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DAYS Recap – April 16 – 20th

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Hope reacts to Bo having moved his hand. Daniel says it’s a good sign, but Bo isn’t ready to come out of his medically-induced coma yet. Hope, alone with Bo, talks to him about their life together. It’s a huge, emotional and moving moment as Bo’s eyes flutter open. Hope cries tears of joy that her love has brought him back. Stefano has returned to Salem and cordons off a section of the town square for a romantic dinner with Kate. She is wracked with guilt and deeply regrets her night with Ian. She tries to hide her discomfort while making sure Stefano knows how much she loves him. Stefano toys with her throughout the meal, then finally reveals he knows she slept with Ian. He viciously kicks her out of his life. Kate is devastated but things get worse when Stefano tosses her an envelope. Kate reacts in horror at what’s inside and vows Sami Brady is a dead woman! EJ confronts Billie when he catches her looking for the box in the secret panel. Billie is unable to deny she’s been snooping, but does not reveal she’s working for the ISA. She suggests EJ work with her to find the missing money. EJ claims he doesn’t need Billie’s help and she leaves. In private, however, EJ considers the offer. Billie visits Daniel and asks him about Bo’s progress. After filling her in, Daniel asks her to dinner. She declines. Later, they separately arrive at the pub and keep catching each other’s eyes. Finally, they end up dining together and have a wonderful time. As they depart, they both look back for a glimpse of one another.

Abe informs Lexie he has gone to great lengths to find the best specialists and neurosurgeons to consult on her case. Lexie admits she’s made similar calls and has an appointment with a specialist who is coming to Salem. EJ arrives for a meeting with his sister. He vaguely confides that Stefano’s been going behind his back. Lexie sees how hurt he is by this and comforts him. Abe tends to Lexie when she experiences a headache. EJ questions and is devastated when Lexie reveals she has a brain tumor.  At the pub, Abigail runs into Cameron, who has picked up a shift to help Caroline. They’re prickly with each other at first, but they soon bond, especially when Abigail learns he’s Celeste’s son. As Abigail helps him wait tables, the two develop the slightest hint of attraction.  Kate comes to Sami loaded for bear. Stefano has taken Countess Wilhelmina away from Kate and given control to Sami, who is the new CEO! Sami has been waiting for this encounter and lets Kate have it. Lucas gets involved and is shocked by the news. He warns that Sami is enjoying it all a little too much, but she can’t keep herself from gloating. Kate storms off, vowing this isn’t over. Lucas follows his mother to provide comfort and gets another shock when Kate reveals Stefano took away Hearth & Home as well. She and Lucas are both out of a job!

EJ is stunned to learn Lexie has an inoperable tumor. At first he’s in denial and even lashes out at Abe for missing the signs, but soon his anger gives way to devastation for his sister. He regrets all the hell he’s put her and Abe through and vows to help. Lexie says there’s precious little he can do. Later, EJ visits Sami to see his children. He needs to embrace them. He informs her of Lexie’s condition. EJ learns from Sami what Stefano has done to Kate. EJ is furious that once again, Stefano is keeping him out of the loop and making huge decisions without his knowledge. Sami now wonders if she’s going to be running Countess Wilhelmina but EJ takes off without answering. Hope is thrilled when Bo shows signs of emerging from his coma, but she gets a distressing surprise when he slips away and his eyes flutter closed. She races to Daniel for his help, explaining the baby step Bo had taken. She insists Daniel needs to do whatever’s necessary to reverse the induced coma and allow Bo to return to her. After examining Bo, Daniel finally agrees with Hope and brings him out of the coma. It’s touch-and-go for a moment… until Bo opens his eyes and smiles at the sight of Hope. He and Hope share a tearful reunion.

Marlena is still furious that John is working with the ISA again. John insists he’s hardly in it for the thrills – Stefano needs to be brought down. They both know DiMera set him up for embezzlement and then kidnapped him and Hope. And this business with the jeweled egg raises the stakes even higher because they don’t know why Stefano wants it or what he plans to do with it. Marlena is reluctantly persuaded and bitterly laments that their problems with Stefano won’t go away until he’s dead and gone.   EJ comes to the mansion to find an anxious, angry Kate, who’s been locked out. All her things were removed on Stefano’s orders. She’s surprised to hear EJ believes his things will soon be following. He reveals he’s recently discovered Stefano has been plotting behind his back – why, he doesn’t know.

Stefano goes to the hospital, where he confronts Hope and John about the coin they clearly removed from his collectable egg. He wants it back. Hope and John resist, privately knowing they have an advantage if they keep the coin and figure out why it’s so important to him. Stefano is tired of their games and gives them a deadline to return what belongs to him. He warns there will be dire consequences if his demands are not met. He goes. John, Hope, Marlena and Bo know they’ve got their work cut out for them. Meanwhile, Stefano returns home to find EJ and Kate, and he immediately asks that they leave. EJ isn’t going anywhere until he gets some answers. Austin and Carrie have an awkward moment when they run into Nicole and Rafe at the pub. Carrie does her best to hide the hurt she feels over her (mistaken) belief that Rafe slept with Nicole and got her pregnant. Eventually, Austin and Carrie return to their room and make love. She is trying to fully commit to her husband. Later, she goes out to clear her head, not seeing Rafe is out doing the same thing … and the two remain apart.  Gabi comes to Will, asking for help. She thinks she and Chad could have a future if he wasn’t with Melanie. She wants Will to help her break them up. Will reacts in surprise. He can’t believe this; it’s not the Gabi he knows. Gabi opens up, revealing emotional scars over her breakup with Will and her feelings of inadequacy because she couldn’t keep him interested. Guilty Will tries to tell her it was him, not her – but she doesn’t buy it. To make sure she understands, Will finally confesses that he’s gay.  Chad and Melanie invite Abigail and Cameron to an outdoor movie and are surprised the two already know each other. Abigail is a bit put off by Cameron after she chokes on some popcorn and he saves her in front of a crowd. She claims she wasn’t really in danger and he scared her. Cameron just wants a “thank you” and just like that, the two of them are at odds again. Later, after talking to Melanie, Abigail realizes she’s being too hard on him. She asks if they can start over and they start to build a connection.

EJ and Kate confront Stefano. Kate makes one last-ditch effort to get through to her husband, asking for forgiveness. Unfortunately for Kate, Stefano is done with her. He calls her a whore and casts her out. He also tries to brush off EJ, but he won’t let his father off the hook without answers. He wants to know why Stefano has been sabotaging his efforts to lead the family. Stefano is cryptic and simply says EJ has failed. EJ won’t accept this. How could Stefano pull the rug out from under any of his children? EJ goes, and Stefano pulls out the envelope Alice Horton left in the safe deposit box. He looks over the paper again and sadly mutters the shocking truth – EJ is not his son!   Ian interrupts a meeting between Madison and Brady. He insists on talking to his wife alone. Madison reluctantly agrees, and Ian stuns her by agreeing to give her a divorce. She’s skeptical at first, but he assures he wants her to be happy. Madison races out to find Brady, while Ian makes a mysterious call about going ahead with an ominous plan. Later, a tearful Kate reveals to Ian that Stefano knows about their affair and he’s taken everything from her. Ian consoles her and says it’s good she sees the kind of man Stefano really is. Kate is worried Stefano will go after Ian, but he isn’t worried. He vows Stefano will rue the day he hurt her. Ian then reveals he’s set Madison free – he wants to be with Kate now. Madison tells Brady the good news about Ian letting her go and they celebrate by making love. Madison asks if his marriage proposal is still on the table. Brady says it is and Madison is glad – she wants to marry him.  Will tells Gabi he’s gay. At first she blames herself, but Will sets her straight. At the same time, Melanie sees another female fan come on to Chad and she stakes her territory. She and Chad then head to the coffee shop. Gabi sees them and again asks Will for help in breaking them up. He refuses and tells Gabi no good can come from it. Gabi pretends to back down but privately is still determined to come between the happy couple.

Though Sami is relishing her rise to the top of the cosmetic world, she wants to make sure her position as CEO of Countess Wilhelmina is an actual reality. EJ assures her this is the case and he can’t help but throw his hat in the ring to be her partner. She is very new when it comes to business, and he thinks he can help. Sami recalls EJ telling her he had lost some power at DiMera and while he doesn’t divulge details, he does admit his father has undercut him and gone behind his back. Sami is sorry, but she won’t risk EJ’s involvement if it will upset Stefano. She must run Countess W on her own. She does, however, offer EJ her friendship. Sami also inquires about Nicole. EJ admits he still wants her back, and will do whatever he can to persuade her.  Carrie wakes up in bed with Rafe … and then realizes it’s just a dream. She’s forced to put up a good front for Austin, who is so happy they’ve reconciled. Later, she calls Rafe and the two of them meet. Carrie confides she can’t get him out of her head or her heart … which is unfair to Austin. Rafe admits he wanted to be with her, but never pursued it because he heard her tell Austin she wanted to make a go of their marriage. Carrie is stunned. If he wanted to be with her, why did he sleep with Nicole and then lie about it? Rafe tries to explain but Carrie backtracks and tells him he owes her no explanation. Carrie knows even if she wanted to be with him, they couldn’t – because of Nicole and the baby. Rafe tells her that’s not true, and it looks like he might confess.  Later, EJ runs into Nicole. She starts to leave, but he stops her, insisting he can’t lose her. At the same time, Sami runs into Austin and he learns about her taking over his mother’s company, which unsettles him. The conversation then turns to him and Carrie. Austin reports they are committed to making their marriage work, but Sami warns him to make sure Carrie is truly over Rafe.

Lucas finds Kate and Ian together and realizes he is the reason Stefano kicked Kate to the curb. Ian assures Lucas he loves his mother very much. Lucas suddenly remembers Ian from years ago when he joined Lucas and Kate for a ski trip. He fondly recalls Ian helping him learn to ski. Madison tells Brady she’s concerned Ian might have a change of heart about the divorce. Brady promises not to let him disrupt things between them. Madison learns Sami is in charge of Countess Wilhelmina and receives a declaration of war from her former employee. Later, they receive a text from Ian, asking to see them … A wary Brady and Madison arrive at Titan, where Ian, Kate and Lucas are waiting. Ian explains he’s called Madison and Kate there to assemble the troops against Sami and Stefano. In a stunning moment, he names Kate co-CEO of Mad World – much to Kate’s surprise and Madison’s horror.

 

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DAYS Elani Wedding (Photos): What Did You Think Of The Nuptials?

This week on Days of our Lives saw the first African-American couple to be married on-screen in the 54-year history of Days of our Lives.  Now while Lani (Sal Stowers) and Eli (Lamon Archey) tried before in a previous ceremony, this one did the job … they are now officially husband and wife!

The ceremony was attended by Lani’s dad, Abe Reynolds (James Reynolds), her mother Tamara Price (Marily McCoo), Billy Davis Jr.  as a former FBI mentor to Eli, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) – it was her restaurant after all and she is Eli’s grandmother.  Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) presided over the ceremony.

There were some unwelcome guests at the ceremony as well; leading the bride to question, are we doomed?  Why does this keep happening to us everytime we tried to get hitch!

However, fate was on Lani and Eli’s side this day, as even Gabi (Camila Banus) with her antics, and a shocking arrival from Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel), couldn’t rain on this day.  Vivian even tried to shoot the bride, but thanks to Rafe (Galen Gering) saving the day and armed with news that her son Stefan (Brandon Barash) could be alive; he informs Viv firmly that she would be killing someone for the wrong reason, even though Vivian is in disbelief that her son is alive.  Next, she is whisked out of the ceremony.

Lani still feeling rattled by all the wedding interruptus gets a sign she should marry the man she loves; when her mother, who needed to go lie down earlier, as she was feeling faint, was able to show back up just in time to restart the wedding.

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During the ceremony, Eli mentions the loss of little David Abraham and the struggles they went through, but how in the end it brought then closer together.  After the rings are exchanged and they are pronounced man and wife, the newlyweds “jump the broom” a wonderful tradition and a symbol of African-American heritage, where the sweeping of the broom signifies sweeping away all the bad energy.  After they sweep the broom, Elani jumps over it.

In a behind-the-scenes of the wedding segment released this week on the DOOL app, Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey talk about the inclusion of the ‘jump the broom’ moment in the episode, and how they suggested the idea to DAYS Co-EP Albert Alaar, and how  it was written into the episode.

So, what did you think of Lani and Eli’s wedding? Did you enjoy it? Let us know via the comment section below, but first check out this wedding photo gallery of the big day!

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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DAYS Eric Martsolf and Stephen Nichols Named ‘Power Performances of the Week’

Last week’s Days of our Lives provided quite the backdrop for some stellar performances, as we had previously noted earlier in the week here.   However, there were a few scenes and moments that just stood out to us, that even when we watched them back for a second or third time, still got us choked up.

First, Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf (Brady) really deserves some major kudos here for his understated and effective work when Brady is finally given the truth – that his daughter Rachel is alive – and his brother Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) child, Mickey is the one who really died in a nefarious baby switch scheme thanks to Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston).

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Not only did Martsolf convey the joy that his daughter was alive juxtaposed with months of angst that preceded it, but he also showed the heartbreak knowing that Eric and Sarah’s (Linsey Godfrey) child did not survive.  In scenes with Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Greg Vaughan, and later with Stacy Haiduk (Kristen), where Brady tells Kristen their child is alive, Martsolf delivered.

Then, there was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who did what he does best, showing the vulnerability of Steve Johnson.  In key scenes following surgery to rid Steve’s head of the chip that made him believe and act like Stefano, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to explain her new relationship with Justin (Wally Kurth).  That alone is a shocking moment for Steve … and then he cannot understand how his sister and Justin broke up.  That is when Kayla has to tell Steve that his beloved sister, Adrienne (Judi Evans) had passed away a year ago following a tragic car crash.

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Steve is overcome with emotion and tears, as any brother would be who loves his sister, which made this all the more realistic.  It was heartbreaking watching Steve try to deal with finding out Adrienne was gone and then blaming himself for not being there for her.  It was made all the more hankie-inducing in a later scene, when he hugged his brother Jack (Matthew Ashford), as the two mourned the loss of their sibling.

For these moments noted above, Michael Fairman TV names Eric and Stephen last week’s Power Performances of the Week.  

So, what did you think of Eric and Stephen’s work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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