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The Phoenix Rises Again! Joseph Mascolo Returns to Days of our Lives!

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Ah, you can’t keep the best villain on daytime soaps off the canvas for too long!  And now comes the news that soap fans have been waiting for!  Joseph Mascolo who was “killed-off”  in early June as Stefano DiMera is on his way back to Days of our Lives once again! Salem fans circle your calendars for next Tuesday August 21st! That is when you  will first see Mascolo back on your television screens.

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Mascolo addressed his return by stating that the plan was always in place for his comeback.  However, in his absence there was a writing regime change at the top that brought in Gary Tomlin and Chris Whitesell and ushered out Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas Jr.

Joseph commented on McPherson and Thomas’s ideas for Stefano’ s story intimating, “I didn’t think they were so credible. But they wanted to tell Stefano’s story in a certain way, so we did.”    The outspoken soap veteran also did not like the fact that Stefano “died” before his daughter, Lexie.  “I thought there would be a little more than we had in our last scene together.  But Stefano went first, which was too bad.  If there was any time these two should have been together it was at the very end.”

Mascolo also said he was very thankful to the fans while he was away from DAYS.  “They always let me know how they feel and what they think,” he added.  “I have always found their insights to be right on the button.”

So soapers, are you happy that Stefano and Mascolo are coming back? What do you think will happen once everyone knows Stefano is alive?  Weigh-in!

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Jim
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Jim

Sorry, but they’ve brought Stefano back so many times he has lost his credibility as a legitimate villain. He’s nothing more than a cartoon character at this point. It’s all right to create new characters, writers, really.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

IKR? I mean, who didn’t see this coming a mile away? And Jack, as well. You can only bring characters back from the dead so many times before it becomes a cliche.

paul
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paul

I wish that they opted to keep him dead this time. The one thing that DAYS needs to do is revitalize the show but by keeping the notorious villian Stefano in the mix and front and center they will never be able to move forward. The fans know who he is and that HE NEVER DIES which just makes Days comical in a bad way. The show should have kept him dead, got rid of Ian, and brought on a new villian but one that is just BAD ASS and not a murderous mob/underworld king pin living in a small… Read more »

dave
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dave

go away paul, stefano rules, he owns u

olivia
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olivia

the Hernandulllllllll family should have DIE first and for most. They are epitome of useless and boring characters, shudder..

dg
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dg

Thanks for that Jim. Stefano’s storylines are nothing but an insult to any intelligent viewer’s intelligent. That’s why I quit Days just before the shooting. It was a big lame cliche. I returned to Days for the last reboot. I had quit the show in the mid 90s. It was great to see Deidra Hall, Alison Sweeny and Bryan Datillo again but I quickly got board with all the contrived plots and vapid melodrama that unfortunately have become a staple of soaps over the last 20 yrs. So I turned it off. No looking back.

margie
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margie

Si I knew he was alive. Now Ian will get what he So Deserves!! Why did they before his beloved daughter Lexi? Ian’s dish will now be served cold!! Get him Senore’!!

TRACY
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TRACY

I hope Kate is right there when it happens too!!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

it’s been really touching and affecting… to watch Kate…. she’s really in LOVE, with Stefano… God… after all these years… I liked her with Victor as well… but, it’s Stefano, that really brings Kate, Full circle. ? She’s shown us, her true colors… When Stefano comes home… Kate will be home.

Patrick
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Patrick

The DiMera’s are alive and well…. Classic. The epitome of Serial. The one family… to reign supreme in Salem. I cherish what Horton’s and Brady’s are left… however, the catalyst, for what drives story and channels intrigue… are the DiMera’s. I’m beside myself… ecstatic at the prospect.. of the phoenix rising once again from the ashes… and celebrating his brood… his beloved family…. Kristen, EJ, Chad… and the lovely Lex.

Jewals6
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Jewals6

I thrilled that Joe Mascolo and his character Stefano has returned to Days. Welcome back .

carol
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carol

I am happy too.Welcome back Joe.It is good to have you back.

Maggie
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Maggie

So glad the Phoenix is back. Joe Mascolo rocks the role and Salem isn’t the same without him. Can’t wait to find out how his resurrection will be explained this time. Now to reunite Stephano and Kate! An EJ!

MK
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MK

Stupid Ian was wearing gloves when he checked the vitals. Ian was too dumb to get rid of the Phoenix permanently.

PridEntONLINE
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PridEntONLINE

I’ve missed Stefano. He was one of the legacy characters [along with Marlena Bo & Hope] that brought me back to Days after OLTL & AMC left the air. Since my return to Days I’ve become enraptured by the Will coming out storyline, Brady’s ‘addiction’ etc.

SZima
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SZima

NO!
Being a relatively new viewer, I don’t have the history with the character, but what I saw I didn’t care for. It was a nice change to have Stefano gone and EJ conflicted over the situation. What is going to be resolved by him coming back?
Just asking…

olivia
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olivia

i like Stefano but i quite agree, seeing Ej being finally his own man and more a grey conflicted character instead of Stefano’s yes man was great and interesting and quite character driven for once now i fear all of that will be take away..sigh..

Rodd
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Rodd

Retread. How soon before that tire blows again? Not surprising, since this happens again and again and again. Don’t really care anymore. After the third time, I stopped trusting that the character was really going to be away too long. I like what they had going with Stefano and Kate, but otherwise, couldn’t have cared. Yawn.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Please allow me a yawn. I have come to enjoy DOOL but I tire of the endless death and resurrection stories here (and elsewhere). I love good storytelling but have to wonder why such important life points as marriages, births/children, and death are treated so poorly by daytime drama. People very close to me have died and what I would not give for them to so easily pop up again in my life. It does not happen and to see it on screen so often, well…

kim klinger
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kim klinger

I always hoped he would return,I was worried he left because of illness,So glad he’s back!

shebra
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shebra

i like stefano, but i would like to see them continue with EJ not being his son, i would like to see where he came from and who he is. but, if he turns out to be stefano’s son and mrs H’s letter was wrong hopefully the other evidence was wrong as well and hope and john arent really still married..

Daisy
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Daisy

I really didn’t miss Stefano. I think it has been a better show without him. I knew he would ocme back eventually. I just wish we had more time without him.

Berna
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Berna

Oh no!!!! He keeps comin bck and doesn’t hve any good of any1’s lives but himself! I was Glad he was gone. Ian blah but Stefano the only thing I liked abt him was his accent.

TRACY
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TRACY

Berna..
No offense but you are loci in the cabesa!! You must have just started watching.. TRUE Long term fans KNOW What Joe/Stefano means to the show!!

Berna
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Berna

I have been watching this show since I was 12 yrs old, it was my mother’s favorite show, Im not a new viewer. The only thing I like about him is his accent and how he handles his posser… but the way he treats the HORTONS AND BRADYS I don’t like at all.

Phil
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Phil

SPOILER ALERT: Ej IS Stefano’s son! I wonder if that was part of the original plan as well, or is that a fix in response of public outcry? Call me crazy, but I am starting to enjoy DAYS again…I hope it stays this good!

lisa
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lisa

YES I am so happy. I don’t think the show would be the same without him ever. There is no villian like stefano!!! His character is awesome. Thank you for returning him. I can watch Days again and like it…

Sonji
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Sonji

I love Stephano and I am so glad he is coming back!

cesare jennings
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cesare jennings

I am so happy that Stefano is coming back. He makes my day. I hope that he makes Ian pay before Ian’s departure time from the story is completed. Kate deserves some happiness and peace for a change.

olivia
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olivia

euh Kate always tries (and sometimes succeeds) to destroy other people’s lives so why should she deserve some hapiness and peace exactly ?!

Matt
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Matt

very happy. also glad EJ will really be Stefano’s son. The new writing team is fixing the mess at Days fast.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

yes, but they still have to clean up the EJami mess

Lucy
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Lucy

Ejami is one of the best thing on this soap, a Brady and Dimera couple : endless potential for storylines involving almost ALL the canvas.

TRACY
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TRACY

I hope John is EJ’s daddy! Another fued beteen Stefano and his Pawn and lets not forget.. Kristen/john, Susan.john. susan.kristen… OHHH The possibiliyies are ENDLESS!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

@Tracy. I am giddy with excitement. !!!!!! love your post. I too, hope this is the case… oye! EJ is a DiMera. geez! story after the fact… EJ loves his father… and ditto… with Stefano… it was unbearable to go with the writers… and Joseph Mascolo said as much… and he thanks us… He hated the direction of Stefano disowning his son and “going” before his Alexandra. The command that Stefano, Kristen, EJ, and Chad will reach…. in Salem… is present. I got you. LOL. Pure camp….escape. My wish list… is bringing back peter blake… (Jason Brooks)… he would be… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

As difficult as it is to see what’s left of the Brady’s and Hortons’s… it would seem to me… that DAYS… should focus on the DiMera’s and Kiriakis’ CLANS. you have Stefano head to head with Victor…. and their wives… Kate and Maggie…. LOL…. woman to woman… fighting for their offspring. having said this…. and Marlena’s camp….. sammi, will, John etc…. all the elements, and certainly, gifted intelligent actors who captivate.

nancy
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nancy

i adore and admire stephano so much he is the core of evil thst’s why they were inable to kill him off for good dool would be boring without stephano joesph mascolo deserves a daytime emmy he deserves one

nancy
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nancy

i think they should continue with that story on who is ej’s parents only stephano would know by now who is ej’s parents

Scott
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Scott

Stefano should have stayed DEAD. I hate him as a character. He’s better off staying dead. The show has been so much better without him.

Hilda
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Hilda

Fantastic, glad Stefeno is coming back!!!!! DOOL is not the same with out him. I hope he had some time to rest and now he can get back to what fans love most,Stefeno!!!!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Saw it coming. They don’t call him The Phoenix for nothing. Happy, because I love to hate Stefano, but hope they put an original twist on it.

TS
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TS

…… and when is Jack coming back form the Dead???? We all know that he is not dead and will be back.. they would never kill him off either… tick tock…. tick tock… I will try to act surprise when Jack is alive

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

I Knew This Was Coming–LOL! 😀

Thomas_1955
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Thomas_1955

Days has “The Stefano Dimera Show” and GH has “The Sonny Corinthos Show”–the more things change the more they stay the same….

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Days could also be “The Victor Kiriakis Show”. Well, maybe in the past, but Magic hasn’t been shown in a while. I hear they’re getting scenes soon though.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I wish Stefano stayed dead. But I’m glad that EJ is really a DiMera.

Jared
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Jared

Everybody returns from the dead on DAYS. What would DAYS be without that plot element? I wish some talented writers would show us.

Hulet Sherry
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Hulet Sherry

If a 64ys young lady could do summer salts from a wheelchair, I would be doing them all over my group home. I love Joe and just hope he takes it very slow. I hope he has a sofa in his dressing room so he can rest or nap between seen

Skyla
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Skyla

i’m so ecstatic Stephano is coming back, killing him off however temporary this time was a dumb move, the only worse move MarDar made was making EJ not Stephano’s son though the Ejole reak up & making Nicole completely OOC & hanging with the likes of Rafe & Daniel certainly come close to the top of MarDar’s bad moves. here’s hoping bringing Stefano back is only the begining of Tomllin & Whitesell rectifying the previous writers’ mistakes.

Julie
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Julie

My;; Ej and Nicole is maybe one of the worst and boring pairing Days have had therefore it was actually one of the BEST move MarDar did ! So let’s not go there again please !!!! Please, please, please.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

OMG those who are not happy about his return are you KIDDING me right now??? This is the best news EVER!!! 🙂

Pauline
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Pauline

I cant wait for your return, I dont like Ian he is no Stephano !!!!!

Brett
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Brett

Some people are so mardy, of course we want him back!

Tina
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Tina

OMG…. best news ever!!

TRACY
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TRACY

To all the Stefano haters..
Stefano is one of the reasons that Days is still on, I have been watching my WHOLE LIFE & Days isnt what it is w/out Stefano!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank gawd the pheonix ALWAYS Risers! I for one. cant wait to hear what he has to say to evryone when he’s see’s them for what they said to him in his coffin!!!!

mo
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mo

YAY!!!! Is he bringing Jack with him?

Trebleclef
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Trebleclef

and to complete this venture, let EJ be his son. Making EJ not his sone didn’t feel right at all.

Glad to see Stephano back. he caters to the older fans.

Maria
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Maria

Elated Stefano is returning.

Leanne
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Leanne

I LOVE THAT YOU ARE COMING BACK I WAS MAD TOO THAT THEY KILLIED YOU OFF B4 LEXIE AND YOU ARE A GREAT ACTOR I LOVE TO HATE YOU .LOL

Debbie
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Debbie

Welcome back Stefano! You’ve been missed. <3

laura
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laura

I cant wait for stefano to come back it will clear ej and sami

Andy Gard
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Andy Gard

Neither surprised nor excited that one of daytime’s hammiest actors is returning to one of the genre’s most ridiculous roles. Of course Stefano never dies; neither does Wylie E. Coyote in the Road Runner cartoons, which are on a par with Days storylines for derivative repetitiousness.

Darlene
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Darlene

I am very happy to see Stefano return again. He is on of the Actors that makes Days. He is one of my favorite Actors on Days. Although I’m
Married. He is very Handsome. And he supports his age very well.
I did not know that he was that old. He carries his age very well.
Welcome back Stefano, welcome back. And do not change
your character, you are one that we love too late. You can really
act. You are truly a great and wonderful actor. He is one of the
Actors that make Days what it is.

Darlene
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Darlene

Glad to hear that Stefano is back

bev s
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bev s

one thing to say, thank God, life isn’t like this soap. I used to really like DOOL because it dealt with the real issues. But my goodness folks, how many times can one come back from the dead. Come on writers, let’s get real again and start writing like they used too back in the day when you could see your own lives through those in the soaps. This is just getting ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marie
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Marie

I agree.

Mary
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Mary

Real issues? Bev what soap have you been watching? I’ve been watching since the early 80’s and all I ever seen were serial killers, sisters trying to steal sisters husbands, the ISA, pawns, people brainwashed to think they are someone else, and demon possession. This soap has always been a bit out there, plot driven, more than character written. Trying to figure out how Stefano is going to come back alive this time, is part of the fun. This show is pure escapism, I love it. If I want real issues, I will watch the news

Marie
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Marie

I know people wanted Stefano back, but how unrealistic the story line. I know its fiction,but come on. I heard that Days of our lives is not so popular anymore could your
unbelievable story line have anything to do with it.

RJ4
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RJ4

Stefano/JM is great. He is always right on the mark whatever emotion he is playing or scene he is in, so I am glad he is back, but how many times can one man ‘die’ and comeback? As everyone said, there is no surprise in his return although I did not expect him to be wearing the Hannibal Lecter mask – creepy.

Marjorie
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Marjorie

Happy to see Stefano again…..he adds another dimentsion to EJ. Speaking of EJ, who is hotter in TV or the movies???? I want to know!! Love you, EJ.

James
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James

I am so glad Joseph Mascolo is back as “Stefano DiMera”. I had no idea he was coming back and was I surprised when I saw him in the chair in the same room as EJ. The show felt really empty without Mr. Mascolo.
Although I realize the day may come when Joseph Mascolo may want to retire, I am glad he is staying with Days Of Our Lives for one more round.

PAUL WILLIAMS
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PAUL WILLIAMS

Like this is news????? C’mon now, we all knew it was a matter of time before he’d be back again! I was just wondering when it would be!

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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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