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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.

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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.

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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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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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