Days of Our Lives Week in Review
Days is really quite good (I mean, soap good, not Six Feet Under good, lest anyone get confused) these days, which means unless you want to read page after page of "wow, that was awesome," these Week in Review posts are getting very difficult. Thank goodness for some bad fashion, some classic John Black moments, and of course, the RETURN OF STEFANO!
I'm becoming a huge John fan. We've waxed poetic about Drake Hogestyn's so-bad-it's-good-ness around here before. But perhaps because he was gone for so long, I had forgotten how cheesily great his scenes could be. This week, when he rescued the fine wine from Lucas' rage? "Not the Rothschild!"? I giggled like a schoolgirl.
And a few minutes later, when he whipped out a huge-ass hunting knife, threatening to cut out EJ's kidney? If you tell me you didn't find that absolutely hilarious, I'm going to have to question whether you possess a sense of humor.
And then the awful, yet somehow fantastic, line that you just know the writers have had in their back pocket for months: "Yes, folks, Elvis has just left the building." And, scene.
There are probably about two instances in the history of human existence in which a vest is okay. Well, maybe there's just one. In the right weather conditions, a puffy down vest can provide necessary warmth, along with fond memories of Back to the Future.
In virtually every other scenario, everyone needs to just say no to vests. Chelsea Brady (does she use Brady?) should have said no, and also set this little number on fire while she was at it:
Did she steal that off the heretofore unknown Harley Davidson edition of a Cabbage Patch Doll? What is that? I was so traumatized by it that I almost missed enjoying her conversation with Bo and her and Nick's conversation with Bo and Roman. They told the truth and resolved a situation without dragging it out over six months, yet it was still interesting and fun to watch. Who knew such things were possible in soaps?!
(Also: Willow died! Yay!)
Suzanne Rogers is great, one of Days' true veterans, and Maggie is usually a fun character that provides a lot of history and warmth. So I am loathe to criticize (say it with me: no I'm not), but, what is going on with this hair?
If it's 1989 again and nobody told me, I'm going to be plenty upset. Should I set my VCR to record Another World and Santa Barbara? Should I use the fancy new cordless phone my mom just got to call my best friend Cath to see if she wants to take the Cabriolet and go see that new movie with Sally Field and Dolly Parton (and that tall redhead that everyone says has a bright future) after school tomorrow? I'll whip out my Guess jeans. The zippers at the ankles are so cool.
My feelings about the Belle/Shawn coupling are well-documented. (Summary: zzzzzzzzz.) This week, in the face of Marlena's rather rude but actually really understandable questioning of Belle about her feelings for Shawn, Belle busted out with this "passionate" declaration of "love":
Belle: Mom, Shawn loves me. He’s a hard worker, and he would do anything for Claire.
Well, that settles it then, you should totally keep him around. As your nanny.
They're setting up a Shawn/Belle/Phillip triangle, right? Maybe
that will change my feelzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. (Sorry, that keeps
happening.) Maybe the fact that they're all looking for a missing baby
together will be interestzzzzzzzzz. (Seriously, I apologize. I must
just be overtired.) I'm sure these storylines will pick up
Because the soap gods have been answering my prayers (well, the Days soap gods; the GH soap gods are apparently either on vacation, or have been taken out by the mob), this week saw the return of Stefano. Stefano! 80s cheesy goodness returns! Love it. You go, Stefano:
Get on with your illness-faking, Brady-hating, Tony-loving, bad-accent-having, evil-plotting self. We've missed you!