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DAYS Recap – May 23 – May 27th

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Rafe and Sami urge Rafe2 to admit the DiMeras hired him, but he remains uncooperative. They hit another dead end when they are unable to connect the imposter’s bankcard to EJ and Stefano. Rafe thinks it’s time to call in the police. EJ tells Stefano he’s pulling out of the shadier aspects of their family business; he wants to keep his nose clean. Stefano accepts this, but is not happy. At the same time, Taylor is torn about reporting EJ’s illegal dealings and culpability in Arianna’s death. She runs into Nicole and angrily declares she knows she’s blackmailing EJ. Nicole warns Taylor it’s none of her business – stay out of her marriage! Nicole orders her sister to leave town and then huffs off. Everything finally clicks into place for Taylor and she realizes Nicole has found out about her and EJ. Meanwhile, Nicole warns EJ about his priorities, and later tells Chloe she’s going to destroy Taylor. At the same time, Taylor confides in Lexie, and then calls EJ, saying they need to talk. Chloe and Quinn make love. Afterwards, Chloe has clearly warmed up to Quinn, and they agree to try dating. Chloe is excited about her new potential romance.

Chad surprises Abigail at the hospital. He was hoping they could spend their lunch breaks together all summer. Abigail is touched. Lexie mentions this to Stefano, who privately disapproves. He has Chad’s lunch schedule rearranged at DiMera Enterprises. Chad calls his father on it and warns he’ll see Abigail whether Stefano likes it or not. Carly pops a pill and puts the bottle back in her purse. She panics when Jennifer reaches into her purse, wanting to use her friend’s cell phone. Carly is relieved when Jennifer only finds Carly’s passport under her real name, Katerina von Leuschner. The two friends reminisce and have a heart-to-heart. Jennifer asks Carly how she feels about her dating Daniel. Carly lies, saying she thinks it’s great. Later, Carly goes to the hospital where she and Abigail collide. Abigail finds her meds.

To gather information on Rafe2, Sami calls Bo and asks about her “husband’s” recent behavior at work. Afterwards, she and Rafe try once more to get through to the imposter, who remains mum. Sami and Rafe finally settle on a plan. They arrive back in Salem, arm-in-arm, much to the shock of Will and Gabi. Earlier, Will comforts Gabi, who’s upset about the way “Rafe” left town. He assures her they are on solid ground, no matter what happens between his mother and her brother. Taylor tells EJ that Nicole knows about their relationship. He is stunned. Taylor also says she’s decided not to tell the police about his previous involvement in the drug trade. A grateful EJ swears he’s changed. Taylor admits she wants to be with him. Abigail asks Carly why she has medication for someone named Katerina von Leuschner. Edgy Carly claims it’s for her patient, and she lectures Abigail about doctor-patient confidentiality. Bo interrupts and expresses his concern for Carly since she never returns his phone calls. She puts up a good front, but he walks away more troubled than ever. Carly decides to take more pills. Vivian receives a text message from Stefano’s phone and eagerly goes to meet him at the Cheatin’ Heart. Kate shows up and plays head games with her before revealing she sent the text herself. She warns Vivian to stay out of her life. Vivian swears she’ll still get her revenge on Kate. Rafe’s impersonation of his imposter does not go smoothly with Will and Gabi, but he and Sami are determined to go ahead with their plan. Sami lets a shocked Stefano know that she and Rafe are back together. A flustered Stefano immediately calls EJ to inform him that their imposter is back. He is unaware it’s the real deal. EJ heads straight home to Stefano and Rafe bursts into the room, secretly wearing a wire. At the loft, Sami listens, hoping EJ and Stefano will implicate themselves. Taylor tells EJ she wants to be with him, thinking she knows everything there is about his past. Later, Taylor informs Nicole that she is not leaving town, and she hates her sister for what she’s done to EJ. The battle lines are quickly drawn between the two sisters, and they get ready for a major showdown. Carly spies Abigail and Melanie in a hushed conversation. Carly interrogates Abigail, worried she was gossiping about the medication she found. Abigail swears she hasn’t told anyone about her patient, Katerina. Meanwhile, Jennifer confesses to Daniel that Lawrence raped her. He questions her about that time in her life and Jennifer talks about her days at boarding school with “Katerina.” Abigail overhears and realizes Carly is Katerina! At the same time, Carly overdoses in her office. Adrienne asks Dario to deposit some money for the Cheatin’ Heart. He’s tempted to use the money to pay off Mike, the bookie, but ultimately decides against it. On the pier, Mike corners Dario and demands payment soon. Dario smoothly talks him into giving him more time, but Melanie comes by and misreads the situation. Fearing for Dario, she whacks Mike over the head, knocking him unconscious. Dario freaks. She just ruined everything! Will and Gabi make plans for the prom. He reveals he booked a room for them but they agree to play the night by ear – no pressure. From the loft, Sami listens in on Rafe’s wired conversation with EJ and Stefano, hoping they’ll say something that can put them in prison. Caroline interrupts Sami, having heard she and Rafe are back together. She demands to know why. Sami has a hard time covering and in a moment of frustration, lashes out at her grandmother. A hurt Caroline leaves. Meanwhile, Stefano tacitly warns EJ not to incriminate himself in front of Rafe2. Kate interrupts and is stunned to see Rafe. Stefano gets her out of the room while EJ grills Rafe about why he’s back. Rafe realizes he doesn’t know how his doppelganger would act and worries he’ll give himself away. He makes a quick exit before EJ can figure out the truth.  Taylor admits to Nicole she loves EJ. She tells her that she knows all about EJ being the former head of the drug ring and that Troy went rogue and killed Arianna. Nicole is taken aback, not knowing any of this, but covers. She realizes EJ has not told Taylor what he did to Rafe. She chooses to say nothing; instead telling Taylor to leave town or Nicole will send EJ to prison. Alone, Taylor worries about what she’s going to do. Abigail is disturbed by the news that Carly and Katerina are the same person but doesn’t reveal this to her mom or Daniel. Jennifer goes with Daniel to see Victor and sees a photo of Rebecca. Noting how beautiful she was, Jennifer privately fears she is not in the same league as Rebecca and Chloe.

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Carly regains consciousness after her overdose. Abigail confronts her about the pills. Carly admits the pills are for her, but lies that she is very ill and doesn’t want her family to know. Abigail agrees to keep Carly’s secret. Relieved she’s dodged a bullet; Carly is determined to stop taking drugs but decides to keep them for an emergency. Dario is furious with Melanie for knocking out Mike. Melanie swears she was only trying to help. Brady comes by and they are forced to explain all. When Mike comes to, Brady pays him off. Melanie hugs Brady as a jealous Dario watches.

Sami has a nightmare about being in bed with the imposter. The real Rafe comforts her. Later, EJ comes by to drop off Johnny and Sydney. Sami puts on a show as Rafe listens from the bedroom. Sami plays with EJ as he subtly tries to figure out why the “imposter” is back. Later, Rafe has an emotional reunion with Johnny and Sydney. Johnny thinks Rafe is back to his old self, and Rafe is forced to cover. Alone, Rafe tells Sami they need to move on to the next step of their plan. EJ returns to Stefano, who suddenly realizes why “Rafe” has returned. Chloe tells Maggie things are looking up for her. She’s earning money teaching music lessons and she’s met a new guy. Maggie warns her to take things slowly when it comes to dating. Meanwhile, Quinn continues to secretly run the drug business he bought from EJ. Chloe meets up with him, and he suggests they go on their first real date. Heeding Maggie’s warning, Chloe has second thoughts, but Quinn swears he’d be good for her. Carly fights withdrawal. She invites Daniel to dinner, but he already has plans with Jennifer. They instead make plans to have lunch with Melanie. Abigail asks Carly how she’s doing off Carly’s lie that she is ill. Carly continues the lie, but Jennifer comes upon them. Abigail covers and goes. Jennifer asks about Daniel’s late wife Rebecca. Carly can see Jennifer is feeling insecure about how she stacks up to Rebecca and Chloe. Carly stuffs her own feelings and assures Jennifer she has nothing to worry about. A grateful Jennifer thanks her friend and leaves. Carly has a sexual fantasy of Daniel and realizes she’s falling for him.  Maggie, encouraged by Jennifer, brings a Greek casserole to Victor. She admits she thinks their separation is wrong, and tells him he’s making a big mistake. However, he insists he’ll only hurt her and sticks to his decision to stay away. An equally stubborn Maggie refuses to give up on them. Chad once again warns Stefano not to meddle in his relationship with Abigail. Later, Chad confides to Abigail that aside from Stefano’s controlling nature, Chad appreciates that his father treats him like an adult.

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OMG i Love it Carly, talent, passion, commitment, realism, what else can we ask … Days I see just to see Crystal Chappell, I think is one of the most beloved actresses of the TV, for the dedication and passion that she gives each of her scenes .. CARLY Grande

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: John ‘Unmasks’ Kristen In Great, Soapy Cliffhanger

If you caught Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives, head writer Ron Carlivati and company served up a juicy, soapy, delicious reveal to the duped folks of Salem! The backdrop? Of course, … John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena’s (Deidre Hall) surprise wedding anniversary party where at the same location a year ago all hell broke loose … as it has now a year later!

In story. after putting all the pieces together in a montage of flashbacks and moments, John Black is the guy (and Kristen’s ex) who figures that Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) is at the Jarlena party in disguise, but as who?  Through recalling … what “Nicole” said to him, what Abe (James Reynolds) mentioned to him – that since Nicole (Arianne Zucker) came back to Salem she’s been like another person – and Kate (Lauren Koslow) mentioning how Maggie swore she saw Kristen, not Nicole, when Maggie went off the wagon, but no one believed her, things were coming clear to John!

And that to the fact that Eli (Lamon Archey) received a call from Xander (Paul Telfer) who swears he has been working for Kristen DiMera, and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) reporting that bit of news to John, he is hit with the major revelation.  After touching speeches by John …and as Marlena delivers hers about the man she loves, the duo share a kiss, but then John stops “Nicole” and Brady (Eric Martsolf) from leaving the party!

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What happens next is soap gold! John grabs “Nicole” and rips her hair and mask off.  Next, Kristen flips back her hair and reveals herself to the party-goers and it looks like it’s curtains for Kristen … as everyone is stunned by the bombshell and we fade to black.  The pick-up of this great cliffhanger was today (Friday), more on that later.

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Watch the final moments of Thursday’s DAYS as John “Unmasks” Kristen! Then let us know what you thought of the major moment via the comment section below.

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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.

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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.

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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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