We’re Having a Hell of a Time Figuring Out Why Days of Our Lives Bothered Bringing Back the Devil — Here’s Why
What was the point of all the chaos?
Back when JoDevil first started his machinations on Days of Our Lives, we’ll readily admit that we felt he was a bit of a breath of fresh air compared to MarDevil. Besides the obvious fun Carson Boatman was having, it seemed as if his JoDevil was actually doing stuff.
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First, Johnny split with Chanel, prompting her and Allie to hook up. Then, EJ was shipped off to prison thanks to the devil’s interference, and Jake and Gabi were split up as she took over DiMera. Love him or hate him, JoDevil was shaking things up.
But then as soon as folks started getting suspicious of Johnny, Satan decided it was time to throw them off his scent by temporarily possessing Belle and framing her for everything. And we do kind of mean everything.
After her supposed exorcism, Johnny ran straight to Chad to tell him that Belle had been the one to assault Abigail while pretending to EJ. Now Chad’s feeling horrible about sending his brother to prison and wants to come clean about his own perjury. (Plus, there was an actual conversation about getting a retrial because of Satan.)
Next, we learned that JoDevil went out of his way to frame Belle as the one who not only impersonated Jake with Maggie, but also created the fake documents that Gabi’s former co-conspirator supposedly signed. Now Jake’s ready to run to Gabi with his innocence, with Belle convinced enough of her own guilt that she’d readily back him up.
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Yes, all this morphing into other people and impersonating them smacks of the same plot-contrivances as the notorious life-like masks everyone seems to use in Salem, but it was still producing real consequences. And this is a soap, so having the truth come out eventually to unravel the devil’s plans would be par for the course, the same as with any villain. But having him sabotage his own plots has us scratching our heads.
Satan’s ultimate goal still appears to be claiming Ciara and Ben’s baby for himself and whatever devilish plan he has in store for the “offspring of good and evil” or whatever he calls their baby, but that seems too vaguely esoteric to have many soap consequences.
The corporate intrigue, relationship drama and criminal framing is where the real daytime goodness has been in all this supernatural stuff. If that’s all being undone by the very being that put them into action in the first place, it feels like the devil stuff is just superfluous. Why bother bringing him back?
So we can get more exorcisms? Some kind of devil-baby storyline? That could be bizarrely campy fun, but at this point, Satan’s worn his welcome pretty thin.
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Even if the point was to push Allie and Chanel together — about the only plot that doesn’t seem like JoDevil is actively working to undermine right now — that’s something that could have built more slowly and given more of a dramatic flair if it had happened organically.
Johnny and Chanel could have settled into married life as Allie and Tripp planned their own wedding. The whole time Chanel and Allie could have been drawn to each other until they finally gave in, spectacularly exploding two marriages. Instead, thanks to Satan, those relationships never even got off the ground.
There are countless storyline possibilities and there’s no one way to unwind them, but after almost four months of JoDevil, we’re just growing more and more confused over what his point even is. What are your thoughts? Is he just unwinding plots for no reason, or is there some grand master plan at work here that we just can’t see yet?
Let us know what you think below, then check out our gallery of daytime’s greatest villains. These folks may have been foiled time and again, but at least it wasn’t by their own hands!
<p>Ridge Forrester’s old flame wasn’t — wait for it — clowning around when she sought to replace the child that his mother had convinced her to abort. If that meant dressing like Pennywise with her shrink, kidnapping one of her ex’s subsequent kids or weaponizing a boa constrictor, so be it.</p>
<p>Considering that the Necktie Killer went on a murder spree in Salem, it’s a real testament to portrayer Robert Scott Wilson that not only was that character redeemed — to the point that he and “victim” Will Horton became pals — but the actor was eventually given a whole new part to play.</p>
<p>These days, she uses her powers for good. Well, good as she sees it, anyway. But when we first met the card-carrying conniver, she was the sort who thought nothing of drugging her favorite rock star, tampering with paternity tests and getting away with (attempted) murder.</p>
<p>Was he a popular villain? No. Fans didn’t want him to die because they loved to hate him, they just hated-hated him. Still, the erstwhile Henrik Faison lived up to his lineage by wreaking havoc on Port Charles for years. Even Liesl Obrecht was appalled that he gave Drew Cain a boo-boo.</p>
<p>Another second-generation baddie, Stefano DiMera’s diabolical daughter has done Daddy proud by being such a “creative” hellion that, when the actual devil passed through Salem, even they were like, “Damn, girl!” Here, she subtly suggests that her steak was undercooked.</p>
<p>If the title <em>Mommie Dearest</em> wasn’t already taken, Wyatt might have used it to write a tell-all about his mad, mad mom, a sociopath with a (very pointy) heart of gold. That, or half brother Liam might title <em>his</em> biography <em>Blame It On the Mother — </em>Wyatt’s<em> Mother.</em></p>
<p>If something rotten was going down in Llanview, this Mob boss always made the list of usual suspects — with good reason; he was more often than not as guilty as sin! Even here, look: He’s strong-arming better half Alex into making prank calls. Or, well… something.</p>
<p>Port Charles’ merciless queen of mean didn’t just place curses on people, she freakin’ <em>was</em> one. Just ask any of the surviving relatives who can bear to speak her name. Or, if you can track him down, the “late” Luke Spencer, with whom she had a very “special” way of making a point.</p>
<p>Surprised to see a current “anti-hero” on the list? You wouldn’t be if you remembered what he did to Michael Scott (and no, not the one from <em>The Office</em>). Or what he did to Phyllis (Marco, anyone?). Or what he did to Jack Abbott (the name Mary Jane ring a bell? Or Kelly?).</p>
<p>As complicated a conniver as the scourge of Springfield was, we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Joan Jett had written for him “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” Then again, maybe it was commissioned by his onetime wife — and eventually embittered ex-wife — “shady” Jenna Bradshaw.</p>
<p>“Mess with a bull, ya get the horns” was sorta the unspoken motto of the amoral supervillain who once plotted to have estranged wife Barbara Ryan trampled to death. As you can see, this didn’t make him the first on the list to receive warm-hearted hugs, even from son Paul.</p>
<p>It speaks volumes about how awesome a villain Nina Chancellor’s would-be merry widower was that when his reign of terror ended, he was — we kid you not — <em>trash-compacted</em> to death. We can’t define irony, but we know it when we see it. And <em>that</em>, folks, was it!</p>
<p>Truth be told, this soap-hopping menace to society would probably rank higher, were it not for the fact that <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> defanged her for a while and turned her into a… wait, <em>what</em>? Yes, a waitress. Thankfully, she eventually saw that menacing glint return to the eyes staring back at her.</p>
<p>Rest assured, anytime the erstwhile P.K. Sinclair wasn’t Port Charles’ public enemy No. 1, he was aspiring to be. Anything to “wow” his beloved Anna Devane — or do away with competition like, at least in this photo, Hamilton Finn.</p>
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