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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.

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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.

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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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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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