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DAYS Recap – Aug 1 – Aug 5th

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EJ has checked himself out of the hospital. He runs into Nicole and tells her that he knows who attacked him; it was Brady Black. Panicked Nicole asks what he’s going to do. EJ isn’t sure, and Nicole urges him to let it go. She warns that if he goes after Brady, she won’t stop until he pays. Meanwhile, Taylor arrives at the Kiriakis mansion and catches Brady loading a gun. She tries to talk him out of going after EJ. Brady points out he’s only trying to defend himself. Taylor suggests he leave town with Nicole. Brady refuses to listen and, as a last resort, Taylor takes a vase and clobbers him over the head. Brady passes out and Taylor takes his gun and flees the mansion. She is about to throw the gun off the pier when EJ stumbles upon her.

Carly awakens in Quinn’s hotel room, not sure what is real and what is not. She convinces herself that she hallucinated the photo incident and believes her family still doesn’t know about her drug addiction. Meanwhile, Quinn has a run-in with Vivian who crows about sabotaging Carly. Quinn feels a bit guilty but covers when Vivian gives him a gift. He is touched. He returns to the hotel, where Carly asks if she can stay. Quinn is torn but ultimately gives his permission. Elsewhere, Gus loses it as Vivian chatters on about her beloved son.  As a favor to Melanie, Dario asks Rafe for help in looking for Carly. Rafe says he officially can’t help because the D.A. is breathing down all of their necks. Dario goes off on him but Rafe then reveals he plans to do what he can – unofficially. Later, Melanie gives Dario an out since her life is so crazy. He says he wouldn’t ever consider not being with her.  Maggie and Victor decide to table their differences. They plan a trip around the world – and make love for the first time!

EJ finds Taylor trying to dispose of Brady’s gun and presses her until she has to admit that she stopped Brady from going after him. She pleads with EJ to end this vicious cycle of violence. Meanwhile, Nicole comes upon unconscious Brady and is stunned to hear that Taylor knocked him out. She tells Brady her sister did the right thing. Brady’s true feelings for Nicole bubble to the surface. He asks her to leave and let him think about what to do next. Later, Nicole crosses with Taylor and reacts in horror when she learns that EJ found her with Brady’s gun. Taylor remains hopeful that EJ will do the right thing, but Nicole is pessimistic and very worried. EJ, meanwhile, shows up at the Kiriakis mansion and returns Brady’s gun, telling him he might need it.  Kate is nervous about her plan to torpedo Chloe’s concert and makes an appeal to Quinn, who reiterates that he’s done with her. Kate moves on to Plan B. She remembers seeing Quinn and Vivian together and decides to go on a little fishing expedition with morose, drunken Gus. She gets close but ultimately learns nothing from Gus about Quinn. She does feel encouraged, however, that she’s on to something. Meanwhile, Chloe’s concert rehearsal plans are scuttled by a summons from Quinn. He makes clear her job with him should be her only priority.

Sonny and Will make plans to go to the baseball game together. Will extends an olive branch to “T,” but he doesn’t accept it. Eager to prove his manhood, “T” accepts a “friends with benefits” invitation from Kinsey. Later, Kinsey is stunned to see Chloe accepting money from a strange man at the hotel. Meanwhile, Will and Gabi nearly make love for the first time.  Daniel and Melanie learn Carly called the hospital the night before to say she’d be taking some time off. Jennifer shares with Abigail her distress that Daniel now thinks they should stay away from each other for Carly’s sake. Daniel and Jennifer talk it out and admit they love each other. They reunite in a kiss. Meanwhile, Carly dreams about Daniel and Melanie rejecting her, Vivian ripping her apart and Lawrence asking her to join him in hell. Carly calls Melanie, who thinks it’s a wrong number and hangs up. Carly gives up on life and calls drug dealer Phelps to buy more drugs, knowing it could kill her.  Chloe gets ready with Kinsey for her debut show at the Brookville club. Meanwhile, Kate plans to have Randy out Chloe as a hooker to her caseworker. But when Kate tries to meet up with Randy, Quinn shows instead. He gives her Randy’s money back, and the money she paid Quinn to recruit Chloe in the first place. He makes clear all deals are off, and she swears he’s made a powerful enemy. Quinn meets with Vivian at Lawrence’s tombstone. Vivian reveals the depth of her emotion about losing Lawrence and why she wants revenge so badly against Carly. Quinn tells her he’s made a new enemy – Kate. Vivian tells him Kate is her mortal enemy! Quinn is confident he can handle her. Meanwhile, Kate decides to find out more about Quinn. She runs into drunken Gus again, knowing she needs to actively pursue this angle.

Kinsey reveals to Chloe that she knows she is a prostitute. Kinsey swears she doesn’t judge her. After the successful concert, Kate fumes to hear Chloe talking about getting Parker back and makes her digs. Kinsey comes to Chloe’s defense. When Chloe gets them something to drink, Kinsey answers Chloe’s call and talks to her john. Kinsey pretends to be Chloe and makes an appointment. Chad lays into Kate for her previous attempt to break up him and Abigail. Later, he encourages Abigail to make up with Melanie. Abigail is grateful, and she and Chad share a romantic kiss.

Brady tells Victor that EJ now knows he was the one who attacked him. Victor insists Brady let him handle the situation. Meanwhile, Nicole thinks the only way to prevent EJ from killing Brady is for Taylor to tell EJ she still loves him and wants to be with him. Both, however, are unaware that EJ has refused to tell Stefano who attacked him, saying he still doesn’t remember. Stefano is not convinced and is furious that EJ seems to want to handle this himself. Victor calls Stefano, demanding they meet to talk about the “situation.” Stefano realizes Brady is the one who attacked his son. He agrees to the meeting and privately tells Marco he will have his revenge. Meanwhile, Nicole begs Brady to be safe. EJ runs into Taylor and tells her he decided not to strike back at Brady. She is thrilled and relieved. EJ tells her he didn’t make the decision to get her back. He knows she can never forgive him for being responsible for Fay’s death. He gives her a chaste kiss goodbye and leaves, unaware of her devastation. Brady finds her at her most vulnerable while EJ finds Nicole and tells her he won’t retaliate against Brady.

Roman sends Bo and Hope to investigate an attack on a prostitute while keeping frustrated Rafe tied to his desk, doing paperwork. Bo and Hope interview the victim, and then report back to Roman that she never saw her attacker. Roman tells them to drop the case since there’s nothing to go on. Bo and Hope protest but Roman cites budget constraints. He tells them to leave it alone or they’re fired. Frustrated Hope leaves. Bo follows her to tell her he wants to work the case with her behind Roman’s back, even if it means they both get fired. Rafe has overheard and says to count him in. Maggie confesses to Adrienne that she and Victor are an item. Later, she’s disappointed when Victor cancels their date. Sonny tells Justin and Adrienne that he’s staying in Salem for the summer, hoping to get a job doing office work with the D.A. They don’t think that’s a good idea considering the D.A. is not a fan of Victor’s. Sonny reveals he’s deliberately seeking a job there in order to protect his family.

EJ has made his choice: he’s not going after Brady for what he did. Nicole is relieved and affected by his decision. Meanwhile, Brady absorbs the news from Taylor that EJ won’t seek revenge. She tells him now that things are finally calming down, he should try to find true love. Brady wonders if she means Nicole but before the conversation can go further he gets a call from EJ. EJ wants to meet and call a truce. Brady heads off to bury the hatchet with EJ but at the same time is wary.  Stefano continues his plans to meet with an unsuspecting Victor and make him pay for what was done to EJ. Victor puts off a date with Maggie, saying he has business, confident he can come to terms with Stefano. Maggie reluctantly goes home after Victor promises to make it up to her, and there she meets up with Melanie. When Maggie learns how close EJ was to figuring out it was Brady who beat him, the real reason Victor put her off crystallizes for her. Worried, she rushes to find Victor and warn him of danger. She arrives on the pier just as Stefano and Victor meet up. Stefano’s man takes aim to fire on Victor but at the last moment Maggie rushes in… and is shot instead! She collapses in Victor’s arms. Chad and Sonny become aware that storm clouds are brewing between their families. They search for Brady and EJ but get a surprise when they are found shaking hands. They think a war has been averted, unaware that events taking place on the pier will assure that never happens.  Sami and Rafe get romantic after teaming up for some decidedly domestic chores.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Nicole Has Long-Awaited Showdown With Sloan as Carlivati Writing Regime Episodes Begin Again

On the Friday, May 31st episode of Days of our Lives, head writer Ron Carlivati promised a nod to the audience that the script they are watching came from his writing team, their first, since the writers strike.

At the beginning of today’s show, one of Carlivati’s favorite muses, Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), is sitting with his laptop saying how bad The Spectator’s writing has gotten, expressing, “No offense Everett, but the quality of the writing has really gone down hill the last couple of months. But that is about to change starting today.”

With that, the viewers finally get the long-awaited confrontation between Nicole (Arianne Zucker) and Sloan (Jessica Serfaty), which seemed, at first, a bit odd that Sloan snuck into the DiMera mansion to confront Nicole in the first place, when she should be on the run.

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Sloan tells Nicole there’s something she has to hear. Nicole starts to call Rafe (Galen Gering) to lock her up, but Sloan stops her. She swears to Nicole she didn’t plan to kidnap Jude. Dimitri showed up with him just as she was running out of options after her adoption fell through with Eric.  “It felt like fate,” Sloan says. “I’ll show you fate,” Nicole shouts and punches Sloan’s lights out.

Nicole is mortified of what Sloan put her through and the lengths of her lies and deceit. That’s when Sloan reminds Nicole she did the exact same thing to Sami (Alison Sweeney) years ago. So, she goes on to say, because of how she stole a baby from its birth mother, maybe she can show her some grace. Nicole shouts, “Never!”

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Sloan starts to make her exit as Nicole is calling the cops, and just as Sloan makes it to the doorway, Eric (Greg Vaughan) shows up. Will she tell Eric he is the biological father of baby Jude before EJ (Dan Feuerriegel)​​ returns home?

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Meanwhile, outside the Brady Pub, EJ runs into Leo and Leo is on to him. He realizes something is up with Sloan and baby Jude and EJ’s part in any cover-up just as Rafe arrests Melinda  (Tina Huang) for seemingly her part of hatching the baby switch plot.

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Elsewhere, Bobby (Blake Berris) has control of Everett right in front of Jada (Elia Cantu), Stephanie (Abigail Klein) and Marlena (Deidre Hall), who shows up to help him. It’s now defined to everyone that Bobby is an alter that is protecting Everett from finding out something terrible that happened to him, which caused his split personality.

So, what did you think of the Nicole/Sloan baby switch showdown? Underwhelming? Great? What did you think of the first show back from the regular DAYS writing regime? Do you like how things moved? Do you not like the direction? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Eric Says Goodbye to Baby Jude

The Monday, May 27th of Peacock’s Days of our Lives, picked right back up for the emotional payoff of Nicole (Arianne Zucker) finally getting her biological son, Jude, back in her arms and learning it from Eric (Greg Vaughan).

As the episode began, Eric (with Jude in tow) is at the front door of the DiMera mansion. Eric recounts Sloan’s (Jessica Serfaty) confession. Nicole (Arianne Zucker) says she knew from the first time she held Jude that this was her child. She says a parent knows deep in their soul. Eric looks at her with tears in his eyes, as he thinks Jude is now EJ’s (Dan Feuerriegel) biological son. That’s a lie into itself and EJ is covering the truth of that along with Sloan.

Eric goes on to explain that Sloan even rigged the DNA results, telling the couple that they can check for themselves with a new DNA test, but this is their baby. Once inside the living room, Eric apologizes to Nicole for what Sloan put her though. Nicole says EJ was a victim too.  She turns to EJ and insists that Sloan be arrested. He tells her there is plenty of time for that. She reiterates, “That bitch stole my baby!” But, EJ is not about to do anything about it.

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Eric vows he will make Sloan pay for all of her lies and deceit. Nicole asks Eric if he would like to hold Jude one more time before he leaves. Eric tells Jude he will love him more than he will ever know.

As tears stream down his face, he returns Jude to Nicole. She tells he can come over anytime to see the baby. Eric thinks it’s best for Jude to bond with his new family. Holly (Ashley Puzemis) comes in on all this and is filled-in on Jude’s “parentage.” Outside, Eric continues to falls apart.

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However, after getting a call from Rafe (Galen Gering), they meet outside Eric’s apartment door. When they enter, the place is a torn up and there is no sign of Sloan. All that they find is a necklace, Eric gave her for Mother’s Day.Eric realized she took off, knowing she could be caught for her crimes. Meanwhile, back the DiMeras, an overcome Nicole is in tears that she actually has her baby back.

Now, what? Will EJ try to bond with Jude or not bond with Jude since he is knows Eric is the biological father? Will Sloan eventually get arrested? What did you think of the performance of Greg Vaughan and Arianne Zucker? Let us know via the comment section below. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out the Michael Fairman Channel’s conversation with the Ari and Greg  from five months back where they talk about the baby switch storyline and more.

 

 

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Days of our Lives Concludes Special Episode In Loving Memory of Bill Hayes

You needed the hankies for Wednesday’s February 21st episode of Days of our Lives in more ways then one. The highly-touted show featured newly created flashbacks of a young Tom (Zach Chyz) and Alice Horton (Sydney Kathrann Smith) eventually moving into to their dream house.

But as viewers saw in recent episodes, the Horton house was burned to the ground thanks to an unnamed arsonist. Today, marked the first time that Doug (the late Bill Hayes) and Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes), and Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) returned to see the ashes of the home they all lived in at one time or another and where they all share so many memories with the Horton family.

In addition, Leo (Greg Rikaart) decides to do a story for the Spectator on the Horton family and visited the rubble, where Julie recited the family history and the ups and downs, and yes, some of the zany plots the Horton children and grandchildren found themselves in over the years.

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There was also use of flashbacks where characters such as: Julie, Marlena (Deidre Hall), Maggie, and perhaps most touching, Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), recalled times with Tom (the late MacDonald Carey) and Alice (the late Frances Reid). Knowing that Bill Hayes has left us, and then preparing ourselves for which will soon be the airing of his last episode, made this all the more emotional.

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And, at the conclusion of the episode, and after the final flashback of young Tom and Alice Horton, Days of our Lives paid tribute to Bill Hayes and dedicated the episode to him. A title card came up that expressed: “In loving memory” of Bill Hayes with the touching words from Hamlet, “Good night, sweet prince; and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

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Meanwhile. on the Hayes’ Instagram account, Susan Seaforth Hayes shared behind-the-scenes photos from today’s episode accompanied by her words, “Thank you for loving this lovable cast. We all, fans and actors, are a family! Onward to stories about us, eh?”

So, what did you think about today’s episode of Days of our Lives being dedicated and in honor of Bill Hayes? What did you think about the flashbacks from the past and the newly created ones as part of the story? Comment below.

 

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