Days of our Lives Weekly Blog
Screw my future. Europe awaits! (Soaps.com)
These are the “Days” of my week for January 2-8:
I’d like to give thanks to Matt Purvis for taking over my blog for me while I was away during Christmas holidays. I always split a gut over reading his Days blogs on my other site, Soap Opera Fan, and knew that you would as well. Here’s just one sample of what he wrote before my return, that I’d like to comment on before moving onward. This is about Melanie and Philly. “After trying on his ring and being unable to get it off, they decided that they must be meant to be together forever. Apparently Fate has never heard of a little Vaseline. To prove how fated they are, he brought her to bed to show her what else he can pull out of a box.” Matt always makes me smile! Though that is pretty funny, the reality is a little scary. I admit that I have no issue with Phelanie being engaged, but I’ve a huge problem with Melanie quitting nursing to go on an extended honeymoon. This isn’t 1960. What woman would do that? With that thought in mind, let’s rant about the rest of the confusing happenings in Salem this week.
While I was away, the show fired Bryan Dattilo (Lucas). Would it have happened if I was still here? I’m disappointed and sad to see him go, as is almost half of you who voted on my poll regarding the firing. I’m not surprised it happened, considering he hasn’t had anything good written for him since Rafe took his place as Sami’s keeper. At least there’s room for his return but there isn’t any for Mickey Horton, who was, as an afterthought, bumped off this week. (Boy did we see this coming!) The show seems to be dumping off the Horton clan, in order to make room for the less than stellar Hernandez clan, much to my dismay. While Lucas didn’t get a proper goodbye scene, fans can’t even properly mourn Mickey’s death, considering we don’t really care about him anymore, in a sense. Nu-Mickey was played by Kevin Dobson, who was seen in 16 episodes over 2 years. Can hardly get attached with so little on screen time, not to mention, we’re confused as to who we’re supposed to be mourning, because that’s not the Mickey in the photos that Maggie is expressing grief over. Those photos were taken years ago with John Ingle as Mickey. Now, if John was still portraying Mickey, this could have been the story of the year. Feel free to take my poll on Mickey’s death.
Let’s move on to Bope, who are still unbelievably on the outs. First, I’d love to know your thoughts about the Bope separation these days. Maybe you too can’t understand why a couple who has everything can let ancient history get between them to this extent.
Bo’s making out with Carly, suddenly, and seems to be in love with her again, while Hope’s looking for reasons to make out with Cousin Justin. I go away for two weeks and all hell breaks loose! Watching Co, or Barly make out is quite titillating, I’ll admit, but doesn’t feel right to me. Rather confuses me, instead. I’d rather focus on Vivian sniping at Carly, which is fun and more intriguing. The elevator scene started out fun… Vivian said to Carly, “I wouldn’t keep pushing that button, Carly. You can breathe my air. It won’t kill you. This must remind you of the trying time in the casket. I must admit that was very satisfying. But I have regretted it ever since. The truth is I should have just buried you dead.” Then, watching Carly pound the door in a bout of claustrophobia only succeeded in annoying me since I seem to be siding with Vivian in wanting Carly gone this week.
Moving on, while I absolutely love having her back, I’m a little disappointed that Anna’s the kidnapper. Her motivation, she tells the kidnapping mastermind, EJ, is money, but when she’s alone with Sydney, it seems as though revenge is also a lure for her. It seems she wants to keep Sydney. She’s not the brightest, and that’s part of her allure. Kidnappers don’t usually leave clues as she did with the ‘mother to mother’ comment she made to Samanther and part of me hopes she kidnaps Sydney just to go against EJ, in order to kick this storyline, that’s a bit too palpable, up. Big bad EJ is the obvious kidnapper, making it a bit of a letdown, though it’s nice to know EJ is still the ‘bad guy’. While EJ seems to be trying to get back with Samanther with all of the hugging and head kissing, he’s really just taking his revenge on both her and Nicole for screwing him over this past year. I have trouble faulting him, even though what he’s doing is wrong.
I also have trouble faulting Rafe, Salem’s local hero, but what’s with the FBI using him as the point person on the kidnapping case that he’s emotionally tied to? And what’s with Sami being in cahoots with EJ of all people? The man she kept her baby from not even a year ago, because he’s a DiMera and because of his father’s reprehensible ways is somebody she’s now trusting with her daughter’s life. Oy. Did you laugh when she said, "I lied to Rafe and now I don't know if I can trust him."? Classic Sami.
We said goodbye to Nicole, who is off to jail for 20 years, taking that mop of hair with her. The court scenes were fantastic. The judge cracked me up a few times putting both EJ and Sami in their places, and Arianna got an eye roll from me when she once again got bent out of shape because Brady unsurprisingly to us, anyway, not to Ari, stood up for Nicole. Let’s hope when Nicole returns (after the actress’s maternity leave is up in a few months) she’ll be blonde again. My bets are placed on her receiving a get out of jail free card by helping the cops nab the mastermind or at least Anna.
On to the younger crowd. Will broke up with Mia – again, and Mia has suddenly turned into Kinsey with her manipulation of poor pathetic Gabi. Meanwhile, Gabi is just like her sister Ari, whining that Chad didn’t tell her that he fathered a child with his ex. How is this her business, considering they’ve met a handful of times?
Melanie disowned Kate in order to show solidarity with Philly, which buys into the same old song and dance that Kate can’t get along with any of her son’s ladies. Disappointing but understandable, considering Kate's a psychopath. I'm glad the writers aren't letting us forget this. Philly and Nathan fought and landed themselves in jail. Philly told Stephanie that Nate’s just using her to try to get Melanie out of his head. Sounds plausible. I’m sure Nathan will admit to himself soon that he is actually in love with our red-haired pal, Mel, but how does Melanie feel about this triangle? Let’s go straight to the source - Molly Burnett, who gives more insight on how Melanie feels about this triangle. "I think that's the most frustrating part. Melanie has loved Philip since the beginning. But he stayed with Stephanie so she had time to try and force herself to get over him, or at least start to try. Then she meets Nathan and he's a great guy so she is able to put her energy into starting a relationship with him. Right when she's ready to try and move on Philip comes back to her. And 99% of her wants him back but now her heart is damaged. Her love for Philip isn't as pure because of all the damage he caused when he kept leading her on and dropping her for Stephanie. So now she's with him but because her heart is still damaged, she thinks in the back of her mind about Nathan still. And it's literally killing her because all she's ever wanted was to be with Philip. But now that she is (after he's caused so much pain) she can't make her heart go 100% and she's trying so hard to be able to go 100%. That’s the struggle she's going to be fighting with coming up. How do you let yourself be happy with someone you've wanted forever, after that person has hurt you so many times and forced you to try and move on, and you actually find someone new? She does love Philip though. There's no doubt about that." So there is potential for these two to wind up together, as you can see, but as long as Nathan's around, I'm not sure Phelanie will last. Then again, it is a soap and who knows who will end up with whom in the future?
Wrapping things up, I did feel the week was confusing, and though I enjoyed most of it, I find the storylines have potential, they're not executed well and are almost rushed. I'd love to hear your thoughts about the week. Until next Friday, take care of you. Show your inner Mia or EJ and manipulate somebody in order to get what you want.
- Christine Fix