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DAYS Recap – July 19 – July 23rd

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Bo wonders about Hope’s mental health and talks it over with Roman, who offers his advice. Later, Bo goes to see Ciara, who shocks him by telling him that she saw Hope hugging a strange man. Meanwhile, Hope makes it clear to Dr. Baker she is going to kill Bo, that night. Dr. Baker makes a declaration of love and we wonder if he changed Hope’s mind. Hope goes to the house, and comes face-to-face with Bo. Nathan and Stephanie grow closer. Even Melanie’s interruption cannot stop them from considering moving in together. Chloe almost makes a huge slip up in front of Daniel, but covers. Later, Philip meets with her. They discuss their situation and Chloe admits to Philip that Father Matt knows about him. He is ready to blow up, but she reassures him that Father Matt is out of town and would never spill her secret. Later, Philip goes home to Melanie, who’s still shaken off of her encounter with Nathan and Stephanie. She tells him she wants to throw Chloe a baby shower, and he overacts. He covers and tells her not to rush into things. They share a passionate kiss. Daniel sees Father Matt and learns that Chloe’s annulment issues aren’t why he won’t perform their marriage ceremony. He returns home and confronts Chloe. She claims she has changed her mind about having Father Matt marry them, and Daniel, completely confused, tells her he doesn’t believe her story. Chad is horrified when Madeline falls down at the pier. She is rushed to the hospital where Chad, deeply upset, hopes his mom pulls through. Kate and Stefano are shocked to find out Chad’s mother is in the hospital. Woods shows up and asks Chad what happened, but he is a mess and can’t answer clearly. Later, to the horror of all, Lexie tells Chad his mother, Madeline, is dead. Hope comes face-to-face with Bo. He is thrown to see her, and she quickly explains she stopped by to pick up something for Ciara. Bo buys this, but he thinks something is different with her. Hope balks, hoping to get out, but Bo says it’s her appearance and she’s putting out a different vibe. Hope tries to avoid, but Bo mentions how she’s been acting strangely. Hope loses it. She’s trying to rebuild her life. Bo understands, but if something is going on, he’s there for her. Affected, Hope opens up a bit, but when Bo receives a call from Carly, she gets back on track. Bo sees they have time to talk and Hope suggests he make coffee. She dumps the rest of her sleeping pills in his coffee. Bo returns and raises his cup. Will he drink it? Daniel tells Chloe her annulment with Lucas has been resolved. Father Matt told Daniel to ask Chloe why he can’t marry them. Chloe blurts Father Matt thinks she’s a bad person. Daniel doesn’t understand. Chloe covers, and says she’s been confiding in Father Matt and he feels she’s not ready to walk down the aisle. Angry, Daniel wants to talk to Father Matt. Chloe thrusts the phone at him and tells him to go ahead, but Daniel declines. Chloe calms down and they make love. Later, he says Father Matt is only one priest. They can get someone else to marry them. Chloe, wanting to know the paternity of her baby before she marries Daniel, says no. Upset, Daniel walks out. Chad feels guilty for his mom’s death. Lexie says it’s not his fault. Madeline also suffered from a brain aneurysm. If she hadn’t have fallen, she would have died eventually. D.A. Woods is cold to his son, but Stefano reaches out. Chad pushes everyone away, but Kate manages to talk to him. Later, Kate urges him to talk to his father. Chad says he was never really a father. He leaves and Kate mutters that she knows the reason why. Stephanie and Nathan plan to move in together. Nathan claims that he and Melanie are history.

Unaware, Bo sips from his drugged coffee as he and Hope try to understand where their marriage went wrong. The emotional moment turns bitter when Hope realizes Bo refuses to take sole responsibility. Hope reveals her dark side, but Bo passes out before he can react. She goes to Dr. Baker, who has the rest of the items on her list. He’s upset that she plans to set fire to her house with Bo in it. He is unable to dissuade her and Hope leaves, and returns to the house. She pours gasoline on Bo, and says one final goodbye as she lights a match. Sami tells Rafe she’s permanently moving in with EJ, hoping to reconnect with him as a couple. Rafe hides his devastation, and asks if EJ makes her happy. Sami avoids, about to tell Rafe she still loves him, when they’re interrupted. Later, feeling that Rafe has moved on with his life, Sami decides to keep quiet about her feelings and leaves. With Johnny at the DiMera mansion, a resolved Sami says she’s home. Rafe, meanwhile, believes he and Sami aren’t through yet. Nicole worries that Brady is still in love with Arianna. He denies, but won’t stop looking for the proof of her innocence. He wants to bring the real perpetrator to justice. Nicole covers her fear that Brady will discover her culpability and wonders if they can ever have a future as long as he is fighting for Arianna. Brady says when he proves Arianna’s innocence, they will. Arianna fires EJ as her lawyer. She knows he’s distracted by other things in his life and doesn’t want to be a burden to him. EJ insists she’s not, and wants to prove her innocent of the muggings. Arianna sees a loving EJ with Johnny and gives in. She tells him she trusts him with her life. She runs into Brady, and asks if they can find a way not to be awkward with one another. Brady agrees, but resists when she warns him about Nicole. Meanwhile, Nicole goes to EJ and tells him that she wants him to prove Arianna’s innocence immediately, as long as he doesn’t reveal she framed Arianna. EJ has no choice but to agree. Nicole is amazed that she and EJ could ever come to a truce, unaware Rafe has overheard this last part.

Hope is about to torch Bo when Daniel shows up looking for Carly. Hope hides as Daniel enters and finds Bo unconscious. Daniel realizes Bo is soaked in gasoline and tries to revive him. Hope pulls her gun but is thwarted by approaching sirens. Roman arrives with the paramedics on a call from an anonymous tipster. Hope hears, and realizes it must have been Dr. Baker. She slips out undetected while Bo is rushed to the hospital. Hope confronts Dr. Baker. He claims he tipped off the cops out of love for her. Hope is worried Bo will survive and remember what she did to him. She dashes to the hospital to finish him off. To Carly’s relief, Daniel manages to save Bo. When Hope overhears that Bo is still unconscious, she slips into his room. Roman shows up to tell Daniel and Carly that along with the gasoline, incendiary devices were found spread around the house. It looks like someone was trying to burn down the house – with Bo in it. At the same time, Hope hovers over Bo, ready to take his life. Rafe listens in on EJ and Nicole discussing their secret truce. He doesn’t find out what it is, and wonders if he should bother. He goes to the DiMera mansion despite himself, and finds Sami there. He tells her about EJ and Nicole’s conversation. Sami accuses him of being jealous. Both get angry and Rafe storms out. Rafe goes to the Brady Pub for a drink, and sees Nicole. He decides to investigate her, and leaves to snoop around her place. Meanwhile, Sami has doubts regarding EJ after Rafe’s visit and probes about his conversation with Nicole. EJ comes right out with it, appearing honest as he tells her Nicole was trying to make up with him. Sami tells EJ she’s starting to trust him more and more and wants to stay at the mansion with him. Chloe goes to the hospital looking for Daniel after their fight and runs into Carly, who is trying to set up a paternity test for the next week. Chloe is surprised to see how upset Carly is after hearing about Chloe and Daniel fighting. Chloe admits she understands Carly’s point of view. The women bond slightly over their mutual goal of wanting Daniel to be happy. Chloe seeks out Father Matt, tells him she’s pregnant and Philip may be the father. Father Matt says he won’t lie for her, but won’t seek out Daniel to tell the truth. Instead he urges Chloe to do that and will pray for her. Alone, Chloe thinks she may have nothing to lose. Telling the truth may be her only answer.

While Roman and Abe speculate on the identity of Bo’s assailant, Hope makes one last attempt to kill him. She is foiled when Bo opens his eyes, and then Carly enters the room. Hope escapes and goes home, convinced she’s about to be implicated, and tearfully apologizes to Ciara for failing to protect her. Meanwhile, Bo’s condition deteriorates, and it appears he won’t make it. Daniel’s quick thinking saves his life, and later, Bo urgently tries to tell Carly something. Rafe tricks Nicole into leaving her apartment by calling in with a fake tip. Once she leaves, he breaks in. He searches for info to shed light on the secret she and EJ share. Nicole realizes she’s been tricked and phones EJ, accusing him of being behind it. Meanwhile, Rafe finds Nicole’s coded diary. He escapes in the nick of time when she returns home. Nicole briefly suspects someone has been in her apartment, but reassures herself that she’s paranoid. Meanwhile, Rafe works on cracking the code. Sami and EJ draw closer than ever. Victor pays Maggie a late-night visit to discuss Mickey’s trust. Maggie gently tries to tell him that these late-night talks can’t continue. Later, Victor gets a call about Bo’s injury, and he and Maggie rush out together. Vivian does her best to interfere in Victor and Maggie’s relationship. Rebuffed, she tells Gus that Maggie is beginning to get on her last nerve.

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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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Which DAYS ‘Undead’ Return Have You Enjoyed the Most … Nick, Charlie or Deimos?

This week in the spirit of Halloween, Days of our Lives has been airing some very devilish episodes, with at its epicenter, the MarDevil’s (Deidre Hall) plot to wreak havoc on the town of Salem by resurrecting some of its all-time bad boys!

MarDevil goes to each of the gravesites of Charlie Dale (Mike Manning), Nick Fallon (Blake Berris) and Deimos Kiriakis (Vincent Irizarry), and literally takes them out of the ground and gets each of them to go after the people that put killed them in the first place.

For Charlie that is Allie (Lindsay Arnold) and for good measure his mother Ava (Tamara Braun) and half-brother, Tripp (Lucas Adams), for Deimos that is Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker), and for Nick, well, he has it in for Gabi (Camila Banus).

Throughout the Monday through Wednesday episodes, viewers watched flashbacks of how each of the bad men were murdered, and how now they have risen to torture their foes.

Blake Berris, Mike Manning, and Vincent Irizarry all looked as those they were having quite the fun time playing the zombie-versions of their once Salem characters.

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And as viewers saw, Gabi killed Nick, yet again, after finding Jake (Brandon Barash) buried, Tripp hit Charlie multiple times with a frying pan and cracked and his skull, and Nicole stabbed Deimos … again.  However, of course, no one else in Salem saw the zombies, making it difficult for the very much alive folks to get anyone to believe what just happened to them.

When the dust settled, it left Nicole and Rafe (Galen Gering) getting hot and heavy!

So did you enjoy seeing Blake, Mike, and Vincent again? What character’s undead return did you enjoy the most? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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