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DAYS Casey Moss and Camila Banus Hit All The Right Notes In Emotional Suicide Prevention Story Arc!

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In the pick-up of the haunting episode of Wednesday’s episode of DAYS, Thursday’s episode brought out the hankies, as we witness what happens to JJ (Casey Moss), after he intends on ending his own life by going to Horton Town Square on Christmas Eve to do it.

However, a knock at his door changes everything when none other than Gabi (Camila Banus) shows up.  A smart Gabi notices JJ is in his police dress uniform. She knows from her brother, Rafe (Galen Gering) that an officer only dons that for weddings and funerals. She then notices the pile of letters on the desk, and shockingly finds the one that is addressed to her and opens it.  Gabi begs JJ to tell her this is not what she thinks it is … a suicide note!

Once realizing the full scope of what JJ is about to do, Gabi reveals that even she contemplated suicide when she was in prison, but knew if she were to take her own life that would only cause more pain and guilt for her loved ones.  No matter what she says, JJ cannot ease his pain and guilt over shooting Theo (Kyler Pettis), and pulls out his gun to go to the Horton Town Square to end his life.  A desperate Gabi tries to delay him as she rips open each letter he wrote and reads them aloud.  She then opens the gift she came to give him from her daughter, Ari and forces him to look at it.

Then, in one of the most hankie-inducing moments of the soaps 2017, JJ breaks down and cries, as he puts his gun away, and Gabi hugs him.

Gabi does the selfless thing for a friend in need, and offers to stay with him through the night with her goal to keep an eye on him through this difficult time.

Next, Gabi helps JJ get out of his police uniform, and asks him to tell her that he will go talk to someone tomorrow for help.  JJ says he will.  He thanks Gabi for everything.  While there is a soapy plot twist at the end of the episode, where Lani (Sal Stowers) misinterprets a hug between JJ and Gabi which sends her reeling, the episode also ends with a message and the number to call for the suicide prevention hotline for those in need.

So, what did you think of the scenes between Casey and Camila as JJ and Gabi in this emotional episode? Comment below!

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Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Casey Moss and Camila Banus gave excellent performances. You really felt Gabi’s desperation and determination to stop JJ from going through with his suicide. And poor JJ is a broken, exhausted soul. Casey and Camila work great together.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Understated, heartbreaking performance by “JJ.” Great “one-man” solo performance. Painfully realistic. Kudos.

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

Phenomenal episode ! All the acting was top notch. This show is on fire. Casey really brought his A game, I was in tears. I believe that was an Emmy worthy performance.
The suicide prevention number at the end of the show was a great moment as well.

Mo
Mo

Gabi did a good job, but why didn’t she call Jen or someone else???? Marlena.

Jimh
Jimh

Days has sure improved…you should had printed that suicide prevention number at the end!!!…Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Micheal Fairmen-no one does a soap site better then you…wonderful interviews and stories ect-you keep us well informed and we all appreciate it,,,,and Happy Hanukka (spelling) and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

They did print it after the solo performance of “JJ.”

Josh Anderson
Josh Anderson

Well acted, sad subject, handled delicately and in a sensitive manner. NOW let’s move on – enough – let Abe have a Christmas Miracle and let Theo come magically out of his coma – he looks great by the way for someone who’s been in a coma for weeks –
Okay, so now Lani comes in and sees JJ with Gabi – and probably will jump to the wrong conclusion. Wouldn’t it be nice if JUST ONCE a character can catch someone in a compromising position and give them the benefit of the doubt?

me
me

While I can appreciate the effort to bring this topic to light, the huge problem here is that once again an unqualified writer has left people with the impression that all you have to do is cry it out and get a hug and then everything will be all better. Snap, crackle, pop: the whole problem is solved, from start to finish, in a matter of days. That’s an awful thing to do. If you’re going to do this, do it right or don’t do it at all.

Antonio
Antonio

What is a qualified writer? Ron Carlivati is doing the best work of his career. Also, Gabi stopped the suicide attempt, but did not solve any problem. She repeatedly told JJ that he has to go to therapy. Shouldn’t we watch a few more episodes before judging?

Ray
Ray

I am not sure this episode could have been any better. Casey Moss was amazing. There have been so many great performances on the show since Ron C joined the show. Camilla Banus is the most gorgeous woman on daytime and has the acting talent to match. The scenes on Friday show with Jennifer and Abe were outstanding.

For Emmy consideration:
Eileen Davidson (Susan)
Alison Sweeney (Sami)
Chandler Massey (Will)
James Reynolds (Abe)
Ari Zucker (Nicole)
Casey Moss (JJ)
Lauren Koslow (Kate)

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Camilla is that–a beauty! She nicely played off Casey–well done!

Michael
Michael

Good stuff Would have been better if she had accompanied him to a hospital as far as helping people know what to do but have to make some allowances for soap twists

downtownla
downtownla

While it was nice to see Casey’s performance, I do think it’s problematic that this story about the shooting of a young African American male has now shifted to being a story about the white police officer. This story should be centered on Abe and the African American family instead.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I think DAYS is telling the story in a balanced way because ALL LIVES MATTER, downtownla.

downtownla
downtownla

The situation isn’t balance in real life. African Americans are being targeted by the law enforcement. And to say All Lives Matter is like saying, “Save the Dolphins” is a dumb campaign because ALL ANIMALS MATTER. The way the past two days has played it, it’s Abe who has to apologize for being a jerk. His son is shot, but he is the one that is wrong because he did not give forgiveness, the way a kind white person gave him forgiveness all those years ago. So is the lesson in real life that blacks should forgive all the white cops because white people helped blacks before when blacks screwed up? This story is not topical and has nothing to do with the crisis of young black men being shot.

Satan
Satan

Yeah, this was not a credible foundation to do a story about police shootings, because (despite Abe’s irrational, emotion based take on the situation) nobody is really going to believe that JJ had any racist intent in shooting Theo, nor does anybody believe that Theo was a hardened criminal.

UNLIKE most of the shootings that have made headlines in recent years (and Hell only knows how many that happened before cell phone cameras caught them in action) this tragedy was purely one of a misunderstanding. The scanner that Theo was holding that night DID look like a gun, from a distance.

It might have been a better story if the cop who shot him was not somebody whose family had been friends with Abe for decades, and somebody whose personal history would make it unlikely for him to be a racist.

Jillie
Jillie

So let me see…according to you we shouldn’t see the pain and turmoil that both families are in? It is not like they were strangers. Their families have been intertwined for decades. Shame you feel that way.

Jules
Jules

I totally see this as a legitimate concern. It does feel like they are downplaying the “white cop shoots an unarmed BLACK man” aspect to this story, even though it’s been promoted as one of the major layers to this story.

I think because this is a soap opera and they can show so many perspectives, seeing the aftermath for the officer is totally acceptable. But I would agree they aren’t telling the AA side of this story nearly as clearly or precisely.

Josh Graham
Josh Graham

I actually think they handled a topical subject matter pretty well – everyone had “their say” from “their perspective” – it’s too bad that in real life, victims don’t magically come out of their coma – If the writers get ‘too preachy’ it would turn-off the Viewers, and, this is a Soap, not an In-Depth Documentary on how many innocent victims are shot by Police.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

And I feel it did that also.

downtownla
downtownla

The story is solid and well-done as a soap story. Lots of twists and good acting. However, don’t try to connect it to the current crisis in America. It has nothing to do with it and there is nothing to learn from watching this soap.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I’m going by what was shown on DAYS, downtownla. Viewers saw JJ was within his right to shoot Theo because he thought Theo had a gun and Theo turned around with the “gun” raised.

We saw JJ agonize over his decision to shoot. We saw Abe relentlessly attack JJ’s actions. We heard Abe mention of the “black boy wearing a hoodie”. The insinuation was there. There was even a conversation between Eli and Gabi about the ” appearance” of the shooting.

I understand the realities and unjust situations of the world involving innocent blacks being shot/murdered by cops, but I also know cops are targeted for simply being cops and they are murdered. I see nothing wrong with showing a cop as a human being struggling with what he did.

Above all, it was a storyline about the father of the victim and the cop who pulled the trigger. DAYS never said it was a Black Lives Matter Storyline.

I don’t think anyone should forgive anyone if they don’t feel right about it. As for Abe, he understood the suffering he felt when he accidentally shot Brady years ago.

Each real life case should be looked at separately and not clumped together. And the soaps have a job to entertain viewers and not necessarily to teach viewers.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Just to be clear, downtownla, Abe had every right to be angry because he was grief stricken. That was good, but it was also good when he saw clearly through his anger/grief that JJ wasn’t a racist, rogue, cop turned attempted murderer.

vinman
vinman

Kudos…Camilla & Casey!!!

Rodd
Rodd

Emmy-worthy. Plas, so much more. Kudos to Camila and Casey!

Jules
Jules

I didn’t think it should have been Gabi that found and stopped him. She didn’t seem like the best person to get through to him, even with their past history. It kind of felt out of the blue. But then having seen why- the bad timing for his ex-girlfriend to walk in and find comfort in Gabi’s current beau’s arms- I got it….it progresses story.

That said, those scenes were very well done. Camilla did a beautiful job, and Casey is ripping his guts out in this storyline.

Patrick
Patrick

WATCHED , today ep’ 12/25/17

James Reynolds blew me away. his scenes with JJ prior to the “miracle” of Theo … w/his family by side.

Abe Carver … knocks me out and over. APPLAUSE

AND YEAH – SO – many – DAYS cast members are , should, and be deserving of emmy nods.

Casey Moss – you have grown. as a person and in your craft. LOVE YOUR WORK

fginaspy
fginaspy

Excellent performances by CM, CB, MR and JR. The story is still being told. Many aspects of story: the black young man, the police officer and family members of both. It is not just one character’s story.

Chrystie-Delancey
Chrystie-Delancey

These scenes were so beautifully delivered and I really appreciated the fact that they highlighted the friendship between JJ and Gabi.

I have found myself going through mood swings and depression this year (new for me) and of all my family in my life (I am a married mother of two little boys), it was my younger, married, and recently became a father, male friend who always noticed when I was not myself. HE was the one who seemed to reach me when I was in despair and just knowing he was there for me made all the difference in the world. Sometimes the only ones that can reach you are those you do not expect.

Being a parent is the best job you will ever have, but having a FRIEND is the best gift you will ever receive.

I also appreciated the scenes of friendship between Jennifer and Eric.

Days of Our Lives is firing on all cylinders when it comes to the dynamic of friendship and the subtleties of what true friendship is. Hopefully the story will stay at that — no one needs to know what happened between Eli and Lani, but it is soap so it will probably be discovered.

Celia
Celia

Yes, yes, and a thousand times, yes, Chrystie!!!!!!!! Incredible performances with both underlying and obviously poignant social issues…..
Now, here come more juicy, bad-girl ( and bad-boy, if Stefano makes an appearance) scenes …..VIVIAN!!!!! All the way, milady. Do your thing!!!!
Stefano and Vivian are behind the DiMera “hacking”…… licking my lips in anticipation……

viewer88
viewer88

And then, there was the day after.

The JJ, Gabi, Lonny, Eli switcheroo was so contrived, stupid and poorly written, that Days may well be on it’s way to the cartoon GH was when RC got fired.

Just sayin?

janet
janet

I have never really been a fan of Gabi’s, but this episode changed all that. These two actors hit it right out of the park. I was almost in tears watching JJ and his taking all the blame. His pain. This is also the first time I have not liked Abe. He has been the worst. His son broke the law, and everyone else is guilty. BS. JJ did exactly what cops are trained to do. Theo pointed what looked like a weapon, cops have seconds to respond. Or they could be shot. JJ responded. Hope should have told Abe to shove the job where the sun don’t shine, and then made a stink till Theo went on trial. Everyone paid for this except the guilty, Theo ,and Kate as usual.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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If you caught this week’s episodes of Days of our Lives, you know that Ted Laurent (Gilles Marini) has resurfaced in Salem and had asked Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for protection from Stefan DiMera, who was responsible for his disappearance in exchange for information on Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson).

Now in the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast, actor Gilles Marini chats it up with host, Michael Fairman on what to expect as Ted’s story brings with it many twists and turns; including a potential love triangle.

Marini reveals what he thinks Ted’s weakness ia when the guy has not previously been on the up and up, plus his thoughts on working with three of his co-stars and their characters: Lauren Koslow’s Kate, Kristian Alfonso’s Hope, and Greg Rikaart’s Leo, whom he has shared up to now most of his screen-time.

The talented actor who hails from France, also talks on some other highlights in his career, including one of his big breaks on the beloved ABC drama,  Brothers & Sisters working opposite Rachel Griffiths, and a host of award-winning actors, including Sally Field, and of course, his time on Dancing with the Stars where he became one of the most popular celebrity contestants on the series of all-time.

Later, in the podcast’s dressing room segment, Eric Martsolf (Brady) welcomes Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) into his digs at DAYS, and then two tease some upcoming #Broe moments.

Check out this excerpt from NBC of Gilles interview below.  Then, make sure to head over to NBC.com to listen to the episode currently streaming there, and on Monday, looks for this episode to be available on all pod platforms, including iTunes for download.

Now, let us know what you think about Ted’s return to DAYS … and if you want him to romance Hope … become a good guy … or get his comeuppance … or all of the above …via the comment section below!

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The nominations have been announced for the 2019 Writer’s Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2018.

Winners will be honored at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

In the Daytime Drama category for writing, two soaps will face-off for the prize; NBC’s Days of our Livers and ABC’s General Hospital.  Here are the official nominated head writers and their teams.

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon,  Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits.

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers:Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles.

To check out all the nominations click here.

So, who are you rooting for to take the WGA Award; Days or GH? Comment below.

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