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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.

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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’ 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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