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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Drake Hogestyn Acts His Heart Out As John Keeps Vigil By Marlena’s Bedside; Belle Learns Shocking Intel

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On a dramatic Friday cliffhanger episode of Days of our Lives, several bombshells were in store for the characters of Salem.

Marlena (Deidre Hall), who is now on a ventilator following surgery and in critical condition, has her family struggling to hold it together and trying to will her to return to them, and it is not a good day for the man she loves, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).  He is dealing with the double-whammy of having the love of his life unable to breathe on her own, and the news that his son, Paul (Christopher Sean) crashed through a window saving Sami (Alison Sweeney) and trying to capture Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk).  Paul was taken to surgery too, and John is just overcome with grief.

In several heartbreaking scenes, John is gut-punched sitting vigil at Marlena’s bedside.  He tells the unconscious Marlena, that Paul was taken into surgery too, but he knows he is going to make it, and breaks down.  John begs Marlena to come back to him and open her eyes.  Eric (Greg Vaughan) comes in to lend support, but at first gets his head bitten off by John, who is beyond worried for his bride, and his son.

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Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Belle (Martha Madison) are in Paul’s hospital room talking about what a beautiful day this was supposed to be with the long-awaited marriage of John and Marlena, and how it all went south, and how their dad is going through so much anguish right now.  As Brady exits, Belle stays in Paul’s room and goes through some insurance paperwork.  She is for the shock of her life when she finds a DNR – ‘do not resuscitate’ order that Marlena must have filed as her wishes if something were to happen to her.

At the hospital, Will (Chandler Massey) is met by Lucas (Bryan Dattiilo) and Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin).   When alone with his dad, Will reveals he has regained his memory and remembers loving his father.  Lucas is overcome and says to him that he does not care if he is the new Will, or the old Will, he’s his Will.  It was a touching moment nicely played by Bryan Dattilo and Chandler Massey.  Later, when Will tells Lucas he remembers loving Sonny, he asks his dad for advice on how to handle things with Paul when he gets out of surgery.  Having gone through something similar with Adrienne and Justin where he ended up the odd man out, Lucas tells Will it’s better that Paul knows.

Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) has also come to the hospital and tells Lucas that Bonnie Lockhart (Judi Evans) is back in town and at the Salem PD.  He decides to go see her.  Once face-to-face with the woman who derailed him back to his addiction to booze, Bonnie informs him that he is the father of her child!

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Will is now at Paul’s hospital bedside.  When he wakes up, Will thanks him for all his heroic actions and for saving his mom.  He then breaks the news to Paul that he has regained his memory.  You can see Paul is not necessarily happy about the news and knows it could be the end of the line for their relationship.  Will admits he remembers loving Sonny.  Paul asks what it means for them.

Finally, an emotional Belle sits by Marlena’s bedside in tears.  Eric comes in and says that the specialists will do everything they can do keep their mom alive.  Belle says they can’t do that and hands Eric that DNR document.

This episode featured a heartbreaking performance by Drake Hogesytn, who has given his all throughout the recent episodes, and showed why so many fans have loved the character of John Black for so many years, and his enduring love for Marlena.  Kudos also to Martha Madison, Greg Vaughan, and the aforementioned Bryan Dattilo and Chandler Massey for their work in key scenes.

So, what did you think about the story bombshells on Friday’s episode?  What did you think of the performances?  What do you think will happen next? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Rebecca
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Rebecca

Drake is doing a great job. I have been a fan since he started on DOOL in 1986.

Jovin
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Jovin

Bonnie pregnant. Did the rabbit die laughing??? Her oldest son Patrick is well over 40 which would make Bonnie generously 60. Soaps are altogether too hung up on pregnancy and “Who’s the daddy” stories. When you know who the two potential fathers are…all you have to do is look at the child and see who it resembles. It doesnt take endless rounds of DNA tests. These stories just make the characters look stupid and they are not enteraining either. Maybe 45 years ago when it was a new type of storyline….but it has definitrly ceased being a viable plot device.… Read more »

blake
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blake

I didn’t know Bonnie had a son, especially one that’s around 40. I only really got to see Bonnie when she was on last year. I just recently found out that she’s Mimi’s mother. I guess she always has been on the show?

Celia
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Celia

Yes, blake. Bonnie’s not new.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Well, in real life the actress is 54. And yes, she could still get pregnant (the oldest woman who gave birth with no help is 59 I believe) although, of course, it’d be rather a miracle rather than the norm; most in that age use in vitro fertilization. What I liked about this was the humor attached to it. I’m not caught up so maybe it’s already been established that it’s not really hers but there were obviously jokes about whether that baby could really be hers due to the implausibility. Even the name, “Baby Bonnie” just cracks me up.… Read more »

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Drake is doing a great job with the material, and I’m glad that Belle is involved with this storyline. I would say that it’s to see John and Marlena’s family actually being a family, but I can’t when this arc lacks proper build up, a Kristen who actually acts like Kristen, and Eileen Davidson. Also, I hate that Lucas has a child with his rapist and that this comes so soon after Abby believes she is pregnant with her rapist’s child. I don’t believe Ron has demonstrated that he can write sexual assault and its aftermath in a sensitive, complex,… Read more »

blake
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It is messed up that this is the second rapist story Ron has done in a year. And sexist that the characters aren’t looking at it like Lucas was raped. Warped!

Ruth Long
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Ruth Long

John is pitiful. You would think the entire show is about his pain. Nevermind that Marlena and Paul are in critical condition, as John stumbles around, muttering, crying, playing the poor John act. Get some balls, man! They don’t need a slobbering, snotty, John when they regain consciousness. He is over acting and it is to the point of being silly. Certainly unbelievable!!! I am not planning to watch it next week as I am so sick of his tantrums and throes of emotion. My God, man, get some balls. Even women aren’t that weepy!

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You MUST be joking!? You actually think that a man with the woman he loves on a ventilator with a small chance of survival AND a son who is lying in the same hospital paralyzed s “muttering, crying, playing the poor John act?” How should a normal human being with the capacity to love amd feel fear, grief, shock behave?

His reactions are “silly?” Perhaps. To a robot structured for logic and not emotion. Your comment makes zero sense.

dolly
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thats not his fault he has to play the part written by the writer or get fired its the way the ball rolls or lose the job thats silly

Celia
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I have such an antipathy for “John”, I cannot find any kind of emotion within me–It is what it is…..he draws nothing from me….neither does “Marlena”. I am aware of the fact my comment is not well-received, but the Marlena-damsel-in-distress is soooo passe’ ( decades of it), it bores and annoys me to no end. Now, these writers are putting this character in “the-matron-in-distress” mode. It is the age-old ploy of making her relevant. That’s all it is!! Just as the matronly Bonnie having a baby out of nowhere. When will this stop? It is so ridiculous, not only age-wise,… Read more »

blake
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blake

Lucas getting a DNA test will be pointless. I see Bonnie getting Sheila to change the test results. Cause, ya know, anyone can get into hospital computers with no problem. Hell, Gabi found a way to change Abby’s results that were in an envelope within a short amount of time lol.

Celia
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Celia

You’re right, blake, as usual. It is an age-old ‘method’ on soaps. No DNA test is ever full-proof.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Soaps are one of the, if not THE, last remaining genres where fifty percent or more doesn’t make sense. That’s half the fun of it. The whole Marlena/Hattie is hilarious to me. It’s just so silly but it’s fun. Some of the story lines (like Mike on GH) are heartbreakingly real…and then we have these crazy stories that are so out there…I’ll miss them when they’re gone. And I really feel they’re all going to be gone all too soon. With each new talk show or expanded Good Morning America/Good Aftenoon, blah, blah, with Kelly Clarkson and now Tamara Hall;… Read more »

Gikda
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Gikda

The hardest storyline for me to accept right now is Abby gabby and chad. Getting
A little weary of this triangle whether it’s for revenge or love. Then a Ben Weston
“Cured”. We saw what happened when he was off his meds- I sure wouldn’t want
To be in bed with someone who forgot to take his meds the night before, lol
The only thing that would work for me is Ben trying to kill ciera and Tripp’s saving
The day. In my defense I come from a generation that believes in happy endings.
Gikda

blake
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blake

Drake Hogestyn deserves the Best Leading Actor at next year’s Daytime Emmy Awards.

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