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DAYS Billy Flynn Reveals When Chad DiMera Returns To Salem He's A Changed Man!

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From the look and the sounds of it, when Chad DiMera re-enters the canvas on Days of our Lives on the Thursday September 12th episode of the NBC soap, he will have quite the edge!  There will also be something quite different in Chad since Billy Flynn will debut in the role once played by the very popular Casey Deidrick!

Flynn chatted with The Wrap to share his take on the character of the youngest of the DiMera men (sans Johnny), and previewed what’s to come immediately when Chad returns to Salem! Here are a few excerpts below!

Billy on the changes he is bringing to the role of Chad:  “Well, he got shot and he left, and he’s been spending all this time with Stefano. Who, you give Stefano 10 minutes with any one of his children, and he can pretty much eradicate any goodness that person has. But he spent a lot of time with him, and he finally embraced his name, which the old Chad was kind of in the process of doing, but he was having a hard time doing it. EJ was a big mentor to him at the time. When he left and he was with Stefano, I think he found himself. He got used to the power, he saw what the name could do. He was away from everything in Salem that was sort of making him … he had a whole lot of girl drama when he left, and I feel like getting away from that he was able to focus on himself. So he comes back more of a man, a strong DiMera. And in the first episode when he comes in, he sort of shows that in a really big way by taking on his brother.”

Billy on where Chad’s loyalties now lie: ” We kind of find out where Chad’s loyalties lie through the first two weeks of the journey, which are pretty much to himself now. The way I look at it, much like Stefano, everything’s kind of a chess game. With Chad coming back, everything is a chess game, and everyone in Salem is a pawn. He’s going to use anybody he absolutely can. He’s come back in the picture and he’s ready to assert his place as a prominent member of the DiMera family.”

So, looks like Chad will be the next EJ of the DiMera Clan, especially with the impending on-screen exit of James Scott (EJ)! Are you looking forward to an empowered Chad?  Let us know!

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I see Chad as the new E.J.,…Abigail as the new Sami…Ben as the new Lucas…yes, itll be a wuv twiangle…lol…Chad will be more aggresive and will partner with Stephano in destroying Kate and getting back Dimera Enterprises!…maybe Theresa will get involved with Chad after a brief breakup with Brady…whatever really happens im looking forward to Chad’s return!!!

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twb6yz

I would think the news of EJ and Abagail being splashed all over the press could set up some good tension between EJ and Chad.

Virginia
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Virginia

yes

William
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William

This sounds amazing. We need a Stefano 2.0 in Salem. Ej waffled back and fourth too often.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I’m excited about Billy tackling the role of Chad, and hope to find a stronger Chad return to the canvas. I’m excited about this right now; I’m ready to see Billy tackle the role and join the DAYS family!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

With EJ leaving a new Dimera is needed, but I don’t see him with Abigail or would peg her as the new Sami– I think Theresa would be a better match for a Chad with an edge.

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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree with you about Theresa…i too wrote a possible Chad/Theresa pairing…dont know why i said Abigail as the next Sami…i guess i thought she’d develop an edge after all that had happen to her…after sleeping on it and reading your comments i decided we dont need another bad girl in Salem when we already have someone like Theresa to take over as the new Sami…she’ll fit the part perfectly!!!

Mike
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Mike

I always thought it was odd that as popular as Casey was in the role, they always seemed to prefer him being a supporting character and certainly never really let him embrace his last name. He flirted more with it towards the end of his time on the show, but seemed like a last hurrah for him. So i’m very interested to see how this version of Chad steps into the Dimera legacy.

Phil
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Phil

Will Abby be the “new” Sami? Or if in fact Melanie comes back, will she be the “new” Sami?

Mo
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Mo

Sounds good. I’m glad they’re having Chad embrace his DiMera roots.

Ghlover
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Ghlover

Hi yall!! I am a new viewer of Days and i must say the show is amazing!! Loving Theresa, The Dimeras, Eric, Brady..wow cant believe i dint get into it before;( the only two negatives are The guy who wants Hope … Humm how can i say this…. RECAST or turn him into a psycho that puts Hope in danger and have her saved by a better character lol. Number 2 goes to John Black. Thank god he is a vegetable right now hope he goes too. Other than that this show rocks and i can’t wait too meet Chad… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Sorry you feel that way about John Black. Unfortunately you’re not seeing this character at his finest. John Black was like the Luke Spencer of Days– He was an interesting complex character, his love story with Marlena was the one of the greatest relationships on soaps. He was one of the most central characters to the show, until he aged and they dumped him. Now they just bring him back when they need him, as a shadows of his former glory. The way the show has dealt with John in recent years, I think your wish will be granted and… Read more »

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You need to watch some backstories on youtube, etc and learn who the characters are and – more importantly – should be. John Black is an icon of the show with an incredibly rich and complex history. I’m looking forward to him waking up and to BlackMagic2014. John & Marlena should be set up as the cornerstone couple of Days.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Chad, the cad? If so, welcome home!

Renae
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Renae

There is only one EJ DiMera and only one James Scott-both are irreplaceable. EJ became a very popular character in spite of the writing and because of James Scott’s talent, not because his last name was DiMera. I knew this was what Days was attempting to do with the recast and it’s a mistake in my opinion. Whatever, I’m out when James’ last episode airs.

Gloria E
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Gloria E

All I have to say..is he is HOTTTTTTTT!!!!

dmr
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dmr

I’m just so happy that they recast the character of Chad Dimera. I never was a fan of the original (?)-I can’t remember his name. DOOL has come full force in the last few years. While I was growing up and in high school, there were a lot of unbelievable storylines, too many twists and turns, crimes never being solved, etc., etc. Now, the show is back to focusing on the core characters, legacy families, and (mostly) believable storylines. One thing I could do without-nuWill. I have to fast forward all of his scenes. He’s just too nauseating. The typecasting… Read more »

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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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