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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.

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.

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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What Did You Think of the Premiere of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’?

Today was the debut of the well-publicized and highly-anticipated DAYS streamer limited-series: Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem which dropped on Peacock at 3:01am EST Monday morning.

If you have not seen the first episode, and intend on watching it,  do not read any further as it contains moments and story points – however, if you have seen the premiere read on!

At the beginning is an updated version of the traditional iconic series opening of DAYS, hourglass and all, but wait for it! It’s not the late MacDonald Carey’s voice who is welcoming us in to watch the drama unfold, but none other than Deidre Hall (Marlena) who gets the nod.  Deidre voices-over: “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our Lives” cue the new logo for the limited series.  We also get an opening title sequence after the prologue of the episode complete with location shots and the cast members names!

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In this throwback to the 90’s high adventure and escapades in soaps, we learn that in 1991 the Alamainian Peacock was stolen by Hope acting as Princess Gina. Shane Donovan has come to John and Marlena in Zurich needing their help, because the peacock featured six different and precious gemstones: a citrine, an amethyst, a ruby, emerald, sapphire, and an orange diamond.  Although the peacock was recovered, the stones were not and we are off to the races in this case of the missing jewels caper.  Shane wants John and Marlena to be an American couple who want the gemstones at an auction, but he tells them there is danger involved.  Jarlena are most them up for the task!

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Meanwhile, Tony and Anna visit Carrie and Austin and can sense the trouble in their marriage.  Carrie is upset.  Apparently, Austin had too much to drink and brought up Rafe to Carrie.  Wanting to make amends, Austin wants to get his wife a sapphire necklace, which Anna goes a ga-ga for in the photo Austin shares. But not wanting Carrie to know what he is up to he asks Tony and Anna to go the auction to bid on it.

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Lisa Rinna makes her return as Billie Reed, but dressed undercover as kind of a Princess Gina lookalike, long hair, tiara, and all. She gets busted by Ben and Ciara and tells them she is undercover watching the amethyst in the jewelry shop that Ciara was loving on to Ben. But as they talk about Ben being a serial killer and all, someone went in and bought the jewel spoiling Billie’s plan.

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In Miami, turns out Paulina has the orange diamond, and in one of the funniest bits, goes and on how Michelle (Obama) in the White House gifted her the ring as Abe, Eli and Lani look on perplexed.  Later, when everyone tells her not to go out on the town with that ring on, she insists, but bad news.  While the foursome are dining, two henchmen with guns come a-calling!

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Elsewhere in Phoenix, Chad comes to visit Will and nuSonny, now played by Zach Tinker (who delivered in his emotional scenes in his debut). Turns out WilSon seem to be having marital problems. .. again!  Sonny thinks Will is cheating on him.  Will says he is working on a top-secret assignment and has to go to the office.  Later, when Chad calls to see if Will is where he says he is at, he is not there.  Sonny springs into action and goes to Will’s computer and finds an email that he is meeting someone at a resort and spa.  Best buds, Chad and Sonny, hightail it to the resort and land outside Will’s suite.  When Sonny knocks on the door he is surprised to see Leo Stark … in a robe!  Something tells us each episode will end with a guest star popping up, but we shall see and the let the games begin!

So, what did you think of the premiere episode of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem? What was your favorite part? What did you think of Zach Tinker in his debut as Sonny? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But, first vote in our ‘Beyond Salem” premiere poll and cast your vote below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ciara Remembers Her Love For Ben

After months of torturing the heart and soul of Ben Weston (Rob Scott Weston), finally, the love of his life, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) remembers the passionate undying love and connection the two share.

It began earlier in the week after Ben kidnapped her, and drove Ciara away from her nuptials to Theo (Cameron Johnson), who was left at the altar.  Alone in the cabin (which brings back a lot of creepy memories for both of them), you could see episode after episode, Ciara trying to push down her feelings, but they were too strong, and by the end of this week, she remembered it all as she stood very close to Ben and flashbacked to highlights of their torrid relationship including: Ben proposing to her, their wedding in July a year ago, in which Ben was taken by Eve’s  (Kassie DePaiva) plot in a bomb explosion – now a year later, after Ciara was kidnapped and then lost her memory – the couple known as Cin never really had their honeymoon! Stay tuned.

As the two share a passionate kiss on Friday’s episode, and later are side by side in bed, the door to the cabin bursts open with Theo and Shawn  (Brandon Beemer) there with a gun drawn.  What will happen when we pick up with Ben and Ciara’s story on Monday?

Meanwhile, major kudos again to Daytime Emmy winner, Victoria Konefal, and the immeasurable talents of Rob Scott Wilson, for making us care continually about this on-screen couple, constantly torn apart by circumstances, and with the waiting the hardest part for fans of the show, it almost always seems worth the payoff just to see these two connect and know that in life, a great love … never dies.

So, are you happy that Ciara remembered her love and life with Ben? What did you think of the key scenes played by Rob and Victoria? Comment below.

 

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Sami Tries to Splain Her Way Out of Her Affair with Lucas to EJ as Alison Sweeney Turns In Bravura Performance

On Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the first since the Tokyo Olympics took centerstage on NBC, provided plenty of fireworks, especially in key scenes between EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) and Sami (Alison Sweeney).

When we left off, EJ was armed with a letter from Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) about Sami’s cheating ways with Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) which landed in his hands thanks to Nicole (Arianne Zucker) – who wants payback for Sami, after Sami destroyed her relationship with Eric (Greg Vaughan).

It all goes down when EJ opens a champagne bottle for him and Sami and begins with a toast to his wife who is “beautiful, strong, and also a ‘lying adulteress.”’ Game on!

While at first, she tried to deny it, EJ gets her to admit she had sex with Lucas. However, Sami begins to get herself into deeper hot water, when she insists it didn’t mean anything, but EJ firedback that it meant something to him.  Sami recalls how Lucas and her were locked in a wine cellar fearing they would die, which brought them together and that they only slept together one time.

But not so fast there, Sami! EJ pulls out the nail in Sami’s coffin, the letter from Kristen where she tells him that Sami was having sex with Lucas in her mother’s guest room.  After a failed attempt to defend herself, EJ gives her one last chance to come clean. She then admits she slept with Lucas twice, and how she had felt lonely and that she was fearing her marriage to EJ had fallen apart, and she even throws up to him, his affair with Abigail several years ago.

While reminding him they found a way to work through his cheating ways. EJ insists what happened with Abigail was different because they weren’t married at the time.

Later in the episode, Sami shows up at Nicole’s door loaded for bear. She says, as Rafe (Galen Gering) looks on, “Rafe, you better get out of here. The bitch and I need to talk.”

Throughout the episode, Alison Sweeney delivered as she always had in Sami’s meaty storyline moments. and reminds us all of why Sami is one of the all-time best characters in the history of soaps as played in Alison’s capable hands.

And as first reported by Soap Opera Digest, (in their latest issue on newsstands now) things take another turn this week when Sami is kidnapped, which will help facilitate Sweeney’s exit from the canvas for now as well.

So, what did you think of the showdown scenes between EJ and Sami? Comment below.

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