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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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John Aniston’s Final Days of our Lives Episode Reminds Us There Was Nothing Better Than His Delivery of Victor’s One-Liners

Monday’s Christmas episode of Days of our Lives brought it with it plenty of laughter and plenty of tears as this would be the final appearance of John Aniston in his iconic role of Victor Kiriakis.

The Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award winner in 2022, passed away in November at the age of 89.  Aniston’s Victor had been a key character on the Salem canvas since he first appeared in the role back in 1985.

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So just how did Aniston’s final appearance stack up with how we love to see Victor?  IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE EPISODE YET, PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW.

As fate would have it, Victor’s final on-screen foil would be none other than Leo Stark (played to the hilt by Greg Rikaart).  In the Christmas set up, Leo stayed overnight at the Kiriakis mansion unbeknownst to Victor.  When Leo greets Victor on Christmas morning in his holiday jammies, he is not one bit amused.  Leo asks, “So when do we open the presents?” To which Victor replies, “About an hour after we throw you out on your sugar-plum ass.”  When Victor tells his longtime butler, Henderson to throw Leo out the front door, including demanding that Leo “scamper back to Whoville”, in walks Sonny (Zach Tinker).

Victor is horrified to learn that his nephew invited Leo to stay.  Then, Victor reads off a laundry list of Leo’s crimes to Sonny as only he can: “Have you completely lost your senses? The man blackmailed you into marriage … almost destroyed our company with a fraudulent lawsuit … it was just last year that he drugged you and took comprising pictures of you and then sold them to the tabloids … why in God’s name would you forgive this creep!?””

Eventually, Victor gives Sonny an ultimatum: either get rid of Leo or he would fire him from his job at Titan.  Sonny stands up to Victor!  Telling his Uncle that he forgave Leo for his past transgressions just like many people have forgiven Victor for his over the years.  Sonny goes on to say that he and Leo are starting over and that, in fact, he would call them “friends” to which Victor, in the best dead-pan delivery, says, “That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.”

Soon after, Victor reneges and not only allows Leo to stay, but allows Sonny to keep his job, stating, “I changed my mind because I have a heart of gold.”  And, ain’t that the truth, that is why we have always loved Victor and John’s portrayal of the Greek tycoon.  Leo promises Victor he will not hurt Sonny ever again, to which Victor replies, “I don’t know how you expect me to take you seriously when you are sitting there in baby jam jams.”  In an ominous warning to Sonny and in Aniston’s last scene, Victor says, “Tell me Sonny, what does your husband think of your little sleep over party?”

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As the episode came to its conclusion, Days of our Lives included a heartfelt montage as a tribute to John and the complex character of Victor Kiriakis. From clips with Vic’s many wives including: Carly, Vivian, Kate, Nicole, Maggie, to his classic one-liners, to some of his most villainous turns, to illustrating that Victor at his core was an enduring family man, the series captured the essence of this one-of-a-kind actor.

In very moving fashion, the end of the montage featured a younger Victor sailing away on his yacht named, “Victor”.   No word yet on how and when DAYS will deal with the death of Aniston on-screen.

Aniston’s final scenes truly showcased all of his strengths, that classic delivery, his humor, his strength, and most of all his humanness.

To pay tribute to John throughout Monday on the Days of our Lives YouTube page and their social platforms, looks for special messages from the cast honoring the late actor’s memory and legacy.   You can check out one below from John’s on-screen son, Peter Reckell (Bo Brady).

So, what did you think of John Aniston’s final episode of Days of our Lives? The montage? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Alex, Chanel and Allie Have a Three-Way

On Monday’s Days of our Lives, the long-running soap opera included in story, its first ever threesome. DAYS, which has been streaming on Peacock since the middle of September, teased the ménage à trois a bit ago when Rob Scott Wilson’s new character of Alex Kiriakis hit Salem and was a bit of a ‘player’.  At one point during a conversation, Alex hit on Chanel (Raven Bowens) and Allie (Lindsay Arnold) and put into their minds the notion of having a threesome with him.

Meanwhile, Allie and Chanel have had their own past complicated relationships with men, and now with each other.  Feeling that their relationship has hit a bump in the road, the young women decide a three-way might be just the spark needed to ignite their love and passion for one another.

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Eventually, the two invite Alex over for a drink, making small-talk and trying to get to the reason they invited him over in the first place. After fumbling around to get to the true reason, Allie reveals they want to take him up on his offer. Alex is confused, until Chanel uses the word “threesome” to which Alex spits out his drink.

Allie then admits the three-way was her idea, and Chanel agreed to it, as it’s an adventure they could share together. They go on to say they chose Alex because they wanted someone who would have no emotional ties to them afterward.  Alex, also has a bit of truth of his own to share. He says, in reality, he has only experienced a three-way, twice before.

After trying to figure out how to start the sexual encounter, Alex kisses Chanel, then Allie and the three adjourn to the bedroom,  DAYS then delivers a montage of shots representing the sex between the three.

In the end, Alex is winded and dehydrated and goes to get some water, while Chanel and Allie check in with each other and say that the experience was more than alright and recommit to each other.

Fans of the series have been commenting on social media since yesterday. Also, to note, DAYS tapes month ahead, so this story point was already completed before the move to Peacock.  It should also be noted that Rob Scott Wilson also appeared in another soap first, when on Prospect Park’s All My Children, his character of Pete Cortlandt (Wilson) received oral sex from Colby (Brooke Newton).

So, what did you think about how the Salem threesome between Alex, Chanel and Allie was portrayed? Comment below.

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DAYS Billy Flynn Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just start this by saying if you missed last Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives on Peacock, you missed beautifully touching and effective performances by both Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail).

Leading up to it, Chad had a gut-wrenching week.  He figured out that Clyde (James Read) was the culprit that murdered his wife and later confronted him.  That led to key scenes where Chad confronts Clyde at Abigail’s gravesite and wants to hear all the gory details of how Clyde stabbed his wife, and then learned how the criminal covered his tracks, went after Sonny (Zach Tinker) and stabbed him, and framed Leo (Greg Rikaart) for the crimes.

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Throughout the reveal, Billy Flynn played all of Chad’s pain and horror, while holding a gun at Clyde baiting him on – problem was Clyde is so despicable he had no problem telling Chad the grisly truth.  During a struggle for the gun with Chad, it is EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) who saves the day and shoots Clyde.  The two brothers bond over their shared disdain for Clyde.

Later at the Salem PD, EJ apologizes to Chad for bringing Clyde into their lives and for what happened to Abigail.  Chad takes it in but does not explode, rather appreciates his brother for saving his life.

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However, the emotional rollercoaster that Chad went through, and the audience, in the expert hands of Flynn, was nothing compared to the heartbreaking scenes where Abigail visits Chad at her gravesite, now that he solved the murder mystery.

Abigail is proud that Chad found her killer and tells him that she wants him to love again and that it’s OK to move on.  She knows he will always love her, and she will always love him.  Then, when Abigail asks Chad to tell her what traits their children, Thomas and Charlotte, possess that remind him of Abigail, it was very tender and not overplayed.  When it was time for their final goodbyes, both Flynn and Miller reminded us all why #Chabby was one of the best duos in DAYS history.

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In the end, it was Billy Flynn who carried the ball all the way to the end zone and scored a touchdown in the conclusion of Chad and Abigail’s love story.  It is always a nice to see when DAYS decides to write for and feature material which plays to Flynn’s strengths, and this did.

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So, for all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Billy Flynn’s work as the Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of the Chad and Abigail goodbye scenes at her gravesite? What did you think of Billy’s performance and the reveal that Clyde Weston was Abigail’s murderer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first, check out our latest conversation with Billy, and his DAYS co-stars Greg Rikaart and Mary Beth Evans now on the Michael Fairman Channel below, where Billy discusses taping the pivotal scenes and more.

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