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DAYS Recap – Dec 19 – Dec 23rd

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Sami sees a close moment between Brady and Madison and realizes they made love. She calls her boss on this, and Madison warns her to stay out of her business. Sami won’t back down, saying it puts her in an uncomfortable position. Madison warns Sami if she’s so uncomfortable then maybe she should find another job. Later, Sami runs into Brady and puts him on the spot as well, saying it’s awkward for her and that she really likes her job and is doing well. Brady pretty much offers the same sentiment as Madison, stating that maybe she should find another job. Kate overhears Brady and Sami’s conversation and approaches Sami, asking if she’s having a bad day. Sami tries to ignore her, but Kate wants to help. Sami scoffs but Kate admits she’s been watching Sami and thinks she has talent … talent that wouldn’t be wasted at Countess Wilhelmina. Kate leaves Sami with food for thought. At the same time, Madison receives a mysterious call and she tries to keep the caller at bay… Later, she finds Brady and they laugh about Sami’s concern. Brady can see his stepsister’s point, but doesn’t think things will get messy between him and Madison, especially now that they’ve opened up to each other. There are no more secrets. Madison smiles, but doesn’t mention her earlier call.

EJ breaks up a fight between Kate and Nicole and tries to get the women to come to a truce. Both reluctantly agree and Kate leaves. Later, Nicole asks EJ about John, and he reveals John turned down his and Stefano’s offer to buy Basic Black. Curious Nicole asks if EJ or Stefano had anything to do with John’s misfortune. EJ simply says there are certain things he cannot tell her. Nicole understands this is part of being involved with a DiMera; however, when it comes to “them” she wants nothing but truth and honesty. So if there is anything he needs to tell her, tell her now. EJ, covering that he had sex with Sami, promises there are no secrets. Still upset about Stefano and EJ’s visit, John tells Marlena he wants to dissolve Basic Black and pay back the people who lost their life savings. Rafe and Carrie arrive. Carrie tells John he can’t dissolve the company because all of his assets are still frozen. Rafe and Carrie inform John and Marlena about the altered security photo. Later, after John is taken back to his cell, Carrie and Rafe bring up the i.o.u. that Stefano gave Alice Horton. Marlena is stunned to hear about this and they wonder if they could use it to make Stefano exonerate John. Marlena says John would never go for it and even if he did, she worries Stefano would hold that over their heads… Rafe notes it’s a long shot, but it could ensure John’s freedom.

Bo, Hope, Carrie and Rafe approach Marlena to get permission to approach Stefano with the “courtesy card” he gave Alice in exchange for helping EJ all those years ago. They want to use it to force Stefano to pull whatever strings necessary to clear John. Marlena knows how John will feel about getting help from Stefano, and is torn. Finally, she gives her assent and Bo and Hope leave, anxious to get an answer from Stefano.  It’s pure cat-and-mouse at first. Stefano toys with them about the card’s meaning, and his ability to help John. Hope stares daggers at him, challenging him: she knows he made a promise. Now is the time to make good on it. Stefano seems affected by her words… and then speaks cryptically, saying he may not be able to “access the information” needed to fulfill her request. She presses him to explain what that means but he withdraws. Bo and Hope are left to ponder what he truly meant. Daniel meets up with Maggie and Melanie, and he grows closer to his biological mother. In private, he worries about his shaky hands and struggles to hide his condition. He leaves the women to their shopping and goes to Lexie, who’s happy to tell him he does not have myasthenia gravis (though he does have the DNA markers for it). Curiously, that doesn’t mollify Daniel, who thought that at the very least having it would explain the problem he’s been having. He takes himself out of the surgical rotation until some answers can be found. Lexie knows just how much of Daniel’s identity is wrapped up in being a surgeon and promises to do all she can to help. Maggie is determined to find the perfect Christmas present for her newfound son. She finds a pair of medical-themed cufflinks. Later, when she presents them to him, he has to cover his worry and thanks her for a terrific gift. As he examines them, however, he privately deals with the possibility of never performing surgery again.

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Bo and Hope report back to Marlena, Carrie and Rafe about their meeting with Stefano. Although he claimed he could not help them exonerate John, he left them with a cryptic hint. Everyone wracks their brains trying to figure out what Stefano’s mysterious words meant, positive that it will lead them to proving John innocent. After much debate, they finally realize Stefano was trying to hint that John couldn’t have committed fraud because he didn’t always have internet access to make the transactions. Galvanized, the group decides to look into internet outages in the area and match them up with the record of illegal transactions. Marlena can barely let herself believe that John may finally be proven innocent. Kate drops by the loft to visit Sami, who has been stressing out over bills/money woes, thanks to Rafe not having a job. Kate tells Sami she wants to change her life – she’s offering her a job at Countess Wilhelmina at double what she is making at Mad World. Sami is stunned – and immediately suspicious. Sami grills Kate about her intentions but Kate swears she has no hidden agenda. She simply believes Sami is a smart executive and she wants her working for her company and not the competition. Kate makes a strong argument for Sami to switch over, but she is still somewhat dubious. Kate tells her to think about her offer – but don’t take too long. Brady is impressed with Madison’s business acumen. Madison offhandedly says she owes a lot of her success to the words of someone quite wise. Brady asks who she is talking about. Realizing her slip, Madison claims it was just an old colleague and quickly redirects the conversation to focus on Brady. She gets Brady to admit his big dream as a kid was to become an astronaut and he opens up a bit about his mother. They go back to the mansion, where Brady shows Madison the stars through a telescope. Madison opens up about how as a kid, she often wished her father would come back. She and Brady bond about the absent fathers in their childhood. Then they head out for a romantic stroll under the stars. Going off Stefano’s clue, Bo, Hope and Rafe investigate internet outages that occurred at the same time John was supposedly making embezzlement transactions. At first they don’t come up with any leads and worry maybe Stefano was leading them astray. Hope warns Bo not to be upset by Stefano needling him about her past with John. Bo assures he knew exactly what Stefano was trying to do, but he doesn’t care because he and Hope are stronger than ever. Rafe gets word from an Interpol connection that the French government secretly shutdown the internet to prevent a terrorist attack … at the same time John allegedly made many illegal online transactions in Paris. They finally have proof someone framed John!

Abigail uses Melanie as a sounding board for what to do about Chad and the other guy she has a crush on. She feels terrible for even having a crush on this other guy, given how good Chad has been to her. Melanie stuffs her own feelings for Chad and says if it’s not going to work out with the other guy, she should stay with Chad. Chad runs into Austin and Carrie. Chad notes how happy they are together and Austin tells him if he finds someone who makes him happy, hold on to her. Chad realizes that person is Melanie. When he brings up their kiss and the things they said while being held captive, Melanie “nonchalantly” dismisses it as something that happened out of the fear and emotion of the captivity. They deny their feelings for each other, and instead agree to forget what happened, because it didn’t mean anything. They go their separate ways.  Abigail tries to avoid Austin because she’s recommitted to Chad. But he’s so charming to her; she can’t help falling for him again – until Carrie shows up. Abigail sees the depth of their love and again feels like she’s wasting her time caring about Austin because he’s so committed to Carrie. Meanwhile, Rafe confides in Carrie that he doesn’t understand why Sami pushed so hard to do the vow renewal now. Carrie reassures him. Rafe appreciates her support, and promises he will be there for her, should Austin ever give her a hard time. Maggie and Victor learn Daniel has taken himself off the surgical rotation because his hands are shaking. It’s not myasthenia gravis, but he won’t be sure what it is until tests are done. Daniel minimizes, but Maggie and Victor sense he’s having a tough time. Maggie reaches out to her son and comforts him.

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It’s Christmas Eve in Salem. At the police station, Carrie and Rafe anxiously await word from the judge, who has been presented with evidence proving John is innocent. They are hoping to provide John and Marlena with a Christmas miracle by getting him released in time for the holidays. Carrie and Rafe share a close moment and then she receives a call from the judge. Later, John arrives at the square, where he surprises an overwhelmed Marlena. He’s a free man! They share a tearful reunion, and family and friends congratulate John. EJ burns when he learns John has been cleared of all charges. Will brings Marlena to the square as his date to Sami and Rafe’s vow renewal. Marlena and Will have a serious talk about his breakup – he is quite tormented by feelings he doesn’t understand. EJ overhears part of this and is intrigued. When Sami learns Will has brought Marlena, she asks her to leave. Will gets his mother to back down and allow Marlena to stay. Later, Will swells with anger as he sees Sami and EJ interact. He and Sami have a heated confrontation, and he nearly reveals he knows about her affair. Rafe arrives and brokers peace. Rafe and Sami renew their vows, and she is very emotional over her guilt.  At the town square, Santa Doug reads the Christmas story to the kids. Hope is touched by the gifts Bo gives her for her birthday and their wedding anniversary. Jack and Jennifer continue to bond, but when he goes in for a kiss under the mistletoe, she tells him she’s still hurting over Daniel. He apologizes and she’s grateful for his understanding. Victor, Maggie and Melanie enjoy their first Christmas as a family but worry about absent, heartbroken Daniel.

Abigail hopes Melanie finds someone to love. Melanie feels guilty since she’s in love with her best friend’s boyfriend. Abigail later runs into Austin and struggles to fight her attraction. When EJ and Nicole arrive at the festivities, Lexie worries her brother will once again horn in on Abe’s evening. EJ swears he has no such intention. He urges Lexie to drop by the house to see Stefano. Though she initially declines, she ultimately brings her family by the mansion – after all, it’s Christmas.

 

 

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Sonny Goes Off On Scheming Gabi & This Week Maggie Remembers The Night Adrienne Was Killed

Things are definitely reaching a boiling point in Salem.  First, if you caught last Friday’s episode, it featured a terrific scene between Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Camila Banus (Gabi) that shook everyone to its core.   Gabi, who has now been arrested at the PCPD for her crimes against Julie and her schemes against Lani, gets a visit from Sonny, and boy is he angry.  At the time of their visit, Justin (Wally Kurth) has already told Sonny that he doubts there is any way that Gabi will avoid prison time.

Realizing that both Ari’s parents are looking like they will be in prison, he asks Gabi, “Who gets the fun job of explaining this to Ari?” Ari loves Julie. He exclaims,”How I am supposed to explain that her mother tried to kill her multiple times?”

Distraught and thus facing parenting alone, Sonny screams at Gabi if she even knows her daughter exists!?  Gabi thinks Sonny is being horrible to her, but stands by her actions that Julie needed to pay.  Sonny just shakes his head in disbelief.  Ari’s parents will both be in the slammer!  When DA James Giddens arrives (Terrell Tilford) he says that Gabi will get 10 years in prison with no time off for good behavior and no parole.   In these scenes. Smith and Banus really delivered the material and brought it to an emotional level that hit home to the viewers.

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And now this week, get ready for more drama.  Gabi may get a last minute reprieve, while Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) is so close to remembering what happened the night of the accident that killed Adrienne (Judi Evans) – how she was drunk in a car that caused the crash – and the victim of this is not only Adrienne, but Will (Chandler Massey) who was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit.

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In the latest promo for DAYS, look for Sonny to also lower the boom on Maggie with another deserved outburst and a homecoming for Will and Sonny.

So, what did you think of the scenes between Freddie and Camila? What do you hope happens to Maggie after her remembrance of the night of the crash is revealed? What will Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston) to next and all of their plans seem to be unraveling? Comment below.  But first check out the scene from Friday between Camila and Freddie, and this week’s promo for DAYS>

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will and Sonny Call It Quits

On Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Chandler Massey (Will) once again delivered heart-breaking scenes as the love story of WilSon took a dramatic turn.

After Sonny is summoned to the prison to see Will, the two have an emotional conversation, in which Will tells Sonny he knows that he kissed Evan (Brock Kelly) thanks to Kate (Lauren Koslow(.  Sonny assured Will that the he is not with Evan, but Will says, “Not yet.”

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Will goes on to say that what he did by taking the life of Sonny’s mom, and Justin’s (Wally Kurth) wife has put Sonny in an untenable situation and their marriage.  While Sonny calls it a tragic accident, Will will not allow Sonny to live his life with the ball and chain around him which is now an incarcerated Will, who will serve a prison term for what seems like years.

Knowing Sonny’s animosity towards Will, as much as he protests he doesn’t have it, Will asks for a divorce as tears well-up in Sonny’s eyes. Will mentions Justin’s recent prison visit and how they ran into each other.  Sonny tells Will just what Justin told him, that he is like a son to him. But Will feels so much guilt for taking the woman Justin loved away from him, and Sonny’s beloved mother, Adrienne.

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Then, Sonny asks if this is really about Evan.  Will says he  is just a catalyst as he wants Sonny to be happy with Evan, or whoever else he wants to be with in the future.  Will says he loves his husband so much that he wants him to find happiness again, and he knows he won’t if he is tethered to him.  Will tells Sonny he knows his daughter is in good hands with him and Gabi (Camila Banus) and he needs to honor Sonny for all that he had meant to him by loving him by setting him free.

The two men come to the harsh realization by finally admitting to one another that this was a long time coming.  With tears streaming down his face, Sonny says to Will, that when Will asked him to stop visiting him in prison, he knew their marriage was over, but neither could muster up the  courage to end it.

In the end, they both say how sorry they are, and say goodbye as Will is taken by the prison guard back to his cell as Sonny ls left devastated.

Freddie and Chandler reminded us all of why WilSon has been a continuing power couple on DAYS with their performances.  Now the question is; can Sonny and Will work their way back to each other, or is this the final straw in their lengthy relationship?

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Share your thoughts on the key scenes and performances. Then let us know, are you sad WilSon are breaking up? Or, are you glad? Comment below.

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