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For The Love Of Soaps: What Now?

Days Of Our Lives: What do you think happens when someone dies for a couple of minutes? People have been reported “out of body experiences” where they recalled their entire body overlooking the scene of their unconscious rescue in real-time. There are stories of heaven and meeting loved ones; however, the medical community stands tall in their assertion about near death experiences—it’s all in our heads. Well this week we not only get to see how DOL writers answer the question of what they think happens during a near death experience but we are also confronted with their portrayal of heaven—which turns out, is a parlor room.

In my opinion they spent too much time with Marlena’s purgatory crossroad battle. There she stood at the crossroads between heaven, hell, and her old life.  Her old friend Tony’s evil twin was waiting to con her straight into hell; Gina was there too, Hope’s evil twin sister—too many evil twins in one room if you ask me. So there they all sat, in this off-white parlor room, showing Marlena her worst and best moments. Reminding Marlena that even though she’s not perfect, many people need her to pull through; and that she did, despite Diana’s greatest efforts Marlena is alive and well. Meanwhile, Leo, Diana’s son, has not changed one but since the grand reveal of his true father—and here I thought he was redeemable. As soon as Brady didn't give him what he wanted—a seat in his company—he took whatever insider information he could muster from Brady’s phone call and went straight to the competition, Stefan DiMera—who’s a whole new man by the way, but we’ll get into that later. Leo, not knowing that Brady and Gabi are working together to take down DiMera Enterprises, gave Stefan faulty information that cost his company a new business acquisition. Stefan is pissed and out for blood—but what’s new there.

Leo isn’t the only person who can’t change, Claire is beginning to act more and more like Eve; and the fact that it took Eve half a lifetime to become the villain she is today really speaks on Claire’s character—I mean she’s too young to be this vindictive. For anyone who missed last week’s tea, Claire ratted out Hayley being at her loft to Eve. Hayley was arrested and now has 30 days to leave the country. Heartbroken JJ, who still can’t get over the fact that it’s his dad’s entire fault, suggested they get married. However, as soon as Tripp got a whiff of JJ’s plan, he immediately stepped in to play hero.  And for the life of me, I can’t understand why, perhaps he really does assume Claire’s hand in all this and wants to drive the truth out of her—he about to make her crazy show, that’s all I know, but I’m here for it.

I’m here for it all, especially the  cliffhangers at the end of the week—I have a love hate relationship with them. Who doesn't love/hate a good cliffhanger? It’s a relief to know that some people in Salem can see through the fallacy. Seems like Tripp isn’t the only person questioning the woman in his corner, John had a mysterious suspicion that it was Diana who tried to kill the love of his life. Once Diana found out that the police were going to pull prints off Marlena’s IV, she went straight to the police department—with that overused journalist lie. Right when she picked the lock in an attempt to dispose of the only evidence that revealed her true desire to get the man she loved in her youth back by any means, guess who was waiting for her? Mr. John Black himself—even I didn't see this coming.  

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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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