I know there’s alot of folks waiting on this, so without further ado – enjoy yourself some EJami!
I know there’s alot of folks waiting on this, so without further ado – enjoy yourself some EJami!
So, we’ve heard some good news that there is even more great EJami to come (thanks @heyjude14!), which means it’s party time in the old Rogue HQ. In celebration, we wanted to share with you some caps we made of that fantabulous episode we discussed earlier in the blog.
There was so many looks and almost kisses through it all, it was had to pick just a few caps, but I muddled through. Enjoy – and remember – next week’s the cliffhanger, make sure to tune into DAYS this week and show your support for EJami
I had to caption this post with the salvation quote because that’s what the episode felt like – EJami being salvaged from the wreckage of all the past writing missteps. It felt like they were reborn. It blended hints of the passionate, irrational connection of ’07 EJami, mixed it with the genuine friendship they have today, and tossed in heavy dollops of original recipe Sami and all of EJ’s fifty shades of messed up and the result? A combustible, spicy, sexy taste of what’s to come. I adored every second of it
Oh we’ve been doing the EJami dance for a while now, and I’ve seen encouraging signs, even thought that this time it’s really going to happen – but Thursday’s US episode took all these little flirtations to another level.
To really discuss this we have to start someplace, right? Once upon a time, I was a confused EJami fan, wondering what the heck was going on with this show and this couple that I love – they were barely interacting, hate was spewed left and right, and the promise of truly compelling romantic story seemed to be only a glimmer in my eye. Then, these past few months, after the griefsex secret came out, EJ and Sami seemed to have settled into a friendship – a slightly tense friendship, but it was nowhere near the intensity I know they can have. Well, fast forward to July, and it feels like someone lit a match and EJami’s a’blaze. Thursday’s episode was the blazing hot chemistry melting my screen.
Sami stopped by the DiMansion because of an idea that struck her while at the Brady pub. The dialogue was snappy and on par with the one-liners that I used to love:
Sami: Okay, so I was at the pub, and I was watching this guy installing security cameras for my grandmother, and it reminded me of something that my dad told me.
EJ: “Crime doesn’t pay”?
She rolled her eyes and said no, that the cameras were everywhere and therefore, there should be footage of EJ dumping the gloves and someone else picking them up. Really, storyline wise, it wasn’t the strongest reason for reasonable doubt, but whatevs – the real point of those scenes was to highlight the connection between EJ and Sami. And boy is it there, and in as fine a shape as ever…..
Sami: I’m not going to need your number because there’s not gonna be a next time, okay? So just forget about it.
EJ: There’s always a next time between you and me.
Why, yes EJ – there always is. And Sami didn’t exactly challenge that notion…simply that she is afraid that they are bad for each other. Ironically though, through all these years, they’ve never “been together.” Sami has been in one relationship or another while being drawn to EJ. EJ has been married and engaged to two other women, and yet these two have never genuinely been in a loving, committed relationship with each other, where they both said I love you, and meant it.
Sami’s afraid of the idea, but she doesn’t know the reality of it. That the writing is indicating that if these two really listened to Lexie’s words – if they could only stop trying to destroy each other long enough to realize that if they simply got together, they could be the happiest they’ve ever been - Well, that’s soapy goodness right there. It’s leading the audience to the conclusion, yet the characters are still discovering it for themselves. I love that.
EJ: Samantha, whatever happens between the two of us is not rational. I mean, it really defies any sort of explanation. But you can’t deny that it exists.
Sami: What are you doing?
EJ: You feel exactly the same way that I do. Just admit it.
EJ: Samantha. This irresistible pull that is between us… deny it. I dare you. You can’t… any more than I can.
Sami: I don’t feel anything for you.
EJ: You’re a liar. And not a very good one.
Sami: What? What are you–?
EJ: Don’t deny it, Samantha. There’s something between us, whether you like it or not
EJ was sexy and charming, yet it wasn’t all a seduction routine – he genuinely doesn’t get their “irresistible pull,” but unlike Sami, he’s never really fought it either. But what was key this time, as opposed to all the other times that Sami has protested too much, is that it was clear even she doesn’t believe it the way she used to. Oh she’s still afraid of what a relationship with EJ would entail, and she’s cautious, but she is actively seeking him out and she is NOT proclaiming her “love” for Lucas while doing it. She was given multiple opportunities to step away, to simply say she loves Lucas and end it….and She. Never. Did.
And that is, to me, the single biggest difference this time with EJami and what thrills me, and gives me such hope for a real relationship. Sami is finally being led toa genuine come-to-soapJesus-moment about her feelings for EJ. There is nothing in their way that SHE herself hasn’t put there (yes, Lucas, I’m looking at you) as a flimsy shield for her feelings. But something using someone that she may love but is clearly not “in love” with….well, that’s the manipulative, insecure Sami I loved and adored. She creates the drama, but she cannot stay away from the one man who lights her fire like no one else.
Thursday’s episode was a glimpse of the future of EJami – and it’s looking mighty fine.
For the long, torturous weekend we’re facing after so much EJami goodness this week, here’s a little taste of what to expect on Monday’s episode.
Remember, if you love it, show it – tweet it, facebook it, tumblr, skywrite, telegraph, whatever works for you – just do it!
(summaries of all the articles)
July 24 script marks the first script penned by DAYS’ new head writers, Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell. Christie Clark says that from that one script she enjoyed their work very much. (aka please hire me back) Discusses that this reboot is much more low key than last one. Shawn Christian says it’s a wonderful transition that is true to what has been created, and then they take the story to extraordinary places. James Scott says it’s a very good team. He feels that Gary Tomlin knows the characters very well, and has alot of writing experience and producing soap operas. It’s been demonstrated to him in the first few months of Tomlin’s writing that his understanding of the characters is comprehensive.
The new writing team is responsible for the cliffhanger on July 27, when DAYS goes off the air for the Olympics coverage. Show returns on August 13 and certain lives will be forever changed.
Eileen Davidson returns beginning October 11 and Blake Berris begins August 27. Stefano (Joe Mascolo) will rise from the dead and Eric Brady comes home this fall, with Greg Vaughn taking over for Jensen Ackles, who left in 2000.
Contrary to published reports, TomSell have no intention of dropping the gay storyline. Chandler Massey points out that Tomlin was the first person who came to him in February 2011 and said there were plans to make Will gay. Now that Will’s come out, look for him to move in new direction with possible romance. Tomlin was also responsible for casting Freddie Smith as Justin and Adrienne’s gay son. Both Kurth and Evans have been on set taping new episodes.
TomSell also penned Molly Burnett’s departure in late September. Casey Diedrick teases that he’s excited for everyone to see what’s ahead. From what he sees, it’s panning out nicely. There are important and nice things coming up soon.
Rafe questions EJ, who realizes Rafe may believe that he’s being framed, after all. EJ isn’t one of Rafe’s favorite people but Rafe also has his integrity. He wants to make sure the case against EJ is solid.
Across town, Austin meets with Kate and announces that he and Carrie are moving to Switzerland. Leaving Salem is the only way to save his marriage. If he stays in town Carrie will always be running into Rafe and whatever feelings she has for him will stay alive. The most important thing for Austin is getting his marriage back on track again.
Carrie seeks out Rafe to break the news that she’s going. It’s a tough situation for Rafe. On the one hand, he’s disappointed that Carrie is leaving. But Rafe realizes that there really isn’t any chance for them. Carrie is still married and pregnant. Rafe isn’t the kind of guy to split up someone’s marriage. (unless it’s EJ’s). Carrie brings up Sami, stating that she believes Rafe still has feelings for his ex, which Rafe denies. Says Rafe’s taken aback that she even mentions Sami. Rafe’s feelings are complicated but he still can’t get past how much she hurt him, especially in the way it was done. how can Rafe ever trust Sami again after something like that has happened?
Carrie turns to leave and it’s left on a very awkward note. Later, when he’s along he finds a picture of Sami in his wallet and he rips it up. Obviously the guy still has alot of anger where Sami is concerned.
Cameron, sensing that Abby is worried about Mel, he enlists her help with the autism fundraiser. He has alot of affection for Abby. Jack and Jennifer arrive and quickly note the closeness between their daughter and Cameron. They decide it’s time to engage Cameron in deeper conversation. He assures them that Abby has become very important to them. Jen thinks it’s a good sign that Abby isn’t dating a DiMera or getting involved with a married man. It’s a tender moment between the Devereauxes, which impending circumstances quickly prove that good times are all too fleeting.
It’s a cant’ miss week on DAYS.
The umbrella story begins with Brady and Madison announcing to Ian that they are getting married pronto. They head home for a romantic evening, which is a culmination of their relationship.
Elsewhere, the drama builds with the Salem PD’s case against EJ. He instructs Will to look for the surveillance footage proving he was framed. Will and Sonny check it out. It suggests that EJ is being framed but they are unable to identify the shadowy figure. Then the footage is suddenly deleted.
Will has bigger problems to deal with when Sami blasts him for not revealing that EJ isn’t a DiMera. Will defends EJ and tells Sami that the footage was erased. Will is relieved when Sami shares that she already copied it to a flash drive.
Sami visits EJ at the police station, and overhears EJ passionately proclaiming his innocence to Rafe and decides not to hand over the flash drive to the PD. Alone with EJ, she tells him about the flash drive. A relieved EJ instructs Sami to bring it to his lawyer.
Bo, Hope and Chad confront Gabi about her fingerprints on the note found in Andrew’s basement. She tells them she picked it up and read it. Hope asks if Gabi would be open to being hypnotized by Marlena, but Gabi tries to get out of it by suggesting that Marlena is too busy with her work to drop everything just so Gabi can be hypnotized.
In the tunnels, Mel regains consciousness in Andrew’s arms and plays on his feelings for her, stealing his cell from his pocket. When Andrew leaves her alone, Mel quickly calls Chad. Chad can barely hear Mel, but she keeps repeating the word “tunnels.”
Brady encounters Chad and overhears that conversation. Brady was running errands for his wedding, but decides to help out in the search for Melanie. Brady recalls that there are schematics to the tunnels. Chad and Brady go on an Indiana Jones-style search for Mel. The tunnels are extremely claustrophobic and they realize there’s gas leaks (they can smell and see them).
Gabi also heads for the tunnels. She encounters Chad and Brady and sends them off down the wrong tunnel to search. Gabi, meanwhile, runs into Andrew and Mel, and tries to hide her involvement with Andrew, even though he’s dropping little hints. She’s concerned with Mel, but also realizes if they find out that she had anything to do with Andrew, she’s going to jail. An electric box nearby keeps sparking and all of a sudden, there’s an explosion and lots of debris that falls on Mel, Gabi and Andrew. They’re all injured with Andrew severely hurt because he is caught under a pillar. Chad and Brady are knocked out. When they wake up, they agree to separate and continue the search. Mel and Gabi come to. Gabi fakes her ankle is hurt and it’s her excuse to have Mel get help. After Mel leaves, Andrew wakes up. Gabi tells him that there’s still time for him to get away. She makes it clear that there are other people in the tunnel, the police are on their way and if Andrew just leaves, he can escape to another country and no one has to know what he does.
Abe, Cameron and Abby are preparing the fundraiser in Lexie’s honor. Madison is dressed in her wedding gown, waiting for Brady. Ian arrives and taunts her that Brady changed his mind about the wedding. John takes exception and defends his son.
At the mansion, Roman is on the hunt for EJ, who has been bailed out by Sami. Roman questions Will, who is deliberately vague. Sami and EJ connect with Will and make arrangements for him to bring Johnny and Allie to a warehouse so that EJ can see his children one last time. Will takes care fo it, not realizing that he’s being trailed by Roman and Lucas. Roman aims his gun at EJ, who is on a catwalk. Sami immediately places herself in front of EJ and directs him to run.
Suddenly, the town is hit by a huge explosion that places Daniel, Nicole, Bo, Hope, John, Marlena, Abe and nearly all of Salem in peril and leaves Sami hanging from the catwalk. In the tunnels, Mel, Brady, Chad and Gabi’s lives are also in jeopardy.
The whole town is shaken. There are people who do not survive the explosion……
Ian is taken aback by Brady and Madison’s announcement.
Sami is attacked.
Bo, Hope and Chad confront Gabi.
An explosion rocks the tunnels.
For the full articles, pick up this weeks’ issue of SOD!
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July 24, Carrie and Austin leave Salem to resume their lives in Switzerland. Carries makes the decision to attempt to rescue her marriage and create distance between her and Rafe. Article goes on to talk about how hard goodbyes are and Patrick praises MarDar for their writing and Emmy win.
Will visits the Brady Pub to retrieve Alice’s letter. Lucas arrives and updates his son on the case against EJ. Will accidentally drops the letter and Lucas sees it, reads it and finds out that EJ isn’t a DiMera by blood. Lucas goes to John and Marlena and reveals the truth. John realizes EJ won’t be a problem anymore and thinks this could be John’s ticket to swaying the board members.
Will realizes he dropped the letter, freaks out, retraces his steps and figures out that Lucas could have it. He rushes to the police station to stop Lucas from sharing it, but too late – Rafe gets his hands on it. Will feels betrayed and Lucas tells his son that he warned him he was in over his head. Rafe and Spencer verify the letter’s authentic and make arrangements to arrest EJ. Lucas tries to keep an eye on Will, but Will gives him the slip and races to the mansion before the cops arrive.
After Chad sports Melanie’s bracelet inside Andrew’s home, he crashes through a window. Soon after, Bo, Hope, Daniel and Nicole arrive, and find Gabi locked inside the room Andrew kept Melanie in. The group assumes Gabi was also kept captive. However, a note is discovered that proves that Andrew has Melanie, but also has Gabi’s phone number on it. Melanie wakes up in the tunnels under Salem (the same one where Lexie got her brain tumor). Bo finds out that Andrew is really Corey, an escapee from a mental hospital.
July 18: Maggie notices that there is something between Daniel and Nicole
July 19: Sami provides valuable assistance to EJ, and John confronts Ian about Brady’s relapse.
For more information, including the full articles, pick up the latest issue of SOD!
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For RogueEJami by The Professor
Is this a dream? Have I wished, hoped and waited for so long that I have fooled myself into thinking that my fondest soap payoff is about to come true? Who can say? All signs point to a thrilling story for EJ and Sami that will finally showcase the power of two actors whose characters have a rhythm and chemistry that is extraordinary.
Soaps are the land of the impossible and the improbable. They allow the viewer to take a ride that is not available in the land of reality. They are escapism. They are fun. Who in their right mind would associate with most soap characters? I’m willing to bet not many. Soap characters are flawed. Well, not just flawed, they are criminals, they are immoral, amoral and can change on a dime. But for all that, we love them. And there are no two characters I love more than EJ DiMera and Samantha Brady. Separately, they are interesting. But together, they are like dynamite – explosive and dangerous. Nothing is more deadly in a soap character than to be boring. EJami is never boring.
So I ask myself, is there someone out there in Days of Our Lives Land who is finally willing to mine the riches that can be enjoyed from the long-awaited coming together of EJ and Sami? I think there just might be. I have no insider knowledge. I only know what I see onscreen. If dialogue means anything and one would think there is little time to waste on throwaway words, then, EJami is on the horizon. I am thrilled and filled with anticipation for what is to come. Could it ever possibly fulfill the desires of the many devoted fans of this couple? I have no idea but I’m willing to watch what happens. This “space” has been empty for far too long. EJami fans have watched and waited. EJami is an idea whose time is finally here.
Color me deliciously delighted with the entire show surrounding Lexie’s death and the superb use of character interaction to provide a brief history/reminiscence of Lexie’s life through flashbacks and stories.
Color me delightfully shocked that they handled keeping the two black sheep contained in the crowd and awkwardly contained at that. I have to admit, that while I would like to see EJ and Sami get a shot at a real relationship, that if it’s going to happen I need to see it coming in a slow burn. The fact that our two favorite outcasts have been sharing time in some sensible and nonsensical ways has worked in that they have to overcome the dreadful past they’ve been written.
Sami and EJ still have ‘it’ and playing scenes like those at Lexie’s funeral give the audience a chance to see it and demonstrate that the writing team get that they can’t be tossed together without rhyme or reason.
I’m pulling for these two crazy characters; go EJami, get on with your bad selves.
Just a few thoughts on a great Days episode from “The Shade”
It’s been a while since I felt the need to gush about an episode of Days of our Lives and by a while, I’m talking about 2 years. Yes, it’s been that long since I’ve seen an episode of Days that made me want to wax poetic about the show. Not shocking since the show has been pretty much dead to me since August of 2010, for obvious reasons. I started watching again in April when the tide started to turn for EJami. Since then I’ve been happy with so many aspects of the story, even though it seems to be taking a bit longer than any of us would like but EJami aren’t a normal couple, which means their story can’t be told as if they were a normal soap couple.
The episode (the EJami part of course) starts with EJ at Chez Rouge after the funeral service for Lexie. He’s looking around uncomfortably, probably because he’s in a restaurant filled with Brady’s’ and Horton’s. Personally, that’s all I would need to make me run for the exit but I digress. Two little bundles of energy come through the door and yell out “Daddy” and throw themselves into EJ’s arms. Yay for Johnny and Sydney!!!
Well that starts me going with the goofy smile and tears. I’m a sucker for EJ and the kids and Sami being there is just the cherry on top. If there is one thing that the show totally screwed up in the past few years, it’s been EJ’s relationship with his children. I’m extremely happy the show has made an effort to fix the mistakes they made and this episode only made it better for me! The scene with EJ and the kids was perfect. They ask about Lexie and EJ gets sad and with that Johnny throws himself into EJ’s arms followed by Sydney as Sami looks on sympathetically…Oh happy days!!!!
The next EJami scene has EJ asking Sami where Will and Lucas are. This is Sami’s opportunity to ask EJ about the whole situation with Will, you know, the blackmailing thing. EJ asks her to put that aside for this one night and she agrees. EJ then recounts to Sami how he keeps waiting for his usual call from Lexie. She would call him every few days to check up on him and would leave him messages hoping he was OK and hoping that he wasn’t doing anything illegal or monumentally stupid. Which EJ admitted that he probably was. Then a moment that had my EJami heart bursting: Sami telling EJ that Lexie loved him and was proud of him but also that she knew what a wonderful father he was. EJ’s eyes at this point are filling up with tears and he whispers to Sami “You think so?” and she responds sincerely “I know so” and EJ reaches over, grabs Sami’s hand and thanks her. How can you not love a scene where EJ admits he’s a criminal, Sami laughs and then still tells him he’s a wonderful father.
The next scene has Sami and EJ sitting at a table alone when EJ gets up to possibly mingle with the other mourners but instead stands alone by the fireplace. Sami follows him but makes sure to tell him that she’s not standing there because of him. Right, Sami…Keep telling yourself that. Sami then started to explain that she didn’t have the greatest relationship with Lexie over the years and they showed a great flashback of a Lexie/Sami encounter about Brandon which ended with Sami trying to strangle Lexie :lmao: Then the Sami Brady that many of us love appeared. She told EJ that Lexie was one of the only people who gets crediting with beating Sami at her own game. EJ’s response was great. The way he looked at her and said “Really? That’s saying something. You’re hardly an amateur when it comes to lying and scheming” Sami responded by saying “Thank goodness or I would have never been able to survive being married to you” but she says it with a smile. So we have Sami being open and not apologetic about her scheming?!?! What more could you ask for??
Ok..Now the bestest part ever!!! I think I have watched this scene alone about 20 times since it aired on Friday. EJ decides to tell Sami something that Lexie apparently used to tell him all the time(thank you Lexie!!!!):
“If you and Sami stop trying to destroy one another you could actually make each other happier than you’ve ever been, can you imagine?”
This was followed by the cutest, most awkward and adorable scene that I think I’ve ever scene these two share. When EJ says this to Sami he kinda turns away and doesn’t immediately look at Sami for her response but Sami’s looking at him. The way I interpreted this scene was that Sami took his response to mean that he didn’t think it was a possibility and she started to awkwardly laugh. Then EJ looked back at her and saw her laughing and then got all serious because he assumed she agreed with him. It was almost as if he felt stupid for even mentioning it to her. To me, the EJ of the past would have said this to her and would have been carefully watching her response but that’s not the EJ of 2012. He doesn’t think there’s a shot in hell for him and Sami. This part of the scene ends and they remind me of 2 teenagers at a school dance scared to ask the other to dance. They are alone at the fire place not knowing what to do or say and it’s just too freaking cute! Cuter than puppies, ducks and bunnies combined!! Yes,it was that cute!
When they return from commercial, they start to awkwardly discuss Lexie’s theory. The two were protesting so much that anyone who has watched a normal soap (Days isn’t normal) knows this type of stuff is Soap 101. The couple who protest about not being together usually end up together.After typing out that sentence I feel like the soap gods are going to punish me somehow but it’s too late. I said it!
Later in the episode, Abe tells everyone there that one of Lexie’s requests was that everyone dance at this memorial. They start playing a Days favourite “I Only Have Eyes For You” by the Flamingos. Now many old Days fans know that this was the Carrie/Austin song from back in the day but ya know what??? It’s an EJami song now..!!! What came next had me smiling for what felt like hours. Little Johnny DiMera goes over and grabs Sami’s hand as she’s standing at the bar and drags her over to where EJ is sitting at a table alone, absentmindedly playing with a white rose.
Johnny: “Mommy, why aren’t you dancing with Daddy”
EJ and Sami both tell Johnny it’s not a good idea and then the little DiMera takes Sami’s hand and puts it in EJ’s and says: “But Aunt Lexie wanted everyone to dance, right?” and then looks at them both with the most innocent and adorable face and they know they can’t deny their son.
Before EJ leaves Johnny reminds him that he forgot his rose. Then hand in hand, Sami and EJ head on to the dance floor and Sami takes the rose from EJ and they start to dance. Unfortunately, that’s all we saw of their dancing but hell, they danced!!!!
The reason that I adore this episode was that it was so unexpected. Yes, I read spoilers so I knew in theory it was coming but in the end it’s all about how it appears on the screen. I didn’t really expect Sami to remininsce about her time with Lexie and not be ashamed of her scheming history. I didn’t expect EJ to be so awkward after sharing his Lexie theory. EJ is one of the most confident and arrogant characters I’ve ever seen but there’s something about being around Sami that turns him into mush. Also, the emphasis on their family was just so wonderful because they have treated it so shabbily over the past few years. To even see little moments where they show the kids running over to Sami and EJ and hopping up on their laps was so subtle but very sweet. Plus the pièce de résistance : Johnny as EJ’s wingman….Finally!!!!
I’m crossing everything: fingers, toes and even my eyes hoping that we continue to get such great stuff for EJami!
What did you think? Was it as great an episode as I thought or is the heat getting to me and it was one big hallucination??
Thanks to super Days fan Mosse for her great pics!
Thanks to Krono from Forbidden Love for her Johnny screen cap!