Monday, September 8, 2014

Billy Flynn Set to Debut on 'Days of our Lives': Chad DiMera Deserves to be Angry!

Billy Flynn debuts as Days of our Lives' new Chad DiMera on Friday
This week on NBC soap opera Days of our Lives, Billy Flynn arrives in Salem as the new Chad DiMera. First airing is Friday, September 12, Flynn replaces Casey Jon Deidrick, who last aired as Stefano DiMera's (Joseph Mascolo) son on October 30, 2013. In Chad's final episode, Abigail Deveraux (Kate Mansi) ended their relationship, and his brother EJ DiMera (James Scott) reminded him of their DiMera family bond.

In a recent interview with the The Wrap, Flynn revealed his Chad returns very much a changed man.

Warning: Spoilers ahead...

Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi. Photo
Credit: JPI Studios/ Howard Wise
"He's been spending all this time with Stefano. You give Stefano 10 minutes with any one of his children, and he can pretty much eradicate any goodness that person has. But he spent a lot of time with him, and he finally embraced his name, which the old Chad was kind of in the process of doing, but he was having a hard time doing it. EJ was a big mentor to him at the time. When he left and he was with Stefano, I think he found himself. He comes back more of a man, a strong DiMera. And in the first episode when he comes in, he sort of shows that in a really big way by taking on his brother."

Flynn thinks Chad has grown up, and is trying to figure out where he fits in Salem now.

"He's coming back, he knows what he wants. He knows, in a way, who he's going to use to get it. And the rest is kind of just, kind of see what happens. And he's probably going to piss off a lot of people."

Before he returns, let's revisit Chad's final day in Salem last year and where things stood with Abigail and EJ.

Chad: Look, I'm glad that we have this chance to talk about this alone.
Abigail: Chad, you're leaving in a little while for Boston. And before you go, I just didn't wanna leave anything unfinished.
Chad: You mean it's--it's over, don't you?
Abigail: If I didn't know it before, I knew it when I heard the two of you arguing over me like that. It's over, Chad.
Chad: I just wish that I didn't absolutely deserve to lose you.
Abigail: You're not a bad person, Chad. It's just that, for right now, you're not the person for me.
Chad: For right now?
Abigail: Don't push your luck, punk. Go to Boston. Get healthy. I have to work on myself right now too.
Chad: (he takes her hand) I had to lie to get a person as great as you in my life. And I know what that says about me. But I know what it says about you too.
Abigail: (she kisses him on the cheek) Good luck in Boston.
EJ: All right, then. Let's get you out of here, shall we? You okay?
Chad: Yeah, I was just thinking. Karma really is a bitch.
EJ: Things didn't work out with Abigail?
Chad: She doesn't hate me anymore. But yeah, it's--it's over.
EJ: Sorry. I know how much she meant to you.
Chad: it's okay. I had it coming, right?
[Phone rings]
EJ: Oh, this is Father. No doubt wanting to know what time you're gonna get to the airport. Same as the last eight times you asked. [Laughs] You do realize, whether you like it or not, you now are in the unenviable position of receiving all of father's attention.
Chad: Well, we'll bond. I'm actually glad I'm not going alone.
EJ: Chad, you're never going alone. You're a DiMera. Stefano's son. You're my brother. You never walk alone. Know that.
[Chair clatters]
Karin: A helicopter just landed on the roof. It was like something in a movie. Do you know how to get to the roof?
EJ: Yes.
Karin: I'll tell them that you're coming. See you there.
Chad: [Sighs]
EJ: You make a point of staying in contact.
Chad: Yeah, definitely. And I expect lots of pictures of you and the kids.
EJ: [Laughs] You never know. You'll regret saying that.
Chad: Gotta help me. There we--[Groans]
EJ: You good?
Chad: Yep.
Chad: Thank you. You know, last time I spoke to Johnny was on the phone... he said, "hey, you're a hero, uncle Chad. I overheard mommy telling daddy that."
EJ: Kid's crazy about you. He's gonna miss you.
Chad: Yeah, I'll miss him too. All the kids. And Theo. I promised him I'd Skype him a lot.
EJ: You better Skype all of us. Look, Chad, I know that I've said this before, but it bears repeating. You're a hero. You saved my life. I will... forever be grateful for that.
Chad: Maybe you can return the favor one day. Don't feel you have to take a bullet to do it, all right?
EJ: I am very proud to call you my brother. Truly.
Chad: Same here.
EJ: Come here.
(They hug)

Later in the episode, Abby has this exchange with Gabi (Camila Banus):

Abigail: Yeah, I-I think I'm just gonna take a little time-out from dating. People think that there's something wrong with you if you're not involved with someone, but I just don't see it that way, you know?
Gabi: Yeah, me neither. I mean, it doesn't make you a loser or anything at all. It doesn't matter what stupid shows or magazines say, okay?
Abigail: Some people, it's like they don't know how to not be involved with someone. And I think that that desperation is what leads to all kinds of bad decisions.
Gabi: Amen to that.



If Chad is now a tad angry, he has every right to be. Abby and EJ had sex just over two months later. Look out, EJ!

Chad (Billy Flynn) and EJ (James Scott). Photo Credit: JPI Studios/ Howard Wise

While we wait for Flynn's Friday debut, check him out in a new Dream Loud video below. Each year schools are going through more and more budget cuts and each year the first programs to be cut as a result are the art and music programs. Dream Loud is a campaign to help raise awareness to this and to help encourage the school system to retain the art and music programs instead of letting them go.

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