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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.

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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.

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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 Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will and Sonny Call It Quits

On Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Chandler Massey (Will) once again delivered heart-breaking scenes as the love story of WilSon took a dramatic turn.

After Sonny is summoned to the prison to see Will, the two have an emotional conversation, in which Will tells Sonny he knows that he kissed Evan (Brock Kelly) thanks to Kate (Lauren Koslow(.  Sonny assured Will that the he is not with Evan, but Will says, “Not yet.”

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Will goes on to say that what he did by taking the life of Sonny’s mom, and Justin’s (Wally Kurth) wife has put Sonny in an untenable situation and their marriage.  While Sonny calls it a tragic accident, Will will not allow Sonny to live his life with the ball and chain around him which is now an incarcerated Will, who will serve a prison term for what seems like years.

Knowing Sonny’s animosity towards Will, as much as he protests he doesn’t have it, Will asks for a divorce as tears well-up in Sonny’s eyes. Will mentions Justin’s recent prison visit and how they ran into each other.  Sonny tells Will just what Justin told him, that he is like a son to him. But Will feels so much guilt for taking the woman Justin loved away from him, and Sonny’s beloved mother, Adrienne.

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Then, Sonny asks if this is really about Evan.  Will says he  is just a catalyst as he wants Sonny to be happy with Evan, or whoever else he wants to be with in the future.  Will says he loves his husband so much that he wants him to find happiness again, and he knows he won’t if he is tethered to him.  Will tells Sonny he knows his daughter is in good hands with him and Gabi (Camila Banus) and he needs to honor Sonny for all that he had meant to him by loving him by setting him free.

The two men come to the harsh realization by finally admitting to one another that this was a long time coming.  With tears streaming down his face, Sonny says to Will, that when Will asked him to stop visiting him in prison, he knew their marriage was over, but neither could muster up the  courage to end it.

In the end, they both say how sorry they are, and say goodbye as Will is taken by the prison guard back to his cell as Sonny ls left devastated.

Freddie and Chandler reminded us all of why WilSon has been a continuing power couple on DAYS with their performances.  Now the question is; can Sonny and Will work their way back to each other, or is this the final straw in their lengthy relationship?

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Share your thoughts on the key scenes and performances. Then let us know, are you sad WilSon are breaking up? Or, are you glad? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Wally Kurth & Chandler Massey Deliver Poignant Scenes As Justin Tells Will ‘Don’t Give Up On Life’

If you caught Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the scenes capturing the minds of DAYS viewers featured touching work from Wally Kurth (Justin) and Chandler Massey (Will).

In it, after seeing Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) in prison, Justin comes upon Will, the man responsible for his beloved wife, Adrienne’s death (although the circumstances of just how Will was responsible have yet to come to light within the time jump).

Justin informs Will he is taking over Ben’s case, and Will thinks that with Justin on his side, Ben will have a better chance of getting out of the slammer.  Then, a guilt-ridden Will tells Justin that he thinks about Adrienne every single day and he will never stop hating and loathing on himself for being responsible for taking the love of Justin’s life away from him, and for what it has done to Will’s husband, Sonny, who has lost his mother in the process, and caused a huge rift in their marriage.

As things get more emotional between the two men, Will tells Justin that in his heart Adrienne was like a mom to him. Then, an emotional Justin tells Will he knows he did not mean to harm Adrienne.  Will thanks Justin, but thinks Justin hates him.  It is then that Justin reveals he could never hate Will.

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Justin admits he hates what Will did, but let’s him know in no uncertain terms that he thinks of Will as a son, and will not and can’t stop loving him.  As Justin begins to tear up, he becomes emotionally overwhelmed by the sadness of the entire situation, and tells Will, “You’re a part of our family for better or worse.”

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Next, Justin reminds Will that no matter what happens life goes on.   He himself is a perfect example as he has fallen in love with Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and is happy for the first time in many months.  Then in the punctuation point of the scene, Justin tells Will to never give up on life and the two embrace.

Did Wally Kurth just lock up an Emmy nomination with this scene that aired on Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives? Did you reach for the hankies?  Share your thoughts on the heart-tugging scenes via the comment section below.  But first watch some key moments from it.

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