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ATWT Recap – Jan 25 – Jan 29th

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Carly has a drink at the lakeside.  Craig finds her and says he’s over them, but Carly remarks he came running when he saw her car.  Carly wants to restart Monte Carlo, but Craig says she can’t be drinking. Liberty is upset to think Jack only came back to Janet because of her own illness.  But Jack later explains to Liberty there’s more to the situation than Liberty’s sickness.  There’s an ease in the tension.  Janet has spoken to Carly and wants her to stay out of Jack’s life.  Jack and Carly look at each other through the window, but Jack turns away first, then Carly.  Liberty keeps resisting treatment, and she leaves the hospital. Carly and Molly, consoling each other about their romantic woes, find Liberty on the porch, freezing and looking for Parker. Carly learns that Liberty lost her acceptance to FIT, and offers her a job at MonteCarlo once she sees that Liberty has a great eye for fashion. Carly calls Jack to tell him Liberty is at Milltown and he and Janet quickly come over. Janet lays in to Carly, when she learns that Carly offered Liberty a job. Janet thinks Liberty’s number one priority should be getting better but Liberty wants to have a life. Janet tells Liberty on the porch that she may not have a life at this rate and Liberty runs off, wounded. Janet cries on Jack’s shoulder.

Casey finds tired Alison, in Java. She’s stressed out over Emily’s condition, not just the wedding. They go to Tom and Margo’s only to find them squabbling with Susan over the wedding. Everyone tries to pull it together, and both Margo and Susan offer their homes for Casey and Alison to live in after the wedding. Alison can’t take the pressure. She goes outside to cool off. Mick calls her and she tells him to stop pursuing her. Inside, Margo expresses her regrets, about Emily’s condition, to Susan. Casey tells Tom he’d like to do pre-law and become a lawyer. Casey’s confused by Tom’s lack of enthusiasm. Alison returns and tells the Hughes she’d like to move in right away. Casey tucks her in for a nap. Later, Tom tells Margo that it’s unlikely Casey will be able to be lawyer, having been a convicted felon. Upstairs, we see Mick, peering at sleeping Ali, from the window ledge.  In Old Town, Barbara warns Susan that Mick and Alison have an unholy relationship.  Paul searches Mick’s room and finds pictures of James Stenbeck. When he returns to Emily’s room he finds Mick and confronts him. Emily stops him from yelling at Mick, and Paul’s elated that she’s awake. He goes to find a doctor and Mick seemingly puts Emily under a spell and tells her that she should have complete faith in him. When Susan and Paul later talk to Emily about potentially postponing her plan to have a child, Emily insists she would like to continue her treatments with Mick – whom she has complete faith in.  Alison sees Mick outside Casey’s window but when she and Casey rush to it, there’s no one there. Alison’s shaken, but then she’s thrilled to learn that Emily’s woken up. Paul tells her Emily’s determined to leave the hospital so Ali goes to Fairwinds to see her sister. There she learns that Emily’s invited Mick to live at Fairwinds. Both Paul and Alison are against this plan, but don’t want to disappoint Emily. Paul takes Emily off to rest and Alison accuses Mick of worming himself into her life, after she’s repeatedly told him she wants nothing to do with him. He pushes back at her, asking her if she really wants to be the prim and proper new Mrs. Hughes. Ali rushes back to Casey’s bedroom. Ali throws herself on Casey, but they hear a tapping on the window, and Ali, scared Mick might be out there, refrains from breaking their vow to not have sex before marriage. Back at Fairwinds, Paul let’s Mick stay so Emily will be happy.

Holden tells Meg that Molly was unable to get Grady to admit that he had anything to with Damian. Meg’s inconsolable, can’t believe her own brother still won’t believe her story. Meanwhile, Molly talks to Damian who encourages her to keep what she knows about his relationship with Grady a secret. But when Holden tells her how it hard it is to let his sister down, she breaks down and tells him Grady actually admitted that Damian paid him off to cover up that the DNA in the truck wasn’t Holden’s. Holden’s extremely upset and disappointed that Molly didn’t have any faith in their relationship and kept such a dangerous secret from him. He runs off to help Lily. Molly’s crushed. Meanwhile, Damian senses that he’s about to be busted, so he books a last minute trip to Malta for him and Lily. Lily won’t go and asks him to go pay the bill. When he returns Meg’s waiting for him, having escaped the mental institution. She tries to distract him so she can inject him with the contents of a syringe, but he’s too quick for her, and he overpowers her. He pulls her scarf and accidentally strangles her. Lily’s about to open the door to the room.  Molly’s taken her own advice and gone to do some work at WOAK to get her mind off Holden, but when she learns the segment she’ll be working on is a Valentines segment, something snaps inside of her and she decides to go off and find Holden. Damian’s horrified that he’s strangled Meg. He stuffs her in the cedar trunk. Lily’s packed up and ready to leave, but realizes she left something in the trunk. Damian stops her from opening the trunk, but Lily’s suspicious and manages to open it much to her horror when Meg’s arm flops out and she learns that Damian killed her. Damian holds Lily and pleads with her, urging to see that he did this in self defense, since Meg was about to kill him with the syringe full of poison. Lily thinks they should call the cops and tell them that Damian did this in self defense, but Damian won’t let her. He breaks her cell phone and drags her into the hallway only to be confronted by Holden. Damian pulls a gun on Holden. Holden tells Lily that Damian’s been lying to her. He tells her Damian covered up the fact that the DNA in the burned car wasn’t his. Damian tries to defend his actions, but Holden keeps accusing him of more, like the way that Damian led Meg on and then made her look crazy. Lily stops Holden and despite Damian’s protestations, Lily tells Holden that Meg broke out of Deerbrook and that her body is in the bedroom. Holden hears the word “body” and realizes Meg must be dead. He lunges at Damian and they wrestle for the gun. Damian grabs it and aims it at Holden, telling Lily if she leaves him he’ll kill Holden. Lily knows Damian isn’t bluffing and they all go into the bedroom. Damian tells Lily that they will fly away and he’ll treat her like a princess, but Holden says that will happen over his dead body. Damian’s okay with that and aims the gun at Holden.  As Damian starts to lead Lily out, Holden makes one last dash for the gun.  Damian wheels and is about to fire, when suddenly Meg leaps out, gasping for breath.  In the ensuing chaos Damian escapes.  Damian loses her and meets with Luke at Grimaldi Shipping to say he has to leave shortly on a freighter.  He’s also leaving the company to Luke.  Luke doesn’t quite understand but Damian insists he loves Luke but has to leave.  Damian would leave, and is at the docks when Holden catches up to him and says he can’t get on that ship.

Reid wants to get back to Dallas immediately, sees that Kim will probably be okay and is under Bob’s care.  Luke wants him to stay.  A cop comes over and, with Luke’s explanation, detains Reid.  Reid has a hearing and the judge deems him a flight risk, and wants him in custody.  But Bob asks the judge to release Reid, and Bob will put him to work at the hospital. Noah calls Maddie for some emotional support.  Noah also convinces Dr. Oliver to help by saying that he and Luke aren’t together, so Oliver doesn’t have to continue getting back at Luke, he can help.  Dr. Oliver also relents and examines Jacob, who has an ear infection.  Oliver considers moving into Katie’s house.  Henry copes with solitude, with Vienna, Brad and Simon all having left him.  He talks with Maddie at Al’s, then goes to Katie’s to hear Dr. Oliver is moving in with Katie.

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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