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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.

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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.

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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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Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Bring the Heartache and Heartbreak to DAYS’ Elani Wedding

Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives showcased the nuptials of now long-suffering duo, Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani (Sal Stowers).  In true soap opera fashion things didn’t look good for the couple to get hitched in the first place, especially with Gabi’s (Camila Banus) threats that she would literally blow Julie’s (Susan Seasforth Hayes) heart out of her chest, if Lani did not bust up with Eli at the altar.

As Marlena (Deidre Hall) is officiating the ceremony, things took a dark turn when she asked if anyone in attendance could show just cause why the couple should not be wed in holy matrimony.  Everyone is silent as Gabi, who is an attending the nuptials, is quite happy with herself broadcasting the wedding from her phone to Julie who is in the hospital.  Next, an emotional Lani tells Gabi how sorry she is for shooting Stefan.  Lani says she hopes Gabi can set aside their differences for the sake of Julie and Eli.  Gabi tells her she thought she made herself clear.  It appears that Lani decides she is moving forward with the vows, after standing up for herself and ignoring Gabi’s threat after tackling Gabi WWE Smackdown style.  Next, Gabi informs to everyone she just pressed the button on the app on her phone and Eli’s grandmother’s heart exploded. But hold the phone! In that moment, there is a twist.  We go back to Lani at the altar who snaps out of this blackmail nightmare she just played out in her head.  That didn’t really happen, but the audience sees her thinking process through it, which leads Lani in the present to break off the wedding to her beloved Eli.

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At the altar, Lani tells Eli through her tears she cannot do this.  Eli is stunned and confused.  The bride tells him he doesn’t deserve this.  Next, Lani turns towards Gabi, and then tells Eli she is sorry and then runs out of the ceremony.   Gabi mutters that her “work is done here” which seems to be overheard by Will (Chandler Massey).

What follows is absolutely devastating scene in the park as Eli has followed Lani there.  Through her tears, and knowing that the only way she can break things off with Eli is to hurt him deeply, Lani tells him at first that she doesn’t deserve to be happy with a husband, because she shot and killed Gabi’s.  However, Eli won’t accept that, and that is when she has to muster everything inside her to break Eli’s heart in pieces.  She tells the man she loves that she doesn’t love him anymore. Lani says that she thought that after baby David’s death and all they went through to be together it would all fall back into place for them, but for her, it didn’t.

Lani says her decision is made. With tears streaming down his face, Eli cries, “So you’re leaving me? That’s it?” Lani confirms it is, and that she is sorry and then runs off.  Cue none other than Gabi to find a gut-punched Eli on the park bench, who she hugs! Looks like there’s a part two to Gabi’s heinous plan ahead.

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The performances by Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers in this episode were top-notch – their work was and even though it was under the most outrageous of circumstances, you felt the love, the heartbreak and heartache of a couple torn apart, when they love each other so much.

So, what did you think of Lamon and Sal’s performances? What did you think of the final moments of the episode when Lani has to dump Eli for good? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Camila Banus Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

The angst, drama, tears, and revenge continued this week on NBC’s Days of our Lives with the stirring portrayal of grief-stricken young woman; who is hell-bent on making everyone around her suffer for the loss of her husband in a fatal gunshot that left him brain-dead.  Of course, we are talking about Camila Banus (Gabi), who turned in bravura performances this week, and there are four moments that really stood out to us that showed the range and depth of Banus’ work.

In the hospital chapel, Gabi talks to God and prayed to him that he will make Stefan (Brandon Barash) whole again.  There has been one through-line for Gabi throughout her life – she seems to have everything and everyone she loves taken away from her, even if some of the decisions she makes along the way have a cause/effect that leaves her feeling completely alone, and ready to lash out at the world for what has transpired.  In the chapel, she asks God through her tears, “Why do you hate me so much?” Gabi tells God she went to Sunday school as a little girl and still she has lost God and her husband.  Gabi cannot even get herself to look at Stefan’s things when Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) try to share them with her as she slaps the envelope out of their hands.

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In another heartbreaking scene, Gabi is in the bed she shared with Stefan. She flashes to kissing the love of her life.  Next, Gabi breaks down in tears, and throws things around in the bedroom before slumping to the floor.  She sobs and says, “Why did you give me your heart, Stefan, if you weren’t going to be around to love me with it?”

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Later, Gabi talks to Stefan in her sleep as she hugs his pillow. When she wakes up she cries as Kate (Lauren Koslow) arrives to check on her.  Gabi lets Kate have it, and at first blames Kate for the whole mess with Stefan.  Gabi lashes out that if it wasn’t for Stefan getting in between Kate’s feud with Vivian (Robin Strasser), he’d still be alive.  Kate knows Gabi is in despair and hugs her.  Then, Gabi channels her angst towards Lani (Sal Stowers) promising to make her suffer.

And on Friday’s episode, Gabi is ramping us some sort of revenge plan promising Stefan his legacy will live on. Earlier, Gabi was present with Lani and Eli (Lamon Archey) when Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) informed them that Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) will need a special pacemaker, even after receiving Stefan’s heart. Somehow, Gabi found a file on Visionary Bionics, the company that makes this unique medical device, and recalls Kayla saying she’ll do the procedure on Julie tomorrow. Gabi makes a mysterious call.  What is she about to do?

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Through all of the emotional drama, Banus sustained a level of performance that is no easy feat. That is why Michael Fairman TV names Camila’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

Let us know if you agree with our pick, and what you thought of Camila’s performances, and what you think Gabi might do next, via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Stefan is Brain-Dead After Getting In Lani’s Line Of Fire

If you caught last Friday’s Days of our Lives, and as we head into a new and dramatic-filled week ahead in Salem, after jumping in front of a bullet meant for Vivian (Robin Strasser), Stefan (Brandon Barash) has been shot badly – he has a gun shot wound to the neck through the carotid artery.

Lani (Sal Stowers), who fired the shot in an effort to stop and take down Vivian for her crimes against Kate (Lauren Koslow), et al, now finds herself in very, very hot water, and none more so than with Stefan’s wife, Gabi (Camila Banus).

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In the waiting area, Gabi shows up and confronts Lani. However, Lani and Abe (James Reynolds) try to explain it was an accident.  Gabi reminds him of how he felt after Theo was shot.  As Gabi runs off to see Stefan, Lani cries, “What if he dies?”

When Gabi arrives in the trauma room, she is told by Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and team that they worked on Stefan for over 20 minutes but he is brain-dead. Vivian, who alerted Gabi to what happened, and showed up at the hospital incognito in her scrubs to check up on the fate of her son, is trying to make her escape plan from Salem

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Meanwhile, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) is MIA from her hospital room as she and Doug (Bill Hayes) go to Doug’s Place.  She wants to breathe her last breath there, and wants one last night with her beloved husband.  Julie asks Doug, if she has been a good wife to him, knowing the end is near. After reminiscing of their past and flashbacks, and Julie wanting to have one last dance, she passes out

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Next, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Eli (Lamon Archey) arrive at Doug’s Place and find Doug crying.  They tells him that they need to  get Julie back to the hospital but Doug says it’s too late. Everyone is heartbroken.

So, what have you thoughts of the twist? Stefan brain-dead? Gabi on the warpath? Julie’s plight and its toll on Doug? How do you think this will all play itself out? Could Stefan come back to life as others have via Dr. Rolf? Share your thoughts below.

But first, for a preview of what’s to come check out the latest DAYS promo from NBC.

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