If past history is any guide, we’ll never find out why Stefano decided to trap everyone on the 7th floor of the hospital and gas them and mess with their heads.
It’s because he can.
I enjoyed this Event for the most part, though, for two reasons. One is that stories moved forward. EJ and Tony plan to challenge both John and Stefano to “take back” the DiMera name. EJ and Sami kissed, so Nicole stepped back from EJ, and Lucas decided to try for sole custody of Allie. Joe was DiMera-napped and implanted with something-or-other … and John and Marlena started to reconnect.
I’m no J&M fan, so maybe I’d see this differently if I were, but I found the whole thing heavyhanded and unmotivated to the extreme. The timing is almost an insult, since Ava just left town. The double-trouble scenes on Wednesday (8/20) were particularly annoying. Sam shows up and starts telling Marlena some home truths about how she’s let her obsession with saving John interfere with her sense of self—but then she apparently decided it was all a lost cause and told her to go for it after all.
Loved seeing these flashbacks though. Such shiny, shiny hair.
It was interesting to recognize Drake as oldJohn as soon as he appeared, with his slicked-down hair and more fluid body language. But again, the conversation left something to be desired. What oldJohn said about Marlena being the love of his life is no different than what everyone has been saying to nuJohn for months. Couldn’t they give John any particular insight into why he loooooves Marlena so much? Or how about oldJohn just showing up and beating the crap out of nuJohn? “You’re ruining my life!”
The other reason I enjoyed this event is that there were moments of character building and reflection. This was particularly interesting with Tony. His hallucination of Stefano telling him that he has no backbone, and that he’s always been a disappointment, brought out themes from twenty years ago. Tony back then was always torn between living up to his father’s expectations, or carving a life of his own apart from him. This flashback served at the perfect motivator for his proposal to EJ on Friday.
I look forward to a four-way power struggle between four very different DiMera men.
But I’d still rather have a decent storyline for Steve and Kayla.
Screencaps Days 2 and Chit Chat Haven