Smackdown. (Soaps.com)

These are the “Days” of my week from May 2-6:

It was a great week in Salem and we were even treated to a cliffhanger Friday because of Sweeps. We even saw a theme – smacking Salem men around. I must say I was surprised – considering all the Spanish speaking Hernandai in town, that nobody celebrated Cinco De Mayo.

Bope.
Last week Bo and Hope promised to help Leah the homeless prostitute if she’d help them find their daughter. I hope they make good on their promise. I like Leah’s story and want to see more of her. Could she know Quinn the pimp (spoiler!) that bumped into Chloe at that dive Cheatin’ Heart?

Natalia vs Tamara:
First viewers complained about Taylor and Natalia’s version of Taylor, but now that she’s gone, she’s suddenly revered. People are telling us they’re “enraged” that the show did the recast. We can be a fickle bunch. I too was feeling a little disoriented until Friday’s showdown with Tay and EJ. I know Corday told us the reason for the recast was to ‘take Taylor in a new direction’, and I also know that EJaylor isn’t going to become a couple, so it doesn’t matter if they’ve chemistry.

I was glad Nicole blackmailed EJ, though Matt of SOF’s Matt’s DOOL Musings and I were confused about what Nicole was on about when she told EJ he’d be ‘forced to take your alternative pleasures with a smile’. Eh?

Dannifer.
Good to see Jennifer feeling guilty. I needed to see that. I would have also preferred to see some flashbacks of her and Jack during this whole storyline. I’m still in mourning over the divorce. Dannifer is still boring, awkward and the scenes are forced. I wasn’t impressed that Daniel will once again have to save Jenn’s life next week after that choking incident. Can’t they give the dude a hobby that doesn’t include saving lives?

Great knock down drag out!
Sami and doppelganger Rafe’s fight was the best scene of the week. They’ve incredible chemistry when fighting. More chemistry than I’ve seen with RetroRafe and Sami in ages. I loved how he ‘went there,’ calling her on having kids with more than one man and how she retaliated with a news update: at least she didn’t have to fake her orgasms with any of them! “Take that back,” he insisted… Ouch! So believable. Sami feeling dead inside and numb was also a great effect on the scene and alas there wasn’t a blubber to be heard. I even enjoyed the classic Friday cliffhanger and dug the way the reunion was played out, even though we had to suspend disbelief and yes, even though it’s been done before. It was good up until I saw that stupefied look on Rafe’s face which reminded me of how little personality Rafe has. It’s pretty sad when you like the villain who is an absolute disgusting creep, more than the hero. Still, it was a good payoff for Safe fans to see so far.