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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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John Aniston’s Final Days of our Lives Episode Reminds Us There Was Nothing Better Than His Delivery of Victor’s One-Liners

Monday’s Christmas episode of Days of our Lives brought it with it plenty of laughter and plenty of tears as this would be the final appearance of John Aniston in his iconic role of Victor Kiriakis.

The Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award winner in 2022, passed away in November at the age of 89.  Aniston’s Victor had been a key character on the Salem canvas since he first appeared in the role back in 1985.

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So just how did Aniston’s final appearance stack up with how we love to see Victor?  IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE EPISODE YET, PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW.

As fate would have it, Victor’s final on-screen foil would be none other than Leo Stark (played to the hilt by Greg Rikaart).  In the Christmas set up, Leo stayed overnight at the Kiriakis mansion unbeknownst to Victor.  When Leo greets Victor on Christmas morning in his holiday jammies, he is not one bit amused.  Leo asks, “So when do we open the presents?” To which Victor replies, “About an hour after we throw you out on your sugar-plum ass.”  When Victor tells his longtime butler, Henderson to throw Leo out the front door, including demanding that Leo “scamper back to Whoville”, in walks Sonny (Zach Tinker).

Victor is horrified to learn that his nephew invited Leo to stay.  Then, Victor reads off a laundry list of Leo’s crimes to Sonny as only he can: “Have you completely lost your senses? The man blackmailed you into marriage … almost destroyed our company with a fraudulent lawsuit … it was just last year that he drugged you and took comprising pictures of you and then sold them to the tabloids … why in God’s name would you forgive this creep!?””

Eventually, Victor gives Sonny an ultimatum: either get rid of Leo or he would fire him from his job at Titan.  Sonny stands up to Victor!  Telling his Uncle that he forgave Leo for his past transgressions just like many people have forgiven Victor for his over the years.  Sonny goes on to say that he and Leo are starting over and that, in fact, he would call them “friends” to which Victor, in the best dead-pan delivery, says, “That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.”

Soon after, Victor reneges and not only allows Leo to stay, but allows Sonny to keep his job, stating, “I changed my mind because I have a heart of gold.”  And, ain’t that the truth, that is why we have always loved Victor and John’s portrayal of the Greek tycoon.  Leo promises Victor he will not hurt Sonny ever again, to which Victor replies, “I don’t know how you expect me to take you seriously when you are sitting there in baby jam jams.”  In an ominous warning to Sonny and in Aniston’s last scene, Victor says, “Tell me Sonny, what does your husband think of your little sleep over party?”

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As the episode came to its conclusion, Days of our Lives included a heartfelt montage as a tribute to John and the complex character of Victor Kiriakis. From clips with Vic’s many wives including: Carly, Vivian, Kate, Nicole, Maggie, to his classic one-liners, to some of his most villainous turns, to illustrating that Victor at his core was an enduring family man, the series captured the essence of this one-of-a-kind actor.

In very moving fashion, the end of the montage featured a younger Victor sailing away on his yacht named, “Victor”.   No word yet on how and when DAYS will deal with the death of Aniston on-screen.

Aniston’s final scenes truly showcased all of his strengths, that classic delivery, his humor, his strength, and most of all his humanness.

To pay tribute to John throughout Monday on the Days of our Lives YouTube page and their social platforms, looks for special messages from the cast honoring the late actor’s memory and legacy.   You can check out one below from John’s on-screen son, Peter Reckell (Bo Brady).

So, what did you think of John Aniston’s final episode of Days of our Lives? The montage? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Alex, Chanel and Allie Have a Three-Way

On Monday’s Days of our Lives, the long-running soap opera included in story, its first ever threesome. DAYS, which has been streaming on Peacock since the middle of September, teased the ménage à trois a bit ago when Rob Scott Wilson’s new character of Alex Kiriakis hit Salem and was a bit of a ‘player’.  At one point during a conversation, Alex hit on Chanel (Raven Bowens) and Allie (Lindsay Arnold) and put into their minds the notion of having a threesome with him.

Meanwhile, Allie and Chanel have had their own past complicated relationships with men, and now with each other.  Feeling that their relationship has hit a bump in the road, the young women decide a three-way might be just the spark needed to ignite their love and passion for one another.

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Eventually, the two invite Alex over for a drink, making small-talk and trying to get to the reason they invited him over in the first place. After fumbling around to get to the true reason, Allie reveals they want to take him up on his offer. Alex is confused, until Chanel uses the word “threesome” to which Alex spits out his drink.

Allie then admits the three-way was her idea, and Chanel agreed to it, as it’s an adventure they could share together. They go on to say they chose Alex because they wanted someone who would have no emotional ties to them afterward.  Alex, also has a bit of truth of his own to share. He says, in reality, he has only experienced a three-way, twice before.

After trying to figure out how to start the sexual encounter, Alex kisses Chanel, then Allie and the three adjourn to the bedroom,  DAYS then delivers a montage of shots representing the sex between the three.

In the end, Alex is winded and dehydrated and goes to get some water, while Chanel and Allie check in with each other and say that the experience was more than alright and recommit to each other.

Fans of the series have been commenting on social media since yesterday. Also, to note, DAYS tapes month ahead, so this story point was already completed before the move to Peacock.  It should also be noted that Rob Scott Wilson also appeared in another soap first, when on Prospect Park’s All My Children, his character of Pete Cortlandt (Wilson) received oral sex from Colby (Brooke Newton).

So, what did you think about how the Salem threesome between Alex, Chanel and Allie was portrayed? Comment below.

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DAYS Billy Flynn Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just start this by saying if you missed last Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives on Peacock, you missed beautifully touching and effective performances by both Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail).

Leading up to it, Chad had a gut-wrenching week.  He figured out that Clyde (James Read) was the culprit that murdered his wife and later confronted him.  That led to key scenes where Chad confronts Clyde at Abigail’s gravesite and wants to hear all the gory details of how Clyde stabbed his wife, and then learned how the criminal covered his tracks, went after Sonny (Zach Tinker) and stabbed him, and framed Leo (Greg Rikaart) for the crimes.

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Throughout the reveal, Billy Flynn played all of Chad’s pain and horror, while holding a gun at Clyde baiting him on – problem was Clyde is so despicable he had no problem telling Chad the grisly truth.  During a struggle for the gun with Chad, it is EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) who saves the day and shoots Clyde.  The two brothers bond over their shared disdain for Clyde.

Later at the Salem PD, EJ apologizes to Chad for bringing Clyde into their lives and for what happened to Abigail.  Chad takes it in but does not explode, rather appreciates his brother for saving his life.

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However, the emotional rollercoaster that Chad went through, and the audience, in the expert hands of Flynn, was nothing compared to the heartbreaking scenes where Abigail visits Chad at her gravesite, now that he solved the murder mystery.

Abigail is proud that Chad found her killer and tells him that she wants him to love again and that it’s OK to move on.  She knows he will always love her, and she will always love him.  Then, when Abigail asks Chad to tell her what traits their children, Thomas and Charlotte, possess that remind him of Abigail, it was very tender and not overplayed.  When it was time for their final goodbyes, both Flynn and Miller reminded us all why #Chabby was one of the best duos in DAYS history.

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In the end, it was Billy Flynn who carried the ball all the way to the end zone and scored a touchdown in the conclusion of Chad and Abigail’s love story.  It is always a nice to see when DAYS decides to write for and feature material which plays to Flynn’s strengths, and this did.

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So, for all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Billy Flynn’s work as the Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of the Chad and Abigail goodbye scenes at her gravesite? What did you think of Billy’s performance and the reveal that Clyde Weston was Abigail’s murderer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first, check out our latest conversation with Billy, and his DAYS co-stars Greg Rikaart and Mary Beth Evans now on the Michael Fairman Channel below, where Billy discusses taping the pivotal scenes and more.

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