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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’ Olivia Rose Keegan Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Although she is exiting the show on-screen next week on Days of our Lives, Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire) got the opportunity to go out in a blaze of glory (those damn lighters!).

If you caught this past Tuesday’s installment of the NBC daytime drama series, Claire finally became entrapped and completely unhinged, after being set-up by Tripp (Lucas Adams) and Ciara (Victoria Konefal); where everyone learned she was the responsible party for the notorious cabin fire and was about to attempt to set her rival, Ciara, on fire in a cabin, yet again, after taking off with her.

In the process, Tripp was held with a knife to his throat by Claire, and eventually hit his head trying to get away from her knocking him unconscious.  The perfect opportunity for Claire to make her getaway with Ciara.

Once at the Cabin, Claire pours gas all around as Ciara begs her to stop, while she is chained to the bed.  Claire then flicks the lighter.  To the rescue come Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Marlena (Deidre Hall); who have tracked down where the young women are.  Ciara calls out to Ben, who breaks down the cabin door.

Just then, Claire holds out the lighter with the flame ready to start another fire.  Knowing she is caught, Claire starts to explain how she lost her mind in all of this.  Ben tries to talk her down and to please put the lighter away, as does Hope.  As a desperate mother, Hope begs Claire to let Ciara live, and tells Claire that she knows she really doesn’t want to do this.  Hope tells her that she knows that Claire loves them both.   As Ben rescues Ciara, Claire closes the lighter as Marlena holds her.  As the others get out of harm’s way, Marlena says she has got this … and now it’s Claire and Marlena alone and inside the cabin together.

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But then, wanting to end her own life, Claire picks up the lighter and flicks it open.  She tells Marlena she can’t go back and says, “It’s better if she dies.”  Claire thinks she’s a monster and certifiable … and is as criminal as what Ben Weston has done in his past.  Reassuring her and talking her down, Marlena promises Claire that with help, she can turn her life around as Ben has done.

Claire breaks down as Marlena holds her.  Next, Marlena is able to get her out of the cabin, away from setting herself on fire, and on her way to the hospital for observation, until it can be figured out what’s next for the troubled young woman.  As they leave the scene, Claire sobs uncontrollably knowing she is a damaged soul, has lost her way, and realizing the harm she has done to other people.

In all of these scenes, Keegan brought the angst, the mental instability, and the realization of Claire’s horrific motivations to life, in a dramatic, and not over-the-top way, even in the most melodramatic of soapy circumstances.  For those reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Olivia’s work are Power Performance of the Week.

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Knowing those scenes were part of her final days of shooting on DAYS, Keegan told Soap Opera Digest in an interview (in their latest issue on newsstands now), “Obviously, it was sad to shoot.  And it was emotionally demanding and bittersweet, because Victoria Konefal and I are best friends.”

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

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Unmasked! The Part Of Nicole Walker Is Now Being Played By Kristen DiMera

On Friday, NBC’s Days of our Lives delivered quite the cliffhanger as fans go into the Memorial Day Weekend.  There had been plenty of speculation that something just wasn’t quite right with Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) since her “return from the dead” to Salem.  Leave it to head writer, Ron Carlivati to come up with an exciting twist …  and he did!

As it turns out, that isn’t Nicole after all, but Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk) wearing a very convincing Nicole mask and weaving her plot while under wraps; chief among those plots is to nab Brady (Eric Martsolf) as her man; once and for all.

In story, at the Salem Inn, “Nicole” kisses Brady.  At first he responds, but then backs off, until “Nicole” yelps, “Damn it, Brady! Why are you fighting me on this? Just forget about Holly.”  Brady is stunned! “Nicole” says she wants to escape the pain of losing her daughter, but Brady leaves and “Nicole” smashes a vase.

Later at the Inn, Xander (Paul Telfer) hands over Holly’s hospital records.  Meanwhile, “Nicole” tells her accomplice all about the memorial service and how devastated Eric (Greg Vaughn ) was, and how bad she wants to be with Brady.  Admitting Brady currently rejected her, she says it’s only a matter of time before he gives in to her seductions.

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Next, we see “Nicole” ripping a mask from her face, just as Xander announces that Nicole is being played by “Kristen DiMera” and smirks.  Meanwhile, Kristen emerges from under the mask, free at last as her wig comes off as she lets down her hair.   Thus, the pieces all are starting to fit together.

Kudos to Arianne Zucker for playing Nicole and Kristen as Nicole, and we can’t wait to see Stacy Haiduk as the conniving Kristen as this story unfolds.

Watch a promo for next week’s DAYS below.  Then let us know, what you thought of the twist: that Kristen is pretending to be Nicole, via the comment section below..

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will Learns He Has A Brain Tumor; What Next For WilSon?

On Days of our Lives, Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) have been through the wringer.  Just like any power couple in “soapdom” they are constantly pulled apart by circumstances that drives distance between them, or prevents them from being happily reunited.  But then, isn’t that was soaps are all about … or, do these boys deserve a bit of peace and quiet?

On Wednesday’s episode of the NBC daytime drama series, Rex (Kyle Lowder) and Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) drop the bomb on WilSon.  Sadly, Will has a small brain tumor, although believed to be benign, it is is in a section of his frontal lobe that makes it most likely inoperable.

Will asks if that explains his headaches and why he has been passing out, and Rex confirms that is the cause.  He also says the tumor is likely benign, because the larger ones are usually cancerous.  The next step is to do a biopsy.  Rex advises Will to not exercise, drive, work, and to avoid stress right now.

Later at the Kiriakis mansion, Will Google’s brain tumor’s on the internet and is emotionally overcome with what it says.  In tears and looking very sad, Sonny comes on to the scene to comfort Will, but Sonny is looking concerned himself, trying to put on a brave front for Will.  Then, Sonny and Will admit they are frightened for what’s ahead, but Sonny says they must try to stay positive.  Will cries.

These scenes were nicely played by Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith, who always bring it in their scenes.

Look for more drama ahead for the duo and their on-screen families as Will deals with this new health crisis.

So, what does Will’s tumor mean for the future of WilSon?  What do you think will happen next? Are you upset that Will has this diagnosis? Do you want the duo to finally have some down time from all the drama, especially after getting Leo Stark (Greg Rikart) out of their lives?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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