I also love that Julie has been made such an integral part of the story. Usually Julie just pops up for a day or two at Christmas so it's been such a treat to see Susan Seaforth Hayes front and center in a major storyline. I do love the dynamic between Nick and Maggie and I'm disappointed that their relationship has been all but forgotten at this point but it makes sense for Julie, a former Horton wild child, to be one of Nick's biggest supporters, since the Horton black sheep torch has clearly been passed to the Fallonator. The Hortons have always been more interesting to me than the Bradys so I like that they're taking center stage these days. I loved that Julie was so concerned about Nick and just wouldn't let it go despite everyone insisting that she was overreacting and being meddlesome. It was so satisfying to see someone in Salem express genuine concern over Nick. The fact that Julie was that person just made it better. And her dynamic with little sister Hope provided some fantastic levity. Hayes and Kristian Alfonso are delightful together.
I fully expected Nick to stroll into the church mid-christening but the ceremony went off without a hitch. Despite my frustration with Gabi, Will and Sonny of late it was a sweet, lovely scene. As the guests began to file out of the church it became apparent that the major players in the story were going to be the only ones left to witness the shocking final act. And even though I knew it was coming Nick's return was absolutely thrilling. I can't remember another Days scene that made my heart pound like it was pounding when Nick walked in, quietly closed the sanctuary doors behind him and said "Sorry, am I interrupting?" The way Blake Berris delivered his line led me to believe that Nick might have amnesia. I was hopeful that we'd get a sweet, clueless Fallonator for a while but then the preview for this coming week was released, showing that Nick has returned to Salem for revenge. Once again, I feel conflicted about the direction Days is heading with Nick. I'm sure I'll enjoy seeing Nick make Sami, Kate and Gabi squirm but I hope his scheming doesn't land him back in prison or really most sincerely dead.
I'll try to stay positive. Maybe Nick will stick around and eventually turn his focus to fixing his own life instead of wreaking havoc in the lives of others. Maybe one day he'll be paired with a woman who truly loves him. I would like to see the character written as more than just a troublemaker though I certainly don't want him to be redeemed outright. More than anything I just want him to stay. Anything that ensures that it alright by me.