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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: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Paul Signs Off In Salem With Tearjerker Goodbye

As they say, “all good things must come to an end”, and on Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, viewers watched a tear-filled and emotional goodbye as actor Christopher Sean, who played the role of Paul Narita for over four years with such dignity and grace, exited the series in his final episode.

It all comes about after Paul is heartbroken to learn, thanks to Brady (Eric Martsolf) who could not lie to him anymore, that Will is still in love with Sonny.  And after calling things off with Will and setting him “free”, Paul asks Brady to come by his apartment to inform him that he is leaving Salem.  Brady is certain that Paul will “find love again.”

Later, Paul’s dad, John Black (Drake Hogestyn), arrives and learns the heartbreaking news that Paul had decided to move back to San Francisco to be near his mom, and because there is a top-notch rehab facility to help him get back on his feet and walk again.

John asks his son: “Are you sure that you are doing all this for the right reasons?” Paul says he is not running away, but adds: “It would be hard for me to be here in Salem with Will and Sonny back together and all that. But mostly I could be with my mom, who I really, really miss, and I could be hopeful because I could probably walk again someday.”

After looking up the clinic on the internet with Brady and Paul, John concludes this is the best situation for his son.   “I need to get back on my feet again, in more ways that one,: Paul says.  When John asks when he is headed out, Paul reveals now.  An emotional John is filled with tears at having to saying goodbye to the son he never knew he had until a few years ago.

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Paul says to John in a tearjerker moment: “I used to lie awake in bed thinking what kind of man my father was.  And then I met you, and I saw the way that you cherished Marlena and the way you protected your family and the way you fought for what was right.  You have surpassed every expectation I have ever had about a father.”  He tells John he is grateful for all the time they had together. John tells Paul, “I’m so proud of you,” and he tells his son to always keep that big heart of his open, and they share a touching hug.

There is then a knock at the door at Luke, the new PT comes in to whisk Paul away to San Francisco!  There seems to be an instant connection between the two, and then Luke says that he knows full-well who Paul is, “You’re one of my idols”.  Luke goes on to say that when Paul came out it gave him the strength in his own life to do the same.  We also learn Luke is single, which is not lost on Brady and Paul, and John.

As a nice button on Paul’s journey he says, “I’m not hiding anymore, and I’m not pretending to be anyone I’m not. And for that, I do owe Sonny and Will a lo.,” Luke says, “Who is Sonny and Will?” As everyone sort of chuckles, it’s time to leave for the flight and John and Brady exit with Luke, as Paul looks around the apartment one more time.

Kudos to both Christopher Sean and Drake Hogestyn for those heartfelt scenes between father and son.  How many hankies did you need while watching them? We needed five!

Share your thoughts on Paul’s exit and the scenes in Christopher Sean’s final episode via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lives Are Forever Changed When Kristen and Xander’s Plans Blow Up In Pivotal Episode

In an explosive and can’t miss episode of Days of our Lives, all roads lead to a warehouse that appears to be filled with presumed dead bodies of former Salemites!  Behind the experiments and illegal activities going on in this creepy place are Xander (Paul Telfer) and Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk)!  This takes us to the action where Nicole (Arianne Zucker), who has been forced under Xander’s thumb, knocks him out and takes the recording of her confession to murdering Deimos, as she desperately tries to find Eric (Greg Vaughan), who has been tied up to a chair in another part of the warehouse thanks to Kristen!

Nicole is traumatized with baby Holly in tow as she comes upon a confusing maze of locked door with the initials VA, AD, AV, SD, ED, JD, and WR on them.  Had you figured out who they all stand for???   Brady (Eric Martsolf) hears Nicole calling out for Eric and is now locked in the E.D. marked room thanks to Sami (Alison Sweeney), who is searching for EJ!  Brady asks Nicole to let him out, she says “no” and not until she finds Eric!

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Kristen, who has Eric hostage, tells him that she and Xander need to move precious cargo in the warehouse and the building has been compromised! Sami finds her brother with Kristen! She demands to know where EJ is and attacks Kristen.  Cut to another shocker! Dr. Rolf (William Utay) is alive and prepares a large syringe for his mystery patient.  He explains to the man that the formula was far from perfected back then when they tried to use it, so he understands how apprehensive the patient would be trying it again. After injecting the patient, who we believe could be EJ, Rolf tells him Samantha Brady is here in the warehouse!  The man jumps up on the hearing of Sami’s name and grabs Rolf, but then a Bunsen burner is knocked over by accident and Rolf yells, “Fire!”  Then, the burner explodes in the man’s face like a fireball!

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Elsewhere, Xander comes in and finds the Sami/Eric/Kristen situation as sounds of explosions rock the warehouse and everyone starts screaming. Xander and Kristen run out, Sami frees Eric, then rushes out to mind the man she believes is EJ.  But then, rubble falls upon Nicole and she is separated from Eric and Brady.  She fits Holly fits through a hole and Brady runs out of the building with the little girl leaving star-crossed loves Eric and Nicole holding hands through the rubble.

Kristen finds Brady outside with Holly and begs him to come with her.  She wants him back and he tells her no way, and she tells him he will be sorry for this! She runs back inside the burning building.  Sami goes into the lab and calls EJ’s name, but she sees Dr. Rolf and he runs out.  Sami gets the burned man out of the blazing inferno!

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Back inside, Nicole begs Eric to watch over Holly, as she is not going to make it out of the fire.  Brady runs back in to save his brother, and hits him with a crowbar, when he won’t leave Nicole and could die himself. A gut-wrenched Nicole knows she is left to die with no way out!  Outside the warehouse, Eric comes to and loses it when he realizes Brady saved him and left Nicole inside!  Next, the warehouse door explodes!  Brady and Eric can’t get back in to save Nicole.

Inside, as the warehouse burns around her, Kristen says she is not afraid, and turns and reveals the Phoenix tattoo on her back! Looks like she is burning herself in the fire only to rise again!

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But that’s not all! Rex has returned to Salem in the form of Kyle Lowder making his debut as Kate and Roman’s son. You remember the Gemini Twins???  During Lowder’s first scenes back in Salem (he previously played Brady Black), Ron Carlivati and the DAYS writing team took the opportunity to give us some quickie Rex history including that: sister Cassie was stuck in a piñata and left for dead once, and how he and Cassie fell out of the sky!  Now in present day, Rex tells Roman (Josh Taylor) he is engaged and before he can tell his dad her name, Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) walks in with Baby Bonnie.  Rex holds the baby, not knowing that elsewhere Mimi Lockhart (Farah Fath) is confessing to Belle (Martha Madison) that Rex is the true bio-dad of Baby Bonnie!

What did you think of DAYS’ jam-packed, pivotal episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below, and let us know what was your favorite moment in it?

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