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Heartbreaking DAYS: Steve Learns Adrienne Died, An Anguished Sarah Lays Into Xander, Brady Tells Kristen Their Baby Is Alive

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If you caught Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, it proved to be one of the more dramatic and emotional episodes of the year in soaps; featuring stellar performances from the cast.  First, knocking it out of the park was Stephen Nichols (Steve), who while in the hospital and regaining his true self back, learns from the love of his life, his sweetness, Kayla (Mary Beth), that she has moved on with another man in his absence.  Then, when Kayla admits she has been involved with Justin (Wally Kurth), he immediately questions her, “What about my sister? Did they split up again?” Confused and shocked, he tells Kayla she would never have an affair on Justin.  With nothing left to do but tell Steve the truth, Kayla has the painstaking task of telling him that his beloved sister, Adrienne died and the events that led to her death. Steve is gut-punched and breakdowns in tears over his sister’s death and that he was not there for her.  When Steve says she was such a good sister it is crushing moment as he says he will always love her.

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Later, when Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Jack (Matthew Ashford) visit Steve in his hospital room, Steve hides his face.  Jack learns that Steve knows about Adrienne, as he sees Steve just overcome with grief, and goes to hug and comfort his brother.  Jack also tried to help Steve understand how Justin was devastated when Adrienne was killed and that Kayla was grieving the loss of her relationship with Steve, knowing she signed the divorce papers and he went MIA from Salem and did not contact her.

At the Kiriakis mansion, Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) is supposed to start her wedding to Xander  (Paul Telfer), but now she is armed with the truth that he switched her and Eric’s (Greg Vaughan) baby, with Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Kristen’s (Stacy Haiduk) … and her little girl actually died.  As Justin presides over their nuptials, Sarah is filled with moments of anger, hatred, and shock towards Xander.  He is not sure what is going on with her.  When it gets to the vows, Sarah finally blurts  “How could I marry you after what you did?” It is then he learns she knows he switched babies and let her fall in love with a child that was not hers!

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Sarah reveals to Xander that Eric told her everything on how he covered his tracks and passed off Brady and Kristen’s baby as hers, Justin leaves and once he’s gone, Xander tries to explain he did the switch for her, because he loves her and she had gone through so much.  Sarah, who is an emotionally fragile state, hears Xander suggest that they take Mickey and run away.  She tells him she is going upstairs with Mickey (Rachel) and when she comes down she wants him gone and she never wants to see him again.  Realizing he has been found out and his plans have blown up in his face, Xander collapses to the floor.  Upstairs with the baby, Sarah doesn’t know how to let her go.  And in the cliffhanger of the entire episode, an overwrought Xander turns and sees that Eric has showed up, ready for a confrontation …. and to see Sarah.

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Brady, who has been through an emotional rollercoaster learning from Eric and Nicole (Arianne Zuvker) that baby Rachel is alive, and that it is now his brother, Eric who is grieving the loss of a child, goes to find Kristen to tell her the shocking, and yet wonderful news.  He finds her at the gravesite of their believed-to-be-dead daughter.  As she continue to grieve the loss of their child, it is then Brady tells her that their little girl is alive!. Kristen begins to understand the revelation when Brady reveals that “Mackenzie” has the same birthmark as Rachel. and he has DNA test results to prove she’s theirs.  At first, Kristen is too scared to believe this could be true, but she reads the DNA results and is overjoyed.  Just then, Eric and Nicole arrive at the gravesite. Brady hugs his brother and Kristen tells Eric how sorry she is, even though she knows he does not like her for what she has done in the past to him.   Then, Eric and Nicole have a moment at the gravesite, as an emotional Eric says goodbye to his daughter.

Later at their home, Kristen says she wants to go get Rachel.  Brady says they need to give Sarah and Eric a day to grieve before barging over to the Kiriakis mansion to claim their baby.  Kristen tells Brady she is not sure she can wait another day.  When she starts questioning how the hospital messed up the birth of the babies, it is then she learns that Xander was behind the baby switch; and as expected, that was not going to sit well with Kristen!

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Kudos to Eric Martsolf, Lindsey Godfrey, Greg Vaugha, Stacy Haiduk, Paul Telfer, Mary Beth Evans and the aforementioned Nichols for their performances in this episode that featured several hankie x 10 moments.

So, what did you think of this episode of DAYS? Were you emotional through it? Did you enjoy the work of the cast? Comment below.

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You know when there is a wedding there isnt going to be a wedding…well there be a who shot Xander-JR Ewing style…Since her arrival Sarah has changed men faster than i change my shorts-lol..at least this baby drama didnt last as long as GHs…please no more mind control, amnesia or Ciara being kidnapped or Ben being suspicious of a crime…time for Days to move on with something different than the overuse of the same plot devices…ps-i still think Adrienne is alive and will show up thinking she is Bonnie Lockhart-yes, another mind switcher-with Bonnie thinking she was Adrienne and it… Read more »

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Stephen Nichols’ performance in this episode was Emmy worthy. It was so raw and truthful. I’m glad they remembered to address Adrienne’s death.

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

I can’t wait for Victor to find out that he and Xander have been found out, but it will kill poor Maggie to find out it was her fault the baby died.
I am also hoping Maggie wI’ll run into Adrienne’s double in prison but it will actually be Adrienne with amnesia.

anne
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anne

I can’t wait for Kirsten to confront Victor and nail him to the wall. Also, I wanted Kirsten and Brady to immediately phone the police to have Xander arrested. The police would have Marlena to take Rachel.

carol1952
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carol1952

I knew that wedding was never going to happen.

aria
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aria

if dool wasn’t written by RC I would probably give the show a chance, they do have a lot of interesting actors. Every show is rich in history especially if they been around for so long, but like I said I just can’t bring myself to watch this show under RC writing. It would be to much, I don’t want to see hope being princess gina, patch being stephano, Adrianne being dead maybe, Marlena possecesed, ect, its to heavy loaded w/ soapy content, and w/ everybody’s life turned upside down. whose life in Salem is just normal?

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FireReRon

The cast showcased in this episode was amazing! It proves if you give halfway decent material the actors will come through. Stephen Nichols has proven he is hands down the most gifted and versatile actor in daytime right now. Mary Beth Evans and he are magic together 30+ years and never miss a beat. Chemistry/connection off the charts!

GoodLuckChuck
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GoodLuckChuck

Everything was great, except for the ridiculous Justin/Kayla/Steve triangle..history has been conveniently rewritten to fit plot, Kayla OOC, etc She waited 16 yrs, wouldn’t sleep with Jack(when married to him) because she wanted Steve, went through 3 separations and she never moved on. Most importantly, she is a hypocrite at times and would never choose Justin, a known cheater, to get involved with. Hope Steve walks away and she realizes grass isn’t greener with the safe rebound called Justin.

Lincoln
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Lincoln

That was a good week! Steve having to come back from having that dumb “stefano chip” in his brain to find out his life has been imploded was heartbreaking. The actors that play Kayla and Steve have some kind of chemistry and connection, its natural. The writing/dialogue makes it hard to support the Kayla/Justin pairing. Writers have flipped Kayla’s dialogue from month to month, those scenes where Justin was hanging out at the hospital seemed desperate. Then you had him telling anyone in Salem that would listen about his and Kayla’s relationship..its seems they are trying to hard to sell… Read more »

Patricia
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Patricia

What a good week of Days that was! Kept you pretty much on the edge of your seat and it was nice to see the 30+ age crowd and veterans putting on a show.Some of those younger actors (and older ones such as WK who is spotty at times) could take lessons from Mary Beth Evans, Ari Zucker and Stephen Nichols..Stephen Nichols deserves every kudos given his way during this time jump-he’s been that good. He and Mary Beth Evans are just so natural on scene it’s nice to watch.

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‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’ Stars Talk the ‘Making of’ the Limited-Series & the Moments They Loved

Five of the cast members from Days of our Lives limited-series on Peacock, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, chatted with Michael Fairman as a wrap-up following the conclusion of the streaming of all five episodes.

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.

In addition, Charles Shaughnessy talks on how the series harkened back to the 80’s and 90’s campy action-adventure heyday of and the opportunity to work again with Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn as John and Marlena, while Rob fills-us in on trying to keep it together when working in scenes with soap vet Adrienne Frantz, when Ben and Ciara find themselves at a swinger’s party.

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.

Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem continues to stream on Peacock! Make sure to check it out if you haven’t, or rewatch it a second, or third time if you want to see more series like this in the future.

Below check out the interview with Eileen, Peter, Charles, Zach and Rob and make sure to subscribe to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity conversations.

Now, share your favorite moments from Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, and this video interview, via the comment section here.

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On the heels of the streamer limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, the NBC daytime drama series has announced that they are set to revisit the all-time classic “Possession Storyline” from 1994.

In that, Marlena (Deidre Hall) became possessed by the devil and it became one of the most remembered stories of all-time on the soaps.

Now, DAYS is turning a return to the storyline with this promo teaser, “Something wicked is coming to Salem this Fall!”

The series is promising that “fans can look forward to twists and turns you’d never suspect as well as familiar faces returning to save the day (or not)…. this time around, the devil knows no bounds and no one in Salem is safe!”

You can check out the promo below.   More details will follow on this exciting storyline!

So, what do you think of DAYS harkening back to the possession storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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