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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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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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