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DAYS Recap – Feb 1- Feb 5th

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Bo communicates via webcam with Ciara, who is with Maggie and Caroline. Carly shows up and tells Bo that she had a moment of connection with Melanie. Bo warns her to keep her distance in order to protect Melanie from Vivian. Via webcam, Ciara witnesses Carly and Bo kiss. Affected, she runs to Caroline, who decides to go to Bo’s for a surprise visit.  Caroline and Ciara walk in on a warm moment between Bo and Carly. Alone with Bo, Caroline urges him to make things work with Hope. Bo reminds her that Hope walked out on him, and Caroline reminds him about the repercussions this will have on Ciara. Caroline isn’t convinced that Bo’s relationship with Carly is serious and expresses her disapproval. Caroline leaves, and Bo helps Ciara with a picture. He finds a photo of himself, Ciara and Hope in happier times. Melanie refuses to let Nathan examine her hand. Carly witnesses the sexual tension between them. Alone with Melanie, Carly gets her to admit she’s torn between Nathan and Philip. Carly suggests that Melanie take time to decide who she wants to be with, but Melanie decides she’s going through with the wedding, and invites Carly. Carly is touched. Meanwhile, Stephanie shares her doubts about Nathan’s feelings for her with Justin. He advises her to be honest with him. When Stephanie meets with Nathan, he invites her to a romantic getaway. She agrees, but they’ll go after Melanie and Philip’s wedding. The two kiss. Hope questions Vivian about her interest in Melanie. Vivian makes small talk and keeps her true intentions for Melanie hidden. Vivian has an appointment and leaves. Hope decides to take action. She asks Justin to help her steal Vivian’s puzzle box that contains Carly’s secret, and he agrees. Vivian returns unexpectedly and Justin stalls her until Hope slips out of her room. Later, Vivian meets with Gus and tells him she hasn’t figured out how to get rid of Melanie, but knows when: on her wedding day. Justin and Hope, meanwhile, move to his hotel room for privacy. Hope opens the box. Chad thanks his father for letting him go Vancouver with his friends. At the same time, Mia continues to resent that Gabi is going to the Olympics with Chad. Mia goes to D.A. Woods and makes it sound like she’s going on the trip and that she and Chad are still together. Meanwhile, Will looks for Mia, who supposedly went to check on Maggie. He finds her back at the Java Café and questions her whereabouts as Chad, getting off a heated phone call, announces to Gabi, T and Kinsey that his dad canceled their trip. Mia is secretly pleased. Hope cracks open Vivian’s puzzle box, and is heavily upset. Justin asks her what’s inside and Hope tells him that Carly’s secret is that she has a daughter. Fearing the worst, Hope thinks Carly’s child might be Bo’s, but she talks her way out of that theory. Bo would have told her. Hope realizes that if she had been around, maybe Bo would have shared all of this with her.

Vivian and Gus plot how to end Melanie’s life. She sends Gus on an errand to pick up something special for Melanie. Victor shows up and in private warns Vivian to leave Melanie alone. It’s Carly he wants her to take care of. Vivian agrees and asks Gus to do one more cryptic thing. As much as Vivian hates betraying Victor, she’s going to take care of Melanie and Carly, once and for all. Hope and Justin return to the Kiriakis mansion. Justin offers his support and Hope thanks him. Justin and Hope share a hug, that Victor witnesses. Hope goes to talk to Bo and Victor blasts Justin. Justin tells his uncle that he’s going after Hope. Victor thinks he’s a fool, but Justin is determined. At the same time, Hope runs into Vivian and knocks her “gift” for Melanie to the ground. Bo learns that Melanie invited Carly to her wedding. Carly is excited, but Bo thinks it’s a bad idea. Vivian is still on the prowl and, despite the fact that they buried the information at the Swiss hospital, she might still be suspicious. Carly realizes Bo has a point. Worried for Carly, and wanting to move their relationship along, Bo invites her to move in. Carly is touched and agrees. Bo goes to get her belongings at the Salem Inn as Carly is called in to the hospital. Bo brings her stuff home and while he’s outside on a call, someone opens Carly’s bags and cuts her clothing to bits. Meanwhile, Carly supervises in the operating room with Nathan, who makes a mistake. Carly saves the day and calls him on his lack of focus. She thinks it has something to do with Melanie, but Nathan shuts her down and walks away.  EJ expresses his joy in Sami and Rafe’s break up. Anna tries to warn him that Sydney will be hurt in all this, but EJ puts her on warning. He knows what’s best for his daughter.  Arianna is afraid she won’t be able to fulfill her promise to Melanie and be her maid of honor. She goes to the Brady Pub and interrupts Nathan and Stephanie, who are planning their getaway. Nathan takes off, and Melanie arrives in time to overhear Arianna tell Stephanie about how she might be going to prison. Melanie says that Stephanie can take over for Arianna if that happens, but she isn’t so sure. After Arianna leaves to meet Roman, Stephanie agrees to be a bridesmaid. At the same time, Arianna learns from Roman that she’s a free woman. She tells him that Anna is back in town. Roman calls Anna while Arianna runs into EJ.

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Anna is forced to admit to Roman that she’s in Salem and concocts a tale to cover her lies. Roman persuades her to go offer Sami a kind word. Anna is relieved to find Sami not there and scrawls a note to shove under the door. Unfortunately, after she does so, she turns and finds herself face-to-face with Rafe. Bo realizes to his horror that Ciara is the one who shredded Carly’s clothes. He tries to talk to his daughter but gets nowhere. Meanwhile, Hope nearly sees Vivian’s secret for Melanie’s wedding day. Hope heads over to Bo’s to tell him that Vivian knows about Carly’s secret daughter. Before she can say anything, she sees Carly’s ruined wardrobe. She reels off the facts that Ciara did this, and she did it because she found out Carly moved back in. Hope is appalled by Bo’s handling of the situation and decides she’s not sure it’s in their daughter’s best interest for Bo to continue to have visitation rights. Carly walks in on their fight. Vivian visits an associate and has her mysterious weapon prepared for the wedding. Later, Melanie wonders what the gift is. Vivian may just decide to give it to her, right away. Philip and Melanie make wedding plans. Later he’s forced to break the news to Kate that she and Vivian are going to walk down the aisle together as mothers of the groom. Kate is forced to temper her reaction, but is truly hurt. She later vows that this will not stand. Stefano has received an eviction notice. He tells his son that it is time for his vendetta to end. EJ begs to differ. Carly and Nathan exchange words about Melanie and Daniel intervenes. Nathan leaves a message for Stephanie to reconfirm their trip while Carly thanks Daniel for all his help.

Sami brings Johnny to EJ’s for the night and finds a travel brochure. EJ admits he wants to take their child as far away as possible. Sami can’t believe he’d leave in the middle of the search for Sydney. Meanwhile, Rafe comes upon Anna leaving a note for Sami, and demands to know who she is and what she wants. Sami shows up and explains all. Sami insists Anna stay for a visit. Anna squirms when Sami opens up to her emotionally about Sydney being missing. Anna becomes more upset and finally has to leave. Rafe finishes getting the rest of his things, has one last moment with Sami and vows not to leave one stone unturned in his search for Sydney. Later, EJ talks to Johnny about them leaving Salem with his baby sister for good. Rafe shows up, and asks EJ about Anna. Vivian almost gives Melanie the deadly gift, but decides to wait until the wedding. Kate enters, and after Melanie leaves, has it out with Vivian for hijacking the wedding. Vivian tells her to leave and goes to take a call from Gus. Kate does leave, but not without Vivian’s gift for Melanie. When Vivian returns with Gus, she realizes Kate must have taken it. Kate goes to pier, about to drop the gift in the water, but wonders what’s inside.

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Carly comes in on Hope saying she’s taking Ciara from Bo. Bo and Hope fight, and as it starts to get ugly, Ciara comes in. Both parents try to reassure her, and Hope takes her away. Carly decides she should move out, but Bo says he’s not losing Ciara or Carly. With Melanie’s best interest at heart, Carly tells Bo she’s going to decline the wedding invitation. At the same time, Hope and Ciara meet up with Justin. She says she couldn’t tell Bo about learning of Carly’s daughter. Later, Hope sees Ciara and Justin sharing a nice moment. She can’t help but think it’s all so wrong. Melanie asks Maggie to be her mother-of-the-bride and she accepts. Sami speaks with Brady and reiterates her separation from Rafe and the implications of Anna’s visit. Rafe shocks EJ by asking about his connection to Anna DiMera. EJ claims to know very little, but tries to get Rafe to back off of pursuing Anna. This only raises more suspicions with Rafe. EJ is nearly caught, but is able to turn things around and put everything on Rafe’s motives with Sami. The men argue and Sami overhears. Sami leaves with Rafe, and EJ meets with Anna and tells her she’s messed up big time. EJ tries to dismiss Anna, but she will not go quietly. Meanwhile, Sami and Rafe have it out about his going after Anna. Rafe admits he truly believes Anna could be a lead, and he’s only done what he’s done for Sami. When he tries to leave, she runs after him and the two kiss passionately. Carly asks Daniel to make sure she has to work during Melanie and Philip’s wedding, and he agrees. Daniel realizes Carly is hiding something involving Melanie, but lets it go. At the same time, Kate gives Melanie Vivian’s secret gift box. Melanie nearly opens it but Vivian stops them. Melanie goes and to Carly. They share a wonderful, and very possibly, a final moment. Back at the pier, Vivian makes an odd reference and Kate, piqued, makes a strange connection. Meanwhile, Nathan drinks too much off of his feelings for Melanie. He makes plans to hang out with Stephanie, but when he tries to find her, he runs into Melanie. Drunk, he begs her not to get married. While Vivian thinks her plan to off Melanie is perfect, Kate goes to Carly and asks her what’s the connection between her, Melanie, and Vivian. Carly questions Chloe about her infertility problem. Chloe indicates she has solved them. Later, with Father Matt, Chloe makes it clear her solution is to have faith. Father Matt insists God’s will is not always ours and Chloe is bummed until in a conversation with Stephanie realizes she has missed her period…she’s late!

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Stephen Nichols Returns To DAYS In Cliffhanger As ‘The Phoenix Always Rises From The Ashes’

Now that DAYS will preempted over the Thanksgiving holiday break, leave it to head writer Ron Carlivati and his team to come up with a creative way to usher in the highly-anticipated return of fan favorite, Stephen Nichols and with a doozy of a cliffhanger.

Nichols, who has played Steve “Patch” Johnson on and off for decades, was revealed in story at the end of Wednesday’s episode as Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso) completes her painting of “Steffy”. Next thing you know, we see Steve, or is it Stefano with a face change, who is wearing a suit and shooting a look over to Gina? The episode fades to black.

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Then, on the heels of the reveal, NBC released next week’s official DAYS promo which has a voice-over of the character of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) saying “The phoenix always rises from the ashes” Next you hear Stefano (aka Nichols) saying “I now have Steve Johnson’s face.”  While Gina wants to know what Stefano’s plan is, he exclaims, “It’s good to be back.”

Watch the exciting promo below, and then let us know what you think of the story twist,  and if you are happy to see Stephen Nichols back on-screen via the comment section below.

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Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Bring the Heartache and Heartbreak to DAYS’ Elani Wedding

Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives showcased the nuptials of now long-suffering duo, Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani (Sal Stowers).  In true soap opera fashion things didn’t look good for the couple to get hitched in the first place, especially with Gabi’s (Camila Banus) threats that she would literally blow Julie’s (Susan Seasforth Hayes) heart out of her chest, if Lani did not bust up with Eli at the altar.

As Marlena (Deidre Hall) is officiating the ceremony, things took a dark turn when she asked if anyone in attendance could show just cause why the couple should not be wed in holy matrimony.  Everyone is silent as Gabi, who is an attending the nuptials, is quite happy with herself broadcasting the wedding from her phone to Julie who is in the hospital.  Next, an emotional Lani tells Gabi how sorry she is for shooting Stefan.  Lani says she hopes Gabi can set aside their differences for the sake of Julie and Eli.  Gabi tells her she thought she made herself clear.  It appears that Lani decides she is moving forward with the vows, after standing up for herself and ignoring Gabi’s threat after tackling Gabi WWE Smackdown style.  Next, Gabi informs to everyone she just pressed the button on the app on her phone and Eli’s grandmother’s heart exploded. But hold the phone! In that moment, there is a twist.  We go back to Lani at the altar who snaps out of this blackmail nightmare she just played out in her head.  That didn’t really happen, but the audience sees her thinking process through it, which leads Lani in the present to break off the wedding to her beloved Eli.

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At the altar, Lani tells Eli through her tears she cannot do this.  Eli is stunned and confused.  The bride tells him he doesn’t deserve this.  Next, Lani turns towards Gabi, and then tells Eli she is sorry and then runs out of the ceremony.   Gabi mutters that her “work is done here” which seems to be overheard by Will (Chandler Massey).

What follows is absolutely devastating scene in the park as Eli has followed Lani there.  Through her tears, and knowing that the only way she can break things off with Eli is to hurt him deeply, Lani tells him at first that she doesn’t deserve to be happy with a husband, because she shot and killed Gabi’s.  However, Eli won’t accept that, and that is when she has to muster everything inside her to break Eli’s heart in pieces.  She tells the man she loves that she doesn’t love him anymore. Lani says that she thought that after baby David’s death and all they went through to be together it would all fall back into place for them, but for her, it didn’t.

Lani says her decision is made. With tears streaming down his face, Eli cries, “So you’re leaving me? That’s it?” Lani confirms it is, and that she is sorry and then runs off.  Cue none other than Gabi to find a gut-punched Eli on the park bench, who she hugs! Looks like there’s a part two to Gabi’s heinous plan ahead.

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The performances by Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers in this episode were top-notch – their work was and even though it was under the most outrageous of circumstances, you felt the love, the heartbreak and heartache of a couple torn apart, when they love each other so much.

So, what did you think of Lamon and Sal’s performances? What did you think of the final moments of the episode when Lani has to dump Eli for good? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Camila Banus Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

The angst, drama, tears, and revenge continued this week on NBC’s Days of our Lives with the stirring portrayal of grief-stricken young woman; who is hell-bent on making everyone around her suffer for the loss of her husband in a fatal gunshot that left him brain-dead.  Of course, we are talking about Camila Banus (Gabi), who turned in bravura performances this week, and there are four moments that really stood out to us that showed the range and depth of Banus’ work.

In the hospital chapel, Gabi talks to God and prayed to him that he will make Stefan (Brandon Barash) whole again.  There has been one through-line for Gabi throughout her life – she seems to have everything and everyone she loves taken away from her, even if some of the decisions she makes along the way have a cause/effect that leaves her feeling completely alone, and ready to lash out at the world for what has transpired.  In the chapel, she asks God through her tears, “Why do you hate me so much?” Gabi tells God she went to Sunday school as a little girl and still she has lost God and her husband.  Gabi cannot even get herself to look at Stefan’s things when Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) try to share them with her as she slaps the envelope out of their hands.

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In another heartbreaking scene, Gabi is in the bed she shared with Stefan. She flashes to kissing the love of her life.  Next, Gabi breaks down in tears, and throws things around in the bedroom before slumping to the floor.  She sobs and says, “Why did you give me your heart, Stefan, if you weren’t going to be around to love me with it?”

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Later, Gabi talks to Stefan in her sleep as she hugs his pillow. When she wakes up she cries as Kate (Lauren Koslow) arrives to check on her.  Gabi lets Kate have it, and at first blames Kate for the whole mess with Stefan.  Gabi lashes out that if it wasn’t for Stefan getting in between Kate’s feud with Vivian (Robin Strasser), he’d still be alive.  Kate knows Gabi is in despair and hugs her.  Then, Gabi channels her angst towards Lani (Sal Stowers) promising to make her suffer.

And on Friday’s episode, Gabi is ramping us some sort of revenge plan promising Stefan his legacy will live on. Earlier, Gabi was present with Lani and Eli (Lamon Archey) when Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) informed them that Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) will need a special pacemaker, even after receiving Stefan’s heart. Somehow, Gabi found a file on Visionary Bionics, the company that makes this unique medical device, and recalls Kayla saying she’ll do the procedure on Julie tomorrow. Gabi makes a mysterious call.  What is she about to do?

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Through all of the emotional drama, Banus sustained a level of performance that is no easy feat. That is why Michael Fairman TV names Camila’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

Let us know if you agree with our pick, and what you thought of Camila’s performances, and what you think Gabi might do next, via the comment section below.

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