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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.

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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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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