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DAYS Recap – July 4 – July 8th

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It’s the 4th of July but all festivities have been cancelled due to rain. Will, Gabi, Chad, Abigail, Kinsey and Melanie sit around the Brady Pub trying to decide which 2010 Oscar-nominated movie to watch. Melanie imagines herself and Bo as key characters in True Grit. Abigail has a Black Swan-inspired fantasy starring Hope, Maggie and EJ. Chad is partial to The Social Network, picturing himself, Will, Abigail, Kinsey, Justin and Theo, among others. Gabi offers up The King’s Speech, envisioning EJ, Roman and Nicole. And, finally, Kinsey votes for The Fighter with Adrienne, Brady, Nicole, Maxine, Ciara, Hope, etc.

Bo and Hope enlist Rafe in a plan to further rattle EJ and Stefano. Bo and Hope take out the DiMera guards and gain their walkie-talkie frequency, for later use. At the same time, Rafe surprises Mary by bringing Johnny home from school. No sooner do they congratulate themselves on their plan, however, when Bo gets a call. They have a problem.  Lexie urges Stefano not to stop EJ from proposing to Taylor. Stefano sees Taylor accept his son’s proposal and asks to speak privately to EJ. He tells EJ that Rafe2 has gone rogue. Stefano will do everything in his power to take care of the situation so EJ can have his happily ever after. EJ learns from Mary that Rafe brought Johnny home from school. Stefano says “Rafe” needs to be killed — just as Taylor returns and overhears. Jennifer confronts Carly about her addiction to prescription drugs. Carly insists she’s not an addict and promises she’ll stop using. Jennifer isn’t convinced and privately realizes she needs to end things with Daniel so Carly will not be hurt further. She later turns down an invitation from Daniel to go away for the weekend. Daniel is perplexed. Meanwhile, a rattled Carly imagines Lawrence telling her she’ll never be able to quit drugs. At the same time, Vivian confesses to Quinn that she came back to Salem to avenge herself on Carly. Quinn wants to help and promises they’ll find Carly’s weakness and bring her down. Melanie and Abigail confess that deep down they wish their respective parents would reunite, but the bottom line is they just want them to be happy.

EJ and Stefano convince Taylor they’re not planning to kill Rafe. Alone with Stefano, however, EJ rages about everything Rafe2 has done. EJ leaves to try to figure out where Rafe2 is laying low. Stefano pays Sami a visit, and when he gets nothing from her, he pumps Will and Gabi for info. He later learns from his minions that Rafe2 isn’t working alone. Meanwhile, Sami tells Rafe she’s worried Stefano will kill him. Rafe promises this will be over soon, but Sami wants to pull the plug on the whole operation. Bo and Hope say they can’t go back and instead have to move up the plan for Rafe to get a confession from EJ and Stefano. Bo is forced to free Nicole from police custody. He puts the fear of God into her, however, warning her not to tell Taylor or anyone else about her suspicions that EJ and Stefano kidnapped and brainwashed Rafe. Brady takes Nicole to the Cheatin’ Heart for drinks, but leaves her there. Brady learns Taylor is engaged to EJ and warns her that will not end well. Later, Brady has a tense encounter with EJ, which causes EJ to have flashes of his beating. Taylor and Nicole run into each other. Nicole sees her sister’s engagement ring. She regroups, then tells Taylor that EJ is all hers, but don’t expect to live happily ever after. Alone, Taylor pushes her sister’s words out of her mind, convinced she and EJ will be happy. Meanwhile, Nicole sees Rafe going somewhere and, in her tipsy state, decides to follow the man she thinks murdered her mother.

Earlier, Taylor shares a night of romance with EJ and then bonds with Johnny. Stefano sucks it up and congratulates Taylor on the engagement but hopes she’s prepared for what she’s getting into. Meanwhile, Sami learns that Taylor and EJ are engaged. Sami’s job is to keep Taylor away from the mansion. She doesn’t realize Taylor is already there. Sami loses patience and tells Bo and Hope that she’s coming to the mansion to back them up. Sami, Bo and Hope prepare for the endgame with the DiMeras. Rafe tries one last time to elicit a confession from the imposter. Rafe is unaware that Nicole has followed him to the warehouse. Rafe2, more afraid of the DiMeras than of the law, remains mum. After Rafe leaves, Nicole slips into the room and realizes that there are, in fact, two Rafes. The imposter persuades her that he’s the real Rafe and gets Nicole to let him go. Drunk as a skunk, she passes out, as Rafe2 sprints forth to set the DiMeras straight. Meanwhile, Rafe enters the mansion, determined to bring the DiMeras down. His deception is blown when the imposter bursts into the room, and EJ and Stefano realize the real Rafe is alive. Kate badgers Quinn about Chloe’s unsatisfactory job performance. Quinn promises better results next time. Meanwhile, Chloe learns from Justin that she needs to provide a stable income and home for Parker in order to move on to the next phase of her quest for custody. Resolved, Chloe vows to do whatever it takes. Quinn calls her on her lies and gives her one more chance, which she gratefully accepts, but on her terms. Later, she finally bites the bullet and goes to bed with a client. Kate is very pleased.

Rafe, Stefano and EJ face off when the imposter arrives. Things are only more complicated when Taylor sees the two Rafes and demands to know what’s going on. EJ tries to cover, but starts to lose his composure when Sami shows up and blasts him, claiming they’ve got him dead to rights. Bo and Hope manage to keep the imposter from fleeing. Sami, with Rafe’s help, wipes the floor with EJ, who at Stefano’s insistence, doesn’t admit to anything. Sami insists to Taylor that she’s telling the truth. EJ finds himself on shaky ground when Taylor asks him directly if he is responsible for Rafe’s imprisonment and bringing the imposter to town.

Brady finds Melanie and tells her that he’s had an epiphany about the two of them. It looks like he might get around to saying he wants to take their relationship to the next level when he receives a distress call from Nicole. Brady goes and Dario – who has partially overheard – seizes the moment and confesses his feelings for Melanie. They talk about her situation with Brady. Melanie says it’s complicated because she sort of has eyes for… Dario. Brady finds drunk Nicole at the warehouse. She babbles on about two Rafes and letting one “Rafe” go, but Brady thinks it’s just the liquor talking. He takes her back to her hotel where he – once again – makes it clear that their ship has sailed. He goes back to find Melanie and realizes his ship with her may never leave port – thanks to Dario. Jennifer confides in Abigail about Carly’s addiction and that she thinks part of Carly’s problem is that she’s in love with Daniel. Abigail thinks her mom is crazy to sideline her relationship with Daniel for her friend. Jennifer is afraid if she doesn’t, Carly will fall even further.  Carly offers to help Daniel find out why Jennifer has turned a cold shoulder to him. Carly talks to Jennifer, who lies that she just isn’t ready for a relationship. Daniel shows up and vows not to let her go. Carly witnesses this and takes off. Vivian goes to Quinn and they realize now is the time to strike against Carly. Quinn tells his man, Phelps, to find out all he can about Carly Manning. Carly runs into Phelps, who is dealing drugs, and he realizes she has a drug addiction.

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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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