As I sit here watching the evening news, complete with story after story of copycat "Occupy Wall Street" protests springing up in major cities all across the country, I started to think about the smart, sexy financial crimes storyline playing out on NBC's Days of Our Lives. For those who may not be watching the freshly rebooted serial (You don't know what you're missing!), Salem supercouple John Black and Dr. Marlena Evans (Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall) recently returned home, just in time for John to be arrested on felony embezzlement charges.
The eyebrow-cocking hero's financial management firm, Basic Black, (Okay, so it used to be a fashion house. I'm enjoying the story too much to quibble!) is being accused of squandering the pension plans of numerous investors, including many of the citizens of fictional Salem, U.S.A. With a subplot featuring corrupt businessman EJ DiMera (James Scott) running for mayor against John's best friend Abe Carver (James Reynolds), I think DAYS would be smart to rip the "Occupy Wall Street" story right from the headlines, by having EJ's scheming ex-wife-turned-publicist Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) orchestrate an "Occupy Horton Town Square" event at the newly-renovated Salem centerpiece.
Imagine Hope (Kristian Alfonso), Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Julie's (Susan Seaforth Hayes) horror as an unruly protest threatens to destroy the beautiful town square that bears their beloved family surname! What if, to ramp up the tension, someone Abe, John and EJ all love is hurt during the fracas? Maybe Lexie (Renee Jones) is almost trampled to death, or someone throws a brick at Sami (Alison Sweeney), as a helpless Salem PD tries to keep the crowd from surging? Of course, investigative blogger Jack Deveraux (Matt Ashford) would be on hand to cover the event! I think exploring the ramifications of an "Occupy Horton Square" event would add to an already engaging and timely umbrella story for DAYS. What do you think? Sound off in the comments!