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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.

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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.

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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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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Sonny Goes Off On Scheming Gabi & This Week Maggie Remembers The Night Adrienne Was Killed

Things are definitely reaching a boiling point in Salem.  First, if you caught last Friday’s episode, it featured a terrific scene between Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Camila Banus (Gabi) that shook everyone to its core.   Gabi, who has now been arrested at the PCPD for her crimes against Julie and her schemes against Lani, gets a visit from Sonny, and boy is he angry.  At the time of their visit, Justin (Wally Kurth) has already told Sonny that he doubts there is any way that Gabi will avoid prison time.

Realizing that both Ari’s parents are looking like they will be in prison, he asks Gabi, “Who gets the fun job of explaining this to Ari?” Ari loves Julie. He exclaims,”How I am supposed to explain that her mother tried to kill her multiple times?”

Distraught and thus facing parenting alone, Sonny screams at Gabi if she even knows her daughter exists!?  Gabi thinks Sonny is being horrible to her, but stands by her actions that Julie needed to pay.  Sonny just shakes his head in disbelief.  Ari’s parents will both be in the slammer!  When DA James Giddens arrives (Terrell Tilford) he says that Gabi will get 10 years in prison with no time off for good behavior and no parole.   In these scenes. Smith and Banus really delivered the material and brought it to an emotional level that hit home to the viewers.

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And now this week, get ready for more drama.  Gabi may get a last minute reprieve, while Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) is so close to remembering what happened the night of the accident that killed Adrienne (Judi Evans) – how she was drunk in a car that caused the crash – and the victim of this is not only Adrienne, but Will (Chandler Massey) who was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit.

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In the latest promo for DAYS, look for Sonny to also lower the boom on Maggie with another deserved outburst and a homecoming for Will and Sonny.

So, what did you think of the scenes between Freddie and Camila? What do you hope happens to Maggie after her remembrance of the night of the crash is revealed? What will Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston) to next and all of their plans seem to be unraveling? Comment below.  But first check out the scene from Friday between Camila and Freddie, and this week’s promo for DAYS>

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will and Sonny Call It Quits

On Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Chandler Massey (Will) once again delivered heart-breaking scenes as the love story of WilSon took a dramatic turn.

After Sonny is summoned to the prison to see Will, the two have an emotional conversation, in which Will tells Sonny he knows that he kissed Evan (Brock Kelly) thanks to Kate (Lauren Koslow(.  Sonny assured Will that the he is not with Evan, but Will says, “Not yet.”

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Will goes on to say that what he did by taking the life of Sonny’s mom, and Justin’s (Wally Kurth) wife has put Sonny in an untenable situation and their marriage.  While Sonny calls it a tragic accident, Will will not allow Sonny to live his life with the ball and chain around him which is now an incarcerated Will, who will serve a prison term for what seems like years.

Knowing Sonny’s animosity towards Will, as much as he protests he doesn’t have it, Will asks for a divorce as tears well-up in Sonny’s eyes. Will mentions Justin’s recent prison visit and how they ran into each other.  Sonny tells Will just what Justin told him, that he is like a son to him. But Will feels so much guilt for taking the woman Justin loved away from him, and Sonny’s beloved mother, Adrienne.

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Then, Sonny asks if this is really about Evan.  Will says he  is just a catalyst as he wants Sonny to be happy with Evan, or whoever else he wants to be with in the future.  Will says he loves his husband so much that he wants him to find happiness again, and he knows he won’t if he is tethered to him.  Will tells Sonny he knows his daughter is in good hands with him and Gabi (Camila Banus) and he needs to honor Sonny for all that he had meant to him by loving him by setting him free.

The two men come to the harsh realization by finally admitting to one another that this was a long time coming.  With tears streaming down his face, Sonny says to Will, that when Will asked him to stop visiting him in prison, he knew their marriage was over, but neither could muster up the  courage to end it.

In the end, they both say how sorry they are, and say goodbye as Will is taken by the prison guard back to his cell as Sonny ls left devastated.

Freddie and Chandler reminded us all of why WilSon has been a continuing power couple on DAYS with their performances.  Now the question is; can Sonny and Will work their way back to each other, or is this the final straw in their lengthy relationship?

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Share your thoughts on the key scenes and performances. Then let us know, are you sad WilSon are breaking up? Or, are you glad? Comment below.

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