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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.

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.

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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Who is DAYS Gwen Really? What is Her Vendetta Against Abigail All About?

We have a new psycho in Salem, and she is played to perfection by Emily O’Brien who has been bringing her brand of quirky evil to the NBC soap opera as Gwen.  Soap fans, of course, remember her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless from 2006-2011.

Ron Carlivati and his DAYS writing team certainly have some tricks up their sleeve where Gwen is concerned as viewers recently found out she was behind slipping Abigail (Marci Miller) the drug months ago causing her hallucinations.

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But Gwen is even much darker than we think, when several key clues and moments were revealed on Friday’s episode of DAYS when she went to visit her conspirator in prison, Dr. Rolf (William Utay).

During the exchange, we learn Gwen has been getting the mind-altering drug from one of Dr. Rolf’s concoctions.  She reveals to him that their plan has hit the proverbial snag.  The drug did not dismantle Abigail as she had hoped.  We also learn while she was in the mental institution – Bayview – that is how she tracked Rolf down by researching the drug he had created.

And it appears, Rolf hates Abigail too, citing he always saw her as  thorn in Stefano’s side.  It is then Gwen says he wants another dose of the drug to “melt Abby’s brain!”  Rolf says without anyone else to take the fall for it, he can’t come up with it.

He suggests to her to alter her plan and to instead destroy Abigail’s life piece by piece … and go for the long game instead of the short term – take everything that is near and dear from her including her husband, children, home, everything.

But, what does come to light is that even Dr. Rolf does not know why Gwen wants to destroy Abigail.  That is when Gwen shares she has very good reason to hate Abigail, and he, along with everyone else, will find out why when the time is right.

So, what are your theories?  Who is Gwen?  Is she a character with plastic surgery?  Could she be a sister no one knew Abigail had?  A former mental patient who Abby knew when she was getting help a few years back? And what is her gripe with Abigail all about?  Comment below!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Sonny and Will Say Their Final Goodbyes and Leave Salem

Not a happy day for fans of Days of our Lives’ WilSon.  Although it has been known now for over seven months that Daytime Emmy-winners, Chandler Massey (Will) and Freddie Smith (Sonny) were let-go from the long-running NBC soap opera, it still was hard to watch them have their final scenes on Tuesday’s episode.

As was in the dialogue, the writers and the show left the door open for a Sonny and Will return down the line when Sonny uttered: “Goodbye Salem, for now.” And, as is with most DAYS characters, they seem to somehow return at one time or another.  But still, it looks like the soap has made the decision to rest the characters.

Before their final exit, Sonny and Will had a visit with Sami (Alison Sweeney) to tell her they are moving to Arizona. Sami is up to her eyeballs in trouble with the custody hearing for Allie’s baby versus Nicole (Arianne Zucker).  Will tells his mother he wants her blessing before they go, and that he already received a blessing from Marlena (Deidre Hall).

An emotional Sami tells Will how sorry she is for all the things she has done, and the mistakes she had made when she was younger and along the way that impacted him.  In tears, Will says he is going to miss her, and the two of then share a hug,

After Sami leaves to head to the custody hearing, Will and Sonny look at Allie’s baby and the two talk about how things worked out for the best; even though Allie did not ultimately let them adopt her child.  The two realize they are about to give their daughter, Ari, a new life and Will thinks another baby and a dog might be in their future, too!

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Later, it’s time for one last look at Horton Town Square, and Sonny and Will remember their love from the beginning in a short flashback with a few moments of how they came together.

Will says it’s a tradition for when a Horton leaves Salem to visit the dedication to Tom and Alice in the ‘Square’.  Finally, it’s time for Sonny and Will to say goodbye to Salem for now as they walk out together..

So, what did you think of the final episode of Chandler and Freddie’s? Did you want more time spent on WilSon’s history in the flashback montage? Are you sad to see them go? Comment below.

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DAYS Rob Scott Wilson Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

If you think you were emotionally drained watching Ben Weston battle himself for control – think of how draining it must have been for Ben’s portrayer, actor Rob Scott Wilson, or for the character of Ben himself!

Well, in the final three episodes last week on Days of our Lives, Rob Scott Wilson once again showed why he is in complete command of this complex character – a former serial killer who has fought so hard to redeem himself, married the love of his life, Ciara (Vicroria Konefal), only to have it all almost wiped out by a heinous plot by Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva).

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Eve used drugs and torture techniques to try to drive Ben to kill Ciara as payback for him murdering her daughter, Paige (True O’Brien).  Weston was supported by some very fine scene partners in his performances: the aforementioned DePaiva, Konefal, and Kristian Alfonso (Hope); but it was Rob who drove the scenes and had the meatiest of material to play and boy, did he deliver.

Would Ben strangle his beloved Ciara with a necktie like his other previous victims? Wilson went from one minute being programmed to kill her, to another minute realizing he is in trouble … and so is Ciara’s life – so he tells her to lock the door of the bathroom and to not let him in! Although, as we saw, he eventually lost control and broke through the door and went to turn the lock reaching his hand from the outside to the inside. (Horror film moment!)

Later, when we see Ben crumpled on the floor in tears, Hope finds him, but her daughter is missing and Ben can’t recall what happened to her.  Fearing at first she killed Ciara, Hope is besides herself, and so is Ben.

From beat to beat, from turn to turn, Wilson was terrifying and heartbreaking all at the same time.  And with that, Michael Fairman TV names Rob Scott Wilson our choice for the Power Performance of the Week.

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

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