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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.

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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: 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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