Credit: Bad week for Eric. (NBC Universal Inc.)

Deconstructing “DOOL” from February 25 – March 1:

Still another tepid week even though emotions ran high, there was a cat fight in the square, and blackmail and manipulation went on behind closed doors. All that and I can’t manage to connect to our beloved characters of Salem, nor am I able to drum up much interest or related to the storylines. What’s going on with “DOOL” and when will we get our favourite soap back on track.

The couple that plots together stays together?
Neither Sami nor Kate trusts Nick because it takes a cray to know a cray. Even though she’s right about Nick, Sami did deserve a tongue-lashing for badgering Gabi from him. Anyone would have defended his partner, twisted or not, but it was a nice touch for Sami to turn the tables on the bigot knowing about what Gabi did last summer. Sami can scheme better than half of Salem and now that she has a DiMera in her bed, Nick should be doubly worried. Course, they should too, considering who Nick is and that his prison buddy’s out on parole soon likely with a score to settle. If he does something to Nick, Samanther and EJ could be suspect.

I’m not sure what Will is going to do about this mess with Nick blackmailing him but I do know one thing. He shouldn’t sign away his rights to his daughter. EJ must be able to find a way around this… by Monday!

A rocky start?
EJ told Rafe that he and Samanther had a “rocky start.” That’s what EJ calls six years of tormenting each other with the foulest behaviour. A. Rocky. Start. Talk about minimizing. This isn’t the best way to get those non-EJami’s invested in this couple.

Will spilled his secret.
In a strange twist, and so unlike what his mother would have done, Will told Sonny the truth about shooting EJ – and Sonny didn’t run away. When in soaps does this happen? It’s a nice change of pace in a reunion which is very telling of how much these two guys love and believe in each other. Just in time, too, because uber naïve and maybe a little dim Will needs Sonny’s brains and feistiness on his side.

Perfect Father Eric.
Father Eric was attacked – almost murdered twice, and yet he forgave Kevin and got the guy some help. I don’t get the point and don’t care. I’d rather know where Bo ran off to and why Hope’s being so secretive about it. And those scenes only made Eric seem even more judgmental to his own family than some random addict who tried to murder him not once but twice.