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DAYS Recap – Dec 6 – Dec 10th

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While Bo calls his connections to make contact with Hope, Hope tries to escape solitary. At the same time, Warden Jane Smith meets with Charlene, a hardened convict who is out for Hope’s blood. Jane arranges for Hope and Charlene to be transferred on the same bus to another prison, in hopes that Charlene will kill Hope. Ben calls, needing an organ for a transplant which, in a huge moment, reveals that Jane and Lee are selling organs illegally, and Ben is involved. Bo, Carly and Jennifer worry about Hope and wonder how they can help. Jennifer connects with Ben, admiring how hard he works for his patients. Hope is fearful her last night in prison is her last night alive. Stefano confronts Victor and Kate for conspiring together and Kate keeping yet more secrets from him. Vivian witnesses and follows Stefano home, telling him about Kate’s part in the plot to keep Vivian entombed. When Kate arrives home, she can see Stefano is angry and leaves to let him cool off. But Stefano says to himself that this is much worse than Kate thinks. Brady visits Maggie, who tells him she knows of his involvement with Vivian being kept in that sarcophagus. She says she thought he was better than that.  Now he reminds her of his grandfather. Brady doesn’t think that’s such a bad thing. Brady goes off, drinking, and runs into Vivian. She makes a veiled threat, but Brady tells her to back off or who knows what might happen to her. Victor shows up to Maggie, reciting that he loves her. Maggie closes the door on him, torn apart. Vivian calls Gus to tell him to start working on their plan. She wants justice against the five who kept her entombed. Sami has a nightmare about the loss of her children. Rafe comforts her. At the same time, EJ tries to deal with Johnny’s unyielding need for his mother. Meanwhile, Nicole fears she will have to make a choice between Brady and Sydney, but vows to figure a way out of her dilemma. She runs into EJ, Johnny, and Sydney on the pier and gets caught up in her emotions. She is put in a position where EJ makes his ultimatum crystal clear. Before she can answer, Sami and Rafe unexpectedly cross in. Johnny sees his mother, and wants her. EJ tries to take him away but Johnny screams, “I want my mother!” Kate hopes she can resolve all with Stefano, and he seems agreeable, but there is a condition. Kate is forced to deliver a gift to Daniel and Chloe as punishment for her actions. She balks at first but finally gives in. But when she returns, she realizes this is not enough and that Stefano may always punish her for what has happened. Stefano is unyielding, but this time so is Kate and later she tells him she is done! Stephanie tries to convince Caroline that they must tell the truth about the paternity switch, but Caroline refuses to discuss the matter. Stephanie nearly tells Nathan all, but Caroline reveals Sami’s situation. Stephanie realizes her grandmother wouldn’t be able to handle another blow to the family. Nathan returns and Stephanie keeps the secret. She tells him about Sami, and Nathan feels terrible. Stephanie, taking the opportunity and says she’d like to get married as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Chloe and Daniel begin to plan Parker’s baptism, unaware of the disaster that could be lurking. Brady defends Nicole to Melanie. Melanie and Philip consider having a child themselves.

Johnny runs to Sami and clings to her. Sami sees the warning look in EJ’s eyes and without speaking to Johnny gently moves him away from her. EJ moves off with upset Johnny, and Nicole follows with Sydney. Sami cries in Rafe’s arms. Back at the loft, Sami tells Rafe no more tears as she’ll find a way to get through this. Rafe confides to Gabi that while Sami is putting a good face on things, he fears something bad will happen. Later, Sami comforts Allie, and vows she will fix everything.  Alone with EJ, Nicole lashes out at him for his treatment of Sami as well as herself. EJ reminds her that if he relents and gives Johnny and Sydney back to Sami, Nicole won’t get to see Sydney anymore. Later, Nicole decides she must give up Brady if she hopes to hang onto to Sydney. She tells Brady of her decision, but he refuses to let her walk away. Later, Johnny is still upset over Sami’s rejection, and EJ assures him that he will always love him. Brady and Victor plan the best way to get rid of Vivian before she gets rid of them. At the same time, Kate tells Stefano she feels her marriage has become a prison. Both acknowledge they will not change to please the other. Kate decides to move out. Proud, Stefano lets her go. Vivian makes an excuse to see Stefano and learns Kate moved out. She tells Gus she can use that to her advantage. Kate runs into Victor and admits she moved out of the DiMera mansion. Victor suggests she move in with him so he can protect her against Vivian. Kate agrees. Meanwhile Vivian and Gus continue her plan against the five who kept her in the sarcophagus. Rafe gets a call from a source that EJ and Stefano are meeting a mysterious shipment down at the pier. He tells Sami he’s trying to get something on EJ to neutralize him and give Sami back her kids. Before he goes, he warns Sami not to get involved and to let him handle it. As soon as Rafe is gone, Sami gets Will’s old key to the DiMera mansion, and tells Will not to tell Rafe she’s going over there. Knowing both EJ and Stefano are gone, she sneaks into the DiMera mansion and sees Johnny and Sydney in the nursery. Sami tries to explain to Johnny that she still loves him but can’t show it in front of EJ. She makes a secret code with him so that no matter what she says, he’ll know that she doesn’t mean it and really loves him. In the meantime, Rafe watches EJ and Stefano through binoculars. While waiting for the shipment, Stefano almost tells EJ about Chad being EJ’s brother, but gets a call that the shipment is delayed. EJ decides to go home early. As Sami leaves the mansion, she’s grabbed by someone. Bo finally gets a call from the governor for help with Hope. Hope learns from Jane that Charlene will be in the transfer van with her. But Jane gets a call from the governor and cancels Hope’s transfer. Jane then calls Bo, asking him to come meet with her. Jane tells Bo about Hope attacking a prisoner. She makes Bo think Hope’s still violent. Bo demands to see Hope, and Jane promises to arrange a visitation. Later, Lee visits Hope in her cell, and makes veiled threats. Jane then visits Hope and tells her she’s going to do exactly what Jane tells her to do.  Jennifer and Carly both worry about Hope. Carly’s worried what Jennifer might do to help and remembers the danger Jennifer got herself into helping Carly with Lawrence in their past. Jennifer recalls it was Jack’s love that helped her heal, and Jennifer laments Jack being gone on his walkabout. Ben sees them, after getting a call from Jane about having problems getting him organs for transplants. Jennifer offers to help him shop for his teenage niece’s Christmas present. Gabi visits Will, and they bond over how much they both miss their siblings. In nice moment, the two finally share a first kiss.

Bo is waiting for word from Hope. Little does he know that Jane is having Hope dictate a letter confirming all of her “crimes.” Meanwhile, Bo and Carly visit Daniel, Chloe and Parker. Bo says he’s glad everything worked out between them. Startled, Chloe thinks Carly’s filled him in about the affair, but Carly assures she hasn’t. Alone, Chloe thanks Carly for helping her as she considers her a good friend. Carly doubts Daniel or Bo would feel that way if they knew her part in this. Meanwhile, Philip and Victor talk about Vivian’s threat, and Victor warns she will try to find a chink in their armor. Later, Daniel goes to the pub where he witnesses a flirty Titan employee hitting on Philip. Philip is about to leave when he runs into Caroline, who seems to be on the fence about keeping the truth about Parker’s paternity. However, she tells Philip not to let his past catch up to him. Bo goes to his office where he receives Hope’s letter. He reads it and something catches his eye. At the same time, Hope wills Bo to figure out her secret message. Sami is caught by Rafe outside the DiMera mansion just as EJ and Kate show up. Rafe and Sami bolt and Kate takes EJ to task over what he’s doing to the kids. Meanwhile, Rafe rips Sami a new one for jeopardizing her freedom by visiting Johnny and Sydney. Sami only wanted a hug, but it’s obvious it was more than that. However, she doesn’t tell Rafe about her and Johnny’s secret signal. Rafe wants to get the kids back for her, but she must trust him. Sami does, but there is no way she’s going to sit by on the sidelines. Rafe assures her that things will work out. Later, Johnny tells EJ he doesn’t want him. He wants mommy. Gabi and Will realize they really care about each other.

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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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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: What Do You Think of the Death of Laura Horton?

This week on Days of our Lives, the longstanding character of Dr. Laura Horton (Jaime Lyn Bauer), a once mighty force and mainstay of the NBC soap opera, was killed-off in an altercation with Gwen (Emily O’Brien). The question is, did Gwen murder Dr. Laura, or did she fall and hit her head by accident?

Laura was played originally by Floy Dean, then made soap-famous by Susan Flannery. Later Susan Oliver took over the role, then Rosemary Forsyth, and on and off for years by Jaime Lyn Bauer.  In the 60’s and 70’s, Laura was involved in the love triangle between brothers Bill and Mickey Horton, which spawned much of DAYS central story.

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Now in 2021, Gwen has a confrontation with Laura in her room at the Salem Inn.  There she learns that Laura at one time slept with her father, Jack (Matthew Ashford), after previously learning that Laura sent her real mother away when she was pregnant with her.  Laura had revealed to Gwen the reason she did that was to ease her guilt as she did not want anything standing in the way of her daughter, Jennifer’s (Cady McClain) happiness with Jack.  As Gwen sees it, this set the stage for Gwen’s entire childhood and life, and made the young woman hell-bent on revenge against her sister, Abigail (Marci Miller) and the Deveraux family.

 

In story, after Laura is dead, Gwen phones Jack to help her as she swears to her dad that she did not murder Laura and it was all an accident.  Jack says she will help his daughter and phones Rafe (Galen Gering).  When Rafe gets to the Salem Inn, he sees a bleeding out and dead Laura and takes Gwen in for questioning.  Later, Jack tells Jennifer and Abigail that Laura is dead.

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Throughout the key scenes, Emily O’Brien delivered one of her strongest set of performances yet on DAYS.

So, what did you think of the decision to kill Dr. Laura Horton? Share your thoughts on the comment section below.

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