Days of Our Lives Upped the Stakes as Ciara Gave Birth and Eli Woke from His Coma, But Was It Enough to Keep the Soap’s Weaker Storylines Afloat?
We finally returned to the wedding drama this week as the show touched on a number of its biggest storylines running at the moment. The result, though, was a bit uneven as we bounced up and down from repetitive psychic connections to Gwen’s pathos to Eli’s waking. They did, however, finally nail a cliffhanger ending to the week, which is doubly impressive seeing as how it was with one of the most troubling storylines.
About “Last Night”
First thing’s first: It took over a week to get back to the wedding fallout, so everyone talking about how crazy “last night” was felt a little jarring. But at least we finally made it. I am glad that the show didn’t take the easy way out with Gwen’s confession to Abigail and just have folks decide she’s a murderer. Everyone from Jack to Abigail understood that the Brit may have just been trying to hurt her sister back. But it does make for some great tension. We’re pretty sure she didn’t intentionally kill Laura, right? Then again…
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Honestly, though, Jennifer’s reaction surprised me the most when she admitted that she understood why Gwen would have wanted to kill her mother after what Laura had done to her. That’s an act of charity even I’d have a hard time with, and I’m pretty sure I’m more sympathetic to Gwen than lots of folks. Speaking of which…
I’m going to annoy the Gwen-haters, but I like her complexity. She can make me feel bad for being not just self-destructive, but also damaged and self-loathing, then frustrate the hell out of me for doubling down on tormenting Abigail. Gwen, girl, get out of your own way. You may have deservedly blown things with Xander, but tormenting your sister isn’t going to help repair the family bridges you’re so desperate for but keep burning down. At least she did the right thing with the antidote, and it looks like we may just be seeing a real Xander and Sarah reunion soon!
The Road to Revenge
We finally learned why Sonny missed the wedding. He had a work call. It seemed about the lamest reason the show could have come up with, which is why when Chad called him out on it after Leo’s drag attack, it made me hope we’ll find out there was something more going on. Still, seeing Sonny and Chad back to hanging out as besties again was some welcome fun, and Leo’s quest for revenge on everyone from Sonny to Brady could be a wild ride. Sometimes a little camp can be a good thing. But just a little, mind you. I can easily see things with Leo going way over the top the longer it drags (sorry, didn’t mean for that pun) on. I’d like to see him provide at least some menace.
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As for Craig, it seems a shame to bring him back to upend his and Nancy’s lives and then just send him off once more. But he did get a nice farewell with Nancy and Leo. And Craig calling his almost-husband “kid” as he kissed him goodbye was surprisingly sweet. It was nice to see Leo open up with genuine emotion and become a little multi-dimensional. Again, things can’t just be non-stop campy nonsense.
O No, Romeo, Romeo…
Look, the nature of soaps is, for better or worse, to revisit and repeat storylines and themes. You can’t tell ongoing tales for decades without sometimes venturing back into familiar waters. But as quite a few fans have been pointing out, we shouldn’t be getting a “Cin” rehash just a couple years after the first storyline. Once again, we have Ciara missing and kidnapped, one of them believed dead (though this time, to be fair, it’s Ben), and the duo finding each other through their psychic connection — Romeo & Juliet and all! Throw the devil in and it’s just way too over-the-top. The casual way everyone in town just fills each other in on Satan’s doings doesn’t help.
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When Ben uttered the line, “I really hope we can use your powers to help again, just like we did before,” to Susan, I just about threw my hands up. No, just no. Stop with this nonsense and think for five seconds where the one place where everyone who disappears or is kidnapped ends up: the Horton cabin! Just go check the darn thing instead of you and Johnny beaming psychic thoughts back and forth to the ladies!
At least Friday’s birth is kicking off Satan’s endgame. For real, this time, according to headwriter Ron Carlivati’s May Sweeps preview. And Ciara’s desperation as Allie kept her baby from her felt like some actual stakes. Though once the devil revealed himself and started in on the vamping, the tension deflated somewhat and it was harder to take things seriously again.
Abe to the Rescue?
William Christian plays a great villain, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy seeing TR and Abe circling each other. (Get him, Abe!) But I wish he’d been given a different villain to play, and my problem still stands with the show essentially telling a story of how Paulina welcomes her abuser back into her life. I did take heart at her scoffing at TR’s marriage proposal for the insanity it was, but agreeing to that romantic weekend where she would be isolated with the man who beat her was just sickening.
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The same goes for Beth. Granted, we haven’t gotten to know her nearly as well as Paulina, but it feels like she was created just to take a survivor and put her back to being terrified and abused. Beth’s screams were truly chilling the other week and seeing TR’s handiwork was horrible. And while getting away from TR is absolutely the best thing she could do, I couldn’t help but feel a little heartbroken when she not only was beaten but was then cruelly told that she could no longer have a role because of it. What’s been the point of her? Re-victimizing a victim? That makes me so uncomfortable.
With all that said, now that Eli’s awake and told Lani who shot him, we know that TR is on the way out! But even knowing that, Abe showing up on Paulina’s doorstep just as Eli told Lani what happened is exactly how you’re supposed to end your Fridays.
• Chad’s cheeky way of filling Sonny in on the wedding is what I enjoy so much about their scenes together. “We had one bride, three grooms and no one said, ‘I do,’” Chad explained. “It was a very Salem wedding.”
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• Paulina’s face when Chanel told her that Johnny and Allie were possessed by the devil is the reaction everyone should have when talking about this stuff. It was very much channeling a “What on God’s green earth is this nonsense now?” vibe.
• “You won’t need a lot of clothes where you’re going,” was nauseating, but also confusing. What did that mean? It’s clear TR had some plan after learning Eli was awake, but was he plotting to kill Paulina during the weekend getaway? How would he get her money then?
• Poor Chloe. Her parents really do have the worst taste in men. Nancy looks like she’s all in on drug-running Clyde.
Get a look at some Salem faves when you take a peek at our photo gallery of Bold & Beautiful‘s top 35 couples of all time.
<p>OK, so the poor little rich girl and the Casanova who worshipped ground that she only <em>thought</em> about walking on might not have been the deepest couple ever to pair up. But you’ve gotta admit, they sure were purty together.</p>
<p>Some may call these two the odd couple. And quirktacular, they are. But we nonetheless call them the perfect couple, as sweet as the lemon bars for which Pam’s known almost as well as her moments off her rocker.</p>
<p>Why Maya’s gorgeous sister split from the Forrester heir (then Rome Flynn) — also gorgeous, you’ll recall — remains as big a mystery as the Bermuda Triangle. Maybe bigger. Honestly, we don’t know how we’d measure that.</p>
<p>Yes, yes, Brooke Logan had him first. But it’s hard for the shrink (then Hunter Tylo) — or, for that matter, <em>anybody</em> — to find a man that her constant competition <em>hasn’t</em> had first. Not to go all Stephanie Forrester, but Brooke <em>has</em> been around!</p>
<p>Maybe they weren’t endgame. Or even middlegame. But at least they had something so good going on that the scheme queen was willing to kidnap her rival and fake a terminal illness to <em>keep</em> it going on. That’s something… um, isn’t it?</p>
<p>You never forget your first love. Well, unless you’re Brooke’s daughter (then Kim Matula). Then, er, maybe. But <em>we</em> never forgot her first love, the Forrester Creations photographer for whom she “developed” strong feelings.</p>
<p>From the “sick and wrong” files comes this twosome that, despite their genesis — the con man wed Brooke’s virginal daughter to make Amber Moore jealous — still left us kinda rooting for them. And yes, feeling super uncomfortable about it.</p>
<p>“Till death do us part” has rarely been a more poignant vow than when it was exchanged by Amber’s doomed cousin and the love of her very short life.</p>
<p>Power couple? Table for two? Right this way. It took Nick’s mother and father decades to figure out how well they fit together, but once they finally did… Oh, who are we kidding? It was a disaster (but at least an engrossing one!).</p>
<p>Act shocked all you like. But let’s be real. For sheer adoration, does any pair on this list come <em>close</em> to the admiration that Dollar Bill feels for himself? Rhetorical question, and even if there was an answer, it would be no.</p>
<p>We couldn’t blame Bridget’s “doomed” aunt for falling for the handsome sailor after he not only served as her late-in-life prom date but gave her much more than a kiss before “dying.” Talk about making one’s first time a good time!</p>
<p>We only got to see the, ahem, “push/pull” of their relationship briefly on screen. Once we had, though, we knew that Wyatt’s mom and dad could catch fire again at a moment’s notice. (Quick, put away all the breakables!)</p>
<p>At last, Hope’s ex lived down the embarrassment of his masked hookup with Brooke… only for his innocent subsequent girlfriend to go bat-guano-crazy and get herself turned into roadkill. Some guys have all the luck; others, like Oliver, none.</p>
<p>A match made in hell? For sure. But the psycho’s relationship with the Forrester patriarch was her last (and probably best?) chance of being remembered as something other than the female equivalent of Freddy Krueger.</p>
<p>Sure, she got Sheila as a monster-in-law. But at least Steffy’s marriage to the hot doc batted her out of the never-ending ping-pong game that she played with former husband Liam Spencer and sometime stepsister Hope.</p>
<p>She helped him draw dresses again. C’mon! Never mind that she was his late first wife’s niece and at the time married to his sorta brother, Rick. If <em>that</em> doesn’t scream “true love,” what does?</p>
<p>Like a supernova, it didn’t last. However, that doesn’t diminish the amplitude of frisky fun on display when Liam’s ex got together with his half brother.</p>
<p><a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-bold-and-the-beautiful/news/623299/bold-beautiful-darin-brooks-wyatt-breaking-up-with-flo-hope/" target="_blank">We’re with Darin Brooks on this one</a>. There <em>was</em> something special about the romance between Liam’s on-again/off-again wife (Matula here) and his half brother. And yes, we hear how weird that sounds even as we type it.</p>
<p>What happens when a have-not falls for a has-it-all? This! And it was so epic that it didn’t matter in the slightest to Richie Rich that his beguiling sweetheart turned out to be transgender. Love is love, y’all, and it’s always in fashion.</p>
<p>More than a mere May/December affair, these two served as a hot, hot reminder that age is nothing but a number — and left behind photographic evidence to prove it. Apple, anyone?</p>
<p>A flirtation, never mind a fling, between these two should have been a non-starter, what with her relationships with his sons. Yet ’shippers hold out hope for them (cough) “Still.”</p>
<p>Their relationship was so shocking that his mom was ready to go all <em>Psycho</em> on the Slut From the Valley. It was also so <em>real</em> that we can’t discount the genuineness of their love for one another.</p>
<p>Was his boss lady to the lust of his life? Nah. “Bucky Boy” was too shallow for that. But insofar as he was capable of love, he loved her more than he ever did any other woman.</p>
<p>Penny for your thoughts? Pass. How about a “Quarter”? And we’ll bet those those thoughts include an acknowledgement that these two were too hot to handle. If only the show hadn’t chickened out on pursuing their connection…</p>
<p>Sleeping with your son-in-law? Brooke doesn’t need us to tell her that that wasn’t a good look. Neither of them do. But something was born between the illicit lovers besides Hope that has withstood the test of time. That ain’t nothing.</p>
<p>She moved heaven and earth to get them together, then to <em>keep</em> them together. And even after he chose not to be Hope-less, embers still stirred between the exes that threatened to burn to a crisp every relationship that they had afterwards.</p>
<p>“Fraught” doesn’t begin to describe the tenor of this coupling. Yet even years later, we can’t shake off the way that they connected — and made us think that someday they’d reconnect. If only it wasn’t for…</p>
<p>As tends to happen, it was Bridget’s mom who had the more intense relationship with the fella in question. And were the sailor to drop anchor in L.A. again, we have zero doubt that they’d once again make themselves must-sea TV. (Note: That’s not his actual boat.)</p>
<p>Eyebrows raised and jaws dropped at this pairing. But the yin/yang matchup yielded an explosive marriage that no one can say hasn’t been as addictive to watch as any drug could be to take.</p>
<p>As naughty as it gets, the pairing of the nanny and her ward was as “taboo” as it was “boo’d up.” Despite that, their tumultuous relationship and marriage(s) elevated the pairing well beyond the realm of adolescent exploration.</p>
<p>Maybe there’s a reason that the playboy (originally Ronn Moss) has never been able to make a romance last more than a few years. And maybe that reason is that a part of his heart has never stopped belonging to his ill-fated first wife.</p>
<p>There are IHOPs that haven’t “waffled” as much as Bill’s son. But no matter how often he’s strayed, usually in Steffy’s direction, he’s always come back to his first love. Well, at least so far. Check back with us next week; ya never know!</p>
<p>Brooke got there first and may well be the woman who ends up there last. In between, however, there’s no denying that Ridge‘s Doc has been awfully good for what ails him. Whether he’s an Rx for more than heartache for her remains debatable.</p>
<p>Don’t be mean — they were more than, um, horsing around when we started to imagine that she’d ride off into the sunset with her Stallion. Heck, at any given moment, they could giddy-up and go at it again!</p>
<p>Brooke and Ridge, they were never going to be. Fine. These star-crossed lovers were definitely the <em>second</em>-most tortured twosome ever to suggest that the show should’ve been called <em>Embattled & Beleaguered.</em></p>
<p>The living embodiment of opposites attracting, the former marrieds vowed to stick together for better or worse — perhaps not realizing at the time just how bad “worse” was going to be. Or how intimately involved in “worse” the pairing at No. 5 was so often going to be.</p>
<p>Join us, won’t you, in raising a (martini) glass to the couple whose marriages were so combustible, they frequently tested the structural integrity of their mansion. They may not have had the kind of relationship that involved a trail of rose petals leading to the bed, but if you looked beyond its thorniness, you could still see a love in full bloom.</p>
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