This was posted in the Gary Tomlin thread on the main site, but I think it warrants its own discussion. Mark Hapka is back as Nathan!
Although I liked Nathan, I am not excited about this because A) it means the annoying-as-all-get-out Melanie is safe and B) I would rather have seen someone like Lucas return. But beggars can't be choosers. Even though there are at least 5 more actors who need to be let go from Days, I am just happy my beloved Marlena and John are back.
On the plus side, I hope Days seizes advantage of Nathan's return. Bring his mother Melissa back on a recurring basis! She should move back to Salem to be closer to Maggie. Maggie lets just about everyone shack up in her home---why not her own daughter? Then they should reveal that Pete Jannings is Nathan's dad and maybe bring him back for a handful of episodes to flesh out Nathan's daddy issues. Sometimes Days forgets that there are plenty of non-romantic stories to play out with certain characters.