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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.

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Well said..

blake
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blake

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.

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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… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

Had the doll..it 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!!

blake
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blake

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.

Jimh
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Jimh

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!!!

Jimh
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Jimh

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

Mister Media
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Mister Media

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?

Jimh
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Jimh

CiCi mentioned it on one of her posts and i agree

blake
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blake

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

rebecca1
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rebecca1

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… Read more »

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blake

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… Read more »

Adam
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Adam

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.

Kate
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Kate

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.

Carol
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Carol

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… Read more »

Carol
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Carol

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 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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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Stars Talk the ‘Making of’ the Limited-Series & the Moments They Loved

Five of the cast members from Days of our Lives limited-series on Peacock, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, chatted with Michael Fairman as a wrap-up following the conclusion of the streaming of all five episodes.

Joining Michael in a special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel are: Eileen Davidson (Kristen/Sister Mary Moira), Charles Shaughnessy (Shane/Drew), Peter Porte (Kyle/Dimitri), Zach Tinker (Sonny) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben).

During the conversation, the actors share stories of the making of the series, and give insight and behind the scenes tidbits on their scenes including: how Eileen and Lisa Rinna (Billie) played recreated the ‘Amsterdam’ showdown from their time together on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but as their Days’ characters of Billie and Kristen, how Peter learned to do the Tango from Dancing with the Stars Louis Van Amstel and Lisa Rinna, plus the drag show scenes where Zach became “Sonny Delight”, and more.

In addition, Charles Shaughnessy talks on how the series harkened back to the 80’s and 90’s campy action-adventure heyday of and the opportunity to work again with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, while Rob fills-us in on trying to keep it together when working in scenes with soap vet Adrienne Frantz, when Ben and Ciara find themselves at a swinger’s party.

The interview is filled with many laughs, and candid moments that fans of the limited series will enjoy, especially the intel offered up by the cast.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem continues to stream on Peacock! Make sure to check it out if you haven’t, or rewatch it a second, or third time if you want to see more series like this in the future.

Below check out the interview with Eileen, Peter, Charles, Zach and Rob and make sure to subscribe to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity conversations.

Now, share your favorite moments from Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, and this video interview, via the comment section here.

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