You Know I’m No Good

Jen Lilley is a very strong actress, especially when it comes to playing the original conception of bitchy, messy, wounded Theresa. And it makes a lot of sense, especially after her bizarrely quick redemption, to put the “new” Theresa in the position of being forced to make people see her as she used to be — and believe that she’s still that reckless, self-destructive person.


All that said… I can barely watch this. The conflict makes sense writing-wise, and it’s heartbreaking to watch Theresa go through this, and yet — it’s so unrelentingly unpleasant that I find myself reaching for my phone every time her scenes come on lately. Maybe I’m just burnt out on watching young children be torn away from their parents. We’ve had Arianna (Mom went to prison, then Dad died), Allie (kept away from Lucas because she’s on the run), Parker (Dad died), Thomas (Mom “died”), and now Tate (Mom has to make it look like she’s abandoning him). And that’s just in the last two years! One of the biggest problems with giving almost all the younger characters children is that the actors leave the show when their contracts are up, and then the writers have to justify why these people would ever leave their kids, which tends to result in the killing-off of very viable 20-something legacy characters. So while I get what they’re going for drama-wise here, I think I’d much prefer to have Brady and Theresa split up, and then they can share custody like Chloe and Daniel did for a few years while Chloe wasn’t in town, because this is exhausting.

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12 Comments on “You Know I’m No Good”

  1. Denise Says:

    Honestly, I’ve been ffwding through a lot of this . Not that I don’t think the story has some merit within the context of what is going on, but I’m with you, I’m exhausted. I kind of wish they had Xander kill or kidnap Theresa instead. This is too drawn out and painful for me. I know it’s the nature of soaps for actors to come and go, but it’s been like a revolving door lately. I also wish they didn’t have everyone get preggo like immediately. It’s a soap staple, granted, and a lot of the kids are adorable, but it’s also very limiting in a way for the actors and story. You have to constantly hear how “so and so” is at Grandma’s or with the babysitter, or napping!!! Let them use some birth control for goodness sakes!

    • mykleraus Says:

      It’s so weird to me that they had Xander on the loose and after her, and yet Kate was the one who had Tate kidnapped (?!) and now this Mateo is the one facilitating this story.

      I’m really tired of them giving all the 20-somethings babies. I get that pregnancies are useful story engines — and, truly, most of the more successful stories in recent years have been centered on pregnancies and babies — but it’s so overdone.

  2. Agreed. This is too painful to watch. Wish they’d just killed Teresa instead. I hope she leaves soon!

    • mykleraus Says:

      I almost put that in the post, actually — this is sort of making me wish they’d just killed her, even though I generally think it’s a mistake to kill the ‘next generation’ characters.

      Another thing I’ve been considering if whether it would’ve made sense to have Tate die in some accident relating to Xander’s escape and reign of terror. It would’ve been painful, but in a different way, and I would 100% buy Theresa leaving Salem because she couldn’t be with Brady after that.

  3. Mo Says:

    I disliked Theresa when she first appeared but her character (bad and good) grew on me. Jen Lilley was a big part of that and I’m sad to see her go. I thought for sure she was going to be killed by Xander too but I’m glad they didn’t. That would make 4 or 5 of Brady’s wives/girlfriends die right?

    I wouldn’t mind the current stuff between Theresa and Brady even to be honest but as you said it’s so unpleasant and it falls into the soap trap of the same conversations and conflict over and over what feels like weeks at a time. Days has been better at keeping the story moving but this one seems to be going slower than the rest of the show.

    • mykleraus Says:

      Every woman Brady’s ever been engaged to besides Chloe (whom he married) — and maybe Melanie, but I can’t remember if they actually got engaged or she hightailed it outta town before he actually popped the question — is dead. Arianna, Madison, Kristen, and I feel like I’m forgetting someone else. It’s crazy! You can also only go to the grief well so many times, so I’m glad they seem to be sparing Theresa in that regard. But yeah, this isn’t entirely working for me. You make a good point, which is that the premise of the story is Brady NOT knowing what’s going on, so it’s a lot of scenes of Theresa just reinforcing the same point over and over.

  4. Denise Says:

    One positive note: I truly enjoyed the scenes between Theresa and JJ. I’m not really a big fan of his character, but that scene worked for me. I still hate watching what’s happening to Theresa, but I have to acknowledge that Jen Lilley has been very good. I wish the lead up to her redemption had showcased her strength as an actress as well as her departure has. Maybe it’s that I’m just so tepid on Brady as a character (how many loves of his life has he had?), but I was never really engaged in their romance. Days doesn’t do build-up as well as they do destruction. At least not with romance.

    • mykleraus Says:

      Yes! I thought those were terrific scenes and played up the history between the two characters so well.

      You’re so right about the build-ups, whether to romance or otherwise. It’s like they really struggle to make the origins of anything feel organic. I’ve never felt invested in Brady/Theresa as a couple or felt like they made sense, narratively. I still don’t feel like I SAW them fall in love. He was in love with Melanie, had a destructive past with Theresa, found out he had a kid with her, and then suddenly was like, “Eh, you’re not that bad.” It felt a little like they didn’t have anyone to pair either of them with, so they just slapped them together again.

      • Denise Says:

        And Days used to be the master of the slow build! Now they seem to just use some sort of spreadsheet and sort it by “okay who’s not related” and then through them together. One of my favorite soap staples is the “hate to love” pairing. But it needs time to build. You can’t just throw two people together who “hate” each other and then suddenly have them fall in love. That scenario demands a slow build, and they really didn’t give it to Theresa and Brady. Theresa’s “redemption” was too quick, and Brady’s acceptance of her was too fast. Oh well.

      • mykleraus Says:

        “Okay who’s not related” — hahaha! That reminds me of the completely inorganic way they started the Brady/Theresa pairing, which was Hope walking in to tell Brady that John called her and said he wasn’t actually Colleen Brady’s kid… meaning Brady isn’t a Brady… meaning he could sleep with Theresa without it being incest.

  5. Denise Says:

    I’m telling you, one of these Days they are going to make a boo boo and have a hot make-out session between cousins. I can’t keep straight who is related to who anymore.

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