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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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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Sonny Goes Off On Scheming Gabi & This Week Maggie Remembers The Night Adrienne Was Killed

Things are definitely reaching a boiling point in Salem.  First, if you caught last Friday’s episode, it featured a terrific scene between Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Camila Banus (Gabi) that shook everyone to its core.   Gabi, who has now been arrested at the PCPD for her crimes against Julie and her schemes against Lani, gets a visit from Sonny, and boy is he angry.  At the time of their visit, Justin (Wally Kurth) has already told Sonny that he doubts there is any way that Gabi will avoid prison time.

Realizing that both Ari’s parents are looking like they will be in prison, he asks Gabi, “Who gets the fun job of explaining this to Ari?” Ari loves Julie. He exclaims,”How I am supposed to explain that her mother tried to kill her multiple times?”

Distraught and thus facing parenting alone, Sonny screams at Gabi if she even knows her daughter exists!?  Gabi thinks Sonny is being horrible to her, but stands by her actions that Julie needed to pay.  Sonny just shakes his head in disbelief.  Ari’s parents will both be in the slammer!  When DA James Giddens arrives (Terrell Tilford) he says that Gabi will get 10 years in prison with no time off for good behavior and no parole.   In these scenes. Smith and Banus really delivered the material and brought it to an emotional level that hit home to the viewers.

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And now this week, get ready for more drama.  Gabi may get a last minute reprieve, while Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) is so close to remembering what happened the night of the accident that killed Adrienne (Judi Evans) – how she was drunk in a car that caused the crash – and the victim of this is not only Adrienne, but Will (Chandler Massey) who was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit.

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In the latest promo for DAYS, look for Sonny to also lower the boom on Maggie with another deserved outburst and a homecoming for Will and Sonny.

So, what did you think of the scenes between Freddie and Camila? What do you hope happens to Maggie after her remembrance of the night of the crash is revealed? What will Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston) to next and all of their plans seem to be unraveling? Comment below.  But first check out the scene from Friday between Camila and Freddie, and this week’s promo for DAYS>

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will and Sonny Call It Quits

On Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Chandler Massey (Will) once again delivered heart-breaking scenes as the love story of WilSon took a dramatic turn.

After Sonny is summoned to the prison to see Will, the two have an emotional conversation, in which Will tells Sonny he knows that he kissed Evan (Brock Kelly) thanks to Kate (Lauren Koslow(.  Sonny assured Will that the he is not with Evan, but Will says, “Not yet.”

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Will goes on to say that what he did by taking the life of Sonny’s mom, and Justin’s (Wally Kurth) wife has put Sonny in an untenable situation and their marriage.  While Sonny calls it a tragic accident, Will will not allow Sonny to live his life with the ball and chain around him which is now an incarcerated Will, who will serve a prison term for what seems like years.

Knowing Sonny’s animosity towards Will, as much as he protests he doesn’t have it, Will asks for a divorce as tears well-up in Sonny’s eyes. Will mentions Justin’s recent prison visit and how they ran into each other.  Sonny tells Will just what Justin told him, that he is like a son to him. But Will feels so much guilt for taking the woman Justin loved away from him, and Sonny’s beloved mother, Adrienne.

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Then, Sonny asks if this is really about Evan.  Will says he  is just a catalyst as he wants Sonny to be happy with Evan, or whoever else he wants to be with in the future.  Will says he loves his husband so much that he wants him to find happiness again, and he knows he won’t if he is tethered to him.  Will tells Sonny he knows his daughter is in good hands with him and Gabi (Camila Banus) and he needs to honor Sonny for all that he had meant to him by loving him by setting him free.

The two men come to the harsh realization by finally admitting to one another that this was a long time coming.  With tears streaming down his face, Sonny says to Will, that when Will asked him to stop visiting him in prison, he knew their marriage was over, but neither could muster up the  courage to end it.

In the end, they both say how sorry they are, and say goodbye as Will is taken by the prison guard back to his cell as Sonny ls left devastated.

Freddie and Chandler reminded us all of why WilSon has been a continuing power couple on DAYS with their performances.  Now the question is; can Sonny and Will work their way back to each other, or is this the final straw in their lengthy relationship?

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Share your thoughts on the key scenes and performances. Then let us know, are you sad WilSon are breaking up? Or, are you glad? Comment below.

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