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DAYS Recap – May 23 – May 27th

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Rafe and Sami urge Rafe2 to admit the DiMeras hired him, but he remains uncooperative. They hit another dead end when they are unable to connect the imposter’s bankcard to EJ and Stefano. Rafe thinks it’s time to call in the police. EJ tells Stefano he’s pulling out of the shadier aspects of their family business; he wants to keep his nose clean. Stefano accepts this, but is not happy. At the same time, Taylor is torn about reporting EJ’s illegal dealings and culpability in Arianna’s death. She runs into Nicole and angrily declares she knows she’s blackmailing EJ. Nicole warns Taylor it’s none of her business – stay out of her marriage! Nicole orders her sister to leave town and then huffs off. Everything finally clicks into place for Taylor and she realizes Nicole has found out about her and EJ. Meanwhile, Nicole warns EJ about his priorities, and later tells Chloe she’s going to destroy Taylor. At the same time, Taylor confides in Lexie, and then calls EJ, saying they need to talk. Chloe and Quinn make love. Afterwards, Chloe has clearly warmed up to Quinn, and they agree to try dating. Chloe is excited about her new potential romance.

Chad surprises Abigail at the hospital. He was hoping they could spend their lunch breaks together all summer. Abigail is touched. Lexie mentions this to Stefano, who privately disapproves. He has Chad’s lunch schedule rearranged at DiMera Enterprises. Chad calls his father on it and warns he’ll see Abigail whether Stefano likes it or not. Carly pops a pill and puts the bottle back in her purse. She panics when Jennifer reaches into her purse, wanting to use her friend’s cell phone. Carly is relieved when Jennifer only finds Carly’s passport under her real name, Katerina von Leuschner. The two friends reminisce and have a heart-to-heart. Jennifer asks Carly how she feels about her dating Daniel. Carly lies, saying she thinks it’s great. Later, Carly goes to the hospital where she and Abigail collide. Abigail finds her meds.

To gather information on Rafe2, Sami calls Bo and asks about her “husband’s” recent behavior at work. Afterwards, she and Rafe try once more to get through to the imposter, who remains mum. Sami and Rafe finally settle on a plan. They arrive back in Salem, arm-in-arm, much to the shock of Will and Gabi. Earlier, Will comforts Gabi, who’s upset about the way “Rafe” left town. He assures her they are on solid ground, no matter what happens between his mother and her brother. Taylor tells EJ that Nicole knows about their relationship. He is stunned. Taylor also says she’s decided not to tell the police about his previous involvement in the drug trade. A grateful EJ swears he’s changed. Taylor admits she wants to be with him. Abigail asks Carly why she has medication for someone named Katerina von Leuschner. Edgy Carly claims it’s for her patient, and she lectures Abigail about doctor-patient confidentiality. Bo interrupts and expresses his concern for Carly since she never returns his phone calls. She puts up a good front, but he walks away more troubled than ever. Carly decides to take more pills. Vivian receives a text message from Stefano’s phone and eagerly goes to meet him at the Cheatin’ Heart. Kate shows up and plays head games with her before revealing she sent the text herself. She warns Vivian to stay out of her life. Vivian swears she’ll still get her revenge on Kate. Rafe’s impersonation of his imposter does not go smoothly with Will and Gabi, but he and Sami are determined to go ahead with their plan. Sami lets a shocked Stefano know that she and Rafe are back together. A flustered Stefano immediately calls EJ to inform him that their imposter is back. He is unaware it’s the real deal. EJ heads straight home to Stefano and Rafe bursts into the room, secretly wearing a wire. At the loft, Sami listens, hoping EJ and Stefano will implicate themselves. Taylor tells EJ she wants to be with him, thinking she knows everything there is about his past. Later, Taylor informs Nicole that she is not leaving town, and she hates her sister for what she’s done to EJ. The battle lines are quickly drawn between the two sisters, and they get ready for a major showdown. Carly spies Abigail and Melanie in a hushed conversation. Carly interrogates Abigail, worried she was gossiping about the medication she found. Abigail swears she hasn’t told anyone about her patient, Katerina. Meanwhile, Jennifer confesses to Daniel that Lawrence raped her. He questions her about that time in her life and Jennifer talks about her days at boarding school with “Katerina.” Abigail overhears and realizes Carly is Katerina! At the same time, Carly overdoses in her office. Adrienne asks Dario to deposit some money for the Cheatin’ Heart. He’s tempted to use the money to pay off Mike, the bookie, but ultimately decides against it. On the pier, Mike corners Dario and demands payment soon. Dario smoothly talks him into giving him more time, but Melanie comes by and misreads the situation. Fearing for Dario, she whacks Mike over the head, knocking him unconscious. Dario freaks. She just ruined everything! Will and Gabi make plans for the prom. He reveals he booked a room for them but they agree to play the night by ear – no pressure. From the loft, Sami listens in on Rafe’s wired conversation with EJ and Stefano, hoping they’ll say something that can put them in prison. Caroline interrupts Sami, having heard she and Rafe are back together. She demands to know why. Sami has a hard time covering and in a moment of frustration, lashes out at her grandmother. A hurt Caroline leaves. Meanwhile, Stefano tacitly warns EJ not to incriminate himself in front of Rafe2. Kate interrupts and is stunned to see Rafe. Stefano gets her out of the room while EJ grills Rafe about why he’s back. Rafe realizes he doesn’t know how his doppelganger would act and worries he’ll give himself away. He makes a quick exit before EJ can figure out the truth.  Taylor admits to Nicole she loves EJ. She tells her that she knows all about EJ being the former head of the drug ring and that Troy went rogue and killed Arianna. Nicole is taken aback, not knowing any of this, but covers. She realizes EJ has not told Taylor what he did to Rafe. She chooses to say nothing; instead telling Taylor to leave town or Nicole will send EJ to prison. Alone, Taylor worries about what she’s going to do. Abigail is disturbed by the news that Carly and Katerina are the same person but doesn’t reveal this to her mom or Daniel. Jennifer goes with Daniel to see Victor and sees a photo of Rebecca. Noting how beautiful she was, Jennifer privately fears she is not in the same league as Rebecca and Chloe.

Carly regains consciousness after her overdose. Abigail confronts her about the pills. Carly admits the pills are for her, but lies that she is very ill and doesn’t want her family to know. Abigail agrees to keep Carly’s secret. Relieved she’s dodged a bullet; Carly is determined to stop taking drugs but decides to keep them for an emergency. Dario is furious with Melanie for knocking out Mike. Melanie swears she was only trying to help. Brady comes by and they are forced to explain all. When Mike comes to, Brady pays him off. Melanie hugs Brady as a jealous Dario watches.

Sami has a nightmare about being in bed with the imposter. The real Rafe comforts her. Later, EJ comes by to drop off Johnny and Sydney. Sami puts on a show as Rafe listens from the bedroom. Sami plays with EJ as he subtly tries to figure out why the “imposter” is back. Later, Rafe has an emotional reunion with Johnny and Sydney. Johnny thinks Rafe is back to his old self, and Rafe is forced to cover. Alone, Rafe tells Sami they need to move on to the next step of their plan. EJ returns to Stefano, who suddenly realizes why “Rafe” has returned. Chloe tells Maggie things are looking up for her. She’s earning money teaching music lessons and she’s met a new guy. Maggie warns her to take things slowly when it comes to dating. Meanwhile, Quinn continues to secretly run the drug business he bought from EJ. Chloe meets up with him, and he suggests they go on their first real date. Heeding Maggie’s warning, Chloe has second thoughts, but Quinn swears he’d be good for her. Carly fights withdrawal. She invites Daniel to dinner, but he already has plans with Jennifer. They instead make plans to have lunch with Melanie. Abigail asks Carly how she’s doing off Carly’s lie that she is ill. Carly continues the lie, but Jennifer comes upon them. Abigail covers and goes. Jennifer asks about Daniel’s late wife Rebecca. Carly can see Jennifer is feeling insecure about how she stacks up to Rebecca and Chloe. Carly stuffs her own feelings and assures Jennifer she has nothing to worry about. A grateful Jennifer thanks her friend and leaves. Carly has a sexual fantasy of Daniel and realizes she’s falling for him.  Maggie, encouraged by Jennifer, brings a Greek casserole to Victor. She admits she thinks their separation is wrong, and tells him he’s making a big mistake. However, he insists he’ll only hurt her and sticks to his decision to stay away. An equally stubborn Maggie refuses to give up on them. Chad once again warns Stefano not to meddle in his relationship with Abigail. Later, Chad confides to Abigail that aside from Stefano’s controlling nature, Chad appreciates that his father treats him like an adult.

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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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