Days of Our Lives Week in Review
I continue to be challenged to come up with entertaining (by which I mean hypercritical and bitchy, as always) recaps of Days lately, because it's getting so good! It's in some kind of inverse relationship with General Hospital, apparently.
Anyway, let's dive right in. The big reveal this week was Belle's infidelity. Pop quiz: This is the appropriate reaction of a man when his newlywed wife has just told him that
a. the Brady Pub is out of clam chowder
b. his TiVo is on the fritz
c. she went a little crazy with the credit cards at the after-Christmas sales
d. she cheated on him with her ex-husband (who is also the current husband's uncle and arguably the guy he hates most in the world)
If you're Shawn Douglas Brady, of course, the answer is d. Freak. It's a good thing that guy is so good-looking.
Granted, he did then demand a divorce, but DUDE, what was that initial response? Anyway, let's focus on what's really important here: BELLE AND SHAWN BROKE UP! Praise be. Now please let it stick.
Shawn could have borrowed a bit of drama from his cousin (and sister-in-law, oy) Sami.
Of course, this could easily have been Sami reacting to the dry cleaners closing early. Damn, could they cut the girl a break in the OTT-drama department? She freaks out every day over something. I worry about Ali Sweeney's tear ducts, and frown lines. (And also about her still-too-light hair color, but that's off-topic.)
Martha Madison seems specialize in heavy drama -- she handled the break-up well and was great after John's death.
She also has much better rapport with the new, suddenly much older Claire than she did with the twins who played her before.
I will miss the entertainment value of that one twin who just openly loathed Martha, but whatever, it's worth it to have a child capable of talking. There are a whole lot of babies on this show right now. Not that I don't love babies. Oh lord, please don't email me about my feelings about infants.
I am kind of loving the "Where's Brady?" mystery, Chloe and Phillip's interactions, the possibility of this story dovetailing with the Stefano one and, of course, the fact that these two hotties intend to mercilessly fuck with Belle and Shawn's relationship, or what's left of it.
I enjoy EJ's unabashed hatred of Rolf. It's something we have in common! I also loved him banging on the door with his cane, and I am really intrigued by the character rehabilitation the writers are doing, with EJ helping to save Lucas, even if it is in his self-interest. I think EJ and Stefano being on opposite sides is about ten times as interesting as EJ the devoted and non-questioning son.
Seriously, Lauren Koslow, please stop whatever it is that you're continuing to do to your previously gorgeous self. Amanda Lepore should not be providing anyone's facial aspirations.
Call me a sap, but I freaking loved the New Year's Eve party. I love the events that bring the cast together and where everyone's all happy and relatively normal.
I mean normal like doing stuff we real people do, not normal like everyone at parties I go to is ridiculously good looking and somehow avoids any embarrassing drunken displays on New Year's Eve.
Kayla and Steve continue to be adorable
especially when Steve was doing his dorky little dance (I heart Stephen Nichols), but I really need him to get a haircut and ditch and bolo tie. The Johnny Cash look is bad enough (though totally in character, I know), without that particularly annoying accessory.
Speaking of fashion missteps, what the eff was Marlena wearing?
I am pretty much fundamentally opposed to fabric flowers of any kind. I will typically waive that objection for members of bridal parties who are under the age of ten, or anyone in a comedy sketch mocking Patricia Field's hideous wardrobing of Sarah Jessica Parker on Sex and the City. Since Marlena is neither (though I would actually kind of love to see Deidre Hall in the latter), this dress fails.
Anyway, it was a short but good week around Salem. I still have high hopes for Salemites in 2008! I hope you all had a great New Year's celebration, and thanks for kicking off another year with us here at Serial Drama. Keep an eye out for what we hope will be a great new addition to the site, coming later this week.
Screencaps courtesy of Days of Our Lives 2.