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47 November 19th, 2016 Jen Lilley Delivers Power Performance As Theresa Leaves Salem On Days of our Lives!

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She hit all the right notes of playing Theresa’s (Jen Lilley) inner turmoil, resolve and strength, and heartbreak, on her final air show on Days of our Lives!

For those who have witnessed Jen Lilley’s portrayal of former wild child, bad girl-turned-mother, who made the ultimate sacrifice for her child and the man she loves, it has been a tour de force performance all along the way.

In story, Theresa is exiting Salem with drug lord Mateo, who wants her back and is threatening harm to Brady and her son, Tate if she does not comply.  In a twist, Theresa is also helping her dad Shane (Charles Shaughnessy) and the ISA nab the guy for his criminal activities.

Lilley, who announced her exit from the long-running NBC series months ago, wrapped up her time on DAYS on Friday’s episode with quite a stellar line-up of goodbye scenes. Chief among the stellar scenes had Theresa looking at Brady Black (Eric Martsolf), the man she loves straight in the eye when he asks her, “There’s something you’re not telling me. What is it?”  When she offers nothing, Brady tells her to tell him she doesn’t love him.  Theresa’s reply … she is not sure she ever did! Crushing.

To continue her charade to protect Brady and Tate, she really goes in for the low blow by telling Brady she’s outta there and not to leave the light on.  After she exits the Kiriakis mansion, Theresa sobs.  In that sequence of scenes, Lilley displayed a multitude of emotions from the cover-up to the raw truth of her situation, and the consequences of her actions.

And in another memorable scene it is Lilley and long time veteran icon, John Aniston (Victor) who broke our hearts.  When Theresa arrives at the Kiriakis mansion to pack her things and take some mementos with her, Victor informs her that the nanny just put Tate down so she can spend some final minutes with him.  Next, Theresa implores Victor to help Brady get through this.  She doesn’t want him using drugs again. Victor hopes she can get the goods on Mateo to put him behind bars forever, so everything she is sacrificing is worth it.  Victor tells Theresa how proud he is of her, adding “You’ve come a long way.”   Theresa is overcome.  Victor tells her he will always consider her part of the Kiriakis family. In Greek, he tells her to come back to them soon.  They share an emotional hug as Theresa then goes to share her last goodbyes to her son.

At the end of the episode, Theresa meets with Mateo and walks off out of Horton Town Square as Shane makes a call to someone to tell them, “They are on the move.”  Fade to black and the final performance of Jen Lilley on DAYS.

Lilley tweeted on the overwhelming response to her final episode: “Thank you for the outpouring of love today #days fans!! I love each and every one of you!” Prior to the airing of the episode, Jen shared: “I don’t think I’ve fully processed that today is my last day airing on @nbcdays. I’m so grateful for every moment we’ve shared!” To her on-screen love interest, Eric Martsolf she said, “Oh how I miss this wonderful man.”

So, what did you think of Jen Lilley’s final bow on Days of our Lives as Theresa? Share your comments below!

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  1. Anne says:

    I hated this storyline. Cruel and preposterous. As though anyone’s family would supprt such deception and willingly abandoning a baby? There were other ways for this actor to leave.

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    mark replied

    I agree they shoulda killed her off

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    Celia replied

    Agreed, Anne….the presumption of leaving one’s baby is outrageous and inconceivable for any mother; unless said mother is a heartless b**ch.
    However, aside from the ridiculousness of the story, so typical of any soap, Lilley delivered a stunning performance. I am very partial to Jen, I love her to pieces as an actress, so, I tend to sing her praises at every opportunity. To put cream and cherry on her skillful acting, Jen is, also, gorgeous!!
    I only hope we will see her again, either on Days, or elsewhere……whatever her endevors, I will be watching.

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    davlestev1 replied

    seriously? Theresa came in with years of bad baggage dragging behind her..it’s easy to see how mateo or any other loser she left hanging from her pre-salem days would come back to haunt her. He probably isn’t even the worst of them and her lying butt probably has another kid out there somewhere. With a well developed and portrayed anti hero\heroine anything is is possible. She’ll be back..they scored a coup re casting abby so..on the other hand when all was said and done brady seemed relieved and gave up too easily..jmo.

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    davlestev1 replied

    on a brighter note anne leaves the hospital and becomes jen’s assistant at the spectator..hee hee i can’t wait for that pairing..don’t know how it comes about but it does.

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  2. Nicholas says:

    jen lilley chose to leave the show , this is her decision . i am glad they didn’t kill off theresa . Days is really good at the moment . can’t wait for monday !

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    Celia replied

    Absolutely, Nicholas. It is never a good idea to kill off a viable actor/character. Just look at Will. Many of us WANT him back. However, the good thing is that even when dead, there’s always hope of a return, in soaps. LOL.

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    ChandlerFan replied

    If they bring back Chandler Massey as Will, then I will start watching the show regularly again. Until then, I will check-in occasionally, and likely check-out within a few minutes of boredom.

    I fear that if they do bring Chandler back, they will fill his time with inane nonsense, rather than meaningful character growth. It will irritate me if they waste Chandler’s acting talents, but I’ll still watch anyway.

    Although Chandler seemed to work well with any of the other actors on the screen, he seems to shine most in his scenes with Marlena doling out wise grandmotherly/psychiatrist advice.

    If the only way to make Will’s character acceptable and palatable to the show’s core audience of squeamish blue-haired matrons is to have him primarily interacting with his mother and grandmothers (or showing how his actions affect the elder females in his life), then I could live with that.

    Celia replied

    @ChandlerFan.
    Everything you said. When I think of ‘Will’, I think Chandler….love him forever.

  3. Jackie Cullinane says:

    Jen’s performance throughout these last few weeks has been amazing, but Friday’s performance was Award winning. It was impeccable. The scene with Victor was phenomenal and heart breaking at the same time. She is an amazingly talented actress. What Victor said in Greek , I say ditto.

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    Tim S. replied

    Ageed! Great Acting and I did like the storyline.. We all need to remember it is a soap and we need to get a few wild soap stories out there. I liked how we finally realized why she did not go by her real name.. that now makes sense. .even though that was figured into this exit storyline. Great writing by the writers in my opinion…

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  4. tony says:

    Jen is a treasure and they masked horrible story points with her tour de force performance and stellar dialog from all the script writers this week, particularly Kreitman’s first script on Thursday, and of course, Carolyn Culliton’s Friday script. Couldn’t the head writers have connected Matteo to Eduardo and that budding story or instead of having Zander as the third wheel of the baddies who broke out of jail, they could have had Matteo getting out on a technicality and gunning for theresa and connecting him to Orpheus and Clyde. The lack of creating in creating an umbrella storyline is mind boggling given the writers had just launched their stories nine weeks ago.

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  5. Kelly says:

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    Loved this storyline ending!! Now she could always come back

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  6. 4ever DAYS says:

    Jen Lilley did a fine job, but I don’t want Theresa back unless she’s the mean bitch that I loved!

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    Celia replied

    Yeah, 4ever, my friend. But, mean with a good heart. One who loves her man with powerful conviction. LOL.

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  7. Mateo says:

    DAYS lost another major talent with the loss of Jen Lilley. She was one bright spot in a really terrible show. I swear their desire to relive the 80′s is awful. The stories have ZERO depth. The couples they are focusing on are total snoozes. For once and for all — John and Marlena are not 25, they are well into their 60′s and 70′s and need story lines that focus on this. They are not secret agents or government employees. Patch and Kayla — sweet lord they are so boring. In the 80′s they fit together but now they are comic book characters in a comic book that you drip water on the page so their thought bubbles get blotted out. I know he is wearing the same leather jacket he wore in 1988. Time to grow up already. Hope going to prison, maybe realistic for what she did but now we will have the typical story of a prisoner getting beaten up by some gang chick with the Marlena doppelganger Hattie saving her. I swear these story lines aren’t even being written, they are just being re-acted by the same actors. DAYS needs to throw someone in a grave or bring back Satan or find a new serial killer. These pathetic excuses of stories are just awful. The Theresa story was only good in that it gave Jen Lilley a chance to act up a storm. But the excuse they made to get her out of town was just awful. The way it’s going now the next ax to fall on DAYS will be them hiring Jill Farren Phelps and Chuck Pratt to produce and write. Then that final nail will go in. It is sad because for awhile DAYS was cranking out some decent stories. Sami and EJ, Will and Sonny and Paul. Kristen. Eve and Jennifer. Theresa and Ann ganging up on Jennifer. Now we get a pirate who doesn’t want to grow up and some old codger with his psycho…oops I meant psychiatrist wife who wants to be a modern Lone Ranger. (C’mon Marlena, the theme from The Exorcist is playing, let’s get going one more time)….

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    mark replied

    I wish they would bring back sami too and those big gothic storylines

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    John Gordon replied

    The storyline of Theresa’s exit was beyond ridiculous – I couldn’t even finish watching it the other day (I guess it was Friday’s episode) – combined with that stupid wedding, please. Maybe I have just seen one too many soap plots and after a while they are all EXACTLY the same idiotic formula. Bad girl turns good, turns her life around, becomes self-sacrificing like Mildred Pearce, it’s all redundant after a while.

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  8. James R. Poissant says:

    The thing that really sucks about this is that Jen really had this character nailed down and it will be very tough to get another actress to follow in her footsteps should DAYS decide to recast. The soap world is/was lucky to have her because she can do a very good job playing anything she’s handed and I am talking about both her roles because she did an awesome job filling in for Kirsten Storms as Maxie on GH when Kirsten was ill. With luck, we’ll see her in something else very shortly!!!

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  9. Susan says:

    I would much rather have had Shane and Victor arrange for Theresa to go into hiding until they could deal permanently with Matteo. That the writers would have a Mexican drug lord force Theresa to abandon Brady and her son to return to Mexico with him is awful.

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  10. Violet Lemm says:

    I was very dissapointed in the outcome and goodbye to Jen Lilley. She promised months ago it would be sad but make us laugh also. Don’t know about anyone else, but I sure was not laughing. Where was her beloved grandmother Caroline, with some sort of goodbye. Hope she is well in real life. I am sure we all wish Jen good luck and we know it was her choice, but I really think it could have been done in a more realistic way.

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    John Gordon replied

    Caroline was busy making sandwiches but did call Theresa to wish her a good trip…..okay I just made that up but this show is so stupid what’s the difference.

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    Violet Lemm replied

    Yes, and drugs are stupid too, but after more than fifty years of watching these shows, I guess I am hooked, a soap opera junkie, or whatever.

  11. Llanviewer717 says:

    Bravo to Jen Lilley for all of her scenes over the past 2 weeks and especially on Friday. As others have mentioned, I wasn’t thrilled with the ridiculous story; but, Jen did an excellent job playing what she was given. She portrayed the perfect amount of pain and guilt over leaving her family along with the resolve to make this break work. Jen had done a great job with Theresa growing from selfish, scheming wild-woman to a committed partner for Brady and mother to Tate.

    Thank you and congratulations Jen. I wish you the very best life has to offer.

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  12. Patricio says:

    This actress deserved a better story! That said, her talent will shine through sub par writing. When she was on GH She took over a cpmlex role played by a beloved actress and made it her own.

    Best of luck!

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  13. Larysa Kramer says:

    You were brilliant! I felt your pain over the last couple of weeks and in that final moment you had me tears. Best of luck and I really hope you come back to days.

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  14. Joyce says:

    I think she played all her rolls quite well. When she was evil n causing trouble we all wanted to hate her n think some one should get rid of her. When she was lying or covering up her actions you wanted to say ” can’t some one see that she is lying”. What is wrong with the others that they can’t see what she was doing! I was horrified when Kristin stole her baby n claimed it was hers, what an awful thing for someone to do or even think of doing. You have some evil writers there! Wow!! Her last performance I thought was very, very thoughtful n kind. To give up your child n the man you truly love in order to help others get Mateo with the evidence they need to put him away I thought was so sad. I admire her for putting her family first that was totally an unselfish act. She was kind, n tormented that she had to do this. I don’t blame her for not telling Brady because he would have done just what she said he would do…go after Mateo n her. He would have ruined everything. She was so brave . She was hurting so bad when she played the part she did around Brady. She showed real love for her family. She showed how she really wanted to put Mateo away once n for all. It is too easy to just kill someone off to get rid of. But her performance showed real character, someone is doing something she hates to do with a real scumbag just for the RIGHT reasons. I applaud you for your final episode. You are very talented.

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  15. Judy Ursini says:

    Definitely a great actress that surely will be missed, wish we new why she is leaving and if we will get to see her performe on some show or movie in the near future, thank you Lilley, for the best performance on Days of our Lives!

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  16. Mo says:

    I think Jen and everyone did a great job, but I really despise the storyline. They should have recast the character.

    Brady has horrible luck with women.

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    John Gordon replied

    If they wanted to keep the character, they could have done a re-cast rather than come up with this absurd exit storyline.

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    Violet Lemm replied

    I agree with you on that. I would almost rather they killed her off. As it is, if she ever returns in the future, the character will most likely be re-cast anyway.

  17. Sharon Kolb says:

    Sorry you are leaving Days, Jen! I will miss you and Brady and your scenes together. Is there a chance you will be coming back someday? Hope so! Whatever you do I want to wish you good luck!

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  18. Libby says:

    Jen Lilley have a wonderful performance. I cried during Baby Tate goodbye scenes.

    I did not like this overall storyline. However, it gave Jen a diverse and powerful reel for her to take with her. Days does not always graciously give that opportunity. Jen Lilley was “all in” of her support of show from her first day.

    Some of the early writing for Theresa was disappointing. so, by giving this rather odd send off story fixes some of the things for her and her time at Days.

    Jen Lilley will be successful as a Mom and as a leading actress. She is an honorable and talented person who gave more to Days than she was given at the show on several key stories.

    Godspeed to Jen Lilley. Looking forward to her many upcoming projects.

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  19. Lee says:

    I’m certainly glad she was killed off. Wonderful actress! Hope she comes back to Days but wish her all the luck in her future !

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  20. Lee says:

    Correction…. glad she Wasn’t killed off !!

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  21. June Kearsing says:

    I thought jen played a wonderful part. She is quite the actress . I hate to see her gone .maybe some time in the future she will come back. I,m glad she did not get killed off. My best to Jen

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  22. nancy says:

    Awesome and memorable performance…..Jen Lilley deserves an Emmy for her performance these last few days……Jen you played this departure so believable that had my husband and I sitting with our mouths open and saying she is really playing this to the max…..we were feeling your pain along with you and then the moment with ‘Victor’…….this did bring tears to my eyes. Well Done Jen…….hope you will have a wonderful life and hope to see you in the future strutting your stuff. Love you girl.

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  23. Marie Harbaugh says:

    I really never liked her and I never liked her and Brady together . I love him and Melanie together they had such charisma .

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  24. penny says:

    Some characters are so easily forgiven and some characters who are decent and respectable get shyt on and just disappear without a trace.

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  25. Michelle says:

    I like Theresa and Brady. I am sad to see this pairing end. Best wishes to Jen and I’m glad the writers didn’t kill Theresa off.

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  26. Mo says:

    Brady, Tate, and Theresa should have gone into Witness Protection if that guy was really such a threat. It just doesn’t make sense. Just a way to have Theresa leave and Brady melt down…again. Poor Brady.

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  27. Allen saint james says:

    From my perspective
    Im not sure anyone has to “act” ones age. What does acting ones age mean? How does one know if they are acting their age? Ageism? Steve and John have always been hero’s. They are characters born within Days heyday period history when action/adventure
    Storylines were dominant. “Saving The day” plots are deeply imbedded not only in the shows dna but also in characters ofJohn and Patch. They’ve explored both couples struggles with aging and trying to escape the danger and chaos of Isa jobs. I think women of mature ages can still be written as as damsel on distress without ignoring the wisdom or know how of the the women in peril.

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  28. Ray says:

    Jen has been amazing. I am glad the show did not kill off the character. Chances are, Theresa will return at a later date. I do not want to want to see another character come back from the grave. It was Jen’s decision to leave the show. Brady is too important to the core characters to leave. I want Brady to take some time off before he is paired with Nicole, Chloe or whomever.

    I also agree it is time Marlena and John act age appropriate.

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    John Gordon replied

    I think that Marlena and John should be discussing their Medicare coverage, and not these absurd teeny bopper storylines – it’s embarressing to watch them “cope” with problems that would normally be associated with a young married couple.

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  29. Violet Lemm says:

    I am I the only one who doesn’t care about dumb Joey and his even dumber girlfriend having a baby? Am so sick of these teens, playing at being grownups and their problems.

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    John Gordon replied

    No trust me you are not the only one who grows tired of the teen storyline. Most of the viewers are, I dare to say, 40+ in age – I could be wrong on that point, but I find Joey’s character rather one dimensional and uninteresting.

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