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GIRL POWER

I’m writ­ing in to say how amaz­ing the Chad and Abby scenes were on DAYS when Abby gave birth to their daugh­ter! Marci Miller [ex-abi­gail] and Billy Flynn [Chad] played it to per­fec­tion, and it was awe­some that Abby was born in that cabin now she gave birth in that cabin, too! The scenes sur­round­ing it were so good and funny! I es­pe­cially loved when Chad and Abby cud­dled with their new daugh­ter. Even though Chad doesn’t yet know he’s the dad, you’d never know! And I hope Ste­fan does the right thing now that he knows what Gabi has been do­ing. Those scenes of Ste­fan get­ting Gabi to con­fess in the same episode made for must-see TV! Good job, DAYS! Good job, Marci Miller! We’ll miss you as Abi­gail. All the best and thank you! C.S. in Canada

ALL MY LOV­ING

I love Soap Opera Digest and I love DAYS OF OUR LIVES! My fa­vorites cou­ples are Chad and Abi­gail, Rafe and Hope, John and Mar­lena, and Steve and Kayla. I ab­so­lutely love the ad­di­tion of Tyler Christo­pher [Ste­fan] to the cast. He is

“I’m writ­ing in to say how amaz­ing the Chad and Abby scenes were on DAYS when Abby gave birth to their daugh­ter! Marci Miller [ex­abi­gail] and Billy Flynn [Chad] played it to per­fec­tion.”

so hand­some and such a good ac­tor and I love his calm, brood­ing de­meanor. I hope he re­turns quickly from his leave. I love

Billy Flynn — I think he is one of the best ac­tors on DAYS. I love his chem­istry with Kate Mansi [Abi­gail]. It’s off the charts! I can’t stand Chad with Gabi; it has never worked and never will. His fall­ing for Gabi when Abi­gail was sup­posed to be dead was just so forced. If he was so bro­ken up about the loss of his beloved wife that he had to find com­fort in Gabi (who he never even felt at­tracted to), then he should have been beyond happy when his wife re­turned and dropped her like a hot potato just like Sonny dropped Paul (with­out even one ounce of any lin­ger­ing feel­ings). That would of made a lot more sense if they played it like he was con­fused and just find­ing com­fort in the friend­ship. I can’t wait un­til Chad finds out all of Gabi’s dirty deeds! She is no longer a good per­son or a good mother, hurt­ing Abi­gail’s two in­no­cent chil­dren. She can’t pos­si­bly be spend­ing any time with her own child run­ning a com­pany and run­ning around town drug­ging and gaslight­ing peo­ple! She de­serves to go back to jail and lose her daugh­ter. Noth­ing against Camila Banus — I think she is a fine ac­tress and a beau­ti­ful girl — but they are mak­ing Gabi a hor­ri­ble per­son to hurt chil­dren and risk los­ing her own child and not have a care in the world about it.

Jessica H. in CA

BABY JOY

The episode on DAYS with Abby in la­bor, while very se­ri­ous, was hu­mor­ous,

“Noth­ing against Camila Banus — I think she is a fine ac­tress and a beau­ti­ful girl — but they are mak­ing [DAYS’S] Gabi a hor­ri­ble per­son.”

also. Chad jump­ing around on the fur­ni­ture try­ing to get a cell phone sig­nal, telling Abby that this time she doesn’t have a psy­chopath de­liv­er­ing her baby and her re­spond­ing, “No you’re the psy­chopath this time.” Very funny stuff.

June B., Clear Spring, MD

TRUE TO LIFE

I wanted to let the writ­ers of GH and es­pe­cially the ac­tors Roger Howarth [Franco] and Jon Lind­strom [Kevin] know how deeply af­fected I was by the re­pressed mem­o­ries/child­hood sex­ual abuse story in the spring. I am a sur­vivor of sim­i­lar abuse at a very young age. See­ing a char­ac­ter go through the liv­ing hell of ques­tion­ing his san­ity, his mem­o­ries, his value as a hu­man be­ing, and his en­tire life his­tory, then break­ing the barri-

ers to mem­ory, fac­ing the abuser, and strug­gling to ac­cept the life-al­ter­ing re­al­ity of a past he fought so hard to for­get, has been so re­lat­able and trueto-life. I also ap­pre­ci­ate that it hasn’t just been com­pletely dropped, as if re­mem­ber­ing is a magic cure that makes one all bet­ter. It takes a long time to ac­cept CSA as part of

“Franco was the per­fect char­ac­ter for this story [on GH], and no one could have por­trayed the labyrinth of emo­tions as per­fectly as Roger Howarth [r.]. Jon Lind­strom was also out­stand­ing in Kevin’s role of the ther­a­pist who guides with­out push­ing and ac­cepts with­out judg­ment.”

your his­tory, and trig­gers may come from any­thing. Franco was the per­fect char­ac­ter for this story and no one could have por­trayed the labyrinth of emo­tions as per­fectly as Roger Howarth. Jon Lind­strom was also out­stand­ing in Kevin’s role of the ther­a­pist who guides with­out push­ing and ac­cepts with­out judg­ment. Di­a­logue that needed to be spo­ken was spo­ken: “It’s not your fault. You can­not con­trol an adult’s ac­tions. You are not a bad per­son. You will not be­come an abuser be­cause you have been abused. You are ca­pa­ble of liv­ing, lov­ing, and hav­ing a healthy fam­ily.” While El­iz­a­beth played a sup­port­ing role in this plot, it was her love that helped Franco get to the other side. Rebecca Herbst played ev­ery beat per­fectly, from ques­tion­ing, re­as­sur­ing, and even seem­ing to know what the truth was be­fore Franco did. Roger Howarth and Rebecca Herbst have cre­ated a mag­i­cal con­nec­tion be­tween the char­ac­ters of Franco and El­iz­a­beth that puts them among the most elite su­per­cou­ples in soap his­tory as far as this life­long viewer is con­cerned. The looks, the touches, the sim­ple ges­tures make even a cynic like me be­lieve real love might be pos­si­ble. Af­ter this story aired, I pub­licly came for­ward as a sur­vivor and am cur­rently work­ing on cre­at­ing a sup­port group at my church for as­sault sur­vivors. This story made me brave enough to take that step. So, I hope more peo­ple will ben­e­fit from this pow­er­ful tale and the way it was brought to life on our screens. Thank you to ev­ery­one who cre­ated this mas­ter­piece of sto­ry­telling.

Becky B. in Mis­sis­sippi [Ed. Note: Becky, thank you for shar­ing your story.]

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