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DAYS Recap – Feb 28 – March 4th

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At the wedding reception, EJ lies and tells Taylor he hasn’t been thinking about her the way she’s thought of him. Nicole asks EJ, then Taylor, what’s going on between them. Both tell her she has misunderstood. Nicole wonders if EJ is Taylor’s mystery man, which her sister denies. Nicole then assumes Taylor is uneasy because she hates EJ for being a DiMera and hurting Nicole in the past.  In private, Lexie gets EJ to admit Taylor is the woman he was trying to track down. However, he states it doesn’t matter because Taylor could never be interested in a man like him. EJ takes Nicole home to start their wedding night. Meanwhile, Lexie asks Taylor about her feelings for EJ. Taylor kind of confirms what EJ said about her not being interested in a DiMera. At home, EJ pulls back from making love to Nicole, and she asks him what’s going on. Sami notices more slight changes in Rafe2 and confides in Caroline. She confesses she feels responsible because she caused his accident. In the meantime, the imposter tells Stefano that they don’t need the real Rafe anymore – he has it all under control. If Sami causes any trouble, “Rafe” will take care of her. Later, an emotional Stephanie arrives at the pub and encounters the imposter, who finds her incredibly attractive. He encourages her to open up to him, and he gives her a tight “supportive” hug, which perplexed Sami witnesses. Social Services shows up to take custody of Parker from Chloe. Philip can’t get custody because Daniel is still the father of record and it can’t be corrected until the next day. Jennifer urges Daniel to take Parker for the night. He’s not sure he can handle it emotionally, but she promises to help and he finally agrees. Maggie comes to see Chloe and insists things will get better. Philip overhears Kate and Melanie conspiring. He blasts Melanie for betraying his trust, and she runs out in tears. Philip lets his mother have it for manipulating Melanie as well as Chloe. Kate is hurt that he always takes someone else’s side over that of his own mother. Meanwhile, Stephanie learns from Nathan that things haven’t worked out for him and Melanie. Stephanie isn’t exactly sympathetic. After she leaves, Melanie rushes in and takes comfort in Nathan’s arms. Melanie spills her part in the Chloe plot, but Nathan doesn’t blame her. Philip arrives to apologize to Melanie and gets into it with Nathan. Melanie tries to stop them from fighting and suddenly doubles over in pain.

Despite his feelings for Taylor, EJ makes love to Nicole on their wedding night. Afterwards, Nicole hints that she is sort of in love with him. She’s relieved Sami is no longer an issue for them, and EJ agrees – he does not love Samantha anymore… Nicole believes the right people ended up together. Thinking of Taylor, EJ privately isn’t so sure. At Chez Rouge, Brady finds a glum Taylor. He realizes Nicole’s wedding to EJ went through and can tell Taylor doesn’t necessarily approve. Brady orders a drink and Taylor warns him not to get drunk – she doesn’t want to drag him home again. Later, Brady again offers her a job at Titan, but warns the DiMeras will not be happy about Nicole’s sister working for the enemy. Taylor doesn’t quite accept, but she and Brady toast to new possibilities. Kate and Daniel get into an argument. He rails at her for playing mind games with Chloe. Daniel hopes Philip doesn’t let Kate near Parker or Melanie’s baby. Meanwhile, Nathan and Philip are concerned when Melanie experiences severe cramps. They rush her to the hospital, where Daniel orders some tests. Nathan pledges his support for Melanie – as does Philip. Kate tries to be there for Philip, but he rebuffs her. Later, Melanie loses her baby. Sami catches “Rafe” hugging Stephanie inappropriately and lays into him. Rafe2 swears he was just comforting her. Stephanie later admits to her cousin that she was a bit uncomfortable. Later, Sami sees “Rafe” and Stefano having a friendly chat – and she realizes she must do something about her husband’s personality change. She calls Stephanie and asks if she’ll help her make an appointment at the hospital.

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Stefano and EJ continue to disagree about whether Rafe has outlived his usefulness. Stefano fills Rafe in on his plan to erase his memories and ultimately vows to proceed without EJ’s approval. Meanwhile, EJ is displeased that the imposter has not yet succeeded in alienating Johnny – his son still adores “Rafe.” In the aftermath of her miscarriage, Melanie extends an olive branch to Chloe. Meanwhile, Nathan and Philip argue about Melanie. Maggie urges Nathan to proceed slowly with Melanie, but he is determined to win her back. Later, Melanie tells Philip she forgives him, and they begin to discuss their future. Daniel is pained when his name is removed from Parker’s birth certificate, and Philip’s is added. Abigail surprises Jennifer with her homecoming. She expresses her anger with Jack and her support of her mother. Later, Abigail is surprised to witness Jennifer and Daniel’s embrace. Hope is at loose ends now that Bo has gone back to work, and she spends time with Jennifer and Julie. Rafe2 is furious that Sami has scheduled an MRI for him behind his back. He calls EJ, who tells him to take the test – the results can be fixed. However, Sami privately convinces Daniel to supervise the MRI. EJ learns about this just as Daniel reports to Sami and the imposter that the tests indicate “Rafe” was never in an accident at all!

Melanie tells Philip she still loves him and forgives him for his indiscretion with Chloe. Philip is hopeful, insisting they can start over – anywhere in the world. But Melanie brings him back to earth when she reminds him he can’t leave Parker. She lowers the boom and says their love is not enough to hold their marriage together. Her heart breaking, she insists Philip leave. Philip goes to Parker and tells him he loves him. Meanwhile, Julie advises Nathan to fight for Melanie. Nathan tracks Melanie down at the pub, ready to declare his love. Abigail walks in on Jennifer hugging Daniel. When she learns Daniel was the doctor who saved her mom’s life, she also hugs him. Daniel leaves. Jennifer explains she was comforting Daniel, and wonders how Abigail really felt about what she saw. Abigail insists she’s fine with it; she wants her mom to move on. Jack doesn’t deserve her. Jennifer says that no matter what Abigail thinks of her dad, he still loves her and her brother very much. Abigail is hit despite herself. At the Java Cafe, Chad bonds with EJ and Johnny, admitting it’s his birthday. They celebrate with him. When EJ gets the call about “Rafe’s” MRI, he asks Chad to look after Johnny and leaves. Abigail runs into Chad and is at first attracted to him – until she mistakenly thinks Johnny is his kid. Chad refuses to set her straight, and both he and Johnny agree they don’t like her. Will gives Gabi a beautiful pair of earrings to indicate the seriousness of their relationship. As they kiss, they are unaware that someone is watching them.

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At the hospital, EJ watches as Sami’s suspicions about Rafe2 grow. In private, the imposter tells EJ that things are harder than he thought with Sami – he needs to know more about their past from the real Rafe. EJ calls Stefano to make sure he does not give Rafe the mind-erasing drug. Unfortunately, he’s too late – Stefano has already injected the real Rafe with the drug! Meanwhile, Daniel suggests ways in which Sami can try to help “Rafe” be the man he used to be. At home, Sami asks “Rafe” to make love to her – the way he used to. Meanwhile, the real Rafe awakens and asks Stefano who he is – but is he faking? Taylor reluctantly visits Nicole and has mixed feelings that her wedding night went so well. Taylor reveals that Brady offered her a job again. Nicole is supportive; she wants her sister to be as happy as she is. Later, Nicole goes to get dressed for the day, and Taylor decides to leave before EJ arrives – only to come face-to-face with him. While Brady is supportive of Chloe, Victor appears to lay down the law with Philip, insisting Chloe come nowhere near Parker. Victor is stunned when Brady brings Chloe home and announces she’ll be living at the mansion. Brady and Philip join forces, and Victor finally allows Chloe to stay. Philip reunites a grateful Chloe with Parker. Meanwhile, Victor makes it clear he ultimately accepts Philip’s actions and can handle Chloe – but Brady is dead to him. And he plans to find a way to destroy his grandson. Nathan makes a declaration of love to Melanie – but is it too fast and too soon? Stephanie interrupts and learns about the miscarriage. She feels badly, but sees that everything is now wide open for Nathan to reconnect with Melanie. Later, when Melanie feels faint and Nathan picks her up in his arms, it appears as if exactly that is happening.

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

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Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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DAYS Eric Martsolf and Stephen Nichols Named ‘Power Performances of the Week’

Last week’s Days of our Lives provided quite the backdrop for some stellar performances, as we had previously noted earlier in the week here.   However, there were a few scenes and moments that just stood out to us, that even when we watched them back for a second or third time, still got us choked up.

First, Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf (Brady) really deserves some major kudos here for his understated and effective work when Brady is finally given the truth – that his daughter Rachel is alive – and his brother Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) child, Mickey is the one who really died in a nefarious baby switch scheme thanks to Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston).

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Not only did Martsolf convey the joy that his daughter was alive juxtaposed with months of angst that preceded it, but he also showed the heartbreak knowing that Eric and Sarah’s (Linsey Godfrey) child did not survive.  In scenes with Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Greg Vaughan, and later with Stacy Haiduk (Kristen), where Brady tells Kristen their child is alive, Martsolf delivered.

Then, there was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who did what he does best, showing the vulnerability of Steve Johnson.  In key scenes following surgery to rid Steve’s head of the chip that made him believe and act like Stefano, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to explain her new relationship with Justin (Wally Kurth).  That alone is a shocking moment for Steve … and then he cannot understand how his sister and Justin broke up.  That is when Kayla has to tell Steve that his beloved sister, Adrienne (Judi Evans) had passed away a year ago following a tragic car crash.

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Steve is overcome with emotion and tears, as any brother would be who loves his sister, which made this all the more realistic.  It was heartbreaking watching Steve try to deal with finding out Adrienne was gone and then blaming himself for not being there for her.  It was made all the more hankie-inducing in a later scene, when he hugged his brother Jack (Matthew Ashford), as the two mourned the loss of their sibling.

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For these moments noted above, Michael Fairman TV names Eric and Stephen last week’s Power Performances of the Week.  

So, what did you think of Eric and Stephen’s work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Heartbreaking DAYS: Steve Learns Adrienne Died, An Anguished Sarah Lays Into Xander, Brady Tells Kristen Their Baby Is Alive

If you caught Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, it proved to be one of the more dramatic and emotional episodes of the year in soaps; featuring stellar performances from the cast.  First, knocking it out of the park was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who while in the hospital and regaining his true self back, learns from the love of his life, his sweetness, Kayla (Mary Beth), that she has moved on with another man in his absence.  Then, when Kayla admits she has been involved with Justin (Wally Kurth), he immediately questions her, “What about my sister? Did they split up again?” Confused and shocked, he tells Kayla she would never have an affair on Justin.  With nothing left to do but tell Steve the truth, Kayla has the painstaking task of telling him that his beloved sister, Adrienne died and the events that led to her death. Steve is gut-punched and breakdowns in tears over his sister’s death and that he was not there for her.  When Steve says she was such a good sister it is crushing moment as he says he will always love her.

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Later, when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Jack (Matthew Ashford) visit Steve in his hospital room, Steve hides his face.  Jack learns that Steve knows about Adrienne, as he sees Steve just overcome with grief, and goes to hug and comfort his brother.  Jack also tried to help Steve understand how Justin was devastated when Adrienne was killed and that Kayla was grieving the loss of her relationship with Steve, knowing she signed the divorce papers and he went MIA from Salem and did not contact her.

At the Kiriakis mansion, Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) is supposed to start her wedding to Xander  (Paul Telfer), but now she is armed with the truth that he switched her and Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) baby, with Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Kristen’s (Stacy Haiduk) … and her little girl actually died.  As Justin presides over their nuptials, Sarah is filled with moments of anger, hatred, and shock towards Xander.  He is not sure what is going on with her.  When it gets to the vows, Sarah finally blurts  “How could I marry you after what you did?” It is then he learns she knows he switched babies and let her fall in love with a child that was not hers!

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Sarah reveals to Xander that Eric told her everything on how he covered his tracks and passed off Brady and Kristen’s baby as hers, Justin leaves and once he’s gone, Xander tries to explain he did the switch for her, because he loves her and she had gone through so much.  Sarah, who is an emotionally fragile state, hears Xander suggest that they take Mickey and run away.  She tells him she is going upstairs with Mickey (Rachel) and when she comes down she wants him gone and she never wants to see him again.  Realizing he has been found out and his plans have blown up in his face, Xander collapses to the floor.  Upstairs with the baby, Sarah doesn’t know how to let her go.  And in the cliffhanger of the entire episode, an overwrought Xander turns and sees that Eric has showed up, ready for a confrontation …. and to see Sarah.

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Brady, who has been through an emotional rollercoaster learning from Eric and Nicole (Arianne Zuvker) that baby Rachel is alive, and that it is now his brother, Eric who is grieving the loss of a child, goes to find Kristen to tell her the shocking, and yet wonderful news.  He finds her at the gravesite of their believed-to-be-dead daughter.  As she continue to grieve the loss of their child, it is then Brady tells her that their little girl is alive!. Kristen begins to understand the revelation when Brady reveals that “Mackenzie” has the same birthmark as Rachel. and he has DNA test results to prove she’s theirs.  At first, Kristen is too scared to believe this could be true, but she reads the DNA results and is overjoyed.  Just then, Eric and Nicole arrive at the gravesite. Brady hugs his brother and Kristen tells Eric how sorry she is, even though she knows he does not like her for what she has done in the past to him.   Then, Eric and Nicole have a moment at the gravesite, as an emotional Eric says goodbye to his daughter.

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Later at their home, Kristen says she wants to go get Rachel.  Brady says they need to give Sarah and Eric a day to grieve before barging over to the Kiriakis mansion to claim their baby.  Kristen tells Brady she is not sure she can wait another day.  When she starts questioning how the hospital messed up the birth of the babies, it is then she learns that Xander was behind the baby switch; and as expected, that was not going to sit well with Kristen!

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Kudos to Eric Martsolf, Lindsey Godfrey, Greg Vaugha, Stacy Haiduk, Paul Telfer, Mary Beth Evans and the aforementioned Nichols for their performances in this episode that featured several hankie x 10 moments.

So, what did you think of this episode of DAYS? Were you emotional through it? Did you enjoy the work of the cast? Comment below.

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