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James Read Returns to DAYS as Clyde and EJ Become Cellmates

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Tuesday episode of Days of our Lives saw EJ DiMera (Dan Feurriegel), meet none other than his new prison cellmate, Clyde Weston, which marked the return of James Read, as Ben’s (Rob Scott Wilson) dastardly father.

In story, the two inmates recount the time that Clyde worked for EJ, before EJ’s supposed death.  However, because of the drug that brought him back to life and messed up his memories, EJ has no idea of how Clyde double-crossed him in the past and had actually ordered his death to go down.  When EJ laments to Clyde that he hopes he can trust Clyde to have his back in the slammer, Clyde snidely comments, “You have no idea.”

These scenes signaled a return to the NBC daytime drama series for Read, who has played Clyde on and off since 2014.  James spoke to Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue about coming back and taking on the role once again.

Read expressed:  “This time around I got a new bunkmate.” He went on to say, “These kinds of relationships are what soaps are all about. I loved it. It gave us lots of stuff to work with as actors.”

As to working with the new EJ, Dan Feurriegel, the actor shared: “It had been so long since James (Scott) was around that I didn’t have any trouble segueing.  And Dan sort of eerily reminds you of James, but then is so much his own man at the same time. It was a very quick transition.”

In addition, look for Clyde and his son, Ben to also share scenes since the criminal Clyde will be a granddad this time out.

According to reports, Read should be on the canvas for at least four to five months.

So, what did you think of the twist of having EJ be cellmates with Clyde Weston? Comment below.

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The one thing that wasn’t really clear from yesterday’s episode was whether Elvis really didn’t remember how Clyde was responsible for his previous death, or if he was just thinking like a DiMera, and lying to Clyde about his memory to keep him off guard. Because the fake flashback appeared to be EJ’s memory of the incident to me. If so, it’s a decent strategy though…. no point in starting a war with your cellmate the first day in prison. Since EJ knows he didn’t kidnap his “dear Samantha”, he assumes his stay in Statesville Gray Bar Hotel will be… Read more »

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EJ “died” by a dayplayer (clyde just stood and watched) I never cried so much over a fictional character, as I did for EJ. I mourned the loss along with Samantha and never revisited watching it again, too hard to watch. EJ confronting Clyde after all these years came too late, no offence to Dan however it lost its momentum without James being the one to put this awful s/l to bed.

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Clyde ordered EJ’s death.

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I love James Reid, I just don’t like the character he plays. I thought years ago that he and Kate made the sexiest couple. As much as I love Roman, there isn’t a spark between them. James seems so nice why can’t they do something good with this actor and his character?

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Would you really believe it if Clyde suddenly acted like a “nice guy”?? That wasn’t an issue for Kate…. she’s hooked up with Stefano, Andre, Victor, not to mention that abusive pig that fathered Billie & Austin. Even Bill Horton – usually thought of as a “good guy” was cheating on his wife when he was with her, so… not really all that good. Roman is definitely not the “normal” for Kate, given her track record. Guess they figured they might as well give it a shot, since they already had 2 kids together before they even met(courtesy of Stefano… Read more »

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It’s ironic EJ’s cellie is his “killer”. Wait until he finds out.

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^^^ WHAT ? ^^^^ “…According to reports, Read should be on the canvas for at least four to five months. ” STUPENDOUS ! REPORT : ” i could fall in love with this man ” to read that he has a 4-5 month ARC ! I HOPE BEYOND HOPE… that they give father/son ALL the scenes , they want… just to flesh this family bond. they are dynamite especially, cause ; how much victoria Konefal… has so many : is she in ? or is she OUT? i get that… she’s a young starlet on the horizon. So give Ben…… Read more »

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DAYS Billy Flynn Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just start this by saying if you missed last Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives on Peacock, you missed beautifully touching and effective performances by both Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail).

Leading up to it, Chad had a gut-wrenching week.  He figured out that Clyde (James Read) was the culprit that murdered his wife and later confronted him.  That led to key scenes where Chad confronts Clyde at Abigail’s gravesite and wants to hear all the gory details of how Clyde stabbed his wife, and then learned how the criminal covered his tracks, went after Sonny (Zach Tinker) and stabbed him, and framed Leo (Greg Rikaart) for the crimes.

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Throughout the reveal, Billy Flynn played all of Chad’s pain and horror, while holding a gun at Clyde baiting him on – problem was Clyde is so despicable he had no problem telling Chad the grisly truth.  During a struggle for the gun with Chad, it is EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) who saves the day and shoots Clyde.  The two brothers bond over their shared disdain for Clyde.

Later at the Salem PD, EJ apologizes to Chad for bringing Clyde into their lives and for what happened to Abigail.  Chad takes it in but does not explode, rather appreciates his brother for saving his life.

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However, the emotional rollercoaster that Chad went through, and the audience, in the expert hands of Flynn, was nothing compared to the heartbreaking scenes where Abigail visits Chad at her gravesite, now that he solved the murder mystery.

Abigail is proud that Chad found her killer and tells him that she wants him to love again and that it’s OK to move on.  She knows he will always love her, and she will always love him.  Then, when Abigail asks Chad to tell her what traits their children, Thomas and Charlotte, possess that remind him of Abigail, it was very tender and not overplayed.  When it was time for their final goodbyes, both Flynn and Miller reminded us all why #Chabby was one of the best duos in DAYS history.

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In the end, it was Billy Flynn who carried the ball all the way to the end zone and scored a touchdown in the conclusion of Chad and Abigail’s love story.  It is always a nice to see when DAYS decides to write for and feature material which plays to Flynn’s strengths, and this did.

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So, for all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Billy Flynn’s work as the Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of the Chad and Abigail goodbye scenes at her gravesite? What did you think of Billy’s performance and the reveal that Clyde Weston was Abigail’s murderer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first, check out our latest conversation with Billy, and his DAYS co-stars Greg Rikaart and Mary Beth Evans now on the Michael Fairman Channel below, where Billy discusses taping the pivotal scenes and more.

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DAYS Billy Flynn, Greg Rikaart & Mary Beth Evans Talk On: Abigail’s Murderer Revealed, Orpheus’ Poisonous Plot & the Move to Peacock

September had been a pivotal month for Days of our Lives.  After nearly 57-years on broadcast television, the long-running soap opera shifted from NBC to exclusively streaming on Peacock.  While fans have been adjusting and wrapping their heads around the change, the stories of the characters you love to love, or love to hate, are continuing to play out in Salem.

This week, after months of a whodunit and who is to blame for the death of Chad’s wife, Abigail DiMera, DAYS fans finally learned that the actual killer was none other than Clyde Weston (James Read).  Meanwhile, Kayla has taken ill along with Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kate (Lauren Koslow), all a part of Orpheus’ (George DelHoyo) longstanding feud with the women and the men in their lives.

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Now on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, DAYS stars: Billy Flynn (Chad), Greg Rikaart (Leo) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) discuss their latest storylines, plus their thoughts on the soaps move on Peacock and its future.

As viewers witnessed on recent episodes, Chad figured out that it was Clyde who murdered Abigail, and went after him with a gun. Chad decided he wanted to hear the entire sordid story of how Clyde killed her.  This led to the showdown scenes at Abigail’s gravesite which included a visit by EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), who saved his brother from Clyde. During this interview, Billy weighs-in on taping the climatic scenes, what it was like to blame multiple characters for months for Abigail’s death, plus what the future holds in store for Chad as he moves on with his life post-Chabby.

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Greg Rikaart shares his thoughts on if he ever thought Leo would turn out to be Abigail’s murderer since Leo had a revenge plot against those who wronged him. Rikaart also weighs-in on the story where Leo had a relationship with Craig Wesley, his enduring on-screen relationship with Emily O’Brien (Gwen, ex-Jana, Y&R) , plus working with Billy in the limited-series Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, where Chad goes in drag as “Belinda Chinashop” and more.

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Mary Beth talks on Kayla’s latest plight; that  being kidnapped by Orpheus along with Marlena and Kate, the good doctor has become very sick while trying to maintain order at University Hospital.  Evans also shares her thoughts on the arrival of Abigail Klein as her on-screen daughter Stephanie, the departure of Marci Miller as Abigail, and more.

Check out our full interview with Billy, Greg and Mary Beth below, and make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews, music videos, game shows and special event coverage.

Now let us know, what did you think of Clyde being revealed as Abigail’s true killer? What did you think of the confrontation scenes between Billy Flynn and James Read? What has been your favorite Leo moment since Greg came to DAYS?  Will Kayla figure out what Orpheus has done to her and others? Finally, are you enjoying DAYS on Peacock after its first few weeks of the series exclusively streaming? Share your thoughts in the comment section,

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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