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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: A Wedding Remembered, A Wedding Interrupted

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In an emotional, and beautifully written episode of Days of our Lives, Thursday’s installment of the weeklong event of the wedding of John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena (Deidre Hall) was filled with heart-tugging moments, vows, speeches, a major revelation and a wedding crasher.  (NOTE: if you have not seen today’s episode do not read any further as this may contain spoilers)

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati and team pulled out all the stops to give longtime Jarlena fans a wedding they will remember.  But as one wedding is underway, another huge milestone wedding on DAYS (the first ever same-sex wedding between two men on daytime) also shares focus in a re-imagined format. (Chandler Massey now in those scenes originally played by Guy Wilson).

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As things begin to unfold, at Doug’s Place, it appears Susan (Stacy Haiduk) has become quite unglued now that she feels Marlena disrespected her “Marlena Doll” gift … the doll which now has a knife in its back.  She pulls the knife out of it, and Will appears.  She hides it from him, as the two head out to attend the wedding.  Susan puts the knife in her purse.

While everyone is set for the wedding of John and Marlena to begin. Marlena is late, but no worries, she still makes it down the aisle.  John tells her she is worth waiting for, and then Marlena busts John for the shiner under his make-up! She reminds John that you can’t put anything past her.

The ceremony starts with Will reading a sonnet from William Shakespeare and he ties it into his amnesia and how he realized that love isn’t tied to the past.  Suddenly, he has flashback of Marlena officiating his wedding to Sonny!  Will begins to become overwhelmed and leaves the wedding.  Elsewhere, Sonny (Freddie Smith) is upset looking at this wedding photo to Will and he leaves the Kiriakis mansion photo in tow.

Next to speak at the nuptial is Paul (Christopher Sean) who ties in the baseball shiner John received, and then talks about love.  Meanwhile for Will, memories of his wedding day to Sonny are coming at him fast and furiously as cries with tears streaming down his face trying to tell himself this doesn’t mean anything.

Sonny has arrived at the Brady Pub asking for a shot of tequila from Roman (Josh Taylor). Knowing he is upset, Roman asks Sonny why he has the photo with him of Will from their wedding.  A heartbroken Sonny admits he is saying goodbye to Will who wants to be with Paul.   Sonny flashes to his wedding day with Will, and Roman recalls how he was not all for Sonny and Will’s relationship at the beginning, but he’s proud to know him.  Sonny rips up his wedding photo with Will.  We cut to Will in the park who is flooded with emotion as he remembers everything about this wedding day to Sonny!

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As the Jarlena wedding continues, it’s Marlena’s turn to say her vows as she wells up in tears, which included: “Every time you call me “Doc” it reminds me how much you understand the work that I do. I’ve been doing this a very long time.  I’ve seen a lot of relationships. A lot of love stories.  And the one thing that I never really clearly understood was what makes people fall in love with each other.”   She goes on to say as John looks on, tears streaming down his face:  “I fall for you every single day.  I know sometimes you make me a little crazy, but there is no one else I would rather be crazy about and crazy with.  So, I vow to you today to be with you on this crazy adventure called love for every day until I die.”

Now with it being John’s turn to speak … he says to Marlena: “Sweetheart, you just stopped my heart when I saw you standing there at the aisle.  And then you took my breath away when you started walking towards me.”   John continues: “You know, it just hit me again how lucky I am to have you in my life.  It’s taken us too long to get back here and that’s been bothering me.  I hope you know that you’re always on my mind and my heart is always here with you.”  He adds: “I want you to know that sometimes I have been so damned wrapped up in my work that I cause you to believe I’m not thinking of you.  Well, those days are over.  From now on, I am going to spend the rest of our lives telling you baby …  you’re stuck with me and you better get used to it.”

At the park, an emotional Sonny comes upon a tear-filled Will.  Just then at the wedding as Abe (James Reynolds) is asking if Marlena takes John to be her lawfully wedded husband … there is a major interruption!  A disheveled Sami (Alison Sweeney) appears trying to say, “Mom, you can’t marry him,” as she falls to the floor flat on her face. Meanwhile, Susan reaches into her purse. Is she going to take out the knife she has and use it?

This episode featured a heart-wrenching performance by Chandler Massey and emotional moments from Freddie Smith, Drake Hogestyn, and Deidre Hall.

So, what do you think will happen next?  Can Will fully remember his love for Sonny, and if so, what will he do?  Will John and Marlena tie the knot officially? What is wrong with Sami and what is wrong with Susan? Share your thoughts on this episode in the comment section below.

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Fran powers
Fran powers

And that’s the reason chandler won 3 emmys in a row and he and Freddie. Supreme pairing!

Celia
Celia

Absolutely, Fran…..forever Will and Sonny!!

Jimh
Jimh

i missed it

Janis
Janis

Is airs on Friday. ..

rebecca1
rebecca1

One of THE best episodes I’ve seen in a long time… on any of three soaps I currently watch. It was so well done, the readings so eloquent, poignant, classy. And the simultaneous vows of Marlena/John, Sonny/Will was a brilliant storytelling idea that worked perfectly.

I was so moved by the scenes. Will’s face as his memories flooded back, so overwhelmed by the rush of emotions that washed over him wave after wave and yet, at the same time, his confusion over his feelings for Paul and what that would mean with this new revelation…just incredibly powerful stuff.

Excellent acting. I really felt the power of emotions.

Peter
Peter

Wow Stacy is a wonderful actress, I love her so far as Susan Banks. I loved Stacy as crazy Patty on Y&R she was cray cray lol.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Peter…yes, Stacy is a superlative actress….I just need time mourning Eileen and getting used to Stacy, LOL.

Celia
Celia

You are not only the best, Chandler….but, so beautiful. Can men be called beautiful? Well. He is.
I knew Sonny and Will were destined to be together. Once the memories came flooding back? Well, no brainer!!

Bruce
Bruce

Sonny and Will. The best romantic Gay storyline ever written or told. The actors are so real.

Cassie
Cassie

Well done Chandler very proud of you..continue on the road to success…

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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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Gilles Marini Talks The Return Of Ted Laurent, His Co-Stars: Kristian Alfonso, Lauren Koslow & Greg Rikaart On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives’ Podcast’

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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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive Daytime Drama WGA Award Nominations

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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