The heat is on. (Soaps.com)

I found the week to be worthy of viewing but I had issues with practically every character and with some of the writing. I’ll give you fair advance that what you’re reading is more of a rant than I’ve had in a few weeks! Let’s break it all down.

To start off, I want to touch on the amount of flashbacks seen this week and the fantasies. I’m not a huge fan of fantasies when done weekly. Rafe’s constant Sami fantasies are annoying to me. They don’t work well when one happens to know what’s to come for the next month. They’re better served for fans who don’t read spoilers. It’s important to show flashbacks in the Carly storyline, but I could do without seeing the same ones repeated. We’ve learned very little in the time she has been on the show.

The Carly storyline is officially a flop. It went from exciting to tepid, swiftly. Let’s hope that Vivian’s return (the best part of the week) can save the rest of it. We can be happy that Omar is gone and that they’re off the boat but I’d have liked more of an explanation as to why Rafe needed antibiotics and why he couldn’t speak while he was on the boat, except to say “Sami…Sami…Sami,” but as soon as he got to Arianna’s place, he could talk up a storm. When viewers are confused and not given the full story, they lose interest. So what’s wrong with him? Is it just the bump on the head? He now knows that Stefano wants to off him, so it’ll be interesting to see him get around Salem basically marked for death. Same as Carly. Not only does Vivi want Carly dead, Hope might want that as well, once she finds out exactly who is horning in on her territory and that Bo is lying to her about it all.

I really liked that Carly seemed to be the type of strong, no-nonsense woman that soap opera writers don’t usually write for. I was wrong. She’s just another abused woman that the soap writers seem to enjoy writing. She deliberately ran to a man – Bo, because she knows he’s a good person and can help her with her murder rap, then whined about being a burden to him. She has zero personality because she was abused by Lawrence and has lost her sense of self, and while it was good to see Carly break down about what she has done, it didn’t work for me. Also what doesn’t work for me is her crying self-defense, when the flashbacks appear as though it was manslaughter.

Another whiner is Nicole, who I’m at my rope’s end with. November 12 can’t get here soon enough for me. I’d prefer if the show would try harder to conceal Arianne Zuker’s pregnancy, considering Nicole’s not pregnant. I’d rather see a few large purses, and flowers strategically placed over her abdomen, rather than see Nicole in flowing shirts that make her burgeoning belly obvious and take me out of the story.

Stefano was in rare form this week, flirting with Maxine, which was fun. Kate popped in for a millisecond and their banter was cute. I could have done with seeing more of that. I was a little insulted that they used the same joke two days in a row with Stefano pressing that call button in order to get rest. Reminds me of sitcoms that I have contempt for. Moving on, Sami and Stefano’s scene at the hospital was non-entertainment. It made me hate Sami again, just as I did when she was in the safe house. There is no need to have a character make people cringe. Her voice grated on my every last nerve with that rant and during the recap I got a headache. The only reason I can think of as to why it was written is to show how Sami is still very sensitive over Grace’s passing and because of Nicole “appears” to be going through something a little similar, it’s pushing her pain to the surface. Thankfully, Stefano’s amusing calm saved me from running out into traffic. He was spot on to tell her that she had spunk like Marlena but didn’t have her class. (There’s an understatement.) He did go too far telling her that it was fitting she go home to an empty crib, especially knowing it’s partially his fault she doesn’t know Sydney’s her kid. The thing is, she went into his room, knowing what she was in for. It’s not as though Stefano likes her! Then, after all that, why did EJ feel the need to go to Sami’s house and berate her once again for having a screaming match with his less than innocent father? He is a glutton for punishment and I smell a breakdown on the horizon. I can’t wait until Arianna turns EJ’s head. Sami who?

In my poll of the week, I asked you if you felt Maggie was being too old fashioned about Melanie and Nathan showing a public display of affection at home and 69% of you agreed with me and said, “Yes, (she’s being too old fashioned) it’s not like they’re children.” I got a kick out of seeing Lucas tell Maggie to butt out of Nathan and Melanie’s lives. His delivery was classic Lucas and Maggie deserved it – the busybody! As well, it was good to see Lucas focused on something else other than what one of his flaky women has done to him. Gee, didn’t I say something similar about poor EJ’s flaky women, recently, who will be the death of him if he doesn’t get a break from them? Anyway, back to Lucas. I hope when he returns to Salem that he has turned over a new leaf and isn’t going to get involved with anymore bimbos. Instead, I’d like to see him stronger.