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Busted to Blissful ~ August 2006 ~ DOOL


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Days' teens boring, but the return of Patch & Kayla shines

In this month's Busted to Blissful, Soapdom's Lesleyann Coker is fed up with Days of our Lives, but she couldn't be more delighted with Days of our Lives. Say what?  Yup, Days has left Coker with some busted bubbles, but other aspects of the soap have put her in bubblicious bubble bliss.  Find out which Days soap opera storylines get bubbles up or bubbles down this month. Read on!
 
Do You Agree? Dish Busted to Blissful with Lesleyann Right Here!




Busted ~
Days Teen Set
    
The teen set on Days of Our Lives should take lessons from the show's veterans.  The younger generation is currently the weak link on an otherwise watchable soap.  The sooner Days cuts its losses with the dreadful Chelsea and Max "love" story, the better.
    
Max is an adult in his early twenties, and has an established career as a race car driver.  Why on earth would he be interested in whiney, immature teenage Chelsea?  Their story makes absolutely no sense, and as a couple they have no rooting value.
    
A Max/Stephanie/EJ/Sami quadrangle would be a more intriguing grouping.  This scenario would kill two dreadful couples at one time - Max/Chelsea and the completely tired Austin/Sami.
    
Newcomer Shayna Rose sparkles in her role as the offspring of Steve and Kayla.  I question how their daughter could have red hair, and exactly how old she is supposed to be, but nit-picking aside, Rose is a spitfire of an actress, and a great addition to the Days cast.  I'm waiting for Stephanie to stop acting sweet like her Mother, and unleash some of her Dad's toughness on her anemic rival for the unworthy Max.  One of these days, Stephanie will eat Chelsea for breakfast, and I can't wait.
    
Stephanie was brought on with a connection to the enigmatic and charismatic EJ, but they have rarely been in scenes together since.  A past romance was implied, and should certainly be fleshed out.  EJ's portrayer, the dashing James Scott, has chemistry with both women, but he brings out the best in Allison Sweeney's Sami.  Sami hasn't come alive like this in years, and to watch Sami and Stephanie vie for EJ's affection would be entertaining.  Forget the dull Max - pair Stephanie with a real man and throw Sami in as her rival, and you've got some crackling good TV.
    
As boring as Max and Chelsea, Sami and Austin, and Carrie and Lucas are together, they're still not as bad as watching the umpteenth go-around between Belle and Shawn.  I'm going to catch flack for saying this, but the show should just put those two together now, and let them leave town with their kids in tow.  Enough is enough.  Even though there are plenty of Shimi fans out there, I don't buy that Shawn ever loved Mimi as more than a friend, same case with Belle and Phillip's "love."  If Belle or Shawn had had a believable love story with their spouse in the beginning, all the drama of the switched sperm would be compelling now.  Instead, it's just another way to shove Shawn and Belle together at other characters expense.
    
Days needs to follow the example of their supercouple template from the 80s.  If Belle and Shawn are supposed to be the couple they want us to root for, then they need to put them together, and throw obstacles in their path to overcome as a couple.  When Steve and Kayla were together in their glory days, no one came between them for very long, and fans knew their love would always win out in the end, as it will now.  Don't even get me started on that husky voiced tramp who claims she's Steve's wife.  That's just not going to fly with Kayla or with fans.

Blissful ~
The Return of Steve and Kayla on Days

The best thing in years to happen on Days of Our Lives is the return of 80s supercouple Steve and Kayla, played by the much beloved and talented Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans.  Even though the duo haven't appeared together on the show for 16 years, they picked up right where they left off with an instant connection and palpable chemistry.
    
In the intervening years, Nichols played the evil and humorless Stefan Cassadine on General Hospital, and Evans played schemer Katherine Bell on General Hospital (where she and Nichols were reunited to much fanfare but little effect) and Sierra on As the World Turns.  While they were capable in these other roles, neither lit the screen on fire as they do now.  For Nichols in particular, it was a welcome return to see him dispensing with the sarcastic one liners and wry observations from the moment he returned to Salem.
    
It's a tribute to the actors' enormous appeal that the show didn't make fans wait months or even years for the pair to cross paths onscreen.  A show known for taking its time to reveal secrets and wrap up storylines, Days instead opted to have Steve stumble across Kayla in the church courtyard at the end of the same week they both debuted.  Granted, Steve doesn't remember Kayla, and they have yet to fully reunite in the true sense of the word, but at least they have scenes together instead of near misses.
    
By far, the funnest aspect of their return has been the wonderful flashbacks to their 80s heyday as soaps' reining supercouple.  It has been a trip down memory lane for those of us lucky enough to remember their first go around in Salem, and a crash course in their romantic love story for newer viewers.  I'm sure Steve's tender off-key warbling of his and Kayla's theme song, Bette Midler's "The Rose," while simultaneously signing it in sign language, might have appeared cheesy to some, but to those of us who watched the show when Kayla was deaf, and knew the importance of that song to her and Steve, it was a lovely gift.  In the 80s, all supercouples had a song - one song - that was identified solely with them.  Now days, it feels like shows rotate several trendy songs for a couple, so you rarely know what their theme is, if any.
    
Days was the epitome of supercoupledom in the 80's with Steve and Kayla, Bo and Hope, Kim and Shane, and yes, Roman/John and Marlena.  With Steve and Kayla back, and Bo and Hope and John and Marlena still in Salem, it makes sense to bring back Kim and Shane and complete the return of past veterans and couples.  Shane has recently been referenced in the dialogue, since he apparently was the last man Kayla hooked up with.  It would be an interesting dynamic to reintroduce that particular relationship, since Kim and Steve were not on the canvas when their former spouses were together.
    
Recently, General Hospital has brought back some of its most popular veterans to great effect, and hopefully, Days will continue to do the same.  Landing Nichols and Evans is a major step in the right direction, and hopefully it will reflect in increased ratings for the beleaguered show.

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