One of the most important soap opera archetypes is the heroine. She’s a woman besieged by all manner of evildoers, prone to frequent injury, and usually in a constant state of mental and emotional unrest. But the best kind of soap heroine is the kind who’s all that and quick to confront and wage her own battles. DAYS has such a lady in Linsey Godfrey’s Sarah Horton. Kudos to the actress in the form of Soap Hub’s Performer of the Week honors.
Linsey Godfrey – Performer of the Week
Godfrey’s alter ego finds herself in dire straits. According to a jailed Lucas Horton (Bryan Dattilo), Sarah was present the night that Abigail Deveraux DiMera (Marci Miller) met her untimely end, and Sarah herself has coped to committing numerous assaults as of late – some of them with sharp objects. The fact that said assaults came about because of hallucinations doesn’t help matters much.
In a bid to prove her innocence, or solidify her guilt, Sarah decided to undergo hypnosis in the hope that it’ll unlock her blocked memories from that fateful, fatal night. But first things first – Sarah must give Milo Harp, alias Orpheus (George DelHoyo), AKA the reason for her child’s death a piece of her mind.
And rather than conduct the scene from afar, Godfrey sauntered right up to, and got in the face of her costar. “You’re a monster,” Sarah declared, and thanks to Godfrey’s delivery it came out more as a fact rather than a mere condemnation.
Hardly cowed, Orpheus shot back that Sarah herself was equally monstrous considering that she killed Abby, her own cousin. And while Godfrey maintained locked and loaded eye contact with DelHoyo, she also allowed a pale of uncertainty to wash over her face. Was it true? Could she have possible committed such a heinous act?
Of course not! Her session with Salem’s top doc helped remind Sarah that she had a near perfect alibi – she was visited by her ex-husband, Rex Brady (Kyle Lowder), who then stayed and watched over her when she took to her bed after becoming ill thanks to her mixed cocktail of sleeping pills and anti-psychotics.
Unfortunately for Sarah, that didn’t quite wash with Detective Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu). No matter, Sarah would just do Jada’s work for her and exonerate herself…with a little help from Xander Cook, as played by Paul Telfer, a fellow thespian whom Godfrey shines opposite.
The two put their heads together and immediately came up with another viable suspect: Gwen Rizczech (Emily O’Brien); and the ingenious way in which she framed Sarah: she donned a mask that made her the spitting image of love rival. Or, as Linsey Godfrey so hilariously put it, while using her best announcer voice, “The part of Sarah Horton, usually played by Kristen DiMera, will tonight be played by Gwen Rizczech.”
“That bitch!” exclaimed Xander. “That. BITCH!” exclaimed Sarah – with Godfrey making sure to give the line that little bit of extra oomph.
Off the duo scuttled to get the proof, only to surmise that Gwen tossed it into a convenient for her, not so convenient for them dumpster.
What’s a girl in a belly shirt to do but dive on in and search for the treasure? Extra points to Linsey Godfrey for going the extra mile of really dirtying herself up post dig – the banana peel in the hair and smudged face really sold it! …. And a special shout out to Telfer and his elastic visage for pulling about a hundred hilarious faces in response to Godfrey’s ultimately futile efforts.
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