Salem seems to be the world's most violent place lately.
On Days of Our Lives during the week of 4-23-18, Chad beat Stefan almost to death after interrupting his rape of Abigail, Brady was drugged, and Chloe was kidnapped. Plus Gabi was beaten unconscious in prison.
Meanwhile, the Salem PD was so incompetent that the only person to find Abigail -- twice -- was Steve, a blind retired PI, even though she was hanging out in public places like the park and the hospital.
How can anyone in Salem feel comfortable living in such a violent community?
Gabi's beating was the most gratuitous and hard to watch out of all the violence in Salem during the week of 4-23-18.
Prison stories where someone has it in for an inmate and bullies her have been done to death on Days of Our Lives. Hope went through this not that long ago, and now Gabi's life hangs in the balance after a bloody beating that we did not need to see on screen.
The entire scene was nothing but cliches, from the guard who was conveniently absent (and supposedly corrupt) during the beating to the supposed reason for it.
It felt like the writers decided that they wanted to beat Gabi up and then went searching for a reason for someone to do it. We've never even heard of Raines' girlfriend before, nor did we know she was in jail or that anyone had a vendetta against Gabi.
If there had to be a beatdown story, it would have made a lot more sense for Diane to be someone that Eli put away. At least then there would be some logic to this, since Eli had just visited Gabi!
It also made little sense that Gabi was so entirely helpless and unable to fight back. She's tough and feisty, and I recall that a couple of years ago she broke up a fight between two models backstage at an event and commented that she'd learned how to do that in prison.
So how come she couldn't do anything except threaten to call for the guard and then stand there getting beaten up? I'm so tired of women in Salem becoming helpless when the plot calls for it, and this was no exception.
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Even worse, this beating appears to be nothing but a plot point. It was random and over-the-top violent, and its purpose seems to have been to get Rafe and JJ to jail to see Gabi and Hope to run off when she heard the news.
This had better not be a vehicle to reunite Hope and Rafe!
Hope has already been softening far too much towards Rafe for my liking after allowing him to manipulate her into helping him with the investigation into who really killed Andre, and I really don't want them bonding over Gabi's injuries.
Gabi's false imprisonment should be about her, not about Hope and Rafe finding their way back to each other, and I really hope her character isn't getting locked up and beaten up just to give the worst excuse for a couple in Salem a reason t..