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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.

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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 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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