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Salem Shenanigans from June 9 – 13:

There was a lot of blubbering going on in Salem this week from all of us, Gabi, Kate, Rafe, and Sonny, who said goodbye as Gabi went off to the pokey, and a few more tears were shed from Nicole, Eric, and Jennifer over Nicole’s deceit. Luckily Victor balanced out the gloom and doom with a few fun zingers aimed at Brady, Theresa, and Kate.

Farewell Gabi.
Julie returned from delivering Nick’s body to Melissa and was nastier than ever. By the end of the week many viewers were begging her to get back on that cruise ship with Doug. Though she was annoying, it’s difficult to blame her too much considering she loved Nick and thought he wanted to change. She doesn’t know the full story about him like the rest of us so maybe she deserves a pass. Gabi was brave to see Julie and displayed a lot of sensitivity. Gabi’s scenes with Kate were also pretty touching which reminded us of all that Kate has done to protect her children. It looked as though the Gabster and Tad could have been an item if this whole Nick mess didn’t happen. At least her plea deal, which will have her incarcerated for 20 years in prison for murder one was pretty damned generous. It provides a possible return at some point if the story permits and it’s likely she’ll get paroled sooner. I mean Nick got off in 4 years for the same crime! Already there’s a feeling of loss on the show without Gabi, who has been a large part of the scenery since the actress’ first appearance October 4, 2010. Banus’ last scenes were fantabulously delicious and hopefully we’ll see her in the running for a Daytime Emmy next year.

State?
Are Kate and Stefano back together? It sure looks that way and just in time for Sami and Kate to suddenly be at odds again. My my how things change quickly. Weigh in. Days Poll: Stefano and Kate?

Cole’s return.
To use one of Marlena’s favourite expressions, “Oh my stars,” Bev ‘s schemes just get more and more lame. And Cole really is a loser. He couldn’t even get the joints into Paige’s purse without cocking it up. Bev really thinks that JJ would believe that sweet, perfect, honour roll, 4.0 GPA, virginal, Jennifer reincarnate (without the haughtiness) Paige Larson smokes weed? Does Bev know it is 2014 and there are loads of other things she could do to hurt Paige? Shouldn’t she be helping Paige to keep her GPA up so she runs off to University out of Salem for good? Maybe if Bev got her GPA up beyond a 1.4 she’d think up a better scheme. Still, like her.

Paige’s momma?
Has Paige’s story been rewritten a little to ensure Eve is her mother? Because Eve’s returning to Salem June 18 and Paige said she was staying with her cousin who her mother regards as a bad influence – until her mother arrives in Salem in a few days. Her mother travels a lot and **spoiler** Eve is a singer who returns to get her lymph nodes removed by Daniel, so that could be why she travels so much. Could the cousin be Theresa? Maybe I’m reaching. Or maybe it’s Anne. Either gal is a bad influence.

Bold Ben.
Ben sure didn’t hold back on telling as Dustin calls her, “Justice for Julie” off. My jaw dropped when he called Nick a maniac. Bold move considering he did this while he was at work! This endeared me to him immediately. Go Ben! Or is it Kevin, diner boy from Florida?

“You brought your problems on yourself, Nicole.” – HRH
Ouch. Self-righteous Jennifer sure let Nicole have it this week when she told her that she created this whole mess. It’s true. You all know I love Nicole but ‘I calls them as I sees them’. Nicole, instead of looking to herself to blame, blamed Jenn for outing her and Daniel for who knows what. I agree with Daniel. Eric deserved to know and even though Jenn should have kept her nose out of it, the bottom line is, it’s not as important who told. It had to come out and we all know Nicole would never have done it. Her Royal Hortonness is right. Daniel wouldn’t have given Nic Nic up either. He has a soft spot for Nic Nic.