In this five part series, the Rogues dig deep into some of the recent EJami episodes of Days of Our Lives. In the span of ten days, everything about the EJ and Sami story changed.
Part 1: Sami’s Confession
By, The Shade
Where do I begin? “Sami’s Confession” as we’ll call it, was one of the most gratifying and emotional moments I’ve ever had as an EJami fan. I really didn’t know what to expect when I saw the spoiler about Sami making a confession to EJ. It could have been anything about their relationship. She could have specifically focused on what had been happening with her and Rafe the past few weeks and hope that he would be able to get past it. Or it could be something monumental regarding their relationship. I wasn’t even hoping for the latter but lo and behold that’s what it turned out to be. The writing and acting in these scenes were for me, utterly perfect. From the too-good-to-be-true dialogue from Sami to Ali’s tearful performance as she lays it all on the line to EJ. On the flip side we had EJ coming to Sami’s apartment expecting to be dumped or to be Sami’s back up plan because Rafe told him about their almost-but-not-quite-insta-reunion. James barely had any dialogue with Ali in these scenes but the emotion he conveyed with just his eyes was more than enough.
The episode started with Sami calling EJ on her way to see Gaby. She needed to talk to him and they agreed to meet up later in the day. EJ was still on a bit of a high from their last encounter on Sami’s sofa. He clearly thought their relationship had taken a turn for the better and he was right, except he wasn’t ready to encounter the huge flaming turd that is Rafe Hernandez. Rafe basically told EJ that he was back together with Sami until the huge mess of a wedding for his lame sister. EJ obviously wasn’t aware of this and quizzed Chad about it later. Chad basically confirmed that Sami and Rafe were “together” at the wedding. With this on his mind, EJ heads over to Sami’s apartment not knowing what he was in for with his beloved Samantha.
EJ arrives at Sami’s and I can’t think of the last time I’ve seen EJ so guarded and distant with Sami. EJ had prepared himself for the worst and I think he wasn’t going to let Sami see how badly she had broken his heart once again. EJ sits down and Sami starts to lay it all out for him.
“Um… I guess I should start with last fall… when I told you that I had to stop bouncing back and forth between you and Rafe. Only I didn’t stop. I kept bouncing towards Rafe. And that’s the truth. I kept trying with him. Even up to New Year’s Eve. You took me on this really wonderful, romantic date, and– and I still ended up kissing him at midnight. And after that he asked me if we could try again… and I said yes. And he told me that I had to tell you. And I agreed. But I could never do it. And I said it was ’cause I didn’t want to hurt you and I didn’t want to get all upset before the wedding. Blah, blah, blah, but it just… I think now I was–I was being selfish. I think there was some smart part of me that was trying to save me.”
Watching this part is always a bit painful. Sami is not enjoying telling EJ this stuff and he’s not happy hearing it. EJ’s emotions seem to go from hurt to anger to almost a look of disgust. At one point you can see him swallow when she tells him about New Year’s Eve. As painful as this was, it was great because Sami was being completely honest with EJ and that’s what this relationship has lacked more than anything else.
“The wedding was a complete disaster. But I saw Rafe. I saw who he really is. And now I think about how I kept trying to make it work with him and ask why. I mean, was I really that desperate for my family’s approval? Was I that sure he was the good guy, the right choice? I’m sorry. I know this is taking too long and you don’t need to sit here and listen to me talk about Rafe”
Holy guacamole, there is a Soap God!!! Sami Brady finally admitted part of the reason she was with Rafe was because he gave her the family approval that she had so desperately craved for years!! She wanted to be with him because he was supposed to be the good guy, the one that would make her OK in the eyes of her saintly family. At this point in the episode, you really do start to believe that this might just work out.
“What I want to say… is there’s another reason I didn’t tell you about Rafe. It’s because I knew… that if I told you… I would be throwing away you. EJ, I have been such a coward. I have been so afraid… of how you make me feel. But this is right. It feels right. And I think losing you would be the biggest mistake of my whole life. And I deserve it. I mean, I totally get that I deserve to lose you. But since when has that ever stopped me from asking for what I want? I want you. Am I too late? Do we still have a chance?”
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY!!! This was the dialogue that we’ve been waiting to hear from Sami !!! In the space of 5 minutes, Sami has admitted that she was with Rafe to get approval from her family but most importantly, she admitted that she was scared of her feelings for EJ. She was scared of how he made her feel but she’s not scared anymore and she wants him. As she’s saying all of this, EJ’s expression goes from hurt to confusion to utter shock. As Sami asks him if they have a chance, EJ’s eyes are filling with tears, a single tear rolls down Sami’s face. Me? Crying like a baby, a very, very happy baby. I had been waiting for this moment for 5+ years and they were delivering big time!!
“I’m sorry. I’m sorry. That wasn’t a fair question. You have deserved better from me all along. There has been something between us… from day one. We danced around it, always letting something or someone get in the way. But no matter what we said, no matter what we did, no matter how angry I got… it always comes back to you. There is something in me that just can’t stay away from you. And I’m tired of fighting it. You have been patient with me. More or less.”
Oh dear Jesus! I didn’t think it could get better but it did. Sami is admitting what EJ has been telling her for forever. They have a pull, that something that no one can explain but has always been there and she’s not going to fight it anymore!!! I never thought I’d hear those words come out of Sami’s mouth but they did and I couldn’t be happier (or weepier) A quick side note. It was nice that the kids were not brought up once during this whole conversation. We heard Sami mention them to EJ all through the spring and summer of 2012. That she was helping him for the kids. Well this time around they weren’t even mentioned. This was all about EJ and Sami and their feelings for each other.
“So now it’s my turn. You can tell me off. You can tell me to go to hell. But I’m not giving up. I’m not going anywhere. I am putting you on notice, EJ. I’m willing to do what I have to for as long as it takes till I get you to come around, because I believe we belong together.”
Dreams do come true!!! Sami is putting her money where her mouth is. She is going to fight for EJ! I know this is one of the things that many EJami fans have wanted to see over the past few years. We have seen EJ fight for Sami but now we know Sami is willing to do the same for him. I loved how the music changed in the scene. It went from soft and tender to a more dramatic feel as she tells him she isn’t giving up on them. The scene ends with EJ just looking at a newly confident Sami with what I interpreted as confusion and disbelief. He had certainly never seen this side of Sami when it came to him. I can only imagine the range of emotions that he was feeling. He was finally hearing all the things from Sami that he had dreamed of but was it too late?
The Rogues have joked about this next scene. Some fans were hoping EJ would walk away from Sami after her confession so that he could keep his dignity and force her to fight for him . Well, EJ does kinda walk away When the scene picks up, a seemingly befuddled EJ gets up from the sofa and wanders towards the kitchen area. As he is doing this Sami stands up and is looking at him, with his back towards her:
Sami: EJ, you–you have to say something.
She’s standing behind him, playing with her hands and crying (FYI -I’ve been crying the whole time). She looks scared and lost and thinks she’s lost him. My heart is breaking for Sami (finally)!! We’ve seen this enough times with EJ and it was nice to see this side of Sami for once. Unfortunately, I’ve seen this happen to Sami with all of her ex’s as well so I don’t really want to see it go on for too long. It’s not fun seeing Sami go through the torture of begging and pleading with the assholes to forgive her.
EJ: As usual, you… you said everything. You may have patience for me, but I’m at the end of my patience with you.
Sami: And that’s totally understandable, so, if you just give me a chance, if you just let me explain—
This last scene is why I love EJami so damn much and why this episode was just perfect!! Sami is about to launch into what I’m sure she’s said enough times to Austin, Lucas, Brandon and Rafe. She’s prepared to beg, plead and I’m sure grovel to EJ so that he’ll give her another chance. This is the beauty of EJami. EJ stops her before she can utter another word. Then we got to experience another special moment that I honestly think only Ali and James can pull off (yes, I’m totally biased!). As she launches into further explanation, he puts his hand around her neck and brings her closer. Then he touches her forehead with his and looks her in the eyes, she stops talking and looks hopefully into his eyes. He brings her closer and they touch foreheads again and he closes his eyes. Then he puts his hand on her cheek and Sami starts to cry because she finally knows. He’s not angry with her. He’s not going to make her beg. That’s not EJ’s style when it comes to Sami and never has been. He loves her too much and this scene perfectly reflects this. Then they both start to smile and laugh and then kiss with as much joy as I’ve ever seen from them. EJ lifts her up into his arms and they continue to kiss and I don’t think I’ve ever seen them both look so happy in all my years as a fan.
This was hands down one of the best written episodes for EJ and Sami. In Sami’s monologue to EJ she covered everything that most EJami’s have been dying to hear: her family issues, being with the good guy, her fear of her feelings for him, their undeniable pull and passion for one another and last but certainly not least she was willing to fight for him. I honestly didn’t think we would ever hear this from Sami and I certainly didn’t think it was going to happen in one episode. The writers pulled off a bit of a mini miracle for me. They were able to address all these issues and we didn’t lose the parts of EJami that make them so special.
A huge thanks to Ali and James for their phenomenal performance. A major thank you to the writers at Days for making such a special episode and allowing us to enjoy the ride for as long as it goes!!
Tune in tomorrow for Part 2: EJ’s Happiness.