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DAYS Recap – Feb 7 – Feb 11th

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At the party for Sydney’s birthday and Johnny’s homecoming, Sami and Nicole continue their uneasy truce. Sami learns about Nicole’s electronic tracking device and asks if she really wants to marry a man who doesn’t trust her. Back at the mansion, EJ is grateful to Nicole for her alliance and thanks her by finally taking off her tracking bracelet. The moment grows intimate and EJ winds up kissing her. Down in the basement, Rafe gets dizzy and passes out. Stefano revives him. Rafe wonders why DiMera is going through so much trouble to keep him alive. Back at the loft, Sami starts to get frisky with imposter Rafe. They begin to make love. Meanwhile, Gabi confides to Will that she’s bothered that her brother isn’t acting quite like himself. Bo is released from custody. Hope is surprised to learn that Bo and Carly have broken up and that Carly has moved out of the house. Justin works on Hope’s case and is cautiously optimistic. Later, Bo arranges for Ciara to visit, and the family shares an emotional reunion. At the hospital, Carly reveals to Jennifer that she’s no longer with Bo. Both women realize they are at a crossroads in their lives, and they vow to help each other through their difficult time. EJ and Nicole make love. Meanwhile, Sami and imposter Rafe similarly get “reacquainted.” Later, imposter Rafe confidentially calls EJ and thinks he has passed the test with flying colors. Unbeknownst to him, Sami feels there’s something still not right with “Rafe.” Meanwhile, Stefano threatens the real Rafe. Taylor bonds with Theo and Lexie. Taylor rebuffs Lexie’s suggestion that she stay in town and see Nicole again. However, after giving it more thought, she shows up once again at Nicole’s door. Jennifer thanks Daniel for saving her life, and their friendship continues to grow. Chloe tries her best to get Daniel alone to talk. After he shuts her down, she finally realizes she has lost him forever and falls into a deeper depression. Meanwhile, Kate tries to convince Melanie to take Parker away from Chloe and raise him with Philip. At the same time, Philip demands Maggie let him see Melanie, but he becomes sidetracked when he holds his son. Later, Melanie is completely open with Philip about what she thinks, but her mind is not made up. Philip confronts Kate on what she’s up to, and Melanie confronts Chloe. Chloe’s issues about Parker become clearer, but she remains at sea. Kate wants Philip to use Parker to reconnect with Melanie. Philip thinks his mother needs to stay out of his relationship and leave Chloe alone. Kate disagrees and Philip says she doesn’t have a choice. At the same time, Melanie and Chloe spar. Melanie comes to the conclusion that Kate is right – Chloe is not capable of taking care of Parker. Later, Melanie calls Kate and tells her she’s “in.” At the same time, Philip finds Chloe and promises to support her and Parker.

Stefano wants complete cooperation from Rafe, or Allie Horton will disappear from Salem forever. Furious Rafe can’t believe Stefano would hurt the little girl. Stefano explains he won’t harm Allie, but he’ll send her off to live with another family and Sami will never see her daughter again. He won’t have to do this as long as Rafe follows orders. Later, EJ visits and Rafe wants to know what his game is. EJ thinks it would be easier to show him than tell, and Rafe comes face-to-face with his doppelganger. Imposter Rafe assures EJ that Sami wasn’t aware she wasn’t making love to her husband. Meanwhile, Sami calls Carrie and confides that something was off. Imposter Rafe overhears and manages to cover his “change” nicely. Taylor visits Nicole and gives her her money back. Taylor wishes they could start over, but Nicole says it isn’t a good time. Taylor goes to the Brady Pub where she runs into Sami. Sami tells Taylor she doesn’t have to listen to Nicole. If she wants to stay in town, she should. Meanwhile, Nicole looks at the framed photo of herself and Taylor as kids. She goes to the Brady Pub, where she sees Sami has her fangs in her sister. She tells her to butt out. Sami balks and suggests Nicole be a better sister and ask Taylor to be a bridesmaid. A recovering Jennifer is desperate for info on Hope’s status. Daniel warns she cannot tax herself. She must take it easy. Nathan and Jennifer talk about his situation and his renewed fight for Melanie. Later, after Nathan goes, Jennifer gets out of bed and collapses. Daniel takes her back and gives her a sedative. Jennifer, under the effect of the sedative, says that she wishes Jack was more like Daniel. Chad gets a job and Kate learns he’s going by his new last name – DiMera. Rafe is in awe and stares at his imposter. EJ tells Rafe that they had to make the switch sooner than planned to take advantage of Rafe’s accident. Rafe guesses that EJ and Stefano are keeping him alive in order to fill in the blanks of his life for his replacement. Rafe maintains the plan still won’t work because Sami will never believe the replacement is him. Smug, EJ says she already does and shows him video of Sami and imposter Rafe kissing at Sydney’s party. Nicole tells Taylor she can stay in Salem if she promises to stay away from Sami. Taylor decides she’s better off leaving. After she goes, Sami tells Nicole she chased away the best thing that ever happened to her; someone who wants nothing from her except to be part of a family. Defensive Nicole thinks Sami is the last person to be giving her advice, and they start to get into it when imposter Rafe interrupts. He’s great with both of them, but when Nicole leaves and Sami isn’t looking, he instinctively checks out Nicole. Brady runs into Taylor, and tells her Nicole needs her. He convinces her to stay in Salem.

Victor tells Kate that Titan bought a company without his knowledge or approval. He thinks Vivian found a loophole to the papers she signed which gave control back to him. He tries to track her down. Kate gives him back her keys to the mansion. She says she and Stefano have reconciled and she’s moving back permanently with him. Victor thinks Kate is being unwise, given that she continues to keep secrets from him. He is convinced she’ll be back. Brady overhears Victor screaming at his lawyers about Vivian’s loophole. Brady reveals that he tricked Vivian into signing control of Titan over to him – he now owns the company. Furious Victor feels Brady has betrayed him and the family. Vivian realizes that Kate is moving back into the DiMera mansion. She warns Stefano that Kate is dangerous, and will always keep secrets from him just as Vivian is sure Stefano is keeping secrets from Kate. While Vivian denies she wants to be the next Mrs. Stefano DiMera, she does insist she could be Stefano’s friend. Kate walks in on this, and is furious. Vivian goes and Stefano assures Kate she has nothing to worry about. As long as he and Kate are honest with one another, they’ll be fine. Stefano fears EJ is falling in love with Nicole. EJ denies it and makes it sound more like he’s settling. Stefano wonders if it’s enough. EJ isn’t interested in love. He says he’s happy with the life he’ll have with Nicole and the children. In the meantime, Nicole tells Chloe she thinks she and EJ might have a chance at falling in love again. Nicole goes home to EJ and they make love. After EJ leaves, Stefano tells Nicole there’s something she needs to know about her husband-to-be. At the pier, EJ bumps into Taylor, and the sparks fly. Chloe is stricken when Nicole asks her to be her maid-of-honor. She tries hard to be happy for Nicole and keep her act together. After Nicole leaves, Chloe bakes cookies and is interrupted when she gets a call from the pharmacy about Parker’s medication. Not wanting to disturb Parker, Chloe decides to leave him by himself while she picks up the meds. However, she forgets that she has left the oven on with the cookies inside. Parker is alone in his baby basket when smoke starts seeping from the oven. Hope prepares for her hearing. She and Bo fear the judge will send her back to prison. Bo goes to Victor for help in getting Hope out. Victor refuses because he knows Hope wouldn’t want that. Bo has to fight for Hope’s freedom himself. He tells Hope the impassioned plea he plans to make before the judge. After the hearing, Justin gives Bo and Hope the good news – she won’t be going back to prison. Bo and Hope are overjoyed, and after Justin leaves, Bo finally tells Hope he loves her and he wants her to come home with him.  Abe and Lexie are delighted by Taylor’s connection with Theo.

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John Aniston’s Final Days of our Lives Episode Reminds Us There Was Nothing Better Than His Delivery of Victor’s One-Liners

Monday’s Christmas episode of Days of our Lives brought it with it plenty of laughter and plenty of tears as this would be the final appearance of John Aniston in his iconic role of Victor Kiriakis.

The Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award winner in 2022, passed away in November at the age of 89.  Aniston’s Victor had been a key character on the Salem canvas since he first appeared in the role back in 1985.

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So just how did Aniston’s final appearance stack up with how we love to see Victor?  IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE EPISODE YET, PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW.

As fate would have it, Victor’s final on-screen foil would be none other than Leo Stark (played to the hilt by Greg Rikaart).  In the Christmas set up, Leo stayed overnight at the Kiriakis mansion unbeknownst to Victor.  When Leo greets Victor on Christmas morning in his holiday jammies, he is not one bit amused.  Leo asks, “So when do we open the presents?” To which Victor replies, “About an hour after we throw you out on your sugar-plum ass.”  When Victor tells his longtime butler, Henderson to throw Leo out the front door, including demanding that Leo “scamper back to Whoville”, in walks Sonny (Zach Tinker).

Victor is horrified to learn that his nephew invited Leo to stay.  Then, Victor reads off a laundry list of Leo’s crimes to Sonny as only he can: “Have you completely lost your senses? The man blackmailed you into marriage … almost destroyed our company with a fraudulent lawsuit … it was just last year that he drugged you and took comprising pictures of you and then sold them to the tabloids … why in God’s name would you forgive this creep!?””

Eventually, Victor gives Sonny an ultimatum: either get rid of Leo or he would fire him from his job at Titan.  Sonny stands up to Victor!  Telling his Uncle that he forgave Leo for his past transgressions just like many people have forgiven Victor for his over the years.  Sonny goes on to say that he and Leo are starting over and that, in fact, he would call them “friends” to which Victor, in the best dead-pan delivery, says, “That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.”

Soon after, Victor reneges and not only allows Leo to stay, but allows Sonny to keep his job, stating, “I changed my mind because I have a heart of gold.”  And, ain’t that the truth, that is why we have always loved Victor and John’s portrayal of the Greek tycoon.  Leo promises Victor he will not hurt Sonny ever again, to which Victor replies, “I don’t know how you expect me to take you seriously when you are sitting there in baby jam jams.”  In an ominous warning to Sonny and in Aniston’s last scene, Victor says, “Tell me Sonny, what does your husband think of your little sleep over party?”

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As the episode came to its conclusion, Days of our Lives included a heartfelt montage as a tribute to John and the complex character of Victor Kiriakis. From clips with Vic’s many wives including: Carly, Vivian, Kate, Nicole, Maggie, to his classic one-liners, to some of his most villainous turns, to illustrating that Victor at his core was an enduring family man, the series captured the essence of this one-of-a-kind actor.

In very moving fashion, the end of the montage featured a younger Victor sailing away on his yacht named, “Victor”.   No word yet on how and when DAYS will deal with the death of Aniston on-screen.

Aniston’s final scenes truly showcased all of his strengths, that classic delivery, his humor, his strength, and most of all his humanness.

To pay tribute to John throughout Monday on the Days of our Lives YouTube page and their social platforms, looks for special messages from the cast honoring the late actor’s memory and legacy.   You can check out one below from John’s on-screen son, Peter Reckell (Bo Brady).

So, what did you think of John Aniston’s final episode of Days of our Lives? The montage? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Alex, Chanel and Allie Have a Three-Way

On Monday’s Days of our Lives, the long-running soap opera included in story, its first ever threesome. DAYS, which has been streaming on Peacock since the middle of September, teased the ménage à trois a bit ago when Rob Scott Wilson’s new character of Alex Kiriakis hit Salem and was a bit of a ‘player’.  At one point during a conversation, Alex hit on Chanel (Raven Bowens) and Allie (Lindsay Arnold) and put into their minds the notion of having a threesome with him.

Meanwhile, Allie and Chanel have had their own past complicated relationships with men, and now with each other.  Feeling that their relationship has hit a bump in the road, the young women decide a three-way might be just the spark needed to ignite their love and passion for one another.

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Eventually, the two invite Alex over for a drink, making small-talk and trying to get to the reason they invited him over in the first place. After fumbling around to get to the true reason, Allie reveals they want to take him up on his offer. Alex is confused, until Chanel uses the word “threesome” to which Alex spits out his drink.

Allie then admits the three-way was her idea, and Chanel agreed to it, as it’s an adventure they could share together. They go on to say they chose Alex because they wanted someone who would have no emotional ties to them afterward.  Alex, also has a bit of truth of his own to share. He says, in reality, he has only experienced a three-way, twice before.

After trying to figure out how to start the sexual encounter, Alex kisses Chanel, then Allie and the three adjourn to the bedroom,  DAYS then delivers a montage of shots representing the sex between the three.

In the end, Alex is winded and dehydrated and goes to get some water, while Chanel and Allie check in with each other and say that the experience was more than alright and recommit to each other.

Fans of the series have been commenting on social media since yesterday. Also, to note, DAYS tapes month ahead, so this story point was already completed before the move to Peacock.  It should also be noted that Rob Scott Wilson also appeared in another soap first, when on Prospect Park’s All My Children, his character of Pete Cortlandt (Wilson) received oral sex from Colby (Brooke Newton).

So, what did you think about how the Salem threesome between Alex, Chanel and Allie was portrayed? Comment below.

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DAYS Billy Flynn Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just start this by saying if you missed last Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives on Peacock, you missed beautifully touching and effective performances by both Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail).

Leading up to it, Chad had a gut-wrenching week.  He figured out that Clyde (James Read) was the culprit that murdered his wife and later confronted him.  That led to key scenes where Chad confronts Clyde at Abigail’s gravesite and wants to hear all the gory details of how Clyde stabbed his wife, and then learned how the criminal covered his tracks, went after Sonny (Zach Tinker) and stabbed him, and framed Leo (Greg Rikaart) for the crimes.

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Throughout the reveal, Billy Flynn played all of Chad’s pain and horror, while holding a gun at Clyde baiting him on – problem was Clyde is so despicable he had no problem telling Chad the grisly truth.  During a struggle for the gun with Chad, it is EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) who saves the day and shoots Clyde.  The two brothers bond over their shared disdain for Clyde.

Later at the Salem PD, EJ apologizes to Chad for bringing Clyde into their lives and for what happened to Abigail.  Chad takes it in but does not explode, rather appreciates his brother for saving his life.

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However, the emotional rollercoaster that Chad went through, and the audience, in the expert hands of Flynn, was nothing compared to the heartbreaking scenes where Abigail visits Chad at her gravesite, now that he solved the murder mystery.

Abigail is proud that Chad found her killer and tells him that she wants him to love again and that it’s OK to move on.  She knows he will always love her, and she will always love him.  Then, when Abigail asks Chad to tell her what traits their children, Thomas and Charlotte, possess that remind him of Abigail, it was very tender and not overplayed.  When it was time for their final goodbyes, both Flynn and Miller reminded us all why #Chabby was one of the best duos in DAYS history.

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In the end, it was Billy Flynn who carried the ball all the way to the end zone and scored a touchdown in the conclusion of Chad and Abigail’s love story.  It is always a nice to see when DAYS decides to write for and feature material which plays to Flynn’s strengths, and this did.

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So, for all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Billy Flynn’s work as the Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of the Chad and Abigail goodbye scenes at her gravesite? What did you think of Billy’s performance and the reveal that Clyde Weston was Abigail’s murderer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first, check out our latest conversation with Billy, and his DAYS co-stars Greg Rikaart and Mary Beth Evans now on the Michael Fairman Channel below, where Billy discusses taping the pivotal scenes and more.

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