SPOILED ROTTEN: 10 of Daytime's Best Loved Poor Little Rich Boys!

(No. 6) Philip Kiriakis, Days of Our Lives

What is it with Days of Our Lives and male heirs of sketchy origins? Earlier on this list, we detailed the wacky (and icky) insemination machinations that created one EJ DiMera; now it’s Philip Kiriakis’ (Jay Kenneth Johnson) turn!

Philip is the son of Greek mobster-turned-legit business man Victor Kiriakis (John Aniston) and ex-hooker-turned-cosmetics queen Kate Roberts (Lauren Koslow). That sounds simple enough, right? Only Kate didn’t carry Philip to term, Victor’s deranged ex-wife Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel) did — after snatching Kate’s eggs!

If hatching from the wrong hen wasn’t enough to give Philip a complex, his rivalry with nephew Shawn Douglas Brady (Jason Cook), definitely did the trick. Despite being rich, incredibly good-looking (and did we mention rich?) Philip always seemed to resent his frenemy Shawn D. 

As with most feuds on soaps, a girl was at the heart of Shawn and Phillip’s war. Both boys were crazy about John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena’s (Deidre Hall) daughter Belle Black (Kristen Storms), dating all the way back to high school. Luckily for Shawn, the transformation of Chloe Lane (Nadia Bjorlin) from “Ghoul Girl’ into bodacious Opera Diva distracted Philip’s attention away from Belle, at least for a few years!

When Philip wasn’t battling Shawn, it was his other nephew, Brady (Kyle Lowder, Eric Martsolf), who was drawing his ire. To be fair, Victor should bear some of the blame in orchestrating this poor little rich boy yarn. Maybe if he hadn’t pitted Philip and Brady against one another at Titan the boys would have realized there was plenty of dirty money (and dirty girls) to go around?


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cheesehead91182 wrote:
I just started watching Days again in the fall, before that I hadn't seen the show since when the Gemini twins story, so this is the first I'm seeing of EJ and missed out on all that other stuff. I disagree that Him and Sami are like Todd and Marty, because Marty was a victim, Sami is no body's vicitim she has balls and can go toe to toe with anyone.
I do agree that Sami could have been the next Erica Kane and I could still see that happening the writers seem to be makeing Sami more selfish and selfabsorbed like she used to be.

But Sami's selfishness is not what gave her fans. That is not what makes her Sami.

It was her independant nature. Her get into trouble, I'll get out of trouble attitute. She used to be quick to anger and slow to forgiveness. She used to feel like she could mess with her family, but anyone else mess with would face her wrath.

But this Sami just gets handed jobs and apartments she doesn't deserve. This Sami is not sure of anything. She is fickle with men and life in general. She is backing EJ and Stephano when they have tried to destroy her and her family time and time again. Who knew she was so forgiving.

Sami has been ruined in the last several years and part of that happened when EJ came along and yes, they decided to make her his constant victim.

Two of the show's strongest bitches (Nicole and Sami) are wimps when they put them with EJ, a character whose bad deeds are erased with each new story. But what do I expect? They did the same thing with Kate and Stephano.

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Overexposure kills any character and that includes Sami and EJ. I don't think James Scott is a great or even good actor but he's got what most of daytime lacks in male leads and even females. Charm, presence, and charisma. And as much as I dislike Victor, Braden still has charisma and presence. Id trade these 2 over any of the untalented lackluster wash up males on GH. I don't think putting EJ on 5'days a week is any better than Sami being on 5 days a week but what he suffers from most is inconsistent writing. This regime being the worse.

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How about Y&R's Jack Abbott? How about OLTL's Todd Manning whose father mistreated him because he's not his biological son, who would then rape Marty Saybrooke and would later learn his real father is Asa Buchanan? How about Stefano Dimera's sons Tony and Peter Blake? How about Ross Chandler who was caught between the feud of his uncle Adam Chandler and father Palmer Cortland?