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DAYS Recap – June 20 – June 24th

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Taylor walks in as Bo, Hope and Sami recreate the moment Rafe2 threw Fay down the stairs. She is stunned to hear “Rafe’s” admission that he killed her mother. Sami tries to cover, but Taylor says she heard him with her own two ears. Rafe tries to stop Kate from entering the DiMera mansion before she discovers the commotion going on inside. She gets a call from Quinn and leaves. Sami takes Taylor to the loft and urges her to trust her. Taylor thinks Sami is just trying to save her husband’s neck. She wants to tell Nicole but Sami talks her out of it. When Sami goes to check on the kids, however, Nicole shows up at the door. Rafe, Bo and Hope get the imposter out of the mansion and back to the hideout. While videotaping him, Bo and Hope get him to confess to Fay’s murder – and also implicate EJ and Stefano. However, the imposter knocks the camera off the stand and it goes crashing to the floor. When Kate meets up with Quinn, he refuses to help her get proof of Chloe’s prostitution; he tells her she must do that on her own. Later, Quinn comes upon Vivian and Gus discussing his various businesses. Quinn realizes his mother’s been checking up on him. He admits to Vivian he came to town because of her; he would rather have a viper mother than no mother at all. He offers to help her exact revenge on her enemies. A skeptical Vivian says she’ll think about it. Kate happens upon them and wonders about their connection.

Chloe’s first client, Rob, awakens and she’s relieved that he doesn’t remember being drugged. Thinking they had sex, Rob wants another round, but she manages to fend him off. She runs into Justin at the club and Rob assumes he’s Chloe’s next customer. Chloe manages to cover and promises Justin she’ll be on her best behavior so she can get Parker back. Kate runs into Chad and learns he’s decided to work for Stefano in the “gray area.” Abigail reveals to Adrienne that she’s seeing a DiMera. Adrienne cautions against it. Abigail defends Chad, saying he’s not like his family. Chad enters in time to hear this. He feels guilty when she says she knows he’d never get involved in anything underhanded.

At the clinic, EJ briefly regains consciousness with Daniel. Carly, Jennifer and Melanie are relieved to hear he doesn’t remember who attacked him. Daniel gets EJ to the hospital, where Lexie buys Daniel’s story that he found EJ and brought him in immediately. Meanwhile, Melanie seeks out Brady, who’s being evasive with Victor about having been in a fight. Melanie provides a cover for Brady, then, in private, urges him to set aside his vendetta against EJ. Jennifer takes Carly home after treating EJ. She helps her exhausted friend into bed and then finds white powder residue on a table. Jennifer studies it, recalling how out of sorts Carly has been all night. Bo, Hope and Rafe are crushed when they play back the videotape. They discover that while the imposter’s confession is still there, his indictment of the DiMeras has been erased. As they process this, the news comes that EJ was injured in an apparent mugging. All three sense an opportunity – with EJ injured and possibly off his game, they just might be able to bluff him into thinking they got the imposter’s entire confession. If EJ confirms what they already know, they’ll have him.

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Despite promising Sami she’d keep quiet, Taylor sneaks out with Nicole and reveals that Rafe Hernandez murdered Fay. Since she believes that EJ brainwashed Rafe, Nicole realizes that he is indirectly responsible for her mother’s death. Nicole keeps this revelation from Taylor and rushes to the hospital where EJ is recovering from his attack. She’s ready to confront him with what she knows, unaware that if she does, she may ruin Bo’s chances of sandbagging EJ by catching him off-guard. Bo and Rafe are on a mission to get EJ’s confession but are waylaid at the hospital. Nicole is about to tell EJ that Rafe killed Fay when Bo interrupts. Bo ushers Nicole out of the room and begins to show EJ the imposter’s taped confession when his blood pressure plummets and his monitors sound. Meanwhile, Nicole confronts Stefano. Taylor panics when Rafe tracks her down at the pier. He questions her, and she lies that she’s told no one about him killing Fay. Hope relieves Rafe and takes over watching Taylor. Taylor is appalled that Hope is letting her mother’s murderer get away. Hope learns that Taylor and EJ are in a relationship. Desperate to get to EJ and frustrated at being detained, Taylor pushes Hope out of her way and knocks her unconscious.

Daniel evades Stefano and Lexie’s questions and successfully pulls off his cover story regarding finding EJ on the pier. Meanwhile, Jennifer confronts Carly about the powdery substance in her room. Carly lies that it’s aspirin. Jennifer remains slightly suspicious, but Daniel unwittingly offers corroboration for Carly’s story. Victor deduces that Brady beat up EJ and chastises Melanie for lying to him. Victor warns Brady that he’s started a war. Later, Melanie talks to Victor about his relationship with Maggie. Meanwhile, Maggie confides to Julie that she’s decided to give up on the idea of having a relationship with Victor. Melanie then comes to Maggie and says the fragile peace in Salem has been disturbed. She suggests Maggie take Victor out of town, away from the danger.

EJ is taken to surgery, preventing Bo from trying to trick him into admitting his link to Rafe2. Meanwhile, Taylor gets away from Hope and rushes to the hospital to see EJ. Adrienne and Justin find unconscious Hope on the pier and revive her. Hope calls Bo and tells him about Taylor and EJ’s relationship. Bo realizes the surgery will keep Taylor at bay for now. Later, Bo meets up with Hope at the Cheatin’ Heart, and they discuss how to best trap EJ.

At the hospital, Stefano impresses upon Chad how important family is and the need to stick together, especially now that EJ has been attacked. Alone with Kate, Stefano talks about how happy Chad makes him. Kate later sees Abigail comfort Chad. She remains convinced the young girl is an impediment to Stefano’s bond with his son.

EJ’s surgery turns out to be minor. Stefano vows to unconscious EJ he will find out who tried to kill him. EJ comes to and sees Taylor at the door. Stefano orders her out, but EJ wants her to stay. Stefano goes, and EJ sees something’s upsetting Taylor. She reveals that Rafe murdered Fay. A shocked and guilt-ridden EJ realizes the imposter is responsible. Nicole vents her grief to a vision of Fay. She vows to her mother she’ll get revenge for EJ’s part in her death. Gabi, Will, “T” and Kinsey prepare for graduation. Kinsey blabs to “T” that Gabi and Will haven’t had sex. Gabi tries to put the moves on Will, but he backs away. Caroline gives Gabi some advice and explains Will’s past with his parents may have something to do with his reluctance. Gabi decides to take it slow with Will. Abigail greets a hot young guy with a big hug, which Will and Gabi witness. After Gabi leaves, Abigail introduces Will to the guy – it’s her cousin, Sonny Kiriakis. He’s in town to visit his parents, Adrienne and Justin. Later, Sonny goes to see Adrienne and Justin, who are thrilled to see him. Sonny learns his mom and dad haven’t told great-uncle Victor or anyone else the truth about him.

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Hope has an idea how to keep Taylor from talking to EJ. Unfortunately, she’s already at the hospital revealing to EJ that Rafe killed her mother. Weak EJ is so sorry and it looks like he might confess, but doesn’t. He says he’d do anything to break the guy’s neck. Bo and Hope arrive at the hospital and arrest Taylor for assaulting Hope. At the station, Taylor tells Bo she thinks Rafe is behind EJ’s attack. Bo finds this interesting. At the same time, Hope learns from Jennifer that Brady was responsible. Carly overhears and is mad at Jennifer for telling Hope since it endangers Melanie. Hope calls Bo and alerts him. Hope tries to reassure the two women that she will do what she can to protect all parties. Carly is called away and Hope notes Carly seemed on edge. Jennifer, on her own track, covers and says she’s under a lot of stress. Hope goes to Carly and reassures her that she will protect Melanie and everyone else involved.

At the Kiriakis Mansion, Nicole checks on Brady, and Victor flies off the handle. He says her presence could lead the DiMeras to Brady. Bo arrives and thinks Victor has a point. He arrests Nicole to get her out of the way and then blasts Brady for his actions. Brady wants to know if his uncle is going to arrest him. Bo says there might be a way around it, but all hell may break loose. Jennifer is reminded of the missing meds at the hospital. Her suspicion falls on Carly and she decides to investigate. She swipes the key to her friend’s room. Melanie comes clean to Maggie about Brady and her involvement in the cover-up. Maggie is reluctant to go away with Victor; however, she wants to help Melanie and will see what she can do. Meanwhile, Detective McCarthy questions Dario after someone reports having seeing him at the pier the night of the attack. Adrienne starts to cover for him, but he won’t let her. McCarthy decides to take Dario down to the station, just as Melanie arrives.

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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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