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DAYS Recap – Feb 14 – Feb 18th

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EJ and Taylor have an electric first meeting. They are clearly smitten with each other, but they part ways before discovering each other’s identity. After a talk with Stefano, Nicole has a change of heart about asking Taylor to be in the wedding. Taylor happily agrees. Meanwhile, Sami asks “Rafe” to buy Allie’s favorite cookies. Having no clue what they are, imposter Rafe alerts EJ, who goes to the real Rafe for the answer. Hoping to tip off Sami, Rafe gives EJ the truth – but not the whole truth. When imposter Rafe arrives home with the wrong cookies, Allie is confused and upset. The duped imposter reacts with fury. Melanie and Kate clarify the terms of their arrangement. Melanie breaks it off with Nathan for good. He reacts by kissing her passionately, but she pushes him away and runs out. Meanwhile, Chloe manages to get home in time to turn off the smoking oven and save Parker from harm. Philip drops by, and Chloe covers her mistake. Philip and Maggie promise to take care of Chloe, having no idea of how unhinged she is becoming. Meanwhile, Kate plots to drive Chloe over the edge, equally unaware as to how close she already is. Bo and Hope talk about the hard work it will take to put their marriage back together. After much discussion, they decide they’re willing to start over. They head home together, ready to be a family once again. When Sami questions imposter Rafe about getting Allie the wrong cookies, he blows up at her and storms out. The imposter tells EJ that Rafe gave them wrong information. EJ is furious and confronts Rafe. Meanwhile, Sami talks to Kayla, who tells her niece to be patient with Rafe’s recovery. Sami goes home to the imposter, who romances her with her favorite things. The imposter calls Marco and arranges for Rafe to hear him seducing Sami. Rafe freaks and grabs Marco through the bars and knocks him out. He grabs the keys and begins his escape.

Nicole gets closer to EJ, unaware he’s smitten with a stranger, who happens to be her sister, Taylor. Taylor turns down a job offer from Brady, saying she wouldn’t want to get in bed with corrupt people. Maggie learns about Brady betraying Victor. Brady insists he was doing a good thing as far as Victor and Maggie’s relationship is concerned, but she tells him what he’s done is awful. Brady leaves and Maggie goes to Victor. She keeps her distance, however, when she realizes Victor doesn’t want to see anyone. A saddened Victor tells a picture of Isabella it’s his fault Brady turned out the way he did. Caroline gets probation but has to continue wearing her monitoring device. Kayla realizes Stephanie is going to be okay and leaves town to rejoin Steve in Africa. Bo brings Hope home, where Ciara, Doug and Julie greet them. The entire family shares a Valentine’s Day dinner. Later, Hope explains to Doug and Julie that she and Bo are committed to working things out but cannot just sweep their problems under the rug. Doug and Julie have a suggestion for Hope… Later, Hope holds out her hand and introduces herself to Bo, indicating a fresh start for the couple.

Marco informs EJ of Rafe’s escape. EJ thinks he knows where their prisoner has gone. Meanwhile, an injured Rafe slowly makes his way to Sami, who is celebrating Valentine’s Day with the imposter. Sami and “Rafe” start to make love just as the real Rafe appears outside the loft. EJ offers Nicole an engagement ring, even though his mind is on Taylor. At the same time, Taylor has a fantasy about EJ. She drops by the mansion to show Nicole her bridesmaid dress and just misses seeing EJ. Taylor rhapsodizes with Nicole about the wonderful mystery man she met on the pier. She hopes she’ll see him again someday.

Kate and Stefano have Valentine’s dinner at Chez Rouge. They see Chad applying for a job. Stefano tries to reconnect with his son and schedules a time for them to meet. Gabi and Will, on their first real date, see Chad and invite him to join them. Chad declines and goes. Alone in the forest, Chad finds a torn picture of Allie that Rafe has accidentally dropped. Back at Chez Rouge, Gabi tells Will how Rafe has been distant since his accident. Will makes her feel better, and they share a sweet Valentine’s kiss. Melanie resets her plan with Kate to take Parker away from Chloe and raise him with Philip. Melanie goes to see Philip and tells him she wants to give their relationship another chance. Philip is thrilled, though privately, Melanie is conflicted. Rafe is agonized as he spies Sami and the imposter on the verge of making love. Before he can alert Sami of his presence, one of EJ’s men knocks Rafe out. Sami and the imposter hear a noise in the hall, and the imposter sees Rafe getting dragged away. The imposter claims to Sami that he didn’t see anything. Later, EJ summons him to discuss Rafe’s escape. Rafe is locked back up in the basement and grows ill. Meanwhile, Sami’s nosey neighbor, Gladys, comes by and wonders why she saw Sami’s husband being dragged down the hall. Nicole plays the role of moll wife to perfection, and EJ is grateful for her loving care of Johnny. Meanwhile, Taylor meets with Maggie to apply for a job at Chez Rouge. She fantasizes about EJ. Elsewhere, Victor and Brady have a nasty argument about Titan. Brady goes to Chez Rouge and gets drunk. Taylor finds him and takes him home. Earlier, Maggie advises Victor to be there for Brady. He later goes to Chez Rouge to thank her and finds her alone at a table for two, toasting to her and Mickey’s anniversary. Gabi and Will realize that Chad is using the DiMera name, and they back down on their judgment of his wanting a relationship with his dad. Chad shows Will the torn picture he found of Allie.

Sami is confused when her neighbor, Gladys, insists she saw Rafe being dragged down the hall. Gladys refuses to back down from her claim even after imposter Rafe arrives and seems completely fine. It looks like the building’s security cameras will expose the truth until Sami learns they’re broken. Later, Gabi and Will show up with Allie’s torn picture and a spooked Sami wants to have it run for prints. The imposter says he will take care of the situation, and Will and Gabi go. A relieved Gabi thinks her brother is acting more like himself. When “Rafe” and Sami go to bed, he slips out and pays the real Rafe a visit, nearly beating him to death. EJ shows up and vows that Rafe will never get away again… and now little Allie must pay for Rafe’s defiance. Meanwhile, Sami has a nightmare about Allie being in danger. EJ stops by Lexie’s office, after checking on details concerning Johnny’s surgery. She urges him to extend an olive branch to Chad. EJ is wary, but later when he runs into Chad, he comes around and asks his newly-found half-brother to be his best man. Elsewhere, Will wonders who would tear the photo of Allie, and Gabi tries to suggest maybe it was a friend of hers. Will offers support to Chad regarding being a DiMera. Gabi thanks Will for being such a good guy and gives him a kiss. Carly is checking on Jennifer when Daniel shows up. Jennifer sees how compatible the two of them are – and puts on her matchmaker hat. Later, she confides in Lexie. Lexie says Carly may or may not be the one for Daniel, but tells Jennifer she’s certain he will find the right woman. Jennifer arranges for Carly and Daniel to meet up at Chez Rouge. Once there, Carly and Daniel realize Jennifer sent them there under false pretenses. They share a drink and toast to Jennifer.

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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.

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.

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.

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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