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DAYS OF OUR LIVES Delivers Intense, Dramatic 50th Anniversary Episode With Stellar Performances!

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On Monday, Days of our Lives delivered to its longtime and enduring audience a spectacular 50th anniversary episode filled with so much high-drama that your blood pressure probably shot up a few notches!

The episode was not for the weak of heart, nor was it what you might have expected filled with a lot of people having heart-to-heart chats remembering the good old days. Instead, DAYS was firing on all cylinders with a riveting installlment that featured at its heart, the reunion of Bo (Peter Reckell) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) in the most fraught circumstance.  As Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove) was choking the life out of his new bride, Bo comes bursting to save the day – the hero he always has been.  Aiden and Bo have a showdown of all showdowns culminating in Aiden’s death, thus ending the run of fan favorite Daniel Cosgrove.  When Hope comes to she sees Bo.  She is so emotionally overcome with having her life almost snuffed out, and seeing her longtime love that she is disoriented.

When Rafe (Galen Gering) arrives on the scene, Hope is taken to the hospital.  Bo goes to be with his “Fancy face”.   Meanwhile, Rafe is stunned that he missed clues about Aiden.  But could he truly be the necktie killer?  Rafe wonders.  During the hospital scenes, hankies were needed when Bo desperately wanted to be at his Hope’s bedside.  Waking up for a moment, Hope freaks out and thinks Aiden is hovering over her, but it’s Bo.  At the end of the episode, Bo climbs into the hospital bed with Hope.  So after three long years, Bo and Hope are reunited, of sorts.  Kudos to the outstanding work of Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso in the episode.

Elsewhere, Sami (Alison Sweeney) armed with information that EJ must be alive goes to see John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena (Deidre Hall).  She is determined to follow the clues that will lead her to EJ.  She also says EJ left her (in the safety deposit box he left her the key for) codes and passwords to bring Stefano (Joe Mascolo) and the Dimeras down.  Next Sami meets with the priest at the Brady Pub. He  gives her a special bible with marked sections that make it appear that EJ is contacting Sami from the great beyond.  Once she exits, outside she breaks down.  It was a touching moment played by  Sweeney.  Later, Sami in the shock of her life when Andre (Thaao Penghlis) has her kidnapped!  Is Sami being set up by the DiMeras? Will she find EJ alive somewhere?

Billy Flynn, also continued his emotional turn as Chad DiMera, as Chad tries to recall the circumstances that led him behind bars as the prime suspect in the necktie serial killing.   That was juxtoposed by the eerie performance by Rob Scott Wilson as Killer Ben who has Abigail (Kate Mansi) captured in the cabin, and is now wanting to make love to her.  Abby tries to deal with his seduction, but wants to get the fire poker behind him to knock him out.  As Ben releases her from handcuffs so they can have sex, he asks Abigail to say that she loves him.  When she does, he calls her a liar and violently pushes her away!  She is in major trouble.

Patch (Stephen Nichols) and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) are struggling in their relationship once again, as Patch reveals someone is out to get him, and now they are coming after his family! Patch is devastated at what happened to Joey (James Lastovic), because of him, and Kayla asks him to stay away from her son, and from her,  for good!  This will obviously open up the next leg in the story for the return of Stephen Nichols!

So, what did you think about DAYS 50th anniversary episode? Better than you thought? Disappointed in some way?  Did you love seeing Bo and Hope together again? Upset that Aiden died such a violent death?  Creeped out by Ben?   Hoping EJ is alive?  Hoping Chad gets his memory back?  What performance did you enjoy the most? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Jeremy
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Jeremy

What a fabulous exciting enticing episode from DAYS. I finally caught up and watched it LIVE.
So cool. Making an effort all week to watch LIVE. Kristian Alfonso was brilliant, she needs to submit herself for Lead Actress and submit this episode for her reel. Rob Scott Wilson was equally brilliant, he better submit himself, too, for Younger Lead Actor. Happy 50th DAYS, keep up the note-worthy work. DAYS IS GREAT! more later…

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Absolutely, Jeremy. Kate and Rob especially. My hats off to Kate. Here’s another example not to judge a book by its cover. Kate Mansi always turned me off…did not like her at all. But, man, oh man, what a transformation on both our parts. She is so real, I can’t get over it! Her entire being….mascara running down her face, disheveled hair, body language….just about everything bespeaks of awesomeness and can’t-do-any-better. Very focused. This girl/woman/actress has arrived. Congrats! Chad revisits Ben. Deja-but? Will this confrontation awaken Chad’s dormant memories? Will this be the time when that tell-all bell will go… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Deja-vu. I must have retyped ‘vu’ a thousand times, but, autocorrect kept coming back as ‘but’ ….slipped right by me. Lol.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Jeremy, I agree with everything you say. Days is simply fabulous. I’m having such a great time watching and anticipating–just like the good old days.

Daisy
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Daisy

Dena is that you?

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Does this all mean Hope will have to return the ring and wedding gifts or can she sell them on ebay…well, it sure was a killer of a storyline…lol

Mo
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Mo

She got married, didn’t she? Just because she was a newlywed and widow on the same night, I think she should get to keep the gifts after what she went through. Now it looks like she’s got another kid.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Lol, Mo. Jimh is kidding…..Jimmy’s humor is an established art.
By another kid, do you mean Chace? I hope so. If TPTB make Hope pregnant with Aiden’s baby, I will scream. Reminds me of Kristen. Wasn’t she pregnant at 55, or something? I seem to remember something like that.

Mo
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Mo

Yes, I meant Chase.

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

That ring was atrocious! 🙂

dmr
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dmr

Kristian Alfonso, Robert Scott Wilson, and Kate Mansi were all great! Please send Sami back to Zurich. I find it laughable that the character has not even mentioned her deceased son’s name once since returning to Salem. Out of sight, out of mind, I guess. The acting is just as I remember it-over the top and over played. Ridiculous. I’ve never understood the hype when it comes to the actress or the character.

Mike
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Mike

THIS! In Salem time, Will died about a week ago, and already, Sami is so focused on EJ, it’s like she forgot she had a son. Granted, as a viewer we wouldn’t want her moping around 24/7, but some acknowledgement that it’s still a grieving period, despite having some good news. She’s just all smiles and excitement and EJ! (guess Sami got the note from the NBC executives or DAYS tptb or whomever – the gays are off the screen, the one we have left is essentially now neutered, don’t mention them again and hopefully everyone will forget we were… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Mike, I agree with you, and your parenthetical comments are insightful and cutting. In the last couple of years, the gays were frontburner. We had three main gay characters and at least one peripheral gay character in Derek. How soon will it be before Paul moves out of Salem? DOOL did a great job with their gay storylines, but they have evidently moved on…

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I don’t know Sami never shown much interest in Will as a baby, child, teen or adult, so ignoring him in death seems par for the course for this character– she has always been self absorbed— that said a case could be made that she is focusing on EJ being alive as a way to avoid dealing with her loss with is too much too bear. The show could be sweeping the death of Will under the rug like you said, but it could be nothing more than bad writing that doesn’t know how to weave previous stories threads into… Read more »

blake
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blake

I’m thinking if she is kidnapped who is going to be watching her kids out in California or wherever she was living?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I think EJ arranged the kidnapping. Or, Stefano knew all along EJ was alive and he wants to see Sami. Would it be possible for EJ to have been in hiding with Andre all this time? Okay, I am overthinking everything, I admit it. Lol.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, yeah, dmr. I’m glad somebody said what I was thinking! Lol.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Chrystie Delancey, I thought Eve was acting strangely, as well. But, I just figured she’s in denial. Oh, yes, she is aware of her loss. But she is trying her damnedest not to dwell on her pain before it consumes her. Everyone mourns differently. I was actually describing the first few days after Paige died. But, as it always happens, I naturally put myself in that place. It has been three years for me, Chrystie…the pain is always there. But, I deliberately think of something else before I start feeling that tightness in the chest….and the tears start; such… Read more »

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

Have to agree with dmr on this. I like Sami, but she JUST lost her son, Will. I realize that the actors can’t forever dwell in misery but honestly, that isn’t reflecting true life at all.
At least, when we see Eve, the actress who plays her is “holding on” to the fact that she only just recently lost her daughter Paige. There is now always a hint of sadness in her once menacing performance.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Exactly. Prefect words, Tim Welles…”reflecting true life….”. Nonetheless, if you visit the Y&R site, beware your head doesn’t get bitten off for stating a fact/opinion. It will be labeled as being negative. So thank you to you and dmr. There’s no refuting the excellence of acting and directing of most of the actors……Rob and Kate stand out like no other. There are not enough adjectives to describe their respective performances. Hope, as well. But she is a seasoned actress…she should have given her all. Kassie? Why! I said all I could possibly say about her weeks ago. There’s no comparison… Read more »

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

I respectfully disagree regarding Eve. I expected her to be more torn up than she has been. I know I would if it were me. She needs to go through the guilt phase of being disgusting and pushing her daughter away, but instead she is sucking face with Justin at a wedding. Eh, that would not be me, for sure. And as for Sami, yes, she hasn’t mentioned Will since the funeral. In fact, I thought it was horrible that after just learning her son died, that she could be pulled into EJ’s letter so quickly. It is as if… Read more »

elm51
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elm51

omg!! i couldn’t agree with you more on sami – she was off on a plane to switzerland before they lowered will’s casket in the ground……………sad excuse for a grieving mother

Paul N.
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Paul N.

I don’t believe they expected anyone would want to watch grieving for Will. The new writers’ had a palatable hatred for Will and the idea of gay families. Will’s death was the opening of their “celebration” – and they assumed that the audience would enjoy seeing the life choked from Will because they thought we hated him and would never forgive him. Straight males, however, can rape, steal, deal drugs…the list is long, and they will eventually win the day. Why would Sami stop to grieve her gay son when one of her many husbands might be alive? Eve was… Read more »

elm51
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elm51

@paul n. you are so on point – when sonny was at the cemetery he put the picture on will’s grave and when the wind blew it away it was the writers telling us that the gay storyline was over & done…………………..jmo

dinah
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dinah

Its was great

Sward
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Sward

A fantastic episode for sure, as have been previous shows but, admittedly, I’m feeling really deprived that there have been scant flashbacks to relish. Also, there was no special opening — like, perhaps, the full, unabridged theme; no special announcement, no mention of 50 years, folks. Tune in again tomorrow.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree…as much as the writing improved, this still not feel like a 50th celebration…there shouldve been more returns, flashbacks and the opening shouldve been more like the original with Happy 50th Days above the shows title…they also shouldve brought back the old closing credits..i always felt it gave the show a more dramatic effect…i knew Ciaras shoplifting moment was going to be a nod to the shows 1st episode…it wouldnt hurt to show that flashback even if a different actress played Julie…Susan Seaforth couldve said as an inside joke how different she looked back then!…There shouldve been more happy… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I’m not certain, but weren’t many of old episodes were taped over in the beginning of most soaps? If so footage of those scenes might not have been available.

blake
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blake

I agree, they should have at least done the opening with all the different openings, they did that for Guiding Light but only when it was canceled and on the final episode and Emmy tribute. And yes they should have mentioned that it was the 50th anniversary.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

That would be fun, wouldn’t it?

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

I loved it when they did that on OLTL and Blair had this funny look on her face after the flashback because they used the original Blair. Those are great little extras that reward you for paying attention and not fast forwarding. 🙂

Mo
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Mo

I enjoyed it, just wish there was something at the end or even the opening credits to signal 50 years.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

LOVED IT! But a one hour primetime special with flashback clips and interviews would have been perfect and fitting for such an occasion or even a half hour special preceding yesterday’s epi would have been appreciated. Not complaining, just commenting.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Other than a few typical soap oversights, like when someone is being strangled they are not getting any air so they cannot speak, so Hope wouldn’t be saying “No Aiden no” just before she loses consciousness–other than small things like that it was a great episode. And kudos to the lighting team that did another outstanding job of adding to the mood of the show with their creative use of lighting design. But honestly after witnessing another violent attack and killing, and with Ben’s treatment of Abigail I had enough of this dark stuff . So let’s hope they can… Read more »

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

I agree with the lighting. And the score has been downright creepy and right up there with a critically-acclaimed cable show. I am ready for Chad to figure it all out … again.

It is horrible seeing a pregnant woman held against her will. That stress is horrible for the baby. Stupid Sociopathic Ben should know that.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Lol, Chrystie. Ben is a sociopath, indeed. He has no feelings, plus, he’s nuts. So, he does not know or cares how harmful this kind of stress means for the baby. This is very confusing to me because many a time Ben has shown both sympathy and concern toward Abby an his father. He is capable of ‘feeling’, so, I can only conclude that the writers do not do their homework when it comes to the criminally insane….actually any subject.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Had to reply her: about Days episodes…that Julie shoplifting scene is on utube and could be shown…i read somewhere Days is one of the few soaps from the 1960s that archived and still has all their episodes…others with their eps are The Doctors, Dark Shadows and Strange Paradise…P&G wiped the shows they produced up to the late 70s…the four soaps i mentioned were produced by others who saved their episodes…Y&R and Days were produced by Sony and they saved both these shows episodes…

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Jimh, I’d pay to work where they have the DAYS episodes archived!

I’d protect those episodes with my life…while watching every single episode of the first 18 years. LOL!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Had to reply here, Mary.

Days of our Lives is archived in it’s entirety…Every episode is saved…If only I could get my hands on the episodes I missed out on!

Marie
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Marie

Love the pace of the episode. Acting was spot on for all. Ben is really nuts (Rob is doing a fantastic job). I felt bad for Rafe, he thinks he missed something and that is why Hope was almost kille. Bo is back in only the way Bo can return. Felt so bad for Hope (Kristian. Is killing the role) high fives to the writers. Days is finally back on track.

Tanya
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Tanya

Days is on fire right now i loik forward to watching every day. Especially after what we went through last year on Days. All the actors seem to be energized to the point where it comes out in their performances. KA, PR, KM, RSW, BF have all been delivering.

Mister Media
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Mister Media

No episode can be all things to all people. This was top notch daytime drama, well written and expertly produced. Admittedly, Daniel Cosgrove and his character of Aiden were ill served by the turn of events, but it’s just one of those soap things. Overall, nice umbrella writing, great editing and stellar performances. I’m satisfied!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Your first sentence says it all, Mister Media…..in a nutshell.

louisa
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louisa

I absolutely love that I don’t know what to expect. Days is not predictable! Can’t wait to see what happens each day–as it should be on a soap!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Clearly, we were treated to an outstanding episode! What I find disturbing, however, is that, within the same hour, (1) Aiden has sex with Hope before attempting to kill her and (2) Ben is all over Abigail, stating he wants to “make love” but then physically threatens her. And on another side of town, in the park, Sami is physically abducted by Andre’s henchmen. A mix of sex and violence toward women. With all the violence, I thought I was watching GH again (but that won’t happen anytime soon). Just when I thought I wouldn’t witness a fight more violent… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, my dear friend, As usual, you are so eloquently correct, Jamesj75. I love reading your posts. The violence, from what I hear, was a bit much. I do not watch those parts as I find such scenes disturbing. My sister tried telling me, I told her to stop, but she’s so bad, lol, she kept going while I stuck my index fingers in my ears and sang, “la-la-la-la-la-…..” To think this is my eldest sister, James! A meanie, she is…LOL. I had noticed, when we first became aware that Ben was, indeed, the strangler, that after a killing or… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello CeeCee! And, again, you’ve made my day! Thanks for your kind words. As you know, I thoroughly enjoy your posts, too! I guess I’m not much a fan of violence, and it’s refreshing that you feel the same. You are right about Ben’s propensity to want sex after the killings. Yet for all these women in peril to simply be used sexually and treated so violently is degrading and insulting to women in general and to all viewers, frankly. Like you, I thought that, because of Hope’s training and experience as a police officer, she would be able to… Read more »

Stephen
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Stephen

“the downgrading of, and violence towards women, showing them as weak beings where Prince Valiant comes to the rescue does give me pause, James. For shame, PTB. Haven’t we conquered that double standard? The exploitation? Hope did fight a good fight, I guess. She is a trained cop, but even with all that training, she was caught off guard. And, he had the superior strength. Well, James; women are being set back a few decades, yes?” It is interesting to find that this goes hand-in-hand with the obliteration of the gays, the anit-gay agenda, the bad-end trope for gays, the… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Stephen.
Hey, there.
Your reply has brought me to tears, Stephen. Your words are gold. Hit the spot.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Jamesj75. Thank you, James. It’s funny how you describe Bo’s arrival at the nick of time, to be contrived. I had predicted that as soon as Andre plans to have Aiden kill Hope, were put into motion. Child’s play, yes? Ah, well. We still watch, do we not, LOL. what would we for without our soaps? No, as yourself, violence of any kind and I do not get along. And, as I stated, how violence against woman is perpetuated. Read Strphen’s post. He makes such a great point by equating the plight of women to that of gays….and, this, the… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Stephen. PS. My son’s Godfather’s name is Stephen; and, he is gay. Are you he? Stephen, is that you? LOL. Does your surname start with a ‘P’? Lol. You know, Stephen, I don’t even bother any more bringing up the obliteration of gays off the show. TPTB will do what they will. I do miss Sonny and Will, albeit I was not a fan of Guy. I loved the concept of a happily married gay couple. But, this couple never got the chance to salvage thei marriage, or make an attempt to work things out. Never, in a million years,… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thanks, CeeCee! and excellent points! Of course, my use of “contrived” is bizarre because — let’s face it — soap writing is by its nature contrived. But you know what I mean, and you could see where they were headed right away… I also enjoyed the conversation you’re having here with Stephen. @Stephen. Sadly, I can’t reply directly to your post, Stephen, but you did a masterful job with your thesis relating the treatment of women and gays. Your description of Ben’s killing of Will versus the prolooooooooonged brawl between Chad and Ben speaks volumes. It was a sad and… Read more »

Stephen
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Stephen

Hello CeeCee! Thank you for your kind words. I’m not your godson though! 🙂 But shout out to him! 🙂 You said: “I loved the concept of a happily married gay couple.” Yes! This! It would have been wonderful to see them go on, and meeting the challenges of life TOGETHER, as a TEAM. Days could absolutely have done this, and there could have been wonderful drama around them, as they faced the world together. It would have been uplifting and fun. Oh well, they’re alive in our heads at least. Freddie expressed an idea in his recent Afterbuzz interview… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Stephen. Lol, Stephen. I don’t think you could be my Godson either. I was talking about my 6-year old son. HIS Godfather’s name is Stephen. Stephen is one of my best friends. We grew up together, and he is gay. His husband is a good friend as well. There are many who do not understand why a straight couple, such as my husband and I have gay friends. What does that tell you about people’s ignorance and closed-mindedness? That comedy show does sound cool, doesn’t it? I wish I knew what went on behind the scenes at Days. It bothers… Read more »

daisy
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daisy

This reply is for Cee-Cee I’m snipping a quote that makes no sense, to me, from your post: ” I will never believe it was because many of us complained about Guy. But, it was about the actor, not the character.” You are contradicting yourself. I call bs on people blaming Guy, or as you called him ‘the actor’ for Will’s demise. For everyone of the haters out there, there was someone like me who liked Guy and liked his performance. So please, lets not go there with the blame game. Bottom line, GW did as he was asked and… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@daisy. Sorry, but it is not my problem if you do not comprehend or decipher my prose. I never blamed Guy for Will’s death. That’s utterly ridiculous and would be irresponsible of me. Therefore, do not throw stones. You have no idea who I am , …..who are you? Do not think that coming on here with a different name fools me?it seems to me, you are the hater. This is a free country. Do you ken the meaning of that? If not, then make yourself acquainted to the Bill of Rights. And, if the moderators are fair, this post… Read more »

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Dont forget Bo brought back JUST yo save Hope and then die.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thanks for the information, Eileen. I didn’t know that…

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Big Australian interview of Peter broke online. I just said all along Bo was only going to be back for a short time, I didnt say anything until it broke.

Mary
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Mary

Yes, Peter Reckell only agreed to come back for a few weeks to give final and permanent closure.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Mary
I always knew Peter’s was a short stint. Nonetheless,I was picking my brain as to the reason….what would the writers fabricate? I honestly never thought they would kill Bo off. This fact threw me almost as much as Will’s death did.

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

I’m not a fan of Andre and his scene chewing. I know Days has had its cartoon moments in its history, but Andre is just tiresome and 1-note. But you are absolutely on point with you comment about the sexualized violence toward women and the power it is giving the male villains. I’ll even point out that I think Will’s death was part of the pattern because it was all about Ben’s POV the idea that the audience would want to live vicariously through Ben’s punishment of the imperfect gay and a man who dared to feminize himself – nurture… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Kaylie15, thank you for your reply!

First, thanks for addressing the Andre part of my post. It’s nice we’re in agreement.

“Sexism & Homophobia of Our Lives” — now, that’s a good one! 🙂
Kaylie15, your paragraph about the “sexualized violence toward women,” the murder of Will, and “Ben’s punishment of the imperfect gay” is chilling and accurate.

Finally, it’s all well and good to give kudos to a show that reaches a major milestone, but how it gets there and marks the occasion are important. The journey is now far from admirable, given the implicit “sexism & homophobia.”

Mary
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Mary

I just love watching Thaao Penghlis in what ever role. What I miss is watching Andre and his dimwit lackey Bart chew the scenery together.

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

Jamesj75, I agree with you. I look at the show and I am just astonished that this is the tone they wanted to strike for a celebration that should have been all about positivity and the good strides soaps have contributed to over the years, but instead they’ve sent women and gays back to the 1950s or further. I can’t believe that Sony and NBC went along with it, but maybe they just figured it was going to be canceled anyway so why bother?

kiki
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kiki

Absolutely! That’s one of the most chilling things about the entire serial killer mess – the fact that we are supposed to sympathize with Ben more than we sympathized Will. The really scary thing, is I’m sure that plenty of audience members thought Will deserved to die whether out of homophobia or self-hatred. Glaad doesn’t hand out awards like the one Days accepted while planning for the death of Will and the complete destruction of Arianna’s family for fun. It hands out awards because even in 2015 it takes courage to portray gay people as human beings equal to straights.… Read more »

Mateo
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Mateo

Robert Scott Wilson and Kate Mansi carried the whole episode. I find the Bo and Hope reunion manipulative. And so boring. How many times can he utter the phrase “fancy face” over and over until we need barf bags for cabin sickness. Patch and Kayla are yawn inspiring as he uses the old 80’s theme of protecting his family from a secret. That story line is more overused than who’s the daddy? I agree with what the commentator above said about Sami. She doesn’t even give a crap about her son’s death only that E.J. might possibly be alive. And… Read more »

PGP
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PGP

While agree that Mansi and Wilson were both top notch, I disagree with your perception of Bope…Reckell may be subpar, but Alfonso was totally Emmy worthy on Monday!

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Your entire post is ridiculious from start to finish.

Mateo
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Mateo

Some of us have a sense of humor in our dislike for a story line and others have no sense of humor and do not understand sarcasm and dry wit..I am certain I know which side you fall in

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Why go into fantasyland, isnt the real storyline good enough for you?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You are missing the point, as usual. Mateo’s writing is exemplar in expressing how these writers see Sami as a mother…what are we, the fans to think? As I told the person who calls herself ‘daisy’…..some people need lessons in reading comprehension. Mateo is a wonderful writer. If you do not agree, tell him the reasons; do not insult him. I disagree with many posters, but I would never say they are wrong and I am right. That’s a very cynical attitude, n’est-pas? He definitely did not swerve from the storyline; IT is already in fantasyland. No, the storyline should… Read more »

Stephen
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Stephen

“[Sami] doesn’t even give a crap about her son’s death only that E.J. might possibly be alive.” Given the history of these three characters on the show, that is so, *so* offensive. And whatever you say about Sami, she totally loved her children, and she loved Will “no matter what”, “to the moon and back”. Ugh, I stopped watching with the decimation of Will. I find it all revolting. The whole “Chad’s the killer” storyline has been unrealistic and unbelievable from the start! Half the town saw when Chad stepped in front of a bullet to save a man –… Read more »

Mateo
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Mateo

You made some valid points. I am very vocal about my horror at what they did to the gay community on DAYS by eliminating all the characters with one click of the keyboard. Killing off Will Horton was one of the most horrific decisions daytime television has ever made. It may as well have been a gay bashing murder. That’s what the writers “voiced” by taking all issues that they addressed so bravely in the past and then decimated with no thought. Now Salem is gay free. Now they can be accepted by the middle of the country again. The… Read more »

Paul N.
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Paul N.

I’ve just been completely horrified at a show that I enjoyed so much taking such a dark and sadistic and sexist turn. Hope had to become Aiden’s dupe so that Bo could rescue her? Why was this necessary? I felt so terrible for Daniel Cosgrove and the fans of Hope/Aiden who seem nearly as hurt as us Will and Sonny fans were at their systematic destruction. The show also seems to be lionizing Ben as some sort of sexual anti-hero – that he’s there to put women and gays in their place (misbehaving ones must die, after all!) and we’re… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Writers Dena Higley and Josh Griffith know DAYS very well, Mateo.

Dena Higley has held different writing positions at DAYS since the 1980’s. It’s also fairly known that Josh Griffith has been a DAYS fan (He’s a huge Kayla fan) since the 1980’s.

Their love for DAYS is showing. They turned the show around very quickly!

DAYS is on fire!!!!!

Lina
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Lina

Yeah, like burning to the ground on fire! Smh…

Mateo
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Mateo

Josh Griffith also loved Y&R and he was fired from that show within a few months…so a love for any show is not an indication that he is writing well. Dena Higley is also on a temporary leave from the show so she is out. DAYS isn’t on fire. It’s merely showing off some sparklers to get people to tune in but eventually they are going to have to follow through and quite seriously I just don’t see that happening. It’s okay to honor older characters but rehashing the same stories over and over – Bo and Hope, Patch and… Read more »

Robert Dorsett
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Robert Dorsett

Are you kidding me?!? Higley and Griffith are the worst writers ever!!! They make TomSell look like Oscar winning writers and TomSell’s last six months the writing was really bad. After hiring the new writers and killing off the gay icon and double legacy Will Horton, I think Corday wants his show to be cancelled!!!

K. K.
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K. K.

The new Days is surely on fire, with hatred of gays and women and contempt for the audience who stuck with it for the last few years. I truly feel sorry for the actors who have to be a part of this dark, gruesome mess and had to promote it. Watching people in their 50s & 60s act out a pale retread of their heyday is just uncomfortable. If the story had been written with any sense or respect of the passage of time, that would be one thing, but it’s not written that way. I don’t want to see… Read more »

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

You seem to have missed my point. Josh Griffith has been a fan of DAYS since the 80’s.

He was a writer for Y&R, but loved and loves DAYS!

You continue to down the older characters/performers of DAYS, but the truth is most viewers like having many vets to follow for several years. There’s also some great younger characters!

Throw yourself into DAYS hot lava!!!!!

Liz
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Liz

“Most viewers”? Who exactly are these viewers? How do you know what most viewers like? I like following both older and younger characters. I watched years ago and then came back to the show for the younger characters of Will and Sonny. I was also very fond of Chad — Billy Flynn is wonderful. But I don’t like watching old-fashioned sexism and homophobia being glorified either. The symbolism involved with Will’s murder — the garbage bag, Sonny sitting in the second row at his own husband’s funeral, Sami worried more about EJ than Will’s death — disgusted me. So, no… Read more »

litn_bug
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litn_bug

The Days of recent definitely have been headed in the direction of the Days of old! The Haiden/Bope storyline and the Ben/Abby storyline got my heart beating fast in anticipation. THAT’S what the Soap is supposed to do! I was a little disappointed in Sami’s story but hope it heats up in the next few weeks. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the friendship between Bo and Patch. They’re both funny and serious together! I’ve missed that relationship. I also miss the fun that Jack and Jennifer used to bring to the screen when they were working together years ago. Matt’s storyline didn’t… Read more »

litn_bug
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litn_bug

I meant Matt’s last storyline!

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

KATE MANSI (as Abigail) should be nominated for a Daytime Emmy. At no point do I ever that she is “acting” but rather, a young gal who has made some poor choices and seems to be in constant peril.
Some of the other storylines are, you know, all right – but I find the tension between Ben and Abby to be the most compelling at the moment.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Death and despair; love and laughter…Days of our Lives.

These are some of the best DAYS of my life!

Incredible excitement!!!!!

K. K.
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K. K.

Don’t you have anything better to do with your time than post internet comments, Mr. Corday?

mark
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mark

I just love days its one of the shows that made me fall in love with soaps in the first place.

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

Exciting and action packed!! Thats what days is and should always be.

Rob R
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Rob R

The acting and writing was superb both Friday and Monday. Kudos to the producers and everyone involved. But I was disappointed that the momentous anniversary was not acknowledged in any way. On the 45th anniversary, Suzanne Rogers introduced the episode in a ten second opening, noting the occasion. I couldn’t believe we didn’t have that. I wanted to see the full thirty second theme that has been gone for years. I thought it would be cool as a throwback to, just once, again here the announcer say, “This is Macdonald Carey, and these are the Days of Our Lives.” Wouldn’t… Read more »

jj
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jj

I’ve watched 30 of the 50 years and the 50th anniversary has been so disappointing!! More flashbacks please and real drama not just killing and fighting!! Very predictable so far. 🙁

PGP
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PGP

Let me start by saying DAYS and GH are both amazing right now…easily the best two hours of television for me. Crazy that the two lowest rated soaps are the two most entertaining for me… GH aside though this is a DAYS article… Kristen Alfonso really can deliver some freaking awesome performances sometimes and this week she has done just that…simply amazing! Kate Mansi has also come such a long way since joining the show. She continues to knock it out of the park… Billy Flynn, WOW! I really thought a recast of Chad was a bad idea, but Flynn… Read more »

Cindy martinez
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Cindy martinez

I didn’t like all the violence that took place. However it brought some umph and pow to Pete’s return. I think I would have prefered a nice family BBQ. Still loyal and happy with the show and have faith in where they are taking us.

Katarina
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Katarina

Amazing performance on 11/09 by both Daniel and Kristian – congratulations! I am loving the show right now, it is the best it’s been in YEARS. Each day I can’t wait for the next episode and weekends became hard to bear, haha! I totally adore Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans, please please please – let Steve and Kayla get back together – they are golden. Looking so much forward to see the storylines evolve for all, especially John and Marlena, Steve and Kayla, Abi and Chad and more.. THANK YOU NBC and Days for this amazing revival of the… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

I would love to see Days knock Y&R off it’s number 1 pedestal.

Robert Dorsett
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Robert Dorsett

Yeah, and I want world peace. I’ll probably get what I want before you! No Will No Guy No me!!!

M.M.
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M.M.

I feel very left out. It started with all the misery of Paige’s death, though KDP rocked it. Then came the terribly hateful end to Will and his family. Then they retcon of Aiden. The torture of Bo. The callosusness of so many characters. I am not sure if the writers are nasty human beings or just think the viewers are but this show is cruel and joyless. It does not resemble the Days I once loved.

K. K.
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K. K.

I had very high hopes for this show’s 50th, but I can’t believe I am watching anything other than a suicide mission. Days of Our Lives – even when it had serial killer stories in the past – had its tongue firmly in its cheek. Now, it is just a dark, depressing affair with no joy, no light and homophobia and sexism to boot. I feel like the writers truly despise anyone who enjoyed anything on the show that happened between Dena Higley’s last stint and this one. It’s like they purposely wanted to get rid of viewers. The only… Read more »

Kaylie15
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Kaylie15

I find the aggression against anyone who happened to like the show in the last few years, including the inclusion of a beautiful gay wedding and gay family, outright bizarre. Nothing Will did was unforgivable or unredeemable, but thanks to some horrific and hateful trolls, I’m sure the show thought the audience would be cheering for Will’s violent and gruesome death. It just goes to show that you can’t listen to the meanest a-holes on the internet. I’m so proud of Guy Wilson for raising all that money for charity with his marathon run. I particularly miss Will’s onscreen relationship… Read more »

elm51
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elm51

i so agree that the destruction of haiden and disrespect to fans of the haiden ship was unnecessary & it was all done because a fan favorite was returning…….. now the actor this was all done for has already left the building……………….

Daisy
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Daisy

You know what was missing from the day’s 50th celebration? Will and a happy reunion between WilSon.

Highley and Griffith uninvited me to the party when the murdered Will, trashed Sonny’s character and destroyed one of the most beautiful relationships that we saw bud and them bloom on the show. HighGriff made it very clear that the fans of Will Horton and the fans of the gay sl were no longer welcome.

kiki
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kiki

I totally agree. Will was treated with far less respect than Paige or Serena, who were not beloved legacy characters. Will was treated like trash, and you could just feel that the writers expected to be loved and applauded for the destruction of not only Will but the gay family. The pandering was so obvious that it makes me sick to think about it. Meanwhile, Will and Sonny’s wedding is continually being cited as one of the highlights of 50 years and a landmark event in not only daytime television but all television. It’s such a shame that the show… Read more »

virginia
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virginia

I love everything that’s happening on Days right now. I hope they keep up the good work. Hope can send Chase to live with his aunt.

Kelly McGregor
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Kelly McGregor

Why on earth with all the nasty, horrible, things going on around all of us, would the writers of Days give us Bo and Hope back again . A fantasy fairytale of two people. As a well adjusted parent I can’t even imagine why they would pull Peter and Kill him off when we just got him back. Ratings are one thing but give us hope and fantasy with the two artists that portray love.

Jaime
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Jaime

Days has been so much better! There is nothing like the Bromance of Steve and bo. All are great with the exception of the weak link Sami crap

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DAYS Alum Molly Burnett Promoted To Series Regular on ‘Queen of the South’

Wanna know where you can find Salem’s Melanie Layton, sorta?  You can watch her killing it on USA’s drama Queen of the South.  That”s where former Days of our Lives star, Molly Burnett has just been upped to series regular for the show’s upcoming fifth season.

According to Deadline who broke the news, Burnett will continue to play her complex and delicious role of Kelly Anne.

Soap fans Molly as Melanie on DAYS from 2008-2016 and when she stepped into play the role of Maxie Jones for Kirsten Storms on General Hospital in 2016.

Queen of the South is based on the bestselling book La Reina del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. It tells the story of Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga), a woman who is forced to run from the Mexican cartel and seek refuge in America.

Burnett’s Kelly Anne is a frequent member of Teresa’s drug operation, has already killed her abusive husband, was an informant, and had a cocaine habit.  When viewers last saw Kelly Anne she was finding her sobriety and her way back into the Teresa’s operations in New Orleans.

Since exiting Days in 2014, Burnett has also been seen on  CSI: Cyber, Relationship Status and True Blood. 

So intrigued to watch Molly on Queen of the South? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Returns To Production After Temporary Halt Amid COVID-19

UPDATED:  According to Deadline  the cast and crew of NBC’s Days of our Lives will actually be returning tomorrow, October 20th to begin taping ahead of schedule after a positive Covid-19 test shut production down originally scheduled for two weeks.

The outlet cited, “Following a thorough investigation including contact tracing, quarantines, testing, and a deep cleaning of the studio, the health and safety experts at Days of our Lives have determined that it was safe to return to production before the end of the two-week period. As a result, the show will be back on set tomorrow Oct 20.”

The word of the early return initially got out Monday, although at that time unconfirmed by the show, apparently, via a posting by Lauren Koslow on her Instagram account where she is pictured in a Kate Roberts outfit in her dressing room.

Koslow shared: “Stepping into Monday in alice + olivia black velvet,” She also tagged the post #dressingroomselfie and the words. “Stay strong.”

She also added a quote from poet Maya Angelou: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

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Kristian Alfonso Bids Farewell to DAYS as Final Episode Airs Today Sharing; “Thank YOU From The Bottom Of My Heart For Welcoming Me Into Your Homes All Of These Years”

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 marks the final appearance of Kristian Alfonso’s iconic run as Hope Williams on NBC’s Days of our Lives, a role she played on and off for more than 37 years.  Make no mistake about it, Alfonso was a staple of Salem and the DAYS family since she made her debut back in 1983.

However, over the summer viewers learned she would not be returning to the show when the series began production again in September, after she was told they were planning on resting the character of Hope for five months or so.  A decision that prompted Kristian to make a decision to leave the show for good and start a new chapter in her life.

To celebrate her run and to say a thank you to everyone at the show and her enduring fans, Kristian posted a video on her Instagram account of some backstage moments through the years to the tune of “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life”.  She accompanied her post with these words of thanks to everyone that has been by her side every step of the way:  “Being today is my last airshow, I wanted to share some of my favorite memories onset & behind the scenes I hope you enjoy it.  Thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for welcoming me into your homes all of these years.  And making me a part of your lives #xoxo ❤️  Thank you Ken & @nbcuniversal @nbc for a #beautiful #ride . #❤️ #😘”

 

So, are you sad that Kristina will be gone for DAYS on-screen after today?  Share your thoughts om this, her final airdate, via the comment section below.

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