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  • Djoko
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    Days is back to being on point again. I have started to watch it again with Eileen Davidson and Chandler Massey back again. I can’t wait till Eileen brings all of her characters together.

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    I feel like Abe is on the cusp of becoming one of those villains who, because of a truly tragic event in their past, now harbors an unreasonable animosity for and need for vengeance against a whole group or family, in this specific case, any Horton. I understand that he’s hurting and angry, but if he doesn’t unfire Hope I’m going to have a very hard time forgiving him.

    It’s cool seeing this storyline with Will played with its many different levels of joy and frustration. The Will/Arianna scenes were great in that way, where it was beautiful to see them reunited and then just hard watching them try to relate to one another. I know the little girl playing Arianna wasn’t really able to do much in terms of complex acting performance, but with everyone else there, the scenes worked well. I like how Marlena is trying to be calm and patient for everyone, especially Will, but is also frustrated and doesn’t really want to deal with Sami.

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    Days of Our Lives continues to surprise and entertain every day. One of my favorite aspects of the writing is the careful thought that has been given to utilizing each character on the canvas in a manner that raises the stakes.

    The show consists mostly of two big umbrella stories, both of which are intriguing.

    The return of Will not only brings back a beloved character and his portrayer; it galvanizes story for the many characters connected to him through family and friendship. It creates conflicts that stem logically from character and history, such as Sami’s extreme approach to reclaim their relationship, a looming triangle with Sonny and Paul, the return of Susan Banks to explain his whereabouts for the last two years, and another visit from Ben to help further Sami’s agenda. On the surface, Will’s return sounds like a soap cliche, but the writers have considered character and history in such a way so as to maximize storyline impact.

    Theo’s shooting is another story that is a dramatic twist in and of itself, but has impacted numerous characters, resulting in subplots galore. Kate is afraid her connection to the shooting will be discovered. Tripp has the goods on Kate, but she has the goods on him. Chad is turning Andre into a scapegoat, which makes sense given the character’s history. Chad and Abigail experienced conflict over her empathy for JJ. Speaking of JJ, he feels compelled to end his relationship with Lani and feels so guilty that his recollection of the events is now called into question. Abe fired Hope and Rafe is stepping into her role, thus creating big time conflict for them.

    Even the characters who are not included in either of these stories have had some good moments. Case in point: Eve’s delicious confrontations with boozy Brady. The return of Eve alone is a delight, but timing it along with these two excellent umbrella stories equals way more soapy goodness than I have seen in quite some time!

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    EmmyLoser
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    Yes to all of this, robbalto. Very well said.

    I had chills watching yesterday’s episode and seeing Sami’s crazy, desperate scheme play out. I could guess that this is what she was doing, but it’s so twisted that it’s still shocking to see played out.

    The whole episode was really strong as a whole, one of my favorites in the last few months. It’s always heartening to me to see the bond between Abigail and Andre, and Kate’s confession at the end was great.

    But the real fire, aside from the one Sami was setting, came from the Hope and Rafe scenes, which I thought were brilliantly written. The conversation flowed from one issue to another, and highlighted how little resolution there’s been on any of them (Hope agreeing to get engaged to Rafe but clearly not wanting to get married, Rafe constantly questioning Hope’s decision-making, Rafe going to Memphis with Sami, etc.). I’ve been pretty against Rafe for a while now, but these scenes did well with presenting the problems both of them have contributed and ways in which both are to blame. I also LOVE that Hope is written as a character whose career means a lot to her, and so I’m not sure what Rafe expected when he told her that Abe had given him her job, but if he really got her, he would have known how angry she’d be. Rafe’s problem in talking to Abe is that he did it out of love for Hope, but he doesn’t believe in her as the commissioner, so when Abe said he was giving Rafe the job, Rafe could only think that it was better to be him than someone else rather than thinking the job should still be Hope’s. Galen Gering was good here, but Kristian Alfonso was fantastic. I can’t wait to see today’s episode.

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    What surprised me is how sorry I feel for Sami ): This scheme of hers is completely nuts yet… it’s a case of the road to hell is paved with good intentions. When she gets in mama lion mode she loses touch with reality!

    The scene between Hope and Rafe was riveting and has been a long time in coming. Kudos to both of them, esp. Kristian Alfonso (:

    I liked that Ben’s basic decency when it comes to Will came through. Remember: psycho Ben attacked Will because Will had figured out that he was the serial killer and Ben in his insanity had to kill the threat that Will then posed… I do want Will to get his memories back soon so we can get to the drama of Will and Sonny working their way back to each other!

    As for Kate: she has put herself at Andre’s mercy! Oh lordy! (;

    Marlena’s disappointment in Sami, yet not surprise, she knows this is how Sami is, was very sad and touching.

    Will’s compassion towards Lucas was very touching and moving. Their reunion scene was quite good and worth the wait! (:

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    I do feel for Sami, but Will hit the nail on the head when he said to her yesterday, “YOU need me to remember!” This goes back to when they were in Memphis, and Sami insisted that SHE needed to be the one to reach Will. It’s understandable, not only because she’s his mother and she feels like it’s her job to protect her son, but also because, like Sonny, she was away when he was (nearly) killed, and feels she has to make up for that. She of course wants to help him, but so much of that is about her, and that is so very Sami.

    Kudos to Chandler Massey, by the way, on a fantastic performance in yesterday’s episode. The fear and confusion while being strangled, the recovery, and the fury of what Sami did to Will were all perfectly played.

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    Days is now the only serial that I watch without multitasking. I have given many kudos to Ron Carlivati for revitalizing the show. Now I’d like to extend that recognition to the entire writing staff. The show is segmented in a way that maximizes suspense and maintains a good pace. The dialogue is also very strong, emphasizing the complexity of the relationships and elevating the overall quality of the show. Most recently, Hope’s discussion with Jennifer and Rafe’s talk with Sami are both examples of the strong writing on the show.

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    Agreed, robbalto. The show is no longer having the pacing and segmenting issues I was complaining about last year and into this year. They’re also doing a great job writing these characters’ actions and reactions. I really liked the way they wrote Sami after she and Rafe had sex yesterday. She was encouraging him to make things work with Hope, but she wasn’t feeling guilty or regretful about what happened. Usually, these situations tend to be played for “OMG what have we done!?” levels of drama, but this worked really well and felt true to the characters and the situation.

    On another note, I think I like the new attitude on Ciara. I wish she wasn’t giving Hope a hard time — she’s got it rough enough as it is — but the change makes sense, and her now being really mad at Claire makes a lot of sense. It was pretty disappointing to me how poorly they had resolved the situation around Claire hiding that letter before Ciara left for Hong Kong. And it’s great to see Belle and Shawn back! They slip into the show so seamlessly that it never feels like they’re too far off even when they’re gone.

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    Eve goading Brady and Victor was vintage Eve; I have a strong feeling that Brady and Eve will be a couple before long. He usually goes for damsels in distress but I think he has finally met his match…

    Sami’s anger towards Belle was, um, interesting! Two great cliffhangers for tomorrow – Belle and Sami and Will and Paul (and Will looking Paul up and down like he could eat him was very funny!) (;

    Sami’s “we’re just friends, don’t ever tell Hope the truth about this” was classic Sami! She really is something else! (;

    The show needs a strong villainess and I have the feeling Ciara is going to fill that role nicely…

    Where are Carrie and Austin?

    Belle’s letting it slip that Will cheated on Sonny and Marlena telling him it was Paul was unexpected…

    The writing has been out of this world good since Ron Carlivati has taken over the reigns. Only a few missteps (the quick return to Adrienne and Justin, giving Lucas the shaft was a misstep imo).

    I am now wondering if Nicole comes back to wrap up the “who killed Deimos?” storyline? I am so afraid she will take Eric with her…

    It was nice to see Maggie again today (:

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    The ending of yesterday’s episode, between the Sami/Belle scene and the Will/Paul scene, was awesome. I can’t wait to see more today.

    The look on Will’s face when he saw Paul said, “Oh, I see why I cheated on Sonny with this guy, and also why Sonny is gonna marry this guy even though he previously slept with his husband.” I think you could already see the great chemistry that Chandler Massey and Christopher Sean have, which is really interesting. Chandler Massey is like a chemistry machine, though. He’s great with almost anyone, though I think I’ve yet to see anyone have the kind of chemistry with him that James Scott did. Anyway, I imagine that, given the tight reigns that Susan was keeping on Will in Memphis, he’s mostly been celibately dreaming of men’s bodies for the last two years, and now he’s Paul looking like he just stepped off the cover of Men’s Health.

    I am assuming that Sami is mad at Belle for giving her half of the DiMera money back to the DiMeras? The dynamics in the scenes with Will, Marlena and Belle were great. Marlena was so mad at Belle for telling Will that he cheated, which was kind of fun to see. And I’m sure Belle didn’t want to hurt Will, but also she probably feels like she’s gotten so much crap to cheating on her husbands in the past, why does Will get to be immune? He’s lucky they only mentioned the incident with Paul and not whatever cheating he did in LA.

    Sami lying to Hope about Rafe was also great. Sami is a masterful liar, and they really played that well.

    The scenes at the Kiriakis mansion were also really fun. Every time Eve mentions the amulet I laugh out loud. Kassie DePaiva looks great, by the way, and I’m so enjoying having Eve back in the mix. I could totally see Eve and Brady together. He does respond well to damsels in distress, like Nicole, Theresa and Summer, but he also can’t resist women who are constantly arguing with him, like Kristen, Arianna, and Madison.

    What a fun episode overall. I think this is the first episode in a few weeks that hasn’t featured anything related to Theo’s shooting, which let the tone be lighter than it’s been for a while (even though we’re still dealing with murder, cheating, and amnesia, among other things). It’s a good reminder that scenes can be fun and humorous while still being full of substance and important to the story.

    It would be so great to see Carrie and Austin back on the show. Imagine if they showed up in Salem with their son and Sami’s three kids they are currently watching while she’s in Salem and say they’re tired of parenting four kids while Sami is having adventures in the U.S.? Unfortunately, Christie Clark and her family recently departed on a nine-month world tour, so I don’t imagine she’ll be back on screen any time soon.

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    I let out the biggest” OH NO!” in years when that Breaking News music began to play ): fortunately, it only took 1/4 of the show away from us. The other 3/4 was another fantastic episode!

    The kiss between Will and Paul at the end with Sonny at the door – yet another great ending! (:

    Belle and Sami’s fight – Alison Sweeney has brought her A game to her guest return and she deserves an Emmy nomination for her phenomenal work!

    I was truly surprised that Hope and Rafe are back together so, um, soon! Now there is a big secret that Rafe is keeping. The plot thickens!

    I am so relieved that Sonny is choosing Will yet I have a bad feeling…

    there have been so few boring scenes on the show over the past month or so – almost every single scene has been entertaining and worthwhile!

    I hope they get back to that sizzling kiss tomorrow! (;

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    I’m sorry you lost ANY of this episode to breaking news, because it was great. I enjoyed it so much that like two hours later I went back and watched all the Will/Paul and Sami/Belle scenes again!

    The situation with Will, Sonny and Paul a new twist on a classic type of story, and the show is exploring it in an interesting way. Having Sonny telling Chad that he’s choosing Will over Paul in an episode where Will has been pretty blatantly hitting on Paul is a fun juxtaposition. There was some concern on the internet that Will was initially being written as having forgotten he was gay, which now seems hilarious. One of the many things I loved about the scenes is that it feels like even without the memories, or maybe especially without the memories, Will is still really similar to how he was when Chandler Massey was playing him before — sort of mischievous and impulsive a lot of trouble but also really likable.

    I also meant to say this yesterday, but it is really great having Martha Madison back on the show and involved in stories with good material and not just hanging around like holiday decorations. She and Alison Sweeney were both great in their scenes together.

    I can’t wait to see today’s episode. The “tune in tomorrow” factor on this show is really high right now.

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    Yowzers! Another great episode! (: Where to start? Will has the hots for Paul! Sonny makes his choice and it’s Will! Sami is comforted (and confronted) by Eric! Ciara is a new villainess and Claire will now be a heroine… I am clapping with delight by Sonny’s choice but I am sure there will be more drama; I am wondering if Paul and Will will have sex again? Or Will will choose Paul???? hmmm….

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    I just got to the episode where Ciara comes back, and my god is she awful. I passionately hated the old Ciara but now I wish she could come back. Overall though I haven’t seen the show be this good in a very long time

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    If you get a chance to read the wonderful interview on Michael Fairman’s site he did with Eileen Davidson she talks about Days and Y&R (and her decision to leave Real Housewives) – it was a fascinating interview (: She really has been doing amazing work.

    btw, imo the new Ciara is doing a very good job and I like her.

    Days has been on FIRE!!!! (: Gosh, I look so forward to it every day! (:

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