I usually am the first one in line for some Salem justice. Comeuppance is something I look forward to and relish. But it turns out when the shoe’s on the other foot, I am less of a fan. When it’s Sami or Stephanie who did wrong and needs to pay, I am watering at the mouth with anticipation. But when grieving Nicole decides to scheme in the wake of losing her child (again!), I can’t help but wish she would get away with it.
Maybe I should back up. I can’t stand Jen. Without Jack, she is boring, nosy, and judgmental. And lately, she has taken all of these qualities to the extreme (except maybe boring), in her full on assault on Nicole. Plus I have a hard time separating the actress from the character sometimes, and Melissa Reeves Chick-Fil-A comments left a sour taste in my mouth.
Meanwhile, despite her whorish and manipulative ways, I love Nicole. I like an underdog, and Nicole is certainly that. But it seems like every few years Nicole tests my loyalty. Last time it was the whole Sydney debacle. This time it’s blaming Jen.
But the worst part for me is that Jennifer really did act inappropriately this time. If Nicole had said after she actually lost the baby “Jennifer was yelling at me and wouldn’t let me leave her house, then my baby died” that would have been true, and Jennifer would have looked like an ahole. Jen was out of control with the way she talked to prego Nicole. But no. That wasn’t enough. Nicole could have said that Jen was yelling at her and they struggled and Nicole fell down the stairs. That would have been true. But no. Instead she told an unnecessary lie that will certainly be figured out and lead to Jen being the victim of crazy Nicole. Sigh.
We all know what’s going to happen, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it. Maybe they will surprise me, but eventually everyone will find out Nicole lost the baby before she fell down the stairs. Jen will be vindicated even though she was running around town acting like a raving lunatic. Lame.
Maybe that was kind of mean, but seriously does the Days hairdresser hate Abby/Kate Mansi? No one else has “crazy hair” problems the way she does. Except maybe her (pretend) mom Jennifer/ Melissa Reeves, who was sporting some serious roots yesterday too. Can’t they at least get some of that spray on root stuff? Okay, rant over.
Also, where else is Justin going to get overheard? Jen heard him and EJ in the hospital, and he has been caught by people in the Kiriakis mansion living room twice in as many days. Get it together, Mr. Lawyer.
For a show centered around the love lives in Salem, it only makes sense that marriage (or at least a stab at it) would be part and parcel. This week’s Retro FriDAYS takes a look at hopeful men, and sometimes apprehensive women.
Roman gets down on one knee for a woman used to getting on both of hers.
Seeing Jack makes me sad. So much more they could have done bringing him back.
For all the LUMI lovers
And a ride into the sunset
E.J. has gotten pretty good at this. Here’s highlights.
This feels like ancient history, even though it was earlier this year. Also a reminder of how all over the place writing has been this year.
In his re-re-re-re-re-return to DAYS, Jack never reached the high bar Matthew Ashford set for the character throughout the years. Nevertheless his (most recent) death was genuinely sad, as opposed to some other character passings through the years. Until his return, here’s a look back:
Oh no! Someone starting trouble between Jack and Jen!
Jack rapes Kayla, if that’s your thing, and they used to sing copyrighted songs?
Deveraux plays the intrepid newspaper reporter at the Salem Spectator
An epic Jack and Jennifer fan video
Thanks to Youtube user Karen73UK, we have an epic, seven-part look at the many faces of Jack.
Face 1: Angst
Face 2: Hero
Face 3: Romance
Face 4: Fun
Face 5: Here’s my sad face
Face 6: Family man
Face 7: Villain (My Favorite)
As we all know Jack isn’t the most stable man, but he does have nine lives (at least!). Someone pointed out he even came back after having his friggin’ organs donated. So here’s to hoping we haven’t seen the last of Jack Deveraux. ‘Til then…
I originally had categories for backstabbing, blackmailing AND scheming, but I think after doing the list for scheming they are also probably the winners in blackmailing and backstabbing, so we needed a different category to round things out. To end on a happier note, here are who we believe would take the medals in Friendship!
Maggie is the kind of friend who will never judge you. Ever. Addicted to drugs? That’s cool. Cheating on your spouse? No problem. She will of course offer you sage wisdom- like get off drugs or fess up to your spouse- but she will do it without the hint of “I’m better than you” in her voice. She is always available for a chat around the kitchen table, or more recently the Kiriakis mansion living room. Most of all, she treats her friends like family, because usually they end up being family. (Shout out to @TLContessa, @MarshaKinderUSA, @Surome & @Karina62874- you were all so right!)
Jennifer is the kind of friend that will shower you in cold water when you are ODing on drugs. She will eat a gallon of icecream with a gold sticker on it when you break up with your boyfriend. She will even help rig a debate to give a friend the advantage. She is the kind of BFF every girl- or mayoral candidate- needs.
So many people could take this prize. Bo, Hope, Roman, Marlena, John, Lucas (shout out to @Reshie79- he has been an amazing friend to Sami) they all go to bat for their friends. But lately, Sonny has been the BFF that Will needed (shout out to @imcolee, you were so right). He is supportive, practical, and non judgmental. He is wise beyond his years. And he will dig through trash with you. If I were in Salem, gay or straight, I would want to have Sonny in my corner.