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DAYS Recap – Dec 14-18th

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Justin tries to sandbag Carly’s chances of a position at Salem University Hospital, but his attempts are thwarted when he learns she and Daniel are old friends. Justin warns Bo that Carly has only come to Salem to breakup his marriage. Later Bo tells Carly that Justin told him “everything” and she nervously blurts out that it’s not true.  Sami wants to be the one to trap Stefano into admitting that he has Sydney. EJ is on board with her confronting him at first, but later thinks it might be too dangerous. Sami accuses Stefano of taking Sydney, and he finally shouts that she will never get her baby back. Did Stefano just confess? Nicole appeals to Chloe for information on Sydney, but comes up short. Desperate, Nicole resigns herself to the fact that she’s going away for a long time and she’ll ever see Sydney again. Nicole has a memory of when she was attacked and realizes that the person who hit her and took Sydney was a woman. Meanwhile, in a small cottage, the mystery woman is gently taking care of Sydney. Bo sees Carly still has their Mayan wedding scroll and the shared, intimate memory of their wedding night rattles them both. Meanwhile, Hope starts implementing her plan to befriend Vivian in order to find out what she is up to and what she knows about Carly.  Chloe makes an emotional plea to Brady to visit Nicole in jail and keep her informed of the investigation. Conflicted Brady refuses, determined to shake his addiction to her. Arianna overhears and she and Brady share a kiss. She fills him in on the delayed drug shipment. Brady worries she’ll get sent back to prison if she can’t identify the head of the drug cartel. Sami tries to goad Stefano into confessing he took Sydney. He realizes she’s wired and attacks her, but Rafe and EJ stop him from harming her. Stefano is arrested and Roman says while he’s in jail, the police will find the proof linking him to Sydney’s disappearance. EJ tells Sami he’s very proud of her and thinks she was extremely brave for confronting his father. Rafe and Nicole have it out again over Sydney’s whereabouts. Rafe is finally convinced Nicole is telling the truth. Nicole recalls a distinctive pair of women’s boots walking away with Sydney. In the cottage, where the mystery woman has Sydney, the same boots that Nicole described sit nearby. Brady comes home to Victor who warns his grandson that no good can come from dating a drug dealer.

Rafe makes headway on the lead Nicole gave him. Rafe calls Roman and asks for a favor, explaining he has an idea that he hopes will bring Sydney home. Brady confronts Victor about his role in the drug ring. Victor finally admits that he was indeed the kingpin. He tells Brady that he sold the operation for his sake. Brady asks who he sold it to, but Victor won’t tell him. Brady threatens to call the authorities on his grandfather if he doesn’t give up the info. Victor explains that he’s not protecting himself – he’s protecting Brady. Hope goes home to put some presents under the tree and ends up having it out with Bo. He wishes Hope would come home for Christmas, but she won’t, or at least not until they work things out. They dredge up old wounds from the past and it’s clear they can’t work things out. Bo guesses they’re through. He storms out and a family picture falls, breaking. Hope picks it up, devastated. Carly attend to an older woman. Later during her shift, Carly finds a corpse in her previous patient’s place! Horrified, Carly soon finds some baby’s breath on the corpse from the bouquet Vivian gave her. Carly realizes this incident wasn’t a mistake – it was Vivian toying with her. Rafe secures sodium pentothal and uses it on Stefano. He asks him a bunch of questions and ultimately learns he did not take Sydney. EJ goes to Stefano’s holding cell and overhears him tell Rafe he didn’t take the baby, and that he didn’t hire a woman. Meanwhile, the mystery women’s identity is revealed as Anna Dimera!

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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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