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DAYS Recap – Dec 19 – Dec 23rd

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Photo Credit: Adam Campbell

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 Elani Wedding (Photos): What Did You Think Of The Nuptials?

This week on Days of our Lives saw the first African-American couple to be married on-screen in the 54-year history of Days of our Lives.  Now while Lani (Sal Stowers) and Eli (Lamon Archey) tried before in a previous ceremony, this one did the job … they are now officially husband and wife!

The ceremony was attended by Lani’s dad, Abe Reynolds (James Reynolds), her mother Tamara Price (Marily McCoo), Billy Davis Jr.  as a former FBI mentor to Eli, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) – it was her restaurant after all and she is Eli’s grandmother.  Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) presided over the ceremony.

There were some unwelcome guests at the ceremony as well; leading the bride to question, are we doomed?  Why does this keep happening to us everytime we tried to get hitch!

However, fate was on Lani and Eli’s side this day, as even Gabi (Camila Banus) with her antics, and a shocking arrival from Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel), couldn’t rain on this day.  Vivian even tried to shoot the bride, but thanks to Rafe (Galen Gering) saving the day and armed with news that her son Stefan (Brandon Barash) could be alive; he informs Viv firmly that she would be killing someone for the wrong reason, even though Vivian is in disbelief that her son is alive.  Next, she is whisked out of the ceremony.

Lani still feeling rattled by all the wedding interruptus gets a sign she should marry the man she loves; when her mother, who needed to go lie down earlier, as she was feeling faint, was able to show back up just in time to restart the wedding.

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During the ceremony, Eli mentions the loss of little David Abraham and the struggles they went through, but how in the end it brought then closer together.  After the rings are exchanged and they are pronounced man and wife, the newlyweds “jump the broom” a wonderful tradition and a symbol of African-American heritage, where the sweeping of the broom signifies sweeping away all the bad energy.  After they sweep the broom, Elani jumps over it.

In a behind-the-scenes of the wedding segment released this week on the DOOL app, Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey talk about the inclusion of the ‘jump the broom’ moment in the episode, and how they suggested the idea to DAYS Co-EP Albert Alaar, and how  it was written into the episode.

So, what did you think of Lani and Eli’s wedding? Did you enjoy it? Let us know via the comment section below, but first check out this wedding photo gallery of the big day!

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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.

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.

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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