Days of Our Lives’ Double Wedding Disaster Was Everything We Could Have Wanted — Only For the Week to End on a Flat Note
Even if we saw a whole lot of Days of Our Lives‘ wedding drama coming, the way the soap unraveled it and gave us both comedy and pathos was nothing short of masterful. It didn’t hurt that the devil was mostly MIA. Now if only the show hadn’t ended such a strong week by leaving us with an incredibly icky feeling…
A Wedding Drag
I’ll be the first to admit that I was not expecting to enjoy that wedding nearly as much as I did. Heck, I’m even happy to overlook some oddities for the sake of the dramedy. Like why did the guys tell Justin to stall if they knew Craig and Leo’s marriage wouldn’t be valid even if it did go forward? Eh, who cares? Justin wasting time with guest commentary was funny and Chad bursting in at the last second with Jackie Cox made it more than worthwhile.
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I wasn’t sure exactly how they were going to split Craig and Leo – the whole wedding being a con seemed likely, though that prenup confused things a bit — but Leo and Jackie marrying to give the Canadian drag queen a green card was a fun twist. And the audience reactions, from Chloe’s jaw dropping at Jackie’s entrance, to Jack’s response to Jennifer asking if the whole debacle was real — “I don’t know, but I find this strangely riveting!” — capped off one of the most amusingly entertaining episodes the show has had for a while.
Craig’s very real heartbreak at the end, though, no matter how much Leo protested that he really did fall in love, brought things back to earth and set us up for much darker reveals in day two of the wedding disaster.
Losing It All
Gwen’s turn at public excoriation was everything you could want in a soap. Abigail unspooled Gwen’s web of lies with the practiced storytelling panache of a seasoned reporter. The show paced it all perfectly as she slowly built on her half-sister’s misdeeds. By the time she was done, Gwen had lost everyone, from Jack telling her he was not her father, to Xander, of all people, calling her the worst person he’d ever met.
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I know everyone hates Jack’s eldest daughter (or non-daughter according to him) and all the horrible things she’s done, but Emily O’Brien deserves so much credit for tearing at our hearts as Gwen’s world crumbled around her. Say what you will, but Gwen’s far from a one-dimensional villain and her pain as her chance to be loved slipped from her fingers was palpable.
Plus, she had a point that Abigail wasn’t trying to get justice but was — perhaps understandably, considering all Gwen has put her through —self-righteously relishing in revenge and publicly humiliating her sister. Either way, the encounter was riveting.
That last line Gwen dropped about killing Laura on purpose, though… Whew. It’ll be interesting to see where that goes. Was she lying to hurt Abigail back or did she just reveal to her sister that she’s not just a schemer, but also a cold-blooded killer?
Bonnie and Nancy finding a date for the wedding was a hoot, and I loved how in a world where people are so used to just Googling things online, Nancy revealed she’d been researching failed marriages by reading a ton of books. Clyde, though — oh honey, no. Anyone but him. Granted, the man pretty much did and said all the right things during the date, but he is a horrible, drug-dealing monster with a history of abusing his kids — if not more.
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Eric and Nicole didn’t get a ton of screen-time this week, but we’re already feeling bad for poor Rafe. He doesn’t stand a chance in the face of Nicole’s chemistry with her ex. It was nice, though, seeing the tight-laced cop let down his hair, as it were, a bit with Gabi and toast to Ava’s downfall. Far too prematurely, naturally.
Bigger Fish to Fry?
I get that Gwen’s crimes — assaulting and kidnapping Abigail, keeping mum on Sarah’s whereabouts and drugging her a second time — are terrible, but I don’t know that I buy that she’s a higher profile case for Trask than busting the Vitali mob princess. Ava went after a cop. Law enforcement does not take kindly to that.
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Plus, Ava wasn’t an innocent bystander in Abigail’s kidnapping and she, too, knew about Sarah. Even as an accessory, her crimes were pretty horrible. But freeing Ava to get steamy with Jake and, presumably, go after Gabi should make things interesting.
Devil of a Return
Satan popped back up on Friday and it made me realize why I had been enjoying the show so much — it was his first appearance the entire week. We got most of our drama by watching two relationships spectacularly implode, undone for the first time in what feels like ages not by some mysterious supernatural force for reasons unknown, but because of characters’ own misdeeds.
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Speaking of reasons unknown: what is the devil trying to accomplish with all the taunting and knife twisting? At least Johnny got some TV while he’s in the crypt. Could’ve left the poor guy with a remote, at least, as he watched Chanel and Tripp hook up. The good news is, it looks like we may finally be getting close to an end to Satan’s reign, as spoilers indicate he reveals his plan to Ben next week. (I know, I know, how many times have we thought the end was near?)
A Greater Evil
It was lovely seeing Paulina and Abe back together, even if just momentarily, but TR’s plan to worm his way back into her graces and take her for her money better not work. Paulina letting her abuser back into her life even this much still rankles me. And that kiss between them practically deflated all the goodwill I was feeling towards the show after such an amazing week.
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And while TR’s Jekyll and Hyde act continues to chill, his encounter with Beth was… odd. He all but told her he shot Eli, then when she echoed it, he growled and lunged at her, demanding she mind her own business. What? Maybe he was just acting confusingly erratic due to being, as Beth noted, “high as a kite.” Now to see if she spills the beans right away or decides to keep it to herself for some awful reason.
• Is it just me, or was all of Ben and Ciara’s talk about naming their kid and remembering Bo getting everyone hyped for his and Hope’s Beyond Salem return?
• Jackie’s “Hold my purse, Mary Poppins” to Gwen made me chuckle. I’m going to assume the two had met through Leo “Matty” in Philly and that’s how Ms. Cox knew Gwen was English since the bride hadn’t said a word.
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• Jackie’s telling Craig that Leo “thinks you’re good looking, for your age,” on the other hand… Ouch.
• Where was Sonny? He was the one who pushed Chad to try this one last desperate effort to take Leo down, but he didn’t want to be there to watch it happen? What, was he too overcome with excitement? Then again, it kind of feeds into our theory that “Chabby” might have just put themselves in the crosshairs.
• Speaking of “Chabby,” they were such a cute couple throughout the wedding. Everything from Chad bursting in and stopping to tell his wife how amazing she looked to those adorably proud glances they exchanged as Abigail went off on Gwen were making me swoon.
We won’t be getting any honeymoons, but you can still take a vacation or two with our photo gallery of daytime’s greatest location shoots!
<p>For a little while there, Monte Carlo was almost like <em>Bold & Beautiful</em>’s second home. A seaside resort for the wealthy, it was the perfect playground for the Forresters, Spencers and Logans. It had it all — beautiful buildings, beaches, yachts, people. So many beautiful people…</p>
<p>When Luke and Laura returned in 1993, <em>General Hospital</em> pulled out all the stops — a bombing in British Columbia, a jump from a stolen plane, a daring river rescue and then an even more daring waterfall rescue! We have no idea where this is (between Chicago and Port Charles?), but it looks like it would be great for whitewater rafting!</p>
<p>Ah, good ol’ NOLA. Who hasn’t wanted to visit the home of Mardis Gras and take in some of the raucous culture of the French Quarter? It’s certainly a change from Genoa City, Wis.! At least, we assume so. We suppose those benches look a bit decadent.</p>
<p>Anyone up for a staycation… with a twist? That’s what the folks of Salem got when they were fake-murdered and shipped off to backwards New Salem, aka Melaswen, back in 2004. It was identical to their hometown, except they got to wear Hawaiian shirts and frolic in tropical foliage! Strangely, no one wanted to stay.</p>
<p>Erica and Dimitri’s whirlwind romance took them to Budapest in the latter’s native Hungary, where they made love all night and performed, from the looks of it, <em>The Nutcracker Suite </em>in the city square. Oh, and Erica got kidnapped. Twice. Maybe scratch Budapest off the vacation list.</p>
<p>We’re certain that if you looked up “luxury” in the dictionary, this 2014 trip to Dubai would be pictured. Guided camel rides, extravagant hotels, high-octane cars and attempted murder by private helicoptor — this was a trip only the ridiculously wealthy could pull off! </p>
<p>Why does it feel like Victor is warning Ashley not to look at all the pretty sights during their 2008 visit to Paris? “Whatever you do, my dear, don’t turn around and make eye contact with that church. I think it’s following us.” “OK… But I’m pretty sure that’s just the Notre Dame Cathedral, Victor.”</p>
<p>Now <em>Days of Our Lives</em>, they did New Orleans right when Bo and Hope visited in 1984. Actually, they might have leaned into the Southern spirit a bit <em>too</em> much. Dressing up and making love on an old estate? Er, don’t play plantation owners on your vacations, folks.</p>
<p><em>General Hospital</em> pulled out all the stops when Ricky Martin was playing Miguel, even going on location to his native Puerto Rico to reunite the character with his long-lost lady love, Lily! And, well, we forgot where we were going with this. Does anyone have a fan handy? It’s suddenly feeling hot in here…</p>
<p>Admit it — Eterna is better than a theme park. Is it a real place? No. Is it a safe destination? Not even remotely. But those jumpsuits alone make this trip to Llanview’s great underground city worth the price of admission. Disclaimer: The price of admission could be death.</p>
<p>There’s nothing better than spending a romantic getaway with your fiancé on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. At least, Emily <em>thought</em> it was her fiancé. Royce suffered from a split personality, so it was kind of hard to tell.</p>
<p>The Florida Keys are a great destination spot — so long as you understand how the bridges connecting the islands work. Do not, for instance, do what Reva did while off her postpartum-depression meds and drive off an unfinished bridge. Always seek out the finished ones. </p>
<p>Some folks from Port Charles go on sun-drenched trips to places like Mexico and Puerto Rico, others to Mt. Rushmore. Terry fell into the latter category with her beau, Dusty, who was programmed to kill her, Anna and Robert… Some gals have all the luck. All the <em>bad</em> luck.</p>
<p>Hope (then Kimberly Matula) and Liam’s Italian wedding was never actually legal, so they both felt a bit like a heel when it was all over with. Then again, that might have just been because they were fake-married in the “heel” part of Italy. OK, OK, we’ll boot ourselves off the stage.</p>
<p>Hell: the vacation destination where you can get away from the cold and snow of the winter but not have to worry about the sun burning your fair skin like it might in more tropical climes. What’s not to love about it? Well, besides the whole eternal damnation thing.</p>
<p>We’ll just let you drink in this pic of Erica and Tom on their 1978 honeymoon in St. Croix. A honeymoon, we might add, that lasted… mm, almost as long as their very brief marriage. Heck, that <em>cocktail</em> almost lasted as long as their marriage!</p>
<p>What could be more romantic than proposing to your love right next to the canals of Venice? Neither <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> nor Thorne spared any expense on this vacation engagement. But maybe they should have since it ended up being a total waste when Brooke went running back to Ridge.</p>
<p>Carly and Bo headed south of the border for their 1991 wedding ceremony, which was pretty much entirely symbolic. Since they never bothered legalizing their union, we have a sneaking suspicion they just used “getting married” as an excuse to go paddle-boating in Mexico. Well-played.</p>
<p>OK, fine. So the show didn’t actually go to Hawaii. But they did stage their own version of the Tom Hanks classic <em>Joe Versus the Volcano</em> with Skye and Sharon, so we’ll be darned if this picture wasn’t making it in! Unlike in the Hanks movie, though, Skye did not get ejected from the volcano… RIP.</p>
<p><em>Bold & Beautiful</em>’s visit to Lake Como gave the folks a chance to take a dip in its gorgeous waters — whether they wanted to or not. But c’mon, how could Stephanie resist that invitation? It would’ve been shocking if she <em>hadn’t</em> pushed Sally into the lake!</p>
<p>Ericaland is a lot like Hollywood, what with that big sign and all, but in this place, everyone is named Erica and has egos the size of Australia. And that’s why Ms. Kane hailed a cab out of there as soon as she could. How’s a gal supposed to feel special in a place like that? “Taxi!”</p>
<p>Ah, back to beautiful Venice, the Floating City of Italy. Holden’s brother Seth took fiancée Frannie there on the most romantic of getaways. Or did he take Sabrina there? Eh, they were identical and he was engaged to both of Julianne Moore’s characters, so… same difference?</p>
<p>There’s nothing like a nice vacation to the Virgin Islands. Just look at that breathtaking view! The one drawback is that the hats don’t have tops. Oh, and Morgan’s husband gave Josh a beating when he thought the two of them were sleeping together. But that sounds more like a <em>Josh </em>problem than a St. Croix problem.</p>
<p>Fun fact: Italy’s picturesque Portofino is a gorgeous vacation spot that lies on the Gulf of Genoa. Maybe that’s why Stephanie looks so confused here. “Wait, Sally, are you saying we <em>aren’t</em> in Wisconsin?” </p>
<p><em>Young & Restless</em> did actually go to Hawaii for Danny and Christine’s lavish 1990 wedding. And they didn’t even have to sacrifice anyone to a volcano to make it happen! Oh, and the trip also featured Danny in a Speedo. Ah, the good old days!</p>
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