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  • EmmyLoser
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    Thanks, Freeman!

    So my guess when Leo’s mom Diana finally showed up, and we got a whole story about how John was trying to talk to her but she got tipped off just came directly to Salem, was that Diana Cooper might be Diana Colville, and Leo might be John’s son, and it seems like that was right? The cover of SOD asks if Leo is John’s son, and based on Diana answering the door for John and saying, “Hello, Roman,” at the end of Friday’s episode, the Diana Colville part seems true as well. While it would feel a little crazy for John to have a second surprise son who is involved in Sonny, it still not as crazy as the rate at which Stefano has surprise kids showing up. If this is John’s new story, I like it. It won’t necessarily involved Marlena all that much, but I’ve been enjoying the scenes of her doing therapy with or giving therapy-like advice to Haley, Eric, Sarah, and especially Will and Ben lately. Deidre Hall is so good at playing psychiatrist.

    This story with Hope and Ted has been really enjoyable for me as a person who really dislikes Hope and Rafe as a couple. Ted seems to be really going all in on Hope, despite her not really being available, and she clearly like having them around. I was laughing out loud on Friday when, after bouncing ideas off of Ted and fretting over Ciara’s whereabouts for a half hour, Hope called Marlena down to the station to try to get info on Ben and Ted just sat in for, I guess, moral support? The look on Marlena’s face when Ted is just hanging out and looking serious was great. I wonder if Ben has told Marlena was Ted and Hope did with trying to trick him into confessing to setting the fire? I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with this current Ciara kidnapping story, and if it can do something to ease Hope’s suspicions of Ben. Once it is revealed who has kidnapped Ciara and it isn’t Ben, maybe they’ll also reveal that this person is the one who set the cabin on fire in the first place.

    I like the chemistry between Chloe and Stefan! Interesting that killing El Fideo is now coming back to haunt Chloe. When she got back from Mexico, she was so preoccupied with having to tell everyone that Theresa was dead, and then exposing Theresa’s duplicity after learning she wasn’t dead, that it seems like she wasn’t even worried about those henchmen’s threats.

    Leo has been so terrible lately, trying to extend his blackmail of Sonny to include sex, but I just love him. It seems like Sonny could be doing a lot better with this situation if could get over being so mad about the blackmail. Leo’s not that hard to figure out, and if Sonny just found or hired someone else to distract him, then he’d not be paying much attention to what Sonny and Will are even doing, and certainly not trying to make Sonny have sex with him.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Jordan showing up was such a huge surprise. I have no idea where they are going with this story now. I can’t believe Ben has kidnapped Ciara, it makes no sense, so who did it? Jordan? Why? What’s going on? lol!

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    EmmyLoser
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    The show can try all they like, but they are not fooling me into thinking that Ben kidnapped Ciara. It is interesting, though, because whatever is going on seems to be crazy. When I saw the commercial for Ciara being kidnapped, my best guess was that it would be Jordan, mostly because I knew she’d be back on soon, she’s connected to Ben, and I can’t imagine anyone else who’s around doing it. (My mom suggested it could be Wyatt, but I think he’s DONE meddling with Ciara’s love life after that last go round.) Jordan showing up at the end was surprising, but I feel like it also implicates her, because why otherwise is she even there? I’m hoping this will finally solve the mystery of who set the cabin on fire last summer and force Hope and Tripp to stop blaming it on Ben.

    I’m glad that Tripp and Claire made amends. Claire drives me crazy, but how could Tripp even be surprised by her plotting to have Ben spent time with Ciara? She was fairly obvious about it even at the time. Also, does he not remember that her previous ploy to come between him and Ciara was to manipulate him into voting for her in the Bella contest and then hire Wyatt to rig the votes so that Ciara appeared to lose by Tripp’s one vote? She’s so devious, but he likes her anyway, so more power to them.

    Hope really irritated me in this episode. I don’t see why her first move upon worrying Ciara was kidnapped was to call in Marlena to grill her about Ben’s sessions. She knows full well that if Marlena thought Ben was going to harm Ciara or anyone, she would have done something about it. It’s part of her insidious need to make everyone else feel as mistrustful of Ben as she does, which is wrong. If she thought Ben kidnapped Ciara, her first move should have been to call Ben in and interrogate him. If she’d asked Claire a few more questions, she might have learned that Ben was at the apartment a little while before and he had no idea when Ciara was getting back. Hope’s theory, I guess, is that Ciara decided to come home early because she wants to get back together with Ben, so she called or texted him that she was coming home, and then he kidnapped her? That doesn’t make sense. Then, after crossing the line by breaking into Ben’s motel room and tossing it in search of evidence, she tells Ben that Marlena gave her all this information, a very jerky thing to do to Marlena after she clearly expressed her concern about losing Ben’s trust. It is very frustrating watching Hope in this storyline. After all this, she should be suspended at the very least.

    If Stefan takes a bullet to save Chloe, I wonder if people will start to treat him like a human being?

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    Hmm, now that Jordan is being extremely unhinged and blaming crimes on her brother, I wonder how much they will make her ultimately responsible for? It seems like a great opportunity to lay to rest the issue of who set the cabin on fire, which it very much seems like she did. But could the show somehow try to pin some other things on Jordan as well?

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    I hate it when we think we have someone new posting and it’s spam! Grrr!

    Leo’s secret is out and it’s that he killed his father (or at least who he thinks is his father). o.k.

    Still wondering if Jordan is in cahoots with someone, and why has she turned against her brother? What is going on? I know that Ben is not the one who kidnapped her but who is it? I have a feeling that Jordan’s stay will be a short one. (I keep on thinking it’s Ted for some strange reason).

    The chemistry isn’t quite there between Kate Mansi’s Abigail and Susan Seaforth Hayes’ Julie the way it was with Marci Miller. Not sure why but it isn’t the same at all.

    If I were Ben I would file a malpractice suit against Marlena – so completely unethical for her to say anything at all to Hope.

    John is wondering if Leo is his child.

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    Leo being John’s son would be a great turn of events. I hope this happens.

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    The chemistry between Susan Seaforth Hayes and Kate Mansi definitely isn’t the same as between SSH and Marci Miller, but I think it works really well with Mansi. Miller’s Abigail was so saintly, but it’s much easier to feel a kinship between Julie and Mansi’s Abigail, considering the litany of questionable things her Abigail did before Miller came into the role. LOL at Julie’s saying she and Doug were going to Netflix and chill.

    It hadn’t occurred to me that Jordan might have an accomplice. It seems like she’s been doing all of this on her own. Her plan, apparently, is to convince everyone that Ben is too dangerous and get him put back into a psychiatric facility, for his good and everyone else’s. But that clearly isn’t going to well, when even Abigail isn’t taking the bait. I’m very eager to see how this unfolds. Ben is justifiably angry at Hope and at Marlena, but if he does find Ciara, I fear it’ll just make him look worse. I feel bad for Marlena and would have liked for her to get a chance to talk things out with Ben. While I agree that really she shouldn’t have told Hope and Ted anything, it seemed at the time like Marlena telling Hope that Ben was agitated about not being able to reach Ciara wouldn’t line up with him then kidnapping her from the airport a few minutes later and Hope could move on to looking at other leads. But of course that didn’t happen. If Hope is getting footage from the airport, she should soon see what actually happened to Ciara.

    The backstory between Diana and Leo is kind of soap typical, but still I find it pretty interesting and want to know more. It seems crazy that John doesn’t just get a DNA sample from Leo and run a test to see if they’re father and son. It would be great if they were, as it would give Leo more of a reason to stick around. Roman teasing John about learning how not to get women pregnant was hilarious.

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    Looks like Jordan is working alone with her nutty plan to keep people safe by kidnapping them! );

    If the rumor about Robin Strasser joining Days is true I will be heaven!

    I really wish they would come up with a better storyline for Will and soon!

    it’s always fun to spend some time with Victor.

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    It is always funny to me hearing Victor and Chloe insult one another. It is hilarious that Brady thought he was going to move Chloe into the mansion and Victor would just be cool with it. It does seem logical for Chloe to live there with the kids, since they are both Maggie’s grandkids, but since they seemed to be building toward Chloe and Stefan, it seemed much more likely that she’d end up at Casa DiMera.

    The investigation of these kidnappings is becoming comically stupid. I like that Chad at least could see that Stefan was telling the truth about Charlotte, even though Abigail is illogically convinced that Stefan is behind the kidnapping. Eli and Lani suggesting the Ben kidnapped Charlotte made me laugh out loud. When was this supposed to have happened? They’ve been following Ben since long before Charlotte went missing. It’s also astounding that Hope, Ted, Eli, Lani and a random cop have all spoken to Ben about thinking he kidnapped Ciara, but no one has gone out to that cabin to see if she’s there? It is such a common thing for the cops on soap operas to be idiots, but when the commissioner is the character who should basically be the lead of the show, it really doesn’t sit well. It’s one thing for the cops to be flailing on a show like General Hospital, where the cops have to be bad at their jobs to serve the criminal protagonists, or one like B&B, where they police characters are incredibly ancillary to everything else. DAYS is the one show where the police and police adjacent characters are mostly veterans and legacy characters. They should write them as better at their jobs.

    Despite generally being annoyed by Sarah and Eric, I’m really glad they’ve made amends. I really don’t think Sarah should have forgiven Rex for sleeping with her sister.

    The fantasy scenes of Ben and Ciara were very sweet. I can’t wait to see them together again.

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    Chad is out of control. He should be in jail for the way he goes around assaulting people. I really feel for Abigail, but can’t muster much sympathy for Chad. I think it’ll be good to have a break from the character.

    It’s a little much that, even still, no one thinks Jordan or anything she’s done — like coming back to Salem without even telling her brother, or insisting that Ben might want to kidnap Charlotte like five minutes before Charlotte was kidnapped. Hopefully there is some resolution to these kidnappings this week. And how terrible is Eve that she read about Charlotte being kidnapped and then just doesn’t tell Jack?

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    The kidnapping story is really starting to pick up, which I suppose it has to, since Chad and Abigail’s last day on the show is a little over a week away, and surely they don’t plan to leave without getting their daughter back first. I continue to be surprised at the lengths to which Jordan is going to frame Ben and cover her tracks. Planting evidence in his room was really low, and then drugging Kate and dragging her around the square was insane. I’m hoping that Gabi follows Jordan and figures out what’s really happening. Also, credit to Kate for being literally the only person who heard that Jordan was at the Horton house right before Charlotte went missing and at least considered that she might be the kidnapper. Maybe she should lend her services to the Salem PD, for those times when they’re so eager to arrest people they already hate that they can’t consider other logical suspects. I hope poor Ben isn’t stuck in the police station for too long. This reminds me a little bit of what was happening to Chad when Ben was killing people and Chad was the prime suspect, though it’s playing out a lot faster.

    Also, Jack’s an idiot for telling Eve anything about JJ’s problems. He knows JJ and Eve have a bad history and that JJ and Jennifer think Eve is terrible and untrustworthy. He should have thought better of that.

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    I have always been curious as to why when someone who is innocent of the crime(s) they are accused of then commit new crime(s) while proving their innocence why they then don’t face charges for those new crimes? Ben holding a gun on police officers is a crime, right? Of course Hope has committed crimes too and she is allowed to be a police commissioner! I know: soap logic and real world logic are miles apart! (;

    I need for Will to be given better material. I am hoping once this story ends they give him something powerful for the rest of the year.

    I have read there will be a new serial killer in Salem? I suppose so that Hope can think it’s Ben again (and again and again)… sometimes things that are posted wind up just being rumors and not true though.

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    That was a very nice Valentine’s day episode (: Parts of it felt like a Friday cliff-hanger episode (Kate flatlining and Hope drawing her gun on Ben outside the cabin), but parts of it felt like a Valentine’s day episode (John and Marlena, and esp. Will and Sonny! Very romantic!) (:

    Glad that Chad got Jordan to give Charlotte back to Abigail but his telling her that he killed her brother was an interesting way to go about it! (Quick thinking on his part, he still hasn’t told Abigail it isn’t true yet!) (;

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    I agree, that Valentine’s Day episode was very strong, a good mix of climactic story action and romantic moments. The last two weeks or so have been building up to this, and in some cases really not all that excitingly, so it’s nice to at least get a strong payoff.

    Even not having been that much of a fan of Will and Sonny as a pair since Will’s return, it was really nice to see them have a lovely Valentine’s Day together and finally make love again after years apart. Very sweet. It’s always nice seeing John and Marlena share romantic moments as well. The show did a good job of playing to who the audience apparently wants to see. The Valentine’s Day poll on the DOOL app asked fans who their favorite couple was. The competition was very close between John/Marlena and Ben/Ciara, with John/Marlena eventually eventually taking the win. Will/Sonny were a very, very distant third, with all of the other couples falling pretty far behind them. When I checked Wednesday night, the order was Chad/Abigail, Jack/Jennifer, Maggie/Victor, Doug/Julie, Eli/Lani, Hope/Rafe, and finally JJ/Haley. It’s pretty telling that Hope and Rafe were so close to last place, coming in only ahead of JJ’s new pairing with a character who only showed up a few weeks ago.

    I was shocked that Kate flatlined. I’m sure she’ll be fine, ultimately, but this isn’t the kind of thing that usually happens with someone like Kate, especially considering her lack of family connections at the moment. I’m glad Rafe is sticking around to see that she’s okay, even though it’s a little surprising to me that he didn’t just drop her off and then take off to help with the search for Ciara.

    It was great to see Chad and Ben working together to find where Jordan was holding Ciara and Charlotte. Ben knocking Eli out and then holding Hope at gunpoint really concerns me, but also, Ben and Chad barely got to that cabin in time to save Ciara. If Ben had spent hours trying to convince Eli and Hope of what was really happening, it would likely have been too late. Hopefully that will factor in? This seems like a rare case where Ben will have to face some legal action for the crimes he committed in trying to prove his innocence, but Sami did the same thing to Rafe and got away clean, so maybe they’ll be lenient.

    Chad telling Jordan he’d killed Ben was clever, but also a little cruel, and again, surprising to me. It was definitely the right approach for getting the baby back, but then Jordan left and Chad still didn’t say anything. I wonder if Jordan will try to go back to the cabin to save Ciara? Or go to the Horton Square to look for Ben?

    Also, I’m pretty unconvinced now that John is actually Leo’s father. It seems like a smart move storywise, but the reveal was so blase — Diana just admitted it during a very calm conversation halfway through that episode. That just feels too suspicious.

    I’d heard the rumor about there being a serial killer storyline coming up, but I’m not putting much stock in that, and I hope it isn’t true. People might be guessing/assuming there’s a serial killer because two people were let go in pretty quick succession, and those exits were apparently dictated by budget cuts. This show’s favorite way to get rid of several actors at once is with a serial killer, but they usually save that for when they shift headwriters, which they haven’t.

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    It was so gratifying to finally see Hope treating Ben like a decent human being and expressing gratitude in Friday’s episode. Of course Ben and Ciara could only be marginally happy for about 10 minutes before something else terrible happened. The writing around the fight with Jordan was interesting, with Ben kind of snapping after seeing her nearly kill Ciara again. Watching Ben struggle to maintain control and his newfound mental clarity seems like a more interesting and enjoyable route than needing Hope to continue to be ridiculous. Speaking of Hope, watching Ted get in Rafe’s face was pretty funny.

    The last few episodes have started to pick up again. I wasn’t that excited about the upcoming whirlwind reconciliation of Chad and Abigail and their exit, but watching the last couple of episodes, it’s really nice seeing them back together. I didn’t need to hear them reference Chad “putting Charlotte back in [Abigail’s] arms” as many times as they did in two episodes, but it’ll be good to see both the characters happy as they leave.

    I keep going back and forth on Eric and Sarah. I found them charming as they were hanging out while Rex was with Kate at the hospital. Eric recounting the donut story from last Valentine’s Day was fun, though it did remind me how sad with was that Eric and Jennifer went from being an engaged couple that I really liked to people who have had maybe two scenes together in the last four months.

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