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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.

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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.

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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 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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