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DAYS Recap – March 1 – March 5th

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EJ wants Sami to keep the truth about the latest ransom note from Rafe. Sami, having just reconciled with Rafe, thinks they shouldn’t. Sami stalls the family gathering. EJ explains to Sami that by involving Rafe, she’s only opening herself up to more disappointment. We see EJ’s words getting to Sami and when Rafe shows up, she blurts that she can’t do this. For a second it looks like EJ has lost the battle, but she decides not to tell Rafe anything. At the same time, Anna fears EJ’s obsession with destroying Sami will eventually blow up in his face. Rafe goes to the Brady Pub and confides in Arianna. He feels something is going on with Sami and EJ. Arianna defends EJ and Rafe knows he simply needs to support Sami. Carly is desperate for news about Melanie’s health, and Maggie tries to comfort her. Carly doesn’t think Maggie looks so good. Maggie returns home and drops a coffee mug. She fears her myasthenia gravis is returning. At the hospital, Melanie wakes to find Daniel. At first she thinks his presence indicates something is wrong, but he says she’s fine. Melanie appreciates everything Daniel has done for her. She talks about Trent and how Carly gave her up. She still can’t believe a woman who calls herself her mother shot her. Daniel urges her to get her rest. Later, Daniel tracks down Carly and blasts her for her actions. He’s desperate to tell Melanie the truth about being her father, but held back due to her condition. Carly wishes he’d understand where she is coming from, but Daniel can’t and won’t. He would have done anything for his daughter. Carly defends her actions, but Daniel doesn’t buy it. Daniel says she doesn’t deserve Melanie. Meanwhile, Arianna visits Melanie and tells her not to think about Carly and the shooting. The woman is going to jail. Melanie thinks that’s where she belongs.

EJ tells Sami to get Rafe out of the house so he can bring her news about Sydney. Concerned that Sami is acting strangely, Rafe confides his worry to Roman. Roman suspects Sami is in denial after having lost two babies in one year. Rafe agrees and decides to confront Sami. Meanwhile, EJ arrives with a demand from the kidnapper for Sami to log on to a website. Sami and EJ see a video of Sydney, alive and well with a ransom demand. Sami is overjoyed that Sydney is alive. EJ leaves, purportedly to leave money for the kidnapper, but returns to Anna. He had a computer program attached to the video of Sydney that allows him to hear and see through the use of Sami’s webcam. Now he will know if Sami happens to confide in Rafe about the ransom note. Sami, meanwhile, continues to watch the video of Sydney as Rafe returns. Arianna is still upset with Brady for wanting to see Nicole to tell her about Sydney’s death. Roman arrives and she learns Brady asked him to arrange the visit. Roman tells Brady that Nicole is still not interested in seeing him. Arianna exits and Brady follows her and insists that while he cares about Nicole, he loves Arianna. She doesn’t believe him. He says he wants her to take time off from work as he has a surprise for her, something that will prove he does love her. Mia overhears Chad ask Gabi out on a date. Covering her jealousy, she asks Chad if he’ll meet her, without Gabi, to discuss how to cheer Will up. He misses his sister. Chad agrees. Meanwhile, Gabi offers her condolences to Will and expresses her mistrust of Mia’s feelings toward him. Will knows Mia is conflicted, but he’s giving her time to figure everything out. At the same time, Mia admits to Chad she still thinks of him, and they kiss. Rattled, Chad breaks it off and leaves. Mia smiles, knowing he still has feelings for her.

Via Sami’s laptop, EJ spies on Sami with Rafe to make sure she lies about the ransom demand. Rafe questions Sami about what she’s watching on the computer. Sami tells him that it’s an old video of Sydney, but almost spills the truth. EJ calls her to tell her to come see him at once. Sami makes an excuse to leave and Rafe is about to look at the computer when he gets a call about a lead. The lead doesn’t pan out, but Sami and EJ grow closer as they wait to hear more from the supposed kidnapper. Philip tells Chloe that Daniel may be up on charges with the hospital board for letting Carly see Melanie. Chloe confronts Carly, who thinks Chloe knows that Daniel is Melanie’s father and inadvertently blurts it. Chloe is shocked and Daniel is angry when he walks in and realizes Carly told her. Daniel blasts Carly and comforts Chloe, who claims she’s all right about it, but really isn’t. Carly runs into Rafe on the pier. Rafe understands what Carly did for her daughter, and she says a mother’s love can change everything about a person. Meanwhile, Daniel starts to tell Melanie she is his daughter, but Philip interrupts. Nathan and Stephanie finish their ski trip. Stephanie confirms her decision not to tell Nathan about Melanie’s letter. Later, when they return to Salem, Stephanie is surprised and thrown to see Philip in town and not on his honeymoon. At the same time, Nathan is shocked to find Melanie in the hospital. Nathan is stunned to learn that Melanie has been shot, and expresses deep concern. Meanwhile, Stephanie learns from Philip that Melanie is in the hospital. She realizes that Nathan is there and rushes to Melanie’s room before the truth about the letter can come out. Indeed, Melanie and Nathan are just about to touch on the subject when Stephanie enters. Melanie realizes that Nathan and Stephanie were away together on a romantic vacation, and she becomes very angry at Nathan over his mixed signals. She takes a moment alone with Stephanie to express her dismay. Later, Nathan tells Stephanie that there is no point in feeling badly for being away when Melanie was shot. They couldn’t have changed anything. Bo plans to question Melanie regarding the shooting. He tells Carly that if Melanie can testify that it was accident, she will be acquitted. Carly would rather plead guilty and spare her loved ones, but Bo convinces her of her value in his life and Melanie’s. Later, Carly tries to apologize to Daniel for her blurt to Chloe. She promises to make things right, and Daniel hopes she has the chance since her future is in Melanie’s hands. Meanwhile, angry off her interaction with Nathan, Melanie makes her statement to Bo. Carly shot her on purpose.

Daniel confronts Vivian, and issues a memorable warning. Victor learns of Vivian’s visit to Melanie’s hospital room and is not pleased. However, Vivian convinces him of her sincerity. Prompted by a talk with Carly, Philip comes to the house to insist that Victor throw Vivian out. Vivian offers to leave. Victor takes her up on the offer, but hints it won’t be long before she can move back. Anna rips EJ a new one over what he’s doing to Sami. He is beyond cruel. EJ says it’s an eye for an eye, but Anna thinks that’s even worse, especially treating someone he loves this way. He insists he doesn’t love Sami. Rafe continues to worry about Sami, who is on edge about the ransom situation. She covers but Rafe tries to call her out. When she receives a phone call from EJ, telling her the whole ransom and kidnapper thing appears to be a hoax, she freaks out. Still thinking she’s melting down, worried Rafe calls Will and asks him to meet everyone at the Brady Pub. When they get there, Rafe questions Sami about EJ’s call, but she stonewalls. Later, Will shows up for support, and Rafe calls EJ. He wants to know what’s going on. EJ is short with him. He’s dealing with something, and hangs up. Later, a distraught Sami thanks Rafe for his support. He wishes there was a way he could bring Sydney back. Suddenly, in a huge moment, EJ arrives holding a very alive baby Sydney in his arms. Carly knows she kept the truth from Daniel, but begs him not to shut her out. At the same time, Bo talks to Melanie, who is intent on taking down Carly by saying she shot her on purpose. Bo doesn’t buy it, but Philip thinks he’s a bit biased towards Carly. Bo asks Philip for a moment alone with Melanie and he tries to talk some sense into her, but she finally erupts. Daniel enters and throws him out. Daniel tells Melanie he’s her father. Philip talks to Hope, urging her to fight for Bo. She says she’s tried, but there’s only so much she can do. She urges Philip to get Carly to consider the facts of the case. Philip says if Melanie says Carly shot her intentionally, he will support her. Bo hears this and says Philip’s a fool. Philip thinks Bo’s the fool, especially since he’s choosing to be with Carly, and not Hope. Later, Hope volunteers to talk to Melanie and Bo thanks her. Justin finds Hope and offers his support and his feelings. Hope puts the kibosh on that, and says her heart belongs to Bo. Later, Justin finds Carly and he offers his legal services. She notes that if she’s not in prison, his chances of being with Hope are increased. Justin intends to have Hope.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Who Killed Abigail?

It’s the end of Chabby! Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it the beginning of a murder mystery on the long-running NBC soap opera.

In story, with several people wanting Abigail Deveraux DiMera dead, it looks like someone stabbed her from the final moments of the episode, when Chad (Billy Flynn) comes upon his wife, when he returns home from a movie with their kids.  Chad finds Abby in their bed, bleeding and non-responsive. DAYS has teased the death of character for a few months now, and everyone learned it is Abigail, played by Lead Actress Daytime Emmy-nominee, Marci Miller, who has exited the series.

Now, the mystery begins … whodunit? Is it a vengefulLeo (Greg Rikaart), who was brandishing a knife after his call with Gwen (Emily O’Brien)? Could it be Gwen herself who called “someone” while the prison guard nodded off for a nap?  Somehow, made it out of prison and back in time and covered her tracks.  Could it be a drunken Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), who ruined his sobriety overcome with the knowledge that Chad told Abby, that he was the one who kidnapped Sami – a secret he doesn’t want to come out. Could it possibly be Kate (Lauren Koslow), who wanted to protect her son, Lucas’ secret, and went to shut Abby up … or could it be someone else?

DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati spoke to Soap Opera Digest on their latest issue on newsstands now, about the decision to kill-off the character of Abigail, expressing: “It was mostly for a practical reason because Marci was not going to be available to us full-time on contract and it made it challenging to tell story for Chad and Abigail.  So we didn’t really have the option to have Abigail around, and then that always becomes a problem when one-half of a couple is not going to be available to you. What’s the solution at that point?”

In addition, it appears that bringing back Kate Mansi to the role, was not going to solve the issue the show was faced with.  Carlivati explained: “Kate has been willing to come back, but may not necessarily want to come back on contract, so you risk being in the exact same position that then Kate leaves and what do we do? Then the option would be to recast yet again with someone who maybe is willing to be here on a more permanent basis, but then you’re dealing with a new face. We’ve been very lucky in recasting Abigail, but you don’t always know if that’s going to work. So ultimately, we decided to kill the character.”

But as Days of our Lives fans know, does anyone really stay “dead” dead in Salem?  The head scribe shared on that point: “We decided to do it (kill Abigail) knowing that we’re not saying it’s not a permanent death, but there is always that possibility that death is not permanent, especially on a soap opera and especially in Salem, so you feel that maybe you’re not closing off the future of that character forever. That said, this is not going to be an instance of the car going off the cliff and you don’t see the person again. This is going to feel permanent and we wrote it as permanent.”

So, who do you think will wind up being the culprit who murdered Abigail? What do you think about the decision to take the character off the canvas, with what looks like for good? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below. But first, check out the promo for next week’s episodes of DAYS and the returns of Cady McClain and Matthew Ashford as Jennifer and Jack who will grieve the loss of their daughter.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ciara Saves Baby Bo with Assist from Heavenly Bo; Tripp Shifts Into Satan & Crashes Through Window

May Sweeps are in full bloom, and on Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the supernatural was front and center, and what Salemites hope will now and forever, put Satan behind them once and for all.

In story, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) is one tough mama. She and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) track down AllDevil (Lindsay Arnold) and her dastardly partner in crime, Charlie Dale (another guest return of Emmy-winner Mike Manning), as the devil starts the Ceremony of Transference to make their baby a mini-Satan. However, AllDevil has a plan to keep Cin at bay. She uses a protective pentagram wall, and electrocutes Ben from penetrating it.  Then, when Ciara has to save her baby, a white light comes upon her, and she is able to push through the barrier, push out Satan, and regain her baby boy in her arms.

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Tripp (Lucas Adams) arrives on the scene and clunks Charlie over the head with a baseball bat before he tries to kill Ben. When Ben comes to and meets his young son, “Bo”, Ciara tells Tripp that AllDevil is headed to St. Luke’s where he and Johnny (Carson Boatman), who was also at the scene, head off to find her.

At University Hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) is going to get Baby “Bo” checked out as Ben and Ciara spend time with their little one in the hospital room. All of a sudden, a white light appears and Ciara’s dad, Bo Brady (the return of Peter Reckell) comes through the light. Both Ben and Ciara see the iconic Bo, and Ciara tells her dad to meet his grandson, and thanks him for saving the day at the cemetery.

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Inside the church, while upstairs, AllDevil flashes back to when Satan was inhabiting Marlena (Deidre Hall) and set fire to the place of worship 25 years ago, and fans get the actual clip of the classic moment in DAYS history. Just then, Tripp and Johnny find Satan upstairs ready to torch the place. Johnny gets a good ole’ toss across the room, leaving Tripp to fend off the devil.

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But helps is on the way as Father Eric (Greg Vaughan), John and Marlena (Deidre Hall) are there to save the day; as they begin an exorcism, of sorts. In defiance, we see AllDevil begin to crack Allie’s neck as everyone looks on in horror. Tripp admitting his love for Allie, tells the devil to come into him and let Allie go.  The shift happens as Tripp is now the devil, and in order to fight off hurting Allie or anyone, selflessly jumps out the church window and looks in dire straits.

So, what did you think of this climatic episode of Days of our Lives, with more to come with the return of Bo Brady this week? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abigail Reveals Gwen’s Deception at her Wedding to Xander, But Gwen Drops A Bombshell

Look like Gwen Rizczech (Emily O’Brien) finally got what’s coming to her, or at least for now.  On Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives it was wedding couple number two who took front and center stage.

Now, Xander (Paul Telfer) and Gwen were ready to start their nuptials, following the disaster of the first couple’s attempt at tying the knot (Leo and Craig) and that coming apart at the seams.

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However, this wedding was not meant to be either, thanks to Abigail (Marci Miller) having the ammo (thank to a plea deal for Ava Vitali) to bring Gwen’s heinous plot out in the open, publicly.  That included: Gwen’s plans to nab Xander for herself and keep his true love, Sarah, away from him by any means possible as all was revealed to the groom and Gwen’s father, Jack (Matthew Ashford).  From kidnapping, drugging Sarah, wearing masks, being an accomplice to Kristen DiMera’s (Stacy Haiduk) schemes etc, etc, Abigail had the quite the dirt on her half-sister.

In the end, Xander walks out on Gwen, Jack practically disowns her, Abigail and Jennifer stand by and take Gwen’s insults knowing they have finally one-upped her, and Gwen is in a puddle of tears in her wedding dress.

Just then, Gwen gets one more visitor, Rafe (Galen Gering)! He comes to cuff-her and bring her down to the police station for her crimes.  Before she leaves, she angrily gets close to Abigail and whispers in her ear that she purposely killed her grandmother! That means that Gwen killed Laura Horton in cold blood.  What will Abigail do with his information?

Emily O’ Brien has been consistently knocking it out of the park playing all the levels of Gwen, while Marci Miller was fierce with her controlled and contained payback after all Gwen has put Abigail through. Perhaps, there is yet another knock-down drag-out fight to go down between the two in the near future?  Stay tuned.

So, what did you think of Abigail’s comeuppance of Gwen for her crimes? Are you happy Xander walked out on her? What do you think will happen next involving the information on Gwen murdering Laura Horton? Comment below.

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