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Patrick Gomez
October 21, 2015 02:30 PM

The whole gang is here.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Days of Our Lives, the cast of the NBC soap got together for a photo shoot and PEOPLE has the exclusive first look at the end result.

The milestone season has seen the return of actress Alison Sweeney, who had left the series late last year after 21 years on the show.

“I said to the producer, ‘You know I’m really out of practice, right? Just so you’re aware it’s a really long time since I’ve memorized anything like that,’ ” Sweeney told PEOPLE in May of returning to a life of memorizing an entire script overnight. “I’m freaking out a little but am very excited to see my friends and be family again.”

RELATED VIDEO: Alison Sweeney Opens Up About Leaving Days of Our Lives

Days of Our Lives airs weekdays on NBC.

Celebrate 50 years of love, lust and drama on Days of Our Lives with PEOPLE’s special collector’s edition, out Oct. 30!

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