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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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Stephen Nichols Returns To DAYS In Cliffhanger As ‘The Phoenix Always Rises From The Ashes’

Now that DAYS will preempted over the Thanksgiving holiday break, leave it to head writer Ron Carlivati and his team to come up with a creative way to usher in the highly-anticipated return of fan favorite, Stephen Nichols and with a doozy of a cliffhanger.

Nichols, who has played Steve “Patch” Johnson on and off for decades, was revealed in story at the end of Wednesday’s episode as Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso) completes her painting of “Steffy”. Next thing you know, we see Steve, or is it Stefano with a face change, who is wearing a suit and shooting a look over to Gina? The episode fades to black.

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Then, on the heels of the reveal, NBC released next week’s official DAYS promo which has a voice-over of the character of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) saying “The phoenix always rises from the ashes” Next you hear Stefano (aka Nichols) saying “I now have Steve Johnson’s face.”  While Gina wants to know what Stefano’s plan is, he exclaims, “It’s good to be back.”

Watch the exciting promo below, and then let us know what you think of the story twist,  and if you are happy to see Stephen Nichols back on-screen via the comment section below.

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Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Bring the Heartache and Heartbreak to DAYS’ Elani Wedding

Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives showcased the nuptials of now long-suffering duo, Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani (Sal Stowers).  In true soap opera fashion things didn’t look good for the couple to get hitched in the first place, especially with Gabi’s (Camila Banus) threats that she would literally blow Julie’s (Susan Seasforth Hayes) heart out of her chest, if Lani did not bust up with Eli at the altar.

As Marlena (Deidre Hall) is officiating the ceremony, things took a dark turn when she asked if anyone in attendance could show just cause why the couple should not be wed in holy matrimony.  Everyone is silent as Gabi, who is an attending the nuptials, is quite happy with herself broadcasting the wedding from her phone to Julie who is in the hospital.  Next, an emotional Lani tells Gabi how sorry she is for shooting Stefan.  Lani says she hopes Gabi can set aside their differences for the sake of Julie and Eli.  Gabi tells her she thought she made herself clear.  It appears that Lani decides she is moving forward with the vows, after standing up for herself and ignoring Gabi’s threat after tackling Gabi WWE Smackdown style.  Next, Gabi informs to everyone she just pressed the button on the app on her phone and Eli’s grandmother’s heart exploded. But hold the phone! In that moment, there is a twist.  We go back to Lani at the altar who snaps out of this blackmail nightmare she just played out in her head.  That didn’t really happen, but the audience sees her thinking process through it, which leads Lani in the present to break off the wedding to her beloved Eli.

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At the altar, Lani tells Eli through her tears she cannot do this.  Eli is stunned and confused.  The bride tells him he doesn’t deserve this.  Next, Lani turns towards Gabi, and then tells Eli she is sorry and then runs out of the ceremony.   Gabi mutters that her “work is done here” which seems to be overheard by Will (Chandler Massey).

What follows is absolutely devastating scene in the park as Eli has followed Lani there.  Through her tears, and knowing that the only way she can break things off with Eli is to hurt him deeply, Lani tells him at first that she doesn’t deserve to be happy with a husband, because she shot and killed Gabi’s.  However, Eli won’t accept that, and that is when she has to muster everything inside her to break Eli’s heart in pieces.  She tells the man she loves that she doesn’t love him anymore. Lani says that she thought that after baby David’s death and all they went through to be together it would all fall back into place for them, but for her, it didn’t.

Lani says her decision is made. With tears streaming down his face, Eli cries, “So you’re leaving me? That’s it?” Lani confirms it is, and that she is sorry and then runs off.  Cue none other than Gabi to find a gut-punched Eli on the park bench, who she hugs! Looks like there’s a part two to Gabi’s heinous plan ahead.

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The performances by Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers in this episode were top-notch – their work was and even though it was under the most outrageous of circumstances, you felt the love, the heartbreak and heartache of a couple torn apart, when they love each other so much.

So, what did you think of Lamon and Sal’s performances? What did you think of the final moments of the episode when Lani has to dump Eli for good? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Camila Banus Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

The angst, drama, tears, and revenge continued this week on NBC’s Days of our Lives with the stirring portrayal of grief-stricken young woman; who is hell-bent on making everyone around her suffer for the loss of her husband in a fatal gunshot that left him brain-dead.  Of course, we are talking about Camila Banus (Gabi), who turned in bravura performances this week, and there are four moments that really stood out to us that showed the range and depth of Banus’ work.

In the hospital chapel, Gabi talks to God and prayed to him that he will make Stefan (Brandon Barash) whole again.  There has been one through-line for Gabi throughout her life – she seems to have everything and everyone she loves taken away from her, even if some of the decisions she makes along the way have a cause/effect that leaves her feeling completely alone, and ready to lash out at the world for what has transpired.  In the chapel, she asks God through her tears, “Why do you hate me so much?” Gabi tells God she went to Sunday school as a little girl and still she has lost God and her husband.  Gabi cannot even get herself to look at Stefan’s things when Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) try to share them with her as she slaps the envelope out of their hands.

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In another heartbreaking scene, Gabi is in the bed she shared with Stefan. She flashes to kissing the love of her life.  Next, Gabi breaks down in tears, and throws things around in the bedroom before slumping to the floor.  She sobs and says, “Why did you give me your heart, Stefan, if you weren’t going to be around to love me with it?”

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Later, Gabi talks to Stefan in her sleep as she hugs his pillow. When she wakes up she cries as Kate (Lauren Koslow) arrives to check on her.  Gabi lets Kate have it, and at first blames Kate for the whole mess with Stefan.  Gabi lashes out that if it wasn’t for Stefan getting in between Kate’s feud with Vivian (Robin Strasser), he’d still be alive.  Kate knows Gabi is in despair and hugs her.  Then, Gabi channels her angst towards Lani (Sal Stowers) promising to make her suffer.

And on Friday’s episode, Gabi is ramping us some sort of revenge plan promising Stefan his legacy will live on. Earlier, Gabi was present with Lani and Eli (Lamon Archey) when Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) informed them that Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) will need a special pacemaker, even after receiving Stefan’s heart. Somehow, Gabi found a file on Visionary Bionics, the company that makes this unique medical device, and recalls Kayla saying she’ll do the procedure on Julie tomorrow. Gabi makes a mysterious call.  What is she about to do?

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Through all of the emotional drama, Banus sustained a level of performance that is no easy feat. That is why Michael Fairman TV names Camila’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

Let us know if you agree with our pick, and what you thought of Camila’s performances, and what you think Gabi might do next, via the comment section below.

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