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DAYS Recap – Aug 9 – Aug 13th

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Bo supports Hope, who has a hard time facing what she’s done. She apologizes to Justin, who is stunned to learn Hope is the one who attacked him. Carly is horrified to find out how troubled Hope has been. Both Carly and Bo blame themselves for her mental break. Carly understands when Bo says he needs to be there for Hope and Ciara. Melanie assures Carly that she’s a good person, but her sense of guilt increases. Later, Hope is booked as devastated Bo looks on. Doug and Julie learn what Hope has done and wonder whether they’ll ever get their daughter back. Roman informs Sami that Dr. Baker is not dead; he is in jail. Meanwhile, EJ comes to give Baker a piece of his mind. Baker tells both EJ and Sami some hard truths, which ironically serve to further bond the couple. Roman is deeply disturbed by the knowledge that Sami considered EJ’s marriage proposal. Little does he know, Sami is still thinking about it… Brady goes to the Pub and drinks alone. Arianna finds him and tries to stop him. Brady assures that he knows what he’s doing. Arianna realizes that Nicole and Brady hooked up and broke up, and she’s angry. Brady tells her that Hope is the mugger, and Arianna’s going to go free. Shocked, Arianna leaves for the police station, where she prepares to confront Hope. Melanie is there for Brady as a friend. After his talk with Hope, Justin shows up for a drink and he and Brady discuss what Hope did to them. Brady resolves to move forward. Later, Justin makes a mysterious call.  Sami accepts EJ’s marriage proposal, but is unable to tell Rafe. She does, however break the news to Will. And Rafe overhears EJ tell Stefano he’s proposed to Sami and she’s said yes. Arianna confronts Hope for framing her for the muggings. Hope apologizes but truly doesn’t remember doing so. Arianna isn’t sure whether Hope is telling the truth, and tells her she wants her to rot in jail. Arianna then runs into EJ, who tries to comfort her. Arianna realizes EJ’s life is on the right path and is happy for him. Later, Arianna admits to Gabi that she’s not sure she can ever forgive Hope for her actions. Hope, meanwhile, breaks down in Doug’s arms, hating herself for hurting him and so many others. Doug comforts her, and says she’ll always be his princess.  Chad asks Stefano questions about his mom’s past and Stefano leaves. Will invites Chad to work on his DiMera Enterprises project. He tells Stefano and he is forced to admit Madeline once betrayed him and he fears Chad, like his mother, can’t be trusted. Kate overhears D.A. Woods telling Chad he’s not paying for college and he wants him out of the house. He blames Chad for Madeline’s death. Kate comforts Chad, who nicely rejects her help, saying she doesn’t owe him anything. Kate, to herself, says how wrong he is.

Victor visits Bo and tries to comfort him. Bo admits Hope’s attacks are a result of her anger towards him. Maggie shows up and tells Victor they need to help Hope. Victor agrees and Maggie asks him to take a walk. After their walk, Maggie thanks Victor for being her friend. Brady and Vivian cross. She gives him a hard time about Arianna, and he calls her out. She should worry about her own situation – with Victor. Later, Vivian finds Victor with Maggie. Upset, she vows to put an end to Maggie Horton. Abe goes to see Hope and she apologizes for hurting him. Abe forgives her and wants to help her. She’s worried about her family and her kids. How will her children react when they realize she tried to kill their father? Lexie arrives and offers comfort. She promises to help with Ciara. EJ arrives and confronts Hope. Bo hears this and throws him out. Bo follows EJ to the mansion. He says if anything happens to Hope…if there is any sort of retaliation against her … he will kill EJ.  Brady visits and Hope senses he is here to get his punches in. Surprisingly, Brady somewhat forgives Hope for what she did and prays she gets help.  Sami confides in Will that she’s accepted EJ’s proposal. Meanwhile, Rafe has overheard EJ telling his father about Sami and he leaves to work off some steam. Will takes his mom to task, but ultimately wants her to be happy. Rafe runs into Sami and wishes her the best. Sami, thrown, follows him to the FBI locker room. He says she’s crazy to marry EJ. Sami protests, but Rafe gives her something to think about – by kissing her.  Chloe calls Philip to tell him about the prenatal paternity test.

Stephanie witnesses and misunderstands Melanie giving Nathan a platonic hug to comfort him about Hope. Reeling, she tells Adrienne. She decides Philip is keeping a secret that has something to do with Chloe and could destroy his marriage. This would jeopardize Stephanie and Nathan’s future. She runs into Chloe and Philip discussing whether or not Philip is the father of her baby. They cover. Later, Stephanie pumps Philip for information, but he doesn’t give her anything. She then tries to get info from Daniel under an insurance ruse. She learns Chloe’s story about getting Daniel’s wedding present from the hospital the night of her elevator accident. This conflicts with Philip’s story of getting the watch from Chloe’s apartment the next morning. Desperate, Stephanie lets herself into Chloe and Daniel’s apartment to look around and gets a call from Caroline. At the same time, Chloe and Daniel arrive home, about to go inside and catch Stephanie.

As Sami and Rafe kiss, things heat up between them until Sami asks how Rafe found out she was marrying EJ. They find themselves at odds again, and Sami leaves, angrily believing that EJ spilled the beans to Rafe. She confronts EJ, but he insists he didn’t tell. He understands how hard it is for her to get over Rafe, because he’s never given up on her. He asks her if they’re on or off, and Sami tells him, they’re on! Nicole, having hit rock bottom, turns to Chloe, but she is too busy with her own problems. Nicole finds Rafe drinking alone at the Cheatin’ Heart. She asks if he wants somebody to cry into his beer with, and they share a toast – to the future, whatever that might bring. Philip and Melanie have a romantic reunion after his business trip.  Adrienne tells Justin she knows how he feels concerning Hope breaking his heart, because she feels the same way about him.  Caroline continues to give Maggie a hard time about Victor. Stephanie hides when Chloe and Daniel enter their apartment. She learns Chloe is pregnant. Daniel leaves for the ER and Chloe calls Philip, asking him to come by. Stephanie overhears that Philip and Chloe made love and that he might be the father of her child! She also learns of the paternity test Chloe took at St. Mary’s under an assumed name and that she will get the results the next day. Philip fears that if the child is his, Melanie will go running back to Nathan. He and Chloe leave. Philip says if he is the baby’s dad, he will make sure this child doesn’t suffer. Meanwhile, Melanie tells Daniel about her job interview at St. Mary’s. Daniel looks forward to celebrating Chloe’s birthday. Shaken, Stephanie goes to St. Mary’s to see if she can get the results of the paternity test. As she starts to access the computer, Melanie catches her!

Victor sees Brady drinking and realizes that it’s because of Nicole. Victor is unhappy and warns Brady to stay away from her. Meanwhile, Nicole thinks Rafe is despondent over losing Sami to EJ, and she’s despondent over losing Brady. Rafe gets a call from FBI Agent Tim, who tells him that Nicole’s CD (from Fay) is back from the lab. Rafe tells Nicole that Brady likes honesty and then he leaves Ignoring Rafe’s advice, Nicole lies to Brady about where the money in her illegal account came from. Brady seems to buy her story and, hopeful, Nicole kisses him. Meanwhile, Rafe hears EJ on the CD and suspects that he was behind Sydney’s kidnapping. He needs more proof before he can expose him and is determined to get that proof from Nicole.  Sami tells EJ she wants to set a wedding date. Excited, EJ breaks the news to Stefano and Kate. Stefano tells Kate if they want to keep their grandchildren under the same roof then the two of them must do everything in their power to make sure Sami and EJ’s marriage is successful. Sami, meanwhile, tells EJ she’ll never forget he brought Sydney home to her, thus making them a family.

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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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