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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Crashing Through Windows, Unbreakable Bonds, River Of Tears

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Friday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives continues the soapalicious drama that began last week with Jarlena’s nuptials, the nuptials that unfortunately did not go off without a hitch, and that’s putting it midly.

John is beside himself as his dear friend Steve looks after him, (in nicely played scenes by Drake Hogestyn and Stephen Nichols) while they are awaiting the news of Marlena’s (Deidre Hall) surgery.  When Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tells them the update, we learn that while Marlena survived the surgery one of the bullet fragments is still lodged near her heart and they cannot at this point take it out … it’s too risky.  Poor John is so worried for his longtime love, and eventually once he goes to see Marlena who is unconscious, he breaks down in tears.  Steve has gone on to tell the others about the update on Marlena’s condition.  If you hadn’t ever loved Drake Hogestyn before, you would have now, and if you always loved him than we are sure you grabbed the hankies as he poured his heart out to his doc.

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Will (Chandler Massey) has come to the Kiriakis mansion he says to see his daughter, Arianna, now that his memory has returned. Sonny (Freddie Smith) is there, and is at first, disappointed that Will did not say he came to see him, but things quickly change.  But first, Arianna comes running in and call’s Will “Daddy”, which brings tears to Will and Sonny’s eyes, and in particular when Will recalls watching Arianna as a baby, and going to the park with her, and the recognition of his love for his little girl. All of this was touchingly played by Chandler Massey, who is once again delivering gold in these scenes.

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When it comes time to address his relationship with Sonny, Will starts by telling Sonny he loves Paul (Christopher Sean), but he then says … and we are sure many a WilSon fan jumped up and down when Will confesses to Sonny: “Ever since my memory has come back.  I’ve been trying to control the feelings that have come with them.”   He goes on to say, “But now, I know my feelings for you run so deep.”  Will finished with, “I do love you.  I have always loved you.”  And with that, Sonny and Will share a major lip-lock.  But little do they know what is about to happen to Paul!

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Sami (Alison Sweeney), who has knocked out Rafe (Galen Gering) at the Salem PD, has taken off to find Kristen (Stacy Haiduk).  She wants answers to where EJ is, since Kristen told her he is alive!  Meanwhile, Brady (Eric Martsolf) has been taken by Kristen back to John’s room at the Salem Inn, which John has all prepared for his wedding night with the good doc, Marlena.  It is there that Kristen seduces Brady, who seemingly cannot fight off his desires for his one-time- lover!   When she is on top of him on the bed, the door busts open and it’s Eve (Kassie DePaiva)!  She has just busted out from being locked in a freezer by Kristen, and finds her man in a compromising position with the dangerous DiMera.  Not good, but Brady explains.

Paul is also at the Salem Inn and runs into Sami. He is there looking for Brady and Kristen, and she wants in as she has to find Kristen. At this point, Kristen has pulled a gun on Eve and Brady; feeling betrayed by the man she says she has always loved.  She says her life has been meaningless since the day she lost Brady.  He reminds her of that little ditty; when she drugged and raped his brother, Eric (Greg Vaughan).  Just then, Sami and Paul bust into the room, and Sami and Kristen have a war of words.  Sami says she knows she will not pull the trigger on Brady, and demands to know where EJ is.  Kristen decides she will kill Eve!

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Next, Sami gets the answer she wants, sort of from Kristen that EJ is alive, but Kristen turns the table and says it doesn’t matter, because she is now going to shoot Sami.  Being no one’s fool, Sami starts to remind Kristen that if she does this, Brady will never love her.  At this moment, Paul is making his move!  He grabs the gun from Kristen and pushes Sami out of the way.  There is a struggle between Paul and Kristen and lo and behold, they both go crashing through a window at the Salem Inn, as Brady, Eve, and Sami look horrified.

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Great performances by all, a story arc that is continually giving us drama and twists, and another riveting episode, have made DAYS can’t-miss-TV from the end of August now into September.

So, what did you think of Will’s admission to Sonny that he loves him?  What will happen when Will finds out about Paul?  Will Kristen get away?  Will Sami ever find EJ?  Will John finally get Marlena to wake up?  Tune-in next week, but first share your thoughts to these questions and more via the comment section below.

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ChandlerFan
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Reading the comments here, I feel as though I must be the only person who perceives Chandler Massey as still being innately uncomfortable kissing another male.

Strangely, this is reminiscent of the kissing scenes between Adam West (Batman) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman), which weren’t believable even to a child viewer back in the 1960’s.

Chandler does get credit for making a real effort, though.

Celia
Celia

Hi, ChandlerFan,
Chandler is sooo gorgeous….I’m so smitten!!
Yes, I see the discomfort with Freddy, as well, but not as much.
What do you mean about Batman? Was the actor gay? Was he in the closet? I suppose back then being gay was not ‘groovy’? LOL.
The same for Rock Hudson ( he died before I was born, I think). I read that he married a woman just to dispel the rumors…..not good for his career to be gay?
We’ve come a long way, baby. Thank goodness!! There’d be a lot of unhappy people today, otherwise.
Chandler is killing it!! Poor Will….between a rock and a hard place.

blake
blake

That was an awesome shot of Paul and Kristen falling out of the window, along with Sami, Brady and Eve running to look out of the window.

I read that the actor playing Paul isn’t set to the leave the show until November. I hope he survives this fall and isn’t going to be in the hospital/coma for two months.

And is Stacy H. time on Days almost done? Is Kristen disappearing again? I thought Stacy had a long term contract.

Celia
Celia

Right, blake?! Incredible camera “footwork”.

Mary Marteny
Mary Marteny

I think the wedding day was the worst performance ever on Days. Kristen with a gun, two NSA agents doing nothing when Kristen and Sami are fighting, Claire kidnapped and Steve just calmly standing around. So what the heck producers, you could have done much better than this.

Magneto
Magneto

The falling out windows thing is getting old. But I’m sure Paul is either injured badly and will be left paralyzed and need to go to South Africa with Theo for treatment () or dead. Kristen lands on him ala Joan Collins’ Alexis Carrington at the original series ending to Dynasty that kills Dex.

Louann
Louann

I really think Sonny needs to get overhimself. He’s weak and a bit of a big baby. Paul is so much more of an Adult. He’s patient and extremely mature. Sonny is a big cry baby … but what about meeeee. Will is better off with someone thats mature.

Carol
Carol

I wonder if this is the end for Paul .No show today and I cannot see it tomorrow because I wont be home,now that stinks.I am sure that Kristen will survive.

Vickie Sandover
Vickie Sandover

Don’t like the new Kristen. She is good as Susan though. Like the arc though.

Momo
Momo

I’m enjoying the show. Keep it coming Days!

Carol
Carol

It is bad enough I had to miss Days now I can watch it but I have no sound.Well at least I can tell what is happening.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Carol. Hope you have your sound back, but in the meanwhile,use your Closed Captioning feature on your TV, so at least you can read everything. Hope this helps. I use it all the time, so I don’t miss anything being said.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

What a way to dump poor Steve.

Celia
Celia

Kristen should really try to steer clear of windows. One of these days she may be seriously hurt.

Celia
Celia

Is Paul going to be killed off? If so, I wonder if Marlena ends up with his heart.
Isn’t that how it goes? Second verse same as the first. We’ve already had the Daniel/Brady heart ” donation”.
Every soap has had this theme, why stop now?!
I really like Paul, so I hope he just goes away for a while, for having his heart broken by Will. Leave the door ajar, as it were.

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Will Jackée Harry Find Herself In Salem and Days of our Lives?

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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Impeachment Hearings On Broadcast Networks Show Ratings Much Lower Than The Daytime Soap Operas They Are Preempting

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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Now compare that to the weekly daytime soap ratings and total viewers which while it ebbs and slows is still way about this.  According to the study: “The Young & The Restless” has been averaging 3.7 million viewers during the 2019-2020 season and The Bold & The Beautiful averages 3.15 million viewers. ABC’s General Hospital averages 2.15 million viewers while NBC’s Days of Our Lives averages 1.95 million viewers.”

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”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

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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