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ATWT Recap – July 5 – July 9th

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Barbara wakes up in a warehouse filled with party favors and candy. She talks to a clown doll and imagines who knocked her out and locked her in there – Vienna, Katie or Emily. She eats herself sick with candy and at the EOD cries about her predicament. She’s woeful she was unable to stop Henry from marrying Vienna under false pretenses.  Henry awkwardly waits for Barbara to interrupt the wedding, but she doesn’t show. Everyone notes how hesitant Henry appears. Vienna states her owns vows about love and forgiveness and Katie hopes this theme means that Vienna told Henry about there being no baby. Henry then gives his own vows about the baby, and Katie realizes Vienna hasn’t told Henry the truth. Chris tries to calm Katie down. Katie, seething, catches the bouquet and the realization that she’s the only unwed person in the room – that she’s unwed at all – upsets her. Chris takes her home. Henry and Vienna return to their room and Vienna’s positively thrilled she’s gotten away with it all. Henry’s distant.  Katie sees Chris talking to an attractive woman, who turns out to be a doctor Chris used to work with who’d like him to join her doing work in Haiti. Katie, insecure, tells Chris he should go to Haiti since there’s nothing keeping him in Oakdale. She rushes away and Chris consults with Kim about women. Chris confronts Katie and asks her to give him a reason to stay. Barbara wakes up in the warehouse. To her surprise and horror, Chuckles the clown responds to her questions in Henry’s voice. Barbara assumes she must be going a bit mad, but she still tries her best to escape. She finds fireworks and finally sets one off to attract attention. At the EOD, she excited to hear sirens outside.  Barbara is still stuck in the warehouse.  She hears sirens but they get farther away.  She holds Chuckles, who in Henry’s voice offers her encouragement.  She puts Chuckles in a box and puts it alongside a curtain, which moves and hides a door. She pops the lock but the door opens and there’s a brick wall behind it.  A woman’s hand covers Barbara’s mouth and she wakes up with Chuckles comforting her.  Henry is heartbroken about the miscarriage, though Vienna is surprisingly rational about it.  Katie and Chris talk about his staying in town, and Katie’s reluctance to be open to starting something new.  Katie goes to see Henry and Vienna and hear about the miscarriage.  She’s shocked that Vienna went through with all the deception.  At EOD, Katie is so fed up that she has to tell Henry the truth, that there was no baby to begin with.

Emily’s happy all day that Barbara is out of the picture.  Paul, Emily and Eliza take a Christmas card photo in Old Town. Kim arrives and admits she’s nervous about Barbara’s whereabouts. Emily’s only too quick to assure everyone Barbara’s fine. Paul’s irked with Emily’s blasé attitude, so she apologizes and promises to befriend Barbara upon her return. Paul receives a postcard, seemingly from Barbara, stating that she’s on a cruise. He’s reassured.  Paul finds Will, Gwen and Hallie in Old Town.  They catch up a little bit, but really focus on the weird postcard Barbara sent from her Bermudan cruise.  Will is certain Barbara hates cruises.  And she was supposed to visit Will’s family in Carbondale, but never showed up.  Gwen and Casey catch up themselves, about his and Alison’s renewed friendship and his possible fatherhood.

Jack offers to fix up a cabin on Snyder Farm for Janet and Liberty and the baby to live in. Liberty loves the idea, thinks Gabriel could be hired to help. Gabriel doesn’t want Liberty’s charity. He goes to a high stakes poker game and is arrested when it’s busted by a cop. Jack takes him in and calls Craig. Jack can’t believe he was almost going to hire Gabriel to work on the cabin. Back at the farm, Dusty’s over to check on Janet. He learns about the cabin and is upset that Janet will take help from Jack and not him. Janet wishes they weren’t arguing all the time – so does Dusty. Jack and Carly argue again and they both long to be how they used to be – but they can’t seem to get there yet.  Craig hears that Gabriel was brought in by the police for playing illegal poker.  Craig wants Gabriel to give him a chance.  Craig hears that Gabriel was playing to earn money, figures it was for a girl.  Craig asks Jack to let Gabriel work on the farm.  Jack resoundingly declines.  Craig pleads on Gabriel’s behalf, and Gabriel overhears this.  Jack relents.  Craig and Gabriel go to the farm and Liberty hears Gabriel did it for her.  Liberty actually doesn’t want Gabriel’s help, wants to pay her own way through college.  She is excited, however, to hear that Gabriel will be working at the farm.  Gabriel starts to pull her into a kiss but she pulls away, gives him a hammer.  Parker tells Jack he’s changed his mind, he doesn’t want to go to New York for the summer program.  It’s because Liberty doesn’t want to go, wants to stay in town and work.  Jack tells him not to pin all his hopes on one girl.  Parker turns it around on Jack.  Parker is cool to Faith, but changes his mind when he sees her getting out of Snyder Pond.  Lily continues to keep Craig’s involvement with the perfume line a secret from Carly. Lily and Carly name their perfume company Carlisle Cosmetics. Lily tells Lucinda she’s going into business with Carly, and Lily’s surprised by Lucinda’s support. At Worldwide, Craig comes to try to reason with Lucinda and Dusty. Lucinda point blank refuses to lower the price of Worldwide for Craig. Lucinda ignores a call from a young hot shot trader from Chicago, Mr. Anthony Blackthorn, and Dusty questions her reasoning. Craig overhears this and finds Blackthorn. Craig assures Blackthorn they can help each other. At the EOD, it looks like Craig has figured out a way to buy into Worldwide. Lucinda’s appalled outwardly, but appears to have a trick up her sleeve.  Lucinda arranges for Francoise to sell Lily her money pit of a factory, as a means to break Craig.  Lily is suspicious.  She goes to Lucinda and says the factory will be hers and Carly’s alone.

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 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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