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DAYS Elani Wedding (Photos): What Did You Think Of The Nuptials?

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This week on Days of our Lives saw the first African-American couple to be married on-screen in the 54-year history of Days of our Lives.  Now while Lani (Sal Stowers) and Eli (Lamon Archey) tried before in a previous ceremony, this one did the job … they are now officially husband and wife!

The ceremony was attended by Lani’s dad, Abe Reynolds (James Reynolds), her mother Tamara Price (Marily McCoo), Billy Davis Jr.  as a former FBI mentor to Eli, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) – it was her restaurant after all and she is Eli’s grandmother.  Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) presided over the ceremony.

There were some unwelcome guests at the ceremony as well; leading the bride to question, are we doomed?  Why does this keep happening to us everytime we tried to get hitch!

However, fate was on Lani and Eli’s side this day, as even Gabi (Camila Banus) with her antics, and a shocking arrival from Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel), couldn’t rain on this day.  Vivian even tried to shoot the bride, but thanks to Rafe (Galen Gering) saving the day and armed with news that her son Stefan (Brandon Barash) could be alive; he informs Viv firmly that she would be killing someone for the wrong reason, even though Vivian is in disbelief that her son is alive.  Next, she is whisked out of the ceremony.

Lani still feeling rattled by all the wedding interruptus gets a sign she should marry the man she loves; when her mother, who needed to go lie down earlier, as she was feeling faint, was able to show back up just in time to restart the wedding.

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During the ceremony, Eli mentions the loss of little David Abraham and the struggles they went through, but how in the end it brought then closer together.  After the rings are exchanged and they are pronounced man and wife, the newlyweds “jump the broom” a wonderful tradition and a symbol of African-American heritage, where the sweeping of the broom signifies sweeping away all the bad energy.  After they sweep the broom, Elani jumps over it.

In a behind-the-scenes of the wedding segment released this week on the DOOL app, Sal Stowers and Lamon Archey talk about the inclusion of the ‘jump the broom’ moment in the episode, and how they suggested the idea to DAYS Co-EP Albert Alaar, and how  it was written into the episode.

So, what did you think of Lani and Eli’s wedding? Did you enjoy it? Let us know via the comment section below, but first check out this wedding photo gallery of the big day!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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Lamon & Sal : TWO HOT

Jamesis MY Man he’s so stoic, so solid, LOVED, absolutely he’s refined, he built character

@DAYS : simply put; NEEDS, to bring back as recurring… perhaps as chief of staff, Valerie.

geez: I haven’t been so excited for romance, love, and it just rings up w/Eric N Stacey. WOW

I keep starring in Galen “EYE” not wanting to forget , who would? YIKES the smolder . FIRE!

How can any one not say … @DAYS is doing things…. IMAGINATION TAKE; WITH HEART

Patrick
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Patrick

more than any thing… I loved the visit with these newly crowned BFF. Lani N Kristen ! as they shared in each other joy…. “why aren’t you jumping up and down… with your pregnancy” oh god… the angst , the heart, the cling on to. knowing she had already miscarried … PLUS wanting her wedding to go off without a hitch. watching Lani confide in Kristen… their lives oh god.. Eric Martsolf , IS AN ACTOR … and a DAMNED GOOD ONE ! as he spied, felt Kristen presence … Kristen replete in Nun… turns the look , on Brady… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I HAVE TO ADD : proof positive…REAL REEL’ing w/Olivia Rose Keegan. Yeah

it’s delight again… watching Claire MIXING Salem’ite . knowing she won, she deserved an EMMY. I acknowledge how much FUN it is to watch her bravura … no matter that she’s “misunderstood” she may be foot first.. then mindsets

WE LOVE YOU CLAIRE !

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The other Lis

Storywise, the show appears to be in a good place. Eli, Lani, Gabbi, Rafe, Will, Chad, Abigail, Claire and Sonny. They have finally realized the 80’s are over and started making its younger cast more visible although I’d watch Julie and Steve read a phone book. Can’t they come up with a comic storyline for Julie, Vivian and Maggie. Let them play detective. Now if only they’dump the back from the dead storylines, bring back David Banning and Nurse Ann they might have a chance.

Satan
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Satan

“Now if only they’dump the back from the dead storylines, bring back David Banning” Uh, you know you just contradicted yourself, right?? Of course the death of David Banning was never seen on screen, so it could be explained away without Rolf Zombie Serum, or brain chips or any other such nonsense. But it would still be a “back from the dead” story. Aside from that, I don’t think they know what age to make David Banning anymore. He was born on screen in the early 70s, SORASed early, and while he was offscreen, his own son Scotty was also… Read more »

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Tina

I loved Kristen visiting Lani & if truth be told I think those two have more chemistry than the bride & groom. Loved the actual vows & jumping of the broom.
Didn’t like the ridiculous interruptions & spotty acting at times. Also, budget is so bad they can’t afford to do right by these weddings. This being first black on screen wedding in Days history should have been on the scale of Angie/Jessie at AMC all those years ago.

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Violet Lemm

What’s to say? Just another wedding fiasco as par for the course on Days. God forbid they should give us something to enjoy! Now we have to see two more, and Will ordained as officiant, stupid and silly.

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These two characters have really grown on me. I think they are in a dead heat with Ben and Ciara as to which couple is more risque (with their constant amorous adventures). That being said, the wedding shenanigans were way over the top! And not in a good way… But bonus points for including Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr! I don’t know their history, if any, with this show, but they are legendary recording artists. Google them if you don’t know. I saw them in concert just a few years ago, and they were still quite entertaining. They were… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

FUN READ: ^^^ “…their constant amorous adventures ” yeah, it’s always a “doozy” when that RIGHT one reels. think Brady, Eric, Chad, oh and Kristen, Nicole, Abs… well you know with production CHANGE coming soon. B&B can have their blow up and love interest “stand-in” @DAYS fan have imagination. you’ll have to listen to Ron C. talk with Steve and Kayla. he’s like characters will have to voice: ” I want a big kisseroo smooch smooch” camera fades it’s an important trigger… impulse, no? they are all so good looking I’ve already posted that Ciera and Ben PLUS Gabs… CAN… Read more »

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Jamesj75

Thanks for your reply, Patrick! I noticed it because I purposely looked at this page again. I did not get an email, notifying me that I had a reply. I am no longer receiving those helpful emails about a post I made or a reply to a post I made. Is that happening with everyone?!?!

I’ve mentioned before that I thoroughly enjoy your posts — and that continues — but it’s great to engage with you here.

I agree with all your points. Glad you are also a Fifth Dimension/Marilyn McCoo fan!

Best to you, Friend!

Patrick
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Patrick

correct on the NO MORE; e-mail notification (s)

along with having to put your “name” and “EMAIL” .. thankfully that’s just a right click on bar.

I miss the edit button

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thanks for letting me know it’s not only me, Patrick.

I meant to add earlier (no edit button) that I am so with you when it comes to Kristen and Brady. Always enjoyable. As is reading your posts!

Michelle
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Michelle

I absolutely love the dress!! Anyone know where can I finded it?!

Siouxzq
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Siouxzq

Wedding ceremony was beautiful. Dress was awful. Did not show off true beauty of Lani. Showed awful on TV

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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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