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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.

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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.

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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 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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