…

      • ADW Says:

        LOL 😂 on John’s fart sniffing (so true) it always annoyed me how he said, “daaaaawwwk” to Marlena AND Ryan Gosling on SNL.

        Speaking of Parker did you hear he was recast with a little very fair skinned, towhead boy? He is about 2 years older than the last Parker Brothers. Let’s hope nuParker can talk/act; eat more than just icecream, cupcakes, lemon squares; and be used as more than a prop.

      • mykleraus Says:

        I didn’t read that! I sort of hope the old, mute Parker is around for the funeral. It’d be weird to have a totally new kid for that after Shawn Christian had ALL his scenes with the old twins, even if they never looked him in the eye.

    • Mo Says:

      My favorite John move is the head-tilt nostril flair he does when he’s thinking hard (well. hard for John) about something.

      He must not of thought too hard about giving Brady his heart though because as you mentioned he gave Paul a casual fist bump when he walked in. Moments after offering his own life he was acting like they were meeting to watch football like bros.

      Doesn’t the old soap opera heart-transplant storyline dictate that whomever gives you their heart you must fall in love with their significant other? I can see this being the case with Brady and Nicole. If John had given Brady his heart Brady would have to fall in love with Marlena! Eeek!

      • mykleraus Says:

        Doesn’t that old trope usually work better when the dead donor’s lover hasn’t already slept with every one of his friends and relatives??

  6. fluffysmom Says:

    On Chicago Med a guy directly donated his wife’s lungs or liver to the teenager who caused her to die so it happens in Chicago too.

    I feel bad for Nicole but I agree that we never saw an epic love affair between her and Daniel. It must have happened off-screen.

    I don’t get the impression that everyone knows that Eric was driving drunk. If so you’d think someone would be talking about it besides Roman and Marlena.

    How could Maggie seriously consider not choosing Brady? She’s worried about looking Marlena in the eye?? What about your husband if you choose to let his grandson die? WTH?

    I think the actor playing Finn won a competition in Australia to win the role. Or maybe I ate Rory’s pot brownies and imagined that.

    That was the lamest high school party ever. They didn’t need to break into TBD to drink pop and talk about bullying. They could have done that in the hospital cafeteria.

    • mykleraus Says:

      I can’t tell if anyone but Roman and Marlena know that Eric was drinking. No one is acting like it, that’s for damn sure. Shouldn’t Nicole be registering this? I know she’s preoccupied, but she saw how wrecked he was.

      Fynn/Finn/whatever did win a competition, yeah. You’re not crazy!

    • Mo Says:

      Maggie has been portrayed very well here except in that moment. “How will I face Marlena at our next Book Club Meeting?”. Hon, you share the same 9 sets with her you’re going to run into her either way…

      • mykleraus Says:

        It’s crazy how seldom they have been in scenes together, considering that almost no other two people in the cast are that separated from one another.

  7. ADW Says:

    Nominate Suzanne Rogers for an Emmy for her performance right here it was raw, genuine, and not too over the top. 😀
    I just can’t with John, he’s not clocking out we still need to find out who the eff he is and if he’s had any more careers, lovers, and kids we never knew about! Yes, giving John’s heart to Brady is as ridicoulous as putting an engine from at 1952 VW Beetle into a 1981 VW Rabbit Turbo Diesel.
    I see Marlena is once again wearing a black velvet drape thingy which girls wore for school portraits, she’s sharing way to much with the class! 😜
    Nicole Stella LMAO Stella will get her grove back with Fynn in no time. Yeah, Daniel was just one of Nicole’s loves of her life and the list also includes Eric and Brady…

    • Simon Parris Says:

      Thinking back to the controversy when the actress playing Kalinda left The Good Wife, I do not believe for a minute that Deirdre and Suzanne were in the same room at the same time for the scene in Brady’s hospital room. When will TPTB tell them that enough is enough with their petty feud?

      • mykleraus Says:

        I was thinking the same thing. If we ever get actual, meaningful interaction between them, it’ll be green-screened to hell and back.

    • mykleraus Says:

      LOL about the VW engines. It’s too true.

      Dying at “she’s sharing way too much with the class.”

      And yeah, this is definitely SR’s Emmy reel. Peggy McCay has had multiple noms in recent years, so it’s Rogers’ turn.

  8. kathy Says:

    OK – I hate myself for asking but is there a real feud between Suzanne and Deirdre? I know that Deirdre has everyone in her many, many pics except Suzanne.

  9. underyourwing Says:

    why isn’t eric handcuffed to the railing of his bed for vehicular Surfer-slaughter? when chad was in a coma wasn’t he restrained?

    • mykleraus Says:

      They haven’t done a good job of explaining who knows about the drinking. Roman and Marlena are the only ones who have discussed it. I’m wondering if Roman somehow got the bloodwork done and hasn’t told anyone besides Doc yet? It’s strange.

  10. underyourwing Says:

    it is actually infuriating……but, that’s daze. any time anyone else farts in town everyone else smells it from miles away…..

  11. Robbiemac Says:

    And here we go….a new blond Parker was introduced today (how does that happen since both Chloe and Daniel are brunettes and their mothers are both redheads, hmmmm?). Anyway, at least this one can speak well, as well he should since he is the boy from the insurance commercial who imagines his dad giving him the keys to the family car and foresees all the trouble he might get into, then decides against it and sticks to his little rider car.

  12. DJ Says:

    Technically Nicole was married 5 times but did have 4 divorces. Her marriage to Trent was annulled, then Lucas, Victor and EJ twice.

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