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Deconstructing "DOOL" from June 17 - 21:

Admittedly, it’s been a surprise to see the show is still on a roll with another really good week of fine writing, loads of surprises, and no filler. Much to our delight, "Days of our Lives" won a Daytime Emmy for best show Sunday after 39 years.

Marlena and Adrienne’s great chemistry.
The writing for Marlena has been driving us all mad for months, but she made a comeback with Sami’s arrest, and we now see the woman she was before Kristen turned up in Salem. The catfight between Kristen and Nicole last week was fun but what a delicious bit of drama to behold, seeing an adult argument between two strong women standing their ground and protecting their own. This is the kind of family drama the show has been missing. It was difficult to take sides and in the end, I couldn’t. On one hand, Marlena eavesdropped on a private conversation between mother and son which was none of her business, but calling Adrienne out for attacking her family, especially Sami, like a good mama bear, was priceless. On the other hand, Adrienne presented facts. Sami – actually the Brady’s are known for having chaos and danger in their lives, but often it’s the DiMera’s fault! Still, Adrienne’s fiercely protective of Sonny and who can blame her? She’s right. Since Sonny and Will got together, he has had issue upon issue to overcome. At the same time, it’s his life, he’s an adult, he’s in love, and Will is not Sami. Adrienne must forget she’s part of the Kiriakis family, who used to be just as bad – okay, almost as bad as the DiMera’s!

Both women protecting their families made for good soapy drama with good arguments on both sides. Give us more of that.

Manning up.
Adrienne’s argument didn’t end with Marlena. It continued with Justin, and was incredibly refreshing to see the lawyer keep his cojones when generally the men of "Days" have none. Justin not only defended William, but told his wife she couldn’t dictate Sonny’s partners or his clients. Exactly! If she doesn’t figure this out soon, she could stand to lose them both.

The cop-killer.
Marlena found some of her missing strength and took charge, not only supporting her daughter, but hypnotizing Sami, who now recognizes she saw a razor, not a knife, in Bernardi’s hand. Still, it’s "missing" (stolen) and since she can’t tell the police that Bernardi was in Stefano’s pocket, will this matter in her case? What’s worse is the shortage of cops in Salem. Not that SPD has the world’s greatest detectives but with Rafe in a coma and Bo MIA, Sami’s in even worse shape. Thankfully, she has EJ on her side and Marlena asking him to "make it go away."

Return to Bricole.
Brady and Nicole fell right back into their previous relationship. Their chemistry is so good I all but forgot about Kristen and Eric. Nicole has chemistry with all of the men she has been with and it’s been enjoyable to watch no matter who she’s with. It’s also very realistic having these two crawling back into each other’s beds. The only issue is, they’re both lying to each other and themselves if they think it’s not rebound sex! That’s utterly ridiculous. They’re both in love with someone else. Salemites often seem not to understand the concept of rebounding. Sadly, Brady didn't keep this from Victor and Maggie, and we had to listen to the same old lecture to a man in his 30s. Gah! Were you as surprised as I that Eric spotted Nicole’s purse at Brady’s? He noticed her purse but can’t tell that she has feelings for him. Kristen can be thankful he notices inanimate items more than he does her in disguise.

Speaking of which...
Kristen's mysterious plan is shaking things up. It's exciting and frightening all at the same time. What's in those vials? After she injected him, it appeared as though she had him under her thumb. Could it be similar to the drug called scopolamine or 'The devil's breath'? That drug is used to erase a person's memory and make them incapable of exercising free will. Eric could be Kristen's puppet. Vote! What was the drug Kristen gave Eric?

Wheelin' and dealin'.
The addition of JJ to Dannifer's life has taken the focus off how bland they are. JJ sure knows how to play on Jennifer's guilt which is maddening and makes Jenn look even more pathetic and JJ more of a little bastard!

Sami laying the boots to Bernardi. Video at 11.
Chad shared a video for Sonny to see June 5th which he called, "Vintage psycho Sami." It was a little confusing, since none of us knew it was Sami beating on Bernardi, and it came off as a random scene. Now it’s turned into evidence - deleted evidence, but if Chad saw the fight, who else could have seen it and him recording it?

Abigail’s so much like Jennifer, which is why it was really surprising she actually agreed to keep this video from the cops. Sonny and Chad had to bring out the big guns and remind her Jenn almost went to jail when bystanders "saw" Jenn push Nicole down the stairs, when it never actually happened. There’s something almost poetic about a DiMera and a Kiriakis begging a Horton to keep evidence from a murder case from the SPD.

Happy Friday!

Read this week’s Matt’s Musings on DOOL. A taste: "Double J managed to swipe a load of laxatives from Doogie's office, pretty much the only thing they had at the hospital. Proof that Salemites really are full of it."

Hear about what it'll be like when Gabi moves in with Will and Sonny in Camila Banus' Daytime Emmys interview, check out Lauren Koslow admitting who she'd like to return to DOOL.

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- Christine Fix