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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’ Kate Mansi Delivers The ‘Power Performance Of The Week’

This week was a whirlwind for the character of Abigail Deveraux (Kate Mansi) on Days of our Lives.  On Christmas Eve, she shows up at the annual Christmas Ornament hanging at the Hortons with her daughter, Charlotte in tow.  When she gets there, she has a few choice words for her mother, Jennifer (Melissa Reeves).

A hurt and angered Abby lets her mom have it for not believing in her sanity in a gut-wrenching moment played to perfection by Kate Mansi.  Coming in to the scene like a firecracker ready to explode, she let out the emotions of how her own family would not stand by her when she was being gas-lighted by Gabi (Camila Banus), and yet even with that, no one still believed her.  (She still had no hard evidence to proof that she was telling the truth, but that was just around the corner!)

In addition, Mansi was pretending to be “Gabby” with a Y, the alter that fell for Stefan (Tyler Christopher) in an effort to get her freedom, and she did it.  She hands the guy divorce papers as a Christmas present, throws off her wig, shocking him that he was the one being played.   She is not sick.  She is herself, Abigail and she is leaving him and taking their baby with her.

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Later, when Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) remembers that she saw the DNA results proving that Chad (Billy Flynn) is the father of Charlotte, not Stefan, it is a triumphant moment for Abigail, yet a stinger, because she realizes the lengths her supposed “friend” Gabi went to for her revenge plot against her.  Eventually, Abby reunites Charlotte with her real bio-dad, Chad.  And for good measure, after the truth is finally out, and Abigail proves that she is of sound mind and body, she clocks Gabi for her deception right in front of Chad.

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With the levels of emotion illustrating the character’s inner-strength, and the depth in her work, MFTV names Kate Mansi the last week of 2018’s, “Power Performance of the Week.”

Let us know what you thought of Kate’s performance, what was your favorite moment in it, and how the week unraveled for Abby, Gsbi, Stefan, Chad, Jennifer, and Julie in the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Julie Remembers & Delivers Christmas Bombshell: Chad Is The Father of Abigail’s Baby!

Ah, we were waiting for Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to come through and she did and in record soap time – glad her amnesiac bout was short-lived.  On the Christmas day episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, Julie and Abigail (Kate Mansi) have a chat at the Horton’s about Gabi (Camila Banus).  Feeling guilty she had Julie snoop around on Gabi, (which eventually led to her tumble down the stairs), Julie says they need to keep their eye on the bigger prize is doing a “victory dance” when they bring down Ms. Hernandez for making Abby look like she has been suffering from her mental illness (DID), yet again.

Stefan (Tyler Christopher) shows up at the Horton’s demanding to see his daughter, Charlotte.  Abigail is not happy about him just showing up unannounced, especially after she delivered a special Christmas present to him … divorce papers … and then revealed she had been playing him this whole time as Gabby with a “Y”, and had exited the DiMera mansion with baby in tow.  Abby brings Charlotte to Stefan, who lowers the boom on her saying he is taking the baby back home with him.  He pulls out custody papers that his lawyer had drawn up.  Hearing Abigail and Stefan argue, and Stefan professing, “That is my daughter”, etc, leads Julie to have a startling revelation!

Suddenly, Julie’s memory is sparked about her confrontation with Gabi and how she fell down the stairs, and finding the DNA results that Gabi was hiding that proved that Chad (Billy Flynn) was Charlotte’s father, not Stefan.  Julie drops the ornament she was holding in her hand and it breaks, when she remembers! She then tells a stunned Abby and Stefan that Chad is Charlotte’s biological father.  She continues to tell them how Gabi switched the paternity results and when she confronted Gabi about it, they had a struggle as Gabi was trying to rip the results out of Julie’s hands, thus causing her fall.

Stefan demands real proof, and so he and Abby  head to the hospital to find Kayla (Mary Beth Evans).  When they go into Kayla’s office,she tells them that she remembers now that Gabi was with her the day that she got the DNA results.  Thus, Gabi is looking more and more guilty by the second!  Kayla goes into the hospital database and sure enough, Chad is the father, not Stefan.  Mr. DiMera is in complete denial.

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After the hospital Christmas party for the kids – and how funny was Leo (Greg Rikaart ) in his decked out Xmas outfit, and those lines of dialog remarked to the sick children – Chad and Gabi come home.  When Gabi goes upstairs to pack for their move, Abigail arrives with Charlotte.  She tells Chad that Charlotte is his bio-daughter.  Chad is speechless!  Meanwhile, Stefan is alone at Christmas in the mansion, and picks up the present he got for Charlotte, and then smashes it to the ground and begins to sob.

So, were you glad Julie’s memory came back pretty pronto?  Are you rooting for Chad and Abby to finally get back together? What should happen to Gabi now that her jig is almost up?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.  And for more with Susan Seaforth Hayes’ big week of story and her 50 years of Julie make sure to check out the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast streaming now at NBC. com and on all major pod platforms.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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