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DAYS Legendary "Mrs. H", Frances Reid has passed away

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Sad news to report this morning, Days of our Lives and soap fans beloved, Alice Horton the matriarch of the Horton clan, played by the incomparable Frances Reid has died.   While details of her passing are still surfacing, we have learned that Frances passed away on Febraury 3rd in Wichita Falls, Texas.  The actress was 95.   While Frances had seldom seen  little to no  air-time over the last several years because of her failing health, DAYS always kept her spirit and her importance throughout family storylines even in her absence, as recent as the on-screen death of her son, Mickey Horton. Frances’s castmates tweeted the news, last evening,  which started with her co-stars, Alison Sweeney (Sami) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), and  later former DAYS mainstay, Deidre Hall.

Deidre Hall (@DeidreHall) “Greg Meng called me this morning to tell me of the loss of our darling Frances Reid. She was loved, revered, and will be remembered.” Alison Sweeney (@Ali_Sweeney) “I’m so sad to hear the news about Frances Reid. She was a truly talented actress & and we are all lucky & proud to have known her. RIP” Nadia Bjorlin @RealNadiaB “Rest in peace Frances Reid (Alice Horton). She was a great lady whom I feel honored to have known..the heart and soul of Days of our Lives.” 

Reid played Alice Horton from the shows beginnings in 1965.  She was paired with MacDonald Carey as Tom Horton, and together they were the morale center and backbone of the people in Salem.  After Carey’s passing, Alice continued being the voice of reason to her family and friends.  Frances Reid received a  Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.    Our Video of the Day will rotate throughout the today, to honor Frances and her amazing mark and legendary she has made in daytime.  

Of all the many heartfelt relationship’s on DAYS it was that of Bo Brady and Mrs. H., which touched many.  Who can forget there legendary donut scenes?  And who can forget Alice and her donuts, period.  Or, the annual Horton Christmas gathering, and Alice counseling grand-daughter, Hope Williams Brady.   So many memories that Frances has left to us.  Our thoughts, and prayers are with Reid’s family, friends and colleagues today.   Here’s to you Frances for years of enjoyment you brought to all of those who watched daytime.   You shall be missed!

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Frances Reid was a great actress; I’ve watched Days of our Lives for about 10 or so years and she was great; especially when Alice (Frances Reidd) made her doughnuts. She will be sadly missed by her fans; especially those who have seen her on since the first show appeared in 1965…God rest her soul..Their will never be another Alice Horton like her in the world. She is what made the show interesting!

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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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