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Deconstructing “DOOL” from January 13 – 17:

I’ve had the flu this entire week and though I feverishly scribbled the recaps, I had trouble recalling all of the events that went down in Salem. The big trend: There was a lot of daydreaming going on and way too many flashbacks and newbie Sheryl was in way more scenes than any of our vets were but as it turns out was fine.

nu-WilSon.
This is the second week seeing nu-Will around Salem. He’s doing a good job but of course he doesn’t ‘feel’ like Will. He’s so much younger looking as well which was more noticeable during the marriage proposal. The proposal was bad timing. Mere days from Massey’s last scene. We had to see Sonny proposing to a new face. It’s good that Will said no. It wouldn’t have worked for me if he had said yes. We need time to get to know his version of Will first. Plus, there’s plenty of time to tie themselves down. I’d rather see them doing something wild, sexy and foolish all summer at least.

Seems okay.
Did you laugh when Maggie looked at the bottle of whiskey at the mansion and say to herself, “Seems okay,” meaning Brady must not have touched a drop of alcohol if there’s none missing from that bottle. This is coming from a recovering addict? She needs to take off those rose-coloured glasses because Brady was up in his room with his stash, boozing it up like it was the last and most delicious bottle in all of Salem. It should be interesting to put him in more scenes with Theresa but at the same time I can’t help but remember Brady once telling Nicole they couldn’t be together because they’re both addicts. Aren’t they trying to show Theresa as one?

Chyka.
He’s pretty creepy. Even creepier than Dr. Rolf was. Rolf was almost comical but Chyka’s all business. We know Eric and Nicole won’t die but it was a great pay-off to hear Eric admit to Nicole that he loves her. Will she admit she and Daniel aren’t really an item and that she’s still in love with him? Wait for the aftermath!

What was that all about?
EJ was not surprisingly rude to Gabriella when she dropped off the treats as a thank-you for having sex with Abig… I mean for helping her get Abigail off her back. Either he was disgusted with himself, annoyed with “useless” Gabi, or just sees her as a speck in the universe. The scene really stood out making a few of us wonder. Could Gabi become some fatal attraction for EJ? EJ’s already got his hands full with Sami and now Abigail. We didn’t think this was going to be a one-time thing for EJabby but I’m not sure it’ll happen again depending on who gets a hold of those “incriminating” photos of them kissing at the cabin.