This past week on Days of our Lives we saw a return of something that soap fans of Salem have longed for, an emotionally driven story with five hankie moments that affects the lives of so many characters. Of course, we are talking about the news that Lexie Carver was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. And what DAYS did next was spare little time in getting the rest of Lexie’s extended family in the loop, which worked beautifully. There were no weeks of wondering who would find out when, and no weeks of hiding the truth from certain characters. It was just all put out there in a few episodes. This in turn leaves viewers to go on the final journey with Lexie, and as we learned, Lexie only has weeks or a few months to live.
When word came down that long standing DAYS veteran, Renee Jones (Lexie) made the decision to leave the series after 20 years, it came as a shock to many long time fans and the soap community. And as we have seen before, soaps use an actor’s departure for some gut-wrenching emotional story, or as you are now beginning to see, some hints of what may be the next arcs in the story. And as for Jones, we thought her performances this week as Lexie telling her father, Stefano, and telling her brother, EJ and comforting others around her with the terrible news of her condition were beautifully portrayed. Lexie showed vulnerability, strength, and most of all, we felt it seemed her reactions were very authentic to the situation. (Footnote: as authentic this type of situation could be on a soap!) When Lexie in tears said to Stefano, “Some fights aren’t meant to be won. So except this … OK? OK?” She got us right there! And, we cried along with her.
But then, the most heartbreaking scenes came about when EJ, the magnificent James Scott, tried to process the news of his sister’s death sentence, while trying to comfort her. The scenes in Lexie’s office between the two siblings were stunning. You felt like they were brother and sister. And who could forget the one tear streaming town EJ’s cheek as he held Lexie. It’s a shame it takes an actress to exit a show to get to see these types of scenes, but we will take it. James infused the moments with almost a lost little boy quality as he realizes his beloved sister will not be around much longer. As for Jones, watching her come to grips with Lexie’s reality was also compelling to watch.
And with that and a box of Kleenex later, On-Air On-Soaps names DAYS Renee Jones and James Scott this week’s Power Performances of the Week! Now watch below clips from Tuesday and Wednesday’s episodes which include the scenes we mention between Lexie and EJ and other moments from Lexie with her family and friends. Then weigh in and let us know if you agree with our choice, or not!