So I watched the big reset on Friday and I was somewhat...underwhelmed.
I know, I know. It was all about bowing and scraping to history, celebrating new Days to come, et cetera, but...well...I found it all kind of tedious. I'm sure that's partly because I already know what's going to happen. I'm not watching it from the point of view of someone who has no damn clue that Jack isn't going to fall into a cake until Wednesday, or that Hope's big surprise was John and Marlena. Maybe if I'd been "unspoiled", I would have enjoyed it more.
I tried my best to watch the show from the point of view of someone who may be checking out Days for the first time, then someone who's been watching the show for years. Either way, I felt like it was missing something. Then I realized that the problem might have been that it wasn't missing enough. Patti Stanger, for instance. The show wouldn't have missed her, and so far, the only perceivable reason I could see for her to be there was to set Ejole 3.0 into motion. Patti Stanger "understands these things", you see. If Patti Stanger says EJ is in love with Nicole, then EJ is in love with Nicole. Her word is law, don't you know.
Then, of course, there was THIS.
Alex and my sister, both only ever having watched a few full episodes with me, were equally unimpressed. I found myself having to defend my Days viewership again. In the last episode Alex watched before the reset, EJ was slamming his wedding band on a table and rubbing Ejaylor sex in Nicole's face, so you could imagine his shock when he saw EJ staring at Nicole with fuzzy eyes.
My sister's comments were mostly cosmetic. Austin "looks like a leather pouch". Sami "looks like a football player in drag". And Hope "looks like she needs an IV and a Chinese buffet, stat".
I think I may have liked Reset: Day Two a little more than Day One. I think.
A few things that popped into my head.
Hope's head is gigantic.
Seriously. The hair. The spaghetti straps. It all just further accentuates how skinny she is. I don't mean Nicole-skinny. I mean stick insect-skinny. I actually find myself wincing sometimes when she walks because she looks positively brittle. I worry about her.
Who's responsible for Sami's hair?
Big wheels keep on turnin'.
Marlena hugs her girls. They squeal, laugh, cry. It's beautiful. John is just in the way, so Austin literally sweeps in and rolls him out of the shot.
Jesus, does that extra in the background ever look moved.
Even emotional deflation looks good on Chloe.
Remember when Chloe was suffering from PPD and took the Bump-It out of her hair, but otherwise still looked stunning? Today, feeling defeated after a visit from Kate, Chloe changes out of her sexy purple outfit and into a sexy purple tracksuit.
When I'm depressed, I take off my bra, slip into my sexy, grey men's undershirt, and eat hummus straight out of the container with my thumb while watching Hoarders.
Marlena and Will get reacquainted, Pt. I
Marlena: You're so big! And so handsome!
And so gay! Writers, get back on the clock, already! It's been weeks! I don't want the story rushed, but I do want to be able to see some real movement before the show is cancelled, or I die.
Melanie is having a friendly chat with EJ and Patti Stanger
The Second Coming
EJ and Patti run into Kate after John and Marlena's entrance.
"You missed the second coming of John and Marlena."
"If that was the "great surprise", one can imagine how tedious this evening is going to be."
You have no idea.
After flitting back and forth between Marlena giving her speech and EJ paying such rapt attention to it, I can't wait for a proper EJ/Marlena chat. One has to happen. I'm counting on it.
It's too soon to be trying to cheat death
If I were you, John, I'd stay the hell away from Doctor Death. You only just started walking two weeks ago.
James Scott: No rest for the wickedly-talented
While some actors barely act when they're the main focus of a scene (I say no more), James Scott is working it when he doesn't even really have to.
I'm sorry. I have to mention it again. What were the stylists thinking when they were putting Sami together for this thing?
Something's missing, alright.
Jennifer startles easy today. Maggie asks her what's up. Jennifer can't quite explain it.
“I have the oddest feeling. I feel like something’s going on…and I’m missing it.”
Jennifer ends up missing "it" about six or seven times today.
Honestly. Two days of this has been too much. If he doesn't fall into the cake two seconds into tomorrow's episode, I'll really be annoyed. The Dan/Jennifer PDAs are probably bothering me more than they're bothering Jack now.
Nicole: Independent woman for about maybe three weeks.
Nicole tells Kinsey that, for the longest time, she believed she couldn't live a fulfilling life without a man.
"Not anymore," Nicole declares confidently.
Logic is on your side, Nicole. The writers, however, are not.
Dario has left a hole in her heart. And her head.
Melanie sits alone, high enough to sprinkle her magical bring-down dust on the entire event.
Dario's moving to Argentina has left more of an emotional dent in Melanie's heart than the departures of Philip, Nathan, and Carly combined.
Chris is back!
Kate's assistant, Chris, has returned to town now that Countess W. is making a comeback. He's impressed with the Horton shindig, pointing out that, "even the reporters are celebrities!"
Like this guy!
I totally can't remember this guy's name. I saw him once on TV but before that he was "that guy who gave away the huge spoiler about EJ announcing his candidacy for mayor via a video on YouTube".
Kate has already made it clear that the only reason she's in attendance is to speak to aforementioned celebrity reporters about make-up, and to watch EJ piss all over the parade with his big announcement.
“You know what we should do? We should string popcorn all around that hideous tree then sing kumbaya.”
"I'm sure it's all downhill from here."
So am I.
EJ, Johnny, and Cat Stevens
After Sami retrieves Allie, Johnny and Sydney from Itchy & Scratchy Land's ball pit for a family picture, EJ approaches the group and asks if he can have a moment with his kids. Rafe and Rotox hover around them like the ghosts of Rafe Present and Future.
Sami gives EJ permission, telling him "not to blow it". Sydney runs and hugs him, but Johnny is hesitant. Sami tells him it's okay if he wants to give his daddy a "great, big hug". Johnny runs to EJ and throws his arms around him, and I get a little misty-eyed.
Writers, why must you tease me so.
Austin's hair is positively Munstrous.
La Piece de Resistance
Kate almost totally called it.
Chloe tells Kate off. I guess.
Chloe corners Kate at the big event to give her a piece of her mind. I'm not going to make any "Chloe is a moron jokes" because this Chloe is nuChloe. Or pre-Cordiglay Chloe, rather.
"Ten words or less. What."
"I am going to be a mother to my son, and you are not gonna stop me."
I counted seventeen.
More Missed Opportunities
Melanie being a sad-sack brought about a lovely Chad/Melanie moment that made me smile. Obviously it helps that Casey and Molly are an adorable couple off screen. All I could think was that this may be another missed romantic opportunity (yeah, I know. Another one). First no Chill, and now this. Originally, when TPTB aged Chad up a year, I thought they were going to maybe stick Chad in a triangle with Melanie and Nathan. Didn't happen. What the point was, then, in aging Chad, I still have no idea.
Their equally unimpressed facial expressions (which mirror my own, by the way), brought on by the various events that have unfolded in Horton Town Square thus far, just make me even more excited about possible future EJack interactions. Enter "Premature-EJackulation" joke here.
Marlena and Will get reacquainted, Pt. II
"When your mother said you had grown – oh, my goodness – she wasn’t kidding!"
"Oh, yeah. I'm completely mature and responsible now."
And gay! GAY!
Would I watch this episode?
I'm over watching Dan and Jennifer canoodling while Jack and his beard peek out from around corners. Some wonderful things were said about Tom and Alice. I was sort of hoping that Jennifer would be allowed to make an actual speech about her grandmother without Hope popping in there again. No chance. I've seen her gushing from behind that podium for two bloody days now. I need a break. She needs some cucumber sandwiches. They've had Jennifer so caught up in the as-yet-undiscovered Jack/Jennifer/Daniel triangle that TPTB haven't really made her as much a part of the Horton dedication stuff as she should be.
The EJ/Johnny scene was very sweet, and I enjoyed watching Sami showing a little maturity by ignoring her two dads, allowing EJ to talk to his kids, and encouraging Johnny to make up with his father. Good on you, Sami.
It was a pretty good episode. Yes, I'd watch it. I'm a bitter Bricole, Ejami, Carly, and Vivian fan, so that's all going to affect my enjoyment level for a while. I'm still hurt, you know.