Key Limelight

Posted March 6, 2018 by mykleraus
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TFW you realize you’ve wasted your best key lime pantsuit on a wedding where you won’t even get any attention:

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But Julie never let a little thing like an aborted ceremony get in the way of making people take notice of her. Her rant at Gabi about the horrors of the Hernandez family was glorious; it was a little irrational, yet completely understandable. I know Susan Seaforth Hayes is daytime royalty (and rightfully so), but there’s always something a little hilarious to me about when she goes big. When you’re talking ham… there’s Honeybaked,  then there’s Green Eggs and…, and finally there’s Julie Williams. She never fails to play to the cheap seats, but — surprise! — the cheap seats are right in front of you, Susan!

That said, I’ve been more entertained this week than I would’ve expected had you told me I would have to sit through two entire episodes revolving around Hope and Rafe’s wedding. For one thing, I really like Hope’s choice of wedding attire. And I also enjoy that it’s led to them splitting up!

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I’m not wild about the way that Hope and Julie are the only ones who seem to be putting actual blame on Rafe. I mean, yeah, they were technically broken up, but Hope is right to question why he was so quick to fall back into bed with Sami. (Can they bring up how he also did this with Kate after a bad fight with Jordan?) Jennifer was awfully quick to try and pin the whole thing on Sami. How about allowing for the fact that Rafe can also be kind of an asshole? Because he is! That said, it was nice to see this one situation being used to create material for so many couples and characters. Jennifer/Eric, JJ/Lani, and Gabi/Eli, and Ciara/Claire/Tripp all had genuinely meaty fallout scenes… even if JJ was wielding his now-characteristic Sledgehammer of No Subtlety. “The only way this could be worse would be if Rafe had gotten pregnant and lied to Hope about it!!! Wouldn’t that just be unforgivable, Lani?!?!”

Even so, JJ was quickly, if temporarily, salvaged by being involved with the most genuinely shocking scene of the week thus far: an actual conversation between JJ and Steve, which not only acknowledged that they’re related but made it about that relationship and mentioned Jack. I almost fainted, but as I am not about to discover I’m pregnant, that wasn’t an available plot twist.


The Baby Blues

Posted March 2, 2018 by mykleraus
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We all know that Lani is doing something wrong by letting JJ believe that her child is his, but it seems that karma is moving swiftly to give her what she deserves.

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I can’t think of a more awful “be careful what you wish for” scenario than winding up shackled for life to a guy who thinks it would be okay to barge into another couple’s wedding and demand that they let you get married alongside them. This is a new level of classless, even for Salem!

And I know multiple personalities are going around these days, so this jacket makes me a little concerned that Valerie is harboring a Marlena alter.

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Although the full ensemble comes across a little more Nicole Walker than anything.

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Go home and start over, Val. You deserve better.

By the Book

Posted February 28, 2018 by mykleraus
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Looks like someone’s brushing up on his Salem history.

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What’s next, Marlena’s memoir, The Devil Made Me Do It?

This was a fun nod to Days past, though. I saw a slew of comments complaining about it being a “gag” (and one Carlivati used in a very similar way on General Hospital), but it didn’t play to me as some sort of wink-wink-nudge-nudge joke that derailed the scene or the story. Stefan had to be shown doing some research on Dissociative Identity Disorder, so they used something established within the universe. I like stuff like that. Although I’m not sure what to make of that cover art featuring Kimberly in a wide and wild variety of hairdos and/or wigs. Honey, that’s not DID — it’s being a victim of the same stylist who would later go on to torture Nicole Walker.

For anyone who’d like a closer look, Jason47 posted the full book jacket as provided by the show:


The typos — such as, you know, the three different spellings of the author’s last name — were apparently caught between the time this graphic was sent out to members of the press and when the scene was filmed (it’s all correct, from what we can see, in the screenshot above), but it seems that whoever was working on TruVista magazine back in the day also did this book. Now that’s continuity!

In other news, Vivian tried to seduce Victor both personally and professionally, which went about as well as a sane person might’ve expected.

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These scenes were kind of filler, but there are different sorts of filler, and I’ll take “two longtime characters having an amusing interaction that doesn’t impact big-picture story much” over “Lani sobs about her baby lie for the 48th episode in a row” any day.

And the moment we’ve all been waiting for is here: Rage Hernandez (typo stays!) managed not to shoot the Justice of the Peace long enough to marry his love, Hope.

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In a cabin. Next to a tent. With Christmas lights hanging from the ceiling.

As much as this pairing irks me, I actually thought this setup was cute… for a night-before-the-wedding date, not the wedding itself. There’s really no greater indicator that these two come from different eras than taking a look at their prior Days weddings. Hope is like, “I almost married a corrupt politician, but my true love stole me away on a motorcycle, and then we foiled some kind of international terrorist and got to be married in London beneath one of the most ornate headpieces in modern history!”


Meanwhile, Rafe is like, “I married Sami in the park. Caroline was there.”

Kind of an odd choice to have them officially married before the public wedding, though, no? Really takes the wind out of the sails of the good ship Please Let These Two Break Up Forever, no matter how hard Claire is crusading to out the secret that Rafe slept with Sami.

Also, Claire, you know you’re an impulsive dope when Marlena winds up being the voice of reason.

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Nice of them to acknowledge this relationship, though — as well as the fact that Hope is Claire’s grandmother, too. I was starting to think someone slipped a clause into Olivia Rose Keegan’s contract that she would only ever be in scenes with Ciara, Tripp, and her iPhone.


Bravo to Air Classic* Days Episodes

Posted February 25, 2018 by mykleraus
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Per Jason47:

Bravo will start airing classic “Days of Our Lives” episodes, beginning with the September 16, 2011 episode, on Monday, March 5, 2018. Two episodes will air back-to-back each weekday from 6-8AM ET. Check your listings to find out what channel Bravo airs on in your area.

Always cool to have a chance to relive older episodes, and any ancillary revenue streams and ways to get additional/lapsed eyes on the show can’t hurt. It’s a bit of a stretch to call episodes from seven years ago “classic,” but I guess that’s branding for you. I’m guessing they chose this as a starting point because those episodes are in HD, and also because it marks a pretty “clean” spot to pick up the show: the week they’re beginning is exactly the transition point between Higley and “MarDar”‘s writing regimes. A bunch of characters (Carly, Chloe, Vivian, Taylor, Quinn) exit, and several others (Marlena, John, Carrie, Austin, Jack) return as Salem celebrates the opening of the Horton Town Square.

There’s no way I’m going to be able to keep up with all the episodes, but it’ll be fun to check in now and again. I wonder if this stuff will play any better in retrospect. Also, I wonder how many people are going to tune in and go, “The grand opening of a mall with wifi?! I can’t miss this!”


Press Play

Posted February 24, 2018 by mykleraus
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Me after realizing that I randomly left my phone sitting on the coffee table recording a voice note for 15 hours:

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Why was the record screen visible the whole damn time? Has Claire somehow invented the world’s best iPhone battery? Who has the patience to listen to that much nonsense? Tune in next week…

At least we know that Commissioner Brady had the sense to have her entire force undergo serious Firearm And Common Sense Training after what happened with JJ and Theo.

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Just kidding — Rafe is about to shoot this random old man he found outside just because he suspects him of being a Peeping Tom and not a Justice of the Peace. Joke’s on Hope when someone reminds her that you need witnesses to get married!

You’d think she wouldn’t want to marry Rafe in the same cabin that caused her 1996 wedding to Bo to fall apart (due to Billie’s presence/Bo’s idiocy), but this is Salem, so…


Under Pressure

Posted February 23, 2018 by mykleraus
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Hey! High-ranking ISA official Pamela wants Steve dead because his wife dared to steal her haircut!

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I kid, I kid. I was pleasantly surprised that my guess — that the ISA wanted Steve dead because Joey’s confession blew their cover story and made them look like idiots — was more or less correct, but I still wish that they’d set it up better. Like, couldn’t we have heard that Joey had been attacked in prison, or seen someone tailing Steve and Kayla, or… I don’t know. I get that they wanted to play the mystery of “Has John gone bad and does he really want to hurt Steve?”, but it didn’t sustain a full story so much as a mini-arc. It was fun, but it went by quickly, and there was so much potential given how many characters they managed to rope in. Also, what an incredibly strange choice to have the big final showdown take place at… the mall. I guess it was supposed to be late, but that was an awfully conspicuous place for Pamela to conduct a hostage situation — especially one that she was (idiotically) hoping would end with her getting off scot-free.

Also, apologies for this post being a complete grab-bag of thoughts, but I’ve been in a Winter Olympics haze and watched all four of this week’s episodes so far in a single sitting today. Please feel free to send wine and painkillers to my home.

While we’re (loosely) on the subject of hairstyles, isn’t it amazing that this show managed to pull off a totally unforeseen twist? I’m talking, of course, about the fact that Will Horton and Eve Donovan somehow have the same hairdo now.

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And, yeah, that’s weird, but don’t even get me started on Eve’s horrible dress up there. I know it’s a good thing to maintain character continuity over recasts, but “This character was a prostitute in 1988, so we’re going to dress a different actress in 2018 in exactly that costume” is a bit much.

As awful as that dress is, some of the stuff involving Eve this week has been interesting. Victor’s constant misogyny has become absurd, but they do still give him some hilarious lines, like “Eve trots out that poor dead daughter of hers every time she thinks it’ll get her somewhere!” And it’s about time — beyond time — that Eve and Brady crossed paths with Jennifer and Eric. In general, they’ve hit a bunch of overdue beats this week, like Lucas and Will sharing scenes, and Billie getting scenes with Lucas, and a whole slew of other random stuff. The contract guarantees continue to be an issue, because we’ll get a few characters very heavily for a week or two, and then they vanish. Almost everyone on the show feels recurring in a strange way right now. Except for one crew, I guess…

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I’m still terrified about where this “Gabigail” thing is going to go, but Monday was at least campy and entertaining. Marci Miller played that alter as a distinctive personality, even if it wasn’t anything close to how the real Gabi comes across. I guess it could be read as Abigail’s deep-down perception of how Gabi is, but… well, I’m still in the camp of “This opens up story, and it could be interesting, so please don’t turn into a horrorshow.” Having Stefan sleep with Abigail while an alter is in control would be about the equivalent of EJ coercing Sami into sex while holding a gun on her, so I’m really hoping they don’t go there unless their absolute intention is to make him an unredeemable villain. For now, though, we merely have to contend with the person who wrote the line, “Looks like we have a Mexican standoff… and only one of us is Mexican.” Yikes.

And, to bring this post full-circle, can we talk about this future star of the Salem PD?

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Ciara quietly discovered that “a crazy woman” was in her home, holding Tripp at gunpoint, and had the sense to call her mother — the police commissioner — and ask her to come help. And then, before Hope had the chance to show up, Ciara thought the best course of action would be to creep out of a bedroom in full sight of a woman holding a gun, wielding only a baseball bat. Great plan! You’ll be a detective by fall!


DiMera Has Two Faces

Posted February 17, 2018 by mykleraus
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A lot of us saw this coming, and it wouldn’t be the internet if we didn’t wind ourselves up in knots speculating and ruining every little bit of surprise, but that was a pretty solid Friday cliffhanger Days pulled off. Imagine having no idea that was coming (yes, I realize this would probably mean that you’d had your brain turned off for the past 2-3 weeks) and then… bam!

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I love the pacing of that final sequence, with Abigail waking up from her nightmare, Eli discovering Gabi was gone, “Gabby” walking up the stairs of the mansion (okay, where has she been storing all this shit?!), and then the one-two punch of Gabi returning to Eli’s room and Stefan finding Abigail in the wig. I knew it was coming, and I still gasped. Kudos on a great Friday ending! We need more of those.

This could all go to hell very quickly — I’m nervous about how they’re going to explain the trauma that caused Abigail to develop an alter — but it was a very fun reveal, and it sets up a ton of potential story avenues. And, of course, they’ll have to answer the true burning question: has anyone noticed that one of the wigs is missing from the Gabi Chic shelf?!