Archive for July 2016

What Happened in Salem: Week of July 25th

July 31, 2016

There was finally a break in the search for Tate…

John uncovered a possible link between Deimos and the Chopin Group, but Deimos denied any involvement in Tate’s kidnapping. Theresa kept having memories that made her sure Summer had been there at the Bench of Doom on the day Tate was taken, but when she went to confront Summer, they got into a scuffle. Since no one in Salem is capable of falling down without becoming unconscious or dying, Theresa hit her head and was out cold. Instead of helping her, Summer quickly packed a bag and fled.

Read the full recap to find out What Happened in Salem last week, if for some masochistic reason you really want to know!

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Cruel, Cruel Summer

July 31, 2016

Apparently Friday was Summer’s last air date, making her exit as bizarre and half-assed as, well, everything else about her time on the show.

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I was hoping there would be some quick discovery that she isn’t Maggie’s child after all, but no such luck. I guess it could still happen, but more likely, Maggie will just wind up with one more daughter floating around out there whom she never sees or talks to. She’s had plenty of practice with Melissa and Sarah!

It’s also entirely possible that all my years of watching this show have made me dumber, but I was legitimately confused by a whole bunch of stuff this week. Like Summer’s hair: was that supposed to be a wig she had on when it was dark and straight? If so, why did she keep the wig on to come back to Salem and be interrogated by the police? And if she actually dyed and straightened her hair, how did it get back to its usual state this week? And don’t even get me started on this hotel room nonsense — okay, too late. Theresa went to confront Summer in her hotel room, which is apparently the same one she’s checked in and out of at least two times previously. Because there’s no better way to ensure a good night’s sleep than to request the room where you accidentally murdered a man mere months ago! Anyway, if Theresa went there to confront her, and Summer left a note with the number of another room, what the hell other room was that? Between the lookalike hotel rooms and that space BlackPatch has been using as an office, I can’t even tell where things are supposed to be taking place anymore. It’s almost enough to make me wish everyone was hanging out at the single bench in the park again. Almost.

Fire Away

July 28, 2016

“Hello! I borrowed this Colonel Sanders costume from Kate!”

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I don’t know why, but I burst out laughing when they cut to this shot of Maggie the other day. I’m not even going to ask why she got gussied up in this suit just to sit around the house in her wheelchair in the midst of a family crisis. Maybe she was just excited because she knew this was coming:

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This was such a good “Welcome back!” shot of Sonny. I’m hopeful that the fact that he’s back means someone will at least remember Will existed, though of course they couldn’t be bothered to follow up on this ending in Wednesday’s episode.

Oh, and you know what’s probably a horrible idea?

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The last thing anyone in this town needs is to play with guns more. In light of everything going on with gun violence in this country, it struck me as tasteless to use a shooting range as the setting for a romantic date, but I guess it wouldn’t be Days without complete and totally disregard for reality.

What Happened in Salem: Week of July 18th

July 25, 2016

Brady and Theresa frantically continued their search for baby Tate, while Hope and Rafe forged ahead with their search for the end of viewers’ patience…

In Las Vegas, Brady and Theresa forced Summer to admit the truth about Clark’s death and the blackmail threat. Having just admitted to killing a man, Summer agreed to come back to Salem with them, since the cops there never actually punish anyone for murder. Meanwhile, BlackPatch discovered that the kidnapping was linked to the Chopin Group, which turned out to be a shell corporation. Roman’s interrogation of Summer was interrupted, and since he didn’t feel confident that any of his other employees could interrogate her as incompetently as he could, so it was postponed.

Read the full recap to find out What Happened in Salem last week!

Drake Hogestyn Injury Update

July 25, 2016

A little while back, there was a report that Drake Hogestyn (John Black) had been injured and would be sidelined from the show for a short while.

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Today, courtesy of a statement from his lawyers published by Soap Opera Digest, we have more details:

His legal team claims that on May 5, the actor was injured on the set while filming a stunt that required him to “break” through a prop door on a set that “had not been properly prepared”. Hogestyn “ran full speed” toward the door and “smashed headfirst” into it, suffering “severe head injuries,” say his lawyers. The actor was hospitalized and is currently recovering in his Malibu home.

Yikes. First of all, I really hope he’s all right and on the mend. That sounds serious and scary. Furthermore, it’s interesting that the statement comes not from Hogestyn, but from his legal team. This has to be a huge insurance/liability issue for a show that probably doesn’t have much cash to spare in the first place. And I have a feeling that it speaks to the way they’re rushing to get through things on-set and trying to cut corners financially wherever they can.

If he suffered the injury on May 5, which was nearly three months ago, that could mean we’ll have John offscreen for at least that amount of time come this fall. If they’re around six months ahead shooting-wise, that material will probably air in November. We’ll see if it’s noticeable when this happened and how they had to adjust the writing on-the-fly to account for his absence.

Logo You Didn’t

July 21, 2016

Titan has had how many CEOs over the past year, and not one of them saw fit to fix this horrible Seinfeld-looking logo for Titan TV?

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And under whose watch did Titan hire the MS Paint-loving design team from TruVista magazine?

While I’m on the subject of the ever-changing regimes at Titan: I can’t help but think about the poor H.R. department there, as well as the people who have to do Kate and everyone else’s taxes. Where do you even begin?! Those H.R. folks must have paperwork coming out of their ears. And Kate alone must have 50 W-2s for the past year.

This Tate kidnapping story isn’t exactly good, but the trappings of it are far more entertaining to me — and more in-line with the kind of show I enjoy watching — than most of what we’ve had in the past year. Suddenly, we have Victor and Maggie, Paul and John, and Shawn and Belle rolled into a story that centers on Brady and Theresa. I’ve had just about enough of Maggie’s hysterical caterwauling about Summer, but this all feels much more Higley/TomSell in execution than Griffith. I genuinely love how they’re using Shawn and Belle, the sight of whom was causing me to break out in hives as recently as three weeks ago. This version of Belle feels so much truer to who the character should be, and this is some long-overdue interaction between Shawn and another of his cousins.

And I’ll take 100 Tate kidnapping stories over that execrable Wednesday episode centering on Rafe. I’m all for breaking form with these singularly focused standalone episodes, but this one offered absolutely no information and felt like it was as long as the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. Rafe feels guilty that he landed Hope at death’s door? Um, how about the fact that this entire thing has happened because a) she shot a man in cold blood and roped Rafe into assisting with the cover-up and b) she thought it was a good idea to pursue a romance with the shady, unstable man whose son raped her daughter? Ugh. I hated it so much that I’m not even going to bother going back to grab screenshots, but if you missed it, trust me: you’re lucky and I’m jealous.

Veteran Returns

July 20, 2016

Not one I would’ve expected, but I’m not mad at it.

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