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So, I wasn’t going to to do this but with a recent private message I received on a message board and what with the new promo for the week of February 1st having come out, I thought I needed to do this. So here it goes…..

There is a proliferation of message board posts that continue to state they are Steve and Kayla fans and anyone else who does not buy that party line are more or less told to shut up, and that cacophony has never been more virulent since it was announced back in July 2015 of the return of Tamara Braun in her Emmy Award Winning role of temptress Ava Vitali. Here are the things that are being said:

        • “What the hell are they bringing her back for? We didn’t need her the first time.”

        • “OMG Why?”

        • “What? They’re bringing back the wrack of bones?”

        • “Steve and Kayla belong together. Why are they doing this?”

        • “There goes Dena [Higley] again. What she really wants to see these two in bed together.”

        • “This is a repeat of what happened in 2008.”

And while the comments regarding the repeat of the 2008 storyline where Ava forced Steve to sleep with her is valid and I’m a little pissed at the notion that Ava hasn’t moved on since she left Salem back in August of 2008, the comments that are mostly negative directed at the character of Ava or specifically at Tamara Braun and her perceived thinness are alarming. There is no delineation of character from actress and the overt slams directed at Tamara for everything she does on screen are coming directly from Steve and Kayla fans or specifically Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans fans who seem hell bent on shooting themselves in their collective feet. My reason for saying this is what happened when I was a member of a message board for Stephen and Mary Beth fans way back in 2008. On this forum you had to read and agree to the terms and conditions of the board in order to post. I did so and agreed to them, however, after I joined I happened to mention that I really wanted Ava and Steve together in terms of even just a little bit, however, you might have thought I’d killed the members’ collective puppies. What began was a systematic attack on both my opinion as well as my appreciation of Tamara Braun as an actress. Almost universally it’s a sin to be a) a fan of hers, and b) a fan of Ava’s or even Taylor Walker (Tamara’s second spin on DAYS OF OUR LIVES). If you’re not a card carrying, hardcore fan of Steve and Kayla, then you’re somehow a lesser soul. It doesn’t matter what you say or do to explain to them the reasons for the powers that be brought Tamara back, they don’t care to listen because to them it’s their way or the highway.

Tamara Braun as Ava Vitali and Stephen Nichols as Steve Johnson in a scene from "Days of our Lives" from April 2008.

Tamara Braun as Ava Vitali and Stephen Nichols as Steve Johnson in a scene from “Days of our Lives” from April 2008.

I recently pointed out in a posting someone made about a parallel between Ava and Kayla’s love for Steve that there was no parallel because Ava hasn’t been allowed to have Steve’s undivided love. Back in April/May 2008 when Ava explained the reason for her doing what she did to Steve, Kayla, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo (Peter Reckell) and the botched wedding between she and Steve, it was heavily anvilled that according to even an amnesiac Steve, he always believed “there was someone out there….” There was automatically an inequality between Kayla and Ava in that moment when Steve walked out of the chapel and left Ava at the altar apart from Stefano’s (Joseph Mascolo) henchmen grabbing Steve, Ava was lesser in Steve’s mind than that omniscient, diaphanous being that is Kayla Brady Johnson. Because of that Ava will never have any presence in Steve’s life outside of a child…. that brings me to……

The notion that Steve and Ava could have a child together is somehow vomit inducing? I don’t get it, and with the recent promo showing Ava forces Steve to sleep with her in order to find out where Kayla is many, and I mean many, have said they’ve taken the show off of their DVRs and will only read recaps until the character is gone. On these very same message boards there have been many a thread protesting the way Victor (John Aniston) talked about women and particularly Theresa (Jen Lilly), yet these people have no problem with the way Steve has been pushing, shoving, shaking and general violence he’s displaying toward Ava.

Tamara Braun as Ava Vitali and Stephen Nichols as Steve Johnson in a scene from

Tamara Braun as Ava Vitali and Stephen Nichols as Steve Johnson in a scene from “Days of our Lives” from January 2016.

While I do understand whatever Ava has been doing might elicit something of desperation in Steve, but to condone that kind of behaviour is jarring, and that no one is calling Steve out on that shows it doesn’t matter what Steve or Kayla do, it’s perfectly fine because they “belong together”. And look at what Kayla did as far as taking Daniel’s (Shawn Christian) heart to give it to Brady (Eric Martsolf). There’s no indignation over her flouting hospital and transplantation policy, then the absolute surety that the transplant people in Washington will see it Kayla’s way, this from Steve as one of many of her cheering section. Last in my book that was what is called a Mary Sue. Yet no matter what Ava does for whatever reason, she’s trash, crap, or outright shit. And I’ll just mention the plethora of people posting idiocy about Ava trying to bed Joey (James Lastovic) in what people are terming rape or pedophilia on her behalf. Obviously they love that “p” word a little too much.

Back to what I was saying about the reason Tamara was brought back this time around. First of all she won a coveted Emmy Award for this role. The notion DAYS would bring her back as Taylor, a character no one cared for outside of a smaller number of Taylor and EJ (James Scott) fans (and don’t get me started on the cacophony of the Sami (Alison Sweeney) and EJ fans who had a black mass with their Taylor dolls, sticking pins in her effigy) is nonsense. Tamara won that award for a reason and that reason is the cause to bring her back as Ava, not Taylor. Now I made a prediction back in 2008 on those Steve and Kayla message boards that came true. That was if you take Ava out of Steve and Kayla’s story, you reduce them to nothing but parental units to at that point Stephanie (Shelley Hennig) and her personal issues. And that came to pass. Steve and Kayla were only on once or twice a month after Ava left their story, compared to the airtime they got at about four or five times a week while engaged in the story with Ava, these so-called fans got what they didn’t expect. Ava out of their couple’s story and lesser screen time. Weigh that with the fact that John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena (Deidre Hall) got more screen time with Ava in their story…. Well you tell me. But the fact that Tamara being back is a boon to these Steve and Kayla fans who are doing themselves a disservice by wanting her gone, or not even there. What other story could they have come up with? And to call Dena Higley out on favouring a Steve and Ava pairing is foul. She is allowed to write what she sees for her show, ultimately. Or what she’s told to by Greg Meng or Ken Corday.

I will also say this: I was a card carrying member of the Steve and Kayla fanbase back in the day. They were my favourite couple in the 80s on this show. While I liked Bo and Hope and other couples, Steve and Kayla were my favourites because of the chemistry between Stephen and Mary Beth, however, that chemistry can have a rebound effect. As you’ve noticed this site does not include Mary Beth Evans. Why? Because while I believe she’s a good actress, I’m not wowed by her. I feel that in the three decades Stephen and Mary Beth have been paired together and or had this close friendship, it has meant a shift in the amount of “wow” Steve and Kayla have now. I see Steve and Kayla not so much as lovers, but rather having a sibling-like relationship. Like someone posted on a message board, that was called out as sacrilegious, there is a drive toward wanting Steve to drop Kayla and get with Ava because of the knock out chemistry Stephen and Tamara have, and they do. And this has been my dream as a fan of both Stephen and Tamara. For them to have a story where they get to show what they can do and the reason Tamara won her Emmy for this role. While I do understand the love for Steve and Kayla, it’s time to change it up. Instead of having Steve come back and get back together with Kayla, considering her ambivalence when he first came back, have her have to fight for him this time around, and if Steve is with Ava, have it be a legitimate reason not this rehash. That’s my only gripe.

So there is my commentary on this. I know you likely didn’t want to read it, but I’m beyond caring since I’ve seen people continue to trash Tamara and Ava and her place on this show. Having won that award means something and if Dena Higley wants to write for Ava and Steve, buck up and stop acting like children people, because that’s what you sound like to me. Ultimately Steve and Kayla will end up back together and all will be right with the world and mom and dad because Tamara never signs a long term contract anymore, which is sad, but given how badly she’s been treated on all the shows she’s been on thus far in the daytime theatre, I can’t say that I blame her. For all of you who read this and think I’m bellyaching, I say to you walk a mile. You’ve had your time on your Politically Correct message boards, and even had many of the positive posts for Tamara and Ava deleted because you can, but here it’s my space. I pay for it and can post whatever I like. You don’t like it, tough. I’ve had to listen to you and your stupidity for long enough. If you want to have a legitimate discussion about this, then comment away, but I’m tired of having to keep my peace on those very same message boards that will ban you for speaking up and defending your position. These sites that want to suck up to the business to the detriment of some fans who feel alienated for speaking their minds. You don’t want me or others disrespecting the stuff you like or don’t like, or your love for Mary Beth Evans…. Don’t disrespect those of us who love Tamara and the character of Ava Vitali.


My apologies for being behind on these but I’ve been having computer problems galore and the device I use to record the program sort of dropped out of my computer programs. Don’t know how that happened, but it did. The other issue I had was that I accidentally deleted the December 3rd episode from my DVR. That was Bo’s (Peter Reckell) funeral episode. I had to get another copy of it and finally did, so I do have screencaps from that show. So now we get to the subtitle of this post. I know the Steve and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) fans are not the least bit happy about Ava Vitali (Tamara Braun) being back on the show, because this means their couple won’t be having an easy time of it. Well this Tamara Braun fan could care less. I’m delighted to have her back and cannot wait to see what she brings back to Salem. I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time. I’ll be posting her daily screencaps up on my site for Tamara, a link you can find in the sidebar in the Ex Libris section. Please feel free to click on it and keep up to date on Tamara’s work. In fact, I’m going to suggest you do. Talk about putting the whammy on you. For your prurient interest, I’ll give you another Steve and Kayla kissing photo. Don’t say I don’t give you anything.

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I’m very behind on the “daily” screencaps for the past four episodes. My apologies. Been feeling a bit down and took a bit of a break, and considering how utterly depressing DAYS OF OUR LIVES has been in what is supposed to have been an anniversary month, I can’t say I’m surprised. I’m going to have to say it, while I think Stephen and cast have been utterly stellar with their acting in the last few weeks the 50th Anniversary has been very depressing. With the death of Bo Brady (Peter Reckell) to the strangulations of Serena Mason (Melissa Archer), Paige Larson (True O’Brien), Will Horton (Guy Wilson) and of both Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) and Hope Brady (Kristian Alfonso) all the way to the kidnapping of a pregnant Abigail Deveraux (Kate Mansi) by the rapidly unspooling Ben Rogers (Robert Scott Wilson), his murder of the midwife Wendy (Denice Duff), and death of Aiden Jennings (Daniel Cosgrove) and the total pall of grief over most of Salem, I’d pretty much have to say that this “anniversary” has been like a pox on daytime. I mentioned on a message board I post to that anniversaries are supposed to be like Stephen’s previous soap opera GENERAL HOSPITAL where he played the Dark Prince Stefan Cassadine. I remember their 40th when Laura (Genie Francis) and Luke (Anthony Geary) were pulling a fast one on the Cassadines to make them believe the Spencer marriage was on the outs, and Laura and Luke had to try to make time to spend their anniversary together in the tunnels under Port Charles. All the roadblocks stuck in their path to finally reunite and recreate their dance to Fascination from Wyndam’s Department Store back when they were on the run from the mob. Now that was romanctic. What’s been happening on DAYS of late is not romantic, nor happy. It’s just plain morbid. Thanks DAYS for a great anniversary. I hear this is supposed to go on for the next nine months. I hope the rest of this pregnancy goes better than Abigail’s childbirth. The featured image is from Monday and Steve saying a tearful goodbye to Bo. Another of Stephen’s fine performances.

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The title of today’s post has to do with something Ciara (Viviane Jovanni) said today about the possibility of her mom, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and dad, Bo (Peter Reckell) getting remarried with Mayor Abe Carver (James Reynolds) performing the ceremony right in Brady’s Pub. Cute. Steve and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) just couldn’t seem to get a break today. Obviously their tryst was for not. Ah well, it’ll happen soon enough them maybe we might get that shirt off of Steve with a reveal of that famous Nichols Chest. Yep, shallow.

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What more can anyone say about today’s episode other than give the freaking Emmy to the show, cast, crew, writers, NBC…. Everyone! This is the kind of show that soap operas are made of and more. All of the scenes today were just exceptional from Stephen’s scenes with Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) to his one pivotal scene with Bo (Peter Reckell) it was like an excavation was taking place in my chest with all the feels. The whole storyline with Bo and whatever fate may or may not befall him is just one more reason the genre is not dead. If one can conjure up those feelings some thirty plus years after the characters arrive, make long standing friendships in both the characters and cast to bring about what we saw today…. Come on NBC, ABC and CBS quit with the so-called “original” broadcasting. Yes, cooking shows and talk fests are cheap to make, however, they’re not what I would call invest-worthy. One can’t invest in them as long term as one can these family oriented, hour long dramas we watch every single weekday of the year. It is my sincere hope that based off of the strength of today’s show alone, NBC sees fit to keep DAYS OF OUR LIVES on the air for as long as the writing, acting and production values continue to be this good. The reason I titled the post thusly is because of the magnificent film Brokeback Mountain starring the late Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Like the long term relationship between Ennis and Jack, Steve and Bo share that same intimacy in terms of their emotional agency in each other. Kudos to Stephen and Peter for today’s show.

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Okay, so today was the first day I didn’t entirely hate Kayla (Mary Beth Evans). She was finally written in character and concerned for Steve. I did love the Kleenex box throwing though. That was classic Steve and Kayla. I loved the part where Kayla told Steve whatever threat they were going to face, they’d face it together. The look on Stephen’s face was just priceless. You could tell he was liking that Steve and Kayla were getting back on track. Though I have to say this still does not in any way quell my want for Steve and Ava (Tamara Braun). In fact this doesn’t do anything for my wish that they’d hold off on putting the Johnsons back together until Steve and Ava have had a bit of a go…. Or a long bit of a go. I have to give a couple of honourable mentions today. The first has to be Kate Mansi who plays Abigail Devereaux. She has been killing her scenes with Robert Scott Wilson who plays Ben Rogers. Then there are Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso as the eponymous Bo and Hope Brady. Their scenes the past couple of days have been incredible to watch and as an old time DAYS fan, I couldn’t be more ecstatic. I also have to give props to the now departed Daniel Cosgrove who played Aiden Jennings. What a thankless job of having to pull that 180° turn. Daniel Cosgrove will go far I believe. He’s that perfect mix of old time Hollywood and new style solid acting. My kudos to him for his amazing work on the show.

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Looks like Steve and Bo (Peter Reckell) are back in Salem, though not in time to stop Hope’s (Kristian Alfonso) nuptials with Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove). Kinda sad and tropey. Wait, that was yesterday’s edition. Sorry, I’m tripping. Caroline (Peggy McCay) was really tugging at my heart a little with how bad she feels for not being able to stop what was happening. Ah well, with news that Daniel Cosgrove is due to check out of the show on November 9…that was supposed to be a spoiler. Don’t care. If you come to this site you’ll find no spoilers or warnings of spoilers because I think we’re all grown ups by now. All that “spoiler” crap is for kids. Sorry kids. (Said in a voice like Ze Frank). And may I say I loved the jail break?

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Well, these writers certainly are pulling out all the soap tropes to get Steve and Bo (Peter Reckell) back to Salem. First the whole thing with the plane crash, then the bike needing repairs, then the running out of gas, then the arrest by a Jackie Gleeson in “Smokey and the Bandit” wannabe. Instead of playing this straight out, they’re making us wait too … damn … long to get Steve and Bo home. Now let’s talk about the fact I really want to smash in Kayla’s (Mary Beth Evans) face in for two things; 1) how she’s treating Caroline (Peggy McCay), and 2) how she’s been towards Steve and Bo. I kinda want her to fall in a vat of acid and drown. Sorry “Sweetness” fans, but tis the truth. Have I said how much I really want my girl Ava (Tamara Braun) to get back to Salem? Yeppers. I really would love it if Ava reclaimed Steve and more or less told Kayla to shut her self-righteous mouth. There I said it and I’m happy. Don’t like it, tough. I’m defending my guy Steve.

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