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DAYS Recap – Jan 11 – Jan 15th

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Melanie receives a nice gift from Arianna for her elopement. After the two discuss Nicole and Brady, Melanie heads to Maggie’s to borrow something. Nathan and Melanie have a moment before she comforts Maggie over her loss. Later, Maggie urges Melanie to go to Vegas and get married. She should hold onto the man she loves. Nathan witnesses the moment, and thanks Melanie for being so kind to Maggie. They share a spontaneous kiss. Victor lays into Brady, asking him how he could be so stupid to defend Nicole and Arianna. Angry, Brady leaves and goes to Arianna. He wants to throw himself into the drug dealing case, but Arianna wants to slow down. She thinks they need to focus on each other even if only for tonight. However, little does she know, Troy is watching. Vivian offers an olive branch to Philip. She tells him that she wants to be his friend. Philip is wary, but eventually buys it when Vivian gives him an expensive brooch to give Melanie. Later, Vivian informs Victor the walls are closing in on Carly. Victor is glad. He wants that succubus away from his son. However, Bo and Carly have consummated their relationship, and Carly tells Bo she loves him. Hope calls Bo, not knowing he’s in bed with Carly. She needs his help with a project. Bo agrees and fills in Carly. While Hope waits for Bo, Doug makes a convincing case for why she and Bo should reconcile. Hope is optimistic, but her hopes crash when she meets with Bo and realizes he slept with Carly. She rushes out. Meanwhile, Carly decides to see her daughter at Maggie’s. Hope is there and confronts Carly about sleeping with Bo. Nathan and Melanie kiss while Stephanie talks to Philip. Nathan breaks from Melanie and reminds himself that he doesn’t love her anymore, but she says his kiss says otherwise. Philip and Stephanie enter and he comforts Melanie. Unhappy that Melanie and Nathan were alone together, Stephanie gives Melanie her earrings as “something borrowed,” and insists that she and Philip marry today as planned. Later, alone with Philip, an emotional Melanie says she wants to hold off on the marriage. Philip agrees. Anna wants to know from her boss when she can deliver the ransom demand. She wants to collect her money and go. However, Anna backs down when she learns she is replaceable. Sami tells EJ that she wants to tell Rafe about the kidnapping note, but he convinces her otherwise. He insists that they’re closer than ever to getting Sydney back. Meanwhile, Will confides in Rafe that he is upset about Mia’s lies. Rafe urges Will to give Mia another chance. Lucas apologizes to Maggie for the friction between them.

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Hope and Carly argue about Bo sleeping with Carly. Carly declares that she loves Bo. Bo enters, and after Carly leaves, he has it out with Hope. He points out that she left him. Bo leaves and Hope is devastated. She tells Doug that she thinks she’s really lost Bo. Meanwhile, Bo goes back to Carly, who is packing to leave. Bo stops her. When Carly questions if Bo loves her, he answers her with a kiss. Philip meets Melanie at the Brady Pub where Nathan and Stephanie are getting food. Alone, Nathan asks why Melanie isn’t eloping. Melanie says they postponed it. Nathan and Melanie talk about their kiss, but both insist a little too much that it meant nothing. Later, Nathan tells Stephanie that he’s getting over Melanie. Melanie and Philip plan to set a wedding date for February. When Philip asks her to spend the night with him, she declines, saying she wants to be around for Maggie. Arianna and Brady have a double-date with Chloe and Daniel. When they are alone, Chloe and Arianna discuss Nicole. Troy approaches Arianna, but Brady gets rid of him. Arianna is grateful for the rescue. Arianna and Brady start to leave, but she realizes that she left her phone at the Java Café. When she goes back for it, she overhears Chloe tell Daniel that Brady likes to rescue women. He’s always trying to be a hero. This upsets Arianna, especially when Brady says he has to leave to help Maggie. In the meantime, Troy has set tomorrow as the date to have Arianna murdered. Mia bonds with Maggie and admits to doing some bad things lately. Lucas senses that Will wants to get back with Mia. Will shows up at Maggie’s and he and Mia hug.

Melissa returns to visit Maggie and her son, Nathan. She meets Stephanie and voices her approval. The Hortons gather at Maggie’s where Bo and Hope have an honest heart-to-heart, but Justin interrupts. EJ shows up and delivers a convincing speech about his effort to turn over a new leaf. Rafe decides to revisit the DiMera mansion and look for a link to the person who may have taken Sydney. Stefano, meanwhile, learns that EJ is selling assets and confronts him about it. Rafe overhears their argument, but EJ concocts a convincing cover. Stefano, wondering what his son is up to, warns Rafe that EJ can be duplicitous. Meanwhile, an impatient Anna finds out that it’s time to move on to the next step. Vivian and Victor speculate as to the identity of Carly’s child. Meanwhile, in a huge reveal, Carly tells Bo that her daughter – Melanie – hates her. Carly had words with Mia and Melanie, and learned that Melanie is engaged to Philip. Al succeeds in pulling off his “robbery” attempt and is just about to off Arianna when Brady rides in to the rescue. While Arianna is appreciative, she is sure she could have handled it on her own. She is still unsettled by the notion that Brady wants to “save” her. Rafe questions Sami about EJ, and she overreacts. Rafe’s love for Sami makes her reconsider keeping the kidnapper’s note a secret. EJ lets Sami know that another ransom note has arrived. She makes the final decision not to include Rafe. However, when EJ and Sami go to drop off the ransom, Rafe discovers them. Carly reels from the fact that her daughter Melanie is marrying Philip. She decides that she must see her again, now. Meanwhile, Vivian plots to discover the truth about Carly’s daughter, but Bo thwarts her, for now. Victor learns that Bo and Carly have slept together and goes ballistic on Vivian. She needs to work faster and find out the identity of Carly’s daughter. At the same time, Carly apologizes to Melanie. It doesn’t go well and only raises Melanie’s suspicions of Carly. Later, Melanie overhears Bo and Carly talking about her. Chad helps Gabi, so she gives him another chance, while Mia manages reconciliation with Will. Later, Mia realizes Gabi and Chad are getting closer, and she doesn’t like it at all.

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Stephen Nichols Returns To DAYS In Cliffhanger As 'The Phoenix Always Rises From The Ashes'

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Stephen Nichols Returns To DAYS In Cliffhanger As ‘The Phoenix Always Rises From The Ashes’

Now that DAYS will preempted over the Thanksgiving holiday break, leave it to head writer Ron Carlivati and his team to come up with a creative way to usher in the highly-anticipated return of fan favorite, Stephen Nichols and with a doozy of a cliffhanger.

Nichols, who has played Steve “Patch” Johnson on and off for decades, was revealed in story at the end of Wednesday’s episode as Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso) completes her painting of “Steffy”. Next thing you know, we see Steve, or is it Stefano with a face change, who is wearing a suit and shooting a look over to Gina? The episode fades to black.

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Then, on the heels of the reveal, NBC released next week’s official DAYS promo which has a voice-over of the character of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) saying “The phoenix always rises from the ashes” Next you hear Stefano (aka Nichols) saying “I now have Steve Johnson’s face.”  While Gina wants to know what Stefano’s plan is, he exclaims, “It’s good to be back.”

Watch the exciting promo below, and then let us know what you think of the story twist,  and if you are happy to see Stephen Nichols back on-screen via the comment section below.

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Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Bring the Heartache and Heartbreak to DAYS’ Elani Wedding

Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives showcased the nuptials of now long-suffering duo, Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani (Sal Stowers).  In true soap opera fashion things didn’t look good for the couple to get hitched in the first place, especially with Gabi’s (Camila Banus) threats that she would literally blow Julie’s (Susan Seasforth Hayes) heart out of her chest, if Lani did not bust up with Eli at the altar.

As Marlena (Deidre Hall) is officiating the ceremony, things took a dark turn when she asked if anyone in attendance could show just cause why the couple should not be wed in holy matrimony.  Everyone is silent as Gabi, who is an attending the nuptials, is quite happy with herself broadcasting the wedding from her phone to Julie who is in the hospital.  Next, an emotional Lani tells Gabi how sorry she is for shooting Stefan.  Lani says she hopes Gabi can set aside their differences for the sake of Julie and Eli.  Gabi tells her she thought she made herself clear.  It appears that Lani decides she is moving forward with the vows, after standing up for herself and ignoring Gabi’s threat after tackling Gabi WWE Smackdown style.  Next, Gabi informs to everyone she just pressed the button on the app on her phone and Eli’s grandmother’s heart exploded. But hold the phone! In that moment, there is a twist.  We go back to Lani at the altar who snaps out of this blackmail nightmare she just played out in her head.  That didn’t really happen, but the audience sees her thinking process through it, which leads Lani in the present to break off the wedding to her beloved Eli.

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At the altar, Lani tells Eli through her tears she cannot do this.  Eli is stunned and confused.  The bride tells him he doesn’t deserve this.  Next, Lani turns towards Gabi, and then tells Eli she is sorry and then runs out of the ceremony.   Gabi mutters that her “work is done here” which seems to be overheard by Will (Chandler Massey).

What follows is absolutely devastating scene in the park as Eli has followed Lani there.  Through her tears, and knowing that the only way she can break things off with Eli is to hurt him deeply, Lani tells him at first that she doesn’t deserve to be happy with a husband, because she shot and killed Gabi’s.  However, Eli won’t accept that, and that is when she has to muster everything inside her to break Eli’s heart in pieces.  She tells the man she loves that she doesn’t love him anymore. Lani says that she thought that after baby David’s death and all they went through to be together it would all fall back into place for them, but for her, it didn’t.

Lani says her decision is made. With tears streaming down his face, Eli cries, “So you’re leaving me? That’s it?” Lani confirms it is, and that she is sorry and then runs off.  Cue none other than Gabi to find a gut-punched Eli on the park bench, who she hugs! Looks like there’s a part two to Gabi’s heinous plan ahead.

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The performances by Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers in this episode were top-notch – their work was and even though it was under the most outrageous of circumstances, you felt the love, the heartbreak and heartache of a couple torn apart, when they love each other so much.

So, what did you think of Lamon and Sal’s performances? What did you think of the final moments of the episode when Lani has to dump Eli for good? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Camila Banus Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

The angst, drama, tears, and revenge continued this week on NBC’s Days of our Lives with the stirring portrayal of grief-stricken young woman; who is hell-bent on making everyone around her suffer for the loss of her husband in a fatal gunshot that left him brain-dead.  Of course, we are talking about Camila Banus (Gabi), who turned in bravura performances this week, and there are four moments that really stood out to us that showed the range and depth of Banus’ work.

In the hospital chapel, Gabi talks to God and prayed to him that he will make Stefan (Brandon Barash) whole again.  There has been one through-line for Gabi throughout her life – she seems to have everything and everyone she loves taken away from her, even if some of the decisions she makes along the way have a cause/effect that leaves her feeling completely alone, and ready to lash out at the world for what has transpired.  In the chapel, she asks God through her tears, “Why do you hate me so much?” Gabi tells God she went to Sunday school as a little girl and still she has lost God and her husband.  Gabi cannot even get herself to look at Stefan’s things when Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) try to share them with her as she slaps the envelope out of their hands.

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In another heartbreaking scene, Gabi is in the bed she shared with Stefan. She flashes to kissing the love of her life.  Next, Gabi breaks down in tears, and throws things around in the bedroom before slumping to the floor.  She sobs and says, “Why did you give me your heart, Stefan, if you weren’t going to be around to love me with it?”

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Later, Gabi talks to Stefan in her sleep as she hugs his pillow. When she wakes up she cries as Kate (Lauren Koslow) arrives to check on her.  Gabi lets Kate have it, and at first blames Kate for the whole mess with Stefan.  Gabi lashes out that if it wasn’t for Stefan getting in between Kate’s feud with Vivian (Robin Strasser), he’d still be alive.  Kate knows Gabi is in despair and hugs her.  Then, Gabi channels her angst towards Lani (Sal Stowers) promising to make her suffer.

And on Friday’s episode, Gabi is ramping us some sort of revenge plan promising Stefan his legacy will live on. Earlier, Gabi was present with Lani and Eli (Lamon Archey) when Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) informed them that Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) will need a special pacemaker, even after receiving Stefan’s heart. Somehow, Gabi found a file on Visionary Bionics, the company that makes this unique medical device, and recalls Kayla saying she’ll do the procedure on Julie tomorrow. Gabi makes a mysterious call.  What is she about to do?

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Through all of the emotional drama, Banus sustained a level of performance that is no easy feat. That is why Michael Fairman TV names Camila’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

Let us know if you agree with our pick, and what you thought of Camila’s performances, and what you think Gabi might do next, via the comment section below.

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