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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.

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.

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: Julie Stands Up to MarDevil; Susan Seaforth Hayes Reminds Us Why She is Soap Royalty

Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it, let’s just say, not your typical Turkey Day episode in Salem.  It also moved the story along with MarDevil being exposed!

At Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) Thanksgiving, Doug (Bill Hayes) shouts that Marlena (Deidre Hall) is the devil. However, Marlena still insists that Doug is delusional and needs to be locked back up.  It is then that Julie stands by her husband.  Julie is on to Marlena and wonders if she should call “Marlena,” who she truly is at the moment, “Satan”.

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Shawn (Brandon Beemer) and Belle (Martha Madison) also believe something is terribly wrong.  Marlena tells them this is ridiculous, but Belle wants to hear what else Doug has to say.  Then, Shawn handcuffs Marlena to take her down to the station for questioning.  Julie doesn’t believe for one second that handcuffs will restrain the devil, and she was right! MarDevil breaks the cuffs and flings Shawn across the Thanksgiving dinner table complete with food-a-flying, leaving him unconscious.

Now with yellow eyes and lights flickering, MarDevil goes after Doug and Julie, but Julie stops Satan in his tracks professing “Not today, Satan!” Just then, MarDevil grabs a knife and in a counter move, Julie holds out her rosary saying love is the power and that the God of love is stronger than the devil! Julie defiantly tells MarDevil that the truth is out and Satan’s reign of terror is over! But MarDevil turns the tables and sneers, “It will never be over!”

It was in these scenes opposite Deidre Hall, that Susan Seaforth Hayes shined as she has done for decades given the material, as Julie went the toe-to-toe with the devil and Susan made us believe that love can win out over everything, especially the love of Doug and Julie.

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In another touching moment in the episode, Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk) tells EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) from her hospital bed, how she used herself as a human sacrifice for the devil to keep John alive and to protect her son.  An emotional EJ can’t believe that Susan was willing to die for him. However, Susan explains that a mother always protects their child and she would do it all over again when faced with that decision.  Haiduk and Feurriegel also delivered in these scenes.

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With John (Drake Hogestyn) freed by Anna (Leann Hunley) and Tony (Thaao Penghlis), he eventually makes his way into the Horton house to confront MarDevil, but Satan is gone.  Instead, John finds Shawn with Doug and Julie and they inform him that MarDevil had left to fulfill her true purpose.  Just then, Marlena arrives at Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal). We fade to black.

Now below, check out Susan Seaforth Hayes in a scene from Friday’s episode as Julie fends off the devil.

Then, let us know, what did you think of Susan’s performance? What do you think MarDevil will do next to Ben and Ciara and “their” baby? Did you enjoy the Susan and EJ scenes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Which DAYS ‘Undead’ Return Have You Enjoyed the Most … Nick, Charlie or Deimos?

This week in the spirit of Halloween, Days of our Lives has been airing some very devilish episodes, with at its epicenter, the MarDevil’s (Deidre Hall) plot to wreak havoc on the town of Salem by resurrecting some of its all-time bad boys!

MarDevil goes to each of the gravesites of Charlie Dale (Mike Manning), Nick Fallon (Blake Berris) and Deimos Kiriakis (Vincent Irizarry), and literally takes them out of the ground and gets each of them to go after the people that put killed them in the first place.

For Charlie that is Allie (Lindsay Arnold) and for good measure his mother Ava (Tamara Braun) and half-brother, Tripp (Lucas Adams), for Deimos that is Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker), and for Nick, well, he has it in for Gabi (Camila Banus).

Throughout the Monday through Wednesday episodes, viewers watched flashbacks of how each of the bad men were murdered, and how now they have risen to torture their foes.

Blake Berris, Mike Manning, and Vincent Irizarry all looked as those they were having quite the fun time playing the zombie-versions of their once Salem characters.

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And as viewers saw, Gabi killed Nick, yet again, after finding Jake (Brandon Barash) buried, Tripp hit Charlie multiple times with a frying pan and cracked and his skull, and Nicole stabbed Deimos … again.  However, of course, no one else in Salem saw the zombies, making it difficult for the very much alive folks to get anyone to believe what just happened to them.

When the dust settled, it left Nicole and Rafe (Galen Gering) getting hot and heavy!

So did you enjoy seeing Blake, Mike, and Vincent again? What character’s undead return did you enjoy the most? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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