Days Rant: How Can EJ Be Deported When We Watched Him Be Born in Salem?
File this under, don't speak too soon: Okay, so I have been fairly impressed with new Days headwriter Dena Higley's work. Although I am not a fan of killing off vets, the death of Grandpa Shawn (Frank Parker) following the riveting plan crash drama gave the Days cast a chance to do some really good, meaty acting and more importantly it actually drove story.
I' ve also enjoyed Bo (Peter Reckell)'s battle with a mysterious pancreatic ailment. No I'm not some morbid tragedy freak, but I like good, character-driven drama rooted in history and that's what this story has been. Not only is Bo's diagnosis timely (Patrick Swayze's current courageous battle with pancreatic cancer), but it ties into the history of the show since Bo's half sister and Victor's daughter, the late Isabella Toscano Black (Staci Greason) succumbed to pancreatic cancer, and I am glad to see Victor (John Aniston) front and center fighting for his son. And just think this time his superstar daughter Jennifer didn't even have to plead his case on a talk show to get him airtime!
Here comes the but...yep, sorry, there had to be a but and it's a big one.
Think: Aunt Modean after a hot Texas summer inside eating bon bons and barbecue-big...WHY in the WORLD are we long term fans having our collective intelligence insulted by having to sit through this "Will EJ get deported" debacle?
HELLO, the character was born right here in these United States to one Susan Banks (Eileen Davidson)! Remember Dena? A barren Kristen (also Eileen Davidson, who should have won the Emmy. She was robbed, ROBBED I tell ya!) planned to pass off her toothier lookalike's kid as her own with John (Drake Hogestyn)? Weren't you on the writing staff then? I mean, come on!
I understand the need to come up with yet another plot driven obstacle to keep Sami (Alison Sweeney) in EJ's orbit (okay I'm lying, no I don't) in an attempt to water down the effects of him having raped her, but this isn't the way to do it! I would rather see Sami LASH out at EJ (James Scott) because of what he did to her. To see them deal with the painful, horrific, psycholgical issues related to the rape, all along with EJ confessing his love for Sami, which causes her to be torn-can she actually forgive her rapist? This would make much more since than sweeping it under the rug via one contrived situation after another that forces the characters to interact.
There' s no secret that James Scott has awesome leading man potential and incredible chemistry with Alison Sweeney, but it's time Days actually dealt with the Elephant in the room instead of trying to make us forget their painful past history via shenanigans and tomfoolery.