Posted tagged ‘Story Recap’

Through Her Eyes

March 15, 2018

This is becoming the easy new thing to fixate upon, but…

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Either Abigail, who does not normally need corrective lenses, drove from the hospital to the mansion wearing the prescription glasses of a middle-aged woman, or Abigail has been driving around Salem sans much-needed corrective lenses every time but this one. Neither option is really what I’d call good, you know? (I’m voiding the possibility that “Dr. Laura” removed the glasses whilst driving, considering the “Gabby” alter’s flip-out about losing her wig. These alters are real attached to their props.)

I’ll reluctantly admit that, for a second or two, I kind of got the whole weird, twisted “lovers against the world” thing they seem to be trying to sell with Stefan and Gabigail. I’m still unclear on what has made him fall for Abigail or her wig-sporting alter this quickly, and if he sleeps with her while she’s anyone but her actual self and unable to give consent, he’s a rapist, so… they will probably go there and spend the next 8-10 years trying to walk it back, because that’s how things go around here.

Meanwhile, Valerie is somehow the one who wound up in a straitjacket.

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That… does not look comfortable, does it? Though she might need the restraints if she and Lani keep meeting up to spar at that one table in the Pub that they seem to have permanently reserved for these conversations. I like seeing some fire out of Val, and I like how heavily the whole backstory involving Eli is playing into this — also in Julie’s unknowing comments to Eli himself — but I cannot imagine listening to like six more months of this.


Cover It Up

March 13, 2018

How nice that Adrienne is back from her trip to Teal Island, even though she still seems to be dressing according to their government rule that everything has to be the same color.

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Seriously: earrings, coat, and sweater all the same color? Try and mix it up a little, sis. I am, however, glad to see this haircut — I love the shorter hair on Judi Evans — as well as the fact that both Adrienne and Kayla actually bothered to wear coats during the winter. If you can put aside the facts that the Town Square is supposed to be indoors and that Claire was simultaneously having an outdoor photo shoot dressed like she was attending a Fourth of July picnic, it’s real progress.

It’s generally lovely to see Adrienne again, especially after months away. I’m guessing that they used Judi Evans (who isn’t even on-contract) as much as the budget would allow during the Bonnie story, so they were forced to rest her for a while, but it’s been a little awkward to have her completely and totally absent. At least she’s back to support her brother as he fights off blindness and makes excuses for the person who poisoned him.

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I get that John had his reasons, but boy, was it satisfying to see Kayla lash out at him a little. You’d think super-spy John might have at least tried to go to Steve and tell him what Pamela was up to, so that Steve could’ve played along while they figured out how to outsmart her or something. Or anything! Why is everyone else acting like everything John did was totally normal and not worth another thought?

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The next time someone I’m allegedly related to shoots me with a tranquilizer and locks me in a mausoleum — but doesn’t actually shoot me, what a saint! — my follow-up step will be to ask him to babysit my child while I sit at home doing nothing until the object of my lust arrives to have a beer. Solid life advice.

There was definite chemistry on display during that Will/Paul kiss and subsequent shirt-ripping-off. Stupid Sonny, interrupting. All his barking and scolding has really gotten old. Although he’s quite correct to be pissed at Victor for playing him and Brady against one another. I still don’t understand why all these people are so hungry to be CEO of Titan specifically. It’s unstable, everyone who works there is unstable, and there’s always a coup around the corner. You’ve already been the acting CEO of a multinational conglomerate — go get a job at Amazon or Google and enjoy the perks! (Perks include: having an office.)

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I’m really torn over how to feel regarding this Brady/Eve wedding debacle. On one hand, they’re both idiots for ever expecting this to go well. On the other, it made for a nice acting showcase for both performers. And on a third, mutant hand grown in Dr. Rolf’s laboratory, Maggie and Victor are total assholes for the way they handled this. I expect Victor to brush off something like his grandson being devastated with a statement like, “I left you a message!” — but why is this where Maggie draws the line? “Sure, hurt your grandson, but do not let Eve Donovan be duped out of a company she doesn’t deserve!” I actually did like her standing up to Victor, especially when she talked about how Eve lost a daughter and has been through enough, but this whole business of Brady being an afterthought feels off. At least she finally caught him drinking! She might get back in my good graces solely by sparing us from any further scenes of Brady standing at that bar in the living room, contemplating the liquor that Victor keeps stocked at all hours despite both his wife and grandson being addicts.

Living Her Truth

March 10, 2018

I’m starting to think that Abigail’s psyche fractured mostly out of a desire to accessorize.

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Convenient that Stefan had reading glasses sitting there when her “Laura” persona took over! Are you even an alter if you don’t have the appropriate props? I’m a little concerned that she either didn’t notice that she was wearing a prescription she doesn’t need or that Stefan has fake glasses that he wears when alone. Not sure which is weirder. But between the glasses and the black wig, maybe all Abigail needs for “treatment” is a trip to Claire’s. Get this broad some bangles and let’s see if that helps!

I’m also thoroughly confused about the timeline of her alters emerging. If Abigail did kill Andre and then developed DID as a result of not being able to handle what she’d done, what the hell was she doing marching into that office already dressed up as “Gabby”? Or is this one of those things I’m just not supposed to think about, like how Sami allegedly sold an infant Belle on the black market even though they now appear to be the same age?

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While we’re on the subject of women who are always ready with just the right get-up, Eve apparently keeps a wedding dress in her room just in case. I guess that does sort of fit with those whole serial-black-widow thing they’ve been peddling since her return… Anyway, I was genuinely surprised by her calling Brady out at the very end. Only in Salem would be it shocking that a woman decided not to impulsively marry her sister’s ex with whom she’s been sleeping and sniping for mere months, but that’s just the kind of world this is.

Key Limelight

March 6, 2018

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

March 2, 2018

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

February 28, 2018

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.

Press Play

February 24, 2018

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…