Well, I thought today's episode of Days was pretty dang great. Kristen and Brady's mini-drama aside, of course. These two really have nothing to talk about when it's just the two of them. Kristen is starting to have feelings for Brady, but I only know this because she keeps muttering it to herself when she's alone. I'm not feeling anything between them. Don't misunderstand me - If I never see another segway race through Horton Town Square, it'll still be too soon. But these two need to give me something soon, otherwise I'm just not going to give a shit when it all goes to hell.
As predicted, Kate is showing early symptoms of Safephilis. This is a woman who arranged for Chloe to be blackmailed into prostitution so she could be declared an unfit mother, giving Philip full custody of Parker. This is a woman who schemed to keep Sami as far away from Austin, Lucas, and Will for eons. This is a woman who teamed up with Sami only a few months ago to confront Adrienne for talking smack about Will. Suddenly I'm supposed to believe that Kate doesn't understand the importance of a paternity test from a legal standpoint, and that she's willing to give anyone the benefit of the doubt when it comes to Will and his daughter? Right.
This sort of ruins Kate and Rafe's sexcapades for me. Before it was Rafe, the "good guy", being drawn to Kate's bad girl. That's what was going to make this fun to watch. If Kate is no longer Kate, but Rafe is still obnoxious, judgmental Rafe, what the hell is the point?
I was pleasantly surprised by Lucas today. I thought for sure he'd swoop in, chew Sami's head off, high-five Kate, tell EJ his relationship with Sami will blow up in his face, and be on his merry way. Instead, he showed a great deal of maturity. No snarky comments about EJ. A little understanding for Sami. Some love and support for his son. It was a nice, welcome change. High-five!
Maxine played as big a part in this episode as just about everyone else did, and she was fabulous. Aloma Wright is a terrific actress, and it's a shame she hasn't been given a bigger role to play at the hospital than she has been before today. When she snapped at Gabi's gaggle of men in the lobby trying to bust into her room, my heart skipped an extra beat. And, yes, I felt the heat.
I could understand Nick freaking out because he's a psychopath. I could understand Will freaking out because he's the baby's father, he's still young, and his mother frustrates the hell out of him. Rafe is the one I don't understand here. He's supposed to be a grownup. Yes, Sami was yelling at Gabi, but he was yelling right back. I'm pretty sure that yelling is yelling, and that ain't good for anyone. Rafe freaking the fuck out and telling EJ to yank at the choke chain Rafe used to have around Sami's neck was absolutely uncalled for. He's supposed to a cop, fer chrissakes. Fine - he's protective of his sister. But come on - there were better ways for "the good guy" to handle all this.
This guy has been in Sami's orbit for years now, and he still has no fucking clue who she is, and that continues to boggle my mind.
Sweet, supportive Sonny was a breath of fresh air today. In many ways, he was on the outside looking in, but when he looked in, all he was seeing was Will, and, for just a moment, all Will was seeing was Sonny. Very West Side Story. I so wish I could see what Will sees when he looks at the guy. Sonny has been on the show for a long while now, and all I really know about him after all this time is that he's a nice guy who has questionable taste in music, gets along famously with his parents, and brews a "strong, bold" decaf coffee. Oh, wait - he's also a good kisser and digs Will's nipples.
Kristen's plan continues to confuse the hell out of me. When Brady shows her a couple of apartments he's interested in taking a look at with her, she tells him she wants him to move into the DiMansion with her. Why? How are we supposed to go from Kristen convincing Brady to move into Stefano's home to Kristen leaving Brady broken-hearted on their wedding day? I know part of her plan is to keep pissing off Marlena and continuing to alienate Brady from the rest of his family, but this would all end the same way, wouldn't it? With Marlena and John relieved that Brady is out from under Kristen's thumb? This plan is hardly diabolical. Frankly, Kristen, I'm very disappointed in you. I know you can do better.
I guess this is what happens when all your apartment sets are currently occupied.
THE PRAYER CIRCLE
I hated the prayer circle. I really, really hated it. It was weird and uncomfortable, and seemed to come out of nowhere. Was it Days pandering to bigoted, bible-thumpers still griping about the gay storyline? On an episode in which Will was wondering aloud if God was punishing him, we have a prayer circle where Maxine is telling God the baby needs to survive because so many people love her. I found it...icky. I know - I'm a horrible writer. The only thing I can come up with is "icky". How did you feel about the prayer circle?
EJ and Sami are wonderful and I would gladly let them fuck on my kitchen counter. EJ knows Sami, so he was able to predict what happened and what part Sami may or may not have played in it, even before she'd completely brought him up to speed. He was able to talk her down without talking down to her. He kissed her forehead, held her hand and didn't overstep his boundaries. He was perfect.
Now I just need him to pick Nick up, pin him to the ceiling, and threaten to rip his spine out through his throat if he even thinks about threatening Samantha again.
I have to wait until Monday to watch EJ teasing Rafe about Kate? Damn, damn, damn! Is Lucas still at the hospital? He'd best be there to overhear the conversation, or I may cry.