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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.

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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.

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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: Sonny Goes Off On Scheming Gabi & This Week Maggie Remembers The Night Adrienne Was Killed

Things are definitely reaching a boiling point in Salem.  First, if you caught last Friday’s episode, it featured a terrific scene between Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Camila Banus (Gabi) that shook everyone to its core.   Gabi, who has now been arrested at the PCPD for her crimes against Julie and her schemes against Lani, gets a visit from Sonny, and boy is he angry.  At the time of their visit, Justin (Wally Kurth) has already told Sonny that he doubts there is any way that Gabi will avoid prison time.

Realizing that both Ari’s parents are looking like they will be in prison, he asks Gabi, “Who gets the fun job of explaining this to Ari?” Ari loves Julie. He exclaims,”How I am supposed to explain that her mother tried to kill her multiple times?”

Distraught and thus facing parenting alone, Sonny screams at Gabi if she even knows her daughter exists!?  Gabi thinks Sonny is being horrible to her, but stands by her actions that Julie needed to pay.  Sonny just shakes his head in disbelief.  Ari’s parents will both be in the slammer!  When DA James Giddens arrives (Terrell Tilford) he says that Gabi will get 10 years in prison with no time off for good behavior and no parole.   In these scenes. Smith and Banus really delivered the material and brought it to an emotional level that hit home to the viewers.

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And now this week, get ready for more drama.  Gabi may get a last minute reprieve, while Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) is so close to remembering what happened the night of the accident that killed Adrienne (Judi Evans) – how she was drunk in a car that caused the crash – and the victim of this is not only Adrienne, but Will (Chandler Massey) who was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit.

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In the latest promo for DAYS, look for Sonny to also lower the boom on Maggie with another deserved outburst and a homecoming for Will and Sonny.

So, what did you think of the scenes between Freddie and Camila? What do you hope happens to Maggie after her remembrance of the night of the crash is revealed? What will Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston) to next and all of their plans seem to be unraveling? Comment below.  But first check out the scene from Friday between Camila and Freddie, and this week’s promo for DAYS>

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will and Sonny Call It Quits

On Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Chandler Massey (Will) once again delivered heart-breaking scenes as the love story of WilSon took a dramatic turn.

After Sonny is summoned to the prison to see Will, the two have an emotional conversation, in which Will tells Sonny he knows that he kissed Evan (Brock Kelly) thanks to Kate (Lauren Koslow(.  Sonny assured Will that the he is not with Evan, but Will says, “Not yet.”

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Will goes on to say that what he did by taking the life of Sonny’s mom, and Justin’s (Wally Kurth) wife has put Sonny in an untenable situation and their marriage.  While Sonny calls it a tragic accident, Will will not allow Sonny to live his life with the ball and chain around him which is now an incarcerated Will, who will serve a prison term for what seems like years.

Knowing Sonny’s animosity towards Will, as much as he protests he doesn’t have it, Will asks for a divorce as tears well-up in Sonny’s eyes. Will mentions Justin’s recent prison visit and how they ran into each other.  Sonny tells Will just what Justin told him, that he is like a son to him. But Will feels so much guilt for taking the woman Justin loved away from him, and Sonny’s beloved mother, Adrienne.

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Then, Sonny asks if this is really about Evan.  Will says he  is just a catalyst as he wants Sonny to be happy with Evan, or whoever else he wants to be with in the future.  Will says he loves his husband so much that he wants him to find happiness again, and he knows he won’t if he is tethered to him.  Will tells Sonny he knows his daughter is in good hands with him and Gabi (Camila Banus) and he needs to honor Sonny for all that he had meant to him by loving him by setting him free.

The two men come to the harsh realization by finally admitting to one another that this was a long time coming.  With tears streaming down his face, Sonny says to Will, that when Will asked him to stop visiting him in prison, he knew their marriage was over, but neither could muster up the  courage to end it.

In the end, they both say how sorry they are, and say goodbye as Will is taken by the prison guard back to his cell as Sonny ls left devastated.

Freddie and Chandler reminded us all of why WilSon has been a continuing power couple on DAYS with their performances.  Now the question is; can Sonny and Will work their way back to each other, or is this the final straw in their lengthy relationship?

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Share your thoughts on the key scenes and performances. Then let us know, are you sad WilSon are breaking up? Or, are you glad? Comment below.

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