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DAYS Recap – Aug 9 – Aug 13th

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Bo supports Hope, who has a hard time facing what she’s done. She apologizes to Justin, who is stunned to learn Hope is the one who attacked him. Carly is horrified to find out how troubled Hope has been. Both Carly and Bo blame themselves for her mental break. Carly understands when Bo says he needs to be there for Hope and Ciara. Melanie assures Carly that she’s a good person, but her sense of guilt increases. Later, Hope is booked as devastated Bo looks on. Doug and Julie learn what Hope has done and wonder whether they’ll ever get their daughter back. Roman informs Sami that Dr. Baker is not dead; he is in jail. Meanwhile, EJ comes to give Baker a piece of his mind. Baker tells both EJ and Sami some hard truths, which ironically serve to further bond the couple. Roman is deeply disturbed by the knowledge that Sami considered EJ’s marriage proposal. Little does he know, Sami is still thinking about it… Brady goes to the Pub and drinks alone. Arianna finds him and tries to stop him. Brady assures that he knows what he’s doing. Arianna realizes that Nicole and Brady hooked up and broke up, and she’s angry. Brady tells her that Hope is the mugger, and Arianna’s going to go free. Shocked, Arianna leaves for the police station, where she prepares to confront Hope. Melanie is there for Brady as a friend. After his talk with Hope, Justin shows up for a drink and he and Brady discuss what Hope did to them. Brady resolves to move forward. Later, Justin makes a mysterious call.  Sami accepts EJ’s marriage proposal, but is unable to tell Rafe. She does, however break the news to Will. And Rafe overhears EJ tell Stefano he’s proposed to Sami and she’s said yes. Arianna confronts Hope for framing her for the muggings. Hope apologizes but truly doesn’t remember doing so. Arianna isn’t sure whether Hope is telling the truth, and tells her she wants her to rot in jail. Arianna then runs into EJ, who tries to comfort her. Arianna realizes EJ’s life is on the right path and is happy for him. Later, Arianna admits to Gabi that she’s not sure she can ever forgive Hope for her actions. Hope, meanwhile, breaks down in Doug’s arms, hating herself for hurting him and so many others. Doug comforts her, and says she’ll always be his princess.  Chad asks Stefano questions about his mom’s past and Stefano leaves. Will invites Chad to work on his DiMera Enterprises project. He tells Stefano and he is forced to admit Madeline once betrayed him and he fears Chad, like his mother, can’t be trusted. Kate overhears D.A. Woods telling Chad he’s not paying for college and he wants him out of the house. He blames Chad for Madeline’s death. Kate comforts Chad, who nicely rejects her help, saying she doesn’t owe him anything. Kate, to herself, says how wrong he is.

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Victor visits Bo and tries to comfort him. Bo admits Hope’s attacks are a result of her anger towards him. Maggie shows up and tells Victor they need to help Hope. Victor agrees and Maggie asks him to take a walk. After their walk, Maggie thanks Victor for being her friend. Brady and Vivian cross. She gives him a hard time about Arianna, and he calls her out. She should worry about her own situation – with Victor. Later, Vivian finds Victor with Maggie. Upset, she vows to put an end to Maggie Horton. Abe goes to see Hope and she apologizes for hurting him. Abe forgives her and wants to help her. She’s worried about her family and her kids. How will her children react when they realize she tried to kill their father? Lexie arrives and offers comfort. She promises to help with Ciara. EJ arrives and confronts Hope. Bo hears this and throws him out. Bo follows EJ to the mansion. He says if anything happens to Hope…if there is any sort of retaliation against her … he will kill EJ.  Brady visits and Hope senses he is here to get his punches in. Surprisingly, Brady somewhat forgives Hope for what she did and prays she gets help.  Sami confides in Will that she’s accepted EJ’s proposal. Meanwhile, Rafe has overheard EJ telling his father about Sami and he leaves to work off some steam. Will takes his mom to task, but ultimately wants her to be happy. Rafe runs into Sami and wishes her the best. Sami, thrown, follows him to the FBI locker room. He says she’s crazy to marry EJ. Sami protests, but Rafe gives her something to think about – by kissing her.  Chloe calls Philip to tell him about the prenatal paternity test.

Stephanie witnesses and misunderstands Melanie giving Nathan a platonic hug to comfort him about Hope. Reeling, she tells Adrienne. She decides Philip is keeping a secret that has something to do with Chloe and could destroy his marriage. This would jeopardize Stephanie and Nathan’s future. She runs into Chloe and Philip discussing whether or not Philip is the father of her baby. They cover. Later, Stephanie pumps Philip for information, but he doesn’t give her anything. She then tries to get info from Daniel under an insurance ruse. She learns Chloe’s story about getting Daniel’s wedding present from the hospital the night of her elevator accident. This conflicts with Philip’s story of getting the watch from Chloe’s apartment the next morning. Desperate, Stephanie lets herself into Chloe and Daniel’s apartment to look around and gets a call from Caroline. At the same time, Chloe and Daniel arrive home, about to go inside and catch Stephanie.

As Sami and Rafe kiss, things heat up between them until Sami asks how Rafe found out she was marrying EJ. They find themselves at odds again, and Sami leaves, angrily believing that EJ spilled the beans to Rafe. She confronts EJ, but he insists he didn’t tell. He understands how hard it is for her to get over Rafe, because he’s never given up on her. He asks her if they’re on or off, and Sami tells him, they’re on! Nicole, having hit rock bottom, turns to Chloe, but she is too busy with her own problems. Nicole finds Rafe drinking alone at the Cheatin’ Heart. She asks if he wants somebody to cry into his beer with, and they share a toast – to the future, whatever that might bring. Philip and Melanie have a romantic reunion after his business trip.  Adrienne tells Justin she knows how he feels concerning Hope breaking his heart, because she feels the same way about him.  Caroline continues to give Maggie a hard time about Victor. Stephanie hides when Chloe and Daniel enter their apartment. She learns Chloe is pregnant. Daniel leaves for the ER and Chloe calls Philip, asking him to come by. Stephanie overhears that Philip and Chloe made love and that he might be the father of her child! She also learns of the paternity test Chloe took at St. Mary’s under an assumed name and that she will get the results the next day. Philip fears that if the child is his, Melanie will go running back to Nathan. He and Chloe leave. Philip says if he is the baby’s dad, he will make sure this child doesn’t suffer. Meanwhile, Melanie tells Daniel about her job interview at St. Mary’s. Daniel looks forward to celebrating Chloe’s birthday. Shaken, Stephanie goes to St. Mary’s to see if she can get the results of the paternity test. As she starts to access the computer, Melanie catches her!

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Victor sees Brady drinking and realizes that it’s because of Nicole. Victor is unhappy and warns Brady to stay away from her. Meanwhile, Nicole thinks Rafe is despondent over losing Sami to EJ, and she’s despondent over losing Brady. Rafe gets a call from FBI Agent Tim, who tells him that Nicole’s CD (from Fay) is back from the lab. Rafe tells Nicole that Brady likes honesty and then he leaves Ignoring Rafe’s advice, Nicole lies to Brady about where the money in her illegal account came from. Brady seems to buy her story and, hopeful, Nicole kisses him. Meanwhile, Rafe hears EJ on the CD and suspects that he was behind Sydney’s kidnapping. He needs more proof before he can expose him and is determined to get that proof from Nicole.  Sami tells EJ she wants to set a wedding date. Excited, EJ breaks the news to Stefano and Kate. Stefano tells Kate if they want to keep their grandchildren under the same roof then the two of them must do everything in their power to make sure Sami and EJ’s marriage is successful. Sami, meanwhile, tells EJ she’ll never forget he brought Sydney home to her, thus making them a family.

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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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