Days of Our Lives Couple of Weeks in Review
We've had very few Days posts lately, I know. That's because of my aforementioned busy/laziness, and because of our oft-discussed dilemma around here: how can you have lots to say about a show that's actually pretty good? But if only so that you guys can leave comments pointing out things that I totally missed because I was shopping for handbags and Bobbi Brown eyeshadows on eBay while watching, I thought we were due for a quick recap.
First, let me start by praising yet another beneficial result of John's demise: Marlena's time isn't spent behaving like a schoolgirl with a crush or engaging in increasingly disturbing make-out sessions, and she's instead getting involved in a battle royale with Stefano! Wooo!
"A vengeance!" I prefer campy, manipulative Marlena about 100 to 1 over moaning, faux-orgasming, teenybopper Marlena. As long as they don't really cross the line into ridiculous again (Marlena is possessed, Marlena is the Salem stalker, Marlena is pregnant), I'm fine with her being front-and-center again. You better bring it, Deidre!
And it's really good that she did have that scene with Stefano, because otherwise I was all aboard the Marlena hate train, due to her having committed one of the worst Days sins ever: bringing back those fucking purity rings. (Ooooh, what if someone started a parody jewelry line, demanding "fucking purity"? Like, please don't let outdated notions of gender roles tinged with paternalism get in the way of lots of sex, Puritans!) Anyway, when Marlena busted out those rings, all my James-E-Reilly-era hate came to the surface and I was all prepared to just drone on and on about how irritatingly self-righteous Marlena is. But then she went all campy evil, and I couldn't bring myself to do it. Also, I am lazy and didn't really want to type a lot.
Speaking of lazy, do you think Marlena's daughter will ever have a romantic interest other than the two guys she's been tripping over pretty much since the last century?
I still think Phillip and Belle have ten times the chemistry of
Shawn and Belle, but 1) that's not saying much, and 2) my opinion is
possibly based entirely on Jay Kenneth Johnson having been shirtless in
a couple of their scenes.
But back to the couple of the week Belle and Shawn. Oh, how I loathe this pairing. But I love a big soapy event, with lots of cast integration and returning veterans, so I didn't hate their wedding.
Particularly since it's clear the marriage won't likely even make it to the next sweeps period. I even liked Belle's dress. I liked something Belle wore. I thought that maybe that meant I had lost my bitchy edge, but then I remembered how much joy I got out of Phillip messing with Belle's head before she said "I do" and I realized all is well -- I'm still not a very nice person.
For instance, I loved Phillip giving Shawn the watch.
It was very 1980s Victor-esque, by which of course I mean kickass. I don't know why anyone is going to such lengths to land Belle, particular when said someone has landed her before and contrary to recent re-writes had a loveless marriage with her while she pined after the guy she is marrying all over again, but setting all that aside, the watch was a nice bitchy twist to the wedding.
BTW, to the reader who found our little site by Googling "why can't
belle just be single days of our lives": You will fit in just great
around here. Not since Kelly Taylor has anyone needed to choose herself more.
Lucas using the wedding as a venue for what is starting to be a campaign to publicly shame and isolate Sami was a bit irksome. (The mother of your child doesn't get to name your kid with you, really? And you let her whole family know she doesn't? O...kay.)
But I like the name Alice Caroline, so I'll give him a pass for now. I do think the writers have to be careful not to make Lucas look like an ass in this whole triangle situation, especially when he's up against the inappropriately great interactions between EJ and Sami.
I have decided to ignore the events of 12/29/06, and the fact that Sami is only feigning affection for EJ, because James Scott and Allison Sweeney have off-the-charts chemistry.
I haven't liked Sami this much in months. I actually look forward to their scenes together, which is something I'd have found difficult to believe back when she was trying to murder him via lipstick. (I lost IQ points just typing those last six words.)
James Scott's...James Scottness is one of the main reasons I can get past virtually anything bad EJ has done. I swear to god, there is something seriously wrong with me, because despite being despondent, paralyzed, unshaven, manipulative, and the per-usual borderline-evil,
...I still think James Scott's EJ is The Hotness. I feel like things are getting to the point where I'm going to have to do a 12-step program or something. Adonis-Addicts Anonymous!
I love how Roman and Bo can totally investigate the attempted murder of their immediate family member and the son of one of their sworn enemies, with no thoughts about a conflict of interest. Soaps logic, how I adore you.
Slightly off-topic, but always worth mentioning: Josh Taylor's plastic surgery -- why? I caught the 90210 episode on SoapNet this weekend in which Jack McCay manipulates Dylan into writing him a letter to help him get paroled, and Josh Taylor looked so normal! Also, that episode (or the one right after it, not that I sat on a couch for two hours watching a 15-year-old teen soap opera) was the one in which we as viewers -- with the power of sight -- were asked to believe that someone was paying Donna to be a MODEL. !!! To bring this back on-topic, I think maybe Josh Taylor has his face work done by the surgeon who did Tori's boobs.
Speaking of Bo, he had one of my favorite one-liners in weeks:
Bo (about Phillip): I'm gonna have to bitchslap that brat one of these days.
I like Phillip, but come on, that was hysterical. Someone on Days said "bitchslap"! Can "asshat" or "dicksmack" be far behind? I hope not.
I'm still liking the Ford Decker storyline.
Billie finally has something interesting to do, Chelsea and Steph are doing something other than moon over their uncles/cousins, Morgan is (fashion crimes aside) mostly awesome, and they're dealing with a real-life issue without being too preachy or over-the-top.
Most importantly, it features female friendships! In which nobody is sleeping with one of the other's husbands, or secretly had the child of one of the other's fathers, or whatever. Belle may be too lame to have friends, but other young women on this show are making up for her social awkwardness. And they have nothing to do with purity rings! Woohoo!
But hey, what the hell?
Why did they recast Cordy? I liked the first one better, but more importantly now I won't be able to randomly insert Real World: San Diego references into my posts. Where will I shout that Brad ain't guilty of nothin' but livin'?! Other than at my office during meetings, I mean.
The Ford Decker plot has also given Shelley Hennig a chance to shine as Stephanie. I still think she looks nothing like her on-screen parents, and the writers' insistence on having her say "Papa" every 15 seconds makes me mental, but she is doing well with the emotional material they're throwing her way.
It probably helps that many of these scenes are with Mary Beth Evans, who continues to be fantastic, particularly when Kayla is in nurturing mode.
How much do she and Stephen Nichols rock? And how much chemistry do they have as a couple?
So much, times two. I love them. In a totally non-over-invested kind of way, of course.
So, I'm too lazy to come up with a clever closing (are you sensing a theme here), and I'm curious as to whether others are as satisfied with Days' direction as I am. Therefore, poll time! Weigh in, please. But note if you vote for Belle to end up with Shawn, you will automatically be banned from our site and we will send someone to your home to mock your terrible taste in soapy pairings.