Maggie: My restaurant is green!
Bo and Hope: Our house is greener!
Daniel: I’m, like, all green and technical and stuff.
Nick: Not a chance, buddy. I’m the greenest geek in town.
Caroline: Green beer for everyone!
Steve and Kayla: We just gave birth to a green baby!
Okay, I made up that last one. Maybe next week, eh?
Days has taken on topical social issues before, but there is usually more of an effort to integrate said social issue into the plot. I remember when Jo left her abusive husband and we spent an entire episode in a women’s shelter, learning about how they help women. The storyline about Steve and Kayla opening a community center included lots of public service announcements about kids and gangs and “hey, stay in school, kid.” But Jo and her abusive husband were part of a dynamic, powerful plot, and even the community center stuff involved shootouts, tense hostage situations, and the rivalry between Steve, Kayla, and Jack.
All this green talk has exactly none of that. The closest we’ve come to plot integration is Nick’s grant project involving alternative sources of energy. All the other stuff about Maggie’s green restaurant, etc., is just plunked down in the scene without any attempt to connect it with the stories going on. Compared to this, the green Lumi wedding (complete with corporate sponsors) was meaty drama.
Also, if they are setting out to do a straight-up public service announcement, it would help if they actually, you know, informed us of stuff. We heard that Bo and Hope’s house, Maggie’s restaurant, the Brady Pub, and the hospital are all “green” now, but we don’t know what that entails. I think Bo and Hope may have mentioned something about energy efficient light bulbs, but then I also may have succumbed to the temptation to fast-forward. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but the only thing I see in these scenes is a lot of smug self-congratulation. It’s begging to be deflated by someone like Nicole holding a martini and saying, “Um, I think this olive is organic. Does that count?”