A Critic’s Review Of Days of our Lives: Blackmailing & Sleuthing Miss

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Days of our Lives Critic's Review for October 17 – October 21, 2022

When it comes to Days of our Lives, every fan has their own opinion – and Soap Hub is no different. For five days we sat and watched the good, the bad, and everything in between, and now we offer you a handy review, and a cheeky critique, of the Days of our Lives week that was.

Days of our Lives: A Critic’s Week In Review

If there’s one upside to this whole, ridiculous ‘Kristen Blackmailing Brady Into A Relationship’ storyline — and believe me, I struggled to find even this one — it’s that the couple will be sharing very close quarters with John Black (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena Evans Black (Deidre Hall).

I’ve always been a sucker for stories that find a bunch of people who love to hate — or just plain hate — one another forced into the same abode whether it’s the quarrelsome Quartermaine’s of General Hospital or, since we’re talking Days of our Lives, the likes of Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis), Anna Fredricks DiMera (Leann Hunley), David Banning (Gregg Marx), and Renée DuMonde Banning (Philece Sampler). Does anybody else remember that?

What would have actually made this whole exercise worthwhile, however, would be if Brady (Eric Martsolf) had actually clued Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) in on Kristen’s (Stacy Haiduk) shenanigans and the pair had continued their loving on the sly while also sleuthing their way to that much-prized orchid that Kristen is holding over Brady’s head. Isn’t that the kind of plot that Days of our Lives used to excel at?

Further DAYS Musings

* File Rafe Hernandez (Galen Gering) and Nicole Walker Hernandez (Arianne Zucker) marital woes under ‘You Reap What You Sow’.

* I’m gratified to see that my fear that Days of our Lives would quietly consign Matthew Ashford to the backburner was unfounded…so far.

* Is it just me, or was the best scene of the whole week Tripp Johnson (Lucas Adams) attempting to rearrange EJ DiMera’s (Dan Feuerriegel) jaw with his fist? I generally abhor when confrontations between characters turn physical but darn it if that was satisfying.

I think a close second would be EJ speedily pronouncing that it was Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney) whom Johnny DiMera (Carson Boatman) inherited his temper.

In case you’re wondering, Gwen Rizczech (Emily O’Brien) getting intimate with her hospital pillow doesn’t even rank.

* There had better be more to the “Femme’s In Peril” arch than what’s transpired so far, because this has been nothing if not underwhelming.

Days of our Lives airs weekdays on Peacock+ in the U.S. and The W Network or Global TV App in Canada. For more about what’s coming up in Salem, check out all the latest DAYS spoilers, and for an in-depth look at the show’s history, click here.

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