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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 OF OUR LIVES: John ‘Unmasks’ Kristen In Great, Soapy Cliffhanger

If you caught Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives, head writer Ron Carlivati and company served up a juicy, soapy, delicious reveal to the duped folks of Salem! The backdrop? Of course, … John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena’s (Deidre Hall) surprise wedding anniversary party where at the same location a year ago all hell broke loose … as it has now a year later!

In story. after putting all the pieces together in a montage of flashbacks and moments, John Black is the guy (and Kristen’s ex) who figures that Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) is at the Jarlena party in disguise, but as who?  Through recalling … what “Nicole” said to him, what Abe (James Reynolds) mentioned to him – that since Nicole (Arianne Zucker) came back to Salem she’s been like another person – and Kate (Lauren Koslow) mentioning how Maggie swore she saw Kristen, not Nicole, when Maggie went off the wagon, but no one believed her, things were coming clear to John!

And that to the fact that Eli (Lamon Archey) received a call from Xander (Paul Telfer) who swears he has been working for Kristen DiMera, and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) reporting that bit of news to John, he is hit with the major revelation.  After touching speeches by John …and as Marlena delivers hers about the man she loves, the duo share a kiss, but then John stops “Nicole” and Brady (Eric Martsolf) from leaving the party!

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What happens next is soap gold! John grabs “Nicole” and rips her hair and mask off.  Next, Kristen flips back her hair and reveals herself to the party-goers and it looks like it’s curtains for Kristen … as everyone is stunned by the bombshell and we fade to black.  The pick-up of this great cliffhanger was today (Friday), more on that later.

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Watch the final moments of Thursday’s DAYS as John “Unmasks” Kristen! Then let us know what you thought of the major moment via the comment section below.

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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.

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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.

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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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