Hanging the Horton balls (NBC)

Deconstructing “DOOL” from December 24 – 28:

Dustin here, I’ll be blogging for Christine for the next two weeks while she’s off on vacation. With this week being Christmas, we were treated to the usual Salem traditions we’ve come to expect this time of year. This time of year also tends to bring little storyline development, as “DOOL” normally saves the big bombs for New Years.

Tell me your troubles, Father Eric.
Eric continued his mid-day half-naked naps, and it was only a matter of time before Nicole burst in on him during one of his nightmares. Nicole hysterically thought his issues stemmed from his being tempted to betray his vows with her. That wasn’t it, or at least that’s not the problem yet. Eric opened up to Nicole about a tragedy in Africa involving a missionary camp, rebels and the death of his mentor. Eric froze up during the hostile situation and he has since felt like a horrible priest. I’m sure Nicole will find a way to help Eric feel better if he doesn’t start locking his door and put some clothes on when he sleeps. I guess I was expecting something more than the story we got. However I’m definitely glad it had nothing to do with Stefano and mind control chips.

Christmas Ejamis/Safe style.
Eric presided over Christmas Eve mass in hopes of taking his mind off his troubles. Most of the town came out for it too. This whole segment seemed to be about continuing Sami’s indecisiveness about the men in her life. Just when you thought the show had settled on Sami and EJ, they have Sami questioning her feelings for Rafe again after they spent time together with the kids. However Rafe ended up feeling slighted when he saw Sami with EJ, and Sami felt hurt that Rafe didn’t show up for mass. Are we really back here again? Sami should make a resolution to pick a man in the New Year and stick with him. Fortunately Rafe told her almost as much, and accused her of liking having both of them circling about her. Apparently when Lucas told her the same thing a few months back she wasn’t listening. Now Sami is going to the big New Year’s party with EJ, and Nicole is going with Rafe. It will definitely be interesting to see who is kissing whom at midnight.