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DAYS Recap – March 12 – March 16th

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Carrie finds Abigail in Austin’s arms in their ski lodge room. To Austin’s horror, Abigail tells Carrie that she and Austin are in love. Melanie quickly gets her friend out of the room before she makes things worse. Austin does damage control with his wife, explaining he doesn’t love Abigail – she’s just experiencing a crush that has grown out of hand. He swears he’s in love with Carrie and only Carrie. Meanwhile, Melanie tries desperately to keep her friend from ruining the Reeds’ marriage but Abigail won’t give up on Austin. When she realizes that Carrie is about to forgive Austin, Abigail blurts out that he made love to her. Austin is unable to refute. Carrie slaps him hard, and then storms out.

At the hospital, a comatose Bo remains in bad shape. Billie, full of concern, gets an update from Daniel before rushing to be by her ex’s side. Billie, Victor and Maggie support each other as they worry for Bo. Later, Hope manages to get a call through to Bo’s room and Billie answers. She begins to update Hope when Bo’s monitors go off. As Billie screams for medical help, Hope hears that Bo is dying! John and Hope learn they can’t leave Alamainia without the passports they were forced to surrender to the judge when they filed for divorce. They won’t be returned to them until the two week period is up. Worried about Bo and Marlena, they frantically try to figure out how to get home. All their ideas lead to dead ends except one – they’ll use their old prowess as art thieves and steal the passports from the government office. It’s their only hope.

Billie is on the phone with Hope, emotionally telling her that Bo is dying as he flatlines. Lexie rushes in, telling Billie to leave the room as she attempts to resuscitate Bo. Waiting anxiously, Billie tries to call Hope back, but can’t get through. Kate arrives at the hospital and comforts her daughter. Lexie informs them Bo is stable, but in bad shape. While they’re waiting to see him, Kate and Billie briefly discuss Kate’s marriage to Stefano. Kate covers her relationship with Ian when Billie brings him up and comments he has a reputation as a womanizer and a ruthless businessman. Later, Billie emotionally tells Bo he has to pull through. Meanwhile, in Alamainia, Hope is frantic; having heard from Billie that Bo could be dying. She is driven to get home to her husband but she and John are unable to reach anyone by phone. John and Hope break into the Alamainian government building so they can retrieve their passports and return to Salem. As they conduct their search, the door opens, the lights come on and it appears they’ve been caught!

Lucas and Will have an emotional reunion. Lucas reveals he’s engaged, then tries to draw his son out about what is bothering him. Will avoids and Lucas gives him space. Lucas does express his disapproval about Will working for EJ. Will reluctantly reveals EJ has been blackmailing him because he knows Will is the one who really shot him all those years ago, not Lucas. Lucas is furious. Will surprises his dad when he says he likes working for EJ; he enjoys the excitement and power. Lucas vows he will not stand by and watch his son lose his soul to the DiMeras!

EJ offers to have the ballot tampering charges dropped against Abe if he agrees to let Lexie go. Abe, of course, turns him down, vowing to fight to win his wife back. EJ also lets Roman know his position as police commissioner is on shaky ground. Carrie returns to Salem and has a meltdown over her marriage. She confides in Rafe about learning that Austin slept with Abigail. It’s inconceivable to her that Austin made her feel so rotten for kissing Rafe when the truth is he did something far worse! Rafe comforts her as her emotions shift from rage to worry. She thinks somehow she caused this because she pushed Austin away. She looks at Rafe and confesses: Austin may have cheated on her with Abigail but she cheated too … emotionally. She fell in love with Rafe. Desperate Austin races to find Carrie and runs into Billie instead. The two siblings are happily reunited. When she learns about the debacle with Abigail, however, she reacts with anger, asking him what he was thinking. Austin owns what he did with Abigail, unaware she’s been lying to him. Billie rallies Austin and vows to help him repair his marriage.

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Melanie and Abigail return to town, as well. Abigail is anxious to find Austin. She’s convinced she and Austin can now be together since the “truth” is out. Melanie sits her friend down to tell her she’s not being realistic. She’s rationalizing all this, letting an obsession rule her judgment. Austin wants Carrie back and Abigail needs to get that through her head. Melanie is stunned when Abigail slips up and talks about what it will be like making love to Austin for the first time. Melanie realizes she has lied about how far things went. Caught, Abigail explains the lie got out of hand but insists it has served a good purpose. Melanie can’t believe her ears and insists Abigail has to find Austin and tell him the truth – now.  John and Hope have broken into the government office to retrieve their passports and are stunned when they’re caught in the act by none other than Stefano himself. He has their passports and no amount of Hope’s insisting that she needs to return to Bo is getting Stefano to budge. Police sirens are heard approaching, and John and Hope realize they’re going to be arrested, but Stefano offers to get them away before the police arrive. They know taking him up on the offer is a risk but they’re not in a position to find another way out. He does indeed get them to safety but again refuses to hand over the passports, telling them he may need them for something here in Alamainia. He goes and Hope, unable to return to Bo, is beyond frustrated. Austin hears Carrie confess she loves Rafe. Hurt, Austin wants to know if Rafe returns her feelings. Rafe avoids an answer. Austin doesn’t know how to deal with the fact that his wife is in love with another man, and he leaves. Carrie almost follows, but then admits she doesn’t want to go after Austin. She wants to be with Rafe. Rafe confesses he also has feelings for her. In spite of those feelings, they are both still married. Carrie owes it to Austin and herself to salvage her marriage if possible, just as Rafe will try to work things out with Sami. Despite their intense longing, they leave each other to get on with their lives.

Melanie tries hard to get through to Abigail and convince her it’s wrong to continue lying to Austin that they slept together, especially now that his marriage is on the line. Abigail still believes Austin cares for her and is afraid if she tells him the truth now, he’ll hate her. Melanie convinces her that if she and Austin are ever to have any chance, she has to be honest now and tell him the truth. Austin arrives to hear them talking. Abigail seems on the verge of confessing. Brady confides in Marlena about Madison’s 180 after telling him she was going to leave Ian to be with him. Marlena senses Ian and Madison have a very complicated relationship. She cautions Brady will have to be supportive of Madison to get her away from Ian. Brady believes Madison is worth the fight. Meanwhile, Ian undercuts Madison at work, cleverly manipulating her and making her feel insecure. He blames her poor decisions on being distracted by Brady. Madison lashes back, believing Ian resents what she has found with Brady. He cuts her down, insisting she would be nothing without him. If she doesn’t get her act together, he’ll take her down along with Brady. Brady shows up to persuade Madison to be with him. Madison makes it clear she doesn’t think she and Brady were right for each other. She wounds Brady, hoping to protect him from Ian. She tells him he’s not enough of a challenge for her. She gives Brady back his engagement ring. Rocked, Brady takes the ring and leaves.

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Victor, Maggie, Justin and Adrienne attend the opening of the coffee house. Everyone is wary when Sonny announces he has an anonymous investor, who turns out to be Ian. Chad is disappointed when Melanie doesn’t show up for the opening. She calls and leaves a message, hoping to meet Chad later for dinner. Sneaky Gabi deletes it and invites Chad to have dinner with her.  With encouragement from Melanie, Abigail tries to confess her duplicity to Austin but she decides Carrie should be a part of their conversation. Austin balks at this, saying she’s with Rafe and it doesn’t take long for Abigail to realize there is trouble in paradise. She decides not to confess. She tries to get Austin to open up and says if Carrie is with another man, there’s no reason they can’t be together. Austin reacts and warns Abigail that he will never be with her. Melanie is miffed Chad hasn’t shown up for dinner. With encouragement from Kayla she tries to call him but gets no answer. Meanwhile, Chad is unaware that Gabi had deleted Melanie’s message about dinner and is grabbing a bite with her instead. While he isn’t looking, Gabi turns off his phone, allowing them time to bond. Later, Melanie walks by and wonders why Chad never got back to her. Chad explains he never got her message and they end up leaving together while a jealous Gabi stews.

As soon as Sami gets home from a business trip, Kate forces her to burn the midnight oil in order to find their mole. This unnerves Sami, but she’s more put out that Billie has joined the company as co-CEO and that she can’t go home to see her kids. Kate rubs salt in her wounds and tells Sami that she and Billie will take the kids to dinner and tuck them in. Later, Billie asks Kate if she trusts Sami. Kate reveals Sami is the mole and she intends to blow her out of the water. EJ and Will are working when Lucas shows up and puts his foot down. He tells EJ he knows he’s blackmailing his son. EJ offers to release Will from their “deal” but he doesn’t want to go. Father and son argue. In the end, Will makes a decision to stay put and EJ couldn’t be more proud. Brady and Daniel talk about their relationship woes. Brady confides how one moment Madison loves him, and then when Ian is around, she completely changes her tune. Daniel advises his friend to move on.

 

 

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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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