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DAYS Recap – July 26 – July 30th

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Will apologizes to Chad about his mom, Madeline, dying. Will feels responsible, but Chad lets Will off the hook. Chad feels like he needs to fill in some blanks, and Will offers to help him – starting with Kate. At the same time, Kate learns Madeline’s safe deposit box was empty upon her death. Stefano thinks they have nothing to worry about. Kate, now having the only copy of Chad’s real birth certificate, realizes she holds all the cards- – and Madeline’s secret. She is looking at the certificate when Lucas calls. She tells her son she was just thinking about him. Nathan moves in with Stephanie, but her joy is short lived when she realizes he is keeping a photo of Melanie. At the same time, Philip surprises Melanie with the test results of her latest nursing exam. He’s proud of her and gives her a necklace. Later at the Brady Pub, Melanie learns from Adrienne that Philip was at Daniel’s apartment the morning after Chloe’s accident. Philip explains it was for Chloe, but Melanie is slightly suspicious. Abe and Lexie take Theo to a therapy session. Theo brings up Aunt Hope’s treasure. Lexie, confused, tells Theo to show her what he means. Later, Abe and Lexie revisit the topic of opening their heart and home to someone else. Later, at the lake, Theo finds a wallet and tells Lexie that Aunt Hope’s treasure looks like this and she has a lot of treasure. At the hospital, Maggie sits with Victor. Caroline arrives, upset that Victor didn’t call her about Bo. Maggie urges Victor to make amends with her and he tries. At the same time, Justin tells Hope about Bo’s accident. She flies over to the hospital and is on the case, but Bo can’t remember anything. Carly states it’s because of the meds, but Hope vows to find who did this. Later, Hope tells Bo how much he means to her and she doesn’t know what she’d do if she lost him. Bo takes her hand and Carly witnesses the moment. Nicole goes over her diary with all the places she has hidden her incriminating evidence against EJ. Later, she is surprised and touched when Brady stops by, but worries when he picks up her diary. Seeing her shabby accommodations, Brady offers to help Nicole out with some money, but she insists her ship is coming in. Later, Nicole contacts EJ about their agreement. Rafe has a copy of Nicole’s diary; unfortunately, it is in code. Arianna visits him and they fight about her friendship with EJ. Arianna leaves upset, and later, Rafe thinks he may have cracked the code in Nicole’s diary. Carly tries to comfort Daniel, who is confused by Chloe’s erratic behavior.

Philip gives Chloe an idea to explain why she doesn’t want to get married right away. Chloe explains her reluctance to Daniel, and he does a 180, thinking all is good. Later, Carly tells Chloe she has set up a paternity test at another hospital, Saint Mary’s. At the same time, Daniel is consulting on a case and plans to take Melanie with him – also at Saint Mary’s. Kate is surprised that Chad wants to see her. Chad asks about his mother’s past, but Kate urges him to drop the subject and remember how much his mother loved him. Chad seems to let it go. Stefano bonds with Will, but remains cool to Chad. The secret as to why Kate is keeping the truth of Chad’s paternity deepens. Bo talks Carly into discharging him from the hospital, hoping that being at home will help him remember the circumstances of his attack. Meanwhile, Justin is suspicious of a strange conversation with Hope in which she doesn’t seem to recall that they kissed. Carly tries to hypnotize Bo and asks Hope to stay in a police capacity. Later, Bo is “under,” and Carly asks him what he remembers. Meanwhile, Justin confides in Adrienne that he thinks something is not right with Hope.

Nicole gets EJ to give her cash in exchange for her silence. She moves the blackmail materials she’s stashed, unaware Rafe is hot on her trail. Sami is hurt when Rafe gives her the cold shoulder. She has a tough day with Johnny, and EJ helps smooth things over. Later, EJ blurts that this won’t be a problem when they’re married. Maggie warns that Brady is being drawn back into Nicole’s web. Later, Brady realizes that something is up between Victor and Maggie. Maggie tells Victor in no uncertain terms that he needs to go home to his wife.  Brady is stunned when he crosses paths with Dr. Baker.  Carly prompts Bo under hypnosis to remember the night Hope almost killed him. Hope is positive they are about to finally get answers. Just when it looks like Hope might remember her alternate self; Caroline interrupts and reacts to the triangle. Hope returns home, where Carly later shows up and asks for help in getting Bo to take it easy. Hope is driven to find Bo’s would-be murderer. Vivian shows up and says look no further, it’s Carly. Bo runs into Abe and Theo at the police station. He learns from Theo that Ciara’s treasure was a collection of wallets and that she got them from her mommy. Brady chases after Baker, but he gets away. Brady calls the police, and Nicole freaks when she learns this. Brady is suspicious of Nicole’s nervousness, especially after she gets a call (he doesn’t realize it’s from Baker!). Nicole covers that it’s a problem at the studio and leaves. EJ broaches the subject of marriage to Sami. She’s drawn to him, but can’t handle giving him an answer. She goes to Caroline and tells her how torn she is between Rafe and EJ. Caroline surprises her by telling her to marry EJ. In the meantime, EJ tells Stefano he brought up marriage to Sami and speaks of his determination to make sure she never learns he was the one who kidnapped Sydney. After being shut down by Maggie, Victor returns home and starts drinking. Vivian calls him on it. He refuses to discuss Maggie with her and reminds Vivian of their marriage arrangement concerning Bo and Carly. Alone, Vivian wishes she could find a way to make Victor love her.

Theo tells Bo that Ciara’s treasure were wallets she got from her mom. Bo questions Ciara, who finally admits she took the wallets from Hope. Vivian, meanwhile, accuses Carly of trying to kill Bo, since she already killed Lawrence. Carly explains to Hope why she killed Lawrence. Her explanation subconsciously resonates and rattles Hope as it parallels what “Nighttime” Hope feels toward Bo. Hope turns in early, surprised to find her pill bottle is empty. She decides to deal with the matter the next day and takes a pill she finds at the bottom of her purse. She wakes up as “Nighttime” Hope. Thanks to Carly, she now knows what to do about Bo. Carly runs into Vivian and chews her out for accusing her of trying to harm Bo. Vivian is unrepentant. Vivian realized Carly is keeping yet more secrets from her and vows to find out what they are. Dr. Baker worries about Nicole and Hope, but decides it’s safe to leave town. Fay calls Nicole and thanks her for money she sent. Worried about Baker, Nicole cuts the call short. She asks EJ to loan her Marco. When Marco arrives, she tells him to pay Baker a visit.

Rafe learns that nearly all the locations in Nicole’s coded diary are empty. He finds one more location that makes him think whatever Nicole is hiding will be there. Meanwhile, Caroline tells Sami if she loves Rafe she needs to follow her heart. Sami bumps into Rafe and nearly tells him about EJ’s discussion of marriage. She stops herself when she sees how distracted he is by work, unaware he’s trying to find out the reason behind Nicole and EJ’s truce. Sami goes back to EJ and he offers her a sincere and romantic proposal of marriage. Later, Rafe shows up at Fay’s place of work.

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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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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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