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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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Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Bring the Heartache and Heartbreak to DAYS’ Elani Wedding

Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives showcased the nuptials of now long-suffering duo, Eli (Lamon Archey) and Lani (Sal Stowers).  In true soap opera fashion things didn’t look good for the couple to get hitched in the first place, especially with Gabi’s (Camila Banus) threats that she would literally blow Julie’s (Susan Seasforth Hayes) heart out of her chest, if Lani did not bust up with Eli at the altar.

As Marlena (Deidre Hall) is officiating the ceremony, things took a dark turn when she asked if anyone in attendance could show just cause why the couple should not be wed in holy matrimony.  Everyone is silent as Gabi, who is an attending the nuptials, is quite happy with herself broadcasting the wedding from her phone to Julie who is in the hospital.  Next, an emotional Lani tells Gabi how sorry she is for shooting Stefan.  Lani says she hopes Gabi can set aside their differences for the sake of Julie and Eli.  Gabi tells her she thought she made herself clear.  It appears that Lani decides she is moving forward with the vows, after standing up for herself and ignoring Gabi’s threat after tackling Gabi WWE Smackdown style.  Next, Gabi informs to everyone she just pressed the button on the app on her phone and Eli’s grandmother’s heart exploded. But hold the phone! In that moment, there is a twist.  We go back to Lani at the altar who snaps out of this blackmail nightmare she just played out in her head.  That didn’t really happen, but the audience sees her thinking process through it, which leads Lani in the present to break off the wedding to her beloved Eli.

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At the altar, Lani tells Eli through her tears she cannot do this.  Eli is stunned and confused.  The bride tells him he doesn’t deserve this.  Next, Lani turns towards Gabi, and then tells Eli she is sorry and then runs out of the ceremony.   Gabi mutters that her “work is done here” which seems to be overheard by Will (Chandler Massey).

What follows is absolutely devastating scene in the park as Eli has followed Lani there.  Through her tears, and knowing that the only way she can break things off with Eli is to hurt him deeply, Lani tells him at first that she doesn’t deserve to be happy with a husband, because she shot and killed Gabi’s.  However, Eli won’t accept that, and that is when she has to muster everything inside her to break Eli’s heart in pieces.  She tells the man she loves that she doesn’t love him anymore. Lani says that she thought that after baby David’s death and all they went through to be together it would all fall back into place for them, but for her, it didn’t.

Lani says her decision is made. With tears streaming down his face, Eli cries, “So you’re leaving me? That’s it?” Lani confirms it is, and that she is sorry and then runs off.  Cue none other than Gabi to find a gut-punched Eli on the park bench, who she hugs! Looks like there’s a part two to Gabi’s heinous plan ahead.

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The performances by Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers in this episode were top-notch – their work was and even though it was under the most outrageous of circumstances, you felt the love, the heartbreak and heartache of a couple torn apart, when they love each other so much.

So, what did you think of Lamon and Sal’s performances? What did you think of the final moments of the episode when Lani has to dump Eli for good? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Camila Banus Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

The angst, drama, tears, and revenge continued this week on NBC’s Days of our Lives with the stirring portrayal of grief-stricken young woman; who is hell-bent on making everyone around her suffer for the loss of her husband in a fatal gunshot that left him brain-dead.  Of course, we are talking about Camila Banus (Gabi), who turned in bravura performances this week, and there are four moments that really stood out to us that showed the range and depth of Banus’ work.

In the hospital chapel, Gabi talks to God and prayed to him that he will make Stefan (Brandon Barash) whole again.  There has been one through-line for Gabi throughout her life – she seems to have everything and everyone she loves taken away from her, even if some of the decisions she makes along the way have a cause/effect that leaves her feeling completely alone, and ready to lash out at the world for what has transpired.  In the chapel, she asks God through her tears, “Why do you hate me so much?” Gabi tells God she went to Sunday school as a little girl and still she has lost God and her husband.  Gabi cannot even get herself to look at Stefan’s things when Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) try to share them with her as she slaps the envelope out of their hands.

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In another heartbreaking scene, Gabi is in the bed she shared with Stefan. She flashes to kissing the love of her life.  Next, Gabi breaks down in tears, and throws things around in the bedroom before slumping to the floor.  She sobs and says, “Why did you give me your heart, Stefan, if you weren’t going to be around to love me with it?”

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Later, Gabi talks to Stefan in her sleep as she hugs his pillow. When she wakes up she cries as Kate (Lauren Koslow) arrives to check on her.  Gabi lets Kate have it, and at first blames Kate for the whole mess with Stefan.  Gabi lashes out that if it wasn’t for Stefan getting in between Kate’s feud with Vivian (Robin Strasser), he’d still be alive.  Kate knows Gabi is in despair and hugs her.  Then, Gabi channels her angst towards Lani (Sal Stowers) promising to make her suffer.

And on Friday’s episode, Gabi is ramping us some sort of revenge plan promising Stefan his legacy will live on. Earlier, Gabi was present with Lani and Eli (Lamon Archey) when Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) informed them that Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) will need a special pacemaker, even after receiving Stefan’s heart. Somehow, Gabi found a file on Visionary Bionics, the company that makes this unique medical device, and recalls Kayla saying she’ll do the procedure on Julie tomorrow. Gabi makes a mysterious call.  What is she about to do?

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Through all of the emotional drama, Banus sustained a level of performance that is no easy feat. That is why Michael Fairman TV names Camila’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

Let us know if you agree with our pick, and what you thought of Camila’s performances, and what you think Gabi might do next, via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Stefan is Brain-Dead After Getting In Lani’s Line Of Fire

If you caught last Friday’s Days of our Lives, and as we head into a new and dramatic-filled week ahead in Salem, after jumping in front of a bullet meant for Vivian (Robin Strasser), Stefan (Brandon Barash) has been shot badly – he has a gun shot wound to the neck through the carotid artery.

Lani (Sal Stowers), who fired the shot in an effort to stop and take down Vivian for her crimes against Kate (Lauren Koslow), et al, now finds herself in very, very hot water, and none more so than with Stefan’s wife, Gabi (Camila Banus).

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In the waiting area, Gabi shows up and confronts Lani. However, Lani and Abe (James Reynolds) try to explain it was an accident.  Gabi reminds him of how he felt after Theo was shot.  As Gabi runs off to see Stefan, Lani cries, “What if he dies?”

When Gabi arrives in the trauma room, she is told by Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and team that they worked on Stefan for over 20 minutes but he is brain-dead. Vivian, who alerted Gabi to what happened, and showed up at the hospital incognito in her scrubs to check up on the fate of her son, is trying to make her escape plan from Salem

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Meanwhile, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) is MIA from her hospital room as she and Doug (Bill Hayes) go to Doug’s Place.  She wants to breathe her last breath there, and wants one last night with her beloved husband.  Julie asks Doug, if she has been a good wife to him, knowing the end is near. After reminiscing of their past and flashbacks, and Julie wanting to have one last dance, she passes out

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Next, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Eli (Lamon Archey) arrive at Doug’s Place and find Doug crying.  They tells him that they need to  get Julie back to the hospital but Doug says it’s too late. Everyone is heartbroken.

So, what have you thoughts of the twist? Stefan brain-dead? Gabi on the warpath? Julie’s plight and its toll on Doug? How do you think this will all play itself out? Could Stefan come back to life as others have via Dr. Rolf? Share your thoughts below.

But first, for a preview of what’s to come check out the latest DAYS promo from NBC.

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