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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: Chad and Abby Share An Emotional Goodbye And Leave Salem Hitched

On Thursday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, tears were shed not only by the characters on the screen, but by the audience at home … plenty of them if you have been checking out social media since this installment aired.  For in it, viewers had to say goodbye to Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abby (Kate Mansi) as they left Salem to start their new life with their children in Paris.

However, before they make their exit, Chabby fans finally get to see their favorite duo tie the knot in a heartfelt and touching ceremony right in the Horton family living room.  While it was spur of the moment, it could not have been more poignant.  Leave it to Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to officially preside over the nuptials, JJ (Casey Moss) to play his guitar while his sister walked down the living room aisle to her man, and even Jack (Matt Ashford) showed up to do the right thing to be there for his daughter.

What would a Chabby wedding be without personally written vows, right?  Abigail tells Chad: “When we first fell in love, God, we had no idea of what we were getting ourselves into.  They say that when you meet someone and fall in love, you’re drawn to them, because they have something you need and we’re here today because I need you.  I need your courage, your faith, and love.  I’m so beyond grateful at a second chance with you and a family with our beautiful children. You are the love of my life, Chad. There’s nothing I want more than to spend the rest of my days with you.”

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In a touching moment, Chad is overcome with tears and expresses to Abigail; “You’ve always fought for your health, and for us, and I’m in awe of the woman I fell in love with. I’ll cherish you. I will protect you. I’m yours, and I’ll never doubt you again, because a love like ours really does only come once in a life.”

They exchange rings and Julie pronounces them husband and wife.  But this happy moment is also bittersweet when Chad says, “We hate to marry and run.”  Chabby has a plane to catch to take them to Paris.   Chad looks around the room and at all the special people in his life, and tells the group how special they all are to him.  In that scene, it definitely gave the feels that it was also Billy Flynn saying farewell to his castmates.

Of course … before they leave town Chad and Abby visit Stefan (Tyler Christopher) and Gabi(Camila Banus)is there.  They give them the news that they are leaving for France and are married.  In a moment alone between Abby and Stefan, he apologizes to her. Stefan notes how much he loved the other part of her (Gabby with a “Y”) and knows that she loved him too.  Abby says, “I know”.  Meanwhile, Chad says goodbye to the portrait of his father, Stefano vowing to be back someday.  After Chabby exit the DiMera mansion, Stefan has a meltdown and throws the chest board while Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) walks in on the scene.

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And finally, in the 10-hankie moment beautifully played by Billy Flynn, Kate Mansi and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Chad and Abby at the Horton house to say their final goodbyes to Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie, Jack, JJ, and Jennifer.  Abigail tells her mother to never give up on her dad.  Chad is in tears as Jennifer tells him she will miss him,  He says, “I will miss you, too”.

It was in that moment that any of us that have ever had to say goodbye to our families and move far away from them, or come back to visit them and then leave again, can relate.  Saying goodbye is often heartbreaking when you leave behind the ones you love.  But, Chad and Abby got their happy ending … for now. However,t his is a soap opera, so you never know how long happiness will last, or when they might be back in Salem.

Kudos to the performances of Billy Flynn, so raw and real, and Kate Mansi playing Abigail with depth and dignity to wrap up the story.

So, what did you think of the Chabby goodbye? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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DAYS’ Kate Mansi Delivers The ‘Power Performance Of The Week’

This week was a whirlwind for the character of Abigail Deveraux (Kate Mansi) on Days of our Lives.  On Christmas Eve, she shows up at the annual Christmas Ornament hanging at the Hortons with her daughter, Charlotte in tow.  When she gets there, she has a few choice words for her mother, Jennifer (Melissa Reeves).

A hurt and angered Abby lets her mom have it for not believing in her sanity in a gut-wrenching moment played to perfection by Kate Mansi.  Coming in to the scene like a firecracker ready to explode, she let out the emotions of how her own family would not stand by her when she was being gas-lighted by Gabi (Camila Banus), and yet even with that, no one still believed her.  (She still had no hard evidence to proof that she was telling the truth, but that was just around the corner!)

In addition, Mansi was pretending to be “Gabby” with a Y, the alter that fell for Stefan (Tyler Christopher) in an effort to get her freedom, and she did it.  She hands the guy divorce papers as a Christmas present, throws off her wig, shocking him that he was the one being played.   She is not sick.  She is herself, Abigail and she is leaving him and taking their baby with her.

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Later, when Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) remembers that she saw the DNA results proving that Chad (Billy Flynn) is the father of Charlotte, not Stefan, it is a triumphant moment for Abigail, yet a stinger, because she realizes the lengths her supposed “friend” Gabi went to for her revenge plot against her.  Eventually, Abby reunites Charlotte with her real bio-dad, Chad.  And for good measure, after the truth is finally out, and Abigail proves that she is of sound mind and body, she clocks Gabi for her deception right in front of Chad.

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With the levels of emotion illustrating the character’s inner-strength, and the depth in her work, MFTV names Kate Mansi the last week of 2018’s, “Power Performance of the Week.”

Let us know what you thought of Kate’s performance, what was your favorite moment in it, and how the week unraveled for Abby, Gsbi, Stefan, Chad, Jennifer, and Julie in the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Julie Remembers & Delivers Christmas Bombshell: Chad Is The Father of Abigail’s Baby!

Ah, we were waiting for Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to come through and she did and in record soap time – glad her amnesiac bout was short-lived.  On the Christmas day episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, Julie and Abigail (Kate Mansi) have a chat at the Horton’s about Gabi (Camila Banus).  Feeling guilty she had Julie snoop around on Gabi, (which eventually led to her tumble down the stairs), Julie says they need to keep their eye on the bigger prize is doing a “victory dance” when they bring down Ms. Hernandez for making Abby look like she has been suffering from her mental illness (DID), yet again.

Stefan (Tyler Christopher) shows up at the Horton’s demanding to see his daughter, Charlotte.  Abigail is not happy about him just showing up unannounced, especially after she delivered a special Christmas present to him … divorce papers … and then revealed she had been playing him this whole time as Gabby with a “Y”, and had exited the DiMera mansion with baby in tow.  Abby brings Charlotte to Stefan, who lowers the boom on her saying he is taking the baby back home with him.  He pulls out custody papers that his lawyer had drawn up.  Hearing Abigail and Stefan argue, and Stefan professing, “That is my daughter”, etc, leads Julie to have a startling revelation!

Suddenly, Julie’s memory is sparked about her confrontation with Gabi and how she fell down the stairs, and finding the DNA results that Gabi was hiding that proved that Chad (Billy Flynn) was Charlotte’s father, not Stefan.  Julie drops the ornament she was holding in her hand and it breaks, when she remembers! She then tells a stunned Abby and Stefan that Chad is Charlotte’s biological father.  She continues to tell them how Gabi switched the paternity results and when she confronted Gabi about it, they had a struggle as Gabi was trying to rip the results out of Julie’s hands, thus causing her fall.

Stefan demands real proof, and so he and Abby  head to the hospital to find Kayla (Mary Beth Evans).  When they go into Kayla’s office,she tells them that she remembers now that Gabi was with her the day that she got the DNA results.  Thus, Gabi is looking more and more guilty by the second!  Kayla goes into the hospital database and sure enough, Chad is the father, not Stefan.  Mr. DiMera is in complete denial.

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After the hospital Christmas party for the kids – and how funny was Leo (Greg Rikaart ) in his decked out Xmas outfit, and those lines of dialog remarked to the sick children – Chad and Gabi come home.  When Gabi goes upstairs to pack for their move, Abigail arrives with Charlotte.  She tells Chad that Charlotte is his bio-daughter.  Chad is speechless!  Meanwhile, Stefan is alone at Christmas in the mansion, and picks up the present he got for Charlotte, and then smashes it to the ground and begins to sob.

So, were you glad Julie’s memory came back pretty pronto?  Are you rooting for Chad and Abby to finally get back together? What should happen to Gabi now that her jig is almost up?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.  And for more with Susan Seaforth Hayes’ big week of story and her 50 years of Julie make sure to check out the latest episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast streaming now at NBC. com and on all major pod platforms.

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