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DAYS Recap – Dec 13 – Dec 17th

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Rafe informs Sami he’s joined the police force, and will use his legal authority to put EJ behind bars. Rafe goes to Victor and makes a deal to eliminate their mutual enemy – the DiMeras. EJ calls Sami and asks her to talk to Johnny one last time to give him closure, and she reluctantly agrees. A heartbroken Sami tells Johnny she won’t see him anymore. She flashes him the secret signal, and he understands her meaning. Later, she vows to be back. Gabi has had the wedding pictures developed and shows them to Will. They notice something strange regarding Johnny. They bring the photos to Rafe to get his opinion. Abe and Lexie experience an up-and-down day with Theo. Abe learns from Lexie that Sami most likely shot EJ, and he blows up at Bo for not making an arrest. Abe has it out with Sami and Bo and she throws Lexie’s past infidelities in his face. Abe returns to the hospital and is upset to find Ben comforting Lexie. Chloe and Philip have a nice stroll down memory lane and are glad they’re still good friends. At the same time, Caroline is relieved when Stephanie says she won’t tell the truth about Parker’s paternity. Nathan and Stephanie firm up their plans to get married. Melanie is disconcerted when Nathan tells her about the impending wedding date. Meanwhile, Daniel is concerned about Melanie and Philip’s plans to have a baby so soon. At the hospital, a floored Daniel overhears Stephanie talking to Caroline about Philip cheating on Melanie. Nicole pretends she’s broken up with Brady to be with Sydney. EJ insists she move into the guest cottage on the DiMera grounds. Nicole and Brady break up in front of Henderson, and then make love. Brady isn’t crazy about Nicole moving in with the DiMeras, but she insists she’ll be safe from Vivian and sneaking around EJ will make her and Brady’s relationship even hotter. Brady admits he does love a challenge and they make love again. Abe is jealous when he sees Ben comforting Lexie over Theo. Lexie is surprised by Abe’s behavior, then furious when he tells her Sami put the bug in his ear when she reminded him of Lexie’s past. Lexie and Abe make up, but she remains furious with Sami. Gabi and Will hover as Rafe studies the photos of Johnny. He acknowledges that Johnny’s pupil in his left eye is white, but thinks it’s nothing serious. They decide to reprint the photos, but Johnny’s eye is still white. Rafe assures Will and Gabi that it’s probably a reflection of the light, even though it’s in every photo. He tells Will not to tell Sami so as not to worry her over nothing. Will agrees. Later, Rafe wants EJ to see the photos. EJ refuses and kicks Rafe out. Rafe is about to call Lexie when she appears on his doorstep. He tells her he needs to talk to her about something important.

Melanie asks Nathan why he’s rushing his wedding to Stephanie when he told her in quarantine that he loved her. Nathan says he knows he can be happy without his soul mate, Melanie. He points out that Melanie is in love and is happy with Philip. They agree to move on but it’s difficult for both of them. Stephanie raves to Melanie about how much Nathan loves her. Melanie impulsively asks if Stephanie really knows Nathan’s feelings for her. Daniel says nothing to Stephanie and Caroline about overhearing their discussion of Philip cheating on Melanie. He runs into Philip, and confronts him. He can see in Philip’s eyes that he has cheated, though he doesn’t know with whom. He grabs Philip in anger just as Chloe enters. She overhears Daniel call Philip a cheater. Lexie lays into Rafe about what Sami said to Abe. Rafe apologizes, but demands she check out the photos revealing a white spot in Johnny’s eye. Lexie does, and notes it wouldn’t hurt to have it checked out. Meanwhile, EJ worries about Johnny after Rafe’s visit. Nicole questions his concern, but EJ insists nothing is wrong. While Nicole feels as if she’s fitting into the role of mother nicely, EJ reminds her he’s in control. Later, EJ is infuriated when Rafe arrives with Lexie to discuss Johnny’s health again. Rafe waits outside as Lexie examines Johnny and grows alarmed. Chloe interrupts Daniel and Philip’s fight. Philip goes, and Daniel tells Chloe that Philip cheated on Melanie with some Titan trash. Chloe realizes he doesn’t know the whole truth. She tries to get Daniel to drop it, but her efforts backfire. Daniel cannot let this go! Meanwhile, Adrienne prepares to tell Nathan the truth about Parker just as Melanie is about to tell Stephanie about Nathan’s true feelings. Adrienne pulls back, and decides it’s best to keep the secret. Melanie backs off, as well, and wishes Stephanie and Nathan the best. Adrienne warns Stephanie that the truth will come out whether she likes it or not. Later, Chloe tells Philip that Daniel is looking for him. At the same time, Daniel and Melanie come unexpectedly face-to-face.

While Maggie babysits Parker, Victor comes for a visit. Victor realizes Maggie is jealous about Kate moving in with him, and he decides he can use this to his advantage. Lexie tells EJ that Johnny needs to be seen by a specialist and makes an immediate appointment. Though EJ won’t tell him anything, Rafe realizes Lexie is concerned. Meanwhile, Sami tries to contact Johnny through Allie. Later, she overhears Gabi and Will talking and realizes Johnny may be ill. Rafe comes home and fills her in on everything he knows, and they head for the hospital. Johnny is undergoing tests when they get there. EJ, stressed and terrified, turns on Sami and accuses her of causing Johnny’s illness.

Bo shows Jennifer the letter from Hope. He points out that Hope misspelled Ciara’s name. Jennifer is afraid Hope is losing it, but Bo thinks she’s trying to convey to him that something’s wrong. Jennifer suggests they work together, but Bo squashes the idea. Alone, Jennifer decides she has to do something to help her cousin. Meanwhile, Jane plays mind games with Hope, who prays for a Christmas miracle. Philip realizes Stephanie knows he and Chloe slept together. He and Chloe are afraid Daniel and Melanie are bound to learn the truth. Meanwhile, Melanie learns that Daniel and Philip fought, but jumps to the wrong conclusion about the reason. As she goes on about her love for Philip, Daniel decides not to tell his daughter that her husband cheated. Daniel calls Philip and asks to see him. Desperate, Chloe goes to Melanie and realizes that Daniel didn’t tell her anything. Chloe thinks maybe everything will work out between the men. Meanwhile, Philip meets Daniel on the pier. Philip mistakenly assumes that he now knows all. He admits that he cheated and that it’s much worse than Daniel ever realized. Maggie, baby-sitting Parker, is worried by Chloe and Philip’s strange behavior. EJ accuses Sami of deliberately causing the problem with Johnny’s eye so she can have access to him. Sami and Rafe are both furious. Rafe points out that’s not possible. Dr. Kim returns and explains he’s waiting for Johnny’s test results. Alone, Sami and EJ agree they have to put Johnny first and form a truce. However, when EJ sees Johnny and Sami discuss their secret signal, he’s furious. He wants Sami out of hospital and Johnny’s life. Dr. Kim returns and says he has bad news. Bo explains to Julie that he’s going away for a while on a case, not telling her it’s about Hope. He needs her and Doug to look after Ciara for a while. Julie agrees. Alone with Ciara, Bo has her open her Christmas gift. It’s one of Hope’s necklaces. It is to remind her how much he and Hope love her. Ciara gives him her bow to remember her when he misses her. Bo summons Carly, who is worried when she sees the look on his face, and asks what’s wrong. Chloe is anxious that neither Philip nor Daniel has checked in after their talk. Melanie isn’t worried as much as Chloe, and is convinced Philip can smooth Daniel’s ruffled feathers. When Carly arrives to see Parker, Chloe makes an excuse to leave to check on Philip. Carly is happy to see that Melanie has gotten over Chloe’s one night stand. Melanie feels Carly was right to keep it a secret and appreciates the risk she took in keeping it from Bo—to protect Daniel’s happiness. Later, Nathan sees Melanie with Parker and thinks she’ll make a great mom. Philip lets Daniel think he had a one night stand with Sabrina, the secretary from Titan. He swears to Daniel that he will spend the rest of his life making Melanie happy. Daniel agrees to say nothing to Melanie about Philip’s cheating but says Stephanie knows. Philip promises to talk to her. Daniel gets to Stephanie first, and makes her promise to keep Philip’s one night stand to herself.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: What Did You Think of the Life-Sized Duke and Ava Scene?

Okurrrr! On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the long-running NBC soap opera served up a scene in which Ava (Tamara Braun) wakes up in bed and sees a life-sized Duke doll come to life in the doorway.

If you recall, Ava ripped the small-sized stuffed-animal, Duke to shreds, previously, with a scissor in a fit of rage as she appears to be losing her grip!

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In this scene, Duke returns with pair of scissors in his hand and says he’s there for payback. Ava screams out. Next, she grabs a nail file to defend herself and tries to run, but Duke grabs her.

What does Ava do next? She bites Duke. He tells her that she’ll pay for that.  Next, we see a startled Ava in bed as Rafe (Galen Gering) appears at the doorway with coffee… and wait for it … a bear claw!

As Rafe informs Ava of the accusations against him at work, she asks if he thinks she is engineering this, considering he accused her of dismembering Duke?  Rafe says he believes she is not responsible for any of this. Oh, Rafe!

So, what did you think of the scene when you watched it between larger-than-life stuffed-animal-come-to-life Duke and Ava?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena’s Exorcism Brings a United Front to Rid Satan

In a great episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it the return of Greg Vaughan as “Father” Eric Brady to exorcize the devil out of Marlena (Deidre Hall) for the second time in her lifetime, but it was not easy.

First, in the bedroom, Sami (Alison Sweeney) finds Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) almost untying the MarDevil, after Satan threatens him with revealing he was the one who kidnapped Sami and even tells Sami, that Lucas has been lying to her! Lucas worms his way out of the situation saying that he has been lying about his feelings for Sami.

Meanwhile, an overwrought John (Drake Hogestyn) is so happy to see Eric in his mother’s time of need.  When Eric takes off his coat, he reveals that he is once again a man of the cloth – priest collar and all.  Eric fills John in that it was actually Nicole (Arianne Zucker) who made him come to the realization that he wanted to serve God again, when she told him that ‘collar or no collar, he has never changed.”

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Next, Eric meets the MarDevil and tells John to leave him alone with Satan.  MarDevil spews that Eric is an arrogant little man and that he will die.  Now the MarDevil questions how his parishioners who saw the videotape of him having sex with Kristen – although Eric reminds Satan he was drugged – would welcome him as a priest?  Next thing you know, MarDevil shows the infamous sex tape on a laptop! Then, Satan said she thought his true calling was working in “adult entertainment” not for God.

Going for the jugular, MarDevil morphs into OG Kristen (Eileen Davidson) and she is tied to the bed, cooing for Eric, for another roll in the hay.  Eric becomes drawn in and if it were not for Brady (Eric Martsolf) walking in on the scene, urging his brother to resist the devil’s tricks, who knows where this would have led!  But Eric does resist, and MarDevil returns, saying that the fallen priest and his boozy brother are no match for her!

Now that the family is all congregating in the living room not only has Brady arrived, but so too has Belle (Martha Madison), Allie (Lindsay Arnold), and Johnny (Carson Boatman).  Eric explains that they all need to band together to perform an exorcism on Marlena and rid the devil from her.  Lucas exits deciding it should be for immediate family only, and he is already concerned that Satan knows he kidnapped Sami.

In the bedroom, Marlena’s family surrounds the bed as Eric begins the exorcism.  The family prays as Eric asks everyone to join hands and say the Lord’s Prayer.  As they begin the prayer, wind begins to blow and the bed goes up and down as MarDevil is defiant that Marlena will never return.  When the bed settles down, everyone thinks it’s over, but MarDevil surprises everyone and still has a grip on Marlena.

MarDevil then verbally attacks Belle and reminds her that she was the first one to give up on Marlena when she was in a coma and how she cheats on the men in her life calling her a “cheap slut”.  That is followed in kind when MarDevil goes after Sami and calls her a “professional slut”.

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Eric insist the family talk directly to Marlena.  They all become a united front as MarDevil is struggling to maintain control.  Then, in a fantastic series of flashbacks, we see Marlena’s memories coming through of each of her family members – and of course, best one ever, of all-time, is John and Marlena reuniting on the pier.

You then hear MarDevil let out a scream “No!” and then she passes out.  After everything is once again still in the room. John sits next to Marlena and calls her “Doc”.  She wakes up, saved!  It’s the Marlena everyone knows and loves!  She is saved on Christmas.   We fade to black.

What did you think of Marlena’s exorcism 2.0 and the episode? Let us know in the comment section below.  But first, check out this tweet of the flashback memories contained with the episode as Marlena fights the devil!

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‘Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas’: What Did You Think of the Holiday Tale?

Riffing on Hallmark Channel holiday movies combined with inside Salem wink-winks and nudge-nudges, soap tropes, surprise returns and altered storyline shifts, Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas now streaming on Peacock, had something for everyone, that by the end of its almost one hour and twenty minute tale, you were in the holiday spirit.

In the streaming flick, Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Grant Tinker) are working hard to make sure Will makes his Christmas Eve deadline of turning in his holiday script. So the couple known as “WilSon” conjure up an altered “facts” story… sorta!

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Now, Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Marlena (Deidre Hall) are running the Brady Pub, because Roman has died.  Paulina (Jackée Harry) is now the Cruella de Vil of Salem aiming to put everyone out of business for her own gain.

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Sami learns that Sydney is her biological daughter (something that in the airshow happened years ago) in order for a redux of the classic bitch-slap scene between this version of evil Nicole (Arianne Zucker) and Sami.

Even though Nicole’s deception is revealed, she doesn’t end up completely alone after EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) dumps her for Sami.  A bum outside the Brady Pub hands her a tissue to wipe away her tears, and it’s revealed to be … Eric (Greg Vaughn in a cameo).

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Elsewhere, John (Drake Hogestyn) is not married to Marlena (Deidre Hall), but Kristen (Eileen Davidson) and they run the Inn.  Meanwhile, as per usual, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Kristen are lusting after each other … complete with one of the best scenes in the special, where a naked Brady, covers his private parts with cue cards that profess his love for Kristen (a la Love Actually).  Meanwhile, Marlena is longing for John, even though he is with Kristen.

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Paulina ‘s assistant turns out to be Leo (Greg Rikaart), and as he did in the previous Peacock streaming series … he saved the day! Leo, while going through files on Paulina’s desk, found a loophole that could save Salem business owners from being kicked to the curb.

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And it was great to see one of the finest actors, Blake Berris, back on the screen as Nick and longing for Gabi (Camila Banus).  You see, Will writes Nick into his script, while Sonny exclaims that Nick is dead. But this is a holiday tale, so whatever!

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In the end, it was the town pulling together for a holiday fundraiser to save themselves with a talent show hosted by Leo featuring: the return of Sonny Delight, Amanda Bottom and Belinda Chinashop, followed by a Santa strip from the hottest men in Salem and voila’ – it’s drag queens and half-naked guys that save the day!

So, what did you think of Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas ? What was your favorite part of it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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