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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!

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: Julie Stands Up to MarDevil; Susan Seaforth Hayes Reminds Us Why She is Soap Royalty

Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it, let’s just say, not your typical Turkey Day episode in Salem.  It also moved the story along with MarDevil being exposed!

At Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) Thanksgiving, Doug (Bill Hayes) shouts that Marlena (Deidre Hall) is the devil. However, Marlena still insists that Doug is delusional and needs to be locked back up.  It is then that Julie stands by her husband.  Julie is on to Marlena and wonders if she should call “Marlena,” who she truly is at the moment, “Satan”.

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Shawn (Brandon Beemer) and Belle (Martha Madison) also believe something is terribly wrong.  Marlena tells them this is ridiculous, but Belle wants to hear what else Doug has to say.  Then, Shawn handcuffs Marlena to take her down to the station for questioning.  Julie doesn’t believe for one second that handcuffs will restrain the devil, and she was right! MarDevil breaks the cuffs and flings Shawn across the Thanksgiving dinner table complete with food-a-flying, leaving him unconscious.

Now with yellow eyes and lights flickering, MarDevil goes after Doug and Julie, but Julie stops Satan in his tracks professing “Not today, Satan!” Just then, MarDevil grabs a knife and in a counter move, Julie holds out her rosary saying love is the power and that the God of love is stronger than the devil! Julie defiantly tells MarDevil that the truth is out and Satan’s reign of terror is over! But MarDevil turns the tables and sneers, “It will never be over!”

It was in these scenes opposite Deidre Hall, that Susan Seaforth Hayes shined as she has done for decades given the material, as Julie went the toe-to-toe with the devil and Susan made us believe that love can win out over everything, especially the love of Doug and Julie.

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In another touching moment in the episode, Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk) tells EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) from her hospital bed, how she used herself as a human sacrifice for the devil to keep John alive and to protect her son.  An emotional EJ can’t believe that Susan was willing to die for him. However, Susan explains that a mother always protects their child and she would do it all over again when faced with that decision.  Haiduk and Feurriegel also delivered in these scenes.

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With John (Drake Hogestyn) freed by Anna (Leann Hunley) and Tony (Thaao Penghlis), he eventually makes his way into the Horton house to confront MarDevil, but Satan is gone.  Instead, John finds Shawn with Doug and Julie and they inform him that MarDevil had left to fulfill her true purpose.  Just then, Marlena arrives at Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal). We fade to black.

Now below, check out Susan Seaforth Hayes in a scene from Friday’s episode as Julie fends off the devil.

Then, let us know, what did you think of Susan’s performance? What do you think MarDevil will do next to Ben and Ciara and “their” baby? Did you enjoy the Susan and EJ scenes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Which DAYS ‘Undead’ Return Have You Enjoyed the Most … Nick, Charlie or Deimos?

This week in the spirit of Halloween, Days of our Lives has been airing some very devilish episodes, with at its epicenter, the MarDevil’s (Deidre Hall) plot to wreak havoc on the town of Salem by resurrecting some of its all-time bad boys!

MarDevil goes to each of the gravesites of Charlie Dale (Mike Manning), Nick Fallon (Blake Berris) and Deimos Kiriakis (Vincent Irizarry), and literally takes them out of the ground and gets each of them to go after the people that put killed them in the first place.

For Charlie that is Allie (Lindsay Arnold) and for good measure his mother Ava (Tamara Braun) and half-brother, Tripp (Lucas Adams), for Deimos that is Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker), and for Nick, well, he has it in for Gabi (Camila Banus).

Throughout the Monday through Wednesday episodes, viewers watched flashbacks of how each of the bad men were murdered, and how now they have risen to torture their foes.

Blake Berris, Mike Manning, and Vincent Irizarry all looked as those they were having quite the fun time playing the zombie-versions of their once Salem characters.

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And as viewers saw, Gabi killed Nick, yet again, after finding Jake (Brandon Barash) buried, Tripp hit Charlie multiple times with a frying pan and cracked and his skull, and Nicole stabbed Deimos … again.  However, of course, no one else in Salem saw the zombies, making it difficult for the very much alive folks to get anyone to believe what just happened to them.

When the dust settled, it left Nicole and Rafe (Galen Gering) getting hot and heavy!

So did you enjoy seeing Blake, Mike, and Vincent again? What character’s undead return did you enjoy the most? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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