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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.

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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.

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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 Stacy Haiduk and Linsey Godfrey Deliver ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Fans of Days of our Lives knew when the mother of all showdowns was going to go down, it would be the payoff they had waited for – the rightful bio-mom would finally hold her baby in her arms!

In emotional and top-notch performances from Stacy Haiduk (Kristen) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah), Kristen finally comes face-to-face with baby Rachel, who Sarah had kidnapped, although Sarah believed for so long that she was raising her daughter, MacKenzie.   When she learned the bombshell truth, that the child was not hers and that her baby died, she took off with the little one to Europe.

On last Tuesday’s episode, an overwrought and pissed Kristen tells Sarah: “Where the hell do you think you’re going with my baby?”  Sarah calls the child her daughter.  Trying to reason with her Kristen knows Sarah loves Rachel.  Then, Sarah goes on how she was there from the beginning and helped the baby through cancer.  Kristen knows and appreciates that, but also says it should have been her that was doing all of that, and all of those moments and more were stolen from her.

Sarah calls out Kristen and says she is incapable of being a good mother. Cornered Sarah says she will scream if Kristen tries to take Rachel out of her arms.  Kristen relates that her baby is alive and she’s so very sorry that her joy is Sarah’s mourning. Kristen truly thanks Sarah for everything she’s done the entire time to raise her little girl,  But, she asks Sarah to please hand over her child.  Sobbing, Sarah finally does just that.

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Next, Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Xander (Paul Telfer) show up at the scene, and for the first time, Brady and Kristen hold their daughter. Their joy turns to more sorrow when they realize Kristen can never go back to Salem. If she does, she will be sent to prison for stabbing Victor (John Aniston).   When Brady agrees to disappear with her, Kristen won’t  let him do that.  Brady says that if he has to let her go to protect her and their child, he will step aside.  In another heartbreaking moment, Brady tells Rachel he loves her and says his heart will be with her, always.  Kristen promises to give her the life she deserves and the two say goodbye!

Later, Sarah returns to Abigail and Chad’s apartment where she tells Rex (Kyle Lowder) what happened and that she handed over the baby. She cries as Rex holds her as Xander (Paul Telfer) arrives, and Sarah is not-to-pleased to see him!

All complex emotional scenes, that is why Michael Fairman TV names Stacy and Linsey are Power Performances of the Week.  Let us know what you thought of their big scenes via the comment section below.

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DAYS Eric Martsolf and Stephen Nichols Named ‘Power Performances of the Week’

Last week’s Days of our Lives provided quite the backdrop for some stellar performances, as we had previously noted earlier in the week here.   However, there were a few scenes and moments that just stood out to us, that even when we watched them back for a second or third time, still got us choked up.

First, Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf (Brady) really deserves some major kudos here for his understated and effective work when Brady is finally given the truth – that his daughter Rachel is alive – and his brother Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) child, Mickey is the one who really died in a nefarious baby switch scheme thanks to Xander (Paul Telfer) and Victor (John Aniston).

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Not only did Martsolf convey the joy that his daughter was alive juxtaposed with months of angst that preceded it, but he also showed the heartbreak knowing that Eric and Sarah’s (Linsey Godfrey) child did not survive.  In scenes with Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Greg Vaughan, and later with Stacy Haiduk (Kristen), where Brady tells Kristen their child is alive, Martsolf delivered.

Then, there was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who did what he does best, showing the vulnerability of Steve Johnson.  In key scenes following surgery to rid Steve’s head of the chip that made him believe and act like Stefano, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) tries to explain her new relationship with Justin (Wally Kurth).  That alone is a shocking moment for Steve … and then he cannot understand how his sister and Justin broke up.  That is when Kayla has to tell Steve that his beloved sister, Adrienne (Judi Evans) had passed away a year ago following a tragic car crash.

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Steve is overcome with emotion and tears, as any brother would be who loves his sister, which made this all the more realistic.  It was heartbreaking watching Steve try to deal with finding out Adrienne was gone and then blaming himself for not being there for her.  It was made all the more hankie-inducing in a later scene, when he hugged his brother Jack (Matthew Ashford), as the two mourned the loss of their sibling.

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For these moments noted above, Michael Fairman TV names Eric and Stephen last week’s Power Performances of the Week.  

So, what did you think of Eric and Stephen’s work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Heartbreaking DAYS: Steve Learns Adrienne Died, An Anguished Sarah Lays Into Xander, Brady Tells Kristen Their Baby Is Alive

If you caught Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, it proved to be one of the more dramatic and emotional episodes of the year in soaps; featuring stellar performances from the cast.  First, knocking it out of the park was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who while in the hospital and regaining his true self back, learns from the love of his life, his sweetness, Kayla (Mary Beth), that she has moved on with another man in his absence.  Then, when Kayla admits she has been involved with Justin (Wally Kurth), he immediately questions her, “What about my sister? Did they split up again?” Confused and shocked, he tells Kayla she would never have an affair on Justin.  With nothing left to do but tell Steve the truth, Kayla has the painstaking task of telling him that his beloved sister, Adrienne died and the events that led to her death. Steve is gut-punched and breakdowns in tears over his sister’s death and that he was not there for her.  When Steve says she was such a good sister it is crushing moment as he says he will always love her.

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Later, when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Jack (Matthew Ashford) visit Steve in his hospital room, Steve hides his face.  Jack learns that Steve knows about Adrienne, as he sees Steve just overcome with grief, and goes to hug and comfort his brother.  Jack also tried to help Steve understand how Justin was devastated when Adrienne was killed and that Kayla was grieving the loss of her relationship with Steve, knowing she signed the divorce papers and he went MIA from Salem and did not contact her.

At the Kiriakis mansion, Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) is supposed to start her wedding to Xander  (Paul Telfer), but now she is armed with the truth that he switched her and Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) baby, with Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Kristen’s (Stacy Haiduk) … and her little girl actually died.  As Justin presides over their nuptials, Sarah is filled with moments of anger, hatred, and shock towards Xander.  He is not sure what is going on with her.  When it gets to the vows, Sarah finally blurts  “How could I marry you after what you did?” It is then he learns she knows he switched babies and let her fall in love with a child that was not hers!

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Sarah reveals to Xander that Eric told her everything on how he covered his tracks and passed off Brady and Kristen’s baby as hers, Justin leaves and once he’s gone, Xander tries to explain he did the switch for her, because he loves her and she had gone through so much.  Sarah, who is an emotionally fragile state, hears Xander suggest that they take Mickey and run away.  She tells him she is going upstairs with Mickey (Rachel) and when she comes down she wants him gone and she never wants to see him again.  Realizing he has been found out and his plans have blown up in his face, Xander collapses to the floor.  Upstairs with the baby, Sarah doesn’t know how to let her go.  And in the cliffhanger of the entire episode, an overwrought Xander turns and sees that Eric has showed up, ready for a confrontation …. and to see Sarah.

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Brady, who has been through an emotional rollercoaster learning from Eric and Nicole (Arianne Zuvker) that baby Rachel is alive, and that it is now his brother, Eric who is grieving the loss of a child, goes to find Kristen to tell her the shocking, and yet wonderful news.  He finds her at the gravesite of their believed-to-be-dead daughter.  As she continue to grieve the loss of their child, it is then Brady tells her that their little girl is alive!. Kristen begins to understand the revelation when Brady reveals that “Mackenzie” has the same birthmark as Rachel. and he has DNA test results to prove she’s theirs.  At first, Kristen is too scared to believe this could be true, but she reads the DNA results and is overjoyed.  Just then, Eric and Nicole arrive at the gravesite. Brady hugs his brother and Kristen tells Eric how sorry she is, even though she knows he does not like her for what she has done in the past to him.   Then, Eric and Nicole have a moment at the gravesite, as an emotional Eric says goodbye to his daughter.

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Later at their home, Kristen says she wants to go get Rachel.  Brady says they need to give Sarah and Eric a day to grieve before barging over to the Kiriakis mansion to claim their baby.  Kristen tells Brady she is not sure she can wait another day.  When she starts questioning how the hospital messed up the birth of the babies, it is then she learns that Xander was behind the baby switch; and as expected, that was not going to sit well with Kristen!

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Kudos to Eric Martsolf, Lindsey Godfrey, Greg Vaugha, Stacy Haiduk, Paul Telfer, Mary Beth Evans and the aforementioned Nichols for their performances in this episode that featured several hankie x 10 moments.

So, what did you think of this episode of DAYS? Were you emotional through it? Did you enjoy the work of the cast? Comment below.

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