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DAYS Recap – May 30 – June 3rd

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Taylor urges Nicole to set EJ free. Nicole refuses and orders Taylor to leave town or she’ll destroy EJ. Meanwhile, Stefano tells his son that he believes Rafe2 has fallen in love with Sami. EJ is still convinced he’s come back to extort money from them. Stefano warns that either way, the imposter must be eliminated. Later, Nicole shows up and tells EJ that Taylor unknowingly blabbed about him running the drug business. Now Nicole has even more ammunition against him. She also informs him that her sister is leaving town. EJ is devastated. Meanwhile, Taylor bids goodbye to Lexie and Brady. Rafe runs into Dario, who is shocked to learn he’s back with Sami. Rafe wants to reach out to his brother but knows he must act more like his imposter. After Rafe leaves, Melanie advises Dario not to give up on Rafe – family is too important. Meanwhile, Rafe pays his doppelganger a visit. Carly realizes she’s falling for Daniel, but tries to cover when she goes on a family lunch date with him and Melanie. The three of them bond as Melanie tells her parents she wants to become a nurse practitioner. Later, Carly goes back to the hospital where she confides in Lexie about her feelings for Daniel. Alone in her office, Carly is able to resist taking a pill as she thinks about her family. Brady warns Daniel to be good to Jennifer. Meanwhile, Hope visits Jennifer and finds her cousin contemplating sexy lingerie. Jennifer confides she’s worried she doesn’t stack up to Rebecca and Chloe. Hope helps her work through her insecurities. But after Hope leaves, Jennifer still decides to tweak her appearance,

EJ is devastated to learn from Nicole that Taylor has left town. After receiving confirmation from Lexie, he is pushed further to a dark place. Angry at the world, EJ assures an impatient Stefano that he will personally take care of the Rafe imposter, who, of course, is actually Rafe. Meanwhile, Rafe grills his lookalike to get information on the DiMeras. After much give and take, Rafe still comes up empty. The imposter warns that the DiMeras will catch on to his impersonation act sooner rather than later. When they do, Rafe is a dead man. Brady finds Nicole crying in the park. He points out that she has pushed away everyone who has ever loved her, including him. He warns she has no one but herself to blame for her misery. Justin and Adrienne arrange for Chloe to have a brief visit with Parker. Chloe is overjoyed, but heartbroken when she must once again say goodbye to her son. She promises the social worker that she will continue her progress in becoming a good mother. Meanwhile, Quinn works on both his drug business and another mystery side business. Later, he meets up with Chloe and charms her. He invites her to dinner and she gladly accepts.

Vivian is pleased to learn Maggie and Victor have split. She goes to Maggie’s house to rub it in. Victor comes upon them and chastises Vivian, but Maggie is hurt anew when he quickly leaves afterwards. EJ explains to Stefano why he personally must be the one to eliminate the “imposter.” Stefano insists they hire someone else. EJ ignores his father and secretly uses a dirty cop to call Rafe and tell him Dario has been detained on the pier. EJ lies in wait for him with a gun. When he hears footsteps, he moves to confront him and is stunned to come face-to-face with Taylor instead. Rafe finds Fay’s cameo in the imposter’s duffel bag and wonders to whom it belonged. Nicole drops by the loft and is surprised Rafe is back. He’s stunned to learn “he” (the imposter) kissed Nicole. Later, Nicole asks Stefano what he intends to do about Rafe. Stefano shuts her down.

Daniel tells Victor he plans to take things slow with Jennifer. Meanwhile, Jennifer tells Abigail she looks forward to doing just the opposite. Daniel arrives at Jennifer’s and is surprised by her new, sexy look. He’s even more surprised (and puzzled) by her seductive behavior as she insists they have an intimate dinner at home. Later, Daniel gets beeped and tells Jennifer he has to go to the hospital. He gives her a peck on the cheek, leaving Jennifer wondering where she went wrong. Jealous Dario watches Brady and Melanie play pool with Chad and Abigail. He blows up at Melanie and leaves. Melanie wonders what his problem is. Abigail points out that it’s her.

On his way to the pier, Rafe runs into Dario and realizes the DiMeras were trying to set him up. Meanwhile, Sami is furious at discovering the cameo and she wonders what other women the imposter hurt. Rafe returns to the loft and they decide to question the imposter once more. They are waylaid by Gabi, who rips into her brother for his erratic behavior. She suddenly collapses and Rafe rushes her to the hospital. When he learns Gabi is fine, he returns to the loft and hears from Caroline that Sami has left. He realizes Sami has gone to see the imposter on her own. Meanwhile, Sami arrives at the secured room and is alarmed when she finds it empty. Suddenly the door closes behind her, and she whirls around to face the imposter, who is free from his bindings. At the pier, EJ is stunned that Taylor has not left town after all. She takes him back to her hotel room, and she explains she only wanted Nicole to think she left; she won’t give up on being with him. Noting his gun, EJ sadly admits he hasn’t changed. He’s surprised when Taylor accepts him anyway. EJ and Taylor finally make love, together at last.

Jennifer is disappointed when Daniel leaves their date, not knowing he’s trying to be respectful. Maggie drops by and she and Jennifer drown their sorrows in ice cream. Later, Daniel returns and Jennifer looks a mess. She’s mortified but he tells her she’s adorable and that he wants her just the way she is. They end up in a steamy embrace. Dario denies to Adrienne and Justin that he cares for Melanie, but they know better. Later, Melanie confronts Dario, and to his own surprise, he finally admits he has feelings for her. Chloe meets Quinn for a date and almost catches him watching the video he took of them making love. She remains unaware of his dark side. Later, Quinn runs into Vivian at the park and it’s clear they know one another.

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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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