Layered Up

“Why do they have me in these bulky sweaters in the middle of summer?!”

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At least they don’t have this 20-something single dad who goes out for ice cream three times a day constantly running around in a suit, but of course there has to be something odd about the way they’ve got him dressed.

On a similar note: the conflict between Chad and Jennifer about what’s best for Thomas has produced some really strong scenes. They actually gave the Chad/Jen argument scenes room to breathe, and the actors seemed relieved to be able to turn in deep, passionate performances. And I liked that they used Doug and Julie to push Jen in the direction of suing for custody of Thomas — and that Jen was conflicted about it.

But.

But.

It’s so bizarre that Chad didn’t go for the fact that Jennifer very recently began going to meetings to cope with an addiction. Does she even have her 30-day sobriety chip yet? Girl, you were crawling around on your living room floor crying and moaning because you couldn’t find a Percocet three weeks ago! What makes you more fit to care for a baby than a man who had a nightmare and cried? Granted, he has a robotic live-in nanny who’s moonlighting at the local mental hospital, but still. He’s an unfit father because he’s upset that his wife is missing? Likewise, there was a much more sensitive, interesting angle they could’ve had Doug take — which is that, after Addie died, he let Tom and Alice care for baby Hope for a while because he couldn’t handle it. Doug could’ve gone to Chad and posited that in a quiet, compassionate way, rather than immediately shoving a list of lawyers in Jennifer’s face.

This seems to be the overriding M.O. in the writing these days. Decent idea that doesn’t jive with what’s happened onscreen already, but logic and continuity be damned — gotta do it.

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36 Comments on “Layered Up”

  1. Dylan Says:

    I don’t buy for a second that Jennifer would sue for custody or even consider it, especially given that she just recently stopped popping pills. I agree, there are some good scenes but this story doesn’t make any sense. And Julie/Doug staunchly agreeing? This is so cruel to Chad, and there is no chance that Jennifer would win any custody. Ugh. Chad even has this full time babysitter, so he’s not really taking care of Thomas on his own. Dumb story.

    • mykleraus Says:

      It just feels so extreme. Couldn’t she offer to move into the mansion? “I want to help out” is a lot less aggressive than “I don’t trust you,” which is RICH coming from this woman!

  2. Matthew Says:

    The sweaters do make sense when he’s home in that the AC might be set too high in the mansion. Since he owns the place, he could of course demand that someone from that huge staff (that we never see) just change the darn setting.

    This bring up some fun points. Where is Harold? Is he on a strike in sympathy for Henderson apparently being out of a job while Victor tries to get his fortune back?

    Am I the only person who has always thought Harold and Henderson are secret lovers and have worked together behind the scenes all these years to make sure that neither Victor nor Stefano ever permanently got the upper hand over the other one?

    From the Land of Lost Storyline Threads….since i mentioned Chad owning the mansion….that whole thing about him buying the mansion because Stefano/Andre didn’t pay the taxes made no sense. It was already established that Stefano didn’t personally own the mansion. It was owned by DiMera Enterpises – which is why Sami and Kate were able to throw Stefano out of the mansion when they maneuvered their way to the co-CEO positions at the company.

    I guess we’ll just have to assume that after the Sami/Kate fiasco, Stefano personally bought the asset from the company off screen. As you always say, Mykle, must be an awesome show happening off screen!

    • mykleraus Says:

      Kate called out the name of the new (invisible) butler at the K Mansion a week or two ago, and I was cracking up. Just as stubborn as Henderson with regards to actually doing anything!

      I kind of decided the same thing about Stefano and the mansion, for my own sanity. That would’ve at least been smart of him! I’m still not clear on how Stefano and Andre went broke but Chad had money. Wouldn’t a lot of it have been in the company? Not that the writers thought about it either…

      • Fluffysmom Says:

        It was stated that Stefano had been putting money into an account for Chad. It was probably some kind of trust fund meant to buy his love.

      • mykleraus Says:

        Yeah, I kind of remember that. At least they somewhat explained what was going on (for once).

    • ATiger Says:

      Hahaha! Harold and Henderson! Yes!!!

  3. underyourwing Says:

    the less i see of ol doug n julie the better….. at least he did not burst into song….

    • mykleraus Says:

      I honestly love seeing them — but I’m okay if they cram it with the singing.

      • Dylan Says:

        Ugh, Chloe’s singing was HORRIBLE the other day.

      • mykleraus Says:

        I didn’t HATE it, but singing on soaps always makes me so uncomfortable. I’d prefer they have the song start, then just do a montage across town so we don’t have to watch the singer the whole time!

      • Erin L Says:

        I couldn’t figure out if it was really her singing or if she was lipsyncing over someone else’s voice.

      • mykleraus Says:

        It was her singing, but I’m 99% sure they pre-recorded it and had her lip-synch over the audio to make it easier to shoot.

      • Erin L Says:

        All these years I’ve been watching (since 2008) they have called her a singer but never actually let her sing. I just always figured she couldn’t. She isn’t bad.

        Also, I like the kid they have playing Parker but he is supposed to be Daniel and Chloe’s son and looks nothing like them. He is blonde and has a very light completion. If he is their kid it explains why they need so much self tanner.

      • mykleraus Says:

        She sang a lot (A LOT) during her original run on the show. I hated that they lost that aspect of her character between 2007-11. She’s not a bad singer at all, though her voice definitely leans more opera, so it’s weird when they try to mix it with more contemporary sounds.

        LOL about Daniel and Chloe’s complexions!

      • Dylan Says:

        Oh I had no idea it was her voice – it didn’t sound like the actress’ voice at all to me. I just cringed because I assumed it was lip syncing.

      • mykleraus Says:

        Her singing voice is much more operatic than her speaking voice would suggest. I definitely would bet they pre-recorded and had her lip-synch, though. Probably WAY too expensive to take the time to film the singing live.

      • Fluffysmom Says:

        Nadia and her family were singing before she ever joined Days. Her late father was a composer and a conductor.

        Chloe’s original story was very music oriented.

      • mykleraus Says:

        I was so annoyed when they downplayed it when she returned in 2007. Her story was ALL about her sex life.

  4. Erin L Says:

    I hate Jennifer. That’s all I have to say….I just fucking hate her. And I have ever since she came back on she show and got her heart stolen or whatever. Her righteous holier-than-thou attitude just fucking irks me.

  5. ATiger Says:

    This is all so odd! If anything, Chad has consistently been one of–if not the only–sane people in the whole town. His reaction to his wife’s disappearance (agitation, confusion, sadness) seems completely normal given the circumstances. Are we supposed to side with Jennifer on this one?! Maybe Chad’s going to start going bonkers, but I haven’t seen anything particularly crazy from him yet (I’m a few episodes behind, so maybe it’s coming).

    Also, I was thinking the same thing about his sweater, especially when he was outside (hmm…maybe it’s his summertime sweater wearing that has Jennifer so alarmed!).

    • mykleraus Says:

      I know. What makes Chad suddenly unfit? The fact that he had a nightmare? Yeah, he’s been a little brittle with Jennifer and JJ, but not take-your-child-away bad.

  6. underyourwing Says:

    i love how doug told chad to stfu with the LOUDNESS of expression (when it is a perfectly legit demonstration of volume) or he would be ejected forthwith!!!…..yet it was just fine-o when jennifer went vocally apeshit… i need an Excedrin.

  7. Hard Candy Says:

    This storyline is so stupid. Jennifer hasn’t been written in character for years, and this is just one more thing she would never do. I don’t get why Chad won’t let her take the baby for a weekend either since Doug and Julie are both there. None of this makes any sense. It’s all just dumb. Why is it so damn hard to give Jen a storyline that isn’t ridiculous, rehashed, or just plain boring?

    • mykleraus Says:

      It drives me crazy, because this is a decent conflict as an idea, but it doesn’t at all jive with what’s happened onscreen recently. Jennifer blames Chad for “stealing” Abigail AWAY FROM A SERIAL KILLER?!

  8. underyourwing Says:

    because jennifer supports chic fil a yo


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