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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

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Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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Satan
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Satan

Admittedly, coming back in the body of a 96 year old man isn’t my usual style. But Doug is just a temporary residence. I’ll be relocating shortly….

Larry Pagel
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Larry Pagel

Doug may be NINETY SIX but you are a lot older than than so why do you care that you are in his body?? Try Ben Weston next because he is younger and already was the Necktie Murderer so you probably liked that.

Satan
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Satan

Possessing Ben for a couple of days might be fun, actually. But they might not ever be able to bring the character back from that, especially if I sent him on another killing spree, which seems to be what you’re suggesting.

Dot
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Dot

Let Ben be happy. He has been through enough

Pamela Holloway Avery
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Pamela Holloway Avery

Amen Dot, Ben has been through enough

Pamela Holloway Avery
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Pamela Holloway Avery

If you are who claim to be, Jesus defeated you when He was on the cross, and any Christian can cast you out in Jesus’ Holy name

Satan
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Satan

My old friend JC has a lot bigger problems to deal with… like all the fools that have been doing some very UNChrist-like things in His name since 1980 or so.

Seriously, me and JC got over our differences a long time ago. His old man… that’s another story. Dude can’t let go of a grudge.

Sindee
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Sindee

No not ben. Please not ben. Try another.

Jolly
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Jolly

Noooooooo.

Trish B
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Trish B

Having Doug being possessed by the devil is just as bad as the Alamayne Peacock story. This is so not worth it.

Carolyn
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Carolyn

Yes!

Terry
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Terry

I totally agree!!! It’s ridiculous!

Pamela Holloway Avery
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Pamela Holloway Avery

Amen Trish

Steve
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Steve

Ron’s revisiting old stories isn’t usually your thing either. Had he stuck with GH, no doubt Casey the Alien would have returned, Susan Moore and Diana Taylor returned from the dead, and who knows what else.

Satan
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Satan

Revisiting old stories isn’t the problem. Recasting old characters so that they no longer bear any resemblance to the original is. That’s what I have a problem with Ron doing (i.e his fraudulent takes on “Eve Donovan” or “Diana Colville”)

In this case though, Marlena is still Marlena, Doug is still Doug, and I’m still my lovable, most unholy self. So it’s working…. so far.

Pamela Holloway Avery
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Pamela Holloway Avery

I bind you Satan in Jesus name get out of Salem

Satan
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Satan

You bind me?? That sounds a little kinky….

Celia
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Celia

LOL!!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Steve, I definitely would have been in favor of Susan Moore and Diana Taylor returning from the dead!

Satan
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Satan

Honestly I’m surprised they never brought back Susan as part of one of Frodd’s 666 failed “redemption” stories. Doubt they would bother now. Jason wouldn’t remember her and nobody else would have any idea who she is. Except Monica… who would probably kill her.

Diana Taylor?? Not sure how she would have any relevance these days unless she’s secretly been alive this whole time, has been married to Jeff Webber (and thus Elizabeth’s mother) and that’s the reason Jeff hasn’t set foot in Port Charles for 40 years.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Satan being “honest.” I like it! Great points, Satan. Diana Taylor (as originated by Valerie Starrett) will forever be my absolute favorite character. So even though another actress played the part the last few years until Diana’s murder (1981?) — ancient history, I know) — I am always thrilled when there is any link or mention of the character, if not on the show in some time, at this site.

Steve
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Steve

Bringing back Susan would’ve been a direct replay of Todd’s long-presumed dead mother, Irene Manning coming back to explain the 2 Todds on OLTL. I did love Gail Ramsey’s portrayal of Susan. With Alan gone, bringing back the character would be pointless.

With no connections on the canvas, Diana coming back wouldn’t make sense.

The murders of Diana and Susan were probably the best 2 whodunnits in GH history (with Beatrice LeSeur’s in a close third). Bringing either character back would mess too much show history (akin to Erica’s unabortion on AMC).

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Steve, great points as usual. If you read my reply above to Satan, you’ll know where I am coming from regarding Diana Taylor. But I will add my pick for the best murder mystery in GH’s history, which may have preceded your viewing (1974, I believe): It was the murder of Phil Brewer wherein there were five suspects: Jessie Brewer (initially arrested after being found with Phil’s body), Diana Taylor, Peter Taylor, Jim Hobart, and Augusta McLeod. GH did much promotion for this storyline, releasing a photo of the suspects. There were many twists and turns, with the focus shifting… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

James, you remember that stuff a lot better than I do! I remember Phil getting his head bashed in with a rock (some sort of geode, I think) but couldn’t remember any other details about it. And of course the thing that sticks out about Diana’s murder was the attempt to frame it on Anne Logan by writing her name in blood, trying to make it look like Diana herself was naming her killer. Which of course was not Anne… or even Heather, who seemed like the logical suspect. Senior Satan moment again.. it turned out to be Heather’s mom,… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Satan, from what I’ve read, you have an excellent memory. No senior moments here. But I remember things that were important to me much more vividly, as was the case with Peter and Diana Taylor. I mentioned this a long time ago here, but in the 1970s, I would regularly buy Daytime TV (magazine), read their features on the stars and soaps. They had a weekly Reader’s Poll, and I regularly voted by mail (a good thing!) for Valerie Starrett (favorite actress), Craig Huebing (favorite actor), and GH (favorite soap) and read how they did in those polls (pretty well,… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

James – While I did get started at a young age on GH, the Phil Brewer murder was just a little before my time. Earliest GH memories include David Hamilton’s death and the first Rick Webber. Fairly certain I remember “the role of Monica Webber is now being played by Leslie Charleson”.

And yes, Alice Grant (Heather’s mom, Susan’s aunt) killed Diana (at that point played by Brooke Bundy).

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hey Steve: I got started at a young age, too. Your earliest GH memories made a great place to start: the David Hamilton murder was riveting. Take care, Friend!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Jamesj75,
Hi there. Did you ever get those V.S photos from Ebay? They are still showing a lot for sale. Good luck and good health to you. Am looking forward to John saving Marlena again. He’s got all his props ready to go once he figures out what’s going on. What do you think of Abigail playing Marlena in Johnny’s movie?

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello Violet! Thank you for following up with me on this. Yes, I have purchased Valerie Starrett photos and magazines with her on the cover from eBay. I do cherish them, and I thank you for the heads-up!

I didn’t know about Abigail playing Marlena in Johnny’s movie, but we know the actress can play evil.

I am also in the middle of Beyond Salem, and I am enjoying it. Best of health and everything to you as well, Violet!

Debra
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Debra

No I had bringing back Marlene Obsessed, this is where I stop watching I hate rehashing old Garbage

Ethel Jaco
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Ethel Jaco

I agree, I will no longer watch the program.

Pamela Holloway Avery
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Pamela Holloway Avery

Count me in! I’m not going to watch DOOL anymore

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Debra,
Sometimes leftovers make the best meal. So much fun improvising.

Pamela Holloway Avery
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Pamela Holloway Avery

Not when the leftovers include Satan

Jolly
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Jolly

I have been a fan and fallower of this show since my teens, but latly i am getting disappointed more and more by story lines. It seems that low budgeting has a bad effect and possibily diffrent (new) writers.?!!

Brian Lopez
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Brian Lopez

Me too…. To The Young And The Restless on CBS

Celia
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Celia

Why did you leave Doug’s body, Satan? What came out of his mouth, while possessed, was “absolument” priceless–
Marlena, “You locked Julie in the freezer. That was an accident.” ( paraphrasing).
Doug/Satan, “That was not an accident. I locked that bitch in the freezer on purpose.”—- I had the best laugh—double and triple LOL.
You must really hate Julie, Satan. But, please!!—don’t you dare touch Ben. How about, John, EJ, Giovanni ( pronounced Jovannee), Chanel, Brady—hmmmm—let’s see—-who else??

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Hello Celia, I’m thinking the Devil will eventually possess Abby, making everyone think it’s one of her other personalities. I also think Ben and Ciara’s baby will be possessed.

Celia
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Celia

Well, Hi, 4ever—-it’s been a while—missed you!!
Yes, Abby is a good candidate…..I hope it doesn’t go that way……she has little children.
The same goes for Ben’s and Ciara’s baby—albeit, the demonic traits from the father could be passed down to his offspring.
Satan can smell the pure of heart. Doesn’t he prey on innocence? Do you think this storyline will run through All Hallows Eve? Beyond?—–maybe until the Salem Stalker/Killer rides through town? ( My grandmother’s idea–LOL).

Satan
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Satan

Doug’s a 96 year old man. Long term occupancy of his body probably wouldn’t be very healthy for him. As far as Julie goes… she’s a hypocrite. Always whining over her “poor cousin” Nick Fallon, who – no surprise here – has been on dragon stable duties down here in Hell for several years now. Nick was a rapist, a murderer, and pretty much an all around asshole who got exactly what was coming to him. And much of the damage he inflicted was against Will…. who is also Julie’s cousin. But that fact seems to have slipped her mind.… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Oh, yeah. I remember Nick and his wicked, crazy ways well. To be honest, I never liked the character ( Julie, that is)—-self centered and elitist.
She does have a knack for obfuscating the truth, even when it stares at het in the face..that’s the pure definition of hypocrisy.
I don’t remember her “behavior” or “misbehavior” of her younger years but my grandmother, who has been an avid watcher since day one, said Julie has always been weird—specifically marrying her step-father.
So, I’m with you.
One question: how do we know you really have yellow eyes??

Carrie
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Carrie

I was not looking forward to a depressing Alzheimer’s story showcasing precious Doug. I’m relieved the actor gets to portray something different with a twist. It must be fun for him. Although, I’m not sure I can watch a possession story either. Maybe I’ll fast forward through those segments. I’m just glad sweet Doug (and hopefully the actor playing him) is otherwise doing well. I understand the writers choosing to do this since Halloween is around the corner though. Writers: Thanks for sparing Doug!

Larry Pagel
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Larry Pagel

I agree and I thought the first person possessed would be Ben Weston because he is younger so Doug was a shocker.

Suezp2@att.net
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Suezp2@att.net

I agree

Carolyn
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Carolyn

No no no peter

Carolyn
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Carolyn

I think the writer’s have no idea what to write about .this devil stuff I don’t like

Carolyn
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Carolyn

I’d rather see all of them
Helldup in a restaurant or a airplane And it turns out to be a dirty Halloween joke buy some young ruthless teenagers

Celia
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Celia

That’s a great idea, Carolyn—-

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Sounds fun to me!!

Linda
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Linda

I really disliked the demonic times before and will like them even less now

Fran
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Fran

I agree!

Misty D Cox
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Misty D Cox

Really? Are they that desperate for material? This is getting stupid!

Karen
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Karen

Couldn’t agree more

Suezp2@att.net
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Suezp2@att.net

I agree

Larry
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Larry

Not desperate at all!! Actually it will be ratings gold!! No matter what people think or how they feel people will be turning in to see what happens next! Ratings will soar as it did 25 years ago!!!

Dorothy Lane
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Dorothy Lane

For sure. What about Abigail,Chad,Gwen etc. Why not focus on them. Instead of Ben,Marlena or Doug

Rose
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Rose

Agree

Barbara
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Barbara

Hated the story line 25 years ago, really feel like it shouldn’t be replayed. I guess they really were desperate to find a storyline that would keep Bill & Susan Hayes on the canvas.

K.L.
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K.L.

I boycotted Days for 2-3 years during the first story, and will likely again. It is dangerous to viewers and actors alike, to their psyche and emotions. After pulling off Beyond Salem, then do this? I am a Christian, and I do NOT want Satan in my home, via tv or otherwise. We have enough evil going on around us. We need happy, uplifting stories, you have so few of them! The dementia story was fine, that is real life, and could be a helpful one to your viewers. I want to enjoy watching Days! I finally can watch it… Read more »

Diane
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Diane

I also boycotted it back then, just for about 20 yrs. got hooked again while visiting my sister, who still watched. Looks like I just gained another hour of my life back.

Jolly
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Jolly

Well said. I agree.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

K. L, I’am saying this in the nicest way. No one is forcing us to watch this crap and my remote lets me push a little button to shut it off if I don’t like what I see. I don’t like this stuff either and wouldn’t watch it the first time, but I found out Iam more broad minded and not so apt to poo poo things as much as when I was younger, so I say let’s put the old broad up on the board and see what happens. We might like it better this time around. I thought… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

I’m already in your home and in your TV. Ever heard of the “National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences”? You probably watched their awards show last night. Now what’s the abbreviation for that?

NATAS…… now what happens when you flip that around?

You’re welcome!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Ohhhhh, you’re scarry!!!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Satan,
I really don’t know which word to use here, ironic or demonic maybe but today while they were showing Marlena in a scene before they showed her devil eyes my TV started acting up, the screen jumping around and those pixels I think they call them landed right on her face making her eyes weird and greenish. I know this was probably a coincidence, which I don’t usually believe in but I think I’ll go with word ironic because it happened again an hour later, I’m sure a technical problem, right?????

Satan
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Satan

I never possess inanimate objects, so whatever is going on with your TV, it’s not me!

Charleen HOWARTH
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Charleen HOWARTH

Stopped watching Days after this stupid storyline a million years ago. Truly haven’t turned it on since. Can’t believe they are bringing it back!

Dianne Flynn
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Dianne Flynn

We as Christian’s will no longer be watching.

Satan
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Satan

Yeah… because Days was such a great example of my old friend JC’s teachings before I showed up….

Melaswen
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Melaswen

Right, love the sarcasm

Satan
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Satan

I invented sarcasm, of course!

Melaswen
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Melaswen

Why? The storyline is actually pro Christian, love of God and faith destroys the devil, it doesn’t get more pro Christian than that

Dre
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Dre

Byeeee

Odessa
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Odessa

please don’t do this!!

Pat Hudgens
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Pat Hudgens

Same here. I hated this storyline then and I’m just turning the channel now until it’s over. I want the other storylines that were going on. This is just beyond stupid

Cozette Mcguire
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Cozette Mcguire

It’s stupid. It’s been done. The last time, I stopped watching until it was over. Doing it this time too.

Dorothy Lane
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Dorothy Lane

Me too

Jolly
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Jolly

It was not fun watching it then and it is not fun watching it again specialy since our wourld been hit with the C. Virus and all the stress after that.

Karen
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Karen

Feeling the writers are lacking true creativity in the storyline. I didn’t watch the first round of possession and I won’t entertain this round. The program is going down hill fast. Salem is a place no one finds real happiness, should never have a wedding, I doubt if this soap will continue very long. The quality is missing.

Carolyn
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Carolyn

I agree

Betty Henry
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Betty Henry

Agree!! I didn’t like it 25 Yeats ago and still don’t like it now!! Stupid!!!

Jolly
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Jolly

Agree. It is sad and unfortunate. I have been watching it almost from the beginning.

Bev
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Bev

Being tne wife of an advanced alzheimer patient this revolts me.

Larry Pagel
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Larry Pagel

The original Possession storyline made Days a Pop Culture Phenomenon that it never was before and I never even knew about the show but it was on Entertainment Tonight and showed clips and they raved about how great the show was so I thought I better check this thing out. It was way better than I expected and more like a movie inside of a Soap.When it ended the show was never that good again so I always thought it was weird that they never tried to do something like that again. P.S. BEN WESTON WOULD MAKE A REALLY REALLY… Read more »

Ethel Jaco
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Ethel Jaco

I disagree. You are getting to far out on this.

Barbara
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Barbara

A good storyline for Ben would be that he has an identical twin and it was the twin who was the necktie killer. Ben was drugged and brainwashed to believe he was the necktie killer when actually it was his evil twin who has been locked up by Clyde for years.

Satan
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Satan

No, the last thing we need is another twin/doppleganger.

Besides, ReRon can’t help but reuse his old storylines, so it’s only a matter of time before Ben develops a sudden “brain tumor”, just like Frodd had on GH, to “absolve” him of every crime committed by the actual Franco

Larry Pagel
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Larry Pagel

You will get mostly HATE COMMENTS about it because for some dumb reason think that is what they have to do but the Jim Reilly Era kept the show from getting cancelled and put it at the top of the ratings and I only watched the show because they were telling people about it on shows like Entertainment Tonight. However this version of it turns out I think that they need to try it again to find out. They are copying what Reilly did but a lot of viewers now never watched that storyline so this is NEW to them.

Melaswen
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Melaswen

Exactly, I loved the James Reilly years, look at my username

Mark Shaffer
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Mark Shaffer

I don’t think it’s a good idea although it’s good for the ratings,we’ll just have to see, it was different back then but now hmmmmm I don’t know!!!

Larry
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Larry

What is the big deal with redoing the possession storyline? 25 years ago it was a huge ratings hit for Days I was still a teenager when watching it with my mom and it was the first time a main character on television became possessed! I think redoing with Doug in it is ratings gold! Who needs another sad Alzheimer’s dementia storyline? Not Me! The previews look so good and I can’t wait!! It’s daytime tv so sit back and enjoy the show! And if it bothers you that much simply don’t watch stop crying about it!!;

Jason
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Jason

Ugh…so it’s Doug at first and then be passes it “back” to Doc? Oh come on. Oh well…can’t protest the story, it’s a done deal. Sigh…

Cecil James
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Cecil James

Personally I’m just glad that Xander is finally learning the truth about what happened to his beloved Sarah as shown in the video now pair Gwen with a returning Andrew Donovan and the producer KC needs to break up Eli and Lani they basically suck like bricks dude Eli deserves way more better than her.

Slucifernandez
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Slucifernandez

Why so hostile towards Lani why isn’t she good enough for him he’s not much of a cup of tea either

Cecil James
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Cecil James

When KC pairs Eli with someone better for Eli like a past love of his who’s an established member of two families of Salem and a former resident of the town then he’ll be much improved he sucks with Lani big time.

Carol J Crawford
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Carol J Crawford

Nice acting showcase for Bill, if we can stand it!

Barbara Bogert
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Barbara Bogert

I hate the idea of the devil again. I did not like it 25 years ago. I have been watching Days for as long as it been on. The devil coming back is crazy.

Satan
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Satan

What can I say? Hell gets a little boring now and then. I don’t really do possessions much anymore, but this just seemed like a good time to come up for a visit.

BJ Witherspoon
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BJ Witherspoon

It is a no for me…. I typically record the shows but will no longer record until this storyline is over.

Linda
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Linda

Same here.

Maggie Houchens
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Maggie Houchens

I am not enthused about this satan storyline. I rather know what happened to Sami instead.

Satan
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Satan

So you’re saying I should possess Sami?
Because I’m down with that!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Yes, I always felt she was the devil’s work.

Satan
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Satan

I didn’t create Sami, but she’s had a lot of fans down here in Hell over the years. Probably because she can be the “bad girl” without being completely batshit crazy, like most other “bad girls” in soap-land.

Maureen Rager
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Maureen Rager

No I think Days of our lives is getting crazy again for real Doug Williams being possessed by the devil and now Merlin is going to be possessed by the devil again and all that other stuff’s going to go on again I think this writer’s a little out of his mind that story line was already on 25 years ago why bring up the past on that because you guys can figure out what else to put on Days of our lives you know you can bring Billy and Bo back and make them a couple again and carry… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

Why would I possess Merlin? And when did that crazy old magician come to Salem anyway??

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

You are so damn funny. You know darn well she’s talking about Marlena not Merlin, ha, ha.

Pamela Holloway Avery
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Pamela Holloway Avery

As a Christian, I strongly object to the possession storyline!

Satan
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Satan

As the Devil, I strongly object to your devilphobic bigotry.

Ramona
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Ramona

I am REPULSED that you even post under a name like SATAN. People like you WILL Find out in the end what is what! It’s really not cute or even close to funny.

Satan
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Satan

Hey Johnny, hey Dee Dee
Little Tom and Joey
You know we’re comin’ over
Sweet sweet little Ramona
You’re getting better and better
It’s getting easier than ever
Hey you kids in the crowd
You know you like it
When the music’s loud

Sweet sweet little Ramona
she always wants to come over
Sweet sweet little Ramona
I think I’ll try and phone her

I let her in if you’re wondering why
Cause she’s a spy for the BBI
I let her her in and I started to cry
And then I knew I wanted to die
Oooh, little Ramona

ramona
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ramona

I’m So Impressed you took the time to write me a poem. Must have Struck a Nerve. I’m laughing my head off. Last time you hear from me, I will not bother myself to even review future posts. Thanks for the Laugh

Satan
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Satan

I can’t take credit for that poetry. That came from the greatest rock band to ever come from NYC. The Ramones.

Michele
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Michele

Not that I normally agree with Satan -but maybe you should be watching a soap opera without premarital sex, alternative lifestyles and unethical medical procedures. Oh wait they don’t have those. Pray for the world: that they know the word before the end of the world. We, as Christians. know how this story ends. God wins! And as for “Satan”- Get behind thee (Matthew 16:23) and most excellent commentary!

Celia
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Celia

If one believes in God, then one must also believe in the Devil.This is how we differentiate between good and evil because they do co-exist. I am not too thrilled about this storyline. But, it’s a soap and I know a spoof when I see it. Halloween is on its way. Monseigneur Liptak always told me that we prove our love and belief in God by rejecting the devil—-never fall into temptation.This is a great opportunity to do just that. I always wear my crucifix. So, you can’t touch me, Satan. Begone!! I reject you, Satan. I thought Doug was… Read more »

Marie Burke
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Marie Burke

I think days is stupid for using reruns and Doug of all people

Michael R Johnson
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Michael R Johnson

Why is it in soap operas yo always have to go back and relive the past . My God let it go What has happened has happened move on we don’t need to see Marlena or or Doug possessed by the devil, that causes problems for people in real life, people start believing in that. Next thing you know they think they’re possessed who knows what could happen to them in their own lives. They need to leave that kind of stuff off TV. It’s bad enough people deal with mental issues a 100 times more today than they did… Read more »

Michael R Johnson
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Michael R Johnson

Day’s writer’s better stop and think about bringing back the devil or even someone being possessed by the devil. There’s a lot of religious people in this world and they could essentially lose a lot of viewers over the fact of bringing the devil into any storyline. . It wasn’t good back then and not good now. You can say what you want people, it’s just a soap opera right. Wrong. You think it’d be funny and cute or you like that kind of stuff. Well not many others will agree with you. but in the real life world it… Read more »

Marcella Branch
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Marcella Branch

I have watched Days since I was eight years old, since 1969. I have to be one of the biggest fans. The only time I didn’t watch the show was when Marlena was possessed. I will probably not watch another possession.

Deidra Hall and Melissa Reeves are two of my favorite actors.

Satan
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Satan

I’d consider possessing Jennifer for a while if she would come back.

Hell only knows she needs to loosen up a bit, right?

Becki
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Becki

Here we go again we stupidy.
Quit watching the last time.
Guess I won’t be watching for awhile.

Celia
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Celia

OOOOOOLaLa, quelle surprise!!!! The dirty old man is the devil!! Come get me—-I mean, Marlena—firahh!!

Barbara
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Barbara

I am really looking forward to that story line again it was good then and will be good. now its just a soap story line good actors and actresses doing a great job and it’s close to Halloween its going to be great

Karen Ward
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Karen Ward

Now I have to stop watching it again. Stupid writers…

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Stupid writers??? They’re not stupid for trying to “levitate” the ratings like when it occurred over 25 years ago. You fail to realize the storyline that made you quit watching made it possible for the show to continue all these years. If you choose to stop watching because of the repossession, the least you can do is not badmouth it. DAYS future depends on this storyline.

Slucifernandez
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Slucifernandez

You all must be getting paid by ABC and CBS to be so hateful and toxic towards DAYS… ENTERTAINMENT FOR SURE……I AM EXCITED…THE LAST DAYS OF OUR LIVES ENJOY THIS SHOW PEOPLE THIS IS TV GOLD AND WE ARE WATCHING THE END OF THIS ICONIC SHOW ….maybe we can get a witch named Tabitha next.

Shei
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Shei

They need to take Julie off her high horse, let Doug demon side go after her. I don’t like the new EJ really, you just can’t take him serious. We need some excitement on days. I’m rooten for Doug to be evil. His role is so dull. Throw Julie in a dungen.

Momo
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Momo

Did not see that coming!!!!

Mary
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Mary

I will not watch this garbage

Vicky Flagstad
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Vicky Flagstad

Stupid story line. I won’t feel bad missing some episodes!

Gayle Russell
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Gayle Russell

Why in the world are you bringing back the possession devil storyline? This is a very negative story. I won’t resume watching until its over.

Irene
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Irene

The storyline is stupid stupid stupid!
Come on guys, Really? Maybe its time to go
back to watching Y&R.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Irene,
Sorry, but that’s what you get for quitting Y&R in the first place. Now you are deserting Days, two wrongs don’t make a right. Why not toss out your TV, put some camphor or whatever around your neck and go hide in a closet until this is all over.

Brian Lopez
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Brian Lopez

Soaps shouldn’t have such controversial subjects,Days is not the Exorcist!!

Brian Lopez
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Brian Lopez

Days is going to the Dogs! That Storyline Again? It’s not The Exorcist

Linda Lynch
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Linda Lynch

This storyline sucked years ago when they played it. Can’t your writers come up with original storylines or are they they headstrong for us to sit and watch repeats of the shit that failed years ago! The world today is to demonic as it is why add to it!

E.Jurey
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E.Jurey

Doug is Devil? Really! This story line is trash. My daughter used to watch Days. What turned her off was the Marlena devil story where her eyes turned yellow. I think it’s time I stopped watching and giving my full attention to GH. Much better story line.

ramona tuberman
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ramona tuberman

Well, Been watching Days now for Many years and I have to say , real or not, I think I will have to leave now as I’m NOT INTERESTED in the least being entertained by a satan character. This IS WRONG on So Many levels!!!. Shame on these writers for even going there. Are things in this world not Dark enough?!

Susan
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Susan

Watched the show since it’s premiere in the 1960. Left for a while because Marlana being possessed was too much. Can’t believe it’s back to that again and think it will be the end of the show. It’s too stupid a story line. Plus to much near nudity and bedroom scenes.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Susan, you may as well say you first listened to DAYS on the radio…DAYS debuted on November 8th, 1965, not 1960. I have complete “faith” that this storyline will insure several more years of DAYS. Why is it so hard to believe the devil is back? The original storyline was a success, and DAYS may have not lasted much longer without it.

Pamela Holloway Avery
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Pamela Holloway Avery

How can we as Christians stop Corday/NBC from airing this demonic plot

Satan
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Satan

Why don’t you do something useful and tell them to stop airing dumb reality shows & bubblegum “singing” competition shows?

Then you can call CW and tell them to stop “rebooting” old TV shows and turning them into complete jokes.

Satan
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Satan

I’ll bet you’re one of the people who wrote the Fox network and told them to cancel my show “Lucifer”, right?? How well did that work out for you? I got an extra three seasons on Netflix, and I got the ultimate job promotion in the end. Yes, I had to turn it down for “family reasons”, but just the fact that I got the offer in the first place had to really not sit well with some of the overly FundaMENTAList religious types. It’s story telling, and hopefully they will do a good job with it. Doesn’t your Bible… Read more »

Lonnie
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Lonnie

First time in 25 years on Days by revisiting “The Mardevil” as a riff from the legendary gothic soap opera “Dark Shadows” and they used to have demonic possession storylines with Barnabas Collins became as a vampire and Angelique who became as a witch with supernatural powers. 50 years later after Dark Shadows ended, Days decided to bring back with sci-fi supernatural storyline. Don’t forget about John Black who will burn “The Mardevil” aka Dr. Marlena Evans who is a witch with supernatural powers. “BURN WITCH!, BURN!!!!!!!”

Jody
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Jody

I can’t believe the writers are bringing back this crazy devil storyline, are they all losing their minds out there. I hate this storyline, as any Christian knows Jesus is much more powerful then the devil

River
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River

It was stupid 25 years ago, it’s even more stupid now.

Louie
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Louie

I can’t wait to see Days or GH ratings coming up. Both falling back 20+ years for story..smh

P Thompson
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P Thompson

Don’t care for this storyline!

SZima
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SZima

I wasn’t watching during the first possession storyline, and thank goodness I’m not watching for the second!
I watched the show for several years a while back, but couldn’t take it any more. If I hadn’t already quit, I surely would now!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Getting back to the topic at hand, I feel sorry for the actors who have to emote such ridiculous drivel and try to make it believable. How can they say these lines with a straight face?!?! This storyline is an embarrassment… It’s also an insult to the viewers. Yes, we can tolerate back-from-the-dead characters, evil twins, baby switches, faked paternity tests, and so on. And this show also gave us brain chips and face masks, so that a given character was programmed to be (or could impersonate) another character. Those storylines were also insulting. But the possession storyline is a… Read more »

Jeremy
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Jeremy

As an actor, myself, I think it would be a fun experience to play, to stretch and enjoy the campiness of it all. It’s not for everyone apparently, but it is called entertainment, and for those who don’t like this storyline or others, they have a choice to stop watching. I will watch. I was fascinated with the possession storyline 25 years ago but I was quite young back then, but I loved it. It’s entertainment people, take it or leave it. If the main actors (Deidre and the actor who plays Doug – I can’t recall his name) had… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Jeremy, although we have had good back and forth previously, I can do without the condescension here. Yet hearing the point of view of an “actor” is certainly welcome. Root for the devil all you want…

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

PS: I used quotation marks because I was quoting you, not questioning your assertion. The last line was in jest. I realize that sometimes it’s hard to ascertain tone or intention from some of these comments. Condescension was what I perceived. Regards…

Jeremy
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Jeremy

@Jamesj75 Perhaps, you may not want make assumptions on my “tone”. There was no condescension toward you at all. Not that I owe any explanations, my comments were merely my own personal opinions on the current storyline, just like yours and many others have their personal comments and opinions, too. Again, there was no condescension on my part. I suggest, not jumping to conclusions or making assumptions based on “tone” when in fact you don’t know what my intention actually was. There was no malice or anything of the kind. Simply, you could have commented back and asked: your response… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Jeremy, I REALLY appreciate your reply. And you, of course, don’t owe me any explanations. Your suggestion, starting with “Simply…” was a great one! That is the route I should have taken. I added my “PS” because I didn’t wish to be misinterpreted, but that is what I did with you in my initial reply, as you lay out. Can I blame my knee-jerk, bad reaction on my evil twin? My opioid addiction? Satan? That I was bullied in school for 3 years of high school and am thus, all these years later, at times overly sensitive and jump to… Read more »

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Hey there Jamesj75, Apologies for the delay. I have been ill the past few days. Hopefully, it’s just a cold! I could write more, however, today, I feel pretty weak, yet, I wanted to acknowledge your message reply. I hear you, and all is good. I look forward to further conversations and interactions with yourself and others. I’m actually really not a regular contributor on this site, just… sporadically I would say. Sorry for a short reply today. I wanted to let you know that I wasn’t ignoring your thoughtful message, I’ve just been under the weather. Time for the… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Jeremy, your gracious reply has made my day — sincerely. Sorry again for my transgressions here. I hope you’re feeling back at 100% ASAP! And I look forward to your posts as well as any back and forth we may continue to have. Bless you, and thank you, Friend! Take care.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

James, thank you for your well wishes. No more apologies are necessary, k? We are good. 🙂
Be well and we’ll be in touch. Oh, I just now got your reply, thanks for your response about my post on NLG.
Always,
Jeremy

Days Of Our Lives

DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Ron Carlivati Talks on the Creation, Scenes & Cast of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’

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