Nicole Rescued - Again

While I can understand in this case rescuing Nicole is part of Eric's redemption, why can't Days allow their females to be their own hero? I would have much preferred to have Nicole outwit her captors and leave them in the wake. She certainly would be up to it.
Meanwhile, yet again I never felt a sense of drama with this SL. Xander is hardly the type to instill terror and I never felt Nicole was in any real danger. I hark back to Abby and Ben and the burning bed and how those characters along with great music and lighting were able to create a tension that drew me in. I'd like to see more of that!