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DAYS Recap – Nov 29 – Dec 3rd

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Sami is forced to tell Will and Allie some hard truths. At the same time, EJ confronts Kate about tipping Sami off which resulted in him getting shot. Kate denies, but EJ presses. Kate throws what he has done back in his face and leaves. Nicole tells Brady that EJ has Sydney and Johnny back. Brady thinks Nicole made the wrong choice by siding with EJ. He always lies and Nicole will be played for a fool. After Brady leaves for the hospital to check on Melanie, Nicole ponders her decision in trusting EJ’s word. EJ answers his phone to Sami, who pleads with him to let her see her children for the holidays. Grim EJ refuses and hangs up. Nicole shows up and wants to know her place in Sydney’s life. She and EJ come to an understanding. At the same time, Kate goes to Rafe and Sami to warn them. While Sami rests, Rafe goes to the DiMera mansion and tries to make EJ see reason, but he is not having it. In the garden, Nicole enjoys time with Sydney. The moment is interrupted when Sami shows up, ready to rip her daughter from Nicole’s arms. Melanie and Nathan, still suffering from symptoms of the deadly virus, discuss the positive things they have in their lives and finally admit they still have feelings for each other. At the same time, Daniel tells Carly that he’s identified the virus, and has a potential cure. Unfortunately, they don’t have time to test it. Daniel takes charge and tells Carly he will test the drug on himself. Carly, not comfortable with Daniel endangering his life, gets an idea. Later, Daniel tells a saddened Chloe what he must do to save his daughter. Chloe is deeply upset with his decision, but supports him. Daniel asks Philip to look after Chloe and his son if something goes wrong. Father Matt reminds Stephanie that she must do the right thing and she goes to Philip, ready to reveal the truth about Parker’s paternity. Kate shows up and pries Brady away from Chloe. Brady admits that Vivian is free and Kate warns him that she will want vengeance, and the first victim will be him. Daniel returns to the lab to get started, but he finds a note Carly left for him. He realizes she has already moved ahead. Carly enters the quarantine room and while Melanie and Nathan question her, she injects herself with the anti-virus just as Daniel runs up.  He’s too late.

Rafe tries to reason with EJ. Rafe asks EJ to let Will and Allie see their brother and sister, but he forbids it. He believes Sami will use it to worm her way back into Johnny and Sydney’s life. Rafe and EJ almost come to blows. Meanwhile, Sami confronts Nicole. She tries to convince Nicole to let her have just a moment with her baby, and it looks like she will give in, but instead she calls for EJ. EJ and Rafe race out. EJ is furious. He tells Sami if she does it again, all bets are off and the truth will come out. Sami and Rafe leave. Later, Sami admits she made things worse, and breaks down in Rafe’s arms. At the same time, EJ thanks Nicole, but tells her to go. Nicole takes Sydney up to bed. EJ finds himself alone and his victory is bittersweet. Carly injects herself with the deadly virus before Daniel can stop her. Daniel enters the quarantine room without protective gear, exposing himself. Melanie overhears Daniel and Carly arguing about what she has done and realizes her mother did it to save her. Daniel gives Carly the antidote and they wait to see if it works. Daniel tends to Melanie and Nathan. Nathan tells Daniel how much he loves Melanie and is about to spill the secret that Chloe cheated on Daniel. Melanie, moved by Carly’s sacrifice, calls her “mom.” Melanie tells her mom that she loves her, and doesn’t want to lose her as Carly appears to take her last breaths. Stephanie tries to tell Philip he’s the father of Chloe’s baby, but he misunderstands, and thinks she’s talking about his inability to be a good father. Chloe comes up with Parker and says she thinks Philip will make a great father one day. Ben enters and explains to Chloe what Daniel and Carly have done. They all worry and pray the antidote will work. Justin tries to call Bo, and Adrienne comforts Stephanie. Stephanie reveals to Adrienne that Philip is Parker’s father. Later, she decides that now isn’t the best time to tell everyone, but Adrienne thinks she must. Stephanie has to get Adrienne to promise to keep the secret.

As Carly nears death, Bo meets with Warden Smith about Hope’s solitary confinement. His meeting is interrupted when he learns that Carly is gravely ill. Bo’s presence gives Carly strength, and the cure begins to work. Nathan and Melanie are injected with the drug and also begin to recover. Philip witnesses a close moment between Nathan and Melanie. Jennifer tells Bo about her phone call from Hope. Bo realizes they may need to circumvent the warden to find out what Hope wanted to tell them. Hope summons Warden Smith and shares her concerns about Lee when she realizes that another woman might be in danger of dying. Later, Warden Smith makes plans to dispose of Hope. Stefano is shocked to learn that EJ has gotten his children back. He is upset that EJ has allowed Nicole back into Sydney’s life and even more so when he realizes that Kate is the reason Sami shot his son. He promises to deal with Kate. Later, a nervous Kate comes home to face the music. Meanwhile, Nicole is on cloud nine about having both Brady and Sydney in her life. However, EJ reveals to her that she will have to make a choice. Sami, without revealing too much, tells her family what EJ has done, and how they can never see Johnny and Sydney again. Will, Roman and Caroline are all outraged. Roman wants to take care of it, but Sami says there is nothing that can be done – EJ has won. Meanwhile, Rafe has hired a diver to look for the gun Sami threw in the river, but it’s not there. Later, he goes to Sami and reveals it’s gone. EJ calls and tells them nice try, but no cigar.

Lexie and Theo drop in on EJ. She learns the kids are there. Lexie doesn’t understand, and EJ – while not admitting anything – lets her guess it was Sami who shot him. She is horrified and EJ asks Lexie not to judge him. Later, Lexie runs into Sami and Rafe. Sami tries to get Lexie to hear her side of the story. Lexie wants nothing to do with her. Later, Lexie feels nothing good will come from this Sami and EJ war. At the same time, Roman visits EJ and puts the screws to him, vowing to find a way to neutralize him. EJ tells him if he tries, he will send Sami to prison. Rafe tells Sami to dial it down, but she is on edge and claims she destroys everything she touches! Stefano rakes Kate over the coals for causing the events that got EJ shot. Kate explains why she did what she did, but Stefano is not happy. When he receives news about Chad’s paternity test being in, he realizes Kate is the one who sent Chad the birth certificate. Kate tries to explain, but Stefano is furious and tells her to get out. Chad learns the test results are in. He talks to Will, who tells him nothing good can come from being a DiMera. Vivian visits Maggie and tells her Victor wasn’t the only one who kept her locked up tight in the sarcophagus. Brady, Philip, Kate and Nicole also played a part in keeping her entombed.

The paternity test proves that Stefano is Chad’s father. Stefano is willing to make Chad a part of his family, but Chad rejects him. He wants no part of the DiMeras’ lives. He only wanted the test to stop the secrets and lies that cost him his mother and his daughter. Stefano insists that Chad can never escape who he is. An unmoved Chad walks out on him. Victor learns that Vivian told Maggie that he, Brady, Kate, Nicole and Philip kept her in the sarcophagus. Maggie tells Victor she never wants to see him again. Later, Victor wants to know when Vivian’s plans of revenge will end. Deadly Vivian says when all their lives have been destroyed. She tells Gus her plan. He’s amazed by its brilliance and audacity, but is not sure she can pull it off. Vivian feels that she is fully capable of doing so. Meanwhile, Victor warns Kate to watch her back. Both are unaware that Stefano is watching them. Melanie has a loving reunion with Philip. They visit Maggie, who insists Philip tell Melanie the truth about Vivian. Philip confesses all, especially about his part in keeping Vivian in the sarcophagus. Melanie forgives him, knowing she might have done the same. They make love. Meanwhile, a recovered Nathan is about to tell Stephanie he loves Melanie when he’s called to a dying patient’s bedside. Their conversation makes him realize he can be happy without his soul mate and instead of telling Stephanie the truth; he commits himself to her even more. Stephanie, feeling their love can withstand the truth about Philip fathering Parker, leaves a message for Caroline, insisting that they talk. Chloe has a meltdown over being a rotten wife and mom. Daniel assures her she’s the best. Alone with Parker, Daniel tells him he will always love him, unaware that moved Chloe has overheard him.

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John Aniston’s Final Days of our Lives Episode Reminds Us There Was Nothing Better Than His Delivery of Victor’s One-Liners

Monday’s Christmas episode of Days of our Lives brought it with it plenty of laughter and plenty of tears as this would be the final appearance of John Aniston in his iconic role of Victor Kiriakis.

The Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award winner in 2022, passed away in November at the age of 89.  Aniston’s Victor had been a key character on the Salem canvas since he first appeared in the role back in 1985.

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So just how did Aniston’s final appearance stack up with how we love to see Victor?  IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE EPISODE YET, PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW.

As fate would have it, Victor’s final on-screen foil would be none other than Leo Stark (played to the hilt by Greg Rikaart).  In the Christmas set up, Leo stayed overnight at the Kiriakis mansion unbeknownst to Victor.  When Leo greets Victor on Christmas morning in his holiday jammies, he is not one bit amused.  Leo asks, “So when do we open the presents?” To which Victor replies, “About an hour after we throw you out on your sugar-plum ass.”  When Victor tells his longtime butler, Henderson to throw Leo out the front door, including demanding that Leo “scamper back to Whoville”, in walks Sonny (Zach Tinker).

Victor is horrified to learn that his nephew invited Leo to stay.  Then, Victor reads off a laundry list of Leo’s crimes to Sonny as only he can: “Have you completely lost your senses? The man blackmailed you into marriage … almost destroyed our company with a fraudulent lawsuit … it was just last year that he drugged you and took comprising pictures of you and then sold them to the tabloids … why in God’s name would you forgive this creep!?””

Eventually, Victor gives Sonny an ultimatum: either get rid of Leo or he would fire him from his job at Titan.  Sonny stands up to Victor!  Telling his Uncle that he forgave Leo for his past transgressions just like many people have forgiven Victor for his over the years.  Sonny goes on to say that he and Leo are starting over and that, in fact, he would call them “friends” to which Victor, in the best dead-pan delivery, says, “That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.”

Soon after, Victor reneges and not only allows Leo to stay, but allows Sonny to keep his job, stating, “I changed my mind because I have a heart of gold.”  And, ain’t that the truth, that is why we have always loved Victor and John’s portrayal of the Greek tycoon.  Leo promises Victor he will not hurt Sonny ever again, to which Victor replies, “I don’t know how you expect me to take you seriously when you are sitting there in baby jam jams.”  In an ominous warning to Sonny and in Aniston’s last scene, Victor says, “Tell me Sonny, what does your husband think of your little sleep over party?”

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As the episode came to its conclusion, Days of our Lives included a heartfelt montage as a tribute to John and the complex character of Victor Kiriakis. From clips with Vic’s many wives including: Carly, Vivian, Kate, Nicole, Maggie, to his classic one-liners, to some of his most villainous turns, to illustrating that Victor at his core was an enduring family man, the series captured the essence of this one-of-a-kind actor.

In very moving fashion, the end of the montage featured a younger Victor sailing away on his yacht named, “Victor”.   No word yet on how and when DAYS will deal with the death of Aniston on-screen.

Aniston’s final scenes truly showcased all of his strengths, that classic delivery, his humor, his strength, and most of all his humanness.

To pay tribute to John throughout Monday on the Days of our Lives YouTube page and their social platforms, looks for special messages from the cast honoring the late actor’s memory and legacy.   You can check out one below from John’s on-screen son, Peter Reckell (Bo Brady).

So, what did you think of John Aniston’s final episode of Days of our Lives? The montage? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Alex, Chanel and Allie Have a Three-Way

On Monday’s Days of our Lives, the long-running soap opera included in story, its first ever threesome. DAYS, which has been streaming on Peacock since the middle of September, teased the ménage à trois a bit ago when Rob Scott Wilson’s new character of Alex Kiriakis hit Salem and was a bit of a ‘player’.  At one point during a conversation, Alex hit on Chanel (Raven Bowens) and Allie (Lindsay Arnold) and put into their minds the notion of having a threesome with him.

Meanwhile, Allie and Chanel have had their own past complicated relationships with men, and now with each other.  Feeling that their relationship has hit a bump in the road, the young women decide a three-way might be just the spark needed to ignite their love and passion for one another.

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Eventually, the two invite Alex over for a drink, making small-talk and trying to get to the reason they invited him over in the first place. After fumbling around to get to the true reason, Allie reveals they want to take him up on his offer. Alex is confused, until Chanel uses the word “threesome” to which Alex spits out his drink.

Allie then admits the three-way was her idea, and Chanel agreed to it, as it’s an adventure they could share together. They go on to say they chose Alex because they wanted someone who would have no emotional ties to them afterward.  Alex, also has a bit of truth of his own to share. He says, in reality, he has only experienced a three-way, twice before.

After trying to figure out how to start the sexual encounter, Alex kisses Chanel, then Allie and the three adjourn to the bedroom,  DAYS then delivers a montage of shots representing the sex between the three.

In the end, Alex is winded and dehydrated and goes to get some water, while Chanel and Allie check in with each other and say that the experience was more than alright and recommit to each other.

Fans of the series have been commenting on social media since yesterday. Also, to note, DAYS tapes month ahead, so this story point was already completed before the move to Peacock.  It should also be noted that Rob Scott Wilson also appeared in another soap first, when on Prospect Park’s All My Children, his character of Pete Cortlandt (Wilson) received oral sex from Colby (Brooke Newton).

So, what did you think about how the Salem threesome between Alex, Chanel and Allie was portrayed? Comment below.

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DAYS Billy Flynn Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just start this by saying if you missed last Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives on Peacock, you missed beautifully touching and effective performances by both Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail).

Leading up to it, Chad had a gut-wrenching week.  He figured out that Clyde (James Read) was the culprit that murdered his wife and later confronted him.  That led to key scenes where Chad confronts Clyde at Abigail’s gravesite and wants to hear all the gory details of how Clyde stabbed his wife, and then learned how the criminal covered his tracks, went after Sonny (Zach Tinker) and stabbed him, and framed Leo (Greg Rikaart) for the crimes.

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Throughout the reveal, Billy Flynn played all of Chad’s pain and horror, while holding a gun at Clyde baiting him on – problem was Clyde is so despicable he had no problem telling Chad the grisly truth.  During a struggle for the gun with Chad, it is EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) who saves the day and shoots Clyde.  The two brothers bond over their shared disdain for Clyde.

Later at the Salem PD, EJ apologizes to Chad for bringing Clyde into their lives and for what happened to Abigail.  Chad takes it in but does not explode, rather appreciates his brother for saving his life.

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However, the emotional rollercoaster that Chad went through, and the audience, in the expert hands of Flynn, was nothing compared to the heartbreaking scenes where Abigail visits Chad at her gravesite, now that he solved the murder mystery.

Abigail is proud that Chad found her killer and tells him that she wants him to love again and that it’s OK to move on.  She knows he will always love her, and she will always love him.  Then, when Abigail asks Chad to tell her what traits their children, Thomas and Charlotte, possess that remind him of Abigail, it was very tender and not overplayed.  When it was time for their final goodbyes, both Flynn and Miller reminded us all why #Chabby was one of the best duos in DAYS history.

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In the end, it was Billy Flynn who carried the ball all the way to the end zone and scored a touchdown in the conclusion of Chad and Abigail’s love story.  It is always a nice to see when DAYS decides to write for and feature material which plays to Flynn’s strengths, and this did.

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So, for all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Billy Flynn’s work as the Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of the Chad and Abigail goodbye scenes at her gravesite? What did you think of Billy’s performance and the reveal that Clyde Weston was Abigail’s murderer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first, check out our latest conversation with Billy, and his DAYS co-stars Greg Rikaart and Mary Beth Evans now on the Michael Fairman Channel below, where Billy discusses taping the pivotal scenes and more.

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