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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Eileen Davidson Makes Her Triumphant Return As Susan Spins A Story To Sami Just As Paul Sees Will Alive!

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As we head into Monday, Days of our Lives ended with quite a Friday cliffhanger, and the return of Eileen Davidson as the one and only Susan Banks!

How could we not love her spouting to Sami, you are “Mean, mean, mean” or “Rude, rude, rude!”  Davidson was back in top form as Susan and her initial scenes with Alison Sweeney (Sami), Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Drake Hogestyn (John) were gold.  And …  there is much more to come in this compelling story. During the episode, while in Memphis, Susan Banks holds a shotgun on Sami.  A desperate mother, Sami demands Susan tell her if Will (Chandler Massey) is alive.  John is surprised to learn Elvis is her new boyfriend! Susan asks if he’s jealous. Marlena wants to know what happened to Susan’s relationship with Edmund.  She says it fell apart after EJ’s death, and we get a glimpse that something is very amiss with Susan.

Sami wants to know the connection between Susan and Dr. Rolf.  She tells Susan he would not give her answers as to what happened to Will, and then killed himself!  Susan said that Rolf had a thing for her, and then appears upset at the news of his demise, adding in true Susan fashion, “He was one of those vampires.”   Everyone is perplexed.  Susan clarifies that they bonded over their feelings for Stefano, stating there’s a fine line between love and hate.  Sami tells her EJ’s been leaving her clues for a year that he is alive and she has been searching for him high and low.

Susan admits she has this bedroom with his initials on the wall, because she misses her son so much. Then, Susan announces she blames Sami for EJ’s death stating, “I sold my soul to take your boy.”  An emotional Susan explains how she has suffered.  Then in shocker, Susan says she was present when Will died and saw Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) leave the scene of his crime.  She goes on to detail how she called Rolf to tell him she wanted someone resurrected, and paid Rolf to bring Will back to life so she could kill him all by herself!  Susan then claims that Rolf injected him with the “re-animator stuff”,  but it didn’t work!  Clearly, Susan is lying because … at the dive bar in town, Paul (Christopher Sean) sees a very much alive Will Horton tending bar!

What did you think of the return of Eileen Davidson as Susan Banks? What will Susan do next? Will everyone finally be reunited with Will? Watch this week’s promo for DAYS below, and then share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Mateo
Mateo

Eileen Davidson, in ANY form, can bring about amazing changes to a show. I know Kristen will appear again too but all I can say is DAYS is just killing it on all fronts. I can’t wait to see what Ron Carlivati does next. Talk about bringing Will back to life…can we talk about bringing DAYS back to life???

Dymundjake
Dymundjake

Eileen was so perfect as Susan like she never left. Loved how she reacted to John by asking if he was jealous. So many wondered who she was coming back as and if Rolf was involved would we think?? Never would have imagined that she would be involved but I love it!

blake
blake

On Monday’s episode when she told her male companion that Salem was full of “mean, mean people” and “vampires” I busted out laughing. I always love when she says those things! lol

Priscilla
Priscilla

I loved Kristen, and she would make more intrigue than this woman hillbilly. Susan Banks should be an a high caliber lady who was EJ’S mother. Just doesn’t fit.

Jimh
Jimh

Is that really Will with amnesia or is this going to be a long lost twin somehow…is that really Susan or Kristen disguised as Susan…remember Ron C. is writing now-lol

Celia
Celia

You said it, Jimmy…not too sure about Will….but, whether it’s Susan or Kristin in disguise or vice versa— it’s fine with me, my friend. LOL.

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

I think Will will have amnesia because there’s no way he would willingly stay away from his daughter.Plus Will having amnesia could have a lot of story potential because he could be drawn to Paul and not to Sonny.

Jimh
Jimh

When Will was ‘killed’ i commented he wasnt dead and probably in a coma so i too believe this is what will happen…perhaps he is already involved with someone else-a man or even a woman…the latter would be a shocker!!!

Jimh
Jimh

i meant would show up with amnesia after being in a coma…

Jim Larson
Jim Larson

With so many ridiculous “look-a-likes” running around Salem, how do we know it’s not just a young guy who LOOKS like Will?

xmascarol
xmascarol

I love Susan she makes the show,my friend even enjoyed watching her.She can certainly make you laugh.I hope she sticks around for awhile .You can Bank on it,sorry about that.

blake
blake

Susan is hilarious, I forgot how funny she is!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Boy is this going to be a November to remember!!!

Mo
Mo

TOTALLY!!!!! Days is rocking. Thank you Ron!

blake
blake

No kidding!!!!

Celia
Celia

Oh, Lordy, Lord….I embrace you Susan….do your thing. It makes no difference what approach, what scheme you have in mind, I will love it anyway.
You are the medicine Days and the viewers need!!

blake
blake

Yes she is!

Celia
Celia

Ahhhh, blake….Ms Davidson is a gift to soaps. Lucky are Y&R and Days for having her. I thank both soaps for gracing us with her presence.
The characters Eileen plays could not be more different….night and day.
This fact only speaks of her greatness as a thespian. Susan has always been my fave….could watch her every day; all day.

Felicia YATES
Felicia YATES

Is she leaving y & r.?

Mo
Mo

No.

toscanti
toscanti

Both Y&R and DOOL is owned by Sony, the plan is for Eileen to remain on both shows. She has departed the the Housewives Series.

Mark Y
Mark Y

No!

Felicia YATES
Felicia YATES

I watch this show as well? Eileen is a very good actress.
Keep her as Ashley!

Mo
Mo

It was so great to see Eileen/Susan again. And the story does make sense. In Salem anyway because if Rolf could regenerate the dead, wouldn’t we all want some of that juice? Wonder if Rolf used it on himself.

Looking forward to more of the story and Paul saw Will (maybe?!) at the bar.

Days is great again!

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

I also thought Paul would be the one of the first people to see Will alive and that he wouldn’t say anything right away.That way Paul doesn’t look so perfect and that he can make mistakes.

Celia
Celia

LOL, Andrew….there are mistakes and then there are mistakes…..know what I mean?
I realize you have good intentions, Andrew; you’re probably one with a big, generous heart ( so am I….sometimes too much)…but, to me what you just described Paul as doing is not a mistake, not if it’s purposely done….it makes him sneaky and lacking integrity.
Yet, You are right, in that we, as humans are not perfect; we are not infallible…..we have flaws.
And, we cannot condemn, Paul, I guess. Love makes us do things we normally would not do, yes? LOL.

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

Well maybe i should have used a different word besides mistake in what Paul did.However to be fair to Paul he was probably in shock when he saw Will or someone that looked like Will.So yes Paul succumbed to his fear of losing Sonny and kept quiet about seeing Will but Paul knows if Will was alive he would be with his daughter and not working in a bar in Memphis.Plus considering what other characters on Days have done over the years i don’t think he can really condemn Paul for having a momentary lapse in judgement that he might regret later.

Celia
Celia

Well, Andrew….Paul did not disappoint any of us. He could not go through with the subterfuge. I knew he wouldn’t. Good for him. I love Paul, Sonny and Will….so, this is a very heartfelt dilemma for Sonny….but, I feel for Paul the most. He loves Sonny so much but seems to be caught between a rock and a hardplace.
What to do, what to do…..what is the right thing? Also, if Will does have amnesia as was suggested, he will not remember his daughter or anyone else.
I love the writing…..bravi, writers.

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

I also feel sorry for Paul because right now he’s in limbo regarding his relationship with Sonny.Now that doesn’t excuse Paul did in regards to him not saying anything right away about seeing Will but his actions were understandable.As far as Paul could tell Will was not been held against his will or that he was unhappy working at that bar.So in Paul’s mind he may have thought Will was intentionally staying away for some reason.

Celia
Celia

I know, Andrew. I am happy Will is back, and albeit this is a soap, his resurrection will break hearts.
Sonny will be faced with a big challenge….several, actually. The biggest hurdle will be choosing, after all is said and fone.
Another hurtle will be, getting Will’s brain ‘adjusted’. At this point, he thinks he’s EJ. What a mess.
Is this truly Susan,? ….hurting so much over the loss of her son that she was compelled to turn Will into EJ for selfish reasons?…. or, is it Kristen seeking revenge on Marlena via Will ?
Yes, you may be right about what could have gone through Paul’s mind. He got the feeling Will did not want to be found.
But, Paul is a good guy…noble of heart, and he had to tell Sonny….he would not be able to live with himself by hiding that fact.

Celia
Celia

*hurdle.

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

As for Paul, as much as he wants to marry Sonny i don’t think he wanted to keep a secret from Sonny as they started their life together.Also Paul may not have wanted to always be looking over his shoulder expecting to see Will there.I think Sonny will forgive Paul for making a momentary lapse of judgement but he may not forget what Paul did and so Sonny’s trust in Paul might have been shaken.
As for Will, i have a feeling it might be a while before he remembers who he is.Now Will might be convinced that Susan lied to him and that he is really Will but at the same time he doesn’t remember people and he doesn’t feel any emotional connections to them either.
I think the Susan we are seeing now is the real one but if Kristen appears she might get rid of Susan somehow and take her place.Plus when everyone goes back to Salem maybe they drag Susan along to make sure she pays for what she did but they would be unaware it’s not really Susan but Kristen.

Celia
Celia

You and I seem to share the same feelings/thoughts for Paul….love him.
And, I like your premise, Andrew. Kristen could, indeed, show up and pose as Susan.
Also, as I told Jimh, perhaps the only way for Will to remember is to come face to face with Ben. What could be more traumatic than that? Will needs his amnesia/brainwashing shaken out of him with fright, LOL.

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

Yes coming face to face with Ben who was the one who tried to kill him could cause Will to remember but it could also damage to him.Plus when Will does come face to face with Ben maybe it should happen in a controlled setting and not in a situation where Will may not be prepared to see Ben.However like i said i think Will having amnesia will last for awhile because it doesn’t make sense that the show would reveal to the viewers that Will has amnesia and then have him remember a few weeks later.Plus i think it could be interesting if Will has flashes of memory but they are jumbled up.For example maybe Will has flashes of memory of been with Paul which could confuse him since he was told Sonny was his husband.

D
D

Yes!!!!!!! Eileen Davidson is back! I can watch DOOL again!!!

blake
blake

You should be, it’s great again!

Johnny Grant
Johnny Grant

Frankly, and I may be in a minority here, I think the show has gone from boring to ridiculously inane. Yes, I know it’s a Soap, and the genre is known for the highly improbable and (most certainly) doesn’t reflect real life….but even at that this show should win an award for Most Absurd Storylines –

Mo
Mo

Days does outrageous stories. You won’t find Y&R doing these types of stories, but that’s fine. There’s a place for it all and I personally am loving Days right now.

Alan
Alan

Ron is setting up some classic soapy goodness with the Will/Sonny/Paul triangle. Paul is going to take Lucas’ advice and not tell anyone about seeing Will and that is going to come back and bite him which will only make his losing Sonny even more heartbreaking.

As for Susan — more, please! Sally Sussman’s exit from Y&R is already painfully obvious and while I love the character of Ashley Abbott, I can’t help but think that Eileen’s talents would be better utilized over at DAYS with Ron in charge.

john
john

My crystal ball says … Will has been programed to be E J..

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

I also think Will has amnesia and Susan made him think he’s EJ.In Susan’s mind she may have thought she was given another chance to have a son with Will’s amnesia.

Mo
Mo

Is Will going to remember he’s gay? Ha!

Yes, I think Susan is using Will as a substitute for EJ.

jaybird369
jaybird369

I’d rather Kristen come back to DOOL instead of Susan.

But, hey…that’s just me.

Later.

blake
blake

Seems Kristen might be coming back also.

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

I also wonder if Kristen might also be coming back but maybe not until near the end of Eileen Davidson’s current run on Days.Alison Sweeney who plays Sami is also only back for a short time too.So the show will have to explain why Sami would leave Will so soon after finding him alive.So maybe Kristen reappears and it comes out that she injected EJ with that drug and so Sami has follow that lead even though it means leaving Will.

Jimh
Jimh

Maybe Susan is really Kristen disguised as Susan???

Claudio
Claudio

Kristen you are mean mean mean, I love Susan Banks she is too wacky and funny. lol

blake
blake

Kristen is another “vampire” to Susan lol.

blake
blake

On Monday’s episode when she told her male companion that Salem was full of “mean, mean people” and “vampires” I busted out laughing. I always love when she says those things!

JR
JR

I think Susan is really Kristen posing as Susan. The real Susan would never be this mean, mean, mean.
We will soon see.

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Marci Miller Final DAYS Episode Airs Today As She Shares Heartfelt Goodbye: “Thanks For The Sweet Ride, Abby”

In two years time, Marci Miller became a household name in the daytime arena as one of the brightest talents to grace the soap opera genre in a very long time.

Now today on Monday November 19th, viewers of Days of our Lives are watching her final episode as she wraps up her run as Abigail Deveraux on the NBC soap opera.

And what a run it was! Earning her a Daytime Emmy nomination for Lead Actress this year, and a possible nomination next year, Miller was heralded for her gut-wrenching performances in the DID storyline (Dissociative Identity Disorder) where she played Abby’s alters, Dr. Laura and Gabby.  Not to mention her complex love story with Chad DiMera (Billy Flynn).

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On key episodes today, Miller’s Abby goes toe to toe with a vindictive Gabi (Camila Banus) who gloats how Abby ended up back in a sanitarium … thanks to her!

Miller made the decision to leave DAYS and pursue a career in feature film and primetime TV roles

In an Instagram post, Miller shared:”This is a picture of me 2 yrs ago, painting my nails (and a dear friend’s while I’m at it) for a screen test the next morning to play a woman named Abigail Deveraux Dimera on Days of Our Lives. Who would’ve thought?! This morning I sit in the same exact spot knowing that today, my last episode will air as this beloved character. I reflect, and am grateful. I am better for having been a part of it all. Knowing I’ve laid her in a pair of loving and capable hands does me good. Thanks for the sweet ride, Abby. My heart is full today. Xx #Days #Milly#Chabby”

So, send your well-wishes to Marci here as we give her a standing ovation for an incredible job well-done for her portrayal of Abby et al.  Will you miss Marci? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! with Jon Lindstrom, Beth Maitland, Freddie Smith, Linda Dano & Maura West

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Listen to “Soap Nation Live November 2018 Episode” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday’s night’s Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman, you can hear the replay of the broadcast right here in the audio player above.

The November episode of the monthly podcast featured special guests: Soap icon, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia, AW, Gretel, (OLTL, GH, Port Charles, AMC), and Cynthia, ATWT), General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless’ Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and listeners were in for a surprise when GH’s Maura West (Ava Jerome) called-in as well during the show.

During this fun night of chat, Linda Dano kicked-off the show as she and Michael reminisced about the night she won the Daytime Emmy in 1993 for her role as Felicia Gallant on Another World.  Then, the duo talked about: her soap career as Gretel “Rae” Cummings on the ABC Daytime line-up, her incomparable fashion sense, and how fans can see her first acting project in 12 years when The Chronicle Mysteries debuts with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in March of 2019 on the Hallmark Channel.

Next, General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom discussed taking on and revisiting playing the dual roles of Kevin Collins, and his serial killer twin brother, Ryan Chamberlain.  In addition, Jon talked about his leading ladies, Genie Francis and the #KevLaur hash tag, and Ryan’s interest in Ava Jerome.  Then, after answering some questions from listeners, Maura West surprised her scene partner and called-in to chat with him.

Beth Maitland came on to Soap Nation Live! next, and she discussed finally having the opportunity after 36 years to explore Traci’s relationship with her siblings, Jack and Ashley, that came about in Eileen Davidson’s exit storyline.  The Daytime Emmy-winning actress also revealed her favorite Y&R storyline over the years. Maitland has received critical-acclaim for her recent work on the CBS Daytime drama series.

The final guest of the night was Freddie Smith.  The popular DAYS star talked on the latest developments of Sonny and Will, where now the two can be together since Paul and Will broke up, but will their happiness last long?  Freddie gives the listeners a preview of what’s to come.  Then, a listener calls in revealing how through watching Days of our Lives and the Sonny and Will story and romance, how it helped him come out and to have a family.

Last, during our Game Show segment, a lucky caller eventually wins the Sonny Kiriakis-centric trivia game and will receive a Days of our Lives swag/goodie bag and an autographed personalized photo of Freddie Smith.

To hear archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Linda, Jon, Beth, Freddie and Maura, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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Soaps Lift Boycott Threat Of Daytime Emmys

In a key move to allow those performers in front of the camera and behind the scenes crew and creatives to be acknowledged for their accomplishments this calendar year, the four daytime dramas collectively have decided to lift their threatened boycott and participate in the upcoming 46th annual Daytime Emmy competition.

This comes after the four network soaps (Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Young and the Restless) banded together after being unsatisfied with snafu’s coming out of the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards earlier this year in April, and a list of grievances and concerns they asked to be addressed by the organization that administers the Emmy contest.

Then, following an internal investigation by NATAS by the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth of Washington, DC, the results which were released on November 8th, and being in receipt of their findings, the soaps decided to move forward while still having concerns they want addressed.

In a statement from the group, a spokesperson related to Deadline, who broke the story late Friday: “As a group, we are not in agreement with all of the conclusions that NATAS reached.  However, in the spirit of working with NATAS and the TV Academy on improving the integrity of the Daytime Emmys, we have lifted our boycott. We look forward to meeting with NATAS to discuss their findings and our concerns in greater detail.”

On Saturday, someone close to the situation said to Michael Fairman TV: “Our participation doesn’t mean we accept their proposal moving forward, we still have major issues that we will be discussing with the Chair and President (of NATAS), but as a collective whole, we don’t want to penalize our actors for NATAS’ mis-management.”

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy submissions began earlier this week on November 12th, with the Daytime Emmys slated to be handed out in early May of 2019.

So, are you glad that the network soaps have lifted their threatened boycott so that your favorite performers, whose performances you have loved over the last 11 months can be acknowledged for their talents and hard work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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