- Mar 20 2014, 09:12 PM
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I always feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone when people start complaining about Theresa being a character who makes no sense. At the very least, I'm watching a different show than the rest of you are. While a couple of the below comments are pure conjecture on my part, the vast majority of them are taken straight from what has been shown and said on-screen.
When Theresa was hanging out with Vargas, he was presenting himself as a man of wealth because Nick had turned the thirty thousand dollars that Vargas had hidden before getting arrested (the first time, not the second time) into close to one hundred thousand dollars. He was wearing expensive suits and renting limousines, and that is why Theresa showed an interest in him.
Theresa also showed an interest in Daniel before
learning that he was involved with Jennifer, simply because he was a doctor, meaning that he was a man of wealth in Theresa's eyes.
Likewise, Theresa showed an interest in Nick because he was wearing an expensive suit during their first meeting, but she quickly changed her mind when J.J. clued her in to who Nick truly was.
Granted, it is
true that J.J. certainly didn't have much to offer her in terms of financial gain, but she only showed real interest in him when she was feeling angry or upset about something and just wanted someone to want her (or she was trying to piss off Jennifer, of course). He was never someone she was actively pursuing.
Theresa has also consistently lamented her lack of funds and her inability to buy the material things that she covets and believes that she deserves as a result of that lack of funds. She has tried several get-rich-quick-(for-now) schemes in the past, and when she does have money (like the money she stole from Vargas after he got arrested the second time), she quickly blows it on material possessions.
As for being addicted, there hasn't really been anything to suggest that she's truly an addict, IMO, and I don't think that she identifies as such. Other
people identify her as such, but at the risk of offending anyone who believes differently, not everyone who chooses to use drugs is an addict, and overdosing once doesn't make one an addict, either. Theresa seems to drink and do drugs because she likes drinking and doing drugs -- nothing more, nothing less. People just imposed this whole "stay clean and sober" thing on her because of her legal troubles in Los Angeles and her overdose in Salem (and, of course, because they care about her and don't want her to use drugs because drugs are "bad"). When she overdosed on GHB, it wasn't because she "needed" that much -- it was just because she was pissed off and cocky and thought that she could handle it, and J.J. wasn't planning to use it, so she wasn't willing to let it go to waste.
Now, Brady, on the other hand, is absolutely an addict. He wasn't always addicted to alcohol, and I disagree with Maggie's view that an addict has to stay away from all addictive substances, but he was most certainly addicted to cocaine, and now he is most certainly developing an addiction to alcohol. But Theresa is not an addict, from what I have seen. Certain characters just believe that she is because of their narrow-minded views of the concept of addiction.
As for Theresa's background, what we know is that she has issues with her mother that stem from the fact that Shane wasn't around much when Theresa was younger (we don't know how frequently he was absent, but he has admitted himself that this is true, so it's not just
Theresa's biased view of the matter), which left most of the parenting in Kim's hands, and Kim isn't exactly the most stable character in Days history herself. It has also been suggested (and is also pretty obvious to anyone who has taken a Psych 101 course, I'd guess) that Theresa's pattern of going after older men and using sex to get what she wants has a lot to do with her "daddy issues", which are themselves a direct result of Shane's absence from her life during her formative years.
Theresa is not afraid of her parents, and they absolutely do love her (as do the rest of her family members, although they have all been practicing tough love with her lately), but her relationship with them (particularly with her mother) is very tense and rocky, and she often pits them against each other to get what she wants. She also feels that Kim is very preachy and judgmental, which is part of why she has so much disdain for those qualities in other people (like Jennifer); Kim is a therapist, so Theresa often had to put up with being psychoanalyzed when she was growing up, and she didn't appreciate that at all.
Theresa's original job at the hospital involved working as Jennifer's assistant, and Jennifer did indeed agree to give Theresa that job as a personal favor to Kayla. When that didn't work out (initially because Theresa was lazy and never did any work, but then later because Jennifer started to realize that Theresa was bad news, and finally because Theresa tried to steal from the hospital), Anne hired Theresa to work for her in the human resources department. Theresa's "official" job was to handle the creation and distribution of hospital employee identification badges, but her "unofficial" job (and the real reason that Anne hired her) is to make Jennifer's life miserable.
Theresa doesn't want to return to Los Angeles because if she does, she will be sent directly to prison, as per the terms of her probation. Theresa avoided doing serious time in prison after falling in with the wrong crowd in Los Angeles, and she only managed that because she agreed to move to Salem and get a fresh start there. One of the terms of her probation is that she is required to remain employed; if she does not, she will be sent back to Los Angeles, her probation will be revoked, and she will be forced to serve out the remainder of her sentence in prison. That is why it's crucial that she doesn't lose her job, and it's one of the reasons that she hates Jennifer, who not only fired Theresa, but also was given the sole vote in deciding whether Theresa would get to stay in Salem or be sent back to Los Angeles (and by extension, prison) after the overdose occurred. Theresa hated Jennifer before
that happened (for the reasons I have already mentioned above), but she hated Jennifer even more after
that incident, because she resented the fact that Jennifer had been given that much power over her (and had even rubbed it in her face a bit). And now, everyone loves to remind her that she should be thanking Jennifer for keeping her out of prison, which just fans the flames.
Theresa was adamant about having sex on the couch in the Kiriakis mansion because that's just how she is -- she uses sex to get what she wants, and what she wants right now is Brady. She felt that showing him that she was adventurous enough and dangerous enough to have sex out in the open would make her more attractive to him, and he had also told her earlier that he wanted to do something different because they were stuck in a rut, so that was her solution. She also feels that sleeping with Brady is an adequate way of repaying him for buying her an expensive designer purse, but that's another matter.
Jennifer knows that money is one of Theresa's main motivating factors -- after all, she did catch Theresa trying to steal money from the hospital, and she knows that J.J. tricked Theresa into trying to steal from the hospital a second time -- so it is not unreasonable to assume that Maggie also knows (about the former incident, anyway -- obviously not the latter), which means that Maggie isn't just being her usual judgmental self; she does indeed have a reason to suspect that Theresa is a gold-digger. And in this case, Maggie's absolutely right about Theresa, as the audience knows because Theresa has commented on at least three recent occasions that she is interested in Brady's money.
Now, all of that having been said, it is
true that Theresa has also shown a different side of herself on a few rare occasions -- mainly when she was around J.J. before
the overdose and the aftermath of that event occurred. She did
give J.J. some money when he needed a place to stay. She did
bond with J.J. a few times when they both still agreed that they had bitchy, judgmental mothers. She has
shown vulnerability with Caroline. As with many people, Theresa's tough, shallow exterior is basically just a defense mechanism. But that doesn't change the fact that until she decides to drop that wall, she truly is currently just interested in money, drugs, and sex (seemingly in that order) most of the time.
I wouldn't say that Theresa is inconsistent at all; she's just complex.