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DAYS Recap – Oct 18 – Oct 22nd

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Rafe assures Sami that her secret about shooting EJ is safe. Arianna shows up. When Sami leaves, Arianna tells Rafe she overheard her say she shot EJ. Rafe never admits it’s true and tries to tell Arianna she misunderstood. Arianna comes to realize that her brother already knew about Sami and has been lying for her. Meanwhile, EJ returns to the hospital for a follow-up exam, and sees Lexie holding Sydney while Sami has stepped away. He takes Sydney into his arms, despite Lexie’s warnings of the restraining order against him. Sami comes back and is furious to see Sydney in EJ’s arms. She threatens to call her father to arrest EJ and he finally returns Sydney, vowing he will get his children back. When Sami returns home, she finds Rafe with Arianna, and she is acting awfully strange. Ciara tells Bo she’s too sick to go to school. Bo knows it’s because of the bully. He comes up with an idea to make Ciara feel better and sets up a visitation with Hope. Meanwhile, Hope walks in on Jane and Lee huddled in conversation. Jane tells Hope it was about her. Jane concocts a story about some other trustee wanting to attack Hope, but assures her they’re protecting her. Hope also starts asking questions about April’s death. Later, Bo arrives for a visit and Hope is overjoyed to see Ciara. Hope helps Ciara feel better about the bully at school. When it’s time to leave, Ciara starts to cry. Bo and Hope reassure her that even though they’re not living together, they’re still a family. During this, Jane asks Lee if Hope’s been asking any more questions. They’ll have to do something about any suspicions. Carly has a scratchy exchange with Nathan when he asks how Melanie is doing. Carly tells Nathan to stay away from Melanie. Carly makes friends with new doctor Ben, who invites her out for coffee. She makes it clear she’s with Bo, and Ben makes it clear he just wants to be friends. After Chloe and Daniel’s wedding, Nicole asks Brady if marriage and children are in their future. Brady reminds her they have to deal with Vivian, but does add that given her prison record, Nicole will never be able to adopt a child. Besides, he actually doesn’t want to have children. Nicole covers her disappointment and is particularly hit when she runs into Sydney with Caroline. Meanwhile, Victor discovers Vivian in the sarcophagus. In order to convince him to let her out, Vivian puts most of the blame on Nicole. Victor seemingly can’t open the sarcophagus and leaves to get help. Instead, he tells Brady about finding Vivian. Brady takes full responsibility, and explains why he put her in the sarcophagus and that Nicole is keeping his secret. When Nicole enters, he tells her Victor knows all. EJ worries that Arianna, who may have information on who shot him, has gotten cold feet. Chad arrives, and asks for the job Kate offered him at DiMera Enterprises. EJ tries to kick him out, but Stefano tells his son to back off. Chad decides he doesn’t want their help after all and leaves. Stefano notes that Chad reminds him of EJ. EJ confides to his father about Arianna coming to him with information he believes to be about Sami or Will – only to disappear on him. Stefano reveals that his man followed Arianna to Rafe’s where she was alone with her brother. Both EJ and Stefano realize that if she does have proof against either Sami or Will, then Rafe will insist she keep quiet. They must get that information out of her by any means necessary. Arianna accuses Sami of shooting EJ and runs out. Rafe follows her. An emotional Sami tells Will that Arianna overheard her admit to shooting EJ. Alone, Will vows to protect his mother while Sami vows not to let Arianna destroy her family. Meanwhile, Rafe admits to Arianna he knows Sami shot EJ, but understands why she did it. He tells Arianna of the consequences to him and Sami’s kids if she goes to EJ with the truth. He asks her to keep quiet. Rafe tries to talk Arianna down, but it’s no use. She intends to tell EJ and the world what Sami did. Later, Rafe warns Will that he’s got to keep quiet. It will be their word against Arianna’s and with no proof – there’s nothing the DiMeras can do. Meanwhile, Arianna meets with Sami, who wants her to reconsider. Attempting to reach out to her, Sami decides to tell Arianna what happened the night she shot EJ. She explains it was a moment of passion and barely even remembers throwing the gun off the pier. In the end, Sami begs her not to turn her in. Arianna reveals she’s going to do exactly that – she secretly videotaped Sami’s entire confession! EJ hopes Arianna comes through for him. He’s angered when Bo arrests him for breaking Sami’s court order. EJ bluntly tells Bo that either Sami or Will shot him. Bo says if that’s the case, where is the proof? Victor uncovers Brady and Nicole’s secret and instead of saving Vivian, he decides to leave her in the sarcophagus. Late, Isabella visits Brady and makes him realize he’s done a terrible thing. Stephanie hopes for the best when Kayla sets out to talk to Sister Anne about the changed paternity results. While speaking with Ian, however, Stephanie fears that maybe the results really were switched on purpose. Sami and Arianna fight over the recording Arianna has made. Kayla drops in and interrupts their brawl. Arianna runs off with the video, and Sami loses her. Sami finds Rafe and tells him what happened. EJ insists to Bo that Sami or Will shot him. Bo tells him he’d better not pursue justice on his own or he’ll find himself in jail. EJ’s lawyer bails him out, and Bo has no choice but to release him. Kayla enters and tells Bo she just broke up a fight between Sami and Arianna. Rafe, Will and EJ all try to call Arianna, but she only returns EJ’s call. She tells him to meet her at the Brady Pub. Later, Bo shows up at Rafe’s and before he can ask what happened between Sami and Arianna, he’s called away. In their effort to track down Arianna, Rafe and Sami get a hold of Gabi, who reports that her sister is at the Pub.

Will stumbles upon Arianna first, and confronts her about keeping quiet. A guilty Arianna runs away from Will and into the street. Will and EJ are horrified to see her get hit by a car! Victor forces Vivian to admit she planned to entomb Maggie. Victor is furious and leaves a screaming Vivian to her fate. Meanwhile, Nicole speaks with Brady, who is speaking with his dead mother, Isabella. The vision fades as Nicole and Brady discuss what to do now that Victor is involved. Brady wants to release Vivian, but Nicole urges him not to – they’re in too deep. She promises she will never give Brady up. Victor returns and after a few words with Brady, wants to thank Nicole. He asks her to do him a favor regarding Maggie. At the same time, Isabella returns to Brady and tries to get him to do the right thing. Brady struggles with his decision.  Carly visits Maggie, but is surprised to find Melanie there. Melanie informs Carly that she will never trust her again. Carly does her best to make Melanie see why she kept Chloe’s secret, but her pleas fall on deaf ears. Carly gets a call from Sister Anne, who demands to see her. After Carly leaves, Melanie declares to Maggie that, in her heart, Maggie is her “real” mother. Meanwhile, Sister Anne confronts Carly about lying to her about Chloe’s identity and keeping Daniel in the dark about the paternity test. Carly tries to explain but Sister Anne lays into her – which Kayla witnesses.

Arianna is rushed to the hospital after being hit by a car. EJ and Will are beside themselves. Rafe and Sami learn of it and go to the hospital. Though worried about Arianna, Sami is relieved to know EJ still has no proof of her shooting him. EJ accuses her and Will anyway in front of Bo, who is questioning everybody about the circumstances surrounding the accident. Arianna survives surgery, and Rafe goes to her side, torn apart by their differences before the accident and how he almost lost her. Sami and Will overhear a cop giving Arianna’s purse to Maxine. Sami tries to get to the purse to see if the video camera is in there, but she’s thwarted. Then they learn Arianna’s things were scattered across the alley when she was struck by the hit-and-run. Sami leaves to check the alley, while instructing Will to get into Arianna’s purse. EJ begs Lexie to let him visit Arianna, but she won’t. When Rafe steps out with Ben, EJ slips in and Arianna awakens, about to spill all. Carly tries to reason with Sister Anne, and explain why she lied and covered up Chloe’s secret paternity test. Sister Anne is upset and says what Carly did was not only unethical, but also illegal. She’ll need to think about what she’s going to do about it. Carly goes. Kayla approaches Sister Anne, who excuses herself, wanting to meet another time. Kayla has heard enough, however, to wonder whether Daniel is the father, and if it was Carly who changed the paternity results. Melanie goes to Stephanie to ask her to keep the secret of Chloe’s one night stand with another guy. Nathan shows up. It’s scratchy at first, but when Melanie tells him she’s not angry, just hurt, Nathan feels awful and wants to make it up to her. They connect slightly, but Stephanie interrupts and Melanie’s walls go up again.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: What Did You Think of the Life-Sized Duke and Ava Scene?

Okurrrr! On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the long-running NBC soap opera served up a scene in which Ava (Tamara Braun) wakes up in bed and sees a life-sized Duke doll come to life in the doorway.

If you recall, Ava ripped the small-sized stuffed-animal, Duke to shreds, previously, with a scissor in a fit of rage as she appears to be losing her grip!

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In this scene, Duke returns with pair of scissors in his hand and says he’s there for payback. Ava screams out. Next, she grabs a nail file to defend herself and tries to run, but Duke grabs her.

What does Ava do next? She bites Duke. He tells her that she’ll pay for that.  Next, we see a startled Ava in bed as Rafe (Galen Gering) appears at the doorway with coffee… and wait for it … a bear claw!

As Rafe informs Ava of the accusations against him at work, she asks if he thinks she is engineering this, considering he accused her of dismembering Duke?  Rafe says he believes she is not responsible for any of this. Oh, Rafe!

So, what did you think of the scene when you watched it between larger-than-life stuffed-animal-come-to-life Duke and Ava?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena’s Exorcism Brings a United Front to Rid Satan

In a great episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it the return of Greg Vaughan as “Father” Eric Brady to exorcize the devil out of Marlena (Deidre Hall) for the second time in her lifetime, but it was not easy.

First, in the bedroom, Sami (Alison Sweeney) finds Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) almost untying the MarDevil, after Satan threatens him with revealing he was the one who kidnapped Sami and even tells Sami, that Lucas has been lying to her! Lucas worms his way out of the situation saying that he has been lying about his feelings for Sami.

Meanwhile, an overwrought John (Drake Hogestyn) is so happy to see Eric in his mother’s time of need.  When Eric takes off his coat, he reveals that he is once again a man of the cloth – priest collar and all.  Eric fills John in that it was actually Nicole (Arianne Zucker) who made him come to the realization that he wanted to serve God again, when she told him that ‘collar or no collar, he has never changed.”

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Next, Eric meets the MarDevil and tells John to leave him alone with Satan.  MarDevil spews that Eric is an arrogant little man and that he will die.  Now the MarDevil questions how his parishioners who saw the videotape of him having sex with Kristen – although Eric reminds Satan he was drugged – would welcome him as a priest?  Next thing you know, MarDevil shows the infamous sex tape on a laptop! Then, Satan said she thought his true calling was working in “adult entertainment” not for God.

Going for the jugular, MarDevil morphs into OG Kristen (Eileen Davidson) and she is tied to the bed, cooing for Eric, for another roll in the hay.  Eric becomes drawn in and if it were not for Brady (Eric Martsolf) walking in on the scene, urging his brother to resist the devil’s tricks, who knows where this would have led!  But Eric does resist, and MarDevil returns, saying that the fallen priest and his boozy brother are no match for her!

Now that the family is all congregating in the living room not only has Brady arrived, but so too has Belle (Martha Madison), Allie (Lindsay Arnold), and Johnny (Carson Boatman).  Eric explains that they all need to band together to perform an exorcism on Marlena and rid the devil from her.  Lucas exits deciding it should be for immediate family only, and he is already concerned that Satan knows he kidnapped Sami.

In the bedroom, Marlena’s family surrounds the bed as Eric begins the exorcism.  The family prays as Eric asks everyone to join hands and say the Lord’s Prayer.  As they begin the prayer, wind begins to blow and the bed goes up and down as MarDevil is defiant that Marlena will never return.  When the bed settles down, everyone thinks it’s over, but MarDevil surprises everyone and still has a grip on Marlena.

MarDevil then verbally attacks Belle and reminds her that she was the first one to give up on Marlena when she was in a coma and how she cheats on the men in her life calling her a “cheap slut”.  That is followed in kind when MarDevil goes after Sami and calls her a “professional slut”.

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Eric insist the family talk directly to Marlena.  They all become a united front as MarDevil is struggling to maintain control.  Then, in a fantastic series of flashbacks, we see Marlena’s memories coming through of each of her family members – and of course, best one ever, of all-time, is John and Marlena reuniting on the pier.

You then hear MarDevil let out a scream “No!” and then she passes out.  After everything is once again still in the room. John sits next to Marlena and calls her “Doc”.  She wakes up, saved!  It’s the Marlena everyone knows and loves!  She is saved on Christmas.   We fade to black.

What did you think of Marlena’s exorcism 2.0 and the episode? Let us know in the comment section below.  But first, check out this tweet of the flashback memories contained with the episode as Marlena fights the devil!

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‘Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas’: What Did You Think of the Holiday Tale?

Riffing on Hallmark Channel holiday movies combined with inside Salem wink-winks and nudge-nudges, soap tropes, surprise returns and altered storyline shifts, Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas now streaming on Peacock, had something for everyone, that by the end of its almost one hour and twenty minute tale, you were in the holiday spirit.

In the streaming flick, Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Grant Tinker) are working hard to make sure Will makes his Christmas Eve deadline of turning in his holiday script. So the couple known as “WilSon” conjure up an altered “facts” story… sorta!

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Now, Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Marlena (Deidre Hall) are running the Brady Pub, because Roman has died.  Paulina (Jackée Harry) is now the Cruella de Vil of Salem aiming to put everyone out of business for her own gain.

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Sami learns that Sydney is her biological daughter (something that in the airshow happened years ago) in order for a redux of the classic bitch-slap scene between this version of evil Nicole (Arianne Zucker) and Sami.

Even though Nicole’s deception is revealed, she doesn’t end up completely alone after EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) dumps her for Sami.  A bum outside the Brady Pub hands her a tissue to wipe away her tears, and it’s revealed to be … Eric (Greg Vaughn in a cameo).

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Elsewhere, John (Drake Hogestyn) is not married to Marlena (Deidre Hall), but Kristen (Eileen Davidson) and they run the Inn.  Meanwhile, as per usual, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Kristen are lusting after each other … complete with one of the best scenes in the special, where a naked Brady, covers his private parts with cue cards that profess his love for Kristen (a la Love Actually).  Meanwhile, Marlena is longing for John, even though he is with Kristen.

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Paulina ‘s assistant turns out to be Leo (Greg Rikaart), and as he did in the previous Peacock streaming series … he saved the day! Leo, while going through files on Paulina’s desk, found a loophole that could save Salem business owners from being kicked to the curb.

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And it was great to see one of the finest actors, Blake Berris, back on the screen as Nick and longing for Gabi (Camila Banus).  You see, Will writes Nick into his script, while Sonny exclaims that Nick is dead. But this is a holiday tale, so whatever!

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In the end, it was the town pulling together for a holiday fundraiser to save themselves with a talent show hosted by Leo featuring: the return of Sonny Delight, Amanda Bottom and Belinda Chinashop, followed by a Santa strip from the hottest men in Salem and voila’ – it’s drag queens and half-naked guys that save the day!

So, what did you think of Days of our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas ? What was your favorite part of it? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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