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DAYS Recap – Jan 23 – Jan 27th

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Bo and Hope confront Stefano about the safe deposit box he shares with Alice. He tries to deny it at first, but realizes they’ve caught him and agrees to open the box. Hope admits she’s nervous about what they’ll learn. When Stefano returns, he and Hope prepare to unlock the box, then he stops and asks her to consider the fact that Alice had a reason for keeping the contents a secret. Is she really sure uncovering the truth is what’s best? Hope hesitates and Stefano withdraws his key. He tells her to let him know when she has made a decision.

Jennifer is stunned to learn Daniel is leaving town right away. Daniel explains he’s going to travel the world for a bit to gain some perspective on his life and figure out what he’s going to do now that he can’t be a surgeon. They make peace over their failed relationship. Later, Daniel shares emotional goodbyes with Victor, Maggie and Melanie. As he’s about to leave for the airport, Jennifer gives him one last kiss goodbye and breaks down once he goes.

Madison hires Abigail as an intern at Mad World – though she hints she has much bigger plans for her. Madison later runs into Brady and she confesses that Sami is still working for her and she’s sabotaging Kate. Brady is furious that Madison lied to him. Madison lets it slip that her rivalry against Kate is personal; they share a history. Brady questions but Madison brushes it off and says it was just business. She bets Kate doesn’t even remember. Madison is more concerned about Brady forgiving her. Brady admits he needs more time and warns her plan could blow up in her face. Brady bonds with Quinn, realizing that he is a changed man. Quinn later runs into Abigail and they strike up a friendly conversation. Madison and Brady see them. Madison confides to Brady that she’s going to ask Abigail to be a model for Mad World. She says she also has plans for Quinn.

Chad learns Kate wants to hire him and Gabi as models for Countess Wilhelmina. He balks and accuses his stepmother of trying to bring him back into the DiMera fold. Kate denies this and says he can turn down the job if he wants, but he’ll be turning down the job for Gabi as well. Kate will only hire them as a pair. Gabi urges Chad to change his mind, and he does after he sees how much she needs this to boost her confidence after what happened with Will. Kate is delighted.

Sami again defends her actions to Rafe about acting as a mole for Madison. They remain at an impasse. Later, Rafe joins Carrie at the office where she reveals she’s uncovered a break in the case of the boy accused of arson. Sami calls to talk to Rafe, but he’s too busy with the case. Rafe and Carrie learn the DA is dropping the arson case based on their new evidence, and they end up in a spontaneous hug, their growing feelings for each other just below the surface. Austin and Carrie seem very disconnected even though they have settled on a date night. Austin and Abigail share brunch, enjoying each other’s company.

Sami joins Kate to oversee Countess Wilhelmina’s fashion shoot with Gabi and Chad, which is an incredible success. Gabi enjoys spending time with Chad and it shows in the photos, which are much better than even Sami anticipated. She shares this information with Madison, who instructs her to sabotage them somehow. Kate nearly catches them talking, but Sami covers. Sami tries to delete the best photos from the shoot, but Kate interrupts.

Madison meets with Victor, Brady and Maggie and turns down the job to run Titan. Everyone is surprised and questions if this is the right decision. Madison almost slips up when she claims she was advised to make this decision, but then covers. Victor suspects something more is going on. Maggie justifies maybe Madison has simply fallen in love with Brady and wants more time for a personal life. Madison tells Brady she appreciates him standing by her, even though he doesn’t agree with some of her recent decisions. Madison calls the mystery person and tells them she turned down the job, but she’s clearly not happy about it. Marlena shares a meal with Will and tries yet again to let him know she’s here for him if he wants to talk about his sexuality. Sonny interrupts them and invites Will to spend some time with his gay friends. Uncomfortable, Will says he’s not interested. Once Sonny leaves, Marlena encourages her grandson to spend more time with these friends if he likes them, but Will claims he’s not interested. Marlena continues to try drawing him out, but Will isn’t ready to come out and retreats from her. Marlena convinces Jack to attend a group therapy session she runs for military vets. Jack is resistant at first, feeling he’ll be trespassing since he wasn’t in the service, but Marlena finally persuades him. Jack and the other group members share their life-changing experiences and feelings. A couple of stories lead Jack to tell his and he’s clearly haunted by his terrible ordeal. Jack and the others bond in their shared experience and emotions.

John and Brady work together on the re-launch of Basic Black. Though they’ve agreed they’ll return to their fashion roots, they disagree about strategy and what kind of design to launch with. They both have valid points and are passionate about their sides of the argument. It looks as if their newly-forged partnership might not work out after all but they end up laughing at themselves and finally reach a compromise that works for both of them. It’s clear their relationship is even stronger than it was before.

Bo and Hope meet with Stefano to discuss his safe deposit box with Alice. Hope pushes Stefano’s buttons until he blurts that she has no idea the trouble she’s stirring up: the two secrets in the box could destroy many lives! Hope jumps on this and Stefano finally gives her and Bo the whole story. Stefano told Alice he knew a damaging secret about her loved ones; she in turn claimed she had a secret about him. Without revealing their respective Intel, they agreed to put their evidence in a shared safe deposit box so both secrets would remain neutralized. Now that Bo and Hope have the full story, Stefano asks again: do they really want to open the box? Will is stunned when EJ requests that he bring Sydney to the mansion for a birthday party since he was not invited to the one Sami is throwing. EJ pressures him to follow his orders, and Will finally realizes he might enjoy watching his mother flip out. He brings Sydney to the mansion, where EJ and Nicole fawn over her. Abe, Lexie and Jennifer arrive with Theo. Though Lexie was reluctant to attend, Abe and Jennifer have persuaded her to come, partly so they can secretly pull off their scheme of replacing EJ’s debate questions with fake ones. Jennifer spies on Nicole as the questions are hand-delivered. Nicole hides the envelope in a drawer in the foyer. During Sydney’s gift opening, Abe gets the chance to make the switch. Before he can put the envelope back, however, EJ enters and wonders what Abe is doing.

Rafe is out of his element as he tries to make last minute party favors for Sydney’s birthday. Carrie comes to his rescue and they bond. When they finish, Rafe receives an upsetting phone call. The people they hired to portray Sydney’s favorite TV characters – a prince and princess – have cancelled. They don’t want to disappoint Sydney, so Rafe and Carrie dress up as the prince and princess – much to Kayla’s amusement. Kayla informs them that the characters always do a ballroom dance, so they must perform the dance for the kids! Under Kayla’s instruction, Rafe and Carrie quickly learn the moves. When Kayla leaves to tend to an ailing Joey, Rafe and Carrie find themselves caught up in the romantic dance. Rafe pulls Carrie in close and the proximity affects them.

Abigail fantasizes about confessing her feelings to Austin and having him respond with a kiss. In reality, however, Abigail only informs him of her potential new modeling gig. Austin innocently asks if she’s gotten permission from her parents and she balks – she’s an adult! Austin apologizes and says he still sees her as a little girl. Abigail does her best to seem like a mature young woman. Later, Austin assures Abigail she’ll be successful no matter what she does. Rafe and Carrie have unexpectedly found themselves in a close moment and they break apart awkwardly. It’s too late: both Sami and Austin witnessed it. The tension is high as Rafe and Carrie rush to explain away the moment. They were rehearsing a dance for Sydney’s party. Neither Sami nor Austin is satisfied, but then Sami realizes Sydney hasn’t arrived yet for her own party. When she learns Will took her to the DiMera mansion, she goes ballistic and is finally able to unleash the anger and frustration she’s felt since coming upon Rafe and Carrie. She goes to EJ’s and makes a scene … which Sydney unfortunately witnesses. To make it up to her daughter, Sami must invite EJ and Nicole to join them at the party. Austin and Carrie have stayed behind at the pub, where he voices his frustration over how busy she’s been. When she finally has a minute free, she spends it not with him, but with Rafe. The hurt and frustration everyone has been feeling has to be put aside when Sydney returns for her party.

EJ has nearly caught Abe switching the real debate questions with a false set he and Jennifer have cooked up. Abe manages to cover in the nick of time. Lexie talks him up to Theo, saying the citizens of Salem will get a good look at the kind of man Abe truly is during the debate. Abe shares a look with Jennifer and stuffs his guilt. Later, with Jennifer, he owns what he has done. He must keep EJ out of the mayor’s office. Meanwhile, EJ and Nicole are ready for the debate, confident they will win now that they’ve gotten the questions in advance. They don’t realize Abe has set them up.

Stefano has laid a very clear choice out in front of Hope and Bo: he’ll open up the safe deposit box he shared with Alice, but only if they understand their choice is between letting a sleeping dog lie or “awakening the beast.” Bo and Hope realize he’s playing games with them and they exert some pressure of their own, making him admit there’s something he wants in all this. He wants the envelope that Alice sealed that contains some unknown secret about him. Bo challenges Stefano the same way he challenged them: is he prepared for what he’ll find inside that envelope? It’s a frustrating, high stakes game of cat-and-mouse for all of them, each trying to get a bead on the other’s motivations. Finally, Stefano walks away, telling them the ball is in their court.

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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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