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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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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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