Days of Our Lives Returned With an Entertaining DiMera History Lesson and to *Finally* Clue Someone In About Johnny, But Not Enough Price Family Drama
February 21 - 25
Days of Our Lives might have left off on a lackluster note before the Olympics, but their return definitely made up for it. While there are a lot of good stories set up, there are also glaring potential problems. Let’s get to it…
Catching Up With the DiMeras
There was a lot of Salem history thrown at us on Tuesday’s episode with Sarah thinking she’s Renee DuMonde, but it was done in an entertaining way, especially when Steve was trying to make sense of it all. I just hope everyone gets back to Salem quickly and that Sarah doesn’t think she’s Renee for too long. It could lose its charm if dragged out, kinda like what’s happening with JoDevil.
That story also gave us an in-control, not victimy Abigail. Well, she’s Kristen’s kidnapping victim, but she’s not acting like it. She even turned the tables and drugged her captor. Meanwhile, Chad is doing what every good soap opera hero should do, which is to go to the ends of the earth searching for his beloved — everything else be damned. I can’t wait for them to be reunited so they can hopefully team up against someone together.
There’s No Escaping Him
Gwen would be an obvious target for “Chabby,” but Leo Stark, who is making his way back to Salem soon, could be another. As much as I loathe Leo’s lecherous ways, the promo he’s featured in with Chad, Sonny, and Will looks like a blast. But that’s because the latter three characters are gold together. And, maybe if Abigail joins in on the boys’ fun, she’ll get to meet Belinda Chinashop. I mean, I’d pay to see her reaction upon discovering just how beautiful her man is in drag.
Speaking of Leo, it’s worrisome he’s returning just as Craig’s boyfriend is coming to town. Craig’s story is set up for great dramatic storytelling with him free to finally live his truth, while tortured over how he’s hurt Nancy. If her visit with Marlena is any indication, Nancy will have a lot of her own issues to deal with. Even Chloe’s involvement is compelling as she has to reconcile the father she loves with the man who lied to her mother for years. But if the sexual-harasser-played-for-laughs Leo turns out to be said boyfriend, things could go south very quickly.
The Beginning of the End?
The week started on a high with the DiMera shenanigans and ended on a high with Ben and Ciara’s light bulb moment. It was such a relief for someone to finally clue in that the devil might still be hanging around Salem. So, thank you Julie for barging in on Cin’s cute makeout moment to nudge them in Johnny’s direction. Not only were Ben and Ciara super light and fun in those scenes, which honestly they’d benefit from more of, but this hopefully means JoDevil’s days are numbered. It’s time to get to the drama of Johnny facing Chanel and his other victims. Hopefully, his amends-making tour will be explored more than Marlena’s was.
Eli coming home was another highlight this week. I love how in love he and Lani are. But also, Eli immediately confronting TR to warn him away from the Price women, while propping up Abe, was a great scene. Eli’s return pulled me in even more to the story, but then, that was it for the week. Just one episode of the Price family drama. Hopefully, with TR’s ex coming to town, we’ll get more in the coming weeks.
This story has another good opportunity for tons of quality drama as Lani is obviously torn over wanting to know the man she’s biologically related to while being repulsed by the abusive stories she’s heard from Paulina. It’s just too bad Days had to portray Paulina and TR in the promo like a rom-com couple who just need to get over their differences. There’s really no room for camp or comedy where TR is concerned. Even watching TR’s lighthearted scenes with Anna was a little hard to take, because as much as TR insists he’s a changed man, he bullied his way into Paulina’s apartment, proving he’s not.
Cards on the Table
Nicole just blurting out she and Rafe slept together to Ava was hilarious, even if a bit anticlimactic. It would have been better if Ava didn’t already know, but I got a good laugh out of it. The truth should have come out a long time ago, but now that it is, can Ava leave the lasagna behind and just embrace the bad again?
That’s all I got this time around. As always, these are just my thoughts on the week in Salem. What are yours? Tell us in the comments and then look the photo gallery of our rankings of the richest families in daytime.
<p>Don’t knock Lauren and surprise sister Jill as the proprietors of the small-screen Claire’s. Their boutiques have kept them for ages in the style to which we’d all like to become accustomed.</p>
<p>Not sure what John is so torn up about in this photo. If son Brady needed surgery, they could afford to buy not only a doctor to operate but a hospital in which to perform the procedure.</p>
<p>Owing to Brooke’s invention of a miraculous wrinkle-free fabric — not to mention her and her siblings’ tendency to marry money — they are wealthy beyond, ahem, BeLieF. So when people say they look like a million bucks, it’s not just a compliment, it’s a fact!</p>
<p>OK, so “the Lockes” aren’t so much a family as they are Ashland alone. That’s fine by him; even though his piggy bank is the size of a farm, he didn’t wanna have to share its contents, anyway!</p>
<p>We know, we know, Lucas goes by Horton now. But that doesn’t change the fact that he and mom Kate have amassed the kind of fortune that would get them seated in the VIP section of even the VIP section!</p>
<p><em>Eye on Fashion</em>? Hardly. Dollar Bill is so named is because he always has his peepers on the Benjamins. Or better yet, the William McKinleys.</p>
<p>Crime pays — really well, apparently. So Port Charles’ Teflon don and his nearest and dearest have been living in the lap of luxury since Sonny went from running a strip club to running the whole town.</p>
<p>Between Lily and Devon’s inheritance from Neil and his added windfall from grandma Katherine, they couldn’t just buy us, they could buy us at an awful markup and <em>still</em> have enough surplus cash to buy us all over again. Also, we may be cheap.</p>
<p>Though their vault may be full of blood money, it’s always spent just fine for Nikolas, Spencer and their cutthroat kinfolk. And if they ever wanted their ill-gotten gains laundered, they could probably get a hand from the family at No. 9… for a price.</p>
<p>Never mind dressing for dinner; Eric and his family oughta dress for even between-meal snacks, given that they made their moolah off fancypants gladrags.</p>
<p>Thanks to Pickle-Lila, ELQ remains a big-business MVP. But it speaks volumes about the Bickersons that, as we’re so often reminded, their mansion isn’t theirs but Monica’s.</p>
<p>What Stefano’s descendants actually produce or do, we have no idea. What we <em>do</em> know, however, is that it earns them enough megabucks to live the sorta over-the-top lifestyle that Robin Leach used to spotlight on his 1990s series.</p>
<p>Ya know what the sweet smell of success <em>really</em> is? A Jabot Cosmetics fragrance. Which is why Jack and his relatives have spent an eternity fending off hostile takeovers (in particular from the family at No. 1 on this list).</p>
<p>Victor’s clan doesn’t just own and operate Titan Industries, it is in and of itself a titan of industry. And given his and his relatives’ willingness to bend the rules, it’s no wonder that they never fail to stand eyeball-deep in riches.</p>
<p>Those who say that money can’t buy love don’t have as much of it as Victor’s family. They’re so affluent that they could sue one another out of a fortune — as his kids did dear old Dad — and nonetheless have enough pocket change left over to purchase a small country. Maybe even a medium-sized one.</p>
Previous in SoapboxBefore Its Olympic Break, Days of Our Lives Left Viewers With Low Expectations But High Hopes for Some Golden Opportunities
Next in SoapboxDays of Our Lives’ Xander Finally Learned the Truth About Sarah, But How Long Until They're Actually Reunited? Plus, Is This the Beginning of the End For JoDevil?