Deconstructing DOOL: Missed opportunities make it hard to invest
Salem Shenanigans from June 8 – 12:
Things are picking up in Salem, stories are moving along at a faster pace, but there’s still a feeling of missed opportunities for scenes that would help us invest more in current storylines.
Knowing Xander wants Victor’s approval so badly, I was momentarily disgusted at how Victor treated Xander this week. It felt overboard especially considering Xander only betrayed him for something as insignificant as seeing Nicole when Vic told him not to. My feelings about that scene changed when Nicole found out he had been to jail for murder. The guy has shown a psychotic side and my guess is that we haven’t seen anything yet. Victor’s aim is to protect his family.
Whenever Abby looks at a DiMera her eyes flash green. As in Go.
And we’re back in the midst of yet another cheating scandal as if we haven’t been through an overabundance of them recently. Chad overheard Abigail profess to love Ben and he lashed out, stating he slept with her to get back at him for sleeping with his brother. Please. If she wasn’t so emotionally involved she would have seen that pack of lies for what it was. Self-preservation. The best part of this scene was Billy Flynn did such a good job at showing us Chad’s heartbreak. The worst part of the scene was his calling Abs a slut. Bleh. I loathe slut-shaming and besides, Abs has been with three men. Three. By definition, a slut jumps into bed with anything that walks. That’s not Abby but boy has she made some pretty big mistakes with men. Like I said last week in Deconstructing DOOL she has Abs-olutely no willpower. Ben’s about to find this out first hand by doing something underhanded of his own!
True to fashion, Kate outed Lucas and Adrienne’s relationship. I’m not buying that she thought everyone already knew. Justin has maintained he wants Adrienne back even after being humiliated but what does Adrienne want? She didn’t tell Justin to go screw himself so it’s pretty clear she’s not 100% done with him. It would be great if she had a friend to mull over her feelings with considering this is what many if not most women do. It’d also show viewers how she feels and make us invest more. This is what most of the storylines on “Days” are lacking.
Will was petulant and rude to Paul and displayed the worst parenting by telling Arianna ‘this is the man who is trying to destroy our family’. I don’t care if she doesn’t understand what he said, parents shouldn’t drag their kids into their insecurities and drama. It was hard not to wish for Sonny to dump his ass after hearing that.
William may just have the best resting bitch face in Salem. I think Guy Wilson’s doing a good job making many love, hate or love to hate. I’m curious. How do you feel about Will at the moment?
The elephant in the room is closer to being addressed. Literally and figuratively.
Even when faced with confrontation it’s amazing that Serena still hasn’t come up with a lie, covering her tracks. Instead she keeps repeating ‘let’s just forget about this and move to Hawaii’. It is truly amazing Eric’s still talking to her at all. Though she claims she’s protecting him, really, she’s protecting herself. Eric deserves better and she needs to go.
Laura Horton was mentioned all week, making some wonder if the chatter was a lead-in to her return. That would have been great but as it turns out, it was a lead into a new story where Eve will try to pay Jenn back for… who knows what… by making her think she’s losing her mind. Eve’s desperation and stupid attempt to foist the blame for her own actions on Jennifer aside, this could be a rollercoaster ride full of fun and poignancy. It’ll probably work to Jenn’s advantage and change some viewer’s negative opinion of Jenn caused by the writing that made her so annoying this past year.
At least JJ, with Daniel’s help, has accepted that Paige is done with him for good. Accepting this will help him to heal, move on, and it's less likely he'll make the same mistake again. True O’Brien had me flitting between feeling sad for Paige and amusement for how fabulous she’s portraying a bitter and betrayed woman. Move over boring Paige.
Leave a few comments about this week in Salem - whether you're for or against any of my thoughts.
Best lines of the week:
Eve, "She was a doctor and ended up in the booby hatch?"
Paige to JJ: "I mean, ugh so gross. I mean he was probably as old as my father. Hooking up with someone his age would be totally disgusting, right?"
Will to Kate: "I get it. I tell the truth for a living."
Photo credit: Howard Wise/JPI
- Christine Fix