Frances Reid

Days of Our Lives: Flashback! "Gina" is Hope!

Oh my gosh!  So I couldn't resist.  After listening to DC #297: Top 5 Storylines We Will Always Remember, I had to go find some of the Days of Our Lives storylines that were mentioned, specifically, the scenes where "Gina" (Kristian Alfonso) realizes she is really Hope.  Boy am I glad I did!  For those who haven't watched the scenes, may I present it below for your viewing pleasure? 

The clip is from 1995 and also involves the following characters: Alice Horton (Frances Reid), Bo Brady (Peter Reckell), Caroline Brady (Peggy McCay), Shawn Brady Sr. (Frank Parker), Billie Reed (Lisa Rinna) and a young Shawn Douglas Brady (Collin O'Donnell).

I've just got one thing to say... Dang!  Why can't they write scenes like this anymore?

Days of Our Lives: Weekly Preview from Denial Island

Hey Days fans, hands up who’s still watching Days of Our Lives at the moment?  If you’re not, I’m predicting you should start this week.  Why?  Rewrites people, I’m hearing plenty of RUMORS about storyline re-writes and re-shooting of scenes.  Which is hardly surprising since the current ratings are pretty crap (let’s not beat around the bush here).  Thanks to everyone who voted in the Denial Island poll last week, I wonder what you’re all looking forward to this week?  To help you decide, here’s this week's preview (June 23 – 27) from Denial Island.

Jawn’s Disk of Memories
Well this storyline has come back to rear it’s ugly head once again; I for one, wish they’d lose the disk permanently, I’m loving nuJawn and don’t really care if we don’t see the real John return anytime soon.  But back to the preview, Marlena finds out that Philip has the disk.  How??  Well, he basically returns it to her, telling her what he’s found on the disk so far, but says he can go no further.  It’s then up to Jawn what he wants to do with the disk next.  In fact, the rest of the week’s scenes seem to be taken up discussing just this.  Might I suggest just finding out what’s on it?  Or is that idea too far out of left field?  Jawn sees it my way and enlists the help of new lady friend Ava to find out its contents.

Theo’s Autism
Not in the spoilers so much, but we know it’s happening.  This week, the root of Theo’s developmental problem is revealed - he is diagnosed with autism.  I’m really looking forward to this storyline, since Head Writer Dena Higley has first hand experience with this and therefore we should expect it to be somewhat realistic (remember, this is Days) and well written.  We’ll see how Abe and Lexie start to deal with this, but it’s going to be a rough road ahead.  Sounds like some gut-wrenching soap drama!

Max, Trent and Nicole
Is it just me or does anyone else think that Roscoe Born and Darrin Brooks kinda look alike?  I swear some of Roscoe’s facial expressions just remind me of Max – or maybe it’s because they both have that similar butt fluff hair on their faces?  LOL!  Anyhoo, more people find out about Trent being Max’s biological Daddy this week, namely Steve, Caroline and Nicole (of all people) – so pretty soon, that will be everyone in Salem.  Meanwhile, at a dinner date between Trent and Nicole, we learn a little more about Nicole’s past with Trent.  In fact, Trent’s got some dirt on Nicole (but who doesn’t at this point), and tells her to keep her mouth shut.

Dansea’s Date
I know there’s a lot of you eagerly awaiting these scenes, and from the SPOILERS, it sounds quite cute and romantic… until they run into Bope – aww man, that’s gotta suck on a first date!  Maybe Bope plan it that way, since Chelsea tells Hope about the date beforehand, and we all saw Daniel ask Chelsea out in front of Victor last week, so it was definitely no secret.  It doesn’t seem to affect the budding couple too much; on their date, they share a proper "first date" kiss.  Aww... sweet.

EJ, Sami and Lucas
More demands for EJ to move out of DiMansion this week… didn’t we have this discussion last week?  Really, I’m all for going green, but don't you think that recycling storylines is just taking it too far?  MOVE ON PLEASE!  Anyhoo, again EJ refuses to move out, and he and new buddy Lucas (wtf?) compare notes about Samantha and her history with men (again, wtf?  Are these two bonding now?  HUH?).  Meanwhile, Nicole throws a few more spanners in the works, first by spilling the beans to Jawn that EJ and Sami's annulment actually is valid, and secondly by telling Sami just how close she and EJ came to sealing the deal the other night.  Oooh!  Sami definitely sees green and goes home to confront EJ!  Woot!  Get the popcorn ready y’all LOL.  Meanwhile, Lucas is spending more time with new love interest Chloe, now that she knows his DiMansion jailbreak secret.  They prepare for Chloe to report what Lucas saw down at the Docks the other day, having spotted Paul near the scene of the arson crime.   

In Other, Shorter Storylines

  • Morgan is on the rampage!  First she lays into Jawn for his part in her father’s troubles, then Chloe tells her she saw Paul on the docks the night of the fire and Morgan calls her a liar.
  • Tony and Anna re-appear on our screens, YAY!  Anna’s boss tells her he’s closing down the company, leaving her out of a job.  Of course nuHubby Tony offers Anna a job at his company which she accepts.  I really hope they make something out of this storyline, because too often it seems that Tanna are the comic relief of the show, or filler storyline.  I’m still annoyed we didn’t see Tanna’s wedding – what an opportunity that would have been for some cute romantic moments. Anna could have had Kate as her bridesmaid LOL.

Coming Up Next Week:

  • Shorter week next week, no Days episodes on Thursday (3rd) or Friday (4th)
  • 4th of July celebrations! 
  • Return of Doug and Julie - who have something to say about Chelsea dating an older man (uh oh - the spoilers say this, not me)
  • Spoilers are saying Frances Reid may not be making her anticipated appearance as Alice Horton for the upcoming festivities

Make sure you tell us what are you looking forward to watching this week!  If your most anticipated storyline is not a poll option, please leave us a comment instead.

Days Flashback: Steve vs. Bo (1985)

It has been almost 23 years since we saw Steve and Bo go head to head. Now, in Salem, Steve and Bo are brother-like-buddies. In 1985, caught up in the midst of all the drama surrounding bad girl Britta, Steve had his eye ripped out of his socket by Bo in a fight. In this video, we see Hope being introduced to Steve "Patch" Johnson for the very first time with Bo telling Hope that Steven Earl was bad news and she must stay away from him at all cost. The pier scene between the sexy Bo we all knew and loved together with a trim Patch Johnson is a highlight in this clip. Watch for a baby like Abe Carver and Grandma Alice Horton. I must say that Bo's mullet (pronounced mul-lay) needs to make a comeback, anyone else agree?

Days Of Our Lives: Brady Family Ties

Funerals are traditionally emotional and sacred, no matter whether they are true to life or in the land of television. This week, Days of Our Lives have put on a touching display of family reunions, sad goodbye's and family orientated stories. The funeral of Grandpa Shawn Brady was delivered to viewers across the US with some pretty emotional scenes and complete flawless drama. Where do you even start? I caught the last two segments of the show on YouTube yesterday and can say that Days have never really tugged at my heartstrings as much as they did with the scenes of Shawn's funeral. I must admit, they came close during John's death and funeral most recently, but never much so did they bring a tear to the eye when the Brady children along with Caroline united in front of Shawn's coffin at St. Luke's. The only time Days has moved me in the way it did this week was way back in the early 90's when Kayla left the show. It was when Kayla said goodbye to Shane, her family, then at the cemetery at Steve's grave followed by picking up little Stephanie and leaving the Brady house to the tunes of Linda Ronstadt's "Goodbye My friend". It's almost like Days has come full circle, scary in a way, as in some cases for few shows this spells "the end", but for other shows it's just a simple case of great writing, great acting and great soap production.

Kimberly's return was excellent. I'm unsure why everyone who returns to Days after such a long stint away must come back with red hair. They must have only used half a box on Judi Evans (Adrienne) and decided that due to budget cuts, Kim had to sport red locks too. Kim looked great, but there was a small wee moment when amongst all those teary eyed scenes I found a reason to chuckle. It was when Bo and Kayla were in one screen, then pan across to Rotox and Kim. I swear they both have had work done. Apart from that, it was great to see all the Brady kids together. I know I’ve said this time and time again, but the icing on the cake would have been to have Wayne Northrop return to the role as Roman. I’ve got nothing against Josh Taylor, but it just isn’t the same. Days, PLEASE stop casting from within the same group of characters, it spoils the show. Other than this major flaw, the remainder of the episode was spot on, with perfect family tie moments.

Maggie, Marlena, John, Abe and Lexie were all present. That alone is quality. I probably would have loved to have seen Alice and maybe even more Doug and Julie, but Alice made a cameo in one of several classic flashback moments during the reading of Shawn’s eulogies. In one of the eulogies, Bo spoke about how he was not Shawn’s biological son, but Shawn had accepted him into his heart. Victor Kiriakis was outstanding. I can see him getting more and more involved with Caroline over the next few weeks, during the time of her grieving Victor is going to be her shoulder to cry on. Now that Bo is suffering from a pancreatic illness, Victor will be on hand to ensure he and Caroline’s son receives nothing but the best care from the best medical experts in the world.

Chloe’s performance was terrific. I think her singing; together with the cavalcade of stars was what brought a tear to the eye. A wonderful rendition.

Kayla rose to the altar and spoke about how her Pop never really took a liking to Steve, but after all was said and done, he came around and gave his full endorsement of the wedding between the two. Kayla remembered that the best times with her Pop were when he took her fishing down by the pier.

The flashbacks were coming thick and fast and fans were treated to several. Bo’s classic mullet was displayed during his flashback.

Even Maggie and Alice Horton appeared sitting at the Brady Pub when Shawn brought in a surprise bunch of flowers for Caroline.

The most moving moment was when Kimberly took her turn to speak. Her echoes of “Papa” sent chills down the spine. It was almost like Kim had never left Salem, her acting was superb.

For those that haven’t yet seen this episode, you can watch the last few scenes here. It’s amazing Days drama at it’s best.

Amidst all this drama, NBC were apparently going through some of their own controversy. I stumbled across an article this morning that mentioned Dena Higley had supposedly returned to the helm as Head Writer of the show and there had been talks that Dena was apparently scabbing during the strike. Whilst Writers were striking, it was reported that Dena continued to write for Days yet her name did not appear on the closing credits of the show. Further to this, James Reynold’s who portrays Abe Carver highlighted in a recent interview that he had enjoyed Dena’s work, especially those episodes that were currently on air. I wonder if anyone is going to land into any trouble for this? Days have recently been widely known for their sackings, so if they’re planning on doing this to Abe, they should think again! We all know Dena was a pretty good scribe in the mid 80’s, but her stories in 2003 were far from impressive when she did return to the show. I guess it’s now a case of time will tell. As it happens, many soap scribes have been known to write for the fans and give them what they want, only to turn 90 degrees and put in less time, less creativity and less popular content for characters which in turn bring about a ratings decline. Currently, Dena is writing on the right path, but can she maintain the momentum?

As for the current ratings, I am happy to report that Days had a +.2 increase in the show for the week - 18 Feb to 22 Feb, an overall rating of 2.4 and sitting equal third with As The World Turns. From what we have witnessed with the show’s episodes this past week, it will be no surprise if Day’s continues to rise to the top and possibly add a further +.2 share in viewers. Only time will tell. Now that this whole Brady/DiMera feud has died down ‘literally’ it’ll be up to the scribes (whoever they are) to take the show into uncharted waters and bring with it new vision of stories and use of its core characters. Let’s see more Victor and Caroline, let’s see John play out his role as a DiMera, let’s see a good send off for Shawn and Belle, let’s see more Ava/Kayla/Steve. Bring back Mickey Horton. Bring us more entertainment from Tony and Anna and let’s see where the character of Chelsea is heading. Most importantly give us something dramatic with Bo’s Illness storyline.

Remember Days, you’re on the right track; just don’t lose the plot – ‘literally’.

Days of Our Lives: 80s Bloopers... Language Uncensored!

Thanks to forums poster Dr.EvansBlack for sharing this Days of our Lives blooper reel featuring many of our beloved Days favourites from the 80s. 

A word of warning... some of them use rather surprising (ie. colourful) language to express their frustration... with that said, enjoy!