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DAYS Recap – Jan 4 – Jan 8th

DAYS Recap Jan 4

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Victor and Vivian catch Justin and Hope in a lip lock. Victor is furious and demands an explanation. When Hope and Justin try to cover, Victor kicks Justin out of the house. He demands to know what Hope was thinking. Genuine, Hope admits it’s because of Carly. She tells Victor that she saw Bo and Carly kissing and she feels her marriage is over for good. Bo finds Carly at the hospital and tells her the good news that the information about her daughter seems to be safe for now. Carly is relieved and thanks Bo… Carly goes back to work, but is stuck reminiscing about a past New Year’s celebration with Bo. Hope calls Justin and apologizes for him getting the boot. She tells him that she nearly left, too, but Victor asked her to stay. Justin is glad because the answer to Carly’s secret lies in Vivian’s puzzle box. Hope apologizes for their kiss. She’s sorry, but Justin isn’t. Later, Justin runs into Carly and she learns that he’s moving out… Melanie and Stephanie learn that Philip and Nathan are in jail and rush to their aid. Philip lays into Nathan, who is determined to tell Melanie she’s making a mistake in marrying Philip. As the arguing continues, Philip wants to know where Stephanie fits into all of this, and Nathan says she doesn’t. The girls arrive and Philip is free to go on bail. When he’s forced to go upstairs to fill out paperwork, Nathan has his moment alone with Melanie. He urges her to reconsider, and insists that Philip is the wrong guy for her. Melanie disagrees and claims Philip is Mr. Right. At the same time, Philip reluctantly tells Stephanie that he and Nathan were fighting about Melanie. After Melanie and Philip leave, Stephanie decides Nathan is on his own. Brady tries to pull Nicole out of her dark place. He tells her she can get through this and Nicole wonders why she ignored the truth from the beginning. Brady was the one she loved. Brady tells her that maybe their time has passed, but for her to never give up on life. After he leaves, Nicole decides to change her plea and throw herself on the mercy of the court. Sami secretly meets with EJ, who tells her he’s received another note from the kidnapper. When Sami and EJ have difficulty deciphering the instructions, Sami wants to call Rafe for help. EJ again persuades her that this would only endanger Sydney. They arrive at the pier and receive a call from Anna, who is using a voice changer. Anna makes a $5 million ransom demand. She reiterates that Sami had better keep her mouth shut, most especially to Rafe. EJ assures Sami that he will get the money and that they will get their daughter back. Sami desperately wants to believe him but, at home, she starts having second thoughts about putting her daughter’s life in EJ’s hands. Brady shows up at Sami’s and finds Rafe there. Rafe questions Brady about his feelings for Nicole. Rafe warns him that he’d better not end up hurting Arianna. Rafe leaves and has a mysterious meeting with his FBI friend. After his meeting, Rafe is about to tell Sami his huge news in person when he gets a call from her. Sami has something she needs to tell Rafe, too. Bo presses Hope about the nature of her feelings for Justin Hope apologizes to Justin for the fact that their cover hit so close to home for him, especially since she does not reciprocate his feelings. Justin is understanding, but says maybe someday she will. Troy hires an assassin to take Arianna out of action. Brady shows up to see Arianna, who tells him about the incident with Troy’s phone. Brady worries that Arianna is getting into an increasing amount of danger, but she is sure that Troy is clueless about what she is up to. Brady admits that he saw Nicole the previous night. Arianna understands when he explains that he went partly for Sydney’s sake. They ring in the New Year together, but Gabi interrupts their celebration. Arianna wants to have a heart-to-heart with her sister about Chad, so Brady leaves. Troy, however, has Arianna get rid of Gabi so Al can do his job.

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Troy’s hired gun, Al, is about to shoot Arianna when Brady enters. He hides the gun before Arianna and Brady see it and slips out. Arianna goes to Nicole’s sentencing, where she is upset to witness Brady’s undying support and love for Nicole. Rafe tells Sami that the FBI reinstated him. He, Sami and Will go to Nicole’s sentencing hearing. Sami, EJ, Mia and Chad make emotional appeals, all testifying to how Nicole hurt and betrayed them. Brady makes an emotional plea in Nicole’s defense. Nicole also testifies and admits that she’s guilty and should receive the maximum sentence. The judge is moved by her honesty and Rafe, Sami and EJ fear he’s going to set her free because of it, especially since he reacts in anger toward EJ and Sami for their past misconduct. Nicole rises as the judge is about to impose his sentence. The judge sentences Nicole to twenty years in prison to pay for her crimes. EJ asks Sami if maybe they should tell Rafe about the ransom. Rafe overhears part of their discussion and doesn’t completely buy EJ’s cover. Nicole warns Brady about Arianna, expresses her love for him, and then pushes him away before she leaves Salem in chains.

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Maggie prepares to go on a cruise with Mickey. She sets up for Chloe to take over her volunteer slot at the hospital. Lexie comes in and tells Chloe about Nicole’s sentencing. Alone, Lexie and Maggie talk about family. Spooked, Anna worries Nicole’s fate could be hers too, and fears someone is watching her. When she is about to flee, she opens the door to someone standing in her way… EJ.  It is finally revealed who enlisted Anna’s help to kidnap Sydney. In good time, Anna is going to walk away with the $5 million ransom. Hope arrives at Maggie’s and helps her out in a time of need. Will is fed up with Mia’s lies and breaks up with her.

Justin and Bo have it out. Justin admits his feelings for Hope, but he tells Bo that he needs to figure out what he wants because he can’t have both women. At the same time, Vivian taunts Carly when they find themselves trapped together taking a long ride on the hospital elevator. Carly and Vivian discuss the truth behind Lawrence’s death. When Vivian gets off, she pushes all the buttons. Carly panics as the elevator becomes stuck and her claustrophobia kicks in. After a maintenance worker works on the elevator, Bo strolls by and as soon as the doors open, she goes into his arms. He takes her home, and they wind up in a passionate embrace.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Stefan is Brain-Dead After Getting In Lani’s Line Of Fire

If you caught last Friday’s Days of our Lives, and as we head into a new and dramatic-filled week ahead in Salem, after jumping in front of a bullet meant for Vivian (Robin Strasser), Stefan (Brandon Barash) has been shot badly – he has a gun shot wound to the neck through the carotid artery.

Lani (Sal Stowers), who fired the shot in an effort to stop and take down Vivian for her crimes against Kate (Lauren Koslow), et al, now finds herself in very, very hot water, and none more so than with Stefan’s wife, Gabi (Camila Banus).

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In the waiting area, Gabi shows up and confronts Lani. However, Lani and Abe (James Reynolds) try to explain it was an accident.  Gabi reminds him of how he felt after Theo was shot.  As Gabi runs off to see Stefan, Lani cries, “What if he dies?”

When Gabi arrives in the trauma room, she is told by Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and team that they worked on Stefan for over 20 minutes but he is brain-dead. Vivian, who alerted Gabi to what happened, and showed up at the hospital incognito in her scrubs to check up on the fate of her son, is trying to make her escape plan from Salem

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Meanwhile, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) is MIA from her hospital room as she and Doug (Bill Hayes) go to Doug’s Place.  She wants to breathe her last breath there, and wants one last night with her beloved husband.  Julie asks Doug, if she has been a good wife to him, knowing the end is near. After reminiscing of their past and flashbacks, and Julie wanting to have one last dance, she passes out

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Next, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Eli (Lamon Archey) arrive at Doug’s Place and find Doug crying.  They tells him that they need to  get Julie back to the hospital but Doug says it’s too late. Everyone is heartbroken.

So, what have you thoughts of the twist? Stefan brain-dead? Gabi on the warpath? Julie’s plight and its toll on Doug? How do you think this will all play itself out? Could Stefan come back to life as others have via Dr. Rolf? Share your thoughts below.

But first, for a preview of what’s to come check out the latest DAYS promo from NBC.

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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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