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OLTL Recap – July 18 – July 22nd

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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Sam’s family realizes Sam’s missing from his birthday party. They discover a groggy unmasked super hero. Todd and Tomas put aside their differences and rough him up, demanding to know what he did with Sam. The super hero explains that he was knocked out and didn’t see who did it. Blair calls John who arrives with Natalie. They theorize that the man who took Sam must’ve been the same guy who killed Kent. For the first time Tomas hears about the murder – and that Sam identified his imaginary friend as Todd with his old face. Todd misses out on the info because the kidnapper calls and arranges to meet with him. Todd is forced to cover to Tea about the call and quickly leaves. Todd finds himself face-to-face with the man with Todd’s original face. Before Blair calls, John and Natalie get another clue to the puzzle of the man with Todd’s original face. While investigating Sam’s disappearance, he makes it clear to incredulous Natalie that that there could very well be two Todd Mannings. The man with Todd’s original face play pretends he and Sam are on a mission to protect themselves. He keeps Sam occupied with the gifts he stole from the party. Dani’s knocking on Rick’s motel room door just as Deanna and Nate are about to begin filming their sex scene. Rick gets rid of Dani. Nate and Deanna do as Rick asks. Rick promises to keep Nate’s secret about having hurt Matthew, and he gives Deanna the info she needs to find her mother. Nora tells Destiny about the possible evidence she and Bo found at their place which they think might lead them to the identity of the person who hurt Matthew. Destiny is about to tell Nora she’s pregnant when Dani interrupts. Rama finds Vimal to congratulate him on his new job. He is tempted to tell her about the secret Todd confided in him: that Liam is John’s son.

Todd and the man with Todd’s original face come face to face. The man with Todd’s original face demands answers. The man with Todd’s original face mentions Baker and Kent, and we see a moment of recognition in Todd, who wants him to let Sam go. The man with Todd’s original face pulls a gun on Todd and marches him out to go see what Tea and Blair and Viki have to say. Natalie and John question whether there could be two Todd Mannings. Natalie looks for forensic evidence, and later finds a hair on the real super hero that doesn’t match that on his head. John confronts Tomas about the encrypted file that turned up when the dead Kent’s prints were run. Tomas insists he knows nothing about it. Blair presses Tomas to say something if he knows something about Sam but insists he doesn’t. Jack finally reveals he was attacked in the office. Before John can react, Dani comes in and reveals she thought she heard Sam’s voice at the Minute Man. John and cops show up there but, there’s no sign of Sam – only part of the super hero costume, etc. Echo panics, having kidnapped Dorian without quite meaning to. Dorian’s escape attempt is foiled. Echo is almost about to do something desperate to get rid of but Sam, hearing Dorian’s scream, bursts in dressed as a super hero. Dorian is stunned to realize the super hero is Sam. Viki tries to keep David from going hysterical with worry over Dorian. Dani’s about to leave the BA when Deanna and Nate come in. Nate lies and says Deanna was meeting a lawyer about her mother. Dani apologizes and Nate feels guilty and hopes Dani never finds out about the porno they just made.

John, in search of Sam, bursts into the Minute Man Motel room. Sam isn’t there, but evidence of the man with Todd’s original face is. Meanwhile, at Todd’s house, the man with Todd’s original face, bent on coercing the truth about what he believes to be his stolen life, marches Todd at gunpoint right up to the door of his own house. But before he can reveal them to the family inside, they are set upon by Baker and one of his agents. The man with Todd’s original face accuses Todd of being Baker’s cohort. Todd clearly recognizes Baker, who plays dumb about their mysterious connection in front of the man with Todd’s original face. The man with Todd’s original face threatens to kill Todd but is thwarted by the arrival of a second agent. Baker takes the man with Todd’s original face into custody as Todd demands to know what is going on. Baker refuses to enlighten Todd, simply assuring him that he’ll never see the man with Todd’s original face again. Téa nearly catches Todd with Baker. Meanwhile, Blair continues to worry about Sam’s whereabouts. Baz questions Tomas about his connections to Todd and all the goings-on. On the docks, Baker shoots the man with Todd’s original face and rolls him into the water. Baker makes a call to his unidentified controller to say that the man with Todd’s original face is dead. John examines evidence left in the man with Todd’s original face’s room, including Kent’s ID and phone, as well as a computer, complete with its search history indicating an interest in Todd Manning. John locates Sam in another Minute Man room with Dorian and Echo. John returns with Sam, providing the family with a happy reunion. John informs the Mannings that Sam claims the man behind super hero mask is the man with the line on his face. Natalie enters and brings David and Viki up to speed on the situation with missing Sam. Her update is interrupted by Dorian’s arrival. She tells David and Viki of her kidnapping by Echo and subsequent rescue. David and Dorian clear the air and renew their love. Later, Natalie divulges to Viki the oddity surrounding the identity of Sam’s no-longer imaginary friend. Joey shows up at La Boulaie on a pretense; his true mission is to spend time with Kelly.

John’s reading of Vimal’s letter telling him he’s Liam’s father is pre-empted when Rex arrives demanding Echo’s release from jail. With so much evidence against her, John refuses and Rex reminds him he let Jack Manning go free despite having killed Gigi. John is concerned about the lengths to which Rex will go for revenge, having figured out Origami Cogs, the company that scooped Todd, is an anagram for Gigi Morasco. Rex tries to go over John’s head and appeals to Bo for Echo’s release, despite the fact that Echo’s kidnap victim was Bo’s son’s wife. Bo is asked to choose between Rex, who he has treated as a son, and his own biological son David. Upset by seeing Brody, Natalie and Liam as a happy little family, Jessica suggests Natalie move out of Llanfair and in with Brody at the Angel Sq. Hotel, then bitterly warns Brody that Natalie still loves John and would be with him if Liam were his. After Brody leaves, the sisters’ fight escalates until it’s broken up by Ford. Ford comforts Jessica and when he asks her to join him and Ryder during his scheduled visit, she accepts. When John is away from his desk, Brody accidentally finds Vimal’s letter. Shaken to learn that someone else knows the truth that he’s not Liam’s father, he takes the letter seeks out Vimal. Meanwhile, John is troubled when the papers on his desk seem to have been rearranged. Vimal’s parents arrive from India and look forward to seeing their pregnant daughter-in-law. Panicking, Vimal asks Rama to pretend they’re still happily married. Kelly and Joey wake up together but their bliss is interrupted by Dorian, who has been happily reunited with David and invites them to the gala premiere of his movie. She later meets up with David and the happy couple extend the same invitation to Bo and Nora. Although not invited to the gala premiere, Cutter and Aubrey have plans to attend.

The man with Todd’s original face awakens to find a homeless man has fished him out of the water. He was spared by a bullet-proof vest he had the foresight to don before meeting with Todd. The homeless man is a sometime informant and convinces the man with Todd’s original face to call John McBain. John and the man with Todd’s original face come face-to-face. After John expresses concern that someone has messed with the papers on his desk, John and Natalie go over new evidence. When the DNA analysis of the hair Natalie found comes back as Todd’s, they wonder what it means. John’s informant line rings with an intriguing call from the man with Todd’s original face who id’s himself only as the super hero. John goes to meet him. Brody tries strong-arming Vimal into promising to keep the secret about Liam. When that doesn’t work, Brody pleads on an emotional level, which Vimal understands. Vimal, however, is noncommittal. He promises only to think about it. Brody returns to Natalie who asks if he tampered with anything on John’s desk. Brody lies, says he didn’t, but he is clearly troubled – and worried Vimal might tell the truth about Liam. Todd and Blair fete Sam with a day of his own in which they have to do whatever he wants them to do. He gets his dad riled up when he talks glowingly of the man with Todd’s original face. While everyone gets ready for Sam’s special lunch at the Buenos Dias Cafe, Todd probes about the man with Todd’s original face, but Sam has few answers. Starr overhears Todd swearing to Sam that no matter what happens, Todd loves him. Starr asks him about it and about the man Sam claims has Dad’s old face. Todd’s evasive, telling her how much he loves her. Todd tells the family to go to lunch without him. Todd meets with Baker, demanding to know who the man with Todd’s original face is. Tea witnesses more tension between Baz and Tomas. Tomas abruptly leaves. Tea questions Baz who throws it back at her, asking about Tomas and Todd. Meanwhile, Tomas meets with Baker and we learn more about their relationship. Tea vows to toss Tomas out of the house unless he tells her what he’s hiding. Starr got the sense that her father was afraid of something. Rex warns Dorian that if she doesn’t drop the charges against Echo, Rex will get Clint to press charges against Dorian for attempted murder. Dorian’s troubled by the new, ruthless Rex. Rex seethes when he encounters Jack and his family celebrating Sam’s big rescue of Dorian.

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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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