SOW: After John's deadly 'accident' the heat has really turned up on Stefano.
JM: They always do that. I don't even have to see the script. I knew by the minute John got hit by a car, 'A-ha, Stefano did it!' But for John Black to be hit by a car is almost silly, because he's been hit by cannons, bullets, rocks - he drowned - and he's survived all that. Now, somebody hits him with a car and he doesn't survive?
SOW: But he's not the Phoenix.
JM: [laughs] It's funny how that 'nickname' started. Every year I would do a play in order for me to leave and come back, [then head writer Pat Falken Smith] came up with the idea of the Phoenix, with Stefano always rising out of the ashes.
SOW: Have you enjoyed playing the back story of the vendetta?
JM: It's been quite beautiful, and a bit of a surprise, because when I was first talking to them about coming back, I thought we'd get a couple of beautiful, older actors doing a few scenes of mom and dad in Europe. But they came up with this whole thing of Colleen and Santo, which is interesting. It helps explain things. As an actor, I had made up my own history about Stefano so I could work on the character. [This story] was different.
SOW: The DiMera's have enjoyed quite a resurgence on the show.
JM: I think it's something that was needed, in the terms of the story and the [future of] the show. It gives a different kind of strength to this battle between the DiMeras and the Bradys. In Salem you always have Mama Brady and her nice family on one hill, and then on the other hill you had the DiMeras and the dark side. In the middle you had cops; these three pockets of power. They are trying to give equal strength to all sides. Some of it is a little foolish. You want to give the cops a few more b***s, maybe. You want to give them some intelligence. It's a funny thing. I've done an awful lot of charity work for the police all over the country. For whatever reason, they get a kick out of Stefano. In real life you have strong people in the police force, but [on soaps] they can't even catch somebody stealing licorice.
The bottom line is always, "Does it make sense? Could this be possible?" My fight has always been the same; the audience is much more intelligent than [the show] gives them credit for most of the time. They know when you're being a doofus and when you're not. Like Stefano -- he's had enough tunnels in Salem. One more tunnel and the whole place will sink.
SOW: What about Stefano's sinking health status? John Black bit the dust. Is this going to be it for Stefano, too?
JM: I am personally going to put a stick of dynamite in his wheelchair and blow that f***ker up.
SOW: So the Phoenix is really going to turn to ashes?
JM: [laughs] I'll tell you, this has been a source of a lot of talk between myself and Hogan [Sheffer, head writer] and Ed Scott [executive producer], about just how sick he is. Stefano can be quite manipulative and duplicitous. So you really don't know how sick he is. Of course, there is the reality of him having that operation, because now he's got so many other people's body parts in him it's like a joke. But I don't believe this illness is something that will put him down.
Next Week: * EJ takes on Bo, Roman and Steve. * Philip and Belle bond while in Tulsa. * Max and Stephanie get intimate while in the cave. * Andre "clowns" around and holds Sami at knifepoint. Thursday: * Santo proposed to Colleen. * Bob Harper, one of the fitness trainers on NBC's The Biggest Loser, will play himself. Friday: * Kate is forced to lure Roman into a trap.
What Will Happen Max and Stephanie admit their true feelings for each other. Belle and Shawn are put ina freezing situation In Tulsa, Philip finds Lauren holding a baby. Everyone gather for Stefano's funeral.
VCR Alerts On Thursday, September 13 - Santo proposes to Colleen. On Friday, September 14 - Kate is forced to lure Roman into a trap. "She knew getting involved with DiMera again would be trouble," sighs Luaren Koslow (Kate.)
DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Stefano's "murder" is put into action. With Tony and E.J. present, Dr. Rolf prepares Stefano for his ride home from the hospital. Bo and Roman show up, claiming Stefano needs protection. As they wheel Stefano out, Steve arrives. Steve whips out a knife and repeatedly stabs DiMera. During the chaos, Tony discreetly jabs a needle into Stefano's arm, knocking him out. Stefano is pronounced dead. Sami recuperates at the hospital after being locked in the steam room. In flashbacks, Sister Mary Anne tells Father Mallory she saw Colleen's scarf in Santo's hotel room. Mrs. Fitzpatrick asks if Colleen can help her take care of the neighborhood children. Colleen realizes Santo had engineered this so she would be at his hotel on a regular basis. Jeremy tells Stephanie he's decided to run when they reach Vegas in order to avoid any chance that he'll be sent back to jail. Nick confides to Billie that he doesn't think Artemis and DeMarquette are China Lee's kids. Nick leaves with the boys, and a strange man in a Panama hat follows them. Rawlings shoots Jett in the back. Back at the plane, Rawlings shows up and holds Max and Stephanie at gunpoint.
Bo reveals to Tony the plan to "murder" Stefano. Tony is all for it; he suggests Steve do the "crime," but Kayla isn't too thrilled with the idea. Later, Tony must convince Stefano that he is a true DiMera. But will Tony protect Stefano, no matter what?
Kate is convinced Andre is trying to kill her. Lucas calls Roman in and he suggests Kate move in with him. Are these two heading for a reconciliation?
EJ insists to Sami that there is chemistry between them. She refuses to believe it, but doth she protest too much? The two of them read another Santo/Colleen letter and the heat between them rises.
Stephanie tells Steve he was right about Jeremy. Steve promises he and Kayla will stand behind Jeremy as long as he keeps his nose clean but is it too late?
Tuesday, September 4 - Steve and Kayla argue over Steve's helping Bo to "kill" Stefano. Bo asks Tony for his help in "killing" Stefano. Tony visits Stefano, who asks Tony to take over the DiMera empire!
Wednesday, September 5 - Jeremy tells Stephanie he's going to run rather than be arrested. Sami and EJ read new letters between Colleen and Santo. Nick tells Billie he doesn't think the kids are China Lee's!
Thursday, September 6 - Rawlings shoots Jett! EJ and Sami get a little too close while reading the letters. Colleen and Santo again begin to make love!
Friday, September 7 - Chelsea helps Jett, who tells her how he feels about her. Steve stabs Stefano, who is pronounced dead! Lucas thinks Sami wants to spend time with EJ!
Bo asks Tony for his help with his plan to trap Andre by "killing" Stefano and having a funeral. Tony agrees to help. Later in the week, Stefano is taken home from the hospital. Steve then pretends to kill Stefano by stabbing him in the chest to avenge Benjy! Roman and Bo, who are there to protect Stefano, grab Steve. Stefano is pronounced dead, though he's only been drugged by Tony.
Sami stays at the hospital after she contracts a low grade fever from being in the steam room. Sami and EJ read newly translated letters between Colleen and Santo this week. They get a little too close while reading the letters, which upsets Sami. Later it is Lucas who is upset ask he thinks Sami wants to spend time with EJ!
Max and Jeremy try and help the girls escape from Rawlings. Meanwhile, Jett plans to arrest both Rawlings and Jeremy! Jeremy tells Stephanie that he's going to run for it rather than be arrested.
Later, Jett is shot in the back by Rawlings! Jeremy makes a run for it, while Chelsea stays with Jett, who tells Chelsea how he feels about her! Rawlings meanwhile holds a gun on Max and Stephanie and makes them jump out of the plane!
Nick and China Lee's kids are followed by a mysterious stranger! Nick wonders if China Lee is really their mother . . . .