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Next Week: Marla Gibbs Makes DAYS Debut as Jackée Harry’s Mother; Head Scribe Ron Carlivati Shares: “I Am Really Excited to See the Scenes of These Two Legends Together On-Screen”

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Get ready for some fun and intriguing scenes next week on NBC’s Days of our Lives.  That’s when comedy legend and actress, The Jeffersons, Marla Gibbs (who just received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame) will come to visit Salem in her new role on the soap as Olivia.

But as we find out, Olivia is actually the on-screen mother of another comedy legend, Jackée Harry, who is already front and center on DAYS as Paulina Price.  Viewers will learn when Olivia and Paulina mix it up in key scenes that Paulina is actually the bio-mom of Lani (Sal Stowers).  Comedy fans also remember that Gibbs and Harry both appeared on the sitcom, 227.

Look for Marla to first hit screens beginning on the Monday, August 16th episode of the NBC daytime drama series.

In a preview of Gibbs’ arrival on the scene, DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati shared with Soap Opera Digest (in the latest issue on newsstands now): “Olivia has basically come to town like, ‘What are you doing here? You never should have come here. We made an agreement years ago and you broke it.’ She comes to school her. It’s great to see Paulina on the other end of it for once.”

Carlivati went on to say of the Lani bombshell: “Because it’s a family secret and something that happened so many years ago, we thought ‘Who is the keeper of the family secrets?’ and often it is this matriarch character. So of course we thought, ‘What about Marla Gibbs?”‘

Though Carlivati wrote the episodes for Gibbs and Harry to play back in the early spring, he was not able to be on set to see the actual scenes taped.  However, he heard from DAYS Co-EP Albert Alaar that Marla did a great job, and she could actually do more if they were to bring her back. Ron expressed: “Apparently, it went very well and I am very excited to see the scenes of these two legends together on-screen.”

Watch the latest DAYS promo below, heralding the arrival of Gibbs.

Now let us know, what do you think of Paulina turning out to be Lani’s birth-mom? Excited to see Marla and Jackée together on DAYS? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Delonjo
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Delonjo

Where is Victor? Maggie better watch out!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

DeLonjo,
????????

Momo
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Momo

I miss them too, but what does Maggie have to watch out for?

Celia
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Celia

John Aniston is 88—-while he isn’t technically off the show, he may not be feeling up to par. He rarely appears, and when he does, he is always sitting. God bless him!!
Why should Maggie be worried? Another woman?? Well, one never knows–hmmm
Aside—Henry is a year old.It’s time to get him out of that pram and put him in a stroller, sitting up!!!! That’s child abuse. LOL.How does he fit in there? And, how does a baby that age stay still or sleep all the time? Oh, yeah—-a one-year-old does not wail like a neonate. Henry should be walking by now.

carol
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carol

Nice to see these two back together again.Did you notice the number on her apartment? ,it was 227.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Mama sure gave as good as she got from her mouthy daughter.It proves that Ms. Gibbs still has what it takes to hold her own in any scene, God Bless her.

carol
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carol

She certainlyis good

Momo
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Momo

She’s awesome!

Moto62
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Moto62

“Reron”
as he’s called does it again! Revisionist history at its best. I’m sick of his ridiculous storylines.
Marilyn McCoo deserves better than this. It’s a travesty.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Yep; and to top it off that means Abe’s not Lani’s father and Theo isn’t her brother! Ugh; and I cannot stand Chanel regardless of which actress played/is playing her.

Momo
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Momo

I wondered if Paulina were really Lani’s mother, but then I figured that Abe would remember sleeping with her years ago and I didn’t think they had. I’m looking forward to Marla and Jackee scenes!

AJ
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AJ

Mr Abe had women all over town! He was a TRUE playa lol

Momo
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Momo

But I didn’t think he slept with Paulina until now! They never mentioned any past rendezvous.

VioletLemm
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VioletLemm

AJ
Watched the episode on Utube when Hope and Bo got married. Abe was the best man. He was one good looking young man. Of course he still is but I don’t remember him from that time.

Celia
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Celia

Abe isn’t Lani’s father, I don’t think—from the conversation between Paulina and her mother, that was the implication.—-unless I misunderstood the gist of it.

Aside—Watching JAWS 2, right now—I never knew Joseph Mascolo ( Stefano) was in this movie—WOW!! I was caught off guard.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

He didn’t. The man who abused Paulina is Lani’s father; Abe now isn’t, and Theo is now not her brother!

Leslie
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Leslie

Did I miss something? Haven’t watched this but maybe 4-5 years, but did Abe say he slept with both sisters? I’m confused!

Satan
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Satan

That would have been difficult. Abe’s relationship with Tamara Price happened onscreen back in the day. We never saw her sister or any other family members in Salem at the time. So ReRon being ReRon is about to do something really stupid and now claim that somebody else is Lani’s father. Probably the cruel rich dude Paulina spoke of when she was telling her sob story to Abe after the whole “Price Town” debacle. I’ve heard that ReRon was famous for flipping paternity around when he wrote for OLTL, and of course when he wrote for GH, he tried to… Read more »

su000
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su000

I have no idea who Marla Gibbs is-
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Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

suOOO, Hi there. Marla Gibbs is a classic from years ago and mostly became known for her role as the maid to a a wealthy African-American family named the Jeffersons who suddenly made it up to the big time. She never complained about ” birthing no babies” but sure gave this family a hard time trying to make her their servent, especially Mr. Jefferson, whom she and his wife had to try continuously keeping him down to earth and the rough times she gave him were hilarious. She’s been in a lot of other things but this show, I always… Read more »

su000
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su000

Hi violet 🙂
thanks– that would be before my time or I missed it.
but- I have seen the Jefferson on metv while surfing channels..
Seems you’ll be happy to see her on your screen, again
.. enjoy 🙂
Take care be safe ..

Satan
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Satan

Yeah, 227 never aired down here in Hell, but who didn’t love Florence on The Jeffersons. She didn’t take no shit from George!

The other lis
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The other lis

As an African American I cannot begin to tell you how offensive that comment is. I’m just gonna assume u don’t know any better and leave it at that.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

The other lis,
I don’t know whose comment offended you but I can only speak for myself and I stand by my remarks which were quotes from the TV Show and another one from Gone With The Wind. Those were different times and things were not said as they are now and to tell you the truth, I don’t know how to say it in another way.

The other Lis
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The other Lis

The comment was not made by you unless you are signing in under different screen names. It was made by someone else. The entire quote has been edited – I can only guess why! I recognize that Gone with the Wind is an American classic and made valuable contributions to the film industry. I also recognize it was a different time and different era and do not wish to see it banned. But in this 21st century the idea of comparing any African American to the happy, smiling, screeching, empty headed slaves in that movie is as offensive to us… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Violet, I took what you said as a compliment to the Florence character not being a stereotype, as Prissy was in GONE WITH THE WIND. I myself have big issues with the constant attacks on GWTW. It’s a picture of a time, not an endorsement for the inhumanity of slavery. The Ashley Wilkes character even expresses guilt over ever keeping slaves, even though he didn’t allow corporal punishment of them. Same with HUCKLEBERRY FINN. You can’t change history by erasing it.

The other Lis
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The other Lis

I specifically said Violet did not write the post that offended me and that I did not wish to see the movie banned or erased. But if you think the book or the movie is not a tacit endorsement of slavery you are misguided. The Ashley character you praise is not somehow noble because he doesn’t allow his slaves to be beaten (whipped) for trying to escape for their freedom or was derelict in his opinion in their duties. Ashley is also a member of the Klan. DEFEND THAT! So who is trying to erase history?

Soaphound
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Soaphound

As I said, it’s a picture of a time. Granted, a shameful time but historical nonetheless. I like the book and the movie as works of art. I don’t rely on media to form my opinions.

Momo
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Momo

Google her child!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

So most likely Lani’s father will turn out to be the dirtbag Paulina spoke of, leaving me to wonder if Lani doesn’t forgive Paulina, what will upset her the most,Abe not being her real dad or Paulina being her real mother?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I’ve read bits and pieces implying that Paulina may have cooked up a little pasta with Stefano Di Mera. What could this mean for Johnny and Chanel?

Momo
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Momo

The actress who played Lexie wanted to leave. I guess they could have recast, but decided not to.

AJ
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AJ

OMG!! I remember Ms. Marla Gibbs playing “Aunt Irma” on ‘Passions’. This is going to be a serious role but really to see a TV-14 version of “mrs Mary Jenkins” getting on “ms saaaaaandra clark”!

Christine Bailey
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Christine Bailey

Who is Lani’s father then? This is really going to mess her up.

Momo
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Momo

Ray, Paulina’s past bf who was abusive. Yes, this will destroy Lani and Abe, but why did Tamara tell Abe Lani was his daughter if he wasn’t? Of course, at the time he was. 😀

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I bet Chanel will talk her mother into financing Johnny’s movie venture. I was dissappointed at Tony and Anna backing out of the deal due to E.J’s influence.

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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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