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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’ 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.

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.

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.

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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