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DAYS Recap – March 22 – March 26th

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Nicole’s chances of being released from prison are dashed when Anna fails to get a pardon from the governor. Anna asks Nicole for a little more time, but Nicole thinks she’s being strung along. Nicole calls Rafe and asks him to come see her. Meanwhile, Anna has moved on to a new plan and drugs the governor’s drink in one last attempt to secure the pardon. Sami, Rafe, Brady and Arianna’s dinner goes south as Rafe is forced to explain why he won’t recommend Sami for a job with the FBI. Sami’s insecurities are laid bare, and she tells Rafe they need a break. He acquiesces and leaves. Upset, Sami returns home, and EJ’s “sympathy” turns to something unexpectedly more genuine as they bond over Sydney. Arianna tells Gabi she’s engaged. Gabi suggests they elope. Daniel and Brady have a similar conversation. Later, Brady and Arianna realize they’re on the same page and decide to elope right away. Will accuses Mia of wanting Chad and breaks up with her. Mia blames Gabi and vows revenge. Later, Will and Rafe cross at the gym and discuss their female woes. Daniel brings Carly to the police station to tell Bo about Vivian’s threats towards her. Daniel wants Bo to take immediate action. Bo calls Vivian to the police station and gives her a warning. She considers it an empty threat and continues plotting Carly’s demise with Gus. However, Bo is dead serious. He’s going to end this once and for all. After drugging the governor the night before, Anna shows him the incriminating photos she took of their “wild night” together. If he doesn’t pardon Nicole, she’ll release the photos to the media, ending his political career. Meanwhile, Nicole is about to tell Rafe that Anna kidnapped Sydney when she learns she’s been pardoned. She tells Rafe instead that Kate took Sydney. Rafe says Kate’s been cleared, and is twigged about Nicole’s sudden pardon. Later, Rafe confronts the governor about it. Nicole, meanwhile, says goodbye to Anna. She learns Brady is in Santo Domingo and plans to surprise him there. Nathan tells Stephanie he wants to take a break from their relationship due to her not giving him Melanie’s letter. Meanwhile, Melanie and Philip move into Maggie’s so Melanie can be close to Maggie while she deals with her relapse. After Philip leaves, Maggie asks if Melanie still has feelings for Nathan. Melanie admits she does and hates herself for it, but isn’t sure how Nathan feels about her. Maggie says Melanie must be honest with all parties involved. She leaves. Nathan enters, and asks Melanie what she wrote to him in the letter. Nathan admits that when Stephanie brought him the letter, he said he didn’t want to talk about Melanie with her. Melanie doesn’t have to hear more. She’ll tell him exactly what was in the letter. Meanwhile, Stephanie tells Philip he needs to keep an eye on his wife. Nathan is sniffing around her. Philip is confident Nathan will not come between him and Melanie. Hope tells Justin she’s glad Carly is free. Justin thinks Hope can move on, but she gently tells him that doesn’t mean with him. She knows he loves her, but she doesn’t love him. Justin goes to Victor’s, and is surprised to find Adrienne. She tells him Hope called, and said he was in trouble. Justin figures it out and says it isn’t true. Hope just wants them together. Both of them blast Hope when she arrives. Hope realizes her plan to get them back together has backfired.

Rafe confronts the governor about pardoning Nicole. The governor insists it’s what his constituents wanted. Later, Rafe interrupts EJ comforting Sami and tells them that Nicole was pardoned. EJ goes to get answers from the governor. Rafe and Sami share a moment, but he ends up telling her he doesn’t know how the two of them can go on. He leaves a crushed Sami, and goes to confront Victor about the governor’s actions. Back in Salem, Rafe and EJ both realize the one who got the pardon was Anna DiMera. Nicole is free thanks to Anna and flying to meet Brady, unaware he is about to marry Arianna. Meanwhile, Arianna and Brady revel in their joy over getting married. They speak with Melanie over the phone and she congratulates them. While Arianna leaves to get ready, Nicole shows up looking for Brady and is mistaken for the bride. Bo gives Victor an ultimatum: Either Vivian backs off of Carly or Bo kills Vivian. Victor sees Bo is serious. Meanwhile, Vivian tortures Carly. Victor calls Vivian home and explains the feud must end. He offers to forge a real relationship with her to do so. Vivian remains of two minds and takes a walk. Bo meets Carly and tells her what he has done for her. They kiss just as Vivian stumbles upon them. Melanie lies to Nathan about the contents of the letter, saying she wanted closure. They agree to be friends. Melanie resolves to focus on Philip. Meanwhile, Stephanie realizes Nathan doesn’t have the whole story, but when he suggests maybe they could try again, she says she has no regrets. Alone, Melanie says a private goodbye to Nathan. Rafe and EJ both ponder the implications of what Anna has done. In Santo Domingo, Nicole realizes Brady is getting married. She considers leaving, but he sees her and when he does she decides to go full out, hiding the fact that she knew he was about to wed. Arianna is shocked by Nicole’s arrival. She worries about marrying Brady now, but he insists he still wishes to do it, much to Nicole’s dismay. Meanwhile, EJ learns the damage control Anna has done and does some himself with Rafe and Sami. Sami vows vengeance on Anna.

Justin confronts Hope about tricking Adrienne into coming to Salem. Adrienne realizes that Justin is in love with Hope. Adrienne realizes Hope is trying to make things right for her and Justin because she couldn’t with Bo. Adrienne feels somewhat for Hope but warns her she must live with the consequences of her actions. Meanwhile, Vivian has it out with Bo and Carly and ends up giving up on killing her. She returns to Victor and takes him up on his marriage proposal. However, she vows to Victor that she will still emotionally bring Carly down. Arianna responds favorably to Brady’s declaration of love and decides to go ahead with the wedding despite Nicole’s intrusion. Desperate Nicole reverts to her old ways and tries to derail the nuptials when Fay shows up and stops her. Meanwhile, the wedding ceremony is delayed by a hotel catastrophe. Nicole takes heart, but as the about-to-be-newlyweds head off to their room for some premarital romance, Fay gives her daughter a good talking-to and seems to convince her to let Brady go. Brady and Arianna are ready to tie the knot when they encounter another obstacle to their wedded bliss. Rafe questions EJ about Anna and indicates his conviction that she was working with someone. EJ covers his own role effectively. Rafe and EJ go to Stefano and ask him what he knows. Stefano is shocked to learn that Anna kidnapped Sydney, and he convinces Rafe of his own innocence. Rafe makes plans to go to Santo Domingo to grill Nicole about her ties to Anna, but there’s a hitch in his plans. Meanwhile, Anna lands in her tropical paradise, apparently home free. Will returns his Christmas gift to his grandmother and says he can’t let her and Stefano near Sydney again. He explains that his mom and EJ gave him hell for it. Stefano apologizes for his son’s behavior and says he will make sure EJ does not speak to Will like that again. Will confides to Kate that Mia was two-timing him, and he broke up with her. Meanwhile, Mia tells Chad that she broke up with Will. Gabi comes upon them and exchanges words with Mia about Will. Chad overhears the truth and dumps Mia, who’s gone from having two guys to having none in record time. Meanwhile, Gabi runs into Will, who thanks her for doing him a favor.

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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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