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Yesterday’s episode was odd.

No offense to True O’Brien, but I don’t think Paige was really worthy of such a grand send-off. The fantasy sequences were all right, when Eve was imagining Paige’s graduation and such, but there were too many of them. And the “ghost Paige” scenes at the graveyard? Sorry, but … no.

There were some good moments, of course. I loved seeing Eve with Justin while Eddy looked on broodingly. A Martinez did a great jealous look when he came into the funeral and saw them together.

Eddy was the best part of the episode. I liked the closing scene, Eddy offering a reward for finding Chad without consulting anyone. It’s a great way to raise the stakes for Chad  – and for Rafe. The tension between Rafe and Eddy about Gabi was well done, Rafe saying he won’t tell her about Eddy and Eddy saying it’s not his decision to make. I think Eddy will tell her himself, and Gabi will be the reason he decides to stay in town.

This was a great opening scene, Rafe withholding the truth from Gabi about Paige:


It’s a great way to show Eddy is right — Rafe shouldn’t make the decision for her. But we understand why he’s doing it.


I loved Chad bickering with Andre. They sound like brothers already! The best moment was when Chad said Clyde was the only person he knew who hated him AND “had the brains” to set him up. Ha! Great indirect slam at Ben.

Honestly, I don’t think the Brady/Theresa scenes worked well at all. His scolding her while she was crying about Paige felt off, tonally, and then his turnaround when he gave her his approval was abrupt and weird. I hate the way Brady comes off with her sometimes, like a disapproving uncle. She gives him this wounded-calf look, too, when he’s scolding her, that keeps me from seeing them as equals.


But I did really enjoy her scenes with Eve. On to next week!

Golden boy

I love when I still enjoy the show, even when my favorites aren’t on.  Though I guess Eve and Chad are my favorites now — and Andre too! Andre and Chad were fantastic today. I can tell I am really going to enjoy Thaao with Billy Flynn. So many great little barbs, like when Chad sarcastically put up air quotes when he said “our” father.  And then when Andre called Chad “hopelessly stupid” for giving money to the homeless guy. Hee!

I also loved the spike of jealousy from Andre, when he said Chad was the golden boy 2.0 – like EJ was – the favored one, while Andre does all the dirty work and gets taken for granted.


I’m glad that Chad didn’t give the homeless guy the money, because I agree with Andre — it would be a perfect way to destroy his credibility as a witness. Of course, he’s not much of a witness anyway. I felt for Chad when the guy started ranting and raving and didn’t recognize him anymore. And now Justin knows where Chad is hiding out! They are doing a good job keeping the tension going here.

I thought the scene with Theresa and Anne was surprisingly affecting. It’s true, when you try to change bad habits, sometimes that means leaving friends behind. I think I was particularly happy with it because it was so unexpected — their friendship was not something I expected to be on the new writers’ radar at all. It was a breakup scene!


Calling the Kiriakis mansion the house of judgment and slut shaming was priceless. And I’m curious to see if any of Anne’s prophecies will prove true — that Theresa will slip up, and no one will be there to pick her up. Theresa saying she’s doing this because she’s hoping Brady will fall in love with her again — well, let’s just say that’s a bad sign.

And finally, I was also pleasantly surprised by Jennifer/Eve scene. When Eve started out by being so hostile, I was almost ready to fast-forward — I got so sick of Eve’s over the top hostility to Jennifer over the summer. But it broke my heart when she asked Jennifer to tell her that actually she did step into Eve’s place with Paige, because she wanted Paige to have had someone before she died. And then, when she asked her to lie to her and say that Paige would have forgiven her someday. That was really well written, really well done. I didn’t see the end of the scene because of the news report — was Jen talking about Jack when she said she had lost something too?

Family time

Who else was crying buckets at the Kayla/Caroline scenes today?


When Caroline didn’t recognize Kayla, the expression on Kayla’s face killed me. The dialogue in the scene was great, with Caroline knowing some things and not others, and winding up with her insistence that she can’t go to the “other side,” because her family needs her. And Victor was so sweet to Caroline, and talked to her so reassuringly when Kayla was too upset — and that makes sense too. And I teared up even more when Victor said “I’m Victor,” and Caroline said, “Of course you are.” I love their relationship.

Caroline’s deterioration has happened fast. But that’s the benefit of changing Caroline’s illness from Alzheimer’s to something unnamed – you can do whatever you want!

My other favorite scenes today, surprisingly, were Aiden’s scenes with Chase and Ciara.


I loved the monopoly game and how Ciara gave money to Chase when he was losing – just like Hope did with Aiden. I liked how Aiden sat down to play with them, only to get cleaned out — again, just like real life. But he didn’t get mad or frustrated, and was very sweet comforting the two children about the serial killer on the loose. (Lauren Boles was fantastic. I am going to miss her so much.) I liked how they didn’t play this as Aiden being inadequate, or duplicitous. He might be a compulsive gambler and a liar, but he still has his moments.

Which brings me to another good thing about this episode: so many people were talking about the serial killer! Because you would, if two women were murdered in your small city. In general, I felt that the people I was seeing lived in the same town, and existed in the same space-time continuum. And let’s just say that’s a welcome change.


Hurray! We got to see Eric today!

I wasn’t crazy about his sweater, but at this point he could have been wearing a muumuu and I would still be happy to see him.


Eric and Marlena were both pretty low-key about the fact that she was attacked and almost killed. All in a day’s work for Dr. Evans, apparently.

There was some good dialogue showing us where Eric is, emotionally, right now. I liked his tone of rueful lightness as he summarized his loss of the priesthood and his two failed relationships. I liked how he said both that Nicole betrayed him, and that she turned her life around. It was quick but it covered the basics. :) I liked how he talked about feeling a little beat up, a little lost, and how Marlena encouraged him to take on new challenges. Like a new job!

The whole episode was nice and light, after yesterday’s doomfest. They went for some cheap laughs with the three town bitches trying to cooperate to run to a company, but Ari, Lauren, Jen Lilley, and Eric Martsolf were obviously having fun with it. I liked Brady’s moment of self-congratulation at what a good dad he was going to be, after he scolded Kate and Nicole and told them to play nicely in the sandbox. And then Kate and Nicole abruptly (maybe a little too abruptly, but why quibble?) dropped their animosity and ganged up against Theresa, which was unexpected and very funny. I’m glad Theresa is going to have to work for her chance.

And then, and then — Eric and Nicole were in a scene together! For about five seconds! But still! A scene!


I’m intrigued by this turnaround regarding the job offer. Instead of Nicole persuading him to take it, it looks like Eric will have to go after it and prove he’s better than the “master” Kate has lined up. This is a great twist. Eric’s character has sometimes been written as a little too passive, so if he gets a fire lit under him to prove he’s a better photographer than Mr. Giovanni Whatever, I’m all for it.

Now, let’s just hope Eric and Nicole will continue the conversation tomorrow! Or is that too much to hope for?

What did you all think about that Thrady kiss? I know some people would say it’s too soon, and I agree, but I actually kind of liked it. I thought Brady’s gushing about what a success she’s going to be was a little much, but I liked the kiss itself. I even felt a little zing of chemistry. I wanted a slightly longer beat after the kiss — a moment when they just stare at each other, before he walked off. But I liked that a kiss — ironically — ruined the moment they were having.

Justin and Eve! I can’t decide if I’m shipping Eveddy or Jeve – I’ll take either! I liked how she went in to the police station as an avenging angel (or “got a little gangster,” in her words, hee!) and Justin understood where she was coming from and was able to talk her down and offer some comfort. Justin does like to come to the aid of distressed ladies. I remember how sweet he was to Adrienne when they first met, when she was reeling from killing her father after being raped by him.

It looks like Justin and Adrienne are each going to distrust each other, even as they innocently (so far) turn to others. I like that because the distrust makes sense, after their mutual betrayals earlier this year. Adrienne was upset when she saw Justin with Eve — but then said she was sure he was just comforting her for the loss of her daughter. Then, Adrienne confided in Lucas (but not Justin) about her cancer gene test. Back with Justin, she clearly conveyed she is hiding something.

Speaking of the cancer gene test:


Look at these two! I like how this story is starting out, with her worrying about the test and knowing that it doesn’t help to worry. It’s very realistic. It’s better than how illness stories usually start:  mysterious fainting spells, that of course our character doesn’t tell anyone about, until she/he collapses in a dramatic fashion.

The anvils are falling fast and furious that Lani is Abe’s daughter, aren’t they? Watch they’ll surprise us and she won’t be. “Long lost daughter? No! I just thought he had a nice face.”

Women behaving stupidly

Hope and Abby.

This is me shaking my head sorrowfully at you, and telling you how very, very disappointed I am.


The National Bank of Hope: bad credit OK!

Hope gave Aiden $100,000 after hearing his sob story about getting in debt. Then she told him they would “skip the details,” so he didn’t even have to come up with a good lie.

Meanwhile, Abby assured Ben she was ready to leave town with him, and then when he said they could stay, thanked him. Are they going for battered woman syndrome here?

This is a pretty great look, though, after Ben has said he would do “anything” for her:


Jennifer and JJ were enjoyable today. I’ve actually gotten pretty attached to JJ, which I didn’t realize until he walked in today and I was so glad to see him! I even found Roman fairly tolerable in those scenes.

But here’s a question:  if you find a bug, is it a good idea to continue talking about it, and the person you think planted it, while holding it in your hand?

Can’t wait to see what’s in the pills Steve found! And I really can’t take much more of Bo being tortured. Hurry, Steve, hurry!

ETA: I’m out of the loop for a day, and look what I miss! EJ and Sami were on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. This is a fantastic story. If somehow you missed it like I did, head over to my brother blogger mykleraus’s site to watch the clip and read all about it!


We’re on premium cable, EJ! Isn’t it wonderful?


Storm drain

It’s too bad I’m not just a little bit further in my clip watching – being able to discuss the emeralds storyline/first kiss, after they showed the clip this week, would be great synchronicity. But Stockholm has so many wonderful moments, so let’s savor one of them.

The phrase “storm drain” doesn’t sound very romantic, does it? But to a Steve and Kayla fan, it’s magical:

This is the probably the first time we see Steve be this sweet and solicitous, and certainly the first time we see him act that way toward Kayla. I love how Kayla is looking at him wonderingly through all of this, even as she is responding to him. There’s a note of “Who are you and what have you done with Steve?”

I love the scene with the blanket. Steve’s “I can only see half of you,” as he gestures to his one eye, is very funny. And perhaps it’s telling that he can joke about his eye with Kayla now.

I love the moment when he is rubbing her shoulders, and he leans close and almost kisses her ear. Then, when she turns around, a real almost-kiss. I love the silence in this scene, how they are staring at each other, and moving closer and closer, for what feels like an eternity.

It killed me at the time when Helga interrupted them, but I’m glad this wasn’t their first kiss – mostly because of Steve’s orange vest. I can’t imagine that being his outfit for such an important moment!

Afterward, it’s so wonderful for Kayla to get Helga’s perspective on Steve, after everyone and his brother has warned her away from Steve these last few months. Helga’s line, “When he is your friend, he will do anything for you,” is especially good. It hints at the love-without-limits aspect of his personality, that we’ve seen glimpses of  — like his rescue of Bo from the forklift — but we’ll see more and more of as time goes on.

And then the final exchange of looks at Steve pauses by the door. I swear they do this every time one of them leaves a room during this time period, and I never get tired of it. Steve looks like he has to wrench himself away, that gaze is pulling him in so strongly.

What day is it?

Yesterday’s episode did not feel like a Friday. I wondered if I had a Chad-style blackout and it was Monday already. Lots of setups and introductions.

But, I enjoyed it for all that. I am so in love with Eve and Eddy, it’s not even funny. When they started arguing about the funeral arrangements, and she treated his choir suggestion with such withering sarcasm, I thought it was very realistic — funny and painful at the same time. And I loved her insight that all of this tender solicitude was him putting on a performance for his other family. Methinks Eve hath got his number.


For months, the boards have been going nuts trying to figure out why Thaao, who we knew was playing Andre, kept calling Stefano “daddy” and Chad “brother.” Well, here’s one of the first lines Andre said to Stefano today: “When we found out I was your biological son … ” So, that takes care of that. Next!


I kind of wish Andre had gotten a more dramatic introduction. The man was dead! He was shot, fell off a roof, and then pulled the plug on his own life support. I know that to a Dimera, all this is no worse than cutting yourself shaving, but shouldn’t they try to offer some explanation?


The other introduction was Lani Price, a new police officer with the Salem PD. I see that I was right that the show is going to connect her to Abe, most likely as his long-lost daughter with Tamara Price, played by Marilyn McCoo back in 1986. I laughed out loud when Rafe asked what brought her to Salem from sunny Florida, and she said, “I have a hidden agenda.” Don’t they all?

Also, Florida? Maybe she knows Ben!

We also got the start of a new storyline with Adrienne. She talked to her mom (Jo!) at the beginning of the episode, then went to see Kayla about getting tested for a gene that predisposes you for cancer. I tend not to like illness stories, but this is true to history, because Jo had a cancer story back in the late 80’s, so kudos for that. Kayla was so wonderful and reassuring with Adrienne, and I really enjoyed the scene. That said, during most of it I was filled with a sense of crushing disappointment that we aren’t going to see Steve and Adrienne’s reunion scene. But at least the show remembered they are related.

Speaking of history, I have to give the show credit on the Britta reference from the other day — I underestimated you, Higriff! I still say there was something off about the dialogue for Steve and Victor that day, but yesterday we found out this Claudia was hired to pretend to be Britta’s daughter, which makes sense. And Steve got another lead.


Why was the scene taking place on Victor’s plane? Is Steve living there now?

While Steve was rebuffing Claudia’s advances (at least we know there is no twist coming that she is really his daughter with Britta!), Kayla was hanging out with a surprisingly bitchy Hope. Sure, she asked her to be her matron of honor, but then she scoffed at the idea of this being Steve’s “last mission,” and the idea of Bo being in trouble. I think Kristian could have played Hope’s lines as the desperation of denial, because I think that’s more what was intended. It’s hard to watch her certainty about Bo’s abandonment when we are watching him suffer in captivity. I don’t know if the purpose of this story is to make Hope look bad, but that’s what happened. I’m so ready for Steve to bring Bo home and get this story moving along.

The best part of the episode was the short phone call between Steve and Kayla at the end. Definitely a softening there.


Kayla reacts to Steve’s line: “I just told him all the reasons I have for loving you.”

Sorry this post is so all over the place — there was a lot going on!