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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 Wally Kurth Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Mark our words! Next year, Days of our Lives Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) will once again be nominated for a Daytime Emmy for this week’s emotional and deeply-touching work on key episodes of the NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers saw, this was to be the happy nuptials of Justin and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), who found love again after losing the previous loves of their lives.  They were dear friends to begin with, who through a set of horrific circumstances, found comfort with one another which eventually turned to love.

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Problem was; Justin overheard Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) before the ceremony discussing Steve’s (Stephen Nichols) feelings for Kayla and that he wants her back; something Kayla is unaware of.  So what will he do?  The noble thing and tell her the truth, or keep it to himself and marry her anyway?

As the Intel of what he learned weighed heavier and heavier on Justin, in the most dramatic of moments (when he was to say his “I do’s”), Justin stopped the ceremony and bared all to Kayla: that Steve wants her back and how Steve saw him propose to her and that is why he backed off.  Armed with the knowledge and that her friends and family kept it from her, Kayla does not know what to do.  Justin helps made it easy and clear for her when he questions her … if they would be standing here getting married, if Steve had told her his true feelings before Justin proposed to her?

Justin goes on to say to Kayla that maybe she has been avoiding her true feelings for Steve, because she did not want to hurt him.  Then Justin tells Kayla that he visited his late wife Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) grave, and told her that if things were different, and if she was alive they would still be married, and Kayla would be their dear, dear friend.

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With seeing the look on Kayla’s eyes, Justin knows she loves Steve.  Heartbroken, but caught in an untenable situation, Justin tells Kayla he is happy for her.  Kayla wraps her arms around Justin as they both cry.  Kayla says she never wanted to hurt him, and when Wally as Justin says, “I know, honey,” it was one of the most honest and ten-hankie moments of the entire scenario.   Justin kisses her, tells the guests there will be no wedding today, and exits the Kiriakis mansion.

The emotional drama continues in the aftermath as Justin is at Kayla’s apartment boxing up all of his belongings and tears up recalling their nights together listening to jazz and cooking dinner.  Sonny (Freddie Smith) finds his dad, and tells him he did the noble thing and that time will heal all wounds, but after Sonny leaves, Justin breaks down a bit further before exiting Kayla’s for good.

And if that was not enough, Justin goes back to Adrienne’s gravesite to update her on the wedding that did not happen.   He talks to her that he understands Kayla and Steve’s deep and enduring love, which was just like theirs was.  Next, Justin thinks he is seeing Adrienne, when none other than Bonnie Lockhart (Judi Evans) reveals she is back in Salem – talk about kicking a guy when he is down!

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Throughout this entire saga, moment to moment, Kurth delivered raw, genuine, adult emotions, in a very complex adult story and relationship.   In fact, the cast and crew thought so, too!  When Wally as Justin told Kayla that he can’t marry her and the speech that followed and his exit from the mansion that followed, all those on set applauded for him.  His work was that moving.   Wally was ably assisted throughout by the outstanding work of Mary Beth Evans in these scenes.

2020, while a difficult year for everyone thus far, has been a particular great year for Kurth on Days; as over the last six months he has really had a chance to shine in this story.  So for all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV gives the “Power Performance of the Week” kudos to Wally Kurth.

Did you love Wally’s performance this week on Days? Did you reach for the hankies? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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DAYS Elani Wedding (Photos): What Did You Think Of The Nuptials?

This week on Days of our Lives saw the first African-American couple to be married on-screen in the 54-year history of Days of our Lives.  Now while Lani (Sal Stowers) and Eli (Lamon Archey) tried before in a previous ceremony, this one did the job … they are now officially husband and wife!

The ceremony was attended by Lani’s dad, Abe Reynolds (James Reynolds), her mother Tamara Price (Marily McCoo), Billy Davis Jr.  as a former FBI mentor to Eli, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) – it was her restaurant after all and she is Eli’s grandmother.  Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) presided over the ceremony.

There were some unwelcome guests at the ceremony as well; leading the bride to question, are we doomed?  Why does this keep happening to us everytime we tried to get hitch!

However, fate was on Lani and Eli’s side this day, as even Gabi (Camila Banus) with her antics, and a shocking arrival from Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel), couldn’t rain on this day.  Vivian even tried to shoot the bride, but thanks to Rafe (Galen Gering) saving the day and armed with news that her son Stefan (Brandon Barash) could be alive; he informs Viv firmly that she would be killing someone for the wrong reason, even though Vivian is in disbelief that her son is alive.  Next, she is whisked out of the ceremony.

Lani still feeling rattled by all the wedding interruptus gets a sign she should marry the man she loves; when her mother, who needed to go lie down earlier, as she was feeling faint, was able to show back up just in time to restart the wedding.

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During the ceremony, Eli mentions the loss of little David Abraham and the struggles they went through, but how in the end it brought then closer together.  After the rings are exchanged and they are pronounced man and wife, the newlyweds “jump the broom” a wonderful tradition and a symbol of African-American heritage, where the sweeping of the broom signifies sweeping away all the bad energy.  After they sweep the broom, Elani jumps over it.

In a behind-the-scenes of the wedding segment released this week on the DOOL app, Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey talk about the inclusion of the ‘jump the broom’ moment in the episode, and how they suggested the idea to DAYS Co-EP Albert Alaar, and how  it was written into the episode.

So, what did you think of Lani and Eli’s wedding? Did you enjoy it? Let us know via the comment section below, but first check out this wedding photo gallery of the big day!

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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