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ATWT Recap – March 22 – March 26th

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Lily and Molly find themselves at odds.  First, Molly wants Lily to back off when Lily scolds her for interfering with Faith and her school business.   Holden defends Molly in this. Later, Lily wants Molly not to try to be close to Faith, because she’s not her mother or her best friend, just someone Holden’s seeing.  Molly wants Lily to get over the fact that she (Molly) and Holden are together now. Parker tries to help out Faith.  Faith comes over wanting time away from her parents.  Parker knows something’s up.  Faith admits she was caught with drugs.  Parker goes downstairs to fetch some water and snacks, and Faith hides her stash in his room.  Parker later says he knows of a good hiding place at the Snyder Farm, and they head over there, only for Faith to be turned over to Faith and Holden.  Parker later finds Faith’s stash and is angry. Faith’s irritated about returning to Oakdale High soon since the students have turned against her for going to boarding school. Lily suggests they buy her a new outfit for her first day back. Faith wants to visit Holden instead, but once there asks Molly to take her shopping for an outfit. Lily’s hurt Faith would favor Molly. Holden asks Faith to go with Lily. Lily thinks Faith’s choices are too risqué, so Faith sneaks a sexy dress she likes into her purse. A cute stranger helps her cut off the security tag. Lily happily leaves Faith who’s been agreeable since stealing the dress. Parker accost Faith for leaving her stash of drugs in his room. Once again the cute stranger, who introduces himself as Nico, helps Faith out. When Lily returns home she tells Luke how Faith’s attitude shifted from disagreeable to pleasant during their mother-daughter activity. Luke, wary, confides that he caught Faith taking anti-anxiety pills. Lily calls Holden over and they confront Faith. Faith won’t respond to them and runs out. Faith returns to Fashions to look for the cute stranger, but he’s gone. Molly tells Holden she’ll try to stay out of his family affairs, but at the EOD Molly asks Parker to tell her if Faith is ever in any trouble. Lily finds Faith home during the day wearing the sexy dress Lily forbade her from buying. Lily stops berating Faith when she sees she’s crying. Faith confides the kids at school were mean to her. Parker shows up with Faith’s book bag she left behind and Lily suggests she and Faith accompany Parker on his visit to Liberty. Parker’s somewhat reluctant, but everyone thinks Faith could use some perspective on her life. Faith’s nervous around Liberty but soon opens up and they all have a good time together.

Dusty convinces Janet to fly to Santo Domingo for a quickie divorce so, pending Janet’s annulment; they’d be able to get married.  Jack gets wind of it and, not liking being left out of the loop, calls in a police investigation and stops them from landing.  Dusty and Janet return and they argue with Carly and Jack about this situation when at EOD Janet doubles over in pain. Jack, Dusty and Carly are all at Milltown taking care of Janet.  Jack goes to see about their divorce and Dusty goes to speak to the realtor.  Carly volunteers herself to take care of Janet.  Janet hears Liberty needs her, and so she goes to Minnesota.  Carly insists she come along, too.  Rocco is with Liberty and, in the corridor, Janet tells him she’s pregnant and Rocco is glad she did things properly this time – Janet can’t tell him the truth.  Carly and Liberty bond.  Later, Dusty talks to Rocco and tells him about Janet’s divorce and Rocco is upset.  Dusty, meanwhile, finds out that the house has been sold to someone else and when he tries to offer nicely to buy it, the new owner Kane won’t have it.  Dusty is irate and Wanda, the realtor, calls Jack, who breaks it up.  Jack tells Dusty that Kane’s a fraud and he should tell the seller; maybe get the house that way.  Dusty appreciates it. Someone’s been in Craig’s room.  Some files are missing from his desk (including ones pertaining to his use and misuse of Parker’s trust fund).  He asks Johnny if he knows anything, and he doesn’t, then asks the desk clerk and hears nothing’s different.  His concern becomes justified at EOD when we see a gloved stranger handling a photo of Johnny.

Vienna makes Barbara jealous, as Barbara gets Craig to make Henry jealous.  Vienna and Henry leave to make love, but upstairs, Henry can’t perform.  Vienna leaves and Barbara swoops in, in a dress she had earlier rejected from Fashions. Henry goes to Barbara’s room to make love.  Henry has a morning date with Vienna.  Barbara has the date with Craig, takes him to Metro, where Henry is with Vienna. Barbara has succeeded in making Henry jealous of Craig.  Craig figures out what’s going on, that Barbara isn’t interested in Craig because of Monte Carlo, just because of Henry, and so tells Barbara that Henry was jealous and she’s excited.  Also, Barbara talks to Vienna and hears Henry hasn’t been able to pleasure her since she’s gotten back.  But later, Barbara sees Henry and Vienna at Al’s, enjoying pepparkakor.

Craig’s setting up the new Monte Carlo office for an open house, when Parker comes in asking about his trust fund. Craig assures Parker he’ll take care of any strange withdrawals. Carly wants Jack to accompany her to the open house, but Janet has a doctor’s appointment. Jack goes to her appointment but rushes out at the end to be with Carly. Carly’s appreciative and wows the fashion representatives there. Jack thinks they should celebrate at Metro.  Meanwhile, Dusty’s taken Janet to visit the charming house he’s bought her. While she’s inside exploring, Rocco arrives outside and says mean things to Dusty about Janet. Dusty scares Rocco off by threatening to expose his mob ties. Janet returns to Dusty, thrilled with the house and unaware of her father’s disapproval. Janet returns home to Teri and they excitedly talk about the new house. Teri doesn’t tell Janet either that Rocco’s been speaking poorly of Janet. Dusty goes to Metro and runs into Crowe a crony of Rocco and Ralph’s. Dusty tries to overpower Crowe. When Jack and Carly arrive at Metro they find it strangely closed, but Jack, acting on cop instinct, goes inside only to discover Dusty lying in a pool of blood.  Bob tells Reid they need more money to finance all the designs Reid has for the new neurology wing. Reid unsuccessfully appeals to Luke. Bob tells Reid he should find other aspects of his life to invest himself in, like how Bob has spent almost 25 years with Kim. Chris tells Bob to stop trying to work on Reid. Later, Luke tells Reid he’ll give him the money as long as Luke can call some of the shots and Reid promises Noah won’t find out Luke’s donation, because Luke doesn’t want to come across as meddling. Chris comes across as too passionate and scary when he does a test run for his segment on Katie’s show on WOAK. Alison helps him get in touch with his sensitive doctor side, and together they tape a great show. Katie tells Alison to be open to the possibilities around her, even if they haven’t worked out before.  Alison makes a quick exit and Katie semi-seriously jokes with Chris about his compatibility with Alison.

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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