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DAYS Recap – Dec 21-25th

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Rafe tells Sami that Stefano is not behind Sydney’s kidnapping. He used truth serum on Stefano, and has come to realize that he doesn’t know who has the baby. EJ shows up at Arianna’s door, and interrupts a moment between her and Brady. EJ seeks answers from Arianna regarding Sydney’s whereabouts. Arianna tells EJ it must be hard to be a suffering parent, and this comment inadvertently drives Brady to go visit Nicole. Later, EJ has a plan to find Sydney, and summons Sami and Rafe to work on it. Meanwhile, Anna puts together a note, and it seems she intends to have an enjoyable Christmas with Sydney. Daniel tells Bo and Carly he solved the mystery of the misplaced corpse. After Daniel leaves, Bo talks to Carly about it and the two go back to his house for privacy. Carly learns from Bo that things may be finally over with him and Hope. Carly owns up to her feelings and admits she is falling in love with Bo all over again. After a blown surprise, Chloe and Daniel count their blessings and profess their love to one another.

Rafe tells Sami and EJ that only one woman in Salem purchased the boots Nicole described as the kidnapper’s: Kate DiMera. When Kate returns, EJ, Rafe and Sami confront her. When Kate provides proof that she took the boots back, the group is deflated. A candlelight vigil on Christmas Eve is arranged in order to appeal to the person who took Sydney. Anna continues to cut out letters for a note to EJ and Sami. Bo doesn’t know how to respond to Carly’s declaration of love. Before he can, Hope shows up. She came to tell Bo that the Hortons want Christmas Eve at her and Bo’s house. Hope gets the feeling she interrupted a moment between Carly and Bo. Carly quickly leaves. Brady fires Nicole’s public defender, and decides to pay for a better lawyer. Nicole recalls hearing the woman’s voice, and realizes she recognizes it. Melanie and Philip each denies to the other that they are having second thoughts about ignoring. Meanwhile, Melanie sees Nathan and Stephanie kissing under the mistletoe. Stephanie lets her assume it meant more than it really did. Once Melanie leaves, however, Nathan tells Stephanie he’s looking forward to more kisses under the mistletoe with her. Off his conversation with Justin, Philip takes Melanie to an inn decorated for Christmas. He not only wants to spend Christmas with her, he wants to spend the rest of his life with her. He asks Melanie to marry him!

It’s Christmas Eve in Salem. Bo and Hope have agreed, at Alice’s urging, to have the Horton Christmas at their house. Doug and Julie are the first to show up, and Bo tells them he knows what Alice is trying to do and it’s not going to work. Meanwhile, Hope runs into Sami and gives her a bit of advice about Sydney. She urges her not to cave, and to do what feels right to her. Hope wishes she had done that and paid the ransom. She expresses that Ciara’s life will never be the same. After her conversation with Hope, Sami visits Nicole. She notes that Nicole has been having memories about what happened to her when Sydney was taken. Nicole reveals her latest memory, and explains she hasn’t said anything to anyone else because it’s too vague. Nicole swears she knows the voice of the woman that took Sydney, but can’t place it. Meanwhile, the mystery woman is with Sydney, and might possibly be having second thoughts about what she’s done. The Hortons hang their traditional ornaments on the tree. Julie and Maggie continue to press Bo and Hope to get back together until Doug loses it, and tells them to lay off. No one might like what’s happening, but it is Bo and Hope’s business and they support their choices. Later, Bo slips out, and Hope fights back tears.

Arianna goes to see Brady to give him a gift. She learns of his helping Nicole with an attorney and is surprised. Brady says he tried to tell her, but she was busy with Gabi. Disappointed, Arianna leaves. Brady finds the small gift she left for him. He opens the box, and rushes out to find her. Meanwhile, Arianna confides in Rafe and he sticks up for Brady. Sami arrives at the pier for the candle light vigil and informs EJ and Rafe that Nicole seems to recognize the voice, but can’t place her. EJ thinks Nicole is blowing smoke. After all the family members arrive, the vigil begins and Sami and EJ make an appeal followed by a prayer from Abe. As the candles are lit, it appears Anna has changed her mind, and bundles up Sydney. After a night of love and passion, Melanie happily accepts Philip’s marriage proposal. It’s Christmas Day in Salem. EJ arrives at Sami’s townhouse to spend Christmas morning with Johnny. There is tension between Rafe and EJ, Sami is devastated to learn the lead ended up being a dead end. When EJ returns home, he receives a note from the kidnapper reading: “I have your daughter. Meanwhile, Anna and Sydney celebrate Christmas together. Stephanie and Maggie convince Nathan to read the Christmas story to the kids like Tom Horton did all those years ago, and Maggie fondly remembers Tom on Christmas. While Nathan reads to the sick children, he spots Melanie’s engagement ring.

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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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