Oh, Days made me a happy Ericole fan today!
Look at Parker in the background … he thinks the drunk man is funny. LOL.
Drunk Eric was great, especially when he was throwing shade at Daniel. I loved when he told Daniel to stop preaching to him, that Daniel had everything he wanted, and everything always worked out for him. Greg gave a little extra intensity to that moment, showing Eric thinking of Nicole. I am so on board with tension and jealousy between Eric and Daniel. His whole “at peace” thing needed to end (though I give him points for trying). I think when he told Daniel he tried “turning the other cheek,” and it was wrong, he wasn’t talking about Serena.
And then when Nicole showed up, I loved his flirtatiousness when he grabbed her and pulled her into the chair opposite him.
There were some good history references too. When Eric told Daniel that he wanted to have “F – U – N” tonight, it called back to something from Eric and Nicole’s very early history at the rectory. There is a scene soon after Nicole first starts lusting after Eric, where she decides to go out and expend her lust on someone else. She tells Father Eric she is going out to have FUN, spelling it out like he did today.
That reference might have been unintentional, but the other reference to their history was clear and accurate. Nicole offered Eric the job at Basic Black and said it was “payback” for when she was at her lowest and he gave her a job at the church. He turned her down, not wanting to accept charity from her, and I loved the look on her face after he turned away. She was clearly thinking, “We’ll just see about that.” As you can see here:
The rest of the show was good too. I really love Kassie DePaiva, and she killed it in her scenes with Justin and Marlena. As giddy as I was from my Ericole scenes, I teared up every time I saw Kassie onscreen. I really enjoyed Marlena counseling her, and loved the reference to baby DJ, who died from SIDS.
Marlena was also very funny when John was listing all his previous identities – she said “Stefano’s half-brother,” cackled a little, and hit his leg.
Finally, the reference to the Victorian house for the bicentennial being the Martin house utterly gobsmacked me. I had to look up this storyline. They got the details right, though Julie neglected to mention that David Martin was the father of her son David Banning. Was this just a random reference, just for fun for the really old time Days viewers? Or does this mean something? I saw on Twitter the theory that John will turn out to be Dickie Martin, Susan and David’s baby son, who was the first person to die on the show. That would be kind of cool, actually, and would give him a half brother in David Banning, and a nephew in Scott Banning, if either of those characters ever returned. I think it’s unlikely, though. I really wonder what identity they are going to give to John now. I hope it’s something really boring, like he was a postman or something.
Whee! Unlike Eric, not even Daniel can kill my buzz tonight!