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Deconstructing "Days" from October 15-19:

Stefano spent the week convincing a reluctant Kristen to return to Salem, there was a fast progression in Caroline’s gloomy Alzheimer’s storyline, John had sexy nightmares about another woman, and there were a few confrontations. All in all it was quite depressing.

Rafe told Sami to wait for him at his place while he went to the hospital to check on Nicole. Instead of heading home or out to a friend’s or getting a life, Sami stalked him all day. EJ randomly dropped by Rafe’s place for no apparent reason, supposedly drunk, though I couldn’t tell, especially since he was quite sober moments later. Sami let him drive off drunk afterward not even concerned for his or other people’s safety because she was more concerned with what Rafe was doing. She’s like a child who is told to go to bed and doesn’t because she’s afraid of what she’ll miss.

The plight of Jennifer Horton.
Is anyone that likable in Salem right now? So many fans hate do-gooder Jennifer Horton, who is over-the-top with her anger and bitterness like an obsessed stalker over Daniel. I don’t care for her one way or another and haven’t for a long time but I don’t blame her for the baby’s death. Nobody knows why the baby died but she sure didn’t help Nicole’s stress levels by always being in her face.

Kristen’s odd return.
It’s like none of the writers could figure out a way to get Kristen back to Salem so they started grasping at straws and someone in a meeting blurted out, "Let’s send her back to do damage repair for the DiMera clan." Everyone murmured, "Yeah, whatever, that sounds fine. Is it lunch yet?" The problem is, Kristen doesn’t even know or care about "Brad or the other one." I really would have loved for her and Stefano to have gotten together a few times to discuss where the hell she’s been all these years and how she escaped the harem and why she’s dressed like a cast member of "Dynasty." Instead, she dropped into Salem and EJ actually thought she was Susan. He turned her away, even though as she pointed out, he has nobody else except maybe the random children of University Hospital to befriend him.

It was interesting to me that Kristen daydreamed about a passionate scene with John as he had a "nightmare" about their passion. One would have thought John would be dreaming about all the nasty things she did to him instead of their romance. Is this a sign of what’s to come? Another freaking love triangle? Vote on who you want together: John & Marlena or John & Kristen.

I realize Sonny isn’t going to really have a storytelling evening at the café, and that this was brought up in some lame attempt to have John remember his past with Kristen but I loved the idea and think it could put some fun back into the show if he really did have a story night. Course we’d need Jack Devereaux back...

The "Sanctimonious Hypocrite."
Sami learned Rafe’s not the White Knight she thought he was. He’s rather grey, really. Somehow over the last four years, she didn’t notice this. We only see what we want to see I guess and really, who isn’t a sanctimonious hypocrite at one time or another on this show? So now her perfect White Knight’s not so perfect and she also just now learned that he gets off on damsels in distress, not just her in distress. That was probably the funniest part of the week and though I can understand why she was so angry with him for keeping this secret, she has forgiven people for far worse. History tells me the writers will be leading each fanbase on for a while, which only makes me enjoy the show less and less.

History has a funny way of repeating itself, doesn’t it?"
I think EJ meant that the writers have an annoying way of repeating themselves. EJ wants Rafe to pay for hiding the truth about his baby from him but what about Nicole? EJ’s had it in for Rafe for ages because of his jealousy for Rafe which is a waste of EJ’s time but like Stefano, this war will never end. Frankly, though what the threesome did to EJ was cruel and wrong, it all started because EJ threatened to take Nicole’s child from her. Maybe he should have kept his mouth shut and Nicole might have been less apt to keep it a secret. And Rafe... is it obvious to everyone else that he agreed to keep Nicole’s secret at least in part because it was payback for the whole RoboRafe debacle? Instead of having the writers going on about grief sex on Thursday’s show I’d have preferred to see EJ and Rafe finally get into it over RoboRafe. That’s the problem though. Each time there’s a new set of writers, nobody plays off the history of the show.

Laughter’s the best medicine?
Caroline’s Alzheimer’s story sped along and because it was a secret in Salem, this meant half the town started finding out. Caroline has been a ray of sunshine in a dark place which is admirable. Though nobody has said so, I suppose it's obvious we're losing Peggy McCay in addition to Peter.

Is Nick eskeerd of a little gay love?
Nick was pretty distant after hearing Will is gay. Many theories include him too being gay, him being raped in prison or that he’s a bigot but he also could be just taken aback because last time he was in town Will was straight.

Dustin's Thoughts on Days. A taste: "I am now feeling a bit sorry for Jennifer given she's been arrested for the death of Nicole's baby. I don't feel sorry enough to want to see her with Daniel, though I'm sure that is where this storyline is headed."

Take a look at Matt’s SOF Musings. A taste: "What really burned her grits was that Rafe might actually be a bigger hypocrite than she is and he deprived her of her favorite thing in the world: grief sex."

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- Christine Fix