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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

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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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Marc
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Marc

LOVE IT!!! And I like that so many different characters are involved in the storyline. Also, I took a drink every time I heard “Grandma was possessed by the Devil” and got plastered (just kidding).

Louie Y
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Louie Y

Great for DH fans, but if you are a fan of any other iconic duo on the show you are constantly waiting for a story. I prefer the drama/angst stories that the actors that play Patch & Kayla do better than anyone, but sadly they continually get treated like a step child and aren’t even allowed to have a child of their own on scene. I don’t like camp stories especially when in over abundance. Will sit show out til winter beginning of year before seeing if its worth picking up again; maybe by then the possession, Bonnie/Calista, Duke the… Read more »

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Loves it! I’m SO excited for this storyline. However, Peacock has NOT released episodes from Monday 9/20, Tuesday 9/21!!!!!!! What’s the deal?????? I’m waiting to see these episodes!!!! Peacock get with it and release the episodes already!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Nevermind, I see now that Season 57 started and that’s where the missing episodes are. I thought the show was preempted or something strange was going on with Peacock. My error. New Season.
I can’t wait to see these fabulous episodes. I love this idea of the second instalment of MARDEVIL’s possession storyline. Bring it! How much fun for Deidre Hall to play!!! and Bill Haynes, too! Let Salem get weird now, LOVES IT!

rosanna saccone
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rosanna saccone

Ouff not sure about this, I mean you’ve done it once before there is no need to rehash same script again ! surely the writers can be way more creative than this! New material Please !! I hope that this “Marlena Posession” doesn’t prolong until Christmas! fingers crossed I guess …..
Rosanna big fan of Dool .

becky
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becky

If it lasts after October I’m not watching

Satan
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Satan

Be it ever so humble… there’s no place like home.

Celia
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Celia

LOL—-I don’t like too much heat, though……

Satan
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Satan

Well, don’t tell anybody about this… but it’s possible to get air conditioning down here. You just have to know the right Devil.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I’m here for this story as long as it’s short and done well. Even though it’s probably the most insane story daytime has ever done (tied with Casey the Alien on GH), it can be really fun. But I really hope it doesn’t drag on too long, because Ron C. has a penchant for writing stories that overstay their welcome (Fluke, anyone?). And especially with this, if John takes months to figure out that Marlena is possessed again, it’ll be ridiculous given the fact that he KNOWS it can happen.

Moto62
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Moto62

I’m not hating it! I’m glad Doug will be alright and think that Bill Hayes is doing a great job. I imagine he had a lot of fun doing his scenes. I’m happy to see Doug & Julie front burner again.

JOHN GAINOR
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JOHN GAINOR

Idiotic and redundant story line but, oh well, it’s a tv show – we all can’t love everything they come up with ~

Lew S.
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Lew S.

In total agreement!!

Susu33
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Susu33

I also totally agree, I think it’s a storyline that should never have happened once, let alone twice. Jeez days is really hitting rock bottom lately.

aria
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aria

when I heard Dool was doing this storyline again, I rejoice, why? because I knew RC would hijack someones original story and spin his version and then I rejoiced again because thank GOD, he’s not writing over at GH with this kind of crap. Thankyou God, and sorry Dool fan.

Steven
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Steven

Lol that was funny and I am a DOOL fan. It’s not bad so far!

Gail
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Gail

I do not like it at all. I will not be watching days as long as this is on. Why can’t the writers come up any thing that is not evil

Satan
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Satan

Seriously??

Do you really think I’m worse than FAKE Eve Donovan, Bug Eyed FAKE Diana Colville (and her idiotic “son” ) or any goddamned useless member of the Lockhart family??

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

O.K, O.K calm down or we’ll have to send someone down there to throw cold water on you. Do you have a favorite?

Steven
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Steven

I’m excited for it!! I was to young for the original although I remember glimpses of it when my mom was watching it.. I’m excited to see what they do! I love the new Johnny too and Allie and Chanel! I agree there should be more Kayla and Steve though.., but she’s getting more time being the doctor it seems maybe they will get involved with the possession and have something to do lol

Kelly
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Kelly

Not again! Really – need new writer or what? Make it short and move on from this repeat story line.

carol
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carol

It is kind of silly but then again maybe it is for a Halloween story.Beats me.I knew that the devil went right into Marlana.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Carol
I would have thought they would have picked a less stronger person than Marlena but guess they wanted to use her again to keep the story going the same.

PurpleRose
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PurpleRose

Stupidest repeat Days has done in awhile. No wonder it has the lowest rating of all daytime soaps. Nothing like watching a sinking ship.

Wendy
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Wendy

How long is this possession going to last?

Satan
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Satan

As long as I want it to!

aria
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aria

you must be happy to be back on DOOL.

Satan
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Satan

I am, of course.

But this idea that I would live in a digital voice recorder, an iPad, or a white noise machine…. well that’s a bit much!

I’m the Devil, not a computer virus, for Hell’s sake!

Celia
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Celia

I guess you’re tired of this “traumatic drama”, too, Wendy? I was sort of okay at first, since I was about nine years old the first time Satan “lived” in Marlena. I don’t remember—-I guess I wasn’t allowed to watch those eps with Satan as the star.
But, I’m already tired of it.
I don’t like inconsistencies—the fact that Marlena , as the Devil, peeks into the Chapel, is off base. I always thought he would burn if he even took a small breath of the Church’s Holy air.

Connie
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Connie

I hate the storyline!! It’s stupid and will probably stop watching.

Julie
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Julie

I hate it.

Becky
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Becky

No I hate it

Sam
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Sam

Please end this possession storyline as quickly as possible!! Why was it ever revisited? With all the talented writers available and the many amazing storylines that could be developed and produced, it is surprising that this ‘old’ idea has resurfaced!!
Days of Our Lives has been a part of my daytime viewing since Another World wrapped, which was about the time when the first possession DOOL storyline began to air…I was not impressed then and that has not changed this time around!

With Covid decimating our social and emotional lives we could use some uplifting storylines…please!

Satan
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Satan

Doug’s getting more airtime than he’s had in decades, Johnny is launching a film career, and I’m going to help Ben & Ciara have a little baby. Oh, and soon I will make sure that Lani knows the truth about who her mama is.

How much more “uplifting” do you want from me?

Lisa
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Lisa

Hate it when you put in unbelievable story lines. Get rid of the possession story.

Pat Linke
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Pat Linke

NOT I FAN I might stop watching! I have watched for over 40 years

Neva Settles
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Neva Settles

So very disappointed in the devil possession story line in Days of Our Lives….I have tried to watch it, but I give up, it is an insult to everyone who watches intelligence! I’m sure you are at an all time low of viewers! Please get some new writers if this is the best the current ones can do. Absolutely insulting to the viewers…….do you think your viewing audience is 12 years old? Please, you can do better I hope…..if not go somewhere else with the stupid storyline!!! Will not be a viewer as long as this infantile “so SCARY !!!!”… Read more »

Donna J
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Donna J

I hate this making marlena bring possessed by devil again. It’s ridiculous. They need to get back to the other people and stop this craziness. I’m going to stop watching because it bothers me big time. I’m a Christian and I don’t want to watch something like this. I hope it’s over with soon or I’ll be tning in on some other shoe.

barb
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barb

no this story line is stupid i wound be watching it till it’s over , this is why they are dropping in ratings

Doris McNinch
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Doris McNinch

All this devil stuff is stupid. Please take off soon as possible. May have to stop watching until it is over

Georgia Peach
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Georgia Peach

This is the stupidest storyline I have ever seen. Please end it now. Days comes up with too many unrealistic storylines and this is the worst.

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

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

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