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DAYS Recap – March 15 – March 19th

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Rafe bursts into the cottage, but finds the place completely deserted. At the same time, Anna is on a plane waiting to take off for Costa Rica. Sami and EJ bond more over Sydney until Rafe calls them to the cottage. EJ covers with indignation as Rafe questions him and Sami. A nearby caretaker shows up to add to EJ’s distress, but Rafe gets nothing from the caretaker. They all leave. Later, Sami gets Rafe to admit he’s happy that she and EJ were able to bring Sydney home; however, it has affected their relationship. EJ returns to the mansion to call Anna. Her flight is finally ready for take off and EJ thinks he’s dodged a bullet. In prison, Nicole has gradually started getting more memories about the designer boots and the whispered voice calling Sydney “sweet pea.” Nicole recalls living at the DiMera mansion and hearing Anna was whispering to Sydney while wearing the same designer boots. Horrified, Nicole finally remembers Anna was the kidnapper! Bo rails at Carly for revisiting the idea of pleading guilty. He tells her there’s a chance with Hope, who’s talking to Melanie now. Hope tells Melanie the facts surrounding Vivian the day of the wedding. Unfortunately, she fails to dissuade a resolute Melanie who wants Carly punished. When Hope tells Bo and Carly, Carly gives up. Bo refuses to let her, and leaves to continue working on it. Carly tells Hope she’s letting Bo go. Hope, stricken, says she doesn’t need Carly to hand her husband back to her. Max returns and visits with Caroline. Later, he goes to see Melanie. She is heartbroken to realize he isn’t her biological brother any more, but he says he’ll always be her bro. He questions what she’s doing to Carly. Does she really want to stick it to her mother like that? Melanie says she’ll think about it tomorrow. At the same time, Carly is planning to plead guilty. Nicole comes to a realization about Sydney’s kidnapper. Over the phone, she vaguely questions Anna, who gives away nothing. Nicole pressures Anna to meet with her. Fay arrives and places doubts in Nicole’s mind. Anna shows up and claims she didn’t understand Nicole’s bizarre messages. Nicole has only one response: you stole my baby! Melanie thinks she can put off thinking about Carly, but she has decided to plead guilty to shooting her own daughter. Vivian learns and is overjoyed; meanwhile, Bo, Hope and Justin all try but fail to change Carly’s mind. Melanie bonds with Max and Daniel, and realizes things with Carly are more complicated and urgent than she thought. As Carly’s hearing gets underway, Melanie appears at the last second. What will she say? Stephanie comes somewhat clean with Nathan. Max warns Philip that he better be good to Melanie, or he’ll answer to him. Later, Nathan goes to see Melanie, and Philip wonders why. Meanwhile, Stephanie, despite all, remains determined to stay in the game and win Nathan over.

The judge is about to sentence Carly when Melanie arrives. Bo, Carly, Justin and DA Woods are all shocked when Melanie admits the shooting was an accident. The judge rules Carly is not guilty. After the judge dismisses everyone, Carly is moved by her daughter’s choice to come to her aid. She goes to hug and thank Melanie, but she’s denied. Melanie tells Carly not to touch her – ever. Anna denies she took Sydney, but can’t answer when Nicole asks where she’s been while Sydney was gone. She remembers that both Rafe and Sami saw her in Salem. Shaken, Anna asks Nicole what she wants.

Neither Chad nor Mia can forget their kiss. Chad tells Gabi he can’t see her as he still has feelings for Mia. Gabi pretends with Chad that she’s fine with putting the brakes on their relationship, but alone, breaks down. Meanwhile, pleased Will notes Mia is wearing the St. Christopher medal to denote their exclusivity. Will leaves to see Kate, and Chad confesses to Mia he can’t stop thinking about her. He and Mia agree to see one another, but in private. As they’re making out, the clasp to the St. Christopher medal breaks. Mia leaves and Gabi sees Chad with it. He leaves it behind and just as Mia realizes she doesn’t have her medal, Gabi is telling a hurt Will that she found the medal with Chad. Kate hatches a plan for Stefano to see Sydney but it all goes south when EJ realizes he’s been tricked. He tells Stefano he’ll see him in hell before Stefano spends any more time with Sydney.Nicole wants Anna to get her out of prison. Nicole knows Anna is an old friend of the governor and wants Anna to get her a pardon. She threatens Anna not just with police action, but with the wrath of EJ and Stefano as well. Anna finds out the governor will be at Victor’s for a fundraiser and shows up. Victor meets her at the door. Melanie rejects Carly, but she doesn’t completely buy the rejection. She thinks Melanie must care a little if she exonerated her. Melanie maintains it’s because Daniel got her to do it. Philip arrives and gets Melanie out of there. Carly goes to the hospital to get reinstated. Carly thanks Daniel for getting Melanie to help her. Daniel says he didn’t do it for Carly. He’s glad Carly isn’t going to prison, but he hates that she kept Melanie a secret from him. He’s glad he and Chloe don’t have secrets. Later, he overhears Chloe tell Philip she’s lying to Daniel about going to therapy over her hysterical pregnancy. Alone, Daniel asks why she’s lying to him. Vivian wants to celebrate Carly going to prison. Upon learning that Victor is hosting a fundraiser for the governor; she invites herself and goes shopping for a new dress. Kate runs into Vivian and gives her the news of Carly’s exoneration. Vivian is furious. Kate then lets Carly know Vivian is on the warpath. The two women come face-to-face on the pier. Philip takes Melanie to their new home – Maggie’s. Melanie is touched he moved them there so she would be able to take care of Maggie. Melanie tells Maggie how glad she is to be living with her. Maggie is the only mother she’s ever known, and she isn’t about to lose her.

Arianna tells Rafe that she and Brady are getting married. Brady goes to Sami’s to tell her, but he finds EJ living quite comfortably in her townhouse. After a few words with Brady, EJ offers to take care of the kids while Sami goes out. At the same time, Nicole is hopeful Anna is going to work her charm with the governor. She borrows the guard’s phone and makes a call to Brady, but ends up not saying anything. At the pub, Sami and Rafe come face-to-face. They’re civil as Brady and Arianna break the big news about their engagement. Brady and Arianna wonder and hint if another wedding will happen soon, but Sami and Rafe downplay. Rafe has a lot going on with the FBI and Sami says she’s applying for a job. Sami clarifies she’s thinking of applying for an administrative position with the FBI, but will need a letter of recommendation – from Rafe. He doesn’t think that’s a good idea. Meanwhile, Lexie shows up with Theo and calls EJ on his living arrangement and feelings with Sami, Later; Theo tells an alarmed EJ he knows his secret. Sydney’s been with him this whole time… Daniel confronts Chloe about her lying and not seeing a therapist. Chloe appeals to Daniel, but he doesn’t back down, and he advises her to do what’s right and seek help. Chloe says she will. Later, an upset Chloe goes to Nicole. Nicole realizes it has to do with Chloe’s inability to give Daniel a child, especially since Carly gave him Melanie. Nicole advises Chloe to be Daniel’s ally, not his enemy. Anna is at Victor’s working her charms on governor Jim Ford. Victor thinks it’s odd, but Jim is happy to see her. She works up the courage to ask for a pardon for Nicole. When Anna mentions Nicole’s name, Jim says no way. Vivian finds Carly and tells her she’s toast. The judge may have set her free, but Vivian never will. It looks like she may take her out there, but Vivian prefers to keep Carly guessing. Daniel shows up and warns Vivian to leave Carly alone. Vivian balks and leaves. Daniel and Carly reconcile. He vows to help her deal with Vivian. Later, Vivian calls Victor and tells him she must kill Carly. Is he in or out? Victor says he’s in.

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DAYS Wally Kurth Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Mark our words! Next year, Days of our Lives Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) will once again be nominated for a Daytime Emmy for this week’s emotional and deeply-touching work on key episodes of the NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers saw, this was to be the happy nuptials of Justin and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), who found love again after losing the previous loves of their lives.  They were dear friends to begin with, who through a set of horrific circumstances, found comfort with one another which eventually turned to love.

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Problem was; Justin overheard Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) before the ceremony discussing Steve’s (Stephen Nichols) feelings for Kayla and that he wants her back; something Kayla is unaware of.  So what will he do?  The noble thing and tell her the truth, or keep it to himself and marry her anyway?

As the Intel of what he learned weighed heavier and heavier on Justin, in the most dramatic of moments (when he was to say his “I do’s”), Justin stopped the ceremony and bared all to Kayla: that Steve wants her back and how Steve saw him propose to her and that is why he backed off.  Armed with the knowledge and that her friends and family kept it from her, Kayla does not know what to do.  Justin helps made it easy and clear for her when he questions her … if they would be standing here getting married, if Steve had told her his true feelings before Justin proposed to her?

Justin goes on to say to Kayla that maybe she has been avoiding her true feelings for Steve, because she did not want to hurt him.  Then Justin tells Kayla that he visited his late wife Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) grave, and told her that if things were different, and if she was alive they would still be married, and Kayla would be their dear, dear friend.

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With seeing the look on Kayla’s eyes, Justin knows she loves Steve.  Heartbroken, but caught in an untenable situation, Justin tells Kayla he is happy for her.  Kayla wraps her arms around Justin as they both cry.  Kayla says she never wanted to hurt him, and when Wally as Justin says, “I know, honey,” it was one of the most honest and ten-hankie moments of the entire scenario.   Justin kisses her, tells the guests there will be no wedding today, and exits the Kiriakis mansion.

The emotional drama continues in the aftermath as Justin is at Kayla’s apartment boxing up all of his belongings and tears up recalling their nights together listening to jazz and cooking dinner.  Sonny (Freddie Smith) finds his dad, and tells him he did the noble thing and that time will heal all wounds, but after Sonny leaves, Justin breaks down a bit further before exiting Kayla’s for good.

And if that was not enough, Justin goes back to Adrienne’s gravesite to update her on the wedding that did not happen.   He talks to her that he understands Kayla and Steve’s deep and enduring love, which was just like theirs was.  Next, Justin thinks he is seeing Adrienne, when none other than Bonnie Lockhart (Judi Evans) reveals she is back in Salem – talk about kicking a guy when he is down!

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Throughout this entire saga, moment to moment, Kurth delivered raw, genuine, adult emotions, in a very complex adult story and relationship.   In fact, the cast and crew thought so, too!  When Wally as Justin told Kayla that he can’t marry her and the speech that followed and his exit from the mansion that followed, all those on set applauded for him.  His work was that moving.   Wally was ably assisted throughout by the outstanding work of Mary Beth Evans in these scenes.

2020, while a difficult year for everyone thus far, has been a particular great year for Kurth on Days; as over the last six months he has really had a chance to shine in this story.  So for all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV gives the “Power Performance of the Week” kudos to Wally Kurth.

Did you love Wally’s performance this week on Days? Did you reach for the hankies? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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DAYS Elani Wedding (Photos): What Did You Think Of The Nuptials?

This week on Days of our Lives saw the first African-American couple to be married on-screen in the 54-year history of Days of our Lives.  Now while Lani (Sal Stowers) and Eli (Lamon Archey) tried before in a previous ceremony, this one did the job … they are now officially husband and wife!

The ceremony was attended by Lani’s dad, Abe Reynolds (James Reynolds), her mother Tamara Price (Marily McCoo), Billy Davis Jr.  as a former FBI mentor to Eli, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) – it was her restaurant after all and she is Eli’s grandmother.  Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) presided over the ceremony.

There were some unwelcome guests at the ceremony as well; leading the bride to question, are we doomed?  Why does this keep happening to us everytime we tried to get hitch!

However, fate was on Lani and Eli’s side this day, as even Gabi (Camila Banus) with her antics, and a shocking arrival from Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel), couldn’t rain on this day.  Vivian even tried to shoot the bride, but thanks to Rafe (Galen Gering) saving the day and armed with news that her son Stefan (Brandon Barash) could be alive; he informs Viv firmly that she would be killing someone for the wrong reason, even though Vivian is in disbelief that her son is alive.  Next, she is whisked out of the ceremony.

Lani still feeling rattled by all the wedding interruptus gets a sign she should marry the man she loves; when her mother, who needed to go lie down earlier, as she was feeling faint, was able to show back up just in time to restart the wedding.

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During the ceremony, Eli mentions the loss of little David Abraham and the struggles they went through, but how in the end it brought then closer together.  After the rings are exchanged and they are pronounced man and wife, the newlyweds “jump the broom” a wonderful tradition and a symbol of African-American heritage, where the sweeping of the broom signifies sweeping away all the bad energy.  After they sweep the broom, Elani jumps over it.

In a behind-the-scenes of the wedding segment released this week on the DOOL app, Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey talk about the inclusion of the ‘jump the broom’ moment in the episode, and how they suggested the idea to DAYS Co-EP Albert Alaar, and how  it was written into the episode.

So, what did you think of Lani and Eli’s wedding? Did you enjoy it? Let us know via the comment section below, but first check out this wedding photo gallery of the big day!

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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.

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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