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72 January 5th, 2016 DAYS Suzanne Rogers Delivers Star Turn In “Maggie’s Choice”!

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Isn’t it nice when a veteran Daytime Emmy-winning actress gets the chance to remind us all why she has been a beloved and a vital cast member of Days of our Lives for decades?  That was the case again on Tuesday’s episode of the NBC sudser with Suzanne Rogers (Maggie).

The decision of who will get Daniel’s (Shawn Christian) heart all falls on to his mother Maggie.   She is the next of kin, and she is out of a time to make her decision.  Will she authorize Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) to give Daniel’s heart to Victor’s (John Aniston) grandson, Brady (Eric Martsolf)  or to Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Roman’s (Josh Taylor) son, Eric (Greg Vaughan)?

Throughout the episode, Maggie anguishes over this no-win heartbreaking situation.  In a scene where Rogers really shined, Maggie sits by her son’s bedside to try to get a sign or some courage from him, but most of all to tell him how much she loved him for the little time they had together.  Rogers played a mother’s grief and heartbreak to perfection.

Later in the hospital chapel, Maggie tries to go through the options in her mind sitting beside her husband.   However, painfully she realizes there is no choice that she will ever be able to live with.   And as time is ticking down, Kayla tells Maggie she needs to let her know who gets Daniel’s heart asap.  John (Drake Hogestyn) walks into the conversation and says he will give his heart to Brady, as if to simplify things, leaving Victor, Maggie, and Kayla in complete shock.

What will Maggie do?  The smart bet lies that she would choose Brady, but tomorrow DAYS fans will find out how it all plays itself out.

So, what did you think about the performance of Suzanne Rogers on Tuesday’s DAYS?  Do you think Brady will get Daniel’s heart?  Share your comments below!

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  1. Mark says:

    She’s a brilliant actress! The past few shows have been amazing. I know some people have been moaning about too much death, but the acting has been superb. I’m looking forward to see how this all plays out. Days rocks!

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I was one of those moaners but im old and we old farts moan a lot…lol…but what does make up for so much death is the great acting we get in return…Suzanne Rogers needs to give acting lessons to Days new teen cast.

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    Carol Myers replied

    Amen! I Suzanne Rogers) Maggie has always been a class act. I have loved her talent from the first time I watched her in 1982 when I got to stay home and not work anymore even tho I was young then I was waiting for a grandchild and my daughter in-law and I watched Days every day and still watching. I am not impressed with most of the younger actors but some will get better in years to come, so I LOVE seeing you bring the older actors back, even if it’s for a short time each time but don’t quit bringing them in the future off and on as they hold the show together. The older regulars are great and hopefully will stay for a long time. It’s hard to see the younger ones go that have been on for several years and decades in Peter Reckels ( BO) case. He was always a HUGE part in helping the show succeed with Kristian Alfonso ( Hope). So I will keep watching and hope for the best as you deliver the best actors that show promise and keep them. Best Wishes for the future! :)

    Dan S replied

    Yep. She is what soap acting/characters are all about.

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    Paul replied

    Years ago, I never cared for Maggie. However, Suzanne Rogers has truly won me over. Since I came back to Days in 2011, I’ve been very impressed by her. This past week, she has been phenomenal. And I agree about her giving acting lessons to the new teen set. Those scenes in Club TBD were absolutely horrifying.

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    blake replied

    Yeah the teens scene was awkward to watch. It was hair model central in those scenes.

    Mark replied

    Hopefully as the teens air a little more, they’ll become better. The only one I feel they might need to replace is Sierra.

  2. Sprite says:

    She better win an Emmy this year.

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    Phyllis Welch replied

    She was amazing ! It’s nice to see and be reminded what wonderful actors there are on DOOL and that they can handle a front burner storyline.

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    Mo replied

    Exactly what I was thinking. Nicole has been great too.

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  3. Sarah White Sees says:

    I am always in awe of Suzanne’s acting, and no more so than in today’s episode. She is perfection! Love her.

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  4. damien says:

    no matter how aching the drama is that unfolds… griffith and hegley took a tired , lazy way out on this story and its a travesty! daniel who s been written as a hero and had many near death rescues under his belt meets his end by a drunk driver?…….. who happens to be his best friend eric, who up until now was the male moral compass of the show who grapples with his priesthhod and yet suddenly s been hitting the sauce and drove behind the wheel drunk, something he never would normally do?….
    calling out bullshit to the writing team! one character killed and another one s character was asassinated !… daniel and eric deserved better than this horseshit

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    4ever DAYS replied

    You say horseshit, but you seem to have overlooked the elephant dung!

    Eric became a boozer due to Serena’s betrayel and loosing Nicole.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    *losing

    Paul replied

    Well not to mention they took a character who aired practically every day for years and turned him into a glorified extra. Then to add insult to injury, he’s killed off with no build up. I was never a Daniel fan but I do question killing off Maggie’s son.

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    CeeCee replied

    I completely agree, damien; albeit, everyone gave his/her best. The actors gave a top-notch performance….admirable; all of them. I can do without Belle, though. Just too many femme fatales within this soap, who like to engage teens or guys not much older than that. C’mon, ye gods!!
    So many twists and turns that just do not align with my sense of logic. I get that we are not to question the fine line between what’s real or not….it is a soap, afterall. But, how is it possible that three people who are friends, no less, happen to be in the same car accident and share the same blood type to boot? …..and, Victor could not find one from the international/national pool? We need to close our minds to that, I suppose. Everything happened so fast……a complete blur. WOW!!!!!!
    Yes, damien….the sanctified Eric suddenly made such a transformation to be so down in the gutter, he is drunk as a skunk and gets behind the wheel with no one stopping him. I just hope this is it with the dying. I still haven’t recovered from Will’s death.

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  5. Kat Hilderbrand says:

    I see Emmy reel material here for Suzanne. I would love for Days to win some Emmys this year in the acting categories for their veterans. It’s about time! She has been absolutely superb and I am sure there is more to come. I think the writers are making a mistake with this many deaths, though, since they are all from core families. They are decimating the main families of Salem almost to the point of no return. Fans are not happy with all of the characters being killed off. There are other ways to create drama!

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    gloria replied

    I could not agree more. These MAJOR characters killed off within weeks is way too much. I don’t get it. I can think of several unnecessary characters to get rid of if they feel the cast is too big or expensive. I think they have made mistakes.

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  6. fginaspy says:

    It is not a matter of kin making the choice. It is a medical choice which patient is compatible with the donor. the show should be renamed The Death of our Lives.

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    dtomblin replied

    It is a choice of kin with this situation because Kayla already said that both Eric and Brady are compatible for the heart. In that situation it is the next of kin that decides who gets it.

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    fginaspy replied

    Next of kin are not generally medical professionals. The medical establishment would choose. Likely the recipient most likely to survive. I am guessing here. I am not a medical professional. I am tired of the death toll in Salem.

    CeeCee replied

    It has already been named THE DEATH OF OUR LIVES, I believe by Ces. Lol.
    Wether next of kin is a medical professional or not has no bearing on giving consent. In Daniel’s case, yes, you are right. I asked my husband ….He said that if the donor is registered as ‘an organ donor’, then the medical staff does not need anyone’s consent. So, putting all that pressure on Maghie was just done to add drama and suspense to the moment. It is not done that way in real life.
    You are also right in assuming that it is a matter of urgency which establishes what patient receives the organ.

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    CeeCee replied

    Maggie

  7. Kelly says:

    She is absolutely brilliant! We just don’t get to see enough of her acting ability on Days, but it was well with the wait!!!

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  8. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    She has been a favorite of mine since she first appeared in those farmhouse scenes with John Clark ex-Micky/Marty over 40 years ago…i remember her much deserved emmy win over 35 years ago and if she is not at least nominated for a long over due emmy for her recent performance there is definately something wrong with the emmy nomination system.

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    4ever DAYS replied

    SR is great, Jimmy! I hope to see Maggie fall off the wagon because I wasn’t watching during her drinking DAYS. If Maggie doesn’t fall now, she never will.

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  9. Stephen says:

    Simply brilliant. Without over-emoting she tears at your heart. She is definitely the glue of the show, much like Francis Reed was.

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  10. Angela. Noonchester says:

    Maggie Has Been Excellent In Her Role She Does Deserve An Award I Have Been Balling For The Last 2 Days I Am Crushed About Daniel And I Feel Sick For Nicole

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  11. Christina says:

    I do not like the fact that the new writers are killing off all of our favorites. Especially ones that have been there for years. I mean seriously Maggie deserves to keep her son and Nicole deserves to be happy. I’m assuming she will end up pregnant with Daniels baby but still. Enough with all the killing. We have had enough. I’m not the only one. It’s getting old and I’m a little Leary right now that the new writers could be going into a “passions” phase which would be detrimental to days. So there are plenty of senarios that can happen here. Basically, you all need someone on the team that will help make decisions. Either way if you need any help anywhere contact me. Please. Thanks.

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    CeeCee replied

    PASSIONS?? No way!!!!! Days could never be compared to Passions. That was the most extraordinarily off-the-planet, off-anyone’s-rocker soap that was ever in existence. The twisted mentality and obnoxious plot(s) should have never been afternoon fare. There was a character who had both male and female ‘parts’ with whom Julian had sex. In turn, that strange phenomenon, that freak turned out to be Julian’s offspring. Disgusting show…actually, it was a farce without beginning or end. Imagine having an orangutan as a nursemaid and changing an adult woman’s diaper…LOL. I never knew what to make of that show. A bunch of depraved deviants?
    Days doesn’t even come close. Yes, I agree that the death of so many characters, close together, is disappointing and so contrived; but, no, Passions was in a league of its own.
    I must say, Maggie and Nicole both deserve nominations.

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  12. Michael says:

    I simply do not have enough words on my keyboard to properly convey how much I LOVE, LOVE Suzanne Rogers. Back in the day, I watched her very first episodes when Maggie, who couod barely walk on crutches, met Mickey/Marty Hanson on a farm. A few years later, Maghie had a drinking problem, and Rogers deservedly won an Emmy. She was the first actress to win in the supporting actress category in a daytime drama. Sadly, for almost twenty years she was wrongly relegated to back burner status. Finally, about ten years ago, she played a pivotal role in the Salem killer/New Salem arc of episodes- and she proved to be a remarkable talent, all those years later. Watching her just now I felt such awe and respect for her consistent talent. She is one hell of a gutsy lady. It must have been difficult to play on the sidelines for so many years. Yet, Rogers has such a wonderful loyalty to the show, and such a resilient, remarkable acting talent. I really hope Corday & company understand that Rogers, along with a few other vets, is truly what has kept Days on the air for all these years.Now, if they would just start writing again for Deidre Hall and keep up the front burner status for the equally remarkable Mary Beth Evans, all will be good. That, and getting rid of all those talent free teenager newbies. Those actors playing Clair and Ciara and Theo and Henry and the guy playing Aidan’s son- they need to leave Salem asap- Even a 24 hour a day acting coach will not help these watch- less, listless, non actors. (The only newbie with potential is the actor who plays Joey)
    Nevertheless, I feverently hope that Suzanne Rogers gets much deserved recognition for her beautiful talent. I love this actress!

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    gloria replied

    Can’t believe what you said about the teenage newbies! Last night trying to get to sleep & thinking about the show I had the EXACT thought. Joey is the only decent one. I cannot stand any of the others-they should not have aged them & that Chase kid needs to go to Chicago or wherever-Hope should not be stuck raising him. He does not need to go after Ciara romantically either, yuck. AND he is a bully. Now, did he kill his mother when he was little or did Aiden really do it? Is he a creep like Aiden? There are so many unanswered questions about the whole Aiden storyline. So he was a bad gambler(?) Why did the DiMieras want him with Hope so bad? I got off topic here, sorry!

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  13. Patti Peters says:

    she should get an emmy

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  14. Mary says:

    Simply amazing … I felt her pain deep in my heart. She continues to prove that she has what it takes. She absolutely deserves an oscar for her performance. Love this storyline, all the performers have stood out. Way to go Days! This is why I’ve been a committed fan for 45 years.

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  15. Richard says:

    This show is depressing AF. good riddance. Way too much death and gloominess. Ken Corday has lost his mind.

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  16. tim S says:

    Again.. great writing and acting by the Days writing Team.. woop.. woop.. I have waiting so so many years for good writing to get back to this soap…Thanks!!!!!

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  17. Mateo says:

    Suzanne Rogers is almost always perfection personified. Never an overactor, always a class act. She portrays her emotions with great control and knows how to let go when necessary. When she backed into the wall in Daniel’s room and fell to her knees crying she brought it HOME. Maggie is a great character that is distinctly Suzanne Rogers. I don’t like the direction the show has taken but in the few moments that DAYS does shine it is usually brightly. Maggie and Nicole’s grief was believable and honest. Kudos for a job well done.

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  18. Patrick says:

    this is some serious tour de force and goldmine… to further nuance and layer Suzanne Rogers’ Maggie…

    will their be further ramifications unforeseen… that will surface ?

    Suzanne Rogers has always had in her; a ready arsenal

    she never overplays her heartfelt love for family
    the way she carries herself… her body language…

    out of all the veteran cast… outside of Stefano, Caroline, Victor… it’s Maggie who has solidified for me… her portrayal of beaconing all that is DOOL…

    dang it tho! isn’t DAYS production doing an outstanding job of featuring the cast … and ALL the A game…. going on!

    I’m still astounded from Monday ep: this was all the recipe Serial Fans need… to know… that Days of OUR Lives is at the top of their game.

    TREAT TIME

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  19. Jana says:

    She and Arianne Zucker have been breaking my heart this week! It is almost too sad to watch. If they bring in little Parker to say goodbye, I will lose it!

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  20. tlgrandma says:

    I love Maggie. I would give the heart to Brady not because he is her husband grandson but because he is a Dad. His son needs his father.

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    gloria replied

    I said the same thing-baby Tate needs him. And if Brady died that would mean that Victor lost his son Bo, his godson Daniel & his grandson Brady within weeks. That would be too darn much. And I saw that Maggie was impressed that Victor did not try to pressure her in any way by reminding her of that. She said it first. Plus the fact that Eric was driving beyond drunk-he looked like a rag doll behind that steering wheel. I wish to hell Nicole had taken his keys. And boy she is gonna remember the conversation she had with him when she told him to take a cab. That is gonna hurt.

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  21. Joy says:

    Excellent performance, very hard decision to make. Emmy award performance

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  22. P Wall says:

    The best show I have ever seen on Day time soaps!

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  23. elm51 says:

    her performance was so heart wrenching that i had to actually stop my dvr a couple of times so i could compose myself – her acting was just phenomenal……………bravo!!

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  24. Kate says:

    What a superb performance! Too bad they weren’t giving her the opportunity before this to shine. Any mother would feel tortured to be in this position. Since November, Days has been continuing to provide the fans with outstanding performances. Keep it up.

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  25. James R. Poissant says:

    Suzanne has always made us go along for the ride on “Maggie’s” journey and does she ever make it worth watching all through the years!!! I have always loved the actress and character!!!

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  26. maddiehayes says:

    Yesterday’s show was great! So much going on, Chabby moments were riveting as well! Maggie of course, the highlight. And John walking in to say Brady could have his heart, well .. that was sad and heartbreaking, but what’s he gonna do, commit suicide? It’s a father’s grief talking, though, and it was real. This whole storyline is just the kind of thing we want from our soaps. Involves many characters and the repercussions are far-reaching.

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  27. Mo says:

    She has been fantastic. I have always loved her and Maggie and was so glad when she got more story. I hope with Daniel dying it does not diminish her screentime.

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  28. Steve says:

    It’s so great when they give a show to one of the vets. Suzanne Rogers was absolutely shattering in this show. Award worthy in any medium (but I believe not eligible until 2017).

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    blake replied

    She might be eligible for this year’s Emmys. In the past they had up until around mid-February scenes to submit so hopefully that is still the case.

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  29. Joan Faist says:

    Simply brilliant

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  30. Ray says:

    One of my atll-time favorite actresses on DOOL. Suzanne’s performance was made even more effective by simple, small gestures. On Monday’s show, it was with great affect that she skidded down the wall crying as looked at Daniel lying in bed. Yesterday, her gasps as she was trying to hold back tears, her interaction with Nicole (the incredible Ari Zucker) and her facial expressions as Kayla talked to her about making the choice between Eric and Brady.

    It has been an embarrassment of riches this year for the show, but I would love to see multiple names submitted for the Daytime Emmy Awards. I hope Suzanne is one of them.

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  31. Dottie says:

    Maggie was brilliant as was Nicole. Johns melodramatic announcement at the end made me laugh, perhaps the writers wanted to give us some comedic relief. Everyone is doing amazing.

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    Brian replied

    I agree and he can’t just give his heart that anyway unless he goes and shoots himself in the head. It’s not like a kidney where you can give your extra one to someone else. lol

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    gloria replied

    Oh, I agree. Maggie & Nicole are just superb. I thought the same about John-seriously John? What is your plan, ha. I haven’t seen today’s show yet. But that was really stupid of him.

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    CeeCee replied

    I wish John would wear a paper bag over his head. At least, I haven’t heard him whisper, “Hey, Doc” with that annoying, gritty voice of his. He always has that same bewildered expression on his face. One eyebrow raised…just like Jughead.

    gloria replied

    CeeCee,

    You are so right. I can’t stop laughing-thank you! I needed a laugh after watching yesterday’s show late last night-mistake-made for a bad night’s sleep!

  32. Iakovos says:

    I am happy with DAYS despite the wave of violence and sadness. This serial tells its stories in the most human way, much as daytime dramas once did. All four serials boast talents, but DAYS seems to make even typical melodrama more human. As P&G serials once did. I am sad many strong legacy characters have gone but at least they are not being resurrected by a nefarious family and its cryogenics, nor will they be returning from the grave. (I know DAYS can be guilty of being ‘out there’ as the others.) Life goes on. People come and go and turn down dark paths, make mistakes. The stories go on.

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    Patrick replied

    Thanks Iakovos

    really nice read

    there is a lot of gritty realism going on in Salem

    beautifully portrayed by the cast as a whole…

    collectively as a production…. Days of OUR Lives has risen new heights

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  33. BARBARA WILES LAWS says:

    THis one is heartbreaking maggie and nicole both deserve a emmy awesome job ladies! We love ya

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    Omar replied

    Agree!! Both actress deserve some recognition for their work..Clearly Brady will stay in the show, since the actor that plays Eric is leaving..Greg should go back to GH and play Lucky..But then again, once Nashville gets cancel in the spring, it means the Jonathan Jackson will be back at GH in the fall of 2016..The CBS shows show hire Greg..He is a very talented actor.

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  34. Ces says:

    The death of our Lives is killing everyone off. Soon, it will consist of screeching teens, whiny Theresa, stick figure Hope and a bunch of boring characters that cant carry a storyline. Way to go Days!

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    CeeCee replied

    As usual, Ces, you are too funny; but on the money.
    From what I understand, Kristian Alfonso was a chubby teen. I am not a psychiatrist, but I know enough to realize the reason for her anorexic look is psychological. Many people who have, or have had weight issues see themselves perpetually ‘fat’, thus, their gauntness. Either that, or she exercises like a mad woman. I see exactly what you see. She is a stick figure. It’s sad. I hope I am wrong.
    The teens are hard to digest. Strange group….not typical teens. I agree with you. I FF when they come on. I agree with Gloria about Chace. He is a real turn-off. But, aside from the kids, everyone else gets my vote . Each is outstanding…..’Night, my friend.

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    Ces replied

    CeeCee, I always value your opinion and comments!
    I am probably harsh on Ms. Alfonso, but really, her very trim figure does not look good on my screen. I do believe she needs some help because she is withering away. Hey, we all went through puberty, she needs to realize she’s definitely not fat. I look at beautiful *Thin* women like Kelly Monaco and Finola Hughes who are thin but still look very healthy to me.. KA does not.
    Anyway .. ’nuff @ that – —
    I also don’t know this Belle. I only knew Kirsten Storms Belle because I quit the show for awhile. I don’t know what this character is about anymore. I don’t like the recast for Philip. JKJ was such a cutie, such a breath of fresh air and this one is the complete opposite. He’s hard and sorry, not attractive.
    We’ll see who *goes* next.. the cast is slimming down in more ways than one ;)

    CeeCee replied

    Oh, I agree, Ces. This is such a delicate subject, it makes me question why no one says anything about/to Kristian. Her arms and face are skeletal….all indications of anorexia. Lord only knows what the story is. Our faces do go through changes as we age, but Kristial looks like a different person when compared to earlier pictures. It’s one thing to be naturally slim, but when it is forced or induced, it becomes a disease. I don’t think you were harsh at all. There should be more people like you to wake her up. Seriously, it is just too bad she looks so unhealthy.
    And, yes, as much as I love JP Lavoisier (OLTL), he just does not make it for me as Phillip either. I was so looking forward to finally see him on a soap again, but I am not impressed, so far.
    I don’t even recognize Days anymore. Later, Ces.

    gloria replied

    Especially if the camera adds 10 lbs. like I’ve always heard! Anyway, Hope’s hair is the best & she wears gorgeous clothes & jewelry. Kayla, Adrienne & Jennifer could take a page from her book for sure. They are so frumpy. OMG-the huge green dress Kayla wore New Year’s Eve! I had to back that up & look again-it was HIDEOUS.

    CeeCee replied

    @gloria.
    Lol….one would think the wardrobe people could suggest the unique dress, right? But, Kayla has such a beautiful face, one tends to overlook much.

  35. blake says:

    I think Suzanne Rogers and Ari Zucker have had amazing scenes this week and they should win Emmys for them. The actress that plays Theresa is doing a great job also. I just wish we could get some good acting out of Deidre Hall, she doesn’t seem to be showing much emotion.

    I thought it was so stupid to have John say Brady could have his heart. It would have been something if he had just killed himself for Brady to get his heart.

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    Patrick replied

    I was really trying to watch Jenn Lilly’ take, as a young woman… who… with her troubled past… for the first time… finds Love… and her own family.. that truly do love her back.

    it was wonderful to watch her facial expressions… along with her script…

    she was struggling with her words… and it payed off… for me.

    she’s a little loud… but… as time goes on… with nurturing… and trust… she’ll relax and take in and enjoy what she has….

    a man and child “all her own”

    I just thought it all fit in for her character… even with John listening in… as she turned and saw him… she didn’t say anything… but neither of them had to.. considering John and Theresa history… but… it’s all a reckoning that they both, will look after , Brady.

    kudos to Theresa… come on girl… you’ve got that nest… now go and see gramma Caroline… she always makes you feel better

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  36. Patty says:

    I haven’t been this excited about watching Days in a long time. I am loving every minute of it. Stuff is happening (not dragging along) and yes there have been deaths but things like this happen every day. And I’m glad they’re showing what organ donation can mean to a family and what a shortage there is of organs – in real life! The acting has been outstanding-Maggie, Nicole, and Abby. I use to not worry about missing an episode or two-now I can’t wait to see what’s happened! and I am NOT going to miss any episodes!! (I’ve been a fan since 1984!)

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  37. Llanviewer717 says:

    Suzanne Rogers has done an excellent job all week. I’ve been glued to her every word and movement. Bravo Ms. Rogers.

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  38. Katzie says:

    Since Eric would end up doing 25+ years in jail, and the fact his guilt would kill him over. a using the death of his best friend and seriously harming his pseudo-stepbrother – I’d just give the heart to Brady. Why waste a good heart on a man who wouldn’t be released from6 jail for a good long time; give it to the guy who has a baby at home. No brained to me.

    And Suzanne has been knocking her scenes out of the park. With all the tragedies lately, I’m really seeing what good actors they have on Days!! very impressive !

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