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DAYS Recap – March 22 – March 26th

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Nicole’s chances of being released from prison are dashed when Anna fails to get a pardon from the governor. Anna asks Nicole for a little more time, but Nicole thinks she’s being strung along. Nicole calls Rafe and asks him to come see her. Meanwhile, Anna has moved on to a new plan and drugs the governor’s drink in one last attempt to secure the pardon. Sami, Rafe, Brady and Arianna’s dinner goes south as Rafe is forced to explain why he won’t recommend Sami for a job with the FBI. Sami’s insecurities are laid bare, and she tells Rafe they need a break. He acquiesces and leaves. Upset, Sami returns home, and EJ’s “sympathy” turns to something unexpectedly more genuine as they bond over Sydney. Arianna tells Gabi she’s engaged. Gabi suggests they elope. Daniel and Brady have a similar conversation. Later, Brady and Arianna realize they’re on the same page and decide to elope right away. Will accuses Mia of wanting Chad and breaks up with her. Mia blames Gabi and vows revenge. Later, Will and Rafe cross at the gym and discuss their female woes. Daniel brings Carly to the police station to tell Bo about Vivian’s threats towards her. Daniel wants Bo to take immediate action. Bo calls Vivian to the police station and gives her a warning. She considers it an empty threat and continues plotting Carly’s demise with Gus. However, Bo is dead serious. He’s going to end this once and for all. After drugging the governor the night before, Anna shows him the incriminating photos she took of their “wild night” together. If he doesn’t pardon Nicole, she’ll release the photos to the media, ending his political career. Meanwhile, Nicole is about to tell Rafe that Anna kidnapped Sydney when she learns she’s been pardoned. She tells Rafe instead that Kate took Sydney. Rafe says Kate’s been cleared, and is twigged about Nicole’s sudden pardon. Later, Rafe confronts the governor about it. Nicole, meanwhile, says goodbye to Anna. She learns Brady is in Santo Domingo and plans to surprise him there. Nathan tells Stephanie he wants to take a break from their relationship due to her not giving him Melanie’s letter. Meanwhile, Melanie and Philip move into Maggie’s so Melanie can be close to Maggie while she deals with her relapse. After Philip leaves, Maggie asks if Melanie still has feelings for Nathan. Melanie admits she does and hates herself for it, but isn’t sure how Nathan feels about her. Maggie says Melanie must be honest with all parties involved. She leaves. Nathan enters, and asks Melanie what she wrote to him in the letter. Nathan admits that when Stephanie brought him the letter, he said he didn’t want to talk about Melanie with her. Melanie doesn’t have to hear more. She’ll tell him exactly what was in the letter. Meanwhile, Stephanie tells Philip he needs to keep an eye on his wife. Nathan is sniffing around her. Philip is confident Nathan will not come between him and Melanie. Hope tells Justin she’s glad Carly is free. Justin thinks Hope can move on, but she gently tells him that doesn’t mean with him. She knows he loves her, but she doesn’t love him. Justin goes to Victor’s, and is surprised to find Adrienne. She tells him Hope called, and said he was in trouble. Justin figures it out and says it isn’t true. Hope just wants them together. Both of them blast Hope when she arrives. Hope realizes her plan to get them back together has backfired.

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Rafe confronts the governor about pardoning Nicole. The governor insists it’s what his constituents wanted. Later, Rafe interrupts EJ comforting Sami and tells them that Nicole was pardoned. EJ goes to get answers from the governor. Rafe and Sami share a moment, but he ends up telling her he doesn’t know how the two of them can go on. He leaves a crushed Sami, and goes to confront Victor about the governor’s actions. Back in Salem, Rafe and EJ both realize the one who got the pardon was Anna DiMera. Nicole is free thanks to Anna and flying to meet Brady, unaware he is about to marry Arianna. Meanwhile, Arianna and Brady revel in their joy over getting married. They speak with Melanie over the phone and she congratulates them. While Arianna leaves to get ready, Nicole shows up looking for Brady and is mistaken for the bride. Bo gives Victor an ultimatum: Either Vivian backs off of Carly or Bo kills Vivian. Victor sees Bo is serious. Meanwhile, Vivian tortures Carly. Victor calls Vivian home and explains the feud must end. He offers to forge a real relationship with her to do so. Vivian remains of two minds and takes a walk. Bo meets Carly and tells her what he has done for her. They kiss just as Vivian stumbles upon them. Melanie lies to Nathan about the contents of the letter, saying she wanted closure. They agree to be friends. Melanie resolves to focus on Philip. Meanwhile, Stephanie realizes Nathan doesn’t have the whole story, but when he suggests maybe they could try again, she says she has no regrets. Alone, Melanie says a private goodbye to Nathan. Rafe and EJ both ponder the implications of what Anna has done. In Santo Domingo, Nicole realizes Brady is getting married. She considers leaving, but he sees her and when he does she decides to go full out, hiding the fact that she knew he was about to wed. Arianna is shocked by Nicole’s arrival. She worries about marrying Brady now, but he insists he still wishes to do it, much to Nicole’s dismay. Meanwhile, EJ learns the damage control Anna has done and does some himself with Rafe and Sami. Sami vows vengeance on Anna.

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Justin confronts Hope about tricking Adrienne into coming to Salem. Adrienne realizes that Justin is in love with Hope. Adrienne realizes Hope is trying to make things right for her and Justin because she couldn’t with Bo. Adrienne feels somewhat for Hope but warns her she must live with the consequences of her actions. Meanwhile, Vivian has it out with Bo and Carly and ends up giving up on killing her. She returns to Victor and takes him up on his marriage proposal. However, she vows to Victor that she will still emotionally bring Carly down. Arianna responds favorably to Brady’s declaration of love and decides to go ahead with the wedding despite Nicole’s intrusion. Desperate Nicole reverts to her old ways and tries to derail the nuptials when Fay shows up and stops her. Meanwhile, the wedding ceremony is delayed by a hotel catastrophe. Nicole takes heart, but as the about-to-be-newlyweds head off to their room for some premarital romance, Fay gives her daughter a good talking-to and seems to convince her to let Brady go. Brady and Arianna are ready to tie the knot when they encounter another obstacle to their wedded bliss. Rafe questions EJ about Anna and indicates his conviction that she was working with someone. EJ covers his own role effectively. Rafe and EJ go to Stefano and ask him what he knows. Stefano is shocked to learn that Anna kidnapped Sydney, and he convinces Rafe of his own innocence. Rafe makes plans to go to Santo Domingo to grill Nicole about her ties to Anna, but there’s a hitch in his plans. Meanwhile, Anna lands in her tropical paradise, apparently home free. Will returns his Christmas gift to his grandmother and says he can’t let her and Stefano near Sydney again. He explains that his mom and EJ gave him hell for it. Stefano apologizes for his son’s behavior and says he will make sure EJ does not speak to Will like that again. Will confides to Kate that Mia was two-timing him, and he broke up with her. Meanwhile, Mia tells Chad that she broke up with Will. Gabi comes upon them and exchanges words with Mia about Will. Chad overhears the truth and dumps Mia, who’s gone from having two guys to having none in record time. Meanwhile, Gabi runs into Will, who thanks her for doing him a favor.

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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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