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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.

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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.

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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’ Olivia Rose Keegan Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Although she is exiting the show on-screen next week on Days of our Lives, Olivia Rose Keegan (Claire) got the opportunity to go out in a blaze of glory (those damn lighters!).

If you caught this past Tuesday’s installment of the NBC daytime drama series, Claire finally became entrapped and completely unhinged, after being set-up by Tripp (Lucas Adams) and Ciara (Victoria Konefal); where everyone learned she was the responsible party for the notorious cabin fire and was about to attempt to set her rival, Ciara, on fire in a cabin, yet again, after taking off with her.

In the process, Tripp was held with a knife to his throat by Claire, and eventually hit his head trying to get away from her knocking him unconscious.  The perfect opportunity for Claire to make her getaway with Ciara.

Once at the Cabin, Claire pours gas all around as Ciara begs her to stop, while she is chained to the bed.  Claire then flicks the lighter.  To the rescue come Ben (Rob Scott Wilson), Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Marlena (Deidre Hall); who have tracked down where the young women are.  Ciara calls out to Ben, who breaks down the cabin door.

Just then, Claire holds out the lighter with the flame ready to start another fire.  Knowing she is caught, Claire starts to explain how she lost her mind in all of this.  Ben tries to talk her down and to please put the lighter away, as does Hope.  As a desperate mother, Hope begs Claire to let Ciara live, and tells Claire that she knows she really doesn’t want to do this.  Hope tells her that she knows that Claire loves them both.   As Ben rescues Ciara, Claire closes the lighter as Marlena holds her.  As the others get out of harm’s way, Marlena says she has got this … and now it’s Claire and Marlena alone and inside the cabin together.

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But then, wanting to end her own life, Claire picks up the lighter and flicks it open.  She tells Marlena she can’t go back and says, “It’s better if she dies.”  Claire thinks she’s a monster and certifiable … and is as criminal as what Ben Weston has done in his past.  Reassuring her and talking her down, Marlena promises Claire that with help, she can turn her life around as Ben has done.

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Claire breaks down as Marlena holds her.  Next, Marlena is able to get her out of the cabin, away from setting herself on fire, and on her way to the hospital for observation, until it can be figured out what’s next for the troubled young woman.  As they leave the scene, Claire sobs uncontrollably knowing she is a damaged soul, has lost her way, and realizing the harm she has done to other people.

In all of these scenes, Keegan brought the angst, the mental instability, and the realization of Claire’s horrific motivations to life, in a dramatic, and not over-the-top way, even in the most melodramatic of soapy circumstances.  For those reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Olivia’s work are Power Performance of the Week.

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Knowing those scenes were part of her final days of shooting on DAYS, Keegan told Soap Opera Digest in an interview (in their latest issue on newsstands now), “Obviously, it was sad to shoot.  And it was emotionally demanding and bittersweet, because Victoria Konefal and I are best friends.”

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

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Unmasked! The Part Of Nicole Walker Is Now Being Played By Kristen DiMera

On Friday, NBC’s Days of our Lives delivered quite the cliffhanger as fans go into the Memorial Day Weekend.  There had been plenty of speculation that something just wasn’t quite right with Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) since her “return from the dead” to Salem.  Leave it to head writer, Ron Carlivati to come up with an exciting twist …  and he did!

As it turns out, that isn’t Nicole after all, but Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk) wearing a very convincing Nicole mask and weaving her plot while under wraps; chief among those plots is to nab Brady (Eric Martsolf) as her man; once and for all.

In story, at the Salem Inn, “Nicole” kisses Brady.  At first he responds, but then backs off, until “Nicole” yelps, “Damn it, Brady! Why are you fighting me on this? Just forget about Holly.”  Brady is stunned! “Nicole” says she wants to escape the pain of losing her daughter, but Brady leaves and “Nicole” smashes a vase.

Later at the Inn, Xander (Paul Telfer) hands over Holly’s hospital records.  Meanwhile, “Nicole” tells her accomplice all about the memorial service and how devastated Eric (Greg Vaughn ) was, and how bad she wants to be with Brady.  Admitting Brady currently rejected her, she says it’s only a matter of time before he gives in to her seductions.

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Next, we see “Nicole” ripping a mask from her face, just as Xander announces that Nicole is being played by “Kristen DiMera” and smirks.  Meanwhile, Kristen emerges from under the mask, free at last as her wig comes off as she lets down her hair.   Thus, the pieces all are starting to fit together.

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Kudos to Arianne Zucker for playing Nicole and Kristen as Nicole, and we can’t wait to see Stacy Haiduk as the conniving Kristen as this story unfolds.

Watch a promo for next week’s DAYS below.  Then let us know, what you thought of the twist: that Kristen is pretending to be Nicole, via the comment section below..

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will Learns He Has A Brain Tumor; What Next For WilSon?

On Days of our Lives, Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Will (Chandler Massey) have been through the wringer.  Just like any power couple in “soapdom” they are constantly pulled apart by circumstances that drives distance between them, or prevents them from being happily reunited.  But then, isn’t that was soaps are all about … or, do these boys deserve a bit of peace and quiet?

On Wednesday’s episode of the NBC daytime drama series, Rex (Kyle Lowder) and Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) drop the bomb on WilSon.  Sadly, Will has a small brain tumor, although believed to be benign, it is is in a section of his frontal lobe that makes it most likely inoperable.

Will asks if that explains his headaches and why he has been passing out, and Rex confirms that is the cause.  He also says the tumor is likely benign, because the larger ones are usually cancerous.  The next step is to do a biopsy.  Rex advises Will to not exercise, drive, work, and to avoid stress right now.

Later at the Kiriakis mansion, Will Google’s brain tumor’s on the internet and is emotionally overcome with what it says.  In tears and looking very sad, Sonny comes on to the scene to comfort Will, but Sonny is looking concerned himself, trying to put on a brave front for Will.  Then, Sonny and Will admit they are frightened for what’s ahead, but Sonny says they must try to stay positive.  Will cries.

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These scenes were nicely played by Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith, who always bring it in their scenes.

Look for more drama ahead for the duo and their on-screen families as Will deals with this new health crisis.

So, what does Will’s tumor mean for the future of WilSon?  What do you think will happen next? Are you upset that Will has this diagnosis? Do you want the duo to finally have some down time from all the drama, especially after getting Leo Stark (Greg Rikart) out of their lives?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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