Deconstructing "Days" from December 3-7:
Salemites have been playing hide the salami and then "hide the baby," for the past four years. Fans have voiced negative opinions about the storyline and about baby focused storylines in general yet the powers that be ignore them and keep repeating history and the fact that it’s written six months in advance doesn’t bode well for changing what doesn’t work.
Brady and Kristen.
I see a desperate and obsessive woman using a hapless, gullible and horny man as her pawn. Even though I love that Kristen’s back, the writers again are missing the big picture. It does not matter who they bring back to any soap opera if the writing isn’t working. There has been a lot of flak from fans because Kristen's having sex with her former step-son, but incest is practically the norm in Salem. I think Doug had a thing with Addie, Julie’s mother, before he married her, Renee DuMonde and Tony DiMera dated before they learned they were half-siblings, and Stephanie Johnson had a sexual relationship with her Uncle Max Brady and Tanifer are even more related than Kristen and Brady.
Poor Marlena. She walked in on Brady on top of Kristen in bed and didn't run out screaming, "Oh my eyes," but instead lingered for long moments at the door, torturing herself. She looked a little woozy and then later it was pretty funny watching her roll her eyes at herself for asking John to get her a glass of water as if that would erase the memory! Since the writers can't go five minutes without writing a new baby storyline I even thought it was possible Kristen's plan is to get herself pregnant by Brady in order to ingratiate herself into their lives.
Cheesiest line all week: "It's a good thing this body doesn't lie the way you do," Brady tells Kristen after sex. Ew. Body doesn’t lie? No wonder she didn’t want to go in for a second round. He probably ruined it for her.
A positive amongst the negative.
It was nice to see Marlena being a friend and rising above pettiness about Stefano in order to say kind words to Kate about her divorce. Both these women could use a friend.
Ejami’s boring dialogue.
I’m still finding EJ and Sami’s dialogue and "playful" scenes forced and not remotely amusing or interesting. We had Lumi already so why are the writers trying to make them into what Lumi once was? As Matt pointed out, Lumi had better dialogue. I don’t think the writers actually know how to write for Ejami. Every couple is different and every individual is different when they’re in each relationship with another so why borrow from another couple’s writing? There was more gushy dialogue about what wonderful parents they are but if they really want to show they’re such good parents, they should stop using their kids as props. What would work is seeing their children SORASed so they could cause friction between the two.
Eye-roll inducing moment: EJ teased Sami about her "hidden talents."
"She lied about her baby’s father."
Sami’s rant about Nicole lost credibility the moment her mouth opened up and the hypocrisy ran rampant. "Do you know what she’s done to me?" It was great to see Eric point out that EJ has done worse and she not only has forgiven him a million times over, but he’s a huge part of her life now. I’m not saying Sami needs to befriend Nicole but at least recognize that there are loads of similarities between the two. I forgot that Eric was so good at calling Sami out.