Archive for April 2017

What Happened in Salem: Week of April 17th

April 24, 2017

Nicole resourcefully and neatly wrapped up her Scooter problem. Meanwhile…

Seeing that Gabi once signed Chad’s high school yearbook was the final straw for Abigail, who called off the vow renewal and her marriage due to this clear sign that Chad belongs with Gabi. Abigail was determined to stand on her own two feet, despite being jobless, homeless, and with a toddler to raise, while Chad was laser-focused on winning her back. Causing this triangle to fall even flatter, Gabi insisted she wouldn’t interfere and moved onto a way more interesting storyline after Julie saw her and Eli hanging out together.

Read the full recap for a refresher on What Happened in Salem last week!

Give Your Heart a Break

April 23, 2017

I can hardly believe I’m saying this, but there was a bunch of stuff in the latter part of this week that I genuinely enjoyed. Julie versus Gabi is great — between Julie’s various zingers about Gabi shooting men and Gabi daring to invoke Alice Horton (I loved the way they did that shot over Julie’s shoulder) — this all feels really fresh and interesting. And Julie faking a heart attack is completely over-the-top and ridiculous, which is how I like my Julie Williams.

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It’s a little absurd that Eli, an FBI agent who’s meeting all these new people and hearing their insane stories, had to wait for Sonny to tell him the full Gabi/Nick tale instead of doing some damn research on his own, but in general, I like the energy of what’s going on here. Of course, it also makes the tepid Abigail/Chad/Gabi/Dario story seem even flatter, what with Gabi already off in a more appealing storyline with an emotional center that actually makes sense.

But, speaking of Abigail, I do appreciate the effort in the writing to portray her as strong and determined. Her scenes with Eric were unexpected and lovely, and though I know they aren’t going there, it was a glimpse into an alternate universe in which that was the pairing they went with, and I didn’t hate it.

Look at me! Being positive and not complaining! I’m sure that means this upcoming week will be nothing but Kate shoving Chad and Gabi together while Hillary shows up at everyone’s door with muffins and a printout of her husband’s browser history, but I’ll take what I can get lately.

Motel Room Lolita

April 20, 2017

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything on television as bizarre as the left turn that, in the course of one episode, took us from “porn-addicted sleaze tries to blackmail desperate mother into sex” to “kidnapper proves she has heart of gold by helping porn-addicted sleaze and nosy wife get into roleplaying.”

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I seriously couldn’t stop watching these scenes — which is a rarity with Days right now — as it occurred to me that this was all supposed to be heartwarming. Nicole didn’t have to have sex with Scooter or shoot him; instead, she set up his wife to dress up as a porn character played by a drugged, underage girl so that her husband would want her again! I can’t think of anything more romantic!

On the upside, I’m glad that this looks to be the end of Scooter and Hillary, and Brady’s deadpan reactions to Scooter were hilarious. So that’s something. And I can’t wait for Brady and Nicole to tell their children and grandchildren the tale of how they finally admitted their love.

Somehow, this all made way more sense than what was going on with Chad and Abigail’s failed vow renewal.

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Marci Miller is like, “What did I do to deserve this?” And the answer is, I suppose, something awful. I keep saying this, but the POV and the sequencing of this storyline is all off. So off that I can’t even understand why people are doing the things they’re doing. Abigail was fine after she caught Chad and Gabi near-naked in one another’s arms and hearing that they made out, but a yearbook signature causes her to tank the marriage in front of the four people who bothered to show up for their ceremony? I appreciate that they’re trying to write her as strong, but she kind of seems unreasonable and ridiculous given that Chad keeps insisting that he wants to be with her, and Gabi isn’t doing anything to interfere in the marriage, and… I dunno. This one is just not working at all, and every time someone makes a decision, it makes me have even less sympathy for him or her. What am I supposed to be rooting for here? A cable outage?

Actress Returns for Limited Run

April 19, 2017

This one has me excited. I have a feeling you’re either gonna love it or hate it…

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What Happened in Salem: Week of April 10th

April 19, 2017

I’m just gonna be honest here: I went to Coachella and delayed watching these episodes for as long as possible, but here ya go.

Abigail abruptly stopped her and Chad’s vow renewal ceremony, which was being attended by four people sitting on the living room furniture, and declared that she can no longer be his wife because she saw that his high school friend, Gabi, once signed his yearbook. (Yes, that is a completely fact-based recounting of what actually happened.)

Check out the full thing, if you dare, to catch up on What Happened in Salem last week!

Butting Out is Hard to Do

April 15, 2017

KATE. This is a lot of look, and I’m saying that to someone who regularly dresses like Captain Jack Sparrow.

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T-minus two weeks until we see Maggie in this, yeah?

I don’t even know what to say about this rude hypocritical cow sobbing over her latest “great love” with the hired assassin whose son she previously banged, and then encouraging Gabi to break up a marriage. Learn a lesson, lady!

Meanwhile, nothing cracked me up more than Julie’s reaction to Ciara telling her she wasn’t welcome to crash her date.

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I was wondering why Wyatt didn’t go running for the hills the minute another pushy damn relative of Ciara’s barged in on one of their dates, but of course he’s possibly evil and up to something. Strong contender for line of the week: “Ciara, you’re like no one I’ve ever met.” Yeah, because most of the people he meets are capable of speaking and standing up at the same time!

Daddy Did It

April 14, 2017

What a touching episode about a sketchy man selling stolen bonds being sent off to prison, thereby disappointing his morally upstanding children — you know, the convicted murderer daughter and the two sons who have helped women cover up murders in the past year.

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Me too, Rafe. Me too.

Sniping aside, I found the scene-writing for Eduardo’s final episode really strong. It was actually an admirable effort to tie this whole thing into Rafe’s long, messy history of corrupt policing. It didn’t totally work — “It’s fine for Hope to get away with murdering a man, but my father committing financial crimes — no way!” — but it was a nice attempt to sew together a bunch of disparate, sloppy threads. All the stuff with Gabi explaining to Eduardo that she thought she’d get to live out the fantasy of having a father through Ari’s relationship with Eduardo was great, too; Camila Banus really stepped it up, and that felt about as emotionally valid as anything I’ve seen on this show in a long while.

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Then there was that Kate/Eduardo farewell. Again, really strong effort on the part of the script writer. And Lauren Koslow alone, who could manage to sell chowder to Caroline Brady with her acting, sold the hell out of that goodbye — as did her chemistry with A Martinez, which for some reason the show could never get it together to utilize. This pairing that never even took off didn’t have the weight to justify that sort of emotional ending, but the scenes worked in isolation… and at this point, I’ll take what I can get. Weird trivia: these two never slept together, did they? Now that must be a first for Kate Roberts!