Crisis at Days of Our Lives: The Massive Problem the Show Never Anticipated — and Its One Chance to Solve It
It’s too late to go down the path they wanted, but not too late to fix it.
Introducing new characters can be tough in the daytime world. And it can be even tougher when you’re introducing a new character with an actor who’d played someone else before! But that’s what happened with Days of Our Lives‘ Alexander and Robert Scott Wilson. And to be fair, the show and Wilson have done an excellent job in differentiating the two.
But that doesn’t mean Alex has won over a ton of fans. It’s not, though, his clashing with Sonny or Victor’s clear attempts to pit his two grand-nephews against each other. A lot of the distaste comes down to Alex’s interaction with women in general, and Stephanie in particular.
That was something that was hit home in a surprisingly subtle but impactful way on the show’s Thursday, September 22 episode.
It was a brilliant moment of acting, but Stephanie’s reaction to what should have been a friendly gesture as Alex offered her jelly beans told us everything we need to know. She just looked uncertain and uncomfortable. She raised her eyebrows, looked at him, then shook her head, averting her gaze and instead focusing her attention on Sonny.
It was awkward, but it was awkward in a way that makes you think she doesn’t entirely feel safe around Alex and in the face of his attention to her. The thing is, that may not have been the intention, but the fact that it could come across that way is a huge problem.
We’ve known practically from the start that we were going to get an Alex/Stephanie love story, with her “redeeming” his womanizing ways and teaching him the true meaning of love. It’s an age-old soap opera tale, and one Alexander’s own dad, Justin, went through with Adrienne. A lot of times it works. Heck, now that Adrienne’s gone, Justin’s the tame one and Bonnie is the character with more edge to her!
Plus, in a way, it’s even what happened with Wilson’s previous character, Ben. Let’s not forget, he was a reformed serial killer who found redemption and even forgiveness among the fans when he fell in love with Ciara. (That and the show undid his biggest sin in killing Will.)
But somehow, that feels less distasteful than what we’ve been getting with Alex and Stephanie. Alexander has not endeared himself to many fans, being referred to as everything from a “pig” to “slutty” and “trash.” And those are some of the kinder names. Honestly, while it is kind of refreshing to see slut-shaming not be directed at women, maybe we should always hold off on the shaming in general.
Alex makes it tough to do, though, because he’s not just a ladies man who sleeps around. No, from practically the start, he’s come across as a pushy creep, who doesn’t like taking “No” for an answer and whose advances come across more as sexual harassment than flirting.
As one fan, SuperCoupleGal, put it, “I can’t wait for the transformation of Alex because anything will be better than this guy. I want heart and he’s only full of ego right now.”
— Ashtonion⌛Linda⌛ (@SuperCoupleGal) September 13, 2022
Too Little, Too Late
To be fair, Alex has backed off a bit, claiming that it’s not that he doesn’t take no for an answer, his ego, as noted above, was just so big, he’s not used to hearing it and doesn’t know how to react. But that doesn’t make his behavior any better. Because that was only after Stephanie absolutely lit into him after enduring his pushing over and over and over again.
And now we get back to that scene in yesterday’s episode, where Stephanie seemed uncomfortable with even just a friendly gesture from him. We’re supposed to buy that eventually she comes around, falls in love with Alex and changes him for the better. But that feels like he’s still being rewarded for his abysmal, misogynistic, harmful behavior.
A better story would be if Stephanie didn’t come around. There’s a clear level of discomfort that he’s already caused and why should she have to get over it? Making Alex a better human being is going to be welcomed by everyone, but it feels like he’s already burned the bridge to Stephanie.
He should better himself because he realizes his behavior has hurt another person and cost him a chance with them, not because someone else’s love has taught him the error of his ways. Let him realize this on his own, then let him meet someone new and sweep them off their feet the right way. Or heck, even get Justin involved and have him point out that as bad as he was back in the day, that’s nothing compared to Alex’s behavior.
Unfortunately, it seems that that’s not what we’re going to get. Let’s just hope for the show’s sake that what we do get is enough to put Alex’s bad behavior behind us forever.
Take a look at our photo gallery of 20 other daytime characters, including a fair number of Salemites, who are also ready to turn over a new leaf this fall.
<p>Come on, the guy’s so nice, fans are practically jumping at the chance to throw him under the bus as The Hook. He needs to turn a bit dark (but <em>not</em> murdery) because that’s about the only way folks survive in Port Charles!</p>
<p>Johnny’s the good son, but about all that’s gotten him was booted out of his home. So maybe he should ditch the side of the angels and embrace his darker side. Plus, he looks great in red. </p>
<p>Nate <em>has</em> turned over a few leaves lately, but to be perfectly blunt, he’s also kind of turned into a jerk in the process. We’re ready for him to reverse course before he loses his family forever!</p>
<p>Taylor likes playing nice, but if she stopped and thought about it, she’d realize that doesn’t work in Los Angeles — especially when it comes to winning and <em>keeping</em> Ridge!</p>
<p>Getting caught between Sonny and Michael is not the place anyone wants to be. So Dex should probably give up the mob life and find a few someones a bit less prone to violence to get, er, caught between.</p>
<p>Xander keeps slamming the door on their relationship, half the town believes she’s a murderer, and Maggie just convinced Sarah to stick her marriage out by utterly bashing Gwen — so it seems like she’s got nowhere to go but up!</p>
<p>She’s lost almost everything in her quest to take down Diane at this point, but since Phyllis hasn’t been run out of town (yet), we say there’s still time to knock it off and start focusing on being a better person herself!</p>
<p>Inside this good girl is a bad girl waiting to shock everyone in her life and just take what she wants. And with all the questionable behavior between the Logans and the Forresters, we feel like it’s past time for her to come out!</p>
<p>By “turn over a new new leaf,” in this case, we mean new career. Losing time isn’t really something you want the nurse in charge of your life-saving care to be doing.</p>
<p>Sonny’s been stabbed in the back (literally), taken advantage of by Leo and now has Victor looking to replace him with Alex. He needs to stop being Mr. Nice Guy and start leaning into his darker Kiriakis nature! </p>
<p>Macking on another woman’s man is just so gauche — especially when all Imani has to do is look around Genoa City for five seconds to find an eligible bachelor who she does <em>not </em>have to steal! </p>
<p>Since Sheila, in her own way, deeply loves her family, it’s time to turn herself in, pay her debt to society and prove that she’s a good person who deserves to be in their lives! Or not. That sounds <em>exhausting</em>. </p>
<p>It sure seems like someone’s targeting those in Sonny’s orbit, so if nothing else, it might be smart for Michael to stop playing the spoiled kid upset that daddy and mommy split and hug it out with his pop!</p>
<p>Scheming is all well and good, but once you get caught in a battle between EJ, Kristen, Stefan and Li, it may be time to rethink your life choices. </p>
<p>Is he already on the way to being a better person? Maybe, but this Sally/Nick fling could send him right back to square one! Plus, Adam’s already tried turning over so many new leaves, we could swear there’s an entire wall of them behind him! </p>
<p>He’s already been working hard to be a better person, but if his gaze keeps shifting creepily towards Hope, we’re going to put Thomas in the “For the love of God, keep his darn leaf turned” category. </p>
<p>Now that her <em>long-</em>past mistakes are coming back to haunt her, it might be nice if Carly started going easier on the mistakes of others and began doing the right thing — like telling Nina Willow’s her daughter! Just a thought.</p>
<p>If Kristen wants to get custody of Rachel back, how about she try something truly shocking… and play nice! That tends to have less of a chance of backfiring than threatening someone with a knife. Well, sometimes. </p>
<p>With the threat of Ashton out of the way, now is the perfect time for Victor to step back from the corporate world, stop meddling in his kids’ lives and — sorry, we couldn’t finish that with a straight face, either. </p>
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