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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.

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.

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 OF OUR LIVES: Who Killed Abigail?

It’s the end of Chabby! Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it the beginning of a murder mystery on the long-running NBC soap opera.

In story, with several people wanting Abigail Deveraux DiMera dead, it looks like someone stabbed her from the final moments of the episode, when Chad (Billy Flynn) comes upon his wife, when he returns home from a movie with their kids.  Chad finds Abby in their bed, bleeding and non-responsive. DAYS has teased the death of character for a few months now, and everyone learned it is Abigail, played by Lead Actress Daytime Emmy-nominee, Marci Miller, who has exited the series.

Now, the mystery begins … whodunit? Is it a vengefulLeo (Greg Rikaart), who was brandishing a knife after his call with Gwen (Emily O’Brien)? Could it be Gwen herself who called “someone” while the prison guard nodded off for a nap?  Somehow, made it out of prison and back in time and covered her tracks.  Could it be a drunken Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), who ruined his sobriety overcome with the knowledge that Chad told Abby, that he was the one who kidnapped Sami – a secret he doesn’t want to come out. Could it possibly be Kate (Lauren Koslow), who wanted to protect her son, Lucas’ secret, and went to shut Abby up … or could it be someone else?

DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati spoke to Soap Opera Digest on their latest issue on newsstands now, about the decision to kill-off the character of Abigail, expressing: “It was mostly for a practical reason because Marci was not going to be available to us full-time on contract and it made it challenging to tell story for Chad and Abigail.  So we didn’t really have the option to have Abigail around, and then that always becomes a problem when one-half of a couple is not going to be available to you. What’s the solution at that point?”

In addition, it appears that bringing back Kate Mansi to the role, was not going to solve the issue the show was faced with.  Carlivati explained: “Kate has been willing to come back, but may not necessarily want to come back on contract, so you risk being in the exact same position that then Kate leaves and what do we do? Then the option would be to recast yet again with someone who maybe is willing to be here on a more permanent basis, but then you’re dealing with a new face. We’ve been very lucky in recasting Abigail, but you don’t always know if that’s going to work. So ultimately, we decided to kill the character.”

But as Days of our Lives fans know, does anyone really stay “dead” dead in Salem?  The head scribe shared on that point: “We decided to do it (kill Abigail) knowing that we’re not saying it’s not a permanent death, but there is always that possibility that death is not permanent, especially on a soap opera and especially in Salem, so you feel that maybe you’re not closing off the future of that character forever. That said, this is not going to be an instance of the car going off the cliff and you don’t see the person again. This is going to feel permanent and we wrote it as permanent.”

So, who do you think will wind up being the culprit who murdered Abigail? What do you think about the decision to take the character off the canvas, with what looks like for good? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below. But first, check out the promo for next week’s episodes of DAYS and the returns of Cady McClain and Matthew Ashford as Jennifer and Jack who will grieve the loss of their daughter.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ciara Saves Baby Bo with Assist from Heavenly Bo; Tripp Shifts Into Satan & Crashes Through Window

May Sweeps are in full bloom, and on Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the supernatural was front and center, and what Salemites hope will now and forever, put Satan behind them once and for all.

In story, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) is one tough mama. She and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) track down AllDevil (Lindsay Arnold) and her dastardly partner in crime, Charlie Dale (another guest return of Emmy-winner Mike Manning), as the devil starts the Ceremony of Transference to make their baby a mini-Satan. However, AllDevil has a plan to keep Cin at bay. She uses a protective pentagram wall, and electrocutes Ben from penetrating it.  Then, when Ciara has to save her baby, a white light comes upon her, and she is able to push through the barrier, push out Satan, and regain her baby boy in her arms.

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Tripp (Lucas Adams) arrives on the scene and clunks Charlie over the head with a baseball bat before he tries to kill Ben. When Ben comes to and meets his young son, “Bo”, Ciara tells Tripp that AllDevil is headed to St. Luke’s where he and Johnny (Carson Boatman), who was also at the scene, head off to find her.

At University Hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) is going to get Baby “Bo” checked out as Ben and Ciara spend time with their little one in the hospital room. All of a sudden, a white light appears and Ciara’s dad, Bo Brady (the return of Peter Reckell) comes through the light. Both Ben and Ciara see the iconic Bo, and Ciara tells her dad to meet his grandson, and thanks him for saving the day at the cemetery.

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Inside the church, while upstairs, AllDevil flashes back to when Satan was inhabiting Marlena (Deidre Hall) and set fire to the place of worship 25 years ago, and fans get the actual clip of the classic moment in DAYS history. Just then, Tripp and Johnny find Satan upstairs ready to torch the place. Johnny gets a good ole’ toss across the room, leaving Tripp to fend off the devil.

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But helps is on the way as Father Eric (Greg Vaughan), John and Marlena (Deidre Hall) are there to save the day; as they begin an exorcism, of sorts. In defiance, we see AllDevil begin to crack Allie’s neck as everyone looks on in horror. Tripp admitting his love for Allie, tells the devil to come into him and let Allie go.  The shift happens as Tripp is now the devil, and in order to fight off hurting Allie or anyone, selflessly jumps out the church window and looks in dire straits.

So, what did you think of this climatic episode of Days of our Lives, with more to come with the return of Bo Brady this week? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abigail Reveals Gwen’s Deception at her Wedding to Xander, But Gwen Drops A Bombshell

Look like Gwen Rizczech (Emily O’Brien) finally got what’s coming to her, or at least for now.  On Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives it was wedding couple number two who took front and center stage.

Now, Xander (Paul Telfer) and Gwen were ready to start their nuptials, following the disaster of the first couple’s attempt at tying the knot (Leo and Craig) and that coming apart at the seams.

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However, this wedding was not meant to be either, thanks to Abigail (Marci Miller) having the ammo (thank to a plea deal for Ava Vitali) to bring Gwen’s heinous plot out in the open, publicly.  That included: Gwen’s plans to nab Xander for herself and keep his true love, Sarah, away from him by any means possible as all was revealed to the groom and Gwen’s father, Jack (Matthew Ashford).  From kidnapping, drugging Sarah, wearing masks, being an accomplice to Kristen DiMera’s (Stacy Haiduk) schemes etc, etc, Abigail had the quite the dirt on her half-sister.

In the end, Xander walks out on Gwen, Jack practically disowns her, Abigail and Jennifer stand by and take Gwen’s insults knowing they have finally one-upped her, and Gwen is in a puddle of tears in her wedding dress.

Just then, Gwen gets one more visitor, Rafe (Galen Gering)! He comes to cuff-her and bring her down to the police station for her crimes.  Before she leaves, she angrily gets close to Abigail and whispers in her ear that she purposely killed her grandmother! That means that Gwen killed Laura Horton in cold blood.  What will Abigail do with his information?

Emily O’ Brien has been consistently knocking it out of the park playing all the levels of Gwen, while Marci Miller was fierce with her controlled and contained payback after all Gwen has put Abigail through. Perhaps, there is yet another knock-down drag-out fight to go down between the two in the near future?  Stay tuned.

So, what did you think of Abigail’s comeuppance of Gwen for her crimes? Are you happy Xander walked out on her? What do you think will happen next involving the information on Gwen murdering Laura Horton? Comment below.

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