Posted tagged ‘Story Recap’

This is What It’s Come To

April 28, 2017

Well, it’s been a week since Nicole managed to ward off Scooter’s predatory advances, so we’re overdue for a story in which a woman is degraded and assaulted!

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I actually don’t mind this as a setup for some JJ/Lani story — and I like that they’re using their work to drive it — but I am so, so tired of rape and sexual assault and whatnot on this show. They’ve gone out of their way to state that Lani wasn’t actually assaulted, but there’s something icky about continually putting the female characters in this sort of position. Interestingly, though, Sal Stowers seems to be coming alive in playing this — maybe because Lani has some actual drive and agency here — but the only other time I’ve seen a spark from her was during her sex-trafficking storyline on the online version of All My Children, so I wonder if they decided to write into that a bit?

I have very little else to say, other than that I came home yesterday and the TV was on, and I thought Roman was choking instead of having an allergic reaction, and I burst out laughing. Also, it appears Kate’s grief over Eduardo going to prison has caused her to start lending Dario her blouses.

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Yikes. Kind of makes you long for the days of the ubiquitous Club TBD burgundy, huh?

Give Your Heart a Break

April 23, 2017

I can hardly believe I’m saying this, but there was a bunch of stuff in the latter part of this week that I genuinely enjoyed. Julie versus Gabi is great — between Julie’s various zingers about Gabi shooting men and Gabi daring to invoke Alice Horton (I loved the way they did that shot over Julie’s shoulder) — this all feels really fresh and interesting. And Julie faking a heart attack is completely over-the-top and ridiculous, which is how I like my Julie Williams.

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It’s a little absurd that Eli, an FBI agent who’s meeting all these new people and hearing their insane stories, had to wait for Sonny to tell him the full Gabi/Nick tale instead of doing some damn research on his own, but in general, I like the energy of what’s going on here. Of course, it also makes the tepid Abigail/Chad/Gabi/Dario story seem even flatter, what with Gabi already off in a more appealing storyline with an emotional center that actually makes sense.

But, speaking of Abigail, I do appreciate the effort in the writing to portray her as strong and determined. Her scenes with Eric were unexpected and lovely, and though I know they aren’t going there, it was a glimpse into an alternate universe in which that was the pairing they went with, and I didn’t hate it.

Look at me! Being positive and not complaining! I’m sure that means this upcoming week will be nothing but Kate shoving Chad and Gabi together while Hillary shows up at everyone’s door with muffins and a printout of her husband’s browser history, but I’ll take what I can get lately.

Motel Room Lolita

April 20, 2017

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything on television as bizarre as the left turn that, in the course of one episode, took us from “porn-addicted sleaze tries to blackmail desperate mother into sex” to “kidnapper proves she has heart of gold by helping porn-addicted sleaze and nosy wife get into roleplaying.”

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I seriously couldn’t stop watching these scenes — which is a rarity with Days right now — as it occurred to me that this was all supposed to be heartwarming. Nicole didn’t have to have sex with Scooter or shoot him; instead, she set up his wife to dress up as a porn character played by a drugged, underage girl so that her husband would want her again! I can’t think of anything more romantic!

On the upside, I’m glad that this looks to be the end of Scooter and Hillary, and Brady’s deadpan reactions to Scooter were hilarious. So that’s something. And I can’t wait for Brady and Nicole to tell their children and grandchildren the tale of how they finally admitted their love.

Somehow, this all made way more sense than what was going on with Chad and Abigail’s failed vow renewal.

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Marci Miller is like, “What did I do to deserve this?” And the answer is, I suppose, something awful. I keep saying this, but the POV and the sequencing of this storyline is all off. So off that I can’t even understand why people are doing the things they’re doing. Abigail was fine after she caught Chad and Gabi near-naked in one another’s arms and hearing that they made out, but a yearbook signature causes her to tank the marriage in front of the four people who bothered to show up for their ceremony? I appreciate that they’re trying to write her as strong, but she kind of seems unreasonable and ridiculous given that Chad keeps insisting that he wants to be with her, and Gabi isn’t doing anything to interfere in the marriage, and… I dunno. This one is just not working at all, and every time someone makes a decision, it makes me have even less sympathy for him or her. What am I supposed to be rooting for here? A cable outage?

Butting Out is Hard to Do

April 15, 2017

KATE. This is a lot of look, and I’m saying that to someone who regularly dresses like Captain Jack Sparrow.

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T-minus two weeks until we see Maggie in this, yeah?

I don’t even know what to say about this rude hypocritical cow sobbing over her latest “great love” with the hired assassin whose son she previously banged, and then encouraging Gabi to break up a marriage. Learn a lesson, lady!

Meanwhile, nothing cracked me up more than Julie’s reaction to Ciara telling her she wasn’t welcome to crash her date.

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I was wondering why Wyatt didn’t go running for the hills the minute another pushy damn relative of Ciara’s barged in on one of their dates, but of course he’s possibly evil and up to something. Strong contender for line of the week: “Ciara, you’re like no one I’ve ever met.” Yeah, because most of the people he meets are capable of speaking and standing up at the same time!

Daddy Did It

April 14, 2017

What a touching episode about a sketchy man selling stolen bonds being sent off to prison, thereby disappointing his morally upstanding children — you know, the convicted murderer daughter and the two sons who have helped women cover up murders in the past year.

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Me too, Rafe. Me too.

Sniping aside, I found the scene-writing for Eduardo’s final episode really strong. It was actually an admirable effort to tie this whole thing into Rafe’s long, messy history of corrupt policing. It didn’t totally work — “It’s fine for Hope to get away with murdering a man, but my father committing financial crimes — no way!” — but it was a nice attempt to sew together a bunch of disparate, sloppy threads. All the stuff with Gabi explaining to Eduardo that she thought she’d get to live out the fantasy of having a father through Ari’s relationship with Eduardo was great, too; Camila Banus really stepped it up, and that felt about as emotionally valid as anything I’ve seen on this show in a long while.

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Then there was that Kate/Eduardo farewell. Again, really strong effort on the part of the script writer. And Lauren Koslow alone, who could manage to sell chowder to Caroline Brady with her acting, sold the hell out of that goodbye — as did her chemistry with A Martinez, which for some reason the show could never get it together to utilize. This pairing that never even took off didn’t have the weight to justify that sort of emotional ending, but the scenes worked in isolation… and at this point, I’ll take what I can get. Weird trivia: these two never slept together, did they? Now that must be a first for Kate Roberts!

The New Guys

April 8, 2017

I don’t think I can accurately express how difficult it’s been for me to sit down and write this post. I put on the show, I start folding laundry or whatever, and I look up and realize I’ve missed half an episode without even noticing. I just do not care about most of the things going on right now — especially since 80% of the show is either Chad, Abigail, Gabi, and Dario wandering in circles having the same conversations and deciding that this time it’ll be fine to be friends, or this go-nowhere crap with Deimos. There’s so little sense of cause-and-effect lately; it isn’t so much that Event A leads to Event B as that Event A happens, everyone talks about it for a day or two, and then Event B happens, and it’s kind of similar to Event A except more boring because we’ve already seen it. Bleh.

was all set to complain some more about this stupid Nicole/Scooter setup, because I was going to wonder why she didn’t just tell this pig that she was drugged by her own father and forced to make that movie while underage, but they at least touched on that a bit. She definitely could’ve gone harder with it, but they surprised me by having Scooter move so fast to the truth about her real identity. I mean, that’s the ostensible real threat, right?

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Good thing Nicole has Brady looking out for her! A mere two weeks and they’ll be on their ways with new identities! Sure, he can go from Canada to Salem and back in the span of a single episode, but he can’t get them new IDs in under two weeks? Surely absolutely nothing could go wrong in that period of time, which will feel like approximately 13 eternities, the way Hillary keeps barging in and refusing to take a damn hint to GO AWAY.

I can hardly believe I’m saying this, but one of the highlights of the week for me was actually Ciara’s stuff!

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Maybe it’s because I know the actress is on her way out, but she’s bothering me less these days. Her date with Wyatt felt cute and relatively real, and I liked Roman being there in the role of supportive uncle. Couldn’t understand a damn thing he was saying, but I liked the idea! And Scott Shilstone is really charming as Wyatt. As was pointed out in the comments, of course this show has to go and make this weird by giving Ciara a love interest played by the dude who also played her dead brother, but I guess she wasn’t in that dream of Hope’s anyway, so maybe she can overlook it more easily than I can.

Do Not Pass Go

April 1, 2017

You know what would definitely make me go on the run? If you’re thinking “kidnapping your biological child from her crazed but oddly justified surrogate mother,” you’re wrong! Because it’s this:

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This woman is the worst! Truly a walking nightmare. Here’s some advice, Hillary: if you’ve already barged into virtual strangers’ new home, invited yourself to stay for drinks, confided in the female partner that your husband is a real porn connoisseur, and then suggested having them over for dinner — and their reaction is to cringe visibly and make an excuse about their children — the proper response is not “We’ll bring dinner here, then!” Let it go. Leave these poor people alone!

It’s pretty clear that her porn-hog husband recognizes Nicole from her past in the adult entertainment industry and this will all blow up in everyone’s faces. What I don’t get is this: Nicole was said back in the day, I’m almost positive, to have only made one porn movie. Was Locker Room Lolita actually the Debbie Does Dallas of this strange universe in which Salem exists? Was it the Titanic of porn? And if this guy watches so much damn porn, how realistic is it that he’s going to recognize an actress who appeared in one movie way back in like 1997?

I know that backstory often morphs over time on a show like this, but basically every writer since 2003 has seemingly possessed a fundamental misunderstanding of Nicole’s porn experience. She, while underage, was drugged by her own father and forced to act in the film. She wasn’t a “porn star.” It’s bizarre that not only is this thrown in her face as some reprehensible act — when a) participating in consensual sex work doesn’t automatically make someone an immoral garbage person, and b) it wasn’t consensual sex work, on account of the drugging and her not being legally fit to consent. It seems like what they all wish had been written back in the day was that Nicole, with her troubled background, did porn for the money without regard for how it would affect her later on. But they’ve never actually retconned the circumstances of it, and they occasionally make reference to her father’s long history of abuse, so it’s completely unclear what we’re supposed to think. I’ll admit to being a little guilty of going along with the easy jokes sometimes, mostly on account of finding the name “Misty Circle” absolutely hilarious almost two decades later, but there’s a serious disconnect between the way her history is treated onscreen and what we actually saw.

Anyway. Hillary sucks, Scooter is a creep, and this insta-love between Brady and Nicole is ridiculous. At least there’s one thing on this show that I’m genuinely enjoying right now…

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This is going to sound weird, but I loved how they had Eric and Jennifer’s plans for a date go straight to hell. I was thrilled when he seemed to be opening up and asked her to lunch, and it was devastating when he had that run-in with Victor, who basically cut him off at the knees and caused him to stand up Jen. This is, like, real, classic soap angst. I’ve been worried that this story would get very one-note really fast, and they’d just pair them up and slap them on the backburner, so this was a smart beat to play. Yeah, I love Eric and felt bad that Victor made him feel that way, but this was a great use of Victor’s black-and-white worldview. As much as we all loathe the mere mention of Daniel, the man was his beloved godson and then stepson. Eric got drunk, drove a car, and killed Daniel. I buy that Maggie, who is kinder and has internalized the lessons of AA, would work to forgive Eric, whereas Victor wouldn’t. I might not have liked what he said to Eric, but I understand his POV and find it legitimate. And this creates a whole new set of messes for Eric and Jennifer. I’d like to see her back off and him have to be active and pursue her now.

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Can whoever’s plotting out their story take over the other ones, too? Please?