Now That Days of Our Lives’ Philip Has Gone Off the Deep End, [Spoiler] May Be the Only One Who Can Save — And it’s Not Who You Think!
Dare we hope that there’s still a chance for redemption?
Let’s face it. It’s been a long time since Days of Our Lives‘ Philip has been anyone we’ve wanted to route for. Instead of a sweet love story about reconnecting with Chloe, we’ve been watching the man go down an increasingly creepy path that culminated in him faking his own death. And you know it’s bad when we’re actually disappointed that he turned up alive.
At this point, he seems like a lost cause that we’re just about ready to write off. But what if he wasn’t? What if Philip could still be redeemed and turned back into the morally questionable, but overall decent guy we used to love?
On yesterday’s show, Philip mourned the loss of kids that he thought were his but turned out not to be. Kids like Claire, Parker and the child Melanie lost in a miscarriage. And then there was Tyler, the one child that was his, but who Philip gave away. He just wants someone to love him, and surely that’s something his own child could offer unconditionally. Or at least, would, if he were around.
The Lost Son
If you don’t quite remember the details about this particular branch of the Kiriakis family tree, don’t worry, you aren’t alone! Tyler’s story is more than a little convoluted. Settle in, because it all started back when Belle and Philip (then played by Kyle Brandt, below) and Mimi and Shawn were together.
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Sometime after Claire was born, Belle and Philip tried to conceive again (or rather, for the first time, since Shawn was really Claire’s dad). Things didn’t go well, so they decided to try in vitro fertilization.
At the same time, Mimi and Shawn were running into similar difficulties, but they opted to use a surrogate. It was a cute “Oh, let’s all have a kid at the same time because we’re besties” moment, and it all went well until the eggs were switched by the “Black Glove.” (No, we never found out who that was, but it seemed to be EJ. Chalk that up to storylines that were dropped without explanation — something we wish they’d done with Philip’s downward spiral.)
Philip’s sperm ended up fertilizing Mimi’s egg, which was then implanted in Lauren. Still with us? When the truth came out, everyone decided this was a bad idea, so Philip and Mimi signed papers agreeing to let Lauren terminate the pregnancy. But Mimi’s gold-digging mom, Bonnie, figured it would be handy to bank a Kiriakis heir, so she bribed Lauren to keep the investment. Er, kid.
It worked, but the surrogate vetting process in Salem must leave a lot to be desired, because eventually Lauren got greedy and bored. When she couldn’t get more money, she dropped Tyler off at the hospital and high-tailed it to Oklahoma. Kayla then found Tyler and decided to foster him with Steve — after they named him “Pocket.” Which, just… no.
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But after letting their little Pocket get poisoned multiple times, the state stepped in to take the infant away and give him to responsible foster parents, the Wilkens. (And if there weren’t any additional charges of abuse in there for naming him Pocket, there should have been.) Eventually Philip tracked Tyler down but decided he would make a miserable dad, so he signed the kid over to the Wilkens permanently. And that’s the last anyone saw of the tot.
An Overdue Reconnection
Judging by Philip’s long track record of questionable behavior, giving Tyler up was one hundred percent the best thing he could have done for his son. But with Philip’s life going so far off the rails that he’s faking his own death and framing Brady, maybe it’s time for a little father/son reconnection.
All you need is love, after all. And while Philip has squandered love over and over again, he’s also caught more than a few bad breaks — especially when it comes to his kids. Sorry, when it comes to other men’s kids.
If Tyler grew up in a stable home (and even though he was born in 2007, in soap years, he could easily be college age right now), his steady presence could be just what his dad needs to bring him back down to earth and finally redeem himself.
This could be the arc we’ve all been waiting for. One that allows us to finally see the softer, more gentle side of Philip that’s been sorely lacking in his increasingly erratic, creepy behavior.
What do you think? Is there still a chance that Philip can come back from this, or is it time to bury him for good? And could Tyler be the one to bring his dad back from the brink, or is there someone else you think could make him a character we all care about once more?
While you ponder those questions and all of Philip’s poor life choices that have gone into them, why not take a moment to close out the year by cracking open a gallery of the most questionable choices our beloved soaps have made in 2021? We have it on good authority you’ll find Philip’s story smack in the middle of them.
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<p><em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> turned the Logan sisters from casual hypocrites into full-time professional ones. One question about that: Why?!? Is this supposed to make us, dunno, like them or care about what happens to them? ’Cause it sure hasn’t done either of those things.</p>
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<p>… so <em>Days of Our Lives</em> should’ve thought twice — and then thought <em>better</em> of — its decision to try to recreate classic “Bope” moments with “Cin.” (We even <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/days-of-our-lives/news/605011/days-of-our-lives-ben-kidnap-ciara-bo-hope-comparison/" target="_blank">wrote a whole column on the subject</a>.) Both couples are awesome in their own right; the newer one doesn’t need to borrow from the older one to establish itself as super.</p>
<p>If there’s one soap trope we hoped <em>General Hospital</em> would never trot out again, it was mind control. Yet no sooner had Cameron Mathison been introduced as the new Drew than we were dragged kicking and screaming back to that well again.</p>
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<p><em>The Young and the Restless</em> has in its ranks true soap royalty in Peter Bergman. Yet its only idea for Jack is… to make him suddenly, nonsensically yearn for ex-wife Phyllis anew? No. Just no. If you can’t figure out a love interest and a plot for Jack, that’s on you, <em>Young & Restless</em>, not Bergman or his beloved character.</p>
<p>When <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> viewers reacted with gasps to Eric’s decision to use Carter as a kind of sexual surrogate, the soap didn’t say, “Ah! At last, we’ve got their attention!” it backed away from the edgy and original storyline so fast, it left skid marks on the floor of the Forrester living room.</p>
<p>We were stoked that <em>General Hospital</em> returned Sean Blakemore’s Shawn to the canvas… until, that is, it began to look like there was no significant plan for the character.</p>
<p>Unfortunately, the “bang” was our heads exploding over the fact that <em>Young & Restless</em> let Gaines just slither out of town instead of killing Ashland’s blackmailer and launching the whodunit it had spent ages setting up.</p>
<p>Was it fun to see Eileen Davidson back in action as Kristen in Peacock’s limited series, <em>Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem</em>? Absolutely. Did she, as always, slay? Most definitely. But did the powers that be’s decision to have her temporarily step back into the role that’s been so brilliantly played by Stacy Haiduk since Davidson’s exit from Salem feel disrespectful to her replacement? Sorry to say, yeah. It did.</p>
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<p>It may have been cancer that <em>The Young and the Restless</em> said was killing Ashland, but we’ll be damned if it wasn’t his never-ending secrets that nobody cared about that was killing <em>us</em>. We were all in on Ashtoria, guys; there was no point at all to the zillion obstacles that weren’t really obstacles and left us more irritated than intrigued.</p>
<p>Much as we were into “Quarter,” <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> lost us when it had the lovers act as if they’d all but been <em>forced</em> to sleep together because Eric had given the OK. They could’ve just kept their distance, with Carter moving on and Quinn taking “matters,” so to speak, into her own hands. (Our sister site <a href="https://stylecaster.com/ella-paradis-stylecaster-stella-vibrator/" target="_blank">StyleCaster could’ve really helped her out there</a>.)</p>
<p><em>Days of Our Lives</em> has in Philip what should be a complicated but appealing romantic lead — and one played once again by original portrayer Jay Kenneth Johnson. (Bonus!) So why is the character being written as borderline psycho? When we try to answer that question… Well, we wind up about as frustrated and confused as he looks here.</p>
<p><em>General Hospital</em> seemed to think that Sasha being pregnant with Brando’s baby was a storyline. It was not.</p>
<p>No one was more excited than we were when we heard that <em>The Young and the Restless</em> was bringing back Sean Carrigan as Stitch. But after seeing what the show did to the character — for reasons too silly and mind-boggling to comprehend, he became a kidnapper — we kinda wished he hadn’t returned at all.</p>
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<p>We love a good tease, but <em>General Hospital</em> brought up Hayden’s name so often — without bringing back Rebecca Budig — that it ended up feeling less like a tease than a taunt. “Nya nya, you can’t have her!”</p>
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