Deep Soap: DOOL’s Sami Needs To Be A Bad Girl

Alison Sweeney as Sami Brady (NBC)

Alison Sweeney as Sami Brady (NBC)

Bring Back The Real Sami Brady

The stage is set for the revelation that ‘Days of Our Lives‘ E.J. (James Scott)  staged baby Sydney’s kidnapping.  I applaud DOOL for getting the set-up right.  Sami (Alison Sweeney) has just accepted E.J.’s marriage proposal, but had a steamy make out session with her ex-boyfriend, Rafe (Galen Gering).  I happen to be Team EJami in this shipper war, but I can see why Sami would be torn between these two men.  Rafe appeals to the side of her that wants the white picket fence, while E.J. appeals to Sami’s dormant scheming, mean-spirited side.

If I may digress, Sami is undoubtedly the only soap woman to accept a marriage proposal and hook up with her ex while wearing an ugly, strapless bathing suit cover-up with her bikini straps hanging out.  DOOL, I know your budget cuts have necessitated some economizing in the wardrobe department, but that does not mean everyone has to look hideous all the time.

When Sami finds out what E.J. has done, I hope it will finally result in the return of Sami Brady: Bad Ass Bitch.  As a teenager, Sami managed to switch a paternity test and drug and have sex with her sister’s boyfriend.  That was just the beginning of over a decade of villainy rooted in her own insecurities.  The character needed to mature and become more three dimensional, but Sami has lost her edge.  She has become passive and naive.  This storyline could have just as easily played out with her sister Carrie.

There have been brief flashes of the real Sami: her war with Nicole, her initial decision to lie about Sydney’s parentage.  But they have been few and far between. I want to see the scales fall from Sami’s eyes and have her embark on an epic revenge plot against E.J. I want her to vow never to allow herself to be taken advantage of again.  Of course, I want this plot to ultimately bring her and E.J. together as she realizes that, despite her best efforts, a nice guy like Rafe is not enough for her.  Come on DOOL.  Start using one of your most popular characters to her full potential.

Friday In Brenda Barrett

I have been tracking Stephen Colbert’s frequent shout outs to ABC daytime, particularly ‘General Hospital.’ Most recently, the late night host claimed that he spent a sick day watching GH and treated the revelation that Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) was Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) long lost son like a news item.  Looks like GH’s writers have been paying attention and returned the favor.  Friday, Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) said, “I love Stephen Colbert. And I love room service. Murphy won’t mind if I cancel on him, right?”

All these cutesy shout outs are just foreplay. Isn’t it about time the soap puts together the one piece of stunt casting that might actually spike the ratings for a week, and invite him to guest star? He’d spend a week hyping it and the same fans that donated to the U.S. Speedskating team and attempted to get a space would tune in. Bring on the Colbert Bump.

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Friday we also learned that Brenda has an on again, off again movie star boyfriend Murphy Sinclair (Brad Rowe).  Apparently they both have a faux romance for publicity purposes and a genuine relationship that consists of spending time together whenever they are in the same city.  Because she’s Brenda, he, of course, asked her to marry him.  I actually bought it because she’s, well, Brenda.

Here’s the problem with Murphy, so far.  He is about 10,000 better than any of the potential love interests waiting for her in Port Charles. Unlike Sonny, he has a legitimate job that does not involve killing people.  Unlike Jax (Ingo Rademacher), he is not married, nor (as far as we know) does he have any kids.  Unlike Jason (Steve Burton), he has a personality and a sense of humor. He looks as good as she does.   He does not have a huge ego. He seems to like and respect women.  I do not know why Brenda, or any heterosexual woman, would not marry Murphy and forget all about all of her lousy exes who abandoned her when the going got tough.  In fact, the only way I will buy her not living happily ever after on the A-list (no spoilers, just speculation) is if he dies or turns out to be gay.

The only flaw that Murphy appears to have is a lack of appreciation for his life. The “being  a movie star is hell on earth because of the paparazzi,” dialogue grated.  I hate it when celebrities complain about how difficult it is to be a celebrity.  Having to deal with the occasional unflattering photograph is a small inconvenience compared to the privileges of being rich, beautiful, having a career that you enjoy and a team of people who cater to your every whim.  If he didn’t want to be famous, he could have been a starving theater actor.  I attribute this to GH’s current penchant for making every character a self-pitying whiner.

For some reason, Brenda seemed less than thrilled by his proposal. She was reminiscing about Sonny earlier in the episode, so I assume he is the reason for her reluctance.  Since, unlike her, I know how Sonny looks and acts now, I was yelling at her to forget him and pick the hot actor.  Get the woman to Port Charles, stat, before I start thinking she should stay in Rome eating, praying (if she’s s so inclined) and loving.

What If Sookie Stackhouse Met Victor Newman?

My fandoms are colliding.  I have long maintained that ‘True Blood‘ is a straight-up soap opera.  Remove the cursing from any romantic scene, and it would be indistinguishable from a good scene on any daytime show. This week, the show pulled off an inadvertent crossover with daytime.  First, Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) knocked out  Don Swayze’s character Shaw over the head on ‘The Young & The Restless.’ I waited for him to shapeshift into a werewolf, like his ‘True Blood’ character Gus.  Alas, Genoa City is still werewolf free, unless Nick and Victor’s facial hair counts as a lupine characteristic. Then on last night’s ‘True Blood’, Jessica Tuck, whose character Maddie, recently died on ‘Days of Our Lives’  popped up in Bon Temps as an extremely hypocritical member of the Vampire Authority.  She even had an ultra steamy scene that could never, ever air on daytime.  It’s nice to see that what is arguably the best soap on television has the good sense to give one of daytime’s best actresses a juicy role.

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