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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 Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will and Sonny Call It Quits

On Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Chandler Massey (Will) once again delivered heart-breaking scenes as the love story of WilSon took a dramatic turn.

After Sonny is summoned to the prison to see Will, the two have an emotional conversation, in which Will tells Sonny he knows that he kissed Evan (Brock Kelly) thanks to Kate (Lauren Koslow(.  Sonny assured Will that the he is not with Evan, but Will says, “Not yet.”

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Will goes on to say that what he did by taking the life of Sonny’s mom, and Justin’s (Wally Kurth) wife has put Sonny in an untenable situation and their marriage.  While Sonny calls it a tragic accident, Will will not allow Sonny to live his life with the ball and chain around him which is now an incarcerated Will, who will serve a prison term for what seems like years.

Knowing Sonny’s animosity towards Will, as much as he protests he doesn’t have it, Will asks for a divorce as tears well-up in Sonny’s eyes. Will mentions Justin’s recent prison visit and how they ran into each other.  Sonny tells Will just what Justin told him, that he is like a son to him. But Will feels so much guilt for taking the woman Justin loved away from him, and Sonny’s beloved mother, Adrienne.

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Then, Sonny asks if this is really about Evan.  Will says he  is just a catalyst as he wants Sonny to be happy with Evan, or whoever else he wants to be with in the future.  Will says he loves his husband so much that he wants him to find happiness again, and he knows he won’t if he is tethered to him.  Will tells Sonny he knows his daughter is in good hands with him and Gabi (Camila Banus) and he needs to honor Sonny for all that he had meant to him by loving him by setting him free.

The two men come to the harsh realization by finally admitting to one another that this was a long time coming.  With tears streaming down his face, Sonny says to Will, that when Will asked him to stop visiting him in prison, he knew their marriage was over, but neither could muster up the  courage to end it.

In the end, they both say how sorry they are, and say goodbye as Will is taken by the prison guard back to his cell as Sonny ls left devastated.

Freddie and Chandler reminded us all of why WilSon has been a continuing power couple on DAYS with their performances.  Now the question is; can Sonny and Will work their way back to each other, or is this the final straw in their lengthy relationship?

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Share your thoughts on the key scenes and performances. Then let us know, are you sad WilSon are breaking up? Or, are you glad? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Wally Kurth & Chandler Massey Deliver Poignant Scenes As Justin Tells Will ‘Don’t Give Up On Life’

If you caught Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the scenes capturing the minds of DAYS viewers featured touching work from Wally Kurth (Justin) and Chandler Massey (Will).

In it, after seeing Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) in prison, Justin comes upon Will, the man responsible for his beloved wife, Adrienne’s death (although the circumstances of just how Will was responsible have yet to come to light within the time jump).

Justin informs Will he is taking over Ben’s case, and Will thinks that with Justin on his side, Ben will have a better chance of getting out of the slammer.  Then, a guilt-ridden Will tells Justin that he thinks about Adrienne every single day and he will never stop hating and loathing on himself for being responsible for taking the love of Justin’s life away from him, and for what it has done to Will’s husband, Sonny, who has lost his mother in the process, and caused a huge rift in their marriage.

As things get more emotional between the two men, Will tells Justin that in his heart Adrienne was like a mom to him. Then, an emotional Justin tells Will he knows he did not mean to harm Adrienne.  Will thanks Justin, but thinks Justin hates him.  It is then that Justin reveals he could never hate Will.

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Justin admits he hates what Will did, but let’s him know in no uncertain terms that he thinks of Will as a son, and will not and can’t stop loving him.  As Justin begins to tear up, he becomes emotionally overwhelmed by the sadness of the entire situation, and tells Will, “You’re a part of our family for better or worse.”

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Next, Justin reminds Will that no matter what happens life goes on.   He himself is a perfect example as he has fallen in love with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and is happy for the first time in many months.  Then in the punctuation point of the scene, Justin tells Will to never give up on life and the two embrace.

Did Wally Kurth just lock up an Emmy nomination with this scene that aired on Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives? Did you reach for the hankies?  Share your thoughts on the heart-tugging scenes via the comment section below.  But first watch some key moments from it.

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