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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Julie's Toast Brings Touching Moment In Dramatic Episode!

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Tuesday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives has set up many plot points, and was a must-see for longtime viewers.

During the Bicentennial celebration of Salem, it was the always stellar Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie) who made a touching, and beautiful speech and toast about: the lives of the characters of the town, friendship, those they have lost, and of course, Tom and Alice Horton, and her beloved Doug (Bill Hayes).

That was followed by another hearfelt speech by Deidre Hall’s Marlena, and then another hankie-moment when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) toasted her grandparents – Tom and Alice – and all that this town has meant.  These moments in the episode truly signaled the homage to 50 years of Days of our Lives as the series turns the big 5-0 on Sunday, and on-air next Monday.

Meanwhile, in two more compelling performances, Kate Mansi (Abigail) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben) delivered as Abigail realizes, and is scared out of her wits,that Ben is the necktie serial kiler.  Frightened, she tries to get away, but Ben slams the pregnant gal into the door.  Next, he brings her to the cabin and sends a text to Jennifer and JJ (Casey Moss) on her phone that she left to get away with Ben.  Abigail is in major peril! Who will find her?  JJ perhaps, since he wants to be a cop?

And in another touching performance, nobody believes Caroline (Peggy McCay)!  She actually spoke with Bo (Peter Reckell), who is on his way back to Salem to try to stop Hope’s (Kristian Alfonso) wedding to Aiden (Daniel Cosgrove).   Caroline tries to tell anyone who will listen to her that Bo called, and even goes to Hope to tell her she cannot marry Aiden.  When the wedding begins at the end of the episode, she even tries to stop it!   Peggy McCay also showed why she always brings it when given material worthy of her talents.   Elsewhere, Abe (James Reynolds) connects the dots to who Lani  (Sal Stowers) may be after looking at her eyes!  Is he about to figure out that she may indeed be his daughter?

What did you think of the hearfelt speeches during the Bicentennial celebration? Did you reach for the hankies?  What about Abby’s fate?  Did you enjoy all the performances?  Weigh-in below, and stay tuned as DAYS is set to deliver more dramatic episodes leading up to, and after they hit their golden anniversary!

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I think Kate Mansi (as Abby) always delivers the most believable performances. Some cast members make me feel that they are “acting” (some not so convincingly) but to me this gal always makes me feel that Abigail is real, she actually resides in this stupid town, and gets herself mixed up with the wrong guys.
As for the celebration – meh – I’m not a long-time viewer (just a little over two years) so this whole “60’s” dress up didn’t really grab me, and believe me I’m actually old enough to almost remember the 1960’s. I don’t find Caroline’s “visions” to be that compelling (if anything, a tad far-fetched) nor do I find the dramatic performances of some of these senior actors (with the exception of Mr. Aniston) to be that riveting. I also find myself not particularly caring if Bo and “Patch” make it back since their plane crashed in Soaptown, USA or wherever the heck it landed.
I will say though that the young actor portraying Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) has grown as an actor, he gets an “A” for effort into helping make Ben an interesting character. He has certainly improved since his days as Pete Cortland on the short lived on-line inception of AMC.

And now you may take a well deserved nap sir cuz I don’t know WHAT show you’re watching…LOL. .it’s so good I binge a week and a half at a time to catch up from August. .I’m now mid October and it’s great. ..
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I was merely stating an opinion, the fact remains that they killed off Will, poor Paige got murdered, Sonny left the Country, Paul is left adrift with nothing to do except to occasionally tell John he is glad to be his son (see, I really DO watch the show) and now the storyline has acquiesced into close-ups of Caroline seeing these stupid visions, and everyone dressing up as 1960’s people for the town’s celebration.
For a while there, the show was being quite innovative, featuring gay people in prominent roles but of course, that didn’t last.
I also said that I think that Kate Mansi as Abigail is excellent, which if you watch her movements and listen to the way she reads her lines, you would agree, it hardly seems like she is acting. I also said that the young actor who plays the now twisted Ben has shown more dramatic range than perhaps originally anticipated.
These are my opinions dear and if YOU don’t like them why don’t YOU go and take a nap…..

OI CHEEKY…LOL..Now see here Dawn Wells..oh wait that was maryann on Gilligans Island I meant Tim Welles…LOL..I’m merely stating the show is in a very good place right now and picking up more viewers..sure the visions are a tad hokey simply because they are wayyy to accurate for even suspended belief but I like that it’s Caroline. Peggy Mckay has a story line to get jiggy with it and i’m on board simply because it didn’t go to some newbie but a veteran..It puts poor Maggie in Victor and Carolines sordid history and makes you realize how a good old friend can become a source of aggro for a person without even trying..Once the new writers came on board the change was immediate..welcomed..and attention grabbing..in the world of soaps you can’t pin a show on one person..or one story line..innovative was Dark Shadows..Hank on As the World Turns who devastated sappy Iva Snyder with the revelation he was gay(but I love Lisa Brown..saw her on Broadway in 42nd street)..the first on a soap to be that public about his sexuality..Innovative was the same said soap with Luke Snyder and Noah Mayer our first premiere gay couple and the list went on from there including Guiding Lights Olivia and Natalie the popular lesbian couple not to mention Donna Pescow on All My Children back in the day…gay couples on soaps are no longer innovative as of the introduction of Maya and Rick who married as a transgender and a straight..the last innovative thing soaps can do with a gay character is have a child grow into the process of being gay and wanting a sex change and all that does to the parents and people involved..#innovative…Days did not perfect the story or the couple they just joined in the fray…two years my friend does not a long time viewer make..if you have not watched these stories and peoples over the years you need to hold back the negativity and enjoy the ride..don’t run to a daytime soap for a gay couple or an event of the month..watch because they are enjoyable entertainment in the middle of the day that when done well are more than reason enough to be on board. I see a lot of Days comments from people who are angry the gay angle of the show is over and it befuddles me why you go to a show just for that. It’s not because the writers didn’t want to write for them it was for maximum story at a time when this show really needs to show the network it deserves to stay on the air. From day one of the new writing regime..the parade of veterans inter acting and carrying the day..the focus on what is being said in the midst of high drama..the fleshing out of those needed and the ridding of too much cast..hit and miss sure..but much more hit than miss..I don’t agree with Eve leaving..I don’t agree with Paige not interacting with her new found siblings..I was devastated watching Lucas learn of Will…how heart breaking..but geez louise this show show is delivering daily and wringing every emotion out of Salems citizens and it’s fans…and as for the sixties..had not NBC debuted Days in the sixties then there would have been no need for the characters to dress up cheekily to show what the show looked like back then? Now YOU take a nap..shall i fluff your pillow?..LOL..

Kate M. Is not even close to looking hispanic. Perhaps Mediterranean, but not hispanic. Her facial features belie your statement; and that’s a fact. Hispanics are indigenous people with a dash of Spanish descent….not even true Spaniards, from Spain.
If you research THE RACES OF MAN, it will be loud and clear. Perhaps, dev, you may have taken ANTHROPOLOGY (see also physical and cultural Anthropologies) in College or graduate school?

And you could champion my expressiveness as well you championed Tims..LOL..fair is fair dear.

thank you daviestev1, for some common sense. Can’t believe the way some people are calling DAYS “homophobic and bigoted” these days. Really?! How soon they forget! DAYS has had more gay characters in front-burner stories than any other soap EVER has had at one time. But now that they’ve been relegated to the back-burner so some other characters can have a chance, now they are haters. Well, Y&R has NEVER had a gay character, certainly not one with a major storyline. GH’s gay characters are seen maybe 4 times a year. DAYS did a lot for gay people. Now it’s the 50th and long-time viewers want to see their faves in meaningful storylines. Why begrudge us that? It’s only temporary, I’m sure. I have a favorite character who hasn’t been on the show in years! But I still watch because I’m a fan of the WHOLE show and its history. That’s what the 50th is all about right now. Gay stories are a very small part of the overall history of the show.

You, Mr. Welles , have stated exactly what is on my mind. Abby/Kate has come a long way….to think that just recently I had a very low opinion of her as an actress. But, WOW, is she impressing me!! She is believable. The different expressions crossing her face are believable. The only other actress on Days that does that to me is Theresa; with her facial movements, that is.
John Aniston’s humor is something to cultivate….I love him.
Rob/Ben assumes the role of the psychopath with nary a difficulty. As Kate, Rob is credible. It’s a real shame he is leaving. This could have been a super-couple.
Nonetheless, Chad/Billy is my guy on Days. We have not seen his full potential yet. Chad is not as ‘pretty’ as Ben, per se, but he is one sexy dude. There’s something about this Irishman that attracts the female ‘populus’. He does not have the classic , Michelangelo’s David’s looks, but I find him so gorgeous….those eyes!!
He gives a good acting show, and he can only get better.

Yes, I agree, the young actor who plays Chad also delivers a good performance with a sustained consistency. No, he doesn’t have the
male catalogue flawless look (which is usually boring anyway) but he
proves that acting ability is what’s really important.
I do enjoy Victor’s quick wit as depicted by Mr. Aniston and his delivery of those lines is always piercing with dry humor.
On a negative note, I often find the scenes between Marlena and John to be a little lackluster at times but again, that
is only my humble opinion. I also do wish they would “get on” with this storyline about Aiden loving Hope but he has to kill her, how many times do we have to see him “imagining” to kill her, it’s a storyline that I could do without.

Billy Flynn understands his character is more than a smolder and a great body..I hope Days holds on to him for some time..miss EJ but at least we don’t have to deal with all that eyelash fluttering..it was exhausting..LOL..perfect actor to be cast to replace James Scott as the chip on his shoulder Dimera young gun..my only problem with Abigail that puts me off the character is she looks too ethnic/hispanic to be Jen and Jacks child..but she is Irish and Italian and I need Abby to look like who she was born to..a silly observation but i’m being honest at the same time..IJMO..

As for Ben and the actor it was one note and perfect for crazy with that set jaw and crazy eyes..he was a good menacing…i’ll give him that at least…but don’t they always bring it with the crazy? Even the worst actors come to life handed that role…LOL

@Tim Welles.
Lol, Tim…Hey, Doc and John are the brunt of many a joke I usually share with ces. The most boring couple on earth. We need to,express ourselves, right? Right…So, express away, Tim; I’m with you!!

@davlestev1.
Oh, dav, I do champion your expressive ‘ecriture’. I do admire your style. No doubt about ‘reading’ your heart. However, sometimes that insidious imp that is arrogance rises its ugly head, here and there throughout your beautifully written comment. I consider ‘CHEEKY’ and calling Tim Welles, Dawn Welles quite irreverent and cocky; if not offensive.
I have been on these boards for over a year now, and, I do believe we have been here before. Most of the time the banter is tame; but others such times as now, you make cutting remarks with sharp, little razors. Get my drift? We can all say so much, and make a point with a little more tact, as not disrespect our fellow posters. Perhaps, that, dav, is not your intention; nonetheless, that’s how I see it. And, I am almost sure, I am not the only one. You may mean it as light, jovial sarcasm, but it is not always received that way. Just sayin’. Have a good night.

I agree on Caroline’s visions-way over the top and honestly, I’ve never been a Bo Brady fan. I really liked Aiden Jennings-before his character turned. I like Aiden, Hope, and the kids-not the aged teenagers who look as though they have camera fright. I did enjoy the gala and the 60’s feel to it. Maggie always looks classy and fantastic, as does Marlena. I thought that Eve looked elegant-finally. I also like Jennifer’s dress and hair-which is a first. I liked Kayla’s black dress too. I think that Kate Mansi is doing an excellent job with the material, as is the actor who plays Ben Weston.

I wasn’t crazy about the 8 Dollar wig that Adrienne (sp?) had on but I know it was a costume party.
I also don’t know where they found those Red drapes that passed for a dress on Caroline but you know, it was a dress up event.
I also can’t quite figure out where they now intend to go with the character of Eve – is she really going to get into it with Jordan – it doesn’t seem that Eve has any direction with Paige gone, she’s no longer fighting with Jennifer and there’s no sense in her hating JJ so what does she do in the town of Salem, how many times can she walk through Fake Leaf Park or stop at the Square for coffee?

Hi, dmr.
Where have you been? I swear I was thinking about you, and here you are. I missed you. That was a loooong vacation, LOL.
I enjoyed the celebrating myself….albeit, I am too young to have been around for Days’ inception. Everyone looked impeccably a’ la 60’s mode.
I have watched here and there as a little girl in the 90’s with my grandmother. But, I’ve been seriously watching only for the last seven years or so.
My grandmother is staying with me for a few days, so we are watching together. She was actually brought to tears when she saw those familiar faces all in one room. I guess it brought back memories of youth, love, joy, sadness. She was twenty-five when the show first aired.
And, in the midst of those tears, she laughed with me, with all due respect to Peggy’s Caroline’s field of flowers gown; while she likened it to a brocade tablecloth. Whoever is in charge of wardrobe should know better! Lol. No offense meant….just a small observation.
Kassie could wear a burlap sac……with that body, she’d look good in anything.
Later.

Oh gawd – worst wig ever goes to Adrienne!

Loved absolutely everything about it!! The toast was very touching, the entire show was worth watching. Love that John came home to Marlena and has realized that she is more important than finding his past at the moment❤️

I can certainly appreciate what you are saying and feeling, Karen. For longtime fans, as my grandmother, the episode evoked dormant memories, seemingly list, but brought to the surface and at her feet. She was brought to tears.
But, as Tom Welles stated, the episode certainly did not have the same effect. Sometimes I envy those who have experience all the ups and downs of a soap from its inception.
I love Susan and Bill Hayes. There is something to be said about being so much in love even after a lifetime together.

So did I! Loved so very much seeing Jennifer’s album: Tom and Alice, Mickey and Maggie, Roman and Marlena and PATCH AND KAYLA–epic!
But where was Bill and Laura?????????????????????

I’m loving the heart and soul of DAYS mixed with edge-of-your-seat excitement!!!!!

Well put. Me too.

Days-best soap right now…Peggy Mckay at 88 and Bill Hayes at 90 can still deliver…the younger actors could learn from those two…the still beautiful Susan Seaforth Hayes always adds a touch of class to the show…i only wish Denise Alexander who played Julies nemesis Susan Hunter Martin couldve made a cameo for some of us old geezers who remember Days glorious golden years under Bill Bell…all the actors are doing brilliant work but its still odd seeing Ciara and Chase looking nearly as old as JJ while Ariana remains a toddler…JJ and Gabi have great chemistry…i wonder if Ben will attempt to kill Jen but by mistake kills Eve instead? or is Eve still around after the serial killer story wraps up?

I can’t believe Bill Hayes is 90. Oh, my gosh!!!!! I mean, look at him. My grandfathers are 77 and 76 respectively. When I asked my very New Englander grandfather what he thought, he said, ” As long as I can keep your grandmother ‘happy’, I’ll bite”…..he’s a dirty old man…LOL. He likes to joke, Jimmy.

My 88-year-old father is a dirty old man too…i cant recall the last time he showered…oh, you meant that differently…lol

@jimh.
Yeah, Jimmy; I can see you like play-on-words, yourself. Most of his humor is directed towards my grandmother. He has made it a life-long mission to tease her. And, she loves it.

Susan Seaforth Hayes–yes, just lovely! And Bill Hayes–just like the “Doug” of old–still has that twinkle in his eye. A lovely couple–so great to see them back.

I guess I was spec ting more since there was so much hype. I felt the speech was lack lustre and mediocre at best. I am fed up with the buildup to Aiden attempting to kill Hope. Way to much dialogue and visual thoughts gave me silently yelling…try to kill her already!!!! Could Bo and Steve run into anymore silly difficulties before reaching their destination? The one storyline that has kept me paying semi attention is Beab. Kate and Robert are rocking it.

I agree with Sheila enough of this nonsense about Killing Hope and Aiden constantly being threatened by that annoying cornball actor who plays Andre or wherever the heck he is supposed to be.
I do NOT agree that all the senior actors are great, sorry, no offense to our senior community but I do not think, with the exception of Jon Aniston and a couple of others, that they are so believable. I think the actor who portrays Stefano overacts and does the most cornball Italian accent I’ve ever heard. I also don’t know who at DOOL writing team decided that Caroline will now have prophetic sightings of her son landing in that stupid plane. I’m sorry but that storyline of Patch looking for Bo and finding him thanks to Caroline’s dream was more than just a tad inane.

Lol, Tim.
The fact is Joseph Mascolo’s fake Italian accent is not that bad. The problem is, Italian consists of innumerable regional dialects, and none is even close to what Stefano tries to affect, but it is passable. We are regular visitors of that spectacularly beautiful country, as my husband’s family is Italian.
Italian proper is now spoken throughout the peninsula. It is the older generation who holds on to folklore, including all the immigrants in America and throughout the world.
Mascolo is from West Hartford, Connecticut, where I attended Boarding School. He is very well known and respected in the area and bordering towns.
I do agree about poor Caroline. This entire storyline makes her look like a looney-tune. I find this treatment of her very distasteful. Now, I have heard of motherly instinct, but, this is ridiculous. Poor lady.

I’ve only watched Days for a year and a half. I have to agree with much of what you said Sheila. After so much hype of the return of the veteran characters, what I’ve seen so far is pretty lack luster. Bo and Steve were able to get out of chains and break out of the house where they were held while the unseen villains went to beat up the pilot? Come now. All the obstacles, the storm, the plane crash in the woods of Kansas and the broken motorcycle are very contrived. I only hope things will get better when they finally reach the town. While I love Daniel Cosgrove, I agree with you. Aiden needs to stop having visions and go ahead and try to strangle Hope. I’m enjoying Kristen Alfonso. Hope is getting awfully tired of Caroline’s visions; but, I also sense some vague uneasiness from Hope. That’s a subtle thing to portray and Kristen is doing a great job with it. The thing that is working best for me is Ben and Abigail. Kate Mansi and Robert Scott Wilson are doing great work. Ben has slowly been deteriorating before our eyes and Abigail’s terror is palpable. Hats off to both actors.

Wasn’t that a great fight scene they staged today? And please tell me TPTB ARE NOT going to kill Bo off!

And I loved seeing everyone dressed up –and all together–just like they used to do! Fantastic!

The reality is Bo is not staying. I for one am happy about that. He was never a favourite of mine when he was on the show. I would rather have had Aiden be Hope’s HEA but TPTB had to axe current actors to pay the old ones to return for the 50th. Let’s face it when you can’t stay out of the basement you lose money. I am not impressed with the show and even though I started watching 50 years ago the flashbacks, the goofy Bo behaviour, the terrible writing and WARDROBE for Caroline have left me very disappointed. I want to see what happens with Abby and Ben and the rest …….meh.

Lol, Sheila. Hope’s predicament reminds me of THE PERILS OF PENELOPE PITSTOP, and/or Maid Marian where Bo (Robin Hood) has to jump through hoops, climb every mountain and conquer the seven seas to get to her.
Yes, enough of the morbid visuals.
Furthermore, off topic. Why do these women, past their youthful years, insist on wearing virginal wedding dresses and veil? Same with Elizabeth over at GH. Just wear a nice outfit suitable for a second or third or fourth marriage, for a mature woman with adult kids.

Exactly!!!!!

I would love to be celebrating Days 50th, and not long ago I was really looking forward to it and very very excited about it, naively imagining that the wonderful (and just recently better-adjusted) Will would be a real and very alive part of it, but they killed him, my favorite character, who was one of their best characters ever, to kick off their icky celebrations in a deeply offensive story-line that makes NO sense, and frankly now, the thought of watching Days makes me sick. I feel sad for the hard working cast and crew, but, yuck, I have no desire to visit their world again!

#NoWillNoMe

There must have been loads of people within Days team who thought that killing Will was a really really bad idea. But they did it anyway!

To think of the wonderful, and real, celebrations they could have had if they hadn’t been so braindead dumb!!!

This present “celebration” is sad, desperate, and tasteless, but hey, it’s just TV (which I am not and shall not be watching!)

But stephen it’s done. .one character loss shouldn’t make you quit a really good soap

Well obviously you must be watching since you think it’s sad, desperate, and tasteless….

Heh, I stopped watching when they buried Will, but don’t worry, I can still know that it’s “sad, desperate, and tasteless” through my PSYCHIC VISIONS!!

Where did Hope get her beautiful spaghetti strap wedding dress? I love it!!!!!

I don’t like it, especially not for a fall wedding.

You’re so right, Mo. Beautiful dress. Not for fall……should have worn no veil. On its own the dress was enough. A veil on a 50-year old, and not her first marriage is tacky. Just my opinion.
I loved all their clothes. Caroline? Who dressed her? She looked like a meadow in bloom.

Well, Mo. Poor Hope and her gorgeous wedding dress. Here we go again…..
What will happen, now? Has Bo arrived in the nick of time? Will Hope be in a coma, and in hospital? Isn’t that where they all end up? Bo will attack Aiden, for sure. But, will Aiden say it was the strangler come to call and he, Aiden fended him off and was stabbed in the process? Well, until Hope wakes up, anyway. OR; Bo will just kill Aiden. What did Aiden do with Hope’s gun?
I have not been this excited, waiting for Monday, for the longest time. Yeahyyyyy!!

Caroline’s outfit was hideous. And then at the end she just pulled it on over her hospital gown. LOL

The wigs need to be retired. They were not flattering at all. At least Hope didn’t wear that wig when she married.

Yes, beautiful! And I loved Mary Beth Evans’ black number and her hair looked so lovely.

At first I was like, “Wow hair and wardrobe sure hate Judi Evans (Adrienne). She looks ancient.” Then I realized it was due to the throwback costumes. But seriously, they did her no favors. They aged her at least 20 years in that hair and wardrobe. Kate and many others proved that the throwback thing could be fun and flattering.

I also want to comment on Kate Mansi and Robert Scott Wilson. They have really improved and are bringing their A Game to this storyline. I’ve been a little hard on them and their acting skills in the past so its only fair I comment on the positive. I hope it elevates them and inspires them to spread their wings career wise.

I’m laughing about who dressed Caroline – I was thinking the
same thing – Maybe she made the dress herself from the drapes or
from an old bedspread – or to steal Carol Burnett’s line “ah saw it in the
window and I couldn’t resist”.

IKR? Poor Caroline. Loved that classic Carol Burnett though. Lol.

This episode was the best I’ve seen in a long time. Everything about it was great. Ben&Abby, her fear and his exquisite craziness! So much fun watching these days. Caroline, when she realizes nobody believes her about Bo, pretends she just had a “spell” and goes out the door muttering “Suckers!” Bo and Steve, how AWESOME were they? Wisecracking together just like old times. When they got on that motorcycle and rode off, I cheered! I cannot WAIT to see what’s next on DAYS every day. A few months ago, I could barely bring myself to watch it at all. These new writers have transformed this soap and, even though it’ll never be the way it used to be, they are trying, dammit, they are giving it all they’ve got! Pulling out all the stops! Those speeches were wonderful and heartfelt, and REAL. I could feel the real emotion behind Julie’s and Jennifer’s words. So thankful for everyone who is “still here” on the show. Their presence is a real gift to the fans, it feels like Christmas!

ITA

Agree–they are honoring their longtime fans!

Just had a “deja vu” moment……since Days tapes 6 months ahead….is that the same atrocious looking dress that Peggy McKay (Caroline Brady) wore @the emmy’s this year?

While Days has my attention right now, I was very disappointed that there were no flashback scenes during the toast- or any part of the episode. If we are celebrating the past 50 years, let’s SEE them. Just my thoughts. Also glad Kayla is getting more action. She is much more worthy than the material she has had.

Go Mary Beth–can’t wait for the reunion of “Sweetness” and Patch. Romance again!

YES!!!

I really loved Julie’s toast.

DAYS has been worth watching recently I will say that much. Still all these old timers yanking people’s chains with fake speeches of love for Salem when the characters speaking have basically put viewers to sleep. Julie has the most annoying behavior. She is Miss Judgmental and a complete gossip but everyone thinks she is so great. Marlena sleeps through her performances. I believe that the character of Marlena has seen so much attention lavished on her that the actress who portrays her doesn’t even try any more. She just goes on autopilot. And the actress who plays Caroline is proof positive that there is a right time to retire. She adds nothing to the scenery. Her “visions” are pathetic and stupid. Just get Bo back so she can go back to making pastrami sandwiches and scooping macaroni salad while remembering the good ole days. The character of “Patch” is so tiresome because he looks like a former porn actor who is trying to make it in the real hollywood world. Hope and Bo and Patch and Kayla are old tired couples. I love Kayla Brady’s character but seeing her moan and groan about Patch and Caroline makes me want to inject myself. Give her a story that is something other than whining about her husband going to work and her Mother acting like she is insane. The best parts of DAYS recently has been the Chad/Abbi/Ben story. All three of those actors are what watching soaps should be about. They are perfection to watch and they convey sincerity in their roles as they tell a STORY. I find that JJ and Gabi have intense chemistry. I am anxious to see what the writers do with that. Aiden’s portrayal is stunning as well. Too bad Daniel Cosgrove is being written out. He was so under utilized. Watching the remaining Kassie DePaiva scenes hurts because she is stunning. I love her and her character of Eve Larson is fun to watch. I just wish the DiMearas were portrayed without as much camp. Andre/Tony Dimeara could be a great villiain if they didn’t make him act like Dracula so much. And Stefano needs to get the hell out of that wheel chair. He is not intimidating sitting down. There is so much potential with DAYS and yet we are being force fed the old timer story lines about Bo and Hope and Patch and Kayla when quite frankly, “I don’t give a damn Scarlett”. The new teens in town are already a snooze. Sean D. is a good actor but I can’t find a way to care about why he is back. More Nicole/Kate/Theresa and please stop making Theresa drool over Brady. He is hot for sure but he is such a stick in the mud. She can do better. The “bi-centennial” celebration was a complete letdown. If I see Hope being strangled by Aiden one more time I will vomit. I get it, he is torn up about it all but enough is enough, we know he is going to try and kill her. Let’s just credit the viewer with having enough memory in our brains to remember that. Who do the writers think we are, Caroline Brady?

I have to agree with you about the Julie character. She’s a loud, rude, obnoxious busy body who’s always sticking her nose into everyone’s business. What’s her purpose in the show anyway?

I am so very sorry to see Daniel Cosgrove and Kassie DePaiva go. Both are superb actors and their characters have such potential for stories. They will definitely be missed.

Totally agree. Julie grates on my nerves-always has. And why doesn’t she call “Caroline” Caroline? She calls her Carolyn which is annoying. Victor kind of says Carolyn too but that is different somehow. Julie is just annoying. I am not so sorry to see Aiden go because I cannot figure him out-is he bad or good? Kassie-GOD-she knocked the role of Eve out of the park. I am a longtime (since day 1 when I was like 8 yrs. old) of OLTL-so I know Kassie-not to mention I watched her on GL-anyway. Love her-she did GREAT. I just wish Paige had not died & they had reconciled & Eve could have found love with Justin & still had Paige, damn it.

Oh, my gosh, Llanviewer, don’t let my grandmother hear you say that about Julie. LOL. She is a Horton…..goes way back. Not only is she Hope’s step-mother, but also her sister, as they have/had the same mother. Doug/Bill is her real-life husband. She just coddles every member of her family….a close-knit bunch.

Wow! How distasteful to say all those things. Saying “Patch” “looks like a former porn actor–bite your tongue. Stephen Nichols doesn’t deserve that nor do the other actors you criticize. For shame!
I do agree that the Chad/Abby/Ben story is masterfully done.

Agree-I love Steve/Patch & find him to be hilarious in his scenes with Bo. He & Kayla are gorgeous together as are Bo & Hope.

I have to admit, I completely agree with you about Caroline. I can’t stand it. If I were Hope, I think I would have driven the woman to the “home” already. One thing I am happily surprised about is that Julie did not harass Gabi at the gala-over her beloved Nick. Also, whatever happened to the ridiculous storyline of Eve drugging Jennifer and making her look “crazy” like her mother? Was that dropped or did I miss something?

Eve felt too guilty about going through with it and decided to bug Jennifer’s house instead which went unnoticed until JJ found the bug when he was in danger while Clyde was catching on to JJ’s undercover work.

Is anyone else disappointed that they aged Ciara? I knew when I saw the new Chase that Ciara would be next. Mistake!! I loved that kid who played her for so long-what a personality (the next Sami in the making!) She was really young when she started & she was the cutest little thing. She deserved to stay on the show at least long enough to see Bo come back! She missed him so much & now she won’t get to see him come home! I don’t see a need for young teen storylines on this show right now.

I knew they would kind of have to if they were aging Theo & Joey. But young Ciara was so strong that they intro to new Ciara was too weak. One day she is 7, 8, getting the news that her mom is engaged to Aiden. Three episodes or so later, she’s 16. lol.

I didn’t think much about Joey being aged because we never saw much of him as a little boy, although I realized-wow, they aged him because I knew he should be younger. And I have to admit I did not realize that was Theo that came into the wedding house with Abe. I had a fit when I realized it. This was after we saw Chase & Ciara aged. I said oh no, here we go. They are all 16. Don’t like it at all. I enjoyed the elementary school aged kids-it was fun-don’t look forward to the teens-what are they gonna do with them? Anyway, I was really looking forward to the real Ciara’s reunion with her dad! You can imagine-can’t you-disbelief,elation, then WTF? Where have you been, ha. Again-she was the next Sami in the making! Rem. her, Sami & the earrings?

Ciara was 11 or 12.

I agree, they should have kept the young actress that played Ciara, she is a better actor than a lot of the adults! They could always bring her back as another character.

I’m not exactly disappointed that they chose to age Ciara but it doesn’t help the credibility of the show (hard to believe as it is) in general.
They could have at LEAST though sent her off to Boarding School for a year and when she returned – gosh she got so much taller. But to have her portrayed by a child actor two weeks ago and today she is ready for marriage, (kidding) that’s a bit hard to swallow.

I like new Ciara. She reminds me a lot of Hope (so did preteen Ciara!). Great casting. Loved her scenes with Julie today.

There was no reason to age Ciara and Chase. Both kids were very cute and fine actors. The new actors are dreadful and appear to be camera shy and their lines are very, very rehearsed.

@dmr, completely agree with you abut Ciara and Chase. Dumb unnecessary move.

After the wedding there was a scene with Rafe & the “new” Ciaria & I thought OMG-they’ll be dating next week. She looks old enough to be with him! And now with Joey getting drugged & Theo freaking out & Ciara nearly stealing . . . We just got through JJ’s bad teen years-don’t need this right now! And what will become of poor Chase after his father is found out?

I agree!! I have been watching DAYS for all 50 years, started watching after school with my Mom back in 1965!! There may be a few oh this could be better and why did they let that one leave, etc. But, I LOVE the new writers and it sure is keeping me glued to my TV screen every day! I think it is the best it has been in quite some time. I am one who definitely could NOT wait for Bo and Steve to return! Monday’s show is bound to be another one not to miss!

Yes, gloria. Everyone in my family and ALL my friends find this to be a stupid move. However, I think we were so used to seeing Ciara with that cute little face working that fertile brain of hers. It’s too soon for me to form an opinion about the new Ciara. But, unless my eyes were playing tricks on me, the grown-up Ciara I saw the first day, was different from the nuCiara I saw on Friday’s episode. The other one was not as pretty and was more mousy-looking.
I definitely do not think much of the ‘older’ Chace Jennings. He just has a constant smile on his face. Not what I expected. Wait and see, I guess. If I’m going to miss anyone, it will definitely be Lauren Boles, as little Ciara…that precious smile!!

Kate M as Abbey is pretty fantastic- truly talented. However, you have got to be kidding me with the ‘aged’ versions of Ciara and Chase. Are they kidding? Truly, I thought that Guy Wilson was the worst actor I’ve ever seen on daytime. However, he’s Olivier incarnate compared to the talentless actors portraying Ciara and Chase. Somewhere, someplace there are real actors that could play these roles. What is wrong a Days casting director? Seriously, you could tell that neither one can act after the first line.

I completely agree with you. I had been waiting for Guy to ship out of Salem from day one. Dreadful.

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YES!

the new actor who portrays: Ciara Alice…

what a loss

what a waste

where is my Lauren Boles

she completed Kristian Alfonso

So true! She was such a good little actress and could easily pass for HOPE’s daughter! The NEW AGED teens are a real waste!

Decided to start watching Days a couple of months ago since many of the shows I have watched all of my life aren’t around to celebrate their 50th. I have to say – I am hooked. I think the overall writing, acting, pacing and characters are outstanding and I will continue to watch after the anniversary. I really appreciate the use of the veteran cast members. GH should take note!

Just about every aspect of Days right now is amazing. From Peggy McCay proving time and time again that she’s earned a Lifetime Achievement Emmy, to Robert Scott Wilson’s portrayal of Ben as a completely delusional, psychopathic murderer and all points in between. The supercouples are back, the storylines are amazing, the lighting, directing and music are all heightening the storylines and the ratings are showing that Days has what it takes to remain on-air. Way to go, Days!!!

ITA, I am loving DAYS right now!

SO true!! I for one, am waiting for I NEED A HERO to start playing once BO does arrive and those in town find out that he IS back!!

I am absolutely loving Days! Best soap on right now. Sure there are some things I would do differently, but this show has risen to the occasion deserving of the 50 years of television history. Really great. It sits on my DVR now not because I don’t want to watch, but because I want to watch an episode more than once! I don’t think I’ve done that since OLTL went off the air and I couldn’t bring myself to erase the last episode. Happy tears this time. Viva Days!

“… because I want to watch an episode more than once! ”

isn’t that the truth

it was wrenching to erase hours needed on my dvr, with will’ death

but… I have not let go of the scenes with James Read’ Clyde last day… with Ben

what an acting lesson that will forever be

emmys all around

I’m not sure why but it thrills me to no end to see Jason Cook as Sean D. Nice to see him all grown up. I always preferred his portrayal. No Brandon Beemer hate, just prefer Jason Cook. I liked him as Matt on GH too.

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DAYS Blake Berris to Chat Live on the Michael Fairman Channel as Everett & Bobby’s Story Heats Up

The tale of Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein is starting to reveal itself on Peacock’s Days of our Lives, which puts returning cast member, Blake Berris front and center in story.

On Monday’s, February 26th episode of DAYS, the results of Everett’s CAT scan indicate he suffered a traumatic brain injury which jives with his story that he was in a car accident and spent in a year in a coma, or does it?

Stephanie (Abigail Klein) and Everett are reeling that Everett as Bobby Stein was married to Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu) and treated her badly. While Everett claims he doesn’t remember anything about his time as Bobby, despite his fingerprints matching those of Robert Stein’s, Marlena (Deidre Hall) ponders if he could be suffering from PTSD, which might explain his memory loss.

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Everett wonders if he has a brain tumor, but Marlena points out that they would have found it on the CAT scan. While there is no obvious reason for his memory loss, Kayla wonders if he is faking his amnesia? Marlena tells Everett that she is a psychiatrist and they should set up sessions immediately. Will it be revealed that Everett and Bobby are split personalities living inside one man?

Blake Berris is set to chat about the latest storyline developments and more, when he visits the Michael Fairman Channel on Wednesday, February 28th beginning at 3 pm ET/Noon PT.  Make sure to join Michael and Blake in the live chat for your turn to share your questions and thoughts on the story.

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Days of our Lives fans first met Blake when he played the character of Nick Fallon who was eventually murdered in 2014. Later, Nick made a few return appearances from ‘the grave’, in 2021 and 2023. Recently, Blake returned to the show in his newly-minted role of Everett Lynch at the end of October of last year.

Blake will talk about portraying Everett/Bobby, plus working his co-stars, and being a dad to his three boys, and more.  You can catch the livestream below.

Now, let us know, what is your theory about Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein? Looking forward to hearing what Blake has to say? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks on the Horton House Fire Storyline, Mourning the Loss of Husband Bill Hayes & His Near-to-Final Performances

It has been an emotional time for longtime fans of Days of our Lives and beloved veteran, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams). On-screen, the iconic Horton home was burned to the ground in what appears to be a storyline-dictated decision that shocked many. In real life, Susan is mourning the loss of her husband and DAYS enduring favorite, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams), who passed away at 98 in January. Over the weekend, during the 2024 SAG Awards In Memoriam tribute, Hayes was remembered along with other motion pictures and television stars whom we lost over the past year.

Since the Peacock streaming soap opera tapes months ahead of air, the Horton home fire and its aftermath are currently playing out in all-new episodes with more on this story featuring Susan to come. Bill Hayes also appeared in several of these episodes making it all the more touching and heartfelt.

When Julie came back to the Horton home to see what remained of it after the fire, Days of our Lives fans were treated to a heart-tugging episode that streamed last Wednesday, February 21st. In it, newly-taped scenes of a young Tom (Zach Chyz) and Alice (Sydney Kathrann Smith) Horton telling the story of how they came to live in the house to raise their children, juxtaposed with Julie and Doug (and members of their family and friends), surveying what’s left of the beloved house, brought many a tear.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Susan Seaforth Hayes for this very candid and heartfelt conversation to get her feelings on the Horton house fire, and being given the opportunity to have a storyline at this point in her storied career. In addition, Susan provides some insight on what it was like for her ailing late husband to tape scenes at DAYS shortly before his death, what the series plans to do about writing off the character of Doug while honoring the legacy of Bill Hayes, and how she knew she had the greatest love affair that anyone could hope for in their lifetime, which in turn, has inspired all of us.

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I was shocked when they decided to burn down the Horton house. Were you at first devastated … and did you know that there would be a big story surrounding it?

SUSAN: I did not know how big a story was with it. I knew that many years ago, another regime had planned on trashing the set and getting rid of the set because nobody cared about the Hortons anymore. It was stopped by one person, and I was eternally grateful for that. This time I thought, “Oh, my goodness! I guess I’ll be meeting people for a cup of coffee at the Horton Square. No home, no roots, no reason to be called in,” and thinking that’s the end of Julie. That’s the end of Doug and Julie. Then, when they began to structure a story around it, I think all of this came up during the writer’s strike. So of course, I was curious to see how this was going to turn out. I enjoyed the aftermath, because in the aftermath, and a little bit before the fire, if you saw the show, I get to talk a bit about the history of the household and the people in it.

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In the special episode that aired last Wednesday, Julie gave Leo (Greg Rikaart) the family tree history of the Hortons for his story in the Spectactor.

SUSAN:  I’ve had a couple of good long soliloquies about the past. I’m fated to be the character that does that because I’m the one still standing. I must say, I do enjoy doing them. Emotionally, all I have to do is rerun some of the actors and my own family in my mind and the emotion starts to come, you know, the emotion starts to flow.

Julie talks to Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) immediately after the fire. She is upset that the Horton family Christmas ornaments are gone. Fans were not happy that they could possibly have burned up. Thank God! There was a happy ending when they were located and unscathed, or there would have been hell to pay! 

SUSAN: I knew that they were in the prop room and that they still existed. But how much they were going to put a story around their loss, I did not know. We don’t get to ponder the plot. We just get to show up and start doing it. I think on this particular matter, something as important as a structure of the original set of the show, there’s been quite a bit of interest. So, I can appreciate that.

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I was thinking, ‘Did they decide to burn the house down, because they were finally retiring the old Horton home set?’ What was the purpose of it?

SUSAN: They’ve done everything to make quicker set changes, which is remarkable and very efficient right now. The set designer said, “I’ll be interested in your input,” which was nice. The one thing that I loved that had been done, didn’t work. You couldn’t shoot into it. It was a federal mirror over the mantle. I loved it. The size was perfect. I was just delighted. And then, we tried to shoot it, and because of the roundness of the mirror, you got a perfect view of camera one and camera three. So, it came down.

This is Julie’s project to renovate the home. She’s determined to bring back all the memories and redo it?

SUSAN: Absolutely, which is another nice note to play for my character. She’s determined to make the house something that her grandparents would recognize and still feel comfortable in.

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What did you think of the episode that just aired where the show incorporated flashbacks of a young Tom and Alice Horton?

SUSAN: Well, I set it up. They had their own their own lovely scenes. I read them, and I’m sure the audience was charmed.

What do you remember when you first came to DAYS, and you were in that house, in that set?

SUSAN: What did I notice about the set? I noticed that it was a strange shade of green. (Laughs) It was explained to me that that dull color meant that your face would pop on color TV. I understood that. I loved the little window up the staircase. I’ve always loved that. And at one time, there was a model of the house that sat on the set on its own little pedestal, a little playhouse of the exterior of the house. Whenever the house was on (and remember this is when we were a half-hour and practically live, but not live, because there was no editing), there would also be the sound of a barking dog whenever we reached the Horton house neighborhood. We never saw the dog, but I’m sure his name was “Spot”, and I’m sure he belonged to someone.

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You shared so many scenes with Frances Reid (Alice) and MacDonald Carey (Tom) in the Horton living room set and up till they passed. Did they get along well with Bill? Looking back, how was your relationship with them?

SUSAN: They loved him. Well, Mac and Billy had worked together before in theater. Mac was very kind to me at the beginning and helpful. Frances was as well. As Frances got older, she got a bit testy. When someone says, “You’re not going to read the line like that … are you?” It catches your attention. (Laughs). I got peeved at Frances from time to time, but her intent was always to make everything as good as it possibly could be. I saw her come back from her stroke. learn to talk again, learn to do it all again. Not do it easily, but to do it at all was wonderful, and the same with Mac. In his last shows, he was very frail, but we’re actors. We liked being there.

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During the taping of the episodes surrounding the Horton house fire, Bill was mostly in them with you. How was Bill doing at the time you taped these scenes?

SUSAN: He was okay. He was up for it. He had difficulty moving at that point. So, they restricted his movement a lot. Bill always enjoyed coming to work a lot, and it was extremely difficult for him because he was blind, and didn’t move very well. And now, to do a scene with people who may or may not, have rehearsed with you, who may or may not, give you the exact cue, and when they are attempting to have you look each other in the eye, you can’t see who’s eyes they are, that was the hard part. The easy part was working with him, which was lovely and was a gift. It was a gift from Corday Productions that he was able to work within three weeks of his death, which I thought was super and extraordinary.

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That is amazing. Did Bill understand everything that was going on at the time of the tapings?

SUSAN: Absolutely. He understood what was going on. He just couldn’t see it or touch it.

The timing couldn’t have been easy for you with Bill’s declining health, and that the show was going to burn down the Horton home where you shared so many scenes and memories.

SUSAN: Well, it hasn’t been my greatest stretch. But I knew that life would be like this. I’ve had five decades of an absolutely wonderful, blessed marriage and a chance to work and a chance to live in my own home and travel, all good. And now, we’re going to have the epilogue. And the epilogue is the hard part, seeing rapid change around you and losing the people that were the center of your life. I’ve just been very fortunate to have cultivated some wonderful friendships, and to have a wonderful large family of Hayeses.

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You do realize that you and Bill were the gold-standard of what we all should be lucky enough to have in our lives. What an incredible, beautiful, passionate, loving marriage that the two of you had. You don’t see marriages like that anymore. We were all just in awe of the two of you. To us, it was the greatest love affair. You got to have that which is so extraordinary.

SUSAN: I know, and it was all Bill. I mean, any idiot could have been married to Bill Hayes and been deliriously happy. The guy was so perfect in every way that you really would have to pick something and blow it out of proportion to ever complain about any of his traits of character. He was just all good character, goodwill, and good humor. I just followed along and tried to live my life for him, with him, and follow his style, which I hope to carry on. I hope to be as good to people as he was to people, and, not be selfish.

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I always remembered how the two of you would come to the studio with your suitcases, ready to work no matter what material, large or small, they gave you. You showed up. You just had such great work ethic and you don’t see that as much anymore.

SUSAN: At the moment, it’s hard to find it everywhere. I think it’s probably generational. You cannot get too angry at people that are still holding up their phones in the one rehearsal that we have. I think it’s more convenient to receive your work electronically, but somehow it doesn’t seem quite as real. You don’t have a script in your hand anymore unless you print one up yourself.  Sometimes you haven’t met the person you’re working with. Well, that’s not unusual, but no rehearsal at all, that’s kind of marvelously new.

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Does Julie lean on anybody for emotional support as she tries to rebuild the Horton home. Who’s there for her?

SUSAN: As far as I can tell, nobody. I’m supposed to be the wise woman, and Marlena (Deidre Hall) is supposed to be the other wise woman. I haven’t had any scenes with Marlena for help. I would think Marlena would be the person I would be going to for grief counseling, for friendship, for all of that. I haven’t seen it in the scripts, yet. I’m still deeply entwined with Chad’s (Billy Flynn) storyline.

How is Billy Flynn to work with?

SUSAN: A pleasure. Billy Flynn has grown a lot as a human being and as an actor since I’ve known him. I’m really enjoying his company and really enjoying doing scenes with him. We rehearse and then we get on other subjects and laugh and talk and inform each other. We’re interested in a lot of the same things. He’s a new parent. He’s really devoting himself to that, to that experience in the best possible way. So, I’m lucky.

Do Julie and Chad try to figure out who set the fire?

SUSAN: Oh yeah.

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I kept thinking about how Julie got burned in the kitchen fire years ago and her face was scarred, At the time, your mother Elizabeth Harrower was writing DAYS and wrote that for Julie. Did you hate that story?

SUSAN: Well, I know where the story came from. It came up from something in mother’s own life. I knew the people involved, and I wasn’t crazy in love with the idea. Then, when it was supposed to go for six weeks and went on for months and months, I was concerned. Mainly, I was concerned that my face was going to be affected because of the appliance, the scars, that I was wearing. I was told by a dermatologist, “You’re going to have a little beard after this. Ripping your face every single day to get this off is going to be hard on you.” But, I seem to have survived.

Has the show even addressed with you how they plan to handle writing-off the character of Doug Williams, and how they want to honor Bill?

SUSAN: Only in the smallest way. I had a conference call with the producers and our head writer last Friday. I was informed about the immediate, immediate future. I’ve also been promised that they’re going to keep me busy. It’s a cast of over 40 people. I’ll be happy to show up and to be included.

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I was just hoping that whatever they decide to do with the character of Doug that they were going to run it by you, first.

SUSAN: They have, and they have been very sweet about it.  I’ve got to tell you, this regime, they have a sign up on the wall now, that says, Things we expect on this stage.”  The first one at the top of the list is “kindness.”

Have you watched your work back all these years? I know some actor’s never like to watch the scenes they taped.

SUSAN: I think you learn by watching yourself, if you have an open mind, and if you are not hypercritical, or dismissive. I cannot be dismissive of a character that has given me such a wonderful life. I’m still interested in Julie, perhaps I wouldn’t have been if I’d been on the show for three years and never returned to it. But I’m quite interested in her now, and what she has to offer as a member of this ensemble.

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Julie’s ties to the whole history of Days of our Lives from this point on are very important. How do you feel about that?

SUSAN:  There are those that don’t care about the history of the show. I know that. I know there are those that only care about continuing with something snappy to keep eyes on the screen through action, adventure, drama, death, kidnapping, missed opportunities, all that, which I suppose that’s what the audience craves. But, that’s not just what the show can do. What the show can do so well is character. There’s a lot of people over 70 who are still on the show now. I’m the oldest one, but I’m not the only one. We’re coming up on the 60th anniversary. I don’t think the show is worn out. And if it is, it’s had a remarkably successful six decades.

Lamon Archey (Eli) is back on DAYS for a stint. What has it been like to work with Lamon as his on-screen grandmother?

SUSAN: I think he’s terrific and visually he is so beautiful, so appealing. I think both Eli and Lani (Sal Stowers) are very appealing as characters. I’m delighted to be connected to Eli as a family member. That was a lucky break for me.

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Do you think DAYS fans are going to continue to be emotional in the aftermath of this fire and all the story that comes out of it? Do you think we’ll be touched by what Julie goes through to get the remains all cleaned up for a new house?

SUSAN: I think anybody in America who’s gone through a disaster, and have unfortunately had the disruption of their home, will be sympathetic and interested in how it all turns out. It’s a nice note to play. We haven’t had to do that very often. We just go from one lovely apartment to another without much discussion. I think this is the one set that meant a lot to people. I was very sorry to lose “Julie’s Place,” as it turned into kind of a sandwich shop. I still loved having a business, a tangible place to be, and an alternate place for people to meet.

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Upon reflection, what was your favorite scene with Bill? Was it when Julie and Doug got married on-screen, or was it something else that was much more intimate?

SUSAN: I think our last scene is going to be more important, emotionally. I think the first wedding was beautiful, but the material around the time of our second wedding, when Brenda Benet (ex-Lee) came back on the show and Doug stood up to her and says, “I’m not going to be manipulated anymore,” was also strong. There has been a lot of very important times – when Doug was killed-off by James Reilly, and we met in the tunnel of light. That was a day. That was a difficult day, which I certainly can’t revisit right now emotionally. When Julie found out Doug had run off and married her mother, Addie, that was a day. It was a day because, I went to the producer at the time, Jack Herzberg, and said, “Is this it? Am I not going to work with him anymore?”And he said, “Right! That’s it. You’re not working with Bill Hayes anymore.” We were not married at the time, and I thought I was going to go through the floor! That wasn’t a happy day.

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In terms of Bill’s final day on the set with you, did you know that it was his last, and what would turn out to be his last scene?

SUSAN: Well, they didn’t know. But I knew. I had been allowed to rewrite it. So, I can’t tell you Bill’s last line now, of course, but I will in time.

What do you think about the sentiments shared by Susan on her late husband, and this storyline? How do hope the show properly honors Bill and Doug Williams when the series writes-off the character? Are you enjoying the Horton house fire story arc or does it upset you too much? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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