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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: Chad and Abby Share An Emotional Goodbye And Leave Salem Hitched

On Thursday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, tears were shed not only by the characters on the screen, but by the audience at home … plenty of them if you have been checking out social media since this installment aired.  For in it, viewers had to say goodbye to Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abby (Kate Mansi) as they left Salem to start their new life with their children in Paris.

However, before they make their exit, Chabby fans finally get to see their favorite duo tie the knot in a heartfelt and touching ceremony right in the Horton family living room.  While it was spur of the moment, it could not have been more poignant.  Leave it to Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to officially preside over the nuptials, JJ (Casey Moss) to play his guitar while his sister walked down the living room aisle to her man, and even Jack (Matt Ashford) showed up to do the right thing to be there for his daughter.

What would a Chabby wedding be without personally written vows, right?  Abigail tells Chad: “When we first fell in love, God, we had no idea of what we were getting ourselves into.  They say that when you meet someone and fall in love, you’re drawn to them, because they have something you need and we’re here today because I need you.  I need your courage, your faith, and love.  I’m so beyond grateful at a second chance with you and a family with our beautiful children. You are the love of my life, Chad. There’s nothing I want more than to spend the rest of my days with you.”

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In a touching moment, Chad is overcome with tears and expresses to Abigail; “You’ve always fought for your health, and for us, and I’m in awe of the woman I fell in love with. I’ll cherish you. I will protect you. I’m yours, and I’ll never doubt you again, because a love like ours really does only come once in a life.”

They exchange rings and Julie pronounces them husband and wife.  But this happy moment is also bittersweet when Chad says, “We hate to marry and run.”  Chabby has a plane to catch to take them to Paris.   Chad looks around the room and at all the special people in his life, and tells the group how special they all are to him.  In that scene, it definitely gave the feels that it was also Billy Flynn saying farewell to his castmates.

Of course … before they leave town Chad and Abby visit Stefan (Tyler Christopher) and Gabi(Camila Banus)is there.  They give them the news that they are leaving for France and are married.  In a moment alone between Abby and Stefan, he apologizes to her. Stefan notes how much he loved the other part of her (Gabby with a “Y”) and knows that she loved him too.  Abby says, “I know”.  Meanwhile, Chad says goodbye to the portrait of his father, Stefano vowing to be back someday.  After Chabby exit the DiMera mansion, Stefan has a meltdown and throws the chest board while Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) walks in on the scene.

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And finally, in the 10-hankie moment beautifully played by Billy Flynn, Kate Mansi and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Chad and Abby at the Horton house to say their final goodbyes to Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie, Jack, JJ, and Jennifer.  Abigail tells her mother to never give up on her dad.  Chad is in tears as Jennifer tells him she will miss him,  He says, “I will miss you, too”.

It was in that moment that any of us that have ever had to say goodbye to our families and move far away from them, or come back to visit them and then leave again, can relate.  Saying goodbye is often heartbreaking when you leave behind the ones you love.  But, Chad and Abby got their happy ending … for now. However,t his is a soap opera, so you never know how long happiness will last, or when they might be back in Salem.

Kudos to the performances of Billy Flynn, so raw and real, and Kate Mansi playing Abigail with depth and dignity to wrap up the story.

So, what did you think of the Chabby goodbye? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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DAYS’ Kate Mansi Delivers The ‘Power Performance Of The Week’

This week was a whirlwind for the character of Abigail Deveraux (Kate Mansi) on Days of our Lives.  On Christmas Eve, she shows up at the annual Christmas Ornament hanging at the Hortons with her daughter, Charlotte in tow.  When she gets there, she has a few choice words for her mother, Jennifer (Melissa Reeves).

A hurt and angered Abby lets her mom have it for not believing in her sanity in a gut-wrenching moment played to perfection by Kate Mansi.  Coming in to the scene like a firecracker ready to explode, she let out the emotions of how her own family would not stand by her when she was being gas-lighted by Gabi (Camila Banus), and yet even with that, no one still believed her.  (She still had no hard evidence to proof that she was telling the truth, but that was just around the corner!)

In addition, Mansi was pretending to be “Gabby” with a Y, the alter that fell for Stefan (Tyler Christopher) in an effort to get her freedom, and she did it.  She hands the guy divorce papers as a Christmas present, throws off her wig, shocking him that he was the one being played.   She is not sick.  She is herself, Abigail and she is leaving him and taking their baby with her.

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Later, when Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) remembers that she saw the DNA results proving that Chad (Billy Flynn) is the father of Charlotte, not Stefan, it is a triumphant moment for Abigail, yet a stinger, because she realizes the lengths her supposed “friend” Gabi went to for her revenge plot against her.  Eventually, Abby reunites Charlotte with her real bio-dad, Chad.  And for good measure, after the truth is finally out, and Abigail proves that she is of sound mind and body, she clocks Gabi for her deception right in front of Chad.

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With the levels of emotion illustrating the character’s inner-strength, and the depth in her work, MFTV names Kate Mansi the last week of 2018’s, “Power Performance of the Week.”

Let us know what you thought of Kate’s performance, what was your favorite moment in it, and how the week unraveled for Abby, Gsbi, Stefan, Chad, Jennifer, and Julie in the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Julie Remembers & Delivers Christmas Bombshell: Chad Is The Father of Abigail’s Baby!

Ah, we were waiting for Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to come through and she did and in record soap time – glad her amnesiac bout was short-lived.  On the Christmas day episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, Julie and Abigail (Kate Mansi) have a chat at the Horton’s about Gabi (Camila Banus).  Feeling guilty she had Julie snoop around on Gabi, (which eventually led to her tumble down the stairs), Julie says they need to keep their eye on the bigger prize is doing a “victory dance” when they bring down Ms. Hernandez for making Abby look like she has been suffering from her mental illness (DID), yet again.

Stefan (Tyler Christopher) shows up at the Horton’s demanding to see his daughter, Charlotte.  Abigail is not happy about him just showing up unannounced, especially after she delivered a special Christmas present to him … divorce papers … and then revealed she had been playing him this whole time as Gabby with a “Y”, and had exited the DiMera mansion with baby in tow.  Abby brings Charlotte to Stefan, who lowers the boom on her saying he is taking the baby back home with him.  He pulls out custody papers that his lawyer had drawn up.  Hearing Abigail and Stefan argue, and Stefan professing, “That is my daughter”, etc, leads Julie to have a startling revelation!

Suddenly, Julie’s memory is sparked about her confrontation with Gabi and how she fell down the stairs, and finding the DNA results that Gabi was hiding that proved that Chad (Billy Flynn) was Charlotte’s father, not Stefan.  Julie drops the ornament she was holding in her hand and it breaks, when she remembers! She then tells a stunned Abby and Stefan that Chad is Charlotte’s biological father.  She continues to tell them how Gabi switched the paternity results and when she confronted Gabi about it, they had a struggle as Gabi was trying to rip the results out of Julie’s hands, thus causing her fall.

Stefan demands real proof, and so he and Abby  head to the hospital to find Kayla (Mary Beth Evans).  When they go into Kayla’s office,she tells them that she remembers now that Gabi was with her the day that she got the DNA results.  Thus, Gabi is looking more and more guilty by the second!  Kayla goes into the hospital database and sure enough, Chad is the father, not Stefan.  Mr. DiMera is in complete denial.

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After the hospital Christmas party for the kids – and how funny was Leo (Greg Rikaart ) in his decked out Xmas outfit, and those lines of dialog remarked to the sick children – Chad and Gabi come home.  When Gabi goes upstairs to pack for their move, Abigail arrives with Charlotte.  She tells Chad that Charlotte is his bio-daughter.  Chad is speechless!  Meanwhile, Stefan is alone at Christmas in the mansion, and picks up the present he got for Charlotte, and then smashes it to the ground and begins to sob.

So, were you glad Julie’s memory came back pretty pronto?  Are you rooting for Chad and Abby to finally get back together? What should happen to Gabi now that her jig is almost up?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.  And for more with Susan Seaforth Hayes’ big week of story and her 50 years of Julie make sure to check out the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast streaming now at NBC. com and on all major pod platforms.

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