Greetings! (NBC Universal Inc.)

Deconstructing “DOOL” from January 27 – 31:

“Greetings!” Another solid week of drama in Salem went by which is seamlessly flowing into what looks to be an exciting February sweeps.

Temptation:
Really, what’s a neglected yet unavailable man to do with a gorgeous desperate female with eyes only for him hanging on his every word and gesture? Probably stay away from her, yet he can’t because his intended, Kate, and Gabi are all on his case to shut Abigail up, and he’s hot for her. It’s time for Sami and EJ to discuss their relationship and make some decisions. Decisions that obviously should have been made before he turned to another woman.

Some options for EJ:

1. Stop seeing Abigail and tell Sami he’s not going to help shut Abby up any longer.
2. Stop seeing Abigail and start seeing a counselor with Sami.
3. Leave Sami.
4. Keep doing what he’s doing.

Since it’s a soap we’re pretty sure he’ll keep cheating. It may be unpopular to admit that I can see both sides. It’s difficult to be too hard on EJ for stepping out when his needs are being ignored. (Not that I’m suggesting Sami’s to blame or should take care of his needs.) He’s not in his right mind, clearly, but what he’s doing is not only wrong but hurtful. It’s worse because he has children and they should come first. The first time was a mistake, the second time they were alone together was tempting fate, and the supply closet looks as though they’re well on their way to a full-blown affair. Abigail sure doesn’t mind letting EJ know how desperate she is for him. It’s really egging him on and can’t end well. Not for Sami and the kids, anyway, unless they recast Sami.

What’s going on with Abigail’s style? She’s around 22 and her outfits used to reflect that. Lately her clothing is too old for her and only makes her appear as though she’s trying hard to appear older. I wonder if that’s the plan.

Unbalanced:
Not surprisingly, this Nick story has both been creepy and humorous. That’s “Days.” It was hilarious when Gabi fainted after seeing the presumed Nick crash the christening. I doubled over with laughter. It was the most natural thing to happen, to pass out, yet somehow it almost irritated me that she wasn’t as strong as her cohorts. Ludicrous, right? Honestly we’d all likely act just as irritating as Gabi if in her shoes and oddly, to us, she was the irritating one! But it doesn’t really matter anymore how obvious she is because we know Nick must remember everything and is delighting in seeing them all squirm. I think he’ll blackmail Gabi into leaving Salem with him, blackmail EJ and Abigail with photos of them kissing, and as we’ve already seen, force Kate to let him work for her. What do you think? Leave a comment about this and vote in our Days poll: How does Percy know Nick? It’s likely Percy dragged Nick in from the water and is helping him work at taking Sami, Kate, and Gabi down. I suspected momentarily…