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DAYS Recap – April 26 – April 30th

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Hope orders Baker to kill EJ. Knowing that EJ spotted him, Baker freaks and runs off. Hope stays behind to steal EJ’s wallet and toss his phone. When she finds Baker later, he asks if she killed EJ and she toys with him. Hope reveals to Baker that she didn’t kill EJ, was just testing Baker to make sure he’s not some psycho killer. Baker decides to stick with Hope. They split the money, but he palms EJ’s bank card. Hope returns home with the wallet as a souvenir and goes to bed. Sami leaves on a mission to have it out with EJ over him being in cahoots with Stefano. She’s stopped by Johnny, who is having a nightmare about EJ. Sami reassures Johnny, and realizes how it’s affecting Johnny being shuttled back and forth between homes. She finds EJ lying lifeless on the pier and thinks he’s dead. EJ comes to and remembers seeing someone, but doesn’t remember who it was. He tries to get up on his own and collapses in Sami’s arms. Chloe almost tells Daniel that she slept with Philip, but when Carly comes by, she clams up. Soon after, Carly interrupts Chloe, who is trying to call Philip with a heads up not to tell Melanie. At Maggie’s, Philip wants to come clean with Melanie. Just as he is about to spill, Carly calls with the news about Daniel’s surgery being a success. Melanie and Philip show up at the hospital, and when Daniel asks why she’s been crying, she reveals she and Philip had a fight and said some terrible things. Chloe and Philip squirm, each thinking the other gave the secret away, and Chloe blurts for Daniel to forgive her! Vivian is convinced Chloe unleashed her fury on Carly. When she arrives at the hospital, she learns Carly is unavailable and fantasizes about her demise. Vivian runs into Carly and gleefully accuses her of wrecking yet another home. EJ stops breathing and Sami attempts to resuscitate him. EJ revives and, lost in the moment, kisses her. Before she can react, a cop arrives and calls for an ambulance. At the hospital, Sami realizes EJ doesn’t remember the kiss. Rafe confronts Stefano about his and EJ’s rapprochement. He doesn’t buy Stefano’s excuses. Stefano learns of EJ’s attack and he and Rafe rush to the hospital. Stefano assures Lexie he will find and punish EJ’s attacker. Rafe witnesses an intimate moment between EJ and Sámi. On a date, Stephanie notes that Nathan is no longer thinking of Melanie. He tells her they said goodbye and both meant it. Stephanie tells Adrienne that she believes Nathan is her destiny, and that he will soon love her as deeply as she loves him. Chloe almost reveals to Melanie and Daniel that she and Philip slept together. However, she realizes Philip never told Melanie. In private, Chloe and Philip agree to keep their transgression a secret. However, when Chloe calls Philip to confirm Daniel must never know they slept together, Nathan overhears. Meanwhile, Melanie assures Daniel that Philip will never hurt her. Vivian is furious when she realizes her plan to make Chloe confront Carly backfired. She figures out how to ensure Chloe doesn’t find out she set her up to think Daniel and Carly slept together. Baker manages to gain the password from EJ’s bank card and transfers money into his account.   Hope comes down hard on the cop who took EJ’s statement. Roman calls her on this, but Hope wants more details about the attack and feels the cop didn’t get them. Later, Julie arrives and sees Hope with her medication. She questions Hope, who explains they help her sleep. The conversation leads to Ciara and Julie has a theory about her acting out. Hope disagrees with Julie’s assessment and the conversation turns to Justin. Hope says they’re not dating, but Ciara seems to endorse the situation. Later, Hope visits her doctor and tells him she spilled her last prescription. She needs a refill. Baker wakes up to hearing Nicole’s voice on TV, and he realizes she’s risen from the ashes and so will he. With the money he took from EJ’s bank account, life will get easier. However, a bookie finds Baker and takes all of his cash. After the bookie leaves, Baker says this little setback will be remedied once he meets back up with Hope. When he runs into her, however, she’s not the person he expected. Nicole and Arianna learn EJ has been attacked. Nicole wants to interview him and Arianna is her way in. Meanwhile, at the hospital, Lexie tells upset EJ she’s certain he’ll get his memory back. EJ needs to remember because he saw the accomplice, and the person seemed familiar. Later, Arianna shows up and convinces EJ to let Nicole interview him. Nicole starts to ask him questions and EJ suddenly gets the feeling that whoever hit him, was a friend of hers! Mia wants Chad back but it appears he wants nothing to do with her. His mom, Madeline, learns he has a study group at the DiMera mansion and wants him to stay away. When Chad calls her on this, she points out that the Peterson-Woods are public servants. The DiMeras are not. Chad humors his mom, but she has another reason for disliking the DiMeras. Later, Madeline meets with Kate and puts her on notice. Will learns Chad and Mia are through, but Mia vows to get Chad back. And she knows just how to do it, too.

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Baker thinks Hope is covering when she fails to recognize him but is later freaked to realize she’s the detective leading the investigation of the muggings. Baker decides to hightail it out of Salem. Meanwhile, Hope goes to tell EJ his bank account’s been hacked. EJ accuses Nicole. Hope hauls Nicole in to the station as the prime suspect. Arianna is pleased when Brady refuses to help Nicole clear her name. Sami talks to Rafe about Stefano and EJ. They argue about whether EJ and Sami have feelings for each other. Rafe gets a lead on Anna, unbeknownst to Sami, and makes plans to leave town. He and Sami say goodbye. Later, EJ asks Sami to commit to moving into the DiMera mansion. Mia tries to get Madeline to help her smooth things over with Chad. Madeline says she can’t. Later, Mia kisses another guy in an unsuccessful bid to make Chad jealous. Will gives her a piece of his mind, but Mia has the last word. Meanwhile, Kate tells Stefano that Madeline Peterson-Woods came by to lay down the law. Stefano finds Madeline and lays down a bit of his own law, but Madeline has something over him and Kate that’s troubling to them both. Kate imagines blood on her hands off the encounter with Madeline. Will sees she’s upset and promises not to let anyone hurt his grandmother.

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Hope brings Nicole in for questioning and tells her not to leave town. Nicole decides she needs help and goes to her old partner in crime – Stefano. He turns her away and Nicole realizes she’s on her own. EJ presses Sami for an answer about moving in with him. Sami can’t decide, and goes to Caroline, but rejects her advice to stay away from EJ. Sami tells Caroline that EJ has changed and is a great guy. Meanwhile, Lexie brings Sydney to EJ. He shares his hope that Sami will move in with him. Sami returns to tell EJ she’s decided to move in. Hope goes home, takes a pill, and goes to bed early. Baker, with his bags packed, plays one last poker game to get out of town before Hope comes looking for him. However, Hope finds him before he can leave. Chloe fears Nathan will tell people that she slept with another man. Nathan backs off, but thinks Chloe should tell Daniel herself. Chloe investigates the nurse and motel clerk who gave her wrong info about Daniel and Carly being together. The motel clerk swears she misunderstood him. Carly, Melanie and Philip help Daniel get settled back in at home. Philip is edgy about being back where he and Chloe slept together. He leaves, and ends up drinking at the Brady Pub. Melanie and Nathan run into each other and clear the air, both feeling they made the right choice to not be with one another. They know they are with the right people. Later, Stephanie tells Nathan where to meet her for their date that night, but runs into Philip drinking, and assumes it’s because of Melanie. He tells her it’s him – he’s the bastard.

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

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Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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DAYS Eric Martsolf and Stephen Nichols Named ‘Power Performances of the Week’

Last week’s Days of our Lives provided quite the backdrop for some stellar performances, as we had previously noted earlier in the week here.   However, there were a few scenes and moments that just stood out to us, that even when we watched them back for a second or third time, still got us choked up.

First, Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf (Brady) really deserves some major kudos here for his understated and effective work when Brady is finally given the truth – that his daughter Rachel is alive – and his brother Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) child, Mickey is the one who really died in a nefarious baby switch scheme thanks to Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston).

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Not only did Martsolf convey the joy that his daughter was alive juxtaposed with months of angst that preceded it, but he also showed the heartbreak knowing that Eric and Sarah’s (Linsey Godfrey) child did not survive.  In scenes with Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Greg Vaughan, and later with Stacy Haiduk (Kristen), where Brady tells Kristen their child is alive, Martsolf delivered.

Then, there was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who did what he does best, showing the vulnerability of Steve Johnson.  In key scenes following surgery to rid Steve’s head of the chip that made him believe and act like Stefano, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to explain her new relationship with Justin (Wally Kurth).  That alone is a shocking moment for Steve … and then he cannot understand how his sister and Justin broke up.  That is when Kayla has to tell Steve that his beloved sister, Adrienne (Judi Evans) had passed away a year ago following a tragic car crash.

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Steve is overcome with emotion and tears, as any brother would be who loves his sister, which made this all the more realistic.  It was heartbreaking watching Steve try to deal with finding out Adrienne was gone and then blaming himself for not being there for her.  It was made all the more hankie-inducing in a later scene, when he hugged his brother Jack (Matthew Ashford), as the two mourned the loss of their sibling.

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For these moments noted above, Michael Fairman TV names Eric and Stephen last week’s Power Performances of the Week.  

So, what did you think of Eric and Stephen’s work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Heartbreaking DAYS: Steve Learns Adrienne Died, An Anguished Sarah Lays Into Xander, Brady Tells Kristen Their Baby Is Alive

If you caught Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, it proved to be one of the more dramatic and emotional episodes of the year in soaps; featuring stellar performances from the cast.  First, knocking it out of the park was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who while in the hospital and regaining his true self back, learns from the love of his life, his sweetness, Kayla (Mary Beth), that she has moved on with another man in his absence.  Then, when Kayla admits she has been involved with Justin (Wally Kurth), he immediately questions her, “What about my sister? Did they split up again?” Confused and shocked, he tells Kayla she would never have an affair on Justin.  With nothing left to do but tell Steve the truth, Kayla has the painstaking task of telling him that his beloved sister, Adrienne died and the events that led to her death. Steve is gut-punched and breakdowns in tears over his sister’s death and that he was not there for her.  When Steve says she was such a good sister it is crushing moment as he says he will always love her.

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Later, when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Jack (Matthew Ashford) visit Steve in his hospital room, Steve hides his face.  Jack learns that Steve knows about Adrienne, as he sees Steve just overcome with grief, and goes to hug and comfort his brother.  Jack also tried to help Steve understand how Justin was devastated when Adrienne was killed and that Kayla was grieving the loss of her relationship with Steve, knowing she signed the divorce papers and he went MIA from Salem and did not contact her.

At the Kiriakis mansion, Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) is supposed to start her wedding to Xander  (Paul Telfer), but now she is armed with the truth that he switched her and Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) baby, with Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Kristen’s (Stacy Haiduk) … and her little girl actually died.  As Justin presides over their nuptials, Sarah is filled with moments of anger, hatred, and shock towards Xander.  He is not sure what is going on with her.  When it gets to the vows, Sarah finally blurts  “How could I marry you after what you did?” It is then he learns she knows he switched babies and let her fall in love with a child that was not hers!

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Sarah reveals to Xander that Eric told her everything on how he covered his tracks and passed off Brady and Kristen’s baby as hers, Justin leaves and once he’s gone, Xander tries to explain he did the switch for her, because he loves her and she had gone through so much.  Sarah, who is an emotionally fragile state, hears Xander suggest that they take Mickey and run away.  She tells him she is going upstairs with Mickey (Rachel) and when she comes down she wants him gone and she never wants to see him again.  Realizing he has been found out and his plans have blown up in his face, Xander collapses to the floor.  Upstairs with the baby, Sarah doesn’t know how to let her go.  And in the cliffhanger of the entire episode, an overwrought Xander turns and sees that Eric has showed up, ready for a confrontation …. and to see Sarah.

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Brady, who has been through an emotional rollercoaster learning from Eric and Nicole (Arianne Zuvker) that baby Rachel is alive, and that it is now his brother, Eric who is grieving the loss of a child, goes to find Kristen to tell her the shocking, and yet wonderful news.  He finds her at the gravesite of their believed-to-be-dead daughter.  As she continue to grieve the loss of their child, it is then Brady tells her that their little girl is alive!. Kristen begins to understand the revelation when Brady reveals that “Mackenzie” has the same birthmark as Rachel. and he has DNA test results to prove she’s theirs.  At first, Kristen is too scared to believe this could be true, but she reads the DNA results and is overjoyed.  Just then, Eric and Nicole arrive at the gravesite. Brady hugs his brother and Kristen tells Eric how sorry she is, even though she knows he does not like her for what she has done in the past to him.   Then, Eric and Nicole have a moment at the gravesite, as an emotional Eric says goodbye to his daughter.

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Later at their home, Kristen says she wants to go get Rachel.  Brady says they need to give Sarah and Eric a day to grieve before barging over to the Kiriakis mansion to claim their baby.  Kristen tells Brady she is not sure she can wait another day.  When she starts questioning how the hospital messed up the birth of the babies, it is then she learns that Xander was behind the baby switch; and as expected, that was not going to sit well with Kristen!

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Kudos to Eric Martsolf, Lindsey Godfrey, Greg Vaugha, Stacy Haiduk, Paul Telfer, Mary Beth Evans and the aforementioned Nichols for their performances in this episode that featured several hankie x 10 moments.

So, what did you think of this episode of DAYS? Were you emotional through it? Did you enjoy the work of the cast? Comment below.

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