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NBC.com Publishes "A Business Affair: Sordid Details Of DiMera Takeover" By William Horton!

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Well, well, well!  This is a pretty clever move by NBC.com and Days of our Lives! 

This week on DAYS, the gang in Salem is steaming over the fact that Will Horton (Guy Wilson) published this tell-all about his mother Sami’s (Alison Sweeney) antics and what she did to her husband, EJ (James Scott) and his cousin Abigail (Kate Mansi) and her revenge plans to destroy them for payback for their sordid affair that rocked Sami to the core!

The fictional published post gives the full details of what Will wrote in total, some of which were not included on the DAYS airshow …  so that means additional content!  The piece  entitled: A Business Affair: Sordid Details of DiMera Takeover is quite a doozy!

Here is a juicy excerpt from the article from Will’s vantage point: “In the interest of full disclosure, at this point I should admit to the reader that Samantha DiMera is my mother. So of course, you’d be correct to assume I know her well. And what I can say unequivocally is that she is not only an astute and ambitious business woman, but a devoted and caring mother as well. That said, and because my mother raised me to be truthful and direct, I must add that Samantha Brady is a very complex woman, and when she feels she has been wronged, she will resort to any tactics, however morally questionable, that she feels will vindicate her. In short, she can be conniving and vengeful, making sure that anyone who has crossed her, either personally or in business, will pay a heavy price for the rest of their God given time on this earth. Go ahead and reread that last sentence. No, it’s not one huge typo, nor some sick editor’s prank. It’s the truth. And it is those traits I just described that allowed my mother to ruthlessly insinuate herself into the DiMera boardroom, gaining control of the company. She achieved this goal by lying to her husband and his father about doing their bidding, all the while determined to destroy the lives of EJ and his secret mistress for their scandalous affair. Some might call that bringing a bazooka to a knife fight. I would call it the Sami Special.”

After the jump, read the entire Sordid Details Of DiMera Takeover by Will!  Then let us know, should the family and Sonny (Freddie Smith) be pissed as all hell for him writing this? 

A Business Affair: Sordid Details Of A DiMera Takeover by William Horton

Salem’s very own DiMera Enterprises is one of the biggest and boldest companies in the country and overseas. Their practices encompass all aspects of the business spectrum. For the most part, they have been considered a reputable enterprise, though some unscrupulous practices have recently come to light, specifically in the aftermath of a shakeup in control over the powerhouse business. No longer does company founder, Stefano DiMera, hold the reins of the empire he built. Nor has his son and apparent successor, EJ DiMera, taken the helm, as both men have been slapped with the charge of tax evasion, forced to either pay the price, or stay out of the country to avoid imprisonment. However, life must go on and so must business, and to that end, two new additions to the heavy hitters who grace the big leagues of the DiMera boardroom have now emerged and quickly risen to power: Samantha aka “Sami” Brady DiMera, the “on and off again” wife of EJ DiMera; and Kate Roberts, Stefano DiMera’s ex-wife.

These two formidable women have been appointed co-CEOs by a unanimous vote of the board. And lest this takeover be simply attributed to more women breaking through that top-spot glass ceiling due to affirmative action, anyone with knowledge of the former careers of Kate Roberts and Samantha Brady would appreciate that they have earned their positions legitimately, and have, with skill and determination, seized an opportunity where the ball had been dropped. Sami Brady was formerly head of Countess Wilhelmina Cosmetics, one of the most successful branches among DiMera Enterprises. The long forgotten and failing makeup company was not only revived but thrived for many years under her leadership. Nor is Kate Roberts a newcomer to big business. She was founder of the now dissolved Hearth & Home, as well as CEO of Countess Wilhelmina, and had held the reins at Mad World Cosmetics, before leaving to rejoin DiMera Enterprises. What these two women have done so far has been impressive, to say the least: selling dead weight companies and lining investors’ pockets with plenty of extra dough. What more could shareholders ask for?

Let us take a closer look at one of DiMera Enterprises newest leaders, Sami Brady DiMera. She comes from a well-established family of Salem, the Bradys, considered to be among the town’s most respectable citizens. Not only has she worked tirelessly to accomplish what she has in the business world, but she has raised four children, three of them still below the age of seven. And while she has held down two full-time jobs, as CEO and mother, she has consistently fought for what and whom she believes in.

In the interest of full disclosure, at this point I should admit to the reader that Samantha DiMera is my mother. So of course, you’d be correct to assume I know her well. And what I can say unequivocally is that she is not only an astute and ambitious business woman, but a devoted and caring mother as well. That said, and because my mother raised me to be truthful and direct, I must add that Samantha Brady is a very complex woman, and when she feels she has been wronged, she will resort to any tactics, however morally questionable, that she feels will vindicate her. In short, she can be conniving and vengeful, making sure that anyone who has crossed her, either personally or in business, will pay a heavy price for the rest of their God given time on this earth. Go ahead and reread that last sentence. No, it’s not one huge typo, nor some sick editor’s prank. It’s the truth. And it is those traits I just described that allowed my mother to ruthlessly insinuate herself into the DiMera boardroom, gaining control of the company. She achieved this goal by lying to her husband and his father about doing their bidding, all the while determined to destroy the lives of EJ and his secret mistress for their scandalous affair. Some might call that bringing a bazooka to a knife fight. I would call it the Sami Special.

And how did she accomplish all of this? Let’s start from the beginning. Sami had discovered that her “perfect” mate, EJ, had a wandering eye and had been unfaithful to her for months. But instead of what most women might do in such a situation: confront her disloyal husband (fiancé in this case), throw a couple of vases in his direction, or go the more civilized route of seeking advice from a marriage counselor, my mother chose another direction entirely. In making sure she stuck by her belief that revenge is a dish best served cold, she hatched a devious, malicious plan that would inflict the maximum pain and humiliation on both parties involved… down the line.

It was only a short time before she was scheduled to marry EJ DiMera that Sami found out about his deceit and betrayal. But did she dump the guy and cancel the wedding? No. Sami, never revealing that she knew about her intended’s affair, married EJ, as planned, in the DiMera gardens. And as if that weren’t enough, with the shrewd assistance of Kate Roberts, it was brought to light, not only to the guests at the wedding, but also to the Salem PD, right then and there at the nuptials, that her cheating man had also been cheating on his taxes. For years and years. Which, to the shock of all present except for Sami and Kate, of course, led to EJ being arrested on their wedding day – at the wedding!

As the best man, I witnessed the groom being dragged away to jail as the newly wedded bride “screamed” and “pleaded” to let this madness come to an end. It was her wedding day after all. This orchestrated chain of events led not only to EJ DiMera’s incarceration, but also to an arrest warrant out for Stefano DiMera, who was conveniently out of the country. And this is where the most sinister part of Sami’s plan reared its head. After his arrest, she convinced EJ to let her represent him at the annual DiMera board meeting. But instead of doing his bidding, she, again with the help of Kate Roberts (there to represent her ex-husband, Stefano), conned the board members with falsified letters and forged signatures from EJ and Stefano, into nominating Kate and herself as co-CEOs. After some initial reluctance by said board members, the votes were tallied and by the end of the day, Sami and Kate were running DiMera Enterprises, having successfully pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes. Soon after this accomplishment, Sami paid a visit to EJ’s cell and finally exposed what she had done and why. EJ was, apparently, sincerely contrite and tried to explain his mistakes, to exonerate himself in her eyes somehow, some way, but Sami would have none of it. It was simply too little, too late – as it was for the young woman who had been his lover.

After leaving her husband in jail, humiliated and with his heart ripped out, Sami was on to the next phase of her revenge – bringing down the mistress. The woman in question worked at University Hospital. She was a close friend of the family who had frequently spent time with the DiMeras and their children – sometimes even babysat for them. She was also Sami’s newest friend, maid of honor, and art tutor. And she was none other than Salem’s sweetheart – Abigail Deveraux. Little did Abigail know that, by succumbing to EJ’s seductive charms, she would become a plaything in Sami’s game of horrors.

Of course the next step for Sami was to pay Abigail a visit at her family home to show off her glorious wedding pictures. And lo and behold, a photo of EJ and Abigail about to ravage each other just happened to appear in the mix of pictures – exposing the truth of Abigail’s affair with EJ, and right in the presence of her mother. Abigail was shocked to learn how she had been played by Sami, strung along like a puppet. But Sami wouldn’t stop at revealing this embarrassing transgression to Abigail’s family. In subsequent days, Sami made sure Abigail lost her job at the hospital, forcing her to write a resignation letter explaining her part in the affair with a hospital board member. Abigail packed up her office and performed the “walk of shame” in front of her friends and peers.

Business is a gamble. Same as cheating, having an affair – and being on the losing end of it. You must be able to face the music when it all goes to hell, face your demons, and eventually move on. But that would not be enough for Sami Brady DiMera. She decided to engage in all-out war, and ended up with a massacre on her hands. I don’t condone infidelity; therefore I do understand my mother’s outrage at EJ’s betrayal. But to go so far as to attempt to ruin the lives of friends and family members? To go to such extraordinary lengths for revenge? Some readers may think, “Ease up, Will. This is your mother. Not even a shred of sympathy or loyalty? Wasn’t she the victim in all of this?” Of course she was. But what I can’t abide was her inability, especially given that she herself has hardly led an exemplary life, to at least try to find it in her heart to forgive. That instead of dealing with the circumstances before her like a rational, compassionate human being, she had to lash out: ruin lives, inflict pain, and profoundly hurt people she loved dearly at one time or another. So there is no empathy for my mother from me. Not in this situation. I hope my readers learn a lesson in all of this because I doubt my mother will – she never does. And sadly, she’s the one who will end up paying the ultimate price. She’ll be the one all alone, forced to live with the repercussions of her actions for the rest of her life.

I love my mom and always will – probably hard to believe that after reading this. But, my respect for her as a caring, nurturing mother notwithstanding, her recent behavior has been unacceptable to me, and I believe that my revealing to all of you the truth of what really happened at DiMera Enterprises will, in the end, be worthwhile. Even if it helps only one person to see that devoting oneself to revenge, to “getting even,” is an exercise in futility. It is only by taking the high road, by letting go of anger, that one can move on and live life to the fullest.

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I guess they couldn’t afford a professional writer? That was written as poorly as the show!

Mark
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Please. You prolly watch Saved By the Bell reruns

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

On the contrary! That was from a character whom is beginning his career. It would be unrealistic otherwise.

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it pains me to say this, but i sadly have to agree. what did will study in college? it sure as hell wasn’t anything to do with writing or journalism. seriously, couldn’t they have hired a good ghostwriter? is their budget that low?

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I find this idea of Will The Writer absolutely hilarious. He compiled such an outstanding piece of literature deserving the honor of cover material? Too much to swallow. Regardless of the fact that what Sami did was spiteful, I believe that Abbi deserves whatever negativity is coming her way? It is payback time. Those who do wrong and hurt others need to pay the Piper. It is what it is. I feel no pity or commiseration for Abbi. And Jen is trying to exalt her daughter to the level of angel. Uh uh . No way. I’d like to see… Read more »

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LOL and then some “… I feel no pity or commiseration for Abbi. And Jen is trying to exalt her daughter to the level of angel. Uh uh . No way. I’d like to see more caca hitting the fan. ” especially, the last line… about caca it’s simply time for “Days” to showcase that a Horton… even a Brady, can Fall from grace… spiral… NUT UP ! for all the dastardly nefarious character driven machinations… to upheaval… this is a FUN time in Salem am loving Sami, EJ, Kristen…. LOVED Nick here’s hoping for MORE Eve and Theresa w/Anne…… Read more »

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Reads more like an editorial piece than objective journalism, and comes across like a plot recap than a real article one might find in a high profile magazine, but it is make believe so they can play anyway they want. Just a bit of campy fun to have the “article” posted on real web site. Maybe they could consider writing excepts from Jack’s book too—

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Jack’s book could be the next subject of the book club and they all could think they’re high again when Jack walks in!!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

They wouldn’t dare, Mary…lol …would they?

Max
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Max

How good is Ejami. The scenes with Sami and EJ together just get better and better. So going to miss those two.

Jim Nelson
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It’s written as the moronic fluff piece that it is – it mirrors a composition that has been dispensed by a ninth grader – makes me wonder, why is it exactly that I watch this show, surely it isn’t for the intellectual stimulation factor ~

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On Wednesday, Peacock the new NBCUniversal streaming service expanded its reach nationwide. Peacock will offer 13,000 hours on its free tier and 20,000 hours on its subscription level, sourced from a range of networks and studios both inside and outside of NBCU. Nine Peacock Original movies and shows are available at launch, with others following through the end of the year.

According to Deadline,  The Premium tier costs $5 a month, though some distribution partners (and Comcast) are bundling it at no extra cost to customers, at least on an extended-trial basis. Regardless of the price they pay for Premium, subscribers can also pay $5 more per month to get an ad-free version of Peacock.

Both free and Premium tiers will feature current NBC shows — on the free level, they will be available a week after linear air, and on Premium they’ll be there the next day.   Days of our Lives new episodes will be offered up on the streaming service one day after they air in their normal timeslot on NBC

NBC shows offered the day after their linear premieres along with Days of our Lives are: America’s Got Talent, Blindspot, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, A Little Late with Lilly Singh, Saturday Night Live, Superstore, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, New Amsterdam, Manifest, The Titan Games, Hollywood Game Night, World of Dance, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Access Hollywood, Dateline, NBC Nightly News and Meet the Press, and Telemundo series including 100 Días Para Enamorarnos, Celia, Cennet, Enemigo Intimo, La Doña, Minuto Para Ganar and Noticias Telemundo

Along with Comcast’s X1 and Flex, Peacock will be available on Apple and Google platforms, Microsoft’s Xbox, Vizio and LG smart TVs, Cox Contour and, starting next week, Sony PlayStation.

So, might you check out the new Peacock streaming platform? Comment below.

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A technical error caused a bit of a firestorm on Monday night, and a retraction early Tuesday morning when an item appeared most notably on TV Line’s partner’s feed, Yahoo News, that had a headline stating that Melissa Reeves (Jennifer) had been fired from Days of our Lives.

If site visitors and readers looked closely, there were actually two versions of the opening line that appeared.  One of which was noting that Reeves was apologizing for “catching heat” from co-stars and fans for backing a post by Candace Owens that was Anti-Black Lives Matter, and the other one that she was fired from the NBC soap opera.

TV Line early Monday morning issued this statement to clarify what happened and confirmed that Reeves had NOT been fired from DAYS: “Due to technical error, a story was briefly published on TVLine on Monday evening — and has since surfaced on several of our partner feeds, most notably Yahoo — that erroneously claims Days of Our Lives has fired Melissa Reeves. The story is false. Melissa Reeves has not been fired from Days of Our Lives. In the meantime, we apologize for the error.”

So, what do you think of the mix-up? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Mark our words! Next year, Days of our Lives Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) will once again be nominated for a Daytime Emmy for this week’s emotional and deeply-touching work on key episodes of the NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers saw, this was to be the happy nuptials of Justin and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans), who found love again after losing the previous loves of their lives.  They were dear friends to begin with, who through a set of horrific circumstances, found comfort with one another which eventually turned to love.

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Problem was; Justin overheard Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) and Hope (Kristian Alfonso) before the ceremony discussing Steve’s (Stephen Nichols) feelings for Kayla and that he wants her back; something Kayla is unaware of.  So what will he do?  The noble thing and tell her the truth, or keep it to himself and marry her anyway?

As the Intel of what he learned weighed heavier and heavier on Justin, in the most dramatic of moments (when he was to say his “I do’s”), Justin stopped the ceremony and bared all to Kayla: that Steve wants her back and how Steve saw him propose to her and that is why he backed off.  Armed with the knowledge and that her friends and family kept it from her, Kayla does not know what to do.  Justin helps made it easy and clear for her when he questions her … if they would be standing here getting married, if Steve had told her his true feelings before Justin proposed to her?

Justin goes on to say to Kayla that maybe she has been avoiding her true feelings for Steve, because she did not want to hurt him.  Then Justin tells Kayla that he visited his late wife Adrienne’s (Judi Evans) grave, and told her that if things were different, and if she was alive they would still be married, and Kayla would be their dear, dear friend.

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With seeing the look on Kayla’s eyes, Justin knows she loves Steve.  Heartbroken, but caught in an untenable situation, Justin tells Kayla he is happy for her.  Kayla wraps her arms around Justin as they both cry.  Kayla says she never wanted to hurt him, and when Wally as Justin says, “I know, honey,” it was one of the most honest and ten-hankie moments of the entire scenario.   Justin kisses her, tells the guests there will be no wedding today, and exits the Kiriakis mansion.

The emotional drama continues in the aftermath as Justin is at Kayla’s apartment boxing up all of his belongings and tears up recalling their nights together listening to jazz and cooking dinner.  Sonny (Freddie Smith) finds his dad, and tells him he did the noble thing and that time will heal all wounds, but after Sonny leaves, Justin breaks down a bit further before exiting Kayla’s for good.

And if that was not enough, Justin goes back to Adrienne’s gravesite to update her on the wedding that did not happen.   He talks to her that he understands Kayla and Steve’s deep and enduring love, which was just like theirs was.  Next, Justin thinks he is seeing Adrienne, when none other than Bonnie Lockhart (Judi Evans) reveals she is back in Salem – talk about kicking a guy when he is down!

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Throughout this entire saga, moment to moment, Kurth delivered raw, genuine, adult emotions, in a very complex adult story and relationship.   In fact, the cast and crew thought so, too!  When Wally as Justin told Kayla that he can’t marry her and the speech that followed and his exit from the mansion that followed, all those on set applauded for him.  His work was that moving.   Wally was ably assisted throughout by the outstanding work of Mary Beth Evans in these scenes.

2020, while a difficult year for everyone thus far, has been a particular great year for Kurth on Days; as over the last six months he has really had a chance to shine in this story.  So for all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV gives the “Power Performance of the Week” kudos to Wally Kurth.

Did you love Wally’s performance this week on Days? Did you reach for the hankies? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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