My title alludes to James Reilly's constant assertion that "things are not as they seem". Well duhhhh.... when are things EVER what they seem lately? JER must have a low opinion of soap fans' intelligence quotient if he's under the impression that he's pulling the wool over anyone's eyes. We all watched the Jack and Jennifer reunion with a pit in our stomachs (when it should have been the highlight of the week)...we all knew it was too good to be true. The real Jennifer would never have discouraged Jack from calling anyone!!! Everyone thinks that he's dead!!! Even though Abe is going blind and Bo is busy with the Hope/Billie/Georgia thing; they would have wanted to know that Jack was ALIVE! The conversation was so weird that it immediately became apparent that this was not the "real" Jennifer. And as if Jennifer would ever talk Jack out of going to pick up the kids! He hasn't seen Abby is almost two years and has only spent the equivalent of a few minutes with his son! And then there's the matter of Jack's phone message being erased so quickly. If JER was going for subtlety, he missed the mark by far. He might as well of had text scrawling across the bottom of the screen saying "fake, fake, fake, fake!!" And all of that happened before the suspicious behavior at the Horton cabin and Jennifer's whispered phone call. But the nail in the coffin was seeing Tony's lack of concern with Jack's escape. After that, it was pretty easy to figure out that this was some scheme cooked up by Tony with a fake Jennifer. SIGHHHHHH. And I would bet that the rest of you figured that out pretty quickly as well. Although; if this Jennifer is an imposter, one would have to wonder how Tony managed to replace the real Jennifer so quickly. I mean, the Jennifer that greeted Jack on his return was a perfect copy - the voice, the mannerisms, the memories....and like, what - does Tony have a bunch of different impersonators hanging around in case someone escapes? Do they have a fake John and Belle waiting in the wings should Marlena escape? It's so ridiculous. And on top of that....Jack and Jennifer made love! I'm sure we'd all agree that Jack would have realized the difference once they were in bed. My question is: What the heck was the point of torturing us with a fake Jack and Jennifer reunion? Does Reilly think that this little stunt will make us continue watching in hopes that Jack really will return to Jennifer one day? Personally, I think that JER is badly abusing the couples that are keeping the last few viewers tuning in every day. Keep playing with the backbones of the show and they'll snap soon enough.
So, I have to tell you Scoopers; I was home sick for a few days this week and managed to stay awake long enough to watch Monday's episode of Days. I wish I hadn't. I had forgotten how difficult it is to sit through an episode without the VCR remote in my hand. Every time it got boring (which was 8 times out of 10) my hand jumped to the clicker, only to realize that the FF button wasn't working - because I was watching the show in real time. Kate and her hypocrisy were even more tedious to watch then when I'm able to zip through the repetitive dialogue.
Well, well, well - so Tony has captured Philip. Color me surprised. And, judging by the emails that I've received from people voting on Philips' fate - you've all anticipated exactly what came to pass. Thanks to everyone who voted - it came down to a tie between MIA and POW. The first email I received on the subject nailed the storyline exactly:
From DizzyDeni "I think that Philip will be captured by Tony DiMera and used as part of Tony's revenge against the Bradys. Your guess is as good as mine as to how." Good guess Dizzy, you got it exactly right.
So, I'd rather not comment on the whole "war" storyline with Philip - mostly because I don't want to disrespect the real men and women who risk their lives to protect their countries. And also because the scenes and dialogue are so asinine (I love that word and try to use it as much as possible :-) that they are completely detracting from the storyline in general. And finally, I'm just not a big fan of Kyle Brandt's portrayal of Philip - and I have felt this way since he first came on the scene. But I do want to say one thing - I watch soap operas for one main reason - to give my brain a break from the realities of every day life. I refer to soaps as my Brain Candy. I don't want to see a war on my soap opera; it's depressing and makes me want to turn the channel. Let's hope this is the end of it.
Can there be any doubt that the DiMeras are involved in this whole Georgia-is-alive mess? I mean, who else would have sent the strand of hair to Bo and Billie? I was very surprised that it didn't immediately become apparent to Bo and/or Billie that Tony was messing with them. I have to give it to Hope though - she is the only one with any common sense in this whole situation. But what impressed me most is that she refused to feel badly about playing Devil's Advocate. When she told Bo that she will not allow herself to be branded as the evil wife; I wanted to high-five her. You go girl. I'm starting to suspect that JER might be making Bo in to a donkey's behind so that we fans will be happy when Hope boots his chauvinistic butt right out the door.
Are TPTB trying to make us hate Kate? How dare Billie tell Kate that Hope has made it clear that she does not want to find Georgia? That is utterly untrue. Clearly the woman is insane....which is not so strange considering that it obviously runs in the family. Kate's response was that it might be time to get Hope out of the picture. My gawd - she truly is evil! I think the best line that I've heard in a long time came from the previews for next week. Hope says to Kate: "I'm going to talk to Shawn and find out what's going on. At least my son was brought up to believe that adultery is wrong. I don't suppose you'd like to try to teach your kids the same." Go Hope!
Sami as Stan! Although we didn't get to see him/her this week, I wanted to comment on the storyline. At this point, I'm getting a kick out of the replacement actor. I think the casting department did a fabulous job in choosing someone with a similar facial structure to Alison Sweeney. And, Dan Wells (the actor playing Stan) has done a great job at capturing Sami's facial expression and speech patterns. Actually, I have to admit that I find this twist to be a creative way of replacing Ali while she's on maternity leave (which therefore makes me think that Reilly was not the one who came up with the idea). I'm not sure if I like the storyline per se -I don't like the notion of Sami carrying out Tony's dirty work - but I'm willing to see where it goes. A viewer had some interesting feedback: From Macarena: "Tony's a freak. Sami was angry enough to get revenge on her own, and it would have made a better story. I hope she gets to rescue her mom and that the actress was able to tape scenes with Will. Otherwise, does the mind control make her ignore her son?" I agree with you Macarena - there was no need for Tony to get involved in Sami's revenge. She would have done just fine by herself. And that was my question too...what about Lucas and Will? I know they're upset with her but, they live down the hall. Surely they'll wonder where she is. And what are the odds they won't notice that some strange guy is going in and out of Sami's apartment?
I received another email from Sari and wanted to share some of her comments with you guys again:
You know what I've discovered? I have never disliked the character of Billie more. Not even when she was actively trying to come between Bo and Hope. It's that stupid little smirk you were talking about: it makes me feel like she's not being truthful about her actual intentions, and it makes me want to slap it off her face. When she told Hope (in her own house, no less!) to back off, it took all my self-control not to yell at my TV screen! I feel as though Billie is taking advantage of the mere existence of her daughter, and I can't imagine how she'll use Georgia when/if she is actually ever found. I used to like Billie, even when she did bad things. Now I hope she falls off a cliff. This storyline is so bad that I feel it is actually diminishing Julie Pinson's acting abilities! (And having nothing to do with nothing, I wonder what the on-set atmosphere is like between her and Billy Warlock; they had a real-life engagement that was called off several years ago.)
And Bo? If I were Hope, he would be sleeping on the couch. He promises her something in one breath, then turns right around and breaks his promise in the next. It's about time he's held accountable for his actions! Yes, this situation with Billie involves his child. But Hope has been more than understanding, including towards Billie, while he's been manipulated by his ex under the pretext of her whine "but it's about Georgia..." If I never hear that name again in my life, it'll be too soon. Be a man. Or at least open your eyes.
Reilly hinted that he is killing off or writing out a main character in the upcoming year: I hope to God it's Kate. When Roman returns to Salem and Kate's scheme is revealed (assuming he's not in on the plot, as some rumors have hinted), I can't believe he would ever forgive Kate for this. Not after she promised to extend a truce to Sami and then actively and viciously broke her word to him with no provocation. Lucas won't have anything to do with Kate after that; Philip won't be happy with her either. John will be mad because he took Kate into his trust and asked for her honesty at his most vulnerable time, and she lied. (Nevermind when Doc gets her hands on Kate!) Vic is involved in his own story with Caroline, so he won't care about Kate too much. And how many times can we do the Kate-struggling-back-up-the-rungs story? Get rid of her, at least for now. I like how you phrased that bit about how Kate "actively and viciously broke her word [to Roman] with no provocation." That is exactly what she did and it makes me sick to watch her manipulations with Lucas, Philip and Billie's love lives. I'm with you Sari; I hope they get rid of Kate!