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DAYS Recap – Dec 20 – Dec 24th

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Sami and EJ learn Johnny has retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer, and doctors must remove his left eye. Sami and EJ are a wreck and incredibly upset. While everyone waits for a second opinion, Sami wishes there was something else that could be done. Ben tells her it’s best for the eye to be removed. Sami hates herself for being unaware but Rafe assures there was nothing they could have done differently. EJ confides in Lexie about Johnny’s eye surgery. Lexie wonders if Stefano should be called, and EJ thinks they should wait since he’s out of town. Lexie finds it interesting that EJ and Sami seem to have mended fences. EJ explains it’s only temporary. Later, EJ offers a partial apology for accusing Sami of doing something to Johnny, but he makes it clear it’s not forgiveness. Angry Sami lashes out and says he can’t keep her from her child. Later, the diagnosis is confirmed – Johnny’s eye will have to be removed. Rafe is with Johnny when he wakes up and vows he’ll beat this. Meanwhile, EJ and Sami prepare to tell Johnny the news. Gabi comforts Will when he hears the news about Johnny. Bo is determined to help Hope. He knows what he must do and he gently tells Carly he needs to leave town for awhile and doesn’t know when he’ll be back. Carly knows it’s because of Hope, even though he’s doesn’t say it. Carly thanks Bo for everything and vows to always love him. In prison, Lee gives Hope the beating of a lifetime. Nicole and Brady take advantage of being alone at the DiMera mansion and make love in the living room. Little do they know, someone is watching.

Daniel gets the call from Lexie to operate on Johnny and it hits him as a father. Chloe feels lucky it turned out Daniel is Parker’s dad and not Philip. Sami and EJ break the painful news to Johnny that he’s going to lose his eye. They try to fight their tension and put on a good face for their son, but end up fighting in front of him until he tells them to stop. They do for Johnny’s sake, and become bonded in their worry as he’s taken off to surgery. But as soon as he’s gone, they end up fighting again. Rafe comforts Sami. Lexie comforts EJ, but ultimately he’s left alone in his worry. In surgery, Daniel removes Johnny’s eye, but becomes concerned that the cancer may have spread. Bo goes into the prison disguised as a guard and finds a battered Hope. She tells him what’s been going on and he’s stunned to learn Warden Jane wants Hope dead. Hope begs him to believe her, even though they’re trying to portray her as insane and violent. Bo does believe her and realizes he has to break her out of there. Lee comes upon them and gets suspicious. Hope knocks Lee out before she can call the guard. They hide Lee under Hope’s blankets, and then make their escape! Maggie runs into Victor while she is dropping off Melanie and Philip’s things. She’s rattled by Kate acting like the “lady of the house.” Kate thinks Victor’s plan to make Maggie jealous just may work. Brady, Nicole, Kate and Philip all receive texts to meet Victor at the Kiriakis mansion. When they arrive, he claims he didn’t send them. As they all come to realize who did, Vivian explains to Gus that Christmas has come early this year. She arrives at the mansion and announces to all that she is now the majority stockholder of Titan Industries. As everyone bursts into rage, she promises she will bring them all down, and leave them with nothing.

Johnny’s surgery is a success. His doctors are optimistic that they were able to remove the entire tumor. Rafe anticipates EJ’s reaction and asks Daniel to look out for Johnny and Sydney. Meanwhile, Sami is floored when EJ says the crisis is over now, and he forces her to leave Johnny’s side. At home, Rafe comforts devastated Sami. Bo and Hope flee the prison. They eventually hide out at a remote cabin as they try to formulate a plan of what to do next. Bo persuades Hope that they can have no outside contact, but later, she secretly picks up the phone. Meanwhile, Jennifer is applying for a job at the prison with the intention of helping Hope when news of her escape breaks. She is stuck there as the prison is put in lockdown. Jane and Lee realize that Bo is Hope’s accomplice. A full-fledged manhunt ensues and Jennifer worries about Bo and Hope. Vivian apprises Brady, Victor, Philip, Kate and Nicole that not only does she have a controlling interest in Titan, but she also owns the Kiriakis mansion! She makes clear that she is not going to kill them. Watching them squirm is much more satisfying revenge. Everyone (except Nicole) decides to keep living at the mansion in hopes of reclaiming it. Vivian announces to Nicole and Kate that she has a special revenge planned for them. Later, Vivian gives Nicole an early Christmas present – photos of her and Brady making love. Bo stops Hope from calling Ciara and giving away their position. Hope’s emotions lead to an embrace and then she questions Bo about what he has done. How will Carly ever understand and forgive him? Bo tries to change the subject, but Hope is insistent. She knows the two most important people in Bo’s life are Ciara and Carly. Bo insists they will see Ciara again, but Hope realizes some sort of sea change has happened with Carly. Jane verbally attacks Roman and reveals the State Police will take over the manhunt for his brother. Roman steps down to avoid any bias and has Rafe promoted to temporary Police Commander. Roman has a feeling they must find Bo and Hope before the State Police do. Meanwhile, Jane tells Lee that she has friends on the State Police force and when they find Bo and Hope, they will kill them. Back at the cabin, Bo and Hope fear someone is outside. Daniel realizes something is wrong with Carly. He learns about Bo leaving to break Hope out of prison and comforts Carly. Chloe insists Carly stay with them. Nicole tries to bluff her way out of Vivian’s horrifying evidence. Vivian isn’t having it. Meanwhile, Maggie warns Brady off of Nicole, but he says he can handle it. At the same time, Nicole, desperate to find EJ, rushes home and learns from Mary what has happened to Johnny. At the hospital, EJ feels horrible about Johnny losing an eye, and still blames Sami. Nicole rushes to the hospital to find EJ, but Vivian beats her to it. Vivian nearly shows him the pictures, but EJ is so distraught and angry that she is forced to back off and bide her time. EJ also rebuffs Nicole, but her emotional plea causes him to crack for a moment and Brady arrives to see the two of them in an embrace.

Brady has caught Nicole and EJ in an embrace. He tries to cover his dismay, but Nicole does the heavy lifting for him. Brady goes with it and he blasts EJ. EJ shuts him down when he reveals Johnny just had his eye removed. He storms off. Nicole goes into Johnny’s room and finds EJ staring at his sleeping son. Nicole quietly says she’s sorry Brady jumped on him, but EJ isn’t so sure she’s being honest. Nicole tells him she is because she’s made her choice. She’ll be there for Sydney. Nicole goes on to say she cares about Johnny as if he were her own son. Stefano arrives and tells EJ not to believe a word out of her mouth. Later, EJ tells Stefano that Nicole is not a problem, she’s a solution. Stefano wonders if he trusts her. EJ says the kids do and he would prefer her to be around them instead of Sami. At the same time, Nicole manages a moment with Brady and shows him the pictures Vivian had taken. Fortunately, EJ wasn’t interested in her accusation and she wasn’t able to tell him anything. Brady promises to come up with a plan. Later, Nicole goes back to see Johnny and through her interaction with him, EJ realizes how valuable she is to his family. Bo is relieved that the noise outside the cabin was just an animal. He vows to come up with a plan to stop Jane and Lee. Hope knows her life is over and that she’ll go back to prison, but Bo disagrees. At the same time, Rafe interviews Carly in order to help Bo. After Rafe finishes the interview, Daniel and Melanie try their best to help Carly deal with Bo’s departure. Later, Rafe calls Jane to talk to her about Bo and Hope. However, a difficult Jane puts him off. Philip finds Melanie in bed. He’s apologetic about their living situation, but they make love and Melanie tells him she loves him so much. Later, they hear about Bo and Hope. Philip goes to the Brady Pub to find Caroline, but finds Stephanie and Nathan instead and learns about their impending move to Baltimore. Philip leaves, and Stephanie feels it’s the best thing for Nathan and her. Philip goes to Chloe and tells her the good news about Stephanie leaving town soon. Jennifer, Julie, and Doug pull out the Horton Christmas balls and realize Ciara wants the near impossible for Christmas.

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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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