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DAYS Recap – Jan 25 – Jan 29th

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After Troy overhears Arianna call Roman by his code name, the undercover assignment is blown. Troy grabs EJ and continues to yell that Arianna is a narc until he’s dragged off by a cop. Brady asks EJ why Troy would specifically tell him about Arianna. EJ covers nicely. Arianna fears she will go back to jail, and Roman leaves to find out. Brady is supportive and tells her he will make sure nothing will happen to her. Arianna doesn’t want Brady’s false promises. He wasn’t there to help her tonight, and he’s not going to be there every time she’s in trouble. Hurt, Brady admits she’s right as Roman returns with bad news. Arianna is going back to prison – tonight. Vivian pressures Gus to find out if Melanie Layton is in fact Carly’s daughter. She questions Melanie about her family, but Philip puts a stop to it. Victor shows up and Philip and Melanie take their leave. Vivian discusses her new theory about Carly and Melanie with Victor, but he’s getting impatient. He wants Carly gone, and Vivian promises hasty results. Carly meets with Maggie and apologizes about fighting with Hope in her house. While she gives her condolences about Mickey, Mia comes up and tells Carly to leave. Later, Carly makes amends with Mia. Back at Maggie’s, Melanie comes home to check up on Maggie. Vivian shows up and begins her investigation. When Melanie goes to check on Maggie, Vivian receives a call from Gus. He tells her that he was able to get the date of birth. Melanie Layton is a match. Vivian is beside herself, just as Melanie reenters. Bo and Hope bump into each other, which results in a broken toy sailboat for Ciara. After apologies are exchanged, Hope accuses Bo of lying to her about Carly. Bo admits nothing as they argue about their failed marriage. Hope still believes that Carly came back for reasons other than Bo. Upset, Hope leaves. Later, Carly comforts a distraught Bo. At the same time, Hope recalls a moment in her and Bo’s childhood, and then tosses the broken sailboat into the water. Stefano is furious at being cut out of EJ’s life, and Kate speaks a hard truth. Meanwhile, Anna realizes Sydney has a fever. She calls EJ about the medicine and he promises to bring it over soon. Stefano confronts EJ and begs for another chance. He wants to be involved in EJ’s life again. EJ rebuffs Stefano. Later, Stefano stumbles across the baby medicine for an infant and confronts EJ. Philip meets with Kate, who tries to offer her services in helping Melanie with the wedding. He tells her that Vivian has taken care of mostly everything, and Kate flips. She warns him that Vivian cannot be trusted. Philip reminds Kate of the recent crimes she’s committed and says Melanie is safer with Vivian than with Kate.

Sami attempts to apologize to Rafe, but it doesn’t go very well. Rafe doesn’t think Sami trusts him and we see it’s true. Rafe believes they’ve lost precious time in regards to Sydney. Gabi shows up and needs a word alone with Rafe. After Sami leaves, Gabi tells him about Arianna and they split. Sami comes back out and is thrown to see them gone. Sttefano questions EJ about the baby dropper he found. He wonders if EJ has Sydney. EJ dismisses his father’s accusations, and Stefano urges his son to be honest with him. EJ explains Stefano was never honest with him about the baby switch, letting him believe he had no daughter. After Stefano threatens to go to the police, EJ claims the medicine was for Johnny. Sami shows up and backs up EJ’s story. Johnny has gone back to using a dropper. Defeated and not thrilled with the bonding that’s occurring between Sami and EJ, Stefano takes his leave. Sami asks what’s going on with Stefano, but EJ is vague. Sami admits she’s having issues with Rafe. Elsewhere, Stefano knows EJ isn’t telling the truth and plans to do something about it. Roman sadly informs Arianna she’ll be returning to prison. Brady is furious nothing could be done, and Arianna reels from learning she’s going to be locked in the same prison as Nicole. Rafe shows up and promises Arianna he’ll fix this. Later, Rafe calls his friend at the FBI and asks him for help. Arianna says good-bye to Brady until Roman enters with news. Did Rafe save the day? Vivian learns from Gus that Melanie is Carly’s daughter. Melanie asks Vivian about her phone call, but Vivian covers and leaves. Later, Vivian goes over the details about Melanie with Gus. She meets with Victor and goes over her new plan. She won’t kill Melanie, mainly because of Philip, but she will avenge Lawrence by killing Carly. At the same time, Melanie confides in Maggie about Vivian. Maggie warns her to be careful. Philip shows up and Melanie, worried about Maggie, convinces Philip to eat dinner in. They discuss Vivian’s obsessive interest in Melanie. Carly dreams of a peaceful life with her daughter, but it goes all wrong. Justin arrives and calls her on sleeping with Bo. Carly doesn’t apologize and she tells Justin she’s not giving up on Bo.

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Bo urges Rafe not to let Sydney’s disappearance come between him and Sami. Rafe gets the forensics report from the ransom notes and takes it to the DiMera mansion where he finds EJ comforting Sami. Rafe reveals that the only DNA found on the notes belonged to EJ. He accuses EJ of contaminating the evidence by failing to come forward sooner. EJ maintains the evidence was never there to begin with. Rafe is forced to admit he has no new leads, and Sami is devastated. As Sami and Rafe argue, EJ calls Anna and tells her that she should get her money soon. Sami tells Rafe she doesn’t believe he’s going to bring Sydney home. She runs out, and smug EJ watches their acrimonious parting. Hope meets Justin for breakfast with the intention of telling him she has only feelings of friendship for him. They cross with Carly, and Justin tells Hope that Carly has changed. When he divulges what she said the day before, Hope is incensed and leaves to confront Carly. The two women hurl insults at each other. Bo interrupts and takes Carly’s side. Later, Carly sees that Bo is distracted and wonders whether he wants to go to Hope. Bo says no. He’s where he wants to be. Meanwhile, Hope talks to Victor and then makes a mysterious phone call. Vivian plots Carly’s demise until a “visit” from Lawrence convinces her that she needs to return to Plan A, and off Melanie after all. Maggie receives a delivery of belongings from Mickey’s office, which Melanie helps her unpack. She finds an anniversary gift, and later, a bottle of Scotch that a client gave Mickey for Christmas. After Melanie leaves, Maggie is left alone staring at the bottle. Meanwhile, after her emotional morning with Maggie, Melanie leaves Philip a sweet message saying how much she’s looking forward to their life together. Arianna visits a distraught Sami. The two discuss Rafe and Sami’s relationship. They talk about Sydney. Arianna believes Rafe is the guy that can bring her home. After all, he stopped Arianna from going to prison. At the same time, EJ gives Rafe “advice” about his relationship with Sami. Rafe says he doesn’t need EJ’s help in understanding how Sami feels and exits. EJ later savors his triumph with Anna.

Back at Sami’s, Arianna explains what Rafe did for her just as he enters. Arianna leaves, and Sami realizes Rafe was keeping things from her as well. They butt heads on what was the right course of action for getting Sydney back. Sami tells Rafe that it’s too hard seeing him at all. Rafe agrees and decides to move out, but both are tormented by the love they share. EJ gets a visit from Arianna, who thanks him for saving her from Troy. She comes clean about working undercover for the police, and admits she fears something might happen to her now that her secret is out. EJ says she should be afraid. EJ plays the grieving father, but when he steps out of the room for a moment, Arianna picks up his ringing cell, thinking it is hers, and Anna is on the line! Daniel and Chloe work at the hospital and share a nice moment. Carly strolls by and Daniel has a word with her in private. He wants to make sure Vivian isn’t getting to her, and she reassures him she can handle it. They recall when Carly introduced Daniel to Rebecca. He knows she would have wanted him to be happy, and he is with Chloe. Meanwhile, Chloe helps a little girl and becomes upset. Carly comforts Chloe over being unlikely to conceive. Later, Chloe meets back with Daniel, and comes to see that maybe a miracle can happen for her. Stephanie tells Nathan she wants to tell Melanie about them. Nathan hides his displeasure and tells her to go for it. Melanie meets with Stephanie and explains all of her wedding arrangement woes. Stephanie advises her to postpone the wedding but Melanie refuses. She and Philip share true love and must be married soon. Melanie asks about Nathan, and Stephanie, with a perfect opportunity to tell her about their relationship, decides to keep it a secret. Melanie talks with Daniel. He tries to give her advice about Vivian and Nathan, but she won’t hear it. Maggie fights her demons with a bottle of Scotch. Nathan arrives to check on her and finds her with an empty bottle. She assures him that she didn’t drink it, and the two of them talk about Mickey. Melanie shows up and, after Nathan blows her off, it becomes clear even to her that she still has feelings for him. Stephanie meets with Nathan and tells him that they should wait until Melanie and Philip are married to go public. At the same time, Melanie makes her way to the pier and in fury over her mixed up feelings, she hurts her hand. Carly walks in on this, and insists on examining it. Melanie sees the caring Carly has for her and demands to know why.

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EJ goes off on Arianna for answering his phone until he realizes she thought it was her own phone, which is identical. EJ thinks he’s in the clear until Arianna asks him who Anna is. EJ tells her she’s his sister-in-law and hates Stefano for what happened to Tony. She doesn’t want Stefano to know she’s in town. EJ makes Arianna swear she won’t tell anyone. Later, even though he dodged a bullet, EJ still admonishes Anna, and tells her there will be no more slip-ups. At the same time, Brady talks with Roman about how he worries for Arianna’s safety in the wake of her being labeled as a narc. Rafe moves out of Sami’s townhouse even though they both feel it’s wrong. Rafe goes to Roman to ask about Arianna’s case and the search for Sydney. He tells Roman he and Sami have split. Roman wonders if Rafe is having second thoughts. Rafe doesn’t know. If and when they get Sydney back, he doesn’t know if things will ever be okay again. During this, Brady comes to see Rafe at Sami’s townhouse, and learns from her that he moved out. Sami tells Brady too much trust has been lost. Alone, Sami reminisces about Rafe. Meanwhile, Rafe runs into EJ. When he sees Rafe’s bags, EJ realizes Rafe has moved out. EJ expresses sympathy, but when Rafe leaves, EJ smiles malevolently. Vivian tells Victor she’s going back to the original plan of offing Carly’s daughter. Victor puts the brakes on it, now that he knows that daughter is Melanie, his future daughter-in-law. Vivian appears to back down, but later meets with Gus, plotting to keep her plan going and get rid of Melanie, while Carly watches. Carly almost tells Melanie she’s her daughter, but backs off and just says she had a daughter many years ago and lost her right after birth. Melanie misunderstands and believes Carly’s baby died. She thaws to Carly. After Carly suggests she have her injured hand x-rayed, Melanie thinks maybe she’ll do it when Carly’s on duty.

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

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Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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DAYS Eric Martsolf and Stephen Nichols Named ‘Power Performances of the Week’

Last week’s Days of our Lives provided quite the backdrop for some stellar performances, as we had previously noted earlier in the week here.   However, there were a few scenes and moments that just stood out to us, that even when we watched them back for a second or third time, still got us choked up.

First, Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf (Brady) really deserves some major kudos here for his understated and effective work when Brady is finally given the truth – that his daughter Rachel is alive – and his brother Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) child, Mickey is the one who really died in a nefarious baby switch scheme thanks to Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston).

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Not only did Martsolf convey the joy that his daughter was alive juxtaposed with months of angst that preceded it, but he also showed the heartbreak knowing that Eric and Sarah’s (Linsey Godfrey) child did not survive.  In scenes with Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Greg Vaughan, and later with Stacy Haiduk (Kristen), where Brady tells Kristen their child is alive, Martsolf delivered.

Then, there was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who did what he does best, showing the vulnerability of Steve Johnson.  In key scenes following surgery to rid Steve’s head of the chip that made him believe and act like Stefano, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to explain her new relationship with Justin (Wally Kurth).  That alone is a shocking moment for Steve … and then he cannot understand how his sister and Justin broke up.  That is when Kayla has to tell Steve that his beloved sister, Adrienne (Judi Evans) had passed away a year ago following a tragic car crash.

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Steve is overcome with emotion and tears, as any brother would be who loves his sister, which made this all the more realistic.  It was heartbreaking watching Steve try to deal with finding out Adrienne was gone and then blaming himself for not being there for her.  It was made all the more hankie-inducing in a later scene, when he hugged his brother Jack (Matthew Ashford), as the two mourned the loss of their sibling.

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For these moments noted above, Michael Fairman TV names Eric and Stephen last week’s Power Performances of the Week.  

So, what did you think of Eric and Stephen’s work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Heartbreaking DAYS: Steve Learns Adrienne Died, An Anguished Sarah Lays Into Xander, Brady Tells Kristen Their Baby Is Alive

If you caught Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, it proved to be one of the more dramatic and emotional episodes of the year in soaps; featuring stellar performances from the cast.  First, knocking it out of the park was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who while in the hospital and regaining his true self back, learns from the love of his life, his sweetness, Kayla (Mary Beth), that she has moved on with another man in his absence.  Then, when Kayla admits she has been involved with Justin (Wally Kurth), he immediately questions her, “What about my sister? Did they split up again?” Confused and shocked, he tells Kayla she would never have an affair on Justin.  With nothing left to do but tell Steve the truth, Kayla has the painstaking task of telling him that his beloved sister, Adrienne died and the events that led to her death. Steve is gut-punched and breakdowns in tears over his sister’s death and that he was not there for her.  When Steve says she was such a good sister it is crushing moment as he says he will always love her.

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Later, when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Jack (Matthew Ashford) visit Steve in his hospital room, Steve hides his face.  Jack learns that Steve knows about Adrienne, as he sees Steve just overcome with grief, and goes to hug and comfort his brother.  Jack also tried to help Steve understand how Justin was devastated when Adrienne was killed and that Kayla was grieving the loss of her relationship with Steve, knowing she signed the divorce papers and he went MIA from Salem and did not contact her.

At the Kiriakis mansion, Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) is supposed to start her wedding to Xander  (Paul Telfer), but now she is armed with the truth that he switched her and Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) baby, with Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Kristen’s (Stacy Haiduk) … and her little girl actually died.  As Justin presides over their nuptials, Sarah is filled with moments of anger, hatred, and shock towards Xander.  He is not sure what is going on with her.  When it gets to the vows, Sarah finally blurts  “How could I marry you after what you did?” It is then he learns she knows he switched babies and let her fall in love with a child that was not hers!

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Sarah reveals to Xander that Eric told her everything on how he covered his tracks and passed off Brady and Kristen’s baby as hers, Justin leaves and once he’s gone, Xander tries to explain he did the switch for her, because he loves her and she had gone through so much.  Sarah, who is an emotionally fragile state, hears Xander suggest that they take Mickey and run away.  She tells him she is going upstairs with Mickey (Rachel) and when she comes down she wants him gone and she never wants to see him again.  Realizing he has been found out and his plans have blown up in his face, Xander collapses to the floor.  Upstairs with the baby, Sarah doesn’t know how to let her go.  And in the cliffhanger of the entire episode, an overwrought Xander turns and sees that Eric has showed up, ready for a confrontation …. and to see Sarah.

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Brady, who has been through an emotional rollercoaster learning from Eric and Nicole (Arianne Zuvker) that baby Rachel is alive, and that it is now his brother, Eric who is grieving the loss of a child, goes to find Kristen to tell her the shocking, and yet wonderful news.  He finds her at the gravesite of their believed-to-be-dead daughter.  As she continue to grieve the loss of their child, it is then Brady tells her that their little girl is alive!. Kristen begins to understand the revelation when Brady reveals that “Mackenzie” has the same birthmark as Rachel. and he has DNA test results to prove she’s theirs.  At first, Kristen is too scared to believe this could be true, but she reads the DNA results and is overjoyed.  Just then, Eric and Nicole arrive at the gravesite. Brady hugs his brother and Kristen tells Eric how sorry she is, even though she knows he does not like her for what she has done in the past to him.   Then, Eric and Nicole have a moment at the gravesite, as an emotional Eric says goodbye to his daughter.

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Later at their home, Kristen says she wants to go get Rachel.  Brady says they need to give Sarah and Eric a day to grieve before barging over to the Kiriakis mansion to claim their baby.  Kristen tells Brady she is not sure she can wait another day.  When she starts questioning how the hospital messed up the birth of the babies, it is then she learns that Xander was behind the baby switch; and as expected, that was not going to sit well with Kristen!

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Kudos to Eric Martsolf, Lindsey Godfrey, Greg Vaugha, Stacy Haiduk, Paul Telfer, Mary Beth Evans and the aforementioned Nichols for their performances in this episode that featured several hankie x 10 moments.

So, what did you think of this episode of DAYS? Were you emotional through it? Did you enjoy the work of the cast? Comment below.

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