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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: “As The Teeth Fly”

Friday’s episode of the weeklong wedding event of DAYS supercouple John and Marlena brought with it an oh-so-perfect nod to the show’s history, high camp, drama, outstanding performances, and a major cliffhanger!  What more could any soap fan ask for, right?

We pick up with Sami (Alison Sweeney) who has crashed Jarlena’s nuptials, and seemingly drugged out, telling her mother, Marlena (Deidre Hall) that she cannot marry John (Drake Hogestyn).  Meanwhile, Susan (Stacy Haiduk) reaches into her purse and viewers see she has a gun!  Sami can barely speak, but warns Marlena if she marries John, she is going to die.  In a haze, Sami says she figured out ‘her’ plan, but that “she” got a way.  An upset and desperate, Sami goes through each row of guests looking for the culprit she is speaking of!  When she sees Susan, she screams out:  “It’s you.  You are not going to get away with it.”

Next, Susan and Sami struggle as Marlena yells that she invited Susan to the wedding and for Sami to leave her alone.  However, Sami declares that the woman she is calling “Susan” isn’t Susan!   To prove her point, Sami tears off Susan’s wig in a struggle, and it is revealed that it’s Kristen DiMera!

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Next, in a throwback and nod to the Days of our Lives classic, Kristen and John wedding of the 90’s, Sami hits Kristen in the face and her fake teeth fly across the Horton Town Square and into Marlena’s bouquet.  Marlena is shocked and grossed out.  However, now Kristen grabs her gun and reveals her plans!  Steve (Stephen Nichols) tries to come at her, but backs off when Kirsten retorts:  “Easy, Cyclops.”  She tells Marlena that she survived Marlena “pushing her” out of that tower window a few years ago, and that now she is at the nuptials for payback as she aims the gun at the good doc.  Kristen adds that Marlena she is the worst excuse for a human being.

Next, Kristen’s former love, Brady (Eric Martsolf) steps forward trying to reason with Kristen to put the gun down.  Now, doing a little reverse psychology on her (maybe he learned that from Marlena) he tells his ex-lover that he knows she’s just trying to love herself.  Kristen briefly shows some emotion. but toughens right backup after talking about the child she should have had with Brady blaming Theresa (Jen Lilley).

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Eric (Greg Vaughan) and Brady make their move and grab Kristen, but as they do the gun is tossed to Sami!  Now Kristen wants Sami to kill John.   She even brings up the conference room table sexcapade between Marlena and John, which Sami held against John all those years.  But that doesn’t shake Sami, and nothing does until Kristen reveals that EJ is alive.  Kristen announces that she will gladly take Sami to EJ; all she has to do is shoot John.  Shocked, confused. and not knowing what to do, Sami has the gun pointed in John’s direction, as Eric tries to grab the gun from her …  a shot is fired!

Away from the wedding, there is also major drama going down.  Will (Chandler Massey), who is in tears in the park remembering his wedding day to Sonny… and finally having a major breakthrough with his long bout of amnesia … is found by Sonny (Freddie Smith).  They go to Doug’s Place to help Will calm down.  Sonny knows Will all too well and knows something is bothering him.   Will reveals he remembered their wedding.  Tears well up in Sonny’s eyes as he begs Will to remember more.  Will is seemingly afraid to, and says he just recalls fragments from his past.  He says he has to get back to the wedding because his grandmother is getting married, and he is in love with Paul (Christopher Sean).   Then, Sonny says he was robbed of their past and so was Will, and for him to please stop running from it.

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All of a sudden; a floodgate of memories come to Will.  He remembers that Marlena was his grandmother, not a woman he just met a few months ago.  He remembers his love for Sonny.  He remembers his grandmother, Caroline’s speech at their nuptials. Will then says he remembers coming out, and always wanting his parents to be together, not divorced.  Then to cap it off, Will remembers the birth of his daughter, Arianna, and how he held her for the first time, and he remembers his love for his mother, Sami.  He even remembers Nick Fallon causing him so much trouble.  Finally, he remembers kissing Sonny at their wedding, and now in the present; the two longtime loves finally move in for a kiss.

Once again this episode featured heart-tugging performances by Chandler Masssey and Freddie Smith, and special nods to Stacy Haiduk and Alison Sweeney, who made all of the “crazy” of this episode so soapalicous good. Finally, kudos to head writer Ron Carlivati for delivering another memorable episode and a week’s worth of fun that only he could construct.

So, what did you think of Friday’s episode of DAYS?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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Steven C Cates
Steven C Cates

DAYS is on fire – it’s the only soap I look forward to watching daily (and I’ve tried them all). Ron – keep doing what your doing — I’m hooked!!!

C. Mortarelli
C. Mortarelli

I have been Watching Days since 1964 snd love every achor and actress.Each person has a role to play, and every body on Days should receive
The Academy Award. They all work so well together that even I consider myself to be part of
The Family. With all the shows and talent with other TV Stories, Days is the is best and the only show I will continue to watch

Kim Sheridan
Kim Sheridan

Love love love it.

lieueitak
lieueitak

I’m glad John and Marlena are getting married again, and finally, Brady is interacting with his parents! It’s impossible for me to appreciate fully the nod to Jarlena’s history without Eileen Davidson portraying the roles she made iconic though. I cannot say that I enjoyed the episode or that I am clamoring to see what will happen on the show any time soon, sadly. If anything, it just deepened my feeling that Days is fundamentally missing something when Eileen Davidson is not a part of the show.

Chloe
Chloe

I thought the episode was great but I agree about Eileen. She is, and always will be, Kristen & Susan [& Thomas & Penelope & Sr Mary Moira]. I consider this new one FauxKristen & FauxSusan & hope that in the future, it will turn out that this really wasn’t them but some other wacko pretending to be them. Iconic characters shouldn’t be replaced by other actors. She’s one of a kind, just like Marlena, Sami and John. Having said that, I think Ron & the cast really knocked it out of the ballpark.

Karla SmithRounds
Karla SmithRounds

LET JONH AND MARLENE GET MARRIED THEY DESERVE IT THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH TOO MUCH AND PLEASE PUT CHAD AND ABBY BACK TOGETHER AND YOUR SHOULD HAVE KEPT NICK ON THE SHOW FOR THE BACK STABBING FRIEND GABI

Tim S
Tim S

Wow… it was a great episode! Bravo.. The actress who plays Kristen.. bravo also.

Claudio
Claudio

Wow DAYS is on fire, hopefully the ratings keep going up. I really like Stacy as Kristen and Susan Banks. Kristen is mean mean mean lol.

Melinda
Melinda

Stacy Haiduk was hilarious as Susan, she is a wonderful actress. DOOL is getting really good now, I have been watching DOOL for almost 34 years, and I am enjoying the storylines right now. They need to bring back Louise Sorel again as Vivian Alamain, I miss her so much.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I’am sure Ms. Sorel will be back one of these days. Don’t forget someone brought her back, after Kate shot her, when she sat up , and said YOU!

Suzanne
Suzanne

I have been watching Days since I came to Australia in 1975 its the best i even got foxtell to watch it

Gayle
Gayle

Awesome

Gayle
Gayle

It was a good laugh when the teeth flew across to Marlenas bouquet and Sami was great

Jimh
Jimh

Too bad Marlena didnt have her mouth open and those teeth flew right in perfectly and stuck-lol

Tanya
Tanya

I felt it wasnt even a soap opera with Will remembering. I cried right along with him. Now the other “drama” going on. That is DOOL good stuff.

Samanthaupiter
Samanthaupiter

Yes i like days of our lives

Imran khan
Imran khan

I have been a Days fan since 1992. I love the throwback and this week was amazing. I loved the humor and witty writing. I was sceptical of the Kristen recant, but I think Stacy is a talented actress and fans will love her as Kristen

Blake
Blake

Friday’s episode of Days was pure soap perfection, from beginning to end! I don’t think a soap has been this good since Days was when it had ED’s Kristen, sami and eJ were all on!

Bruce
Bruce

Well done. Clasic soap story. Tears with Will and Sonny. They belong together. Loads of laughter over thre teeth.

blake
blake

Days is truly on fire right now! I dont’ think it’s been this good since 1998!

Momo
Momo

It was great. I was surprised when Kristen was revealed. Loved the teeth landing in Marlena’s bouquet. Ha Ha Flashback!

Can’t wait for more.

Celia
Celia

Ok, so, I am totally confused…I missed two eps and by doing do, I missed A LOT!!
Susan and Kristin are both in Salem? At the same time? Mamma mia!!
I need to watch those missed eps…

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I’d like to address Kristen calling Sammy and E.J soulmates. To me that’s so far from the truth. Sure there was a lot of romance and family drama, but there was also a lot of lies, deception and disloyalties, on both sides. Now take John and Marlena, Steve and Sweetness, Julie and Doug, Jack and Jennifer, Maggie and Mickey. They were and are soulmates. Personally I could care less if E.J ever comes back, and although Belle was really over the top, telling Sammy what a terrible person and sister she is, I agree that she’s more than a little right.

Patrick
Patrick

Stacy Haiduk – “Standing Ovation ” what a coop to watch this woman’ work. as soon as I saw her as Susan… DELIVERY. comedic turn after turn… with all the tragic beats

as Kristen … there’s an assured quality their with “her” presence. BLOWS me away with how on top @DAYS continues… Stacy Haiduk came in and nailed her performance. WOW

in the same breath it has to be mentioned… there is no one… like Eileen Davidson… GOD , how I love her. it is with awe, respect, and admiration that I tip my hat to Ms. Haiduk. GEEZ … tour de force

having seen her reel… and when you have this high drama .. and she’s on top. she kinda reminds me of Dr. Laura Horton… all that presence brimming stewing and wielding all this

WOW – I read your story in the latest SOD issue…. know about your emmy nominated performance @Y&R. you just crossed the line in to the fine art of acting .. it’s your own show

ps: Drake Hogestyn ( John Black ) : LAUD HIM AGAIN. As he’s tormented over his doc… his scenes today 8/29… with daughter Belle. he stirs… sat here crying

Patrick
Patrick

I am SOOOO Happy for Freddie Smith’ Performance !!!!! you need that dance partner to show up… he is being so effective… all the give and take – FINALLY – paying OFF … just have to plug FS Sonny for being there… for – HIS – husband. what a year this has been… ie: Chandler Massey returned this time last year… so to watch this all play out… ON MY DAYS. stunning. you’d never believe how bad GH has been with the return of Jason.. and Drew still not having his memories returned… GH is in shambles. alas, to savor @DAYS… spectacle of dream.. I truly believe @DAYS has their ready arsenol for emmy reel BEST SHOW.

mfarris70
mfarris70

Carlivati at his best! Hopefully the shows will work out their Emmy squabble so DAYS can come collect them all!

Carol
Carol

Love Days keep up the good work. I love Stacy too. Days is the best show on tv. Very exciting to watch.

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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

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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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

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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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

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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‘Days of our Lives’ Producer Files Lawsuit Against Sony Pictures Television

In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed this morning, Corday Productions, the Producers of Days of our Lives, is seeking 20 million dollars in damages from its producing partner, Sony Pictures Television, as well as its Columbia Pictures and Screen Gems divisions, and to significantly take back control of the show.

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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