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The Can’t-Miss Week of Days of our Lives: What Happened The Night Adrienne Died? And … More Questions Answered

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Make sure to catch Days of our Lives on any platform you can next week! (The President Donald Trump impeachment hearings could alter the regularly scheduled daytime time slot for the series on NBC).  For, it is a pivotal one for fans that have been following along the major storylines of the innovative time jump that started to air last November.

In one emotional week, Sonny (Freddie Smith) and Justin (Wally Kurth) revisit the last day of Adrienne’s life — which happens to be last Mother’s Day.  In addition, Sarah (Linsey Godfrey) goes into labor.  While. Brady (Eric Martsolf) causes tension when he brings Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) to his parents’ townhouse for Mother’s Day.  Plus, Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) gets an upsetting visit from someone from her past.  How does this all tie-in to what went down that fateful night?

The latest NBC promo for the series promises we will learn what happened to Adrienne, especially since on Friday’s episode, Ciara (Victoria Konefal) told Will(Chandler Massey) he is not responsible for his mother-in-laws death AFTER he signed the divorce papers with Sonny.   Plus major intel on what happened to Brady and Kristen’s baby and how Haley Chen (Thia Megia) died, which had left an anguished JJ (Casey Moss) turning back to drugs.

Catch the preview below.  Then, let us know your theories on what happened last Mother’s Day in Salem via the comment section below!

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Friday’s episode seemed to be putting all the pieces in place…

Ciara tells Will that he’s not the one who killed Adrienne.
Eric & Sarah get tested to be bone marrow donors for “their” baby, while Brady & Kristen are left to speculate on what might have happened had their baby not “died’

Why the air quotes?? Because anybody familiar with ReRon’s writing knows that baby switches are something he’s dragged out at least 666 times. It’s only obvious at this point.

Really don’t need to see the return of Maggie’s other ridiculous insta-kid, the surfer girl con artist whatever her name was, but hopefully it will just be a one day thing to explain the drunken state Maggie was obviously in when… well you all see this coming, right?? (At least they aren’t bringing SuperEggDaniel back again, guess that’s a good thing)

Now.. the only question a Devil really has – since the promo says ALL the time jump questions will be answered – is will we finally get clarification on who killed Psycho Jordan? (Yeah she’s in Hell, but she says she was hit from behind and didn’t see who did it).

I say it was the nanny/Sonny’s new boyfriend, whatever his name is. And rumor here in Hell is that he’s bisexual and is also baby David’s daddy. And probably as crazy as Jordan was, which is what attracted her to him in the first place.

Yes, I can also see a “switched baby” story line a mile away.

The infamous baby-switcheroo. Yup —-when you say “their” baby, are you suggesting that Mickey could be Kristin’s and Brady’s baby? If so, I like the way you think—-I, actually, considered that obvious phenomenon myself.

I “LOVE” when Maggie – bends – AND turns ‘no right here

her incredulous stupor of past has reeked some thing, no?

her drunken walk , pays

LOL… ” I LOVE this woman” always… Lindsey Godfrey with John Anniston, with Paul Telfer… has cashed

My beacon: “my” mother Horton

“…SuperEggDaniel ” Oh God… you do hear me… no more

While it’s good to get answers after seeing what happened within a year ahead; I still think it would have been smarter to have one time jump episode first and go back to the present to then see how it played out. One special episode showing Will in jail with Ben but not knowing why, Kayla and Justin loved up but how? Steve with Hope/Gina and Kate but for what reason? Victor in hospital but how? Lani and Kristen in a convent? How is that going to happen? Sorry, but, poor choice to just jump and go. Jump, go back. THAT would’ve really made me tune in and not out.

So Days IS heading to NBC’s streaming Peacocok service after all. Smart move NBC.

I hope long time viewers can get used to the idea that they will only be able to watch Days on NBC’s streaming service

Anne, there hasn’t been a statement that DAYS would only be available by streaming. That’s in addition to it’s TV airings, but of course, because of the impeachment trial, DAYS will be preempted, which means viewers will have to watch at the NBC website, NBC App or On Demand.

Peacock TV streaming begins in July.

4everDAYS,
One can also watch on Utube or Search, Google, Chrome, etc and type in Full episode, name of show and date for any show, any day. Love it, no ads.

Anne, so far both platforms i’m guessing, even NBC Exec Paul Teledgy wasn’t sure it would go there, but it has. No doubt Peacock streaming will be it’s final destination if NBC opens that hour to Talk or Cooking or News, they don’t exercise many options once a soap is cancelled. I’ll be signing up. I love no Ad’s option. Hopefully they’ll pile on available past episodes also, but knowing NBC, most likely not. At least it’s not officially gone even when/if it leaves the network.

Where did you hear that? The article Michael posted a couple days ago says exactly the opposite.

I hope not…. because that move is going to piss off some older mortals who have been literally watching Days from day one, and who aren’t as exactly tech savvy as their grandkids are. Some of them might not even have internet.

NBC has announced it on their official Peacock Twitter feed @peacocktv. They’re proud to announce it will be streaming. Go there to verify on Twitter.

The Devil doesn’t do Twitter, though I did sign up for “email updates” on the Peacock website. Not that they have sent any yet.

If Peacock carries these episodes the same day for free that would be a good thing. Now if only ABC would do something similar… because it’s actually a lot harder to get an episode of GH on line than it is Days. (8 days late on ABC.com is not an acceptable solution)

Satan
Please see my reply to 4everDAYS. These shows are available every day, on Utube or Search google, etc.

I like that, dev—-The only irritant, in this “turn of events”, is Gina. I have never liked Hope, and I like Gina and her weird, non-palatable accent, even less.
Oh, wait—-spoke too soon—-there are a few more ‘irritants’, albeit Hope/Gina is at the top of the list.
Eric, with his sanctimonious, oh-woe is me, martyr-like facade, gets on my nerves, too. Don’t let me get started on pitiful Sarah—
Then, there’s Steve/Stefano. Really?? Not buying it—-especially when he butchers the Italian language.
Oh, woe is me!!

Celia I’m not sure why they made Steve Stevano, or why Kristian Alfonso seems like a weak actress not being able to pull off the Gina persona. It’s never worked or been amusing. Will is Sami’s son and necktie strangler or not, he should have guilt seduced Ben into having a roll-a-bout in that tiny cell. Deal with the angst after. The two Eeyore’s (Sarah and Eric) can stay gone. Nicole should have been Sami’s boozy, champagne drinking replacement. Instead she’s just dull and house wifey. And viewers continue to tune out. Falling below 2 million in the ratings is a clear sign something has gone really wrong. Eventually this WILL be on the PPV tier of Peacock. NBC saw and remembers the uptick in Dish subscribers for Passions. Soooo….people may not like me saying it but it’s an inevitable bottom line.

Well, whether people like what you say or not, I agree with you. I had no idea the radings had sunk so derply…
Some of the charecters are not keeping en par—I suspect it’s because of the weak storylines.
Many of these characters have morphed so drastically, it’s becoming a bit tedious—-nonetheless, I was realky getting into the show until the flashbacks. I don’t blame the actors.
I have never liked looking back. I get the feeling this flashback thing was not originally on the menu—-it was a last minute do-over because so many of the integral issues in the plots yielded nothing but head-scratching.
I think the story(ies) should have continued “as is”—-now, it seems that TPTB are rushing through the year the audience has lost. Ergo, the flashbacks.

Celia, dear, I’ve recently took to watching DAYS a couple of times a week when Y&R got so BORING. Some of my favorite soap actors, like Mary Beth Evans, being on was certainly a draw. I know it’ll take a while to put all the stories together but wanted to get your opinion on two actors/characters — Xander and Evan. Boy, could GH use some charisma like that. What do you think?

Hey, Soaphound,
Y&R is MY soap—-There was not a day, during my College years, that I would’t rush to my dorm-room just to watch the recorded eps.
Thus, it is such a let-down to witness the idiocy offered these days. What a fallacy!! The characters are puppets—-Theo? Worst actor that ever was. No charisma—-and, what a brat!!! I do not believe he is who he says he is!! Staged!!
I’m glad you’re watching Days—-I may not like the back and forth struggle between “present-day” and “flashbacks”, but I do appreciate how it’s coming together—-I spoke too soon—-
I do tend to judge precipitously before giving the plots their due process.
By Evan, do you mean Mary Beth Evans and Xander? As a twosome? If so, as with Sarah ( the most boring character on TV) Kayla is very sedate for Xander. He’s HOT—-I like a bad-boy who’s not so bad, afterall !! Know what I mean? LOL…
If you mean someeone else , please enlighten me.
I will give any couple a chance—-I have to “feel” the characters as they interact.
Unlike Gabi—-with all her wishy-washy sexiness and savoir-faire in the boudoir; I have yet to regale her with any applause—her hair is gorgeous, though. LOL.

Celia, what’s happening on Y&R is heartbreaking to me. I used to watch back in the beginning in 1974 when every day was something to look forward to. NOW, I just dread when I see certain characters are going to be featured that day, especially Theo, Chance (another non-actor with good hair and nothing else), Conner (he makes Patty McCormack’s BAD SEED seem like Shirley Temple), and the new and desecrated Billy Abbott. I love Mark Grossman as Adam but he and Chelsea take over the show too often, leaving no time for Kevin, Chloe, Michael, Lauren, Gloria, Christine, Paul, even Esther. So sad. On DOOL, I actually meant Evan, Sonny’s new love interest. There’s something intriguing there. I wish HE could have played Chance!

Ohhhh—his name is Evan! LOL—I’ve been so busy—I’m sort of lost—
Yeah, Soaphound—he is hunky!! Gorgeous man. I remember a time when I would ‘investigate’ every new character—-those were the carefree days!!
Did you happen to read Jimh’s posts? He thinks Evan killed Jordan—-I do agree that this guy does have a dark side—-when someone is too good-looking; too good-to-be-true, there’s the potential of a Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde persona(e) hidden somewhere.
The irony would really be “pungent” if Xander were gay. Imagine him finally coming out of the closet. I would love to see that!!
What a diabolical fable the writers are spinning. Yet, the unfolding stories are compelling—way beyond my expectations. I must apologize to the writers for not having had faith—-I just finished watching—I am impressed!!
As you say, what’s happening to Y&R is heartbreaking, albeit I am glad I don’t have to see Tessa. So many more characters who need to depart. Lance? He doesn’t do it for me. Remember the other Lance? An Adonis!! Plus, he was interesting. Ronan is another character I’d love to see—-but, it has to be Jeff Brosnan paired with Phyllis!!
The new Adam is the right age, finally. But, not with Chelsea. I never liked her and I never will.
TPTB have ruined this character. She has another son, whom she seems to have forgotten and ye-gods would like us to do the same. Johnny exists, and a mother cannot erase a child whom she has borne from her life, no matter how hard the PTB ignore that fact. She is so worried about her little Satan-child; goes on and on about a mother’s love; yet, here she is belying her words. The writers should remedy that. Chelsea should ask for visitations and Johnny should know who his bio mother is. There’s a loaded plot!!
Gotta run….my husband just walked in…later❤️.

Judi Evans has always given it her all and I would move heaven and Earth to see Adrienne’s last curtain call.

If DAYS is interrupted in your area, it’s available On Demand, on the NBC website and the NBC App!

These episodes are important. They show what happened during the time jumped. Make your views count by watching the episodes via NBC’s website, App or On Demand. Illegal uploads don’t help the show and in the end those uncounted views hurt us. You’ve had questions. Now, get the answers.

It’s a great time to start watching DAYS!

I understand, 4ever, that the jump-period left a lot of ‘splainin to do’ .What I don’t understand is the ‘jump’ in the first place. I must admit that I have missed a few eps—-did I miss the explanation?
I don’t pay attention to the ratings, nor do I ‘chase’ after them, but I trust @davlestev to know what’s up with the ratings.
I love Days—-been watching since 1990 ( I was four, LOL). Believe it or not, I remember ‘stuff’—–so, I accepted the ‘jump’ and eagerly anticipated what was to follow.
But, the flashbacks do not my interest arouse. At the same time, I will agree that they are needed to fill the gaps.
I will definitely watch —whatever venue.

3 things that gnaw @ 1 year :

1. the “demise” of Judi Evans: ” I Love HEr” to bits and piece
2. the death of Kristen AND Brady – child –
3. the do out ; Xander AND Sarah’ BABy????

I “MISS” Christopher Sean’ (magic)

I … am betrothed to Ron Carlivati

It’s so sexy how days Is

but first I MUST address the miss of Adrienne: who may be Bonnie to my delight that she’s ‘more

she’s too good Judi Evans in ALL

they missed the boat on pairing Wally Kurth’ Justin w/kayla? Should have gone with Kristian Alfonso’ With ‘ Justin… it mystified back then go again.

Kayla will always be WITH Patch Steve Johnson… i’m STILL enjoying his two eyes

so.. if the rumour is true. that Bonnie is coming back …???? better be

2. the death of Eileen Davidson’ true : she’s no more Kristen than Stacy’

ho ho.. LOL okay … Stacy Haiduk HAS SO surprised ME.. AND yeah, I am coming from her real story.. to finding success and knocking it out of the park AS… Kristen

YEAH, I will reiterate.. : Stacy’ Kristen gets to UNmask what ED DID SO WELL… watching Kristen now.. with more than always masking her … has been noted and CAST OUT how Haiduk made it… WOW kudos to her screen partners’ she’s ON

alas, I will remember …

Xander’ Paul Telfer
Sarah’ LINDSEY GODFREY ‘IS “MY” STAR

you have Kristen, Xander, Sarah commanding town

how fun is that? three stellar ACTS who rEEL

so to see her in so much pain.. altho it should be noted more… because I got bored.. when Kristen walking in to Brady / Nicole… as soon as Brady LIT IN TO.. “do not touch Nicole or I will kill you”… wah blah blah seen it before let Kristen have that attachment… A baby that won’t be denied and by softening up become w/Brady … who it is;

Stacy Haiduk

let that child be AND the story is riveting; for .. BRADY the manstep don’t stop HIS being

let the tension rise some more beside’ Nicole

3. the Xander AND Sarah fallout and TELL

Xander can wait till Eric and Sarah come back to town… he was the father.. she wanted… bore a serious connection that much more stronger and rivet to watch unlikely become real, (reel, okay mystifying) Xander AND Sarah WITH Eric ANY MAN in town Sarah draws spells

it hasn’t even been redeeming of; he’s done that job and continues carry

he allures and traps

Judy Evans
Stacy Haiduk
Paul Telfer
Lindsey Godfrey
Christopher Sean

the rest of the cast

BIG

DID – I say… – “I love Eric Martsolf”

ICING on the… Cake. crème de la crème

TOP DRAW – Rafe Hernandez wITH Carrie Brady

Ms. Christie Clark… “wanted on the set”

dynamo, “Please”

with Rafe’ son

Brady and Kristen child
Xander/Eric and Sarah child

La La La La La

HEARTening

Patrick?? Is that you?? You’re back!! Yeayyyy!! Agreed about Christopher.
I adore Telfer—bad boy thst he is!! I am waiting for TPTB to turn him into a choir boy—-hope not too much of a transformation. He needs to keep some of his evil-doing nuances.

I agree with you…I also, think Justin/Hope would be a good pairing plus Ciara is a nice tie in for both of them, since he has been doing his usual failing job as an attorney trying to help Ben. Definitely, want Steve/Kayla back together, if they kept him with two eyes I wouldn’t complain either. When it’s done, I’d actually like to see him become Police Commissioner..

Do think Rolf did yet another mind switch and Adrienne thinks she is Bonnie Lockhart and vice versa which means Bonnie was killed instead!

Oh, Jimmy—–what an astute idea!!!!! I love it—-and the plot thickens —Justin, Kayla, Bonnie/Adrienne quadrangle? LOL.
Who killed schizoid, jaded-Jordan?

The baby David’s father…the one interested in Sonny killed her!!!!

Ahhh—interesting—WOW, Jimmy– makes a lot of sense!! That must be the reason he’s David’s sitter? So, he has an agenda. Can’t wait!!

yep….kinda like GHs Nelle-the male version!!!

People are still spreading hate before they even see the episodes that fill in the blanks?
They are only 4 soaps left. You reap what you sew.

Channing, it’s so unfortunate many people don’t let things play out before jumping to conclusions and or giving lip service. Even the writer who writes the TV Guide Cheers and Jeers section lambasted DAYS for offing the Last Blast crew on The DOOL App. He admitted on Twitter he had a deadline to meet so he didn’t have time to watch all the episodes. And the editor won’t allow a retraction.

I don’t think Adrienne is dead.

Most has been spilled via spoilers then social media tweets. I personally will not watch because I don’t care to know how they got there..I just want some of the stupidity to end and am tired of so much valuable airtime being used for flashbacks and now, various characters having dreams. the end of the day, writer is back to long drawn out stories, tiresome triangles to create angst, bringing people back from the dead…how innovative was this time jump really?? still waiting for several story arcs that are approaching a year if not more (gina and that awful accent) to be over. All, I am hanging on for is when we get some more Steve and Kayla scenes. Those actors are magic.

I hate they are killing Adrienne off and firing Judi Evans, She is one of my all time favorites on Days. Then I assume they are going to use her liver to save that horrendous character Summer, since she said she has cirrhosis and the spoilers say that’s Adrienne’s organs save someone else. Why waste one the best Days’ characters to save one of the worst ones that ever existed on the show.

I also can’t believe the people who think Stacy H is great as Kristin. She is way over the top and she can’t play the nice/sensitive side of Kristen which Eileen did to perfection.

And I hate all the Kristian Alfonso haters. I’m actually loving the Princess Gina and Stevano story. I think she is great and Stephen Nichols is great as well. I look forward to them being on every day.

To be honest Freddie/Chandler/Stacey H. have performed outstandingly during this time jump..Wally was too OTT, I thought for a moment I was watching Rocky- “Adrienne”..I’m still 50/50 with time jump–too confusing in present/then past, 4 characters having dreams, 3 doppelgangers running around with more too follow, the returns from the dead.what this back week should show writers is what works–half way descent stories, with good acting is what people want. They need to give Mary Beth Evans more screen time with Stephen Nichols, the little they have had still shows the magical chemistry between them. They bring out the best in each other everytime. Kayla/Justin, MEH chemistry and rebound. Try Justin with Hope.

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DAYS Blake Berris to Chat Live on the Michael Fairman Channel as Everett & Bobby’s Story Heats Up

The tale of Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein is starting to reveal itself on Peacock’s Days of our Lives, which puts returning cast member, Blake Berris front and center in story.

On Monday’s, February 26th episode of DAYS, the results of Everett’s CAT scan indicate he suffered a traumatic brain injury which jives with his story that he was in a car accident and spent in a year in a coma, or does it?

Stephanie (Abigail Klein) and Everett are reeling that Everett as Bobby Stein was married to Jada Hunter (Elia Cantu) and treated her badly. While Everett claims he doesn’t remember anything about his time as Bobby, despite his fingerprints matching those of Robert Stein’s, Marlena (Deidre Hall) ponders if he could be suffering from PTSD, which might explain his memory loss.

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Everett wonders if he has a brain tumor, but Marlena points out that they would have found it on the CAT scan. While there is no obvious reason for his memory loss, Kayla wonders if he is faking his amnesia? Marlena tells Everett that she is a psychiatrist and they should set up sessions immediately. Will it be revealed that Everett and Bobby are split personalities living inside one man?

Blake Berris is set to chat about the latest storyline developments and more, when he visits the Michael Fairman Channel on Wednesday, February 28th beginning at 3 pm ET/Noon PT.  Make sure to join Michael and Blake in the live chat for your turn to share your questions and thoughts on the story.

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Days of our Lives fans first met Blake when he played the character of Nick Fallon who was eventually murdered in 2014. Later, Nick made a few return appearances from ‘the grave’, in 2021 and 2023. Recently, Blake returned to the show in his newly-minted role of Everett Lynch at the end of October of last year.

Blake will talk about portraying Everett/Bobby, plus working his co-stars, and being a dad to his three boys, and more.  You can catch the livestream below.

Now, let us know, what is your theory about Everett Lynch and Bobby Stein? Looking forward to hearing what Blake has to say? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Days of our Lives Legendary Susan Seaforth Hayes Talks on the Horton House Fire Storyline, Mourning the Loss of Husband Bill Hayes & His Near-to-Final Performances

It has been an emotional time for longtime fans of Days of our Lives and beloved veteran, Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams). On-screen, the iconic Horton home was burned to the ground in what appears to be a storyline-dictated decision that shocked many. In real life, Susan is mourning the loss of her husband and DAYS enduring favorite, Bill Hayes (Doug Williams), who passed away at 98 in January. Over the weekend, during the 2024 SAG Awards In Memoriam tribute, Hayes was remembered along with other motion pictures and television stars whom we lost over the past year.

Since the Peacock streaming soap opera tapes months ahead of air, the Horton home fire and its aftermath are currently playing out in all-new episodes with more on this story featuring Susan to come. Bill Hayes also appeared in several of these episodes making it all the more touching and heartfelt.

When Julie came back to the Horton home to see what remained of it after the fire, Days of our Lives fans were treated to a heart-tugging episode that streamed last Wednesday, February 21st. In it, newly-taped scenes of a young Tom (Zach Chyz) and Alice (Sydney Kathrann Smith) Horton telling the story of how they came to live in the house to raise their children, juxtaposed with Julie and Doug (and members of their family and friends), surveying what’s left of the beloved house, brought many a tear.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Susan Seaforth Hayes for this very candid and heartfelt conversation to get her feelings on the Horton house fire, and being given the opportunity to have a storyline at this point in her storied career. In addition, Susan provides some insight on what it was like for her ailing late husband to tape scenes at DAYS shortly before his death, what the series plans to do about writing off the character of Doug while honoring the legacy of Bill Hayes, and how she knew she had the greatest love affair that anyone could hope for in their lifetime, which in turn, has inspired all of us.

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I was shocked when they decided to burn down the Horton house. Were you at first devastated … and did you know that there would be a big story surrounding it?

SUSAN: I did not know how big a story was with it. I knew that many years ago, another regime had planned on trashing the set and getting rid of the set because nobody cared about the Hortons anymore. It was stopped by one person, and I was eternally grateful for that. This time I thought, “Oh, my goodness! I guess I’ll be meeting people for a cup of coffee at the Horton Square. No home, no roots, no reason to be called in,” and thinking that’s the end of Julie. That’s the end of Doug and Julie. Then, when they began to structure a story around it, I think all of this came up during the writer’s strike. So of course, I was curious to see how this was going to turn out. I enjoyed the aftermath, because in the aftermath, and a little bit before the fire, if you saw the show, I get to talk a bit about the history of the household and the people in it.

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In the special episode that aired last Wednesday, Julie gave Leo (Greg Rikaart) the family tree history of the Hortons for his story in the Spectactor.

SUSAN:  I’ve had a couple of good long soliloquies about the past. I’m fated to be the character that does that because I’m the one still standing. I must say, I do enjoy doing them. Emotionally, all I have to do is rerun some of the actors and my own family in my mind and the emotion starts to come, you know, the emotion starts to flow.

Julie talks to Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) immediately after the fire. She is upset that the Horton family Christmas ornaments are gone. Fans were not happy that they could possibly have burned up. Thank God! There was a happy ending when they were located and unscathed, or there would have been hell to pay! 

SUSAN: I knew that they were in the prop room and that they still existed. But how much they were going to put a story around their loss, I did not know. We don’t get to ponder the plot. We just get to show up and start doing it. I think on this particular matter, something as important as a structure of the original set of the show, there’s been quite a bit of interest. So, I can appreciate that.

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I was thinking, ‘Did they decide to burn the house down, because they were finally retiring the old Horton home set?’ What was the purpose of it?

SUSAN: They’ve done everything to make quicker set changes, which is remarkable and very efficient right now. The set designer said, “I’ll be interested in your input,” which was nice. The one thing that I loved that had been done, didn’t work. You couldn’t shoot into it. It was a federal mirror over the mantle. I loved it. The size was perfect. I was just delighted. And then, we tried to shoot it, and because of the roundness of the mirror, you got a perfect view of camera one and camera three. So, it came down.

This is Julie’s project to renovate the home. She’s determined to bring back all the memories and redo it?

SUSAN: Absolutely, which is another nice note to play for my character. She’s determined to make the house something that her grandparents would recognize and still feel comfortable in.

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What did you think of the episode that just aired where the show incorporated flashbacks of a young Tom and Alice Horton?

SUSAN: Well, I set it up. They had their own their own lovely scenes. I read them, and I’m sure the audience was charmed.

What do you remember when you first came to DAYS, and you were in that house, in that set?

SUSAN: What did I notice about the set? I noticed that it was a strange shade of green. (Laughs) It was explained to me that that dull color meant that your face would pop on color TV. I understood that. I loved the little window up the staircase. I’ve always loved that. And at one time, there was a model of the house that sat on the set on its own little pedestal, a little playhouse of the exterior of the house. Whenever the house was on (and remember this is when we were a half-hour and practically live, but not live, because there was no editing), there would also be the sound of a barking dog whenever we reached the Horton house neighborhood. We never saw the dog, but I’m sure his name was “Spot”, and I’m sure he belonged to someone.

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You shared so many scenes with Frances Reid (Alice) and MacDonald Carey (Tom) in the Horton living room set and up till they passed. Did they get along well with Bill? Looking back, how was your relationship with them?

SUSAN: They loved him. Well, Mac and Billy had worked together before in theater. Mac was very kind to me at the beginning and helpful. Frances was as well. As Frances got older, she got a bit testy. When someone says, “You’re not going to read the line like that … are you?” It catches your attention. (Laughs). I got peeved at Frances from time to time, but her intent was always to make everything as good as it possibly could be. I saw her come back from her stroke. learn to talk again, learn to do it all again. Not do it easily, but to do it at all was wonderful, and the same with Mac. In his last shows, he was very frail, but we’re actors. We liked being there.

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During the taping of the episodes surrounding the Horton house fire, Bill was mostly in them with you. How was Bill doing at the time you taped these scenes?

SUSAN: He was okay. He was up for it. He had difficulty moving at that point. So, they restricted his movement a lot. Bill always enjoyed coming to work a lot, and it was extremely difficult for him because he was blind, and didn’t move very well. And now, to do a scene with people who may or may not, have rehearsed with you, who may or may not, give you the exact cue, and when they are attempting to have you look each other in the eye, you can’t see who’s eyes they are, that was the hard part. The easy part was working with him, which was lovely and was a gift. It was a gift from Corday Productions that he was able to work within three weeks of his death, which I thought was super and extraordinary.

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That is amazing. Did Bill understand everything that was going on at the time of the tapings?

SUSAN: Absolutely. He understood what was going on. He just couldn’t see it or touch it.

The timing couldn’t have been easy for you with Bill’s declining health, and that the show was going to burn down the Horton home where you shared so many scenes and memories.

SUSAN: Well, it hasn’t been my greatest stretch. But I knew that life would be like this. I’ve had five decades of an absolutely wonderful, blessed marriage and a chance to work and a chance to live in my own home and travel, all good. And now, we’re going to have the epilogue. And the epilogue is the hard part, seeing rapid change around you and losing the people that were the center of your life. I’ve just been very fortunate to have cultivated some wonderful friendships, and to have a wonderful large family of Hayeses.

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You do realize that you and Bill were the gold-standard of what we all should be lucky enough to have in our lives. What an incredible, beautiful, passionate, loving marriage that the two of you had. You don’t see marriages like that anymore. We were all just in awe of the two of you. To us, it was the greatest love affair. You got to have that which is so extraordinary.

SUSAN: I know, and it was all Bill. I mean, any idiot could have been married to Bill Hayes and been deliriously happy. The guy was so perfect in every way that you really would have to pick something and blow it out of proportion to ever complain about any of his traits of character. He was just all good character, goodwill, and good humor. I just followed along and tried to live my life for him, with him, and follow his style, which I hope to carry on. I hope to be as good to people as he was to people, and, not be selfish.

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I always remembered how the two of you would come to the studio with your suitcases, ready to work no matter what material, large or small, they gave you. You showed up. You just had such great work ethic and you don’t see that as much anymore.

SUSAN: At the moment, it’s hard to find it everywhere. I think it’s probably generational. You cannot get too angry at people that are still holding up their phones in the one rehearsal that we have. I think it’s more convenient to receive your work electronically, but somehow it doesn’t seem quite as real. You don’t have a script in your hand anymore unless you print one up yourself.  Sometimes you haven’t met the person you’re working with. Well, that’s not unusual, but no rehearsal at all, that’s kind of marvelously new.

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Does Julie lean on anybody for emotional support as she tries to rebuild the Horton home. Who’s there for her?

SUSAN: As far as I can tell, nobody. I’m supposed to be the wise woman, and Marlena (Deidre Hall) is supposed to be the other wise woman. I haven’t had any scenes with Marlena for help. I would think Marlena would be the person I would be going to for grief counseling, for friendship, for all of that. I haven’t seen it in the scripts, yet. I’m still deeply entwined with Chad’s (Billy Flynn) storyline.

How is Billy Flynn to work with?

SUSAN: A pleasure. Billy Flynn has grown a lot as a human being and as an actor since I’ve known him. I’m really enjoying his company and really enjoying doing scenes with him. We rehearse and then we get on other subjects and laugh and talk and inform each other. We’re interested in a lot of the same things. He’s a new parent. He’s really devoting himself to that, to that experience in the best possible way. So, I’m lucky.

Do Julie and Chad try to figure out who set the fire?

SUSAN: Oh yeah.

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I kept thinking about how Julie got burned in the kitchen fire years ago and her face was scarred, At the time, your mother Elizabeth Harrower was writing DAYS and wrote that for Julie. Did you hate that story?

SUSAN: Well, I know where the story came from. It came up from something in mother’s own life. I knew the people involved, and I wasn’t crazy in love with the idea. Then, when it was supposed to go for six weeks and went on for months and months, I was concerned. Mainly, I was concerned that my face was going to be affected because of the appliance, the scars, that I was wearing. I was told by a dermatologist, “You’re going to have a little beard after this. Ripping your face every single day to get this off is going to be hard on you.” But, I seem to have survived.

Has the show even addressed with you how they plan to handle writing-off the character of Doug Williams, and how they want to honor Bill?

SUSAN: Only in the smallest way. I had a conference call with the producers and our head writer last Friday. I was informed about the immediate, immediate future. I’ve also been promised that they’re going to keep me busy. It’s a cast of over 40 people. I’ll be happy to show up and to be included.

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I was just hoping that whatever they decide to do with the character of Doug that they were going to run it by you, first.

SUSAN: They have, and they have been very sweet about it.  I’ve got to tell you, this regime, they have a sign up on the wall now, that says, Things we expect on this stage.”  The first one at the top of the list is “kindness.”

Have you watched your work back all these years? I know some actor’s never like to watch the scenes they taped.

SUSAN: I think you learn by watching yourself, if you have an open mind, and if you are not hypercritical, or dismissive. I cannot be dismissive of a character that has given me such a wonderful life. I’m still interested in Julie, perhaps I wouldn’t have been if I’d been on the show for three years and never returned to it. But I’m quite interested in her now, and what she has to offer as a member of this ensemble.

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Julie’s ties to the whole history of Days of our Lives from this point on are very important. How do you feel about that?

SUSAN:  There are those that don’t care about the history of the show. I know that. I know there are those that only care about continuing with something snappy to keep eyes on the screen through action, adventure, drama, death, kidnapping, missed opportunities, all that, which I suppose that’s what the audience craves. But, that’s not just what the show can do. What the show can do so well is character. There’s a lot of people over 70 who are still on the show now. I’m the oldest one, but I’m not the only one. We’re coming up on the 60th anniversary. I don’t think the show is worn out. And if it is, it’s had a remarkably successful six decades.

Lamon Archey (Eli) is back on DAYS for a stint. What has it been like to work with Lamon as his on-screen grandmother?

SUSAN: I think he’s terrific and visually he is so beautiful, so appealing. I think both Eli and Lani (Sal Stowers) are very appealing as characters. I’m delighted to be connected to Eli as a family member. That was a lucky break for me.

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Do you think DAYS fans are going to continue to be emotional in the aftermath of this fire and all the story that comes out of it? Do you think we’ll be touched by what Julie goes through to get the remains all cleaned up for a new house?

SUSAN: I think anybody in America who’s gone through a disaster, and have unfortunately had the disruption of their home, will be sympathetic and interested in how it all turns out. It’s a nice note to play. We haven’t had to do that very often. We just go from one lovely apartment to another without much discussion. I think this is the one set that meant a lot to people. I was very sorry to lose “Julie’s Place,” as it turned into kind of a sandwich shop. I still loved having a business, a tangible place to be, and an alternate place for people to meet.

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Upon reflection, what was your favorite scene with Bill? Was it when Julie and Doug got married on-screen, or was it something else that was much more intimate?

SUSAN: I think our last scene is going to be more important, emotionally. I think the first wedding was beautiful, but the material around the time of our second wedding, when Brenda Benet (ex-Lee) came back on the show and Doug stood up to her and says, “I’m not going to be manipulated anymore,” was also strong. There has been a lot of very important times – when Doug was killed-off by James Reilly, and we met in the tunnel of light. That was a day. That was a difficult day, which I certainly can’t revisit right now emotionally. When Julie found out Doug had run off and married her mother, Addie, that was a day. It was a day because, I went to the producer at the time, Jack Herzberg, and said, “Is this it? Am I not going to work with him anymore?”And he said, “Right! That’s it. You’re not working with Bill Hayes anymore.” We were not married at the time, and I thought I was going to go through the floor! That wasn’t a happy day.

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In terms of Bill’s final day on the set with you, did you know that it was his last, and what would turn out to be his last scene?

SUSAN: Well, they didn’t know. But I knew. I had been allowed to rewrite it. So, I can’t tell you Bill’s last line now, of course, but I will in time.

What do you think about the sentiments shared by Susan on her late husband, and this storyline? How do hope the show properly honors Bill and Doug Williams when the series writes-off the character? Are you enjoying the Horton house fire story arc or does it upset you too much? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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