Blackmail gets Sami hot. (NBC Universal Inc.)

Deconstructing “DOOL” from October 28 – November 1:

A few Salemites said goodbye this week, we learned blackmail turns Sami’s crank, Marlena started watching her priest son being defiled by her nemesis, and Hallowe’en sort of came to Salem. It was a week of tied up loose ends to prepare for November Sweeps.

Saying goodbye.
Obviously Chad doesn’t deserve Abigail after lying about having a brain tumor to get Cameron to back off from ‘his woman’. People make mistakes and that was as big as they get but he didn’t learn from it. He almost died and it didn’t seem to register. Moments later he asked Cameron not to go after Abigail while he’s in Boston. Oy. Not a fan of how they sent Chad off though he and EJ shared a touching moment.

Poor Cameron. Salem treated him like dirt, spit him out, and this last straw with Chad sent him packing. What a shame. He and Gabi had potential.

Finally, we learned from Jordan that Rafe has nerve damage and this is why it’s taking so long for him to recover. Smells like a rewrite done to throw Jordan into Rafe’s life easily. It’s not working for me. It’s also annoying to see Kate thrown back into that same storyline where she’s jealous and goes after the ‘other woman’. Can’t they give her something better than that? Jordan still has no friends or prospects of one. She’s private, keeps to herself and is a bit on edge. Maybe she’s in witness protection.

What to say?
Nick’s getting weirder. He’s given the same dialogue weekly and biding his time obviously until November sweeps to…do whatever it is he’s going to do. It’s gone on for such a long time that it’s almost painful to watch his scenes. That’s not the actor’s fault. He’s great. We just need to see this plot hurried along.

What the heck?
Brady and Kristen really dump Daniel and Jennifer as best man and maid of honour? When did this happen? It makes no bloody sense especially when Daniel’s been such a good friend to Brady and Jennifer’s Kristen’s only friend. And how pathetic was it of Jennifer to tell Brady she wasn’t going to the wedding because Daniel has moved on with Theresa? Some friend. It’s none of Jenny’s business who Daniel’s dating. She dumped him. She’s lucky the guy is so stuck on her that he hasn’t yet jumped into bed with half the staff at University Hospital after the games she’s been playing.

JJ’s changed.
Bam. Just like that. We’ll see…

Father Eric boils over.
Father Eric’s really got a mouth on him. His proof Nicole raped him is sketchy but he’s too emotional right now to see that and consider anything else. Nicole and Daniel have their work cut out for them in clearing her name. It’s easy to feel for both of them and good to see Nicole turning to Daniel for help.