The Party’s Over for Sami and Lucas, ‘Cause Here Comes E.J.!
We tried to warn Sami and Lucas, but would they listen? Nope. So despite Sami feeling incredibly guilty about having cheated on her husband, she and Lucas continued to hook up… usually immediately after insisting it wasn’t ever going to happen again.
But things will get extremely complicated on Wednesday, June 9 when Dan Feuerriegel steps into the role of EJ DiMera, aka the cuckolded husband. “I’m so excited to bring EJ back to Days of Our Lives and to see what flavor I can bring to Salem,” the handsome new-to-daytimer told our sister site, Deadline.
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Of course, the part was previously played by James Scott, who created magic when paired with Alison Sweeney’s Sami. When Scott exited the canvas back in 2014, EJ was believed dead — for about five minutes — after being shot. But viewers later saw his sister inject him with a mysterious substance, and it was later revealed that Ej was yet another in Dr. Rolf’s ever-growing army of the undead.
Sami recently admitted to Lucas that despite all she’d done to help EJ recover, he’d been pulling away from her. This confession, of course, led Lucas to “comfort” his ex-wife and the first of several trysts.
Although new to American soaps, Feuerriegel is no stranger to drama, having appeared on sudsers such as Home and Away and McLeod’s Daughters in his native Australia. But he is probably best known to U.S. audiences for his role as Agron, a rugged gladiator in the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand.
Of course, Feuerriegel joins Days of Our Lives at a most opportune moment, given that shortly after he signed with the soap it received a two-year renewal. “Two years gives us time to do it right,” executive producer Ken Corday told us shortly after the news broke. “It means we don’t constantly have to be looking over our shoulders. We have breathing room!”
EJ will be arriving in Salem during a rather crucial time for the DiMera family. Kristen has been spiraling out of control, while Chad’s marriage to Abigail has been rocked by his infidelity with her newfound sibling Gwen and the fallout. But the question on everyone’s mind is whether EJ will reunite with Sami… or do everything in his power to destroy her upon finding out she’s been sleeping with Lucas!