Our week started out with a bit of a surprise - for those who don't read spoilers. Hope was selected to become police commissioner by Mayor Mariano. I think he's crooked, (love it) and I think he only asked her because he knew that she'd refuse. He wants one of his own goons as police commish. Let's face it, Hope hasn't had much of a career. She's mostly been a good mum who has worked as a cop 'on the side'. It's great to see her back in the swing of things but you can't throw her into a big job like that without any real experience as an officer. The thought of her as police commish is ludicrous. She thought so to. So now that she has declined, I figured the Mayor would bring in one of his bad guys. (When the Mayor himself called me a few days ago, I thought he was offering me the job. Kidding… he called to let us know about a golf tournament he was in. Read about that here. He did say that his character is indeed a bad guy. Still, I could do just as good of a job as Hope, Roman, Abe, Bo.. wait. Bo? I smirked when I found out that Roman talked Bo into applying for the job. As if he'd get it. [rolls on the floor laughing] His track record isn't exactly clean, especially as of late. He's a rule bender. That's what we love about Bo and the rinkydink Salem PD! Withholding evidence for brother Phil doesn't a police commissioner, make. But we believe, because we watch soaps, so we must buy it. This will make for good drama between hot-tempered Bo and the ever relaxed yet bad to the bone Mayor. Mayor M reminds me a little of Stefano, with how relaxed he is, and meanwhile you can see the gears grinding in his head. It seems as though he's going to try to make sure Bo doesn't get the job, but my guess is that it won't work. That's the beauty of this storyline.
The show told me earlier in the week that Galen Gering and Eric Martsolf are coming to the show. Galen was Luis Fitzgerald and Eric was Ethan Crane on Passions. This was an odd one, because I'd asked Eric about this rumor a year ago and then again, a few weeks ago. He hadn't been asked at all until recently. Then… today (Thursday) his publicist contacted me and says she and Eric were laughing over my asking them this twice in one year, because they only just signed a few weeks ago with this. They're positive I have ESP! I wish! I explained that "somebody" on the inside doesn't know how to keep mum! Galen will play and FBI agent - I can totally see that. Eric will play Brady Black. I see that, too! The thing is, the cast is big enough that I'm not sure we need more cast members. Brady will return to tie things up with Chloe, who I'm certain is going to make her way back to Philly. And frankly, that's the way it should be. Lucas needs someone who wants kids… he and Chelsea aren't related, are they?
We didn't really care for how things ended with Linden Ashby's character, Paul Hollingsworth, so we contacted him for an exit interview of sorts. Turns out that he felt the same way that Lori and I felt, about his storyline. “It was set up to be a juicy thing and it just kind of felt like they dropped the ball or just turned away from it. And once they fired Kristen (who played his daughter Morgan Hollingsworth) I thought, well it’s got to be over.” It started out as juicy, but the show had other designs and decided to end that storyline and end the characters. I get that in daytime, there is no real security, and I'm usually ready for what comes next but not at the risk of the storyline. I really wish we could have some security - stability that we know we can count on. Instead, we're always feeling concerned that someone else will be dropped by the show. I see this in our message boards all the time. On Y&R, they have kept most of their cast for years. We're not sure why the two shows differ. The reason why I bring up Y&R is because I want DAYS to succeed and that's one show that has stayed number one for a long, long time.
Linden discussed what we're all thinking…that soaps can’t be afraid to kill people off and to let them stay that way. “Once a viewer gets tricked, it’s very hard for them to come back and commit,” he said, referring to the Melaswen storyline on Days when they brought several characters back from the dead at one time. “There’s no consequence to anything. There’s got to be consequence.” And there is no consequence, quite often. It causes us to feel as though we can't invest on the show again. I really want Days to succeed and get back on top, but I don't see it happening soon. Read more about what Linden says about his exit.
Woe is me
Poor Trent. I'm wearing a black shirt and black sweater. I'm in mourning! Roscoe Born is gone from Days. Tsk tsk. I know, you're all laughing at that or you're appalled with me! Well, all of you except for Matt, who just messaged me on ICQ, after reading my Thursday's update, early, and said, "My poor Trent." The actor is so fine and I love this character. How many Trent fans do we have out there? I can't count the number of times that Trent was threatened in the last few weeks. This is going to be a good whodunit storyline, I think. I understand the need for a short term villain, and I understand that storyline dictates but he is such a great actor. This show needs more of that.
Trent was killed Friday. Stabbed in the back. By whom, we don't know. we started our list here. We've got a list of who could have "dunnit" including Nicole, Melanie, Max, (his loser kids!) John, Caroline, Marlena, Nick, Bo, Steve, Stephanie, Claude and Victor. I think that's it. So far. I'm not really sure Bo could have done it, considering he was with Hope and two other cops, at the time of the stabbing, so I'll probably knock him off the suspect list, if you all approve! (I need you guys!! I need your help in finding the killer!) Whoever did this is a horrible person, to allow innocent, sweet, God-fearing Caroline to take the rap. Though she was found with Trent last, I don't think she did it. I want to knock her off the list as well. Remember, when she saw Trent, she told him she thought they were through. She asked what was wrong with him. She was shocked about his stabbing and taking the knife out of his back showed she didn't want him to suffer (though, she should have left it alone. It probably caused more internal bleeding, don't you think? Just wondering. Doesn't matter, as he was almost gone anyway.) Caroline doesn't really have it in her to kill, does she? Whoever stabbed him didn't hang around long enough to check his pulse, so I can't see how it could be Claude or one of Claude's goons, because it certainly wasn't done. I mean the job isn't done until the guy has no pulse, right? So is it more of an amateur knifing? A weak stomached person? A weak armed person? Did someone interrupt them? Voices, perhaps? I mean, the guy was meandering around the graveyard afterward. Ugh. Suffering. What do you think happened?
Earlier in the week, Nicole said to EJ, "I wouldn't worry about that. Trent's not going to make it to the stand," she said, ominously. Now that could be that she thought about killing him, or that she did kill him? Where was she while this was happening?
Nick's hand was all bashed up from "something". He lied about when it got bruised, too. Interesting. But I'm not sure he'd kill Trent. Or am I? Where was he during the knifing?
Max has scratches and bruising all over his back. And no, it's not from Stephanie, during sex. *rolls eyes* I'm not even going to go there. Max could have killed Trent. If not for himself, for his sister. When he was at the cemetery doing whatever it was he was doing, what did he say or do to Trent and did he end Trent's life?
Melanie could have killed him. We don't know much about her. She's new and we don't know how long her contract is for. It'd be easier for the show to have the least cared for character kill. Julie and Maggie already don't like her. Neither does Chelsea. Just where was she and why does she have Trent's magic wallet? Notice she has opened it two or three times and each time, she pulls out the lot of it. It keeps refilling. Where do we get ourselves one of those?
So was sociopath Trent beat up by half of Salem and then stabbed by someone else? Were they all in it together? Beating him, scratching him, stealing his wallet, basically, getting rid of the 'ol SOB that I loved.
Matt (Of Matt's Musings on Soap Opera Fan [hilarious, truly] and I discussed how it could be Claude who killed him, but wouldn't Claude have done the job right? Seems like the work of an amateur to me, but then again, what do I know? I'm not a murderer!
I love the way the show set things up for the murder. We don't get to see what happened to Trent just yet! Very cool.
Last thoughts on this… what exactly did precious, sweet and innocent Caroline confess to, when she spoke to Shawn at his gravesite? She made a bad batch of clam chowder and Nicole really isn't preggers as we… thinks she is? *wink* Or did she stab Trent in the back. Nah.
(Check out Matty's poll on our sister site, Soap Opera Fan Blog!) He has a lot of great things to say about Trent, and he's not too happy to see Roscoe Born go. I have to say, I agree 100%.
tête à tête
Anna and John had a tête à tête at the pub about his impending divorce with Marlena. I can't say anything bad about Anna. I'm sorry. She's just so darned cute and I thought it was really sweet that she's trying to save her friend's marriage. John though, started seeing double and keeled over and passed out. She brought him in to the trauma center and Kayla examined him. He had a seizure and convulsions and he refused to stick around for more tests! Not good. Rolf told Stefano that John would die, because of what they did to him. Stefano seems to have lost interest in John though. Er. So have I. Steffie wants a new pawn. Could it be Marlena? His once "Queen of the Night" turned into a pawn? I can hardly recognize Stefano. Never thought I'd see the day that he wanted revenge upon Marlena! I don't want to see another pawn, though. We've been there far too long. He already played with John and Steve. Let's leave it at that and think up new ways he can be destructive.
Nick sure told Chelsea off on Thursday. Will surprises never end?!. I had to hand it to Nick. I didn't expect that from him! See the video clip here, if you missed it.
And don't shoot the messenger, but we can't ignore this past week. Did you see how Daniel kept trying to hold Kate's hand as he tried to tell her she had lung cancer? She pushed him away, obviously, because she doesn't want to hurt Chelsea, but let's focus on Daniel, here. He tried a few times to hold her hand. A doctor doesn't do that. A doctor doesn't care as much as Daniel. And I've always thought Kate had feelings for Daniel that she didn't show. She's the queen of self preservation.
Stephanie and Max can spend every afternoon in bed. I'll still want to fast forward their scenes. She cut her hair?! Why? It was so unbelievably gorgeous! Or was it extensions? Either way, it looked great and I'll mourn it. I don't dig how obsessed with Max they write her as, to get a point across. "Where were you, earlier?" She's always asking him that. Can't a guy take a break from her without her asking where he is? She used to be so much fun, and I'd like to see that part of her return. This isn't really true to who she was when she first came to Salem.
We get it. Chez Rouge is GREEN
Maggie and Mickey and going "Green" again. Boring. I compost everything in my house. I mean, everything. I recycle everything possible. I take any Styrofoam to the depot, use canvas reusable bags and love being environmentally conscious. I like conserving energy, water… you name it. I'm practically vegan, but I don't talk about it - only to vegetarian friends and rarely. If I do, it sounds more conversational. More honest, if you will. One of my girlfriends and I discussed last night how we are horrible vegans who, while we chatted, ate a piece of chocolate (not vegan) and drank cow's milk. Booo! We suck. Soy milk just isn’t as good and I detest rice milk. I'm trying. We discussed how horridly guilty we felt about our cravings for non-vegan foods. That's honesty! On Days, talking 'green' sounds fake to me. *shrug* The dialogue has to be more easy going for me to get into it. Why couldn't somebody berate themselves for leaving on a light or something? Still, it's good to see these two and good to see more of Julie and Doug, which we'll see more of next week.
These are my thoughts. Now "gimme" yours! Agree or disagree, I'd love to hear what you think. We'll work on this whodunnit story together and maybe we'll work things out before Salem PD does! That won't be too difficult!
- Christine Fix