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DAYS Recap – Aug 2 – Aug 6th

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Hope intends to take care of Bo once and for all. Inspired by Carly’s killing of Lawrence, she has a few words with Vivian and then heads over to Bo’s. Meanwhile, Bo is taken aback by Ciara’s statement about Hope having a collection of men’s wallets. Justin meets with Bo at the Brady Pub. He is concerned about Hope, and Bo points out she hasn’t been herself. Bo receives a call from Hope, who is at their house. Using Ciara as a cover, she explains she needs to see him, and he agrees. Hope then calls Baker and chews him out for putting in an anonymous tip when she was trying to kill Bo, but forgives him and says goodbye. Later, Bo shows up and is wary of Hope’s mood. She tells him that Ciara was an excuse. They need to talk. Hope’s choice of words tips Bo off that something is definitely odd with her. Hope pulls a knife out of her purse and thrusts it at Bo. EJ’s proposal to Sami falls flat. She won’t accept it because she’s still in love with Rafe. EJ charmingly makes his case. Although she doesn’t say “yes,” EJ makes her keep the ring. Using a coded address he found in Nicole’s diary, Rafe tracks down Fay Walker. Fay doesn’t want to get caught in Nicole’s scheme, so she admits her daughter sent her an envelope and told her to protect its contents with her life. In Salem, Baker wins a final game of poker and plots to skip town. Nicole orders Marco to find Baker and keep him under house arrest. Brady stops by and he and Nicole, who can’t believe their relationship is really happening, finally make love. Off her conversation with Hope, Vivian puts Maggie on notice about Victor. Bo stops Hope from stabbing him with a knife. She figuratively rips his heart out when he hears the depth of the pain he’s caused her. Bo realizes that Hope’s behavior is a side effect of the sleeping pills, but also a result of her deep feelings of betrayal. He videotapes her confession to the muggings and his attempted murder. Later, she finally falls asleep, and Bo wonders what he’s going to do now. Brady discovers a photo of Nicole’s long-ago sonogram, and they share a moment of remembrance. This emotional moment is interrupted by a phone call from Baker, who informs Nicole that he’s been brought in by the police for illegal gambling. Nicole rushes to the police station. Baker insists she bail him out, or he’ll tell the cops she framed Arianna. Nicole says she’ll handle it. While he is alone in her apartment, Brady realizes Nicole has suddenly come into a large sum of money and is suspicious.Rafe gets Fay to talk to him about Nicole’s illicit activities. Fay turns over the materials from the envelope Nicole sent her, but Rafe is dismayed to realize she destroyed the contents. Rafe promises this conversation will go no further, but vows to piece the information back together and find out the truth. Carly swabs Daniel’s cheek to get his DNA sample. Later, she and Melanie bond. Carly realizes more clearly than ever that Daniel and Melanie will never forgive her if they discover the lie she now shares with Chloe. Carly confides to Chloe what she has on the line, and Chloe feels badly. Later, Chloe and Carly make secret plans to go to Saint Mary’s hospital in the morning. Daniel and Melanie also plan on going to Saint Mary’s at the same time for a patient consult.

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Hope wakes up and Bo confronts her. She doesn’t remember anything from the night before – and Bo is forced to play the tape of her confession. Hope is horrified by what she sees. She insists she turn herself in. As Bo and Hope are about to leave for the station, Ciara arrives and wonders what is happening. Brady is convinced Nicole obtained money illegally. When she comes home, he subtly gives her a chance to come clean. Unaware Brady knows about the wire transfer, Nicole lies. Brady then makes angry love to Nicole. Afterwards, she is shocked when he denounces her. He knows she has lied to him, again.  He questions if there is anything else she’s lied about. At the same time, Dr. Baker waits for his bail to be paid. Roman receives a description of the man who bought the arson materials to torch Bo’s house and realizes it’s the man waiting to be released – Dr. Baker! Roman then recognizes him as the man who switched Sami’s baby. At St. Mary’s hospital, Chloe and Carly bond as they await the paternity test. Daniel and Melanie arrive at Saint Mary’s for a consult. In a mix up, Daniel is sent to Chloe’s room. Carly is shocked to see Melanie while Daniel enters Chloe’s exam room.  Bo and Hope face a horrible moment as they must tell Ciara that she is going away. Ciara’s pain is so strong that Bo and Hope reconsider her decision to give herself up. When Julie arrives, she asks what’s going on. Understanding only that Hope is upset, Julie blames Bo. Hope defends Bo and they go to the station. Brady confronts Nicole, who only proclaims her love for him and says nothing about her illegal account. Brady tells her it’s over between them. He drags her to the police station so she can confess where she got the money. Once there, Nicole comes face-to-face with Baker. Before Baker can say anything to Nicole, he sees Hope arriving and cries out to her.  Daniel speaks to a shocked Chloe through the curtain of the exam room, thinking she is his patient. Chloe remains silent, fearing he’ll recognize her. Meanwhile, a horrified Carly learns Daniel is also at Saint Mary’s. She realizes that he has inadvertently been sent to Chloe’s room. Daniel’s declaration of caring causes Chloe to break down, and he thinks he recognizes her voice. Carly stops Daniel just in time, explaining the mix-up, but he insists on apologizing to the woman. Melanie joins her mother and father as they head back to Chloe’s room. Daniel enters the room with an upset Carly and frantic Melanie. Will Chloe finally be caught?

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Hope confesses to her crimes in front of everyone at the police station, much to their disbelief. Baker tries to stop her. Bo and Hope realize Baker must have been her accomplice. Bo shows Roman the tape of Hope. Later, Hope apologizes to Roman for mugging him. Hope then turns in her badge and tells Bo to arrest her, and he does. Baker decides not to rat out Nicole for framing Arianna. Brady realizes Baker must have been the one who drugged him and goes on the attack. Brady leaves with Nicole, who is encouraged that he changed his mind about turning her in for her illegal bank account. Brady says he won’t turn her in, but he’s done with her – she’s dead to him. He leaves, with Nicole crying after him. Julie, Doug and Caroline try to comfort a distraught and confused Ciara, as they also try to figure out what’s going on with Hope. Carly manages to keep Daniel from seeing Chloe in the hospital. Alone with Chloe, she realizes how much it is costing both of them. Carly stands to lose both Daniel and Melanie if they find out she kept the secret. Chloe has the test and they will get the results on her birthday.

Melanie is offered a job at Saint Mary’s and Sister Anne asks to meet with her for an interview. Melanie is impressed by Carly’s story – that her “patient” is an immigrant woman she’s helping. Melanie finally calls Carly “mom.” Chloe is about to sneak out of the hospital, when Daniel catches her. She covers that she got opera tickets and was looking for him there to spend the day with him. Daniel is moved, and they share a loving moment, even though Chloe is tortured.

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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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