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Abigail's replacement. (NBC)

Deconstructing "Days" from October 1-5:

This week wasn’t a bowl full of cherries for most Salemites. Chad wanted revenge, Sami, Caroline, and Nicole all got an earful while eavesdropping, Chad was used by EJ, there was a lot of name-calling, and Nicole lost another baby.

Bo's mid-life crisis.
Bo quit SPD and is considering sailing around the world in order to chase Stefano's shadow for the rest of his life. He blamed "this damned job" on not being able to be at Ciara’s classroom for her poetry reading. The "Hall of Fame" detective whined about missing one of his daughter’s poetry readings because of work yet has no problem with never seeing her grow up while he sails around the world in order to snoop on DiMera Enterprises? What a joke. Hope will never agree to go with him. Sailing loftily around the world isn’t going to pay the bills and hasn’t Bo always said he would rather never have to deal with Stefano again?

Caroline showed a photo of Ciara that she said was three years old but Ciara looks the same. Was that a blooper or another of Caroline's memory issues?

It feels like Hope's gushing over playing the supportive wife is forced and unlike her. Could it be she's really not 100% on board with Bo's plans?

"Creampuff" and the "Stupid Bitch."
Each week these two wind up with new lovely names. Last week they were "Snow White" and the "Cheap Hateful Tramp." Which of Jenn and Nicole's nasty names do you prefer?!

Jennifer and Daniel’s knock-down-drag-out fight actually made me take notice of these two. They displayed a lot of anger, but we also hurt, support and love. It sparked an interest for me. I’m not sure I care enough to root for them but it’s better than spacing out when they're on the screen together.

Errand boy.
Brady’s nobody’s errand boy so why is this leading man being used in this fashion? It doesn’t fit that he – or any other man would get into a woman’s drama the way he did for Jennifer. I was surprised he actually warned Daniel about Nicole.

A piece of meat.
EJ used his own brother this week to get what he wanted and treated Sami like a piece of meat and he wonders why he’s alone. Two minutes ago, Samanther was pining over EJ and now she’s all about Rafe. I’m confused about how we got to this point of Safe again so I can only imagine that EJ’s head must be spinning. Once Samantha finds out the real baby-daddy truth, will she dump Rafe and go back to EJ? I really hope this show isn't turning into "The Bold and the Beautiful's" fiasco, "The Hope and Steffy Show."

At least Stefano's trying to get in touch with EJ, though I don't think EJ will let Stefano off the hook so fast.

Grace repeat.
Some fans are debating what’s worse - what EJ’s doing to Rafe or what Rafe’s once again doing to EJ. EJ’s the bad guy, the opportunist so we expect him to do underhanded things in order to get what he wants. If he doesn't, it's rather disappointing. Rafe’s supposed to be the good guy so it’s always a surprise to some when he’s not written pure as the driven snow. The thing is, Rafe hasn’t been pure in a very long time but he’s also not the bad guy. He’s the good guy who does a bad thing for what he deems to be a good reason. Essentially he's the new Bo. It’s good to see a character with layers. I like both of them. Sami may be angry with EJ for deceiving her but I think it’s likely going to be harder on her when she learns Rafe’s been lying to her this whole time about being Nicole’s "baby daddy" especially since she has given him every opportunity to come clean. With EJ, she’s likely used to his lies and doesn’t have him on a pedestal the way she does with Rafe. Frankly, I’m surprised EJ hasn’t done something to Rafe and Nicole already, knowing her child is his. And I’m not sure how badly Sami will take it when she learns the truth considering this secret isn’t his to tell and she has done the exact same thing (Remember Grace?) in the past. Then again, if Rafe trusts Sami, why not talk Nicole into letting him spill it? Because he doesn't yet trust her?

How ironic that 60 seconds after Rafe and Sami reunited, Sami lied to him about the text from EJ! At least she came clean but why bother?

The Intimidator.
Chad’s been enjoying an intimidation routine with Gabi, which is almost comical at this point. How many times can you hunt someone down at their work and vow to take revenge on them without following through? Maybe he should take that time to strategize. Maybe if he didn’t bust up Nick’s face he would have a case against Gabi. Amateur! Now that he’s not EJ’s willing apprentice, what comes next for Chad? If he doesn’t have Gabi, Melanie or EJ in his life, what’ll they do with him?

Cameron moved on fast!
It was nice to be completely blind-sided as a viewer but Abigail didn't seem to enjoy finding out Cameron's dating a gorgeous surgical intern two minutes after they broke-up. Ouch.

Seriously another baby death in Salem? Haven't we had our fill yet? And when was Nicole's baby due? The Halloween costumes suggest anytime, which is even more devastating. Watch how Nicole will use this to her advantage next week...

Take a look at Matt’s DOOL Musings. A taste: "Elvis was furious to lose his hold on Sami. His whole body attempted to blink wildly at Chad, who was so freaked out that he grew a week's worth of stubble during their verbal brawl."

Read an interview with Gloria Loring, DOOL's Ex-Liz Chandler. Loring discusses her new book, Coincidence Is God's Way Of Remaining Anonymous.

Do you like "Glee?" Read last night's Glee: The Break Up recap and for those who love the drama on "Grey's," check out last night's Grey's Anatomy: Remember The Time recap.

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- Christine Fix