Soaps always take place in run-of-the-mill towns that are nothing but, and Days of Our Lives is no exception.
On the surface, Days of Our Lives' Salem is a regular town, with a police department, town square, park, hospital, and school. But unlike real-world towns, it has its share of bizarre happenings.
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Here's a lighthearted look at 13 things that could only happen in Salem. Check them out and hit the comments to add your favorite!
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Everyone has a doppleganger.
In 2018 alone we've seen doubles for Marlena, Adrienne, and Susan/Kristen, plus Hope's doppleganger made an appearance in the Halloween episode. These lookalikes are far from the only ones who have ever wreaked havoc in Salem. (Fake Rafe anyone?)
It's possible to travel across the country or world in a matter of minutes.
Recently, Sami and Eric got from Salem to Nashville in the blink of an eye. Sometimes people take the Titan Jet but more often they seem to teleport from the Horton Town Square to anyplace else in the world and back again in a matter of minutes.
Every time a kid is sent to school, he or she comes back a surly teenager.
Okay, so all soaps have their share of Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome, but the Salem authorities definitely should be looking at what's in the water at all these fancy boarding schools where people are sending their kids. Back in the day, Jennifer and Hope were boarding school rebels, Brady came back from one as an angry teen in the late 1990s, and in 2013, JJ also returned with a giant chip on his shoulder.
Everyone has money to travel, pay off people, or whatever else they're doing even though nobody goes to work.
The majority of adult characters have jobs where they are never seen. The vacation benefits in Salem must be amazing because people are able to just jet off to another country in search of adventure at a moment's notice, and money is no object either.
The police arrest one person after another for a murder or other serious crime, yet it doesn't affect the case when the real murderer is finally caught.
This is one of the sillier Salem tropes. I can understand investigating one lead after another, but how come no defense attorney has ever asked a Salem cop on the stand how they know they have the right person this time when the other nine arrests in this case turned out to be bogus?
Despite DNA tests never being accurate thanks to people changing them for their own purposes, the hospital has no security in its DNA lab and everyone trusts the latest DNA results.
In the 2010s, Salem residents at least question whether DNA tests are accurate, yet they are quickly reassured that this time nobody switched test results or blackmailed a lab tech into writing an inaccurate report. You'd think someone would come up with the idea of getting their DNA test done somewhere else with a better reputation!