Shhh. Don't tell anyone, but I actually enjoyed parts of this week's episodes of Days of Our Lives. Thanks to Alison Sweeney being back full-time as Sami, the climax of the Nicole/Mia baby switch saga with Mia returning (and sparking nice chemistry with Will) and Tony learning everything, the soap wasn't half bad.
Thaao Penghlis reminded me just why he earned the Emmy nomination last year. This man has been wasted playing happy, helpful Uncle Tony. Penghlis is at his best on DAYS when he is playing Tony a morally conflicted antihero, capable of unspeakable acts, yet still possessing a heart and sense of familial loyalty. I got chills when Tony whispered into Nicole's (Arianne Zucker) ear that he knew the baby wasn't hers. Too bad this soap only writes well for vets when they are on their way out.
Don't misunderstand me, the show was far from perfect. Jay Kenneth Johnson really needs to stop the chest-thumping as Philip. Seriously, it looks silly. He looks like a kid playing dress up in daddy's suit. Seeing him storm into the DiMera compound yelling "TONY! TONY DIMERA!" was embarassing, and I'm a fan of the actor. Johnson is better suited to be a romantic cad than some power mad businessman. Why can't DAYS bring back Wally Kurth as Justin Kiriakis to head up Titan? Speaking of Titan, why is a publisher of glossy magazines getting into biofuels? Oh well, I've learned you can't expect to much from this show in terms of actually making some semblance of sense. I'll just be happy it wasn't absolute Roman Water Torture to watch it.