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Are DAYS Ben and Ciara Primed To Be The Hottest New Couple On The Soaps?

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Soap opera storylines can be forgiving, and as we have seen, former bad boys turn good and fall in love with beautiful girls, who are attracted to men with an edge.

Look no further than when Luke (Tony Geary) raped Laura (Genie Francis) on General Hospital, and how eventually that turned out!  Luke and Laura became the most iconic soap supercouple of them all.

Then, there is taking the anti-hero from a working class family and having him fall in love with the spoiled, rich girl.   Days of our Lives did this most successfully with another one of soaps iconic love stories that of Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) in the 80’s.

Now, DAYS looks to take this classic formula and bring it to modern day as Bo and Hope’s daughter, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) who is a bit of wild child herself, finds herself on a collusion course with serial killer Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

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As viewers saw on Wednesday’s episode of the NBC daytime drama series, after Ciara gets in a motorcycle accident and can’t move on the outskirts of Salem, Ben is dropped off in the same vicinity by an enraged Chad (Billy Flynn), who learned that Ben has been released by the courts to re-enter society.  Thanks, Marlena (Deidre Hall)!  Chad wants him as far away from Salem as possible.

Once by himself, Ben comes upon a beautiful damsel in distress, Ciara!  He pockets her cellphone, and sees she can’t move, and carries her in his arms.  Where is he heading? Well, from the looks of the previews for next week, to the same cabin he tortured Abigail in!  But this time, things look as if they will turn out much differently.

Ben wants redemption.  Ciara can’t get over being raped by Chase, and caught Tripp (Lucas Adams) with Claire (Olivia Rose Keegan) in a comprimising position.  Hope is upset that Marlena help free Ben! .What will happen when she finds out her daughter is with the guy, and that she may actually end up falling for him, and having the hots for him?  So much juicy story built in by DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati. and many obstacles for Ben and Ciara to overcome.

So, do you think this pairing will ignite the screen? Are you onboard for some #Cin, a Ben and Ciara romance? Comment below.

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Mike
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On a purely physical level – they look great together. And if Ben had been a thief, or had gone to jail for beating up Chad, or for ALMOST killing someone – then, I think there would be a much easier road to possible redemption. I just think being a (former?) serial killer who has paid for his crimes for a little less than two years is asking a bit much to ask. How does any character look at him or interact with him with any sense of security? How can Ciara hold it against Trip for almost sleeping with… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Beautiful post, Mike…..well phrased, giving thought to your words.
Before TPTB jump headlong into this pit, they need to remind themselves of exactly what you said, Mike.
Beside the fact that Ben, as the new, revised edition, needs to confront himself….get to know himself….find himself, and come to grips with whom he now is.
I hope the idea doesn’t go anywhere…..as you say, we shall see.

Please forgive the unintentional omission of the comma….completely changes the meaning of the sentence.
Should read:…..any discussion Tripp and Ciara may have had, went down the tubes.
Yikes….

Patrick
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Patrick

the actor ( actress ) who portraits.. Ciera Alice.. is a stunning FIND. she hits all the beats of ingenue.. heroine.. broken .. ( her rape) right now is aching.. as she tried to relate to Tripp. she’s a magical find.. right out of the gate.. REELS RSW : IS ANOTHER GEM… so rare to find two qualified actors .. pulling off a supercouple in the making? how the senses took .. how your uninhibited controlled love at first site… all your hormonal rage flew !!!! there’s no control.. it’s full tilt aware of carnal knowledge @ first bite ?… Read more »

Karen
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Karen

I haven’t been this excited for a couple since Bo met his Fancy Face! I have watched Days since the very first episode, first scene showing Tom and Alice’s front porch! Bring on Cin, I am already on the Cin train!

Jimh
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Jimh

Yep…Days is reintroducing the super couple or the ‘killer’ super hero…Ben and Ciara will be seen on her motorbike fleeing Salem after so many try to break them up…Ciara at the wheel..Ben behind her with his arms tightly around her waist…as their love song plays…’I’m Holding Out For An Anti-Hero!’-lol

Sandra
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Sandra

I think they could have great potential if they write this correctly. If Ben is actually redeemed I think in soaps a well written redemption can overcome a lot.

I’m very interested to see how this plays out. Right now I’m rooting for #Cin, storytelling may change that but I’m very intrigued.

val
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val

A serial killer can’t be redeemed. So stupid. Bring the actor back as a twin or a Doppelganger. This is why soaps lost viewers. Ben was a great character and pure evil, but soaps shouldn’t be in the business of minimizing murderers.

Diane
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Diane

It’s entertainment. He had mental illness. He broke when he dad beat him, his sister and mother. Anything can happen in a soap opera. A serial killer can’t be redeemed. Well a dead person can’t be brought back to life either, but it happens all the time. Jack is next.

Vicki
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Vicki

Amen, Diane!!!!

Bj
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Bj

I agree ,Bo was the bad boy and ended up with hope .Now his daughter following in mom and dad foot step.Great writing

Satan
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Satan

Typical convoluted plotpoint ReRon clusterf%$# writing. Considering that every serial killer who has ever lived has ended up in Hell, I think I can speak with considerable authority that they are not redeemable. Days should have known this, as they just recently tried to do this with Andre DiMera (who actually had THREE seperate sprees as a serial killer – though the third one turned out to be that Melaswen dragonshit, so the victims weren’t actually dead). Of course in the end, Andre wasn’t truly redeemed and was still up to his devious ways. Ironically a redeemed Andre was never… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

No! No! No! Days would be going down that same ruinous road that GH has been down (to my chagrin) many times. You can’t “redeem” a psychopath! After the graphically violent scenes the character had before he cannot be redeemed. Make him a twin 🙂
if you want to give the actor some work.

JMER
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JMER

First getting rid of Stephen Nichols and now this! It does seem that Days, which had lured in more viewers, is now taking the same route as GH. Wrong, very wrong and GH’s audience is much more accepting of murderers as romantic leads. I hope Days’ audience won’t accept one bit of this. The actor who plays Ben is great so I expect they think everyone will fall for it. And I can’t believe L&L are going to be the comparison. In no way was L&L done irresponsibly by Monty. They took great care in bringing rape to the forefront… Read more »

Sara
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Sara

Only problem with this is that we ALL know what made Ben popular the first time around. And it had nothing to do with playing nice. Plus his been on for 2 minutes. His got a looong uphill. Trying to make amends first. I also feel he is placed in the wrong age grouo. But im pretty sure I know why. They have him there for now:) plus it’s too weird for me that he murdered a girl around same age as Ciara. He also have history of violence towards women. Before he started to murder. It’s too much that… Read more »

Ray Johnson
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Ray Johnson

As far as being in the wrong age group, Bo much much older than Hope back in the 1980s. I think this has super-couple written all over it.

Gina
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Gina

Please don´t compare Bo, to a serial killer who murdered multiply women. And was violent even before that. If you want someone like that with 15 year younger woman, a rape victim. You gotta see fast, that most of these ppl only want some for fast thrill, they see two hot ppl and thats about it.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Are you saying that what Stefan O did…make love to an alter who he BELIEVED was real and in his mind it wasn’t rape, he really loved her is worse than a murderer????

I think I’d go for the “confused” romantic over the serial killer. LOL.

Patrick
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Patrick

I’ve christened Tyler Christopher the Kevin Costner of daytime… AND that’s HOT PERIOD

Stefan is making inroads and is just as commanding

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Not sure how I feel about this possibility. I like Ciara with Tripp. I think they are so cute together. Maybe Ciara can be a catalyst for Ben getting re-established in town.

Celia
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Celia

What a great point you make,Llanviewer! I like it…

blake
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blake

I prefer Ciara with Tripp also. At least it will be an interesting triangle.

Gilda
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Gilda

Can’t get past Ben being a killer-ciera should be with trip and he saves her when Ben goes off the rails AGAIN,

Celia
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Celia

I love Robert….he’s every woman’s dream ( well, except for mysband, LOL)…..tall, goegeous, mysterious….yet, I love Tripp. It would be sooo disappointing for me if the writers decide on a liaison between Ben and Ciara. I want her first time to be with Tripp ( rape does not count—not lovemaking)…. to be sweet. Gentle. Not scary. I don’t know if Ben fits the bill; even if he is rehabilitated/’cured’. I doubt he’s ready, so soon after his release. I feel so badly for Tripp. Awwww!! Plus, he and Ciara are so good together……maintaining a true affection after discovering their friendship… Read more »

blake
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blake

I prefer Ciara with Tripp as well.

Vicki
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Vicki

I think Ben and Ciara are a super couple in the making. I’m so excited. Everyone can be redeemed on a soap. Tripp and Claire will make a great couple, too!

Celia
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Celia

Correction: my husband

Rebecca
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Rebecca

Sounds a lot like Franco/Elizabeth on GH. For much of the audience it’s working because they consistently rank #1 couple in fan polls.

Soap viewers are adept at going with not so realistic stories. It’s all up to the writing and the actors to make it work. Sami married a man who both raped her and had her raped. I don’t think it gets more far fetched than that.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I saw your comment and thought…”when did I write this???” Then realized “you” aren’t “me.” 😉 I don’t see this as a Franco/Liz thing because Franco really did have a medical reason why he was violent. Confirmed by so many doctors. So, I don’t see him as a “redeemed” murderer; just a victim whose condition unfortunately caused others to be victims. Ben, from what I gather, (have only watched over a year) murdered to murder. Psychopath? Sociopath? Couple of bad days? Unless there was a medical reason I don’t see how any normal human being could date a murderer let… Read more »

Rebecca
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Rebecca

I agree with you about Franco. A tumor on your frontal lobe is actually the most realistic reason for behavior that I think a soap has used. Couple that with the prolonged sexual abuse at a very young age and a mother who only knew how to lie to him to protect him and it makes for a very complicated character who didn’t grasp reality. It’s much more believable to me than microchips in the brain, memory mapping, brainwashing, developing DID late in life…, etc. My parallel was mostly meant to say I think Days sees Franco/Elizabeth working on GH… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Well, in defense of the soap the microchips, memory mapping, etc are the “fantastical” elements of the show. Like freezing the world, putting dead people on ice and bringing them back, wearing face masks, etc. But, I agree. I’m totally on board with the reasoning behind Franco’s crime spree. And they’ve been pretty consistent; he’s been caring, nurturing and a loyal partner, friend, son, pseudo-dad to Kiki, ever since the tumor was removed.

But it really (in my opinion) won’t work over at Days if the only reason for a serial killer’s action was a “stage”. LOL

Amanda
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Amanda

No not at all! I’m not a Ben and Ciara fan. I am loving how days has written Tripp and Ciara. They have super couple potential.

Bob
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Bob

I agree

blake
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blake

Same here, Tripp and Ciara are great together.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Love Ciara and Tripp. This coupling may look hot but going from rape to a serial killer is a “tad” much. Tripp is a good-looking sweetheart!

blake
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blake

Agree. Ben is super hot also, but Tripp is the best guy for Ciara.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi blake; yeah; agree. Ben is “super hot.” But, not many aren’t on soaps! 😉

Patrick
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Patrick

gosh.. i’m a week behind.. yet.. LOOK @PIC above.. it has so much read all over it. these are combustible actors.. who.. if given a steady hand… will write a love story I can already look past.. the “history” of said character RSW… being a “serial killer” because he’s such a magnetic actor. she’s Gran’ Jewel PLUS… Ciera Alice , like I’ve posted, is the nuErica Kane. she’s @DAYS.. and I LOVE HER WAS Tripp… given the heave ho ? help @Celia. I hope not.. because this actor is just as talented and we, the audience, are just chomping at… Read more »

blake
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blake

Ciara is going to break up and be upset with Tripp for kissing Claire and almost having sex with her (but stopping it!), but she’s cool with Ben, a serial killer. LOL

I like Tripp and Ciara a lot, this will probably be a really good triangle. They are three beautiful people for sure!

Bob
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Bob

Why did ciara tell hope to forgive rafe for sleeping with Sami but won’t forgive Tripp for not doing anything wrong

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Thought the same thing; easier to give advice then to follow your own, especially when your heart’s involved.

Bob
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Bob

How long do you think it will take Ciara and Tripp to get back together

Bob
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Bob

When do you think Ciara and Tripp will get back together

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I don’t know where I’m going with this but trying to buy the story is going to be a very tough sell for me. Ben murdered 3 people. Even if they found a way to undo the deaths, there is still the fact that he took away alot of time from the lives of these people if the writing goes in that direction. Just Will alone lost a couple of years. I have to say i never saw this story coming.

Christmas Carol
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Christmas Carol

I really dont know what to think if Ben did change I suppose it could work.

Momo
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Momo

Was Days on today (Tuesday)? I am glad Ben is back. Ciara was raped so don’t know if she can get with a killer.

Gina
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Gina

AH, ppl have NOT been given the WHOLE reason Ben is back in Salem. Why would he do there anyway? He has made somewhat “amends” with Will. The rest is dead. He is there, to eventually revenge Chabby. Even the first scenes he had. He tried to blame Chad, and the cheating for him going saine. Cheating is indeed wrong, but it dosen´t mean ppl go insane and start murdering ppl LOL. Trust me, his MAIN purpose is well hidden, but it is there if you think about that. He is here for Chabby revenge, ultimately. The fact that he… Read more »

Diane
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Diane

Yes, yes. I always loved Ben. Then they made him a bad guy. But Ben is gorgeous and is Ciara (thank god other actress is gone, she was terrible actress). This absolutely can be a new Bo & Hope. Besides the guy Tripp looks too young for her and doesn’t have enough passion for Ciara. He needs to pursue Claire. He jumped into bed with her right away, just like Rafe did with Sammy. Now Sami is coming back pregnant?

stevie g
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stevie g

I love RSW, he is so hot in his role as Ben, but the fact he killed 3, almost four people and is out of jail already doesn’t work for me. Why should he be redeemed when Chase never was. Chase was grieving his Dad and was under a really bad influence from Andre, who by the way got off scott free on that deed, if you don’t count his awful scar injury and eventual death. It is exciting to see Ben with Ciara though, its just a big ask for us viewers as well as most all of Salem,… Read more »

Angela
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Angela

Ben and Ciara would look good as a couple but not right away.Ben got a lot to work through before that can be an possibility.I like Tripp too but not for Ciara I thought he would of been better with Claire.

Annie Thiel
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Annie Thiel

I DO SEE CIARA AND BEN TOGATHER. HE IS WAY BETTER THAN TRIPP.

Annie Thiel
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Annie Thiel

I HOPSE SO GET RID OF TRIPP

Annie Thiel
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Annie Thiel

I WANT CLIARE TO BE KILLED OFF

Annie Thiel
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Annie Thiel

BEN IS WAY BETTER THAN TRIPP PLUSS TRIPP IS UGLY

Annie Thiel
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Annie Thiel

I WANT TO SEE MORE OF CIARA AND BEN INTERACTING. I DON’T CLARIE AROUND BEN. SHE A DROOLING DOG . I WANT CLAIRE DEAD AND HOPE DEAD. I WANT BEN AND CIARA RECONNECT.

Angela
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Angela

The only way to overcome Ben’s serial killer status is to show that it never happened. It should be that it was actually his father, Clyde, who committed the murders and then brainwashed Ben to believe that he was the murderer. Clyde gets off scott-free and Ben is the scapegoat. Since Ben was abused as a child by his father, it would be easy for him to be brainwashed by him as well. Lots of flashbacks could be filmed showing how Clyde committed the murders and framed Ben. It was all a nightmare for you, Ben, induced by your father!… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

Since Ron Carlivati got the name “ReRon” for a reason – constantly repeating the same stories – and his attempts at redeeming Ben are already looking exactly like his psuedo-redemption of the serial psycho killer Franco on GH, it’s only a matter of time before Ben is revealed to have a brain tumor, which will be blamed for all of his crimes. You can bet your soul on it. Hell, since the previous writers already established that Redneck Clyde was very abusive to Ben as a child, they could even write that the brain tumor resulted from too many head… Read more »

Lulu
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Lulu

Can someone tell me the name of the song playing on the Ben Na Ciara Lone scene on Friday April 26,2019…. PLEASE

Lulu
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Lulu

Can some tell me the Love scene Song on the Days of Our Lives.with Ben and Ciara on Friday 04/26/19 is….. please

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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