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Deconstructing "DOOL" from September 9 - 13:

Things are still moving quite slowly in Salem with some repeated dialogue sprinkled in with the humour. Trials aren't usually a fan favourite yet this one isn't bad. Jennifer has finally smartened up while Nicole's still getting involved in everyone else's lives because there's not enough drama at the convent, Theresa's getting dumber and more desperate by the day, and we may have thought JJ would be scared straight but somehow it doesn't seem to be the case. On with the blog.

Bloody insufferable.
This character desecration of Nicole stinks. Kristen yelled something that doesn’t seem to compute with Nicole these days: "Mind your own business!" We’re all yelling it. Even though Nicole is right about Kristen, the nagging and meddling has reached Defcon 1 in severity and is only causing me to root for Kristen. That’s not supposed to happen. What a complete turn off that so many of the female characters are being written like Naggie-Maggie. Has Stefano recently been working with Rolf to create a new version of Stepford Wives? I miss the old Nicole and am getting a sinking feeling that Father Eric will remember sex with someone and think it was Nicole. Gah. And how gross would it be if Father Eric was under hypnosis with his mother and detailed his sexcapade with Kristen? Ew!

Could we all be foiled?
A new poster on the Soap Opera Fan forums, whtrabbit, emailed us to say, "I think Bernardi is alive. Stefano has him tucked away and Marge knows about it." Anything with Stefano is possible. Wouldn’t that be a kick? A nice twist is needed right now and this would work. What do you think? Could he be alive? Vote!

Weird. Just weird.
Daniel doesn't have a baby monitor and Parker we assume, sleeps in a cage. He rattled his ‘cage’ to get Daniel’s attention instead of calling out, "Daddy," and Daniel told Kristen that Parker does this to get his attention when he wakes up. Uh. Okay?

Daffy Gabi.
Gabi questioned Abigail about Cameron saying he had no time for Abby considering he had all the time in the world to strip. Um yeah genius. It was for work, to pay the bills from his student loans. Wait until she tries to make ends meet when the loan officers come-a-calling!

Overreacting before knowing the facts.
Will and Sonny acted like sanctimonious hypocrites when yelling at Nick for telling Kate Sami pulled a gun on him. We can’t blame a victim if someone pulls a gun on them and it’s certainly not his fault it came up in court. Even Sami knows she’s lucky Nick didn’t file a report with the police when she stole his money and property and then pulled a gun on him. Because she doesn’t think before she acts, Sami put herself in this predicament, not Nick. There’s nothing Nick can do but tell the truth on the witness stand just like everyone else. When Nick takes the stand it’s going to go just like everyone else’s testimony. Not well.

Creeper not creepin'?
Nick's sending Gabi's resume out in order to help her get a job? His heart is in the right place but no matter what he told Gabi, it's still a touch controlling and really not up to him.

The actress who plays DA Melinda Trask is doing a bang up job of getting in everyone’s face and making them all hate her. I think this is the best DA Salem has had. Even Woods didn’t make me shake in my boots the way this DA does! Once Timmy’s inflated bank account is addressed will Justin urge Trask to check Bernardi’s cell for calls from Stefano? Likely by then Stefano will have paid someone off to cover his tracks if he hasn’t already.

Love letters.
Egads. It’s never easy to listen to someone else’s private words but since EJ’s letter to Samanther was so adoring and sweet, my expectations for hers were pretty high. Sami poured on the extra cheese into her love letter. It was a little creepy but the one good part was this, "...for once I honestly hurt more for you than I do for myself..." which was pretty unselfish and loving. That’s all she should have said. The rest hurt my brain, though I finally truly felt her loneliness. If she had one or two more issues such as that death threat in jail, it'd perk up this otherwise sort of dismal storyline.

Chad’s illness.
Cameron asked Chad what treatment protocols the doctors were using to mange/kill his cancer and Chad started stammering and said he couldn't remember. Seems to me someone going through treatment for the big C would make it their business to memorize all they can on the subject. Unless he’s in denial, or as I’ve suggested in past blogs, isn’t really sick!

JJ was a minor when he was busted and surprise, the next day magically turned 18. Apparently though we’ve never seen this before, Abby baked him cakes for his birthday, even when he wasn’t home. Their brother/sisterly love was touching but five seconds later he was filling her head with lies and Jenn was suddenly trying to assert herself. Talk about too little too late. He threatened to leave and then did, but unless he’s been selling loads upon loads of dope, the dope has no cash to go anywhere.

She’s as dumb as JJ. Desperation and the need for attention sure can make a person act wickedly. Misappropriating discretionary office funds from the hospital for personal usage? That was almost as brilliant of an idea as she had sparking up a doobie in Jenn's office. As for Jenn, if she finds Theresa so useless, why not just let her go? Honestly...

The fumble.
Marlena should have just grabbed the phone from Kristen's purse, dumped out the contents to cover up taking her cell, and then ran. She could have returned the cell somewhere at the square, later and actually got the evidence they needed. Then of course there would be no drama. It was irritating to have her shrink Nicole in the pub by telling her she has 'impulse control issues' especially when she was the one doing the enabling. Victor should have teamed up with Nicole to get the information they need. You know the job would have been done.

Best lines:

DA Melinda Trask to Chad: "Nicely done, Mr. Scorsese."

Will, "I hate secrets."

Justin to Sami: "Are there no limits to what you will do?"

Victor to Nicole: "All your life you've been one strap and a buckle away from a straight jacket. Shouldn’t you be off electrocuting someone?"

Nicole, "Oh snap. Rush me to the burn unit, I've just been scorched."

Kristen to Eric: "Don't let Nicole operate any heavy machinery today."

Read this week’s Venice The Series recap with Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) as Lara, Shawn Christian (Daniel) as Brandon, Crystal Chapell (ex-Carly) as Gina, Judi Evans (Adrienne) as Logan, Galen Gering (Rafe) as Owen, Wes Ramsey as Van, Michael Sabatino (ex-Lawrence) as Alan, and Valerie Wildman (ex-Faye) amongst other soap actors.

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