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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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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DAYS Eric Martsolf and Stephen Nichols Named ‘Power Performances of the Week’

Last week’s Days of our Lives provided quite the backdrop for some stellar performances, as we had previously noted earlier in the week here.   However, there were a few scenes and moments that just stood out to us, that even when we watched them back for a second or third time, still got us choked up.

First, Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf (Brady) really deserves some major kudos here for his understated and effective work when Brady is finally given the truth – that his daughter Rachel is alive – and his brother Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) child, Mickey is the one who really died in a nefarious baby switch scheme thanks to Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston).

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Not only did Martsolf convey the joy that his daughter was alive juxtaposed with months of angst that preceded it, but he also showed the heartbreak knowing that Eric and Sarah’s (Linsey Godfrey) child did not survive.  In scenes with Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Greg Vaughan, and later with Stacy Haiduk (Kristen), where Brady tells Kristen their child is alive, Martsolf delivered.

Then, there was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who did what he does best, showing the vulnerability of Steve Johnson.  In key scenes following surgery to rid Steve’s head of the chip that made him believe and act like Stefano, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to explain her new relationship with Justin (Wally Kurth).  That alone is a shocking moment for Steve … and then he cannot understand how his sister and Justin broke up.  That is when Kayla has to tell Steve that his beloved sister, Adrienne (Judi Evans) had passed away a year ago following a tragic car crash.

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Steve is overcome with emotion and tears, as any brother would be who loves his sister, which made this all the more realistic.  It was heartbreaking watching Steve try to deal with finding out Adrienne was gone and then blaming himself for not being there for her.  It was made all the more hankie-inducing in a later scene, when he hugged his brother Jack (Matthew Ashford), as the two mourned the loss of their sibling.

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For these moments noted above, Michael Fairman TV names Eric and Stephen last week’s Power Performances of the Week.  

So, what did you think of Eric and Stephen’s work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Heartbreaking DAYS: Steve Learns Adrienne Died, An Anguished Sarah Lays Into Xander, Brady Tells Kristen Their Baby Is Alive

If you caught Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, it proved to be one of the more dramatic and emotional episodes of the year in soaps; featuring stellar performances from the cast.  First, knocking it out of the park was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who while in the hospital and regaining his true self back, learns from the love of his life, his sweetness, Kayla (Mary Beth), that she has moved on with another man in his absence.  Then, when Kayla admits she has been involved with Justin (Wally Kurth), he immediately questions her, “What about my sister? Did they split up again?” Confused and shocked, he tells Kayla she would never have an affair on Justin.  With nothing left to do but tell Steve the truth, Kayla has the painstaking task of telling him that his beloved sister, Adrienne died and the events that led to her death. Steve is gut-punched and breakdowns in tears over his sister’s death and that he was not there for her.  When Steve says she was such a good sister it is crushing moment as he says he will always love her.

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Later, when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Jack (Matthew Ashford) visit Steve in his hospital room, Steve hides his face.  Jack learns that Steve knows about Adrienne, as he sees Steve just overcome with grief, and goes to hug and comfort his brother.  Jack also tried to help Steve understand how Justin was devastated when Adrienne was killed and that Kayla was grieving the loss of her relationship with Steve, knowing she signed the divorce papers and he went MIA from Salem and did not contact her.

At the Kiriakis mansion, Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) is supposed to start her wedding to Xander  (Paul Telfer), but now she is armed with the truth that he switched her and Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) baby, with Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Kristen’s (Stacy Haiduk) … and her little girl actually died.  As Justin presides over their nuptials, Sarah is filled with moments of anger, hatred, and shock towards Xander.  He is not sure what is going on with her.  When it gets to the vows, Sarah finally blurts  “How could I marry you after what you did?” It is then he learns she knows he switched babies and let her fall in love with a child that was not hers!

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Sarah reveals to Xander that Eric told her everything on how he covered his tracks and passed off Brady and Kristen’s baby as hers, Justin leaves and once he’s gone, Xander tries to explain he did the switch for her, because he loves her and she had gone through so much.  Sarah, who is an emotionally fragile state, hears Xander suggest that they take Mickey and run away.  She tells him she is going upstairs with Mickey (Rachel) and when she comes down she wants him gone and she never wants to see him again.  Realizing he has been found out and his plans have blown up in his face, Xander collapses to the floor.  Upstairs with the baby, Sarah doesn’t know how to let her go.  And in the cliffhanger of the entire episode, an overwrought Xander turns and sees that Eric has showed up, ready for a confrontation …. and to see Sarah.

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Brady, who has been through an emotional rollercoaster learning from Eric and Nicole (Arianne Zuvker) that baby Rachel is alive, and that it is now his brother, Eric who is grieving the loss of a child, goes to find Kristen to tell her the shocking, and yet wonderful news.  He finds her at the gravesite of their believed-to-be-dead daughter.  As she continue to grieve the loss of their child, it is then Brady tells her that their little girl is alive!. Kristen begins to understand the revelation when Brady reveals that “Mackenzie” has the same birthmark as Rachel. and he has DNA test results to prove she’s theirs.  At first, Kristen is too scared to believe this could be true, but she reads the DNA results and is overjoyed.  Just then, Eric and Nicole arrive at the gravesite. Brady hugs his brother and Kristen tells Eric how sorry she is, even though she knows he does not like her for what she has done in the past to him.   Then, Eric and Nicole have a moment at the gravesite, as an emotional Eric says goodbye to his daughter.

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Later at their home, Kristen says she wants to go get Rachel.  Brady says they need to give Sarah and Eric a day to grieve before barging over to the Kiriakis mansion to claim their baby.  Kristen tells Brady she is not sure she can wait another day.  When she starts questioning how the hospital messed up the birth of the babies, it is then she learns that Xander was behind the baby switch; and as expected, that was not going to sit well with Kristen!

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Kudos to Eric Martsolf, Lindsey Godfrey, Greg Vaugha, Stacy Haiduk, Paul Telfer, Mary Beth Evans and the aforementioned Nichols for their performances in this episode that featured several hankie x 10 moments.

So, what did you think of this episode of DAYS? Were you emotional through it? Did you enjoy the work of the cast? Comment below.

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