I am truly in awe that this stupid, rehashed version of a storyline that wasn’t even good the first time is still going on.
This Shawn/Belle/Philip triangle didn’t work ten years ago, and it has not grown more refined with time. Everyone involved comes off like a total moron. Why does Philip even want Belle? She cheated on him when they were married, blatantly treated him like some crappy consolation prize, and then turned around and cheated on Shawn with him. It’s like that great prophet of 90s R&B, Ginuwine, once sang: “You’re telling me it’s different, but what the hell is different? If you cheated on him, you’ll do it to me.” Didn’t Philip tell her like a month ago that he knows she belongs with Shawn? Does Belle even want either of them? Why is Shawn, who seems like a nice guy, putting up with this?
And on top of the fact that none of the motivations make sense, they’re ignoring so many layers. Shawn and Philip weren’t always this contentious. They’re related! Why is that connection not being played? Shawn isn’t just “some guy” Philip resents. It’s a crime that they cast an appealing actress as Claire and completely glossed over the fact that Philip believed she was his child for the first year of her life. Like, haven’t even mentioned it. And not that they’re doing a great job of using any of Philip’s history, but it’s as if all his stories from after Belle and Shawn left Salem never even happened. This guy was married to Melanie? This guy was engaged to Stephanie and fought over Pocket with Steve and Kayla? This guy reconnected with Chloe and raised Parker as his own child for two years? Thursday’s episode was the second time Chloe came face-to-face with JPL’s Philip — the first was a scene back after Daniel died — and then there was no follow-up the next day. I’d accuse someone of being asleep at the wheel, but I can barely stay awake watching this crap, so I’m not surprised the people making it can’t keep their eyes open.