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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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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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What Did You Think of the Premiere of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’?

Today was the debut of the well-publicized and highly-anticipated DAYS streamer limited-series: Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem which dropped on Peacock at 3:01am EST Monday morning.

If you have not seen the first episode, and intend on watching it,  do not read any further as it contains moments and story points – however, if you have seen the premiere read on!

At the beginning is an updated version of the traditional iconic series opening of DAYS, hourglass and all, but wait for it! It’s not the late MacDonald Carey’s voice who is welcoming us in to watch the drama unfold, but none other than Deidre Hall (Marlena) who gets the nod.  Deidre voices-over: “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our Lives” cue the new logo for the limited series.  We also get an opening title sequence after the prologue of the episode complete with location shots and the cast members names!

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In this throwback to the 90’s high adventure and escapades in soaps, we learn that in 1991 the Alamainian Peacock was stolen by Hope acting as Princess Gina. Shane Donovan has come to John and Marlena in Zurich needing their help, because the peacock featured six different and precious gemstones: a citrine, an amethyst, a ruby, emerald, sapphire, and an orange diamond.  Although the peacock was recovered, the stones were not and we are off to the races in this case of the missing jewels caper.  Shane wants John and Marlena to be an American couple who want the gemstones at an auction, but he tells them there is danger involved.  Jarlena are most them up for the task!

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Meanwhile, Tony and Anna visit Carrie and Austin and can sense the trouble in their marriage.  Carrie is upset.  Apparently, Austin had too much to drink and brought up Rafe to Carrie.  Wanting to make amends, Austin wants to get his wife a sapphire necklace, which Anna goes a ga-ga for in the photo Austin shares. But not wanting Carrie to know what he is up to he asks Tony and Anna to go the auction to bid on it.

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Lisa Rinna makes her return as Billie Reed, but dressed undercover as kind of a Princess Gina lookalike, long hair, tiara, and all. She gets busted by Ben and Ciara and tells them she is undercover watching the amethyst in the jewelry shop that Ciara was loving on to Ben. But as they talk about Ben being a serial killer and all, someone went in and bought the jewel spoiling Billie’s plan.

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In Miami, turns out Paulina has the orange diamond, and in one of the funniest bits, goes and on how Michelle (Obama) in the White House gifted her the ring as Abe, Eli and Lani look on perplexed.  Later, when everyone tells her not to go out on the town with that ring on, she insists, but bad news.  While the foursome are dining, two henchmen with guns come a-calling!

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Elsewhere in Phoenix, Chad comes to visit Will and nuSonny, now played by Zach Tinker (who delivered in his emotional scenes in his debut). Turns out WilSon seem to be having marital problems. .. again!  Sonny thinks Will is cheating on him.  Will says he is working on a top-secret assignment and has to go to the office.  Later, when Chad calls to see if Will is where he says he is at, he is not there.  Sonny springs into action and goes to Will’s computer and finds an email that he is meeting someone at a resort and spa.  Best buds, Chad and Sonny, hightail it to the resort and land outside Will’s suite.  When Sonny knocks on the door he is surprised to see Leo Stark … in a robe!  Something tells us each episode will end with a guest star popping up, but we shall see and the let the games begin!

So, what did you think of the premiere episode of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem? What was your favorite part? What did you think of Zach Tinker in his debut as Sonny? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But, first vote in our ‘Beyond Salem” premiere poll and cast your vote below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ciara Remembers Her Love For Ben

After months of torturing the heart and soul of Ben Weston (Rob Scott Weston), finally, the love of his life, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) remembers the passionate undying love and connection the two share.

It began earlier in the week after Ben kidnapped her, and drove Ciara away from her nuptials to Theo (Cameron Johnson), who was left at the altar.  Alone in the cabin (which brings back a lot of creepy memories for both of them), you could see episode after episode, Ciara trying to push down her feelings, but they were too strong, and by the end of this week, she remembered it all as she stood very close to Ben and flashbacked to highlights of their torrid relationship including: Ben proposing to her, their wedding in July a year ago, in which Ben was taken by Eve’s  (Kassie DePaiva) plot in a bomb explosion – now a year later, after Ciara was kidnapped and then lost her memory – the couple known as Cin never really had their honeymoon! Stay tuned.

As the two share a passionate kiss on Friday’s episode, and later are side by side in bed, the door to the cabin bursts open with Theo and Shawn  (Brandon Beemer) there with a gun drawn.  What will happen when we pick up with Ben and Ciara’s story on Monday?

Meanwhile, major kudos again to Daytime Emmy winner, Victoria Konefal, and the immeasurable talents of Rob Scott Wilson, for making us care continually about this on-screen couple, constantly torn apart by circumstances, and with the waiting the hardest part for fans of the show, it almost always seems worth the payoff just to see these two connect and know that in life, a great love … never dies.

So, are you happy that Ciara remembered her love and life with Ben? What did you think of the key scenes played by Rob and Victoria? Comment below.

 

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