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ATWT Recap – April 26 – April 30th

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Gabriel takes Liberty home before the funeral in his chartered jet. Liberty returns home to a jealous Parker, who tries to convince her Gabriel is up to no good. Liberty refuses to listen to Parker’s wild claims, so Parker storms out to prove that Gabriel has a hidden agenda. Liberty asks Gabriel to meet her at Java and warns him about Parker. Not wanting to return home to Snyder Farm or Milltown, Liberty takes up Gabriel’s offer to watch a movie in his Lakeview Hotel Room. When they arrive they find Parker going through Gabriel’s belongings. Jack, Janet, and Teri go to the funeral, but at the cemetery Dusty arrives before the burial. Eddie, who blames Dusty for Rocco’s death, confronts him. Jack takes Dusty’s punch intended for Eddie. Teri convinces Dusty to wait for them at the house. When they return Dusty pleads with Janet to forgive him. Janet tells Dusty that while she still loves him, she can’t be engaged to him for the time being. She gives him back her engagement ring and he takes Teri back to Oakdale. Jack and Janet leave without saying goodbye to her relatives.

Lily connects Carly with a perfume distributor, but when Carly asks Craig for money he becomes shifty and irritable. While meeting the distributor Craig gets a call from his PI telling him where Ellis is. Craig finds Ellis in a movie theater and Carly follows them. Ellis runs away from Craig and Carly. Craig admits to Carly that Ellis made a bad investment with the Monte Carlo money and Carly flips out on him. She berates herself for ever trusting Craig again. Desperate Craig assures her that he’ll figure it all out. Carly goes home to find Liberty there. Liberty confides in Carly that she’s worried about Parkers obsession with her. Liberty tells Carly about how Parker broke into Gabriel’s room in a fit of jealousy. Carly’s concerned. Parker goes to Java where he tells Faith he’s worried that he’s losing Liberty. He tries to buy her a surprise gift, only to find out that his trust fund has been drained. Parker notices that one of the recent charges on his trust fund was for a private jet. Parker confronts Gabriel at the Monte Carlo Office. They argue, and Parker punches Gabriel. Gabriel falls and hits his head, while freaked Parker rushes out. Gabriel lies unconscious on the floor as smoke seeps under the door. Craig has decided to burn down Monte Carlo to acquire the insurance money. The fire continues at Monte Carlo.  Parker goes to the police station to report Craig’s misuse of his trust fund and sees that there’s a fire at Monte Carlo’s address, so he goes there with Faith.  Parker is worried that no one has seen Gabriel inside, and Carly overhears him say he was “robbed,” she wonders what’s up between them.  Gabriel is eventually pulled out and brought to the hospital. Meanwhile, Lily calls Lucinda in about something they did 20 years ago. They hid from Craig that Gabriel Caras is his son. Lily thinks they should tell Craig, but Lucinda suggests several reasons why he doesn’t deserve to know.  Faith comes home and tells them that Gabriel’s in the hospital.  Lily goes there and at EOD, tells Craig that Gabriel’s his son.  Carly pressures Parker until he confesses that if Gabriel dies it’ll be his fault.  But he was confronting Gabriel about Craig’s having used Parker’s trust fund.  Carly is furious.  At EOD, Craig voices his regrets to Gabriel as Carly shoots daggers at him.

Lily desperately wants to tell Holden about Craig and Gabriel, but Lucinda comes in to prevent her because she knows Holden will tell everyone.  Lily goes to the hospital while Lucinda goes to visit Craig, to harshly say he was never really the boy’s father.  Craig is livid and grabs Lucinda by the throat. He threatens her and throws her out, then has some drinks, and goes back to the boiler room where he sees Carly.  Lucinda tells Holden the family could be in danger of Craig. Janet reminds Liberty how important they are to each other and how fulfilling their lives are and can be together, with the baby.  Jack and Dusty will help, and that’s good, but Janet’s grateful for what she has with her daughter, and realizes she wouldn’t have been better off in Melrose Park all those years. Carly continues to protect Parker, especially from Jack’s curiosity.  Jack hears from Margo it might not have been an accident that started the fire at Monte Carlo’s building.  He’s on the case.  Parker overhears Margo tell Jack that Gabriel had been unconscious and it all might have been a cover-up. Molly’s upset when Holden once again cancels a date to help Lily out. Silas calls her and Molly responds a little to his flirtatious overtures. Luke and Reid would bond some more, watching the game and having pizza.  Noah comes up and Reid irks Luke with what he says.  Then Noah calls Luke, mentions the surgery tomorrow, and Luke is upset that Reid didn’t tell him, thinking he’s up to something.  Luke goes home and Noah’s there, scared of the surgery and needing Luke.  Luke’s happy to be there for him, but we can see he’s conflicted.

It’s the day of Eliza’s custody hearing.  Meg calls the Intruder anonymously to report corruption at Deerbrook.  Emily gets a call from the Intruder and leaves the hearing to pursue this lead, which would have a sure effect on the ruling.  Emily rushes to Deerbrook to confront Dr. Galvin, who denies that Meg’s way out of Deerbrook was bought.  Emily persists until she realizes he’s not lying and Meg set her up.  The hearing ends and Emily gets back to hear that she and Paul have custody for thirty days, until another hearing.  Meg’s plan has bought her some more time.

Days Of Our Lives

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 Of Our Lives

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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