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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.

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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.

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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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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: John ‘Unmasks’ Kristen In Great, Soapy Cliffhanger

If you caught Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives, head writer Ron Carlivati and company served up a juicy, soapy, delicious reveal to the duped folks of Salem! The backdrop? Of course, … John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena’s (Deidre Hall) surprise wedding anniversary party where at the same location a year ago all hell broke loose … as it has now a year later!

In story. after putting all the pieces together in a montage of flashbacks and moments, John Black is the guy (and Kristen’s ex) who figures that Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) is at the Jarlena party in disguise, but as who?  Through recalling … what “Nicole” said to him, what Abe (James Reynolds) mentioned to him – that since Nicole (Arianne Zucker) came back to Salem she’s been like another person – and Kate (Lauren Koslow) mentioning how Maggie swore she saw Kristen, not Nicole, when Maggie went off the wagon, but no one believed her, things were coming clear to John!

And that to the fact that Eli (Lamon Archey) received a call from Xander (Paul Telfer) who swears he has been working for Kristen DiMera, and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) reporting that bit of news to John, he is hit with the major revelation.  After touching speeches by John …and as Marlena delivers hers about the man she loves, the duo share a kiss, but then John stops “Nicole” and Brady (Eric Martsolf) from leaving the party!

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What happens next is soap gold! John grabs “Nicole” and rips her hair and mask off.  Next, Kristen flips back her hair and reveals herself to the party-goers and it looks like it’s curtains for Kristen … as everyone is stunned by the bombshell and we fade to black.  The pick-up of this great cliffhanger was today (Friday), more on that later.

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Watch the final moments of Thursday’s DAYS as John “Unmasks” Kristen! Then let us know what you thought of the major moment via the comment section below.

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DAYS’ Olivia Rose Keegan Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Although she is exiting the show on-screen next week on Days of our Lives, Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire) got the opportunity to go out in a blaze of glory (those damn lighters!).

If you caught this past Tuesday’s installment of the NBC daytime drama series, Claire finally became entrapped and completely unhinged, after being set-up by Tripp (Lucas Adams) and Ciara (Victoria Konefal); where everyone learned she was the responsible party for the notorious cabin fire and was about to attempt to set her rival, Ciara, on fire in a cabin, yet again, after taking off with her.

In the process, Tripp was held with a knife to his throat by Claire, and eventually hit his head trying to get away from her knocking him unconscious.  The perfect opportunity for Claire to make her getaway with Ciara.

Once at the Cabin, Claire pours gas all around as Ciara begs her to stop, while she is chained to the bed.  Claire then flicks the lighter.  To the rescue come Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Marlena (Deidre Hall); who have tracked down where the young women are.  Ciara calls out to Ben, who breaks down the cabin door.

Just then, Claire holds out the lighter with the flame ready to start another fire.  Knowing she is caught, Claire starts to explain how she lost her mind in all of this.  Ben tries to talk her down and to please put the lighter away, as does Hope.  As a desperate mother, Hope begs Claire to let Ciara live, and tells Claire that she knows she really doesn’t want to do this.  Hope tells her that she knows that Claire loves them both.   As Ben rescues Ciara, Claire closes the lighter as Marlena holds her.  As the others get out of harm’s way, Marlena says she has got this … and now it’s Claire and Marlena alone and inside the cabin together.

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But then, wanting to end her own life, Claire picks up the lighter and flicks it open.  She tells Marlena she can’t go back and says, “It’s better if she dies.”  Claire thinks she’s a monster and certifiable … and is as criminal as what Ben Weston has done in his past.  Reassuring her and talking her down, Marlena promises Claire that with help, she can turn her life around as Ben has done.

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Claire breaks down as Marlena holds her.  Next, Marlena is able to get her out of the cabin, away from setting herself on fire, and on her way to the hospital for observation, until it can be figured out what’s next for the troubled young woman.  As they leave the scene, Claire sobs uncontrollably knowing she is a damaged soul, has lost her way, and realizing the harm she has done to other people.

In all of these scenes, Keegan brought the angst, the mental instability, and the realization of Claire’s horrific motivations to life, in a dramatic, and not over-the-top way, even in the most melodramatic of soapy circumstances.  For those reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Olivia’s work are Power Performance of the Week.

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Knowing those scenes were part of her final days of shooting on DAYS, Keegan told Soap Opera Digest in an interview (in their latest issue on newsstands now), “Obviously, it was sad to shoot.  And it was emotionally demanding and bittersweet, because Victoria Konefal and I are best friends.”

So, what did you think of Olivia’s performance in the key scenes? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Unmasked! The Part Of Nicole Walker Is Now Being Played By Kristen DiMera

On Friday, NBC’s Days of our Lives delivered quite the cliffhanger as fans go into the Memorial Day Weekend.  There had been plenty of speculation that something just wasn’t quite right with Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) since her “return from the dead” to Salem.  Leave it to head writer, Ron Carlivati to come up with an exciting twist …  and he did!

As it turns out, that isn’t Nicole after all, but Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk) wearing a very convincing Nicole mask and weaving her plot while under wraps; chief among those plots is to nab Brady (Eric Martsolf) as her man; once and for all.

In story, at the Salem Inn, “Nicole” kisses Brady.  At first he responds, but then backs off, until “Nicole” yelps, “Damn it, Brady! Why are you fighting me on this? Just forget about Holly.”  Brady is stunned! “Nicole” says she wants to escape the pain of losing her daughter, but Brady leaves and “Nicole” smashes a vase.

Later at the Inn, Xander (Paul Telfer) hands over Holly’s hospital records.  Meanwhile, “Nicole” tells her accomplice all about the memorial service and how devastated Eric (Greg Vaughn ) was, and how bad she wants to be with Brady.  Admitting Brady currently rejected her, she says it’s only a matter of time before he gives in to her seductions.

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Next, we see “Nicole” ripping a mask from her face, just as Xander announces that Nicole is being played by “Kristen DiMera” and smirks.  Meanwhile, Kristen emerges from under the mask, free at last as her wig comes off as she lets down her hair.   Thus, the pieces all are starting to fit together.

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Kudos to Arianne Zucker for playing Nicole and Kristen as Nicole, and we can’t wait to see Stacy Haiduk as the conniving Kristen as this story unfolds.

Watch a promo for next week’s DAYS below.  Then let us know, what you thought of the twist: that Kristen is pretending to be Nicole, via the comment section below..

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