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DAYS Recap – Aug 1 – Aug 5th

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EJ has checked himself out of the hospital. He runs into Nicole and tells her that he knows who attacked him; it was Brady Black. Panicked Nicole asks what he’s going to do. EJ isn’t sure, and Nicole urges him to let it go. She warns that if he goes after Brady, she won’t stop until he pays. Meanwhile, Taylor arrives at the Kiriakis mansion and catches Brady loading a gun. She tries to talk him out of going after EJ. Brady points out he’s only trying to defend himself. Taylor suggests he leave town with Nicole. Brady refuses to listen and, as a last resort, Taylor takes a vase and clobbers him over the head. Brady passes out and Taylor takes his gun and flees the mansion. She is about to throw the gun off the pier when EJ stumbles upon her.

Carly awakens in Quinn’s hotel room, not sure what is real and what is not. She convinces herself that she hallucinated the photo incident and believes her family still doesn’t know about her drug addiction. Meanwhile, Quinn has a run-in with Vivian who crows about sabotaging Carly. Quinn feels a bit guilty but covers when Vivian gives him a gift. He is touched. He returns to the hotel, where Carly asks if she can stay. Quinn is torn but ultimately gives his permission. Elsewhere, Gus loses it as Vivian chatters on about her beloved son.  As a favor to Melanie, Dario asks Rafe for help in looking for Carly. Rafe says he officially can’t help because the D.A. is breathing down all of their necks. Dario goes off on him but Rafe then reveals he plans to do what he can – unofficially. Later, Melanie gives Dario an out since her life is so crazy. He says he wouldn’t ever consider not being with her.  Maggie and Victor decide to table their differences. They plan a trip around the world – and make love for the first time!

EJ finds Taylor trying to dispose of Brady’s gun and presses her until she has to admit that she stopped Brady from going after him. She pleads with EJ to end this vicious cycle of violence. Meanwhile, Nicole comes upon unconscious Brady and is stunned to hear that Taylor knocked him out. She tells Brady her sister did the right thing. Brady’s true feelings for Nicole bubble to the surface. He asks her to leave and let him think about what to do next. Later, Nicole crosses with Taylor and reacts in horror when she learns that EJ found her with Brady’s gun. Taylor remains hopeful that EJ will do the right thing, but Nicole is pessimistic and very worried. EJ, meanwhile, shows up at the Kiriakis mansion and returns Brady’s gun, telling him he might need it.  Kate is nervous about her plan to torpedo Chloe’s concert and makes an appeal to Quinn, who reiterates that he’s done with her. Kate moves on to Plan B. She remembers seeing Quinn and Vivian together and decides to go on a little fishing expedition with morose, drunken Gus. She gets close but ultimately learns nothing from Gus about Quinn. She does feel encouraged, however, that she’s on to something. Meanwhile, Chloe’s concert rehearsal plans are scuttled by a summons from Quinn. He makes clear her job with him should be her only priority.

Sonny and Will make plans to go to the baseball game together. Will extends an olive branch to “T,” but he doesn’t accept it. Eager to prove his manhood, “T” accepts a “friends with benefits” invitation from Kinsey. Later, Kinsey is stunned to see Chloe accepting money from a strange man at the hotel. Meanwhile, Will and Gabi nearly make love for the first time.  Daniel and Melanie learn Carly called the hospital the night before to say she’d be taking some time off. Jennifer shares with Abigail her distress that Daniel now thinks they should stay away from each other for Carly’s sake. Daniel and Jennifer talk it out and admit they love each other. They reunite in a kiss. Meanwhile, Carly dreams about Daniel and Melanie rejecting her, Vivian ripping her apart and Lawrence asking her to join him in hell. Carly calls Melanie, who thinks it’s a wrong number and hangs up. Carly gives up on life and calls drug dealer Phelps to buy more drugs, knowing it could kill her.  Chloe gets ready with Kinsey for her debut show at the Brookville club. Meanwhile, Kate plans to have Randy out Chloe as a hooker to her caseworker. But when Kate tries to meet up with Randy, Quinn shows instead. He gives her Randy’s money back, and the money she paid Quinn to recruit Chloe in the first place. He makes clear all deals are off, and she swears he’s made a powerful enemy. Quinn meets with Vivian at Lawrence’s tombstone. Vivian reveals the depth of her emotion about losing Lawrence and why she wants revenge so badly against Carly. Quinn tells her he’s made a new enemy – Kate. Vivian tells him Kate is her mortal enemy! Quinn is confident he can handle her. Meanwhile, Kate decides to find out more about Quinn. She runs into drunken Gus again, knowing she needs to actively pursue this angle.

Kinsey reveals to Chloe that she knows she is a prostitute. Kinsey swears she doesn’t judge her. After the successful concert, Kate fumes to hear Chloe talking about getting Parker back and makes her digs. Kinsey comes to Chloe’s defense. When Chloe gets them something to drink, Kinsey answers Chloe’s call and talks to her john. Kinsey pretends to be Chloe and makes an appointment. Chad lays into Kate for her previous attempt to break up him and Abigail. Later, he encourages Abigail to make up with Melanie. Abigail is grateful, and she and Chad share a romantic kiss.

Brady tells Victor that EJ now knows he was the one who attacked him. Victor insists Brady let him handle the situation. Meanwhile, Nicole thinks the only way to prevent EJ from killing Brady is for Taylor to tell EJ she still loves him and wants to be with him. Both, however, are unaware that EJ has refused to tell Stefano who attacked him, saying he still doesn’t remember. Stefano is not convinced and is furious that EJ seems to want to handle this himself. Victor calls Stefano, demanding they meet to talk about the “situation.” Stefano realizes Brady is the one who attacked his son. He agrees to the meeting and privately tells Marco he will have his revenge. Meanwhile, Nicole begs Brady to be safe. EJ runs into Taylor and tells her he decided not to strike back at Brady. She is thrilled and relieved. EJ tells her he didn’t make the decision to get her back. He knows she can never forgive him for being responsible for Fay’s death. He gives her a chaste kiss goodbye and leaves, unaware of her devastation. Brady finds her at her most vulnerable while EJ finds Nicole and tells her he won’t retaliate against Brady.

Roman sends Bo and Hope to investigate an attack on a prostitute while keeping frustrated Rafe tied to his desk, doing paperwork. Bo and Hope interview the victim, and then report back to Roman that she never saw her attacker. Roman tells them to drop the case since there’s nothing to go on. Bo and Hope protest but Roman cites budget constraints. He tells them to leave it alone or they’re fired. Frustrated Hope leaves. Bo follows her to tell her he wants to work the case with her behind Roman’s back, even if it means they both get fired. Rafe has overheard and says to count him in. Maggie confesses to Adrienne that she and Victor are an item. Later, she’s disappointed when Victor cancels their date. Sonny tells Justin and Adrienne that he’s staying in Salem for the summer, hoping to get a job doing office work with the D.A. They don’t think that’s a good idea considering the D.A. is not a fan of Victor’s. Sonny reveals he’s deliberately seeking a job there in order to protect his family.

EJ has made his choice: he’s not going after Brady for what he did. Nicole is relieved and affected by his decision. Meanwhile, Brady absorbs the news from Taylor that EJ won’t seek revenge. She tells him now that things are finally calming down, he should try to find true love. Brady wonders if she means Nicole but before the conversation can go further he gets a call from EJ. EJ wants to meet and call a truce. Brady heads off to bury the hatchet with EJ but at the same time is wary.  Stefano continues his plans to meet with an unsuspecting Victor and make him pay for what was done to EJ. Victor puts off a date with Maggie, saying he has business, confident he can come to terms with Stefano. Maggie reluctantly goes home after Victor promises to make it up to her, and there she meets up with Melanie. When Maggie learns how close EJ was to figuring out it was Brady who beat him, the real reason Victor put her off crystallizes for her. Worried, she rushes to find Victor and warn him of danger. She arrives on the pier just as Stefano and Victor meet up. Stefano’s man takes aim to fire on Victor but at the last moment Maggie rushes in… and is shot instead! She collapses in Victor’s arms. Chad and Sonny become aware that storm clouds are brewing between their families. They search for Brady and EJ but get a surprise when they are found shaking hands. They think a war has been averted, unaware that events taking place on the pier will assure that never happens.  Sami and Rafe get romantic after teaming up for some decidedly domestic chores.

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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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