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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: Who Killed Abigail?

It’s the end of Chabby! Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it the beginning of a murder mystery on the long-running NBC soap opera.

In story, with several people wanting Abigail Deveraux DiMera dead, it looks like someone stabbed her from the final moments of the episode, when Chad (Billy Flynn) comes upon his wife, when he returns home from a movie with their kids.  Chad finds Abby in their bed, bleeding and non-responsive. DAYS has teased the death of character for a few months now, and everyone learned it is Abigail, played by Lead Actress Daytime Emmy-nominee, Marci Miller, who has exited the series.

Now, the mystery begins … whodunit? Is it a vengefulLeo (Greg Rikaart), who was brandishing a knife after his call with Gwen (Emily O’Brien)? Could it be Gwen herself who called “someone” while the prison guard nodded off for a nap?  Somehow, made it out of prison and back in time and covered her tracks.  Could it be a drunken Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), who ruined his sobriety overcome with the knowledge that Chad told Abby, that he was the one who kidnapped Sami – a secret he doesn’t want to come out. Could it possibly be Kate (Lauren Koslow), who wanted to protect her son, Lucas’ secret, and went to shut Abby up … or could it be someone else?

DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati spoke to Soap Opera Digest on their latest issue on newsstands now, about the decision to kill-off the character of Abigail, expressing: “It was mostly for a practical reason because Marci was not going to be available to us full-time on contract and it made it challenging to tell story for Chad and Abigail.  So we didn’t really have the option to have Abigail around, and then that always becomes a problem when one-half of a couple is not going to be available to you. What’s the solution at that point?”

In addition, it appears that bringing back Kate Mansi to the role, was not going to solve the issue the show was faced with.  Carlivati explained: “Kate has been willing to come back, but may not necessarily want to come back on contract, so you risk being in the exact same position that then Kate leaves and what do we do? Then the option would be to recast yet again with someone who maybe is willing to be here on a more permanent basis, but then you’re dealing with a new face. We’ve been very lucky in recasting Abigail, but you don’t always know if that’s going to work. So ultimately, we decided to kill the character.”

But as Days of our Lives fans know, does anyone really stay “dead” dead in Salem?  The head scribe shared on that point: “We decided to do it (kill Abigail) knowing that we’re not saying it’s not a permanent death, but there is always that possibility that death is not permanent, especially on a soap opera and especially in Salem, so you feel that maybe you’re not closing off the future of that character forever. That said, this is not going to be an instance of the car going off the cliff and you don’t see the person again. This is going to feel permanent and we wrote it as permanent.”

So, who do you think will wind up being the culprit who murdered Abigail? What do you think about the decision to take the character off the canvas, with what looks like for good? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below. But first, check out the promo for next week’s episodes of DAYS and the returns of Cady McClain and Matthew Ashford as Jennifer and Jack who will grieve the loss of their daughter.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ciara Saves Baby Bo with Assist from Heavenly Bo; Tripp Shifts Into Satan & Crashes Through Window

May Sweeps are in full bloom, and on Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the supernatural was front and center, and what Salemites hope will now and forever, put Satan behind them once and for all.

In story, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) is one tough mama. She and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) track down AllDevil (Lindsay Arnold) and her dastardly partner in crime, Charlie Dale (another guest return of Emmy-winner Mike Manning), as the devil starts the Ceremony of Transference to make their baby a mini-Satan. However, AllDevil has a plan to keep Cin at bay. She uses a protective pentagram wall, and electrocutes Ben from penetrating it.  Then, when Ciara has to save her baby, a white light comes upon her, and she is able to push through the barrier, push out Satan, and regain her baby boy in her arms.

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Tripp (Lucas Adams) arrives on the scene and clunks Charlie over the head with a baseball bat before he tries to kill Ben. When Ben comes to and meets his young son, “Bo”, Ciara tells Tripp that AllDevil is headed to St. Luke’s where he and Johnny (Carson Boatman), who was also at the scene, head off to find her.

At University Hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) is going to get Baby “Bo” checked out as Ben and Ciara spend time with their little one in the hospital room. All of a sudden, a white light appears and Ciara’s dad, Bo Brady (the return of Peter Reckell) comes through the light. Both Ben and Ciara see the iconic Bo, and Ciara tells her dad to meet his grandson, and thanks him for saving the day at the cemetery.

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Inside the church, while upstairs, AllDevil flashes back to when Satan was inhabiting Marlena (Deidre Hall) and set fire to the place of worship 25 years ago, and fans get the actual clip of the classic moment in DAYS history. Just then, Tripp and Johnny find Satan upstairs ready to torch the place. Johnny gets a good ole’ toss across the room, leaving Tripp to fend off the devil.

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But helps is on the way as Father Eric (Greg Vaughan), John and Marlena (Deidre Hall) are there to save the day; as they begin an exorcism, of sorts. In defiance, we see AllDevil begin to crack Allie’s neck as everyone looks on in horror. Tripp admitting his love for Allie, tells the devil to come into him and let Allie go.  The shift happens as Tripp is now the devil, and in order to fight off hurting Allie or anyone, selflessly jumps out the church window and looks in dire straits.

So, what did you think of this climatic episode of Days of our Lives, with more to come with the return of Bo Brady this week? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abigail Reveals Gwen’s Deception at her Wedding to Xander, But Gwen Drops A Bombshell

Look like Gwen Rizczech (Emily O’Brien) finally got what’s coming to her, or at least for now.  On Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives it was wedding couple number two who took front and center stage.

Now, Xander (Paul Telfer) and Gwen were ready to start their nuptials, following the disaster of the first couple’s attempt at tying the knot (Leo and Craig) and that coming apart at the seams.

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However, this wedding was not meant to be either, thanks to Abigail (Marci Miller) having the ammo (thank to a plea deal for Ava Vitali) to bring Gwen’s heinous plot out in the open, publicly.  That included: Gwen’s plans to nab Xander for herself and keep his true love, Sarah, away from him by any means possible as all was revealed to the groom and Gwen’s father, Jack (Matthew Ashford).  From kidnapping, drugging Sarah, wearing masks, being an accomplice to Kristen DiMera’s (Stacy Haiduk) schemes etc, etc, Abigail had the quite the dirt on her half-sister.

In the end, Xander walks out on Gwen, Jack practically disowns her, Abigail and Jennifer stand by and take Gwen’s insults knowing they have finally one-upped her, and Gwen is in a puddle of tears in her wedding dress.

Just then, Gwen gets one more visitor, Rafe (Galen Gering)! He comes to cuff-her and bring her down to the police station for her crimes.  Before she leaves, she angrily gets close to Abigail and whispers in her ear that she purposely killed her grandmother! That means that Gwen killed Laura Horton in cold blood.  What will Abigail do with his information?

Emily O’ Brien has been consistently knocking it out of the park playing all the levels of Gwen, while Marci Miller was fierce with her controlled and contained payback after all Gwen has put Abigail through. Perhaps, there is yet another knock-down drag-out fight to go down between the two in the near future?  Stay tuned.

So, what did you think of Abigail’s comeuppance of Gwen for her crimes? Are you happy Xander walked out on her? What do you think will happen next involving the information on Gwen murdering Laura Horton? Comment below.

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