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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.

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.”

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 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?

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What Did You Think of the Premiere of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’?

Today was the debut of the well-publicized and highly-anticipated DAYS streamer limited-series: Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem which dropped on Peacock at 3:01am EST Monday morning.

If you have not seen the first episode, and intend on watching it,  do not read any further as it contains moments and story points – however, if you have seen the premiere read on!

At the beginning is an updated version of the traditional iconic series opening of DAYS, hourglass and all, but wait for it! It’s not the late MacDonald Carey’s voice who is welcoming us in to watch the drama unfold, but none other than Deidre Hall (Marlena) who gets the nod.  Deidre voices-over: “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our Lives” cue the new logo for the limited series.  We also get an opening title sequence after the prologue of the episode complete with location shots and the cast members names!

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In this throwback to the 90’s high adventure and escapades in soaps, we learn that in 1991 the Alamainian Peacock was stolen by Hope acting as Princess Gina. Shane Donovan has come to John and Marlena in Zurich needing their help, because the peacock featured six different and precious gemstones: a citrine, an amethyst, a ruby, emerald, sapphire, and an orange diamond.  Although the peacock was recovered, the stones were not and we are off to the races in this case of the missing jewels caper.  Shane wants John and Marlena to be an American couple who want the gemstones at an auction, but he tells them there is danger involved.  Jarlena are most them up for the task!

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Meanwhile, Tony and Anna visit Carrie and Austin and can sense the trouble in their marriage.  Carrie is upset.  Apparently, Austin had too much to drink and brought up Rafe to Carrie.  Wanting to make amends, Austin wants to get his wife a sapphire necklace, which Anna goes a ga-ga for in the photo Austin shares. But not wanting Carrie to know what he is up to he asks Tony and Anna to go the auction to bid on it.

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Lisa Rinna makes her return as Billie Reed, but dressed undercover as kind of a Princess Gina lookalike, long hair, tiara, and all. She gets busted by Ben and Ciara and tells them she is undercover watching the amethyst in the jewelry shop that Ciara was loving on to Ben. But as they talk about Ben being a serial killer and all, someone went in and bought the jewel spoiling Billie’s plan.

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In Miami, turns out Paulina has the orange diamond, and in one of the funniest bits, goes and on how Michelle (Obama) in the White House gifted her the ring as Abe, Eli and Lani look on perplexed.  Later, when everyone tells her not to go out on the town with that ring on, she insists, but bad news.  While the foursome are dining, two henchmen with guns come a-calling!

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Elsewhere in Phoenix, Chad comes to visit Will and nuSonny, now played by Zach Tinker (who delivered in his emotional scenes in his debut). Turns out WilSon seem to be having marital problems. .. again!  Sonny thinks Will is cheating on him.  Will says he is working on a top-secret assignment and has to go to the office.  Later, when Chad calls to see if Will is where he says he is at, he is not there.  Sonny springs into action and goes to Will’s computer and finds an email that he is meeting someone at a resort and spa.  Best buds, Chad and Sonny, hightail it to the resort and land outside Will’s suite.  When Sonny knocks on the door he is surprised to see Leo Stark … in a robe!  Something tells us each episode will end with a guest star popping up, but we shall see and the let the games begin!

So, what did you think of the premiere episode of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem? What was your favorite part? What did you think of Zach Tinker in his debut as Sonny? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But, first vote in our ‘Beyond Salem” premiere poll and cast your vote below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ciara Remembers Her Love For Ben

After months of torturing the heart and soul of Ben Weston (Rob Scott Weston), finally, the love of his life, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) remembers the passionate undying love and connection the two share.

It began earlier in the week after Ben kidnapped her, and drove Ciara away from her nuptials to Theo (Cameron Johnson), who was left at the altar.  Alone in the cabin (which brings back a lot of creepy memories for both of them), you could see episode after episode, Ciara trying to push down her feelings, but they were too strong, and by the end of this week, she remembered it all as she stood very close to Ben and flashbacked to highlights of their torrid relationship including: Ben proposing to her, their wedding in July a year ago, in which Ben was taken by Eve’s  (Kassie DePaiva) plot in a bomb explosion – now a year later, after Ciara was kidnapped and then lost her memory – the couple known as Cin never really had their honeymoon! Stay tuned.

As the two share a passionate kiss on Friday’s episode, and later are side by side in bed, the door to the cabin bursts open with Theo and Shawn  (Brandon Beemer) there with a gun drawn.  What will happen when we pick up with Ben and Ciara’s story on Monday?

Meanwhile, major kudos again to Daytime Emmy winner, Victoria Konefal, and the immeasurable talents of Rob Scott Wilson, for making us care continually about this on-screen couple, constantly torn apart by circumstances, and with the waiting the hardest part for fans of the show, it almost always seems worth the payoff just to see these two connect and know that in life, a great love … never dies.

So, are you happy that Ciara remembered her love and life with Ben? What did you think of the key scenes played by Rob and Victoria? Comment below.

 

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