Last week the rebooted Days of our Lives hit our screens with fan favorites like John and Marlena and Austin and Carrie returned to our TV screens after a many year absence. As the family reunions took place however, the foursome was propelled immediately into a family based conflict driven storyline centering on John Black’s arrest for embezzlement and securities fraud.
In true soap opera style, John Black’s arrest for misappropriating pension funds from Basic Black’s financial division was only half the story. It was also the catalyst for providing conflict between two other couples in the Black extended family.
Carrie and Austin’s new careers put them on opposite sides of the case. Austin had been contacted by the SEC to do a consult on the case prior to John’s arrest. Carrie was furious with Austin when she learned he knew of John’s impending arrest. She immediately supported step-mom Marlena and made contact with John’s legal team, placing Austin and Carrie on opposite sides of the case. Instant conflict.
Add to that Brady Black’s absence while he monitored the situation from afar, and the Black family is now suddenly brimming with family conflict from one simple inciting incident; John Black’s arrest for embezzlement, securities fraud and misappropriation of pension funds.
The misappropriation of pension funds will also affect the Mayoral election storyline, which again pits family members against each other with EJ DiMera running for Mayor against his sister, Lexie’s, husband Abe Carver.
John Black’s arrest for embezzlement from that same pension fund now makes for a scandal for the incumbent Mayor, evidenced by EJ’s delight in the entire arrest proceedings. EJ’s gloating and almost delirious happiness, and Stefano’s absence at an emergency meeting, also raises the suspicion that the DiMera’s are behind John Black’s current legal woes.
If the deft tying up of Dena Higley’s storylines and considered departure stories for each of the “retired” Days of our Lives characters didn’t give fans faith in the new head writing team of Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, perhaps last week’s storytelling did.
Time and, more importantly for the longevity of Days of our Lives, ratings will tell.