For The Love Of Soaps: We're All Damaged Goods

Days of Our Lives: Meanwhile in Salem, Claire is just beginning to show her true colors. Tripp found the lighter she had hidden underneath her jewelry box—why she decided to keep it, I would never know. Claire seems to be getting better and better at lying to Tripp and especially herself—sis always looks like she’s ready to snap when things don't go her way. Unfortunately for Hayley, she was flopped right in the middle of their dysfunctional relationship. Since JJ’s dad, Jack announced her immigration status to the entire town on live TV; she has officially become the sacrificial lamb for Jack’s mayoral candidacy, and the new face of the ‘illegal criminal’ in Salem. No one can reel Jack in now that Eve’s released his inner darkness. Is it so? Is Jack Deveraux never coming back? With the amount of bridges he’s burning, it’s only an amount of time until he crosses the line of no return.

 Crossing over boundaries seems to be a recurring theme throughout this week’s episodes as Diana daydreams the way she would kill off Marlena if she could write her own destiny. Marlena and Jack’s bond stands firm in the face of the storm named Diana—and let’s just say we are about to see where Leo gets it from. Diana definitely has something a brewing in that marvelous mind-castle of evil; she’s able to utilize the town’s outrage as a way into Marlena’s office at the hospital—all she had to do was pretend to be a reporter, no outfit change or nothing. But being able to out wit Marlena might prove to be harder than she expects, since she already came to the conclusion that Diana’s lying games are all tactics to get John all for herself. While Diana chases after John, Stefan has all eyes on Chloe. He was able to smooth talking Chloe into trying out their attraction for one another with a kiss—Stefan either has A1 game or knows how to take advantage of Chloe’s vulnerability, I’m still not sure yet. Even though I haven’t made an opinion doesn't mean Gabi and Brady haven’t. They seem to have an alliance bent on destroying Stefan DiMera. Gabi despises him for her own reasons related to her own business, GabiChic; while, Brady, on the other hand is playing his part as the jealous boyfriend.

 Sometimes the harder we try to hold on to someone, the faster they slip through our fingertips. A hard lesson to learn, but Rex is going to have to grin and bear it. Sarah already refused his very public proposal at her job, he’s been asserting all of his energy to getting her to change her mind—through Eric of course. Which probably wasn't the best move for him, considering Sarah’s true feelings towards Eric. Now that she’s admitted it to herself it’s just a matter of time until she confesses her love. If only a confession could help Hayley escape federal custody. Unfortunately for Hayley, Claire couldn't even handle a single afternoon with Hayley around Tripp, receiving his comfort; she went straight to Eve, who respected the selfishness behind Claire’s actions. She is conditioning Jack back into his old selfish ways, however with Eve stirring the ship, there’s no limit to how deep they could go. Down into the darkness together. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see.

          

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The Bell Soaps: Realization and Representation

The Bold and the Beautiful: The week begins with Liam receiving some brotherly advice from Wyatt. While the two are hanging out together at the cabin, Wyatt can tell that something is bothering his brother. Liam tells him how Hope wants him to go back to Steffy. Wyatt takes a moment to digest the information and then asks Liam if he agrees. Liam avoids the question and just tells Wyatt that he needs to be their for his wife. Wyatt doesn’t say much more but Liam can tell by his facial expression that Wyatt may agree with Hope. Liam eventually tells Wyatt that he is not going to abandon his marriage. 

At the end of last week, Katie invited Hope to Bikini Bar for some fun. Lo and behold, Flo batends there. Flo is working behind the bar as Hope retells the awful night of her daughter’s death to her aunt. Flo eavesdrops as Hope tells Katie everything and then drops a glass when Hope recalls, “Dr. Buckingham did everything he could, but…” Katie leaves to go pick up Will and Hope hands her credit card to Flo. Upon seeing the name on the card, Flo introduces herself to Hope and tells her that she has something to tell her. Just as Flo is about to tell Hope the truth about her baby, Zoe comes over and quickly interjects that Flo is Phoebe’s birth mother, stopping Flo from revealing the truth. After Hope leaves, Zoe scolds Flo for almost revealing the truth, Flo and Reese could go to jail if this gets out. Flo reveals that she thinks maybe Reese should go to jail after what he has done. Zoe begs Flo to leave LA and to not reveal the truth, she doesn't want her father to go down for this. 

Hope returns home and immediately tells Liam that she has met Phoebe’s birth mother. Hope tells him how she felt like them being in the same place at the same time was fate. When Hope tells Liam that Zoe was the one who revealed this information to her, Liam is confused. He wonders how Zoe knows Phoebe’s birth mother. Hope did note that there was some tension between the two women. 

Later on, Flo and Wyatt run into each other. The pair discuss how long it has been since they have last seen each other and Flo recalls that Wyatt just up and left Vegas with no warning. Wyatt updates Flo on the last few years of his life. How he know longer works with his mother, how he has found his father, and how he is now Wyatt Spencer. Wyatt asks Flo if she has kids to which she responds that it never happened for her. Flo tells Wyatt she needs to get back to work but not before telling him that she did love him. She kisses him and tells him how much she’s missed him. Wyatt tells Flo that he is living with someone but then invites her to his and Sally’s dinner party that night. Wyatt wants her to meet his brother. Little does Wyatt know, Flo has already helped to steal and sell his brother’s baby. 

Back at the beach house, Wyatt apologizes to Sally for inviting a last minute guest but she doesn’t mind, she is glad to learn about his past. Flo arrives and Sally and her hit it off. Hope and Liam arrive and Wyatt introduces Flo as an old friend. Hope is very quick to blurt out that Flo is, in fact, Phoebe’s birth mother. It takes a moment for Flo to realize that Hope is Wyatt’s sister-in-law. Wyatt blurts out that Flo was his high school sweetheart, news to Sally, and asks why she lied about having children. Flo tells them that Phoebe isn’t actually hers. They begin to discuss the night of Beth’s death. Flo finds out that Steffy is Liam’s ex-wife. Hope becomes visibly upset when discussing Beth and Flo begins to talk about regrets. Flo asks the room not to hate her. Wyatt tells Flo no one is judging her and she responds, “yeah, it’s about Phoebe.” 

Unfortunately, Flo does not reveal the truth as we expected her to. She plays it off like she is so upset because she regrets putting Phoebe up for adoption. Hope tells Flo about how Phoebe brought her joy in one of the darkest times of her life. 

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