In these days of ever-shortening seasons for high profile primetime shows (Lost, 24), every once in awhile I like to step back and marvel at the sheer mass of airtime soap writers have to fill.
These filler episodes can be a terrific opportunity to flesh out character, showcase atypical interactions, touch on interesting (and relevant) past storylines, or just let us hang out with these characters. And I am happy to say that the show did all four of these things in Tuesday’s delightful episode (5/6).
I enjoyed John’s quiet glee at finding out that the “real” John wasn’t such a saint after all. Sami filled him in on the gory details of his adulterous encounter with Marlena on a conference table (which Sami witnessed), along with sundry other unsavory moments in his past. These reminisces were punctuated by the appropriate flashbacks.
Hee! That intense stare, I remember it well.
Who better to fill him in than Sami? Witnessing that infamous conference table sex is what started her on her path to perdition. Sami’s hatred of John probably went on too long (and then was dropped too quickly as part of Sami’s redemption). But I’ve always been intrigued by the idea that the reason she hated him so much, and sided so passionately with Roman against him, was because she felt guilty for loving the man who was no longer her father more than the man who actually was her father. Roman was already losing his wife to John—if Sami had defected also it would have been a double betrayal.
I’m guessing J&M shippers probably weren’t happy with the inclusion of the flashback to Sub!sex with “Gina”/Hope, though personally I was more appalled by John’s acid washed jeans.