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DAYS Recap – Jan 31 – Feb 4th

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At the infirmary, Jennifer tries to talk Lee out of taking her heart. Lee attacks her when she realizes Jennifer is trying to call the police with her cell phone. Lee knocks Jennifer out, then straps her to an operating table. Lee surgically removes her heart and gives it to Ben for a transplant. In the woods, Bo sees Carly and Hope approaching as Burt, the crooked state investigator, is about to shoot him. Bo stalls him, and gives Hope time to overcome Jane while Carly screams and Bo grabs Burt. The state cops arrive; unfortunately, they believe Jane and Burt over Bo and Hope. The state cop intends to put Bo and Hope away for the rest of their lives. Carly makes a call to Daniel, and tells him about the prison body parts business just as Daniel sees Ben with a heart from the prison. Stefano wants to start his and EJ’s plan to deal with Rafe. EJ thinks it’s too soon. Stefano tells him they must strike now or not at all. EJ overhears Sami talk to a sleeping Rafe about his part in her kids’ lives and, newly energized, tells Stefano to go ahead with the plan – that night. They go to their basement where a man enters. It’s “Rafe!”  Rafe doesn’t seem to recognize Sami and closes his eyes. Daniel tells her it’s normal, although they still don’t know whether he suffered any brain damage from the accident. Gabi is not happy with Sami for getting Rafe into an accident. Sami also blames herself. Alone with Rafe, she kisses him, and his eyes open. He tells her he loves her, then goes back to sleep. Sami is encouraged that all will be well. Gabi, alone with Will, hopes nothing else will happen to her family.

Nicole burns a letter without reading it. She’s less than happy when her sister, Taylor, pays her a surprise visit.  EJ and Stefano smuggle imposter Rafe into the hospital and take the unconscious real Rafe home to their makeshift dungeon. Stefano puts into motion “Phase Two” of what they plan to do with Rafe. Meanwhile, “Imposter Rafe” begins his great impersonation with Nathan.  Daniel realizes that Ben is trafficking in organs through the prison. He stops the impending heart transplant and alerts the police. Jane’s story goes up in smoke, and she is arrested. Bo and Hope bond, and Carly witnesses an emotional moment between them. Hope worries about what’s going to happen to her now. Will she go back to prison? Meanwhile, Carly frets about Jennifer’s whereabouts, unaware that the heart in question belongs to her friend. Melanie arrives at the prison and calls her father with news that it’s Jennifer’s heart. And Jennifer is dead.  Taylor gives Nicole a wedding gift. Nicole suspects Taylor has an ulterior motive in showing up on her doorstep and finally learns that Taylor is looking for a place to crash. Nicole directs her to a hotel and sends her packing. Daniel races to the infirmary with Jennifer’s heart. Together with Melanie, he tries to save Jennifer’s life by reattaching her heart. After they take Jennifer off the heart-lung machine, she flat lines. Bo and Hope almost kiss, and then learn from Carly about Jennifer’s situation. Carly and Hope pray for Daniel to save Jennifer. Meanwhile, Bo confronts Ben and Lee about selling body parts. Lee was caught at the infirmary. Ben is devastated to learn Lee took out Jennifer’s heart. He tells Bo he can save Jennifer. Bo and Abe tell Ben to forget it. Ben is sorry Jennifer got involved; he truly did care about her. Rafe awakens to see he’s behind bars and EJ and Stefano are holding him prisoner. He wonders what’s going on and fears they’ve done something to Sami, but they assure him he’s the one they’re after. Meanwhile, Sami meets imposter Rafe for the first time, and they build to their first kiss. “Rafe” passes the test. At the same time, the real Rafe vows to get back to Sami. Chad comes to see Stefano, and feels rebuffed when EJ shows up needing to talk to their father. Chad goes to Lexie and says she was wrong about her father wanting him in his life. Stefano wanted nothing to do with him. Lexie notes that doesn’t sound like Stefano.   Jennifer’s life is literally in Daniel’s hands as he manages to get her heart going. Melanie is in awe as she watches her father work and realizes that he is doing for Jennifer what he did for her. Later, Jennifer is taken to the hospital and put in the ICU.

Abe informs Bo and Carly that they may be released soon; however, the same might not be true for Hope. Abe goes and Carly tells Bo that when they do get out, she will not be going home to his place. Carly says she can’t stand in the way of him and Hope. If she did, it wouldn’t be fair and, quite honestly, she wants to have the same kind of relationship he and Hope do. Later, Carly is freed and she goes. Bo tells Roman that he and Carly split, and now he must focus on freeing Hope. At the same time, Carly thanks Daniel for saving Jennifer’s life.  Victor promises Maggie he won’t kick Chloe when she’s down. He’s later visited by Kate, however, who is euphoric over the opportunity to get Parker away from Chloe. This leaves Victor, after his promise to Maggie, in a bit of a quandary.  Nicole finds Taylor and explains her bad reaction to seeing her sister. Taylor understands and hopes Nicole doesn’t think she was trying to take advantage of her. Nicole knows that wasn’t her intent and gives Taylor money for a motel and bus fair. Later, Nicole calls her mom and tells her that Taylor is headed back to her. After Taylor has a run in with Abe and Lexie, however, the Carvers invite her to stay with them for the night.   Imposter Rafe and Johnny return home from the hospital. Imposter Rafe covers his few memory slips by blaming his head injury. Meanwhile, the real Rafe confronts EJ. He thinks EJ abducted him in order to win Sami back. EJ denies, but Rafe scores a hit when he says he knows this is about Johnny and Sydney. EJ says they’ll be celebrating Sydney’s birthday and Johnny’s homecoming, and Rafe won’t be a part of it. At the homecoming/birthday party, Sami struggles to behave when she sees Nicole playing mother with Sydney. EJ and Sami share a warm moment as they remember Grace. When they are alone, imposter Rafe demands more information about the real Rafe from EJ. At the same time, the real Rafe wonders what game EJ is playing. Nathan is guilt-stricken in the role he played in causing Jennifer to nearly lose her life. Melanie points out that Jennifer would never blame him so he shouldn’t blame himself. When Maggie encourages Melanie to give Nathan another chance, she agrees to hear him out about his love for her and willingness to raise her baby. Ultimately, Melanie feels she can’t trust him and leaves. Nathan is determined to prove her wrong. Meanwhile, Maggie, Doug and Julie are with unconscious Jennifer, praying she’ll wake up soon. Julie and Maggie share warm, emotional moments with an unresponsive Jennifer who then finally opens her eyes. Taylor bonds with Theo. When her bus is cancelled, she accepts Lexie’s invitation to spend another day in Salem.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Sonny and Will Say Their Final Goodbyes and Leave Salem

Not a happy day for fans of Days of our Lives’ WilSon.  Although it has been known now for over seven months that Daytime Emmy-winners, Chandler Massey (Will) and Freddie Smith (Sonny) were let-go from the long-running NBC soap opera, it still was hard to watch them have their final scenes on Tuesday’s episode.

As was in the dialogue, the writers and the show left the door open for a Sonny and Will return down the line when Sonny uttered: “Goodbye Salem, for now.” And, as is with most DAYS characters, they seem to somehow return at one time or another.  But still, it looks like the soap has made the decision to rest the characters.

Before their final exit, Sonny and Will had a visit with Sami (Alison Sweeney) to tell her they are moving to Arizona. Sami is up to her eyeballs in trouble with the custody hearing for Allie’s baby versus Nicole (Arianne Zucker).  Will tells his mother he wants her blessing before they go, and that he already received a blessing from Marlena (Deidre Hall).

An emotional Sami tells Will how sorry she is for all the things she has done, and the mistakes she had made when she was younger and along the way that impacted him.  In tears, Will says he is going to miss her, and the two of then share a hug,

After Sami leaves to head to the custody hearing, Will and Sonny look at Allie’s baby and the two talk about how things worked out for the best; even though Allie did not ultimately let them adopt her child.  The two realize they are about to give their daughter, Ari, a new life and Will thinks another baby and a dog might be in their future, too!

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Later, it’s time for one last look at Horton Town Square, and Sonny and Will remember their love from the beginning in a short flashback with a few moments of how they came together.

Will says it’s a tradition for when a Horton leaves Salem to visit the dedication to Tom and Alice in the ‘Square’.  Finally, it’s time for Sonny and Will to say goodbye to Salem for now as they walk out together..

So, what did you think of the final episode of Chandler and Freddie’s? Did you want more time spent on WilSon’s history in the flashback montage? Are you sad to see them go? Comment below.

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DAYS Rob Scott Wilson Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

If you think you were emotionally drained watching Ben Weston battle himself for control – think of how draining it must have been for Ben’s portrayer, actor Rob Scott Wilson, or for the character of Ben himself!

Well, in the final three episodes last week on Days of our Lives, Rob Scott Wilson once again showed why he is in complete command of this complex character – a former serial killer who has fought so hard to redeem himself, married the love of his life, Ciara (Vicroria Konefal), only to have it all almost wiped out by a heinous plot by Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva).

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Eve used drugs and torture techniques to try to drive Ben to kill Ciara as payback for him murdering her daughter, Paige (True O’Brien).  Weston was supported by some very fine scene partners in his performances: the aforementioned DePaiva, Konefal, and Kristian Alfonso (Hope); but it was Rob who drove the scenes and had the meatiest of material to play and boy, did he deliver.

Would Ben strangle his beloved Ciara with a necktie like his other previous victims? Wilson went from one minute being programmed to kill her, to another minute realizing he is in trouble … and so is Ciara’s life – so he tells her to lock the door of the bathroom and to not let him in! Although, as we saw, he eventually lost control and broke through the door and went to turn the lock reaching his hand from the outside to the inside. (Horror film moment!)

Later, when we see Ben crumpled on the floor in tears, Hope finds him, but her daughter is missing and Ben can’t recall what happened to her.  Fearing at first she killed Ciara, Hope is besides herself, and so is Ben.

From beat to beat, from turn to turn, Wilson was terrifying and heartbreaking all at the same time.  And with that, Michael Fairman TV names Rob Scott Wilson our choice for the Power Performance of the Week.

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

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GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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