Deconstructing DOOL Weekly Blog
Finally Sonny's "wrath." (Howard Wise/JPI)
Salem Shenanigans from April 13 – 17:
It was a decent week in Salem with Kristen’s return and a few storylines moving along. There were a few surprises and one major “EW” moment. Let’s get right to it.
Zoe and Chad’s meeting was maybe the highlight of the week aside from Kristen’s return. Now that DiMera Enterprises owns Sonix, the next article in the rag should be pretty meaty. It’s nice seeing Zoe again too.
Jenn and Eve share the blame on this one.
Paige’s first time making love was with someone who a few days ago ravished her mother. Gross. It wasn’t enough that JJ’s dating her again after doing her mother but now this? It’s a shame Jenn didn’t get to him in time. She’ll never get over this. Hopefully that condom worked.
The Brady Bunch.
Tori’s reason for not telling John the truth about being pregnant was honourable and refreshing. We’re so used to soap characters being self-serving. John wasn’t enthralled with Marlena for keeping her suspicions from him especially since they were basically confirmed by Tori but it’s hard to care either way. Since these two have barely graced us with screen time it hasn’t felt as though they’ve truly reunited and now they’ve another obstacle to overcome. It’s too much. It would have worked better if they were shown being intimate (I don’t just mean sex) for a while before throwing them yet another hurdle to overcome. At least then there would be a reason to care if they rise above this. Marlena doesn’t even appear upset about it and John’s lack of emotion while not surprising is killing the story. This doesn’t bode well for those watching at home.
What kind of mother will she be anyway?
Theresa finally has depth. She can be endearing and a smart ass and overall has become one of the better characters on the show. No matter how you feel about her, it’s doubtful you were happy that her embryo was stolen from her. I can’t believe I just wrote that. That being said, she can’t make it to work on time and when she does, she barely works, she treats everyone in her path like dirt, she allows questionable men into her home and bed, drinks and does drugs possibly more than just for recreation, so why the hell would we root for her to get her baby Christopher back? It’s the one flaw in this story that I’m having a hard time getting past. Otherwise, it’s been fabulous having Kristen back. She changes the tone of the show for the better as does Anne, Rory, Paul and Tad. In a sense, they appear to be the only ‘real’ people in Salem. Brady’s in recovery for drugs and alcohol, he’s already in a romantic relationship and now he’s expected to care for a baby? Meh. It might be possible that as crazy as Kristen is, she’s somehow the most stable of the three. Again, I can’t believe I just wrote that. Dare I even mention how stupid and annoying I find Melanie for stowing away on Brady’s plane while he goes in search of Kristen?
With a mother like that…
Kate showed how ruthless she could be by spilling the beans about Adrienne’s affair with her son to Victor of all people. It was calculated and worked to her advantage. Lucas is out and it’s likely that she’ll take his place at Titan. I don’t really have any feelings about this. It’s no surprise. The writers must have thought she was due for a disowning!
Will’s web of lies.
Marlena confronted Will about trashing Paul to John and spinning his indiscretion to make himself appear the victim of a seduction. She even threw it in his face that he was turning into Sami before her eyes. As usual, he didn’t hear her and instead was more offended that she was trashing her daughter – the same daughter Marlena suspected would agree with her on his behaviour. Oy. Finally, in his own subdued way, Sonny got 'angry' with Will for not just his betrayal but all the lies he has been telling since. I hate to be picky but... having Sonny throw some stuff around and push Will away physically would have really made the scene. It’d have been preferable to Will constantly touching Sonny with his desperation, looking for a sliver of hope that they’ll be okay when he’s too dense to see that Sonny’s not anywhere near to forgiving him let alone moving on.
Last week out of anger, Nicole told Daniel they were done which means she’s a free agent to do whatever she wants including date other men and Daniel has no say. That being said, we know she only went out with Xander out of spite. Even she admitted to it. While a happy couple in soaps spells ‘boredom’, this particular tactic to keep Daniel and Nicole apart is causing some fans to revolt. It’s no different than his up and downs with Jennifer and ruins it for those who have enjoyed Nic and Daniel’s chemistry. Nicole constantly reeks of desperation and need now and Daniel thinks he’s better than her – than anyone. It’s hard to believe that Daniel will never be satisfied with any woman. If sainty Jennifer HRH Horton can’t satisfy him how the hell is Nicole supposed to? Nic needs to ask herself why she’d want to be with a guy who judges her and condescends to her anyway. It looks like this current reunion might be short-lived if Xander has anything to say about it.
Not all bark.
Finally Xander’s showing he has bite. Last week in Deconstructing DOOL I suggested Nicole might want to steer clear of him and this week his behaviour confirmed that thought. Still, it’s shameful that I didn’t mind one iota that he hurt Serena’s hand. She’s been playing with fire not giving him those bloody diamonds and hiding them at her so called friend’s place knowing that he’s volatile. It’s vaguely interesting having Xander in on this plot that hasn’t sparked much appeal so far.
This is exciting. This set below looks like Hope and Bo’s house. Maybe this means we’re back to getting the entire sets rather than the pint-sized ones we’ve had the past few months. Maybe she’ll move Aiden and Chase in just in time for Bo’s return. Eep!
This is an opinion piece. Please feel free to give your own opinion in the comments section. Don't be shy!
Best lines of the week:
Marlena to Will: "Don't do this. Don't make me sit here and watch you turn into your mother."
Anne to a sobbing Theresa: "What malady is it this time?"
Theresa: "Everyone hates me."
Anne: "Yeah but why are you crying?"
When Kristen can't find Theresa: "She's probably pulling the wings off flies."
- Christine Fix