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DAYS Recap – Feb 28 – March 4th

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At the wedding reception, EJ lies and tells Taylor he hasn’t been thinking about her the way she’s thought of him. Nicole asks EJ, then Taylor, what’s going on between them. Both tell her she has misunderstood. Nicole wonders if EJ is Taylor’s mystery man, which her sister denies. Nicole then assumes Taylor is uneasy because she hates EJ for being a DiMera and hurting Nicole in the past.  In private, Lexie gets EJ to admit Taylor is the woman he was trying to track down. However, he states it doesn’t matter because Taylor could never be interested in a man like him. EJ takes Nicole home to start their wedding night. Meanwhile, Lexie asks Taylor about her feelings for EJ. Taylor kind of confirms what EJ said about her not being interested in a DiMera. At home, EJ pulls back from making love to Nicole, and she asks him what’s going on. Sami notices more slight changes in Rafe2 and confides in Caroline. She confesses she feels responsible because she caused his accident. In the meantime, the imposter tells Stefano that they don’t need the real Rafe anymore – he has it all under control. If Sami causes any trouble, “Rafe” will take care of her. Later, an emotional Stephanie arrives at the pub and encounters the imposter, who finds her incredibly attractive. He encourages her to open up to him, and he gives her a tight “supportive” hug, which perplexed Sami witnesses. Social Services shows up to take custody of Parker from Chloe. Philip can’t get custody because Daniel is still the father of record and it can’t be corrected until the next day. Jennifer urges Daniel to take Parker for the night. He’s not sure he can handle it emotionally, but she promises to help and he finally agrees. Maggie comes to see Chloe and insists things will get better. Philip overhears Kate and Melanie conspiring. He blasts Melanie for betraying his trust, and she runs out in tears. Philip lets his mother have it for manipulating Melanie as well as Chloe. Kate is hurt that he always takes someone else’s side over that of his own mother. Meanwhile, Stephanie learns from Nathan that things haven’t worked out for him and Melanie. Stephanie isn’t exactly sympathetic. After she leaves, Melanie rushes in and takes comfort in Nathan’s arms. Melanie spills her part in the Chloe plot, but Nathan doesn’t blame her. Philip arrives to apologize to Melanie and gets into it with Nathan. Melanie tries to stop them from fighting and suddenly doubles over in pain.

Despite his feelings for Taylor, EJ makes love to Nicole on their wedding night. Afterwards, Nicole hints that she is sort of in love with him. She’s relieved Sami is no longer an issue for them, and EJ agrees – he does not love Samantha anymore… Nicole believes the right people ended up together. Thinking of Taylor, EJ privately isn’t so sure. At Chez Rouge, Brady finds a glum Taylor. He realizes Nicole’s wedding to EJ went through and can tell Taylor doesn’t necessarily approve. Brady orders a drink and Taylor warns him not to get drunk – she doesn’t want to drag him home again. Later, Brady again offers her a job at Titan, but warns the DiMeras will not be happy about Nicole’s sister working for the enemy. Taylor doesn’t quite accept, but she and Brady toast to new possibilities. Kate and Daniel get into an argument. He rails at her for playing mind games with Chloe. Daniel hopes Philip doesn’t let Kate near Parker or Melanie’s baby. Meanwhile, Nathan and Philip are concerned when Melanie experiences severe cramps. They rush her to the hospital, where Daniel orders some tests. Nathan pledges his support for Melanie – as does Philip. Kate tries to be there for Philip, but he rebuffs her. Later, Melanie loses her baby. Sami catches “Rafe” hugging Stephanie inappropriately and lays into him. Rafe2 swears he was just comforting her. Stephanie later admits to her cousin that she was a bit uncomfortable. Later, Sami sees “Rafe” and Stefano having a friendly chat – and she realizes she must do something about her husband’s personality change. She calls Stephanie and asks if she’ll help her make an appointment at the hospital.

Stefano and EJ continue to disagree about whether Rafe has outlived his usefulness. Stefano fills Rafe in on his plan to erase his memories and ultimately vows to proceed without EJ’s approval. Meanwhile, EJ is displeased that the imposter has not yet succeeded in alienating Johnny – his son still adores “Rafe.” In the aftermath of her miscarriage, Melanie extends an olive branch to Chloe. Meanwhile, Nathan and Philip argue about Melanie. Maggie urges Nathan to proceed slowly with Melanie, but he is determined to win her back. Later, Melanie tells Philip she forgives him, and they begin to discuss their future. Daniel is pained when his name is removed from Parker’s birth certificate, and Philip’s is added. Abigail surprises Jennifer with her homecoming. She expresses her anger with Jack and her support of her mother. Later, Abigail is surprised to witness Jennifer and Daniel’s embrace. Hope is at loose ends now that Bo has gone back to work, and she spends time with Jennifer and Julie. Rafe2 is furious that Sami has scheduled an MRI for him behind his back. He calls EJ, who tells him to take the test – the results can be fixed. However, Sami privately convinces Daniel to supervise the MRI. EJ learns about this just as Daniel reports to Sami and the imposter that the tests indicate “Rafe” was never in an accident at all!

Melanie tells Philip she still loves him and forgives him for his indiscretion with Chloe. Philip is hopeful, insisting they can start over – anywhere in the world. But Melanie brings him back to earth when she reminds him he can’t leave Parker. She lowers the boom and says their love is not enough to hold their marriage together. Her heart breaking, she insists Philip leave. Philip goes to Parker and tells him he loves him. Meanwhile, Julie advises Nathan to fight for Melanie. Nathan tracks Melanie down at the pub, ready to declare his love. Abigail walks in on Jennifer hugging Daniel. When she learns Daniel was the doctor who saved her mom’s life, she also hugs him. Daniel leaves. Jennifer explains she was comforting Daniel, and wonders how Abigail really felt about what she saw. Abigail insists she’s fine with it; she wants her mom to move on. Jack doesn’t deserve her. Jennifer says that no matter what Abigail thinks of her dad, he still loves her and her brother very much. Abigail is hit despite herself. At the Java Cafe, Chad bonds with EJ and Johnny, admitting it’s his birthday. They celebrate with him. When EJ gets the call about “Rafe’s” MRI, he asks Chad to look after Johnny and leaves. Abigail runs into Chad and is at first attracted to him – until she mistakenly thinks Johnny is his kid. Chad refuses to set her straight, and both he and Johnny agree they don’t like her. Will gives Gabi a beautiful pair of earrings to indicate the seriousness of their relationship. As they kiss, they are unaware that someone is watching them.

At the hospital, EJ watches as Sami’s suspicions about Rafe2 grow. In private, the imposter tells EJ that things are harder than he thought with Sami – he needs to know more about their past from the real Rafe. EJ calls Stefano to make sure he does not give Rafe the mind-erasing drug. Unfortunately, he’s too late – Stefano has already injected the real Rafe with the drug! Meanwhile, Daniel suggests ways in which Sami can try to help “Rafe” be the man he used to be. At home, Sami asks “Rafe” to make love to her – the way he used to. Meanwhile, the real Rafe awakens and asks Stefano who he is – but is he faking? Taylor reluctantly visits Nicole and has mixed feelings that her wedding night went so well. Taylor reveals that Brady offered her a job again. Nicole is supportive; she wants her sister to be as happy as she is. Later, Nicole goes to get dressed for the day, and Taylor decides to leave before EJ arrives – only to come face-to-face with him. While Brady is supportive of Chloe, Victor appears to lay down the law with Philip, insisting Chloe come nowhere near Parker. Victor is stunned when Brady brings Chloe home and announces she’ll be living at the mansion. Brady and Philip join forces, and Victor finally allows Chloe to stay. Philip reunites a grateful Chloe with Parker. Meanwhile, Victor makes it clear he ultimately accepts Philip’s actions and can handle Chloe – but Brady is dead to him. And he plans to find a way to destroy his grandson. Nathan makes a declaration of love to Melanie – but is it too fast and too soon? Stephanie interrupts and learns about the miscarriage. She feels badly, but sees that everything is now wide open for Nathan to reconnect with Melanie. Later, when Melanie feels faint and Nathan picks her up in his arms, it appears as if exactly that is happening.

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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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