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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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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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