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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.

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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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena’s Exorcism Brings a United Front to Rid Satan

In a great episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it the return of Greg Vaughan as “Father” Eric Brady to exorcize the devil out of Marlena (Deidre Hall) for the second time in her lifetime, but it was not easy.

First, in the bedroom, Sami (Alison Sweeney) finds Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) almost untying the MarDevil, after Satan threatens him with revealing he was the one who kidnapped Sami and even tells Sami, that Lucas has been lying to her! Lucas worms his way out of the situation saying that he has been lying about his feelings for Sami.

Meanwhile, an overwrought John (Drake Hogestyn) is so happy to see Eric in his mother’s time of need.  When Eric takes off his coat, he reveals that he is once again a man of the cloth – priest collar and all.  Eric fills John in that it was actually Nicole (Arianne Zucker) who made him come to the realization that he wanted to serve God again, when she told him that ‘collar or no collar, he has never changed.”

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Next, Eric meets the MarDevil and tells John to leave him alone with Satan.  MarDevil spews that Eric is an arrogant little man and that he will die.  Now the MarDevil questions how his parishioners who saw the videotape of him having sex with Kristen – although Eric reminds Satan he was drugged – would welcome him as a priest?  Next thing you know, MarDevil shows the infamous sex tape on a laptop! Then, Satan said she thought his true calling was working in “adult entertainment” not for God.

Going for the jugular, MarDevil morphs into OG Kristen (Eileen Davidson) and she is tied to the bed, cooing for Eric, for another roll in the hay.  Eric becomes drawn in and if it were not for Brady (Eric Martsolf) walking in on the scene, urging his brother to resist the devil’s tricks, who knows where this would have led!  But Eric does resist, and MarDevil returns, saying that the fallen priest and his boozy brother are no match for her!

Now that the family is all congregating in the living room not only has Brady arrived, but so too has Belle (Martha Madison), Allie (Lindsay Arnold), and Johnny (Carson Boatman).  Eric explains that they all need to band together to perform an exorcism on Marlena and rid the devil from her.  Lucas exits deciding it should be for immediate family only, and he is already concerned that Satan knows he kidnapped Sami.

In the bedroom, Marlena’s family surrounds the bed as Eric begins the exorcism.  The family prays as Eric asks everyone to join hands and say the Lord’s Prayer.  As they begin the prayer, wind begins to blow and the bed goes up and down as MarDevil is defiant that Marlena will never return.  When the bed settles down, everyone thinks it’s over, but MarDevil surprises everyone and still has a grip on Marlena.

MarDevil then verbally attacks Belle and reminds her that she was the first one to give up on Marlena when she was in a coma and how she cheats on the men in her life calling her a “cheap slut”.  That is followed in kind when MarDevil goes after Sami and calls her a “professional slut”.

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Eric insist the family talk directly to Marlena.  They all become a united front as MarDevil is struggling to maintain control.  Then, in a fantastic series of flashbacks, we see Marlena’s memories coming through of each of her family members – and of course, best one ever, of all-time, is John and Marlena reuniting on the pier.

You then hear MarDevil let out a scream “No!” and then she passes out.  After everything is once again still in the room. John sits next to Marlena and calls her “Doc”.  She wakes up, saved!  It’s the Marlena everyone knows and loves!  She is saved on Christmas.   We fade to black.

What did you think of Marlena’s exorcism 2.0 and the episode? Let us know in the comment section below.  But first, check out this tweet of the flashback memories contained with the episode as Marlena fights the devil!

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‘Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas’: What Did You Think of the Holiday Tale?

Riffing on Hallmark Channel holiday movies combined with inside Salem wink-winks and nudge-nudges, soap tropes, surprise returns and altered storyline shifts, Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas now streaming on Peacock, had something for everyone, that by the end of its almost one hour and twenty minute tale, you were in the holiday spirit.

In the streaming flick, Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Grant Tinker) are working hard to make sure Will makes his Christmas Eve deadline of turning in his holiday script. So the couple known as “WilSon” conjure up an altered “facts” story… sorta!

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Now, Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Marlena (Deidre Hall) are running the Brady Pub, because Roman has died.  Paulina (Jackée Harry) is now the Cruella de Vil of Salem aiming to put everyone out of business for her own gain.

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Sami learns that Sydney is her biological daughter (something that in the airshow happened years ago) in order for a redux of the classic bitch-slap scene between this version of evil Nicole (Arianne Zucker) and Sami.

Even though Nicole’s deception is revealed, she doesn’t end up completely alone after EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) dumps her for Sami.  A bum outside the Brady Pub hands her a tissue to wipe away her tears, and it’s revealed to be … Eric (Greg Vaughn in a cameo).

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Elsewhere, John (Drake Hogestyn) is not married to Marlena (Deidre Hall), but Kristen (Eileen Davidson) and they run the Inn.  Meanwhile, as per usual, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Kristen are lusting after each other … complete with one of the best scenes in the special, where a naked Brady, covers his private parts with cue cards that profess his love for Kristen (a la Love Actually).  Meanwhile, Marlena is longing for John, even though he is with Kristen.

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Paulina ‘s assistant turns out to be Leo (Greg Rikaart), and as he did in the previous Peacock streaming series … he saved the day! Leo, while going through files on Paulina’s desk, found a loophole that could save Salem business owners from being kicked to the curb.

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And it was great to see one of the finest actors, Blake Berris, back on the screen as Nick and longing for Gabi (Camila Banus).  You see, Will writes Nick into his script, while Sonny exclaims that Nick is dead. But this is a holiday tale, so whatever!

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In the end, it was the town pulling together for a holiday fundraiser to save themselves with a talent show hosted by Leo featuring: the return of Sonny Delight, Amanda Bottom and Belinda Chinashop, followed by a Santa strip from the hottest men in Salem and voila’ – it’s drag queens and half-naked guys that save the day!

So, what did you think of Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas ? What was your favorite part of it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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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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