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DAYS Recap – Feb 21- Feb 25th

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At the hospital, EJ takes imposter Rafe to task for beating up the real Rafe. EJ quickly reminds him who is calling the shots. Nicole comes in on their fight and they cover. Johnny receives his prosthetic eye. EJ notes the bond between his son and his twin sister, Allie. Meanwhile, Stefano and imposter Rafe plot to kidnap Allie as punishment for the real Rafe’s escape attempt. They are thwarted when EJ allows Johnny to go home with Sami. At the loft, Allie is leery of the imposter. He comes up with a new plan to make her disappear. He suggests that Allie go with him to the park, just the two of them… EJ tries to get Stefano to call off his threat on the girl. Stefano refuses and in private, EJ strongly urges Kate to call Lucas and have him send for Allie – immediately. Kate presses him as to why, but that’s all EJ will say. Kate puts in a call to Lucas. Taylor and EJ have another near miss at the hospital. Nicole wants EJ to join her and Taylor for lunch so they can finally meet. EJ declines, but later decides to join them after all. Chloe confesses to Philip that she left Parker alone at Maggie’s with the oven on. Philip is alarmed and makes her come with him to the hospital where Daniel checks her out and thinks she has post-partum depression. Chloe finally accepts that it’s over for her and Daniel. Philip tells Melanie what Chloe did and makes her promise not to tell anyone – Chloe could have her baby taken away. Melanie immediately informs Kate. Chloe overhears Melanie on the phone saying Chloe shouldn’t be allowed to raise Parker. Chloe flips out and argues with Melanie. Philip enters on this and wonders what’s going on Sami convinces Allie to go to the park with imposter Rafe. Imposter Rafe makes plans for Allie to be taken away, but Sami interrupts before they leave and says Lucas called. He wants Allie to visit him in Hong Kong and her wants her to leave that night. Allie is desperate to go and tells Sami that Rafe was mean to her again. Sami doesn’t believe that but agrees to let her visit her dad. Imposter Rafe fills in Stefano, who wonders if Sami is suspicious of him. Imposter Rafe says no but if that changes, he’ll take care of her. The real Rafe collapses and Stefano tells EJ he wants to move up the timetable for getting rid of him. EJ disagrees – he thinks Rafe is still useful. Stefano reluctantly backs down but says if the situation is ever out of control again… Rafe will be gone. Rafe starts to get better, determined to escape. Taylor, thinking of EJ, spills coffee on herself and heads to the restroom just as EJ arrives at the Brady Pub. He sits down with Nicole, but is soon called away by Stefano. Taylor returns, just missing her mystery man. Nicole hopes the two of them will hit it off when they finally meet at the wedding. After talking to Johnny and Will, Chad tells EJ he’ll be his best man at the wedding.

Chloe tells Philip she overheard Melanie telling someone that she’s not fit to raise Parker. Melanie says Chloe is lying, and Philip believes Melanie. Distraught, Chloe runs off and tries to tell Nicole but she’s distracted with wedding plans. A rattled Chloe says she can’t be in the wedding. Meanwhile, Melanie tells Kate that Chloe is taking postpartum pills. Pleased, Kate is ready to take their plan to the next step and subtly convinces Chloe to throw out her postpartum medication. Vivian finds out Brady stole Titan from Victor. She’s thrilled and forces Brady to tell Philip. Philip is furious with Brady for betraying Victor. Vivian lords it over Victor, knowing his own flesh and blood has hurt and betrayed him more than she ever could. It’s EJ and Nicole’s wedding day. EJ wakes from a dream about Taylor. Meanwhile, Nicole confesses to Taylor that she’s truly falling in love with EJ. Taylor and EJ separately talk to Lexie about their mysterious encounter with a stranger. Stefano is pleased to have his sons together as Chad fulfills his best man role. The wedding begins and as bridesmaid Taylor walks down the aisle, she and EJ are shocked as each realizes who the other is. The wedding comes to a halt. Stefano continues to torment Rafe. While Stefano attends the wedding, Rafe feigns illness and steals his guard’s cell phone. Chloe feels the effects of not using her medication. Kate is satisfied that her plan to drive Chloe closer to the edge is working. Chloe breaks with reality, writes a note and heads to the pier with Parker. An utterly destroyed Chloe stares into the freezing river. Meanwhile, Philip is shocked to find her “good-bye” note. Bo and Hope try to have a “first date.” After a series of interruptions, they watch a movie with Ciara and declare the day a success. EJ and Taylor manage to cover their surprise and explain to everyone that they have already met. The marriage goes ahead, but as EJ kisses his bride Nicole, his eyes are on her sister, Taylor.

Rafe uses the stolen cell phone to get in touch with Roman. He frantically tries to ask for help but is quickly caught and subdued. After the call ends, Roman is puzzled, but even more so when he bumps into imposter Rafe acting rather nonchalant. Imposter Rafe is able to cover, but he demands a meeting with Stefano and tells him that he needs to handle Rafe. The man will never give up trying to get back to Sami – unless he’s dead. Chloe throws herself into the river, but Philip realizes what is going on and saves her. Philip rushes her to the hospital. He begins to understand that his mother might have something to do with Chloe’s erratic behavior. Jennifer and Daniel grow closer. Jennifer helps him realize how Parker can still be in his life. With the wedding ceremony concluded, Nicole and EJ receive congratulations from friends and family. EJ and Taylor do their best to avoid one another. Nicole slightly notices the awkwardness between the two of them but before she can get any answers, she’s interrupted. EJ finally tells Taylor they need to talk and she wonders what he feels for her. Nicole sees their intense moment. Abe warns Chad to stay away from the DiMeras. After sharing a warm moment with Johnny and Theo, Chad tells Abe he’s a DiMera. Melanie learns Chloe tried to commit suicide. She wants to take Parker away from her immediately and is angry that Philip is protective of Chloe. They fight. Melanie calls Kate who races to hospital. Chloe is starting to feel better. She confides in Philip that she got rid of the pills because of something Kate said. Furious, Philip confronts Kate, believing her responsible for Chloe’s suicide attempt. Melanie is also horrified with unrepentant Kate. Meanwhile, Chloe worries to Philip that, because of her actions, she may have lost Parker forever. Roman tells Bo and Hope that Bo’s been reinstated as Police Commissioner, but Hope will never be able to rejoin the force. Hope puts on a good face, and insists she’s fine being a stay-at-home mom. But once she’s alone, her doubts become evident.

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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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