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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.

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.

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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John Aniston’s Final Days of our Lives Episode Reminds Us There Was Nothing Better Than His Delivery of Victor’s One-Liners

Monday’s Christmas episode of Days of our Lives brought it with it plenty of laughter and plenty of tears as this would be the final appearance of John Aniston in his iconic role of Victor Kiriakis.

The Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award winner in 2022, passed away in November at the age of 89.  Aniston’s Victor had been a key character on the Salem canvas since he first appeared in the role back in 1985.

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So just how did Aniston’s final appearance stack up with how we love to see Victor?  IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE EPISODE YET, PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW.

As fate would have it, Victor’s final on-screen foil would be none other than Leo Stark (played to the hilt by Greg Rikaart).  In the Christmas set up, Leo stayed overnight at the Kiriakis mansion unbeknownst to Victor.  When Leo greets Victor on Christmas morning in his holiday jammies, he is not one bit amused.  Leo asks, “So when do we open the presents?” To which Victor replies, “About an hour after we throw you out on your sugar-plum ass.”  When Victor tells his longtime butler, Henderson to throw Leo out the front door, including demanding that Leo “scamper back to Whoville”, in walks Sonny (Zach Tinker).

Victor is horrified to learn that his nephew invited Leo to stay.  Then, Victor reads off a laundry list of Leo’s crimes to Sonny as only he can: “Have you completely lost your senses? The man blackmailed you into marriage … almost destroyed our company with a fraudulent lawsuit … it was just last year that he drugged you and took comprising pictures of you and then sold them to the tabloids … why in God’s name would you forgive this creep!?””

Eventually, Victor gives Sonny an ultimatum: either get rid of Leo or he would fire him from his job at Titan.  Sonny stands up to Victor!  Telling his Uncle that he forgave Leo for his past transgressions just like many people have forgiven Victor for his over the years.  Sonny goes on to say that he and Leo are starting over and that, in fact, he would call them “friends” to which Victor, in the best dead-pan delivery, says, “That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.”

Soon after, Victor reneges and not only allows Leo to stay, but allows Sonny to keep his job, stating, “I changed my mind because I have a heart of gold.”  And, ain’t that the truth, that is why we have always loved Victor and John’s portrayal of the Greek tycoon.  Leo promises Victor he will not hurt Sonny ever again, to which Victor replies, “I don’t know how you expect me to take you seriously when you are sitting there in baby jam jams.”  In an ominous warning to Sonny and in Aniston’s last scene, Victor says, “Tell me Sonny, what does your husband think of your little sleep over party?”

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As the episode came to its conclusion, Days of our Lives included a heartfelt montage as a tribute to John and the complex character of Victor Kiriakis. From clips with Vic’s many wives including: Carly, Vivian, Kate, Nicole, Maggie, to his classic one-liners, to some of his most villainous turns, to illustrating that Victor at his core was an enduring family man, the series captured the essence of this one-of-a-kind actor.

In very moving fashion, the end of the montage featured a younger Victor sailing away on his yacht named, “Victor”.   No word yet on how and when DAYS will deal with the death of Aniston on-screen.

Aniston’s final scenes truly showcased all of his strengths, that classic delivery, his humor, his strength, and most of all his humanness.

To pay tribute to John throughout Monday on the Days of our Lives YouTube page and their social platforms, looks for special messages from the cast honoring the late actor’s memory and legacy.   You can check out one below from John’s on-screen son, Peter Reckell (Bo Brady).

So, what did you think of John Aniston’s final episode of Days of our Lives? The montage? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Alex, Chanel and Allie Have a Three-Way

On Monday’s Days of our Lives, the long-running soap opera included in story, its first ever threesome. DAYS, which has been streaming on Peacock since the middle of September, teased the ménage à trois a bit ago when Rob Scott Wilson’s new character of Alex Kiriakis hit Salem and was a bit of a ‘player’.  At one point during a conversation, Alex hit on Chanel (Raven Bowens) and Allie (Lindsay Arnold) and put into their minds the notion of having a threesome with him.

Meanwhile, Allie and Chanel have had their own past complicated relationships with men, and now with each other.  Feeling that their relationship has hit a bump in the road, the young women decide a three-way might be just the spark needed to ignite their love and passion for one another.

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Eventually, the two invite Alex over for a drink, making small-talk and trying to get to the reason they invited him over in the first place. After fumbling around to get to the true reason, Allie reveals they want to take him up on his offer. Alex is confused, until Chanel uses the word “threesome” to which Alex spits out his drink.

Allie then admits the three-way was her idea, and Chanel agreed to it, as it’s an adventure they could share together. They go on to say they chose Alex because they wanted someone who would have no emotional ties to them afterward.  Alex, also has a bit of truth of his own to share. He says, in reality, he has only experienced a three-way, twice before.

After trying to figure out how to start the sexual encounter, Alex kisses Chanel, then Allie and the three adjourn to the bedroom,  DAYS then delivers a montage of shots representing the sex between the three.

In the end, Alex is winded and dehydrated and goes to get some water, while Chanel and Allie check in with each other and say that the experience was more than alright and recommit to each other.

Fans of the series have been commenting on social media since yesterday. Also, to note, DAYS tapes month ahead, so this story point was already completed before the move to Peacock.  It should also be noted that Rob Scott Wilson also appeared in another soap first, when on Prospect Park’s All My Children, his character of Pete Cortlandt (Wilson) received oral sex from Colby (Brooke Newton).

So, what did you think about how the Salem threesome between Alex, Chanel and Allie was portrayed? Comment below.

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DAYS Billy Flynn Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just start this by saying if you missed last Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives on Peacock, you missed beautifully touching and effective performances by both Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail).

Leading up to it, Chad had a gut-wrenching week.  He figured out that Clyde (James Read) was the culprit that murdered his wife and later confronted him.  That led to key scenes where Chad confronts Clyde at Abigail’s gravesite and wants to hear all the gory details of how Clyde stabbed his wife, and then learned how the criminal covered his tracks, went after Sonny (Zach Tinker) and stabbed him, and framed Leo (Greg Rikaart) for the crimes.

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Throughout the reveal, Billy Flynn played all of Chad’s pain and horror, while holding a gun at Clyde baiting him on – problem was Clyde is so despicable he had no problem telling Chad the grisly truth.  During a struggle for the gun with Chad, it is EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) who saves the day and shoots Clyde.  The two brothers bond over their shared disdain for Clyde.

Later at the Salem PD, EJ apologizes to Chad for bringing Clyde into their lives and for what happened to Abigail.  Chad takes it in but does not explode, rather appreciates his brother for saving his life.

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However, the emotional rollercoaster that Chad went through, and the audience, in the expert hands of Flynn, was nothing compared to the heartbreaking scenes where Abigail visits Chad at her gravesite, now that he solved the murder mystery.

Abigail is proud that Chad found her killer and tells him that she wants him to love again and that it’s OK to move on.  She knows he will always love her, and she will always love him.  Then, when Abigail asks Chad to tell her what traits their children, Thomas and Charlotte, possess that remind him of Abigail, it was very tender and not overplayed.  When it was time for their final goodbyes, both Flynn and Miller reminded us all why #Chabby was one of the best duos in DAYS history.

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In the end, it was Billy Flynn who carried the ball all the way to the end zone and scored a touchdown in the conclusion of Chad and Abigail’s love story.  It is always a nice to see when DAYS decides to write for and feature material which plays to Flynn’s strengths, and this did.

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So, for all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Billy Flynn’s work as the Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of the Chad and Abigail goodbye scenes at her gravesite? What did you think of Billy’s performance and the reveal that Clyde Weston was Abigail’s murderer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first, check out our latest conversation with Billy, and his DAYS co-stars Greg Rikaart and Mary Beth Evans now on the Michael Fairman Channel below, where Billy discusses taping the pivotal scenes and more.

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