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DAYS Recap – Jan 25 – Jan 29th

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After Troy overhears Arianna call Roman by his code name, the undercover assignment is blown. Troy grabs EJ and continues to yell that Arianna is a narc until he’s dragged off by a cop. Brady asks EJ why Troy would specifically tell him about Arianna. EJ covers nicely. Arianna fears she will go back to jail, and Roman leaves to find out. Brady is supportive and tells her he will make sure nothing will happen to her. Arianna doesn’t want Brady’s false promises. He wasn’t there to help her tonight, and he’s not going to be there every time she’s in trouble. Hurt, Brady admits she’s right as Roman returns with bad news. Arianna is going back to prison – tonight. Vivian pressures Gus to find out if Melanie Layton is in fact Carly’s daughter. She questions Melanie about her family, but Philip puts a stop to it. Victor shows up and Philip and Melanie take their leave. Vivian discusses her new theory about Carly and Melanie with Victor, but he’s getting impatient. He wants Carly gone, and Vivian promises hasty results. Carly meets with Maggie and apologizes about fighting with Hope in her house. While she gives her condolences about Mickey, Mia comes up and tells Carly to leave. Later, Carly makes amends with Mia. Back at Maggie’s, Melanie comes home to check up on Maggie. Vivian shows up and begins her investigation. When Melanie goes to check on Maggie, Vivian receives a call from Gus. He tells her that he was able to get the date of birth. Melanie Layton is a match. Vivian is beside herself, just as Melanie reenters. Bo and Hope bump into each other, which results in a broken toy sailboat for Ciara. After apologies are exchanged, Hope accuses Bo of lying to her about Carly. Bo admits nothing as they argue about their failed marriage. Hope still believes that Carly came back for reasons other than Bo. Upset, Hope leaves. Later, Carly comforts a distraught Bo. At the same time, Hope recalls a moment in her and Bo’s childhood, and then tosses the broken sailboat into the water. Stefano is furious at being cut out of EJ’s life, and Kate speaks a hard truth. Meanwhile, Anna realizes Sydney has a fever. She calls EJ about the medicine and he promises to bring it over soon. Stefano confronts EJ and begs for another chance. He wants to be involved in EJ’s life again. EJ rebuffs Stefano. Later, Stefano stumbles across the baby medicine for an infant and confronts EJ. Philip meets with Kate, who tries to offer her services in helping Melanie with the wedding. He tells her that Vivian has taken care of mostly everything, and Kate flips. She warns him that Vivian cannot be trusted. Philip reminds Kate of the recent crimes she’s committed and says Melanie is safer with Vivian than with Kate.

Sami attempts to apologize to Rafe, but it doesn’t go very well. Rafe doesn’t think Sami trusts him and we see it’s true. Rafe believes they’ve lost precious time in regards to Sydney. Gabi shows up and needs a word alone with Rafe. After Sami leaves, Gabi tells him about Arianna and they split. Sami comes back out and is thrown to see them gone. Sttefano questions EJ about the baby dropper he found. He wonders if EJ has Sydney. EJ dismisses his father’s accusations, and Stefano urges his son to be honest with him. EJ explains Stefano was never honest with him about the baby switch, letting him believe he had no daughter. After Stefano threatens to go to the police, EJ claims the medicine was for Johnny. Sami shows up and backs up EJ’s story. Johnny has gone back to using a dropper. Defeated and not thrilled with the bonding that’s occurring between Sami and EJ, Stefano takes his leave. Sami asks what’s going on with Stefano, but EJ is vague. Sami admits she’s having issues with Rafe. Elsewhere, Stefano knows EJ isn’t telling the truth and plans to do something about it. Roman sadly informs Arianna she’ll be returning to prison. Brady is furious nothing could be done, and Arianna reels from learning she’s going to be locked in the same prison as Nicole. Rafe shows up and promises Arianna he’ll fix this. Later, Rafe calls his friend at the FBI and asks him for help. Arianna says good-bye to Brady until Roman enters with news. Did Rafe save the day? Vivian learns from Gus that Melanie is Carly’s daughter. Melanie asks Vivian about her phone call, but Vivian covers and leaves. Later, Vivian goes over the details about Melanie with Gus. She meets with Victor and goes over her new plan. She won’t kill Melanie, mainly because of Philip, but she will avenge Lawrence by killing Carly. At the same time, Melanie confides in Maggie about Vivian. Maggie warns her to be careful. Philip shows up and Melanie, worried about Maggie, convinces Philip to eat dinner in. They discuss Vivian’s obsessive interest in Melanie. Carly dreams of a peaceful life with her daughter, but it goes all wrong. Justin arrives and calls her on sleeping with Bo. Carly doesn’t apologize and she tells Justin she’s not giving up on Bo.

Bo urges Rafe not to let Sydney’s disappearance come between him and Sami. Rafe gets the forensics report from the ransom notes and takes it to the DiMera mansion where he finds EJ comforting Sami. Rafe reveals that the only DNA found on the notes belonged to EJ. He accuses EJ of contaminating the evidence by failing to come forward sooner. EJ maintains the evidence was never there to begin with. Rafe is forced to admit he has no new leads, and Sami is devastated. As Sami and Rafe argue, EJ calls Anna and tells her that she should get her money soon. Sami tells Rafe she doesn’t believe he’s going to bring Sydney home. She runs out, and smug EJ watches their acrimonious parting. Hope meets Justin for breakfast with the intention of telling him she has only feelings of friendship for him. They cross with Carly, and Justin tells Hope that Carly has changed. When he divulges what she said the day before, Hope is incensed and leaves to confront Carly. The two women hurl insults at each other. Bo interrupts and takes Carly’s side. Later, Carly sees that Bo is distracted and wonders whether he wants to go to Hope. Bo says no. He’s where he wants to be. Meanwhile, Hope talks to Victor and then makes a mysterious phone call. Vivian plots Carly’s demise until a “visit” from Lawrence convinces her that she needs to return to Plan A, and off Melanie after all. Maggie receives a delivery of belongings from Mickey’s office, which Melanie helps her unpack. She finds an anniversary gift, and later, a bottle of Scotch that a client gave Mickey for Christmas. After Melanie leaves, Maggie is left alone staring at the bottle. Meanwhile, after her emotional morning with Maggie, Melanie leaves Philip a sweet message saying how much she’s looking forward to their life together. Arianna visits a distraught Sami. The two discuss Rafe and Sami’s relationship. They talk about Sydney. Arianna believes Rafe is the guy that can bring her home. After all, he stopped Arianna from going to prison. At the same time, EJ gives Rafe “advice” about his relationship with Sami. Rafe says he doesn’t need EJ’s help in understanding how Sami feels and exits. EJ later savors his triumph with Anna.

Back at Sami’s, Arianna explains what Rafe did for her just as he enters. Arianna leaves, and Sami realizes Rafe was keeping things from her as well. They butt heads on what was the right course of action for getting Sydney back. Sami tells Rafe that it’s too hard seeing him at all. Rafe agrees and decides to move out, but both are tormented by the love they share. EJ gets a visit from Arianna, who thanks him for saving her from Troy. She comes clean about working undercover for the police, and admits she fears something might happen to her now that her secret is out. EJ says she should be afraid. EJ plays the grieving father, but when he steps out of the room for a moment, Arianna picks up his ringing cell, thinking it is hers, and Anna is on the line! Daniel and Chloe work at the hospital and share a nice moment. Carly strolls by and Daniel has a word with her in private. He wants to make sure Vivian isn’t getting to her, and she reassures him she can handle it. They recall when Carly introduced Daniel to Rebecca. He knows she would have wanted him to be happy, and he is with Chloe. Meanwhile, Chloe helps a little girl and becomes upset. Carly comforts Chloe over being unlikely to conceive. Later, Chloe meets back with Daniel, and comes to see that maybe a miracle can happen for her. Stephanie tells Nathan she wants to tell Melanie about them. Nathan hides his displeasure and tells her to go for it. Melanie meets with Stephanie and explains all of her wedding arrangement woes. Stephanie advises her to postpone the wedding but Melanie refuses. She and Philip share true love and must be married soon. Melanie asks about Nathan, and Stephanie, with a perfect opportunity to tell her about their relationship, decides to keep it a secret. Melanie talks with Daniel. He tries to give her advice about Vivian and Nathan, but she won’t hear it. Maggie fights her demons with a bottle of Scotch. Nathan arrives to check on her and finds her with an empty bottle. She assures him that she didn’t drink it, and the two of them talk about Mickey. Melanie shows up and, after Nathan blows her off, it becomes clear even to her that she still has feelings for him. Stephanie meets with Nathan and tells him that they should wait until Melanie and Philip are married to go public. At the same time, Melanie makes her way to the pier and in fury over her mixed up feelings, she hurts her hand. Carly walks in on this, and insists on examining it. Melanie sees the caring Carly has for her and demands to know why.

EJ goes off on Arianna for answering his phone until he realizes she thought it was her own phone, which is identical. EJ thinks he’s in the clear until Arianna asks him who Anna is. EJ tells her she’s his sister-in-law and hates Stefano for what happened to Tony. She doesn’t want Stefano to know she’s in town. EJ makes Arianna swear she won’t tell anyone. Later, even though he dodged a bullet, EJ still admonishes Anna, and tells her there will be no more slip-ups. At the same time, Brady talks with Roman about how he worries for Arianna’s safety in the wake of her being labeled as a narc. Rafe moves out of Sami’s townhouse even though they both feel it’s wrong. Rafe goes to Roman to ask about Arianna’s case and the search for Sydney. He tells Roman he and Sami have split. Roman wonders if Rafe is having second thoughts. Rafe doesn’t know. If and when they get Sydney back, he doesn’t know if things will ever be okay again. During this, Brady comes to see Rafe at Sami’s townhouse, and learns from her that he moved out. Sami tells Brady too much trust has been lost. Alone, Sami reminisces about Rafe. Meanwhile, Rafe runs into EJ. When he sees Rafe’s bags, EJ realizes Rafe has moved out. EJ expresses sympathy, but when Rafe leaves, EJ smiles malevolently. Vivian tells Victor she’s going back to the original plan of offing Carly’s daughter. Victor puts the brakes on it, now that he knows that daughter is Melanie, his future daughter-in-law. Vivian appears to back down, but later meets with Gus, plotting to keep her plan going and get rid of Melanie, while Carly watches. Carly almost tells Melanie she’s her daughter, but backs off and just says she had a daughter many years ago and lost her right after birth. Melanie misunderstands and believes Carly’s baby died. She thaws to Carly. After Carly suggests she have her injured hand x-rayed, Melanie thinks maybe she’ll do it when Carly’s on duty.

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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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