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DAYS Recap – April 4 – April 8th

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As Nicole and Taylor are about to enter the DiMera mansion, Rafe2 throws Fay down the stairs! He rips her cameo necklace off her body and quickly hides. The sisters finally enter the house and are horrified to find their mother lying at the bottom of the steps, bleeding and unconscious. Rafe2 leaves thinking – and hoping – that Fay is dead. Nicole and Taylor call for help and rush their mother to the hospital. EJ overhears Johnny boasting that “Rafe” helped him learn how to fight. EJ uses the opportunity to confront Sami and put pressure on her regarding her out-of-control husband. Sami goes home and finds a nervous “Rafe,” who lashes out at her. EJ arrives at the hospital. As Nicole goes to sit with her unconscious mother, EJ tries to comfort Taylor, who pushes him away. Taylor calls Sami and lets her know about the accident. Rafe2 is stunned when Sami informs him that Fay is hanging on. Sami is baffled by his reaction. Meanwhile, Daniel and Carly tell Nicole and Taylor that Fay was not on medication at the time of her fall. The sisters wonder how she ended up falling down the stairs if she wasn’t affected by meds. In the hospital room, Fay awakens, stunned to find a concerned EJ by her side. As Fay recalls overhearing EJ’s evil plot, her monitors start to go wild.

Carly swears to herself that she will never again use a drug to numb her pain. She’s still jumpy when she runs into Adrienne and Justin, but covers. At the hospital, she’s once again tempted, but manages to exert some self-control. Meanwhile, Jennifer invites Daniel over, and they discuss Carly’s erratic behavior. Later, Jennifer uses a chair to adjust a picture and ends up falling… right into Daniel’s strong arms. The close, physical moment sparks a feeling in both of them – and Daniel beats a hasty retreat. Justin and Adrienne decide to elope!    EJ’s presence causes Fay to have a cardiac arrest, but Carly and Daniel manage to revive her. EJ confides in Lexie that he must have upset Fay, though he doesn’t know how or why. EJ longs to comfort Taylor but must play the role of dutiful husband to Nicole. Later, he tells Taylor he thinks Fay might be on to their feelings for each other. Meanwhile, Nicole goes home to investigate her mother’s accident and discovers the pills she hid. Nicole wonders why she didn’t take them. Rafe2 is panicked when he realizes Fay might be able to speak and implicate him in her fall. He tries to flee from the loft but Sami stops him. He ably covers and is relieved when he realizes Fay is currently incommunicado. He seizes an opportunity to slip over to the hospital to take care of Fay, once and for all. Later, Caroline drops by the loft to visit Sami and watch the kids. Sami decides to visit Fay at the hospital. As “Rafe” prepares to inject a fatal air bubble into Fay’s IV, an unsuspecting Sami approaches the room.

Melanie discovers Dario has used the money from Brady to hire a new private eye. In turn, she decides to use some of her divorce settlement money to offer a reward for any information on Arianna’s hit-and-run driver. Melanie tells her parents, who are impressed by her generosity. Dario is far less impressed. Meanwhile, Daniel tells Carly he’s worried about her. She admits she was having a tougher time than she let on but assures him that everything is fine now. Chloe comes upon Philip in a secret meeting with the social worker and jumps to the conclusion that he’s trying to take Parker away from her. He explains that, in fact, he’s trying to help her regain custody. Chloe and Philip continue to draw closer.

Rafe2 is about to inject an air bubble into Fay’s IV when Sami enters the room. He manages to hide the needle. Before Sami can question him as to why he’s there, Fay’s alarms go off and Rafe2 is hopeful that Fay will die, but she does not. “Rafe” lamely tries to tell Sami that he was checking on Fay as a favor to his wife. She doesn’t quite buy it, but lets it go. Rafe2 freaks, knowing if Fay recovers, she’ll tell everyone he threw her down the stairs. He plots to get back into Fay’s room, but Sami insists he come with her. She drags him to their special spot in the woods to get back what they had. A frustrated “Rafe” loses it and threatens Sami’s life. Taylor and EJ worry that Fay may have discovered their feelings for each other and that it may have somehow led to her falling down the stairs. Taylor is stricken that it almost killed her mother. She says they have to tell Nicole, because when Fay comes to, she’ll tell Nicole anyway. Nicole returns to the hospital and goes into EJ’s arms, happy her mother may be on the road to recovery. She hopes Fay can tell them what happened and what she was calling Nicole about before she fell. Later, Taylor visits her sleeping mother. She confesses all and begs for her forgiveness. Fay starts to open her eyes.

Dario thinks Melanie posted the reward for Arianna’s hit and run to impress him. Melanie is livid. She makes an impassioned speech about how much Arianna meant to her. Dario is affected. Dario later runs into Stephanie and questions her about Melanie, wondering if she’s as bad as he first thought. He begins to think better of Melanie until he spies her hugging Brady. Brady and Victor continue their strife over Titan. Later, Victor asks Maggie to go to Paris with him. Maggie thinks he means forever, but Victor says it’s just for dinner. Maggie still turns him down. She says she’d rather cook dinner for him here in Salem. Later, Maggie asks Melanie to play peacemaker for the Kiriakis men. Melanie tries, but doesn’t blame Brady for what he did. Brady is touched. Frustrated that Sami inadvertently prevented him from killing Fay, Rafe2 has a fantasy of killing Sami. He snaps out of it and tries to be like Rafe. He leaves a still-troubled Sami who confides her concerns to Caroline. No longer believing his behavior is tied to the brain trauma, she is determined to figure out what’s wrong with him. Meanwhile, “Rafe” goes to the police station and tells Detective McCarthy he’ll be away all night on a stakeout (creating an alibi so he can kill Fay). McCarthy insists on going with him, so he sends her on a diversion. He heads back to the hospital and rummages through the supply room for surgical scrub. Fay struggles to speak and manages to tell Taylor to help Nicole. Unable to say more, she drifts back to sleep. Taylor relays the message to Nicole and EJ. In private, Taylor tells EJ she doesn’t believe Fay’s agitation has to do with their feelings for one another. As they question what could be troubling Fay, Nicole sits with her sleeping mother, telling her how much she loves her. Fay awakens and says to Nicole, “EJ… secret.” Chad tells Abigail he’s moving into the DiMera Mansion that night and wants her to go with him. They meet up with Stefano and Kate and walk in on Mary still cleaning Fay’s bloodstains from the floor. Stefano calls EJ for the scoop on her fall, while Chad genuinely thanks Kate for sending him his birth certificate, which led him to his real family. Stefano is pleased, but later, he overhears Abigail telling Chad she thinks the bloodstains were a bad sign – it was a mistake for him to move in. Stefano is not pleased.

Fay mutters two words to Nicole – “EJ” and “secret.” Nicole is unable to question her further when Fay becomes agitated and Lexie has to sedate her. Abe tries to reassure Taylor and Nicole, and backs Lexie up when she insists Fay not have any visitors. The sisters head home, where Nicole thanks a guilty Taylor for coming back into her life. They decide to head back to the hospital and check in on their mother. At the same time, the Rafe2 manages to get into Fay’s room and prepares to kill her – just as she opens her eyes in horror. At the asylum, an amnesic Rafe is getting stronger and is more determined than ever to find out who he is and where he came from. Carly overhears Vivian on the phone with Carly’s son, Nicholas. As Vivian wishes him a happy birthday, she sees Carly’s heartbreak and plays it up. Later, Carly calls Nicholas and tries to make amends, but he can’t forgive her for killing his father. He declares that she’s dead to him. Carly goes to the hospital, where she hears Abe talk about his relationship with his son. A wrecked Carly lifts some meds and is sorely tempted to take them to ease her suffering, but she’s able to resist – for now. Later, Gus tells Vivian the DiMera Mansion is empty (or so he thinks!), and Vivian intends to uncover Stefano’s secrets that night! Bo and Hope question Ciara’s classmate, Kimberly, about her daring Ciara to scale the school fence. Kimberly insists Ciara is lying. Ciara, who doesn’t want her parents to realize she was trying to run away, stands her ground. Bo believes in his daughter, and he and Hope decide to let it go. Happy they’re on the same page; Bo and Hope have dinner and then go home. Things get romantic, and they make love for the first time since their reconciliation.

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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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