Wow, and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to spot the edits!
How funny was that closing shot today? “Look, Hope, it’s going to be the Salem bicentennial! In an unrelated fact, that is the same day as the 50th anniversary of Days of Our Lives!”
I’m still laughing about it.
I think we can surmise that the Hope and Kayla scenes with Aiden were also new. I think I heard about 50 anvils dropping when Kayla said she was so happy she was wrong in her doubts about Aiden.
And Kayla really looked beautiful. A red dress instead of that doctor coat! Hurray!
I also was squealing with glee during the second installment of Daniel’s proposal today. I haven’t been as confident as everyone else that Ericole were the rooting couple here — until today. First, Nicole had a flashback to kissing Eric during the proposal scene itself. That’s one anvil. Then, when Nicole said she had to go home and make lists, so that she couldn’t even eat a meal with the man she just agreed to marry, that was another one. From a story perspective, that was obviously so she could be home to have the final scenes with Eric. And then another anvil is that Nicole is obviously more excited about getting married than she is about being married — at least to Daniel. So I think I can relax and enjoy this story a little bit more now.
And the Ericole scenes were great too, brief as they were. Greg Vaughan did the same thing I commented on yesterday, where there was this underlying note of happiness in his performance. I got a sense from Eric that “You are woman I love and it makes me happy to see you,” even if they are apart.
I saw some speculation that the John/Marlena/Doug/Julie scenes were also an added reshoot.
I’m not as sure about that. It was almost comical, though, how the scenes (a bit awkwardly, in my opinion) addressed all the complaints I’ve been seeing about John and Marlena’s storyline, or lack thereof – especially the moment when Julie asked Marlena, “But how are you feeling about all of these events in John’s life?” Marlena’s point of view has been almost completely neglected, so this was a long overdue question to ask. But it did feel like too little, too late.
Marlena’s answer made me realize, though, why I’m so little invested in the idea of Paul being John’s son. There’s no conflict. John seems fine with it, Paul seems fine with it, and Marlena says she’s fine with it. So, congratulations all around, I guess?