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SHOCKING DAYS RUMOR POLL: Will Days bring Zack Brady back from the dead?

A RUMOR that would almost be too incredible to be true-were this not Days we're talking about-has hit the Net concerning the possible return from the dead of Bo and Hope's beloved tyke Zack Brady!

According to the RUMOR, in his continuing pursuit to dig up information on Stefano's business dealings, John will run across a picture of a small boy. Later on, he heads over to the Kiriakis mansion to warn Victor and Philip not to get in his way of taking over Salem. There John finds Marlena conducting a therapy session with Victor.

Doc and John's former father-in-law try to jog his memory by showing him pictures of Brady. John recognizes the ringbearer at Brady's wedding to Chloe as the boy in the picture-Zack Brady!

John will fill Marlena in on what he's discovered, but she will prevent him from telling Bo and Hope until they can be sure the child is Zack and the only way to do that, is to revive Stefano!

As a fan, I have mixed feelings about this scenario. While it would be wonderful to see Bo and Hope reunited with their son, Peter Reckell (Bo), Renee Jones (Lexie),  Rachel Melvin (Chelsea) and especially Kristian Alfonso (Hope) gave the performances of their career during the storyline involving Zack's accidental death due to his sister Chelsea's reckless driving, and its aftermath.

Not to mention the fact that Zack's dying niece Claire received his liver which saved her life. How exactly would they explain that one away? What do you think, would it be worth it to see Bo and Hope reunited with their son to re-write history this way?

Days: Ava Kidnaps Hope/Shocking Rumor Ties Vixen To The Alamains

 Ava kidnaps Hope!

It looks like Bo won’t have his Fancy Face to keep vigil by his bedside next week as loopy Ava kidnaps Hope outside of University Hospital. Steve’s unstable ex has been mistaking Hope for Hope’s sister-in-law Kayla for weeks and finally seized the opportunity to knock “Kayla” out via chloroform before spiriting her off to parts unknown.
 
Once Hope comes to she plays along, thinking that as a cop she’s trained to deal with maniacal mob princesses, unlike her preggers pal Kayla. Hope even calls Steve and pretends to be his wife. A panicked Steve races to save the wife of his Merchant Marine bud from madwoman Ava. It looks like Days is finally about to get its money worth out of the fiery Tamara Braun (Ava).
 
Ava’s pop connected to the Alamain crime family?
 
An interesting internet rumor making the rounds has Ava’s father being a one-time business associate of the dastardly 90’s Days villain Lawrence Alamain. Bo and Steve were investigating Lawrence’s corrupt Jencon Oil company when Steve was critically injured in an explosion meant for Bo.
 
According to the rumor, Lawrence faked Steve’s death and ordered Ava’s father to kill him (yeah…that makes sense), but Ava’s pop decided to turn the one-eyed amnesiac into a hired gun for his criminal exploits. Much to his chagrin, his then teenage daughter Ava took a shining to Steve (must have been that eye patch, get’s ‘em every time!), which led to Bad Daddy pawning poor Steve off on yet another Days uber villain, you guessed it, Stefano.
 
If this rumor proves true, I will gladly bow down and kiss Dena Higley’s ring. I got so tired of James Reilly re-writing all of the histories of Days other great villains to make Stefano the ultimate puppeteer. Long time fans know that it was Orpheus, not Stefano who caused Marlena’s plane to crash; it was Lawrence, not Stefano who caused Steve’s “death” and it was Ernesto Toscano, again not Stefano who held Hope over a pit of acid following the Cruise of Deception! Making all roads lead to Stefano made the once interesting villain cartoonish and eyeroll-inducing. I mean what were they gonna blame on the guy next,  Maury Povich?
 
Shelle sets sail
 
In other Days news, have your hankies ready as Shawn and Belle (Brandon Beemer and Martha Madison) leave town on the Fancy Face (the boat, not the mother) with cutie pie Claire in tow. It looks like history is repeating itself as Bo and Hope also set sail with their little Sailor Man Shawn D. circa 20-years ago to see the world. As much as I have griped about these two particular recasts over the last few years, Brandon and Martha have really grown on me in recent months and dagnamit, I actually hate to see them go!. Who knew all it would take was a plane crash, a cute kid and an Irish wake for me to get over Kirsten and Jason?  

Days Rant: How Can EJ Be Deported When We Watched Him Be Born in Salem?

File this under, don't speak too soon: Okay, so  I have been fairly impressed with new Days headwriter Dena Higley's work. Although I am not a fan of killing off vets, the death of Grandpa Shawn (Frank Parker) following the riveting plan crash drama gave the Days cast a chance to do some really good, meaty acting and more importantly it actually drove story. 

I' ve also enjoyed Bo (Peter Reckell)'s battle with a mysterious pancreatic ailment. No I'm not some morbid tragedy freak, but I like good, character-driven drama rooted in history and that's what this story has been. Not only is Bo's diagnosis timely (Patrick Swayze's current courageous battle with pancreatic cancer), but it ties into the history of the show since Bo's half sister and Victor's daughter, the late Isabella Toscano Black (Staci Greason) succumbed to pancreatic cancer, and I am glad to see Victor (John Aniston)  front and center fighting for his son. And just think this time his superstar daughter Jennifer didn't even have to plead his case on a talk show to get him airtime!

Here comes the but...yep, sorry, there had to be a but and it's a big one.

Think: Aunt Modean after a hot Texas summer inside eating bon bons and barbecue-big...WHY in the WORLD are we long term fans having our collective intelligence insulted by having to sit through this "Will EJ get deported" debacle?

HELLO, the character was born right here in these United States to one Susan Banks (Eileen Davidson)! Remember Dena? A barren Kristen (also Eileen Davidson, who should have won the Emmy. She was robbed, ROBBED I tell ya!) planned to pass off her toothier lookalike's kid as her own with John (Drake Hogestyn)? Weren't you on the writing staff then? I mean, come on!

I understand the need to come up with yet another plot driven obstacle to keep Sami (Alison Sweeney) in EJ's orbit (okay I'm lying, no I don't) in an attempt to water down the effects of him having raped her, but this isn't the way to do it! I would rather see Sami LASH out at EJ (James Scott) because of what he did to her. To see them deal with the painful, horrific, psycholgical issues related to the rape, all along with EJ confessing his love for Sami, which causes her to be torn-can she actually forgive her rapist? This would make much more since than sweeping it under the rug via one contrived situation after another that forces the characters to interact.

There' s no secret that James Scott has awesome leading man potential and incredible chemistry with Alison Sweeney, but it's time Days actually dealt with the Elephant in the room instead of  trying to make us forget their painful past history via shenanigans and tomfoolery.

Brandon Beemer's goodbye blog to Days and "Shelle"

Exiting Days of Our Lives heartthrob Brandon Beener (soon-to-be ex-Shawn) blogged about his and Martha Madison (soon-to-be ex-Belle)'s last day on the set on his official website and although I have to admit I have never been much of a fan of this incarnation of Shelle (couldn't get over Jason Cook and Kirsten Storms in the roles), I have to say I am sad to see them go, especially Beemer. He has really risen to the occasion during the aftermath of Grandpa Shawn (Frank Parker)'s traumatic death and Bo (Peter Reckell)'s medical crisis. Beemer's Shawn has been a steady rock for his mom Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Grandma Caroline (Peggy McKay) and has even made me able to stomach his bratty, self-centered half sister Chelsea (Rachel Melvin). Here's hoping another soap snatches him up pronto! Personally I think he would make a GREAT Thomas Forrester on Bold and the Beautiful. Just "putting it out there in the universe" as Lisa Rinna used to say on Soap Talk!

Here's Beemer's goodbye blog in its entireity: 
So... a lot of people have been asking me how it went down on our last day.. so here it is. Our last day was not a fun one. We had an afternoon call time so I had a lot of time to think before I went in. I wasn't really sure what to expect.
I got to work and I have to say that I found myself really appreciating more than ever the time I got to spend with everyone, walking the halls, sitting on set, sitting quietly in my dressing room, etc. It was very strange how aware of everything I was that day... knowing that this was my last day I will be doing this. I said my good byes to those that had to leave early and packed up everything in my dressing room before we started to tape our last scenes.
We had about five scenes to shoot at the end of the day... they went by really quickly and before I knew it we were on our last scene. It was hard...all the time that it took to shoot it seemed so great because it allowed us more time to stay on set and do what we love so much. Then it was done. Everyone gathered around as there was great applause and I stood there wishing I could run away from this moment and then come back to find that it never happened... but I figured that it probably wouldn't go down that way.
A cake and three presents were wheeled out on stage. Then they played a pre-recorded speech that Martha had done to thank everyone that she wanted to thank. She thanked everyone...it was very sweet. Then it was my turn..I thought it would be a piece of cake but I have to tell you that it was not easy. I said what I had to say or shall I say what I COULD say. When emotions start to overcome you, it's almost impossible to speak. Ed Scott gave a very nice farewell speech to us.. that man has got to be the coolest man ever!! Then we said our goodbyes, took our pictures and that was the End of our run on Days of our Lives. (Sounds soooo dramatic huh?!! Lol)
I am so thankful for every memory that I have and all the amazing people I met because of that show. The last year and eight months have been the best of my life. I will cherish everything that I have experienced. And I thank you all that have been so supportive during my run on the show and through this crazy last 8 weeks. I will never forget what you have done.

Sincerely, 
Brandon

On the Stands: Soap Opera Digest

Boy or boy. It looks as if Days of Our Lives would have had a clean sweep of this week's Soap Opera Digest cover if Martha Bryne's leaving As the World Turns hadn't got in the way. I do not believe for one moment that Peter Reckell is leaving Salem behind.  The only things as sacred to most Days fans as John and Marlena is Bo and Hope and getting rid of Peter Rekell's Bo would probably go over about as, well, Drake's firing.

Speaking of John and Marlena. Isn't fan outrage at the cutting of John and Marlena's love scenes old news? Are John and Marlena fans still upset about this?

 

Days Of Our Lives: Brady Family Ties

Funerals are traditionally emotional and sacred, no matter whether they are true to life or in the land of television. This week, Days of Our Lives have put on a touching display of family reunions, sad goodbye's and family orientated stories. The funeral of Grandpa Shawn Brady was delivered to viewers across the US with some pretty emotional scenes and complete flawless drama. Where do you even start? I caught the last two segments of the show on YouTube yesterday and can say that Days have never really tugged at my heartstrings as much as they did with the scenes of Shawn's funeral. I must admit, they came close during John's death and funeral most recently, but never much so did they bring a tear to the eye when the Brady children along with Caroline united in front of Shawn's coffin at St. Luke's. The only time Days has moved me in the way it did this week was way back in the early 90's when Kayla left the show. It was when Kayla said goodbye to Shane, her family, then at the cemetery at Steve's grave followed by picking up little Stephanie and leaving the Brady house to the tunes of Linda Ronstadt's "Goodbye My friend". It's almost like Days has come full circle, scary in a way, as in some cases for few shows this spells "the end", but for other shows it's just a simple case of great writing, great acting and great soap production.

Kimberly's return was excellent. I'm unsure why everyone who returns to Days after such a long stint away must come back with red hair. They must have only used half a box on Judi Evans (Adrienne) and decided that due to budget cuts, Kim had to sport red locks too. Kim looked great, but there was a small wee moment when amongst all those teary eyed scenes I found a reason to chuckle. It was when Bo and Kayla were in one screen, then pan across to Rotox and Kim. I swear they both have had work done. Apart from that, it was great to see all the Brady kids together. I know I’ve said this time and time again, but the icing on the cake would have been to have Wayne Northrop return to the role as Roman. I’ve got nothing against Josh Taylor, but it just isn’t the same. Days, PLEASE stop casting from within the same group of characters, it spoils the show. Other than this major flaw, the remainder of the episode was spot on, with perfect family tie moments.

Maggie, Marlena, John, Abe and Lexie were all present. That alone is quality. I probably would have loved to have seen Alice and maybe even more Doug and Julie, but Alice made a cameo in one of several classic flashback moments during the reading of Shawn’s eulogies. In one of the eulogies, Bo spoke about how he was not Shawn’s biological son, but Shawn had accepted him into his heart. Victor Kiriakis was outstanding. I can see him getting more and more involved with Caroline over the next few weeks, during the time of her grieving Victor is going to be her shoulder to cry on. Now that Bo is suffering from a pancreatic illness, Victor will be on hand to ensure he and Caroline’s son receives nothing but the best care from the best medical experts in the world.

Chloe’s performance was terrific. I think her singing; together with the cavalcade of stars was what brought a tear to the eye. A wonderful rendition.

Kayla rose to the altar and spoke about how her Pop never really took a liking to Steve, but after all was said and done, he came around and gave his full endorsement of the wedding between the two. Kayla remembered that the best times with her Pop were when he took her fishing down by the pier.

The flashbacks were coming thick and fast and fans were treated to several. Bo’s classic mullet was displayed during his flashback.

Even Maggie and Alice Horton appeared sitting at the Brady Pub when Shawn brought in a surprise bunch of flowers for Caroline.

The most moving moment was when Kimberly took her turn to speak. Her echoes of “Papa” sent chills down the spine. It was almost like Kim had never left Salem, her acting was superb.

For those that haven’t yet seen this episode, you can watch the last few scenes here. It’s amazing Days drama at it’s best.



Amidst all this drama, NBC were apparently going through some of their own controversy. I stumbled across an article this morning that mentioned Dena Higley had supposedly returned to the helm as Head Writer of the show and there had been talks that Dena was apparently scabbing during the strike. Whilst Writers were striking, it was reported that Dena continued to write for Days yet her name did not appear on the closing credits of the show. Further to this, James Reynold’s who portrays Abe Carver highlighted in a recent interview that he had enjoyed Dena’s work, especially those episodes that were currently on air. I wonder if anyone is going to land into any trouble for this? Days have recently been widely known for their sackings, so if they’re planning on doing this to Abe, they should think again! We all know Dena was a pretty good scribe in the mid 80’s, but her stories in 2003 were far from impressive when she did return to the show. I guess it’s now a case of time will tell. As it happens, many soap scribes have been known to write for the fans and give them what they want, only to turn 90 degrees and put in less time, less creativity and less popular content for characters which in turn bring about a ratings decline. Currently, Dena is writing on the right path, but can she maintain the momentum?

As for the current ratings, I am happy to report that Days had a +.2 increase in the show for the week - 18 Feb to 22 Feb, an overall rating of 2.4 and sitting equal third with As The World Turns. From what we have witnessed with the show’s episodes this past week, it will be no surprise if Day’s continues to rise to the top and possibly add a further +.2 share in viewers. Only time will tell. Now that this whole Brady/DiMera feud has died down ‘literally’ it’ll be up to the scribes (whoever they are) to take the show into uncharted waters and bring with it new vision of stories and use of its core characters. Let’s see more Victor and Caroline, let’s see John play out his role as a DiMera, let’s see a good send off for Shawn and Belle, let’s see more Ava/Kayla/Steve. Bring back Mickey Horton. Bring us more entertainment from Tony and Anna and let’s see where the character of Chelsea is heading. Most importantly give us something dramatic with Bo’s Illness storyline.

Remember Days, you’re on the right track; just don’t lose the plot – ‘literally’.