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Two peas in a pod. (Howard Wise/JPI)

Naughty, naughty. (Howard Wise/JPI)

Salem Shenanigans from May 11 - 15:

Ranting more than raving this week. My general thought of the week is that the stories are falling flat and have that ‘same old same old’ feeling which makes it difficult for viewers to stay engrossed and for me to write this column.

A leopard can’t change its spots.
Brady and Theresa barely stepped on American soil as new parents when Theresa started coming up with ideas on how to drive a wedge between Melanie and Brady and get back into Brady’s good graces. Ugh. Though we expected she’d do this it doesn’t make it easier to stomach. At least Theresa is actually worrying about somebody other than herself in Christopher AKA Tate. I love Eve (of all people) telling her sister that it’s time to get past what Kristen did when Theresa has had one whole day to process it all. A day. That John didn’t have a heart attack when Brady told him Tate’s mother is Theresa “evil incarnate” Donovan is a testament to how strong the man is. I liked that Brady and Paul didn’t hit it off right away but Theresa was a disgusting piece of work telling Paul “Go find the elevator. Pretend it’s a closet. You know what a closet looks like don’t you?” all because her ego was hurt. At that moment I wished John had a fireplace poker in his hand...

The Friday cliffhanger had Brady preparing to propose to Melanie which was a surprise. Because we know Molly Burnett is leaving, any bets on Theresa making sure this goes nowhere?

The focus should be on today, not what happened 20 years ago.
In last week’s DOOL rant I commented that a new vendetta had begun but things quickly got ugly and quick this week when Stefano had fake ISA men kidnap Marlena and take her to Italy in order to exact his final revenge. It was textbook soaps and happened way too fast for my taste. Another cringe-worthy bit was Stefano's henchmen trying to throw Marlena out of that window. I mean, do they even lift, bro? I think audiences have grown and changed some since the 90s and stories told in this manner though fantastic in "Days" heyday, don't really fly today. Between the lengthy discussion and the overkill of flashbacks, all that scene did was remind viewers of the struggle the show is having, not of the rich history. Still, as a "Days" junkie, I still enjoyed it to some extent. One interesting thing came out of this: Marlena's indebted to Chad.

Salem kids are more mature than the adults.
Hope admitted to Aiden that she stuck her foot in her mouth when telling him what to do as far as his clients go. Good for her. They will have to learn to keep their work separate if they’re going to date. They also need to learn to grow up. That scene where she told him they may be better off as friends was too high school.

Harold and JJ go to White Castle.
Five people were thisclose to that super-sized bag of weed in Mr. Sunshine’s bag yet nobody smelled skunk. Right. Some wondered why JJ didn’t flush it down the toilet but all I could think of when that was brought up was, “What if the toilet overflowed?!” Instead, the Salem River is full of stoned trout. And Eve blasted Cole for planting them when she told him she liked his idea. She shares that awful ‘why does this stuff happen to me’ mentality that her sister has that annoys everyone in their path. Boy I hope Cole outs her.

Wasted scene.
Eric walked in on Nicole’s private office and overheard a private call between her and Xander. He somehow felt that this was his business and she didn’t tell him otherwise. Instead, they talked about her keeping secrets and Eric trying to get her to be a good girl. Rinse and repeat.

At least Nicole was able to find a photo of the elephant statue we thought we saw the last of which is enough for her to dig a little further to figure out what's going on with Serena.

Chad asked Melanie if she would tell him the details surrounding Kristen’s death and she hemmed and hawed and told him it wasn’t necessary, making him drag the story out of her. How many of you were yelling at the screen at her to just tell him already? It’s his sister. It’s his business. He has a right to know. I loathe scenes such as this.

In fighting her guilt for having feelings for Chad, Abigail's picking fights with Ben. Lame ones. Ben changing his name back to Weston shouldn't make any difference to Abby. Part of me wants to agree that Ben should leave Abigail's past with the DiMera brothers out of their argument but since she's been smooching Chad all bets are off.

Abigail's wardrobe.

Big news this week is that A Martinez and Thaao Penghlis have begun taping at Days of our Lives and the show is searching for a recast of Claire Brady. Martinez is a brand new character. Who do you suppose he could be? Some are speculating on Paige’s father or another of Victor’s family. What do you think? Vote on who A Martinez will play on Days of our Lives!

That’s all I’ve got this week. I left out various storylines because I’d only have repeated what I wrote in past columns. Please feel free to share your own thoughts about the show in the comments below!

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- Christine Fix