I’m not a fan of bad sex myself.
When it comes to fiction and couples I’m rooting for, give me the fantasy every time. A million things can happen to prevent them having sex, or conversely they can have sex at the wrong time for all the wrong reasons, but if they hit the sheets I want fireworks and magic.
I’m still in shock, three months later, that Chelsea and Nick had bad sex. And on a show where plot points are routinely dropped and any consequences forgotten, the show has doggedly followed through with what must be the worst case scenario after bad sex. Apparently you only get one shot to satisfy your girlfriend in bed. If the earth doesn’t move the first time, her desire for you is completely dead. Poor Nick! Any young male virgins in the Days viewing audience must be traumatized. (Though perhaps it will encourage them not to sleep with their crush’s mother?)
Come to think of it, I’m a little traumatized myself. Watching Chelsea be attracted to Stupid Agent Man Jett Carver has been an excruciating viewing experience. But lately, there have been glimmers. Yes, we had to watch Chelsea cooing over the wounded Jett and blaming herself for his injury and the loss of his job. Never mind that Jett was shot, and lost his job, through his own ineptitude and incompetence, while Nick lost his job because he went against his conscience and disposed of evidence because Chelsea asked him to. (I know, I know, Nick should have turned her down. Still, her remorse over this incident has been an infinitessimal fraction of what it should be.) Yes, we had to watch Stephanie question Chelsea about having feelings for Jett, and watch Chelsea coyly deny it.
But, things are decidedly looking up. Two weeks ago (week of 9/17) Chelsea jumped to Nick’s defense with China Lee, and threaded her arm through his when China Lee said insinuatingly that Nick was a sweet man. She’s also been drawn into the mystery of who these two children really are, which I hope will continue. Last week, Chelsea told Nick that keeping those children was the brave thing to do, which was a major step forward given how often she’s accused him of being spineless. The show seems to be playing with the idea of whether Nick is a hero or a sucker—or both. And what that means for how Chelsea feels about him.
Wonderful stuff. But what about Bad Sex? Well, we also got to hear Chelsea say that she wanted Nick to love her the way she loved him.
“Like a brother?” Nick asks, ruefully.
And Chelsea says that boyfriends may come and go, but a brother stays in your life forever.
Why am I encouraged by this? Well, there have been moments, and Rachel Melvin is making the most of them, suggesting that perhaps Chelsea isn’t as neutral as she thinks. Her persistent questioning about whether Nick had a girl in his bedroom is one example. Later, when Nick leaned in for a kiss, Chelsea seemed tempted for a moment before she kissed him on the cheek instead.
And perhaps the show has beaten me down so much that I’m just grateful for what isn’t happening. I’m grateful that Chelsea isn’t dating Nick and drawn to Jett. I’m grateful that Nick isn’t caving to Chelsea’s every wish. I’m grateful that Nick and Chelsea aren’t getting together and breaking up every other episode anymore.
But to me this feels like a platonic platform to build from. Chelsea can date Jett for awhile until her eyes are opened to his utter vapidity. Nick and Chelsea can be thrown together on this mystery of the kids. Let Chelsea realize how much she still cares just as Nick decides to move on, let her suffer for a bit, let the longing build … and then bring on the Great Sex.