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DAYS Recap Dec 7-11th

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EJ demands Nicole tell him what happened to Sydney. Delirious Nicole says she isn’t sure. Sami lays into Nicole, too. She wants her to tell the truth. Nicole says she tried to call Sami and that’s when she was knocked out and ended up at the hospital. Later, EJ and Sami appeal to Brady to find out the truth. He talks to Nicole and she denies staging the incident to hide Sydney, begging him to believe her. Rafe and Stefano go toe-to-toe. Rafe criticizes Stefano for not taking responsibility for his devious actions in hiding Nicole’s secret. Stefano asserts he did if for his family’s sake. Rafe says that if he wants to help the situation at all, he can control EJ’s temper. Stefano warns Rafe he’s opened Pandora’s Box. Rafe doesn’t see how and later Stefano explains that by bringing the switch to light, Sami and EJ will get closer. Rafe is secure in his relationship and assures Stefano that he is doing it for Sami. Brady tells EJ and Sami that he thinks she’s telling the truth. Upset Sami wonders who took their baby and EJ glances over to Stefano. He accuses his father of taking Sydney. Stefano denies taking Sydney. He offers his services to help find Sydney, but EJ and Sami reject his offer.  Nicole escapes from the hospital in search of Sydney. Rafe finally tracks her down at the bus station and confronts her, thinking she’s on her way to go where she has Sydney hidden. Nicole pulls scissors on Rafe. He loses it with her, just as Brady comes up with Arianna. He pulls Rafe off of Nicole. Brady is surprised to find Arianna has come to Cleveland because of him. Arianna realizes Brady is addicted to Nicole.  Nicole expresses her love to Brady and continues to insist that she knows nothing about Sydney’s whereabouts. Brady and Arianna ultimately come to believe her. Rafe brings her back to the hospital to be checked out before she’s led off to jail. Fay is taken to jail for aiding and abetting Nicole’s escape, though it seems clear she was not involved in Sydney’s disappearance. Before she is taken to jail, Nicole makes it clear that she is very sorry and would rather Sydney were in Sami’s arms than wherever she is right now. Stefano emotionally opens up to Kate. He’s angry at the people who have used his granddaughter as a pawn. He vows to end it and that when he does, he will fight EJ and Sami to be part of Sydney’s life. He makes a mysterious phone call, concerning surveillance, and later, Sydney is spirited away by a mysterious figure. himself. Stefano and Kate are blown away over EJ’s accusation that Stefano is responsible for Sydney’s disappearance. Meanwhile, the mystery woman watching over Sydney talks to someone, but is it Stefano or someone else?

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Speaking on behalf of Mia and herself, Melanie tells Carly she can’t move in. Maggie apologizes to Carly, but she realizes her being at Maggie’s would be awkward for everyone. Hope runs into Mia and questions her about Carly. Mia admits she finds Carly strange and doesn’t trust her, which pleases Hope. Meanwhile, Carly, who doesn’t want to come between Bo and Hope, thinks she should tell Hope the truth: Carly came back to Salem for her daughter. Bo disagrees. He thinks she should keep the secret until they know she and her daughter are not in any danger from Vivian. Carly admits she pushed too hard with her daughter. Bo insists that Carly move back into his house, assuring her it’s the only safe place. Carly refuses.  Vivian has a run in with Kate, who thinks Vivian is going after Victor to get closer to Phillip. Gus brings Vivian a letter from Lawrence’s safe deposit box. She goes to Victor and finds him poisoning Ciara against Carly. After learning that Victor hates Carly as much as she does, Vivian asks if he’ll help her get revenge on Carly for killing Lawrence. Victor says yes. Justin lays in to Carly. He is convinced she never stopped loving Bo. If she truly doesn’t want to get in between Bo and Hope, then she should get the hell out of Salem. Carly questions his motives for snooping and shoots back that it’s clear Justin only wants Hope for himself. Bo and Carly decide they need to eliminate Vivian as a threat. Later, Carly remembers that this is the anniversary of their Mayan wedding. Hope decides to investigate Carly’s secret. When Victor tells Hope that Vivian is moving in, Hope gets an idea. Vivian shows Victor an unsent letter from Lawrence referring to Carly’s secret betrayal. They decide to learn Carly’s secret in order to destroy her. In the meantime, they’ll pretend to be in love so that Carly is thrown off their plan. Vivian moves into Victor’s house. Justin confronts Carly about her feelings for Bo. Afterwards, he tries to enlist Daniel at the hospital to thwart Carly’s application to work there and is dismayed to realize they are old friends. Meanwhile, Bo warns Vivian that she will harm Carly over his dead body, an idea that Vivian is not opposed to.

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DAYS’ Olivia Rose Keegan Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Although she is exiting the show on-screen next week on Days of our Lives, Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire) got the opportunity to go out in a blaze of glory (those damn lighters!).

If you caught this past Tuesday’s installment of the NBC daytime drama series, Claire finally became entrapped and completely unhinged, after being set-up by Tripp (Lucas Adams) and Ciara (Victoria Konefal); where everyone learned she was the responsible party for the notorious cabin fire and was about to attempt to set her rival, Ciara, on fire in a cabin, yet again, after taking off with her.

In the process, Tripp was held with a knife to his throat by Claire, and eventually hit his head trying to get away from her knocking him unconscious.  The perfect opportunity for Claire to make her getaway with Ciara.

Once at the Cabin, Claire pours gas all around as Ciara begs her to stop, while she is chained to the bed.  Claire then flicks the lighter.  To the rescue come Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Marlena (Deidre Hall); who have tracked down where the young women are.  Ciara calls out to Ben, who breaks down the cabin door.

Just then, Claire holds out the lighter with the flame ready to start another fire.  Knowing she is caught, Claire starts to explain how she lost her mind in all of this.  Ben tries to talk her down and to please put the lighter away, as does Hope.  As a desperate mother, Hope begs Claire to let Ciara live, and tells Claire that she knows she really doesn’t want to do this.  Hope tells her that she knows that Claire loves them both.   As Ben rescues Ciara, Claire closes the lighter as Marlena holds her.  As the others get out of harm’s way, Marlena says she has got this … and now it’s Claire and Marlena alone and inside the cabin together.

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But then, wanting to end her own life, Claire picks up the lighter and flicks it open.  She tells Marlena she can’t go back and says, “It’s better if she dies.”  Claire thinks she’s a monster and certifiable … and is as criminal as what Ben Weston has done in his past.  Reassuring her and talking her down, Marlena promises Claire that with help, she can turn her life around as Ben has done.

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Claire breaks down as Marlena holds her.  Next, Marlena is able to get her out of the cabin, away from setting herself on fire, and on her way to the hospital for observation, until it can be figured out what’s next for the troubled young woman.  As they leave the scene, Claire sobs uncontrollably knowing she is a damaged soul, has lost her way, and realizing the harm she has done to other people.

In all of these scenes, Keegan brought the angst, the mental instability, and the realization of Claire’s horrific motivations to life, in a dramatic, and not over-the-top way, even in the most melodramatic of soapy circumstances.  For those reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Olivia’s work are Power Performance of the Week.

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Knowing those scenes were part of her final days of shooting on DAYS, Keegan told Soap Opera Digest in an interview (in their latest issue on newsstands now), “Obviously, it was sad to shoot.  And it was emotionally demanding and bittersweet, because Victoria Konefal and I are best friends.”

So, what did you think of Olivia’s performance in the key scenes? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Unmasked! The Part Of Nicole Walker Is Now Being Played By Kristen DiMera

On Friday, NBC’s Days of our Lives delivered quite the cliffhanger as fans go into the Memorial Day Weekend.  There had been plenty of speculation that something just wasn’t quite right with Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) since her “return from the dead” to Salem.  Leave it to head writer, Ron Carlivati to come up with an exciting twist …  and he did!

As it turns out, that isn’t Nicole after all, but Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk) wearing a very convincing Nicole mask and weaving her plot while under wraps; chief among those plots is to nab Brady (Eric Martsolf) as her man; once and for all.

In story, at the Salem Inn, “Nicole” kisses Brady.  At first he responds, but then backs off, until “Nicole” yelps, “Damn it, Brady! Why are you fighting me on this? Just forget about Holly.”  Brady is stunned! “Nicole” says she wants to escape the pain of losing her daughter, but Brady leaves and “Nicole” smashes a vase.

Later at the Inn, Xander (Paul Telfer) hands over Holly’s hospital records.  Meanwhile, “Nicole” tells her accomplice all about the memorial service and how devastated Eric (Greg Vaughn ) was, and how bad she wants to be with Brady.  Admitting Brady currently rejected her, she says it’s only a matter of time before he gives in to her seductions.

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Next, we see “Nicole” ripping a mask from her face, just as Xander announces that Nicole is being played by “Kristen DiMera” and smirks.  Meanwhile, Kristen emerges from under the mask, free at last as her wig comes off as she lets down her hair.   Thus, the pieces all are starting to fit together.

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Kudos to Arianne Zucker for playing Nicole and Kristen as Nicole, and we can’t wait to see Stacy Haiduk as the conniving Kristen as this story unfolds.

Watch a promo for next week’s DAYS below.  Then let us know, what you thought of the twist: that Kristen is pretending to be Nicole, via the comment section below..

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will Learns He Has A Brain Tumor; What Next For WilSon?

On Days of our Lives, Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) have been through the wringer.  Just like any power couple in “soapdom” they are constantly pulled apart by circumstances that drives distance between them, or prevents them from being happily reunited.  But then, isn’t that was soaps are all about … or, do these boys deserve a bit of peace and quiet?

On Wednesday’s episode of the NBC daytime drama series, Rex (Kyle Lowder) and Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) drop the bomb on WilSon.  Sadly, Will has a small brain tumor, although believed to be benign, it is is in a section of his frontal lobe that makes it most likely inoperable.

Will asks if that explains his headaches and why he has been passing out, and Rex confirms that is the cause.  He also says the tumor is likely benign, because the larger ones are usually cancerous.  The next step is to do a biopsy.  Rex advises Will to not exercise, drive, work, and to avoid stress right now.

Later at the Kiriakis mansion, Will Google’s brain tumor’s on the internet and is emotionally overcome with what it says.  In tears and looking very sad, Sonny comes on to the scene to comfort Will, but Sonny is looking concerned himself, trying to put on a brave front for Will.  Then, Sonny and Will admit they are frightened for what’s ahead, but Sonny says they must try to stay positive.  Will cries.

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These scenes were nicely played by Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith, who always bring it in their scenes.

Look for more drama ahead for the duo and their on-screen families as Will deals with this new health crisis.

So, what does Will’s tumor mean for the future of WilSon?  What do you think will happen next? Are you upset that Will has this diagnosis? Do you want the duo to finally have some down time from all the drama, especially after getting Leo Stark (Greg Rikart) out of their lives?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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