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DAYS Recap – April 26 – April 30th

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Hope orders Baker to kill EJ. Knowing that EJ spotted him, Baker freaks and runs off. Hope stays behind to steal EJ’s wallet and toss his phone. When she finds Baker later, he asks if she killed EJ and she toys with him. Hope reveals to Baker that she didn’t kill EJ, was just testing Baker to make sure he’s not some psycho killer. Baker decides to stick with Hope. They split the money, but he palms EJ’s bank card. Hope returns home with the wallet as a souvenir and goes to bed. Sami leaves on a mission to have it out with EJ over him being in cahoots with Stefano. She’s stopped by Johnny, who is having a nightmare about EJ. Sami reassures Johnny, and realizes how it’s affecting Johnny being shuttled back and forth between homes. She finds EJ lying lifeless on the pier and thinks he’s dead. EJ comes to and remembers seeing someone, but doesn’t remember who it was. He tries to get up on his own and collapses in Sami’s arms. Chloe almost tells Daniel that she slept with Philip, but when Carly comes by, she clams up. Soon after, Carly interrupts Chloe, who is trying to call Philip with a heads up not to tell Melanie. At Maggie’s, Philip wants to come clean with Melanie. Just as he is about to spill, Carly calls with the news about Daniel’s surgery being a success. Melanie and Philip show up at the hospital, and when Daniel asks why she’s been crying, she reveals she and Philip had a fight and said some terrible things. Chloe and Philip squirm, each thinking the other gave the secret away, and Chloe blurts for Daniel to forgive her! Vivian is convinced Chloe unleashed her fury on Carly. When she arrives at the hospital, she learns Carly is unavailable and fantasizes about her demise. Vivian runs into Carly and gleefully accuses her of wrecking yet another home. EJ stops breathing and Sami attempts to resuscitate him. EJ revives and, lost in the moment, kisses her. Before she can react, a cop arrives and calls for an ambulance. At the hospital, Sami realizes EJ doesn’t remember the kiss. Rafe confronts Stefano about his and EJ’s rapprochement. He doesn’t buy Stefano’s excuses. Stefano learns of EJ’s attack and he and Rafe rush to the hospital. Stefano assures Lexie he will find and punish EJ’s attacker. Rafe witnesses an intimate moment between EJ and Sámi. On a date, Stephanie notes that Nathan is no longer thinking of Melanie. He tells her they said goodbye and both meant it. Stephanie tells Adrienne that she believes Nathan is her destiny, and that he will soon love her as deeply as she loves him. Chloe almost reveals to Melanie and Daniel that she and Philip slept together. However, she realizes Philip never told Melanie. In private, Chloe and Philip agree to keep their transgression a secret. However, when Chloe calls Philip to confirm Daniel must never know they slept together, Nathan overhears. Meanwhile, Melanie assures Daniel that Philip will never hurt her. Vivian is furious when she realizes her plan to make Chloe confront Carly backfired. She figures out how to ensure Chloe doesn’t find out she set her up to think Daniel and Carly slept together. Baker manages to gain the password from EJ’s bank card and transfers money into his account.   Hope comes down hard on the cop who took EJ’s statement. Roman calls her on this, but Hope wants more details about the attack and feels the cop didn’t get them. Later, Julie arrives and sees Hope with her medication. She questions Hope, who explains they help her sleep. The conversation leads to Ciara and Julie has a theory about her acting out. Hope disagrees with Julie’s assessment and the conversation turns to Justin. Hope says they’re not dating, but Ciara seems to endorse the situation. Later, Hope visits her doctor and tells him she spilled her last prescription. She needs a refill. Baker wakes up to hearing Nicole’s voice on TV, and he realizes she’s risen from the ashes and so will he. With the money he took from EJ’s bank account, life will get easier. However, a bookie finds Baker and takes all of his cash. After the bookie leaves, Baker says this little setback will be remedied once he meets back up with Hope. When he runs into her, however, she’s not the person he expected. Nicole and Arianna learn EJ has been attacked. Nicole wants to interview him and Arianna is her way in. Meanwhile, at the hospital, Lexie tells upset EJ she’s certain he’ll get his memory back. EJ needs to remember because he saw the accomplice, and the person seemed familiar. Later, Arianna shows up and convinces EJ to let Nicole interview him. Nicole starts to ask him questions and EJ suddenly gets the feeling that whoever hit him, was a friend of hers! Mia wants Chad back but it appears he wants nothing to do with her. His mom, Madeline, learns he has a study group at the DiMera mansion and wants him to stay away. When Chad calls her on this, she points out that the Peterson-Woods are public servants. The DiMeras are not. Chad humors his mom, but she has another reason for disliking the DiMeras. Later, Madeline meets with Kate and puts her on notice. Will learns Chad and Mia are through, but Mia vows to get Chad back. And she knows just how to do it, too.

Baker thinks Hope is covering when she fails to recognize him but is later freaked to realize she’s the detective leading the investigation of the muggings. Baker decides to hightail it out of Salem. Meanwhile, Hope goes to tell EJ his bank account’s been hacked. EJ accuses Nicole. Hope hauls Nicole in to the station as the prime suspect. Arianna is pleased when Brady refuses to help Nicole clear her name. Sami talks to Rafe about Stefano and EJ. They argue about whether EJ and Sami have feelings for each other. Rafe gets a lead on Anna, unbeknownst to Sami, and makes plans to leave town. He and Sami say goodbye. Later, EJ asks Sami to commit to moving into the DiMera mansion. Mia tries to get Madeline to help her smooth things over with Chad. Madeline says she can’t. Later, Mia kisses another guy in an unsuccessful bid to make Chad jealous. Will gives her a piece of his mind, but Mia has the last word. Meanwhile, Kate tells Stefano that Madeline Peterson-Woods came by to lay down the law. Stefano finds Madeline and lays down a bit of his own law, but Madeline has something over him and Kate that’s troubling to them both. Kate imagines blood on her hands off the encounter with Madeline. Will sees she’s upset and promises not to let anyone hurt his grandmother.

Hope brings Nicole in for questioning and tells her not to leave town. Nicole decides she needs help and goes to her old partner in crime – Stefano. He turns her away and Nicole realizes she’s on her own. EJ presses Sami for an answer about moving in with him. Sami can’t decide, and goes to Caroline, but rejects her advice to stay away from EJ. Sami tells Caroline that EJ has changed and is a great guy. Meanwhile, Lexie brings Sydney to EJ. He shares his hope that Sami will move in with him. Sami returns to tell EJ she’s decided to move in. Hope goes home, takes a pill, and goes to bed early. Baker, with his bags packed, plays one last poker game to get out of town before Hope comes looking for him. However, Hope finds him before he can leave. Chloe fears Nathan will tell people that she slept with another man. Nathan backs off, but thinks Chloe should tell Daniel herself. Chloe investigates the nurse and motel clerk who gave her wrong info about Daniel and Carly being together. The motel clerk swears she misunderstood him. Carly, Melanie and Philip help Daniel get settled back in at home. Philip is edgy about being back where he and Chloe slept together. He leaves, and ends up drinking at the Brady Pub. Melanie and Nathan run into each other and clear the air, both feeling they made the right choice to not be with one another. They know they are with the right people. Later, Stephanie tells Nathan where to meet her for their date that night, but runs into Philip drinking, and assumes it’s because of Melanie. He tells her it’s him – he’s the bastard.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: What Did You Think of the Reveal of Who Killed Charlie?

“Sorry Charlie!” Those were the clever words said by the killer of the evil Charlie Dale (Mike Manning) on Days of our Lives.  But evil kinda knows evil, and thus viewers learned in a reveal just who was the culprit.

DAYS fans begin to get to the truth when on Monday’s episode, while under hypnosis from Marlena (Deidre Hall), John (Drake Hogestyn) recalls opening the door to the apartment in time to see someone in a red coat with a hood (very ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ but with a fashion flare) shoot Charlie.

When “Doc” brings John out of his hypnotic state, she asks him who fired the gun?  John is horrified as he reveals it was their daughter, Belle! (Martha Madison). John shares that Belle was wearing the coat they gave her for Valentine’s Day.  A shocked John utters, “My God, Doc. Our little girl blew that punk away.”  However, Marlena refuses and does not believe Belle would shoot and kill Charlie, let alone anyone.

Jan (Heather Lindell) shows up at Marlena’s office and tells John and Marlena she is not going to be locked up, because of the deal she made for her freedom. Then, we see Jan get more inquisitive into what John and Marlena were discussing before she walked in on them.  They leave to go talk to Belle to get answers, while Jan sneaks back into the office and into Marlena’s drawer to retrieve the recording device to find out exactly what John and Marlena were talking about.

It is there when Jan is alone that viewers learn what happened the night of Charlie’s death. Jan is listening to the recording of John telling Marlena that Belle shot Charlie, but that he didn’t see Belle’s face because she was wearing the red coat.

Next, Jan flashes back to Charlie saying, “Don’t shoot,” and then firing a gunshot as Charlie falls to the ground.  We see the visual of the face of the person in the red coat and it’s Jan!  Next, Jan smirks and says, “Sorry, Charlie.”

So it seems Jan Spears has an ultimate revenge plot to rid Belle once and for all and have her locked behind bars.  How long will it be before the other Salemites catch on that Jan is the murderer?

So, were you happy to see it was Jan who was the one who killed Charlie? Did you suspect it was her? Share your thoughts in the comment section.  But first, watch the moment the killer is revealed below.

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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 we 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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