The weaving together of storylines is back. The quality dialogue is back. The momentum and energy are back.
Hooray for NotSweeps!
Some of my favorite scenes of the week were Chelsea and Sami together. Poor Chelsea is feeling very alone after the revelation that her new MaybeBoyfriend slept with her mother. Oh, and her father thinks she set fire to his house. Sami knows a thing or two about being in bad with everyone, so she was in the unfamiliar position of being able to mother someone (I haven’t forgotten Will, I just think Sami acts like an eager-to-please beagle around him, not a mother). I loved the moment when Chelsea was upset and Lucas went to her, but Sami waved him off and took Chelsea in her arms. That was a nice couple moment for Sami and Lucas, too.
Chelsea seems immune to the EJ charm. Good for her.
Speaking of EJ, we need James Scott to shoot a little scene. EJ is camped out by Stefano’s bedside, or even just chatting with him on his cell phone. He says, “Yes, Steve is handily under my control. I don’t even have to use the tarot card anymore. Rightnow he’s a mass of free-flowing violence and aggression. All he needs is the suggestion of a target and he’ll be good to go. The only thing that worries me is his tiresome soft spot for Kayla. But I’m confident if we keep him away from her that everything will go smoothly.”
The reason we need this? Internal logic. I’m guessing that, like me, most viewers don’t know someone personally who has been brainwashed.(Safe bet?) We need someone on the show to clue us in so we know what to expect. Is all going according to plan? Is Steve’s violence and anger part of the brainwashing, or is Steve fighting against the brainwashing? We probably haven’t heard about EJ’s plans for Steve because there’s a surprise coming up, but we need a framework of reference.
I wasn’t going to mention this because it’s so depressing, but the ratings for last week (week of 3/5) were some of the lowest ever for Days. I will agree that February wasn’t terrific, but it was still better than anything I saw that JER did. And last week was when it got better again!
I don’t get it.