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DAYS Recap – Oct 17 – Oct 21st

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At the DiMera mansion, Marlena confronts Stefano and accuses him of being behind John’s arrest. She knows Stefano is the only person who would and could fabricate the damning evidence against her husband. Stefano remains cool but categorically denies any involvement, telling Marlena he’s over any vendetta against John. Marlena doesn’t believe him and plays on his feelings for her. If he won’t drop this for John, do it for her. Stefano claims he would – if he had anything to do with it. Marlena storms out, unconvinced.

Carrie and Austin are exhausted and conflicted over their opposing roles in John’s case. Austin creates a romantic evening for them at their hotel room and, though it starts out dubiously, it ends with them making love. They vow not to let anything, including this case, come between them. Bo and Hope take a break from John’s case to pursue the Alice mystery. They rummage through boxes in the Horton attic and find the letter Alice was writing to Maggie before she died.

Meanwhile, at the Kiriakis mansion, Maggie is missing her daughters, Sarah and Melissa. Her mood improves when she and Victor discuss their upcoming wedding. Bo and Hope arrive with the letter and interrupt their planning. Maggie reads the letter and is stunned beyond belief. Alice wrote that she’d done some investigating and had learned that the eggs Maggie had harvested years ago had actually produced a child – without her consent. Maggie has another child! Maggie is overwhelmed and thrilled until Bo and Hope explain that’s all they know. Apparently Alice passed away before she could finish the letter. Jack comes upon Daniel and Jennifer just as she reiterates that she still loves Jack. He’s elated until Jennifer explains she also loves Daniel. She’s clearly anguished and confused. Daniel, unable to stand the pain she’s in, offers to step aside to make it easier for her. But Jennifer breaks down at the thought of losing Daniel. Jack, fearing that his reconciliation with Jennifer could be slipping away, says it’s not as if Jennifer can go out with both men. Daniel surprises both Jack and Jennifer by saying maybe that’s not such a bad idea – they should at least consider it. If Jennifer spends time with both of them, it could help make her decision more clear.

Madison arrives at the loft to work with Sami and finds her new employee in the midst of domestic chaos. Sami manages to pull it together and multi-task – dealing with her children and her boss. Madison is a bit wistful as she observes Sami’s interactions with her kids. After seeing how well Sami balances her work and home life, an impressed Madison gives her an account to oversee – and it’s one that will put her head-to-head with Kate!  Carrie and Austin reaffirm their love and promise not to let John’s case come between them. Their promise is short-lived, however, when Rafe comes across a tidbit that could exonerate John. To Austin’s dismay, Carrie keeps the info a secret and leaves town. Rafe takes her to the airport. Earlier, Austin confides to Rafe his belief that John is guilty. Rafe is cool and says John is family; he doesn’t want to condemn the man just yet.

John is angry with Marlena for visiting Stefano and putting him on notice. Strong Marlena doesn’t back down or regret her decision. John would have done the same thing for her. When Carrie arrives, they go over the evidence and seemingly come up empty until they receive a call from Rafe. He informs Carrie there is an orderly at the Swiss clinic who remembers John being there when he was supposedly in Paris. His testimony could exonerate him! Energized Carrie vaguely tells John and Marlena she has a lead and will be in touch.

Abigail finds Melanie in an awkward moment with Chad. Abigail is cool and they joke about it. Later, Melanie and Abigail talk about the impact of Jack’s return on their parents’ relationship. Abigail says she can’t forgive her father. Both Chad and Melanie think that’s a mistake. At the same time, the Salem U. sports site that Sonny created has been gay bashed. Will and Gabi try to keep it from Sonny, but he finds out and offers to bow out. Will and Gabi rally him and he decides to stay. Later, Chad tells Sonny something other than the cyber bullying is going on with the site – and they might have a big problem…

EJ and Nicole look over polling results, which show Abe slipping after he publicly defended John. Meanwhile, Abe and Lexie visit John and Marlena. John thanks Abe for standing up for him on television, but warns that this crisis could cost his friend the election. Abe won’t desert his friend. John and Marlena start to relax with the company of trusted friends but an ugly reminder of the public’s anger comes crashing through the window in the form of a brick with a note attached reading “Die thief.” John resolves to address these accusations and gets on a live broadcast, making a statement that he is innocent. His words are forceful and decisive. Anxious Maggie meets with Bo and Hope to figure out the mystery of Alice’s letter. The letter asserts that Maggie has a child she never knew about. Maggie recalls how she had some eggs harvested when she and Mickey were trying to conceive. A medical storage facility was in charge of keeping them. Maggie finds the number of the facility, but they’re all thrown to learn the phone has been disconnected. Further investigation by Bo and Hope reveal the company appears never to have existed. Maggie is thrown; she never expected this bump in the road. Bo and Hope decide to go back and grill Alice’s attorney further on the subject. Maggie returns home to see if there’s anything else to be discovered there. Once Victor is alone, he gets on the phone and makes a mysterious call, warning that his name can never to be connected to the company.

Jennifer, Jack and Daniel further discuss the notion of her trying to date both men to help her choose between them. Even though she knows it makes sense, she hates the notion that someone will end up hurt. Jack points out that if they don’t try this, all three of them will be hurt. Jack brings up the issue of sex. Jennifer flatly declares she’s a one-man woman and won’t be intimate with either of them while this experiment plays itself out.

Austin and Rafe clash when Carrie calls from Switzerland to check in – with Rafe, not Austin. Austin thinks Rafe’s continuing connection with Carrie means he’s stepping over the line in his role investigating the case against John and helping the defense. Rafe covers but asserts he believes in John’s innocence. Sami confesses to Roman that she has her doubts about John. Later, she connects with Austin and he warns her that Rafe may be skating on thin ice. They bond a little, and Sami reveals that Marlena admitted John isn’t completely back, mentally. Sami believes that may have led to John doing what she fears he did. Since Austin is alone while Carrie is away, Sami invites him to move into her place, and after some prodding, he finally admits it’s a good idea.

Roman confronts Rafe and tells him the FBI has been made aware that he’s been working with Carrie. He’s crossed the line – and he’s fired! Rafe returns home and Sami arrives with Austin, announcing that he’ll be staying with them. Rafe – convinced Austin is the one who ratted him out to the FBI – decks him. Abigail gets a shock when her father shows up to take Jennifer on a date. She feels betrayed and wonders how her mother could forget what Jack did to them all. Jennifer gets Abigail alone and strongly asserts she’s doing what she feels she has to do. She needs to sort out her feelings for Daniel and for Jack. Abigail says her mother is making a big mistake. She rejects Jack’s overtures and rushes out. Once alone with Jack, Jennifer wonders if they are making a mistake. Confident Jack asks her to stay the course. Go out with him today. She won’t be sorry. Meanwhile, Daniel is with Melanie and Chad, trying not to think about Jennifer’s date with Jack. When Abigail arrives, she asks how Daniel could agree to such an arrangement. He defends that he loves Jennifer too much not to give her the chance to make up her own mind about whom she wants. Jennifer and Jack go on their “first” date under their unorthodox arrangement with Daniel. Jack surprises Jennifer by having them decorate Halloween cookies for the children in the hospital. He reveals that in Afghanistan he witnessed too many children suffering and he was deeply affected by one little boy in particular. He resolved to do what he could to help other children in need. Jennifer can’t help but be affected by this side of him.

Furious Rafe decks Austin, accusing him of being responsible for the leak about him working with Carrie. It cost him his job! Sami is upset by the altercation and jumps in to stop more fisticuffs. Austin and Rafe face off but Sami blows it big-time when she unwittingly blurts that at least Austin still has a job. Stunned Rafe storms out of the loft, too angry to speak. Austin and Sami both agree that his moving in is not a good idea. Later, Sami finds Rafe at the Brady Pub. He accepts her apology but Austin shows up with the news that he’s lost his hotel room and there aren’t any other rooms available in town due to the news coverage of John’s investigation. He knows this is really lousy timing but staying with them could be his only option. Bo delivers a real blow to Marlena and John when he informs them that Rafe has been fired from the Salem PD. The FBI learned he had been leaking pro-John information to Carrie. Bo has been tapped to replace him as the PD/FBI liaison, and though he supports John, he can’t do what Rafe was doing. He must maintain complete professional objectivity. He leaves to join Hope, Maggie and Melanie at the lawyer’s office. Emotional John and Marlena refuse to let this latest bad news take over and they finally make love, the first time since his paralysis.

Bo joins Maggie, Melanie and Hope as they visit Alice’s lawyer. They plead with her to give them more information. Maggie is understandably distraught at the idea that, after learning she has another child, she may never be able to find him or her. The lawyer is affected and though she can’t break her promise to Alice, she leaves the pertinent file on her desk, admonishing them that they mustn’t look at it when she’s gone; i.e., she’s giving them tacit permission to do just that. They do look and Hope thinks she’s found what they need – the name of the fertility clinic that likely wound up with Maggie’s harvested eggs.

 

 

 

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Sonny and Will Say Their Final Goodbyes and Leave Salem

Not a happy day for fans of Days of our Lives’ WilSon.  Although it has been known now for over seven months that Daytime Emmy-winners, Chandler Massey (Will) and Freddie Smith (Sonny) were let-go from the long-running NBC soap opera, it still was hard to watch them have their final scenes on Tuesday’s episode.

As was in the dialogue, the writers and the show left the door open for a Sonny and Will return down the line when Sonny uttered: “Goodbye Salem, for now.” And, as is with most DAYS characters, they seem to somehow return at one time or another.  But still, it looks like the soap has made the decision to rest the characters.

Before their final exit, Sonny and Will had a visit with Sami (Alison Sweeney) to tell her they are moving to Arizona. Sami is up to her eyeballs in trouble with the custody hearing for Allie’s baby versus Nicole (Arianne Zucker).  Will tells his mother he wants her blessing before they go, and that he already received a blessing from Marlena (Deidre Hall).

An emotional Sami tells Will how sorry she is for all the things she has done, and the mistakes she had made when she was younger and along the way that impacted him.  In tears, Will says he is going to miss her, and the two of then share a hug,

After Sami leaves to head to the custody hearing, Will and Sonny look at Allie’s baby and the two talk about how things worked out for the best; even though Allie did not ultimately let them adopt her child.  The two realize they are about to give their daughter, Ari, a new life and Will thinks another baby and a dog might be in their future, too!

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Later, it’s time for one last look at Horton Town Square, and Sonny and Will remember their love from the beginning in a short flashback with a few moments of how they came together.

Will says it’s a tradition for when a Horton leaves Salem to visit the dedication to Tom and Alice in the ‘Square’.  Finally, it’s time for Sonny and Will to say goodbye to Salem for now as they walk out together..

So, what did you think of the final episode of Chandler and Freddie’s? Did you want more time spent on WilSon’s history in the flashback montage? Are you sad to see them go? Comment below.

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DAYS Rob Scott Wilson Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

If you think you were emotionally drained watching Ben Weston battle himself for control – think of how draining it must have been for Ben’s portrayer, actor Rob Scott Wilson, or for the character of Ben himself!

Well, in the final three episodes last week on Days of our Lives, Rob Scott Wilson once again showed why he is in complete command of this complex character – a former serial killer who has fought so hard to redeem himself, married the love of his life, Ciara (Vicroria Konefal), only to have it all almost wiped out by a heinous plot by Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva).

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Eve used drugs and torture techniques to try to drive Ben to kill Ciara as payback for him murdering her daughter, Paige (True O’Brien).  Weston was supported by some very fine scene partners in his performances: the aforementioned DePaiva, Konefal, and Kristian Alfonso (Hope); but it was Rob who drove the scenes and had the meatiest of material to play and boy, did he deliver.

Would Ben strangle his beloved Ciara with a necktie like his other previous victims? Wilson went from one minute being programmed to kill her, to another minute realizing he is in trouble … and so is Ciara’s life – so he tells her to lock the door of the bathroom and to not let him in! Although, as we saw, he eventually lost control and broke through the door and went to turn the lock reaching his hand from the outside to the inside. (Horror film moment!)

Later, when we see Ben crumpled on the floor in tears, Hope finds him, but her daughter is missing and Ben can’t recall what happened to her.  Fearing at first she killed Ciara, Hope is besides herself, and so is Ben.

From beat to beat, from turn to turn, Wilson was terrifying and heartbreaking all at the same time.  And with that, Michael Fairman TV names Rob Scott Wilson our choice for the Power Performance of the Week.

So, what did you think of Rob’s performance? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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