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Days is pre-empted Monday 9/3 due to Labor Day.

Summer Sizzle promo!


Days will not air Thursday 6/7/18 or Friday 6/8/18 due to French Open tennis.

 No DOOL on Monday. Happy Memorial Day!  More info

DOOL won Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, for Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team, and for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team. James Reynolds (Abe) won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Greg Vaughan (Eric) won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Eileen Davidson (ex-Kristen/Susan) won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Ashley in Y&R. Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy) won for her role on "The Bay" as Best Digital Guest Performer.

Daytime Emmy nominations!

45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Drama Performer Pre-Nominations Announced!

Daytime soap schedule during the holidays...  Days will air a new episode.
Friday, December 29: Days will air a new episode.
Monday, January 1: Days will be pre-empted by sports.

Labor Day schedule for Monday, September 4: DOOL will not be seen, due to NBC's coverage of the PGA Golf Tour.

"Days of Our Lives" has been renewed for a 52nd season!

Due to the solar eclipse, Monday's 8/21 episode of DOOL may be pre-empted, depending on the time zone.

 Ashley Benson (ex-Abby) is nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Drama TV Actress (#ChoiceDramaTVActress) for “Pretty Little Liars”. Vote Now! The show Airs Sunday, August 13, LIVE on FOX

"Days of Our Lives" has replaced Co-Head Writer Dena Higley with Ron Carlivati as Head Writer effective immediately. His first episode will air on July 19, 2017. Carlivati worked at both GH & OLTL. Previous Co-Head Writer Ryan Quan & Sheri Anderson Thomas, who wrote for "Guiding Light, "Santa Barbara," and GH, will both be Creative Consultants.

DAYS’s Corday Received Star on May 15, 2017 10:13 AM
Congratulations to DAYS’s Executive Producer, Ken Corday, who received the 2,612th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today in the category of Television. In addition to a host of DAYS stars in attendance, fellow Walk of Famer Andy Garcia was the guest speaker. The star was placed next to the star that Deidre Hall (Marlena) received last year. You can watch the ceremony live at 2:30 p.m. TT/11:30 a.m. PT. at

At the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards show on Sunday, April 30, 2017, the following winners were announced:
Writing Team: Y&R
Directing Team & Drama Series: GH
Supporting Actress: Kate Mansi (Abigail, Days)
Supporting Actor: Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R)
Younger Actress: Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina, GH)
Younger Actor: Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan, GH)
Lead Actress:
Gina Tognoni (Phyllis, Y&R)
Lead Actor:
Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B)

At the Creative Arts Emmy Awards show on Friday, April 28, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, the following winners were announced:
Casting Director: Marnie Saitta, Days of Our Lives
Art & Lighting Direction, Set Decoration, Editing: Y&R
Technical Team, Costume Design, & Makeup: B&B
Sound Mixing & Music Direction: Days of Our Lives
Original Song: Days' "When Time Was On Our Side"
Hairstyling: General Hospital
Stunt Coordinator: Terry James, Days
Digital Drama Series: The Bay the Series
Digital Drama Series Outstanding Actress: Mary Beth Evans (Sara Garrett, The Bay)
Outstanding Actor: Kristos Andros (Pete Garrett, The Bay)
Supporting or Guest Actress: Carolyn Hennesy (Karen Blackwell, The Bay)
Supporting or Guest Actor: Nicolas Coster (Mayor Jack Madison, The Bay)

The 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards show, hosted by Mario Lopez & Sheryl Underwood, was live-streamed at Facebook Live & Twitter-Periscope Producer at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Click here for the list of nominees.

Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH) hosted the red-carpet pre-show from 5:30 - 7:30 ET / 2:30 - 4:30 PT on both days as well as 2 additional Facebook Live appearances from the NATAS Emmy Gifting Suites for the nominees on Saturday, April 29 at 4 & 7 p.m. ET / 1 & 4 p.m. PT.

Eileen Davidson's book "Dial Emmy for Murder" will become a movie!

On Friday, February 24, 2017, Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami) underwent surgery to repair the ACL on her right knee, which she had injured while skiing in December.

On February 21, 2017, NBC announced that it has renewed "Days of Our Lives" for Season 52.

On Thursday, February 9, Joseph Mascolo last appeared as Days' Stefano, filmed before his death on December 7, 2016. In the episode, Marlena (Deidre Hall), Rafe (Galen Gering) & Leann Hunley (Anna) confront him about his transgressions against them through the years. In a special video, Mascolo's long-time castmates share their memories of the late actor.

Kassie DePaiva (ex-Eve, Days; ex-Blair, OLTL), who was diagnosed in 2016 with acute myeloid leukemia, announced on February 4, 2017, that she is now cancer free!

The pre-nom results were announced on January 25 with 10 in each category moving forward to Blue Ribbon voting for which actors can submit 20 minutes from up to 4 episodes. The final nominations will be announced on Wednesday, March 22. The Creative Arts Emmy Awards show will be on April 28 while the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017 both at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

Sign this petition to let NBC know you want the show to stay on the air!

Happy 13,000th episode to DOOL! It aired on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

2017 Days of Our Lives Cast pic

Watch full episodes of "Days of Our Lives" on, Daily Motion,,  and GlobalTV for Canadian viewers.

On Monday, January 16, "Days of Our Lives" began airing one hour earlier in the New York City area, at 12:00 Noon.

Robb Derringer (Scooter Nelson, Days; ex-Kyle Sloane, GH) & DWTS judge Carrie Ann Inaba became engaged on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at the site of their first date, a secluded beach cove along the California coast. Read more here.

Joseph Peter Mascolo (Stefano DiMera, Days; ex-Massimo Marone, B&B; ex-Nicholas Van Buren, GH) died at 87 on December 8, 2016, in Lake Arrowhead, CA, after battling Alzheimer's disease for many years. His funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 13, at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills' Church of the Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068.

Jensen Ackles (ex-Eric, Days) and his wife, actress Danneel Harris Ackles (ex-Shannon, OLTL) welcomed, a boy and a girl named Zeppelin Bram and Arrow Rhodes, who joined big sis, JJ, on December 2, 2016.

Arianne Zucker Breaks Her Silence About the Donald Trump Scandal

Billy Flynn (Chad) married actress Gina Lynn Comparetto on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Saddle Rock Ranch, in the hills of Malibu, CA.

Drake Hogestyn was injured on May 5, 2016 on the Days set while filming a stunt that required him to "break" through a prop door that "had not been properly prepared." When he "ran full speed," he "smashed headfirst" into it suffering "severe head injuries" requiring hospitalization. He returned to the set of the show on September 27.

On September 11, 2016, Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, Days) took home the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for her work on "Acting Dead." 

Camila Banus (Gabi, Days) injured her foot during a Parkour exercise class in August, 2016.

Kassie DePaiva (Eve) announced in August, 2016, that she has been in treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia for a month which will continue over the next 3 months. She believes her prognosis is good and will not likely need a stem cell/bone marrow transplant, expecting a complete cure.  For more, click here.

Chrishell Stause (Bethany, Y&R; ex-Jordan, Days; ex-Amanda, AMC) & Justin Hartley (Adam, Y&R; ex-Nicholas, Passions) became engaged at the end of July 2016 after being together for 2-1/2 years. She just celebrated her 35th birthday on July 21. He is 39 with a 12-year-old daughter, Isabella, with ex-wife Lindsay.

Jordi Vilasuso (Dario, Days; ex-Griffin, AMC; ex-Tony, GL) and his wife, Kaitlin, welcomed their second daughter on July 15, 2016, named Everly Maeve Vilasuso. They have a daughter, Riley Grace, 3.

The 68th Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced on Thursday, July 14, 2016. Patrika Darbo (Nancy, Days) was nominated as Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for her role in the online show "Acting Dead." To see the full list, click here. The award show will be held live on Sunday, September 18 at 7 pm ET /4 pm PT on ABC.

Taylor Spreitler (ex-Mia, Days) revealed that her father, Danny, 55, took his own life due to the pain of depression. The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255.

Days of Our Lives' Executive Producer Ken Corday will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.

See the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Here!  Click here for the list of nominees and winners.

Deidre Hall (Marlena) received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6201 Hollywood Blvd. on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days) and hubby Grant Turnbull had a baby boy on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, named Torin Mathias Turnbull.

Melissa Ordway (Abby, Y&R) and her husband Justin Gaston (ex-Ben, Days) had a daughter, Olivia Christine Gaston, on April 30, 2016.

After April 15, 2016, "Days of Our Lives" no longer airs same-day repeat broadcasts on Pop TV.

"Ladies of the Lake," the new digital series based on the novel by Days' Executive Producer Ken Corday, has announced its cast. Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady, Days; ex-Rick, B&B), Arianne Zucker (Nicole, Days), John-Paul Lavoisier (Philip, Days; ex-Rex, OLTL), Martha Madison (Belle, Days; ex-Elizabeth, GH; ex-Lola, Passions), Wally Kurth (Justin, Days; Ned, GH), Marie Wilson (Summer, Days; ex-Meg, ATWT; ex-Karen, PC & GH), Gordon Thomson (ex-Walter, Days; ex-Freeman, Passions; ex-AJ, Sunset Beach; ex-Adam, Dynasty), John Callahan (ex-Edmund, AMC; ex-Dr. Baker, Days; ex-Leo, GH), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, Days), Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GH; ex-Claudia, B&B), Jessica Morris (ex-Jennifer, OLTL) & Jillian Clare (ex-Abby, Days) will appear in the new soap from Michael Caruso.

The third novel from Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami, Days), Opportunity Knocks, was released on April 5, 2016.

Natalia Livingston (ex-Emily, GH; ex-Taylor, Days) announced her engagement to Dr. Matt Aldag, a neuroscientist and science writer, on March 23, 2016.

Peter Brown (ex-Dr. Greg Peters, Days; ex-Blake Hayes, B&B; ex-Robert Laurence, Y&R; ex-Roger Forbes, Loving; ex-Charles Sanders III, OLTL) passed away at 80 on March 21, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. He is survived by his wife Kerstin and two sons, Matthew & Joshua.

NBC has renewed "Days of Our Lives" for its 51st season until September 2017, with an option for an additional year. Due to the network's dislike of the present 5-month-ahead taping schedule, the show is now on a 5-week hiatus and will resume filming on Monday, April 4.

Josh Griffith has left the writing staff of Days of Our Lives. Ryan Quan is now Co-Head Writer with Dena Higley.

Jordi Vilasuso (Dario, Days; ex-Griffin, AMC; ex-Tony, GL) and his wife, Kaitlin, are expecting their second child in July. They have a daughter, Riley Grace, 3.

Casey Moss (JJ, Days) and his band "Eyes for One" have released their first full length album, "BeneathTheTruth," which contains 10 songs and can be purchased on iTunes.

Matthew Ashford (Jack) and his girlfriend Lana Buss had a daughter, Willa, on November 30, 2015. Willa joins brother Henry and two half-sisters, Grace & Emma.

Jen Lilley (Theresa, Days) released a Christmas CD on Tuesday, November 24, which includes many holiday classics as well as "Baby It's Cold Outside," her duet with Eric Martsolf (Brady) released last year. If you order it on her website, you'll also receive a personalized Christmas card.

On Monday, October 26, Casey Moss (JJ, Days), 21, was drinking at the W Scottsdale Hotel in Arizona when he tried to punch a bartender who refused to continue serving him. A friend went to hold him back, but he made his way free and shoved a fellow bar patron then was tackled by the bar's bouncer. Finally he struggled with police officers. Once he was handcuffed, he was asked his name and cursed & yelled "I'm Casey Moss, and I'm an actor on Days of Our Lives!" He was released from jail on Tuesday and is facing charges for assault, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. He was in Scottsdale for the book signing of "Days of Our Lives 50 Years" with his costars.
UPDATE: At the pre-trial conference on Friday, November 20, Casey Moss plead guilty to disorderly conduct, and the other two charges were dismissed. People Collector's Edition 2015

50th Anniversary "Days of Our Lives" cast photo. (Click on picture to see larger one.)

People's 50th Anniversary Cast Photo(Top row, l. to r.) Eric Martsolf (Brady), Jen Lilley (Theresa), Meredith Scott Lynn (Anne), Josh Taylor (Roman), Stephen Nichols (Steve), Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Greg Vaughan (Eric), Alison Sweeney (Sami), Christopher Sean (Paul), Deidre Hall (Marlena), Kate Mansi (Abby), Rob Scott Wilson (Ben), Kristian Alfonso (Hope), Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Casey Moss (JJ), Camila Banus (Gabi), James Reynolds (Abe), A Martinez (Eduardo), Thaao Penghlis (André'), Lauren Koslow (Kate), & Billy Flynn (Chad).

(Second row seated): Judi Evans (Adrienne), John Aniston (Victor), Peggy McCay (Caroline), Drake Hogestyn (John), Bill Hayes (Doug), Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie), Sal Stowers (Lani), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), & Joseph Mascolo (Stefano).

Alison Sweeney (Sami) & James Scott (ex-EJ) were reunited on HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" after ABC news reported about Noujain Mustafa who, despite being wheelchair-bound, left her home in Kobani, a war-torn Syrian town, and traveled to the Serbian border, hoping to get to Germany. Mustafa revealed that she learned to speak English by watching Days, and that Sami and EJ were her favorite characters. On his show, Oliver hilariously recounted the story of the duo's turbulent romance, then aired a newly taped scene between the actors, where the characters reunited after EJ's "death."

Michael Easton (Silas, GH; ex-McBain, OLTL; ex-Caleb, PC; ex-Tanner, Days) has written the graphic novel "Credence: Lose This Skin." Check out the trailer here!

Days Scoops/Spoilers

By Suzanne and Mandy

SOD 10/1/18

Jennifer Tells Eric The Truth!
Eric and Jennifer’s picture-perfect romance is derailed when Jennifer finally revels the real reason Nicole broke up with him. Of course, Eric has questions for his fiancee and learns that Jennifer has kept this secret for a long time. Eric’s disappointment in Jennifer is matched only by his feelings of anger toward Brady when he realizes his brother was involved in Nicole dumping him. So, he heads off to confront him, and all hell breaks loose. Brady tries to explain that he was a bitter man then, but he’s changed since he found love with Eve. Eric, however, isn’t hearing it and declares they are no longer brothers. Afterward, Eric pays a visit to Maggie and asks for her help in finding Nicole. Later, Eric and Jennifer meet up and she gives his engagement ring back.

*Early Editions*
After a struggle with Roman, Kristen’s gun goes off.
Hope insists that she didn’t frame Ben.
Tripp and Ciara make love.
Sami begs “Marlena” for forgiveness.

*Ratings for 8/27: 1.6

Julian Barnes returns on 9/27 as Harold, the DiMera butler.

*Hot Plots Preview – Eve Comes Clean With Brady*
Eve’s role in Brady losing custody of Tate - conspiring with Victor, who ultimately had drugs planted in JJ’s apartment to set up Theresa as an unfit mother - is exposed when she’s pushed into a corner and finally ‘fesses up to her fiance. After telling Eric that Brady blackmailed Nicole into leaving Salem, Jen prepares to reveal Eve’s secret to Brady. Eve, however, steps in and confesses all. Brady blasts Eve for costing him his child.

*1st Look*
Gabi steps up her Abigail plot.
Sami catches up with Harold.
Ciara and Tripp get closer.
John and Hattie say “I do”.
Eric makes a mess at the Brady pub.

Hattie (as Marlena) pressures John to marry her and appeals to Belle to make it happen on 9/24, while Shawn and Rafe discuss Hope.
Eric confronts Brady on 9/25, while Will assures Paul he wants to be with him and Lucas issues a warning to Bonnie.
Justin gets Sami released on 9/26, while Eli swings by the Kiriakis mansion to make sure Susan isn’t Kristen in disguise.
Gabi sends Stefan a text from Abigail’s phone on 9/27, while Chad confides in Kate.
Kristen bursts into “Marlena’s” room to finish the job on 9/28, while the real Marlena wakes up and John and Hattie are wed.

*What Will Happen:
Kayla and John visit Marlena.
Lucas asks Adrienne for help.
Chloe seeks advice from Brady.
Hope checks up on Ciara.

SOD 9/24/18

Marlena Wakes Up!
Marlena is taken off her ventilator and miraculously comes back to life - or so most of her loved ones think. Roman, Kayla and John orchestrate a switcheroo that keeps Marlena hooked up to the machine that’s sustaining her, while her look-alike, Hattie, takes her place. Hattie agrees to go along with the scheme, since it means getting out of jail. However, filling Marlena’s shoes quickly proves to be a lot for her to handle, particularly when Belle, Eric and Sami visit their “mom”. Sami begs her mother for forgiveness for shooting her, but “Marlena” has some choice words for both Belle and Sami. Alone with Hattie, John tells her that how she acted towards the children was uncalled for, yet Hattie’s incorrigible behavior continues when she makes advances to Roman, who fends her off. However, Roman is unable to keep Belle from visiting her mom again, and this time “Marlena” rips into Belle for insisting on pulling the plug and almost killing her. John mediates and gets Hattie to apologize. But later, Hattie throws John for a loop when she announces that she wants to tie the knot immediately.

*Early Editions*
Jennifer finally comes clean with Eric.
Brady gets bad news from Theresa.
Lucas and Justin offer Bonnie a deal.
Sami is released and beelines for the DiMera mansion.

*Ratings for 8/20: 1.5

Kate Mansi has wrapped her summer stint as Abigail DiMera.

*Hot Plots Preview – Ben Claims Hope Set Him Up*
After new evidence emerges regarding the fire at the cabin, Ben is rearrested for trying to kill Ciara. When Ciara shows up to question Ben, he blames Hope for his incarceration. Then Shawn arrives, followed by Hope, and any headway Ben has made collapses. Ciara runs off and Hope goes to comfort her, while Shawn remains behind with Ben.

*1st Look*
Roman makes a special delivery.
Sheila engages in baby talk with Eli.
Claire and Tripp make a buss stop.
Brady makes his point to Chloe.
Rafe and Hope don’t see eye to eye.

Claire and Tripp share an unexpected kiss on 9/17.
Rafe and Hope argue over Sami on 9/18.
Lucas confides to Kayla on 9/19, while Lani avoids Eli and Gabi tries to sabotage Abigail and Chad’s family picnic.
Gabi drugs Abigail and plots to make everyone think Abby’s alters are back on 9/20, while Chad finds Abigail passed out on the bed, Kayla informs Chloe and Lucas that the paternity test proves Bonnie and Lucas are baby Bonnie’s parents and Abe catches Sheila trying to steal his credit card.
Roman fends off Hattie’s advances on 9/21, while Eve makes a last-ditch attempt to stop Jennifer from coming clean with Eric.

*What Will Happen:
Rafe isn’t honest with Hope.
Ciara tries to get through to Ted.
Tripp tries to comfort Claire.
Shawn lays into Ben.

SOD 9/17/18

Belle To John: Pull The Plug On Marlena!
Belle and John find themselves at major emotional odds over how to move forward with Marlena’s care when Belle produces her mother’s advance directive, stating that Marlena doesn’t want to be kept alive by extraordinary measures. John, who’s desperately holding out hope that Marlena will come back to them, insists Belle sweep the paperwork under the rug. Belle is torn between what Marlena would have wanted and what her father is demanding. Eric urges his sis to think about their mother’s wishes, so she goes to talk to Kayla and shows her Marlena’s document. When Kayla reiterates that the chances of Marlena coming out of her coma are extremely slim, Belle officially gives her the paperwork, knowing the hospital administration will probably want Marlena’s ventilator disconnected. After, Belle tells Eric and John that the wheels have been set in motion to heed Marlena’s wishes. While Kayla begins making Marlena’s arrangements, John vows that he won’t allow this to happen. After a tense argument with Belle, John asks his daughter to leave the hospital and then enlists Justin’s help to try to save Marlena. However, after speaking to the hospital administrator, Justin informs John that the hospital is moving ahead with their plans to take Marlena off life support - today. Yet John refuses to lose faith in a miracle. But it appears that John has run out of time. He receives word that a judge has denied his injunction to stop the hospital’s plans. So John and the rest of Marlena’s family members gather to say their emotional good-byes to the woman they all love. Then, Kayla turns off Marlena’s ventilator.

*Early Editions*
Roman, John and Kayla concoct a secret plan.
Ciara catches Tripp with Claire.
Chloe confronts Bonnie.
Gabi steps up her revenge plan.

*Ratings for 08/13: 1.5

*Hot Plots Preview – Bonnie Has A Baby*
Bonnie drops a bombshell on Lucas when she tells him that they created a child together while she was masquerading as Adrienne. Lucas has his doubts, and then Bonnie’s old friend Sheila arrives with a baby girl in tow. Lucas is still suspicious, but Bonnie takes the baby in her arms and tells him that she’s not lying.

*1st Look*
Ben gets playful with Ciara.
Will and Sonny face off with Brady.
John tends to Paul.

Just as Will is about to tell Paul that he wants to be with Sonny, Kayla examines him and finds Paul has no feeling in his legs on 9/10.
John confides in Roman on 9/12, while Jennifer resolves to tell Eric the truth and Will and Sonny share a good-bye kiss - that is witnessed by Eve and Brady.
Rafe comforts Sami on 9/13, while Claire manipulates Tripp into spending time with her and Hope arrests Ben.

*What Will Happen:
Will tells Lucas that he got his memory back.
Maggie visits Bonnie and blasts her for causing Lucas to fall off the wagon.
Belle has a warning for Eric and John.

SOD 9/10/18

Will Stays With Paul!
Now that Will remembers his entire past, he prepares to tell Paul that he wants a second chance with Sonny. Will phones Paul to make plans to meet and talk. Brady picks up the phone and explains that something has happened to Paul, who is in the hospital after falling out the window with Kristen. Will immediately rushes to the hospital. When he arrives, Brady overhears Will on the phone, telling Sonny he loves him. Will explains he’s regained all his memories and was planning to tell Paul he was reconciling with Sonny. Brady responds by blasting Will for his selfishness and urges him to think long and hard before breaking Paul’s heart. Brady’s words affect Will. While Will waits to see Paul as he recovers from surgery, Lucas arrives. Will shares the news of his returned memory with his father and reveals that he wants to be with Sonny - a move Brady said was heartless, particularly since Paul nearly died saving Sami’s life. Lucas disagrees. Finally Will gets to see Paul, who wants to know what Will wanted to tell him before all hell broke loose. Will shares that he has his memory back, but withholds the fact that he’s in love with Sonny. But Paul realizes Will must recall his love for Sonny and wonders what that means for their relationship.

*Early Editions*
Paul gets a grim diagnosis.
Belle confides in Kayla.
John enlists Justin’s help.
Claire manipulates Tripp.
Chloe and Lucas process Bonnie’s claim.

*Ratings for 8/6: 1.5

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins returns this fall as Sheila, Eli’s old pal.

*Hot Plots Preview – Gabi‘s New Scheme*
As part of her revenge scheme, Gabi subtly pushes Chad to divorce Abby. But when he holds out hope that they can work through it, Gabi decides to give him a little nudge. And she comes up with a very devious, ingenious way to do it: Drive Abigail crazy and make her think her alters are back and get Abigail committed.

*1st Look*
John keeps vigil by Marlena’s side.
Sonny passes out on the couch.
Lani and Eli have some questions for Stefan.
Paul is rushed to the hospital.

When Roman reveals to Kayla that Steve has been arrested for espionage, she comes clean about the bionic eye on 9/4, while Kristen shows up on Stefan’s doorstep asking for help.
Brady informs John about Paul’s injury on 9/5, while Marlena wakes up and Eli confides in Julie that he may have feelings for Lani.
Brady comforts John when Marlena is intubated on 9/6, while Stefan hides Kristen in a secret room in the DiMera tunnels.
Belle finds something surprising in Marlena’s medical insurance paperwork on 9/7, while Maggie visits Bonnie, as does Lucas, who is stunned when she drops a bomb on him.

After the wedding and Marlena is shot, Belle stumbles upon Marlena’s living will. Marlena’s condition changes to the fact that the document comes into play and is at odds with what John wants. What will this do to Belle and John’s relationship?
Ultimately, Jennifer will tell Eric the truth about Nicole. Eric is enraged and will go after Brady. Eve and Brady’s relationship will implode after a big explosion. Eric will go on a journey to find out where Nicole went and shows up at door he believes to be Nicole’s, where he gets a pretty big surprise.
Ciara is wrestling with the very rational people telling her she’s making a big mistake. The situation will cause some tension between Rafe and Hope.
Gabi is pulling all the strings right now and Abigail is the victim. It really looks like Abigail is backsliding into mental illness, and he wouldn’t want to believe Gabi was capable of something like this, so JJ is being pulled in two directions.
Sami doesn’t want to get her hopes up again, so she’s going to follow up on any shred of hope that EJ is alive.
Bonnie pulls an ace out of her sleeve and tells Lucas that she had his baby. There’s a lie at the heart of Bonnie’s story and her daughter, Mimi Lockhart, holds the key.
We find out that Steve’s bionic eye was controlled by a computer that could monitor what his eye was seeing. He was sort of turned into an inadvertent spy and it caused damage across the entire world, and Steve is now accused of treason.
Kristen wants to reconnect with Brady. Does Brady still have feelings for Kristen?
Maggie’s daughter, Sarah Horton, shows up on her doorstep. Maggie is thrilled and a little surprised, then Sarah lays it on her about what she’s really doing in town.
When the connection between Lani and Eli starts to turn romantic, she’s the one to pull back. She feels guilty about a possible romance coming out of the death of their child. Meanwhile, Eli’s old friend Sheila shows back up in town.

*What Will Happen:
Eve catches Brady with Kristen.
Roman promises to help Kayla.
Kate sets boundaries with Stefan.

Robert Scott Wilson (Ben) is featured in the Take Five interview this week!

SOD 9/3/18

Sami Shoots Marlena! EJ Is Alive!
All hell breaks loose at Marlena and John’s wedding when the bride is accidentally shot by Sami, who’s been drugged by a very much alive Kristen. Kristen, however, was Sami’s initial target, but she makes a shocking announcement that stops Sami in her tracks. Kristen then orders Sami to shoot John, but Marlena takes a bullet to the chest. John is stunned to see his bride in crisis. Marlena is rushed to the hospital, where things are touch and go. A desperate John begs Valerie and Kayla to save his bride. Rafe arrives to take Sami to the station. As she’s being led out, Sami apologizes to John, swearing that pulling the trigger was unintentional. At the station, Sami puzzles over Kristen’s revelation about EJ. Back at the hospital, John has a quiet moment with Marlena before surgery. After Marlena’s wheeled into the operating room, John seeks some time alone and wanders into an empty waiting room. Steve finds him, and John totally breaks down, blaming himself for what happened. Hours later, Marlena makes it out of the surgery, John visits her and breaks down again. As for Sami, she gives the cops the slip and takes off after Kristen. Sami teams up with Paul, who is also in hot pursuit.

*Early Editions*
Kristen shows up at Stefan’s doorstep.
Roman has bad news for Kayla.
Hope witnesses a moment between Sami and Rafe.
Gabi pushes Chad to divorce Abigail.

*Ratings for 7/30: 1.5

Stephen Nichols is out as Steve Johnson, who will last air on 8/31 when he’s arrested (off camera) for espionage.

*Hot Plots Preview – Kristen Seduces Brady*
Brady is floored when he gets a call from Kristen, who claims that she has kidnapped Eve and demands that he meet her in his room - or Eve will pay the price. Ultimately, Brady caves to Kristen’s demands and they hit the sheets. Then Eve walks in!

*1st Look*
Sonny reconnects with the real Susan.
Claire tends to her emotional mom, Belle.
Sami has a loving reunion with Will.
Kristen and Paul get too close for comfort to a window during a struggle.

Kristen takes Claire hostage on 8/27, while Will pulls back from Sonny.
Will keeps the truth from Paul on 8/28.
Sami and Hope face off on 8/29, while Adrienne bolsters Sonny and Will confides in Eric.
Sonny comforts Susan on 8/30, while Rafe urges Hope not to let Sami threaten their reconciliation and Julie and Doug make a shocking discovery at the pub.

*What Will Happen:
Chaos ensues at Marlena and John’s wedding and a gun is fired.
Susan makes a shocking revelation.
Will and Sonny kiss.

SOD 8/27/18

Will To Sonny: I Remember!
Sonny’s dream of reconciling with his ex-husband finally shows signs of becoming a reality when Will has a memory of their wedding day. This week, Sonny, once again, professes his love to Will, and Will reiterates that he can’t return those feelings and is totally committed to Paul. However, Will later has a major memory of his and Sonny’s wedding day. When he runs into Sonny, Will reveals what he recalled. Sonny urges Will to remember more. Then suddenly, Will does when all of his memories come flooding back, and he completely remembers his love for Sonny. Things get even better when the twosome seals the special moment with a kiss. Yet, there’s still one major obstacle: Paul.

*Early Editions*
Eve’s life is in danger.
Claire goes missing.
Paul shares shocking news with Will.
Sami and Will reconnect.

*Ratings for 7/23: 1.6

Brandon Beemer and Martha Madison return as Shawn and Belle Brady, who are on hand for John and Marlena’s wedding.

Judi Evans appears as Bonnie Lockhart.

Stacy Haiduk debuts on 8/21 as Susan Banks.

Alison Sweeney returns on 8/23 as Sami Brady.

Gilles Marini is out, temporarily, as Ted Laurent.

*Hot Plots Preview – Bonnie Is Back!*
Steve captures Bonnie and delivers her to the Salem PD, where she tries everything in her power to get away, including seduction. Bonnie’s attempts prove futile. Things only get worse when Adrienne shows up and gives her doppelganger a piece of her mind.

*1st Look*
It’s 1997 all over again, when a bandaged Roman shows up at John and Marlena’s wedding.
Kayla and Valerie go over some last-minute wedding details.
Will and Claire take center stage.

Kate pulls a gun on Ted on 8/20, while Adrienne faces off with Bonnie.
Carrie contacts Marlena on 8/21, while Susan asks Will for forgiveness and Steve presses Kayla about her secret.
Kayla breaks down to Valerie on 8/22, while Belle and Shawn make peace over the fact that Ben is living at the loft.

*What Will Happen:
Ted has bad news for Hope.
Kayla confides in Marlena.
Sonny confides to Adrienne that he still loves Will.
Kate makes a shocking move.

SOD 8/20/18

Ted’s Blackmail Scheme Exposed!
The jig is up for Ted when Will shows up at Kate’s to get the money to pay off his blackmailer, just as the scoundrel in question emerges from her shower. When Will leaves, Kate tells Ted that she has no intention of paying his price. Then, she blasts him for blackmailing her grandson and forces Ted to choose between her and the money. Kate is absolutely livid, especially when Ted asks if she’s going to pay up or send her beloved grandson to prison. However, by week’s end, Kate seems willing to pay off Ted to save Will. Then she totally stuns Ted by pulling a gun on him.

*Early Editions*
Sonny makes his feelings known to Will.
Steve brings Bonnie to the Salem PD.
A surprise visitor attends Marlena’s bachelorette party.
Belle and Shawn return to Salem.

*Ratings for 7/16: 1.5

Thaao Penghlis appears on 8/13 as Andre DiMera.

*Hot Plots Preview – Tripp Faces Off With Ben*
Tripp catches a towel-clad Ben emerging from the shower at the loft and “blows up”. Ciara explains that she let Ben use their bathroom, because he was kicked out of the homeless shelter. But Tripp doesn’t want to hear it and tells Ben to get out. Ciara then asks Ben to move in with them. When Claire returns home, Tripp says she should have the deciding vote, and she agrees that Ben can stay.

*1st Look*
Doug and Julie celebrate with Eric and Jennifer.
Chivalry isn’t dead for Maggie and Victor.

Steve confronts Kayla about the secret she’s keeping on 8/13, while Chad dreams that Abigail’s baby is his.
Sonny reveals to Paul that he killed Leo on 8/14, while Eve knocks Jennifer off her high horse.
Eve guilt-trips Brady into forgiving Victor on 8/15.
Stefan blackmails Kayla into giving him Abby’s medical records on 8/16, while Gabi tells Chad a lie to drive a bigger wedge between him and Abigail.
Sonny confides to Adrienne that he still loves Will on 8/17.

*What Will Happen:
Ciara urges Ben to stay in Salem.
Marlena and John make time for romance.
Marlena senses something is wrong with Sami.

SOD 8/13/18

Marlena Hypnotizes Ben!
In order to remember everything that happened the night of the fire, Ben asks Marlena to hypnotize him. During the session, Ben has total recall and is certain he is not guilty. Ben heads to the loft to share the news with Ciara. Tripp opens the door to Ben, and it’s tense between the men. Ben then relays to Ciara what happened with Marlena. Tripp is skeptical, but Ciara does believe him. Hope, meanwhile, talks to Marlena and urges the doc to recommend that Ben be recommitted. Marlena says she can’t because she doesn’t believe that Ben started the fire. A frustrated Hope later summons Ben to the station and offers to drop the case against him if he will leave Salem. Ben considers it, then goes to talk to Ciara again.

*Early Editions*
Kate has a vision of Andre.
Sonny comes clean with Paul.
Abigail is jealous of Gabi and Chad.
Tripp is stunned by Claire’s decision.

*Ratings for 7/9: 1.5

Matthew Ashford is back as Jack Deveraux.

Chrishell Hartley returns as Jordan Ridgeway, Ben’s sister.

*Hot Plots Preview – Victor Covers For Eve*
An angry Brady confronts Victor about planting the drugs in JJ’s apartment that ultimately cost Brady the custody case. Eve panics that Victor is going to rat her out: instead, he takes all of the blame. Eve is aware that Victor likely wants something in return. Victor instructs Eve to mend fences between him and his grandson.

*1st Look*
It’s all about the fist bump for Kate and Gabi, as well as Abigail and JJ.
Adrienne and Lucas check out something on Steve’s phone.
John catches Marlena in her wedding dress.
Ciara gets intimate with Tripp.

Ted confronts Sonny and Will with his knowledge about Leo’s death on 8/6, while Kayla confides in Jennifer - and Steve overhears.
Stefan opens up to Chloe on 8/7, while Tripp comforts Ciara and Gabi cozies up to Chad.
Abigail slaps Stefan on 8/8, while Eli and Lani grieve together and Chad confides in Marlena.
Chad announces to Abigail that he’s moving out on 8/9, while Steve tells John that Kayla is keeping something from him and Gabi covers with Rafe.
Chad moves into the Kiriakis mansion on 8/10, while Marlena and John make love.

*What Will Happen:
Paul questions Will about Sonny.
Steve gets a lead on Bonnie.
Chloe worries about her relationship with Lucas.
Jennifer makes a decision.

SOD 8/6/18

Eric asks Jen to marry him, during a romantic dinner at Doug's place. She accepts. Eric shares his happy news with Marlena, who's very happy for him. Meanwhile, Jen tries to tell him that Nicole killed Deimos but can't ruin the mood. She feels guilty, which she shares with Kayla.

Ben asks Marlena for help. Will and Sonny are confronted by Ted. Jennifer hears what Kayla has to say. Lucas and Chloe discuss their relationship.

Ratings: Week of 7/2: 1.5

Linsey Godfrey (ex-Caroline, B&B) joins the cast as Sarah Horton, who was last seen in 1991.

Preview: Abby tries to fix things with Chad. He's very confused but decides to try to live with the fact that she's pregnant with Stefan's child. He confides his feelings to Kate.

7/30 Victor tells Maggie the truth. Ciara and Ben share a close encounter. 7/31 Steve is hired by Adrienne to find Bonnie. Eve shocks someone with an announcement. 8/1 Gabi sees Kate and Stefan sharing something. JJ hears about Abby's pregnancy from Gabi. Eve feels pressure from Steve. 8/2 Kate hears Gabi's confession. Kayla and Steve celebrate that he's out of the hospital. 8/3 Victor is blasted by Brady. When Sami doesn't RSVP for the wedding, it makes Marlena worry. Ted tells Will and Sonny what he intends to do.

Robert Scott Wilson (Ben) is chosen as Performer of the Week.

An article discusses various DOOL triangles throughout the show's history.

What Will Happen: Rafe gets an offer from Eli to help with his case. Lani goes back to work. Ciara flirts with Tripp. Eve sees Ben for the first time.

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