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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

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In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

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When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

This is so sad. Why Lucas had to be written off the canvas is beyond me. He carried the show for a little while not too long ago. Sorry but I’m disgusted.

Patrick
Patrick

Tears flow easily whenever a “Horton” family member ornaments their place on the tree. that being said… it’s a dang shame… he’s been on the show upwards of 25 years ????

I daresay , it was the start of Ron Carlivati portrait of Lucas alcoholism AND not dealing with the death of Lucas and the aftermath of the reuniting of father and son… that cemented RC place back in daytime. yeah, it was Hattie and Bonnie that started his script. Bryan Datilo brought it home. His legion of fans both in and around this show means , he’s a big deal. His impact is not unnoticed

I wonder what is going on with Billy Flynn ? My man… I certainly do not want him flying the coup… it’s my suggestion that RC and TPTB HIRE Jade Harlow to lead with. such a natural enticing sensual energy to MOVE .

it’s a bit jarring I must say ie: Kate Mansi back as Abs… I will forever laud this woman for her work prior to her exit WITH Billy and Rob. she deserved that much to all of our surprise and delight EMMY WINNER. the thing about Marci Miller… SHES got THEATRICAL ALL OVER HER PRESENCE. BIG … it was like watching her at the theatre… should she do broadway she’s going to
STAR. Marci made ABS her own. watching kate Mansi in a gabby mode. oh oh.. this will not do. so alas, i’m left wondering what my Chad the Man has in store

Lucas Horton… many happy returns

SALUTE

Blake
Blake

Someone posted that he’s returning in May. If that’s true he’s already started taping or will at the beginning of the new year.

Momo
Momo

He did great with the whole Baby Bonnie story. That was good. I really enjoyed it. Of course, I love Bonnie (Judy).

Momo
Momo

It was nice to see the old clips of Julie and her parents. And nice to celebrate Susan’s 50 years on Days. While I understand having Doug sing with the montage at the end, he should not do solos in the future.

It was sad to see Lucas go. Hopefully he’ll be back soon.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

He is. He’s been back on-set filming already.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

The old clips were of Julie’s grandparents, Momo. Seeing Tom and Alice way back then was nice, as was seeing Julie.

I thought Bill Hayes’ voice was mesmerizing, especially at 93 years of age.

Jimh
Jimh

He is actually a fine singer but being in his 90s things somewhat change…and those were her grandparents Tom and Alice and not her parents!!!!

Momo
Momo

My bad. You’re right—her grandparents.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

As far as I am concerned, that beautiful white-haired 93 old man can do whatever the hell he wants. Considering he’s 18 yrs older than his wife, I think he’s aged wonderfully.

stevie g
stevie g

Oh I don’t think we got the montage and solo from Doug in Australia.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Susan would say “You are mean,mean,mean picking on an old man’s singing”. LMAO.

boes
boes

I’m going to really miss Lucas, even though it seems to me that Show never really invests in his character. His goodbye scenes with Kate were really good, likewise his scene with Will. Bryan Datillo and Chandler Massey have always brought out the best in each other IMO.
Julie, on the other hand……while I appreciate the character’s longevity with the show, I think Julie, while being really sentimental is also mean as a snake and proudly dumb as a rock. The nonsensical scene where she was nice to Chloe was such b.s. Julie isn’t a nice person, never was, just a bossy know-it-all. Doug has my sympathy.
But it was a good excuse for some Tom and Alice flashbacks and those are always welcome!

Jimh
Jimh

Gabi pushes Julie down a flight of stairs after Julie learns Gabs secrets…Julie in hospital and in a coma…Christmas Eve miracle…Doug sings to his beloved Julie..’The Most Beautiful Girl In The World!’,,,and Julie wakes up…however Julie suffers a memory loss…she thinks its the 70s and that she is still married to Scott Banning and Gabi is her rival Susan Martin whom she hates-lol

Marilyn
Marilyn

What a great episode. Ron really knows how to blend history with the present. Julie has her nose in lots of current character business and it was absolutely fabulous that the show spent the money for those flashback scenes. Bill and Susan are wonderful and if you haven’t read their memoir–you really should. Fantastic tie-in with Lucas leaving and Ron really does great work with bringing family together in scenes.

Valorie Jensen
Valorie Jensen

Come on you guys. What are you writers doing? Give these characters a good story line so they stay. You are loosing more of the ones that have been here for ever. Why not give him a happy ever after kind of story line and keep him, and bring back Bo, Jack, Steve, EJ, Sami, and get rid of Stephan and the creep who is jacking around Sonnie and Will. Let everyone live a happy normal life for a while. Then let Loni and Eli get pregnant , someone else have a wild and crazy wedding, Abe finally retires and Bo becomes commissioner, normal kinda stuff. This soap is getting very boating. I fast forward through so much of it. Like anything Jennifer, Abagile, Lani, Clair, Julie. Because they are whining, crying, or to damn mean and nasty to others to listen to. Hope has no chemistry with Rafe. Loni has no chemistry with Eli. She is rude to everyone. She talks down her nose like she is better than everyone and is is not white. Clair is not all that like she thinks she is. She can’t sing so shouldn’t please. And thank you.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Valorie, what an unusual spelling for your name. Starting at the top, I am sick of dead people returning. We have enough living people on now to deal with. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I believe that Bo wouldn’t be happy to see “fancy face with someone else. I know Jack is supposed to return, but after getting crushed in an elevator, I wouldn’t thing there would be much to salvage. I agree about Lani being snooty, but I don’t agree with you, that how dare she, when she isn’t white? Is that what you were trying to say?

Blake
Blake

It was great seeing the old clips of Julie, Doug, Alice and Tom. I love the showing of old clips like they did with Frances Reid, Alice and Tom on the anniversary.

Nice how they tied in Julie returning to Salem with Lucas leaving Salem.

Someone posted that Lucas is returning in May, guess he’s already started taping.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I am sorry to see Bryan Dattilo go. When TPTB gave him something meaningful to do, he did a great job and I enjoyed watching him. During the few years I’ve watched this show, it seems Lucas has always gotten the short end of the stick. I am glad the character is taking a positive stand and leaving on his own terms.

Thank you Bryan Dattilo for your great work. I wish you much success and happiness in the future.

stevie g
stevie g

Congratulation Ms Seaforth Hays. I love your work. Even before i started watching days, I knew of Doug and Julie, because my Mum used to watch the show. I also remember Susan and Bill’s appearances in Australia for The Logies and The Don Lane show when I was a kid. Because she’s often now shown as a busybody, young people watching today may not realise what a heroine Julie was in her day and so very beautiful.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Yes, you might consider her a heroine, but when I first saw Julie years ago, she drove her family crazy, and I’ll just say she was hell on wheels, always getting into trouble with some boy or whatever. Claire is a lot like Julie was.

Carol
Carol

Very nice tribute to Susan.I just wish that Julie would learn to mind her own business,the thing I hate about the Hortons is they think there s–t doesnt stink and they can never do anything wrong.
I knew that Bryan was leaving I think it was because lack of story.

Carol
Carol

One thing I do have to give Julie credit for is that she is helping Abby with getting back at Gabby

Celia
Celia

Sad to see “Lucas” go…..hope he returns!!
This is the only show whose storylines still make sense…mostly, anyway; albeit the inconsistencies annoy me…..Julie has only two grandchildren: Scotty and Eli.
At what point did she become Ciera’s and Claire’s grandmother?
TPTB are rewriting history….AGAIN!!

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