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January 27, 2018 at 8:35 am #1202480275
Thinking about what performers could submit for their Emmy reels (actress and supporting actress only):
Judi Evans. She could go with early in the year material concerning her illness, or contrast in an episode where she is suffering in prison as Adrienne and whooping it up as Bonnie pretending to be Adrienne, or flirting with Victor (hilarious), or so many others!
Mary Beth Evans. Tripp tries to kill Kayla and earlier scenes where Kayla was concerned about her patients winding up dead.
Marci Miller. Her scenes around Ben’s escape were good. Her scenes when she was angry at Chad when he was with Gabi. Their reconciliation scenes.
Nadia Bjorlin. I suppose the Holly custody scenes and I liked her supporting Lucas and boozy Brady later in the year.
Susan Hayes. Her scenes with Eli at the beginning of the year. Her bidding war with Chloe.
Arianne Zucker. Custody of Holly, esp. the judge’s chamber scene, her confession of murdering Deimos, Brady blackmailing her to leave Eric, her leaving Eric scenes were all superb.January 28, 2018 at 2:34 am #1202480747
Emmy reel possibilities for the actors could be:
Billy Flynn. A contrast between the fight he had with Abigail when he was with Abigail and later scenes of reconciliation might be strong. Anyone have any good ideas for him? he’s always great!
Galen Gering. The argument he had with Hope when they were both up for the job of police commissioner.
Eric Martsolf. His blackmailing Nicole into leaving Eric. his fight with Eric after she leaves.
Stephen Nichols. Tripp tries to kill Kayla and Steve intervenes.
Chandler Massey. He had great scenes with Bryan Datillo he could choose. Or superb scenes with Ali Sweeney. Ben recreating trying to kill him. When he thought he was E.J. and had been married to Sami. Any scenes with Deidre Hall are magnificent. Too many to mention them all!
Greg Vaughan. he could go with the moody great scenes early in the year when he was helping an escaped Hope. The fight with Eric was great. The scene when Nicole tells him she is leaving. So many others!
Lucas Adams. Tripp tries to kill Kayla; Tripp gets to know Claire. a nice contrast.
James Lastovic. Joey kills Ava. His confession to Steve and Kayla. His decision scene where he tells his parents he has to turn himself in.
Casey Moss. Anything from the shooting Theo story, but esp. the two back to back episodes where he writes the suicide letters and then Gabi helps him to want to live.
Olivia Rose Keegan. I didn’t like Claire until the end of the year, so scenes around Theo’s shooting, esp. with Tripp. Confrontation with Ciara at the end of the year.
Victoria Konefal. Confrontation with Ciara, fights with Hope are strong material, I think her cat and mouse scenes with Rafe were in December.
Paige Searcy. I don’t remember her work very well?January 29, 2018 at 3:28 pm #1202482948
Interesting choices, Freeman!
Man, some of these guys have some pretty obvious choices and some of them are extremely difficult. I’ll start with my thoughts on the younger performers and work my way up.
Paige Searcy: I looked through the citations from 2017 to help me compile this list, and my first citation is actually for Paige Searcy, from when Jade lost her and Joey’s baby shortly into the New Year. Jade was a pretty poorly constructed character, but Searcy was excellent in these scenes and probably would have made the ensuing story with Jade’s obsession with Joey and manipulation of Tripp a little more palatable than the swap to Gabrielle Haugh.
Olivia Rose Keegan: I don’t recall anything substantial for Claire prior to Theo’s shooting. Keegan could probably construct a pretty nice reel starting with her argument with Theo prior to his getting shot and then scenes where she’s feeling guilty afterward, talking to Tripp or to Theo directly.
Victoria Konefal: She’s got a few pretty good options, including her nonfrontation with Rafe (it was like a confrontation, but they didn’t talk about what they were actually talking about) and some of the more measured argument scenes with Hope. But maybe a standout would be the sequence where Ciara gets Tripp to get Claire out of Theo’s room, then goes to tell Theo she’s in love with him and he rejects her. If we could get some of the drunken Ciara at the end of the year (I don’t remember if she got to the New Year’s Eve party before January), that would be great as well.
James Lastovic: Joey killed Ava early in 2016, and he had somewhat gotten over it until he worried that Jade losing the baby was punishment for him never paying for that. Either those scenes and the aftermath of Jade losing the baby or his telling Kayla and Patch his intention to turn himself in would be good bets for him.
Lucas Adams: Tough case, because he did great work with awful writing. I would maybe avoid some of the over the top scenes where Tripp nearly kills Kayla, but maybe something surrounding that? Maybe some of the scenes where he was feeling conflicted leading up to it and/or some of the scenes where he’s really remorseful after? Or maybe when his meddling almost killed Hope but he rushed to the hospital to stop it?
Casey Moss: He was really excellent in every episode he was in between mid-November, when JJ shot Theo, and Christmas. I really like the combination of the episode where he prepares to commit suicide and the one where Gabi talks him down. The problem is the time limit. JJ was the entire focus of one of those episodes, so it might be prudent to start with an earlier episode, take a couple of scenes from the special episode to get a distilled sense of what was happening, and some of the scenes from the following episode.
Nadia Bjorlin: Her most standout work was certainly during the struggle for custody of Holly. I believe that she was really good in the episode where Brady and Chloe admit to Nicole the truth about Holly being Nicole’s daughter, and a later episode where she visits Brady in the hospital, when Xander has Nicole and Holly, and they discuss the situation.
Susan Seaforth Hayes: Because I hadn’t really considered her in the Emmy picture, I wasn’t looking for reels for her throughout the year. My best guess is that she was great in the scenes where Julie and everyone learns that David is dead, her guilt afterwards and at the funeral for not being closer with David, and then her anger at Valerie after learning Eli is her grandson.
Arianne Zucker: Zucker, along with Judi Evans, has the toughest job of anyone here. She has many great performances, and there is unfortunately something of a tradeoff between when she was able to be most fiery and when the writing was at its best. Strong impressions I have in my mind from the year include: Nicole being devastated when Nancy tried to stop her from seeing Holly; Nicole finding out that she is Holly’s mother; Nicole furiously dumping Deimos for costing her custody of Holly; the tirade where Nicole blamed Eric for every bad thing that’s happened to her since before Daniel died while they were being held captive; and the episodes where Brady blackmails Nicole to break Eric’s heart and then she does.
Eileen Davidson: The Susan breakdown episode was truly exceptional, and using an earlier episode to lay the emotional foundation for that might be good, like the episode where Susan is talking to Will about when he was a baby, showing him old pictures, etc. Or maybe just pair it with the episode before where Susan and Will are about to leave down and they get caught and confronted. Getting Mary Moira and Kristen at the end of the breakdown episode is a great bonus.
Chandler Massey: Will’s fury at Sami after she had Ben strangle him a second time was great and is the standout moment of the year for me. I also absolutely love the episode where Will goes to see Paul to hear more about their affair, but I don’t think the two will go together well necessarily. He was also great during and around the climactic scenes in Memphis where Will is learning the truth about what happened to him, and Marlena convincing him to come back to Salem.
Greg Vaughan: His standout for me was when Nicole dumps Eric just before leaving town, and his subsequent interactions with Sami and Jennifer. I also liked Jennifer convincing him to come back to Salem after he helped Hope. The angry confrontation with Brady after Nicole leaves could also be good to incorporate.
Judi Evans: Where even to begin? I wonder what she submitted to get the prenom? That would be a helpful clue. There’s a great confrontation where Adrienne is furious with Deimos after Sonny is kidnapped, but there’s probably too much other good stuff to squeeze this in. The episode shortly before Adrienne has her mastectomy, where she talks about her fears of not having her breasts and not feeling like a woman, is wonderfully written and acted. There’s a great episode at the beginning of the doppelganger story where Hattie is convincing Bonnie to go along with the plan and Marlena and Adrienne are having a heart to heart. There’s so much good stuff with Bonnie, too, so maybe the episode leading up to Bonnie trying to marry Victor.
Marci Miller and Billy Flynn: Much of the best work these two did was together, particularly their attempted vow renewal, where Abigail realizes she doesn’t want to fight the Chad/Gabi connection anymore and the two of them have an emotional confrontation about it, and when Abigail was about to leave town with Dario, and Chad, angry and hurt, lashes out at her. Miller is also excellent in the episode where Abigail starts to get angry and freak out after Chad tells her he kissed Gabi while they were kidnapped and thought they were going to die. Flynn has a lot of fun and humorous scenes leading up to the double wedding in September.
Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols: Both of these two did their strongest work surrounding Tripp’s desperate final attempt to get revenge on Kayla supposedly killing Ava and their disagreement over Joey’s decision to turn himself in. Evans was especially strong in the latter, and an episode of fighting with Steve paired with the episode where Joey finally gets Kayla to accept his decision would be really good. Nichols was stronger probably in the former storyline, but the story was such a mess, especially the final confrontation, that it might not be worth including over some of the other material. Both could probably submit some scenes surrounding their wedding if they wanted a little balance.
Galen Gering: All I really remember Rafe doing this year until November is begging Hope to marry him. I can’t see him having a better shot than with the two episodes where he and Hope broke up.
Eric Martsolf: The scenes where Nicole tells Eric she’s leaving him and he then blackmails her to break Eric’s heart and leave town are really strong, and the subsequent confrontation with Eric is also really good. Not that these are his only options, but Bad Brady has worked best for Eric Martsolf in the past, and I think the mix of anger, hurt feelings, and booze will work well. Brady initially trying to make Eric fire Nicole might also go well with the breakup scenes.
James Reynolds: The obvious place to go is Theo’s shooting. But Reynolds also had what I thought was a really strong episode earlier in the year, which starts out with Abe worrying about Theo’s involvement with the DiMeras and ends after he’s been arrested for counterfeiting. If that could be paired with some scenes from after Abe is cleared in that arrest and shown to be working with the FBI, and in particular the scenes where he has a heart-to-heart with Theo, it could bridge nicely into an episode dealing with the shooting. The two episodes where Abe first learns that Theo is shot are also good. For much of the first one, Abe and Valerie are hanging out with Doug and Julie after Lani’s party, and then Abe gets the call. There’s also a really heartbreaking episode where Abe is talking to Theo when he’s in a coma about how he’s defied expectations and beaten the odds, and it would be a really sweet closer, depending on what else is on the reel and what would balance it out.January 29, 2018 at 3:42 pm #1202482958
^those are all superb choices!!! (:
My frustration with Judi Evans is that as you described her many many options I just know that the panelists haven’t watched all of her work in 2017 and likely will go with Maura for the win (and Maura was superb, don’t get me wrong, but Judi’s work was amazing throughout the year and was more varied and exciting). My worry is that they simply won’t get the complexity of her acting choices. As I read all of your wonderful reel picks I was thinking of half a dozen more! The contrasted scenes when Adrienne was miserable and looking awful in prison while Bonnie was with Marlena whooping it up pretending to be Adrienne were Emmy-worthy too. (:
I also really appreciated your choices for Billy and Marci; they make enormous sense and would be a truly outstanding reel for both of them!
I do wish Deidre Hall was on this list!January 29, 2018 at 6:46 pm #1202483039
Why is John poisoning his best friend Patch? And why am I the only one who seems to care? Maybe starting this story at the same time as the Andre murder mystery was a bad idea but I’m really intrigued.January 30, 2018 at 2:42 am #1202483223
OLTLFan, you are not the only one who cares! I am very curious as to why John is poisoning Steve. I was trying to figure it out while watching last night. John seems to be bothered by his own actions. I have a feeling that this will tie into John’s very complicated history, so I will leave the serious speculation to longtime viewers. I like that they are building this story while the murder mystery is on the forefront.January 30, 2018 at 9:23 am #1202483468
Thanks, Freeman! Hopefully the actors will check out our suggestions and it’ll help them put together strong reels.
And yes, I’m really intrigued by the story of John poisoning Steve. I’ve been thinking about it a lot. I agree, it’s good to have the slow build of this while the murder mystery is at center stage and the Lani pregnancy story is in B position. I’ve been trying and failing to come up with reasonable explanations for John’s actions and what is to be achieved from them. I would guess that the ISA is giving John the order to do this. A week or two ago, they sort of pointedly noted that John hadn’t been away on a mission in quite a while, so perhaps this is his current mission. I also wasn’t truly convinced that what John was doing was poisoning Steve, although it seemed quite obvious that’s what was happening, until yesterday’s episode. If that’s the case, the ISA could have convinced John to take the job either by convincing him that this is somehow in Steve’s best interest (which may or may not be true) or that this was happening one way or the other and he might as well be the one doing it so he can keep any eye on things and be close to home. Why would the ISA want Steve poisoned? Maybe someone from his past is going to be coming after him, or is going after the ISA, and the safest option is to slowly poison him and then make him appear dead while it’s sorted out? Maybe this relates to what Steve and Shane did with making it appear that Stefano was alive, and the ISA needs to clear up any loose ends where that it concerned? There’s also the far-fetched possibility that Stefano is not only alive but has infiltrated the ISA and under the pretense of being some high-ranking official is making John poison Steve as a form of revenge. I don’t really have any great ideas about this, but that’s what I’ve come up with so far!
Also, and this is silly, every time the word ‘goad’ is mentioned in a scene with John (it’s happened twice in the last week or so), I think back to the Aremid story in the 90s where Tony (actually Andre) had framed John for his murder. He was dying anyway (though of course that didn’t stick), and so set up an elaborate plan to make John appear guilty. During John’s trial, in one of my all-time favorite Kristen soap moments, Peter, acting as the special prosecutor in the case (because sure, why not), was grilling Kristen on the witness stand trying to get her to admit she thought John was guilty. She whimpered and evaded mostly, and offered up that, “John said that Tony was goading him.” Peter quickly responded, “Goading him to kill him?” (Which, yes, he was.) Not long after, Kristen finally admitted, to John’s great disappointed and Marlena’s horror and eternal judgment, that she thought it was possible John did kill Tony. It was such a dramatic scene, and probably the moment when Marlena decided Kristen didn’t deserve John and it was cool if she eventually took him back.January 30, 2018 at 2:29 pm #1202483700
The dialogue written for Will and Sonny’s scene today was excellent. Both actors were great! I am really enjoying how the story is playing out beat by beat. I am team Wilson and I know with patience they will eventually find their way back to one another after much soapy drama!
Was the actor in the scene at the end with John the actor who played Derek Frye, William Christian? Looked like him but I wasn’t sure… Still have no idea what is going on in that storyline but time will reveal it!
Valerie is such a snoop!
I feel bad for J.J. ): He is so excited and he will have yet another heartbreak ):
There were no “dead spots” during today’s episode; I enjoyed every scene.
I was very happy to read that Days will not be pre-empted for the winter olympics! I think certain time zones may have to record the show in the middle of the night? My time zone will air the show at the regular time and I am pleased not to miss any Days this coming month!January 31, 2018 at 9:08 am #1202484262
I really enjoyed yesterday’s episode, too, and the ending was especially great. I’m very eager to see what happens next with Steve and Kayla, John and his poison, Valerie and her snooping, and Will and Paul. Will whipping out his phone to call Marlena was so cute. I also like how Will and Paul are really developing as friends. The contrast of Will’s scenes with Sonny and his scenes with Paul was really good in that it showed exactly what Will has been talking about. Sonny needs Will to live in the past, even if he doesn’t remember that past, whereas Paul and Will’s interactions just are what they are.
Poor JJ is so happy about the baby that it’s going to be a real sucker punch when he finds out the truth. If I were Lani, I’d probably just tell him the truth and beg for forgiveness. It’s not like she cheated on him, since they had been broken up for weeks when she slept with Eli. He could still be a father to the baby. I love that neither JJ nor Lani can stop telling people that she’s pregnant, him because he’s so excited and her because she’s in such turmoil about it.
I’m not sure if the guy with John at the end was played by the actor who played Derek Frye or not. I wasn’t very familiar with that character.
I’m thrilled DAYS won’t be pre-empted during the Olympics!January 31, 2018 at 4:42 pm #1202484584
Loved Tuesday’s episode!
Will’s scenes with Sonny and Paul were excellent. I feel so sorry for Sonny, even though he acted rashly. But Will and Paul share an interesting link in that Will’s grandmother is married to Paul’s father.
EmmyLoser: “The contrast of Will’s scenes with Sonny and his scenes with Paul was really good in that it showed exactly what Will has been talking about.” Very insightful. The scenes also show how challenging it can be to change the course of negative synergy or stem the tide of positive synergy in a relationship.
I too feel terrible for JJ. I don’t see how Lani can go on with this. She is setting him up for a big fall. Her notion that she is “helping” him via this ruse is misguided.
Valerie is a snoop and I love it. I also loved Kayla’s scenes with JJ and Lani. I was reminded of decades ago on ATWT when Barbara knew the secret that Hal was the father of Margo’s baby; Colleen Zenk would inhale dramatically and purse her lips every time the baby was mentioned. It was hilariously soapy and wonderful. Ron Carlivati and the writing team are playing this story for maximum impact.
Speaking of which, the family connections run so deep on Days and the writers are so consistently playing those beats. So stories like Lani’s pregnancy and John poisoning Steve involve and impact so many characters. This is one of the main reasons I am enjoying the show so much.February 1, 2018 at 9:01 am #1202485028
Great point about the family connections. It’s true, the storylines are resonating a lot more because of the deep family connections that are being played nicely.
The conversation between Eve and Sonny in yesterday’s episode feels more like the kind of dynamic I was expecting from them than the string of dismissive insults that Sonny was throwing at Eve the other day. It was nice hearing Eve talk about Frankie, who would make a good re-addition to the cast if the show wanted, especially in terms of mining the Jennifer/Eve rivalry. And man would I have cracked up if Eve had said, “I also experienced a lot of love with your cousin JJ.” Eve’s a good character to have around. I like that she is legitimately a good digger but also very likable and sympathetic.
As much as I liked the Eve/Sonny conversation, seeing Sonny discuss his crumbling marriage with JJ, Eve and Victor in the last couple of days makes me wonder why Adrienne hasn’t popped up to offer some wisdom or support.
It is always funny to me having Victor grill Brady on his plans regarding Eve, largely because Brady’s plans never seem well thought out or mature at all. Brady is so busy trying to compete with Sonny that he’s shooting himself in the foot in some ways. Why can’t he just tell Sonny that he’s working on getting Basic Black out of Eve’s control and try to get along with him instead of constantly antagonizing him?
The scenes at the apartment with Ciara, Claire and Tripp were pretty fun, too. The girls getting along long enough to put together a dinner for him and play video games with him was cute. I like Ciara and Tripp together.
I’m looking forward to seeing Paul and Will investigating John’s shady behavior, too.
Carrie is back today, and I’m super excited about it! Speaking of retuns, Lisa Rinna said on Twitter that she’ll be back on screen February 13.February 2, 2018 at 4:30 am #1202485772
I wonder how long it will take before Hope learns that Rafe had sex with Sami?
I am enjoying Carrie’s return! (:
I am hoping they give Adrienne more to do and also at some point Bonnie needs to come back too. She’s out there somewhere…
I also want more Maggie soon.
They need to hire Billy Warlock to reprise the role of Frankie! (: Eve/Frankie/Jennifer needs to be revisited! (:
I look forward to Days each and every day! (:February 2, 2018 at 6:10 am #1202485813
Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes are going to be honored with a lifetime achievement Emmy at this year’s daytime Emmy awards. Interesting that she is also a pre-nominee this year. Congrats to both of them!February 5, 2018 at 9:31 am #1202487813
Yes, congratulations to Susan and Bill Hayes, the first supercouple of soaps and the only one to have appear on the cover of Time Magazine! How exciting for them to be receiving this award, and in a year when Susan is also in the running for supporting actress!
I’m loving Carrie’s return to far! It’s nice to see her on screen with both her parents, and I love that she’s now involved in the Hope/Rafe story as well. It’s been good that the show didn’t just pretend like Rafe hasn’t been romantically involved with two of Hope’s nieces, which I know is like no big deal for a soap opera but feels kind of weird for Hope. It is hilarious that it took “all of seven and a half minutes” for Sami to rub having slept with Rafe in Carrie’s face. I’m glad Carrie is trying to convince Rafe to tell the truth to Hope — as much as I’d like to see someone spill those beans, it would seem out of character for Carrie to tell Hope about this unprompted.
There was a lot of fun stuff on Friday. Hattie was, as always, a hoot! Even though it happened pretty quickly, it still feels like it took too long for Kate (or Chad or Abigail) to pick up on Hattie not being Marlena, considering that Hattie just, quite famously, impersonated Marlena for several weeks. The fighting with Anna was great, and Hattie just having on her prison clothes underneath her nice funeral coat and hat was also really funny.
I also liked Will getting too distracted by recognizing Hope’s ring to focus on the John issue and then getting booted from her office by Roman and Anna. I’m glad Hope admonished Roman for just barging in the way he did. It also makes sense that Will’s resolve to tell Hope what John is up to would have softened. It was a panicked impulse, and also I’m sure the more people who tell him what a good guy John is, the easier it is to believe that there’s some explanation and he isn’t just up to something nefarious.February 5, 2018 at 10:20 am #1202487860
It seemed like Kate figured it out and just kept her mouth shut because she didn’t want Andre’s funeral to turn into the Hattie show. Once Chad and Abigail repeatedly, incessantly pointed out that Marlena was being ridiculous, then Kate had no choice but to bust Hattie. Anna, Vivian and Hattie were hysterical in those scenes.
The promo for this week looks exciting with big reveals coming in Lani and John’s stories just in time for February sweeps. I can’t wait to see why John’s poisoning Patch and what’s on the security camera footage that Stefan and Vivian are hiding from the Salem PD. And I’m loving the Will/Paul chemistry. Ron’s set things up perfectly for an exciting sweeps period.
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