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DAYS Recap – Sept 13 – Sept 17th

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Sami admits to Will that she shot EJ. Sami asks Will to listen as she explains why she did it. Rafe enters and an upset Will runs out. Carly argues with Vivian, who corners her by the sarcophagus. Carly warns Vivian to back off from everyone she loves. Vivian wonders why Carly is also protective of Chloe. Meanwhile, Daniel wonders why Chloe would be worried about Vivian, and Chloe covers. Arianna talks to an unconscious EJ. She promises him that she will find out who shot him. She runs into Rafe as she leaves and they argue about EJ. Kate and Stefano discuss who shot EJ: Sami or Will? When Stefano leans towards Will as being the possible shooter, Kate becomes defensive. She warns Stefano that if he does anything to Will, there will be war. They decide it’s best to call a truce. Stefano, however, privately swears that no matter who shot EJ, they will pay. Brady asks Maggie to come to Isabella’s memorial. She tells him that she cannot; she is leaving on a trip. Later, Melanie urges Maggie to face her feelings regarding Victor. Melanie runs into Brady drinking at the bar and they discuss Maggie. Vivian wonders what is going on between Carly and Chloe and vows to find out what it is. She fantasizes about different scenarios. Gus refuses to be a part of Vivian’s plan to put Maggie in the sarcophagus. Vivian moves forward with those plans, but Brady comes upon her. Furious, Brady discovers his mother’s sarcophagus is empty.   Hope is integrated into the prison population. She meets her new cellmate, Tina. Tina realizes Hope is a cop and attacks her. Hope asks Warden Jane Smith not to tell Bo what happened. Meanwhile, Ciara has a hard time understanding that Hope is not coming home for a while. Bo is worried about Hope. Ciara makes an effort to be nicer to Carly. Carly pledges her love and support for Bo. Brady confronts Vivian. He realizes her plan is to bury Maggie alive. Brady, distracted by the discovery that his mother’s remains are missing, gives Vivian a chance to knock him out cold.

Daniel probes both Carly and Chloe regarding Vivian. They assure him there is nothing to worry about.  Maggie interrupts a close moment between Melanie and Nathan. Later, Maggie receives a cryptic call of warning from Gus. Stephanie uses a baby shower gift for Chloe as a cover to get into her apartment. She speaks with Chloe and they have a heart-to-heart. Later, Stephanie talks to Ian about the information she sent him from Chloe’s computer. He determines that Chloe didn’t switch the DNA results. Meanwhile, Nathan dreams about Melanie and she overhears him murmuring in his sleep that he loves her.   Sami confronts Will about whether he will tell the truth. Will assures his mother he won’t tell anyone she shot EJ. Meanwhile, Rafe asks Caroline if Will left the pub the night of EJ’s shooting. Will overreacts to Rafe’s fishing for his whereabouts. Sami has a heart-to-heart with Johnny about EJ. Kate checks to see if EJ is faking his coma. She wonders to herself if Sami shot EJ because of her phone call. Chad comes upon Kate and offers his sympathy. He explains that he’s looking for a job and going to Salem U. Later, Kate comes upon Will visiting EJ. She starts to pry about why he’s there. She privately wonders if Will shot EJ. Will gets defensive with Kate and leaves the hospital room. He vows to himself that he’ll protect Sami. Vivian takes a vase and knocks out Brady. She’s about to call Gus to help her dispose of Brady, but he wakes up and grabs her. Brady demands to know where his mother’s remains are. He spots a receipt that fell out of Vivian’s purse. Brady realizes that she buried his mother’s remains in a pet cemetery. He becomes angry and corners Vivian, freezing her in her tracks. Melanie is freaked out when she hears Nathan say he loves her in his sleep. Nathan wakes up and questions her strange behavior. Melanie tells him he said that he loves Stephanie. Later, Nathan runs into Philip who makes it clear that he needs to stay away from Melanie. Elsewhere, Melanie urges Maggie to face her feelings about what she really wants. Melanie assures herself that things are over with Nathan.

Rafe has a disturbing dream about Will shooting EJ. Meanwhile, Will tells Sami that he will keep her secret. Rafe questions Will and senses he’s keeping a secret. Kate confronts Will and lets him know that she is there for him…no matter what. Will asks Kate why she is interrogating him and confirms he knows about her phone call to Sami. Sami goes to visit unconscious EJ. Lexie says EJ did love Sami. Rafe overhears Sami admit she loved EJ, too. Later, Sami admits to Rafe that she doesn’t know what to do about keeping EJ on life support. Lexie tells Sami that EJ has taken a turn for the worse. Sami begs Lexie to tell her what to do… Daniel and Lexie realize that EJ isn’t getting better. Nicole pays EJ a visit and tells him to die. Arianna overhears and is furious. She gets into an argument with Nicole who figures out that Arianna has feelings for EJ. Arianna denies this. Nicole warns her that’s how it started with her and EJ.Brady has forced Vivian into the sarcophagus. Vivian thinks Brady is playing a joke, but quickly learns that he isn’t. Meanwhile, Maggie goes to visit Victor. She runs into Brady and tells him about Gus’s strange message. Later, Maggie tells Victor that he is the reason she is no longer leaving on her trip. Maggie asks Victor to tell her why exactly he married Vivian. He reminds her that it wasn’t about love. Maggie lets Victor know that she’s not ready to move on yet and he’s still married so it is not their time.   Sami is faced with making the final decision on EJ’s life. Rafe cautions her to consider the ramifications if she removes EJ’s life support and he dies. Sami thinks Rafe knows she shot EJ, but learns he’s worried that Will did it. Rafe assures Sami that he won’t turn in Will. Kate is concerned about her own suspicions that Will may have shot EJ. She gets a call from Lexie to come to the hospital. Stefano can’t let go and asks for a sign from EJ. EJ’s heart monitor alarm goes off and Stefano takes that as a sign. He is finally at peace with saying goodbye to EJ. Sami has some last, angry words with a comatose EJ, then makes her final decision and has his life support turned off.

Brady has second thoughts about keeping Vivian in the sarcophagus. Vivian begs, cajoles and threatens Brady to let her out. She points out that questions will be raised if she doesn’t show up for Isabella’s memorial. Later, Brady writes a fake email to Victor from Vivian and takes some of her valuables so it looks like she left town. Meanwhile, Maggie tells Victor that he must accept that there can be no future for them. Later, Victor sees the email from “Vivian” and doesn’t believe it!

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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.

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.

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.

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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