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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: Chad and Abby Share An Emotional Goodbye And Leave Salem Hitched

On Thursday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, tears were shed not only by the characters on the screen, but by the audience at home … plenty of them if you have been checking out social media since this installment aired.  For in it, viewers had to say goodbye to Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abby (Kate Mansi) as they left Salem to start their new life with their children in Paris.

However, before they make their exit, Chabby fans finally get to see their favorite duo tie the knot in a heartfelt and touching ceremony right in the Horton family living room.  While it was spur of the moment, it could not have been more poignant.  Leave it to Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to officially preside over the nuptials, JJ (Casey Moss) to play his guitar while his sister walked down the living room aisle to her man, and even Jack (Matt Ashford) showed up to do the right thing to be there for his daughter.

What would a Chabby wedding be without personally written vows, right?  Abigail tells Chad: “When we first fell in love, God, we had no idea of what we were getting ourselves into.  They say that when you meet someone and fall in love, you’re drawn to them, because they have something you need and we’re here today because I need you.  I need your courage, your faith, and love.  I’m so beyond grateful at a second chance with you and a family with our beautiful children. You are the love of my life, Chad. There’s nothing I want more than to spend the rest of my days with you.”

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In a touching moment, Chad is overcome with tears and expresses to Abigail; “You’ve always fought for your health, and for us, and I’m in awe of the woman I fell in love with. I’ll cherish you. I will protect you. I’m yours, and I’ll never doubt you again, because a love like ours really does only come once in a life.”

They exchange rings and Julie pronounces them husband and wife.  But this happy moment is also bittersweet when Chad says, “We hate to marry and run.”  Chabby has a plane to catch to take them to Paris.   Chad looks around the room and at all the special people in his life, and tells the group how special they all are to him.  In that scene, it definitely gave the feels that it was also Billy Flynn saying farewell to his castmates.

Of course … before they leave town Chad and Abby visit Stefan (Tyler Christopher) and Gabi(Camila Banus)is there.  They give them the news that they are leaving for France and are married.  In a moment alone between Abby and Stefan, he apologizes to her. Stefan notes how much he loved the other part of her (Gabby with a “Y”) and knows that she loved him too.  Abby says, “I know”.  Meanwhile, Chad says goodbye to the portrait of his father, Stefano vowing to be back someday.  After Chabby exit the DiMera mansion, Stefan has a meltdown and throws the chest board while Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) walks in on the scene.

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And finally, in the 10-hankie moment beautifully played by Billy Flynn, Kate Mansi and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Chad and Abby at the Horton house to say their final goodbyes to Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie, Jack, JJ, and Jennifer.  Abigail tells her mother to never give up on her dad.  Chad is in tears as Jennifer tells him she will miss him,  He says, “I will miss you, too”.

It was in that moment that any of us that have ever had to say goodbye to our families and move far away from them, or come back to visit them and then leave again, can relate.  Saying goodbye is often heartbreaking when you leave behind the ones you love.  But, Chad and Abby got their happy ending … for now. However,t his is a soap opera, so you never know how long happiness will last, or when they might be back in Salem.

Kudos to the performances of Billy Flynn, so raw and real, and Kate Mansi playing Abigail with depth and dignity to wrap up the story.

So, what did you think of the Chabby goodbye? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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DAYS’ Kate Mansi Delivers The ‘Power Performance Of The Week’

This week was a whirlwind for the character of Abigail Deveraux (Kate Mansi) on Days of our Lives.  On Christmas Eve, she shows up at the annual Christmas Ornament hanging at the Hortons with her daughter, Charlotte in tow.  When she gets there, she has a few choice words for her mother, Jennifer (Melissa Reeves).

A hurt and angered Abby lets her mom have it for not believing in her sanity in a gut-wrenching moment played to perfection by Kate Mansi.  Coming in to the scene like a firecracker ready to explode, she let out the emotions of how her own family would not stand by her when she was being gas-lighted by Gabi (Camila Banus), and yet even with that, no one still believed her.  (She still had no hard evidence to proof that she was telling the truth, but that was just around the corner!)

In addition, Mansi was pretending to be “Gabby” with a Y, the alter that fell for Stefan (Tyler Christopher) in an effort to get her freedom, and she did it.  She hands the guy divorce papers as a Christmas present, throws off her wig, shocking him that he was the one being played.   She is not sick.  She is herself, Abigail and she is leaving him and taking their baby with her.

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Later, when Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) remembers that she saw the DNA results proving that Chad (Billy Flynn) is the father of Charlotte, not Stefan, it is a triumphant moment for Abigail, yet a stinger, because she realizes the lengths her supposed “friend” Gabi went to for her revenge plot against her.  Eventually, Abby reunites Charlotte with her real bio-dad, Chad.  And for good measure, after the truth is finally out, and Abigail proves that she is of sound mind and body, she clocks Gabi for her deception right in front of Chad.

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With the levels of emotion illustrating the character’s inner-strength, and the depth in her work, MFTV names Kate Mansi the last week of 2018’s, “Power Performance of the Week.”

Let us know what you thought of Kate’s performance, what was your favorite moment in it, and how the week unraveled for Abby, Gsbi, Stefan, Chad, Jennifer, and Julie in the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Julie Remembers & Delivers Christmas Bombshell: Chad Is The Father of Abigail’s Baby!

Ah, we were waiting for Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to come through and she did and in record soap time – glad her amnesiac bout was short-lived.  On the Christmas day episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, Julie and Abigail (Kate Mansi) have a chat at the Horton’s about Gabi (Camila Banus).  Feeling guilty she had Julie snoop around on Gabi, (which eventually led to her tumble down the stairs), Julie says they need to keep their eye on the bigger prize is doing a “victory dance” when they bring down Ms. Hernandez for making Abby look like she has been suffering from her mental illness (DID), yet again.

Stefan (Tyler Christopher) shows up at the Horton’s demanding to see his daughter, Charlotte.  Abigail is not happy about him just showing up unannounced, especially after she delivered a special Christmas present to him … divorce papers … and then revealed she had been playing him this whole time as Gabby with a “Y”, and had exited the DiMera mansion with baby in tow.  Abby brings Charlotte to Stefan, who lowers the boom on her saying he is taking the baby back home with him.  He pulls out custody papers that his lawyer had drawn up.  Hearing Abigail and Stefan argue, and Stefan professing, “That is my daughter”, etc, leads Julie to have a startling revelation!

Suddenly, Julie’s memory is sparked about her confrontation with Gabi and how she fell down the stairs, and finding the DNA results that Gabi was hiding that proved that Chad (Billy Flynn) was Charlotte’s father, not Stefan.  Julie drops the ornament she was holding in her hand and it breaks, when she remembers! She then tells a stunned Abby and Stefan that Chad is Charlotte’s biological father.  She continues to tell them how Gabi switched the paternity results and when she confronted Gabi about it, they had a struggle as Gabi was trying to rip the results out of Julie’s hands, thus causing her fall.

Stefan demands real proof, and so he and Abby  head to the hospital to find Kayla (Mary Beth Evans).  When they go into Kayla’s office,she tells them that she remembers now that Gabi was with her the day that she got the DNA results.  Thus, Gabi is looking more and more guilty by the second!  Kayla goes into the hospital database and sure enough, Chad is the father, not Stefan.  Mr. DiMera is in complete denial.

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After the hospital Christmas party for the kids – and how funny was Leo (Greg Rikaart ) in his decked out Xmas outfit, and those lines of dialog remarked to the sick children – Chad and Gabi come home.  When Gabi goes upstairs to pack for their move, Abigail arrives with Charlotte.  She tells Chad that Charlotte is his bio-daughter.  Chad is speechless!  Meanwhile, Stefan is alone at Christmas in the mansion, and picks up the present he got for Charlotte, and then smashes it to the ground and begins to sob.

So, were you glad Julie’s memory came back pretty pronto?  Are you rooting for Chad and Abby to finally get back together? What should happen to Gabi now that her jig is almost up?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.  And for more with Susan Seaforth Hayes’ big week of story and her 50 years of Julie make sure to check out the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast streaming now at NBC. com and on all major pod platforms.

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