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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ben Wants To Be A Good Man! Will He Find Redemption, Or Does He Have Everyone Fooled?

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Just how was NBC’s Days of Our Lives going to bring Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson) back onto the canvas after he had been a necktie serial strangler?  Well, by having Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) be the psychiatrist who evaluates him to see if there’s any reason he should not be released back into society.

In an interrogation room, Marlena is there to assess if “Killer” Ben has found his sanity.  When she speaks with him, Ben admits how sorry he is for the hurt he has caused so many people along the way.  When Marlena questions him when he realized right from wrong, he shocks her by saying it was six months ago, when her daughter, Sami (Alison Sweeney) returned to Salem, kidnapped him, and forced him to strangle Will (Chandler Massey) again.  If you recall, this plot was perpetrated by Sami, to try to shock Will into regaining his memory, since he’s been suffering from amnesia for quite some time. Ben tells Marlena, it was at that point, when he was strangling Will for a second time, that he realized the horror of what he had done.  He just couldn’t go on … he couldn’t finish the job and strangle him to death. Then Ben adds, that he realizes he’s ruined lives, and there’s no forgiveness, and that he’ll spend his life trying to make peace with what he’s done.

But later, Marlena goes for the jugular, when she takes out of her bag a folder containing headshots of those that Ben killed which included: Serena, Paige, Wendy, and the attempted murder of Will.  Ben starts to get jittery, rubbing his brow, and becoming exceedingly nervous. He calls himself a “monster.” However, when he saw that Will was alive, and found out the intel, and came back to tell everyone, (even though he ruined the double wedding of Sonny and Paul, and Chad and Abigail, as he crashed it), it changed everything for him.  He says it gives him hope. He wants a new start, and to be a “good man.” But, is Ben to be trusted?

At the end of the episode, Marlena goes to see Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Rafe (Galen Gering) with the update about her visit with Ben.  She says, she cannot file an objection with the court, because she clearly feels he is not delusional, and he is remorseful for his crimes.  Rafe and Hope think he’s absolutely lying and manipulating her. Marlena fires back: “I can’t file the objection in good conscience” leaving Hope and Rafe stunned that Ben will be released into society, and back to Salem, where he has harmed so many people.

How great was it to see Rob Scott Wilson back as Ben?  And now to play the beats of a redemption storyline… or is it?  What will Ben’s psychological makeup actually be moving forward?  Share your thoughts on the Marlena and Ben psych eval scenes. Will he be the good man he promises her that he will be … or … will he still turn out to have that “killer” instinct?  Comment below.

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I think Rob Wilson is the best young actor on daytime. I thought he was overlooked for an Emmy the year he became unhinged. I look forward to this storyline and hope to see Ciara and Ben mix it up. It will bring a new dimension to her character and get her involved in an adult storyline outside of Claire. I like Ciara with Tripp too, so it will be interesting how the story evolves. For the fans who think he can’t be redeemed, remember that EJ raped Sami and they went on to become the best couple of the… Read more »

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I saw the preview of Ben and Ciara. Bo’s gorgeous rebel has found her (dark) Prince and they are the next Day’s supercouple!

Celia
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Celia

Really, Karen? Wow….who woukd have “thunk”. I am floored.
Yet, I feel badly for Tripp—this will leave the door open gor Claire. Ugh!!!!!!!
This girl has the power to spin the wheels in my brain …..the cogs going haywire, everywhichway…..Do not like her or her manipulative manner…..

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Juxtaposing Ben’s return with a psychiatrist deeming him fit to re-enter society with Abigail only avoiding jail time after she committed murder, due to an apparent mental illness was very smart of the writers. If viewers can except that Abby is not guilty by reason of insanity, it makes it easier to believe the same can be said for Ben. I am in no way saying their crimes are remotely similar. But it was made very clear when Ben first became a killer that he was not in his right mind.

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Moreover, it’s completely ignored that if he triggered her breakdown then she could have triggered or at least contributed to
his. If she is curable, then so is he…though I have my doubts about them both.

Celia
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Celia

I hope Ben is not brought back just to fool us. We already went that cycle of terrorism. It would be such a siin…..waste of THE BEST young actor on soaps……lest I forget—-soooo hooottt-everything about him is deliciously exquisite—even his shoulders. I am fascinated with very masculine, great-looking, toned, slim shoulders…..Just as Xander’s …..I am spoiled!! Yum!!
Robert, will mesmerize us—-just as Ben did pre-good guy pulling a Salem Strangler.

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I wonder what Eve will think when Ben is released…he murdered Paige-her daughter!!!

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Hi Celia. I’m thrilled with Robert’s return. I don’t usually go for bad boys (I’ve known too many in real life), but Ben turns me on (minus the violent bits). Robert SW is the whole package. Too bad Y&R, so desperately in need of hot guys who can act, didn’t grab him.

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I think he will have everyone believe he is not the same person who committed all of those murders.I dont think he has changed one single bit,I just wonder what will happen when Abby gets back to Salem. Will this trigger off another set back, If he has changed good because it has Ben a long time since we saw the Ben from when he first arrived in Salem

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DAYS Wally Kurth Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Mark our words! Next year, Days of our Lives Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) will once again be nominated for a Daytime Emmy for this week’s emotional and deeply-touching work on key episodes of the NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers saw, this was to be the happy nuptials of Justin and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), who found love again after losing the previous loves of their lives.  They were dear friends to begin with, who through a set of horrific circumstances, found comfort with one another which eventually turned to love.

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Problem was; Justin overheard Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) before the ceremony discussing Steve’s (Stephen Nichols) feelings for Kayla and that he wants her back; something Kayla is unaware of.  So what will he do?  The noble thing and tell her the truth, or keep it to himself and marry her anyway?

As the Intel of what he learned weighed heavier and heavier on Justin, in the most dramatic of moments (when he was to say his “I do’s”), Justin stopped the ceremony and bared all to Kayla: that Steve wants her back and how Steve saw him propose to her and that is why he backed off.  Armed with the knowledge and that her friends and family kept it from her, Kayla does not know what to do.  Justin helps made it easy and clear for her when he questions her … if they would be standing here getting married, if Steve had told her his true feelings before Justin proposed to her?

Justin goes on to say to Kayla that maybe she has been avoiding her true feelings for Steve, because she did not want to hurt him.  Then Justin tells Kayla that he visited his late wife Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) grave, and told her that if things were different, and if she was alive they would still be married, and Kayla would be their dear, dear friend.

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With seeing the look on Kayla’s eyes, Justin knows she loves Steve.  Heartbroken, but caught in an untenable situation, Justin tells Kayla he is happy for her.  Kayla wraps her arms around Justin as they both cry.  Kayla says she never wanted to hurt him, and when Wally as Justin says, “I know, honey,” it was one of the most honest and ten-hankie moments of the entire scenario.   Justin kisses her, tells the guests there will be no wedding today, and exits the Kiriakis mansion.

The emotional drama continues in the aftermath as Justin is at Kayla’s apartment boxing up all of his belongings and tears up recalling their nights together listening to jazz and cooking dinner.  Sonny (Freddie Smith) finds his dad, and tells him he did the noble thing and that time will heal all wounds, but after Sonny leaves, Justin breaks down a bit further before exiting Kayla’s for good.

And if that was not enough, Justin goes back to Adrienne’s gravesite to update her on the wedding that did not happen.   He talks to her that he understands Kayla and Steve’s deep and enduring love, which was just like theirs was.  Next, Justin thinks he is seeing Adrienne, when none other than Bonnie Lockhart (Judi Evans) reveals she is back in Salem – talk about kicking a guy when he is down!

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Throughout this entire saga, moment to moment, Kurth delivered raw, genuine, adult emotions, in a very complex adult story and relationship.   In fact, the cast and crew thought so, too!  When Wally as Justin told Kayla that he can’t marry her and the speech that followed and his exit from the mansion that followed, all those on set applauded for him.  His work was that moving.   Wally was ably assisted throughout by the outstanding work of Mary Beth Evans in these scenes.

2020, while a difficult year for everyone thus far, has been a particular great year for Kurth on Days; as over the last six months he has really had a chance to shine in this story.  So for all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV gives the “Power Performance of the Week” kudos to Wally Kurth.

Did you love Wally’s performance this week on Days? Did you reach for the hankies? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Mary Beth Evans & Chandler Massey Take You Behind the Scenes of Kayla and Justin’s Wedding

On Wednesday’s heartbreaking episode of Days of our Lives, viewers saw just how the nuptials of Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Justin (Wally Kurth) eventually wound up!

Justin told Kayla that Steve (Stephen Nichols) still loves her, which put a halt to the proceedings and ended the romantic relationship between the two dear friends, who found love with one another following Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, and Kayla believing Steve did not want her back.

Now, The DOOL app has posted a rare behind the scenes view of the making of the wedding – with moments from the key scenes, rehearsals and interviews with the cast involved.

Chandler Massey (Will) weighs-in on Will’s debut as a wedding officiant and how that went south, while Mary Beth Evans and Wally Kurth shared why they loved this storyline so much.

Wally expresses how the last six months have been some of the best storylines of his soap career, while Mary Beth says that Justin and Kayla’s relationship was so adult and that in real life, both actors have known about people who fall in love with their dear friend, after losing their significant other whether it be by divorce, or death, or whatever the circumstance.

If you don’t already have the DOOL app on your mobile device to watch the segment, you can get more info to download here.

We will have more to say on the memorable performances at Michael Fairman TV later in the week.

So, what did you think of Kayla and Justin’s wedding and the fallout? Comment below.

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DAYS Mary Beth Evans & Stephen Nichols with Guest Ron Carlivati Talk Stayla’s Greatest Hits & Approach To Scripts During COVID-19

This week is a pivotal one for Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) on Days of our Lives.  Will they be reunited once again?

To take a stroll down memory lane of reunions past, Mary Beth Evans along with her longtime on-screen scene partner and dear friend, Stephen Nichols, watched back key scenes from the history of Stayla and offered up a second viewing experience as they commented on the clips.

Later, Mary Beth and Stephen are joined by their surprise guest and it is revealed to be Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati!

In her tweet, Evans announced: “Since we’re evidently leading up to something big on #Days … Stephen Nichols and I thought we’d get together & watch some of our reunions from the past. And, we were lucky enough to have a very special guest join us for a chat! #patchandkaylaforever”

Mary Beth and Stephen then chat with Ron about what changes is he having to make to scripts in the reality we all live in now, the coronavirus pandemic, and how he is taking in to account upcoming safety protocols that will need to be adhered to when Days goes back into production.

As of now, from an article in Deadline last Friday the NBC daytime drama series is aiming for a September 1st restart.

Watch Mary Beth, Stephen and Ron in part one and part two and part three of their discussion below.

You can find that and more on Mary Beth’s PlankBlog You Tube channel as well.

Let us know in the comment section what you favorite Patch and Kayla reunion has been … and if you are looking forward to how Days will look when it goes back into production within safety guidelines for COVID-19?

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