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What Happened in Salem: Programming Note

January 8, 2018

I’ve been debating this for quite a while, but as of the beginning of 2018, I’ve decided to suspend the What Happened in Salem weekly recaps indefinitely. Since June 2011, I have written a recap for every single week of this show — that’s six and a half years. The combination of detailed recap plus humor has begun to feel stale to me, and it’s actually hampered my blogging a bit, because if I don’t get to the Friday episode until Sunday, I have to get the recap done, and then it feels like I’m spending a weekend day rushing to complete work instead of just catching up on the show and posting thoughts when they feel ready organically.

I’m certainly open to reviving a weekly recap in another format at some point, but I need a break, and the top of the year feels like the right time to make a change. In the meantime, I’ll be posting otherwise as normal, so you can continue to expect 3-4 “regular” posts each week. Thanks for all your support!

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What Happened in Salem: Week of December 25th

January 2, 2018

As is tradition in Salem, Christmas magically segued into New Year’s Eve without any of the pesky in-between days…

Everyone was stunned when Theo awoke from his coma on Christmas Day completely fine, even though this happens to these people at least every other Christmas. Kate came clean with Abe about having sent Theo to the warehouse, but he decided that it’s better for the show if this woman never, ever pays for anything or learns a lesson, so instead of turning her in, he just made the DiMeras promise not to employ Theo anymore. Abigail planned a New Year’s Eve gala to celebrate Chad’s reinstatement as CEO of DiMera, a gig that should take him through at least March or April, if history is any indication. Two mysterious figures RSVP’d to the party and then, after countless hours of staring at the invite on a computer and fondling their formalwear, headed to Doug’s Place.

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

What Happened in Salem: Week of July 17th

July 24, 2017

Anjelica’s grand plan wasn’t the only thing to take a sharp left turn…

Armed with her newfound knowledge of Dario’s shady activities and her newfound acquisition of common sense, Abigail went to Andre for help. He called in DiMera Enterprises’s newest tech specialist, Theo, a college student who got the job because he’s a relative who fixed Chad’s computer once. Together, Abigail and Theo quickly figured out Dario and Myron’s thefts from Countess W and Titan. Abigail decided to confront her husband instead of passing along this information to one of the many law enforcement officials she counts among her relatives (whom, to be fair, are basically all under investigation for murder at the moment), and Dario turned the tables by revealing a photo implicating Chad in Deimos’s murder — which he threatened to release if Abigail turns him in.

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

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 February 27th

March 5, 2017

Good choices abounded, per usual…

Nicole pleaded her case with Chloe, who presented her with a restraining order. Nicole did what any sane person who’s been kept from her child because of her past crimes would do: chloroformed Chloe and kidnapped Holly. They went on a tour of Salem’s swing sets redressed as motel rooms, as an Amber Alert went out. In the midst of this panic, Deimos took the time to henpeck Brady about whether he’s in love with Nicole, which Brady denied.

Read the full recap to catch up on What Happened in Salem this week!

Mother, May I?

February 18, 2017

Here’s a screenshot I snagged of Friday’s dramatic twist, in which Julie choked on a large piece of the Horton Town Square set.

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Oh, wait, this was right after she received a phone call that her only child, David, was killed in a motorcycle accident. I truly do live for any time they let Susan Seaforth Hayes go to town with the Vaudeville-style dramatics — see also: “OH MY GOD, NICK! YOU’VE BEEN SHOT!!!!!” — and even though it was so over-the-top that it looped back around and came out on the bottom (no, I don’t even know what that means), it did feel like exactly the way Julie would react to this news.

And luckily Doug took Julie home right away, so that Hope could slip off to dance with Rafe instead of being there for her family.

Does it suck that they killed a legacy Horton offscreen? Of course. Do I think this is some crime against the fans or irrefutable proof of ineptitude? No way. David hasn’t been seen onscreen since 1983. Yes, he absolutely could’ve been brought in and used in story, but frankly, he and Mike Horton would serve most of the same purposes at this point. The characters in that rough age range who need love interests are Hope and Jennifer, neither of whom could be paired with David. And I strongly believe that a huge part of the reason that Julie’s branch of the family has been neglected for so long is because of all the SORASing confusion that took place in the 70s and 80s: David, born in 1968, was an adult by 1976, and his son, Scotty, was born in 1978 and an adult by 1989. I think subsequent writers have shied away from dealing with the absolute confusion of Julie having a grandson who should be around Jennifer’s age right now — or how the hell old David would have to be in order for that to work. If anything, this strikes me not as killing off a long-unseen character just to clean up a loose end, but a move intended to generate story.

I’ll put the rest of this behind a cut because it’s getting into spoiler territory, but they’re also the kinds of spoilers that anyone who thinks about this stuff has probably figured out, so… proceed with moderate caution.

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Mr. and Mrs. Johnson

February 18, 2017

Sure, they might’ve had to forego the elegant boat setting for a restaurant decorated by a blind person, but Steve and Kayla are finally husband and wife again.

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And I know my standards for entertainment are probably as low as Statesville’s standards for security, but there was lots to enjoy here. The vows were heartfelt. Kayla looked fantastic. Numerous people attended, and there was an actual reception instead of everyone immediately rushing off to participate in other storylines. Lots of cute little moments, too: Carrie dancing with Roman, Stephanie checking in with her Aunt Adrienne, Doug bemoaning how everyone was staring at their phones, Mary Beth Evans somehow getting away with (kind of) singing “Single Ladies” for the bouquet toss…

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And it’s nice to see that, despite how long it’s been since they were together, Steph and Joey still bother to get the same haircut. Their scene together was really cute — presumably, when Stephanie says that she’s proud of Joey, it’s because she isn’t aware that he murdered a woman in cold blood — and James Lastovic seemed less stiff than usual with Shelley Hennig. It’s strange: for a character who didn’t make much impact on me during her actual run, Hennig’s Stephanie was such a breath of fresh air during her visit. I’m pretty sure she and Carrie have never shared scenes (Christie Clark overlapped with Shayna Rose’s Stephanie for a little in 2006, and both Clark and Hennig were on for Alice’s funeral in 2010, but I don’t remember them interacting at all), so that was one of those nice touches that Days manages to remember to hit even though half the stories have holes the size of Daniel’s ego in them.

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Also loved: Kayla’s fib over the phone to Caroline (Peggy McCay really must not be well, huh? I don’t want to think about it) that of course they were having a Mass for the wedding, followed by her telling Marlena, “I’m going to Hell.” That felt so real that I was sure it had to be an ad-lib.

What a lovely palate-cleanser following that whole demented mess in Prague. Not that I’m thrilled about how that entire thing, after all the hoops they jumped through to establish that Stefano could be alive (and the fact that I went along with it!), wound up just dumping more shit on Steve and Shane, who apparently believe Hope to be so noble that they’d rather carry the guilt of this entire scheme for the remainder of their lives than let Hope rightfully believe that she shot a man dead. Do we think Hope will ever wonder whose body she and Rafe dumped in a random warehouse? (No.) But they planted that little nugget of possibility that Stefano really one-upped everyone again and that he’s still out there somewhere, which I guess is supposed to make us so confused that we just stop asking questions and bask in the glory of everyone bending over backwards to welcome Hope home, but… ugh.