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DAYS Mary Beth Evans and Stephen Nichols Video Chat: The 29-Year Gift Of Friendship!

Courtesy/PlankBlog.com

Courtesy/PlankBlog.com

Want to see Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) and Stephen Nichols in their first in-depth chit chat since Stephen returned to DAYS filming new episodes as Steven “Patch” Johnson? Well, look no further than Mary Beth’s latest video blog on her website plankblog.com!

To honor their 29-year friendship together, Mary Beth chats with Stephen in his dressing room at DAYS.  In this informal setting, Mary Beth asks some of the fans questions, discusses what it has been like for the dynamic duo to be working at DAYS together after so many years, and in time for the 50th anniversary of the long running NBC soap opera, and more.

Evans posted: “This week is the 27th anniversary of the wedding of Steve & Kayla, and in thinking of that, I can’t help but think of the amazing gift these characters gave me a 29-year friendship with Stephen Nichols. Over the course those 29 years, we have laughed, cried and loved each other. And to have the opportunity to work together again, after years apart, is something for which I am so grateful.  In honor of “our 27th wedding anniversary,” I wanted to share a short conversation between the two us us. Thanks for your help with the questions we’ll do this again soon!”

Watch Mary Beth and Stephen here and then let us know what you thought of their chit-chat, and if you are looking forward to their upcoming new storyline?

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Liz K
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Liz K

It is so good to see how happy and excited they are about working with each other and also the material they are working. They are so good to their fans (sharing this with us) and always have been. Total class acts.

Jane
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Jane

How cool that these two actors have such a genuine relationship and friendship. It really comes across in the video. Lovely to hear memories about past Days alumni who are no longer with us and wonderful how thrilled they are in the current direction of the show. Something really exciting to look forward to.

Cees
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Cees

Thank you, Stephen and Mary Beth for restoring this returning viewer’s faith in Days of our Lives.

Lisa
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Lisa

I love these two, the affection they share and have shared with each other for so many years makes them and their onscreen pairing so special. So excited to have Stephen back on Days and to see him and Mary Beth front burner again where they belong. The six months in advance shooting schedule is a bummer in keeping us waiting until there scenes start airing but Mary Beth is a doll in sharing the bts things, it’s much appreciated.

Hilary
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Hilary

Michael, thank you so much for covering plankblog and their interview of each other. I agree with Liz, they ARE so good to their fans and, yes, completely classy. It was a really long discussion, not just a few minutes, and I was enthralled with the fact that the questions they answered were not the standard stuff folks have heard before. I was riveted by their discussion of Rick Biggs and Joy Garrett. Even more than what they said, it was their non-verbals that struck me. They adored Rick, you can tell just in their expressions. I’d conversed with Rick… Read more »

Kat
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Kat

So great to see Stephen and Mary Beth in this fashion. So nice that they developed a true friendship through working together. They are wonderful to have done this for their fans. Looking forward to many years of Steve and Kayla on screen!

LISA
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LISA

I’m so glad they’ve always played Steve & Kayla, couldn’t & wouldn’t watch if Mary Beth & Stephen weren’t S&K

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

I love these two, on-screen and off. My favorite soap couple of all time. They have a genuine love for each other that shines through. Such a breath of fresh air, especially coming right after the nastiness of Tony Geary’s comments about Luke&Laura. Most soap fans are women, and we want romance. Patch&Kayla AND Marybeth&Stephen make us believe in true love, til death do us part.

Mandy
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Mandy

Wow, 29 years! Love them! Can’t wait to see what Days has in store for these two!

KathyMiller
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KathyMiller

I am very excited to see the storylines with Stephen and Mary Beth I have wanted this since they departed in 2009 and cannot wait to see the new storyline love these characters together!!!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Can’t wait for Steve and Kayla’s reunion next month! Congrats to their happiness and to DAYS for their huge gains in this week’s ratings!!!!!

Dawn
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Dawn

This was so awesome. I’m very excited about seeing them working together again and also that they are happy and excited about the upcoming material. It’s been a long time since the cast of Days has seemed this excited about their scripts and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us.

Gloria
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Gloria

Absolutely loved Plankblog with MaryBeth & Stephen. They’re so busy & to take the time to do this for their fans is so nice. Seeing them just be themselves… It shows how much they love & respect each other. It’s a genuine friendship. They make Sreve & Kayla what they are…the best & most romantic couple on daytime. Looking forward to seeing Stephen back & seeing now what’s in Steve and Kayla’s future.

Nancy
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Nancy

So great for Mary Beth & Stephen to do this for us fans. Love that they have remained close friends through the years. Looking forward to more great memories to be made. Their chemistry is amazing & I can’t wait to see them working together again. Their reunion is what will save Days!

Traci W.
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Traci W.

Love these two characters and actors!! I watched days back in the eighties but once they left I couldn’t watch anymore. I followed them to General Hospital and now only watch days when they are on. So glad they are back again and going to have some amazing stories!!! #forevermb&snfan #patchand kaylaforever

Angela
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Angela

This vlog is just another example of how genuine, creative and giving professionals they are. You can see how their offscreen chemistry just bleeds onto their onscreen relationship which makes us love them for the last 30 yrs. How sweet & giving they are that they answered our questions, took the time to do this and even gets “excited” about the history of Steve and Kayla like us fans : ) Mary Beth & Stephen Rock! Period!

Bette
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Bette

Wonderful vlog! Thank you SN and MB for doing it for your fans!

I have thoroughly enjoyed both actors in their various roles in daytime as they are tremendously gifted in their craft and always deliver stellar performances, but sentimentally Steve and Kayla have always held a special place in my heart. I look forward to seeing SN and MB shine together once again on Days of our Lives!

Jaime
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Jaime

Always loved these two and their characters on Days. Was really ticked at the treatment by the producers of Days who insulted all by trashing loved characters to recreate his world from Passions.

Corday needs to insure that he never allows that to happen again.

AnnC
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AnnC

This is what friendship and chemistry is all about. I have loved these two actors and characters since they first appeared together always rooting for them. Its unbelievable how they always think of their fans and I have read Mary Beth’s blog since day one so many inspirational and interesting posts – she is always giving to her fans even though she must be so busy with all her work. Looking forward to seeing them both together on screen again. Thank you Mary Beth and Stephen for this vlog.

kelly
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kelly

Yes! Stephen Nichols, MaryBeth Evans, Thaao Penghlis, Peter Reckell; what could be better? Now if only Days didn’t make us wait until September to see them all again. Why does Days take so long to air episodes.? The actor who portrayed Xander had already left Days before any of his episodes even aired.

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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.

Photo: JPI

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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