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ATWT Recap – July 19 – July 23rd

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Henry demands that Vienna tell him what she’s done to Barbara. He thinks she did something to silence Barbara from revealing her pregnancy as fake, before the wedding. Vienna denies, and manages to escape and lock him in the spa room at the Lakeview. Margo and Will arrive to help Henry, off their scenes with Katie in the Police Station where Katie admitted everything she knew about the fake pregnancy.  Alison and Casey bond while babysitting Hallie. Casey gives Ali a quick kiss. Later, at the hospital, Casey finds the recently escaped Vienna in a hospital room. She begs him for help. In the corridor, he runs into Ali who informs him of the police investigation into Vienna’s role in Barbara’s disappearance. Casey brings Margo to the room he saw Vienna in. She’s gone.

At the EOD, Will and Gwen are happily surprised to hear noises coming from inside Barbara’s hotel room. They assume Barbara’s returned, but to their shock, Iris is waiting for them.  Gwen and Will are reluctant to let Hallie bond any more with Iris.  Gwen wishes Iris would just leave.  Iris says she’s there to help.  Also, she’s found religion.  Hallie wants Iris to stay, though.  Iris wants to continue ingratiating herself with Hallie, but Gwen wants Iris on a bus out of town ASAP.  Gwen considers calling the police but Iris reminds her that Barbara would also be implicated.  At EOD, Iris has promised to leave town, making Hallie sad, but alone she books a room at the Wagon Wheel. Lily shows Carly that she closed the deal.  Lily doesn’t tell Carly about Craig’s involvement.  Lily also tells Lucinda about the deal.  Lily hopes Lucinda is proud of her.  Lucinda, a little guilty, says she is always proud of Lily, who is thrilled with this project.  Carly hears from Molly that Lily and Craig were in that motel room together.  It really gets to Carly, who rushes right to Craig and asks him what’s going on.  Craig talks to Holden about this same thing in Java, and Holden is slightly jealous of Craig being with Lily.  Gabriel is happy enough doing the work he’s doing.  Craig tells him he’s destined for bigger things.  Carly asks Lily why it was Craig and not Lily who told Carly that he and Lily were together in New York.  Lily spins the New York encounter with Craig as pure coincidence – and quite friendly.  Lily plays up her “friendship” with Craig to keep Carly from hitting on his business involvement with Carlisle Fragrance.  Craig and Lily kiss and Carly sees.  Carly talks to Jack about Craig and Lily maybe getting together, and Jack maintains that they’re both single and not to concern herself too much.  Lucinda talks to Lily about her denial that she’s okay with Holden, the man she loves, marrying someone else.  Meanwhile, everyone prepares for the bridal shower at Milltown.  At EOD, Lily shows up, unexpectedly excited for it.

Dusty reveals that Blackthorn is working with Craig.  Jack and Dusty are both concerned about the Craig/Blackthorn association, but Dusty spurns Jack’s offer to help get more information on the subject.  By end of day, Jack and Dusty agree to work together to look into the Blackthorn situation for the sake of Janet’s protection, and Dusty stuns Craig by revealing he knows that Craig’s buy-in money for Worldwide came from Blackthorn.  Lucinda wants Dusty to leave the Craig/Blackthorn issue alone, and makes a mysterious call asking someone to return to town that day.  Craig twists the knife with Lucinda; having bought into Worldwide despite what he assumes was her opposition.  Lucinda covers her knowledge of Blackthorn’s association with Craig, but is shaken by Craig’s innuendo about his and Lily’s “closeness.” Craig tells Lucinda it’s time for Lily to feel fulfilled in every way, and coyly suggests he’s ready to help her.  By end of day, Sierra is waiting for Lucinda in her office.  Sierra wonders as to Lucinda’s motives for asking Lucy to come back to town.  Lucinda insists she only wants to help Craig. Craig tells Carly he’s bought into Worldwide and is legit now.  He insists he’s moved on and suggests she do the same.  Carly insists she has moved on – with Jack.  Craig stirs the pot by dangling the notion that he’s gotten closer to Lily.  Lucy is back in town hears that Lucinda wants to help make amends with Craig.  Lucy’s not buying it, since Lucinda has always hated Craig.  Really, Lucinda wants Lucy around to create some space between Craig and Lily.  Lucy also wants to see Johnny.  Lucinda then tells Lucy about Dusty’s on-again, off-again relationship with Janet.  Lucinda calls Francoise one-way to express her hopes that Lucy will be enough to distract Craig.  Lucy finally meets up with Craig and Johnny in Old Town.  Craig hears it was Lucinda that brought Lucy back to Oakdale and he confronts Lucinda about it, who merely says to enjoy the fact that Lucy’s around.  Lucy goes with Johnny to see Dusty.  They’re happy to see each other.  They go to Old Town to get Johnny ice cream and run into Janet.  Dusty is not cold to Janet, but is indifferent. Lily and Faith encounter Holden at the dress shop.  Holden and Lily have an awkward moment and squabble over Lily’s encounter with Craig in New York.  Lily confesses to Holden that Faith in her bridesmaid’s dress made Lily realize Holden’s marriage to Molly is real.  Lily tells Holden she wants to be happy for him in his new marriage, but comes close to admitting that she can’t be.  Molly and Holden meet with the minister for a pre-wedding interview.  The minister asks if Holden still loves Lily.  Holden and Molly touch on their past relationships, but affirm they bring out the best in each other.  Lily tries to smile her way through Molly’s wedding shower, but after hearing how excited Holden is about getting married, and after everything else, Lily just can’t take it any more and has to go.  She leaves Molly’s present on the porch.  Gabriel is thinking of blackmailing Lucinda. Liberty and Parker talk, and Parker admits that no one can ever be a friend like Liberty.  But Liberty was sort of jealous of Parker and Faith.  At EOD, Parker and Faith have gone to the woods, kiss, and are on their way to making love. Blackthorn sees Janet at the diner, asks her out, but she politely turns him down.  He’s playful but insistent.

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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