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DAYS Recap – Sept 26 – Sept 30th

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It’s the dawn of a new era in Salem as the town gathers at a party to celebrate the renovated town square funded by Alice and Tom Horton. Throughout the day, surprises, tension, intrigue – and romance – come into play, as several beloved characters return.

A thrilled Bo and Hope pull back the curtain on the renovated town square and everyone celebrates. Sami and Rafe show up late because they couldn’t resist making love. When EJ and Kate arrive, Bo and the others warn them not to cause trouble. EJ’s date is none other than the Millionaire Matchmaker, Patti Stanger! Bo and Hope give a speech about how much the town square means to Tom and Alice’s memory, and Abe speaks about the generosity of the Hortons. The younger Salemites notice that the square will serve as a perfect meeting place and hangout. The surprises begin with Carrie and Austin’s arrival; everyone is thrilled to see them. Many believe they are the surprise guests that have been promised, but Bo and Hope say they can all expect others to come. Jack, an uninvited surprise in the mix, secretly hovers near Jennifer. He longs to talk to her but is shocked to see her with Daniel. Meanwhile, Sonny and Chad talk about their respective families, and Abigail talks to Chad about missing her father. Finally, the biggest event takes place when John and Marlena arrive! Their loved ones are overjoyed. At the hospital, Chloe tells Brady that she’s worried about her upcoming audition. Kate arrives after Brady leaves, and threatens Chloe, telling her even if she gets the job, she will never get partial custody of Parker.

John and Marlena’s return to Salem is a hugely emotional and uplifting event for many present at the party. In a series of heartwarming scenes, they reconnect with those who have loved and missed them the most – both family and friends. But the surprises aren’t over with when John has something else he wants to share with everyone in Salem… and with great effort he lifts himself out of his wheelchair, and stands on his own two feet. Everyone is overcome with amazement. Once John and Marlena finally work their way through the crowd, Hope announces it’s time for the official dedication. Remembrances of Tom and Alice are shared by a number of the people who knew and loved them, declaring that anyone who comes here will know the love that inspired this place. Hope reads a poem Tom wrote for Alice and finally, Doug and Julie sing a duet as the joy and hope expressed in their song is reflected in the faces of those attending. During all the commotion, Sami slips out to go on a second job interview with the mystery company, unbeknownst to Rafe. Brady finds Chloe in her defeated state. She tells him that Kate was at the hospital leveling a threat that will surely keep her from Parker forever. Brady gives her a pep talk, reminding her that she’s a winner. Chloe is energized with this newfound sense of strength, Kate’s threat now neutralized in her eyes. She finds Kate and confronts her for what she did to her, then heads off to her audition, confident that this is the moment in which her life will turn around and start in the right direction. Jack continues to stalk Jennifer, coming close to revealing himself to her… but circumstances continue to prevent their reunion. He isn’t going anywhere, though… Abigail encourages Chad to dance with Melanie, but finds herself a little jealous when she sees them in action. EJ continues to bide his time at the party, calculating just the right moment to make his move.

This is an emotional day. Everyone at the town square is affected by the spirit of Tom and Alice Horton as the lights on the “tree of life” twinkle. Marlena and John continue to reconnect with friends and family. Marlena has a special moment with Roman concerning their children, while John, now back on his feet, tries to reconnect with Brady without much success. They’re thrilled to be back but there might be another reason they’ve come home at this particular moment, something not as joyful as the party. Nicole, EJ, and Kate discuss the difference between Horton family love and DiMera family love. Nicole and EJ engage in their normal repartee. Nicole expresses a longing for the kind of marriage Alice and Tom Horton had. Carrie and Austin enjoy themselves, clearly happy to be home. As much as they love their jobs they wish they didn’t have to return to them so quickly. Carrie is now a lawyer, Austin a forensic accountant. Sonny tries to cheer up “fifth wheel” Melanie with a dance, assuring her she won’t be alone for long. Doug and Julie are thrilled by the town square, knowing how much Alice and Tom would love the result of their financial bequest. The square promises to be the heart and soul of Salem. They notice Maggie has quite a glow when in proximity to Victor. Meanwhile, Gabi and Will dance to a less happy tune, revealing that things might not be right between them.

Chloe returns from her audition, elated that she got the singing job. She says heartfelt goodbyes to Brady, Nicole and Daniel. Kinsey gives her a huge lift by announcing she wants to go to Chicago with her, to be her roommate. Abigail and Chad have a great time, though she, like Jennifer, can’t help but think of Jack during this big family day. Adrienne and Justin can’t believe Jack could have abandoned Jennifer and Abigail the way he did. Jack is still hidden, desperate for an opportunity to reveal himself to Jennifer. He’s thwarted at every turn, mostly by Daniel, who’s very serious about romancing Jennifer. He asks her to move in with him but before she can answer, Jack tumbles from his hiding place, landing in front of them on top of a giant cake, finally face-to-face with Jennifer. Bo and Hope take a break from the festivities to return to the Horton house for the donuts made from Alice’s secret recipe. After getting the donuts, they discover the bundle of envelopes that fell earlier. They’re mystified to find out the envelopes are statements from a foreign bank and regular payments were deposited and withdrawn. Though Alice’s name isn’t on the statements, they deduce they must belong to her. Bo and Hope know it’s crazy but since Alice never told anyone about it they suspect she might have been blackmailed.

The town square celebration continues and as Abe is gearing up to announce his bid for reelection, Stefano arrives. At the same time, Rafe, thinking Sami went to kiss the kids goodnight, remains at the party and receives disturbing news – a potential storm is brewing. John and Marlena are hiding the real reason they’re back in town. Later, John offers some cryptic comments to Abe, leaving him slightly disturbed. Later, Lexie makes a wonderful introduction for Abe, but EJ steals the spotlight and announces his own candidacy for mayor! Jack has fallen onto a cake and revealed himself to Jennifer and Daniel. A stunned Jennifer can’t believe he’s back but, before Jack can explain, Abigail shows up with Chad and freaks out. Jack tries to go after them, but neither Jennifer nor Abigail will hear him out. Chad takes Abigail off and Daniel takes Jennifer home, where she finds comfort in his arms. Jack remains at the party and Adrienne finds him. At first she’s happy to see him, but then rips him a new one for what he’s done to his family. Later, Adrienne wants Jack to tell her where he’s been.

The celebratory opening of the Horton town square takes a disappointing turn for Abe and Lexie when EJ eclipses Abe’s planned announcement of his intention to run for re-election by announcing his own intention to run for mayor. EJ’s platform will be to promote innovative businesses like Chad and his friends’ Internet project for Salem U. The press surrounds EJ, ignoring Abe. Lexie blasts her family for stealing Abe’s thunder and warns she won’t put up with dirty tricks. Stefano admires her fire. Meanwhile, a reporter questions Nicole about EJ’s heroics when Gus held her hostage. Nicole concedes he did rescue her, but privately warns EJ she won’t be a pawn in his election campaign. She wonders what angle he’s playing. EJ insists he wants to improve Salem and restore the reputation of the DiMera name. Bo and Hope remain concerned about what they assume is Alice’s mysterious bank account. They subtly question Maggie about any secrets Alice may have had. Maggie insists Alice was an open book. Hope is still unsettled. Austin gets an e-mail indicating he needs to do some emergency investigating for the SEC. Rafe seeks Sami out, anxious to explain something very important to her before some police business with the FBI goes down later. Meanwhile, a cryptic John cautions Marlena things are moving faster than he expected. John tries to bring Abe and Roman into the loop. Just as Victor is making an incredibly romantic marriage proposal to Maggie, Rafe arrests John on embezzlement, securities fraud and misappropriation of pension funds… the same case Austin has been called on to investigate!

Daniel and Jennifer confront an array of emotional issues surrounding Jack’s surprising return. Jennifer admits she still has feelings for Jack; he is the father of her children and they have a connection, but she insists she wants a future with Daniel. She breaks down, admitting she is angry at Jack. Daniel takes her in his arms and comforts her. Meanwhile, Adrienne grills Jack about why he never told anyone, especially Jennifer, where he was and what he’s been doing. Jack thinks it was a mistake for him to return and would leave again, but Adrienne convinces him to tell Jennifer the truth. Abigail and Melanie also grapple with Jack’s return and what it will mean for Jennifer and Daniel. Later, Jack knocks on Jennifer’s door.

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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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