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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 Wally Kurth Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Mark our words! Next year, Days of our Lives Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) will once again be nominated for a Daytime Emmy for this week’s emotional and deeply-touching work on key episodes of the NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers saw, this was to be the happy nuptials of Justin and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), who found love again after losing the previous loves of their lives.  They were dear friends to begin with, who through a set of horrific circumstances, found comfort with one another which eventually turned to love.

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Problem was; Justin overheard Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) before the ceremony discussing Steve’s (Stephen Nichols) feelings for Kayla and that he wants her back; something Kayla is unaware of.  So what will he do?  The noble thing and tell her the truth, or keep it to himself and marry her anyway?

As the Intel of what he learned weighed heavier and heavier on Justin, in the most dramatic of moments (when he was to say his “I do’s”), Justin stopped the ceremony and bared all to Kayla: that Steve wants her back and how Steve saw him propose to her and that is why he backed off.  Armed with the knowledge and that her friends and family kept it from her, Kayla does not know what to do.  Justin helps made it easy and clear for her when he questions her … if they would be standing here getting married, if Steve had told her his true feelings before Justin proposed to her?

Justin goes on to say to Kayla that maybe she has been avoiding her true feelings for Steve, because she did not want to hurt him.  Then Justin tells Kayla that he visited his late wife Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) grave, and told her that if things were different, and if she was alive they would still be married, and Kayla would be their dear, dear friend.

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With seeing the look on Kayla’s eyes, Justin knows she loves Steve.  Heartbroken, but caught in an untenable situation, Justin tells Kayla he is happy for her.  Kayla wraps her arms around Justin as they both cry.  Kayla says she never wanted to hurt him, and when Wally as Justin says, “I know, honey,” it was one of the most honest and ten-hankie moments of the entire scenario.   Justin kisses her, tells the guests there will be no wedding today, and exits the Kiriakis mansion.

The emotional drama continues in the aftermath as Justin is at Kayla’s apartment boxing up all of his belongings and tears up recalling their nights together listening to jazz and cooking dinner.  Sonny (Freddie Smith) finds his dad, and tells him he did the noble thing and that time will heal all wounds, but after Sonny leaves, Justin breaks down a bit further before exiting Kayla’s for good.

And if that was not enough, Justin goes back to Adrienne’s gravesite to update her on the wedding that did not happen.   He talks to her that he understands Kayla and Steve’s deep and enduring love, which was just like theirs was.  Next, Justin thinks he is seeing Adrienne, when none other than Bonnie Lockhart (Judi Evans) reveals she is back in Salem – talk about kicking a guy when he is down!

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Throughout this entire saga, moment to moment, Kurth delivered raw, genuine, adult emotions, in a very complex adult story and relationship.   In fact, the cast and crew thought so, too!  When Wally as Justin told Kayla that he can’t marry her and the speech that followed and his exit from the mansion that followed, all those on set applauded for him.  His work was that moving.   Wally was ably assisted throughout by the outstanding work of Mary Beth Evans in these scenes.

2020, while a difficult year for everyone thus far, has been a particular great year for Kurth on Days; as over the last six months he has really had a chance to shine in this story.  So for all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV gives the “Power Performance of the Week” kudos to Wally Kurth.

Did you love Wally’s performance this week on Days? Did you reach for the hankies? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Mary Beth Evans & Chandler Massey Take You Behind the Scenes of Kayla and Justin’s Wedding

On Wednesday’s heartbreaking episode of Days of our Lives, viewers saw just how the nuptials of Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Justin (Wally Kurth) eventually wound up!

Justin told Kayla that Steve (Stephen Nichols) still loves her, which put a halt to the proceedings and ended the romantic relationship between the two dear friends, who found love with one another following Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, and Kayla believing Steve did not want her back.

Now, The DOOL app has posted a rare behind the scenes view of the making of the wedding – with moments from the key scenes, rehearsals and interviews with the cast involved.

Chandler Massey (Will) weighs-in on Will’s debut as a wedding officiant and how that went south, while Mary Beth Evans and Wally Kurth shared why they loved this storyline so much.

Wally expresses how the last six months have been some of the best storylines of his soap career, while Mary Beth says that Justin and Kayla’s relationship was so adult and that in real life, both actors have known about people who fall in love with their dear friend, after losing their significant other whether it be by divorce, or death, or whatever the circumstance.

If you don’t already have the DOOL app on your mobile device to watch the segment, you can get more info to download here.

We will have more to say on the memorable performances at Michael Fairman TV later in the week.

So, what did you think of Kayla and Justin’s wedding and the fallout? Comment below.

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DAYS Mary Beth Evans & Stephen Nichols with Guest Ron Carlivati Talk Stayla’s Greatest Hits & Approach To Scripts During COVID-19

This week is a pivotal one for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) on Days of our Lives.  Will they be reunited once again?

To take a stroll down memory lane of reunions past, Mary Beth Evans along with her longtime on-screen scene partner and dear friend, Stephen Nichols, watched back key scenes from the history of Stayla and offered up a second viewing experience as they commented on the clips.

Later, Mary Beth and Stephen are joined by their surprise guest and it is revealed to be Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati!

In her tweet, Evans announced: “Since we’re evidently leading up to something big on #Days … Stephen Nichols and I thought we’d get together & watch some of our reunions from the past. And, we were lucky enough to have a very special guest join us for a chat! #patchandkaylaforever”

Mary Beth and Stephen then chat with Ron about what changes is he having to make to scripts in the reality we all live in now, the coronavirus pandemic, and how he is taking in to account upcoming safety protocols that will need to be adhered to when Days goes back into production.

As of now, from an article in Deadline last Friday the NBC daytime drama series is aiming for a September 1st restart.

Watch Mary Beth, Stephen and Ron in part one and part two and part three of their discussion below.

You can find that and more on Mary Beth’s PlankBlog You Tube channel as well.

Let us know in the comment section what you favorite Patch and Kayla reunion has been … and if you are looking forward to how Days will look when it goes back into production within safety guidelines for COVID-19?

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