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If Days of our Lives Wants Our Sympathy, Stop Doing This

Find out why doing this particular thing is not working.

Days of our Lives Nicole, Leo, Paulina

So much self-pity going around Days of our Lives lately. Nicole Walker Hernandez is whining about how her life’s fallen apart and all because she cheated on her husband! Paulina Price Carver is whining about how she might not get to be governor now that the world knows her hobby is covering up her daughters’ crimes, and Leo Stark is whining about how nobody wants to be his friend all because he’s a lying, cheating blackmailer. How rude!

Days of our Lives Actions Have Consequences

We’d be down with this pity party…if we thought the characters were actually paying for their assorted vile actions. But, based on the writing, directing, and performances, we have a sinking feeling that we’re actually supposed to sympathize with these folks.

At least when Ava Vitale (Tamara Braun), Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk), and Gwen Rizczech (Emily O’Brien) sing their choruses of “Woe is me,” while justifying their actions, we know we’re supposed to see them as the self-deluded bad girls that they are.

DAYS: Bleeding Hearts Club

But we’re pretty sure Days of our Lives expects our hearts to bleed for Nicole Walker Soon-To-No-Longer-Be Hernandez (Arianne Zucker), Paulina Price Carver (Jackée Harry), and Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart).

Are we just supposed to forget that Nicole cheated on her nice-guy husband, Rafe Hernadez (Galen Gering), with the ex-husband she swore, over and over again, she had no feelings for? That she only married Rafe to get over Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan)? That she refused to stay away from Eric, even after Rafe asked her to?

Days of our Lives: Too Much To Ignore

Are we supposed to ignore that, in the process of protecting Chanel Dupree (Raven Bowens) from being punished for a crime that she absolutely did commit, Paulina went Boss From Hell on her public relations chief, Stephanie Johnson (Abigail Klein), threatening to blackball her from the industry because Stephanie couldn’t fix an issue way, way, way out of her pay grade?

And how about Leo? Forget the tricking Craig Wesley (Kevin Spirtas) into marriage part or the extorting Sonny Kiriakis (Zach Tinker) part. How about the trying to blackmail his supposed BFF’s dad part? And now he wonders why nobody wants to date him or be his pal. Really, dude? He’s as clueless as the show!

Days of our Lives (DOOL) 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 that’s been posted on DAYS spoilers, and for an in-depth look at the show’s history, click here.

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