Physician, Heal Thyself
You should need no other evidence than that the writers have no idea what the hell to do with Days of Our Lives than the character of Dr. Daniel Jonas. He is almost entirely a creation of the current team, and even if he was introduced under the old regime (Who can keep track anymore?), the guy has virtually no history and is basically a blank slate. They can mold him, develop him, create exactly what they want. And what they want, apparently, is for him to be an icky grody perv. Are they hanging out with Bob Guza in the soap writers' cafeteria or something? "I see your unrepentant hitman and I raise you a serial patient-molesting surgeon!"
You may recall that initially, I wanted to like Daniel. (To sum up: Hot, new, hot, doctor who's not Lexie, hot.) But he would not shut up with the surfer-speak, and then, in the most stomach-turning pairing of the year (Best and Worst post spoiler!), he got into a relationship with his muchmuchmuch younger patient, Chelsea. He was torn about getting involved with her, because he had gotten involved with another of his patients years ago and she died, or something. Maybe she just faked it to get away from him once she realized that he was totally turned on by her allegedly (diagnosed by him, no doubt) terminal illness. I would. I mean, it wouldn't be my first choice, but it would do in a pinch.
But thankfully, finally Daniel and Chelsea broke up, and I thought he might have a chance to be rehabbed as a character. I know, it was one of those soft-in-the-head moments I have from time-to-time. I blame his abs. They make my head all spinny. ANYWAY, Dan the Man quickly moved on to schtupping Chelsea's grandma Kate, who was ALSO one of his patients, and I thought, well, at least he's gone as low as he can go. Clearly they're planning a redemption arc of epic proportions! He will be redeemed, he will emerge as a rootable hero, he will be the 40-ish leading man this show is otherwise totally lacking! The writing team must have realized their horrible mistakes and are engineering a turnaround that will make Chelsea circa 2007 look like child's play!
And then...The Incident. I am inserting a cut here because the hundreds of unsupervised children who undoubtedly innocently surf past our blog on a daily basis should not see such things. Nobody should, but you know, we're all about the children here at Serial Drama. They are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way, and crap like that.
Ahem. The Incident:
This was so wrong on so many levels that they could invent levels for a hundred years and still not find one on which it could be even tenuously considered okay. Also: Icky grody pervy EW!
He GROPED a woman during a routine pre-transplant exam. (The transplant, BTW, is for his current girlfriend, Grammie Kate!) He is lusting after YET ANOTHER patient. And, oh by the way, this freaking show is playing this off like it was a ROMANTIC ENCOUNTER! He and Chloe are both having lusty flashbacks to it! What? Whatwhatwhat?! How damaged do you have to be to write scenes like this? How screwed up is your image of masculinity that the only leading man you've had a chance to create essentially from scratch is an habitual pursuer of his sick patients? Who on earth thinks this is a sexy character? Has the meaning of sexy been changed altogether, and if so has someone alerted People? Is Daniel too busy with pre-op feel-ups to cut his hair? How is it possible that Chloe is an opera singer yet her speaking voice never fluctuates beyond a monotone? Why do they put Nadia Bjorlin's makeup on with a putty knife?
Some of these questions are deeper and more important than others.
Suffice it to say that today when Chloe slammed Daniel's fingers at the Horton cabin? Well, it was the second time in a year I have been rooting for a large wooden door.
Screencaps courtesy of Days of Our Lives 2.