Bad Mama Jama

All it took was being kidnapped by a group of international assassins and transported against her will, but Mama Hernandez has finally made her way to Salem!

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I do think they got the casting right here. She actually resembles a real woman who raised children! Sure, she’s only 18 months older than Rafe, but because she isn’t dressed like a porn star, she can totally play the mother of 147 adult children. Assuming she hangs around/is something of a presence, I’ll miss my jokes about how she must have fallen hanging the drapes again (note: this was the actual excuse given when she didn’t come for Gabi’s high school graduation) the next time one of her kids experiences a trauma and she’s nowhere to be found, but luckily, no one can take away my cracks about how she didn’t bother coming to Salem when her oldest daughter died, or when Rafe got married, or when her granddaughter was born, or when Gabi went to prison for murder.

On the other side of the spectrum, we had one of the most hilarious latter-day Marlena moments since Don’t Call Me Mar:

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That cut from Steve and Rafe huddled together to Marlena with her hands up was too damn much. And then there was that exchange: “I’m here to help!” “Marlena, get the F outta here.” “But I must help!” Couldn’t either of the men have pointed out that by creeping up on them, distracting them from a time-sensitive task, and then taking up their time with a debate over whether she should be there, what she was doing was the antithesis of helping? I did love when Steve handed her the gun and went, “Please don’t shoot me,” and Marlena snapped, “Don’t tempt me!” What a raving bitch. I love her.

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14 Comments on “Bad Mama Jama”

  1. underyourwing Says:

    i counter my butt outt!! comment ! : yeah, since she had to be mami-napped to actually land in salem and see her kids she ignored all those years, i guess it does give her some rights to be kinda shrewish with her opinions….. i am so glad those guys are now free from the International Fuck your children Over & Turn Daddies Lethal Society so we need to come up with lots of other excuses..oops…..reasons for totally insane and understandable behaviors. 😉

  2. Dylan Says:

    I was waiting the whole two episodes that she’s been on for her kids to confront her for being missing in their lives for SIX (?) years! But of course since this is Days that has all been forgotten. Anyway I’m glad she’s finally here, she’s a hoot. I’m actually enjoying the Hernandez dynamics for the first time, now that they’ve introduced Dario and “Adriana” (she has a first name!). However, I can’t even stand to watch the rest of the show right now. Just a mess! I guess they wanted to just be done with John’s backstory after changing it so many times, but I didn’t like this Yo Ling story. It was far too rushed, and I feel like they’re not going to actually play out any of the aftermath, knowing these useless writers. Plus it just adds another kidnapping/death to this endless string of dark events. The Summer storyline is tedious, and have they just made up this backstory about Maggie’s doctor lying to her, saying that her baby was a stillborn? There is other stuff that has potential (like this Deimos stuff, etc) but if anyone mentions The Serum again I’m going to scream.

    How much longer before the new Higley stuff airs? Are they now only shooting four months ahead? I assume they are closing the gap right now between taping and airing.

    • mykleraus Says:

      I think they took a five-week hiatus. Not sure if they’re back taping yet, but I’m guessing the Higley/Quan material hits in August-Sept?

      I’m actually finding it a lot more watchable of late. I think a big part of that is because the pace is slowing down somewhat. There were a bunch of scenes this week that were just people recounting and reacting to things, which you NEED on a show like this.

  3. Shea Says:

    I haven’t seen the show since Wednesday but I wasn’t exactly sure what to think about Mama Hernandez. I agree that she looks like a real woman who raised children but I didn’t think she looked like she would be the mother of THESE particular people. And I am not sure I could see her as a love interest for A Martinez.

    I actually somewhat enjoyed the Yo Ling story but at the same time I am glad they didn’t drag it out any longer than they did. I enjoyed Tobin Bell’s appearance but at the same time if it had been any longer I think I would have changed my mind. I will reserve final judgment until I see where they are going with Paul. I could see some kind of a turn where Paul tries to kill John or something from here. I am not exactly a Paul fan but I think that has more to do with the ridiculousness of him being John’s son and the fact that I was only watching occasionally when he came on and the first two times I saw him on the show he was 1-making out with Theresa in his hospital bed and 2-sleeping with the horrible excuse for Will that we were stuck with.

    There is something that has been bugging me….Paul is the one who helped John contact Eduardo because Eduardo’s son had been a roommate of his. ( I assume this was Dario but I am not certain they explicitly said it was Dario.) Paul had contacted his old roommate (whose father had gone to Winthrone Academy) and then told John about Eduardo and that he was in Salem… but when Dario comes to town he seems like he didn’t know Eduardo was in town and that he really doesn’t know a lot about Eduardo’s past so he would not have known the Winterthorne connection that made Paul reach out to his old friend. Does Eduardo have another son out there somewhere or is this all just crappy continuity of story?

    I was hoping Dario was going to be a love interest for Paul but I guess he is for Nicole?

    • fluffysmom Says:

      I thought it was the father of one of Paul’s teammates who attended Winterthorne Academy.

      • Shea Says:

        I thought I remembered roommate but maybe it was teammate instead but I do remember that Eduardo was the father of whoever it was.

      • mykleraus Says:

        I honestly can’t even remember what they established, or if it was the same information each of the times they mentioned it!

    • mykleraus Says:

      I do agree with you about Mama/Adriana Hernandez — I’m not sure this woman would’ve bred four kids who basically all look like supermodels.

      I was confused about the Paul/Winterthorne thing, too. Did they ever explicitly say that EDUARDO was his roommate’s/friend’s father? I remember feeling like they were implying Dario, but the tie was so vague that I kind of forgot about it.

      • Shea Says:

        I would swear that they said Eduardo was the father of Paul’s old friend but honestly since I knew Dario was coming back to the show I could have twisted that around. I had definitely convinced myself that Dario was coming on for Paul.

      • mykleraus Says:

        That’s what I can’t remember, haha. Did I just fill in that bit of info because I knew Dario was coming (six months later)?!

  4. underyourwing Says:

    i didn’t think anything about all this but dario with paul is the way it SHOULD happen!!! that would be SO HOT—- nicole has had enough bad romances…..
    yet, nay nay nay say the in the wrong century writers…. too bad……
    a completely gay soap would be the s**t actually…….you want drama? i give you drama….All the Gays of Our Lives.

    • mykleraus Says:

      Seriously! I do think their best shot for giving Paul a relationship is to do it with someone tied to the show, a la Dario, instead of just a random new character.

      • ADW Says:

        We know now Adrianna Hernandez supported her 4 kids by working as a Nurse. I just can’t get out of my head that Eduardo mentioned Adrianna having a 4th grade education when they met at an art gallery. Anyhow, with Maxine M.I.A. and the writers seemingly have no desire to give the “blonde British nurse” and the “bitchy brunette nurse” names or any connection to the characters, will Adriana be working at Salem University Hospital since she is staying in town?

      • mykleraus Says:

        And he said that like three months ago! It’s not like that was said in 2009 and we’re supposed to disregard it. I do feel like that’s setup for her to start working at University Hospital…

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