I have rather been enjoying Loony Marlena lately. I admit I like Bat Shit Crazy Marlena best, the one who promised to kill EJ and then plead insanity, but Loony Marlena has her moments. Her hope and doubt about John being alive has settled quickly into a little smug half-smile that she knows something no one else knows.
Crystal, the psychic who may or may not be conning Marlena, is played by Ashlee Holland, the winner of I Wanna Be a Soap Star, and she has a thirteen week contract on the show. Her character is a wee bit familiar to Days audiences, hmm, woman of color full of dire, mysterious pronouncements, with a great rack. So far, though, I am liking Ashlee. I always enjoy it when a new character is introduced with some intrigue and mystery.
But back to Marlena. Unfortunately, today (1/4) we saw very little of Marlena being either loony or bat shit crazy. In fact she was back in my least favorite mode, enabling Belle. We got some interesting insights into the workings of the GHH* mind, though, when Marlena counseled Belle on the fallout from her infidelity.
1. “There is nothing that can’t be forgiven.”
2. “Look, I know how you feel. I know how it feels to be in love with two men. I understand it, so I understand how it makes everybody you love hurt.”
3. “[Shawn] loves you. He just can’t talk about it. It’ll hurt him. It’ll upset him. He’ll fall apart. He can’t do that.”
4. “Soul mates are so special. Some people believe that they’re bound together forever.”
5. “You wish… you wish your daddy were here with arms stretched out for you, don’t you? Oh, my baby, baby. I know. I know.”
Sami even joined in with her nauseating comment, “Most of the time, you do a pretty good impression of being perfect.” Ick.
I am cheering for Shawn for saying he’s going to divorce Belle and stop letting her ruin his life (while also cynically expecting that it will not last). But Brandon’s Beemer’s one expression and single tone of voice give me nothing to hang on to for this character. Does he love Belle and feel tortured by this decision? Is he angry? Is he relieved? Who knows?
But this did provide some unintentional humor, when Hope shrieked at him to “Let it out!” There’s nothing there!
*Glittery hoo-ha: a woman who always has at least two men in love with her while doing nothing to deserve it, and whose many, many transgressions are smiled upon indulgently by the rest of Salem. The four words I would use to describe the classic GHH are: passive, smug, entititled, and faithless.