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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?

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 Elani Wedding (Photos): What Did You Think Of The Nuptials?

This week on Days of our Lives saw the first African-American couple to be married on-screen in the 54-year history of Days of our Lives.  Now while Lani (Sal Stowers) and Eli (Lamon Archey) tried before in a previous ceremony, this one did the job … they are now officially husband and wife!

The ceremony was attended by Lani’s dad, Abe Reynolds (James Reynolds), her mother Tamara Price (Marily McCoo), Billy Davis Jr.  as a former FBI mentor to Eli, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) – it was her restaurant after all and she is Eli’s grandmother.  Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) presided over the ceremony.

There were some unwelcome guests at the ceremony as well; leading the bride to question, are we doomed?  Why does this keep happening to us everytime we tried to get hitch!

However, fate was on Lani and Eli’s side this day, as even Gabi (Camila Banus) with her antics, and a shocking arrival from Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel), couldn’t rain on this day.  Vivian even tried to shoot the bride, but thanks to Rafe (Galen Gering) saving the day and armed with news that her son Stefan (Brandon Barash) could be alive; he informs Viv firmly that she would be killing someone for the wrong reason, even though Vivian is in disbelief that her son is alive.  Next, she is whisked out of the ceremony.

Lani still feeling rattled by all the wedding interruptus gets a sign she should marry the man she loves; when her mother, who needed to go lie down earlier, as she was feeling faint, was able to show back up just in time to restart the wedding.

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During the ceremony, Eli mentions the loss of little David Abraham and the struggles they went through, but how in the end it brought then closer together.  After the rings are exchanged and they are pronounced man and wife, the newlyweds “jump the broom” a wonderful tradition and a symbol of African-American heritage, where the sweeping of the broom signifies sweeping away all the bad energy.  After they sweep the broom, Elani jumps over it.

In a behind-the-scenes of the wedding segment released this week on the DOOL app, Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey talk about the inclusion of the ‘jump the broom’ moment in the episode, and how they suggested the idea to DAYS Co-EP Albert Alaar, and how  it was written into the episode.

So, what did you think of Lani and Eli’s wedding? Did you enjoy it? Let us know via the comment section below, but first check out this wedding photo gallery of the big day!

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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DAYS Eric Martsolf and Stephen Nichols Named ‘Power Performances of the Week’

Last week’s Days of our Lives provided quite the backdrop for some stellar performances, as we had previously noted earlier in the week here.   However, there were a few scenes and moments that just stood out to us, that even when we watched them back for a second or third time, still got us choked up.

First, Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf (Brady) really deserves some major kudos here for his understated and effective work when Brady is finally given the truth – that his daughter Rachel is alive – and his brother Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) child, Mickey is the one who really died in a nefarious baby switch scheme thanks to Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston).

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Not only did Martsolf convey the joy that his daughter was alive juxtaposed with months of angst that preceded it, but he also showed the heartbreak knowing that Eric and Sarah’s (Linsey Godfrey) child did not survive.  In scenes with Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Greg Vaughan, and later with Stacy Haiduk (Kristen), where Brady tells Kristen their child is alive, Martsolf delivered.

Then, there was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who did what he does best, showing the vulnerability of Steve Johnson.  In key scenes following surgery to rid Steve’s head of the chip that made him believe and act like Stefano, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to explain her new relationship with Justin (Wally Kurth).  That alone is a shocking moment for Steve … and then he cannot understand how his sister and Justin broke up.  That is when Kayla has to tell Steve that his beloved sister, Adrienne (Judi Evans) had passed away a year ago following a tragic car crash.

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Steve is overcome with emotion and tears, as any brother would be who loves his sister, which made this all the more realistic.  It was heartbreaking watching Steve try to deal with finding out Adrienne was gone and then blaming himself for not being there for her.  It was made all the more hankie-inducing in a later scene, when he hugged his brother Jack (Matthew Ashford), as the two mourned the loss of their sibling.

For these moments noted above, Michael Fairman TV names Eric and Stephen last week’s Power Performances of the Week.  

So, what did you think of Eric and Stephen’s work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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