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DAYS Billy Flynn Turns In Tour De Force Performance As Chad Reels From Abigail's 'Death'!

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In a heartbreaking episode on Wednesday of Days of our Lives, Chad (Billy Flynn) and Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) try to cope and come to terms with the ‘confirmed’ news of the ‘death’ of Abigail!

However, Abigail’s husband and her mother are at odds, and thus begins the drama that gave Billy Flynn meaty material to sink his teeth into, and illustrate to all, yet again, that he is one of the finest young actors out there.  First, after Chad speaks with the coast guard about Abigail, Jennifer walks into the DiMera Mansion and the conversation quickly turns to custody of baby Thomas.  Jennifer tells Chad she thinks he is falling apart, and cannot possibly give Thomas what he needs as a father.  Chad brings up Jennifer’s pill addiction, plus the bad family genes of hers that has mental illness running through it.  She then storm out.

Next, Chad drinks and talks to Abigail’s photo, and as he grieves with tears welling up in his eyes, he recalls the first time he layed eyes on Abby, and then how they were going to build their life together, and in the house that she hated so much!  Then in a hauntingly raw moment, Flynn as Chad recalls that he told Abby that they would renovate the place but never did.  Losing his grip, Chad says, “Let’s renovate, baby” and starts demolishing the entire living room at the manison.  Tables, chairs, glass, you name it go flying and get smashed to bits, leaving Chad desolate, destroyed, and alone in his grief.   In a nicely edited emotional moment, Chad destroying the DiMera living room is juxataposed with Jennifer being conforted by the Hortons in her time of need over the loss of her daugther.

In his final scenes, Flynn’s Chad is found on the floor by Belle (Martha Madison).  When she walks in and sees the room trashed, he reveals it was cathartic.  He says he is need of an exorcism as they have a moment to laugh through his pain.  In the end he tells Belle, he wants to make Abigail proud and make DiMera Enterprises a success by making it legit and building a future for his son.  Chad offers Belle a job to work with him as he will need legal help. As she says she will consider it, they begin to clean up the room, but Chad is still grief-stricken.

Billy Flynn should definitiely consider this for his Emmy reel for the race for Lead Actor in 2017.   Each scene in this episode featured what fans have come to love about his impassioned performances as Chad DiMera.

So, what did you think about Billy’s performance as Chad is rocked by Abby’s “death”?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Anne
Anne

Yes Billy did great acting,, he’s a super actor, but all the heavy drama over Abigail’s death is now over-kill. If given Jennifer’s issues, they actually stage a court battle over Thomas’s custody, it will be absurd. They need to move on and focus on Andre and finding out the truth about Abigail’s staged death.

So the new Abigail doesn’t come on for a few months? I hope we don’t have to watch Chad crying and throwing things and Jennifer relapsing on pills and booze much longer.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

He did a good job but as a viewer its difficult to get too involved knowing Abby isnt dead…i remember a time when characters actually died on a soap and you got involved with the grieving surviving characters like they were really your family or friends and you grieved with them…not anymore!!!

Celia
Celia

I know what you mean, Jimmy. But, I try to separate most facts from the scene thst is ‘here and now’. I’ve already sung Billy Flynn’s praises on the “Abbi” site……he’s fantastic. EMMY EORTHY!!!!

John Gordon
John Gordon

He is certainly one of the better actors on the show (but…uh…lately, that isn’t saying much) – but I’m getting tired of hearing about baby Thomas and Abby’s supposed death, yadda yadda yadda. Geez for pete’s sake get ON WITH it already! Man, I know Soaps are slow but THIS show moves at a turtle’s pace, no offense to turtles.
Get a storyline going!

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

The pacing on this show is beyond endurance.

Everything is a two-character scene with one static moment. Played three times in a row during the one episode. Hope-Aiden, can I trust you…. Race-commiSerate, I want you to be happy. Victor-Maggie, what are you up to?

He’s a fine actor. But the Chad-Abby, Abby is seeing things went on for three months. He deserves better. All of the other actors deserve better.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Ugh. Rafe-MommaRafe, I want you to be happy… dang auto correct….

Susan
Susan

Please DOOL stop this nonsense with Jennifer. She should be standing beside Chad helping him to raise Thomas in Abby’s absence. Instead, she launches this stupid custody battle. It if were me, instead of Chad, I would take my son and leave Salem. The next time Jennifer would get to see Thomas would be at his high school graduation.

Joan Ballantyne
Joan Ballantyne

I have always been impressed by his acting and have thoroughly appreciated his developing character. This fine actor was so convincing this show it was breathtaking to watch. Without a doubt his performance well, it was perfection!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Billy was terrific as was the episode!

Celia
Celia

Yeah, that even better, 4ever!! Extraterrestrial. Maybe, the writers had Jack Finney in mind when they decided to SORAS Ciera.

Nicholas
Nicholas

Let’s give Days of our lives another shot . The new writing material is about to air . I have a feeling it’s going to be good and when i have a good feeling about something i am rarely wrong ! So let’s tune in again !

Celia
Celia

Sure, I can do that, Nicholas ( that’s my little boy’s name; my little Nico…LOL) because DOOL, the loyal fans and the cast deserve it.
But, something must be done about the teens….especially, Morticia Addams (Ciera).

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

LOL, Celia, I’ve been calling her a pod person!

Patrick
Patrick

I truly hope; with come on loyalty… dig in… here comes Ryan Quan and Dena Higley truth be told… I started watching DOOL after the Olympics I erased 64 eps oy! I couldn’t even muster up the energy… even knowing I wanted to catch up because of Daniel Cosgrove IE: the latest SOD issue… reads Ken Corday “launching” another resurge of ; the incomparable DAYS sigh! what I thought funny… the article ends… with Ken Corday mentioning that he’ll be receiving a star on the walk of fame… and that he hopes the show will be renewed for 1 or 2 years. I realize that under his EP duties… DAYS has received 2 best of show… which isn’t saying that much… as he’s let this show spiral so often ANYWAY… buck up… DAYS is back on the AIR JPL… is so thin… and his hair is longer than ever… glad he’s leaving… it’s a shame.. because Kate and Victor could have had much to show with their son… it just did not gell with JPL I agree with a lot of posts… the Hernandez family BUST is happening.. for a very good reason… trimming the cast is on the horizon… sad that it includes Eduardo leaving the show. it’s pretty clear Dario is in trouble … perhaps he and his mother will go back home together… till Dario gets it together. I’ll take Rafe, Gabs, and Arianna Grace for the win Sonny is the shining light and breath of fresh air… on this show… I agree with a SOD snippet… Sonny needs to call his bff Chad… and keep him company… till the nuAbs returns… I agree with a post above… it’s time for him to snap out of his misery… but then again… is he in this funk till the writers get Ciara out of his orbit Billy Flynn… dang! who’s not drawn to him ? he’s the bees knees … the dream still goes on…. DAYS / NBC / Sony do whatever it takes to keep this LEADING man dag! I got to see my Jenny Bear… spiral one more… or last time… at that seedy motel… ’nuff said get it Jenny Bear however ho hum it was done… it’s a GOOD thing… to see a reconciliation… between Victor and his brother Deimos… so Deimos can move on ! I don’t even mind that Deimos is still at the Kiriakis Manse because wherever you place Victor and Maggie… it doesn’t matter… these two are the most romantic Jenn Lilly’ Theresa… I’m in denial that she’s leaving the show… will Xander exact his revenge and take her life ? isn’t this is the rumour mill… I truly do not want her character killed off… DAYS needs to leave the door open to her return… it’s all the writers fault… I agree with SOD that Theresa was so much better as the it girl for bitch… tall order and she did I wish Daniel Cosgrove Aiden had the soras Chase… Read more »

Rj
Rj

Billy did a great job, and he has been doing good work all along. Kudos! With that said, I hope Days moves away from so many grieving scenes from deaths. It is a part of life, and of course if there are deaths, there needs to be grieving scenes, but they have had so many deaths that it seems we are watching grieving scenes all the time which can pull you down after awhile, and you want to watch and see something else. Again, a balance.

janet
janet

Guess I will have to watch the DVR. I have been just deleting. I like some of the show. I watched a little at the doctors office the other day. who knows I may watch. I do like Chad .But before the Olympics I watched Aiden, and it looked like they brought him back to be more evil ? I find Rafe boring with Hope, and dammit I want jack to come back alive.

Rhonda
Rhonda

I may not have cried much, but I thought that Billy’s performance was amazing and he made me feel so bad for him! He’s an amazing actor and hope to see many more scenes of him on DOOL! Wish that Kate could come back has Abigail, but let’s see how well the new one does and hope that they will have a very happy reunion! They do deserve to have a happy life with Ben out of their lives for good!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Chad and Abby Share An Emotional Goodbye And Leave Salem Hitched

On Thursday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, tears were shed not only by the characters on the screen, but by the audience at home … plenty of them if you have been checking out social media since this installment aired.  For in it, viewers had to say goodbye to Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abby (Kate Mansi) as they left Salem to start their new life with their children in Paris.

However, before they make their exit, Chabby fans finally get to see their favorite duo tie the knot in a heartfelt and touching ceremony right in the Horton family living room.  While it was spur of the moment, it could not have been more poignant.  Leave it to Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to officially preside over the nuptials, JJ (Casey Moss) to play his guitar while his sister walked down the living room aisle to her man, and even Jack (Matt Ashford) showed up to do the right thing to be there for his daughter.

What would a Chabby wedding be without personally written vows, right?  Abigail tells Chad: “When we first fell in love, God, we had no idea of what we were getting ourselves into.  They say that when you meet someone and fall in love, you’re drawn to them, because they have something you need and we’re here today because I need you.  I need your courage, your faith, and love.  I’m so beyond grateful at a second chance with you and a family with our beautiful children. You are the love of my life, Chad. There’s nothing I want more than to spend the rest of my days with you.”

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In a touching moment, Chad is overcome with tears and expresses to Abigail; “You’ve always fought for your health, and for us, and I’m in awe of the woman I fell in love with. I’ll cherish you. I will protect you. I’m yours, and I’ll never doubt you again, because a love like ours really does only come once in a life.”

They exchange rings and Julie pronounces them husband and wife.  But this happy moment is also bittersweet when Chad says, “We hate to marry and run.”  Chabby has a plane to catch to take them to Paris.   Chad looks around the room and at all the special people in his life, and tells the group how special they all are to him.  In that scene, it definitely gave the feels that it was also Billy Flynn saying farewell to his castmates.

Of course … before they leave town Chad and Abby visit Stefan (Tyler Christopher) and Gabi(Camila Banus)is there.  They give them the news that they are leaving for France and are married.  In a moment alone between Abby and Stefan, he apologizes to her. Stefan notes how much he loved the other part of her (Gabby with a “Y”) and knows that she loved him too.  Abby says, “I know”.  Meanwhile, Chad says goodbye to the portrait of his father, Stefano vowing to be back someday.  After Chabby exit the DiMera mansion, Stefan has a meltdown and throws the chest board while Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) walks in on the scene.

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And finally, in the 10-hankie moment beautifully played by Billy Flynn, Kate Mansi and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Chad and Abby at the Horton house to say their final goodbyes to Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie, Jack, JJ, and Jennifer.  Abigail tells her mother to never give up on her dad.  Chad is in tears as Jennifer tells him she will miss him,  He says, “I will miss you, too”.

It was in that moment that any of us that have ever had to say goodbye to our families and move far away from them, or come back to visit them and then leave again, can relate.  Saying goodbye is often heartbreaking when you leave behind the ones you love.  But, Chad and Abby got their happy ending … for now. However,t his is a soap opera, so you never know how long happiness will last, or when they might be back in Salem.

Kudos to the performances of Billy Flynn, so raw and real, and Kate Mansi playing Abigail with depth and dignity to wrap up the story.

So, what did you think of the Chabby goodbye? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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