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DAYS Recap – Jan 9 – Jan 13th

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Will reveals to EJ that he knows he slept with Sami. He tries to leverage this information for money to leave town. EJ, however, turns the tables. He reveals he knows Will was the one who shot him years ago when he was marrying Samantha – Lucas took the fall for his son. Will is stunned. EJ doesn’t go into specifics about how he found this out, but he warns that if Will isn’t careful, he’ll expose this secret. EJ also reveals his awareness of Will’s conflicted sexuality. Will tries to back down, but EJ can’t just forget that he tried to blackmail him. EJ owns him now, and Will must do exactly what he says.

Hope and Bo struggle to come to terms with the difficult issues they discussed in marriage counseling with Marlena. Therapy is much more difficult than they realized it would be. They wonder if they can hack it, but know they must for the sake of their marriage. After so much heavy discussion, they lighten things up by going on a date to the empty Brady Pub. They both vow they won’t be intimidated by the therapy because their love will see them through. Jack overhears Daniel say that he can no longer operate. He observes as Jennifer bucks up Daniel and gives him the support he so desperately needs. Jack surprises them by saying if Daniel needs her support, he should have it. This competition they’ve been having hasn’t been healthy for any of them and he thinks they should end it. From now on, they’ll just see where life takes them. With Madison’s support, Brady breaks the news to Victor that he has decided to leave Titan to work with his father at Basic Black. Victor is outraged and thinks Brady is making a huge mistake. Brady explains he wants to strike out on his own – and, more importantly, he wants to repair his relationship with his father. Maggie finally helps Victor see that what Brady is doing is important. Victor grudgingly accepts his grandson’s resignation as CEO. Brady leaves to tell John the good news. Madison is about to leave, too, when Victor stops her. Now that Brady has stepped down and given back all his shares, Titan is going to need a new CEO. Victor thinks that person should be Madison. She is floored by the huge offer.

John presents Marlena with a romantic breakfast to celebrate her first day on the job at Salem U. Marlena is incredibly touched. They talk about the possibility of Brady partnering with John at Basic Black. John notes that he and Brady have always had a hard time relating and hopes this will signal a fresh start for them. He also hopes Marlena can get the same kind of chance with Sami. Marlena, knowing about Sami and EJ, isn’t sure that will happen. After Marlena leaves for work, John meets with Brady at the pub. Brady tells John he’s decided to work with him. John is delighted and overwhelmed with happiness. They are going to make a great team. Sonny and Chad are hanging out when Melanie shows up. It’s awkward as she and Chad fight their feelings. Sonny picks up on it and leaves. Chad and Melanie reiterate their resolve to take things slow when Abigail arrives and blasts them. Melanie asks Chad for a moment alone with her friend. She tries to clear the air with Abigail and explains that she and Chad never meant to hurt her; they never went behind her back. Abigail really lets Melanie have it. She asks Melanie to look her in the eye and swear nothing ever happened between her and Chad. Melanie remembers the kiss during the hostage situation and cannot deny.

Abigail storms off and runs into Marlena at school. She talks things out with Marlena but decides she still cannot forgive Melanie. Meanwhile, Chad confides to Sonny how much he cares for Melanie and how difficult this situation is. Later, Melanie arrives, still upset about Abigail. To Chad’s shock, she tells him they can never be together; she can’t keep hurting Abigail like this. Victor presses Madison to accept his offer to be Titan’s new CEO, but she’s reluctant. Maggie encourages her husband to give Madison some time to think and so Victor does. Later, Maggie worries that if Madison does take the job, she and Brady might find it difficult to spend time together. Madison runs into Brady and he tells her how excited he is to be working with his father. Madison is still upset to lose him at work, but knows it’s for the best. Brady tells her not to worry; they will still try to find time to see one another. Madison worries that might not be possible. She reveals Victor offered her the job of Titan CEO. Brady reassures her that whatever decision she makes, he will support her. Later, Madison makes another mysterious call and says she needs some advice.

Brady and John are going over a business plan when Abe and Lexie arrive to participate in an interview John is giving. Basic Black’s stolen pensions are being replenished today and John will use the media attention as an opportunity to endorse Abe for mayor.

Nicole has caught wind of this endorsement as well as the fact that Abe Carver intends to introduce a jobs program. Nicole tells EJ she thinks they need to counter attack … do something to boost their campaign. EJ mysteriously says he’s already working on it. Will arrives and Nicole learns he’s now a part of their team. She is thrown, but accepts it and EJ gives Will a task he doesn’t want to do. Because EJ has him dead to rights, however, he has no choice. Will goes to the pub, where he steals some files from Abe’s computer. It kills him to do this. Meanwhile, EJ takes Nicole to lunch and promises his commitment to her. Later, Will returns to the mansion with the files and EJ tells him that the two of them aren’t very different. Sami has a brilliant idea to find the new face of Countess Wilhelmina and Kate wholeheartedly agrees. Later, Kate calls Sami on how over-attentive she’s been with Rafe and wonders if something’s up. Sami defends herself, but her guilt over having sex with EJ lingers.

Bo and Hope pursue the mystery of the key they found in the plaque and discover it belongs to safe deposit box Alice rented in Salem. They also catch a suspect sought after in a series of armed pharmacy robberies and talk about their relationship, vowing to continue seeing Marlena to strengthen and protect the love they share. Abigail bumps into Austin on his way to his new office. She helps him get there and lets it drop that she’s headed to financial aid about a work study job. Austin has a spur of the moment idea and asks if she’d like to be his assistant. He gets an okay and Abigail is so excited, she could jump for joy. Austin is glad; he’s unaware she has feelings for him. Carrie and Rafe are at their office where the thermostat is broken and the heat is off the charts. Rafe goes shirtless and Carrie wears only a camisole since they can’t leave on the first day they’ve opened up shop. Neither is aware of the sexual tension though it’s quite clear. Rafe pitches a case to Carrie that involves the son of a woman he knows. The son is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. The woman friend doesn’t have enough to pay them but Carrie agrees to rep the young man when she sees how much it matters to Rafe.

Will is with Sonny, who’s in the midst of plans for the new coffee house he’s opening with his parents’ support and blessing. Will is amazed by their relationship and talks to Adrienne, who explains she and Justin love their son for who he is and just want him to be happy. Will meets Matteo through Sonny and they hit it off. It looks like Will and Matteo may connect but Will catches himself and shuts down. He leaves abruptly and Sonny explains to thrown Matteo that Will is “just not there yet.”

EJ has another assignment for Will, who is wrestling with his guilt over stealing Abe’s jobs creation program. EJ informs Will he’s to take delivery of an envelope … and the rest will be self-explanatory. Will tries to get out of it but EJ is firm. He toys with Will a little, wondering if the young man didn’t get a secret rush out of the bit of espionage he conducted the other day. Will tries to cover but EJ is right. Will goes off on the mission and takes delivery of the envelope. The envelope contains keys to a brand new sports car and Will gets a further surprise when EJ presents him with the car as a gift. Will doesn’t get it. EJ explains that Will works for him now and image is everything. Drawn in, Will accepts the gift, and that’s when Sami arrives, getting the shock of a lifetime when she sees her son and EJ working together. Sami and Rafe manage to take a break from their busy schedules and catch up. Nicole spends the day at the spa, courtesy of EJ. After a training session with Quinn, she runs into Brady and Madison and catches up with them both. She confides in Madison about how great things are going with EJ. Brady and Madison take some much needed time to have a couples massage, but when the masseuses run late, they find a way to pass the time with a little romance.

Bo and Hope have the safe deposit key in hand. They learned that Alice did indeed take out a box at a local bank under the name “A. Grayson.” They explain to Jennifer and Abe that they believe opening this box will finally give them all the answers they’ve been seeking. When they get to the bank, however, they’re given a shock. The manager tells them there were two persons on the account and it is stipulated that the box could not be opened without both present. Bo and Hope are hit with yet another mystery … and a stonewall: who was Alice’s “partner?”

 

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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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