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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.

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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.

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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 Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

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Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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DAYS Eric Martsolf and Stephen Nichols Named ‘Power Performances of the Week’

Last week’s Days of our Lives provided quite the backdrop for some stellar performances, as we had previously noted earlier in the week here.   However, there were a few scenes and moments that just stood out to us, that even when we watched them back for a second or third time, still got us choked up.

First, Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf (Brady) really deserves some major kudos here for his understated and effective work when Brady is finally given the truth – that his daughter Rachel is alive – and his brother Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) child, Mickey is the one who really died in a nefarious baby switch scheme thanks to Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston).

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Not only did Martsolf convey the joy that his daughter was alive juxtaposed with months of angst that preceded it, but he also showed the heartbreak knowing that Eric and Sarah’s (Linsey Godfrey) child did not survive.  In scenes with Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Greg Vaughan, and later with Stacy Haiduk (Kristen), where Brady tells Kristen their child is alive, Martsolf delivered.

Then, there was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who did what he does best, showing the vulnerability of Steve Johnson.  In key scenes following surgery to rid Steve’s head of the chip that made him believe and act like Stefano, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to explain her new relationship with Justin (Wally Kurth).  That alone is a shocking moment for Steve … and then he cannot understand how his sister and Justin broke up.  That is when Kayla has to tell Steve that his beloved sister, Adrienne (Judi Evans) had passed away a year ago following a tragic car crash.

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Steve is overcome with emotion and tears, as any brother would be who loves his sister, which made this all the more realistic.  It was heartbreaking watching Steve try to deal with finding out Adrienne was gone and then blaming himself for not being there for her.  It was made all the more hankie-inducing in a later scene, when he hugged his brother Jack (Matthew Ashford), as the two mourned the loss of their sibling.

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For these moments noted above, Michael Fairman TV names Eric and Stephen last week’s Power Performances of the Week.  

So, what did you think of Eric and Stephen’s work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Heartbreaking DAYS: Steve Learns Adrienne Died, An Anguished Sarah Lays Into Xander, Brady Tells Kristen Their Baby Is Alive

If you caught Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, it proved to be one of the more dramatic and emotional episodes of the year in soaps; featuring stellar performances from the cast.  First, knocking it out of the park was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who while in the hospital and regaining his true self back, learns from the love of his life, his sweetness, Kayla (Mary Beth), that she has moved on with another man in his absence.  Then, when Kayla admits she has been involved with Justin (Wally Kurth), he immediately questions her, “What about my sister? Did they split up again?” Confused and shocked, he tells Kayla she would never have an affair on Justin.  With nothing left to do but tell Steve the truth, Kayla has the painstaking task of telling him that his beloved sister, Adrienne died and the events that led to her death. Steve is gut-punched and breakdowns in tears over his sister’s death and that he was not there for her.  When Steve says she was such a good sister it is crushing moment as he says he will always love her.

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Later, when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Jack (Matthew Ashford) visit Steve in his hospital room, Steve hides his face.  Jack learns that Steve knows about Adrienne, as he sees Steve just overcome with grief, and goes to hug and comfort his brother.  Jack also tried to help Steve understand how Justin was devastated when Adrienne was killed and that Kayla was grieving the loss of her relationship with Steve, knowing she signed the divorce papers and he went MIA from Salem and did not contact her.

At the Kiriakis mansion, Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) is supposed to start her wedding to Xander  (Paul Telfer), but now she is armed with the truth that he switched her and Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) baby, with Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Kristen’s (Stacy Haiduk) … and her little girl actually died.  As Justin presides over their nuptials, Sarah is filled with moments of anger, hatred, and shock towards Xander.  He is not sure what is going on with her.  When it gets to the vows, Sarah finally blurts  “How could I marry you after what you did?” It is then he learns she knows he switched babies and let her fall in love with a child that was not hers!

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Sarah reveals to Xander that Eric told her everything on how he covered his tracks and passed off Brady and Kristen’s baby as hers, Justin leaves and once he’s gone, Xander tries to explain he did the switch for her, because he loves her and she had gone through so much.  Sarah, who is an emotionally fragile state, hears Xander suggest that they take Mickey and run away.  She tells him she is going upstairs with Mickey (Rachel) and when she comes down she wants him gone and she never wants to see him again.  Realizing he has been found out and his plans have blown up in his face, Xander collapses to the floor.  Upstairs with the baby, Sarah doesn’t know how to let her go.  And in the cliffhanger of the entire episode, an overwrought Xander turns and sees that Eric has showed up, ready for a confrontation …. and to see Sarah.

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Brady, who has been through an emotional rollercoaster learning from Eric and Nicole (Arianne Zuvker) that baby Rachel is alive, and that it is now his brother, Eric who is grieving the loss of a child, goes to find Kristen to tell her the shocking, and yet wonderful news.  He finds her at the gravesite of their believed-to-be-dead daughter.  As she continue to grieve the loss of their child, it is then Brady tells her that their little girl is alive!. Kristen begins to understand the revelation when Brady reveals that “Mackenzie” has the same birthmark as Rachel. and he has DNA test results to prove she’s theirs.  At first, Kristen is too scared to believe this could be true, but she reads the DNA results and is overjoyed.  Just then, Eric and Nicole arrive at the gravesite. Brady hugs his brother and Kristen tells Eric how sorry she is, even though she knows he does not like her for what she has done in the past to him.   Then, Eric and Nicole have a moment at the gravesite, as an emotional Eric says goodbye to his daughter.

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Later at their home, Kristen says she wants to go get Rachel.  Brady says they need to give Sarah and Eric a day to grieve before barging over to the Kiriakis mansion to claim their baby.  Kristen tells Brady she is not sure she can wait another day.  When she starts questioning how the hospital messed up the birth of the babies, it is then she learns that Xander was behind the baby switch; and as expected, that was not going to sit well with Kristen!

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Kudos to Eric Martsolf, Lindsey Godfrey, Greg Vaugha, Stacy Haiduk, Paul Telfer, Mary Beth Evans and the aforementioned Nichols for their performances in this episode that featured several hankie x 10 moments.

So, what did you think of this episode of DAYS? Were you emotional through it? Did you enjoy the work of the cast? Comment below.

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