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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!

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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RATINGS: DAYS On The Move – #2 In Key Demos 18-49, 25-54, and #3 in Total Viewers

Christmas in Salem came bearing gifts to Days of our Lives, as the audience was tuning-in to see what happened to Julie, Gabi, Abigail and a host of other Salemites.  In the latest ratings for the week of December 24-28th, which was the last full week of 2018 for television, DAYS moved on up in several key ratings categories.

First, DAYS overtook GH to gain the number three position in total viewers gaining (+196,000) from the previous week.  In addition, DAYS moved into the number two slot in the key 18-49 female demo, ahead of both The Bold and the Beautiful and GH.

The long-running NBC soap opera also landed at number three in the 18-34 demo, while ending up in the number two slot in the 25-54 female demo, as well.

The Young and the Restless also bounced back from an abyssal week, prior.  Y&R gained the most total viewers for the week netting +344,000, and did pick up viewers in all key demos.  The Bold and the Beautiful also fared well for the week in total viewers; adding +196,000, the same amount as DAYS.

General Hospital garnered +2,000 additional viewers for the week, and also added viewers for the week in demos 18-49 and 25-54, but found itself in fourth in total overall viewers.

Of note: repeats and episodes that did not count in the ratings system did weigh-in to final figures for the week from Nielsen.  To see the entire ratings picture via SON click here.

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,314,000 (+344,000/-487,000)
2. B&B 3,379,000 (+196,000/-414,000)
3. DAYS 2,412,000 (+196,000/-85,000)
4. GH 2,318,000 (+2,000/-436,000)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 442,000 (+42,000/-67,000)
2. DAYS 404,000 (+76,000/+40,000)
3. GH 364,000 (+33,000/-52,000)
4. B&B 347,000 (+18,000/-51,000)

So, what did you think of the ratings performance of DAYS? Which soap opera is delivering the best drama for you right now? Which is not? Let us know your thoughts via the comment section below.

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NBC Renews Days of our Lives For 55th Season

Those sands through the hourglass are not about to run out anytime soon, with news today that NBC has renewed Days of our Lives for a record 55th season for the network.  That means DAYS is picked-up through September 2020.

In a a statement, Bruce Evans, Executive Vice President, Current Programming, NBC Entertainment said: “With writing that manages to weave together Salem’s history with current realities, Ken Corday and his team have ushered the show’s legacy into a new era that resonates with both longtime and new viewers. The actors and crew have such a tremendous respect for ‘Days’ and what it means to fans. We believe that level of commitment shows through and touches our audience year after year.” 

DAYS executive producer, Ken Corday expressed: “It’s a great day in Salem! The sands in the hourglass will continue to flow for yet another year. We’re grateful to NBC and Sony for their continued support of the show and, of course, to our dedicated and passionate fans, we owe it all to you. Thank you for taking us through our 55th season. We can’t wait for you to see what we have in store.”

Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, Sony Pictures Television, added: “Ken Corday and his cast and crew continue to build on the strong legacy of dynamic storytelling and intriguing characters in Days of our Lives. We are proud that audiences both in the U.S. and around the world will get to enjoy this award-winning series for another year.”

Days’ 53rd season saw a 4% increase in total viewers from September 2017 to September 2018 compared to the previous twelve months. According to NBC, that is 2.55 million vs. 2.45 million in live +7 per Nielsen Media Research.

Days of our Lives is produced by Corday Productions, Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. It is executive produced by Corday, Greg Meng and Albert Alarr, with Ron Carlivati as head writer.

The soap aired its 13,500th episode in 2018. The show first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later.

So, excited to hear there is more DAYS ahead? Comment below.

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DAYS Preview – Week of January 7, 2019

This week on Days of our Lives; after two bombshells about her boyfriend surface, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) is not pleased.  First, she learns he was the guy that kidnapped Gabi (Camila Banus) and brought him to Stefan (Tyler Christopher).  Later, Ciara overhears a key conversation that does not sit well with her … at all.  Is it curtains for #Cin?

Meanwhile, Xander (Paul Telfer) intends to move back into the Kiriakis mansion, now that he has ammunition in that flash drive thanks to Eve (Kassie DePaivba) on Titan. Looks like Leo’s (Greg Rikaart) new housemate might become quite the ally to take down the entire family for their own gain.

Chad (Billy Flynn) is trying to do everything he can to make Abigail (Kate Mansi) forgive him, and what he does for her is quite special. But what could it be?

And, we learn that Haley (Thia Megia) has ties to Salem and an explosive secret.

Check out the latest DAYS promo from NBC for the action this week in Salem and then these other teasers below:

Monday, January 7

Jack runs into Kayla and discovers a dark moment from his past.

Tuesday, January 8

Julie helps Chad plan a special date with Abigail.

Wednesday, January 9

Leo meets Xander for the first time — and is immediately smitten.

Thursday, January 10

Eric reveals he’s made a decision about Holly’s custody case.

Friday, January 11

Brady and Chloe share a close moment.

Now, which storyline are you most intrigued by this week on DAYS? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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