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Deconstructing DOOL: Delicious Campy Wedding Drama at Every Turn
August 20 – 24
There was a lot going on this week. Many storylines were vying for attention and some could have taken a backseat during the wedding of the year, but there was delicious drama at every turn and it’s not even Sweeps. Last week I wrote in Deconstructing DOOL, about the bizarre things that happen only in Salem such as having doppelgangers, being cured from a mental illness in three weeks, and being surprised when people learn your dirty secrets after you’ve spilled your guts at the public park…I think I prefer that camp to the romance these days…
I’m quitting my job so I can watch #DAYS live at least the next 7 months. I’m eventually going to start a GoFundMe. Thanks.
— Chris (@DiMera87) August 21, 2018
Jarlena’s wedding vs. nightmare wedding
I absolutely loved the events leading up to Jarlena’s wedding starting with the Marlena doll Kristen sent, then watching John dance around with it, kissing it. That was hilarious. Marlena’s wedding nightmare with elements from John and Marlena’s 1986 wedding was better than the real thing for me. Val offering to sing “Up Where We Belong” and Abe telling her she was no Marilyn McCoo or Tamara Price was a fun throwback. Abe yelling if anyone wanted to ‘speak now or forever hold your peace’ then yelling, “Orpheus? Can I get a motorcycle? A videotape? Something?” was phenomenal, reminding us of Shawn D driving his motorbike through St. Luke’s gorgeous stained glass windows during Belle’s wedding to PhillyK, and Kristen and Brady’s wedding where we saw a recording of her defrocking his brother Father Eric. Susan’s arrival was surprisingly amazing. Stacy Haiduk’s very talented but I wasn’t sure anyone could pull off Susan or Kristen other than Eileen Davidson. Haiduk is doing a fabulous job though I still miss Eileen Davidson. Some fans weighed in on Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan (before the Kristen reveal).
So what’s the verdict? Did everyone enjoy Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan yesterday on #DAYS? We all knew she’d have some big shoes to fill with Eileen Davidson!
— SheKnows DOOL (@SheKnowsDOOL) August 22, 2018
Two thumbs up but, as I said, she’s not ugly enough as Susan
— Benjamin Nylund Devereaux Petrillo Zbornak (@QueerAspie1) August 23, 2018
The next test is how she plays evil Kristen. Eileen and Dee were magic together.
— ColfersAngel (@ColfersAngel) August 22, 2018
Surprise – I didn’t care for the wedding itself. I know. I’m as shocked as you are. I’ve always been into John and Marlena but these days they get maybe two minutes of airtime every other week which makes it tough for me to continue to invest. Besides, we saw propping of Wilson, and Stayla and Paul all interrupted the beginning of the wedding, which annoyed me. I could have done without Eve and Jennifer sniping at each other, too. The vows were long-winded and oddly I found them boring. It bums me out to admit that, knowing most of you loved them. The highlight was Sami’s appearance, drugged up and dressed in tattered clothing and rocking that smelly matted hair, yelling for her mother not to marry John. Cliffhanger Friday was brilliant – to me – in every way. We knew EJ is alive, but with the actor not wanting to return, will Sami be on this hunt for her true love forever?
Despite everything, I’ve always thought Marlena should be with Roman. #DAYS
— Darren Hubbard (@dreamdisturber) August 23, 2018
The shady cop vs. the serial killer
Hope tried everything to get her daughter to kick Ben out of the loft, but Ciara wouldn’t budge. It was good mother and daughter drama that could have been enhanced exponentially if Ciara and Hope were in more than two scenes every other month together. And if Hope could go ahead and remember that Claire’s her granddaughter, that would be great. Truthfully, Hope should do all she can to get Ben out of the loft after all he has done. I respect that. But without Ben living at the loft, eating cereal shirtless, we’d have to contend with the girls sniping at one another over 1950s bae. I’m down for shirtless stranglebae.
WilSon foreshadowing and quick payoff
There’s been a lot of debate over whether Sonny should have shared his feelings of love with Will. Some say, “He just needed to say it aloud and had no expectations,” but that’s a load of BS. If you profess your love, you’re expecting or at least hoping that it’ll be reciprocated. Some found the declaration disrespectful of Will and Paul’s relationship. Possibly. But it’s forgivable. It wasn’t even necessary because Will already knew. Sonny has never made that a secret. The scene felt too obvious that it was foreshadowing a reunion, especially when Will said, “I don’t love you. I love Paul and that’s not going to change.” Famous last words. And the next day we saw Will regain his memory. Chandler Massey rocked those scenes. It’s so good to finally have Will remember who he is and it was emotional for me to watch the guys reunite and I’m not the biggest WilSon fan, so I can’t imagine how diehard WilSon fans felt. I’m happy for them. I’m also heartbroken for poor Paul.
#Days Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith touched my soul today!!! Beautiful work!!!
— rodrigo santana (@rodrigo1993) August 24, 2018
I don’t know. I’m team #Horita, but Will remembering and Sami showing up saved what was a boring wedding and preparation in my opinion.
— Annie Goen (@TeamChadAndAbby) August 23, 2018
Remember, this is an opinion piece. Popular or not. Feel free to post your own in the comments – again, unpopular or not.
Abe, “Can I get a motorcycle? A videotape? Something?”
Susan, “You and John go together like peanut butter and bananas.”
“Easy cyclops,” Kristen tells Steve.
Will to Sonny, “I felt your love.”