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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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Who is DAYS Gwen Really? What is Her Vendetta Against Abigail All About?

We have a new psycho in Salem, and she is played to perfection by Emily O’Brien who has been bringing her brand of quirky evil to the NBC soap opera as Gwen.  Soap fans, of course, remember her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless from 2006-2011.

Ron Carlivati and his DAYS writing team certainly have some tricks up their sleeve where Gwen is concerned as viewers recently found out she was behind slipping Abigail (Marci Miller) the drug months ago causing her hallucinations.

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But Gwen is even much darker than we think, when several key clues and moments were revealed on Friday’s episode of DAYS when she went to visit her conspirator in prison, Dr. Rolf (William Utay).

During the exchange, we learn Gwen has been getting the mind-altering drug from one of Dr. Rolf’s concoctions.  She reveals to him that their plan has hit the proverbial snag.  The drug did not dismantle Abigail as she had hoped.  We also learn while she was in the mental institution – Bayview – that is how she tracked Rolf down by researching the drug he had created.

And it appears, Rolf hates Abigail too, citing he always saw her as  thorn in Stefano’s side.  It is then Gwen says he wants another dose of the drug to “melt Abby’s brain!”  Rolf says without anyone else to take the fall for it, he can’t come up with it.

He suggests to her to alter her plan and to instead destroy Abigail’s life piece by piece … and go for the long game instead of the short term – take everything that is near and dear from her including her husband, children, home, everything.

But, what does come to light is that even Dr. Rolf does not know why Gwen wants to destroy Abigail.  That is when Gwen shares she has very good reason to hate Abigail, and he, along with everyone else, will find out why when the time is right.

So, what are your theories?  Who is Gwen?  Is she a character with plastic surgery?  Could she be a sister no one knew Abigail had?  A former mental patient who Abby knew when she was getting help a few years back? And what is her gripe with Abigail all about?  Comment below!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Sonny and Will Say Their Final Goodbyes and Leave Salem

Not a happy day for fans of Days of our Lives’ WilSon.  Although it has been known now for over seven months that Daytime Emmy-winners, Chandler Massey (Will) and Freddie Smith (Sonny) were let-go from the long-running NBC soap opera, it still was hard to watch them have their final scenes on Tuesday’s episode.

As was in the dialogue, the writers and the show left the door open for a Sonny and Will return down the line when Sonny uttered: “Goodbye Salem, for now.” And, as is with most DAYS characters, they seem to somehow return at one time or another.  But still, it looks like the soap has made the decision to rest the characters.

Before their final exit, Sonny and Will had a visit with Sami (Alison Sweeney) to tell her they are moving to Arizona. Sami is up to her eyeballs in trouble with the custody hearing for Allie’s baby versus Nicole (Arianne Zucker).  Will tells his mother he wants her blessing before they go, and that he already received a blessing from Marlena (Deidre Hall).

An emotional Sami tells Will how sorry she is for all the things she has done, and the mistakes she had made when she was younger and along the way that impacted him.  In tears, Will says he is going to miss her, and the two of then share a hug,

After Sami leaves to head to the custody hearing, Will and Sonny look at Allie’s baby and the two talk about how things worked out for the best; even though Allie did not ultimately let them adopt her child.  The two realize they are about to give their daughter, Ari, a new life and Will thinks another baby and a dog might be in their future, too!

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Later, it’s time for one last look at Horton Town Square, and Sonny and Will remember their love from the beginning in a short flashback with a few moments of how they came together.

Will says it’s a tradition for when a Horton leaves Salem to visit the dedication to Tom and Alice in the ‘Square’.  Finally, it’s time for Sonny and Will to say goodbye to Salem for now as they walk out together..

So, what did you think of the final episode of Chandler and Freddie’s? Did you want more time spent on WilSon’s history in the flashback montage? Are you sad to see them go? Comment below.

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DAYS Rob Scott Wilson Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

If you think you were emotionally drained watching Ben Weston battle himself for control – think of how draining it must have been for Ben’s portrayer, actor Rob Scott Wilson, or for the character of Ben himself!

Well, in the final three episodes last week on Days of our Lives, Rob Scott Wilson once again showed why he is in complete command of this complex character – a former serial killer who has fought so hard to redeem himself, married the love of his life, Ciara (Vicroria Konefal), only to have it all almost wiped out by a heinous plot by Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva).

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Eve used drugs and torture techniques to try to drive Ben to kill Ciara as payback for him murdering her daughter, Paige (True O’Brien).  Weston was supported by some very fine scene partners in his performances: the aforementioned DePaiva, Konefal, and Kristian Alfonso (Hope); but it was Rob who drove the scenes and had the meatiest of material to play and boy, did he deliver.

Would Ben strangle his beloved Ciara with a necktie like his other previous victims? Wilson went from one minute being programmed to kill her, to another minute realizing he is in trouble … and so is Ciara’s life – so he tells her to lock the door of the bathroom and to not let him in! Although, as we saw, he eventually lost control and broke through the door and went to turn the lock reaching his hand from the outside to the inside. (Horror film moment!)

Later, when we see Ben crumpled on the floor in tears, Hope finds him, but her daughter is missing and Ben can’t recall what happened to her.  Fearing at first she killed Ciara, Hope is besides herself, and so is Ben.

From beat to beat, from turn to turn, Wilson was terrifying and heartbreaking all at the same time.  And with that, Michael Fairman TV names Rob Scott Wilson our choice for the Power Performance of the Week.

So, what did you think of Rob’s performance? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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