Whenever I get too depressed about Days, I like to cast my mind back to when I tuned back into the show this time around. This was in November of 2005. I hadn’t watched Days, or any soap, since 1989. But I was on maternity leave and I thought it would be fun to watch Days while I was at home with the baby.
Little moments stick in my memory. Alex North hypnotizing Marlena at the penthouse, while an insanely jealous John spied on her with a telescope from Kate’s apartment. All the irritating anvils about Shawn’s special bond with his “goddaughter” Claire. Judgmental!Lucas. Shawn and Belle’s “true love”—how I grew to hate that phrase! Sami working for Austin and landing an important account because the inventor’s wife was a bimbo and felt that Sami understood her, or something.
So much dreck. Bad stories, bad dialogue, glacial pacing.
There was, however, one bright spot. And that was Sami’s romantic and professional rivalry with her co-worker, Nicole. Both of them were idiots, true, but that was true of everyone on the show then. Neither one of them did a lick of actual work, and God knows Austin was no prize. But they were the only part of the show that I watched with actual enjoyment. Nicole had a way with a one-liner, and her comparative cool was the perfect foil for Sami’s frantically misdirected energy. I liked her so much that when I wrote my first letter to Ken Corday the next summer, I said that I would love to see Arianne Zukor return to the show.