This has happened before. The last time it happened, we got no transmission the following day and the day after that the picture was fine. We'll see what happens this time.
A reader who seemed to know what he was talking about once emailed me and said I might be able to improve the poor picture quality we've had with this new equipment by adding another piece of equipment to our satellite system. I'll look into that, but for the short term, we have to put up with this nonsense (The transmission problems, that is. The nonsense we get on the show is permanent ).
Anyway, here's the best I can do with what I think I saw today:
Sami tries to convince Will that Rafe is a good guy. She rationalizes the fact that they are cavorting around while somehow trying to convince Will he shouldn't be doing the same thing I guess. The DOOL rule is: the amount of cavorting you can do is directly proportional to your age. (Biological age, that is. If the rule applied to mental age, Sami couldn't cavort at all). Will takes the moral high ground.
Arianna thinks Sami isn't good for Rafe. He thinks she's the best thing that ever happened to him and refuses to defend his feelings. She tells him, "It's all happening all over again."
"That happens a lot on this show," says Rafe. Max butts in and wants to know what's happening all over again, as if it's any of his business.
Phillip calls EJ, "I want to arrange the Steph-Stef swap."
EJ asks, "Are you talking about exchanging Stephanie for Stefano or are we doing the Pasa Double over the phone?"
Owen pours his heart out to the unconscious Stephanie. He uses his dad's embalming equipment to paint over her head wound.
Nicole listens as EJ makes arrangements with Phillip. Phillip tells EJ he'd better make it fast because Stefano isn't in good shape. EJ hangs up and fills Nicole in. He goes into a rage and reminds Nicole his father's life is in danger.
Owen continues to embalm Stephanie. He's clearly becoming infatuated with her and assures her things will get better. In this case, Owen knows what he's talking about. When you're on a slab in a morgue being embalmed, things can't get much worse.
Sami continues to rationalize her own teenage behavior to Will. She tells him it's wonderful that Rafe wants to adopt Grace. Will resigns himself to buying her story.
Arianna formally introduces Max and Rafe. Max finds out that Sami is Rafe's "friend."
"Technically," says Max, "She's my niece. Once you dump her, I may ask her out."
Rafe goes off to make a call. Max and Arianna debrief on the Rafe-Sami situation.
Phillip says as soon as he has details he'll let Victor know what's going on. Brady butts in and wants to know the same thing.
Owen tells the still-unconscious Stephanie he wants to help her, "I won't charge for embalming you."
EJ calls the lost phone and gets no answer. We pan into the phone sitting on the Jan Spears / Willow Starke Memorial Rock as it rings.
Stefano says he hopes EJ will not fail him.
Sami asks Will to babysit while she goes out, "This being-a-mother thing really gets old after a while."
Max and Arianna continue to chat. He leaves and Rafe comes back.
Bo and Max have a conversation outside the pub. Bo's on top of things, of course. Too bad those things don't have anything to do with solving crimes and making Salem a safe place to live.
Victor hands the argument off to Brady. Phillip tells Brady he has to do what he has to do.
Owen wanders through the woods. He just happens to stumble onto the cell phone as it starts ringing. He answers and EJ blows his top. Owen fills him in about Stephanie. EJ ain' happy.
Arianna badgers Rafe. Rafe tells her she doesn't understand. Arianna thinks he can do better than Sami, "What happened before – I'm warning you. That woman could destroy your life." Sami walks up behind them and soaks it in.
Phillip and Brady talk things over.
Victor visits Stefano at the warehouse. He does not, however bring flowers.
EJ instructs Owen. Owen stammers around. EJ tells him to get with the program.
The marines have arrived! Mia comes in to help Will with his babysitting duties. Will says he is concerned that Sami isn't telling him the truth, "She still says she's telling the truth."
Mia asks, "About what?"
Will says, "I still have this feeling she's lying."
Bo and Max continue their conversation outside the pub.
Phillip and Brady argue.
Owen welcomes Stephanie back to the land of the conscious. Stephanie whines around as Owen tries to comfort her somehow. Stephanie is worried about the DiMeras. She thinks they are killers.
Sami broods at the pub and Rafe tries to talk her though it. He says the main thing is to keep Grace safe.
Nicole and EJ talk in the rumpus room. Nicole is supportive. EJ leaves. Nicole sighs and stares.
Phillip and Brady continue to argue.
Stephanie continues to slab out and worry about her fate. Owen continues to try to assure her that she's in good shape even though she's been kidnapped, her life is in danger and she's in a morgue half-embalmed, "Hey... look at it on the bright side... It's Friday!"
"It's Thursday, you nitwit!"
"Well, yeah... but this episode airs on Friday."
Stephanie turns on the whinerator. The more she whines, the more empathy she gets from Owen. He'll do anything to shut up the whining.
Victor and Stefano have a conversation. We assume they are tossing threats and insults back and forth.
Back to the pub and more worry from Sami and support from Rafe.
Will, Mia and Grace. Will passes Grace to Mia and the near-supernatural bonding continues. They seem to be a bit concerned about Grace who is probably coming down with that dreaded blood-transfusion requiring illness which maybe, just maybe, will move this storyline along a little. Hard to tell.
Brady calls Bo.
Owen tries to convince Stephanie how wonderful things are. Stephanie doesn't buy it. Stephanie says something poignant and we fade out to the sound of dramatic music. At least something on this show is dramatic.
Sami seems to be cheering up a bit. She probably conjured up a different personality. Rafe seems to be telling her how beautiful and wonderful she is as he paints a picture of security and bliss for all the days of their lives.
Mia bounces Grace on her knee and they continue to bond.
Brady and Bo meet at what seems to be the Java Café. Brady tells Bo he thinks Stephanie's life is in danger.
Phillip calls Victor.
EJ wanders through the woods looking for wild strawberries.
Stephanie asks Owen to help her. She throws some kind of a fit as we go to a... OMG...
We have Owen in the upper left corner, EJ on his wild strawberry expedition in the upper right, Stephanie slabbing around in the lower left and Bo on the lower right. Oh, the excitement!
The producers really know how to grab an audience. They know that a quad split-screen provides FOUR TIMES the excitement. And we don't have to be math geniuses to know that on DOOL...
FOUR TIMES ZERO = ZERO.
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