I know it's an off week in Salem when one of the only characters I didn't want to push in the river is Gabi. The argument can probably be made that she wouldn't have made that cut had she not been sent to prison, but I digress. Gabi was on fire the past couple of weeks thanks to Camila Banus' powerhouse performances. In fact, Gabi could really teach some of Salem's elders a lesson, which goes to prove, yes, you can learn a lot from a (not as dumb as I initially believed) dummy.
For starters, take responsibility for your actions. Yes, I'm looking at you, Nicole. If Gabi can come clean, you can, too. I mean, of course, not that Nicole did anything wrong. Nothing, I tell you! It was all God's fault. Or was it Jennifer's fault? No, it may have been Dr. Dan's. In any event, it totally wasn't Nicole. Spoiler alert! Next week Nicole blames the coffee cups at Club TBD, Will's cardigans, El Niño, and Pharrell's big hat for her poor choices. Set your DVRs now.
Second, apologize for your actions. Gabi did this in spades. She legitimately felt bad for what she did. Nicole? Not so much. And neither did Sami or Kate. I believe they sincerely believed they were doing the right wrong thing, but showing a little remorse may help them sleep better at night. Heck. I'd fake the remorse simply to get Marlena off my back, but that's just because I have a low tolerance for smug.
On the contrary, Rafe needs to stop apologizing. Here's something you don't hear me say every day: I feel bad for Rafe. I do. I really do. My heart broke for him last week as he faced saying goodbye to Gabi and dealt with his own guilty conscious. But he shouldn't feel that way. He helped Gabi get a second chance, and he wasn't responsible what she did with it. The Hortons should forgive themselves, too. This "I should have done more for Nick" shtick is tired. Like Gabi, Nick had a second (and third through fifteenth) chance to make things right. He didn't. It's no one's fault but his own that he didn't do more with it, you know, prior to being gunned down.
Third, learn from your mistakes. Gabi made a very mature (and somewhat surprising) choice to spend her time in prison, reflecting on her decisions. She plans to learn how to cope with them and repent. Yep, Nicole could also learn a little something from that Gabi Life Lesson. I'd say there's a message for Brady in there, too, but he hasn't met a mistake, or line of coke, he doesn't like to try again and again.
Fourth, show a little gratitude. Not only was Gabi grateful for the help she received, Rafe was, too. He actually thanked E.J. -- and meant it. I thought that was classy.
Fifth, tie up loose ends. Gabi ensured that Will and Sonny knew her motherly tips on how to care for Ariana Grace, complete with strict instructions not to let Will sing (a hysterically cute moment in the middle of such heart-wrenching scenes). Gabi also made sure that Jordan would be there to take care of Rafe in her absence. Gabs cleared her conscious by admitting all of her misdeeds. And she throw a little love T's way, too.
Sidetrack: That last one totally made the week for me! I adore T. It was nice that Gabi admitted she did ,as well, however too little, too late it was. T appreciated it, but I'm bummed to think of how things might have turned out had they been given a legit go at things. Oh, well. There has to be another gal out there for T. Hopefully one with less homicidal tendencies.
Finally, always have nice hair. That doesn't seem like a life lesson, but it is. I'll let you reflect on that one.
Holy hang your head in shame, Batman. Cole is a horrible liar. Then again, Bev's plot to frame Paige was a little horrible, too. I mean, I'm sure J.J. would totally break up with Paige for having joints in her purse and totally run back to Bev, who probably smoked two joints at breakfast. Like, totally. Perhaps the writers were doing a little, uh, research on the effects of marijuana and wrote this pot plot while still high.
I kind of like Ben and Abigail together. More so, Ben is growing on me. I like his chivalrous nature, and the way he wasn't afraid to put Julie in her place. Okay, really, that last part scored the most points with me.
I was thinking. It would be best if Mama Hernandez never came to Salem at this point. If a dead daughter; all of Rafe's plights, including his way long hospitalization; and all of Gabi's drama didn't send her running to town to be with her children, I don't think the writers will come up with an event worthy of her dragging her decrepit self to Salem. That's probably for the best, though. I kind of want to tell her off for hanging up on Rafe last week after giving him a guilt trip about Gabi.
In other Rafe has been beaten down by the sorrows of life news, he's gone and told Dr. Dan what happened between Gabi, Melanie, and Andrew. Their bromance is over, and I'm all shades of sad. If you need company to commiserate, I'll join you for a beer, Rafester. Just don't get used to it. I doubt our truce will last that long.
Speaking of drinks, I needed about ten to deal with most of our fair Salemites last week. Okay, here's the thing. One of the things. I know that investigating Nick's murder has been hard on Hope (and Kristian Alfonso has shined during the storyline), but Hope wanted to take the case. So, she needs to suck it up and really lay things on the line when it comes to Julie. I suspect Hope was going easy on her big-mouthed big sister, but last week wasn't a time for treading lightly.
Of course, nothing justifies murdering someone in cold blood. I get that. I also get that Julie is grieving for her fallen cousin, which I suspect is mostly guilt laden, but I digress. Julie needs to learn everything that Nick has done, not just hear that Nick generally did some bad stuff again. It may make Julie think twice before attacking fellow family members and rattling on with the same charm as a blender full of rocks.
I'm beginning to think I need to add a section to the column each week called "Justice Via Julie!" It will be her totally non-hypocritical view on crimes committed in Salem. For example, Trent Robbins deserved to die because he was a bad man, and St. Nick was doing the world a favor, while Nick, who was definitely not a proven murderer, attempted rapist, blackmailing bigot didn't deserve the same fate. Gotcha, Jules.
Marlena also needs to send Julie a thank you card. Had Julie not stepped up to be the hypocritical big mouth she is, Mar Mar would have gotten my lashing this week. Okay. I'm not without compassion. Marlena only wants her daughter to live a very happy, healthy life full of good choices and conservative dress suits like her, but, hot damn! Even when Mar is doing the right thing, she's more irritating than finding sand in your britches after a day at the beach. I think the better approach would be for Marlena to remind Sami about the time she spent in prison after she injected Stefano with a drug cocktail that left him in a catatonic state. Oh, wait…
That doesn't negate that Sami and Kate did something bad. They did. Whoops. Still, I really thought their time in the hot seat together bonded them, but now they're fighting again. I guess old habits die hard. Or do they? Are they up to something together? I'd love this to be true because those two teaming up has been all shades of devilish deliciousness.
Wait! Sami overacts and lashes out? I never caught that. Still, I'm proud of her for not bringing up John and Marlena's affair. There's that.
To end on a high note, I just love me some Wilson. After finding out that Sonny knew about Gabi's misdeeds with Andrew, Will stayed calm, heard out his husband, and they talked it out, only to end with snuggling on the sofa. Yep, I'd say they got this mature relationship in check. Good work, fellows.