I thought today (1/7) was a stellar episode. First of all, the crisscrossing cast interaction was fabulous. Let me use our Queen Bee, Marlena, as an example. She started out on her way to meet Crystal at the Brady Pub. She was delayed by a black-clad figure with a knife, Stefano’s houseguest, who seemed very threatening before he somewhat randomly brushed the snow off her car and de-iced her windshield wiper instead—hee! Belle and Roman came running up and they talked about the houseguest and about Crystal. In the meantime we saw Crystal decide to wait no longer and told Hope to tell Marlena her life is in danger. Marlena arrived and got the message from Hope, then when she heard about Lucas being attacked, she headed over to the police station to check on him. There, she threatened EJ and tried to browbeat him into testifying against Stefano, and told Sami that Lucas needs her support.
We’re a long way from two people standing in a hallway discussing a hairbrush for an entire episode.
We had two reveals for the price of one, in very well edited series of scenes of Chelsea and Stephanie telling Nick and Max their different confessions regarding Ford. I’m really curious what Nick’s reaction is going to be in the long run. I was glad that Nick did not immediately begin enabling Chelsea’s coverup of the crime (considering how often he has folded for her in the past), though I don’t want him to wash his hands of her either. I’d like to see him support her but encourage her to come forward. This storyline has been great with the twists and turns so far, and I’d love to see that continue. Could Crawford Decker be a wild card?
We got Shawn away from Belle, talking about building his own life. I’m not saying I like him, but I loathe him less.
And I save the best for last: I love Bev. Check out this dialogue:
Bo: This man is a DiMera.
Bev: Still not a crime. You see, even if Mr. DiMera doesn’t press charges against Mr. Horton, I have a statute that says it’s illegal to run around and shoot people.
Roman: Lucas is a good man.
Bev: Good men don’t resort to murder, Roman.
Bo: There are extenuating circumstances.
Bev: Circumstances or excuses?
Abe: Lucas has a good reputation.
Bev: Which any judge will take into consideration.
Bev: I’m getting a lot of heat. People are saying the Brady’s are using this department to protect their family.
Roman: Well, if we are, it’s for good reason.
Bev: Lucas Horton, with deliberate and intentional malice, tried to kill E.J. DiMera, and that’s how he’ll be prosecuted. I’m sorry. No deal.
Go Bev! Finally, someone points out that the Salem PD runs a Brady protection agency, that being a DiMera is not a crime, and being a “good person” does not justify homicide. And all three men just stood there looking like idiots. I loved it.
But, sigh, you know there are always things to dislike. Now I’m going to admit something. I’ve tried to hold out. I’ve rooted for Lumi in the past. But—I hate Lucas. I hate his constant judgmentalism. I hate the way he never puts Sami first, ever. I hate how he’s being propped by everyone these days.
I was enjoying the hell out of the EJ/Lucas fight with Carmine, until Lucas calmly said that EJ didn’t save his life, that it was rather the other way around. Yes, I’m sure you would have done fabulously well in a one-on-one fight with Carmine. Can you kill someone with an ankle bite?