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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: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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