DAYS: Chock full of surprises…

Maggie and Melanie… It’s no secret that I’m a Melanie Layton/Molly Burnett fan.  MB brings back some of the best moments of daytime for me.  I think of her portrayal of Melanie as a cross between Lynn Herring’s wicked bad girl Lucy Coe and Jackie Zeman’s vulnerable bad girl Bobbie Spencer.  There’s something fun and light-hearted about MB’s approach to ‘Melanie’ and having removed the dead weight of big brother ‘Max’ makes her even more fun to watch.

As  a BnB viewer… yeah, yeah, it’s back on my playlist, I’m use to a very typical, but sadly misogynistic relationship between older women and younger women in daytime.  Older women in daytime, despite their own questionable histories, become renewed virgins and unreproachable paragons of virtue.  Stephanie Forrester (who in her youth slept with two men in a matter of weeks, lied about it, and passed one man’s child off as another’s) routinely  refers to young women she dislikes as ‘whores’ and ‘sluts’ even if they have a SINGLE partner – men they’re married to or dating.  She gives a ‘pass’ to younger women she likes and whose histories may be equally questionable to if not worse than her own.

On each soap you can name a woman who should be a mentor to women of the younger generation and who, instead, belittles and demeans them.  Not our Maggie.  Maggie knows what it means to be unfaithful to a good man who loves you and to find yourself caught up in a major scandal.  Of course, there were no sex tapes to be distributed on the internet as evidence in her time, but that’s neither here nor there.  Maggie embraced Melanie earlier  on and continues to embrace her.

She’s not concerned that Melanie isn’t good enough for her grandson.  She’s concerned that Melanie doesn’t realize her own value and will end up being hurt by a man unworthy of her love – with Phllip Kiriakis being exactly the sort of trouble Maggie described to Melanie… oh how I thought I’d lose my lunch during his speech about knowing a woman who accepts him for who he is and who isn’t out to change him… Let’s face it, there’s a lot about Phillip that REQUIRES changing.  Now that he’s moving in on Melanie like a heat seeking missile, both Maggie and Nate have their work cut out for them, stopping Melanie from becoming her own worst enemy and giving in to Phillip.  Phillip will no doubt continue to toy with Melanie’s feelings while bouncing back between her and Stephanie.  Let’s hope that Melanie will take Maggie’s counsel to heart.   I love the relationship that’s developed between the inexperienced but headstrong Melanie, and her generous and loving mentor.  Who’d a thunk it?  Women don’t actually hate each other!

Brady/Nicole/EJ. How amazing are Brady and Nicole on screen together?  EM’s use of subtle cues to lead us to realize that there’s still something very real between the pair makes every scene worth watching.  I keep waiting for the next ‘cue’.    While Nicole was crying and begging Brady to be the good friend she’s needed, to help her keep the daughter and husband she loves more than her own life – I thought it was Brady who would collapse into Nicole’s arms.   He seemed to feel every bit of her pain.  Notice how he held her just a little too long as she thanked him for saving her family?   Brady would do anything for Nicole.  When it comes to this woman, clearly his heart allows him to betray his head as long as she needs him.

The big shocker was having EJ tape Nicole’s conversations and learn about the miscarriage through her.  I was prepared for Kate’s move into the mansion to be the catalyst for having Nicole and EJ’s marriage destroyed by Kate…Kate would overhear Nicole and Mia, blackmail Nicole, EJ would catch them.. that’ s par for the course in daytime, but not this time.  Nicole’s own need to confess all to Brady and to keep him involved in her whacked out plan to save her marriage did her in.  Oh the irony!

I would love for EJ, for ONCE, to be a real man –  THAT would be  a welcomed surprise.  I would love for him to love Nicole and Sydney as he should, as much as they love him… but he won’t.  He’s not capable of it.  H won’t care that Nicole, as misguided as her actions were, took Sydney in to protect him, to stop his heart from breaking as hers had.  He won’t care that she wanted to prevent him from losing a child he knew nothing about to complete strangers – given Sami’s  original plan to have Grace adopted.  Sooner or later EJ will try to make his way back to his rape victim, Sami, I’m sure.  He’ll tell her it’s a miracle that their child is alive and that they belong together as a family.  Nicole, the woman who truly loved him, will be devastated – but hopefully not for too long.  Brady is much hotter… and he’s not a in love with the idea of victimizing the woman he claimes to ‘love’ and raising a family with her.

Stefano/Kate... I’ll say it once and then I’ll avoid ever saying it again if I can help it because it creeps me out…I like them together.  I didn’t think I would, especially since Kate was blackmailed into marrying Stefano.  Then again, it’s not like she’s had much luck in love!

Daniel was a lying cheat.  Victor ws just freakin’ cruel. A relationship with Roman could never work because Kate could never stop hating Sami (who might have ended up in that hospital bed instead of Chloe, under different circumstances), and nothing else has panned out.  What does she have to lose at this point?  Neither Kate nor Stefano make apologies for who they are and I like that about them, to some degree.  Stefano has been a part of so many quirky, unrealistic, and embarrassing supernatural storylines that I’d lost the ability to think of him as a romantic lead… I’m starting to see that it’s possible that they could be a real couple, and  I can only imagine the fresh hell they’ll unleash in Salem… as a matter of fact,  I’m looking forward to it… the added bonus of the tension between Kate and EJ and Kate and Alexandra?  PRICELESS!

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There’s whoa and there’s WHOA!

Whoa!  Abe Carver is the new Mayor of Salem?  HELL YEAH!  Let the games begin.  Abe has always maintained his integrity as a police officer, but I have a feeling (no spoiler here) that Abe will find power as seductive, and corrupting, as the next man.  It’s time for the writers to open this character up.  Other than occasionally dropping in a briefly appearing family member for his wife to have an affair with, we still don’t know as much as we should about the man.  This could be the start of something magnificent for Abe.  A secret from his past comes back to haunt him?  All thanks to his father-in-law?  Seriously, writers, I’d pay you for that storyline.  I would – as long as you’re down with monopoly money!

WHOA!  Lexie Carver is the First Lady of Salem?  Hide the children, batten down the hatches, and pray good people of Salem… PRAY!  Any Dimera that gets that close to power also becomes increasingly more psychotic along the way… Gotta’ love the DAYS writers for that.  In an earlier blog I theorized that the writers would have Stefano extract his pound of flesh from Lexie once Abe took office.  Stefano is the obvious choice, but I wouldn’t mind having the writers surprise us and have EJ flex his DiMera muscle!  Torn between two loves and trying to fight off their father who is always scheming to steal custody of his and Nicole’s child could make a man desperate- Good luck, EJ, not that you’ll need it (hanky alert and spoiler if you haven’t already heard:  this is one baby that won’t make it… sad.  I was looking forward to an EJ/Nicole offspring.)

Then again, how likely is it that Abe will be in office long enough for either EJ or Stefano to blackmail Lexie into helping them?  Isn’t she overdue for an affair?  How long has she been faithful now, a year?   Lexie and ‘scandal’ are like twins.  Where one goes, the other follows!

Whoa! No shortage of romantic weddings on AMC?  Who are the wedding participants?

WHOA!  My money is on (and get this!)  Adam and Erica AND Reese and Bianca.  Reese and Bianca are the obvious, I think. They’re the only couple not swirling the drain right now.  Erica and Adam?  They’re my long shot favorite.  Sooner or later, J.R. WILL turn on Adam – it’s his history, it’s what he does.  J.R. turns on Adam as often as DAYS’ Lexie has an affair!  Given what Erica knows (and her fondness for Adam despite herself and despite his often loathsome behavior) Adam may need to marry to keep himself out of prison.

Whoa!  Fans have complained repeatedly about the ill treatment they’ve received at the hands of TPTB of daytime.

WHOA!  RogerD posting about Tom Casiello’s blog on “The Loss Soap Fans Don’t Know They’re Experiencing”  You’ve gotta read it, but first a warning:  If you’re already peeved about the fact that the more fans tell TPTB what they want,  the more they get the opposite in return, “The Loss” won’t make you feel any better.   You’re not crazy, it IS daytime, and seemingly only day time, that blows off its fans and seems to believe that fans are mindless drones, property of daytime, too busy drooling and dragging knuckles to figure out how to change the channel… how wrong they are.

WHOA!  The BnB writers know how to do ‘subtle’? Well geez, why not do subtle MORE OFTEN!?!?!?

Rick admits what we already knew, and what the writers have already admitted about Brooke and Ridge – the show has been centered on this couple from very early on:

Rick: I am, yes. Someone I’m hoping to lure into executive management. Steffy, come on. You gotta eat. (Laughs) besides, your dinner date ditched you.

Steffy: My dad didn’t ditch me. He had other plans, a better offer.

Rick: A better offer. And how does that make you feel?

Steffy: It was only dinner.

Rick: And how many is that now? Missed dinner dates and birthdays and graduations unattended. How was it for you growing up when my mother and your father decided that spending time together was more important than spending time with you?

Steffy: It was only dinner. We didn’t have any plans. He was already with brooke when I called.

Rick: He was with brooke? You see, steffy, we have more in common than you think.

Veteran viewers know that Ridge and Brooke spent MANY days and nights together, during BOTH partners’ many marriages/love affairs.  Ridge and Brooke have had the various ‘soul mate’ talks, have refused to give up ‘working’ with one another for the people they loved,a nd have fought tooth and nail to remain a part of one anothers’s lives, even when they hadn’t crossed the line.   Their affair was an emotional affair, instead of a sexual one.  Interesting… very subtle.

Bigger question about the writers, how long will they let Stephanie and Eric stay together this time?  Stephanie is truly the architect of her own misery, plotting with Rick against Ridge and Brooke knowing Eric wants them to be left alone.  Her liasion with Rick will end up costing her family a whole lot more… then again, add Eric to that mix.  Everyone who indulges Rick in his self-righteous behavior is only making things worse.

“G” stands for…

Gross

Goon

Ghastly

This message has been brought to you by… ‘Peapack Street’… like Sesame Street, only less entertaining.  W-T-F! I’ve gotta say, I’ve held out hope for GL like so many other viewers.  I’ve waited, and waited, and waited.  ‘It HAS to get better’, I thought, ‘it can’t get any worse’.  HA!  You can never say those words out loud.  You can’t even THINK them!  The gods of daytime will hear your challenge and realize that you have no idea how capable they are of making things gut-wrenchingly worse (OH!  Another ‘G’ word)!

Grady’s attempt at seducing Vanessa made my skin crawl.  The man has already escaped prosecution after killing Tammy.  Now he’s kidnapped, bound and gagged Lizzie, and is off trying to seduce Vanessa.  What is it with mature women and GL’s writers?  They made fools of that pack of jackals following Alan the Prophet around Springfield – Alan’s true believers, who were funding his lifestyle and paying his attorney’s fees.  Now Grady is making a practice of following women around town offering his services <GROAN! <- Yes, another ‘G’ word.

The one decent moment in the past two weeks, in my perspective, was the Cooper family coming together for the ‘last time’ in Harley’s house. The scene was touching, but also sad because Gus AND Harley are gone.

I wish the writers would recast the character and bring her back. I loved BE in the role, but I’d accept a GOOD recast.Nothing feels the same about this show any more. There’s one one scene I look at and think, ‘AH! Classic GL’. Not one. It’s not just because of Gus and Harley (I liked, not loved, them as a couple).

It’s everything. The look, the scenes, the characters feel different. Something is missing with this show and I don’t know if the current PTB have the ability to help us get it back.

Luckily, I still have Days of Our Lives.  I will ignore the Sami-EJ situation, pretend they’re not even on the show, as I continue watching Days make it’s way back to the show it use to be.

Abe Carver as Mayor?  LOVE  that.  I hope it really does happen.  This character has been an integral part of the show for years and the writers have had little for the man to do other than fend off Stefano Dimera in order to stop him from reclaiming a perennially psychologically frail and emotionally deceptive Lexie.  I think DAYS is certainly on the right track by having Abe and Lexie work out their relationship. (View the YouTube clip below of Abe catching Lexie in the act with yet ANOTHER man – his adult son with another woman  being the man she most recently cheated with, last.

Daytime writers are so use to splitting couples up and having them move on to new relationships that it’s hardly worth becoming emotionally invested in any couple, as a viewer.  With Abe working toward a position of power in Salem, how long will it be before the Dimeras find a way to draw Abe in?  Lexie can only fight off her father for so long, and then Stefano is back to his old tricks, making her a pawn in yet another of his doomed-to-fail plans.