So Nicole AND Sami are pregnant by EJ. I have been hoping and praying that they would not write in Ali Sweeney’s real-life pregnancy. And, in my naivete I actually believed that Nicole’s pregnancy meant that I was safe from this scenario.
And now I can’t even root for Sami to have a miscarriage, because of how traumatic it would be for Sweeney to have to portray it.
Unplanned pregnancies are a soap staple, of course. On Days, this is often crossed the line into the ludicrous. I still remember, in 2006, when Hope was pregnant and didn’t know who the father was, when Carrie was pregnant with Lucas’s child when she was in love with Austin, and when Belle and Mimi’s surrogate were both pregnant with the wrong babies. Plus, baby Claire was involved in yet another who’s the daddy story. Have I forgotten anyone? When Hogan came on board and dispatched both Belle and Carrie’s pregnancies, I was delighted and thought it boded well for his tenure on the show. Then he turned around and gave us Sami’s pregnancy from hell, and twins to boot. Sigh.
It is also amusing and/or horrifying to contemplate some of the baby shenanigans in the 90’s and early 2000’s, like Marlena’s unplanned 60 year old pregnancy by Roman during the Salem serial killer storyline, Vivian Alamain stealing the embryo that became Phillip and having it emplanted in her own womb, and the circumstances surrounding Rex and Cassie’s births.
But I have to say that the thing that really drives me up the wall is the “family values” refrain that plays through all of this. Again and again, Belle claimed she loved Phillip because he was Claire’s father. Then, when Shawn was revealed to be Claire’s father she made the same argument the other way. How often have we heard about the importance of “being a family” when some couple who share a child is estranged? Even if your children are long grown, you are not immune to this reasoning. Red-haired Stephanie used this line on NickNotSteve, and of course Chelsea and Sami both schemed to get their parents back together. (But Chelsea and Sami were both Bad, because they were going against the supercouple grain, and of course the couples they were trying to break up had children together too.)
So, in keeping with this Days tradition, EJ is constantly using the fact that Sami is “the mother of my child” as a dodge and a trump card whenever Nicole attempts to pin him down about who he cares for. Given this, I can only presume that when the truth comes out about these dual pregnancies, EJ’s head will explode.
P.S. When did Phillip decide he was in love with Chloe? Did I miss something?