Welp, Maggie’s on her feet again, so there’s another story from the past year that we can sweep under the rug.
Not that I’m complaining. There’s legitimate potential in a story about Maggie losing the use of her legs again after 40 years, but they didn’t really delve into any of that: having been that poor farm girl and worked her way up to being Mrs. Victor Kiriakis, her original love story with Mickey, any of it. Nothing even really happened besides her getting paralyzed and crying for months. Same with Victor’s rejection of Philip — they used the Orpheus standoff to wrap that up with an emotional look and a hug, and I’m fine with it, because in spite of potential, it just devolved into Victor occasionally barking at Philip when he took a break from mooning over Belle.
Speaking of Philip:
Praise the heavens! Someone finally cut that mop! He instantly looks younger, and I swear Philip was more tolerable this week on account of not having that disgusting long hair.
And sure, it was a little (okay, a lot) silly how Orpheus, Xander, and Clyde all got chased out of their revenge situations before they could actually do anything, but their mere presence stirred up a lot of excitement and gave Salem a much-needed injection of energy. What a relief to see some of the story bubbles burst, too. I love any event that requires information to trickle and disperse through Salem, where we get a variety of reactions and attitudes. I’m intrigued to see what they do next, even though it will probably be convoluted and ridiculous and also fail.
The highlight of the week for me, perhaps weirdly, was a pair of long, slow scenes between two characters who should’ve been sharing screentime all along.
Eve and Nicole are such obvious candidates for friends: outsiders, continual losers, well versed in loss and longing. It was rhythmically a bit strange to take time out of the fast-paced, tense Orpheus standoff to cut to these two women learning about one another and how much they have in common, but it was so satisfying. Really terrific use of two great actresses who’ve shoveled more than their fair shares of shit material. I’m so pleased that I’m not even going to harp on how their conversation eventually turned into — OF COURSE — referencing the loss of Daniel instead of, you know, the two children Nicole has lost.
Second prize for Surprisingly Enjoyable was Kate, who after far too long of behaving like a complete idiot finally called out Clyde on the similarities between him and Curtis Reed. It made zero sense that Kate Roberts, given her history, would ever have taken the side of a man who was accused of having beaten and abused his children. They tried to work around it by emphasizing Kate’s dislike of Jordan, but it was incongruous and made her look like a fool. (I also appreciated how they had Rafe mention having contacted Jordan about Clyde’s escape. Look, people don’t just stop existing when they leave Salem! Though I’d be cool if no one mentioned Summer for a while.) I am a little concerned about Kate’s decision to hang out in that mansion all alone after being confronted at gunpoint, especially since Clyde wasn’t arrested, but then again, it appears all she actually bought from Julie and Doug was a foyer, so maybe it won’t be so scary after all.