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DAYS Recap – April 19 – April 23rd

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Stefano offers Sami a truce, which she refuses. He nearly loses his temper and reveals EJ’s feelings for her. He ultimately forces himself to abide by EJ’s wishes and extends himself to Sami. Sami remains wary of Stefano, but feels more kindly disposed toward EJ again after their conversation. Rafe is convinced there’s something fishy about EJ’s sudden reconciliation with Stefano. EJ makes a case for DiMera family values, but Rafe doesn’t buy it. Rafe abruptly cuts their conversation short when he hears that Anna has been located. EJ panics and runs to Stefano, who assures it’s a false lead. He has sent Rafe on a wild goose chase. Kate, meanwhile, is appalled that Stefano has extended himself to Sami, but she rapidly gets on board once she understands the implications for Lucas. In counterpoint, Sami is shocked to learn that Rafe is still looking for Anna, even after he said he wanted out of her life. Their rapprochement is interrupted when he learns the lead on Anna fell through. Sami assures Rafe of her faith in him. Hope and Adrienne discuss their feelings for Justin. When Justin walks up on them, Justin and Adrienne have a heart-to-heart, and soon realize it’s too late for them. Adrienne makes a move to sell the Cheatin’ Heart and leave town. Hope is overwhelmed with work and family responsibilities. Abe offers to take her off the mugging case, but she needs to prove herself. At home, she tucks Ciara in and goes to bed. Later that night, Ciara is surprised to see her mom coming in from outside and is puzzled to hear her make a strange blurt about Justin. Nathan and Melanie deal with Lexie over the fallout from a patient’s sudden death. Stephanie offers Nathan her support, while Kate gives Melanie a friendly reminder of her obligations to Philip. Melanie and Nathan continue to struggle with their feelings, and Nathan asks her to meet with him so they can figure out how to work together. After working late at the hospital, Lexie comes across unconscious Abe at the pier. He’s been mugged!

Ciara asks Hope why she said Justin might be her new daddy. Hope swears she never said that and worries about her daughter’s well being. Later, Hope learns about Abe’s mugging. She questions him and connects his mugging to the others. Later, she hears Carly on the phone with Bo, telling him that she loves him. Hope tries to get past it. She gets a call from Ciara’s teacher and confronts her daughter about getting caught stealing from school. She expresses her concerns re: Ciara to Victor. Angry Ciara sneaks into Hope’s room and discovers a hidden box under the bed. She realizes her mommy has a secret. Vivian overhears Chloe trashing Carly to Nicole and comes up with a plan. She’s going to push Chloe over the edge and have her kill Carly! After Daniel walks in on Chloe trash-talking Carly to Nicole, they have a huge fight. Vivian moves in for the kill. Carly gives Daniel the good news that her friend, an eye specialist, can treat his double vision with surgery that night. Daniel is stopped from telling Chloe by their fight. Nicole gets a hot tip on Abe’s mugging and rushes to the police station to get an exclusive. Arianna gets a call from the TV station to start her job and meet the reporter she’s working with at the police station. Arianna arrives and she and Nicole realize they’re working together. Vivian overhears Daniel and Chloe fight. After hearing how Chloe dislikes Carly, she wants to find a way to use this information. She later eavesdrops as Father Matt implores Chloe to go to Daniel and talk to him. Chloe considers. Vivian gets an idea when she learns from Victor that Daniel is going into surgery for his double vision and that Chloe knows nothing about it. Vivian knows quite well she can’t harm Carly because she will lose Victor, but she can position Chloe to do her bidding for her. Later, Vivian and Gus go to the hospital, and she pays a male nurse to tell Chloe that Daniel and Carly aren’t in surgery, and that they may have left. Daniel returns to the hospital to get prepped for his surgery. Victor doesn’t want Carly to do the operation, but Daniel says he trusts her with his life. Victor thinks he’s a fool. Later, Carly wants to know if he told Chloe about the surgery. He explains they had a fight and he didn’t get a chance to tell her. Carly urges Daniel to make amends. Surgery begins and Carly lends her support. Hope catches Ciara in her room. After laying into her, Hope confides in Justin and it appears they’re becoming more dependent on each other. Later, Hope wants to turn in. Justin is twigged by this. She goes upstairs and takes a pill. Victor calls Justin on his hanging around with Hope. Justin lays into Victor, claiming he’s been more a son to him than Bo and yet Victor treats him poorly. Meanwhile, Hope has woken up and is strangely not herself. As she gets ready to go out, Justin comes up to check on her.  Nicole and Arianna realize they will be working together for Titan TV. The two argue, but duty calls as they land an interview with Abe. Brady learns about Arianna’s new boss from Gabi and arrives just in time for fireworks. Nicole thinks Arianna should quit, and Brady offers to find her something else. Arianna refuses.

Hope grabs her gun and is about to exit her bedroom when Justin stops by to make sure she’s okay. She lies and says she’s just drifting off to sleep. Justin leaves and Hope sneaks out of the house — and into a poker game. One of the players is Dr. Baker! Nathan insists on talking to Melanie about their feelings for one another. She tells him what was in the letter she wrote and Nathan kisses her, just as Philip enters. Philip quietly leaves. He gets drunk, unaware that Melanie is telling Nathan she doesn’t want to be with him anymore. She’s committed to Philip. Nathan accepts this and they have a bittersweet goodbye, the romance between them over. Chloe learns from a nurse that Daniel and Carly may have gone to a motel. Chloe races to the motel, and the motel clerk leads her to believe they checked in. Unaware that Vivian paid the nurse and clerk to lie, Chloe returns home, takes a drink to calm her nerves, and starts to cry. Unable to be alone with her despair, she opens the door to leave and comes face-to-face with Philip, who was about to knock. Meanwhile, Daniel’s surgery is successful and he looks forward to a future with Chloe.

EJ decides to tell Sami he loves her, especially as they seem to bond even more. When he realizes she still has feelings for Rafe, however, he changes his mind. Sami admits she wishes she never lied about her pregnancy and that she never ended up in Dr. Baker’s clinic. EJ tells her they must think of the future and suggests she and the kids move in with him. While Melanie tells Maggie that all is finally resolved in her mind, Chloe and Philip reel from their mistaken beliefs and end up making love. Afterwards, they are not really regretful of their actions, only saddened that their lives have come to this. They go off to have it out with their respective love interests. To his horror, Philip realizes Melanie was saying goodbye to Nathan. Chloe, meanwhile, comes to realize Daniel could not have been even close to being unfaithful. Melanie and Daniel each see that Chloe and Philip are a mess. Will all be revealed? While sleeping, Rafe cannot get Sami out of his mind. Meanwhile, EJ and Sami discuss whether or not she should move into the DiMera mansion with the twins. Sami fights EJ on this while he tries to convince her it would be best for their family. Before more can be said, Rafe shows up. After EJ excuses himself, Sami tells Rafe EJ’s idea. Rafe goes off on her. Stefano and Will play a game of chess as Stefano tries to get to know his grandson-in-law. After Will leaves, EJ and Stefano realize Rafe might be a hitch in their plan. Stefano finds Rafe at the Cheatin’ Heart, and hints at having information on Anna. At the same time, after speaking to Will about living in the mansion, Sami has a change of heart. Hope and Dr. Baker meet. They talk and Hope begins to reveal her secret agenda. Dr. Baker is a little wary of Hope, but she makes him an offer he cannot refuse. At the pier, Dr. Baker is horrified when EJ spots him. Suddenly, Hope knocks EJ unconscious. Dr. Baker tells her his concerns about how he knows this guy, and she offers him a proposition.

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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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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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