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ATWT Recap – July 26 – July 30th

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Carly and Jack go on a walk. In the woods they stumble across intimate Parker and Faith. Carly and Jack stand back while Parker stops his and Faith’s hook up before things escalate. Parker and Faith candidly share how upset they are about their parent’s rocky love lives. Carly and Jack are affected, make some noise and Parker and Faith rush to cover themselves. Carly takes Faith back to the farm, where Faith doesn’t respond very positively to Carly’s words of hope regarding love. Carly returns to Milltown where Jack and Parker have cleaned up the bridal shower. Carly’s shaken by Faith’s glum attitude toward love, but Jack reassures her that they are headed down the right path and that they are meant to be together. Chris tries to reassure Katie that he will be an unchanging presence in her life. She denies, but he stands firm and asks her to meet him halfway. Chris goes to Bob and Kim and affirms his desire to set roots in Oakdale by being considered to take over as Chief of Staff of Memorial when Bob steps down. Bob will have to submit Chris’s name to the board as well as Reid’s. Chris tells Tom that he’s interested in Katie and replacing Bob as Chief of Memorial. Tom’s realistic but positive. Katie meanwhile, breaks down in Margo’s arms about her inability to get over Brad. When Tom tells Margo that Chris has his sights set on Katie, she’s apprehensive and worries that Katie and he do not a match in heaven make. But, later, Chris helps Katie make inroads with Henry.  Katie helps Henry appeal to Barbara on WOAK. He frantically searches around Old Town and Barbara’s bedroom when a few calls come in stating people saw someone like Barbara in town. Henry’s convinced, by the presence of Barbara’s perfume/lipstick, that she’s around – just hiding from Henry to torment him. Katie’s alarmed by Henry’s intense behavior.  Katie encourages Henry to admit that Barbara has turned her back on him. Luke tries to teach Reid people skills but fails.

Barbara’s credit card is used at a lingerie store, so Paul and Henry investigate. The store owner doesn’t recognize the picture of Barbara they show her. Later, the store owner calls Emily at home to say that she found an expensive bracelet at her store – that could’ve been Barbara’s. Emily picks up the bracelet, but (furious with the way Barbara’s treated her over the years) decides to get rid of the potential evidence. Paul catches her throwing away the bracelet.  Gwen and Will speculate whether or not Emily and Paul are capable of being behind Barbara’s disappearance.    Will arrives at Fairwinds in time to hear that Emily tried to destroy potential evidence – Barbara’s bracelet. Will, Paul and Emily all accuse each other of their past crimes. Will admits to himself that he can’t be one to judge, when Gwen arrives off of just having seen Iris. Much to Will’s displeasure, Gwen has agreed to let Iris help in the search for Barbara.

Barbara’s visited by hallucinations of James, Henry, Paul and Will, none of whom can help her. Barbara vows to save herself. Barbara’s shocked to see someone who’s not a hallucination at the door – Iris.  Iris lets Barbara write a note to let everyone know that she’s alive and okay.  Iris leaves Barbara there, then goes to Old Town to put up missing posters etc. and sees Will and Gwen there.  Iris lauds the power of positive thinking and they go to Al’s.  Paul and everyone at Fairwinds reads it, and figures it’s the real deal.  Meanwhile, Gwen, Will and Hallie had been looking through Emily’s room for proof that she’s responsible for Barbara having gone missing.  Emily finds them there and she and Paul are upset by the others’ suspicion. Lucy runs into Janet in the hospital. She goes to see Dusty and informs him that she saw Janet with another man.  Lucy tries to apologize to Dusty later, and they wind up in an electric embrace. At the EOD, they are on their way to making love.  Craig helps cheer Lily up while she avoids Holden and Molly’s rehearsal dinner. When news arrives that another catastrophe has struck the perfume factory Lily impulsively decides to go to France. Worried Francoise calls Lucinda, but Lucinda thinks it’s time the whole lie blew up. Lily arrives in France only to discover there is no perfume factory. Crestfallen, she turns around to find Craig has followed her there. Holden and Molly are thrilled to welcome Abigail back to Oakdale for their wedding. Lucinda calls Holden during the rehearsal dinner to inform him that Lily may be walking into a trap in France. The women all retire to Milltown after the dinner, but Holden’s determined to rescue Lily overnight and be back in time for the wedding. Jack confides this information to Carly, who’s horrified he let Holden fly away.

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 we 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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