This week, I’m a Days watcher again.
My mom still watches the current show, so when she is visiting me, as she is this week, we watch it together. I haven’t been following recaps or message boards at all lately, so I really got to approach this with a fresh eye and very few preconceived notions. I have to say, it was fun.
Wally Kurth is looking good. I was so tickled to hear him say “Uncle Vic” again. Nice to see him join the ranks with EJ and Chris Kositchek of “suddenly I have a law degree” Salemites. And I thought the teasers about his problems with Adrienne were fairly well done. A gradually introduced breakup is much better than a “by the way, we’re divorced” fait accompli. It (potentially) gives Wally Kurth something interesting to do and gives fans of the couple some time to get used to the idea of them splitting up.
My mom has switched her allegiance from EJ to Rafe for “hottest guy in Salem,” and I guess I can see what she’s talking about:
I thought he was working the sad, soulful looks pretty well in his breakup with Sami. That “dead fiancee’s sister put up by Stefano accusing him of murder but he can’t tell Sami the truth because he has to protect Arianna” plot twist seemed, um, a bit contrived, though. (Just me?) Couldn’t they come up with a more organic breakup than that? How about tensions arising from dealing with Grace’s death?
Speaking of that—when Ken Corday said that he learned from Zach’s death that “you don’t kill children” he forget to add the corollary, that “unless it’s the baby of a minor character that no one cares about, in which case they’re disposable.”
Three mothers, two fathers, three babies. Then two mothers, two babies. Now one baby. In a way, I have to admire the soap logic here, the mathematical precision of it. But killing Grace off reveals, if it wasn’t obvious before, how truly these babies have been introduced as plot contrivances and pawns to be shuffled around.
I still can’t figure out who EJ is supposed to really be in love with, and I don’t know why he’s so obsessed with mourning a baby he never knew was his while she was alive. I see Nicole is still acting like a desperate dishrag, but also that Ari is still selling it. I did enjoy Stefano sneering at her for her qualms of conscience for stealing Sami’s baby when she isn’t going to do anything to make it better. I was pretty surprised to see Nicole and Sami acting all buddy buddy, but it does twist the knife for Nicole to have to watch a “friend” (for lack of a better word) suffer, and know that she caused it. There is something satisfyingly soapy about that, but again, just like with Grace’s death, seems to go too far—this time in crucifying Nicole’s character for the sake of Sami’s.
I guess that’s nothing new.
I see Lucas is still at it, throwing judgments around and blaming other people for his problems:
Why is my nephew such a tool?
In addition to blaming Maggie for not telling him, or rather re-telling him, about Chloe’s infidelity (which I noticed he didn’t apply the same standard to Kate), he took my breath away when he said casually to Sami, as his justification for shooting, EJ, “Besides, EJ deserved to die.” All the while convicting Rafe on the flimsiest evidence for supposedly killing his fiancee. I suppose if Rafe had pulled Lucas aside and said, “But Lucas, she deserved to die,” Lucas would have said, “Oh, well, why didn’t you say so?”