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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 Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

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Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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DAYS Eric Martsolf and Stephen Nichols Named ‘Power Performances of the Week’

Last week’s Days of our Lives provided quite the backdrop for some stellar performances, as we had previously noted earlier in the week here.   However, there were a few scenes and moments that just stood out to us, that even when we watched them back for a second or third time, still got us choked up.

First, Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf (Brady) really deserves some major kudos here for his understated and effective work when Brady is finally given the truth – that his daughter Rachel is alive – and his brother Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) child, Mickey is the one who really died in a nefarious baby switch scheme thanks to Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston).

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Not only did Martsolf convey the joy that his daughter was alive juxtaposed with months of angst that preceded it, but he also showed the heartbreak knowing that Eric and Sarah’s (Linsey Godfrey) child did not survive.  In scenes with Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Greg Vaughan, and later with Stacy Haiduk (Kristen), where Brady tells Kristen their child is alive, Martsolf delivered.

Then, there was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who did what he does best, showing the vulnerability of Steve Johnson.  In key scenes following surgery to rid Steve’s head of the chip that made him believe and act like Stefano, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to explain her new relationship with Justin (Wally Kurth).  That alone is a shocking moment for Steve … and then he cannot understand how his sister and Justin broke up.  That is when Kayla has to tell Steve that his beloved sister, Adrienne (Judi Evans) had passed away a year ago following a tragic car crash.

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Steve is overcome with emotion and tears, as any brother would be who loves his sister, which made this all the more realistic.  It was heartbreaking watching Steve try to deal with finding out Adrienne was gone and then blaming himself for not being there for her.  It was made all the more hankie-inducing in a later scene, when he hugged his brother Jack (Matthew Ashford), as the two mourned the loss of their sibling.

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For these moments noted above, Michael Fairman TV names Eric and Stephen last week’s Power Performances of the Week.  

So, what did you think of Eric and Stephen’s work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Heartbreaking DAYS: Steve Learns Adrienne Died, An Anguished Sarah Lays Into Xander, Brady Tells Kristen Their Baby Is Alive

If you caught Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, it proved to be one of the more dramatic and emotional episodes of the year in soaps; featuring stellar performances from the cast.  First, knocking it out of the park was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who while in the hospital and regaining his true self back, learns from the love of his life, his sweetness, Kayla (Mary Beth), that she has moved on with another man in his absence.  Then, when Kayla admits she has been involved with Justin (Wally Kurth), he immediately questions her, “What about my sister? Did they split up again?” Confused and shocked, he tells Kayla she would never have an affair on Justin.  With nothing left to do but tell Steve the truth, Kayla has the painstaking task of telling him that his beloved sister, Adrienne died and the events that led to her death. Steve is gut-punched and breakdowns in tears over his sister’s death and that he was not there for her.  When Steve says she was such a good sister it is crushing moment as he says he will always love her.

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Later, when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Jack (Matthew Ashford) visit Steve in his hospital room, Steve hides his face.  Jack learns that Steve knows about Adrienne, as he sees Steve just overcome with grief, and goes to hug and comfort his brother.  Jack also tried to help Steve understand how Justin was devastated when Adrienne was killed and that Kayla was grieving the loss of her relationship with Steve, knowing she signed the divorce papers and he went MIA from Salem and did not contact her.

At the Kiriakis mansion, Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) is supposed to start her wedding to Xander  (Paul Telfer), but now she is armed with the truth that he switched her and Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) baby, with Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Kristen’s (Stacy Haiduk) … and her little girl actually died.  As Justin presides over their nuptials, Sarah is filled with moments of anger, hatred, and shock towards Xander.  He is not sure what is going on with her.  When it gets to the vows, Sarah finally blurts  “How could I marry you after what you did?” It is then he learns she knows he switched babies and let her fall in love with a child that was not hers!

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Sarah reveals to Xander that Eric told her everything on how he covered his tracks and passed off Brady and Kristen’s baby as hers, Justin leaves and once he’s gone, Xander tries to explain he did the switch for her, because he loves her and she had gone through so much.  Sarah, who is an emotionally fragile state, hears Xander suggest that they take Mickey and run away.  She tells him she is going upstairs with Mickey (Rachel) and when she comes down she wants him gone and she never wants to see him again.  Realizing he has been found out and his plans have blown up in his face, Xander collapses to the floor.  Upstairs with the baby, Sarah doesn’t know how to let her go.  And in the cliffhanger of the entire episode, an overwrought Xander turns and sees that Eric has showed up, ready for a confrontation …. and to see Sarah.

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Brady, who has been through an emotional rollercoaster learning from Eric and Nicole (Arianne Zuvker) that baby Rachel is alive, and that it is now his brother, Eric who is grieving the loss of a child, goes to find Kristen to tell her the shocking, and yet wonderful news.  He finds her at the gravesite of their believed-to-be-dead daughter.  As she continue to grieve the loss of their child, it is then Brady tells her that their little girl is alive!. Kristen begins to understand the revelation when Brady reveals that “Mackenzie” has the same birthmark as Rachel. and he has DNA test results to prove she’s theirs.  At first, Kristen is too scared to believe this could be true, but she reads the DNA results and is overjoyed.  Just then, Eric and Nicole arrive at the gravesite. Brady hugs his brother and Kristen tells Eric how sorry she is, even though she knows he does not like her for what she has done in the past to him.   Then, Eric and Nicole have a moment at the gravesite, as an emotional Eric says goodbye to his daughter.

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Later at their home, Kristen says she wants to go get Rachel.  Brady says they need to give Sarah and Eric a day to grieve before barging over to the Kiriakis mansion to claim their baby.  Kristen tells Brady she is not sure she can wait another day.  When she starts questioning how the hospital messed up the birth of the babies, it is then she learns that Xander was behind the baby switch; and as expected, that was not going to sit well with Kristen!

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Kudos to Eric Martsolf, Lindsey Godfrey, Greg Vaugha, Stacy Haiduk, Paul Telfer, Mary Beth Evans and the aforementioned Nichols for their performances in this episode that featured several hankie x 10 moments.

So, what did you think of this episode of DAYS? Were you emotional through it? Did you enjoy the work of the cast? Comment below.

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