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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.

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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.

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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 Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

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Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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DAYS Eric Martsolf and Stephen Nichols Named ‘Power Performances of the Week’

Last week’s Days of our Lives provided quite the backdrop for some stellar performances, as we had previously noted earlier in the week here.   However, there were a few scenes and moments that just stood out to us, that even when we watched them back for a second or third time, still got us choked up.

First, Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf (Brady) really deserves some major kudos here for his understated and effective work when Brady is finally given the truth – that his daughter Rachel is alive – and his brother Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) child, Mickey is the one who really died in a nefarious baby switch scheme thanks to Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston).

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Not only did Martsolf convey the joy that his daughter was alive juxtaposed with months of angst that preceded it, but he also showed the heartbreak knowing that Eric and Sarah’s (Linsey Godfrey) child did not survive.  In scenes with Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Greg Vaughan, and later with Stacy Haiduk (Kristen), where Brady tells Kristen their child is alive, Martsolf delivered.

Then, there was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who did what he does best, showing the vulnerability of Steve Johnson.  In key scenes following surgery to rid Steve’s head of the chip that made him believe and act like Stefano, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to explain her new relationship with Justin (Wally Kurth).  That alone is a shocking moment for Steve … and then he cannot understand how his sister and Justin broke up.  That is when Kayla has to tell Steve that his beloved sister, Adrienne (Judi Evans) had passed away a year ago following a tragic car crash.

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Steve is overcome with emotion and tears, as any brother would be who loves his sister, which made this all the more realistic.  It was heartbreaking watching Steve try to deal with finding out Adrienne was gone and then blaming himself for not being there for her.  It was made all the more hankie-inducing in a later scene, when he hugged his brother Jack (Matthew Ashford), as the two mourned the loss of their sibling.

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For these moments noted above, Michael Fairman TV names Eric and Stephen last week’s Power Performances of the Week.  

So, what did you think of Eric and Stephen’s work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Heartbreaking DAYS: Steve Learns Adrienne Died, An Anguished Sarah Lays Into Xander, Brady Tells Kristen Their Baby Is Alive

If you caught Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, it proved to be one of the more dramatic and emotional episodes of the year in soaps; featuring stellar performances from the cast.  First, knocking it out of the park was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who while in the hospital and regaining his true self back, learns from the love of his life, his sweetness, Kayla (Mary Beth), that she has moved on with another man in his absence.  Then, when Kayla admits she has been involved with Justin (Wally Kurth), he immediately questions her, “What about my sister? Did they split up again?” Confused and shocked, he tells Kayla she would never have an affair on Justin.  With nothing left to do but tell Steve the truth, Kayla has the painstaking task of telling him that his beloved sister, Adrienne died and the events that led to her death. Steve is gut-punched and breakdowns in tears over his sister’s death and that he was not there for her.  When Steve says she was such a good sister it is crushing moment as he says he will always love her.

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Later, when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Jack (Matthew Ashford) visit Steve in his hospital room, Steve hides his face.  Jack learns that Steve knows about Adrienne, as he sees Steve just overcome with grief, and goes to hug and comfort his brother.  Jack also tried to help Steve understand how Justin was devastated when Adrienne was killed and that Kayla was grieving the loss of her relationship with Steve, knowing she signed the divorce papers and he went MIA from Salem and did not contact her.

At the Kiriakis mansion, Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) is supposed to start her wedding to Xander  (Paul Telfer), but now she is armed with the truth that he switched her and Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) baby, with Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Kristen’s (Stacy Haiduk) … and her little girl actually died.  As Justin presides over their nuptials, Sarah is filled with moments of anger, hatred, and shock towards Xander.  He is not sure what is going on with her.  When it gets to the vows, Sarah finally blurts  “How could I marry you after what you did?” It is then he learns she knows he switched babies and let her fall in love with a child that was not hers!

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Sarah reveals to Xander that Eric told her everything on how he covered his tracks and passed off Brady and Kristen’s baby as hers, Justin leaves and once he’s gone, Xander tries to explain he did the switch for her, because he loves her and she had gone through so much.  Sarah, who is an emotionally fragile state, hears Xander suggest that they take Mickey and run away.  She tells him she is going upstairs with Mickey (Rachel) and when she comes down she wants him gone and she never wants to see him again.  Realizing he has been found out and his plans have blown up in his face, Xander collapses to the floor.  Upstairs with the baby, Sarah doesn’t know how to let her go.  And in the cliffhanger of the entire episode, an overwrought Xander turns and sees that Eric has showed up, ready for a confrontation …. and to see Sarah.

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Brady, who has been through an emotional rollercoaster learning from Eric and Nicole (Arianne Zuvker) that baby Rachel is alive, and that it is now his brother, Eric who is grieving the loss of a child, goes to find Kristen to tell her the shocking, and yet wonderful news.  He finds her at the gravesite of their believed-to-be-dead daughter.  As she continue to grieve the loss of their child, it is then Brady tells her that their little girl is alive!. Kristen begins to understand the revelation when Brady reveals that “Mackenzie” has the same birthmark as Rachel. and he has DNA test results to prove she’s theirs.  At first, Kristen is too scared to believe this could be true, but she reads the DNA results and is overjoyed.  Just then, Eric and Nicole arrive at the gravesite. Brady hugs his brother and Kristen tells Eric how sorry she is, even though she knows he does not like her for what she has done in the past to him.   Then, Eric and Nicole have a moment at the gravesite, as an emotional Eric says goodbye to his daughter.

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Later at their home, Kristen says she wants to go get Rachel.  Brady says they need to give Sarah and Eric a day to grieve before barging over to the Kiriakis mansion to claim their baby.  Kristen tells Brady she is not sure she can wait another day.  When she starts questioning how the hospital messed up the birth of the babies, it is then she learns that Xander was behind the baby switch; and as expected, that was not going to sit well with Kristen!

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Kudos to Eric Martsolf, Lindsey Godfrey, Greg Vaugha, Stacy Haiduk, Paul Telfer, Mary Beth Evans and the aforementioned Nichols for their performances in this episode that featured several hankie x 10 moments.

So, what did you think of this episode of DAYS? Were you emotional through it? Did you enjoy the work of the cast? Comment below.

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