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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.

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: 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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