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ATWT Recap – Feb 22 – Feb 26th

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Lily tells Holden that Damian sent her the ring and the note.  Molly sees that Lily has bought it and shows her happiness to Holden.  Margo goes to Luke to say that a body was found and positively identified as Damian’s.  Noah will be there for Luke.  Molly and Holden celebrate by making love and talking about getting their family back together.  Lily comes home and tells Luke about the ring and the note, and Luke’s flabbergasted, then tells Lily that Margo was over with news about Damian’s body.  Now, Lily’s not sure what she believes.  Lily calls Margo and agrees to meet at the station.  Margo goes to the docks and sees a boy named Arthur who identifies Holden and Damian. Margo arrests Holden on a murder charge. Margo tells Holden the Maltese authorities are going after whoever killed Damian.  Lily and Luke believe Damian’s still alive, and that makes Molly feel guilty.  Molly hears Lily gave the ring to the police and Molly heads out in a panic.  Margo tells Holden about the ring, that it’s not authentic and was made here in Oakdale.  But she’ll still have to arrest him.  Lily catches up to Molly at Java and confronts her, presuming she had the ring made.  Luke is disappointed in Holden for not being honest with him.  Lily and Molly want to work together to free Holden, but Margo gets a fax that says Holden’s being extradited to Malta to stand trial for Damian’s murder.  Reid examines the brain scans that Luke has of Damian and says unless Damian has Huntington’s disease, they can’t belong to him. Holden is about to be extradited, and there’s not much Lily or Tom can do because of Damian’s influence.  Molly takes it into her own hands, goes to the station and tells Holden’s story.  The Attorney General, who knows Lucinda, gets on the phone and wants to work it out.  By EOD, Holden is not going to be extradited.

Craig wants to support Carly’s business interests and talks to Ellis about liquidating some assets.  Carly, meanwhile, is about to tell Jack about Janet and Dusty when Janet arrives and wonders what’s up. Janet then tells Carly she and Jack are going to have a baby. Carly’s shocked and goes to Craig, who says this is a good thing, will provide some distance between Carly and Jack.  Craig consoles Carly, kisses her hair, which makes Carly flip out and leave.  Janet wonders if Jack doesn’t want to commit to her. Jack insists it’s got to be about the baby.  Janet goes to see Liberty. Craig goes to Milltown and sees Jack, teases him about the baby. Janet wants Carly to stay away from Jack. Carly fires back that she knows about Janet and Dusty. Jack brings Liberty a DVD player, but Dusty has to bring it into the room.  Liberty is comforted.  Dusty also has a punching bag with “cancer” written on it, to help Liberty through.  Jack runs into Carly outside Yo’s, not sure of how he’ll proceed.  Dusty talks to Janet at the hospital, tries to convince her they can be good for each other.  Dusty then talks to Carly at the Lakeview, hears that Jack and Janet will be having a baby.  Jack relents and agrees to it officially, and at EOD Jack and Janet make love. Carly cleans the house, upset.  Parker senses it, and then goes to see Jack about it.  Jack has been awkward with Janet, and vice versa, about the baby.  Dusty has been doing some research and tells Liberty about a program in Minnesota for youths with leukemia.  There’s a spot available and Liberty wants to go.  Dusty tells Janet about it and she’s upset.  Dusty just wants to help, and doesn’t think a baby with Jack would be good for Janet, or anyone.  Parker is comforting to Liberty, but she doesn’t want him to come along to Minnesota.  At EOD, Parker and Liberty do speak over video chat on the computer, but Liberty’s still upset about her condition and being where she is. Craig reiterates to Carly that she’s still too attached to Jack, and it’s not doing her any good.  Craig wants her to focus on Monte Carlo.  He thinks they’ll have to move to New York to succeed.  Carly insists she can make it in Oakdale, as she has before.  She goes to Fashions, then runs out with a dress.  She’s wearing it near EOD when Jack goes to see her after being tipped off by the salesgirl. Carly and Jack start to kiss, and almost go upstairs to make love. Jack pulls back, because of Janet, and Carly lets fly that Janet slept with Dusty.  Craig, meanwhile, wants to use Parker’s trust fund to bankroll Monte Carlo.

Mick wants Alison to get him a little fresh air before he’s taken away.  Alison sneaks him up to the roof.  Casey arrives shortly thereafter, suspicious of Mick.  They argue and at EOD Casey wheels Mick to the edge of the roof. Paul divests himself of James’ money, giving it all to Henry. He wants to make a clean break.  He also divests himself of Barbara, for whom it’s mutual that they don’t need each other. Barbara goes to the Lakeview and sees Henry drinking the celebratory champagne Paul gave him.  They argue, then make love.  At EOD, Paul hears that Mick’s not in his bed, but Emily convinces him to concentrate on her for the moment. On the roof, Casey says Alison can end it just by answering if she really loves Mick.  Alison admits she doesn’t.  She still loves Casey.  Casey’s surprised by this, but Mick’s not.  But Mick runs into Casey, causing him to gash his hand, then wheels away.  Alison finds Mick at the staircase where they first met, where he’s also spotted by a cop. Reid plans to leave town.  He gives Katie two months’ rent.  Reid talks to Bob about talking to the judge, his golf buddy, about letting Reid off.  Bob says it’s not his call.  But there is a patient who needs help that Bob will refer a doctor in Chicago.  The competitive Reid wants in, then says he should do the surgery himself, in Oakdale, next week. Reid however reluctantly helps out Luke by testifying that the brain scans couldn’t have belonged to Damian.  Reid wants Luke to exchange the favor by calling off the cops.  But Reid still wants to help Noah and his new patient, Gillian.

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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