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DAYS Recap – July 18 – July 22nd

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Stefano acts confident despite the fact that the police holding Rafe2 could send him away for life. Is it because sexy Sofia in Rafe2’s cell is someone he planted? In a surprising twist, however, the woman actually works for Bo and Hope and is hoping that by dangling an offer to go with her to Colombia, Rafe2 will finally open up and say what he knows about the DiMeras. Rafe2 is tempted, but resists. One final push from Bo, however is all it takes for him to give in and declare he’s ready to make a deal. Bo and Hope anticipate the DiMeras’ demise. Jennifer is doing her best to keep her distance from Daniel but he doesn’t make it any easier when he’s a complete mensch with her. He promises he won’t pressure her and make her feel awkward about them. Vivian is hot on Carly’s trail, curious to know what is bothering her enough to make her potentially turn to drugs. She gets a thread of what she’s looking for when she sees Carly get agitated when discussing Jennifer with Daniel. Needing the other piece to the puzzle, Vivian goes to Jennifer and overhears her confess to Abigail that if she’s ever alone with Daniel, she may not be able to resist him, but she must for Carly’s sake. Vivian finally has some ammunition she can use against her enemy. Chloe is about to make a deal for a nice apartment, which will reassure Social Services that she can provide a good home for Parker. She gets an advance from Quinn to make the down payment, thus assuring continued employment with him as one of his “girls.” At the same time, she knows she’ll need some legitimate income to cover all the cash she makes from Quinn. Meanwhile, Kate realizes Quinn will be no help at all in exposing Chloe’s new gig, so she takes matters into her own hands. Learning that Chloe is booking herself into a venue in nearby Brookville, Kate senses an opportunity.  At the pub, Sonny connects with Abigail, Kinsey and “T.” He does “T” a favor by getting him some baseball tickets. They decide to go to the game together. Sonny and Abigail leave. Later, “T” goes online and learns that Sonny is gay when someone posts a comment on his and Sonny’s picture. “T” is furious, believing Sonny was hitting on him and now everyone thinks he’s gay.

Word of Rafe2’s impending plea deal hits Salem. Stefano panics and tries to flee town but is stopped by the police. Meanwhile, Abe tells Taylor and Nicole that Rafe2 is going to walk in exchange for implicating EJ and Stefano. A furious Taylor goes to the station to try to stop the deal, wanting justice for her mother. Nicole is upset, and Brady thinks she still has feelings for EJ. However, Nicole makes it clear that the man she truly cares for is Brady. Meanwhile, the police escort EJ and Stefano to the police station. EJ crosses with Taylor, who is determined that Rafe2 should not go free. EJ wants to know why Taylor is really there. Dario learns the truth about his brother’s imposter. Sami meets Rafe’s former FBI partner, the lovely Sofia. Sofia reports that she has had success in coercing Rafe2 to confess. Sami and Rafe are relieved as they learn that he is about to implicate Stefano and EJ, who have been arrested. The plea bargain hits a minor snag. Finally, Rafe2 strikes his bargain. Unbeknownst to Bo and Hope, he’s been placed in a cell with a man the real Rafe once arrested. Bo and Hope go down to take the imposter’s statement and are shocked to find him dead!

At the police station, Bo and Hope confirm that Rafe2 is dead. Stefano demands he and EJ be released. Sami thought the nightmare was over and that her kids are safe from EJ. She goes apoplectic when she hears EJ and Stefano got out of it once again. Rafe tries to do damage control, but worries Sami might do something drastic. He makes her promise to go home while he helps Bo and Hope. Rafe questions the imposter’s cellmates and learns one of them was a perp that he arrested. He realizes the guy killed Rafe2, thinking he was taking out the real one. When Rafe goes home, Sami isn’t there. Sami, in the meantime, has gone to confront EJ. When she sees his law books, she thinks he’s going to try to take the kids from her. He shocks her by revealing he’s giving up custody rights. The kids will now be hers and Rafe’s. Vivian plots to get Daniel and Jennifer in a room alone together, hoping to reunite them and drive Carly over the edge. When she learns Carly has dinner plans with Daniel, she turns it to her advantage. Gus feigns illness, delaying Carly, while Vivian sets up Jennifer to go to the club where Daniel is meeting Carly. When Daniel and Jennifer are there alone, they almost give in to their feelings. Then Jennifer thinks Daniel set her up. Daniel is insulted she’d think that. Jennifer finally admits she does want to be with him. They kiss – and Carly walks in on it.  Abigail tries to comfort Chad, who thinks his dad and brother are going to prison. He learns from D.A. Woods that Stefano and EJ walked. Woods goes off on Chad, saying he expects to be prosecuting him someday along with his sleaze ball family. Abigail and Chad wish they could escape their problems and just be alone somewhere. They kiss on the pier.

Rafe comes to EJ looking for Sami. He learns EJ has given up his kids to her. Rafe doesn’t believe him, until Stefano comes home and is furious to hear what EJ has done. Rafe leaves to have Justin check the custody document. Stefano thinks EJ is doing this to impress Taylor. EJ doesn’t think that’s possible, however, and says he’s doing it because it’s best for the children. Stefano doesn’t agree and threatens to have his own lawyers overturn it. Stefano goes. EJ is seized with head pain and collapses. Rafe reunites with Gabi, then goes home and calms Allie from a nightmare. Allie asks about EJ getting out of jail. She thought Rafe said he would get what he deserves. Rafe thinks he has. Devastated Carly runs out before Daniel and Jennifer realize she saw them kissing. Vivian witnesses and calls Quinn to bring his drug dealer Phelps along and meet her at the pier. Vivian thanks Quinn for his help. Quinn leaves and Carly shows up. She turns Phelps down for drugs. Phelps “drops” the drugs on the pier. Carly is about to go, then sees the baggie with the pills. She takes it home. Vivian watches and feels victorious. She gives Quinn the good news and offers to help him start a legitimate business. Quinn thanks her, but turns her down. Meanwhile, Jennifer accidentally lets it slip to Daniel that she thinks Carly has feelings for him. She makes him promise not to say anything. Quinn sees Chloe with Justin, telling him she got the concert gig. Chloe runs into Kinsey and thanks her for suggesting the concert. Kate overhears and tries to buy out the nightclub. The owner refuses. Kate comes up with another idea.

Quinn runs into Chloe at the Brady Pub and meets Kinsey. Kinsey thinks he’s hot and goes. Chloe tells him if her club date works out and she gets more gigs, she won’t have to work for him to get Parker back, if he’s willing to let her out of the life. Quinn remains enigmatic. At the same time, Kate meets with Randy, one of Chloe’s johns, and makes him an offer to out Chloe as a hooker at her concert.

Nicole comes to the mansion and happens upon EJ, who’s writhing in pain. She initially withholds medical help but finds him surprisingly contrite. After he reveals he gave up the kids and admits his regrets, she is ultimately moved to take him to the hospital. Lexie diagnoses her brother with a delayed effect of his head injury, and EJ starts to have more flashes to the night of the beating. Lexie thinks he might remember all, if he makes it. Taylor learns that EJ is in serious condition. Lexie fears he’s given up hope. Taylor debates whether to visit him. Meanwhile, Melanie tends to unconscious EJ, and he remembers that she was there the night he was assaulted.  After witnessing the growing closeness between Melanie and Dario, Brady offers Dario a job at Titan. Taylor suspects Brady has ulterior motives and wonders whether he has feelings for Melanie. Brady admits to being a bit at loose ends, and we see the start of a spark between him and Taylor. Later, Nicole warns Brady that EJ is starting to remember.

Daniel remembers his promise to Jennifer and decides not to confront Carly about her feelings for him. Meanwhile, Carly manages to stop herself from taking the drugs but can’t quite bring herself to dispose of them permanently. Just as she is feeling more in control, she runs into Daniel at the hospital. Carly learns that he and Jennifer are not back together, but then she learns that Daniel is aware of her feelings for him. She continues to deny, and a relieved Daniel makes clear that his feelings for Carly are only platonic. He wants to be with Jennifer. Jennifer talks to Maggie, who is surprised to learn of her breakup with Daniel and talks to her about her unresolved feelings for Jack. Later, Jennifer talks to Adrienne, who wonders why she’s going to such lengths to be unhappy. Jennifer breaks down in tears.

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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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