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DAYS Recap – Jan 17 – Jan 21st

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Kate tells Victor she’s spending the night with Stefano and fills him in on what she and Brady did to Vivian. She shows him a map of the island Vivian and Gus are on, and Victor is pleased. After she leaves, Maggie arrives to get more of Melanie’s things. Suspicious not to see Vivian lurking and seeing the map, Maggie wonders what Victor did with the other woman. Meanwhile, Vivian and Gus’s forced stint on the island causes them to be at each other’s throats. Vivian finally realizes the Kiriakises are her true enemy and she and Gus reconcile. EJ tells Stefano he made a pact with God to let Sami back into their children’s lives if Johnny’s eyesight is saved. Stefano doubts he will keep this pact, but EJ insists he will. Kate arrives and EJ learns she’s spending the night at the mansion. He understands his father’s need for her. EJ gets a call from Carly – the doctors are ready to remove Johnny’s bandages.  Chloe tells Philip she thinks Melanie is pregnant. Meanwhile, Brady interrupts Melanie and Stephanie’s fight. After a furious Stephanie leaves, Brady learns Melanie is pregnant, and is considering an abortion. He tells her he supports her no matter what she decides. After a conversation with Carly, Melanie realizes she cannot get rid of her baby. Later, Philip finds her, and demands to know if she’s pregnant.

Stephanie learns Nathan is turning down Johns Hopkins, and realizes it’s to be with Melanie. Furious, she tells him he’s throwing his life away for Melanie, who’s not worth it. Equally furious, Nathan says Stephanie blames everyone but herself for her actions.  Johnny’s family rejoices as they realize his eyesight has been spared. EJ makes it clear that he intends to keep his bargain with Sami; however, his anger has now come to focus solely on Rafe. Meanwhile, Nicole realizes her role in this “family” is now very tentative, and she vows to Sydney that she will not be frozen out again.  Bo refuses, despite truth serum and torture, to disclose Hope’s location. Meanwhile, Hope gets a secure phone from Leo and makes a call to Jane’s accomplice. She is stunned when she hears Nathan’s voice, unaware that he’s inadvertently answered Ben’s phone. Meanwhile, Jennifer and Ben continue to grow closer, and she pumps him for information about the prison.

Philip realizes that Melanie is pregnant. She admits she considered having an abortion, but tells him she’s keeping the baby. He takes heart, but she assures him she wants nothing to do with him, and she throws him out.  Victor admits to Maggie that Vivian is on the island and he intends to leave her there. Maggie tries every appeal she can think of and finally offers a date in exchange for Vivian’s freedom. Meanwhile, Vivian and Gus try to make the best of things, but quickly revert to ruing their fate.  All rejoice over Johnny’s sight being saved. Sami insists to Rafe that EJ will keep his word and share custody with her. Meanwhile, EJ tells Stefano he does intend to keep his promise – but Rafe was not part of the deal. EJ feels that Rafe must be removed from Sami and the children’s lives – but murder is not an option. Stefano has an idea. Meanwhile, Nicole fears her own position is now threatened. Chloe urges her to go to Brady; she insists he still loves her and might find a way to save her. But Brady rebuffs Nicole and she goes from having both him and Sydney in her life to now possibly having no one.

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Melanie tells Maggie she is pregnant with Philip’s child. Maggie is supportive, but also makes it clear she can only guide her own fate, not that of her father’s and Chloe’s. Meanwhile, Chloe makes a desperate attempt to use the physical attraction she and Daniel share to seduce him while he is at his most vulnerable. Daniel angrily throws her out and Chloe realizes she has made things worse and lost him for good. Melanie tells Daniel that she is having Philip’s child and Daniel accepts his daughter. Chad feels more for the DiMeras than he lets on. After visiting with Will and Gabi, he secretly goes to the hospital and gives Johnny a stuffed animal. EJ and Stefano plot the demise of Sami and Rafe’s relationship. Stefano shows EJ what he has in store to get Rafe out of the picture. Rafe visits Johnny in the hospital, promising he’ll be back and inwardly hoping he can trust EJ to not stop him. Will and Gabi’s kissing is interrupted by Allie and later Rafe. Rafe lays down the law.  After Gabi goes, EJ shows up at the loft. Rafe is wary until he sees EJ has brought Sydney. EJ offers to let Sydney stay the night. Will is hopeful EJ really is keeping his promise, and Rafe is cautiously optimistic. EJ shows up at the hospital to find Nicole with sleeping Johnny. She is voicing her worry that EJ will cast her aside. EJ tells Nicole he wants to talk to her about her future. Kate walks in on Stefano’s call about his plot to destroy Sami and Rafe.  Nicole tries to appeal to Brady’s good side to help her figure out a way to keep Sydney in her life, but he gives her the boot. Victor applauds him for doing this, and for shipping Vivian and Gus off to the island. Brady basks in his grandfather’s glow, until Victor orders him to bring Vivian back. Brady blows up at Victor when he learns Victor wants him to do it to look good in Maggie’s eyes. Brady tells Melanie he’s decided to do things his own way from now on. Melanie hopes Daniel will accept her baby, even if it is Philip’s child. Daniel tells Melanie he would never be like Lawrence and reject a child because of who the father is. Melanie and Daniel bond over the baby she’s going to have. But Melanie doesn’t want to tell her mom about it just yet. Daniel volunteers to tell Carly for her. He urges her, however, to think of her baby first when it comes to shutting out Philip and Carly from the child’s life. After Melanie runs into Brady, she decides to do things her way, too, and calls Philip.

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Philip and Carly have a fight about Melanie. Carly is glad that Philip is out of Melanie’s life. Philip still wants a future with Melanie. Carly tells him to stay away from her daughter. Kate comes in on it. Carly goes, and gets a call from Daniel. Kate learns of Melanie’s pregnancy and bonds with Philip. Philip then learns Kate is staying at Stefano’s and hoping to get back together with him. Philip promises to stand by her as she has for him. Daniel tells Carly of Melanie’s pregnancy, and she thanks him for including her. Rafe is skeptical of the “new” EJ. Gabi tries to get him to drop his guard. Even after Rafe receives a notice that custody papers are coming the next day, he’s still very wary.

Nicole fears her role as stepmother to Sydney and Johnny has ended before it began, but EJ surprises her and tells her that he still wants to marry her. Nicole is taken aback, but EJ points out that he needs her, and it’s not about Sami either. He wants her to be in his children’s lives. Touched, Nicole agrees and goes home with him to find Stefano and Kate. They are thrown by EJ’s decision to still marry Nicole. Privately, EJ explains to Stefano that Nicole is important in their plan to destroy Rafe. At the same time, Kate knows there’s more than meets the eye, but both she and Nicole decide not to press.

Stefano tells Kate he intends to bury the hatchet. Kate doesn’t buy it at first, but he convinces her it’s for the best. She tells him about Philip’s dilemma and her intention to somehow get that baby away from Chloe. At the same time, Philip appeals to Melanie while Nathan professes his love for Melanie to Maggie. He senses Maggie isn’t telling him something and he goes to Melanie, and he learns she’s pregnant. Meanwhile, Chloe has shown up at Stephanie’s to blast Caroline. Caroline gives as good as she gets and Stephanie calls Philip to get Chloe. Later, Philip tells Chloe they need to drop the charges against Caroline and let this go, but Chloe can’t let Daniel go.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Sonny Goes Off On Scheming Gabi & This Week Maggie Remembers The Night Adrienne Was Killed

Things are definitely reaching a boiling point in Salem.  First, if you caught last Friday’s episode, it featured a terrific scene between Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Camila Banus (Gabi) that shook everyone to its core.   Gabi, who has now been arrested at the PCPD for her crimes against Julie and her schemes against Lani, gets a visit from Sonny, and boy is he angry.  At the time of their visit, Justin (Wally Kurth) has already told Sonny that he doubts there is any way that Gabi will avoid prison time.

Realizing that both Ari’s parents are looking like they will be in prison, he asks Gabi, “Who gets the fun job of explaining this to Ari?” Ari loves Julie. He exclaims,”How I am supposed to explain that her mother tried to kill her multiple times?”

Distraught and thus facing parenting alone, Sonny screams at Gabi if she even knows her daughter exists!?  Gabi thinks Sonny is being horrible to her, but stands by her actions that Julie needed to pay.  Sonny just shakes his head in disbelief.  Ari’s parents will both be in the slammer!  When DA James Giddens arrives (Terrell Tilford) he says that Gabi will get 10 years in prison with no time off for good behavior and no parole.   In these scenes. Smith and Banus really delivered the material and brought it to an emotional level that hit home to the viewers.

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And now this week, get ready for more drama.  Gabi may get a last minute reprieve, while Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) is so close to remembering what happened the night of the accident that killed Adrienne (Judi Evans) – how she was drunk in a car that caused the crash – and the victim of this is not only Adrienne, but Will (Chandler Massey) who was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit.

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In the latest promo for DAYS, look for Sonny to also lower the boom on Maggie with another deserved outburst and a homecoming for Will and Sonny.

So, what did you think of the scenes between Freddie and Camila? What do you hope happens to Maggie after her remembrance of the night of the crash is revealed? What will Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston) to next and all of their plans seem to be unraveling? Comment below.  But first check out the scene from Friday between Camila and Freddie, and this week’s promo for DAYS>

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will and Sonny Call It Quits

On Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Chandler Massey (Will) once again delivered heart-breaking scenes as the love story of WilSon took a dramatic turn.

After Sonny is summoned to the prison to see Will, the two have an emotional conversation, in which Will tells Sonny he knows that he kissed Evan (Brock Kelly) thanks to Kate (Lauren Koslow(.  Sonny assured Will that the he is not with Evan, but Will says, “Not yet.”

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Will goes on to say that what he did by taking the life of Sonny’s mom, and Justin’s (Wally Kurth) wife has put Sonny in an untenable situation and their marriage.  While Sonny calls it a tragic accident, Will will not allow Sonny to live his life with the ball and chain around him which is now an incarcerated Will, who will serve a prison term for what seems like years.

Knowing Sonny’s animosity towards Will, as much as he protests he doesn’t have it, Will asks for a divorce as tears well-up in Sonny’s eyes. Will mentions Justin’s recent prison visit and how they ran into each other.  Sonny tells Will just what Justin told him, that he is like a son to him. But Will feels so much guilt for taking the woman Justin loved away from him, and Sonny’s beloved mother, Adrienne.

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Then, Sonny asks if this is really about Evan.  Will says he  is just a catalyst as he wants Sonny to be happy with Evan, or whoever else he wants to be with in the future.  Will says he loves his husband so much that he wants him to find happiness again, and he knows he won’t if he is tethered to him.  Will tells Sonny he knows his daughter is in good hands with him and Gabi (Camila Banus) and he needs to honor Sonny for all that he had meant to him by loving him by setting him free.

The two men come to the harsh realization by finally admitting to one another that this was a long time coming.  With tears streaming down his face, Sonny says to Will, that when Will asked him to stop visiting him in prison, he knew their marriage was over, but neither could muster up the  courage to end it.

In the end, they both say how sorry they are, and say goodbye as Will is taken by the prison guard back to his cell as Sonny ls left devastated.

Freddie and Chandler reminded us all of why WilSon has been a continuing power couple on DAYS with their performances.  Now the question is; can Sonny and Will work their way back to each other, or is this the final straw in their lengthy relationship?

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Share your thoughts on the key scenes and performances. Then let us know, are you sad WilSon are breaking up? Or, are you glad? Comment below.

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