Brady turned evil, Eric ran out of town, Lucas refused help, and the competition began for the next Police Commissioner of Salem.
Our TV Fanatics Jack Ori and Christine Orlando are joined by Kpatch and Tony from MyHourglass a Days of Our Lives fan forum to debate the battle for Commissioner, Eric’s decision to leave, Brady’s bid for CEO, and the excitement, or lack there of, for the double wedding on Days of Our Lives.
If you had to choose between them, who should be Police Commissioner: Hope or Rafe?
Kpatch: Do I have to choose? I’d rather see Eli become commissioner. He needs a job, has great experience, instincts, a cool head, no cold-blooded kills (that we know of) and he looks good in a towel.
Jack: Ugh. This is an impossible choice because neither of them is at all qualified. Hope seems to be a decent cop when not distracted by Rafe so I guess her, though she did empty her gun into Stefano...
Tony: Neither, honestly. Though, if I had to choose one, it would be Hope.
Christine: Hope. She’s far smarter and more level-headed than Rafe, but considering both their criminal histories, neither one of them really deserves the job.
I’m not sure Eli’s ready to be Commissioner yet, but I completely agree with Kpatch about how he looks in a towel!
Is Sonny being unsympathetic about Lucas and his drinking, and if so, why do you think that is?
Kpatch: I don’t think anyone is handling Lucas properly. Arguing with a drunk is pointless.
Jack: I don't think so. Yes, Lucas has been through a lot, but that doesn't give him license to behave however he wants without consequences. People being unsympathetic can only help move him in the right direction.
Tony: I don't think he's being unsympathetic, so much as he's giving him tough love. Seeing someone you care about battle alcoholism is hard, but it's important not to enable that person.
Christine: Somewhat, yes. Lucas is hurting badly. Although I don’t think he deserves a free pass for his drinking and horrible behavior, getting in his face when he’s drunk and belligerent helps nothing and only has the potential to make things worse. I expect Sonny to be smarter than that.
Were you surprised that Eric resigned from the Horton Center instead of firing Nicole? Was it the right decision?
Kpatch: Eric, Nicole, and Brady are all avoiding the elephant in the room. Quitting the Center and leaving Salem was kind of cowardly.
Jack: Ugh. In my opinion, this just shows that Eric has no backbone. Plus it was selfish -- as Jen pointed out, it affects all the people he was helping or potentially helping and he hired a replacement that he knows nothing about, which could be disastrous for the Center.
I think what Eric should have done is told Julie that Brady is showing up and threatening him and let Brady suffer the consequences for his abusive behavior. Instead, Eric did the same thing Melanie did when Theresa threatened her -- he ran away from the situation as fast as possible.
Tony: Not really. Eric has shown in the past that he's willing to sacrifice his dreams for others. Was it right? Not really, but it was the lesser of two evils.
Christine: Cowardly and selfish are good ways to describe it. In leaving, he hurts the Center, and it won’t fix Brady and Nicole’s problems. If she truly has feelings for Eric, she’ll just pine over him, and Brady will be encouraged that his threats and controlling behavior worked. Everyone loses.
Does Brady have any right to take the CEO position away from Sonny?
Kpatch: I think Victor is the one who should decide, but I don’t think either Brady or Sonny are very committed to their jobs or good at it. Philip would have been the best choice for CEO but Victor always overlooks his primary heir.
Jack: Who actually owns the company now? If it's Brady I guess he can hire/fire whoever he wants, though I'd think a board meeting would be involved. I had to laugh at Brady insisting he was better qualified. At least Sonny isn't getting drunk regularly and acting violently because of it. Brady's going to do a lot of damage to Titan's reputation if he doesn't cool it.
Tony: Not at all! Brady was only a temporary replacement for Sonny and, while he is related to Victor and has a stake in Titan, Sonny was the chosen CEO.
Christine: Brady is being selfish and mean with everyone apparently, not just Nicole. And I had to laugh when Brady said that even though the charges were dropped, Sonny’s reputation was still a problem for Titan. As though Brady’s some sort of a shining star.
Brady’s a barely functional alcoholic and it’s only a matter of time before the bottom drops out. I believe Victor makes the final decision, and I’m hoping that since he knows that Brady is drinking again, he’ll choose Sonny.
On a scale of 1 (Not at all) to 10 (Can’t wait!), how much are you looking forward to the double wedding of Chad/Abby and Sonny/Paul?
Kpatch: Zero. The buildup is nonexistent (what’s the rush?) and boring, and it seems obvious that something ominous is going to happen to stop it.
Jack: Eh, about a 3. I'd be way more excited for an Abby/Chad solo wedding. I could care less about Paul and Sonny and their lack of chemistry.
Tony: A 7.
Christine: Maybe a 4. It’s nice to finally see Chad and Abigail happy for once, but what’s the rush to the altar? It sort of ruins the fun.
And I have to agree about the lack of chemistry between Sonny and Paul, which is really odd considering I used to like them together. Unfortunately, since Sonny’s return to Salem, that spark has been missing.
What, if anything, disappointed you this week in Salem?
Kpatch: Lots, but we’ll stick to just three things. The amount of airtime wasted on Chad and Abby. Their scenes were mind-numbingly boring and Abby is the epitome of blandness.
The omission of flashbacks when Julie and Doug were reminiscing about Doug’s Place.
Nicole admitting she has feelings for Eric. She has not learned a thing from her history. It’s not mandatory to give into every emotion.
Jack: The writers again are pushing JJ into the background, and having him be the cheerleader for Rafe or Hope is absolutely ridiculous. He should have more of a reaction to Lucas falling off the wagon and that should be his main storyline, not this nonsense.
Also Abe should be the commissioner, and if not him then Eli. I'd also like to see Eli's unjust firing turn out to be racially motivated so we can get a topical story instead of this dumb setup for Eli/Gabi.
Tony: Even though it's hard to be disappointed by this character anymore, Brady really got on my nerves.
Christine: That Hope once again let Rafe off the hook for being an ass. He was definitely trying to embarrass her in front of their colleagues by pushing her about a wedding date. I was so ticked off when Hope backed down. She wouldn’t have put up with that kind of crap from Bo.
I also wished there had been some flashbacks of Doug’s Place. That was such a huge part of the show and I’m sure newer viewers don’t have a clue. Plus, us veteran fans would have been over the moon to see some of those scenes again.
What was your favorite quote, scene, or storyline from this week on Days of Our Lives?
Kpatch: I found the Club auction highly entertaining. I think there’s a lot of potential with the partnership between Julie and Chloe. I also loved the scene between Lucas and the ghost of Will. The acting and dialogue were incredible.
Jack: I loved Kate and Jennifer trying to talk some sense into Lucas and Will's ghostly visit to Lucas. I also found this Days of Our Lives quote between André and Chad to be hilarious:
Andre: Can you tell me what you find so amusing?
Chad: Oh, it's just... I mean, come on, Andre. A bachelor party? It just doesn't, uh, seem like your thing.
Andre: Well, it's not as if I was gonna throw you some crass, vulgar evening.
Chad: Okay. All right. What'd you have in mind, then? What, uh... martinis at the Rooftop Grille?
Tony: It's a tie. The scenes with Lucas and Will were amazing, and I loved Bryan Datillo's acting. However, I also loved the Chad and André scenes. André's expression and voice when he told Chad never to call him "bro" was classic André!
Christine: Chad and André really made me laugh. They are great together. Sometimes I think I’d rather watch Chad share scenes with André than with Abigail!
Would you do me a favor? Don’t call me “bro” ever again.Andre
Want to hear more about the happenings in Salem? Check out Jack Ori’s Days of Our Lives review here at TV Fanatic.
C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.