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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Melissa Reeves Lets It Rip As Jennifer Finds Eve In Bed With JJ!

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On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) finally walked in on a moment that will forever be burned in her brain!

Yup, that’s right! She caught more than an eyeful of her son JJ (Casey Moss) having sex with her arch-enemy Eve (Kassie DePaiva).  This story point had been building for months, and finally the cat out of the bag. When Jennifer stumbled on to the scene of her son in the throes of passion with Eve, she lets Eve have it, and we mean have it!

Filled with disgust, Jennifer tells Eve twisting a knife physically into her would have been less painful that to use her son in this way to get back at her, because Eve hates her so much!  Eve, as you recall is so hell-bent on making Jennifer’s life miserable after Jenn got both Eve’s guys – Jack and Frankie – throughout her adult life.  As Jennifer continues her onslaught, and as she comes to the horrible conclusion that her son has been sleeping with Paige’s (True O’Brien) mother, she is sickened.  Jennifer even lays a big ole’ bitch-slap on Eve.  Eve begs Jennifer not to tell Paige.  JJ even admits that he wanted to be with Eve, and it wasn’t just Eve setting up Jennifer.   In the end, Jennifer walks out disgusted.

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Kudos have to go to Melissa Reeves for giving a performance that measured up to the reveal.  It’s nice to see when a veteran performer is given some meaty material, and its not just about a meandering love story. 

So, what did you think of the scenes between Melissa, Casey and Kassie?  Share your thought below!

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Jen needs to also slap JJ and then herself…lol…Simon and Garfunkels Mrs. Robinson shouldve been playing in the background when Jen caught them bein naughty…dont really care for this story…it couldve been worse…Daniel and Eve…lol

Jake NJ
Jake NJ

Wow…powerhouse performance by Missy! I miss the feistiness of Jennifer Rose Horton. It was a great show. Although I like JJ has real feelings for Eve. He did a quick hesitation in the hallway…Mom or Eve..mom won that one.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

The show down was beautiful and I loved it. I knew Jennifer would go ballistic when she found out. Melissa Reeves did a terrific job showing the anger, disgust and hurt that Jennifer experienced. I loved the line about twisting the knife in her chest. I do think Jennifer is wrong about this being revenge. Eve is just an alley cat who wanted to get it on with any man. JJ just happened to be her prey since all the adult men she hit on were smart enough to steer clear. Kassie De Paiva did a great job showing Eve’s shame at being caught in the act. I loved when Eve begged Jennifer not to tell Paige. “She’s just a kid.” Jennifer threw it right back in her face, “JJ’s just a kid.” Casey Moss was wonderful showing JJ’s shame in the situation. Kudos to all three for a terrific confrontation.

Can’t wait for today as Jennifer and JJ have it out in the town square. Paige is about to get an ear full.

Jeremy
Jeremy

yeah, amazing powerhouse performances from Missy Reeves, Kassie DePaiva, and Casey Moss! Wow!!! Great to see Melissa Reeves get some material that shows her off. Give Melissa MORE!

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

I agree… I want to see more of this Jennifer come out..I am tired of them writing her her uptight and Kassie is such a good actress, I think she brings out the best in all of them….

Hate to say it but Paige has to go….doesn’t work for me….

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ Elite Advisors – Kassie does bring out a lot in all of them, almost as good as Eileen Davidson. As for Paige, I love the character, though the writers need to work harder to define her, make her stronger, more active. True O’Brien is such a gem, the material she’s been given has been crappy. Hopefully, the new changes behind the scenes, they will begin to write deeper for Paige. True is such a talent, she’s a very connected actress, in my opinion.

Margie
Margie

Great scene. Kassie was fabulous too!

Harry
Harry

Kassie was wonderful.
I wish Jenifer would stop wearing pale lipstick. I’d like to see her wearing mauve pink or something with a little color.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Who cares about lipstick? We’re not talking about Y&R! lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, harry. I agree that Jen’s lipstick is too pale. However mauve is not very flattering on blondes. Apricot or a peachy shade is more the thing. She is so pretty, that color would bring out her eyes more.
I did a double take, watching Melissa in action. I would love to see more of that.
Spitfires come in small packages….LOL.

Patrick
Patrick

ie: Jenn’ barely their upper lip

LOL

I always just thought it was lip gloss…. as she didn’t want to “feature” her lack of

whatever shade she wears blends in with; and makes a pasty ghostly non conturred no vitality unlived

so she over uses her eyes for exasperation and wounded

Margie
Margie

I would like to do an entire makeover of Jennifer, but yes to darker lipstick!

sadie soaper
sadie soaper

Great soap scene! I didn’t know Melissa had it in her!! Very good performances by all. Thank you, Days.

CeeCee
CeeCee

As I have already expressed on the previous site…..the tigress in Little Jenny Horton emerges…teeth bared; claws sharpened. Oh, yeah!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I rewatched the scene…Melissa Reeves needs more scene stealing moments like this…Jen was getting tiresome especially with Daniel…now im starting to like her again…i did not care too much for this story but the confrontation scene boost my opinion and now im ok with J.J. and ‘Mrs Robinson’…lol

Patrick
Patrick

@CeeCee… I’m a couple eps behind

I can’t argue with the majority… (yet)

if Melissa Reeves is propped and lauded (well)

LOL correct JimH…. “…Jen was getting tiresome especially with Daniel ”

I don’t know that I will ever be not TIRED and achingly OVER dullard dr. jonas

Casey Moss and Kassie DePaiva… happy dance !

CeeCee
CeeCee

I know what you mean, jimh. I think Jen should just be single for a while. I like this transformed Jen……I’m anxious to see what she’ll do next. Wow! I was actually taken aback as we do not usually see this sedate, little woman (much like myself) , give it her all.
I am also so pleased to have seen Kassie give a great performance. Her embarrassment and mortification looked so real….exceptional job all around; including JJ.

Jeremy
Jeremy

It’s time for DAYS to bring back Frankie (Billy Warlock)!

Beth
Beth

I’ve been very down on DOOL lately but yesterday’s show was the best I’ve seen in a long time with veteran and legacy characters front and center, giving the audience a partial payoff to the JJ/Eve storyline, and the three actors delivering great performances. This is what DOOL should be about, not elephant statues and Clyde and his family. Having said that, I think that it says so much about how bad JJ and Paige are, and how misguided the DOOL’s writers have been, that the payoff so many of us were waiting for was Jennifer finding out about the affair, and not Paige. I can tell that the show is saving Paige finding out for a later date, maybe May Sweeps, and that will be very anticlimactic compared to Jennifer’s reaction. But kudos to DOOL and the three principals involved in yesterday’s show because there was more energy and passion in that one episode than I’ve seen on DOOL in literally months.

Amy from Australia
Amy from Australia

Hahaha! Brilliant- elephant statues! Well done, you are so correct, what on earth is that whole boring storyline about? Serena and Eric are so horribly boring and sedated, I have to fast forward through all of their scenes. Days writers need to up their game.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Yes, great soap scene. More, please? DAYS seems to do this classic daytime drama suspense-building right. And what a climax!

elm51
elm51

this was one of the best episodes in a long time except when sonny confronted will for cheating – the best part was when jennifer tried to smother eve with the pillow & jj stood there petrified out of his mind – i laughed so hard i thought i was going to have a stroke………….
melissa as well as kassie were brilliant in those scenes and i applaud both of them!!

Mo
Mo

I actually thought Melissa’s acting was a bit amateurish in some areas. I did enjoy the reveal–Jen jumping on Eve. More good story to come hopefully.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Wow, that was a really good reveal…the best cat fight, although one sided, in ages! Does DAYS’ performers have good medical coverage?!

Verna
Verna

This final blow-up was what we were waiting for, and it’s great that they were “caught in the act!”
It was an Emmy winning performance by Jennifer who was just stupendous! Her anger and hurt poured out so realistically. I just loved this scene and didn’t even delete it from my DVR.!
Now we are waiting for the scene when Paige hears about it. Should be equally priceless!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Everything you said….I agree.

Mateo
Mateo

Melissa Reeves is a limited actress. She usually does not excel at meaty moments in storylines but she played this well. Understated and controlled. She portrayed both anger and hurt in an excellent fashion far exceeding what I expected from this reveal. Kudos to Melissa Reeves. It’s about time you showed something other than judgment or pity. You expressed honest emotion and it came across as real. Casey Moss also went even higher into the stratosphere with his acting in this scene. He keeps growing and it is amazing to watch. Kassie DePaiva is just spectacular in every scene. You have to be careful with an actress like that cause she can steal any and every scene away. But Melissa show strength in her acting and didn’t get lost in the scene. I loved it. My favorite part of the scene was Jennifer’s restraint in expressing her disappointment and disgust with her own son for bedding Eve. I know she will let him have it on today’s episode but the look on JJ’s face as he faced his mother with what he has been doing was classic daytime drama excellence. When the storyline started I was like , “dear god this is sick” but as it went on I have enjoyed watching the way it is affecting JJ and Eve. Eve is showing how much she hates what she is doing but is really loving getting the attention from a younger man. She is a needy woman with a messed up psyche. There is really not a strong sense of her doing it to get back at Jennifer. The portrayal seems to convey that she is seeking affirmation as a woman who is desired and wanted because everyone in Salem seems to consider her a “evil city woman”. Kassie DePaiva is flawless in the levels she is showing in her portrayal. Be proud Melissa Reeves, Casey Moss and Kassie DePaiva, you literally batted this out of the ballpark and I am glad I got to see the homerun! Congrats to all and thank you for excellent work you gave us the viewers.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Mateo, perfectly stated! I agree, Melissa Reeves finally showed us something more than judgement and pity. I used to love Jen! For the past year or so, probably with the on again/off again pairing with Daniel, I began to lose interest in the character and actress. However, the scenes yesterday and today, proved me wrong, I HOPE DAYS will give Jennifer a BIG storyline, a storyline for her, not Abby or JJ. Melissa was showcased with a fantastic reveal that we’ve been waiting for, she delivered. I want to see more of Jennifer Horton, hopefully the writers will continue now to press forward and give her worthy material. Jennifer needs a big storyline, something unexpected and not depressing. I loved seeing her active, Melissa keep it up! DAYS writers, WRITE for Jenny, she’s worth it! as is Missy.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Mateo, you are so right about Kassie DePaiva. She is a force. Of course, how could she not be. She spent 20 years working with the very best – Erika Slezak and Robin Strasser.

Eddie
Eddie

Days of Our Lives has its problems, but a talented cast is not one of them. The show has been wasting talent left and right, and here’s a perfect example. For months Jennifer Horton has had poor story lines. Melissa Reeves has done her best with them, but there was only so much she could do. Now, good material was written for the character and MR more than delivered a superb performance.

Anne
Anne

I hate this storyline. Cheap drama. I haven’t been watching these scenes. It’s like the writers decided to make things as awful as possible. I did watch Jennifer’s discovery scene, and I will say that the skill of the actors far exceeded the quality of the sleazy material given them.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

I agree, this storyline is sleazy (so is most of the show) and I just haven’t been interested in watching at all .. until TUESDAY! When I heard Jennifer was going to bust Eve & JJ, I just HAD to watch that! And Melissa Reeves did not disappoint! How satisfying was it to watch Jennifer leap into that bed and attack Eve!? And all her scenes have been spot on the last two days! She speaks for all of us in the audience who have been disgusted by Eve and JJ and this whole sordid mess! Bravo, Missy!

mark
mark

I LOVE Missy Reeves, always have, always will!

Paul
Paul

Very good scenes. I had to rewind a couple times to catch that look on Jen’s face and couldn’t stop laughing when she tried to smother Eve with a pillow. I just wish Eve could’ve slapped Jen back — Jen is long overdue. I eagerly await someone knocking that sanctimonious attitude right out of her.

Ray
Ray

Great show…I would love to see that with all Jen has gone through this year that she starts showing signs of going crazy like Laura. Please bring back Jamie Lyn.

TMJ
TMJ

Melissa was terrific. In that situation there was no reason to show any restraint. Jennifer was shocked, embarrassed and furious. In that situation anyone would lose control. Congratulations to Melissa for giving that scene all the craziness it deserved.

Patrick
Patrick

“I would NEVER let Jennifer slap ME” it would have been an all out no holds barred cat fight… had I been Eve I commend Melissa Reeves for contributing to and with Casey Moss and Kassie DePaiva once her sanctimonious pious rant and “rage” started… calling Eve every name in the book… I just had it… livid I get that the questionable stirrings of Eve, Theresa, and Kristen are … I wouldn’t change them a bit these three actresses are worth their weight in gold Jennifer Horton: once again, her character nose dived … this fervor of hers, whatever drives her dull … after she made clear: to Eve : “you are Sick, self-indulgent, Pathetic” ???? give me an expletive break her sanctimonious harbor she should tread… but… she doesn’t know HOW to have FUN… damned her spiritual piety…. I’m over how she lords over Eve alas, this was a scene in which Melissa Reeves carried with; this in no way makes her bigger… which is what rankles me with the denizen of Salem…. I love the witches and game players and fiesty fierce libidinous wanton come hither Eve, Theresa, and Kristen. gavel Eve Donovan : are we realizing her true person… finally… her crux crumbling in and around her…. YES YES and MORE she acted with her eyes body language and spoke volumes… the pain, tortured look, or comeuppance is coming JJ: dang he is so fine … and yes IT”S his acting along with his all this was a real platform NOW… on which to build further and show progression of what these three will gangbusters…. I’ll say it again…. if the writing is up to par… Casey Moss and Kassie DePaiva : Happy Dance —————– Adrienne and Lucas : finally… these two showed a relaxed tease… with the chimney sweep at Jenn’s. she’s the one who stopped by unannounced cause she saw his car their… but.. Lucas is sharing… we need to talk about this…. he would go their… but suggested they stop seeing each other… ( i’m still not seeing these two together) but… watching two incredible actors… and YES, Days of OUR Lives along with GH .. have the most solid casts to get… give them writing and it’s feast I hope that the writing does feature Justin with a couple secrets of his own… and it’s revealed… and this will then give Adrienne more reason to fret angst and … become lonely… and imbibe or run to Lucas… with more meaning Serena and Eric : she’s the more interesting of the two… altho .. it doesnt take much to be pissed that Daniel is in on every thing… UGH! ie: Daniel is telling Eric that Parkers new favorite toy is that MAGIC elephant… and bubblegum Mel reiterates… blech! Eric: the one who’s constantly lost in his own thoughts… (saving grace) HIS ahem ooh, la, LA Kayla and Paige scenes were insightful… Paige : “so… I don’t dream about him” her first love… “I’ve been… Read more »

damien
damien

casey moss is the only reason i watch days. period. i hope the new writers continue showcasing his layered complex character! JJ rocks, the badder the better! i love when he screws up and then feels guilty. casy always nails jj regret and shame! cant wait for paige to find out..

Laurie
Laurie

Yes-for once, Daniel was wrong about Jen’s paranoia! I’m pretty harsh on her, but this is not the Jennifer Rose Horton we grew up with. She can be immature, and maybe some will say here, but Eve brought it right back to reality when she begged Jenn not to tell Paige, because, after all, she’s just a kid. Yes, Eve, and if her mama’s any indication, not a very stable one at that. Paige looks like she’s just barely hanging on by the tips of her fingers. Still, Paige has detached herself & moved out but Eve’s just stalking her down at college-Wow!
A+ performances all the way around. Thank goodness Jenn at least tried to hear JJ when he corrected her & said Eve didn’t seduce him & he kept going back. I have an awful feeling that now he & Eve will feel so down they will go back at it harder!
Let’s not forget Theresa’s reaction. She’s gonna burn his house down!
I just wish, if they are gonna play this out, someone from the network would grow a brain & cut that porno music of that moaning woman each time Eve is within 15 mls of him!

Jack Turner
Jack Turner

I thought Melissa Reeves gave an EXCELLENT performance and really made me believe she could kill the character of Eve – LoL – even the follow-up episode was great when she said that Paige and JJ deserve a chance (but honestly, I don’t really see how) to be together and when Eve growled to her “over my DEAD body!” I loved the reaction from Jen, that was priceless.
GREAT job – now please dump that STUPID Elephant storyline and resolve this nonsense of Ben and Jordan and their hillbilly dad, enough of that.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

I am no fan of Melissa Reeves, the person (mainly because of her stand against gay rights/marriage). And let’s be clear: she should not throw stones… (Nor should I, for that matter…)

As for the character of Jennifer, it was a tour de force. Even though it was over-the-top histrionics, the histrionics were called for in this situation. And it was a nice, shall we say, “climax” to this storyline.

And am I the only one who likes JJ and Eve together?!?!…

jaybird369
jaybird369

James…dude…I (also) like JJ and Eve together…H-E-L-L-O!!!!! On-screen-wise, I think that both Casey Moss and Kassie Depaiva have amazing chemistry together. And…so what if Eve and Paige are mother and daughter????? I mean…JJ has W-A-Y MORE CHEMISTRY with Eve!!!!! As for that mild-mannered and annoying Paige…well, never mind…DEFIANT L-O-L!!!!! One last thing for now: I’m sorry but I think that that self-righteous and meddling Jennifer needs to mind her own business. JJ is a GROWN MAN…and Jennifer needs to remember that!!!!! PERIOD!!!!!!

James…take care, Brother. Peace.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks, jaybird369! I agree with what you say about the chemistry between JJ and Eve, especially versus that between JJ and Paige. Take care, Brother!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hey, jaybird…missed you.
I think that what we see in Eve and JJ is experience on Eve’s part. Poor Little Paige is very green when it comes to sex, ….we all start wide-eyed and innocent. . Eve is a sl&t, LOL. An innocent girl has nothing to ward off that force. Any young man will be attracted to the experience and manipulation (pardon the pun).
He certainly does not love a Eve. And, that’s the crux of the matter. If it had been anyone else but the mother of JJ’s girlfriend, or his mother’s archenemy, then, the affair would have been a little more palatable.
The entire affair is sickening to me…..especially since Eve is Paige’s mother. We can see it is a temporary, physical “thing”, and if you noticed, JJ always comes away, after every torrid tryst, mentally and emotionally empty and dissatisfied, albeit he is physically quenched.JMO. Later.

jaybird369
jaybird369

James…you’re welcome, buddy. One more thing: As far as I’m concerned, that Paige chick clearly has Z-E-R-O APPEAL!!!!! Dude…why can’t TPTB at DOOL see that?!?!? Fools. EPIC FAIL ALL AROUND!!!!!

Have a good one, James. See ya’!!!!!!!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

One more thing on this storyline: There is one other big ick factor — is it just me or is Jennifer constantly kissing and hugging her son non-stop? It’s a little creepy that JJ is in the throes of a torrid affair with a woman old enough to be his mother while at the same time his own mother is constantly showering him with hugs and kisses. I honestly don’t know any other parent/sibling combination in which hugs and kisses are given each time they greet each other, each time they say goodbye, and sometimes during their conversations, particularly when they live together.

jaybird369
jaybird369

James…dude…you’re not the only one here…I notice it, too!!!!! And I agree…I think that it’s VERY, VERY CREEPY!!!!! To me, it makes Jennifer EVEN MORE ANNOYING!!!!! Bottom Line Here: In real-life, I don’t know anyone who is that affectionate…and that includes me!!!!! B-L-E-C-H!!!!!

James…have a good one, Brother. Peace.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks, Jay! BIG HUGS TO YOU!!! 🙂

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Stephen Nichols On His DAYS Return As Stefano: “I Knew I Didn’t Want To Be A Cheap Imitation.”

By now, Days of our Lives fans have witnessed that the heralded return of longtime favorite, Stephen Nichols came with a twist.  When Nichols re-emerged on the canvas, he was now playing Stefano DiMera, but in the face and body of what seems to be Steve “Patch” Johnson.

Nichols, who along with Mary Beth Evans, have been known as enduring supercouple Patch and Kayla, and now they find themselves in the Salem time jump in a different set of circumstances,  First of all, Kayla is romantically involved with Justin Kiriakis (Wally Kurth), and Nichols returned as Stefano and is in ca-hoots with Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso).

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In an interview in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Stephen opens up about taking on the classic soap villain role made famous by the late, great Joe Mascolo.

Nichols admitted there was some trepidation taking on and in approaching how to portray the role: “It was daunting and a major challenge to take on. I knew I didn’t want to be a cheap imitation. I wanted to get Stefano’s essence.”

In preparing for his new journey on DAYS, Nichols noted: “I watched the master, Joe Mascolo.  I got lots of videos of Stefano. Stefano in every mode: Manipulating, laughing, Stefano with the ladies, with his children, and, of course, Stefano raging.”

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DAYS Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks On: Ben Weston, Soap Amnesia, Doppelgängers, and the Time Jump

Days of our Lives viewers have been going through some changes over the past month since the launch of the innovative time jump from the creative mind of the series and Daytime Emmy-winning head writer, Ron Carlivati.  As episode after episode unfolds, the audience has been finding out just where their favorite Salem residents have landed and with whom, in the one year flash-forward.  There have been shocking deaths revealed, longtime couples facing different kinds of obstacles that could change their relationships forever, and some characters brought back on the canvas, in one form or the other, to shake things up.

On the series finale of the Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast,  Ron Carlivati was the very special guest and addressed many of the decisions that went into making the flash- forward happen starting with when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) wakes up from her coma after her fall, thanks to Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso), and how it impacts the canvas.  You can listen to the can’t-miss interview here via iTunes or at NBC.com/Inside Salem.

Due to the length of our conversation with the talented head scribe, some of the questions and answers did not make it into the podcast finale due to time constraints.  So, we have brought you the rest the interview here as Ron discusses: the popularity of  #Cin, back-from-the-dead storylines, writing for the original series on the DOOL app and further creative decisions that went into crafting the one-year time jump.  Check out what Ron had to say below.

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You have been able to make #Cin, the hottest duo on daytime by taking a now reformed serial killer, Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson) and pairing him with the daughter of one of DAYS all-time supercouples, Bo and Hope in Ciara Brady (Victoria Konefal).  Were you ever  concerned as to how this story/romance would play to the audience at home, because in reality no parent would ever just stand by and let their child get involved with a man who strangled and killed women, previously? 

Ron:  To sort of try to glorify a guy who strangled women and make him into a romantic lead, we don’t do that lightly.  Not unlike, Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) on One Life to Live who was a rapist, and who became sort of an anti-hero, but also a romantic lea.  And in this day and age, it’s even a bigger decision to do something like that, I think.  So, that said, it is a soap opera and there are certain things where we know we are pushing the envelope.  We know in the real world that no mother would ever get past her daughter being with a guy who murdered, killed, and strangled three women or strangled and shot one, but the pairing worked so well.

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In the time jump, you gave Ben an intriguing prison cell mate in Will Horton, given that Ben had “killed” him previously.  Add to that you brought back Ben’s criminal father, Clyde back into the mix.  There’s lots of prison orange these days on the screen.

Ron:  When we knew we were sending Ben to prison, then obviously father and son have to cross path. It just added another element, so it wasn’t just going to be Ben and Will (Chandler Massey) talking to each other, and making a shawl together like Martha Stewart. (Laughs). Ben’s relationship with Clyde was interesting to me.  As horrible as Clyde was and is – there does seem to be some sort of love that he has for Ben.

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On the soaps, and as has been part of DAYS enduring legacy, characters are killed off, only to be brought back to life somewhere down the road. Many return with classic soap amnesia as a vehicle to drive story.  Is there ever a time when as a writer, or as a soap fan, you think “enough is enough”, and characters should just stay dead?  Many fans who watch daytime dramas get very invested in tragic death stories, where characters have these shocking or sudden, or long goodbyes, and the viewers goes through the grieving process; along with the other characters, for what then seems like a waste of an emotional investment when said character turns back up alive.

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Ron:  We were talking about bringing Jack (Matthew Ashford) back right around that same time we had the Will story.  We couldn’t bring two people back from the dead at the same time, and that’s why Jack’s return kind of got put on the back-burner, so we could do the ‘Will is alive’ story arc.  Look, the audience will go with you, especially if they want somebody back desperately.  They will overlook how did it happen, and how could they be alive.  They will accept almost any explanation, but I think you’re right, if you do it too much, you tend to water down the permanence of death … especially deaths that you saw on-camera.

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Viewers know you love doppelgänger storylines.  And, in the time jump you brought back none other than Hattie Adams (Deidre Hall).  Why the decision to bring Hattie back at this time?  I know Deidre loves playing her.

Ron:  I think Deidre likes playing something different than Marlena, because she played Marlena for many, many years, and she knows her like the back of her hand.  Hattie is an escape and something fun, and the chance to do and say outrageous things that Marlena would never do.  So, we bring her back whenever we can to have fun with, and again, it seemed to work because  she was in prison, and we set Eve in prison when we started the time jump off, and we’re like, “Who’s Eve (Kassie DePaiva) going to be talking to?” and we’re like, “Oh, well of course.  It has to be Hattie.” (Laughs)

When do you first see the fruits of your labor?  Do you see a feed from the set as the show is taping? Do you receive episodes where you see how what was written has come to life? 

Ron:  In prior shows, One Life to Live and on GH, I saw it when it aired. At One Life, I was in the studio, so I often saw production shooting scenes.  Here, they send me the completed shows once it has been completely edited, the music has been put into it, and it’s all ready to roll, and they email me the link to 5 or 6 shows.  So, I could in theory watch a couple of weeks ahead of the audience, but I tend to (unless I’m so, so curious about how a certain thing turned out) watch it when it’s on TV.

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The “Lani (Sal Stowers) and Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) joining a convent” storyline is at a critical point in story.  How did you come up with the decision to put Lani, and of all people, Kristen together and about to take their vows as nuns, and kind of becoming bff’s?

Ron:  I mean, you can’t imagine sort of two more unlikely friends as Kristen and Lani.  We grew to really love the relationship that developed between the two of them.  I think we sat down and said about the time jump, “There have to be enough big changes that you do the double-take.”  Like, Will is Ben’s cell mate, Adrienne is dead, and Justin and Kayla are together now.  You had to have enough of those WTF moments to justify passing a year of time.

You have also been writing series for the DOOL app.  What did you think of Chad and Abby in Paris with that being the initial one and how it all came to pass?

Ron:   It was fun.  I had no time.  I was writing six episodes a week of DAYS, and I was asked “By the way, can you write two seasons of a web/app show for us?” (Laughs) Greg Meng (Co-executive producer, Days of our Lives) has really been the mastermind behind this app and developing this app into something.  I love all of the stuff you guys came up with for all the behind the scenes content, but I know that Greg really wanted original series content on it, too.  Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abigail (Kate Mansi) just seemed like the logical couple to do that with.  You wanted somebody tied to Salem that wasn’t currently on the campus, but you know the audience cares about what their up to, and Chad and Abby just seemed perfect.  The process was totally different because I’m used to writing six outlines a week that are 15 pages long, and all of the sudden, I’m like, “She comes in, this happens, and this happens.” .  That’s like a whole episode of an app series right there.  Corday Productions produced it while they were producing the regular show, and they made a special set into Chad and Abigail’s apartment, which I thought looked incredible.

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Chad & Abby in Paris had a bit of a different look and feel then the regular airshows, which I think made it enticing.

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Ron:  I loved the look of it.  I felt it was just a little bit different than Salem.  We had the establishing shots of the Eiffel Tower and all of that stuff, and look, we had to keep it simple, but we added in Austin (Austin Peck).  We had Tony (Thaao Penghlis) come in season 2.  We had the new characters of Juliette (Rachele Schank) and Sylvie (Shawna Della-Ricca).  So, it was fun, and it weirdly just timed out so perfectly because we did 8, took like a week off, did another 8, and that last episode was posted right when Jennifer fell.

Right, so it timed perfect to get Chad & Abby back on the airshows.

Ron:  It timed out perfectly so that we could have Abigail get a call: “Something has happened to my mother.  We have to go back to Salem.”  So, you last saw Chad and Abby in Paris, and then the following week they were back in Salem.

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Now, with the kind of massive move for DAYS with the time jump, you have to figure out: “Who are the casualties?  Who am I going to lose?” Viewers learned in short order that: Adrienne (Judi Evans) isn’t alive, Haley (Thia Megia) isn’t alive, and Jordan (Chrishell Stause) isn’t alive.  What went into the decision-making process to kill those characters?  I’m assuming it was to further the story of others on the canvas.

Ron:  Yes.  Anytime we kill somebody, it breaks my heart every time, because these are like my babies.  You fall in love with these characters, and you care about them a lot, and you care about the people who play them.  So, it’s a big decision to say, “Let’s kill them.”  It may be a great story, like, “I’m going to get this amazing story if I kill X,” but that’s a person and a job, and it’s not something we ever do lightly.  That said, in a year of passage of time, you know that life and death is going to happen, and to us, it felt like to really signify the passage of time, there had to be at least one or two people who are no longer alive, and then show how that affects our story.

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Did you ever think that instead of 1 year that you’d do a bigger jump?  Like, “What if I did 5 years?”  Because it’s interesting, I was reading some comments on social media from fans who are like, “What year is it?  Is it just 1 year?  Why didn’t they do 5?” (Laughs)

Ron:  5 seemed like a lot.  I think people change physically a lot in 5 years. I wasn’t prepared to cast little children as teenagers… that would be a lot. (Laughs)  I think you run the risk of it being almost too disorienting for the audience.  Also, then it would be me having to figure out what happened over 5 years instead of just 1. (Laughs)  So, 1 year just kind of seemed perfect, and it had to be an even year so that even though it’s a crazy coincidence that Jennifer woke up 1 year to the day she fell into the coma, you needed Thanksgiving to still be Thanksgiving, and Christmas to still fall on Christmas, and that kind of thing.  So, it had to be an even year.  I think it worked out great and I hope the audience continues to go on the journey with us, because there is a lot more to come!

So, have you been enjoying the DAYS time jump thus far? Which storyline has piqued your interest most? Let us know via the comment section below.

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Noted Soap Opera Producer Lisa de Cazotte Has Died; Daytime Community Mourns Her Passing

Sad news to report on Sunday as the soap opera community and its fans learn of the passing of Daytime Emmy-winning and noted soap opera producer, Lisa de Cazotte,

Lisa passed away yesterday on Saturday December 7th after a long illness at the age of 58,   From early in her career her love of the soaps and passion for it were evident.  She began right out of college as an intern on ABC’s One Life to Live, where she worked her way up to Coordinating Producer.

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Next, Lisa eventually became the Supervising Producer of NBC’s one and only Santa Barbara.  She spent time also on All My Children, before heading back to NBC and Sunset Beach where she assumed the role of Supervising Producer there.

However, it was in 1999 where de Cazotte became the  Executive Producer of Passions, which she helmed and remained till the end of its run in 2008.  It was a show that she loved so much.  She continued her career in the soaps in 2012 stepping into Salem and Days of our Lives where Lisa was named Co-Executive Producer of the series winning two Daytime Emmy Awards. for her efforts.

Sadly, now her final gig began in 2017, when she became Supervising Producer of The Young and the Restless and won her third Emmy in the process this past year.  De Cazotte was said to still be producing Y&R at the time of her passing. She is survived by her husband, Antoine de Cazotte, and her beloved brothers: Michael Patrick Smith, Robert Terence Smith, and Brian Charles Smith.

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On social media over the last several hours, many actors, and colleagues have shared their sorrow and remembrances of Lisa.  Here are just a sampling:

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Jason Thompson (Billy,, Y&R): We lost a member of the family last night, one of our producers, Lisa De Cazotte. I first worked with Lisa when she produced the 2nd season of “Night Shift”. Years later and currently on @YandR_CBS  She was kind and smart. Our thoughts are with her family.”

Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS): The kindness and opportunity this woman furnished me was immeasurable. We have lost one of the hardest working and graceful producers in our genre. I will miss you terribly, Lisa. #RIP”

Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) “Sometimes you recognize those women who are part of “the tribe”. Whether you know them for 20 years or 20 minutes… they are still part of your tribe. Lucky for me. Godspeed beautiful Lisa”

Angelica Rosas McDaniel (Ex-CBS Daytime Exec) “Last night we lost a light in this world with the passing of Lisa De Cazotte. Lisa was smart, strong, kind, vibrant, an incredible friend and an Emmy winning producer on many beloved shows. I was blessed to know her. Sending love to her family and friends.”

Michael Logan (Former TV Guide Columnist): “RIP Lisa de Cazotte, one of the truly great soap producers. A real nose-to-the-grindstone talent, she never wanted personal glory choosing instead to do the work, quietly and fabulously. Her partnership with James E. Reilly on #Passions was epic.”

McKenzie Westmore (Ex-Sheridan Crane, Passions):  “Heart broken at the passing of my Passions EP Lisa!!”

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Sara Bibel (Writer, Y&R): “Lisa was a wonderful producer, a joy to work with, and knew everything about daytime. She will be missed by everyone at Y&R. RIP”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this section of the post as more remembrances are posted over the next 24 hours.

Share your condolences and thoughts on the passing of Lisa de Cazotte in the comment section below.

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