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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.

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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.

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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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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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