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Day of Days Extended Promo

November 12, 2017

The annual Day of Days event was held yesterday in L.A., and per tradition, they showed an extended promo clip. It goes without saying that this is riddled with spoilers for the upcoming weeks, but it looks delightfully insane…

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Presumption of Idiocy

November 8, 2017

I know that calling Brady “not the sharpest knife in the drawer” is an understatement on par with saying Taylor Swift “might not totally hate playing the victim.” But still.

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By using the amulet to frame Eve for Deimos’s murder, he has completely given away all the leverage that he used to get Nicole to dump Eric and leave town, no? Unless Nicole took Holly someplace where they don’t have television or Ewe Search, she’s going to find out that Eve was arrested for killing Deimos. It’s not like Brady can go, “Oh, uh, Nicole also had the amulet, but I never touched it or did anything whatsoever to obstruct justice. Arrest her, too!” So what’s to stop her from turning right around and telling Eric that Brady had the amulet all along and blackmailed her with it?

Meanwhile, there’s someone else running around Salem who probably should go to prison for his own safety.

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I’d like to believe that they only had Kate cross paths with Tripp and then ask Kayla about the donation in order to draw out some story for the Johnson crew (I guess Kate knows Tripp’s secret because Steve and Kayla were dumb enough to discuss it in a public place?), but Kate has a track record, and that track record is “the Salem Welcome Wagon.” It’s even worse because Tripp already tried to kill someone! You know the woman can’t resist a criminal.

My Boring Pony

November 7, 2017

I’ve been a pretty big defender of this new regime, and I do feel that even when things don’t 100% work, their choices make sense and are in service of good drama. But I swear, when you hand me an episode full of Rafe being a sanctimonious ass toward Eli for no good reason and people squabbling over the workings of two companies that operate entirely out of living rooms and do only imaginary, abstract business…

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Let’s just say I was way more interested in finding out how Eve’s equestrian competition went than any of that.

What Happened in Salem: Week of October 30th

November 6, 2017

If you enjoy extended scenes of people describing newly made-up backstory, then was this ever a week for you!

The crew in Memphis found themselves in the home of an Elvis impersonator, whom they — you know, the woman who once disguised herself as a man to torture her friends and family, another woman who took a coffin ride through the center of the earth to a replica of her local mall, a man who claimed a chip in his brain that turned him into an art-thieving priest — deemed to be delusional. “Elvis” knocked Sonny out and had Sami arrested. After being released, Sami went right back to the house, where she met up with John and Marlena and proceeded to have a long, loud conversation about how they can’t get caught before another resident of the house popped out with a rifle: Susan Banks!

Read the full recap to find out What Happened in Salem last week!

Tough Pills, and How We Swallow Them

November 5, 2017

What a week in Memphis, a town that apparently does not have a branch of the same café that thrives in Salem, Prague, and downtown Greece.

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I will never, ever complain about getting to see Eileen Davidson or my beloved Susan Banks, and I really appreciate that the writing for this “Will is alive” story is attempting to tie together a bunch of disparate threads. I know that a lot of people loathed the way Sami’s return in 2015 — right on the heels of Will’s death — turned into a hunt to find out whether EJ could be alive, and while the execution didn’t totally work, I thought it made sense: unable to do anything to save Will, Sami turned her focus toward something that felt like it could be solved, as if by finding EJ, she could somehow cancel out the pain of losing Will. So I like that they’re winding all of that together in this Memphis adventure. Susan’s story about having met Rolf, planned Will’s murder as revenge for EJ’s death, coincidentally gone to Salem the same night Ben killed Will, and then called in Rolf to revive Will was one of those tightrope acts where you knew that one wrong word would expose that the entire thing makes no damn sense (okay, the part about Rolf falling in love with Susan was amazing, but otherwise…). But Will being alive was never really going to make sense in Earth logic anyway, because we saw him die onscreen, so I’ll go along with the silly pivots and try to appreciate that they’re writing a story and not just having him show up at the Brady Pub going, “Yeah, I’m not actually dead, let’s move on.”

I’m also just a sucker for drawing out suspense, and they’re doing a fantastic job on that front. Lucas convincing himself that the Will he saw in the bar was a hallucination, and then Susan telling her whole story and finally saying Will was never brought back, followed by Paul seeing Will behind the bar… that’s how you build to a Friday cliffhanger. So I’m probably not being the harshest critic of the logic holes in the Susan part of the story, but I’m entertained, and they got a few gasps out of me this week. Sometimes that’s all I want from “my stories,” you know?

But while we’re on the subject of serious leaps…

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As goofy as the Bonnie debacle was, it gave us the goldmine of Lucas falling off the wagon, and some other terrific stuff, like Adrienne’s raw emotion during her rescue. But this sharp swing back toward Adrienne/Justin as the pairing isn’t really working for me. Look: we all kind of knew it would wind up like this. I don’t have a horse in this race other than wanting to be entertained. I liked Lucas/Adrienne as a cute, sensible “second act” kind of love, though I never really saw them as a couple that would drive major story, and I think Justin/Adrienne make a lot of sense historically. I’m fine with either outcome. And, honestly, I believe that Adrienne has loved Justin all along. She’s loved Lucas, but she’s never been over Justin. I suppose it’s good that she’s making a firm choice here, but… why, exactly? Because Justin showed up at the jail along with her brother and sister-in-law, who were the ones who actually figured out Bonnie’s plot? Literally all Justin did was show up. If Lucas hadn’t been ten sheets to the wind and someone had actually filled him in, he would’ve been there, too. So the premise of this reunion just feels flimsy to me, and worse, it makes Adrienne look very fickle.

Ron Carlivati said in a fall preview that he decided to move back to Adrienne/Justin because of their history and because he sees better uses for Lucas on the canvas than in a relationship with Adrienne, which makes perfect sense to me. But the hard turn back in this direction feels a little like they could’ve just broken the fourth wall and been like, “Adrienne’s gonna go back to Justin now because they were a supercouple, got it?” Ugh. Somebody get me a bottle of that “Jem Reem” whiskey Lucas was pounding and I’ll try to forget all about it.

Days of the Living Dead

November 1, 2017

Who knew Halloween was the night when wishes came true?

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Nothing Paige did while alive, with the possible exception of destroying her own birthday cake, was half as good as Ghost Paige stabbing Lani to death with a pitchfork or sneering at JJ, “If it helps, you can call me Eve!” Whew. For a silly, one-off Halloween special, that was pretty satisfying.

And Serena beating Chad and Abigail to death with the elephant statue!

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I think it was a different elephant statue than the one she was running around with during her life, but it’s the thought that counts…

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Besides, I wouldn’t be shocked to discover that some traumatized prop person had burned the original the minute that storyline wrapped up.

I really liked that they did a standalone gimmick episode that actually tied in with what’s going on in the current storyline. And there was some serious meta business going on here, right? You had all of the above, plus Hope killing Rafe with a poisoned kiss. Though I must say, I’m not sure if the scariest thing was whatever transformation Kristian Alfonso’s Princess Gina accent has undergone…

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…or these absolutely insane pants that Paige was wearing.

‘Til Death Do Us Part

October 30, 2017

Hark! What’s that sound? Is it… music consisting of a woman moaning seductively? That can only mean one thing…

Eve Baron Donovan Larson Kiriakis is back!

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First off, I’m thrilled that Kassie DePaiva is healthy enough to be back on the show. We’ll never know what the plan was when Eve returned last winter and then abruptly vanished again, but it was classy of the show to bring her back now that her cancer is in remission — helped, I’m sure, by the fact that Ron Carlivati loved writing for her on One Life to Live. That reappearance in the cemetery in a mourning veil and fur coat was the height of pure soap, even if Victor and Brady’s reason for being there (“Uh, even though all hell broke loose in this family earlier today and Deimos has been dead for months, we have to hold a burial now,” i.e., “It’s our turn to justify the expense of that cemetery set existing”) was absurd. And the retcon that Eve came back to Salem and had a whirlwind romance and elopement with Deimos is fairly ridiculous, but the kind of ridiculous that I’ll willingly go along with if the story it generates is worthwhile. It’s the same way I felt about them inserting those flashbacks of Chloe volunteering to be Daniel and Nicole’s surrogate: it doesn’t directly contradict anything we saw, it creates some interesting new dynamics, and a show-eater I hate is still dead.