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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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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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