Higley’s repetitive, layer-free dialogue is still a major sticking point for me, but I’ll give her props (she is now officially announced as headwriter) for one thing: she is much, much better than Hogan at introducing new characters.
Morgan isn’t exactly a new character, but she’s been sitting around with nothing much to do for quite a few months now. Since the resolution of Ford Decker, we’ve seen her mostly in best friend sidekick mode, in scenes with Chelsea and Stephanie. That’s as it should be. A new character does best supporting existing characters and storylines, so we can get to know them and like them before they are given a storyline of their own. This is particularly important before throwing him or her into a romantic pairing, which is always Days’ ultimate goal.
We’ve gotten to know Morgan pretty well now, as a wealthy Southern Belle with, loyal and friendly but with a bitchy side. Her friend chemistry with Chelsea and Stephanie is very natural and believable. (I really like this trio of younger actresses. I think they are the most promising younger set we’ve had for quite some time.) We’ve seen her strike sparks with Max, which is a good sign for her romantic potential. We’ve seen her play hurt and a little bit vulnerable, after Max dumped her in favor of his niece. And it doesn’t hurt that she is absolutely gorgeous, like in this shot with her daddy on the pier:
Also skillful (so far) is the introduction of Paul Hollingsworth, Morgan’s dad, as Generic Customs Official Guy, who John decided to bribe in his quest to best to Kiriakis shipping empire. It was only viewers whose ears perked up at the name “Hollingsworth” who would guess a connection to a sorority girl in another storyline. We know Morgan is wealthy, so as we went forward I appreciated the reference to a recent divorce and how it was his ex-wife who had the money. I have no idea what role Paul with be playing on the show, but I’m intrigued to find out more about Morgan’s family and background.
It was a thrill to see Stephanie and Phillip in the same room this week—that has been my dream pairing for awhile now—even though the show was quite clearly testing Phillip and Morgan, rather than Phillip and Stephanie. Still, I am excited for that too. Because while I supported Phloe/Chloe at first on the basis of ABB (Anybody But Belle), after Belle was no longer a threat Chloe began to grate on my nerves. That wide-eyed, vacant stare! Based on yesterday’s scenes (3/27), Chloe is still very much a part of the picture, but I love that they seem to be casting the net wider and chemistry-testing Jay with other actresses.
In fact, this is the first time since I’ve been back that I haven’t known exactly who everyone was fated to be with, and that is a very, very good thing.