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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: Beyond Salem’s’ Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso Deliver the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when beloved and iconic Days of our Lives’ couple, Bo and Hope, reunited in heaven on the Peacock streaming series Beyond Salem Chapter Two. The five-episode limited series brought back Peter Reckell in his role of Bo, Kristian Alfonso as Hope, and even Scott Shilstone as Zack, plus Andrew Masset as Larry Welch!

Decades later, bottom line: Reckell and Alfonso still create on-screen magic as the couple known as ‘Bope’.  In story, when Hope is shot, she lands in heaven where she meets up with the great love of her life, Bo.  While together, they come to realize their reunion is limited as Hope needs to return to the living which makes the whole thing even more hankie-inducing.  Sprinkle in their dance (choreographed by Dancing with the Stars pro, Alan Bersten) to Bo and Hope’s signature song, “Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You”, and longtime fans of the couple are eating it up.

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Later, in heartbreaking scenes, Hope is reunited with her grown-up deceased son, Zack.  As with Bo, Hope must leave her son behind again, but Bo and Zack tell Hope they will all be together someday.

Individually, there were also some very strong performances from both Reckell and Alfonso.  Bo struggled to watch on the live feed what was happening to his ‘Fancy Face’ at the hands of Harris Michaels (Steve Burton) back on earth, and his devilish meeting with judge and juror, Larry Welch was a surprise.  Alfonso shared tender and confrontational scenes with her on-screen daughter, Victoria Konefal that were extremely poignant and well-played.

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For all of these reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Peter and Kristian’s work, The Power Performance of the Week.

Additionally, major kudos go to the Beyond Salem writing team for hitting the right notes that brought out the best in Peter and Kristian … and how about that ending? Will Bo be completely resurrected from his cryogenic state?  From a tweet from Reckell over the weekend, it looks like there could be more Beyond Salem in his future.

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Peter expressed:Thanks 2 everybody who joined us for Beyond Salem 2 ! We had so much fun preparing this for you and we’re happy you were able to come along for the ride! With any luck, this is just the beginning of an amazing adventure. I love reading all the comments, there is so much history.”

So, do you agree with our picks of Peter and Kristian as the ‘Power Performance of the Week’? What did you think of their scenes throughout ‘Beyond Salem”? Comment below.

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two’: Did Megan’s Hunt for the Three Prisms Bring Back the ‘Love of Her Life’?

In the final episode of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two we were left with a chilly cliffhanger, and we will get to that in a moment.

However for starters, the fifth installment gave several members in the ensemble cast some heart-tugging and emotional moments including: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Victoria Konefal (Ciara), Steve Burton (Harris), and Christopher Sean (Paul).

In story,  a doctor and nurse are talking about a cryogenic capsule with the DiMera Enterprises label on it.  The doctor shares that when Megan (Miranda Wilson) has all three prisms, they should be able to bring the patient back to life.  The nurse has concerns over the patients brain tumor in the capsule.  The doctor explains the prisms collectively will help treat ‘him’.  We were to believe, at first, this was Stefano? But, clearly it has to be Bo (Peter Reckell)!

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Meanwhile, Megan is in Montreal, having revealed herself to Hope! She tells Harris to grab the prism out of Hope’s cleavage.  After he does what he is told, she then tells Harris to shoot Hope!  He pulls the gun on Hope.  Now, Harris is welling up with tears.  Does he love Hope Williams Brady, like, for real?  Next thing you know, he passes out and Megan takes off.

Harris, who has now been arrested, gets a visitor, and it’s none other than Hope.  She wants him to sign divorce papers, while he gets emotional.  He apologizes to Hope, saying Megan ordered him to kill her, but that he did not want to.  Hope is not buying it and furious that Harris kidnapped Steve (Stephen Nichols) and John (Drake Hogestyn) and John is MIA.  Harris says he thinks Megan did something to change him and that he wasn’t always like this.  Hope says she will speak to the ISA and Shane Donovan on his behalf and heads out.

At the gala in Hong Kong, Wendy (Victoria Grace) is held captive by a trance-like John and Steve. Li (Remington Hoffman) then gives John the prism.  Joey (Tanner Stine) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) manage to out maneuver Steve as Li holds the gun on him.  However, John has taken off.  Later, Marlena (Deidre Hall) injects a captured Steve to try to get him ready for some hypnosis to undo his brainwashing as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) looks on.

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Now in Caracas, John shows up at Megan’s with the prism.  She adds the prism to the other two to make it perfect, and to enable her to help revive the cryogenic patient. Just then, Andrew (Colton Little) and Paul bust in with guns in tow.  Megan directs John to kill them. Next, comes a showdown between Paul and John as Paul tries to talk John into remembering him, and the father/son relationship they have.  It begins to work on John, but as he is starting to remember, Megan fills the room with gas and escapes with the three prisms wearing a gas mask.  Later, after Andrew and Paul wake up, and make sure each other is O.K., they check on John who is now back to his normal self.

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On the docks, Hope says a final farewell to Ciara and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  Before they part ways, Hope hears, “Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You” playing from the boat.  It brings her to tears, and to flashbacks of her time dancing in heaven with Bo.

Elsewhere, Andrew comes to say goodbye to Paul before he heads back from San Francisco to D.C.  The two share a passionate kiss.

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In heaven, Angela (Loretta Devine) has some unbelievable news for Bo! Because he gave his ‘second chance’ to Hope, he is going to get a ‘second, second chance’.  Bo does not know exactly what that means! But we do, right?

As Beyond Salem Chapter Two comes to its conclusion, Megan is with the doctor next to the cryogenic chamber frustrated that even with all three prisms they haven’t worked yet.  The doctors tells her the body inside has been in this state for years and that she needs to be patient.  It is then, Megan reveals that she has been patient for forty years and she wants to be reunited with the love of her life.  After everyone has left the room, the cryogenic chamber door opens.  We see what appears to be an alive Bo Brady! Did the prisms and Megan’s plan resurrect him … or will that be short-lived? Credits roll . .. and this edition of ‘Beyond Salem’ leaves us with a major heart-stopping cliffhanger!

So, what did you think of episode five of ‘Beyond Salem: Chapter Two’? Do you think the plan is for Peter Reckell to return as an alive Bo on the mothership, or in the next iteration of ‘Beyond Salem’ … or is it all a big red-herring? Share your theories in the comment section.

But first, cast your vote in our latest Michael Fairman TV poll and let us know what you thought of  ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem 2″!

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter 2’: Hope Reunites with Bo and Zack In Heaven

Thursday’s episode of the Peacock streamer, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter 2 was must-see for all Bope fans, and you definitely needed the hankies to get through it!

In touching and heartbreaking scenes and performances, Bo and Hope along with their son, Zack were all reunited in heaven, but it was to be short-lived. Along the way in this timeless love story and hovering between heaven and earth, major kudos goes to Peter Reckell (Bo) and Kristian Alfonso (Hope) for bringing all the feels, all the memories, and continuing to show us why they, as Bo and Hope, are an enduring part of soap opera history.  Kudos also to Scott Shilstone (Zack), who once again brought the emotion to every moment he shared with his on-screen parents.

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In story, after Hope is shot by hit man Thomas Banks (Eileen Davidson), during her wedding to Harris Michaels (Steve Burton), Ciara (Victoria Konefal) and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) hover over Hope’s lifeless body. Megan Hathaway (Miranda Wilson) has appeared, and wants to make sure she gets the prism, and the joy of seeing her nemesis, Hope, dead.

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Once Hope “dies” she arrives in heaven, where she is reunited with Bo.  An emotional Bo is so happy and overjoyed to see Hope, but tells her it’s not her time and she has to go back to the living.  At first, Hope doesn’t want to leave Bo.  Next, Bo consults with Angela (Loretta Devine), to see if he could give Hope the ‘second chance’ ticket that he received.  Meanwhile, Hope comes face to face with her son, Zack.  Now that he is all grown up, Hope is overcome.  She lost him as a little boy when he was struck by a car, thanks to Bo’s daughter, Chelsea Benson.

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After Bo and Hope dance to their signature song, “Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You”, a montage is shown of iconic moments of the couple through DAYS’ history.  Then, it’s time for the final goodbyes.  In tearjerker moments, Bo and Hope say goodbye to each other for now, as do Hope and Zack. Bo and Zack look on as Hope goes returns to the living.

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Once back on earth, Angela hits the rewind button for a different outcome, since as she had explained to Hope and Bo earlier, Hope won’t remember a thing that happened in heaven.  Now, as Thomas is about to shoot Hope, none other than Sister Mary Moira (Eileen Davidson) appears and stops him.  Looks like his sister had some common sense, only their struggle over the gun leads to Harris being shot.  But then, Harris fires a shot at Ciara.

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Ben knocks the gun out of Harris’ hands, but it’s picked up by Megan who demands Ben let him go. A shocked Hope exclaims, “holy shit!” when she realizes Megan Hathaway is somehow alive!

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Meanwhile at the gala in Hong Kong, a hypnotized and in-a-trance, Steve (Stephen Nichols) and John (Drake Hogestyn) – thanks to Megan – arrive on the scene and tie- up their wives, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Marlena (Deidre Hall), in a room. Next, Steve and John head out to the gala with guns ready and drawn to capture the prism that Li Shin (Remington Hoffman) just revealed to all the attendees.

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The fifth and final installment of ‘Beyond Salem 2″ drops Friday.

Now let us know in the comment section, what did you think of the Bo, Hope and Zack scenes in heaven? The performances of Peter Reckell, Kristian Alfonso and Scott Shilstone? Share your thoughts below.

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