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Aug 26 2008, 02:50 AM
I've only had a chance to watch today's J&M scenes so far, but I really liked them! As Phoenix pointed out, the flashbacks could probably not be avoided on the first post-Olympic show, but I liked the added twist of having Marlena narrate the 'attack' flashback and describe how afraid she was. Deidre played it beautifully, and you could see the terror across her face as she described what happened. I got choked up as she cried through it. I also very much liked when John awkwardly told Marlena not to cry. Drake is playing this so well; I was picturing a teenage boy dealing with his first girlfriend, as John wiped away Marlena's tears but seemed at a loss as to how to make her feel better other than by telling her not to cry. It was such a sweet, innocent moment.

The subsequent J&M scenes were also very strong. I think it's a fun side to Marlena that she's a good doctor but a pretty bad patient. I also liked John's looking through the window at her sleeping. These 'small moments' are what's necessary to build the emotional connection between the characters.

As for Marlena's being cold to John, that doesn't bother me at all, and in fact I don't think I'd like it if she were to accept him right away. Let's be honest, he's treated her like garbage for the past few months. If she were all of a sudden to accept his interest in her without doubting him, it wouldn't make much sense. This distance on her part is necessary to build her character and ultimately bring them together.

I agree, Ilike where they seem to be going with the J&M story as well. Deidre stated in SOD a few weeks ago that her hallucination of her sister Sam would change her and I think she has. Sam asked her what will you do when your John doesn't come back? She also made Marlena face the fact that she would not be in this mes if not for John. It was and is a hard lesson but I think Marlena has finally got the message. I liked how she seemed to have difficulty even looking at John because she found it painful to see her physical husband and know this John has become a replica of Stefano who placed her in this position. I feel really bad for any fans that have not watched over the last two weeks because this has moved J&M from a point where they have not been since Marlena first left town in April. For the first time in a long time I am anticipating this storyline now.

I really liked Trent and Nicole as well. I wish they did not make him so sleazy. I mean they could have made him secretive and cold but the sleazy, skin crawl factor with his character is huge. While I am usually not a Nick fan, it was nice to finally see him with someone other than Chelsea. Stax did not interest me at all and I am ready for them to return to Salem with Melanie so we can get onwith this story.
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