Dig the new hairstyle. (Soaps.com)

Deconstructing “DOOL” for the week of April 23-27:

This week Lexi and her family learned she has a matter of weeks to live, Rafe continued poaching on another man’s wife, after he said he wouldn’t, Kate was treated like Julia Roberts’ prostitute character in “Pretty Woman,” and it was exceptionally convenient that Lucas lost a job, was offered a job, turned a job down, was offered another job, accepted the job, lost his woman and gained another woman. I think this is the worst idea “Days of our Lives” has ever had in stripping EJ of being a DiMera and I detest that they’re once again leaning toward having him become ‘Good EJ’. I do not want EJ to be John Black’s son, which is what we’re all thinking will be the case. I’m holding out hope that EJ’s Andre or Tony’s son though I don’t know if it’s possible. I don’t care actually, as long as he’s not another Brady.

Monday was full of heartbreaking scenes… I ignored the two strangers (no offense to the actors who play Cameron and Celeste) while Lexi and Abe got the news that she has only a few weeks to live. I’m sad to see her go. Even though we knew what was coming, it’s now so final.

Ian went all “Pretty Woman” on Kate, buying her a wardrobe from her favourite designer. I know it was supposed to be a kind gesture and flying in a designer is nothing to him but it was over-the-top. A red flaming flag waving tells me it’s all about control. I’m dismayed that she didn’t even protest a little bit. She went from one controlling man to another and her eggs are once again all in the same basket.

Rafe didn’t try hard enough to tell Carrie the truth which was frustrating. I’m miffed that he is still poaching on another man’s territory and that Carrie’s lying to Austin once again. Austin is still in limbo. We know Carrie’s just staying with Austin because she thinks Rafe is Nicole’s baby daddy. Bets that the moment she learns the truth she dumps Austin?

Best line – Kate to Ian, “If you’re so bored, rent a clown.”

Tuesday Nicole gave EJ an ultimatum… I like EJ with Nicole for all the reasons EJ likes Ejole. I can understand Nicole’s position – why she’d ask to move outside of Salem in order to get away from the memories. It’s a good idea for their relationship, of course not for the children or for us viewers. If Nicole really wants to be with him, she needs to forgive what he did and move on in Salem with him, not give him an ultimatum.