Days of Our Lives Evaluate for the Week of 1-23-23: Will the Satan Possess Marlena Once more?

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Marlena’s loss of life left a gaping gap in her family members’ lives.

Eric did some extra consuming, Allie threw a tantrum, and John questioned how he was alleged to go on.

And that was solely what was occurring on this world! Marlena additionally encountered a nasty shock within the afterworld on Days of Our Lives through the week of 1-23-22; has she caught on but?

Marlena’s otherworldy encounter with Susan may have been some badly-needed comedian reduction. We would been handled to scene after scene of everybody crying over Marlena’s loss of life, Stephanie was nonetheless depressing about not saying goodbye earlier than Kayla handed away, and Eric was consuming once more.

So we would have liked one thing lighthearted, and till Susan turned out to be the Satan in disguise, we received that in her scenes with Marlena.

Looking back, it could not have been every other manner.

Susan’s non-explanations for why Kate and Kayla weren’t in Heaven with Marlena made no sense, and Susan had solely been within the afterlife herself for just a few weeks. There was no purpose for her to be anybody’s guardian angel.

Nonetheless, this is not a welcome addition to the story, and it brings up too many unanswerable questions.

For one factor, the place is Marlena? It would not make sense for her to be in Hell, particularly because the set is identical one we visited Bo in throughout Past Salem 2. Nor does it make sense for the Satan to be in Heaven and be the one being Marlena encounters.

If that is the Satan, the place is Susan? Is she even useless? Or is the Satan taking her kind for funsies whereas the true Susan remains to be alive and held captive someplace? And why did the Satan have an attendance roster for Heaven that included Bo with an asterisk subsequent to his identify?

What’s the Satan’s plan right here? Absolutely even Lucifer himself is not conceited sufficient to assume it could actually possess Marlena’s soul in entrance of God.

There are persistent rumors that one of many lately deceased women will make a cope with the Satan to get the three again to Earth. Let’s hope that these rumors are false.

After two rounds of the Satan possessing Marlena and others, viewers have had greater than sufficient. There have been 25 years between the Satan’s first look and this nonsense; we want at the very least one other quarter century earlier than it returns.

This additionally is not the primary time Marlena’s visited the afterlife. After she was shot, she went to some kind of purgatory the place Tony and Andre fought for possession of her soul earlier than she found it wasn’t her time but and returned to Earth.

So she should not have been so confused about the place she was, on condition that she’s been right here earlier than.

Marlena’s afterlife journey has solely taken up sooner or later to this point; there’s been an excessive amount of occurring in Salem in her absence to spend a lot time on this. However we nonetheless have to unravel the thriller of the place Kate and Kayla are and the way these three girls will return to their lives.

This story is way from over, so if you happen to do not like supernatural or campy stuff, you won’t be glad for the following few months.

Allie and Eric appear to be in excessive want of remedy now that Marlena is not there to present it to them. Not less than Eric’s dangerous conduct is not obnoxious.

Johnny: Allie, cease.
Allie: It is a good factor I ended it. As a result of if I hadn’t walked in, the 2 of you may need had intercourse on the sofa!
Johnny: Allie, would you cease overreacting? Proper earlier than you walked in right here, I used to be telling Chanel I used to be glad you two are collectively.
Chanel: And I used to be telling Johnny that I used to be glad he discovered Wendy.
Johnny: What you noticed was simply us wishing one another nicely. So simply chill, okay?
Allie: Yeah, possibly I may chill if the 2 of you hadn’t virtually kissed final evening.
Chanel: It was a dumb, impulsive second and it’ll by no means occur once more.
Allie: Why would I consider that?
Johnny: As a result of it is the reality! All proper, will you cease? You are getting your self all labored up over nothing. And all this jealousy. You are beginning to sound like –
Allie: Mother? Had been you about to say I sound like Mother?
Johnny: I imply –
Allie: You’re taking that again proper now!
Johnny: Why would I? You’re appearing precisely like her.

Marlena’s loss of life would not excuse Johnny and Chanel’s near-kiss, however that does not imply Allie’s continuous tantrums about it are honest, cheap, or watchable.

Johnny admitted he was flawed to make a go at Chanel, whether or not or not he was caught up within the second whereas she was comforting him. Chanel instructed him she was dedicated to Allie no matter any lingering emotions of attraction to her ex-husband.

Theoretically, that is the tip of it. Allie could be inside her rights to inform Chanel she would not belief Johnny to not behave inappropriately with Chanel once more, however that is not what she stated or did.

As a substitute, Allie frequently threw accusations at Chanel and Johnny, refused to let anybody get a phrase in edgewise, and ran away each time Chanel tried to speak to her.

These aren’t the actions of a mature lady. At greatest, Allie was appearing like a jealous excessive schooler.

She additionally had no enterprise getting offended that Johnny accused her of appearing like Sami. If she would not like that suggestion, cease imitating Sami at her worst, and no person could have something to say.

It wasn’t that way back that Allie stated she was so grateful for Chanel’s assist throughout Marlena’s sickness and loss of life. However all that flew out the window as quickly as she discovered a couple of near-kiss that did not occur. Now she’s pushing Chanel additional and additional away along with her nonsense.

Allie appears to have mastered the artwork of self-sabotage to an uncommon diploma. She made Wendy assume that Johnny was ditching her for Chanel, virtually ruining that relationship, when Johnny having one other girlfriend would cut back the possibilities that he attempt to woo Chanel away from Allie! And he or she desires Chanel to be along with her and solely her however alienates her with loud accusations and mood tantrums.

Allie appeared devastated when Chanel determined to go to Paulina’s and did not kiss her goodbye, however what did she anticipate after the way in which she behaved?

She’s going to finish up alone, and it will be her personal fault. Will she study from it, or is the cussed refusal to simply accept the results for her actions one thing else she has in widespread with Sami?

Gabi additionally made a daring however silly choice this week.

Wendy’s pep discuss wasn’t meant to encourage Gabi to commit felonies within the identify of affection, however that is the place Gabi went with this.

Tying Stefan up within the secret room and seducing Li to steal his burner cellphone weren’t nice plans.

EJ may discover Stefan any second now; all he has to do is resolve to get a brand new bottle of champagne since Nicole had a wierd response to the final one.

If EJ rescues Stefan, Stefan could forgive him for his half within the brainwashing scheme and may even let it slip that he drugged Nicole’s drink, intending for EJ to drink it.

I do not know what would occur then, but it surely would not be good for Gabi, no matter it was.

Seducing Li was additionally a foul concept.

He is silly and egotistical sufficient to consider Gabi forgave him, and he is not going to cease bothering her now. Even when she manages to depart with out having intercourse with him this time, there is not any assure he will not push her for it later, and he is as devious and underhanded as she is.

Why would Rolf even take heed to Gabi anyway? She’s not a Dimera and has no energy over him. He would not have to come back to Salem as a result of she stated so.

Gabi’s plan had the unintended consequence of interfering with Stefan’s plan to drug EJ.

I used to be dreading this drugged Nicole/EJ encounter. Traditionally, Days of Our Lives has dealt with these conditions poorly, usually portray them as consensual sexual encounters once they have been something however.

EJ: Nicole. Cease, cease, cease, cease, cease.
Nicole: What’s the downside? At New Years you have been all about us getting collectively, bear in mind?
EJ: Sure, and you set the brakes on, bear in mind? You stated you wished to cease making impulsive selections.
Nicole: Okay, nicely it has been virtually a month so there’s nothing impulsive about it.
EJ: You made it very clear that you just weren’t prepared.
Nicole: However now I AM prepared. Seems to be like you’re too. Why are you doing this? EJ, do not you need me?
EJ: In fact I do.
Nicole: Then why do you retain pulling away>>
EJ: As a result of I do not assume you are in the precise thoughts to make an knowledgeable choice.
Nicole: Ugh. Why not?
EJ: Properly, in widespread parlance, you’re as drunk as a skunk.

This time, although, EJ acknowledged that Nicole was not in any state to consent to intercourse, and he frequently refused to do it along with her. This welcome shock was even sweeter, contemplating EJ has traditionally been a villain who abuses and dominates girls.

Nicole and EJ had an trustworthy, mature dialog after Nicole received sufficient of the drug out of her system to speak coherently. It is candy that EJ desires to have a date along with her, however they’re going to in all probability run into Eric and Sloan and need to put up with plenty of noise.

Eric’s unconditional assist for Sloan is aggravating, particularly since he’s additionally a sexual assault survivor. Sloan’s father was a professor, and Chanel was a scholar who was failing his class when he propositioned her. That is not a consensual encounter, and Sloan frequently blames the sufferer for what occurred subsequent.

After what Kristen did to Eric, he ought to be unequivocally on Chanel’s aspect, not Sloan’s. But he solely cares that Sloan is in ache as a result of her mom died.

Roman: Is that this relationship beginning to be severe? What about Nicole?
Eric: Nicole and I are accomplished.
Roman: I’ve heard that earlier than. Are you positive this time?

As Roman identified, Eric’s declare to be accomplished with Nicole is doubtful at greatest.

Sloan appears to be growing emotions for Eric it doesn’t matter what she says about solely wanting him as a intercourse buddy; what is going to occur if he ultimately dumps her for Nicole, as he at all times finally ends up doing with the not-Nicole girlfriend of the second?

Will Sloan do an Ava and search revenge if Eric breaks her coronary heart? She’s endlessly pursuing “justice” in opposition to Paulina and Chanel, so God solely is aware of what she’ll do to Eric when their relationship ultimately implodes.

Sloan’s lawsuit is ridiculous, and she or he’d don’t have any probability of profitable in any courtroom apart from in Salem. She’s going to solely humiliate herself and expose her household’s wrongdoing. How does that assist something?

Eric and Belle will butt heads now that Belle has taken Paulina’s case. However why was Paulina so thoughtful of Belle’s grief however desperate to get Stephanie to assist with the PR on this case regardless of Stephanie’s comparable loss?

Paulina: Take a while to grieve, however prepare for battle too. Oh, I want I may do that myself, however I am an excessive amount of part of it. Sloan made my child a goal, and I went to DEFCON 1.
Stephanie: My mother would have accomplished the identical. If anybody got here for considered one of us, they’d need to undergo her first.
Paulina: You and I are going to open a bottle of wine one evening, Steph darling, and also you’re gonna inform me all about her. However do your self a favor. Do not deal with not attending to say goodbye.

Paulina gave Stephanie good recommendation, however could not the writers have discovered a distinct purpose for these two to cross paths? Stephanie’s PR expertise will not assist Paulina with this downside; she wants a lawyer.

That dialog felt like a setup for Stephanie to forgive Alex whereas working carefully with Chad. In different phrases, she’ll be proper again the place she began.

Whereas everybody else was dealing with grief in harmful methods, John gave a heartwrenching efficiency.

It is laborious to take this significantly when the possibilities of Marlena not returning inside the subsequent yr are between slim and nonexistent. However Jhn’s heartbreak was actual, uncooked, and life like, and Drake Hogysten deserves an Emmy nomination for his efficiency.

John: We have been simply taking a look at household pictures.
Abe: Oh. That is what the projector was for.
John: She wished me to take her dwelling. I believed this was a superb compromise. Simply making an attempt to make her glad, you understand?
Abe: You probably did.
John: And I do know that she’s up there wanting down on me now wanting me to be sturdy. She desires me to know that I am gonna get previous this.
Abe: That will be her.
John: However she’s flawed, Abraham, as a result of I’m by no means getting previous this.

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