Days of our Lives Weekly Blog
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These are the “Days” of my week for March 15-19:
The theme of this week was ‘mind games’. Seems most are playing them. The week didn’t revolve around one group, but provided a nice balance between several characters on the show, even a few we haven’t seen in weeks or months. Let’s break it down.
This week, the town pump and I were surprised to hear that Hope agreed to try to get Melanie to listen to reason. It worked about as well as Bo talking to Mel. Bope are nothing to Melanie, so I didn’t expect her to care about what they thought but Daniel got to her and she went to the judge to plead Carly’s case. She kept it from Philip, knowing he wants to protect her from pain and suffering, which made perfect sense. What made no sense whatsoever is how the hell Carly was set free when she tried to kill Vivian. The judge gave her probation, but nobody asked who she was aiming at. Many witnesses overheard her tell Bo she was trying to kill Vivian, yet that never came out in her little hearing. I gather Beauregard, the police commissioner, has hid this from the rest of Salem PD – somehow. I wasn’t even sure he was capable of this. He shouldn’t have even been at the hearing, considering his personal relationship with Carly. He shouldn’t have tried to defend her while Melanie was giving her story. I was as annoyed as the judge, who almost cited him for contempt. It’s this type of story that has me reneging on wanting Bope back together. Though I haven’t yet been given a reason to like Carly, I don’t think even she deserves the hot headed police commish.
I hate to rant once again about Phelanie this week but the writers give me no choice. They insist on carrying this letter storyline on – and on. Why go through all the trouble of writing Melanie fall so hard for Philly and give them all of this history, only to put Nathan, a mere attraction for Melanie, in between Phelanie? It’s not a true love triangle, considering Nathan and Mel only had a few dates. They’re not in love as far as I can see. It’s too difficult to believe that Melanie, who finds Philly to be the love of her life, the man who loves her for herself, would be in such a tizzy over an attraction – somebody who doesn’t love her for who she is. I get there’s a strong attraction but attractions come and go. Perhaps she’s just young. Certainly too young to marry. I’m really having trouble understanding where the writers are coming from on this one. I’d prefer they not go there with this triangle as I just do not buy it.
These two aren’t even married yet and they’re already heading for disaster – Chloe and Daniel had a spat this week when Daniel figured out Chloe hasn’t been going to her therapy appointments. She showed how insecure she was about Carly and Daniel being a new father and I really felt for her. She told Nicole that Carly’s a well respected doctor while she’s an out of work opera singer. Oy. I wanted to give her a hug. Nicole on the other hand dispensed Nicole-type advice and instructed Chloe in the art of fooling her man. Look out Daniel. If Chloe was worried that Daniel would fall for the murderous doctor now, wait until she starts lying to Daniel some more.
Max’s quickie return:
Max returned for about a half hour, many fans wondered why the show bothered having such a short visit with him. Some wondered where he was when Melanie was fighting for her life. I enjoyed the short visit and thought it was seamless. It felt as though he’d never left and I felt myself wishing he’d stick around. He saw more action than most of the cast has in months. He met up with Caroline, Bo, Philip, Stephanie and Melanie. His scenes with Melanie were absolutely adorable and considering he’s one of the few who can get through to Melanie, it was perfect timing for a return. The only problem is, I’m not sure if the return facilitated Melanie in speaking out at the hearing. It would be great if the show would have Darin return for more of these little visits, considering he can’t return fulltime, now that he’s on “Blue Mountain State.” Even a few phone calls would work, as long as he could be her conscience. I must confess something I’d rather not admit. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in my thinking but it doesn’t make it any less creepy! As I was watching Melanie and Max’s scene, just for a glimmer, I wondered how they’d do as a couple. Before you stone me, I’m not condoning what the writers used to do in the past with the incestuous Uncle Max relationships. The chemistry was simply so delicious, I couldn’t help that it popped into my head.
Nicole continued to delight…
Her visit with Faith didn’t go well and when Faith tried to keep it real, Nic Nic wasn’t having any of that and kicked her out of her cell and her life. I would have advised Nicole to keep Faith around, considering not too many Salemites are on her side right now and Faith’s merely trying to support her. The fact that Nicole’s still calling Sydney her daughter could spell trouble. I love the little deals Nic’s got going with Mrs. McTavish the guard and loved how the guard forced Nicole to clean the prison floor with a toothbrush. It was then that she finally recognized that it was Anna’s voice who she heard when Sydney was being kidnapped. So now I’d like to know how Anna got away with hitting Nicole over the head and taking Syd. Did she do that or was it EJ or a henchman? It likely won’t come up but it’s one of my burning questions. Anna didn’t “admit” to kidnapping Sydney, but she didn’t have to. Nicole played her. Anna didn’t need to admit the truth. It was obvious she took Syd. Nicole pointed out that she came rushing to the prison when told, she must have done it for revenge – that got Anna all riled up and of course, Nicole’s threats to call Rafe, Sami, Roman and EJ got Anna going and her guilty conscience was displayed all over her face. Nicole blackmailed her into getting her a pardon from Governor Ford, one of Anna’s old beaus from years gone by. Anna scampered over to the Kiriakis manse where she knew Governor Jim Ford would be attending Vic’s fund raiser, and her old lover attempted to get her back into his bed while she took a crack at getting that pardon for Nicole. It’s unclear whether Anna did her job because in Monday’s scene, she’s on a plane with EJ pushing a gun into her ribs. (I won’t give it away!) He’s already on edge knowing that Theo has learned his secret from his son, Johnny, that Syd was safe with daddy the whole time! Is EJ’s world crashing down all around him?
Curiouser and Curiouser…
Anna went from being at the Salem airport, on a plane headed for paradise, to Statesville prison all in about 3 minutes flat!
How did Nicole know that she got five million from the kidnapping? I thought Nic didn’t have any access to news up in Statesville. Just sayin’.
More mind games…
EJ continued playing with Samanther’s mind. He undermined Rafe and his ability as an FBI officer again and somehow stayed composed when they all trounced through the chalet for clues. Nobody got one and it looked to me as though Mr. Toppits, the caretaker, gave EJ a knowing look before he told Rafe nothing out of the ordinary went on in the area as of late.
How wicked was it that Stefano and Kate used their grandson, Will, to see Sydney? Classic and funny, but oh so manipulative. It was surprising that Will’s character has suddenly changed so drastically that one, he’d fall for Kate’s BS and two, seeing that Will is a Brady, I don’t believe for a second that he’d allow Stefano into his home, let alone leave him with his baby sister. Do the writers think we’re dense and would find this remotely believable? What was left out, suspiciously, was that Sami didn’t go to Kate to blast her about this. That’s also unbelievable to me, considering their history. Lastly, how peculiar was it that Kate was the one who came up with the plan to get Sydney alone and not the mastermind, Stefano. Is Stefano losing his touch? Going soft? I mean, the man cries, almost as much as Sami. How sad that his head is full of cobwebs much like his secret room. He hasn’t even yet learned that EJ was behind the kidnapping.
Mia, another game player has two guys hot for her, but she’s young and inexperienced about clandestine hook-ups, so she’s going to get into trouble soon, and deep. At one point we saw that she wanted Will, didn’t want Chad, but didn’t want anybody else to have him. Lately, she seems more focused on winning Chad’s charms than caring about Will’s affections. I’m starting to see a bit of a choice being made, however, that could change after the chase has ended and she wins Chad. She can’t keep this two-timing up for long, though, because she’s just not good at it! Already, she left the medal behind where she made out with Chad, when she was supposed to be waiting for Will at Java Café. I’m still not feeling nu-Will, which is making me think she’s better with Chad, for the wrong reason. Here’s a poll I created to learn about your thoughts on nu-Will.
Frenemies of mine…
It’s a little scary that Stephanie doesn’t know right from wrong, suddenly. Not only does she babble on about her mistake to anybody who will listen but she told Max that she took a risk and no good deed goes unpunished. I beg to differ that what she did was a good deed. It wasn’t her place to make that call. A good friend would have done Melanie’s bidding without reading the letter, or she’d at least question her friend. I digress, considering they’re not really friends but frenemies.
How much did I love Sami on Friday’s episode? That’s my girl. No tears. Strong. Looking for a job – clerical job at the FBI, in fact. Shame the two men in her life don't want her to have one. How archaic that EJ wants to 'take care of' Sami. Then, she tells Rafe about how fantastic it is there's daycare right in the FBI, so she wouldn’t have to be far from the kids. Sadly, Rafe refused to give her a recommendation. I think his reasons may differ from EJ's but it doesn't piss me off any less! These men should be encouraging! And how annoying is it that Rafe and Sami have this brick wall in between the two and once again are looking to break up? I’m not a Safe or an Ejami, to clarify for those who don’t know but I’m fatigued from the flip flopping of these two. I hate that the writers are once again toying with this couple, making them one of the top hot coupled messes in soaps now.
One Track Mind...
Victor and Vivian were loads of fun this week, but I’m growing a little weary of Vivian’s one track mind. Her rage for Carly is fine but I’d like to see her partying or working again. Vivian’s focus solely on Carly doesn’t do the character of Vivi justice. Seeing Vivi and Victor in more of a relationship to take the spotlight off Carly a bit could be a lot of fun.
Hairstyle. For some it's style, for others it’s a bloody mess.
Kate's hair looked classy and beautiful this week. I dug Vivian’s classic flapper bob hairstyle. They looked fab, while Dr. Carly Manning got the preschooler’s barrette holding up her bangs. Kate gets a classy upsweep and Vivi gets the sleek sophistication of a bob. Carly gets the shaft. Kate and Vivian are dressed to the nines while Carly’s hair and clothing match her drab personality. I’d love to see her in some colour and with a softer look. I’m not really sure who Carly is, but I’ve a sneaking suspicion that all those tears and the whining make her a sensitive woman. Sensitive and sweet gals usually find themselves wearing less brown and more colour. A baby blue sweater wouldn’t be out of place. A few touches of femininity would mean all the world to this floundering character and make her a touch more likeable.
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