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DAYS Recap – Feb 1- Feb 5th

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Bo communicates via webcam with Ciara, who is with Maggie and Caroline. Carly shows up and tells Bo that she had a moment of connection with Melanie. Bo warns her to keep her distance in order to protect Melanie from Vivian. Via webcam, Ciara witnesses Carly and Bo kiss. Affected, she runs to Caroline, who decides to go to Bo’s for a surprise visit.  Caroline and Ciara walk in on a warm moment between Bo and Carly. Alone with Bo, Caroline urges him to make things work with Hope. Bo reminds her that Hope walked out on him, and Caroline reminds him about the repercussions this will have on Ciara. Caroline isn’t convinced that Bo’s relationship with Carly is serious and expresses her disapproval. Caroline leaves, and Bo helps Ciara with a picture. He finds a photo of himself, Ciara and Hope in happier times. Melanie refuses to let Nathan examine her hand. Carly witnesses the sexual tension between them. Alone with Melanie, Carly gets her to admit she’s torn between Nathan and Philip. Carly suggests that Melanie take time to decide who she wants to be with, but Melanie decides she’s going through with the wedding, and invites Carly. Carly is touched. Meanwhile, Stephanie shares her doubts about Nathan’s feelings for her with Justin. He advises her to be honest with him. When Stephanie meets with Nathan, he invites her to a romantic getaway. She agrees, but they’ll go after Melanie and Philip’s wedding. The two kiss. Hope questions Vivian about her interest in Melanie. Vivian makes small talk and keeps her true intentions for Melanie hidden. Vivian has an appointment and leaves. Hope decides to take action. She asks Justin to help her steal Vivian’s puzzle box that contains Carly’s secret, and he agrees. Vivian returns unexpectedly and Justin stalls her until Hope slips out of her room. Later, Vivian meets with Gus and tells him she hasn’t figured out how to get rid of Melanie, but knows when: on her wedding day. Justin and Hope, meanwhile, move to his hotel room for privacy. Hope opens the box. Chad thanks his father for letting him go Vancouver with his friends. At the same time, Mia continues to resent that Gabi is going to the Olympics with Chad. Mia goes to D.A. Woods and makes it sound like she’s going on the trip and that she and Chad are still together. Meanwhile, Will looks for Mia, who supposedly went to check on Maggie. He finds her back at the Java Café and questions her whereabouts as Chad, getting off a heated phone call, announces to Gabi, T and Kinsey that his dad canceled their trip. Mia is secretly pleased. Hope cracks open Vivian’s puzzle box, and is heavily upset. Justin asks her what’s inside and Hope tells him that Carly’s secret is that she has a daughter. Fearing the worst, Hope thinks Carly’s child might be Bo’s, but she talks her way out of that theory. Bo would have told her. Hope realizes that if she had been around, maybe Bo would have shared all of this with her.

Vivian and Gus plot how to end Melanie’s life. She sends Gus on an errand to pick up something special for Melanie. Victor shows up and in private warns Vivian to leave Melanie alone. It’s Carly he wants her to take care of. Vivian agrees and asks Gus to do one more cryptic thing. As much as Vivian hates betraying Victor, she’s going to take care of Melanie and Carly, once and for all. Hope and Justin return to the Kiriakis mansion. Justin offers his support and Hope thanks him. Justin and Hope share a hug, that Victor witnesses. Hope goes to talk to Bo and Victor blasts Justin. Justin tells his uncle that he’s going after Hope. Victor thinks he’s a fool, but Justin is determined. At the same time, Hope runs into Vivian and knocks her “gift” for Melanie to the ground. Bo learns that Melanie invited Carly to her wedding. Carly is excited, but Bo thinks it’s a bad idea. Vivian is still on the prowl and, despite the fact that they buried the information at the Swiss hospital, she might still be suspicious. Carly realizes Bo has a point. Worried for Carly, and wanting to move their relationship along, Bo invites her to move in. Carly is touched and agrees. Bo goes to get her belongings at the Salem Inn as Carly is called in to the hospital. Bo brings her stuff home and while he’s outside on a call, someone opens Carly’s bags and cuts her clothing to bits. Meanwhile, Carly supervises in the operating room with Nathan, who makes a mistake. Carly saves the day and calls him on his lack of focus. She thinks it has something to do with Melanie, but Nathan shuts her down and walks away.  EJ expresses his joy in Sami and Rafe’s break up. Anna tries to warn him that Sydney will be hurt in all this, but EJ puts her on warning. He knows what’s best for his daughter.  Arianna is afraid she won’t be able to fulfill her promise to Melanie and be her maid of honor. She goes to the Brady Pub and interrupts Nathan and Stephanie, who are planning their getaway. Nathan takes off, and Melanie arrives in time to overhear Arianna tell Stephanie about how she might be going to prison. Melanie says that Stephanie can take over for Arianna if that happens, but she isn’t so sure. After Arianna leaves to meet Roman, Stephanie agrees to be a bridesmaid. At the same time, Arianna learns from Roman that she’s a free woman. She tells him that Anna is back in town. Roman calls Anna while Arianna runs into EJ.

Anna is forced to admit to Roman that she’s in Salem and concocts a tale to cover her lies. Roman persuades her to go offer Sami a kind word. Anna is relieved to find Sami not there and scrawls a note to shove under the door. Unfortunately, after she does so, she turns and finds herself face-to-face with Rafe. Bo realizes to his horror that Ciara is the one who shredded Carly’s clothes. He tries to talk to his daughter but gets nowhere. Meanwhile, Hope nearly sees Vivian’s secret for Melanie’s wedding day. Hope heads over to Bo’s to tell him that Vivian knows about Carly’s secret daughter. Before she can say anything, she sees Carly’s ruined wardrobe. She reels off the facts that Ciara did this, and she did it because she found out Carly moved back in. Hope is appalled by Bo’s handling of the situation and decides she’s not sure it’s in their daughter’s best interest for Bo to continue to have visitation rights. Carly walks in on their fight. Vivian visits an associate and has her mysterious weapon prepared for the wedding. Later, Melanie wonders what the gift is. Vivian may just decide to give it to her, right away. Philip and Melanie make wedding plans. Later he’s forced to break the news to Kate that she and Vivian are going to walk down the aisle together as mothers of the groom. Kate is forced to temper her reaction, but is truly hurt. She later vows that this will not stand. Stefano has received an eviction notice. He tells his son that it is time for his vendetta to end. EJ begs to differ. Carly and Nathan exchange words about Melanie and Daniel intervenes. Nathan leaves a message for Stephanie to reconfirm their trip while Carly thanks Daniel for all his help.

Sami brings Johnny to EJ’s for the night and finds a travel brochure. EJ admits he wants to take their child as far away as possible. Sami can’t believe he’d leave in the middle of the search for Sydney. Meanwhile, Rafe comes upon Anna leaving a note for Sami, and demands to know who she is and what she wants. Sami shows up and explains all. Sami insists Anna stay for a visit. Anna squirms when Sami opens up to her emotionally about Sydney being missing. Anna becomes more upset and finally has to leave. Rafe finishes getting the rest of his things, has one last moment with Sami and vows not to leave one stone unturned in his search for Sydney. Later, EJ talks to Johnny about them leaving Salem with his baby sister for good. Rafe shows up, and asks EJ about Anna. Vivian almost gives Melanie the deadly gift, but decides to wait until the wedding. Kate enters, and after Melanie leaves, has it out with Vivian for hijacking the wedding. Vivian tells her to leave and goes to take a call from Gus. Kate does leave, but not without Vivian’s gift for Melanie. When Vivian returns with Gus, she realizes Kate must have taken it. Kate goes to pier, about to drop the gift in the water, but wonders what’s inside.

Carly comes in on Hope saying she’s taking Ciara from Bo. Bo and Hope fight, and as it starts to get ugly, Ciara comes in. Both parents try to reassure her, and Hope takes her away. Carly decides she should move out, but Bo says he’s not losing Ciara or Carly. With Melanie’s best interest at heart, Carly tells Bo she’s going to decline the wedding invitation. At the same time, Hope and Ciara meet up with Justin. She says she couldn’t tell Bo about learning of Carly’s daughter. Later, Hope sees Ciara and Justin sharing a nice moment. She can’t help but think it’s all so wrong. Melanie asks Maggie to be her mother-of-the-bride and she accepts. Sami speaks with Brady and reiterates her separation from Rafe and the implications of Anna’s visit. Rafe shocks EJ by asking about his connection to Anna DiMera. EJ claims to know very little, but tries to get Rafe to back off of pursuing Anna. This only raises more suspicions with Rafe. EJ is nearly caught, but is able to turn things around and put everything on Rafe’s motives with Sami. The men argue and Sami overhears. Sami leaves with Rafe, and EJ meets with Anna and tells her she’s messed up big time. EJ tries to dismiss Anna, but she will not go quietly. Meanwhile, Sami and Rafe have it out about his going after Anna. Rafe admits he truly believes Anna could be a lead, and he’s only done what he’s done for Sami. When he tries to leave, she runs after him and the two kiss passionately. Carly asks Daniel to make sure she has to work during Melanie and Philip’s wedding, and he agrees. Daniel realizes Carly is hiding something involving Melanie, but lets it go. At the same time, Kate gives Melanie Vivian’s secret gift box. Melanie nearly opens it but Vivian stops them. Melanie goes and to Carly. They share a wonderful, and very possibly, a final moment. Back at the pier, Vivian makes an odd reference and Kate, piqued, makes a strange connection. Meanwhile, Nathan drinks too much off of his feelings for Melanie. He makes plans to hang out with Stephanie, but when he tries to find her, he runs into Melanie. Drunk, he begs her not to get married. While Vivian thinks her plan to off Melanie is perfect, Kate goes to Carly and asks her what’s the connection between her, Melanie, and Vivian. Carly questions Chloe about her infertility problem. Chloe indicates she has solved them. Later, with Father Matt, Chloe makes it clear her solution is to have faith. Father Matt insists God’s will is not always ours and Chloe is bummed until in a conversation with Stephanie realizes she has missed her period…she’s late!

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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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