10 Best Soap Opera Storylines of 2013
No. 1: Kristen's Revenge, Days of Our Lives
Revenge is a dish best served by a psychotic blonde. No, we aren't auditioning for a gig writing promos about Emily Thorne from that one soap on ABC. We are talking about the insurmountable Kristen Blake DiMera (Eileen Davidson) from NBC's Days of Our Lives.
It had been a whopping 15 years (that's like 40 in soap years) since John Black (Drake Hogestyn) chose Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) over the unhinged adopted daughter of arch rival Stefano DiMera (Joe Mascolo). To say Kristen was still carrying around quite the grudge would be an understatement along the lines of saying DAYS really likes to kill off Jack Deveraux!
Kristen's return to Salem got off to a slow start, but once her schemes began percolating, you couldn't look away. First she dismantled Jarlena's union, by painting Marlena as an obsessive shrew, who couldn't let go of the past. Then she seduced Brady (Eric Martsolf), John's son, who has long had issues with his stepmother.
She torpedoed John and Brady's relationship as well, by managing to elicit latent feelings in the Black patriarch. Brady was so furious, he got into a knockdown, drag out fist fight with his Pop!
Devastated when Brady—whom she had actually fallen in love with—dumped her, Kristen decided to use Marlena's other son to achieve her ultimate goal. She opted to drug and rape Father Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan) in order to wholly destroy Marlena's life!
What she didn't count on, was that idiot Brady forgiving her again. Buoyed by her second chance at love, Kristen decided not to show anyone the flash drive footage of her boning the priest.
Victor Kiriakis (John Aniston) had other plans. Brady's grandfather was determined to save him from himself and set up Marlena to preside over quite the nasty slide show at Bristen's wedding! Can you say scorched Earth? Salem hasn't been this much fun since the Devil herself resided in town.