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DAYS 50: Melissa Reeves Recalls Favorite Jennifer Moments: Jack, Frankie, Tom and Alice!

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If you feel nostalgic as we all get ready for the emotional 50th anniversary of the iconic soap opera that is Days of our Lives in November, look no further than TV Insider’s postings of Salem stalwart Melissa Reeves favorite moments through the years as Jennifer Rose Horton.

Hand-picked by Reeves, she named three standouts, including a scene of the first time Jack and Jennifer make love back in 1990.  Melissa related about what made this scene so special: “One day, Matt Ashford showed up at Days and shook up my world just like Jack did Jennifer’s.  He was so different and funny as Jack, so human. He wasn’t afraid to play that flawed, broken man. He didn’t need to be the macho man, the leading man, he was just this fun, nerdy guy but also a really handsome guy and the fans loved him and related to him. They could tell that Jack truly loved Jennifer, in his weird way. When I first started working with Matt I was, like, ‘Wow. What is this? Well, this is sure going to be different!’ It was like being on a roller coaster only I wasn’t hanging on for dear life. I was throwing my arms in the air!”

Melissa also chose the hanging of the Horton family Christmas tree ornaments back in 1986 and touched on the very personal relationship she had with the late Frances Reid (Alice) and MacDonald Carey (Tom), and another beautiful moment with another all-time favorite love interest, Frankie Brady played by Billy Warlock back in 1987.

Now, it’s your turn: What was your favorite Jennifer Rose Horton moment throughout the years:  One that comes to mind for us, is the wedding of Jack and Jennifer, and the vows Jennifer reciting to Jack, you know, the wedding at Universal Studios!  Watch that after the jump and then share your thoughts below!

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Aden
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Can I also say….and this is not 100% fact but Jack and Jennifer are the last couple I remember having a baby while they were married, and there was no Who’s The Daddy, no no baby switch, no miscarriage, no illness, just a very entertaining couple having a baby to complete their lives. That would be so refreshing in today’s landscape! Days is the one show that has managed to keep couples together. Two reporters nosing around stories is a built in way to keep a couple interesting! Same with Bo and Hope, two cops solving crimes with the relationship… Read more »

maddiehayes
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ITA, Jack & Jennifer were always fun to watch, together or apart. Same with Patch & Kayla, Bo & Hope. No matter what life throws at them, they will always end up back together. Because we could FEEL the love and affection they had for one another, these relationships were very well developed, and have stood the test of time. They make us believe in true love and fidelity. These are the types of couples I root for. The ones that easily go from bed-to-bed, I couldn’t care less about! Some of these guys forget about their “true love” the… Read more »

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So well said…everything id like to had mention myself…Days could do well if theyd recapture those moments like in your comments…and Jack needs to return…Jack and Jen should be this generations Tom and Alice!!!

Carolina
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Carolina

That Chick fil-A moment trumps them all now doesn’t it, Michael Fairman?

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

My very favorite moment, and there are LOTS of them, is the “I believe in you” moment where Jack is ranting about how bad he is for her and she cries “you are not the same person and everyone knows that now! .. I believe what I feel, with my whole heart.” and she kisses him. And he just cannot resist her after that, and he kisses her back, and boy, what a KISS! Still makes my toes curl. 😀

Torqumada
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Torqumada

I like her as actress. But so many characters on all four remaining shows are without a storyline of any merit. Jennifer Horton is exhibit A for DROOL. How many times can she play the same scene with Eve? Her kids? Worse still is when they tried to heat up Dannifer, when that had zero chemistry. I say bring back Peter DiMera, make her the head of an international cartel of cat burglars…. anything. Instead she meddles endlessly and issues sanctimonious benedictions and homilies on Virtuous Living. For goodness sake Ker her do something.

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Gmbenet

This clip is an example of why the era of such episodes of Days of our Lives were called “The Glory Days”! There was REAL love between Jack and Jennifer. Not the phony crap the writers are trying to sell using Chad and Abigail. Ben and Abigail come closer to Jack and Jennifer than Chad and Abigail. However, why the writers had Abigail to mess around with both EJ and Chad, I will never know. What I do know is that the writers made a huge mistake with the current Chad-Abigail story! Since we do not really know who the… Read more »

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Tom Jenkins

WOW do you mean at one time they actually did a real OUTDOOR scene instead of that crappy fake leaf park set they currently use for everything? That is pretty impressive – the show now consists of about three sets – Brady’s Pub, the hospital and the Town Square where everyone literally “bumps into” each other….constantly. Well I guess in a town that has only 3 sets one can’t help but bump into a fellow cast member.
I wish the show would venture to the real outdoors every once in a while.

Ray
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Ray

All of her scenes with Billy Warlock and Jamie Lyn Bauer.

damien
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damien

jennifer and frankie!!!
i wasnt old enough to catch them their first time around in the 80s but in clips i ve seen they seem so sweet and adorable. i did however catch their second go round in the 2000s and would love to see them reunite again!. billy warlock is sooo cute! it would be a no brainer with eve in the picture to bring frankie back!

Natalie
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Natalie

Was a Jack and Jennifer shipper in the beginning but I think in the end they became a joke couple. Jack was a clown who never grew up and he dragged Jennifer down. I stopped shipping them during that farce of a wedding. It was not funny or a romantic to me it was slapstick at its worst with Matt Ashford’s constant eye slides to the right of Missy’s face. Give me Frankie and Jennifer ANY TIME!!

k/kay
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k/kay

Haven’t watched in way over a decade but she sure does not look like she has aged a bit!

Paul
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Paul

I first watched Days when Melissa joined after being let go from Santa Barbara. I adored her & the character of Jennifer Horton.

Closing in on 30 years later, the character has become so unsufferable that my favorite scene is now the fantasy sequence where Eve stabbed a knife into her gut. I’m rooting for these new writers. They’ve got a lot of damage control to take care of and I wish them well.

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WATCH: Jackée Harry Comes to Days of our Lives Promo

Next week on March 1st look for the arrival of Jackée Harry to NBC’s Days of our Lives.

Harry is coming to the long-running soap in the new role of Paulina, who is connected to the Carver family.

In the newly-released promo heralding her upcoming DAYS debut, the actress shares, “I’ve got three good reasons you should watch me on Days of our Lives … I’m bold … I’m fabulous .. and you know I’m going to stir up trouble.  Let’s do this!”

Harry is best known for her roles in the sitcoms 227, Sister, Sister and numerous roles on television and motion pictures.

Watch the NBC promo featuring Jackée below.

What kind of trouble do you think Harry’s Paulina will stir up in Salem? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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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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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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