Someone in Burbank Hates Me
If I may quote the great Nancy Kerrigan: WHYYYYY?? WHY MEEEEEEE?!?!?!
Enough! Go away, you dumb dead asshole!
Objectively, I like that the show is open to bringing back departed characters for short appearances as the plot warrants. This wasn’t always the case; when I began watching in the late 90s, you hardly ever heard the names of people who weren’t actively on the show, let alone got to see them in cameos. But in recent weeks alone, we’ve had Shane, Kim, Laura, Nancy, Eve, and now Ghost Daniel. That’s great. And I was thrilled to see five of those six! The sixth, however… ugh. Of course, it makes sense for Nicole to continue thinking of and imagining Daniel. (She’s possibly having the most realistic grieving period anyone in Salem has had in a long time.) And it isn’t as if I hate Shawn Christian. He’s a perfectly capable actor, and he managed to have chemistry with just about every woman they paired him with. But we had to endure eight damn years of everyone crowing about what a Great Man Daniel was, even when his behavior flew completely in the face of decency. Mauling the woman who broke Brady’s heart and raped Eric? He’s very sorry and he’s a terrific friend! Slamming the door in Nicole’s face and telling her she’s trash? What a dream man! Ugh.
And now he appears to Nicole in a dream to encourage her to move on with her life and find love again. This is a classic soap trope, and normally I’d be onboard, but a) it involved seeing Daniel again, and b) he’s encouraging her to move on with Deimos. Deimos, a man who is somehow an even more execrable choice for Nicole than Daniel himself. Yeah, Daniel was a judgmental hypocrite, but he was at his core a fundamentally decent person and a good father. Deimos is a deranged sociopath, at least going by what we’ve seen onscreen, even though the show continually tries to tell us otherwise. I’d be completely onboard with him as a villain — Vincent Irizarry is a fine actor, and he’s had good chemistry with both Arianne Zucker and Lauren Koslow — but they either can’t make up their minds or are startlingly oblivious to how the character is reading onscreen. He isn’t a good longterm match for Nicole. This is not EJ/Sami 2.0 (who were plenty problematic in their own right!). He does something vile, someone blasts him for it, then he swears he’s changed and that person apologizes to him, and the cycle begins anew. It’s sloppy and confusing, and it’s quickly reaching the Daniel level of rage on my Hate-o-meter.
Also, today is the 6th anniversary of this blog, so how fitting that this post centers on Daniel, because roughly 78% of everything I’ve ever posted is about how much I hate him.
In less wretched news, how nice to see Kassie DePaiva and Eve again! Yeah, it was a little ridiculous how she just showed up and browbeat Brady into allowing her to stay at the Kiriakis mansion to take care of Tate — though I’m sure Victor will secretly be grateful to have another object for whore and hooker jokes in his home — but the emotional core of tying all this to her loss of Paige really works. And I loved that they brought her into contact with Jennifer and had Eve reach out about Abigail’s “death.” Those scenes were complicated, because Eve’s condolences were genuine, but Jennifer knows that her own daughter is alive but Eve’s isn’t. The actresses work so well together, and I’m glad they continue to play that history. Eve’s reaction when Abigail is revealed to be alive should be interesting — if DePaiva is still onscreen by then, I guess. I’m hoping for some word soon on her recovery and when she’ll be back in Salem.
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