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DAYS Recap – May 14 – May 18th

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

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As part of the ISA plan to rattle Stefano, Billie tells EJ that his father was responsible for the tip that led to the charges against John being dropped. EJ is furious since Stefano had previously denied this accusation. He goes to confront him, and Stefano finally admits the truth. EJ warns he still intends to take control of the DiMera Empire even though he’s not a blood relative and will use every underhanded trick Stefano ever taught him to achieve his goal.  With the help of ISA technology, Hope uncovers a jeweler’s mark on Stefano’s half-coin. It belongs to an Italian jeweler who has served the DiMera family for generations. Hope and Bo tell Shane they want to go to Italy to get information from the jeweler about why this coin is so important to Stefano. Meanwhile, Stefano demands that Agent Harmon get the coin back from the ISA. Harmon heads to the ISA office … will he discover Bo and Hope?

Roman brings Austin to the safe house where he nearly walks in on Carrie and Rafe kissing. While Austin speaks with Carrie privately, Roman tells Rafe he should respect Carrie and Austin’s marriage and keep his distance from his daughter. Carrie makes another attempt to tell Austin she wants to end their marriage, but Roman interrupts before she gets the chance. Once alone, Rafe and Carrie agonize over hurting Austin, but also know in their hearts they must be together. Lexie watches as Cameron bonds with Theo. Cameron explains he worked with autistic children during his residency. Lexie asks her half-brother to be part of her son’s life after she’s gone. She regrets she won’t be able to offer Theo guidance in the future. Celeste and Cameron come up with an idea for Lexie to make a series of DVDs that Theo can watch as he grows older.

At ISA headquarters, Bo and Hope manage to hide just as Agent Harmon enters the office. They watch in frustration as he steals Stefano’s prized coin. Meanwhile, John and Marlena knock heads with Shane over how to defeat Stefano. When Bo and Hope report the coin is gone, everyone is rocked, knowing this is a game changer. Now that Stefano is in possession of it, he could leave town at any moment and their window of opportunity to bring him down could pass. After hearing Stefano is about to make a deal with an arms trafficker, they decide to set up a sting, feeding misinformation to Stefano via his spy. They hold their breath, praying this will work.  Sami tells Lucas she knows he took the fall for Will in EJ’s shooting. She’s not happy about being kept in the dark but she’s grateful for what he sacrificed for their son. When she learns Lucas has known all along that EJ was blackmailing Will, she explodes with anger. How could he keep that from her? Will walks in on this and is amused that his mother is angry with someone else for lying. It leads to a fight between them where their frustrations are all laid bare. As the tension rises, Will decides it’s finally time to come clean … and he reveals to his parents that he is gay!

Gabi realizes her lie about having a stalker is getting harder and harder to keep up. First, Will all but insists she get out of town until it’s resolved … which of course would leave Chad alone with Melanie. Gabi balks at this. Next, when she pretends she’s being followed, Melanie puts her foot down and says this is a job for the police. Gabi has to do some tap dancing to convince everyone not to go to the authorities. Even though she succeeds, she still has to watch as Melanie and Chad move off hand-in-hand. Maggie informs Melanie and Chad that she bought the day spa.  John, Bo and Hope explain their plan to Rafe – they are going to meet with Vladimir Nevsky, an international illegal arms dealer. Acting as prospective buyers, they want to outbid Stefano’s original offer. They know Stefano will catch wind of this, causing him to contact Nevsky, and then they will bust him for arms trafficking. They nervously wait to hear if Shane can set up a meeting. He does, and the four head off to meet with Nevsky, who is suspicious of their intentions. John manages to win him over. They are about to close the deal when Nevsky gets a text and has his men pull guns on the foursome. Nevsky says he knows who they are and why they are really here.

Sami and Lucas react in shock to Will’s admission that he is gay. Sami is particularly hard hit, not able to believe she didn’t know what her son was going through. Reeling from the shock and guilt, Sami flees, leaving a devastated Will.  Will and Lucas have a serious heart-to-heart about what Will has gone through. Lucas admits he’s disappointed because he imagined a different future for his son. Will assures his dad he can still be happy but then asks Lucas the key question – can his father accept him being gay? Meanwhile, Sami runs into EJ, who deduces that Will has come out. Sami confides that she feels like a terrible mother. How could she have not known? EJ is the voice of reason and gently points out she’s looking at this all wrong. She’s thinking of herself, not Will. She needs to be there for her son.  Earlier, EJ visits Nicole, hoping she will be more receptive to him now that Rafe is gone. Nicole insists she doesn’t want EJ in her life or in that of her baby’s. She still claims the child is Rafe’s. EJ refuses to let this go and warns he will always be a part of her life now that she’s carrying his child. He leaves Nicole shaken.

Madison, Kate and Brady prepare for an important meeting with Serge, the fashion editor. They want to convince Serge to promote the Mad World/Basic Black joint venture to make it a huge success. While no one is looking, Ian manages to slip drugs into Brady’s protein powder and shake. When Brady shows up at the pub, he is high as a kite and Nicole tries to stop him from going into the meeting. Brady gets past her and royally screws things up. Serge informs Kate and Madison he cannot support their project when Brady is such a liability. Later, furious Madison confronts Brady, asking if he’s drunk or high. Brady denies both. Ian shows up to check out his handiwork, and Brady is devastated that he’s ruined everything.  John, Bo, Hope and Rafe are held at gunpoint by the arms dealer, Nevsky, and his thugs, who have discovered their true identities. John and the others smoothly and cleverly talk Nevsky down by “explaining” their motives for wanting to outbid Stefano. John is a long-standing enemy of Stefano’s, Bo and Hope are disgruntled cops and Rafe is ex-FBI who also has a personal score to settle with DiMera. The dealer buys it. Before the sale actually takes place, John, Bo, Hope and Rafe overpower the mercenaries, arrest them, and prepare to carry out their sting on Stefano.

Sami continues to confide in EJ about the way she reacted to Will revealing he’s gay. EJ is supportive and encourages Sami to go back to Will and do what she should have done in the first place: tell him she loves him unconditionally. Sami thanks him and leaves to do exactly that.  Meanwhile, Will presses Lucas to answer his question: Does Lucas accept him being gay? Lucas says Will should never doubt that and tells a story from Will’s childhood, relating it to his current state. Will tells his father how he was able to confide in Marlena while he was going through all this. Sami returns to hear him praise Marlena. She lashes out at Will for confiding in Marlena instead of her. Will can’t believe his mother is making this about her, yet again. He storms out. Lucas tells Sami she has to fix this or she’s going to lose her son forever.

At the pub, Abe helps Lexie work on the next item on her “bucket list”: going to Paris with Chad, Melanie, Cameron and Celeste. During the planning, Lexie asks Kayla to please be there for Abe after she’s gone. Kayla promises. Abigail arrives and thinks what they’re doing is wonderful. She shares her love for Paris with Cameron, and they discover they have a lot of favorite places in common. Chad and Melanie see their growing attraction and, playing matchmaker, they suggest Abigail come along. In a moment alone, Celeste reminds Cameron to be careful … she sees danger surrounding Abigail. EJ arrives and tells everyone he’s arranged for a private jet. A disappointed Lexie hears from her specialist that she’s not well enough to travel. Abe slips out with Chad, EJ and Cameron and after much mystery; they eventually bring Lexie to the town square which has been transformed into a replica of Paris. Lexie is thrilled and beyond touched.

John, Bo, Hope and Rafe have all donned disguises in anticipation of Stefano’s arrival. Bo, taking the lead, wears an electronic voice-altering device to pass as the arms dealer Stefano was supposed to meet. A furious Stefano arrives, having heard that someone was trying to outbid him. Bo gets him to confess his intention to buy illegal arms and then re-sell them. Having gotten his confession on tape, the group reveals themselves and Stefano is arrested. Carrie continues to confide in Marlena about wanting to be with Rafe once they come out of hiding from Stefano. Carrie feels a bit nauseous and Marlena shocks her by suggesting she may be pregnant. Sami and Lucas discuss how she has to do everything she can to make things right with Will. She has to let him know she loves him and accepts him being gay. They also argue a bit about how much time she seems to spend with EJ.

At the town square, Abe and Lexie enjoy the recreation of a night in Paris with their friends and family. Abigail and Cameron continue to grow closer – much to Celeste’s dismay. Gabi arrives and hates seeing Chad and Melanie together. She plays the “stalker” card to turn their attention away from each other and onto her. Abigail remains suspicions about Gabi. Lexie and EJ talk about Nicole, and Lexie hopes he’ll find true love soon. Sami happens by and EJ asks how it went with Will. Sami admits not so good. EJ tells her she can’t give up and as he provides support, Lucas moves in and sees them together.  Maggie has arranged a private dinner to celebrate Victor’s birthday. Lucas drops by to wish him well. He also thanks Maggie for never judging him and helping him during what was probably the hardest time of his life. While Maggie sees him out, Henderson comments on Victor’s happiness. Victor thinks of how he gave Maggie’s stolen eggs to Daniel’s parents and hopes his wife never learns the truth. Maggie, having heard, confronts him: “The truth about what? “

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Thanks to spoilers, not as excited as I would have been about Stefano’s arrest. Liked the team effort of Bo, Hope, John, and Rafe at the warehouse.
Chandler continues to shine as Will. Loved that Lucas and Will are reconnecting.
Can’t warm up to Cameron. No offense to Schylur Yancey, but I wish he would go away, and take Gabi with him!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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What Did You Think of the Premiere of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’?

Today was the debut of the well-publicized and highly-anticipated DAYS streamer limited-series: Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem which dropped on Peacock at 3:01am EST Monday morning.

If you have not seen the first episode, and intend on watching it,  do not read any further as it contains moments and story points – however, if you have seen the premiere read on!

At the beginning is an updated version of the traditional iconic series opening of DAYS, hourglass and all, but wait for it! It’s not the late MacDonald Carey’s voice who is welcoming us in to watch the drama unfold, but none other than Deidre Hall (Marlena) who gets the nod.  Deidre voices-over: “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our Lives” cue the new logo for the limited series.  We also get an opening title sequence after the prologue of the episode complete with location shots and the cast members names!

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In this throwback to the 90’s high adventure and escapades in soaps, we learn that in 1991 the Alamainian Peacock was stolen by Hope acting as Princess Gina. Shane Donovan has come to John and Marlena in Zurich needing their help, because the peacock featured six different and precious gemstones: a citrine, an amethyst, a ruby, emerald, sapphire, and an orange diamond.  Although the peacock was recovered, the stones were not and we are off to the races in this case of the missing jewels caper.  Shane wants John and Marlena to be an American couple who want the gemstones at an auction, but he tells them there is danger involved.  Jarlena are most them up for the task!

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Meanwhile, Tony and Anna visit Carrie and Austin and can sense the trouble in their marriage.  Carrie is upset.  Apparently, Austin had too much to drink and brought up Rafe to Carrie.  Wanting to make amends, Austin wants to get his wife a sapphire necklace, which Anna goes a ga-ga for in the photo Austin shares. But not wanting Carrie to know what he is up to he asks Tony and Anna to go the auction to bid on it.

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Lisa Rinna makes her return as Billie Reed, but dressed undercover as kind of a Princess Gina lookalike, long hair, tiara, and all. She gets busted by Ben and Ciara and tells them she is undercover watching the amethyst in the jewelry shop that Ciara was loving on to Ben. But as they talk about Ben being a serial killer and all, someone went in and bought the jewel spoiling Billie’s plan.

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In Miami, turns out Paulina has the orange diamond, and in one of the funniest bits, goes and on how Michelle (Obama) in the White House gifted her the ring as Abe, Eli and Lani look on perplexed.  Later, when everyone tells her not to go out on the town with that ring on, she insists, but bad news.  While the foursome are dining, two henchmen with guns come a-calling!

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Elsewhere in Phoenix, Chad comes to visit Will and nuSonny, now played by Zach Tinker (who delivered in his emotional scenes in his debut). Turns out WilSon seem to be having marital problems. .. again!  Sonny thinks Will is cheating on him.  Will says he is working on a top-secret assignment and has to go to the office.  Later, when Chad calls to see if Will is where he says he is at, he is not there.  Sonny springs into action and goes to Will’s computer and finds an email that he is meeting someone at a resort and spa.  Best buds, Chad and Sonny, hightail it to the resort and land outside Will’s suite.  When Sonny knocks on the door he is surprised to see Leo Stark … in a robe!  Something tells us each episode will end with a guest star popping up, but we shall see and the let the games begin!

So, what did you think of the premiere episode of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem? What was your favorite part? What did you think of Zach Tinker in his debut as Sonny? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But, first vote in our ‘Beyond Salem” premiere poll and cast your vote below.

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