After months of waiting to see how Shawn Christan’s (Daniel) exit from Days of our Lives would play out, viewers got their answer on Monday’s episode of the NBC soap opera.
Following the New Year’s Eve car crash: Daniel, Jennifer (Melissa Reeves), Brady (Eric Martsolf) and Eric (Greg Vaughan) are wheeled into University Hospital neeeding urgent care, but Daniel did not make it. Now he is being kept on a ventilator, only because he is a viable organ donor. Fynn (Alexander Bruzt) reveals Daniel suffered head trauma and is brain dead.
When the family members are notified, DAYS showed each of the parents: John (Drake Hogestyn) and Marlena (Deidre Hall) - Brady’s father and Eric’s mother, Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) and Victor (John Aniston) - Daniel’s mother and godfather - as well as Jennifer’s son, JJ (Casey Moss) all learning the news at the same time of the car crash, and who all rush to the hospital to be with their loved ones.
Meanwhile, Theresa (Jen Lilley), Kate (Lauren Koslow) and Nicole (Arianne Zucker) are having it out at the Basic Black New Year’s Eve fashion show party, when Nicole gets a call. When she gets to the hospital, she learns Daniel is dead, and so too does Maggie and Victor all at the same time from Fynn. Nicole then has an emotional goodbye with Daniel in the ICU. When Nicole gets up to allow Maggie some time to sit alone with her son, she leaves the room. Next, Maggie collapses on the floor in grief. Victor then joins her so they can say goodbye to Daniel together.
Elsewhere, Marlena gets to Eric’s room where Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) questions her if she remembers any past upper respitory infections that Eric might have had. Kayla suspects something. Roman (Josh Taylor) comes by and joins Marlena. He informs his ex-wife that their son was drunk at the time of the accident and is the one who ran into Jennifer. Marlena is mortified.
John wants to see Brady, but Theresa is over his bedside willing him to fight to live and come back to their son Tate, and her. An emotional John is overcome with grief seeing his son in such peril.
At the end of the episode, Kayla and Fynn tell Maggie and Victor that both Eric and Brady need a heart, and that Daniel’s is a match for both of them. Maggie is overcome with the knowledge that she must be the one who must decide quickly who should get Daniel’s heart … Eric or Brady?
Throughout the episode there were some heartbreaking moments delivered, in particular kudos go to Suzanne Rogers as the mother put in an impossible situation. As well, Arianne Zucker finally had some very emotional moments to play, and Drake Hogestyn and John Aniston also had some touching moments om the male side.
Now the question: Who do you think will get Daniel’s heart … Eric or Brady? What did you think of the episode … thumbs up or thumbs down? Whose performance had you reaching for the hankies the most? Comment below!