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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: Lucas Says Goodbye To Salem, While Julie Recalls Coming Back To Town

In a very touching episode of Days of our Lives, Tuesday brought with it an emotional goodbye from exiting fan favorite Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), and the soap paying homage to Susan Seaforth Hayes’ 50th anniversary to the day as Julie.

It begins in Horton Town Square where Julie next to the plaque dedicated to her grandparents, Tom and Alice Horton, has a flash back to phone call with Tom five decades ago.

Meanwhile, now broken up with Chloe, and ready to leave Salem to be with his daughter, Allie, Lucas tells Will he is leaving and that he is happy Will and Sonny found their way back to each other.  The two hug it out, and tell each other how proud they are of one another.  Next, Lucas goes to visit his mother, Kate.  In a touching exchange played by Dattilo and Lauren Koslow, viewers were treated to Kate’s pain of the mistakes she made as a mother, and Lucas being forgiving of her.

At Doug’s Place, Julie and Abigail try to figure out how to bring down Stefan and Gabi.  Julie promises to not tell anyone that Abigail is not mentally ill saying. “Your secret is safe with me.”  Next, Chloe happens upon the scene and Julie quickly sees Chloe break down in tears.  She then reveals to Julie, that she and Lucas broke up.  Julie gives Chloe a tissue and some words of advice – the gospel according to Julie – that they were not meant to be, and that Chloe will find true love. After all, after Julie’s other failed relationships, once she was with Doug she found her soulmate, so she knows it can happen.

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Julie flashes back to speaking with Alice when she worries that Tom would not want her to return to Salem.  For Julie had been in San Francisco, and where she brings up putting her son up for adoption, but how she later raised him and how happy that Eli is her grandson.  She even recalls when JJ got her and other ladies in Salem accidentally high on pot-filled donuts!

When Lucas turns up at the Horton’s everyone is saddened and shocked that he has decided to depart Salem   Julie says Salem will always be his home.  JJ hands Lucas his ornament now, breaking the Christmas tradition early.  Lucas hangs his ornament in another emotional moment.

Next, we see Lucas waiting for a taxi, with his suitcases at Horton Town Square,  He gazes at the Tom and Alice dedication plaque and says, “I’ll be back. someday.” Hankies!

Alone now with Julie, Doug brings out a cake celebrating how it is 50 years since Julie returned to Salem permanently.  Cue the montage … as Doug’s voice is heard singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, one of the duo’s signature songs, as clips of their love affair played throughout.  We fade to black.

DAYS honored Susan Hayes and gave Brytan Dattilo some heart-tugging moments as he left the canvas as the beloved Lucas.  So what did you think of the episode?  Sad to see Bryan exit?  Happy to see the show wrote in a way to honor Susan’s 50th as Julie? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Paul Signs Off In Salem With Tearjerker Goodbye

As they say, “all good things must come to an end”, and on Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, viewers watched a tear-filled and emotional goodbye as actor Christopher Sean, who played the role of Paul Narita for over four years with such dignity and grace, exited the series in his final episode.

It all comes about after Paul is heartbroken to learn, thanks to Brady (Eric Martsolf) who could not lie to him anymore, that Will is still in love with Sonny.  And after calling things off with Will and setting him “free”, Paul asks Brady to come by his apartment to inform him that he is leaving Salem.  Brady is certain that Paul will “find love again.”

Later, Paul’s dad, John Black (Drake Hogestyn), arrives and learns the heartbreaking news that Paul had decided to move back to San Francisco to be near his mom, and because there is a top-notch rehab facility to help him get back on his feet and walk again.

John asks his son: “Are you sure that you are doing all this for the right reasons?” Paul says he is not running away, but adds: “It would be hard for me to be here in Salem with Will and Sonny back together and all that. But mostly I could be with my mom, who I really, really miss, and I could be hopeful because I could probably walk again someday.”

After looking up the clinic on the internet with Brady and Paul, John concludes this is the best situation for his son.   “I need to get back on my feet again, in more ways that one,: Paul says.  When John asks when he is headed out, Paul reveals now.  An emotional John is filled with tears at having to saying goodbye to the son he never knew he had until a few years ago.

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Paul says to John in a tearjerker moment: “I used to lie awake in bed thinking what kind of man my father was.  And then I met you, and I saw the way that you cherished Marlena and the way you protected your family and the way you fought for what was right.  You have surpassed every expectation I have ever had about a father.”  He tells John he is grateful for all the time they had together. John tells Paul, “I’m so proud of you,” and he tells his son to always keep that big heart of his open, and they share a touching hug.

There is then a knock at the door at Luke, the new PT comes in to whisk Paul away to San Francisco!  There seems to be an instant connection between the two, and then Luke says that he knows full-well who Paul is, “You’re one of my idols”.  Luke goes on to say that when Paul came out it gave him the strength in his own life to do the same.  We also learn Luke is single, which is not lost on Brady and Paul, and John.

As a nice button on Paul’s journey he says, “I’m not hiding anymore, and I’m not pretending to be anyone I’m not. And for that, I do owe Sonny and Will a lo.,” Luke says, “Who is Sonny and Will?” As everyone sort of chuckles, it’s time to leave for the flight and John and Brady exit with Luke, as Paul looks around the apartment one more time.

Kudos to both Christopher Sean and Drake Hogestyn for those heartfelt scenes between father and son.  How many hankies did you need while watching them? We needed five!

Share your thoughts on Paul’s exit and the scenes in Christopher Sean’s final episode via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Lives Are Forever Changed When Kristen and Xander’s Plans Blow Up In Pivotal Episode

In an explosive and can’t miss episode of Days of our Lives, all roads lead to a warehouse that appears to be filled with presumed dead bodies of former Salemites!  Behind the experiments and illegal activities going on in this creepy place are Xander (Paul Telfer) and Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk)!  This takes us to the action where Nicole (Arianne Zucker), who has been forced under Xander’s thumb, knocks him out and takes the recording of her confession to murdering Deimos, as she desperately tries to find Eric (Greg Vaughan), who has been tied up to a chair in another part of the warehouse thanks to Kristen!

Nicole is traumatized with baby Holly in tow as she comes upon a confusing maze of locked door with the initials VA, AD, AV, SD, ED, JD, and WR on them.  Had you figured out who they all stand for???   Brady (Eric Martsolf) hears Nicole calling out for Eric and is now locked in the E.D. marked room thanks to Sami (Alison Sweeney), who is searching for EJ!  Brady asks Nicole to let him out, she says “no” and not until she finds Eric!

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Kristen, who has Eric hostage, tells him that she and Xander need to move precious cargo in the warehouse and the building has been compromised! Sami finds her brother with Kristen! She demands to know where EJ is and attacks Kristen.  Cut to another shocker! Dr. Rolf (William Utay) is alive and prepares a large syringe for his mystery patient.  He explains to the man that the formula was far from perfected back then when they tried to use it, so he understands how apprehensive the patient would be trying it again. After injecting the patient, who we believe could be EJ, Rolf tells him Samantha Brady is here in the warehouse!  The man jumps up on the hearing of Sami’s name and grabs Rolf, but then a Bunsen burner is knocked over by accident and Rolf yells, “Fire!”  Then, the burner explodes in the man’s face like a fireball!

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Elsewhere, Xander comes in and finds the Sami/Eric/Kristen situation as sounds of explosions rock the warehouse and everyone starts screaming. Xander and Kristen run out, Sami frees Eric, then rushes out to mind the man she believes is EJ.  But then, rubble falls upon Nicole and she is separated from Eric and Brady.  She fits Holly fits through a hole and Brady runs out of the building with the little girl leaving star-crossed loves Eric and Nicole holding hands through the rubble.

Kristen finds Brady outside with Holly and begs him to come with her.  She wants him back and he tells her no way, and she tells him he will be sorry for this! She runs back inside the burning building.  Sami goes into the lab and calls EJ’s name, but she sees Dr. Rolf and he runs out.  Sami gets the burned man out of the blazing inferno!

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Back inside, Nicole begs Eric to watch over Holly, as she is not going to make it out of the fire.  Brady runs back in to save his brother, and hits him with a crowbar, when he won’t leave Nicole and could die himself. A gut-wrenched Nicole knows she is left to die with no way out!  Outside the warehouse, Eric comes to and loses it when he realizes Brady saved him and left Nicole inside!  Next, the warehouse door explodes!  Brady and Eric can’t get back in to save Nicole.

Inside, as the warehouse burns around her, Kristen says she is not afraid, and turns and reveals the Phoenix tattoo on her back! Looks like she is burning herself in the fire only to rise again!

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But that’s not all! Rex has returned to Salem in the form of Kyle Lowder making his debut as Kate and Roman’s son. You remember the Gemini Twins???  During Lowder’s first scenes back in Salem (he previously played Brady Black), Ron Carlivati and the DAYS writing team took the opportunity to give us some quickie Rex history including that: sister Cassie was stuck in a piñata and left for dead once, and how he and Cassie fell out of the sky!  Now in present day, Rex tells Roman (Josh Taylor) he is engaged and before he can tell his dad her name, Lucas (Bryan Dattilo) walks in with Baby Bonnie.  Rex holds the baby, not knowing that elsewhere Mimi Lockhart (Farah Fath) is confessing to Belle (Martha Madison) that Rex is the true bio-dad of Baby Bonnie!

What did you think of DAYS’ jam-packed, pivotal episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below, and let us know what was your favorite moment in it?

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