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DAYS Recap – July 26 – July 30th

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Will apologizes to Chad about his mom, Madeline, dying. Will feels responsible, but Chad lets Will off the hook. Chad feels like he needs to fill in some blanks, and Will offers to help him – starting with Kate. At the same time, Kate learns Madeline’s safe deposit box was empty upon her death. Stefano thinks they have nothing to worry about. Kate, now having the only copy of Chad’s real birth certificate, realizes she holds all the cards- – and Madeline’s secret. She is looking at the certificate when Lucas calls. She tells her son she was just thinking about him. Nathan moves in with Stephanie, but her joy is short lived when she realizes he is keeping a photo of Melanie. At the same time, Philip surprises Melanie with the test results of her latest nursing exam. He’s proud of her and gives her a necklace. Later at the Brady Pub, Melanie learns from Adrienne that Philip was at Daniel’s apartment the morning after Chloe’s accident. Philip explains it was for Chloe, but Melanie is slightly suspicious. Abe and Lexie take Theo to a therapy session. Theo brings up Aunt Hope’s treasure. Lexie, confused, tells Theo to show her what he means. Later, Abe and Lexie revisit the topic of opening their heart and home to someone else. Later, at the lake, Theo finds a wallet and tells Lexie that Aunt Hope’s treasure looks like this and she has a lot of treasure. At the hospital, Maggie sits with Victor. Caroline arrives, upset that Victor didn’t call her about Bo. Maggie urges Victor to make amends with her and he tries. At the same time, Justin tells Hope about Bo’s accident. She flies over to the hospital and is on the case, but Bo can’t remember anything. Carly states it’s because of the meds, but Hope vows to find who did this. Later, Hope tells Bo how much he means to her and she doesn’t know what she’d do if she lost him. Bo takes her hand and Carly witnesses the moment. Nicole goes over her diary with all the places she has hidden her incriminating evidence against EJ. Later, she is surprised and touched when Brady stops by, but worries when he picks up her diary. Seeing her shabby accommodations, Brady offers to help Nicole out with some money, but she insists her ship is coming in. Later, Nicole contacts EJ about their agreement. Rafe has a copy of Nicole’s diary; unfortunately, it is in code. Arianna visits him and they fight about her friendship with EJ. Arianna leaves upset, and later, Rafe thinks he may have cracked the code in Nicole’s diary. Carly tries to comfort Daniel, who is confused by Chloe’s erratic behavior.

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Philip gives Chloe an idea to explain why she doesn’t want to get married right away. Chloe explains her reluctance to Daniel, and he does a 180, thinking all is good. Later, Carly tells Chloe she has set up a paternity test at another hospital, Saint Mary’s. At the same time, Daniel is consulting on a case and plans to take Melanie with him – also at Saint Mary’s. Kate is surprised that Chad wants to see her. Chad asks about his mother’s past, but Kate urges him to drop the subject and remember how much his mother loved him. Chad seems to let it go. Stefano bonds with Will, but remains cool to Chad. The secret as to why Kate is keeping the truth of Chad’s paternity deepens. Bo talks Carly into discharging him from the hospital, hoping that being at home will help him remember the circumstances of his attack. Meanwhile, Justin is suspicious of a strange conversation with Hope in which she doesn’t seem to recall that they kissed. Carly tries to hypnotize Bo and asks Hope to stay in a police capacity. Later, Bo is “under,” and Carly asks him what he remembers. Meanwhile, Justin confides in Adrienne that he thinks something is not right with Hope.

Nicole gets EJ to give her cash in exchange for her silence. She moves the blackmail materials she’s stashed, unaware Rafe is hot on her trail. Sami is hurt when Rafe gives her the cold shoulder. She has a tough day with Johnny, and EJ helps smooth things over. Later, EJ blurts that this won’t be a problem when they’re married. Maggie warns that Brady is being drawn back into Nicole’s web. Later, Brady realizes that something is up between Victor and Maggie. Maggie tells Victor in no uncertain terms that he needs to go home to his wife.  Brady is stunned when he crosses paths with Dr. Baker.  Carly prompts Bo under hypnosis to remember the night Hope almost killed him. Hope is positive they are about to finally get answers. Just when it looks like Hope might remember her alternate self; Caroline interrupts and reacts to the triangle. Hope returns home, where Carly later shows up and asks for help in getting Bo to take it easy. Hope is driven to find Bo’s would-be murderer. Vivian shows up and says look no further, it’s Carly. Bo runs into Abe and Theo at the police station. He learns from Theo that Ciara’s treasure was a collection of wallets and that she got them from her mommy. Brady chases after Baker, but he gets away. Brady calls the police, and Nicole freaks when she learns this. Brady is suspicious of Nicole’s nervousness, especially after she gets a call (he doesn’t realize it’s from Baker!). Nicole covers that it’s a problem at the studio and leaves. EJ broaches the subject of marriage to Sami. She’s drawn to him, but can’t handle giving him an answer. She goes to Caroline and tells her how torn she is between Rafe and EJ. Caroline surprises her by telling her to marry EJ. In the meantime, EJ tells Stefano he brought up marriage to Sami and speaks of his determination to make sure she never learns he was the one who kidnapped Sydney. After being shut down by Maggie, Victor returns home and starts drinking. Vivian calls him on it. He refuses to discuss Maggie with her and reminds Vivian of their marriage arrangement concerning Bo and Carly. Alone, Vivian wishes she could find a way to make Victor love her.

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Theo tells Bo that Ciara’s treasure were wallets she got from her mom. Bo questions Ciara, who finally admits she took the wallets from Hope. Vivian, meanwhile, accuses Carly of trying to kill Bo, since she already killed Lawrence. Carly explains to Hope why she killed Lawrence. Her explanation subconsciously resonates and rattles Hope as it parallels what “Nighttime” Hope feels toward Bo. Hope turns in early, surprised to find her pill bottle is empty. She decides to deal with the matter the next day and takes a pill she finds at the bottom of her purse. She wakes up as “Nighttime” Hope. Thanks to Carly, she now knows what to do about Bo. Carly runs into Vivian and chews her out for accusing her of trying to harm Bo. Vivian is unrepentant. Vivian realized Carly is keeping yet more secrets from her and vows to find out what they are. Dr. Baker worries about Nicole and Hope, but decides it’s safe to leave town. Fay calls Nicole and thanks her for money she sent. Worried about Baker, Nicole cuts the call short. She asks EJ to loan her Marco. When Marco arrives, she tells him to pay Baker a visit.

Rafe learns that nearly all the locations in Nicole’s coded diary are empty. He finds one more location that makes him think whatever Nicole is hiding will be there. Meanwhile, Caroline tells Sami if she loves Rafe she needs to follow her heart. Sami bumps into Rafe and nearly tells him about EJ’s discussion of marriage. She stops herself when she sees how distracted he is by work, unaware he’s trying to find out the reason behind Nicole and EJ’s truce. Sami goes back to EJ and he offers her a sincere and romantic proposal of marriage. Later, Rafe shows up at Fay’s place of work.

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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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