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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ben Fights Off His “Killer” Instincts As Rob Scott Wilson Delivers Power Performance Of The Week

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In Days of our Lives’ version of Beauty and the Beast, in this case Ciara (Victoria Konefal) is the ‘beauty’ and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) is the ‘beast’ she is to tame, last Thursday and Friday’s episodes illustrated to us where this duo could be heading in the future.

But first things, first.  The situation took a horrifying turn for Ciara, and for Ben, when he runs into the cabin beside himself!  He informs Ciara he went to the pharmacy to get his prescription but the police have swarmed the place.  Getting more and more agitated, Ben tells Ciara, he blames her, and her mother, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) for putting an APB out on him!  Ciara says she didn’t say anything to her mother.   But, Ben is losing his grip on reality fast and he desperately needs his meds.  He’s on edge and begs her not to call Hope, as he can’t go back to the sanitarium.  Ciara tries to calm Ben down and insists that she won’t to that to him, but suddenly, he becomes more unglued and stomps on her cell phone!

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Next, Ben is hallucinating thinking he has handcuffed Ciara to the bed – the same thing he did to Abigail!   He sees Ciara in the handcuffs.  Ciara tells him she is not in them and to look at her hands.  All of a sudden, as she tells him she is on his side, and will help him through this, he calls her, “a lying little whore, just like the rest of them.”  Ben thinks she believes he is a ‘killer’ like everyone else, because she has now grabbed a knife to defend herself.

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Ben tells Ciara that maybe he hasn’t changed at all, he is a serial killer, and now that he is off his meds he sees things very clearly. Ciara tries to calm him down and assure him everything will be OK.  When he closes his eyes and then opens them, he still sees that Ciara is handcuffed to the bed.  Crawling more and more out of his skin, Ben begins to hear his father, Clyde saying, “She’s lying to you, boy …trying to fool you … the same as that slut Abigail.”

Now, Ben hallucinates that Clyde (James Read) is in the cabin, egging him on to strangle Ciara, red necktie and all!  As Ben fights off his father’s attempts to make him do heinous things to Ciara, (he even hears Clyde telling him to burn down the cabin), yielding a knife Ciara calms Ben down saying Clyde is not really there.  Ben admits he doesn’t know what’s real anymore.  Ciara puts her knife down and offers her hand to hold on to. Ben takes Ciara’s hand and sits down as Clyde’s image fades away.  Ciara begs Ben to run to the pharmacy to get his meds. She promises she will not use her phone.  Ben exits.

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However on Cliffhanger Friday, Ciara is engulfed in flames in the cabin, with no Ben to be found, and Rafe (Galen Gering) getting a signal from her cell directing him and Hope on a collision course with Ciara and Ben.

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Throughout the two episodes of Ben’s battle with his sanity and how he is haunted by what he has done to others, and vacillating. between reality and delusional, Rob Scott Wilson illustrated once again, that given the material that his performances of Ben are mesmerizing. Wilson’s scenes make you stop whatever you may be doing, and take notice.  That is why Rob is our pick for the “Power Performance of the Week.”

So, what did you think of Rob’s performance?  What did you think of what happened in the cabin between Ben and Ciara? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Jimh
Jimh

Where do i begin…to tell the story of teen Ciara and a killer named Ben…what looked like a kidnapping now looks like they will be more than just friends…a blossoming love story that will never end…new super couple Ciara and Ben!!!!-lol

Jimh
Jimh

When was the last time The Horton House was shown…why dumb down Will and Sonny-it was self defense-why cover that up-is it to drag out a Will and Sonny reunion???

Betty
Betty

I’m loving Rob’s performance ,too! He is doing sensational acting! Hopefully, he’ll become sane , normal, or whatever word fits ; after that , team him with Ciara.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I thought his performance was great in the fact, that you could feel his pain and misery, and so sympathise with him, as much as we hated him in the previous SL.Hope, above all will be against any ensuing relationship.

Momo
Momo

I love Rob and am glad Ben is back.

How does the fire start?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Didn’t watch. Can’t watch. Seems so very wrong to bring back killers.

Barb B.
Barb B.

Rob does an excellent job in this role. I am glad they brought him back. He is a gifted actor!

Deast
Deast

I love Rob. He’s a great actor. Hope he stays on the show.

Blake
Blake

Oh i definitely agree with this choice! Rob Scott Wilson plays bad boy and edgy very well. Great to see a gorgeous and sexy guy that can really act.

Patti
Patti

My heart goes out too these 2 for I think they should get together. She knows how to handle him and and he’s good for her also

Carol
Carol

I love Rob he did an great job mental illness is no laughing matter.I should know I have four or them. That is why it is so important that people who suffer from a mental illness take there meds.I know first hand what can happen when you dont.It is not a pretty site.Good job Rob ..Oh by the way I saw you in your Lifetime movie.

Rmnc1978
Rmnc1978

I am absolutely loving the story of Ben and Ciara…..I love his character both good and bad and am happy that he is back!!!! Plus this Ciara is fun to watch and I cant wait for more. My new favorite couple! Plus I dont think Ciara is a teen anymore…..is that correct?

Toni Carriero
Toni Carriero

Love Ben great actors. Great couple Ciara & Ben

Barbara
Barbara

“Ben”‘s acting is fantastic!

Pjc
Pjc

I’m sorry no matter how hot the man if I heard he killed multiple people by strangulation, whether mental.or not, I’d slowly walk and then run and then SPRINT out of the room.

That never happens on soaps and it’s stupid.

The actor is talented BUT why.not just bring him back as a totally different character with no connection to the killer AND ever have people not say “hey you look like…”

Just more typical crap

Pam
Pam

Totally agree with you, if “Ben” had been jailed for misdemeanors, that would be forgivable but three brutal murders. No way! He is an gifted actor though.

Lilly
Lilly

And reminiscing about their past love life and in no hurry to get the body out

Jackie
Jackie

Yeah right! But it could be that Ben was set up. A Ben look alike, but he the real Ben was drugged to think that he was the actual murderer when it wasn’t! ‘I smell a Rolf!’

rebecca1
rebecca1

Excellent performance! Riveting! Felt total compassion, empathy for him at his own despair, realizing he was losing his grip on reality. And when he does, the violence creeping back and somehow mustering the power to fight it and take Ciara’s hand…really well done. And now he’ll be blamed for the fire…even if he DID set it he wouldn’t technically be responsible. But in this case it does seem like the lighter ignited (which doesn’t make sense)…

Interesting to see if they expand his role and develop a relationship with Ciara or if it was a short arc where he’s sent back to the facility. (haven’t read the spoilers…)

Lisa
Lisa

Well let’s see….he has voices..killed people…everyone gates him and wants him locked up…Abigail hears voices….killed someone and everyone is super happy she is free….

Nick
Nick

Well said Lisa! The hypocrisy of the Brady and Horton “good guys” is disgusting.

Shirley
Shirley

Oh my gosh! I’ve been saying the same thing, too! It’s such hypocrisy. I’m rooting fire him. Plus, he can actually act! Plus, Hope is very judgy for someone who has killed as well, even if she was made to think otherwise.

Jackie
Jackie

I agree with ya!

Jackie
Jackie

Absolutely!

Geri Daugherty
Geri Daugherty

Ben is an awesome actor !!!! Hoping he is not convicted of causing the fire and he and Ciara become an item!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Not watching Days since Stephen Nichols got canned. Ben–“ben” there; done that.” Evil is evil.

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From out-of-a-tweet from Grammy night come a part for TV and film star, Jackée Harry on Days of our Lives?

As CBS aired the Recording Academy’s annual kudofest, Harry sent out a tweet with a side-by-side image of Grammy icon, Bonnie Raitt, next to DAYS’ Suzanne Rogers (Maggie).

Harry, who is known for her humor and wit in her tweets, expressed: “Has Bonnie Raitt been moonlighting as Maggie from Days of 0ur Lives for the past 20 years?

Jackée, who started her TV career on Another World as Lily Mason, and eventually played Sandra Clark on the sitcom 227, and various other signature roles, next received a tweet in response to hers from DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati.

The head scribe expressed: “No, Bonnie is obviously Maggie’s evil twin. The real question is, when is Sandra Clark going to come visit Salem?

Next, an excited Harry sent back: “Ha!!!! I would LOVE to play with the DOOL cast, Ron.”

On Monday, Carlivati tweeted a GIF of a game show moment with Jackee Family Feud style, that says “Name something you must have in order to live” The answer he tweeted: “A part on Days of our Lives?, Jackée Harry”

See the exchange below:

So, would you like to see Jackée in Salem? If so, what do you think would be a fun part for her to play? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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In an infuriating article written by FOX news, off of a study from NewsBusters, the news outlet and others have come to the realization that all of us who want our soaps back on the air already know.  That is … that the network daytime dramas ratings are far better on a day-to-day basis than people tuning into network TV during the day to watch the impeachment hearings of Donald Trump.

Soap fans have been furious that in the afternoon network TV is pulling their soaps off their normal airtime across all coasts.  Daytime soap viewers feel that all of the 24-hour news cable outlets should be the the place to go to see the hearings during the day; as to not to preempt the drama on General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful.   

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Just for the record, the study via NewsBusters showed that on day one of the impeachment hearing the networks scored as such: CBS averaged 1.52 million, ABC  1.29 million viewers, and NBC averaged 1.26 million viewers.   Thursday’s were even worse with CBS averaging 1.4 million, ABC 1.2 million viewers and NBC had 1.1 million viewers.

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Share your thoughts on the pre=emptions of your favorite soaps, and how the impeachment hearings are, of course, not bringing in higher number in the day-part via the comment section below.

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

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While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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