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DAYS Recap – Jan 2 – Jan 6th

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Will opens up to Marlena about seeing his mom having sex with EJ. He doesn’t think he can ever forgive her for being so selfish. If Rafe ever finds out, it will tear their family apart. A stunned Marlena absorbs this information, understanding what Sami did all too well. Will says he doesn’t know what to do – he’s so angry at his mother but he doesn’t want to hurt Rafe. Marlena advises her grandson to talk to his mom and tell her what he knows. Only then will they be able to repair their relationship. Will doesn’t think that’s possible. He goes home and makes an attempt to talk to Sami, but she’s in a rush to get back to work and leaves before realizing he wants to talk. Will is put off and he calls Marlena to tell her he doesn’t think it will work out between him and his mom. Marlena worries for Will and Sami, feeling partly to blame because of her own past indiscretion.

Sami shows up for her first day of work at Countess Wilhelmina, and she’s stunned when Kate wants her to share inside info on Mad World. Sami balks, but Kate warns she’ll fire her if she doesn’t comply. Sami feels stupid for thinking Kate actually thought she was a good executive. Kate insists she does think Sami is a smart exec – but right now Sami is most useful if she spills about Madison’s plans. Sami finally caves and tells Kate about a top secret product line that Madison is about to launch for bold young women. Kate pounces on this, wanting to beat Madison to the punch. Sami provides research documents, and Kate thinks they are going to make a great team.

Madison is frustrated that Sami’s defection is causing her to fall behind in work. She tells Brady she’ll have to push back a promotional tour for the men’s line. Brady says she can’t – it will affect other divisions at Titan. Madison claims it will be impossible for her to stay on schedule – she wants to concentrate on her top secret line. They argue and it gets personal. They finally calm down and work out a compromise, making clear they never want their professional relationship to affect their personal one.

Abe, Lexie and Jennifer meet with EJ and Nicole to discuss the upcoming mayoral debates. The women begin to argue as Abe and EJ move off. The two men bond over what it’s like to be a candidate, and thinking they are saving the day, they tell the women exactly how they want things to work. The women inform them that they already hammered out a similar plan – they just work in a different way. Later, Nicole tells EJ she plans to get the questions from the moderator in advance of the debate. Meanwhile, Jennifer tells Abe and Lexie she knows exactly what Nicole will try to pull — but she’ll stop her.

Marlena conducts a therapy session with Bo and Hope. The couple feels there are splinters and cracks in their relationship that go all the way back to when Zack was killed. In order to move forward, they must deal with this before they’re tested again – like when they were separated and Carly came to town. As Marlena works with them, Hope recounts the night she lost Zack and how Bo kept the truth from her about Chelsea’s role in his death. Bo knows not telling Hope the truth hurt their relationship, but he wants to get past it. Hope does, too, but her trust issues are just as bad as his wanting to sweep everything under the rug. Both know they can no longer do this or they’ll be back in the same situation. Marlena thinks Bo and Hope have made a good first step to finding the source of their trouble and urges them to keep working. Austin helps Carrie and Rafe move into their new office, but when he makes a joke about their clients – or lack of them – it falls flat. Austin apologizes to Carrie, and Rafe escorts their first client in. When they understand what their client is asking them to do, they realize beggars can’t be choosers.

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Sonny senses something is up with Will. Will admits he’s having a rough time and asks if Sonny has ever wanted to run away. Sonny admits he has, but it was due to his sexuality. He keenly urges Will to get comfortable with himself. When Sonny realizes Will is in a bigger funk than he thought, he slightly alters his earlier advice and suggests he consider leaving Salem to really find himself.

Abigail sees Chad and Melanie in a close moment and flips out, saying it’s clear the two of them must have been carrying on behind her back while she was still with Chad. Melanie and Chad deny, but Abigail won’t hear it. Abigail goes to Austin and confides that she and Chad broke up. Austin encourages her to go after the man she loves (not realizing she’s in love with him), while Chad begs Melanie to stand her ground and stick it out with him. Melanie thinks they should start over as friends no matter how hard that might actually be. Jack and Jennifer talk about their impending trip to Hawaii. It sparks some frustration in Jack, who clearly hopes they can take things to a higher level now that Daniel is, in effect, out of the picture. Jennifer reacts to the pressure she feels and tells Jack she’s not ready for anything but a one-day-at-a-time relationship with him. Jack knows that’s because she’s still harboring feelings for Daniel, but doesn’t press further. They’re both unaware that Daniel is across town, getting devastating news that his hand tremors are incurable … which means his life as a surgeon is over. Maggie and Lexie try to comfort him but Daniel says he needs to be alone. He leaves, and runs into Jennifer. She can tell immediately something is wrong and he finally confesses he’s received a devastating diagnosis. She tries to comfort him and given their recent estrangement he resists at first, but he finally gives in, taking comfort in her arms. That’s when Jack arrives at the town square and sees their continued closeness. Brady comes to John and hears of his plans to resurrect Basic Black and rebuild it from scratch. When Brady hears John talk passionately about his plans, he makes a surprising proposal: he’ll leave Titan, and become John’s partner. This is music to John’s ears but he puts on the brakes. He knows Brady’s offer is an impulsive one, an emotional one – not one based in reality. John sends him to talk to Madison and really think about what it would mean to come on board … and if he’s still interested, then John would like nothing more than to call his son “partner.”

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Melanie and Chad are trying to keep their promise to stay friends for now, so as not to make Abigail feel any worse about the breakup and what she saw between them. That doesn’t mean Chad can keep his distance, however, and he comes to see Melanie at the spa and gets an accidental kick in the head for his trouble. Gabi learns Chad and Abigail broke up and she can hardly hide her interest. Gabi asks Melanie if she thinks Abigail would mind if she asked Chad out on a date. Melanie bites her tongue. Meanwhile, Quinn is starting to show interest in Melanie, and Chad sees it. It’s clear they’re not going to have an easy time of keeping their distance after all.  Will is feeling tremendous pressure, both from the secret he knows about Sami and EJ and questions about himself and who he is. He bristles as he observes the way Rafe selflessly pitches in around the house, picking up the slack as Sami learns the ropes at her new job. When Sami comes home, he can’t bring himself to stick around and makes an excuse to go. He winds up at Marlena’s, but he’s unable to open up about what is eating him. Marlena tries to help but knows he’s keeping a lot bottled up inside. He leaves Marlena’s, too, talking about needing a fresh start somewhere. At the town square, he sees a poster advertising EJ’s campaign … and he gets an idea. He goes to the DiMera home and demands money from EJ so he can leave Salem. EJ doesn’t know why he should help Will. Will says, if he doesn’t, he’ll reveal a secret he knows EJ wants to keep hidden.

Rafe is concerned about Will, having witnessed his continued anger toward Sami, but he puts aside those concerns for the time being and shares a romantic night with his wife. EJ is trying to get his campaign back on track following John’s exoneration of all the fraud and embezzlement charges. Stefano is sympathetic – but guilty too, since he was the one who directed Bo and Hope to the clues they needed to clear John. He comes close to confessing this to EJ but pulls back for the time being. It weighs on him, however, and he later comes just short of confiding the truth in Kate. When he encounters John and Marlena later on, he tells Kate he believes John is still formidable and will undoubtedly rise again.

John spends the day plotting his rise and his plans to revive Basic Black. He tells Marlena of Brady’s offer to leave Titan and partner up with him to make the company a force again. The question of whether Brady will actually come on board is up in the air – and in opposing scenes, Brady hashes out that very question with Madison. She confesses she doesn’t want to see him leave Titan, but understands the emotion driving his desire to partner up with his father and accomplish something meaningful with him, side-by-side. She tells him he should do it. Later, Brady calls John … and says they should meet.

 

 

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Sonny Goes Off On Scheming Gabi & This Week Maggie Remembers The Night Adrienne Was Killed

Things are definitely reaching a boiling point in Salem.  First, if you caught last Friday’s episode, it featured a terrific scene between Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Camila Banus (Gabi) that shook everyone to its core.   Gabi, who has now been arrested at the PCPD for her crimes against Julie and her schemes against Lani, gets a visit from Sonny, and boy is he angry.  At the time of their visit, Justin (Wally Kurth) has already told Sonny that he doubts there is any way that Gabi will avoid prison time.

Realizing that both Ari’s parents are looking like they will be in prison, he asks Gabi, “Who gets the fun job of explaining this to Ari?” Ari loves Julie. He exclaims,”How I am supposed to explain that her mother tried to kill her multiple times?”

Distraught and thus facing parenting alone, Sonny screams at Gabi if she even knows her daughter exists!?  Gabi thinks Sonny is being horrible to her, but stands by her actions that Julie needed to pay.  Sonny just shakes his head in disbelief.  Ari’s parents will both be in the slammer!  When DA James Giddens arrives (Terrell Tilford) he says that Gabi will get 10 years in prison with no time off for good behavior and no parole.   In these scenes. Smith and Banus really delivered the material and brought it to an emotional level that hit home to the viewers.

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And now this week, get ready for more drama.  Gabi may get a last minute reprieve, while Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) is so close to remembering what happened the night of the accident that killed Adrienne (Judi Evans) – how she was drunk in a car that caused the crash – and the victim of this is not only Adrienne, but Will (Chandler Massey) who was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit.

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In the latest promo for DAYS, look for Sonny to also lower the boom on Maggie with another deserved outburst and a homecoming for Will and Sonny.

So, what did you think of the scenes between Freddie and Camila? What do you hope happens to Maggie after her remembrance of the night of the crash is revealed? What will Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston) to next and all of their plans seem to be unraveling? Comment below.  But first check out the scene from Friday between Camila and Freddie, and this week’s promo for DAYS>

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will and Sonny Call It Quits

On Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Chandler Massey (Will) once again delivered heart-breaking scenes as the love story of WilSon took a dramatic turn.

After Sonny is summoned to the prison to see Will, the two have an emotional conversation, in which Will tells Sonny he knows that he kissed Evan (Brock Kelly) thanks to Kate (Lauren Koslow(.  Sonny assured Will that the he is not with Evan, but Will says, “Not yet.”

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Will goes on to say that what he did by taking the life of Sonny’s mom, and Justin’s (Wally Kurth) wife has put Sonny in an untenable situation and their marriage.  While Sonny calls it a tragic accident, Will will not allow Sonny to live his life with the ball and chain around him which is now an incarcerated Will, who will serve a prison term for what seems like years.

Knowing Sonny’s animosity towards Will, as much as he protests he doesn’t have it, Will asks for a divorce as tears well-up in Sonny’s eyes. Will mentions Justin’s recent prison visit and how they ran into each other.  Sonny tells Will just what Justin told him, that he is like a son to him. But Will feels so much guilt for taking the woman Justin loved away from him, and Sonny’s beloved mother, Adrienne.

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Then, Sonny asks if this is really about Evan.  Will says he  is just a catalyst as he wants Sonny to be happy with Evan, or whoever else he wants to be with in the future.  Will says he loves his husband so much that he wants him to find happiness again, and he knows he won’t if he is tethered to him.  Will tells Sonny he knows his daughter is in good hands with him and Gabi (Camila Banus) and he needs to honor Sonny for all that he had meant to him by loving him by setting him free.

The two men come to the harsh realization by finally admitting to one another that this was a long time coming.  With tears streaming down his face, Sonny says to Will, that when Will asked him to stop visiting him in prison, he knew their marriage was over, but neither could muster up the  courage to end it.

In the end, they both say how sorry they are, and say goodbye as Will is taken by the prison guard back to his cell as Sonny ls left devastated.

Freddie and Chandler reminded us all of why WilSon has been a continuing power couple on DAYS with their performances.  Now the question is; can Sonny and Will work their way back to each other, or is this the final straw in their lengthy relationship?

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Share your thoughts on the key scenes and performances. Then let us know, are you sad WilSon are breaking up? Or, are you glad? Comment below.

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