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DAYS Recap – Feb 20 – Feb 24th

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Nicole and EJ return to the house, hugely celebratory, confident that EJ will be named mayor after the recount. He’s curious about how she managed to pull off this promised upset – but she’s strangely reticent to talk about it, insisting she doesn’t want to dwell on it and would rather focus on his achievement. He expresses concern about Lexie now that Abe’s been accused of ballot tampering. Later, EJ and Nicole celebrate by making love… Afterwards, while EJ sleeps, Nicole makes a cryptic call regarding his victory, warning someone she knows what they did Abe comes home to Lexie, stunned to find her packing. He knows she’s angry and disappointed and pulls out all the stops to explain himself. But Lexie feels they’ve come too far in their relationship for him to have been lying to her. They were supposed to be past all that. And now she’s faced with having to admit to their son that his father isn’t the man of integrity and character she’d claimed he was. Abe knows he has no defense except that he was trying to save Salem from having EJ installed as mayor, and pleads with her to find a way to work this out. But Lexie is too disappointed, too wounded, and says she intends to leave and take Theo with her. Abe preempts by saying he’ll move out instead.

Brady comes to Madison, almost against his better judgment – ready to hear why she lied to him all this time about her marriage to Ian. A pained Madison recounts the story of her relationship with this charismatic man, and Brady is thrown to learn that while she may have started out loving him, that love was not necessarily returned. Ian played around on her consistently … but with one woman in particular: Kate. Growing emotional, Madison reveals Ian has a hold over her that even she’s not quite able to explain … all she knows is he’s controlling and she can’t assert herself with him. Even given all this Brady doesn’t understand why she hasn’t divorced Ian … and that’s when Ian himself arrives to declare: because he won’t allow it … ever!  Earlier, Ian visits Kate and their connection is palpable, even as she attempts to resist it. They kiss but she pulls away. He tells her there’s never been anyone like her, insisting they share something and she knows it, too. She as much as admits it but states her resolve to return home to her husband … and put Ian in her rearview mirror. He knowingly tells her that may be easier said than done. She goes home, rattled. There she finds a mysterious note from Stefano claiming he had to leave town unexpectedly … and will be in touch.

Marlena and Rafe separately arrive at Sami’s to see the kids, who have already left for school. Sami is cool to Rafe, and Marlena encourages them to talk and work things out. Sami bristles at her mother’s interference, and Rafe leaves, not wanting to fight. After he’s gone, Marlena and Sami get into a heated argument. Marlena encourages her daughter to make things right with Rafe. Sami once again dredges up all the old wounds of the past. Marlena calls Sami on her selfishness and the argument escalates until Marlena finally tells Sami that she is doing to Will exactly what Sami has always accused Marlena of doing to her. Sami reacts, suspecting Marlena knows about her and EJ. She demands her mother explain herself. Jack brings Abigail to Jennifer and facilitates reconciliation between them. Jennifer finally gives Abigail her blessing to take the modeling gig with Madison’s company. Abigail leaves and Jennifer praises Jack for how he’s changed and declares not only that she loves him, but that she wants the two of them to get back together. Jack surprises her by saying all he’s ever done is hurt her and he’s sure he will again, so he thinks it’s better if the two of them just remain good friends. He’s not doing this because he doesn’t love her, but because he does. He gives her a warm embrace and then goes, leaving behind a devastated Jennifer.

Austin and Carrie are determined to make things right in their marriage. They decide not to return to Switzerland but do decide to get away for a romantic weekend together. Austin leaves for the University and Carrie goes to her old office to retrieve some papers. When Carrie arrives at the office, Rafe is there and they both fight their strong attraction. Meanwhile, Austin has called Abigail to his office and tries to apologize for hurting her. He tells her he’s terribly sorry, but he still loves his wife. Abigail is angry at first, but then takes a different tack. She tells Austin if he wants to save his marriage, he needs to be honest with Carrie and tell her everything, including that he and Abigail slept together. Abigail offers to go with him and be there when he does – much to Austin’s horror.

Sami accuses Marlena of having some inside information on her. Marlena tries to protect Will, but he interrupts the confrontation and confirms he told his grandmother Sami slept with EJ. Guilty Sami lashes out at both of them, believing Will wants to hurt her and that Marlena relishes thinking the worst of her after all the years Sami spent guilting Marlena about her relationship with John. Marlena works hard to get Sami to see that’s not the way it is at all. She’s concerned about the burden Will has been carrying and about Sami, Rafe and their family. Emotional Sami breaks down in her mother’s arms. Marlena also tries to persuade Will to forgive Sami because what happened is not entirely her fault. Sami and Marlena almost reconnect … until Marlena counsels Sami to tell Rafe the truth about sleeping with EJ. Sami vehemently refuses, believing it will jeopardize her marriage. Marlena and Will disagree, arguing it’s wrong for Sami to let Rafe blame himself for ruining their marriage when he kissed Carrie. When Sami still refuses, Will isn’t surprised, accusing his mother of being selfish to the core.  Ian drops in on Victor, Maggie and Brady, claiming he wants to mend fences. They are begrudgingly impressed when he presents a brilliant business plan for Titan, but the jury is out until he implements it. Quinn returns Countess Wilhelmina products to Kate, explaining he’s working with Madison now. Kate has a showdown with Madison, who delights in having usurped her deal with Quinn since no contract was signed. Kate doesn’t understand why Madison is so determined to destroy her … until Ian shows up and Kate is shocked to realize they are married. She realizes Madison knew about their past affair and is resentful. An ugly confrontation between rivals builds as Ian observes. Kate brings up Brady, but Madison counters, making Ian and Kate aware that she knows this isn’t the first time they have seen each other since he arrived in town. Privately, Madison warns Ian he has taught her well. Later, Madison comes face-to-face with Brady. Meanwhile, Victor confirms to Maggie he’s been off his game since they got married, but assures he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Abigail challenges Austin to tell Carrie the truth about their affair. Carrie walks in on their conversation. Abigail comes dangerously close to telling Carrie the truth, until Austin sweeps her away for lunch. Abigail runs into Quinn over lunch at the square and flirts with him to make Austin jealous. Austin is concerned in spite of himself, and warns Abigail to stay away from that guy. Abigail tells Austin if he plans to stay married, then she’ll do what she pleases, with whom she pleases. Marlena, Will and Sami continue to face off. Marlena urges her daughter to tell Rafe she slept with EJ – before it destroys her family. Sami refuses to listen and after Will leaves, she accuses Marlena of turning her son against her. Marlena defends herself and then also leaves.

Will joins Sonny at the pub, where he opens up about his mother cheating on Rafe with EJ. Rafe privately overhears and is stunned. He storms over to the loft, where he confronts Sami. In hugely emotional scenes, Sami explains what happened – how she and EJ were only trying to escape their pain over Johnny’s supposed death. Rafe doesn’t buy her excuses and lashes out at her for her deception. He’s amazed at how hypocritical she was to kick him out over his kiss with Carrie when she did much worse. Sami begs Rafe to give their marriage another chance – to keep their family together – but Rafe insists the damage she did was too great. Sami says she still loves him, but he claims she’s not capable of love and leaves. EJ surprises Nicole with a romantic picnic by the fireplace for their one year wedding anniversary. He also wants to celebrate her helping him win the mayoral election, which is now official. They talk about their future and make love. Then EJ gets down on one knee and “proposes” to Nicole with a new ring. He says he wants to start over, do their marriage right this time. Nicole tearfully accepts – just as an angry Rafe begins banging on the front door. Earlier, Rafe tells John, Bo and Hope that none of his contacts can get Bo and Marlena into Alamainia. John and Hope will have to travel alone to get their divorce. When Marlena joins the group, they discuss how John and Hope could be walking into Stefano’s trap. But they resolve to still go – that day. John and Marlena, and later Bo and Hope, share sweet goodbyes. Then John and Hope head for the airport, wary of what lies ahead.

After Will shares his secret with Sonny, the guys head over to a party at the town square. Will meets a cute guy and wanting to forget his troubles, gets drunk during a drinking game. Later, an inebriated Will suddenly pulls the cute guy into a kiss – much to Sonny’s surprise.  At the DiMera mansion, EJ has just “re-proposed” to Nicole when Rafe arrives outside, furious off having learned Sami had sex with EJ. Sami tries to stop him but he bursts inside and physically attacks EJ. Sami and Nicole restrain him. Nicole learns that Sami and EJ had sex. She feels hurt and betrayed, lashing out at EJ and Sami. The four of them engage in a heated, angry confrontation. Nicole throws her ring back at EJ and leaves. Rafe also goes, still angry and disgusted by Sami’s actions and subsequent lies. EJ is driven to find Nicole and get her back. But before he does, he demands to know from Sami who told Rafe the truth. Sami doesn’t answer him, but exits quickly. EJ tries to call Nicole but she ignores the call. Suddenly, a man’s hand touches Nicole on the shoulder and she spins, surprised at who it is. At his office, vulnerable Rafe is surprised by Carrie’s arrival. They lock eyes. Meanwhile, Sami storms into Marlena’s townhouse, interrupting her and Will. She accuses her mother of telling Rafe the truth. At the Horton town square, Will breaks from his kiss with Neil (the cute guy) and realizes Sonny has seen it. He rushes off. Sonny pursues and tells Will he only wants to help. Will refuses to talk – he can’t deal with this now. He goes to see Marlena and confides in her that he kissed a guy. Marlena is supportive and understanding, telling Will she loves him and will support him no matter what. Just as it seems Will is about to come out and admit to being gay, Sami interrupts.

Bo, Marlena and Carrie discuss continuing attempts to get Bo and Marlena permission to go to Alamainia to be with John and Hope. Carrie admits it seems unlikely they will be able to go and they all know it’s because of Stefano. They worry John and Hope could be walking into a trap. Bo asks Carrie what’s going on with her and Austin. Carrie at first reacts angrily to his questions, but finally opens up to her uncle about her conflicted feelings for both Austin and Rafe. She’s trying to make things work with Austin, but what if she’s really in love with Rafe? Bo counsels that in the end she has to listen to her heart. Later, Bo leaves a message for Hope, telling her he loves her and can’t wait until she’s in his arms again.  At the airport, John and Hope’s flight has been delayed. They speculate about what dangers could be in store for them in Alamainia. Throughout, a mystery man watches them closely. Hope trips and falls into John’s arms and there’s a hint of their old attraction to each other.

 

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Thanks for the recap, Michael. I’ll probably be reading the recaps often…

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Paul Signs Off In Salem With Tearjerker Goodbye

As they say, “all good things must come to an end”, and on Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, viewers watched a tear-filled and emotional goodbye as actor Christopher Sean, who played the role of Paul Narita for over four years with such dignity and grace, exited the series in his final episode.

It all comes about after Paul is heartbroken to learn, thanks to Brady (Eric Martsolf) who could not lie to him anymore, that Will is still in love with Sonny.  And after calling things off with Will and setting him “free”, Paul asks Brady to come by his apartment to inform him that he is leaving Salem.  Brady is certain that Paul will “find love again.”

Later, Paul’s dad, John Black (Drake Hogestyn), arrives and learns the heartbreaking news that Paul had decided to move back to San Francisco to be near his mom, and because there is a top-notch rehab facility to help him get back on his feet and walk again.

John asks his son: “Are you sure that you are doing all this for the right reasons?” Paul says he is not running away, but adds: “It would be hard for me to be here in Salem with Will and Sonny back together and all that. But mostly I could be with my mom, who I really, really miss, and I could be hopeful because I could probably walk again someday.”

After looking up the clinic on the internet with Brady and Paul, John concludes this is the best situation for his son.   “I need to get back on my feet again, in more ways that one,: Paul says.  When John asks when he is headed out, Paul reveals now.  An emotional John is filled with tears at having to saying goodbye to the son he never knew he had until a few years ago.

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Paul says to John in a tearjerker moment: “I used to lie awake in bed thinking what kind of man my father was.  And then I met you, and I saw the way that you cherished Marlena and the way you protected your family and the way you fought for what was right.  You have surpassed every expectation I have ever had about a father.”  He tells John he is grateful for all the time they had together. John tells Paul, “I’m so proud of you,” and he tells his son to always keep that big heart of his open, and they share a touching hug.

There is then a knock at the door at Luke, the new PT comes in to whisk Paul away to San Francisco!  There seems to be an instant connection between the two, and then Luke says that he knows full-well who Paul is, “You’re one of my idols”.  Luke goes on to say that when Paul came out it gave him the strength in his own life to do the same.  We also learn Luke is single, which is not lost on Brady and Paul, and John.

As a nice button on Paul’s journey he says, “I’m not hiding anymore, and I’m not pretending to be anyone I’m not. And for that, I do owe Sonny and Will a lo.,” Luke says, “Who is Sonny and Will?” As everyone sort of chuckles, it’s time to leave for the flight and John and Brady exit with Luke, as Paul looks around the apartment one more time.

Kudos to both Christopher Sean and Drake Hogestyn for those heartfelt scenes between father and son.  How many hankies did you need while watching them? We needed five!

Share your thoughts on Paul’s exit and the scenes in Christopher Sean’s final episode via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lives Are Forever Changed When Kristen and Xander’s Plans Blow Up In Pivotal Episode

In an explosive and can’t miss episode of Days of our Lives, all roads lead to a warehouse that appears to be filled with presumed dead bodies of former Salemites!  Behind the experiments and illegal activities going on in this creepy place are Xander (Paul Telfer) and Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk)!  This takes us to the action where Nicole (Arianne Zucker), who has been forced under Xander’s thumb, knocks him out and takes the recording of her confession to murdering Deimos, as she desperately tries to find Eric (Greg Vaughan), who has been tied up to a chair in another part of the warehouse thanks to Kristen!

Nicole is traumatized with baby Holly in tow as she comes upon a confusing maze of locked door with the initials VA, AD, AV, SD, ED, JD, and WR on them.  Had you figured out who they all stand for???   Brady (Eric Martsolf) hears Nicole calling out for Eric and is now locked in the E.D. marked room thanks to Sami (Alison Sweeney), who is searching for EJ!  Brady asks Nicole to let him out, she says “no” and not until she finds Eric!

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Kristen, who has Eric hostage, tells him that she and Xander need to move precious cargo in the warehouse and the building has been compromised! Sami finds her brother with Kristen! She demands to know where EJ is and attacks Kristen.  Cut to another shocker! Dr. Rolf (William Utay) is alive and prepares a large syringe for his mystery patient.  He explains to the man that the formula was far from perfected back then when they tried to use it, so he understands how apprehensive the patient would be trying it again. After injecting the patient, who we believe could be EJ, Rolf tells him Samantha Brady is here in the warehouse!  The man jumps up on the hearing of Sami’s name and grabs Rolf, but then a Bunsen burner is knocked over by accident and Rolf yells, “Fire!”  Then, the burner explodes in the man’s face like a fireball!

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Elsewhere, Xander comes in and finds the Sami/Eric/Kristen situation as sounds of explosions rock the warehouse and everyone starts screaming. Xander and Kristen run out, Sami frees Eric, then rushes out to mind the man she believes is EJ.  But then, rubble falls upon Nicole and she is separated from Eric and Brady.  She fits Holly fits through a hole and Brady runs out of the building with the little girl leaving star-crossed loves Eric and Nicole holding hands through the rubble.

Kristen finds Brady outside with Holly and begs him to come with her.  She wants him back and he tells her no way, and she tells him he will be sorry for this! She runs back inside the burning building.  Sami goes into the lab and calls EJ’s name, but she sees Dr. Rolf and he runs out.  Sami gets the burned man out of the blazing inferno!

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Back inside, Nicole begs Eric to watch over Holly, as she is not going to make it out of the fire.  Brady runs back in to save his brother, and hits him with a crowbar, when he won’t leave Nicole and could die himself. A gut-wrenched Nicole knows she is left to die with no way out!  Outside the warehouse, Eric comes to and loses it when he realizes Brady saved him and left Nicole inside!  Next, the warehouse door explodes!  Brady and Eric can’t get back in to save Nicole.

Inside, as the warehouse burns around her, Kristen says she is not afraid, and turns and reveals the Phoenix tattoo on her back! Looks like she is burning herself in the fire only to rise again!

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But that’s not all! Rex has returned to Salem in the form of Kyle Lowder making his debut as Kate and Roman’s son. You remember the Gemini Twins???  During Lowder’s first scenes back in Salem (he previously played Brady Black), Ron Carlivati and the DAYS writing team took the opportunity to give us some quickie Rex history including that: sister Cassie was stuck in a piñata and left for dead once, and how he and Cassie fell out of the sky!  Now in present day, Rex tells Roman (Josh Taylor) he is engaged and before he can tell his dad her name, Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) walks in with Baby Bonnie.  Rex holds the baby, not knowing that elsewhere Mimi Lockhart (Farah Fath) is confessing to Belle (Martha Madison) that Rex is the true bio-dad of Baby Bonnie!

What did you think of DAYS’ jam-packed, pivotal episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below, and let us know what was your favorite moment in it?

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