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DAYS Recap – Oct 10 – Oct 14th

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Daniel shows up with coffee for Jennifer, only to discover that Jack spent the night. Jennifer makes it clear Jack slept on the couch. Daniel takes Jack to task for the way he has treated Jennifer and Abigail. Jennifer reveals Jack isn’t entirely to blame since he was kidnapped. Daniel processes this new information, not entirely sure Jack is being truthful. Bottom line, Daniel still feels Jack is culpable because he should have been more upfront from the beginning with Jennifer about what he was doing. Jennifer breaks up the heated argument between Jack and Daniel. She asks them both to leave, needing to be alone to sort out her feelings.

Sami oversleeps, having spent most of the night before prepping for her new job. She’s upset when she realizes she forgot to help Johnny with a costume for school. Fortunately, Rafe got him a costume and got the kids off to school. He continues to support Sami’s decision to work, but also asks if she’s really sure she wants to give up the time with her children. Sami feels she can balance it all. Rafe then reveals that in addition to the criminal charges John is facing for embezzlement, EJ is spearheading a class action suit.

Carrie freaks out when she thinks Austin is snooping through her files on John’s case. They are both still conflicted about his decision to take the job with the SEC to assist in gathering evidence for the prosecution’s case. The tension escalates into a fight in front of John, Marlena, Sami and Rafe. Rafe advises Austin if he wants to save his marriage, he should consider not taking the job.

John is deeply troubled by the stress his legal situation is putting on his family, especially Marlena. He asks Austin to come by and tells him no matter what the evidence shows, he is not guilty. Austin hopes it’s true, but he can only go by the evidence. John has perplexing memories. Carrie, Sami, Marlena and John discuss strategy. After the girls leave, John tells Marlena he’s reached a decision: he wants them to file for divorce.

Marlena is taken aback as John tells her he wants a divorce. John is thinking only of Marlena and his family and wants to protect them from the backlash of his arrest. Marlena is committed to John and makes it clear she is with him for better or worse. John hates what his arrest is doing to the rest of the family, and wants them all to distance themselves from him until his trial is over. Marlena tells John he can’t make that decision for any of them. It is their choice to support him – they know it will not be easy, but they don’t care. They love him and will be at his side no matter what.

Bo and Hope meet with Alice’s secret attorney, Erin Hewitt. Hope knew nothing of this lawyer, which is strange since she is the executor of Alice’s estate. The attorney tells them she handled certain private matters for Alice, as well as some things that weren’t quite as secretive. Hope thinks the lawyer will give them info since Gran has passed, but she makes it clear that much of what she did for Alice is still protected by confidentiality. The lawyer wants to help Bo and Hope, however, and when Hope asks if they can see less private documents, Erin says she thought they’d never ask. The lawyer emails them all of Alice’s files that were not explicitly marked confidential. Hope is encouraged as she and Bo search through the documents. They discuss what Alice could’ve been involved in, and Bo helps Hope reach a breakthrough. They have been looking at this all wrong. As cops, they have been thinking it must be something nefarious – but they need to think of Gran and who she was. It can’t be something nefarious; it has to be that Gran was helping someone.

Chad brings Abigail a “cheer up” kit, hoping to make her feel better now that her father is back. Abigail is touched by Chad’s sweet gesture. Their time together comes to a screeching halt when Jack arrives. Jack is angry; he learned from Justin and Adrienne that Abigail is dating a DiMera. Jack gets into a battle with Chad and Abigail steps between them, lashing out at her father. Jack forbids Abigail from seeing a DiMera. Abigail gives it right back to Jack, telling him he can’t waltz back into her life and act like a caring parent. He left her – he gave up his right to tell her what to do. Jack is hit hard as Abigail tells him to leave and stay out of her life. She wants nothing to do with him.

Melanie helps Maggie and Victor with wedding plans. The happy couple is beyond excited for their upcoming nuptials. Melanie is reminded of marrying Phillip in the Kiriakis living room. She is a bit wistful and sad, wondering if she will ever find love again. Jennifer finds a troubled Jack. He is distraught off of his ordeal with Abigail. Jennifer is hesitant at first, but approaches and asks if he’s okay. He explains what Abigail said – how she basically disowned him and the truth is… he deserved it! He’s been a lousy father who has hurt his family beyond repair. Jack explains exactly what happened, how he learned that Chad was a DiMera and flipped out. Jennifer tries to tell Jack that just because Chad is a DiMera, that doesn’t mean he’s evil. Jack disagrees, stating that Stefano always gets his way. Jennifer gently notes Jack didn’t take after his father – so how is it fair to condemn Chad? Jack admits this is true. Bottom line is that he blew it with Abigail and he really thinks she’s done with him. Jennifer reminds him that he’s her father and nothing will change that. Their daughter just needs time to figure things out. Jack eyes Jennifer and quietly asks: does the same apply to her, too?

At the Brady Pub, Brady and Sami introduce Madison James to Caroline. Kate arrives and learns Madison has also leased space for her headquarters in the new town square. Kate is horrified, but more so when Nate Berkus shows up and Madison reveals that Nate is an old friend and her designer. It’s Kate who has the last laugh, however, when she drops the bomb that she stole Mad World’s Japanese distribution deal. Kate goes and Brady wants to know what Madison is going to do. Nicole has set up an interview for EJ with Terri Seymour, but they’re both blindsided when the journalist reveals it’s an interview Q&A with Abe Carver, too. EJ blasts Nicole for not knowing what they were getting into, but she thinks he needs to go through with it. Abe and EJ have some choice words on and off camera, but later EJ turns things around in his favor and leaves the incumbent on the hot seat. Jack asks Jennifer if she’ll ever find it in her heart to forgive him and take him back. Jennifer is anguished and tells Jack she can’t do this now. It’s not fair to turn the question around and make it about her when the topic is Jack and Abigail. Jack apologizes and pulls back. He doesn’t want to pressure her. Jennifer says she does want to help Jack reconnect with his daughter, but warns she’ll only do so if he can promise he won’t hurt Abigail again. An emotional Jack makes plain to Jennifer that he knows how much he’s hurt the ones he loves. In fact, it was the knowing of it that nearly crippled him while he was being held prisoner. He knew he couldn’t correct the record and assure his family he was indeed thinking of them. He tells Jennifer all he can do is promise he’s changed, but it’s up to her to believe him. EJ and Abe go at it on live television. EJ works hard to hang the noose of Abe’s support for John Black around his neck. Abe stands up for his friend even though it would be politically expedient for him to do the opposite. His integrity and loyalty are clearly more important to him. The cost of those admirable traits becomes clear when reaction to the broadcast filters in and EJ comes off as the clear winner. Kate takes pleasure in lording over Madison how she has stolen the distribution deal with a Japanese conglomerate. Kate is unaware that Madison had fully expected her move and has already ensured that it plays to her ultimate advantage. Brady in particular is impressed and he sees Madison in a new light. Sami, Brady and Madison bring Nate Berkus to Madison’s future showroom so he can present his ideas. Madison surprises Brady by laying down the one essential ground rule for their working relationship: she doesn’t fool around with investors. Brady claims she misread him but then she surprises him by brushing up against him, lingering a little too long, and he’s left to wonder if she really meant what she said.

Austin catches Rafe up to speed on John’s case. He provides records which prove that fraudulent transactions have been traced to John’s computer and smart phone. Austin then shows Rafe a picture of John using his smart phone in Paris at the exact time money was laundered from his device. And even more revealing, John was standing up when he was supposedly still paralyzed! Meanwhile, Carrie confronts John with the same photo. John is unable to explain and swears he wasn’t in Paris at the time; he was having experimental surgery in Lugano! Marlena backs him up. When Carrie calls the clinic, however, they don’t have record of John coming in at that time. Marlena admits she never actually saw John check into the clinic, and he can’t come up with any eyewitnesses. Austin and Rafe drop by to question John, who maintains his innocence and theorizes that someone is setting him up – and he thinks it’s Stefano. Things go from bad to worse when Rafe asks to see his computer and phone, and John has to admit someone stole them. Carrie grows irritated with Austin as he upsets John during the questioning. After Austin and Rafe leave, John has a quick memory of being at the Paris cafe. John is deeply disturbed by this. Meanwhile, Marlena sneaks off to the DiMera mansion and bangs on the front door, demanding to speak to Stefano. At the station, Rafe decides to double check the FBI’s evidence, convinced John is not guilty.

Bo and Hope tell Maggie and Jennifer about Alice’s mysterious bank account. Maggie and Jennifer are thrown. Bo and Hope continue to go through the documents provided by Alice’s attorney. They hit upon an email Alice sent to the attorney the day before she died. Alice thanks the attorney for helping her with an investigation that has to do with Maggie. Alice informs the attorney that she plans to write Maggie a letter and give it to her in person. Bo and Hope call Maggie, who says she never received such a letter. Bo and Hope realize the letter must still be at the Horton house and head up to the attic to look for it, knowing it could answer all their questions. Daniel confides in Victor his concerns about losing Jennifer to Jack. Jennifer shows up with Maggie, and agrees to lunch with Daniel. Victor and Maggie talk about Daniel’s woes and later, Maggie is confused by Hope’s call regarding the letter. While making wedding plans, Maggie tells Victor she misses her children. Meanwhile, Jennifer confesses to Daniel that she spoke to Jack and it brought back a lot of feelings she thought she buried. Daniel makes a last ditch effort to proclaim his love, and while Jennifer is touched, she admits a part of her still loves Jack.

 

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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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