“If we look at this story like a mature love story and you get to a point where you
live the characters and you know the point of frustration, the dam has to burst,” explains
DAYS OF OUR LIVES Executive Producer, Tom Langan. And boy, does it ever. After
nearly two years of suffering in silence, loser-in-love Mike Horton finally declares his
feelings to Carrie. “It was just natural at this point in the story,” says Langan. “It didn’t
have to come out of an elevator crash or the house burning down with her inside; it came
out of a real emotional place.”
“Mike just can’t take it anymore,” sighs his portrayer, Roark Critchlow. “She’s there all
the time, they’ve kissed twice and the longing hasn’t lessened any. She’s way too close
and driving him crazy.”
At last, Mike’s frustration gets the better of him: He throws caution to the wind and declares his love. “Carrie is quite stunned that he articulated this and so is he,” grins Langan. “In effect, it leads to much more tension between them. Before, everything just seemed like flirtation; now, they have t deal with a very deep emotion- Mike’s love for Carrie.
But what about Carrie’s feelings for Mike? She’s married to Austin, but she’s hardly been the ideal wife lately. “She loves Mike back, but she can’t really say anything,” notes Christie Clark (Carrie). “It’s a very confusing time for her now. She’s married, and she wants to tell him she loves him, too, but you can’t just do that when you are married.”
Her silence doesn’t sit well with Mike, who has basically put his heart on the line. “Mike is really opening himself up and she’s says, ‘I don’t know what to say,’” previews Critchlow. “As soon as she says that, Mike is thinking that he made an idiot out of himself. There was his heart, and she just shredded it.” But what Carrie doesn’t say is also significant. “She doesn’t deny it,” he points out. She says, ‘I don’t know what to do, I’m very confused....’ He embarrassed her and it’s horrible. It’s absolute vulnerability. She doesn’t have the guts to make the move.”
Probably because of that little band of gold on her finger. After all, she and Austin have only been married a little over a year. Hardly the time for irreconcilable difference- even in Salem.
“She’s still in love with Austin,” insists Clark. “He’s her first love, and she never known anything different. It was young love, and when you’re young you think, ‘This is it,’ and then you’re in another relationship in a year and you’re like, ‘Oh my God, what was I thinking?’ She thinks she should have waited. She keeps flashing back on Mike saying, ‘You should wait, you’re rushing into this.’ And Austin and it’s the same old thing: Sami and Will, Sami and Will. So that draws her to Mike more.”
But Mike wants to put some distance between them aster her ambivalent response to his bold declaration. “He tells her, ‘You’ve got to chill out and give me some room and some space.’ And he rattles on that maybe she should quit her job [at the hospital] because he can’t take it anymore,” says Critchlow. “She says, ‘What are you going to do? Fire me?’ He says, ‘I’m not going to destroy somebody’s career that way.’ She says, ‘So are you asking me to quit?’ I say, ‘Yeah. It would be better if you did.’”
“If she stayed away for awhile and really tried to get him out of her head, they could go back to being friends,” Clark muses. “But at this point, all they want to do is kiss again and that’ll go just a little further- and then they’ll be in trouble.”
Critchlow, on the other hand, doesn’t see them going back to “just friends” stage anytime soon. “It’s still a love affair,” he declares. “There’s not even an attempt to be friends. To Mike, it’s just a straight-up awareness of what the truth is and then just dealing with it. He’s not going to stop loving her and be her friend. He can’t. So, she’s around because he’s willing to take the pain of having her there because he’s a loser [laughs]. Seep down in his heart, he knows she can’t begin to feel the love he feels.”
So, where does that leave them? “This is basically the beginning of an affair,” says Langan. "They’ve kissed twice, she’s broken her vows and she should have gone to Austin the first time she kissed Mike and told him. That’s what a relationship is all about: honest ad communication. This is going to be potentially disastrous for all three people.”
But that doesn’t mean all is lost for star-crossed Carrie and Ausdim. (**sorry, couldn’t resist**) “I still think Carrie and Austin are the long-term rooting couple,” says Executive Producer Ken Corday. “They’ve been put upon by the evil sister [Sami] and she’s used all of her wiles to get Austin to really care about Will.” However, he previews, “He will risk his love in a kind of not-so-nice way.” Uh-oh.
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