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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 of our Lives: Beyond Salem’s’ Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso Deliver the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when beloved and iconic Days of our Lives’ couple, Bo and Hope, reunited in heaven on the Peacock streaming series Beyond Salem Chapter Two. The five-episode limited series brought back Peter Reckell in his role of Bo, Kristian Alfonso as Hope, and even Scott Shilstone as Zack, plus Andrew Masset as Larry Welch!

Decades later, bottom line: Reckell and Alfonso still create on-screen magic as the couple known as ‘Bope’.  In story, when Hope is shot, she lands in heaven where she meets up with the great love of her life, Bo.  While together, they come to realize their reunion is limited as Hope needs to return to the living which makes the whole thing even more hankie-inducing.  Sprinkle in their dance (choreographed by Dancing with the Stars pro, Alan Bersten) to Bo and Hope’s signature song, “Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You”, and longtime fans of the couple are eating it up.

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Later, in heartbreaking scenes, Hope is reunited with her grown-up deceased son, Zack.  As with Bo, Hope must leave her son behind again, but Bo and Zack tell Hope they will all be together someday.

Individually, there were also some very strong performances from both Reckell and Alfonso.  Bo struggled to watch on the live feed what was happening to his ‘Fancy Face’ at the hands of Harris Michaels (Steve Burton) back on earth, and his devilish meeting with judge and juror, Larry Welch was a surprise.  Alfonso shared tender and confrontational scenes with her on-screen daughter, Victoria Konefal that were extremely poignant and well-played.

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For all of these reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Peter and Kristian’s work, The Power Performance of the Week.

Additionally, major kudos go to the Beyond Salem writing team for hitting the right notes that brought out the best in Peter and Kristian … and how about that ending? Will Bo be completely resurrected from his cryogenic state?  From a tweet from Reckell over the weekend, it looks like there could be more Beyond Salem in his future.

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Peter expressed:Thanks 2 everybody who joined us for Beyond Salem 2 ! We had so much fun preparing this for you and we’re happy you were able to come along for the ride! With any luck, this is just the beginning of an amazing adventure. I love reading all the comments, there is so much history.”

So, do you agree with our picks of Peter and Kristian as the ‘Power Performance of the Week’? What did you think of their scenes throughout ‘Beyond Salem”? Comment below.

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two’: Did Megan’s Hunt for the Three Prisms Bring Back the ‘Love of Her Life’?

In the final episode of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two we were left with a chilly cliffhanger, and we will get to that in a moment.

However for starters, the fifth installment gave several members in the ensemble cast some heart-tugging and emotional moments including: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Victoria Konefal (Ciara), Steve Burton (Harris), and Christopher Sean (Paul).

In story,  a doctor and nurse are talking about a cryogenic capsule with the DiMera Enterprises label on it.  The doctor shares that when Megan (Miranda Wilson) has all three prisms, they should be able to bring the patient back to life.  The nurse has concerns over the patients brain tumor in the capsule.  The doctor explains the prisms collectively will help treat ‘him’.  We were to believe, at first, this was Stefano? But, clearly it has to be Bo (Peter Reckell)!

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Meanwhile, Megan is in Montreal, having revealed herself to Hope! She tells Harris to grab the prism out of Hope’s cleavage.  After he does what he is told, she then tells Harris to shoot Hope!  He pulls the gun on Hope.  Now, Harris is welling up with tears.  Does he love Hope Williams Brady, like, for real?  Next thing you know, he passes out and Megan takes off.

Harris, who has now been arrested, gets a visitor, and it’s none other than Hope.  She wants him to sign divorce papers, while he gets emotional.  He apologizes to Hope, saying Megan ordered him to kill her, but that he did not want to.  Hope is not buying it and furious that Harris kidnapped Steve (Stephen Nichols) and John (Drake Hogestyn) and John is MIA.  Harris says he thinks Megan did something to change him and that he wasn’t always like this.  Hope says she will speak to the ISA and Shane Donovan on his behalf and heads out.

At the gala in Hong Kong, Wendy (Victoria Grace) is held captive by a trance-like John and Steve. Li (Remington Hoffman) then gives John the prism.  Joey (Tanner Stine) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) manage to out maneuver Steve as Li holds the gun on him.  However, John has taken off.  Later, Marlena (Deidre Hall) injects a captured Steve to try to get him ready for some hypnosis to undo his brainwashing as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) looks on.

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Now in Caracas, John shows up at Megan’s with the prism.  She adds the prism to the other two to make it perfect, and to enable her to help revive the cryogenic patient. Just then, Andrew (Colton Little) and Paul bust in with guns in tow.  Megan directs John to kill them. Next, comes a showdown between Paul and John as Paul tries to talk John into remembering him, and the father/son relationship they have.  It begins to work on John, but as he is starting to remember, Megan fills the room with gas and escapes with the three prisms wearing a gas mask.  Later, after Andrew and Paul wake up, and make sure each other is O.K., they check on John who is now back to his normal self.

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On the docks, Hope says a final farewell to Ciara and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  Before they part ways, Hope hears, “Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You” playing from the boat.  It brings her to tears, and to flashbacks of her time dancing in heaven with Bo.

Elsewhere, Andrew comes to say goodbye to Paul before he heads back from San Francisco to D.C.  The two share a passionate kiss.

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In heaven, Angela (Loretta Devine) has some unbelievable news for Bo! Because he gave his ‘second chance’ to Hope, he is going to get a ‘second, second chance’.  Bo does not know exactly what that means! But we do, right?

As Beyond Salem Chapter Two comes to its conclusion, Megan is with the doctor next to the cryogenic chamber frustrated that even with all three prisms they haven’t worked yet.  The doctors tells her the body inside has been in this state for years and that she needs to be patient.  It is then, Megan reveals that she has been patient for forty years and she wants to be reunited with the love of her life.  After everyone has left the room, the cryogenic chamber door opens.  We see what appears to be an alive Bo Brady! Did the prisms and Megan’s plan resurrect him … or will that be short-lived? Credits roll . .. and this edition of ‘Beyond Salem’ leaves us with a major heart-stopping cliffhanger!

So, what did you think of episode five of ‘Beyond Salem: Chapter Two’? Do you think the plan is for Peter Reckell to return as an alive Bo on the mothership, or in the next iteration of ‘Beyond Salem’ … or is it all a big red-herring? Share your theories in the comment section.

But first, cast your vote in our latest Michael Fairman TV poll and let us know what you thought of  ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem 2″!

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter 2’: Hope Reunites with Bo and Zack In Heaven

Thursday’s episode of the Peacock streamer, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter 2 was must-see for all Bope fans, and you definitely needed the hankies to get through it!

In touching and heartbreaking scenes and performances, Bo and Hope along with their son, Zack were all reunited in heaven, but it was to be short-lived. Along the way in this timeless love story and hovering between heaven and earth, major kudos goes to Peter Reckell (Bo) and Kristian Alfonso (Hope) for bringing all the feels, all the memories, and continuing to show us why they, as Bo and Hope, are an enduring part of soap opera history.  Kudos also to Scott Shilstone (Zack), who once again brought the emotion to every moment he shared with his on-screen parents.

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In story, after Hope is shot by hit man Thomas Banks (Eileen Davidson), during her wedding to Harris Michaels (Steve Burton), Ciara (Victoria Konefal) and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) hover over Hope’s lifeless body. Megan Hathaway (Miranda Wilson) has appeared, and wants to make sure she gets the prism, and the joy of seeing her nemesis, Hope, dead.

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Once Hope “dies” she arrives in heaven, where she is reunited with Bo.  An emotional Bo is so happy and overjoyed to see Hope, but tells her it’s not her time and she has to go back to the living.  At first, Hope doesn’t want to leave Bo.  Next, Bo consults with Angela (Loretta Devine), to see if he could give Hope the ‘second chance’ ticket that he received.  Meanwhile, Hope comes face to face with her son, Zack.  Now that he is all grown up, Hope is overcome.  She lost him as a little boy when he was struck by a car, thanks to Bo’s daughter, Chelsea Benson.

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After Bo and Hope dance to their signature song, “Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You”, a montage is shown of iconic moments of the couple through DAYS’ history.  Then, it’s time for the final goodbyes.  In tearjerker moments, Bo and Hope say goodbye to each other for now, as do Hope and Zack. Bo and Zack look on as Hope goes returns to the living.

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Once back on earth, Angela hits the rewind button for a different outcome, since as she had explained to Hope and Bo earlier, Hope won’t remember a thing that happened in heaven.  Now, as Thomas is about to shoot Hope, none other than Sister Mary Moira (Eileen Davidson) appears and stops him.  Looks like his sister had some common sense, only their struggle over the gun leads to Harris being shot.  But then, Harris fires a shot at Ciara.

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Ben knocks the gun out of Harris’ hands, but it’s picked up by Megan who demands Ben let him go. A shocked Hope exclaims, “holy shit!” when she realizes Megan Hathaway is somehow alive!

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Meanwhile at the gala in Hong Kong, a hypnotized and in-a-trance, Steve (Stephen Nichols) and John (Drake Hogestyn) – thanks to Megan – arrive on the scene and tie- up their wives, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Marlena (Deidre Hall), in a room. Next, Steve and John head out to the gala with guns ready and drawn to capture the prism that Li Shin (Remington Hoffman) just revealed to all the attendees.

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The fifth and final installment of ‘Beyond Salem 2″ drops Friday.

Now let us know in the comment section, what did you think of the Bo, Hope and Zack scenes in heaven? The performances of Peter Reckell, Kristian Alfonso and Scott Shilstone? Share your thoughts below.

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