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DAYS Recap – Jan 31 – Feb 4th

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At the infirmary, Jennifer tries to talk Lee out of taking her heart. Lee attacks her when she realizes Jennifer is trying to call the police with her cell phone. Lee knocks Jennifer out, then straps her to an operating table. Lee surgically removes her heart and gives it to Ben for a transplant. In the woods, Bo sees Carly and Hope approaching as Burt, the crooked state investigator, is about to shoot him. Bo stalls him, and gives Hope time to overcome Jane while Carly screams and Bo grabs Burt. The state cops arrive; unfortunately, they believe Jane and Burt over Bo and Hope. The state cop intends to put Bo and Hope away for the rest of their lives. Carly makes a call to Daniel, and tells him about the prison body parts business just as Daniel sees Ben with a heart from the prison. Stefano wants to start his and EJ’s plan to deal with Rafe. EJ thinks it’s too soon. Stefano tells him they must strike now or not at all. EJ overhears Sami talk to a sleeping Rafe about his part in her kids’ lives and, newly energized, tells Stefano to go ahead with the plan – that night. They go to their basement where a man enters. It’s “Rafe!”  Rafe doesn’t seem to recognize Sami and closes his eyes. Daniel tells her it’s normal, although they still don’t know whether he suffered any brain damage from the accident. Gabi is not happy with Sami for getting Rafe into an accident. Sami also blames herself. Alone with Rafe, she kisses him, and his eyes open. He tells her he loves her, then goes back to sleep. Sami is encouraged that all will be well. Gabi, alone with Will, hopes nothing else will happen to her family.

Nicole burns a letter without reading it. She’s less than happy when her sister, Taylor, pays her a surprise visit.  EJ and Stefano smuggle imposter Rafe into the hospital and take the unconscious real Rafe home to their makeshift dungeon. Stefano puts into motion “Phase Two” of what they plan to do with Rafe. Meanwhile, “Imposter Rafe” begins his great impersonation with Nathan.  Daniel realizes that Ben is trafficking in organs through the prison. He stops the impending heart transplant and alerts the police. Jane’s story goes up in smoke, and she is arrested. Bo and Hope bond, and Carly witnesses an emotional moment between them. Hope worries about what’s going to happen to her now. Will she go back to prison? Meanwhile, Carly frets about Jennifer’s whereabouts, unaware that the heart in question belongs to her friend. Melanie arrives at the prison and calls her father with news that it’s Jennifer’s heart. And Jennifer is dead.  Taylor gives Nicole a wedding gift. Nicole suspects Taylor has an ulterior motive in showing up on her doorstep and finally learns that Taylor is looking for a place to crash. Nicole directs her to a hotel and sends her packing. Daniel races to the infirmary with Jennifer’s heart. Together with Melanie, he tries to save Jennifer’s life by reattaching her heart. After they take Jennifer off the heart-lung machine, she flat lines. Bo and Hope almost kiss, and then learn from Carly about Jennifer’s situation. Carly and Hope pray for Daniel to save Jennifer. Meanwhile, Bo confronts Ben and Lee about selling body parts. Lee was caught at the infirmary. Ben is devastated to learn Lee took out Jennifer’s heart. He tells Bo he can save Jennifer. Bo and Abe tell Ben to forget it. Ben is sorry Jennifer got involved; he truly did care about her. Rafe awakens to see he’s behind bars and EJ and Stefano are holding him prisoner. He wonders what’s going on and fears they’ve done something to Sami, but they assure him he’s the one they’re after. Meanwhile, Sami meets imposter Rafe for the first time, and they build to their first kiss. “Rafe” passes the test. At the same time, the real Rafe vows to get back to Sami. Chad comes to see Stefano, and feels rebuffed when EJ shows up needing to talk to their father. Chad goes to Lexie and says she was wrong about her father wanting him in his life. Stefano wanted nothing to do with him. Lexie notes that doesn’t sound like Stefano.   Jennifer’s life is literally in Daniel’s hands as he manages to get her heart going. Melanie is in awe as she watches her father work and realizes that he is doing for Jennifer what he did for her. Later, Jennifer is taken to the hospital and put in the ICU.

Abe informs Bo and Carly that they may be released soon; however, the same might not be true for Hope. Abe goes and Carly tells Bo that when they do get out, she will not be going home to his place. Carly says she can’t stand in the way of him and Hope. If she did, it wouldn’t be fair and, quite honestly, she wants to have the same kind of relationship he and Hope do. Later, Carly is freed and she goes. Bo tells Roman that he and Carly split, and now he must focus on freeing Hope. At the same time, Carly thanks Daniel for saving Jennifer’s life.  Victor promises Maggie he won’t kick Chloe when she’s down. He’s later visited by Kate, however, who is euphoric over the opportunity to get Parker away from Chloe. This leaves Victor, after his promise to Maggie, in a bit of a quandary.  Nicole finds Taylor and explains her bad reaction to seeing her sister. Taylor understands and hopes Nicole doesn’t think she was trying to take advantage of her. Nicole knows that wasn’t her intent and gives Taylor money for a motel and bus fair. Later, Nicole calls her mom and tells her that Taylor is headed back to her. After Taylor has a run in with Abe and Lexie, however, the Carvers invite her to stay with them for the night.   Imposter Rafe and Johnny return home from the hospital. Imposter Rafe covers his few memory slips by blaming his head injury. Meanwhile, the real Rafe confronts EJ. He thinks EJ abducted him in order to win Sami back. EJ denies, but Rafe scores a hit when he says he knows this is about Johnny and Sydney. EJ says they’ll be celebrating Sydney’s birthday and Johnny’s homecoming, and Rafe won’t be a part of it. At the homecoming/birthday party, Sami struggles to behave when she sees Nicole playing mother with Sydney. EJ and Sami share a warm moment as they remember Grace. When they are alone, imposter Rafe demands more information about the real Rafe from EJ. At the same time, the real Rafe wonders what game EJ is playing. Nathan is guilt-stricken in the role he played in causing Jennifer to nearly lose her life. Melanie points out that Jennifer would never blame him so he shouldn’t blame himself. When Maggie encourages Melanie to give Nathan another chance, she agrees to hear him out about his love for her and willingness to raise her baby. Ultimately, Melanie feels she can’t trust him and leaves. Nathan is determined to prove her wrong. Meanwhile, Maggie, Doug and Julie are with unconscious Jennifer, praying she’ll wake up soon. Julie and Maggie share warm, emotional moments with an unresponsive Jennifer who then finally opens her eyes. Taylor bonds with Theo. When her bus is cancelled, she accepts Lexie’s invitation to spend another day in Salem.

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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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