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DAYS Recap – Nov 8 – Nov 12th

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Justin plays a video of Arianna, who discusses her will. She bequeaths some of her possessions to Rafe and Gabi, who are touched. Sami fears that Arianna has left her camera with to EJ. However, EJ receives a statue of Saint Anthony for his faith in her. Sami is relieved, while EJ is disappointed. Brady arrives and is shocked to learn Arianna has left the rest of her estate to him! Melanie walks in on Philip, Victor, Brady, Nicole and Kate celebrating keeping Vivian entombed in the sarcophagus. They all lie to Melanie, choosing not to get her involved. Later, Kate speaks with Melanie and tells her Chloe lies about everything and can’t be trusted. Melanie calls Chloe, and says they have to meet. She can’t live with the secret anymore. Meanwhile, Philip tells Victor he hates lying to Melanie. They go to Vivian’s old bedroom to check on her. Gus, who escaped Victor’s men, has rescued Vivian from the sarcophagus. She calls Maggie and convinces her to meet at the mausoleum. Vivian blames Victor for her entombment. Horrified, Maggie insists they go to police, but she ends up in the sarcophagus! Chad reveals to Will that he received a birth certificate in the mail and it names Stefano as his father. The sender was anonymous, although Chad, without revealing to Will, believes it was Kate. Will thoughtfully warns Chad to stay away from Stefano and advises him to say nothing. Chad isn’t sure what he’s going to do. Sami, EJ, Rafe, Nicole and Brady are shocked by the news that Brady is the main benefactor of Arianna’s estate. EJ and Rafe get into a fight, which Roman interrupts with news about a new witness in Arianna’s hit-and-run case. Sami, Rafe and EJ meet with the witness, who claims he saw a shiny object fly out of Arianna’s purse and into the gutter. EJ rushes out to see if it was Arianna’s evidence, but Sami is confidant that it’s long gone. Meanwhile, Justin gives Brady the keys to Arianna’s safe deposit box. Brady collects Arianna’s belongings. When Brady leaves the room, Nicole discovers the camera – and the truth about what Sami did! Maggie freaks out in the sarcophagus. Vivian is triumphant as she and Gus hide away in a hotel room. At the same time, Victor discovers he can no longer see Vivian on the monitor (Gus has disconnected the video feed). Victor uses the audio to contact Vivian, who pretends to still be in the coffin. Suspicious, Victor and Philip go to the tomb to investigate. Will Victor discover Maggie? Melanie indicates to Daniel she has something important to tell him, but stalls. She then tells Chloe she must come clean. Chloe follows Melanie to the Horton cabin to have it out with her. A livid Melanie calls Daniel to tell him about Chloe’s affair. Suddenly, Chloe goes into labor!

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Rafe and Sami make love, and he pledges his commitment to their future together. Meanwhile, Stefano excoriates EJ for staking everything on finding the proof against Sami. Marco brings EJ bad news about his search for the camera. EJ gets an idea. Meanwhile, Stefano confirms to Marco that he is to proceed with his orders for the hit. Nicole watches Sami’s full confession on Arianna’s camera. She ultimately decides not to tell Brady what she’s found, unsure about his loyalties to Sami and realizing she might be able to use this information to get Sydney back. Later, she shows up on Sami’s doorstep, prepared to drop her bombshell. Victor and Philip nearly discover Maggie in the sarcophagus, but at the last minute Victor decides not to open the lid. Vivian, who redirected the audio, is able to fool Victor into thinking she’s still in the sarcophagus. She’s hurt by Victor’s unkind words and is driven to torment Maggie. Vivian also prepares to send out an email explaining Maggie’s disappearance. Victor and Brady discover Gus has escaped, but they think he left town without Vivian. They assume Vivian is still trapped, not knowing it’s really Maggie who’s in the sarcophagus. Melanie realizes Chloe really is in labor, which precludes her from telling Daniel the truth about the affair. Daniel enlists Philip’s help in getting a boat en route to the island. Meanwhile, the baby is coming much more quickly than expected, and Melanie is forced to play delivery nurse. Later, Chloe is exhausted and delirious. She starts to spill to Melanie that the man she slept with was Philip. Nicole reveals to Sami that she has Arianna’s camera and plays the video of the confession. Sami freaks, but Nicole says she can be bought. She tells Sami her terms – she wants Sydney back in her life. Sami believes Nicole will use this to turn Sydney against her someday and she refuses to let that happen. Before Nicole can leave, Sami attacks her. They fight, and Nicole tries to flee, but she slips and hits her head. EJ goes to Brady to sniff around for clues about Arianna’s proof and finds Rafe there. Unable to get answers, EJ leaves. At home, he wonders if the religious statue Arianna left him holds a clue. He breaks it, but finds nothing and loses faith in getting his children back. At the same time, Brady asks Rafe if Sami shot EJ. Rafe evades, but Brady warns him – if Sami did it, EJ will make her pay. Rafe takes off, alarmed for Sami. Melanie helps Chloe give birth as Daniel and Philip arrive in time to witness. Chloe and Daniel bond over their new son and Melanie thaws toward Chloe. They get the baby to the hospital. Melanie backs off from telling Daniel the truth. Philip gets to hold the new baby, not knowing it’s his own son. Philip tells Melanie he’s ready to become a father. Stephanie tells Caroline she’s meeting with Roman. She’s going to reveal that Philip is Chloe’s baby’s father. But when they get to the hospital to tell Roman, they run into Daniel, Chloe and the new baby – the picture of a happy family. Stephanie puts her plans on hold for now, but still intends to tell the truth.

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In the struggle with Sami, Nicole has hit her head and is knocked out. Rafe enters, and revives Nicole, who tells him Sami tried to kill her. Nicole reveals Sami’s confession on the camera. Rafe asks Nicole what she wants and she explains that she wants visits with Sydney. Rafe agrees and Nicole goes. Sami doesn’t know how she can ever survive handing Sydney off to Nicole. Rafe, with a plan, says she won’t have to. Carly shows a file to Bo based on research she did regarding possible prison infirmary shenanigans. Bo realizes Hope needs to have this information, but Jane won’t let him see her. Bo comes up with a plan to help Hope, one that involves Carly. Jennifer pays a surprise visit to Hope, explaining she’s in town to deal with Alice’s estate – and to help her cousin. Afterwards, Jennifer bumps into Bo and says she may be moving back to Salem permanently. Bo wonders what’s going on with her. Lee and Jane agree that it’s best to keep Bo and Hope separated. Jane realizes she needs to find a way to keep Hope isolated. Later, Carly visits Hope, following Bo’s plan. Carly tells her Lee used to be a doctor and had her license revoked after being convicted for illegally filling prescriptions. Shocked, Hope realizes Lee might have something to do with the mysterious deaths. Chad confronts Kate with his birth certificate. She neither confirms nor denies that she sent it to him. Kate warns Chad of Stefano’s dark side, and advises him to think long and hard before he lets Stefano know that they may be father and son. Later, Kate lies to Stefano about her meeting with Chad. Chad calls Stefano from a payphone, but hangs up without saying anything.

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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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