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AMC Recap – July 18 – July 22nd

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Erica asks Ben what the noise on the other side of the wall and he says it’s a heater. She asks him to end this now and just as he’s about to set her free, Jane arrives. Jane says she cannot give up being Erica since she is about to marry David. Jane admits she doesn’t know what to do with Erica yet. Jane is deeply affected when she listens to Erica’s memoir. Maya gasps when she holds Lucy and Frankie asks if she’s ok and Maya explains she had the same feeling when she held her baby. Jesse questions Frankie if she can do the job and Maya assures Frankie she’ll be good with Lucy. When she holds Lucy again Maya’s much more comfortable and remembers the night she held her baby. Jesse notices her kiss Lucy on the forehead and is a little unsettled at the closeness he’s just witnessed. Marissa tells Krystal she’s in love and explains how unexpected it is. Krystal’s moved to tears over her daughter’s strong feelings and assumes it’s with Bianca. She immediately hugs Marissa and accepts her choice right off the bat. Marissa confesses she is comfortable with herself for the first time in a long time. Krystal can tell she really loves Bianca. Bianca finds Marissa at Krystal’s and admits her mom isn’t doing well but believes she’ll be ok because she has Marissa in her life. Krystal gives Bianca a hug and says she wants her daughter to be happy and in love and Bianca brings her both. Having accepted David’s proposal Jane tells Bianca and Kendall she doesn’t want to choose between them and David. Both girls agree they need to get their mother away from David. Jane’s excited about planning the wedding but David says they that cannot make it a big extravaganza. Kendall tells Griffin she’s in the middle of something that he might now want to be a part of and he promises to look into what David is doing with Erica. After leaving, Griffin calls David and demands to know why he’s marrying Erica.

Eva La Rue returns to AMC for her first appearance as Maria Santos. JR drops AJ off at Tad’s and Cara overhears him saying that he didn’t want AJ watching Marissa pack up and leave again. Tad asks if he needs a few drinks to handle it and suggests he attend an AA meeting. JR says he doesn’t need one and tries to convince Tad that one slip is no big deal. Cara makes her presence known when JR brings up Tad & Cara’s fake marriage. Tad wonders what Dixie would think right now of her son. JR tells him to leave her out of this; she’s dead and not coming back.  Tad’s sorry Cara had to witness his tough love with JR. Tad gets a delivery from Dixie’s father; in the box is Dixie’s diary. Scott finds Marissa and wants to know what JR’s done this time. Marissa admits she’s in love with Bianca and Scott’s surprised but happy for her. He assumes JR didn’t take the news to well. Marissa notices an empty liquor bottle and has a feeling he took it harder than she thought. Scott tells her not to feel responsible for JR’s drinking. JR kicks Marissa out and assumes Scott wants to laugh at him. Scott tries to explain that Marissa’s decision was not a personal attack on him. But he’s glad she is a lesbian because it means she’ll never be with JR again. JR looks at a picture of Dixie and apologizes for messing up. Liza thinks Jesse is happy she lost her job and he admits he was happy to hear it until he found out it was because of him. Liza admits she didn’t want to be the same person she was a few years ago because she lost Colby because of her old behavior. While bonding with Angie, Maya ignores several calls on her cell. Angie asks if she’s in trouble but Maya says it’s just her aunt calling. Maya tells Mookie to stop calling and Angie wonders why she tries to convince herself he’s a good guy. Maya explains that Mookie moved to NY to be with her so she should have told him about her new job. Jesse overhears Maya telling Frankie she is letting go of the guilt of giving up her baby and privately reacts. He confides his concerns to Brot that Maya could be Lucy’s mother. They agree she can’t be but when Mookie shows up Jesse’s concerned and wants to do a DNA test as soon as possible. Jake gets Amanda’s test results and says they found some abnormal cells so he scheduled a biopsy for today. Jake tells Tad about Amanda’s test results and fears it may be cancer. Amanda puts on a brave front but when Jake holds her their fear is apparent. Griffin is doing community service when Kendall approaches and asks if he found anything out from David. He admits he hasn’t heard back after all he’s done for David. Griffin tells Kendall he knew a different David from the one they all know. He talks about how David taught him everything he knows, even how to save her life that day in the ambulance. Kendall says David saves people for his own purposes and tells Griffin about Maria Santos. He presses her for more information and Kendall admits that he locked her away after an accident. Maria’s plane went down like Zach’s and Zach was involved with her before Kendall.

Tad tells Cara that Dixie’s father just passed away and they must have found the journal in his stuff. Tad reads the diary and learns that Dixie always wanted the type of life she had with him. Overwhelmed, Tad needs to get away from the house. Tad and Cara head off to the park and he admits that life with Dixie was a life changer for him, made him see himself differently. He figured if she loved him than he couldn’t be all that bad. Cara doesn’t believe he was ever bad so he tells her the story of “Tad the Cad”. Dixie changed him and when they were finally able to be together, she died. Tad comes to the realization that he needs to find out who he is separate from Dixie. Cara offers to help him move on like he helped her move on from Jake. Amanda tells JR about her biopsy but declines his offer of support should it turn out to be cancerous, saying he is the last person she would turn to for support. JR says he can relate because of his own situation. He tells Amanda that Marissa fell in love with Bianca and takes a drink from a flask. Amanda’s sorry to see that he’s drinking again and hopes he gets his act together but won’t be the one to help him do it. In tears, Amanda goes home to Opal and admits she might have cancer. Frankie doesn’t believe Asher when he says he needs another bottle of pills because Colby lost the ones he had. Instead he’s convinced Asher is developing a serious problem. Asher threatens to find a doctor who will give him the pills. Caleb overhears Asher and Frankie and agrees his son needs help. Caleb and Asher find JR drinking in the parlor and Caleb grabs the flask and chucks it in the garbage. He plans on taking Asher home where he belongs. An angry JR doesn’t want Asher to leave and gets nasty, telling Caleb it’s a little too late to be a father now. Asher leaves and JR pours himself another drink.

Jane overhears Jackson admit to Greenlee that the woman he loves stabbed him in the heart. He’s heartbroken but isn’t giving up on Erica Jane is moved by his passion. Not only does Griffin want to know if David’s treated other patients, he asks about Maria specifically. David wonders if he’s forgotten what he did for him and Cara. David gives Griffin a choice; either his relationship or the chance to change the world. Greenlee asks David why he took Erica away from Jackson and he says that since he couldn’t have her Erica is second best he’s marrying Erica partly to get back at her. Dressed in scrubs and a surgical mask Jane overhears his admission. Greenlee fakes a pain in her leg and when David touches her arm it’s electric and she knows how much she means to him. When David heads off he walks right past Jane who has tears in her eyes. Cara tells Ryan that Griffin did research for David after he came back from Africa during her reoccurrence with cancer and that the two men were best friends. Cara finds Griffin thinking about the time David came back into his life and she admits she just had the same conversation with Ryan. Griffin snaps, wondering what she revealed. Kendall tells Bianca that she feels like there is a firewall between her and Griffin and that Ryan thinks he’s on David’s side. Kendall’s happy to hear about Bianca and Marissa and tells her to go and be in love and not to get involved with her and Ryan’s plan. Greenlee tells Kendall she is working David. Erica hears banging on the walls and thinks it’s a signal. Ben blows it off, saying the rooms are sound proof but  Erica wonders who else is down there or if Jane is even the one calling the shots. Jane enters and says everything Erica said is true but she doesn’t know what to do. While playing Frisbee in the park with Cara, Kathy sees Dixie. She tries to show Cara the woman she just saw but there’s no sign of her.

Erica asks Jane to show her what she looked like before the transformation and realizes she looked a lot like her before. Jane says her mother called her the ugly best friend. Erica sympathizes and can relate because her father left her and that took a toll on her confidence. She gives Jane some advice to stop trying to be Erica and be Jane. She shouldn’t accept being anyone’s second choice. Ben promises to stay with Jane and they decide to let Erica go but cannot let her know where they are or how to get back. Marissa tells AJ that JR is not himself and JR dares her to tell him why. Marissa doesn’t think JR should punish his son by telling him about her and Bianca. Marissa tells AJ that she and Bianca love each other very much and are going to make a good home for him. While Marissa’s talking to AJ, Bianca tries to get JR to understand that he had nothing to do with Marissa falling in love with her and promises to get Marissa and AJ through this but JR walks back into the room drunk, his demeanor scaring AJ. Marissa knows AJ is trying to be brave but deep down he’s scared and confused and she feels responsible. Bianca doesn’t want her to blame herself and Marissa wonders why it took her so long to see how right they are for each other. As Angie prepares for her consultation with the surgeon she tells Jesse that David’s earned her trust. When David shows up he tells the couple the surgeon postponed so they’ll have to reschedule but when the nurse enters and says the surgeon called to ask why they missed their appointment and Jesse realizes David lied and goes to find out why. Cara comes home from the park and finds Tad going through Dixie’s things. She tells him about Kathy seeing Dixie in the park and wonders if Tad is not ready to let her go just yet. He says that by going through her things it’s helping him to move forward. Based on something Tad read in Dixie’s journal he gets an idea on how he can say goodbye. Tad invites Opal, Krystal, Liza and Cara to a yard sale/memorial and he talks about screwing up until Dixie and JR came along just as JR appears at the door and listens. As the women give him a standing ovation, Tad credits Cara with giving him the courage to say goodbye.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Cady McClain Ends Her Great Run as Jennifer; But Not Before A ‘Wink-Wink’ Nudge-Nudge’ to AMC’s Dixie ‘Poison Pancake’ Debacle

Wednesday’s episode featured another solid performance by two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Cady McClain as Jennifer Horton Devereux as it was the day of her mother, Laura’s (Jaime Lyn Bauer) funeral.

Last week, longtime viewers were saddened that the character of Dr. Laura Horton was killed-off.  The question remains did she fall accidentally and hit her head in a struggle with Gwen (Emily O’Brien), or did Gwen intentionally kill Laura?

Yesterday was also the final episode of McClain in the role of Jennifer – as far as know for now.   In story, following Laura’s funeral, Jennifer was heading to Boston to be with her brother Mike, to settle their mother’s estate and go through her belongings, etc.

Cady had taken over the role of Jennifer from Melissa Reeves, who chose to stay in Nashville during the Covid-19 pandemic.  As part of her departure, head writer, Ron Carlivati and the writing team, delivered a little wink-wink nudge-nudge to soap viewers and those of McClain’s time as Dixie Cooney Martin on All My Children.

In one of the most controversial soap death scenes of all-time, and one that was not kind to McClain, Dixie was killed-off the ABC daytime drama series after eating poison peanut butter pancakes. Fast-forward to 2021, and in an attempt to make DAYS Jennifer feel better, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) whips up some banana pancakes with extra peanut butter!  When Jennifer declines them, Julie says she thought she liked them, to which Jennifer replied, “I used to.  But I had a bad experience with them once.  Now I can’t even look at them.”  Julie questions, “Bad experience?”  Then Jennifer says, “I’d rather not talk about it.”

In our books, McClain got the last laugh here getting to do a nod to the audience, who has followed her soap career for decades including the the 2007 killing of Dixie … by pancakes.

Previously, Cady shared in a 2020 interview with EW.com about the subject: “It was a dig at me by one of the writers that very much wanted to put me in my place. I had stepped out of line and they wanted to put me back in line, and I was going to eat those pancakes and I was going to learn my lesson, and I certainly did.”

So, what did you think of the mention of the ‘pancakes”? Will you miss Cady as Jennifer? Comment below.

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THE BACHELOR: Matt Picks His Final Four for ‘Hometowns’ Which Includes Now Controversial Contestant Rachael Kirkconnell

Monday night’s airing of ABC’s The Bachelor was its first since last week’s controversial behind-the-scenes shake-up and attention-grabbing headlines.

Since the season of the reality-dating competition had been previously filmed, it did not change any of the proceedings of what viewers actually saw on-air.

And it was a pivotal episode, where ‘Bachelor’ Matt James had to whittle down the contestants to his final four in preparation to meet their families in the ‘hometowns’ next week.  So, just who did Matt choose to still be the running for the final rose?

 

Here’s what went down: first was the business of Heather Martin, bestie of ex-‘Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown, and a previous contestant from Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor, crashing the series to meet Matt.  When she finally makes her destination, the other women’s claws come out (and we though we got rid of the ‘mean girls” last week!).  After Heather busts up a conversation between Matt and Pieper, she tell him she wants to get to know him.  Matt at first appears conflicted whether to throw her into the jungle of the contestants, but ultimately sends her back home as she drives out in her own car, in tears, of course, over not getting a chance at love with Matt.  When Matt tells the other women that he sent Heather home, they were not only relieved, but professed how much it turned them on.

In the rose ceremony that followed, Matt also sent home Serena C. and Chelsea.  Leaving the remaining women up in arms on who would get the two one-on-one dates, and who would be put in the group date.  Abigail, who never got a one-on-one and who received the first impression rose was shown to the door by Matt, when she confessed her frustration and how much she was falling for him. He admitted that he did not feel the same and felt stronger connections with the other women.

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However, Matt did go on a one-on-one with Jessenia where they go on a “dangerous” obstacle course in a race car, complete with swirling and twirling driving skills to get their heart rates up, which Matt loved as he admitted he is “adrenaline junkie”as was Jessenia as it turns out.  However, on their dinner date afterwards, while dangling a rose in front of her face, he also sends Jessenia packing!

Feisty Kit decided she needs to speak privately to Matt, and tells him she isn’t there yet relationship-wise, and does not think its fair to him to still consider her for the hometowns or the final rose.  Kit said: “It’s a rest-of-your-life sort of situation. And you deserve somebody who is 100 percent sure about you getting down on one knee tomorrow and that’s not me.”  Next thing you know, Kit is eliminated by her own valiation.

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The controversial Rachel Kirkconnell, who last week had a social media frenzy surround her when a video came to light that claimed Kirkconnell had “liked” posts with the Confederate flag on it and shared QAnon conspiracy theories, as well as a photo that surfaced on Redditt of Kirkconnell in 2018 attending an “Old South” plantation-themed college party, received another one-on-one with Matt on last night’s episode.

Amid the controversy, Rachael then posted her response on her Instagram which included: “At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”

During their date it seemed like Rachael is a clear frontrunner making this situation all the more awkward, especially after seeing the promo for the ‘hometowns ‘that followed the episode, which featured her parents questioning Rachael hard about Matt.  With Rachael getting a rose, so too did Serena, who hated their yoga date, and seemed a bit standoffish, but Matt gave her a rose anyway.

In the final rose ceremony of the episode, Bri and Michelle got the last two roses, while Pieper was out of the competition.

So, who do you think will get a proposal from Matt …Bri, Michelle, Rachael or Serena? Comment below.  But first check. out the promo for next week’s ‘hometown’ episode.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

She has been a polarizing character since her arrival in Salem, with some fans screaming Gwen is sucking up too much airtime.  HOWEVER, the performances by Emily O’Brien (Gwen) show an actress on top of her craft who can play, as Gwen called herself, “A miserable, vindictive bitch”, or a young woman so deeply-emotionally wounded that you might just come around and eventually feel some empathy for her.

Last week, while the soaps were pre-empted for most of the week due to the senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, DAYS posted all of its weekly episodes online on NBC.com, the NBC app, or on the Peacock streaming platform, and O’Brien’s work was a standout.

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It all came to a boiling point when Laura (Jaime Lyn Bauer) and Gwen have the long-awaited confrontation in Gwen’s room at the Salem Inn, where O’Brien goes from Gwen baiting Laura to tell her dirty secret of her long-ago affair with Jack (Matthew Ashford), to her utter anger at how because of it, Laura trashed Gwen’s entire life.

 

Laura reveals the guilt she felt for sleeping with Jack, so much so, that she would do anything to save Jennifer (Cady McClain) and Jack’s marriage.  In delight at getting to the root of the truth, Gwen responds: “You slept with Jack? That is just perfect! My father slept with his mother-in-law!”

Then, Laura shares how it happened.  They were both at the “Meadows” finding their ‘truest selves’ and they were both using other names – she, Monica and he, Clark, and Laura had never seen a photo of Jack before to know it was him!  Gwen wants to burst out in hysterical laughter, but then she becomes filled with rage knowing that if Laura hadn’t bought off her birth mother, Tiffany, her own life would have been very different.  She goes on to say that she and Abigail (Marci Miller) might even be close as sisters, but instead of “borrowing her clothes, she borrowed her husband” alluding to sleeping with Chad (Billy Flynn).  Next, Gwen wants to make Laura pay and lets Laura know that, “All the damage that you did, can’t be undone.” When Laura tries to leave, Gwen stops her and says in no uncertain terms, “I want revenge, because you ruined my life and you’re not going to get away with it!”

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Next, we see that there had been a struggle with Laura dead on the floor bleeding out of her head.  A freaked-out Gwen does not know what to do.  She realizes she will be accused of murder.  With no one in town to call, she decides to call her father, Jack.  When he shows up at the Salem Inn, Jack is shocked, and grief-stricken to see his mother-in-law, dead.  Gwen swears to Jack this was an accident and that she did not kill Laura, and that he has to believe her.  Jack decides he will stand by his daughter.  Gwen wants to get rid of the body, Jack says he can’t be involved in a cover-up, so he calls Rafe (Galen Gering).  When Rafe arrives at the crime scene he is very suspicious of Gwen, and takes her down to the station.

Scene after scene, O’Brien layered her performances with venomous and ominous undertones, illustrating a woman with so much emotional baggage who becomes desperate to save herself.  For all these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Emily’s work, The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Emily O’Brien’s key scenes? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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