So Days for me on the whole has been quite enjoyable. Not because of Lucas/Chloe/Sami/EJ/Nicole that’s as irritating as ever. I’m pissed off Morgan was written out in the lamest way since Billie. They have restricted Stefano to babysitting and of course I don’t get enough of Steve/Kayla. But I can overlook much of that. Why? Nick has been written to be confident, fun, playful, flirtatious, SMART, and charming. He’s got two girls swarming around him and he’s even listed as a suspect in a big murder story. (I also am really enjoying the Kate storyline but that’s another subject).
That is until this week. I wasn’t that worried when he only aired this past Monday (because his scenes with Melanie were awesome and hot). But since then he’s hardly been on, only mentioned by Chelsea to Hope but not as much as I would like. I saw that Melanie and Philip began interacting but it really fell flat so I wasn’t that worried and wanted to concentrate more on the 17 year casting call for a good looking guy. This has circulated rumors that the show is not motivated to pursue Mick which makes me believe that my only complaint on them supports that theory, ie., they are moving too fast.
So I have already watched Monday’s show and Melanie/Philip are already interacting in a typical soap manner. I’m not concerned that much for Melanie to be interested in him. She is right that he’s hot and cute and successful. But Philip should NOT be interested back. Many people against Phorgan insisted Morgan was just too young for him so I don’t see how a 17 year old girl could fly. I’ve made it clear I was not happy with their decision to make her under 18 for Nick, but I’m sure not gonna accept it for Philip who has to be close to 30 (sorry but the HS reunion they had a year ago had to be a ten year), the head of a corporation, and to be looking at someone barely out of HS.
Has the show not learned nothing from the Chan debacle? Sure…they are closer in age then Chelsea and Daniel, and Jay Johnson is not playing this like he is uncomfortable to talk to Molly Burnett. But why would they end Phorgan just to have him go for an even YOUNGER girl who already has dynamic chemistry with Nick?
Speaking of Nick/Melanie, I do admit I love them so far and am biased since I desperately want a Melanie/Nick/Chelsea triangle. I haven’t given up on Chick, but I want sincerely interested in Mick and want them to be given a real chance. It’s not just a Chick 2.0 story because Chelsea was more of a brat than a bad girl. Melanie is young but she does not make excuses for her behavior (like Chelsea continues to do) so it will be interesting to see how that conflicts with Nick’s obvious straight arrow path.
Of course, I may be making something out of nothing. We do know the show is bringing in Brady and with Philip admitting he still loves Chloe (lamely) then no doubt there will be a triangle there. But Brady isn’t here yet but Chloe is seeing Lucas and I get the feeling Philip is not going to go after his brother’s rebound girlfriend so this Melanie diversion might be filler for him and Melanie until they end Lucas/Chloe (and remaining consistent, probably lamely). They do need to split Mick up, I enjoyed the lap kiss very much last week (see above) but they are basically already together and I wanted more of a build up to the relationship. We know Nick gets a DUI this week which looks like it’s a mixture of Trent’s murder and Melanie’s actions so I presume this is the writer’s way of achieving that result.
So here is what I hope because lately a lot of my hopes have been going well for the show in the Nick department. I hope that Melanie/Philip is nothing but a chance for the two to interact and Melanie to coo over a “hot guy”. Nick winds up spotting them, approaches them where he sees any or a combination of the following:
- Overhears Melanie downplaying her feelings for Nick for Philip’s benefit.
- Overhears Melanie tell Philip he’s her hero for helping her (after Nick got shot for her, that has to sting).
- Possibly Melanie kissing Philip (who hopefully will be shocked and pull away).
Now in these scenarios, Melanie might not immediately notice that Nick was there and overheard/saw anything. Nick will run out and head to the nearest bar, this would probably help give more suspicion for Nick to be the killer because he could lament on what he “did” to Trent for a girl who obviously didn’t really like him. Somehow Melanie finds out that Nick was there and overheard, and I’d like to think she would go find him, probably because she is more drawn to the geeky boy then she thought. She finds him at the bar and he’s in no mood to see her so he runs away, gets in the car and gets his DUI (normally not drinking and driving but his reaction to seeing Melanie allows leave of his senses).
So there you go. Nick doesn’t come out looking as well as he has been, but that’s ok. I don’t want my favorite characters perfect. I love Nick being confident but it’s obvious rooted in the high he has from feeling attention from Melanie. If she sees she gives that attention to any guy (and Philip is pretty random, especially from Nick’s POV) it will help bring back his confidence issues and help to estrange Mick up some, possibly even letting Chick draw closer since Chelsea is at a severe disadvantage with him.
Of course, none of this helps with the 17 year old casting spoiler, but maybe the part isn’t that important. We’ve not seen any other casting news for parts like this so even though it says contract role does not mean he’s going to be an important contract role. As much as I would hate to see Philip/Melanie (at least at this time), I think having two newbies begin a love story on Days is stupid and pointless. Viewers rarely warm up to new characters, and they are going to be unlikely to support a love story of two characters they are not invested in. But I guess all we can do is wait.