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DAYS Recap – Oct 4 – Oct 8th

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Before Sami can admit to Rafe that she shot EJ, Gabi and Arianna stop by. Arianna notes the tension between Sami and Rafe while Gabi discovers they plan to get married soon. Arianna is upset, believing the news will kill EJ. For EJ’s sake, Arianna agrees to keep the impending nuptials a secret. She remains determined to find out who shot EJ and bring that person to justice. After she and Gabi leave, Rafe decides he doesn’t want Sami to tell him who tried to kill EJ. When she leaves, he vows to find a way to protect Will while Sami vows to protect Rafe from the truth. EJ tells Roman he’s willing to make a statement about the day he was shot, but pretends not to remember anything that happened after his wedding. Lexie insists to Roman that he no longer question EJ. Roman realizes that unless EJ can name his assailant, the case is at a standstill. Stefano wonders why EJ didn’t accuse Sami of trying to shoot him. EJ says he would then have to admit he remembers Rafe’s interruption and accusations and refuses to be questioned by the police about his role in kidnapping Sydney. Instead, EJ will find proof of who shot him on his own and make sure those involved are punished. Later, EJ decides to use Arianna as his path to proving Sami shot him. Justin and Adrienne realize that perhaps their divorce was a mistake and take a tentative step toward rekindling their love. Brady and Nicole make love. Meanwhile, Vivian waits for Nicole to call the cops and free her. Brady lies to Nicole and tells her he loves her, but hesitates when Nicole asks him to free Vivian. She doesn’t want to see him go to prison. After Brady leaves for a meeting, Nicole speaks to Vivian. When Vivian realizes Brady seduced Nicole, she’s furious. Nicole has second thoughts about freeing her. Meanwhile, Isabella’s coffin is returned to the mausoleum. Emotional, Brady realizes his mother would never approve of his actions towards Vivian. Justin enters, and asks about the coffin. Justin nearly discovers Brady. He continues to question Brady’s odd behavior. At the same time, Nicole speaks with Vivian. She tries to convince Nicole that Brady has played her, but in doing so, ends up insulting her instead. Nicole decides Vivian deserves her fate. She goes to Brady and gets Justin to leave unaware of what’s amiss Brady seems to have a change of heart about Vivian, but so does Nicole, who tells him she will help him keep his secret. She still loves him. Brady makes it clear he has changed. Later, Brady and Nicole seem on the path to reconciliation, but has Vivian found a way to escape? Warden Jane Smith informs Hope that Bo pulled some strings so she will be able to start a new job in the prison infirmary. She’s introduced to a trustee named Lee, who supervises her. While working, Hope meets a prisoner, April, who reminds her of her younger self. Meanwhile, Bo and Kayla reunite. Kayla can’t stress enough how she believes Bo made the wrong choice in choosing Carly over Hope. Bo tells her that the choice has been made. After Kayla leaves, Justin reveals to Bo that Hope has signed the divorce papers. Later, Kayla goes to Hope and they share an emotional reunion. Kayla insists Bo and Hope will never be out of each other’s lives. Meanwhile, Warden Jane warns Lee to keep a close eye on Hope. Kayla informs Stephanie that she’s going to meet with Sister Anne to discuss the paternity test. She urges Stephanie to be honest with Nathan. At the same time, Daniel confronts Nathan about his problem with Chloe. Nathan stonewalls him and Daniel gets upset, which Stephanie witnesses. Meanwhile, Chloe shares her wedding plans with Melanie. Her happiness is cut short when Father Matt arrives and she is forced to deal with her mistakes. Daniel returns to Chloe, and she tells him about her desire to have her child baptized. Back at the hospital, a rattled Nathan tells Stephanie he knows Chloe cheated on Daniel although he doesn’t know with whom. While Stephanie contemplates telling Nathan what she knows, Melanie enters unseen and is shocked to overhear Nathan confirm his knowledge that Chloe cheated on Daniel.

Melanie is anguished off the knowledge that Chloe cheated on her father. After talking to Maggie in cryptic terms about her dilemma, she realizes she must make sure she’s not mistaken about what she overheard. Meanwhile, Stephanie almost tells Nathan what she knows, but ultimately loses her nerve. Stephanie and Kayla discuss the odds of the truth coming out. Later, Melanie confronts Nathan. Chloe and Daniel are blissfully happy as their wedding day dawns. Melanie calls and asks to speak to Daniel alone. He agrees and plans to see her later. Chloe is distraught that her family can’t come to the wedding. Nicole shows up on Chloe’s doorstep and worms her way back into the wedding while Daniel shows up at Maggie’s, looking for Melanie. Brady and Nicole discuss what to do with Vivian. Meanwhile, Vivian has found a way to communicate with Gus. She hears Gus’s voice, and calls out to him. Gus is puzzled, not knowing where her voice is coming from. Brady goes to the mansion to chat with Vivian and nearly catches her calling out to Gus for help. In turn, Victor nearly catches Brady, who asks his grandfather for a favor. He wants to move into Vivian’s room – with Nicole.

Melanie confronts Nathan about Chloe cheating on Daniel. Nathan has no choice but to say it’s true. Melanie can’t believe he wouldn’t tell her or Daniel the truth, but Nathan states it was none of his business and that it was up to Chloe to deal with – not him. Melanie doesn’t care and she tells Nathan she hates him. Later, Nathan asks Melanie what she’s going to do. She tells him she has no choice but to stop the wedding. Stephanie arrives and Melanie tells her she knows about everything and that she deserves better than Nathan. Daniel praises a guilty Philip for his devotion and friendship to Chloe. He was there for her in dark times. Philip notes it only made Chloe’s love for Daniel stronger. Meanwhile, Chloe is prattling on to Nicole about how she wants to be friends with Melanie. Nicole warns that Melanie will always be her daddy’s little girl. Chloe understands and the two friends wish each other well. Later, Daniel realizes he has to make a stop at home, and Chloe opens the door to Melanie, who slaps her. Vivian reaches out to Gus via a remote receiver she gave him. Gus thinks he’s hearing voices, but realizes it really is Vivian. She explains her predicament and Gus, sadly, tells her she’s on her own. Brady asks Victor to let him and Nicole move in to Vivian’s old room. Victor quickly deduces that Brady is using Nicole. Daniel arrives to check on his best man and learns Nicole and Brady are back together. Daniel and Nicole have a nice moment, but later he warns Brady about rekindling his relationship with her. Brady assures Daniel he knows what he’s doing. Brady and Nicole go to Vivian’s old room and share an intense moment. Meanwhile, Victor appeals to Maggie about Brady’s choice to be with Nicole. Maggie urges Victor to stand down and monitor the situation closely. EJ tells Stefano he is going to use Arianna to find proof that either Will or Sami shot him. Later, EJ tells Arianna that Stefano suspects Sami or Will and is afraid what his father will do to them. He needs to protect them by discovering the truth for himself. Arianna agrees to help. At Lexie’s urging, Sami visits EJ. He tries to manipulate her into confessing she shot him, but she pulls back at the last minute and leaves. Frustrated, EJ tells Stefano he needs Arianna more than ever. Sami finds Arianna questioning Will about his alibi and kicks her out. She warns Will that Arianna can’t be trusted. Daniel is prevented from rushing home by Dr. Ben Walters, who wants to talk about EJ’s status. After that, Carly intercepts Daniel. She gives him a wedding gift. She’s grateful that he forgave her for keeping Melanie’s existence a secret. Daniel is touched, and makes her promise to always be a part of his, Melanie, and Chloe’s family. Carly agrees and they share a platonic hug.  Curious, Melanie tells Chloe she knows she cheated on Daniel. Chloe denies it at first but finally admits the truth. She’s not proud of it, but it only happened once. She refuses to divulge the man’s identity, and fed up Melanie decides it’s time to tell Daniel everything. Chloe begs her not to, and says her unborn child will suffer most of all, but Melanie doubts the baby is even Daniel’s. Chloe tells Melanie about the paternity test. Melanie is disbelieving. Chloe admits someone else knows about it and can prove the results are true. She’s forced to admit that person is Melanie’s mother, Carly. Kate realizes Chad could never replace EJ as Stefano’s son and decides not to reveal his paternity. Chad loses his job at the Java Café, and tells Kate he’d like to take her up on the internship – under one condition: she not come on to him. Kate blurts she wasn’t offering him the internship for her sake, but for Stefano’s. Regretting her blurt, she kicks him out of house, but Chad is puzzled by her words.

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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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