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DAYS Recap – Oct 17 – Oct 21st

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At the DiMera mansion, Marlena confronts Stefano and accuses him of being behind John’s arrest. She knows Stefano is the only person who would and could fabricate the damning evidence against her husband. Stefano remains cool but categorically denies any involvement, telling Marlena he’s over any vendetta against John. Marlena doesn’t believe him and plays on his feelings for her. If he won’t drop this for John, do it for her. Stefano claims he would – if he had anything to do with it. Marlena storms out, unconvinced.

Carrie and Austin are exhausted and conflicted over their opposing roles in John’s case. Austin creates a romantic evening for them at their hotel room and, though it starts out dubiously, it ends with them making love. They vow not to let anything, including this case, come between them. Bo and Hope take a break from John’s case to pursue the Alice mystery. They rummage through boxes in the Horton attic and find the letter Alice was writing to Maggie before she died.

Meanwhile, at the Kiriakis mansion, Maggie is missing her daughters, Sarah and Melissa. Her mood improves when she and Victor discuss their upcoming wedding. Bo and Hope arrive with the letter and interrupt their planning. Maggie reads the letter and is stunned beyond belief. Alice wrote that she’d done some investigating and had learned that the eggs Maggie had harvested years ago had actually produced a child – without her consent. Maggie has another child! Maggie is overwhelmed and thrilled until Bo and Hope explain that’s all they know. Apparently Alice passed away before she could finish the letter. Jack comes upon Daniel and Jennifer just as she reiterates that she still loves Jack. He’s elated until Jennifer explains she also loves Daniel. She’s clearly anguished and confused. Daniel, unable to stand the pain she’s in, offers to step aside to make it easier for her. But Jennifer breaks down at the thought of losing Daniel. Jack, fearing that his reconciliation with Jennifer could be slipping away, says it’s not as if Jennifer can go out with both men. Daniel surprises both Jack and Jennifer by saying maybe that’s not such a bad idea – they should at least consider it. If Jennifer spends time with both of them, it could help make her decision more clear.

Madison arrives at the loft to work with Sami and finds her new employee in the midst of domestic chaos. Sami manages to pull it together and multi-task – dealing with her children and her boss. Madison is a bit wistful as she observes Sami’s interactions with her kids. After seeing how well Sami balances her work and home life, an impressed Madison gives her an account to oversee – and it’s one that will put her head-to-head with Kate!  Carrie and Austin reaffirm their love and promise not to let John’s case come between them. Their promise is short-lived, however, when Rafe comes across a tidbit that could exonerate John. To Austin’s dismay, Carrie keeps the info a secret and leaves town. Rafe takes her to the airport. Earlier, Austin confides to Rafe his belief that John is guilty. Rafe is cool and says John is family; he doesn’t want to condemn the man just yet.

John is angry with Marlena for visiting Stefano and putting him on notice. Strong Marlena doesn’t back down or regret her decision. John would have done the same thing for her. When Carrie arrives, they go over the evidence and seemingly come up empty until they receive a call from Rafe. He informs Carrie there is an orderly at the Swiss clinic who remembers John being there when he was supposedly in Paris. His testimony could exonerate him! Energized Carrie vaguely tells John and Marlena she has a lead and will be in touch.

Abigail finds Melanie in an awkward moment with Chad. Abigail is cool and they joke about it. Later, Melanie and Abigail talk about the impact of Jack’s return on their parents’ relationship. Abigail says she can’t forgive her father. Both Chad and Melanie think that’s a mistake. At the same time, the Salem U. sports site that Sonny created has been gay bashed. Will and Gabi try to keep it from Sonny, but he finds out and offers to bow out. Will and Gabi rally him and he decides to stay. Later, Chad tells Sonny something other than the cyber bullying is going on with the site – and they might have a big problem…

EJ and Nicole look over polling results, which show Abe slipping after he publicly defended John. Meanwhile, Abe and Lexie visit John and Marlena. John thanks Abe for standing up for him on television, but warns that this crisis could cost his friend the election. Abe won’t desert his friend. John and Marlena start to relax with the company of trusted friends but an ugly reminder of the public’s anger comes crashing through the window in the form of a brick with a note attached reading “Die thief.” John resolves to address these accusations and gets on a live broadcast, making a statement that he is innocent. His words are forceful and decisive. Anxious Maggie meets with Bo and Hope to figure out the mystery of Alice’s letter. The letter asserts that Maggie has a child she never knew about. Maggie recalls how she had some eggs harvested when she and Mickey were trying to conceive. A medical storage facility was in charge of keeping them. Maggie finds the number of the facility, but they’re all thrown to learn the phone has been disconnected. Further investigation by Bo and Hope reveal the company appears never to have existed. Maggie is thrown; she never expected this bump in the road. Bo and Hope decide to go back and grill Alice’s attorney further on the subject. Maggie returns home to see if there’s anything else to be discovered there. Once Victor is alone, he gets on the phone and makes a mysterious call, warning that his name can never to be connected to the company.

Jennifer, Jack and Daniel further discuss the notion of her trying to date both men to help her choose between them. Even though she knows it makes sense, she hates the notion that someone will end up hurt. Jack points out that if they don’t try this, all three of them will be hurt. Jack brings up the issue of sex. Jennifer flatly declares she’s a one-man woman and won’t be intimate with either of them while this experiment plays itself out.

Austin and Rafe clash when Carrie calls from Switzerland to check in – with Rafe, not Austin. Austin thinks Rafe’s continuing connection with Carrie means he’s stepping over the line in his role investigating the case against John and helping the defense. Rafe covers but asserts he believes in John’s innocence. Sami confesses to Roman that she has her doubts about John. Later, she connects with Austin and he warns her that Rafe may be skating on thin ice. They bond a little, and Sami reveals that Marlena admitted John isn’t completely back, mentally. Sami believes that may have led to John doing what she fears he did. Since Austin is alone while Carrie is away, Sami invites him to move into her place, and after some prodding, he finally admits it’s a good idea.

Roman confronts Rafe and tells him the FBI has been made aware that he’s been working with Carrie. He’s crossed the line – and he’s fired! Rafe returns home and Sami arrives with Austin, announcing that he’ll be staying with them. Rafe – convinced Austin is the one who ratted him out to the FBI – decks him. Abigail gets a shock when her father shows up to take Jennifer on a date. She feels betrayed and wonders how her mother could forget what Jack did to them all. Jennifer gets Abigail alone and strongly asserts she’s doing what she feels she has to do. She needs to sort out her feelings for Daniel and for Jack. Abigail says her mother is making a big mistake. She rejects Jack’s overtures and rushes out. Once alone with Jack, Jennifer wonders if they are making a mistake. Confident Jack asks her to stay the course. Go out with him today. She won’t be sorry. Meanwhile, Daniel is with Melanie and Chad, trying not to think about Jennifer’s date with Jack. When Abigail arrives, she asks how Daniel could agree to such an arrangement. He defends that he loves Jennifer too much not to give her the chance to make up her own mind about whom she wants. Jennifer and Jack go on their “first” date under their unorthodox arrangement with Daniel. Jack surprises Jennifer by having them decorate Halloween cookies for the children in the hospital. He reveals that in Afghanistan he witnessed too many children suffering and he was deeply affected by one little boy in particular. He resolved to do what he could to help other children in need. Jennifer can’t help but be affected by this side of him.

Furious Rafe decks Austin, accusing him of being responsible for the leak about him working with Carrie. It cost him his job! Sami is upset by the altercation and jumps in to stop more fisticuffs. Austin and Rafe face off but Sami blows it big-time when she unwittingly blurts that at least Austin still has a job. Stunned Rafe storms out of the loft, too angry to speak. Austin and Sami both agree that his moving in is not a good idea. Later, Sami finds Rafe at the Brady Pub. He accepts her apology but Austin shows up with the news that he’s lost his hotel room and there aren’t any other rooms available in town due to the news coverage of John’s investigation. He knows this is really lousy timing but staying with them could be his only option. Bo delivers a real blow to Marlena and John when he informs them that Rafe has been fired from the Salem PD. The FBI learned he had been leaking pro-John information to Carrie. Bo has been tapped to replace him as the PD/FBI liaison, and though he supports John, he can’t do what Rafe was doing. He must maintain complete professional objectivity. He leaves to join Hope, Maggie and Melanie at the lawyer’s office. Emotional John and Marlena refuse to let this latest bad news take over and they finally make love, the first time since his paralysis.

Bo joins Maggie, Melanie and Hope as they visit Alice’s lawyer. They plead with her to give them more information. Maggie is understandably distraught at the idea that, after learning she has another child, she may never be able to find him or her. The lawyer is affected and though she can’t break her promise to Alice, she leaves the pertinent file on her desk, admonishing them that they mustn’t look at it when she’s gone; i.e., she’s giving them tacit permission to do just that. They do look and Hope thinks she’s found what they need – the name of the fertility clinic that likely wound up with Maggie’s harvested eggs.

 

 

 

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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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