Hello from the Outside
Now this is momentous! For the first time since Roman went to Hollywood, someone in Salem is in the actual outdoors!
Okay, well, not in Salem. Maybe the rule is that you have to leave the Salem city limits in order to be someplace “outside” that isn’t just Astroturf, a bunch of potted plants, and a bench. I still think it’s insane that Brady just took off for L.A. like that (and got there in the time it took Nicole to run back to her apartment), considering that he just had a damn heart transplant, but at least they had Theresa worrying about his health. As for Nicole, she should be a better liar than that. Her excuse to Theresa was basically, “I’m going to take care of the one thing that would actually be of interest to you!” Why didn’t she just say she was going to help Chloe with Parker, or that her brother Brandon was sick or something? Idiot.
And who did Brady find in Malibu besides… Dario Hernandez, randomly, with a new face? I was no huge fan of the first iteration of the character (for all six months he was around), but I liked Jordi Vilasuso in the role already just based on Friday’s episode. Seems a little strange that he didn’t give two hoots about the fact that Gabi had a baby or went to prison for murder, but I guess he is the son of a woman who couldn’t be bothered to visit for either of those events, so maybe it’s genetic.
I’m curious to know where this Summer thing is headed, but also: what a shitty statement about organ donation! “Yeah, your life will be saved, and you’ll be scar-free and able to travel within days, but you will also experience unbearable visions accompanied by a cheap-to-license adult rock tune that will surely drive you insane!” Great. In that case, I’ll just go ahead and sign a DNR.
Friday’s show, on the whole, was pretty good. Belle’s talk with Marlena was long overdue — though I’m not clear on why Belle has felt so much pressure to be “the responsible one.” It doesn’t sound like Shawn was being irresponsible while they were abroad and in Maine. If he’d been a deadbeat who couldn’t pay the bills, or if Claire were some demon child, I might understand more, but all anyone asked of her was to be a decent mother and maybe work (which she seems to want to do)? Meanwhile, the Victor/Philip scenes were really strong. John Paul Lavoisier toned things down, and I really bought him as Philip, and Victor was just the right amount of vulnerable-hurt and stone-cold. I thought Steve and Kayla were sort of the weak links, surprisingly, though I appreciated that they had Steve decide to tell her the truth so quickly. I wanted Kayla to just shut up for five seconds to let him explain, and I think they could’ve gone deeper. Maybe Steve doesn’t want to say “rape” because he doesn’t want to trivialize what Kayla went through. But he could’ve been clearer about how severe the coercion was, and how he felt he had no other choice. Like a lot of the show right now, things are almost working, but there are crucial pieces of plot and depth being skipped over, and it’s doing no one any favors.
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