‘Days of Our Lives’ Deidre Hall & Drake Hogestyn Talk John’s Trial

Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn (Frederick M. Brown/Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn (Frederick M. Brown/Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

DOOL’s Drake Hogestyn and Deidre Hall On John’s Financial Fraud Case

Days of Our Lives” viewers just learned that E.J. (James Scott) framed John (Drake Hogestyn) for stealing the pensions of Salem’s municipal employees. At the recent Day of Days fan event Hogestyn and Deidre Hall previewed John’s trial and when he will figure out who is responsible for his plight.

What is John remembering when he’s having flashes of typing on a computer?
Hogestyn: John’s brain’s been in a blender. He doesn’t know what to believe anymore. He believes in her more than he believes in himself. She believes in him more than he believes in himself. So I don’t know what to believe. All I know is I’m bringing a lot of pain to a lot of people, not only her but Sami and Rafe, they’re at odds, Carrie and Austin, they’re at odds, and everything was fine before we came back to Salem, so if I go away everything would be back to normal.

It’s sweet the way everyone who loves him is rallying behind John.
Hall: Except Sami… She’s on the wrong side of every issue.

Is the tension between Sami and the rest of the family going to get worse?
Hogestyn: You know what they say. You’ve got to hit rock bottom before you can rebound. She’s got a little ways to go yet, and it affects everybody.

What will be the outcome of John’s trial?
Hogestyn: I don’t think John wants to put anyone through a trial. I think he’s of the mindset that he’s brought enough grief to enough people including all of the investors who bought stock in all of his numerous companies that have lost everything. He’s like enough’s become enough and now it’s time for everyone to move on with their life and forget about John Black. So he’ll do a noble thing and face the consequences which is also kind of helpful when you think about it because he’s also hurting a lot of people.

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How long is it going to take John to figure out that E.J. framed him?
Hogestyn: I know who did it. John Black knows that Stefano is behind it. To John Black, E.J. is inconsequential. He’s not capable of playing the games of Stefano. He’s the only one in John’s mind who has always been out to ruin our relationship. I will find a way to deal with him. Whether I go to prison for the rest of my life, or however it plays out, I’ll get out of prison and I’ll take care of you.

How will Marlena deal with John going to prison for something he did not do?
Hall: It’s a sad and lonely time and that goes to Thanksgiving.

Marlena will counsel Jack for his PTSD. What type of relationship will they develop?
Hall: There are some lovely scenes coming up that we shot two weeks ago with actual wounded veterans that you can look forward to next year. They’re very powerful. Two were friends of mine. One was my surrogate mom’s eldest son who came back from Afghanistan and had been injured there in an IED explosion and the other is a friend of mine named Leslie Nicole Smith who lost a leg and her sight and she came in with her service dog.

What are John and Marlena going to be doing in 2012?
Hogestyn: We’re going to go halves on a baby, or at least try a lot. That’s my resolution. It’s going to be hard to do that behind jail bars.

As recent returnees to the show, how do you feel about the storylines?
Hall: It’s so good. Darryl and Marlene are so amazing. We get changes every day and it’s wow, what a surprise.

“General Hospital’s” Honeymoon From Hell

Here’s what bothers me about Sam’s (Kelly Monaco) possible rape on “General Hospital.” It’s not that a woman was raped by a psychopath on her honeymoon. It’s not that the rape might actually be a “rape” because we saw Franco (James Franco) carry a drugged Sam out of the shower to a bed, but not what happened afterward. It’s the same plot that played out last year when viewers spent months wondering whether Michael (Chad Duell) had been raped in prison by Franco’s lackey until he finally talked about what happened to him. This time, there’s the added twist that Sam (and this is based on pure speculation) will discover she is pregnant and struggle with whether to keep the baby, unsure whether Jason (Steve Burton) or Franco is the father, aware this is probably her only chance as motherhood. Then she will get to spend nine months stressing about whether she is giving birth to a baby who will use murder as a canvas until she can have a paternity test. Now that’s entertainment in the GH “Let’s put our characters through the most depressing scenarios we can concoct” tradition.

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No, what bothers me is that it’s not a story about Sam’s (possible) rape. It’s about Jason’s reaction to Sam’s (possible) rape. The scenes were shot from Jason’s point-of-view. The focus was on how tough it was for Jason to watch his wife’s assault via a live video feed while locked in the secret rooms that abound near beach cottages. Then poor Jason had to tell his wife what happened. Unconscious Sam was just an object. She doesn’t even have any memory of her own victimization, and must accept Jason’s description of what he witnessed while he, too, was drugged as an accurate depiction of what happened to her. It was no different than if Franco wrecked Jason’s motorcycle or burned all of his black t-shirts and leather jackets.

Franco’s strange revenge plan of raping the people that Jason cares about is not shocking or edgy. It’s just gross. It’s a war tactic used in the Democratic Republic of Congo: men attempting to psychologically dominate each other by hurting women. I am relieved that Jason doesn’t care about the Quartermaines since it means that they all are safe. Now the story seems like it’s going to be more about Jason’s quest to kill Franco than Sam recovering from her assault. Since James Franco the movie star only has the time for an occasional appearance, it won’t even work as a tale of Spy Vs. Spy style senseless revenge. It is so disappointing that GH’s new regime seems determined to repeat  the mistakes of its old regime.

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