Checking In

If only the rest of Salem had the sense of Julie Williams.

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I realize that might sound like a crazy thing to say, considering the woman is bonkers (Exhibit A: the fact that her B&B hosts “high tea” at a single table in the foyer), but her reaction to Aiden was perfect. I realize these people encounter a lot of murderers and psychopaths and what-have-you, but they’re all so casual about it. I mean, Kate is practically begging a self-professed maniac to marry her after having known him for two months and knowing that he’s obsessed with another woman.

And don’t get me started on how Aiden was all, “I have to stay here! The Salem Inn is full!” You mean there’s not any other hotel in this city that boasts an international airport and various multinational conglomerates?

Other things not to get me started on:

  • Belle: She “broke up” with Philip about fifteen minutes ago and divorced Shawn like a week ago, and her daughter whom she’s neglected is giving her trouble, so obviously the solution is to go out, get drunk, and throw herself at her barely-ex-husband. She’s wretched.
  • Ciara and Chad: Good grief! You could see Billy Flynn working overtime to try and spark chemistry in their scenes on Friday, but he might as well have been acting opposite one of Stefano’s chess pieces. I’m hoping that the point of all this is simply that Ciara gets fixated on Chad because of all she’s been through, and Chad is appalled and has to push her away (shades of Abigail/Austin), because if he reciprocates in any way… yuck. She’s the barely-legal cousin of his recently institutionalized wife, and his nephew is in love with her, and she was raped not too long ago. And she might be a robot.
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22 Comments on “Checking In”

  1. Fluffysmom Says:

    What happened to the cheap motel where Nicole lived at one point?

    I was thrilled that Julie didn’t just accept Aiden’s story as the truth. LOL at high tea at one table in the foyer.

    Belle is upset that she doesn’t have any men chasing after her. That means she actually has to deal with her daughter.

    • mykleraus Says:

      What is she so worried about? That her daughter will turn into the kind of woman who does nothing but bounce between the same two men for fifteen years? Oh wait…

  2. Mo Says:

    High Tea in the Hallway was the best use of space in Salem since the fitness center in the town square where they held shirtless yoga class in the lobby!

    Billy Flynn is being wasted if they plan a long tangle with Small-Wonder-Bot Ciara. I was pleasantly surprised to see Stefano back but he should have been making the walls bleed or something else ghostly for being called up from Hell to be part of such a dud storyline.

    When are Claire and Shawn D sailing away again? She’s a chore to watch and he’s been basically sleepwalking since coming back to town!

    I lost track of the “Outbreak” story mid-week but I assume everyone who was infected died, the morbid way this show is going. Just kidding! Couldn’t Rafe’s mom have just applied to be a nurse off-camera? That’s about the only consequential thing to come from this terrible debacle. A debacle that came the same week Victor and Maggie sat on a bench and said “What a wonderful little town Salem is!” or something equally as silly while they stared into the sky. Never-mind half your families are quarantined 10 feet away at the hospital.

    • mykleraus Says:

      They were doing shirtless kickboxing in that lobby, weren’t they? I remember being really nervous about what a hazard it was.

      I really have no idea why they did this virus thing if it was such a non-story. It changed no relationships. What’s going on with Kayla, anyway? Wasn’t she dangerously ill? Then we just never saw her again.

      • Fluffysmom Says:

        I feel like there was a last minute edit to the epidemic storyline. Or the spoilers were completely off base.

      • mykleraus Says:

        Ooh, do tell! Was a bunch of stuff cut?

      • Fluffysmom Says:

        According to the spoilers there was going to be a death from the epidemic that would impact many Salem residents. Somehow I don’t think they meant a couple random people from the photo shoot who never appeared on-screen. Maybe someone posting spoilers assumed an actual character would die.

      • mykleraus Says:

        What the hell? Knowing these sickos, I wonder if they planned to kill off baby Arianna…

      • Fluffysmom Says:

        That was my fear too. I actually like the characters who were sick. If Summer had been sick from the epidemic I would have rooted for her to have a fatal virus.

      • mykleraus Says:

        Yeah, seriously. Now *that* would’ve been a gift!

  3. Michelle Says:

    I’m always happy to read fellow Belle hate. KS was ok in this role, but MM just doesn’t and has never exuded any warmth at all. I don’t buy her as anything but a stone cold bitch even when she was supposed to be the sparkle queen of Salem. I cringed when I read she was being brought back. At least she’s not on all the damn time like her previous stint.

    The Chad/Ciara thing is horrid for many different reasons, the main being as you point out Ciara is played by an atrocious actress, who somehow has managed to get worse not better in her 7 months on screen.

    • mykleraus Says:

      I wanted to like MM this go-round, because I don’t think she’s a bad actress, but the writing for Belle is atrocious, and her lack of warmth really does not help. She’s playing into what’s on the page instead of against it. It’s like they’re writing Belle as a major bitch, but we’re not supposed to think of her as one, which is so weird.

    • Shea Says:

      Marlena certainly has her bitchy moments and it seems like Belle is a reflection of some of her mother’s traits. I don’t totally dislike Belle but the writers have never shown me any of the motivations behind anything she does. I never know what she feels or what she thinks…and it frustrates me.

      • mykleraus Says:

        Belle definitely feels like Marlena, Jr. They seem to want to present her as this frazzled nutjob who’s constantly messing up, but she seems to have no interest in changing or even in examining why she does what she does. It’s really strange. I’d love to hear what the writers *think* they’re doing with her.

      • UnderYourWing Says:

        speaking of where the hell are mar and john??

      • mykleraus Says:

        Probably humping to make up for the time they lost while John was “critically ill” for two hours…

  4. Barbie Says:

    Hard to keep track of any of these stories. Everything happens off screen. What’s the deal with these stories. This is certainly very unique writing.

  5. Fluffysmom Says:

    The only thing good about the epidemic was seeing Gabi, JJ and Paul regularly.

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