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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: A Desperate Whitley Stops Abe in His Tracks, and Theo Runs Into ‘Theo’


On Wednesday’s episode of Peacock’s Days of our Lives, the Abe Carver (James Reynolds) kidnapping/disappearance story took some drastic turns, putting the fan favorite character in troubling territory.  Yup, looks like we are definitely in the realm of the movie “Misery” with Kim Coles playing a soap opera version of a Kathy Bates-esque Annie Wilkes, in her role as Nurse Whitley King.

While Abe is trapped in Whitley’s apartment, he is watching the episode of Body and Soul featuring soap diva, Lorna (played by Lauren Koslow), and who should appear but Jerry Prentiss (Terrell Ransom Jr.) as Randy.  Abe is confused that his son ‘Theo” is on the screen, because Theo was never an actor.  In the Body and Soul storyline, Lorna wants Randy to pretend to be someone else.  Hint, Abe, hint.

After the episode concludes, the end credits role (and we died on the floor laughing with a cast led by ‘Tucker McCall, Katherine Bell and Margot Linley!’), and Abe sees Randy is played by Jerry Prentiss. Meanwhile, Whitley has gone over to give her condolences to Paulina (Jackée Harry) on Abe’s tragic death. Elsewhere, the real Theo (Cameron Johnson) comes across Jerry near Abe’s shrine on the pier.


Jerry says he was the one who saw Abe fall into the river. He tells Theo he feels terrible that he could not save his dad.  A conflicted Jerry looks as though he is going to admit everything to Theo, when Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani (Sal Stowers) arrive on the scene. Lani is more curious than ever about Jerry when he makes a quick getaway, especially after she told him that Eli was a big fan of Body and Soul.

Back to Abe, he realizes things are not what they seem, and that he has to get out of the apartment. So, he begins to head towards the door in his wheelchair, when Whitley arrives.  She diffuses Abe’s reaction to seeing Jerry Prentiss’ name instead of Theo on the end credits of Body and Soul. Whitley cleverly lies and says, Theo went by a stage name before moving to South Africa. Abe says he doesn’t believe a word she is saying.


Lani and Eli are going to both leave town soon, and so they steal a few moments with a make-shift picnic for the 4th of July fireworks and for their wedding anniversary.  We wish Elani could be on the canvas longer.


At this point, Abe is getting angrier and angrier and threatens to call the police on Whitley. From behind, Whitley has a syringe ready ands she injects it into Abe’s neck telling him she can’t let leave …. ever.  Later, as Whitley and Abe are watching the 4th of July fireworks on TV, Abe is completely out of it and sedated.

So, just what is Whitley’s ultimate plan here? Are you enjoying the Abe/Body and Soul storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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I was waiting to see Theo and Theo scenes. The end credits gave me a chucke. Though, this story arc is running far too long. I was suspicious when I first saw nurse Whitley with Abe or Colin in hospital. Her hair tipped me right off.

I like this storyline. Whitley did say she was going to kill Abe. I don’t know what’s going to happen.

She did but not literally

The only thing I am enjoying about this storyline is the “Body and Soul” soap-within-a-soap angle. I had to reread and freezeframe the credits of “Body and Soul.” Here they are:

Jessie Witherspoon as Charlemagne de la Cross [Diedre Hall]
Katherine Bell as Kassandra Loved [Mary Beth Evans]
Tucker McCall as Thrust Manning [Stephen Nichols]
Brian McFadden as Rhett O’Hara [Drake Hogestyn]
Margo Lynley as Lorna DeLorean [Lauren Koslow]
Jerry Prentiss as Randy Jones [Terrell Ransom Jr]

So I knew Katherine Bell (Mary Beth Evans’ GH character) and Tucker McCall (Stephen Nichols’ Y&R character), and I found this to be a clever bit of writing that made me also laugh. But I had to look up the other character names. I can’t find anything on “Jerry Prentiss,” but the other character names were played by the actors in other shows: “Jessie Witherspoon” was Diedre Hall’s “Our House” character. “Brian McFadden” was Drake Hogestyn’s “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” character. “Margo Lynley” was Lauren Koslow’s “Bold and the Beautiful” character.

Up to this point, I don’t think we’ve seen Nichols or Hogestyn’s “Body and Soul” characters, but “Thrust” and “Rhett” have been mentioned. The campy overacting in “Body and Soul” is hilarious. I want the kidnapping story to end pronto, but I must admit I am laughing all the way through “Body and Soul!”

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I was waiting to see Theo and Theo scenes. The end credits gave me a chucke. Though, this story arc is running far too long. I was suspicious when I first saw nurse Whitley with Abe or Colin in hospital. Her hair tipped me right off.

No I’m not enjoying it I’m ready for Abe to go back home to his family it’s been to long

Absolutely not

I hate this story line he needs too be back with Paulina and the. Nurse needs too get bused this is stupid!!

This storyline is absolutely the stupidest thing I have ever seen. NO ONE had made the connection of how much nurse Whitley looks like Paulina or any clue as to what her motive is. If it does persist I suspect that Pauline will fill in the rest of Abe’s term as mayor. After all if she could be elected as governor then surely she could run a city!!

It sucks. Get it over.

I am a loyal fan of days of our lives i am disappointed that bo and hope were not on long. And this Whitney storyline is ridiculous. So they need to wrap it up. And bo and hope need to come back .

I really dislike this story line and wish it would end already. Way to drawn out.

The Abe /!Whitley story line is the stupidest yet on DOOL. Makes me want to turn it off whenever it’s on. Ugh

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Donna Mills, Linda Gray, Nicollette Sheridan, Morgan Fairchild, Loni Anderson to Appear in Lifetime’s 80s and Soap-Themed Holiday Movie

Wowza! Now here’s a line-up of soap opera and primetime favorites all in one movie! Coming up for the holidays, Lifetime has revealed they have an 80s and soap-themed film starring: Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing, General Hospital), Linda Gray (ex-Dallas), Nicollette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing and Dynasty), Morgan Fairchild (ex-Falcon Crest, SFT, DAYS et al) and Loni Anderson (ex-WKRP in Cincinnati).

Filmed earlier in 2023, Ladies of the 80’s is said to follow five soap opera divas (how fun and perfect!), as they reunite to shoot the final Christmas episode of their long-running soap opera!

In story, the producer, Alex (Travis Burns) and director Nell (Taylor Ann Thompson), who happen to be old college friends, do their best to keep things on the rails but as the ladies come together, old rivalries resurface that threaten to tear the production apart. With the show nearly canceled before it even begins due to the ladies’ famous diva behavior, they reluctantly agree to set aside their differences and past secrets to “act” as if they all still love each other.  When old sparks reignite between Alex and Nell, the ladies become eager to play cupid and conspire to bring the couple together.  

But wait, there’s more! In addition to the five leading ladies, the cast also includes: Days of our Lives favorite Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy), Alec Mapa, and Donna Mills’ real-life daughter, Chloe Mills, plus 80s heartthrob, Christopher Atkins.

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There is even a Ladies of the 80’s theme song, performed by none other than 80’s pop star, Tiffany!

In a statement on the project, the movie’s EP Larry A. Thompson shared: “The opportunity to bring together Donna, Morgan, Loni, Linda and Nicollette, five powerhouse women into one holiday movie, has been like finding the perfect gift under the Christmas tree.”

The official airdate of the holiday movie will be revealed shortly in the networks’s A Wonderful Lifetime Holiday movie schedule. Deadline first shared the news.

What do you think of this upcoming soap opera-themed movie featuring Donna, Linda, Nicollette, Morgan and Loni? Comment below.

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DAYS and Y&R Favorite Zach Tinker Starring in New Film ‘Beneath The Light’

Zach Tinker, who soap fans love as Sonny Kiriakis on Days of our Lives and Fen Baldwin on The Young and the Restless, is currently in production on his latest film role.

In the horror flick, Beneath The Light, which is currently shooting in Lorain, Ohio, stars Zach as a troubled young man who takes a job at an abandoned lighthouse hoping to reconnect with an old friend – daughter of the lighthouse’s current owner (John Pyper Ferguson).

Isolated, with no way to return to shore, he falls headlong into a series of mysterious and frightening experiences that make him question his sense of reality and confront his long-standing anxiety and memory gaps. A budding romance provides comfort, but the key to his redemption lies with the lighthouse owner and the unexpected bond they share.

The film is being shot under a SAG-Interim agreement during the actors strike and recently locked in Tinker, Ferguson and Anna Nicole Chavez as its leads.

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The indie feature film project includes a novelization and online mystery game tie-in at

The creatives behind the camera include: Los Angeles-based producer/director John Baumgartner who hails from Lorain, and his producer/co-writer, Cindy Seng, from neighboring Amherst, Ohio.

So, looking forward to seeing the ever-popular Tinker in ‘Beneath The Light’ when it drops? Miss him as Days Sonny or Y&R’s Fen? Comment below.

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Emily O’ Brien Confirmed as Theresa Donovan Replacement on Days of our Lives

At the end of the October 2nd episode of Days of our Lives, and during its closing credits, Emily O’ Brien was listed in the cast playing the role of Theresa Donovan, which confirms the rumors that Emily is taking over the role from Jen Lilley.

So, what does this mean for O’Brien? Does this mean she is exiting her role of Gwen Rizczech, a part she has played since 2020? It would seem so, but this is DAYS after all, so anything is possible.

As the backstage story goes, Jen Lilley, who had played the role of Theresa on and off since 2013, wanted to appear for a limited-run to be a part of the memorial service episodes for Victor Kiriakis, and honoring the late, John Aniston. Lilley often shared scenes with Aniston.

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In speaking with on the situation, Lilley thought she was taping episodes during a 3 to 4 window in which she made herself available. However, DAYS actually wrote more episodes of Theresa’s story, and had decided to recast the part with O’Brien  Later, when Jen was told who the actress is, she was a bit mystified as they also told her that the show would put the actress in a blonde wig, because O’Brien was a brunette.

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So, are you excited to see Emily as Theresa? Have you enjoyed her as Gwen? Share your thoughts on this DAYS casting switcheroo via the comment section below.

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