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DAYS Recap – Jan 18 – Jan 22nd

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After Rafe catches Sami and EJ on the pier with the ransom money, they finally reveal all they’ve been keeping from him. Sami freaks when Rafe calls in the FBI. Rafe orders Sami and EJ home and takes over. Sami tries to apologize to Rafe for lying. Rafe says to trust him, but when Sami learns he had someone watching her and that’s how he knew she was at the pier with EJ, she reprimands him for not trusting her. Meanwhile, EJ tries to reach Anna to warn her that the FBI is involved. Melanie overhears Bo and Carly talking about her. Carly almost tells Melanie she’s her mother, but covers. Melanie buys her story, but tells Carly to stay out of her life. Carly is a wreck with Bo as she realizes she can never be around her daughter. Later, she shows up at the hospital to handle a student nurse situation, and it ends up being Melanie. At the same time, Vivian tries to work Hope to fight for Bo and get Carly out of the way. Hope won’t do her dirty work. Vivian calls in Gus. Hope opens up to Maggie about her continued feelings for Bo. Maggie gets her to admit that she wants Bo back. Brady and Arianna make plans to see Melanie, but Arianna has to stay and talk with Roman. Melanie asks Brady to give her away at her wedding. Brady voices his concern about Melanie giving up her nursing career for marriage. Melanie decides to ask Daniel for a leave of absence and to freeze her credits. At the same time, Arianna learns from Roman that the higher-ups want to end the undercover operation and send her back to prison. She talks to them in a conference call and refers to Roman as his code name “Caesar” which Troy overhears. Arianna covers with Troy, but he sets a plan to meet with her later, with the intent to kill.

Philip asks Bo to be one of his groomsmen. Bo, aware Vivian is listening, lets Philip think he and Carly have sort of picked up where they left off in the past. Meanwhile, Melanie finds out she has to ask Carly’s permission to freeze her credits and course work until after her honeymoon. Carly remembers giving birth to Melanie, how horrible Lawrence was and how she had to give up Melanie to save the girl’s life. Melanie gets creeped out by Carly and runs off. Later, Melanie returns for her sweater, and tells Carly she’s going off on an extended honeymoon with Philip. Carly is horrified to hear that Melanie had a terrible childhood with Trent, and is glad both her parents are dead. After Melanie leaves, Carly has visions of Lawrence taunting her by saying he’s won. Vivian is determined to find out if Mia is Carly’s daughter. After hearing about Bo’s “affair” with Carly, however, she wonders if the daughter could be anywhere and the reason Carly killed Lawrence is for Bo. Vivian commends Philip for not inviting Carly to the wedding. Vivian thinks she and Melanie are going to be great friends. Also, Bo confides in Abe how he put this untruth in motion about his affair with Carly. Abe worries it’s only going to hurt Hope and Bo, regrettably, knows it. After a run-in with Vivian, Kate decides to step up her game in winning Melanie’s favor, but is blown off by her. Meanwhile, Maggie continues to deal with her loss. Melissa goes home and Kate comes by to check on Maggie. Unfortunately, she ends up trying to pry out of Maggie how to connect with Melanie. Maggie blows up and throws her out. While it felt good, she’s still very sad.

Stephanie presents Nathan with a press release announcing he’s the Intern of the Year. Nathan is touched and wishes his grandfather knew. Stephanie admits she told Mickey before he died. Grateful, Nathan and Stephanie grow closer as they share a kiss. Sami, Rafe and EJ tensely wait for the possible kidnapper to take the ransom money. When she does, the feds arrest her, and Sami, Rafe and EJ head to the police station to learn her identity. Rafe confirms the woman works near the pier, but has no police record or connection to Nicole. She isn’t the kidnapper. EJ informs Anna that all is proceeding as planned while Rafe and Sami receive a fax from the kidnappers stating they know she brought in the feds. She’ll never see Sydney again. Philip calls Carly on her intention to seduce Bo. Vivian tells Hope about it. Bo insists to Carly the lie is necessary to protect Melanie from Vivian. When Hope sees Bo is no longer wearing his wedding ring, she believes the lie. Devastated, Hope cries in Justin’s arms. He assures her he and his love will always be waiting for her. Gabi gets permission from her mother to go to the Olympics with Chad, T and Kinsey. Jealous, Mia tries to focus on Will. Later, at Grace’s grave, she admits that while wanting both Chad and Will is wrong, she can’t lose anyone else in her life. The faxed note from the kidnappers sends Sami and Rafe into a tailspin. Sami increasingly putting her faith in EJ to find their daughter. When Sami and Rafe go home, they have a blow-out fight and trade accusations. Sami blames Rafe for the fact that Sydney isn’t home and might never be. Meanwhile, EJ is relishing quiet time with Sydney. Anna is impatient to learn when she will get her money and wonders whether EJ is ever planning to give the baby back. EJ won’t tell.

Carly has a nightmarish fantasy of Vivian killing Melanie. She realizes how fortunate it is that Melanie is leaving town so Vivian will never discover that she’s her daughter. Victor lays into Carly when they cross paths at the hospital, and she is horrified when she learns that he and Vivian may be accompanying Philip and Melanie on their extended honeymoon. Reeling off this news, Carly enters the Java Café and finds Melanie and Vivian in the throes of bridal planning and having found the perfect wedding dress. Carly barges in and demands that Vivian get her hands off Melanie. Hope tells Justin she needs time, and he understands. As they talk, she realizes he still loves and misses his family as much as she does hers. She meets Julie for lunch and tells her that she just learned Bo has had feelings for Carly all this time. Julie doesn’t believe it and doesn’t think Hope should, either. Hope talks to Julie about Justin and says she hasn’t been fair to him when she knew her heart would only ever belong to one man. Julie urges Hope to go after what she really wants. Meanwhile, Julie gives Nathan and Stephanie some gentle encouragement on their relationship. While they are now officially “official,” they agree to hold off on telling Melanie and Philip they’re dating until after the wedding. Bo asks Daniel to keep an eye out for Carly. Daniel agrees and Bo warns that Vivian Alamain is a crafty character and a restraining order won’t stop her. Meanwhile, Carly questions Vivian’s true motives towards Melanie. Melanie and Vivian are thrown by Carly’s crazy accusations. Fed up with Vivian, Carly puts her on notice. Daniel shows up and sticks up for Carly. Vivian is amused and Daniel pulls Carly away, but not before accidentally ruining Melanie’s wedding dress with coffee. Later, Daniel tries to talk some sense into her, but she won’t completely open up to him.

Carly goes into Bo’s arms. She tells him she nearly slipped up, but her secret is safe for now. Little do they know, Vivian is twigged by Carly’s behavior and asks Gus to find out what they can about Melanie Layton. Bo runs into Philip, who apologizes for how he spoke of Carly. He hopes his brother will still be one of his groomsmen and Bo agrees. Later, Melanie goes home to Philip and he makes her feel better. Chloe tells Brady that Nicole wants info on Sydney. Brady doesn’t have any info, but thinks it’s best if he doesn’t talk to her. It’s only fair to Arianna. Chloe understands and Brady goes to meet Arianna. Philip comes home and he and Chloe talk about marriage and children. He wonders if Chloe and Daniel are going to have a house full which upsets her.

Arianna is supposed to meet up with Brady, but Troy stops by instead. He’s there under the ruse that he needs her to move some coke. It spills and Troy uses the opportunity to try to strangle Arianna. However, EJ arrives and saves the day. Arianna calls the police and EJ tells Troy to run. Later, Roman catches the guy. At the police station, Brady arrives and is upset he wasn’t there for Arianna. EJ is a bit nervous. Troy overhears Arianna use her code word “Caesar” and he outs her as a narc! Anna questions EJ’s plan, but he assures her that it has an endgame.

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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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