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Paul Telfer Gone From Days of our Lives!

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Xander fans, it looks like this bad boy’s run will turn out to be a short one after all!  Actor/model Paul Telfer is no longer with the NBC soap opera Days of our Lives.  Telfer, who has the distinction of coming on to DAYS in two different roles within a four month span, let his followers on Twitter know of his exit.

Paul has recently been playing Xander Cook AKA Alexandros Kiriakis, and has been in Salem on-screen since March of this year, and he previously played Damon the henchmen for Victor Kiriakis (John Aniston) which he played on-screen in January. The actor tweeted on his status on DAYS:  “I left weeks before Xander even aired, but because of the prod sched he’ll be on thru August.”

In story, Xander knows Serena (Melissa Archer) and Eric Brady (Greg Vaughan) from their time in Africa, and he’s clearly holding the elephant statue diamonds over Serena’s head, or in collusion with her.  Meanwhile Xander fallen for Nicole (Arianne Zucker), who is using Xander as a way to figure out the secret connection between Xander and Serena and what they have been up to.

What do you think about the departure of Paul Telfer?  Did you like him as Xander … or are you glad he will be gone on-screen by August?  Share your thoughts below!

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Jeremy
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Jeremy

He’s one sexy and brilliant Scottish actor, too. We’ll miss Paul. He is very talented.

Patrick
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Patrick

wow… in spades

i’m still about 10 eps behind

ie: the scene where Serena shows up at his hotel room

Did any one like Alexandros’ “towel” ?

my heart skipped a beat

gosh darned it : I thought for sure, he was on for the duration…. when Uncle Victor asked him to stay on in Salem… as HIS talents may be put to good use

judy smith
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judy smith

I don’t want him to leave. Bad mistake. Let him take Victors place as he is getting older. Will be missed

Anna
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Anna

How can they let him go and keep the bad actors on that show – we all know who they are!
They should’ve moved heaven and earth to keep him – stupid, stupid people!

Shay
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Shay

Leave xander pls dont take him off 🙂 “off topic hurry bring back bo! “.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Xander is an enigma. There are aspects of him which are very endearing, such as his loyalty to his uncle….unless it is a facade. Then, there is that ruthless side to him apparent in his shady dealings with Serena. He does make an impressive figure, both in looks and comportment. I am not sure of his presence yet…perhaps it will become evident before he leaves. Will he usher someone else in? It has been too soon to get an attachment to this character, so it makes no difference if he leaves or stays. It would have been nice to have… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

it’s so disconcerting sometimes… isn’t it they bring on a character to “support” the contractual characters and to help drive story much to “our” chagrin… you take to a newbie and they’re let go as fast as they debuted case in point… (OK : it’s been a long while) but… on GH : I really took a liking to Jeffrey Vincent Parise… “Carlos” there are some enigmatic characters who scene steal Nicole has been written so drab and uninteresting…. it seems like all the writers have her doing is kowtowing to Eric, Daniel, and Brady… cause she has no family… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I know, Patrick. Poor, poor, misunderstood Nicole. And, I really mean that. I am not being facetious. She is one of my favorite actresses/characters….blows the mind how she is used as an “errand-girl”….her presence almost serves as a filler. Nicole should be front and center. Why not? Give her a break, writers. Stop giving her these half-a$$ed menial an demeaning storyline. Furthermore, Patrick….Nicole needs a real man who understands the real ‘package’ and accepts her as she is…flaws and all. As far as I’m concerned, Nicole has redeemed herself a million times over. Daniel, Brady and Eric do not deserve… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Sorry to hear this. He did a great job as Xander. I wish him much success in the future.

denisefan
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denisefan

Love Paul Telfer’s portrayal of Xander. Very disappointed in the casting turnover with DOOL. The show has few compelling characters currently and need the experienced talent of Telfer (and Melissa Archer and Freddie Smith).

Hope Telfer returns to daytime or primetime soon!

Patrick
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Patrick

“… The show has few compelling characters currently ”

echo

thats the word I was looking for : compelling

it’s so nice when a role is cast with an actor who drives story and portraits REEL even when the writing spirals

DAYS has plenty on the canvas to compell… I just wish it was on even keel with the rest of the product….. (writing)

hope abounds… it’s estimated that the new writing team… will be all on board… in August ????

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

He’s fine in the role, it’s the storyline that is draggy and dull. I haven’t cared about the elephant story since it was introduced and hope that they wrap it up.
It is a curiosity to me that actors come and go on this show like a revolving door at Macy’s. What’s up with that?

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I had mixed feelings– I liked the idea of Victor having more family; a younger version of him to take over his business in time– someone who might be able go toe to toe with Chad and the Dimera empire. But I do not like the actor playing him or at least the way he was playing him. Xander should have been more worldly and charming, with a dangerous streak, but this guy played him with no humor and just came across as a petty and childish because he wasn’t his uncle favorite like Brady and Dan. Wish it had… Read more »

James Strach
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James Strach

I won’t miss him !

Connie Berger
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Connie Berger

Neither will I cause he’s caused nothing but pain to everyone around him especially Nicole and Daniel and he deserves exactly what he gets days of our lives would and will be better off without Xander I hate him

Karen L
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Karen L

I really enjoy Paul on DOOL. Xander has been a great addition to the cast. I would have enjoyed watching his relationship with Victor unfold. Plus I think he is just the type of guy Nicole needs. DOOL has been losing so many great characters lately I hate to see them lose another one. They need to rethink this one. I will miss Xander. Good luck Paul.

Patrick
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Patrick

“…his relationship with Victor unfold. ”

I really, was, looking forward to this…

Daniel and Brady have been so dull

Xander provided some respite … from the actors on contract

tammie
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tammie

Don’t care for either one sander or serena

Sara
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Sara

I would like for him to stay awhile and see where his character would go, especially since EJ and Sami are gone. He is HOT actor and I enjoy watching him ACT!!

takeitish
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takeitish

Too bad the character had potential.

mike
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mike

Are they nuts? Paul is one of the best parts of the show. Are they trying to be canceled?

Rosanne
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Rosanne

I liked him.. Do we know why? was it just that the story eneded?

ehelt
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ehelt

I really like him he is a joy to watch the story line a bit boring
dool don’t keep anyone on long enough to get to like them so I hope to see him again
good luck paul in what ever u do

Melador
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Melador

As he portrays and Australian would have been a hoot to bring back Vivian and her son and plaid a connection to take over Titan.

Chrystie Delancey
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Chrystie Delancey

Boo! I was really starting to warm up to him and wondering what his long-term possibilities were.

I say they keep him and get rid of the actor that plays Will Horton (or should I say Willa? What a baby! – the character not the actor).

Bjtripp2
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Bjtripp2

I was bummed when I read he was leaving. I was hoping he could be the new eye candy with the sexy accent.

Adam
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Adam

He is HOT! He will be missed.

Ray
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Ray

I think Xander has been one of the few new characters that brought a new dimension to the show. I liked the idea of him being there with Justin, making a whole new family for Victor. When I read that a character is leaving in three months, it makes me lose interest. I felt the same way after I read that Melissa Archer was let go from the role of Serena. Currently, it is hard to believe that Freddie Smith, one of the true “good guys” on the show is leaving too. I am still hoping a brother/sister is introduced… Read more »

jj
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jj

Sonny has three older brothers who were born on the show. One is Justin’s son with Angelica, the other two are twins adopted by Justin and Adrienne.

Claire was born before Ciara. So yes her daughter is younger than her granddaughter.

Michael
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Michael

His acting is ALMOST as bad as Guy Wilson’s.

Sandra
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Sandra

I really like him I think him an Nicole will make a good couple.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

I’m surprised by this news. Even though I’m not a fan of this character, I got the impression that they were trying to fill the void left by EJ: another bad-boy Brit with some redeeming qualities.

Carolyn
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Carolyn

Xander is a character with so much Kiriakis potential and was addressed for one unfortunate storyline. I wish the writers had kept him on as the one Kiriakis of his generation that Victor does NOT think highly of.

davidevansmith
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davidevansmith

He’s a hot guy with a great body, a charming accent and acting ability. DAYS is foolish to let him go, particularly using the actor a second time within the year, I’m surprised at this because I would think they recognized a good opportunity and gave him a role tied to a core family with the intent to use him smartly.

Meanwhile I saw him as a nice follow-up to fill the void of EJ. Too bad. DAYS keeps making foolish choices, it’s like they don’t intend to live much longer.

Mo
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Mo

I thought he was sticking around. He could have good story potential–with Victor and fam, not Serena, Eric.

Nathalie
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Nathalie

I am hugely disappointed that Paul Telfer’s run will be a short one. His chemistry with Ari Zucker is off the charts and the show needs sexy fun times desperately. Xander is the perfect bad boy and there are years of potential story lines ahead with him taking over the Kiriakis empire in a ruthless fashion. I’m hoping Days comes to its senses and brings back PT a second time!

denisefan
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denisefan

DOOL does need a new heavy. Paul Telfer has already shown he can fulfill that need. If only the vision of the writing team was worthy of the acting talent on this show…..

Tonia
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Tonia

I am completely bummed! I liked him right away, and thought that he would make an amazing new character. I really wish that they would keep him and get rid of a few others.

Blake
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Blake

This sucks because he is hot and it is nice to see Nicole in a romantic storyline that isn’t the boring Eric or Daniel. The last great relationship she was in was with EJ. I hope there is someone better for Nicole now.

boes
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boes

I wish the show had done better by him. I noticed him immediately when he was first playing Victor’s henchman, Damon, and missed him when his character got offed by Clyde’s goons. So I was really happy when I heard he was returning in a new role. And a KIRIAKIS role, too. I wish they’d brought him on as Sonny’s brother (never mind the accent LOL) instead of this previously unheard of relation. The biggest problem for both him and Melissa Archer has been this deadly dull, drawn out storyline. Big miss on Days part, and an even bigger waste… Read more »

mike
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mike

Looks like most of us liked him, hope the Days powers that be visit your site Mr. Fairman.

Michaelfan
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Michaelfan

I like the character and the actor. I’d rather Zander stay and Serena go.

Mahoganey
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Mahoganey

Good riddance…he was extremely creepy looking.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

I never expected Xander to be a permanent character in Salem. So his exit is no surprise to me. I think the character was brought in to be a temporary one, although being a Kiriakis opened the door for the possibility of a long stay. There was nothing to like about the character of Xander. (I am distinguishing the character from the actor.) It could have been an attempt to fill the void left by James Scott’s absence. If that’s the case it should have been revealed more slowly that Xander is a crook. Also he should have been given… Read more »

Bonnie
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Bonnie

It’s a shame that he is leaving. Good looking and can be the new EJ type of character. He will be missed.

Jennifer Rebekah Billis-Gehrke
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Jennifer Rebekah Billis-Gehrke

We don’t need another bad guy on DOOL! Getting bored with the story line. Ready for Nicole to be happy and for Dr. Dan to get his head out of his hind quarters!

Beth
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Beth

I look forward to seeing Xander, he’s a great actor and brings zest and flair to Days. I hope he returns for good. I will miss his debonair badness!

Dee
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Dee

I am so disappointed that soon we wont be seeing Xander on our screen. I was really enjoying him. especially loved all his interactions with Nicole. I thought finally they found someone that was perfect for Nicole. Someone who has never cheated on her(EJ), who hasn’t dumped her so that he can go back to his previous girlfriend (Daniel) and someone who hasn’t verbally abused her for months on end (Eric). Someone who was actually chasing her, and not her chasing them, as in the case of Daniel and also Eric. I know we are still under TomSell writing so… Read more »

Kim
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Kim

So sad to hear his (Zander) role is coming to an end. Finally they found someone to bring so much to a character!! Hope DOOL’s smart enough to bring him back permanently!! He really added so much to the show! Plus it is getting so interesting, the chemistry between him and Nicole!!

Lorianne
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Lorianne

mmmmmmmmm he’s a hottie!

Ann
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Ann

Hope he stays, love watching him. Otherwise same old, same old, will be bored.

milly
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milly

was hoping for a longer time of Xander and him helping Victor get rid of Clyde Weston, and being a challenge against Stefano.

Anna
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Anna

Absolutely devastated! I think Paul Telfer is a wonderful actor , the perfect replacement for James Scott (EJ), devastatingly good looking too!

lisa loden
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lisa loden

I WOUD LOVE TO SEE PAUL STAY WHO HE PLAYS DOES NOT MATTER, HIS ACTING SKILLS ARE GRRRREAT.

Dee
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Dee

I wonder what his plans are after Days. Maybe movies perhaps??
I was looking for Young Alexander The Great with Paul, came out 2010
can’t find it anywhere . . .

Mi mi stapel
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Mi mi stapel

He should stay or be brought back. What a breath of fresh air he was. They could have given him a better story line. Xander has a lot of possibilities. Whay don’t they use them?????

Betty
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Betty

Great acting,man knows his craft.

Dawn Reno
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Dawn Reno

I hope Paul continues on the show, he is a wonderful actor & we like the “bad boys!”

Dawn Reno
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Dawn Reno

I hope Paul stays on the show!!

Shay
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Shay

Leave xander, dont take him off….he playes his role well and is a great actor.
“Off topic-bring bo back asap….”

Margaret Sandy
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Margaret Sandy

I am relieved that Zander is gone from Days of our lives. He made me nervous, not knowing what he was going to do next or who he was going to hurt like he did Eric & Nicole.

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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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