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July 16, 2019 at 11:53 am #1202978916
I guess curious is better than nothing!
I keep getting so distracted feeling like they’re writing Kristen as being too drastic for weak motivations. We’re meant to believe Kristen cares this much about working at DiMera? Chad, Stefan, Andre, and Kate have all been far more invested than she ever was. I’d be buying this much more (though still not entirely) if it were wrapped up in a scheme to get Brady back, a goal she seemed to have forgotten entirely until he came knocking on her door yesterday. It hadn’t occurred to me that she might kill Rex, but it seems like a possibility. I kind of hope not, but then again, if the show ultimately takes my advice and just claims all this nonsense was done by a doppelganger, it won’t really matter. I guess Rex is better alive than dead?
The Gabi/Stefan relationship is getting interesting for me. Of course because Gabi got this plan from Brady, it’s turning out the same way Brady’s did and she’s developing feelings for Stefan. But it’s hard to know how much she can barrel forward without acknowledging those feelings. She sure got down to the police station pretty fast after he was arrested.
Hope and Ted don’t work for me as a couple mostly because Hope only seems interested in him as eye candy, a dinner companion and a compliment machine. She doesn’t seem to have any actual feelings for him. I think she could work with the right match, but they haven’t had that. Aiden was pretty good, but they totally ruined that. Maybe she could try someone who is neither a cop nor a lawyer.
Can’t wait to see what Xander does next!July 15, 2019 at 8:41 am #1202975702
The show is really piling on the reasons for people to want to get rid of Shiloh! Just when I think they’re at capacity, they add more! Oscar leaving Shiloh his ELQ shares does seem bananas, but I wasn’t watching during the time when Oscar was living at the DoD house, so I don’t know.
It also is pretty crazy that no one looked at the DNA test that Shiloh had run. If they have to do another (it seems like they probably will, even though Shiloh continues to rack up criminal charges), surely they won’t run it at GH, the hospital where both of Wiley’s dads and his grandmother all work?
Also, Sam and Jason running around like they are police deputies or lawyers in training is pretty funny. When Jason started asking Harmony, pardon me, Lorraine questions during her big statement, everybody just rolled with it like it was cool, even though it was pretty absurd.July 15, 2019 at 8:31 am #1202975695
I’m torn between liking that the show is being equal opportunity in terms of women threatening men and vice versa and just feeling like some of these scenes are a little insane. It was ridiculous that when Claire was confronted by Tripp and Ciara about the fires, she ended up putting Tripp in the hospital and tying Ciara to a bed. Now this past week, we had Ted begging Kate not to kill him with a broken bottle and Xander talking Kristen out of killing him with a knife, and honestly it seems like either of them could have just taken the weapon away. That and the general disregard for the way time works have been pretty annoying. How is it that Stefan, Gabi, and Nicole decided to have this nonsense public launch for Basic Black/Gabi Chic in the morning and then like an hour later were acting like Nicole had fallen down on the job because she hadn’t planned the event yet? I also found it surprising that Kristen was able to talk about Nicole and Kate fighting over Theresa’s designs during their time working together, but the fights were rather public, so I guess she could have known.
In my mind, I’m now just imagining that this Kristen arc will eventually be over and at some point down the line, Eileen Davidson will be back and we’ll learn that the Kristen who did all of this stuff under Stacy Haiduk was just an imposter or something. The writing still feels so off for Kristen. This is like a woman who is under the delusion that she’s Kristen DiMera and just basing all of her actions off of what people have said about Kristen and what she imagines it would have been like to be raised by Stefano. I was so excited for Hope to find Ted and Kate, and the whole thing was just such a fizzle, especially since Kristen getting them to blame Stefan was both predictable and ridiculous.
I am also just very, very over Eve as police commissioner. It would be one thing if she were being careful and really underhanded and sneaky with all of her machinations, but at this point, everyone knows like a dozen terrible things she’s done and she keeps getting away with it. Blaming Hope and Eli for not arresting Claire for the cabin fires was beyond the pale. The Spectator should be running front-page stories to call her out on all this crap.
It was nice to see Will and Sonny, and I too hope that Sonny does something now that is unrelated to big business. I also agree it would be nice to see Ben and Will come to some sort of understanding about what happened. They seemed to be mixing Will and Sonny in with Tripp and Haley a little on Friday, so maybe they’ll integrate those character groups and the two of them will have to be in each other’s orbits. Given how infrequently Ciara is there, I don’t think it will be hard for JJ for mostly avoid running into Ben at the loft.July 10, 2019 at 9:01 am #1202969511
Haha, yes, and I love that he just took it off in the middle of the party, without even going out into a hallway or whatever. The Hayden/Jax connection was a great surprise.
The fact that Lulu is still on the quest to catch the burglar seems completely ridiculous, but it was great to see Mark Lawson (Brody from OLTL) as her date.
The mystery of who pushed Liesl is fun, even if it seems pretty inconsequential. I could easily believe that Brad, Hayden, Valentin, Julian or any number of others pushed her into the water and it wouldn’t change my feeling on them. As can sometimes happen with recasts, Cynthia Watros’s Nina now seems like she has a loving and uncomplicated relationship with her aunt Liesl, and it’s weird.July 10, 2019 at 8:46 am #1202969478
Yes, everything I’ve seen also suggested that yesterday was Olivia Rose Keegan’s last airdate, including a tweet from Martha Madison yesterday. But in a world where things are often not what they seem, the DAYS shooting schedule is one of the bigger mysteries, so who knows. I agree that Keegan and Victoria Konefal played well off each other in their big scenes, and both actresses have been great down the stretch. The outpouring of sympathy for Claire was understandable, since all of these people are her parents and grandparents, but it felt like a little much by the end of the episode, where even Haley and Tripp were falling over themselves to be nice to her. (Ben actually struck a good note — not saccharine, but kind and sympathetic.) It’s frustrating seeing Eve totally get away with her blatant abuse of power and attempts to subvert justice, especially since it seemed Eli had plenty of time to get that phone while Eve was still at the hospital, not that it makes sense that he left it somewhere accessible to her in the first place. Though, everyone wanting to string Eve up for not getting Claire some psychiatric help seems unfair, too. Sure, Eve should have gotten Claire some help ideally, but Eve just doesn’t think that way and she was genuinely more concerned about what was happening with Claire than any of her own relatives.
I’m looking forward to seeing where the show’s focus goes next. It would be great to see Will and Sonny having more story, but I don’t know if that will happen. It would be cool if the show took a little time with Will writing the tribute to Caroline, showing him talk to various relatives and interlacing that with some cool flashbacks, and launch that into a new story or a mystery from the past. But I don’t see anything even close to that happening. Maybe they’ll throw Will and Sonny and Ben and Ciara all into the same orbit and have the two of them work through finding some peace with him. (I know that making peace with the person who essentially murdered you it a little out there, but it’s worth remembering that Ben was good friends with Will and Sonny before Abigail and Chad drove him crazy and he started killing people.)July 9, 2019 at 10:01 am #1202967905
I always watch GH on Hulu, which is incredibly convenient. There’s never an interruption for breaking news and no commercials to watch or fast-forward through, and the episode arrives same day. I wish DAYS had that kind of deal somewhere.
This party for Elizabeth and Franco was really nice. It was awesome that Hayden showed up at the end of the episode! When I saw the promo, I assumed it would take well into the week for that to happen, but she’s back, and already Liesl’s been pushed (or possibly fallen, I guess?) overboard. Also, the moment when Cam got Jake and Aiden to help perform a song for Elizabeth and Franco was very sweet, and I got all teary when Cam called Franco dad. Who knew I cared about Franco and Elizabeth?! It’s cool to see so many of the hospital folks together at another social event besides the Nurses’ Ball, and it was nice to see Felix.
And is Kim going to rape Drew to try to get pregnant? Or somehow harvest his sperm?July 9, 2019 at 9:49 am #1202967894
I was also shocked that Kate and Ted were yelling at ‘Nicole’ through that door, as I feel pretty sure it was meant to be soundproof at some point. It’s not a huge deal, but it kind of annoys me that any mystique about the DiMera mansion, at least where the other citizens of Salem are concerned, is being removed. Literally everyone knows about the tunnels and secret rooms and where they are and how to get to them, and now that door isn’t even remotely soundproof? This coupled with Stefan, Gabi, and Kristen treating the mansion living room as if it were an office was ridiculous, but kind of amusing I guess. I get that putting up sets costs money, but honestly the more corners the show cuts in terms of things like sets, the harder the writers, directors and actors have to work to get us invested in the story. It would be funnier and a little less blatantly ridiculous if Stefan was coming by Nicole’s office to check on her and she were constantly not there or she was always coming or going to deal with her schemes while trying to at least give the appearance of doing work. Or when ‘Nicole’ was leaving the mansion, she could have said she was going to the office, not going home to take a nap or whatever. I’m not sure why this bugs me as much as it does.
The other thing bugging me is — where is Victor? Did I miss a line saying he was on a cruise or something? It’s one thing for Xander to fool Brady and Rex where Kate is concerned, but there’s no business trip lie that Victor would believe, and he’s the first person Brady would have asked about Kate. The show has not been doing the best job at paying attention to these kinds of details lately, but this is the kind of thing that makes the characters feel like people instead of just fictional constructs, at least to me.
Other than that, the episode was pretty fun. I liked seeing Hope guessing at what was going on with Ted and Xander. She wasn’t right, but her figuring was pretty good considering. I’m a little worried about Xander, and Kristen either trying to kill him or throwing him under the bus entirely. But given their circumstances, it still seems like the best move for both Xander and ‘Nicole’ (at least for now) to just throw Kristen under the bus for everything and make up some blackmail story.
The sooner Sarah stops having to deal with Rex, the better. Linsey Godfrey implied on an episode of the Days of our Lives podcast a few months ago that Sarah might get involved with Brady, which could be interesting.July 8, 2019 at 9:31 am #1202966027
LOL, I had the same feeling about Chase claiming he was with Michael the night before when Jason broke out of jail! Do we even know why Michael came to the police station (other than to be spotted by Billy)? Was he just stopping by the say hi? Bringing Chase breakfast? The fanfic is basically writing itself at this point.
It does sound very doable to have Kim McCullough on enough that she, Patrick and Emma could be back in Port Charles, which would be great. And I agree that there are plenty of stories that could be written about them (or couples in general) without breaking them up. I also agree that Jason Thompson is not a great fit as Billy Abbott. Billy Miller should be back playing that part, and Thompson should be back on GH as Patrick. And GH should maybe just write Nina out? Cynthia Watros’s Nina is doing nothing for me so far. She’s fine with Valentin, but the chemistry Michelle Stafford had with Ingo Rademacher, Donnell Turner, Kirsten Storms, and even the lovely young lady who plays Sasha (whose name I can’t recall) is sorely missed. I feel a hesitancy in what Watros is doing that doesn’t work with the character. Maybe this will work itself out in time, but for me, that character is back to feeling like a waste of space.
I know it had some exciting Ryan stuff in it, but I kind of can’t believe the network re-aired one of those Sonny-in-Turkey episodes. I do love Dev, though. He’s fitting in well with Joss, Cam and Trina.July 8, 2019 at 9:11 am #1202965992
While I did think the show was subpar for a few months, basically between from Chad/Abigail’s departure until early June, I think it’s picked up considerably and is mostly good now. Having Eileen Davidson back would, of course, be wonderful, but that doesn’t seem like it’s in the cards anytime soon. I don’t know if Sony is the reason she’s not on the show or something else. Maybe she just doesn’t want to be doing that right now, or maybe they pitched to her what they had planned for Kristen in her returns last summer/fall and she just didn’t want to have any part of it, which would be understandable.
I didn’t realize Rex was leaving the show until I saw the other day that he has a last air date. I think that’s for the best, as Rex hasn’t been likable at all, though it’s a shame it didn’t work out for Kyle Lowder to stick around. It seems like it could have been fun to revisit his pairing with Nadia Bjorlin by having Rex and Chloe get involved, but that was very not meant to be, since they’ll soon both be off the show.
The Fourth of July episode with the revived Brady/Horton BBQ was fun. It was so great having Carrie back on for a little bit, but I can’t believe she’s already gone! Having her and Rafe sleep together and saying that she and Austin are separated was an interesting choice. I guess it works because they could always just say she and Austin worked things out and this doesn’t have to mean for them going forward, though it’s another blow to Hope and Rafe.
I am also enjoying the scenes with Gabi and Kristen fighting, though I’m still not sure I understand why Kristen didn’t show up to work her first day. That just seems nuts. It also seems nuts that they would try to have a joint publicity event for Gabi Chic and Basic Black, which are opposite brands. Kristen walking in and seeing Kate and Ted alive and smooching was a great ending on Friday. I can’t wait to see what she does now! Also, it is hilarious that the supposedly secret DiMera tunnels are now just very common knowledge, so much so that people are just sent into them to fetch champagne.July 3, 2019 at 10:00 am #1202960929
I wonder how much GH could realistically get Kim McCullough to be on screen? While I wouldn’t want to see the show come up with yet another torturous reason for Patrick and Robin not to be together, I’d be cool with something like Patrick coming back to Port Charles while Robin gets an opportunity she can’t pass up somewhere relatively nearby, so she, Patrick and Emma all still live together as a family, but Robin is barely seen because she works far out of town. I also wish the show would use Haley Pullos more. She’s easily my favorite of Alexis’s daughters. I agree that the new actor playing TJ doesn’t give the role the charisma that Tequan Richmond did. Maybe he’d excel in a different way, but he also has basically nothing to do.July 2, 2019 at 9:51 am #1202959211
I haven’t watched in some time, but I kind of want to dip back in and check out Michelle Stafford’s and Greg Rikaart’s returns. I’m also curious about the new Adam, but I have always disliked Chelsea as a character, so that’s a deterrent. I remember the show being pretty fun around this time last year: Hilary’s July 4th special episode, Kyle showing off more than just the latest products from Jabot after going on camera without his swimwear, Abby and Arturo having one silly fight after another.July 2, 2019 at 9:44 am #1202959195
I loved yesterday’s episode! The characters that I find really slow down the pacing of episodes, for me at least, are Haley and Jack, so without them the episode moved along nicely.
You totally called it, Freeman, that Tripp was on the floor and Claire had taken Ciara to the cabin. I was pretty incredulous about Claire somehow overpowering either Ciara or Tripp, let alone both of them, but Tripp explaining that he fell and hit his head trying to escape Claire’s grasp seems close enough to reasonable. Lucas Adams, Olivia Rose Keegan and Victoria Konefal all did a great job in this episode. I know Claire won’t succeed in killing Ciara, but VK really sold how urgent and dire Ciara’s situation is. I loved every scene in this part of the show, including Tripp’s touching moment with Kayla.
The Ted/Kate scenes were also great. The two of them are really funny as antagonists trapped together. I’ve been surprised and impressed with how effective Gilles Marini has been. I’m not sure what Xander is planning to do about Kate and Ted. He seemed to almost be trying to make Kristen wish they hadn’t killed Kate, as if to soften the blow when she finds out that he didn’t. I feel like at some point Xander is going to have to decide to really kill Kate and Xander or, and this seems more likely, just try to take down Kristen instead, or at least neutralize her. In any case, I hope that Hope proves Kate wrong and actually does track down her and Ted. Imagine the good guy points Xander can score if he just admits to (a version of) what actually happened and blames everything on Nicole/Kristen?
Dear Sarah is a real mess. I think it’s hitting me now just how much she must be acting from a place of insecurity. It shattered her that Rex cheated on her in a terrible one-two punch of sleeping with her sister and fathering a child with his ex. But the next man she fell for, Eric, rejected her about a dozen times, to not hurt his brother, to not complicate her life, to pursue Nicole. She sleeps with Xander, who she seems to genuinely like at least a little, but everyone acts like he’s the devil and she is roundly lambasted for it. So I guess I can understand why she’s wearing the necklace, which was given to her by the only man she’s shown interest in over the last year who hasn’t made her feel like garbage at one point or another. It’s also worth saying that the show is doing absolutely nothing to make Rex a likable character, or much of a character at all. His only personality traits are being completely oblivious to subtext and not getting his own apartment.June 30, 2019 at 10:04 pm #1202957276
I’m thinking it’s something like blood or a mess that suggests something terrible happened, but nothing all that substantial itself. But who knows! I was convinced that Claire almost cutting Tripp’s throat was another fantasy sequence, but it seemed to be real by the end of it. Which is kind of funny, because Claire is so slight that I’d think either Tripp or Ciara could easily overpower her. I guess we’ll soon see!
Sarah does not seem like a woman who is ready to be committed to a marriage. Xander made her some food and gave her a necklace, and she looked ready to sleep with him again. The fact that she’s actually wearing that necklace is just another bit of proof that she doesn’t care enough about Rex to actually be in a relationship with him.June 29, 2019 at 3:06 pm #1202956192
I’ve been enjoying the show for the most part as well. I was getting a little tired of Kim’s grieving, not because it isn’t interesting what she’s doing or because Tamara Braun isn’t doing a wonderful job with the material, but just because I’m not invested in the character all that much, and so this is the kind of thing I’d prefer to see a more established character doing. (That’s why something like getting two episodes of Bobbie talking about having diabetes kind of works, because it’s a deeply rooted character.) That said, Kim calling Shiloh for help was surprising, and it really feels like the show is giving literally everyone a reason to want that jackass dead. It seems like even his lawyer finds him pretty insufferable.
Almost everything happening in the Wiley-centric story is compelling, though the one thing that is driving me kind of crazy is that these people are astoundingly bad at being secretive. If everyone insists on talking about their concerns that Shiloh will learn that he’s Wiley’s father (which he isn’t even), why are they constantly doing it at Charlie’s, the hospital, and the park rather than Brad and Lucas’s place, Alexis’s house, or Sonny and Carly’s house? Also, it feels so very typical of Alexis to be spending, like, HOURS ranting against Julian for messing with the adoption records and preaching following process and not doing anything illegal, even though she acted potentially unethically in telling Carly and Sonny about what was going on, not to mention that these two are well more likely to just murder Shiloh than mess with records. It feels so hypocritical, and is at once in service to her need to overly involve herself with Julian and her concern that riling up Shiloh could end up causing blowback for her because of Kristina’s pledge (an ethical conflict she hasn’t bothered disclosing to her clients Brad and Lucas). But I’m enjoying it.
In my viewing of the show, that judge (Walters is it? or Warren?) is always more interested in asserting his own control over things than following the nuances of the law, and Willow’s fate was sealed essentially when she was late for court. The scenes with her trying to leave the classroom and literally no one taking it seriously that she said she had to be somewhere were giving me so much anxiety. As much as I wanted her to just leave, of course I get why she couldn’t. I feel like Diane could have appealed the court’s decision with basically any other judge and gotten the order reversed, until Willow admitted she had Shiloh’s baby. Even so, Alexis is right that they could likely stall Shiloh for years in trying to find his way to Wiley, so it seems like her suggestion that they just admit that Wiley is Shiloh’s son isn’t the way to go? Sam made it sound like Shiloh’s empire, at least in Port Charles, is starting to crumble around him, so who knows how much energy he actually would devote to this search.
All of the stuff with Dev is fun so far. I like him and Joss and their antagonistic chemistry. I also like how Cameron just lit up at hearing how Dev took Joss’s phone right out of her pocket without her knowing. It was also a good touch saying that Dev needs to pretend to be American so he can stop doing the accent. They came up with this in a couple of episodes, but the X-Men movies couldn’t figure out now not to have Alexandra Shipp or Halle Berry doing a fake accent in movie after movie. Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing more of that and how Dev integrates overall. It would be cool if they used this to give Olivia some story by having her and Ned ultimately take in Dev and take care of him.
I’m less interested in Jordan’s hospital bills and Curtis being a double agent by working for and against Jax at the same time, but it’s fine.June 29, 2019 at 2:40 pm #1202956180
I haven’t had a chance to post in over a week, but I’ll try not to make this too long.
First off, other than the lack of flashbacks, I loved the tribute to Caroline. It was beautiful, and I thought they really did a perfect job in terms of who was involved and what they shared. Having Kimberly would have been nice, but I wouldn’t have included anyone else who’s on the show currently. For something that was just a single episode, it was all the right people. Having Hope go over to spend time with Victor was just lovely and so special. Kudos to everyone who helped put that together.
And frankly, I think the show has picked up considerably since then. Storyline stakes are increasing, and stories are moving into modes that are at least more interesting than before. Jack wanting his memories back is a good turn of story, and the interactions between him and Will were very good. I wish, though, that people would start making photocopies of that journal instead of passing it from person to person. What if they need it again?
With Kate and Ted both now locked in the secret room (at least as of the end of Thursday’s episode, the most recent I’ve seen), I feel like something has to be coming to a head fairly soon. This isn’t the 90s, where people just casually accepted that a person was kidnapped (likely by Stefano) for months on end, and would just kind of look for clues in their spare time. People will notice that Kate is missing, and Hope is already hunting for Ted. I’m eager to see what Xander does about all of this.
The story with Claire is coming to a climax, and it’s been really fun. It’s good to see Ciara and Ben having to be clever about things. I think too often soaps now just let characters being victimized do one stupid thing after another, so at least Ciara is being smart about things. Well, to a degree at least. Her plan with Tripp is hilariously dangerous. I was laughing out loud watching her and Tripp get themselves set up at the end of Thursday’s episode.
It’s so hard to tell how long anyone who returns will stick around, but I’m glad there were some Claire/Shawn scenes. It’s pretty easy to forget that Shawn and Belle are Claire’s parents. It still seems silly to me how poor a job soaps have generally done of passing the baton to the next generation of legacy characters in some cases. Why bring in people like Sarah and Rex — characters who did technically exist before but not with either of the actors playing the role now — when they could write for Belle and Shawn? (That said, I’ve come to really love Sarah, despite her incredibly poor decision making. Letting Rex talk her into having Eric marry them on their lunch break was just unbelievable!)
Anywho, I’m not sure about Sami, Lucas or Shawn, but I know Carrie is at least staying around long enough to get into some drama with Rafe and Hope, which is an interesting choice. But anytime my all time favorite character is back on my screen I’m certainly not going to complain about it. Sami’s been such a joy to have back. It would be great if she could come back every couple of months, even if just for a few episodes, to say and do all of the stuff the other people aren’t. Her doing a happy dance when Eric told her he was giving up on ever being with Nicole was so great. How is it more people aren’t reacting this way, after everything Nicole has done to basically everyone? The fight between Sami and Kristen was also great.