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February 15, 2019 at 9:10 am #1202777314
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.February 14, 2019 at 7:24 am #1202775892
I haven’t heard anything about Matt Cohen leaving before now, but I do feel like the character hasn’t really added much lately, especially now with Kiki gone. It’s a shame to see a doctor go, and I was excited when Cohen first came on, but to me, Griffin never really clicked, even when he was embroiled in story with Ava and Kiki.February 13, 2019 at 10:47 am #1202774689
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.February 12, 2019 at 9:34 am #1202773441
I mind this very interesting and also somewhat concerning. I read a couple of versions of the story yesterday, but I think this is the first one I’ve seen with the Sony response that the claim is meritless. I find that a little hard to believe, considering the strain this must put on the relationship between Corday and Sony and the obvious advantage of Sony promoting its wholly-owned property over one is does not own outright. (I didn’t realize before this that Sony’s relations with DAYS and Y&R weren’t the same.)
I hope they can resolve this without destroying the show.February 11, 2019 at 9:21 am #1202772114
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?February 8, 2019 at 11:06 am #1202765323
Soap Opera Digest has reported that Y&R will start a story late April that pays tribute to both Kristoff St. John and Neil Winters, which sounds to me like they will have the character die off-screen in a way that gives them an opportunity to reflect on both men. I haven’t really watched Y&R in a while, but how long is Lily supposed to be in prison? I would think that Christel Khalil and Bryton James would be heavily involved in whatever they do.February 8, 2019 at 11:01 am #1202765318
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.February 8, 2019 at 10:47 am #1202765305
Vivian’s great, but at this point I think her greatest value is through Louise Sorel. I would prefer for Robin Strasser to be playing someone new. She totally does seem like someone who would be associated with the DiMeras. But I guess there are other options. This might be a little crazy, but what if she were Kate’s mother? Robin is only eight years older than Lauren Koslow, but there are worse examples on soaps, and I think they’d make a good match. I am trying to remember what we know about Kate’s family, and it seems like not much? Maybe she could be Kate’s sister?
Otherwise, it would be great to see her as Stefano’s sister who shows up to claim the DiMera business and home. With Chad and Abigail leaving, the show is going to be very light on DiMeras. Something where she could interact with Kassie DePaiva’s Eve would also be great.February 8, 2019 at 10:38 am #1202765297
Off the top of my head:
I think Kassie DePaiva’s strongest episode last year was when she dumped Brady at their wedding. The contrast of the lead-up, where she is really happy, and the confrontation at the wedding could be really good.
Martha Madison had a stretch of three or four days during the DNR storyline where she was absolutely incredible. (I’m frankly still a little stunned that Alison Sweeney beat her for our guest performer award.) The part was well written because Belle had to be torn up about pulling the plug while fighting with John and others that it was the right thing to do.
For Kirsten, I think showing Maxie happy with Nathan followed by Nathan’s death and then the confrontation with Lulu at the cemetery could be good. This is from someone who hasn’t watched a lot of GH for the past year, but I almost feel like scenes with Peter would kind of undermine the Nathan stuff.
Mishael Morgan is tough, because I loved everything she did, but it’s hard to pick anything that stands out before the accident. I recall being really moved by scenes around her trying to get pregnant, especially when she admitted to Devon that she wasn’t actually pregnant yet but was trying to get inseminated again, and he forgave her and accepted it. I also love fiery Hilary and scenes where she fights with Lily, especially right before they get into the car crash. She does have some wonderful scenes in the hospital.
Greg Rikaart was absolutely hilarious in the lead-up to and then during his wedding to Sonny.
I agree that Eric Martsolf’s strongest work was probably during the custody battle and particularly him saying goodbye to Tate, but I also loved him facing what he’d done to Nicole and Eric and seeing his guilt over what eventually happened there. He was consistently very strong all year.
Christopher Sean is also a little tough for me to pin down. He was really great when Paul was in the hospital and trying to navigate what Will getting his memory back meant for the two of them. I most enjoyed seeing Paul and Will falling in love in the earlier part of the year, after John had then locked in the DiMera crypt.February 7, 2019 at 9:44 am #1202764284
When thinking about the best actress reels, the 15-minute limit feels really restrictive.
Marci Miller has an episode where Abigail is trapped inside her head, in what appears to be Marlena’s office, while I think Gabby and Dr. Laura are fighting for control, where she is really good. But it also could just come across as nutty and kind of too much. I wonder what she submitted for the premons? She was great in those last scenes where Abigail goes after Gabi, but scenes with physical confrontations don’t seem to go over well with voters. (Two examples that come to mind are Greg Vaughan not even getting nominated after submitting the scenes were Eric and Brady get into a fight at Brady and Kristen’s wedding when the sex time is played and Alison Sweeney not getting nominated after submitting scenes where Sami slaps Nicole several times until she admits that Sydney is Sami’s child. Both were very well acted, but didn’t make the cut.)February 7, 2019 at 9:33 am #1202764266
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.February 7, 2019 at 9:15 am #1202764247
Whoa ho ho!!!February 6, 2019 at 11:47 am #1202763268
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?February 6, 2019 at 11:39 am #1202763253
From what I know of these, I agree with these choices. I will also add that I think Tyler Christopher’s strongest work was after Kate Mansi’s arrival, and I wouldn’t mind if all of his reel was from scenes with her between their conversation in the mental hospital and him learning that he isn’t really Charlotte’s father. I don’t remember Billy Flynn making all that strong of an impression throughout the year in performances that I enjoyed other than when he helped Abigail give birth and then bonded with the baby he thought was Stefan’s. While I didn’t watch Y&R for the whole year, I can’t think of anything he did that feels worthy of an Emmy or even a nomination. I agree that I don’t really care for him in this role, and even to the degree that I’ve accepted him in the role, the character did so many unlikable things over the course of 2018, but not in the way that he was meant to be considered a villain.February 5, 2019 at 9:40 am #1202762270
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?