I know we’re all used to half the rooms in Salem looking exactly like the other half of the rooms in Salem, but apparently the sets are now defying time and space.
Gabi was in that hospital room — you know, the one room off the nurses’ station where literally everyone stays — on Monday, and then when White Jade was admitted on Tuesday (BTW, if you’re gonna have someone fall down a spiral staircase, please let us see so I can howl with laughter! What a copout!), they put her in that room. But on Wednesday, Gabi was back in the same room, chatting on the phone with Mama Hernandez, who’s back to her usual routine of not bothering to come see her children when they’re at death’s door… although, in her defense, it does happen like twice a week. Anyway, where in the hell was Gabi while Jade, Joey, and Kayla were playing out their boring filler storyline?
Elsewhere in the hospital, Adrienne — who was correctly placed in the Other Room that they use when the super-accessible (and, with any luck, soundproofed) one is already occupied — finally made her choice.
I remain unclear on why they decided to do a love triangle and a breast cancer story simultaneously with three recurring players, but when they do make time for the emotional beats, a lot of this works. People seem to have very strong opinions on who Adrienne should choose and whether Adrienne/Lucas is even a viable pairing, some of which seems to depend on whether people watched the original Adrienne/Justin story or not. But given the horrible offscreen affair that Justin had with “Elsa,” there’s something gratifying about Adrienne definitively choosing to move on with Lucas rather than just getting over Justin’s infidelity. Bryan Dattilo broke my heart in that scene where Lucas assumed that he was going to lose once again; you could feel the weight of all Lucas’s past disappointments there. And then I was surprised again by the surprisingly tender beat of Anne learning that Adrienne chose Lucas and trying to hide her own disappointment. They don’t really ever let that character — or Meredith Scott Lynn — go to that place, so it was a welcome treat.
Still, I get the sense that this whole thing isn’t entirely over, and the final result will be Adrienne and Justin reuniting and some kind of Lucas/Anne pairing, which I’m also fine with so long as they bother to tell an actual story and give us interesting interactions along the way.