Will returned! But was it just a drunken hallucination?
TV Fanatics Jack Ori and Christine Orlando are joined by Bruce from MyHourglass a Days of Our Lives fan forum to discuss Lucas’ downward spiral, Nicole’s desire to work at the Horton Center, Hope getting cold feet, Claire and Theo reuniting and more from this week’s happenings in Salem.
Should Nicole go back to work at the community center?
Jack: Yes, if she wants to. I don't care about the feelings she and Eric supposedly have for each other, but I do care about Nicole being the strong woman she used to be and making her own life decisions.
Brady has no right to tell her where she can and cannot work and I want to see her walk away from abuse and do what she wants to do.
Bruce: I am being selfish here, but I think that she should stay home and spend some time with her daughter.
Christine: Yes! As much as Nicole loves her daughter, being at home 24/7 can be a bit claustrophobic. There’s no reason why Nicole can’t work at the Horton Center part time where she feels she makes a difference in other people’s lives.
In the long run, it’s better for Holly to see her mother using her talents to make the world a better place, and not allowing the men in her life to bully her.
Why is Hope dragging her feet on planning a wedding? Do you want to see Hope and Rafe get married?
Jack: Hope's last few years have been rough, to say the least, and after Andre and the Dimera doppleganger ruined her relationship with Aiden, and then Bo died, why would she rush into another wedding?
I can't stand this couple and I hope that Rafe's overeagerness to wed and Hope's reluctance signals the beginning of the end of their relationship.
Bruce: I think she has Bo on her mind as well as her marriage to Aiden that didn't quite end well.
Christine: Rafe was so darn clueless that it made him look like an insensitive jerk. The love of her life disappeared, only to return and then die, and her relationship with Aiden became a disaster the moment she married him.
There was a time I thought Rafe and Hope had potential but they’ve turned out to be one of the most boring couples in Salem. I hope they never, ever tie the knot!
Did Theo and Claire get back together too soon?
Jack: Probably, but they're teenagers/young adults, so it's realistic. I wish they would keep Claire as the sweet mini-Belle she was when she first came on and stop combining her personality with Ciara's original one.
Bruce: I would have liked to have seen it drag out a little more; show a rekindling of their flame and make the audience root for them.
Christine: It did feel a bit too quick, but I suppose that’s better than it dragging on forever. If they can keep Claire from turning into a selfish brat once again, these two have the potential to be a really sweet couple.
Was Kate right to bring up Will in order to combat Lucas’ drinking?
Jack: YES! I was totally Team Kate on this one. Lucas didn't want to hear anything and was looking for reasons to blame Kate for the consequences of his drinking. Kate was right that Will would be unhappy with this, and if Lucas was in his right mind he would care about that.
Bruce: I think she did it for shock value and it worked to an extent, but Lucas is already spiraling too much.
Christine: Yes. Addicts are great at making excuses and blaming others for their actions. Kate was trying to shake him out of his downward spiral, unfortunately it backfired.
How long will it be before Bonnie is ousted and Adrienne is released?
Jack: I hope not long but I'm losing faith in the people of Salem on this one since Marlena having been kidnapped and replaced by a double who did the exact same thing to John that Bonnie did to Lucas 24 hours before the "breakup" doesn't seem to have given anyone a clue.
Bruce: I think that Bonnie's days are numbered. She is a seasoned con artist, but I think she is in over her head with Victor.
Christine: Not soon enough. This story has had one or two fun moments but overall it’s giving me a headache. I’m really looking forward to someone, ANYONE, figuring it out.
What, if anything, disappointed you this week on in Salem?
Jack: I'm going to put aside my usual annoyance with the lack of JJ because I need to shake Justin awake. He's known and loved Adrienne for over 30 years and it's not like she has been missing for a long time prior to Bonnie showing up, so there is NO reason for him not to question her sudden personality and behavior change.
Justin should be super aware that his wife is acting bizarrely, especially when Bonnie keeps pushing for alone time with Hattie and giving him vague, illogical explanations for why she wants it.
Even if he doesn't suspect she is a fake, he should be rushing to the hospital to ask Kayla or Valerie whether Adrienne's cancer treatments could be causing her to act like she has dementia!
Also, having Theo come around the corner to stare at Claire with Tripp seconds after Brady came around the corner to stare at Nicole and Eric was a bit much. Enough with the ridiculous triangles!
Bruce: I think I was mostly disappointed in Eli losing his job. What was he supposed to do, let Raines kill Gabi?
Christine: Sonny arguing with Lucas at the church. It was obvious that Lucas was very intoxicated. Arguing with a drunk never leads anywhere good and Sonny is smart enough to know that. Sonny losing his temper while Lucas was clearly baiting him made him look foolish.
What was your favorite quote, scene or storyline from this week’s Days of Our Lives?
Jack: Hattie's Days of Our Lives quote to Justin summed up everything that is wrong with this story...
Justin [looking at Bonnie]: I still don't understand why Anjelica would go to all that trouble just to hurt you.
Hattie: Seriously? You're Ivy League? And you can't connect a few of those dots?
On a serious note, I loved the confrontation between Lucas and Kate.It was realistic and emotional, and I could see both characters' point of view, something which doesn't happen often on this show. Kate having to try to pull herself together for Mr. Shin at the end of the scene was a nice touch.
Bruce: I really loved the interaction between Kate and Lucas when she fired him. Kudos to Lauren Koslow, you could feel Kate's heart wrenching and see the pain in her eyes.
Christine: Everything about Lucas. Yes, it was painful, but Bryan Dattilo made every scene heartbreakingly believable. If Lucas had to fall off the wagon after all these years, at least the actor is making this storyline the absolute best it can be, and perhaps one of the best performances Days of Our Lives has seen in a long time.
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.