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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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Who is DAYS Gwen Really? What is Her Vendetta Against Abigail All About?

We have a new psycho in Salem, and she is played to perfection by Emily O’Brien who has been bringing her brand of quirky evil to the NBC soap opera as Gwen.  Soap fans, of course, remember her as Jana Hawkes on The Young and the Restless from 2006-2011.

Ron Carlivati and his DAYS writing team certainly have some tricks up their sleeve where Gwen is concerned as viewers recently found out she was behind slipping Abigail (Marci Miller) the drug months ago causing her hallucinations.

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But Gwen is even much darker than we think, when several key clues and moments were revealed on Friday’s episode of DAYS when she went to visit her conspirator in prison, Dr. Rolf (William Utay).

During the exchange, we learn Gwen has been getting the mind-altering drug from one of Dr. Rolf’s concoctions.  She reveals to him that their plan has hit the proverbial snag.  The drug did not dismantle Abigail as she had hoped.  We also learn while she was in the mental institution – Bayview – that is how she tracked Rolf down by researching the drug he had created.

And it appears, Rolf hates Abigail too, citing he always saw her as  thorn in Stefano’s side.  It is then Gwen says he wants another dose of the drug to “melt Abby’s brain!”  Rolf says without anyone else to take the fall for it, he can’t come up with it.

He suggests to her to alter her plan and to instead destroy Abigail’s life piece by piece … and go for the long game instead of the short term – take everything that is near and dear from her including her husband, children, home, everything.

But, what does come to light is that even Dr. Rolf does not know why Gwen wants to destroy Abigail.  That is when Gwen shares she has very good reason to hate Abigail, and he, along with everyone else, will find out why when the time is right.

So, what are your theories?  Who is Gwen?  Is she a character with plastic surgery?  Could she be a sister no one knew Abigail had?  A former mental patient who Abby knew when she was getting help a few years back? And what is her gripe with Abigail all about?  Comment below!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Sonny and Will Say Their Final Goodbyes and Leave Salem

Not a happy day for fans of Days of our Lives’ WilSon.  Although it has been known now for over seven months that Daytime Emmy-winners, Chandler Massey (Will) and Freddie Smith (Sonny) were let-go from the long-running NBC soap opera, it still was hard to watch them have their final scenes on Tuesday’s episode.

As was in the dialogue, the writers and the show left the door open for a Sonny and Will return down the line when Sonny uttered: “Goodbye Salem, for now.” And, as is with most DAYS characters, they seem to somehow return at one time or another.  But still, it looks like the soap has made the decision to rest the characters.

Before their final exit, Sonny and Will had a visit with Sami (Alison Sweeney) to tell her they are moving to Arizona. Sami is up to her eyeballs in trouble with the custody hearing for Allie’s baby versus Nicole (Arianne Zucker).  Will tells his mother he wants her blessing before they go, and that he already received a blessing from Marlena (Deidre Hall).

An emotional Sami tells Will how sorry she is for all the things she has done, and the mistakes she had made when she was younger and along the way that impacted him.  In tears, Will says he is going to miss her, and the two of then share a hug,

After Sami leaves to head to the custody hearing, Will and Sonny look at Allie’s baby and the two talk about how things worked out for the best; even though Allie did not ultimately let them adopt her child.  The two realize they are about to give their daughter, Ari, a new life and Will thinks another baby and a dog might be in their future, too!

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Later, it’s time for one last look at Horton Town Square, and Sonny and Will remember their love from the beginning in a short flashback with a few moments of how they came together.

Will says it’s a tradition for when a Horton leaves Salem to visit the dedication to Tom and Alice in the ‘Square’.  Finally, it’s time for Sonny and Will to say goodbye to Salem for now as they walk out together..

So, what did you think of the final episode of Chandler and Freddie’s? Did you want more time spent on WilSon’s history in the flashback montage? Are you sad to see them go? Comment below.

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DAYS Rob Scott Wilson Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

If you think you were emotionally drained watching Ben Weston battle himself for control – think of how draining it must have been for Ben’s portrayer, actor Rob Scott Wilson, or for the character of Ben himself!

Well, in the final three episodes last week on Days of our Lives, Rob Scott Wilson once again showed why he is in complete command of this complex character – a former serial killer who has fought so hard to redeem himself, married the love of his life, Ciara (Vicroria Konefal), only to have it all almost wiped out by a heinous plot by Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva).

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Eve used drugs and torture techniques to try to drive Ben to kill Ciara as payback for him murdering her daughter, Paige (True O’Brien).  Weston was supported by some very fine scene partners in his performances: the aforementioned DePaiva, Konefal, and Kristian Alfonso (Hope); but it was Rob who drove the scenes and had the meatiest of material to play and boy, did he deliver.

Would Ben strangle his beloved Ciara with a necktie like his other previous victims? Wilson went from one minute being programmed to kill her, to another minute realizing he is in trouble … and so is Ciara’s life – so he tells her to lock the door of the bathroom and to not let him in! Although, as we saw, he eventually lost control and broke through the door and went to turn the lock reaching his hand from the outside to the inside. (Horror film moment!)

Later, when we see Ben crumpled on the floor in tears, Hope finds him, but her daughter is missing and Ben can’t recall what happened to her.  Fearing at first she killed Ciara, Hope is besides herself, and so is Ben.

From beat to beat, from turn to turn, Wilson was terrifying and heartbreaking all at the same time.  And with that, Michael Fairman TV names Rob Scott Wilson our choice for the Power Performance of the Week.

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

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