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Susan Banks Returns To DAYS! What Were Your First Impressions?

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Let’s not be, “MEAN, MEAN, MEAN!”  On yesterday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, finally Daytime Emmy winner Eileen Davidson reprised her role of Susan Banks, the mother of EJ DiMera (James Scott), and the woman who Stefano (Joe Mascolo) and Kristen used to be a Kristen-lookalike to trap John into marriage!

Now in September2014, Susan shows up on EJ’s doorstep, and he just doesn’t know what to make of her return to Salem or what to do with her around!  Especially, when she kind of lets him know she is not to keen on Sami (Alison Sweeney)!  Susan says she feels that something bad is going to happen to her son and came to warn him and bring him back to England with her and Edmund!  After EJ tells her that he is not leaving Sami behind, Susan says she can come with them.

But what is the ominous feeling that Susan has?  Could this help facilitate the final exit of EJ as played by James Scott?   And let’s not forget: on today’s episode Susan will come face to face with her arch nemesis Kristen!  Raise your hands, if you can’t wait to see Eileen Davidson play against herself on-screen!

So, what did you think of the 2014 rendition of Susan Banks?  Share your thoughts below and watch a video review of yesterday’s DAYS after the jump featuring Susan’s entrance!

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

A tad bit too GH style campiness but still somewhat fun to watch and does add much needed humor to the show…yes, i believe Susans Banks return is related to the departure of E.J. and Sami…it should be fun to watch Eileen confront herself as Susan and Kristen…maybe theyll switch places and Kristen leaves town as Susan and Susan as Kristen is given a drug not to remember who she really is and eventually gets in trouble for something the real Kristen has done…just a thought!…P.S.,…I smell emmy nomination next year!!!

alistaircrane
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alistaircrane

You can never have too much camp on a soap. That’s what I tune in for!

dmr
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dmr

I agree with you about your comment re: General Hospital. I am growing very tired of General Hospital these days-which is sad, because I have watched since the early ’80’s. I do love Susan Banks. I think she will be enjoyable in this short story arc. I absolutely love Eileen Davidson-so talented! I was thrilled that she won an Emmy this past year-most deserved! I wish that she would stay longer on DOOL!

Omar
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Omar

Emmy Nod for sure next year and I DO believe Kristen and Susan will have a major face off soon, that is a given!! Like you said Jimh, campy but fun to watch!!

Ruby S
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Ruby S

It was a better memory than to see Susan again. Actually, it was sophomoric and really bad for all involved. Awful. Send her back to London immediately.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi Ruby…we must have seen a different Days because Eileen as Susan was incredibly entertaining. IMO. It is called comedic relief which was so desperately needed after all the dramatic goings-on ad nauseam.
Davidson plays three different women on two different shows…that’s a lot of masks to interchange. She assumes three different personalities without missing a beat, and she keeps it all aligned…what a chameleon…WOW !!!!

dmr
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dmr

CeeCee: You are right about Eileen! The three characters that she portrays are very different. Ashley is a heroine. Kristen is multi-dimensional-emotional, vulnerable, broken, with evil all rolled up into one. Susan has a child-like innocence who loves her son with her whole heart and admires her friend “Dr. Marlena Evans.” I watched the episode three times. I could not stop laughing! I just love Eileen!

Mandy
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Mandy

Totally agree with you Ruby…..it was so painful to watch I just had to fast forward past all the scenes with Susan

Mary e
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Mary e

Love Susan banks. Kiddos to Eileen Davidson

dmr
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dmr

I had to keep rewinding Susan’s scenes because I thought she was hilarious! I love Susan’s awkward demeanor and mannerisms. Honestly, I just love Eileen Davidson!

Troy Parkins
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Troy Parkins

I’m a fairly new watcher, but even I recognized her as the same actress who plays Kristen – the Billy Bob teeth and the 8 Dollar dark wig and dime store glasses didn’t get past me – cute, sort of funny – I guess. The show does need some humor that’s for sure. Plus, it’s almost in time for Halloween.

Rhandi
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Rhandi

I thought they should have made her age a little. It was too lame to bring her back exactly like she was before. Give her a little gray hair or something.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

They could have found a better wig for her, one that wasn’t so obviously fake– but aside from that it was nice to finally see EJ with his mother—not sure what all this danger stuff is that she is speaking about but we will have to assume this is the way EJ will be taken off canvas. Looking forward to dual roles scenes today.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hey, Mary. I suppose one can call it a mother’s intuition. Susan senses, or more aptly, smells danger for her son. You are correct, IMO , that her appearance is to escort EJ out of Salem.
I also believe that the danger will come directly from Clyde, the Hyde.

madluv4u
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madluv4u

Eileen Davidson can do no wrong imo. This woman is on 3 different network shows, playing 18,000 different characters!!! She is wonderful!!

Mark
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Mark

Hilarious

Betsy
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Betsy

Why in the world do they use Eileen Davidson in this role?? “Susan” looks so much like Kristen that it’s distracting and embarrassing. Is it supposed to be funny?

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Hi Betsy, Several years ago, Susan was hired by Stefano because she looks like Kristen. Susan’s job was to give birth to EJ so Kristen could fake her pregnancy by John and pass Susan’s child off as the son of Kristen and John. Susan studied Kristen’s walk and talk and had special Kristen teeth and had her hair dyed. Susan fell for John and posed as Kristen whom she locked in a secret room where Marlena was held prisoner by Kristen. Susan was found out at the Kristen (really Susan) wedding where her teeth flew through the air! It is… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Thank you, 4ever. I did as you suggested to Betsy on Monday. I have been watching for 6 years, so I am not too familiar with Susan either; except for what my Mom and Gran re-tell me. Davidson is such a great actress and her portrayal of herself as Susan is hilariously to die for. That voice….those squinty eyes and facial expressions….Those teeth…haha !!

Louise
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Louise

All in all I give them credit for taking something that had become totally boring EJ and Sami and bring wonderful humor back into the situation….Days has totally forgot about humor for way to long! Susan was a perfect way to give some of it back, and still keep the important stories happening with her premonition of Evil in the house.

dmr
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dmr

It’s funny-I find EJ and Sami boring, too-I’ve never been a fan of the pairing. I always liked EJ and Nicole (I find Eric and Nicole very boring). I think that Daniel and Kristen have some spark, too…

alistaircrane
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alistaircrane

I was pleasantly surprised that the current Days writers, who write the show in such a boring and un-dramatic way, were able to capture the essence of Susan Banks and the Reilly era. I was impressed! Hats off the dialogue writer for these episodes, not to mention Eileen Davidson for delivering a terrific performance. She deserves another Emmy because these episodes showed how she can play someone so completely different from Kristen.

alistaircrane
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alistaircrane

I loved seeing the Marlena/Susan friendship again. Deidre Hall was radiant in those scenes, and I love how she and Eileen have such different chemistry when playing friends! Alison Sweeney played Sami in a natural way that usually only comes across in scenes with Lucas. And James Scott was also good at EJ. He’s a little embarrassed by his mother (aren’t we all at some point?), but deep down he loves her dearly. The Kristen/Susan faceoff was exciting and I was surprised Days had the budget to do a split-screen and show them in the same shot! And they had… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

I was laughing so hard watching this episode-“evil, evil, evil,” “mean, mean, mean,” “Kris-tan,” and then whenever she pulled out the garlic, I think I howled! Loved when Kristen called Stefano and he called her a “piece of lint.” I just love Susan’s mannerisms. She cracks me up! Way to go, Eileen!

Mo
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Mo

So glad to see Susan again. Although it felt like something was missing in the portrayal. I don’t know what. Guess I’d have to see some old Susan scenes to know. Maybe it’s because it’s just been a while.

I was thinking that her return might be to help ease EJami out of Salem.

Derrick
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Derrick

Eileen Davidson can sure play that role!

Jules
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Jules

HA-LARIOUS! I have been waiting for the day that Eileen would play Susan opposite her grown up baby boy EJ. James looked like he was biting anything in his mouth just to keep himself from laughing. I love that DAYS sticks to good old fashion, down to earth drama, but intersperses these moments that bring the levity. The weed donuts were one, a while back their 4th of July Oscar movie episode was another. It’s not farcical, just some special, bright moments. These scenes were great. I was thoroughly entertained. I’m glad DAYS took advantage of having Susan while Eileen… Read more »

alistaircrane
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alistaircrane

That “good old fashion, down to earth drama” drove this viewer away. I grew up on high drama and melodrama like Carly Buried Alive, Marlena’s Possession, Gina/Hope, etc. Days in its current incarnation is broken and boring. It no longer appeals to me.

alistaircrane
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alistaircrane

It stings seeing Days as an imitation of a CBS soap instead of embracing its identity as a Gothic, supercouple soap.

Jules
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Jules

I can see why you might say that. I can’t disagree that it’s a vastly different show than it was under James Reilly. But I would argue DAYS is no where near as, pardon me, stuffy as YR or repetitive with one storyline as B&B. It still maintains the DAYS quality, without being as theatrical and exaggerated as it used to be. It’s a matter of taste, but I’m very happy with the balance of mostly smart drama and romance, peppered with some light moments when we don’t expect it.

dmr
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dmr

I’m not sure how the cast and Eileen herself were able to keep a straight face! I was laughing so hard when Susan went to University Hospital (and her interaction with the Maxine).

alistaircrane
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alistaircrane

Jules, it’s great that you’re happy with the current Days, but I have been driven away from my formerly-favorite soap and it hurts. It makes me very unhappy to see the mess it’s become.

dmr
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dmr

alistaircrane: I feel that way with General Hospital. It’s unfortunate, but I think that it has lost its core and balance. Days, I think-is back on track. What characters, parts, or storylines are you unhappy with? I like most of the characters and storylines. I don’t care much for Theresa, and I think that the storyline involving Eve is a waste of Kassie DePaiva’s talents. But, I do love Kristen; I think Nicole is hilarious, love Kate’s fashion, like Hope and Jennifer’s friendship, and I love Victor’s one-liners.

Nick D.
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Nick D.

Can never get enough Susan – great to see her back. Too bad Vivian and Ivan are gone – those 3 were always hilarious together!

I don’t watch Days regularly anymore but I do greatly appreciate moments like these!

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

Eileen is just great! yeah its a crazy character but Eileen nailed it regardless….

mfarris70
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mfarris70

Brilliant work by Davidson, per usual. She always gives 100% as her kooky alter egos. Humor (which is not the same as camp, look it up) and daytime soaps go way, way back, long before Kristen DiMera appeared. Characters and scenes played for laughs give the show balance.

bab
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bab

DISGUSTING~! Why portray her as such a dolt with a BIG problem – did not fit the show

Coltin Collins
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Coltin Collins

I dissagree Eileen Davidson played such a great character, the Susan thing is just Hilarious why wouldnt everyone not like Susan!!!

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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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‘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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