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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.

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.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Momo

I love Rob and am glad Ben is back.

How does the fire start?

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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

Barb B.
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Barb B.

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

Deast
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Deast

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

Blake
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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
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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
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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.

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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
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Toni Carriero

Love Ben great actors. Great couple Ciara & Ben

Barbara
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Barbara

“Ben”‘s acting is fantastic!

Pjc
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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
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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
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Lilly

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

Jackie
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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!’

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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… Read more »

Lisa
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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
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Nick

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

Shirley
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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
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Jackie

I agree with ya!

Jackie
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Jackie

Absolutely!

Geri Daugherty
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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
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nancy dillingham

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

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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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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