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DAYS Recap – Nov 28 – Dec 2nd

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Chad, Will and Sonny realize their website problems are far from over. They learn users are fixing games and using their site to place their bets. At the same time, Abigail learns Jack has submitted her for a prestigious journalism award for an article she wrote for the sports site – and she won! Jack is very proud of her. A touched Abigail encourages her father to start writing again, too. He considers and makes a mysterious call to Roman.

Later, Abigail informs Chad, Will and Sonny of the good news. They don’t reveal their issues with the site, except to say they’re having technical problems. After considering all of their options, the three business partners realize they’re going to have to cut their losses and shut down their site. This is a huge blow, but Chad rallies the troops and gets them to agree to partner on another venture. Abigail returns and asks Chad if they figured out their problem, and he vaguely says they did.

Post-sentencing, Brady goes to see John, and the estranged father and son bond. Brady finally understands how much his father cares for his family. John is sorry they weren’t able to mend fences until now, but hopes they can still work on their relationship even though he’s going to prison. John asks Brady to look after Marlena. Brady agrees and he and his father say a warm good-bye. Later, Jack stops by to see John and reveals he would like to do an in-depth piece on him and allow him to tell his side of the story. John declines at first, but Jack presses. John relents but before he will agree, he needs to talk to his wife and family. Later, the conversation rolls around to Jack being held prisoner. John knows firsthand what it’s like and if it wasn’t for Marlena, he doesn’t know how he would have coped. He urges Jack to get help.

Frustrated Madison realizes Kate has the edge on the local market. She wants to move her world headquarters elsewhere, but Brady isn’t having it and threatens breach of contract. He asks Madison why she wants to run, but before he gets an answer, she leaves. At the same time, Kate has won her latest battle against Madison and she has a new ally in Quinn. Quinn sort of comes on to Kate, but she brushes him off. She does ask for his help in keeping tabs on Madison.

Sami comes to EJ, frustrated and nearly paralyzed with guilt. They try to figure out what to do about their secret. They immediately agree there was no attraction when they had sex but they differ on how to handle the situation. EJ is adamant that Nicole must never know what happened. Concerned, he puts Sami on the spot about whether her guilt is going to cause her to confess to Rafe. After an emotionally fraught argument, they promise each other the secret will remain between them.

EJ and Sami are unaware that Will also knows the truth. Struggling, he seeks out Marlena, who immediately senses something is on his mind. She tries to draw him out and he is tempted to unburden himself… but he manages to keep quiet. He insists any uneasiness he’s having is linked to his relationship with Gabi and his need to have a solid, committed relationship – in contrast to his mother.

Nicole puts Quinn on notice to keep his business clean, but he manages to press her buttons about her feelings for EJ. She runs into Patti Stanger, who offers helpful advice and makes Nicole understand that it’s okay to let go of the past and trust EJ. Rafe and Carrie connect and she asks him to stay on as her investigator and find proof that John is innocent. She warns she can’t pay him but that doesn’t matter to Rafe, who is willing to do it for one important reason: family. Later, Rafe unwittingly pours a little salt in Sami’s wounds with a romantic gesture.

Jennifer worries when Daniel runs late for their date. She thinks he has given up on her, but her fears are unfounded. He shows up, eager to go out. Before they leave, he sees how much Jennifer wants to help Bo and Hope go through Alice’s stuff and graciously offers to change their plans so they can help. The foursome has a good time looking through Alice’s old mementos. Daniel finds a picture of Maggie and learns about his mother’s remarkable past. Later, Hope finds a hidden letter addressed to her grandmother and learns it’s from Susan Banks – EJ’s mother! In the letter, Susan asks Alice for medical help for a young EJ, who is sick – and she begs Alice not to tell Stefano. Bo, Hope, Jennifer and Daniel try to digest this latest revelation and wonder what it all means. Later, Daniel and Jennifer share a sweet kiss, while Bo and Hope are determined to get answers from Stefano.

Marlena tracks Jack down at the pub after he cancels their first therapy session. Jack is upset that Jennifer is going out with Daniel that night and intends to drink his pain away. Marlena slowly gets him to open up, and he begins to understand the root of his destructive behavior. They later go back to the townhouse, where Jack has more flashes of his time locked up in Afghanistan. Marlena pushes and Jack finally reveals the horrors he endured – particularly the execution of his cellmate (and friend). Jack breaks down as Marlena comforts him. Madison drops in on Brady at the Titan offices and admits he was right – she shouldn’t run from Salem. She announces that she will open up her headquarters in town as planned. Relieved Brady has a few ideas of how she can get a stronghold on the Salem cosmetics market – but Madison secretly has an idea of her own. Madison asks Brady out to dinner and they enjoy an evening of flirtation. At the end of dinner, Brady pulls Madison into a hot kiss… which leads to her asking him back to her place. They come very close to making love – but at the last minute, Madison inexplicably pulls back and asks Brady to leave. A confused and angry Brady goes.

Sami runs into Will when she comes home to get a file, and he’s extremely cold to her. She presses her son about his attitude. If she’s offended him in any way, she wants to apologize. Will is tempted to tell her he knows she slept with EJ, but he doesn’t get the chance. His contempt for his mother and her duplicity builds.

Will has a renewed interest in Gabi, promising her that he wants to make a commitment to her and their future. He wants them to be the sort of couple other people admire. Gabi isn’t sure what to make of Will’s new devotion. She has no idea that he is reacting to Sami’s slutty behavior with EJ and wants to lead a moral life. Will presents her with some gifts, building to a revelation that he wants them to move in together. Gabi is caught off guard at first, but warms to the idea. When she starts to get amorous, however, Will abruptly pulls back and confuses her all the more. She leaves without telling Will if she’ll move in with him or not. Off her conversation with Will, Sami crosses with EJ and wonders if there is any way someone could have seen them having sex. EJ doubts it, and certainly hopes not because it would ruin his relationship with Nicole. Sami and EJ cover when Nicole catches them talking. The stakes continue to build over their secret.

Sami, Carrie, Jennifer and Lexie meet for lunch. Sami finds out from Carrie that she and Rafe are continuing to work together on John’s class action lawsuit. She’s not happy about it, but considering her own behavior with EJ, she doesn’t want to make waves. Carrie encourages Sami to visit Marlena now that John is in jail, but Sami wants nothing to do with them. She still blames John and her mother for what nearly happened with Johnny.  Nicole arranges for some reporters to grill Abe after he visits John in jail. Jennifer accuses Nicole of playing dirty, and warns if this is the sort of campaign she and EJ plan to run, they had better watch out. Lexie is disappointed her efforts to have a truce with her brother have failed.

At Maggie’s, Chad, Sonny and Will make dinner for Abigail, Melanie and Gabi. Conflicted Gabi wants to move in with Will but feels there’s something missing in their relationship. She eventually turns down his offer and ends up breaking up with him. Will has a huge over-reaction, not just because of her rejection but also because he’s still reeling from his mother’s unspeakable actions with EJ. He explodes in a fit of anger, tearing apart Maggie’s kitchen. While sharing a meal at the Brady Pub, Austin and Carrie decide to stay in Salem — permanently. Abigail runs into them and fights a subtle attraction to Austin. Later, Carrie comments to Austin how Abigail has turned from a gawky kid into a beautiful young woman.  At Quinn’s spa, Sami enjoys the massage Rafe booked for her. She’s busted by Madison, however, and she reads her the riot act for patronizing the enemy. Rafe is protective and defends his wife. At home, Sami’s guilt is unceasing in the face of Rafe’s caring. When he asks if things are okay between them, Sami is driven to show him just how much she loves him and comes up the impulsive but heartfelt suggestion that they renew their vows. Rafe, nonplussed but pleased, agrees.  Roman warns Quinn that he’d better stick to the straight and narrow or he’ll end up in jail. Kate, who has witnessed Sami being chewed out by Madison, comes up with a juicy idea. Later, Madison waves off Roman’s warning about going up against Kate DiMera.

 

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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What Did You Think of the Premiere of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’?

Today was the debut of the well-publicized and highly-anticipated DAYS streamer limited-series: Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem which dropped on Peacock at 3:01am EST Monday morning.

If you have not seen the first episode, and intend on watching it,  do not read any further as it contains moments and story points – however, if you have seen the premiere read on!

At the beginning is an updated version of the traditional iconic series opening of DAYS, hourglass and all, but wait for it! It’s not the late MacDonald Carey’s voice who is welcoming us in to watch the drama unfold, but none other than Deidre Hall (Marlena) who gets the nod.  Deidre voices-over: “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our Lives” cue the new logo for the limited series.  We also get an opening title sequence after the prologue of the episode complete with location shots and the cast members names!

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In this throwback to the 90’s high adventure and escapades in soaps, we learn that in 1991 the Alamainian Peacock was stolen by Hope acting as Princess Gina. Shane Donovan has come to John and Marlena in Zurich needing their help, because the peacock featured six different and precious gemstones: a citrine, an amethyst, a ruby, emerald, sapphire, and an orange diamond.  Although the peacock was recovered, the stones were not and we are off to the races in this case of the missing jewels caper.  Shane wants John and Marlena to be an American couple who want the gemstones at an auction, but he tells them there is danger involved.  Jarlena are most them up for the task!

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Meanwhile, Tony and Anna visit Carrie and Austin and can sense the trouble in their marriage.  Carrie is upset.  Apparently, Austin had too much to drink and brought up Rafe to Carrie.  Wanting to make amends, Austin wants to get his wife a sapphire necklace, which Anna goes a ga-ga for in the photo Austin shares. But not wanting Carrie to know what he is up to he asks Tony and Anna to go the auction to bid on it.

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Lisa Rinna makes her return as Billie Reed, but dressed undercover as kind of a Princess Gina lookalike, long hair, tiara, and all. She gets busted by Ben and Ciara and tells them she is undercover watching the amethyst in the jewelry shop that Ciara was loving on to Ben. But as they talk about Ben being a serial killer and all, someone went in and bought the jewel spoiling Billie’s plan.

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In Miami, turns out Paulina has the orange diamond, and in one of the funniest bits, goes and on how Michelle (Obama) in the White House gifted her the ring as Abe, Eli and Lani look on perplexed.  Later, when everyone tells her not to go out on the town with that ring on, she insists, but bad news.  While the foursome are dining, two henchmen with guns come a-calling!

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Elsewhere in Phoenix, Chad comes to visit Will and nuSonny, now played by Zach Tinker (who delivered in his emotional scenes in his debut). Turns out WilSon seem to be having marital problems. .. again!  Sonny thinks Will is cheating on him.  Will says he is working on a top-secret assignment and has to go to the office.  Later, when Chad calls to see if Will is where he says he is at, he is not there.  Sonny springs into action and goes to Will’s computer and finds an email that he is meeting someone at a resort and spa.  Best buds, Chad and Sonny, hightail it to the resort and land outside Will’s suite.  When Sonny knocks on the door he is surprised to see Leo Stark … in a robe!  Something tells us each episode will end with a guest star popping up, but we shall see and the let the games begin!

So, what did you think of the premiere episode of Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem? What was your favorite part? What did you think of Zach Tinker in his debut as Sonny? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But, first vote in our ‘Beyond Salem” premiere poll and cast your vote below.

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