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DAYS Stephen Nichols and Mary Beth Evans Talk Patch & Kayla's Wedding Day, And The Return of Shelley Hennig!

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You can’t get any more super, than soap opera super couple Patch and Kayla. For decades on Days of our Lives, ardent and passionate fans have followed the perils, the ups and the downs, and the love story of these two characters.  In affairs of the heart you often hear the term, “opposites attract”, and for these two Salemites that certainly holds true.

But behind the on-screen magic that makes Stayla one of the most beloved TV couples of all-time, are the performances of their iconic performers; Stephen Nichols (Patch) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla).  Their collaboration is one for the ages, and one that has stood the test of time. It is often said that the respect and love these two have for each other always shines through in their performances.

This Valentine’s week, DAYS is giving their fans the wedding they have been waiting for when Patch and Kayla say their vows in front of their family and friends in episodes airing February 15th and 16th.   And just who returns for the big day?  None other than Patch and Kayla’s daughter, played by the beautiful and talented Shelley Hennig who last appeared on the long-running daytime drama series in 2011.

On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Stephen and Mary Beth for a preview of the big day, and how they make their on-screen love story one of the best in the biz.  Here’s what they shared.

When the two of you finally got to this long-awaited moment for Patch and Kayla, and they were really going to tie-the-knot for real this time, what were your feelings as you were going through once you hit the soundstage and began the vows?

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MARY BETH:  They gave us some freedom on our vows, and Stephen and I said things we really wanted to say to each other.  We know these characters so well, and are big fans of Patch and Kayla, and their love story, and we try to stay true to it.   It was so wonderful to have it all come together, and to have our family there including: our sweet Stephanie with Shelley Hennig coming back.  It was really lovely.

Shelley Hennig returned for the wedding as Patch and Kayla’s daughter, Stephanie.  What did it mean for the both of you to have her there as part of the on-screen nuptials?

STEPHEN:  Oh, just a joy!  During the vows she was on the side that Mary Beth was on, so I could actually see her a lot of the time – not that I would be looking at her, because I was so focused on Mary Beth.  But I have to say, Shelley was so in it the entire time.  In fact, the director, Scott McKinsey said to me how wonderful Shelley was to work with.  Shelley was there for us the minute she came on to the set.

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MARY BETH:   Shelly said, “I’m just so nervous, because I didn’t want to let you guys down.”   I went, “Oh, my God!”   She is so amazing. Shelley is the love bug of the century.  We love her.

STEPHEN:  We didn’t know what to expect! Neither of us had seen Shelley in several years. She came back as if she had never left.  Shelley has matured so much.  I loved seeing how she has grown up.

The wedding of Patch and Kayla is a big moment for the show, and for the couple’s enduring fans.  Did you feel enormous pressure when performing the scenes that it has to be damn good, and that you did not want to disappoint the audience?

STEPHEN:  If I am thinking about those things, it throws me off.  I don’t ever allow those kinds of pressures to get to me.  The way I fight it is to get so focused on what I am doing and what my intentions are, and what I am saying to Mary Beth.  That is how we approached it this time … it was very simple.  It was about what we said to each other.   It wasn’t about anything else.  We worked on it for several days just trying to get those scenes and the words right.

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Mary Beth, when you watch Stephen portraying Patch (as you are playing Kayla), what is it like being on the other side of what Stephen is giving?  As fans know, he can turn on those emotional tears like no one else, and he allows himself to be vulnerable, all for the love of this woman.

MARY BETH:   You know, it’s all such a swirl.  We get here to the studio, and we are trying to learn our lines, and in the meantime you are trying to find your subtext in the scenes.   In the wedding, in particular, everything has to stop.  We have to let all that go and pay attention to each other.  That is what works so well for us.   When we connect it’s just right on.  That is when things go great.  As I said before, Stephen and I really love each other, the characters, and our story, and so to just let go and fall into it, and to be part of the now of the moment, that is what happened to us during those scenes.  To have our family all around us and to feel the love, you believe it, and you play it.  As to your question about if there is pressure, I didn’t feel pressure.  I was just excited that we had that day.

STEPHEN:  What happened on stage that day was that we could feel that everybody was with us including the actors, the crew, and you could hear a pin drop.  And if nothing else brings your energy up that will.  It was just so sweet.

MARY BETH:  Nobody was bored. Nobody was irritated.  Everybody was excited!

What do you think fans will take away from the nuptials?  Will they get the wedding they want to see for Stayla?

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MARY BETH:   I think so.  It’s not flashy. It’s not on a boat.  We have done that already. This is a very intimate, heartfelt, mature moment of a couple who have weathered the storm.  There is something so beautiful about coming out on the other side of the storm.

Mary Beth, why was Kayla so hard on this guy?  Patch truly showed how much he loved her, yet she would put up a wall, and previously, would not let it get to the point their relationship is at on-screen today.

MARY BETH:  Part of it was she was so afraid.  Kayla loved this guy, hook, line and sinker.  When they got divorced it was very difficult for her, and then fast forward ten years, she forged a life that she controlled, and in which she could control her environment. Kayla raised a son, and supported herself and him.  Steve brought chaos into that control.  I’m not that kind of person in real life, but I think for people who are like that, it’s a very scary thing to be vulnerable again, and to let your guard down.  I think every time she did over the last couple of years shenanigans would happen and then she would be say to herself, “Yes, I was right to keep him at bay.”  Finally, Kayla and Dena Higley (former DAYS co-head writer) decided to stop that, and so that’s what happened and got us here to Patch and Kayla’s wedding day.

I heard that DAYS costume designer, Richard Bloore, found the perfect wedding dress for Kayla!

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MARY BETH:   It was perfect.  Richard Bloore does all the shopping for the show and he knows our bodies, and our flaws, and plusses. The wedding dress I wore is the only one I tried on, and I loved it.  I would love to dye it another color, and actually wear it another time for something.

STEPHEN:  Richard got me the most beautiful tuxedo and it fit me like a glove!

James Lastovic plays your on-screen son Joey, and Joey wanted so badly, for so long, his parents to remarry and be a family again. That must have also been special to play.

MARY BETH:  The scenes that James had, and all of us had with Shelley, as the Johnson family were so great.  It was a great couple of days to shoot.  It really, really was.

What is in the future for Patch and Kayla post-wedding?  Will things simmer down now … or, will Kayla, Patch, or Joey be kidnapped again, etc? (Laughs)

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MARY BETH:  We are taping new episodes a few months from the wedding, and we are still happy … so that’s good.

STEPHEN:  However, there are a few things going on.  There has got to be a story.  We can’t just be coming in to each scene kissing and a hugging.

MARY BETH:  Sure we can!  What do you mean? (Laughs)

So, are you excited for the wedding of Patch and Kayla? What do you think about Shelley Hennig coming back to DAYS to be at her on-screen parents nuptials? What do you think will happen to the happy couple once they make it official? Do you hope they have months of marital bliss, or do you want to see Patch and Kayla in the middle of heavy drama and adventure? 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)

I just wish they would update Patch’s Fonzie meets The Pirate’s of The Caribbean look…it makes Stayla more like Staleya…wearing that all the time is like wearing the same underwear more than once a week-ew…ok, i had worn mine all week once but i was very ill at the time-lol but that is not the point..anyway, i find combining names almost childish and outdated…i like Patch&Kayla…sounds more romantic like Scarlett and Rhett…does ScarRhett sound romantic-NO!…sounds like a fever one gets from traveling abroad!!!-lol.

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

I do not see anybody today wear a patch unless its medical related but they dont wear it forever.-he did go without it before..we can still call him patch…just put a patch on his jeans if someone doesn’t get the nick name!!!

Celia
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Celia

I would like to see “Patch” without the patch mysrlf, Jimmy. But, I don’t know how the ‘transformation’
Would be received, after all is ssid that done.
Anyway, I truly enjoyed today’s episode. ….almost perfect!!

Jaime
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Jaime

Steve is one hottie! Don’t change the best of the best!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Agree and I love both actors and “Patch” and “Kayla.” Always have. And I have read/heard a lot of interviews they have given. I’ve come away each time feeling their genuine care for each other, for the characters, for the fans. Just beautiful to know that. Patch and Kayla forever. PS I also read Mary Beth’s blog PLANK.

JMER
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JMER

I am so jealous that Days allows their Classic SuperCouples to be featured in front and center stories and cares enough to marry them. I am jealous right now of Y&R and the new opening as well which is incredibly well shot and includes their classic theme song. I guess that all goes with being a Classic GH fan and I’ve developed good coping skills. Paltry scraps for us on current day GH; things haven’t been good for decades.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

What would be good to you? Not being sarcastic just wondering how you would paint the canvas on a daytime drama especially the one you’re passionate about.

JMER
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JMER

The problem with GH is that they are serving too many divided audiences and haven’t found a solution that will appease most of the fans. The top 4-5 characters with airtime are still the actors that were heavily featured during 2000-2011 which is when many 80s and 90s fans dropped out of the show due to the narrow focus and dark vision for the show. They also have brought in many new characters and haven’t developed them the past few years plus the weight of trying to redeem the Franco character who was never meant to be redeemed. It’s pretty… Read more »

Sam
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Sam

GH is in trouble, horrible mob storylines. Time to cancel Gh, and bring back OLTL on ABC.

Jaime
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Jaime

GH has overdone the Mob for years! Have not liked it since they decided a mob Hit man could moralize to the entire GH community and only those who dislike the mobsters are ever truly punished!!!

Yes, GH lost its soul a long time ago

Newmanwins
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Newmanwins

This site really has become a waste land of total hate…more people again saying cancel GH in a non GH topic…how disrespectful to the real fans to have to read that garbage.

Newmanwins
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Newmanwins

Please….GH has been telling more hospital stories than mob stories during Jelly’s first 16 months…but carry on with the repetitive misinformed rants…even though the mob has been toned down a ton under FV…it’s still a part of the show but it’s not eating the show like during the JFP days….ten years ago there were ten mobsters on contract….now there a only two with Sonny and Julian…both Jason and Ava left the business.

Newmanwins
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Newmanwins

GH is not in trouble…look at the recent ratings…worry about DAYS.

Evan
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Evan

Sam I agree with you, pull the plug ABC. Cancel GH. Bring Back One Life To Live. General hospital is very painful too watch, right now. Pull the plug and end GH.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I loved OLTL and would love to see it back…but not at the expense of GH. It’s been holding my attention and I have no desire for them to “pull the plug.”

ML
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ML

I’m so happy Patch and Kayla are still together and just as much as in love as they were when they first met. I love to watch old videos on YT and realize their love story has endured. I LOVE that. All the credit to their beautiful love story…the best I’ve ever seen on tv to Mary Beth and Stephen. The writing in the 80’s was the best and I agree with both actors that their reunion this time with the ups and downs was handled very well. Look forward to many more years of Steve and Kayla btw, the… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, and Stephen Nichols has said as much–he thinks Patch is just not Patch without the patch–lol!

su0000
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su0000

Hey!
that’s Y&R Tucker!
I want Tucker back!

Jaime
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Jaime

You can thank JFP for that one. She had to bring on her pets and eliminated talent. In so doing I think she did a huge disservice to the Chancellor family and what could have been

Cheri
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Cheri

Love love LOVE this couple! Now if we can just get John and Marlena married beautifully and Jack back for Jennifer? All of us long-time fans will be happy to wander through whatever they do with the youngsters. Just so we can see our favorites. Oh, and Justin and Adrienne need to be together, as well. As you can see, I am a HEA girl. 🙂

John Gordon
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John Gordon

Geez, ENOUGH already – aren’t they getting a little tired of having the same couple march down the aisle well into their 50’s or however old they are supposed to be? Not that I have anything against older couples, I don’t of course but how many more Brides in the 50+ category on this show are going to be blushing in White gowns? After a while, it’s a little tiresome – plus, although this is off-topic, I thought the way they explained “Stefano” being in the Jail cell even though it was another character wearing a rubber glued-on mask and… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

You are so funny, John. Don’t you know that you can get in deep caca when you talk about older characters doing the ‘young’ thing in what is considered a negative subject?! Hey, I agree with you. I was ‘attacked’ on more than one occasion when I stated that same fact, in a different way and/or situation. I think that the symbolism of wearing white, on one’s wedding day, has lost its meaning through the decades. I doubt there are any virgins around anymore! LOL. But, be that as it may, a white, lacy, frilly, a definite look of what… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Don’t think I mentioned the word “frilly” or “lacy”–nor did I say ANYONE was not entitled to her opinion. Gee, you seem really thin skinned–and really angry at me for some reason I can’t fathom. I was not in any way directing my comments to you–and I haven’t responded to any of your posts: my 95–year-old mother is in rehab and I am going each day at 8:00 to see/help her. This is one of my first times to comment on this blog in a very long time–and it was a nice respite to the tension and uncertainty of the… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Read my lips: the word I used was “white”: do you have ANYTHING against the color white??

rebecca1
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rebecca1

As many as get married and who feel like wearing it. To be literal… anyone can wear anything, anytime. And, in this day and age…are there really any virgins getting married at ANY age??? (The old symbolism for the white wedding dress has long passed its day.) As for WHY they portray couples in mid age getting married…maybe because there is a huge amount of people who don’t marry until later in their lives or perhaps are divorced or widowed. If, however, you’re referring to just one couple…this “same couple” as you say…then it’s just the formula of the soap… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Bravo and thanks. “Anyone can wear anything, anytime”: you say it so very well–simply and eloquently.
And, yes, I agree with your other statement as to why portray couples in mid-age getting married: “Maybe because there. . .are. . .people who don’t marry until later in their lives or perhaps are divorced or widowed.” I
Again, you say it so very well.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

And I love your romantic last statement: “If two people can still make each other blush . . . that the icing on the (wedding) cake.” A lovely sentiment. PS And doesn’t an elegant creamy white simple suit (or dress) just ooze elegance? Sounds like something I might choose–or even an elegant pants ensemble? I’ve never taken the leap–never been married, but a girl can still dream (and fantasize) can’t she? LOL! PS 2 You made my day–thanks for the uplift. After coming out of the “ice” of dealing with my 95-year-old Mother’s extended 2-week hospital stay after contacting “institutional… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

rebecca1, your reply to my post was so very sweet. I do find the soaps a welcome “escape,” and it’s so very nice to read your sentiments re my time with Mother–brought tears to my eyes. Thanks again–means a lot.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Some people/characters never get tiresome–because they are so genuine. And one can wear what she wants for her wedding; the color white can be worn by someone 70+ (my age!) if she so desires. (Hey, what a good idea I had–lol)

Celia
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Celia

That’ s your opinion, Nancy. More power to you….but, it would not sit well with me. Different women, different personalities. What’s the adage? ” different strokes for different folks”. Perhaps it’s becsuse there is a 40-year difference between us. I have a different mindframe. I find it obnixious for an elderly bride to wear a frilly, lacy wedding dress, regardless of color. It does not make me right, but it is how I feel, by the same token, I respect how you feel, but it does not make you right, either. That is why our thoughts are called opinions. It… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

And, I am not talking about Kayla….she is neither elderly, nor was she wearing ridiculous frills.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Nancy…you’re very welcome and if you’ve read many of my posts for a few years I’m a big women’s advocate and am beyond sick and tired of the juvenile, judgemental posts on how a woman should dress at “her” age.

Please take care of yourself during this stressful time with your mom. It’s not easy…and quite emotional…frightening. If you can use the soaps to “escape”…try. Reality is too often very difficult.

jkenney
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jkenney

Is the actress who plays Grandma Brady no longer on the show?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) asked for time off a while back to work on her autobiography, jkenney, but has recently been battling health problems.

TMJ
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TMJ

Peggy McKay works as her health permits. Unfortunately, lately, that has been less and less.

Mo
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Mo

Thanks for the info. I had wondered about her. Maybe they should recast.

su0000
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su0000

ok=
this guy ”Patch ”
Why doesn’t he get his eye fixed?
He could get an artificial eye…
I know someone with one and really, if he hadn’t told me I’d of never thought he had an artificial eye..

So–
I have to label his eye patch as Super Lame !!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Steve did have a glass eye, su0000. When the character was first introduced in the mid 80’s he was known as Patch because he was a thug who wore an eye patch, but as other characters got to know him, especially Kayla (Sweetness), he was referred to as Steve and/or Steven…The same could be said of most viewers. DAYS fans knew there was more to him than met the eye. Around 1990 (DAYS’ 25th anniversary) Patch, Steve to most characters and viewers by then, had surgery to remove his scar and received a glass eye to go undercover in an… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Thank you, 4ever. There’s nothing more unnerving than someone posting on a soap of which he/she does not watch, nor knowing the characters’ history.
I can always depend on you for the right info, my friend.

Celia
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Celia

BTW, 4ever, and out of context….I had mentioned a while back that I suspected Andre was really Tony.
I am beginning to hold fast to that and believe my own suspicions. Is there a minute chance Andre is Tony?

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

You say it so very well!

Mo
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Mo

They had storylines where he didn’t wear a patch and it didn’t go over so well. The patch is part of his appeal apparently.

Jaime
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Jaime

Not every character has to be a total soap stereotype. too many soap men are exactly alike minus the name! A guy with sex appeal, personality and a little bit that is all his own is a gem!

Celia
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Celia

Su, you must understand that Patch/Steve would not be the character he represents without his patch. It is what makes him. Can you think of Victor Newman without his mustache? LOL.
I take it you’re not too familiar with this character? LOL.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Now, su0000, you just HAVE to keep up. Been there; done that–tried Patch without the patch. Stephen Nichols said it just wasn’t Patch without the patch (see my earlier post.) Come on, girl, get with the program–and I mean that literally–lol!

k/kay
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k/kay

Have not watched in over a decade but these two are magical the live and respect they have on and off camera is awesome. Congratulations to them both super human beings!!!

k/kay
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k/kay

Love

buttercup
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buttercup

So happy to see Steve and Kayla finally remarry… it’s been 27 years and they’ve been through so much since their last wedding (presumed death, divorce, baby, baby murdering Steve’s ex, lol). Can’t wait to see Shelley, too.

Mo
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Mo

I thought they were supposed to get married on Valentine’s Day, which was yesterday. Is Salem using a different calendar than the rest of us?

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

They were preempted–now for 2 days (yesterday by that unhinged person’s “news conference”–maybe we’ll get lucky and see the wedding Fri.? Nonnamed person has “flown” to Fla!

Mo
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Mo

Days was pre-empted again today???!!! You have got to be kidding me.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Oh, how did I miss the wedding–something else on today (Fri.)–was it that short???? Oh, my dears, must I go to youtube to see what I have been waiting for for oh-so-long? Horrors upon horrors! CAN’T believe I missed it.

Celia
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Celia

Unhinged, someone??

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

The actual wedding took place during thursDAYS episode. You can watch the entire episode at nbc.com

Mo
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Mo

It’s nice for Shelley/Stephanie to be back. She has grown up. I saw a picture of her and didn’t recognize her.

Jaime
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Jaime

Its just a shame that the writers made Steve & Kayla extras on their wedding so they could once again hand the program over to propping Rafe and Hope! Not a smart move on either the part of the writers Higley AND QUAN nor the producers yes you Mr Meng.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Why has a DAYS thread turned into a GH thread, including a huuuuuge comment regarding GH?

PEOPLE ARE RAINING ON DAYS’ PARADE!

JMER
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JMER

My original comment was a positive one about Days and their marrying Steve & Kayla but I was asked a question about GH, something that required a long explanation so that’s why I added that huuuge comment. No other reason. I thought it would be impolite to not answer at all and I don’t do questions like that halfway. No rain for Days, just positivity.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I should have said people are stealing DAYS’ thunder.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

no need to apologize JMER. no one runs this site other than Michael Fairman. if he approves your comment dont’ worry about another poster’s criticism.

Celia
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Celia

YEAH!!!!! Say it again, 4ever!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I have wished for the day that Anna would come back and discover Andre is really Tony, Celia. I think it’s possible, but maybe that won’t happen until Ron’s writing materializes.

Celia
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Celia

Thanks for that 4ever. Now, I don’t feel so alone in my thinking. I mean, why would they bring Anna back? It makes sense. To be honest with you, I’d love it if Andre turned out to be Tony.

Celia
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Celia

They are GH stalkers, 4ever. LOL…..some of which I have not seen on the DOOL sites. How strange!!
I will echo what most have said. It’s about time Kayla and Steve were married again…..this poor woman has been through so much. I hope this time, the PTB leave this couple alone by not giving Patch flight for the umpteenth time.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Celia. Contrary to your belief…soap viewers are actually “allowed” to post on ALL soaps whether they meet with your “required” viewing habits or not.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Thanks so much for the info on watching wedding of Patch and Kayla.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

I’m sorry…but I DO NOT want to watch Patch and Kayla walk down the ole soap opera aisle all over again. N-o. And…this makes me wonder what’s next after that…Rafe and Hope (also) getting hitched?!?!? BEYOND Y-U-C-K!!!!!!!!!! ULTIMATE NO, NO AND MORE NO!!!!!!!!!!

Later.

Celia
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Celia

Say it again, Jay. But, some make it quite difficult to express an opinion. Soap or not, I find it absolutely out of kilter for an older bride to go overboard on a wedding gown fit for a young bride. My opinion!!!!
I equate it to an eighty-year old wearing a mini skirt, especially without pantyhose and six-inch heels. I have seen it.
Oh, yeah…Hope acting the teen, blushing ingenue with Rafe. I have always balkd at this coupling, albeit, I am starting to accept its pairing. But, as you say; no walking down the aisle with bells and whistles.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Give it up CeeCee. jabybird didn’t mention age…you did. Again. You’re way too haughty. Come down from that undeserved ledge.

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James Scott Comments: “I Will Never. Never. Never. Never. Never, Go Back to Hollywood Let Alone DOOL”

Those hoping that finally James Scott would return to his signature daytime soap role of EJ DiMera on Days of our Lives, now that Alison Sweeney is on her way back to the show this fall for a longer run as Sami, can count those hopes now dashed and for good.

In a post on his Instagram account for his meditation and contemplations Sunday morning Zoom series and website, Scott posed with Deepak Chopra.  When a fans posted a comment in the IG account how they miss him on DAYS and to come back with Sami, James replied, “Hi – thanks for joining me here. Please know that I will never. Never. Never. Never. Never. Go back to Hollywood let alone DOOL. There is notbing interesting there for me. J”

Fan favorite James Scott, who has been MIA from the acting profession for awhile now is running The Whisper Within – and as detailed by the website, Scott explains how he left acting to be more involved with meditation and helping others find inner-peace – “In 2014, after a successful career in the entertainment industry, I found myself with everything and nothing.  I had money, celebrity, and status and the grief to match it. I had worked tirelessly for the better part of two decades to attain wealth and validation, yet no external thing could touch the emptiness I felt and the worthlessness I experienced.  I knew that something unknown wished to be known—something I could feel only through its apparent absence. In my despair and depression, I faced a simple choice: to change my lived experience or to end it. One felt impossible; the other easy I had already spent so much time reading self-help books, attending workshops and retreats, drinking concoctions with shamans, exploring tantra and abstaining from sex all together, dancing and singing, and many more practices, which had done little or nothing to abate the loneliness.

 

Desperate and in despair, still seeking, still suffering, I found my way to an Indian meditation center. I went for a week and stayed for a year. It was there in my own reflection that I found the teacher I had been seeking silently waiting to be known. At first, there was rage and anger, but eventually the intensity of the fire burned low and sadness took its place. I cried and cried until I cried myself empty and something new arose: beneath it all, I discovered a newfound peace. Like a fragrance arising from deep within, I heard the sound of the silence that can never be spoken: the eternal wisdom of the whisper within.  To live from this place is my practice and my path. To inspire others to do the same is my purpose.”

So, what do you think about James’ comments and path that he has now gone down for his life?  Do you think its time for DAYS to finally re-cast EJ? Comment below.

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