Not long ago, I drew a parallel between EJ the rapist and Jack the rapist. I am, obviously, not the first person to notice this. It occasionally comes up as a bone of contention between pro-Ejami and anti-Ejami factions. If Jack was redeemed and turned into a romantic lead, why not EJ? One point often made in response is that Jack wasn’t paired with his victim.
Because 80’s Days was soooo good and would never do anything like that.
Well, would they?
In 1989-90 Days presented a love story between Eve, a teenage prostitute, and Nick Corelli, her (much older) pimp. Nick was a minor character when he was introduced, but he was bad, bad, bad. He tried to force Frankie to deflower Jennifer while he caught it all on video, which he then planned to market as a porn film. Unfortunately I have not been able to rewatch any of this, because my DVDs only include Nick and Eve when they interact with S&K. On soapcentral’s character profile of Eve, however, we have the unintentional hilarity of this sentence:
“Shane adopted Eve but she was soon forced back into prostitution by her old pimp Nick Corelli.”
Followed by this sentence, six sentences later: “In 1988 Nick decided to help Eve gain back her self confidence” by arranging for her to pose on the cover of a teen magazine.
What a nice pimp.
The thing is, all this must have been passably well done, because I have no recollection of being particularly appalled by it. The chief thing I remember feeling about Eve was envy at her bountiful hair: