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DAYS Rob Scott Wilson and Kate Mansi Deliver Star Turns As Abigail Confronts A Psychotic Ben!

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In impressive performances on Tuesday’s Days of our Lives, Rob Scott Wilson (Ben) and Kate Mansi (Abigail) continued their deeply-affecting and riveting story arc, which now has reached one very climatic ending.  But, is it really over?

Nectkie serial killer Ben, who has been arrested and brought into the Salem PD, has now had a break from reality and is in the interrogation room reliving his childhood memories of being beaten with a belt by his father, while longing for his mother.  Ben at this point is so far gone, but Abby needs to reach out to him to get him to spill the beans to where he took baby Colin!

Abby is frantic, while trying to maintain her composure while she faces the man that held her captive, attempted to set fire to her and Chad (Billy Flynn), and killed four innocent people, because of his jealousy of Abby’s relationship with Chad!  Abby goes into the interrogation room and in a riveting face-off gets Ben to admit he left their baby in a motel.

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At the end of the episode, viewers find Ben locked up in a prison cell for his crimes and seeingly delusional.  This is juxtaposed with Abby being reunited with her baby boy, thanks to Chad and her brother JJ (Casey Moss), who she meets up with at the hospital.

In scene after scene on Tuesday’s episode, Rob Scott Wilson owned every second of Ben’s troubled inner life and turmoil, while Kate Mansi conveyed a woman who has been through such harrowing experiences, and now carries with her guilt that she was a major cause of the serial murders, and of a mother desperate to be reunited with her newborn child.

What did you think of the performances of Rob Scott Wilson and Kate Mansi?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Ben looks like Tony Perkins in Psycho when they showed him in that jail scene just staring creepily out at the audience just like the last scene with Norman Bates…both actors who played Ben and Abigail began as so-so actors but have improved greatly these last few months-so good they both deserve emmy nods next year!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

When Andre and Belle were standing in front of that shop the name Hourglass and the symble of a hourglass appears on the door…i wonder now if Andre will torment Belle over the years the way Staphano had done with Marlena?

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Yes, totally. Especially Rob Scott Wilson. He is TRULY a soap gem! Who knew. I wasn’t a fan of his when he took over the role of Ben Weston, but with brilliant material, Rob has totally shined & owned this role. He is so fascinating and compelling to watch. We WILL see him further his acting career post-Days.
I expect to see his name in the nominations for either Best Supporting or Younger Actor, come spring.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I felt the same too about him…what an emmy worthy performance!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

You got that right, Jimmy! I was expecting a fly to land on Ben’s hand…”They’ll see, they’ll know and they’ll say…Why, she wouldn’t even harm a fly.” LOL!

Most of the acting has been top notch with the whole cast!

I also loved the location scenes with Hope and the Dr! It wasn’t your typical lush location shoot, but it fit the story. I read many more location shoots are on their way!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

That i liked too…i didnt expect a location scene..thats 100% improvement over that fake park that looks like a leftover set from the Brady Bunch …tv series, not Salems Brady clan…lol

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I can agree with what was said—these actors really took me to a new level and I was so taken with the whole story. It has been a while since I was blown away like that.

Tanya
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Tanya

This goes to show you writing is everything on soaps. If you give actors meaty material they will deliver. Under the old regime the writing was so dull and I think most of the actors were really bored. With the writing change everyone seems to be energized. RSW has been great but, its always easier to play a villian IMO. What Kate’s done with her character having to walk the line of being in fear, worrying about your child, having to keep everything inside about how she really feels about Ben has been incredible. As far as I’m concerned RSW,… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

ITA, DAYS has undergone a transformation with the new writing. Bringing back past beloved characters helps, but they need to have a compelling storyline or it falls flat. These writers have leaned a little too heavily on violence (did Hope have to get strangled AGAIN this week, so soon after Aiden?!) but they also have MUCH more romance than the other writers did. Chad and Abby are getting back to the old Supercouple formula. Having Patch & Kayla back and having them flirt with each other is just magic. Showing the younger generation how it’s done.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Amen! “Writing is everything!”

Mateo
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Mateo

The evolving talent of Robert Scott Wilson is beyond mesmerizing. When he started on Days he was plastic. He was Mr Gorgeous with ZERO talent or acting ability. In fact he was beyond terrible. Then after a few months in the role he started to show some small grains of ability. He took the over the top writing and managed to contain it with slow, casual nuances that led to the slow boil of talent that came into play towards the end. The first time I was blown away was when Ben confessed to his father, Clyde, what he had… Read more »

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

LoL you’re so funny but I agree – the Ben and Abby storyline has been really interesting to watch….unfortunately it is being drawn to a conclusion. I too can’t stand Ciara and Chase and to be honest, Caroline and her geriatric delusions are about as interesting as a cup of ovaltine. I also think that Kayla and Patch are (to me) just not that compelling to watch, albeit they are competent actors. Watching Marlena and John do a scene is the emotional equivalent to watching paint dry. With the gay characters off the canvas (which is what drew my attention… Read more »

Mateo
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Mateo

I watched today’s episode and the ONLY thought I had was, maybe it’s time to give up DAYS. They had nothing I cared about. The Sami/Belle/Andre terror story is ridiculous because I don’t give a crap about it. Abbi is now home and the name she gave the child was so beyond pathetic. I get family history and all but enough is enough. Next thing you know they are going to bring back Tom Horton in a Natalie Cole/Nat King Cole style video. I get it, the characters have history but part of history is making new history.

Paul
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Paul

I also thought the actors in the Ben/Abs story did a great job. Given that Kate was wearing a lumpy pillow one day for a baby bump, she did make her pregnancy believable. However, I’d rather she carry around a load of bread than they continue to show this 20 lb baby that is supposed to be severely premature. I like your comments as I also think Days is headed back into boring territory. Plus they still have character overload; they’ve got to make some cuts. Hopefully starting with the kids. I think Ciara has aired every day since she… Read more »

Mateo
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Mateo

Ciara is going to bang Chase and then get pregnant. YAWN. She is so boring now, do I really have to deal with her whiny yawn inducing character while she is knocked up. For nine months no less. And regarding the watermelon sized baby that Abbi had. You’re so right. Next time we see that kid he will be 18 hanging out with Ciara, Chase and Theo. I am seriously questioning my loyalty to DAYS

tatiana
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tatiana

I agree with all your comments, Paul, Tim and Mateo. I was surprised at how engaging this story line actually became. Ben, Chad and Abby were all great but the cabin story line did go on a bit long. Especially since they kept talking about taking the premie to the hospital when that baby was huge! Talk about suspension of disbelief. Ciara and Chase are beyond boring, Patch and Kayla could drive interesting story line but I haven’t seen it yet. Except for their top notch acting during the Bo death scenes. They broke my heart. John and Marlena are… Read more »

Mom to 4 plus grandkids
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Mom to 4 plus grandkids

I agree. What amazing acting. Definitely Oscars worthy. I agree too that this show lost its appeal years ago and some have earned their place as actors. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is all leading to the shows cancellation within 2 years. Abby naming her baby boy after the patriarch of the Horton family and the patriarch of Abby immediate family could be the beginning of the finale. A tribute in the midst of the chaos and loss.

Mo
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Mo

Rob has improved greatly in his acting. I guess all it took was a story.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

This has been a good story line for DAYS. Violent, I know, but the actors have been compelling to watch. And the actions of this character have been catalysts for others, now and in the future. I like DAYS best of the four on broadcast TV now. And I hope the level of writing and acting and productions continues into 2016.

DYLAN
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DYLAN

I was completely mesmerized and blown away by the acting in these scenes!! Supported by great writing, these two actors were allowed to soar and shine! Kate Mansi has truly come into her own and joined the ranks of legacy Horton heroines like Hope and Jen. She deserves an Emmy next year! You could almost smell her fear throughout the kidnapping ordeal, but she always kept some semblance of strength, and kept some of her wits about her and never quite seemed defeated. When she saw her baby again, it was as if all was right with the world. And… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

So true!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Spectacular performances by both. Robert held the floor….the air charged with suspense. He was the best psychopath I have seen on screen in a very, very long time. The subdued, shy, almost introverted young man, that was Ben, emerged into a demon, fire in his eyes with a commanding presence. What an up and coming, hold-my-breath performance. If this guy does not win an Emmy, then, something’s rotten in Salem. I have already sung my praises of Kate. I am speechless, for once. This girl started as an obscure, little character, as she timidly walked on the Days’ stage, yet,… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

PS. It is now time for Abbi to find out Chad is the father. It should not be that difficult to write it into the plot. The baby is a premie; he develops somekind of ailment. He has a rare blood-type….enter, Chad. Lo and behold and oh, so coincidentally, Chad carries the same type. Voila.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, Chad has to be the father!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I mean Robert, good luck. Lol, sorry!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Very astute analysis, CeeCee! You are right on the mark! It was great acting all around, portraying characters that were originally far from my favorites. Rob Scott Wilson does deserve an Emmy!

Ces
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Ces

Emmy for Robert Scott! Very talented young man and I wish him a bright future!! Of course I hope he can make a return visit to Days too; sorry that his character has to go bye bye. Props to Kate Mansi also for a job well done. Abigail usually grates on my nerves but Kate has stepped up to the plate with this story. Well done!

Richard
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Richard

Robert Scott Wilson has become a scene stealer. Billy Flynn and Rob can completely interrupt my day when they are in a scene together. Kate Mansi has finally become more than a prop for others around her. Yes, Rob has been on television, some movie roles, but was known as a model until his last six months on DAYS. This should launch his Hollywood career . He also has a chiseled face which the camera lens loves.

Lia
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Lia

Seriously if Rob isn’t nominated for an Emmy, I’m going to be so mad. I can’t think of another supporting male who deserve it more. Not one.

Mom to 4 plus grandkids
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Mom to 4 plus grandkids

I so agree. Amazing !!! One of my favorites.

xmascarol
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xmascarol

I myself was not so impressed when he showed up as the new Ben but as time went by I got use to him,needless to say the scenes with the baby creeped me out I was so afraid he may hurt him .Actually the whole ordeal scared me but that is what it was suppose to do,well he did an excellent job of doing that,now question is who was he actually seeing when he was committing these murders?HIs dad ,mom who. I mean he still thinks his mother is alive. He certainly had the eyes to scare you,I have seen… Read more »

Brett
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Brett

At the end I was expecting him to say “I’m not even going to squat that fly”, “They’ll all say she wouldn’t hurt a fly” lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

On a waaaay different note: John Paul Lavoisier made his big gorgeous appearance today. The set looked so much brighter….yeeeessss!!!!!!!

Blake
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Blake

I guess with Rob Scott Wilson done they ushered in JPL. I’m going to miss RSW though.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, Blake! I did like Ben, as he was….not as he is now. So, I doubt if I will miss the evil around Ben….I’m sure you won’t either. I know what you mean, though. I always enjoyed seeing the ‘old’ Ben. We will miss the good Ben before TPTB turned him into a fire-breathing dragon. Sad. But, I will gladly trade him for John Paul. Later.

Tim Welles
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Tim Welles

One character I do NOT connect with is this Andre guy. His acting is way over the top, and I find I just don’t care about the characters he is associated with. His villainous ways are to me, very cartoonish and almost campy. I do not see what he adds to the show. The show now needs something topical, something today, not Caroline seeing these idiotic visions or Stefano uttering his brief, cornball lines about family in that non-convincing atrocious Italian accent. I can’t take anymore scenes of John’s raspy voice telling Marlena the same old boring crud about finding… Read more »

Blake
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Blake

Rob Scott Wilson has done incredible work the past six months or so! I thought he was just the regular pretty boy hair model but he has done outstanding work. It’s wild to have seen him grow so far as an actor just in a few months. Very professional, he goes in deep to Ben’s emotions and reasoning for what he had to do. He has blown me away and it sucks that he is leaving the show now. I hope he can return to the show and still be a bad boy. Rob and Kate Mansi both deserve to… Read more »

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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