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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 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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