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Salem Shenanigans from December 29 – January 2:
Hello, it’s Matt Purvis, formerly of “Matt’s Musings” over on Soap Opera Fan, filling in for Christine Fix while she’s on vacation. Don’t fear. Christine will be back next week.
They were ringing in the New Year in Salem this week. Abby and Ben continued their ritual of working out and making out (in no particular order). This is appropriate since the dialog between them is the equivalent of empty calories. Meanwhile, John wanted Doc back by his side. She was perplexed that he decided to ask her out in person. He was surprised when she agreed. But they welcomed the changing of the calendar together with a kiss that was both familiar and a bit coy. I found it all a bit rushed. Considering how many ups, downs and disappointments they have had over the years, if they are going to go down this route again, it would be nice for them to take their time and do it right. But mostly it has been John being awkward and Marlena being eerily silent. Perhaps she’s listening intently to catch the sound of a can of whip cream opening?
Resolved to get more interesting.
Will learned that Sonny had raided their account. Sonny didn’t hesitate to point out that his husband hasn’t exactly been raking in the cash himself, in spite of all of his posh paisley shirts. But while the couple continued prying things out of each other, they weren’t exactly kissing and making up. Paul is complicating things thanks to his impressive ability to keep them both at his beck and call. Paul admitted to Sonny that he still loves him. Judging from the look in Sonny’s eyes, he was obviously tempted, but predictably turned him down. This led to Paul spending most of his time dragging Will into his hotel room to complain about how he will have to spend the rest of his life as a normal person thanks to his injury. It also led to Paul and Will sharing a close moment. Given that we didn’t get to see what Sonny’s latest New Year’s resolution was, can we guess it was for a threesome? Probably not, but that would at least be a first.
Off the force.
Thanks to an anonymous letter from Chad, Rafe was fired for sitting on the evidence regarding Andrew for the sake of his sister. While giving him the boot, Roman got the solemn look he only possesses in the rare moments he has to do something approaching law enforcement. Not to defend Rafe’s actions, but I have seen little evidence that the Salem PD does much more in their workaday world than cover up the crimes of their friends and family members, usually with far less competence.
Off his game?
Kate, now sporting Clyde inspired fringes on her jacket, accused Chad of getting 'desperately attached' to 'little girls' who tie him up in knots. She even brought up his fake brain problem. That really hit a sore spot. Meanwhile, both Abby and Mel piled on to warn Jordan about what a troublemaker Chad was in the past. Whether simply cornered or conniving, Chad gave Jordan his catalog of misdeeds, but managed to leave out the whole Mia and their baby thing. It was an interesting week for Chad watching. We got a much better sense of how insecure he still is. Kate can certainly smell blood. Tammy Sue, of course, didn't seem to care about the DiMera's misdeeds. She seemed to take about as much comfort in them as she does in the DiMera couch.
We found out why Serena is late for everything. It was revealed that she takes a nap whenever she isn't on screen. This left the redhead ready and waiting for Eric. She answered the door to him in nothing but one of his old shirts. He handed her some nutty pie, but by the time she opened the box, he was too overwhelmed by sexual innuendo. After he escaped, he used his powers to eavesdrop to discover from the loudmouthed hotel staff what Nicole had done. He confronted her. She blamed Melanie and confronted her. This led to Daniel confronting Nicole. He accused her of having feelings for Eric. She denied it. He flounced off. She moped and flounced after him. I started to have the uncomfortable feeling that this might become a replay of the Dannifer dynamic minus the Horton smarminess. The one thing looking up is that Serena made it clear that there is something incriminating in her safe. Your guess about what that is is probably better than mine. In last week's Deconstructing DOOL Weekly Blog, Dustin noticed that Serena seems way too nice. Do you think she is hiding something serious? Vote in our Days weekly poll for what you think it might be.
A taco short.
Serena's fellow redhead, Melanie, had a busy week. She visited Gabs in the lilac tinted prison to, more or less, thank her for knocking off Nick. That was a touching moment. But she spent most of the week stuttering when she wasn't talking about how much she hates Nicole and fears what she will do to her daddy. We discovered that Brady associates tacos with Melanie. This could be why he can't seem to keep his lips off of her. I think they're creepily cute, but if dating a considerably older man is meant to make Mel mature a little, she could do better than take up with someone who, half the time, acts an awful lot like JJ.
Finally something to look forward to.
After much probing and poking, Double J finally told Paige that he did the dirty on her behind her back. She was shocked, although considering how extraordinarily inept he's been throughout their relationship, I can't understand why. Luckily, Rory interrupted before anything dramatic could happen. Although Deveraux was left to feel emo on a cold park bench about getting smutty on a cramped couch, I was left wishing they'd showed us how Rory rang in the New Year. Across town, his mother and his hook-up were both in a frazzle about the latest installment of the PaiJJ breakup. Her Royal Hortoness stormed all the way across town to harangue Eve, who obviously wanted to tell Jenn that she'd had her youngest and he'd come back for seconds. But they left that hanging so we'd have something to look forward to.
Happy New Year's everybody. Welcome the new with a look back at the old by reading Soaps.com's soap opera year in review.
Lines of the week:
Kate: University Hospital... So many people have died reasonably comfortable deaths there.
Paul: You must be new at this, Will Horton, because you are way too nice to be a journalist.
- Matt Purvis