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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.

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.

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: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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