Days of Our Lives Looks to Be Setting Up Some Epic Sami/Belle and Gwen/Abigail Showdowns

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Between Memorial Day and Tennis, we got a very short week of Days of Our Lives, but with some evolving schemes, a touching reunion and some couples in denial, there was still plenty to talk about!

Double Trouble

So, I’ve got a bit of a problem with Leo. There are times, like during the wedding, that he’s just a fun, campy villain. He can go a bit over the top, but when done right, he’s just a blast to watch. But the problem is, he’s not just a comedic villain he’s a sexual predator, if not outright rapist.

At the Kiriakis mansion, Leo holds out an edible arrangement to Sonny.

As far as “I’m sorry I sexually assaulted you” gifts go, edible flowers are pretty lame.

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That’s been treated a bit lightly in the past, but it was kind of nice (if that’s a word that can be applied to anything dealing with sexual assault) to see Will and Sonny go to the police and treat what Leo did seriously. And seeing Sonny struggling with what happened, with what’s happened over the years with Leo is a natural response to trauma. It’s not something we want to see anyone go through, but it shows that Leo’s antics are finally being taken seriously.

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Leo made it clear to Gwen that he didn’t touch Sonny after drugging him but it’s still assault, and it’s still traumatizing.

And all I can say to Gwen is “No, no, no!” Don’t work with Leo! Remember how you want to be a better person! I know you still want revenge against Abigail, but that’ll just ruin the gains you’re, against all odds, making with Jack, and even harden a surprisingly sympathetic Jen against you.

Plus, while Xander’s likely going to be lost in the honeymoon phase with Sarah, there’s also a chance it could tick him off too. Messing with people doesn’t exactly bother him, but if tormenting Abigail hurts Jack one of Xander’s few friends that could get him ticked at Gwen all over again. And if Abigail ends up pregnant, this could go so, so sideways.

Gwen can just not get out of her own way.

“Xarah” Forever

Well, it looks like Xander and Sarah are finally back on track now that her memories came flooding back at baby Mickey’s grave. I’m a little disappointed. I was hoping for a slightly different path back together again rather than just taking the easy way out, but I suppose “Xarah” fans will point out that they’ve been separated long enough. Their scenes in the cemetery were touching, though, and it’s nice to be reminded why they’re such a popular couple. I guess wedding bells are going to be ringing for these too soon — maybe they’ll try another double wedding with Rafe and Nicole! Because that last one went over so well…

At the cemetery, Xander holds a devastated Sarah.

Nothing says romance like a… cemetery?

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Couples’ Dance

As for Nicole, methinks she doth protest too much. Her reaction to EJ asking if she’d still have said yes to Rafe if she’d known Eric was free was way too defensive. So was Eric’s reaction to Brady asking if he was OK with Nicole and Rafe. His step brother’s, “I guess it’s not a sin if you’re lying to yourself” response was pure perfection. Sure, Nicole, rushing the wedding just to prove that you don’t have any feelings for Eric seems like a great idea. Good luck with that.

In Horton Square, Eric and Brady to greet Nicole at their table.

Even with them standing six feet apart, Brady could tell he was the third wheel.

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On the other hand, Nicole’s reaction to EJ and Belle was a nice prelude to what’s sure to happen when Sami comes back and finds out who her sister’s been cozying up to. But her laughing that neither she nor EJ have to worry about what Sami thinks anymore was, again, a bit too defensive about her being over Eric.

As for Belle, really? There are no other lawyers in town you can turn to for your separation papers? You just had to have EJ see that you and Shawn were separating? Granted, I say that while admitting that I actually like EJ and Belle together. There’s a sweetness to them that’s surprised me. And though I started out annoyed with Belle over the baby mama drama, Shawn’s willful blindness ever since has been driving me crazy, so I’m kind of slipping away from his team.

Sure, Jan

The whole Jan storyline has been a bit ridiculous but seeing her and Ben interacting was interesting. It was kind of brilliant to showcase the contrast between Ben, who truly has worked to redeem himself (as much as a former serial killer can), and Jan, who’s clearly still scheming and has no intention of changing her ways.

At Shawn and Belle's place, Ben glares at a pregnant Jan.

This is one of those rare moments when we could have done with more cutthroat Ben and less understanding Ben.

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Ben, though, was too understanding with her, but I can appreciate him seeing parallels in their situation and not knowing her well enough to just ignore her lies about wanting to change. It’s better than Shawn falling for her tricks when he does know her! Seeking professional help is commendable and all, but Jan specifically using Ben to get to Marlena for help is just another plot to twist a knife in Belle. “Look, Belle, I even won your mom over. You’re the paranoid, crazy one!”

C’mon, Marlena, you’re smarter than this. Let’s hope she’s just stalling and has no intention in helping Jan. But thank you, Ciara, for telling Shawn to stop being an idiot!

Take a look at our then-and-now photo gallery of Young & Restless alums and you’ll find a number of familiar faces from all over daytime, including a few Salemites!


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