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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 OF OUR LIVES: Julie Stands Up to MarDevil; Susan Seaforth Hayes Reminds Us Why She is Soap Royalty

Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it, let’s just say, not your typical Turkey Day episode in Salem.  It also moved the story along with MarDevil being exposed!

At Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) Thanksgiving, Doug (Bill Hayes) shouts that Marlena (Deidre Hall) is the devil. However, Marlena still insists that Doug is delusional and needs to be locked back up.  It is then that Julie stands by her husband.  Julie is on to Marlena and wonders if she should call “Marlena,” who she truly is at the moment, “Satan”.

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Shawn (Brandon Beemer) and Belle (Martha Madison) also believe something is terribly wrong.  Marlena tells them this is ridiculous, but Belle wants to hear what else Doug has to say.  Then, Shawn handcuffs Marlena to take her down to the station for questioning.  Julie doesn’t believe for one second that handcuffs will restrain the devil, and she was right! MarDevil breaks the cuffs and flings Shawn across the Thanksgiving dinner table complete with food-a-flying, leaving him unconscious.

Now with yellow eyes and lights flickering, MarDevil goes after Doug and Julie, but Julie stops Satan in his tracks professing “Not today, Satan!” Just then, MarDevil grabs a knife and in a counter move, Julie holds out her rosary saying love is the power and that the God of love is stronger than the devil! Julie defiantly tells MarDevil that the truth is out and Satan’s reign of terror is over! But MarDevil turns the tables and sneers, “It will never be over!”

It was in these scenes opposite Deidre Hall, that Susan Seaforth Hayes shined as she has done for decades given the material, as Julie went the toe-to-toe with the devil and Susan made us believe that love can win out over everything, especially the love of Doug and Julie.

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In another touching moment in the episode, Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk) tells EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) from her hospital bed, how she used herself as a human sacrifice for the devil to keep John alive and to protect her son.  An emotional EJ can’t believe that Susan was willing to die for him. However, Susan explains that a mother always protects their child and she would do it all over again when faced with that decision.  Haiduk and Feurriegel also delivered in these scenes.

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With John (Drake Hogestyn) freed by Anna (Leann Hunley) and Tony (Thaao Penghlis), he eventually makes his way into the Horton house to confront MarDevil, but Satan is gone.  Instead, John finds Shawn with Doug and Julie and they inform him that MarDevil had left to fulfill her true purpose.  Just then, Marlena arrives at Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal). We fade to black.

Now below, check out Susan Seaforth Hayes in a scene from Friday’s episode as Julie fends off the devil.

Then, let us know, what did you think of Susan’s performance? What do you think MarDevil will do next to Ben and Ciara and “their” baby? Did you enjoy the Susan and EJ scenes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Which DAYS ‘Undead’ Return Have You Enjoyed the Most … Nick, Charlie or Deimos?

This week in the spirit of Halloween, Days of our Lives has been airing some very devilish episodes, with at its epicenter, the MarDevil’s (Deidre Hall) plot to wreak havoc on the town of Salem by resurrecting some of its all-time bad boys!

MarDevil goes to each of the gravesites of Charlie Dale (Mike Manning), Nick Fallon (Blake Berris) and Deimos Kiriakis (Vincent Irizarry), and literally takes them out of the ground and gets each of them to go after the people that put killed them in the first place.

For Charlie that is Allie (Lindsay Arnold) and for good measure his mother Ava (Tamara Braun) and half-brother, Tripp (Lucas Adams), for Deimos that is Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker), and for Nick, well, he has it in for Gabi (Camila Banus).

Throughout the Monday through Wednesday episodes, viewers watched flashbacks of how each of the bad men were murdered, and how now they have risen to torture their foes.

Blake Berris, Mike Manning, and Vincent Irizarry all looked as those they were having quite the fun time playing the zombie-versions of their once Salem characters.

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And as viewers saw, Gabi killed Nick, yet again, after finding Jake (Brandon Barash) buried, Tripp hit Charlie multiple times with a frying pan and cracked and his skull, and Nicole stabbed Deimos … again.  However, of course, no one else in Salem saw the zombies, making it difficult for the very much alive folks to get anyone to believe what just happened to them.

When the dust settled, it left Nicole and Rafe (Galen Gering) getting hot and heavy!

So did you enjoy seeing Blake, Mike, and Vincent again? What character’s undead return did you enjoy the most? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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