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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: Julie Stands Up to MarDevil; Susan Seaforth Hayes Reminds Us Why She is Soap Royalty

Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it, let’s just say, not your typical Turkey Day episode in Salem.  It also moved the story along with MarDevil being exposed!

At Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) Thanksgiving, Doug (Bill Hayes) shouts that Marlena (Deidre Hall) is the devil. However, Marlena still insists that Doug is delusional and needs to be locked back up.  It is then that Julie stands by her husband.  Julie is on to Marlena and wonders if she should call “Marlena,” who she truly is at the moment, “Satan”.

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Shawn (Brandon Beemer) and Belle (Martha Madison) also believe something is terribly wrong.  Marlena tells them this is ridiculous, but Belle wants to hear what else Doug has to say.  Then, Shawn handcuffs Marlena to take her down to the station for questioning.  Julie doesn’t believe for one second that handcuffs will restrain the devil, and she was right! MarDevil breaks the cuffs and flings Shawn across the Thanksgiving dinner table complete with food-a-flying, leaving him unconscious.

Now with yellow eyes and lights flickering, MarDevil goes after Doug and Julie, but Julie stops Satan in his tracks professing “Not today, Satan!” Just then, MarDevil grabs a knife and in a counter move, Julie holds out her rosary saying love is the power and that the God of love is stronger than the devil! Julie defiantly tells MarDevil that the truth is out and Satan’s reign of terror is over! But MarDevil turns the tables and sneers, “It will never be over!”

It was in these scenes opposite Deidre Hall, that Susan Seaforth Hayes shined as she has done for decades given the material, as Julie went the toe-to-toe with the devil and Susan made us believe that love can win out over everything, especially the love of Doug and Julie.

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In another touching moment in the episode, Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk) tells EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) from her hospital bed, how she used herself as a human sacrifice for the devil to keep John alive and to protect her son.  An emotional EJ can’t believe that Susan was willing to die for him. However, Susan explains that a mother always protects their child and she would do it all over again when faced with that decision.  Haiduk and Feurriegel also delivered in these scenes.

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With John (Drake Hogestyn) freed by Anna (Leann Hunley) and Tony (Thaao Penghlis), he eventually makes his way into the Horton house to confront MarDevil, but Satan is gone.  Instead, John finds Shawn with Doug and Julie and they inform him that MarDevil had left to fulfill her true purpose.  Just then, Marlena arrives at Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal). We fade to black.

Now below, check out Susan Seaforth Hayes in a scene from Friday’s episode as Julie fends off the devil.

Then, let us know, what did you think of Susan’s performance? What do you think MarDevil will do next to Ben and Ciara and “their” baby? Did you enjoy the Susan and EJ scenes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Which DAYS ‘Undead’ Return Have You Enjoyed the Most … Nick, Charlie or Deimos?

This week in the spirit of Halloween, Days of our Lives has been airing some very devilish episodes, with at its epicenter, the MarDevil’s (Deidre Hall) plot to wreak havoc on the town of Salem by resurrecting some of its all-time bad boys!

MarDevil goes to each of the gravesites of Charlie Dale (Mike Manning), Nick Fallon (Blake Berris) and Deimos Kiriakis (Vincent Irizarry), and literally takes them out of the ground and gets each of them to go after the people that put killed them in the first place.

For Charlie that is Allie (Lindsay Arnold) and for good measure his mother Ava (Tamara Braun) and half-brother, Tripp (Lucas Adams), for Deimos that is Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker), and for Nick, well, he has it in for Gabi (Camila Banus).

Throughout the Monday through Wednesday episodes, viewers watched flashbacks of how each of the bad men were murdered, and how now they have risen to torture their foes.

Blake Berris, Mike Manning, and Vincent Irizarry all looked as those they were having quite the fun time playing the zombie-versions of their once Salem characters.

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And as viewers saw, Gabi killed Nick, yet again, after finding Jake (Brandon Barash) buried, Tripp hit Charlie multiple times with a frying pan and cracked and his skull, and Nicole stabbed Deimos … again.  However, of course, no one else in Salem saw the zombies, making it difficult for the very much alive folks to get anyone to believe what just happened to them.

When the dust settled, it left Nicole and Rafe (Galen Gering) getting hot and heavy!

So did you enjoy seeing Blake, Mike, and Vincent again? What character’s undead return did you enjoy the most? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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