My take on Day's 50th storyline is not good. While I enjoy seeing characters who have been absent, beloved sets reappearing and the idea of a town celebration, the overall tenor of stories has been horrible.
Let's review. Steve and Kayla are at odd with no sense that that situation will be resolved anytime soon. The somewhat romantic story of Aiden and Hope trying a second time to find happiness has been blown to smithereens by a murderous, nonsensical plot about Aiden the gambling addict, who never showed one hint of that previously, now determined to kill Hope for money while claiming to truly love her. Jennifer is just going around mothering and has no story whatsoever. Naggie looks on while Victor watches every breath Caroline takes. The Caroline story has been good and I loved seeing PM being stubborn, sneaky Grandma escaping the hospital. The Abe/new girl story was so predictable and the new character is so dull that I don't care one bit about that story. I love A Martinez and wish his story would be expanded. He is very watchable. TPTB have turned Justin into an annoying, vengeful man. Those dimples are wasted on that meany. Lucas and Adrienne make me laugh. Please. I was disappointed that Clyde had such an unceremonious exit. The actor made the most of Clyde. Salem needs a resident villain. Stefano is too old to even take seriously. Such a shame. Andre has come off as just a sycophant trying his best to get Daddy's approval. What should have been a wonderful celebration for Salem came off as a tacky costume drama. I won't even comment on the trials and tribulations of Abby's vagina. She brought all of this on herself. Ben is a murderer because he loves Abby so much. Yeah that's it. Nevermind he is totally insane. Chad is not a DiMera in any sense of the word or in the way he looks. So I don't care what happens to him.
In short, there has been non-stop misery during what should have been a happy celebration of the life of a once venerable, entertaining show. Where is the celebration? I'm still waiting.