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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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What Did You Think of the Premiere of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’?

Today was the debut of the well-publicized and highly-anticipated DAYS streamer limited-series: Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem which dropped on Peacock at 3:01am EST Monday morning.

If you have not seen the first episode, and intend on watching it,  do not read any further as it contains moments and story points – however, if you have seen the premiere read on!

At the beginning is an updated version of the traditional iconic series opening of DAYS, hourglass and all, but wait for it! It’s not the late MacDonald Carey’s voice who is welcoming us in to watch the drama unfold, but none other than Deidre Hall (Marlena) who gets the nod.  Deidre voices-over: “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our Lives” cue the new logo for the limited series.  We also get an opening title sequence after the prologue of the episode complete with location shots and the cast members names!

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In this throwback to the 90’s high adventure and escapades in soaps, we learn that in 1991 the Alamainian Peacock was stolen by Hope acting as Princess Gina. Shane Donovan has come to John and Marlena in Zurich needing their help, because the peacock featured six different and precious gemstones: a citrine, an amethyst, a ruby, emerald, sapphire, and an orange diamond.  Although the peacock was recovered, the stones were not and we are off to the races in this case of the missing jewels caper.  Shane wants John and Marlena to be an American couple who want the gemstones at an auction, but he tells them there is danger involved.  Jarlena are most them up for the task!

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Meanwhile, Tony and Anna visit Carrie and Austin and can sense the trouble in their marriage.  Carrie is upset.  Apparently, Austin had too much to drink and brought up Rafe to Carrie.  Wanting to make amends, Austin wants to get his wife a sapphire necklace, which Anna goes a ga-ga for in the photo Austin shares. But not wanting Carrie to know what he is up to he asks Tony and Anna to go the auction to bid on it.

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Lisa Rinna makes her return as Billie Reed, but dressed undercover as kind of a Princess Gina lookalike, long hair, tiara, and all. She gets busted by Ben and Ciara and tells them she is undercover watching the amethyst in the jewelry shop that Ciara was loving on to Ben. But as they talk about Ben being a serial killer and all, someone went in and bought the jewel spoiling Billie’s plan.

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In Miami, turns out Paulina has the orange diamond, and in one of the funniest bits, goes and on how Michelle (Obama) in the White House gifted her the ring as Abe, Eli and Lani look on perplexed.  Later, when everyone tells her not to go out on the town with that ring on, she insists, but bad news.  While the foursome are dining, two henchmen with guns come a-calling!

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Elsewhere in Phoenix, Chad comes to visit Will and nuSonny, now played by Zach Tinker (who delivered in his emotional scenes in his debut). Turns out WilSon seem to be having marital problems. .. again!  Sonny thinks Will is cheating on him.  Will says he is working on a top-secret assignment and has to go to the office.  Later, when Chad calls to see if Will is where he says he is at, he is not there.  Sonny springs into action and goes to Will’s computer and finds an email that he is meeting someone at a resort and spa.  Best buds, Chad and Sonny, hightail it to the resort and land outside Will’s suite.  When Sonny knocks on the door he is surprised to see Leo Stark … in a robe!  Something tells us each episode will end with a guest star popping up, but we shall see and the let the games begin!

So, what did you think of the premiere episode of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem? What was your favorite part? What did you think of Zach Tinker in his debut as Sonny? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But, first vote in our ‘Beyond Salem” premiere poll and cast your vote below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ciara Remembers Her Love For Ben

After months of torturing the heart and soul of Ben Weston (Rob Scott Weston), finally, the love of his life, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) remembers the passionate undying love and connection the two share.

It began earlier in the week after Ben kidnapped her, and drove Ciara away from her nuptials to Theo (Cameron Johnson), who was left at the altar.  Alone in the cabin (which brings back a lot of creepy memories for both of them), you could see episode after episode, Ciara trying to push down her feelings, but they were too strong, and by the end of this week, she remembered it all as she stood very close to Ben and flashbacked to highlights of their torrid relationship including: Ben proposing to her, their wedding in July a year ago, in which Ben was taken by Eve’s  (Kassie DePaiva) plot in a bomb explosion – now a year later, after Ciara was kidnapped and then lost her memory – the couple known as Cin never really had their honeymoon! Stay tuned.

As the two share a passionate kiss on Friday’s episode, and later are side by side in bed, the door to the cabin bursts open with Theo and Shawn  (Brandon Beemer) there with a gun drawn.  What will happen when we pick up with Ben and Ciara’s story on Monday?

Meanwhile, major kudos again to Daytime Emmy winner, Victoria Konefal, and the immeasurable talents of Rob Scott Wilson, for making us care continually about this on-screen couple, constantly torn apart by circumstances, and with the waiting the hardest part for fans of the show, it almost always seems worth the payoff just to see these two connect and know that in life, a great love … never dies.

So, are you happy that Ciara remembered her love and life with Ben? What did you think of the key scenes played by Rob and Victoria? Comment below.

 

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Sami Tries to Splain Her Way Out of Her Affair with Lucas to EJ as Alison Sweeney Turns In Bravura Performance

On Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the first since the Tokyo Olympics took centerstage on NBC, provided plenty of fireworks, especially in key scenes between EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) and Sami (Alison Sweeney).

When we left off, EJ was armed with a letter from Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) about Sami’s cheating ways with Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) which landed in his hands thanks to Nicole (Arianne Zucker) – who wants payback for Sami, after Sami destroyed her relationship with Eric (Greg Vaughan).

It all goes down when EJ opens a champagne bottle for him and Sami and begins with a toast to his wife who is “beautiful, strong, and also a ‘lying adulteress.”’ Game on!

While at first, she tried to deny it, EJ gets her to admit she had sex with Lucas. However, Sami begins to get herself into deeper hot water, when she insists it didn’t mean anything, but EJ firedback that it meant something to him.  Sami recalls how Lucas and her were locked in a wine cellar fearing they would die, which brought them together and that they only slept together one time.

But not so fast there, Sami! EJ pulls out the nail in Sami’s coffin, the letter from Kristen where she tells him that Sami was having sex with Lucas in her mother’s guest room.  After a failed attempt to defend herself, EJ gives her one last chance to come clean. She then admits she slept with Lucas twice, and how she had felt lonely and that she was fearing her marriage to EJ had fallen apart, and she even throws up to him, his affair with Abigail several years ago.

While reminding him they found a way to work through his cheating ways. EJ insists what happened with Abigail was different because they weren’t married at the time.

Later in the episode, Sami shows up at Nicole’s door loaded for bear. She says, as Rafe (Galen Gering) looks on, “Rafe, you better get out of here. The bitch and I need to talk.”

Throughout the episode, Alison Sweeney delivered as she always had in Sami’s meaty storyline moments. and reminds us all of why Sami is one of the all-time best characters in the history of soaps as played in Alison’s capable hands.

And as first reported by Soap Opera Digest, (in their latest issue on newsstands now) things take another turn this week when Sami is kidnapped, which will help facilitate Sweeney’s exit from the canvas for now as well.

So, what did you think of the showdown scenes between EJ and Sami? Comment below.

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