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Wedding DAYSaster! Nick and Gabi's Nuptials Explode! Will Reveals He Is The Baby Daddy!

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Days of our Lives dropped some bombshells during Monday’s episode of the NBC soap! At Nick and Gabi’s wedding, just as the couple were about to be announced husband and wife, Chad DiMera stood up and put a wrinkle into the proceedings!

The young DiMera, who is out for revenge on Gabi and Nick (and rightfully so!), jumped up and revealed that Nick is not the father of Gabi’s baby.  Upon that bit of baby news, the wedding came to a halt and from there the drama really perked up!

Rafe was ready to pounce on Chad as he stated to the wedding guests that, “Gabi was a slut!” Once Chad was taken outside the church into the vestibule by Hope Brady, inside the day further disintegrated when Will could not take the lies any longer and admitted to his family and the guests in attendance that he is the father of Gabi’s baby.  A stunned Will realized the consequences of his statement in his relationship with Sonny, who turned away from his boyfriend instantly!

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Later, Sami called Gabi “a manipulative lying little bitch” when she confronted her about sleeping with Will, which Rafe overheard and then Sami and Rafe began to get into a heated argument.  Nick, who is already out for revenge and a bit off balance to begin with, threatened Chad for ruining the wedding.  The upset groom was last seen listening in to the very private conversation between Lucas and Will towards the end of  the episode.

There were several good performances here namely: Daytime Emmy winner Chandler Massey as Will, Blake Berris as Nick Fallon, and Casey Deidrick as Chad.  We also enjoyed the plight of Rafe and Galen Gering’s performance, and who didn’t love a Sami onslaught as can only be delivered by Alison Sweeney?

What did you think of today’s wedding DAYSaster? Which performance did you enjoy the most? For the first time in a long time we are interested in finding out what happens next, as we never were keen on this story to begin with! Do you feel the same? Or, do you disagree?  Let us know your thoughts!

 

 

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Keia
Keia

My favorite part of the episode was the return of the “Ultimate Bad Ass” Samantha Gene Brady!

I loved, loved, LOVED it when Sami went in on Gabi so viciously! 😀

The end of the episode let me know that Sami is about to straight go OFF on both Rafe and Gabi tomorrow!

I can’t wait! *Cheers* GO SAMI!!!!

Ces
Ces

ditto on Samantha Gene!! That was awesome.

I’m guess it will be EJ’s lucky day when Sami put Rafe in the doghouse
again 😉

Beth
Beth

I was curious as why Sonny wholly rejected Will without letting him explain. I hope that they can fix things soon.

Margot
Margot

I think Sonny was hurt to know that Will was intimate with Gabi and kept it from him.

Beth
Beth

I can see that, but they technically weren’t together yet. He shouldn’t have lied though.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I don’t think Sonny was upset at Will for sleeping with Gabi, but for the fact he kept this huge aspect of his life from Sonny- the fact he was going to be a father. Everyone who has a partner can relate- that isn’t something you keep from the person you love.

Dmitri
Dmitri

I agree, Sonny seemed mad that Will lied, not that Will slept with Gabi.

Margot
Margot

You are so right on this Mary SF and Dmitri. He should have told Sonny about it.

Blake
Blake

Glad to see the show has more going on other than Kristen!

Dmitri
Dmitri

I agree, I’m already tired of Kristen, this episode was the best one in a while!

Margot
Margot

I hope they make up soon. They do love each other.

Dmitri
Dmitri

Agreed, for me, WilSon resembles Lumi in many ways, and I think WilSon belong together.

Patrick
Patrick

I still don’t know what’s driving Nick (blake berris)… to act the way he is…. and his acting chops do deserve mention.

i haven’t seen todays episode yet… It’s Nicks’ story… and i like watching him play this all out. Does he really love Gabi? yeah, this happened FAST storyline wise… but… hopefully the writers give Nick and us fans more on what makes him tick… and why?

As for Will and Sonny… yeah, i agree with post… that this all happened prior to these two committing to one another… course, Sonny may not want Will’s son in their lives… i mean geez… they just started their own life. they’re just not ready for “problems”…it’s still romance and honeymoon time….

mo
mo

It may be that Sonny is upset Will lied to him or didn’t tell him that he was the father. Keeping secrets is probably what Sonny objects to. And yeah, a baby will throw a wrench into things, but I would venture Sonny didn’t like the secret and he doesn’t like Gaby so that’s why he ran off.

Ces
Ces

Nick is a little troll but I do love Blake Berris! Good actor.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Nick is a control freak that is his motivation. I don’t know what the writers have in mind, but based on a boyfriend a friend of mine had at school, Nick is showing all the classic signs of a man who will end up physically abusing their partner. I don’t know if the writers are heading toward a domestic violence story line with Nick and Gabi, but if I was a character on that soap I would tell Gabi – to run and run fast to get away from this guy. And kudos to the actor for portraying it so realistically.

Margot
Margot

I didn’t see this coming re Nick. It is, however, something to watch.

Patrick
Patrick

have to correct myself…. Will and Sonny could deal with “sharing” a child….

I agree…. it was more about not telling Sonny from the get go.

jb44
jb44

I loved this episode! The revelation about the father of Gabi’s baby will affect many lives and there will be a lot more to come. I can’t wait! On another note, I couldn’t be happier about Chloe’s return. I just hope the writers don’t ruin it by having her behave out of character like before. I hope they eventually pair her with Brady as they have amazing chemistry together. I am finally enjoying DOOL again. The story lines are interesting and I look forward each day to seeing what happens next.

Jason Eldridge
Jason Eldridge

I’m sorry, but this storyline has gone down for me. I just can’t seem to follow it at all. This mess needs to end. And I actually thought this would be a good story.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Loved this episode. Thank goodness for DVR & SOAPnet. DOOL & GH compete in my market. Both were exceptional yesterday.

As for Sami, love her, but what a hypocrite!

Glen
Glen

Yesterday’s episode was the best one I’ve seen in a while. I love the fact that Will and Sonny are being treated just like any other star-crossed soap couple. They’re really great together and I look forward to watching Will win back his guy.

Ces
Ces

me too!!

Margot
Margot

Me too.

Didja Noit
Didja Noit

I loved the entire episode yesterday! Days has been giving me the things I watch a soap for, such as character driven stories, good dialogue, great acting and most importantly, heart. I’ve watched this show off and on for decades, but the last time I tuned in every day was during Ava Vitalli’s tenure. I came back to watching daily last year after giving up on GH, and I’m glad I did!

mo
mo

I had been looking forward to this ep and it didn’t disappoint. I don’t know why they’re not married though since the vows were done.

I think Gabi needs to rethink marrying Nick though. He has anger issues.

Everyone did a great job acting, including Camilla.

It was nice that Doug and Julie finally arrived. Loved Vic’s comment about Maggie’s distant relative in cruisewear. LOL

Mary SF
Mary SF

I also love Vic’s run down of all the previous wedding disasters in Salem to Sonny- that was priceless.

Ces
Ces

the cruisewear comment was hilarious!! 😀

Jules
Jules

AMAZING EPISODE!!! The acting was perfect (by everyone), the writing was as good as its been and the drama was ON!!! GREAT soap!!! KICK ASS in every department!!! Though I hate this entire pregnancy, the least they could do was give us the ultimate climax in story and boy they did not disappoint. They delivered BIG TIME!!! KUDOS to DAYS on this episode and getting me genuinely excited!

This was supposed to be the 12,000th episode, but due to the push back caused by the Sandy Hook coverage, the 12,000th ep was the leading up to the wedding moments.

Thanks Michael for putting up this article. It’s nice to have a article highlighting great episodes of a show other than GH. And yesterday’s episode of DAYS was certainly the reason to do it.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Thanks Jules, I had forgotten about the push back of shows- for 12,000 it was classic soap- too bad it couldn’t have aired on the actual anniversary, but still the wait was worth it.

Ces
Ces

Days does big events well!!! Loved this episode, especially Samantha Jean going after Gabi. Just wish we had more big events more often.
Also, I don’t like the idea of Nick eavesdropping on Will and I’m guessing he’s
going to become a thorn in Chad’s side!
Good stuff!!
Love, love, love Chandler Massey!! 🙂

Mary SF
Mary SF

I agree this episode just reminds us how good this show can be when it makes an effort. The scene between Sonny and Will after the reveal were so realistic I felt their pain, which for a heterosexual woman I didn’t think I would be able to relate to a gay storyline, but I was wrong. Seeing Sami’s mama tiger come out was wonderful even if the irony of the situation was lost on her. I am actually looking forward to seeing what will happen next- and that is what a soap do.

Ces
Ces

Yep!! I love Sonny & Will and I’m totally wrapped in their storyline as well. Sami the hypocrite is still great fun to watch when protecting her little cub 🙂
Looking forward to more shows like this Days!!!

Benjaman
Benjaman

This episode was so well up together, the writing was spot on. These episodes are what the genre is all about. Chandler Massey is really an actor to watch his performance was tortured and understated – never going over the top. Of course that was left for the brilliant Alison Sweeney. Although Sami will have some crow to eat for her words to Gabi.

I have to confess that I watched this episode with commercials rather than on the DVR and it was worth every minute of those commercials.

Ces
Ces

Chandler Massey is SO good!! Not that I want him to leave Days but I hope he finds great success in his career. He and Ali have awesome chemistry. Great back to back episodes!

Shelly
Shelly

Note to soap writers: THIS is how you write an episode (You people over at Y & R who are KILLING that show better take note, because I’m flipping that channel every day at 1:00 sharp!!) This is how you keep viewers hooked, wishing the hour wouldn’t end.

Dmitri
Dmitri

This episode was the most interesting one in quite a while. Although I am sad that Sonny and Will will have a rough patch, same with Sami and Rafe, I just really liked thta the truth was revealed. I did feel a bit sad for everyone involved, even Chad, who lost Abby. I can’t tell you how much I loathe Nick, though! He’s selfish, angry and controlling! I also think Sami is a hypocritical tramp! Rafe is better off without her, I hope he turns to Nicole. Boy, that would piss of Sami!

Patrick
Patrick

Rafe telling Sammi….”Will took Gabi to an abortion clinic…” “Will wanted this child gone.”

Lucas telling Will…. “I wasn’t much younger than you when I got your mom pregnant”…. Will telling Dad… “and that’s when you and mom started fighting”….

Kudos to Lucas. At least the writers are letting Lucas do the father thing… and Lucas is trying to do right by his son.

I really appreciate and like Victor… he’s a tender hearted softie… who’d have thought… with Maggie and Sonny.

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Jules. You’re right… it’s nice to see a positive read on DAYS.
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i go by… what shows i still have on my dvr… i record both GH and DAYS… and i have none waiting to watch… and it’s DAYS i watch first.
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in my part of the world… both GH and DAYS compete in the same time slot… so, i have to believe.. even though days is “last” out of the four…. DAYS IS DOING FINE.

richard
richard

I LOVE when Days has weddings and big secrets come out!!! And this one was no different!! The acting was absoutely phenomenal!!!! Samantha Brady has to be one of the greatest soap bad girls of all time!! They way she went in on Gabi was amazing!!!!! And this secret is gonna have ripple effects for sure!! Another honorable mention was when Billie said to Kate…”If lucas is a granfather, then that makes you……..” And Kate’s response was PRICELESS!! Bravo, DAYS!!!!!!!!!

Ces
Ces

that was funny!!

Todd
Todd

That was hysterical lol

BostonFan
BostonFan

Under catholic law they are married. There is no “here comes the bride”. They got that right. But there is no “does anyone object or forever hold your piece”. That is a Protestant thing. Catholics have what’s called bands. It’s the announcements to the community several times. Gabbi and nick lying to a priest during pre Kanna is any. I thought the abortion story was excellent! I’m still getting over that Kate is a great grandmother!

Rj
Rj

The wedding was some of the best scenes I have seen in awhile. Loved how everyone was involved and talking to each other. Loved when Julie as talking to Maggie.

Ces
Ces

Really Rafe?? Sami’s true colors? What about your sister Gabi’s?!

Rafe 0
EJ 1

Todd
Todd

This past two weeks have been on fire!! My bf and I are so hooked on Days, it just keeps getting better and better. So happy our soap is back!! Was so boring for so long but every storyline is great right now or at least interesting

Ces
Ces

I agree!! I especially love Will and glad that EJ is in his corner. I always thought Chandler & James Scott played great together. Love Sonny & Will! 🙂

Ces
Ces

I was SO happy to see Adrienne on yesterday! Yeah to the continuity folks!! Would love to see more Adrienne & Justin onscreen 🙂

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Next Week On DAYS: Caroline’s Loved Ones Gather to Mourn Her Passing

Grab the hankies as Days of our Lives pays tribute to the late Peggy McCay and her beloved character of Caroline Brady next week on the long-running NBC daytime drama series.

As viewers know, McCay passe away over six months ago in October of 2018, and now fans will see how the show will deal with the loss of the matriarch of the Brady clan.  Back for special episodes include Christie Clark (Carrie) who came back to Los Angeles to film the memorial from her home in England, while Alison Sweeney (Sami) also makes another emotional return to the series, as does Brandon Beemer (Shawn-Douglas).

Look for Caroline’s family and dearest friends to all come together at the Brady Pub via an Irish-Catholic wake,

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As previewed in this week’s Soap Opera Digest, Sweeney related on coming back for this special moment in DAYS history to honor McCay:  “I think the script was written so beautifully with everyone having a chance to honor her and say nice things about Caroline that reminded us all of the things about Peggy, things we had done with her, or moments we had with her.”

Check out the latest promo featuring the death of Caroline below, then let us know, if you will be watching this emotional episode featuring many Days of our Lives favorites in the comment section, and if you will miss Caroline Brady on-screen, and what she meant to the Brady’s and the town of Salem.

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Matthew Ashford Talks Jack’s Political Decisions & Amnesia On All-New Episode Of ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The latest installment of of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is out now featuring conversations and segments with three of the popular stars of the long-running daytime drama series.

First, host Michael Fairman chants with Matthew Ashford for a return visit and six-month check-in since he first returned to DAYS as the beloved Jack Deveraux but with a twist!  Yup, Dr. Rolf got a hold of the guy, and he has amnesia.

Now after this return, he is won the mayoral race in Salem, placed Eve Donovan (Kassie DePaiva) as the police commissioner, and is trying to get Haley (Thia Megia) deported out of the country in the immigration storyline, even though his son, JJ (Casey Moss) is in love with the young woman.  In the meantime, Jack is upsetting his family and loved ones with his latest personality change, while Jennifer (Melissa Reeves) hopes somehow she get still get through to her one true love, so he remember his past.  On the podcast, Matt dives into all of it.

Later in a dressing room, segment, Camila Banus (Gabi) and Freddie Smith (Sonny)  chat about working on the show, with each other, and some other fun tidbits as they catch up.  And as viewers know, Gabi and Sonny, as well as Will (Chandler Massey) all have a unique and special relationship with one another.

To listen to the podcast go to iTunes to download or you can head over to NBC.com/InsideSalem and listen there as well.

Now, let us know in the comment section below; how you are liking the current machinations of Jack, and if you prefer him with Eve, or are you still hoping for a reunion with Jennifer?

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DAYS Arianne Zucker, Stacy Haiduk & Paul Telfer Talk On Masks, Villainy & Their Wildest Storyline Yet

Take three great actors, add a prosthetic mask into the equation, and let them have at it! That’s just what NBC’s Days of our Lives is in the midst of serving up to its fans with this latest plot device and twist.  Last week, it was revealed that the nefarious Kristen DiMera (Stacy Haiduk) is alive and well and pretending to be Nicole Walker (Arianne Zucker) donning a mask, a voice alternating device, and some other body tweaks!  The goal …  to be with Brady Black (Eric Martsolf) and she will do anything to accomplish that!

Enter Xander (Paul Telfer) who has been in the thick of the plot being the only one we know of, so far, who knows that Kristen is parading around as Nicole.  They hatch their next moves inside a room at the Salem Inn.  They even went so far as to set it up to appear that Nicole’s daughter, Holly was killed, so she could blame Eric (Greg Vaughan) and cause a break-up of the long-suffering lovebirds and play it off as she needs to be consoled by Brady!

Michael Fairman TV chatted in an entertaining and wickedly funny interview with Arianne Zucker, Stacy Haiduk, and Paul Telfer to get the lowdown on what happened when they learned they would be wearing or working with a mask, how they pulled off the emotions in the storyline twist, and what to look forward to from here.  Under the clever pen of head writer, Ron Carlivati looks for the hits and twists to keep coming as this storyline continues to rock the world of Salem for some time to come.  Here’s what Arianne, Stacy, and Paul had to say about their latest on-screen predicaments and schemes!

Ari, at what point did you know that you really weren’t Nicole … and that you were Kristen playing Nicole?

ARIANNE:  I actually didn’t find out until a little bit after the van went off the road in the storyline; thinking it was Holly who was killed.  Sometimes, the less I know makes it fresher, and I think if I had known before those scenes, and the scenes with Eric (Greg Vaughan), and when I first came back, I would have had a little too much Kristen on my mind, and I don’t know if I could have been as raw as I felt in those scenes.  So, anyway that’s my long explanation.  I found out after I started back on the show! (Laughs)

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Additionally, did you have a conversation with Stacy about certain mannerisms hat Kristen has if you’re “masquerading” as Nicole?

ARIANNE:  Our co-executive producer, Albert Alaar had talked to me about watching Stacy because everything was happening fast.  Stacy and I really hadn’t had a chance to even talk to each other even from the last round of me being thereI remember Stacy was inundated with dialogue up the wazoo when I came back for that twelve-episode arc.  So, because of all of that, Albert said, “Watch Stacy! Watch her mannerisms, watch what she does,” and then I’ll throw a little Ari in it.  I just hope that I do as good of a job as Stacy does.

Paul, you and I talked about this on the NBC ‘Inside Salem’ podcast, when we played back for you (for the first time) the clip of Kristen taking off her Nicole mask.  Xander had the perfect set-up line for the reveal: “The part of Nicole Walker is being played by Kristen DiMera!”  Did you not have a good laugh doing that scene?  How did you get through doing that moment?

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PAUL:  Oh, yeah, I was laughing my ass off the whole time.  This is an insane storyline with masks and doppelgängers.  But, it looks great on-screen, and that way it’s edited.  So, I was really happy.

STACY:  There was one moment when Nicole would hold steady to unfold the neck.   So, Ari started that to the point where I’m pulling it off completely.  I think it’s cool.  It’s “Mission Impossible”.  How nice!

PAUL:  That’s what I going to say.  If Tom Cruise can make a hundred million dollars doing this stuff …

STACY:  … then, we can do it!

ARIANNE:  Right?  We can make a quarter of a quarter of a quarter of a quarter of that.

STACY:  We’ll make it look good!

What is the real deal between Xander and Kristen?  They are conspiring and in cahoots, but there’s this underlying sexual tension between them.  I think Xander respects Kristen in a way, because she can one-up him!

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PAUL:  I think every character who Xander has interacted with who isn’t a member of his family, he’s trying to either get something from, or get into bed with, and he can’t really do either with Kristen, because she’s crazier and more dangerous that he is up until this point.  That’s certainly the way that it feels.  The way Stacy plays it, she is not to be messed around with. Honestly, I think that turns him on.

STACY:  Yeah, there you go.  That sounds good. (Laughs)

PAUL:  I mean, it makes sense.  Just like, “Wait a minute.  This is a bit spicier than I’m used to,” so, he’s excited, but at the same time he knows which side his bread is buttered on, and he doesn’t want her to murder him!  (Laughs)

STACY:  Well said.  I like that. (Laughs)

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So, what does Kristen think of Xander at this point?

PAUL:  That, he’s a useful idiot.

STACY:  She actually needs him to go out into the world because she can’t leave.  When she does, she has to leave as Nicole, and then it becomes a whole other storyline.

PAUL:  It’s fun because Kristen is actually the boss, and Xander is convinced that they’re actually partners and that becomes our whole dynamic where she’s treating him as her lackey, but he’s like, “No, we’re partners, because I know your secret.”  Then, it becomes kind of a bargaining chip between the mask and all of that.  It’s so crazy because certain evil characters when they come back, they have to come back in disguise; whereas Xander’s always quite happy to be just jogging through town square with his shirt off after holding someone ransom or kidnapping a baby like, “Ah, whatever.”

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Arianne, it’s been awhile since you got to play the villainess side of Nicole, and with this return to DAYS you get to play that side of her as well, even though it’s really Kristen. Do you enjoy playing the bad girl?

ARIANNE:  Stacy and I were just saying today that you have these conversations about the villain character, (and Paul, I’m sure you’ve felt a lot of this too) people hate you or they love to hate you, and you’re like, “Hey, it’s a good thing because I’m doing my job if you hate me,” but in order for the storyline to move, you’ve got to have a villain.  Nicole used to be kind of villain-ish but playing someone like Kristen who is such a valued villain on this show is just … oh, my God!

Stacy and Paul, what do you think is the most heinous thing your characters have done so far?

STACY:  The most heinous?  (Laughs). Wow.  You know what’s funny is that she’s done all of these things, and I don’t think she thinks what she does is bad.

PAUL:  It’s so funny because you totally would expect her to be like, “The other characters are evil.  We’re the good guys!”

STACY:  I mean honestly, so she kidnapped Nicole, and took her baby.  There’s Marlena and the window.  I mean, it’s hard when she’s done all of these crazy, horrible things.  I’ve just really enjoyed playing her because she’s smart, she’s sassy, she’s this brilliant, deviant person who just wants one thing, and there’s one thing on her mind, and everything else gets in her way.

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Is the one thing Brady?

STACY:  Brady, Brady, Brady, and I think even Xander has to repeat it over and over again.  We were playing in rehearsal, and I think I had him do that.  I don’t remember the line, but I said something, and he goes, “Brady Black,” and I go, “Say it again,” just because I want to hear him say it again.  That’s her driving force.

What did Greg Vaughan and Eric Martsolf say when they found out about what the twist was?  Did you tell them?  How did they find out?

ARIANNE:  Well, Eric Martsolf always has a great chuckle.  He has a great laugh, and I think Greg Vaughan just stared at me for a minute.  Then, I told him about the mask process … about making the mask …. and how I thought I was going to pass out and die.  (Laughs)

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Is putting on the mask an extremely weird experience?  How long does it take to put on? 

STACY:  About an hour?  It’s quick, and I thought we were going to suffocate when we were under that because I’ve never done my whole face before, but I’ve done body things. Make-up department is like, “You’re going to be fine.”  It was heavy too, really heavy.

ARIANNE:  Yeah, and because it’s so heavy, after a while, it starts to pull your skin down a little bit, and you’re like, “No, no!” (Laughs)

Did anybody else go running around with the mask on?

PAUL:  Oh yeah.  Everybody!

I knew it!

ARIANNE:  How could you not?

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So, what is the relationship between the real Nicole and Xander, which we saw play out before her death?

PAUL:  She’s my wife!

So, Xander sees Nicole as his wife?

PAUL:  I’m happy to give Xander’s perspective on Nicole, and then Arianne can feel free to correct it.  (Laughs)

ARIANNE:  Alright, that sounds good.

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PAUL:  The way I’ve tried to handle it over the years in our ins and outs of this failed romance is that they’ve saddled poor Arianne with: this psycho chasing after her, and kidnapping her and her baby, and whisking her off to foreign lands – and also to Nashville.  When Xander first came into town, before they decided to make him a total psychopath, it was all working nicely, and Nicole wasn’t really on the up and up with Xander, and she wasn’t really honest about what her intentions were.  Meanwhile, Xander was involved in all of this chicanery with Serena, so once that metastasized into full-blown evil, and Nicole was aware of this, it shifted from, “I just really wanted to take this girl to the movies,” to, “Well, I guess I have to kill her now.”  (Laughs)  So, I think he’s just been playing that out ever since.  “Well, if I can’t date her, and if she won’t love me, then I guess I just have to torture her for the rest of her days.”  I think now on the other side of her supposed death, I think Xander has probably reconciled that his twisted romantic notions, or torture, or whatever he was doing with Nicole, is probably over, and he’s moving on to greener, more alive pastures like Sarah.  To be fair, I do think they’ve purposely made it confusing.  Not just for the audience, but for us.  There’s a real sense of, “Am I playing this to Nicole as Kristen, or do you want me to play this just to Nicole?”  Very often they just go, “No, just play it to Nicole,” because it’s funnier if for Xander it just occasionally slips his mind because she looks just like Nicole.  I’m kissing her… like he’s just enjoying the fact that he can.  “I never really got to kiss Nicole much, but this is Nicole’s face, so I’m going to.”  (Laughs)

ARIANNE:  That’s hilarious.

Ari, what would you say is their relationship?

ARIANNE:  Well, I’m certainly not as long-winded as that.  (Laughs)

PAUL:  He’s a creep!

ARIANNE:  He is a creep.  What cracks me up coming from Nicole is, “Ew, what a jerk.  He’s so gross.  Yuck, yuck!”  Like, really?  You’re not going to make that one work, huh Nicole?  When you reach that far back to the history of Xander and Nicole, it doesn’t have a lot of depth for the two characters because the next thing you know he’s trying to kill her and Eric.  It’s like that scary online dating when you go on one date and it didn’t work out because that guy is going to kill you.

PAUL:  Xander is like the ultimate bad Tinder date.

ARIANNE:  Totally. (Laughs)

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That is classic.  The bad Tinder date.  That’s basically it.  Xander also apparently feels bad for Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) as she is having her bout with alcoholism.  Is that correct?

PAUL:  Yeah, I’m actually excited to see some of that stuff.  It was great doing it because I love Suzanne to bits.  I was very afraid of ruining Xander by making him too nice, but at the same time when I was first brought on to Days, I wasn’t offered a villain role originally.  Xander morphed into a more severe villain than I’d been led to believe he would be, and it happened quite quickly.  So, I’m actually quite happy to right the ship a little bit back towards he’s bad but he has some occasional glimmers of goodness in him.  So, Maggie really represents that because she’s actually quite nice to him and nurturing in a way that no other character on the show is.  When she has her dalliance with alcohol, he’s one of the few people who doesn’t judge her for it, and we finally get a little bit of Xander’s back story.  I’m actually excited to see those scenes because they felt nice to do, so hopefully they come across well.

Stacy, how did you track this storyline, when Arianne would be playing Kristen as Nicole? 

STACY:  Well if I didn’t get the script, I didn’t know about it.  So, if I wasn’t in the script that time, then I would be looking at Paul going, “What are we talking about?” and then, Ari had obviously already shot those scenes, so they were written for me, so I’m like, “What did I do?  What did I do?” It’s just scenes between Xander and Kristen at the Salem Inn.  Occasionally, you’d get somebody knocking at the door, but then I’d have to quickly put on my mask. (Laughs)

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So, Ari did you ever have to go to Stacy to get tips about Kristen’s past or anything?

ARIANNE:  It was all about the future moving forward.  I think old, former Nicole had some crazy similarities with current Kristen because it felt kind the same as pulling some things from what she used to do … you know, just a couple of crazy chicks in one crazy character. (Laughs).

The other big part of this is Rolf’s diary that Xander has in his possession.  Is Kristen in cahoots with him on that?  Is she trying to get that from him?

STACY:  I think she is.

PAUL:  Yeah, that’s when she starts to get mad at him; when she realizes that he’s not just being her underling and he’s off scurrying around with his own agenda in the meantime.

ARIANNE:  He’s manipulating and doing his own thing.

PAUL:  I use it to start manipulating Eve (Kassie DePaiva).

So, what would you say to the fans to look forward to?  “You never know who you’re talking to on DAYS?” “Gird your masks?”

ARIANNE:  I definitely think fans know that’s not Nicole the way she is.  And, you never know who is going to give you a shot in the butt and turn you into somebody else.

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Well, that’s true.  You never know.  One day they’re going to tell you that you’re playing Julie today! (Laughs)

ARIANNE: “Today the character of Julie will be played by…”

STACY: “… you will never guess by whom!”

PAUL:  This was fun.  This is a fun way to do it.  Let’s all do all of our interviews together moving forward!

So, what have you thought of the plot twist? What do you think of the Nicole mask and the performances and comments made here by Arianne, Stacy, and Paul? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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