Credit: Best gay coming out storyline ever. (

Deconstructing “DOOL” for the week of April 2-5:

Big announcement this week – brand new head writers Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas Jr. are being replaced by former Co-Executive Producer and one-time Co-Head Writer Gary Tomlin and former Co-Head Writer Christopher Whitesell. McPherson tweeted, “NBC never let us tell our stories. They kept stopping us and changing our direction.” While the reboot didn’t help with the show’s ratings, McPherson and Thomas are responsible for the Will coming out storyline, which has been a real work of art but the rest has had issues. I don’t know who is to blame and it’s a moot point by now. I hope to see more consistency behind the scenes which could do the show a world of good.

Slut shaming.
Boy Sami sure likes to injure women by throwing the ‘slut’ word around. She knows how to push Carrie’s buttons and she sure hates women. I don’t think ‘slut’ is the correct word she needs to express her anger with. I’m not a fan of shaming women for their sexuality either. Wouldn’t it be better to hit Carrie where it hurts? Sami should learn to curb those impulses and take something for that verbal diarrhea.

Sami sure took the news about Rafe knocking up Nicole well – a little too well for someone who was being written as the female part of another Jarlena couple. How’s that for a kick in the pants Safe fans?

The Princess and The Pawn.
Gina and John didn’t seem to mind waking up in a smelly dank dark cell. They didn’t question why they were there. They were a little too accepting of Stefano’s refusal to clue them in when they asked where they’ve been all these years, too. If Stefano’s so bright, wouldn’t he have implanted them with fake memories of the past few years in order to placate them and make them easier to handle? Seems to me he could have told them he was Caesar and they’d have believed it. This storyline has more than a few issues and I don’t just mean Gina randomly slipping in and out of that foreign accent but thankfully there is an end in sight.

Platitude hell.
When Carrie asked Marlena for advice on what to do about Rafe, Marlena gave her step-daughter a wealth of platitudes she likely read in a book before they met. I admit I was surprised Marlena he didn’t ask Carrie to consider how being with Rafe would affect Sami, Sami’s kids or the rest of the family. Can she not separate being a mother from being a psychiatrist long enough to tell her kid to get a freaking clue? With all due respect to the therapy community, sometimes it’s best just to be a mum to your kids and leave the psycho-babble at work. They may appreciate that too.