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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.

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.

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: Beyond Salem’s’ Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso Deliver the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when beloved and iconic Days of our Lives’ couple, Bo and Hope, reunited in heaven on the Peacock streaming series Beyond Salem Chapter Two. The five-episode limited series brought back Peter Reckell in his role of Bo, Kristian Alfonso as Hope, and even Scott Shilstone as Zack, plus Andrew Masset as Larry Welch!

Decades later, bottom line: Reckell and Alfonso still create on-screen magic as the couple known as ‘Bope’.  In story, when Hope is shot, she lands in heaven where she meets up with the great love of her life, Bo.  While together, they come to realize their reunion is limited as Hope needs to return to the living which makes the whole thing even more hankie-inducing.  Sprinkle in their dance (choreographed by Dancing with the Stars pro, Alan Bersten) to Bo and Hope’s signature song, “Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You”, and longtime fans of the couple are eating it up.

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Later, in heartbreaking scenes, Hope is reunited with her grown-up deceased son, Zack.  As with Bo, Hope must leave her son behind again, but Bo and Zack tell Hope they will all be together someday.

Individually, there were also some very strong performances from both Reckell and Alfonso.  Bo struggled to watch on the live feed what was happening to his ‘Fancy Face’ at the hands of Harris Michaels (Steve Burton) back on earth, and his devilish meeting with judge and juror, Larry Welch was a surprise.  Alfonso shared tender and confrontational scenes with her on-screen daughter, Victoria Konefal that were extremely poignant and well-played.

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For all of these reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Peter and Kristian’s work, The Power Performance of the Week.

Additionally, major kudos go to the Beyond Salem writing team for hitting the right notes that brought out the best in Peter and Kristian … and how about that ending? Will Bo be completely resurrected from his cryogenic state?  From a tweet from Reckell over the weekend, it looks like there could be more Beyond Salem in his future.

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Peter expressed:Thanks 2 everybody who joined us for Beyond Salem 2 ! We had so much fun preparing this for you and we’re happy you were able to come along for the ride! With any luck, this is just the beginning of an amazing adventure. I love reading all the comments, there is so much history.”

So, do you agree with our picks of Peter and Kristian as the ‘Power Performance of the Week’? What did you think of their scenes throughout ‘Beyond Salem”? Comment below.

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two’: Did Megan’s Hunt for the Three Prisms Bring Back the ‘Love of Her Life’?

In the final episode of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two we were left with a chilly cliffhanger, and we will get to that in a moment.

However for starters, the fifth installment gave several members in the ensemble cast some heart-tugging and emotional moments including: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Victoria Konefal (Ciara), Steve Burton (Harris), and Christopher Sean (Paul).

In story,  a doctor and nurse are talking about a cryogenic capsule with the DiMera Enterprises label on it.  The doctor shares that when Megan (Miranda Wilson) has all three prisms, they should be able to bring the patient back to life.  The nurse has concerns over the patients brain tumor in the capsule.  The doctor explains the prisms collectively will help treat ‘him’.  We were to believe, at first, this was Stefano? But, clearly it has to be Bo (Peter Reckell)!

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Meanwhile, Megan is in Montreal, having revealed herself to Hope! She tells Harris to grab the prism out of Hope’s cleavage.  After he does what he is told, she then tells Harris to shoot Hope!  He pulls the gun on Hope.  Now, Harris is welling up with tears.  Does he love Hope Williams Brady, like, for real?  Next thing you know, he passes out and Megan takes off.

Harris, who has now been arrested, gets a visitor, and it’s none other than Hope.  She wants him to sign divorce papers, while he gets emotional.  He apologizes to Hope, saying Megan ordered him to kill her, but that he did not want to.  Hope is not buying it and furious that Harris kidnapped Steve (Stephen Nichols) and John (Drake Hogestyn) and John is MIA.  Harris says he thinks Megan did something to change him and that he wasn’t always like this.  Hope says she will speak to the ISA and Shane Donovan on his behalf and heads out.

At the gala in Hong Kong, Wendy (Victoria Grace) is held captive by a trance-like John and Steve. Li (Remington Hoffman) then gives John the prism.  Joey (Tanner Stine) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) manage to out maneuver Steve as Li holds the gun on him.  However, John has taken off.  Later, Marlena (Deidre Hall) injects a captured Steve to try to get him ready for some hypnosis to undo his brainwashing as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) looks on.

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Now in Caracas, John shows up at Megan’s with the prism.  She adds the prism to the other two to make it perfect, and to enable her to help revive the cryogenic patient. Just then, Andrew (Colton Little) and Paul bust in with guns in tow.  Megan directs John to kill them. Next, comes a showdown between Paul and John as Paul tries to talk John into remembering him, and the father/son relationship they have.  It begins to work on John, but as he is starting to remember, Megan fills the room with gas and escapes with the three prisms wearing a gas mask.  Later, after Andrew and Paul wake up, and make sure each other is O.K., they check on John who is now back to his normal self.

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On the docks, Hope says a final farewell to Ciara and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  Before they part ways, Hope hears, “Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You” playing from the boat.  It brings her to tears, and to flashbacks of her time dancing in heaven with Bo.

Elsewhere, Andrew comes to say goodbye to Paul before he heads back from San Francisco to D.C.  The two share a passionate kiss.

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In heaven, Angela (Loretta Devine) has some unbelievable news for Bo! Because he gave his ‘second chance’ to Hope, he is going to get a ‘second, second chance’.  Bo does not know exactly what that means! But we do, right?

As Beyond Salem Chapter Two comes to its conclusion, Megan is with the doctor next to the cryogenic chamber frustrated that even with all three prisms they haven’t worked yet.  The doctors tells her the body inside has been in this state for years and that she needs to be patient.  It is then, Megan reveals that she has been patient for forty years and she wants to be reunited with the love of her life.  After everyone has left the room, the cryogenic chamber door opens.  We see what appears to be an alive Bo Brady! Did the prisms and Megan’s plan resurrect him … or will that be short-lived? Credits roll . .. and this edition of ‘Beyond Salem’ leaves us with a major heart-stopping cliffhanger!

So, what did you think of episode five of ‘Beyond Salem: Chapter Two’? Do you think the plan is for Peter Reckell to return as an alive Bo on the mothership, or in the next iteration of ‘Beyond Salem’ … or is it all a big red-herring? Share your theories in the comment section.

But first, cast your vote in our latest Michael Fairman TV poll and let us know what you thought of  ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem 2″!

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter 2’: Hope Reunites with Bo and Zack In Heaven

Thursday’s episode of the Peacock streamer, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter 2 was must-see for all Bope fans, and you definitely needed the hankies to get through it!

In touching and heartbreaking scenes and performances, Bo and Hope along with their son, Zack were all reunited in heaven, but it was to be short-lived. Along the way in this timeless love story and hovering between heaven and earth, major kudos goes to Peter Reckell (Bo) and Kristian Alfonso (Hope) for bringing all the feels, all the memories, and continuing to show us why they, as Bo and Hope, are an enduring part of soap opera history.  Kudos also to Scott Shilstone (Zack), who once again brought the emotion to every moment he shared with his on-screen parents.

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In story, after Hope is shot by hit man Thomas Banks (Eileen Davidson), during her wedding to Harris Michaels (Steve Burton), Ciara (Victoria Konefal) and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) hover over Hope’s lifeless body. Megan Hathaway (Miranda Wilson) has appeared, and wants to make sure she gets the prism, and the joy of seeing her nemesis, Hope, dead.

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Once Hope “dies” she arrives in heaven, where she is reunited with Bo.  An emotional Bo is so happy and overjoyed to see Hope, but tells her it’s not her time and she has to go back to the living.  At first, Hope doesn’t want to leave Bo.  Next, Bo consults with Angela (Loretta Devine), to see if he could give Hope the ‘second chance’ ticket that he received.  Meanwhile, Hope comes face to face with her son, Zack.  Now that he is all grown up, Hope is overcome.  She lost him as a little boy when he was struck by a car, thanks to Bo’s daughter, Chelsea Benson.

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After Bo and Hope dance to their signature song, “Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You”, a montage is shown of iconic moments of the couple through DAYS’ history.  Then, it’s time for the final goodbyes.  In tearjerker moments, Bo and Hope say goodbye to each other for now, as do Hope and Zack. Bo and Zack look on as Hope goes returns to the living.

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Once back on earth, Angela hits the rewind button for a different outcome, since as she had explained to Hope and Bo earlier, Hope won’t remember a thing that happened in heaven.  Now, as Thomas is about to shoot Hope, none other than Sister Mary Moira (Eileen Davidson) appears and stops him.  Looks like his sister had some common sense, only their struggle over the gun leads to Harris being shot.  But then, Harris fires a shot at Ciara.

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Ben knocks the gun out of Harris’ hands, but it’s picked up by Megan who demands Ben let him go. A shocked Hope exclaims, “holy shit!” when she realizes Megan Hathaway is somehow alive!

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Meanwhile at the gala in Hong Kong, a hypnotized and in-a-trance, Steve (Stephen Nichols) and John (Drake Hogestyn) – thanks to Megan – arrive on the scene and tie- up their wives, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Marlena (Deidre Hall), in a room. Next, Steve and John head out to the gala with guns ready and drawn to capture the prism that Li Shin (Remington Hoffman) just revealed to all the attendees.

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The fifth and final installment of ‘Beyond Salem 2″ drops Friday.

Now let us know in the comment section, what did you think of the Bo, Hope and Zack scenes in heaven? The performances of Peter Reckell, Kristian Alfonso and Scott Shilstone? Share your thoughts below.

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