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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.

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.

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: Nicole Has Long-Awaited Showdown With Sloan as Carlivati Writing Regime Episodes Begin Again

On the Friday, May 31st episode of Days of our Lives, head writer Ron Carlivati promised a nod to the audience that the script they are watching came from his writing team, their first, since the writers strike.

At the beginning of today’s show, one of Carlivati’s favorite muses, Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), is sitting with his laptop saying how bad The Spectator’s writing has gotten, expressing, “No offense Everett, but the quality of the writing has really gone down hill the last couple of months. But that is about to change starting today.”

With that, the viewers finally get the long-awaited confrontation between Nicole (Arianne Zucker) and Sloan (Jessica Serfaty), which seemed, at first, a bit odd that Sloan snuck into the DiMera mansion to confront Nicole in the first place, when she should be on the run.

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Sloan tells Nicole there’s something she has to hear. Nicole starts to call Rafe (Galen Gering) to lock her up, but Sloan stops her. She swears to Nicole she didn’t plan to kidnap Jude. Dimitri showed up with him just as she was running out of options after her adoption fell through with Eric.  “It felt like fate,” Sloan says. “I’ll show you fate,” Nicole shouts and punches Sloan’s lights out.

Nicole is mortified of what Sloan put her through and the lengths of her lies and deceit. That’s when Sloan reminds Nicole she did the exact same thing to Sami (Alison Sweeney) years ago. So, she goes on to say, because of how she stole a baby from its birth mother, maybe she can show her some grace. Nicole shouts, “Never!”

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Sloan starts to make her exit as Nicole is calling the cops, and just as Sloan makes it to the doorway, Eric (Greg Vaughan) shows up. Will she tell Eric he is the biological father of baby Jude before EJ (Dan Feuerriegel)​​ returns home?

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Meanwhile, outside the Brady Pub, EJ runs into Leo and Leo is on to him. He realizes something is up with Sloan and baby Jude and EJ’s part in any cover-up just as Rafe arrests Melinda  (Tina Huang) for seemingly her part of hatching the baby switch plot.

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Elsewhere, Bobby (Blake Berris) has control of Everett right in front of Jada (Elia Cantu), Stephanie (Abigail Klein) and Marlena (Deidre Hall), who shows up to help him. It’s now defined to everyone that Bobby is an alter that is protecting Everett from finding out something terrible that happened to him, which caused his split personality.

So, what did you think of the Nicole/Sloan baby switch showdown? Underwhelming? Great? What did you think of the first show back from the regular DAYS writing regime? Do you like how things moved? Do you not like the direction? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Eric Says Goodbye to Baby Jude

The Monday, May 27th of Peacock’s Days of our Lives, picked right back up for the emotional payoff of Nicole (Arianne Zucker) finally getting her biological son, Jude, back in her arms and learning it from Eric (Greg Vaughan).

As the episode began, Eric (with Jude in tow) is at the front door of the DiMera mansion. Eric recounts Sloan’s (Jessica Serfaty) confession. Nicole (Arianne Zucker) says she knew from the first time she held Jude that this was her child. She says a parent knows deep in their soul. Eric looks at her with tears in his eyes, as he thinks Jude is now EJ’s (Dan Feuerriegel) biological son. That’s a lie into itself and EJ is covering the truth of that along with Sloan.

Eric goes on to explain that Sloan even rigged the DNA results, telling the couple that they can check for themselves with a new DNA test, but this is their baby. Once inside the living room, Eric apologizes to Nicole for what Sloan put her though. Nicole says EJ was a victim too.  She turns to EJ and insists that Sloan be arrested. He tells her there is plenty of time for that. She reiterates, “That bitch stole my baby!” But, EJ is not about to do anything about it.

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Eric vows he will make Sloan pay for all of her lies and deceit. Nicole asks Eric if he would like to hold Jude one more time before he leaves. Eric tells Jude he will love him more than he will ever know.

As tears stream down his face, he returns Jude to Nicole. She tells he can come over anytime to see the baby. Eric thinks it’s best for Jude to bond with his new family. Holly (Ashley Puzemis) comes in on all this and is filled-in on Jude’s “parentage.” Outside, Eric continues to falls apart.

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However, after getting a call from Rafe (Galen Gering), they meet outside Eric’s apartment door. When they enter, the place is a torn up and there is no sign of Sloan. All that they find is a necklace, Eric gave her for Mother’s Day.Eric realized she took off, knowing she could be caught for her crimes. Meanwhile, back the DiMeras, an overcome Nicole is in tears that she actually has her baby back.

Now, what? Will EJ try to bond with Jude or not bond with Jude since he is knows Eric is the biological father? Will Sloan eventually get arrested? What did you think of the performance of Greg Vaughan and Arianne Zucker? Let us know via the comment section below. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out the Michael Fairman Channel’s conversation with the Ari and Greg  from five months back where they talk about the baby switch storyline and more.

 

 

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Days of our Lives Concludes Special Episode In Loving Memory of Bill Hayes

You needed the hankies for Wednesday’s February 21st episode of Days of our Lives in more ways then one. The highly-touted show featured newly created flashbacks of a young Tom (Zach Chyz) and Alice Horton (Sydney Kathrann Smith) eventually moving into to their dream house.

But as viewers saw in recent episodes, the Horton house was burned to the ground thanks to an unnamed arsonist. Today, marked the first time that Doug (the late Bill Hayes) and Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes), and Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) returned to see the ashes of the home they all lived in at one time or another and where they all share so many memories with the Horton family.

In addition, Leo (Greg Rikaart) decides to do a story for the Spectator on the Horton family and visited the rubble, where Julie recited the family history and the ups and downs, and yes, some of the zany plots the Horton children and grandchildren found themselves in over the years.

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There was also use of flashbacks where characters such as: Julie, Marlena (Deidre Hall), Maggie, and perhaps most touching, Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), recalled times with Tom (the late MacDonald Carey) and Alice (the late Frances Reid). Knowing that Bill Hayes has left us, and then preparing ourselves for which will soon be the airing of his last episode, made this all the more emotional.

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And, at the conclusion of the episode, and after the final flashback of young Tom and Alice Horton, Days of our Lives paid tribute to Bill Hayes and dedicated the episode to him. A title card came up that expressed: “In loving memory” of Bill Hayes with the touching words from Hamlet, “Good night, sweet prince; and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”

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Meanwhile. on the Hayes’ Instagram account, Susan Seaforth Hayes shared behind-the-scenes photos from today’s episode accompanied by her words, “Thank you for loving this lovable cast. We all, fans and actors, are a family! Onward to stories about us, eh?”

So, what did you think about today’s episode of Days of our Lives being dedicated and in honor of Bill Hayes? What did you think about the flashbacks from the past and the newly created ones as part of the story? Comment below.

 

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