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DAYS Recap – April 4 – April 8th

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As Nicole and Taylor are about to enter the DiMera mansion, Rafe2 throws Fay down the stairs! He rips her cameo necklace off her body and quickly hides. The sisters finally enter the house and are horrified to find their mother lying at the bottom of the steps, bleeding and unconscious. Rafe2 leaves thinking – and hoping – that Fay is dead. Nicole and Taylor call for help and rush their mother to the hospital. EJ overhears Johnny boasting that “Rafe” helped him learn how to fight. EJ uses the opportunity to confront Sami and put pressure on her regarding her out-of-control husband. Sami goes home and finds a nervous “Rafe,” who lashes out at her. EJ arrives at the hospital. As Nicole goes to sit with her unconscious mother, EJ tries to comfort Taylor, who pushes him away. Taylor calls Sami and lets her know about the accident. Rafe2 is stunned when Sami informs him that Fay is hanging on. Sami is baffled by his reaction. Meanwhile, Daniel and Carly tell Nicole and Taylor that Fay was not on medication at the time of her fall. The sisters wonder how she ended up falling down the stairs if she wasn’t affected by meds. In the hospital room, Fay awakens, stunned to find a concerned EJ by her side. As Fay recalls overhearing EJ’s evil plot, her monitors start to go wild.

Carly swears to herself that she will never again use a drug to numb her pain. She’s still jumpy when she runs into Adrienne and Justin, but covers. At the hospital, she’s once again tempted, but manages to exert some self-control. Meanwhile, Jennifer invites Daniel over, and they discuss Carly’s erratic behavior. Later, Jennifer uses a chair to adjust a picture and ends up falling… right into Daniel’s strong arms. The close, physical moment sparks a feeling in both of them – and Daniel beats a hasty retreat. Justin and Adrienne decide to elope!    EJ’s presence causes Fay to have a cardiac arrest, but Carly and Daniel manage to revive her. EJ confides in Lexie that he must have upset Fay, though he doesn’t know how or why. EJ longs to comfort Taylor but must play the role of dutiful husband to Nicole. Later, he tells Taylor he thinks Fay might be on to their feelings for each other. Meanwhile, Nicole goes home to investigate her mother’s accident and discovers the pills she hid. Nicole wonders why she didn’t take them. Rafe2 is panicked when he realizes Fay might be able to speak and implicate him in her fall. He tries to flee from the loft but Sami stops him. He ably covers and is relieved when he realizes Fay is currently incommunicado. He seizes an opportunity to slip over to the hospital to take care of Fay, once and for all. Later, Caroline drops by the loft to visit Sami and watch the kids. Sami decides to visit Fay at the hospital. As “Rafe” prepares to inject a fatal air bubble into Fay’s IV, an unsuspecting Sami approaches the room.

Melanie discovers Dario has used the money from Brady to hire a new private eye. In turn, she decides to use some of her divorce settlement money to offer a reward for any information on Arianna’s hit-and-run driver. Melanie tells her parents, who are impressed by her generosity. Dario is far less impressed. Meanwhile, Daniel tells Carly he’s worried about her. She admits she was having a tougher time than she let on but assures him that everything is fine now. Chloe comes upon Philip in a secret meeting with the social worker and jumps to the conclusion that he’s trying to take Parker away from her. He explains that, in fact, he’s trying to help her regain custody. Chloe and Philip continue to draw closer.

Rafe2 is about to inject an air bubble into Fay’s IV when Sami enters the room. He manages to hide the needle. Before Sami can question him as to why he’s there, Fay’s alarms go off and Rafe2 is hopeful that Fay will die, but she does not. “Rafe” lamely tries to tell Sami that he was checking on Fay as a favor to his wife. She doesn’t quite buy it, but lets it go. Rafe2 freaks, knowing if Fay recovers, she’ll tell everyone he threw her down the stairs. He plots to get back into Fay’s room, but Sami insists he come with her. She drags him to their special spot in the woods to get back what they had. A frustrated “Rafe” loses it and threatens Sami’s life. Taylor and EJ worry that Fay may have discovered their feelings for each other and that it may have somehow led to her falling down the stairs. Taylor is stricken that it almost killed her mother. She says they have to tell Nicole, because when Fay comes to, she’ll tell Nicole anyway. Nicole returns to the hospital and goes into EJ’s arms, happy her mother may be on the road to recovery. She hopes Fay can tell them what happened and what she was calling Nicole about before she fell. Later, Taylor visits her sleeping mother. She confesses all and begs for her forgiveness. Fay starts to open her eyes.

Dario thinks Melanie posted the reward for Arianna’s hit and run to impress him. Melanie is livid. She makes an impassioned speech about how much Arianna meant to her. Dario is affected. Dario later runs into Stephanie and questions her about Melanie, wondering if she’s as bad as he first thought. He begins to think better of Melanie until he spies her hugging Brady. Brady and Victor continue their strife over Titan. Later, Victor asks Maggie to go to Paris with him. Maggie thinks he means forever, but Victor says it’s just for dinner. Maggie still turns him down. She says she’d rather cook dinner for him here in Salem. Later, Maggie asks Melanie to play peacemaker for the Kiriakis men. Melanie tries, but doesn’t blame Brady for what he did. Brady is touched. Frustrated that Sami inadvertently prevented him from killing Fay, Rafe2 has a fantasy of killing Sami. He snaps out of it and tries to be like Rafe. He leaves a still-troubled Sami who confides her concerns to Caroline. No longer believing his behavior is tied to the brain trauma, she is determined to figure out what’s wrong with him. Meanwhile, “Rafe” goes to the police station and tells Detective McCarthy he’ll be away all night on a stakeout (creating an alibi so he can kill Fay). McCarthy insists on going with him, so he sends her on a diversion. He heads back to the hospital and rummages through the supply room for surgical scrub. Fay struggles to speak and manages to tell Taylor to help Nicole. Unable to say more, she drifts back to sleep. Taylor relays the message to Nicole and EJ. In private, Taylor tells EJ she doesn’t believe Fay’s agitation has to do with their feelings for one another. As they question what could be troubling Fay, Nicole sits with her sleeping mother, telling her how much she loves her. Fay awakens and says to Nicole, “EJ… secret.” Chad tells Abigail he’s moving into the DiMera Mansion that night and wants her to go with him. They meet up with Stefano and Kate and walk in on Mary still cleaning Fay’s bloodstains from the floor. Stefano calls EJ for the scoop on her fall, while Chad genuinely thanks Kate for sending him his birth certificate, which led him to his real family. Stefano is pleased, but later, he overhears Abigail telling Chad she thinks the bloodstains were a bad sign – it was a mistake for him to move in. Stefano is not pleased.

Fay mutters two words to Nicole – “EJ” and “secret.” Nicole is unable to question her further when Fay becomes agitated and Lexie has to sedate her. Abe tries to reassure Taylor and Nicole, and backs Lexie up when she insists Fay not have any visitors. The sisters head home, where Nicole thanks a guilty Taylor for coming back into her life. They decide to head back to the hospital and check in on their mother. At the same time, the Rafe2 manages to get into Fay’s room and prepares to kill her – just as she opens her eyes in horror. At the asylum, an amnesic Rafe is getting stronger and is more determined than ever to find out who he is and where he came from. Carly overhears Vivian on the phone with Carly’s son, Nicholas. As Vivian wishes him a happy birthday, she sees Carly’s heartbreak and plays it up. Later, Carly calls Nicholas and tries to make amends, but he can’t forgive her for killing his father. He declares that she’s dead to him. Carly goes to the hospital, where she hears Abe talk about his relationship with his son. A wrecked Carly lifts some meds and is sorely tempted to take them to ease her suffering, but she’s able to resist – for now. Later, Gus tells Vivian the DiMera Mansion is empty (or so he thinks!), and Vivian intends to uncover Stefano’s secrets that night! Bo and Hope question Ciara’s classmate, Kimberly, about her daring Ciara to scale the school fence. Kimberly insists Ciara is lying. Ciara, who doesn’t want her parents to realize she was trying to run away, stands her ground. Bo believes in his daughter, and he and Hope decide to let it go. Happy they’re on the same page; Bo and Hope have dinner and then go home. Things get romantic, and they make love for the first time since their reconciliation.

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John Aniston’s Final Days of our Lives Episode Reminds Us There Was Nothing Better Than His Delivery of Victor’s One-Liners

Monday’s Christmas episode of Days of our Lives brought it with it plenty of laughter and plenty of tears as this would be the final appearance of John Aniston in his iconic role of Victor Kiriakis.

The Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award winner in 2022, passed away in November at the age of 89.  Aniston’s Victor had been a key character on the Salem canvas since he first appeared in the role back in 1985.

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So just how did Aniston’s final appearance stack up with how we love to see Victor?  IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE EPISODE YET, PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW.

As fate would have it, Victor’s final on-screen foil would be none other than Leo Stark (played to the hilt by Greg Rikaart).  In the Christmas set up, Leo stayed overnight at the Kiriakis mansion unbeknownst to Victor.  When Leo greets Victor on Christmas morning in his holiday jammies, he is not one bit amused.  Leo asks, “So when do we open the presents?” To which Victor replies, “About an hour after we throw you out on your sugar-plum ass.”  When Victor tells his longtime butler, Henderson to throw Leo out the front door, including demanding that Leo “scamper back to Whoville”, in walks Sonny (Zach Tinker).

Victor is horrified to learn that his nephew invited Leo to stay.  Then, Victor reads off a laundry list of Leo’s crimes to Sonny as only he can: “Have you completely lost your senses? The man blackmailed you into marriage … almost destroyed our company with a fraudulent lawsuit … it was just last year that he drugged you and took comprising pictures of you and then sold them to the tabloids … why in God’s name would you forgive this creep!?””

Eventually, Victor gives Sonny an ultimatum: either get rid of Leo or he would fire him from his job at Titan.  Sonny stands up to Victor!  Telling his Uncle that he forgave Leo for his past transgressions just like many people have forgiven Victor for his over the years.  Sonny goes on to say that he and Leo are starting over and that, in fact, he would call them “friends” to which Victor, in the best dead-pan delivery, says, “That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.”

Soon after, Victor reneges and not only allows Leo to stay, but allows Sonny to keep his job, stating, “I changed my mind because I have a heart of gold.”  And, ain’t that the truth, that is why we have always loved Victor and John’s portrayal of the Greek tycoon.  Leo promises Victor he will not hurt Sonny ever again, to which Victor replies, “I don’t know how you expect me to take you seriously when you are sitting there in baby jam jams.”  In an ominous warning to Sonny and in Aniston’s last scene, Victor says, “Tell me Sonny, what does your husband think of your little sleep over party?”

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As the episode came to its conclusion, Days of our Lives included a heartfelt montage as a tribute to John and the complex character of Victor Kiriakis. From clips with Vic’s many wives including: Carly, Vivian, Kate, Nicole, Maggie, to his classic one-liners, to some of his most villainous turns, to illustrating that Victor at his core was an enduring family man, the series captured the essence of this one-of-a-kind actor.

In very moving fashion, the end of the montage featured a younger Victor sailing away on his yacht named, “Victor”.   No word yet on how and when DAYS will deal with the death of Aniston on-screen.

Aniston’s final scenes truly showcased all of his strengths, that classic delivery, his humor, his strength, and most of all his humanness.

To pay tribute to John throughout Monday on the Days of our Lives YouTube page and their social platforms, looks for special messages from the cast honoring the late actor’s memory and legacy.   You can check out one below from John’s on-screen son, Peter Reckell (Bo Brady).

So, what did you think of John Aniston’s final episode of Days of our Lives? The montage? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Alex, Chanel and Allie Have a Three-Way

On Monday’s Days of our Lives, the long-running soap opera included in story, its first ever threesome. DAYS, which has been streaming on Peacock since the middle of September, teased the ménage à trois a bit ago when Rob Scott Wilson’s new character of Alex Kiriakis hit Salem and was a bit of a ‘player’.  At one point during a conversation, Alex hit on Chanel (Raven Bowens) and Allie (Lindsay Arnold) and put into their minds the notion of having a threesome with him.

Meanwhile, Allie and Chanel have had their own past complicated relationships with men, and now with each other.  Feeling that their relationship has hit a bump in the road, the young women decide a three-way might be just the spark needed to ignite their love and passion for one another.

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Eventually, the two invite Alex over for a drink, making small-talk and trying to get to the reason they invited him over in the first place. After fumbling around to get to the true reason, Allie reveals they want to take him up on his offer. Alex is confused, until Chanel uses the word “threesome” to which Alex spits out his drink.

Allie then admits the three-way was her idea, and Chanel agreed to it, as it’s an adventure they could share together. They go on to say they chose Alex because they wanted someone who would have no emotional ties to them afterward.  Alex, also has a bit of truth of his own to share. He says, in reality, he has only experienced a three-way, twice before.

After trying to figure out how to start the sexual encounter, Alex kisses Chanel, then Allie and the three adjourn to the bedroom,  DAYS then delivers a montage of shots representing the sex between the three.

In the end, Alex is winded and dehydrated and goes to get some water, while Chanel and Allie check in with each other and say that the experience was more than alright and recommit to each other.

Fans of the series have been commenting on social media since yesterday. Also, to note, DAYS tapes month ahead, so this story point was already completed before the move to Peacock.  It should also be noted that Rob Scott Wilson also appeared in another soap first, when on Prospect Park’s All My Children, his character of Pete Cortlandt (Wilson) received oral sex from Colby (Brooke Newton).

So, what did you think about how the Salem threesome between Alex, Chanel and Allie was portrayed? Comment below.

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DAYS Billy Flynn Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just start this by saying if you missed last Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives on Peacock, you missed beautifully touching and effective performances by both Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail).

Leading up to it, Chad had a gut-wrenching week.  He figured out that Clyde (James Read) was the culprit that murdered his wife and later confronted him.  That led to key scenes where Chad confronts Clyde at Abigail’s gravesite and wants to hear all the gory details of how Clyde stabbed his wife, and then learned how the criminal covered his tracks, went after Sonny (Zach Tinker) and stabbed him, and framed Leo (Greg Rikaart) for the crimes.

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Throughout the reveal, Billy Flynn played all of Chad’s pain and horror, while holding a gun at Clyde baiting him on – problem was Clyde is so despicable he had no problem telling Chad the grisly truth.  During a struggle for the gun with Chad, it is EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) who saves the day and shoots Clyde.  The two brothers bond over their shared disdain for Clyde.

Later at the Salem PD, EJ apologizes to Chad for bringing Clyde into their lives and for what happened to Abigail.  Chad takes it in but does not explode, rather appreciates his brother for saving his life.

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However, the emotional rollercoaster that Chad went through, and the audience, in the expert hands of Flynn, was nothing compared to the heartbreaking scenes where Abigail visits Chad at her gravesite, now that he solved the murder mystery.

Abigail is proud that Chad found her killer and tells him that she wants him to love again and that it’s OK to move on.  She knows he will always love her, and she will always love him.  Then, when Abigail asks Chad to tell her what traits their children, Thomas and Charlotte, possess that remind him of Abigail, it was very tender and not overplayed.  When it was time for their final goodbyes, both Flynn and Miller reminded us all why #Chabby was one of the best duos in DAYS history.

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In the end, it was Billy Flynn who carried the ball all the way to the end zone and scored a touchdown in the conclusion of Chad and Abigail’s love story.  It is always a nice to see when DAYS decides to write for and feature material which plays to Flynn’s strengths, and this did.

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So, for all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Billy Flynn’s work as the Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of the Chad and Abigail goodbye scenes at her gravesite? What did you think of Billy’s performance and the reveal that Clyde Weston was Abigail’s murderer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first, check out our latest conversation with Billy, and his DAYS co-stars Greg Rikaart and Mary Beth Evans now on the Michael Fairman Channel below, where Billy discusses taping the pivotal scenes and more.

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