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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.

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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.

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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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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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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will Learns He Has A Brain Tumor; What Next For WilSon?

On Days of our Lives, Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) have been through the wringer.  Just like any power couple in “soapdom” they are constantly pulled apart by circumstances that drives distance between them, or prevents them from being happily reunited.  But then, isn’t that was soaps are all about … or, do these boys deserve a bit of peace and quiet?

On Wednesday’s episode of the NBC daytime drama series, Rex (Kyle Lowder) and Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) drop the bomb on WilSon.  Sadly, Will has a small brain tumor, although believed to be benign, it is is in a section of his frontal lobe that makes it most likely inoperable.

Will asks if that explains his headaches and why he has been passing out, and Rex confirms that is the cause.  He also says the tumor is likely benign, because the larger ones are usually cancerous.  The next step is to do a biopsy.  Rex advises Will to not exercise, drive, work, and to avoid stress right now.

Later at the Kiriakis mansion, Will Google’s brain tumor’s on the internet and is emotionally overcome with what it says.  In tears and looking very sad, Sonny comes on to the scene to comfort Will, but Sonny is looking concerned himself, trying to put on a brave front for Will.  Then, Sonny and Will admit they are frightened for what’s ahead, but Sonny says they must try to stay positive.  Will cries.

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These scenes were nicely played by Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith, who always bring it in their scenes.

Look for more drama ahead for the duo and their on-screen families as Will deals with this new health crisis.

So, what does Will’s tumor mean for the future of WilSon?  What do you think will happen next? Are you upset that Will has this diagnosis? Do you want the duo to finally have some down time from all the drama, especially after getting Leo Stark (Greg Rikart) out of their lives?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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