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DAYS Recap – March 7 – March 11th

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Nicole walks in on a fraught moment between EJ and Taylor. EJ learns Brady offered Taylor a job and demands that she not take it. A defiant Taylor leaves and goes straight to Brady, where she accepts his offer. She questions if it’ll be a problem for Brady because of her relationship with Nicole. Brady swears he’s over her sister, which he told Nicole earlier over the phone. He thinks Nicole got what she deserved – EJ as a husband. Taylor wonders if EJ is really that bad, and Brady says he’s worse. Stefano tries to ascertain whether the mind-erasing drug worked or if Rafe is faking his amnesia. EJ wants to see Rafe, but Stefano thinks it’s best if Rafe only has contact with Stefano. Meanwhile, Rafe2 gets angry at Sami for wanting him to make love to her the way he used to. Sami runs out, upset. “Rafe” goes to her, and fakes being tender and caring per EJ’s instructions. He comes up with the idea to have Sami teach him to be like the old Rafe in the bedroom. They make love, but, afterwards, Sami cries in disappointment. She looks at the safe house key Rafe gave her for Christmas. At the same time, the real Rafe, alone in his cell, really doesn’t know who he is and looks at his safe house key for clues.

Nathan brings Melanie to the hospital after she collapses in his arms. He professes his undying love to her. Carly has returned from her conference and rushes to the hospital with Daniel to check on Melanie. Melanie tells her mother she finally understands why Carly gave her up at birth; Melanie would’ve done anything to keep her child from harm. A conflicted Melanie comes to an epiphany about Nathan and wants to see him. Nathan asks Daniel for Melanie’s hand in marriage. Daniel says no.   EJ finds Taylor and learns she’s taken the Titan job. EJ thinks this is a huge mistake as he’s certain Brady will use Taylor to get to him and Nicole. Taylor lays into EJ and tells him not to be so impressed with himself. She won’t let Brady use her, nor would she ever hurt EJ or Nicole. As she goes to leave, he grabs her and there’s a connection. Daniel explains to Nathan that Melanie needs space. If he truly loves her, he’ll back off. Nathan, however, feels differently. At the same time, Carly talks to Melanie, who insists on speaking with Nathan. Melanie finally cuts Nathan loose. She tells him she needs to take the next step in her life alone and she can’t go back to him, or to Philip. Nathan argues, but an upset Melanie begs him to accept her choice. He refuses to give up.

Hope worries about her future. She’s no longer a cop and she’s at loose ends. Bo tries to reassure her. At the police station, Carly runs into Bo and has a rough time seeing him with Hope. Hope thanks Carly for being so understanding and graceful about everything. Later, Hope manages to help Bo with a case. Abigail pushes for Jennifer to go after Daniel. Jennifer says Jack isn’t completely out of the picture yet. Besides, she wants to put Daniel and Carly together. Later, Carly breaks down in Jennifer’s arms, still heartbroken about Bo. Jennifer, seeing an opportunity, pushes her friend in Daniel’s direction, and he indeed comforts Carly. Kate urges Chad to forge a relationship with Stefano, but he dismisses the idea. Will introduces Gabi to his cousin Abigail. The girls get to know each other, and Abigail explains she met a guy already, but he was a jerk. Later, the group goes to the Java Cafe, and Chad shows up. Abigail is shocked to learn the “jerk” she met is Will and Gabi’s friend Chad. EJ asks Lexie to help him get Taylor out of Salem. He finally admits he has feelings for her, but refuses to call it love. He believes if he can get Taylor as far away from him as possible, he will be able to forget her. Fay arrives in Salem and tells Nicole and Taylor she has a heart condition that could be fatal. Nicole insists her mother move into the mansion, and Fay urges Taylor to move in, too. Taylor protests, but Fay and Nicole continue to press. When EJ returns, Nicole tells him that Fay is moving in, and so is Taylor. Jennifer tells Maggie that Jack is blogging again but still has not contacted her to see how she’s doing after her medical emergency. She’s not sure she and Jack have much of a marriage left. Maggie advises her to be honest with herself, and then Jack. Only then can she move forward Victor nearly succeeds in wresting control of Titan from Brady. The two go at it, but Maggie interrupts and tries to make peace. She doesn’t succeed. When Victor demands to know why she can’t stay out of his business, Maggie blurts that she wants to help the people she loves.

Abigail realizes she misjudged Chad and is mortified. She and Chad bond, but are interrupted by T, who reveals Chad is a DiMera. Upset, Abigail leaves. Will and Gabi are unaware they’re being watched by someone. When Gabi’s back is turned, a young man steals earrings from her purse. A frantic Gabi informs Will her earrings are missing. Meanwhile, the young man regrets that he had to steal from her. EJ reacts badly to the idea of Taylor moving into the mansion. Nicole finally persuades him to agree. When Nicole leaves to take the kids to Sami’s, EJ and Taylor both admit her moving in is a bad idea. Taylor suggests she and EJ find a way to get past their awkwardness but it’s going to be a challenge. Sami is surprised that Rafe2 isn’t eager to go back to work, and they fight. She flees and runs into Hope, who gives her a good pep talk. Sami vows to do whatever it takes to make her marriage work. Meanwhile, Nicole drops the kids off with Rafe2. He asks her to stick around a bit. She reacts to his friendliness, asking “where’s Rafe, and what has he done with him?” Meanwhile, Stefano begins a test to see whether the real Rafe’s memory is truly gone.

Off Maggie’s blurt, Victor tries to pin her down regarding her feelings, and she finally admits that she does have feelings for him, but can’t act on them. He impulsively kisses her and tells her not to come back until she’s ready to talk. Chloe learns that Philip and Melanie’s marriage is over. Philip and Chloe want to work hard on getting their lives back on track and vow to be there for Parker. Justin and Adrienne express their gratitude to Hope for initiating their reconciliation. Later, Justin pops the question, and Adrienne says yes! Vivian hopes to make Stefano her ally, but realizes she must first turn him against Kate. Gus isn’t sure it will work, but Vivian is determined. Later, Gus overhears Stefano talking about Rafe and reports back to his “Madame.” They wonder what Stefano is up to. Meanwhile, Stefano evades Kate’s questions about what’s going on in the basement, where his lab techs are secretly performing tests on Rafe. Rafe has a seizure but once he’s stabilized, they conclude that he is a blank slate and has no memories. Sami asks Gabi if her brother seems better. Gabi thinks he does, but Will senses his mother’s worry. He calls her on it and Sami tells Will she’s determined to fix Rafe. Meanwhile, Nicole is confused by Rafe2; she actually likes this new, fun version of him. Later, Sami returns to find Rafe2 giving Johnny some terrible advice. Meanwhile, Gabi is still worried about her missing earrings. Elsewhere, the young man who stole her earrings sells them at a pawnshop. Taylor and EJ fight their attraction, but he admits how much he feels for her. Taylor freaks out and decides she can’t live at the mansion. Nicole shows up and begs for them to work out their “problems.” Taylor tells her sister she will stay – but only for the sake of Nicole and Fay.

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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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