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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 OF OUR LIVES: John ‘Unmasks’ Kristen In Great, Soapy Cliffhanger

If you caught Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives, head writer Ron Carlivati and company served up a juicy, soapy, delicious reveal to the duped folks of Salem! The backdrop? Of course, … John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena’s (Deidre Hall) surprise wedding anniversary party where at the same location a year ago all hell broke loose … as it has now a year later!

In story. after putting all the pieces together in a montage of flashbacks and moments, John Black is the guy (and Kristen’s ex) who figures that Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) is at the Jarlena party in disguise, but as who?  Through recalling … what “Nicole” said to him, what Abe (James Reynolds) mentioned to him – that since Nicole (Arianne Zucker) came back to Salem she’s been like another person – and Kate (Lauren Koslow) mentioning how Maggie swore she saw Kristen, not Nicole, when Maggie went off the wagon, but no one believed her, things were coming clear to John!

And that to the fact that Eli (Lamon Archey) received a call from Xander (Paul Telfer) who swears he has been working for Kristen DiMera, and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) reporting that bit of news to John, he is hit with the major revelation.  After touching speeches by John …and as Marlena delivers hers about the man she loves, the duo share a kiss, but then John stops “Nicole” and Brady (Eric Martsolf) from leaving the party!

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What happens next is soap gold! John grabs “Nicole” and rips her hair and mask off.  Next, Kristen flips back her hair and reveals herself to the party-goers and it looks like it’s curtains for Kristen … as everyone is stunned by the bombshell and we fade to black.  The pick-up of this great cliffhanger was today (Friday), more on that later.

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Watch the final moments of Thursday’s DAYS as John “Unmasks” Kristen! Then let us know what you thought of the major moment via the comment section below.

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DAYS’ Olivia Rose Keegan Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Although she is exiting the show on-screen next week on Days of our Lives, Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire) got the opportunity to go out in a blaze of glory (those damn lighters!).

If you caught this past Tuesday’s installment of the NBC daytime drama series, Claire finally became entrapped and completely unhinged, after being set-up by Tripp (Lucas Adams) and Ciara (Victoria Konefal); where everyone learned she was the responsible party for the notorious cabin fire and was about to attempt to set her rival, Ciara, on fire in a cabin, yet again, after taking off with her.

In the process, Tripp was held with a knife to his throat by Claire, and eventually hit his head trying to get away from her knocking him unconscious.  The perfect opportunity for Claire to make her getaway with Ciara.

Once at the Cabin, Claire pours gas all around as Ciara begs her to stop, while she is chained to the bed.  Claire then flicks the lighter.  To the rescue come Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Marlena (Deidre Hall); who have tracked down where the young women are.  Ciara calls out to Ben, who breaks down the cabin door.

Just then, Claire holds out the lighter with the flame ready to start another fire.  Knowing she is caught, Claire starts to explain how she lost her mind in all of this.  Ben tries to talk her down and to please put the lighter away, as does Hope.  As a desperate mother, Hope begs Claire to let Ciara live, and tells Claire that she knows she really doesn’t want to do this.  Hope tells her that she knows that Claire loves them both.   As Ben rescues Ciara, Claire closes the lighter as Marlena holds her.  As the others get out of harm’s way, Marlena says she has got this … and now it’s Claire and Marlena alone and inside the cabin together.

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But then, wanting to end her own life, Claire picks up the lighter and flicks it open.  She tells Marlena she can’t go back and says, “It’s better if she dies.”  Claire thinks she’s a monster and certifiable … and is as criminal as what Ben Weston has done in his past.  Reassuring her and talking her down, Marlena promises Claire that with help, she can turn her life around as Ben has done.

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Claire breaks down as Marlena holds her.  Next, Marlena is able to get her out of the cabin, away from setting herself on fire, and on her way to the hospital for observation, until it can be figured out what’s next for the troubled young woman.  As they leave the scene, Claire sobs uncontrollably knowing she is a damaged soul, has lost her way, and realizing the harm she has done to other people.

In all of these scenes, Keegan brought the angst, the mental instability, and the realization of Claire’s horrific motivations to life, in a dramatic, and not over-the-top way, even in the most melodramatic of soapy circumstances.  For those reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Olivia’s work are Power Performance of the Week.

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Knowing those scenes were part of her final days of shooting on DAYS, Keegan told Soap Opera Digest in an interview (in their latest issue on newsstands now), “Obviously, it was sad to shoot.  And it was emotionally demanding and bittersweet, because Victoria Konefal and I are best friends.”

So, what did you think of Olivia’s performance in the key scenes? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Unmasked! The Part Of Nicole Walker Is Now Being Played By Kristen DiMera

On Friday, NBC’s Days of our Lives delivered quite the cliffhanger as fans go into the Memorial Day Weekend.  There had been plenty of speculation that something just wasn’t quite right with Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) since her “return from the dead” to Salem.  Leave it to head writer, Ron Carlivati to come up with an exciting twist …  and he did!

As it turns out, that isn’t Nicole after all, but Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk) wearing a very convincing Nicole mask and weaving her plot while under wraps; chief among those plots is to nab Brady (Eric Martsolf) as her man; once and for all.

In story, at the Salem Inn, “Nicole” kisses Brady.  At first he responds, but then backs off, until “Nicole” yelps, “Damn it, Brady! Why are you fighting me on this? Just forget about Holly.”  Brady is stunned! “Nicole” says she wants to escape the pain of losing her daughter, but Brady leaves and “Nicole” smashes a vase.

Later at the Inn, Xander (Paul Telfer) hands over Holly’s hospital records.  Meanwhile, “Nicole” tells her accomplice all about the memorial service and how devastated Eric (Greg Vaughn ) was, and how bad she wants to be with Brady.  Admitting Brady currently rejected her, she says it’s only a matter of time before he gives in to her seductions.

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Next, we see “Nicole” ripping a mask from her face, just as Xander announces that Nicole is being played by “Kristen DiMera” and smirks.  Meanwhile, Kristen emerges from under the mask, free at last as her wig comes off as she lets down her hair.   Thus, the pieces all are starting to fit together.

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Kudos to Arianne Zucker for playing Nicole and Kristen as Nicole, and we can’t wait to see Stacy Haiduk as the conniving Kristen as this story unfolds.

Watch a promo for next week’s DAYS below.  Then let us know, what you thought of the twist: that Kristen is pretending to be Nicole, via the comment section below..

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