Preach It, Sister
I was all set to rage about what a shitty butler Harold is, after the way Laura walked in and breezily tossed off, “Your butler let me in.” Why even have a butler if he’s just going to let any old crone or criminal into the house?
But then I realized it was last damn night that Chad trashed that room, so Harold was probably up all night rebuilding furniture and putting the place back together. So when someone shows up at the door demanding to see Chad, I can’t really blame the guy for being like, “Sure, he’s upstairs. You have a gun? Yeah, whatever. Head on up.”
Wednesday’s episode held my attention and delighted me about the same as Tuesday’s, so we’re on quite the streak (two days!) of me actually wanting to watch instead of jumping out my window. I saw a lot of comments in which people complained that Laura was being an irrational shrew, because we like Chad, but Laura’s POV felt completely authentic to who she is. She doesn’t really know Chad. Stefano and Kristen tortured her. Peter made Jennifer and Jack’s lives a living hell (and that’s been the missing part of Jennifer’s argument for months — she personally got involved with a DiMera who seemed to be on the up-and-up who turned to the dark side!). And Chad’s relationship with Kate is of course a giant red flag for Laura.
I loved how quickly those two slipped back into their sniping at one another. Terrific use of history that’s also relevant to current story. And just like the Adrienne/Steve conversation in Tuesday’s episode, it struck me as a declaration from the new (“new”) writing regime that they’re going to pay attention to these connections after a year in which everyone was way too isolated and too many of these interpersonal beats were skipped over. I felt the same about the sudden injection of Chad/Kate, Chad/Sonny, and JJ/Julie scenes.
Like with Laura, I saw people complaining that Julie was out of line for advising JJ to dump the woman who did time for his cousin Nick’s murder. And yes, of course, the situation was more complicated than that. Gabi was terrified of Nick and had been terrorized by him. None of Nick’s family members pushed for him to get the help he clearly needed. But it’s consistent for Julie to feel this way, and it’s long, long overdue. I can’t even have dinner with my parents without getting grilled about my personal life. You can’t convince me that Julie “Carnival Barker” Williams could live in the same house as JJ for weeks without registering an opinion on his girlfriend.
Point is, I’m enjoying the vibe of the show this week more than I have since the excitement of last year’s reboot, and while I’m fully prepared for the wheels to come off as soon as the dust settles, I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
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