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DAYS Recap – Jan 24 – Jan 28th

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Jane consults with Stefano and decides it’s time to kill Bo. Unfortunately, her police accomplice is unable to do her dirty work, so she must do it herself. Jane returns to the hideout to finish off Bo, but is shocked to discover he’s gone! Hope surprises a sleeping Nathan and grills him about his connection to the prison. Nathan is beyond shocked as he explains the mix-up between his phone and Ben’s. Hope realizes Nathan is not involved; Ben is. Nathan follows Hope’s wishes and gets a message to Jennifer, who’s had some bonding time with Carly. Jennifer meets Hope at the boat and promises to help. Later, Jennifer crosses with Ben and realizes he has a key to the infirmary. She formulates a plan. Brady rescues Vivian and Gus from their island “vacation” after getting her to sign paperwork. Victor shows Maggie the rescue in progress, and she agrees to let him make dinner plans.

Philip talks to Kate about Parker. Chloe is more convinced than ever that Parker is the key to Daniel’s heart. She is upset when she finds Carly at Daniel’s apartment and even more upset when she meets with Philip, who wants to change Parker’s name. Meanwhile, Victor offers Melanie his support. Later, Nathan goes to Melanie and tells her he wants to be with her regardless of the fact that she’s carrying Philip’s baby. Emotional, Melanie explains she isn’t ready, and asks Nathan to leave. EJ sends Nicole to pick up Sydney from Sami. Stefano tells EJ that their plan to remove Rafe from Sami and his children’s lives can move forward. Meanwhile, Rafe bonds with Johnny and tells Daniel he’s wary about EJ’s change of heart. Nicole tells EJ that Sami is late with Sydney. EJ is cool with it and even lets Rafe be with Johnny, knowing well this will be one of the last times.

Hope tells Leo about sending Jennifer off to find the connection between Ben and Jane. Hope remains concerned that she has put so many of her loved ones in danger. Meanwhile, Jane believes that Bo has escaped, but he’s trapped behind the door of the hideout. He jumps Jane and insists on knowing what she’s up to. Jane stalls for time and Bo comes face-to-face with the state investigator on her payroll. They chain up Bo, and plan to kill him that night by making it look like he was fleeing arrest. Jennifer, meanwhile, faces obstacles as she tries to get Ben’s key to the prison infirmary. She, Ben and Daniel go to the Brady Pub. Jennifer and Daniel bond while Ben is on the phone. Daniel inadvertently makes Jennifer realize that helping Hope is more important than betraying Ben. When Ben comes back, she deliberately hugs him and her hand goes to his pocket and pulls out his keys.

Victor sets up a “safe” brunch for Maggie, instead of dinner, to make her feel comfortable. Vivian’s return with Brady interrupts their warm moment. Maggie leaves and Vivian tells Victor she’s divorcing him and leaving town for a while. She regrets the time wasted on him. She goes to Maggie and says Victor will soon be free. Maggie can no longer hide behind Victor’s marriage to keep him at arm’s length. Maggie is unsettled. Victor thanks Brady for getting Vivian to sign over control of Titan. He’s a chip off the old block. However, alone Brady says more than Victor knows. Sami is thrilled to be getting shared custody of the kids with EJ. Rafe admits he was wary, but the custody papers all seem in order. Sami and Rafe start to make love, but Sydney interrupts. Sami has a moment alone with Sydney and tells her how things are all finally working out for them. Nicole questions EJ about the noise from the basement. EJ doesn’t confide in her but says it’s almost time for the signing of the custody papers. Nicole thinks Sami isn’t going to like all the terms. When Sami and Rafe meet with EJ, she is ready to sign until Nicole comes in. Sami is stunned to learn that EJ is still marrying Nicole, and he stipulates in a new addendum that Nicole has rights to the kids if anything happens to him. Sami explodes and almost comes to blows with Nicole. Rafe tries to talk her down because he believes it’s the best deal they’re going to get. Furious, Sami refuses to sign and storms out. Philip finds Chloe out drinking alone and wonders where their son is. Chloe says Parker is with Maggie. They exchange words over changing Parker’s name. Philip thinks Chloe isn’t herself. Maggie shows up with Parker, and reveals that Chloe was supposed to pick him up over an hour ago. Philip takes Parker out for a walk as Chloe admits to Maggie that her life is falling apart and how hard it is to take care of the baby. Maggie, alarmed, insists that Chloe and Parker stay with her for the night. Kate brings Melanie a gift for her soon-to-be grandchild. Melanie tells Kate to forget about her and Philip getting back together. Kate plays on Melanie’s past of growing up without her father and tells her she must put her child first. Then she introduces the idea of Melanie and Philip raising Parker as well, as brother to their child. Melanie says she’s not interested, and Chloe wouldn’t give up Parker anyway. However, Kate’s wheels are turning.

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Jennifer steals Ben’s prison infirmary key, and breaks in to find files on the dead inmates. Jane and Lee almost catch her, but she manages to take photos of the files and slip out. Later, Jennifer looks at the files and realizes she needs a doctor to decode them. She eyes Ben when he returns to the Brady Pub looking for his keys. Jennifer plays innocent and Ben finds his keychain, but she keeps the infirmary key. A mysterious woman makes plans to come to Salem while looking at pictures of Nicole. Sami has rejected EJ’s offer and Rafe tries to do damage control. Sami goes to Justin for legal advice and realizes she’s got no real legs to stand on. EJ admits he didn’t handle the presentation of Nicole’s role in the childrens’ lives very well. He offers to call Sami, but Rafe thinks he needs to talk to her alone. Rafe goes home and pretty much tells Sami this is the way it has to be. At home, Nicole and EJ celebrate. EJ tells Nicole she’s a part of his family. Back at the loft, Sami storms out on Rafe. She gets in her car and drives. Rafe follows and gets in an accident when a deer jumps into his path. Chloe makes a desperate attempt to get Daniel back by bringing Parker to the hospital and lying that he is sick. Daniel, Maggie and Victor all realize something is wrong with Chloe. Chad asks Adrienne for a job but is turned down for the time being. Lexie talks to him about what it’s like being a DiMera. After his talk with Sami, Justin visits Adrienne at the Cheatin’ Heart, and they reconnect… which culminates in the two of them making love! An injured Rafe is rushed to the hospital and Sami begs for him not to leave her. At the same time, EJ and Nicole inform Stefano of Sami’s outrage about the custody agreement. Stefano receives word that Rafe was in a terrible accident and worries this could unhinge his and EJ’s plan. Nicole overhears but EJ covers. They all leave for the hospital. EJ and Nicole find a guilt-ridden Sami, who agrees to sign the custody papers. Stefano peppers Ben with questions about Rafe’s physical condition. After a bit of worry and grief, Ben informs everyone that Rafe will recover – though it’s too soon to tell if he will have brain damage. Stefano realizes the accident will play nicely into his and EJ’s plans. Bo tries to get the upper hand with the crooked state investigator, but in his current state, he is no match for his guard. At the same time, Hope has a close call with a cop. Elsewhere, Jennifer enlists Carly’s help in decoding the medical files. The photos are too blurry so Jennifer takes Carly to the infirmary. After browsing the original files, Carly realizes the warden is killing inmates for organs. Jane and Lee come in as Carly and Jennifer hide. They overhear the plan to execute Bo, and after Jane and Lee leave, Jennifer and Carly split up to warn all. Jennifer calls Hope about Bo, then Lee discovers her and tells her the jig is up. Ben calls in a request for a heart, and Lee says she just might have one as she looks to Jennifer! Meanwhile, Carly and Hope arrive in the forest just as the state investigator is about to shoot Bo! Victor tells Kate about Chloe’s latest stunt. Kate thinks it’s wonderful; it’ll make it easier to steal Parker away from her. Victor doesn’t want to upset Philip or Daniel, so he chooses not to involve himself in Kate’s campaign against Chloe. He thinks they should let things play out. Kate can’t believe Victor won’t help her. Daniel tells Melanie about what Chloe tried at the hospital. He asks her to be for there for Parker no matter what happens and she agrees. Meanwhile, Chloe continues to wallow in depression and Maggie tries to comfort her. She calls for Daniel’s help and he rushes right over. Chloe is overjoyed that Daniel has come back to her, but is upset when she realizes he’s there for a different reason. Daniel gets real with Chloe, who realizes she lost everything. At the same time, Kate moves in on Melanie and tries to enlist her help.

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Thank you.

The Justin and Adrienne stuff was the best part this week. I hope we get more of them.

I also love how Justin is the only one that can control Sami and tell how things are when she goes off the handle. I love seeing Justin in lawyer mode. Need to see more of that. 🙂

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Sonny Goes Off On Scheming Gabi & This Week Maggie Remembers The Night Adrienne Was Killed

Things are definitely reaching a boiling point in Salem.  First, if you caught last Friday’s episode, it featured a terrific scene between Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Camila Banus (Gabi) that shook everyone to its core.   Gabi, who has now been arrested at the PCPD for her crimes against Julie and her schemes against Lani, gets a visit from Sonny, and boy is he angry.  At the time of their visit, Justin (Wally Kurth) has already told Sonny that he doubts there is any way that Gabi will avoid prison time.

Realizing that both Ari’s parents are looking like they will be in prison, he asks Gabi, “Who gets the fun job of explaining this to Ari?” Ari loves Julie. He exclaims,”How I am supposed to explain that her mother tried to kill her multiple times?”

Distraught and thus facing parenting alone, Sonny screams at Gabi if she even knows her daughter exists!?  Gabi thinks Sonny is being horrible to her, but stands by her actions that Julie needed to pay.  Sonny just shakes his head in disbelief.  Ari’s parents will both be in the slammer!  When DA James Giddens arrives (Terrell Tilford) he says that Gabi will get 10 years in prison with no time off for good behavior and no parole.   In these scenes. Smith and Banus really delivered the material and brought it to an emotional level that hit home to the viewers.

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And now this week, get ready for more drama.  Gabi may get a last minute reprieve, while Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) is so close to remembering what happened the night of the accident that killed Adrienne (Judi Evans) – how she was drunk in a car that caused the crash – and the victim of this is not only Adrienne, but Will (Chandler Massey) who was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit.

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In the latest promo for DAYS, look for Sonny to also lower the boom on Maggie with another deserved outburst and a homecoming for Will and Sonny.

So, what did you think of the scenes between Freddie and Camila? What do you hope happens to Maggie after her remembrance of the night of the crash is revealed? What will Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston) to next and all of their plans seem to be unraveling? Comment below.  But first check out the scene from Friday between Camila and Freddie, and this week’s promo for DAYS>

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will and Sonny Call It Quits

On Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Chandler Massey (Will) once again delivered heart-breaking scenes as the love story of WilSon took a dramatic turn.

After Sonny is summoned to the prison to see Will, the two have an emotional conversation, in which Will tells Sonny he knows that he kissed Evan (Brock Kelly) thanks to Kate (Lauren Koslow(.  Sonny assured Will that the he is not with Evan, but Will says, “Not yet.”

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Will goes on to say that what he did by taking the life of Sonny’s mom, and Justin’s (Wally Kurth) wife has put Sonny in an untenable situation and their marriage.  While Sonny calls it a tragic accident, Will will not allow Sonny to live his life with the ball and chain around him which is now an incarcerated Will, who will serve a prison term for what seems like years.

Knowing Sonny’s animosity towards Will, as much as he protests he doesn’t have it, Will asks for a divorce as tears well-up in Sonny’s eyes. Will mentions Justin’s recent prison visit and how they ran into each other.  Sonny tells Will just what Justin told him, that he is like a son to him. But Will feels so much guilt for taking the woman Justin loved away from him, and Sonny’s beloved mother, Adrienne.

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Then, Sonny asks if this is really about Evan.  Will says he  is just a catalyst as he wants Sonny to be happy with Evan, or whoever else he wants to be with in the future.  Will says he loves his husband so much that he wants him to find happiness again, and he knows he won’t if he is tethered to him.  Will tells Sonny he knows his daughter is in good hands with him and Gabi (Camila Banus) and he needs to honor Sonny for all that he had meant to him by loving him by setting him free.

The two men come to the harsh realization by finally admitting to one another that this was a long time coming.  With tears streaming down his face, Sonny says to Will, that when Will asked him to stop visiting him in prison, he knew their marriage was over, but neither could muster up the  courage to end it.

In the end, they both say how sorry they are, and say goodbye as Will is taken by the prison guard back to his cell as Sonny ls left devastated.

Freddie and Chandler reminded us all of why WilSon has been a continuing power couple on DAYS with their performances.  Now the question is; can Sonny and Will work their way back to each other, or is this the final straw in their lengthy relationship?

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Share your thoughts on the key scenes and performances. Then let us know, are you sad WilSon are breaking up? Or, are you glad? Comment below.

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