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DAYS Recap – May 3 – May 7th

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Brady makes plans for romance with Arianna. Before things can take off, however, Gabi tracks down Arianna and needs her help with a school assignment. Arianna agrees to help, and she and Gabi take off. Later, Brady is amazed to find Nicole at his door, pleading for help. The connection between them remains, but Nicole pushes too far and Brady throws her out. At the Brady Pub, Nicole makes Arianna think something more went on. After Arianna goes to find Brady, Gabi confronts Nicole about her wicked ways. Baker is about to skip town when Hope finds him. He isn’t going anywhere. Hope reveals more of her new persona as she puts the screws to Baker. She opens up to him a bit and Baker eventually decides to stay in town and continue to work with Hope. Later, they attack Brady in the park. Stephanie realizes something is bothering Philip, but when she confronts him, he blows her off and leaves. Stephanie confides in Adrienne about Philip’s sudden attitude change. She fears that he has done something to jeopardize his marriage, which could result in Melanie rushing back to Nathan. Adrienne advises her not to worry so much, but Stephanie refuses to sit back and lose Nathan. Alone on the pier, she tosses her birth control in the trash. Nathan knows of Chloe’s affair, so is uneasy about her being with Daniel. Melanie and Carly discuss whether or not Chloe is truly the one for Daniel, and they share a nice moment. Meanwhile, the motel clerk convinces Chloe that someone, possibly Carly, must have been playing with her mind. They wanted her to think Daniel slept with Carly. Later, the motel clerk takes a call from Vivian and tells her Chloe has taken the bait. Vivian is pleased. Later, Melanie overhears Philip trying to warn Chloe about staying away from Carly and wonders what is up with that. At the same time, Chloe comes home to find Carly and loses it. She says she knows what Carly is doing to her and Daniel!   Hope takes her game to the next level as she marks her victim, Brady, with a distinctive symbol. Baker, meanwhile, pockets Brady’s expensive money clip. Hope goes home and self-medicates into a slumber. Roman and Carly find the mark on Brady’s chest. Roman realizes the mugger is trying to tell them something.

Arianna is upset that she can’t find Brady while Gabi and Nicole exchange words. When Nicole tries to leave, an injured Brady stumbles into her arms. Nicole is tender with him, and she and Gabi get him to the hospital. Arianna finally arrives, and Nicole notes how she doesn’t have an alibi. Chloe is ripping into Carly when Daniel comes home. After Carly leaves for work, Chloe lays out the whole sordid motel tale for Daniel, who is reeling. He is sure Carly didn’t do what Chloe thinks she did, but he figures she must have a legitimate reason for believing it. Together, they track down the motel clerk, who lies and says he’s never seen Chloe. Vulnerable, Chloe asks Daniel if he believes her, and he assures her that he does, but privately, he’s not sure what to think. Philip covers his guilt about sleeping with Chloe. He tells Melanie about Chloe’s hysterical pregnancy. Later, Melanie and Philip make love. Stephanie has thrown away her birth control pills and banishes all doubts about her plan as she and Nathan make love. However, someone find her pills in the trash… Sami picks up EJ from the hospital and is taking him home, but runs into Roman along the way. She tells him that she’s moving in with EJ. Roman thinks it’s a terrible idea. He asks her about Rafe. Sami explains she’s not sure when Rafe is coming back. EJ assures Roman that Sami will be fine, but he isn’t sold on the idea.

Kate overhears Stefano talking about Anna, but she doesn’t pursue it. Later, Sami and EJ arrive and Stefano welcomes them home. Sami and Kate have some words about Will, while Stefano assures EJ that Anna is tucked away. She won’t cost him anything with Sami. After a fight with Kate, Sami tells EJ she can’t live in the mansion. It’s a terrible idea. Anna is living the high albeit boring life in South America when she runs into Calliope Jones Bradford! Anna is shocked and even more so when it appears Calliope knows nothing about her taking Sydney. Calliope and Eugene are having tax troubles and are evading the IRS. She wonders if Anna is in trouble, too. Anna says she’s sort of trying to figure out her next step, whatever that may be. Calliope wants to hang out, but Anna is reluctant. Calliope leaves. Later, a guilty Calliope meets with Rafe. She’s made contact. Victor and Vivian dote on Brady. Victor vows to get to the bottom of his attack. Arianna shows up still feeling guilty that she wasn’t with Brady. Later, Nicole and Brady bond. Alone, Nicole expresses her hatred for Arianna and Vivian overhears. Vivian warns Arianna to be careful of Nicole. She’s definitely competition. Meanwhile, Nicole learns about an illegal gambling ring and wants to check it out for a story. Hope wakes up rested, but is thrown to find her make-up out. She talks to Ciara about it. She thinks her mommy left it out. Hope has a heart –to-heart with her daughter and tells her that if she wants to use her make-up she is more than happy to have a dress up night with her. Hope receives a call from Roman about Brady. She goes to the station and finds Victor. He thinks Hope is the wrong person for the case because of her responsibilities with Ciara. Hope disagrees. Roman shows her the symbol that was placed on Brady and Hope knows what it is. Hope asks Brady if a woman attacked him. She believes it was.

Rafe wires Calliope to work Anna and get her to confess the details of Sydney’s kidnapping. Calliope almost blows it, but finally wears Anna down and gets her to agree to tell her everything. Rafe listens in, hoping against hope that Anna will confess. Sami remembers EJ kissing her and decides she can’t live at the mansion after all. She goes, and EJ is devastated. Stefano tells him not to give up. He has a feeling Sami will be back. Just as Stefano predicted, Sami returns. A water pipe broke in her townhouse and it is too flooded to live there. Without much of a choice, Sami agrees to move into the mansion. EJ realizes Stefano was behind this. After Sami has it out with Will about living there, she turns to EJ for comfort and finally tells him about the kiss he doesn’t remember. Kate finds an old photo of herself and Madeline. Will accidentally gets a hold of the picture, and he and Chad realize that the two women used to be friends. Chad confronts his mom about it after Madeline tells him to stay away from Will. Madeline covers with Chad, but later, has it out with Kate over her son and Will seeing the picture. She threatens that Kate and Stefano have a lot more to lose than she does if their past comes out. Arianna and Gabi share sisterly moments. Arianna calls Rafe to find out how his investigation is going and she’s hopeful that if he solves Sydney’s kidnapping, he’ll get back with Sami. Gabi meets up with Chad and they talk about his mom. Chad decides to find out the connection between his mom and the DiMeras.

EJ is astonished to learn that he kissed Sami on the night he was mugged. He apologizes, and assures her he has no memory of the event. Unaware that EJ is hiding his true feelings; Sami swallows her own discomfort and goes for a family swim with him and Johnny. After the swim, the sexual tension between Sami and EJ is palpable, and it appears they will kiss. Calliope extracts the kidnapping tale from Anna and reports to Rafe that she’s got her confession on tape. Unfortunately, in her rattled state, she hasn’t gotten any information about an accomplice. Rafe sends her back in to get what he needs. Calliope’s persistent questions arouse Anna’s suspicions. Melanie finds Stephanie’s birth control pills in the possession of a homeless woman who was brought into the hospital. Melanie confronts Stephanie, who lies that she lost the pills. Melanie doesn’t believe her. Melanie contemplates telling Nathan, but when she seeks advice from Brady, he advises her against it. Later, Stephanie is angry when she checks up on Brady and realizes Melanie told him. Meanwhile, Melanie runs into Nathan and it appears she’s about to tell him the truth. Victor is upset about Brady’s mugging and vows revenge. He and Maggie wind up visiting Brady at the same time, and she is moved by his obvious compassion for his grandson. She asks him to drive her home and tells him she’s decided to help him mend fences with Philip. After arriving home, Maggie has a spell and collapses in Victor’s arms.

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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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