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DAYS Recap – Jan 3 – Jan 7th

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EJ gives Nicole the final ultimatum – Brady or Sydney. Nicole breaks up with Brady, who is angry and bitter. Her decision destroys her.  Rafe comforts Sami over spending New Year’s Eve without her children. Kayla calls about Caroline’s stroke. Sami visits Caroline and gets inspired not to give up. Sami and Rafe decide to attend a fireworks celebration at the pier. Meanwhile, Nicole returns to EJ with news that she broke up with Brady, and he decides to celebrate. At the pier, Sami and Rafe are having a good time until EJ and Nicole show up. The couples get into it a bit, and EJ announces he and Nicole are remarrying. Sami is fuming, but manages to contain herself and, with Rafe’s help, enjoys the coming of the New Year. Daniel tells Melanie they can’t take Parker from Chloe and Philip because it’s not what’s best for the baby. At the same time, Chloe reluctantly lets Philip hold his son, but she still believes Daniel will come back to her. At the Kiriakis mansion, Melanie walks out on Philip. Kate arrives and wonders what’s going on. Philip explains all. Kate is appalled that Chloe is the mother of her newly acquired grandson, but vows to love him just the same. She comforts a devastated Philip. Chloe fantasizes about Daniel coming back to her and remembers last New Year’s with him. Daniel recalls the memory as well. Stephanie gets a call from Kayla, but ignores it. She fears her mother will pressure her to tell the truth about Parker (she doesn’t realize his paternity already been exposed). She tries to convince Nathan to marry her right away in Baltimore. Nathan finally agrees, but wants to wait until the next day. Stephanie then listens to a message and learns Caroline is in the hospital. Nathan comforts her. Kayla feels guilty about Caroline’s stroke. Bo, using a payphone, calls Carly at the hospital, thinking the phone lines will be safe. He asks her to put him in touch with Roman. Carly agrees but when she hangs up, Bo realizes the line was tapped. He returns to the cabin, and tells Hope they’re not safe – they have to leave now! At the prison, Jennifer is trying to buddy up to Jane when Rafe arrives. Jennifer thinks about alerting Rafe to her identity, but decides against it. Rafe wants to question Jane, but she knows his wife is Bo and Hope’s niece and refuses to talk to him. Rafe rattles her and suspects she’s up to no good. Jane hears from the state investigator that he traced Bo’s call, but Bo left before they could grab him. Ben worries that he can’t get organs for his dying patient as he bonds with Jennifer.

EJ gives Nicole a bracelet, and reveals it’s a tracking device. She can never take it off or he’ll know and take Sydney away from her. He then tells Stefano he and Nicole are getting married. Stefano thinks it’s a mistake, but can’t change EJ’s mind. EJ tells Johnny he’s marrying Nicole. Johnny is not happy. Nicole tells Rafe they’ll both lose if Sami does something crazy to EJ. Sami promises Rafe she will not do something crazy to hurt EJ and Nicole. She runs into Brady and learns Nicole left him to marry EJ and be with Sydney. Sami is surprised Brady is letting the matter go and, alone, decides she needs to push EJ’s buttons as much as he’s pushing hers. On the pier, she fakes a call to Brady, telling him it’s okay for him and Nicole to use her place as their secret love. EJ tells Johnny he’s marrying Nicole and that doesn’t go over so well. At the same time, Sami tries to make Stefano believe Nicole is still secretly seeing Brady. He tells EJ, who makes a beeline to Sami’s where he catches her in her own ruse. Sami tells him marrying Nicole is a mistake, but EJ begs to differ. Sami warns that Nicole and Brady will find their way back to each other. Smug EJ tells Sami he’s got the situation covered. At the same time, Stefano confronts Nicole and lays into her about secretly seeing Brady. Nicole says she’s not and reveals the tracking device. She goes off about all she’s given up, but Stefano doesn’t trust her. Nicole is fine with that because the kids do and that’s all that matters. As Stefano and Nicole continue to argue, Johnny runs away.  Chloe is in denial over her relationship with Daniel. Nicole tries to set her straight, but it’s to no avail. At the same time, Daniel asks Victor – as the patriarch of the Kiriakis family – to provide for Chloe and Parker. Victor says he can’t do much now that Vivian has taken over the company and the last thing he’d want to do is bring the child into the house while Vivian is there. Daniel understands, and Victor thinks it’s in Daniel’s best interest to forget about Chloe and Parker. Daniel says that’s easier said than done. Later, Daniel arrives home. At first, Chloe thinks he’s back to reconcile, but Daniel informs her she and the baby must move out – ASAP. Kayla informs Caroline that Stephanie is on her way back to town. Caroline begs Kayla to keep Stephanie’s name out of the paternity test switch debacle. Roman thinks their ma might’ve had help with the switch. He doubts that she could have accomplished all of this on her own. When Stephanie arrives, Kayla tells her daughter the jig is up. Kayla is called away before she can be more specific. Thinking her part in the switch has been revealed, Stephanie breaks down in tears. Nathan moves up to her and says he knows why Stephanie is crying. He heard everything. Ben and Jennifer have a friendly coffee date. Johnny runs away from home and finds Rafe at the police station. Rafe contacts Sami, who shows up and has a moment with her son. Meanwhile, EJ and Stefano have their men search the grounds. EJ is furious with Stefano and Nicole. Rafe finally calls EJ and tells him Johnny’s whereabouts. EJ picks up his son and, after getting into it with Sami and Rafe, takes Johnny home. Sami tells Rafe that Johnny doesn’t want Nicole to be his mother, and he’s going to get what he wants. Nathan tells Stephanie he heard the truth about Parker, but she stays mum when he wonders why Caroline would switch the results. Nathan is called away as Kayla returns. She explains to Stephanie that her name was kept out of the reveal. Stephanie and Kayla visit Caroline, whose blood pressure rises when she sees Kayla. Nathan comes in and, after Caroline settles down, he wonders what upset her. Kayla covers and refrains from telling Nathan about Stephanie’s role in keeping the paternity secret. Maggie blasts Philip for all the trouble and pain he’s caused and he takes it like a man. Melanie arrives and talks to Philip about his plans for Parker. Later, Nathan is shocked to learn from Stephanie that Philip cheated on Melanie and is Parker’s father. He shows up at Melanie’s door. Kayla tells Stephanie she can’t promise no one else will tell Nathan the truth. Later, Stephanie finds herself face-to-face with Philip. Philip has it out with Vivian about Chloe. Brady and Kate put their plan in motion to neutralize Vivian. When Vivian and Gus take a flight to deal with supposed Titan business, they are pushed out of the plane!

Nathan tries to comfort Melanie, who admits she made a big mistake marrying Philip. She backs off when she finds out Nathan is still marrying Stephanie the next day. Meanwhile, Philip has figured out Stephanie knew all along that he was Parker’s father. She tells him not to let anyone know that because if Nathan finds out, he might break up with her and reunite with Melanie. This would ruin any chance Philip has of getting Melanie back. Philip promises not to tell Stephanie’s part in it all. However, Nathan arrives in time to overhear the last part. Nathan reads an email Stephanie sent to Ian, telling him not tell anyone what they did. As Stephanie puts on her edding dress, Nathan, having learned all from Ian, bursts in to confront her! Bo and Hope get help from Leo, an old Merchant Marine pal. He lets them escape on his boat. Bo and Hope try to investigate via computer what Jane and Lee are doing. Meanwhile, Lee convinces Jane to start selling organs again in case they’re caught and need money to skip town. Jennifer feels for Ben’s frustration over not getting enough organs for transplants. Back on the boat, Bo and Hope discover Jane is making calls to someone on a secret cell, but are unable to find out who the number belongs to. Bo reminds Hope they make a good team and always have been. Vivian and Gus have landed on a deserted island. After a supply crate is airdropped to them, they realize they’re going to be there for awhile. Vivian vows to survive.

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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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