I knew this microchip thing had potential, but suddenly, we’re in the throes of a really strong umbrella storyline. The Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday episodes were exciting not just because of that escalating sense of tension and impending disaster, but also because every scene, every storyline featured, felt like spokes coming off the same hub of drama. Yeah, it’s still a bit thin — probably because not much of this is really rooted in the characters’ arcs, aside from the Chloe/Nicole/Deimos situation and elements of the Abigail/Chad/Gabi stuff (which they aren’t really playing up) — but it’s at least interesting and has momentum. It feels like all these separate threads are suddenly weaving together, tangling things up and driving tensions to their peaks. I might be crazy, but this at least feels like a decent attempt to emulate the adventures of olden Days.
Also, talk about past characters I never thought I’d see onscreen in “real time”:
I tend to forget that Shane ever had a twin, because Drew doesn’t seem to have been a very significant character at all, and his role in the narrative always seems confusing in recaps. But this is a fun use of random history, and it gives both Charles Shaughnessy and Melissa Reeves something playful and a little exciting to do, so… have at it.
But Drew showing up really made me think about how absurd it is that people in this town are constantly finding out that they have doppelgängers, twins, and what have you.
Here’s a list of people currently on the show who have or have had lookalikes:
- Marlena Evans: Samantha Evans (identical twin)*, Hattie Adams (doppelgänger)*
- Hope Brady: Princess Gina von Amberg (doppelgänger)
- Shane Donovan: Drew Donovan (identical twin)
- Nicole Walker: Helena Tasso (doppelgänger)
- Andre DiMera: Tony DiMera (cousin/brother and doppelgänger after plastic surgery)
- Doug Williams: Byron Carmichael (identical half-brother)
- Rafe Hernandez: “Rafe #2” — Javier something? (doppelgänger after plastic surgery)
*Both roles were played by Deidre’s real-life twin, Andrea Hall, in their original runs, though Deidre later took over both for reprisals.
And then we have the following, all of whom have been (at least once) replaced by a doppelgänger somewhere in the process of being “murdered” or otherwise participating in mayhem:
**There was a very short arc, a few days long, sometime in 2005-06, amidst the zillion times Jack was presumed dead, where he arrived home to reunite with Jen, only to realize that she was actually some woman named Madison wearing a Jennifer mask (as we know those are easy to come by). Melissa Reeves played the role of Madison until she was unmasked.
Meanwhile, the following people look exactly like former Salem residents, although no one notices it:
- Roman (Josh Taylor previously played Chris Kositchek)
- Adrienne (Judi Evans previously played Bonnie Lockhart)
And this is all with Sami, EJ, Aiden, Kristen, and god knows who else out of town! (Now tell me how many people I’ve missed…)