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DAYS Sami Says Goodbye To Her Family As She Heads To Hollywood! What Did You Think Of Alison Sweeney's Final Scenes?

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On yesterday’s episode of NBC Days of our Lives, it was the airing of Alison Sweeney’s final episode as Sami Brady.

Although, Sweeney has made it be known that she would definitely be up for a return when the show celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, for all intent and purposes, this episode filmed this past May was to be her big exit from the long-running soap opera after over two decades.

In story, Sami is heading to Hollywood with her kids in tow and grown-up son Will (Guy Wilson, who will be off the canvas for a bit)  to make a movie out of her sort of life story!

The final goodbyes included Sami’s tearful moments with long-time nemesis (now friend) Kate (Lauren Koslow), her brother Eric (Greg Vaughan), her mother and father. Roman (Josh Taylor) and Marlena (Deidre Hall). and long time friend and former hubby, Lucas (Bryan Dattilo). These moments were part of the send-off.

Alison’s final on-screen episode was complete with some flashbacks, a picture book of Sami through the years, and tears from the cast of characters, where for many, it may have been real tears as Alison was portraying Sami for the last time with them.  After all, they all spent many a year, and many a scene with each other.

So, what did you think of Alison Sweeney’s final episode?  Were you touched by the goodbyes?  Did you reach for the hankies? Did you have a favorite goodbye?  Or, were you just plain mad that Sami was written-off this way to Hollywood?  Would you have preferred to see some kind of plot where Sami is kidnapped, or gone MIA, and no one knows but the audience that Sami is alive? Are you upset that Sami does not know that EJ (James Scott) could be alive? Share your thoughts below!

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Nooooo kidnapping and M.I.A.,…too much of that over at GH with Robin…i liked her exit but will she know E.J. is alive or does Stephano have E.J. secretly hidden somewhere in a coma…no, too much like GH’s Jason but probably…it wouldve been nice had Samis finale scene had her reunited with E.J., and if E.J. returns one day in form of recast the only actor i know of would be Trevor St. John but i know he really doesnt want to do a soap again…as for Will’s departure is Guy Wilson really taking time off…i bet rumors will start that… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

Here’s hoping that this version of nuWill stays in Hollywood. Nails on a chalkboard for me since day one. Just nauseating.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

He was just ok but i didnt see chemistry between him and Freddie…

Omar
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Omar

I have to agree with you regarding nuWill..Just annoying at best and play Will in a robotic manner and very unlikeable..I hope they recast or they should just leave him off campus for awhile, but I am sure Guy W. will be back…I like the way Sami was written out, giving her kind of a happy ending of sorts.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Correction: i kind of liked Sami’s exit with the goodbyes…

Carol
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Carol

It was not a great storyline for Sami’s send-off. I think the show/writers owed her something more meaningful.

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

You are so right! So disappointed in the writing….HOLLYWOOD? really? Did she not just lose the love of her life? Now she is in Hollywood?

Good grief!

Amy from Australia
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Amy from Australia

I agree! I thought the writers insulted the audience slightly with this send off. If Ej could possibly be alive then why couldn’t the writers have her end up with him? Could they even throw us a shred of a future? Hollywood send off I felt, cheapened the love story. I wanted my Ejami ending and I am not happy!!! 🙁

Nick D.
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Nick D.

Sami’s last moments with Sonny, Kate, Marlena, and Roman were all very well played bey everybody. Loved loved loved loved loved Sami’s last moments with Lucas. “Hey, you’re always the General.” That giddy schoolgirl look Ali gave Bryan was not acting it was real affection for her original scene partner and for a moment she looked like a teenager again. It was everything. Those two are so great together. Lucas is the only man who could ever keep Sami in line and in that moment it’s like she acknowledged that. I understand why over the years they had to give… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I think Corday is more interested in doing a web series than caring about Days…so i agree with you…someone needs to takeover the show otherwise i see it the first of the remaining 4 to be cancelled…i like the show and id hate to see it gone but after loosing its two leading stars drastic changes are needed to keep this show afloat…jmo2!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

I hope not… you’re scaring me saying that….

“… i see it the first of the remaining 4 to be cancelled ”

honestly… there’s some truth to that

@NickD

Man! you really nailed it … about Sami and Lucas… who were always my favorite pairing… for Samantha Gene

your paragraph 2 is spot on

I just beamed with the flashbacks

they really need to forefront Lucas…. now that the two leads have exited….

Lucas
Kayla
T
Justin
Adrienne
Bev
Hope and Aiden

just a few to mention that need to forefront and bring Days back to frontburner

please bring back Sheryl for Lucas the man… the fun man… the man can ACT

Kubrick
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Kubrick

Mr. Corday has repeatedly stated they are actively researching web platforms, interactive DOOL episodes (with viewers giving story lines, casting characters, etc.) Welcome to the future!

dmr
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dmr

I think that Ali and Bryan’s real-life friendship really shines through in their Sami and Lucas scenes.

BJH
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BJH

Nick D. I agree with your statements. Lucas and Sami are/were the best. I wasn’t not a fan of the story line ending as such. I believe the writers miss the mark on the exit of both EJ and Sami. EJ’s death was done very well but to send Sami off to do a movie? that just seem to be a disservice to the whole EJ Sami relationship. Also once the script appears to give Sami a reason to leave town her mourning EJ leaves. Her last day had no flashbacks of EJ and her. Not even what happens to… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

It was ok but days has other good stories too and the last two days have been fantastic.

Sanxra
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Sanxra

I agree, a lot of negativity out there with her departure but I’m ok with it and I trust that other story lines will now take precedence like Haiden and future ones to come!

Patrick
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Patrick

i’m with you… and believe that DAYS production has the mojo to forefront Salem’ites

Mollymay
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Mollymay

Well to be blunt…It sucked. Going from her being a grieving widow who couldn’t put her clothes on right to being giddy about going out to Hollywood was silly and a slap in the face to the character, the actress and the fans that watched her for 21 years.

Sami Brady should have gone out of Salem on the crest of the biggest scheme she ever pulled, straight into a HEA with the love of her life EJ!!

Amy from Australia
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Amy from Australia

One hundred percent agree Molly may!!!! I still can’t believe this- I have been upset about this too and completely do not understand!!!! Ejami ending should have been a given gift to us fans who waited for our Ejami and waited and waited!!!! So unimpressed, I feel quite cheated by this writing. Not fair!!!! Ruined Halloween!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Rumor is, Michael Muhney may be the new EJ.

Darren
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Darren

Yes thats the rumor I heard as well. I read it on Celebrity Dirty laundry on line, that Michael Muhney might be the New EJ Dimera. Celebrity dirty laundry was right about Biller Miller joining General Hospital as the new Jason Morgan.

Patrick
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Patrick

@CeeCee and Darren

this would be the ultimate pendulum… to hourglass DAYS magic

with the nuChad and the everlasting appeal of Phoenix Stefano… the DiMera Prevail… and i’m loving it

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

If MM is the new E.J.(which explains JS cryptic reply that returning for the shows 50th would be tricky?)…what about Sami…had they recast with Kelly Sullivan…she and MM as E.J. wouldve been great together…i just dont see E.J. returning without Sami…maybe MM is an aged Johnny who returns to Salem now older than his parents?…kidding…lol…itll be interesting to see if you’re right!!! Fingers crossed!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maybe he’s the new Peter Blake…show needs another Dimera…that rumor couldve got it mixed up with EJ?

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

So disappointed in the finale….Hollywood? Really? The love of her life is dead…and she is off to Hollywood? Really? I think the characters deserved so much more than that….EJ and Sami deserved better and we as fans did as well. I was convinced that EJ’s mom came back for a reason…. and that perhaps EJ would be there once Sami decided to move to England to start anew after the death of the love of her life. As she opens the door, there’s EJ. Ugh what a let down. But kudos to both Ali and James for hitting it out… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Elite. I don’t think this is the end. Something’s not right with this supposed finale. I don’t know, I just have a hunch…a premonition of sorts. I may be wrong…wouldn’t be the first time, LOL. we shall see.

Libby
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Libby

I have seen Ali Sweeney on #DAYS since she began. I will miss her. However, I sincerely believe she is better off with distance from the demise of #DAYS that has already begun. The exit story of Samantha heads to Hollywood was preposterous and disappointing. One week, Sami is mourning the loss of the love of her life in an especially tailored Emmy reel and the next week she is giddy to begin a SGBD empire in Hollywood. It is sadly disappointing. I am sure Sweeney will return for the Serial’ s finale /50th anniversary. I won’t see it. I… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I think she was already contacted by EJ….that’s why she seems so composed; so cool ….and as you say, so giddy only days after her husband’s death. Something is definitely afoot.

Libby
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Libby

Autocorrect is not my friend. I typed ‘DiMeras’ not Diners.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

LOL.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I was not a fan of the exit story they chose to write her off. I thought Sami should of have a more dramatic ending– fleeing from Stefano who was trying to kidnap the kids, going on the lam to avoid arrest from the feds, or getting a cryptic note saying EJ was still alive and going off to search for him—not going to Hollywood to make a movie of her life. However despite the lame excuse to write off the show I thought all the goodbye scenes were great. Each one personalized for the character relationship to Sami. There… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree with you…that dramatic exit wouldve been far more entertaining…i was hoping to see Sami and E.J. reunited on some secluded island somewhere…i think Ken Corday has lost interest in Days and wants to move on to other things like that web series he is involved with…i bet the show will make it to its 50th but what happens after that i just feel its on its way out…jmo!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

“… Did hell freeze over when Sami hugged Kate goodbye??? ”

LOL

just needs to be mentioned again

it was the more defining story for the exit of Samantha Gene

her over the top ; balanced ; stirring ; aplomb ; always catching ; flight too and fro…just rollicked with nemesis adversarial

loved that these two women… for the love of family / offspring… that they bonded

Summer
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Summer

Horrid. They have dismantled, the writers, everything I love about the Dimeras. Chad wasn’t there, Stephano can find them in LA just as easy and kidnap the kids, that wasn’t addressed, Will, who almost broke this family apart after everything EJ did to keep him out of jail at the expense of his relationship with Sami is being rewarded w/ a very dumb ending. The kids are shell shocked, and yet they are going to put them front and center on the TV? What on earth was that ending? This soap isn’t long for this world and just because of… Read more »

Mo
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Mo

I think it was also a nod to Ali’s future as she will be pursuing things in Hollywood.

I hope Will is really gone as Guy is awful as Will.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I already miss you, Samantha Gene Brady. Thanks for all the great years of entertainment and don’t be a stranger.

Kathy
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Kathy

I didn’t watch! If I have to Sami for one more minute I will vomit! So glad she is gone!

theresa
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theresa

Oh my, you sound miserable. You need your meds. lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Wow! You seem to be outnumbered, Kathy….I was never too crazy about the Sami character, but she was part of the cast for two decades and will definitely be missed…..but vomit? Spoooo overly dramatic.

Joyce L
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Joyce L

I was really disappointed with the send off. Ali has always been so firey. I hope sometime in the future she will return I fear for the longevity of the show if she does not. Best of luck behind the camera.

Tay
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Tay

I was very disappointed that Sami Brady did not have the chance to tell John Black her former step dad and also for many her and her siblings thought John Black was her dad Roman Brady, which in the end it was not, and also Brady Black her former step brother good bye they choose to on her last show have John and Brady Black do scenes at the Hosiptal with the pointless and useless Theresa Donavan. Those scenes that took place with those three could have and should have took place away from the hospital so that John and… Read more »

Claudio
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Claudio

I will miss Alison Sweeney as Samantha Brady, she is a terrific actress. Good luck to her. I hope she returns to Days Of Our lives full time in the future.

Mike
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Mike

The performances were really nice. But for having had months and months to write her exit story, it seemed extremely rushed. It could have worked had the beats been given more time to breath but to go from hating EJ, to reconciling with EJ, to EJ dying, to Sami moving to Hollywood, all within a few weeks – it was one story point rushed to the next. How anyone with a basic knowledge of story structure and an appreciation for daytime drama would think this send off, as written, was good or even acceptable, is sad. I don’t mind EJ… Read more »

Annie
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Annie

the acting was great but the s/l stunk. They had a year to write something, what a crock. Two days after her husbands murder she is jumping up and down cause she’s going to Hollywood. Was a HEA really too much to ask for. The story stank since January, guess this was Corday and Tomlins revenge cause fans didnt go overboard for Safe. Having watched this from the very first day in 1965 I have stopped and taken it off my DVR. Goodby Allison, goodby James and goodby Days. These writers destroyed Passions and now they are doing the same… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

Days…come on! RC would have done a better job, and that’s saying something coming from me! I was hoping the limo driver would have come to the door and in walks Wayne Northop (who was on set her last day saying farewell anyway)! And o course, who’s waiting in the limo? EJ. More flashbacks were needed, as were more time to say goodbye (Marlena’s especially, but where was her’s with John?) and more specific nods to history. This should have been a Sami-centered episode- as good as the other parts to the episode were (ie Kristen/Daniel, Brady/Theresa/John). I wanted there… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

Meant to write “and eternally” not “internally” lol.

Nancy
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Nancy

I wanted way more flashbacks from her 1st years on the show! I thought it was kind of a lame sendoff!

Barbara
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Barbara

Have always loved Sami Brady, no matter she did wrong there was always a tender spot in the heart, hoping she’d make it. Always a survivor. My story line would have had the private plane crash, everyone lost and then in the next scene Sami, kids and EJ going off with changed identities into the Sunset and a happy normal life!

taylornashmjg
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taylornashmjg

what . . in the world is going to happen who is going to carry the spot light no one really interesting Nicole/eric cant get it together. Daniel almost sleep with a woman he has had nogood things to say about. he and jennfer get on my nerve WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON
am glad sami is taking her boy he is a wuss THINGS WILL GET BETTER I HOPE oh and abbey – not so nice and meddles to much

RLeternal
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RLeternal

I am going to miss AS as SB on DOOL so much! Hope she decides to come back to DOOL in a few years. It would be wonderful to see SB interact with her teenage grand-daughter, Arianna.

Carol Swiget
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Carol Swiget

The LAST scene should have been where she came into the room one last time saying she had forgotten something. When she looked around the room it was touching and should have been left at that.

Troy Parkins
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Troy Parkins

Okay Allison is leaving the show, I get it, I am not a long time watcher (just less than a year) but it was, even at that, kind of dragged out a bit. What I would like to ask is, why is Will going with her? Is it to put some distance between Sonny and Will? Is the current actor who portrays Will “not” coming back due to negative reaction to his portrayal of the character? I don’t feel there is any chemistry between this Will and Sonny, could that be why he is leaving to help the character of… Read more »

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

As I am posting this, it has been a little over two months since Sami left Salem, and longer since EJ’s death….and I don’t miss them….at least not as a couple! I am surprised! If either Alison Sweeney or James Scott want to return to Salem, I would be glad to see them back on the show, but not James as EJ. James should return as another character. Let EJ stay dead. The EJami couple has run its course. Sami is very much a part of Salem. So Alison should always play Sami. But it would be nice to give… Read more »

Brandy Beck
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Brandy Beck

Ali is my favorite actress. I’ve been a viewer since I was a young girl watching at home with my mom during summer break and i’d record it when I went to school. No one could ever play the role of Sami like Ali did…glad they decided not to get someone else to play her and keep her character in Salem. They did the right thing by sending her to Hollywood l…even though they could have sent her off better. That’s just my opinion. Love and wishes Ali.

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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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Joining Michael in a special conversation on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel are: Eileen Davidson (Kristen/Sister Mary Moira), Charles Shaughnessy (Shane/Drew), Peter Porte (Kyle/Dimitri), Zach Tinker (Sonny) and Rob Scott Wilson (Ben).

During the conversation, the actors share stories of the making of the series, and give insight and behind the scenes tidbits on their scenes including: how Eileen and Lisa Rinna (Billie) played recreated the ‘Amsterdam’ showdown from their time together on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but as their Days’ characters of Billie and Kristen, how Peter learned to do the Tango from Dancing with the Stars Louis Van Amstel and Lisa Rinna, plus the drag show scenes where Zach became “Sonny Delight”, and more.

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The interview is filled with many laughs, and candid moments that fans of the limited series will enjoy, especially the intel offered up by the cast.

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