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DAYS Recap Dec 7-11th

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EJ demands Nicole tell him what happened to Sydney. Delirious Nicole says she isn’t sure. Sami lays into Nicole, too. She wants her to tell the truth. Nicole says she tried to call Sami and that’s when she was knocked out and ended up at the hospital. Later, EJ and Sami appeal to Brady to find out the truth. He talks to Nicole and she denies staging the incident to hide Sydney, begging him to believe her. Rafe and Stefano go toe-to-toe. Rafe criticizes Stefano for not taking responsibility for his devious actions in hiding Nicole’s secret. Stefano asserts he did if for his family’s sake. Rafe says that if he wants to help the situation at all, he can control EJ’s temper. Stefano warns Rafe he’s opened Pandora’s Box. Rafe doesn’t see how and later Stefano explains that by bringing the switch to light, Sami and EJ will get closer. Rafe is secure in his relationship and assures Stefano that he is doing it for Sami. Brady tells EJ and Sami that he thinks she’s telling the truth. Upset Sami wonders who took their baby and EJ glances over to Stefano. He accuses his father of taking Sydney. Stefano denies taking Sydney. He offers his services to help find Sydney, but EJ and Sami reject his offer.  Nicole escapes from the hospital in search of Sydney. Rafe finally tracks her down at the bus station and confronts her, thinking she’s on her way to go where she has Sydney hidden. Nicole pulls scissors on Rafe. He loses it with her, just as Brady comes up with Arianna. He pulls Rafe off of Nicole. Brady is surprised to find Arianna has come to Cleveland because of him. Arianna realizes Brady is addicted to Nicole.  Nicole expresses her love to Brady and continues to insist that she knows nothing about Sydney’s whereabouts. Brady and Arianna ultimately come to believe her. Rafe brings her back to the hospital to be checked out before she’s led off to jail. Fay is taken to jail for aiding and abetting Nicole’s escape, though it seems clear she was not involved in Sydney’s disappearance. Before she is taken to jail, Nicole makes it clear that she is very sorry and would rather Sydney were in Sami’s arms than wherever she is right now. Stefano emotionally opens up to Kate. He’s angry at the people who have used his granddaughter as a pawn. He vows to end it and that when he does, he will fight EJ and Sami to be part of Sydney’s life. He makes a mysterious phone call, concerning surveillance, and later, Sydney is spirited away by a mysterious figure. himself. Stefano and Kate are blown away over EJ’s accusation that Stefano is responsible for Sydney’s disappearance. Meanwhile, the mystery woman watching over Sydney talks to someone, but is it Stefano or someone else?

Speaking on behalf of Mia and herself, Melanie tells Carly she can’t move in. Maggie apologizes to Carly, but she realizes her being at Maggie’s would be awkward for everyone. Hope runs into Mia and questions her about Carly. Mia admits she finds Carly strange and doesn’t trust her, which pleases Hope. Meanwhile, Carly, who doesn’t want to come between Bo and Hope, thinks she should tell Hope the truth: Carly came back to Salem for her daughter. Bo disagrees. He thinks she should keep the secret until they know she and her daughter are not in any danger from Vivian. Carly admits she pushed too hard with her daughter. Bo insists that Carly move back into his house, assuring her it’s the only safe place. Carly refuses.  Vivian has a run in with Kate, who thinks Vivian is going after Victor to get closer to Phillip. Gus brings Vivian a letter from Lawrence’s safe deposit box. She goes to Victor and finds him poisoning Ciara against Carly. After learning that Victor hates Carly as much as she does, Vivian asks if he’ll help her get revenge on Carly for killing Lawrence. Victor says yes. Justin lays in to Carly. He is convinced she never stopped loving Bo. If she truly doesn’t want to get in between Bo and Hope, then she should get the hell out of Salem. Carly questions his motives for snooping and shoots back that it’s clear Justin only wants Hope for himself. Bo and Carly decide they need to eliminate Vivian as a threat. Later, Carly remembers that this is the anniversary of their Mayan wedding. Hope decides to investigate Carly’s secret. When Victor tells Hope that Vivian is moving in, Hope gets an idea. Vivian shows Victor an unsent letter from Lawrence referring to Carly’s secret betrayal. They decide to learn Carly’s secret in order to destroy her. In the meantime, they’ll pretend to be in love so that Carly is thrown off their plan. Vivian moves into Victor’s house. Justin confronts Carly about her feelings for Bo. Afterwards, he tries to enlist Daniel at the hospital to thwart Carly’s application to work there and is dismayed to realize they are old friends. Meanwhile, Bo warns Vivian that she will harm Carly over his dead body, an idea that Vivian is not opposed to.

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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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