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DAYS Recap – Aug 22 – Aug 26th

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Maggie asks Victor to make peace with Stefano, wanting the war between the families to end once and for all. Stefano has made a peace offer that Victor has yet to respond to. The men remain skeptical and distrustful of one another. EJ persuades Chad to help bring the families to a truce. Sonny decides to take action and summons all of them to Maggie’s hospital room, where they make a solemn and public pledge of peace. Victor gives into the agreement, in light of Maggie, the woman he loves, getting shot. Later, Sonny and Chad make a pact, knowing that maintaining the truce is really up to them. Stefano is moved by Chad’s actions to make peace. Chad is equally affected by Stefano’s; however, he maintains that he will never come back to the family fold. Sami learns that not only is she not pregnant, but she may be ill. Lexie, the bearer of this bad news, advises Sami to seek further consultation. Rafe is called away on a case before Sami can tell him the truth. Realizing how much Rafe wanted this baby, Sami struggles with how to tell him. Dario finds Mandy beat up and almost unconscious on the pier and calls Rafe. Mandy is the third victim in a series of attacks by an unknown person. They take Mandy to the hospital where Rafe questions her and learns that she’s a prostitute. He’s determined to solve the case but gets nothing out of Mandy, who refuses to talk to cops.

Taylor alerts Quinn that she’s joined the Salem police force. Nicole is stunned to realize that Taylor took a job at the police station and questions her motives, suspecting she’s doing it to protect EJ. Later, Taylor talks to Quinn about the attacks and says she can’t keep quiet about what he’s doing. Quinn says she will not only hold her tongue, but she will use her job for his own good – or everyone will know she’s not a saint, after all. Melanie realizes Brady’s true motives for giving Dario the job at Titan, to keep her and Dario apart. She is furious. Meanwhile, Brady wrestles with his conscience but ultimately succumbs to the temptation that is Nicole. Rafe comforts Sami, who is saddened that she is not pregnant. She knows how much he wanted the baby but he’s more concerned about her health. He tells her she’s the only thing he cares about. Later, they go to the hospital to get Sami’s test results. Lexie informs Sami and Rafe that she has cysts. Sami worries she may have cancer. Bo and Hope meet with D.A. Woods and Abe, insisting they provide the necessary resources to bring down the attacker. Abe is hesitant to allow this case to blow up in the public’s eye. Bo and Hope only care about preventing another woman from getting hurt. They decide their next step is to find out the identity of Mandy’s pimp and see if he can provide any information about these attacks on prostitutes. At the hospital, Rafe takes Abe to see Mandy to expose the brutality of the attacker. Seeing this innocent girl in a near-fatal state convinces Abe to give the case the proper resources and press it requires. Meanwhile, Hope tells Bo she’s going undercover as a call girl to trap the attacker.

Taylor tells Quinn she won’t spy for him at the police station. He once again reminds her of the consequences of those actions – he will reveal her sordid past. Taylor tells him she doesn’t believe he’ll follow through on this threat but he sends her an ominous text message promising he never bluffs. Later, Taylor is at the hospital with the latest victim, who is sedated. When she comes to, she murmurs Quinn’s name… which only Taylor hears. And when she has a chance to tell Hope about it… she keeps quiet, protecting Quinn but compromising herself.  Chloe walks in on Kinsey reading a newspaper account of Mandy’s assault. Kinsey is grateful for Chloe’s warning against becoming a prostitute, seeing the danger that kind of life entails. Kinsey asks if Chloe has quit, despite her pimp’s threat to go to Child Services and take her baby away. Chloe wishes she could quit but knows she can’t risk losing Parker. Kinsey understands her dilemma but points out the danger of being killed might be a greater risk. Later, Chloe begs Quinn to let her go, worried he cannot protect her like he promised. Quinn refuses to let such a valuable asset to his business go. He accidentally lets it slip that someone encouraged him to get Chloe into the world of prostitution. Later, a mystery man peruses the tablet that Quinn left behind and stops when he gets to Chloe’s page. Nicole and Brady have slept together but in the cold light of day he’s having second thoughts. Brady wonders if they’re simply not good for each other. Nicole argues the opposite; they make each other whole. Brady admits she has a hold on him but he needs to think things over.

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Sami learns from Lexie she has cysts that need to be surgically removed. If the cysts are found to be malignant post-operation, Sami could have cancer. Rafe comforts Sami, assuring her that whatever happens, they’ll get through it together. All they can do is wait and see. While Rafe and Sami are at the hospital, Will and Gabi come home. Seeing that they have the apartment all to themselves, Gabi makes a move on Will. He awkwardly dodges her advances. Soon after, they discover Sami’s pregnancy tests that read positive and assume she is pregnant. Will reacts to the idea of having another brother or sister right as Sami and Rafe arrive home still somber about their news. Gabi congratulates her brother on the baby she thinks is on the way. Rafe tells them it was a false alarm, but leaves out the news about Sami, who is struggling to keep it together. Rafe sweeps her off to a carnival to cheer her up. Sonny breaks the news to Adrienne and Justin that he’s staying in Salem and transferring to Salem U. Then he tells happy Abigail and Chad and says he plans to start a Salem U website. He asks Chad to come on board. Chad says he’ll think about it. Chad is still ignoring Stefano’s efforts to bring him back to the family. Abigail explains how hard it’s been to adjust to her father, Jack, being out of her life.

Will and Gabi go to the pub, where “T” says he heard from Kinsey that they finally hooked up. Will and Gabi are angry. “T” says Kinsey’s a bitch for blowing him off and blames it on Sonny for making everybody think he’s gay. They tell him to get over it, everyone else has. Sonny walks up to them and “T” walks away, telling Sonny to go to hell. Sonny shares the news about transferring to Salem U and asks Will if he wants to team up with him on starting the Salem U website. Will has to think about it. Meanwhile, “T” hits on a coed. When she rejects him, he thinks it’s because she thinks he’s gay, but she says it’s because he’s a dirt bag. Bitter “T” exits. From outside, he watches Sonny and his friends, saying to himself that Sonny messed his life up and it’s not over. From one romantic outing to another, Jennifer reaffirms her commitment to Daniel, expressing how happy she is to be with him. Carly comes out of detox and her son, Nicholas, surprises her at the rehab center. She asks him to forgive her for taking his father away from him. Nicholas seeks forgiveness as well for abandoning her. Later, the rehab nurse explains to Nicholas the severity of his mother’s condition. Rafe does everything he can to keep Sami’s mind off her impending surgery. Sami believes God is punishing her for all her wrong deeds. Rafe consoles her, reassuring her that they’ll get through this together, dismissing the notion that karma is out to get her. The police receive a creepy note from the attacker, who makes clear that he’s seeking retribution against “evil women.” Roman puts the kibosh on Hope’s plans to go undercover as a prostitute. Later, Bo and Hope stake out the pier, just as the masked mystery man lurks in the background.

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Taylor tells Quinn that Mandy said his name and that she covered for him. However, his secret will likely come out now that the police are broadening their investigation and going after pimps. Quinn accuses Taylor of stealing his tablet computer, but she assures him she’s not responsible. Both worry — what if it’s fallen into the wrong hands? Nicole, still wondering why Taylor is working at the police department, confronts her sister at work. Taylor claims she just needed a job. Nicole knows she’s lying and vows to find out the truth. Chloe blasts Kate, who admits that she set her up to become a prostitute. She tells Chloe she’ll never get Parker back. As Kate further antagonizes her, Chloe calms herself down; realizing Kate has never actually succeeded in her long-standing vendetta against her and this time won’t be any different. Later, Chloe confronts Quinn about Kate and tries to quit. Quinn tells her she can’t; in light of his missing computer, he’s the only one that can protect her. The missing tablet is returned to Quinn with R.I.P. carved into its case. Nicole overhears EJ conducting some underhanded business with Stefano. She gives him a hard time about his sad and lonely life. EJ comes back at her, saying she’ll never be happy with Brady. Bo and Hope question EJ in Nicole’s presence, in an attempt to identify the person running EJ’s old drug business. He claims not to know, offering to help in any other way. Later on, Kate accuses EJ of stopping one of her business transactions from going through. EJ denies the accusation.

Sami and Rafe go to the hospital together for her procedure. Rafe tries to assuage her fears. While Sami is prepped and waiting, Roman finds out she’s there. Sami and Roman share a warm father/daughter moment, then he is called away on police business. Rafe stays with Sami, and she draws strength from him. Roman assures the prostitute who was attacked, Mandy, that he wants to help her. He texts Bo and Hope, who have been having a romantic morning together in bed, to join him at the hospital. They arrive to Roman who tells them he thinks Mandy is close to opening up but might feel more comfortable talking to a woman. Hope is sincere with Mandy when she tells her she understands what she’s been through and really wants to help. Later, Hope finds Bo and Roman and tells them Mandy is ready to talk, just as Taylor arrives to overhear. Nicole confronts Taylor with a mug shot of her she found online. When Taylor brushes it off, Nicole threatens to show it to Roman. Taylor claims she was arrested for a human rights demonstration in grad school. Nicole isn’t buying it and asserts she won’t stop until she gets the truth. Taylor realizes Nicole is going after her because she stole EJ. Taylor offers the apology she never gave and tells Nicole to move on. The moment is interrupted when Taylor gets a call from Bo to come to the hospital. EJ accuses Kate of lying to him, revealing he knows her plan to restart Countess Wilhelmina Cosmetics. He reminds her of his power in the DiMera family. She attempts to belittle his power play but to no avail. EJ responds with even more strength and intimidation. He lets Kate know he’s in charge of everything DiMera now. Kate is impressed and welcomes him back. His father would be proud.

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Loved Days last week. Think it was one of the better weeks and one I did little or even no fastforwarding on certain days. Absolutely loved the gorgeousness of Bo and Hope and their cute love making, breakfast scene. They looked really happy and it’s been a long time coming. Clearly part of the new writing, very cute. Hope we see more of these cute, happy little scenes.

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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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