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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 OF OUR LIVES: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Paul Signs Off In Salem With Tearjerker Goodbye

As they say, “all good things must come to an end”, and on Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, viewers watched a tear-filled and emotional goodbye as actor Christopher Sean, who played the role of Paul Narita for over four years with such dignity and grace, exited the series in his final episode.

It all comes about after Paul is heartbroken to learn, thanks to Brady (Eric Martsolf) who could not lie to him anymore, that Will is still in love with Sonny.  And after calling things off with Will and setting him “free”, Paul asks Brady to come by his apartment to inform him that he is leaving Salem.  Brady is certain that Paul will “find love again.”

Later, Paul’s dad, John Black (Drake Hogestyn), arrives and learns the heartbreaking news that Paul had decided to move back to San Francisco to be near his mom, and because there is a top-notch rehab facility to help him get back on his feet and walk again.

John asks his son: “Are you sure that you are doing all this for the right reasons?” Paul says he is not running away, but adds: “It would be hard for me to be here in Salem with Will and Sonny back together and all that. But mostly I could be with my mom, who I really, really miss, and I could be hopeful because I could probably walk again someday.”

After looking up the clinic on the internet with Brady and Paul, John concludes this is the best situation for his son.   “I need to get back on my feet again, in more ways that one,: Paul says.  When John asks when he is headed out, Paul reveals now.  An emotional John is filled with tears at having to saying goodbye to the son he never knew he had until a few years ago.

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Paul says to John in a tearjerker moment: “I used to lie awake in bed thinking what kind of man my father was.  And then I met you, and I saw the way that you cherished Marlena and the way you protected your family and the way you fought for what was right.  You have surpassed every expectation I have ever had about a father.”  He tells John he is grateful for all the time they had together. John tells Paul, “I’m so proud of you,” and he tells his son to always keep that big heart of his open, and they share a touching hug.

There is then a knock at the door at Luke, the new PT comes in to whisk Paul away to San Francisco!  There seems to be an instant connection between the two, and then Luke says that he knows full-well who Paul is, “You’re one of my idols”.  Luke goes on to say that when Paul came out it gave him the strength in his own life to do the same.  We also learn Luke is single, which is not lost on Brady and Paul, and John.

As a nice button on Paul’s journey he says, “I’m not hiding anymore, and I’m not pretending to be anyone I’m not. And for that, I do owe Sonny and Will a lo.,” Luke says, “Who is Sonny and Will?” As everyone sort of chuckles, it’s time to leave for the flight and John and Brady exit with Luke, as Paul looks around the apartment one more time.

Kudos to both Christopher Sean and Drake Hogestyn for those heartfelt scenes between father and son.  How many hankies did you need while watching them? We needed five!

Share your thoughts on Paul’s exit and the scenes in Christopher Sean’s final episode via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lives Are Forever Changed When Kristen and Xander’s Plans Blow Up In Pivotal Episode

In an explosive and can’t miss episode of Days of our Lives, all roads lead to a warehouse that appears to be filled with presumed dead bodies of former Salemites!  Behind the experiments and illegal activities going on in this creepy place are Xander (Paul Telfer) and Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk)!  This takes us to the action where Nicole (Arianne Zucker), who has been forced under Xander’s thumb, knocks him out and takes the recording of her confession to murdering Deimos, as she desperately tries to find Eric (Greg Vaughan), who has been tied up to a chair in another part of the warehouse thanks to Kristen!

Nicole is traumatized with baby Holly in tow as she comes upon a confusing maze of locked door with the initials VA, AD, AV, SD, ED, JD, and WR on them.  Had you figured out who they all stand for???   Brady (Eric Martsolf) hears Nicole calling out for Eric and is now locked in the E.D. marked room thanks to Sami (Alison Sweeney), who is searching for EJ!  Brady asks Nicole to let him out, she says “no” and not until she finds Eric!

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Kristen, who has Eric hostage, tells him that she and Xander need to move precious cargo in the warehouse and the building has been compromised! Sami finds her brother with Kristen! She demands to know where EJ is and attacks Kristen.  Cut to another shocker! Dr. Rolf (William Utay) is alive and prepares a large syringe for his mystery patient.  He explains to the man that the formula was far from perfected back then when they tried to use it, so he understands how apprehensive the patient would be trying it again. After injecting the patient, who we believe could be EJ, Rolf tells him Samantha Brady is here in the warehouse!  The man jumps up on the hearing of Sami’s name and grabs Rolf, but then a Bunsen burner is knocked over by accident and Rolf yells, “Fire!”  Then, the burner explodes in the man’s face like a fireball!

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Elsewhere, Xander comes in and finds the Sami/Eric/Kristen situation as sounds of explosions rock the warehouse and everyone starts screaming. Xander and Kristen run out, Sami frees Eric, then rushes out to mind the man she believes is EJ.  But then, rubble falls upon Nicole and she is separated from Eric and Brady.  She fits Holly fits through a hole and Brady runs out of the building with the little girl leaving star-crossed loves Eric and Nicole holding hands through the rubble.

Kristen finds Brady outside with Holly and begs him to come with her.  She wants him back and he tells her no way, and she tells him he will be sorry for this! She runs back inside the burning building.  Sami goes into the lab and calls EJ’s name, but she sees Dr. Rolf and he runs out.  Sami gets the burned man out of the blazing inferno!

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Back inside, Nicole begs Eric to watch over Holly, as she is not going to make it out of the fire.  Brady runs back in to save his brother, and hits him with a crowbar, when he won’t leave Nicole and could die himself. A gut-wrenched Nicole knows she is left to die with no way out!  Outside the warehouse, Eric comes to and loses it when he realizes Brady saved him and left Nicole inside!  Next, the warehouse door explodes!  Brady and Eric can’t get back in to save Nicole.

Inside, as the warehouse burns around her, Kristen says she is not afraid, and turns and reveals the Phoenix tattoo on her back! Looks like she is burning herself in the fire only to rise again!

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But that’s not all! Rex has returned to Salem in the form of Kyle Lowder making his debut as Kate and Roman’s son. You remember the Gemini Twins???  During Lowder’s first scenes back in Salem (he previously played Brady Black), Ron Carlivati and the DAYS writing team took the opportunity to give us some quickie Rex history including that: sister Cassie was stuck in a piñata and left for dead once, and how he and Cassie fell out of the sky!  Now in present day, Rex tells Roman (Josh Taylor) he is engaged and before he can tell his dad her name, Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) walks in with Baby Bonnie.  Rex holds the baby, not knowing that elsewhere Mimi Lockhart (Farah Fath) is confessing to Belle (Martha Madison) that Rex is the true bio-dad of Baby Bonnie!

What did you think of DAYS’ jam-packed, pivotal episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below, and let us know what was your favorite moment in it?

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