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    Freeman: “I think Deidre Hall deserves one of those daytime emmys for her performances as Marlena and Hattie (;”
    That would be fine with me! I would love to see her score a nomination, at the very least.

    Freeman: “Was that it for the Tripp story?”
    It looks like they are keeping Tripp on the canvas, so my guess is that he will transition into a new story while gradually mending fences with Steve and Kayla.

    Freeman: “My worry about Nicole’s story is that she will wind up taking Greg Vaughan’s Eric with her when she leaves Salem.”
    I have not heard anything about Greg Vaughan leaving.

    Freeman: “Where does Gabi go from here?”
    I think she will be in a love quadrangle with JJ, Lani, and Eli

    Freeman: “I am mostly enjoying Days lately.”
    Me too. And I agree that the scenes with Sonny, Victor, and Xander were good.

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    OLTLfan
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    It’s definitely very watchable. I don’t feel lost or confused even though all of the stories currently playing out were started by the last regime when I wasn’t watching. Things are moving at a nice pace. I am most excited for the doppelganger story (yes it’s silly, but it’s entertaining and it puts the vets front and center) and I find myself surprisingly invested in the Dario/Abby/Chad/Gabi/JJ situation. I think Eli and Theo are hot, although I find their love interests pretty blah. Tripp and Joey are played by pretty bad actors too.

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    I loved both Hattie’s line about deserving a Daytime Emmy (no harm in asking, Deidre!) and Eric’s line while rescuing Nicole from her close call that everyone has a double (especially true if you live in Salem, Port Charles, Genoa City, etc.). Watching Hattie interact with John was great. I agree, the three actresses in this story have been a lot of fun to watch, and I look forward to more!

    I didn’t really mind the way the Tripp story wrapped too much. The whole thing was pretty terrible, but I enjoyed the performances from Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols in Monday’s episode, and I think all the information that needed to come out did (Tripp admitting he’d changed Kayla’s records, Jade being involved, Joey having actually killed Ava), so now we can move on. I’m curious what will become of Joey after this.

    While I would buy Rafe going to Mexico to try to protect Dario (not so much out of love or because they’re close but because Rafe has always been the family protector and basically sees himself as paternally responsible for Gabi and Dario, and one of their siblings, Arianna, is already dead), I’m not sure why he would think Dario is in Mexico to begin with. Word should be out by now that Dario wasn’t in any real danger of being deported, which makes the El Fideo thing a non-starter, but even if he were, he surely wouldn’t have actually gone there after fleeing the accident. That whole thing was all over the place, though. I think there’s just no real storyline for Hope and Rafe right now, so they’re trying to give them something to do for now while other things are wrapped up or played out and they help with these police goings on.

    Nicole still not having Holly back is pretty frustrating, and the previous regime saddled us with a specific timeline for when the issue could be revisited, so I guess we’re just waiting. Nicole leaving town with Eric would be doubly awful, because Eric would be gone and because the two of them really do not belong together. I haven’t heard anything about Greg Vaughan leaving, either, though at this point I’m not sure what will cause Nicole to leave town at all. Unless maybe she killed Deimos, but that, at this point, would seem a little out of nowhere.

    The continued unfolding of the murder mystery has been very enjoyable, and I like Victor’s involvement. They hit just the right note, I think, where, yes, Victor would plot and conspire to have Deimos killed, but he would never have let Sonny go to jail for something he knew Sonny didn’t do. Also, any appearance of Xander makes me happy, though I have to say, after the shirtless scenes in yesterday’s episode (how had that not happened sooner?), Eli may be giving him a run for his money.

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    Although I did not enjoy the story with Tripp, I did like the scenes today between Steve and Kayla. I thought both reacted very much in character. Kayla wants to protect her son at all costs. Steve, while initially wanting to provide that same protection, instinctively recognizes that it is time to let Joey do what he needs to do so that he can make peace with his actions. Kayla did not understand Steve’s response and kept saying that he was “ok” with Joey turning himself in, which was a short-sighted and somewhat twisted distortion on her part. She also said something about Tripp going to jail as well, a highly emotional response, yet very understandable given the circumstances. The writing of these scenes resonated with me. And this will probably lay the groundwork for Joey staying on the show, as Tripp realizes that he himself is also being spared from paying for his recent crimes.

    Loved the scenes with Hattie and Bonnie today. Deidre Hall and Judi Evans really are bringing it. They are so much fun to watch. And then Adrienne waking up in jail.. oh my.

    The murder mystery is ok, but I hope it doesn’t go on too long. I had the funny feeling today that Paul is the murderer, only he does not realize it, and Sonny is protecting him. I hope I am wrong, of course.

    The scenes with Eric and Nicole were boring. I have been raving about the performances of Greg Vaughan and Arianne Zucker for years, and I still love them both so much, but these scenes are just dull. But I guess you are right, EmmyLoser, that the previous regime saddled us with that timeline.

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    I love seeing Eric just generally, so I haven’t grown bored with the Eric/Nicole scenes just yet, and I’m interested in Brady’s poor handling of what he thinks is going on there, but I tend to agree that their scenes are kinda dull. Even with scenes like yesterday’s, where they’re drawing on the shared history of these characters and really how they initially fell for each other (with Eric having been Nicole’s photographer when she was a model back when they all worked for Titan), I wasn’t invested because I cannot possibly get behind Eric and Nicole being together at this point.

    The Hattie/Bonnie scenes were great, and I also agree that the Steve/Kayla scenes were very good. Even though James Lastovic’s acting can be somewhat underwhelming, his Sad Joey works in this context.

    I hope Paul’s not the killer!

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    Bonnie: “I’ve changed.”

    Lucas: “Since this morning?”

    Loved the scenes with Bonnie and Lucas! It is so great to see Judi Evans with a big story that gives her screen time several times a week (rather than once every two weeks). And I have always been a fan of Bryan Datillo.

    The scenes with Chad and Abigail were rather mawkish, but I guess appropriate if the goal is to position them as one of the show’s core romantic couples. Chad “confessing” seemed a bit lame and soapy. He could have gone to the police to tell what he knows and that would have been enough to muddy the waters and perhaps free Sonny.

    The scenes with Lt. Raines and Lani were interesting. I’m not sure as to their purpose, but perhaps it will help to cement the growing bond between Eli and Lani. Today, I watched B&B immediately after Days and so I watched Aaron Spears playing Lt. Raines on Days and, moments later, Justin on B&B.

    Claire Brady had a busy day at work with juicy visits from friends who were not customers. Those scenes were actually valuable because we were able to see Theo and especially Tripp working through their current issues.

    Steve and Kayla’s scenes were fantastic again today. Whomever is writing for them is very perceptive regarding human nature and relationships. Very well-written and well-acted.

    According to Wikipedia, the character of Ciara is returning in December. That would mean some of her scenes are already filmed, yet there was no casting information.

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    Fun episode today. Billy Flynn was hysterical as drugged Chad in the Deimos flashbacks and I love that we’re getting movement on that mystery. Brady and Lucas getting drunk and Hattie & Bonnie watching porn was silly but fun. That’s the kind of humor that’s been sorely lacking on GH lately. I love that Ron’s re-doing the Luke/Fluke story the way he wanted to with Diedre Hall.

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    robbalto
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    OLTLfan, I agree on all counts. Friday’s episode was a lot of fun. The scenes with Chad and Sonny were entertaining, and added some momentum to the story. The Hattie/Bonnie and Brady/Lucas were very funny. The Gabi/Abigail scenes added a nice sentimental touch. It seems like the actors are having a lot of fun with their roles. Thus far, Ron C. is making good use of the actors and seems to have a strong handle on the overall vibe of the show. It’s still early, but it looks like he may be a good fit for Days. One mystery that we have not discussed: who ran down Abigail? Is it the same person who killed Deimos? I cannot imagine at this point who committed either crime.

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    I loved Friday’s episode. It had enough heartfelt stuff to feel important but was also hilarious and fun. It was really nice to see that Gabi and Abigail are still friends who really care about one another, and there were really nice touches of that in the Chad/Sonny scenes as well, which also did a good job of progressing the murder mystery. The Lucas/Brady scenes were really fun and also really well done. I think Bryan Datillo could actually have a really good Emmy reel pairing this episode with the episode where Adrienne chose him over Justin after her surgery. Laughing at Nicole having also cheated on him with Eric, trying to help Brady come up with a plan to confront Nicole (“Yeah, what’s she gonna say to proof? Nothin!”), and the repeated mispronunciation of cuckold all made me laugh out loud. Bonnie and Hattie are silly, but it’s impossible not to enjoy their antics. And, again, it’s nice to see these characters having friends who they actually care about. Deidre Hall was also great in the Marlena scenes. It does seem the actors are loving this material, and Ron really does seem to fit in well at DAYS.

    Also, not that I’m getting my hopes up, but EJ’s been mentioned twice this week, and in neither case was he being outright posthumously vilified, so that was nice.

    Eric having the amulet adds another layer to the mystery of Deimos’s murder, and it’s good to get a few answers. Now at least we know Chad was only involved with the body because he thought he was helping Sonny, unless he committed the murder, forgot about it, then came back later and was totally surprised.

    As far as who ran down Abigail, I just assumed it was whoever Dario flipped on when he made his deal with the FBI, and that we’ll find out eventually.

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    EmmyLoser: “As far as who ran down Abigail, I just assumed it was whoever Dario flipped on when he made his deal with the FBI, and that we’ll find out eventually.” I was looking over the cast list and I just cannot figure it out. If this is a different person than the one who committed the murder, does that mean two cast members will be leaving when these mysteries are solved?

    I get that Brady is angry at Eric, but I don’t see him as wanting to pin the blame on Eric and send him to jail. That seems out of character to me. I guess it could be blamed on his drinking, but I felt that it stretched credibility. Ron has a tendency to write characters committing deeds that I don’t buy (Dorian and Marty, OLTL; Nikolas and Elizabeth, GH). I hope he will be on point with character moving forward. It’s important. That said, the overall feeling of the show has definitely improved since his episodes began airing a few weeks ago.

    Loved when Lucas left the bar today crying out, “Adrienne!” I live for those little touches.

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    There is speculation going on, that with the return of Louise Sorel as Vivian Alamain, that Tyler Christopher’s mystery character, may very well be Nicholas Alamain.

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    Step aside, Marlena! Chad’s going to do all the hypnotizing and memory recovery work from now on! I always love Chad and Sonny scenes, and seeing the two of them in jail together both figuring out that they didn’t commit the crime they confessed to out of pure altruism was very sweet.

    Good question, robbalto, though I’m not sure solving the mysteries means getting rid of either character necessarily. If Abigail did kill Deimos, for example, I’d expect a trial or some sort of procedural due diligence where she’s eventually exonerated through some combination of self-defense and diminished capacity or something similar. It’s easy enough, at this point, to believe that whoever killed Deimos might have done it in direct defense of their own safety. Despite the lack of any convictions, Deimos is a known killer. I still like the theory of Abigail being the killer. It really goes along with all the melodrama that typically surrounds Abigail, as you pointed out, robbalto. It looks like Chad and Sonny are clear, though unlike what I thought, they didn’t seem to be covering for anyone except Chad trying to help Sonny.

    The mystery of who ran down Abigail (and potentially whoever Dario was working with) feels more problematic. It’s hard for me to imagine anyone who’s currently on the show being the culprit in either case. Which means that something is probably about to not make sense, or this will be attached to someone who isn’t currently on the show but has apparently been in Salem.

    I don’t think Brady is really thinking things through in terms of wanting to implicate Eric for the murder. It’s a decision he would make while drunk and then probably somewhat regret when sober. Then again, Brady has a definite track record of questionable decision-making when he’s upset with someone — he trapped Vivian in that sarcophagus because she tried to put Maggie in there (he was drunk most of that time); he had Chad shot (intending for it to be EJ but clearly not caring enough to make sure); he also tried to have EJ beaten to death, and I think that was ostensibly for something EJ had been accused of but really because Nicole had left him for EJ. So I think Brady finding the amulet and assuming that Eric has been letting Sonny take the fall for this murder he committed would be enough to make Brady furious and, in the moment, want Eric to pay.

    The idea of Tyler Christopher as Nicholas Alamain is interesting, and he’d certainly be a good fit for the role. But it feels too similar to the role he played on GH to be appealing to him. The characters are both the somewhat more virtuous young scions of rich families with a history of committing insane crimes, and the characters even have the same name. I was also under the impression, and I guess this was just an assumption on my part, that TC would be playing the new character Ron mentioned creating, who he said would be starting to air right around the time TC is supposed to.

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    I just started watching the show again, not sure how long I’ll stick with it. I’m on the 8/9 episode. The Hattie/Bonnie stuff is cringe worthy? Has Bonnie always been this unhinged?

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    I would say Bonnie has picked up right where she left off. I’ve loved all that stuff, probably the best way to play a doppelganger story at this point as far as I’m concerned, though I can see that it wouldn’t be for everyone.

    My mom and I were talking about who Dario’s partner is, and figured it must be someone the other characters know, which is part of why Eli is being so tight-lipped around Rafe, Hope, and Lani. After briefly considering maybe Abe or Roman, we settled on the one answer that I think might make sense: Commissioner Raines. Raines is established enough that the other cops Eli is stonewalling will be shocked, but not so established that the audience wouldn’t buy such a heel turn. There are also a couple of seeds here, like Raines threatening to fire Lani over not telling him what Eli knows and, the one that didn’t make sense to me at the time, Raines confirmed Dario’s story about his life being in danger if he gets deported to Mexico when Abigail asked him to look into it. It’s possible that was true, but still seems unlikely, and it makes way more sense that Raines was helping out his partner instead, especially since Abigail was basically telling the police commissioner she was about to enter into a fraud marriage and he didn’t bat an eye. If it is Raines, they could either write him out or position him as a new big bad for the others to deal with. The idea of Raines being Dario’s partner also makes me think maybe he murdered Deimos. BUT about five minutes after that they started throwing some heavy shade at Abe. It may just be red herring stuff, but who knows. I have to say, though, I love having a couple of things to speculate about, and with possibilities that feel like they could maybe make sense.

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    Abe was working with Dario? Is he under DiMera mind control? Does he have a chip in his brain? Does Abe have a doppelganger or evil twin we’ve never heard of before? That’s completely out of nowhere!

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