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DAYS Recap – April 11 – April 15th

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Rafe2 sneaks into Fay’s hospital room and begins to smother her with a pillow. She tries to fight back, but in the end, he kills her! He quickly exits her room as her monitor alarms go off. Despite Carly and Lexie’s best efforts, they cannot revive Fay. Nicole and Taylor are led to believe their mother died of a stroke, and they ultimately decide to forego an autopsy. Lexie breaks the news to Roman about Fay’s demise. Rafe2 is relieved to learn that Fay’s death is being chalked up to natural causes. Remembering her mother’s last words to her, Nicole vows to uncover EJ’s secret. Meanwhile, Taylor allows herself to seek comfort in EJ’s arms.  Vivian has fun tormenting Chloe, then sneaks into Stefano’s house with Gus. Chad discovers her, and then Stefano berates her. Gus has better luck and informs Vivian that there was recently a prisoner in the DiMeras’ basement. Philip takes Chloe out for an open mic night at the Brady Pub. She sings and begins to find her joy again in music and in life.  Rafe2 decides not to tell EJ and Stefano that he was responsible for Fay’s death. Meanwhile, Nicole and Taylor console each other as they grieve over Fay. Nicole, however, can’t stop thinking about their mother’s last words – that EJ has a secret. Nicole confronts her husband, who insists he has no idea what Fay was talking about. Privately, EJ is worried. Later, Nicole overhears EJ tell Stefano he thinks Fay was trying to tell Nicole about Rafe.  A masked man follows and threatens Melanie, and tells her to drop the reward for information on Arianna’s hit-and-run. Dario saves her, but the man escapes. Melanie and Dario go to “Rafe,” who is not at all interested. Dario decides he will get to the bottom of this himself – and Melanie insists she will help him. Carly feigns an elbow injury to get a prescription from Lexie. Daniel catches her with the pills and insists on looking at her elbow. Carly snaps at him. Daniel and Jennifer are forced to face their attraction, but each discount it as a “rebound” thing. Each privately resolves to stay away from the other.

Nicole eavesdrops on EJ and Stefano as they talk about their secret that involves Rafe. Before she can get the full story, EJ and Stefano are alerted to her presence. Nicole covers. Meanwhile, Rafe2 and Sami have it out when she learns he asked Johnny to fetch him a beer. A frustrated Sami decides to take her children to visit her brother, Eric, for a short break. Rafe2 is secretly triumphant; convinced this is the final nail in the coffin of their marriage. Sami goes to EJ to let him know she’s taking the kids out of town. He pretends to be sympathetic to her troubles. At the same time, Nicole decides to investigate EJ’s secret regarding Rafe. She drops by the loft to question Rafe. Rafe2 misreads her intentions – and pulls Nicole into a major kiss!  Bo and Hope are ready to start over as a family, but Ciara misunderstands and uses an opportunity to run away with Theo. The kids hop on a truck headed out of town. A horrified Bo and Hope soon realize what has happened, while Ciara and Theo make camp in the woods. Carly struggles to keep her cool as Daniel offers to examine her “injured” elbow. On edge, Carly blows up at him. She doesn’t want Daniel to find out she faked the injury to get pain medication. Jennifer arrives, and she and Daniel express concern for Carly’s emotional state. Carly warns them to back off – and then pops a couple of pills in her office. Under the calming influence of the drugs, she later apologizes to both of them. Daniel senses something is wrong, but Carly insists she’s just upset about Nicholas rejecting her. Later, Daniel and Jennifer continue to fight their feelings for each other.

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Nicole slaps Rafe2 for kissing her. She thinks he’s using her again to get info on EJ. “Rafe” denies this and blames his accident for his behavior. He and Nicole agree not to mention this to EJ. Alone, Nicole is still determined to discover Rafe’s connection to EJ. Meanwhile, EJ tells Stefano that Sami took the kids and went to Eric’s. Later, EJ comforts Taylor in her grief over Fay’s death. He then goes to Rafe2 to congratulate him on driving Sami away. Cocky Rafe2 lets it slip that Nicole dropped by to see him, which worries EJ. Meanwhile, Nicole tells Taylor that the secret Fay spoke of has to do with Rafe. Bo and Hope search for Ciara and Theo, convinced they haven’t gone far. Hope finds a note from Ciara and realizes why she ran away. Meanwhile, Lexie comforts Abe, who grieves for Fay, as well as Brandon, the son he never got to raise. Lexie reminds him he has a second chance with Theo. Hope calls Lexie about the children. Abe and Lexie show up at Bo and Hope’s house. Bo reassures everyone the children will be found. Meanwhile, Ciara and Theo are farther away from Salem than everyone thinks. Ciara is confident her parents will get along better now that she’s gone and she vows to stay away forever. Abigail invites Chad to join her in a summer internship at the hospital but he says he’ll be working at DiMera Enterprises. Abigail tries to hide her dismay but Chad realizes she’s worried he’ll be asked to get involved in the shadier parts of the business. Chad admits he wonders about that himself. When Kate and Stefano join them, Chad says he’s reconsidering working for his father. Kate and Stefano realize Abigail has influenced him. Kate, off her own anger towards Chloe, advises Stefano to get Abigail out of his son’s life before she turns son against father.

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Bo and Hope continue to frantically search for Ciara and Theo. Abe and Lexie check the hospital, then she breaks down and he consoles her. Bo and Hope grow closer as they work as a team to find their daughter. Meanwhile, Ciara refuses to answer her phone when Hope calls. She insists Theo not answer either. Later, Ciara falls and is knocked unconscious. Theo panics when he can’t wake her. He’s torn when Hope calls again, wondering if he should go against Ciara’s wishes and answer. After hearing from Rafe2 that Nicole came by for a visit, EJ fears she overheard him and Stefano talking about replacing Rafe. Stefano says they have to get the imposter out of town while Nicole is in Chicago for her mother’s funeral. That way she can’t question him any more. EJ and Stefano tell Rafe2 to leave town for good but first he has to play out all the goodbyes to make it look authentic. Nicole almost voices her concerns about EJ to Taylor but decides to keep it to herself. Taylor covers her feelings for EJ in front of Nicole. Taylor confesses to Maggie she’d like to have someone special in her life, especially at a time like this. At the mansion, Nicole talks with a vision of Fay and theorizes that EJ caused Rafe’s car accident in order to get rid of him. When EJ returns home, he and Nicole play a game of cat and mouse, trying to get information out of each other. Taylor returns and senses the tension. Nicole secretly wants to question Rafe more about her theory, but is thwarted when EJ says they have to leave for Chicago immediately. Alone, Nicole guesses she can wait to talk to Rafe until she gets back.

Rafe2 decides to ignore EJ and Stefano’s warning to play things out – he’s leaving immediately. He packs up and heads out, only to be stopped by Gabi and Will, who decided earlier they need to have an intervention to get Sami and Rafe back together. Philip relays the bad news to Chloe that Social Services is still denying shared custody. He leaves to talk to a lawyer and runs into Kate. They have it out over Philip getting sucked in by Chloe again. Kate then approaches Chloe, who is drowning her sorrows at the bar. Kate blasts her for being a horrible mother and vows to keep Chloe out of Philip and Parker’s lives. Chloe throws a drink in her face and storms off.

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DAYS’ Olivia Rose Keegan Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Although she is exiting the show on-screen next week on Days of our Lives, Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire) got the opportunity to go out in a blaze of glory (those damn lighters!).

If you caught this past Tuesday’s installment of the NBC daytime drama series, Claire finally became entrapped and completely unhinged, after being set-up by Tripp (Lucas Adams) and Ciara (Victoria Konefal); where everyone learned she was the responsible party for the notorious cabin fire and was about to attempt to set her rival, Ciara, on fire in a cabin, yet again, after taking off with her.

In the process, Tripp was held with a knife to his throat by Claire, and eventually hit his head trying to get away from her knocking him unconscious.  The perfect opportunity for Claire to make her getaway with Ciara.

Once at the Cabin, Claire pours gas all around as Ciara begs her to stop, while she is chained to the bed.  Claire then flicks the lighter.  To the rescue come Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Marlena (Deidre Hall); who have tracked down where the young women are.  Ciara calls out to Ben, who breaks down the cabin door.

Just then, Claire holds out the lighter with the flame ready to start another fire.  Knowing she is caught, Claire starts to explain how she lost her mind in all of this.  Ben tries to talk her down and to please put the lighter away, as does Hope.  As a desperate mother, Hope begs Claire to let Ciara live, and tells Claire that she knows she really doesn’t want to do this.  Hope tells her that she knows that Claire loves them both.   As Ben rescues Ciara, Claire closes the lighter as Marlena holds her.  As the others get out of harm’s way, Marlena says she has got this … and now it’s Claire and Marlena alone and inside the cabin together.

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But then, wanting to end her own life, Claire picks up the lighter and flicks it open.  She tells Marlena she can’t go back and says, “It’s better if she dies.”  Claire thinks she’s a monster and certifiable … and is as criminal as what Ben Weston has done in his past.  Reassuring her and talking her down, Marlena promises Claire that with help, she can turn her life around as Ben has done.

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Claire breaks down as Marlena holds her.  Next, Marlena is able to get her out of the cabin, away from setting herself on fire, and on her way to the hospital for observation, until it can be figured out what’s next for the troubled young woman.  As they leave the scene, Claire sobs uncontrollably knowing she is a damaged soul, has lost her way, and realizing the harm she has done to other people.

In all of these scenes, Keegan brought the angst, the mental instability, and the realization of Claire’s horrific motivations to life, in a dramatic, and not over-the-top way, even in the most melodramatic of soapy circumstances.  For those reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Olivia’s work are Power Performance of the Week.

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Knowing those scenes were part of her final days of shooting on DAYS, Keegan told Soap Opera Digest in an interview (in their latest issue on newsstands now), “Obviously, it was sad to shoot.  And it was emotionally demanding and bittersweet, because Victoria Konefal and I are best friends.”

So, what did you think of Olivia’s performance in the key scenes? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Unmasked! The Part Of Nicole Walker Is Now Being Played By Kristen DiMera

On Friday, NBC’s Days of our Lives delivered quite the cliffhanger as fans go into the Memorial Day Weekend.  There had been plenty of speculation that something just wasn’t quite right with Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) since her “return from the dead” to Salem.  Leave it to head writer, Ron Carlivati to come up with an exciting twist …  and he did!

As it turns out, that isn’t Nicole after all, but Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk) wearing a very convincing Nicole mask and weaving her plot while under wraps; chief among those plots is to nab Brady (Eric Martsolf) as her man; once and for all.

In story, at the Salem Inn, “Nicole” kisses Brady.  At first he responds, but then backs off, until “Nicole” yelps, “Damn it, Brady! Why are you fighting me on this? Just forget about Holly.”  Brady is stunned! “Nicole” says she wants to escape the pain of losing her daughter, but Brady leaves and “Nicole” smashes a vase.

Later at the Inn, Xander (Paul Telfer) hands over Holly’s hospital records.  Meanwhile, “Nicole” tells her accomplice all about the memorial service and how devastated Eric (Greg Vaughn ) was, and how bad she wants to be with Brady.  Admitting Brady currently rejected her, she says it’s only a matter of time before he gives in to her seductions.

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Next, we see “Nicole” ripping a mask from her face, just as Xander announces that Nicole is being played by “Kristen DiMera” and smirks.  Meanwhile, Kristen emerges from under the mask, free at last as her wig comes off as she lets down her hair.   Thus, the pieces all are starting to fit together.

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Kudos to Arianne Zucker for playing Nicole and Kristen as Nicole, and we can’t wait to see Stacy Haiduk as the conniving Kristen as this story unfolds.

Watch a promo for next week’s DAYS below.  Then let us know, what you thought of the twist: that Kristen is pretending to be Nicole, via the comment section below..

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will Learns He Has A Brain Tumor; What Next For WilSon?

On Days of our Lives, Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) have been through the wringer.  Just like any power couple in “soapdom” they are constantly pulled apart by circumstances that drives distance between them, or prevents them from being happily reunited.  But then, isn’t that was soaps are all about … or, do these boys deserve a bit of peace and quiet?

On Wednesday’s episode of the NBC daytime drama series, Rex (Kyle Lowder) and Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) drop the bomb on WilSon.  Sadly, Will has a small brain tumor, although believed to be benign, it is is in a section of his frontal lobe that makes it most likely inoperable.

Will asks if that explains his headaches and why he has been passing out, and Rex confirms that is the cause.  He also says the tumor is likely benign, because the larger ones are usually cancerous.  The next step is to do a biopsy.  Rex advises Will to not exercise, drive, work, and to avoid stress right now.

Later at the Kiriakis mansion, Will Google’s brain tumor’s on the internet and is emotionally overcome with what it says.  In tears and looking very sad, Sonny comes on to the scene to comfort Will, but Sonny is looking concerned himself, trying to put on a brave front for Will.  Then, Sonny and Will admit they are frightened for what’s ahead, but Sonny says they must try to stay positive.  Will cries.

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These scenes were nicely played by Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith, who always bring it in their scenes.

Look for more drama ahead for the duo and their on-screen families as Will deals with this new health crisis.

So, what does Will’s tumor mean for the future of WilSon?  What do you think will happen next? Are you upset that Will has this diagnosis? Do you want the duo to finally have some down time from all the drama, especially after getting Leo Stark (Greg Rikart) out of their lives?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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