Who can deny that soaps have been stagnant for decades? It's the death of the genre. Still, if we accept it for what it is, I'll say that I think Days is better than it's been recently. No, not great, but when I get to the end of the episode I usually look forward to the next.
Jen's face during Hattie's press conference was hilarious. I also liked that Hope was as loyal to Hattie as she could reasonably be. That makes me like Hope more than any romance with Rafe ever could. I didn't realize that Lucas is a poor woman's (me circa 1992) Skeet Ulrich until the other day. I can't believe I've never seen it before. I agree that Nicole should be long gone. She's not going to end up with Brady or Eric so I don't really see the point in dragging it out. Maybe it gives Eric and Nicole fans some closure, but I would have rather seen that happen in a year or two when Nicole comes back (in one form or another).