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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.

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.

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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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’s’ Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso Deliver the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when beloved and iconic Days of our Lives’ couple, Bo and Hope, reunited in heaven on the Peacock streaming series Beyond Salem Chapter Two. The five-episode limited series brought back Peter Reckell in his role of Bo, Kristian Alfonso as Hope, and even Scott Shilstone as Zack, plus Andrew Masset as Larry Welch!

Decades later, bottom line: Reckell and Alfonso still create on-screen magic as the couple known as ‘Bope’.  In story, when Hope is shot, she lands in heaven where she meets up with the great love of her life, Bo.  While together, they come to realize their reunion is limited as Hope needs to return to the living which makes the whole thing even more hankie-inducing.  Sprinkle in their dance (choreographed by Dancing with the Stars pro, Alan Bersten) to Bo and Hope’s signature song, “Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You”, and longtime fans of the couple are eating it up.

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Later, in heartbreaking scenes, Hope is reunited with her grown-up deceased son, Zack.  As with Bo, Hope must leave her son behind again, but Bo and Zack tell Hope they will all be together someday.

Individually, there were also some very strong performances from both Reckell and Alfonso.  Bo struggled to watch on the live feed what was happening to his ‘Fancy Face’ at the hands of Harris Michaels (Steve Burton) back on earth, and his devilish meeting with judge and juror, Larry Welch was a surprise.  Alfonso shared tender and confrontational scenes with her on-screen daughter, Victoria Konefal that were extremely poignant and well-played.

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For all of these reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Peter and Kristian’s work, The Power Performance of the Week.

Additionally, major kudos go to the Beyond Salem writing team for hitting the right notes that brought out the best in Peter and Kristian … and how about that ending? Will Bo be completely resurrected from his cryogenic state?  From a tweet from Reckell over the weekend, it looks like there could be more Beyond Salem in his future.

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Peter expressed:Thanks 2 everybody who joined us for Beyond Salem 2 ! We had so much fun preparing this for you and we’re happy you were able to come along for the ride! With any luck, this is just the beginning of an amazing adventure. I love reading all the comments, there is so much history.”

So, do you agree with our picks of Peter and Kristian as the ‘Power Performance of the Week’? What did you think of their scenes throughout ‘Beyond Salem”? Comment below.

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two’: Did Megan’s Hunt for the Three Prisms Bring Back the ‘Love of Her Life’?

In the final episode of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two we were left with a chilly cliffhanger, and we will get to that in a moment.

However for starters, the fifth installment gave several members in the ensemble cast some heart-tugging and emotional moments including: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Victoria Konefal (Ciara), Steve Burton (Harris), and Christopher Sean (Paul).

In story,  a doctor and nurse are talking about a cryogenic capsule with the DiMera Enterprises label on it.  The doctor shares that when Megan (Miranda Wilson) has all three prisms, they should be able to bring the patient back to life.  The nurse has concerns over the patients brain tumor in the capsule.  The doctor explains the prisms collectively will help treat ‘him’.  We were to believe, at first, this was Stefano? But, clearly it has to be Bo (Peter Reckell)!

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Meanwhile, Megan is in Montreal, having revealed herself to Hope! She tells Harris to grab the prism out of Hope’s cleavage.  After he does what he is told, she then tells Harris to shoot Hope!  He pulls the gun on Hope.  Now, Harris is welling up with tears.  Does he love Hope Williams Brady, like, for real?  Next thing you know, he passes out and Megan takes off.

Harris, who has now been arrested, gets a visitor, and it’s none other than Hope.  She wants him to sign divorce papers, while he gets emotional.  He apologizes to Hope, saying Megan ordered him to kill her, but that he did not want to.  Hope is not buying it and furious that Harris kidnapped Steve (Stephen Nichols) and John (Drake Hogestyn) and John is MIA.  Harris says he thinks Megan did something to change him and that he wasn’t always like this.  Hope says she will speak to the ISA and Shane Donovan on his behalf and heads out.

At the gala in Hong Kong, Wendy (Victoria Grace) is held captive by a trance-like John and Steve. Li (Remington Hoffman) then gives John the prism.  Joey (Tanner Stine) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) manage to out maneuver Steve as Li holds the gun on him.  However, John has taken off.  Later, Marlena (Deidre Hall) injects a captured Steve to try to get him ready for some hypnosis to undo his brainwashing as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) looks on.

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Now in Caracas, John shows up at Megan’s with the prism.  She adds the prism to the other two to make it perfect, and to enable her to help revive the cryogenic patient. Just then, Andrew (Colton Little) and Paul bust in with guns in tow.  Megan directs John to kill them. Next, comes a showdown between Paul and John as Paul tries to talk John into remembering him, and the father/son relationship they have.  It begins to work on John, but as he is starting to remember, Megan fills the room with gas and escapes with the three prisms wearing a gas mask.  Later, after Andrew and Paul wake up, and make sure each other is O.K., they check on John who is now back to his normal self.

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On the docks, Hope says a final farewell to Ciara and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  Before they part ways, Hope hears, “Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You” playing from the boat.  It brings her to tears, and to flashbacks of her time dancing in heaven with Bo.

Elsewhere, Andrew comes to say goodbye to Paul before he heads back from San Francisco to D.C.  The two share a passionate kiss.

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In heaven, Angela (Loretta Devine) has some unbelievable news for Bo! Because he gave his ‘second chance’ to Hope, he is going to get a ‘second, second chance’.  Bo does not know exactly what that means! But we do, right?

As Beyond Salem Chapter Two comes to its conclusion, Megan is with the doctor next to the cryogenic chamber frustrated that even with all three prisms they haven’t worked yet.  The doctors tells her the body inside has been in this state for years and that she needs to be patient.  It is then, Megan reveals that she has been patient for forty years and she wants to be reunited with the love of her life.  After everyone has left the room, the cryogenic chamber door opens.  We see what appears to be an alive Bo Brady! Did the prisms and Megan’s plan resurrect him … or will that be short-lived? Credits roll . .. and this edition of ‘Beyond Salem’ leaves us with a major heart-stopping cliffhanger!

So, what did you think of episode five of ‘Beyond Salem: Chapter Two’? Do you think the plan is for Peter Reckell to return as an alive Bo on the mothership, or in the next iteration of ‘Beyond Salem’ … or is it all a big red-herring? Share your theories in the comment section.

But first, cast your vote in our latest Michael Fairman TV poll and let us know what you thought of  ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem 2″!

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter 2’: Hope Reunites with Bo and Zack In Heaven

Thursday’s episode of the Peacock streamer, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter 2 was must-see for all Bope fans, and you definitely needed the hankies to get through it!

In touching and heartbreaking scenes and performances, Bo and Hope along with their son, Zack were all reunited in heaven, but it was to be short-lived. Along the way in this timeless love story and hovering between heaven and earth, major kudos goes to Peter Reckell (Bo) and Kristian Alfonso (Hope) for bringing all the feels, all the memories, and continuing to show us why they, as Bo and Hope, are an enduring part of soap opera history.  Kudos also to Scott Shilstone (Zack), who once again brought the emotion to every moment he shared with his on-screen parents.

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In story, after Hope is shot by hit man Thomas Banks (Eileen Davidson), during her wedding to Harris Michaels (Steve Burton), Ciara (Victoria Konefal) and Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) hover over Hope’s lifeless body. Megan Hathaway (Miranda Wilson) has appeared, and wants to make sure she gets the prism, and the joy of seeing her nemesis, Hope, dead.

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Once Hope “dies” she arrives in heaven, where she is reunited with Bo.  An emotional Bo is so happy and overjoyed to see Hope, but tells her it’s not her time and she has to go back to the living.  At first, Hope doesn’t want to leave Bo.  Next, Bo consults with Angela (Loretta Devine), to see if he could give Hope the ‘second chance’ ticket that he received.  Meanwhile, Hope comes face to face with her son, Zack.  Now that he is all grown up, Hope is overcome.  She lost him as a little boy when he was struck by a car, thanks to Bo’s daughter, Chelsea Benson.

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After Bo and Hope dance to their signature song, “Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You”, a montage is shown of iconic moments of the couple through DAYS’ history.  Then, it’s time for the final goodbyes.  In tearjerker moments, Bo and Hope say goodbye to each other for now, as do Hope and Zack. Bo and Zack look on as Hope goes returns to the living.

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Once back on earth, Angela hits the rewind button for a different outcome, since as she had explained to Hope and Bo earlier, Hope won’t remember a thing that happened in heaven.  Now, as Thomas is about to shoot Hope, none other than Sister Mary Moira (Eileen Davidson) appears and stops him.  Looks like his sister had some common sense, only their struggle over the gun leads to Harris being shot.  But then, Harris fires a shot at Ciara.

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Ben knocks the gun out of Harris’ hands, but it’s picked up by Megan who demands Ben let him go. A shocked Hope exclaims, “holy shit!” when she realizes Megan Hathaway is somehow alive!

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Meanwhile at the gala in Hong Kong, a hypnotized and in-a-trance, Steve (Stephen Nichols) and John (Drake Hogestyn) – thanks to Megan – arrive on the scene and tie- up their wives, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Marlena (Deidre Hall), in a room. Next, Steve and John head out to the gala with guns ready and drawn to capture the prism that Li Shin (Remington Hoffman) just revealed to all the attendees.

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The fifth and final installment of ‘Beyond Salem 2″ drops Friday.

Now let us know in the comment section, what did you think of the Bo, Hope and Zack scenes in heaven? The performances of Peter Reckell, Kristian Alfonso and Scott Shilstone? Share your thoughts below.

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