Deconstructing DOOL: Filler, dropped storylines; September is coming
Salem Shenanigans from July 20 – 24:
It was a slow week with a lot of filler and little progression. The blog is really ranty this week, but hang in there with me. September is right around the corner along with the hope for change.
Timing is everything.
Daniel changed his entire appearance to ask Nicole to marry him and immediately after she said yes, she ran off to buy out bridal magazines and he went back to work. How romantic. Then to top it off, Dr. Dan’s bestie, the ex-priest, poached on his territory and burdened Nicole with his feelings of love. Eric, the priest, should know better than anyone that sometimes it’s better to keep your feelings to yourself. Nicole simply needs to tell Daniel. I’m sure he’d understand if she explained the circumstances and if not, screw him. It’d be nice to see her do the right thing even if it costs her. It’d be easier to root for her.
Where are the straight shooters?
Serena can’t leave town fast enough. In last week’s Deconstructing DOOL Matt called Nicole and Serena’s fights ‘blandly choreographed and repetitive’. This week wasn’t any different. Nicole told Eric that he played right into Serena’s hands by suggesting to the redhead that they had something to hide and then made a special visit to Serena to do the same thing. Serena’s not only a woman scorned, but she has nothing to lose. It’s likely she’ll out Ericole with that recording she made of his confession. He told her he can’t forgive her for her past transgressions? Wait until this happens!
Hayley is or was one nasty, unprofessional nanny. Theresa didn’t need to scheme to get rid of her. She was crap but it looks like she’s also fired. It seems they may have dropped this story. I’m not complaining.
It’s always nice to see Doug and Julie but their scene with John and Marlena felt shoved into the scenes that otherwise flowed together seamlessly. The point of course was to tell us that John and Marlena are working towards a reconciliation but we all prefer if we could see it for ourselves, without the whipped cream.
Instead of giving her his ring, John gave Marlena his tool belt so she could pair it with that long sleeved black boyfriend Oxford shirt. In the middle of July. During a heat wave.
From sizzling to fizzling.
Hope and Aiden’s romance has been petering out for a while and they’re still hanging out in hotels which are great for romps but not so much for love. It’d have been nice to see them together at the lake, canoodling under an umbrella and not discussing Clyde but instead, Rafe was there. Rafe, who so randomly told her that he’s crazier about her than Aiden is. When did this happen? By Friday there was still no continuation to that story. I like Hope and Rafe’s easygoing relationship and am not opposed to seeing them together but this came out of left field and feels awkward.
You made your bed, now lie in it. (Alone, for once!)
I can’t feel sorry for Abigail. You play with fire and sometimes you get burned. She gets burned a lot! She was having regular sex with Ben so didn’t they agree upon at least one type of protection from the clap, herpes, HIV and pregnancy? Since she’s an adult, does she really need Kayla and Hope coddling her so much? I vote for tough love and a trip to the salon to deal with the manky hair. She doesn’t need to be with the father, and she’s not in love with Ben and the sooner she sees it the better. The worst part is that no matter who the father is, we now know Clyde will ensure the paternity results come out in Ben’s favour so he can get a piece of that land in Ireland. Horrors. Vote! Who should be Abby’s baby daddy?
Stop. Just stop!
Stefano again told his son that he and Abigail are like EJami. They’re nothing alike. I love Stefano but don’t want to repeat history. Though I’m slightly curious about what’s under the land, this story is already too much like the Santos and Colleen story.
JJ’s undercover work.
I’m torn between agreeing with Jenn that Paige isn’t JJ’s problem anymore and thinking JJ’s all the poor girl has.
That’s all I’ve got to say. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Best lines of the week:
Julie, "I know we're being Nosy Parkers but it's because we care about you so much. So is it off? Is it on? Is it off and on?"
Nicole to Eric, "I'm not your type."
Photo credit: Howard Wise/JPI
- Christine Fix