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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.

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.

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: Nicole Gives Birth to a Baby Boy, as Dimitri Initiates a Heartbreaking Switch

One of the oldest and most upsetting soap opera tropes was utilized on Monday’s episode of Peacock’s Days of our Lives, but with a twist. Baby switches are common place in this genre, and watching as a mother grieves for her newborn, while there is no evidence she even had the child.

Now, as has been teased for week’s DAYS, Nicole Walker DiMera (Arianne Zucker) gave birth on the side of a road after a car crash between her, and on the run Dimitri (Peter Porte) and Leo (Greg Rikaart). Meanwhile, Melinda Trask (Tina Huang) who for some odd reason is just so hell-bent on finding her friend, Sloan (Jessica Serfaty), a baby at all costs, is telling her that the deal she arranged with a mother fell-through after the mother learned that Sloan, with her questionable bad ethical background would raise her child.

At the side of the road, Leo jumps into action against the wishes of Dimitri, who is panicked they need to get to Rolf’s submarine on time. (Yes, you read that right).  Leo helps Nicole deliver her baby after her water breaks.  Leo is very proud of himself and this good deed he has done, bringing Nicole’s new son into this world.  Of course, Nicole just had Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) baby, not EJ’s (Dan Feuerriegel).

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When word spreads of the accident, Eric takes off to find Nicole.  Meanwhile, Sloan and Melinda are going back and forth on finding a baby for Sloan.  Realizing it’s not going to happen, Sloan tells Melinda she is going to come clean to Eric and tell him Nicole is carrying his child. Melinda cautions her not to do that as she will lose Eric as he will go running so fast to Nicole if he found that out.

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At the roadside, Nicole needs help getting to the hospital, but she can’t be moved and her newborn son needs to be checked out.  Leo decides he will stay with Nicole till the ambulance arrives, while Dimitri will take the baby to the hospital. Sadly, the baby is taken out of Nicole’s arms, for what will be probably a very long time on the soaps.


Next, Eric finds Nicole, and Leo bolts. Nicole tells a confused Eric that she had her baby.  Of course, there is no trace of the little bundle of joy. As Melinda and Sloan bicker, there is a knock at the apartment door. It’s none other than Dimitri looking duplicitous, appearing as if he is about to hand Nicole’s baby off to Sloan.

What do you think of this baby switch storyline? Is it infuriating you? What do you think will happen next? We predict nobody will believe Nicole and they will tell her she lost her baby. Meanwhile, Sloan will take Nicole’s little one to raise as her own. Share your thoughts in the comment section. For more on the story, check out our recent interview with Peter Porte and Greg Rikaart at Days of  Days 2023, and this week’s promo for the action on DAYS beloe.

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Blake Berris Makes His Debut as Days of our Lives’ Everett: What Were Your First Impressions?

Who says you can’t go home again and this time as someone else? That’s the situation Blake Berris finds himself in, but in a good way, as the talented actor made his first appearance as his newest Days of our Lives’ character, Everett, on the Monday, October 30th episode of the Peacock streaming soap opera.

Berris has previously appeared as Nick Fallon from 2006-2009, 2012-2014, and in 2021 (in the Peacock special Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas) and then back on the mothership in February of this year.

Now as October comes to a close, in story, Stephanie (Abigail Klein) is shocked when her ex, Everett, shows up at her apartment front door. Stunned to see him, Stephanie believes Everett just ghosted her and walked out on their relationship.  However, Everett, now in Salem has a completely different version of what happened and came to town to explain all to Stephanie. Why? He wants her back!

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Stephanie and Chad (Billy Flynn) are at a rough patch in their relationship, so it’s interesting timing that Everett should happen to show his face now, raising further questions as to re-emergence back in Stephanie’s life.

Everett explains to Stephanie that he has been in a coma!  He was struck by a car, and at the time, all he had on him was his cell phone, but it was decimated in the accident, so there was no ID for the cops or paramedics to know who he was.  He was then placed in a medically-induced coma. After he was revived, he had to learn to walk and talk all over again, but he had no memory … he had amnesia. When his memory returned, the first thing he recalled is how much he loved Stephanie. He then lunged in for a kiss with her.


Stephanie pushes Everett back and lets him know she has been living with someone else. He already knows because he came by the apartment earlier, and heard a man’s voice so he took off.  Everett asks Stephanie if she is married or engaged to the guy to which she says, ‘no’.  However, she points out just because she isn’t engaged doesn’t mean she doesn’t have feelings for Chad.

An emotional Everett tells Stephanie he loves her and always will.  As he wells up in tears, he exits, leaving Stephanie stunned. Later, Stephanie looks at an old photo of herself with Everett, as Chad comes home.

So, what were your first impressions of the character of Everett? Do you think he fabricated the entire hit by a car/soapy coma story? Do you think it will be revealed that Everett is related to Nick Fallon? Are you enjoying seeing Blake Berris back on DAYS? Let us know in the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Alex Learns He’s Victor’s Son While Xander Learns He’s the Father of Sarah’s Baby

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, two bombshell secrets were revealed that rocked to the core two men who have been lied to by the people they love. First, in the pick-up from Monday, Justin (Wally Kurth) tells Alex (Rob Scott Wilson) that in Victor’s new will, he is in fact, Victor’s biological son.

A devastated Justin has to tell Alex that he is not his biological father, and that Angelica had an affair with Victor, and she made Victor agree to never claim Alex as his own for it would send shockwaves through the Kiriakis clan.

While Justin sits down with Alex and assures him that this does not change the fact that he still considers himself Alex’s dad, that doesn’t seem to make Alex feel any better. Alex feels like he has been lied to his whole life, especially by Victor.  In addition, this news means that Alex inherits the other 50% of Victor’s legacy. The other 50% was given to Maggie (Suzanne Rogers), even though at the time of his death, Victor was supposedly never legally divorced from Vivian (Louise Sorel).

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Bonnie (Judi Evans) finds out the news from Maggie, and wants to be there for her husband, so she heads back from Horton Town Square to comfort Justin. Alex asks Justin to leave as he needs some time alone. Justin hugs his ‘son’ from behind and then walks out. Later, Justin breaks down in tears in Bonnie’s arms.  Meanwhile, Alex is seen looking at a portrait of Victor trying to process what this all means for him moving forward.

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While this is playing out, Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) breaks down and tells Xander (Paul Telfer) what she overheard Rex (Kyle Lowder) and Phillip (John-Paul Lavoisier) talking about – that Xander is the biological father of Sarah’s (Linsey Godfrey) baby.  Chloe even goes so far to admit, that at first, she was going to hide the secret, not only to keep Xander, but because Sarah didn’t want him to know. However, she had second thoughts.

Chloe levels with Xander knowing when she tells him, he is going to hightail it over to the Brady pub where Sarah is tying the knot with Rex.  An emotional Xander tells Chloe he loves her, but they both know it’s the end of the line for them.

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At the Brady pub, Phillip officiates the ceremony and Rex and Sarah say their “I do’s,” but then, Xander shows up.  He confronts Sarah and she admits it’s true. The baby is his. He asks to speak to her privately and so they head out to do so. Meanwhile, in the aftermath, Chloe gets a knock on her door, and it’s none other than Phillip who shows up to console her. Will they hit the sheets for old times sake?

So, what did you think about the performances today of Wally Kurth, Rob Scott Wilson, Nadia Bjorlin and Paul Telfer? Are you glad Xander knows the truth? Happy that Alex is Victor’s son? Do you think Xander will still be revealed to be the true son of Victor’s when all is said and done? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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