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I Believe the Children Are Our Future

August 23, 2017

Kayla must be really upset about Joey heading off to the slammer. She’s stooped to dressing herself out of Anjelica’s closet!

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I didn’t realize “dressing like a bedspread” was the trend for summer 2017, but okay. And that sweater (?) doesn’t even match the pink dress!

I got a little choked-up during that final montage of Joey saying goodbye to Tripp and leaving the apartment with his parents, intercut with Steve and Kayla stopping by the hospital to talk about when Joey was a baby (…nine years ago). I mean, it’s pretty weird to hold a family gathering to see your son/nephew/cousin off to prison, but the sentiment was nice, even though Eric, who just went through a similar experience, was a glaring omission. Although I still hate that Joey got saddled with this story, there’s the hope that time offscreen will ‘reset’ him and leave the show with a viable character related to a bunch of people. (BTW, I’m still bitter we didn’t get more JJ/Joey cousin time. I feel like those two would’ve had a lot to share.)

Boy, though, it’s not even two full years after this teen scene debuted, and, uh…


…they’ve really dropped like flies, huh? It’s absolutely insane. Chase came with so much built-in backstory and drama (and the added benefit of not being incestuously related to anyone!), so of course they made him a rapist. Ciara lost her father, was kidnapped, was raped, became infatuated with her cousin’s husband, got duped by another boyfriend… and none of it seemed to stick. Theo’s autism was barely used, and they made him the center of a tepid triangle that went nowhere. Claire was suddenly turned into an insufferable brat. Joey became a murderer and then had a relationship no one cared about with Jade, who had the potential to become a Jan Spears-type catalyst for this group but instead just kind of lingered around way after her expiration date and was written as a weirdo unfamiliar with normal human interactions. Just such a waste all around. It’s like nothing was planned, and they just kept having things happen because there was screentime to fill. There was such potential in launching a full-scale teen scene this way, in a way they hadn’t since the Last Blast crew (the 2004 and 2009 ones trickled in much more gradually), and they blew it all. And this failure to build up new generations has hurt the show so much. The current 20s/30s set is a clear reflection of this: it’s this cobbled-together group of people who have either had something work almost by accident, or they’re just random people who happen to be around and got plugged into that crew.

Given the spoiler-y news in the previous post (don’t click if you don’t want to know about an upcoming exit and a recast!), it looks like we’re in for what’s essentially a reboot of this whole college generation. Let’s see if Carlivati & Co. have managed to pull together something a little more substantial than what we’ve gotten with this crew of kids.

Actor Posts Spoiler-Heavy Video

August 22, 2017

Welp, this came out of nowhere. Earlier today, Kyler Pettis (Theo) posted a video to his Vimeo channel and then promptly deleted it — but not before the internet noticed and preserved it. The scenes he posted, which based on taping information are probably intended to air near the end of this year or the beginning of next, seem to reveal an exit, a recast, and a pregnancy. Go behind the cut for details…


What Happened in Salem: Week of August 14th

August 21, 2017

As everyone continued to have convenient memories of the night Deimos was killed…

Like a raccoon-eyed angel sent from the heavens or the Betty Ford Clinic, Chloe swooped in to stop Lucas from drinking and consoled him over “Adrienne” ending their relationship. Lucas tried to be strong, but after he ran into Bonnie-posing-as-Adrienne again and she reiterated that she wants to be with Justin, he fell right back off the wagon. In Statesville, Adrienne pleaded with a guard to believe that she isn’t Bonnie Lockhart, but her hysterics got her threatened with solitary confinement — which, considering this is a place where inmates are generally allowed to run rampant and constantly attack one another, is probably safer than playing cards or using the computer like Hope did. Elsewhere in the City of a Thousand Middle-Aged Doppelgängers, Marlena managed to place a call to John begging to get her out of Bayview, but the combination of poor reception and her ridiculously long-winded chatter made it impossible for John to understand what was going on.

Check out the full recap to catch up on What Happened in Salem last week!

Time’s Up

August 19, 2017

Finally, justice is served. Joey is going to prison for his greatest crime: that heinous hair.

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Just kidding. He’s turning himself in for murder, which actually is not a thing a lot of Salemites do serious prison time for. Besides, if crimes against hair were actually punishable offenses in Salem, Nicole would’ve gotten the death penalty years ago.

All things considered, they’ve done a decent job shoring up this story given what a rocky foundation it’d been built upon. I think it’s weird as hell that Steve is letting Tripp anywhere near Kayla given that he had a scalpel to her throat a day or two ago, but other than that, turning the spotlight on Kayla and Steve for the denouement of this was really smart. This is a deep, fascinating conflict for them, and it’s really the only way to move forward with the character of Joey in a productive way whenever they decide to bring him back, presumably as a recast. Kayla’s voice and POV were sorely missing from so much of this, and they’ve backfilled it in a way that doesn’t seem totally ridiculous. I think Tripp can absolutely be salvaged, but I hope they don’t shy away from the messiness of what went down with him and Kayla. They tried to do that with Joey (and with Hope, and Rafe, and countless others), and it drains away natural drama and leaves us with this asinine elephant hanging out in the middle of the room.

Also, Kayla, if you didn’t want your son to go to prison for murder, perhaps you could’ve cooled it with all the bellowing outside the Pub about, “No one needs to know what you did to Ava! Ava Vitale! The woman you murdered!!!” Though perhaps she saw the budget allotment for extras and knew she was in the clear.

Speaking of murderers walking freely about town, I was feeling a little encouraged by the shift in tone between Andre and Kate earlier in the week. And when Andre showed up to visit Abigail, they had Julie aim her ire at him, which is always good… or should be. But the way she was ripping into him — “You always drag good people down into the mud!” or whatever — was insane. This isn’t some tawdry tabloid journalist. He murdered your husband. And grandmother. And aunt. And a bunch of other people (including himself). Yes, they wound up being alive, but this man is a dangerous psycho. Someone please start acting like it!

Lyin’ and Tigers

August 17, 2017

Well, this is certainly a bold wardrobe choice for a man who was once mauled to “death” by a tiger.

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What’s next? Maggie shows up in a blouse decorated with broken liquor bottles? Cassie Brady makes her return to Salem dressed up as a piñata?

At least he’s finally acting a bit like a deranged maniac. Those scenes of him threatening Kate were way more interesting than the forced food fight nonsense. This woman is an idiot who married a serial killer — now let’s see her deal with the reality of that.

I will say that, moron or not, I unapologetically love her blouse.

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It’s nuts, but Kate Roberts can pull it off. I would’ve said “her outfit,” but she’s wearing leather pants, which are completely inappropriate… not because of her age, but because it is the middle of August.

I also would like to talk about Abe, but not in a sartorial sense, because his style could best be described as “this man has maybe been wearing the exact same outfit every day since 1997 and I have barely noticed.”

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I love how they played the suspicion about whether he could be Dario’s secret partner. Without anyone saying, “I wonder what Abe’s up to!!!”, there were layers in various scenes hinting at it, and if you were paying attention, you could piece together what they were building toward. I still think that Abe is in on this — the very public arrest felt like it was done for show — and they’re all trying to trap the real partner (Raines? He seems more likely to me), but it’s a fun use of a supporting character, and there are layers to the scriptwriting that weren’t there a month ago.

What Happened in Salem: Week of August 7th

August 14, 2017

Marlena wound up in a padded cell, despite this being the one time she didn’t totally deserve to be in one…

Thanks to setting up her evil schemes in a town where people don’t even blink at a woman passed out in broad daylight, Anjelica was able to drug and abduct Adrienne. Hattie bribed a guard to let her switch out Adrienne with Bonnie, who promptly slapped on Adrienne’s Chico’s wardrobe and dumped Lucas. Brady, who was convinced that Nicole and Eric were having an affair, was there by Lucas’s side with “support,” which in Salem means “a bottle of vodka that they were somehow pouring for themselves in the middle of a bar neither one owns or works at.” The two men fell off the wagon together in their misery. Brady got the bright idea to find Eric’s camera for proof of his and Nicole’s fling, but in ransacking Eric’s room, he instead found the amulet.

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

Raise Your Glass

August 12, 2017

I’m having a lot of conflicting emotions over Friday’s episode.

Like… I hate seeing Lucas and Brady fall off the wagon (okay, mostly Lucas, because Brady has worn me down by doing this every time something goes moderately wrong in his life, like they forget to hold the cilantro on his lunch order), but it was also so interesting to see the two of them commiserating. We get so few scenes of friends, especially men, actually talking about all the insane shit that goes on in their lives.

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I also loved the scenes of Lucas and John earlier in the week, as well as Brady and Paul acting like brothers. I know a lot of it comes from a plot-driven place, but if the plots put characters in one another’s orbits in ways that make sense, then, well… good on the plots!

On the flip side, we had Bonnie and Hattie, who… someone get me an Ibuprofen, okay? These two are funny in their own ways, but it really helps to have a ‘straight man’ around to play off them. Otherwise, it’s just Deidre Hall and Judi Evans — who, by the way, clearly appear to be having a blast, which does bring some needed energy to the screen — cackling and shimmying and doing all this other stuff that, while it might be amusing in small doses, just takes up scene after scene without advancing the story or telling us anything meaningful about these characters or the people whose lives they are stealing. The phrase “a little goes a long way” was invented for these two. There’s a whole wish list of things I would love to see on Days, and “trashy versions of Marlena and Adrienne watching porn while wearing leftover Melaswen costumes” ain’t one of them.