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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Leo’s Nuptials to Craig Hits the Skids Thanks to Jackie Cox’s Bombshell

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Wednesday’s episode of Days of our Lives was filled with hilarious one-liners and great comedic timing from Greg Rikaart as Leo Stark, a surprise guest at the double wedding of Leo to Craig (Kevin Spirtas) and Gwen (Emily O’Brien) to Xander (Paul Telfer), and more.

As the ceremony begins, Brady (Eric Martsolf) has asked Justin (Wally Kurth), who is officiating the double wedding, to stall and stretch things out as long as possible so that hopefully Chad (Billy Flynn) has time to get back to Salem with the intel to blow up Leo and Craig’s union.

Craig’s ex-wife, Nancy (Patrika Darbo) attends as well, and without Clyde (James Read) which was not expected.  Nancy met Clyde the other day on a dating app with plans she would take someone with her to the wedding, but when she shows up alone, she tells Bonnie (Judi Evans) she thought it best that Craig and everyone see she had the strength to stand on her own.

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After Jack (Matthew Ashford) walks Gwen down the aisle, Leo enters in one of the great entrances of any wedding in Days history.  Posing for the paparazzi, Leo has his big moment in the sun as Gwen and “Matty” (Leo’s supposed nickname) relish the moment.

Now, Justin has to start the ceremony (in a very funny comedic turn from Wally Kurth) while continuing to stall and come up with ways to delay the wedding of Leo and Craig.  First, he asks if anyone objects and Nancy stands up, but all she does is wish Craig all the happiness in the world.  Once she sits down, Justin goes around the room and starts talking about all the guests.  Then, with nothing left to do, Justin starts having a sneezing attack while trying to get to the wedding vow portion of the ceremony.  Now, as Justin is declaring the men ‘husbands” running in to save the day is Chad, followed by Jackie Cox!

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It is then Cox reveals that he is married to Matthew Cooper AKA Leo Stark, complete with a wedding certificate.  Then, Jackie turns from drag queen to his real self, Darius Rose.  Leo says he married Darius to keep him in the country from Canada and for Darius to get his green card.

Chloe jumps up and declares that this is bigamy! Craig wants to understand what is going up, but he claims he understands why Leo did it. Justin says that there is no way he can sanction the wedding and it will take a few days to unravel all of this.  Then, Darius reveals Leo’s relationship to Craig is one big ‘flim-flam’.

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Wanting to tell the truth, Darius reveals that Leo targeted Craig once he saw Craig at a medical convention. He shares he has all the texts saved from Leo, and the two of them were planning on splitting all the money Leo would inherit, but he was unaware of the pre-nup.

Leo reveals that it was his original plan, but along the way he says he fell in love with Craig. However, when Craig asks when that was, Leo could not quite pinpoint it.  Craig walks out on Leo, as Leo begs for forgiveness.

Later, Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) finds her father alone in his hotel room and he breaks down in her arms, while Leo tries to see Craig and is blocked by Brady.

And if all that is not enough, just wait! It’s Gwen’s turn to get what’s coming to her since now Abigail is armed with ammo to blow her life sky high.

So, what did you think of the episode? Did you enjoy the writing and the performances and how Craig and Leo’s marriage attempt went bust … Or, did you not like how it all played out? Comment below.

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Poor Craig. I really felt sorry for the guy…. but he can’t say he wasn’t warned. Repeatedly…..

Momo
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Leo’s entrance was fab. Leo is so much fun. I hope he doesn’t leave. I didn’t like when they broke up Craig and Nancy, but it has brought some good moments.

Soaphound
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I agree. And since Y&R can’t find anything for great Greg Rikaart to do, at least we can enjoy him here. As Kevin or as Leo, I think he’s hot…and a lot of fun.

Celia
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Celia

Right? I love the actor, as well, no matter the role. Imagine the devil in him, albeit I am so tired of this storyline.
Hey, Soaphound—did you notice how Paulina stuck that filthy binky into the baby’s mouth? I know there was no baby, but I cringed at the thought. I’m a germaphobe!! Abe said he found it on the floor? All the more reason the pacifier should have been boiled. I pay attention to what seems as insignificant stuff such as this.
( correction–toddler– below)

Moto62
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Couldn’t agree more! I thought Eeewww, I hope Abe sanitized that thing!

Celia
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Right?! LOL

Celia
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Celia

OMG—That was hilarious—I just love Rikaart. His bridal ensemble was out of this world. Is there any hope Leo will stay? He livens up the show!!
As unreal as his shenanigans are? —better watching him than hearing Lani’s todlers sound like newborns—and in a pram to boot.
Please, please, please—get rid of the devil. I guess he’s sticking around for Ben’s and Ciara’s baby. It’s so torturous watching the silliness unfold.

Peter Hay
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I really enjoyed this episode especially when chad and the drag queen showed
Up and Chad advised that the wedding
Cant go ahead and Leo is shocked and
Craig wanted to know why Leo was not
honest to him in the beginning.

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Chrishell Stause Makes a Return to Days of our Lives

You just never know who you will find in purgatory (ah-hem) on Days of our Lives ! And now, in a surprise return, Chrishell Stause reprises her role of Jordan Ridgeway in all new episodes on the Peacock streaming soap opera.

In the latest promo released on Friday, Chrishell is seen in the ‘afterlife’ as Kate Roberts (Lauren Koslow) runs into Jordan … her old arch-nemesis! Let the games begin.

Stause, who is one of the mainstays of the Netflix reality series, Selling Sunset, comes back to her old stomping grounds at DAYS just as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kate have ‘died’ and have all landed in this white space which looks to be heaven, but really is hell in disguise, especially given Marlena’s latest visit with Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), who seemingly reveals herself to be possessed by Satan.

Chrishell made her DAYS debut back in August of 2013 and exited the series on March 9th of 2015.  Stause returned in 2019 until Jordan finally met her demise. She returned once again in 2020 in a series of flashbacks.

Watch the promo for next week’s DAYS below.

Now let us know, what do you think of Chrishell returning to DAYS to raise some hell for Kate and company? Comment below.

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Zach Tinker Joins the Cast of CBS ‘Fire Country’

Zach Tinker (Sonny, Days and Fenmore, Y&R) has joined the cast of CBS’ freshmen drama Fire Country.  Primetime viewers previously saw him on the season premiere of ABC’s Big Sky.

According to Deadline: Tinker will make his series debut this weekend in a special episode that airs immediately following the AFC Championship game on Sunday night, January 29th.

In Fire Country, Tinker takes on the role of Collin, who is said to be a  humble, charming, and talented probie firefighter.  In addition, it turns out the Collin is the son of a firefighting hero and he now is trying to live up to dear old dad’s name.

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The series is centered around young convict Bode Donovan (Max Thieriot) who joins a firefighting program that returns him to his small Northern California hometown, where he and other inmates work alongside elite firefighters to extinguish massive blazes across the region.

Will you be checking out Zach in his new role on CBS’ Fire Country? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Receives WGA Nomination for Daytime Drama Series

UPDATED: On Wednesday, the nominations were unveiled for the 75th annual Writers Guild Awards to be held on Sunday, March 5 at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Writers Guild of America West and Writers Guild of America East announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2022.

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In the category of Daytime Drama, only Days of our Lives was nominated, thus DAYS becomes the automatic winner as the sole nominee.

The nominated and winning DAYS writing team consists of: Head Writer Ron Carlivati; Writers Lorraine Broderick, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock.

DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati shared in a statement: “My team and I are thrilled to be nominated for the 2023 Writers Guild Award for Daytime.  We submitted three scripts from the storyline about Craig’s late-in-life coming out, the impact it had on his wife, Nancy, and of course, his ill-fated romance with the ever-scheming Leo. We felt that these episodes were a good representation of what Days of our Lives does best: high-stakes family drama with a comedic twist.”

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The episodes DAYS submitted for competition were #14320 which aired 4/19/2022, #14321 which aired 4/20/2022 and show #14331 that aired 5/4/2022.  They also featured the disastrous double wedding of Leo and Craig and Xander and Gwen, and its fallout.

To view all the WGA nominees click here.

So, what do you think about DAYS being the only entry and thus becoming the winning writing team at this year’s WGA Awards? What do you think of the storyline chosen to represent the show for competition? Comment below.

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