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DAYS Recap – March 14 – March 18th

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Sami catches Rafe2 giving Johnny some shocking advice and it seems like she can no longer accept him for who he is. “Rafe” tells Sami that Johnny needs to know how to fight for protection. Later, Sami questions Johnny, who likes Rafe the way he is, but Sami feels the opposite. At the police station, Rafe2 looks up an old picture of himself from his criminal days. Daniel realizes Carly is stills hurting over Bo. Daniel goes to Bo and chews him out a bit, which Bo takes like a man. Adrienne tells Jennifer that Justin proposed. Jennifer gets upset over Jack. Later, she runs into Daniel, and he gets her to play darts and the two have a great time. Nathan tells Maggie about things being over between him and Melanie. Elsewhere, Melanie tells Carly the same. While Melanie seems more at peace than ever, Nathan is feeling more persistent. He stops by to see Melanie, but Carly makes it clear he should not do it again. Nathan, however, believes it’s not over for them. Will and Gabi confront Kinsey about Gabi’s stolen earrings, and Bo has to stop the girls from fighting. Kinsey explains she bought them at the local pawn shop. After Kinsey storms off, Will and Gabi feel the need to do some investigating of their own. Meanwhile, the thief’s crime spree continues. Later, Will convinces the pawn broker to let them see the tape and Gabi gasps, claiming she knows the person. At the pier, the thief spots Melanie, and the expensive necklace she is wearing. Sami opens up to Brady about how troubled she is about “Rafe” encouraging Johnny to fight. Brady manages to convince Sami that Johnny just misunderstood. Sami goes with that, until Johnny says Rafe gave him boxing lessons and demonstrates. Sami brings the kids to Caroline, wanting to have it out with Rafe. She’s surprised to learn from Caroline that Rafe was at the Brady Pub earlier and was in a hurry to leave when he heard Sami was coming. Sami, her suspicions confirmed leaves to confront him. The thief tries to steal Melanie’s necklace from Carly. Melanie catches him red-handed and tries to call the police. As they struggle, Brady arrives to help Melanie. Later, at the police station, the thief enters in handcuffs. Meanwhile, Gabi and Will get the security video with the thief on it from the pawn broker. Gabi wants to show it to Rafe because he’ll know what to do about “him.” Gabi reveals to Will she knows the thief and she’s scared. When Rafe2 arrives at the station, the thief knows him, but “Rafe” has no idea who he is. Suddenly, Gabi shows up and cries out the thief’s name, Dario, just as Sami arrives in time to see Rafe2 looking like a deer in the headlights. Melanie and Brady share a close, sweet moment after her encounter with Dario.

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Lexie questions Taylor about how wise it is for her to be moving in with Nicole and EJ, giving the feelings Taylor has for EJ. Taylors insists it’s something she must do for her mother, and her sister – regardless of her feelings for EJ. Meanwhile, EJ insists to Stefano that the real Rafe be moved out of the basement. Stefano doesn’t understand until Taylor arrives with her bags and Nicole informs him that Fay and Taylor are moving in. Nicole helps her sister unpack, and Taylor promises she won’t get in the way of Nicole and EJ. At the same time, Stefano confirms to EJ that Rafe will be out of the house by that night. Kate questions why EJ pushed for her to get Allie out of town. EJ covers, but Kate still senses something is up. She learns from Lexie that Taylor is moving in, and is irked by Lexie’s opinion of it.   Rafe2 realizes the thief who stole Gabi’s earrings is none other than “his” brother, Dario. Rafe2 covers passably well and calls Stefano for advice. Stefano orders him to come over for a refresher course in Rafe’s personal history and to limit contact in the meantime. Rafe2 tells Gabi his hands are tied to help Dario, and then he ensures that Melanie is on board with pressing charges. Sami and Dario both react to Rafe2’s brand of tough love. Sami feels she’s seeing glimpses of the old Rafe for the first time in a long time. A conversation with Will further convinces her, and Sami prays that the old Rafe has returned for good.

Stefano tells his henchman to take away the real Rafe’s belongings. Rafe, however, manages to palm his safe house key, knowing that it’s the only tie to his old life. Later, Rafe is led out of the cell for parts unknown. EJ, Taylor and Nicole make an uncomfortable threesome at the mansion as the sexual tension between Taylor and EJ mounts. Sleepless Taylor sneaks downstairs, thinking she’s alone, and winds up face-to-face with shirtless EJ. Later, EJ pauses outside of Taylor’s bedroom door, tempted to knock, but forces himself to resist. Brady brings Melanie home, and they bond. Daniel warns Chloe that he’s filing for divorce. Philip comforts Chloe. EJ and Taylor wind up alone in the mansion. Taylor finally asks EJ why he married her sister, but his answer about the children does not satisfy her. She believes in marrying for love. EJ thinks Nicole still feels for Brady. Upset Taylor makes it clear Nicole is falling for EJ. EJ touches her almost to quiet her and the charge is electric. Taylor seems ready to rebuff EJ, but as she tries to go, he grabs her and finally kisses her! While Rafe2 learns all he can about Dario, Gabi and Will enlist Justin’s help. The mystery of why Dario has been stealing, and why he’s in town, deepens. Rafe2 fears with Stefano that Dario is on to him. Meanwhile, Justin prepares to spring Dario, much to the fury of Melanie, who attacks the cocky young man. Melanie is forced to go, but vows to Will she will make Dario’s life hell. Meanwhile, Rafe2 is horrified when Gabi suggests Dario stay with him. Jennifer tells Abigail she is filing for divorce. Abigail is supportive, but she’s more upset than Jennifer knows, and it is strangely Chad who is there for her. A mix-up causes Daniel and Jennifer to get each other’s divorce papers. They find they enjoy the support since they’re both going through the same thing. Later, Jennifer kisses Daniel on the cheek in friendship, and he finally takes off his wedding ring.  Taylor finally pulls away from EJ’s kiss and slaps him. Nicole arrives and realizes something is wrong. EJ covers, saying he was just comforting Taylor about Fay. When EJ leaves, Nicole confronts Taylor, who doesn’t reveal what really happened. Nicole later calls Brandon and lies about how things are going with Taylor. Meanwhile, EJ apologizes to Taylor and insists it won’t happen again. He then claims the kiss wasn’t all that good. Privately, Taylor and EJ still yearn for each other.

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While Daniel gives Sami some good advice about Rafe, Rafe2 uses Sami and the kids as an excuse not to help Dario. Gabi is upset. Rafe2 tries to shore things up first with Sami while professing deep love for his brother. Later, with EJ, he suggests they get rid of Dario. EJ rejects this idea. Meanwhile, Sami sees another side of Dario. She goes to see Rafe2 at the station, and announces she asked Dario to move in with them. Rafe2 loses it, and scares Sami by throwing his coffee against the wall. Melanie makes it clear to Nathan that it is over. He finally gets it and Daniel gives him strong advice about moving on, as well. Later, Nathan calls Johns Hopkins and wonders if the position he rejected is still open. Meanwhile, Melanie goes to see Rafe’s place and is shocked find to Dario has moved in. Justin and Adrienne plan their wedding, which even without their sons being able to make it, will be perfect.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: John ‘Unmasks’ Kristen In Great, Soapy Cliffhanger

If you caught Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives, head writer Ron Carlivati and company served up a juicy, soapy, delicious reveal to the duped folks of Salem! The backdrop? Of course, … John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena’s (Deidre Hall) surprise wedding anniversary party where at the same location a year ago all hell broke loose … as it has now a year later!

In story. after putting all the pieces together in a montage of flashbacks and moments, John Black is the guy (and Kristen’s ex) who figures that Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) is at the Jarlena party in disguise, but as who?  Through recalling … what “Nicole” said to him, what Abe (James Reynolds) mentioned to him – that since Nicole (Arianne Zucker) came back to Salem she’s been like another person – and Kate (Lauren Koslow) mentioning how Maggie swore she saw Kristen, not Nicole, when Maggie went off the wagon, but no one believed her, things were coming clear to John!

And that to the fact that Eli (Lamon Archey) received a call from Xander (Paul Telfer) who swears he has been working for Kristen DiMera, and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) reporting that bit of news to John, he is hit with the major revelation.  After touching speeches by John …and as Marlena delivers hers about the man she loves, the duo share a kiss, but then John stops “Nicole” and Brady (Eric Martsolf) from leaving the party!

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What happens next is soap gold! John grabs “Nicole” and rips her hair and mask off.  Next, Kristen flips back her hair and reveals herself to the party-goers and it looks like it’s curtains for Kristen … as everyone is stunned by the bombshell and we fade to black.  The pick-up of this great cliffhanger was today (Friday), more on that later.

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Watch the final moments of Thursday’s DAYS as John “Unmasks” Kristen! Then let us know what you thought of the major moment via the comment section below.

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DAYS’ Olivia Rose Keegan Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Although she is exiting the show on-screen next week on Days of our Lives, Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire) got the opportunity to go out in a blaze of glory (those damn lighters!).

If you caught this past Tuesday’s installment of the NBC daytime drama series, Claire finally became entrapped and completely unhinged, after being set-up by Tripp (Lucas Adams) and Ciara (Victoria Konefal); where everyone learned she was the responsible party for the notorious cabin fire and was about to attempt to set her rival, Ciara, on fire in a cabin, yet again, after taking off with her.

In the process, Tripp was held with a knife to his throat by Claire, and eventually hit his head trying to get away from her knocking him unconscious.  The perfect opportunity for Claire to make her getaway with Ciara.

Once at the Cabin, Claire pours gas all around as Ciara begs her to stop, while she is chained to the bed.  Claire then flicks the lighter.  To the rescue come Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Marlena (Deidre Hall); who have tracked down where the young women are.  Ciara calls out to Ben, who breaks down the cabin door.

Just then, Claire holds out the lighter with the flame ready to start another fire.  Knowing she is caught, Claire starts to explain how she lost her mind in all of this.  Ben tries to talk her down and to please put the lighter away, as does Hope.  As a desperate mother, Hope begs Claire to let Ciara live, and tells Claire that she knows she really doesn’t want to do this.  Hope tells her that she knows that Claire loves them both.   As Ben rescues Ciara, Claire closes the lighter as Marlena holds her.  As the others get out of harm’s way, Marlena says she has got this … and now it’s Claire and Marlena alone and inside the cabin together.

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But then, wanting to end her own life, Claire picks up the lighter and flicks it open.  She tells Marlena she can’t go back and says, “It’s better if she dies.”  Claire thinks she’s a monster and certifiable … and is as criminal as what Ben Weston has done in his past.  Reassuring her and talking her down, Marlena promises Claire that with help, she can turn her life around as Ben has done.

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Claire breaks down as Marlena holds her.  Next, Marlena is able to get her out of the cabin, away from setting herself on fire, and on her way to the hospital for observation, until it can be figured out what’s next for the troubled young woman.  As they leave the scene, Claire sobs uncontrollably knowing she is a damaged soul, has lost her way, and realizing the harm she has done to other people.

In all of these scenes, Keegan brought the angst, the mental instability, and the realization of Claire’s horrific motivations to life, in a dramatic, and not over-the-top way, even in the most melodramatic of soapy circumstances.  For those reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Olivia’s work are Power Performance of the Week.

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Knowing those scenes were part of her final days of shooting on DAYS, Keegan told Soap Opera Digest in an interview (in their latest issue on newsstands now), “Obviously, it was sad to shoot.  And it was emotionally demanding and bittersweet, because Victoria Konefal and I are best friends.”

So, what did you think of Olivia’s performance in the key scenes? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Unmasked! The Part Of Nicole Walker Is Now Being Played By Kristen DiMera

On Friday, NBC’s Days of our Lives delivered quite the cliffhanger as fans go into the Memorial Day Weekend.  There had been plenty of speculation that something just wasn’t quite right with Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) since her “return from the dead” to Salem.  Leave it to head writer, Ron Carlivati to come up with an exciting twist …  and he did!

As it turns out, that isn’t Nicole after all, but Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk) wearing a very convincing Nicole mask and weaving her plot while under wraps; chief among those plots is to nab Brady (Eric Martsolf) as her man; once and for all.

In story, at the Salem Inn, “Nicole” kisses Brady.  At first he responds, but then backs off, until “Nicole” yelps, “Damn it, Brady! Why are you fighting me on this? Just forget about Holly.”  Brady is stunned! “Nicole” says she wants to escape the pain of losing her daughter, but Brady leaves and “Nicole” smashes a vase.

Later at the Inn, Xander (Paul Telfer) hands over Holly’s hospital records.  Meanwhile, “Nicole” tells her accomplice all about the memorial service and how devastated Eric (Greg Vaughn ) was, and how bad she wants to be with Brady.  Admitting Brady currently rejected her, she says it’s only a matter of time before he gives in to her seductions.

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Next, we see “Nicole” ripping a mask from her face, just as Xander announces that Nicole is being played by “Kristen DiMera” and smirks.  Meanwhile, Kristen emerges from under the mask, free at last as her wig comes off as she lets down her hair.   Thus, the pieces all are starting to fit together.

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Kudos to Arianne Zucker for playing Nicole and Kristen as Nicole, and we can’t wait to see Stacy Haiduk as the conniving Kristen as this story unfolds.

Watch a promo for next week’s DAYS below.  Then let us know, what you thought of the twist: that Kristen is pretending to be Nicole, via the comment section below..

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