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DAYS Recap – July 18 – July 22nd

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Stefano acts confident despite the fact that the police holding Rafe2 could send him away for life. Is it because sexy Sofia in Rafe2’s cell is someone he planted? In a surprising twist, however, the woman actually works for Bo and Hope and is hoping that by dangling an offer to go with her to Colombia, Rafe2 will finally open up and say what he knows about the DiMeras. Rafe2 is tempted, but resists. One final push from Bo, however is all it takes for him to give in and declare he’s ready to make a deal. Bo and Hope anticipate the DiMeras’ demise. Jennifer is doing her best to keep her distance from Daniel but he doesn’t make it any easier when he’s a complete mensch with her. He promises he won’t pressure her and make her feel awkward about them. Vivian is hot on Carly’s trail, curious to know what is bothering her enough to make her potentially turn to drugs. She gets a thread of what she’s looking for when she sees Carly get agitated when discussing Jennifer with Daniel. Needing the other piece to the puzzle, Vivian goes to Jennifer and overhears her confess to Abigail that if she’s ever alone with Daniel, she may not be able to resist him, but she must for Carly’s sake. Vivian finally has some ammunition she can use against her enemy. Chloe is about to make a deal for a nice apartment, which will reassure Social Services that she can provide a good home for Parker. She gets an advance from Quinn to make the down payment, thus assuring continued employment with him as one of his “girls.” At the same time, she knows she’ll need some legitimate income to cover all the cash she makes from Quinn. Meanwhile, Kate realizes Quinn will be no help at all in exposing Chloe’s new gig, so she takes matters into her own hands. Learning that Chloe is booking herself into a venue in nearby Brookville, Kate senses an opportunity.  At the pub, Sonny connects with Abigail, Kinsey and “T.” He does “T” a favor by getting him some baseball tickets. They decide to go to the game together. Sonny and Abigail leave. Later, “T” goes online and learns that Sonny is gay when someone posts a comment on his and Sonny’s picture. “T” is furious, believing Sonny was hitting on him and now everyone thinks he’s gay.

Word of Rafe2’s impending plea deal hits Salem. Stefano panics and tries to flee town but is stopped by the police. Meanwhile, Abe tells Taylor and Nicole that Rafe2 is going to walk in exchange for implicating EJ and Stefano. A furious Taylor goes to the station to try to stop the deal, wanting justice for her mother. Nicole is upset, and Brady thinks she still has feelings for EJ. However, Nicole makes it clear that the man she truly cares for is Brady. Meanwhile, the police escort EJ and Stefano to the police station. EJ crosses with Taylor, who is determined that Rafe2 should not go free. EJ wants to know why Taylor is really there. Dario learns the truth about his brother’s imposter. Sami meets Rafe’s former FBI partner, the lovely Sofia. Sofia reports that she has had success in coercing Rafe2 to confess. Sami and Rafe are relieved as they learn that he is about to implicate Stefano and EJ, who have been arrested. The plea bargain hits a minor snag. Finally, Rafe2 strikes his bargain. Unbeknownst to Bo and Hope, he’s been placed in a cell with a man the real Rafe once arrested. Bo and Hope go down to take the imposter’s statement and are shocked to find him dead!

At the police station, Bo and Hope confirm that Rafe2 is dead. Stefano demands he and EJ be released. Sami thought the nightmare was over and that her kids are safe from EJ. She goes apoplectic when she hears EJ and Stefano got out of it once again. Rafe tries to do damage control, but worries Sami might do something drastic. He makes her promise to go home while he helps Bo and Hope. Rafe questions the imposter’s cellmates and learns one of them was a perp that he arrested. He realizes the guy killed Rafe2, thinking he was taking out the real one. When Rafe goes home, Sami isn’t there. Sami, in the meantime, has gone to confront EJ. When she sees his law books, she thinks he’s going to try to take the kids from her. He shocks her by revealing he’s giving up custody rights. The kids will now be hers and Rafe’s. Vivian plots to get Daniel and Jennifer in a room alone together, hoping to reunite them and drive Carly over the edge. When she learns Carly has dinner plans with Daniel, she turns it to her advantage. Gus feigns illness, delaying Carly, while Vivian sets up Jennifer to go to the club where Daniel is meeting Carly. When Daniel and Jennifer are there alone, they almost give in to their feelings. Then Jennifer thinks Daniel set her up. Daniel is insulted she’d think that. Jennifer finally admits she does want to be with him. They kiss – and Carly walks in on it.  Abigail tries to comfort Chad, who thinks his dad and brother are going to prison. He learns from D.A. Woods that Stefano and EJ walked. Woods goes off on Chad, saying he expects to be prosecuting him someday along with his sleaze ball family. Abigail and Chad wish they could escape their problems and just be alone somewhere. They kiss on the pier.

Rafe comes to EJ looking for Sami. He learns EJ has given up his kids to her. Rafe doesn’t believe him, until Stefano comes home and is furious to hear what EJ has done. Rafe leaves to have Justin check the custody document. Stefano thinks EJ is doing this to impress Taylor. EJ doesn’t think that’s possible, however, and says he’s doing it because it’s best for the children. Stefano doesn’t agree and threatens to have his own lawyers overturn it. Stefano goes. EJ is seized with head pain and collapses. Rafe reunites with Gabi, then goes home and calms Allie from a nightmare. Allie asks about EJ getting out of jail. She thought Rafe said he would get what he deserves. Rafe thinks he has. Devastated Carly runs out before Daniel and Jennifer realize she saw them kissing. Vivian witnesses and calls Quinn to bring his drug dealer Phelps along and meet her at the pier. Vivian thanks Quinn for his help. Quinn leaves and Carly shows up. She turns Phelps down for drugs. Phelps “drops” the drugs on the pier. Carly is about to go, then sees the baggie with the pills. She takes it home. Vivian watches and feels victorious. She gives Quinn the good news and offers to help him start a legitimate business. Quinn thanks her, but turns her down. Meanwhile, Jennifer accidentally lets it slip to Daniel that she thinks Carly has feelings for him. She makes him promise not to say anything. Quinn sees Chloe with Justin, telling him she got the concert gig. Chloe runs into Kinsey and thanks her for suggesting the concert. Kate overhears and tries to buy out the nightclub. The owner refuses. Kate comes up with another idea.

Quinn runs into Chloe at the Brady Pub and meets Kinsey. Kinsey thinks he’s hot and goes. Chloe tells him if her club date works out and she gets more gigs, she won’t have to work for him to get Parker back, if he’s willing to let her out of the life. Quinn remains enigmatic. At the same time, Kate meets with Randy, one of Chloe’s johns, and makes him an offer to out Chloe as a hooker at her concert.

Nicole comes to the mansion and happens upon EJ, who’s writhing in pain. She initially withholds medical help but finds him surprisingly contrite. After he reveals he gave up the kids and admits his regrets, she is ultimately moved to take him to the hospital. Lexie diagnoses her brother with a delayed effect of his head injury, and EJ starts to have more flashes to the night of the beating. Lexie thinks he might remember all, if he makes it. Taylor learns that EJ is in serious condition. Lexie fears he’s given up hope. Taylor debates whether to visit him. Meanwhile, Melanie tends to unconscious EJ, and he remembers that she was there the night he was assaulted.  After witnessing the growing closeness between Melanie and Dario, Brady offers Dario a job at Titan. Taylor suspects Brady has ulterior motives and wonders whether he has feelings for Melanie. Brady admits to being a bit at loose ends, and we see the start of a spark between him and Taylor. Later, Nicole warns Brady that EJ is starting to remember.

Daniel remembers his promise to Jennifer and decides not to confront Carly about her feelings for him. Meanwhile, Carly manages to stop herself from taking the drugs but can’t quite bring herself to dispose of them permanently. Just as she is feeling more in control, she runs into Daniel at the hospital. Carly learns that he and Jennifer are not back together, but then she learns that Daniel is aware of her feelings for him. She continues to deny, and a relieved Daniel makes clear that his feelings for Carly are only platonic. He wants to be with Jennifer. Jennifer talks to Maggie, who is surprised to learn of her breakup with Daniel and talks to her about her unresolved feelings for Jack. Later, Jennifer talks to Adrienne, who wonders why she’s going to such lengths to be unhappy. Jennifer breaks down in tears.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena’s Exorcism Brings a United Front to Rid Satan

In a great episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it the return of Greg Vaughan as “Father” Eric Brady to exorcize the devil out of Marlena (Deidre Hall) for the second time in her lifetime, but it was not easy.

First, in the bedroom, Sami (Alison Sweeney) finds Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) almost untying the MarDevil, after Satan threatens him with revealing he was the one who kidnapped Sami and even tells Sami, that Lucas has been lying to her! Lucas worms his way out of the situation saying that he has been lying about his feelings for Sami.

Meanwhile, an overwrought John (Drake Hogestyn) is so happy to see Eric in his mother’s time of need.  When Eric takes off his coat, he reveals that he is once again a man of the cloth – priest collar and all.  Eric fills John in that it was actually Nicole (Arianne Zucker) who made him come to the realization that he wanted to serve God again, when she told him that ‘collar or no collar, he has never changed.”

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Next, Eric meets the MarDevil and tells John to leave him alone with Satan.  MarDevil spews that Eric is an arrogant little man and that he will die.  Now the MarDevil questions how his parishioners who saw the videotape of him having sex with Kristen – although Eric reminds Satan he was drugged – would welcome him as a priest?  Next thing you know, MarDevil shows the infamous sex tape on a laptop! Then, Satan said she thought his true calling was working in “adult entertainment” not for God.

Going for the jugular, MarDevil morphs into OG Kristen (Eileen Davidson) and she is tied to the bed, cooing for Eric, for another roll in the hay.  Eric becomes drawn in and if it were not for Brady (Eric Martsolf) walking in on the scene, urging his brother to resist the devil’s tricks, who knows where this would have led!  But Eric does resist, and MarDevil returns, saying that the fallen priest and his boozy brother are no match for her!

Now that the family is all congregating in the living room not only has Brady arrived, but so too has Belle (Martha Madison), Allie (Lindsay Arnold), and Johnny (Carson Boatman).  Eric explains that they all need to band together to perform an exorcism on Marlena and rid the devil from her.  Lucas exits deciding it should be for immediate family only, and he is already concerned that Satan knows he kidnapped Sami.

In the bedroom, Marlena’s family surrounds the bed as Eric begins the exorcism.  The family prays as Eric asks everyone to join hands and say the Lord’s Prayer.  As they begin the prayer, wind begins to blow and the bed goes up and down as MarDevil is defiant that Marlena will never return.  When the bed settles down, everyone thinks it’s over, but MarDevil surprises everyone and still has a grip on Marlena.

MarDevil then verbally attacks Belle and reminds her that she was the first one to give up on Marlena when she was in a coma and how she cheats on the men in her life calling her a “cheap slut”.  That is followed in kind when MarDevil goes after Sami and calls her a “professional slut”.

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Eric insist the family talk directly to Marlena.  They all become a united front as MarDevil is struggling to maintain control.  Then, in a fantastic series of flashbacks, we see Marlena’s memories coming through of each of her family members – and of course, best one ever, of all-time, is John and Marlena reuniting on the pier.

You then hear MarDevil let out a scream “No!” and then she passes out.  After everything is once again still in the room. John sits next to Marlena and calls her “Doc”.  She wakes up, saved!  It’s the Marlena everyone knows and loves!  She is saved on Christmas.   We fade to black.

What did you think of Marlena’s exorcism 2.0 and the episode? Let us know in the comment section below.  But first, check out this tweet of the flashback memories contained with the episode as Marlena fights the devil!

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‘Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas’: What Did You Think of the Holiday Tale?

Riffing on Hallmark Channel holiday movies combined with inside Salem wink-winks and nudge-nudges, soap tropes, surprise returns and altered storyline shifts, Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas now streaming on Peacock, had something for everyone, that by the end of its almost one hour and twenty minute tale, you were in the holiday spirit.

In the streaming flick, Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Grant Tinker) are working hard to make sure Will makes his Christmas Eve deadline of turning in his holiday script. So the couple known as “WilSon” conjure up an altered “facts” story… sorta!

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Now, Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Marlena (Deidre Hall) are running the Brady Pub, because Roman has died.  Paulina (Jackée Harry) is now the Cruella de Vil of Salem aiming to put everyone out of business for her own gain.

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Sami learns that Sydney is her biological daughter (something that in the airshow happened years ago) in order for a redux of the classic bitch-slap scene between this version of evil Nicole (Arianne Zucker) and Sami.

Even though Nicole’s deception is revealed, she doesn’t end up completely alone after EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) dumps her for Sami.  A bum outside the Brady Pub hands her a tissue to wipe away her tears, and it’s revealed to be … Eric (Greg Vaughn in a cameo).

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Elsewhere, John (Drake Hogestyn) is not married to Marlena (Deidre Hall), but Kristen (Eileen Davidson) and they run the Inn.  Meanwhile, as per usual, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Kristen are lusting after each other … complete with one of the best scenes in the special, where a naked Brady, covers his private parts with cue cards that profess his love for Kristen (a la Love Actually).  Meanwhile, Marlena is longing for John, even though he is with Kristen.

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Paulina ‘s assistant turns out to be Leo (Greg Rikaart), and as he did in the previous Peacock streaming series … he saved the day! Leo, while going through files on Paulina’s desk, found a loophole that could save Salem business owners from being kicked to the curb.

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And it was great to see one of the finest actors, Blake Berris, back on the screen as Nick and longing for Gabi (Camila Banus).  You see, Will writes Nick into his script, while Sonny exclaims that Nick is dead. But this is a holiday tale, so whatever!

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In the end, it was the town pulling together for a holiday fundraiser to save themselves with a talent show hosted by Leo featuring: the return of Sonny Delight, Amanda Bottom and Belinda Chinashop, followed by a Santa strip from the hottest men in Salem and voila’ – it’s drag queens and half-naked guys that save the day!

So, what did you think of Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas ? What was your favorite part of it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Julie Stands Up to MarDevil; Susan Seaforth Hayes Reminds Us Why She is Soap Royalty

Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it, let’s just say, not your typical Turkey Day episode in Salem.  It also moved the story along with MarDevil being exposed!

At Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) Thanksgiving, Doug (Bill Hayes) shouts that Marlena (Deidre Hall) is the devil. However, Marlena still insists that Doug is delusional and needs to be locked back up.  It is then that Julie stands by her husband.  Julie is on to Marlena and wonders if she should call “Marlena,” who she truly is at the moment, “Satan”.

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Shawn (Brandon Beemer) and Belle (Martha Madison) also believe something is terribly wrong.  Marlena tells them this is ridiculous, but Belle wants to hear what else Doug has to say.  Then, Shawn handcuffs Marlena to take her down to the station for questioning.  Julie doesn’t believe for one second that handcuffs will restrain the devil, and she was right! MarDevil breaks the cuffs and flings Shawn across the Thanksgiving dinner table complete with food-a-flying, leaving him unconscious.

Now with yellow eyes and lights flickering, MarDevil goes after Doug and Julie, but Julie stops Satan in his tracks professing “Not today, Satan!” Just then, MarDevil grabs a knife and in a counter move, Julie holds out her rosary saying love is the power and that the God of love is stronger than the devil! Julie defiantly tells MarDevil that the truth is out and Satan’s reign of terror is over! But MarDevil turns the tables and sneers, “It will never be over!”

It was in these scenes opposite Deidre Hall, that Susan Seaforth Hayes shined as she has done for decades given the material, as Julie went the toe-to-toe with the devil and Susan made us believe that love can win out over everything, especially the love of Doug and Julie.

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In another touching moment in the episode, Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk) tells EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) from her hospital bed, how she used herself as a human sacrifice for the devil to keep John alive and to protect her son.  An emotional EJ can’t believe that Susan was willing to die for him. However, Susan explains that a mother always protects their child and she would do it all over again when faced with that decision.  Haiduk and Feurriegel also delivered in these scenes.

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With John (Drake Hogestyn) freed by Anna (Leann Hunley) and Tony (Thaao Penghlis), he eventually makes his way into the Horton house to confront MarDevil, but Satan is gone.  Instead, John finds Shawn with Doug and Julie and they inform him that MarDevil had left to fulfill her true purpose.  Just then, Marlena arrives at Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal). We fade to black.

Now below, check out Susan Seaforth Hayes in a scene from Friday’s episode as Julie fends off the devil.

Then, let us know, what did you think of Susan’s performance? What do you think MarDevil will do next to Ben and Ciara and “their” baby? Did you enjoy the Susan and EJ scenes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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