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Deconstructing "DOOL" from October 14 - 18:

What should have been the biggest event of the year in Salem turned out to be more of a disappointment than anything. Not a lot happened aside from the shooting except a few predictable bits. I feel a big rant coming...

The shooting and the aftermath.
Good thing there was no hype for the bloody engagement party because the execution didn’t drum up much emotion. The two who appeared invested in the scene were EJ and Marge. EJ’s shock and anger had him begging to be shot but Marge had already deflated upon realizing she shot the wrong guy. Sami’s exchange with Stefano was bizarre, and who was the drunkard holding him back? The family turned their grief outward and played the blame game. Kristen charged at Sami for calling Jennifer instead of her yet said nothing to EJ or Stefano. She wouldn’t let up and it went on for a lot longer than it should have. Still. Even though the shooting itself was a letdown, it felt like a game changer for many of them. Stefano bartered with God and vowed to change. We’ve heard this before. Still, it was moving and good to see him admit he could have done things differently starting with testing Kate and pushing her into Ian and then Rafe’s arms. He even admitted that Sami was right that his actions led up to the shooting. Can Stefano change? Maybe we should be asking for how long this time?!

Sonny tried to donate blood which was strange considering there has been a ban on gay men donating blood for 30 years in USA. He must have known this! He came 'thisclose' to having his gay card revoked but lucky for him, he gave the sitter solid advice on her hairstyle moments before.

Sonny and Will went off to make sandwiches at the crime scene which blew my mind. The entire scene wasn’t just filler, it was a disaster. We learned Chad was Sonny’s 'BFF' – yes the very same guy Sonny was bashing the week before. It’s hard to feel anything for these characters when we’re being forced to believe something we’ve never seen to be true.

When Chad awoke, his first thoughts were to ask if anyone else was hurt but he never placed blame on Stefano. It doesn’t appear as if the shooting has made him rethink his life so far. He’s still bent on ensuring Abigail doesn’t find out that he lied to Cam about the tumor and he seems completely fine with his 'best friend' EJ blackmailing him into moving into the House of Usher. It sounds like he is a true DiMera now which should have happened a year ago. There’ve been so many chances for great storylines involving Chad and his siblings that the show ignored and instead they waited until the actor was on his way out before acknowledging his character. Wow.

Trouble investing.
I do not understand why "Days of our Lives" has had so much trouble writing a character consistently. We could never tell if Chad was going to turn out good or bad, EJ has been one extreme and then another, Jenn Jenn used to be strong but is now a wimp. Well, maybe with the exception of Friday's episode where she went off the top ropes on Theresa. Abigail was fine until they turned her into a mini-Jenny, dressed her up in little Allie's clothing and dumbed her down because she’s about to get her heart broken. Viewers want to look up to characters and many aren’t able to do that let alone feel much at all for them either way.

EJ was shocked beyond belief that his brother would take a bullet for him. He ruminated over it all week and it was the first thing he said to his brother when he woke up. It’s all about EJ yet Sami was certain her hubby-to-be would take one for his brother. Would he? Sounds like wishful thinking. Even EJ seemed unsure. He may take one for her, the kids or for his scarf collection but anyone else it’s hard to say.

Sami’s future.
When Roman warned Sami about marrying EJ and into the DiMera family, she actually took him seriously. She’s never done that. Now that EJ is doing everything Stefano says, they’re not master of their own destiny and she’s recognizing that.

Can’t catch a break since moving to Salem.
Poor Cameron arrived with the promise of a back story and a father but was given none. He found and lost his sister, his mother disappeared, he has no friends, Theo and Abe are rarely around, and he quit his stripper job which was paying the bills, for a fickle female. Then, her ex came sniffing around and faked a brain tumor in order to get said fickle female back. Now, this fine upstanding doctor is being basically threatened by Chad’s brother to keep the fake tumor a secret. Gah. Proof the DiMera destroy everything they touch.

Nicole and Kristen.
I no longer remember why Nicole and Kristen are at each other’s throats and don’t care. How many times can they go over their hatred of each other and how many repeats of these same conversations can we take? How predictable that Marlena is finally trusting Nicole just when her son the priest assumes Nicole defrocked him.

He’s back.
Brady didn’t shave before he dumped Nicole as a friend. You know when Brady’s got facial hair that usually means he’s going rogue. Pretty soon he'll have a glass of booze in one hand whilst looking for Vivian's old sarcophagus.

Doctor Love strikes again?
Daniel operated on Chad and saved his life. You know what that means...They’ll be dating before Hallowe'en and in bed by Christmas. Matt says, "Would they be called Daad?"

Best Lines:

Brady, "You have such a casual relationship with the truth; you don't even see when you're lying anymore."

Read this week’s Venice The Series recap to find out if Ani will marry Lara (Nadia Bjorlin) or if Gina (Crystal Chappell) comes in between the couple.

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- Christine Fix