I have complained about the formulaic nature of some of the plots (or if I haven’t, I meant to). Psycho ex-girlfriend back to cause trouble. Life threatening diseases. Brainwashed/back from the dead/amnesia. Haven’t seen that before!
And yet, I really don’t know where any of these plots are going right now. Yes, John will get his memory back. Ava will be overcome (and probably redeemed). Chelsea will recover. But, I don’t know how any of these things will happen, and that is a good thing. Is Phillip going to be paired with Morgan or Chloe? I don’t know! (But despite the hypnotic effect of the Teh Cleavage
I’m rooting for Morgan.)
But then I look at EJami. What a mess. I’m sure their fans are still dedicated (shippers don’t give up that easily, as I know only too well). But as a “willing to go along for the ride” fan, I can’t understand why EJami has been so lackluster. I think Higley might have succeeded in doing what Hogan never could. The rape couldn’t kill them, but banality can.
I see it as a death by a thousand cuts. This couple has been mishandled from the beginning. The rape is the least of it. You take a couple with powerhouse chemistry and you throw the kitchen sink at them. There was the insta-redemption of Sami, which stripped away many of the things that made Sami so popular for so long. There was EJ’s whiplash transformation from a mystery man to Psychotic Uber-villain, then even more inexplicably to a doting daddy. EJ’s feelings for Sami have gone from attraction to obsession to love, and Sami’s for EJ … well, I can’t even say. In the current incarnation EJami has been reinvented yet again as bickering co-parents.
Honestly, I have no idea how they are supposed to feel for each other now. From what I hear from Sami, she is still pining for Lucas and can’t believe she is stuck married to EJ. Ali Sweeney is giving me nothing in terms of UST or longing (for Lucas OR EJ), and even the smoldering James Scott hasn’t been smoldering as much as usual. I was watching Days on Wednesday after Sami and EJ quarreled again about Nicole, and I was actually in the middle of the thought, “I guess they aren’t going for EJami after all … ” when Marlena made her comment about Sami possibly having feelings for EJ she wasn’t acknowledging. Well, it was news to me, and I’ve been looking.
Beware the power of the monkey’s paw. For days, all I could think about was how much I looked forward to Ava finally getting out of this Flashdance-inspired outfit:
But then she did. She took it off … to get naked in bed with Steve. Be careful what you wish for!