Marlena was abducted yet again, Hope handed Rafe annulment papers, and Adrienne asked Will to take on an unbelievable assignment this week in Salem.
Our TV Fanatics Jack Ori and Christine Orlando are joined by WendyLou from MyHourglass a Days of Our Lives Fan Forum to debate if Rafe should sign those papers, how they rate Abby’s alters, and who should win the Bella magazine competition after this week’s Days of Our Lives.
Did you want Rafe to sign the annulment papers? Why or why not?
Wendylou: I think he should have because Hope wants him to. I know he wants to win her back but he's really forcing it. Doesn't he know that saying about setting something free if you love it?
He made a big mistake. He needs to let her go and maybe, someday, if they really, truly are worth fighting for, Hope will forgive him.
Jack: The sooner the better! I don't want to see these two sharing any more scenes, especially if they're discussing/arguing about the future of their relationship.
Watching them fight bored me so much that I kept checking the time to see how much more of this I had to endure before I could turn off the TV.
Plus, the more they interact, the more I'm afraid they'll find their way back to each other and I don't want that at all, especially since Rafe is acting borderline stalkerish.
Christine: Oh please, make him sign those papers! If Rafe really loved Hope, he’d sign them and then, perhaps try to start over and win her back (not that I want them back together, ever!) But he is a controlling jerk who is only interested in what he wants.
In case I didn’t make it clear, I hate this couple and want them over for good.
Should Adrienne have asked Will to do a story on Dr. Rolf, and use Susan Banks to do it?
Wendylou: I felt it was totally inappropriate and insensitive. I get that exposing Dr. Rolf's drug would be huge but she should realize how traumatic it would be for Will to go back to the woman who basically kidnapped him and brainwashed him. Unfortunately, I think he will eventually do the story.
Jack: Absolutely not. First of all, no reporter worth his salt reports on himself, EVER, and news stories have to go beyond what's personally interesting to the writer or editor and be of relevance to the general public.
Adrienne's claim that Will telling the story of his resurrection would somehow be of help to cancer survivors was ridiculous.
I credit part of my interest in writing and journalism to watching Jennifer and Jack be reporters when I was little and I'm heartbroken to see what the Spectator has become. I thought the purpose of Jen and Adrienne buying it was to salvage its reputation, not ruin it further.
Christine: I felt horrible for Will. Adrienne was using his trauma to mine a story for her paper. Then she was asking him to interrogate his mentally ill, surrogate mother to gain more info. It made it look as though the only reason she hired Will was to use him, and I was really disappointed.
Is Lucas’ protectiveness of Chloe sweet or overbearing?
Wendylou: OVERBEARING! Way out of line. I'm not sure I would find it sweet if they'd been together a long time but they are barely an item and I think he's treating her like a child who can't take care of herself.
Attacking the guy when he reached into his pocket was ridiculous. It was a public place filled with people. What did he think would happen? I do think the guy is going to be dangerous because I'm pretty sure he's the same man who's keeping Theresa BUT Lucas needs to back down, at least for now.
Jack: Lucas is being overbearing. Chloe is being idiotic to not have any skepticism about what sounds like a stereotypical sex trafficking scheme, but that's beside the point. We have more than enough men trying to run women's lives for them; let's not add Lucas to that mix.
Christine: So overbearing. He’s got every right to voice his concerns and even offer to help her check it out, but Lucas attacking the man in public was over the top.
On a scale of 1 (I hate it!) to 10 (I love it!) rate the Abigail and her alters storyline.
Wendylou: I'd give it a solid five. I don't like the alters and I HATE creepy Stefan's obsession with Gabby but I do like Abigail's inner struggle and Gabi's explanation made some really great sense.
I've always thought Abby was being exceptionally secure and mature about Gabi and Chad's relationship. I can totally buy that she's been pushing down all that jealousy, insecurity and anger and now it's manifesting itself like this.
In addition to all of the other trauma she's been through. I do like that aspect of it. I'm ready for her to get busted though.
Jack: How about -15,000? This story has nothing to do with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). It's inaccurate and is being written as yet another doppleganger story.
Plus the focal point is Stefan being "in love" with the Gabby alter and taking advantage of a woman's serious mental illness to get her in bed. It's disgusting and a new low for a show that has already had too many lows in the last few years.
Christine: Ugh. A 3 at best. Abigail’s history of mental illness had such potential to be a compelling story, but what they’ve done is make it ridiculous. And with Stefan wanting to sleep with the Gabby alter and willing to hurt people to do it, that just adds a sleazy aspect that makes me cringe.
Who would you like to see win the modeling competition: Ciara, Claire, or someone else?
Wendylou: Absolutely someone else and then I never want to hear about it again. Let's find intelligent, talented young women something other to aspire to other than modeling. It's way overdone.
Also, they should both be disqualified for being related to pretty much EVERYONE who owns or works at Titan. Can you imagine reading that the winner just happened to be the owner's granddaughter? Nothing fishy about that.
Jack: Someone else. This competition is devolving quickly into the kind of drama I don't care about at all, and I think all of the characters involved know better and could find better things to do with their time.
Christine: Couldn’t they have had them competing for an internship or a real job? This show having yet another modeling competition is so trite and boring.
Plus, Claire and Ciara are such brats. I want someone else to win, and then have these young women grow up and stop acting like they’re in junior high.
What, if anything, disappointed you this week in Salem?
Wendylou: The shallowness of Ciara and Claire. They really need some more depth. They go round in circles about the most petty things. It's boring.
Also, Marlena should have been smart enough to leave the heated situation at the DiMera mansion and then come back with help. What did she think would happen?
Jennifer being completely biased and blind about her daughter.
Jack: A better question is what didn't disappoint me this week. I really missed Steve and Kayla. Their romance and realistic storyline balances out all the crazy and without them getting airtime, it was pretty obvious how awful a lot of the other stories are.
There was far too much focus on Rafe/Hope, plus Marlena left her brain in the office when she confronted Gabby. And why the heck didn't she just push past Stefan and escape when he left the door open and room for her to get by?
Also, why is Chad prioritizing Gabi over his mentally ill wife, refusing to get a single clue about what happened, and stating that the only reason he chose Abby over Gabi is that she's the mother of his child (who we never see)? And don't get me started on how ridiculous Gabi's trial was and how poor a job Justin did.
Christine: Rafe insisting, over and over again, that he and Hope are in love. If it were true, they wouldn't have to hit the audience over the head with it in every scene. Enough with this couple already!
Also, where were Steve and Kayla? They are the one shining light on the show right now and they were almost nonexistent this week.
Finally, I wanted to see how JJ was coping, but we didn’t see him either.
What was your favorite quote, scene or storyline on this week’s Days of Our Lives?
Wendylou: I really liked Tripp's maturity about the contest and being able to see that Claire has got some major insecurity issues going on. If Ciara's smart she'll listen to him and realize there are more important things in life than winning a silly contest just to irritate someone.
I also liked Sonny being an smart enough to break things off with Leo even though I know Vivian's still going to get him.
Jack: Slim pickings this week, but I guess I liked Hope telling Rafe their whole relationship was a lie and telling Ciara to stop trying to get back at Claire for making her aware of the truth.
And Marlena putting the pieces together about G/abby was great until she turned stupid.
Also, I'm enjoying John being in an advisory role to other characters and I'm glad he pointed out to Brady that listening to Victor was a terrible idea.
Christine: Hope handing Rafe annulment papers and pointing out that he broke off their engagement and then traipsed off and slept with Sami. I really want Hope to move on.
Now it's your turn TV Fanatics! Should Rafe sign those annulment papers?
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