So, how are we all feeling?
It was quite a roller coaster of quality this week, wasn’t it? We had the highs:
Anything involving Mr. Decker. Man, I love this guy. Rachel Melvin rocked as usual on Monday (1/28) with the reveal of what happened to Ford, and all the other actors in the scene played off each other beautifully. Steve’s confrontation with Mr. Decker was also great, especially when Steve pointed out that if Decker hadn’t worked so hard to get his son off from the rape charges, he might be alive today. I also loved the police station scenes, when Stephanie pointed out that Mr. Decker might not like his son’s name being dragged through the mud as a serial rapist.
People at work!
My head almost exploded with all the job talk on Tuesday’s episode (1/29). Was this really Days? Kayla and Lexie were shown at work, Tony and Anna were talking about buying businesses and getting new jobs. Though I had to laugh at the idea of Lexie “blackmail me and I’ll lie to my patients” Carver getting her license back, and made the new Chief of Staff on top of that. Oh well, why not?
Speaking of Anna, how great was it to see her?
80’s Bope flashbacks!
It was the lamest of wrap-ups to the Quad of Everlasting Doom, but Phillip free of Belle? Worth every penny, even the gag-worthy soulmate talk.
And then … there were the lows:
JER style dialogue with the arrival of Colleen, with the added bonus of making no sense, since no one would be likely to recognize Colleen anyway.
You’re supposed to be dead … You must be her! … It can’t be … It is. It is her … It’s not possible. Can you really be her? etc.
I admit I am still intrigued by what Colleen’s role could be in all this, and I’ll hope that the dialogue improves, if only for poor Shirley Jones’s sake.
Then there was Marlena going over to the dark side, gloating gleefully all the while …
And worse, she was enabled by the worst police officer in Salem—and that’s saying something. When Roman said that he wasn’t going to ask Marlena any more questions about Stefano’s stroke, and Marlena threw her arms around him and gasped “Oh, thank you! Thank you!”, how I hated him. I hope he hated himself too. I think Josh Taylor hated playing it:
I thought Roman couldn’t sink any lower, but I was wrong. When he was questioning Lexie about the reasons for Stefano’s paralysis, it was so obvious that all he wanted to know was if his precious Marlena was going to get away with it.
And the really low lows, which wasn’t this week but bears a mention:
But the burning question is: what about next week? Is it going to be Mr. Decker good, or Memories-on-a-CD bad?
screencaps courtesy nbc.com and chit-chat-haven.com