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DAYS Recap – Oct 18 – Oct 22nd

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Rafe assures Sami that her secret about shooting EJ is safe. Arianna shows up. When Sami leaves, Arianna tells Rafe she overheard her say she shot EJ. Rafe never admits it’s true and tries to tell Arianna she misunderstood. Arianna comes to realize that her brother already knew about Sami and has been lying for her. Meanwhile, EJ returns to the hospital for a follow-up exam, and sees Lexie holding Sydney while Sami has stepped away. He takes Sydney into his arms, despite Lexie’s warnings of the restraining order against him. Sami comes back and is furious to see Sydney in EJ’s arms. She threatens to call her father to arrest EJ and he finally returns Sydney, vowing he will get his children back. When Sami returns home, she finds Rafe with Arianna, and she is acting awfully strange. Ciara tells Bo she’s too sick to go to school. Bo knows it’s because of the bully. He comes up with an idea to make Ciara feel better and sets up a visitation with Hope. Meanwhile, Hope walks in on Jane and Lee huddled in conversation. Jane tells Hope it was about her. Jane concocts a story about some other trustee wanting to attack Hope, but assures her they’re protecting her. Hope also starts asking questions about April’s death. Later, Bo arrives for a visit and Hope is overjoyed to see Ciara. Hope helps Ciara feel better about the bully at school. When it’s time to leave, Ciara starts to cry. Bo and Hope reassure her that even though they’re not living together, they’re still a family. During this, Jane asks Lee if Hope’s been asking any more questions. They’ll have to do something about any suspicions. Carly has a scratchy exchange with Nathan when he asks how Melanie is doing. Carly tells Nathan to stay away from Melanie. Carly makes friends with new doctor Ben, who invites her out for coffee. She makes it clear she’s with Bo, and Ben makes it clear he just wants to be friends. After Chloe and Daniel’s wedding, Nicole asks Brady if marriage and children are in their future. Brady reminds her they have to deal with Vivian, but does add that given her prison record, Nicole will never be able to adopt a child. Besides, he actually doesn’t want to have children. Nicole covers her disappointment and is particularly hit when she runs into Sydney with Caroline. Meanwhile, Victor discovers Vivian in the sarcophagus. In order to convince him to let her out, Vivian puts most of the blame on Nicole. Victor seemingly can’t open the sarcophagus and leaves to get help. Instead, he tells Brady about finding Vivian. Brady takes full responsibility, and explains why he put her in the sarcophagus and that Nicole is keeping his secret. When Nicole enters, he tells her Victor knows all. EJ worries that Arianna, who may have information on who shot him, has gotten cold feet. Chad arrives, and asks for the job Kate offered him at DiMera Enterprises. EJ tries to kick him out, but Stefano tells his son to back off. Chad decides he doesn’t want their help after all and leaves. Stefano notes that Chad reminds him of EJ. EJ confides to his father about Arianna coming to him with information he believes to be about Sami or Will – only to disappear on him. Stefano reveals that his man followed Arianna to Rafe’s where she was alone with her brother. Both EJ and Stefano realize that if she does have proof against either Sami or Will, then Rafe will insist she keep quiet. They must get that information out of her by any means necessary. Arianna accuses Sami of shooting EJ and runs out. Rafe follows her. An emotional Sami tells Will that Arianna overheard her admit to shooting EJ. Alone, Will vows to protect his mother while Sami vows not to let Arianna destroy her family. Meanwhile, Rafe admits to Arianna he knows Sami shot EJ, but understands why she did it. He tells Arianna of the consequences to him and Sami’s kids if she goes to EJ with the truth. He asks her to keep quiet. Rafe tries to talk Arianna down, but it’s no use. She intends to tell EJ and the world what Sami did. Later, Rafe warns Will that he’s got to keep quiet. It will be their word against Arianna’s and with no proof – there’s nothing the DiMeras can do. Meanwhile, Arianna meets with Sami, who wants her to reconsider. Attempting to reach out to her, Sami decides to tell Arianna what happened the night she shot EJ. She explains it was a moment of passion and barely even remembers throwing the gun off the pier. In the end, Sami begs her not to turn her in. Arianna reveals she’s going to do exactly that – she secretly videotaped Sami’s entire confession! EJ hopes Arianna comes through for him. He’s angered when Bo arrests him for breaking Sami’s court order. EJ bluntly tells Bo that either Sami or Will shot him. Bo says if that’s the case, where is the proof? Victor uncovers Brady and Nicole’s secret and instead of saving Vivian, he decides to leave her in the sarcophagus. Late, Isabella visits Brady and makes him realize he’s done a terrible thing. Stephanie hopes for the best when Kayla sets out to talk to Sister Anne about the changed paternity results. While speaking with Ian, however, Stephanie fears that maybe the results really were switched on purpose. Sami and Arianna fight over the recording Arianna has made. Kayla drops in and interrupts their brawl. Arianna runs off with the video, and Sami loses her. Sami finds Rafe and tells him what happened. EJ insists to Bo that Sami or Will shot him. Bo tells him he’d better not pursue justice on his own or he’ll find himself in jail. EJ’s lawyer bails him out, and Bo has no choice but to release him. Kayla enters and tells Bo she just broke up a fight between Sami and Arianna. Rafe, Will and EJ all try to call Arianna, but she only returns EJ’s call. She tells him to meet her at the Brady Pub. Later, Bo shows up at Rafe’s and before he can ask what happened between Sami and Arianna, he’s called away. In their effort to track down Arianna, Rafe and Sami get a hold of Gabi, who reports that her sister is at the Pub.

Will stumbles upon Arianna first, and confronts her about keeping quiet. A guilty Arianna runs away from Will and into the street. Will and EJ are horrified to see her get hit by a car! Victor forces Vivian to admit she planned to entomb Maggie. Victor is furious and leaves a screaming Vivian to her fate. Meanwhile, Nicole speaks with Brady, who is speaking with his dead mother, Isabella. The vision fades as Nicole and Brady discuss what to do now that Victor is involved. Brady wants to release Vivian, but Nicole urges him not to – they’re in too deep. She promises she will never give Brady up. Victor returns and after a few words with Brady, wants to thank Nicole. He asks her to do him a favor regarding Maggie. At the same time, Isabella returns to Brady and tries to get him to do the right thing. Brady struggles with his decision.  Carly visits Maggie, but is surprised to find Melanie there. Melanie informs Carly that she will never trust her again. Carly does her best to make Melanie see why she kept Chloe’s secret, but her pleas fall on deaf ears. Carly gets a call from Sister Anne, who demands to see her. After Carly leaves, Melanie declares to Maggie that, in her heart, Maggie is her “real” mother. Meanwhile, Sister Anne confronts Carly about lying to her about Chloe’s identity and keeping Daniel in the dark about the paternity test. Carly tries to explain but Sister Anne lays into her – which Kayla witnesses.

Arianna is rushed to the hospital after being hit by a car. EJ and Will are beside themselves. Rafe and Sami learn of it and go to the hospital. Though worried about Arianna, Sami is relieved to know EJ still has no proof of her shooting him. EJ accuses her and Will anyway in front of Bo, who is questioning everybody about the circumstances surrounding the accident. Arianna survives surgery, and Rafe goes to her side, torn apart by their differences before the accident and how he almost lost her. Sami and Will overhear a cop giving Arianna’s purse to Maxine. Sami tries to get to the purse to see if the video camera is in there, but she’s thwarted. Then they learn Arianna’s things were scattered across the alley when she was struck by the hit-and-run. Sami leaves to check the alley, while instructing Will to get into Arianna’s purse. EJ begs Lexie to let him visit Arianna, but she won’t. When Rafe steps out with Ben, EJ slips in and Arianna awakens, about to spill all. Carly tries to reason with Sister Anne, and explain why she lied and covered up Chloe’s secret paternity test. Sister Anne is upset and says what Carly did was not only unethical, but also illegal. She’ll need to think about what she’s going to do about it. Carly goes. Kayla approaches Sister Anne, who excuses herself, wanting to meet another time. Kayla has heard enough, however, to wonder whether Daniel is the father, and if it was Carly who changed the paternity results. Melanie goes to Stephanie to ask her to keep the secret of Chloe’s one night stand with another guy. Nathan shows up. It’s scratchy at first, but when Melanie tells him she’s not angry, just hurt, Nathan feels awful and wants to make it up to her. They connect slightly, but Stephanie interrupts and Melanie’s walls go up again.

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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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