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DAYS Recap – Dec 14-18th

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Justin tries to sandbag Carly’s chances of a position at Salem University Hospital, but his attempts are thwarted when he learns she and Daniel are old friends. Justin warns Bo that Carly has only come to Salem to breakup his marriage. Later Bo tells Carly that Justin told him “everything” and she nervously blurts out that it’s not true.  Sami wants to be the one to trap Stefano into admitting that he has Sydney. EJ is on board with her confronting him at first, but later thinks it might be too dangerous. Sami accuses Stefano of taking Sydney, and he finally shouts that she will never get her baby back. Did Stefano just confess? Nicole appeals to Chloe for information on Sydney, but comes up short. Desperate, Nicole resigns herself to the fact that she’s going away for a long time and she’ll ever see Sydney again. Nicole has a memory of when she was attacked and realizes that the person who hit her and took Sydney was a woman. Meanwhile, in a small cottage, the mystery woman is gently taking care of Sydney. Bo sees Carly still has their Mayan wedding scroll and the shared, intimate memory of their wedding night rattles them both. Meanwhile, Hope starts implementing her plan to befriend Vivian in order to find out what she is up to and what she knows about Carly.  Chloe makes an emotional plea to Brady to visit Nicole in jail and keep her informed of the investigation. Conflicted Brady refuses, determined to shake his addiction to her. Arianna overhears and she and Brady share a kiss. She fills him in on the delayed drug shipment. Brady worries she’ll get sent back to prison if she can’t identify the head of the drug cartel. Sami tries to goad Stefano into confessing he took Sydney. He realizes she’s wired and attacks her, but Rafe and EJ stop him from harming her. Stefano is arrested and Roman says while he’s in jail, the police will find the proof linking him to Sydney’s disappearance. EJ tells Sami he’s very proud of her and thinks she was extremely brave for confronting his father. Rafe and Nicole have it out again over Sydney’s whereabouts. Rafe is finally convinced Nicole is telling the truth. Nicole recalls a distinctive pair of women’s boots walking away with Sydney. In the cottage, where the mystery woman has Sydney, the same boots that Nicole described sit nearby. Brady comes home to Victor who warns his grandson that no good can come from dating a drug dealer.

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Rafe makes headway on the lead Nicole gave him. Rafe calls Roman and asks for a favor, explaining he has an idea that he hopes will bring Sydney home. Brady confronts Victor about his role in the drug ring. Victor finally admits that he was indeed the kingpin. He tells Brady that he sold the operation for his sake. Brady asks who he sold it to, but Victor won’t tell him. Brady threatens to call the authorities on his grandfather if he doesn’t give up the info. Victor explains that he’s not protecting himself – he’s protecting Brady. Hope goes home to put some presents under the tree and ends up having it out with Bo. He wishes Hope would come home for Christmas, but she won’t, or at least not until they work things out. They dredge up old wounds from the past and it’s clear they can’t work things out. Bo guesses they’re through. He storms out and a family picture falls, breaking. Hope picks it up, devastated. Carly attend to an older woman. Later during her shift, Carly finds a corpse in her previous patient’s place! Horrified, Carly soon finds some baby’s breath on the corpse from the bouquet Vivian gave her. Carly realizes this incident wasn’t a mistake – it was Vivian toying with her. Rafe secures sodium pentothal and uses it on Stefano. He asks him a bunch of questions and ultimately learns he did not take Sydney. EJ goes to Stefano’s holding cell and overhears him tell Rafe he didn’t take the baby, and that he didn’t hire a woman. Meanwhile, the mystery women’s identity is revealed as Anna Dimera!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Stefan is Brain-Dead After Getting In Lani’s Line Of Fire

If you caught last Friday’s Days of our Lives, and as we head into a new and dramatic-filled week ahead in Salem, after jumping in front of a bullet meant for Vivian (Robin Strasser), Stefan (Brandon Barash) has been shot badly – he has a gun shot wound to the neck through the carotid artery.

Lani (Sal Stowers), who fired the shot in an effort to stop and take down Vivian for her crimes against Kate (Lauren Koslow), et al, now finds herself in very, very hot water, and none more so than with Stefan’s wife, Gabi (Camila Banus).

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In the waiting area, Gabi shows up and confronts Lani. However, Lani and Abe (James Reynolds) try to explain it was an accident.  Gabi reminds him of how he felt after Theo was shot.  As Gabi runs off to see Stefan, Lani cries, “What if he dies?”

When Gabi arrives in the trauma room, she is told by Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and team that they worked on Stefan for over 20 minutes but he is brain-dead. Vivian, who alerted Gabi to what happened, and showed up at the hospital incognito in her scrubs to check up on the fate of her son, is trying to make her escape plan from Salem

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Meanwhile, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) is MIA from her hospital room as she and Doug (Bill Hayes) go to Doug’s Place.  She wants to breathe her last breath there, and wants one last night with her beloved husband.  Julie asks Doug, if she has been a good wife to him, knowing the end is near. After reminiscing of their past and flashbacks, and Julie wanting to have one last dance, she passes out

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Next, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Eli (Lamon Archey) arrive at Doug’s Place and find Doug crying.  They tells him that they need to  get Julie back to the hospital but Doug says it’s too late. Everyone is heartbroken.

So, what have you thoughts of the twist? Stefan brain-dead? Gabi on the warpath? Julie’s plight and its toll on Doug? How do you think this will all play itself out? Could Stefan come back to life as others have via Dr. Rolf? Share your thoughts below.

But first, for a preview of what’s to come check out the latest DAYS promo from NBC.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: John ‘Unmasks’ Kristen In Great, Soapy Cliffhanger

If you caught Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives, head writer Ron Carlivati and company served up a juicy, soapy, delicious reveal to the duped folks of Salem! The backdrop? Of course, … John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena’s (Deidre Hall) surprise wedding anniversary party where at the same location a year ago all hell broke loose … as it has now a year later!

In story. after putting all the pieces together in a montage of flashbacks and moments, John Black is the guy (and Kristen’s ex) who figures that Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) is at the Jarlena party in disguise, but as who?  Through recalling … what “Nicole” said to him, what Abe (James Reynolds) mentioned to him – that since Nicole (Arianne Zucker) came back to Salem she’s been like another person – and Kate (Lauren Koslow) mentioning how Maggie swore she saw Kristen, not Nicole, when Maggie went off the wagon, but no one believed her, things were coming clear to John!

And that to the fact that Eli (Lamon Archey) received a call from Xander (Paul Telfer) who swears he has been working for Kristen DiMera, and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) reporting that bit of news to John, he is hit with the major revelation.  After touching speeches by John …and as Marlena delivers hers about the man she loves, the duo share a kiss, but then John stops “Nicole” and Brady (Eric Martsolf) from leaving the party!

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What happens next is soap gold! John grabs “Nicole” and rips her hair and mask off.  Next, Kristen flips back her hair and reveals herself to the party-goers and it looks like it’s curtains for Kristen … as everyone is stunned by the bombshell and we fade to black.  The pick-up of this great cliffhanger was today (Friday), more on that later.

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Watch the final moments of Thursday’s DAYS as John “Unmasks” Kristen! Then let us know what you thought of the major moment via the comment section below.

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DAYS’ Olivia Rose Keegan Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Although she is exiting the show on-screen next week on Days of our Lives, Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire) got the opportunity to go out in a blaze of glory (those damn lighters!).

If you caught this past Tuesday’s installment of the NBC daytime drama series, Claire finally became entrapped and completely unhinged, after being set-up by Tripp (Lucas Adams) and Ciara (Victoria Konefal); where everyone learned she was the responsible party for the notorious cabin fire and was about to attempt to set her rival, Ciara, on fire in a cabin, yet again, after taking off with her.

In the process, Tripp was held with a knife to his throat by Claire, and eventually hit his head trying to get away from her knocking him unconscious.  The perfect opportunity for Claire to make her getaway with Ciara.

Once at the Cabin, Claire pours gas all around as Ciara begs her to stop, while she is chained to the bed.  Claire then flicks the lighter.  To the rescue come Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Marlena (Deidre Hall); who have tracked down where the young women are.  Ciara calls out to Ben, who breaks down the cabin door.

Just then, Claire holds out the lighter with the flame ready to start another fire.  Knowing she is caught, Claire starts to explain how she lost her mind in all of this.  Ben tries to talk her down and to please put the lighter away, as does Hope.  As a desperate mother, Hope begs Claire to let Ciara live, and tells Claire that she knows she really doesn’t want to do this.  Hope tells her that she knows that Claire loves them both.   As Ben rescues Ciara, Claire closes the lighter as Marlena holds her.  As the others get out of harm’s way, Marlena says she has got this … and now it’s Claire and Marlena alone and inside the cabin together.

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But then, wanting to end her own life, Claire picks up the lighter and flicks it open.  She tells Marlena she can’t go back and says, “It’s better if she dies.”  Claire thinks she’s a monster and certifiable … and is as criminal as what Ben Weston has done in his past.  Reassuring her and talking her down, Marlena promises Claire that with help, she can turn her life around as Ben has done.

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Claire breaks down as Marlena holds her.  Next, Marlena is able to get her out of the cabin, away from setting herself on fire, and on her way to the hospital for observation, until it can be figured out what’s next for the troubled young woman.  As they leave the scene, Claire sobs uncontrollably knowing she is a damaged soul, has lost her way, and realizing the harm she has done to other people.

In all of these scenes, Keegan brought the angst, the mental instability, and the realization of Claire’s horrific motivations to life, in a dramatic, and not over-the-top way, even in the most melodramatic of soapy circumstances.  For those reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Olivia’s work are Power Performance of the Week.

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Knowing those scenes were part of her final days of shooting on DAYS, Keegan told Soap Opera Digest in an interview (in their latest issue on newsstands now), “Obviously, it was sad to shoot.  And it was emotionally demanding and bittersweet, because Victoria Konefal and I are best friends.”

So, what did you think of Olivia’s performance in the key scenes? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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