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WTF Wednesday: The Many, Many, Many Children of Stefano DiMera

January 10, 2018

We’ve long known Stefano DiMera to be the man with the most potent sperm and the most active offscreen sex life (as well as the greatest resistance to death) ever to enter the Salem city limits. The recent arrival of Stefan O. DiMera brings the total number of Stefano’s progeny to eleven — nine biological, two adopted, almost all of them retconned into existence, with their arrivals spanning 37 years. Here, in the order in which they were revealed to be DiMeras, are all of Stefano’s children.


First Appeared: 1981
Most Recent Appearance: 2009
Mother: Daphne DiMera
Major Love Interests: Liz Chandler, Renee DuMonde, Anna Brady DiMera
Current Status: Deceased
Story Highlights: Came to Salem to find his estranged wife, Liz. Fell in love with Renée, only to learn they were half-siblings — until Daphne revealed that Tony wasn’t really Stefano’s biological son, but the product of her affair with a gardener. Following Renée’s murder, Tony married Anna, but he mysteriously disappeared in 1986. Though Tony apparently returned in the 1990s and the 2000s, it was later revealed that André DiMera (a cousin who’d had plastic surgery to resemble Tony) had been impersonating him during both stints. In 2007, Tony was found on a tropical island, where he’d spent over two decades. He returned to Salem and reunited with Anna, only to be impaled and die in the midst of a corporate war between the DiMera and Kiriakis families.
Trivia: Was the first DiMera to appear on Days (even before Stefano himself). Was introduced as a biological child of Stefano’s, though that was later said not to be true. Reversals of his paternity have been hinted at so many times that it’s now unclear whether or not Tony is a biological DiMera or not. And no, I don’t have any idea where he got that “Count” title from.
Chances of Rising From the Ashes: phoenix4 (out of five possible DiMera Phoenixes) Sure, he died onscreen, but his portrayer, Thaao Penghlis, is currently on the show as André, who also died onscreen, soooooo…


Philece Sampler as Renée and Thaao Penghlis as Tony


First Appeared: 1981
Most Recent Appearance: 1983
Mother: Lee DuMonde
Major Love Interests: Tony DiMera, David Banning, Alex Marshall
Current Status: Deceased
Story Highlights: Discovered that her older sister, Lee, was actually her mother and that Stefano was her father, meaning that her great love, Tony, was her half-brother (except maybe he wasn’t). Was murdered by André during his reign of terror as the Salem Slasher.
Trivia: Was married to Julie’s son, David, and miscarried his baby after a horseback-riding accident.
Chances of Rising From the Ashes: phoenix3 A year or two ago, she would’ve gotten one Phoenix; Renée has been gone a long, long time. But reviving a character like this is very on-brand for current head writer Ron Carlivati, and it’s precisely the sort of role he would cast with a big-name refugee from another soap. Plus, she has connections to André, Julie, Marlena, Chad, Stefan…



I Don’t

April 6, 2017

I’m kind of at a loss for interesting things to say about the current air shows, so I thought it might be fun to take a stroll down Memory Lane, which in Salem is probably a ten-foot-long dirt path in the middle of Murder Park. Anyway…

We all know that the endgame for romances on this show tends to be marriage. Regardless of whether the couple has only actually been on three dates or have each been married 10 times before, marriage is almost always the point of “true love” for Salemites, logic and history be damned. Yet there are some couples — big couples, in the grand scheme of the show’s history — who actually never made it to the altar, let alone married. For the purposes of this exercise, I’m not including couples whose marriages turned out to be invalid (like, say, Victor/Kate on account of Vivian, or Roman/Marlena thanks to that horrible Alex North retcon) or who were engaged but didn’t actually get through a wedding ceremony (like Brady and basically every woman he’s been paired with post-Chloe). And away we go:


Carrie and Mike: This was a surprisingly big love story at the tail end of the 90s. James E. Reilly spent years upon years building up Carrie and Austin as a huge couple, with Sami and Lucas as their major spoilers. But in the lead-up to what would become the Carrie/Austin wedding, Reilly threw an unexpected wrench into the works: Mike Horton. Despite some SORASing weirdness that meant Mike was a married man at the time Carrie was born (offscreen), they appeared to be within a decade of one another’s ages in the late 90s, and Mike developed feelings for Carrie while she was still set firmly upon Austin. Then JER left the show (who knows what his original plan was?), and the subsequent regime ran with the electric chemistry between Carrie and Mike — which was, honestly, a stark contrast to Carrie and Austin, who came across mostly as the secondary players in Sami’s story. After an affair, Carrie actually divorced Austin and left town with Mike — on a white horse, literally. It was implied shortly thereafter that they might have married, thanks to a throwaway moment in which Carrie had an ornament on the Horton Christmas tree, but when Carrie returned in 2005 (and when she and Mike met again onscreen in 2010), there was zero mention of a marriage.


Osh Kosh OMFGosh

February 1, 2017

For everyone shocked by Eric’s new, hardened look since getting out of prison, please take in this screenshot [note: it is impossible to get good, clear screenshots of pre-HD episodes] of him attending a barbecue sometime in 1998 casually wearing overalls.


And no one even commented on it or made fun of him! Oh, innocence.

Throwback Thursday: SOD Flash-Forward

April 21, 2016

In September 1996, Soap Opera Digest published a semi-tongue-in-cheek spread predicting where Salemites would be in 20 years. As it turns out, we’re coming up on that very date… so I thought it’d be fun to check in and take stock of how accurate their guesses were.

(All credit for this post goes to Jason47, whose website and its Facebook page are incredible resources for all things Days-related. He posted these scans a few years ago and just reposted them to mark the 20-year anniversary of these predictions. I’m only including his scans here so that people have context for the analysis that follows, but they’re totally his.)


Part 2 behind the cut…


The Great Salem Un-SORASing Project, Part 4

February 23, 2016

Annnnnnd we’re back. This time around, in our quest to rewrite the 50-year history of Days of Our Lives with age-appropriate characters substituted for any who have been victims of SORAS (Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome), we’re tackling 1995-99. Previous installments of this headache-inducing endeavor can be found at the following links: Part 1 (1965-79); Part 2 (1980-89); Part 3 (1990-94).

I always knew that the decision to reposition Christie Clark (Carrie) and Alison Sweeney (Sami) as cousins Hope Williams and Jennifer Horton would cause trouble — primarily because the real storylines had a lot to do with the Brady girls’ involvement with two Horton men, Lucas and Mike — but I pressed ahead because it made the most sense to me to hand off such heavy story to a pair of Hortons who were the right age for young-adult storylines at that time. But as viable as I think that would’ve been in a perfect world, it’s also been causing me major stress, because we’re at the point now when one thread pulls another, and that pulls another. Since my goal with this was to stick as closely as possible to having the actors who actually appeared on the show acting out storylines similar to the ones that aired, I’m having to do some serious gymnastics to make some elements work. But I dug my own grave, and I have to lie in it while Vivian Alamain taunts me via walkie-talkie, so here goes.


The Great Salem Un-SORASing Project, Part 3

February 5, 2016

Here comes the latest edition of my caffeine- and lunacy-fueled Days history project, in which I go year-by-year through the show’s stories and, while doing my best to preserve the tentpoles (castings, couplings, story turns), rewrite things to eliminate Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome (SORASing). This means that certain characters wind up being far too young to have the stories they had onscreen, and they therefore have to be replaced by characters from the show’s history who would be the appropriate age for those stories.

Part 1 covers 1965-1979, and Part 2 spans 1980-89. In Part 3, I’m taking on the first half of the 90s, because things are complicated now. As with the last edition, I’ll start with a summary of what actually happened in a given year, followed by my thoughts on what SORASing issues exist and how I think we can solve them, and finally, I’ll include a revised version of that year’s summary with SORAS-related changes made in italics.


The Great Salem Un-SORASing Project, Part 2

January 29, 2016

And we’re back with the next installment of The Great Salem Un-SORASing Project, or as it’s sometimes known, “Michael Could Really Use a Full-Time Job.” The goal, for those who missed the beginning of the series, is to go back through Days history year-by-year and, while trying to preserve the tentpole story developments, couples, etc., revise the story so that no characters are rapidly aged — which requires subbing in age-appropriate characters for some major ones.

You can find Part 1 (1965-79) here. This time around, we’re tackling the 1980s.

I’m modifying the format a little bit to keep things as clear as possible. I’ll post a brief-as-I-could-possibly-manage summary of what happened onscreen during the year, followed by my notes on what changes un-SORASing will require. Then I’ll reprint the year’s summary, but with those changes made (and noted in italics).