It has been an emotional roller coaster this week on Days of Our Lives (DOOL) as Nicole leaving broke our hearts, while Sami’s return had us standing up and cheering.
We knew about both situations for months, as news broke long ago about Arianne Zucker leaving her long-term role as Nicole (a role she’s played off and on since 1998) and Alison Sweeney returning to play Sami (a role she took over in 1993 and left in 2014 – and returned briefly in 2015 after Will was “murdered”).
But this week, worlds collided. Zucker broke our hearts as Nicole begged for the chance to finally be happy with Eric and Holly and was denied, while Sami stormed back into town, at once fierce and devastated at the news that her late son Will was rumored to be alive.
To say that both actresses have been killing it would be a huge understatement. But today it got better – we finally got to see Nicole and Sami run into each other, however brief, and it was every bit as glorious as we could have hoped. Sami was furious at Nicole for breaking her brother’s heart while Nicole… was just broken.
But before their meeting, Sami went to see Eric (Greg Vaughan), who was a wreck. He spoke of his love for Nicole while Sami looked like she was about vomit her birthday cake she was eating. She hated that Eric was with her and was relieved to hear she had old intel. But, when Eric said he was the one dumped, Sami was livid!
As luck would have it, Sami ran into Nicole and said she heard about what she did to her brothers. After some awesome one-liners (“And his whole Little House on the Prairie setup…He’s in shreds”), Nicole says she knows Sami’s been through hell and thought it would leave her with compassion.
But, she sees Sami is still the mean and vindictive person she’s always been. Sami counters that she was saying the same thing about her to Eric. Nicole, from the heart, says she did what she did for her daughter and that if Sami were in her place, she’d have done the same thing. Sami takes it all in and just wishes her luck.
The exchange was short and definitely not sweet, but it was a richly layered conversation between two women with a lot of stormy water under that bridge between them. Both are survivors and from that, a wedge of respect was established. Bravo to the writers, actors, and the crew – this is why we love soaps.
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