I started a new job last week and had a houseguest all weekend, so I’m just getting caught up on Warehouses of Our Lives.
Ciara just walks in there, all, “Oh, this is the same place where we went to that party and where I was taken.” Um, you attended a (terrible) rave in the same place you were held captive and didn’t mention it at the party? That would’ve been great party trivia, if nothing else — and goodness knows that thing needed some spice.
I was legitimately impressed with Vivian Jovanni in the scenes in which Ciara confronted Chase. I don’t know what got into her, but she wasn’t stiff, and the emotions felt raw and real. Surprisingly well done. And it’s good to see Ciara has inherited her mother’s penchant for crazed tirades at baddies. I’m shocked she didn’t pull out a gun and plug him while she had the chance. Those scenes aside, though, the fallout of this utterly unnecessary rape fell very flat for me. Kristian Alfonso did expectedly strong work with Hope processing what had happened to her daughter, but there were so many layers missing from the writing. Doesn’t Hope have any feeling for Chase, whom she’s allegedly helped to raise? That could’ve been any teenage rapist she was railing at.
And then we had this ripoff of The Expendables.
Credit where credit is due: they’re trying new things visually, and that shootout was different for Days. I found the choreography a little disorienting — you kind of couldn’t tell where people were in relation to one another, which might’ve been a result of shooting it in chunks — but giving us a little action like this does help make it believable that these guys actually have these secret-agent and assassin pasts. Poor Rafe, though, walking in there with JJ and Lani as his backup. JJ couldn’t manage control of 90-pound Ava, and Lani is… Lani. Yikes. What, was Roman not available? I’m sure the shooters would’ve responded well to him marching in there and barking, “What da HELL?”
The beat of Eduardo taking a bullet for Rafe felt right, though, and I liked that weird little moment of Gabi discovering that her mother apparently left for Salem two weeks ago and hasn’t arrived yet. To be fair, this is a woman who couldn’t be bothered to show up when her own daughter died, so I wouldn’t exactly be shocked if she were taking her sweet time getting there, but it’s an intriguing tidbit. (Anyone else think she was going to be revealed as the mastermind of the warehouse shootout?)
This was some creepy shit. It still feels dramatically wrong to me for John’s parents, after all this time, to turn out to be some people we’ve never heard of, but what was lacking in drama with that lame-ass meeting with his mother was almost made up for with the intro of the dad. I bet being an Alamain doesn’t seem so bad now, does it, John?
As for things that (amazingly) did not take place in a warehouse…
Maybe Rafe should’ve brought Jennifer along to that shootout, considering she opted to wear a very ornate bulletproof vest to her daughter’s wedding.
The scene in which Julie, Adrienne, and Jennifer gave Abigail her wedding gifts was pretty much pitch-perfect Days, though I found it tonally bizarre to be doing these sweet, emotional scenes in the same episode as that dark, violent shootout. And that isn’t even getting into the logistical fuckery of Gabi’s involvement in both events. “I don’t want Abigail to know that her goddaughter was kidnapped, but go ahead and have your wedding! Just let her think her maid-of-honor is a flaky bitch!” That at least warranted a follow-up scene in which Chad covered for Gabi with Abigail, no?
At least they bothered to explain why Gabi wasn’t there, though. What a pathetic guest list! Steve, Kayla, and Joey weren’t in attendance… nor was Theresa, who designed the dress… and neither was Abigail’s own brother, completely without explanation. But don’t worry, she remembered to invite the guy who killed her beloved Daniel, even though I don’t think they’ve ever had a one-on-one scene. (Also, did the staging seem super-wonky to anyone else? When she walked up the aisle, Theo was way off to the side, Abigail didn’t appear to have a fill-in maid-of-honor, and there wasn’t any officiant standing up there with Chad. So weird.)
Side note: I was watching these episodes while the aforementioned houseguest was in the room, and he burst out laughing when Julie made some declaration like, “And let’s try not to bring up the fact that Ben Weston has escaped from the institution!” Such normal, everyday dialogue! And while I’m on the subject of Ben, what was with Lucas’s “That name gives me the creeps” line? We aren’t talking about Ted Cruz here — the guy murdered your son in cold blood! A little glib, no?
But let’s end on a happy note.
Look at these adorable DiMera boys! There’s a sentence I never thought I’d be typing.
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