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DAYS Recap – Oct 10 – Oct 14th

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Daniel shows up with coffee for Jennifer, only to discover that Jack spent the night. Jennifer makes it clear Jack slept on the couch. Daniel takes Jack to task for the way he has treated Jennifer and Abigail. Jennifer reveals Jack isn’t entirely to blame since he was kidnapped. Daniel processes this new information, not entirely sure Jack is being truthful. Bottom line, Daniel still feels Jack is culpable because he should have been more upfront from the beginning with Jennifer about what he was doing. Jennifer breaks up the heated argument between Jack and Daniel. She asks them both to leave, needing to be alone to sort out her feelings.

Sami oversleeps, having spent most of the night before prepping for her new job. She’s upset when she realizes she forgot to help Johnny with a costume for school. Fortunately, Rafe got him a costume and got the kids off to school. He continues to support Sami’s decision to work, but also asks if she’s really sure she wants to give up the time with her children. Sami feels she can balance it all. Rafe then reveals that in addition to the criminal charges John is facing for embezzlement, EJ is spearheading a class action suit.

Carrie freaks out when she thinks Austin is snooping through her files on John’s case. They are both still conflicted about his decision to take the job with the SEC to assist in gathering evidence for the prosecution’s case. The tension escalates into a fight in front of John, Marlena, Sami and Rafe. Rafe advises Austin if he wants to save his marriage, he should consider not taking the job.

John is deeply troubled by the stress his legal situation is putting on his family, especially Marlena. He asks Austin to come by and tells him no matter what the evidence shows, he is not guilty. Austin hopes it’s true, but he can only go by the evidence. John has perplexing memories. Carrie, Sami, Marlena and John discuss strategy. After the girls leave, John tells Marlena he’s reached a decision: he wants them to file for divorce.

Marlena is taken aback as John tells her he wants a divorce. John is thinking only of Marlena and his family and wants to protect them from the backlash of his arrest. Marlena is committed to John and makes it clear she is with him for better or worse. John hates what his arrest is doing to the rest of the family, and wants them all to distance themselves from him until his trial is over. Marlena tells John he can’t make that decision for any of them. It is their choice to support him – they know it will not be easy, but they don’t care. They love him and will be at his side no matter what.

Bo and Hope meet with Alice’s secret attorney, Erin Hewitt. Hope knew nothing of this lawyer, which is strange since she is the executor of Alice’s estate. The attorney tells them she handled certain private matters for Alice, as well as some things that weren’t quite as secretive. Hope thinks the lawyer will give them info since Gran has passed, but she makes it clear that much of what she did for Alice is still protected by confidentiality. The lawyer wants to help Bo and Hope, however, and when Hope asks if they can see less private documents, Erin says she thought they’d never ask. The lawyer emails them all of Alice’s files that were not explicitly marked confidential. Hope is encouraged as she and Bo search through the documents. They discuss what Alice could’ve been involved in, and Bo helps Hope reach a breakthrough. They have been looking at this all wrong. As cops, they have been thinking it must be something nefarious – but they need to think of Gran and who she was. It can’t be something nefarious; it has to be that Gran was helping someone.

Chad brings Abigail a “cheer up” kit, hoping to make her feel better now that her father is back. Abigail is touched by Chad’s sweet gesture. Their time together comes to a screeching halt when Jack arrives. Jack is angry; he learned from Justin and Adrienne that Abigail is dating a DiMera. Jack gets into a battle with Chad and Abigail steps between them, lashing out at her father. Jack forbids Abigail from seeing a DiMera. Abigail gives it right back to Jack, telling him he can’t waltz back into her life and act like a caring parent. He left her – he gave up his right to tell her what to do. Jack is hit hard as Abigail tells him to leave and stay out of her life. She wants nothing to do with him.

Melanie helps Maggie and Victor with wedding plans. The happy couple is beyond excited for their upcoming nuptials. Melanie is reminded of marrying Phillip in the Kiriakis living room. She is a bit wistful and sad, wondering if she will ever find love again. Jennifer finds a troubled Jack. He is distraught off of his ordeal with Abigail. Jennifer is hesitant at first, but approaches and asks if he’s okay. He explains what Abigail said – how she basically disowned him and the truth is… he deserved it! He’s been a lousy father who has hurt his family beyond repair. Jack explains exactly what happened, how he learned that Chad was a DiMera and flipped out. Jennifer tries to tell Jack that just because Chad is a DiMera, that doesn’t mean he’s evil. Jack disagrees, stating that Stefano always gets his way. Jennifer gently notes Jack didn’t take after his father – so how is it fair to condemn Chad? Jack admits this is true. Bottom line is that he blew it with Abigail and he really thinks she’s done with him. Jennifer reminds him that he’s her father and nothing will change that. Their daughter just needs time to figure things out. Jack eyes Jennifer and quietly asks: does the same apply to her, too?

At the Brady Pub, Brady and Sami introduce Madison James to Caroline. Kate arrives and learns Madison has also leased space for her headquarters in the new town square. Kate is horrified, but more so when Nate Berkus shows up and Madison reveals that Nate is an old friend and her designer. It’s Kate who has the last laugh, however, when she drops the bomb that she stole Mad World’s Japanese distribution deal. Kate goes and Brady wants to know what Madison is going to do. Nicole has set up an interview for EJ with Terri Seymour, but they’re both blindsided when the journalist reveals it’s an interview Q&A with Abe Carver, too. EJ blasts Nicole for not knowing what they were getting into, but she thinks he needs to go through with it. Abe and EJ have some choice words on and off camera, but later EJ turns things around in his favor and leaves the incumbent on the hot seat. Jack asks Jennifer if she’ll ever find it in her heart to forgive him and take him back. Jennifer is anguished and tells Jack she can’t do this now. It’s not fair to turn the question around and make it about her when the topic is Jack and Abigail. Jack apologizes and pulls back. He doesn’t want to pressure her. Jennifer says she does want to help Jack reconnect with his daughter, but warns she’ll only do so if he can promise he won’t hurt Abigail again. An emotional Jack makes plain to Jennifer that he knows how much he’s hurt the ones he loves. In fact, it was the knowing of it that nearly crippled him while he was being held prisoner. He knew he couldn’t correct the record and assure his family he was indeed thinking of them. He tells Jennifer all he can do is promise he’s changed, but it’s up to her to believe him. EJ and Abe go at it on live television. EJ works hard to hang the noose of Abe’s support for John Black around his neck. Abe stands up for his friend even though it would be politically expedient for him to do the opposite. His integrity and loyalty are clearly more important to him. The cost of those admirable traits becomes clear when reaction to the broadcast filters in and EJ comes off as the clear winner. Kate takes pleasure in lording over Madison how she has stolen the distribution deal with a Japanese conglomerate. Kate is unaware that Madison had fully expected her move and has already ensured that it plays to her ultimate advantage. Brady in particular is impressed and he sees Madison in a new light. Sami, Brady and Madison bring Nate Berkus to Madison’s future showroom so he can present his ideas. Madison surprises Brady by laying down the one essential ground rule for their working relationship: she doesn’t fool around with investors. Brady claims she misread him but then she surprises him by brushing up against him, lingering a little too long, and he’s left to wonder if she really meant what she said.

Austin catches Rafe up to speed on John’s case. He provides records which prove that fraudulent transactions have been traced to John’s computer and smart phone. Austin then shows Rafe a picture of John using his smart phone in Paris at the exact time money was laundered from his device. And even more revealing, John was standing up when he was supposedly still paralyzed! Meanwhile, Carrie confronts John with the same photo. John is unable to explain and swears he wasn’t in Paris at the time; he was having experimental surgery in Lugano! Marlena backs him up. When Carrie calls the clinic, however, they don’t have record of John coming in at that time. Marlena admits she never actually saw John check into the clinic, and he can’t come up with any eyewitnesses. Austin and Rafe drop by to question John, who maintains his innocence and theorizes that someone is setting him up – and he thinks it’s Stefano. Things go from bad to worse when Rafe asks to see his computer and phone, and John has to admit someone stole them. Carrie grows irritated with Austin as he upsets John during the questioning. After Austin and Rafe leave, John has a quick memory of being at the Paris cafe. John is deeply disturbed by this. Meanwhile, Marlena sneaks off to the DiMera mansion and bangs on the front door, demanding to speak to Stefano. At the station, Rafe decides to double check the FBI’s evidence, convinced John is not guilty.

Bo and Hope tell Maggie and Jennifer about Alice’s mysterious bank account. Maggie and Jennifer are thrown. Bo and Hope continue to go through the documents provided by Alice’s attorney. They hit upon an email Alice sent to the attorney the day before she died. Alice thanks the attorney for helping her with an investigation that has to do with Maggie. Alice informs the attorney that she plans to write Maggie a letter and give it to her in person. Bo and Hope call Maggie, who says she never received such a letter. Bo and Hope realize the letter must still be at the Horton house and head up to the attic to look for it, knowing it could answer all their questions. Daniel confides in Victor his concerns about losing Jennifer to Jack. Jennifer shows up with Maggie, and agrees to lunch with Daniel. Victor and Maggie talk about Daniel’s woes and later, Maggie is confused by Hope’s call regarding the letter. While making wedding plans, Maggie tells Victor she misses her children. Meanwhile, Jennifer confesses to Daniel that she spoke to Jack and it brought back a lot of feelings she thought she buried. Daniel makes a last ditch effort to proclaim his love, and while Jennifer is touched, she admits a part of her still loves Jack.

 

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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.

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.

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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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will Learns He Has A Brain Tumor; What Next For WilSon?

On Days of our Lives, Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) have been through the wringer.  Just like any power couple in “soapdom” they are constantly pulled apart by circumstances that drives distance between them, or prevents them from being happily reunited.  But then, isn’t that was soaps are all about … or, do these boys deserve a bit of peace and quiet?

On Wednesday’s episode of the NBC daytime drama series, Rex (Kyle Lowder) and Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) drop the bomb on WilSon.  Sadly, Will has a small brain tumor, although believed to be benign, it is is in a section of his frontal lobe that makes it most likely inoperable.

Will asks if that explains his headaches and why he has been passing out, and Rex confirms that is the cause.  He also says the tumor is likely benign, because the larger ones are usually cancerous.  The next step is to do a biopsy.  Rex advises Will to not exercise, drive, work, and to avoid stress right now.

Later at the Kiriakis mansion, Will Google’s brain tumor’s on the internet and is emotionally overcome with what it says.  In tears and looking very sad, Sonny comes on to the scene to comfort Will, but Sonny is looking concerned himself, trying to put on a brave front for Will.  Then, Sonny and Will admit they are frightened for what’s ahead, but Sonny says they must try to stay positive.  Will cries.

These scenes were nicely played by Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith, who always bring it in their scenes.

Look for more drama ahead for the duo and their on-screen families as Will deals with this new health crisis.

So, what does Will’s tumor mean for the future of WilSon?  What do you think will happen next? Are you upset that Will has this diagnosis? Do you want the duo to finally have some down time from all the drama, especially after getting Leo Stark (Greg Rikart) out of their lives?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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