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DAYS Recap – April 18 – April 22nd

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Hope and Bo continue their search for Ciara and Theo. Julie tries to rally Hope, who blames herself for Ciara leaving. Meanwhile, Bo coordinates with Abe and Roman. Bo then goes to the hospital where he finds Victor with Stefano and Lexie. Stefano and Victor want to take matters into their own hands, but Lexie and Bo warn their fathers to let the Salem PD do its job. Kate tries to calm Stefano and provides comfort. Ciara has injured herself and is unconscious. Theo nearly answers her cell phone when Hope calls, but Ciara awakens and tells him she’s fine. Theo is hungry and Ciara realizes they are running out of food. She insists, however, that she can’t go home – ever. Rafe2 prepares to leave Salem for good, but is waylaid by Gabi and Will. Doing his best “Rafe,” the imposter tries to explain that he needs some time away – just like Sami. Gabi and Will are thrown that he wasn’t even going to say good-bye. Dario arrives and doesn’t think his brother should be going anywhere – not when he and Melanie are getting close to finding Arianna’s killer. Gabi and Will react to this news and “Rafe” says he’s sorry, but he’s focused on the land of the living – i.e. himself. After “Rafe” leaves, Dario storms out, and Will comforts Gabi. At the pub, “Rafe” tells Roman he’s taking a leave of absence, but Roman won’t grant his request. Meanwhile, the real Rafe comes up with a clever way to escape the asylum.

At the Cheatin’ Heart, Melanie and Daniel come across a tipsy, stewing Chloe as she drinks away the afternoon. Daniel and Chloe have words, and he questions whether she should be drinking like this given the state of affairs with Parker. Melanie tries to get through to Chloe, but Chloe snaps that Melanie is just like Kate. After Daniel and Melanie leave, a drunk Chloe calls Kate and prepares to rip into her. Meanwhile, Daniel learns about Melanie being attacked by the masked man. He wants her to call off the reward for information on Arianna’s hit-and-run, but she refuses. Later, someone grabs Melanie from behind. In Chicago, Fay’s funeral service concludes. Nicole privately confides to the funeral director that she’s afraid to find out what EJ is hiding. She tries to call Rafe and learns from Dario that he’s left town. Meanwhile, EJ and Taylor share a limo to the burial site and struggle to fight their feelings for each other. Taylor insists she’s going to move out of the mansion once they return to Salem. They begin to argue, but are interrupted when their limo crashes! Vivian comforts Stefano over Theo’s disappearance. She makes headway before Stefano calls her on having ulterior motives. Gus gives Vivian the DNA results from the DiMera basement. There is one person’s DNA that can’t be accounted for – all they need to do now is figure out to whom it belongs.

Roman refuses to accept “Rafe’s” request for a leave of absence due to Ciara and Theo’s disappearance. “Rafe” sticks to his guns and quits the force, much to Roman’s dismay. Before the imposter leaves Salem, Stefano orders him to take care of Troy, the former drug dealer who is out of prison and demanding compensation from the DiMeras. “Rafe” ignores the request and decides to skip town. Dario asks Melanie to drop the reward, fearing it’s gotten too dangerous. Melanie refuses. She returns home by herself, unaware that the masked man is waiting for her. Melanie is freaked when the lights suddenly go out, and the masked man moves in for the kill. Chloe drunk dials Kate and begins to hurl insults. A scheming Kate records Chloe and baits her into saying something she can use against her. Eventually, Chloe threatens to run off with Parker. Meanwhile, Philip tries to convince the social worker that Chloe is completely suited for motherhood. Kate then plays the recording for her son. A stunned Philip confronts Chloe. Nicole reads Taylor’s private farewell letter to Fay. She’s intrigued by Taylor’s assertion that their mother must have been so disappointed in her. Meanwhile, EJ regains consciousness in the crashed limo. He fears Taylor may be dead, but she awakens. They realize they’re not seriously injured – but they are pinned together in the vehicle. As the driver goes for help, their passions ignite. EJ and Taylor share a steamy kiss as a worried Nicole arrives at the scene. Alone in her apartment, Melanie is attacked by the masked man. She struggles as the man admits he killed Arianna – and now he’s going to kill her, too. Melanie nearly gets away but he grabs her again. He’s about to strangle her to death when Dario bursts in and knocks out her attacker. Melanie pulls off the man’s mask and notes that he looks familiar (It’s Troy). Her emotions catch up to her, and Melanie breaks down in Dario’s arms.

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Philip confronts Chloe with Kate’s recording of her threatening to run away with Parker. Chloe swears she didn’t mean it – she was drunk and Kate was baiting her. Philip realizes she is not prepared to be a mother to Parker. Not trusting himself around Chloe, he decides it’s best if he and his son leave Salem. Chloe is devastated and is forced to say a painful good-bye to Parker. After Philip leaves, Victor makes it clear that Chloe is no longer welcome to stay in his house. He denounces her as an unstable slut and predicts she will eventually self-destruct. Meanwhile, Kate and Philip share an emotional goodbye. Daniel can’t help but find himself drawn to Jennifer. When she proposes an evening out for him and Carly, he ends up feeling strangely hurt. Carly, fearing Daniel will realize she’s coming down from drugs, rebuffs Jennifer’s idea. Later, Jennifer is flustered when she realizes Daniel might still be attracted to her. Before they can address the issue, they are interrupted by the news that Ciara and Theo ran away. Carly also hears the news and wants to help in the search – but feels she needs drugs in order to keep it together. Unable to get close to the wrecked limo, Nicole calls out for EJ to take care of her sister, unintentionally making him and Taylor feel guilty. EJ and Taylor are finally rescued. While EJ gets checked out at a hospital, Nicole asks Taylor about the letter she wrote to Fay. What did Taylor mean when she wrote that she never meant for “it” to happen? Taylor covers, saying she feels responsible for their mom’s death. Alone with EJ, Taylor insists their situation is untenable and she will have to do something about it. Alone, EJ murmurs that she won’t have to… he has a plan. Adrienne and Justin return from having eloped. They witness a warm moment between Daniel and Jennifer. Justin goes with Daniel to search for Ciara and Theo while Adrienne asks Jennifer what’s going on between her and Daniel. Jennifer finally admits she has feelings for him but has tried to push him and Carly together. Adrienne convinces Jennifer to follow her heart and be with Daniel. Justin also questions Daniel about Jennifer. Daniel admits to having feelings for her but believes she does not feel the same way about him.

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Bo tells Hope there was a possible sighting of Ciara, and he goes off to investigate. Carly, determined to help Bo and Hope, steals more drugs. However, in her haste, she takes the wrong pill and ends up feeling overly emotional. When Bo returns home to pick up a photo of Ciara, Carly goes into his arms, comforting him. Hope sees but is surprised when Carly hugs her as well. Daniel and Justin arrive, and Daniel takes Carly away, thinking her emotional reaction is due to her own feelings of loss regarding Melanie and Nicholas. Carly is touched and kisses Daniel, which a stunned Jennifer witnesses. Jennifer quietly slips away. Alone, Carly realizes she took the wrong pill. Meanwhile, Adrienne and Justin comfort Bo and Hope when they learn the sighting of Ciara proved to be false. Melanie tells Dario that her attacker admitted to killing Arianna. Dario attacks him, intending to kill the man. Melanie begs him to stop so that he doesn’t end up in prison. She talks Dario off the ledge and they call 911. At the hospital, the attacker has a seizure and falls into a coma. Melanie and Dario bond, having saved each other’s lives. Dario leaves to get Melanie tea. She starts to fall apart and Brady shows up to comfort her – which a returning Dario witnesses. Due to car trouble, Rafe2 is temporarily stuck in Salem. At the Cheatin’ Heart, he runs into Brady, who chews him out for trying to abandon Sami. Dario is affected by seeing Melanie hug Brady. Brady goes after him for putting Melanie in a dangerous situation. Daniel and Melanie break up the fight, and she explains to Brady that Dario saved her life. Melanie apologizes to Dario, but becomes irritated when he warns her to stay away from Brady – he broke his sister’s heart and he’ll do the same to her. Brady recognizes Troy as the dealer Arianna busted. Fearing retaliation from Troy’s boss, Brady insists Melanie stay with him at the Kiriakis mansion. He lets her know Philip left town with Parker. Daniel thanks Dario for saving his daughter’s life. Dario reacts to Melanie going home with Brady.

Rafe2 is still stuck in Salem, waiting impatiently for his car to be fixed. Dario calls to tell him their sister’s killer has been found and is in the hospital. He wants Rafe to come right away. “Rafe” lies that he’s already left town. After he disconnects, he runs into a hot babe named Alicia. Thinking Dario will be at the hospital all night, “Rafe” takes Alicia back to the loft, where they have sex. At the asylum, Rafe has dyed his white patient scrubs the same color as the orderlies’, and after he is almost caught, he finally makes his escape. He hopes the key he held onto all this time will help him discover who he really is.

Maggie and Victor bond over Ciara’s disappearance. Maggie finally admits to Victor she cares about him and feels they’re a couple. They kiss to seal the deal. Meanwhile, Kate decimates Chloe for causing Philip to leave town with Parker. She tells Chloe she’s a whore who belongs on the street, and no one will ever love her. Chloe falls apart on the pier, remembering her suicide attempt. Kate goes to Victor to commiserate over Chloe driving away their son and grandson. Maggie finds a destroyed Chloe on the pier and offers her a place to stay. At the same time, Victor tells Kate any friend of Chloe’s is an enemy of his.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: John ‘Unmasks’ Kristen In Great, Soapy Cliffhanger

If you caught Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives, head writer Ron Carlivati and company served up a juicy, soapy, delicious reveal to the duped folks of Salem! The backdrop? Of course, … John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena’s (Deidre Hall) surprise wedding anniversary party where at the same location a year ago all hell broke loose … as it has now a year later!

In story. after putting all the pieces together in a montage of flashbacks and moments, John Black is the guy (and Kristen’s ex) who figures that Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) is at the Jarlena party in disguise, but as who?  Through recalling … what “Nicole” said to him, what Abe (James Reynolds) mentioned to him – that since Nicole (Arianne Zucker) came back to Salem she’s been like another person – and Kate (Lauren Koslow) mentioning how Maggie swore she saw Kristen, not Nicole, when Maggie went off the wagon, but no one believed her, things were coming clear to John!

And that to the fact that Eli (Lamon Archey) received a call from Xander (Paul Telfer) who swears he has been working for Kristen DiMera, and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) reporting that bit of news to John, he is hit with the major revelation.  After touching speeches by John …and as Marlena delivers hers about the man she loves, the duo share a kiss, but then John stops “Nicole” and Brady (Eric Martsolf) from leaving the party!

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What happens next is soap gold! John grabs “Nicole” and rips her hair and mask off.  Next, Kristen flips back her hair and reveals herself to the party-goers and it looks like it’s curtains for Kristen … as everyone is stunned by the bombshell and we fade to black.  The pick-up of this great cliffhanger was today (Friday), more on that later.

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Watch the final moments of Thursday’s DAYS as John “Unmasks” Kristen! Then let us know what you thought of the major moment via the comment section below.

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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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