JJ continued supporting Theresa despite Eric's concerns, Ciara talked Ben through a psychotic episode, and the custody battle heated up on Days of Our Lives during the week of 7-2-18.
Our TV Fanatic Jack Ori is joined by Tony, Kpatch, and Fluffysmom from My Hourglass: A Days of Our Lives Fan Forum to debate whether JJ was right, who's winning the custody case, and all other things DAYS..
1. Eric discouraged JJ from getting swept into Theresa’s chaos, while JJ felt supporting her was the right thing to do and he could handle it. Who do you agree with and why?
Tony: I agree with Eric. Although it's nice that JJ is being supportive, and it does get him away from Lani, he doesn't need to be caught in the middle of Theresa's craziness.
Kpatch: I agree with JJ and I think Eric should be happy Theresa has a friend instead of encouraging people to isolate her. That’s plain wrong. I loved how JJ objectively sees the whole picture including the fact that Eve’s no saint. I was glad someone finally said that.
Fluffysmom: They both have valid viewpoints. I do like JJ being a supportive friend to Theresa. It's good that JJ has a focus away from Lani.
Jack: I’m mostly on JJ’s side on this one. Eric’s already given JJ his opinion on this, and I agree with fluffysmom that JJ having a focus other than Lani is good for him. I am concerned about his insistence that this custody battle is equivalent to Lani losing the baby, though, and I think he needs help exploring what that’s really about.
2. Ciara was able to get through to Ben in the midst of his psychotic break. Do you want to see these two be friends or more than friends?
Tony: I'd rather see them be friends. Though the two actors work very well together, and the scenes where Ben was losing it were awesome, I wouldn't want to see him and Ciara in a romantic relationship.
Kpatch: I’m not convinced that Ciara got through to Ben. He may have been pretending. I have no sympathy for her. She had the chance to get herself out of a potentially very dangerous situation and she chose to stay. Not smart. Whatever happens, she has only herself to blame.
Fluffysmom: I like the idea of Ciara and Ben being friends as long as he takes his meds and stays in therapy. It's an added bonus that it would drive Hope crazy.
Jack: If Ben can really stay stable, he and Ciara being friends might work. I definitely don’t want to see anything more than that, and I don’t like the implication that they’re soulmates and that’s why Ciara was able to get through to him in the middle of a psychotic episode.
3. Who do you think is winning the custody battle so far, and do you think that person should get custody?
Tony: At this point, I'm not really sure that either major party is winning, though I'd like to see Eve get custody. She's very good with Tate and has been there while Theresa was gone.
Kpatch: I think Theresa has the upper hand because her lawyer cast boatloads of suspicion on Brady in Deimos’s unsolved murder. Even if no one thinks Brady killed Deimos, he admitted to planting evidence on an innocent party, and that is criminal behavior.
Fluffysmom: At the moment I think Theresa is winning but I don't think either one of them is looking like a good parent and role model. I don't think either of them should get full custody. It's better for Tate to have time with both of them.
Jack: It’s hard for me to tell who’s winning since half of Theresa’s witnesses seemed to be more helpful to Brady than her and there was an awful lot of irrelevant info brought into this trial.
I don’t think either of these parents is particularly good for Tate and I’m kind of hoping the judge grants custody to Maggie, the only stable person involved in this entire mess!
4. What do you think Sonny and Will should have done about Leo’s death?
Tony: They should have gotten in touch with Victor and told him everything. Victor would do anything to help Sonny, especially if he knew what Leo was doing to him.
Kpatch: They should have called Roman to help them roll up the rug. LOL. He’s good at sweeping crimes under the rug, after all.
Fluffysmom: They should have called the police or at least told Victor. And definitely don't walk around town talking about how you killed Leo.
Jack: LOL Kpatch! Roman definitely has done his share of sweeping crimes under the rug. But I think Victor was the best choice here. He’s cleaned up many, many messes of this nature over the years.
5. What would you have liked to have seen happen in Salem on July 4th?
Tony: I really miss the days when there would be a barbeque and everyone would come and hang out. It was a great way to get a lot of characters to interact, and I think it would be a nice break from all of the drama.
Kpatch: A barbecue or picnic with some fireworks would have been nice. DAYS used to make a big deal of holidays. One year, they saluted law enforcement. Now it’s just a mention of a canceled party.
Fluffysmom: I would have liked to see someone celebrating the holiday by enjoying a picnic and fireworks. I realize a lot of Salemites aren't in a party mood but they could have shown a few couples like Chad and Abby, Kayla and Steve, or John and Marlena enjoying the day.
Jack: I’m also disappointed that DAYS ignored the holiday altogether. The references to the canceled party were silly because the court case was going on -- what court is open on July 4???
I would have loved to see the core families celebrating together, and there would have been plenty of room for drama since many people (like Hope) have too much on their mind to really celebrate right now.
6. What couples do you find most rootable right now?
Tony: Despite Kayla going to Stefan for help, I still think Steve and Kayla are the most rootable couple for the moment.
Kpatch: I like Paul and Will. I also like JJ and Theresa’s potential. And it would be nice to see Jennifer and Eric together more than once a month. Other than that, I’m not really into any couple on canvas.
Fluffysmom: The only couples I feel like rooting for are Steve and Kayla, John and Marlena, and Valerie and Abe. I was rooting for Will and Paul but clearly that won't last. There's no point in rooting for any of Brady's revolving door of relationships.
Jack: Steve and Kayla, Doug and Julie, and Valerie and Abe are the only rootable couples for me right now. This show has an overabundance of random hookups and loveless relationships and these couples are the only ones bringing the romance, commitment, and sense of family that drew me to DAYS in the first place.
7. What couple do you most wish would never share a scene again?
Tony: JJ and Lani. There is absolutely no reason that these two should ever be together again.
Kpatch: Great question! Can I choose more than one? Lani/JJ and Hope/Rafe.
Fluffysmom: Rafe and Hope! This pairing has ruined Hope for me. I fear it will never really end until one of the actors leave the show.
Jack: I can’t stand either Rafe/Hope or JJ/Lani. JJ/Lani is slightly worse because it’s never been anything other than a woman trying to force a man to be with her, which is not at all entertaining. But I also agree with Fluffysmom that Rafe/Hope has ruined Hope’s character, potentially beyond repair.
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