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DAYS Recap – Dec 21-25th

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Rafe tells Sami that Stefano is not behind Sydney’s kidnapping. He used truth serum on Stefano, and has come to realize that he doesn’t know who has the baby. EJ shows up at Arianna’s door, and interrupts a moment between her and Brady. EJ seeks answers from Arianna regarding Sydney’s whereabouts. Arianna tells EJ it must be hard to be a suffering parent, and this comment inadvertently drives Brady to go visit Nicole. Later, EJ has a plan to find Sydney, and summons Sami and Rafe to work on it. Meanwhile, Anna puts together a note, and it seems she intends to have an enjoyable Christmas with Sydney. Daniel tells Bo and Carly he solved the mystery of the misplaced corpse. After Daniel leaves, Bo talks to Carly about it and the two go back to his house for privacy. Carly learns from Bo that things may be finally over with him and Hope. Carly owns up to her feelings and admits she is falling in love with Bo all over again. After a blown surprise, Chloe and Daniel count their blessings and profess their love to one another.

Rafe tells Sami and EJ that only one woman in Salem purchased the boots Nicole described as the kidnapper’s: Kate DiMera. When Kate returns, EJ, Rafe and Sami confront her. When Kate provides proof that she took the boots back, the group is deflated. A candlelight vigil on Christmas Eve is arranged in order to appeal to the person who took Sydney. Anna continues to cut out letters for a note to EJ and Sami. Bo doesn’t know how to respond to Carly’s declaration of love. Before he can, Hope shows up. She came to tell Bo that the Hortons want Christmas Eve at her and Bo’s house. Hope gets the feeling she interrupted a moment between Carly and Bo. Carly quickly leaves. Brady fires Nicole’s public defender, and decides to pay for a better lawyer. Nicole recalls hearing the woman’s voice, and realizes she recognizes it. Melanie and Philip each denies to the other that they are having second thoughts about ignoring. Meanwhile, Melanie sees Nathan and Stephanie kissing under the mistletoe. Stephanie lets her assume it meant more than it really did. Once Melanie leaves, however, Nathan tells Stephanie he’s looking forward to more kisses under the mistletoe with her. Off his conversation with Justin, Philip takes Melanie to an inn decorated for Christmas. He not only wants to spend Christmas with her, he wants to spend the rest of his life with her. He asks Melanie to marry him!

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It’s Christmas Eve in Salem. Bo and Hope have agreed, at Alice’s urging, to have the Horton Christmas at their house. Doug and Julie are the first to show up, and Bo tells them he knows what Alice is trying to do and it’s not going to work. Meanwhile, Hope runs into Sami and gives her a bit of advice about Sydney. She urges her not to cave, and to do what feels right to her. Hope wishes she had done that and paid the ransom. She expresses that Ciara’s life will never be the same. After her conversation with Hope, Sami visits Nicole. She notes that Nicole has been having memories about what happened to her when Sydney was taken. Nicole reveals her latest memory, and explains she hasn’t said anything to anyone else because it’s too vague. Nicole swears she knows the voice of the woman that took Sydney, but can’t place it. Meanwhile, the mystery woman is with Sydney, and might possibly be having second thoughts about what she’s done. The Hortons hang their traditional ornaments on the tree. Julie and Maggie continue to press Bo and Hope to get back together until Doug loses it, and tells them to lay off. No one might like what’s happening, but it is Bo and Hope’s business and they support their choices. Later, Bo slips out, and Hope fights back tears.

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Arianna goes to see Brady to give him a gift. She learns of his helping Nicole with an attorney and is surprised. Brady says he tried to tell her, but she was busy with Gabi. Disappointed, Arianna leaves. Brady finds the small gift she left for him. He opens the box, and rushes out to find her. Meanwhile, Arianna confides in Rafe and he sticks up for Brady. Sami arrives at the pier for the candle light vigil and informs EJ and Rafe that Nicole seems to recognize the voice, but can’t place her. EJ thinks Nicole is blowing smoke. After all the family members arrive, the vigil begins and Sami and EJ make an appeal followed by a prayer from Abe. As the candles are lit, it appears Anna has changed her mind, and bundles up Sydney. After a night of love and passion, Melanie happily accepts Philip’s marriage proposal. It’s Christmas Day in Salem. EJ arrives at Sami’s townhouse to spend Christmas morning with Johnny. There is tension between Rafe and EJ, Sami is devastated to learn the lead ended up being a dead end. When EJ returns home, he receives a note from the kidnapper reading: “I have your daughter. Meanwhile, Anna and Sydney celebrate Christmas together. Stephanie and Maggie convince Nathan to read the Christmas story to the kids like Tom Horton did all those years ago, and Maggie fondly remembers Tom on Christmas. While Nathan reads to the sick children, he spots Melanie’s engagement ring.

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Stephen Nichols Returns To DAYS In Cliffhanger As ‘The Phoenix Always Rises From The Ashes’

Now that DAYS will preempted over the Thanksgiving holiday break, leave it to head writer Ron Carlivati and his team to come up with a creative way to usher in the highly-anticipated return of fan favorite, Stephen Nichols and with a doozy of a cliffhanger.

Nichols, who has played Steve “Patch” Johnson on and off for decades, was revealed in story at the end of Wednesday’s episode as Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso) completes her painting of “Steffy”. Next thing you know, we see Steve, or is it Stefano with a face change, who is wearing a suit and shooting a look over to Gina? The episode fades to black.

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Then, on the heels of the reveal, NBC released next week’s official DAYS promo which has a voice-over of the character of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) saying “The phoenix always rises from the ashes” Next you hear Stefano (aka Nichols) saying “I now have Steve Johnson’s face.”  While Gina wants to know what Stefano’s plan is, he exclaims, “It’s good to be back.”

Watch the exciting promo below, and then let us know what you think of the story twist,  and if you are happy to see Stephen Nichols back on-screen via the comment section below.

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Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Bring the Heartache and Heartbreak to DAYS’ Elani Wedding

Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives showcased the nuptials of now long-suffering duo, Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani (Sal Stowers).  In true soap opera fashion things didn’t look good for the couple to get hitched in the first place, especially with Gabi’s (Camila Banus) threats that she would literally blow Julie’s (Susan Seasforth Hayes) heart out of her chest, if Lani did not bust up with Eli at the altar.

As Marlena (Deidre Hall) is officiating the ceremony, things took a dark turn when she asked if anyone in attendance could show just cause why the couple should not be wed in holy matrimony.  Everyone is silent as Gabi, who is an attending the nuptials, is quite happy with herself broadcasting the wedding from her phone to Julie who is in the hospital.  Next, an emotional Lani tells Gabi how sorry she is for shooting Stefan.  Lani says she hopes Gabi can set aside their differences for the sake of Julie and Eli.  Gabi tells her she thought she made herself clear.  It appears that Lani decides she is moving forward with the vows, after standing up for herself and ignoring Gabi’s threat after tackling Gabi WWE Smackdown style.  Next, Gabi informs to everyone she just pressed the button on the app on her phone and Eli’s grandmother’s heart exploded. But hold the phone! In that moment, there is a twist.  We go back to Lani at the altar who snaps out of this blackmail nightmare she just played out in her head.  That didn’t really happen, but the audience sees her thinking process through it, which leads Lani in the present to break off the wedding to her beloved Eli.

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At the altar, Lani tells Eli through her tears she cannot do this.  Eli is stunned and confused.  The bride tells him he doesn’t deserve this.  Next, Lani turns towards Gabi, and then tells Eli she is sorry and then runs out of the ceremony.   Gabi mutters that her “work is done here” which seems to be overheard by Will (Chandler Massey).

What follows is absolutely devastating scene in the park as Eli has followed Lani there.  Through her tears, and knowing that the only way she can break things off with Eli is to hurt him deeply, Lani tells him at first that she doesn’t deserve to be happy with a husband, because she shot and killed Gabi’s.  However, Eli won’t accept that, and that is when she has to muster everything inside her to break Eli’s heart in pieces.  She tells the man she loves that she doesn’t love him anymore. Lani says that she thought that after baby David’s death and all they went through to be together it would all fall back into place for them, but for her, it didn’t.

Lani says her decision is made. With tears streaming down his face, Eli cries, “So you’re leaving me? That’s it?” Lani confirms it is, and that she is sorry and then runs off.  Cue none other than Gabi to find a gut-punched Eli on the park bench, who she hugs! Looks like there’s a part two to Gabi’s heinous plan ahead.

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The performances by Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers in this episode were top-notch – their work was and even though it was under the most outrageous of circumstances, you felt the love, the heartbreak and heartache of a couple torn apart, when they love each other so much.

So, what did you think of Lamon and Sal’s performances? What did you think of the final moments of the episode when Lani has to dump Eli for good? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Camila Banus Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

The angst, drama, tears, and revenge continued this week on NBC’s Days of our Lives with the stirring portrayal of grief-stricken young woman; who is hell-bent on making everyone around her suffer for the loss of her husband in a fatal gunshot that left him brain-dead.  Of course, we are talking about Camila Banus (Gabi), who turned in bravura performances this week, and there are four moments that really stood out to us that showed the range and depth of Banus’ work.

In the hospital chapel, Gabi talks to God and prayed to him that he will make Stefan (Brandon Barash) whole again.  There has been one through-line for Gabi throughout her life – she seems to have everything and everyone she loves taken away from her, even if some of the decisions she makes along the way have a cause/effect that leaves her feeling completely alone, and ready to lash out at the world for what has transpired.  In the chapel, she asks God through her tears, “Why do you hate me so much?” Gabi tells God she went to Sunday school as a little girl and still she has lost God and her husband.  Gabi cannot even get herself to look at Stefan’s things when Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) try to share them with her as she slaps the envelope out of their hands.

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In another heartbreaking scene, Gabi is in the bed she shared with Stefan. She flashes to kissing the love of her life.  Next, Gabi breaks down in tears, and throws things around in the bedroom before slumping to the floor.  She sobs and says, “Why did you give me your heart, Stefan, if you weren’t going to be around to love me with it?”

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Later, Gabi talks to Stefan in her sleep as she hugs his pillow. When she wakes up she cries as Kate (Lauren Koslow) arrives to check on her.  Gabi lets Kate have it, and at first blames Kate for the whole mess with Stefan.  Gabi lashes out that if it wasn’t for Stefan getting in between Kate’s feud with Vivian (Robin Strasser), he’d still be alive.  Kate knows Gabi is in despair and hugs her.  Then, Gabi channels her angst towards Lani (Sal Stowers) promising to make her suffer.

And on Friday’s episode, Gabi is ramping us some sort of revenge plan promising Stefan his legacy will live on. Earlier, Gabi was present with Lani and Eli (Lamon Archey) when Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) informed them that Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) will need a special pacemaker, even after receiving Stefan’s heart. Somehow, Gabi found a file on Visionary Bionics, the company that makes this unique medical device, and recalls Kayla saying she’ll do the procedure on Julie tomorrow. Gabi makes a mysterious call.  What is she about to do?

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Through all of the emotional drama, Banus sustained a level of performance that is no easy feat. That is why Michael Fairman TV names Camila’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

Let us know if you agree with our pick, and what you thought of Camila’s performances, and what you think Gabi might do next, via the comment section below.

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