Connect with us

Days of our Lives - Recaps

DAYS Recap – Jan 11 – Jan 15th

Louise Sorel, John Aniston, Peter Reckell

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Melanie receives a nice gift from Arianna for her elopement. After the two discuss Nicole and Brady, Melanie heads to Maggie’s to borrow something. Nathan and Melanie have a moment before she comforts Maggie over her loss. Later, Maggie urges Melanie to go to Vegas and get married. She should hold onto the man she loves. Nathan witnesses the moment, and thanks Melanie for being so kind to Maggie. They share a spontaneous kiss. Victor lays into Brady, asking him how he could be so stupid to defend Nicole and Arianna. Angry, Brady leaves and goes to Arianna. He wants to throw himself into the drug dealing case, but Arianna wants to slow down. She thinks they need to focus on each other even if only for tonight. However, little does she know, Troy is watching. Vivian offers an olive branch to Philip. She tells him that she wants to be his friend. Philip is wary, but eventually buys it when Vivian gives him an expensive brooch to give Melanie. Later, Vivian informs Victor the walls are closing in on Carly. Victor is glad. He wants that succubus away from his son. However, Bo and Carly have consummated their relationship, and Carly tells Bo she loves him. Hope calls Bo, not knowing he’s in bed with Carly. She needs his help with a project. Bo agrees and fills in Carly. While Hope waits for Bo, Doug makes a convincing case for why she and Bo should reconcile. Hope is optimistic, but her hopes crash when she meets with Bo and realizes he slept with Carly. She rushes out. Meanwhile, Carly decides to see her daughter at Maggie’s. Hope is there and confronts Carly about sleeping with Bo. Nathan and Melanie kiss while Stephanie talks to Philip. Nathan breaks from Melanie and reminds himself that he doesn’t love her anymore, but she says his kiss says otherwise. Philip and Stephanie enter and he comforts Melanie. Unhappy that Melanie and Nathan were alone together, Stephanie gives Melanie her earrings as “something borrowed,” and insists that she and Philip marry today as planned. Later, alone with Philip, an emotional Melanie says she wants to hold off on the marriage. Philip agrees. Anna wants to know from her boss when she can deliver the ransom demand. She wants to collect her money and go. However, Anna backs down when she learns she is replaceable. Sami tells EJ that she wants to tell Rafe about the kidnapping note, but he convinces her otherwise. He insists that they’re closer than ever to getting Sydney back. Meanwhile, Will confides in Rafe that he is upset about Mia’s lies. Rafe urges Will to give Mia another chance. Lucas apologizes to Maggie for the friction between them.

Hope and Carly argue about Bo sleeping with Carly. Carly declares that she loves Bo. Bo enters, and after Carly leaves, he has it out with Hope. He points out that she left him. Bo leaves and Hope is devastated. She tells Doug that she thinks she’s really lost Bo. Meanwhile, Bo goes back to Carly, who is packing to leave. Bo stops her. When Carly questions if Bo loves her, he answers her with a kiss. Philip meets Melanie at the Brady Pub where Nathan and Stephanie are getting food. Alone, Nathan asks why Melanie isn’t eloping. Melanie says they postponed it. Nathan and Melanie talk about their kiss, but both insist a little too much that it meant nothing. Later, Nathan tells Stephanie that he’s getting over Melanie. Melanie and Philip plan to set a wedding date for February. When Philip asks her to spend the night with him, she declines, saying she wants to be around for Maggie. Arianna and Brady have a double-date with Chloe and Daniel. When they are alone, Chloe and Arianna discuss Nicole. Troy approaches Arianna, but Brady gets rid of him. Arianna is grateful for the rescue. Arianna and Brady start to leave, but she realizes that she left her phone at the Java Café. When she goes back for it, she overhears Chloe tell Daniel that Brady likes to rescue women. He’s always trying to be a hero. This upsets Arianna, especially when Brady says he has to leave to help Maggie. In the meantime, Troy has set tomorrow as the date to have Arianna murdered. Mia bonds with Maggie and admits to doing some bad things lately. Lucas senses that Will wants to get back with Mia. Will shows up at Maggie’s and he and Mia hug.

Melissa returns to visit Maggie and her son, Nathan. She meets Stephanie and voices her approval. The Hortons gather at Maggie’s where Bo and Hope have an honest heart-to-heart, but Justin interrupts. EJ shows up and delivers a convincing speech about his effort to turn over a new leaf. Rafe decides to revisit the DiMera mansion and look for a link to the person who may have taken Sydney. Stefano, meanwhile, learns that EJ is selling assets and confronts him about it. Rafe overhears their argument, but EJ concocts a convincing cover. Stefano, wondering what his son is up to, warns Rafe that EJ can be duplicitous. Meanwhile, an impatient Anna finds out that it’s time to move on to the next step. Vivian and Victor speculate as to the identity of Carly’s child. Meanwhile, in a huge reveal, Carly tells Bo that her daughter – Melanie – hates her. Carly had words with Mia and Melanie, and learned that Melanie is engaged to Philip. Al succeeds in pulling off his “robbery” attempt and is just about to off Arianna when Brady rides in to the rescue. While Arianna is appreciative, she is sure she could have handled it on her own. She is still unsettled by the notion that Brady wants to “save” her. Rafe questions Sami about EJ, and she overreacts. Rafe’s love for Sami makes her reconsider keeping the kidnapper’s note a secret. EJ lets Sami know that another ransom note has arrived. She makes the final decision not to include Rafe. However, when EJ and Sami go to drop off the ransom, Rafe discovers them. Carly reels from the fact that her daughter Melanie is marrying Philip. She decides that she must see her again, now. Meanwhile, Vivian plots to discover the truth about Carly’s daughter, but Bo thwarts her, for now. Victor learns that Bo and Carly have slept together and goes ballistic on Vivian. She needs to work faster and find out the identity of Carly’s daughter. At the same time, Carly apologizes to Melanie. It doesn’t go well and only raises Melanie’s suspicions of Carly. Later, Melanie overhears Bo and Carly talking about her. Chad helps Gabi, so she gives him another chance, while Mia manages reconciliation with Will. Later, Mia realizes Gabi and Chad are getting closer, and she doesn’t like it at all.

Days Of Our Lives

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 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.

Continue Reading

Days Of Our Lives

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.

Photo: JPI

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!”

Photo: JPI

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.

Continue Reading

Days Of Our Lives

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.

Courtesy/NBC

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.

Photo: NBC

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.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Video du Jour

B&B’s Matthew Atkinson chats with Michael Fairman about the wild ride of the Thomas/Hope Mamnequin storyline currently on The Bold and the Beautiful.Leave A Comment

The Michael Channel

Recent Comments

Advertisement

Power Performance

Emily O’Brien as Gwen

Days of our Lives

Airdates: 2-9/10-2021

Advertisement

Popular