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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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Who is DAYS Gwen Really? What is Her Vendetta Against Abigail All About?

We have a new psycho in Salem, and she is played to perfection by Emily O’Brien who has been bringing her brand of quirky evil to the NBC soap opera as Gwen.  Soap fans, of course, remember her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless from 2006-2011.

Ron Carlivati and his DAYS writing team certainly have some tricks up their sleeve where Gwen is concerned as viewers recently found out she was behind slipping Abigail (Marci Miller) the drug months ago causing her hallucinations.

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But Gwen is even much darker than we think, when several key clues and moments were revealed on Friday’s episode of DAYS when she went to visit her conspirator in prison, Dr. Rolf (William Utay).

During the exchange, we learn Gwen has been getting the mind-altering drug from one of Dr. Rolf’s concoctions.  She reveals to him that their plan has hit the proverbial snag.  The drug did not dismantle Abigail as she had hoped.  We also learn while she was in the mental institution – Bayview – that is how she tracked Rolf down by researching the drug he had created.

And it appears, Rolf hates Abigail too, citing he always saw her as  thorn in Stefano’s side.  It is then Gwen says he wants another dose of the drug to “melt Abby’s brain!”  Rolf says without anyone else to take the fall for it, he can’t come up with it.

He suggests to her to alter her plan and to instead destroy Abigail’s life piece by piece … and go for the long game instead of the short term – take everything that is near and dear from her including her husband, children, home, everything.

But, what does come to light is that even Dr. Rolf does not know why Gwen wants to destroy Abigail.  That is when Gwen shares she has very good reason to hate Abigail, and he, along with everyone else, will find out why when the time is right.

So, what are your theories?  Who is Gwen?  Is she a character with plastic surgery?  Could she be a sister no one knew Abigail had?  A former mental patient who Abby knew when she was getting help a few years back? And what is her gripe with Abigail all about?  Comment below!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Sonny and Will Say Their Final Goodbyes and Leave Salem

Not a happy day for fans of Days of our Lives’ WilSon.  Although it has been known now for over seven months that Daytime Emmy-winners, Chandler Massey (Will) and Freddie Smith (Sonny) were let-go from the long-running NBC soap opera, it still was hard to watch them have their final scenes on Tuesday’s episode.

As was in the dialogue, the writers and the show left the door open for a Sonny and Will return down the line when Sonny uttered: “Goodbye Salem, for now.” And, as is with most DAYS characters, they seem to somehow return at one time or another.  But still, it looks like the soap has made the decision to rest the characters.

Before their final exit, Sonny and Will had a visit with Sami (Alison Sweeney) to tell her they are moving to Arizona. Sami is up to her eyeballs in trouble with the custody hearing for Allie’s baby versus Nicole (Arianne Zucker).  Will tells his mother he wants her blessing before they go, and that he already received a blessing from Marlena (Deidre Hall).

An emotional Sami tells Will how sorry she is for all the things she has done, and the mistakes she had made when she was younger and along the way that impacted him.  In tears, Will says he is going to miss her, and the two of then share a hug,

After Sami leaves to head to the custody hearing, Will and Sonny look at Allie’s baby and the two talk about how things worked out for the best; even though Allie did not ultimately let them adopt her child.  The two realize they are about to give their daughter, Ari, a new life and Will thinks another baby and a dog might be in their future, too!

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Later, it’s time for one last look at Horton Town Square, and Sonny and Will remember their love from the beginning in a short flashback with a few moments of how they came together.

Will says it’s a tradition for when a Horton leaves Salem to visit the dedication to Tom and Alice in the ‘Square’.  Finally, it’s time for Sonny and Will to say goodbye to Salem for now as they walk out together..

So, what did you think of the final episode of Chandler and Freddie’s? Did you want more time spent on WilSon’s history in the flashback montage? Are you sad to see them go? Comment below.

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DAYS Rob Scott Wilson Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

If you think you were emotionally drained watching Ben Weston battle himself for control – think of how draining it must have been for Ben’s portrayer, actor Rob Scott Wilson, or for the character of Ben himself!

Well, in the final three episodes last week on Days of our Lives, Rob Scott Wilson once again showed why he is in complete command of this complex character – a former serial killer who has fought so hard to redeem himself, married the love of his life, Ciara (Vicroria Konefal), only to have it all almost wiped out by a heinous plot by Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva).

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Eve used drugs and torture techniques to try to drive Ben to kill Ciara as payback for him murdering her daughter, Paige (True O’Brien).  Weston was supported by some very fine scene partners in his performances: the aforementioned DePaiva, Konefal, and Kristian Alfonso (Hope); but it was Rob who drove the scenes and had the meatiest of material to play and boy, did he deliver.

Would Ben strangle his beloved Ciara with a necktie like his other previous victims? Wilson went from one minute being programmed to kill her, to another minute realizing he is in trouble … and so is Ciara’s life – so he tells her to lock the door of the bathroom and to not let him in! Although, as we saw, he eventually lost control and broke through the door and went to turn the lock reaching his hand from the outside to the inside. (Horror film moment!)

Later, when we see Ben crumpled on the floor in tears, Hope finds him, but her daughter is missing and Ben can’t recall what happened to her.  Fearing at first she killed Ciara, Hope is besides herself, and so is Ben.

From beat to beat, from turn to turn, Wilson was terrifying and heartbreaking all at the same time.  And with that, Michael Fairman TV names Rob Scott Wilson our choice for the Power Performance of the Week.

So, what did you think of Rob’s performance? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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