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DAYS Recap – Sept 6 – Sept 10th

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Sami and Rafe share their engagement news with Caroline. Their celebration is cut short when Bo arrives with urgent news. In private, Bo tells Sami and Rafe that EJ has been shot. Sami already knows this, so she feigns shock; she’s truly stunned, however, when Bo says that EJ is still alive. Bo asks about Sami’s whereabouts, and Rafe says she was with him the whole night. After Bo leaves, Rafe can see Sami is rattled, but he thinks it’s because she feels guilty about wishing EJ had died. Carly and Daniel operate on EJ. He makes it through surgery but remains unconscious and in critical condition. Bo questions Stefano and Kate. Kate suspects Sami was responsible for shooting EJ, but keeps this to herself. She fears her phone call to Sami led to the shooting and fears what Stefano will do if he finds out. Nicole shows up at the hospital, and a livid Stefano points the finger at her. Nicole is able to provide an alibi. Vivian eavesdrops as Brady confronts Victor about his feelings for Maggie. Brady warns Victor not to hurt her. Later, Vivian listens in as Victor calls Maggie and expresses concern for her safety now that the DiMera feud might be back on. Victor thinks it’s best that Maggie is leaving on her trip. Once he’s off the phone, Vivian tells Victor she’s changed her mind – she’s not going to Tahiti. She wants to stick around for Isabella’s memorial. Nathan congratulates Chloe on her pregnancy. She’s offended when he asks if Daniel is the father and tersely assures him that he is. Elsewhere, Stephanie convinces Ian to help her determine who switched the paternity test. Meanwhile, Melanie tells Philip that she’s going to throw Chloe a baby shower.

Rafe and Sami head to the hospital to check on EJ. They arrive in time to hear Carly tell Stefano that EJ is steadily improving. Stefano blows up at the sight of Sami and accuses her of shooting his son. Bo gets Stefano to back down and Rafe insists Sami was with him the whole night. Stefano hopes EJ will awaken soon and tell everyone who tried to murder him. Sami grows nervous. Kate warns Sami that they need to talk. Stefano notes that Sami is already engaged to Rafe and calls her a whore. EJ takes a turn for the worse. Lexie discovers EJ left Sami in charge of his medical decisions. EJ’s life is now in Sami’s hands. Stefano is outraged. At the Cheatin’ Heart, Melanie tells Chloe she’s going to throw her a baby shower. Chloe is touched. After a shopping trip, Melanie and Chloe meet up with Carly, who offers to help with the shower. Vivian overhears and tries to snag an invitation, but Melanie blows her off and leaves. Vivian notes Carly and Chloe’s newfound friendship and questions them about it. Meanwhile, Melanie tells Maggie about her encounter with Vivian. Maggie thinks it’s her fault.Stephanie overhears that Philip left Chloe’s birthday party and disappeared for some time. She realizes this would be about the time the paternity test was switched. She tries to question him about it, but he angrily tells her to mind her own business. Later, Stephanie works with Ian to learn if Philip changed the test results.

Stefano pleads with a comatose EJ to pull through. Meanwhile, Sami seeks Daniel’s advice about knowing when to pull the plug on EJ. Lexie confirms to everyone that her brother’s brain activity is diminishing. Alone, Sami sits with EJ and contemplates what to do. Suddenly, EJ opens his eyes, and Sami freaks out. Is he waking up? Vivian hints to Carly that Chloe hasn’t told her new friend everything that happened. After Vivian leaves, Chloe confesses to Carly that she tried to kill her. Philip tells Vivian to stay away from Melanie. Vivian wants Philip to see that she’s an asset to the family. She mentions the project for Isabella but he is cruel to her. Philip asks Victor why he’s staying with Vivian. Later, Vivian inspects the tricked-out sarcophagus with Gus. Maggie explains to Melanie that Vivian is jealous of her friendship with Victor. Melanie tries to convince Maggie to stay in town, and then realizes she’s leaving because of her feelings for Victor. Maggie hotly denies it. Later, Daniel is pleased when Melanie tells him she’s throwing the shower for Chloe. Ian uses his computer smarts to figure out that Philip could not have changed the paternity test. Stephanie now believes it might have been Chloe. Nathan walks in on Stephanie and Ian, and wonders what they’re up to.

Lexie tells everyone that EJ’s condition remains the same. In private, Kate asks Sami what she did after Kate told her EJ was planning to kidnap the children. Sami lies that she did nothing. They agree to keep Kate’s phone call a secret. Abe informs Lexie and Stefano of the type of gun that was used to shoot EJ. Stefano privately realizes it was a gun that was kept at the house. He rushes home and discovers the gun is missing! Stefano tells Kate about the missing weapon and points a finger at Sami. Will learns that EJ has been shot. He goes to the hospital and tells Sami that he knows what she did. Sami is stunned after Will states that he saw her leaving the DiMera mansion that night. Sami tries to deny it, but finally admits that she was there. Will tries to get her to admit she shot EJ, but Rafe interrupts. Earlier, Rafe tells EJ to wake up and face the consequences of what he’s done. Arianna comes upon Rafe and asks what he’s doing. They argue over EJ.  Maggie decides to stay in town and help Melanie plan Chloe’s baby shower. Maggie later observes Victor’s softer side as he bonds with Ciara. Her feelings for him resurface, and she decides she must leave for her trip immediately. Melanie once again confronts Maggie about her feelings for Victor. Meanwhile, Victor learns from Daniel that Maggie is staying in town for a while. In the mausoleum, Vivian forces Gus to get into the sarcophagus to make sure all the monitors and audio feeds work. After being set free, Gus tells his Madame that she must not go through with her plans. They argue as Carly comes upon them. Carly threatens Vivian and tells her to stay away.  Chloe and Carly put the past behind them. Elsewhere, Nathan asks Stephanie for the truth about why Ian is hanging around all the time. He points out that Ian has a crush on Stephanie. She is relieved Nathan doesn’t know what she’s up to. Stephanie admits Ian has feelings for her but she doesn’t have any for him. Later, Stephanie plans with Ian how to prove that Chloe changed the paternity tests. She then shows up unexpectedly at Chloe’s door…

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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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