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DAYS Recap – Jan 3 – Jan 7th

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EJ gives Nicole the final ultimatum – Brady or Sydney. Nicole breaks up with Brady, who is angry and bitter. Her decision destroys her.  Rafe comforts Sami over spending New Year’s Eve without her children. Kayla calls about Caroline’s stroke. Sami visits Caroline and gets inspired not to give up. Sami and Rafe decide to attend a fireworks celebration at the pier. Meanwhile, Nicole returns to EJ with news that she broke up with Brady, and he decides to celebrate. At the pier, Sami and Rafe are having a good time until EJ and Nicole show up. The couples get into it a bit, and EJ announces he and Nicole are remarrying. Sami is fuming, but manages to contain herself and, with Rafe’s help, enjoys the coming of the New Year. Daniel tells Melanie they can’t take Parker from Chloe and Philip because it’s not what’s best for the baby. At the same time, Chloe reluctantly lets Philip hold his son, but she still believes Daniel will come back to her. At the Kiriakis mansion, Melanie walks out on Philip. Kate arrives and wonders what’s going on. Philip explains all. Kate is appalled that Chloe is the mother of her newly acquired grandson, but vows to love him just the same. She comforts a devastated Philip. Chloe fantasizes about Daniel coming back to her and remembers last New Year’s with him. Daniel recalls the memory as well. Stephanie gets a call from Kayla, but ignores it. She fears her mother will pressure her to tell the truth about Parker (she doesn’t realize his paternity already been exposed). She tries to convince Nathan to marry her right away in Baltimore. Nathan finally agrees, but wants to wait until the next day. Stephanie then listens to a message and learns Caroline is in the hospital. Nathan comforts her. Kayla feels guilty about Caroline’s stroke. Bo, using a payphone, calls Carly at the hospital, thinking the phone lines will be safe. He asks her to put him in touch with Roman. Carly agrees but when she hangs up, Bo realizes the line was tapped. He returns to the cabin, and tells Hope they’re not safe – they have to leave now! At the prison, Jennifer is trying to buddy up to Jane when Rafe arrives. Jennifer thinks about alerting Rafe to her identity, but decides against it. Rafe wants to question Jane, but she knows his wife is Bo and Hope’s niece and refuses to talk to him. Rafe rattles her and suspects she’s up to no good. Jane hears from the state investigator that he traced Bo’s call, but Bo left before they could grab him. Ben worries that he can’t get organs for his dying patient as he bonds with Jennifer.

EJ gives Nicole a bracelet, and reveals it’s a tracking device. She can never take it off or he’ll know and take Sydney away from her. He then tells Stefano he and Nicole are getting married. Stefano thinks it’s a mistake, but can’t change EJ’s mind. EJ tells Johnny he’s marrying Nicole. Johnny is not happy. Nicole tells Rafe they’ll both lose if Sami does something crazy to EJ. Sami promises Rafe she will not do something crazy to hurt EJ and Nicole. She runs into Brady and learns Nicole left him to marry EJ and be with Sydney. Sami is surprised Brady is letting the matter go and, alone, decides she needs to push EJ’s buttons as much as he’s pushing hers. On the pier, she fakes a call to Brady, telling him it’s okay for him and Nicole to use her place as their secret love. EJ tells Johnny he’s marrying Nicole and that doesn’t go over so well. At the same time, Sami tries to make Stefano believe Nicole is still secretly seeing Brady. He tells EJ, who makes a beeline to Sami’s where he catches her in her own ruse. Sami tells him marrying Nicole is a mistake, but EJ begs to differ. Sami warns that Nicole and Brady will find their way back to each other. Smug EJ tells Sami he’s got the situation covered. At the same time, Stefano confronts Nicole and lays into her about secretly seeing Brady. Nicole says she’s not and reveals the tracking device. She goes off about all she’s given up, but Stefano doesn’t trust her. Nicole is fine with that because the kids do and that’s all that matters. As Stefano and Nicole continue to argue, Johnny runs away.  Chloe is in denial over her relationship with Daniel. Nicole tries to set her straight, but it’s to no avail. At the same time, Daniel asks Victor – as the patriarch of the Kiriakis family – to provide for Chloe and Parker. Victor says he can’t do much now that Vivian has taken over the company and the last thing he’d want to do is bring the child into the house while Vivian is there. Daniel understands, and Victor thinks it’s in Daniel’s best interest to forget about Chloe and Parker. Daniel says that’s easier said than done. Later, Daniel arrives home. At first, Chloe thinks he’s back to reconcile, but Daniel informs her she and the baby must move out – ASAP. Kayla informs Caroline that Stephanie is on her way back to town. Caroline begs Kayla to keep Stephanie’s name out of the paternity test switch debacle. Roman thinks their ma might’ve had help with the switch. He doubts that she could have accomplished all of this on her own. When Stephanie arrives, Kayla tells her daughter the jig is up. Kayla is called away before she can be more specific. Thinking her part in the switch has been revealed, Stephanie breaks down in tears. Nathan moves up to her and says he knows why Stephanie is crying. He heard everything. Ben and Jennifer have a friendly coffee date. Johnny runs away from home and finds Rafe at the police station. Rafe contacts Sami, who shows up and has a moment with her son. Meanwhile, EJ and Stefano have their men search the grounds. EJ is furious with Stefano and Nicole. Rafe finally calls EJ and tells him Johnny’s whereabouts. EJ picks up his son and, after getting into it with Sami and Rafe, takes Johnny home. Sami tells Rafe that Johnny doesn’t want Nicole to be his mother, and he’s going to get what he wants. Nathan tells Stephanie he heard the truth about Parker, but she stays mum when he wonders why Caroline would switch the results. Nathan is called away as Kayla returns. She explains to Stephanie that her name was kept out of the reveal. Stephanie and Kayla visit Caroline, whose blood pressure rises when she sees Kayla. Nathan comes in and, after Caroline settles down, he wonders what upset her. Kayla covers and refrains from telling Nathan about Stephanie’s role in keeping the paternity secret. Maggie blasts Philip for all the trouble and pain he’s caused and he takes it like a man. Melanie arrives and talks to Philip about his plans for Parker. Later, Nathan is shocked to learn from Stephanie that Philip cheated on Melanie and is Parker’s father. He shows up at Melanie’s door. Kayla tells Stephanie she can’t promise no one else will tell Nathan the truth. Later, Stephanie finds herself face-to-face with Philip. Philip has it out with Vivian about Chloe. Brady and Kate put their plan in motion to neutralize Vivian. When Vivian and Gus take a flight to deal with supposed Titan business, they are pushed out of the plane!

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Nathan tries to comfort Melanie, who admits she made a big mistake marrying Philip. She backs off when she finds out Nathan is still marrying Stephanie the next day. Meanwhile, Philip has figured out Stephanie knew all along that he was Parker’s father. She tells him not to let anyone know that because if Nathan finds out, he might break up with her and reunite with Melanie. This would ruin any chance Philip has of getting Melanie back. Philip promises not to tell Stephanie’s part in it all. However, Nathan arrives in time to overhear the last part. Nathan reads an email Stephanie sent to Ian, telling him not tell anyone what they did. As Stephanie puts on her edding dress, Nathan, having learned all from Ian, bursts in to confront her! Bo and Hope get help from Leo, an old Merchant Marine pal. He lets them escape on his boat. Bo and Hope try to investigate via computer what Jane and Lee are doing. Meanwhile, Lee convinces Jane to start selling organs again in case they’re caught and need money to skip town. Jennifer feels for Ben’s frustration over not getting enough organs for transplants. Back on the boat, Bo and Hope discover Jane is making calls to someone on a secret cell, but are unable to find out who the number belongs to. Bo reminds Hope they make a good team and always have been. Vivian and Gus have landed on a deserted island. After a supply crate is airdropped to them, they realize they’re going to be there for awhile. Vivian vows to survive.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Sonny Goes Off On Scheming Gabi & This Week Maggie Remembers The Night Adrienne Was Killed

Things are definitely reaching a boiling point in Salem.  First, if you caught last Friday’s episode, it featured a terrific scene between Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Camila Banus (Gabi) that shook everyone to its core.   Gabi, who has now been arrested at the PCPD for her crimes against Julie and her schemes against Lani, gets a visit from Sonny, and boy is he angry.  At the time of their visit, Justin (Wally Kurth) has already told Sonny that he doubts there is any way that Gabi will avoid prison time.

Realizing that both Ari’s parents are looking like they will be in prison, he asks Gabi, “Who gets the fun job of explaining this to Ari?” Ari loves Julie. He exclaims,”How I am supposed to explain that her mother tried to kill her multiple times?”

Distraught and thus facing parenting alone, Sonny screams at Gabi if she even knows her daughter exists!?  Gabi thinks Sonny is being horrible to her, but stands by her actions that Julie needed to pay.  Sonny just shakes his head in disbelief.  Ari’s parents will both be in the slammer!  When DA James Giddens arrives (Terrell Tilford) he says that Gabi will get 10 years in prison with no time off for good behavior and no parole.   In these scenes. Smith and Banus really delivered the material and brought it to an emotional level that hit home to the viewers.

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And now this week, get ready for more drama.  Gabi may get a last minute reprieve, while Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) is so close to remembering what happened the night of the accident that killed Adrienne (Judi Evans) – how she was drunk in a car that caused the crash – and the victim of this is not only Adrienne, but Will (Chandler Massey) who was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit.

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In the latest promo for DAYS, look for Sonny to also lower the boom on Maggie with another deserved outburst and a homecoming for Will and Sonny.

So, what did you think of the scenes between Freddie and Camila? What do you hope happens to Maggie after her remembrance of the night of the crash is revealed? What will Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston) to next and all of their plans seem to be unraveling? Comment below.  But first check out the scene from Friday between Camila and Freddie, and this week’s promo for DAYS>

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will and Sonny Call It Quits

On Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Chandler Massey (Will) once again delivered heart-breaking scenes as the love story of WilSon took a dramatic turn.

After Sonny is summoned to the prison to see Will, the two have an emotional conversation, in which Will tells Sonny he knows that he kissed Evan (Brock Kelly) thanks to Kate (Lauren Koslow(.  Sonny assured Will that the he is not with Evan, but Will says, “Not yet.”

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Will goes on to say that what he did by taking the life of Sonny’s mom, and Justin’s (Wally Kurth) wife has put Sonny in an untenable situation and their marriage.  While Sonny calls it a tragic accident, Will will not allow Sonny to live his life with the ball and chain around him which is now an incarcerated Will, who will serve a prison term for what seems like years.

Knowing Sonny’s animosity towards Will, as much as he protests he doesn’t have it, Will asks for a divorce as tears well-up in Sonny’s eyes. Will mentions Justin’s recent prison visit and how they ran into each other.  Sonny tells Will just what Justin told him, that he is like a son to him. But Will feels so much guilt for taking the woman Justin loved away from him, and Sonny’s beloved mother, Adrienne.

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Then, Sonny asks if this is really about Evan.  Will says he  is just a catalyst as he wants Sonny to be happy with Evan, or whoever else he wants to be with in the future.  Will says he loves his husband so much that he wants him to find happiness again, and he knows he won’t if he is tethered to him.  Will tells Sonny he knows his daughter is in good hands with him and Gabi (Camila Banus) and he needs to honor Sonny for all that he had meant to him by loving him by setting him free.

The two men come to the harsh realization by finally admitting to one another that this was a long time coming.  With tears streaming down his face, Sonny says to Will, that when Will asked him to stop visiting him in prison, he knew their marriage was over, but neither could muster up the  courage to end it.

In the end, they both say how sorry they are, and say goodbye as Will is taken by the prison guard back to his cell as Sonny ls left devastated.

Freddie and Chandler reminded us all of why WilSon has been a continuing power couple on DAYS with their performances.  Now the question is; can Sonny and Will work their way back to each other, or is this the final straw in their lengthy relationship?

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Share your thoughts on the key scenes and performances. Then let us know, are you sad WilSon are breaking up? Or, are you glad? Comment below.

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