I’ll be honest. This bored the crap out of me. I tried to pay attention at first, but that quickly waned because I don’t need to be reminded about John the Pawn or Sami the bad girl, although I see that Sami’s parade of hideously fugly sleepwear continues.
Now where have I seen this before?
Let’s see here, bribery, witness tampering, ethics violations…I could go on, but why bother when Evil EJ 2008 has arrived just in time for summer!
“What I won’t do for money these days.” “These days, eh?” Heh.
“Regardless, in her eyes I have to remain an upstanding father and husband.” Exactly, EJ. Now you are both of those…but you’re an evil upstanding father and husband, not the good man you’re currently passing yourself off as. “You really intend to make her love you, don’t you?” “Yes, I do. And I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that she does.” That’s my boy! Morality is for the weak. “I wouldn’t say shady-I’d say determined.” Of course. You are a ruthless man, and you have no problem with dark. “When I first met you, I knew I could use you very much for my purposes.” Oh, you are awful, EJ. I like.
“I was raised well.” And notice how there was no apology there. Nice contrast to EJ’s supposed insistence that they take down his father’s painting on Friday. Someone is rightly proud of being a DiMera.
“Let’s just say I have a plan, eh?” Always. And he doesn’t tell Nicole what it is yet gets her to tell him his. Oh, it’s so beautiful even if Nicole is noticeably dumber this time around. She was smarter with red hair.
“Luck? No, no, no, my darling, I don’t need luck. Samantha is going to be mine.” Oh, how I love how he says this. Quietly commanding.
A-. I am satisfied. Today was like a warm comforting blanket of evilness. Now, would I have liked more threatening of Nicole and less nicey nice with her? Oh, most certainly, most certainly. But EJ does work for Nicole, and moreover, he’s still using her in order to make Sami jealous. In addition, EJ is being covertly evil as opposed to overtly evil, so if we want to get technical, he’s November 2006/February 2007 Evil EJ as opposed to March/April 2007. Light Evil EJ, if you will, the ninja as opposed to the samurai. So although I want more jokes and harshness, I am content. There’s plenty of time for brazenness later once Sami is at your side, EJ.
You know, I was just thinking to myself how much I didn’t miss the police station set. Days, you and your limited budget. And I love how Roman is all supportive here. Remember when he wanted to kill EJ last summer? Ah, good times.
“Well, technically, I suppose I should, but my mother tried to pass me off as another woman’s child blah blah blah…” I love how James just walked forward and sold this, gesturing as if it’s perfectly natural to have this utterly convoluted character history. And Nicole might have just waved to the audience along with the “confusing bit of backstory” remark. Show, why do you tell me about this useless junk and not interesting stuff like how Stefano stole EJ from Susan and Edmund?
EJ stealing Nicole’s food. Ah, yet another sign of what is to come.
“I was locked out of my apartment. Quite a first impression, eh?” Oh, sure, if that had been what actually happened. I find the show’s insistence on needlessly retconning Ejami’s history to be thoroughly entertaining at this point.
“My life completely changed when I met Samantha.” As did this show. You were supposed to be institutionalized or dead months ago, and we were supposed to be full speed ahead Lumi.
“Give me my family ‘cuz I don’t have any other. And I need this one. Please.” That’s right, EJ, your family. Sami and the twins are the only people in the world EJ cares about. He could not be more attached to them, especially to his Samantha.
Oooh, comforting! And in public this time!
Grade: B+. Considering I expected to have to wade through more crap, I’m just glad Immigration Dude backed off from the hard sell here. So, given the boring subject matter, lack of suspense about the eventual outcome, and people not named EJ or Sami in this, not bad, not bad at all. And I always am ready for Ejami hugging.
Sami looks great here; I like the whole outfit and hairstyle. EJ looks even better. His hair is starting to spike, and the black suit with the gray tie and handkerchief is spectacular. And I also have to say, the first thing I thought of when I saw him was
Turns out the comparison wasn’t for naught, eh?
“You’re not exactly a laugh riot yourself.” Yeah, I just made up all those EJ Is Funny videos out of thin air in my basement. Jawn, this is why I hate you. Stefano, come back! All, or most of it anyway, is forgiven!
“Look, I have no problem with putting people in waking comas and covering my tracks but lying? I gotta draw the line somewhere.”
“Don’t think about it as lying. Think about it as being more diplomatic with the truth, you know?” and “What is it exactly you were doing?” Not funny funny, but I might be able to work with this.
Grade: B. WAAAAAAAAY too much J&M here for my liking as I don’t give a crap about his brain on CD, and Jawn knocking EJ’s humor is rubbing salt in a very raw wound. I need more material!