Days of Our Lives Upped the Bonkers Factor With a Cat, SuDevil, and… Eileen Davidson??!!
November 8 - 12
The end of Friday’s Days of Our Lives episode trumped everything that came before it, so let’s get right to it…
Susan’s a Cat, the Devil, and Eileen Davidson
So much happened with the devil story this week, I had to rethink everything I already wrote about it after watching Friday’s episode. First, Susan was turned into a cat, then, MarDevil became SuDevil, and then, SuDevil morphed into Eileen Davidson’s incarnation of Kristen. I mean, you miss a day you miss a lot lately. As it should be.
Watching the devil wreak havoc through Marlena is great fun, but it sounds like this story is going to last a while and that can get old, so I love that they’re spreading out the devilish antics. And honestly, I’ve never liked Susan more than I have this week. Between her genuine concern for Ben and Ciara’s baby to her standing up to Satan to actually becoming Satan, she had quite the week. But will John really cheat on Marlena with Eileen Davidson’s Kristen? I’d like to think not, but with the devil involved, it’s probably at least going to look that way to Marlena.
I have no idea where all this is going and I love it.
Speaking of the devil, MarDevil gave Brady some very questionable advice on Monday. And Brady’s reaction was hilarious, but it was also very on-brand for Days of Our Lives. “Find Chloe and, without a word, lay her down on the conference table and show her how big your feelings are for her.” I mean, it was funny in that the very un-Marlena-like advice came out of her mouth, and Brady’s dumbstruck reaction was perfection, but for the millionth time, why does Days insist on making sex so problematic? Kudos to Brady for not taking “Marlena” up on her suggestion, but… yikes. It was also a huge tease to “Broe” fans to show them getting it in on in the promo on the conference table (how many times was that phrase uttered this week?) when it was actually all in Brady’s head.
Is it Finally Happening?
“You are the best thing that’s happened to me since… well, in a long time.” Sarah, Xander. The best thing since Sarah! That subtle nod aside, Gwen’s response to Xander’s declaration was funny: “That’s just bloody sad.” And as much as I do enjoy them together, she has a point, because Gwen’s a hot mess.
Xander’s line, combined with Kristen ordering Gwen to get her out of prison, is totally setting the stage for Sarah’s return, right? The next logical step is for Kristen to threaten to tell Xander the truth about Sarah unless Gwen helps her. That scenario reinforces my theory that the scene in the fall promo of Xander hurriedly packing to go find Sarah, is really Gwen’s fear-induced nightmare about losing him. I mean, a misdirect is not out of the question for Days. Just ask “Broe” fans.
But, Sarah’s presumed return also makes the rushed love Xander feels for Gwen more understandable since it totally ups the stakes for an impending love triangle. Also, should Gwen keep the truth from him, Xander will be all the more crushed to discover his faith in her was misplaced and that he probably should have listened to Jack.
Odds and End
• How adorable was Chanel in that Celeste wig? And, despite Theo being cool with Johnny dating his ex, could things change if he really starts giving her lessons on how to channel his grandmother?
• Did they really show Theo learning Ciara is pregnant and then never return to it? It’s a pretty big emotional beat to drop.
• Should Philip just grow a mustache to twirl already? What is going on with his character?
• As Richard asked last week, was Gwen’s comeuppance lacking? The drawn-out reveal about her miscarriage has been pretty anticlimactic, no?
That’s all I got for his week. As always, these are just my opinions on the week in Salem. What are yours? Tell us below after looking through our photo gallery of the most recast characters in daytime.
<p>When the son of Joe and Ruth Martin graduated to grownup storylines in 1988, he also graduated to a grownup portrayer in Michael Brainard (who’d later play Ted Capwell on <em>Santa Barbara</em>). Just look at that expression: There’s a guy who’s thinking about his tax return! It doesn’t get any more adult than that.</p>
<p>Is there a doctor in the house? There sure was in 2000, when <em>Young & Restless</em> vet J. Eddie Peck scrubbed in after his stint as Cole Howard, the ranch hand who’d given <em>everybody</em> a ride.</p>
<p>Ricky Paull Goldin — previously Dean Frame on<em> Another World</em> — rounded out the adult Jake trilogy, playing the part from 2008 until the soap’s 2011 cancellation by ABC. <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/gallery/pine-valley-all-my-children-characters-necessary-abc-photos/" target="_blank">Catch him next on <em>Pine Valley</em></a>? That remains to be seen.</p>
<p>Though the soap hit the bullseye when it cast Sarah Joy Brown — the fan favorite went on to win three Emmys — she left in 2001. How, fans wondered, could anyone replace her? Pretty well, it turned out.</p>
<p>Tamara Braun made the role her own — and made herself an in-demand daytime MVP in the process. She went on to appear on <em>All My Children</em> and to return to <em>General Hospital</em> as Kim Nero before resurrecting <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ “ill-fated” Ava Vitali. Following her four-year run as Sonny’s moll, the show hoped to nail the key casting once again.</p>
<p>Jennifer Bransford was already well-known to ABC viewers, owing to her run as <em>One Life to Live</em> nut job Georgie Phillips. But she didn’t <em>quite</em> work as Carly. So after just six months, the show switched gears and replaced her with…</p>
<p>Fresh off her run on <em>Guiding Light</em> as stripper-turned-princess Cassie Winslow, Laura Wright relocated from Springfield to Port Charles and never looked back. By now, it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing the queenpin — even though we know, we <em>know</em>, they did!</p>
<p>Want proof that kids grow up fast? In 2008, the same year that Darcy Rose Byrnes left her role of Ashley Abbott and Victor Newman’s daughter, she was <em>boom</em>! Replaced by…</p>
<p>No one seemed to notice that the tyke was suddenly so mature that she was played by Hayley Erin (later Kiki Jerome on <em>General Hospital</em>). The character wouldn’t get another makeover until 2010 when the audience was introduced to…</p>
<p>During the character’s stretch as Genoa City’s <span style="text-decoration: line-through">foremost flasher</span> Naked Heiress, she was played by Emme Rylan, who exited stage left to replace Julie Berman on <em>General Hospital</em> as Lulu Spencer.</p>
<p>Since 2013, Melissa Ordway has taken the legacy character from one husband to the next, one career to another. Oddly, one thing has never changed about Abby: She’s still beautiful. Go figure.</p>
<p>Back when Jack Abbott’s younger son first made an impact on the canvas in 2010, Garrett Ryan took charge of the child’s play. “No, kid, a martini is <em>not</em> appropriate after a tween’s ballgame — not even if you won!”</p>
<p>When SORAS (Soap-Opera Rapid-Aging Syndrome) hit, it hit hard, transforming the moppet in 2012 into Blake Hood. Viewers shouldn’t have gotten attached, though, because less than a year later, he was replaced by…</p>
<p>Hartley Sawyer came and went from Genoa City as Summer Newman’s sweetheart as quickly as the title character on the CW series on which he’d eventually play Elongated Man: <em>The Flash.</em></p>
<p>In 2015, <em>Station 19</em> hottie Lachlan Buchanan took a turn as the Abbott heir… which ended less than a year later, at which point the show threw in the towel and decided to give the character a lil’ time-out.</p>
<p>Finally, when Michael Mealor suited up (and stripped down) in 2018, fans knew that at long last, the <em>definitive</em> Kyle had been hired. How the show then let him slip away is another story altogether…</p>
<p>The first actor to make an impression as Nina and Phillip’s son was Penn Badgley, who went on to drop the “child” from “child star” and make waves on <em>Gossip Girl</em> and <em>You</em>.</p>
<p>When the legacy character was brought back to Genoa City in 2009 for a family reunion with Mom and Dad, who turned out to be (surprise) alive and (surprise again) gay, <em>Guiding Light</em> vet John Driscoll (Coop) won the part.</p>
<p>Almost a decade after the halo-clad hero lost his virginity and got the hell outta Dodge, he was brought back with Donny Boaz in the role. When he contracted COVID just before his character’s big wedding to Abby, the soap had to call in a ringer to say “I do.” In other words…</p>
<p>Justin Gaston had no trouble reciting vows to Melissa Ordway — he’d already done so in real life. But when it was time to bring in a permanent replacement for Boaz, the daytime drama turned to…</p>
<p>When daytime newcomer Conner Floyd landed the pivotal part of Abby’s “late” husband, he had nearly a dozen movies in various stages of production, according to IMDb. One word: wow!</p>
<p>As soon as Ridge and Taylor Forrester’s son was old enough to say lines — <em>and</em> have Aunt Bridget read him the book <em>What Is SORA</em>S? — Patrick Dorn was cast in the role.</p>
<p>Once puberty hit the character, Drew Tyler Bell stepped in — and whad’ya know, there was reliable strumpet Amber Moore to ease Thomas’ transition into manhood.</p>
<p>When Adam Gregory inherited the role in 2010, Ridge’s chip off the ol’ block started doing a lot more lounging around with his abs rippling. Of note: This made total sense.</p>
<p>Though he’s wearing a shirt in this shot — yes, he <em>did</em> still own them! — the version of Thomas that Pierson Fodé played got naked often enough to conceive Douglas with Caroline Spencer <em>and</em> have a fling with Sally Spectra.</p>
<p>When <em>Young & Restless</em> vet Matthew Atkinson — he’d been Austin Travers — was tapped to take over in 2019, the show brought to the fore Thomas’ dark side. Also a keener-than-we’d-guessed appreciation for mannequins that resemble Hope Logan.</p>
<p>Back in 1987, the show had high hopes for Joseph Adams when he was dropped into a love triangle with supercouple Patch Johnson and Kayla Brady. But those hopes were quickly lowered, and Jack was quickly recast, first with the blink-and-ya-missed-him James Acheson, then with…</p>
<p>By the time Matthew Ashford moved to Salem and became half of a supercouple opposite Melissa Reeves as Jennifer Horton, he was already a soap vet, having played Drew Ralston on<em> One Life to Live</em> and Cagney McCleary on <em>Search for Tomorrow</em>. A year after his 1993 exit, the soap replaced him with…</p>
<p>As if it wasn’t hard enough being a recast, Mark Valley had to try to make fans love him as Jack even as they were <em>also</em> getting used to a new Jennifer, Stephanie Cameron. (Spoiler alert: They never did get used to her.)</p>
<p>When Steve Wilder took the character in a suddenly shirt-averse direction in 1997, viewers had to tell the show, “You don’t know Jack.”</p>
<p>Since 2001, anytime Jack’s returned from the dead, it’s been Ashford who once again has been playing Abigail’s (and now Gwen’s) dad.</p>
<p>Puberty… it does a body good! And when Jill and John Abbott’s son emerged on the other side of it, he was played by future Emmy winner David Tom, whose sister Heather (Katie Logan on <em>The Bold and the Beautiful</em>) was at the time playing Victoria Newman.</p>
<p>Upon Tom’s departure from Genoa City, Ryan Brown (once Bill Lewis on <em>Guiding Light</em>) stretched out and got comfy in his vacant role.</p>
<p>After appearing on <em>All My Children</em> and before joining <em>General Hospital</em>, Billy Miller struck supercouple gold as half of “Villy” — a pairing made possible by the fact that he and new Victoria Amelia Heinle weren’t real-life siblings.</p>
<p>Three Daytime Emmys later, Miller moved on, leaving behind both his character and his leading lady to… original Billy David Tom. Alas, his return engagement was a short one. Before the year was out, he’d been succeeded by…</p>
<p>He took a handsome photo, that’s for sure, but the fit wasn’t quite right with Burgess Jenkins. So in 2016, the audience turned on the show to find that they were on…</p>
<p>Fresh from his successful run as Patrick Drake on <em>General Hospital</em>, Jason Thompson made his Genoa City debut (with Peter Bergman and Gina Tognoni as Jack and Phyllis Abbott)… in a hospital bed!</p>
<p>After five child actors played Victoria Lord’s firstborn with husband Joe Riley, Joey Thrower took over in 1991 — and was thrust into a frontburner storyline with Yasmine Bleeth as LeeAnn Demerest.</p>
<p>Thrower was replaced after only a year by Kirk Geiger, whose stay in Llanview lasted until 1994 and the introduction of…</p>
<p>The third time definitely <em>wasn’t</em> the charm for this legacy character: Ken Kenitzer came and went so fast that there isn’t even a photo of him. Kevin Stapleton made a more lasting impression in his 1996-98 stint in the role.</p>
<p>Soap-hopper Timothy Gibbs — perhaps best known for playing Gary Sinclair on <em>Another World</em> — spent 1998-2001 as a member of the Buchanan clan. Whether he maintained this pose the whole time… er, we can’t recall.</p>
<p>Here wearing the same expression we did when we heard that the show had been cancelled is Kevin’s final portrayer, Dan Gauthier.</p>
<p>Tyler Christopher took daytime by storm when he was tapped to play Laura Spencer’s surprise son — and a Cassadine to boot! — in 1996. When he left after three years to see what <em>else</em> he could take by storm, in came…</p>
<p>Coltin Scott was a fine stand-in for Christopher, but at the end of the day, he kinda <em>felt</em> like a stand-in — the menu item you order when the one you really want isn’t available. </p>
<p>Remember what we said in the previous caption? That might have something to do with the fact that Christopher was brought back to the role he originated in 2003.</p>
<p>When a temp was needed to fill in for Christopher in 2005, Chris Beetem — better known as Jordan Sinclair on <em>As the World Turns</em> — stepped up.</p>
<p>At the end of Christopher’s return engagement, Nick Stabile (once Mark Wolper on <em>Sunset Beach</em>) was brought in to finish out the storyline that “killed” Ava Jerome’s future husband.</p>
<p>In 2019, the Cassadine prince was raised from the grave with a brand-new face: that of Marcus Coloma. But that <em>still</em> wasn’t the end of the line for the character. In 2021, we got…</p>
<p>Back in the 1970s, Andrea Evans originated the role of the future nymphet who would turn out to be the half sister of fancypants Victoria Lord.</p>
<p>Following Evans’ 1981 exit, the soap brought in in 1984 Kelli Maroney, a hot commodity, owing to her run as <em>Ryan’s Hope</em> Lolita Kimberly Harris and her starring role in the cult classic <em>Night of the Comet.</em></p>
<p>When Maroney left, Marsha Clark — not the famous lawyer but <em>Guiding Light</em>’s onetime Hillary Bauer (and, as pictured, a <em>Days of Our Lives</em> judge decades later!) — briefly stepped in until the show could introduce…</p>
<p>Somewhere in there, Evans needed a replacement, albeit briefly, and Nancy Frangione — aka Cecile DePoulignac on <em>Another World</em> — got the call.</p>
<p>After Evans left for good — spoiler alert: it wasn’t for good — she was replaced by <em>Playboy</em> Playmate Karen Witter.</p>
<p>When Witter decided that she’d had enough of Llanview, Krista Tesreau moved from Springfield, where she’d played <em>Guiding Light</em>’s bratty Mindy Lewis. Of note: She wasn’t nearly as serious on screen as this shot makes it appear. Tina was always a hoot.</p>
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