So help me God! I’ve started watching Days of Our Lives or at least clips portraying Jackson “Sonny” Kiriakis (Freddie Smith) and William “Will” Horton’s (Chandler Massey) relationship.
Left: Chandler Massey as William “Will” Horton. Right: Freddie Smith as Jackson “Sonny” Kiriakis
I started with the episode that aired on June 23rd 2011 which were the former’s first episode and ended my watching on January 2nd 2014 on the latter’s last episode. In addition to this I managed to find the episodes featuring CM before FS joined the cast.
Okay, I think it’s sad to say that this is the best portrayal of gays I’ve seen on television excluding Queer as Folk. I would never have imagined that such a gem would be hidden in a soap opera. With that being said I’d like to break down some stuff I’ve been wondering about – especially plot wise and characters.
“Like Sands Through the Hourglass, so are the Days of Our Lives”
The title card and voice over is sooo cheesy! But I kind of like it.
Will realizes the jig is up
1. The Baby Plot
I initially didn’t think the writers should have gone that way, but since it’s a soap it was inevitable. I don’t believe Will would have slept with Gabi (Camila Banus) since he is gay. Okay, I know they were both in a bad place that night. It just doesn’t make sense he would sleep with her after he came out as gay. Why not hook up with Neil (Jesse Kristofferson)? or another gay guy? And Gabi knew he was gay when she slept with him this time! Jesus, she could easily have found someone else to sleep with as well, who was straight.
With that being said I was excited to see Gabi going straight to him instead of lying off the bat when she found out she was pregnant. Lying about the paternity is one of the most common plot devices in soaps. Will himself is actually a victim of this since his mom lied about who his real dad was until he was around two years old.
A rare smile
Anyway I admire her courage of coming forward to her very much gay ex-boyfriend, but this is where my admiration ends in regards to Gabi. She’s so easy to manipulate and rolls over without any objections or hesitation. This can best be seen in her relationship with Nick Fallon (Blake Berris) which is totally screwed up and they are not equal partners. I get that he is this older guy who is willing to take responsibility for another guy’s baby and that must seem attractive to most women. As their relationship went on it became clear to me that if Nick asked her to jump, she certainly would answer “how high?”
Call me cynical, but I actually wished Gabi aborted the child in February 2013. If that had happened then the rest of this dreadful plot wouldn’t have happened in my opinion.
I have a strong dislike for Nick. He’s got some serious issues to work through, he is way too possessive of Gabi, he’s a control freak which isn’t healthy – at all and he’s too cocky for my liking. Besides the bug he planted in Will’s backpack wouldn’t fly in real life in my opinion. He seriously needs psychiatric help, but not from Marlena (Diedre Hall). I couldn’t find it to forgive him for his actions when it was revealed he was raped in prison because of all the pain he had inflicted on Will.
Before becoming a couple
What irks me the most in this hot mess is that it seems all the Hortons are taking Nick’s side in the whole debacle not realizing Will is as much family to them as Nick. In fact they are second cousins – Will is the son of Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), who is the son of Bill. Bill is the brother of Marie who is the mother of Jessica, who is the mother of Nick. Maggie (Suzanne Rogers), Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) really tested my nerves in this. I actually believe Abigail (Kate Mansi) and JJ (Casey Moss) are the only ones in their corner except Lucas – must be because they are cousins with both Sonny and Will.
Will should never have let Nick blackmail him because I doubt EJ (James Scott) would file charges against him since it would ruin the latter’s relationship to Sami (Alison Sweeney) and besides Will is the half-brother of EJ’s two children. If Will hadn’t agreed to sweep his paternity under the rug a lot could have been avoided. I understand he was afraid of losing Sonny, but that doesn’t justify it. Gabi claims to be Will’s best friend, but what kind of best friend is she? She choose her boyfriend over the father of her baby – there’s something serious wrong with this.
Technically their second kiss
No Sonny is probably Will’s best friend at this point and has been for a long time. Will should actually seek to get joint custody of Ari – that way Gabi can’t just up and leave. Besides Will’s name on the birth certificate – that should mean something, right? It should trump Nick’s claims in court. Nick is a convicted murderer albeit having served his sentence and who in their right mind would give him custody of Ari over Will, who besides attempting to kill EJ, is a model citizen.
I don’t get how the actor who plays Nick can go through with it since I’ve been reading around the Internet and found Nick is serious disliked by fans. I know from I’ve read Nick really isn’t dead after all and have now arisen from the dead to wreck more havoc in Will’s life. And that Gabi has once again fallen under his spell. Actually I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins a Daytime Emmy Award this year for the role because he serious got some mad acting skills.
2. Sonny and his double standards
First attempt to have sex
At the beginning of their relationship they decided not to keep any secrets between them. Well, that didn’t go well since Will lied to Sonny about Gabi and the baby. That secret unraveled at Gabi and Nick’s wedding curtsy of Chad. Sonny (reluctantly) broke up with Will because he couldn’t trust Will. A month later they get back together and Will wisely fesses up to shooting EJ in the back instead of Lucas.
This doesn’t sit well with me because Will has laid all the cards on the table albeit a little reluctant and Sonny is still desperately holding on to the key of gaining custody over Ari. He knows what Gabi did to Melanie and Chad because the latter told him. This is the reason why Chad shot her wedding to hell in the first place and forced Will to reveal he was the father of Gabi’s baby. This is a big secret – as big as the ones Will has held. Right now Sonny is protecting Gabi and Chad. I know Chad could go to prison for the assault on Nick, but I still believe it’s a necessary sacrifice if Sonny wants to keep his relationship to Will. I believe this could be the beginning of the end for their relationship when Will finds out. He’s going to see it as a major betrayal. Coming forward with this would prove Gabi is a conniving bitch who isn’t fit to be a mother.
I have been reading scripts of the show which mean I have had access to what the other characters were up to while I was in WilSon land. Anyway I just figured out that EJ AND Sami also knows what Gabi did to Melanie and Chad. Jesus fucking Christ (pardon my French). This is bad! When this secret comes out Will is going off the rails. I just hope his awesome grandmother Marlena is there to pick up the pieces because he will have a hard time forgiving Sami for this. I’m pretty furious with this whole secret. Will deserves to know.
Remember when Will had a backbone?
3. William Robert “Will” Horton
Will Horton has carried the idiot ball for the better part of 2 months after learning Gabi was pregnant with his baby in November 2012. I partially blame the network for this misfortune since they fired the excellent writers who wrote his “coming out” storyline in 2011. The new writers stripped Will his confidence and swag he had previously gained when working for EJ. Instead he became a naive wimp without a backbone. His ability to see the good in people is admirable, but it seriously blinded him in regards to Gabi and Nick’s intentions. Maybe it’s not unlike how some of the other family members viewed them.
Actually the storyline with E.J (James Scott) and all the blackmail was the most exciting part sans Will’s struggles with his feelings for guys. I would have loved to see this relationship evolve – not necessarily to something romantic, but it was a joy watching the scenes between CM and JS. They were very exciting to watch. It was great seeing E.J. and Will become some sort of friends during these months. Not to mention Sonny would have a worked great as a foil to Will’s bad boy persona who delved deeper into the DiMera business. Sonny could have been Will’s moral compass. Instead Will was thrust into the awful baby plot and the writers decided to go the easy way.
Everyone tried to warn him when the truth came out for at least two months before he finally figured out the reason why Nick wanted him out of the Ari’s life wasn’t because of Sami, but because he was gay. Just about everyone including Justin and Sonny urged him to see a lawyer about the custody issue – and he ignored them. Lucas knew almost from the get-go that it was Nick who was behind the blackmail. EJ and Sami also tried to get through to him – to no avail. In the end it was Sonny who made him see the light after Will had been blackmailed by Nick into giving up his parental rights to Ari.
I’m furious of how his character has been treated. It hurt so much to watch him being run over by Gabi and Nick – maybe Chandler Massey was wise when he wanted to leave this trainwreck the character Will has become. The “old” Will would never have let things go this far – remember he had a backbone when he worked for EJ? Actually the character was much more likeable pre November 2012.
4. Who Shot Stefano?
I don’t understand the plot because everyone knew he’d somehow survive. There’s a reason why he’s called “The Pheonix” – it rises from the ashes again and again in all eternity – just like Stefano DiMera.,
Where’s my gun?
8 people want to kill him. Motive?
Marlena, John (Drake Hogestyn), Hope and Bo (Peter Reckell) wants revenge for what he had done to them. Brainwashing Hope and John and rigging the safe house which ultimately blew up.
Kate (Lauren Koslow): Angered about the clause in her divorce from Stefano stripping her the position at Countess Wilhelmina and him controlling her life.
Abe (James Reynolds): Revenge for what Stefano did to his wife, Lexie, who is Stefano’s daughter.
EJ: Stefano forced Will to tell Rafe about EJ and Sami’s grief sex leading to Nicole divorcing him.
Will: Angered over the loss of EJ’s friendship, the loss of his job, his apartment and for “killing”
Will watches Sami and EJ having “grief sex”
Abe forgot his gun at the DiMera mansion and subsequently all the other seven suspects pick it up. Eight different fingerprints on the murder weapon sending the forensic specialists on overtime. In the end Will was arrested because he didn’t pass the gun residue test they all took. He had fired a gun that night, just not the murder weapon, but the gun he had bought.
Anyway Neil came forward giving Will an alibi which he confirms after being pushed by EJ to tell the truth. I get that Will was reluctant revealing his alibi because it would sure make him front page news in the papers thus outing him very public. What I don’t get is Will apparently went to the Spot (a gay bar) soaked to the core by the rain! How could he possible go out all night being wet without getting sick the day after. Even if he did go home to change clothes after confronting Stefano, there’s another problem not addressed; could anyone confirm his whereabouts from leaving the DiMera Mansion to arriving at the Spot with Neil. It doesn’t make sense to me! I wish someone could explain all this to me.
5. Neil and Will
Will’s first kiss with a guy
Neil is such an underutilized character! Damn the kiss between him and Will was hot. I actually think it was kind of random him showing up at the police station several weeks after their kiss to give Will an alibi. It smells like the writers needed some kind of twist making sure Will wouldn’t land in jail. Are we supposed to believe Will have been hanging out with Neil since their kiss? No one has ever addressed this on the show – not even in conversations between Sonny and Will. Okay, Will might have had a lot on his plate, but Neil showing up was as I wrote, random. And then he simply disappears again. It’s a shame he never appeared more like Brian (Brant Daugherty). He could have been a great foil to Brian since the latter was very interested in Sonny and Neil was interested in Will. Sonny and Will aren’t star crossed lovers for nothing. And this would have been so much better than the baby plot.
6. Marlena and Will
Diedre Hall & Chandler Massey
One of the things the TV-show got right was portraying Marlena and Will’s relationship. Marlena is
Will’s maternal grandmother though she prefers not to be referred like this in public. I simply adore them together. Their scenes literary steal the show compared to interactions between other characters.
I think DH was brought back to help with Will’s coming out storyline since Marlena is a psychiatrist and let’s face it neither Sami nor Kate would be the right person to talk to in his hour of need.
Will is lucky to have her to lean on. Maybe that’s why it was so heartbreaking for him learning of her supposed death. She was the one constant in his life which actually is solified by him visiting Marlena and John when they all lived in Switzerland for an extended period of time. And Will was the one who kept them updated on what happened in Salem after he returned. They have a special relationship and it’s so heartwarming seeing them together.
Though she wouldn’t behave like a psychiatrist when talking to him. I speak from experience since my mom is a psychologist and she never wants to hear about my problems as one, but as my mom. Granted it’s difficult since I have a hard time decaffeinating my Mom whenever I talk to her! She slips in and out of her role as a psychologist.
Second attempt to have sex
I don’t really want to hear my own grandma (if she was alive) call me delicious! I love Marlena put
everything aside when Will needed someone to talk to – and I love how supportive she was – must be a part of her profession. I love their shared passion for Scrabble and I love she taught him to spell.
DH and CM have amazing chemistry and it really shows how comfortable they are around each other. I think that plays a huge part in their popularity – actually CM has electric chemistry with most actors he’s playing against on DOOL (more on that later).
Every single character on this show are hypocrites who call others out on their misdeeds even though they have done much worse things in the past.
A prime example is Sami’s relationship with her mom, Marlena. They don’t get along because Sami blames her mother for cheating on her father with John. Years later Sami cheats on Rafe (Galen Gering) with E.J. and chalk it up to “I was in pain.”
I understand why Will is more than exasperated with his mom at this point and her selfish ways. As Marlena pointed out he has been the parent ever since he was old enough to understand what the word parents meant. Sami and Lucas treated him like a prize which made him bounce back and forth between them during his childhood. The one who had won him had the upper hand and his bag was never unpacked. And I haven’t even mentioned how Sami lied about who his dad was for the first two years of his life.
Another parallel is Will’s paternity was revealed during Sami’s wedding to Austin (Patrick Muldoon) like Ari’s paternity was revealed during Gabi’s wedding to Nick. History is indeed repeating itself.
It’s no wonder the kid have issues with relationships in general. And it’s no surprise he has a had time talking about his feelings since he’s been repressing them for such a long time
After their first time
8. Inbreed Community
I’m actually a little concerned about if Salem is in danger of becoming an inbreed community because it seems there only are five to six families in town and God forbid if they found love outside of those families.
Well, the family relations on the show is seriously messed up! It’s not a soap opera for nothing. More family members than I can count are both cousins, second cousins, dating each other’s exes and having children with said exes.
Sonny and Will are related through Abigail and JJ. Their mother is Will’s father’s half-sister while Sonny’s mother is Abigail’s father’s sister. This makes them Sonny’s cousin and Will’s half-cousin.
The list goes on and on! And it’s more than a little complicated navigating through the jungle of characters since there are over 15 featured prominent on the TV-Show.
Second or third round?
9. Chandler Massey & Guy Wilson
I really understand why CM won two Daytime Emmy Awards after seeing most episodes in which his character is featured because the guy got some serious mad acting skills. Already back in Febuary 2010 when CM joined Days he knocked it out of the park with sublime acting. At such a young age CM nailed the character of Will perfectly and it was fun to see him interact with other characters like Casey Deirick (Chad DiMera). It’s not easy going head to head with veteran actors like AS, DH, Galen
Gering and JS, but he held his ground.
I need to stress he had electric chemistry with most of his co-stars particularly JS, CD. DH, AS and FS. He apparently had so much chemistry with both JS and CD that fans really wanted to see romantic relationships between Will and either EJ or Chad. It was pretty much unintentional, but nevertheless their chemistry was awesome.
CM’s acting has gotten even better in time as he got to know Will better – and it culminated when he 2nd Daytime Emmy Award, 2013started his coming out storyline in the summer of 2011 – a year and a half after joining Days. I wouldn’t be surprised if he get short-listed once again for the Daytime Emmy Awards 2014 – the question is if he’ll win this time. I believe he deserves it, but so does FS who also submitted a video reel to the committee. If CM wins it’s going to be awkward since the relations between the network and him aren’t the best. Perhaps that will influence the selection and the voting.
I don’t think I’ll keep following DOOL after CM left the show. I’ll probably check in from time to time, but what initially drew me to the show was CM and with him gone there’s nothing left for me besides FS, but it’s just too weird seeing him with another guy. It doesn’t help that Casey Deirick has wrapped up his role as Chad DiMera on the show and Camila Banus is one her way out as well. CD started working on the show shortly before CM joined the cast and CB joined shortly after CM. Oh CHad and Will had more chemistry between them than with their on screen love interests! I wouldn’t mind seeing “Chill” have given it a go. Unfortunately it wasn’t the right time for Will to come out of the closet. In my humble opinion he totally nailed the character of Will and as I said before; he has fabulous chemistry with FS.
Guy Wilson is up for a tough time and has big shoes to fill because fans have had four years to absolutely fall in love with CM and his take on Will. But that’s really not unlike when Dylan Patton was let go and they recast CM in the role of Will. However DP only had a year on the soap whereas CM had four years and three Emmy nominations under his belt – and won two Emmy’s. It was probably a tougher time for the fans when Christopher Gerse was done with DOOL since he had held the role of Will for 5 years or so. However Will was a child back then and probably didn’t have much to do other than say a few lines here and there.
I actually kind of feel sorry for GW because right now fans is in a transition trying to get used to him.
It probably doesn’t help much that fans really wanted to see CM as Will in his and Sonny’s wedding which apparently will happen sometime this year. Another thing, but that’s totally subjective – I don’t find GW attractive at all – actually he looks a little funny!
GW doesn’t posses the same charm or killer smile as CM does. For me CM will always be Will. There must be a reason why the relationship between Will and Sonny are called Wilson 2.0.
I believe CM was dealt with one of the most harrowing story lines ever (and this comes from a faithful SPN AND Buffy fan) – coming out, dealing with his mom, his baby with Gabi and so on. What comes next for Will is peanuts – or maybe not, but a wedding is a happy thing, right? How much can go wrong except if the whole truth about Nick’s murder comes out or the secret about Gabi, Chad and Melanie is outed.
It was bittersweet seeing the last scenes with CM and FS because they are so cute together. I wished the writers developing Sonny and Will’s relationship more because we hardly saw them hold hands, kiss or in post-coital bliss in the last months of CM’s stint as Will. I blame the baby plot once again for this misfortune. I was sad to see the send off CM got, it was just him and FS talking by the river. At least we got two kisses between them the day before where they celebrated New Years. And it felt like both actors knew it was it.
The chemistry between FS and CM are one of the best I’ve ever seen. They are literary eye fucking each other in most scenes they share after Will comes out. I’ve never seen anyone sent such smoldering looks at each other – and their personalities seems to fit like a glove. It’s evident the first kissing scenes are a bit awkward, but it would be for anyone in a new relationship. It won’t be long before they surpass other gay couples in Daytime Television like Luke and Noah (As the World Turns) or Kyle and Oliver (One Life to Live) as the most popular or maybe they had the change of becoming this before the network fired CM.
Why did I let Nick blackmail me?
But I do wish CM all the luck in the world. I think it’s a wise choice to finish college because it gives him something to lean on if his showbiz career falls flat. I’ve checked out his band/project with his former co-star Casey Deirick and it sounds awesome!
I can’t help but wonder how awkward the transition between CM and GW was for the other actors since it kind of happened from one day to another. Not much time to get used to working with someone knew. Besides it’s going to be interesting to watch if the other cast members – especially FS – of DOOL speak about this when their contracts is up. No one is willing or able to say anything other than they’ll miss CM terrible, GW is a great actor and he’s going to be a great recast.
Oh how fair is it that Gabi revived a Christmas ornament and Sonny didn’t? I mean Gabi is only Will’s baby mama after her marriage to Nick fell through while Will and Sonny are in a committed relationship.
Apparently everyone in Salem is addicted to caffeine since all they do is drink coffee! In the beginning they all frequented the Java for their multiple daily fixes – even the teenagers drank a variety of different kinds of coffee. Now it’s Common Grounds that serves as their “go to” coffee house. The only show that rivals this is Gilmore Girls – and they literary couldn’t function without coffee. Not even Beverly Hills 9010’s Peach Pit served this much coffee. I’m a amazed how the teenager could afford drinking all the coffee – and I wonder if Sonny makes any money at Common Grounds since “it’s on the house” line is frequently heard. Actually I wonder how the Brady Pub stays in business do to the same reasons as above.
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