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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: The Marlena Doll … A Shiner … And Susan Banks!

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I enjoyed it. I thought Stacy Haiduk did a very good job of capturing the essence of Susan Banks. (Of course I would have loved the one and only Eileen Davidson back in the roll, but what cha gonna do?) Some nice touches on DOOL history, but I’m a little over the one-note scenes between Eve and Jen. Just tell Eric already and be done with it. If he and Brady have really reached a truce they should be able to talk it out.

Well said..

I agree that Stacy Haiduk is doing amazing work as Susan Banks. I can’t wait to see her version of Kristen!

And yes, Eve is really annoying. Kassie D. is really chewing the scenery, it’s getting to the point where I wouldn’t mind Eve leaving the show. It’s bad enough Kassie keeps her southern twang.

I must admit, Stacy was a Susan dead-ringer! I bet casual viewers who don’t follow news and spoilers didn’t even notice a difference. That wig on a thin frame….it looked exactly like Susan. The only difference was the voice and some of the mannerisms. Eileen’s Susan speaks in a more mousy voice; Stacy’s was more normal in pitch. Also Eileen “puts on” more with the character- bigger gestures, more expressive facial movements etc.

Great episode though. DAYS is the best soap when it comes to these big occasions, mainly because all the characters BELONG there. The faces are familiar, the names mean something to the canvas and their presences make sense because relationships have long been established. It makes watching this show even more fun. I bet for Ron and the writers too, because they can play with history using the right people to do it with.

Had the was by Mattel…there was also an Erica Kane..had them both but sold them years ago mint in box for 50 bucks each….the actress is doing a great job as Susan…can barely tell the difference from when Eileen done the part!!

Yes, Stacy is doing amazing work as Susan. I’m so glad she’s on Days, Kristen and Susan needed to be back on the show for good again.

My life feels like a Days plot…both me and my oldest sister have been battling different illnesses for two years…several family members ill and in and out of hospital…my niece’s ex boyfriend is a crazy lunatic with mental issues who wont leave us alone and stalked another niece at the place she worked and contacts another one…told one niece if he cant have her no one else can…he is on the run now!!!

I wish someone would had sent Marlena the voodo doll from the 70s horro flick Triology Of Terror…check it out its on youtube….would be cool seeing it chasing Marlena around Salem-lol

I thought Stacy Haiduk did a great job of grounding the character. Her portrayal was less of a broad caricature than Eileen Davidson’s. This could help the character stick to the canvas and not be seen simply as comic relief. But…does anyone else think that Susan is really a returned Kristen DiMeara in disguise?

CiCi mentioned it on one of her posts and i agree

I thought the same thing, but when Susan was alone in the club/reception area she kept talking and acting as Susan.

I loved her and I didn’t even watch back when Eileen Davidson had the role; and yet, it seemed familiar to me so I wonder if I caught it on TV years back in passing. It HAD to be something like that because I don’t think there’d be a logical explanation for “Susan Banks” to be familiar to me! LOL!

Loved it. Funny, campy and good fun yet with a hint of danger to come.

Also loved the guys supporting John and his predicament; all gathered in the room encouraging him to get on with it. I like those camaraderie feel-good scenes.

Oh, soaps. There’s nutthin’ like em! 🙂

Stacy is really killing it as Susan Banks! She fit in as Susan and with the cast from the get go! She has the look, speech and mannerism of Eileen’s Susan, it’s remarkable. She’s brought much more life to Days, along with Ron C.’s great writing and storytelling.

I love the scenes this week, so much fun and campy things to go along with the drama. The show has been too heavy lately with the horrible Stefan/Abby/Chad story, murders and all of the backstabbings. I seriously wish this wedding could go on for like a month the way all of the big events did on Passions.

Love the hourglasses at the reception tables, the Marbie doll that was made about Marlena/Deidre Hall from decades ago to go along with the wedding dress from her late 90’s wedding.

I’m glad to see Belle and Shawn back, I think they should be back for good. Madison/Belle looks amazing, can act and a real fireball. She’s definitely Sami’s sister! And Brandon Beemer “Shawn” is still so damn sexy! What a beauty he is! I’m surprised Ron C. hasn’t added him back to the cast lol.

I found Stacy’s Susan annoying. Eileen’s Susan was endearing. They can write her out for all I care now. Just not the same. I did enjoy the rest of the episode though.

I have loved the Character of Susan since the beginning, but Stacy’s version cheapened Susan. There’s a cartoonish vibe that I can’t stand. Eileen always made this unbelievable Susan loveabke & likeable. This Susan is a major no.

I didn’ think that I would like the new Susan but Stacy is doing a pretty darn good job portraying her .She almost even looks like Eileen Davidson matter of fact when she first burst onto the screen I thought it was Eileen.Now about Marlana’s wedding I got a sneaky feeling that is not Marlena up there ready to marry John,I could be wrong but wouldnt that be something if it was Hattie and John or whoever he is married to her now.
I love the doll no I dont want one.I had a feeling it was a real doll,looks so much like Marlana to,I saw it for 60 bucks way to much for me,I wasnt planning on buying it .Just was checking it out to see if it was a real doll and sure enough it is all over Ebay.
Oh by the way why aren’t Abby and Chad at the wedding ?Arent they close to Marlana and John?

Just when I thought I might hate Stacy. I don’t my goodness she did a wonderful job doing Kristen .She even scared me and my best friend.Days did the right thing in choosing her to play Susan and Kristen.Great job Stacy.I love the new Kristen even though like Eileen she is a perfect replacement.Oh I think Steve got shot since he is leaving the show>Then again what do I know??

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Eric Says Goodbye to Baby Jude

The Monday, May 27th of Peacock’s Days of our Lives, picked right back up for the emotional payoff of Nicole (Arianne Zucker) finally getting her biological son, Jude, back in her arms and learning it from Eric (Greg Vaughan).

As the episode began, Eric (with Jude in tow) is at the front door of the DiMera mansion. Eric recounts Sloan’s (Jessica Serfaty) confession. Nicole (Arianne Zucker) says she knew from the first time she held Jude that this was her child. She says a parent knows deep in their soul. Eric looks at her with tears in his eyes, as he thinks Jude is now EJ’s (Dan Feuerriegel) biological son. That’s a lie into itself and EJ is covering the truth of that along with Sloan.

Eric goes on to explain that Sloan even rigged the DNA results, telling the couple that they can check for themselves with a new DNA test, but this is their baby. Once inside the living room, Eric apologizes to Nicole for what Sloan put her though. Nicole says EJ was a victim too.  She turns to EJ and insists that Sloan be arrested. He tells her there is plenty of time for that. She reiterates, “That bitch stole my baby!” But, EJ is not about to do anything about it.


Eric vows he will make Sloan pay for all of her lies and deceit. Nicole asks Eric if he would like to hold Jude one more time before he leaves. Eric tells Jude he will love him more than he will ever know.

As tears stream down his face, he returns Jude to Nicole. She tells he can come over anytime to see the baby. Eric thinks it’s best for Jude to bond with his new family. Holly (Ashley Puzemis) comes in on all this and is filled-in on Jude’s “parentage.” Outside, Eric continues to falls apart.


However, after getting a call from Rafe (Galen Gering), they meet outside Eric’s apartment door. When they enter, the place is a torn up and there is no sign of Sloan. All that they find is a necklace, Eric gave her for Mother’s Day.Eric realized she took off, knowing she could be caught for her crimes. Meanwhile, back the DiMeras, an overcome Nicole is in tears that she actually has her baby back.

Now, what? Will EJ try to bond with Jude or not bond with Jude since he is knows Eric is the biological father? Will Sloan eventually get arrested? What did you think of the performance of Greg Vaughan and Arianne Zucker? Let us know via the comment section below. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out the Michael Fairman Channel’s conversation with the Ari and Greg  from five months back where they talk about the baby switch storyline and more.



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DAYS OF OUR LIVES Preview: Nicole Gets Her Baby Back; Then Hauls Off and Decks Sloan

This week on Days of our Lives starts, what looks to be the next and final leg of the baby Jude, baby switch saga, and all of its deceptions. As viewers saw on last Friday’s episode of the Peacock streaming soap opera, Sloan (Jessica Serfaty) told Eric (Greg Vaughan) that Jude is actually Nicole (Arianne Zucker) and EJ’s (Dan Feuerriegel) baby. Of course, that’s a half-truth as the bio-dad is Eric.

Trapped and in cahoots now with EJ, Sloan had to confess what she did to Eric. At the cliffhanger, Eric show up at EJ’s door with Jude in tow. In tears, he tells Nicole this is her baby, and hands it to her. What will go down when the show picks back up on Memorial Day with an all-new episode?

Eric doesn’t know he is the father, but EJ does. EJ also saw Nicole kiss Eric. He is going to do everything he can to keep the truth from coming out in an effort to keep his marriage in tact.

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However, how long can EJ and Sloan keep this major secret? Leo (Greg Rikaart) and Dimitri (Peter Porte) are very much alive. Will one of them blow the final whistle on them? Right, Lady Whistleblower? Will Nicole and Eric learning they are the true parents of Jude, be the impetus for Nicole leaving town perhaps with Eric, since we know Arianne Zucker’s last episode of DAYS is set to air July 29th? Stay tuned.

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Meanwhile in the latest promo for this week’s DAYS, Nicole and EJ introduce “their” baby to Holly (Ashley Puzemis), while Rafe (Galen Gering) confronts Melinda Trask (Tina Huang) who is playing dumb in all of this. Rafe asks her, “Are you saying you know nothing about the baby switch?” Melinda pretends she is completely shocked, saying, “Did you say baby switch?”

In the moment you’ve been waiting for, harkening back to when Nicole stole Sami’s (Alison Sweeneybaby for months, and the two finally had a showdown which saw Sami delivering bitch-slaps to Nicole, Sloan comes to the DiMera mansion to see Nicole.  Then, Nicole screams that she lost she lost six months with her son because of all of her lies. Next, Nicole hauls off and punches Sloan.  Elsewhere, Eric grabs Leo by his shirt collar, which will be interesting to see how much Leo fesses up on what he knows about the baby switch.

Watch the DAYS preview below.

Now let us know, are you happy to see Nicole get her baby back? Are you frustrated that the story is still going on and now its Eric who is the one in the dark, along with Nicole that he is Jude’s baby daddy? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Longtime Lovebirds, Arianne Zucker and Shawn Christian, Set Wedding Date

In the words of Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel, DAYS) himself, “Just remember ya’ll….there is great value in long courtships,” it appears that he and his longtime love. Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS), have finally picked their wedding date, and the destination for their nuptials.

Back in August of 2023, the couple shared that they plan to tie the knot in 2024, and with their latest IG post it looks like the wedding day is becoming closer and closer.

As Days of our Lives fans know, Zucker is suing the soap opera’s producers and production entity, and her last episode should air on July 29th, since the show tapes so far in advance. One can assume, her character, Nicole Walker may get a happy ending and get her baby back before exiting Salem? However, that’s yet to be seen.

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In the meantime, the couple who live in Nevada, continue to make plans for their big day. In their newest update, Zucker shared, “We discovered a wedding DESTINATION and DATE DATE! So grateful to everyone who has helped us make this exploration an eye-opening awe-inspiring adventure!”

While Christian chimed in, “I already hear many of you saying ‘finally Shawn!’ Just remember ya’ll….there is great value in long courtships.” #justsaying #loveispatient #loveiscrazy”

Shawn’s journey as Daniel Jonas on DAYS lasted from 2008 to 2017, while Zucker has portrayed Nicole Walker since 1998. The couple have been engaged since 2021.

The duo made no clear mention of the exact wedding date or location in their post, only that they have got things locked in and all systems are a-go!

So, happy to hear that Ari and Shawn are finally about to become husband and wife? Comment below.


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