Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Speaking Of Totrure...

People Magazine reports Alison Sweeney and husband Dave Sanov welcomed a baby girl named Megan Hope Sanov on January 12, 2009. Megan Hope weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz. Sweeney's rep, Carrie Simons, reported, "Both mommy and baby, and daddy too, are doing well. She's still in hair and makeup from her day on the set! It was a very easy delivery, and everybody is great."

Melanie watches as Phillip and Stephanie are glued to each other outside the courtroom. Melanie stomps back into the courtroom, "UN-FRICKIN-BELIEVABLE!"

Max asks, "What?"

"Your ex," says Melanie, "Outside. Swapping spit with Phillip."

"With Phillip," says Max, "It's got to be artificial spit."

Brady joins Marlena at the pub and tells her he's done some digging, "There is one thing from his past that means the world to John."

Marlena gasps, "What?"

"His Cubs season tickets."

Charlotte tells John she watched the tape of their session and now thinks the hypnosis won't do any good. "In your professional opinion," asks John, "What are the odds of me regaining my memory."

"The same as DOOL's overnight ratings," says Charlotte.

John gets it, "Zero.?"

"Correct."

EJ says, "I wasn't jut trying to gain brownie points by representing Nick."

"No," says Stefano, "You said that you were 'learning how to play it.'"

"I was being ironic," says EJ, "You remember irony don't you?"

Stefano asks, "You mean like the irony that Lucas' relationships with women keep falling apart when they meet other men?"

"No," says EJ, "The fact that Lucas was dumb enough to get into those situations is tragic, not ironic."
EJ tells him he's come across something that will be of interest to Stefano and Lexie, will help restore the DiMera name and will provide income for generations to come, "I've become an Amway dealer. "

Nicole gets on her knees and begs Mia. Mia whines, "If losing your baby was so sad, why are you telling me to give up mine?" Nicole says Mia can't compare their situations. She reminds her she can't be a dancer in Japan while she's tied down to a child. "This isn't about me," says Mia, "It's about my baby."

"I'm sorry if you feel like I'm pressuring you," says Nicole, "You want to do the right thing and you know what that is."

"I'm worried about your fiancée," says Mia, "I don't understand why you're so afraid of him. Maybe I should be too."

John gets huffy, "If I'm a lost cause, screw it." He walks out.

Charlotte goes back to her computer, "I can help you John. Just not in the way you think."

Brady tells Marlena John wants her back. But he thinks John is lost to him forever.

Nicole... Mia... begging... whining... cajoling... Nicole tries to sell EJ to Mia. She tells her about Johnnie, "EJ is so good with him. There are some guys in this world born to be dads and then there are guys like EJ who have it thrust upon them because they can't keep their zipper up when an elevator stops."

EJ says the information he has could be lucrative, "It's about wresting a product from Victor." Stefano is intrigued. They toast.

Phillip and Stephanie walk up to Melanie and Max. Melanie can't resist, "Look who finally came up for air." Chelsea has arrived and apologizes for not making it sooner. She and Melanie bicker about how much Chelsea doesn't care for Nick since she didn't even show up at the sentencing. Phillip and Melanie say they have to head back to work. Chelsea lectures them for not caring about Nick if all they're going to do is go back to work. The world stops turning as a guard escorts Nick out.

Nick walks up to Chelsea, "I didn't think I'd see you again. I guess my streak of bad luck is still alive."

NEWS BULLETIN! Mia is uncertain about giving her baby to Nicole without meeting EJ. Nicole says she'll see what she can do.

Suddenly a crib the size of a small planet has appeared in the rumpus room. Stefano tells EJ he had the crib specially made in Italy. "Good," says EJ, "None of that American nonsense."

"What do you mean, American nonsense," asks Stefano.

"The viewers are watching it right now," says EJ.

Stefano also has two teddy bears. He's giving one to Johnnie and the other to Theo, "They're antiques."

This one's kind of beat up," says EJ, "It doesn't have ears."

"I'm giving that one to Theo," says Stefano, "He doesn't say much."

Nicole calls EJ. He tells her about the crib and asks, "Is there a problem?"

John joins Marlena and Brady, "I need your second opinion, Doc."

"Why," asks Marlena.

"Because your first opinion is never worth two cents."


Nick tells Max he has asked Mickey to deliver a copy of his patents to him, "A lot of people will want in on this and I want to keep it safe. Just promise me you'll make sure it stays out of the wrong hands."

Max says, "Yeah."

Chelsea says, "Promise..."

Nicole says, "There is no problem. I just thought we could get together and spend some time alone."

"GREAT," shouts EJ, "Afternoon delight!"

Nicole gasps, "NO!" Suddenly, EJ decides he needs to go to a meeting.

Marlena is floored, "John, you just called me 'Doc.'"

"As in doctor," says John, "Because I have a medical question."

Brady leaves. Unfortunately the viewers have to stay. John tells her, "Dr. Taylor did a 180° on the hypnosis. Do you have any suggestions?" Marlena leans in and plants a big sloppy kiss on him.

Phillip and Melanie are back at Titan and have returned from the big Alternative Fuel Project meeting. "Your first big meeting," says Phillip.

"Who knew being in a room full of suits could be so much fun," asks Melanie. She rants about the guy who asked her to get coffee, "Doesn't he know that's Stephanie's job? "

Phillip says she surprised him, "Not just about the meeting but what you did earlier for Nick. This is a side of you I haven't seen before and I really..."

Melanie squeals, "You really?"

Phillip says, "I like that person."

EJ says he is doing this for Nicole and the child.

Mia feels the rubber baby buggy bumper and says it feels real, "What if he finds out? What happens to my baby?"

"He will not find out," insists Nicole, "I promise I will not let your child down. I will always (say it with her) be there for her. I mean that with all my heart."

We hear the sound of a toilet plunger being slowly sucked from a tile wall as Marlena shudders and pulls away from John, "Is there anything else you need from me?"

"A napkin," says John. Marlena apologizes for being so forward.

"Not complaining," says John, "This just reminds me what I'm fighting for." Marlena asks if Charlotte is sure the hypnosis didn't work.

"I'm sure that's what 'zero chance' means," says John.

Marlena shows him her charm bracelet, "Does that mean anything to you? It was nine years ago. We were headed for New Orleans on New Year's." Flashback to the charm bracelet and bells. Back to, I use the term loosely, reality. John toys with the bells on Marlena's bracelet. Marlena asks, "John, are you remembering something."

"Yes," says John, "I need to pick up some milk on the way home." However, he thinks it's frustrating he can't remember her. Marlena says she will keep trying. She thinks they are close to a breakthrough. John wonders if she will accept him if he doesn't have it.

Charlotte joins them and asks to speak to John. Marlena leaves.

Mia and Nicole arrive outside the DiMera mansion. Mia is totally impressed, "I've never seen a place like this except on TV."

Nicole lectures, "There is a lot more to life than money. You've got stocks... bonds... jewelry..."

Stephanie walks up and Melanie brags on Phillip's performance in the meeting. Phillip jumps in with his "Aw shucks" routine.

"You're so cute when you're embarrassed," says Melanie.

Stephanie and Melanie talk about Nick. Phillip suggests getting their minds off Nick and thinking about Stephanie's surprise. Stephanie begs him to give her a hint. "I'm going to torture you."

Stephanie asks, "So my surprise is watching the Sami and Rafe scenes on DOOL?"

Melanie chimes in, "Speaking of torture... hey guys I'm going to bail." She says goodbye and leaves.

Nick asks to talk to Chelsea alone, "I want to reinforce the pain so I'll be happy to be in prison." He tells her he's knows he's hurt her, "I wasn't (say it with him) there for you these past few months."

Chelsea says she knows it was the pills that made him do those crazy things, "You'll go away and get help, and you'll be back when that new TV series of yours flops." She says he's important to her and a lot of people, "It's like that song you don't know what you've got till it's gone..."

Nick asks, "Does that mean people will miss DOOL when it's gone?"

"Some metaphors don't have a universal application," says Chelsea.


"You will be in my heart for all the Days Of Our Lives," says Nick. The guards call him away. Chelsea hugs and leaves. Nick sighs and stares.

Mia tells Nicole she's not going to use the kid as a lottery ticket. All she wants is enough to cover the medical bills and travel expenses. "Then we understand each other," says Nicole.

EJ finds Melanie in the Cheatin' Heart.

Charlotte scolds John for discussing his case with another shrink. He says not to worry because Blondie couldn't help him. Suddenly, Charlotte has an idea.

Outside the pub, Marlena tells Brady, "I've had a problem with Charlotte since the beginning."

"The beginning for you," says Brady, "was the Jurassic period."

Marlena senses the hypnotherapy is beginning to work, "But I am ethically bound to step back and let them make their own decisions. My hands are tied."

Marlena leaves. Brady stares, "Your hands may be tied but mine are not."

EJ thanks Melanie for her testimony. Melanie thinks there is more, "Is that the reason you found me?" EJ says there is something else he wants to talk about.

Mia and Nicole walk into the rumpus room. Nicole shows her a picture of EJ and Johnnie. "He looks like my old boyfriend," says Mia, "So does EJ."

Prevuze

Mia wanders over and looks at the picture of Stefano, "And who is this?"

Tony interrupts, "A friend of yours Nicole?"

Marlena calls Charlotte and says she wants to get together.

Charlotte says she wants to help John make a smooth transition even if he can't get his memories back. She thinks he should leave town, "I can help you be a whole new man."

"Been there, done that," says John, "For me, being a new man is getting old."

"So," says Charlotte, "How does that sound." John fights not to squint.

Brady walks into Marlena and Charlotte's shared reception area. Cynthia leaves and Brady goes into Charlotte's office. He gets into her computer and watches the video of John's session. He hears Charlotte ask, "The love of your life?"

"Yes."

Charlotte asks, "What else? What else do you see John?"

"An unemployment line."

Prevuze

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15 Comments:

Anonymous Berg said...

zzzzzzzzzzzz rubberzzz babyzzzz buggyzzzzzzzzzz bumperzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Wow, unbelieveable how boring this show has gotten. Speaking of torture, thank you Prevuze, so I don't have to sit through it - I can't nap today, must work!

3:49 AM  
Anonymous Leslie said...

"There is one thing from his past that means the world to John."

Marlena gasps, "What?"

"His Cubs season tickets."


Maybe old John wasn’t so bad after all.

Mia whines, "If losing your baby was so sad, why are you telling me to give up mine?"

What a novel concept…a DOOL character that is capable of using logic to form a thought. Mia is quickly becoming my favorite character.

“There are some guys in this world born to be dads and then there are guys like EJ who have it thrust upon them because they can't keep their zipper up when an elevator stops."

Kudos, Prevuze that was quite a super zipper zinger!!

Nicole says, "There is no problem. I just thought we could get together and spend some time alone."

"GREAT," shouts EJ, "Afternoon delight!"


It’s a good thing Stefano has been antiquing. He gave EJ an 8-track tape of The Starlight Vocal Band’s greatest hits, and that’s the only afternoon delight EJ will be getting.

We hear the sound of a toilet plunger being slowly sucked from a tile wall as Marlena shudders and pulls away from John, "Is there anything else you need from me?"

"A napkin," says John.


Prevuze is all about accuracy in reporting. Sounds like a real zapportunity to me.

Stephanie begs him to give her a hint. "I'm going to torture you."

Stephanie asks, "So my surprise is watching the Sami and Rafe scenes on DOOL?"


Groan!!! I'm with Stephanie on that one.

Charlotte asks, "What else? What else do you see John?"

"An unemployment line."


Apparently, that’s going to be happening by the end of the month. Jawn is unique, entertaining, and called them as he saw them. I’m going to miss him. On the other hand, Marlena is boring and predictable. It’s really sad they are leaving because they were DOOL’s marquee couple for so many years.

Prevuze, thank you for letting us women know about the companion book to “How to Get Laid Quick!” Lucas isn’t even on screen in this episode, and he gets a patented Prevuze skewering. All the pictures and captions are a hoot. I especially like the one with Mia trading her baby for EJ. I keep saying Mia’s one smart cookie.

Thanks for the wonderful hump day update Prevuze, and, what do you know, we’re getting a little snow for a change…grrrrrrr!

5:50 AM  
Blogger Klaus said...

haha. The google ad next to the passage about Nicole whining was about how to silence your baby when it cries nonstop.

"But I am ethically bound to step back and let them make their own decisions. My hands are tied."
Oh come now. You can bind them back up once you deal with the issue. It's a specialty.

Tony interrupts, "A friend of yours Nicole?"
What's the point in asking this? It's so out there.

Overall this episode looks... bleh.

6:14 AM  
Blogger Applecheeks said...

I pretty much had the same reaction as Klaus to Tony's inane question. Nicole should have retorted, "Never saw her before. I just walked into the room and here was another pregnant gal standing in the middle of it."

The pictures of Stephanie and her earring and of Daniel admiring Chloe's tonsils were hilarious.

Prevuze, you have my sympathy (and undying gratitude) for undergoing the torture of this episode for us lessor mortals.

6:25 AM  
Anonymous Bulldog said...

I happened to be happily chomping on my breakfast when I saw the Chloedan tonsil picture. Ew. Lost my appetite.

I think we're all in agreement about a golden opportunity being lost with them turning Jawn back into OldSquints and letting him go. He was funny and interesting. But the DOOL writers have always caved to the "supercouple" fanbases and insist the characters have to come and go together instead of having an original thought. Like getting rid of Marlena and let Jawn get involved with someone new. Think of the interesting characters they've underused and let go over the years - Bart and Rolf, Vivian and Ivan, (Tony numerous times), Hilda...and look at what we're stuck with. Stephanie, Chelsea, Chloe...

OK, enough of my ranting. The best Prevuze snark of the day: "The beginning for you," says Brady, "Was the Jurassic period." HAHAHAHA

Great Prevuze today. Thanks! :D

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bulldog, you hit the nail on the head about the show continually doing away with the "fun and interesting" characters. I came "thiiiis close" to posting the same comment today. (Great minds, eh?)

I believe the problem is that when you have funny, quirky, different characters the writers have to come up with funny, quirky, different dialog and plot lines. They just aren't creative enough to keep that up.

KOTU

8:05 AM  
Blogger Prevuze said...

I happened to be happily chomping on my breakfast when I saw the Chloedan tonsil picture. Ew. Lost my appetite.

Prevuze - Best diet blog on the Internet®.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bulldog,

How is it "caving to the supercouple fan base" to never have John and Marlena on screen, to write the one who hasn't been brainwashed completely out of character for over a year, and then to fire both actors after 30 plus years? Sadly, the fan bases have far less influence than you attribute to them.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Leslie said...

I have to agree with you Bulldog. TPTB seem to be adverse to giving the viewers quirky characters. I thought the interplay between Jawn and Rolf was LOL funny. Rolf finally had an interesting and intriguing personality and, poof, he's gone. Instead we get Marlena refusing to take a chance on Jawn and insisting on continuing her crusade to bring back the boring John. It would have been interesting to watch Marlena explore a relationship with Jawn and deal with all the surprises. Since the writers preferred to give us a close minded psychiatrist, they managed to drive Jarlena into a deadend and deprive the viewers of an interesting character. This is a soap that's fighting for its life, and it doesn't appear that this writing team feels any sense of urgency to breathe some life into DOOL.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Klaus said...

I would like an amalgamation of John and Jawn. I like the deadpan, and I prefer Jawn's pragmatism over John's paladin-esque behavior. I also like 'Blondie' instead of 'Doc'. Jawn and Sami is nice too.

Hmm... come to think of it, the only thing I liked about old John was his staunch, if annoying, morality.

Aside all that, did anyone find Philips glance of Melanie after her saccharine speech at the sentencing funny. It was like "oh, her heart isn't made completely of ice". I also got her "heart grew 3 times its size" Grinch vibes. lol

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Betyar said...

Jarlena is a great couple, and the writers could have come up with tons of different plots for them that would have kept them in the game and entertained the audience. Bulldog you must not be married. I have aunts and uncles that have been married for over 50 years, and they're as original and free thinkin as possible. Even when they're sober they are the "life of the party" so to speak, none of us youngsters can top their humor and liveliness. Soap couples are great, and most actors can operate as individuals in situations if the writers would know how to write a decent script for them. They already tried to get John involved with Ava and that didn't work out so well. Fans are loyal, and that's a GOOD thing. If only the writers & producers were as loyal to their craft, we would have a show worth watching today. But I do agree that they shouldn't try so hard to pair up everyone romantically. It doesn't happen like that in real life. I loved Rolf, and I still miss his sarcasm. Lucas would be a lot more fun as a single father. DOOL would be better if they added some interesting single people to their cast.

Maybe I should set the pic of Dan & Chloe as my screensaver...that should help me shed the extra pound I aquired over the holidays :)

10:48 AM  
Blogger Prevuze said...

Think of the interesting characters they've underused and let go over the years - Bart and Rolf, Vivian and Ivan, (Tony numerous times), Hilda...and look at what we're stuck with. Stephanie, Chelsea, Chloe...

TPTB seem to be adverse to giving the viewers quirky characters. I thought the interplay between Jawn and Rolf was LOL funny. Rolf finally had an interesting and intriguing personality and, poof, he's gone.


As soon as the ink is dry on my DOOL head-writer's contract, I'm going to ban a lot of the nonsense we see on this show, especially bringing people back from the dead. But I'm not going to do that until we've brought Bart back and maybe a couple of others who have provided some relief in this sea of agony.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remind me please - WHO has the CD of Johns Brainwaves/Memory???
I guess not that it matters anymore.
Have a great week - thanks prevuze!!!

10:57 AM  
Anonymous LB said...

Bulldog -- You nailed it! I loved Ivan & Vivian. They were the greatest. Wish they'd come back -- but come back in a plot that makes sense and is somewhat relevant. Like, them coming back when John was dead or when Jawn was resurrected. Instead we got a few minutes worth of Carol Brady. And even in the 20 mins total airtime (if that) she got, the writers still managed to make the storyline inconsistent.

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Berg said...

I just want to add (after seeing Prevuze II) who says "Are you prepared to leave forever"? What decision is really forever - good lord, I think they are writing from fortune cookies and cracker jack boxes now.

5:32 PM  

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