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DAYS Recap – Jan 9 – Jan 13th

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Will reveals to EJ that he knows he slept with Sami. He tries to leverage this information for money to leave town. EJ, however, turns the tables. He reveals he knows Will was the one who shot him years ago when he was marrying Samantha – Lucas took the fall for his son. Will is stunned. EJ doesn’t go into specifics about how he found this out, but he warns that if Will isn’t careful, he’ll expose this secret. EJ also reveals his awareness of Will’s conflicted sexuality. Will tries to back down, but EJ can’t just forget that he tried to blackmail him. EJ owns him now, and Will must do exactly what he says.

Hope and Bo struggle to come to terms with the difficult issues they discussed in marriage counseling with Marlena. Therapy is much more difficult than they realized it would be. They wonder if they can hack it, but know they must for the sake of their marriage. After so much heavy discussion, they lighten things up by going on a date to the empty Brady Pub. They both vow they won’t be intimidated by the therapy because their love will see them through. Jack overhears Daniel say that he can no longer operate. He observes as Jennifer bucks up Daniel and gives him the support he so desperately needs. Jack surprises them by saying if Daniel needs her support, he should have it. This competition they’ve been having hasn’t been healthy for any of them and he thinks they should end it. From now on, they’ll just see where life takes them. With Madison’s support, Brady breaks the news to Victor that he has decided to leave Titan to work with his father at Basic Black. Victor is outraged and thinks Brady is making a huge mistake. Brady explains he wants to strike out on his own – and, more importantly, he wants to repair his relationship with his father. Maggie finally helps Victor see that what Brady is doing is important. Victor grudgingly accepts his grandson’s resignation as CEO. Brady leaves to tell John the good news. Madison is about to leave, too, when Victor stops her. Now that Brady has stepped down and given back all his shares, Titan is going to need a new CEO. Victor thinks that person should be Madison. She is floored by the huge offer.

John presents Marlena with a romantic breakfast to celebrate her first day on the job at Salem U. Marlena is incredibly touched. They talk about the possibility of Brady partnering with John at Basic Black. John notes that he and Brady have always had a hard time relating and hopes this will signal a fresh start for them. He also hopes Marlena can get the same kind of chance with Sami. Marlena, knowing about Sami and EJ, isn’t sure that will happen. After Marlena leaves for work, John meets with Brady at the pub. Brady tells John he’s decided to work with him. John is delighted and overwhelmed with happiness. They are going to make a great team. Sonny and Chad are hanging out when Melanie shows up. It’s awkward as she and Chad fight their feelings. Sonny picks up on it and leaves. Chad and Melanie reiterate their resolve to take things slow when Abigail arrives and blasts them. Melanie asks Chad for a moment alone with her friend. She tries to clear the air with Abigail and explains that she and Chad never meant to hurt her; they never went behind her back. Abigail really lets Melanie have it. She asks Melanie to look her in the eye and swear nothing ever happened between her and Chad. Melanie remembers the kiss during the hostage situation and cannot deny.

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Abigail storms off and runs into Marlena at school. She talks things out with Marlena but decides she still cannot forgive Melanie. Meanwhile, Chad confides to Sonny how much he cares for Melanie and how difficult this situation is. Later, Melanie arrives, still upset about Abigail. To Chad’s shock, she tells him they can never be together; she can’t keep hurting Abigail like this. Victor presses Madison to accept his offer to be Titan’s new CEO, but she’s reluctant. Maggie encourages her husband to give Madison some time to think and so Victor does. Later, Maggie worries that if Madison does take the job, she and Brady might find it difficult to spend time together. Madison runs into Brady and he tells her how excited he is to be working with his father. Madison is still upset to lose him at work, but knows it’s for the best. Brady tells her not to worry; they will still try to find time to see one another. Madison worries that might not be possible. She reveals Victor offered her the job of Titan CEO. Brady reassures her that whatever decision she makes, he will support her. Later, Madison makes another mysterious call and says she needs some advice.

Brady and John are going over a business plan when Abe and Lexie arrive to participate in an interview John is giving. Basic Black’s stolen pensions are being replenished today and John will use the media attention as an opportunity to endorse Abe for mayor.

Nicole has caught wind of this endorsement as well as the fact that Abe Carver intends to introduce a jobs program. Nicole tells EJ she thinks they need to counter attack … do something to boost their campaign. EJ mysteriously says he’s already working on it. Will arrives and Nicole learns he’s now a part of their team. She is thrown, but accepts it and EJ gives Will a task he doesn’t want to do. Because EJ has him dead to rights, however, he has no choice. Will goes to the pub, where he steals some files from Abe’s computer. It kills him to do this. Meanwhile, EJ takes Nicole to lunch and promises his commitment to her. Later, Will returns to the mansion with the files and EJ tells him that the two of them aren’t very different. Sami has a brilliant idea to find the new face of Countess Wilhelmina and Kate wholeheartedly agrees. Later, Kate calls Sami on how over-attentive she’s been with Rafe and wonders if something’s up. Sami defends herself, but her guilt over having sex with EJ lingers.

Bo and Hope pursue the mystery of the key they found in the plaque and discover it belongs to safe deposit box Alice rented in Salem. They also catch a suspect sought after in a series of armed pharmacy robberies and talk about their relationship, vowing to continue seeing Marlena to strengthen and protect the love they share. Abigail bumps into Austin on his way to his new office. She helps him get there and lets it drop that she’s headed to financial aid about a work study job. Austin has a spur of the moment idea and asks if she’d like to be his assistant. He gets an okay and Abigail is so excited, she could jump for joy. Austin is glad; he’s unaware she has feelings for him. Carrie and Rafe are at their office where the thermostat is broken and the heat is off the charts. Rafe goes shirtless and Carrie wears only a camisole since they can’t leave on the first day they’ve opened up shop. Neither is aware of the sexual tension though it’s quite clear. Rafe pitches a case to Carrie that involves the son of a woman he knows. The son is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. The woman friend doesn’t have enough to pay them but Carrie agrees to rep the young man when she sees how much it matters to Rafe.

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Will is with Sonny, who’s in the midst of plans for the new coffee house he’s opening with his parents’ support and blessing. Will is amazed by their relationship and talks to Adrienne, who explains she and Justin love their son for who he is and just want him to be happy. Will meets Matteo through Sonny and they hit it off. It looks like Will and Matteo may connect but Will catches himself and shuts down. He leaves abruptly and Sonny explains to thrown Matteo that Will is “just not there yet.”

EJ has another assignment for Will, who is wrestling with his guilt over stealing Abe’s jobs creation program. EJ informs Will he’s to take delivery of an envelope … and the rest will be self-explanatory. Will tries to get out of it but EJ is firm. He toys with Will a little, wondering if the young man didn’t get a secret rush out of the bit of espionage he conducted the other day. Will tries to cover but EJ is right. Will goes off on the mission and takes delivery of the envelope. The envelope contains keys to a brand new sports car and Will gets a further surprise when EJ presents him with the car as a gift. Will doesn’t get it. EJ explains that Will works for him now and image is everything. Drawn in, Will accepts the gift, and that’s when Sami arrives, getting the shock of a lifetime when she sees her son and EJ working together. Sami and Rafe manage to take a break from their busy schedules and catch up. Nicole spends the day at the spa, courtesy of EJ. After a training session with Quinn, she runs into Brady and Madison and catches up with them both. She confides in Madison about how great things are going with EJ. Brady and Madison take some much needed time to have a couples massage, but when the masseuses run late, they find a way to pass the time with a little romance.

Bo and Hope have the safe deposit key in hand. They learned that Alice did indeed take out a box at a local bank under the name “A. Grayson.” They explain to Jennifer and Abe that they believe opening this box will finally give them all the answers they’ve been seeking. When they get to the bank, however, they’re given a shock. The manager tells them there were two persons on the account and it is stipulated that the box could not be opened without both present. Bo and Hope are hit with yet another mystery … and a stonewall: who was Alice’s “partner?”

 

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Sonny Goes Off On Scheming Gabi & This Week Maggie Remembers The Night Adrienne Was Killed

Things are definitely reaching a boiling point in Salem.  First, if you caught last Friday’s episode, it featured a terrific scene between Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Camila Banus (Gabi) that shook everyone to its core.   Gabi, who has now been arrested at the PCPD for her crimes against Julie and her schemes against Lani, gets a visit from Sonny, and boy is he angry.  At the time of their visit, Justin (Wally Kurth) has already told Sonny that he doubts there is any way that Gabi will avoid prison time.

Realizing that both Ari’s parents are looking like they will be in prison, he asks Gabi, “Who gets the fun job of explaining this to Ari?” Ari loves Julie. He exclaims,”How I am supposed to explain that her mother tried to kill her multiple times?”

Distraught and thus facing parenting alone, Sonny screams at Gabi if she even knows her daughter exists!?  Gabi thinks Sonny is being horrible to her, but stands by her actions that Julie needed to pay.  Sonny just shakes his head in disbelief.  Ari’s parents will both be in the slammer!  When DA James Giddens arrives (Terrell Tilford) he says that Gabi will get 10 years in prison with no time off for good behavior and no parole.   In these scenes. Smith and Banus really delivered the material and brought it to an emotional level that hit home to the viewers.

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And now this week, get ready for more drama.  Gabi may get a last minute reprieve, while Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) is so close to remembering what happened the night of the accident that killed Adrienne (Judi Evans) – how she was drunk in a car that caused the crash – and the victim of this is not only Adrienne, but Will (Chandler Massey) who was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit.

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In the latest promo for DAYS, look for Sonny to also lower the boom on Maggie with another deserved outburst and a homecoming for Will and Sonny.

So, what did you think of the scenes between Freddie and Camila? What do you hope happens to Maggie after her remembrance of the night of the crash is revealed? What will Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston) to next and all of their plans seem to be unraveling? Comment below.  But first check out the scene from Friday between Camila and Freddie, and this week’s promo for DAYS>

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will and Sonny Call It Quits

On Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Chandler Massey (Will) once again delivered heart-breaking scenes as the love story of WilSon took a dramatic turn.

After Sonny is summoned to the prison to see Will, the two have an emotional conversation, in which Will tells Sonny he knows that he kissed Evan (Brock Kelly) thanks to Kate (Lauren Koslow(.  Sonny assured Will that the he is not with Evan, but Will says, “Not yet.”

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Will goes on to say that what he did by taking the life of Sonny’s mom, and Justin’s (Wally Kurth) wife has put Sonny in an untenable situation and their marriage.  While Sonny calls it a tragic accident, Will will not allow Sonny to live his life with the ball and chain around him which is now an incarcerated Will, who will serve a prison term for what seems like years.

Knowing Sonny’s animosity towards Will, as much as he protests he doesn’t have it, Will asks for a divorce as tears well-up in Sonny’s eyes. Will mentions Justin’s recent prison visit and how they ran into each other.  Sonny tells Will just what Justin told him, that he is like a son to him. But Will feels so much guilt for taking the woman Justin loved away from him, and Sonny’s beloved mother, Adrienne.

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Then, Sonny asks if this is really about Evan.  Will says he  is just a catalyst as he wants Sonny to be happy with Evan, or whoever else he wants to be with in the future.  Will says he loves his husband so much that he wants him to find happiness again, and he knows he won’t if he is tethered to him.  Will tells Sonny he knows his daughter is in good hands with him and Gabi (Camila Banus) and he needs to honor Sonny for all that he had meant to him by loving him by setting him free.

The two men come to the harsh realization by finally admitting to one another that this was a long time coming.  With tears streaming down his face, Sonny says to Will, that when Will asked him to stop visiting him in prison, he knew their marriage was over, but neither could muster up the  courage to end it.

In the end, they both say how sorry they are, and say goodbye as Will is taken by the prison guard back to his cell as Sonny ls left devastated.

Freddie and Chandler reminded us all of why WilSon has been a continuing power couple on DAYS with their performances.  Now the question is; can Sonny and Will work their way back to each other, or is this the final straw in their lengthy relationship?

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Share your thoughts on the key scenes and performances. Then let us know, are you sad WilSon are breaking up? Or, are you glad? Comment below.

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