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DAYS Recap – July 5 – July 9th

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Brady talks to a private investigator about tracking down the person who drugged him, possibly leading to the person who framed Arianna. Unfortunately, the P.I. comes up empty. EJ and Arianna prepare for her hearing. He is still determined to prove Nicole framed his client. Outside the courtroom, Nicole’s actions make Rafe slightly suspicious. He gets in her face as EJ and Arianna show up. Gabi arrives to support her sister. Everyone except Nicole goes into the courtroom. Everyone breathes a sigh of relief as Arianna is released on bail. Brady intends to pay her bail, but EJ beats him to it. Rafe isn’t happy about his sister receiving help from EJ, but Arianna accepts the offer. After Rafe leaves, Arianna tries to give Brady back his engagement ring, but he tells her to sell it to pay EJ for his services. Later, EJ gets Nicole alone. She calls him out on his bluff. He lies and says he’s got the proof he needs; he’s just waiting for the right moment to reveal all. She’s going down for setting up Arianna. While hanging out at the lake, Will talks to Chad about going to Wake Forest. Chad credits his mother for always pushing him to excel. Will notes he never had that with his mom. As they compare mothers, the discussion becomes heated. Later, Kinsey points out that Gabi is at her sister’s hearing. Will wants to support her and goes. Kinsey thinks he’s crushing on Gabi. Will meets up with Gabi and they return to the lake and have a nice moment. The kids run out of food and Will offers to get more. While he’s gone, ‘T’ tells Chad he chose the wrong girl, meaning Mia instead of Gabi. Chad says it’s going to be a long summer. Anything can happen. Madeline begs Kate to keep her secret. Kate says she will do her best, but can’t promise she won’t tell Stefano if it were to come up. Later, Will overhears that Madeline Peterson-Woods used to be a call girl. Shane and Kimberly work through their issues, and decide to work on being a family in Los Angeles. Carly crosses with Jennifer. They discuss her relationship with Bo. Jennifer tells her friend to follow her heart. Hope tells Bo that Arianna was released on bail. She fears Arianna will attack someone else. Bo disagrees, but Hope is convinced she knows what’s going on inside Arianna’s head. She doesn’t realize that she’s describing herself. Bo brings up the divorce papers, and Hope is about to ask him to postpone when Carly interrupts. Hope changes her mind and tells Bo to go ahead with the divorce. After Hope leaves, Carly wonders if Bo has had a change of heart about the divorce. Bo says no, but worries about Hope’s recent strange behavior. Meanwhile, Hope turns in early and takes a sleeping pill. Later, Ciara tells Justin that Hope had his wallet, while Hope awakens, glad to be back…

Nicole wants Dr. Baker and his partner to take out EJ. They must stop him from revealing the proof he claims to have about her setting up Arianna. Dr. Baker refuses and Nicole realizes she’ll have to take care of EJ on her own. Victor wants to take Maggie out to dinner, but denies it’s a date. Vivian interrupts. Maggie kicks out Victor, and tells Vivian she has no desire to steal her husband. Vivian knows but in a rare moment of vulnerability admits Victor cares for Maggie. Vivian is afraid of losing him. Later, Vivian crosses with Jennifer, who tells her Lawrence was a horrible man. If Vivian refuses to see that then she’s just as bad. Will leaves, unseen, after overhearing Madeline used to be a call girl. Kate and Madeline talk about the secret. Kate reminds Madeline she can’t promise to keep it, especially if Stefano gets suspicious. Stefano enters and wants to know what they’re talking about. Kate simply says the past. After Madeline leaves, Stefano admits he considers Will to be like a grandson. Will overhears Chad inviting Gabi to visit him at college. When Gabi leaves, Will confronts Chad, convinced he’s making a move on Gabi. Chad thinks he’s crazy, and realizes his mom was right in telling him to stay away from Will. Fed up, Will tells Chad his mom is a whore.

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EJ discusses his frustration with Stefano. He can’t get Nicole to trip up and reveal she had something to do with setting up Arianna. Stefano tells him to leave Nicole to him. Stefano then learns that EJ told Sami he’s in love with her. Stefano worries EJ is setting himself up for a big fall. EJ feels confident he’s doing everything right this time, and he and Sami will be happy. Later, Sami opens up to EJ about how she might have feelings for him, but can’t get too close yet. She has to learn how to be on her own without a man. She decides to continue living at the DiMera mansion for the time being. Nicole is frustrated that she doesn’t know what EJ might have on her. She sees Sami and slyly tries to get information out of her, but fails. Stefano shows up and torments Nicole, telling her he’s seen EJ’s proof. A freaked Nicole runs out, and then realizes she’s being followed. She tricks Stefano’s man, who’s seized by a cop as Nicole slips away. Nicole lets herself into the DiMera mansion after Sami and EJ leave with the kids, and starts to look for EJ’s supposed proof. Hope calls Baker and makes plans to see him as Justin learns from Ciara that she found his wallet under Hope’s bed. Hope tries to cover with Justin, and ends up kissing him. Adrienne shows up with papers for Justin and learns from Ciara that he’s in the bedroom with Hope. She walks in on their embrace. Hope covers, but Adrienne isn’t so easily convinced. After Hope leaves, Justin says he was only comforting Hope, but Adrienne notices lipstick on his lips. Meanwhile, Hope meets up with Dr. Baker, and gives him a list of what she needs to finally finish off Bo. Chad and Will fight over the fact that Will called Chad’s mom a whore. After a cop breaks up the fight, Chad gets Will to admit he overheard Madeline tell Kate she was a call girl. Chad thinks Will heard wrong, but is troubled by it. Chad doesn’t confront Madeline, but wants to figure out if it’s true.

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EJ and Sami bond when they take the kids to the lake. EJ asks Will about the cuts on his face, but he refuses to talk about his fight with Chad. EJ understands, and Will respects this. Gabi sings Sydney a little lullaby, and Sami reacts, knowing it’s the same one Rafe used to sing. Sami admits she misses Rafe. Gabi thinks Rafe misses her, too. Later, Sami tells Will that Rafe was a fantasy, and she needs to focus on the reality of providing for her children. Will wonders if that reality includes EJ. Nicole searches the DiMera mansion, determined to uncover what EJ has on her. In EJ’s bedroom, she finds a picture of the sonogram from the baby she miscarried. This hits her, but she recovers. When she tries to leave, Stefano nearly catches her. She hides as EJ arrives and Stefano reports that Nicole gave his man the slip. Nicole eavesdrops as they discuss how they have no evidence against her – much to her private relief. As the two men continue to talk, Nicole decides to record them. Her gamble pays off when EJ spills the truth – he was the mastermind behind Sydney’s kidnapping! Carly and Melanie discuss their reservations about Chloe marrying Daniel. Meanwhile, Vivian visits Chloe. Chloe realizes Vivian tricked her into thinking Daniel and Carly were having an affair. Carly walks in and realizes that Vivian’s hatred of her is the reason Chloe did what she did. Vivian warns Carly it’s not over. Abe comes up on Lexie, Theo and Stefano. Abe tells Lexie he’s impressed how she keeps Stefano in line around their son. Later, they talk about their lives and wonder if they should have more kids.  Nicole reels from what she has learned and calls EJ. He thinks this has to do with Arianna, so he meets Nicole in a public place. Their past motives and hatred for each other is explored. Nicole tells EJ she heard what he told Stefano the night before. She knows he had Anna kidnap Sydney! Kate overhears Carly speaking to Chloe. She warns Carly that Chloe is no good and talks about how she cheated on Lucas with Daniel. Meanwhile, Daniel tells Victor what Chloe means to him. Later, he shows Chloe his family christening gown and she nearly breaks. Daniel thinks Carly has arrived at the apartment to befriend Chloe, but she has other plans. Daniel leaves for the hospital, where he learns from Kate that Vivian went after Chloe. He asks where she got this information and she says Carly told her. Daniel wonders what’s going on. Back at the apartment, Carly tells Chloe she will keep her secret about her affair – but only if a paternity test proves the child is Daniel’s. Stephanie is wary of Philip’s strange behavior. She accuses him of hiding something, which he vehemently denies. Later, Melanie and Philip run into Stephanie and Nathan at the lake. The couples share an awkward exchange before Melanie and Philip decide to leave. Later, Melanie slips up and tells Philip that Daniel and Chloe are having a baby. Philip is stunned, realizing the child could be his. Caroline has it out with Maggie and then Victor about Victor’s “friendship” with Maggie.

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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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