Look for Ava's mobster daddy Martino Vitali (Joe Penny) to have a sordid past with the glamourous Kate Roberts (Lauren Koslow) when he turns up in Salem to help his whackadoodle daughter Ava (Tamara Braun) on May 2. According to TV Guide's Michael Logan's column (on newstands now), Vitali arrives to to assist his little mafia princess when she finds herself in hot water for kidnapping and terrorizing Salem's Fab Four (Bo, Hope, Patch and Kayla). Once he arrives in Salem, Vitali reconnects with Kate, who used to act out Tina Turner's "Private Dancer" for him when she was a high class hooker. Hmmm, Kate's always said that the soon-to-be sprung from the joint Lucas (Bryan Datillo) was the product of her decades ago affair with Bill Horton, but I wonder...will Lucas turn out to be Ava's brother?
Anyone fearing Days would start giving GH a run for it's title of Mobster Central can breathe a sigh of relief as Soaps.com is reporting Joe Penny (Martino Vitali) is being let go. According to the soap site, Vitali, father of Tamara Braun's Ava, will be killed off May 15 by supercop Bo Brady (Peter Reckell). This is the second time in recent Days of Our Lives history that the soap has brought on a name primetime actor (Shirley Jones as Colleen Brady) only to quickly kill them off. What's the point? I know these primetime legends have to cost a pretty penny, why not utilize that money by giving characters like Doug and Julie something to do besides occasionally pop up to make baby talk with Ceara?