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Days of Our Lives’ Pacing Continued to Frustrate, but the Carver Clan Shined — Plus, Is There Any Turning Back For Philip?

November 29 - December 3

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All in all, it was another entertaining week in Salem. The twists and turns in the possession storyline kept me interested, the Carver family shared some powerhouse scenes, and Sami finally made contact with someone who can help her. The question to the latter point is — when will it happen? That, plus Philip’s continued downward spiral are my only real complaints. So, let’s get to it…

Running to the Rescue

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Lucas tore out of Brady’s Pub on Wednesday after Sami sent him her location. He must literally be running there because they haven’t seen since. But spoilers say Lucas tries to find her on… Wednesday? A full week after that scene? The same thing happened when Gwen learned about Sarah. She wasn’t seen for two weeks after that bombshell. And the same for Lani and Abe. They didn’t appear again for over a week after they learned they weren’t biologically related. A more immediate follow-up to these huge moments would be appreciated.

What little we got of Sami was enjoyable, and that was partly due to Sami’s guard, Jason. Not every day-playing character needs to stick around, but like Rhodes and Vincent before him, Jason has an intriguing appeal. Actor Noel Guglielmi had such an ease to him and a great rapport with Alison Sweeney in those scenes, yet I believed he’d turn on a dime and go to any lengths to keep her locked up. Based on his IMDB page, he’s in high demand, but he’d be more than welcomed if he continued to pop in and out of Salem.

Carver Clan Comes Together

Luckily, we finally got an Abe and Lani scene and despite it being a long time coming, it really delivered. The emotion and connection between father and daughter, blood relation or not, really shone through. As did Abe’s scene with Eli, who in no uncertain terms made it clear they would always be family. And the introduction of a real live little Carver was the cherry on top. Those sweet little babies playing the twins could melt even MarDevil’s cold dead heart. But, let’s not test that theory, and keep them far away from each other, okay?

The Paulina and Abe scene was packed with genuine emotion as well. The beats were played perfectly, but thankfully they’re not rushing Abe to forgiveness. He can understand why Paulina did what she did, and even still love her, but her lies were a huge betrayal. Let her work for that reconciliation.

Using the Tools They’re Given

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It was a nice plot hole to close for MarDevil to paint John as an abuser due to his aneurysm since his rage issues have seemingly been dropped. I don’t love that MarDevil is pretending to be an abuse victim, but it’s on-brand for the ruler of Hell. It also works for the devil to play on Ben’s emotions. Of course, Ben would automatically believe her story, considering he grew up with an abuser and is a reformed one himself. Ciara, on the other hand, is a little leery of MarDevil’s story. I was glad to see it, mostly because it gives her and Ben a little conflict. They could stand to be on opposite sides of an issue once and a while.

Speaking of John, I enjoyed his scenes with Paulina. It’s nice when characters who don’t often cross spend time together, and these two proved they should do it more often. Also, can John keep his stubble?

Odd and Ends

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  • Ugh. Philip. There’s not a whole lot more to say about him than that. But can his character even be redeemed after this? Short of a brain tumor or split personality or evil twin, it will be tough. Perhaps he should just be a full-on villain, but with a little more charm and a lot less mustache-twirling.
  • EJ and Nicole didn’t know Marlena was possessed before? They didn’t read about it? Or hear about it from her children, a.k.a. the loves of their lives?
  • Watching MarDevil and Gabriel communicate telepathically was unintentionally hilarious, but the addition of the archangel to the possession storyline is a nice touch. Mostly because of MarDevil’s facial expressions, but also because she needs a real foil.
  • Due to his delivery, the line of the week goes to Eli: “How are we supposed to bring Marlena in? Douse her with holy water?” And also Philip: “I’m gonna report this vandalism to park service.”

That’s all I got this week. As always, these are just my thoughts on the goings-on in Salem. What are yours? Tell us in the comments and then look through our photo gallery below of soap opera stars and their doppelgangers.

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