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DAYS Recap – Jan 11 – Jan 15th

Louise Sorel, John Aniston, Peter Reckell

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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.

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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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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