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Salem Shenanigans from June 30 – July 4:

Hello “Days of Our Lives” fans, Dustin Cushman here and filling in for Christine Fix, who is on vacation this week. Historically the week of the Fourth of July tends to be slow in Salem because many viewers are often on vacation. That is why this week seemed an odd choice to air the EJ and Sami wedding, an obviously huge event. Let's get to discussing what happened at the wedding and other developments this week.

The saintly Father Eric.
The week began with Eric trying to become Father Eric once again. Daniel testified on his behalf to the bishop, and eventually Nicole did the right thing and actually told the truth. Hopefully the show will not backtrack and make Eric a priest again, as we will be back to square one with his character. Given that Eric was constantly conflicted and never felt worthy enough to be a priest in the first place, perhaps he should take that as a sign from God to give it up. Maybe he should just go into a humanitarian line of work if he feels the need to do good deeds. Something tells me that Kristen DiMera’s impeding return will likely throw a wrench into Eric’s plan to rejoin the priesthood.

The Donovan sisters team up.
Eve has been in Salem for two seconds and she’s already plotting to make Jennifer’s life a living hell. Eve has always been a get-rich-quick schemer, so the chances that her agreement with Jack is actually legit are probably about the same as Theresa getting clean. Upon realizing Theresa hates Jennifer as much as she does, Eve came up with the idea for them to work together. If the show wants the viewers to give this recast of Eve a chance then pairing her up with Theresa is the wrong way to go. Theresa’s poison will infect Eve and make her as unlikable as her little sister.

Tammy Sue and Ollie.
Kate finally found out part of Jordan’s shocking secret past, which turned out to be incredibly boring. Jordan, whose real name is Tammy Sue, kidnapped her brother Ollie (aka Ben) and ran away from their father. Jordan has made her father Clyde out to be Missouri’s own Stefano DiMera. Hopefully Clyde will actually bring some excitement to this storyline. Still missing in all of this is their mom and what became of her. This entire plot almost seems to be a retelling of the Austin, Billie and Curtis storyline from the 90s. One would think given this scenario that Kate would be a little more sympathetic towards Jordan. Then again Kate has never been good with things like feelings.

JJ and Paige graduate.
At JJ’s graduation the shock wasn’t that he actually graduated, but that the rest of the town learned Eve was back and was Paige’s mother. Eventually JJ and Paige separately learned of the Theresa connection they both unfortunately share. Eve seems determined to keep Paige away from JJ, which likely means Paige will do exactly what her mother doesn’t want her to do. The war between their mothers has shades of Romeo and Juliet to it. The show obviously won’t be killing them off, but I wouldn’t be shocked if the two eloped in secret and then sprung it on their moms. They have to find some way to keep Paige in Salem after all.

Sami’s and EJ’s wedding is a bust.
Sami and EJ’s wedding might go down as one of the most boring and uneventful weddings in the history of the show. Even Rafe showing up and arresting EJ was anti-climactic. Of all the things they could arrest EJ for they finally got him on tax evasion? Whatever Sami’s end game is, she seems to be pulling it off as EJ is none the wiser about who turned him into the feds. Hopefully the payoff of this revenge scheme is forthcoming, as the only one who suffered thanks to that wedding was the fans. What did you think of the wedding? Vote in Days Poll: EJ and Sami's wedding.

Sami normally doesn’t think her revenge schemes through, and this one very likely could have bit her in the butt at the end. Therefore it was a nice twist to see that she is several steps ahead of both EJ and Stefano. The wedding may have fizzled, but the fireworks came after as the viewers were let in on more of Sami’s plan. Not only has she continued to frame EJ and made it look like he was planning to flee the country with her and the kids, but now she seems to be setting it up so that EJ gives her his power as head of DiMera Enterprises. When EJ and Stefano both realize what Sami has done, it won’t be pretty. Thankfully Sami managed to get all the evidence that they had on her and Will. EJ and Stefano can’t seek retribution on Will or Sami for the shooting of EJ at least. However they will find a way to make Sami pay, that you can count on.

Hope and Aiden’s big gala.
I am really enjoying Hope and Aiden together, even though it feels like I'm betraying Bo by liking them. It’s just nice to see Hope doing something other than sitting behind a desk or chastising Ciara. However the show really needs to once and for all deal with Bo before Hope moves on with another man. Even if Bo is dealt with, Aiden seems to have secrets of his own regarding his wife. Who is she? Is she really dead? Is Aiden being truthful about her cause of death? In Salem no one is ever permanently dead, so her return at some point is probably a given. My money is on his wife showing up and turning out to be someone like Princess Greta, aka "Swamp Girl."

Salem’s Fourth of July picnic.
Friday’s show was the annual Fourth of July picnic. Caroline had a forgetful moment and lost her keys, which brought out the tiny piece of humanity that actually exists in Theresa's cold dark heart. Theresa was there for Caroline, who wasn't having an Alzheimer's moment after all. The scene proved that Theresa actually can be likable, when she's not focused on being so dang unlikable!

That’s it for me this week, and Christine will be back next week. Feel free to leave a comment or two about your thoughts on the week and mine. To everyone in the USA, have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Best lines of the week:

Theresa to Eve, "Men go through you like traffic in a tunnel."

Ciara upon learning Sami already had a flower girl, "Can I be your bridesmaid then? I can rock that!"

Lucas to Kate on Jordan keeping secrets, "Do you listen to yourself? Do you ever hear yourself talk? You are the most, I don’t know, secretive, devious, manipulative woman on the face of the planet." Kate, "Okay but I’ve never pretended my brother is not my brother."

Kate to Lucas upon hearing that Sami married EJ, "So how did that go? Any surprises?" Lucas, "Like what?" Kate, "Gee I don’t know. Locusts? Sexually explicit videos? Semi-automatic weapons?"

Marlena to Roman, "Your text sounded important, couldn’t Giselle get her shoes and hair to match her gown?"

Harold the DiMera butler, "Excuse me ma'am, the police are here and they have a warrant. How many times have I had to say that..."

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- Dustin Cushman