Incest is Best

Grossed out by Stephanie and Max? Unsure whether you could get over it if your mother took your boyfriend’s virginity?

I’ve been reviewing my Days history in my new book (Days of Our Lives: A Complete History of the Long-Running Soap Opera, by Maureen Russell), and incest and parent/child lover sharing is a long and illustrious tradition in Salem. Here are some former plotlines that pinged on the Ewww! scale for me:

5. Everyone knows about Doug hooking up with, and marrying, and having a child with, his ladylove Julie’s mother, Addie. But did you know that Addie, on her “deathbed” (where she didn’t die after all, not then anyway) summoned Julie to her bedside and “willed” Doug to her? Thanks, Mom!

4. Dr. Neil Curtis, a gambler and womanizer, married a wealthy, much older woman, Phyllis Anderson, in order to pay his gambling debts. She became pregnant. But Phyllis saw the growing attraction between her husband and her grown daughter Mary and was tortured with jealousy. One night Neil got drunk, made a pass at her daughter, and passed out. When Phyllis tried to move his unconscious body, she had a miscarriage. After that Neil and Mary had an affair, and Phyllis finally left him.

3. I remembered (from my first time around watching) that when Kim Brady was involved with Shane, she slept with Victor Kiriakis (to save Shane’s life, of course) and got pregnant soon after. She didn’t know who the father was. What I didn’t remember is that Caroline had dropped the bomb that one of her children was fathered by Victor, but didn’t say who. So Kim thought for awhile that she might be pregnant by her own father!

Also, when it was finally revealed that it was Bo who was Victor’s son, the “reveal” that Andrew was Victor’s son (actually switched test results by Emma) happened not long after. So Victor suddenly had two children, by mother (Caroline) and daughter (Kim). And Bo was Andrew’s brother, and his uncle, at the same time.

2. Tony DiMera’s incest has been retconned in and out of existence. But here’s the story: back in the 80’s, he fell in love with a woman named Renee DuMonde. Before they could consummate their relationship, they found out to their horror that Renee was actually his half-sister through Stefano, and her “sister,” Lee DuMonde, was actually her mother. Awhile later, Daphne, Tony’s mother, confided in Tony that Stefano was not actually his natural father. Tony happily had sex with his ex-sister, but she was murdered the same night.

When Tony came back on the show in the 90’s, his past was retconned to make him Stefano’s son after all, which made his hookup with Renee incest. Since he’d already had one sister, hey, what the hell, might as well go for another one. He then fell in love with and married his adopted sister, Kristen.

Now that Tony’s past has been retconned yet again so that the guy who came back in the 90’s is actually his cousin Andre, both instances of incest have been wiped out in one fell swoop. Andre would be Kristen’s first cousin by adoption (which is no relation at all by Salem standards). And they have obviously retained Daphne’s revelation about Tony’s birth father, since Tony has made several comments recently about not being a DiMera by blood—which means his hookup with Renee is not technically incest either.

Further retcons may change this, however.

1. But the all-time winner on the Ewww! scale, as far as I’m concerned, is Marie Horton. When the show began, she was a graduate student dating a young man named Tony Merritt (who was not related to her at all). When he left her, her first course of action was to immediately marry his father. After that didn’t work out, she began falling in love with a new doctor at the hospital. This new doctor turned out to be … none other than her long-lost brother Tommy, presumed dead in Korea, with amnesia and a new face! As my book puts it, “While overjoyed to have her brother back alive, Marie was shocked and confused to have fallen in love with him.” Confusing indeed. I don’t blame her for running off to a convent after that.

Incidentally, when she got out of the convent, Marie had a non-incestuous, but still twisted (and really, really watchable), relationship with Alex Marshall. It turned out that they had had a sadomasochistic relationship (really!) many years previously, resulting in the birth of a daughter, who Marie gave up for adoption. This daughter naturally turned up in Salem. Marie did everything she could to prevent Jessica Blake from finding out who she really was, because she was worried what knowing the truth might do to her.

This might seem overzealous, but Marie’s worry turned out to be well-founded. When Jessica found out the truth she developed a multiple personality disorder from the stress. Hee! She eventually recovered, married a nice young man named Joshua Fallon, moved away from Salem, and had a son: our own Nick Fallon.

Who, of course, has his own incestuous story, since he lost his virginity to Billie and is now happily dating (and having sex with) her daughter Chelsea.

And so it continues, as the Salem gene pool shrinks ever smaller.

10 thoughts on “Incest is Best

  1. Hee, these are great. I had no idea Neal had an affair with his stepdaughter, shame on him! And I missed out during the time Kimberly worried that sleeping with Victor was an incestuous act.

    Does kind of put Stax in its place huh?

  2. I know, Neil was such an upstanding citizen later!

    I found another one, Tripp, and this one’s for you, since you and I were both so traumatized by Chick’s bad!sex:

    Mickey Horton had an affair with his secretary, Linda Phillips, when he thought his wife Laura was having an affair with his brother Bill. Meanwhile, his son (actually Bill’s son, but that didn’t come out until later) Mike Horton had traumatic bad sex with a woman named Trish. Apparently it was so bad that afterwards he thought he might be gay. Linda Phillips, having been dumped by Mickey, took pity on his son Mike and had sex with him to prove he wasn’t gay.

    Then, later, Mike and Trish actually fell in love and had a real relationship, and presumably had good sex. So bad sex for rootable couples has happened before!

  3. Well, I guess that should let me feel better, but given I have never heard of Trish in regards to Mike…it doesn’t. 😦

    But this does tell me bad!sex with Chick could have been worse, we didn’t go through Nick believing himself to be gay. (Course, Nick didn’t realize sex with Chelsea had been bad that first time).

  4. This is great maryp, I knew it was bad in town, but had forgotten just how bad. I’d also forgotten that at first Kim thought she might be Victor’s daughter. Or perhaps I blocked it out.

  5. Hee! This is why I don’t feel any scruples about being interested in Nillie while also rooting for Chick.

    Another one that I’ve been wondering about is Janice/Mike/Bill, but I’ve only seen a little bit of it here and there in old clips. Is it right that not only did father and son share a love interest, but she was also their adopted cousin/niece through Mickey and Maggie? As Tripp says, it puts Stax in its place.

  6. Ooh, I forgot about the Mike/Janice/Bill storyline. She was Mickey and Maggie’s adopted daughter, I think. And I know she had an affair with Bill (her adopted uncle) while she was also seeing Mike (her adopted cousin), although I don’t recall just how serious she and Mike really were.

    Hee! So there is a definite precedent to Stax.

  7. Oh yes, I forgot about that one too.

    What makes it especially weird is that Mike thought Mickey, Janice’s adoptive father, was also his father for all of his growing-up years, though it’s not clear to me if that overlaps with Janice’s childhood years with Mickey and Maggie (SORASing being what it is).

  8. Ive always been grossed out by the incest on Days of our lives and how it tends to go overlooked either by the writers or the fans who makes excuses for it.

    Do these writers have a database to show these family trees!

    For example – Bo and Hope are Sami’s uncle and aunt. Shawn is Sami’s cousin but hes married to Belle which is also Sami half sister. The inter-marrying and inter-sexual relationships needs to end on Days once Lucas was found out to be a Horton! He’s Hope’s first cousin and again Hope is Sami’s aunt.

    It’s so gross now. Granted it is a soap cmon now Ken Corday and his writing team needs to pay attention to these things.

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