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DAYS Recap – May 28 – June 1st

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EJ is livid when Will confesses that Stefano forced him to make sure Rafe found out EJ and Sami slept together. Stefano blackmailed Will, knowing he shot EJ. EJ rips into Will for betraying him, then confronts Stefano for causing him to lose Nicole. Stefano insists Nicole isn’t any good for EJ, but also argues that EJ shouldn’t blame him. Ultimately it was EJ’s mistake in sleeping with Sami that led to Nicole breaking it off with him. He questions if EJ is in denial about his feelings for Sami. Now that Stefano knows EJ is not his son, however, he claims EJ’s love life is immaterial to him. EJ argues Stefano’s interference has cost him Nicole and his child. Since Stefano has destroyed his life, EJ warns he will destroy him in return. Stefano speaks with the grandson of Santo’s family jeweler. Stefano demands the jeweler search his grandfather’s records for information about what is on the other half of the coin and what the code means. Lexie’s condition continues to deteriorate, but she puts on a brave front for Abe, Bo and Hope. Privately, Abe admits to Bo and Hope how anguished he is at the prospect of losing Lexie, and he makes an ominous threat against Stefano for causing her condition. Lexie shares emotional moments with her friends, essentially saying goodbye. Once they leave, Abe realizes that his wife is barely holding it together. Lexie reveals her health is going downhill faster than she expected. After their visit with Lexie, Hope and Bo agree with Abe that Stefano must be held accountable. In private, Bo takes out a secret gun.

Austin is elated over the news that Carrie is pregnant, but she and Rafe are deeply shaken. Once alone, Rafe and Carrie come to the mutual realization that the baby means they can’t possibly be together. They share a heartbreaking, emotional farewell. Nicole supports Rafe as best she can, but it’s clear his world has been turned upside down.  Abigail is jealous when she hears Cameron making plans with another woman. It turns out to be a patient of Lexie’s. Abigail admires Cameron for trying to fill the void for his sister’s patients. Cameron can’t help wondering why Abigail isn’t already dating someone. Without going into specifics, Abigail admits she made some terrible mistakes. Cameron appreciates her honesty. They end their date with a sweet kiss. Jack and Jennifer celebrate their anniversary, happy to have overcome all obstacles. They share their day with Abigail, who also ropes Cameron into the celebration. He endears himself to mom and dad, showing real potential as a suitor for their daughter. Jack and Jennifer later spend quality time alone together, reminiscing about the ups and downs that brought them to where they are today. Cameron gets called back to one of Lexie’s patients but doesn’t leave without securing another date with Abigail, who is beyond pleased to be seeing him again.

It’s an emotionally gut-wrenching day for Lexie and EJ, who both know this might be one of the last times they see each other. Underlying all is EJ’s newfound truth that he’s not Stefano’s son. He doesn’t tell Lexie at first and when she asks him the huge favor of giving up his mayoral seat for Abe, she doesn’t understand when he says it’s all he’s got. She reminds him he carries the DiMera name, under which so much more can be done. Finally, and because he knows Lexie is the only person he can trust, EJ explains why he can’t use the DiMera name. He isn’t Stefano’s son. As Lexie processes this news, EJ fears he’ll lose her as his sister, but when she sees his fear, she rushes to reassure they’re not tied by blood but by hearts and souls and promises she will never leave him – even after death. Still, EJ can’t bring himself to grant the favor of giving Abe his mayoral seat and Lexie assures she won’t hold it against him. Anxious Will is still trying to find EJ, worried about what he’ll do now that he knows Stefano enlisted him to break up him and Nicole. Instead of finding EJ, however, Will finds his mother. She wants to mend fences after their last conversation in which Will came out. Sami begs him to hear her out. He does and Sami surprises him by her blanket acceptance of who he is. Just when it looks like they might be able to move on from their past, Will admits she might not be as accepting of him once she finds out he’s responsible for the destruction of her marriage to Rafe. Sami doesn’t see how that’s possible until Will admits he made sure Rafe found out she slept with EJ.

Nicole and Rafe arrive at Daniel’s office for the paternity test EJ ordered. Nicole is all nerves as she wonders aloud if there’s any way to change the results. Daniel balks at the risk of his medical license. Agitated EJ arrives, demanding the test be done immediately. His behavior reminds Nicole exactly why she doesn’t want him in her child’s life. Later, Nicole takes matters into her own hands and changes the labels on the DNA samples. She’s almost finished doing so when Daniel returns to his office and sees her at his desk.

Sami is stunned speechless off Will’s admission that he was the one who made sure Rafe found out she slept with EJ, but she doesn’t blame her son completely. She feels he was manipulated by Stefano. When Will makes it clear he’s more worried about how he hurt EJ than that he hurt his own mother, however, Sami loses it. Will leaves to track down EJ. Unfortunately for him, EJ is in no mood for his apologies and ends up stripping his protégé of everything he gave him, leaving Will devastated. Will arranges to buy a gun and realizes how desperate he feels. At the same time, Sami commiserates with Rafe about how her own son chose someone else’s side over hers. Despite her betrayal, Rafe feels for Sami. He speaks to their broken relationship, as well as hers with Will, when he suggests Sami think about the fallout before she acts in the moment next time.

Lexie and Stefano share what are very likely their last moments together. EJ runs into Abe and informs him of Lexie’s request to have him step down as mayor so Abe could have his old job back. Abe makes it clear, even if EJ were to comply (and he knows he wouldn’t), he wouldn’t accept anything from a DiMera. Off this, Abe heads home to find an emotional Stefano lingering as Lexie rests in the next room. They have words and Abe lambastes Stefano for his part in Lexie’s illness. Stefano is wracked with guilt and assures Abe he hates that he had anything to do with it – just in time for Lexie to hear. Horrified Stefano shares a look with his daughter, who walks out of the room. Stefano leaves to grieve his loss and guilt alone while Abe comforts Lexie. Lucas runs into EJ, who informs him he fired his son. Meanwhile, in a seedy part of town, Will obtains a gun. Gabi almost catches him with it. Will walks her back to a better area, then braces himself to take action against Stefano. Will runs into Marlena and reveals EJ fired him because of what Stefano made him do. Marlena presses Will about why he would do Stefano’s bidding. He admits Stefano was blackmailing him, but doesn’t go into the specifics. Later, Will runs into Lucas and drops the bag with the gun. Lucas demands to know what Will is doing with a gun.

Stefano laments Alexandra’s imminent death and his role in it. He gets a call regarding his father’s coin. He intends to continue the investigation himself. EJ arrives, brandishing proof Stefano was in fact responsible for the gases in the tunnel that led to Lexie’s illness. Stefano reveals Lexie already knows. She overheard Abe reaming him out over this. It kills Stefano that Lexie knows he’s responsible. EJ argues Stefano deserves every ounce of pain he gets. A heated confrontation builds, in which EJ tells Stefano it’s terribly wrong that someone as good as Lexie should be dying because of Stefano. EJ wants to honor the promise he made to her to look after the family. He doesn’t want Chad and Theo to suffer the way he and Lexie have suffered because of Stefano … and then EJ pulls out a gun. Roman warns Bo, Hope, John and Marlena not to try to bring Stefano down on their own because it’s against the law. They reassure Roman, but then privately, John, Bo, Hope and Marlena ready their weapons, clearly intent upon killing Stefano.

Abigail tells Chad and Melanie she thinks it’s odd they are never with Gabi when she’s contacted by her stalker. She thinks it’s possible Gabi is making up the stalker to get Chad’s attention. Chad doesn’t believe this, while Melanie is on the fence. At the same time, Gabi hires a photographer’s assistant named Andrew to be her stalker. She calls Chad to say she’s being followed. Chad shows up and chases away the “stalker.” Chad, Melanie and Abigail realize the stalker is real, not someone Gabi made up. Daniel catches Nicole red-handed switching the paternity test. Nicole admits she’s not thinking clearly knowing tomorrow EJ will know the truth. Vulnerable, she opens up to Daniel about how tough her life has been, dealing with this alone. Daniel understands, having felt alone after he lost Jennifer. They come together in a surprising kiss that builds in passion. They are interrupted when the lab calls, asking for the test samples. Daniel takes them. Both Nicole and Daniel are surprised by their unexpected connection.

John, Marlena, Bo and Hope have all gone their separate ways and now each has a gun, struggling with the notion that the only way to finally defeat Stefano may be to end his life. At the same time, EJ faces down Stefano with a gun of his own. Though Stefano taunts him, EJ finds he cannot pull the trigger. Stefano is next confronted by Abe, who is consumed with anger and hatred for what is happening to Lexie. Abe realizes that to pull the trigger and shoot Stefano in cold blood would be to become no better than Stefano himself. Stefano laughs, telling Abe he is a weak man. Abe leaves his gun behind in Stefano’s home, wanting nothing anything to do with it or its temptations.

Kate is working late with Ian when she receives not only divorce papers from Stefano but also a letter revealing he intends to invoke legal means to keep her from working at Titan. She shakes with rage, pushed to the edge … and once she’s alone, she pulls out a gun.

Lucas has found Will with a gun. Shocked, Lucas demands to know what his son is doing with it. Will covers, claiming it belongs to EJ. Lucas takes it from Will and leaves to lock it up until it can be returned to EJ. Will storms off, frustrated and unpredictable.  One by one, Stefano receives a visit from each of his tormented adversaries and he reminds them he’s won before and will do so again. He intends to stick around for a long time and enjoy their misery. Where before John, Marlena, Bo, Hope, Abe, Kate, Will and EJ were struggling with the idea of murder, it now seems they may have no choice. As a storm rages outside the mansion, Stefano celebrates his victory with a cigar and brandy, enjoying his favorite opera. And that’s when a figure enters from behind, picks up Abe’s gun … and fires!

 

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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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