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DAYS Recap – March 7 – March 11th

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Nicole walks in on a fraught moment between EJ and Taylor. EJ learns Brady offered Taylor a job and demands that she not take it. A defiant Taylor leaves and goes straight to Brady, where she accepts his offer. She questions if it’ll be a problem for Brady because of her relationship with Nicole. Brady swears he’s over her sister, which he told Nicole earlier over the phone. He thinks Nicole got what she deserved – EJ as a husband. Taylor wonders if EJ is really that bad, and Brady says he’s worse. Stefano tries to ascertain whether the mind-erasing drug worked or if Rafe is faking his amnesia. EJ wants to see Rafe, but Stefano thinks it’s best if Rafe only has contact with Stefano. Meanwhile, Rafe2 gets angry at Sami for wanting him to make love to her the way he used to. Sami runs out, upset. “Rafe” goes to her, and fakes being tender and caring per EJ’s instructions. He comes up with the idea to have Sami teach him to be like the old Rafe in the bedroom. They make love, but, afterwards, Sami cries in disappointment. She looks at the safe house key Rafe gave her for Christmas. At the same time, the real Rafe, alone in his cell, really doesn’t know who he is and looks at his safe house key for clues.

Nathan brings Melanie to the hospital after she collapses in his arms. He professes his undying love to her. Carly has returned from her conference and rushes to the hospital with Daniel to check on Melanie. Melanie tells her mother she finally understands why Carly gave her up at birth; Melanie would’ve done anything to keep her child from harm. A conflicted Melanie comes to an epiphany about Nathan and wants to see him. Nathan asks Daniel for Melanie’s hand in marriage. Daniel says no.   EJ finds Taylor and learns she’s taken the Titan job. EJ thinks this is a huge mistake as he’s certain Brady will use Taylor to get to him and Nicole. Taylor lays into EJ and tells him not to be so impressed with himself. She won’t let Brady use her, nor would she ever hurt EJ or Nicole. As she goes to leave, he grabs her and there’s a connection. Daniel explains to Nathan that Melanie needs space. If he truly loves her, he’ll back off. Nathan, however, feels differently. At the same time, Carly talks to Melanie, who insists on speaking with Nathan. Melanie finally cuts Nathan loose. She tells him she needs to take the next step in her life alone and she can’t go back to him, or to Philip. Nathan argues, but an upset Melanie begs him to accept her choice. He refuses to give up.

Hope worries about her future. She’s no longer a cop and she’s at loose ends. Bo tries to reassure her. At the police station, Carly runs into Bo and has a rough time seeing him with Hope. Hope thanks Carly for being so understanding and graceful about everything. Later, Hope manages to help Bo with a case. Abigail pushes for Jennifer to go after Daniel. Jennifer says Jack isn’t completely out of the picture yet. Besides, she wants to put Daniel and Carly together. Later, Carly breaks down in Jennifer’s arms, still heartbroken about Bo. Jennifer, seeing an opportunity, pushes her friend in Daniel’s direction, and he indeed comforts Carly. Kate urges Chad to forge a relationship with Stefano, but he dismisses the idea. Will introduces Gabi to his cousin Abigail. The girls get to know each other, and Abigail explains she met a guy already, but he was a jerk. Later, the group goes to the Java Cafe, and Chad shows up. Abigail is shocked to learn the “jerk” she met is Will and Gabi’s friend Chad. EJ asks Lexie to help him get Taylor out of Salem. He finally admits he has feelings for her, but refuses to call it love. He believes if he can get Taylor as far away from him as possible, he will be able to forget her. Fay arrives in Salem and tells Nicole and Taylor she has a heart condition that could be fatal. Nicole insists her mother move into the mansion, and Fay urges Taylor to move in, too. Taylor protests, but Fay and Nicole continue to press. When EJ returns, Nicole tells him that Fay is moving in, and so is Taylor. Jennifer tells Maggie that Jack is blogging again but still has not contacted her to see how she’s doing after her medical emergency. She’s not sure she and Jack have much of a marriage left. Maggie advises her to be honest with herself, and then Jack. Only then can she move forward Victor nearly succeeds in wresting control of Titan from Brady. The two go at it, but Maggie interrupts and tries to make peace. She doesn’t succeed. When Victor demands to know why she can’t stay out of his business, Maggie blurts that she wants to help the people she loves.

Abigail realizes she misjudged Chad and is mortified. She and Chad bond, but are interrupted by T, who reveals Chad is a DiMera. Upset, Abigail leaves. Will and Gabi are unaware they’re being watched by someone. When Gabi’s back is turned, a young man steals earrings from her purse. A frantic Gabi informs Will her earrings are missing. Meanwhile, the young man regrets that he had to steal from her. EJ reacts badly to the idea of Taylor moving into the mansion. Nicole finally persuades him to agree. When Nicole leaves to take the kids to Sami’s, EJ and Taylor both admit her moving in is a bad idea. Taylor suggests she and EJ find a way to get past their awkwardness but it’s going to be a challenge. Sami is surprised that Rafe2 isn’t eager to go back to work, and they fight. She flees and runs into Hope, who gives her a good pep talk. Sami vows to do whatever it takes to make her marriage work. Meanwhile, Nicole drops the kids off with Rafe2. He asks her to stick around a bit. She reacts to his friendliness, asking “where’s Rafe, and what has he done with him?” Meanwhile, Stefano begins a test to see whether the real Rafe’s memory is truly gone.

Off Maggie’s blurt, Victor tries to pin her down regarding her feelings, and she finally admits that she does have feelings for him, but can’t act on them. He impulsively kisses her and tells her not to come back until she’s ready to talk. Chloe learns that Philip and Melanie’s marriage is over. Philip and Chloe want to work hard on getting their lives back on track and vow to be there for Parker. Justin and Adrienne express their gratitude to Hope for initiating their reconciliation. Later, Justin pops the question, and Adrienne says yes! Vivian hopes to make Stefano her ally, but realizes she must first turn him against Kate. Gus isn’t sure it will work, but Vivian is determined. Later, Gus overhears Stefano talking about Rafe and reports back to his “Madame.” They wonder what Stefano is up to. Meanwhile, Stefano evades Kate’s questions about what’s going on in the basement, where his lab techs are secretly performing tests on Rafe. Rafe has a seizure but once he’s stabilized, they conclude that he is a blank slate and has no memories. Sami asks Gabi if her brother seems better. Gabi thinks he does, but Will senses his mother’s worry. He calls her on it and Sami tells Will she’s determined to fix Rafe. Meanwhile, Nicole is confused by Rafe2; she actually likes this new, fun version of him. Later, Sami returns to find Rafe2 giving Johnny some terrible advice. Meanwhile, Gabi is still worried about her missing earrings. Elsewhere, the young man who stole her earrings sells them at a pawnshop. Taylor and EJ fight their attraction, but he admits how much he feels for her. Taylor freaks out and decides she can’t live at the mansion. Nicole shows up and begs for them to work out their “problems.” Taylor tells her sister she will stay – but only for the sake of Nicole and Fay.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Sonny and Will Say Their Final Goodbyes and Leave Salem

Not a happy day for fans of Days of our Lives’ WilSon.  Although it has been known now for over seven months that Daytime Emmy-winners, Chandler Massey (Will) and Freddie Smith (Sonny) were let-go from the long-running NBC soap opera, it still was hard to watch them have their final scenes on Tuesday’s episode.

As was in the dialogue, the writers and the show left the door open for a Sonny and Will return down the line when Sonny uttered: “Goodbye Salem, for now.” And, as is with most DAYS characters, they seem to somehow return at one time or another.  But still, it looks like the soap has made the decision to rest the characters.

Before their final exit, Sonny and Will had a visit with Sami (Alison Sweeney) to tell her they are moving to Arizona. Sami is up to her eyeballs in trouble with the custody hearing for Allie’s baby versus Nicole (Arianne Zucker).  Will tells his mother he wants her blessing before they go, and that he already received a blessing from Marlena (Deidre Hall).

An emotional Sami tells Will how sorry she is for all the things she has done, and the mistakes she had made when she was younger and along the way that impacted him.  In tears, Will says he is going to miss her, and the two of then share a hug,

After Sami leaves to head to the custody hearing, Will and Sonny look at Allie’s baby and the two talk about how things worked out for the best; even though Allie did not ultimately let them adopt her child.  The two realize they are about to give their daughter, Ari, a new life and Will thinks another baby and a dog might be in their future, too!

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Later, it’s time for one last look at Horton Town Square, and Sonny and Will remember their love from the beginning in a short flashback with a few moments of how they came together.

Will says it’s a tradition for when a Horton leaves Salem to visit the dedication to Tom and Alice in the ‘Square’.  Finally, it’s time for Sonny and Will to say goodbye to Salem for now as they walk out together..

So, what did you think of the final episode of Chandler and Freddie’s? Did you want more time spent on WilSon’s history in the flashback montage? Are you sad to see them go? Comment below.

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DAYS Rob Scott Wilson Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

If you think you were emotionally drained watching Ben Weston battle himself for control – think of how draining it must have been for Ben’s portrayer, actor Rob Scott Wilson, or for the character of Ben himself!

Well, in the final three episodes last week on Days of our Lives, Rob Scott Wilson once again showed why he is in complete command of this complex character – a former serial killer who has fought so hard to redeem himself, married the love of his life, Ciara (Vicroria Konefal), only to have it all almost wiped out by a heinous plot by Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva).

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Eve used drugs and torture techniques to try to drive Ben to kill Ciara as payback for him murdering her daughter, Paige (True O’Brien).  Weston was supported by some very fine scene partners in his performances: the aforementioned DePaiva, Konefal, and Kristian Alfonso (Hope); but it was Rob who drove the scenes and had the meatiest of material to play and boy, did he deliver.

Would Ben strangle his beloved Ciara with a necktie like his other previous victims? Wilson went from one minute being programmed to kill her, to another minute realizing he is in trouble … and so is Ciara’s life – so he tells her to lock the door of the bathroom and to not let him in! Although, as we saw, he eventually lost control and broke through the door and went to turn the lock reaching his hand from the outside to the inside. (Horror film moment!)

Later, when we see Ben crumpled on the floor in tears, Hope finds him, but her daughter is missing and Ben can’t recall what happened to her.  Fearing at first she killed Ciara, Hope is besides herself, and so is Ben.

From beat to beat, from turn to turn, Wilson was terrifying and heartbreaking all at the same time.  And with that, Michael Fairman TV names Rob Scott Wilson our choice for the Power Performance of the Week.

So, what did you think of Rob’s performance? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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