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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!

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.

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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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: What Did You Think of the Life-Sized Duke and Ava Scene?

Okurrrr! On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the long-running NBC soap opera served up a scene in which Ava (Tamara Braun) wakes up in bed and sees a life-sized Duke doll come to life in the doorway.

If you recall, Ava ripped the small-sized stuffed-animal, Duke to shreds, previously, with a scissor in a fit of rage as she appears to be losing her grip!

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In this scene, Duke returns with pair of scissors in his hand and says he’s there for payback. Ava screams out. Next, she grabs a nail file to defend herself and tries to run, but Duke grabs her.

What does Ava do next? She bites Duke. He tells her that she’ll pay for that.  Next, we see a startled Ava in bed as Rafe (Galen Gering) appears at the doorway with coffee… and wait for it … a bear claw!

As Rafe informs Ava of the accusations against him at work, she asks if he thinks she is engineering this, considering he accused her of dismembering Duke?  Rafe says he believes she is not responsible for any of this. Oh, Rafe!

So, what did you think of the scene when you watched it between larger-than-life stuffed-animal-come-to-life Duke and Ava?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena’s Exorcism Brings a United Front to Rid Satan

In a great episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it the return of Greg Vaughan as “Father” Eric Brady to exorcize the devil out of Marlena (Deidre Hall) for the second time in her lifetime, but it was not easy.

First, in the bedroom, Sami (Alison Sweeney) finds Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) almost untying the MarDevil, after Satan threatens him with revealing he was the one who kidnapped Sami and even tells Sami, that Lucas has been lying to her! Lucas worms his way out of the situation saying that he has been lying about his feelings for Sami.

Meanwhile, an overwrought John (Drake Hogestyn) is so happy to see Eric in his mother’s time of need.  When Eric takes off his coat, he reveals that he is once again a man of the cloth – priest collar and all.  Eric fills John in that it was actually Nicole (Arianne Zucker) who made him come to the realization that he wanted to serve God again, when she told him that ‘collar or no collar, he has never changed.”

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Next, Eric meets the MarDevil and tells John to leave him alone with Satan.  MarDevil spews that Eric is an arrogant little man and that he will die.  Now the MarDevil questions how his parishioners who saw the videotape of him having sex with Kristen – although Eric reminds Satan he was drugged – would welcome him as a priest?  Next thing you know, MarDevil shows the infamous sex tape on a laptop! Then, Satan said she thought his true calling was working in “adult entertainment” not for God.

Going for the jugular, MarDevil morphs into OG Kristen (Eileen Davidson) and she is tied to the bed, cooing for Eric, for another roll in the hay.  Eric becomes drawn in and if it were not for Brady (Eric Martsolf) walking in on the scene, urging his brother to resist the devil’s tricks, who knows where this would have led!  But Eric does resist, and MarDevil returns, saying that the fallen priest and his boozy brother are no match for her!

Now that the family is all congregating in the living room not only has Brady arrived, but so too has Belle (Martha Madison), Allie (Lindsay Arnold), and Johnny (Carson Boatman).  Eric explains that they all need to band together to perform an exorcism on Marlena and rid the devil from her.  Lucas exits deciding it should be for immediate family only, and he is already concerned that Satan knows he kidnapped Sami.

In the bedroom, Marlena’s family surrounds the bed as Eric begins the exorcism.  The family prays as Eric asks everyone to join hands and say the Lord’s Prayer.  As they begin the prayer, wind begins to blow and the bed goes up and down as MarDevil is defiant that Marlena will never return.  When the bed settles down, everyone thinks it’s over, but MarDevil surprises everyone and still has a grip on Marlena.

MarDevil then verbally attacks Belle and reminds her that she was the first one to give up on Marlena when she was in a coma and how she cheats on the men in her life calling her a “cheap slut”.  That is followed in kind when MarDevil goes after Sami and calls her a “professional slut”.

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Eric insist the family talk directly to Marlena.  They all become a united front as MarDevil is struggling to maintain control.  Then, in a fantastic series of flashbacks, we see Marlena’s memories coming through of each of her family members – and of course, best one ever, of all-time, is John and Marlena reuniting on the pier.

You then hear MarDevil let out a scream “No!” and then she passes out.  After everything is once again still in the room. John sits next to Marlena and calls her “Doc”.  She wakes up, saved!  It’s the Marlena everyone knows and loves!  She is saved on Christmas.   We fade to black.

What did you think of Marlena’s exorcism 2.0 and the episode? Let us know in the comment section below.  But first, check out this tweet of the flashback memories contained with the episode as Marlena fights the devil!

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‘Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas’: What Did You Think of the Holiday Tale?

Riffing on Hallmark Channel holiday movies combined with inside Salem wink-winks and nudge-nudges, soap tropes, surprise returns and altered storyline shifts, Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas now streaming on Peacock, had something for everyone, that by the end of its almost one hour and twenty minute tale, you were in the holiday spirit.

In the streaming flick, Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Grant Tinker) are working hard to make sure Will makes his Christmas Eve deadline of turning in his holiday script. So the couple known as “WilSon” conjure up an altered “facts” story… sorta!

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Now, Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Marlena (Deidre Hall) are running the Brady Pub, because Roman has died.  Paulina (Jackée Harry) is now the Cruella de Vil of Salem aiming to put everyone out of business for her own gain.

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Sami learns that Sydney is her biological daughter (something that in the airshow happened years ago) in order for a redux of the classic bitch-slap scene between this version of evil Nicole (Arianne Zucker) and Sami.

Even though Nicole’s deception is revealed, she doesn’t end up completely alone after EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) dumps her for Sami.  A bum outside the Brady Pub hands her a tissue to wipe away her tears, and it’s revealed to be … Eric (Greg Vaughn in a cameo).

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Elsewhere, John (Drake Hogestyn) is not married to Marlena (Deidre Hall), but Kristen (Eileen Davidson) and they run the Inn.  Meanwhile, as per usual, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Kristen are lusting after each other … complete with one of the best scenes in the special, where a naked Brady, covers his private parts with cue cards that profess his love for Kristen (a la Love Actually).  Meanwhile, Marlena is longing for John, even though he is with Kristen.

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Paulina ‘s assistant turns out to be Leo (Greg Rikaart), and as he did in the previous Peacock streaming series … he saved the day! Leo, while going through files on Paulina’s desk, found a loophole that could save Salem business owners from being kicked to the curb.

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And it was great to see one of the finest actors, Blake Berris, back on the screen as Nick and longing for Gabi (Camila Banus).  You see, Will writes Nick into his script, while Sonny exclaims that Nick is dead. But this is a holiday tale, so whatever!

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In the end, it was the town pulling together for a holiday fundraiser to save themselves with a talent show hosted by Leo featuring: the return of Sonny Delight, Amanda Bottom and Belinda Chinashop, followed by a Santa strip from the hottest men in Salem and voila’ – it’s drag queens and half-naked guys that save the day!

So, what did you think of Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas ? What was your favorite part of it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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