I admit it. When Lucas said, “Don’t be upset, Mrs. Roberts. It’s your wedding day,” I cried. What a beautiful, understated line.
I wish I had seen a few more of Sami’s aborted weddings, so I could talk more specifically about the wedding curse. I’ll just say that it was genius, and torture, to have all the signs pointing toward a repeat of “Sami gets left at the altar” only to turn the formula on its head. I’ve said here multiple times that if Lucas stands by Sami, it would justify this whole storyline. And the Tiny Man came through.
He didn’t just keep an open mind. He believed in her before knowing the facts. That, to me, is love—especially for this couple, for this woman, who has never had anyone stand by her in her life.
(As a side note, it’s funny how I like different things for different couples. When Steve snaps into protective mode and grabs some guy by the shirt front, it always thrills me to the core. Maybe because it’s all part of his “actions speak louder than words” ethos. Seeing Lucas attack EJ, though I certainly wouldn’t object, wouldn’t be satisfying in the same way. But having Lucas stand by Sami, calmly and thoughtfully, as he did, was the perfect thrilling, romantic moment for this couple.)
I read some complaints that Sami shouldn’t have been dealing with so much angst on her wedding day. I beg to differ. Given Sami’s track record, a simple straightforward wedding would have been something of an anticlimax. I loved the moment of the reveal, because I was lulled into a romantic daze by the song and the montage, only to be jerked back into the drama with that incriminating photo. What a surprise! And after months of no drama and going around in circles, what a payoff!
I must say I was disappointed in Kate’s reaction when EJ told her about the rape (though of course he didn’t use the word) and the baby. She immediately latched onto it as something to use against Sami, without even a pause to consider any other factor—and there are many, many other factors. Sami did save her son’s life, didn’t she? EJ did shoot John that night, didn’t he? Sami isn’t in love with EJ, nor did she willingly sleep with him, so why is Kate is convinced that Sami is a trampy bitch out to hurt Lucas? We know Kate is capable of compassion. She felt more than a tremor of guilt for her part in imprisoning Mimi and Max all those months ago. The only thing I can think of is that hating Sami is so central to Kate’s worldview that if she lets herself question it, her whole world will come tumbling down.
I think Kate’s headed for a fall, though, something far worse than a slice of cake to the face. Sliding into bed with the devil—in more ways than one—is going to backfire on her in a big way. There will be a reckoning. Or so I believe.
Lumi were basically stuck as long as Sami was keeping the secret. Now that it’s out, the question is where to go from here. I’m very curious what Sheffer’s version of Lumi is going to be. In terms of plot, I hope Sami will finally provide evidence against EJ, since he no longer has a hold over her. I’d like to see the whole Who’s the Daddy situation dealt with in a grown-up way, with two people wrestling with a difficult situation. Sami and Lucas are off to New Orleans for their honeymoon, and I think the Dimeras have a New Orleans connection. Could this be the beginning of a mystery?
Hogan Sheffer said in an interview that he wanted to make Sami and Lucas like Nick and Nora Charles. I would love this. Bryan Datillo is best sparring and bantering with other characters, and he and Ali Sweeney can be very funny together. It’s a very different dynamic than the one she has with James Scott. It’s younger, yes, and sillier, which is the reason many people preferred Ejami. But if they dialed down the mushy stuff and let Lucas and Sami tease and snipe at each other—and other people—in the course of solving a mystery or perpetrating a scheme, I think I could grow to love Lumi.