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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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Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Bring the Heartache and Heartbreak to DAYS’ Elani Wedding

Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives showcased the nuptials of now long-suffering duo, Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani (Sal Stowers).  In true soap opera fashion things didn’t look good for the couple to get hitched in the first place, especially with Gabi’s (Camila Banus) threats that she would literally blow Julie’s (Susan Seasforth Hayes) heart out of her chest, if Lani did not bust up with Eli at the altar.

As Marlena (Deidre Hall) is officiating the ceremony, things took a dark turn when she asked if anyone in attendance could show just cause why the couple should not be wed in holy matrimony.  Everyone is silent as Gabi, who is an attending the nuptials, is quite happy with herself broadcasting the wedding from her phone to Julie who is in the hospital.  Next, an emotional Lani tells Gabi how sorry she is for shooting Stefan.  Lani says she hopes Gabi can set aside their differences for the sake of Julie and Eli.  Gabi tells her she thought she made herself clear.  It appears that Lani decides she is moving forward with the vows, after standing up for herself and ignoring Gabi’s threat after tackling Gabi WWE Smackdown style.  Next, Gabi informs to everyone she just pressed the button on the app on her phone and Eli’s grandmother’s heart exploded. But hold the phone! In that moment, there is a twist.  We go back to Lani at the altar who snaps out of this blackmail nightmare she just played out in her head.  That didn’t really happen, but the audience sees her thinking process through it, which leads Lani in the present to break off the wedding to her beloved Eli.

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At the altar, Lani tells Eli through her tears she cannot do this.  Eli is stunned and confused.  The bride tells him he doesn’t deserve this.  Next, Lani turns towards Gabi, and then tells Eli she is sorry and then runs out of the ceremony.   Gabi mutters that her “work is done here” which seems to be overheard by Will (Chandler Massey).

What follows is absolutely devastating scene in the park as Eli has followed Lani there.  Through her tears, and knowing that the only way she can break things off with Eli is to hurt him deeply, Lani tells him at first that she doesn’t deserve to be happy with a husband, because she shot and killed Gabi’s.  However, Eli won’t accept that, and that is when she has to muster everything inside her to break Eli’s heart in pieces.  She tells the man she loves that she doesn’t love him anymore. Lani says that she thought that after baby David’s death and all they went through to be together it would all fall back into place for them, but for her, it didn’t.

Lani says her decision is made. With tears streaming down his face, Eli cries, “So you’re leaving me? That’s it?” Lani confirms it is, and that she is sorry and then runs off.  Cue none other than Gabi to find a gut-punched Eli on the park bench, who she hugs! Looks like there’s a part two to Gabi’s heinous plan ahead.

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The performances by Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers in this episode were top-notch – their work was and even though it was under the most outrageous of circumstances, you felt the love, the heartbreak and heartache of a couple torn apart, when they love each other so much.

So, what did you think of Lamon and Sal’s performances? What did you think of the final moments of the episode when Lani has to dump Eli for good? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Camila Banus Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

The angst, drama, tears, and revenge continued this week on NBC’s Days of our Lives with the stirring portrayal of grief-stricken young woman; who is hell-bent on making everyone around her suffer for the loss of her husband in a fatal gunshot that left him brain-dead.  Of course, we are talking about Camila Banus (Gabi), who turned in bravura performances this week, and there are four moments that really stood out to us that showed the range and depth of Banus’ work.

In the hospital chapel, Gabi talks to God and prayed to him that he will make Stefan (Brandon Barash) whole again.  There has been one through-line for Gabi throughout her life – she seems to have everything and everyone she loves taken away from her, even if some of the decisions she makes along the way have a cause/effect that leaves her feeling completely alone, and ready to lash out at the world for what has transpired.  In the chapel, she asks God through her tears, “Why do you hate me so much?” Gabi tells God she went to Sunday school as a little girl and still she has lost God and her husband.  Gabi cannot even get herself to look at Stefan’s things when Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) try to share them with her as she slaps the envelope out of their hands.

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In another heartbreaking scene, Gabi is in the bed she shared with Stefan. She flashes to kissing the love of her life.  Next, Gabi breaks down in tears, and throws things around in the bedroom before slumping to the floor.  She sobs and says, “Why did you give me your heart, Stefan, if you weren’t going to be around to love me with it?”

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Later, Gabi talks to Stefan in her sleep as she hugs his pillow. When she wakes up she cries as Kate (Lauren Koslow) arrives to check on her.  Gabi lets Kate have it, and at first blames Kate for the whole mess with Stefan.  Gabi lashes out that if it wasn’t for Stefan getting in between Kate’s feud with Vivian (Robin Strasser), he’d still be alive.  Kate knows Gabi is in despair and hugs her.  Then, Gabi channels her angst towards Lani (Sal Stowers) promising to make her suffer.

And on Friday’s episode, Gabi is ramping us some sort of revenge plan promising Stefan his legacy will live on. Earlier, Gabi was present with Lani and Eli (Lamon Archey) when Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) informed them that Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) will need a special pacemaker, even after receiving Stefan’s heart. Somehow, Gabi found a file on Visionary Bionics, the company that makes this unique medical device, and recalls Kayla saying she’ll do the procedure on Julie tomorrow. Gabi makes a mysterious call.  What is she about to do?

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Through all of the emotional drama, Banus sustained a level of performance that is no easy feat. That is why Michael Fairman TV names Camila’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

Let us know if you agree with our pick, and what you thought of Camila’s performances, and what you think Gabi might do next, via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Stefan is Brain-Dead After Getting In Lani’s Line Of Fire

If you caught last Friday’s Days of our Lives, and as we head into a new and dramatic-filled week ahead in Salem, after jumping in front of a bullet meant for Vivian (Robin Strasser), Stefan (Brandon Barash) has been shot badly – he has a gun shot wound to the neck through the carotid artery.

Lani (Sal Stowers), who fired the shot in an effort to stop and take down Vivian for her crimes against Kate (Lauren Koslow), et al, now finds herself in very, very hot water, and none more so than with Stefan’s wife, Gabi (Camila Banus).

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In the waiting area, Gabi shows up and confronts Lani. However, Lani and Abe (James Reynolds) try to explain it was an accident.  Gabi reminds him of how he felt after Theo was shot.  As Gabi runs off to see Stefan, Lani cries, “What if he dies?”

When Gabi arrives in the trauma room, she is told by Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and team that they worked on Stefan for over 20 minutes but he is brain-dead. Vivian, who alerted Gabi to what happened, and showed up at the hospital incognito in her scrubs to check up on the fate of her son, is trying to make her escape plan from Salem

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Meanwhile, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) is MIA from her hospital room as she and Doug (Bill Hayes) go to Doug’s Place.  She wants to breathe her last breath there, and wants one last night with her beloved husband.  Julie asks Doug, if she has been a good wife to him, knowing the end is near. After reminiscing of their past and flashbacks, and Julie wanting to have one last dance, she passes out

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Next, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Eli (Lamon Archey) arrive at Doug’s Place and find Doug crying.  They tells him that they need to  get Julie back to the hospital but Doug says it’s too late. Everyone is heartbroken.

So, what have you thoughts of the twist? Stefan brain-dead? Gabi on the warpath? Julie’s plight and its toll on Doug? How do you think this will all play itself out? Could Stefan come back to life as others have via Dr. Rolf? Share your thoughts below.

But first, for a preview of what’s to come check out the latest DAYS promo from NBC.

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