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DAYS Recap – March 28 – April 1st

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EJ tells Taylor he can’t deny his feelings for her anymore and pulls her into a steamy kiss. She responds by kissing him back. They profess their love for one another and begin to make love. However, Taylor breaks it off, saying she can’t hurt her sister. EJ suggests that Nicole never has to know – he’ll remain married to Nicole but carry on an affair with Taylor behind her back. Taylor is stunned. Nicole brings Fay to the hospital for a checkup. She runs into Lexie, who nearly spills the beans about EJ and Taylor’s feelings for one another. However, Lexie is able to cover and allows Nicole to continue thinking the two of them can’t stand each other. Later, Fay has a nice moment bonding with Nicole, saying she wants nothing more than her daughter’s happiness. Touched, Nicole invites Fay to move out of the guest house and into the main house so they can be closer. Back at the estate, Nicole and Fay collect Fay’s things and head for the mansion, on a collision course with EJ and Taylor.  Carly is distraught over losing a young patient in surgery. She runs into Bo, who instinctually starts to pull her into a hug, but stops himself. Nathan and Maxine try to assure Carly she did everything she could, but she struggles to keep all her emotions in check. She visits Jennifer, who worries about Carly being able to move on from Bo. Though Carly insists she’s fine, her downward spiral continues when she spies Bo and Hope kissing happily on the pier. Back at the hospital, Carly breaks down – and impulsively injects herself with a sedative. Bo and Hope disagree over him giving Ciara money to buy a toy. Ciara thinks she’s ruining her parents’ marriage and is more determined than ever to run away. When Abe takes Ciara and Theo to the Java Café, the kids try to make a run for it but Lexie’s arrival thwarts them. As Abe and Lexie talk optimistically about their son’s future, Ciara and Theo make plans to leave home forever. Elsewhere, Bo and Hope easily work out their differences and look forward to rebuilding their family. Jennifer bids a warm farewell to Nathan, who sets off for his fellowship at Johns Hopkins.

Rafe2 gets aggressive with Sami, who flips out over his scary behavior. They end up having their worst argument yet, which leads to Rafe2 getting kicked to the couch for the night. He privately congratulates himself for a job well done as a heartbroken Sami breaks down in tears. Fay sees the heat between EJ and Taylor, and she presses her daughter about the relationship. Taylor thinks she’s succeeded in shutting down her mom’s suspicions, but Fay is still concerned. Later, Taylor tells EJ in no uncertain terms that she’s not having an affair with him. However, she still struggles to keep her feelings for him in check. EJ is touched when he sees how affectionate Nicole is with Sydney. Daniel and Jennifer nearly catch Carly injecting herself with a patient’s drug. Carly confides to Daniel that she’s having a tough day. However, the drug starts to take effect and she regains an outer sense of calm. Jennifer and Daniel discuss their worries about Carly and vow that they’ll both be there for her. Chad remembers it’s his mother’s birthday and visits the pier where she died. Abigail tells Jennifer that she and Chad are just friends – especially since he’s moved into the DiMera mansion. However, she later runs into an anguished Chad and comforts him. Stefano confronts Vivian about her minions poking into his affairs. He warns her to leave him and his family alone. However, Vivian is still determined to find out Stefano’s secrets – and use them to gain leverage against Kate.

Nicole tries to drop Johnny and Sydney off at the loft but Rafe2 asks for her to keep them a little longer. Nicole senses trouble in paradise, and Sami tells her to mind her own business. Nicole backs off and agrees to take the kids. She runs into Stefano and tells him that Rafe and Sami seem to be having issues. Stefano is secretly delighted and notes that Nicole’s marriage isn’t exactly in better shape – she’s nothing more than a glorified nanny. Meanwhile, Sami tries to make peace with “Rafe” but he says he has no intention of changing. Rafe2 calls Stefano and tells him they need to meet. He reports that Sami is in hell and it won’t be long until she kicks him to the curb. Alone at the loft, Sami remembers the good times with Rafe and the more recent bad times. When Kate stops by, Sami unexpectedly opens up and admits she may never be able to accept the new “Rafe.” Kate has a run in with Vivian. Later, Vivian overhears Stefano talking down to Nicole. Once Stefano leaves, Vivian makes her presence known to Nicole. She offers to forgive and forget Nicole’s involvement in the sarcophagus scheme, but only if she helps bring down Kate. Fay calls Taylor on her avoiding everyone at dinner the night before. Taylor assures her mother that she’s imagining things. Fay later has a chat with EJ about his intentions towards her daughter. EJ responds by claiming he cares about Nicole but Fay says she’s talking about Taylor. EJ feigns innocence. Fay privately knows better and vows to protect Nicole. Maggie learns Victor blocked one of Brady’s business deals. Victor notes he went with his gut – he protected an associate from his grandson’s hostile tactics. Maggie rewards his good behavior with a kiss. Frustrated by Victor’s sabotage, Brady confides in Taylor, who tells him she thought it was a good deal.

EJ tells Taylor that he only wants to make her happy. Therefore, he will keep his distance to make things easier for her. Taylor is touched and later confides to Lexie this only makes her love him more. Knowing it will be too painful to continue living with EJ, she calls Nicole and asks to meet with her. Taylor decides she must tell her sister the truth: that she’s in love with her husband. Nicole refuses to join Vivian in her crusade to bring down Kate. Later, Vivian meets with Gus, who gives her the security code to the DiMera mansion. Rafe2 demands a meeting with Stefano and EJ to brainstorm the final step to end his marriage to Sami. EJ is irked by Rafe2’s disrespectful attitude, and they nearly come to blows. However, Stefano gets them to calm down. As EJ admits no one could have done a better job of impersonating Rafe, a figure watches from the foyer. It’s Fay, stunned by the revelation. Brady tells Dario to get out of town. Dario refuses, still determined to find out who killed his sister. Dario overhears Philip and Justin talking about the millions of dollars Melanie received in the divorce settlement. Dario realizes Melanie is rich. Meanwhile, Melanie visits baby Parker for closure and later runs into Brady, who comforts her. EJ tells Taylor that he only wants to make her happy. Therefore, he will keep his distance to make things easier for her. Taylor is touched and later confides to Lexie this only makes her love him more. Knowing it will be too painful to continue living with EJ, she calls Nicole and asks to meet with her. Taylor decides she must tell her sister the truth: that she’s in love with her husband. Nicole refuses to join Vivian in her crusade to bring down Kate. Later, Vivian meets with Gus, who gives her the security code to the DiMera mansion. Rafe2 demands a meeting with Stefano and EJ to brainstorm the final step to end his marriage to Sami. EJ is irked by Rafe2’s disrespectful attitude, and they nearly come to blows. However, Stefano gets them to calm down. As EJ admits no one could have done a better job of impersonating Rafe, a figure watches from the foyer. It’s Fay, stunned by the revelation. Brady tells Dario to get out of town. Dario refuses, still determined to find out who killed his sister. Dario overhears Philip and Justin talking about the millions of dollars Melanie received in the divorce settlement. Dario realizes Melanie is rich. Meanwhile, Melanie visits baby Parker for closure and later runs into Brady, who comforts her. Fay overhears EJ and Stefano plotting with Rafe2. When they leave, she calls Nicole, which prevents Taylor from telling her sister about her feelings for EJ. Fay’s frantic call is cut off before she can reveal anything, and the Walker sisters grow worried when they can’t reach her again.

Meanwhile, “Rafe” has returned and grabbed the phone out of Fay’s hands. Fay tries to get away, but he gets the upper hand. As Nicole and Taylor return to the mansion and are about to enter, Rafe2 throws Fay down the stairs. Bo and Hope learn that Ciara and Theo are missing from school. They’re relieved when the kids are found and brought to the police station. Bo and Hope disagree at first over how to handle the situation with Ciara, but then decide to work together as a team to resolve it. Ciara misinterprets and thinks they’re once again fighting because of her. She tells Theo she has to run away because her mommy and daddy won’t be happy till she’s gone. Melanie and Brady have a warm moment that is broken up by Chloe. Melanie hurries off. Chloe accuses Brady of getting too close with Philip’s soon-to-be ex and warns him he’s in for trouble. Brady insists that he and Melanie are only friends. Later, Melanie has a run-in with Dario. When Brady enters, she runs to him and kisses him to make it appear as though they are dating. Dario leaves as Melanie and Brady have their own reactions to the kiss.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Who Killed Abigail?

It’s the end of Chabby! Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it the beginning of a murder mystery on the long-running NBC soap opera.

In story, with several people wanting Abigail Deveraux DiMera dead, it looks like someone stabbed her from the final moments of the episode, when Chad (Billy Flynn) comes upon his wife, when he returns home from a movie with their kids.  Chad finds Abby in their bed, bleeding and non-responsive. DAYS has teased the death of character for a few months now, and everyone learned it is Abigail, played by Lead Actress Daytime Emmy-nominee, Marci Miller, who has exited the series.

Now, the mystery begins … whodunit? Is it a vengefulLeo (Greg Rikaart), who was brandishing a knife after his call with Gwen (Emily O’Brien)? Could it be Gwen herself who called “someone” while the prison guard nodded off for a nap?  Somehow, made it out of prison and back in time and covered her tracks.  Could it be a drunken Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), who ruined his sobriety overcome with the knowledge that Chad told Abby, that he was the one who kidnapped Sami – a secret he doesn’t want to come out. Could it possibly be Kate (Lauren Koslow), who wanted to protect her son, Lucas’ secret, and went to shut Abby up … or could it be someone else?

DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati spoke to Soap Opera Digest on their latest issue on newsstands now, about the decision to kill-off the character of Abigail, expressing: “It was mostly for a practical reason because Marci was not going to be available to us full-time on contract and it made it challenging to tell story for Chad and Abigail.  So we didn’t really have the option to have Abigail around, and then that always becomes a problem when one-half of a couple is not going to be available to you. What’s the solution at that point?”

In addition, it appears that bringing back Kate Mansi to the role, was not going to solve the issue the show was faced with.  Carlivati explained: “Kate has been willing to come back, but may not necessarily want to come back on contract, so you risk being in the exact same position that then Kate leaves and what do we do? Then the option would be to recast yet again with someone who maybe is willing to be here on a more permanent basis, but then you’re dealing with a new face. We’ve been very lucky in recasting Abigail, but you don’t always know if that’s going to work. So ultimately, we decided to kill the character.”

But as Days of our Lives fans know, does anyone really stay “dead” dead in Salem?  The head scribe shared on that point: “We decided to do it (kill Abigail) knowing that we’re not saying it’s not a permanent death, but there is always that possibility that death is not permanent, especially on a soap opera and especially in Salem, so you feel that maybe you’re not closing off the future of that character forever. That said, this is not going to be an instance of the car going off the cliff and you don’t see the person again. This is going to feel permanent and we wrote it as permanent.”

So, who do you think will wind up being the culprit who murdered Abigail? What do you think about the decision to take the character off the canvas, with what looks like for good? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below. But first, check out the promo for next week’s episodes of DAYS and the returns of Cady McClain and Matthew Ashford as Jennifer and Jack who will grieve the loss of their daughter.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ciara Saves Baby Bo with Assist from Heavenly Bo; Tripp Shifts Into Satan & Crashes Through Window

May Sweeps are in full bloom, and on Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the supernatural was front and center, and what Salemites hope will now and forever, put Satan behind them once and for all.

In story, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) is one tough mama. She and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) track down AllDevil (Lindsay Arnold) and her dastardly partner in crime, Charlie Dale (another guest return of Emmy-winner Mike Manning), as the devil starts the Ceremony of Transference to make their baby a mini-Satan. However, AllDevil has a plan to keep Cin at bay. She uses a protective pentagram wall, and electrocutes Ben from penetrating it.  Then, when Ciara has to save her baby, a white light comes upon her, and she is able to push through the barrier, push out Satan, and regain her baby boy in her arms.

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Tripp (Lucas Adams) arrives on the scene and clunks Charlie over the head with a baseball bat before he tries to kill Ben. When Ben comes to and meets his young son, “Bo”, Ciara tells Tripp that AllDevil is headed to St. Luke’s where he and Johnny (Carson Boatman), who was also at the scene, head off to find her.

At University Hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) is going to get Baby “Bo” checked out as Ben and Ciara spend time with their little one in the hospital room. All of a sudden, a white light appears and Ciara’s dad, Bo Brady (the return of Peter Reckell) comes through the light. Both Ben and Ciara see the iconic Bo, and Ciara tells her dad to meet his grandson, and thanks him for saving the day at the cemetery.

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Inside the church, while upstairs, AllDevil flashes back to when Satan was inhabiting Marlena (Deidre Hall) and set fire to the place of worship 25 years ago, and fans get the actual clip of the classic moment in DAYS history. Just then, Tripp and Johnny find Satan upstairs ready to torch the place. Johnny gets a good ole’ toss across the room, leaving Tripp to fend off the devil.

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But helps is on the way as Father Eric (Greg Vaughan), John and Marlena (Deidre Hall) are there to save the day; as they begin an exorcism, of sorts. In defiance, we see AllDevil begin to crack Allie’s neck as everyone looks on in horror. Tripp admitting his love for Allie, tells the devil to come into him and let Allie go.  The shift happens as Tripp is now the devil, and in order to fight off hurting Allie or anyone, selflessly jumps out the church window and looks in dire straits.

So, what did you think of this climatic episode of Days of our Lives, with more to come with the return of Bo Brady this week? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abigail Reveals Gwen’s Deception at her Wedding to Xander, But Gwen Drops A Bombshell

Look like Gwen Rizczech (Emily O’Brien) finally got what’s coming to her, or at least for now.  On Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives it was wedding couple number two who took front and center stage.

Now, Xander (Paul Telfer) and Gwen were ready to start their nuptials, following the disaster of the first couple’s attempt at tying the knot (Leo and Craig) and that coming apart at the seams.

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However, this wedding was not meant to be either, thanks to Abigail (Marci Miller) having the ammo (thank to a plea deal for Ava Vitali) to bring Gwen’s heinous plot out in the open, publicly.  That included: Gwen’s plans to nab Xander for herself and keep his true love, Sarah, away from him by any means possible as all was revealed to the groom and Gwen’s father, Jack (Matthew Ashford).  From kidnapping, drugging Sarah, wearing masks, being an accomplice to Kristen DiMera’s (Stacy Haiduk) schemes etc, etc, Abigail had the quite the dirt on her half-sister.

In the end, Xander walks out on Gwen, Jack practically disowns her, Abigail and Jennifer stand by and take Gwen’s insults knowing they have finally one-upped her, and Gwen is in a puddle of tears in her wedding dress.

Just then, Gwen gets one more visitor, Rafe (Galen Gering)! He comes to cuff-her and bring her down to the police station for her crimes.  Before she leaves, she angrily gets close to Abigail and whispers in her ear that she purposely killed her grandmother! That means that Gwen killed Laura Horton in cold blood.  What will Abigail do with his information?

Emily O’ Brien has been consistently knocking it out of the park playing all the levels of Gwen, while Marci Miller was fierce with her controlled and contained payback after all Gwen has put Abigail through. Perhaps, there is yet another knock-down drag-out fight to go down between the two in the near future?  Stay tuned.

So, what did you think of Abigail’s comeuppance of Gwen for her crimes? Are you happy Xander walked out on her? What do you think will happen next involving the information on Gwen murdering Laura Horton? Comment below.

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