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    I did think there was a spark with the way Ben was sort of obsessing over Will, and I’m surprised how easily I can see that building into something more romantic or sexual, as least from Ben’s perspective. It’s funny how when Guy Wilson was playing Will, much of his story ended up being Will desperately trying to hold on to Sonny. Now that Chandler Massey is back in the role, Will already has two guys in love with him and it’s pretty easy to imagine having a third thrown in.

    The different treatments of Ben and Abigail can be a little frustrating — which is why I was so glad they had that conversation between Hope and Marlena, where Marlena called out the double standard — but is also somewhat understandable. Even if his mental problems were to blame, Ben did murder three people, and everyone thought he’d murdered Will as well, just to get rid of Chad and cover his tracks. The one death for which Abigail is responsible is Andre’s, and it wasn’t a case of her going crazy and murdering him but her hitting him with something to defend herself in a moment of fear. It’s not really the same.

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    how many months ahead does Days tape its episodes?

    I honestly think Ben is back for Ciara and not for Will. Time will tell, but I think they are planning on having Ben and Ciara as a major couple on the show.

    I am most looking forward to Will’s storyline going forward and really hoping he gets far more air dates coming up.

    Geez, Greg Vaughan wins an Emmy and then… nothing! I hope they give him some story soon! Maybe when Nicole comes back?

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    It’s difficult to imagine a Ben and Will pairing, though it certainly would be interesting. Ben and Ciara seems more likely. I still see Tripp and Ciara as the end game, but I will keep an open mind as the story progresses.

    Djoko: “The only reason they had Ben saving Ciara was a way to bring him back into the good graces of the people in Salem – of course this will be after they all think he hurt her in the first place.” LOL, you know our soaps. Whether it’s the only reason… we will see.

    Freeman: “I am most looking forward to Will’s storyline going forward and really hoping he gets far more air dates coming up. Geez, Greg Vaughan wins an Emmy and then… nothing! I hope they give him some story soon! Maybe when Nicole comes back?” Hopefully, they will both be getting more air time. I think Days has the biggest cast of the four soaps, and with all the returns and recurring characters, it’s a lot to manage.

    EmmyLoser: “It’s funny how when Guy Wilson was playing Will, much of his story ended up being Will desperately trying to hold on to Sonny. Now that Chandler Massey is back in the role, Will already has two guys in love with him and it’s pretty easy to imagine having a third thrown in.” Interesting observation!

    EmmyLoser: “Even if his mental problems were to blame, Ben did murder three people, and everyone thought he’d murdered Will as well, just to get rid of Chad and cover his tracks. The one death for which Abigail is responsible is Andre’s, and it wasn’t a case of her going crazy and murdering him but her hitting him with something to defend herself in a moment of fear. It’s not really the same.” Good point.

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    Thanks, robbalto!

    I think DAYS is still six months ahead in taping. Last summer, I noted a photo Deidre Hall posted online with herself, Drake Hogestyn, Chandler Massey, and Christopher Sean all on the hospital set. It was in August. I patiently waited (well, I waited in any case) for an episode where all four characters were at the hospital in those clothes to hit the air. It happened in February.

    I’ve been going back and forth in my thinking as to where Ben is more likely to end up in terms of story. From a character perspective, it’s tough for me to see Ciara being interested in Ben, given his history. He not too long ago murdered a girl her age fitting her description, and Hope appears to have more of a hate-on for Ben than almost anyone right now. It’s easier for me to imagine Ben having something of a crush on Will, even though that also doesn’t seem terribly likely. What I can easily imagine, though, is Claire taking an interest in Ben, either genuine or for more manipulative reasons, and that playing out. I think Victoria Konefal and Lucas Adams have such great chemistry, and that combined with the fact that they play the children of Bo and Patch, respectively, feels like more than reason enough to keep them primarily playing with one another, and not just in the spaces between their other developing love interests. That’s my opinion, at least.

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    Just finishing up watching today’s really enjoyable episode; esp. Will, Sonny and Paul! I’ve noticed they are often on Monday episodes. I really love all 3 characters!

    Zander is such a hoot! I am glad that he is back for awhile. We can enjoy his villainy without rooting for him and he gets comeuppances too.

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    DAYS has done a good job lately of ending pretty much every episode with something exciting. Xander finding the recording at the end of yesterday’s episode was great. Can’t wait to see what he does with that.

    I’m feeling really bad for Paul right now. Even though nothing is really changed yet between him and Will, he looks like a man taking a slow march toward a firing squad. I really haven’t been eager at all for Will to get his memory back, but it would be nice for him if he did, and Sonny is already assuming that they’ll automatically get back together if he does. But I’m glad things are happening with the story.

    It was great seeing Theresa and Jennifer interacting again. Theresa was pushing Jenny’s buttons probably without even thinking about it, and now that Jennifer and Eve seem to be getting along, it’s good to see Jennifer having tension with someone at least. It just occurred to me that Victor might have named Theresa as CEO of Titan, which is hilarious and awesome, and I guess would mean Theresa would have to work with Eve and Brady because of Titan owning Basic Black.

    While I did really enjoy yesterday’s episode, I’m a little bummed we didn’t get back to Ben and Ciara. Hopefully today!

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    The scenes with JJ, Theresa, Jennifer, and Eric were perfect. I loved when Theresa called Jennifer “Jenny.”

    Freeman: “Just finishing up watching today’s really enjoyable episode; esp. Will, Sonny and Paul! I really love all 3 characters!” Yes! The best and most enduring triangles always have three characters with rooting value.

    Freeman: “Xander is such a hoot!” He really is. I just hope the writers do not paint him into a villainous corner now that he is out and about.

    Emmy Loser: “I’m feeling really bad for Paul right now.” Now we have to watch this story through the filter of knowing that Christopher Sean is leaving in the fall. Sigh.

    EmmyLoser: “Sonny is already assuming that they’ll automatically get back together.” Maybe the writers will surprise us and put Will in a triangle with Ben and Xander.

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    ^Zander in bed with Will would be must-see television for me! (; (or Ben or Paul or Sonny! or all of them at the same time!) (;

    I remember in Harding Lemay’s book about head-writing Another World he was surprised to learn that many women wanted Rachel to be with Steve and not Alice – it was a class issue, with poorer female viewers preferring Rachel and wealthier female viewers favoring Alice. He said he learned a lesson not to assume which way the audience wants a triangle to work itself out. This would be a good lesson for today’s (inferior) headwriters to learn!

    I wonder what is going to happen with the injection? My guess is that nothing this time, it’s too early for there to be much movement in the story…

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    Haha, I could see Xander trying to seduce Will just to irritate Sonny. A Will/Ben/Xander triangle would be surprising indeed!

    I love that lesson about not assuming how the audience wants a triangle to play out. Not being able to gauge audience reaction is definitely one of the biggest problems I have with DAYS’ long delay between filming and airing (that and the inability to keep any casting news under wraps for that long). I realize some people working on the show watch the show when it airs, but I wonder how much the writers are able to see before it airs? I think that even if you can’t gauge the audience’s reaction directly, you can get an idea of it, have some clue how they feel, by watching the scenes play out and seeing how they feel different than they would have on the page. But I think that more than any other soap over the last five years, DAYS has done the best job of anticipating what the audience wants and working toward that, even with the six-month delay.

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    Today’s episode was really enjoyable! I am liking the chemistry between Ben and Ciara, Will/Sonny/Paul always seem to be on Monday episodes, J.J. bringning Lani into the hospital and calling Eli was nice, Kayla is behaving badly, Marlena and John were on this episode, Will had a flash of memory (I guess the serum is slow-acting?), Rafe, Hope and Eli investigating and finding Ciara’s motorcycle, each and every scene was interesting and moved us viewers forward! (:

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    The last couple of episodes made me think they are setting up a Ciara/Ben relationship, but I really don’t like that. I really want Ben to seduce Will. He would be so much more interesting if he were gay than to be in a storyline with the boring Tripp/Ciara/Claire. He also doesn’t fit into that age group. He’s so much better in the Chad/Abigail/Sonny/Will/Paul age group.

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    I’m a little behind and haven’t seen yesterday’s episode yet, so far, I do find that Ciara and Ben have good chemistry between them. I still don’t love the idea of them as a couple really, but I’d be fine with him providing an extra element in the story with Ciara, Tripp and Claire. They could also easily keep their options open with Ben by making him bisexual.

    I’m glad to know they got back to Will’s story in yesterday’s episode, because I feel like the ending of the last time we saw him was so exciting with Marlena injecting him with the serum, and then nothing for a few days.

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    It would be awesome if Ben was bisexual (or sexually fluid). Definitely much more interesting if has in a love triangle with a guy and a girl. Days NEEDS to do this.

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    The scenes between Ben and Ciara have been excellent! The way the writers converged their stories is very clever. Where the story will go, I have no idea, but the performances by Robert Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal have been outstanding. Of course, Djoko’s idea is very interesting too!

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    I forgot to mention how good I thought the contrasting scenes were of Lani’s wish/dream of how things should be and the cold reality of her actual situation during yesterday’s excellent episode. Very sad ending ):

    Today we are back to Sonny, Will and Paul – with the latter two conversing in bed again! (; Poor Sonny, he has had no luck whatsoever since Will came back to life! Will is keeping his memory flash a secret from Paul – never a good idea on soaps to keep secrets! (; Chad and Sonny are discussing Sonny’s awful situation concerning con-man Leo.

    Ben and Ciara are still in the cabin and Ben is earning Ciara’s trust. I am really enjoying their scenes! (:

    Hope, Rafe and Tripp are in scenes as they search for Ciara; Claire is in scenes with Marlena and John, with Claire feeling guilty about Ciara’s predicament.

    Another excellent episode (:

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