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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter 2’: Thomas Banks, Chris Kositchek, and a Prism Make Returns

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On Tuesday’s second episode of the Peacock streaming series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two, the story got more juicy, and the ‘wink-wink nudge-nudges’ to the audience, and comedy bits, more hilarious.

We begin with Eileen Davidson’s OG Kristen DiMera reading a newspaper about seemingly herself winding up in jail. She then meets a handsome stranger at the bar she is at who is a professional poker player, played by Davidson’s real life hubby, Vincent Van Patten (who is also a real-life poker pro).  The guy, who’s name is Phil, tells Kristen that he won a valuable artifact in his game last night. Kristen turns on the seduction and ultimately, gets Phil to take her upstairs to his room.  When he goes to get some “protection” per Kristen’s request, he opens his briefcase, which also reveals a prism.  When he attempts to get cozy with Kristen, she head butts him.  Next, you see Kristen is undressed, revealing … it is not Kristen at all, but Susan Banks and Sister Mary Moira’s brother, Thomas Banks, pretending to be Kristen! Thomas heads out of the room … prism in tow.

Now, if you caught our latest interview with Days of our Lives and Beyond Salem head writer, Ron Carlivati, he shared that the character of Kristen DiMera (played by Stacy Haiduk on the mothership), “Wasn’t exactly available to be floating around the world as she is in Beyond Salem.  So, we knew where Kristen was when we started writing this. You’ll see when she makes her first appearance.  You will be like, ‘How can she be here … when I know she’s over here?'”  Well, now the question has been answered!

Back in San Francisco, Paul (Christopher Sean) gets more intel from Andrew (Colton Little) and they decide to track Harris Michaels (Steve Burton) movements in an effort to figure out where he took John (Drake Hogestyn) and Steve (Stephen Nichols).  That leads them to a gym … and who should be the owner of said gym, Chris Kositchek, as played by Josh Taylor! Chris mentions that he and his wife Savannah have run the gym for four decades!  Next, Paul and Andrew land in the gym hot tub, and we learn (or confirm) that Andrew is also gay.  We also see an ‘electrician’ is tampering with the wires who shuts off the hot tub.  Paul and Andrew take out the guy and find that he had Harris Michael’s gym locker key.  When they open it , they find two invitations to the DiMera Enterprises gala in Hong Kong.


Meanwhile, Megan (Miranda Wilson) reveals to John and Steve that they are in Caracas, Venezuela and how she never died.  Turns out, as she reminds her ‘captive audience’, the hot tub Larry Welch fried her in was really meant for Hope (Kristian Alfonso).  Megan explains how her father, Stefano, had her put in a cryogenic state until he could determine a way to heal her injuries. She comments on how ‘they’ve all done the Lazarus dance before’.  Next thing you know, Thomas Banks arrives with the prism for Megan.  She pays him off.  Now, she mentions she has one of three and needs to get her hands on the other two.  Turns out, Larry Welch’s father Victor Chorvat created the prisms and when the three are combined, they reveal technology that can cure diseases.  Remember, Stefano was trying to get the prisms to cure his brain tumor.

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We also meet Wendy Shin (Victoria Grace), who is caught snooping around Tripp (Lucas Adam) and Joey’s (Tanner Stein) apartment in Seattle.  She reveals to the guys that she is the sister of Li Shin (Remington Hoffman) who is looking for Harris Michaels.  Seems DiMera Enterprises wants the prisms too, and as Wendy, who is an IT tech reveals, “In the right hands, these prisms can revolutionize medicine.” Li is going to reveal the plan and the prisms at the gala in Hong Kong, or so he thinks!


Back in Montreal, Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara (Victoria Konefal) are in for a shock when Harris gets down on one knee and proposes to Hope, and then the biggest shocker, she accepts! What is going on with Hope? Previously, Harris had called someone in the hallway and told them, “He’s not going to let anyone stand in the way of what they have planned for Hope.”

In heaven, Bo (Peter Reckell) is watching the live feed of Harris and Hope and becoming more unglued.  Angela (Loretta Devine) reminds him that Hope isn’t his wife anymore, and they weren’t even married when he died. Bo wants to go back to save Hope from Harris.  He needs to talk to the “Big Man” upstairs to let him get to Hope in time.

So, what did you think of the second episode of Beyond Salem 2? What was your favorite moment from it? Comment below.

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For a longtime Days Viewer, this episode was hilarious. Eileen Davidson was a hoot as Thomas Banks. Vincent Van Patten was a added bonus too. Josh Taylor as Chris was a great throwback. (too bad Savannah Tweed wasn’t available to play Savannah). I didn’t realize this was the original actress that played Megan Hathaway until I looked it up. Ron and his writing staff have really hit it out of the ballpark so far. Can’t wait to watch the next episode.

I know Andrew Donovan hasn’t actually been to Salem since he was a baby, but surely he must have noticed that Chris Kositchek dude at the gym looks exactly like his Uncle Roman. Paul didn’t notice either, apparently.

So, Harris Michaels is a Navy SEAL. Does that mean he has a twin brother (separated at birth) that got brain damaged and became a mob enforcer? Just wondering…

I see what you did there!

I see what Steve did too, but wouldn’t that make two Seals and the mobster?

Its like reading a comic book with all your favorite heros and villians with surprise guest stars and nodd to history! Its a love letter to the fans! Well done Ron!

Is that neck hair peeking out of Thomas’s collar? What a hoot. Forgot what John said, but he is spooky!

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Days of our Lives Favorite Lamon Archey Welcomes Baby Girl

Congratulations are in order for Lamon Archey (Eli, Days of our Lives) and his wife Krissy Terry.  The couple have welcomed a baby girl into this world named Kennedy.

In a beautiful photo of Kennedy with her mom and dad via Instagram, Lamon shared: “Blessings on blessings on blessings on blessings. #Blessed  @monicamartinphotography”

Terry added,“My princess. Kennedy Archey. You are my everything. I pray I am everything you want me to be in a mama. I never thought I’d love so deeply the way I love you, baby-cakes. I’ll forever be your guide, protector, and nurturer.”

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This is Archey’s fourth child. His three other children are: Machiah, 21; Caden, 14; and Gaia, 11

Several of Lamon’s Days of our Lives co-stars shared their well-wishes on his IG post including: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), Stephen Nichols (Steve), Galen Gering (Rafe) and Sal Stowers (Lani).

Lamon and Krissy were married back on March 25th of this year.

Send your well-wishes for Lamon, Krissy and new little bundle of joy, Kennedy via the comment section below.

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Jen Lilley Signs Off at Days of our Lives: “Playing Jeanne Theresa Donovan Off and On for the last 10 Years Has Taught Me So Much About Empathy and Grace”

This week on Days of our Lives, Jen Lilley will wrap her short-term run as Theresa Donovan. Lilley came back to reprise her role to a be a part of the on-screen memorial for Victor Kiriakis, and to honor one of her her all-time favorite scene partners, the late John Aniston.

While Lilley explained in interviews with the press, that she gave the series a 3 to 4 week window of time she would be available to reprise the role, she noted the long-running soap opera wrote more episodes and story for the character; thus the part will be turned over to another actress for the next leg of Theresa’s return story.

Meanwhile, through the years, Lilley came under fire over her run on DAYS being a devout Christian, and taking on the role of the troublemaking Theresa.  She fired back in one interview, “Why should I play a role like this,’ you know? That’s been something I’ve been asked over and over again, by Christians, like,‘How can you be a Christian and play this role?’ And the truth of the matter is that from a human perspective, Theresa’s kind of a horrible person, but from a God perspective, she’s exactly who Christ came and died for.”

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With her final episode streaming on Peacock on Friday, September 22nd, Lilley took to her Instagram to share her sentiments on her Salem journey over the years.

Jen shared: “Last week of me exploring this girl’s shenanigans on screen. Playing Jeanne Theresa Donovan off and on for the last 10 years has taught me so much about empathy and grace. I have enjoyed every moment of her hilarious sass and ferocity, layered with brokenness. To the cast and crew at @dayspeacock, I love you forever. You’re my family. And to the best fans a girl could ask or hope for: remember there is no pit so deep you could ever find yourself in where God’s love cannot find you still. You are never beyond redemption. You are called by grace and marked with love. Thank you for supporting me on this decade long journey. #Days #RIPJohnAniston #ripvictorkiriakis #DOOL”

No word yet if in the future, and with Lilley’s busy filming schedule (once the SAG-AFTRA and writers strikes are resolved) for Great American Family movies and other projects, if she would be available to return to DAYS should the show decide to write for the character.

So, are you sad to see Jen exit the canvas as Theresa? Curious just who and how will take over her role? There have been plenty of online rumors that a certain actress currently on the show is taking over the part. Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Celebrates One-Year on Peacock (Photos)

When Days of our Lives moved from NBC to the streaming service Peacock after 57 years on the air, it rocked many longtime fans of the beloved soap opera. However, NBC/Universal decided to make it a high priority on its companion streamer as one of its flagship shows. This was due, in part, to its dedicated fan base and viewership.

DAYS started its run in its new home on September 12th, 2022, and now one-year later, Peacock helped the show celebrate its first anniversary in its current streaming digs with an ice cream truck outside its studios in Burbank on Monday.

Taking a break from Salem, and to partake in some ice cream were DAYS stars: Billy Flynn (Chad), Ella Cantu, (Jada) Abigail Klein (Stephanie), Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Doug and Julie), Carson Boatman (Johnny), Raven Bowens (Chanel), Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Stephen Nichols (Steve), and Greg Vaughan (Eric).

Check out some of the snaps from the ice cream truck fun below!

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Mary Beth Evans, who shared on social media she used to serve up ice cream at one time in her life, took a pic inside the ice cream truck with Stephen Nichols. Seems “Stayla” likes ice cream too!

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Raven Bowens served up an ice cream cone to Carson Boatman!

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Too cool for school! Bill and Susan Seaforth Hayes strike a pose with ice cream treats.

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Greg Vaughan with his longtime castmate, Mary Beth Evans, celebrating the one-year anniversary of DAYS move to Peacock.

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Here’s the signage from Peacock upon sending the ice cream truck to DAYS.

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The Salem gang strikes one final pose before heading inside and back to work to tape all-new episodes.

So, what do you think about Peacock sending the ice cream truck to DAYS to mark the occasion of its move to the streaming service? Are you glad DAYS is still moving forward on the streamer, even though a year later it’s not on or coming back to network TV? Comment below.

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