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DAYS Recap – Jan 18 – Jan 22nd

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After Rafe catches Sami and EJ on the pier with the ransom money, they finally reveal all they’ve been keeping from him. Sami freaks when Rafe calls in the FBI. Rafe orders Sami and EJ home and takes over. Sami tries to apologize to Rafe for lying. Rafe says to trust him, but when Sami learns he had someone watching her and that’s how he knew she was at the pier with EJ, she reprimands him for not trusting her. Meanwhile, EJ tries to reach Anna to warn her that the FBI is involved. Melanie overhears Bo and Carly talking about her. Carly almost tells Melanie she’s her mother, but covers. Melanie buys her story, but tells Carly to stay out of her life. Carly is a wreck with Bo as she realizes she can never be around her daughter. Later, she shows up at the hospital to handle a student nurse situation, and it ends up being Melanie. At the same time, Vivian tries to work Hope to fight for Bo and get Carly out of the way. Hope won’t do her dirty work. Vivian calls in Gus. Hope opens up to Maggie about her continued feelings for Bo. Maggie gets her to admit that she wants Bo back. Brady and Arianna make plans to see Melanie, but Arianna has to stay and talk with Roman. Melanie asks Brady to give her away at her wedding. Brady voices his concern about Melanie giving up her nursing career for marriage. Melanie decides to ask Daniel for a leave of absence and to freeze her credits. At the same time, Arianna learns from Roman that the higher-ups want to end the undercover operation and send her back to prison. She talks to them in a conference call and refers to Roman as his code name “Caesar” which Troy overhears. Arianna covers with Troy, but he sets a plan to meet with her later, with the intent to kill.

Philip asks Bo to be one of his groomsmen. Bo, aware Vivian is listening, lets Philip think he and Carly have sort of picked up where they left off in the past. Meanwhile, Melanie finds out she has to ask Carly’s permission to freeze her credits and course work until after her honeymoon. Carly remembers giving birth to Melanie, how horrible Lawrence was and how she had to give up Melanie to save the girl’s life. Melanie gets creeped out by Carly and runs off. Later, Melanie returns for her sweater, and tells Carly she’s going off on an extended honeymoon with Philip. Carly is horrified to hear that Melanie had a terrible childhood with Trent, and is glad both her parents are dead. After Melanie leaves, Carly has visions of Lawrence taunting her by saying he’s won. Vivian is determined to find out if Mia is Carly’s daughter. After hearing about Bo’s “affair” with Carly, however, she wonders if the daughter could be anywhere and the reason Carly killed Lawrence is for Bo. Vivian commends Philip for not inviting Carly to the wedding. Vivian thinks she and Melanie are going to be great friends. Also, Bo confides in Abe how he put this untruth in motion about his affair with Carly. Abe worries it’s only going to hurt Hope and Bo, regrettably, knows it. After a run-in with Vivian, Kate decides to step up her game in winning Melanie’s favor, but is blown off by her. Meanwhile, Maggie continues to deal with her loss. Melissa goes home and Kate comes by to check on Maggie. Unfortunately, she ends up trying to pry out of Maggie how to connect with Melanie. Maggie blows up and throws her out. While it felt good, she’s still very sad.

Stephanie presents Nathan with a press release announcing he’s the Intern of the Year. Nathan is touched and wishes his grandfather knew. Stephanie admits she told Mickey before he died. Grateful, Nathan and Stephanie grow closer as they share a kiss. Sami, Rafe and EJ tensely wait for the possible kidnapper to take the ransom money. When she does, the feds arrest her, and Sami, Rafe and EJ head to the police station to learn her identity. Rafe confirms the woman works near the pier, but has no police record or connection to Nicole. She isn’t the kidnapper. EJ informs Anna that all is proceeding as planned while Rafe and Sami receive a fax from the kidnappers stating they know she brought in the feds. She’ll never see Sydney again. Philip calls Carly on her intention to seduce Bo. Vivian tells Hope about it. Bo insists to Carly the lie is necessary to protect Melanie from Vivian. When Hope sees Bo is no longer wearing his wedding ring, she believes the lie. Devastated, Hope cries in Justin’s arms. He assures her he and his love will always be waiting for her. Gabi gets permission from her mother to go to the Olympics with Chad, T and Kinsey. Jealous, Mia tries to focus on Will. Later, at Grace’s grave, she admits that while wanting both Chad and Will is wrong, she can’t lose anyone else in her life. The faxed note from the kidnappers sends Sami and Rafe into a tailspin. Sami increasingly putting her faith in EJ to find their daughter. When Sami and Rafe go home, they have a blow-out fight and trade accusations. Sami blames Rafe for the fact that Sydney isn’t home and might never be. Meanwhile, EJ is relishing quiet time with Sydney. Anna is impatient to learn when she will get her money and wonders whether EJ is ever planning to give the baby back. EJ won’t tell.

Carly has a nightmarish fantasy of Vivian killing Melanie. She realizes how fortunate it is that Melanie is leaving town so Vivian will never discover that she’s her daughter. Victor lays into Carly when they cross paths at the hospital, and she is horrified when she learns that he and Vivian may be accompanying Philip and Melanie on their extended honeymoon. Reeling off this news, Carly enters the Java Café and finds Melanie and Vivian in the throes of bridal planning and having found the perfect wedding dress. Carly barges in and demands that Vivian get her hands off Melanie. Hope tells Justin she needs time, and he understands. As they talk, she realizes he still loves and misses his family as much as she does hers. She meets Julie for lunch and tells her that she just learned Bo has had feelings for Carly all this time. Julie doesn’t believe it and doesn’t think Hope should, either. Hope talks to Julie about Justin and says she hasn’t been fair to him when she knew her heart would only ever belong to one man. Julie urges Hope to go after what she really wants. Meanwhile, Julie gives Nathan and Stephanie some gentle encouragement on their relationship. While they are now officially “official,” they agree to hold off on telling Melanie and Philip they’re dating until after the wedding. Bo asks Daniel to keep an eye out for Carly. Daniel agrees and Bo warns that Vivian Alamain is a crafty character and a restraining order won’t stop her. Meanwhile, Carly questions Vivian’s true motives towards Melanie. Melanie and Vivian are thrown by Carly’s crazy accusations. Fed up with Vivian, Carly puts her on notice. Daniel shows up and sticks up for Carly. Vivian is amused and Daniel pulls Carly away, but not before accidentally ruining Melanie’s wedding dress with coffee. Later, Daniel tries to talk some sense into her, but she won’t completely open up to him.

Carly goes into Bo’s arms. She tells him she nearly slipped up, but her secret is safe for now. Little do they know, Vivian is twigged by Carly’s behavior and asks Gus to find out what they can about Melanie Layton. Bo runs into Philip, who apologizes for how he spoke of Carly. He hopes his brother will still be one of his groomsmen and Bo agrees. Later, Melanie goes home to Philip and he makes her feel better. Chloe tells Brady that Nicole wants info on Sydney. Brady doesn’t have any info, but thinks it’s best if he doesn’t talk to her. It’s only fair to Arianna. Chloe understands and Brady goes to meet Arianna. Philip comes home and he and Chloe talk about marriage and children. He wonders if Chloe and Daniel are going to have a house full which upsets her.

Arianna is supposed to meet up with Brady, but Troy stops by instead. He’s there under the ruse that he needs her to move some coke. It spills and Troy uses the opportunity to try to strangle Arianna. However, EJ arrives and saves the day. Arianna calls the police and EJ tells Troy to run. Later, Roman catches the guy. At the police station, Brady arrives and is upset he wasn’t there for Arianna. EJ is a bit nervous. Troy overhears Arianna use her code word “Caesar” and he outs her as a narc! Anna questions EJ’s plan, but he assures her that it has an endgame.

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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 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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