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OLTL Recap – Jan 2 – Jan 6th

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Bo and John arrive at Statesville where they learn the power went out at midnight, thanks to some sabotage from the inmates. The doors opened and the prisoners attacked the guards and escaped. The warden has never seen a perfectly executed escape like this, but fortunately they have the ringleader, Mitch Laurence, in custody. He set off the bomb to open the front gates, but it exploded in his face, hence the bandages.

Little do they know, Mitch is really at Llanfair where he immediately grabs Natalie, who tries to scream. Mitch, who is dressed as a prison guard, coos that it’s good to see his “wife.” Natalie says that Jared was her husband, but Mitch killed him! When Mitch sneers that Jared deserved to die, Natalie attacks him. Unfortunately, Mitch gets the upper hand and puts Natalie in a choke hold. He asks where Jessica is, but Natalie refuses to say. Mitch then wants to drag Natalie upstairs, but she pleads with him not to as she thinks of Liam. Mitch hears Liam crying and wants to see him. Clint calls out to Natalie and is horrified to find Mitch with Natalie. Clint orders Mitch to leave, but Mitch refuses. Not without Jessica! He pulls out a gun. Clint isn’t scared and wrestles with Mitch for the gun. Unfortunately Mitch knocks Clint unconscious.

At La Boulaie, Blair and Todd share a kiss outside on the patio. Blair is cold, despite the heat from that kiss, so Todd opens the door to the cabana. Let’s chat! Blair says it’s too soon for her to embark on another romance, but Todd urges her to forget about Tomas. 2012 is their year — or it could be if Blair lets it. He knows they belong together, so what is keeping them apart? Blair looks into Todd’s eyes; it’s him! She reminds him of all the times he destroyed their past relationships/marriages. Todd insists that he is different, so Blair makes Todd promise not hurt her again. Todd shakes his head; that’s not realistic! He can promise that he loves her and their children and will look after them. Isn’t that enough? Blair admits she loves Todd, but she can’t quite get involved with him yet. However, this isn’t a “no,” but a “maybe.” She gently kisses him and opens the door. Time to go!  Meanwhile Starr opens the door, expecting to see James, but finds a shivering Cole instead. Cole explains the chaos at the prison and how he escaped. All he could think about was seeing her and Hope! Cole knows Starr is with James not, but refuses to leave until he sees Hope. Starr thinks that is crazy, but Cole just wants five minutes with his daughter — five minutes when he can forget that he killed Elijah. Suddenly the door opens and Hope enters! As Cole cuddles with Hope, Starr demands that he leave and she will take him to the police station. Cole says he can’t go back and pulls out a letter from his presumed dead father. Cole tells Starr that Marty is now with Patrick — and he wants to join his parents! Starr points out that if Cole goes on the lam, he may never see Hope again. Desperate Cole begs Starr to hide him. Conflicted Starr glares at Cole, but covers for him when Blair and Todd enter. Starr convinces them to take Hope upstairs while she hides Cole in the cabana. She urges Cole to be careful and turns to go, but Cole grabs her hand.

Blair and Todd finish tucking Hope in. Blair urges Todd to go home and lets him kiss her before he leaves. She reminds him that she didn’t say “no” to them, but just can’t agree to anything tonight. Nora hears someone in her living room. She turns to come face to face with Troy McIver! He grins wickedly; he has missed her! Troy explains he got out for good behavior, which Nora doesn’t believe at all. She attempts to keep the panic out of her voice as she hugs Troy. However, he catches her trying to dial 9-1-1, so he pulls out his gun. Nora tries another tactic with Troy; she warns him that he has made things worse for himself and will get caught. Troy touches Nora’s face; escaping was the only way he would be able to see her again. He pleads with her to say that she loves him and only married Bo because she thought she couldn’t have him!  Back at Statesville the warden says they are still trying to identify the prisoners who escaped, especially the ones from Llanview. Unfortunately things are a little primitive; the system is down, thanks to the explosions. John is worried about Natalie and Liam as the warden returns with some of the names of the escapees: Cole Thornhart and Troy McIver! Upset Bo calls Nora to tell her that Troy is missing. He doesn’t miss the strange tone in her voice and asks her to tell him that she loves him if Troy is there. Nora complies, causing Bo to curse. Don’t let Troy take her anywhere! Bo takes some cops and races back home to save Nora.

At the garret, Troy wants to take Nora away, so Nora stalls. Let’s have some wine and talk about them! She sits on the couch. Troy leans down to kiss Nora on the neck as she suggests they eat something.  While they wait, they can make plans and celebrate.  She holds her breath as Troy contemplates her suggestion.  At Statesville John asks the warden: Is he sure that is Mitch Laurence lying in that bed? The warden insists that it is, but John’s spider senses tingle. He pulls the bandages back to reveal one of the guards! At Llanfair Mitch leans over an unconscious Clint and threatens to shoot him. Natalie stops him; she will do anything Mitch wants. Just don’t kill Clint. Mitch’s eyes light up. He grabs Natalie and kisses her. Later John bursts in to find Clint on the floor and no one else in sight. Clint lifts his head to whisper that Mitch has Natalie! The power returns and Viki heads downstairs. She is horrified to learn that Mitch has kidnapped Natalie. Then, Mitch and Natalie are in a church where Mitch has donned monk robes and has tied Natalie up. He calls Llanfair and puts Natalie on the phone. Natalie tries to tell John and her parents that she is in a church, but Mitch pulls the phone away and threatens to shoot her. Mitch then tells John that he will exchange Natalie for Jessica — or Natalie dies. They have one hour to make a decision. After Mitch hangs up, Clint demands to know what they are going to do as Jessica enters. She volunteers to give herself up. Naturally Viki and Clint protest, but Jessica remains firm.

Troy has taken Nora to a remote cabin. Troy assures her they are far from civilization and have everything they need for the rest of their lives. Nora struggles to stay calm as Troy shows off the rest of their new home. He reiterates his love for Nora and wants her to accept their new life together. Nora offers weak protests, but finally asks that Troy accept the fact that Nora loves Bo, not him. Naturally crazy Troy can’t; he intends to prove to Nora that she can love him again. Troy immediately pulls back a floorboard to reveal a duffel bag — and some syringes. Back at Bo’s garret, Bo gets an unexpected visitor: Lindsay Rappaport. She warns Bo that Troy is on the loose, but Bo thinks Troy sent her to distract him. She explains she saw Troy reading an electrician’s manual in the prison library, but became suspicious when he said he, Nora and Matthew will be a family again. Lindsay immediately tried to call Bo to warn him, but then the breakout happened. So she decided to warn Bo herself. Bo remains skeptical of Lindsay’s true intentions, but when he hears that Troy mentioned Matthew, Bo realizes he knows where Troy took Nora.

At La Boulaie, Cole stops Starr from leaving the cabana. He has something to say to her. Starr says it has to wait and runs out. She is startled to see James has returned — and Sam, who opened the door to him. Sam eavesdrops while James tells Starr about the Statesville prison break. James is convinced that Starr has heard from Cole, but Starr stonewalls him. The doorbell rings and it’s the authorities looking for Cole. They want to search the premises, including the cabana! Suspicious Sam heads to the cabana where he orders Cole to freeze using a toy gun. Cole is supposed to be in jail! Sam orders Cole back into the cabana where Cole tries to convince him to stay quiet about seeing him. However, John made Sam a “deputy” so Sam is sorry, but he has to arrest Cole. Outside the cops approach the cabana. They draw their guns and enter to find Sam, alone. They escort Sam to the main house as Cole hides behind a screen, relieved. After the cops leave, James turns to go, but not without reminding Starr that harboring a fugitive is against the law. Alone Starr begs Sam to keep Cole’s presence a secret, but naturally the little boy can’t help himself when James returns. Sam, who has been taught not to lie, admits that Starr is keeping a huge secret from James. Meanwhile Starr heads to the cabana to check on Cole. Emotional Cole blurts that he still loves Starr and kisses her!

Nora stares in horror as Troy holds up a syringe; this will help her forget Bo! Nora backs away. She doesn’t need that; Lindsay already gave that to her and it caused her to lose her memory! Troy gently guides Nora to the couch.  At Bo’s garret Bo tells Lindsay that he knows now where Troy took Nora: a remote shack on Llantano Mountain. Lindsay insists on tagging along. They arrive just as Troy is about to plunge the syringe into Nora’s arm. Bo has a plan and asks for Lindsay’s help. Just as Troy is about to inject Nora, Lindsay bursts in. Stop! Lindsay announces that Bo is dead; she killed him! Nora chokes back a sob as Bo creeps around to the other side of the cabin, ready to ambush Troy. Lindsay convinces Troy that he doesn’t need to drug Nora anymore. Troy lets his guard down long enough for Bo to clock him on the head! The men wrestle as Lindsay unties Nora. Bo gets the upper hand and punches Troy. Nora flies into his arms as Lindsay explains she lied about killing Bo to help them! Troy’s eyes flutter open as Lindsay says if Nora wants to thank her, she can give her a pardon. Troy grabs his gun as Nora and Lindsay throw themselves to the ground. Bo raises his gun and it’s a stand-off! We hear a shot.

At Llanfair John agrees to let Jessica trade herself for Natalie. They leave as Viki and Clint watch anxiously. Ford bursts in to check on Jessica, worried that she took Ryder somewhere but he is too late. Viki and Clint tell him that Jessica went to exchange herself for Natalie. Later they turn on the TV to learn that Allison Perkins also escaped! Allison then shows up a Llanfair and points a gun at Viki and Clint as she orders Clint to put his phone down. She brags that she orchestrated the breakout at Statesville, not Mitch! Mitch would be nothing without her! Allison gloats about all the dirty deeds she has done for Mitch, including switching Viki’s daughters. You know, that it’s practically impossible for a woman to have twins fathered by two different men. Viki stares at her. Allison refuses to reveal what she knows. She says she came here to give them an “ending” and aims her gun at them. Viki turns to Clint and whispers that she loves him. Clint does the same as Viki closes her eyes. Shots ring out.  At the old church Natalie doesn’t believe that Jessica would sacrifice herself for Natalie, but Mitch says that Jessica will if she wants Natalie to live. Natalie tries to manipulate Mitch.  Mitch knows that Jessica split into another alter when he tried to rape her and says that the he will have another heir. Mitch gets a gleam in his eye as he approaches Natalie.  He thinks Natalie could be the mother of that heir! Mitch gets Natalie on the floor and is about to rape her when John enters, gun raised. Jessica follows close behind. She calls Mitch, “Father,” and asks him to let Natalie go. She goes to Mitch’s side, despite John and Natalie’s protests. Mitch throws Natalie to John as Jessica hesitantly takes Mitch’s hand and spits in his face! Angry Mitch raises his gun to shoot Jessica, but Ford appears out of nowhere to tackle Mitch! As Natalie and Jessica scream, John shoots!

At La Boulaie James wants to know what secret Starr and Sam are keeping from him. He convinces Sam to blab by saying Starr could get in big trouble. Sam asks James to check the cabana, but he didn’t hear it from him! Cole kisses Starr in Dorian’s cabana. Starr returns the kiss, which proves that some part of her still loves him! Starr breaks the kiss, claiming she can’t do this. She is with James! Cole tries to convince Starr to admit she still loves him when James bursts in. Angry James can’t believe that Starr lied to him! Starr explains she helped Cole because it was the right thing to do as Cole adds he wants to find his parents. James thinks they are both being foolish. When he mentions Hope, Cole realizes James is right. He has to leave and will contact her when it’s safe. Starr tearfully hugs Cole, not knowing when she or Hope will see him again. Sam plays with his toys in the living room when he gets a surprise visitor: Hannah O’Connor, the girl who tried to kill Starr and James because she was obsessed with Cole. Sam stands to scream for Starr, but Hannah clamps her hand over his mouth. She tells Sam that everything will be fine as long as he tells her where Starr is. Sam replies with a nice “take a hike” and bites Hannah’s finger! Hannah whips out her gun and grabs Sam as Todd enters. Todd orders Hannah to leave Sam alone, but Hannah threatens to shoot him unless Todd tells her where Starr is. Luckily Starr enters, flanked by Cole and James. Cole immediately appeals to Hannah’s heart. Now that they are both out, they can be together. He only came here to say good-bye to Hope. Hannah looks tempted and even releases Sam, but she knows Cole still loves Starr. Sam kicks Hannah as Hannah is about to shoot Starr! Cole stands in front of Starr and James as Hannah fires!

On Llantano Mountain Troy grabs his gun to fire at Bo, but Bo proves to be the quicker shot. He hits Troy’s hand, knocking the gun to the ground. Nora runs into Bo’s arms, relieved that he is alive. While Bo ties Troy up, Lindsay tells Nora how she helped Bo track them down. Humbled Nora can’t believe that Lindsay would risk her freedom to help her. Lindsay sighs; she owes Nora, remember? Still, that doesn’t stop Lindsay from asking what will happen to her next. Nora believes Lindsay has changed. She tells Lindsay that she forgives her; can Lindsay do the same? Unfortunately, Nora can’t overlook Lindsay’s original sentence, but her testimony combined with Bo’s should be able to get Lindsay an early parole. Bo gives Lindsay the keys to Troy’s car. He trusts her to drive Troy’s car back to town, which stuns Lindsay. Later Bo collapses and Nora sees that he has been shot! She screams for Lindsay, but she is gone. Nora tries to staunch Bo’s wound, but stops when she realizes that Troy is a doctor. She begs him to help Bo, adding she will do anything as long as he saves Bo. Ever crazy, Troy says that Bo has to die so that they can be together. Nora freaks out. She is so sorry, but she doesn’t love Troy. She loves Bo; she can’t live without him! Moved, Troy looks into Nora’s eyes. He asks Nora to untie him — and to trust him.

At Llanfair, Viki tells Clint she loves him and closes her eyes as Allison pulls the trigger. A vase explodes behind her, both scaring and confusing Clint and Viki. Allison cackles; she reminds them that she swapped Natalie and Jessica so that Mitch’s daughter (Jessica) could grow up in the lap of luxury while Natalie grew up in a trailer park. Or so Mitch thinks! Being the good disciple that she was, Allison had to sometimes resort to making Mitch believe certain things in order to keep him calm — sometimes those things weren’t true. With a flourish, Allison announces that both Jessica and Natalie are Clint’s daughters. She fixed the DNA tests! Clint and Viki can’t believe it. They think this is yet another one of Allison’s manipulations. Allison makes them sit as she reveals that Dr. Walter Balsom told her that Viki was having twins. Both of whom were fathered by Clint. So when Mitch entered to get the babies, Allison lied. She told him one of the girls was his. Viki can barely dare to believe as Clint continues to express his doubt. Angry Allison fires her gun — and hits Viki’s side! At the church Mitch and Ford continue to fight for control of the gun. John tries to intervene, but Mitch fires upward, causing a heavy chandelier to fall on Ford! Horrified Jessica rushes to Ford’s side, but Mitch jabs a gun into her ribs. Natalie helps Jessica move the chandelier off of Ford as John calls for an ambulance. Mitch grabs Natalie, saying he will allow Ford to get help as long as Natalie comes with him! As paramedics whisk Ford away, Mitch tells John that he intends to make Natalie his wife again. Together they can start a new family — and religion. Natalie looks at John, her eyes begging him to shoot Mitch. As soon as she nods her consent, John fires his gun.

At La Boulaie; Hannah shoots Starr, but Cole leaps in front her, taking a bullet to his shoulder. Todd tackles Hannah as Starr rushes to Cole’s side. Blair finally hears the commotion and goes to get the car to take Cole to the hospital. As Starr weeps over Cole, James holds Hannah at gun point. Hannah cries, upset over Cole, but Starr punches her. Blair returns to help Cole into the car as James notes how close Starr and Cole still are. With Todd and James’ help, Cole is taken to the hospital as Starr points a gun at Hannah. Todd returns to handle Hannah, allowing Starr to go to the hospital with Cole. Alone Hannah asks for some ice for her chin, but Todd threatens to kill her. She wouldn’t be the first person! He reveals that he killed Irene, who still haunts him about the other thing that he has done. Todd smirks; oh what the hell. He’ll tell Hannah because she is certifiable! Before Todd can confess, cops arrive to apprehend Hannah.

At the hospital Cole is rushed into the ER while Blair and Starr watch anxiously. Starr tells Blair how Cole ended up at La Boulaie and got shot by Hannah. They head to the chapel to pray where Starr sobs that Cole could die. Blair gently urges Starr to pray. Starr kneels and what comes out is a song: “One Life to Live.” As we hear Starr’s poignant ballad, we see Nora untie Troy and Troy tend to Bo’s wounds while Nora hovers. At Llanfair we see Allison skip joyfully away as Clint struggles to call 9-1-1. Unfortunately, his heart gives out and he collapses beside his beloved Viki. James arrives at the hospital where he sees Jessica with an unconscious Ford. Blair struggles to hold back her tears as she watches Starr pray. Todd arrives to comfort her. John fires his gun and Mitch falls to the ground. Natalie rushes into his arms and John kisses her passionately.

 

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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 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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THE BACHELOR: Matt Picks His Final Four for ‘Hometowns’ Which Includes Now Controversial Contestant Rachael Kirkconnell

Monday night’s airing of ABC’s The Bachelor was its first since last week’s controversial behind-the-scenes shake-up and attention-grabbing headlines.

Since the season of the reality-dating competition had been previously filmed, it did not change any of the proceedings of what viewers actually saw on-air.

And it was a pivotal episode, where ‘Bachelor’ Matt James had to whittle down the contestants to his final four in preparation to meet their families in the ‘hometowns’ next week.  So, just who did Matt choose to still be the running for the final rose?

 

Here’s what went down: first was the business of Heather Martin, bestie of ex-‘Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown, and a previous contestant from Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor, crashing the series to meet Matt.  When she finally makes her destination, the other women’s claws come out (and we though we got rid of the ‘mean girls” last week!).  After Heather busts up a conversation between Matt and Pieper, she tell him she wants to get to know him.  Matt at first appears conflicted whether to throw her into the jungle of the contestants, but ultimately sends her back home as she drives out in her own car, in tears, of course, over not getting a chance at love with Matt.  When Matt tells the other women that he sent Heather home, they were not only relieved, but professed how much it turned them on.

In the rose ceremony that followed, Matt also sent home Serena C. and Chelsea.  Leaving the remaining women up in arms on who would get the two one-on-one dates, and who would be put in the group date.  Abigail, who never got a one-on-one and who received the first impression rose was shown to the door by Matt, when she confessed her frustration and how much she was falling for him. He admitted that he did not feel the same and felt stronger connections with the other women.

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However, Matt did go on a one-on-one with Jessenia where they go on a “dangerous” obstacle course in a race car, complete with swirling and twirling driving skills to get their heart rates up, which Matt loved as he admitted he is “adrenaline junkie”as was Jessenia as it turns out.  However, on their dinner date afterwards, while dangling a rose in front of her face, he also sends Jessenia packing!

Feisty Kit decided she needs to speak privately to Matt, and tells him she isn’t there yet relationship-wise, and does not think its fair to him to still consider her for the hometowns or the final rose.  Kit said: “It’s a rest-of-your-life sort of situation. And you deserve somebody who is 100 percent sure about you getting down on one knee tomorrow and that’s not me.”  Next thing you know, Kit is eliminated by her own valiation.

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The controversial Rachel Kirkconnell, who last week had a social media frenzy surround her when a video came to light that claimed Kirkconnell had “liked” posts with the Confederate flag on it and shared QAnon conspiracy theories, as well as a photo that surfaced on Redditt of Kirkconnell in 2018 attending an “Old South” plantation-themed college party, received another one-on-one with Matt on last night’s episode.

Amid the controversy, Rachael then posted her response on her Instagram which included: “At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”

During their date it seemed like Rachael is a clear frontrunner making this situation all the more awkward, especially after seeing the promo for the ‘hometowns ‘that followed the episode, which featured her parents questioning Rachael hard about Matt.  With Rachael getting a rose, so too did Serena, who hated their yoga date, and seemed a bit standoffish, but Matt gave her a rose anyway.

In the final rose ceremony of the episode, Bri and Michelle got the last two roses, while Pieper was out of the competition.

So, who do you think will get a proposal from Matt …Bri, Michelle, Rachael or Serena? Comment below.  But first check. out the promo for next week’s ‘hometown’ episode.

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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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