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DAYS Recap – Sept 27 – Oct 1st

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Rafe and Sami get the call that EJ has woken up. EJ calls for Sami and refers to her as his wife. Rafe learns that EJ doesn’t remember anything beyond the wedding, but thinks he is faking. Sami fears seeing EJ, but finally goes in. Will EJ remember what happened? Chloe’s remarks cause Nicole to go to Pookie’s grave at the pet cemetery, and lament over her loss. Meanwhile, Vivian worries Brady will kill her, but his real concern is his mother and getting her remains back from the pet cemetery where Vivian put her. Later, Brady goes to the pet cemetery and speaks with the caretaker, Keith, to arrange a transfer. Unfortunately, Nicole sees him. While talking with Carly, Nathan reveals his real feelings about Chloe. Daniel overhears and confronts Nathan about why he doesn’t like Chloe.  Meanwhile, Kayla overhears Stephanie and Ian talking about the paternity results and forces the truth out of Stephanie.  Stephanie is a mess as she thinks all may be falling apart. Later, Carly comes to think Nathan may be the one Chloe slept with and goes to ask her. Nathan finds an upset Stephanie, who seems ready to reveal all even as Kayla appears ready to do the same with Daniel. Sami realizes EJ thinks they’re married and has no memory of getting busted at their wedding. Lexie tells Sami and Rafe that she must keep up the pretense or EJ’s blood pressure could spike and cause a brain hemorrhage. Sami reluctantly brings Johnny and Sydney to see EJ. Johnny tells his father that he and Sydney are now living with Sami and Rafe. Carly asks Chloe if she had the one night stand with Nathan. Chloe neither denies nor confirms her suspicion. Instead, she convinces her not to pursue the matter because she only wants to look forward. Philip, meanwhile, finds Melanie’s perfect home, which is two blocks from Maggie. Melanie runs into Nathan and recalls when he said “I love you, Melanie” in his sleep. She covers with him, but she tells Carly the truth. Carly thinks Melanie made the right choice in choosing Philip. Meanwhile, Chloe runs into Philip, and tells him Carly suspects Nathan was her one night stand. She is convinced she nipped Carly’s curiosity in the bud. Stephanie nearly tells Nathan about the switched paternity tests, but pulls back and just tells him about her fight with Kayla. Nathan thinks it was over their living together. Stephanie neither confirms nor denies, but returns to her mom to face the music. Kayla, meanwhile, waits to tell Daniel he’s not the father of Chloe’s baby as they reminisce. Daniel reminds Kayla about a hospital mix-up in which Kayla saved the day. Kayla remembers it, and then has second thoughts about telling Daniel the truth. Later, she tells Stephanie it’s possible the test showing Daniel is not the father was a simple clerical error and she thinks she knows a way to find out for sure.

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Sami must continue the ruse with EJ that they are married and Rafe tries to be supportive. It’s hard on both of them when Rafe walks in on EJ kissing Sami. Stefano comes to visit and EJ reveals to his father that he’s faking and remembers everything! Meanwhile, Rafe takes Sami back to the Brady Pub, and to cheer her up, he wants to take her and the kids somewhere for a surprise. Kate is worried about keeping two secrets from Stefano: her call to Sami ratting out EJ about wanting to take the kids, and that Chad is Stefano’s son. She decides to ease her conscience by getting one secret off the table and calls Chad over, but doesn’t tell him, just pitches him the idea of a paid internship with DiMera Enterprises. Chad gets the wrong idea and thinks Kate is coming on to him. EJ explains to Stefano that he’s faking his amnesia to gain the upper hand over Sami when it comes to custody of the kids. His explanation is interrupted by a blood pressure spike, and Nathan makes Stefano wait outside. Stefano confides in Kate that EJ does remember everything. Kate is guilty about the secrets she is still keeping from her husband. When he feels better, EJ finally tells Stefano that he remembers who shot him. Rafe brings Sami and the kids to their new home. Their domestic bliss is undermined by the situation with EJ, though Sami, Rafe and Will do their best to put aside their respective worries. Later, Rafe and Sami discuss getting married as soon as possible. Nicole realizes that Vivian is in the sarcophagus and that Brady was responsible for putting her there. Initially, she thinks he’s covering at Victor’s behest, but after a visit from Victor, she realizes that Brady acted alone. Only Nicole knows where Vivian is.

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Rafe still believes Will shot EJ, and he encourages Sami to get everything out in the open. Later, Roman stops by. He’s on his way to get a statement from EJ. Apparently, he’s lucid enough now to talk. Sami hopes he won’t remember anything. Rafe notes it won’t stop Stefano from going after whoever did this. Later, after Roman goes, Rafe continues to press Sami. Finally, she snaps and says she knows who shot EJ. At the same time, EJ tells Stefano he knows who shot him. He claims he shot himself. He explains that he was drunk and thinking about committing suicide that night. Stefano corrects him by stating the facts. He believes it was most likely Sami, although now that he knows EJ took the gun out of the drawer, it could still be Will. Roman arrives to take EJ’s statement. Will EJ finger Sami? Vivian hopes Nicole will turn Brady in and get her out of the sarcophagus, but Brady starts to play Nicole. Vivian thinks Nicole is going to seduce Brady to get her out. However, Nicole is the one who falls for Brady’s seduction instead. Philip and Melanie lose another house and they find out Victor is behind it. It’s clear his intention is to keep them at Maggie’s so he’ll have an excuse to visit. Maggie is perplexed. She told him there could be nothing between them. Philip makes a decision and decides he and Melanie will move back into the mansion. Victor has no choice but to accept this. However, he’s slightly disappointed, as is Maggie.

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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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