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THIS WEEK ON DAYS: A Shocking Confession, Two Proposals, And A Doppelgänger Trap!

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NBC’s Days of our Lives is bringing the drama this week as several storylines take a significant turn!

According to the latest promo, John (Drake Hogestyn) is lured into a trap by Hattie (Deidre Hall), and instead of saving Marlena (Hall) from the loony bin, he gets a straight-jacket of his own!

Meanwhile, Abby (Marci Miller) and Chad (Billy Flynn), and Paul (Christopher Sean) and Sonny (Freddie Smith) both have several touching moments as both couples may be set to wed.

Finally, in a shocker, Brady (Eric Martsolf) is in for a surprise when Nicole (Arianne Zucker) blurts out that she is Deimos’ (Vincent Irizarry) killer! But is she?

Watch the teaser after the jump, and let us know which story you are most intrigued by in the comment section below!

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Mary SF

As someone who has spend time in a Mental Health Unit the term loony bin is not so much offensive as outdated– there are some slang word and labels that should be retire- Mr. Fairman is aware of those pertaining to homosexuality, so too with those who suffer mental health problems— this is not PC gone a muck but rather society adjusting to a more informed time in history– yes this is only a soap site, but still, Loony Bin? Surely the writer of the article can use the correct term without damaging the point of the article

Okay with that said I am looking forward to this week on Days– We all know AZ has left the show, but for her character Nicole I truly hope this isn’t the way they are writing her out. I would like the character Nicole to have a happy ending, leaving Salem with daughter Holly– so I hope she isn’t the killer, but this is just yet another red herring–

Suzie rm
Suzie rm

Thank you! My son has been in mental health facilities on several occasions. I find this very offensive.
Please use some sensitivity

Jimh
Jimh

Mary…i like your idea of Tyler coming on as Stephano…but how about Theo(Andre taking both parts with a little added make up)…or why cant a woman posing as his unknown twin-Stephino-lol

Jimh
Jimh

Mary i too spent time in a mental health facilities after suffering a nervous breakdown 20 years ago…i am also in outpatient care for depression, anxiety and panic attacks and bipolar disorder…i try not to let too much bother me…someone on another now defunct soap site where someone who disliked my comments about a certain soap actress i was defending …called me a nut case who belonged in a nut house-i told them i rather be their than where they belonged!…

su0000
su0000

hey Jimh..
next time tell them-
Me? in a ”nut-house” ha no way I prefer the looney-bin the decor and food is much better. Which one did you prefer?

( humor is your best weapon .. 🙂

mfarris70
mfarris70

ITA. These outmoded terms need to be retired. I’m still surprised at how casually they are used on soaps, especially GH.

Shay
Shay

Well, with the exception of Laura’s catatonia, the entire concept of mental illness has always been considered a complete joke on GH, so why would the facility in which patients are treated be regarded with any respect? When one sees the likes of “inmates” like Heather, Franco and Fluke literally running the “asylum” with their assorted mirthful and malevolent hijinks, of course, the terms “nuthouse” and “loony bin” are highly befitting. But I seriously doubt any of us who watch these OTT characters confuse them with those suffering real-life ailments of the mind…or would express the actual institutions in which they reside as being anything but a serious and necessary place of solace and relief from whatever demons they are facing. It’s simply the use of different terms that separate fact and fiction, and I truly don’t believe that there is any offense meant by people when they refer to these soap sanitariums in such a colorful manner.

janet
janet

I don’t think anyone is trying to hurt you. The people they are talking about are NOT real. I have visited my friend in one, and we would never want to hurt anyone. As for Nicole, I agree 100 %. I want to see her leave happy, take the baby and go. I would like it to be with Brady, but I would hate to see him lose his job. Sadly I have seen plots from Re-Ron and I hold no hope. Let the murderer be someone evil, not Nicole. I have watched all this baby story, have become a Nicole fan, and want to see her win.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I wasn’t hurt nor offended, I was merely pointing out to the author of this article they wouldn’t use the N word to describe black characters, nor would they use the F word to describe homosexual characters, therefore real or not, the use of the term loony bin to describe a place where people with a mental illness go to seek treatment is outdated.

Mental illness is like any other illness and those who suffer it from it should be given understanding not mocking. And that was my point, there are other terms that would make the author’s point and if only one person reading this now has the awareness that some terms outlive their usefulness I have done what I set out to do.

And yes finger crossed RC will give Nicole a happy exit– been a fan of the character since came onto to the canvas–will miss the character greatly once she is gone.

Mo
Mo

I’d like to know who killed Deimos so we can then move on. It will be interesting to see Marlena and John together in the sanitarium.

Mo
Mo

And good to see Chad and Abby reunite.

Jimh
Jimh

I did mention Nicole as the killer because the actress is leaving the show…i suppose Sonny and Paul are getting married and its Sami who stops it and announces Will is alive???

Jimh
Jimh

But maybe she isnt???…maybe the returning Stephano is to blame?…if they are just going to show Stephano’s hand i would like to see Hand’s Newman-ex Y&R get the part-lol

Jimh
Jimh

If Stuart Damon was still acting and not retired i think he is the only actor who could be J.M. s replacement as Stephano if the character is really coming back…however, i did hear only his hand will be shown.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I was kinda hoping Tyler Christoper will be a cloned younger version of Stephano- RC is the type of writer to try to pull something like that off– I know JM is irreplaceable but still if we are going with the clone it really wouldn’t be the same character– oh well a girl can dream can’t she?

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Mary SF… I was thinking maybe Tyler was the new EJ?

Patrick
Patrick

i’m just so excited to see Tyler Christopher back on our screens.

it’s all in the rumour mill

he’s capable of :

Alexander Kiriakis
Ej DiMera
Nickolas Alamaine

WOW… for starters I’d love it if he was Nickolas Alaimaine..because the chemistry with Louise Sorel… @DAYS KEEP Viviane on forever… that this would be a great part

EJ would be fascinating –

Alexander Kiriakis – is he one of the adopted sons? it could explain his age difference with Sonny. just give him time with John Anniston Victor.

what if he’s Peter Blake ?

so much REEL is on the horizon. welcome welcome welcome Mr. Christopher

ChanderFan
ChanderFan

I’m kinda hoping (but it won’t happen) that what with all the many doppelgängers on this show (including Rafe’s doppelgänger) that it will turn out that Will’s entire recast was a secret doppelgänger all along.

It would be great (but it won’t happen) if Marlena and John discover that the “real” Will is locked up in the padded room next to theirs, and has been held captive there for the past couple years.

It would make a more interesting story (but it won’t happen) if Marlena and John bring back the “real” Will, who never got married to Sonny, never slept with Paul (never even met Paul), and never “cheated on” Sonny with some random guy in Los Angeles.

It would be interesting to watch Will’s angry reaction to learn that neither Sonny nor any of his loved blood relatives (other than perhaps Sami) knew his nature well enough to see through his Doppelgänger’s deception, realizing that he wasn’t the “real” Will.

That won’t happen either, but could have made a more compelling story than what I’m actually expecting we’ll actually see unfold.

I, however, would be perfectly okay with thinking that it’s an evil Doppelgänger who’s buried under Will’s tombstone.

Likewise, I’m also perfectly okay imagining the delusion that everything that’s happened since Will’s recast was merely a pepperoni-induced nightmare dream, while the “real” Will and Sonny are living happily in Paris with Ariana Grace.

Patrick
Patrick

it was a surprising twist on Angelica having that heart attack… thereby limiting the caricature (s) , if you will, and seeing both Hattie and Bonnie step up to the plate , on how THEY will deal with the outcome.

Bonnie was LOL FUN on Friday ep: as she told Angelica… “come and get it, bitch”

so… at least with Angelica down … this gives us more acting prose and choice scenes for both Deidre and Judi. I say good for them… since they’ve done this before… it’s been easier to “swallow” . Bonnie and Hattie are both likeable enough characters

Bonnie really gave the riot act before Angelica dropped. like how Bonnie cared about Lucas. he was so funny with that little pig snort.

Bryan Dattilo- hip hip hooray.
Judi Evans – she’s going to be nominated and WIN next years best supporting.
Deidre Hall – nice stretch of the wings their. you’ve got the handsome Drake Hogestyn. Love you bunches and bunches John Black.

it’s great fun listening to the dialogue… Ron Carlivati “thank you for the humor”

Patrick
Patrick

PROP TIME – Bryan Dattilo

he goes to see his mother.. and wants to nip it in the bud, so to speak

Kate : you are fired from countess wilemina… this is “tough love”

Lucas shoots back : ” do you know any other kind ”

geez louise – catches you doesn’t it

Drake
Drake

For the first time in about a decade Days is on the right track. Please keep this momentum going!

Jimh
Jimh

The first Doppelganger story i believe happened on Edge Of Night involving Phil Capice in the early 1960’s…forget why these criminals had the original Phil replaced but i know it was much better done than today’s versions…back then Phil’s wife Louise told her father Winston that her husband would not ‘retire’ with her for the night(couldn’t say go to bed back then)…that’s because the impostors face may look like the real Phil’s face but the criminals and the guy posing as Phil knew the rest of his body didn’t look like the real Phil’s…so to make all less suspicious a car accident was staged to badly bang up the impostors body so no one would notice the difference…luckily, he wasn’t killed or the whole plot would go down the drain…then Phil’s wife Louise was set up to look like she killed the impostor…Edge always had the best clever stories and plot twists…cant find writers like that anymore…i wish the entire series had survived the wiping process…i know several dozen episodes from the 50’s to the early 70’s survived the wiping process and a few of them can be privately screen at the Paley Center but many of us will never get to see them…Procter and Gamble has a few including the 1970 Whitney party episode and a couple others…another place(4get) also owns some of the kinescopes in their archives but not for public viewing i believe!

Steve Griggs
Steve Griggs

“The Edge of Night” was written for many years by Henry Slesar who also wrote mystery novels and many of Alfred Hitchcock’s TV episodes. His “EON” stories were just as prolific as the equally unforgettable episodes of another soap – “Dark Shadows” – that hooked me on soaps back in the mid 1960’s.

Jimh
Jimh

In a way Dark Shadows did start out like a mystery soap somewhat like Edge with the mysterious disappearance of Liz’s husband,Burke being framed for a crime he didnt commit and who killed Bill Malloy plot…but the show was nearly cancelled until it was turned into a supernatural/horror soap…i have dolls made of several characters from the show…i sure miss both soaps…im happy DC saved the DS episodes…if only Edge had done the same and saved theirs!

Dishy
Dishy

Thank god Dark Shadows’ ENTIRE series is available on DVD. I rewatch it over and over year after year – in dribs and drabs. Those stories still hold up today!

Francesca Bruno
Francesca Bruno

You bring back many memories of days gone by, jimh.
Those were the days.

Having said that, I hate that Ari is leaving after so many years. Hard to lose such a beautiful familiar face. I do hope she leaves free and clear with her baby.

I am not enjoying the doppelgänger stories at all.
Now John will also be in restraints at the institution? Not conducive to suspense or good drama.

Shay
Shay

My first memories of soap doppelgangers were Grant Putnam/Andrei Chernin on GH and later, Days’ Tony/Andre DeMera….now they seem so commonplace that they’ve rather lost their impact…especially with all that masked nonsense Ron C. implemented on GH.

Jimh
Jimh

ya…the doubles stories have run their course.Days did a good one back in the 70s but it involved the actress’s real life twin who played her twin on the show…back in the 60s Dark Shadows did doppelgangers too but those were fun..i watch British soap Coronation Street and i never see them do doppelgangers…its a little more down to earth…however, my Corrie is getting a bit over run by criminals…

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

jimh, glad to see some love for Coronation Street. I’m on the Canadian border and see it on Canadian TV.

So well written and well paced! No flashbacks, no SORAS, no 1% Richie Ritches, no Uber Villains with multiple islands unlimited henchpeople and money. Its a half hour with twice cast of any US soap. Large ensemble scenes each episodes so everyone works and at least half the cast has a storyline. No lingering, stories get wrapped up in no more three months so if you don’t like something you aren’t tortured by a full year of Sonny saying Morgan Morgan Morgan Morgan Morgan.

Now if they could finally prosecute Pat Phelan for murder it would be perfect!

Eric Buchanan
Eric Buchanan

Well NBC Sucks! Unlike Y&R and GH which were preempted today. NBC decided to show DAYS, then after 14 minutes, in the middle of Nicole’s flashback, cut to Lester Holt, then interviews with LOSERS in a field in Oregon to get their feelings about the eclipse. I watch NOTHING on NBC except local news an DAYS, and after today will boycott WAVY news . Please post a complete description of the episode so us on the East Coast know what happened on THE MOST IMPORTANT EPISODE OF DAYS THIS YEAR!!!

Mo
Mo

It didn’t air as scheduled in my area. It was on another NBC channel, but of course DVR didn’t record that because it wasn’t labeled as Days. I think NBC should not have shown Days at all.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Download the app at NBC.com where each episode is put up at night.

Patrick
Patrick

i’m going to have to start doing this. danged it tho… my time with this show is now top shelf.

I watch the local news and national news plus … I don’t need my show constantly interrupted

thank you God… Abs and Chad are one .

Mo
Mo

Thanks for the info.

Patrick
Patrick

three things that happened on the 8/21 ep

John got trapped with the real Marlena in her padded cell

Nicole confessed to killing Deimos to Brady….

Sonny proposed to Paul.

Judy
Judy

wow is getting good cant white for the next show to begin

dmr
dmr

These cartoonish antics certainly sound like Ron’s writing…

nicholas
nicholas

days of our lives is finally must see tv again ! thrilled to bits with the stories . a friend of mine as well as a work colleague of mine had given up on the show altogether but they have been watching the show again and they are watching it everyday as well .

nicholas
nicholas

i have been busy trying to convince friends , work colleagues to watch the show or tune in again . we should all do the same .

Chaz
Chaz

Nicole better not be the killer. For AZ to leave by going to prison and not getting her child back would suck.

Patrick
Patrick

My “Days”

1. Lucas, my man : as soon as you took that shot… I immediately started welling up. is this the long promised story arc ? well, it grabbed on to me. it was a nice touch to see Chloe back on the scene.

2. Abe, my man : the look Theo shot back at him was so piercing… ( Abe is telling him he cannot “work” with or be with the DiMera ) this is close to the heart. dag! as he told Theo… I wish your mom was here. Theo tells his dad he’d do it all over again… acknowledging he is a DiMera. i’m so in love with Abe and his new family. Abe / Valerie / Eli / Lani / Theo. + Julie for good measure.

3. Kate and Andre : NOT a good thing when these two are on the outs. as posted ; this is where ALL the fun is to be had . ( OK i’ll add in a lot of Judi Evans as Bonnie, and a sprinkling of Hattie ) BUT … when Kate and Andre are on.. this is where the sophistication rises and the wit is doled out. I love this pair. comedic timing + drama
absolutely

doesn’t Roman deserve a story line… even if its rehashed “Hattie / Marlena ” I like how he’s a strong advocate of Marlena and John marriage.

what is going on with Abe ? as Deimos told the SPD he would name a co conspirator of the dirty money laundering ? and Abe is arrested ?

this would never happen in a million years ?

i’ll throw in that Nicole would never do any thing to affect her losing her daughter . I think this is a black mailing scheme. by whom ? I do not know. I certainly want Eric back on this show for a long long time. so, for Brady to have found the amulet in Eric room ? is he protecting Nicole ?

it’s great tune IN to Salem

Patrick
Patrick

if looks could kill… I LOVE how Valerie … even if Eli is her son… that she stood by Abe. she was asked to take off that necklace and earrings … for evidence ? anyway… it was great that even tho Eli is her son… she also loves Abe. Man… nice turn

Boop
Boop

I agree , Patrick. It was a great scene!

Mo
Mo

Dario, not Deimos.

Patrick
Patrick

I’m hoping Mr. Michael Fairman new website includes an “edit”

Patrick
Patrick

Andre : ( after Kate gives him a lesson )

” enjoy your power trip, for now, Mrs. DiMera, because this will end… soon ”

scintillating stuff

———

just not for long, I hope

when these two are on the same page. watch out Salem.. they are just stoking the fire (s) the denizen of Salem are easy fodder.

add in Kristen

heck; add in Vivian Alamaine and Nickolas Alamaine. this town just upped the ante : Sophistication wit and check mate back on track

assuming Tyler Christopher is Nickolas Alamaine. WOW

Boop
Boop

I love Andre and Kate’s scenes ; even though I can’t stand Kate.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

So much of what you said I agree with.

I love the Kate/Roman tease! They were so great together before getting separated in the Salem Serial killer storyline. (naturally their union meat Lucas was Roma’s son in law and stepson simultaneously!!!)

I love a good twin storyline. It was looking like an episode of PINKY AND THE BRAIN with Morgan Fairchild as the Brain saddled with two Pinkies. I’m loving DOOL.

Ron always gives the actors something to play. For too long DOOL was two ppl having coffee talking about what’s happening to other ppl. Scripts work when characters are doing something not talking about what other ppl have done. (Jennifer hasn’t had a storyline in years, she sets and talks about what other ppl are doing. Snore!)

Jake Martin
Jake Martin

In Nicole’s perceived “memory” of what occurred that night, it really looked like, technically, Deimos accidentally stabbed himself while struggling with the Knife while Nicole was holding it. He sort of “lunged” into it ~ many years ago it was said that Lana Turner’s daughter was holding a Knife when her mom’s lover kind of “walked into” it – maybe they are basing this scene on something reminiscent of that event ~

Jimh
Jimh

under a previous post i did say he might have killed himself

Patrick
Patrick

Julie is visiting Abs : when Andre walks in… YIKES – wowsah – the barbs zingers start rolling.

Julie to Andre : “look whos talking says the bottom feeder of Salem ”

RC : one up for you… two steps back for GH

Patrick
Patrick

O – K

i’m a little miffed and P – O

WOW – this show is moving

but why, show Andre walking in to the pub and Kate and Roman are kissing ?

Why?

it’s called good acting plus Ron Carlivati

OK time to acknowledge the marquee : two proposals

I’m beyond completely thrilled that Marci Walker and Billy Flynn have found ” IT ”
I started crying and marveling that Chad and Abs are found, thriving, and exciting.

argh! whew exhale

Paul and Sonny: Sonny is now back to earth. I am SO excited for Christopher Sean… Paul has waited and waited SO LONG… argh! I am just as excited for this pair.. even tho knowing in the back of my mind… Will is on the horizon. WOW there is no root value for either or… it’s just danged GOOD stuff. LOVE LOVE LOVE

tell me Chloe and Eric are not the sexiest couple who should be. dang

hopefully with Chad and even Abs help… Andre will get his lady love… for what it is… BACK. calling Mrs. DiMera

tell me – this show has the whole cast going ! BAM !

Patrick
Patrick

it’s so funny and a little ( doggone sexy ) OK all men have to do cute some time. Roman grinning from ear to ear and playing it to the hilt… that he’s still got it.

2 kisses in one day ! “Marlena” and Kate.

see how fun this is when the whole cast gets to play

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t Deimos found dead still in his disguise ? Yet in Nicole’s flashback of her killing him, he was not in the disguise ?? Hmmm

Mo
Mo

Strange. Didn’t see Monday’s ep so I didn’t notice that.

dmr
dmr

I watched a little of today’s episode (Wednesday, 8/23) and the only character/part that I found interesting was Lucas. I liked his interaction with Kate when he went to the DiMera mansion and Kate found out that he had been drinking. As much as I like Chad, I can’t stomach NuAbigail. Kate is right, she is a Damsel that constantly needs saving. I find nothing appealing about the actress or the character. In my opinion, the couple has zero chemistry.

Mo
Mo

I really liked nuAbby at first, then not so much. Hopefully things will improve with new writer.

ChanderFan
ChanderFan

Gotta agree with both of you. Every time I see nuAbby on the screen, my first thought is, “wait, who is that? oh yeah, right, that’s SUPPOSED TO BE Abby.”

I must say that as much as I liked Casey Deidrick as Chad, it’s still a pleasure to watch Billy Flynn in that role, too, as he gives the character a likeable depth and a more caring demeanor to Chad.

Billy Flynn appears to have enough range that he could have made a good fit as a recast for almost any of the male characters on the show. I get the impression that Billy Flynn easily could have taken on the re-cast of Will, morphing Will into a wonderful and delightful new version of the character.

blake
blake

Good make Nicole the killer and haul her off. I’m so ready for her to go. We at least need a long break, like we’ve had with Sami.

Patrick
Patrick

I agree. especially with Sami. it’s like a whole new arena is opening up. these two leading ladies brought every thing.

as her last days are winding down… it’s kinda like last chance to see Eric and Nicole grasping at what was. DANG IT.. Greg Vaughan is magic. simple as that.

as I read in SOD… Eric is still fighting his attraction. I just think it’s a lot of retread as Nicole, after Deimos, already starting sleeping with Brady,. and all fans have always wanted was something with Eric.

any way…. Eric smolders with every one.

Nicole.. never really had a family. she did it her way

so now that she has Hollie… which is always what I’ve ever wanted for Nicole. since she has no immediate family… she and Hollie can venture off in to the world with all of Nicole experiences…. and Daniels ghost.

let me tell you… it’s so good that this show moved on without HIM.

I can’t thank Ari Zucker and Ali Sweeney enough for carrying this show.

Patrick
Patrick

I truly am seeing a newfound LOVE… Marci Miller and Billy Flynn have captured their magic.

it’s been so much fun watching their hospital visits… as they BOTH anticipate each other… with their knowing looks, smiles, laughs, and just responding in love.

I see it
I want it

kudos to Abs and Chad.

Billy Flynn astounds…. like I said so long ago… when he looks @… he totally engulfs

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DAYS Promo: What’s Going To Happen At Jarlena’s Wedding Anniversary Shindig?

Coming up next week on Days of our Lives, prepare for drama, drama, and more drama! From the looks of the latest promo for the NBC soap opera, the action takes place at Marlena (Deidre Hall) and John’s (Drake Hogestyn) surprise one-year wedding anniversary soirée, where things could take a deadly turn!

But with the Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) masquerading as “Nicole” plot reaching new heights, Anna DiMera (Leann Hunley) and Tony DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) back in Salem, and the promo telling viewers “For one guest, the party, is over” followed by Sonny (Freddie Smith) yelling, “She’s got a gun!” and Brady’s (Eric Martsolf) ending line, “Oh, my God!” there is plenty to conjecture.

Also seen in the teaser is Kate (Lauren Koslow) trying to rip off the face of Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk), and Stefan (Brandon Barash) and Gabi (Camila Banus) getting hot and heavy and Eric (Greg Vaughan) yelling, “No!”

So, check out the promo below and then let us know via the comment section below, what you think is about to go down at Jarlena’s party, where last August at their nuptials … things did not go off without a hitch, either!

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DAYS Stacy Haiduk and Eric Martsolf Talk Kristen & Brady’s Twisted Relationship : The Mask, The Deception, The Sex

Last week on Days of our Lives, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) was able to get the man she craves in between the sheets.  So, just how did that happen when Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) had no idea she was alive?  Well … he still doesn’t, really.  You see, Kristen returned to Salem disguised as another ex flame of Brady’s, Nicole Walker (who everyone believed died in the warehouse explosion).  And Kristen has been parading around town donning an incredible likeness of Nicole’s face – via a prosthetic mask – and some other tricks to sound and look just like her!

Kristen’s goal is to infiltrate Salem, remind Brady of the love and passion they shared, take over DiMera Enterprises, and who knows what else!  And everyone who stands in her way, better watch out as we have seen! We are speaking to you (the late) Ted, and (once kidnapped) Kate, et al.

Fans of the NBC daytime drama series have followed the tortured relationship between Kristen and Brady for years and through many plots; Kristen was first played and brought to life by Eileen Davidson, and for well over a year now by Stacy Haiduk.  Not only has Haiduk reprised the role of a frustrated, vengeful Kristen, she is also playing at times multiple roles: the wacky and often misunderstood, Susan Banks, Kristen playing Susan, or Kristen pretending to be Sister Mary Moira.

As for Daytime Emmy winner, Eric Martsolf, this latest story arc puts him front and center as viewers watch to see if what Brady senses, and the clues, and the feelings he is having, bring him to the conclusion that he has been duped by Kristen, and that her horrendous scheme – pretending to be Nicole (Arianne Zucker), and dumping Nicole’s longtime love Eric (Greg Vaughan) to be with him have a result that is unexpected or catastrophic!

Michael Fairman TV sat down with Stacy and Eric for this conversation about: all the plot twists, and playing the drama and the humor of the situations they find themselves in as actors in a wild story that only head writer Ron Carlivati could pen and keep the audience on the edge of their seats in the process. Check out this oh-so-fun, direct, and enlightening chat with two of DAYS most shining stars.

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Eric, what has it been like working in this part of your storyline; where there’s the character of Kristen in its many forms: Arianne Zucker playing “Nicole” (but it’s really Kristen), Kristen as Susan, and the real Kristen, etc?

ERIC:  It’s been a nightmare Michael.  (Laughs)  I don’t know who I’m sleeping with anymore.  I’m at the point where I go home at night, and I just tug on my wife’s cheek just to make sure that she is not my ex-girlfriend from high school.

When you first heard of this storyline, and that it was going to facilitate how Arianne was going to come back to the show… and that it was supposed to be Kristen in a Nicole Walker prosthetic mask with a voice alternator, what went through your mind?

ERIC:  I think in the back of Ron’s Carlivati’s (head writer, DAYS) mind, he was thinking to himself, “This dude started his soap career on Passions, he’s okay with this kind of thing,” and honestly, nothing surprises me anymore.  When you’re thrown into that supernatural, crazy reality, doesn’t-live-here sort of atmosphere for you first soap gig, you don’t sweat a mask and a voice modulator.  That’s just par for the course.  My biggest problem was the body thing … that Brady is not able to distinguish one body from the other, because I would as Eric.  My God, I know every inch of my wife’s body.  So, it’s difficult to get my head around that, but at the same time, I’m going with the whole “love is blind” thing here. (Laughs)

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(Laughs) I was going just going to say that Brady would absolutely know Kristen’s body from how passionate their relationship has been in the past, as well, he would Nicole’s body from his relationship with her.

ERIC:  Since Kristen did finally just succeed – let’s use the word in “seducing” him, and using her wonderful feminine wiles as only Kristen has to get Brady in to bed, there was also another twist.  What plays after that is that he notices the tattoo that’s been removed, and she plays it off as scarring from the fire.  What’s going through his mind as he is making love to Nicole is a “Kristen train”.  He can’t get Kristen out of his mind, and the guilt that he feels about that is horrendous.

Right! Brady is thinking: “Why am I feeling this when I am supposed to be with Nicole!?”

ERIC:  Right!  Brady has been waiting for a relationship for God knows how many years now – at least a successful one.  He is so eager to have this work, even though he has been concerned about how Eric (Greg Vaughan) would feel about this.  In Brady’s mind, Eric is done with Nicole.  He’s good.  He loves Sarah (Linsey Godfrey).  This is fair game.  Brady and Nicole have always been close … they’ve been close before … so, for him, it’s, why not give it a fair try?   However, he finds himself now thinking about another woman the whole time.  That’s rough.

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Do you think in the back of his mind, that this whole time, he possibly knew that “Nicole” was Kristen?

ERIC:  Well, you just have to wait.  There will be a reveal eventually, obviously, but until then, let the games play on.

So, once Brady and “Nicole” have sex, he keeps thinking about Kristen?

ERIC:  Constantly!  She just plagues his mind.  I think he’s realizing that his affection for Kristen is anything but dead and is very alive, and I think this is Kristen’s master plan from the very beginning.  She knows that she pervades his soul, and once she does reveal herself, I would guess he would probably be surprised, maybe a little angry, but in the end … you can’t deny what your heart and your body wants, right?

One of my favorite recent scenes had Brady half-naked and Kristen as Susan getting into his room, because she was looking for the MIA Nicole mask she so desperately needed.  She finds herself gawking and lusting after Brady under her disguise, and he tries to remove himself from the situation and says, “Susan, I’m going to get in the shower…”

ERIC:  Yeah! And, “It’s not going to happen, baby.”

What was that like doing that scene?

STACY:  I loved it!  I thought Eric was brilliant in it.  I watched it, and I thought, “Oh, my God!”  (Laughs) It is one of my all-time favorite scenes.

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ERIC:  Kristen is a tiger.

STACY:  She is a tiger.  She’s got a goal, and she is going to go after that.  She has obstacles that are going to come in-between her goal, but she will go after whatever she wants.

When Stacy comes in to Brady’s room as Susan, were you not laughing?

ERIC: No!  I thought she was hot. (Laughs)

STACY:  He did … he loved it.  You liked me, didn’t you baby? (Laughs)

ERIC:  I don’t think anybody can deny that Stacy Haiduk’s portrayal of Susan Banks is ridiculously good.  Everything from her delivery … to her facial expressions.  I think it is amazing.  I mean, it is corny, and it is fun, and soaps need characters like that once in a while to lighten the load of the heavy dialogue and the drama.  It’s a welcomed addition.  So, I love playing scenes with Susan.

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Eric, you always have been able play the straight-man so well in comedic scenes with impeccable timing,

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STACY:  You’re brilliant, Eric.

ERIC:  You guys are being very nice to me.

STACY:  You are.  I remember on the day how much fun we had, but then, seeing it back and the crap that I was giving you, and just the stuff you were giving back was so beautiful, and innocent, and so alive.  It was so funny.

Does Kristen think that now that she finally got Brady into bed that she won … that she got what she wanted … even if she had to don a “Nicole” mask to do it?

STACY:  Well, no, because she still can’t be really Kristen.  I think she is grateful that she gets to be with him.  That’s one of her biggest goals: to be with Brady and she wants to have him fall back in love with her again.  But for her, now it’s all about, “How do I reveal myself so that he doesn’t get scared away?”  That’s the toughest part for her.  Kristen’s love is so deep that it goes beyond this mask.  So, how is it going to be when he sees her?   Is he going to freak out?  What’s going to happen?

ERIC:  Did you think Kristen would be a little pissed off and think, “Oh my God.  He did go for Nicole?”

STACY:  Yes!  I do, because she’s like, “Finally, I got him!  But wait a minute … did I get him because I was Nicole … or because I was Kristen?”  As Kristen, she always believes there is something deeper between them and a deep connection.  That remains a driving force to her.

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ERIC:  That’s why I love these characters so much, because of you and the history of Kristen with Brady.  She’s always wanted him as much as he has wanted her.  She’s always wanted to be loved.

STACY:  Yes … and very much so.

ERIC:  Kristen had always wanted to be a part of the DiMera Empire, just as Brady has always wanted to be a part of the Kiriakis Empire, and they’ve always wanted love.  They’ve never had it.  They believe in the back of their minds that anything is attainable.  So, I can see why Kristen would just forgo the Nicole disguise and just go, “He wants me.”

STACY:  Kristen wants to believe that Brady knows it.  She says to herself, “He knows it’s me inside and behind the mask.  When he finds out, he will fall back in love with me.”

Now that she actually had sex with Brady, wouldn’t that make Kristen even more insatiable to be with him? Like, “I’ve got to have him!?”

STACY:  The fear is still .. what happens she takes this mask off?  She always says, “I’ll reveal myself, but I have to do it slowly when it is the right time.”  I think there is that built up frustration now for her, absolutely!

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Arianne Zucker really has Stacy’s mannerisms down as Kristen.  It really comes into in scenes where “Nicole” goes off on someone or loses her temper.  Eric, you have worked with Arianne for years on this show.  What do you think about her performances in this storyline?

ERIC:  I have worked with Ari over the years, and I have enjoyed it a lot.  Ari did do her homework.  She did study Stacy’s tape, and she watched her mannerisms, and she took it very seriously.  I know that because she is a hard worker, as much as a goofball as she is, she does work hard, and she wanted it to be good.  I think my favorite parts were the Kristen meltdowns.  You have to understand though; Stacy and Ari get along very well!  They’re kind of two peas in a pod.  So, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take on how Stacy would play those types of scenes.  They’re both animated, they’re both wild people by nature, and so, it was a good fit.  It was a smart idea from the writers.

STACY:  It was a good fit!

ERIC:  I’ve been out with the two of them, and it’s hard to tell the two of them apart. (Laughs)

STACY:  We are just like two cuddly bunnies.

ERIC:  They’re like flirting with each other, and hugging each other.  You find yourself thinking, “Are they going to start ordering the same food at the same time?  This is getting weird. (Laughs)

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In the recent scene that aired; where Kristen as “Nicole” turns off the light while having sex with Brady, is she worried her plan will now go awry?

STACY:  Yes.  I think she is worried about her body because it is burned.  You know, how they take a tattoo off, and it’s as painful as can be.  Not that I’ve had that done personally.  I like my tats, but I hear it is painful.  So, in the storyline, the burn is that pain that she has and the tattoo. There’s a part of her that thinks,  she has to cover it up, and turn the lights down low.

ERIC:  “Nicole” is sleeping, and Brady is rubbing his hands over her shoulder and touching her body, and as he goes over the burn marks.  He sees a flash of the tattoo!  That is a pivotal moment when he starts to put some pieces together.   He thinks, “Woah! That’s exactly where that tattoo was.”  It’s a slow little rollercoaster ride.

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In the past, Kristen then played by Eileen Davidson, drugged and raped Father Eric.  Stacy, did you ever see that story arc?  Literally the sex scene is playing on the screen at Kristen’s wedding to Brady and then all hell breaks loose.  This to say Kristen is notorious for the ways and the lengths she goes to get her men into bed.

STACY:  Yes! I saw her Eileen do those scenes.

ERIC:  You also saw how close Kristen and Brady were to their dream, to their happiness, their goal, which was they were going to marry each other.  Brady is looking upon his loved ones in this town and thinking, “I know what you all think of her, but I’m going to show you our love on this screen, and once you see the connection that we have here as a couple, you all are going to be convinced that we belong together as well.  This is the happiest day of my life,” and the screen comes up and it’s his brother banging Kristen instead.

Marlena (Deidre Hall) played the wrong DVD!

STACY:  It was so good.  See, I try to find as much info as I can on the character’s past, because all of the time I’m trying to find where these characters have been in their dark and twisted past.

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ERIC:  You’re putting your own stamp on Kristen.  You got a direct call from DAYS casting department, didn’t you … when they were recasting the role?

STACY:  Yes.  You have to understand, I had two really separate characters to play when I was on Y&R.  One was a doctor, and one was this crazy passionate, wild, little minx.

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ERIC:  I will say to find the wild and the beauty in one package is not easy in any town, yet alone Los Angeles.  I’m glad they called you, because you have that.  You have that villainous nature, but you also are able to show a vulnerable side to Kristen that is going to be a lot of fun and interesting to see.

Stacy is one of those people that will leap off of the screen at you and you will remember her.  She is one actress that will have fans talking about their work, like when you played crazy Patty Williams on Y&R.  The audience was on the edge of their seats going, “Oh, my God!  What is Patty going to do next?”

STACY:  I never knew what she was going to do!

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Eric, has Stacy come to you at any point where she been overwhelmed by the task at hand; playing Susan while playing Kristen, etc, and the two of you have a moment where you work through some of the challenges of complex scenes  … and ones where she is playing multiple characters?

ERIC:  We’ve had many moments  to speak of.

STACY:  I always come into Eric’s room, and am like, “I’m scared!”

ERIC:  It’s funny you mention it.  We have had some very emotional scenes, and Stacy – who cares so damn much about this job and portraying this character correctly – that she gets a little overwhelmed, and the material that they give her is overwhelming for any anybody on any level.  I have looked at her in the eyes, and said, “You’ve got this gig.  You are this character.  You are knocking it out of the park.  Just do it.  Just be you.”   I can’t wait for people to see some of the stuff we have shot recently and have been doing.

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Stacy, do you think Kristen can be redeemed? Many characters on daytime … and on DAYS … have done horrible things and later turned over a new leaf.

STACY:  The thing is that villains are bad and all that other crap, but they’ve got a lot of stuff going on inside and insecurities, and they’ve got a heart.  I’m sorry, the villain with a heart of gold, can be very  true.  I never see villains (and I play them a lot) as bad.  You have to find where it comes from … how far does this go … where did that little seed change … and what made them go into the dark, but also, where is the good?  You want to bring the good to it, too.

ERIC:  Let’s face it!  Star Wars is all about Darth Vader and how he became that because it’s intriguing.

Because of the pace in which DAYS tapes its episodes; do the two of you find time to run lines together before you go hit the set?

ERIC:  We are running out of time to run lines.  It’s pretty wild.  Funnily enough, I was recently filming a movie and I was so underwhelmed at the pace of everything.  I’ve gotten so accustomed to moving at this militant style, that as hard as it is, it is preferable to me now.  I almost like it because you don’t have time to overthink what you are going to do, and you end up getting more visceral and natural reactions to the material.  You can overthink a scene, and you can come to a wrong performance that way.  When you burn your fingers on a hot stove, that’s the most natural reaction you are going to get.  You can’t have ten minutes to think about how you are going to scream about that pain.

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But, would you like the pace of shooting the show to be a bit slower?

STACY:  I would like to, but I do think sometimes just jumping in, and going and seeing what happens is great.  I love that.  I do appreciate that.

ERIC:  It’s scary.

STACY:  It is scary.  I would love if we would get to do a rehearsal and then two takes just to see, and then they can mix  together what happens.  Sometimes I am hard on myself as an actress.  I’ve always been.  It’s that jumping in when you only get to do one take.  You have to just give it everything you’ve got.

ERIC:  You can have a second take.  Want me to give you a little secret?  All you have to do is screw up your last line.

STACY:  I can’t do that.   I don’t even need it to be perfect because nothing is perfect.  It doesn’t matter what I’ve done if I sometimes don’t feel it.  I need to feel it when I’m on that set.  I need to feel something because when I shut down, I close myself off.  It’s like an athlete who has just got to  train as hard as they can to reach their goal.

ERIC:  You’re an Olympic swimmer!

STACY:  You’ve got to do it as hard as you can.  You practice, and you practice, and you practice, and you practice, so that when you come to that day, you do the best you can, but sometimes you are disappointed because you didn’t get that one last thing you had hoped for.

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How do you view what happened to Eric with Kristen, who disguised as Nicole, tricked Brady into bed with her?  Some fans commented that that they thought it was akin to a rape.

ERIC:  No, I would disagree with that theory.  I believe there is a high degree of deception in this, but there is a willingness on behalf of Brady.  He’s not drugged.  He’s not being forced to do anything.  Deception, yes.  Rape, no.

Stacy, what do you think?

STACY:  Total deception.  There is no rape.  There is absolutely no rape.  These are willing participants; he just doesn’t know exactly who he is dealing with.

ERIC:  I appreciate the context of how somebody could construe that, and the seriousness of the matter.  I don’t think it really has a place in this particular storyline.

Do you guys think that Brady and Kristen are each other’s star-crossed lovers in a weird, twisted, bizarre way?

ERIC:  I don’t know.  I think they’re magnetism can’t be denied.  I think the hurdles that they’ve jumped through are astronomical.  Will they end up together in the end?  Who knows!  Will there ever be an end?  Who knows!  It’s definitely been one of, if not the most, in-depth relationships Brady has ever had.

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And intense!

ERIC:  Yeah.  They’ve just gone through so much to be together, and when you do that, anybody who is married knows that, that’s where the good stuff is; the wars that you win together and the battles that you go through.  When you come out of the war, and you’re still together, that’s the bond.  That’s what lasts.

What would Kristen do if she couldn’t have Brady in the end?  Would she find a new obsession?  What if she could not nab her man?

STACY:  Wow!  Hmmm. (Laughs)  She’s going to get her man.  She wants her man.  She wouldn’t settle.  She’d keep fighting.  I would say to her, “Kristen, keep fighting the good fight.”

So, do you think Kristen will reveal herself to Brady sooner than later? Will Brady figure out what Kristen has been doing to get to him?  Will Brady turn Kristen away if he knew she was alive and back in action  … or would he fall back into her arms? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmys To Merge Younger Actor & Actress Category Into One As Gender-Inclusive Categories Are On The Rise

The upcoming 47th annual Daytime Emmys are already making some changes to key categories and specifically this one that affects daytime drama performers.  Word from Variety is that NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is going to announce that they are combining the Younger Actor and Actress categories into one gender-neutral category

Not only will the Younger performer category be gender-inclusive, but network soap performances will be combined with digital drama series performances for the category.  Previously, for this past Daytime Emmys, NATAS had changed the Guest Performer in a Drama Series to be gender-inclusive.

This category was initially created in 1985 when it was called the Outstanding Ingenue and then from there tweaked into Outstanding Juvenile Female and Male, and more recently that morphed into the Younger Actor and Actress categories.

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Former GH star Hayley Erin (Ex-Kiki) and former DAYS star, Kyle Pettis (Ex-Theo) will now be the last female and male to win the two separate categories with this new move for 2020.

Fans of film and TV have noticed that on several award shows on MTV: their Movie and TV Awards and their VMA’s, there are several gender-inclusive categories, as well as the Television Critics Association Awards who for instance doles out Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama in comedy.

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So, what do you think of the change; that there will now be one Younger performer category at the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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