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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Brady Lays The Smackdown On Nicole, And Sami Returns As The Hunt For Will Begins!

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As a new week begins to unfold on NBC’s Days of our Lives, last week’s Friday cliffhanger delivered some major drama that will continue to play out including the upcoming final episodes of Arianne Zucker as Nicole.

As the set up for her exit begins, in key scenes, Brady (Eric Martsolf) turns the tables on Nicole after she has admitted her love for Eric, and that she is leaving Brady to be with him. At the Kiriakis mansion, while Brady seemingly tells Nicole to go be with Eric, there is a twist that Nicole never saw coming.  He wants her to break Eric’s heart out like she did his.  Brady goes on to say that if she doesn’t dump is brother, and leave town for good, he is going to send Nicole to prison for the murder of Deimos Kiriakis.  At first, Nicole thinks he is bluffing, but when Brady provides her taped confession, it’s game over for Nicole.

Next, Nicole calls this unfair.  Brady reminds her he all he has done for her, even almost dying for her so Nicole could be with Holly, who he now views like his own daughter now.  An emotional Brady doesn’t know how to explain this to his son, Tate who is now old enough to understand things.  A shocked Nicole says to Brady. “Who are you?”  As the vengeful new side of Brady emerges he relates:”Theresa, Kristen and every other whore” turned him into this.

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Kudos to Eric Martsolf for his performance as is Brady finally pushed too far that he is now going to make others as miserable as he has been chronically made to feel throughout his relationships when he lays his heart on the line.  Will Brady continue to go down this dark path?

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Meanwhile, Eric (Greg Vaughan) is awaiting Nicole to join him at the farmhouse as he gets a visit from his mother, Marlena (Deidre Hall).  The good doc fills Eric in on the latest on Will (Chandler Massey), and that Sami (Alison Sweeney) is heading back to Salem.  And, Paul (Christopher Sean) convinces John (Drake Hogestyn) to help him exhume Will’s body at his gravesite to prove once and for all if he is buried there, or not.  This, all on the heels of the startling revelation that Dr. Rolf (William Utay) had something to do with resurrecting Will  … something John is all too familiar with making seem very plausible to those that have cross paths with the despicable Dr. Rolf!

At the cemetery, Paul apologizes to Will before they start digging, but before John can put his shovel to the ground, none other than Sami appears and grabs the shovel telling John, “Don’t…even think about it!” We fade to black.

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So, what did you think of the scenes between Brady and Nicole and his blackmail?  What do you think will happen next in the hunt for Will? Are you glad to see Sami back in action? Comment below, but first watch this week’s promo for the action on DAYS!

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Jimh
Jimh

I thought Will would be found alive but in a coma off camera and protected by Sami all this time…dont know how Rolf got a hold of Will and what his game is reviving Will???…almost like the Robin story on GH but we knew there Robin was needed for her medical skills…here not sure why???

Satan
Satan

Whomever is running the DiMera organization these days (either Kristen or Andre, most likely. We know it ain’t Stefano!) is probably holding Will hostage, in order to get Sami to return all the money she stole from the family after Elvis Jr. “left the building”.

Andre is projecting a public image of being “reformed” now, and his little brother Chad certainly wants to believe it. But Chad doesn’t have the same history with Andre that most of the other Salem residents do, so it’s hard to believe anybody else is buying his “hey look at me, I’m a good guy now” act. So it’s entirely possible that he’s keeping his late father’s favorite mad scientist on the payroll, and has Will stashed somewhere. Memphis?? Sure, why not? It would be a change of pace from the usual tropical island DiMera compounds.

Jimh
Jimh

That makes sense now!!!!

Celia
Celia

Great assumption, Satan….and, superlative post.
Do you think Stefano will be recast? Now that Victor has capitulated into Bonnie’s ” arms” ( this story should end ASAP), we have no true villain…Andre is so lukewarm to me….unless I am deluding myself in thinking he’s basically a sheep….or, a coward?
I know one thing for sure….I cannot stand Brady. A good source tells me he has a not-very-likable personality in person, either.

Jimh
Jimh

Brady needs to give up on women…and women need to give up on that hot headed alcoholic anyway!!!

Satan
Satan

As far as the whole Eric & Nicole thing goes, those two should have been reunited from the time that they got trapped in that furnace (or whatever it was).

The fact that they had her hookup with the airhog Dr. Eggman after that was completely ridiculous. And then to have Eric responsible for that moron’s death (or so everybody thinks… I still say it was the heart infection that Eric had at the time that made him pass out behind the wheel, and not the alcohol)

Bringing Deimos into the story was even more ridiculous, but he got what he deserved – as I remind him daily, while he’s scrubbing toilets here in Hell. There’s not a jury in the world that would convict Nicole for killing that son of a bitch, while under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug that he gave her.

Obviously it’s all silly plot point writing to give Nicole a reason to abruptly leave town…. but there’s ReRon for you.

Jovin
Jovin

I cannot believe that our gal Nicole has to leave town alone and broken with her child. Those of us who are invested in her …. it is a total slap in the face! And par for the course with Carlivati. He ruins characters and couples with surprising nonchalance and abandon. Just ask Luke, Laura, Brenda, Jax, etc etc etc.

Patrick
Patrick

“…but there’s ReRon for you.” – NOW

that his 6 month WAIT… is near over

AND he is getting that much more involved.. and yes.. hiring past cast is what entices any writer

for the first 6 months he’s been astonishing.. inclusive and mining the whole star , er store

Patrick
Patrick

any one ?

two/three things we’ve – L O N G – heard

how dark, bleak, and depressing. ???? any more add

that’s all I have to say on the magnanimous turnaround. i’m happy

Mo
Mo

Eric was on fire. Really great in his scenes.

Can’t wait to see more of Sami today.

Really enjoying Days.

Patrick
Patrick

I just got thru watching the 10/17 ep

two hankie move (s)

Lucas w/Sami @the cemetery : ” I want this to be true” when Sami tells him about Dr. Rolf.. ” any thing is possible” to that effect.

I am so enjoying Bryan Dattillo work… it’s been refreshing to see from a father perspective… the fallout of his loss.

Sam and Lucas hug it out… “we’ll figure it out”

JUST WATCHING the flashback scenes from the past.. WITH Chandler Massey laying on that slat? @ the morgue

Dag ! hit you hard… once again as Sami asks Lucas – how does he look? Lucas shuffling for words… “he looks like our boy”

———-
Greg Vaughan – Dynamo boffo so glad he’s back.

you know… @DAYS – i’d take “brothers” Eric and Brady any day of the week.
you know… @GH – the twins Jason and nuJason are … OK

come on… I don’t care how it reads.. I’m just glad that @DAYS has the talent to do more

as Eric is shouting ” Nicole” will forever be heard…. as she leaves the cabin. as I’ve always posted…. how expressive Eric is with his whole “face” and person…

GH Steve Burton is still relying on the camera for his blue eyes. Oy travesty how lame Shelley and Frank are

hats off to DAYS for more to come with these two guys. Eric and Brady

for worth more of our time

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Lord have mercy, DAYS is on fire!

The reunion of Ericole and Brady’s bitterness is spellbinding! The return of Sami as John and Paul are set to dig for answers is riveting! Who needs the movie when this version of Good Will Hunting is better?!

Friday the 13th through the 31st of October should be known as ghoulish good times, especially with Dr. Rolf involved!

ChandlerFan
ChandlerFan

If an entire episode consisted of nothing but Chandler Massey reading the dictionary aloud, I would watch it.

Johnny Grant
Johnny Grant

I thought Brady was being absurdly vindictive dealing with the unpredictable and emotionally indecisive Nicole –
She DID try to tell him as gently as she could that things couldn’t progress between them, and that she loved Eric.
I’ve been told through break-up’s that something was “over” in a much harsher, unkind way, so I can only relate through my own experiences what these characters go through. I thought honestly she was trying to be as kind as possible given the circumstances that it is never easy telling someone “it’s over”. I know it lacks drama, (and after all this is a Soap) but couldn’t Brady just say “I understand, Nicole. If that’s how you feel, so be it. I wish you and Eric the best”.

A.M.
A.M.

I don’t know how long you have been watching Days, but try to list all the men that Nicole believed were the “love of her life.” It has made the character so interesting over the years, and I will miss the brilliant Ari Zucker terribly. But Nicole’s fickleness is enough to drive anyone to bitterness and drinking (Bravo to Eric Martsolf!), especially someone who is chronically betrayed by any woman he trusts.

Jill
Jill

So if Dr. Rolf is involved, how long before we’re told E.J. is still alive?? I mean, they still haven’t explained about the needle and Kristin??? Sami’s back, will is coming, and now we need E.J.!!(a.k.a James Scott) Cause this reunion isn’t complete until they do! And it can only be James Scott!!
And as far as Brady & Nicole goes, I really wish Ari wasn’t leaving, so that we could have Bricole longer!! But because of this storyline, Eric Martsolf is truly getting a chance to really shine!! I knew he was a Great actor, but his dissent into madness has been Amazing!!

Patrick
Patrick

“…they still haven’t explained about the needle and Kristin??? ”

yeah, this blew me away. the intensity… this is DiMera written all over it

God.. this is Eileen Davidson BEST WORK. no matter that she says she calls Y&R her home.

I guess I’ll have to settle… Her work @DAYS – WON, her an emmy

I have… no clue.. as to who’s behind Dr. Rolf. if it’s any DiMera.. it’s a good guess that it’s Kristen…. OH … and it’s with Jason Brooks .. as Peter Blake returns… and it’s HIM.

AND… Thaao Penghlis is just shining as a DiMera… I’m guessing he’s aware of… all the goings ons.. but … should not be the accountable one ?

LOL

because.. it’s clear that RC is LOVING… I mean LOVING the sophistication and wit behind all the character being.. that Lauren Koslow WITH Thaao Penglis bring… and that’s every thing… from comedic to drama ensue. bofo dream team.. Kate and Andre.

Andre is holding the fort.. till Kristen

Patrick
Patrick

“… Eric Martsolf is truly getting a chance to really shine!! I knew he was a Great actor, but his dissent into madness has been Amazing!! ”

You, really, make me wish… Isabella was alive for this

dag! how I loved John and Isabella with Victor and Maggie

this would be tour de force

Days holds a lot of intrigue

LOTS

Mo
Mo

It’s not just that she was breaking up with him, it’s that she was going to be with Eric. For months she told Brady there was nothing going on with Eric and now he finds out that’s not true. Maybe she just realized that, but I don’t think Brady is totally rational. Also add in everything he did for her (Canada, almost dying), the fact that Eric drove drunk and killed Daniel (Nicole’s supposed love of her life), Eric is Brady’s family, and all the women who have done Brady wrong and I understand his anger. And his vindictiveness. Plus it makes for high drama!

Celia
Celia

Have I said how much I want to punch ( LOL) Brady’s smug face? Not a pretty sight. I doubt he knows what a man is…or how he should treat women. We are not possessions.

Patrick
Patrick

WHAT – a perfect “Marquee”

“I thought Brady was being absurdly vindictive dealing with the unpredictable and emotionally indecisive Nicole ”

we got to see Eric Martsolf and Ari Zucker show and nail

Michael
Michael

First, let me say – that for the last 3 weeks – and for the first time in a long time – I’ve watched the entire hour of Days M – F. No ff. Even the little ‘filler’ scenes between characters provide entertainment in some form or fashion. So good work.

Now, about this Brady/Nicole/Eric story. As someone pointed out above, it made no sense to me two years ago when Nicole and Eric had their ‘trapped together’ moment and she came out of it and abruptly committed to Daniel.

Then, the truth is, while I like Nicole, I’ve never gotten NIcole. I have been an off and on viewer of Days over the many, many years and I think I missed Nicole’s heyday because when I became a regular viewer – shortly before Will came out of the closet – she was married to EJ and seemed to be a spitfire. Then EJ dumped her and after a short troublemaker story with Jennifer, she’s been crying and pininig ever since. Where was this she-devil that could stand toe to toe with Sami that I had read about? Where was the spine? And the whole Eric and Daniel mess – Nicole made bad choice after bad choice while trying to be this perfect (boring) woman for Eric and Daniel, depending on who she was going after. So, I just didn’t get her.

And then Brady. What else can be done with this character? I know one of his loves was killed before I started watching regularly, then Madison died, then Kristen came along and broke his heart – twice. Then Melanie sacrificed their love because Teresa was a bitch on wheels, and then Teresa left him (for a good reason ,but he doesn’t know that) and now Nicole? Brady couldn’t do one more ‘woman dies or walks all over him’ story. So this turn to bad Brady is refreshing. It may seem out of character, it may seem abrupt but I think back (many a year ago) when Barbara on ATWT – the heroine of the show for several years – decided she had had it with being dumped by men and became a manipulative diva for a year or two. It certainly seemed out of characater, but it was also entertaiing, and it eventually gave us the stronger, imperfect version of Barbara that lasted for years on the show. Hopefully, the same can happen with Brady.

Jules
Jules

I think you’ve made a lot of great points Michael.

It’s unfortunate you didn’t see Nicole back in her hey-day. She was a force to be reckoned with. She truly embodied the persona of a character who deep down is so lonely and sad and broken, and acted out destructively because of it. Nicole was always a doer. She was always making things happen. She married Victor. She ruined Chloe’s facial reconstruction. She took Sydney. But your analysis is spot on- she’s now a wuss. Lame, two-bit day players are getting away with blackmailing her and Nicole reacts by crying and pouting. That is so not in line with the active Nicole I knew and loved, who always had an ace up her sleeve. She was clever and got what she wanted by taking no prisoners. I’d say post EJole era, Nicole has never been the same.

I disagree with your assessment of Brady (you can read my thoughts below) but I think it’s an interesting perspective. I hadn’t thought of the “how many blows can one guy take before he hits back” approach you wrote about. Plus major points for the Babs comparison!! I hope like Barbara, Brady finds some middle ground where he might not be a pushover anymore, but he isn’t completely heartless either.

Anyway, thanks for a good read.

Patrick
Patrick

Colleen Zenk. daytimes best Babs.

wasnt their times when Babs had this look of uncertainty. fearful. who wouldn’t when a lot of her married life she literally , was chained to James Stenbeck.

she played all her part FULL on. God it was SING to the soap God… when she met Henry… as played by the funster Trent Dawson…currently on GH.

long live this leading lady

GH or Days needs to write her a story arc… and that’s not as a guest pop up.

Richard
Richard

GOD BRING ON SAMANTHA GENE BRADY DIMERA! One of the best characters ever on daytime TV! I cant wait!

Jules
Jules

I’m enjoying everything at DAYS right now, with exception to how they are writing Brady.

Eric (actor) is doing one hellova job with his material, and though Brady is a “Kiriakis”, and though one can argue it’s more due to his drinking and the mean drunk personality that it brings forth, and though they (spoiler) need a reason to get Nicole off canvas, and though the story needs a wrench in the love story between Eric (character) and Nicole (it never made sense how the previous writing team made Brady hunky dorey with what happened between Eric/Nicole the night Deimos was killed…and some similarly foolish stuff he let slide before then), to write Brady as vindictive, spiteful and mean is just way out of character for the guy.

He was the gentlemanly, chivalrous, good-hearted putz. But he was NEVER the jerk. Not like this…..not anywhere close to this.

If I’m honest, it’s kind of uncomfortable to watch. Maybe Eric is that good. But it’s making me feel the way Ben made me feel when he held Abby captive just after the show’s 50th anniversary. And when that happened, I stopped watching for 14 months. There’s a scary undertone of abuse that goes beyond the soapy manipulation. I’m just not enjoying it. I’ll continue to watch, but I just do not enjoy the direction they are taking Brady. I hope redemption is coming….

Patrick
Patrick

perhaps.. Nicole will come “clean” with Eric… and just tell him. thereby letting Brady off for what he’s doing.

Nicole realizes , SHE, NEEDS, to leave Salem.. and simply – move – on.

she has the one thing that means more to her.. (aside from herself ) is her daughter Holly, with her dearly departed, Daniel.

Ari Zucker and Ali Sweeney… bar none.. have been the STARS of DAYS throughout their whole tenure.

i’m ready for some new blood… some new LEADS. perhaps its’ because Nicole , because of no immediate family… and no children… till just this year, with Holly. Nicole was “bounced” around from every man every which way one can. DAYS has had it’s dark years… and she has floundered… from the three muskateers… Daniel / Eric / Brady.

i’m done.

this is taken from your post above @Michael.

“…Nicole I knew and loved, who always had an ace up her sleeve. She was clever and got what she wanted by taking no prisoners. ”

she went from Deimos.. right in to Brady bed… and now she’s in Eric.

Eric , according to all the fan pull… have always wanted this. I loved how , when she was in Horton Square with Holly.. and she bumped in to Eric. as he is wont to do… make a hasty exit. she says: “why is it that every time you leave.. it’s like you are saying goodbye”

that struck me… and it’s true… these two knowing how fully they love one another.. it just never materialized.

alas, as when Ali and Sami left. it was a nice break. and leave it at that

same goes for Ari and Nicole leaving. won’t this be a nice break.

because… as we all know… SUPERFANS

Greg Vaughan and Eric Marsolf. “fasten your seat belts it’s going to be a bumpy ride. ”

this is their chance to ride . with the whole cast

Ron Carlivati IS bringing all of DAYS material.. that I’ve thoroughly been enjoying. it is a one hour show.. that is seamlessly turning each story , WITH the whole cast generating.

My eyes are FULL.

Dag

Patrick
Patrick

I don’t care who killed Deimos. I can’t imagine it was any of:

Nicole / Eric / Brady

Patrick
Patrick

i can appreciate Nicole telling Jenny bear to “look” after Eric.

but thats ALL. just nest Jenny bear… dote all you want. no lip locks needed

your role is not sexual. get that Hope ?

val
val

I hope Ari Zucker finds even greater success in prime time. As for the show, please bring back Ann. She is so talented and she would be the perfect princess for Eric or Brady.

blake
blake

Days is really the best soap on these days. I’m really glad it’s back to how good it was when Kristen, EJ and Sami were last on. Ron C.’s writing and stories make each show watchable and entertaining.

I was glad to see Brady lay into Nicole, she deserved it after all he did for her and her constantly lying to him. Brady is not the bad guy here, it’s Nicole. When he said she was like the other wh*res who turned him into this, I thought “tell her Brady!”

Patrick
Patrick

RC is doing remarkable… work.

SINCE – June, 2017

He has done tremendous work… with the cast he had.. and that’s a huge let

as – I will declare – forevermore… GH wins for best cast on this site. for me.. it is always @DAYS who collectively work it all.

the ratings juggernaut… it’s not.

I keep up with 3 shows… I do not give one hoot about B&B.. not relatable.

DAYS is a full hour

I’d like to prop Ari Zucker and James Reynolds. you know the articles in SOD issues.. when they oft mention… which character would you have liked to have worked more with …

Ari always mention working with Abe Carver , played by , one of my faves.. James Reynolds.. he has the best family going currently.

It was a nice sendoff.. of history.. as Abe was once involved.. with Nicole mother Fay.. and Abe mentions how he has always cared for Nicole , as if she were his own. and it’s true.. this was probably the best bet Nicole ever had for a father figure.

they were tender endearing scenes. you just want for Nicole. it’s a tearful salute and send off she deserves

this “huge” turnabout .. for Brady

I don’t think many expected … Eric Marsolf has always had the chops to ACT his being off the charts. dang him…. his looks as I’ve oft mentioned.. do not distract , from his full on eye to eye.

I believe Ron Carlivati is OPENING DOORS for a much deserved stretch of wing. because .. guess who’s going to be turned.. and sparked

Eileen Davidson’ Kristen
Kassie DePaiva’ Eve

loving it

dmr
dmr

The Black and Brady children sure do love to swap partners, and Marlena’s mothering advice, “you can’t help who you fall in love with”-as her family implodes once again!

Bill
Bill

I hope Allison Sweeney gets to be a permanent actress on days of our lives. She is a great actress on the show. I miss her great acting on days of our lives. I understand it may not be permanent because of other interests in her life,

SalemsLot
SalemsLot

I soo want Brady to turn into a young Victor, instead of the naive simpleton he’s been, look where being the good guy got him. Personally I liked that he screwed Nicole over she was cheating on him emotionally a long time before she climbed into bed with Eric she kept feeding Brady lies and playing happy families. I love that his revenge comes in the form of using her own actions and ability to lie her arse off against her

Patrick
Patrick

he’s certainly sired from the best their ever was.

John Black and Isabella Toscano

MY all time favorite love story

It’s fun watching Brady infused with ; being the good guy and wanting to play the bad guy ? not necessarily stemming from his going off the grid.. from drinking and partying.. but just wanting to drive

once Brady makes up his mind.. and charges onward… it just adds to his electricity and ups the endorphin

xmascarol
xmascarol

Brady got what he deserved his jealously just reared it’s ugly head way to much ,no wonder Nicole wanted Eric.I use to like Brady but not anymore.To use blackmail to get what he wants ,I hope he rots in hell.

Patrick
Patrick

Eve Donovan in two days… October 27th

the one and only Kassie DePaiva

JoanneWolfer
JoanneWolfer

I love Same and Lucas and hope we have more of them fining their son.
Lucas is once again sober and LUMI bring their son Will home.

Joanne
Joanne

I hoped to see Allie, Sami and Lucas’s daughter soon too.

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The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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Wally Kurth Talks on His Daytime Emmy Nomination For DAYS As Justin’s World Is Turned Upside Down

You kind of know when you are handed the ball in the world of daytime drama, and it’s your turn to shine, especially when you get meaty material that runs the gamut of emotions. And this past Emmy season, Days of our Lives’ Wally Kurth delivered the performances of his soap career (although we suspect there is some more to come in 2020!) in the role of the grieving Justin Kiriakis.

For Wally not only played grief, but starting life anew in a romantic entanglement that can be all too familiar when someone tries to move on after the loss of the love of their life. Add to that, the complication that his son’s husband, was believed to be the person who caused the accident that killed his wife, Adrienne (Judi Evans), and with that the deck is stacked for an emotional fallout that landed Kurth in the running for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on CBS on Friday night, June 26th, albeit in a virtual presentation.

While Wally is getting many accolades for his work on DAYS, let’s not forget the double duty he pulls on General Hospital, where this week his Ned Ashton. This week Ned is front and center during the encore presentations of the GH’ Nurses’ Ball episodes, which feature Wally singing his heart out in numerous memorable performances through the years.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kurth to get his thoughts and insight into his well-deserved acting nomination for DAYS, plus to find out his favorite GH Nurses’ Ball performances, and much more. Here now is what Wally had to say about it all.

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I am so thrilled about this nomination because you know, I willed this to happen.  I was like, “It’s got to happen!” (Laughs)

WALLY:  You actually were saying that, and you have been very supportive and positive.  I appreciate it.

What did you end up submitting? I believe I gave you “Power Performance of the Week” honors on my site for some of them, too.

WALLY:  I do try to put together a little story in my submissions for Emmys.  I think that’s kind of important because if you’re asking someone to watch 8 or 9 minutes of just you… I didn’t want to just (not that I had this material) but bludgeon them with one sad, sobbing scene after another.  I wanted to give them a whole range of Justin and a little story.  So, I did start off where Justin was asking Adrienne to marry him, and Justin is very happy, and it’s all good, and he gets down on his knee, and you see her, and it’s like, “This is something really good,” and I also wanted to include a scene with Judi Evans in my reel.  Then, I cut to where it’s a year later, and Justin is with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) in their apartment. They are already living together, and they are discussing the anniversary of their marriages, and about the sadness of Adrienne, and she’s talking about Steve (Stephen Nichols), and then she brings up having to tell me that Adrienne died.  So, that was obviously in a flashback that happened six months earlier; where Justin is obviously very upset, and scared, and doesn’t want to hear it, and breaks down, and Kayla comforts him. Then, I did the continuation where Justin tells Kayla how much she has meant to him, and how he felt like he wasn’t going to survive, and how she came to his aid in a way to make him feel like he really has something to live for.   Then, at the very end, I did two scenes with Will (Chandler Massey) in the jail which is where Justin confronts Will, who obviously Justin thought was responsible for killing Adrienne.  It was a really lovely, really well-written scene where Justin tells him, “You’re a son to me, and you can be disappointed with a son, and you can be hurt by a son, but you never stop loving him.” I think it showed a nice range of the anger, the hurt, the happiness (because Justin tells him about Kayla), so you get an idea of what happened to Justin last year.  I thought it was a good collection of scenes that told a little story, and you could see the range of what Justin went though.  Evidently, it worked on some level because I got nominated.

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In the scene with Will, doesn’t Justin also tell him, “Don’t give up on life?” in a very hankie-inducing moment?

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WALLY:  Yes.  “Don’t give up.  Don’t give up on life,” which is really positive… even though he started the scene like, “I don’t even want to talk to this guy.”  Justin is there talking to Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), and Will kind of surprises him. So for Justin it;’ like, “Now I guess I’ve got to talk to Will about this,” and so he is still angry, he is still hurt, and you’re right, at the end, the scene has sort of transformed him in a way.  So, all of that stuff was just really nice, really nice scenes to get to play and very emotional.

I’ve watched most everything on the soaps from the performances to the storylines, and that one scene with the two of you was one of the best scenes I have seen in long time.  It was just so good from the writing to the execution of it. 

WALLY:  Oh yeah, I can’t even imagine a scene that was as good. Thank God that scene aired in December.  My story really didn’t get started until October/November, and all of those scenes that I included were from October, November, and December.

So, what did you think then when you found out that Chandler, along with you, and Paul Telfer (Xander) are all in the Supporting Actor category together?

WALLY:  I love it.  How great is that?  I love both of those guys.  I mean, I am such a fan of both of them.  Chandler kind of gets nominated every year, so I wasn’t surprised there.

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Well, he had one year, as he pointed out to me (laughs), that he didn’t get a nomination. But, Chandler has been pretty much a perennial nominee every time he submits!

WALLY:  Yeah, Chandler just delivers.  He is a really an outstanding actor Paul, I think is great.  I love the character.  I was kind of surprised and happy for him because sometimes his character gets overlooked; just like the bad guy with the smarmy smirk and the great English accent.  So, there you go.  It’s terrific.  I think people saw more to his performance, and they should.  He works on a lot of different levels, and Paul brings a lot to the game.

And obviously, you know James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, General Hospital), since you work on that show too, and he is also nominated in your category. 

WALLY:  Yeah, and I have been a big fan of his too.  So, I was really delighted.  I called him up and left a message.  I love James.  We did a thing last year together where we went back east and played some music in some clubs,   I always think that James should be nominated.  He does such an exceptional job at bringing that character to life.  That’s not an easy thing to do either.  It’s kind of like a Xander character, and so, it is nice to see my fellow actors see the complexity in their performances and appreciate it.

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Last week’s DAYS airshows contained scenes where Justin confronts Orpheus (George Delhoyo), over killing Adrienne, and Justin also goes to visit Adrienne’s grave.  I think you have another run of shows next year to submit for the Emmys (Laughs)

WALLY:  I do like to include the big four emotions that an actor has to play:  happy, sad, angry, and fear.  That is a scene where you get to see Justin really angry.  So, I will probably look to that as you get to see the anger part of the character, which I think is important.  You don’t get to see Justin very angry and lose it like that.

No, and that’s what was so great about it.  George was a great scene partner, though.

WALLY:  Oh, he was great.  George and I had a great time.  It was really awesome.  I mean, it was a challenge because it was very tricky, especially when Steve (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) came in because you know; there is a part of the character that is just like, “Please, just let me shoot.  Just let me fire a bullet and just put it over his head or something, or maybe his hands are shaking so much that he misses the target!”  I don’t know, but you do just want to let him shoot, just one bullet.  (Laughs) Another moment that I really, really loved – and I’ll probably include it next year in my submission -was that scene with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) at the hospital.  They gave me a beautiful speech to tell her that she should be her judge and jury and sentence herself to death, a beautiful speech about how she reminded me of Adrienne.  It brought out a different side of Justin that you don’t usually see.

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When I spoke to Chandler about this nomination he related to me, “I am so happy for Wally because I feel like he is often underrated.” You have always been the guy on soaps who is always delivering consistent work, but now you’ve been given a story.  So now everyone can see what you can do or are reminded of it.  It’s hard without a story on the soaps; especially playing the Emmy game.

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WALLY:  It’s true.  What did Maurice Benard (Sonny, General Hospital) say?  “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.”  It’s really true.  Let’s face it, you can only do so much, and that’s why I don’t get too competitive.  If I lose, that’s totally fine.  I feel like I’ve already won.  Being recognized by my peers, that’s it.  Being nominated is awesome, and honestly, after this, so much of it is the material and what the actors got to do.  It’s sort of out of your control, you know.   I am happy for all of my fellow nominees.  It’s all good at this point.  I’m really, really happy.

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You’ve been nominated once before, right?

WALLY:  Yes. I’ve been nominated once before, two years ago on General Hospital.  It was the year that Jane Elliot (Tracy) left.  In story, Tracy leaves, so there was all of that emotional stuff to play.  That was the year I also submitted myself for Days of Our Lives too, and I was really proud of that work.  That year saw Adrienne having to choose between Justin and Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), and she chose Lucas.  There were just some really nice scenes there that they wrote for Justin and Adrienne, and she was dealing with cancer.  Anyway, I got nominated for General Hospital, and I learned from that year that I am never going to nominate myself in the same category for both shows.  That’s just stupid.

Well, you’re everywhere.  You’re on the Nurses’ Ball encore episodes right now on GH,  

WALLY:  Oh, isn’t that funny?  All of these Nurses’ Balls, it’s hilarious.

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Are you watching them?

WALLY:  Yes!  I watched parts of them the other night, especially my performances. It looked good; actually, they were really good.  I’m always kind of surprised like, “Wow! The dances … the singing … the production!”  I always feel like there should be more people at the Nurses’ Ball.  Shouldn’t there be more people in the seats? (Laughs)  But other than that, good stuff, good story.  It was fun to see the beginning of Ned and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) as well, you know that first year where she and Sonny were just breaking up on the red carpet at the ball, and the next year, Ned and Olivia are already together.  This week they aired where I sing with sweet little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), the Elton John and Kiki Dee duet, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

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Do you have one favorite Nurses’ Ball number you performed of all-time?

WALLY:  You know, someone has been posting old Nurses’ Balls from the 90s, and I forgot that I sang “Forever Young” with Amber Tamblyn (Ex-Emily), and that was so sweet.  I also loved singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow,” in the very first one or the second year, we did it. Some of my other favorites include: “I Feel Good,” with the Quartermaine boys, and Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” – that was fun because I got to put my own vocal stamp on it, and I remember performing George Michael’s “Faith.  It was fun singing that with Lisa.

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So, we know that this year will be a virtual Daytime Emmy ceremony, and we don’t know what that will look like yet.  So, how would you dress for it, if they had a shot of you from home during the broadcast on CBS?

WALLY:  I definitely am going to wear a suit and a tie.  I think that’s important to try to give the Emmys the dignity that it deserves.

So, thrilled that Wally received a Daytime Emmy nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? What were your favorite moments of his last year? Are you enjoying seeing his performances on the encore GH Nurses’ Ball episodes? Comment below.

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DAYS Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination For Julie and Doug’s Emotional Storyline

When you think Days of our Lives, what would it be without the legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) and her real-life and on-screen husband, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams)?

This past Emmy season, the beloved duo got a chance to shine, when they were put through a ‘heartbreaking’ predicament – Julie’s heart gives out, she is in need of a transplant, and things take a turn for the worse.

What would life be like for Doug without his Julie? How would she say goodbye to him? Fans clearly felt the sentiments overflowing from this real-life duo capturing the essence of their characters in such a raw and realistic way. So much so, that Susan landed a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work.

Already a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient along with her husband, Bill back in 2018, will Susan finally get an award for her acting for her decades of beautiful work on the long-running NBC soap opera? Fans will need to tune-in to CBS on Friday, June 26th to find out with the virtual presentation of the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  But for now, here is our conversation with Susan.

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Congratulations on your Supporting Actress nomination.  You have been racking up a lot of these recently, having been nominated in the same category two years ago, and also receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award along with your husband, Bill Hayes at the 45th annual Daytime Emmys in 2018.

SUSAN:  It’s really nice to be nominated, because I’ve had a few gap years.  I’ve had, what? 25 gap years between the recent nominations.

What scenes did you ultimately chose that landed you the nomination?

SUSAN:  I submitted when Julie dies.  I submitted the farewell montage scenes with Bill Hayes, and they were very moving to us… and we’ll see.  I did not submit anything snappy, or bitchy, or hysterical.  I’ve lost against hysterical every time.  Comedy has never worked.  So, I am going to try the heart and soul of soup opera: not bitchiness, but loss.

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Can I ask how you got through those scenes with Bill, because it was so touching?  I don’t know how you did it.

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SUSAN:  It was very difficult.  I mean, these are the things that make us so connected to the characters and the show.  This is a place where we can show the public what love means to us, which is everything.

They were beautiful scenes.  Do you remember when you did them, if you felt good about them at the time?

SUSAN:  No… no.  I didn’t know.  Everyone on the set seemed happy.  We are blessed to have feedback from out producers now, and they didn’t say, “I think you can do it better,” and, “Another take,” not that we would have anyway, because there is never time to do another take.

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How did you find out that you were nominated? 

SUSAN:  One of the producers, Randy Dugan called me, or I wouldn’t have found out for a couple of days,

What are your thoughts on this being a virtual Daytime Emmys ceremony because of COVID-19?  We don’t know anything about will play out yet or what that will look like, but it is back on network TV.

SUSAN:  It’s going to be a wonderful surprise.

So, if they have the shot of the nominees, do you think you’d be dressed in comfortable clothes or more formal?

SUSAN:  Well, I’d certainly wear my best earrings if I were at home, yeah.  If my grandson can arrange us to get on the internet (we have a grandson living on our property, and he’s our live-in techy), we will get dressed up, and sit there, if that’s the way to do it.

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DAYS did very well receiving 22 overall nominations and a lot of your co-stars got nomination as well.

SUSAN:  Yes, an excellent year for nominations for our show.

How many times have you been nominated now? 

SUSAN:  This makes six.

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Would it mean a lot to you to get the award?

SUSAN:  The Lifetime Achievement meant a lot.  It wouldn’t be bad to win this year.  I’ll say that.  It would be sweet for the show, since I am now the oldest living cast member of the original family – the original, original.  I’m not the original Julie, but close enough.  So, I think that would be some validation for the longevity of this original storytelling.  People look at the show and say, “Are you part of the DiMera family or the Brady family?”  I say, “I’m part of the Horton family!”

What did your husband Bill say when he found out you were nominated?

SUSAN:  (Yells) Billy, what did you say when you found out I was nominated?

BILL:  Yay!!!

SUSAN:  That’s about right. (Laughs)

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What a guy!

SUSAN:  I know!  What a guy, what a guy, what a guy!

I was really happy to see your name among the other well-deserving nominees.

SUSAN:  I know you are because I know you care.  Who knows what will happen? It isn’t going to ruin our lives you know, one way or another.  But it was very nice to receive this acknowledgment from my peers.

So, are you glad Susan received a nomination for her work in her emotional storyline? Do you think she should finally receive the Emmy for her performances? Comment below.

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