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DAYS Recap – March 8 – March 12th

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Sami, Rafe and Will are shocked and overjoyed by Sydney’s return. Caroline and Roman hear the commotion and can’t believe it. EJ found Sydney! Rafe learns that EJ went behind his back. Rafe and Roman get a lead that confirms EJ’s story. EJ defies instructions and takes the child home where Sami hears her call him daddy. Sami is surprised Sydney remembers him, but dismisses it. Later, Rafe arrives, and chews them out for not taking Sydney to the hospital first. Through a slew of excuses, Rafe realizes that Sami knew about the latest ransom note. Melanie rejects Daniel, but he refuses to take no for an answer and the two finally come together. However, Melanie admits she hates Carly even more. Nathan attacks Carly, but is conflicted himself. Stephanie confides in Caroline, but remains convinced she has done the right thing in not giving Nathan Melanie’s letter. Philip wonders if Chloe is upset that she cannot be a mother especially now that Daniel is a father, but she dismisses this. Carly reaches out to Melanie, to no avail. Nathan finds an emotional Melanie, and the feelings between them are electric. Stefano and Kate arrive home to find Sydney alive and well. EJ won’t let Stefano near Sydney. After Rafe and Sami take Sydney to the hospital, EJ and Stefano fight and Kate tries to play peacemaker. She says EJ can’t keep Sydney away from Stefano as long as they all live under the same roof. This gives EJ an idea. Sámi confirms to Rafe that she knew about the latest ransom note and kept it from him. She expects Rafe to blow up, but he doesn’t, which is worse to her, because she can see how deeply she hurt him. He goes into FBI mode and insists they take Sydney to the hospital and find the kidnapper. Sami leaves with Rafe, but still can’t get him to open up. When EJ arrives later at the hospital, Sami admits she thinks she blew it with Rafe. EJ asks if he could spend the night with her. Rafe walks in and overhears. Melanie unloads emotionally on Nathan. At the same time, Stephanie confesses to Lexie that she’s done something maybe she shouldn’t have. Meanwhile, Melanie reacts to Nathan’s comfort, and says he doesn’t have to do it because he feels guilty about not reading her letter. Nathan asks her what she’s talking about. Melanie tries to tell him but he’s called away for a patient before she can. Melanie realizes Stephanie never gave the letter to Nathan. When Stephanie comes to visit her, Melanie rips into her. Melanie and Stephanie have it out. Melanie knows Stephanie never gave Nathan the letter. Stephanie tries to cover, but Melanie tells her to stop it. The girls argue and Stephanie tells Melanie that Nathan didn’t want to hear about her. He has moved on with Stephanie. She scolds that even if Melanie wanted to be with Nathan, how could she break Philip’s heart? Affected, Melanie is at a loss for words. Maggie meets with Nathan to tell him that she thinks her myasthenia gravis has returned, but she keeps quiet when she senses her grandson isn’t doing well. She questions and he admits it’s because of Melanie. Maggie calls him on this and guesses he still has feelings for her. Nathan admits it’s true. She said she sent him a letter and he can only guess it was to tell him how she felt. Part of him wishes he had stopped her wedding. Maggie tells Nathan that Melanie is married to Philip. What about Stephanie? Nathan agrees that it’s time to truly give up on Melanie, but he’s still privately conflicted. He goes to see Melanie, but finds her asleep. Stephanie calls Nathan, and both of them know they need to talk. Later, Maggie is at home and she falls. She fears the worst. EJ has asked Sami if he could spend the night. He wants to be there for his children and their mother. This rattles Sami and Rafe, after overhearing, is a bit bothered. He focuses on the aftermath of Sydney’s rescue. Lexie presents Sydney with a clean bill of health and EJ is questioned. Sami tells Abe about the video of Sydney and Rafe wants to view the video for a possible lead on the kidnappers. Will and Mia fold in to the group, also happy to see Sydney. They go home, and Sami thinks Rafe is going to stay, but he’s got work to do. He leaves her alone with EJ and her kids. Sami admits her relationship with Rafe worries her and EJ, playing the father role, places a blanket around Sami and Sydney. At the same time, Rafe uncovers phone numbers to EJ’s cell and he has the first step in finding the kidnappers. Mia is thinking about Chad when Will shows up and kisses her. He tells her about Sydney and they go to the hospital. Later, Will gives her a St. Christopher medal that will signify their exclusiveness. She accepts it, buts is still conflicted. Sami wakes up with her daughter in her arms, but there’s no sign of Rafe. He’s been working all night trying to track the kidnapper. EJ and Sami bond over the baby. Later, EJ visits Anna, who is packing up, and explains his decision to stay in town and break Sami’s heart. Arianna goes to see her brother and urges him to forgive Sami. Brady sees Sami and takes Rafe’s side. Later, Sami goes to Rafe’s office to make amends, but he is distracted as he gets a lead. Brady crosses with Chloe and asks her a huge favor. Chloe goes to see Nicole in prison and tells her Sydney is alive. We see Nicole’s relief, but she knows she has to move on. She’s carving out a place for herself in prison, and we see her hatred for those she has left behind, especially Sami and EJ. Nicole recalls seeing the kidnapper’s boots, but sadly she doesn’t think anyone will ever know who took the baby. Arianna visits Melanie and talks about her regret about turning down Brady’s marriage proposal. She’s hoping Brady will propose again, and indeed, Brady tells Daniel that is his plan. Brady is on his way to meet with Arianna while she crosses with EJ and expresses her sincere gratitude for what he did to bring Sydney home. Daniel comes across Melanie who is feeling blue. He is at a loss as to how to comfort her. He seeks out Maggie’s advice, and she gives him much needed encouragement. Daniel realizes Maggie is ill and convinces her to have a check-up. Later, Maggie learns her myasthenia gravis is back. Daniel urges her to tell Melanie. She does, and Melanie expresses her desire to be there for Maggie as Maggie has always been there for her. Sami insists Rafe talk to her about how he feels. Rafe admits he’s hurt, but the love they have for each other overcomes the problems in their relationship. Sami, however, is sure that her betrayal of trust will come back to haunt them. Rafe gets the address of a dwelling that fits the kidnapper’s profile. He tells Sami they will talk later and rushes out. Sami returns home and tells EJ that she damaged her relationship with Rafe by having kept the secret from him. EJ advises her to concern herself with her daughter and nothing else. He “believes” she and Rafe will work out just fine. Meanwhile, Anna can’t find her boots, and lies to EJ about missing her plane. When she finally finds them she realizes they don’t fit in her suitcase. Later, Rafe enters the cottage.

Daniel tells Victor that he is Melanie’s father. While he doesn’t want Victor badmouthing Carly, he admits he’s not her biggest fan either. He’s concentrating on his relationship with Melanie, and is having doubts that she’ll come to accept him. Victor urges Daniel to stick by his daughter. One of Victor’s greatest joys came from his late-in-life discovery of his grown children Isabella and Bo. Daniel is moved. Vivian taunts Carly. She’ll only be satisfied when Carly is behind bars, alone and away from everything she loves. Later, Victor informs Vivian that Daniel is Melanie’s father. Vivian says she finally got her revenge. Carly has lost everything. Later, Carly leaves a message for Bo. She’s going to plead guilty at the hearing. Chloe tells Nicole about her hysterical pregnancy, the whole story about Daniel being Melanie’s father, and her concern that Daniel’s focus will be on Carly. Chloe is proved correct when Daniel later asks about prison, and she realizes he’s concerned about Carly being sent there. EJ offers Arianna a job. Surprised, she promises to think about it. When EJ goes, Brady tortures Arianna in a fun way before finally proposing. This time, she says yes. Sami insists Rafe talk to her about how he feels. Rafe admits he’s hurt, but the love they have for each other overcomes the problems in their relationship. Sami, however, is sure that her betrayal of trust will come back to haunt them. Rafe gets the address of a dwelling that fits the kidnapper’s profile. He tells Sami they will talk later and rushes out. Sami returns home and tells EJ that she damaged her relationship with Rafe by having kept the secret from him. EJ advises her to concern herself with her daughter and nothing else. He “believes” she and Rafe will work out just fine. Meanwhile, Anna can’t find her boots, and lies to EJ about missing her plane. When she finally finds them she realizes they don’t fit in her suitcase. Later, Rafe enters the cottage. Daniel tells Victor that he is Melanie’s father. While he doesn’t want Victor badmouthing Carly, he admits he’s not her biggest fan either. He’s concentrating on his relationship with Melanie, and is having doubts that she’ll come to accept him. Victor urges Daniel to stick by his daughter. One of Victor’s greatest joys came from his late-in-life discovery of his grown children Isabella and Bo. Daniel is moved. Vivian taunts Carly. She’ll only be satisfied when Carly is behind bars, alone and away from everything she loves. Later, Victor informs Vivian that Daniel is Melanie’s father. Vivian says she finally got her revenge. Carly has lost everything. Later, Carly leaves a message for Bo. She’s going to plead guilty at the hearing. Chloe tells Nicole about her hysterical pregnancy, the whole story about Daniel being Melanie’s father, and her concern that Daniel’s focus will be on Carly. Chloe is proved correct when Daniel later asks about prison, and she realizes he’s concerned about Carly being sent there. EJ offers Arianna a job. Surprised, she promises to think about it. When EJ goes, Brady tortures Arianna in a fun way before finally proposing. This time, she says yes.

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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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