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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Sami, Kate, and Gabi Try To Throw Nick In The River!

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Days of our Lives has promised some big surprises in story, and on Tuesday’s episode of the NBC soap, it looked to be a great kick-off to that!

In scenes reminiscent of some classic horror flick tales, Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Kate (Lauren Koslow) come upon Gabi (Camila Banus) who has clubbed Nick (Blake Berris) with a rock after he attempts to rape her!

Delicious drama ensures which really gave Lauren Koslow and Alison Sweeney a chance to shine as Kate and Sami!  Although long time Salem adversaries, the two strong-willed women work together for the good of their family to rid the earth of Nick Fallon and to help Gabi cover it up! Mostly, because as they see it, Nick is a twisted freak , who has hurt Kate, Sami, Will and Sonny, and women previously … remember Melanie?

As Gabi is completely unable to comprehend at first what she did with that rock, Kate and Sami take control of the situation telling her to suck it up and help them throw Nick’s body in the river … he is not moving … they assume he is dead!

Our absolutely favorite moment came when the camera pans to Kate eating what looks liked mints in the middle of the “murder” scene, while Sami tries to calm Gabi down, and to help the ladies dispose of Nick!  Only there is one big twist! As the gals finally get close to the river and get Mr. Fallon in the water, Nick fights back!  He is grabbing on to the gals! They scream! We fade to black!

What do you think of the scenes featuring Lauren Koslow, Alison Sweeneym and Camila Banus? Were you shocked by the ending?  Do you think Nick dies, or will live on?  Weigh-in!

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Keep Nick alive! He is a riot!

This was hilarious and disturbing all at the same time. These two women act like they come across dead bodies all the time, and have the same attitude towards getting rid of the body as they would taking out the trash. But it was dialogue that was priceless from Sami complaining about a chipped nail to them bickering over the lame story Sami gave the birdwatcher, to poor Gabi trying to be the voice of reason– Gabi the moral compass of the group was classic, considering Gabi has covered up a crime or two herself. Not sure how they missed Nick being alive, but can’t wait for the scene to play out. In fact I’m on my way now to watch it.

I did enjoy the comedy on I believe Tuesday’s ep, when Gabi first hit him. Didn’t like that they killed Nick. Not that I’m a Nick fan, but it would have been better for him to really have been dead when Gabi hit him with the stone. How are they going to explain this one?

Nick probably isn’t dead. Soaps rarely have main characters kill someone outright. If they do it was either by accident or self defense. Most cases like this one, where you don’t see the body, either means the character will come back day alive seeking revenge, or the body will be found and the main character’s would be blame. Then some last minute detective work proves they died in some other way after all and main characters go free. My gut says, they will go with Nick coming back some day to get revenge on Sami and Kate.

That scene was priceless. I love our two strong and snarky women rolling over Gabbi like they dispose of bodies everyday. It was fantastic and they looks they gave each other over Gabbis freak out were hilarious!

“…the looks they gave each other over Gabbis freak out were hilarious!”

LOL. Hillarious!

I haven’t even seen this yet… and it’s laugh out loud stuff.

kudos OUR DAYS!

Kate and Sami were great, however, they REALLY showed Camilla’s weaknesses!

I disagree. I thought all three did a good acting job.

Amoral sociopaths are not my idea of soap heroines.The scenes are wonderful but they should be portrayed as villains who get their comeuppance in the end.

I agree with everything you wrote.

Totally agree. I stopped watching. Awful and pointless at the same time. You can do intense drama without this. This goes beyond bad judgment on Sami and Kate’s part.

I see blackmail and extortion in Gabi’s future with Ariana Grace.

Oh my goodness. I will have to watch past Friday, Monday and Tuesday’s Days of Our Lives episodes. So this is how they might get rid of Gabi. Will Gabi be arrested for attempted murder? Will Rafe arrest his own sister? Will Sami end up in jail again? Will Kate miss her fish tail blue dye job for her hair if she is in jail?

Even if Nick is dead or alive…i hope he makes some ghostly appearances to Gabi, Sami, and Kate…Gabi glances in mirror and sees a bloody, battered Nicks reflection standing behind her, Alone in the Dimera mansion during a storm and the lights go out Sami sees Nicks ghostly figure at the window, and Kate recieves eerie phone calls from him…should be like ‘Pretty Little Liars’ where no one including us viewers know if Nick is really dead or not. Now i said Gabi will go to prison for Nicks death in a previous post but she could also have a nervous breakdown and sent to mental hospital instead!

I wonder if this is the rumblings and/or new storyline for that look a like Nick…

to show back up in Salem?

A Nick that Salem can live with… not the dastardly evil… character… as is Kristen….

that are forever damned by the halo-ed self-righteous Salem-ites

Blake Berris rules!

he’s so dynamic , caught in a trance over… reels superlative drama… he’s HOT

Blake is such a good actor and i had hoped he and Theressa would eventually be paired…i hope he is not killed off!!!

I have to watch…

this is must see… for Blake Berris’ masterclass Nick to uprise… and take hold

comeuppance…

I’m thinking he’s not dead and maybe will haunt Gabi for revenge or was this his last scene?

I don’t get it. When Nick first came on he was all goofy and loveable and geeky and awkward and charming. I don’t know why they have chosen to go the psycho route with a Horton. And to have him to ttry to rape Gabi is pretty disgusting since he himself was raped. He could have been a viable love interest for Jeanne. Weird.

Nick’s granfather was the evil Alex Marshall. His grandmother Marie is a Horton. So there is room for the character of Nick to be evil – an evil Horton. He took after his Grandpa Alex instead of his Great-Grandpa Horton!

This was sad, funny, shocking and tradgic all at the same time. The situation Gabi was in was sad — attempted rape with no one to witness her self-defense. Sami was funny — the one liners written for her were hillarious! Seeing the supposedly dead Nick suddenly become dangerously annimated was shocking to say the least — then I started laughing! Actually, I am glad Gabi didn’t kill him. That would have been tradgic! If Nicksurvives the Salem River, can you imagine the blackmail possibilities for Nick? His style IS blackmail.

Other than that — I really don’t know what to say. Then again maybe I do….Enjoyed seeing Kate and Sami work together (characters and actors). That was probably the best part. Seeing Kate and Sami fight against each other has become a little boring. Seeing them work together on something is a nice change.

Also, as the ladies left the park, I thought how much of a “DiMera” Sami truly is. Kate was also married to Steano… So this was really a “DiMera thing”, however clumsy or ill-conceived! Now what if Gabi had actually been Chad’s girlfriend? Nick never would have had a chance with Gabi!

this was all done to catapult Blake Berris’ Nick:

and I couldn’t be happier! Isn’t he a force to be reckoned with.

it’s all mapped out… the fine line if you will… for Nick and Salem to take due process

it’s essential and vital for Nick to elevate in Salem… to take the throne as it were.
with the exit of Eileen Davidson and the lauded Chandler Massey….

this is paving the way for Nick to become even more relevant..

imagine… the character development… of Nick…
here’s hoping Theresa comes alive… with further intrigue…
I wish DAYs would bring back Shane, Kimberly… and in fact.. bring Eve back… to take over… she’s needed.. along with Kristen… against the womenfolk of Salem.

i don’t know.. all sounds good to me.. to further press for DOOL.

I’m sure most of you know…

IE: soapcentral.com

DAYS two scoops column

whomever writes the column, and/or reviews.. is spot on in their reviews of DOOL.

I absolutely love it

they liken DAYS curently… as winning the best soap award.. again… at the next emmys… and notwithstanding… GH coulda woulda shoulda win…

it’s either DAYS or GH’s to lose.

Best Episode of Days of our Lives in a long time. kudos to Lauren Ali, and Camilla.

This kind of stuff is not my cup of tea, so did not watch most of it, but Sami and Kate have comic abilities/chemistry, and that should be brought out more.

I’m sort of surprised to be reading that people like Blake Berris/Nick Fallon… To me, he’s by far the most annoying part of the show. I really doubt he’s dead, but I find him so obnoxious that I’ve actually had to change the channel, and this is coming from someone who schedules her workday around a DOOL break. I think the best thing they could possibly do is get rid of him, and the whole Nick-storyline. The show had been fantastic lately with Kristen back, and since her departure it’s paled in comparison, with way too much focus back on the 20-somethings. Loved Sami and Kate this week, though!!

I was enjoying it until it turned out he wasn’t really dead. Well, until they threw him in the lake. Now the trio are murderers. Yes, Sami has killed before, but there were reasons. Why didn’t they just call the police from the get-go? It was self-defense until Sami and Kate got involved.

Perhaps Kristen, hiding out in the woods, can save Nick’s life and team up with him to plot a diabolical revenge on Salem?

This is awfully dark material. I’m surprised there are so many positive comments about her almost being raped, then him being “murdered”.

Yikes.

I Love Nick. I Hope He Comes Back. I Have Actually Stopped Watching Days Fir Awhile After Being A Loyal Fan Since The Seventies. I Was Just Getting Sick Of Seeing Sami And EJ All The Time Having Sex. I Am So Over Them. Enough Of Them Already And Get Rid Of That Brat Of Theirs Too. I Enjoy Watching The Villains Like Stefano And Nick. They Are The Ones That Make The Show Enjoyable. Now I Might Have To Start Watching It Again.

Is anyone except me (and a handful of my other “Days” fan friends) getting VERY tired of the “smart-phone-as-character” acting!!! Talk about how to save on casting or using live actors! If you–the watcher—are doing anything else while the show is on (like housework, child care, or other) and you hear a lot of quiet (and one sided reaction) you have to pause, go back and freeze to read what their phones are saying!! Meanwhile, the character holding the phone has a dialogue with the phone! They can’t really enjoy this. And I do watch other soaps, but Days is particularly bad with the phone acting! Enough–we get that the cell phone companies are your sponsors—but I don’t see the characters all referring to Target or talking about the Aflack duck or Yogurt!

I watch days of our lives and gh to every day and night on soap net I don’t want them replaced we need are shows to wAtch them for a purpose in life no 8nd is not touching soap net it stays on forever and ever in ma rich is my birthday month my wish will be granted to leave soap net alone we can fix it direct t said we will keep soap net as long long time

I think nick could be a live and will if not he probably be dead he said rude comments to will and sonny about being gay and taking GAbi and the baby but I hope sonny tells will the whole truth to will tomorrow wAnt Kate and GAbi and Sami wAnt they did to sonny he all most told will at tbd and he all Most told his dad but Gabi and Sami and Kate pushed him to lie to will and he did not keep any secrets from him he 2wanted to tell will every thing that possibly react upon it

And sonny was scared for this he wanted to tell will every thing but he couldr tell him that be cause of Gabi and Kate and Sami

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Soap Favorites Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young Visit the Michael Fairman Channel

On Wednesday night, February 28, Four for Fun, the movie written and directed by former Days of our Lives and General Hospital star, Jason Cook (ex-Shawn-Douglas; ex-Matt, respectively), which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, Lucky, GH, and Rick, B&B), will have its premiere as part of The Golden State Film Festival.

If you’re in the Southern California area, tickets for the festival and to see Four for Fun showing at 7:30pm PT can be found here.

In the premise of the film, a dinner party between two couples experiencing eleven different endings, all of which points to the same conclusion – the best possible life comes from the one lived the most in the present. Sarpy and Young play one of the couples and actors Donovan Patton and Annika Foster, play the other.

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After its premiere at the festival, on the next night, Jason, Brytni and Jacob will visit You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel for a livestream conversation about the making of the film, working with each other, and a discussion on their numerous soap opera roles and much more.

It all begins on Thursday night, February 29th beginning at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Make sure to join us in the live chat, so you can ask your questions and share your comments with this talented trio.

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Check out the trailer for Four for Fun below, followed by how to watch the livestream interview.

Then, drop any questions you would like us to pose to Jason, Brytni and Jacob in the comment section, and we just might ask it live on Thursday night.

 

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DAYS Blake Berris to Chat Live on the Michael Fairman Channel as Everett & Bobby’s Story Heats Up

The tale of Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein is starting to reveal itself on Peacock’s Days of our Lives, which puts returning cast member, Blake Berris front and center in story.

On Monday’s, February 26th episode of DAYS, the results of Everett’s CAT scan indicate he suffered a traumatic brain injury which jives with his story that he was in a car accident and spent in a year in a coma, or does it?

Stephanie (Abigail Klein) and Everett are reeling that Everett as Bobby Stein was married to Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu) and treated her badly. While Everett claims he doesn’t remember anything about his time as Bobby, despite his fingerprints matching those of Robert Stein’s, Marlena (Deidre Hall) ponders if he could be suffering from PTSD, which might explain his memory loss.

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Everett wonders if he has a brain tumor, but Marlena points out that they would have found it on the CAT scan. While there is no obvious reason for his memory loss, Kayla wonders if he is faking his amnesia? Marlena tells Everett that she is a psychiatrist and they should set up sessions immediately. Will it be revealed that Everett and Bobby are split personalities living inside one man?

Blake Berris is set to chat about the latest storyline developments and more, when he visits the Michael Fairman Channel on Wednesday, February 28th beginning at 3 pm ET/Noon PT.  Make sure to join Michael and Blake in the live chat for your turn to share your questions and thoughts on the story.

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Days of our Lives fans first met Blake when he played the character of Nick Fallon who was eventually murdered in 2014. Later, Nick made a few return appearances from ‘the grave’, in 2021 and 2023. Recently, Blake returned to the show in his newly-minted role of Everett Lynch at the end of October of last year.

Blake will talk about portraying Everett/Bobby, plus working his co-stars, and being a dad to his three boys, and more.  You can catch the livestream below.

Now, let us know, what is your theory about Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein? Looking forward to hearing what Blake has to say? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks on the Horton House Fire Storyline, Mourning the Loss of Husband Bill Hayes & His Near-to-Final Performances

It has been an emotional time for longtime fans of Days of our Lives and beloved veteran, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams). On-screen, the iconic Horton home was burned to the ground in what appears to be a storyline-dictated decision that shocked many. In real life, Susan is mourning the loss of her husband and DAYS enduring favorite, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams), who passed away at 98 in January. Over the weekend, during the 2024 SAG Awards In Memoriam tribute, Hayes was remembered along with other motion pictures and television stars whom we lost over the past year.

Since the Peacock streaming soap opera tapes months ahead of air, the Horton home fire and its aftermath are currently playing out in all-new episodes with more on this story featuring Susan to come. Bill Hayes also appeared in several of these episodes making it all the more touching and heartfelt.

When Julie came back to the Horton home to see what remained of it after the fire, Days of our Lives fans were treated to a heart-tugging episode that streamed last Wednesday, February 21st. In it, newly-taped scenes of a young Tom (Zach Chyz) and Alice (Sydney Kathrann Smith) Horton telling the story of how they came to live in the house to raise their children, juxtaposed with Julie and Doug (and members of their family and friends), surveying what’s left of the beloved house, brought many a tear.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Susan Seaforth Hayes for this very candid and heartfelt conversation to get her feelings on the Horton house fire, and being given the opportunity to have a storyline at this point in her storied career. In addition, Susan provides some insight on what it was like for her ailing late husband to tape scenes at DAYS shortly before his death, what the series plans to do about writing off the character of Doug while honoring the legacy of Bill Hayes, and how she knew she had the greatest love affair that anyone could hope for in their lifetime, which in turn, has inspired all of us.

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I was shocked when they decided to burn down the Horton house. Were you at first devastated … and did you know that there would be a big story surrounding it?

SUSAN: I did not know how big a story was with it. I knew that many years ago, another regime had planned on trashing the set and getting rid of the set because nobody cared about the Hortons anymore. It was stopped by one person, and I was eternally grateful for that. This time I thought, “Oh, my goodness! I guess I’ll be meeting people for a cup of coffee at the Horton Square. No home, no roots, no reason to be called in,” and thinking that’s the end of Julie. That’s the end of Doug and Julie. Then, when they began to structure a story around it, I think all of this came up during the writer’s strike. So of course, I was curious to see how this was going to turn out. I enjoyed the aftermath, because in the aftermath, and a little bit before the fire, if you saw the show, I get to talk a bit about the history of the household and the people in it.

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In the special episode that aired last Wednesday, Julie gave Leo (Greg Rikaart) the family tree history of the Hortons for his story in the Spectactor.

SUSAN:  I’ve had a couple of good long soliloquies about the past. I’m fated to be the character that does that because I’m the one still standing. I must say, I do enjoy doing them. Emotionally, all I have to do is rerun some of the actors and my own family in my mind and the emotion starts to come, you know, the emotion starts to flow.

Julie talks to Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) immediately after the fire. She is upset that the Horton family Christmas ornaments are gone. Fans were not happy that they could possibly have burned up. Thank God! There was a happy ending when they were located and unscathed, or there would have been hell to pay! 

SUSAN: I knew that they were in the prop room and that they still existed. But how much they were going to put a story around their loss, I did not know. We don’t get to ponder the plot. We just get to show up and start doing it. I think on this particular matter, something as important as a structure of the original set of the show, there’s been quite a bit of interest. So, I can appreciate that.

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I was thinking, ‘Did they decide to burn the house down, because they were finally retiring the old Horton home set?’ What was the purpose of it?

SUSAN: They’ve done everything to make quicker set changes, which is remarkable and very efficient right now. The set designer said, “I’ll be interested in your input,” which was nice. The one thing that I loved that had been done, didn’t work. You couldn’t shoot into it. It was a federal mirror over the mantle. I loved it. The size was perfect. I was just delighted. And then, we tried to shoot it, and because of the roundness of the mirror, you got a perfect view of camera one and camera three. So, it came down.

This is Julie’s project to renovate the home. She’s determined to bring back all the memories and redo it?

SUSAN: Absolutely, which is another nice note to play for my character. She’s determined to make the house something that her grandparents would recognize and still feel comfortable in.

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What did you think of the episode that just aired where the show incorporated flashbacks of a young Tom and Alice Horton?

SUSAN: Well, I set it up. They had their own their own lovely scenes. I read them, and I’m sure the audience was charmed.

What do you remember when you first came to DAYS, and you were in that house, in that set?

SUSAN: What did I notice about the set? I noticed that it was a strange shade of green. (Laughs) It was explained to me that that dull color meant that your face would pop on color TV. I understood that. I loved the little window up the staircase. I’ve always loved that. And at one time, there was a model of the house that sat on the set on its own little pedestal, a little playhouse of the exterior of the house. Whenever the house was on (and remember this is when we were a half-hour and practically live, but not live, because there was no editing), there would also be the sound of a barking dog whenever we reached the Horton house neighborhood. We never saw the dog, but I’m sure his name was “Spot”, and I’m sure he belonged to someone.

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You shared so many scenes with Frances Reid (Alice) and MacDonald Carey (Tom) in the Horton living room set and up till they passed. Did they get along well with Bill? Looking back, how was your relationship with them?

SUSAN: They loved him. Well, Mac and Billy had worked together before in theater. Mac was very kind to me at the beginning and helpful. Frances was as well. As Frances got older, she got a bit testy. When someone says, “You’re not going to read the line like that … are you?” It catches your attention. (Laughs). I got peeved at Frances from time to time, but her intent was always to make everything as good as it possibly could be. I saw her come back from her stroke. learn to talk again, learn to do it all again. Not do it easily, but to do it at all was wonderful, and the same with Mac. In his last shows, he was very frail, but we’re actors. We liked being there.

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During the taping of the episodes surrounding the Horton house fire, Bill was mostly in them with you. How was Bill doing at the time you taped these scenes?

SUSAN: He was okay. He was up for it. He had difficulty moving at that point. So, they restricted his movement a lot. Bill always enjoyed coming to work a lot, and it was extremely difficult for him because he was blind, and didn’t move very well. And now, to do a scene with people who may or may not, have rehearsed with you, who may or may not, give you the exact cue, and when they are attempting to have you look each other in the eye, you can’t see who’s eyes they are, that was the hard part. The easy part was working with him, which was lovely and was a gift. It was a gift from Corday Productions that he was able to work within three weeks of his death, which I thought was super and extraordinary.

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That is amazing. Did Bill understand everything that was going on at the time of the tapings?

SUSAN: Absolutely. He understood what was going on. He just couldn’t see it or touch it.

The timing couldn’t have been easy for you with Bill’s declining health, and that the show was going to burn down the Horton home where you shared so many scenes and memories.

SUSAN: Well, it hasn’t been my greatest stretch. But I knew that life would be like this. I’ve had five decades of an absolutely wonderful, blessed marriage and a chance to work and a chance to live in my own home and travel, all good. And now, we’re going to have the epilogue. And the epilogue is the hard part, seeing rapid change around you and losing the people that were the center of your life. I’ve just been very fortunate to have cultivated some wonderful friendships, and to have a wonderful large family of Hayeses.

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You do realize that you and Bill were the gold-standard of what we all should be lucky enough to have in our lives. What an incredible, beautiful, passionate, loving marriage that the two of you had. You don’t see marriages like that anymore. We were all just in awe of the two of you. To us, it was the greatest love affair. You got to have that which is so extraordinary.

SUSAN: I know, and it was all Bill. I mean, any idiot could have been married to Bill Hayes and been deliriously happy. The guy was so perfect in every way that you really would have to pick something and blow it out of proportion to ever complain about any of his traits of character. He was just all good character, goodwill, and good humor. I just followed along and tried to live my life for him, with him, and follow his style, which I hope to carry on. I hope to be as good to people as he was to people, and, not be selfish.

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I always remembered how the two of you would come to the studio with your suitcases, ready to work no matter what material, large or small, they gave you. You showed up. You just had such great work ethic and you don’t see that as much anymore.

SUSAN: At the moment, it’s hard to find it everywhere. I think it’s probably generational. You cannot get too angry at people that are still holding up their phones in the one rehearsal that we have. I think it’s more convenient to receive your work electronically, but somehow it doesn’t seem quite as real. You don’t have a script in your hand anymore unless you print one up yourself.  Sometimes you haven’t met the person you’re working with. Well, that’s not unusual, but no rehearsal at all, that’s kind of marvelously new.

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Does Julie lean on anybody for emotional support as she tries to rebuild the Horton home. Who’s there for her?

SUSAN: As far as I can tell, nobody. I’m supposed to be the wise woman, and Marlena (Deidre Hall) is supposed to be the other wise woman. I haven’t had any scenes with Marlena for help. I would think Marlena would be the person I would be going to for grief counseling, for friendship, for all of that. I haven’t seen it in the scripts, yet. I’m still deeply entwined with Chad’s (Billy Flynn) storyline.

How is Billy Flynn to work with?

SUSAN: A pleasure. Billy Flynn has grown a lot as a human being and as an actor since I’ve known him. I’m really enjoying his company and really enjoying doing scenes with him. We rehearse and then we get on other subjects and laugh and talk and inform each other. We’re interested in a lot of the same things. He’s a new parent. He’s really devoting himself to that, to that experience in the best possible way. So, I’m lucky.

Do Julie and Chad try to figure out who set the fire?

SUSAN: Oh yeah.

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I kept thinking about how Julie got burned in the kitchen fire years ago and her face was scarred, At the time, your mother Elizabeth Harrower was writing DAYS and wrote that for Julie. Did you hate that story?

SUSAN: Well, I know where the story came from. It came up from something in mother’s own life. I knew the people involved, and I wasn’t crazy in love with the idea. Then, when it was supposed to go for six weeks and went on for months and months, I was concerned. Mainly, I was concerned that my face was going to be affected because of the appliance, the scars, that I was wearing. I was told by a dermatologist, “You’re going to have a little beard after this. Ripping your face every single day to get this off is going to be hard on you.” But, I seem to have survived.

Has the show even addressed with you how they plan to handle writing-off the character of Doug Williams, and how they want to honor Bill?

SUSAN: Only in the smallest way. I had a conference call with the producers and our head writer last Friday. I was informed about the immediate, immediate future. I’ve also been promised that they’re going to keep me busy. It’s a cast of over 40 people. I’ll be happy to show up and to be included.

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I was just hoping that whatever they decide to do with the character of Doug that they were going to run it by you, first.

SUSAN: They have, and they have been very sweet about it.  I’ve got to tell you, this regime, they have a sign up on the wall now, that says, Things we expect on this stage.”  The first one at the top of the list is “kindness.”

Have you watched your work back all these years? I know some actor’s never like to watch the scenes they taped.

SUSAN: I think you learn by watching yourself, if you have an open mind, and if you are not hypercritical, or dismissive. I cannot be dismissive of a character that has given me such a wonderful life. I’m still interested in Julie, perhaps I wouldn’t have been if I’d been on the show for three years and never returned to it. But I’m quite interested in her now, and what she has to offer as a member of this ensemble.

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Julie’s ties to the whole history of Days of our Lives from this point on are very important. How do you feel about that?

SUSAN:  There are those that don’t care about the history of the show. I know that. I know there are those that only care about continuing with something snappy to keep eyes on the screen through action, adventure, drama, death, kidnapping, missed opportunities, all that, which I suppose that’s what the audience craves. But, that’s not just what the show can do. What the show can do so well is character. There’s a lot of people over 70 who are still on the show now. I’m the oldest one, but I’m not the only one. We’re coming up on the 60th anniversary. I don’t think the show is worn out. And if it is, it’s had a remarkably successful six decades.

Lamon Archey (Eli) is back on DAYS for a stint. What has it been like to work with Lamon as his on-screen grandmother?

SUSAN: I think he’s terrific and visually he is so beautiful, so appealing. I think both Eli and Lani (Sal Stowers) are very appealing as characters. I’m delighted to be connected to Eli as a family member. That was a lucky break for me.

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Do you think DAYS fans are going to continue to be emotional in the aftermath of this fire and all the story that comes out of it? Do you think we’ll be touched by what Julie goes through to get the remains all cleaned up for a new house?

SUSAN: I think anybody in America who’s gone through a disaster, and have unfortunately had the disruption of their home, will be sympathetic and interested in how it all turns out. It’s a nice note to play. We haven’t had to do that very often. We just go from one lovely apartment to another without much discussion. I think this is the one set that meant a lot to people. I was very sorry to lose “Julie’s Place,” as it turned into kind of a sandwich shop. I still loved having a business, a tangible place to be, and an alternate place for people to meet.

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Upon reflection, what was your favorite scene with Bill? Was it when Julie and Doug got married on-screen, or was it something else that was much more intimate?

SUSAN: I think our last scene is going to be more important, emotionally. I think the first wedding was beautiful, but the material around the time of our second wedding, when Brenda Benet (ex-Lee) came back on the show and Doug stood up to her and says, “I’m not going to be manipulated anymore,” was also strong. There has been a lot of very important times – when Doug was killed-off by James Reilly, and we met in the tunnel of light. That was a day. That was a difficult day, which I certainly can’t revisit right now emotionally. When Julie found out Doug had run off and married her mother, Addie, that was a day. It was a day because, I went to the producer at the time, Jack Herzberg, and said, “Is this it? Am I not going to work with him anymore?”And he said, “Right! That’s it. You’re not working with Bill Hayes anymore.” We were not married at the time, and I thought I was going to go through the floor! That wasn’t a happy day.

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In terms of Bill’s final day on the set with you, did you know that it was his last, and what would turn out to be his last scene?

SUSAN: Well, they didn’t know. But I knew. I had been allowed to rewrite it. So, I can’t tell you Bill’s last line now, of course, but I will in time.

What do you think about the sentiments shared by Susan on her late husband, and this storyline? How do hope the show properly honors Bill and Doug Williams when the series writes-off the character? Are you enjoying the Horton house fire story arc or does it upset you too much? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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