Days of Our Lives Couple of Weeks in Review
Well, it really shouldn't be surprising that Days' ratings have taken a sharp upward turn, because the show has improved over the last few weeks. And I haven't done any recaps. Coincidence? Will I once again have to confront the reality that I won't be able to blog if my shows get good? (I'm in no danger of that with GH, thank god.)
At some point if this show gets really, truly good, I may be reduced to just posting screencaps of James Scott. He provides a range of entertainment services:
waving at babies
being an unsettling ghost in the nightmare of his future wife (as you do)
...yes, even as an un-dead zombie, he could still get it.
Sure, EJ's still a lunatic, shooting up cars
cutting up Kate's face (he's not the first!), plotting against Sami's relatives, obsessing over his son, being devoted to his psychopath father, yadda yadda . . . but James Scott is insanely hot, and that wins. (I know I sound a bit like those "Jason and Sonny are so hot with their guns" crazies. But James Scott is hotter than they are, which makes it totally different.)
Sami finally had the elephant babies!
Sami: It's too soon!
Marlena: Come on, not unusual with twins. Here we go. What we know is, the last ultrasound showed that their lungs are completely developed. So they are ready to join the world.
Sami: But I'm not ready. Mom, I haven't decorated the nursery, and Lucas didn't put together the second crib. And we haven't baby-proofed the apartment.
You've been gestating since 2006! When were you going to do that stuff?
So first Belle, now Sami. Is Marlena just going to deliver all her grandkids?
Part of my total discomfort with this situation is that it brought back one of the most awkward moments of my life. In college I was home on break and took a really bad fall waterskiing, and there was, among other things . . . an injury to a private area. So they pull me out of the water and my mom's in the boat and is somewhat freaked out.
Mom of Becca: Let me see!
Me: !!!!! What? !!!!!
Mom of Becca: Becca, relax, you know my dad was an ob-gyn!
One of my good friends was there and we laughed for months over her imitation of my facial expression.
Aaaanyway, yay, babies! The twins are adorable -- Johnny/Gianni and . . . what is the girl's name? I've already forgotten. Oh dear. This must mean that Lucas is totally right and not paranoid, and his daughter is going to end up a depressed overweight alcoholic.
Now that she doesn't have to walk around with a couch pillow under increasingly heinous maternity dresses, and therefore might return to her previous curvaceous cuteness, I need to mention something. Allison Sweeney's eyebrows. What's going on there?
Yikes. As her hair has gotten lighter, her brow makeup has been getting darker. It worries me. I'm distracted by their caterpillar-like nature, particularly when Sami has been having basically the same conversation for five months and as a result my mind is predisposed to drift.
But back to the babies, I'm so glad they decided to do a split-paternity storyline. There was nothing soapy about both of them being Lucas', or EJ's. I did feel bad for Lucas finding out, though, particularly the timing. However,
I love his expression. It's a one-sentence note, Lucas, not long division. It's shocking, but not terribly confusing.
I like the battle they're setting up between Lucas and EJ. That could be soapy goodness for years. And while he's suddenly adopted his father's surname (did anyone else think it was a bit late in the game to decide Kate had finally crossed some point of no return?), I think they could still re-do the paternity of Lucas himself to make that story even more interesting. I thought maybe that's where they were going with the DNA -- that in addition to one of the twins being EJ's, the tests would reveal Lucas and EJ to be half-brothers (due to Kate having been Stefano's call girl). But the twins having different babydaddies, and all the drama likely to result, is good enough for me. For now.
I'm starting to like Belle. Or at least, I'm starting not to hate her, and I've lost my desire to make fun of her hair.
Sami to Belle: You came to me for good advice? You must be hard up.
Seriously! Unless you are inquiring as to the advisability of selling yourself on the black market, I would seek advice elsewhere. But then Belle got all snarky with Sami, and it was kind of awesome. Of course, she was asking what she should do about having had sex with Phillip
when it seems obvious to me that the answer is do it some more.
Part of what I love about Belle cheating with Phillip is that it shows that one of things that didn't work about their earlier pairing is that Kyle Brandt was a chemistry vacuum, a fact that delights me because he was such an arrogant ass on The Real World.
Anyway, Belle cheating on her fiancé, being snotty with Sami, rolling her eyes? I always knew Martha Madison gave good bitchface, but she is much better playing snotty than the stupid 1950s-robot version of Belle they had her doing before. (Her work during John's death was strong, too.)
Oh, and if you're keeping track,
I still can't stand Shawn. He's a legacy kid, his parents are kick-ass, and he's tied in with a bunch of other characters I like. But I find him boring and smug. Which is how I used to feel about Phillip. I'm willing to admit the problem is that I'm utterly fickle and also not paying attention a lot of the time.
I hated the sorority storyline(s) at first, but now that it's not about stupid boy-auctions and pledging, it's growing on me. I like that they're basically just using the house as a place to pull together the younger characters, as opposed to having stories actually about the sorority. I didn't see the Chelsea twist coming
I just assumed her kidnapping would be the work of the Campus Rapist. And that the resolution to the twist also means the end of Nick as parental unit is a fab bonus.
And Nick and Chelsea are back together! Maybe the writers will actually let them have a relationship for a while this time.
They're almost unfairly adorable.
Back to the Campus Rapist story, while it's been fairly well written, I have to say that Days doesn't need another sexual assault storyline, maybe ever. They've had virtually all of their female characters raped, and now they're bringing on new ones to make them victims.
Cordy could be an interesting character, but she wasn't on long enough to get very invested in her before the rape, and while she's not bad, the actress is very green and the material was a bit beyond her reach. (Apropos of almost nothing, I'm going to take this opportunity to say that the whole "Free Brad!" incident was the best on The Real World: San Diego and one of the top ten on all seasons. Unintentional comedy of the highest order.)
The webcam stuff was creepy
but it was an interesting and probably realistic update on old stories, and it gave Max a chance to be a hero and actually start developing as a character, which is refreshing.
Um, I promise, he was being heroic at that moment.
I freely admit it's possible I'm biased by having fallen for them as a kid, but Steve and Kayla are made of awesome as far as I'm concerned.
Stephanie: You talked to Aunt Adrienne?
Steve: I sent her a text.
Steve: Hey, I'm with it, baby. I got thumbs!
Their parting with Pocket was predictably heartbreaking.
And the wonderful conversation Kayla had with Stephanie when Steph said she'd let some stranger make out with her at a party was very realistic. Of course, it turns out there's more to Steph's story
which is, again, numerically disturbing, particularly given that Stephanie's mom is one of the show's many other rape victims. I really need for daytime TV to learn that young women can have life-altering events that don't involve being brutalized. Damn. But the actors in this storyline will play it well, for what it's worth.
On a much happier topic, I've said it before, but damn, Stephen Nichols is in amazing shape.
The dude is 56 years old! And speaking of looking fabulous,
Kristian Alfonso is 44 and has had two kids. She is amazing.
Hey, did you know that EJ is good-looking, Marlena delivered Sami's elephant babies, Belle is getting to be pretty interesting but Shawn still bores me to tears, Nick and Chelsea are cute together, Max makes a good hero, Steve and Kayla are awesome, there are too many rape stories on this show, and Stephen Nichols and Kristian Alfonso are in amazing shape? Yes? Because you just fucking read it five minutes ago? Right.
Enough with the flashbacks to a day ago, Days. I thought we got rid of those with Reilly.
Screencaps courtesy of Days of Our Lives 2.