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41 December 18th, 2015 DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Chad Is Brainwashed By Andre! What Did You Think Of The Scenes?


On Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives, in quite an array of images from the disturbing – bugs, cats, explosions – interpersed with images of Belle (Martha Madison), Andre DiMera (Thaao Penghlis) did the unthinkable and brainwashed his brother, Chad (Billy Flynn)!

After hijacking Chad’s hypnosis therapy session with Marlena (Deidre Hall), he gives his ‘bro’ a freakish therapy session of his own, strapping him to a chair, and strapping his head down. Next, Chad is forced to watch a screen and fed images to literally rip Abigail (Kate Mansi) out of Chad’s heart, and seemingly replace it with Belle’s! In a heartbreaking moment, a tear streams down Chad’s face.

All of this is Andre’s attempt to have Chad go after Belle to retrieve the stolen DiMera fortune! And all of this, just as Abby and Chad had a moment of coming together after their long-suffering months of terror due to serial killer Ben (Rob Scott Wilson).  But it looks like with any super couple in the making, happiness is fleeting! Meanwhile,  Stefano (Joe Mascolo) was to be pleased when he happened upon the scene of Andre brainwashing Chad!  He admonished Andre for his actions.

Now comes the big questions:  Will Chad sleep with Belle for the DiMera fortune?  Can he snap out of it? Is Andre’s new reign of terror going to be even farther reaching?

Let us know:  Were you disturbed by the visions that Chad was enduring while being brainwashed? What do you think will happen next? Comment below!

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  1. su0000 says:

    Days has taken pages from RC to bring their ratings up and keep its’ fan intrigued, surprised by shockers, twists & turn and on the edge suspenseful drama with cliffhangers, every day.
    And- it works..
    RC brought in 3 million with his twist & turns on the edge WOW moments and humorous writing.
    Days did well to heighten the dark drama and give its’ fans thrills and WOW moments and pull back on the yawn love problems junk. with exception of the two main couples.
    It’s working, a good thing for Days..



    Margie replied

    RC? Ha!


    Dr Helen Ruth replied

    Are you the lead writer? LOL! I respectfully disagree. I prefer soapy to CSI.


    Mo replied

    What is RC?


    CeeCee replied

    I thought the scenes were full of IT. Unrealistic; without substance. All of them. Since when does Stefano sit by and allow another, matters not if it’s his son, give orders? Looks bad, really bad. Ritorni, Stefano. Tuo figlio e’ matto.


    Patrick replied

    Thanks Ceec’

    why would the writers defame… weaken Stefano love for HIS family… his children… ?

    doesn’t make sense… all for the $500 million that Sami bilked from ? which is another weak spot… AS’ Sami isn’t even on the show… and they let her get away with that? laughable…

    The DiMera family has and always should be pivotal in moving Salem.

    DOOL would not exist; had it not been for the DiMera Empire… I believe Thaao Penghlis thread… that The DiMera live with tragedy…

    oy! it’s hard to swallow… when you think of all those actors associated with the DiMera

    etc… etc…

    just major game players

    be that as it may… this story certainly is telling… that Thaao Penghlis’ Andre days are numbered… along with the dearly departed… retired… Joseph Mascolo

    could this be the time… that the new writing team factors in ; EJ is alive … well… he’s respiting… and back with a vengeance

    or ; could this be the best time… to recast or rehire Jason Brooks… to reign supreme as the new leader of ; all that is DiMera

    what better time for DAYs to feature the new leads ; Peter or EJ… with Vincent Irizarry’ Deimos’

    CeeCee replied

    Absolutely right, Patrick.
    Furthermore, what is $500 mil. to the DiMeras? Pittance! Can’t they come out with something more gripping? Something that doesn’t make me go, Hmmmm and Huh??

    Tim Welles replied

    I agree, what a disjointed and chaotic mess.
    I liked the show a little more when I first started watching about 2 1/2 years ago or so when it was Sonny, Will, Sammi, EJ, Abigail, etc. Now it’s so confusing, with all new characters, I haven’t missed an episode but can’t seem to follow what is going on.
    Who’s this new gal in town (she used to play Bianca’s gal friend on AMC, for a while, I think….) and why is she putting on sickly looking make up?
    I can’t stand Andre and Stefano’s over the top cornball acting is for the birds.

  2. Sarah StJohn says:

    So disappointed that, after a big surge in DOOL ratings, they are once again reverting to these far-fetched plots. Brainwashing, programming, etc. What’s next? Satan again? If you want to keep viewers, keep it real. Recent stories were mostly good. Please go back there. I don’t care for the Abby character, but this new stuff is terrible.


    CeeCee replied

    Sarah and Tim Welles.
    As much as we all (mostly wanted Ben to get his up-commence, his diabolical storyline kept us entranced and in suspense. I couldn’t wait for the next episode. Ben stole the show, with Chad the perfect foil. I won’t be so naive as to think Days would remain as interesting and engaging as it had suddenly become….deep down we all knew that as soon as the story would climax, down would go the interest. Makes me very sad. All the characters you mention Tim brought a sense of comfort to the soap. Now, as you indicate, Sarah, everything is a mish-mash again….I really am so annoyed with this imbecilic brainwashing ridiculousness. Thaao is being wasted. Shame. I was so happy when he resurfaced, only to be disappointed. I care not about this eternal venture John has been on all his life….when will it stop? And this Larson guy….who cares!!
    Satan, indeed. My grandmother told me that when Marlena ‘grew horns’ per se, lol, she stopped watching for the duration. Also, I have been complaining about Abby since day one. She did redeem herself temporarily when prepped by Ben, she could very well be nominated. But, I am so tired of these Maid Marian, damsel in distress spurts, I want to throw something. All she does is stare wide-eyed at everything within her line of vision. Then, I said this before, when she stresses out, she blows like a fish. That’s all we got. I don’t care about the guy who tortured Bo is now after a faceless factor. Have we met him. I can’t remember.
    Furthermore, what kind of medical professional can be fooled by drawing infected blood in some kind of pouch taped to someone’s arm? This, too, is starting to look like a DICK AND JANE BOOK. Infantile.
    I am sorry, guys, for having subjected you to my rant. Lol.


    Tim Welles replied

    That’s all right your points are extremely valid and well-taken!
    I realize very well that it’s a “soap” and we all have to allow for the fact that this doesn’t mirror real life, but a little credibility is expected. I work in the Medical Field so many of the scenes are laughable but I watch for the entertainment value. Why would Dr. Kayla be convinced that this new gal (obviously a character from before I was a viewer) has Leukemia just because she put on unflattering make-up and darkened under her eyes? How many more times is raspy voiced John (a gigantic bore) going to be “asking questions” about his family history and frankly who the heck cares –
    Also, although I guess her storyline has wrapped, what has become of Eve? I guess with Paige being killed, and the illicit affair with JJ over, there isn’t much for Eve to do – her dating scenes with Justin really aren’t all that thrilling, no offense to the actors who are both just fine.
    I don’t know, to me, the show needs some stronger storylines to hold my interest.

  3. Mary SF says:

    Well I think it was one of the cruelest things I’ve seen the Dimera’s do. It is one thing when they do this stuff to their so called enemies, but when they do this to one of their own family members that is cold. I just hope Abigail will be a lot sharper than some of Salemites and realize that Chad has been brainwashed and get him some help. It is time for her to rescue him— that is what all great soap couples do.


    Patrick replied

    it’s absolutely cruel… and weakens the character of STefano DiMera… he would never allow this familial destruction

    if the plot point is ; for the money sami bilked … this isn’t good for the character assasination of ; Stefano… and even Andre himself… he’s a DiMera… what’s his act? revenge… a total takeover cause daddy imobile… lacks the firepower… of ole?


    I can only hope DAYS brings back EJ from the dead… or Peter Blake… to go toe to toe head to head… with the new man about town… Kiriakis ‘ LEAD Vincent Irizarry’ Deimos

    let it be EJ or Peter that rescues Chad and reinvigorates the Empire that will always reign… DiMera

    why else would Salem exist


  4. Margie says:

    I’m glad Chad and Abby remain front and center, but I hope this crisis doesn’t last for months.


  5. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Will a brainwashed Chad sleep with Belle…will she too be brainwashed to sleep with Chad-does she even know Chad…Meanwhile this Ava, Kayla and Patch plot almost feels like a thinly disguised Kristen, Marlena and John plot!!!


    CeeCee replied

    LOL, Jimmy. You are right on track about the laughable plot.
    Also, I don’t think Chad is brainwashed. Could he be faking it? He knows how diabolical Andre is and I truly believe he wants to safeguard the family from ruin; that is, financially. He could also be protecting Abby from all that is DiMera right now. Andre is out of control putting Chad in a precarious position which would mean having to reveal all to Abby. Obviously he can’t do that. So, the next best thing would be to keep her at arms-length. Merry Christmas, Jimmy, my friend.


    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and all posters!!!

  6. Dr Helen Ruth says:

    I fast-forwarded these scenes. DOOL is too violent and upsetting. If they keep it up, then I will quit watching it completely. Who thought Andres was a good addition, by the way? DOOL has the least attractive men of all soaps.


    CeeCee replied

    What the heck do looks have to do with it? Thaao is a popular actor, in a ‘strange’ role. And, Days is no more violent than GH or Y&R. The fires? The identity switches; the mob lords….to name a few. DOOL has been more graphic with the Ben storyline, but the concept of violence is silently understood in the other soaps…’s there like a fantasm. I will always watch no matter how much I may point out ‘things’ that are unrealistic or ridiculous, or how much some characters irritate me. It is your prerogative not to watch. So, don’t watch. We won’t miss you. Happy Holidays.


  7. Mike says:

    I thought it was ridiculous. Andre was waiting for Chad to come back to the mansion to spring this plot on him for him to seduce Belle. He had no idea Chad was going to be heading straight out to Marlena’s office, or that Chad would for sure turn him down. And yet, despite that, he somehow put this plan together on the sly, got to Marlena’s office ahead of Chad, hid in her closet without her seeing him, brought materials to knock Marlena out and inject Chad – and then promptly took him to a secure location to show him multiple films that he would have just had to put together since it contained scene of Belle and Abigail recently shot – that by the way, would have been impossible for him to obtain (particularly Abigail’s).

    Much like all timing on this show, it made no sense. Single days on this show last for a week or two, with enough going on in that day to fill most people’s month. And couldn’t they have given Chad and Abigail more than 24 hours to kind of be together? Part of investing in a couple is actually getting to see them together for at least a little bit – so the audience understands the stakes. It is in them being together, that you see what they have, what they could have – and then you pull them apart. You have to have stakes and you can’t have stakes if they are never together long enough to truly establish any real relationship stakes.


    Paul replied

    I couldn’t agree more. Andre is like a cartoon character. And those sunglasses he was sporting to be incognito at the hospital made me LOL. How many times can Marlena be attacked in her office btw before University Hospital hires security? At least they had John comment on that. As for the brainwashing scenes, I ff’d.

    I wholeheartedly agree about the timing on this show. Its’ beyond ridiculous. And don’t get me started on the 20 lb preemie that is already cooing and making baby sounds.


    Tim Welles replied

    I agree too – who in the heck is writing this jazz? I liked the show better when it centered around Sonny, Will, Derrick and Paul – and I also enjoyed Sami and EJ and JJ’s romance with Paige complicated by Eve.
    Now, I can barely follow what’s going on, and I never miss a show, I am just one day behind because I watch it on my RoKu device on the NBC app -
    So many “new characters” or return of older characters, it’s hard to keep up. I can only take so much of the cartoonish like villain Andre nor can I accept most of Stefano’s monosyllabic cornball responses. None of it is convincing to me and absurdly idiotic to boot.
    Show really needs a solid storyline right now.
    Also, I don’t know how everyone else feels, it’s not that thrilling to have “Patch” with Kayla picking out fake Christmas trees -

  8. Blake says:

    I thought that was really stupid. I haven’t watched the show in weeks and yesterday decided to check it out. When I turned it on I saw the flashes of all these weird clips and thought “WTF?” I know about that process to brainwash people but seeing it on Days just made me roll my eyes.

    Then I watched other clips with Belle, Joey, Patch, Kayla and the killer lady that returned but I couldn’t get into it. I did like seeing Brady and Theresa but the outlook for Days does not look good. I miss when Days was Must See but that hasn’t been for a couple years.


  9. Ray says:

    DOOL was so unbelievable for months that I worried how it would maintain the pace and momentum. There are certain things working and others not so much. The biggest issue I have with the show is the pacing and missed opportunities.

    First, characters leave without having an opportunity to feel the big payoff. Clyde slipped out of town to go to jail in Florida. There should have been some scenes involving Victor, Stefano and Kate. Ben was arrested less than a week ago and all we hear is that he is on suicide watch. Let us see the scenes where he is taken to a padded cell. The characters that were killed off should have had a long-term fallout (Paige and Will). Eve has basically gone MIA. Where is Paul? Why is Marlena not grieving more about Will’s death?

    Second, the pacing of the show has left me feeling like a lot of scenes were left on the cutting room floor. Where was Jennifer immediately after Abigail was rescued? Why did we not see Jennifer’s anger and fear that her daughter had gone through such an ordeal? The days that follow a tragedy are not making sense. JJ going out on a date with Gabby the day after Abigail’s rescue is not making sense. Ciara did not act a young girl that lost her father the days after Bo’s death?

    There are TOO many newbies that are dominating screen time. We are still adjusting to Ciera, Chase and Theo growing up to be teenagers overnight. So far, I have been underwhelmed. It feels slightly gross that Chase has romantic for his half-sister.

    I also wish the show would stop bringing in new characters and then…nothing. Where is Fynn and Claire?

    The writers have obviously chosen not to write for Nicole, Eric and Daniel. Two years ago, Ari Z was nominated for Best Actress (Daytime Emmy) and now all we get is to see her once a week, having a conversation with Theresa? Are we going to care that Daniel dies in the coming months? It already seems like he is gone from the show. The character of Eric has been a bore since Serena died.

    I can’t help but feel the show put too much effort into the anniversary shows and not enough thought in the weeks after. NuPhillip, NuBelle, NuCiera, NuChase and NuTheo does not lend to an entertaining show.

    Lastly, I did not want to see Hope lose her mind over Aidan and Bo dying, but I am already bored with the revenge storyline. It seems so out of character that I do not find it believable.


    Anne replied

    Agree totally especially with lack of reaction. Jennifer’s daughter was kidnapped my a murderous husband, she has a geandchild in nice, her daughter barely survived being burned alive, and her routine seems pretty much the same.


  10. Kari says:

    For me, the only two positive things about this storyline are…
    1) Watching Billy Flynn try to pull this “RoboChad” off, with those expressive eyes of his. I think he did well with what he was given, especially considering how ridiculous as the storyline is and how many plot holes it has.
    2) The payoff that is sure to come because you know Chad is going to be absolutely FURIOUS with Andre once he’s 100% himself again. I’m not even sure furious is a strong enough word. Looks to me like they needed a setup to make Chad want to destroy Andre…and this is definitely it.

    We just have to be patient. But Chabby is certainly getting the supercouple treatment right now.

    The main thing that is making me angry about this storyline, is how Marlena has immediately assumed Chad was somehow involved, and continued to be cold even after he explained himself to her today. Did they just throw away the last several months of the relationship that had developed between Chad and Marlena? I don’t get that at all. Maybe it’ll make more sense later on next week.


  11. Mo says:

    Just a few months ago, Stefano wanted Chad to break Ben up so he could be with Abby and get Abby’s land inheritance. Now he’s with Abby. Maybe the old gal hasn’t died. So I’m confused as to why they don’t want him with Abby anymore. I get that the money Belle potentially has is A LOT (and on a sidenote, $500 million is very popular on the soaps. Jabot paid Newman that sum on Y&R.), but surely the DiMeras can’t be destitute.

    Should be interesting, though I did like Abby and Chad together and hope Tom is Chad’s child.


  12. Dylan says:

    Ron Carlivati ONLY brought good ratings to GH when he focused on vets and returning faves. His outlandish stories and focus on newbies brought GH record low ratings. Days has been doing outrageous stories for decades. Long before the absurd Faison mask story, in 1984, Andre wore a Roman mask and Killed people. These stories work on Days because we actually care about the characters!


  13. Susan says:

    Now this is the Andre that we all know and love. I wonder if he is part of that organization John was told about.


  14. Iakovos says:

    Brainwashing? Please let’s not go down such a crazy path. It’s silly.


  15. Beth says:

    It’s camp and not my favorite kind of storyline, but on the plus side, it is the kind of storyline that a couple-to-root-for gets, and it’s a sign that DOOL knows how good Chad and Abby are together. I also think that if anyone can pull off the villain in this storyline, Thaao Penghlis is the actor to do it. I also have to give credit to the writers and Billy Flynn for showing Chad resisting the brainwashing and crying during the process as he tried to say Abby’s name. That’s some excellent soapy, romantic stuff right there!


  16. Anne says:

    Soaps need a balance of light and dark, joy and evil to work and Days upset this balance in a disturbing way. Abby and Chad needed time to recover and experience some happiness before another sadistic storyline emerged. This is kinda sick, actually.


  17. 4ever DAYS says:

    I loved every second of it!


    Tim Welles replied

    Well YOU are most certainly NOT in the majority that’s for certain.


  18. Suziq says:

    Absolutely absurd, laughable. I miss the show that we had just a couple months ago. Most familiar and liked characters are gone and dropping like flies. It seems 10 new characters…STRANGERS…pop up on the screen each week. I don’t care about these people. To me, appeal of soaps is you know these people, they are friends in your home. I really fear this complete turnover is going to be a huge bust.


    Tim Welles replied

    I do too….it’s like…who ARE these people? To me, it’s as if I’m watching the wrong show or a different show. I realize new characters pop up time to time but this has been like….wha…..


  19. Patrick says:

    I’m interested in this; from the standpoint: Billy Flynn

    will the writing exact or take a toll on all the the audience has been responding to… and cheering on…. Billy Flynn’ ACTING

    he has been riveting… thanks in large part… to Robert Scott Wilson..and .. surprise surprise… in large part… to kate Mansi…. Abs has been spot on… emmy worthy… every since she found out about Chads amnesia…. she’s revived Abs big

    Abs and Chad are forwarding DAYS


  20. Allen saint james says:

    This is the kind of storytelling days does best! I love how ever character seems to have something exciting happening at the moment. I love action/adventure, Science fiction, intrigue plots.


  21. Rose9 says:

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! If you’re going to do something totally crazy like brainwashing. He should have been kidnapped and strapped to that table for days, like RoboJohn years ago. But he was in and out of that chair in one scene. FAIL!


    Kate replied

    Perhaps you didn’t notice that Chad was hypnotized first, that’s why it didn’t take long!! People will do anything they’re told after being hypnotized. He was hypnotized and then brainwashed. I don’t think this was a fail at all. It was AWESOME!


    Rose9 replied

    Actually I didn’t notice that, thanks for the clarification. I unfortunately find myself fast forwarding through a lot of Days. Even though I’m super dissapointed in the show I’m glad other people seem to be liking it. I’ve been watching for almost 20 years and I want to show to succeed. Just wish it would succeed and I was enjoying it more!

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