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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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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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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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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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In the 33-page court filed document this morning, Deadline.com noted some of the key points contained within.  Corday Productions is alleging that Sony has treated the show unfairly skewed in favor of its Sony-owned daytime drama series, The Young and the Restless.  The complaint indicates that, “While the domestic ratings for Days of Our Lives have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%. This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate any competition to its own wholly-owned series The Young and The Restless also distributed by Sony.”

Sony Pictures Television distributes Days of our Lives in overseas territories, and in ancillary markets such as digital streaming.  The DAYS suit alleges that Sony has failed to sell the show in key territories including: Great Britain, France, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Canada, France, Zambia, and South Africa.”

In the lawsuit, the producers also claim that Sony has stiffed them by forcing the production company, Corday Productions, to absorb budgetary deficits . The filing also claims that Sony is “imposing solely on Corday the burden of absorbing the multi-million dollar annual operating deficits due to an inadequate NBC license fee and mandating an inefficient, costly production schedule.”

The complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also alleges that Sony has provided Corday with inaccurate accounting and has failed to pay millions of dollars in profits.

Make sure to read more on the lawsuit click here.

So, what do you think about some of the key points that the Days of our Lives producers bring up in their lawsuit against Sony? Comment below.

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