Days of Our Lives Promises Some Heart-Tugging Fallout After Sarah’s Cure and TR’s Surprisingly Satisfying End, But the Devil Can’t Leave Soon Enough
Between Sarah’s (almost) total recovery and TR’s death, emotions were running high this week. The fallout from these two stories could be intense, but hopefully once Satan’s gone that’s the last we hear of him. Because as the devil’s run begins wrapping up, about the only emotion we can feel is distaste.
Making Good Choices
I’m not going to lie — I was not expecting Gwen to make the right choice between Ava breaking her out of jail and Justin helping her through the legal system. Not that it means she’s going to keep making the right choice, but it was a nice surprise. Five years in prison is still a big deal, and when push comes to shove, Gwen may just decide to take the easy way out after all.
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But between that and the twist with Sarah, if I was a betting man, I’d say Gwen and Xander aren’t nearly as over as she may fear. She didn’t just tug at Xander’s heart strings as she talked about being so desperate to hold onto what little love she’s found in her life, she tugged at ours. (Well, some of us, at least.)
As for Sarah, it’s a relief to have her back for real (As Maggie said, “Your voice, it’s normal!” Thank God for that.) and it was a joy to see her reunite with Xander and Maggie, but if her memory gaps don’t fill themselves in ASAP, we’re in trouble. She’s going to have deal with learning about and processing her beau’s baby betrayal all over again. That did not go smoothly the first time, and there’s no guarantee she’ll get over it in the same way the second time. Time will tell, but it’s looking like “Xarah” fans might not get to rejoice just yet.
The TR showdown was surprisingly satisfying. It does not make up for the problems I’ve had with the story, but I enjoyed seeing Abe stop circling and just face TR down — even if he did get whacked with a baseball bat for his efforts. And I loved Paulina’s reaction to TR’s raised fist, telling him that she would not be afraid of him, and she wasn’t the scared girl he terrorized anymore. It’s what every survivor wants to say to their abuser — but again, bringing him back into Paulina’s life so easily and getting to that point is still a big “No” from me.
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Also, the whole “Ignore the man laying in a pool of blood two feet away and let’s go” thing was a bit silly.
There’s a part of me that feels like Lani absolutely made the right choice in shooting her father, but I also get the problem with a cop shooting an unarmed man. I’m pretty sure if she explained what she ran into, she’d come out fine, but I understand Paulina’s desire to jump in to protect her — not to mention Lani’s shock allowing her to. That last little knife twist as TR said he loved and forgave Lani, though… He may have thought it was the right thing to do for once, but that’s going to haunt her.
It could give us the story this should have been from the beginning. Instead of a tale about welcoming TR in with all-but open arms, it could be a story about how that roiling conflict of emotions in learning that the family member you should love is a monster tears you apart.
The Devil Doubles Down on Distaste
We finally learned what Satan’s master plan is and it’s, well, it’s pretty boilerplate satanic stuff. I figured it would be a whole Antichrist/devil incarnate type thing, and if this were a horror movie, it would be a big deal. That’s end of the world type stuff, right there. (Well, in 18 to 25 years when Satan grows up.) But this is Days of Our Lives and honestly, other than the innocent baby being taken over, the thought of this devil running around unfettered is more of a “meh” situation. I’m pretty sure that would just mean he has horns on his head and maybe a tail as he goes around breaking couples up. Let’s get on with the exorcism.
I did appreciate on some level, though, AllieDevil seemingly channeling some writer frustration as she went off about everyone constantly pestering her about the master plan.
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As for the week’s end… All I can say is the special effects were out in full force on Friday with those flickering lights and murky, pentagram-filled cemetery scenes, but so was the gross discomfort. It’s like now that TR’s gone, the show had to double down on the violence against women themes.
Evan’s “I forgot, the Necktie Killer’s wife likes it rough” as he choked Ciara, and Charlie coming back from the dead to immediately taunt the woman he raped (hopefully that’s something Allie won’t remember once the devil’s out of her) were just not what we needed to end the week. Or begin it. Or at any point. Plus, Satan essentially offering Allie over to be raped again once he took over baby Bo was, sure, that’s something the lord of evil would do, but it’s beyond horrible.
And yes, the show ended on a cliffhanger, but it wasn’t one with many stakes. Seeing Ben and Ciara hopefully kicking Satan’s butt back to hell will be satisfying in its way, but we know Satan’s not going to win. If he did, this show would turn into Passions, and that’s not happening. While I think there’s good story in the wedding fallout and the Lani/TR shooting fallout, I’m hoping once the devil’s gone, that’s it. No more casually talking about what Satan did like it’s part of a perfectly rational world. Just move on.
• I know I said a couple weeks back that I didn’t mind Eric’s Salem return being a slow burn, but if the show’s not careful, that burn’s going to flicker out. It went from “Oh, Eric’s back!” to a whole lot of nothing.
• Satan’s doing all this for his silver anniversary? What about that year time jump? Methinks the devil miscounted. Unless there was never any time jump after all and he just messed with everyone’s minds to make them think there was… Now that would be a diabolic twist.
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• Isn’t it awfully convenient that after Leo arranged for a visitation with Gwen, Ava, Jack and Xander all managed to stop by and time their visits just right? Works out every time. The SPD is awfully helpful like that.
• I’m not entirely sure what official procedure is, but I’m pretty sure hospital staff injecting a patient with a non-FDA approved drug that’s been sitting in someone’s apartment for weeks and was created by a mad scientist is a big insurance no-no.
• Anna’s goodbye spiel to Tony was amusingly all over the place. She went from talking like a mobster and telling him she was “going on the lamb” to quoting Robert Frost about how many miles she had to go before she sleeps.
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<p>Four roles on three soaps. Three Daytime Emmys. Countless fans. No pressure, but it’s your move, <em>Young & Restless.</em></p>
<p>There’s a reason that <em>Young & Restless</em> viewers didn’t think Rey’s demise was “to die for.” The loss of his much-missed portrayer is it.</p>
<p>It ain’t for nothin’ that the powerhouse who brought to life <em>Guiding Light</em>’s “slut of Springfield” is regarded by her peers <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-young-and-the-restless/news/624899/young-restless-christian-leblanc-robert-newman-message-kim-zimmer/" target="_blank">as a golden goddess</a>.</p>
<p>The <em>General Hospital</em> fave has said that if he left Port Charles as Julian — and he did — <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/general-hospital/news/583055/general-hospital-william-devry-says-if-i-go-no-return/" target="_blank">he wouldn’t return</a>. So how about another show?</p>
<p><em>Young & Restless</em> may have recast Summer, but that doesn’t mean that the Emmy winner couldn’t turn up on a different sudser.</p>
<p>If <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> wanted to fill the empty role of Rick, the <em>Studio City</em> MVP could pick right up where he left off as the legacy character.</p>
<p>We’d sing a chorus of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” — maybe two — if <em>Days of Our Lives</em> decided to get Paul off the bench.</p>
<p>Daytime’s been a bit dimmer ever since it last boasted among its ranks the Emmy winner who played <em>As the World Turns</em>’ Lily.</p>
<p>Ready, aim, and already, we’re fired up about the prospect of <em>General Hospital</em> bringing home the Emmy magnet as Lucky.</p>
<p>Even if <em>Young & Restless</em> never resurrects Dru, some soap <em>should</em> call home one of the genre’s most exciting performers. Ever.</p>
<p>He’s more than <em>As the World Turns</em>’ Luke. Hello?!? Drop him into the mix — <em>any</em> mix — stir, and let the sparks fly.</p>
<p><em>Bold & Beautiful</em> never <em>quite</em> made use of the enchanting Aussie actress, but we’ll be damned if she didn’t grow on us like (poison?) Ivy.</p>
<p>If <em>General Hospital</em> is making Nelle the rare character that it allows to <em>stay</em> dead, any other soap would be lucky to have her Emmy-winning portrayer.</p>
<p>Face it: He’s the perfect soap patriarch. Only question is which show will be the first to utilize <em>All My Children</em>’s beloved Jackson that way.</p>
<p><em>Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem</em> did a bang-up job of reminding us how misused this charisma machine was by <em>Young & Restless.</em></p>
<p><em>General Hospital</em> fans have never <em>stopped</em> wanting her back as Brenda. If only Maurice Benard (Sonny) <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/general-hospital/news/602784/general-hospital-maurice-benard-says-vanessa-marcil-not-returning-brenda/" target="_blank">hadn’t told us this</a>.</p>
<p>Theo wasn’t just <em>Young & Restless</em>, he was hot and connected — <em>and</em> played by an up-and-comer who was cast aside just as he’d begun to shine.</p>
<p>Yeah, yeah, <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> killed off Macy. Twice. Big whoop. Her portrayer could still return and restart mom Sally’s classic brand. Please?</p>
<p>A comeback for the leading lady who breathed life into <em>All My Children</em>’s Maria? You <em>bet</em> we’ll drink to that. Also, are you, um, gonna finish that?</p>
<p>Sure, he’s making <em>Good Trouble</em> in primetime now. But it’ll be a cold day in hell before we believe that <em>General Hospital</em> has left Morgan <em>dead</em>-dead.</p>
<p>The actress who tackled multiple roles at once on <em>One Life to Live</em> is past due to take on at least another single one in daytime.</p>
<p>When fans freak like they did over the death of Finn on <em>Bold & Beautiful</em>, you <em>know</em> the actor’s someone who should get a new lease on life.</p>
<p>She’s proven the breadth of her talents on that long-titled <em>High School Musical</em> show, but boy, do we still miss <em>Days of Our Lives</em>’ Claire.</p>
<p><em>Young & Restless</em> struck gold with Ravi… and then chucked that gold. All another show would have to do is pick Sinha up and set him loose.</p>
<p>Though <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> did a brilliant job of recasting Hope, there will never <em>not</em> be a place in daytime for her effervescent original portrayer.</p>
<p>She set a record as the first actress to win three Daytime Emmys for three different roles on three different networks. She is, in short, a necessity.</p>
<p>Justice for Dev! The <em>General Hospital</em> standout was so freaking good, he all but demands a shot at another daytime role.</p>
<p>He already brought to life one of <em>Young & Restless</em>’ most notorious villains. Now he <a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/the-young-and-the-restless/news/629929/young-restless-michael-corbett-david-return-revenge-nina/" target="_blank">just has to bring him back to life</a>!</p>
<p>Daytime television without the icon who rocked the role of <em>All My Children</em>’s Erica Kane doesn’t even make sense. Can we get an amen?</p>
<p>The <em>General Hospital</em> legend who played <em>Bold & Beautiful</em> seaman Nick still floats our boat. Now if only he’d drop anchor in daytime again!</p>
<p>Though <em>Days of Our Lives</em> too often made JJ a sad sack, what <em>really</em> bums us out is his portrayer’s absence from our screens.</p>
<p>This veteran of three soaps is the actor equivalent of jumper cables: She gives a charge to any scene she’s in!</p>
<p><em>Young & Restless</em>’ audience doesn’t grumble about Paul’s absence because it enjoys grumbling. The vet who played him was, and is, special.</p>
<p><a href="https://soaps.sheknows.com/general-hospital/news/626830/general-hospital-tyler-christopher-dead-three-times-alcohol-abuse/" target="_blank">His demons in check</a>, it’s only a question of which soap will snap up the Emmy-winning <em>General Hospital</em> and <em>Days of Our Lives</em> alum.</p>
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