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DAYS Recap – Dec 6 – Dec 10th

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While Bo calls his connections to make contact with Hope, Hope tries to escape solitary. At the same time, Warden Jane Smith meets with Charlene, a hardened convict who is out for Hope’s blood. Jane arranges for Hope and Charlene to be transferred on the same bus to another prison, in hopes that Charlene will kill Hope. Ben calls, needing an organ for a transplant which, in a huge moment, reveals that Jane and Lee are selling organs illegally, and Ben is involved. Bo, Carly and Jennifer worry about Hope and wonder how they can help. Jennifer connects with Ben, admiring how hard he works for his patients. Hope is fearful her last night in prison is her last night alive. Stefano confronts Victor and Kate for conspiring together and Kate keeping yet more secrets from him. Vivian witnesses and follows Stefano home, telling him about Kate’s part in the plot to keep Vivian entombed. When Kate arrives home, she can see Stefano is angry and leaves to let him cool off. But Stefano says to himself that this is much worse than Kate thinks. Brady visits Maggie, who tells him she knows of his involvement with Vivian being kept in that sarcophagus. She says she thought he was better than that.  Now he reminds her of his grandfather. Brady doesn’t think that’s such a bad thing. Brady goes off, drinking, and runs into Vivian. She makes a veiled threat, but Brady tells her to back off or who knows what might happen to her. Victor shows up to Maggie, reciting that he loves her. Maggie closes the door on him, torn apart. Vivian calls Gus to tell him to start working on their plan. She wants justice against the five who kept her entombed. Sami has a nightmare about the loss of her children. Rafe comforts her. At the same time, EJ tries to deal with Johnny’s unyielding need for his mother. Meanwhile, Nicole fears she will have to make a choice between Brady and Sydney, but vows to figure a way out of her dilemma. She runs into EJ, Johnny, and Sydney on the pier and gets caught up in her emotions. She is put in a position where EJ makes his ultimatum crystal clear. Before she can answer, Sami and Rafe unexpectedly cross in. Johnny sees his mother, and wants her. EJ tries to take him away but Johnny screams, “I want my mother!” Kate hopes she can resolve all with Stefano, and he seems agreeable, but there is a condition. Kate is forced to deliver a gift to Daniel and Chloe as punishment for her actions. She balks at first but finally gives in. But when she returns, she realizes this is not enough and that Stefano may always punish her for what has happened. Stefano is unyielding, but this time so is Kate and later she tells him she is done! Stephanie tries to convince Caroline that they must tell the truth about the paternity switch, but Caroline refuses to discuss the matter. Stephanie nearly tells Nathan all, but Caroline reveals Sami’s situation. Stephanie realizes her grandmother wouldn’t be able to handle another blow to the family. Nathan returns and Stephanie keeps the secret. She tells him about Sami, and Nathan feels terrible. Stephanie, taking the opportunity and says she’d like to get married as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Chloe and Daniel begin to plan Parker’s baptism, unaware of the disaster that could be lurking. Brady defends Nicole to Melanie. Melanie and Philip consider having a child themselves.

Johnny runs to Sami and clings to her. Sami sees the warning look in EJ’s eyes and without speaking to Johnny gently moves him away from her. EJ moves off with upset Johnny, and Nicole follows with Sydney. Sami cries in Rafe’s arms. Back at the loft, Sami tells Rafe no more tears as she’ll find a way to get through this. Rafe confides to Gabi that while Sami is putting a good face on things, he fears something bad will happen. Later, Sami comforts Allie, and vows she will fix everything.  Alone with EJ, Nicole lashes out at him for his treatment of Sami as well as herself. EJ reminds her that if he relents and gives Johnny and Sydney back to Sami, Nicole won’t get to see Sydney anymore. Later, Nicole decides she must give up Brady if she hopes to hang onto to Sydney. She tells Brady of her decision, but he refuses to let her walk away. Later, Johnny is still upset over Sami’s rejection, and EJ assures him that he will always love him. Brady and Victor plan the best way to get rid of Vivian before she gets rid of them. At the same time, Kate tells Stefano she feels her marriage has become a prison. Both acknowledge they will not change to please the other. Kate decides to move out. Proud, Stefano lets her go. Vivian makes an excuse to see Stefano and learns Kate moved out. She tells Gus she can use that to her advantage. Kate runs into Victor and admits she moved out of the DiMera mansion. Victor suggests she move in with him so he can protect her against Vivian. Kate agrees. Meanwhile Vivian and Gus continue her plan against the five who kept her in the sarcophagus. Rafe gets a call from a source that EJ and Stefano are meeting a mysterious shipment down at the pier. He tells Sami he’s trying to get something on EJ to neutralize him and give Sami back her kids. Before he goes, he warns Sami not to get involved and to let him handle it. As soon as Rafe is gone, Sami gets Will’s old key to the DiMera mansion, and tells Will not to tell Rafe she’s going over there. Knowing both EJ and Stefano are gone, she sneaks into the DiMera mansion and sees Johnny and Sydney in the nursery. Sami tries to explain to Johnny that she still loves him but can’t show it in front of EJ. She makes a secret code with him so that no matter what she says, he’ll know that she doesn’t mean it and really loves him. In the meantime, Rafe watches EJ and Stefano through binoculars. While waiting for the shipment, Stefano almost tells EJ about Chad being EJ’s brother, but gets a call that the shipment is delayed. EJ decides to go home early. As Sami leaves the mansion, she’s grabbed by someone. Bo finally gets a call from the governor for help with Hope. Hope learns from Jane that Charlene will be in the transfer van with her. But Jane gets a call from the governor and cancels Hope’s transfer. Jane then calls Bo, asking him to come meet with her. Jane tells Bo about Hope attacking a prisoner. She makes Bo think Hope’s still violent. Bo demands to see Hope, and Jane promises to arrange a visitation. Later, Lee visits Hope in her cell, and makes veiled threats. Jane then visits Hope and tells her she’s going to do exactly what Jane tells her to do.  Jennifer and Carly both worry about Hope. Carly’s worried what Jennifer might do to help and remembers the danger Jennifer got herself into helping Carly with Lawrence in their past. Jennifer recalls it was Jack’s love that helped her heal, and Jennifer laments Jack being gone on his walkabout. Ben sees them, after getting a call from Jane about having problems getting him organs for transplants. Jennifer offers to help him shop for his teenage niece’s Christmas present. Gabi visits Will, and they bond over how much they both miss their siblings. In nice moment, the two finally share a first kiss.

Bo is waiting for word from Hope. Little does he know that Jane is having Hope dictate a letter confirming all of her “crimes.” Meanwhile, Bo and Carly visit Daniel, Chloe and Parker. Bo says he’s glad everything worked out between them. Startled, Chloe thinks Carly’s filled him in about the affair, but Carly assures she hasn’t. Alone, Chloe thanks Carly for helping her as she considers her a good friend. Carly doubts Daniel or Bo would feel that way if they knew her part in this. Meanwhile, Philip and Victor talk about Vivian’s threat, and Victor warns she will try to find a chink in their armor. Later, Daniel goes to the pub where he witnesses a flirty Titan employee hitting on Philip. Philip is about to leave when he runs into Caroline, who seems to be on the fence about keeping the truth about Parker’s paternity. However, she tells Philip not to let his past catch up to him. Bo goes to his office where he receives Hope’s letter. He reads it and something catches his eye. At the same time, Hope wills Bo to figure out her secret message. Sami is caught by Rafe outside the DiMera mansion just as EJ and Kate show up. Rafe and Sami bolt and Kate takes EJ to task over what he’s doing to the kids. Meanwhile, Rafe rips Sami a new one for jeopardizing her freedom by visiting Johnny and Sydney. Sami only wanted a hug, but it’s obvious it was more than that. However, she doesn’t tell Rafe about her and Johnny’s secret signal. Rafe wants to get the kids back for her, but she must trust him. Sami does, but there is no way she’s going to sit by on the sidelines. Rafe assures her that things will work out. Later, Johnny tells EJ he doesn’t want him. He wants mommy. Gabi and Will realize they really care about each other.

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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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