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GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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Satan

Sonny’s performance was great and even moved an old Devil like me to the brink of tears. More to come, especially now with Jason’s life also in the balance. Not going to be a good month in the Corinthos household, I suspect.

The other sorry mess….. just reminds me how much I miss the REAL Eve Donovan. And how I want ReRon & his pets away from Days of Our Lives.

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Jeremy

While Kassie (Eve) was pretty damn brilliant with her performance (but the story was so wacky, so wacky, just SO wacky), yet Kassie committed herself, however, I would have awarded GH’s Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) for her loss and frustration of Dante’s absence was really spot on, and without the need for all the theatricals that DAYS used for Eve’s scenes. Just my opinion. Maybe a tie between the two ladies?

Jimh
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Jimh

Days is too scifi and far fetched..while i still watch i dont know if that will last…too many cast changes and wild stories is a bit too much…GH is a little better but i wish they have Nina find out nelle is her daughter once and for all!

Su000
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Jimh– Hi 🙂
I know what the Big BOOM is–
Jason will be his old self, a Quartmain, again..
And he will stand-off against Valentin.
It will be Jason Q vs Valentine..
Being Sonny is a retired gansta Jason needs a new life..
So– be ready for the return of Jason Quartermain.
(((ahaa you heard it here first lol))

Satan
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Satan

What in Hell’s name would be the point of Jason Q coming back now?

He’s way too old to finish medical school. Even teenage Jason in his ugly Xmas sweaters never showed much interest in the ELQ business world. So I’m not sure what Jason Quartermaine would even do for a living.

Maybe he could take a crash course in law school. Surely after more than a quarter century in the “coffee business” he’s gained a decent knowledge of the law. And with Alexis being disbarred yet again, Port Charles probably needs another lawyer?

Patrick
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Patrick

I was wondering that as well. You are right ! hoping because that would be a deal maker, God kick Michael to the curb. NEW NEW NEW boring TWIST : Nina turning on Nelle in the courthouse. which blah blah blah humdrum… if Nelle loses baby to Michael… she’s outstayed her welcome.. why pin her on Nina ? Nina needs some happiness… her tryst with Jax , isn’t going to lead any where. Valentin mindset he will have his Nina… had it not been for how sexual these two are… i’ll wait too. SURPRISE: I love that Dante is back…… Read more »

Lew S.
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Lew S.

We all know that Ron is a big fan of over the top and the absurd!

Lew S.
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Lew S.

I have always wondered if Rom writes for his own amusement or to entertain the fans. DAYS is in a fragile state, so much care must be given.

Steve
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Steve

Herbst was the true shining star in those scenes. Her subtleties in delivery brought out the best in Benard.

Satan
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Satan

Well… anytime Elizabeth is on screen without Frodd, it’s always a good thing, of course.

Patrick
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Patrick

Is Roger Howarth Contract ? talk about a waste of salary… that could be going to other better actors

@GH NEEDS to fire him…pronto… with Michael Easton that much close behind

now were talking

Patrick
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Patrick

the two actors/characters that have the most stir AND heck love fest…

Mike and Liz
Mike and Dante

game over

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

I think you’re right, Steve–Herbst tends to bring out the best in just about everyone they put her on the screen with, and I’d say she stole the scene–but it was good to be reminded that Benard really can act when they give him material he engages with. I think we’ve all seen him do his Mr. Aging Mobster schtick so often now—and most of it has been (a) so badly written and (b)oh so boring—that it’s easy to forget how talented he is. Here, he really made me feel for Sonny, which is something I can’t say very often.

Rodd
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Rodd

I can’t stomach the torture scenes on DAYS, so I’m not sure what the actors are doing. I know they’re very capable.
But at GH, I was moved by everyone’s performance in this story; especially Max Gail’s. He said so much without saying a word when “Sonny” told him it was okay to pass on if he wanted. He blew me away. Been there, done that. It was outstanding!

k/kay
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k/kay

Becky is as always a breath of fresh air god bless her!

DMRR
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DMRR

I had the misfortune of watching a few minutes of DOOL on Tuesday. It’s horrific. The acting is atrocious. Yikes.

carol green
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carol green

Kassie did a wonderful job.To be honest though she scared me and my friend.I just wonder how she is going to feel if and when her daughter shows up alive.I have a feeling that is going to happen,PLease Days for once leave poor Ben alone.I like the guy I know what he did was wrong but he was sick not crazy.I know all about mental illness I have them myself.

Celia
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Celia

Maurice, yes!! Coupled with Max, his performance was exceptionally amazing—-
Kassie’s performance? Debatable. —-did nothing for me.

francine
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francine

Great work by Maurice Benard, but is anyone else finding it hard to empathize with Sonny having this profound pain about his elderly father dying when we have seen him pull out a gun and shoot someone across the table for looking at him the wrong way? I think it would be a great plot point to acknowledge Sonny’s hypocrisy, since he doesn’t think twice about the suffering families of the people he’s killed, including his own son Michael’s real father, AJ. I’m finding the focus on Sonny’s pain (without any insight about the irony) to be a hard sell.

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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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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