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DAYS Recap – Aug 23 – Aug 27th

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Roman interrupts Sami and EJ’s wedding and throws the cuffs on his daughter. All are in shock as Roman explains he’s determined to stop this wedding any way he can. Sami finally convinces Roman to stay for the ceremony, which resumes with an exchange of touching personal vows. Meanwhile, Rafe is methodically building a case against EJ, unaware he’s marrying Sami at that very moment. Rafe offers Nicole FBI protection, but she flees custody. Later, Rafe learns from Gabi that Sami and EJ’s wedding is in progress, and he bursts in before they can be pronounced man and wife. Carly runs into a delay as she tries to get Chloe’s paternity results at St. Mary’s. At the same time, Chloe’s birthday party continues. As tension mounts, edgy Philip leaves the party with Melanie. Daniel worries about fragile Chloe and assures her there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for her. Meanwhile, Stephanie is devastated to learn that Daniel is not the baby’s father. Scared at the thought of losing Nathan to Melanie over this, she finally realizes that there’s one way to make this best for everyone. She asks Ian to change the paternity results. He balks, but ultimately agrees. However, he realizes someone else has beaten him to it. Earlier, it’s shown that Melanie, Daniel, Philip, Chloe and Carly each potentially had the opportunity to change the results. Rafe interrupts Sami and EJ’s wedding. He demands to speak with Sami alone. Everyone thinks this is Rafe’s attempt to get Sami back. Sami angrily tells Rafe she saw him with Nicole. He explains this isn’t about him – it’s about Sydney. If Sami ever loved him, she’ll listen to what he has to say. Sami agrees but insists EJ be a part of their conversation. The guests leave and Rafe confronts EJ. He says that he has proof of what EJ did. Stephanie is troubled that someone changed Chloe’s paternity test results. Nathan comes home and is suspicious of Ian, who quickly leaves. Nathan and Stephanie are both distracted, but make love. Stephanie decides not to tell Nathan about the changed test results. Carly tells Chloe that Daniel is the father of her baby. Daniel walks in, and is surprised to see Carly, who explains she brought Chloe a gift for her birthday. Chloe is thrilled over the paternity news and touched by the gift, which twigs Daniel. She explains that Carly’s gift has made her realize how happy she is about this baby and now she’s ready to tell everyone the good news. Carly tells Daniel, making it sound like a medical case, that she did something that has a happy ending. She’s especially pleased Daniel can now raise a child. Meanwhile, both Melanie and Philip are upbeat over mysterious actions they took. They arrive at Daniel’s at Chloe’s request where she toasts them all for being so good to her. Any one of them could have changed the test result, including Nathan.

Rafe tells Sami that EJ was the one who had Sydney kidnapped. EJ calls Rafe a liar and tells Sami not to believe him. Rafe plays Nicole’s confession to overhearing EJ admit it. EJ says Sami can’t believe Nicole. And Sami doesn’t. She slaps Rafe for buying into Nicole’s lies. Then Rafe produces the CD of EJ’s actual admission. EJ tries to prevent him from playing it and almost comes to blows with Rafe. Sami tells Rafe to play it. Nicole comes to Brady out of fear for her life, believing EJ will kill her after he finds out that she blabbed to Rafe. She begs for Brady’s help. He rejects her outright. He tells her he’s nobody’s hero anymore and goes. Victor applauds him and reveals he’s the one who served her up to Rafe. Brady ends up drinking alone. Maggie sees him. Brady assumes she wants to quit being his sponsor, but Maggie won’t abandon him. At Dr. Baker’s trial, Baker baits Bo into attacking him, but Roman and Carly stop it. During a recess, Bo is left alone with Baker and blames him for what happened with Hope. Baker places the blame where it belongs – on Bo. Bo is affected by it, but gives an emotional testimony on behalf of Hope to put Baker away for his crimes. Everyone is shocked when it’s announced that Hope is the final witness in Baker’s trial. Vivian shows Victor a picture of the sarcophagus, presumably for Isabella. Maggie comes up on it, and learns of Vivian’s plans; she doesn’t realize they are for her. Later, Vivian is clear to Gus that she intends the sarcophagus not for Isabella, but for Maggie. Bo is shocked to see Hope at Dr. Baker’s trial. She testifies against Baker, but he has a change of heart and pleads guilty. He tells the judge the woman on the stand is not the woman he worked with. She’s a victim and if anyone is guilty, it’s Bo Brady. Carly sees how emotional Bo is over Hope. Bo thanks her for her support. Bo has a moment with Hope and he tells her that Baker is right. He is the guilty one in all of this. Bo fears for Hope as she goes to prison, but she says she will be okay. Later, at home, Bo and Carly take a nap. Bo hears Hope call out to him in a dream, saying, “save me.” Melanie is happy about Chloe’s pregnancy, and tells Maggie. Maggie thinks Melanie has it all now: a husband, mom, dad and sibling on the way. Pretty soon she’ll be moving out and won’t need Maggie. Melanie assures Maggie she’ll always need her. Maggie admits she’s thinking about going on an extended trip and Melanie says she’ll miss her. Later, Maggie runs into Carly and both are pleased that Chloe and Daniel are having a baby. Vivian is planning Maggie’s downfall. She tells Gus of her sarcophagus plans. He warns Madame to be careful – do not upset Victor. Vivian says he’ll never know. Later, Vivian drops by Maggie’s house. When Maggie leaves the room, Vivian finds her travel brochure and realizes this couldn’t be more perfect. She pockets some of Maggie’s personal stationary. Melanie nearly catches her, but she leaves and later, the sarcophagus arrives! Nicole knows that Rafe is confronting EJ and fears for her life. She runs into Kate and Stefano and sort of panics. She maneuvers her way out of it, but they realize she must be part of the reason Rafe showed up at the mansion and stopped the wedding. Stefano makes a call and it looks like Nicole is toast. Sami learns the truth about EJ stealing Sydney. After Rafe leaves with the disc, EJ admits it is true. He tries to defend his actions, but Sami tears into him. She tells him he will never see his kids again just as Stefano, Kate and the children return home. Rafe hands over the evidence to Roman. Roman warns EJ will put up a fight, but Rafe vows to be ready.

Stefano tries to stop Sami from leaving with his grandchildren, but Rafe returns and promises that EJ will go to jail. EJ says a painful goodbye to his kids, as Sami and Rafe take the children and leave. Stefano scolds EJ for letting Nicole best him. EJ plans to kill Nicole. Arianna shows up and gets him to realize that revenge against Nicole will not solve his problems. Later, EJ breaks down over his loss, and Arianna holds him. Meanwhile, Sami and Rafe take the kids to the Brady Pub. Sami expresses her sorrow and regret over her poor choices and her gratitude toward Rafe. He keeps his feelings close to the vest and says that he’ll leave to give her time with her family. Sami calls after him, asking him not to go. Kate is horrified when she realizes she may lose Will over Stefano and EJ’s secrets. Stefano assures her that will not happen. Chad says some kind words to Kate, and Stefano wonders what they’re talking about. Kate said Chad is the least of their concerns and decides to continue keeping her secret.  Chloe and Daniel share their happy pregnancy news with Victor. He warns that Daniel and Chloe’s bliss will be short-lived. Meanwhile, Nicole fears she’s being stalked, but she realizes the man in question is her FBI bodyguard. Once she learns that her bank accounts have been frozen, she decides she can’t stay at her apartment and asks Chloe if she can move into her place. Chloe, on the spot, is a good friend and says yes. Daniel comes home and is surprised to find they have a new roommate with an FBI bodyguard in tow.   The sarcophagus is delivered, and Vivian tells Victor her plans for “Isabella” are moving along nicely.

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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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