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DAYS Recap – Oct 4 – Oct 8th

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Before Sami can admit to Rafe that she shot EJ, Gabi and Arianna stop by. Arianna notes the tension between Sami and Rafe while Gabi discovers they plan to get married soon. Arianna is upset, believing the news will kill EJ. For EJ’s sake, Arianna agrees to keep the impending nuptials a secret. She remains determined to find out who shot EJ and bring that person to justice. After she and Gabi leave, Rafe decides he doesn’t want Sami to tell him who tried to kill EJ. When she leaves, he vows to find a way to protect Will while Sami vows to protect Rafe from the truth. EJ tells Roman he’s willing to make a statement about the day he was shot, but pretends not to remember anything that happened after his wedding. Lexie insists to Roman that he no longer question EJ. Roman realizes that unless EJ can name his assailant, the case is at a standstill. Stefano wonders why EJ didn’t accuse Sami of trying to shoot him. EJ says he would then have to admit he remembers Rafe’s interruption and accusations and refuses to be questioned by the police about his role in kidnapping Sydney. Instead, EJ will find proof of who shot him on his own and make sure those involved are punished. Later, EJ decides to use Arianna as his path to proving Sami shot him. Justin and Adrienne realize that perhaps their divorce was a mistake and take a tentative step toward rekindling their love. Brady and Nicole make love. Meanwhile, Vivian waits for Nicole to call the cops and free her. Brady lies to Nicole and tells her he loves her, but hesitates when Nicole asks him to free Vivian. She doesn’t want to see him go to prison. After Brady leaves for a meeting, Nicole speaks to Vivian. When Vivian realizes Brady seduced Nicole, she’s furious. Nicole has second thoughts about freeing her. Meanwhile, Isabella’s coffin is returned to the mausoleum. Emotional, Brady realizes his mother would never approve of his actions towards Vivian. Justin enters, and asks about the coffin. Justin nearly discovers Brady. He continues to question Brady’s odd behavior. At the same time, Nicole speaks with Vivian. She tries to convince Nicole that Brady has played her, but in doing so, ends up insulting her instead. Nicole decides Vivian deserves her fate. She goes to Brady and gets Justin to leave unaware of what’s amiss Brady seems to have a change of heart about Vivian, but so does Nicole, who tells him she will help him keep his secret. She still loves him. Brady makes it clear he has changed. Later, Brady and Nicole seem on the path to reconciliation, but has Vivian found a way to escape? Warden Jane Smith informs Hope that Bo pulled some strings so she will be able to start a new job in the prison infirmary. She’s introduced to a trustee named Lee, who supervises her. While working, Hope meets a prisoner, April, who reminds her of her younger self. Meanwhile, Bo and Kayla reunite. Kayla can’t stress enough how she believes Bo made the wrong choice in choosing Carly over Hope. Bo tells her that the choice has been made. After Kayla leaves, Justin reveals to Bo that Hope has signed the divorce papers. Later, Kayla goes to Hope and they share an emotional reunion. Kayla insists Bo and Hope will never be out of each other’s lives. Meanwhile, Warden Jane warns Lee to keep a close eye on Hope. Kayla informs Stephanie that she’s going to meet with Sister Anne to discuss the paternity test. She urges Stephanie to be honest with Nathan. At the same time, Daniel confronts Nathan about his problem with Chloe. Nathan stonewalls him and Daniel gets upset, which Stephanie witnesses. Meanwhile, Chloe shares her wedding plans with Melanie. Her happiness is cut short when Father Matt arrives and she is forced to deal with her mistakes. Daniel returns to Chloe, and she tells him about her desire to have her child baptized. Back at the hospital, a rattled Nathan tells Stephanie he knows Chloe cheated on Daniel although he doesn’t know with whom. While Stephanie contemplates telling Nathan what she knows, Melanie enters unseen and is shocked to overhear Nathan confirm his knowledge that Chloe cheated on Daniel.

Melanie is anguished off the knowledge that Chloe cheated on her father. After talking to Maggie in cryptic terms about her dilemma, she realizes she must make sure she’s not mistaken about what she overheard. Meanwhile, Stephanie almost tells Nathan what she knows, but ultimately loses her nerve. Stephanie and Kayla discuss the odds of the truth coming out. Later, Melanie confronts Nathan. Chloe and Daniel are blissfully happy as their wedding day dawns. Melanie calls and asks to speak to Daniel alone. He agrees and plans to see her later. Chloe is distraught that her family can’t come to the wedding. Nicole shows up on Chloe’s doorstep and worms her way back into the wedding while Daniel shows up at Maggie’s, looking for Melanie. Brady and Nicole discuss what to do with Vivian. Meanwhile, Vivian has found a way to communicate with Gus. She hears Gus’s voice, and calls out to him. Gus is puzzled, not knowing where her voice is coming from. Brady goes to the mansion to chat with Vivian and nearly catches her calling out to Gus for help. In turn, Victor nearly catches Brady, who asks his grandfather for a favor. He wants to move into Vivian’s room – with Nicole.

Melanie confronts Nathan about Chloe cheating on Daniel. Nathan has no choice but to say it’s true. Melanie can’t believe he wouldn’t tell her or Daniel the truth, but Nathan states it was none of his business and that it was up to Chloe to deal with – not him. Melanie doesn’t care and she tells Nathan she hates him. Later, Nathan asks Melanie what she’s going to do. She tells him she has no choice but to stop the wedding. Stephanie arrives and Melanie tells her she knows about everything and that she deserves better than Nathan. Daniel praises a guilty Philip for his devotion and friendship to Chloe. He was there for her in dark times. Philip notes it only made Chloe’s love for Daniel stronger. Meanwhile, Chloe is prattling on to Nicole about how she wants to be friends with Melanie. Nicole warns that Melanie will always be her daddy’s little girl. Chloe understands and the two friends wish each other well. Later, Daniel realizes he has to make a stop at home, and Chloe opens the door to Melanie, who slaps her. Vivian reaches out to Gus via a remote receiver she gave him. Gus thinks he’s hearing voices, but realizes it really is Vivian. She explains her predicament and Gus, sadly, tells her she’s on her own. Brady asks Victor to let him and Nicole move in to Vivian’s old room. Victor quickly deduces that Brady is using Nicole. Daniel arrives to check on his best man and learns Nicole and Brady are back together. Daniel and Nicole have a nice moment, but later he warns Brady about rekindling his relationship with her. Brady assures Daniel he knows what he’s doing. Brady and Nicole go to Vivian’s old room and share an intense moment. Meanwhile, Victor appeals to Maggie about Brady’s choice to be with Nicole. Maggie urges Victor to stand down and monitor the situation closely. EJ tells Stefano he is going to use Arianna to find proof that either Will or Sami shot him. Later, EJ tells Arianna that Stefano suspects Sami or Will and is afraid what his father will do to them. He needs to protect them by discovering the truth for himself. Arianna agrees to help. At Lexie’s urging, Sami visits EJ. He tries to manipulate her into confessing she shot him, but she pulls back at the last minute and leaves. Frustrated, EJ tells Stefano he needs Arianna more than ever. Sami finds Arianna questioning Will about his alibi and kicks her out. She warns Will that Arianna can’t be trusted. Daniel is prevented from rushing home by Dr. Ben Walters, who wants to talk about EJ’s status. After that, Carly intercepts Daniel. She gives him a wedding gift. She’s grateful that he forgave her for keeping Melanie’s existence a secret. Daniel is touched, and makes her promise to always be a part of his, Melanie, and Chloe’s family. Carly agrees and they share a platonic hug.  Curious, Melanie tells Chloe she knows she cheated on Daniel. Chloe denies it at first but finally admits the truth. She’s not proud of it, but it only happened once. She refuses to divulge the man’s identity, and fed up Melanie decides it’s time to tell Daniel everything. Chloe begs her not to, and says her unborn child will suffer most of all, but Melanie doubts the baby is even Daniel’s. Chloe tells Melanie about the paternity test. Melanie is disbelieving. Chloe admits someone else knows about it and can prove the results are true. She’s forced to admit that person is Melanie’s mother, Carly. Kate realizes Chad could never replace EJ as Stefano’s son and decides not to reveal his paternity. Chad loses his job at the Java Café, and tells Kate he’d like to take her up on the internship – under one condition: she not come on to him. Kate blurts she wasn’t offering him the internship for her sake, but for Stefano’s. Regretting her blurt, she kicks him out of house, but Chad is puzzled by her words.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Julie Stands Up to MarDevil; Susan Seaforth Hayes Reminds Us Why She is Soap Royalty

Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it, let’s just say, not your typical Turkey Day episode in Salem.  It also moved the story along with MarDevil being exposed!

At Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) Thanksgiving, Doug (Bill Hayes) shouts that Marlena (Deidre Hall) is the devil. However, Marlena still insists that Doug is delusional and needs to be locked back up.  It is then that Julie stands by her husband.  Julie is on to Marlena and wonders if she should call “Marlena,” who she truly is at the moment, “Satan”.

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Shawn (Brandon Beemer) and Belle (Martha Madison) also believe something is terribly wrong.  Marlena tells them this is ridiculous, but Belle wants to hear what else Doug has to say.  Then, Shawn handcuffs Marlena to take her down to the station for questioning.  Julie doesn’t believe for one second that handcuffs will restrain the devil, and she was right! MarDevil breaks the cuffs and flings Shawn across the Thanksgiving dinner table complete with food-a-flying, leaving him unconscious.

Now with yellow eyes and lights flickering, MarDevil goes after Doug and Julie, but Julie stops Satan in his tracks professing “Not today, Satan!” Just then, MarDevil grabs a knife and in a counter move, Julie holds out her rosary saying love is the power and that the God of love is stronger than the devil! Julie defiantly tells MarDevil that the truth is out and Satan’s reign of terror is over! But MarDevil turns the tables and sneers, “It will never be over!”

It was in these scenes opposite Deidre Hall, that Susan Seaforth Hayes shined as she has done for decades given the material, as Julie went the toe-to-toe with the devil and Susan made us believe that love can win out over everything, especially the love of Doug and Julie.

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In another touching moment in the episode, Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk) tells EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) from her hospital bed, how she used herself as a human sacrifice for the devil to keep John alive and to protect her son.  An emotional EJ can’t believe that Susan was willing to die for him. However, Susan explains that a mother always protects their child and she would do it all over again when faced with that decision.  Haiduk and Feurriegel also delivered in these scenes.

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With John (Drake Hogestyn) freed by Anna (Leann Hunley) and Tony (Thaao Penghlis), he eventually makes his way into the Horton house to confront MarDevil, but Satan is gone.  Instead, John finds Shawn with Doug and Julie and they inform him that MarDevil had left to fulfill her true purpose.  Just then, Marlena arrives at Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal). We fade to black.

Now below, check out Susan Seaforth Hayes in a scene from Friday’s episode as Julie fends off the devil.

Then, let us know, what did you think of Susan’s performance? What do you think MarDevil will do next to Ben and Ciara and “their” baby? Did you enjoy the Susan and EJ scenes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Which DAYS ‘Undead’ Return Have You Enjoyed the Most … Nick, Charlie or Deimos?

This week in the spirit of Halloween, Days of our Lives has been airing some very devilish episodes, with at its epicenter, the MarDevil’s (Deidre Hall) plot to wreak havoc on the town of Salem by resurrecting some of its all-time bad boys!

MarDevil goes to each of the gravesites of Charlie Dale (Mike Manning), Nick Fallon (Blake Berris) and Deimos Kiriakis (Vincent Irizarry), and literally takes them out of the ground and gets each of them to go after the people that put killed them in the first place.

For Charlie that is Allie (Lindsay Arnold) and for good measure his mother Ava (Tamara Braun) and half-brother, Tripp (Lucas Adams), for Deimos that is Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker), and for Nick, well, he has it in for Gabi (Camila Banus).

Throughout the Monday through Wednesday episodes, viewers watched flashbacks of how each of the bad men were murdered, and how now they have risen to torture their foes.

Blake Berris, Mike Manning, and Vincent Irizarry all looked as those they were having quite the fun time playing the zombie-versions of their once Salem characters.

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And as viewers saw, Gabi killed Nick, yet again, after finding Jake (Brandon Barash) buried, Tripp hit Charlie multiple times with a frying pan and cracked and his skull, and Nicole stabbed Deimos … again.  However, of course, no one else in Salem saw the zombies, making it difficult for the very much alive folks to get anyone to believe what just happened to them.

When the dust settled, it left Nicole and Rafe (Galen Gering) getting hot and heavy!

So did you enjoy seeing Blake, Mike, and Vincent again? What character’s undead return did you enjoy the most? Comment below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Abe Goes to the Light While John Faces Off with MarDevil

Monday’s highly-anticipated episode of Days of our Lives did not disappoint. In fact, we think that this episode should be a strong contender for DAYS to consider for one of their Outstanding Drama Series submissions for next year’s Daytime Emmys.  Why? It has it all – emotional heart with Abe’s journey to and from the light, touching flashbacks, a great performance by James Reynolds, and some special effects and editing during the John (Drake Hogesytn) vs. MarDevil scenes, which also gave us a delicious performance by Deidre Hall.

At the start of the episode, Abe has flatlined after being shot as Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to revive him, but they are losing him.  As this is going on, Paulina (Jackée Harry), Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) and Eli (Lamon Archey) are gathered at the hospital awaiting news on Abe’s condition.  Later, Eli decides to go find out what is happening with Abe, and gets the shock of his life when he walks in on Abe flatlining, while Kayla tells him that Abe is gone.  Eli implores her to try to bring him back. He tells the others they are working on trying to save Abe, as Julie and Paulina bond, and later, Lani must call Theo and Brandon to let them know about Abe’s condition.

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Julie reminisces about Abe, and how they have known each other for 40 years, our wink-wink that this is James Reynolds’ 40th anniversary episode.   Then, we see Abe has gone to the light wearing a white sweater and who should he see but his beloved late wife, Lexie.  No, it’s not Renee Jones, but an actress who delivers Lexie’s lines, since it had been previously reported that Jones was unavailable for the episode.  In scenes with the replacement Lexie, Reynolds showed us why he is an MVP of DAYS.  He acted up a storm and brought the emotion regardless of who was standing there.

 

However, longtime viewers got a wonderful surprise when flashback clips of scenes between Renee Jones and Reynolds were shown and they were some major moments in the history of Abe and Lexie’s relationship including: the moment when Abe learns Lexie’s pregnant, the moment when he is disgusted by Lexie’s betrayal when he learned of her involvement in the Zack baby switch storyline, and what she did to Bo and Hope, all because she was desperate for a child. Later, it’s the five-hankie moment of when Lexie, who was dying from a brain tumor, passes away in Abe’s arms.

After all the flashbacks, Lexie tells Abe he needs to go back and not to come with her to heaven. He has children, and people who love him and need him. Eventually, he says his goodbyes to Lexie and returns to the present, just as Kayla is about to call his time of death in the hospital room. All of a sudden, Abe’s heart begins to beat.

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Kayla brings Julie, Eli, Lani, and Paulina the news that Abe will need surgery, but he will make it.  Then, Paulina and Lani make their way to see him. In another emotional moment, they tell him how much they love him (Paulina looks worried about her lie being exposed that Lani is not really Abe’s bio-daughter).  As the episode comes to its conclusion, we see the back of Lexie making sure Abe is safe and sound among the living, while signifying she is watching over him.

And if that was not enough, this episode also picked up where John had confronted MarDevil in the church, letting Satan knows he is on to him and that he is not going to win … he is going to get Marlena back.  Satan drives home the point that Marlena belongs to him now.  John is mortified as the cross on the church wall turns upside down. Later to show off his prowess and control, MarDevil turns the holy water blood red. As the scene progresses, MarDevil is jumping all over the church and showing up in different spots.

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John then gets the lowdown on how Satan struck a deal with Marlena to let Doug (Bill Hayes) live if she let him in.  That is followed, by some of the back-story of Marlena’s first possession over 25 years ago, and why it happened when she was alone and very distraught.  MarDevil even goes on to say that he tried once before to regain control of Marlena during the Salem Serial Killer storyline, but it did not work out that time, because all the victims turned out to be alive.  MarDevil brings up Stefano and how he had made Marlena believe John was dead which left her vulnerable.  He goes on to relate that Doug was the gateway for Marlena’s re-possession.

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MarDevil tells John what she did with Doug by committing him and how she wanted to kill Julie. John knows that Marlena can hear him and tries to bring her back, but as the devil struggles with that, ultimately, he wins and begins to show his strength to John tossing him around the church, where he is eventually is knocked unconscious and then dragged to, we don’t know where, by the MarDevil!

Throughout the scenes, Deidre Hall looked like she was having so much fun playing the devilish one in this campy storyline revisited.

So, what did you think of James Reynolds performance and his 40th anniversary episode? What was your favorite moment? Are you glad John knows for certain now that Marlena is once again possessed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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