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DAYS Recap – Dec 20 – Dec 24th

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Sami and EJ learn Johnny has retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer, and doctors must remove his left eye. Sami and EJ are a wreck and incredibly upset. While everyone waits for a second opinion, Sami wishes there was something else that could be done. Ben tells her it’s best for the eye to be removed. Sami hates herself for being unaware but Rafe assures there was nothing they could have done differently. EJ confides in Lexie about Johnny’s eye surgery. Lexie wonders if Stefano should be called, and EJ thinks they should wait since he’s out of town. Lexie finds it interesting that EJ and Sami seem to have mended fences. EJ explains it’s only temporary. Later, EJ offers a partial apology for accusing Sami of doing something to Johnny, but he makes it clear it’s not forgiveness. Angry Sami lashes out and says he can’t keep her from her child. Later, the diagnosis is confirmed – Johnny’s eye will have to be removed. Rafe is with Johnny when he wakes up and vows he’ll beat this. Meanwhile, EJ and Sami prepare to tell Johnny the news. Gabi comforts Will when he hears the news about Johnny. Bo is determined to help Hope. He knows what he must do and he gently tells Carly he needs to leave town for awhile and doesn’t know when he’ll be back. Carly knows it’s because of Hope, even though he’s doesn’t say it. Carly thanks Bo for everything and vows to always love him. In prison, Lee gives Hope the beating of a lifetime. Nicole and Brady take advantage of being alone at the DiMera mansion and make love in the living room. Little do they know, someone is watching.

Daniel gets the call from Lexie to operate on Johnny and it hits him as a father. Chloe feels lucky it turned out Daniel is Parker’s dad and not Philip. Sami and EJ break the painful news to Johnny that he’s going to lose his eye. They try to fight their tension and put on a good face for their son, but end up fighting in front of him until he tells them to stop. They do for Johnny’s sake, and become bonded in their worry as he’s taken off to surgery. But as soon as he’s gone, they end up fighting again. Rafe comforts Sami. Lexie comforts EJ, but ultimately he’s left alone in his worry. In surgery, Daniel removes Johnny’s eye, but becomes concerned that the cancer may have spread. Bo goes into the prison disguised as a guard and finds a battered Hope. She tells him what’s been going on and he’s stunned to learn Warden Jane wants Hope dead. Hope begs him to believe her, even though they’re trying to portray her as insane and violent. Bo does believe her and realizes he has to break her out of there. Lee comes upon them and gets suspicious. Hope knocks Lee out before she can call the guard. They hide Lee under Hope’s blankets, and then make their escape! Maggie runs into Victor while she is dropping off Melanie and Philip’s things. She’s rattled by Kate acting like the “lady of the house.” Kate thinks Victor’s plan to make Maggie jealous just may work. Brady, Nicole, Kate and Philip all receive texts to meet Victor at the Kiriakis mansion. When they arrive, he claims he didn’t send them. As they all come to realize who did, Vivian explains to Gus that Christmas has come early this year. She arrives at the mansion and announces to all that she is now the majority stockholder of Titan Industries. As everyone bursts into rage, she promises she will bring them all down, and leave them with nothing.

Johnny’s surgery is a success. His doctors are optimistic that they were able to remove the entire tumor. Rafe anticipates EJ’s reaction and asks Daniel to look out for Johnny and Sydney. Meanwhile, Sami is floored when EJ says the crisis is over now, and he forces her to leave Johnny’s side. At home, Rafe comforts devastated Sami. Bo and Hope flee the prison. They eventually hide out at a remote cabin as they try to formulate a plan of what to do next. Bo persuades Hope that they can have no outside contact, but later, she secretly picks up the phone. Meanwhile, Jennifer is applying for a job at the prison with the intention of helping Hope when news of her escape breaks. She is stuck there as the prison is put in lockdown. Jane and Lee realize that Bo is Hope’s accomplice. A full-fledged manhunt ensues and Jennifer worries about Bo and Hope. Vivian apprises Brady, Victor, Philip, Kate and Nicole that not only does she have a controlling interest in Titan, but she also owns the Kiriakis mansion! She makes clear that she is not going to kill them. Watching them squirm is much more satisfying revenge. Everyone (except Nicole) decides to keep living at the mansion in hopes of reclaiming it. Vivian announces to Nicole and Kate that she has a special revenge planned for them. Later, Vivian gives Nicole an early Christmas present – photos of her and Brady making love. Bo stops Hope from calling Ciara and giving away their position. Hope’s emotions lead to an embrace and then she questions Bo about what he has done. How will Carly ever understand and forgive him? Bo tries to change the subject, but Hope is insistent. She knows the two most important people in Bo’s life are Ciara and Carly. Bo insists they will see Ciara again, but Hope realizes some sort of sea change has happened with Carly. Jane verbally attacks Roman and reveals the State Police will take over the manhunt for his brother. Roman steps down to avoid any bias and has Rafe promoted to temporary Police Commander. Roman has a feeling they must find Bo and Hope before the State Police do. Meanwhile, Jane tells Lee that she has friends on the State Police force and when they find Bo and Hope, they will kill them. Back at the cabin, Bo and Hope fear someone is outside. Daniel realizes something is wrong with Carly. He learns about Bo leaving to break Hope out of prison and comforts Carly. Chloe insists Carly stay with them. Nicole tries to bluff her way out of Vivian’s horrifying evidence. Vivian isn’t having it. Meanwhile, Maggie warns Brady off of Nicole, but he says he can handle it. At the same time, Nicole, desperate to find EJ, rushes home and learns from Mary what has happened to Johnny. At the hospital, EJ feels horrible about Johnny losing an eye, and still blames Sami. Nicole rushes to the hospital to find EJ, but Vivian beats her to it. Vivian nearly shows him the pictures, but EJ is so distraught and angry that she is forced to back off and bide her time. EJ also rebuffs Nicole, but her emotional plea causes him to crack for a moment and Brady arrives to see the two of them in an embrace.

Brady has caught Nicole and EJ in an embrace. He tries to cover his dismay, but Nicole does the heavy lifting for him. Brady goes with it and he blasts EJ. EJ shuts him down when he reveals Johnny just had his eye removed. He storms off. Nicole goes into Johnny’s room and finds EJ staring at his sleeping son. Nicole quietly says she’s sorry Brady jumped on him, but EJ isn’t so sure she’s being honest. Nicole tells him she is because she’s made her choice. She’ll be there for Sydney. Nicole goes on to say she cares about Johnny as if he were her own son. Stefano arrives and tells EJ not to believe a word out of her mouth. Later, EJ tells Stefano that Nicole is not a problem, she’s a solution. Stefano wonders if he trusts her. EJ says the kids do and he would prefer her to be around them instead of Sami. At the same time, Nicole manages a moment with Brady and shows him the pictures Vivian had taken. Fortunately, EJ wasn’t interested in her accusation and she wasn’t able to tell him anything. Brady promises to come up with a plan. Later, Nicole goes back to see Johnny and through her interaction with him, EJ realizes how valuable she is to his family. Bo is relieved that the noise outside the cabin was just an animal. He vows to come up with a plan to stop Jane and Lee. Hope knows her life is over and that she’ll go back to prison, but Bo disagrees. At the same time, Rafe interviews Carly in order to help Bo. After Rafe finishes the interview, Daniel and Melanie try their best to help Carly deal with Bo’s departure. Later, Rafe calls Jane to talk to her about Bo and Hope. However, a difficult Jane puts him off. Philip finds Melanie in bed. He’s apologetic about their living situation, but they make love and Melanie tells him she loves him so much. Later, they hear about Bo and Hope. Philip goes to the Brady Pub to find Caroline, but finds Stephanie and Nathan instead and learns about their impending move to Baltimore. Philip leaves, and Stephanie feels it’s the best thing for Nathan and her. Philip goes to Chloe and tells her the good news about Stephanie leaving town soon. Jennifer, Julie, and Doug pull out the Horton Christmas balls and realize Ciara wants the near impossible for Christmas.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Paul Signs Off In Salem With Tearjerker Goodbye

As they say, “all good things must come to an end”, and on Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, viewers watched a tear-filled and emotional goodbye as actor Christopher Sean, who played the role of Paul Narita for over four years with such dignity and grace, exited the series in his final episode.

It all comes about after Paul is heartbroken to learn, thanks to Brady (Eric Martsolf) who could not lie to him anymore, that Will is still in love with Sonny.  And after calling things off with Will and setting him “free”, Paul asks Brady to come by his apartment to inform him that he is leaving Salem.  Brady is certain that Paul will “find love again.”

Later, Paul’s dad, John Black (Drake Hogestyn), arrives and learns the heartbreaking news that Paul had decided to move back to San Francisco to be near his mom, and because there is a top-notch rehab facility to help him get back on his feet and walk again.

John asks his son: “Are you sure that you are doing all this for the right reasons?” Paul says he is not running away, but adds: “It would be hard for me to be here in Salem with Will and Sonny back together and all that. But mostly I could be with my mom, who I really, really miss, and I could be hopeful because I could probably walk again someday.”

After looking up the clinic on the internet with Brady and Paul, John concludes this is the best situation for his son.   “I need to get back on my feet again, in more ways that one,: Paul says.  When John asks when he is headed out, Paul reveals now.  An emotional John is filled with tears at having to saying goodbye to the son he never knew he had until a few years ago.

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Paul says to John in a tearjerker moment: “I used to lie awake in bed thinking what kind of man my father was.  And then I met you, and I saw the way that you cherished Marlena and the way you protected your family and the way you fought for what was right.  You have surpassed every expectation I have ever had about a father.”  He tells John he is grateful for all the time they had together. John tells Paul, “I’m so proud of you,” and he tells his son to always keep that big heart of his open, and they share a touching hug.

There is then a knock at the door at Luke, the new PT comes in to whisk Paul away to San Francisco!  There seems to be an instant connection between the two, and then Luke says that he knows full-well who Paul is, “You’re one of my idols”.  Luke goes on to say that when Paul came out it gave him the strength in his own life to do the same.  We also learn Luke is single, which is not lost on Brady and Paul, and John.

As a nice button on Paul’s journey he says, “I’m not hiding anymore, and I’m not pretending to be anyone I’m not. And for that, I do owe Sonny and Will a lo.,” Luke says, “Who is Sonny and Will?” As everyone sort of chuckles, it’s time to leave for the flight and John and Brady exit with Luke, as Paul looks around the apartment one more time.

Kudos to both Christopher Sean and Drake Hogestyn for those heartfelt scenes between father and son.  How many hankies did you need while watching them? We needed five!

Share your thoughts on Paul’s exit and the scenes in Christopher Sean’s final episode via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lives Are Forever Changed When Kristen and Xander’s Plans Blow Up In Pivotal Episode

In an explosive and can’t miss episode of Days of our Lives, all roads lead to a warehouse that appears to be filled with presumed dead bodies of former Salemites!  Behind the experiments and illegal activities going on in this creepy place are Xander (Paul Telfer) and Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk)!  This takes us to the action where Nicole (Arianne Zucker), who has been forced under Xander’s thumb, knocks him out and takes the recording of her confession to murdering Deimos, as she desperately tries to find Eric (Greg Vaughan), who has been tied up to a chair in another part of the warehouse thanks to Kristen!

Nicole is traumatized with baby Holly in tow as she comes upon a confusing maze of locked door with the initials VA, AD, AV, SD, ED, JD, and WR on them.  Had you figured out who they all stand for???   Brady (Eric Martsolf) hears Nicole calling out for Eric and is now locked in the E.D. marked room thanks to Sami (Alison Sweeney), who is searching for EJ!  Brady asks Nicole to let him out, she says “no” and not until she finds Eric!

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Kristen, who has Eric hostage, tells him that she and Xander need to move precious cargo in the warehouse and the building has been compromised! Sami finds her brother with Kristen! She demands to know where EJ is and attacks Kristen.  Cut to another shocker! Dr. Rolf (William Utay) is alive and prepares a large syringe for his mystery patient.  He explains to the man that the formula was far from perfected back then when they tried to use it, so he understands how apprehensive the patient would be trying it again. After injecting the patient, who we believe could be EJ, Rolf tells him Samantha Brady is here in the warehouse!  The man jumps up on the hearing of Sami’s name and grabs Rolf, but then a Bunsen burner is knocked over by accident and Rolf yells, “Fire!”  Then, the burner explodes in the man’s face like a fireball!

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Elsewhere, Xander comes in and finds the Sami/Eric/Kristen situation as sounds of explosions rock the warehouse and everyone starts screaming. Xander and Kristen run out, Sami frees Eric, then rushes out to mind the man she believes is EJ.  But then, rubble falls upon Nicole and she is separated from Eric and Brady.  She fits Holly fits through a hole and Brady runs out of the building with the little girl leaving star-crossed loves Eric and Nicole holding hands through the rubble.

Kristen finds Brady outside with Holly and begs him to come with her.  She wants him back and he tells her no way, and she tells him he will be sorry for this! She runs back inside the burning building.  Sami goes into the lab and calls EJ’s name, but she sees Dr. Rolf and he runs out.  Sami gets the burned man out of the blazing inferno!

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Back inside, Nicole begs Eric to watch over Holly, as she is not going to make it out of the fire.  Brady runs back in to save his brother, and hits him with a crowbar, when he won’t leave Nicole and could die himself. A gut-wrenched Nicole knows she is left to die with no way out!  Outside the warehouse, Eric comes to and loses it when he realizes Brady saved him and left Nicole inside!  Next, the warehouse door explodes!  Brady and Eric can’t get back in to save Nicole.

Inside, as the warehouse burns around her, Kristen says she is not afraid, and turns and reveals the Phoenix tattoo on her back! Looks like she is burning herself in the fire only to rise again!

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But that’s not all! Rex has returned to Salem in the form of Kyle Lowder making his debut as Kate and Roman’s son. You remember the Gemini Twins???  During Lowder’s first scenes back in Salem (he previously played Brady Black), Ron Carlivati and the DAYS writing team took the opportunity to give us some quickie Rex history including that: sister Cassie was stuck in a piñata and left for dead once, and how he and Cassie fell out of the sky!  Now in present day, Rex tells Roman (Josh Taylor) he is engaged and before he can tell his dad her name, Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) walks in with Baby Bonnie.  Rex holds the baby, not knowing that elsewhere Mimi Lockhart (Farah Fath) is confessing to Belle (Martha Madison) that Rex is the true bio-dad of Baby Bonnie!

What did you think of DAYS’ jam-packed, pivotal episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below, and let us know what was your favorite moment in it?

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