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DAYS Recap – March 28 – April 1st

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EJ tells Taylor he can’t deny his feelings for her anymore and pulls her into a steamy kiss. She responds by kissing him back. They profess their love for one another and begin to make love. However, Taylor breaks it off, saying she can’t hurt her sister. EJ suggests that Nicole never has to know – he’ll remain married to Nicole but carry on an affair with Taylor behind her back. Taylor is stunned. Nicole brings Fay to the hospital for a checkup. She runs into Lexie, who nearly spills the beans about EJ and Taylor’s feelings for one another. However, Lexie is able to cover and allows Nicole to continue thinking the two of them can’t stand each other. Later, Fay has a nice moment bonding with Nicole, saying she wants nothing more than her daughter’s happiness. Touched, Nicole invites Fay to move out of the guest house and into the main house so they can be closer. Back at the estate, Nicole and Fay collect Fay’s things and head for the mansion, on a collision course with EJ and Taylor.  Carly is distraught over losing a young patient in surgery. She runs into Bo, who instinctually starts to pull her into a hug, but stops himself. Nathan and Maxine try to assure Carly she did everything she could, but she struggles to keep all her emotions in check. She visits Jennifer, who worries about Carly being able to move on from Bo. Though Carly insists she’s fine, her downward spiral continues when she spies Bo and Hope kissing happily on the pier. Back at the hospital, Carly breaks down – and impulsively injects herself with a sedative. Bo and Hope disagree over him giving Ciara money to buy a toy. Ciara thinks she’s ruining her parents’ marriage and is more determined than ever to run away. When Abe takes Ciara and Theo to the Java Café, the kids try to make a run for it but Lexie’s arrival thwarts them. As Abe and Lexie talk optimistically about their son’s future, Ciara and Theo make plans to leave home forever. Elsewhere, Bo and Hope easily work out their differences and look forward to rebuilding their family. Jennifer bids a warm farewell to Nathan, who sets off for his fellowship at Johns Hopkins.

Rafe2 gets aggressive with Sami, who flips out over his scary behavior. They end up having their worst argument yet, which leads to Rafe2 getting kicked to the couch for the night. He privately congratulates himself for a job well done as a heartbroken Sami breaks down in tears. Fay sees the heat between EJ and Taylor, and she presses her daughter about the relationship. Taylor thinks she’s succeeded in shutting down her mom’s suspicions, but Fay is still concerned. Later, Taylor tells EJ in no uncertain terms that she’s not having an affair with him. However, she still struggles to keep her feelings for him in check. EJ is touched when he sees how affectionate Nicole is with Sydney. Daniel and Jennifer nearly catch Carly injecting herself with a patient’s drug. Carly confides to Daniel that she’s having a tough day. However, the drug starts to take effect and she regains an outer sense of calm. Jennifer and Daniel discuss their worries about Carly and vow that they’ll both be there for her. Chad remembers it’s his mother’s birthday and visits the pier where she died. Abigail tells Jennifer that she and Chad are just friends – especially since he’s moved into the DiMera mansion. However, she later runs into an anguished Chad and comforts him. Stefano confronts Vivian about her minions poking into his affairs. He warns her to leave him and his family alone. However, Vivian is still determined to find out Stefano’s secrets – and use them to gain leverage against Kate.

Nicole tries to drop Johnny and Sydney off at the loft but Rafe2 asks for her to keep them a little longer. Nicole senses trouble in paradise, and Sami tells her to mind her own business. Nicole backs off and agrees to take the kids. She runs into Stefano and tells him that Rafe and Sami seem to be having issues. Stefano is secretly delighted and notes that Nicole’s marriage isn’t exactly in better shape – she’s nothing more than a glorified nanny. Meanwhile, Sami tries to make peace with “Rafe” but he says he has no intention of changing. Rafe2 calls Stefano and tells him they need to meet. He reports that Sami is in hell and it won’t be long until she kicks him to the curb. Alone at the loft, Sami remembers the good times with Rafe and the more recent bad times. When Kate stops by, Sami unexpectedly opens up and admits she may never be able to accept the new “Rafe.” Kate has a run in with Vivian. Later, Vivian overhears Stefano talking down to Nicole. Once Stefano leaves, Vivian makes her presence known to Nicole. She offers to forgive and forget Nicole’s involvement in the sarcophagus scheme, but only if she helps bring down Kate. Fay calls Taylor on her avoiding everyone at dinner the night before. Taylor assures her mother that she’s imagining things. Fay later has a chat with EJ about his intentions towards her daughter. EJ responds by claiming he cares about Nicole but Fay says she’s talking about Taylor. EJ feigns innocence. Fay privately knows better and vows to protect Nicole. Maggie learns Victor blocked one of Brady’s business deals. Victor notes he went with his gut – he protected an associate from his grandson’s hostile tactics. Maggie rewards his good behavior with a kiss. Frustrated by Victor’s sabotage, Brady confides in Taylor, who tells him she thought it was a good deal.

EJ tells Taylor that he only wants to make her happy. Therefore, he will keep his distance to make things easier for her. Taylor is touched and later confides to Lexie this only makes her love him more. Knowing it will be too painful to continue living with EJ, she calls Nicole and asks to meet with her. Taylor decides she must tell her sister the truth: that she’s in love with her husband. Nicole refuses to join Vivian in her crusade to bring down Kate. Later, Vivian meets with Gus, who gives her the security code to the DiMera mansion. Rafe2 demands a meeting with Stefano and EJ to brainstorm the final step to end his marriage to Sami. EJ is irked by Rafe2’s disrespectful attitude, and they nearly come to blows. However, Stefano gets them to calm down. As EJ admits no one could have done a better job of impersonating Rafe, a figure watches from the foyer. It’s Fay, stunned by the revelation. Brady tells Dario to get out of town. Dario refuses, still determined to find out who killed his sister. Dario overhears Philip and Justin talking about the millions of dollars Melanie received in the divorce settlement. Dario realizes Melanie is rich. Meanwhile, Melanie visits baby Parker for closure and later runs into Brady, who comforts her. EJ tells Taylor that he only wants to make her happy. Therefore, he will keep his distance to make things easier for her. Taylor is touched and later confides to Lexie this only makes her love him more. Knowing it will be too painful to continue living with EJ, she calls Nicole and asks to meet with her. Taylor decides she must tell her sister the truth: that she’s in love with her husband. Nicole refuses to join Vivian in her crusade to bring down Kate. Later, Vivian meets with Gus, who gives her the security code to the DiMera mansion. Rafe2 demands a meeting with Stefano and EJ to brainstorm the final step to end his marriage to Sami. EJ is irked by Rafe2’s disrespectful attitude, and they nearly come to blows. However, Stefano gets them to calm down. As EJ admits no one could have done a better job of impersonating Rafe, a figure watches from the foyer. It’s Fay, stunned by the revelation. Brady tells Dario to get out of town. Dario refuses, still determined to find out who killed his sister. Dario overhears Philip and Justin talking about the millions of dollars Melanie received in the divorce settlement. Dario realizes Melanie is rich. Meanwhile, Melanie visits baby Parker for closure and later runs into Brady, who comforts her. Fay overhears EJ and Stefano plotting with Rafe2. When they leave, she calls Nicole, which prevents Taylor from telling her sister about her feelings for EJ. Fay’s frantic call is cut off before she can reveal anything, and the Walker sisters grow worried when they can’t reach her again.

Meanwhile, “Rafe” has returned and grabbed the phone out of Fay’s hands. Fay tries to get away, but he gets the upper hand. As Nicole and Taylor return to the mansion and are about to enter, Rafe2 throws Fay down the stairs. Bo and Hope learn that Ciara and Theo are missing from school. They’re relieved when the kids are found and brought to the police station. Bo and Hope disagree at first over how to handle the situation with Ciara, but then decide to work together as a team to resolve it. Ciara misinterprets and thinks they’re once again fighting because of her. She tells Theo she has to run away because her mommy and daddy won’t be happy till she’s gone. Melanie and Brady have a warm moment that is broken up by Chloe. Melanie hurries off. Chloe accuses Brady of getting too close with Philip’s soon-to-be ex and warns him he’s in for trouble. Brady insists that he and Melanie are only friends. Later, Melanie has a run-in with Dario. When Brady enters, she runs to him and kisses him to make it appear as though they are dating. Dario leaves as Melanie and Brady have their own reactions to the kiss.

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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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