Kidnappings! Brutal Beatings! Hot Sex! Shoot Outs! Days of Our Lives is Playing For Keeps (VIDEO)

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The Young and the Restless and General Hospital have been benefiting from buzz surrounding their recent anniversaries and regime changes for some time now. The Bold and the Beautiful is offering up more edge-of-your-set drama backstage than onscreen of late; and fans are celebrating the historic-yet-bumpy returns of All My Children and One Life to Live. What about Days of Our Lives?

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 NBC's lone sudser has been generating precious little buzz, when the soap is pretty damn good these days! After years of begging from fans, slightly-reformed villains EJ DiMera (James , Scott) and Samantha Brady (Alison Sweeney) are finally being written as the supercouple we all knew they had the potential to be.

The skeevy, prison yard past of homophobic Horton grandson Nick Fallon (Blake Berris) has come back to haunt the town's young adult set. A sexually-charged May/December affair between cunning, corporate maven Kate Roberts (Lauren Koslow) and true blue cop Rafe Hernandez (Galen Gering) has evolved into tender, true love.

Manipulative, pot stirrer Kristen Blake DiMera (Eileen Davidson) has all but dismantled the Black clan, simply by sweating up the sheets with John's (Drake Hogestyn) addicted to love son Brady (Eric Martsolf). Kristen's adoptive father, Stefano (Joe Mascolo) is still alive, kicking and causing tons of trouble. 

To top (or bottom) it all off, the hero the town is now holding out for, is the flaxen-haired, homosexual great-grandson of the late Tom and Alice Horton. What's not to love about DAYS?

Okay, so there are a couple of things not to love—namely the monstrosity that is Dannifer and my Hope (Kristian Alfonso) flying solo—but there is no denying DAYS has been on a quiet, creative upswing for months now. Need more proof? Watch Monday's DAYS recap video below!