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DAYS Recap – March 12 – March 16th

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Carrie finds Abigail in Austin’s arms in their ski lodge room. To Austin’s horror, Abigail tells Carrie that she and Austin are in love. Melanie quickly gets her friend out of the room before she makes things worse. Austin does damage control with his wife, explaining he doesn’t love Abigail – she’s just experiencing a crush that has grown out of hand. He swears he’s in love with Carrie and only Carrie. Meanwhile, Melanie tries desperately to keep her friend from ruining the Reeds’ marriage but Abigail won’t give up on Austin. When she realizes that Carrie is about to forgive Austin, Abigail blurts out that he made love to her. Austin is unable to refute. Carrie slaps him hard, and then storms out.

At the hospital, a comatose Bo remains in bad shape. Billie, full of concern, gets an update from Daniel before rushing to be by her ex’s side. Billie, Victor and Maggie support each other as they worry for Bo. Later, Hope manages to get a call through to Bo’s room and Billie answers. She begins to update Hope when Bo’s monitors go off. As Billie screams for medical help, Hope hears that Bo is dying! John and Hope learn they can’t leave Alamainia without the passports they were forced to surrender to the judge when they filed for divorce. They won’t be returned to them until the two week period is up. Worried about Bo and Marlena, they frantically try to figure out how to get home. All their ideas lead to dead ends except one – they’ll use their old prowess as art thieves and steal the passports from the government office. It’s their only hope.

Billie is on the phone with Hope, emotionally telling her that Bo is dying as he flatlines. Lexie rushes in, telling Billie to leave the room as she attempts to resuscitate Bo. Waiting anxiously, Billie tries to call Hope back, but can’t get through. Kate arrives at the hospital and comforts her daughter. Lexie informs them Bo is stable, but in bad shape. While they’re waiting to see him, Kate and Billie briefly discuss Kate’s marriage to Stefano. Kate covers her relationship with Ian when Billie brings him up and comments he has a reputation as a womanizer and a ruthless businessman. Later, Billie emotionally tells Bo he has to pull through. Meanwhile, in Alamainia, Hope is frantic; having heard from Billie that Bo could be dying. She is driven to get home to her husband but she and John are unable to reach anyone by phone. John and Hope break into the Alamainian government building so they can retrieve their passports and return to Salem. As they conduct their search, the door opens, the lights come on and it appears they’ve been caught!

Lucas and Will have an emotional reunion. Lucas reveals he’s engaged, then tries to draw his son out about what is bothering him. Will avoids and Lucas gives him space. Lucas does express his disapproval about Will working for EJ. Will reluctantly reveals EJ has been blackmailing him because he knows Will is the one who really shot him all those years ago, not Lucas. Lucas is furious. Will surprises his dad when he says he likes working for EJ; he enjoys the excitement and power. Lucas vows he will not stand by and watch his son lose his soul to the DiMeras!

EJ offers to have the ballot tampering charges dropped against Abe if he agrees to let Lexie go. Abe, of course, turns him down, vowing to fight to win his wife back. EJ also lets Roman know his position as police commissioner is on shaky ground. Carrie returns to Salem and has a meltdown over her marriage. She confides in Rafe about learning that Austin slept with Abigail. It’s inconceivable to her that Austin made her feel so rotten for kissing Rafe when the truth is he did something far worse! Rafe comforts her as her emotions shift from rage to worry. She thinks somehow she caused this because she pushed Austin away. She looks at Rafe and confesses: Austin may have cheated on her with Abigail but she cheated too … emotionally. She fell in love with Rafe. Desperate Austin races to find Carrie and runs into Billie instead. The two siblings are happily reunited. When she learns about the debacle with Abigail, however, she reacts with anger, asking him what he was thinking. Austin owns what he did with Abigail, unaware she’s been lying to him. Billie rallies Austin and vows to help him repair his marriage.

Melanie and Abigail return to town, as well. Abigail is anxious to find Austin. She’s convinced she and Austin can now be together since the “truth” is out. Melanie sits her friend down to tell her she’s not being realistic. She’s rationalizing all this, letting an obsession rule her judgment. Austin wants Carrie back and Abigail needs to get that through her head. Melanie is stunned when Abigail slips up and talks about what it will be like making love to Austin for the first time. Melanie realizes she has lied about how far things went. Caught, Abigail explains the lie got out of hand but insists it has served a good purpose. Melanie can’t believe her ears and insists Abigail has to find Austin and tell him the truth – now.  John and Hope have broken into the government office to retrieve their passports and are stunned when they’re caught in the act by none other than Stefano himself. He has their passports and no amount of Hope’s insisting that she needs to return to Bo is getting Stefano to budge. Police sirens are heard approaching, and John and Hope realize they’re going to be arrested, but Stefano offers to get them away before the police arrive. They know taking him up on the offer is a risk but they’re not in a position to find another way out. He does indeed get them to safety but again refuses to hand over the passports, telling them he may need them for something here in Alamainia. He goes and Hope, unable to return to Bo, is beyond frustrated. Austin hears Carrie confess she loves Rafe. Hurt, Austin wants to know if Rafe returns her feelings. Rafe avoids an answer. Austin doesn’t know how to deal with the fact that his wife is in love with another man, and he leaves. Carrie almost follows, but then admits she doesn’t want to go after Austin. She wants to be with Rafe. Rafe confesses he also has feelings for her. In spite of those feelings, they are both still married. Carrie owes it to Austin and herself to salvage her marriage if possible, just as Rafe will try to work things out with Sami. Despite their intense longing, they leave each other to get on with their lives.

Melanie tries hard to get through to Abigail and convince her it’s wrong to continue lying to Austin that they slept together, especially now that his marriage is on the line. Abigail still believes Austin cares for her and is afraid if she tells him the truth now, he’ll hate her. Melanie convinces her that if she and Austin are ever to have any chance, she has to be honest now and tell him the truth. Austin arrives to hear them talking. Abigail seems on the verge of confessing. Brady confides in Marlena about Madison’s 180 after telling him she was going to leave Ian to be with him. Marlena senses Ian and Madison have a very complicated relationship. She cautions Brady will have to be supportive of Madison to get her away from Ian. Brady believes Madison is worth the fight. Meanwhile, Ian undercuts Madison at work, cleverly manipulating her and making her feel insecure. He blames her poor decisions on being distracted by Brady. Madison lashes back, believing Ian resents what she has found with Brady. He cuts her down, insisting she would be nothing without him. If she doesn’t get her act together, he’ll take her down along with Brady. Brady shows up to persuade Madison to be with him. Madison makes it clear she doesn’t think she and Brady were right for each other. She wounds Brady, hoping to protect him from Ian. She tells him he’s not enough of a challenge for her. She gives Brady back his engagement ring. Rocked, Brady takes the ring and leaves.

Victor, Maggie, Justin and Adrienne attend the opening of the coffee house. Everyone is wary when Sonny announces he has an anonymous investor, who turns out to be Ian. Chad is disappointed when Melanie doesn’t show up for the opening. She calls and leaves a message, hoping to meet Chad later for dinner. Sneaky Gabi deletes it and invites Chad to have dinner with her.  With encouragement from Melanie, Abigail tries to confess her duplicity to Austin but she decides Carrie should be a part of their conversation. Austin balks at this, saying she’s with Rafe and it doesn’t take long for Abigail to realize there is trouble in paradise. She decides not to confess. She tries to get Austin to open up and says if Carrie is with another man, there’s no reason they can’t be together. Austin reacts and warns Abigail that he will never be with her. Melanie is miffed Chad hasn’t shown up for dinner. With encouragement from Kayla she tries to call him but gets no answer. Meanwhile, Chad is unaware that Gabi had deleted Melanie’s message about dinner and is grabbing a bite with her instead. While he isn’t looking, Gabi turns off his phone, allowing them time to bond. Later, Melanie walks by and wonders why Chad never got back to her. Chad explains he never got her message and they end up leaving together while a jealous Gabi stews.

As soon as Sami gets home from a business trip, Kate forces her to burn the midnight oil in order to find their mole. This unnerves Sami, but she’s more put out that Billie has joined the company as co-CEO and that she can’t go home to see her kids. Kate rubs salt in her wounds and tells Sami that she and Billie will take the kids to dinner and tuck them in. Later, Billie asks Kate if she trusts Sami. Kate reveals Sami is the mole and she intends to blow her out of the water. EJ and Will are working when Lucas shows up and puts his foot down. He tells EJ he knows he’s blackmailing his son. EJ offers to release Will from their “deal” but he doesn’t want to go. Father and son argue. In the end, Will makes a decision to stay put and EJ couldn’t be more proud. Brady and Daniel talk about their relationship woes. Brady confides how one moment Madison loves him, and then when Ian is around, she completely changes her tune. Daniel advises his friend to move on.

 

 

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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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