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DAYS Recap – Nov 21 – Nov 25th

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Sami and EJ believe that Johnny is dead and come together in their grief and have animalistic sex to block out their despair. Unbeknownst to them, Rafe and Will have found Johnny hiding in the Brady Pub, which was sealed off as a crime scene. Rafe tries to call Sami, but can’t reach her. Rafe has some loving scenes with Johnny while waiting for Sami to return home, and Brady shows up. Rafe confides to Brady that Sami blames him for Johnny’s disappearance and he isn’t sure what she’ll do. Brady is sure it will all be forgotten once she returns home and finds out Johnny is alive. Will goes to the DiMera mansion and spies his mother and EJ making love. Stunned and disgusted over her betrayal of Rafe, Will backs away without making his presence known. Unaware Will has seen them, Sami and EJ come to their senses and are horrified by what they have done. Sami gets the message from Rafe that Johnny is alive. They both want to rush to see their son, but Sami warns EJ that he can’t come with her because no one can ever find out they had sex. Will returns home to Rafe and it looks like he might tell him what he saw… but he stays silent, knowing it would hurt his family. Sami returns home and is reunited with Johnny. Sami apologizes to Rafe, who mistakenly assumes she’s referring to blaming him for Johnny’s disappearance. Sami doesn’t tell him the real reason. Will looks at his mother, bitter over her shameful behavior. Nicole helps Brady and Madison put up posters for missing Johnny. Nicole defends EJ to Brady, who again warns her not to go down that road again. Brady leaves to visit Rafe. Nicole confides in Madison about her confusing feelings for EJ. She does care but is afraid of being hurt again. Yet, she also believes he’s changed. Brady returns and shares the good news about Johnny with Nicole and Madison. Elated, Nicole goes to tell EJ. He is still grappling with what happened with Sami and is stunned when Nicole declares her love for him. He loves her as well, but he also knows he and Sami have a secret which has the potential to destroy their happiness.

Earlier, Brady is surprised to find Madison putting up posters about missing Johnny. Madison says she’s not the heartless bitch Brady thinks she is. Brady understands that she’s not someone who shares her feelings or emotions easily. After they learn Johnny is alive, they share an embrace that becomes chemical… But Madison backs off yet again, even though we sense she wishes she could be with Brady. There is much joy and relief in the aftermath of Johnny’s homecoming. Sami and Rafe are still overwhelmed by all they’ve been through. It’s overshadowed by the horrific private guilt and self-loathing felt by both Sami and EJ, who’d do anything to turn back the clock and erase the fact that they had sex. Will can barely look at his mother and asks her very pointed questions about her whereabouts when Johnny was found. Unsettled Sami doesn’t know why he is acting the way he is. Rafe is protective of Sami when she becomes upset with Will’s questions. Sami feels guiltier as Rafe showers her with love. Later, she can’t bear to look at herself in a mirror and breaks it. Rafe misunderstands and just comforts her, assuring things will be all right. Sami, fearing otherwise, feels even worse. EJ is equally wracked with guilt, especially now that Nicole has decided to give their relationship another chance. He’s finally gotten what he wanted so desperately but now he must lie to Nicole – or lose her for good. They go to the loft, where EJ is reunited with his son. Only Will knows why Sami and EJ are uneasy around each other but he keeps mum.

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Jack goes to Jennifer and tells her he understands why she’s angry. Heartfelt, he explains as best he can why he’s acted the way he has and goes into more detail about his captivity, how it changed him and made his return to Salem tougher than he ever imagined. Jennifer is affected by his honesty. It’s a big moment when Jack admits he needs help.

Abigail bumps into Austin, who’s also out for a bite while Carrie works on her leniency argument for John’s sentencing. Although there’s an age difference and they’ve never known each other all that well, they strike up an easy rapport, genuinely enjoying each other’s company. When Carrie texts to say she’ll come meet Austin, Abigail heads home but she has enjoyed the evening more than she expected. After he pleads guilty, John is to be sentenced. He and Marlena try to be optimistic, believing their love will see them through this nightmare as it always has. Carrie delivers a persuasive speech to the judge for leniency, but John refuses to speak on his own behalf; the sooner he is sentenced, he believes, the sooner his family will be safe again. The judge surprises everyone by doubling the maximum sentence because he wants to use John as an example to prevent this from ever happening again. Marlena is crushed as John is led away to spend the rest of his life behind bars. Hope confronts Stefano about the phoenix paperweight with the inscription referencing his bond with Alice. Stefano artfully sidesteps by paying tribute to Hope’s tenacious attitude and their shared history. Stefano finally admits he probably did give Alice the paperweight, but denies it was anything more than a thank you for help on a charity. He claims his assistant probably sent it. He cautions Hope from investigating, but she won’t be deterred. Stefano warns Hope to let the secret of dead people lie because she might not like what she finds out.

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Jennifer, Jack, Abe, Lexie, Chad and Abigail gather at the pub to make Thanksgiving food boxes for the homeless. Abigail is pleased when Austin shows up without Carrie. After Abigail leads Chad to believe she’s preoccupied because her father is watching them, he appeals to Jack for a truce. Jack will reserve judgment. Jennifer overhears Jack on a phone call and mistakenly thinks he’s going off on another assignment. He reveals he’s been offered a job teaching journalism at Salem U. Abigail isn’t sure she wants her father working on campus, but is more enthusiastic when she hears Austin has also been offered a job teaching forensic accounting.

Maggie brings Victor, Daniel and Melanie to her old kitchen to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. Daniel and Melanie are touched to be included, especially after he discovers Maggie made a recipe his mother used to make. He still doesn’t understand why his mother and father never told him the truth about his parentage. Maggie wants Daniel and Melanie to get tested to see if they are preconditioned to also get myasthenia gravis. Daniel talks to Melanie and Victor about his stalled relationship with Jennifer. Victor cautions all is fair in love and war. Melanie admits to Daniel there is someone she likes (Chad) but it will never happen.

 

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Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Bring the Heartache and Heartbreak to DAYS’ Elani Wedding

Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives showcased the nuptials of now long-suffering duo, Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani (Sal Stowers).  In true soap opera fashion things didn’t look good for the couple to get hitched in the first place, especially with Gabi’s (Camila Banus) threats that she would literally blow Julie’s (Susan Seasforth Hayes) heart out of her chest, if Lani did not bust up with Eli at the altar.

As Marlena (Deidre Hall) is officiating the ceremony, things took a dark turn when she asked if anyone in attendance could show just cause why the couple should not be wed in holy matrimony.  Everyone is silent as Gabi, who is an attending the nuptials, is quite happy with herself broadcasting the wedding from her phone to Julie who is in the hospital.  Next, an emotional Lani tells Gabi how sorry she is for shooting Stefan.  Lani says she hopes Gabi can set aside their differences for the sake of Julie and Eli.  Gabi tells her she thought she made herself clear.  It appears that Lani decides she is moving forward with the vows, after standing up for herself and ignoring Gabi’s threat after tackling Gabi WWE Smackdown style.  Next, Gabi informs to everyone she just pressed the button on the app on her phone and Eli’s grandmother’s heart exploded. But hold the phone! In that moment, there is a twist.  We go back to Lani at the altar who snaps out of this blackmail nightmare she just played out in her head.  That didn’t really happen, but the audience sees her thinking process through it, which leads Lani in the present to break off the wedding to her beloved Eli.

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At the altar, Lani tells Eli through her tears she cannot do this.  Eli is stunned and confused.  The bride tells him he doesn’t deserve this.  Next, Lani turns towards Gabi, and then tells Eli she is sorry and then runs out of the ceremony.   Gabi mutters that her “work is done here” which seems to be overheard by Will (Chandler Massey).

What follows is absolutely devastating scene in the park as Eli has followed Lani there.  Through her tears, and knowing that the only way she can break things off with Eli is to hurt him deeply, Lani tells him at first that she doesn’t deserve to be happy with a husband, because she shot and killed Gabi’s.  However, Eli won’t accept that, and that is when she has to muster everything inside her to break Eli’s heart in pieces.  She tells the man she loves that she doesn’t love him anymore. Lani says that she thought that after baby David’s death and all they went through to be together it would all fall back into place for them, but for her, it didn’t.

Lani says her decision is made. With tears streaming down his face, Eli cries, “So you’re leaving me? That’s it?” Lani confirms it is, and that she is sorry and then runs off.  Cue none other than Gabi to find a gut-punched Eli on the park bench, who she hugs! Looks like there’s a part two to Gabi’s heinous plan ahead.

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The performances by Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers in this episode were top-notch – their work was and even though it was under the most outrageous of circumstances, you felt the love, the heartbreak and heartache of a couple torn apart, when they love each other so much.

So, what did you think of Lamon and Sal’s performances? What did you think of the final moments of the episode when Lani has to dump Eli for good? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Camila Banus Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

The angst, drama, tears, and revenge continued this week on NBC’s Days of our Lives with the stirring portrayal of grief-stricken young woman; who is hell-bent on making everyone around her suffer for the loss of her husband in a fatal gunshot that left him brain-dead.  Of course, we are talking about Camila Banus (Gabi), who turned in bravura performances this week, and there are four moments that really stood out to us that showed the range and depth of Banus’ work.

In the hospital chapel, Gabi talks to God and prayed to him that he will make Stefan (Brandon Barash) whole again.  There has been one through-line for Gabi throughout her life – she seems to have everything and everyone she loves taken away from her, even if some of the decisions she makes along the way have a cause/effect that leaves her feeling completely alone, and ready to lash out at the world for what has transpired.  In the chapel, she asks God through her tears, “Why do you hate me so much?” Gabi tells God she went to Sunday school as a little girl and still she has lost God and her husband.  Gabi cannot even get herself to look at Stefan’s things when Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) try to share them with her as she slaps the envelope out of their hands.

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In another heartbreaking scene, Gabi is in the bed she shared with Stefan. She flashes to kissing the love of her life.  Next, Gabi breaks down in tears, and throws things around in the bedroom before slumping to the floor.  She sobs and says, “Why did you give me your heart, Stefan, if you weren’t going to be around to love me with it?”

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Later, Gabi talks to Stefan in her sleep as she hugs his pillow. When she wakes up she cries as Kate (Lauren Koslow) arrives to check on her.  Gabi lets Kate have it, and at first blames Kate for the whole mess with Stefan.  Gabi lashes out that if it wasn’t for Stefan getting in between Kate’s feud with Vivian (Robin Strasser), he’d still be alive.  Kate knows Gabi is in despair and hugs her.  Then, Gabi channels her angst towards Lani (Sal Stowers) promising to make her suffer.

And on Friday’s episode, Gabi is ramping us some sort of revenge plan promising Stefan his legacy will live on. Earlier, Gabi was present with Lani and Eli (Lamon Archey) when Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) informed them that Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) will need a special pacemaker, even after receiving Stefan’s heart. Somehow, Gabi found a file on Visionary Bionics, the company that makes this unique medical device, and recalls Kayla saying she’ll do the procedure on Julie tomorrow. Gabi makes a mysterious call.  What is she about to do?

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Through all of the emotional drama, Banus sustained a level of performance that is no easy feat. That is why Michael Fairman TV names Camila’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

Let us know if you agree with our pick, and what you thought of Camila’s performances, and what you think Gabi might do next, via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Stefan is Brain-Dead After Getting In Lani’s Line Of Fire

If you caught last Friday’s Days of our Lives, and as we head into a new and dramatic-filled week ahead in Salem, after jumping in front of a bullet meant for Vivian (Robin Strasser), Stefan (Brandon Barash) has been shot badly – he has a gun shot wound to the neck through the carotid artery.

Lani (Sal Stowers), who fired the shot in an effort to stop and take down Vivian for her crimes against Kate (Lauren Koslow), et al, now finds herself in very, very hot water, and none more so than with Stefan’s wife, Gabi (Camila Banus).

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In the waiting area, Gabi shows up and confronts Lani. However, Lani and Abe (James Reynolds) try to explain it was an accident.  Gabi reminds him of how he felt after Theo was shot.  As Gabi runs off to see Stefan, Lani cries, “What if he dies?”

When Gabi arrives in the trauma room, she is told by Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and team that they worked on Stefan for over 20 minutes but he is brain-dead. Vivian, who alerted Gabi to what happened, and showed up at the hospital incognito in her scrubs to check up on the fate of her son, is trying to make her escape plan from Salem

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Meanwhile, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) is MIA from her hospital room as she and Doug (Bill Hayes) go to Doug’s Place.  She wants to breathe her last breath there, and wants one last night with her beloved husband.  Julie asks Doug, if she has been a good wife to him, knowing the end is near. After reminiscing of their past and flashbacks, and Julie wanting to have one last dance, she passes out

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Next, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Eli (Lamon Archey) arrive at Doug’s Place and find Doug crying.  They tells him that they need to  get Julie back to the hospital but Doug says it’s too late. Everyone is heartbroken.

So, what have you thoughts of the twist? Stefan brain-dead? Gabi on the warpath? Julie’s plight and its toll on Doug? How do you think this will all play itself out? Could Stefan come back to life as others have via Dr. Rolf? Share your thoughts below.

But first, for a preview of what’s to come check out the latest DAYS promo from NBC.

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