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DAYS Recap – May 3 – May 7th

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Brady makes plans for romance with Arianna. Before things can take off, however, Gabi tracks down Arianna and needs her help with a school assignment. Arianna agrees to help, and she and Gabi take off. Later, Brady is amazed to find Nicole at his door, pleading for help. The connection between them remains, but Nicole pushes too far and Brady throws her out. At the Brady Pub, Nicole makes Arianna think something more went on. After Arianna goes to find Brady, Gabi confronts Nicole about her wicked ways. Baker is about to skip town when Hope finds him. He isn’t going anywhere. Hope reveals more of her new persona as she puts the screws to Baker. She opens up to him a bit and Baker eventually decides to stay in town and continue to work with Hope. Later, they attack Brady in the park. Stephanie realizes something is bothering Philip, but when she confronts him, he blows her off and leaves. Stephanie confides in Adrienne about Philip’s sudden attitude change. She fears that he has done something to jeopardize his marriage, which could result in Melanie rushing back to Nathan. Adrienne advises her not to worry so much, but Stephanie refuses to sit back and lose Nathan. Alone on the pier, she tosses her birth control in the trash. Nathan knows of Chloe’s affair, so is uneasy about her being with Daniel. Melanie and Carly discuss whether or not Chloe is truly the one for Daniel, and they share a nice moment. Meanwhile, the motel clerk convinces Chloe that someone, possibly Carly, must have been playing with her mind. They wanted her to think Daniel slept with Carly. Later, the motel clerk takes a call from Vivian and tells her Chloe has taken the bait. Vivian is pleased. Later, Melanie overhears Philip trying to warn Chloe about staying away from Carly and wonders what is up with that. At the same time, Chloe comes home to find Carly and loses it. She says she knows what Carly is doing to her and Daniel!   Hope takes her game to the next level as she marks her victim, Brady, with a distinctive symbol. Baker, meanwhile, pockets Brady’s expensive money clip. Hope goes home and self-medicates into a slumber. Roman and Carly find the mark on Brady’s chest. Roman realizes the mugger is trying to tell them something.

Arianna is upset that she can’t find Brady while Gabi and Nicole exchange words. When Nicole tries to leave, an injured Brady stumbles into her arms. Nicole is tender with him, and she and Gabi get him to the hospital. Arianna finally arrives, and Nicole notes how she doesn’t have an alibi. Chloe is ripping into Carly when Daniel comes home. After Carly leaves for work, Chloe lays out the whole sordid motel tale for Daniel, who is reeling. He is sure Carly didn’t do what Chloe thinks she did, but he figures she must have a legitimate reason for believing it. Together, they track down the motel clerk, who lies and says he’s never seen Chloe. Vulnerable, Chloe asks Daniel if he believes her, and he assures her that he does, but privately, he’s not sure what to think. Philip covers his guilt about sleeping with Chloe. He tells Melanie about Chloe’s hysterical pregnancy. Later, Melanie and Philip make love. Stephanie has thrown away her birth control pills and banishes all doubts about her plan as she and Nathan make love. However, someone find her pills in the trash… Sami picks up EJ from the hospital and is taking him home, but runs into Roman along the way. She tells him that she’s moving in with EJ. Roman thinks it’s a terrible idea. He asks her about Rafe. Sami explains she’s not sure when Rafe is coming back. EJ assures Roman that Sami will be fine, but he isn’t sold on the idea.

Kate overhears Stefano talking about Anna, but she doesn’t pursue it. Later, Sami and EJ arrive and Stefano welcomes them home. Sami and Kate have some words about Will, while Stefano assures EJ that Anna is tucked away. She won’t cost him anything with Sami. After a fight with Kate, Sami tells EJ she can’t live in the mansion. It’s a terrible idea. Anna is living the high albeit boring life in South America when she runs into Calliope Jones Bradford! Anna is shocked and even more so when it appears Calliope knows nothing about her taking Sydney. Calliope and Eugene are having tax troubles and are evading the IRS. She wonders if Anna is in trouble, too. Anna says she’s sort of trying to figure out her next step, whatever that may be. Calliope wants to hang out, but Anna is reluctant. Calliope leaves. Later, a guilty Calliope meets with Rafe. She’s made contact. Victor and Vivian dote on Brady. Victor vows to get to the bottom of his attack. Arianna shows up still feeling guilty that she wasn’t with Brady. Later, Nicole and Brady bond. Alone, Nicole expresses her hatred for Arianna and Vivian overhears. Vivian warns Arianna to be careful of Nicole. She’s definitely competition. Meanwhile, Nicole learns about an illegal gambling ring and wants to check it out for a story. Hope wakes up rested, but is thrown to find her make-up out. She talks to Ciara about it. She thinks her mommy left it out. Hope has a heart –to-heart with her daughter and tells her that if she wants to use her make-up she is more than happy to have a dress up night with her. Hope receives a call from Roman about Brady. She goes to the station and finds Victor. He thinks Hope is the wrong person for the case because of her responsibilities with Ciara. Hope disagrees. Roman shows her the symbol that was placed on Brady and Hope knows what it is. Hope asks Brady if a woman attacked him. She believes it was.

Rafe wires Calliope to work Anna and get her to confess the details of Sydney’s kidnapping. Calliope almost blows it, but finally wears Anna down and gets her to agree to tell her everything. Rafe listens in, hoping against hope that Anna will confess. Sami remembers EJ kissing her and decides she can’t live at the mansion after all. She goes, and EJ is devastated. Stefano tells him not to give up. He has a feeling Sami will be back. Just as Stefano predicted, Sami returns. A water pipe broke in her townhouse and it is too flooded to live there. Without much of a choice, Sami agrees to move into the mansion. EJ realizes Stefano was behind this. After Sami has it out with Will about living there, she turns to EJ for comfort and finally tells him about the kiss he doesn’t remember. Kate finds an old photo of herself and Madeline. Will accidentally gets a hold of the picture, and he and Chad realize that the two women used to be friends. Chad confronts his mom about it after Madeline tells him to stay away from Will. Madeline covers with Chad, but later, has it out with Kate over her son and Will seeing the picture. She threatens that Kate and Stefano have a lot more to lose than she does if their past comes out. Arianna and Gabi share sisterly moments. Arianna calls Rafe to find out how his investigation is going and she’s hopeful that if he solves Sydney’s kidnapping, he’ll get back with Sami. Gabi meets up with Chad and they talk about his mom. Chad decides to find out the connection between his mom and the DiMeras.

EJ is astonished to learn that he kissed Sami on the night he was mugged. He apologizes, and assures her he has no memory of the event. Unaware that EJ is hiding his true feelings; Sami swallows her own discomfort and goes for a family swim with him and Johnny. After the swim, the sexual tension between Sami and EJ is palpable, and it appears they will kiss. Calliope extracts the kidnapping tale from Anna and reports to Rafe that she’s got her confession on tape. Unfortunately, in her rattled state, she hasn’t gotten any information about an accomplice. Rafe sends her back in to get what he needs. Calliope’s persistent questions arouse Anna’s suspicions. Melanie finds Stephanie’s birth control pills in the possession of a homeless woman who was brought into the hospital. Melanie confronts Stephanie, who lies that she lost the pills. Melanie doesn’t believe her. Melanie contemplates telling Nathan, but when she seeks advice from Brady, he advises her against it. Later, Stephanie is angry when she checks up on Brady and realizes Melanie told him. Meanwhile, Melanie runs into Nathan and it appears she’s about to tell him the truth. Victor is upset about Brady’s mugging and vows revenge. He and Maggie wind up visiting Brady at the same time, and she is moved by his obvious compassion for his grandson. She asks him to drive her home and tells him she’s decided to help him mend fences with Philip. After arriving home, Maggie has a spell and collapses in Victor’s arms.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Who Killed Abigail?

It’s the end of Chabby! Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it the beginning of a murder mystery on the long-running NBC soap opera.

In story, with several people wanting Abigail Deveraux DiMera dead, it looks like someone stabbed her from the final moments of the episode, when Chad (Billy Flynn) comes upon his wife, when he returns home from a movie with their kids.  Chad finds Abby in their bed, bleeding and non-responsive. DAYS has teased the death of character for a few months now, and everyone learned it is Abigail, played by Lead Actress Daytime Emmy-nominee, Marci Miller, who has exited the series.

Now, the mystery begins … whodunit? Is it a vengefulLeo (Greg Rikaart), who was brandishing a knife after his call with Gwen (Emily O’Brien)? Could it be Gwen herself who called “someone” while the prison guard nodded off for a nap?  Somehow, made it out of prison and back in time and covered her tracks.  Could it be a drunken Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), who ruined his sobriety overcome with the knowledge that Chad told Abby, that he was the one who kidnapped Sami – a secret he doesn’t want to come out. Could it possibly be Kate (Lauren Koslow), who wanted to protect her son, Lucas’ secret, and went to shut Abby up … or could it be someone else?

DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati spoke to Soap Opera Digest on their latest issue on newsstands now, about the decision to kill-off the character of Abigail, expressing: “It was mostly for a practical reason because Marci was not going to be available to us full-time on contract and it made it challenging to tell story for Chad and Abigail.  So we didn’t really have the option to have Abigail around, and then that always becomes a problem when one-half of a couple is not going to be available to you. What’s the solution at that point?”

In addition, it appears that bringing back Kate Mansi to the role, was not going to solve the issue the show was faced with.  Carlivati explained: “Kate has been willing to come back, but may not necessarily want to come back on contract, so you risk being in the exact same position that then Kate leaves and what do we do? Then the option would be to recast yet again with someone who maybe is willing to be here on a more permanent basis, but then you’re dealing with a new face. We’ve been very lucky in recasting Abigail, but you don’t always know if that’s going to work. So ultimately, we decided to kill the character.”

But as Days of our Lives fans know, does anyone really stay “dead” dead in Salem?  The head scribe shared on that point: “We decided to do it (kill Abigail) knowing that we’re not saying it’s not a permanent death, but there is always that possibility that death is not permanent, especially on a soap opera and especially in Salem, so you feel that maybe you’re not closing off the future of that character forever. That said, this is not going to be an instance of the car going off the cliff and you don’t see the person again. This is going to feel permanent and we wrote it as permanent.”

So, who do you think will wind up being the culprit who murdered Abigail? What do you think about the decision to take the character off the canvas, with what looks like for good? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below. But first, check out the promo for next week’s episodes of DAYS and the returns of Cady McClain and Matthew Ashford as Jennifer and Jack who will grieve the loss of their daughter.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Ciara Saves Baby Bo with Assist from Heavenly Bo; Tripp Shifts Into Satan & Crashes Through Window

May Sweeps are in full bloom, and on Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the supernatural was front and center, and what Salemites hope will now and forever, put Satan behind them once and for all.

In story, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) is one tough mama. She and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) track down AllDevil (Lindsay Arnold) and her dastardly partner in crime, Charlie Dale (another guest return of Emmy-winner Mike Manning), as the devil starts the Ceremony of Transference to make their baby a mini-Satan. However, AllDevil has a plan to keep Cin at bay. She uses a protective pentagram wall, and electrocutes Ben from penetrating it.  Then, when Ciara has to save her baby, a white light comes upon her, and she is able to push through the barrier, push out Satan, and regain her baby boy in her arms.

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Tripp (Lucas Adams) arrives on the scene and clunks Charlie over the head with a baseball bat before he tries to kill Ben. When Ben comes to and meets his young son, “Bo”, Ciara tells Tripp that AllDevil is headed to St. Luke’s where he and Johnny (Carson Boatman), who was also at the scene, head off to find her.

At University Hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) is going to get Baby “Bo” checked out as Ben and Ciara spend time with their little one in the hospital room. All of a sudden, a white light appears and Ciara’s dad, Bo Brady (the return of Peter Reckell) comes through the light. Both Ben and Ciara see the iconic Bo, and Ciara tells her dad to meet his grandson, and thanks him for saving the day at the cemetery.

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Inside the church, while upstairs, AllDevil flashes back to when Satan was inhabiting Marlena (Deidre Hall) and set fire to the place of worship 25 years ago, and fans get the actual clip of the classic moment in DAYS history. Just then, Tripp and Johnny find Satan upstairs ready to torch the place. Johnny gets a good ole’ toss across the room, leaving Tripp to fend off the devil.

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But helps is on the way as Father Eric (Greg Vaughan), John and Marlena (Deidre Hall) are there to save the day; as they begin an exorcism, of sorts. In defiance, we see AllDevil begin to crack Allie’s neck as everyone looks on in horror. Tripp admitting his love for Allie, tells the devil to come into him and let Allie go.  The shift happens as Tripp is now the devil, and in order to fight off hurting Allie or anyone, selflessly jumps out the church window and looks in dire straits.

So, what did you think of this climatic episode of Days of our Lives, with more to come with the return of Bo Brady this week? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abigail Reveals Gwen’s Deception at her Wedding to Xander, But Gwen Drops A Bombshell

Look like Gwen Rizczech (Emily O’Brien) finally got what’s coming to her, or at least for now.  On Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives it was wedding couple number two who took front and center stage.

Now, Xander (Paul Telfer) and Gwen were ready to start their nuptials, following the disaster of the first couple’s attempt at tying the knot (Leo and Craig) and that coming apart at the seams.

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However, this wedding was not meant to be either, thanks to Abigail (Marci Miller) having the ammo (thank to a plea deal for Ava Vitali) to bring Gwen’s heinous plot out in the open, publicly.  That included: Gwen’s plans to nab Xander for herself and keep his true love, Sarah, away from him by any means possible as all was revealed to the groom and Gwen’s father, Jack (Matthew Ashford).  From kidnapping, drugging Sarah, wearing masks, being an accomplice to Kristen DiMera’s (Stacy Haiduk) schemes etc, etc, Abigail had the quite the dirt on her half-sister.

In the end, Xander walks out on Gwen, Jack practically disowns her, Abigail and Jennifer stand by and take Gwen’s insults knowing they have finally one-upped her, and Gwen is in a puddle of tears in her wedding dress.

Just then, Gwen gets one more visitor, Rafe (Galen Gering)! He comes to cuff-her and bring her down to the police station for her crimes.  Before she leaves, she angrily gets close to Abigail and whispers in her ear that she purposely killed her grandmother! That means that Gwen killed Laura Horton in cold blood.  What will Abigail do with his information?

Emily O’ Brien has been consistently knocking it out of the park playing all the levels of Gwen, while Marci Miller was fierce with her controlled and contained payback after all Gwen has put Abigail through. Perhaps, there is yet another knock-down drag-out fight to go down between the two in the near future?  Stay tuned.

So, what did you think of Abigail’s comeuppance of Gwen for her crimes? Are you happy Xander walked out on her? What do you think will happen next involving the information on Gwen murdering Laura Horton? Comment below.

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