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DAYS Recap – April 25 – April 29th

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Frustrated and tired, Lexie unloads on Hope, blaming her for Ciara and Theo running away. Abe shows up with a neighbor who spotted the kids hanging around her landscaper’s truck the day they disappeared. Abe thinks Ciara and Theo might have hitched a ride to the company’s home base in the town of Centerville. Abe follows up the lead while Hope and Lexie work things out. Meanwhile, Theo and Ciara come upon a tough runaway named Leah. Ciara holds her ground, asking for something to eat. Leah is affected and gives them some food. In return, Ciara insists Leah take her necklace, which was a gift from Hope. Later, a cop questions Leah and when she tries to flee, she drops Ciara’s necklace.  At the loft, Dario finds Rafe2 with Alicia, the woman he picked up at the bar. Dario blasts his “brother” for cheating on Sami. Dario is even more annoyed that “Rafe” doesn’t care that they have Arianna’s killer in custody at the hospital. Gabi arrives and is happy that “Rafe” didn’t leave town after all, but her hopes are dashed when he once again leaves. Gabi points out to Dario that he accomplished his mission – finding Arianna’s killer. Does this mean he’s going to leave Salem? Meanwhile, Rafe2’s getaway comes to a halt when he gets a flat tire outside of town. The real Rafe makes his way through the forest but soon finds himself surrounded by the asylum guards.

Victor runs into Chloe at the Brady Pub and learns she is living with Maggie. Maggie sticks up for her new ward. Victor is stunned and tells Maggie if she takes Chloe in, she’ll never see him again. Defiant Maggie is fine with that. Meanwhile, Melanie thanks Brady for letting her stay the night at the Kiriakis Mansion. Victor arrives and apologizes to Melanie for the way Philip hurt her. They share a warm moment as Victor says she is always welcome in his home. Victor then informs Melanie about Chloe’s new living situation. Melanie is outraged, thinking Chloe is taking advantage of Maggie. She goes and Victor and Brady start to thaw their frosty relationship. Later, Melanie runs into Chloe and rails at her, until Maggie shows up and orders her to stop. The asylum guards have Rafe cornered in the woods. He backs up and falls into a ravine – apparently to his death! Meanwhile, his doppelganger accidentally discovers Ciara and Theo by the side of the road. He promises not to turn them in if they promise not to tell anyone they saw him. Ciara readily agrees, but Theo is more reluctant. Rafe2 fears he may have to take drastic measures. Meanwhile, Bo and Hope arrive in Centerville to grill Leah, the runaway, who gives them a tip about the kids’ whereabouts. Following the lead, Bo comes upon the kids with “Rafe,” who is about to lose his temper. EJ informs Stefano that he plans to divorce Nicole. Stefano knows this is about Taylor and urges him not to be rash; he doesn’t need to stir up any trouble. Later, Stefano learns that Rafe is believed to be dead.

Taylor tells Nicole that she’s moving out, but her plans are delayed when she learns of Theo’s disappearance. Taylor visits Lexie and offers her support. Meanwhile, Nicole subtly grills EJ about Rafe but gets nowhere. She confides in Chloe her theory that EJ had something to do with Rafe’s accident and subsequent personality change. On the pier, Nicole overhears Vivian and Gus saying it’s impossible to figure out who was being held in the DiMera basement. Vivian decides to find another way to get Stefano on her side. After she and Gus leave, Nicole gets her hands on their DNA results and begins to connect the dots.

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Maggie and Melanie argue about Chloe, and they part on bad terms. Brady comforts Melanie and promises to always be on her side. Meanwhile, Victor thanks Maggie for helping him and Brady melt the ice. However, he and Maggie continue to disagree about Chloe. EJ tells Taylor he plans on divorcing Nicole. She is opposed to the idea, as she doesn’t want to hurt her sister. EJ insists he’s getting the divorce because Nicole deserves better and he wants her to find the happiness he’s found with Taylor. He thinks Nicole can find that happiness with Brady. Taylor’s defenses break down and she kisses EJ. Nicole tells Chloe about her belief that EJ, with Stefano’s help, held Rafe in the DiMera basement and messed with his mind. Chloe worries about Nicole’s safety. Nicole privately realizes her mother knew all. Nicole backtracks a bit and swears Chloe to secrecy. Then she rushes home – where she’s stunned to find EJ kissing Taylor!

Bo is happily reunited with Ciara. Rafe2 worries that Bo overheard him be harsh with her and Theo, but Bo hails “Rafe” as a hero for finding the kids. At the police station, Bo and Hope assure Ciara they are staying together as a family; she was mistaken to think they were divorcing because of her. Bo asks the imposter how he found the children. He lies, claiming he tracked down the truck they took. Later, Theo reunites with Abe and Lexie. “Rafe” gets Theo and Ciara alone and tries to convince them he was searching for them, despite what he said earlier. The kids remain wary of their “hero.” Bo informs the imposter that he needs to stay in Salem a little longer to wrap up the case. Meanwhile, the real Rafe crawls out of the ravine, very much alive. Stefano manipulates Abigail into telling Chad she doesn’t think the hospital internship is right for him. Chad, thinking Abigail no longer likes him, tells Stefano he’ll take the DiMera job after all. Nicole sees EJ and Taylor kissing. Instead of confronting them, she slips away and considers her options while talking to a vision of Fay. Nicole is upset about her sister’s betrayal, but realizes she has power over EJ – and she decides to use it. She summons a lab tech to get confirmation that Rafe’s DNA matches that found in the DiMera basement. Meanwhile, EJ takes Taylor out for a romantic picnic. Taylor admits her love, and EJ kisses her. Taylor makes clear all must be resolved with Nicole before they can move forward. EJ assures her everything will work out fine – for everyone. Elsewhere, Nicole falls apart, feeling completely alone.

Jennifer admits to Daniel that she saw him kissing Carly. Daniel explains Carly was overly emotional – it wasn’t romantic. Melanie interrupts to tell Daniel that Philip left town with Parker. Daniel is hit by the news. After Melanie leaves, Jennifer pulls Daniel into a hug to console him. He pulls away, telling Jennifer he has feelings for her, but he understands that she doesn’t feel the same way. Jennifer shocks Daniel by admitting she does – and then kisses him! Melanie tells Carly about Troy attacking her the previous night. Carly is mortified she missed all her calls due to being drugged out. Later, she runs into Adrienne, and they talk about how love turned Adrienne’s life around. Carly starts to wonder if Daniel could be a solution to her problems rather than drugs. She suggests to Melanie that they visit Daniel, not knowing that at that very moment he and Jennifer are sharing their first kiss. Dario decides to stay in town, and Gabi wonders if it’s because of a girl. Dario denies it, but he later asks Melanie out to dinner. Melanie is taken aback and gently says she’s not ready to date. Dario suspects she’s interested in Brady but decides he won’t let that stop him. Later, Dario asks Adrienne for a job at the Cheatin’ Heart. Meanwhile, Will and Gabi resolve to stay together no matter what happens with his mom and her brother. Chloe is hit hard when she receives her final divorce papers. At Adrienne’s urging, Justin offers Chloe his assistance. He knows life must be rough now that she’s lost Parker. Chloe rebuffs him, saying she’ll find a way to survive on her own. Later, Chloe’s mood brightens when a stranger hits on her.

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Bo and Abe formally thank “Rafe” for finding their children. Theo, however, tells Lexie that “Rafe” is mean, mean, mean. The imposter covers, admitting to being a bit stern with the children. Later, Bo and Hope share a warm, happy moment with Ciara, their family once again complete. Meanwhile, Rafe2 is stunned when Sami returns and offers him a hero’s welcome. Thinking the old Rafe has come back, she states that she wants to try again… Rafe2 is not happy about this, and he comes up with a plan to nip this in the bud. Taylor tells EJ the last thing she wants to do is hurt Nicole by taking her husband. EJ promises he’ll take care of everything and is positive Nicole will end up happy, too. He and Taylor kiss. At the same time, Nicole confides in Chloe and declares she wants revenge on her husband and sister. Chloe hopes she doesn’t go toe-to-toe with EJ, but Nicole won’t be deterred. Nicole calls the lab tech, anxious for the DNA results, but they’re not ready. She then goes home and comes face-to-face with EJ and Taylor. Jennifer and Daniel’s kiss leads to him asking her out, and she accepts. Carly and Melanie arrive at the apartment and learn about the date. Melanie heartily approves while Carly must hide her disappointment. Later, at the hospital, Carly takes some samples from a pharmaceutical rep and pops the drugs. At the Brady Pub, Adrienne informs Abigail that Jack responded to Adrienne’s email but failed to even acknowledge his family. Later, Jennifer spies Abigail checking out Jack’s blog, where it seems like he doesn’t have a care in the world. Abigail feels bad for her mother, but Jennifer reveals she has a date with Daniel.

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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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