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DAYS Recap – Aug 23 – Aug 27th

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Roman interrupts Sami and EJ’s wedding and throws the cuffs on his daughter. All are in shock as Roman explains he’s determined to stop this wedding any way he can. Sami finally convinces Roman to stay for the ceremony, which resumes with an exchange of touching personal vows. Meanwhile, Rafe is methodically building a case against EJ, unaware he’s marrying Sami at that very moment. Rafe offers Nicole FBI protection, but she flees custody. Later, Rafe learns from Gabi that Sami and EJ’s wedding is in progress, and he bursts in before they can be pronounced man and wife. Carly runs into a delay as she tries to get Chloe’s paternity results at St. Mary’s. At the same time, Chloe’s birthday party continues. As tension mounts, edgy Philip leaves the party with Melanie. Daniel worries about fragile Chloe and assures her there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for her. Meanwhile, Stephanie is devastated to learn that Daniel is not the baby’s father. Scared at the thought of losing Nathan to Melanie over this, she finally realizes that there’s one way to make this best for everyone. She asks Ian to change the paternity results. He balks, but ultimately agrees. However, he realizes someone else has beaten him to it. Earlier, it’s shown that Melanie, Daniel, Philip, Chloe and Carly each potentially had the opportunity to change the results. Rafe interrupts Sami and EJ’s wedding. He demands to speak with Sami alone. Everyone thinks this is Rafe’s attempt to get Sami back. Sami angrily tells Rafe she saw him with Nicole. He explains this isn’t about him – it’s about Sydney. If Sami ever loved him, she’ll listen to what he has to say. Sami agrees but insists EJ be a part of their conversation. The guests leave and Rafe confronts EJ. He says that he has proof of what EJ did. Stephanie is troubled that someone changed Chloe’s paternity test results. Nathan comes home and is suspicious of Ian, who quickly leaves. Nathan and Stephanie are both distracted, but make love. Stephanie decides not to tell Nathan about the changed test results. Carly tells Chloe that Daniel is the father of her baby. Daniel walks in, and is surprised to see Carly, who explains she brought Chloe a gift for her birthday. Chloe is thrilled over the paternity news and touched by the gift, which twigs Daniel. She explains that Carly’s gift has made her realize how happy she is about this baby and now she’s ready to tell everyone the good news. Carly tells Daniel, making it sound like a medical case, that she did something that has a happy ending. She’s especially pleased Daniel can now raise a child. Meanwhile, both Melanie and Philip are upbeat over mysterious actions they took. They arrive at Daniel’s at Chloe’s request where she toasts them all for being so good to her. Any one of them could have changed the test result, including Nathan.

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Rafe tells Sami that EJ was the one who had Sydney kidnapped. EJ calls Rafe a liar and tells Sami not to believe him. Rafe plays Nicole’s confession to overhearing EJ admit it. EJ says Sami can’t believe Nicole. And Sami doesn’t. She slaps Rafe for buying into Nicole’s lies. Then Rafe produces the CD of EJ’s actual admission. EJ tries to prevent him from playing it and almost comes to blows with Rafe. Sami tells Rafe to play it. Nicole comes to Brady out of fear for her life, believing EJ will kill her after he finds out that she blabbed to Rafe. She begs for Brady’s help. He rejects her outright. He tells her he’s nobody’s hero anymore and goes. Victor applauds him and reveals he’s the one who served her up to Rafe. Brady ends up drinking alone. Maggie sees him. Brady assumes she wants to quit being his sponsor, but Maggie won’t abandon him. At Dr. Baker’s trial, Baker baits Bo into attacking him, but Roman and Carly stop it. During a recess, Bo is left alone with Baker and blames him for what happened with Hope. Baker places the blame where it belongs – on Bo. Bo is affected by it, but gives an emotional testimony on behalf of Hope to put Baker away for his crimes. Everyone is shocked when it’s announced that Hope is the final witness in Baker’s trial. Vivian shows Victor a picture of the sarcophagus, presumably for Isabella. Maggie comes up on it, and learns of Vivian’s plans; she doesn’t realize they are for her. Later, Vivian is clear to Gus that she intends the sarcophagus not for Isabella, but for Maggie. Bo is shocked to see Hope at Dr. Baker’s trial. She testifies against Baker, but he has a change of heart and pleads guilty. He tells the judge the woman on the stand is not the woman he worked with. She’s a victim and if anyone is guilty, it’s Bo Brady. Carly sees how emotional Bo is over Hope. Bo thanks her for her support. Bo has a moment with Hope and he tells her that Baker is right. He is the guilty one in all of this. Bo fears for Hope as she goes to prison, but she says she will be okay. Later, at home, Bo and Carly take a nap. Bo hears Hope call out to him in a dream, saying, “save me.” Melanie is happy about Chloe’s pregnancy, and tells Maggie. Maggie thinks Melanie has it all now: a husband, mom, dad and sibling on the way. Pretty soon she’ll be moving out and won’t need Maggie. Melanie assures Maggie she’ll always need her. Maggie admits she’s thinking about going on an extended trip and Melanie says she’ll miss her. Later, Maggie runs into Carly and both are pleased that Chloe and Daniel are having a baby. Vivian is planning Maggie’s downfall. She tells Gus of her sarcophagus plans. He warns Madame to be careful – do not upset Victor. Vivian says he’ll never know. Later, Vivian drops by Maggie’s house. When Maggie leaves the room, Vivian finds her travel brochure and realizes this couldn’t be more perfect. She pockets some of Maggie’s personal stationary. Melanie nearly catches her, but she leaves and later, the sarcophagus arrives! Nicole knows that Rafe is confronting EJ and fears for her life. She runs into Kate and Stefano and sort of panics. She maneuvers her way out of it, but they realize she must be part of the reason Rafe showed up at the mansion and stopped the wedding. Stefano makes a call and it looks like Nicole is toast. Sami learns the truth about EJ stealing Sydney. After Rafe leaves with the disc, EJ admits it is true. He tries to defend his actions, but Sami tears into him. She tells him he will never see his kids again just as Stefano, Kate and the children return home. Rafe hands over the evidence to Roman. Roman warns EJ will put up a fight, but Rafe vows to be ready.

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Stefano tries to stop Sami from leaving with his grandchildren, but Rafe returns and promises that EJ will go to jail. EJ says a painful goodbye to his kids, as Sami and Rafe take the children and leave. Stefano scolds EJ for letting Nicole best him. EJ plans to kill Nicole. Arianna shows up and gets him to realize that revenge against Nicole will not solve his problems. Later, EJ breaks down over his loss, and Arianna holds him. Meanwhile, Sami and Rafe take the kids to the Brady Pub. Sami expresses her sorrow and regret over her poor choices and her gratitude toward Rafe. He keeps his feelings close to the vest and says that he’ll leave to give her time with her family. Sami calls after him, asking him not to go. Kate is horrified when she realizes she may lose Will over Stefano and EJ’s secrets. Stefano assures her that will not happen. Chad says some kind words to Kate, and Stefano wonders what they’re talking about. Kate said Chad is the least of their concerns and decides to continue keeping her secret.  Chloe and Daniel share their happy pregnancy news with Victor. He warns that Daniel and Chloe’s bliss will be short-lived. Meanwhile, Nicole fears she’s being stalked, but she realizes the man in question is her FBI bodyguard. Once she learns that her bank accounts have been frozen, she decides she can’t stay at her apartment and asks Chloe if she can move into her place. Chloe, on the spot, is a good friend and says yes. Daniel comes home and is surprised to find they have a new roommate with an FBI bodyguard in tow.   The sarcophagus is delivered, and Vivian tells Victor her plans for “Isabella” are moving along nicely.

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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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