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DAYS Recap – July 12 – July 16th

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While searching for one of Johnny’s toys at the lake, Sami bumps into Rafe and they share an unexpected moment. The love is there, but unfortunately it isn’t enough. Gabi interrupts and Sami leaves. Rafe tells Gabi that only a miracle could bring him and Sami back together. Nicole confronts EJ about kidnapping Sydney. He denies it until Nicole reveals the taped conversation. Furious, EJ destroys the tape, but Nicole informs him there are many more copies. EJ asks her what she wants in return, and Nicole says she has no price for her silence. Suddenly, Sami comes upon them. Will Nicole reveal the truth about EJ to Sami? Daniel questions Vivian about her involvement with Chloe and Carly. Vivian denies but wonders what the two women are keeping from Daniel. He tells her to stay away from Chloe, Carly and Melanie. Carly promises to stay silent if the baby that Chloe is carrying is Daniel’s. She explains that she owes Daniel so much, so she doesn’t want to bring chaos into his life if she can avoid it. They must do a paternity test. Melanie tells Philip that Chloe is pregnant. After he hides his panic, Philip goes to see Chloe. She says she doesn’t know who the father is. It’s all in Carly’s hands now. Philip promises that no matter the outcome, he’ll be there for Chloe. Meanwhile, Daniel meets with Carly and wonders why he was kept out of the loop about Vivian messing with Chloe. Carly covers the real reason behind Chloe and Vivian’s conversation. Daniel continues, saying that he’s excited about the baby on the way. Carly realizes that she could lose Daniel and Melanie if they found out she kept quiet about Chloe’s affair. Later, Daniel interrupts Philip and Chloe talking about their affair. Has Daniel overheard? To win favor with Victor, Vivian tries to convince Melanie that she and Philip should move back into the mansion. Melanie shuts her down, and Vivian warns her about Carly. Vivian feels something is going on between Carly and Chloe and prepares to learn more. Melanie invites Brady and Arianna to her picnic, hoping they’ll make up. They agree to talk and Melanie leaves to give them privacy. Just as they seem to reach a rapprochement, Arianna mentions Nicole and they end up further apart than ever.

With EJ present, Nicole tells Sami she wants to tell her the truth about him. Sami thinks it has to do with EJ defending Arianna and paying her bail. Before Nicole can deny, Sami gets a call. EJ privately tells Nicole that Sami will never believe her. When Nicole sees Will and Gabi enter, she gets an idea. She decides to reveal EJ’s guilt on air in front of Sami, Will and Gabi. Arianna shows up, not realizing she had been called in to work with Nicole. Brady also arrives and a triumphant Nicole goes on air, about to reveal all. Daniel asks Chloe and Philip what secret they’re keeping. Philip lies, saying that he and Chloe didn’t want to reveal that Melanie told Philip that Chloe was pregnant. He knows Chloe had asked Daniel to keep the news a secret. They didn’t want to get Melanie in trouble. After Philip leaves, Daniel is troubled by Philip convincing Chloe to lie and asks her to keep her distance from him. However, Chloe tells him Vivian set her up to think Daniel and Carly made love, and Philip was there for her during that time. Daniel realizes Philip has been a good friend. Chloe nearly tells Daniel she and Philip made love then changes her mind, realizing if she did, Daniel would leave her. Melanie asks Philip if they can move into their own home, possibly with a spare bedroom for a future child. Philip says they can, hiding his guilt and fear about potentially having impregnated Chloe. Before Nicole can broadcast live that EJ kidnapped Sydney, he interrupts, warning viewers that anything Nicole has to say is a lie. Nicole says she has proof and is just about to reveal it when the network preempts her. Sami leaves before Nicole can tell her what her story was. Nicole then decides to hold her scoop for the right audience. EJ warns her to keep quiet. EJ returns home to Sami to talk her into going on an extended vacation with him and the kids. Before Sami can answer, EJ gets a call from Arianna wondering what Nicole had up her sleeve. EJ asks Arianna what happened with Nicole after he left and where is she now? Downstairs, Sami answers the door, to Nicole. Dr. Baker calls Nicole to tell her not to rile her ex-husband. Later, Dr. Baker wonders when he’ll hear from Hope again. Brady tells Arianna that maybe Nicole knows him better than Arianna does. Adrienne confronts Hope about her recent actions involving Justin. Hope doesn’t know what she’s talking about. Adrienne thinks Hope is just plain nuts. When Justin sees Hope, he references their kiss and them getting closer, but she is still clueless. Adrienne tells Justin maybe Hope isn’t that into him. Justin thinks Adrienne is being jealous. Later, Justin tells Bo that he and Hope are taking their relationship to the next level. Carly comes home on this and questions Bo’s reaction. Bo reassures that he loves her. Later, Hope sees them kissing and she’s stung anew. Abe gets sleeping pills from his doctor and learns of the potential side effects for women. When Hope shows up for her refill, the doctor asks if she’s feeling okay. She reports that she’s fine, so he doesn’t tell her about the side effects. Later, Lexie discovers Abe is on sleeping pills. Nicole tries to tell Sami that EJ was behind Sydney’s kidnapping. Sami doesn’t want to hear anything Nicole has to say. EJ comes downstairs and throws Nicole out. Nicole, stymied, goes to Brady. She considers telling him the truth about EJ, but her fantasies show her that the conversation could either go very right… or very wrong. Later, Brady expresses his belief in Nicole, and asks her what she was going to say. What will she decide? Meanwhile, EJ presses Sami to go away with him that night, but she’s not ready. Later, EJ summons Marco to find Nicole and bring her to him – now. After coming upon Bo and Carly kissing in the middle of the hospital, Hope has it out with Carly. Bo subsequently talks to Hope privately. They hash out what went wrong in their marriage. Hope accuses Bo of moving on too soon, saying she would never think of doing the same before her marriage is officially over. Hope, deeply upset, goes home and takes a pill. When she wakes up, she has a friendly encounter outside the Brady Pub with a thrown Carly. Meanwhile, Adrienne and Justin have a scratchy encounter.

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Adrienne crosses with Bo and winds up spilling that Justin and Hope kissed. Kate is alarmed when Chad begins fishing about Madeline’s past work history. She calls Madeline and warns her. Worried about who spilled the beans, Kate tracks down D.A. Woods and tests him about what he knows about his wife’s past. She quickly realizes he’s clueless. Meanwhile, Madeline tracks down Chad, who finally asks her point-blank if she was a hooker. Victor is pleased to know that Brady and Arianna have broken up. He is much less pleased to hear of Justin’s persistent intent to pursue a relationship with Hope.  Arianna sees that EJ is distracted. He hints he may have to leave town and doesn’t want her to think less of him. Arianna reminds him that he stood up for her when no one else did; therefore, she thinks the world of him. Meanwhile, Nicole struggles with telling Brady about EJ and her culpability in framing Arianna. She ends up kissing him instead. Brady responds, but tells Nicole he needs to take things slowly. Nicole understands and leaves with hope for a future with him. Later, Marco brings Nicole to EJ. She tells EJ she won’t reveal he was behind Sydney’s kidnapping, but she will make him pay. Meanwhile, Brady has an awkward cross with Arianna as they wish each other well. Stefano discovers Kate called Madeline, and she explains that Chad questioned her about his mother’s extracurricular activities while she was in school. Kate warned Madeline and is confident she has everything under control. Meanwhile, Chad keeps pressing Madeline about her past. Madeline stalls, but when Chad threatens to tell his dad, she admits the truth – she was a hooker. She explains she needed the money, and becomes angry that his contact with the DiMeras has dredged up her secrets. Chad wonders what other secrets Madeline is hiding. She denies, but he doesn’t believe her. Chad starts to leave, and Madeline attempts to follow him, but slips and tumbles down a flight of stairs. Bo and Adrienne discuss Hope’s seemingly hypocritical behavior. Meanwhile, Carly questions Hope’s friendliness. Hope insists she’s always admired Carly, especially for taking care of Lawrence. Hope says Carly will have a wonderful future. Shell-shocked, Carly discusses Hope with Bo, who’s determined to get to the bottom of her behavior. Hope meets with Dr. Baker, who demands to know what her plan is. Hope admits she’s going to kill Bo.

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Heartbreaking DAYS: Steve Learns Adrienne Died, An Anguished Sarah Lays Into Xander, Brady Tells Kristen Their Baby Is Alive

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

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Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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DAYS Eric Martsolf and Stephen Nichols Named ‘Power Performances of the Week’

Last week’s Days of our Lives provided quite the backdrop for some stellar performances, as we had previously noted earlier in the week here.   However, there were a few scenes and moments that just stood out to us, that even when we watched them back for a second or third time, still got us choked up.

First, Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf (Brady) really deserves some major kudos here for his understated and effective work when Brady is finally given the truth – that his daughter Rachel is alive – and his brother Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) child, Mickey is the one who really died in a nefarious baby switch scheme thanks to Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston).

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Not only did Martsolf convey the joy that his daughter was alive juxtaposed with months of angst that preceded it, but he also showed the heartbreak knowing that Eric and Sarah’s (Linsey Godfrey) child did not survive.  In scenes with Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Greg Vaughan, and later with Stacy Haiduk (Kristen), where Brady tells Kristen their child is alive, Martsolf delivered.

Then, there was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who did what he does best, showing the vulnerability of Steve Johnson.  In key scenes following surgery to rid Steve’s head of the chip that made him believe and act like Stefano, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to explain her new relationship with Justin (Wally Kurth).  That alone is a shocking moment for Steve … and then he cannot understand how his sister and Justin broke up.  That is when Kayla has to tell Steve that his beloved sister, Adrienne (Judi Evans) had passed away a year ago following a tragic car crash.

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Steve is overcome with emotion and tears, as any brother would be who loves his sister, which made this all the more realistic.  It was heartbreaking watching Steve try to deal with finding out Adrienne was gone and then blaming himself for not being there for her.  It was made all the more hankie-inducing in a later scene, when he hugged his brother Jack (Matthew Ashford), as the two mourned the loss of their sibling.

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For these moments noted above, Michael Fairman TV names Eric and Stephen last week’s Power Performances of the Week.  

So, what did you think of Eric and Stephen’s work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Heartbreaking DAYS: Steve Learns Adrienne Died, An Anguished Sarah Lays Into Xander, Brady Tells Kristen Their Baby Is Alive

If you caught Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, it proved to be one of the more dramatic and emotional episodes of the year in soaps; featuring stellar performances from the cast.  First, knocking it out of the park was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who while in the hospital and regaining his true self back, learns from the love of his life, his sweetness, Kayla (Mary Beth), that she has moved on with another man in his absence.  Then, when Kayla admits she has been involved with Justin (Wally Kurth), he immediately questions her, “What about my sister? Did they split up again?” Confused and shocked, he tells Kayla she would never have an affair on Justin.  With nothing left to do but tell Steve the truth, Kayla has the painstaking task of telling him that his beloved sister, Adrienne died and the events that led to her death. Steve is gut-punched and breakdowns in tears over his sister’s death and that he was not there for her.  When Steve says she was such a good sister it is crushing moment as he says he will always love her.

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Later, when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Jack (Matthew Ashford) visit Steve in his hospital room, Steve hides his face.  Jack learns that Steve knows about Adrienne, as he sees Steve just overcome with grief, and goes to hug and comfort his brother.  Jack also tried to help Steve understand how Justin was devastated when Adrienne was killed and that Kayla was grieving the loss of her relationship with Steve, knowing she signed the divorce papers and he went MIA from Salem and did not contact her.

At the Kiriakis mansion, Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) is supposed to start her wedding to Xander  (Paul Telfer), but now she is armed with the truth that he switched her and Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) baby, with Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Kristen’s (Stacy Haiduk) … and her little girl actually died.  As Justin presides over their nuptials, Sarah is filled with moments of anger, hatred, and shock towards Xander.  He is not sure what is going on with her.  When it gets to the vows, Sarah finally blurts  “How could I marry you after what you did?” It is then he learns she knows he switched babies and let her fall in love with a child that was not hers!

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Sarah reveals to Xander that Eric told her everything on how he covered his tracks and passed off Brady and Kristen’s baby as hers, Justin leaves and once he’s gone, Xander tries to explain he did the switch for her, because he loves her and she had gone through so much.  Sarah, who is an emotionally fragile state, hears Xander suggest that they take Mickey and run away.  She tells him she is going upstairs with Mickey (Rachel) and when she comes down she wants him gone and she never wants to see him again.  Realizing he has been found out and his plans have blown up in his face, Xander collapses to the floor.  Upstairs with the baby, Sarah doesn’t know how to let her go.  And in the cliffhanger of the entire episode, an overwrought Xander turns and sees that Eric has showed up, ready for a confrontation …. and to see Sarah.

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Brady, who has been through an emotional rollercoaster learning from Eric and Nicole (Arianne Zuvker) that baby Rachel is alive, and that it is now his brother, Eric who is grieving the loss of a child, goes to find Kristen to tell her the shocking, and yet wonderful news.  He finds her at the gravesite of their believed-to-be-dead daughter.  As she continue to grieve the loss of their child, it is then Brady tells her that their little girl is alive!. Kristen begins to understand the revelation when Brady reveals that “Mackenzie” has the same birthmark as Rachel. and he has DNA test results to prove she’s theirs.  At first, Kristen is too scared to believe this could be true, but she reads the DNA results and is overjoyed.  Just then, Eric and Nicole arrive at the gravesite. Brady hugs his brother and Kristen tells Eric how sorry she is, even though she knows he does not like her for what she has done in the past to him.   Then, Eric and Nicole have a moment at the gravesite, as an emotional Eric says goodbye to his daughter.

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Later at their home, Kristen says she wants to go get Rachel.  Brady says they need to give Sarah and Eric a day to grieve before barging over to the Kiriakis mansion to claim their baby.  Kristen tells Brady she is not sure she can wait another day.  When she starts questioning how the hospital messed up the birth of the babies, it is then she learns that Xander was behind the baby switch; and as expected, that was not going to sit well with Kristen!

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Kudos to Eric Martsolf, Lindsey Godfrey, Greg Vaugha, Stacy Haiduk, Paul Telfer, Mary Beth Evans and the aforementioned Nichols for their performances in this episode that featured several hankie x 10 moments.

So, what did you think of this episode of DAYS? Were you emotional through it? Did you enjoy the work of the cast? Comment below.

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