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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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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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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will Learns He Has A Brain Tumor; What Next For WilSon?

On Days of our Lives, Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) have been through the wringer.  Just like any power couple in “soapdom” they are constantly pulled apart by circumstances that drives distance between them, or prevents them from being happily reunited.  But then, isn’t that was soaps are all about … or, do these boys deserve a bit of peace and quiet?

On Wednesday’s episode of the NBC daytime drama series, Rex (Kyle Lowder) and Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) drop the bomb on WilSon.  Sadly, Will has a small brain tumor, although believed to be benign, it is is in a section of his frontal lobe that makes it most likely inoperable.

Will asks if that explains his headaches and why he has been passing out, and Rex confirms that is the cause.  He also says the tumor is likely benign, because the larger ones are usually cancerous.  The next step is to do a biopsy.  Rex advises Will to not exercise, drive, work, and to avoid stress right now.

Later at the Kiriakis mansion, Will Google’s brain tumor’s on the internet and is emotionally overcome with what it says.  In tears and looking very sad, Sonny comes on to the scene to comfort Will, but Sonny is looking concerned himself, trying to put on a brave front for Will.  Then, Sonny and Will admit they are frightened for what’s ahead, but Sonny says they must try to stay positive.  Will cries.

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These scenes were nicely played by Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith, who always bring it in their scenes.

Look for more drama ahead for the duo and their on-screen families as Will deals with this new health crisis.

So, what does Will’s tumor mean for the future of WilSon?  What do you think will happen next? Are you upset that Will has this diagnosis? Do you want the duo to finally have some down time from all the drama, especially after getting Leo Stark (Greg Rikart) out of their lives?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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