Agreed! I actually love the John and Marlena danger stories but it is time for it to have a break and they simply do not have the budget for this. It feels like they just threw darts at the wall for the Stefano and Orpheus stories. There was absolutely no point in either one.
They skipped months/years of angst for Ciara and Ben (I am over him being a killer, soaps will never learn and they have chemistry IMO) but the story isn't there. For John and Marlena I would love to see Marlena with am actual patient or both solving mysteries connected to the younger characters in an important but not front burner role.