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DAYS Recap – May 28 – June 1st

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EJ is livid when Will confesses that Stefano forced him to make sure Rafe found out EJ and Sami slept together. Stefano blackmailed Will, knowing he shot EJ. EJ rips into Will for betraying him, then confronts Stefano for causing him to lose Nicole. Stefano insists Nicole isn’t any good for EJ, but also argues that EJ shouldn’t blame him. Ultimately it was EJ’s mistake in sleeping with Sami that led to Nicole breaking it off with him. He questions if EJ is in denial about his feelings for Sami. Now that Stefano knows EJ is not his son, however, he claims EJ’s love life is immaterial to him. EJ argues Stefano’s interference has cost him Nicole and his child. Since Stefano has destroyed his life, EJ warns he will destroy him in return. Stefano speaks with the grandson of Santo’s family jeweler. Stefano demands the jeweler search his grandfather’s records for information about what is on the other half of the coin and what the code means. Lexie’s condition continues to deteriorate, but she puts on a brave front for Abe, Bo and Hope. Privately, Abe admits to Bo and Hope how anguished he is at the prospect of losing Lexie, and he makes an ominous threat against Stefano for causing her condition. Lexie shares emotional moments with her friends, essentially saying goodbye. Once they leave, Abe realizes that his wife is barely holding it together. Lexie reveals her health is going downhill faster than she expected. After their visit with Lexie, Hope and Bo agree with Abe that Stefano must be held accountable. In private, Bo takes out a secret gun.

Austin is elated over the news that Carrie is pregnant, but she and Rafe are deeply shaken. Once alone, Rafe and Carrie come to the mutual realization that the baby means they can’t possibly be together. They share a heartbreaking, emotional farewell. Nicole supports Rafe as best she can, but it’s clear his world has been turned upside down.  Abigail is jealous when she hears Cameron making plans with another woman. It turns out to be a patient of Lexie’s. Abigail admires Cameron for trying to fill the void for his sister’s patients. Cameron can’t help wondering why Abigail isn’t already dating someone. Without going into specifics, Abigail admits she made some terrible mistakes. Cameron appreciates her honesty. They end their date with a sweet kiss. Jack and Jennifer celebrate their anniversary, happy to have overcome all obstacles. They share their day with Abigail, who also ropes Cameron into the celebration. He endears himself to mom and dad, showing real potential as a suitor for their daughter. Jack and Jennifer later spend quality time alone together, reminiscing about the ups and downs that brought them to where they are today. Cameron gets called back to one of Lexie’s patients but doesn’t leave without securing another date with Abigail, who is beyond pleased to be seeing him again.

It’s an emotionally gut-wrenching day for Lexie and EJ, who both know this might be one of the last times they see each other. Underlying all is EJ’s newfound truth that he’s not Stefano’s son. He doesn’t tell Lexie at first and when she asks him the huge favor of giving up his mayoral seat for Abe, she doesn’t understand when he says it’s all he’s got. She reminds him he carries the DiMera name, under which so much more can be done. Finally, and because he knows Lexie is the only person he can trust, EJ explains why he can’t use the DiMera name. He isn’t Stefano’s son. As Lexie processes this news, EJ fears he’ll lose her as his sister, but when she sees his fear, she rushes to reassure they’re not tied by blood but by hearts and souls and promises she will never leave him – even after death. Still, EJ can’t bring himself to grant the favor of giving Abe his mayoral seat and Lexie assures she won’t hold it against him. Anxious Will is still trying to find EJ, worried about what he’ll do now that he knows Stefano enlisted him to break up him and Nicole. Instead of finding EJ, however, Will finds his mother. She wants to mend fences after their last conversation in which Will came out. Sami begs him to hear her out. He does and Sami surprises him by her blanket acceptance of who he is. Just when it looks like they might be able to move on from their past, Will admits she might not be as accepting of him once she finds out he’s responsible for the destruction of her marriage to Rafe. Sami doesn’t see how that’s possible until Will admits he made sure Rafe found out she slept with EJ.

Nicole and Rafe arrive at Daniel’s office for the paternity test EJ ordered. Nicole is all nerves as she wonders aloud if there’s any way to change the results. Daniel balks at the risk of his medical license. Agitated EJ arrives, demanding the test be done immediately. His behavior reminds Nicole exactly why she doesn’t want him in her child’s life. Later, Nicole takes matters into her own hands and changes the labels on the DNA samples. She’s almost finished doing so when Daniel returns to his office and sees her at his desk.

Sami is stunned speechless off Will’s admission that he was the one who made sure Rafe found out she slept with EJ, but she doesn’t blame her son completely. She feels he was manipulated by Stefano. When Will makes it clear he’s more worried about how he hurt EJ than that he hurt his own mother, however, Sami loses it. Will leaves to track down EJ. Unfortunately for him, EJ is in no mood for his apologies and ends up stripping his protégé of everything he gave him, leaving Will devastated. Will arranges to buy a gun and realizes how desperate he feels. At the same time, Sami commiserates with Rafe about how her own son chose someone else’s side over hers. Despite her betrayal, Rafe feels for Sami. He speaks to their broken relationship, as well as hers with Will, when he suggests Sami think about the fallout before she acts in the moment next time.

Lexie and Stefano share what are very likely their last moments together. EJ runs into Abe and informs him of Lexie’s request to have him step down as mayor so Abe could have his old job back. Abe makes it clear, even if EJ were to comply (and he knows he wouldn’t), he wouldn’t accept anything from a DiMera. Off this, Abe heads home to find an emotional Stefano lingering as Lexie rests in the next room. They have words and Abe lambastes Stefano for his part in Lexie’s illness. Stefano is wracked with guilt and assures Abe he hates that he had anything to do with it – just in time for Lexie to hear. Horrified Stefano shares a look with his daughter, who walks out of the room. Stefano leaves to grieve his loss and guilt alone while Abe comforts Lexie. Lucas runs into EJ, who informs him he fired his son. Meanwhile, in a seedy part of town, Will obtains a gun. Gabi almost catches him with it. Will walks her back to a better area, then braces himself to take action against Stefano. Will runs into Marlena and reveals EJ fired him because of what Stefano made him do. Marlena presses Will about why he would do Stefano’s bidding. He admits Stefano was blackmailing him, but doesn’t go into the specifics. Later, Will runs into Lucas and drops the bag with the gun. Lucas demands to know what Will is doing with a gun.

Stefano laments Alexandra’s imminent death and his role in it. He gets a call regarding his father’s coin. He intends to continue the investigation himself. EJ arrives, brandishing proof Stefano was in fact responsible for the gases in the tunnel that led to Lexie’s illness. Stefano reveals Lexie already knows. She overheard Abe reaming him out over this. It kills Stefano that Lexie knows he’s responsible. EJ argues Stefano deserves every ounce of pain he gets. A heated confrontation builds, in which EJ tells Stefano it’s terribly wrong that someone as good as Lexie should be dying because of Stefano. EJ wants to honor the promise he made to her to look after the family. He doesn’t want Chad and Theo to suffer the way he and Lexie have suffered because of Stefano … and then EJ pulls out a gun. Roman warns Bo, Hope, John and Marlena not to try to bring Stefano down on their own because it’s against the law. They reassure Roman, but then privately, John, Bo, Hope and Marlena ready their weapons, clearly intent upon killing Stefano.

Abigail tells Chad and Melanie she thinks it’s odd they are never with Gabi when she’s contacted by her stalker. She thinks it’s possible Gabi is making up the stalker to get Chad’s attention. Chad doesn’t believe this, while Melanie is on the fence. At the same time, Gabi hires a photographer’s assistant named Andrew to be her stalker. She calls Chad to say she’s being followed. Chad shows up and chases away the “stalker.” Chad, Melanie and Abigail realize the stalker is real, not someone Gabi made up. Daniel catches Nicole red-handed switching the paternity test. Nicole admits she’s not thinking clearly knowing tomorrow EJ will know the truth. Vulnerable, she opens up to Daniel about how tough her life has been, dealing with this alone. Daniel understands, having felt alone after he lost Jennifer. They come together in a surprising kiss that builds in passion. They are interrupted when the lab calls, asking for the test samples. Daniel takes them. Both Nicole and Daniel are surprised by their unexpected connection.

John, Marlena, Bo and Hope have all gone their separate ways and now each has a gun, struggling with the notion that the only way to finally defeat Stefano may be to end his life. At the same time, EJ faces down Stefano with a gun of his own. Though Stefano taunts him, EJ finds he cannot pull the trigger. Stefano is next confronted by Abe, who is consumed with anger and hatred for what is happening to Lexie. Abe realizes that to pull the trigger and shoot Stefano in cold blood would be to become no better than Stefano himself. Stefano laughs, telling Abe he is a weak man. Abe leaves his gun behind in Stefano’s home, wanting nothing anything to do with it or its temptations.

Kate is working late with Ian when she receives not only divorce papers from Stefano but also a letter revealing he intends to invoke legal means to keep her from working at Titan. She shakes with rage, pushed to the edge … and once she’s alone, she pulls out a gun.

Lucas has found Will with a gun. Shocked, Lucas demands to know what his son is doing with it. Will covers, claiming it belongs to EJ. Lucas takes it from Will and leaves to lock it up until it can be returned to EJ. Will storms off, frustrated and unpredictable.  One by one, Stefano receives a visit from each of his tormented adversaries and he reminds them he’s won before and will do so again. He intends to stick around for a long time and enjoy their misery. Where before John, Marlena, Bo, Hope, Abe, Kate, Will and EJ were struggling with the idea of murder, it now seems they may have no choice. As a storm rages outside the mansion, Stefano celebrates his victory with a cigar and brandy, enjoying his favorite opera. And that’s when a figure enters from behind, picks up Abe’s gun … and fires!

 

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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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