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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.

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.

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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John Aniston’s Final Days of our Lives Episode Reminds Us There Was Nothing Better Than His Delivery of Victor’s One-Liners

Monday’s Christmas episode of Days of our Lives brought it with it plenty of laughter and plenty of tears as this would be the final appearance of John Aniston in his iconic role of Victor Kiriakis.

The Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award winner in 2022, passed away in November at the age of 89.  Aniston’s Victor had been a key character on the Salem canvas since he first appeared in the role back in 1985.

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So just how did Aniston’s final appearance stack up with how we love to see Victor?  IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE EPISODE YET, PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW.

As fate would have it, Victor’s final on-screen foil would be none other than Leo Stark (played to the hilt by Greg Rikaart).  In the Christmas set up, Leo stayed overnight at the Kiriakis mansion unbeknownst to Victor.  When Leo greets Victor on Christmas morning in his holiday jammies, he is not one bit amused.  Leo asks, “So when do we open the presents?” To which Victor replies, “About an hour after we throw you out on your sugar-plum ass.”  When Victor tells his longtime butler, Henderson to throw Leo out the front door, including demanding that Leo “scamper back to Whoville”, in walks Sonny (Zach Tinker).

Victor is horrified to learn that his nephew invited Leo to stay.  Then, Victor reads off a laundry list of Leo’s crimes to Sonny as only he can: “Have you completely lost your senses? The man blackmailed you into marriage … almost destroyed our company with a fraudulent lawsuit … it was just last year that he drugged you and took comprising pictures of you and then sold them to the tabloids … why in God’s name would you forgive this creep!?””

Eventually, Victor gives Sonny an ultimatum: either get rid of Leo or he would fire him from his job at Titan.  Sonny stands up to Victor!  Telling his Uncle that he forgave Leo for his past transgressions just like many people have forgiven Victor for his over the years.  Sonny goes on to say that he and Leo are starting over and that, in fact, he would call them “friends” to which Victor, in the best dead-pan delivery, says, “That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.”

Soon after, Victor reneges and not only allows Leo to stay, but allows Sonny to keep his job, stating, “I changed my mind because I have a heart of gold.”  And, ain’t that the truth, that is why we have always loved Victor and John’s portrayal of the Greek tycoon.  Leo promises Victor he will not hurt Sonny ever again, to which Victor replies, “I don’t know how you expect me to take you seriously when you are sitting there in baby jam jams.”  In an ominous warning to Sonny and in Aniston’s last scene, Victor says, “Tell me Sonny, what does your husband think of your little sleep over party?”

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As the episode came to its conclusion, Days of our Lives included a heartfelt montage as a tribute to John and the complex character of Victor Kiriakis. From clips with Vic’s many wives including: Carly, Vivian, Kate, Nicole, Maggie, to his classic one-liners, to some of his most villainous turns, to illustrating that Victor at his core was an enduring family man, the series captured the essence of this one-of-a-kind actor.

In very moving fashion, the end of the montage featured a younger Victor sailing away on his yacht named, “Victor”.   No word yet on how and when DAYS will deal with the death of Aniston on-screen.

Aniston’s final scenes truly showcased all of his strengths, that classic delivery, his humor, his strength, and most of all his humanness.

To pay tribute to John throughout Monday on the Days of our Lives YouTube page and their social platforms, looks for special messages from the cast honoring the late actor’s memory and legacy.   You can check out one below from John’s on-screen son, Peter Reckell (Bo Brady).

So, what did you think of John Aniston’s final episode of Days of our Lives? The montage? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Alex, Chanel and Allie Have a Three-Way

On Monday’s Days of our Lives, the long-running soap opera included in story, its first ever threesome. DAYS, which has been streaming on Peacock since the middle of September, teased the ménage à trois a bit ago when Rob Scott Wilson’s new character of Alex Kiriakis hit Salem and was a bit of a ‘player’.  At one point during a conversation, Alex hit on Chanel (Raven Bowens) and Allie (Lindsay Arnold) and put into their minds the notion of having a threesome with him.

Meanwhile, Allie and Chanel have had their own past complicated relationships with men, and now with each other.  Feeling that their relationship has hit a bump in the road, the young women decide a three-way might be just the spark needed to ignite their love and passion for one another.

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Eventually, the two invite Alex over for a drink, making small-talk and trying to get to the reason they invited him over in the first place. After fumbling around to get to the true reason, Allie reveals they want to take him up on his offer. Alex is confused, until Chanel uses the word “threesome” to which Alex spits out his drink.

Allie then admits the three-way was her idea, and Chanel agreed to it, as it’s an adventure they could share together. They go on to say they chose Alex because they wanted someone who would have no emotional ties to them afterward.  Alex, also has a bit of truth of his own to share. He says, in reality, he has only experienced a three-way, twice before.

After trying to figure out how to start the sexual encounter, Alex kisses Chanel, then Allie and the three adjourn to the bedroom,  DAYS then delivers a montage of shots representing the sex between the three.

In the end, Alex is winded and dehydrated and goes to get some water, while Chanel and Allie check in with each other and say that the experience was more than alright and recommit to each other.

Fans of the series have been commenting on social media since yesterday. Also, to note, DAYS tapes month ahead, so this story point was already completed before the move to Peacock.  It should also be noted that Rob Scott Wilson also appeared in another soap first, when on Prospect Park’s All My Children, his character of Pete Cortlandt (Wilson) received oral sex from Colby (Brooke Newton).

So, what did you think about how the Salem threesome between Alex, Chanel and Allie was portrayed? Comment below.

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DAYS Billy Flynn Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just start this by saying if you missed last Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives on Peacock, you missed beautifully touching and effective performances by both Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail).

Leading up to it, Chad had a gut-wrenching week.  He figured out that Clyde (James Read) was the culprit that murdered his wife and later confronted him.  That led to key scenes where Chad confronts Clyde at Abigail’s gravesite and wants to hear all the gory details of how Clyde stabbed his wife, and then learned how the criminal covered his tracks, went after Sonny (Zach Tinker) and stabbed him, and framed Leo (Greg Rikaart) for the crimes.

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Throughout the reveal, Billy Flynn played all of Chad’s pain and horror, while holding a gun at Clyde baiting him on – problem was Clyde is so despicable he had no problem telling Chad the grisly truth.  During a struggle for the gun with Chad, it is EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) who saves the day and shoots Clyde.  The two brothers bond over their shared disdain for Clyde.

Later at the Salem PD, EJ apologizes to Chad for bringing Clyde into their lives and for what happened to Abigail.  Chad takes it in but does not explode, rather appreciates his brother for saving his life.

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However, the emotional rollercoaster that Chad went through, and the audience, in the expert hands of Flynn, was nothing compared to the heartbreaking scenes where Abigail visits Chad at her gravesite, now that he solved the murder mystery.

Abigail is proud that Chad found her killer and tells him that she wants him to love again and that it’s OK to move on.  She knows he will always love her, and she will always love him.  Then, when Abigail asks Chad to tell her what traits their children, Thomas and Charlotte, possess that remind him of Abigail, it was very tender and not overplayed.  When it was time for their final goodbyes, both Flynn and Miller reminded us all why #Chabby was one of the best duos in DAYS history.

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In the end, it was Billy Flynn who carried the ball all the way to the end zone and scored a touchdown in the conclusion of Chad and Abigail’s love story.  It is always a nice to see when DAYS decides to write for and feature material which plays to Flynn’s strengths, and this did.

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So, for all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Billy Flynn’s work as the Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of the Chad and Abigail goodbye scenes at her gravesite? What did you think of Billy’s performance and the reveal that Clyde Weston was Abigail’s murderer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first, check out our latest conversation with Billy, and his DAYS co-stars Greg Rikaart and Mary Beth Evans now on the Michael Fairman Channel below, where Billy discusses taping the pivotal scenes and more.

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