July 4, 2018 at 5:26 pm #1202579388
The Will and Sonny segment of today’s episode was great! Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith did an excellent job playing out the aftermath of Leo’s accident. I particularly liked Sonny’s scene with Paul and Will’s hilarious scene with Maggie, which was wonderfully performed by Suzanne Rogers.
I was a bit confused about the date. Paul said it was July 4, but Brady and company were in court.
Given Chloe’s expression in the final moments of the episode, I half-expected to see flames shoot out of her mouth.
EmmyLoser: “Camila Banus’s performances so far have been really intriguing. Gabi’s really walking the line between being openly hostile to Abigail and being her friend, and I absolutely love it. “ Yes, I completely agree!July 5, 2018 at 4:08 am #1202579549
I haven’t been enjoying the custody battle (good catch about the hearing being on July 4th!) – I want Teresa to win, I am on her side, but since we know that Jen Lilley is only doing a guest stint and the writing seems to be on Brady’s side I would be surprised if Teresa gets custody. Neither of them really deserves custody but this is a soap so I choose Teresa! (;July 8, 2018 at 5:43 pm #1202581297
The scenes between Ciara and Ben on Friday’s episode were amazing! This is daytime magic in the making. I’ve said it before, but Robert Scott Wilson and Victoria Konefal continue to wow.
However, I did not like the ending on Friday. The fire was just too much after all we audience members have invested in this story.
Freeman, I agree that I am not crazy about the custody battle, but the writing has been so on point. They have pulled out so many storyline points, showing once again that Days is the best at accurately making great use of its history. I am neither Team Theresa nor Team Brady, because the idea that either should win sole custody does not resonate.
Days is very good at coherent storytelling. While the other shows feel choppy and imbalanced, Days manages to integrate their huge roster of actors in a way that honors the show’s history and characters.July 9, 2018 at 10:02 am #1202581640
The custody storyline hasn’t been my favorite either, but yes, it’s essentially keeping me interested with the writing for it working so well. The show has basically acknowledged, through the judge in the case, that it’s somewhat unreasonable for either party to get sole custody. That Brady’s response to Theresa not backing down was to counter sue for full custody is so very Brady but also just a ridiculous thing to do. I’m Team Theresa on this one as well, less because I think she should be in charge of raising Tate (at this point I feel like Kristen would have been a more present and devoted parent than either Brady or Theresa has been), but because where Brady should be expressing some degree of gratitude for the sacrifice Theresa made to keep him and Tate safe, he (and Eve and Justin) are holding her nearly two years of captivity against her! It feels so entitled and thankless! It is kind of hilarious that the show not only held court on the 4th of July, but that they doubled-down on that by having Eric bring over 4th of July food to various people. I’ve come to accept that in Salem, holidays are also business days and weekends do not exist. Also, I like that the judge in the Theresa/Brady custody case is the same one from the Nicole/Chloe custody battle, both because it makes sense that family disputes would be this judge’s specialty and because we know she already knows what a questionable parent and decision-maker Brady is because she heard about everything he did during that storyline.
It also seems worth mentioning that Justin seems very off his game lately. First he got Gabi sent to prison by failing to provide literally any defense for the murder charges that she was facing, then he let it take forever for her to be released even after Abigail had confessed to the grime and accepted a plea bargain. Then he brought in Chloe as a witness on Brady’s behalf, which, given everything Ted used to discredit her, he should have known was a questionable idea at best. (Ted didn’t even have to mention that, despite her complaints about Theresa leaving her in Mexico and endangering John and Paul, the person who ended up dead was the one that she killed, Mateo.)
I haven’t seen Friday’s episode yet, but the build between Ciara and Ben in Thursday’s episode was thrilling. I love that Hope’s search for Ben is the thing that is actually making him dangerous, because he can’t refill his medications out of fear the police will take him in. I can’t believe Claire kissed Tripp AGAIN. It makes all of her wide-eyed worry about Ciara’s well-being seem like a total put-on so Tripp, Hope, Rafe, Marlena, etc. won’t think she’s a terrible person, which she kind of seems to be.
Also, Rafe’s haircut looks very odd. I can’t quite put my finger on what looks so weird about it, but it seems very off.July 9, 2018 at 4:25 pm #1202581839
I meant to also mention the very funny scenes surrounding poor Leo’s demise last week. Freddie Smith, Chandler Massey and Greg Rikaart were great in those episodes. There were moments during the Leo/Sonny interactions where I was laughing out loud just as some of the faces Rikaart was making and some of his line deliveries. It’s kind of a shame the character is gone so soon, but not every character is meant to stick around.
When I saw the previews for what would happen, my immediate thought was comparing this accidental murder/cover-up with what happened with JT on Y&R, though it was clear right away that the two stories are being played pretty differently (Y&R’s being more serious and dramatic, with Leo’s death being way more campy). Also, here I think the flow of plot felt much more logical, and it made sense that Sonny would say that he needed to dispose of Leo’s body and then Will refusing to let him go through it alone.
While I am enjoying the story, I don’t really like how much killing there’s been, and it’s long-term and short-term characters who are getting it. Since the start of the year, Andre, Vivian, Leo, Diane and Mateo have all been killed, not to mention the loss of Lani and Eli’s baby, little David Abraham. It’s not that the show has generally felt dark or maudlin, but it just closes off the possibility of characters coming back. Obviously, soap characters return from the dead all the time, and now DAYS even has a formula that will just resurrect a person, but there should still be some care taken with how something like that is used, and honestly, it wouldn’t be worth the trouble of writing a back-from-the-dead explanation for a character like Mateo or Leo, even though they could be useful in other stories somewhere down the line.July 11, 2018 at 7:10 am #1202582805
While I am enjoying the story, I don’t really like how much killing there’s been, and it’s long-term and short-term characters who are getting it. Since the start of the year, Andre, Vivian, Leo, Diane and Mateo have all been killed, not to mention the loss of Lani and Eli’s baby, little David Abraham. It’s not that the show has generally felt dark or maudlin, but it just closes off the possibility of characters coming back. Obviously, soap characters return from the dead all the time, and now DAYS even has a formula that will just resurrect a person, but there should still be some care taken with how something like that is used, and honestly, it wouldn’t be worth the trouble of writing a back-from-the-dead explanation for a character like Mateo or Leo, even though they could be useful in other stories somewhere down the line.
+ Pamela (head of the ISA)July 11, 2018 at 10:04 am #1202583088
Oh yes, and Pamela! Killing seems to be the only way to solve any story where the antagonist isn’t also someone’s relative, best friend, or baby mama, and sometimes even if they are!
As much as I’ve been pulling for Ciara and Tripp, Tripp seemed pretty meager and pathetic when he went to visit Ciara in the hospital yesterday? I guess between needing to basically grovel for forgiveness and being contrast against the energy Robert Scott Wilson is putting out there as Ben, he’s just not holding up all that well.
And while I understand that Hope is being protective of Ciara and so having a hard time believing that Ben wasn’t out to hurt her, I don’t love the way she’s being characterized right now. It is very much like Rafe to be completely bullheaded and dismissive of anything that doesn’t like up with the conclusion he wants. But Hope is usually smarter and more well-reasoned. Even if she doesn’t totally buy that Ben isn’t dangerous (this is a fair position), it’s pretty ridiculous to just dismiss all the time between Ben taking Ciara from the roadside to the cabin and when the fire broke out as him just toying with her, and also to not seem to bother trying to check whether he actually was at the pharmacy when the fire started. At least Hope seemed somewhat concerned about Ben getting his medication, where Rafe seemed to want to withhold it for spite, in a move that would make no sense and benefit literally no one. It seems clear at this point that the writers don’t care if the audience dislikes Rafe.July 16, 2018 at 8:46 am #1202587569
Poor Gabi gets more bad news! I love that their really giving Gabi a lot of understandable motivation to seek revenge on Abigail and Stefan. At this point, as much as I’m sympathetic to what Abigail has been through, I can hardly blame Gabi for feeling the need to do something.
Another thing I love: Kate continuing to just not play along with Stefan and his blackmail attempts. It seems like eventually she’ll have to acquiesce and start getting him some information that will help sabotage Chad, though I’d be thrilled if that just didn’t happen. Though, I also have to say, people really haven’t given Stefan any credit for how generous he can be. As much as Kayla hated the spying and snooping she did for him, the information she have him has so far been totally useless to him, but he gave her access to that bionic eye without demanding any kind of results.
I also liked the shift in the custody storyline this week. Theresa and Brady have gotten to the point of now being reasonable with one another, and I was really hoping that would last and the story would move into another mode. But having Eve and Victor’s interference totally torpedo their agreement is a good way to keep the drama going without Brady or Theresa behaving too extremely or unsympathetically. Jennifer’s going to blow a gasket when she hears about JJ’s latest sacrifice to help Theresa.July 16, 2018 at 6:24 pm #1202588365
I have to confess to being mostly bored with Days right now ): None of the stories are working for me at the moment. The acting is as always great but… I also have no patience with Stefan, dislike him intensely, and regard him as a total irredeemable criminal who belongs in prison and off the show! (; (I sometimes have very strong opinions!) (:
J.J.’s “confession” is just plain weird! It only would work if it provoked a confession by the real culprits.July 17, 2018 at 10:16 am #1202588911
I totally get the sacrifice JJ is making, though I feel really bad for him. Aside from caring about Theresa, I think he’s also feeling like he can’t see someone be cut out of their child’s life the way he feels like he lost the baby he was going to have with Lani and then Lani actually lost the baby. It makes emotional sense, even if it’s not that smart. And Theresa and JJ are both convinced that Brady planted the drugs, while Brady is assuming JJ must be telling the truth. The hangup for me, and only a very slight one, is that Justin should be giving Brady something of a clue that Victor (and/or Eve) may have had something to do with this. The main reason Theresa keeps assuming it was Brady is because he won’t give her a less trustworthy scapegoat.
Similarly, it seems like Kate should just tell Chad that Stefan is trying to blackmail her because of the stuff with Leo. She’s already told him what she did, so telling him that Stefan is trying to blackmail her would only make it more difficult to Stefan to blackmail her.
On the other hand, I love Gabi’s plan to trick Abigail into telling Chad what is actually the truth about her pregnancy but that she thinks will be a lie. It’s a perfect way to torment Abigail without really hurting Chad much in the process. It would have been a little hard to swallow Gabi intentionally deceiving Chad about the paternity of Abigail’s baby either way, but this makes sense to me.
I’m finding the show really exciting these days!July 19, 2018 at 7:49 am #1202590399
I haven’t read any spoilers so it’s just speculation but I do think Eve will tell Brady the truth about the planted drugs. I was surprised that Teresa was granted custody but I have a feeling this story isn’t quite over yet and it could be reversed at the last minute… although it makes sense for her to leave with Tate, I suppose….
So is Steve going to die from his surgery? I don’t know where they are going with this story…
I enjoyed yesterday’s episode yet I am still not all that happy with the show on the whole; I am not sure why…July 19, 2018 at 9:58 am #1202590476
After the end of yesterday’s episode, it seemed like something was wrong with Kimberly and that might be used to get Theresa out of Salem once again. But it’s hard to imagine her leaving and staying away voluntarily unless she has Tate, and it’s hard to imagine Brady just staying in Salem and taking it while Theresa takes his son halfway across the country. If that happens, it does totally raise the stakes for what Eve did. Also, maybe Kristen shows up and Brady decides Tate is better off being far away from her and out of Salem?
I liked the Victor/Theresa scenes a lot. Of course Victor wasn’t just going to keep employing Theresa as she took custody of Tate from Brady, but there was still a warmth that Victor rarely shows for characters who aren’t Maggie, Caroline, Brady or Sonny.
I was assuming a happy ending for Steve with the bionic eye, especially since the secret of what Kayla did to get him the eye is still looming. That feels like it has a lot more impact if the procedure works and Steve has to be thrilled to have his sight back while also furious about having had to rely on Stefan to get it. My impression of Stephen Nichols’s departure from the show is that it is probably very open. They probably wrapped up story to some degree, but I wouldn’t be shocked if they didn’t write him out at all but rather just stop showing him on-screen and then eventually say something to the effect that he went out of town for a case.July 22, 2018 at 5:33 pm #1202591814
The final days of the custody battle were very well done. So many complexities: JJ confessing to save Theresa; Eve hiding the secret of throwing the case, which was for nothing since Brady and Theresa had come to a compromise; Victor firing Theresa, which essentially paved the way for her to leave town and separate Tate from Brady. The performances by Eric Martsolf and Jen Lilley were especially strong on Thursday’s episode.
Now that Theresa has left Salem, I hope we can move on to other stories. Of course we still have the aftermath to deal with (JJ’s job and Eve’s deceit, for example). But I am missing some of the other characters.
Only one episode with Ben and Ciara this week. Hmm. It’s frustrating that the Fire Marshall’s report was inconclusive and “suspicious.” I was looking forward to seeing Hope and especially Rafe with egg on their faces.
I hope we can move forward with Lani and see something other than her crying. Her reasons for being so tearful are certainly justified. I really cannot understand why the writers chose for her to lose the baby, but I hope she moves into more upbeat territory soon. She deserves a break.
The Will/Sonny story is intriguing, but moving too slowly. I hope they pick up the pace. The mysterious note that Will received seems like a hopeful sign that this story is about to kick into high gear. Who could have sent that note?
Also a compelling twist is Abigail reacting to Gabi’s chicanery by planning to abort her unborn child, thus putting Gabi’s taste for treachery in conflict with her moral sensibility. It was very clever the way that the writers resolved Gabi’s dilemma, maximizing storyline chaos while proving that Gabi is as good an actress as Camila Banus. As for the ending, my guess is that Abigail already decided she could not go through with it.
Although the current writing team has done well by most actors, one who I think has suffered a bit is Billy Flynn. When he first appeared, he was an arrogant rogue, but his character really took off later when he was unjustly accused of murder. Lately, he has been played mostly as an ill-tempered, violent, out of-control chump, and although he gets a lot of air time, I would like to see his character move in a different direction.July 22, 2018 at 8:38 pm #1202591850
Ron C loves to kill characters off and he certainly has done a lot of that on this show. It’s still as annoying as ever.July 23, 2018 at 9:59 am #1202592077
I agree with a lot of what you’re saying, robbalto.
While I was really hoping to see Ben vindicated by the investigation of the fire at the cabin, I wasn’t at all confident that any such thing would happen. I’ve been sort of assuming that the fire wasn’t an accident but started by someone other than Ben, who Ciara wouldn’t have seen because she was asleep and who possibly left before realizing the consequences of their actions. I’m hoping eventually, if Ben gets a lawyer who starts working toward trying to clear him, they can prove Ben wasn’t at the cabin during the time when the fire started and thus is telling the truth. A timeline shouldn’t be that hard to establish, if they confirm that Ben did go to the pharmacy to pick up his medication and consider who long it would have reasonably taken for him to walk there and back. Hope and Rafe are just so uninterested in any version of this story where he isn’t the culprit that they aren’t investigating properly, which brings up the point that Hope obviously should not be taking the lead in this case where she is clearly incredibly biased. I actually thought they might dovetail this with another story and ultimately reveal the fire was set by Leo, who wasn’t actually dead when Will and Sonny rolled him up in the Kiriakis rug, got himself free, drove his own car out of town, stopped by the cabin looking for food or something, panicked when he realized there was a person there, and then left having done something to start a fire without realizing it.
We haven’t been getting enough of Ben/Ciara or of Will/Sonny/Paul lately. I am especially missing Will/Paul scenes, as lately most of their interaction has consisted of Will kicking Paul to the curb to plot with Sonny. That note from the end of Friday’s episode is pretty exciting, and I’m hoping that means this story will kick into a higher gear.
I also think it was kind of an odd decision to kill off Lani and Eli’s baby. I suppose the main purpose of the pregnancy was just creating additional drama around the JJ/Lani relationship and helping to flush out the secret of Lani and Eli sleeping together, not to mention moving Gabi out of that orbit entirely. Still, I don’t know why they couldn’t just keep the baby around, especially since he would have been a Horton and a Carver, and a shared grandchild for Abe and Valerie, which would have been sweet.
I’m really enjoying Gabi and all of her machinations. Camila Banus has been awesome in this story so far.
I’ve also not loved the writing for Chad over the past few months. This version of the character does remind me of how he was before the stuff with Ben and Abigail, back when he and Sonny were business partners and he was kind of a jerk. Making him so focused on getting revenge on Stefan isn’t doing him any favors, but hopefully as things progress with Abigail’s pregnancy (assuming she’s still pregnant), there will at least be opportunities for him to be more endearing and show a little more strength of character than he’s been able to.
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