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    Friday, March 23 2012


    Did she knit this herself? (Soaps.com)
    Deconstructing "DOOL" for the week of March 19-23:

    While some of the dialogue was funny and appreciated throughout the week, three episodes this week actually made my head spin and gave me headaches. The pace has sped up a little and the airing of dirty laundry and screaming matches are overwhelming. This isn’t a soap anymore, it’s reality TV. I’m honestly not sure if I like the show or not right now. It feels as though it’s in that in-between stage where new writers take over and don’t know what to do with the characters so they put them all in similar storylines and hope for the best. Problem is McPherson and Thomas’ shows have been airing since September 26, 2011 so what’s going on? In interviews, the duo had expressed the desire to bring back romance and but somewhere along the way that hasn’t worked out for them and we’ve taken a gigantic step backward into the 1990s and now fans don’t seem to be able to relate anymore. I’m pretty ranty today so be prepared…

    Confessions:
    Sami’s confession scene to Lucas about being the mole made my head hurt. Matt suggested they’re being written by the same breakdown or script-writer. Either way, though I like their friendship, it’s a little of the same-old garbage from ages ago with Lucas rushing to be by Sami’s side while she screws up her life. I guess I’m over that. On the other hand, the scene of Kate revealing that she knows Sami’s the mole dragged on so long I stopped listening.

    Airing dirty laundry.
    I was humiliated for the threesome who sniped at each other at the pub. Carrie, Austin and Sami behaved as four year olds trying to one up the other in front of Marlena, in order to get her to take their side. She only shamed them. Rafe was the only one with dignity and I respected that. Poor Caroline cried while listening to the sniping and the only person who apologized for the display was Rafe and his only contribution was to sigh and say that the kiss was blown out of proportion. I’m shaking my head.

    Misogyny rears its ugly head.
    EJ’s absolutely deplorable behaviour after coming across a shirtless Rafe in EJ’s estranged wife’s bed was unforgivable. I understand he’s devastated after finding her with another man but his conduct was inexcusable. Why does each head writer, breakdown writer and script writer insist on making EJ into someone nobody on earth could possibly relate to? Even Stefano in his prime of ‘evil overlord’ never uttered the despicable things EJ said to Nicole. Nicole is not a whore, never was. She doesn’t have communicable diseases, nor does she owe him an explanation for what she does with Rafe in her own room. Why the hell did he have a key to her hotel room anyway? She and EJ are not together and she told him they were through for good. Even when she discovered his indiscretion with Sami or with Taylor, she still didn’t act as childish or inhuman as he has. I’m fed up with the way some of the characters are written in ways that are so over the top it’s difficult to ever repair the damage. I liked them together but as usual, each head writer has ruined each relationship I have enjoyed EJ having by crossing some boundary.


    Airing dirty laundry. (Soaps.com)
    Abhorrent parenting from the martyr.
    Poor Abe. He had to listen to his wife Dr. Jekyll admit she told Theo that his father is "not one of the good guys anymore," and after Abe practically fell out of his chair in misery, Mrs. Hyde came out and smoothed things over by admitting that each night before Theo goes to sleep, she tells him (his no good) Daddy loves him. What the $%^&? Abe should have told her off. Nowhere in the conversation did she tell the sweet, young, impressionable and Autistic son Theo that people are innocent until proven guilty? Where was Marlena to shame her?! Lexi might want to get down off her soap box and clue in that Abe’s only human and that one mistake even if he made just the one, hardly makes him one of the ‘bad guys’.

    Sami hides Grace repeat.
    Seriously? We’re already repeating with Nicole what Sami did a mere few years ago? Are they going to recycle the dialogue from that whole story as well?

    Character issues.
    Bricole, a Soaps.com poster asks why the show is so invested in writing for Madison when she’s one of the most unpopular characters on the show. It’s a mystery to me. That and why a 30 year old blubbers all over her teddy bear. It’s just one more reason for me to loathe this character. Who can root for the woman who allows an SOB to walk all over her? What year is this? What are they teaching their viewers? Do they even like women?

    Chad DiMera, who thankfully now has a home, has been both underused and misused which is a shame considering the actor has proved himself worthy of being embroiled in a hotter storyline than a romance from a teen novel. Speaking of teens, isn’t Gabi a little too old to be acting like a catty teenager? She went from a sweet albeit boring girl to a "mean girl" in ten minutes, but her upbringing doesn’t fit with her sudden scheming. It’s difficult to even care about Gabi’s ploys when the majority of viewers have expressed their interest in a Chelanie pairing. I suppose everyone under the sun will root for Cheleanie considering Melanie has grown into a reasonable person anyone would want to befriend but if that’s the case, where is the story? Don’t even get me started on Sonny, who even when he has a story has no story. Give me more Sonny. Give me Wilson! Their wrestling scene was muy caliente!

    Build up the couples only to rip them apart.
    Where’s the love in the afternoon? Victor and Maggie and Justin and Adrienne, two couples rarely shown, are the only happy ones in Salem right now and it’s only because they are rarely on canvas. Chad and Melanie are barely a couple but already the question of cheating is coming up. It’s the only theme on the show right now. It’s obvious that McPherson and Thomas don’t want anyone to invest in any couple on "Days Of Our Lives." Forgive me for speculating but are they pulling from their own lives for the storylines here? I sure hope not but it does make one wonder. First Higley went to some pretty dark places and now "Days" is all about who is cheating on whom. And where is the respect for fanbases? Daniel took a mere three weeks to get over his love for Jennifer, a love that several fans were rooting for, only to have her not wind up with Jack, either? Who are the fans supposed to root for? Why should they watch? Give them a reason.

    Many fans are discussing boycotting the show if Rafe and Nicole are put together, if Daniel and Billie are a couple or if Rafe and Carrie get together. Rafe and Nicole have serious chemistry but that doesn’t automatically mean they need to jump into a relationship. It’s nice they’re able to commiserate together. Daniel and Billie have zero chemistry and thoughts of them as a couple gives a bad taste in many viewers’ mouths considering he has been with her mother and her daughter. You can’t erase history so don’t go there. Rafe’s too good for Carrie, who will soon become bored of him and seek her next love interest so how can fans possibly invest in them?

    Incidentally, who is your favourite Billie Reed? Vote!

    As always, I’d love to hear your own thoughts so please leave me a message.

    Read SOF's Matt's DOOL Musing's hilarious take on what went down this week on the show.

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    - Christine Fix


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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by lisamarie2010 at Friday, March 23 2012 12:21 PM

    I loved Julie and Krista bring either them as Billie ( No offense but after the way she bashed Joe ?? That was harsh!

    I hate Lexie!!

    Posted by tlschoolie at Friday, March 23 2012 02:01 PM

    I cannot stand Madison. Days should let her go along with Ian. There is no more romance on the show. What kills me the most...is that Shane (Charles Shaughnessy) will return in May without Kimberly (Patsy Pease) because of budget issues. REALLY? Maybe they need to do away with all the crappy storylines and actors, and bring back the good ones and the ones the fans want to see. Them bringing back Shane and Kim permanently would only help the show. Also the writers need to take a good hard look at the past before they continue into the future any further. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ALREADY!!!

    Posted by lovesjack at Friday, March 23 2012 02:10 PM

    I really hope that the days writers read this because as much as I love days and I really do, you are 100 % correct. I watched a little GH the other day and found myself wishing that the dialogue on days was more like GH. They are more realistic. I want to see the family together, supporting one another, not fighting like a bunch of cats!

    Posted by allmylovingdays at Saturday, March 24 2012 05:48 AM

    More comments on the message board then here, I am glad that I am not alone at wondering WTH or what the fudge is going on here-I am not watching the show but even last year when I choose not to watch at least the recaps I would read a storyline and have to comment -not so much - and you get tired of gushing over on character -even if he isn't being written the way he should be or was before - gushing over the past can only go so far - I think that the ratings are reflecting this too- NO CLUE at all what DOOL is thinking.

    Posted by Doris JJ at Saturday, March 24 2012 09:00 AM

    I totally agree with you about the writers. I have said before they are paying back women in their past that they feel have done them wrong. Got very tired of Kate with all her sceaming. She would be the last person to win mother of the year. Do not like what they are doing with Sami. I really would like Rafe and Sami to get back together. Since I can't stand EJ, don't care what happens to him. But I do want everyone to find out that he cheated on the race and isn't really the mayor.
    I just can't stand this dumb story with John and Hope. Didn't watch much of it in the 90's and don't plan on watching this. Why can't they find talented people to write this soap? Is it really that hard to do?

    Posted by Doris JJ at Saturday, March 24 2012 09:05 AM

    Almost forgot, I really do like Lisa but you can't see any emotion in her face. She looks like she has a perminant smile and way too much eye makeup. And unless I missed something, I didn't think that Dr. Dan was hitting on her. Thought that scene was on the dumb side. Also, I don't remember Dan sleeping with Chelsie.

    Posted by lilyofthefields at Saturday, March 24 2012 12:49 PM

    The hypocrisy is overwhelming these days and it's really frustrating and annoying. Nicole took great pleasure in bringing down Abe, is married to EJ who tried many times to destroy Rafe and family yet Rafe can't forgive Sami but is drawn for some reason to help Nicole; likewise Daniel who loved Jennifer who works for Abe and was brought down by EJ and Nicole, is also oddly in Nicole's corner as well; Lexi can't forgive Abe for one small slip yet agrees to work as a staff member for EJ's administration standing on a podium listening to his horrific speech about cleaning up the city knowing he is responsible for the mess it is in; it just goes on and on. And everyone it seems needs only the slightest diversion to fall for someone else leaving the "love of their life" without the slightest hesitation. Characters I really did like I am hating right now and so tired of the same story line for each of them. And now we see a replay of Sami and Rafe hiding a pregnancy with Nicole and Rafe and that miserable Hope and John replay. What are they doing?

    Posted by Susie B. at Saturday, March 24 2012 03:22 PM

    The same story lines have been recycled over and over again. Surely the writers can come up with something better. Look around your own neighborhoods - there's bound to be something new (I know there is in mine!) Would someone please tell John that he is NOT Clint Eastwood? He gives me the impression that is who he trying to emulate.

    Posted by dedee at Saturday, March 24 2012 06:13 PM

    its called Dool! and an awsome soap at that.

    Posted by recyclelady at Sunday, March 25 2012 10:07 AM

    bored WITH not bored OF

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