Chad’s John Black Impersonation Killed on Days of Our Lives, But It Was No Match for EJ’s Power Move — Plus, Chloe Just Needs to Dump Philip Already
October 11 - 15
The devil story is moving right along with Marlena encouraging the Westons to do a little baby-making, and of course, we got another levitation scene. Though, that was a little anticlimactic. It’s been referenced so many times over the years, and seen in the preview, so it actually felt like one of the least exciting things to happen this week. However, other things did shake up Salem, so let’s get to it…
The Role of a Lifetime
Chad impersonating John while running lines with Abigail was hilarious and my highlight of the week. Those two really are a delight to watch when they’re happy and goofing around. They also finally reunited, but wouldn’t you know it, EJ had to manipulate the situation to stick it to Chad. Which of course has already gotten under his skin where EJ and Abigail’s past is concerned. It was a well-played if dirty, dirty move. While Johnny insisted he had no choice in letting his dad play John in exchange for money, it seems he could have just asked Chad for Roman’s part of the funding instead. I’m not totally up on Roman’s finances, but he’s a former cop-turned pub owner. How much money could he possibly give Johnny that the very wealthy Chad couldn’t easily absorb?
Regardless, EJ getting all those digs in about him and Abigail is a great use of history, but I really hope he doesn’t come between Chabby. Or Chad’s jealousy doesn’t get the best of him… again. They’ve gone down that road too many times before. I’d much rather see Chad and Abby channel Xander and Sarah when they were sneaking around town to get the goods on Philip. I want Chabby goofy, romantic, and working together for a purpose.
Show Some Respect Young Man
Speaking of Johnny, even though he offered to scrap his movie, it was too little too late. He has zero respect for his grandparents’ past and wishes. Marlena gave him permission to make the movie, but she’s under the influence of her new devilish app or emoji or whatever that purple earringed, mohawked thing is. If he has to make this movie, he should at least fictionalize it. And why does he want to delve into his grandmother’s and mother’s pain so much, anyway? His comeuppance has to be coming and it will be glorious to watch.
Go Make Some Devil Babies
Marlena telling Ben to, “Go home. Make love to your wife and see if you can make a baby together,” was the line of the week for me. I think it was mostly in her delivery and the way a shocked Ben reacted. It was too good. However, she only said it to protect Doug, but what does she think is going to happen to poor tortured Ben when he has a devil baby? Not to mention, as I said last week, I’m super confused as to when she’s the devil, when she’s Marlena, and what she remembers when. I totally thought she was MarDevil when she got that goofy look on her face while saying those words to Ben, but she was just Marlena fearing the devil’s wrath. And if she already invited the devil into her body twice now, I think, why can’t he just stick around? Is there a time limit on Satan taking over one’s body? Does he need a personal invitation every single time?
I am enjoying Ben and Ciara’s part in this story even if their quest to have a baby right now is a bit much. I would like them more involved with other characters as well though. Hey, maybe Johnny has a part for them in his movie.
Not So Bold a Stance
Can Chloe just dump Philip already? She seemed prepared to do that after he punched Brady for hugging his woman, but all she did was move out, while making it clear she wasn’t breaking up with him. Um, what? Not only does she need to get away from his possessiveness, but he needs to move on from his toxic behavior, stop talking about that stupid tree and stay in Ava, Gabi, and Jake’s orbit. He’s more formidable and way more interesting there.
Speaking of, are they turning Ava back to bad to pave the way for Rafe and Nicole? It kind of feels that way and I’m all for it. Just as long as she’s mob boss Ava, not stalker/rapist Ava. Or, a quadrangle could be on the horizon as EJ moved in for a smooch with Nicole, who admitted to wanting to kiss Rafe. EJ’s addition to the triangle definitely makes things more engaging.
Being Hot, Sexy and in Love Is Not a Storyline
Can Eli get something else to do besides join in Carver/Price family toasts? I’m really hoping the reveal of Lani’s paternity opens new possibilities. Lani will definitely have to process the revelation that Abe and Tamara aren’t her bio parents and that Paulina is her bio mom. But then, hopefully, she’ll dig into who her bio dad really is.
Since Dad sounds like a bad guy, it could be revealed that Eli crossed paths with him or one of his children when he worked for the FBI. Or, Lani could start doing questionable things to protect her newfound family while Eli tries to take them down. It could dredge up old wounds from when Lani went out of her way to help Kristen. Then again, maybe Lani discovers a new bio sister of hers is an ex of Eli’s and tensions flare at the next family toast. I love that Elani have been happy together all year, but now, they need a storyline.
That’s all I got this week. As always, these are just my opinions on the goings-on in Salem. What are yours? Tell us in the comments! Then, with Halloween quickly approaching, look through our photo gallery of the all-time best disguises and costumes on soaps.
<p>In 2015, <em>The Young and the Restless</em>’ Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) seized the opportunity to let out her inner Mae West. Why she would’ve ever put her inner Mae West back <em>in</em> is a question we are ill-equipped to answer.</p>
<p>In 2003, <em>Days of Our Lives</em> had Elvis — that is, Lucas (Bryan R. Dattilo) — say, “I love Lucy” — that is, Sami (Alison Sweeney). Got all that? ’Cause we’re not sure we do.</p>
<p><em>General Hospital</em> scared up a new look with which Lisa (Brianna Brown) could terrorize Robin (Kimberly McCullough) in 2011. But judging from the latter’s blasé reaction, we’re guessing all she saw in her tormentor’s costume was pie.</p>
<p>In 2016, it was steampunk all the way for <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> trick-or-treaters Caroline (Linsey Godrey, now Sarah on <em>Days of Our Lives</em>) and Thomas (then Pierson Fodé).</p>
<p>We have to gloved-hand it to <em>Young & Restless</em>’ Devon (Bryton James): When it came to his 2017 Michael Jackson costume, nobody could beat it.</p>
<p><em>RuPaul’s Drag Race</em> judge Michelle Visage would’ve had a field day clocking their scruff, but <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Chad (Billy Flynn), Sonny (Zach Tinker) and Will (Chandler Massey) still put their best stilleto’d feet forward on <em>Beyond Salem</em> in 2021.</p>
<p>In 2019, <em>General Hospital</em> sent Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and Peter (Wes Ramsey) so far back in time that pigeons had yet to do their business on that headstone.</p>
<p>Here’s the <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> tag team of Sally (Darlene Conley) and Gladys (Phyllis Diller) “plumbing” the depths of their imagination in 2003 to role-play their way into… Well, knowing them, hot water. But that’s rarely the goal.</p>
<p>Knowing how much there was, ahem, at stake, <em>The Young and the Restless</em>’ Billy (Jason Thompson) really sunk his teeth into Halloween in 2019. Hope they weren’t serving garlic dip!</p>
<p>In 1997, <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Susan (then Eileen Davidson) was all dressed up with nowhere to go. Then again, where would one go in an outfit that’s so very… um… very.</p>
<p><em>General Hospital</em> let future exes Michael (Chad Duell) and Sasha (Sophia Mattsson) make it up as they went along on Halloween in 2019.</p>
<p>Beneath that flimsy pastel disguise in 2005 was the unimistakable face of <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> knockout Taylor (Hunter Tylo).</p>
<p>In 2003, <em>The Young and the Restless</em> offered a glimpse of what it would look like if it hit Victor (Eric Braeden) with a case of Soap-Opera Rapid-Aging Syndrome.</p>
<p>Even guest star Maureen O’Sullivan had to look away in 1981 when <em>All My Children</em> tried to pass off the sinful Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) as a twisted sister.</p>
<p>Even as he headed out for the evening, <em>General Hospital</em> had Curtis (Donnell Turner) go Holmes for Halloween 2019 — <em>Sherlock</em> Holmes, that is.</p>
<p>In 2009, <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> had Owen (Brandon Beemer, now Shawn, <em>Days of Our Lives</em>) <span style="text-decoration: line-through">make</span> throw a pass <span style="text-decoration: line-through">at</span> to Jackie (Lesley-Anne Down) while Pam (Alley Mills) did her best to referee.</p>
<p>That, believe it or not, is <em>Young & Restless</em>’ Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) exceptionally well-disguised in 2005. Wonder if she discovered that blondes really <em>do</em> have more fun.</p>
<p>… we can always tell <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso) from Hope. As in this photo from 2012, the royal pain is almost never seen without champagne, a cigarette and a haughty expression.</p>
<p>When <em>General Hospital</em> told <em>A Christmas Carol </em>in 2019, Ava (Maura West), Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) got made over as the ghosts of Christmas future, past and gorgeous. Sorry, <em>present</em> — future, past and present.</p>
<p>Dunno how this picture from 2015 got in here. This is just a shot of the <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> mother/son duo of Quinn (Rena Sofer) and Wyatt (Darin Brooks) on their way to pick up a few things at Piggly Wiggly.</p>
<p><em>Young & Restless</em>’ Nick (Joshua Morrow) only wore one incredibly lifelike mask — to turn him into a replica of ex-brother-in-law J.T. (Thad Luckinbill) — but it sure did the trick. He scared the bejesus out of half of Genoa City; now they all have to take bejesus supplements.</p>
<p><em>Days of Our Lives</em> revealed in 2007 that the DiMera/Brady feud had its origins in… Wait, what? EJ (then James Scott) and Sami (Alison Sweeney) looking like contenders to win second prize in a costume contest?</p>
<p>Cruella de Vil was embodied by <em>General Hospital</em> femme fatale Ava (Maura West) in 2019. But don’t worry: The coat is “foe” fur.</p>
<p>We jest. <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em> went <em>extra</em> wild and crazy to celebrate Halloween in 2019. Just to be on the safe side, though, let’s keep Douglas (Henry Joseph Samiri) away from the villainess in the previous photo, shall we?</p>
<p>Ironically, the same year that <em>Young & Restless</em>’ Mariah (Camryn Grimes) crossed the borderline with Tessa, she celebrated Halloween looking like a virgin. Well, like Madonna circa her album of the same name, anyway.</p>
<p><em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ recreated 1990s flashbacks in 2020 recast Abigail (Marci Miller) as Jennifer and outfitted her in, if we’re not mistaken, <em>Seinfeld</em>’s infamous puffy shirt.</p>
<p><em>General Hospital</em> fans might guess Todd Manning. Or Franco Baldwin. Or Austin Gatlin-Holt. And they’d be kinda right, because that <em>is</em> Roger Howarth. But this isn’t actually a <em>General Hospital</em> photo but one from <em>As the World Turns</em>, where in 2009, the soap-hopper was playing Paul.</p>
<p><em>Somehow</em> people saw through the cater-waiter disguises that <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> schemers Shirley (Patrika Darbo) and Sally (Courtney Hope) donned in 2017.</p>
<p>No, <em>Young & Restless</em>’ Nick (Joshua Morrow) wasn’t engaging in some Justin Bieber cosplay in 2021, he was working out then-significant other Phyllis’, ahem, kinks as Sven the Masseur.</p>
<p>Has anybody ever more convincingly adopted a devil-may-care attitude than did <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Lucas (Bryan R. Dattilo) in 2004? And before you ask, “‘Witch’ character is that with him?” we’ll tell ya: It’s Sami (Alison Sweeney).</p>
<p>Every day was Halloween for <em>Passions</em> sorceress Tabitha (Juliet Mills). And in our heart of hearts, we like to think that it still is.</p>
<p>Close but no cigar. That’s April Knight, the Patty Duke-style lookalike cousin that <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> gave Amber (Adrienne Frantz) in 2003.</p>
<p>As <em>Young & Restless</em>’ Traci feverishly worked on her next novel in 2019, she imagined Lily (Christel Khalil) and Cane (Daniel Goddard) bringing to life her characters in period garb. Not that the garb was period to the characters, they lived in that period. But you knew what we meant… right?</p>
<p>Anyone who looked directly at <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ possessed Marlena (Deidre Hall) would have gasped, “Jeepers creepers, where’d you get those peepers?” — and promptly taken away from her any and all sharp, stabby implements.</p>
<p>In 2008, <em>Bold & Beautiful</em>’s Bridget (Ashley Jones) threw on a wig and really convinced <span style="text-decoration: line-through">folks</span> herself that she was Madame X, the mysterious new designer hired to doodle gladrags for Jackie (Lesley-Anne Down).</p>
<p>When <em>Young & Restless</em> had Dylan (Steve Burton) infiltrate the Mafia in 2016, the undercover detective changed his whole appearance… a little. But if he’d <em>really</em> wanted to convincingly portray a mobster…</p>
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