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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’ 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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