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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: 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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