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November 23, 2020 at 8:59 pm #1203859812
I usually don’t love when soaps do these kinds of episodes (explosions, earthquakes, tornadoes, plane crashes), but this episode was excellent. And really moving. Wonderful performances all around. Carolyn Hennessy and Will Lipton were standouts to me, but really good work from everyone.November 23, 2020 at 10:30 am #1203857770
Here’s a question that may or may not be all that helpful: Do we want to come up with some ballpark numbers for things like how many episode appearances is too many to be considered limited/guest and maybe how many is too few to be considered a lead? I was just looking over the episode counts for DAYS through October, and some of the numbers are pretty interesting/surprising. Obviously numbers don’t tell the full story — like if I’m shocked by who appeared on the show the most times it’s maybe because they weren’t doing much that was impactful or driving story, despite being on screen a lot.
Just a thought.
Regarding Alison Sweeney, my feeling is she should be campaigned in Supporting Actress. The stint was too short to be considered Lead but also she was featured too heavily to be guest/limited. I’m not sure what the consensus will be for Emmy consideration, though. If she starts her next stint before the year is over, I think she’d be ineligible in the guest category, at least according to the rules from last year.November 23, 2020 at 7:23 am #1203857032
Slightly spoilery, but DAYS just released a holiday preview where we see returns in some fashion or another from Gabi, Rafe, Chloe, Will, Valerie, Tony, Anna and Joey. Ciara is in it as well, but since she’s technically still recurring, I wouldn’t her appearance as a return (and it seemed to be in the same vein as her last few appearances). No Sami, though. 🙁November 22, 2020 at 9:42 pm #1203856435
Such a great Friday cliffhanger! Another really good episode. They did a great job of building tension and suspense — would Julian deliver the bomb? Would it go off? Who would be at the Rib when it does? (I believe Liz and Franco were there as well.) I also like how we didn’t really see what all might have been happening in the Rib right before the explosion, just Dev reporting the suspicious package and then seeing the explosion from the outside.
Cyrus being willing and really quite eager to blow up a restaurant full of people really is a great reminder that, even though most of we see of Cyrus on screen is pestering, he’s incredibly callous and ruthless. This will be the second time he’s tried and failed to kill Jason (assuming, of course, that Jason will live), so things will probably escalate.
If the rumors of a cast bloodbath are true, this could be a way of getting rid of any of the characters who were inside. Lulu was rumored to be out, but characters like Dustin and Dev could easily be shuffled off as well. There was also speculation they’d get rid of Roger Howarth, and I kind of doubt that Liz and Franco will actually go to see Patrick at Berkeley.November 22, 2020 at 9:30 pm #1203856419
I want to add a citation for William deVry for Supporting Actor and one for Directing for Friday’s GH episode (11/20). deVry usually doesn’t get material that requires him to be very showy, but the conversation between Julian and Alexis was heartbreaking, and his struggle to figure out the best of his bad options was really well done. Also the way the episode was assembled and the way the characters moved around, the building tension in and around The Floating Rib, was great.November 20, 2020 at 8:23 am #1203850024
I find all the Claire/Charlie scenes that have Jan or Xander in them to be hilarious, and I’m also getting a kick out of Sarah sleuthing around Phillip on behalf of Xander. That stuff is at least fun even if it makes little sense sometimes. Charlie was losing it because Claire didn’t want to have dinner with him two days in a row? Sarah dropped Phillip off at the Horton Town Square and then somehow got into disguise and to a nearby newsstand by the time he walked in? No one warned Claire not to tell Jan Spears anything (let alone everything) about the wedding?
I’m eagerly waiting for Sami’s return, but I’m now worried it won’t be happening any time soon. I’m looking forward to Gabi being back very soon though, and actually Rafe as well.
Also, kudos to Cady McClain, who is doing a really admirable job with this storyline she was thrown into. The writing isn’t very strong — her having to weepily shout, “You slept with another woman while I was in a coma!” feels more like a parody of a soap than an actual soap — and, even aside of having embarked on this ill-advised story, isn’t really doing it in a way that makes character sense for Jack or Jennifer. The Kate/Jennifer conversation was mostly good. I’m glad they hit the beat of Kate’s history with Bill and Laura, and honestly it was nice of Kate not to throw it in Jennifer’s face that Jack also slept with Laura so maybe he’s a problem. Jennifer threatening to use her powers as an investigative journalist to make Kate miserable or whatever she said felt out of character and really very silly.
The show also continues to have so few corporate employees who aren’t interns/trainees or CEO. At least now Jake will be a VP, though given that his entire experience at DiMera is one barbecue dinner, that seems like a leap as well.November 20, 2020 at 7:43 am #1203849969
Cyrus must be a fan of Drag Race because the library was indeed OPEN!
I love the idea that Cyrus is doing whatever drug stuff but his real ambition is to go around town reading people for filth. No wonder he was getting in boozy Alexis’s face. She’s his biggest competition.
Also, I loved the Carly/Jason exchange where she asks why he’s talking to Britt:
Carly: Everyone hates her!
Jason: Everyone used to hate you, too.
Hilarious, and of course Carly is threatened by Jason potentially having another woman whose trouble-making tendencies might sap his attention in his life.November 19, 2020 at 8:09 am #1203847596
Yes! I’ve been rather critical of the way the show treats Julian, but Cyrus’s indictment of him was spot on: he repeatedly and consistently fails to realize the consequences his actions will have past whatever he’s getting out of the deal in the moment. I think Cyrus, in the last week or so, has started to feel much more genuinely menacing and dangerous, which is good because it means Sonny and Jason will have to start doing something about it. It’s much better than when Cyrus was just going around harassing Jordan, annoying everyone and making thinly veiled threats to fire or kidnap people.
I’m glad they brought Brad back into the mix with this Julian story as well (and now I see why they might have needed Lucas back on). I wonder if he has any idea why he was attached.November 18, 2020 at 10:49 pm #1203846981
I also read earlier that the best thing going on the show right now — the hilarious and zany Jan Spears — will be leaving the show and last airing early next week. Sigh.
It really stuns me how many things are misfiring on the show right now. Even a character like Gwen, who I thought was a lot of fun, has gone from a mode where she worked really well — as a messy, slightly unhinged, opportunistic troublemaker — to this more Machiavellian long-term schemer with an axe to grind and a penchant for talking to Stefano’s portrait, which honestly just feels like the writers very lazily slotting her into a niche they return to again and again.November 18, 2020 at 10:44 pm #1203846977
^^Absolutely. I think it’s a storm of a few factors: Jason and Britt have great chemistry, where Jason and Sam currently have none. Tying Britt into a story with Jason also has appeal because it tethers her to the canvas beyond whatever is happening with the Cyrus story. And many of us are probably happy to take any reason to split up Jason and Sam because the show is pretty much acknowledging that their relationship isn’t worth being in (let alone watching) without something trying to come between them or keep them apart.November 18, 2020 at 7:43 am #1203845063
I was very glad about Eli’s response to being confronted by Lani about Kristen being in jail. I cannot even count the ways in which this storyline has felt totally insane, though I think maybe the most ridiculous is the idea that Eli tricked/entrapped Kristen into confessing. I don’t think it’s called entrapment when a police officer is speaking to you after you’ve been arrested for a crime and are out on bail. That’s just a person admitting their own guilt! She was clearly told anything she said could and would be used against her. This is one of the many ways also that the current writing regime has shortchanged Kristen. When Kristen drugged and raped Eric as revenge for Marlena ruining her relationship with Brady, she was meticulous about doing in a way that it wasn’t provable, so people would know she did it, but she couldn’t be convicted for it. This is the total opposite. She’s been beyond careless and outright foolish in this storyline. Anyway, I’m glad Eli didn’t just apologize and beg for forgiveness but instead told Lani how ridiculous she’s being.
Kristen, meanwhile, is entertaining Ava in Statesville. I like the twist of them having been friends (though it makes Kristen acting like Lani is the only friend she’s ever had even more insane), and I hope the association with Ava will eventually restore some order to things. I’m all for character growth and relationships evolving, but I could not write a post long enough to list the reasons why Marlena and Kristen should never be anything more than barely tolerant and coldly civil with one another, at best. These two have been rivals since Kristen was a doe-eyed innocent who couldn’t believe what terrible people Stefano and Peter really were. Marlena having to be the one to go see her and keep her spirits up is beyond ridiculous. Maybe Lani should be spending some time doing that? Or maybe a surprise friendship with someone like Sarah, who would feel a degree of kinship with her because of everything that happened.November 18, 2020 at 7:26 am #1203845024
Oh man, Julian just hit a perfect 10 on the bad decision meter!
I agree, great episode. Revelations left and right. I can’t wait to see what happens next.November 17, 2020 at 1:37 pm #1203844033
I’d been warned ahead of time by someone who saw the show before I did, but boy was it jarring! I still haven’t seen anything about why they did the switch — who knows, maybe Ryan Carnes quit months ago and it was just never reported — but Daytime Confidential is saying it’s not a temporary recast. Lucas suddenly showing up and reminding us that he also is terminally pissed at Julian is probably another bad sign for Jules.November 16, 2020 at 3:53 pm #1203841786
Good question re: younger vs. limited/guest. It would be my slight inclination to place Olivia Rose Keegan in younger rather than guest/limited, especially since the latter category has plenty of potential competitors. I would also say Alison Sweeney did too much during her return to be considered guest or limited.
I don’t think of people like Leslie Charleson, Susan Seaforth Hayes and Bill Hayes as belonging in the guest/limited category because they play regular characters who live in the town where everything is happening and appear on the show fairly often throughout the year, even if not necessarily on a regular basis. Characters I think of as guest/limited this year include Vincent, Clyde, Orpheus, Tamara, Valerie, Leo, Sheila, Vivian, Ivan, Eduardo, Theo, and the doctor who helped perpetrate the baby switch for DAYS. For GH, I think of people like Stella, Gladys, Dante’s PTSD doctor, Lindsay Hartley’s Sam, Dolores, Ethan and maybe Jackie and Gregory depending on how long they’re sticking around. But what do others think?