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DAYS Recap – Sept 13 – Sept 17th

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Sami admits to Will that she shot EJ. Sami asks Will to listen as she explains why she did it. Rafe enters and an upset Will runs out. Carly argues with Vivian, who corners her by the sarcophagus. Carly warns Vivian to back off from everyone she loves. Vivian wonders why Carly is also protective of Chloe. Meanwhile, Daniel wonders why Chloe would be worried about Vivian, and Chloe covers. Arianna talks to an unconscious EJ. She promises him that she will find out who shot him. She runs into Rafe as she leaves and they argue about EJ. Kate and Stefano discuss who shot EJ: Sami or Will? When Stefano leans towards Will as being the possible shooter, Kate becomes defensive. She warns Stefano that if he does anything to Will, there will be war. They decide it’s best to call a truce. Stefano, however, privately swears that no matter who shot EJ, they will pay. Brady asks Maggie to come to Isabella’s memorial. She tells him that she cannot; she is leaving on a trip. Later, Melanie urges Maggie to face her feelings regarding Victor. Melanie runs into Brady drinking at the bar and they discuss Maggie. Vivian wonders what is going on between Carly and Chloe and vows to find out what it is. She fantasizes about different scenarios. Gus refuses to be a part of Vivian’s plan to put Maggie in the sarcophagus. Vivian moves forward with those plans, but Brady comes upon her. Furious, Brady discovers his mother’s sarcophagus is empty.   Hope is integrated into the prison population. She meets her new cellmate, Tina. Tina realizes Hope is a cop and attacks her. Hope asks Warden Jane Smith not to tell Bo what happened. Meanwhile, Ciara has a hard time understanding that Hope is not coming home for a while. Bo is worried about Hope. Ciara makes an effort to be nicer to Carly. Carly pledges her love and support for Bo. Brady confronts Vivian. He realizes her plan is to bury Maggie alive. Brady, distracted by the discovery that his mother’s remains are missing, gives Vivian a chance to knock him out cold.

Daniel probes both Carly and Chloe regarding Vivian. They assure him there is nothing to worry about.  Maggie interrupts a close moment between Melanie and Nathan. Later, Maggie receives a cryptic call of warning from Gus. Stephanie uses a baby shower gift for Chloe as a cover to get into her apartment. She speaks with Chloe and they have a heart-to-heart. Later, Stephanie talks to Ian about the information she sent him from Chloe’s computer. He determines that Chloe didn’t switch the DNA results. Meanwhile, Nathan dreams about Melanie and she overhears him murmuring in his sleep that he loves her.   Sami confronts Will about whether he will tell the truth. Will assures his mother he won’t tell anyone she shot EJ. Meanwhile, Rafe asks Caroline if Will left the pub the night of EJ’s shooting. Will overreacts to Rafe’s fishing for his whereabouts. Sami has a heart-to-heart with Johnny about EJ. Kate checks to see if EJ is faking his coma. She wonders to herself if Sami shot EJ because of her phone call. Chad comes upon Kate and offers his sympathy. He explains that he’s looking for a job and going to Salem U. Later, Kate comes upon Will visiting EJ. She starts to pry about why he’s there. She privately wonders if Will shot EJ. Will gets defensive with Kate and leaves the hospital room. He vows to himself that he’ll protect Sami. Vivian takes a vase and knocks out Brady. She’s about to call Gus to help her dispose of Brady, but he wakes up and grabs her. Brady demands to know where his mother’s remains are. He spots a receipt that fell out of Vivian’s purse. Brady realizes that she buried his mother’s remains in a pet cemetery. He becomes angry and corners Vivian, freezing her in her tracks. Melanie is freaked out when she hears Nathan say he loves her in his sleep. Nathan wakes up and questions her strange behavior. Melanie tells him he said that he loves Stephanie. Later, Nathan runs into Philip who makes it clear that he needs to stay away from Melanie. Elsewhere, Melanie urges Maggie to face her feelings about what she really wants. Melanie assures herself that things are over with Nathan.

Rafe has a disturbing dream about Will shooting EJ. Meanwhile, Will tells Sami that he will keep her secret. Rafe questions Will and senses he’s keeping a secret. Kate confronts Will and lets him know that she is there for him…no matter what. Will asks Kate why she is interrogating him and confirms he knows about her phone call to Sami. Sami goes to visit unconscious EJ. Lexie says EJ did love Sami. Rafe overhears Sami admit she loved EJ, too. Later, Sami admits to Rafe that she doesn’t know what to do about keeping EJ on life support. Lexie tells Sami that EJ has taken a turn for the worse. Sami begs Lexie to tell her what to do… Daniel and Lexie realize that EJ isn’t getting better. Nicole pays EJ a visit and tells him to die. Arianna overhears and is furious. She gets into an argument with Nicole who figures out that Arianna has feelings for EJ. Arianna denies this. Nicole warns her that’s how it started with her and EJ.Brady has forced Vivian into the sarcophagus. Vivian thinks Brady is playing a joke, but quickly learns that he isn’t. Meanwhile, Maggie goes to visit Victor. She runs into Brady and tells him about Gus’s strange message. Later, Maggie tells Victor that he is the reason she is no longer leaving on her trip. Maggie asks Victor to tell her why exactly he married Vivian. He reminds her that it wasn’t about love. Maggie lets Victor know that she’s not ready to move on yet and he’s still married so it is not their time.   Sami is faced with making the final decision on EJ’s life. Rafe cautions her to consider the ramifications if she removes EJ’s life support and he dies. Sami thinks Rafe knows she shot EJ, but learns he’s worried that Will did it. Rafe assures Sami that he won’t turn in Will. Kate is concerned about her own suspicions that Will may have shot EJ. She gets a call from Lexie to come to the hospital. Stefano can’t let go and asks for a sign from EJ. EJ’s heart monitor alarm goes off and Stefano takes that as a sign. He is finally at peace with saying goodbye to EJ. Sami has some last, angry words with a comatose EJ, then makes her final decision and has his life support turned off.

Brady has second thoughts about keeping Vivian in the sarcophagus. Vivian begs, cajoles and threatens Brady to let her out. She points out that questions will be raised if she doesn’t show up for Isabella’s memorial. Later, Brady writes a fake email to Victor from Vivian and takes some of her valuables so it looks like she left town. Meanwhile, Maggie tells Victor that he must accept that there can be no future for them. Later, Victor sees the email from “Vivian” and doesn’t believe it!

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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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