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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 OF OUR LIVES: Sonny Goes Off On Scheming Gabi & This Week Maggie Remembers The Night Adrienne Was Killed

Things are definitely reaching a boiling point in Salem.  First, if you caught last Friday’s episode, it featured a terrific scene between Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Camila Banus (Gabi) that shook everyone to its core.   Gabi, who has now been arrested at the PCPD for her crimes against Julie and her schemes against Lani, gets a visit from Sonny, and boy is he angry.  At the time of their visit, Justin (Wally Kurth) has already told Sonny that he doubts there is any way that Gabi will avoid prison time.

Realizing that both Ari’s parents are looking like they will be in prison, he asks Gabi, “Who gets the fun job of explaining this to Ari?” Ari loves Julie. He exclaims,”How I am supposed to explain that her mother tried to kill her multiple times?”

Distraught and thus facing parenting alone, Sonny screams at Gabi if she even knows her daughter exists!?  Gabi thinks Sonny is being horrible to her, but stands by her actions that Julie needed to pay.  Sonny just shakes his head in disbelief.  Ari’s parents will both be in the slammer!  When DA James Giddens arrives (Terrell Tilford) he says that Gabi will get 10 years in prison with no time off for good behavior and no parole.   In these scenes. Smith and Banus really delivered the material and brought it to an emotional level that hit home to the viewers.

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And now this week, get ready for more drama.  Gabi may get a last minute reprieve, while Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) is so close to remembering what happened the night of the accident that killed Adrienne (Judi Evans) – how she was drunk in a car that caused the crash – and the victim of this is not only Adrienne, but Will (Chandler Massey) who was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit.

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In the latest promo for DAYS, look for Sonny to also lower the boom on Maggie with another deserved outburst and a homecoming for Will and Sonny.

So, what did you think of the scenes between Freddie and Camila? What do you hope happens to Maggie after her remembrance of the night of the crash is revealed? What will Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston) to next and all of their plans seem to be unraveling? Comment below.  But first check out the scene from Friday between Camila and Freddie, and this week’s promo for DAYS>

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DAYS Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey & Freddie Smith Deliver Gut-Wrenching ‘Power Performance of the Week”

This past week on Days of our Lives brought the tears and the drama tenfold, in one of the most riveting, don’t-miss-a-moment, weeks in recent history on any daytime drama series.

While unfortunately the show did not air on NBC during its regularly scheduled timeslots on all coasts (due to the President Donald Trump impeachment hearings) the episodes were available on NBC.com, the NBC app and on the Cozi TV network.

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And this week we cannot sound-the-trumpets enough for three men; who gave us moments of heartache that will be remembered for some time to come, pulling out all the stops, and showing us why they remain three of the most popular and talented actors in our genre. So many people have been commenting on social media on the authenticity and realness of the performances (yes, it’s within soapy circumstances), but throughout made us feel their pain right along with them.

On DAYS, this was the week they went back in time to finally show the viewers how things ended up the way they currently are in the time jump that happened last November on-air.  And in five “OMG” episodes, head writer Ron Carlivati and his team laid out for us how one fateful night, “Mother’s Day” changed the course of lives for so many in Salem.

Chief among them, Will (Chandler Massey) landing in prison for Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) death, when in fact, he was not the responsible party at all.  But in these flashback episodes, Will’s relationship with his husband, Sonny (Freddie Smith), his father-in-law, Justin (Wally Kurth) is forever changed because he believed he was the one behind the wheel that caused the crash that ultimately took Adrienne’s life, and took Sonny’s mother from him … and Justin’s wife from him.

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In the flashback to the horrible night: at the hospital, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) has told Justin that Adrienne didn’t make it following the injury sustained to her head in the accident, and now Justin has to tell Sonny.  He tearfully tells his son, “We lost her. Your mother’s dead!”  As the men console each other and break down in each other’s arms, Will, who is there, and who was trying to tell Sonny his part in the accident, is horrified to learn Adrienne died.  Kayla asks Justin and Sonny if they want to say goodbye to Adrienne.  Sonny breaks down again at just the thought of it.  And at this point, we are sure DAYS fans are reaching for the hankies.

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While Will’s guilt is too much for him to bear, Justin and Sonny go say goodbye to Adrienne, It is here that it was almost too hard to watch, but we soap viewers can’t turn away.  That’s because it was just an unbelievable raw performance from Freddie Smith; as a young man who has to say goodbye to the mother he loves and on Mother’s Day to boot. Then, Justin kisses Adrienne’s forehead, remembers the first time he saw her crying in a flashback, and in tears asks his beloved wife, how is he supposed to go on without her.  In addition, Justin recalls proposing to Adrienne with Kayla there beside him trying to comfort him.

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In the hospital waiting area, Will tries to talk to Sonny to tell him that he caused the accident.  Will blurts out, “I killed your mother.”  Sonny, who is so grief-stricken, cannot believe what Will is saying, but then Sonny learns Will was distracted when he was texting his mother Sami on Mother’s Day while in the car because he was so busy. (Yup, Will forgot to do it earlier in the day)  Sonny lets Will have it with: “My mom is dead because you were texting?!” As Sonny’s grief and anger escalates, Justin walks in and learns Will caused Adrienne death and then lowers the boom on Will: “The love of my life is dead…because of you!”

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And if all of this wasn’t enough to have you bawling your eyes out by now, it is punctuated by the ultra-sad moment where a defeated Will has to leave his husband and his father-in-law alone because they don’t want him there.  Before he exits, Will turns to them and says, that he wishes it had been him who died in the crash, as tears stream down his face.

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What powerful and effective performances by Wally Kurth, Chandler Massey, and Freddie Smith.  And so, with all of that said, Michael Fairman TV names this trio the “Power Performance of the Week”.

What did you think of the key scenes in Adrienne’s death and the aftermath featuring Wally, Chandler and Freddie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

And, for more with Chandler and some behind the scenes content of the car crash, and his thoughts on the storyline, check out his new interview feature posted on the DOOL app Friday night.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Will and Sonny Call It Quits

On Monday’s episode of Days of our Lives, Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Chandler Massey (Will) once again delivered heart-breaking scenes as the love story of WilSon took a dramatic turn.

After Sonny is summoned to the prison to see Will, the two have an emotional conversation, in which Will tells Sonny he knows that he kissed Evan (Brock Kelly) thanks to Kate (Lauren Koslow(.  Sonny assured Will that the he is not with Evan, but Will says, “Not yet.”

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Will goes on to say that what he did by taking the life of Sonny’s mom, and Justin’s (Wally Kurth) wife has put Sonny in an untenable situation and their marriage.  While Sonny calls it a tragic accident, Will will not allow Sonny to live his life with the ball and chain around him which is now an incarcerated Will, who will serve a prison term for what seems like years.

Knowing Sonny’s animosity towards Will, as much as he protests he doesn’t have it, Will asks for a divorce as tears well-up in Sonny’s eyes. Will mentions Justin’s recent prison visit and how they ran into each other.  Sonny tells Will just what Justin told him, that he is like a son to him. But Will feels so much guilt for taking the woman Justin loved away from him, and Sonny’s beloved mother, Adrienne.

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Then, Sonny asks if this is really about Evan.  Will says he  is just a catalyst as he wants Sonny to be happy with Evan, or whoever else he wants to be with in the future.  Will says he loves his husband so much that he wants him to find happiness again, and he knows he won’t if he is tethered to him.  Will tells Sonny he knows his daughter is in good hands with him and Gabi (Camila Banus) and he needs to honor Sonny for all that he had meant to him by loving him by setting him free.

The two men come to the harsh realization by finally admitting to one another that this was a long time coming.  With tears streaming down his face, Sonny says to Will, that when Will asked him to stop visiting him in prison, he knew their marriage was over, but neither could muster up the  courage to end it.

In the end, they both say how sorry they are, and say goodbye as Will is taken by the prison guard back to his cell as Sonny ls left devastated.

Freddie and Chandler reminded us all of why WilSon has been a continuing power couple on DAYS with their performances.  Now the question is; can Sonny and Will work their way back to each other, or is this the final straw in their lengthy relationship?

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Share your thoughts on the key scenes and performances. Then let us know, are you sad WilSon are breaking up? Or, are you glad? Comment below.

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