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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: What Did You Think of the Life-Sized Duke and Ava Scene?

Okurrrr! On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the long-running NBC soap opera served up a scene in which Ava (Tamara Braun) wakes up in bed and sees a life-sized Duke doll come to life in the doorway.

If you recall, Ava ripped the small-sized stuffed-animal, Duke to shreds, previously, with a scissor in a fit of rage as she appears to be losing her grip!

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In this scene, Duke returns with pair of scissors in his hand and says he’s there for payback. Ava screams out. Next, she grabs a nail file to defend herself and tries to run, but Duke grabs her.

What does Ava do next? She bites Duke. He tells her that she’ll pay for that.  Next, we see a startled Ava in bed as Rafe (Galen Gering) appears at the doorway with coffee… and wait for it … a bear claw!

As Rafe informs Ava of the accusations against him at work, she asks if he thinks she is engineering this, considering he accused her of dismembering Duke?  Rafe says he believes she is not responsible for any of this. Oh, Rafe!

So, what did you think of the scene when you watched it between larger-than-life stuffed-animal-come-to-life Duke and Ava?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena’s Exorcism Brings a United Front to Rid Satan

In a great episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it the return of Greg Vaughan as “Father” Eric Brady to exorcize the devil out of Marlena (Deidre Hall) for the second time in her lifetime, but it was not easy.

First, in the bedroom, Sami (Alison Sweeney) finds Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) almost untying the MarDevil, after Satan threatens him with revealing he was the one who kidnapped Sami and even tells Sami, that Lucas has been lying to her! Lucas worms his way out of the situation saying that he has been lying about his feelings for Sami.

Meanwhile, an overwrought John (Drake Hogestyn) is so happy to see Eric in his mother’s time of need.  When Eric takes off his coat, he reveals that he is once again a man of the cloth – priest collar and all.  Eric fills John in that it was actually Nicole (Arianne Zucker) who made him come to the realization that he wanted to serve God again, when she told him that ‘collar or no collar, he has never changed.”

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Next, Eric meets the MarDevil and tells John to leave him alone with Satan.  MarDevil spews that Eric is an arrogant little man and that he will die.  Now the MarDevil questions how his parishioners who saw the videotape of him having sex with Kristen – although Eric reminds Satan he was drugged – would welcome him as a priest?  Next thing you know, MarDevil shows the infamous sex tape on a laptop! Then, Satan said she thought his true calling was working in “adult entertainment” not for God.

Going for the jugular, MarDevil morphs into OG Kristen (Eileen Davidson) and she is tied to the bed, cooing for Eric, for another roll in the hay.  Eric becomes drawn in and if it were not for Brady (Eric Martsolf) walking in on the scene, urging his brother to resist the devil’s tricks, who knows where this would have led!  But Eric does resist, and MarDevil returns, saying that the fallen priest and his boozy brother are no match for her!

Now that the family is all congregating in the living room not only has Brady arrived, but so too has Belle (Martha Madison), Allie (Lindsay Arnold), and Johnny (Carson Boatman).  Eric explains that they all need to band together to perform an exorcism on Marlena and rid the devil from her.  Lucas exits deciding it should be for immediate family only, and he is already concerned that Satan knows he kidnapped Sami.

In the bedroom, Marlena’s family surrounds the bed as Eric begins the exorcism.  The family prays as Eric asks everyone to join hands and say the Lord’s Prayer.  As they begin the prayer, wind begins to blow and the bed goes up and down as MarDevil is defiant that Marlena will never return.  When the bed settles down, everyone thinks it’s over, but MarDevil surprises everyone and still has a grip on Marlena.

MarDevil then verbally attacks Belle and reminds her that she was the first one to give up on Marlena when she was in a coma and how she cheats on the men in her life calling her a “cheap slut”.  That is followed in kind when MarDevil goes after Sami and calls her a “professional slut”.

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Eric insist the family talk directly to Marlena.  They all become a united front as MarDevil is struggling to maintain control.  Then, in a fantastic series of flashbacks, we see Marlena’s memories coming through of each of her family members – and of course, best one ever, of all-time, is John and Marlena reuniting on the pier.

You then hear MarDevil let out a scream “No!” and then she passes out.  After everything is once again still in the room. John sits next to Marlena and calls her “Doc”.  She wakes up, saved!  It’s the Marlena everyone knows and loves!  She is saved on Christmas.   We fade to black.

What did you think of Marlena’s exorcism 2.0 and the episode? Let us know in the comment section below.  But first, check out this tweet of the flashback memories contained with the episode as Marlena fights the devil!

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‘Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas’: What Did You Think of the Holiday Tale?

Riffing on Hallmark Channel holiday movies combined with inside Salem wink-winks and nudge-nudges, soap tropes, surprise returns and altered storyline shifts, Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas now streaming on Peacock, had something for everyone, that by the end of its almost one hour and twenty minute tale, you were in the holiday spirit.

In the streaming flick, Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Grant Tinker) are working hard to make sure Will makes his Christmas Eve deadline of turning in his holiday script. So the couple known as “WilSon” conjure up an altered “facts” story… sorta!

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Now, Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Marlena (Deidre Hall) are running the Brady Pub, because Roman has died.  Paulina (Jackée Harry) is now the Cruella de Vil of Salem aiming to put everyone out of business for her own gain.

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Sami learns that Sydney is her biological daughter (something that in the airshow happened years ago) in order for a redux of the classic bitch-slap scene between this version of evil Nicole (Arianne Zucker) and Sami.

Even though Nicole’s deception is revealed, she doesn’t end up completely alone after EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) dumps her for Sami.  A bum outside the Brady Pub hands her a tissue to wipe away her tears, and it’s revealed to be … Eric (Greg Vaughn in a cameo).

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Elsewhere, John (Drake Hogestyn) is not married to Marlena (Deidre Hall), but Kristen (Eileen Davidson) and they run the Inn.  Meanwhile, as per usual, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Kristen are lusting after each other … complete with one of the best scenes in the special, where a naked Brady, covers his private parts with cue cards that profess his love for Kristen (a la Love Actually).  Meanwhile, Marlena is longing for John, even though he is with Kristen.

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Paulina ‘s assistant turns out to be Leo (Greg Rikaart), and as he did in the previous Peacock streaming series … he saved the day! Leo, while going through files on Paulina’s desk, found a loophole that could save Salem business owners from being kicked to the curb.

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And it was great to see one of the finest actors, Blake Berris, back on the screen as Nick and longing for Gabi (Camila Banus).  You see, Will writes Nick into his script, while Sonny exclaims that Nick is dead. But this is a holiday tale, so whatever!

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In the end, it was the town pulling together for a holiday fundraiser to save themselves with a talent show hosted by Leo featuring: the return of Sonny Delight, Amanda Bottom and Belinda Chinashop, followed by a Santa strip from the hottest men in Salem and voila’ – it’s drag queens and half-naked guys that save the day!

So, what did you think of Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas ? What was your favorite part of it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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