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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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Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Bring the Heartache and Heartbreak to DAYS’ Elani Wedding

Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives showcased the nuptials of now long-suffering duo, Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani (Sal Stowers).  In true soap opera fashion things didn’t look good for the couple to get hitched in the first place, especially with Gabi’s (Camila Banus) threats that she would literally blow Julie’s (Susan Seasforth Hayes) heart out of her chest, if Lani did not bust up with Eli at the altar.

As Marlena (Deidre Hall) is officiating the ceremony, things took a dark turn when she asked if anyone in attendance could show just cause why the couple should not be wed in holy matrimony.  Everyone is silent as Gabi, who is an attending the nuptials, is quite happy with herself broadcasting the wedding from her phone to Julie who is in the hospital.  Next, an emotional Lani tells Gabi how sorry she is for shooting Stefan.  Lani says she hopes Gabi can set aside their differences for the sake of Julie and Eli.  Gabi tells her she thought she made herself clear.  It appears that Lani decides she is moving forward with the vows, after standing up for herself and ignoring Gabi’s threat after tackling Gabi WWE Smackdown style.  Next, Gabi informs to everyone she just pressed the button on the app on her phone and Eli’s grandmother’s heart exploded. But hold the phone! In that moment, there is a twist.  We go back to Lani at the altar who snaps out of this blackmail nightmare she just played out in her head.  That didn’t really happen, but the audience sees her thinking process through it, which leads Lani in the present to break off the wedding to her beloved Eli.

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At the altar, Lani tells Eli through her tears she cannot do this.  Eli is stunned and confused.  The bride tells him he doesn’t deserve this.  Next, Lani turns towards Gabi, and then tells Eli she is sorry and then runs out of the ceremony.   Gabi mutters that her “work is done here” which seems to be overheard by Will (Chandler Massey).

What follows is absolutely devastating scene in the park as Eli has followed Lani there.  Through her tears, and knowing that the only way she can break things off with Eli is to hurt him deeply, Lani tells him at first that she doesn’t deserve to be happy with a husband, because she shot and killed Gabi’s.  However, Eli won’t accept that, and that is when she has to muster everything inside her to break Eli’s heart in pieces.  She tells the man she loves that she doesn’t love him anymore. Lani says that she thought that after baby David’s death and all they went through to be together it would all fall back into place for them, but for her, it didn’t.

Lani says her decision is made. With tears streaming down his face, Eli cries, “So you’re leaving me? That’s it?” Lani confirms it is, and that she is sorry and then runs off.  Cue none other than Gabi to find a gut-punched Eli on the park bench, who she hugs! Looks like there’s a part two to Gabi’s heinous plan ahead.

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The performances by Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers in this episode were top-notch – their work was and even though it was under the most outrageous of circumstances, you felt the love, the heartbreak and heartache of a couple torn apart, when they love each other so much.

So, what did you think of Lamon and Sal’s performances? What did you think of the final moments of the episode when Lani has to dump Eli for good? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Camila Banus Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

The angst, drama, tears, and revenge continued this week on NBC’s Days of our Lives with the stirring portrayal of grief-stricken young woman; who is hell-bent on making everyone around her suffer for the loss of her husband in a fatal gunshot that left him brain-dead.  Of course, we are talking about Camila Banus (Gabi), who turned in bravura performances this week, and there are four moments that really stood out to us that showed the range and depth of Banus’ work.

In the hospital chapel, Gabi talks to God and prayed to him that he will make Stefan (Brandon Barash) whole again.  There has been one through-line for Gabi throughout her life – she seems to have everything and everyone she loves taken away from her, even if some of the decisions she makes along the way have a cause/effect that leaves her feeling completely alone, and ready to lash out at the world for what has transpired.  In the chapel, she asks God through her tears, “Why do you hate me so much?” Gabi tells God she went to Sunday school as a little girl and still she has lost God and her husband.  Gabi cannot even get herself to look at Stefan’s things when Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) try to share them with her as she slaps the envelope out of their hands.

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In another heartbreaking scene, Gabi is in the bed she shared with Stefan. She flashes to kissing the love of her life.  Next, Gabi breaks down in tears, and throws things around in the bedroom before slumping to the floor.  She sobs and says, “Why did you give me your heart, Stefan, if you weren’t going to be around to love me with it?”

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Later, Gabi talks to Stefan in her sleep as she hugs his pillow. When she wakes up she cries as Kate (Lauren Koslow) arrives to check on her.  Gabi lets Kate have it, and at first blames Kate for the whole mess with Stefan.  Gabi lashes out that if it wasn’t for Stefan getting in between Kate’s feud with Vivian (Robin Strasser), he’d still be alive.  Kate knows Gabi is in despair and hugs her.  Then, Gabi channels her angst towards Lani (Sal Stowers) promising to make her suffer.

And on Friday’s episode, Gabi is ramping us some sort of revenge plan promising Stefan his legacy will live on. Earlier, Gabi was present with Lani and Eli (Lamon Archey) when Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) informed them that Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) will need a special pacemaker, even after receiving Stefan’s heart. Somehow, Gabi found a file on Visionary Bionics, the company that makes this unique medical device, and recalls Kayla saying she’ll do the procedure on Julie tomorrow. Gabi makes a mysterious call.  What is she about to do?

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Through all of the emotional drama, Banus sustained a level of performance that is no easy feat. That is why Michael Fairman TV names Camila’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

Let us know if you agree with our pick, and what you thought of Camila’s performances, and what you think Gabi might do next, via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Stefan is Brain-Dead After Getting In Lani’s Line Of Fire

If you caught last Friday’s Days of our Lives, and as we head into a new and dramatic-filled week ahead in Salem, after jumping in front of a bullet meant for Vivian (Robin Strasser), Stefan (Brandon Barash) has been shot badly – he has a gun shot wound to the neck through the carotid artery.

Lani (Sal Stowers), who fired the shot in an effort to stop and take down Vivian for her crimes against Kate (Lauren Koslow), et al, now finds herself in very, very hot water, and none more so than with Stefan’s wife, Gabi (Camila Banus).

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In the waiting area, Gabi shows up and confronts Lani. However, Lani and Abe (James Reynolds) try to explain it was an accident.  Gabi reminds him of how he felt after Theo was shot.  As Gabi runs off to see Stefan, Lani cries, “What if he dies?”

When Gabi arrives in the trauma room, she is told by Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and team that they worked on Stefan for over 20 minutes but he is brain-dead. Vivian, who alerted Gabi to what happened, and showed up at the hospital incognito in her scrubs to check up on the fate of her son, is trying to make her escape plan from Salem

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Meanwhile, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) is MIA from her hospital room as she and Doug (Bill Hayes) go to Doug’s Place.  She wants to breathe her last breath there, and wants one last night with her beloved husband.  Julie asks Doug, if she has been a good wife to him, knowing the end is near. After reminiscing of their past and flashbacks, and Julie wanting to have one last dance, she passes out

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Next, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Eli (Lamon Archey) arrive at Doug’s Place and find Doug crying.  They tells him that they need to  get Julie back to the hospital but Doug says it’s too late. Everyone is heartbroken.

So, what have you thoughts of the twist? Stefan brain-dead? Gabi on the warpath? Julie’s plight and its toll on Doug? How do you think this will all play itself out? Could Stefan come back to life as others have via Dr. Rolf? Share your thoughts below.

But first, for a preview of what’s to come check out the latest DAYS promo from NBC.

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